An embodied educational environment is one that is in tune with the intimate connection of the body and the mind. This article explores the importance of nature in creating such environments. The main theme is that emerging multidisciplinary thought on the embodied mind can provide new ways to understand the positive role of nature in children’s education. New perspectives on embodiment can help explain: a) why we resonate with nature and find experiences of nature so engaging; b) why ex- periences of awe and aesthetic beauty often motivate learning and change attitudes about our relationship with the environment; and c) why engagement with nature often has positive health and psychological benefits, including a restorative effect on attention.
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