Workforce Wellbeing 2023

Workforce Wellbeing
A person stands on rocks looking at the sunset. Photo by Samir Belhamra

Topic of this month is Being in Nature

When was the last time you were in a natural environment? How did you feel? What did it smell like? What did you see and hear?

Being in nature is such a normal thing for us humans. I am sure it is a natural instinct that compels us to pack up, taking the time to organise food, shelter, sleeping bags and all manner of other things, before heading off on a weekend away. What is driving us to put in so much effort to spend time in nature?

While camping might not be everyone’s thing — some might prefer a spa retreat in a rainforest — we are driven to spend time in nature because it is good for us. And science agrees!

Check out some of this month’s resources, understand a little more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander connection to Country, how the Japanese introduced the world to “Shinrin-yoku” or forest bathing, as well as the benefits of bare feet and wild swimming.

Whatever you like to do in nature, try and fit it in this month. It is for your wellbeing.

Try: Wild swimming

There’s nothing quite like swimming in nature. This site lists spots for your next hike

Explore: 12 Stunning Natural Swimming Holes Around Queensland

A list of 12 fresh and salt water natural swimming holes outside of Brisbane, with

Watch: The beautiful connection between people and Country

Back to Nature is a visually stunning documentary series featuring two storytellers guiding viewers through

Read: Feel connected to nature? It might be in your genes

For the first time, researchers have revealed how a person’s genes can play a part

Try: Barefoot collective

The Foot Collective are on a mission to help humans restore their foundation and explore

Watch: Introduction to Shinrin-Yoku

Shinrin Yoku is a health-enhancing practice that is introduced in this brief video, courtesy of

Explore: Shinrin-Yoku Australia

Take yourself to a Forest. Walk slowly and with intention. Breathe deeply. Open all your

Travel: The secret to mindful travel? A walk in the woods

In the 1990s, researchers began studying the physiological benefits of forest bathing, providing the science

Forest Bathing – What, How, Where? A beginner’s guide

Forest bathing — also known as Shinrin-yoku — is the practice of immersing yourself in