This continuous seeking of questions and answers led me finally to live a life as close as possible to nature – away from the urban environment of mass-produced food, polluted air and fast-paced rhythm. In my yearning for a more and simple and natural life, I met the man who became my husband; he shares the same idea of natural living so we are extremely fortunate now to live off-grid with our children, surrounded by the rainforest. We have been living this way for more than 5 years now, growing and living sustainably and close to nature, and we couldn’t imagine living any other way than this.
Nothing beats the power of nature as medicine. No matter how much organic food we eat and how much we take care of our bodies, the environment in which we live in plays the biggest role in our wellbeing. Beyond the clean air and pristine water, being in nature brings us peace and that is most important of all. In Japan, there is a popular therapy called ‘forest bathing’ that involves taking long walks in designated trails in wild forests. Research had shown that these walks reduces hypertension and increases the activity of immune cells which boosts the immune system. Where we live, we are in ‘therapy’ daily!