A study done on the Rewild Your Life Challenge shows that:
Considering the lack of nature-based positive psychology interventions (PPIs), the present study examined the effects of Rewild Your Life (RYL), an online intervention programme that challenges users to spend 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. Participants who completed RYL (n=35) showed significant increases in mood, well-being, mindfulness and meaning compared to the control group (n=27). The effect was stronger when participants spent at least 30 minutes in nature, and meaning and mindfulness were affected only in “wilderness” but not urban “greenspace” (e.g., parks). Findings emphasise the importance of access to natural spaces, especially considering that people are spending increasing amounts of time indoors and disconnecting from nature, and the importance of increasing access to greenspace is discussed. (Full study here)
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Receive access to the private community of Nature-lovers from around the globe. Connect with, support, relate to, inspire and meet amazing people. Share your experiences through photographs, videos and status posts.
Enjoy the many mood boosting benefits of getting outside, connecting with the natural world and being a part of a like-minded community. Nature + Community = Happy Vibes!!
Have the support of the Rewilding community to keep you on track with your Nature time. We're here for you! Meet new friends and be inspired by the experiences and posts of others. Motivate and be motivated, inspire and be inspired!
Developing a deeper connection to nature is something we can all benefit from. Anxiety and stress melt away as you get away from the modern man-made world and absorb Nature through all your senses. You will notice a change in your body, mind and spirit.
Challenge yourself and get interactive with our 30 days of rewilding activities. Use our suggested activities to have fun and go deeper in your nature connection practice. Share your daily experiences with other participants in our community.
The Rewild Your Life GuideBook
This wild resource was created by Ecopsychologists, Outdoor Educators, Naturalists, Researchers and more… to help you “rewild your life” in a deeper way.
What You Will Learn:
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Have fun with your friends and family with our interactive Nature Scavenger Hunt. Share your finds with the Rewild Your Life Community and see if you can find everything on the list before the challenge is done!
The Challenge Guidelines will help to ensure that you know what to do and how to be as successful as possible during the 30 days of rewilding.
Join our Facebook group of Rewilders who are posting their pictures and experiences on a daily basis. We invite you to post in the group, share your rewilding adventures, make new friends and learn about different places around the world.
"What a great idea! The 30 Day Rewild Your Life Challenge is just what most of us need. Reconnecting with the rest of nature is a profoundly healing practice."
- Linda Buzzell, Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind (Sierra Club Books)
“My joining the Rewild Your Life challenge was one of the best decisions of my life. I can't tell you how much fun it has been to meet like minded people from all over the globe! I am an avid nature lover and a Texas Master Naturalist and RYL was a perfect fit. The parts of the challenge were easy to follow and really increased my awareness of everything!”
- Sherrill H Campbell, Texas, U.S.A.
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Our mission is to help improve the health of individuals, wildlife and the planet, by inspiring people all over the world to reconnect with Nature.
"I took the Rewild Your Life 30 Day Challenge; sharing and conversing with rewilders from Bosnia, Japan, the USA, Columbia, Holland as well as those in Britain. We saw each others worlds, wild worlds across the globe. As the seasons changed and we got to know each other we became a community of friends, open, funny and caring.
Increasingly disaffected with working in an office, the collective joy in nature's gifts and the wild spurred me to act on an idea that had been busy in my head for sometime; I retrained to lead forest school so I can encourage little ones to feel that nature is their home in the hope that they will grow up already wilded.
I will continue to enjoy the wild world brought closer to me via social media through We Are Wildness."
- Helen Shalders, United Kingdom
“I joined Rewild Your Life challenge last September…I thought it would be fun to rewild on daily basis. What I found was a daily expanding curiosity about what was happening in my own area. I have explored daily (except for 5 days) since September! My goal wasn't so much just nature but daily communion with nature. I suffer from depression and can testify as to what rewilding can do for your mental and spiritual health. I have met so many like-minded individuals here who have become personal friends. Website is uplifting and positive!"
- Diann Dennis, Arkansas, U.S.A.
“Upon entering the Rewild Challenge in 2013 I wasn't really expecting much beside exercise. What I ended up receiving from this challenge was so much more. In the many forests, trails, parks & beaches I found strength in myself. Not all at once, it came a little each time I would journey out into the unknown. This city girl who has sat indoors for the biggest part of the last 25 years was losing her fear, gaining self confidence, discovering how great our planet really is and what is has to offer. Thank you for helping nudge me out into the world and discovering what I'm capable of doing."
- Lisa Tarling, BC, Canada
I have worked in Nature for roughly 24 years as an outdoor adventure leader. It was my wildness that brought me to this path. I have been working on an explicit rewilding process for several months now, but it was your Rewild Your Life Challenge program that gave me a much-needed structure to go deeper into this natural process of becoming fully human in relationship to the Earth. Now I know that all along I have been wanting to rewild my life. I am grateful for the work you all have done to help others awaken the wildness waiting dormant inside their being. My experience with your program is going to help me help others rewild their lives, and I thank you for that.
- Eric Peterson, Oregon, U.S.A.
Even in most cities you can find a park, a beach, a nature area, botanical gardens, your back yard if you have one, or even a neighborhood with plenty of trees. You don't need to go into the deep wild to find nature. Nature is always all around us, and participating in this challenge will help you become more aware of it, no matter where you are.
We suggest spending at least 30 minutes a day outside in a natural space. This is the perfect amount of time to allow you to relax, calm your breathing and adjust your senses to the more subtle world of Nature. If there is no way you can take 30 minutes to do this, that's okay! Do your best. If you want to do two sets of 15 minutes that is fine. As long as you are making an effort and being aware of how you feel during your time outside, that's all that matters. We understand that not everyone has easy access to wild spaces and it can be hard with a busy schedule, and that's why it's a challenge! Don't make too many excuses as to why you can't go outside today. Push your boundaries and make time for yourself and nature. You won't regret it. You can do this!
Don't worry. If there is a day or two or even three that you can't find the time to make it outdoors you can just pick up where you left off and take your challenge a few days further. Even a quick walk outside is better than no time outside. This challenge is about YOU and your connection to nature. You get to work with your resources so don't be afraid to stray away from the guidelines in this regard.