Short Course description
Inspired by Nature: Outdoor Therapeutic Environments explores how natural and urban spaces can be used to create and/or experience health and wellness opportunities. A wide variety of topics will be covered including environmental design for mental and physical health, creative interventions such as ‘popups’ in civic spaces, the value of parks and playgrounds for adult and child health, sacred spaces, and nature walking. Practical activities are designed to facilitate a connection and/or reconnection to the natural and built environments that surround us in personal and community contexts.
Dr Eliza Burke is an interdisciplinary researcher and writer with an MFA in Art Theory (University of Tasmania) and a PhD in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (Monash University). She is also an independent art curator and has held a variety of project co-ordination and management roles in the arts industry and the tertiary education sector. She teaches and has assisted on many research projects across the disciplines of Sociology and Art Theory, with particular expertise in mental health and gender theory, and contemporary arts practices. She has published her own research in Feminist Media Studies, Australian Feminist Studies and Counselling, Psychotherapy and Health and regularly contributes to the Asia-Pacific arts magazine, Artlink.