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Neuroscience and Well-Being: How Spirituality Affects Our Health and DNA
Location: Conference Center
Category: Weekend Opportunities
Date: Friday March 20, 2020 through Sunday March 22, 2020
Cost: $215.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00


Neuroscience and Well-Being has been cancelled.

 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020
to Noon Sunday, March 22, 2020

Neuroscience and Well-Being:
How Spirituality Affects Our Health and DNA

with Anne Kertz Kernion



Our spiritual habits affect our physical and emotional health in a variety of ways. We'll explore recent findings in neuroscience and positive psychology, showing how practices such as Mindfulness, Meditation, Gratitude, Compassion, and Community slow aging in our cells, keep our brains healthy and nimble, reduce stress, and bring more health and happiness into our lives. We will also look at other habits that support brain health and keep our telomeres, the end caps of our chromosomes, from prematurely fraying. This multimedia presentation aims to educate and entertain.

We will incorporate these spiritual practices into our days, along with discussion and activities, allowing us to share and experience some of their benefits. Time for personal reflection and quiet will be provided, as well.

Anne Kertz Kernion is the owner/artist of Cards by Anne, an inspirational greeting card company founded in 1986. Anne's cards, hand-designed in calligraphy and ink, are available online and in hundreds of stores. For 14 years, Anne taught Cross-Cultural Understanding of Religious Meaning at Carlow University; for seven years, she was an adjunct professor at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, teaching courses ranging from Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Nutrition, to World Religions and Ethics. Her book, A Year of Spiritual Companionship was published by SkyLight Paths in 2016. Currently, Anne is a frequent lecturer and retreat leader, presenting topics that combine neuroscience, positive psychology, and spirituality to groups around the US and Australia. Anne teaches a weekly yoga class at a local retreat center, and enjoys biking and hiking. She and her husband Jack have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. Anne has a BS in Environmental Engineering, Penn State, 1981, MA in Theology, Duquesne University, 1990, Certificate in the Science of Happiness, UC Berkeley, 2017 & Current graduate student in Positive Psychology, U. of Missouri.


If you would like to register for this or any of our programs, there are several easy ways to do so. 
You may:
• click the "Register" link located at the bottom of this page
• call 724-964-8886 to speak with a member of our friendly staff
• complete and mail a printable registration form along with your payment to:

     Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center
     2067 Evergreen Road
     P.O. Box 424
     Villa Maria, PA 16155 

Refund Policy 

(Includes: Retreat, Lodging, and Meals from Light Supper on Friday to Lunch on Sunday)

For more information
Phone: 724-964-8886
January 2021
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