Nye Rødder – New Roots is a social business registered in 2015. It was founded by Lotta Wilson Bruun and Sasja Iza Christensen who have been pioneering the nature-based therapy for refugees in Denmark.
The primary goal of New Roots’ activies is to help vulnerable groups in Denmark to gain better mental, emotional and physical balance and to become better included in the society.
New Roots work with one or several of these elements:
- naturebased therapy
New Roots is based in the Ecovillage Hallingelille near Ringsted, about 65 km from Copenhagen. In Hallingelille forest, open fields, farm animals, blue sky and a supporting community shape the background and surroundings for the work.
The rehabilitation programme GROW – green rehabilitation for traumatized refugees was developed and held in the years 2015 to 2019 and is based on a connection between treatment, community, work-orientation and nature. Treatment is conducted through nature-based therapy, coping exercises and conversations, all aiming at improving the psychological, physical and social well-being.
New Roots has an affiliated association, FOGI – association for green integration. FOGI is a volunteer network where former GROW-participants and their families meet each other and Danes for recreational and social activities.
FOGI promotes diversity, community and exchange across ethnicity, language and age. Through its activities FOGI gives the opportunity to stay in touch and continue healthy and positive co-existence to fight loneliness, trauma symptoms and relapse.
ROOTED is part of a new project running from 2021 to 2023, aiming to help victims of racism and hate-crimes to regain strength, balance and a sense of belonging. Therapeutic groups are held online and in Copenhagen.