26 Apr Hiking Mindfully

Spring is here and it's time to get outside. Inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest are beginning to come out of their lairs. Now is a great time to dust off your walking shoes and go for a hike. Here are a few tips for being mindful on a hike too reap even more health benefits. Pause before you start: By the time you get to the trailhead, you may be so eager to get moving that you bring the hustle and bustle of your life on to the hike. Try taking a moment to pause before you start. Set your intentions,...

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15 Jun Health Benefits of Gardening: Guest Blog from Dr. Sabra Royer, ND

What comes to your mind when you think of being in nature? Maybe it’s a specific place or activity that you enjoy. For people who are drawn to the outdoors, some of the health benefits of spending time outside are intuitive. Research has shown that spending time in nature can be beneficial for people with a variety of conditions from diabetes and hypertension to stress, anxiety, and depression. In short, being in nature can improve both mental and physical health. Gardening is an easy way to spend time outdoors, and besides producing food or natural beauty, it may have some specific health benefits....

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10 May Spring?

April showers bring may flowers is how the old proverb goes. Well what happens when April feels like July, with May not looking any different? After multiple days of record-breaking April temps, I started to wonder if this was just how our Northwest spring was going to be like moving forward. Is this a feature of what climate change is going to look like for Oregon? Many plants out there are confused, with some mistakenly blooming too early. But what does this shifting weather pattern do for our mental health? Looks like I am not the only one wondering about this....

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07 Nov The Yurt is cozy and ready to take on Seasonal Affective Disorder

As the calendar turned over to November, we moved back our clocks and were met with cooler, darker, days. The conditions in the yurt are wonderful and it's a great time to come visit.  The rain drops falling on the roof offer a soothing sound and the heat from the fireplace is inviting.  The perennials and natives in the garden are establishing themselves nicely with the newfound rain.  A sense of calm comes over me every time I meander by the plants and step into the warm yurt.  There is a lot of beauty to be found in this time...

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11 Sep Garden is growing

On August 19th, 2015, Oregon broke a record for the most days with an air temperature over 90 degrees.  This record coincided with a state and region wide drought that lasted longer than recently remembered, with large scale wildfires spreading across the Northwest.  A couple days after this record was set, winds blowing from Eastern Oregon brought a thick haze of wildfire smoke into the Willamette Valley and here in Portland.  Unhealthy air quality was recorded in places such as Beaverton and Government Camp.  The dark haze brought an eerie feel to the city.  I can't help but take notice...

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29 Jul Why a Garden?

Back in March of this year, when I concluded that it was time to take my practice to a more nature based form, the question became: "How do I do it while living in a city?" As far as cities go, Portland has incredible access to green spaces.  There are many parks, including Forest Park, the largest park within city limits in the U.S.  I thought about possibly meeting clients on one of the many trails in Forest Park, and having hiking/walking therapy sessions up there.  The Columbia Gorge to the east offers a wide range of options in the outdoors...

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22 Jul Why a yurt?

"What even is a yurt?" I've been asked this question many times along this process of moving my practice into one.  For those who are still unfamiliar, let's take a moment to learn more about yurts and what drove my intention to work in one. Yurts date back at least three thousand years to parts of Asia.  They served as dwellings for nomadic, horse-riding nations in the regions near the Northern Black Sea and Central Asia.  Yurts have been proven to withstand the harsh conditions of the lands they originate from, while they are designed to be dismantled and packed compactly to be moved to the next...

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12 Jul From the Ground up

Welcome to the new website and blog of Ground PDX.  What an exciting adventure the last four months have offered in making the vision of Ground become reality.  For those who are unfamiliar with how Ground came to be, and even for those who are, I am compelled to share the story, as it provides the context and roots of this practice and the work. One year into my private practice as a Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapist in Portland, Oregon, I began to deeply reflect on the experience of the past year.  I had first launched my practice through subletting...

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