Jasmine reaches for Avruga Smoked Caviar with Dill Sour Cream and Tater Tots
While nature therapy is still a relatively new concept in Hong Kong, researchers have proven time and again the benefits of spending time in nature. From bringing a restorative state of relaxation, lowering stress and blood pressure, to reducing anxiety and enhancing immune system function, the benefits are endless.
‘I felt even at a very, very young age that the earth was breathing,’ says Jasmine. ‘I felt like every time a volcano erupted, it was like it was clearing its throat. And so there was this aliveness that came from the planet, the Earth as a whole.’ It was this fascination for Earth’s aliveness that led her to study geography in university, followed by permaculture and other therapeutic certifications including wilderness first aid, transformational coaching and mindfulness.
Prior to founding Kembali, Jasmine’s work was still centred around the earth, but instead of nature therapy, she focused on educating students and organisations on global environmental issues. However, she soon discovered that people struggled to resonate with her words because of their disconnect with the earth. ‘I was speaking to students on what was happening to the oceans, or the rainforests on the other side of the world, and there was this sense of like, “But I don't live there, so why should I care?”’
Slowly, the idea for Kembali began to form in Jasmine’s mind. Hoping to inspire others to feel the same love for the planet, she wanted to bring people back to nature. This was how the name Kembali was chosen, meaning ‘to return’ or ‘come back to’ in Bahasa. ‘I wanted to share my love for nature with other people. I was already going out and having ceremonial fires, or building shelters, camping overnight by myself. I was naturally creating these rituals of reverence between myself and the land. And I just thought, well, what would happen if I invited people along?’ she says about the beginning of Kembali.