Charles Needle Photography

Nature Comforts logo Charles founded Nature Comforts in 1996 after receiving lasting, healing benefits from regular contact with nature during his recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

On those days when getting outdoors seemed next to impossible, Charles surrounded himself with as much nature as possible. And eventually when he gained enough strength to venture outdoors, he discovered firsthand how nature photography was a "healing" activity - and how nature photographs, themselves, could have calming, soothing effects.

Today, Nature Comforts offers healthcare professionals and consumers a wide array of specially designed products and services that enhance wellness, healing and inner strength through reconnecting with nature.

Exclusive Nature ComfortsTM Products & Services:

Call 425-968-2884 to order, or download this faxable Order Form.

Nature ComfortsTM Videotape - NOW ALSO AVAILABLE IN DVD FORMAT!!

The Healing Power of Nature VideoThe Healing Power of Nature: Visual Therapy for Stress Reduction & Wellness
(Item #26-1003)

A Nature ComfortsTM exclusive... produced and photographed by Nature Comforts Founder, Charles Needle. This exquisite video features over 140 breathtaking nature stills scored to stirring violin, piano and oboe music from Yanni conductor, Shardad Rohani.

Dazzling close-ups of flowers, rain drops on leaves, a butterfly alit on a stem - all saturated with color and intensely defined - are sure to send your mind, body and spirit into a deep state of inner peacefulness.

A proven relaxation tool purchased already by over 300 hospital and physicians' waiting rooms, mental health facilities, wellness centers, and homes nationwide. (See testimonials below)

Already, over 300 tapes have
been purchased for:
  • Hospital Closed-Circuit TV
  • Hospital Gift Shops
  • Waiting Areas
  • Chemo Treatment Rooms
  • Dialysis Labs
  • IV Treatment Rooms
  • Dentists' offices
  • Nursing Homes
  • Long Term Care facilities
  • Spas
  • Wellness Centers
  • Patient Education Centers
  • Health Resource Libraries
  • School Libraries
  • Churches
  • Support Groups

Running time: 15 minutes. Available in VHS and PAL formats (add $20 for PAL version).
$29.95, plus $5.00 shipping & handling. (Item #26-1003)

NEW!!  DVD format also available for $39.95, plus $5.00 shipping & handling.
(Institutional pricing available. Please call to inquire. We accept purchase orders.)

To order, call 425-968-2884, or download our faxable Order Form.

The Healing Power of Nature - 5-Minute Sample Clip

Custom Branding Program

    This is a new Nature ComfortsTM program, whereby we can produce bulk quantities of The Healing Power of Nature videotape with your hospital's logo, name and design on them - all at discounted pricing because of larger quantities ordered.

    Makes a unique item that can be distributed gratis (or sold) to select patient populations (e.g. oncology patients) as an adjunct to ongoing treatment, or as part of your hospital's discharge packet. Tell us your specific needs, and we'll work with you to customize a creative branding program.

    Hospitals and others who are interested in this unique program can learn more by calling us at 425-968-2884.

Video Testimonials:

    "Nature has always been a source of healing. This videotape can bring the healing influences into your home, hospital room and life."
      - Bernie Siegel, M.D.
    author of Peace, Love & Healing

    "Charles Needle has produced an awesome video that consists of breath-stoppingly gorgeous still shots of nature scenes, accompanied by wonderful piano and oboe music. It's very effective, and can't help but do you good.... If artwork by your Creator is your ticket to inner peacefulness, this is your video."
    - Belleruth Naparstek, L.I.S.W.,
    - Psychotherapist, author, renown guided-imagery expert, and creator of the popular Time-Warner Health Journeys audio programs

    "Thank you for creating The Healing Power of Nature videotape. I ordered it about a year ago (broadcast rights version) and have used it with groups (big screen television), individuals (single VCR), and over our Clinical Center patient television channel.... The positive comments from our patients have been gratifying."
    - George Patrick, Ph.D., Chief
    - Recreation Therapy/Rehabilitation Medicine, Dept. of Health & Human Services,
    - National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD)

    "We have your video up and running on our Relaxation Channel and the staff enjoys it as much as the patients."
    - Ann Fuhr, M.Ed., LPC
    - Oncology Counselor, Anderson Area Medical Center (SC)

    "Your video is both beautiful and life-saving;enabling deep serenity, yet kindling the imagination and inspiration.... Thank you for what you do."
      - Trebbe Johnson (Thompson, PA)

    "This video really works magic when you're down or tense - better than a bubblebath!"
    - Kate Fowle (Washington, DC)

Nature ComfortsTM Note Cards -

These exclusive blank note cards are handmade by Nature Comforts Founder, Charles Needle and can be purchased in sets of 5 or 10. Each 5"x7" frameable card is hand-signed by the photographer and features an original 4"x6" color photograph mounted on off-white, acid-free watercolor paper and individually wrapped in a protective clear bag.

To order, call us at 425-968-2884, or download our faxable Order Form. Please specify image number when ordering. Wholesale orders welcome.

Photos of Note Cards coming soon... However, you can view the photos available as Note Cards in the Gallery now.

Set of any 5 cards: $16.00, plus $5.00 shipping & handling (Item #27-1002)
Set of any 10 cards: $30.00, plus $5.00 shipping & handling (Item #27-1004)

Nature ComfortsTM Customized Prints -

Charles Needle PhotoWe offer a wide variety of customized photographic prints in various sizes and formats - including "backlit photographs" (Lightboxes), Wall Murals and Ceiling Transparencies - to beautify your office, waiting area, or treatment room. Interior Design Professionals and others who are interested, please call 425-968-2884 for pricing and further information.

Nature ComfortsTM Workshops -

Charles Needle, President & Founder of Nature Comforts, offers presentations and workshops on "The Healing Power of Nature" for hospitals, corporations, nursing homes, churches, schools, camera clubs, garden clubs, nature centers, non-profit organizations, support groups, and others. He can tailor his program to fit your particular needs, often including experiential exercises for reconnecting with nature and a breathtaking multi-media nature slide show.

To schedule a program for your organization, contact Charles directly.

More on How Nature Nurtures...

Learn more about the therapeutic aspects of connecting with nature by visiting these links:

  • "Natural Healing: Studies prescribe a dose of the great outdoors as part of the cure for several maladies" Reprint of an article from The Chicago Tribune, featuring Charles' photography and research on nature's healing powers.

  • Nature-Connected Learning is a comprehensive gateway into the many programs, activities, and publications of Project NatureConnect, an online community of people who are interested in learning how to integrate nature into everyday life.

  • Naropa University offers ecopsychology programs, courses and degrees.

  • Restorative Spaces is a site that addresses the importance of creating restorative spaces in health care and home environments. Nursing professionals, interior design professionals, and architects will find the information on this website particularly useful. The link above will take you to a section that discusses "Nature and Nature Art" as a necessary design element.

  • American Horticultural Therapy Association promotes horticultural therapy as a practical and viable treatment with wide-ranging benefits for people in therapeutic, vocational and wellness programs.

  • Bioneers is a non-profit organization working to promote understanding of the human-nature relationship, develop visionary solutions for restoring the Earth, and revitalize our cultural and spiritual connection with the natural world.

  • Sacred Passage is a guided wilderness solo experience, founded by John P. Milton, a pioneering ecologist, spiritual teacher, meditation master, vision quest leader and shaman. Several programs are held throughout the year at various sacred sites, offering you the opportunity to explore your intrinsic, spiritual connection to all of nature.

  • Animas Valley Institute offers guided solo and group wilderness experiences at retreat centers throughout the United States and Europe.

  • Philip Sutton Chard is a psychotherapist in private practice in southeast Wisconsin who has authored a wonderful book called, The Healing Earth: Nature's Medicine for the Troubled Soul.

  • "Connect With Nature" Tips on reconnecting with nature, reprinted from an article by John W. Travis, M.D., who established the first wellness center in the United States in 1975.

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