Join psychologist, author, and teacher Paula Hartman-Stein for a 2-part workshop exploring the power of nature and awe to enhance our spiritual wellness. Both parts of the workshop will take place online via Zoom video conferencing. During Session 1 on Aug. 26th, participants will view and discuss the award-winning documentary “Love Thy Nature.” In Session 2 on Sept. 2nd, Dr. Hartman-Stein will conduct an interactive workshop on the theme of nature-inspired awe and its power to enhance our overall wellness, including our spirituality. A detailed description of each session and registration information follows.
The cost for this special event is only $15 per person. Registrations are now being accepted HERE.
Session 1 (2 hours): In this virtual session we will view the 76-minute documentary, Love Thy Nature, released in 2016, described below:
“Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature points to how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature – and takes us on a spellbinding journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. Neeson is the voice of “Sapiens” (our collective humankind) who, in the past few hundred years, has come to believe that we have transcended nature. Yet, experts uncover how a new era of nature-connection might be dawning: “Biomimicry” scientists look to the natural world for cutting-edge inventions, social ecologists unveil how nature restores communities, and doctors are finding new ways in which nature heals the body, mind, and brain.
“The winner of 27 awards, Love Thy Nature soothes our urban angst with the dazzling spectacles of our world, showing that a renewed connection with nature is critical to our personal health…and Sapiens’ journey reveals how a relationship with nature ignites a sense of meaning and wonder so profound that it touches us at the very core of what it means to be human.”
Following the film, moderator Paula Hartman-Stein, psychologist and educator, will lead a 30- minute discussion of the film.
($15 per person; all materials included)
Session 2 (2 hours): During this interactive virtual session, Dr. Paula, who has led intergenerational expressive writing groups in nature settings for over 10 years, will spend the first hour reviewing how nature contact increases attention, improves mood, enhances creativity, and helps us solve problems. She will also illustrate through examples of narratives written during her writing groups the deepening of spirituality that can occur.
The second hour will be a discussion of “awe” experiences, spiritual connections, and insights participants have had during their own nature experiences.
Paula Hartman-Stein is a nationally recognized psychologist, educator, and journalist for the newspaper, The National Psychologist. She has used narrative psychology techniques and has combined “the power of the pen” and “Vitamin N for Nature” by conducting intergenerational writing workshops in nature settings to enhance mood, creativity, and spiritual connections. She is the founding director of Center for Healthy Aging. In 2020 Dr. Paula, her husband, and adult son moved permanently from Northeast Ohio to Western NC, drawn to the beauty and awe they felt from nature in this area.
Maintaining & enhancing brain and heart health: A free introductory webinar covering 12 known modifiable risk factors. Click on the link below to watch experienced clinicians, geropsychologist, Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D. and culinary nutritionist, Brigid McVaugh, RDN, LD. as they discuss the latest in evidence-based research to empower you to engage in sustainable & practical life style habits. To view it you must type in the passcode listed below the link! https://zoom.us/rec/share/m4j-5nqYmlvsvJCPaBgipF9kDL11pjEwaMAFh_CG_mUQDGnX9ec4AhhMsXzGuSzs.S8GfnIMU7VseNtnk Passcode: v=3KuFJ3
If you are inspired to learn in more depth what you can do for yourself and your family members, we offer a 4 part, webinar-on-demand series beginning June 4th at the reduced cost of $99.
Part 1 to 4 (90 minutes each)
Part ONE: Enhance brain health through learning, moving, sleeping and staying calm: Dr. Paula discusses the role of life-long learning, challenging hobbies/pursuits, and why hearing aids enhance cognition. Questions to be addressed: Does early retirement help or hurt? Should I do cross word puzzles daily? Are there apps that can help? How much sleep do I really need? How can I improve my sleep? What kind of exercise/movement should I do? Does walking make a difference? Does controlling stress really matter for brain health? What is an easy to use method of calming down immediately?
Part 2: Enhance brain health through eating well: What habits are the best for brain/heart health? Culinary nutritionist Brigid McVaugh explains eating patterns known as Mediterranean, Nordic, Mind, DASH and very low fat diets endorsed by Dr. Ornish, & Dr. Esselstyn which all promote heart and brain health. But what’s realistic to follow, especially if you don’t like to cook? What about dietary supplements? What small changes in eating can make a real difference. Does weight matter? Dr. Paula "weighs" in about the role of anxiety/stress and tips to reduce it.
Part 3: Enhance brain health through eating "power foods": These foods only work when you incorporate them into your meals and snacks on a regular basis. Ms McVaugh shows examples of what she has in her kitchen and provides practical tips on planning, shopping and preparing meals.
Part 4: "Stay calm and connected" focuses on the role of emotional health and its impact on prevention of dementia and other chronic illnesses. Dr. Paula addresses practical ways of reducing stress & preventing depression through non-pharma methods such as deep breathing exercises, brief meditation used in dementia prevention trials as well as ideas to increase meaning in life post-retirement.
Cost of the 4 part educational series is now reduced to $99 from $135; Click the PayPal link below to register; you will receive separate links to each of the 4 sessions.
Endorsement from a recent participant: "I have used much of the information shared by you and Brigid to make several significant lifestyle changes. I have been more thoughtful with menu selection and food prep with particular attention to reducing sodium and fats. My husband and I have resumed our gym memberships and are working on a walking routine, in a natural environment. I have also registered for a Life-long Learning program at the U of Pgh. Small but meaningful adjustments."
Darlene Leone, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D. and in the kitchen, culinary nutritionist,
Brigid McVaugh, RDN, LD