April 1 Program: Ecotherapy – Healing With Nature in Mind
This program will feature Sue Westwind on Nature Therapy. This discipline, also known as ecotherapy, asserts that emotional disorders do not exist separate from the crisis experienced by our Earth. Furthermore, evidence abounds that time spent in green space and on nature-focused activities can significantly lessen depression, anxiety, dementia, and domestic violence. Environmentalists can also benefit from ecopsychology’s critique of their collective actions. Sue Westwind, MA in Religious Studies from the University of Kansas and author of Lunacy Lost: A Memoir of Green Mental Health will speak on origins and principles of ecotherapy, share anecdotes from clinical practice, and lead outdoor examples if weather permits. Sue is an ecotherapist and Holistic Mental Health Coach certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

Monthly presentations are held the first Tuesday of the month at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost unless otherwise indicated. Programs are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m.