Blue Mind Fund

Reconnecting People to Water

The Fund gathers support for those on the frontlines reconnecting people to water. 

The best way to donate to the Blue Mind Fund is 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). 

The Summit: shares the Blue Mind message around the world via an annual meeting and a wide range of media.

Our Tribe: includes a growing list of projects, organizations, researchers, sponsors and individuals focused on understanding the role of water in serving at-risk youth, veterans, students, and others who value healthy living.

The Book: National Bestseller: Blue Mind: 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.

Please support Dr. Nichols' next book, Go Deeper: The Seven Ages of Water, through Patreon HERE.

“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

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Blue Mind Research

Blue Mind Media

Blue MInd Partners + Practitioners

Blue Mind Summit Presenters (2011-2015)

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".

We expand the "ecosystem services" conversation to include the vast array of cognitive and emotional services, values, and benefits offered by clean, healthy waterways.

Each year the Blue Mind Fund sponsors a Blue Mind Summit, bringing together top neuroscientists, oceanographers, explorers, economists, psychologists, educators, and artists to consider new questions about the "human brain on water".

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

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 4: Open The Blue Door gathered at Bedruthan Steps in Cornwall, UK. In May 2015 the Blue Mind 5 Summit: Urban Blue was held in Washington, DC. Blue Mind 6: I Wish You Water was in May 2016 at Asilomar on the Monterey Peninsula of California. Blue Mind 7 will be on Lake Superior on June 7, 2017.

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.