For Immediate Release Media Contact: Barb DeGroot, 952-443-1459
Chanhassen, MN (March 5, 2013) - There's no denying the healing power of nature. Patients recovering from surgery heal faster when they have a window with a view of a tree or garden. A senior citizen brightens instantly when a puppy comes to visit. Even violent offenders behave less aggressively when given a window with a view of the great outdoors. Learn more about the latest research in nature-based therapeutics at the "Nature Heals Conference" on March 15 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Here are details:
'Nature Heals Conference 2013' - 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 14 & 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Friday, March 15, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The "Nature Heals" Conference is a conversation about the neuroscience of human bonds with the natural world, including plant and animal interaction, and how connecting with nature increases individual health and community wellbeing. This conference will provide new, research-based information to integrate into programming, policy-making, and fund-raising in government, corporations, non-profits, social services, healthcare industry, community groups, faith-based organizations, schools and families. Speakers include Dr. Eva Selhub, physician, Harvard Medical School instructor and author of Your Brain on Nature, and Meg Olmert, author of Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond and director of research for Warrior Canine Connection, an organization promoting therapy animals for soldiers with PTSD. "Nature Heals" also will include a performance of "We Are Stardust," exploring the human-nature connection through puppets, animation, projections, music, storytelling and more.
Fee is $85 for members of the Arboretum and the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality & Healing; $95 for others. There's also $250 patron-level admission including an exclusive VIP evening reception with authors Selhub and Olmert. To register or for more information, call 952-443-1422; email ArbEdu@umn.edu or visit www.arboretum.umn.edu/2013NatureHeals.aspx.
The event is presented by the new Nature-Based Therapeutic Services (NBT) initiative, a collaboration between the Arboretum and Center for Spirituality & Healing. For details on all NBT offerings, including animal-assisted interaction programs, contact Tanya Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.arboretum.umn.edu/aaitraining.aspx or call952-443-1422.
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, comprising 1,137acres, is located in Chanhassen, Minn., on State Hwy 5, nine miles west of the intersection with I-494. The largest public garden in the Upper Midwest, the Arboretum is part of the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Open 363 days a year, admission is $12 adults; free for members and ages 12 & under. Gate fees waived for conference attendees.
The University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality & Healing enriches health and wellbeing by providing exemplary interprofessional education, conducting rigorous research, delivering innovative engagement programs and advancing integrative models of care. To learn more about the Center, please visit www.chs.umn.edu.