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Practitioners’ Experiences of the Influence of Bonsai Art on Health

Department of Psychology, University of Zululand, KwaDlangezwa 3880, South Africa
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(6), 2894; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062894
Received: 5 February 2021 / Revised: 28 February 2021 / Accepted: 10 March 2021 / Published: 12 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Health)
Bonsai art refers to the cultivation of a miniature tree. This study was motivated by the hypothesis that bonsai art may also be an ecopsychological, therapeutic practice that can have meaningful healing qualities. An international online survey elicited the meaning of bonsai art for 255 skilled bonsai practitioners. Questionnaires and interviews were used to elicit the experiences of participants. The findings supported the hypothesis that, for skilled practitioners, bonsai art was associated with meaningful healing experiences. In particular, the evidence suggests that bonsai art facilitates improved ecological, spiritual and emotional awareness, as well as various healing dimensions, including aesthetic creativity, resilience, adaptability, and social, physical, and personal health. It is viewed as an intervention technique that requires few resources, is easy to apply, and has a minimal impact on any environmental setting. The conclusions drawn point to the ethically sound health promotion value of bonsai art in various settings, such as psychiatric hospitals, retirement homes, rehabilitation centres and prisons. View Full-Text
Keywords: intervention; ecopsychology; art therapy; mental health; health-seeking behaviour intervention; ecopsychology; art therapy; mental health; health-seeking behaviour
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Hermann, C.; Edwards, S.D. Practitioners’ Experiences of the Influence of Bonsai Art on Health. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2894. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062894

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Hermann C, Edwards SD. Practitioners’ Experiences of the Influence of Bonsai Art on Health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(6):2894. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062894

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Hermann, Caroll, and Stephen D. Edwards. 2021. "Practitioners’ Experiences of the Influence of Bonsai Art on Health" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 6: 2894. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062894

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