Consortium brings stress management expert to Sitka

Posted: Sunday, May 24, 2009

SITKA - Stress comes naturally in tough economic times like these. Nationally recognized stress management expert Dr. Brian Luke Seaward will be in Sitka on June 4-6 for a series of presentations about stress and also for the premiere of a movie he produced and photographed.

Seaward, who goes by Luke, is an award-winning author, photographer, teacher, film director/producer and much-sought-after inspirational speaker. He has given stress management, relaxation and meditation workshops to White House staff, Olympic athletes, several heads of state and major corporations. He also has taught several thousand students at the University of Illinois, University of Maryland, The American University, University of Colorado and University of Northern Colorado. He is a regular presenter at conferences hosted by the National Wellness Institute and other health organizations. Seaward's Sitka presentations are sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Health Promotion, Employee Wellness and Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska programs, along with the Sitka Conservation Society, Sitka Counseling and Prevention Services (SCAPS) and Sitka Bay Adventure Lodge.

"Several of us at SEARHC have been in Brian Luke Seaward's workshops and lectures, and the consensus is that he's a great presenter," said SEARHC Health Educator Doug Osborne. "We're very fortunate to have him come to Southeast in June, which can be a stressful month of transitions."

Seaward will give two free community presentations on Thursday, June 4. His first presentation is a lunch-and-learn called "Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backward," from noon to 1 p.m. at the SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Litehouse Cafeteria conference rooms, 222 Tongass Dr. The second free presentation on Thursday is "No Rain, No Rainbow," from 7 to 9 p.m. at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

On Friday, Seaward will teach a four-hour workshop called "Letting Go of Stress" from 1-5 p.m. at the SEARHC Community Health Services building first-floor conference room, 1212 Seward Ave. (down the hill from Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, the building with the totem pole in front). Friday's workshop costs $25 per person.

On Saturday, Seaward will premiere his movie "Earth Songs: Mountains, Water and the Healing Power of Nature," at 7 p.m. at the Sheet'ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi, 200 Katlian St. There will be a question-and-answer session following the movie. The movie combines visual footage and an instrumental musical score, with narration by actor Michael York. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and they are available at Old Harbor Books.

For more information on the presentations, contact Doug Osborne at 907-966-8734 or SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska Community Project Assistant Renae Mathson at 907-966-8797. To learn more about Brian Luke Seaward and to see a trailer from the movie "Earth Songs," go to http://www.brianlukeseaward.net/.



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