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June 15, 2020
On May 25, George Floyd, a 46-year old Black man, was murdered. For 8 minutes and 46 seconds, he struggled to breathe and to live. Mr. Floyd’s death is just one of many acts of brutality committed against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color each day. At the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, we share in pain and anger, and support those who are protesting and working to address racism. Racism, oppression, and societal disregard for the experiences of marginalized people are significant barriers to wellbeing.
December 20, 2019
The holiday season is a time for family, friends, food... and stress. While many people enjoy celebrating with loved ones, the pressures of holiday gift-buying, travel, and overindulgence can take their toll. In this holiday special, adapted from one of our live webinars, Mary Jo Kreitzer, the Center's founder and director, offers tips to deal with the different stressors that arrive during the holidays. Tune in to learn more!
Tags: Wellbeing
September 18, 2019
A new episode of our podcast, Take 5 for Your Health and Wellbeing, is out! In this episode, we sit down with Richard Leider. Leider, a senior fellow at the Center, is the author of 10 books, including three bestsellers, and his PBS special, The Power of Purpose, has been seen by millions of viewers. Leider discusses his life-coaching practice and how you can discovering your purpose can change your life. Tune in to learn more!
June 27, 2019
A new episode of the Center's "Take 5 for Your Health and Wellbeing" podcast is out! In this episode, we sit down with Jenny Breen to discuss the topic of eating sustainably. Make sure to listen for tips about how you can integrate healthy, sustainable eating habits into your busy daily life!
May 17, 2019
A new episode of the Center's "Take 5 for Your Health and Wellbeing" podcast is out! In this episode, we sit down with Katie Schuver to discuss the topic of yoga as an integrative healing mechanism, as well as the different yoga course offerings here at the Center.
March 11, 2019
The third International Integrative Nursing Symposium is only two months away! If you're planning on attending, the podcast episodes below feature University of Minnesota wellbeing experts who will be presenting at the Symposium. Or if you're simply interested in learning more about integrative health and healing, these episodes of the Center's Take 5 for Your Health and Wellbeing podcast will help you learn more.
February 26, 2019
Are you struggling to make healthy changes in your life and feeling 'stuck?' From stress management to exercise/nutrition, self-care to life transitions and everything in between, health coaching can be an empowering support to get you 'unstuck' and actively moving toward your wellbeing goals.
January 17, 2019
The University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing and global online learning leader Coursera announced today the launch of a new online specialization in Integrative Health and Medicine. Through this low-cost Specialization, health care professionals will explore integrative healing through three initial classes, which include: Introduction to Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices, Guided Imagery, and Herbal Medicine. Aromatherapy: Clinical Use of Essential Oils and Mindfulness in Integrative Health will also be offered soon.
January 14, 2019
At the start of each new year, I am tuned into the information shared about lifestyle changes in the news and other popular forms of communication. This year I was pleased with the tidbits of information I was hearing and seeing on Good Morning America, The Kelly and Ryan show, and The New York Times. I wanted to share some of the highlights that stood out to me. They are key strategies for making lifestyle changes that will last.
December 10, 2018
A beautiful September weekend gave me the chance to enhance dimensions of my personal wellbeing, informed by the Center’s Wellbeing Model (at right). Biking (Health) in Door County was something I had looked forward to since spring (Purpose), and riding in glorious weather on back-country roads (Environment) with ten compatriot cyclists (Community) created an amazing fall experience. Adventuring, eating, laughing, and working together permitted me to deepen bonds and make new friends (Relationships). That’s five out of the six Wellbeing dimensions, Security being the other.

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