Parks and Rec Lunch and Learn Series:
Nature-Based Stress Management Programs

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Join Sami Aaron, retired software developer, meditation and yoga teacher, master naturalist, and founder of The Resilient Activist, to learn how to bring nature-based stress management programs to your community. Sami shares:

  • Resources for reconnecting with nature and the healing benefits of time spent in nature with related program ideas
  • Ways to connect virtually while also supporting time outdoors and community-building
  • How to support your parks and rec staff and volunteers with nature-based stress management tools

Sami also guides participants through a short, guided meditation experience.

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Your Host: Brian Stapleton

As the product manager and subject matter expert for CivicRec, Brian is primarily responsible for ensuring our parks and recreation clients are fully leveraging all the flexible features and modern functionality offered by our local government recreation management software. Brian stays immersed in the trends and technologies impacting parks and recreation departments so that he can serve as a critical link between the CivicRec product development and service delivery teams to ensure our product continues to evolve as the needs of local government evolve. Brian earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Management from Western International University.

About Our Guest

Sami Aaron


According to studies from the American Psychological Association, people everywhere are experiencing severe emotional distress caused by climate change and environmental devastation. In the newly emerging field of ecopsychology, there is an understanding of the interconnected relationship, both physically and emotionally, between humans and the health of the planet. Through Sami’s studies in meditation, yoga nidra (yoga sleep), yoga for trauma, nature-connected teachings, and the benefits of her own time spent in nature, along with her desire to guide others into a life rich in nature connection, she has been able to visualize The Resilient Activist program to build a community that will nurture, uplift, and support those who strive to live in conscious harmony with Earth.