This page contains a collection of published articles and books directly related to the PhD research and outreach initiated through eyes4earth.org.
Cultural & Spiritual Significance Of Nature In Protected Areas
Substantial evidence suggests that protected areas are catalysts for non-ordinary experiences that are particularly profound, significant, affective, and difficult to wholly describe. This chapter phenomenologically explores the foundations these ‘meaningful nature experiences’ and their importance for protected area management.
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Cave & The Contemplator
Adventures into wilder nature are as unpredictable as they are profound. This exploration of direct nature experience serves as an accessible reference for facilitators, practitioners and anyone interested in nature connectedness, deep ecology, ecopsychology, eco-phenomenology, wilderness adventure, outdoor learning, environmental education and regenerative leadership. Learn more »
The essence of meaningful nature experience
This booklet was created in the lead-up to the Triple Ecology Gathering in Australia, 2015. The intention was to explore Sacred Ecology, Deep Ecology and Healing Ecology whereby the latter describes the two-way healing experiences between nature and humankind. The compilation (edited by P. Arrien) includes a short piece by Matthew Zylstra on the essence of meaningful nature experience (pg. 5). Learn more »
Connectedness as a core conservation concern
A review article on connectedness with nature published in Springer Science Reviews (2014, 2:119-143). Drawing on over 300 bibliographic references, it is anticipated the publication will be of value to researchers, practitioners and general readership alike. Learn more »
Nature needs our attention
A popular article published in the New Voices in Science 2014 periodical which showcases the finalists of Stellenbosch University’s annual science communication competition. Learn more »