Regain your sense of awe and wonder through awe-enhanced moments in nature. Be led to beautiful nature spots and listen to an awe-inspiring audio guide. Notice your surroundings. Contemplate the world at large. Deeply connect to people and planet.
We launch the app earlier than planned so people confined to their homes during England's November lockdown can care better for their mental health.
During the first UK lockdown 1 in 4 people experienced at least moderate levels of depressive symptoms. Additionally suicidal thoughts increased from 8% to 10%.
Spending time with nature is one of the best things we can do for our mental health.
Researchers have found 2 hours of nature a week contribute to great health and wellbeing. People that visit nature several times a week report higher life satisfaction. Ecotherapy techniques like forest bathing give us both physiological and psychological benefits including alleviating stress and depression.
Awe leads people to beautiful nature spots in your city to rest, meditate or think. Spend time in the presence of ancient trees, under starry skies and beside calming rivers.
Nature is the best elicitor of awe. Feeling awe has a heap of psychological benefits. Awe lifts our moods. It alters our perception of time. We feel interconnected. We even become more open-minded.
The app is available for both iOS and Android.
Awe is both a feeling and an altered state of mind.
We’ve all felt awe in our lifetimes. Stunned and silent, standing on a mountainside gazing across a valley to snow peaked caps, it dawns on us just how big the world is (or how small we are).
Most of our awe spots are in London at launch but you can use the app anywhere. If you're not close to an awe spot tap 'Listen right here, right now' and you'll be introduced to a guide. We recommend going to a relaxing place with nature. Perhaps in a forest, by a river or on a hillside.
"I felt I was part of something bigger, so more connected (this is going to sound weird - but I’m certain I could hear the tree) there I’ve said it!" – Rebecca O’Connor
"The meditation gave me a moment of space and expansion, and greater sense of connection" – Michael Ashcroft
"I feel like I’ve spent some quality time with some clouds." – Will S.
“It takes the listener there, in the right relationship with the world, the most potent for awe to emerge.” – Jonathan Anabalon