Melanie Choukas-Bradley has been interviewed and profiled in numerous outlets. Below are some of the more prominent selections from her press mentions.
(Dec. 29, 2020) “Nature-Nourished Hearts”
In graceful and fluid prose, she describes the bitternut hickory trees, the sneezewood and woody vines and the ospreys and kingfishers she encounters. “I wish every stressed and overworked Washingtonian could paddle around Theodore Roosevelt Island on occasion,” she writes.
(Dec. 29, 2020) “Island in the Stream”
Rising from the waters between Rosslyn and the District, Theodore Roosevelt Island has become a popular place to decompress during the pandemic. Most weekends the 88-acre national park is filled with hikers, runners, bird-watchers and dog walkers.
(Dec. 29, 2020) “Embrace The Winter With A Little Forest Bathing”
Follow Melanie Choukas-Bradley, the region’s foremost authority on Forest Bathing, on a custom walking plan that incorporates plant observation and pacing as you immerse yourself in the natural world.
(Dec. 13, 2020) “An Alternative Way To Cope With Anxiety And Stress”
Coping with the Coronavirus Pandemic, job loss, and the unending saga of the 2020 post-election tug-of-war is becoming more and more stressful with each day and each 24-hour news cycle.
(Dec. 10, 2020) “A Winter In The Pandemic: Braving The Cold And Embracing The Outdoors”
The days are only getting colder and shorter. But as the number of COVID-19 cases nationwide continues to increase, meeting loved ones outside, with a mask and at a distance, remains one of the few ways to safely socialize.
(Jan. 26, 2021) “The Healing Power of Nature with Melanie Choukas-Bradley”
Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Washington, DC author and naturalist who leads numerous field trips, tree tours and forest bathing walks. Melanie’s newest book is Finding Solace at Theodore Roosevelt Island.
(June 4, 2015) “‘Rock Creek Park’ Back to Press after IPPY Win”
A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC has received a 2015 Independent Publishers’ IPPY award—a silver medal for Mid-Atlantic nonfiction. “Drawing on lessons learned from her deep connections to Rock Creek Park, she searches inwardly, reflecting on the interconnectedness of people and the land…” — reviewer Nancy Nye Hunt.
(Nov. 24, 2020) “An Author And Naturalist Shares How To Alleviate Stress And Anxiety By Connecting With The Outside World”
Awareness of natural beauty–like the weather, air on your face, tree branches and fallen leaves, dew or frost on the grass and the last roses of autumn–is a habit that can grow into a meaningful and rewarding practice.
(Sep. 24, 2020) “The Many Benefits Of Getting Outdoors During A Pandemic—Podcast”
Local naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley and WAMU reporter Margaret Barthel join us to discuss the many ways to get outside in the Washington region — and what it can mean for your mind and body.
(Oct. 2, 2020) “Nature in Potomac”
A look at conservation parkland in Potomac and Montgomery County’s Agricultural Preserve, and some thoughts on Melanie’s new book Resilience: Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis, which “is filled with ideas and gentle ways to approach those places which for some have become salvation.”
(Oct 1, 2020) “Author and Naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley Talks About Her New Book and More!”
Taking in the beauty of nature is a beneficial way to deal with this unusual year. Melanie discusses her books with Burke Allen, pointing out how we can gain comfort from the natural outdoors.
(Sep. 24, 2020) “The Many Benefits Of Getting Outdoors During A Pandemic”
Amid political turmoil and an ongoing pandemic, Washingtonians have been turning to the outdoors for recreation, solitude and a break from the everyday.
(Sep. 13, 2020) “Renowned Naturalist and Author, Melanie Choukas-Bradley on Fox 5 DC”
Conditions now have left us reeling in the chaos. Finding Solace at Theodore Roosevelt Island is exactly what we all need now.
(Sep. 13, 2020) “Need an escape? DC-area author says you don’t even need to leave the city”
Melanie invites us to discover that “comfort and inspiration” during this time of COVID-19 can be found in nature, and as close as DC’s Theodore Roosevelt Island.
(May 24, 2020) “Penned in Pandemic, Book Highlights Nature”
The Vermont daily newspaper covers Melanie and her book Resilience: Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis.
(Apr. 24, 2020) “The Enchanted Forest: Seeking Balance in Nature”
We explore the growing practice of a Japanese inspired forest “bathing” and how this modern tradition has roots in ancient Shinto rituals.
(Feb. 22, 2019) “Into the Woods: Turns out there is something to that breath of fresh air”
It’s all about walking slowly, silently, stopping frequently to focus on the sights, smells and sounds of the outdoors sans cellphones or Fitbits.
(May 13, 2019) “Forest Bathing: Walking through Nature with Melanie Choukas-Bradley”
“Simply put, it encourages you to spend time in nature by slowing down and using all your senses, like smell, touch and sight. Forest bathing is a walk in the woods, not a hike.”
(May 7, 2019) “Nature catches on in ‘The Joy of Forest Bathing'”
“It’s really just immersing yourself in the beauty and wonder of nature,” Choukas-Bradley said. “You know, slowing down, breathing deeply and tuning into all your senses.”
(Nov. 25, 2018) “Melanie Choukas-Bradley: We talk to the author of The Joy of Forest Bathing“
Claiborne Smith interviews Melanie about her “pitch-perfect guide” on how to use nature to center yourself and to help you bolster a sense of self.
(Nov. 24, 2018) “Interview with Melanie Choukas-Bradley Forest Bathing”
Discover the art of forest bathing with an interview with award-winning author, Melanie Choukas-Bradley and her book,”The Joy of Forest Bathing.”
(Oct. 12, 2018) “RVFTA #202 “The Joy of Forest Bathing” with Melanie Choukas-Bradley”
Pay attention to the wind rippling through the trees, or the movement of water flowing downstream. Think of birdsong as an orchestra that is playing just for you.
(Mar. 29, 2018) “Blossoms Off The Beaten Path: Where To See The Region’s Flowering Bounty”
We look beyond the usual spots to see the delicate blooms, and take some time to appreciate the less famous flowering trees among us.
(Nov. 29, 2018) “Group Tries ‘Forest Bathing’ to Deal with Stress”
The process entails taking the time to listen, look, smell, and touch the nature around you, then, be still, meditate, and reflect on what you are experiencing.
(Winter 2017) “Review: A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC”
With its rich descriptions but clear warnings about the fragility of the author’s beloved sanctuary, the book serves as homage to an ecosystem, while demonstrating its fragility.
(Oct. 17, 2017) “Feeling Stressed In The City? Go Bathe In A Forest. (It’s Not What You Think)”
“…we’ll talk about our connection to nature, our favorite hikes, trails and parks, and the challenges to outdoor accessibility.”