All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking – Frederick Nietzsche
Popular wisdom has it that being immersed in nature is good for us but did you know
that there is now a scientific basis to support that claim?
Professor David Strayer, a cognitive psychologist from the University of Utah
has found that after a few days off grid surrounded by nature our brains show
a significant functional improvement in tasks such as problem solving.
Our digital lifestyle constantly taxes and over-stimulates the pre-frontal cortex
of our brain which deals with problem solving. This often leads to fatigue and
so it’s no surprise then that a few days with nature improves our capacity to think clearly.
In awe and blissfully relaxed after a few days with nature
It was Nietzsche who said that “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking”
By measuring brain waves of participants who had been in beautiful natural surroundings
for 3 days Prof Strayer was able to demonstrate that different neuronal networks
became active when out in nature that are suppressed in our urban environment (the “3-day effect”).
The soothing sound of cascading water
After a few days the senses re-calibrate and you start to smell and hear things
you didn’t before, producing a transformational change.
So it’s official; being surrounded by natural environments is not just incredibly
enjoyable and rewarding, it’s actually good for your physical and mental well-being.
Surely that is an offer too good to refuse!
Can you think of a better way to re-calibrate the senses?
If you feel like some adventure therapy be sure to visit Deep Creek Conservation Park
or better still, why not join us on the Southern Ocean Walk.
Last month we had a visit from a well-known local, Andrew Costello,
better known as Cosi from South Aussie with Cosi.
Amazingly for someone who has travelled the length and breadth
of our State Cosi had never been to Deep Creek Conservation Park.
He was gobsmacked by the beauty of the Park and
couldn’t believe something so stunning was that close to Adelaide.
Cosi’s passion for all things South Australian is obvious
the moment you meet him and he is a great ambassador for our State.
Cosi on location in Deep Creek Conservation Park
The segment featuring Deep Creek and our accommodation
is expected to go to air next month but click here for a brief preview.
Nature and art – a perfect combination
If you‘ve quietly held a secret ambition to try your hand at painting but
lacked the confidence to take those first steps here’s a great opportunity.
Not only does Deep Creek Conservation Park provide a wealth of scenic
inspiration but we have now also secured the services of Gilbert Dashorst.
Gilbert Dashorst at work
Gilbert was South Australia’s Botanical Illustrator at the State Herbarium
for more than 30 years.
In addition to his expertise in this highly intricate filed Gilbert’s work also
encompasses other media such as charcoal, pencil, water colours acrylics and gouache.
Come and join on an artistic exploration during the months of March and April.
Drawing inspiration from nature
The workshop will run over 3 hours at a location in Deep Creek
best suited to the conditions and desires that prevail on the day.
Gilbert will pass on his skills to you during a number of different
art adventure experiences, showing you and helping you produce
some beautiful artwork of either plants and/or other natural
wonders that you may find in Deep Creek.
Beats work any day
Priced at $150 per person this workshop includes all materials.
At the end of the session you can take home a piece of personal hand drawn,
painted, sketched or illustrated work of art, ready to be framed and hung.
Discounts are available for group bookings of 4 or more.
For further information contact:
Gilbert Dashorst at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mob: 0432 372 235.