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"Nature heals,

nature is everywhere,

and nature is for everyone"

- Dr. Heidi Schreiber-Pan

Founder, Center for Nature Informed Therapy

What is Nature Informed Therapy?

Nature Informed Therapy is a therapeutic approach that integrates the healing elements of nature into established, evidence-based treatment modalities. In many ways, Nature Informed Therapy is very similar to Ecotherapy. It builds awareness of how human connection with nature (or lack thereof) has on one's mental health and improves mental health and wellbeing by restoring the healthy relationship with nature, self, and others. Nature Heals Your Mind, Body, and Soul Nature and Mental Health are related. Nature-based lifestyle can make a long-lasting positive impact on your overall health. You don't have to travel to Bali or summit Mount Everest to feel the goodness of Nature! Walking outside, interacting with Nature, or going on hikes is enough to do wonders for your health. Nature Informed Therapy looks for ways to integrate multiple healing properties of Nature into existing evidence-based modalities like CBT, DBT, and others. It tries to restore the healthy relationship between individuals and the natural world through multiple ways of interaction with nature including backpacking, hiking, walking and talking, nature-based mindfulness, horticulture, Nature arts and crafts, and nature retreats. The targeted application includes anxiety management, PTSD, stress reduction, burn-out, grief, ADHD, individual wellbeing, and life satisfaction.

Locations & Partners

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We acknowledge our Privilege as Benefactors of the colonialization of the U.S. we Acknowledge our Social Location and Privilege. 

We recognize that we live, work and play on the traditional lands of the Piscataway, Nanticoke, and Susquehannock. It is important for us to honor this reality. 

We recognize that the Western nature and mindfulness practices we offer have origins in North American and Asian traditional practices. We commit to honoring the wisdom, resilience, and guidance of these communities and of people most impacted by systems of oppression. 

Upcoming Programs & Events

Give the Gift of Nature

Our nature therapy retreats, groups, and trips in Towson, Monkton, and Owings Mills are not covered by insurance. To provide access to anyone in our community who desires to explore peace through nature, please consider donating to our Nature Scholarship Fund
Walking for 12 minutes is better than 12 hours of TV show or desktop game. Nature deprivation is harmful, so go out, connect with nature. It offers a natural solution to depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems. 


Receive the Gift of Nature

Unplug And Connect With Nature

Unplug from technology, devote more time to your self-awareness and mindfulness with our Nature-based therapy. Take a walk or go on a hiking adventure, spending time in lush green space reduces your sympathetic nervous system's stress response and helps the autonomic system regain balance.

We believe in the universal benefit of cultivating a healing reconnection with the natural world. To apply for a scholarship to any of our programs, please access the scholarship application by clicking the icon.



Center for Nature Informed Therapy

1010 Dulaney Valley Rd,

Towson, MD 21204

Phone: 410-567-1117


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