11 episodes

What’s the relationship between nature and the brain? Join me, Sarah Allely, as I discover how nature helped me recover from a brain injury. 
 
When a mild traumatic brain injury left me unable to read, write or watch TV,  I discovered my path to recovery was through nature.
 
This podcast follows my journey of recovery, and my quest to find out why. What’s the science behind my experience? Many academics acknowledge nature’s health benefits, and scientists are yet to pinpoint exactly what it is that heals. This series returns to the forests and coastlines to immerse you in the sounds of nature that improved my focus and concentration, relieved my headaches and lifted my depression and anxiety.

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Brain on Nature Sarah Allely

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 95 Ratings

What’s the relationship between nature and the brain? Join me, Sarah Allely, as I discover how nature helped me recover from a brain injury. 
 
When a mild traumatic brain injury left me unable to read, write or watch TV,  I discovered my path to recovery was through nature.
 
This podcast follows my journey of recovery, and my quest to find out why. What’s the science behind my experience? Many academics acknowledge nature’s health benefits, and scientists are yet to pinpoint exactly what it is that heals. This series returns to the forests and coastlines to immerse you in the sounds of nature that improved my focus and concentration, relieved my headaches and lifted my depression and anxiety.

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    Regenerating the Cooks River with the Mudcrabs

    Regenerating the Cooks River with the Mudcrabs

    Every weekend, and some weekdays too, you'll find Mudcrabs along the banks of the Cooks River. Not crustaceans, although they're slowly returning as their habitat is restored, but a group of dedicated volunteers who are rehabilitating what was once the most polluted river in Australia. With prosthetic pincers, they pick up rubbish from in and around the river. They plant trees and shrubs to revegetate bushland that's been lost, and weed and protect the new bush. This episode documents how the Mudcrabs have rehabilitated the Cooks River, and how the benefits flow two ways. For many Mudcrabs, their work connects them with natural world and improves their own health and wellbeing too. 
    This episode was made on the lands of the Gadigal/Wangal people.
    It was supported by an Inner West Council Environment grant. Special thanks to all the Mudcrabs we spoke to. To find out more about the Mudcrabs, and to get involved, visit www.crva.org.au/mudcrabs

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    • 28 min
    The Accident

    The Accident

    I wake up on the road in intense pain. I don’t know what’s happened. Who are these people? Where am I? Why is my right shoulder killing me? But it’s only when I get home from the hospital that the extent of my injuries start to emerge. I can’t read, I can listen to music, I can’t be around my family. What's happening?
    Production credits
    Writer and producer: Sarah Allely
    Co-Producer: Olivia Rosenman
    Sound design: Ariana Martinez
    https://brainonnature.com/2019/09/05/the-accident-episode-1/

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    • 18 min
    The Waiting Room

    The Waiting Room

    The injury makes me reflect on what the load on my brain was like before the accident. I’m a journalist, my head’s full of work. I manage our household, wrangle our kids – they’re two and five years old. We don’t have any other family in Australia. My partner’s frantic running his arts organisation. I still keep a busy social life. I love late nights out in hectic loud bars drinking with friends. But after the accident I can’t do any of this!


    Production credits
    Writer and producer: Sarah Allely
    Co-Producer: Olivia Rosenman
    Sound design: Ariana Martinez


    https://brainonnature.com/2019/09/09/episode-2-the-waiting-room/

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    • 32 min
    If Symptoms Persist, Accept

    If Symptoms Persist, Accept

    Finally, I get a diagnosis. The doctors tell me I have what they’re calling ‘a mild traumatic brain injury’. And there’s not much that they can do about it. They encourage me to just accept my situation. Then, some friends invite me on a bushwalk.
    Production credits
    Writer and producer: Sarah Allely
    Co-Producer: Olivia Rosenman
    Sound design: Ariana Martinez
    https://brainonnature.com/2019/09/09/episode-3-if-symptoms-persist-accept/

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    • 24 min
    Invisible Injury

    Invisible Injury

    I’m racing towards the finish line. I’m almost better! I try to get back to my normal life, but something’s still not quite right. And then, all of a sudden, things start to unravel. Surely this isn’t happening. I’m nearly better, remember? I find Cait Ward, who had similar experiences after being hit with a lacrosse ball.


    Production credits
    Writer and producer: Sarah Allely
    Co-Producer: Olivia Rosenman
    Sound design: Ariana Martinez



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    • 29 min
    There's Science to This

    There's Science to This

    I’m depressed and anxious and the headaches are back. I have to dose myself up on nature again. I wouldn’t have considered heading into the bush alone before the accident. But now I’m known for turning up to school pick-ups in shorts and hiking boots. But why has no doctor told me to use nature? Or even encouraged me really?


    Production credits
    Writer and producer: Sarah Allely
    Co-Producer: Olivia Rosenman
    Sound design: Ariana Martinez

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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

marissareid85 ,

Kindred spirit

Hello Sarah,
My name is marissa. I’ve just listened to your part in the ABC podcast.
I wanted to reach out to you as I too had a mild traumatic brain injury almost 3 years ago and the things you explained were echoes of what I’ve experienced.
It was sad, but so unbelievably comforting to know that some one else has experienced something similar. I’ve felt so alone, yet surrounded by people in recovery.
I’ve come a long way and always look to the positives.
Something weirdly strange... I too was reading a Elena Ferrante novel when I had my accident.
I would love to speak with you one day

Thank you,
Marissa , far North Queensland Australia

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This podcast sounds great and I got a lot from it...looking forward to ‘kids on nature’!!

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