SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, an approved provider for continuing education by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), has announced a new course offering: Nature and Healing: The Power of Connection.

Nature and Healing: The Power of Connection (2 contact hours; $20. Expiration date: Sept. 24, 2015.)

Course description: Walking barefoot on the grass, listening to the ocean or the rush of a river, hearing the sounds of baby birds chirping in the spring, smelling the desert after a summer thunderstorm or watching the silence of a winter snowfall. These sensory experiences can help us feel peaceful, awe-struck, humbled, exhilarated and connected to the grander world beyond ourselves. The use of natural elements to heal or to support well-being is as old as human history, but it fell out of favor in the health-care profession for many decades. Now, the realization of the power of nature to heal is undergoing a tremendous resurgence and is providing additional therapies and tools for health care providers to help support the well-being and healing among patients, clients, staff and community members.

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the effects of nature on health and well-being. The models and philosophies that influence environmental design, the impact of gardens on health and well-being, the elements of healing gardens and the varieties of healing gardens will be examined.

Learning objectives: Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the


1. Describe the benefits of interacting with nature.

2. Discuss the more common models and philosophies that have influenced healing environmental design, including feng shui, anthroposophic medicine, sacred geometry, horticulture therapy, the Planetree model, Snoezelen therapy and the green movement.

3. Examine the impact of gardens on health and well-being.

4. Describe elements of healing gardens.

5. Compare and contrast the characteristics of medicinal gardens, sensory gardens, memorial gardens and edible gardens.

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions began in 1994 as a developer of more than 200 vocational, baccalaureate and master’s-level degree programs for schools and colleges. ALLEGRA quickly expanded, creating more than 300 online courses and content for more than 2,000 U.S. schools and colleges, customizing content for publishers, writing two highly successful books and achieving national endorsements for the quality of their work. ALLEGRA’s courses and certificates have been nationally accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and other accrediting agencies. For a complete list of courses, visit