Doors open at 6:30 PM, Talk starts at 7:00 PM
Both members and non-members welcome.
Spending time connecting with nature with the goal of improving physical and mental health and wellness is rapidly growing in popularity. Programs such as Forest Bathing, Park RX, and Healthy Parks Healthy People, and concepts like Vitamin N, healing gardens, Nature Deficit Disorder continue to expand throughout the world. As a growing body of research continues to clearly demonstrate the positive effect nature has on health and wellness, interest in nature-based wellness and healing programs will continue to rise. This presentation will offer an overview of nature-based wellness and healing programs, including the field of ecotherapy; discuss salient research on how nature affects the brain and health and wellness, including research on birds, bird song, and bird diversity; and briefly discuss programs on mindfulness in nature and mindful birding.
About the Speaker: Amy Sugeno was a wildlife biologist for over 16 years before changing careers to become a social worker and trauma therapist. She spent most of her biology career working with bats, songbirds and waterfowl, and rare species with TPWD, The Nature Conservancy, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Amy has always loved teaching people about nature, especially birds and bats, and she now regularly leads birding walks with TAS and the Balcones Songbird Festival. She has also recently led birding and nature walks with Westcave, El Ranchito, Dripping Springs Birding Club, and Friends of Balcones NWR. Amy now primarily works as an ecotherapist, leading mindfulness in nature walks and retreats and teaching clinical ecotherapy to other therapists throughout Texas as well as out-of-state.