As I paddle across the lake on a late September morning, the sun casts a golden hue across the trees, the leaves about to burst with autumn colours. There, I can almost see the faces of those who joined me in Muskoka this past summer, and their laughter seems to echo back at me across the lake.
I have unspeakable gratitude for those that joined me at our EDGE3 retreats. There is something about nature that brings out the best in us, allows us to see our path forward with such clarity, and it connects us with others in a truly profound way. But WHY is that?
Neuroscientist, David Strayer has been conducting electroencephalogram (EEG) tests to measure brain activity when we are in nature. Our busy lifestyle and technology puts a high demand on our prefrontal cortex, which is an important centre for critical thinking and problem solving. He found that when we are in nature, there is less activity in prefrontal cortex, allowing for more insights to naturally occur. Perhaps that’s why we saw so many “aha moments” at our EDGE3 Retreats! Read more about how nature affects our brain!
And a big “thank you” to the amazing team at Kobayashi Online for joining me for their 2nd annual EDGE3 Retreat. Strayer’s research shows we can be up to 50% more creative when we immerse ourselves in nature, and creative thinking seemed to explode for the Kobayashi Online team! They left as an even more cohesive team, and they have made powerful action plans for the coming year. Way to go Team! I took a quiet moment in Muskoka to jot down some notes about the value of taking a team out in nature. Read more about it here.
“At the end of the day, we come out in nature not because the science says it does something to us, but because of how it makes us feel.” – David Strayer
Enjoy the fall friends, and take the time to appreciate the colourful month of October, your brain will thank you for it!