Practitioner Course

Nature Cure Therapies

Nature exposure is healing! This course gives you evidence-based medicine for your patient's nature prescription.

Online Course
3 lessons


12 Months OR Subscriber Pass


90 min/ lesson
4.5 Hours total


Catherine Darley ND

About this course

As human beings spend more and more time inside in the built environment, we are stepping away from the healing power of nature. This is a big loss! Human beings evolved in natural settings, and time in nature is one of the most stress-relieving activities we can enjoy.

Nature cure can be part of an effective plan for ADHD, depression, lack of social connection, and result in decreases in antidepressant prescriptions. Childhood nature exposure even predicts adult mental health. In other health domains, increased nature exposure is associated with decreased mortality and cardiovascular disease, while increasing heart rate variability and the impact of exercise. There’s also a strong immune effect of nature exposure and the terpenes nature provides, which is especially relevant for cancer.

People of all ages can benefit from nature, including some special populations such as veterans and women during pregnancy. Many types of nature exposure are healing – everything from indoor houseplants and art, to place sitting and gardening, to forest bathing and camping. Use the nature prescription to increase your patients’ well-being.
What you receive:
  • Clear protocol explanations from some of the world's top practitioners
  • Clinical pearls for improved practice results
  • Access to your audio and video recordings via the App Store
  • A downloadable PDF of the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Access to the community hub where you can get answers to your questions
  • A 30-day money back guarantee

From this course you will

  • Understand the clinical evidence for nature cure as treatment for common mental health conditions
  • Describe the proposed mechanisms of action of nature cure
  • Learn how nature exposure impacts cognitive performance
  • Understand the physiological effect of the terpenes found in nature
  • Describe the effect of nature exposure on the immune system and cancer
  • Use nature as supportive treatment in cardiovascular disease, inflammation, and other disorders
  • Learn how nature helps people of different ages and risk groups
  • Understand the range of effective nature prescriptions available
  • Create a nature cure plan for your patient in line with their resources

What's in this course

Your Presenter

Dr Catherine Darley

Dr Catherine Darley is a leader in integrative sleep medicine. She founded The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine, Inc in 2003, and since then has helped people of all ages sleep well using behavioral and naturopathic approaches for sleep disorders. The impact of light and the built environment on sleep is extensive, and deepened her appreciation of Nature Cure. Her expertise lies in profoundly effective lifestyle and behavioral change. Behaving in accordance with these principles allows patients all the benefits of good health, without the negative side effects of pharmaceuticals.

She is an expert and dynamic speaker, teaching a wide range of groups through engagement, storytelling, and with a clear explanation of the mechanisms of disease and treatment protocols. Dr Darley is published in professional journals, is quoted in popular magazines, and appeared on TV to share her sleep knowledge.