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PEOPLE, PLANTS, ANIMALS AND THE (RE-)CONNECTION TO HEALTH

Thursday, March 14, 7-9 p.m.
Friday, March15, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fees:
♦ $85 early bird (by Feb. 15) and members of the Arboretum & Center for Spirituality & Healing
♦ $95 general registration
♦ $250 Patron-level contribution includes two-day event pass and invitation to VIP reception with authors on Thursday evening

More details and to register is available at: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/2013NatureHeals.aspx

The conference will take place in the MacMillan Auditorium at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.


"...The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope."

- Wendell Berry, The Art of the
Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

A connection to nature is essential to human health and well-being. Nature Heals is a conversation about the neuroscience of human bonds with the natural world, including plant and animal interaction, and the ways that connecting with nature increase individual health and community well-being. Nature Heals will provide participants with new, research- based information to integrate into programming, policy-making, and fundraising in government, corporations, non-profits, social services, healthcare industry, community groups, faith-based organizations, schools and families.

Nature Heals will feature authors Eva Selhub, Your Brain on Nature, and Meg Olmert, Made for Each Other. On Thursday, the authors will engage in a discussion about their journeys to understand the health impact of nature on humans. On Friday, the University will roll out its new NBT offerings and the audience will engage with the authors in experiential interactions and conversation about how individual health and community well-being can increase through interaction with plants and animals.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

1. Education about the powerful role nature brings to individual health and community well-being
2. Provide empirical evidence into the bonds between people, plants and animals
3. Engage audience in experiential conversation
4. Disseminate scientific research to applied practice
5. Further the conversation in public policy dialogues