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June 6, 2020

United States Botanic Garden

ONLINE BOOK TALK: Resilience--Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis
                                               Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author, Naturalist, Certified Forest Therapy Guide

DATE: Saturday, June 6
TIME: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: online; link provided after registration
FREE: Pre-registration required
- REGISTER HERE

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley for an online program based on her new book, Resilience—Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis. Melanie will share what she has discovered about enjoying nature close to home. Learn how you can enrich your life as a “forest bather” and naturalist in your own backyard. The Coronavirus crisis limits our physical horizons and slows down the pace of life. As we struggle to come to terms with this new reality, one of the best things we can do for ourselves is to get outside and tune in to the beauty and wonder around us. Melanie will share her experience as a nature book author, naturalist, and forest therapy guide, and will address your questions and comments about how your relationship with nature is changing during the pandemic.

Please note: This program has a 100 registrant limit. Participants will be emailed the link the evening before the online lecture occurs. Registration closes at 5 p.m. EST on Friday, June 5, 2020. This program will be recorded and made available for viewing after the workshop concludes.


June 12, 2020

Nature in a Time of Crisis: A Conversation with Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Friday, June 12th
1:00 to 2:00 pm

Register here

Join Capital Nature and Park Rx America for a timely discussion with naturalist and author Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Inspired by her new book: Resilience: Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisisthe program will explore how a relationship with nature can nurture and support our wellbeing during COVID-19 and other crisis times.

Melanie will share highlights from her interviews with aspiring and seasoned naturalists across the country. She will offer practical advice for: "how to establish a wild home; how to develop nature connection as a mindfulness practice such as integrating meditation, yoga and tai chi; how to become a backyard naturalist and weave nature appreciation and study into your home schooling and how to develop new ways of seeing and being in the world." We will also hear from thought leaders and DC-area residents Carrie Seltzer, Tykee James, and John Henderson who will share their personal perspectives on connecting with nature during challenging times.

This event is co-hosted with Park Rx America. We invite you to listen in and join us for the conversation!


June 18, 2020

ONLINE BOOK TALKResilience--Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis

WHEN Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 05:30 pm to 06:30 pm
WHERE This is an online event at Virtual Go to event website
CONTACT Rock Creek Conservancy (301) 579-3105 Event website

Please email info@rockcreekconservancy.org for any questions.

Author and local natural historian Melanie Choukas-Bradley will discuss her newest book with environmental educator Wendy Paulson and answer your questions! 

Nature is one of the best medicines for difficult times. An intimate awareness of the natural world, even within the city, can calm anxieties and help create healthy perspectives. This book will inspire and guide you as you deal with the current crisis, or any personal or worldly distress. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of several award-winning books, including "A Year In Rock Creek Park: the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC," is a naturalist and certified forest therapy guide who leads nature and forest bathing walks for many organizations in Washington, D.C. and the American West. Learn from her the Japanese art of "forest bathing": how to tune in to the beauty and wonder around you with all your senses, even if your current sphere is a tree outside the window or a wild backyard. Discover how you can become a backyard naturalist, learning about the trees, wildflowers, birds and animals near your home. Hear how nature immersion during stressful times can bring comfort and joy as well as opportunities for personal growth, expanded vision and transformation.

Melanie will be interviewed by Wendy Paulson, a nature educator, chair of the Bobolink Foundation, and longtime steward who is deeply involved in several conservation efforts across the US and the world. Wendy is a former resident of DC and author of the foreword to "Resilience: Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis", as well as the recent Washington Post op-ed, In a bleak year, the natural world stirs hope.

Participants are encouraged to read the book in advance of the discussion. A link to the virtual meeting space will be sent to all registered participants before the event. 

REGISTER HERE


June 25, 2020

Audubon Naturalist Society

ONLINE TALKNaturalist Hour - Resilience: Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis

TIME
(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn how to find solace in intimate connections with the natural world, even if that world is your backyard or an apartment balcony. Discover how you can become a backyard naturalist with local naturalist and author Melanie Choukas-Bradley.

REGISTER HERE.
Each program has an 80 registrant limit. Participants will be emailed the link on the day of the program. If you don’t receive the email, please check your spam folder. Registration closes at 9 a.m. on the day of a program occurring at 1 p.m. Registration closes at 2 p.m. on the day of a program occurring at 7 p.m.


July 10, 17, and 24, 2020

Smithsonian Associates

Backyard Forest Bathing

  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Online registration is required.
  • For multiple registrations, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses.

July 10, 17, and 24, 2020
8:30 - 10: 00am

REGISTER HERE

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Here’s the perfect escape: Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of The Joy of Forest Bathing and Resilience: Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis, for anintimate virtual forest-bathing walk. Plug your headphones or earbuds into your smartphone, get comfortable in your backyard or a favorite natural area, and immerse yourself in nature through a rejuvenating morning program.

In this unique interactive audio experience, explore your surroundings through all your senses and connect deeply with the beauty and wonder of nature as Choukas-Bradley leads a small group in a series of “invitations” designed to become fully present and engaged with the living things around you.

Your registration will include:

  • A pre-recorded video presentation from Melanie Choukas-Bradley to introduce the concept of forest bathing.
  • The option to purchase a signed copy of both of Melanie's books with a discount from our local bookseller.

This is an audio-only Zoom program; the session is limited to 15 participants and 1.5 hours in length.

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July 25, 2020

Politics & Prose

ONLINE CLASSConnecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis
With Melanie Choukas-Bradley & Ana Ka’ahanui

July 25, 2020
10-11:30am

Price:  $30 (10 % off for members)
REGISTER here.

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley for an online class based on her new book, Resilience—Connecting With Nature in a Time of Crisis. Melanie will share what she has discovered about enjoying nature close to home. Learn how you can enrich your life as a “forest bather” and naturalist in your own backyard. The Coronavirus crisis limits our physical horizons and slows down the pace of life. As we struggle to come to terms with this new reality, one of the best things we can do for ourselves is to get outside and tune in to the beauty and wonder around us. Melanie will share her experience as a nature book author, naturalist, and forest therapy guide, and will address your questions and comments about how your relationship with nature is changing during the pandemic. She will be joined by Ana Ka’ahanui, Co-Founder and Director of Experiential Programs for Capital Nature and a forest therapy guide. Ana will describe the growing field of Citizen Science and teach you how to use the iNaturalist App to identify the plants, birds and animals in your world. 

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is the award-winning author of several nature books, including City of Trees, A Year in Rock Creek Park, The Joy of Forest Bathing and Finding Solace at Theodore Roosevelt Island (August 2020, available for pre-order). Melanie has been leading nature walks for Politics and Prose and many other Washington, D.C. organizations for several years.

Ana Ka’ahanui is Co-Founder and Director of Experiential Programs for Capital Nature and a forest therapy guide.


July 30, 2020

Audubon Naturalist Society

ONLINE TALKNaturalist Hour - Resilience: Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis

TIME
Thursday, July 30, 2020

1:00 to 2:00 pm

Learn how to find solace in intimate connections with the natural world, even if that world is your backyard or an apartment balcony. Discover how you can become a backyard naturalist with local naturalist and author Melanie Choukas-Bradley.

REGISTER HERE.
Each program has an 80 registrant limit. Participants will be emailed the link on the day of the program. If you don’t receive the email, please check your spam folder. Registration closes at 9 a.m. on the day of a program occurring at 1 p.m. Registration closes at 2 p.m. on the day of a program occurring at 7 p.m.


 
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