Zoe Gillis – Disconnect to Reconnect

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In episode 96 I interviewed Zoe Gillis. Zoe is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who runs nature and mindfulness wilderness retreats.

Zoe Gillis

In this episode I chat with Zoe about nature feeling like a safer place to release emotion, overcoming fears in nature, focusing on the beauty of nature, how nature can benefit mental well-being, sensory mindfulness, putting the phone down, journal writing, getting comfortable being uncomfortable, noticing beauty around you, advice for the anxious hiker, and nature for beginners. Enjoy!


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Show notes:

Why Zoe started running wilderness retreats (3:30)

Overcoming fears in nature (8:10)

How nature can benefit mental well-being (16:00)

Bringing yourself back into the present when in nature (mindfulness) (19:20)

Learning to put the phone down and connect with nature (22:20)

Tips for journal writing (25:20)

Disconnect to reconnect (28:40)

Working through anxieties of switching off the phone (35:10)

Becoming aware of the beauty around you (39:00)

Advice for the anxious hiker (43:15)

Nature for beginners (47:50)

Solo and group time in nature (52:20)

The billboard question (55:00)

The amazing life question (57:10)

Find out more about the Zoe:

Website – ZoeGillis.com


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