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How nature influences Pia Whitesell's many passions

Pia Whitesell is the founder of Macabalm, a skincare line that uses natural ingredients with innovative technology. With a keen focus on sustainable beauty, she's cultivated a committed following through her dedication to quality, ethical practices. Born in Vina del Mar, Chile, Pia emigrated to Australia, then to the US where she now lives with her husband and two sons. Pia is an ardent advocate for social issues. Seamlessly combining her artistic pursuits with a commitment to societal betterment, Pia is driven to make a positive impact on the world. She’s always been a vocal supporter of Koala Eco, and so it was lovely to reconnect and find out how nature influences her many passions in our latest Hour in Nature.

What’s your favourite thing to do in nature?

I really enjoy the practice of "grounding", there is nothing quite like kicking off your shoes and feeling the grass or sand under your feet, it immediately makes me feel calm and centred. 

Describe your connection to nature: what positives does it bring to your life? 

Whether it's jumping off a rock into the ocean (common practice in Sydney) or climbing a tree, there is always something so humbling about the majesty of nature, I feel it really does put everything into perspective. 

What are your fondest memories of spending time in nature?

My boys and I are ocean lovers, we got our scuba certifications on the same day and did our first dive together. One of the most magical moments of my life, the calm and grandness of it down there was something so beautiful to experience together.

Many of us are time-poor and might not get out into nature as much as we’d like. Any suggestions for a quick nature-based pick-me-up? Something sensory, experiential…?

Try to get barefoot in grass / earth everyday! I make my husband take his calls barefoot in the backyard !

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