PK Podcast 021: Sarita Robinson On The Wellbeing Benefits Of Outdoor Life

PK Podcast 021: Sarita Robinson On The Wellbeing Benefits Of Outdoor Life

Giving a feeling of wellbeing - lovely lush, verdant woodlands
Many of us recognise we feel better when in the woods, but Dr Sarita Robinson is looking more deeply into the wellbeing benefits of our outdoor lives…

For Episode 21 of the Paul Kirtley Podcast, I’m delighted to welcome back Dr Sarita Robinson, who was my very first podcast guest. Dr Robinson is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, UCLAN. Sarita’s work has been greatly involved with survival psychology and how people perform in life-threatening situations. Indeed much of our previous podcast conversation was related to these topics.

Recently, however, I attended a presentation by Dr Robinson on a subject which seemed a bit of a departure from her previous work and our previous discussion – that was a presentation on the effects on our wellbeing of spending time outdoors. I enjoyed the presentation and I was keen to have Sarita return to my podcast to discuss this area of her current work.

So it was I visited Sarita at her office in UCLAN to record episode 21 of the Paul Kirtley podcast. What follows is the conversation we had and I’m very glad to be able to share it with you. Along the way, our discussion takes in areas such as stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation, sleep hygiene, blue light from screens, melatonin, digital detoxes, camping, green spaces, outdoor activities and of course, wellbeing. Click on the play button below to listen…

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Links Mentioned In This Podcast

Sarita’s Edinburgh Fringe Stand-Up

Connect with Sarita

Twitter: DrSurvival
Facebook: DrSurvival Robinson

Dr Sarita Robinson in her office at the University of Central Lancashire: She’d much rather be outside… Photo: Paul Kirtley

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Related Material On Paul Kirtley’s Blog

PK Podcast 001: Survival Psychology With Dr Sarita Robinson

PK Podcast 020: James Raffan – Explorer, Scholar and Author

The Value Of Using Wilderness Skills Closer To Home: Bushcraft Show 2016 Presentation

Integrating Bushcraft With Modern Outdoor Life: Bushcraft Show 2014 Presentation


13 thoughts on “PK Podcast 021: Sarita Robinson On The Wellbeing Benefits Of Outdoor Life

  1. You were in Preston and I did not see you ! You could have come training…..

  2. Hi Paul, thanks very much for this extremely interesting episode. This really reinforced my ideology around the topic of how well I personally manage to perform psychologically and physically with my disability, and pain threshold, dependent on the quality of sleep I am getting. I also agree whole heartedly with the benefits of being able to get out of the urban environment regularly, I personally can feel myself “come back to life” when in an outdoors setting.
    Best regards, Dave H (Howard 48).

    1. Hi Dave, it’s good to hear from you as always. Thanks for sharing your experiences and how this episode resonated with you. It’s much appreciated.

      Warm regards,


  3. Very good interview, will definitely listen few more times.

    Thank you Paul,

  4. Wow! Thanks Paul for getting Sarita to provide us a free therapeutic session. lol. I found myself chastised a bit, as when I tried to perform a secondary task while listening to this podcast, I felt guilty. It’s true, we really need to sit down and do one thing at a time. And, bushcraft allows us to do that quite well. Set up shelter, done! Collect and process firewood, done! make fire. Done. Cook a meal, and concentrate on not burning it, therefore sit there with that pot and watch it. done. Eat, drink and listen to nature around you. Smell that fragrance. Watch the sun set. See the first stars arise. Identify some stars. Time for a wee. Beat up the new guy so he recalls this experience. Well, off to bed. That was a good day.

    1. 🙂 As always Marcel, I very much enjoy your comments. Thanks for this one. I did like the irony of the meta-chastisement with regards to single-tasking.

      Consider yourself told off, my friend 🙂

      Warm regards,


  5. Fascinating session with Dr Robinson. Some good things to take away and mull over.



  6. Heaps good! A lot of friends of mine need to hear this podcast. Thanks Paul & Sarita.

  7. Didnt get to see Dr Robinsons talk at bush craft show 2019 so was overjoyed to find this. It was really interesting

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