My name is Lynne Berrett. My husband Josh and I started working together when we established our first website, Music and Happiness in 2007.
We taught listeners how they could consciously use music to increase their well-being. We offered presentations and interactive workshops at area libraries, national conferences, and even internationally over the telephone.
We titled these offerings “Music Is Brain Food” because we gave our audiences simple recipes for nourishing body, mind and spirit through music.
I began my career as a university instructor in literature (M.A. in English, Ph.D. fellowships in Humanities). My interest in older adult development and learning began in the mid-1970’s, when I was accepted into that doctoral program at the University of Michigan.
In my late 30’s, I added a new set of skills by earning an MSW at New York University and a Gestalt Therapy Post-Graduate Certificate. I wanted to work more effectively with at-risk students as a special counselor at the college where I was on staff. At the same time, I established a private psychotherapy practice for adults and couples, many of them artists and/or older clients. In my mid-60’s, I launched my own life coaching practice based in positive psychology.
After my semi-retirement in my mid-70’s, I began exploring online virtual worlds after seeing a demonstration at a Positive Aging conference. Since 2013, I have been developing a holistic program, Whole Brain Health, which promotes well-being in the immersive social environment of Second Life.
This work led to the creation of Virtual Learning Village in 2018. This is an independent virtual world, which I and my developer team built specifically to focus on improving brain health through lifelong learning.
In 2021, I was honored to be awarded the VWBPE Thinkerer Award.
“The Thinkerer Award is presented to an individual whose deeds and actions have shown consistent selfless service towards the promotion of learning, community, and educational practices, and who exemplifies the spirit of cooperative development within immersive environments.
Recipients of this award are not simply outstanding professionals in their field. Award recipients must characterize transformational leadership qualities to:
- envision and guide change;
- enhance the motivation, morale, and performance of both peers and pupils;
- promote best practices and continuous improvement; and
- inspire others through their words and actions.
One such individual, Lynne Berrett, known across the metaverse as Wisdomseeker, is our 2021 Thinkerer Award recipient.”
Aging is a privilege! I hope you’ll join Josh and I on this incredibly exciting journey.