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Healing Nature: A panel exploring the role nature plays in human consciousness, and its importance to health, wellbeing, and spirituality.

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An online panel discussion, in conjunction with the latest exhibition at Bayside Gallery, Greenworld. Artists, scientists and experts in the field explore the relationship between an individual and their surroundings and the role nature plays in human consciousness, and its importance to health, wellbeing, and spirituality.

Facilitator: Associate Professor Mardie Townsend, Deakin University

Associate Professor Townsend is involved, in collaboration with Parks Victoria and other partner organisations, in investigating the benefits of contact with nature for human health and wellbeing.

Panelists

Professor David Strayer

David Strayer runs the Applied Cognition Laboratory at the University of Utah. His work examines human attention and the limits of human multitasking ability. He studies how attentional capacities can be restored by interacting with nature.

Sarah Allely

In 2015 a bicycle accident left Sarah unable to read, write, watch TV or listen to podcasts. She discovered her path to recovery was through nature. She is creator of the successful podcast series, Brain on Nature.

Tristan Snell

Senior Lecturer / Counselling Psychologist, School of Psychology, Faculty of Health – Deakin University. Tristan’s research interests are in Counsellor Education and Environmental Psychology, particularly the impact of the physical environment on mental health and learning, as well as encouraging sustainable environmental behaviours.

Nicole Foreshew

Nicole Foreshew is an artist, writer and curator from the Wiradjuri nation, Central West New South Wales. Foreshew’s practice incorporates mediums including photography, video and sculpture through which she maintains an ongoing thematic exploration of her heritage, particularly her links to country, through contemporary and innovative frameworks.