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Headwaters Schedule


October 12-14, Western State Colorado University 


Friday, October 12 |7:00 PM Taylor Auditorium

The Headwaters tradition begins the conference with a celebration of the arts. Tonight's program:

Art Goodtimes

The Art of Getting Lost

Alan Wartes

Headwaters Anthem

Sree Sinha

Megh Pallavi

A pure dance piece from the Indian classical dance form of Odissi. In Megh, meaning cloud, the dancer embodies lilting and joyous movements reminiscent of the rainy season. Choreography: Ratikant Mohapatra

Chelsea Brown

Bodies of Water

“Bodies of Water” is an excerpt from an evening-length work choreographed by Chelsea Boyd Brown & Collaborators, which explores ones connection to nature at both a micro and macro level. 

Welcome to the Headwaters, Dr. John Hausdoerffer, Dean, School of ENVS

Speaker Introduction,Dr. Melanie Armstrong, Headwaters Coordinator


Regina Lopez Whiteskunk

“Our Healing Relationships: The Ute Perspective”

Saturday, October 13 | University Center Ballroom

8:30 am   “Pathways to Wellbeing”


Andres Esparza, Grassroots Engagement Director, Conservation Lands Foundation: "Ensuring Inclusive

Access to the Healing Benefits of the Natural World"

Derrick Nehrenberg, PhD, CEO Traildock: “Therapeutic Effects of Nature”

George Leoniak, The Mindful Tracker: “Tracking Our Natural Connections”

Moderator: Kate Cummings, Center for Humans and Nature

10:00 am Tours and Workshops

Lunch and transportation provided. Come prepared to be outside, whatever the weather. Tours depart from the University Center parking lot

3:15 pm Tour Reports

3:45 pm   Aaron Abeyta, Letter from the Headwaters

Aaron Abeyta is the author of colcha, winner of the American Book Award and Colorado Book Award and Letters From the Headwaters, along with numerous other publications. He is a former Poet Laureate of Colorado’s Western Slope, recipient of a Governor’s Creative Leadership Award, and former Mayor of Antonito, Colorado, his hometown. Check out Abeyta’s reflections on wildness in this 10-minute video for Wildness: Relations of People and Place.

4:00 pm   Tom Fleischner, “Natural History: The Path of Reciprocity and Delight”

Tom Fleischner is the Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, in Prescott, Arizona, and Faculty Emeritus at Prescott College, where he taught interdisciplinary environmental studies for 29 years.  He's author or editor of four books, including, most recently, Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays On Wildness and Wellness.

4:45 pm   Wrap-up and Report from Headwaters for Kids Camp

Details and registration for Headwaters for Kids can be found here. This free, all-day camp at Coldharbour Ranch runs parallel to Saturday’s events, and engages kids of all ages in activities exploring the theme of wildness.

Sunday, October 14 | University Center Ballroom

9:00 am   Closing Conversation and Passing of the Gourd, led by Art Goodtimes

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