THE UNIVERSITY’S GENESIS: A TRANSFORMATIVE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
L’Université dans la Nature is a non-profit organization founded in 2014 in Montreal, Canada.
It was created by Hubert Mansion, a former lawyer, following an experience of immersion in nature after a severe burn-out.
Unable to use conventional treatments that would have asked him to speak out, he withdrew into the wilderness and deeply felt a tremendous impact on his mental health. He then decided to seek the scientific basis and discovered a vast corpus of studies on the physiological, psychological and cognitive impact of nature that were still little known.
Convinced of the enormous benefits that it can bring to his contemporaries, he decided to create, with his wife Emilia and a group of friends, what would become L’Université dans la Nature.
WHY “UNIVERSITY” ?
Because nature is a place of knowledge.
For millions of years, living beings have created and developed strategies for survival, collaboration, communication and adaptation. The totality of this knowledge is immense: nature is a university.
It is a place of inspiration for human thought that was born in nature and developed through nature.
For centuries, universities have been places of thinking and reflection on society. Beyond the transmission of knowledge, they aimed to solve theoretical problems related to the development of civilization and formed the crucible of major social movements.
L’Université dans la Nature is part of this tradition.
We bring people from all walks of life together around common values of connection with nature, simplicity and cognitive freedom to participate in the development of a society in which nature balances technological developments.
ENDORCING THE UN’S GLOBAL GOALS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
L’Université dans la Nature has incorporated into its mission the framework of 3 of the 17 goals for sustainable development set by the United Nations for 2030.
Thus, by promoting the benefits of contact with nature on health and well-being through a rational and experiential approach based on scientific research, the University intends to contribute in the long term and in an innovative way to the achievement of these major objectives for humanity and the planet.