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2.04 Parks, green space, and natural environments provide a spiritual space and experience

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  2. [2014] Health Benefits of Non-Motorized Outdoor Recreation
    2014 - Canada

    There is strong evidence indicating that outdoor recreation as well as simply being present in a natural setting improve physical health.

  3. [2012] Canadian Nature Survey
    2012 - Canada

    Nature-based activities make a significant contribution to the national economy and individual Canadians’ quality of life.

  4. [2010] Beyond Blue to Green
    2010 - Australia

    The report reviews existing Australian and international literature on the links between mental health and well-being and contact with nature.

  5. [2009] The Spiritual Benefits of Leisure
    2009 - Canada

    Significant positive relationships were found between spiritual well-being and overall leisure activity participation, as well as, engagement in the leisure activity categories of personal...

  6. [2009] Use and Benefits of Local Government Recreation and Parks Services: An Ontario Perspective - Researc
    2009 - Canada

    People of means are better able to access recreation and aprks services, no matter who the provider. All recreation providers need to ensure that everyone shares in the benefits associated with...

  7. [2008] Healthy parks, healthy people The health benefits of contact with nature in a park context. A review
    2008 - Australia

    The main benefits to the health and wellbeing for individuals and communities that arise from contact with nature.include: 1. biological/mental wellbeing; 2. social/community wellbeing; 3. economic...

  8. [2008] Wilderness therapy and spirituality
    2008 - USA

    Spirituality is a function of wilderness therapy that allowed the students to develop introspection, community engagement and lived practices that promote wellness. This was emphasized by the theme...

  9. [2008] Greenspace and Quality of Life: A Critical Literature Review (Research Report)
    2008 - Scotland

    Greenspace has positive effects on health and physical exercise which promotes wellbeing and recovery from stress disorders, promotes wellbeing of the individual thru social cohesion and the...

  10. [2007] Landscapes of the lifespan: Exploring accounts of own gardens and gardening
    2007 - England

    Domestic gardens are identified as places that can both be physically and mentally beneficial. They also eflect the positive connotations associated with ownership, and the development of identity.

  11. [2007] Health, place and nature: How outdoor environments influence health and well-being
    2007 - England

    People with access to nearby nature are generally healthier than those without, mental health is generally better in rural rather than urban areas, and populations in urban areas with gardens and...

  12. [2007] Can the Arts Change the World? The Transformative Power of Community Arts
    2007 - USA

    Community arts offer many positive impacts to communities and have transformative powers for social change.  Through the arts, people can deal with harsh realities and transform them through the...

  13. [2006] Feel blue? Touch green! Participation in forest/woodland management as a treatment for depression
    2006 - Australia

    There appears to be potential for the use of civic environmentalism to promote health, wellbeing and social connectedness for individuals and wider population, as well as for groups with identified...

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  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

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  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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