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Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a global Biophilia Network. Read on to learn about our next event!

NOTE: The December Biophilia meeting will take place in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) Classroom. Directions are listed at the bottom of this page.

Biophilia: Pittsburgh December Meeting — Letting the Healing Energy In: How Relaxing Time in Nature Improves our Health

Join us on Thurs., Dec. 5 in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Classroom with Moshe Sherman, co-owner of Cloud Gate Pittsburgh. Forest bathing is a practice that originated in Japan as a way to balance the stress of urban living by immersing ourselves in nature. In this discussion, we will learn about the health benefits that occur when we spend time in a forest. We’ll explore what makes forest bathing unique and how we can integrate these simple yet profoundly impactful practices into our life routines. Additionally, the importance of intentional breathing will be discussed and practiced, along with ways to connect with nature in the urban environment.

Meet the Speaker

Moshe Sherman has sought solace in the forest since he was a child growing up in Philadelphia. With his study of creative arts, ancient Asian healing modalities, and his own excursions into nature, he is able to guide others to experience the positive health impacts that nature inspires. As co-owner of Cloud Gate Pittsburgh he regularly leads forest bathing walks in Pittsburgh public parks, provides energy healing sessions for individuals, couples and groups, and teaches Qigong exercises. His goal is to help himself and others enjoy life more, protect natural habitats and find our optimal health for right now! You can learn more about his practice at www.cloudgatepgh.com or on Facebook at cloudgatepgh.

Meeting Schedule

5:30 – 6 p.m. — Networking and refreshments
6 – 6:30 p.m. — Presentation
6:30 – 7 p.m. — Discussion

Meetings are free to attend; however, advance registration is required. To R.S.V.P., please send us an email or sign up on our Meetup page

Discover Our Additional Resources

Designed as a series of posts on the Phipps blog and a hashtag for use on Twitter and Instagram#bioPGH is a new social call-to-action for people throughout the region to more closely examine the beauty and importance of the nature around them.

The Biophilic Mind is a blog focused on presenting primary-source articles at the intersection of human health and the natural world. The Biophilic Mind aims to highlight high quality, recent research about the connections between well-being and nature.

Inspired by the Biophilic Cities initiative, the Biophilia: Pittsburgh Directory seeks to present an overview of the biophilic organizations, events, activities and projects in Pittsburgh, to aid the public in enhancing their connections to nature and discovering collaborative opportunities. 

In this archive, you may access presentation materials and video recordings from previous installments of our monthly Biophilia: Pittsburgh meeting series. Additions will be made often, so visit regularly for the latest materials to deepen your Biophilia: Pittsburgh experience.

Biophilia: Pittsburgh meets monthly at Café Phipps at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where, over delicious small-plates and light refreshments, a discipline or behavior is identified — often by an expert guest speaker — and discussed among the participants in the interest of sharing ideas and identifying opportunities. 


Directions and Parking 

Please note this meeting will take place in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), specifically in the classroom on the first floor. Please note that Phipps' main Conservatory entrance will be closed, as these events are held  after normal business hours. To access the CSL, follow Frew Street (located between the Oakland/Schenley Park Bridge and the Christopher Columbus statue), which will take you to the lower campus. Guest parking spaces are available on your left as you approach the CSL.


Our Goals

• To welcome and inspire others with the concept and principles of biophilia
• To foster collaboration and learning between professionals from a wide variety of disciplines
• To communicate biophilic principles in action-oriented ways to a wider audience for exponential and regional impact


What Is Biophilia?

The term “biophilia,” which literally means “love of life,” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson, who defined it as “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”

The implications of biophilia extend across a vast array of disciplines including design and engineering, nutrition, psychology, public health, education, biology and the humanities. Biophilia is expressed all over the world every day, through complex collaborations such as the design and construction of buildings and landscapes; and intimate, personal encounters including nature hikes and home gardening.

Photo © Paul g. Wiegman, Phipps staff