In-person wellbeing retreats only offered in summer; virtual options offered all year
Are you involved in designing for wellbeing? Are you concerned about people and planet? Do you look to the natural world for solutions?
I offer a researach and design support on a path to nature-based solutions for adaptation and wellbeing.
Deborah Early, PhD was awarded, as a post graduate student, a Young Scientist Travel Fellowship to the prestigious International Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Conference in India. Following that, her doctoral research was funded by a scholarship from the Dr Hadwen Trust, UK. She was first published as a nature poet and creative writer, at the age of about 16, in Debut; a new High School publication at that time. Her scientific curiosity was also sparked around then and she won Gold in a National High School Program for scientific research. Many years later she lived, for eight years, with her husband and son in a small, historic and forested artist and writers’ community in the USA. She currently lives off-grid, and with boat access only, on the Queen Charlotte (QC) Track in Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has been inspired by visits to the Himalayas in India, the Rockies and Appalachian Trail in the USA, the Scottish Highlights, the Swiss Alps, the Namib Desert in Africa, Lake Baikal in Russia, Girraween/Darling Downs in Australia, and the Andes in Peru, amongst others. Over the last 25 years Deborah has supported the planting of more than 2000 trees globally and, for over 20 years, she has supported an African non-profit organisation which cares for orphaned and abandoned children, as well as the vulnerable and marginalised. She is a bibliophile, voracious reader and loves gardens, traveling, bush walking, photography and drumming.
Scientific, Nature and Wellbeing Writing
Deborah’s world class writing has included science communication and regulatory documents (USA and UK), newsletters (USA), blogs (Australia, USA and Aotearoa/New Zealand), monographs and articles, book reviews, historical, science, permaculture, nature and wellbeing reports (USA, Aotearoa/New Zealand and UK), e-booklets (USA), online teaching material (Australia and USA) and research (UK, Africa, USA). Between 2004 and 2006 she was a workshop presenter and leader at the American Medical Writers Association’s Annual Conference/Princeton Conference, USA. She is a past president of the American Medical Writer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter, USA and served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Institute of Clinical Research, UK. Past clients, employers, collaborators and volunteer groups with which she has engaged include, numerous pharmaceutical companies and CROs (i3 Research, Ely Lilly, Chiltern; USA and UK), educational institutions (Nantien Institute; Australia, University of Florida - Center for Arts in Medicine, West Chester University and Drexel University College of Medicine; USA) and trusts (Te Ātiawa Trust; Aotearoa/ New Zealand). She is part of the American Psychological Association Division 34’s Annual Convention Abstract Review Committee for 2024. With a background in bio-medical scientist, and as a bridge-builder, she recognises biophilia and how human wellbeing is interconnected and dependent on a healthy environment. Her current creative non-fiction writing and story-telling bridging art and science for social change inspire, entertain and educate readers internationally.
Scientific, Nature and Wellbeing Creative Non-fiction Audio and Interviews
Deborah is a published creative non fiction, audio-book author and at the start of the pandemic was interviewed on wellbeing by USA physical therapist Dr Gabe Kresge, Clinical Director of Kinetic Physical Therapy. Also in 2020 on Earth Day, she was interviewed, on nature connection and wellbeing, by UK-based Dr Vanessa Champion, Editor of The Journal of Biophilic Design. Deborah's doctoral placental research work was included in the 1998 documentary Human Touch, produced by Michael Howes Productions in the UK. More recently Deborah was interviewed locally and internationally about her new solar-powered wellbeing studio and living off-grid in the Marlborough Sounds.
In the summer of 2009 Deborah participated in a Travel Writing Workshop with Gotham Writers and the New York Times Knowledge Network. Trained internationally as a bio-medical scientist, with considerable additional holistic health training, her doctoral work involved placenta research. Debbie is keen to bridge science and mātauranga Māori, especially since the te reo Māori tangata whenua means “people of the land” or "placenta", metaphorically indicating the connection between people and land. She attended the first Ngā Niho Taniwha Wānanga held in Marlborough. Now living in Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui, she is particularly interested in cultural wellbeing, social prescribing and nature-based solutions. She stimulates conversations to explore bridge-building across East-West and Indigenous philosophies and to cultivate wellbeing for people and planet. She is a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors, the Marlborough representative for the Top of the South Committee and Blenheim Writers, as well as several local and international professional organizations.
"If you have a garden and library, you have everything you need" ~ Cicero
Deborah Early, PhD
+64 (0) 6 880 0026 (NZ)
+1 610 616 2177 (USA)
In-person at my NZ studio
Disclaimer - The information on this website is provided as education and should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health professional. Participants take full responsibility for their own participation in events and classes.
One Woman's Biophilic Journey of Belonging, Wellbeing and Transformation with a Path towards Adapting to Change
COMING FEBRUARY 2024; LAUNCHES 8 MARCH 2024