Do you ever feel like you're meant to live in a more nature-centered way?
- Grounded like the earth?
- In flow like water?
- Clear like air?
- Full of possibility like space?
- And as passionate as fire?
Is your lifestyle getting in the way?
- Are you too busy to get outdoors as much as you'd like?
- Or when you are outdoors, are you taking your problems with you and can’t seem to calm your overwhelm and be fully present?
Are you increasingly concerned about the state of the Earth?
- Do you want to be more skilled in being a part of healing her?
Does this sound like you?
If so, it may be time to focus on deepening your relationship with nature, because when you do, it's good for you and it's good for the Earth.
I'd love to help.
Introducing. . .
A 3-month program designed to help you restore your calm, clarity and fearless courage in a nature-centered way as part of a diverse, international community. I help you develop your own personal practice of 25-minutes per day, so you can show up for yourself, for others and for our Earth in a way that is more aligned with the truth of who you are and all you are here for.
Our 3 Months Together will Include
1 – Lifetime Access to 6-Modules of Audio Guidance to Listen to Outdoors
Through these recordings, I will guide you in developing your own 25-min daily nature practice. I will teach you how to deepen your relationship with nature on a number of levels - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I like to weave a creative combination of teachings, meditation, storytelling, poetry, sketching, music, journaling etc. that have rooted me in my nature practice to inspire your journey.
The idea is that you listen to them on your own time, just outside your door – on your terrace or porch or stoop or at the neighborhood park. When you’re not able to go outside or the weather is inclement, you can also practice by the window.
2 – A Journal to Help You Soak-In Your Experience.
The Nature Practice Journal is printable and custom-designed. With beautiful illustrations, it's fun to fill out and to color in. It has been a favorite amongst the community.
There's a section in the journal that corresponds with each module of the program, for you to make note of insights and to track your transformation.
3 – Live Online Sharing Circles for Meaningful Connection & 1:1 Guidance.
During our 3 months together, I will host six Sharing Circles to offer you meaningful opportunities to review progress and to meet other participants.
They also offer opportunities for me to answer your questions, offer clarification and expand on any points you are curious about. If you ever get stuck with your practice, I will be here to support you throughout the three months.
The gatherings have enough structure to keep you accountable and enough flow to let things happen naturally.
These 90-min video calls are recorded, for when you can't attend.
4 – A Private Online Community to Make Friends & Stay Engaged.
This is where participants of the community stay in touch with pictures and stories of what's uplifting them and also of what’s challenging . This space will help keep you inspired and build friendships with an international group of like-minded and committed nature lovers which has come to feel like family.
5 – Lifetime Access to Aligning to the Rhythm of the Moon Video Course.
Nature sets rhythm and cycles for us to move in, yet our modern lifestyle tends to ignore much of them, setting us up for exhaustion and overwhelm. One of my favorite rhythms to work with is the moon's and in this extra video course I will introduce you to how to align to her cycles so that you can manage your creative flow in a more conscious way.
And, a special bonus:
A Mini Nature Retreat for Extra Restoration
In the past, I have invited some of my favorite teachers to participate in these 2-3 hour mini retreats. Like our other events, this online gathering will also be recorded, for you to enjoy later.
During our Mini Nature Retreats we explore a particular theme of interest in more depth, we enjoy practice together, engage in unhurried conversation. There is usually poetry and music that we enjoy together as well.
In the past our mini retreats have explored themes like Opening to the Medicine of Winter, Healing Trauma with Nature, Music, Día de los Muertos, and Taking Inspiration from Elephant Behavior.
What life looks like when you deepen your relationship with nature.
Here are some examples of what's 100% possible.
Before I started a regular nature practice, I was doing my best to take care of myself in other ways – through yoga, meditation, journaling, nutrition, volunteering. All those things were helpful, and still are.
But, when I decided to reprioritize my relationship with nature, everything changed.
- PHYSICALLY, I went from feeling exhausted and weak to more energized, refreshed and revitalized.
- MENTALLY, I went from being tangled with overexertion to being more clear, confident and courageous.
- EMOTIONALLY, I went from being sad and concerned to being more calm, flexible and resilient.
- SPIRITUALLY, I went from feeling congested and confused to feeling more engaged, receptive and inspired.
I get goosebumps sharing these with you.
The best part is that when you lose your way, you will know how to get back on track more quickly.
Are you ready for this sort of transformation?
Connecting with nature and your inner calm in such a short span was amazing. Natasha has a calming soul and I highly recommend this experience.
How nature practice changed my life.
This is one of my favorite pictures.
It was shortly after I recovered from the breakdown that I self-diagnosed as "biological homelessness," a condition which has been normalized by a society that constantly pulls us indoors, online, and away from the truth of who we are.
Once I decided that I would no longer sacrifice my relationship with nature, it affected everything – my ability to show up fully, as a woman, a mama and a daughter of this beautiful Earth.
Now my mission, as a nature practice host, and as a filmmaker, is to help you do the same.
I've had the pleasure of teaching nature practice for groups at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, One World Ayurveda in Bali, the United Nations, Stanford University and the Dalai Lama Fellows.
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, my perspective is infused with 20 years of study with the Dalai Lama, nature retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh, and learning from Indigenous wisdom keepers and some of the great naturalists of our time.
natasha deganello giraudie
Does 25 minutes of daily nature practice really work?
Watch these brief videos to hear what participants have to say.
How it Works
✓ As soon as you sign up - we will get you onboarded and you'll have access to the program within 24-48 hours, so you can start your guided nature practice.
✓ You'll get daily access to the worldwide community - through our private online channel, to get your questions answered and also share pictures and stories of encouragement.
✓ You'll get two monthly Sharing Circles to meet with Natasha and the nature practice family live on a Zoom call. These calls are recorded in case you can't make them.
I want you to know that it is possible for you to live in a more nature-centered way.
Even if you live in the city.
Even if you just had a baby.
Even if you work full time.
Even if you don't like camping.
What You'll Learn
Most of my guidance will be in the form of audio recordings, meant to be listened to outside – on your porch, terrace, garden, at your neighborhood park, at the beach, or even by the window. The idea is that you keep one earpiece in listening to me and the other out so you can enjoy nature's soundscape as well.
MODULE 1 - Opening to Nature Practice.
Your relationship with nature starts with being with nature, which is why we start the program here. In this module, we explore ways to make more space for nature in your current life within your existing schedule. As and orientation, I will also walk you through the qualities and elements of nature practice.
MODULE 2 - Grounding in Your Lineage.
In order to get a better sense of where you want to go on your nature practice journey, I help you feel into your roots and consider how they flow through your branches. Who has been a part of supporting your nature practice and what role will they play or what influence will they have on the impact you make on others?
MODULE 3 - Embodying Clarity.
One of nature's greatest gifts that nature offers you is support in calming down your inner turbulence. But to achieve this level of calm and clarity, requires awakening our senses from so many hours indoors and so many hours entangled in so many thoughts. Once we do, we can achieve greater visibility and perspective. We can also access our subtler senses with more ease.
MODULE 4 - Dissolving Solitude.
One way to dissolve our sense of separation from nature is to recognize ourselves in her, to see her as a mirror and also as a teacher. This strengthens the humility necessary to enter into healthy relationship with the Earth, gives us a better understanding of who we are and puts us in touch with the freedom of understanding the nature of interbeing.
MODULE 5 - Responding Consciously.
We all intend to respond to difficult situations with grace and kindness, but sometimes we find ourselves reacting in habitual ways before we can even stop ourselves, leading to suffering for ourselves and others. In this module, I will show you how nature can help you respond more consciously and in alignment with how you want to show up in the world.
MODULE 6 - Soaking in Nature's Love.
The best way I have to explain what we do in this module is to share Robin Wall Kimmerer's words. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she says, "Knowing that you love the Earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond."
You're the perfect fit.
nature and are intuitively-curious.
YOU SPEND MUCH OF YOUR DAY
indoors or outdoors.
(either way your will deepen your relationship with nature.)
out of sorts and are looking for more calm, clarity and confidence – or you feel vibrant and rooted and would like to expand your practice.
- Lifetime access to 6 Modules of Audio Guidance to support you in developing your personal 25-min daily nature practice.
- A Custom-Designed Printable Journal (with a touch of coloring book) to help you soak in what you're learning.
- Bi-Weekly Live Online Sharing Circles with Natasha and the community where you can make friends and receive 1:1 guidance in a group setting.
- Support and Fun through our private online community.
- Aligning to the Rhythm of the Moon – a video course to help you manage your creative flow in a nature-centered way.
- BONUS: A Live Online Mini Nature Retreat for extra restoration.
When You Join, You Help Another Person Join Too.
For each person who joins Nature Practice Foundations, we offer a scholarship for one person who could currently use financial assistance or who is living in a country where the monetary currency makes our prices inaccessible. In my life, I have benefitted greatly from the help and support of many people and this is a way for me to strengthen that stream of support.
It's good for us too, because a community with a diversity of experiences makes the program better for everyone! To apply for a scholarship, simply send me a note here with a bit about yourself, your need and why you would like to join Nature Practice Foundations.
Results from our Nature Practice Students
I learned to listen with new ears, to soften and love the moment-by-moment mystery and how to move forward toward collective healing.
I have a new found sense of peace & gratitude for nature. I feel rejuvenated – sometimes even ecstatic! I have found solace.
This program has greatly illuminated & enhanced my life! It is a pure joy to connect in community, especially worldwide!
As a health care worker, I believe every mental health practitioner would benefit from this course.
This community was my winter sustenance – an embodied tending to the everyday sacred in nature.
I have more thoughtfulness about how to pass on my reverence for nature to my daughter.
I savored, in particular, the poems throughout the recordings & sharing circles. They inspired me to bring in more art into my work.
This has been a time to deepen my rooted knowledge that I've always had as a little girl – to remember the joy of being outdoors.
I came to this practice looking for structure, insight, awareness & community during these difficult times. I found so much more.
Your Questions Answered
Is this program fully online?
How much time will this program take?
What if I already spend a lot of time outdoors?
How do I know if this is for me?
How can I get my questions answered if I can't attend the Sharing Circles?
What is Nature Practice?
Who has influenced you as a teacher?
What if I've never really meditated before?
What if focusing on my breath gives me anxiety?
Is there a money-back guarantee?
Are there any payment plans available?
Are you available for speaking engagements?
Why charge for this?
No one has actually asked me this question, but it's an important question for me and something I’ve asked myself a lot.
In the past, I’ve had a good amount of resistance to charging for something so precious that it should be offered freely. On top of that, I believe that a gift economy is much better for humans and for nature than our current profit-obsessed system. So, for a long time, I tried to avoid engaging fully with our current economy.
Just the other day, I was at the local surf shop while my daughter was in the water. The owner told me he doesn’t like this system either. His rent just went up and he hates raising prices for his boards and wetsuits. He tells me he prefers how it was when he was a firefighter. “We worked for the rich and for the poor.”
And — recently, I’ve also come to accept that the world will probably not transition to a gift economy during my lifetime. So, in the meantime, I figure I can either move to the forest and become a monk — or I can try to be of service within this flawed system in the best way I can. . .
Charging in the way that I do now, enables me to make the program accessible to a wide range of people, while making it possible for me invest in reaching more people with this work. It also helps me finance the production and distribution of my independent films, which are also focused on healing our relationship with nature.
If you made it all the way here,
I'm guessing that you're ready to fully embody the nature-infused being of radiant vibrance that you are.
Is that what your intuition is saying?
If so, I can't wait to see you in the inside!
The Nature Practice programs and mentoring are intended to educate, inspire and entertain you on your personal journey toward wellbeing and happiness. They are not intended to replace care best provided by qualified professionals and they are not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Photography by Piccadilly Posh, Pete Longworth & Natasha Deganello Giraudie.
Design by Todd Schulte.