Macquarie University Living Lab Program

Welcome to the Living Lab Go Slow for a Mo' Nature Wellness Trail

It’s more than a learning and teaching campus. It’s a place that actively supercharges student and staff wellbeing!

Located at Mars Creek, this Go Slow for a Mo’ trail has been designed to target mental restoration and repair. It takes students and staff through six rejuvenation stations aimed at increasing positive mood, emotional regulation, attention restoration and support greater resilience to anxiety and stress.

Backed by Research

The Living Lab Go Slow for a Mo’ trail continues to design, test and evaluate trail exercises working with students and staff across all faculties. Additionally, the research team also tracks the latest empirical interdisciplinary research emerging from around the world and which is showing that meaningful connections with nature improves:

  • Attention, focus, mood, and creativity
  • Blood pressure, pain control, immune function, diabetes mitigation
  • Stress levels, depression, anxiety, sleep, and resilience
  • Respect and appreciation for the natural environment (and ‘place’)
  • Behaviours in addressing climate change and sustainability
  • Greater overall happiness, wellbeing and life satisfaction
  • Feelings of gratitude and care for oneself and their community

Consent Form (link here to media and other or just hardcopy?)

PRE-Trail Evaluation (1 week prior to trail use)

We ask that Living Lab trail participants complete the following evaluation questions at least one week prior to trail use. Please allow 5-10 minutes to complete all five pre-trail surveys:

CN-12 Index

The CN-12 is a connection with nature evaluation instrument. Please answer 12 short questions:

Living Lab PRE-Trail Evaluation CN-12

WHO Index

The World Health Organisation- Five Well-Being Index (WHO-5) is a short self-​reported measure of current mental wellbeing.

Living Lab PRE-Trail Evaluation WHO Index
Please indicate for each of the five statements which is closest to how you have been feeling over the past two weeks.

Control Question

Living Lab PRE-Trail Evaluation Control Question
Have you experienced a significant life stress in the last month?

INS Inclusion

Inclusion of Nature in Self (INS) scale (adapted from Schultz 2002).

Living Lab PRE-Trail Evaluation INS Inclusion
Please select which image (of 1-7) that best describes your relationship with the natural environment? How interconnected are you with nature?


The Positive and Negative Affect Schedule or (PANAS) is a scale that consists of different words that describe feelings and emotions.

Living Lab PRE-Trail Evaluation PANAS
Indicate the extent you have felt this way over the past week.