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BeWell in Nature: May 27
Join us for BeWell in Nature: May 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., free on Zoom. When we connect with nature, we can foster peace and tranquility within ourselves, resulting in positive well-being. In fact, research has shown that spending time in nature reduces stress, anxiety and depression1.
Sessions include the science of wellness in nature, journaling, boosting resilience, recognizing our authentic selves, and connecting through movement.
You may attend the whole day or drop in throughout the day for the sessions that interest you. Attend two or more sessions to be entered into a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card.
Science of Wellness in Nature
|Take a plunge into the fascinating science of nature’s vital benefits. We’ll start with experiments conducted at Stanford, quantifying the impact of nature experience on cognitive functioning and emotional well-being. Then, we’ll explore a systematic approach developed by the Stanford Natural Capital Project to bring this science into decision-making at Stanford and around the world. Finally, see how visionary leaders in many cities, countries and major financial institutions are using this science to drive investments in nature for green, inclusive development.|
Connecting to Your Authentic Self Through Movement
|Learn to connect to your authentic self and the world around you through dance and music. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, start the day with a fresh and faceted perspective on how you move in the world. Spatial awareness. Gravity. Becoming the music. Fluidity. Community. Be prepared to move in your own 8 x 8 foot space and transform your world.|
Journaling in Nature
John Muir Laws
|Keeping an illustrated, observational journal is a centuries-old method that has been reenvisioned and refined through our understanding of neuroscience, learning and deliberate practice. A nature journal focuses our attention and crystalizes our observations, thoughts and experiences. This class will help you collect and organize your observations, questions, connections and explanations in a notebook using words, pictures and numbers. You do not need to be an artist or a naturalist. These skills can be learned by anyone and developed through practice. Journaling is creative, rigorous and playful. It is easy to begin and learn, and your work will grow and mature over a lifetime. Start now: you can do this, and the world is waiting.|
|12-1 p.m.||Nature Break||Grab a bite to eat, get a breath of fresh air, and take a break!|
Resilient by Nature: Reconnecting Health, Harmony and Regenerative Systems
Dr. Noémie Le Pertel
|Gain a deeper understanding of the research and benefits of regenerative systems and traditional practices, such as forest bathing, that rely on the healing power of nature for human health and sustainability. From food as medicine and behavioral health, to biophilic urban design and community engagement, this session will survey evidence-based practices to enhance your connection to nature for greater health, vitality and resilience – individually and collectively.|
Becoming You: Nature’s Way of Activating Your Authentic Self
Helen Krug von Nidda
|This interactive and joyful session will include an experiential coaching activity designed to help you activate positive emotions and connect to your authentic self. Using adult learning principles, the group will explore how to leverage natural surroundings to influence moods and feelings. Participants will leave equipped with simple strategies to tap into nature’s positive powers, even if you are far away from the next tree.|
Deepen Your Experience of Nature Through Flow Learning
Joseph Bharat Cornell
|Through experiential exercises, you will learn how to feel a vibrant sense of well-being in nature. You’ll gain strategies for living free from stress, as you enjoy nature’s simplicity and serenity and become aware of the vitality of the present moment. Flow Learning, developed by Joseph Cornell, has four enlivening stages: Awaken Enthusiasm and Energy, Focus Attention, Experience Directly, and Share Inspiration. Through deep nature play experiences, you will gain a greater sense of the wholeness of life.
This webinar will feature different nature awareness exercises you can use on campus and in natural areas. You will be able to download handouts for many of these exercises.
|4-4:50 p.m.||Panel Discussion||Join us as we hear from wellness partners such as the BeWell Gardens, O’Donohue Stanford Family Educational Farm, Stanford Outdoor Education, and Outdoor Afro, about the importance of nature and their programs’ resources.|