Connect to nature and healing conference at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: March 14-15

Connect to nature and healing conference

Waconia, Minn.—Feb. 14, 2013—A two-day Nature Heals conference on connecting with nature will be held Thursday and Friday, March 14 and 15, in the MacMillan Auditorium at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska.

People, Plants, Animals and the (Re-)connection to Health, presented by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Nature-Based Therapeutic Services (NBT), is a shared initiative with the Center for Spirituality & Healing to further the understanding of how nature heals.

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 fund raising in government, corporations, nonprofits, social services, the health care industry, community groups, faith-based organizations, schools and families. Ridgeview Medical Center is an endorsing organization of the conference.

Nature Heals will feature authors Eva Selhub (Your Brain on Nature) and Meg Olmert (Made for Each Other). At the Thursday, March 14, presentation, from 7¬–9 p.m., the authors will engage in a discussion about their journeys to understand the health impact of nature on humans. A book signing will follow. On Friday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the University will roll out its new NBT offerings and the audience will actively engage with the authors to learn more about how individual health and community well-being can increase through a close and dynamic relationship with plants and animals.

The fee is $85 for those who register before Feb. 28 and for members of the Arboretum and the Center for Spirituality & Healing; general registration is $95.