Ricardo Sanchez, M.Ed. is a clinical mental health counselor and a senior fellow at George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, as well as an artist, Andean musician, and practitioner of the Native healing arts. Born in Arequipa, Peru, Ricardo grew up living the teachings passed on from his Quechua-speaking parents, grounded by a love and reverence for nature and an awareness of the interconnectedness of his community. Ricardo will discuss traditional and non-traditional approaches to experiencing well-being, with practical applications for today's multicultural and fast-paced society. He will review the relationship between ancient natural living, ecological system theories and modern well-being.

Ricardo received his master's degree in Counseling and Human Development from George Mason University in 2013 and is working toward his Ph.D. He earned a graduate certificate in Grief, Loss and Life Transitions from The George Washington University in 2010. He has spent the past year working on domestic violence prevention and interventions with Fairfax County's Office of Family Services to help couples reestablish healthy relationships. He also has a B.S. in Marketing with a minor in Arts and Visual Technology from George Mason University.

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