Wilderness Therapy Uses Nature to Help People Heal

Wilderness Therapy Uses Nature to Help People Heal
Many of us have stories about taking solace in nature’s simple beauty, but few realize just how crucial a lifeline it can be.

Take the story of 24-year-old Gwen Miller of Lombard, IL, who suffered traumatic abuse as a child and has since used nature as a refuge and emotional salve. Her goal is to help other survivors of childhood abuse recover through exposure to the outdoors:

Miller’s [introduced people to nature] by leading inner-city kids on hikes and backpacking trips, as well as traveling to Washington, D.C., to lobby for legislation that encourages kids to go outside. Miller’s outdoor activism is motivated by her desire to help young people benefit from the natural world.

“When you like something, you care more about it and you want to protect it,” she said. “…
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