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Nov 13, 2018

Can Nature Heal Our Deepest Wounds?

This episode reveals the surprising ways we can find comfort in wilderness. (Photo: Mikaela Hamilton)
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Wilderness therapy has been used for decades to help troubled teens and addicts, and lately all kinds of people are turning to guided nature experiences to detox from our hyper-digital modern lives. The classic approach of such programs is to push you to your limits to build character. That can work great, but it’s not a smart recipe for those recovering from trauma. Not long ago, contributing editor Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix, went backpacking with victims of sex trafficking, writing about it for Outside’s May 2018 issue. Now she’s adapted the story for the Three-Day Effect, an Audible series that explores what happens in our brains when we go outdoors. This excerpt reveals the surprising ways we can find comfort in wilderness.

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Outside’s longstanding literary storytelling tradition comes to life in audio with features that will both entertain and inform listeners. We launched in March 2016 with our first series, Science of Survival, which was developed in partnership with PRX, distributors of the idolized This American Life and The Moth Radio Hour, among others. We have since expanded our show and now offer a range of story formats, including interviews with the biggest figures in sports, adventure, and politics, as well as reports from our correspondents in the field.

Can Nature Heal Our Deepest Wounds? Podcast