On Wednesday, Jan. 6, The Midcoast Chapter of Maine Women’s Network will host guest speaker Mish Sommers, founder and creative director of Happier Outside.

Sommers will present "Connect & Energize by Stepping Outside,” on why, how and where you can bring more of the outdoors into your life and increase your happiness and health. Imagine yourself standing in a verdant forest, bathed in dappled light, or on a wide, white sand beach in the warm sunshine as the birds skitter by and the waves lap at your feet. How do these experiences affect you, emotionally, physically, spiritually? Research shows us that spending time in nature, even as little as 15 minutes a day, increases your body's ability to deal with disease and stress. You don't have to scale a mountain or sail across the deepest ocean to be connected with nature and reap the benefits.

Sommers grew up in Western Australia in the 70s and 80s. She spent her 20s exploring the world by sailboat and foot through the UK, Spain, Portugal, France, and the Caribbean. She crossed the Atlantic on a 65-foot sailboat at the age of 20, lived in Hawaii with a local family, and sailed through SE Asia before returning to Western Australia, to get a B.Sc. in physiology and psychology. She has worked with kids and adults in the outdoors as an expedition leader, creating and facilitating ropes course programs, group challenge initiatives, leadership and team building programs. She is also a writer, photographer, and worked in documentary film production for six years. Sommers started her company Happier Outside in 2014 with the goal of bringing the outdoors into the lives of many.

The meeting will take place at Eclipse Restaurant in Rockland starting at 5:15 p.m. and wrapping up at 7:30 p.m. with plenty of time for networking. The cost of the meeting, which includes full buffet and dessert, is $25 for members and $30 for guests of members and/or non-members. Guests and non-members are always welcome. Members and non members are asked to register online by Friday, January 1 by 5pm at www.mainewomensnetwork.com

This event is sponsored by member Betsy Saltonstall, Founder of Wellness Together, a health planning and performance coaching service.