Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols annually organizes the Blue Mind Summits, an annual meeting of thought leaders, neuroscientists, oceanographers, explorers, educators, psychologists, artists, authors, filmmakers, and sports enthusiasts including open water swimmers at waterfront locations around the world.

The Blue Mind Summit participants collaboratively consider the human connection to water as well as the deeply personal and practical benefits of keeping it healthy.

Inspired by Blue Mind, a New York Times bestseller by Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, the Blue Mind Collective are people who simply love the water and want to change the way people think, feel and act toward it. Based on hard science and shepherded by deep emotion, Blue Mind has crossed cultural and geographical boundaries to reconnect people to water and teach the cognitive, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual benefits of keeping it healthy.

In a collaborative attempt to get people around the world knowledgeable about and interested in his concept of neuroconservation, Dr. Nichols started to organize like-minded people at the Blue Mind Summits.

The first summit – Blue Mind 1 – was held in San Francisco, California in 2011. The second summit, Blue Mind 2, was held on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 2012. Blue Mind 3 was held on Block Island, Rhode Island in 2013. Blue Mind 4 was held at Bedruthan Steps in Cornwall, United Kingdom in 2014. Blue Mind 5 was held in Washington, D.C. in 2015 and Blue Mind 6 was held at Asilomar on the Monterey Peninsula of California in 2016.

The 2017 Blue Mind 7 Summit will be on Lake Superior on 7 June 2017.

Dr. Nichols introduced the new field of neuroconservation at his TED Talks in Santa Cruz, California in 2014 and in San Diego, California in 2012. As he explains, “Nature is medicine. A walk on the beach, a surf session…heals us. Nature can reduce our stress, it can make us more creative.”

For more information, visit The Blue Mind Life here.

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