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Wellbeing Workshop to Build Mental Resilience to Climate Change

Time Saturday 22 September, 2018 at 10:00 - 16:30
Place Norra Beteendevetarhuset, Våning 4.

Background and purpose

Climate change has imposed great threat to our environment, health, and human life that we used to live, especially in the north near arctic area. This has and will create more stress to an already stressed everyday living for most people. How to adapt and build resilience to the changing climate and environment is the key to a successful living of people, especially in the north. Therefore, a workshop for building resilience to a changing environment may help to reduce climate anxiety. This will increase good health and wellbeing of people - the Third of the 17 goals in United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Wellbeing depends on both external and internal factors. Most approaches to climate change and wellbeing focus on external factors, the threats to our health. This workshop focuses on the internal factors - building mental preparedness to climate change.


This one-day workshop focuses on learning tools to deal with stress. It includes short lectures, meditation (guided, walking and mindful), laughter yoga, mind-body connection and expressive dance. Music will be used. You may bring one or two songs to be used for dance. Participants will be given time to share experiences after each activity.


Two people will lead the workshop: Dr. Jing Helmersson (two PhDs with one in Physics, USA 1989 and one in Public Health, Umeå 2018) and Maria Petersson (former emergency nurse). Jing is a researcher in Public Health from Umeå University in Climate Change and Health area. She is also knowledgeable in Chinese medicine, Nature and health, and with rich experience in meditation, expressive dance and laughter yoga. Maria Petersson has great experiences in dealing with anxiety through her own recovering journey from "burning out". She has years of experience in guided meditation, healing through singing and expressive dance.


Umeå University, Norra Beteendevetarhuset, 4th floor. Outdoor if weather permits.

Date and Time

2018-09-22, kl 10.00 -16:30


English (questions can be in Swedish)


Arcum Strategic Fund



Who can join

Open to general public. First come first serve with 40 seats available To participate: must register at URL: Questions: email:

Wellbeing workshop Program

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome, introduction and logistic (Jing)

10:15 – 10:25 Climate change, anxiety and need for stress reduction (Jing)

10:25 – 10:45 Healing journey from burning out (Maria)

10:45 – 11:30 Guided meditation (Maria) 11:30 – 12:00 Laughter yoga (Jing)

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 13. 30 Walking meditation (Jing)

13:30 – 14:45 Expressive dance (Jing, Maria and more)

14:45 – 15:15 Pause

15:15 – 16:00 Silent mindfulness meditation (Maria and more)

16:00 – 16:30 Summary and Feedback (Jing and more)
(with reservation for changes)

Event type: Workshop
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