Blue Mind Works

Creating Common Water Knowledge


Creating a new water story by bridging today's science, ancient knowledge & real world solutions.

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Blue Mind tells the new story.

"If there's a book you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~ Toni Morrison

The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. Little, Brown & Company. New York, NY.

“I feel I belong in the water—I feel we all belong in the water, I cease to be a sort of obsessed intellect and a shaky body, and I just become a porpoise.” ~ Dr. Oliver Sacks

"In this profound study, biologist and researcher Nichols shares the many ways in which water positively impacts not just our lives, but also our minds." ~ Publishers Weekly

"My grandfather would go there, and so shall we." ~ Celine Cousteau

Live Blue continues the story.

Support the writing of Live Blue, the sequel to Blue Mind, via the Patreon CampaignLive Blue is part manifesto and part guide book, picking up where Blue Mind left off, it updates us on new research and deepe insights into the true benefits of wild healthy waterways and oceans and descibes in practical and prescriptive terms how to live better on our aquatic planet throughout the seven ages of our lives.

Blue Mind Summits expand the story.

Our Annual Blue Mind Summits are unique events that bring together neuroscience, psychology, art, creativity, water, and conservation. In 2011, the first Blue Mind Summit was held in San Francisco and in 2012 the second was held on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We held Blue Mind 3 May 30th, 2013 on Block Island. You can review the live stream HERE. On June 11th, 2014: Blue Mind 4Open The Blue Door gathered at Bedruthan Steps in Cornwall, UK. In May 2015 the Blue Mind 5 SummitUrban Blue was held in Washington, DC. Blue Mind 6I Wish You Water was in May 2016 at Asilomar on the Monterey Peninsula of California. Blue Mind 7 was hosted by the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership and Northwest Passage on April 4 - 6, 2017.

Our 8th Annual Blue Mind Summit: Water Is Medicine will be held on October 4th, 2018, in Miami, Florida in partnership with Frost Science.

Blue Mind Rx prescribes the story.

What good is a healthy mind and body without a healthy planet? In the future doctors will prescribe time near, in, on and under water to their patients. Please share this statement with doctors, health professionals, and associated researchers. Supporting literature and a list of endorsers can be found following the statement. Email endorsements to: BlueMindLife@gmail.com A final statement and endorsements will be shared at bluemindworks.com for all to circulate. Include your full name, relevant information (affiliation is optional), and location.

Blue Mind Online Book Clubs connect the story.

This unique ten week read - along event for waterfront communities and independent booksellers around the world was a GREAT success and we will be doing it again in 2018. Sponsored by Radio Hatteras, Buxton Village Books and Blue Mind Life. Daily excerpts from Blue Mind were broadcast on Radio Hatteras along with weekly interviews with the author featuring questions from readers and guest protagonists from the book. Proceeds and donations benefited Radio Hatteras and the Blue Mind Fund. Read along again this year with water-loving friends around the world on my official Facebook page beginning Feb 19th. Live daily readings + Sunday discussions at 6pm PST. Get in touch to be a partner or sponsor or to organize your local weekly book club.

Blue Mind Experience the story

"Not properly valuing nature is dangerous business." ~ Dr. Jason Scorse, Director, Center for the Blue Economy

On January 16-19th, 2018 we offered a one of a kind week-long intensive Blue Mind Experience workshop in partnership with the Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. The workshop explored the cognitive, emotional, psychological, social, physical and spiritual benefits of healthy oceans and waterways through the seven ages of our lives and across nine major #WETHEARTS sectors of society.

  • Water & Food Infrastructure (One Water)
  • Environment & Conservation (Live Blue)
  • Technology & Innovation (Virtual Water)
  • Health & Wellbeing (Blue Health)
  • Education & Parenting (Blue Schools)
  • Arts, Architecture & Design (Urban Blue)
  • Real Estate & Planning (Blue Premium)
  • Travel & Leisure (Water Trips)
  • Sports & Recreation (Blue Gym)

Students & participants learned from international panels of experts, conducted independent research projects and consultations, kept journals, and participated in water-related field trips. Independent study credit, CEU certificates, and online proxy options were offered. Send us an email if you'd like to be kept informed of future workshops, organize your own, or become a workshop sponsor.

Blue Marbles help share the love.

A global, slow motion art project Blue Mind is passing a blue marble through every hand on Earth as a simple symbol of peace, gratitude, water and health. Get a bag of blue marbles and join the conversation!

Blue Mind Movie shares the story.

A work in progress, the Blue Mind movie will share our message with mroe people and be distributed freely for all to use.

Blue Mind Awards honor the story.

The 4th Annual Blue Mind Life Award recognized the steadfast and tireless work of the National Swimming Pool Foundation to bring Blue Mind benefits to everyone. Join us in the fall of 2018 for our 5th annual award, details TBA.

Blue Mind Fund supports the story.

You can back our Patreon Campaign HERE or donate to the Blue Mind Fund online at this link. You’ll receive an email notification immediately from our fiscal sponsor The Ocean Foundation. Scroll down to the form and submit with the green PROCESS button (not the orange button in the upper right and lower left, which goes into the general TOF fund).

Blue Mind Collective connects the storytellers.

Blue Mind Partners + Practitioners  Blue Mind Summit Presenters  Blue Mind Research  Blue Mind Media

The Tribe builds collaboration.

The Tribe places its trust in our innovative and highly collaborative work. Partnering with several leading non-profit organizations, a wide range of international students, and businesses across many sectors all leads to a bigger, wider, stronger blue movement for wild, healthy oceans and waterways.

Blue Mind Carpool Book Club

Dr. Nichols interviews authors who write about the cognitive, emotional. psychological, social and spirtual benefits of being near, in, on or under waterways and oceans, pools and tubs. In other words "blue mind". They discuss these topics as the author reads some favorite passages while safely driving along by the water. There may be caffeine involved.

Blue Mind Ambassadors reach further.

Our unstoppable ambassadors represent Blue Mind throughout the world and across the nine WET HEARTS sectors we work in. Get in touch to become a Blue Mind Ambassador: BlueMIndLIfe@gmail.com

Blue Mind connects the dots:

Neuroscience and psychology, nature and conservation, art and science, poetry and practice in profoundly important new ways. The result is an emerging, exciting, fast-growing new field we call Neuroconservation. With new research and more discoveries about "blue space" yet to come.

Early benefits of this inquiry have already extended to public health, education, parenting, business, coastal planning, travel, real estate, sports and recreation, and most importantly restoring and rebuilding our personal, ancient emotional connection with healthy waterways.

Blue Mind helps those working with and for our blue planet to do their jobs better by providing deeper insights and new questions about the science of "our brains on water".

While only some of our questions have been adequately answered, dots are being connected between disciplines and new narratives woven together.

In addition to the Conservation and Environmental fields we work closely with many sectors to share the Blue Mind message: Health and Well-Being, Education and Parenting, Arts, Design and Architecture, Real Estate and Planning, Travel and Leisure, Sports and Recreation.

Contact us if you are interested in Blue Mind books, summits, training, workshops, retreats, or inviting a keynote from Dr. Nichols for your team. If you'd like to stay in touch, join our e-list.