Wellbeing Experience 2020: Planetary Health

Wellbeing Experience 2020

Each individual’s health – and the wellbeing of our communities – are inextricably connected to our environment. To highlight this fundamental dependency, in 2020 the Center will host a Wellbeing Experience focusing on planetary health. The event’s program will feature author Katharine Wilkinson, a senior writer for the New York Times bestseller, “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.” A talk by Craig Minowa and music by Cloud Cult, named by RollingStone as one of our nation’s greenest bands, will follow Wilkinson’s presentation. Preceding the program will be an experiential festival, including rich interactive learning experiences, self-care demonstrations, live music, food trucks and other attractions.

Our Featured Presenters

Dr. Katharine Wilkinson

Katharine Wilkinson

Dr. Wilkinson is an author, strategist, and teacher, bringing focus to what is possible for humanity and our home, this earth. She is Vice President of Communication & Engagement at Project Drawdown and co-writer of the New York Times bestseller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Her first book, Between God & Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change, was dubbed “a vitally important, even subversive, story” by The Boston Globe.

Katharine speaks internationally, sharing her expertise at Aspen Ideas, Skoll World Forum, Talks @ Google, TED Women, and through frequent media appearances. Her interdisciplinary background spans academia, business, and the social sector. Previously, Katharine was Director of Strategy at the purpose consultancy BrightHouse and worked for The Boston Consulting Group and Natural Resources Defense Council. She has taught at the University of Oxford and Agnes Scott College and currently advises on Mary Robinson’s climate podcast, Mothers of Invention.

Katharine holds a doctorate in Geography & Environment from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. in Religion from Sewanee—The University of the South. She is happiest on a mountain or a horse.

Craig Minowa

Craig Minowa

Craig Minowa is a multiple Emmy award winning composer and singer/songwriter of the rock band Cloud Cult, composing, recording and producing multiple Billboard charting albums. He and his wife established the environmental nonprofit Earthology Institute, and he has served as an Advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme. Minowa's lyrics explore a wide range of "big picture" issues ranging from grief, addiction and healing to the exploration of a higher power, religion and purpose.

Cloud Cult

Cloud Cult

Cloud Cult began as Craig Minowa’s solo studio project, and over the course of ten studio albums the band has grown with an evolving lineup of musicians. Cloud Cult's philosophical lyrics and hybrid orchestral rock sound has brought the band accolades including New York TimesEntertainment WeeklyPitchfork and NPR. The band has had several albums at the top of the North America college radio charts and has declined major record label deals in favor of staying independent.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

4:00 - 6:45 PM: Wellbeing Experience Indoor Festival

7:00 - 9:00 PM: Program

Carlson Family Stage at Northrop
84 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


$25.00    General Public
$22.50    UMAA Member (limit 1)
  $5.00    Students (limit 1)

We will plant one tree for every ticket sold through the nonprofit organization One Tree Planted.

Register here


We're really excited to welcome our food truck and food/beverage vendors. We'll have something for every appetite!



In addition to a talk by Craig Minowa and music by Cloud Cult, you'll have the chance to hear some great local musicians. More information about performances during the festival will be available soon.


We have so many activities for you to experience. Arrive at 4 p.m. so you can explore them all!
The Wellbeing Experience will be a zero waste event with support from the University of Minnesota's Recycling Program.