August S&F Meeting: When Academia Meets Nature

The summer the Institute Scholars and Fellows meeting focused on climate change and health. While visiting the Mount Washington Arboretum, the group experienced Shinrin-yoku, forest bathing, a guided, reflective session to experience nature through the senses. Clare Kelley, MPH, founder and director of DC Forest Bathing, guided the experience.

During the meeting, Scholar Sara Warber also presented on her work on a new project, Dreams of Nature, Health, and a Balanced Life, and Fellow Heidi Gullett spoke about climate change and the health training she leads for medical students. Other highlights from the meeting included a talk on neuroesthetics, as well as the impact of mindfulness practice on inflammation, and an overview of the Feldenkrais Method—a somatic learning practice with many therapeutic effects including pain management.