OP20 Being Here: An Introduction to Mind-Body Practices and Ecopsychology

Thursday June 11

3:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Being Here: An Introduction to Mind-Body Practices and Ecopsychology

Instructor: Jenne Sluder

Thursday, June 11; 3 - 4 p.m.

Free; Suggested donation $15


Ecopsychology is based on the premise that human connection with the natural world is central to our psychological well being. Similarly, mind-body practices  (such as mindfulness, meditation, yoga, tai chi, and qi gong) emphasize that well-being and wisdom arise when our mind is consciously integrated with our physical body. In this introductory talk, we will explore how mind-body practice can deepen our connection with the natural world - and vice versa - how connecting with the natural world enhances the benefits of mind-body practice. At the end of our discussion, participants will be guided through a brief meditation practice that explores these themes. 


Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in your confirmation email following registration.



Jenne Sluder is a qualified mental health professional and is certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapists as a trauma-sensitive therapeutic yoga instructor. She holds a Master’s in Transpersonal Psychology: Ecopsychology from Naropa University and specializes in mind-body approaches to improving mental and physical health. An Asheville native, Sluder works with individuals and with groups using somatic (body-based), contemplative (mindfulness-based), ecological (nature-based), and compassion-based practices.


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