Annual Summit

Thank you for joining us at the 2021 ECHO Summit. We hope to see you again next year!

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5th Annual ECHO Summit: Nature Heals

Thank you for joining us on Saturday, October 9 at Denver Botanic Gardens to learn strategies and ideas to support adult and child wellbeing.  In our 5th annual Summit, we explored the healing power of nature and ways time outdoors can alleviate stress, support whole child health, and ensure all young children have tools to express themselves. The event took place entirely outdoors throughout the beauty of the gardens. Registration is no longer open. 

View the Schedule and Presenter Bios Here!

Highlights included:

  • Jane West, a certified forest therapy guide and early childhood mental health consultant, will talk about how focused time spent in nature provides children and adults alike with great emotional and physical wellbeing. Jane and fellow guide Zuza Bohley will also offer participants an immersive forest bathing experience in the gardens.
  • Hear from Kyle Ohl, Early Childhood Mental Health Coordinator for Grand Beginnings, about the healing power of nature, and how to teach students to understand their body while supporting their regulation through play.
  • Learn how art can be a tool for expressing emotion and fostering a connection to nature from Arturo Garcia, a local Denver artist, through an interactive guided experience.   

To me, Art is the language of the soul that expresses what the brain on its own can’t. It’s a silent dialect that conveys what words are not capable of doing. The understanding between creation, nature, and the spirit, are transcribed in the manifestation of an art piece. Art is a revelation of the soul; a new form of singing.” -Arturo Garcia

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We thank Denver Botanic Gardens for their continuous partnership in supporting our annual ECHO Summit.

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