Eco-therapy seminar: “A Walk on the Doan Brook”

The Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health at Case Western Reserve University invites all members of the campus community to an eco-therapy seminar Tuesday, May 24, from 9 to 10 a.m.

Eco-therapy, also known as green therapy, is a practice of nature-based exercises to address mental and physical health and enhance healing and growth. The Swetland Center will integrate time in nature as part of its monthly seminar series, through which participants will have the opportunity to connect with and explore beautiful spaces near the university’s campus.

For this eco-therapy seminar, participants will hike a short segment of the Doan Brook, which flows through Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, and the Cleveland neighborhoods of Larchmere, University Circle, Glenville, and St. Clair Superior before entering into Lake Erie.

Two separate hikes will be available for this session. All participants will meet at the BioEnterprise Building at 9 a.m. Attendees will leave at 9 a.m. and split into two groups:

  1. A shorter/easier hike led by Swetland Center Director Darcy Freedman; and
  2. A longer/advanced hike led by the Center for Community Health Integration Director Kurt Stange. 

Participants should comfortable walking shoes (with good traction for the longer/advanced hike) and bring a bag to pick up litter.

This eco-therapy session is co-sponsored by the Center for Community Health Integration (CHI).

Register for the event.