Acadia Senior College

Events

Bonding with Nature: Responding to Life's Challenges and the Aging Process

October 2, 2019

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Northeast Harbor Library

This workshop with Dianna Emory will explore how to maintain a connection to the natural world, even when stress, illness, accidents, and/or natural aging interferes.

This workshop offers a lecture and experiential learning experience that helps participants evaluate their current level of wellness, apply time-tested cognitive behavioral approaches, and move forward in a positive direction. The five pillars for good health from Bonding with Nature:  Responding to Life’s Challenges and the Aging Process and Emory’s book-in-progress, Assess, Adjust, Advance:  Facing Adversity and Finding Your Silver Lining, will be presented.  Emory’s approach to her current stage 4 metastatic lung cancer will be used as a model that can be adapted to address the participant’s own challenges—including caring for others, facing relationship or job changes, striving for fitness, and encountering medical stressors.

There is no charge for the workshop, but reservations are required. Please dress for comfort and bring a pillow.

To reserve space for Dr. Emory's workshop, please call 288-9500 or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org.


Emory is the author of Bonding with Nature:  Responding to Life’s Challenges and the Aging Process (Seapoint Books, May 7, 2018), author royalties from which benefit medical institutions and organizations working on behalf of the natural world and her creatures. She is a retired clinical mental health counselor; the founder of the Behavioral Medicine Center and Training Institute; a national educator of mental health and medical professionals; a builder of teams that advance personal and environmental wellness; and a volunteer and athlete with deep knowledge of green spaces and protected lands.

While in private practice, Emory also provided pro bono clinical services to oncological and multiple sclerosis patients who were dealing with fatigue, depression, surgery-related issues, and the aversive side effects of chemotherapy.  She served on the Allied Health Professional Staff of Mount Desert Island Hospital and as an Adjunct Faculty member at College of the Atlantic. Board leadership positions have included Friends of Acadia, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Schoodic Institute, Maine Clinical Counselors Association, the Northern New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and the American Mental Health Counselors Association. She lives on Mount Desert Island and in Brooklin, Maine with her husband, Ben.  When not hiking, skiing, sailing, biking, writing, or paddle boarding in Maine, she is climbing the mountains or enjoying the waters of the Eastern Caribbean.

Bonding with Nature: Responding to Life's Challenges and the Aging Process