Last Updated on January 31, 2024
The Dahdaleh Institute has a bold vision for achieving global health for all. A new lab has been created – the Wellness Impact Lab (WIL) – led by Dr. Harvey Skinner, PhD (Senior Fellow) and Susan Harris, MSW (Community Fellow). The aim is to promote integrated health and wellness practices for personal growth and collective action. A key focus is strengthening our personal capacities for skillfully turning toward climate distress as a basis for fostering resiliency and initiatives. Our passion is ‘healing ourselves, healing others, healing our world’.
American writer and ordained Zen priest Angel Kyodo Williams captures the essence of the WIL lab:
“Without inner change there can be no outer change.
Without collective change, no change matters.”
Seminar Series: Climate Change and Mental Health: ‘Listening to the Canadian North’
- Jan 31 | Voices from the Land: Inuit Perspectives on Tradition, Change, and the Future
- Feb 07 | Bridging Worlds: Insights from Nunavut to Personal Reflections on Identity and Culture
- Feb 14 | Bridging Gaps: Technology Supports for Learning and Wellbeing in Northern Communities
Interbeing Wellness: 30 Minutes of Wellness Practices. Qi Gong and Mindfulness Meditation
We all encounter stress in our daily lives that at times can be difficult to manage. This is especially important as we navigate the many challenges of the polycrises we face today. We offer the following online practical sessions at no fee for fostering resilience and managing stress.
Details are given on the website including currently open registration for Winter 2024 programs. Also, check out the video recordings of over 200 previous sessions by clicking on the “Recordings” button. All are welcome to register, including students, staff, faculty, alumni at York University, and the broader community
- Qi Gong mind-body-energy practices
- Mindfulness Meditation insight, calming, and compassion practices
- Capacitar Self and Community Healing Practices
Digital Badge Certification is available upon completion of the Stress-Busting series.
Climate Distress to Action
Climate distress has been described as a new category of trauma that can trigger past trauma: e.g. personal, cultural, or inter-generational. Many people experience a ‘double bind’ not wanting to contribute to climate warming but finding it difficult to change. This project is examining the latest research on climate distress including strategies for removing barriers to action. You can find resources and information on events such as our seminar series and Climate Café on our project website.
Recap — Climate Distress and Healing Through Earth-Based Practices (April 18, 2023).
A Climate Café is an informal, open, respectful, private space to safely share emotional responses and reactions related to the climate and environmental emergency. It is NOT a therapy group but is a facilitated process taking place in a reflective, supportive group meeting. The group format can create a safe or brave place to process thoughts, feelings, and experiences rather than what we are doing about the climate crisis. Many participants feel they are alone, or their feelings are not supported by those close to them. Climate Cafés can build a sense of community and shared meaning.
Global Mental Health Online, Open Access, Modularized 90 Minute Mini-Course
This interactive course discusses how mental health and mental illness are understood and acted upon through three different worldviews: Eastern, Indigenous and Western. We are currently working to create a digital badge certification for those have completed this course. Please email Dr. Harvey Skinner for any questions or inquiries (email@example.com).
Connect with Harvey Skinner and Susan Harris on future projects.
|Global Health & Humanitarianism
Exciting New Events Scheduled for the Winter 2024! | January 8, 2024
Student Opportunity FW23-24 - Wellness and Self-Care RAY Assistant 1 | September 19, 2023
Recap — Climate Distress and Healing Through Earth-Based Practices | April 28, 2023
Recap — Springing into Action: Steps to Developing an Effective Action Plan | April 19, 2023
Recap — Mindfulness Meditation at the Dahdaleh Institute | April 3, 2023
Recap — The Benefits of Qi Gong (Tai Chi) in Theory and Practice | February 28, 2023
Harvey Skinner, Senior Fellow, Faculty of Health
Susan Harris, Community Scholar, Meditation, Wellness, and Selfcare
Sara Ferwati, Community Fellow, Global Health Foresighting
Jennifer Corriero, Community Fellow, Global Health and Humanitarianism
Christy Costanian, Adjunct Faculty Fellow
Sher Khan, Global and Environmental Health Research Lab and Wellness Impact Lab, Global Health Intern [WI23; SU23]
Shamim Samadi, Global Health: Wellness Impact Lab, Global Health Intern
Laura J. Rosa Pereira, Global Health: Wellness Impact Lab, Global Health Intern
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