Restorative Experience

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An Restorative Experience is a type of Connection Experience that occurs in natural environments, like forests. [1]

List of Connection Experience Types

Connection Experience > Activation Experience, Aesthetic Experience, Ascension Experience, Awakening Experience, Clearing Experience, Completion Experience, Deep Flow, Diminutive Experience, Dream Experience, Flow Experience, Forced Connection, Healing Experience, Intuitive Glimmering, Nadir Experience, Push Experience, Restorative Experience, Union Experience, Unity Experience

Notes

Restorative Experiences are one of several types of sub-transcendent Connection Experiences that Williams and Harvey identify is occurring in natural environments. These include Deep Flow, Diminutive Experiences, Aesthetic Experiences, and Restorative Experiences

"We were spending the weekend at our house. I felt the need for the tranquillity and `gentleness' of this bush. Its de¢nitely the bush that makes me feel serene, and the lack of tra¤c noise. In fact my sleep patterns alter in this bush environment and I lose the anxious feelings that I awake with during the night in other environments. Time is no longer important. The important thing about the experience was what I was NOT thinking about. Serenity for me is accompanied by the realization that I need do nothing. That I may be still."[2]


Footnotes

  1. Williams, Kathryn, and David Harvey. “Transcendent Experience in Forest Environments.” Journal of Environmental Psychology 21, no. 3 (September 1, 2001): 249–60. https://doi.org/10.1006/jevp.2001.0204.
  2. Williams, Kathryn, and David Harvey. “Transcendent Experience in Forest Environments.” Journal of Environmental Psychology 21, no. 3 (September 1, 2001): 249–60. https://doi.org/10.1006/jevp.2001.0204. p. 255.
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