We have forgotten out interdependence within our species as well as with other species we share this planet with, getting back into nature with wild animals and tribal people, who have not forgotten, can help us reconnect and remember our roots with benefits for our children.

read more….from part ne of an article on the subject written for Natural Medicine Magazine

I know of a ten-year old girl, called Rentia, who was born blind. For three months she visited with a previously mistreated elephant called Boelie, who now enjoys a safe retreat on a small game reserve just outside of Pretoria. Rentia is afraid to walk to the bathroom, she has low self-esteem and is very uncooperative when it comes to dressing herself or learning her Braille. Her mother’s nerves are frazzled and she has become discouraged, she will try anything to help her daughter. It is difficult to understand the world of a blind person when you are sighted. When the elephant touches Rentia with her trunk and she feels the roughness of his skin, neither of them say much, but the connection between them makes her feel special. It is as if the anger and frustration of trying to cope with daily life oozes out of her pores and becomes a puddle of emotion that no longer lives inside. Rentia returns home after each visit motivated to learn her brail, dress herself and tidy her room. When she is with the elephant she feels held and understood. The world with Boelie is a manageable, safeplace .for Rentia which gives her the courage to go camping now and walk on unfamiliar terrain, something she never dared do before.

Few children can say they their therapist is a two-ton pachyderm, but Rentia’s s connection with Boelie reminds us that we evolved inadaptation to Nature, we need her hugs..

 read part two of the second article for Natural Medicine as we continue to explore the healing impact of nature for children….