An immersive short course to better understand and create nature experiences for health and wellbeing.

27-29th June 2021
Burnley Campus, Melbourne University

People living in cities face increasing disconnection from the natural world and in this year, perhaps more than any other, we have become more aware of the importance of nature in our lives. Nature connections for wellbeing explores the role of natural environments in supporting health and wellbeing. It will feature leading research setting the state of knowledge and hands on activities to experience nature connections. Learnings can inform decisions and designs of natural places, linking to professional practice. This unique Australian offering is based in the beautiful, heritage-listed Burnley gardens near inner Melbourne, itself an inspiring venue for exploring interactions between people, nature, and wellbeing.

Who is this course for?

  • Urban policy-makers, urban planners, urban designers
  • Architects and landscape architects
  • Landscape designers and managers
  • Allied health professionals
  • Anyone interested in nature connections in city life

Participants will learn through a range of activities, including lectures and discussions with scholars and practitioners that focus on aspects of nature and wellbeing connections, designs and therapies. The course also includes guided experiences in nature to build learnings and a field trip visiting projects that connect people and nature.

Find out more here.