10 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.

Brain on Nature Sarah Allely

    • Documentary
    • 4.5, 85 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.

    PRESENTING: OUT THERE - DEER HUNTER

    PRESENTING: OUT THERE - DEER HUNTER

    Indie podcast Out There explores big questions through intimate stories outdoors. In this award-winning episode, producer Sam Anderson goes hunting for the first time and finds it confronting. And as a vegetarian, so did I. But Sam explores his questions around what it takes to pull the trigger. Are we all capable of it? And if we can take a life, what does that say about us? How does Killing an animal change us?
     
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    • 23 min
    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

    A quick update about what’s been happening since we released season one. We're planning for a second season but need your help. It’s about how getting off screens back outside and into the natural world can change the brains of young people.
     
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    • 2 min
    Presenting HumaNature

    Presenting HumaNature

    While you wait for season two, here's an inspiring story from a father and daughter about their first overnight hiking adventure. As they hike into Utah's Bryce Canyon in late November, things don't go according to plan. But they both emerge positive about being pushed to the edge by nature's unpredictability. This story comes from HumaNature, a Wyoming Public Media podcast that tells real stories about humans in the natural world. You can find them wherever you get your podcasts, or here

     
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    • 18 min
    Back on the Bike

    Back on the Bike

    The doctors are saying they want me to go back to work…gradually. But I’m not sure. I’ve lost my confidence. My brain injury rehab specialist says we won’t know until we try. He means I won’t actually recover properly until I go back to work. The neurons that fire together, wire together – he keeps saying.

     
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    • 37 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
    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 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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Loved this podcast... please write a book!

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