Episode 16: Reconnecting With Nature with Lanie Smith



Lanie Smith is the owner and founder of Integrative Art Therapy in Phoenix, Arizona, working with driven helping professionals whose success has come at the cost of their own health and well-being. After developing ulcerative colitis a few years ago, she has turned her attention toward supporting clients with a spiritual approach she calls “EcoArt Wellness,” which combines nature and the creative process to help people tune in as an antidote to burnout and chronic stress.

In this episode, Lanie discusses why she emphasizes essentialism and simplicity in her life, the importance of maintaining a strong connection with the outdoors, and staying in touch with her senses. She believes in sustainable self-care as a lifestyle to experience less stress, more ease, and natural creative flow.


  • Why Lanie sought out holistic and naturalistic remedies for her ongoing depression and anxiety.

  • Her struggle in finding clarity of direction in her life and learning to trust the universe.

  • Lanie’s health adventure following a “breadcrumb trail” from one practitioner to another to find treatment that worked.

  • Tuning in to nature in order to bring the speed of your life down to a healthier pace.

  • The Monkey Mind: our desire for narrative amidst the vastness of life, and how paying too much attention to it can ignore what our bodies are trying to tell us.

  • Lanie shares some mental snapshots of her nature excursions.

  • Seeking therapy as a means to facilitate the essential positive connections we have with others and the natural world.

  • Feeling uncomfortable in the here and now, and why we need to come to terms with and love the parts of ourselves we don’t like.

  • How Lanie’s ulcerative colitis changed her perspective on toilet humor.

  • Lanie’s gift: a burnout prevention guide!


Integrative Art Therapy

with Lanie Smith


Lanie's Burnout Prevention Guide


Lanie on Instagram


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