Nature Tonic

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 3 Oct 2019

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I love this book that I might wish one for Christmas. This is a book that combine art, creativity and nature. It makes you want to be out there, enjoying the nature has to give, and the beautiful art.... I just adore it :) I think this is a perfect gift to everyone who loves nature, or who you know want to be close to nature.
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I received a free electronic copy of this self-help book on September 30, 2019, from Netgalley, author Jocelyn De Kant and illustrator Clare Owen, and Leaping Hare Press. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.  I have read this excellent work of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest, personal opinion of this work. I am most pleased to share the knowledge imparted in this work to friends and family. 

If your idea of sacred lies within the forest or river valley or perhaps just the cloud animals in the crisp blue sky, this book is an affirmation of just that.  If you find life harried and at times too frantic, feel pressured on all sides and don't sleep well, you really need Nature Tonic - and a breath of fresh air.  This work is one of those books that are fine in digital, but you really need the accompanying art and the workbook pages to orchestrate your dip into an effective tonic of Mother nature to cure what ails you.
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Nature Tonic is a task-a-day journal that instructs readers to do something involving nature once a day for 365 days. This book was pretty cute, espeically because of the colorful layout of the pages. Some of the tasks seemed a little too vague, though, such as waking up to birds singing - but overall, I really liked reading Nature Tonic. It's the perfect book for kids and teens, I think!
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This book was full of adorable illustrations, as well as plenty of sage advice, touching quotes, and interesting nature trivia. Mindfulness and ecotherapy formed the backbone of the exercises and suggested observations. The target audience seemed a bit inconsistent to me, but in reality that simply means there is something for everyone from city dwelling children to experienced nature lovers from the countryside. This is a book that can be skimmed through many times, opened up at random now and then, or read straight through before starting off on the journey towards a more conscious, inspired life.

Although I was given a temporary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, I decided to buy a copy as well.
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Nature Tonic is a sweet journal that takes the reader through a year of mindful reflection on the natural world. Cute, simple illustrations, and simple ideas and suggestions to reconnect to the world around us are at the core of this work. I would probably use it as a coffee table book rather than an actual workbook, but that's me. I can see others following along and finding it a useful guide for mindfulness/awareness of their surroundings.
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What a lovely book this is! It’s a nature-themed activity book for grown-ups with a task to do for every day of the year. Plan a garden, string up a pine-cone, create a rainbow, draw your view… every page is adorned with colourful, contemporary-style illustrations. What a great gift this would make! 
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for this digital ARC.
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I've always loved Nature. It been an age old problem of how to be more like nature. I was very  interested to read this book.  In our busy techno world I believe that people have forgotten how healing and restorative nature can be. We, as humans, are attached to our schedules. That author poses what about taking a step back and appreciating what nature can do for us. Nature has her own schedule of night and day and her own change of seasons. Each day is a new fresh start The author encourages us to look around to see what nature has for us.  

There are daily suggestions from the author on what to do each day to encourage the reader to focus on their surroundings. As citizens of the twenty first century we are sometimes overloaded with advice coming from many different directions. With this book the author suggests that taking one little thing every day will bring things into focus. There is almost nothing in this book that can't be done in just five minutes.  The tasks are also flexible if you want to spend more time pursuing them.

As the author reminds us that Nature is always there. Finding our niches in our world is something that we all want to do.  This book is a great guide to begin your walk with nature. 
Wonderful illustrations and much thoughtfulness.

I would like to thank the publisher, the author and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Nature is a huge part of our family's life so I was happy to read a temporary digital ARC of this nature-based journal of sorts. I think perhaps it's better suited for someone who doesn't already love nature and spend time in it. I was expecting a daily to-do and it's not always that. Sometimes you're given a task, like to turn the lights on later than usual to experience the morning light or to find a way to spend time outside or do some bark rubbings. Other times it's more like sharing a fact or deep thought. The illustrations are gorgeous, and it is packed with interesting little tidbits (so that's why birds fly in a V!). It might be a good book to flip through before purchasing, to see if it's what you're looking for. I liked it, but it's not one that I think would be a perfect fit for me or my kiddos.
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Nature Tonic: A Year in My Mindful Life by Jocelyn de Kwant is full of 365 ways that you can embrace nature and bring your life back into balance. I absolutely love books that have short prompts or exercises that you can start out each day of the year by doing. This book is unlike any nature book that I have had the pleasure of reading because it combines many different ways that you can interact with nature; drawing, journaling, listening, touching, taking in a grand view and so much more.

This book is illustrated by Clare Owen, and these colorful additions to the activities in the book, make this book something special to add your notes and observations to. It is amazing how much these daily touches with the natural world can change your attitude and your focus for the day. I enjoyed going through this book from start to finish, but I believe that if you love the freedom to skip around and find something that speaks to you that day, that would work as well.

Nature Tonic - Learning New things

Some days you learn lessons about nature that you might not have thought about on your own. For example, #36  asks the question "Did you know that trees sleep at night?". Wow! I had no idea, yet she shares research notes that found that in silver birches, the trees branches and leaves can sag up to 4 inches at night and they they return to their upright positions before sunrise. Fascinating! That day I went out for a walk through a local park and found myself taking a very close look at the trees.

Nature Tonic - Activities

Activity #150 has 4 simple colored circles on the page, and you are invited to go on a color hunt and find natural objects that match the colors shown on the page. I bet it's been a long time since you have actively searched out plants, rocks or perhaps even the evening sky with a particular hue in mind. Such a great way to open up your creative eyes and be more mindful about the world around you.

Into the Fields

There are many categories covered in this book, but my favorite section is entitled "Into the Fields". #288 invites you to sit in the long grasses and take a look around. Try to find a spider web that is crafted between the blades of grass. I took my camera out that day, and it was amazed at how quickly a found a web that caught my interest. Such a beautiful design of swoops and lines gently supported on plants at about height of my knee. If I hadn't been looking for it, I might have just walked right by without noticing this little world.

I invite everyone to read Nature Tonic: A Year in My Mindful Life and see how it can change your perspective and your mindset. I plan to use this book for many years to come to redo activities and find new examples to enjoy. There are no right or wrong answers in this book, so you can have many different experiences and lessons to learn as you open yourself up to the possibilities.

Disclosure:  Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group - Leaping Hare Press for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes.  No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.
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It's a stunningly beautiful book that I didn't really get a lot out of on a personal level. I try to involve nature in my mindfulness where I can anyway and try to care for my mental health as best I can. Others might get more out of this.
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You can invest yourself in nature, every day a little
Jocelyn de Kwant is the author of "Nature Tonic. A Year in My Mindful Life" which was published by Quarto Publishing Group - Leaping Hare Press divides her book into twelve sections (e.g., A Natural Rhythm, Urban Nature, Earth's Colors). De Kwant has dedicated her life to write about things that make you feel better. For this book de Kwant created 365 prompts for a nature moment a day. Her goal is that the readers meditate, look, learn, or do. To achieve this she has combined mindfulness, creativity, botanical curiosity, and bush craft. Every section starts with a short introduction. The various tasks are numbered from 1 to 365. One does not have to follow the numbering or even finish one section before starting the next one, but one can chose the prompt one wants to concentrate on on a particular day.
This is the first book that I have read by this author. The task by de Kwant and the illustrations by Clare Owen are great and inspiring. The tasks engage the readers to get active. An extensive list of further readings contains books and articles and his a help for those who want to go deeper. This is a great gift for younger and older readers who want to live a mindful life in nature. I would recommend to buy the hard copy and not an ebook since it is more practical since the results of the "meditate, look, learn, and do" can be written directly next to the accomplished tasks. Sadly the book is not spiral-bound or in a flat-laying binding since this would have been more practical if one wants to write on the pages.
The complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley free of charge. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Thanks to the publisher and to the NetGalley for the ARC of this book.
I received a digital copy hence I could not completely appreciate the illustrations and the possibility to use the book as a journal.

The book offers 365 ideas to connect mindfully with nature and explore different ways to meditate in the outdoors. You could really use the book as a daily diary for journalling and for  writing down ideas,thoughts and reflections.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to rediscover nature and mindful practices. It could also be a great idea as a gift for a friend as it is well presented and beautifully illustrated.
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This is a beautiful workbook of suggestions to get the reader more in touch with nature daily. It includes 365 suggestions for thoughts and activities to encourage appreciation of the world around us. The suggestions are easy to follow and practical and enjoyable. The book is well organized and thought out.  This is a workbook with space for writing thoughts or drawings or other ways of expression.
 I was given a ebook version to review and the formatting does not work as an epub - it skips letters and jumbles words  but I could get the jist of the presentation. If interested the actual workbook should be purchased so that the reader can write in their observations and fully read the text. 
The book is beautifully presented with drawings and soft browns and greens for the type and drawings.
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Star Rating 3.5

Nature Tonic contains 365 prompts for a nature moment per day including prompts to mediate, look, learn or do, such as listening to the dawn chorus, notice the different plants reacting to the sunlight, trying skimming stones, looking into the distance and much more.

The book is divided into the following chapters:

A natural rhythm
Nocturnal nature
Urban nature
In the forest
Earth's colours
Growing
The life aquatic
Look up to the sky
down to earth
Into the fields
Travelling and tramping
Just breathe

Each prompt is a few lines long, along with a small illustration and some of the prompts have a section for you to write in, such as you describing the agricultural changes in colours and structures during the seasons.

I received this book from Netgalley in return for a honest review.
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Very cute journal with various kinds of nature illustrations and prompts for writing short entries. Would make a nice gift.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a digital ARC.
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An interesting book with fun little things to do to help you reconnect with nature. Very interactive and informative.
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A simple look at how we can enjoy life and our surroundings more. Beautifully presented. I feel it is the type of book that I would dip in and out of.

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy.
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Years ago, I would have never picked this book up, not that I hate nature, it’s just life gets in the way of simple natures pleasers, but as I am seeing more of my town taken over by large developers and businesses I am seeing my nature being destroyed and that makes me want to be out there more before it’s all gone and Nature Tonic: A Year in My Mindful Life would help anyone out there today at any age to get out and explore before it’s all gone.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to have some nature time with their kids during the summer this workbook would provide a full summer of fun and learning. I know this is a yearlong workbook, but sometimes we just don’t have everyday time to spend when you work 2 or 3 jobs, so one summer would be great to get some nature in.

I would also recommend this book for us older people who use to spend their days outside having fun exploring nature with their dog, as I did when I was a kid. This book will bring back fun memories and will also provide you with a newfound love of what you’ve lost and hopefully make you fight for what we have left.

A year in My Mindful Life is a workbook, I recommend those who are not a creative artist to grab the paperback copy, those that have artist talent, I would recommend the Kindle edition so you could use this workbook and create your own Nature Tonic journal.
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The book has 365 prompts,all nature related, so a real feedback would take time. however
However, the prompts and the idealogy behind them looks promising.
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Nature Tonic it's a lovely illustrated book filled with a year's worth of prompts to get the reader to interact with nature. As part of my ongoing wellness journey, I'm very interested in the studies that correlate time spent in nature with lowered stress, improved mood and increased creativity. 

The author encourages us to do something in nature daily. It can be as simple as watching birds in your yard or walking down a city sidewalk noticing a flower growing in an unexpected place. Some ideas include: listen to the chirp of cicadas, draw a wildflower, take a photo of the sunset, look up at the stars, take your kids on a color scavenger hunt or explore a park in a nearby town. If you can't go outside the author suggests nature recordings and documentaries. Take a few moments each day to "just breathe" in nature. 

This book had many good ideas but above all I appreciated the reminder of how important nature is to our well-being. I'm planning to purchase a physical copy of this book for easier use. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ebook copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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