“Between every two (pine) trees is a doorway leading to a new way of life,” John Muir wrote once.
Yesterday I presented research results and suggestions to local citizens of a village and a small town in the mountains of Gifu. Life is not convenient there, and the population is shrinking and it is a model to study “post-growth symptoms”, but we learned that people feel they have meaningful life, they engage in organic farming, experiment with local currency. An expression is “nai mono wanai” which means there is nothing but actually there is also everything. They seem to make the best out their “problems” and choose for a slower, maybe less efficient life; but where they buy from humans and not from vending machines. It makes me more convinced to train myself in a skill that allows me to live in nature - and also let people stay for short to long time in nature to find some healing. For me, being in nature is time I feel most in my elements, and I want to bring more people in contact with their nature. Some weeks ago, I applied for a course, and last week I am accepted for a training to become a forest therapy guide. It will take one year of study and practice, and it will probably be hard to combine with PHD, but it is because of this PhD I am more motivated to not only sharpen my academic but also some practical skills. #shinrinyoku #postgrowth #ruralJapan #tree #japanesenature #woodwidewebstories #dryad