How Brief Moments of Mindful Connection With Nature Help Build Resilience 
for Early Childhood Professionals and Children

About This Event

Positive therapeutic effects of mindfulness in nature for adults is understood. Deeper investigation into the healing effects of mindfulness in nature for young children is promising. Are you an early childhood professional with a packed schedule and/or limited access to nature? This event will introduce the practice of “microrestorative opportunities” that you can use to connect with nature in whatever way is immediately available.  Join us as we explore the science that explains why this practice can replenish essential mental resources, such as alertness and attention. Dialogue about how early childhood is an excellent time to begin transforming narratives about the relationship between humans and nature, and how the therapeutic power of mindfulness is enhanced when the context is nature-based learning.  Let’s consider together how we can help young children access different ways of knowing that balance Indigenous and Western scientific approaches, and transform the received colonial settler narratives into one about our interdependence with the natural world. CEUs are available for this event.

Goals and Benefits

As a result of attending this event, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how microrestorative opportunities support the therapeutic power of mindfulness in nature in everyday life and work routines.
  • Define environmental self-regulation as it relates to the therapeutic impact of “microrestorative opportunities”. 
  • List one strategy for applying “microrestorative opportunities” in everyday life and work routines.

Event Structure and Dates

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

10am PDT

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Diane Biray Gregorio, PhD

Diane Biray Gregorio, Ph.D. is a Harvard-trained organizational psychologist, applied researcher, nonprofit executive, speaker, and trainer. Since 1991 she has focused on global health, mindfulness, gender, poverty, and human rights. Dr. Gregorio combines meditation and scientific and philosophical studies with engaged action to alleviate human suffering. She has been trained by some of the top teachers in her fields, and by highly esteemed Buddhist masters. More at

Jane West

Jane West became the first certified forest therapy guide in Colorado in 2016 and has led many forest walks for groups and individuals throughout the mountains and the Front Range. She has been a part of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT) international training team and has also helped naturalists in Eagle County to integrate forest bathing into their existing activities. Jane is a longstanding licensed professional counselor and early child development specialist. She is a Zero to Three Academy member and very active promoting nature-based activities at ZTT conferences and overseas at funders events through her small foundation, The Two Lilies Fund.

Michael Yellowbird, MSW, PhD

Michael Yellow Bird, MSW, PhD, is Dean and Professor of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. He is an enrolled member of the MHA Nation (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara) in North Dakota, USA. Dr. Yellow Bird is a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and is a certified mindfulness teacher, professional. His research focuses on the effects of colonization and methods of decolonization, healthy Indigenous peoples’ aging, Arikara ethnobotany and traditional agriculture, Indigenous mindfulness and neurodecolonization, and the cultural significance of Rez dogs. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and the co-editor of four books. His most recent press article can be found here.