About

Hi! Welcome to wellnessthroughwildness.com!

What does this mean, ‘wellness through wildness’?

It means you are well because you are:

  • Independent, strong, and confident
  • Intune with your natural biorhythms
  • Intune with the nature around you
  • Free from clutter and excess
  • All of the above in working for your wellness

“To embrace the wildness in me, my self needs to reclaim my natural wholeness” ~ Mary-Anne Forest

Finding (great things) real purpose, rejuvenation, and a better world is a natural desire. Part of this is our want of wellness. Consider the nature within and the nature around us as the core that supports this wellness.

I decided to create this site with a view to wellness through wildness.

I’ve coined reconnecting to this wildness, Self Wilding.

Self Wilding

Self Wilding is about nurturing and creating conscious habits and a mindset that you need for your wellness.

It is not about living barefoot and free in the woods (though, that can be part of it). Nor is it about the brash reckless kind of wildness.

Rather, it’s about discovering ‘self’ and ‘the wild’ within and around you. This is the nature within and nature without.

Nature Within

This is your true Self, free of others’ perceptions, personas, and the ego.

It requires introspection and self-awareness and learning to trust your intuition.

It is about tuning into your purpose, values, visions, motivations, goals, and beliefs.

It’s about developing your intuition and feeling your connection with all other substance in the multi-universe.

   “Our DNA not only connects us to every plant and animal alive today, but to every single thing that has ever lived” ~ Brian Cox, Physicist.

true self vs ego
Self within layers of ego, persona, and others’ perceptions – adapted from the art of being yourself by Caroline McHugh

Nature Without

This is the natural world.

Alienating the self from the natural world has wellness costs.

Consider the oxygen we breathe, the ambient temperatures we function well in, the vitamins and minerals our bodies need, and much more.

I wonder, could we happily depend on artificial means for these human requirements? Perhaps. But, can you imagine that world? For me, it’s a depraved one. A sterile one. One I don’t wish to ever need to depend on.

But, can you imagine a world without nature? For me, it’s a depraved one. A sterile one. One I couldn’t wish to ever depend on. ~ Mary-Anne Forest

When we connect with nature we feel better.

According to science, natural aromas (phytoncides) help in reducing blood pressure and boosts immune functioning.

As well, the negative air ions in nature found around moving water, mountainous areas, and forests, help in serotonin production.

And, that strengthens our resilience to everyday stress.

The nature around us provides a natural dose of happy chemicals.

Self Wilding is About Finding Balance in a Topsy-Turvy World

Even in fairy tales, balance reigns supreme.

Remember Goldilocks, who found mommy and daddy bear’s porridges were either too hot or too cold, but the baby bear’s porridge was just right.

You get my point.

How does this relate to real life?

Too much of a busy lifestyle leads to stress and way too less to boredom.

Over-exercising zaps our energy as does too little.

Balance is the key to wellness.

What I love about this site:

  • Combines nurturing and nature
  • Has inspirational leads
  • The scientific findings
  • The tools, simple tips, and tricks to living

Regarding the topics: Apart from Self Wilding, you’ve heard You are what you eat, consider…you are what you see, feel, touch, and hear as well — we cover that – and we cover the use of visualization and serving your intuitive self. We include what’s said in scientific literature and links to useful sites, books, and videos.

If you find sections that need fixing on our site, let me know. We’ve done our best for now, but realize there may be some glitches and bugs that need our attention.

Yes, this is about naturalness and wholeness.

Wellnessthroughwildness.com is for people who are seeking wellness through wholesome natural products and a healthy presence of mind.

About Me

That’s me hugging a giant New Zealand kauri tree (Agathis australis).

I admit I’m a nature lover. I especially have an affinity with trees. Interestingly, my schoolyard nickname was Tree (smile), something to do with my surname (and a tendency to be tall). Yep, I was born a Forest and I love trees.

My background is twofold. I’ve worked in natural resource management, protecting nature from overdevelopment, and at the same time obtaining a Ph.D. in Ecology and Earth Sciences. Before that, I ran a team in social welfare where I witnessed the health and well-being struggles of everyday people. Personally, I’ve had my fair share of life struggles also and have suffered, what I call, a ‘brown out’ (like burn out but still functioning, albeit at a cost). This places me in a blended position of understanding the value of the wild (nature) while also understanding human nature and our need for wellness. I believe the two are interconnected. Hence, why I write about wellness through wildness!

Mary-Anne Forest