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Neuroscience and Well-Being: How Spirituality Affects Our Health and DNA
Location: Conference Center
Category: Conference Retreats
Date: Friday May 20, 2022 through Sunday May 22, 2022
Cost: $225.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00


7:00 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2022
to Noon Sunday,  May 22, 2022

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. For fourteen years, Anne taught Cross-Cultural Understanding of Religious Meaning at Carlow University; for seven years, she taught courses ranging from Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Nutrition to World Religions and Ethics at a local community college. Her latest book, Spiritual Practices for the Brain: Caring for Mind, Body and Soul, was published by Loyola Press and has won several national awards for integrating Science, Faith and Well-Being. Her first 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 across the U.S. and Australia. Anne has a BS in Environmental Engineering, Penn State University, 1981, an MA in Theology, Duquesne University, 1990, Certificate in the Science of Happiness, University of California, Berkeley, 2017 and a Graduate certificate in Positive Psychology, University of Missouri, 2020. A former Division 1 athlete, Anne teaches a weekly yoga class and enjoys biking and hiking. She and her husband Jack have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren.


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 

Cost includes: Retreat, Lodging, and Meals from Light Supper (at 5:15 pm) on Friday to Lunch on Sunday
For more information
Phone: 724-964-8886
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