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Brad Davis & Dan Lovallo interview with Dr. Lou 2017

On the Monday morning of August 21, 2017 Dr, Lou Loomis was interviewed by Brad Davis and Dan Lovallo of the The Talk of Connecticut a talk radio show on WDRC Radio. She discussed the importance of maps being displayed in public places and their connection to critical thinking through geographical literacy.

Click on link to hear audio of interview:


MAPS FOR ALL Launch 2017

On March 1, 2017 we will launch MAPS FOR ALL, a community program promoting awareness of global issues through public display of world maps. Please join us from 12Noon - 1:00PM at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT in the Hartford History Center (3rd Floor).

Event Speakers:

Bridget Quinn-Carey CEO, Hartford Public Library

Louise Loomis originator of Maps For All and founder, ThinkWell Center LLC

Megan Clark Torrey Executive Director, World Affairs Council Connecticut

Michael Howser Hartford Campus Library Director, University of Connecticut


ALP Program Spring 2017

Louise Loomis will present Exploring Critical Thinking this 3-session course through mini-lectures, activities, and discussion for the ALP: Adult Learning Program Fall 2016. This course will be held on Thursdays at 2:00PM - 4:00PM in the Seabury Community Activity Studio

Session Dates: 9/29/16, 10/16/16, and 10/13/16

Click on links for more information about the programs offered UCONN Adult Learning Program.



THE COGNITIVE SIX: A Guide to Teaching Thinking

Co-Authored by Louise E. Loomis, Ed.D. and Thomas Smith, M.A.Ed



ThinkWell Center will present our 2nd Annual "THOUGHT STUDIO", as part of the Open Studios Hartford Weekend being held on November 12 & 13, 2016. Come tap into the artistic side of your brain, while enjoying being engaged in a variety of stimulating creative activities.

This 2-day event will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 11AM - 5PM at 56 Arbor Street, Suite 302, Hartford, CT. 

Click on links for: MAP OF OPEN STUDIO HARTFORD 2016 and OSH Artists Directory 2016



Please join us as we present "THOUGHT STUDIO", as part of the Open Studio Hartford Weekend on November 14 & 15, 2015.Come and enjoy being engaged in a variety of creative activities, while celebrating the power of your brain.

This 2-day event will be held on both Saturday and Sunday 11AM - 5PM at the ThinkWell Center, 56 Arbor Street, Suite 302, Hartford, CT.


Great news! Dr. Louise E. Loomis is one of the four 2015 Anchor Award Recipients whose accomplishments will be celebrated during the Anchor Awards Ceremony and Dinner, to be held on October 16, 2015 at the 1877 Club, Harry Jack Gray Center from 5PM – 8PM. The Anchor Award is the most prestigious award presented by the University of Hartford Alumni Association. The awards were established to recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves by achieving the highest level of professional and community accomplishments and who possess absolute standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of The University of Hartford.

For more information visit: 

Anchor Award Press Release: 


Family Life Education will host their Annual Gala 2015 and the theme is "Inspiring Wellness, One Child At A Time". This year's gala honoree is Dr. Louise E. Loomis and we will be celebrating her longtime commitment to education. She will also be honored by officially renaming the Children's Wellness Center to The Louise Earle Loomis Children's Wellness Center. This special event will be held on September 26, 2015, beginning at 5:30PM - 11:30PM and held at the Hartford Marriott Downtown, 200 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT.

For more information, including sponsorship/ ad opportunities please contact Family Life Education attention: Brenda Laureano-Geer at 860-231-7744 ext 10.

Here is a follow up article published by the Hartford Courant on September 29, 2015 of the elegant event:


Dr. Louise E. Loomis will be presenting a NIMBLE THINKING workshop at the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) 2015 for the 61st Annual International Creative Education Foundation Conference scheduled for June 17-21, 2015 in Buffalo, NY. This workshop will be part of the 90-Minute Extended Track Education Sessions. For details or to register visit the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) 2015 website. She will be also presenting at CPSI: Night Flight presentation on the Louise Earle Loomis Children's Center at the Family Life Education Center.

Here is a PDF of the: Nimble Thinking Participant Feedback Summary 2015


Mind Aerobics Walk-In Series was presented for the Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield, CT. 

Dates: Thursdays, April 23, 2015 - June 4, 2015


This month we are offering (1) FREE 20-Minute Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Session exclusively for tenants here at 56 Arbor Street. You’re invited to the ThinkWell Center to learn CPS, a method for using your own creative thinking to readily solve problems* in both your professional and personal lives. Please note that all sessions are by appointment only. So, schedule your free CPS session today, by calling 860-232-0891 or please stop by our Suite #302.

April 2015 Appointment Dates and Times are as follows:

April 10, 2015 10:00AM – 12 Noon

April 17, 2015 10:00AM – 2:00PM

April 21, 2015 10:00AM – 2:00PM

April 29, 2015 10:00AM – 2:00PM

We also offer other sessions at a fee specially priced for 56 Arbor Street tenants:A ½ Hour @ $15 and a Full CPS for 2Hours @ $25


Dr. Louise Loomis a member of the Duncaster Retirement Committee helped assist in organizing a variety of Brain Awareness Week events held this past week March 15 - 20, 2015. This year’s events began with a great kickoff workshop entitled, “Your Creative Brain” and was presented by Dr. Doris Shallcross. There week's dinner menus offered Brain Healthy eating choices and daily announcements included brain-wise quotations. "Food for Thought" quotations also served as decor in the dining areas. Residents had the opportunity to also Yoga, Tai Chi and fitness sessions conducted that stressed the brain benefits derived from physical exercise. Brain Stations which consisted of such materials as puzzles and vintage magazines, which were a real "trip down memory lane". They changed daily and were found scattered throughout the facility specifically outside the dining rooms and the mail room. Residents had the chance to enjoy "Brainy Bits", which are tips for brain health. Lastly, an afternoon of creative thinking activities ended the week. 

Click link for complete BAW 2015 Report:


ThinkWell Center presented Mind Aerobics Winter Series for the Duncaster Retirement Community  in Bloomfield, CT. During this workshop participants enjoyed learning and using mental fitness activities that would allow them to exercise and strengthen their minds. Dates: Every Monday and Thursday from January 12, 2015 - Febuary 5, 2015.



A very special event was held to celebrate the naming the Louise Earle Loomis Children's Center, an extended program of the Family Life Education Center.designed to address the development of the "whole child". This event was held on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at the Town and County Club in Hartford, CT. If you would like to be involved, become a donor and help us reach our goal to make this Children's Center a reality, by visiting the Children's Wellness Center HipGive website. Thank you.


Dr. Louise Loomis announced as this year’s Keynote speaker for the Alpha Kappa State 75th Fall Conference, to be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 4 Sebethe Drive, Cromwell, CT 06416. She will present Teaching to Abundance: Brainwise Learning with Our Natural Thinking.For more information about AKS 75th Fall Conference: Click link for copy of Participants Feedback Summary:

Enjoy Your Creativity Workshop

Dr. Louise E. Loomis will be presenting Enjoy Your Creativity Workshop on Saturday, October 18, 2014 for the Minds in Motion Program, at the Greene-Hills School, Bristol, CT. This workshop is scheduled to run from 2:55PM - 3:55PM.  Come, relax and enjoy your creativity in this workshop. You will engage in three simple and imaginative activities that you will have fun doing later with your own child or children; actually, everyone likes doing them. Paper and crayons are all you’ll need and we’ll provide them!For more details about Minds in Motion (MIM) Program, visit the Connecticut Association for the Gifted(CAG) at:

Brain Camp at Camp Courant - Summer 2014

Brain Camp_at_Camp_Courant_Summer_2014

 Courtesy of Camp Courant -Newletter August 2014


This year Dr. Louise Loomis will be presenting this workshop at CPSI ’60 - Extending Track Education Sessions for the Creative Education Foundation Conference, June 18 – 22, 2014 in Buffalo, NY. Participants will have the opportunity to:  Identify and practice the Cognitive Six (classification is one); connect the Cognitive Six to the 21st Century learning skills; and analyze the CPS process for the Cognitive Six. The Cognitive Six refers to the skills our brain uses naturally for organizing information. Practice of the Six develops the 21st Century learning skills of Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and Communication. 

mind aerobics summer series 2014 @ duncaster

ThinkWell Center will present Mind Aerobics Summer Series 2014 for the Duncaster Retirement Community  in Bloomfield, CT. Here participants will learn how to use mental fitness activities that would allow them the experience how to exercise and strengthen their minds. Dates: Mondays and Thursdays, June 2, 2014 - June 26, 2014.


On May 22, 2014 Dr. Louise E. Loomis presented a workshop for the University of Hartford Hillyer College Faculty's Think Tank.  


Mind Aerobics Spring Series 2014 for the Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield, CT is back and participants will have the chance to learn mental fitness activities that would allow them to exercise and strengthen their minds. Dates: Fridays, April 7, 2014 - May 1, 2014.


Great news! Brain Awareness Week has arrived and we are anticipating a fun filled week of brain stimulating activities held at the Duncaster Retirement Community.


Dr. Louise Loomis, presented  Maximize Your Brain workshop to the freshman and sophmores of the University of Hartford's WELCorp Leader's Program on Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Hartford, CT.

mind aerobics winter series 2014 @ duncaster

Dr. Louise Loomis presented Mind Aerobics Winter Series for the Duncaster Retirement Community  in Bloomfield, CT. During this workshop participants enjoyed learning and using mental fitness activities that would allow them to exercise and strengthen their minds. Dates: Every Monday and Thursday from January 27, 2014 - Febuary 20, 2014.


open studios Hartford weekend 2013

exploring creativity: a hands-on creative activity

As part of the Open Studios Hartford Weekend on November 16 & 17, 2013, ThinkWell Center held a treasure hunt that gave participants the chance to discover the wealth of  creativity that lies within each of us. This adventure began with participants to first receive a map and visit various organizations throughout the building of 56 Arbor Street, where they could then find activities that would draw out their creativity and sharpen their thinking. Finally participants were led to their final destination here at the ThinkWell Center LLC, to ask for more information, receive answers to the puzzles and activities they experienced along their way, and to be awarded prizes for participating. They also contributed to a community art wall and most of all find out how Dr. Lou could help them to better utilize the potential of the abundance of 100 billion brain cells. What a great adventure this event was.

mind aerobics Fall series 2013 (extension) @ duncaster

Mind Aerobics Fall Series Extension is a continuation of the fall series for the Duncaster Retirement Community  in Bloomfield, CT. Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, October 30, 2013 - November 25, 2013.

Tonkin and friends

Dr. Louise Loomis was part of the panel for Tonkin and Friends: Opening Plenary Session of the University of Hartford Presidents' College Symposium 2013, "Exploring Creativity" held on September 15, 2013 at the University of Hartford. This was part of a daylong program of lectures and discussions by some of the University's top professors.

mind aerobics Fall series 2013 @ duncaster

ThinkWell Center presented Mind Aerobics Fall Series 2013 for the Duncaster Retirement Community  in Bloomfield, CT. Participants enjoyed the opportunity to learn and use mental fitness activities that would allow them to exercise and strengthen their mind. Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, September 4, 2013 - October 2, 2013.


ThinkWell's Dr. Louise Loomis presented a Creative Journaling workshop were participants enjoyed learning about the process of combining writing and drawing through journaling to discover their personal growth. This workshop was part of the Extended Track Education Sessions at the 59th Annual International Creative Education Foundation Conference (CPSI)  held on June 20-23, 2013 at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY.

How To Stay Mentally Sharp

Dr. Louise Loomis is featured on the local FoxCT (channel 61) The Stan Simpson Show discussing the importance of lifelong creativity and its connection to keeping your mind mentally sharp. Click on link to watch complete video: Stan Simpson Show: How To Stay Mentally Sharp with Dr. Louise Loomis, May 4, 2013

unleash the power of age! 

During this presentation Dr. Louise Loomis explained that how with age we as individuals possess a vast storehouse of wisdom that can enhance the lives of others, influence decision makers, and add to our own self-esteem. This presentation was held at the Hartford Public Library in their Hartford History Center on May 11, 2013 (10:30AM - Noon) Unleashing the Power of Age!

a cognitive approach to critical & Creative thinking

ThinkWell Center presented A Cognitive Approach to Critical & Creative Thinking; and this was a (6) session seminar series held on May 9, 16, 23, 30 and June 6, 13, 2013.

mind aerobics spring series 2013 @ duncaster

ThinkWell Center presented Mind Aerobics Spring Series 2013 for the Duncaster Retirement Community  in Bloomfield, CT. Participants enjoyed the opportunity to learn and use mental fitness activities that would allow them to exercise and strengthen their mind. Dates: Tuesdays and Thursday, April 16, 2013 - May 9, 2013.

Creating Something Out of Nothing

Creating Something Out of Nothing (Orignal article) Written by Matt Pugliese, Executive Director of the Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theatre after the airing of the WNPR radio show "Where We Live"  with John Dankosky discussing the topic of Creativity - March 26, 2013

Creating Something Out of Nothing (article) on The Middletown Eye, Reposted by Matt Pugliese - March 28, 2013

Brain awareness week 2013   March 11-17, 2013

Brain Awareness Week is back, and this year’s week long celebration is full of various lectures and programs scheduled for the Duncaster Retirement Community , which will be led by Dr. Louise Loomis. There will also be a lecture on "Aging Well" presented by Robert McCartney, M.D. Followed by a presentation on the "Keys to Cognitive Fitness" presented by guest speaker Ken Steller.

The residents will also get a chance to enjoy a special assortment of "brain super foods", incorporated in this week's menu items in support of BAW 2013.


Come and enjoy a fun workshop on learning about combining writing and drawing through the journaling process. It is a reflective and interpretive activity useful for understanding life events and, for assisting in decision-making, and self understanding. ThinkWell is offering (2) introductory workshops to get your New Year off to a great start. 

Dates: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 10:00AM - 12:00PM and Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 5:30PM - 7:30PM.

Both will be held at the ThinkWell Center, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, CT, in Suite 302. Hope to see you there! 


maps for all: A 21st century initiative to promote global competency

The Connecticut Council For The Social Studies 2012 Fall Conference was held October 26, 2012 at Central Connecticut State University. This conference theme was "Social Studies at the Core: Using Common Core State Standards to Improve Instruction.Dr. Louise Loomis presented a workshop session on the Maps For All: A 21st Century Intiative to Promote Global Competency, participants had the opportunity to explore ways in which schooling could address the need to increase awareness of political geography in the general public and to create a public environment that reflects a national awareness of its global citizenship.

Brain Awareness Week 2012    March 12-18, 2012  

On Monday, March 13, 2012 in the Meeting Room, Dana brain pencils & magazines from the 50's - 80's greeted residents. Dr. Louise Loomis presided, explained the purpose of Brain Awareness Week (BAW), described the Dana Foundation, summarized the history of brain research, and recognized the work of Connecticut native Nobel Laureate, Roger Sperry. Participants enjoyed the magazines & shared their reflections; while a puzzle activity quickly engaged the audience until the end of the meeting. Residents were encouraged to take the magazines & received a copy of Memory and Aging.

Then on Tuesday, March 14, 2012 two committee members presented at the Duncaster Residents' Association meeting using two puzzles involving new ways of thinking. On Wednesday, March 15, 2012 at a well-attended Coffee Hour, Dr. Henry Morgan, gerontologist, spoke on “The Mystery of Brain Development As We Age”. Lastly a puzzle social was held on Friday, March 17, 2012 to close out Brain Awareness Week.  

Click link for complete BAW 2012 Report: 

exploring thinking & learning

Dr. Louise Loomis presented "Exploring Thinking & Learning" : A Staff Professional Development Program for the Wheeler Clinic Community Support for Families Staff. This program was presented in (3) sessions. Dates: June 28, 2012; July 13, 2012 and July 27, 2012.

maps for all: a 21st century initiative

On April 4, 2012 Dr. Louise Loomis presented an hour long concurrent session about the Maps For All: A 21st Century Intiative, during the 43rd NERC Conference (Northeast Regional Conference on Social Studies) held in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. This presentation is a project designed to increase the awareness of political geography in the general public environment that reflects a national awareness of its global citizenship.

brain-wise Learning for the 21st century

On March 21, 2012 Dr. Louise Loomis presented a workshop on Brain-Wise Learning For the 21st Century for The Children's School in LaJolla, CA.


mind mapping seminar

On December 7, 2011, the ThinkWell Center presented a Mind Mappping Seminar to Covenant Preparatory School in Hartford, CT. 

building brain power

On October 12, 2011 ThinkWell Center presented a Building Brain Power for Hollis Hartman A Place for Mom at Buckingham Estates in Glastonbury, CT 

creative thinking & journal writing seminar

Creative Thinking & Journal Writing Seminar was held on September 15, 2011 for the Farmington River Literary Arts Center. 

written & illustrated by workshop

Written & Illustrated By workshop held on August 19, 2011 for the Farmington River Literary Arts Center. 

practicing active learning strategies

On August 18, 2011, the ThinkWell Center presented Practicing Active Learning Strategies to the staff of the Covenant Preparatory School in Hartford, CT. This seminar was part of a Professional Development Session. 

redbook seminar

A seminar on Carl Jung's Red Bookwas held on August 3, 2011 for the Farmington River Literary Arts Center. 

working out at the brain gym

ThinkWell Center presented Working Out At the Brain Gym on July 13, 2011 for the Brain Injury Association of Connecticut. 

brain camp at camp courant

On July 5, 2011 the kick off of Brain Camp begins was presented by Dr. Louise Loomis of ThinkWell Center for the Hartford's Camp Courant Summer Program. This portion of the summer program will run from July 5,  2011 - July 21, 2011.  

free lunch friday  "working out at the brain gym"

Participants had a great time at Free Lunch Friday: Working Out At the Brain Gym that was presented by the ThinkWell Center on Friday, May 13, 2011 for The Law Offices of Sharon L. Pope, LLC, Hartford, CT held from 12 Noon - 1PM.  

A community conversation on bullying

On April 20, 2011 Family Life Education Centerhosted A Community Conversation on Bullying at the Parkville Community Center, in Hartford, CT. ThinkWell Center's Dr. Louise Loomis moderated one of the discussions during this small group breakout sessions. 

nimble thinking workshop

Nimble Thinking workshop held on March 9, 2011 for the Farmington River Literary Arts Center. 

Memorization workshop

Memorization workshop held on Febuary 9, 2011 for the Farmington River Literary Arts Center. 

family life education series

Dr. Louise Loomis led a year long monthly Staff Seminar Series for the Family Life Education Center of Hartford, CT.


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