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Newsletter: Winter 2024

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February Meeting

Eco-Psychology: Mitakuye Oyasin

Host: Dori Dittmer

What is Eco-psychology? We all love Nature, as evidenced by our participation in Naturalists’ Club events. But why? What’s behind our thoughts that it’s beautiful, it’s interesting, and it makes me forget the world for a moment? Can climate change cause anxiety, depression, and anger? With climate change possibly about to become irreversible, how do we cope psychologically? What about hope? And what does mitakuye oyasin mean? We will explore some of these questions in this month’s meeting.


About the speaker: Dori has been a member of the Naturalists’ Club for many years, taking part in many of its programs. She is a life coach using many different orientations, including eco-psychology, to help people overcome their life challenges and become more resilient and self-confident. She leads meditation groups in and about nature, and loves photographing subjects of nature.

Wednesday, February 21, starting at 7 p.m.

Tolman Auditorium, Springfield Science Museum