The Nature of Strengths tool box

Additional ideas, information and resources

Congratulations on purchasing The Nature of Strengths, a set of 28 cards that invite us to turn to nature for examples of strengths that could help us grow, learn and nourish ourselves. By looking carefully at the behaviours of animals, insects and plants, we can think about how we might apply their strengths in our own lives and make them our own.

Each striking watercolour image and accompanying action invites us to think of strengths as something we can choose to ‘do’, rather than something we ‘have’.

Now that you have the cards, you will be wanting some fresh and innovative ideas for how to incorporate the cards into your work, and perhaps your life.

In this Tool Box, you will find the digital booklet, which contains lots of information about eating disorders, disordered eating and other ‘shadowy companions’ like depression and anxiety, plus loads of activities and suggestions for how to use the cards in different settings. (This can be printed as an A5 hardcopy booklet.)

As a BONUS gift to you, we are giving you access to the digital version of the cards! The digital cards are interactive, making them ideal for building rapport and connection. And because they are digital, you can use them anywhere, anytime.

Feel free to browse this page and get inspired by stories from other people on how they’ve used the cards. And don’t forget to explore the range of other supporting materials and information, which is at your fingertips any time you need it.

This Tool Box is exclusively for people who have purchased the cards. We will continue to add resources and ideas so check in regularly to see what’s new!

The Nature of Strengths booklet

The Nature of Strengths digital cards

Ideas bank

Blog- The Nature of Strengths: Holding On and Letting Go

They say that in times of transition there is always something to let go of and something to hold onto. Personally, this seems to be my constant state of being! Do you find that fantasies of letting go of bad habits and taking hold of shiny, new, healthy alternatives are nearly always hovering around? Read more

Blog- Interview with nature-based therapist and social worker, Kit Kline

We talk to Kit Kline, Nature Based therapist and founder of Nature Based Therapy, counsellor and educator, about some practical ways we can support clients to connect with the natural environment. Read more

Blog- How nature can be a powerful tool for mental health

I have always found peace in nature. Whenever things get stressful or overwhelming, I either jump on my bike, go for a walk in the bush or just sit in the garden. I think a lot of us do. Read more

Blog- Taking Chances

Using her hind flippers, the female buries up to two hundred eggs in the sand. After about two months, the hatchlings emerge and scamper across the sand, taking their chances on reaching the ocean as gulls and crabs prey on them. Read more

Blog- Forget trying to imitate Santa this Christmas; try some ‘biomimicry’ instead!

Christmas/New Year means precious ‘time out’ for many people.  Whether or not these occasions are part of your religious or cultural traditions, the golden combination of summer and public holidays means that many Australians will be heading for the beach, the bush or the backyard during this time. Or maybe just the bean bag on the balcony! Read more

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