Wellbeing Experience with Dessa and Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer
The Wellbeing Experience, which was held on November 16, 2018, featured talks from international wellbeing expert Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer and Minneapolis rapper, singer, and author Dessa. Dessa also performed live music during her portion of the program, and was accompanied by Aby Wolf and Matthew Santos.
Prior to the talks, the Center hosted an indoor self-care festival at Northrop, which included live music from local artists, food trucks, aromatherapy, acupuncture, massage, therapy animals, yoga, Reiki, health coaching, engaging opportunities with our sponsors, and even an indoor forest.
Videos of Dr. Kreitzer and Dessa's presentations can be viewed below. Additionally, you may learn more about the sponsors and vendors for this event below the videos.
Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer Presents "Global Flourishing: Igniting Change Through Personal Wellbeing"
Looking through the lens of wellbeing, Dr. Kreitzer challenged the audience to become catalysts for change in their personal lives – and the world around them.
Prior to Dr. Kreitzer's talk, musican Cameron Kinghorn performed "It's In Every One of Us." A version of Dr. Kreitzer's talk without the musical introduction is available on YouTube.
Dessa Presents "Greater than the Greatest Good?" and Live Music
What, if anything, do we appraise as more valuable than happiness? How do our ideas about purpose and authentic experience inform our understanding of well-being? Drawing from philosophy, published research, and her own experience as a touring musician, Dessa talked about happiness, meaning, art, and the drive to lead a self-determined life.
Vendors, Sponsors, and Activities
Special thanks to our sponsors, vendors, and those who provided activities at this event. Learn more about them below.
There were many free activities for people to experience prior to the event.
Hand and chair massages from Northwestern Health Sciences University students
- Pop-up yoga from Bryan Piatt
Acupuncture from Selby Acupuncture
Indoor nature experience - including therapy animals, pop-up forests, and indoor landscapes from the Center's Nature-Based Therapies program
Blood pressure checks by M Health
Financial security workshops/talk with LSS Financial Counseling
Health Coaching mini-sessions with alumni from the Center's Health Coaching program
Reiki sessions led by Center faculty
Book sales by Magers & Quinn
- In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
So much more!
This event couldn't have happened without our sponsors.
Special thanks to our lead sponsor, Sunrise Banks.
- Boynton Health Services
- Office of Student Affairs
- College of Continuing Education & Professional Studies
- College of Design
- College of Education & Human Development
- Medical School
- School of Nursing
- University Recreation and Wellness Center
- Office of Human Resources
- School of Dentistry