The philosophy is simple, connect with nature and feel the benefits. We believe every human has the right to benefit from the joys of bushwalking.
To open accessible pathways for all individuals to access the beauty and healing of the outdoors.
Offering high quality, one on one and group bushwalks, led by a fully a qualified Day Walk Leader. These walks are led in a variety of locations around South Australia and aim to offer a unique experience that has proven physical and mental health benefits.
My name is Sam Wells and I’m the creator of Positive Patterns. Over the past three years I have worked one on one with various NDIS participants as a carer and mentor. Through this work, I have first hand observations of the extreme mental and physical benefits bushwalking and nature based exercise can bring to those I have worked with. With this in mind, I am offering a pathway for participants to engage with nature, in hopes of enhancing their overall wellbeing and helping create a positive pattern they can enjoy for life.
Intuitively we all know the benefits of exercise and being in nature. However, science is now increasingly in favour of the vast benefits one can receive through a regular bushwalking or nature based practice. Have a read for yourself below or better, go out and try!
An article released by the American Psychological Association explaining the numerous benefits of exposure to natural environments. (Source: American Psychological Association. (2020, April 1). Nurtured by nature. Monitor on Psychology, 51(3).
A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that spending time in nature, including activities like bushwalking, can lead to improved mood and self-esteem. (Source: Barton, J. & Pretty, J. (2010). What is the best dose of nature and green exercise for improving mental health? A multi-study analysis. Environmental Science & Technology, 44(10), 3947-3955.)
A randomised controlled trial of forest therapy, which involves activities such as bushwalking and nature walks, found that it can improve immune function and decrease stress levels. (Source: Li, Q., Morimoto, K., Kobayashi, M., Inagaki, H., Katsumata, M., Hirata, Y., ... & Ohira, T. (2008). Visiting a forest, but not a city, increases human natural killer activity and expression of anti-cancer proteins. International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, 21(1_suppl), 117-127.)
A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that walking in nature can improve mood and cognitive functioning in adults. (Source: Berman, M.G., Jonides, J., & Kaplan, S. (2008). The cognitive benefits of interacting with nature. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 5(3), 1-12.)