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Nature for Wellness

“Willow Place is delighted to announce a new partnership with photographic artist and cinematographer, Marek Zaleski. Zaleski is the founder of the Vancouver Island Museum of Nature in BC, and he was inspired by the novel coronavirus pandemic to share his healing videos with non-profit groups serving vulnerable populations.

Artist understands that our residents in shelter may not be able to readily access green spaces due to personal safety issues, as related to family violence and as also impacted by current health precautions with coronavirus. The hope is for Willow Place to pilot a healing environment called an "The Earth Hours" Room in the months ahead.

To help Willow Place get started with "The Earth Hours", Zaleski is donating a number of 30 minute and 3 minute nature videos to use for staff wellness and client therapeutic support. Willow Place foresees that a dedicated "The Earth Hours" space could be used for groups, activities, expressive arts-based therapy, trauma-informed yoga, cultural programming, and staff wellness.” .

Pam Hadder - Community Coordinator Willow Place, Inc.
Woman & Children’s Family Violence Services in Winnipeg
(June 15th 2020)


The Healing Power of Nature



Nature's Based Sensory Ambience for Healing and Wellness

Nature provides a profound healing energy that helps reduce
our symptoms, cure our wounds and worry, and breathes
into us creative life forces.

"iEcotherapy" nature's based sensory ambience was originally
created in 2011 by renowned Canadian visual artist Marek Julian Zaleski,
to bring the healing effects of nature into public and 
private spaces
for psychological, emotional and spiritual wellness. 

The benefits include among many others: holistic support in
reducing stress and anxiety with positive impact
on immune system, increase of creativity and positive thinking
and much more.


“Those who participated in the mindful therapeutic based portion of the pilot project, report a shift in how they felt following the use of the iEcotherapy as a tool in mindful practice.

We endorse iEcotherapy as an effective tool with potential healing applications across a variety of healing domains”

Allan Campbell - M.A., RCC MH&A
Program Manager Kwakiutl District Council Health Campbell River 
Campbell River, BC

​“Those living in long term care do not have the opportunity to access nature in the same way they did earlier in their lives. Marek’s iEcotherapy is beautiful and peaceful. They help us all feel connected to the colours and sounds of the amazing world around us;
the next best thing to being there!”

- Liz Friis -
Director of Resident Lifestyle & Community Programs 
Glacier View Lodge Comox Valley​, BC

“Campbell River Hospice has been working very closely with Marek Zaleski. Together, we have developed specific iEcotherapy content: “Palliative Reflections” for our palliative clients upon which we can deliver nature to them at home, in the hospital, and in long term care facilities.“Palliative Reflections” is geared to be calming, cooling and strikingly beautiful.”

- Jacqueline Spies -Executive Director
Campbell River Hospice Society
Campbell River


“iEcotherapy is a valuable and transformative tool for individuals with mental illnesses.”

- Robyn Ellsworth -Administrator,
Campbell River Beacon Club Campbell River, BC


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