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Halls Gap Family Healing Retreat Held by Hamilton Natural Therapist


VICTORIA, Australia September, 2012 – A man who spent ten years travelling around the USA speaking to parents and children has identified that a significant decrease in the time children spend with nature has an incredibly detrimental impact on their development. The condition, which expert Richard Louv, author of the book ‘Last Child in the Woods’, has termed Nature Defecit Disorder, is largely caused by an increase in ‘stranger danger’ and parents encouraging their children to play indoors; technology enticing children to video games instead of creative outdoor play and national parks prohibiting children from walking off the paths for preservation reasons.

In an interview on Public School Insight, Louv stated some positive effects of treating Nature Deficit Disorder, “everything from a positive effect on the attention span to stress reduction to creativity, cognitive development, and their sense of wonder and connection to the earth.”

A local Victorian woman who holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Natural Resource Management, a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching and is a qualified Journey Practitioner is on a mission to reconnect families with nature and each other. Lee-anne Fairbairn, the founder and director of a Hamilton natural therapy clinic Whole Hearted Wellness is set to host a family retreat ‘Our Little Footsteps retreat’, Brambuk Cultural Centre, Halls Gap 5-7 October 2012 so that Australian families can enjoy nature-based activities and learn about the native bush while connecting with each other and like-minded people.

The retreat, which is set to make many Victorian families’ school holidays fun, includes school holiday activities such as:
·         Ecological nature day/night walks
·         Creative art
·         Cultural dance
·         Yoga/story book yoga
·         Story creation
·         Camp fire activities
·         Rock climbing
·         Local history
·         Healthy living talks/workshops
·         A concert, and
·         A mystery auction

All proceeds from the family healing retreat ‘Our Little Footsteps Retreat’ will go to ‘Homes for Haiti’, a charity through compassion and connection project of AAE Inc. Australian families will be supporting the children of La Gonave in Haiti to help build and strengthen the lives of the families living there.

Fairbairn asks that all interested families RSVP by Friday, September 7 to secure their place in the fun family weekend – including show bags, surprises, hidden treasures, a mystery auction and more to keep both parents and children entertained. To find out more about the family healing retreat being held on 5-7 October, visit


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