Macquarie University Living Lab Program

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

Located at Macquarie University campus, 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 research program at Macquarie University continues to design, test and evaluate trail exercises working with students and staff across all faculties. Additionally, the research team is conducting a national survey and interview program to better understand how people use and value their outdoor places while exploring the application of medical ‘green and social scripts’ within a local context. The Go Slow for a Mo’ program 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

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