The Wellbeing Series

Wellbeing Series for Planetary Health
Since 2012, the University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing has hosted wellbeing thought-leaders to inspire and educate the community, organizations, and life-long learners through the Wellbeing Lecture Series.
Past speakers like Brene Brown, Atul Gawande, Dessa, Celeste Headlee, Rhonda Magee, and Jon Kabat-Zinn have explored a range of topics including purpose, vulnerability, food and wellbeing, gratitude, technology, and mindfulness, among others.
Discover more about your own wellbeing with us through the Wellbeing Series, an opportunity to engage, learn, and experience what wellbeing means to you. 

Upcoming Events

2020 Wellbeing Series for Planetary Health

The relationship between the environment and humanity is one of interdependence—each inextricably affects the other. Just as our actions and choices impact the environment, the health of the planet influences our own personal health and wellbeing, as well as that of our families, communities, and economies.

This Fall, the Center hosted the Wellbeing Series for Planetary Health, a three-part free, online event featuring national and local leaders who explored the deep connections between planetary health and human wellbeing, and inspired development of personalized plans for taking actions in our daily lives, our homes, and our communities.

Part 1: Wellbeing Lecture, which featured Katharine Wilkinson, senior editor of Project Drawdown, and a talk plus live music by singer/songwriter Craig Minowa, front man for the Minnesota band Cloud Cult. Learn more and view a video of the event.

Part 2: Teddie Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN, Leah Prussia, DSW, LICSW, SEP, and Vishnu Laalitha Surapaneni, MD participated in a lively panel discussion held during the lunch hour. Building on the rich experience provided by Part 1 of the Wellbeing Series for Planetary Health, in this event attendees were inspired to learn about the efforts being made toward planetary and human health in Minnesota, and had the opportunity to engage directly with the panelists. Learn more and view a video of this event.

Part 3: For the third part of our series, the Center will host an online community gathering, which will feature select local, inspiring climate-focused organizations. During this event, organizational leaders will highlight the important work they are doing in Minnesota, and share ways in which attendees can get involved and help change the trajectory of climate change and support planetary health. Learn more and view a video of this event.

Coming in 2021: