8 episodes

I'm Sarah Allely and when a bicycle accident left me unable to read, write or watch TV, I discovered my path to recovery was through nature.

This narrative documentary series follows my quest to find out why the natural environment helped me recover from a mild traumatic brain injury.

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

I'm Sarah Allely and when a bicycle accident left me unable to read, write or watch TV, I discovered my path to recovery was through nature.

This narrative documentary series follows my quest to find out why the natural environment helped me recover from a mild traumatic brain injury.

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 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

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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

    • 29 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/

    • 24 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/

    • 32 min

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