Webinar: How to Get Outside When You Can’t - Navigating Barriers to Healing in Nature

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Live Webinar
Registration Close Date: July 9, 2024

Each day we are learning more and more about the vast benefits of healing our mind, body and spirit in nature from the positive physical impacts of exposure to sunshine and fresh air to the array of ecological metaphors that aid in our meaning-making process. Yet, rarely do you see the headlines narrating the actual voice in our grieving minds saying, “How am I supposed to even get out of bed, let alone get outside?” “Do I even have the right stuff to do this outdoor activity or even know how to get where I'm supposed to go?” “What do I even do when I go outside?” “I just don’t have the time to make this happen…” These questions continue to illuminate the many barriers we face to simply get outside, and when you add grief into the mix everything is amplified. In this webinar we will address a variety of physical, mental and emotional barriers to getting outside and explore tools to either lessen or eliminate completely the things that stand in our way of valuable time healing in nature.

This webinar is presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®.




Rachel Hunsell


Rachel Hunsell

Rachel has a background in experiential program development and facilitation, outdoor engagement, event management and public speaking. As the TAPS Outdoor Programs Manager, she develops, implements, enhances and supports programming across the TAPS network, fostering the connection of our grief journeys to the therapeutic power of nature and the wilderness. Understanding life's challenges will always arise, Rachel encourages survivors to reconnect with their inner strength by creating emotionally safe and understanding environments. As a survivor honoring the life and death of her brother, Marine Lance Corporal J. Kyle Price, she understands the valleys and mountaintops we experience along the journey after loss. The military community is both Rachel’s personal and professional home, where her efforts are directed in helping the community heal their trauma and grow through pain. Rachel obtained her Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication with an emphasis on Public Relations from Southeast Missouri State University in 2013. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Education with a degree in Recreation Therapy at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, where she also served as a Graduate Assistant at Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center serving Southern Illinois veterans.


About the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®

The TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is positioned to be the national and worldwide leader in training and education for bereavement professionals, bereaved individuals, and grieving military, veteran and civilian families. The Institute serves as a resource and training center, providing a hub for high-quality collaboration among professionals working in the field of grief and loss.

The Institute is where practical information on coping with loss are accessible for all who seek current strategies, the most effective tools, and best practices for supporting those who are grieving and those who serve the grieving. 

The Institute provides workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and more to educate caregivers, mental health professionals, clergy, funeral directors, casualty officers, the bereaved themselves, and so many others on the best ways to travel the grief journey.

TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is located at TAPS Headquarters, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Third Floor, Arlington, VA 22201

Email us at Institute@taps.org or give us a call at 800-959-8277 (TAPS) with any questions.