At the International Centre for Ecopsychology, we take an evidence based approach to highlight the links between Nature, people and wellbeing.
Lake View: Ecopsychology and Wellbeing
Tree: Ecopsychology and Wellbeing
International Centre for Ecopsychology
Marselle, Irvine and Warber (2014) undertook a large-scale study examining group walks in nature and multiple aspects of wellbeing. They found that group walks in nature were associated with significantly lower depression, perceived stress and negative affect, as well as enhanced positive affect and mental wellbeing,
Ecopsychology Research Hub
The International Centre for Ecopsychology has launched an Ecopsychology Research Hub. This is an on-going project were we will list relevant ecopsychology papers, chapters and books.
So what is Ecopsychology?
Ecopsychology applies ecological and psychological theories and research methodology to study the relationship between people and the natural world. There is a focus on wellbeing. (Palmer, 2014).
Ecocoaching and ecotherapy are applied fields of ecopsychology.
What is ecoanxiety?
Ecoanxiety: can be defined as a chronic fear of ecological and environmental disaster.
Professor Stephen Palmer will be giving a webinar in 2021 about Ecopsychology.
Date: TBC for 2021
The Centre runs a facebook group and community for anybody with an interest in ecopsychology. We share links to research, articles and news items. We also upload or link to photos of nature that are uplifting. Please consider joining or following them.
Researchers, practitioners and academics may be interested in reading articles on ecopsychology.
There are a number of journals that publish papers in this area. See:
b) European Journal of Ecopsychology
c) Journal of Ecopsychology.