We are honored to have conference presenters from throughout the Midwest on topics including spirituality, sacred movement, religious history, intuition and more.
Founder and ceo of thistle farms
CNN 2016 Hero
Keynote: "How to Turn Your Faith (whatever that faith may be) Into Action."
Workshop: "Daily Practices for Healers and Advocates- a demonstration of how Thistle Farms Oils can be used for healing."
Private Workshop: "Networking Session with Sexual Trafficking Task Force"
BECCA STEVENS is many things…an author, speaker, priest, social entrepreneur, founder and President of Thistle Farms, the largest social enterprise in the US run by survivors. She has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, and CNN. In 2011, the White House named Becca a “Champion of Change” for her work against domestic violence. Recently, she was featured in the PBS documentary, “A Path Appears,” named Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America as well as the TJ Martell Foundation, inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame and was conferred an honorary doctorate by The University of the South and General Theological Seminary.
can this man change your life in 10 minutes or less?
Mas has been likened to many internationally known teachers. However, to date, no one has quite been able to describe him and the unbelievable transformations he facilitates for individuals at his in-person and online events. One thing is for certain - no one has ever left a Mas event the same person as they arrived. Following two near-death experiences, Mas Sajady was gifted with the ability to identify the real reasons why your life is the way it is. And if you so desire, he can help you access your own power to heal and transform all areas of your life - physical, financial, spiritual, relationships and more - with rapid, tangible and documented results.
This event includes a presentation, demonstration and guided Medihealing®, meditation and healing in one. Mas will also be available for Industrial-Strength Group Healing℠ (IGHs) sessions during the day. There is no 'chance meeting'. If something is stirring within you, then join Mas. Feel the frequency and discover the truth about Yourself. Although the results are tangible and at times seemingly unbelievable, Mas doesn't heal you. He helps you awaken your own abilities to heal yourself and transform your own life.
presenter, ally bootcamp for courageous people
Allies & Advocates is a community response program that: 1) nurtures and supports individuals experiencing heightened anxiety, uncertainty, or incidents of hate/bias in this challenging social and cultural climate; 2) provides skills and tactics for safe and effective engagement in uncivil social interactions; and 3) offers resources and organizing tools for social justice activism.
Ally Bootcamps are participatory scenario-based sessions that provide opportunities for individuals to learn about and practice responses to incidents they might encounter in their daily lives. The sessions include tips and tactics for de-escalation, passive intervention, and reporting on behalf of a victim or intended victim while avoiding confrontation with an aggressor.
presenter, the 4th house in astrology: the womb of your soul
Powerpoint / computer based
The 4th house describes not only our connection to our families, but to our connection with all of humanity and Mother earth. Studying your 4th house will give you a better understanding of your roots and your potential. Some of the things we will look at are the possible meanings of the different signs on the 4th house cusp and planets within the house. Bring your chart and discover what clan you belong to, your basic need, and what you are here to learn.
rahbi crawford and patricia selmo
presenter, sacred transformational sound
This is a "Divine Feminine" Experience. Crystal bowls activate the crystalline circuity within our systems; creating a deeper connection with our own Divine nature and allowing us to maintain higher frequencies of light energy. The affect is a more balanced system with higher aspects of our thoughts and emotions contributing to the physical well-being of the awakening individual and the awakening world.
presenter, healing addiction through spiritual connection
Workshop Purpose: Obtaining your Spiritual Connection – This workshop is designed for women in addiction and recovery to re-discover their spiritual connection of self and enhance their recovery with hope; to bring awareness of one’s individual spiritual guiding presence of healing; and to learn and listen to how we create our life as an addict and how we can still experience a life of joy.
This workshop will discuss:
• The Science – As we know it today and the importance of Addiction Awareness.
• How we look at addiction in East and West traditions.
• How spirit and body connect through the flow of energy.
This workshop will demonstrate:
• A grounding exercise.
• Guided meditation.
judy coughlin and deb davis
presenter, valuing your awesome self and others
This workshop will discuss the concept of valuing ourselves and the people in our lives. A very brief history of how women have been valued through out the years will be presented. Value will be defined and valuing others and understanding value across cultures will be discussed. Rather than the golden rule, platinum rule will be discussed. The workshop will provide practical tips, a meditation and exercises on loving and valuing ourselves and other more.
terri bergstrom and shari mason
presenter, compassion through silence, movement, and sound
Come and access your inner well of compassion for self and others in an experiential way through reflection, movement and drumming.
Reflection: Through chair yoga, connecting with self-compassion.
Movement: Through an indoor labyrinth, connecting compassion with the gathered community.
Drumming: Through drumming, connecting with the community of all creation. (We have a variety of instruments or feel free to bring your own.)
Presenter, understanding the universe through mayan spirituality
The Mayan philosophy is thousands of years old and is so complete and profound as any other ancient culture of the world.
It has been in a way obscure and difficult to understand given that it is based on the more complex calendar in history. I come to clarify this philosophy and allow anyone access to this enlightening spirituality. I will provide the audience with basic understanding of the calendar.
presenter, after life care
powerpoint / computer based
Caring for our loved one during and after death is a life affirming, loving and compassionate way to honor our dead. Come and hear about the timeless tradition of a home funeral/vigil. Topics include the history of conventional funerals, after death body care, anointing and honoring, your legal rights and common concerns and questions.
presenter, social justice in islam
In this workshop, I will be discussing my experiences growing up Muslim and how it has taught me to speak up for oppressed and marginalized people in the world. As I watch the news, I notice that whenever Islam is being discussed, it is rarely in a positive light. Growing up as a Muslim has helped me overcome many obstacles in my life and has brought me closer to God. My religion taught me to be kind to everyone I meet regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. I want to show others my beautiful religion and all that it has to offer. My religion enlightened me to see and hear all the oppressed, marginalized groups in the world and to give them my helping hand in the fight for equality. I know that no one deserves to live in this manner, so I speak up. I use my voice and what I have learned from my religion to educate others and to help people live a better life. I hope what people can take away from my workshop is that Islam is not a religion of evil. It is a religion of peace that uses its followers to ensure every single human being in the world lives the life he/she/they rightfully deserve.
katie and emily cashel
presenter, treewommon and shooting star
ritual / worship
Come sing and dance; We’ll co-create a ritual with songs you can MOVE to; There will be joyous dancing & drumming. Bring a song to share—if it isn’t already set to movement, we’ll see what the group can add. All levels of singing and/or movement abilities are welcome-- This is a participatory workshop.
presenter, communicating with your inner spirit
Your Inner Spirits/Inner Guides/Higher Power are always communicating with you, however, the extent to which most people understand the communication is weak due to a hectic lifestyle and mind. In this workshop, we will explore both experientially and through a brief lecture how harnessing the power of meditation can deepen your communication with your Inner Spirit.
In this workshop there will be a 45-minute moving and sitting meditation followed by a discussion.
presenter, flower essences & vibrational medicine
This workshop will give an overview of Vibrational Medicine, how it works and clarify the differences between flower essences, essential oils, homeopathy and herbalism. We will then go into depth about flower essences and their role in creating emotional balance, mental clarity and spiritual alignment. We will give a brief history of Dr Edward Bach and his system of Bach Flower Medicine and the role of the 38 remedies and how to use them. We will have on hand all 38 Bach Flower remedies and after time for personal inventory, each participant will come away with a personalized remedy for their own healing.
presenter, accessing a higher state of consciousness
How to use the natural experiences of meditation to access higher states of conscious awareness. Two different styles of meditation will be experienced, silence and food. We will learn about and discuss all 7 higher states of consciousness, they are waking, dreaming, sleeping, soul, cosmic, divine and unity consciousness. Q&A
presenter, dream work as a spiritual practice: a dream group experience
The aim of this workshop is to give attendants a dream group experience to help them understand how dream work can be a spiritual practice. By working in a group format, a single dream is used as an example and all participants get an opportunity to share their ideas, impressions and thoughts about the symbolism of the dream. In addition, participants get an opportunity to hear many different perspectives on a single dream. This type of dream discussion serves two purposes, 1. To educate the group about how dream symbols can be interpreted to deliver a message about one’s life direction, spirituality, purpose, or challenges and 2. To demonstrate for the group how we project our own interior dialogue onto dreams, and so can use a dream to explore that inner dialogue more fully.
Integrating Nighttime Dreams into Your Spiritual Practice
Dreams invite us into awe and wonder, and that means they lend themselves perfectly to spiritual work. This workshop will define 5 elements of a spiritual practice and explore what happens when we apply them to our nighttime dreams.
If you need more-
In our time together, we will discuss the basic nature of dreams, discover 5 key elements of what makes something a spiritual practice, and learn how integrating dreams and spirituality deepens and personalizes your dialogue with the Divine. In addition, Sweet Georgia Pam will share the single most important thing to remember when working with dreams as part of a spiritual routine.
By tending to your nighttime dreams, which are gifts of grace, you can finally discover the language that connects you to the Divine.
rev. debra jane collum and faye christensen
presenter, naming our god: From patriarchy to radical purpose
Through discussion, teaching, examples, and art, participants will explore the ways the ancient and modern Christian naming of God can be expanded to enhance one's own spiritual journey. We believe the language we use for naming God can radically change our perception of the world, ourselves and each other.
presenter, henna body art workshop (presented by castle art)
This workshop focuses on beautiful art of Mehndi (henna). Henna is explained and what it will do for the skin and hair. You will learn how to mix up henna to make a smooth paste for body art application. You will learn how to do simple designs and the application of it. You will be given supplies to use on each other.
presenter, the role of women in islam
powerpoint / computer based
The role of women in Islam is one of the most controversial topics about this faith. The presentation will use storytelling, power point as well as discussion.
linda melcher and rachel nelson
presenter, drumming with the chakras - Exploring the celtic tradition
ritual / worship
Join us for this experiential frame drum workshop and discover how your body responds to sound. Many of us are familiar with the Vedic, or Indian, Chakra system with the seven traditional Chakras: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye and Crown. In the Celtic tradition the Chakras are paired in three cups: Vocation, Wisdom & Warming, plus the Third Eye. Journeying between these three cups becomes a spiral journey. We'll focus on each Cup, creating community as we drum, chant, and move with rhythms and sound. Invite your creativity; Cleanse and balance your chakras; discover how each of your energy centers responds to various sounds, colors, and tones. All drums provided. Follow-up handout with web references emailed on request.
presenter, discover access consciousness bars
Learn about the Bars® through discussion, demonstration, and gifting and receiving some of the points with one another. If you are curious to learn more about how gently touching 32 points on the head can open possibilities for ease, joy, and glory for you, your body, and the earth, join us for a "taste" of the Bars® and discover who you want to BE.
presenter, Be Perceptive to the Colors in Your Energy Field
Understanding the relationship between your Aura field and Chakra system through color. How the importance of color experienced through everyday life helps you maintain a healthy energy field and how to keep your Chakra system in balance.
presenter, rochester: a compassionate city
As compassion is expressed in action the sustaining question becomes From Where Within Us is Compassion Awakenedand Cultivated? What occurs when a guiding principle of a city is declared as compassion and we are encouraged to develop this in all areas of our lives, in our workplaces, our schools, churches, the public square, as a community as a whole. But more importantly, how do we, as individuals, transform and know that we can repeatedly turn towards the connection to all, to relate to our own and others’ suffering, and to do our best work to relieve that suffering?
presenter, essential motion—awakening your vibrant body
movement / dance
Essential Motion creates a container of trust and curiosity that allows you to experience yourself through movement. Re-discover expressiveness and playful ease by drawing on your body’s own unique movements, facilitated by guided individual and group exploration. Benefit from the opportunity to experiment and play with your discoveries as you awaken your own vibrant body.
crary brouhard and hannah mende
presenter, 5 keys to spiritual growth
Learn about these amazing keys to enhance your life, and discover….You ARE Soul; 1. Find the secret to living a joyful life. 2. Discover a way to enliven your daily life 3. Experience a 5-minute daily practice to jumpstart your spiritual life. 4. Practice five words that can keep you on track spiritually. 5. Learn a universal yardstick for gauging your spiritual growth.
bethany von steinbergs
presenter, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women
Based on the book by Sarah Bessey, "Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women", Bethany von Steinbergs will facilitate a teaching and discussion around gender roles, realizing giftedness, and potential in the Kingdom of God. Bethany (like Bessey) will urge today;s church to move beyond man-made restrictions and fully welcome women’s diverse voices and experiences. (It is not necessary to have pre-read Bessey's book to attend.)
presenter, Grounding Meditation, Healings, & Audience Readings
Throughout this workshop, Cody will be working with Spirit to help cleanse, clear, purify, and strengthen one's energetic body through a guided meditation. Throughout the meditation, Cody will be serving as a pure spiritual conduit and channeling healing frequencies from the Angels, Archangels, Ascended Masters, and Christ Consciousness pool of energy to help promote peace, unconditional love, & harmony as participants receive downloads and transmissions of higher vibrational light for their greatest and highest good. After the meditation, Cody will be taking questions from the audience and working with the Spirt Realms to help provide guidance, support, and direction to those in need (Psychic Questions and Answers).
presenter, Communicating with Your Guardian Angels
Guardian Angels are God’s messengers. These divine helpers nurture, protect and guide us. They help to transform our thought patterns and inspire us to reach our full potential.
By learning to connect with your angels, you can experience a greater sense of oneness with God and all things. When you learn the simple techniques of divine communication, you will experience joy, peace, confidence and a greater sense of purpose and connectedness.
You don’t need extraordinary psychic or intuitive skills to have a dialog with your angels. This workshop will introduce simple techniques that will help you open your centers of awareness to make contact with your angels and receive inspirational messages, answers to your questions and solutions to life’s problems. You will discover your angel’s name and receive a written message from your guardian angel.
presenter, living your purpose
This workshop is based on the bestselling book, The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Your Life’s Purpose, written by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood. This simple yet powerful system is known as the #1 process being used all over the world to help people discover and live their passions. Statistics show that only 20% of working Americans are living their passions. The others are simply going through the motions, rather than living a life of joy and purpose. The Passion Test is a systematic process for helping people discover their passions and true calling in life.
presenter, Empowering Women Through Music: From Intentional Music Listening to Clinical Music Therapy and Everything in Between
It is well-known that music has been used throughout the ages for healing and rituals. This experiential workshop will be led by a board-certified music therapist and engage women in making music, experiencing music-based relaxation and mindfulness exercises, and the intentional use of music in their own (personal and professional) lives. In addition, stories and research will be shared about clinical-based music therapy and the impact it can have on people of all ages and abilities. Resources will be provided on how to seek music therapy if/when indicated in their local area or for further exploration.
nicci from tonic
presenter, your guide to juicing
Juicing is an easy way to get your daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, and the flavor combinations are endless. Nicci will talk about why juicing is not just a trend, but a lifestyle choice that can enhance your life and help you look and feel your very best. She'll discuss the ingredients she uses, from the apples and oranges you might expect to ginger, kale and fresh herbs, and how you can combine ingredients for optimum health benefits.
jon maki from nalu float
presenter, your guide to float therapy
Float Therapy, aka: REST or Restricted Environment Stimulus Therapy. I want to answer the question of: How does float therapy help individuals heal? And how does a floatation practice benefit people who are seeking. I will share research, case studies and anecdotes.
presenter, get the hell out: beyond the god of shame
powerpoint / computer based
The religious landscape is littered with images of God that promote a culture of shame. Adherents embrace these images and then struggle with depression, disconnection, and self-loathing – a crippling separation from Self and Spirit. This workshop outlines the problem and provides a specific practice for moving beyond these images, collectively personified as the “God of Shame.” The goal is a revised conception of the Divine that attunes us to Spirit and allows our essential, original goodness to shine in the world.
nicolle jensen and linda king
presenter, Exploring the Five Wisdom Energies
Also known as the “Buddha families”, the five wisdom energies are the basis of the five colors of the Tibetan prayer flags seen so frequently in today’s world, and a fundamental teaching of Tibetan Buddhist psychology.
We will use music, movement, objects, activities, affirmations, and brief maitri (loving kindness) meditations to explore these energies in a playful and relaxed environment. We will discuss the way these different wisdom energies manifest in our day-to-day lives, and how we might bring balance to our system through recognizing and utilizing the different energies, cultivating stability and balance in our mind and body.
presenter, Discover YOUR Career: Finding Your Authentic Professional Voice
The career answers we seek have been in us all along, but life has a funny habit of confusing our instincts. This workshop will explore simple, yet powerful tools and strategies to uncover meaning and fulfillment through career choices that are unique to YOU – and your innate, natural gifts. Participants will discuss the connection between career fulfillment and spiritual fulfillment, and be introduced to assessment tools designed to help identify career themes of purpose. The discussion will be framed by practical psychology theories, shown to be effective in helping individuals identify stumbling blocks and barriers to personal and career success.
presenter, A Gift of Grace and Blessing
Engaging in conversations about our wishes at the end of life while creating a blessing to those we love can be a great gift to give to others.
Presenter, Hypnosis and Healing through Spiritual Connection
What is Quantum Healing Hypnosis? What other healing methods exist? With numerous healing modalities available, and thousands of books on the market, how will you know what is right for you? We will discuss a variety of healing techniques; how they are different and their commonalities, as well as how to make these healing practices fit within a busy lifestyle. This workshop will include a 30 minute group hypnosis session designed specifically to ask your subconscious to attract into your life, a healing method that fits for you.
diann martin, ph.d, rn
presenter, creating a successful life
This interactive workshop will feature 5 major strategies to identiify and lead your best life successfully. Participants will explore ways to be 100% accountable for their lives, learn to ask others for support and assistance, explore strategies to be clear on your life purpose, and clean up your life messes and incompletes. Mediations and stories will be crafted and completed to support your individual goal setting and action planning. Those who attend will see what they want, and get what they see.
presenter, tarot between the devil and the deep blue sea
The bad news is we all have our own devils. The good news is the number never changes. Join us in the wild exploration using Tarot to find ways to own your devils rather than be owned. This workshop is a long standing tradition of our conference to learn Tarot one card one Major Arcana at a time. Beginners warmly welcomed. Please bring a Tarot deck if possible.
presenter, what do you see in the mirror?
This workshop aims to enable one to find joy in everyday life. Exploration of self-limiting beliefs and conditions that we all experience, often unconsciously. The workshop will offer time and experiences to reflect on these beliefs and conditions with the intent to change frustration to joy.
ellie peterson and deb davis
presenters, How to Use Meditative Movements™ to Enhance Your Life
movement / dance
1. Explore your mind/body connection to free your being
2. Learn how to interpret your mind body messages so you can release negative stress and have more energy
3. Experience empowering Meditative Movements™ so you embrace your true nature
Presenter, Connecting with the Energies of the Universe
Laurie covers the concept of energy that is beyond our physical and emotional body and how higher vibrational frequencies interact with us. She will take the group through some simple ways to raise your personal vibration and connect with energies beyond. She will cover explanations of where and how to use our natural gifts of intuition. She will share some of her personal transformation stories.
dorothea hrossowyc, ma and stacey schultz, ms
presenters, Becoming Conscious: Accessing and Healing the Unconscious Through Touch: The Importance Of Human Connection as a Healing Tool for Evolution
Are you interested in becoming more conscious, especially of the unconscious patterns which run your life? Are you interested in emotional mindfulness in the embodied self? Besides fight/flight and freeze, there is a whole physiological system in the body which facilitates human connection, bonding, calm, nourishment, restoration, peace and healing. Gentle bodywork stimulates this connection of the body, mind, spirit and the emotions, and taps the hormones of love, peace and connection hard wired into human beings. The explosion of research in neuroscience confirms the importance of touch and contact for human development and well being...for regulating our emotions and our physiology. This workshop will demonstrate how gentle touch with human connection, like Rosen Method, can stimulate this powerful healing system in the body, using receptive touch and verbal dialogue to assist people in opening to long forgotten experience and emotions, and to release unconscious limitations.
Jorge Villanueva Castillo and Guillermo Lubbert
presenters, We Are the Masters of Our Own Lessons
We will talk about the 4 directions, some secrets of the Mayan calendar, how to live with your higher-self. This event will also incorporate shamanic modalities that will use such tools as eggs, clearing with machetes, zero point of re-creation, and much more.
presenter, The World is Your Oracle: Divinatory Practices for Tapping Your Inner Wisdom
In this interactive workshop, we will use some of the divinatory methods that Nancy has gathered in her new book The World Is Your Oracle to explore a number of ways that ancient, indigenous, and contemporary cultures have tapped into the wisdom that resides within each of us. After eliciting questions that need answers, we will invite our inner wisdom to respond. As opposed to the pre-programmed answers provided by Tarot, the I Ching, or runes, the techniques we will investigate employ the three major intuitive senses: the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Such embodied oracles help us to turn inward in order to develop deep listening, deep vision, and deep sensing of our flashes of insight. Opening to our inner depths in this way allows us to set priorities, meet challenges, and find creative solutions. This workshop is ideal for those who are just beginning to perform oracles as well as an opportunity for those experienced with divination to find fresh inspiration.
heidi skarie and sharon burton
presenter, The Call of Soul via Past Lives, Dreams, and Soul Travel
We will help you discover how dreams can become your gateway into viewing yourself and your experiences from Soul’s perspective. Dreams can lead you to your past lives or into the higher worlds of God/The Divine via Soul Travel. These ideas will be discussed based upon the teachings of Eckankar.
presenter, Navigating Your Soul's Destiny, how to find more purpose and power through Astrology
When astrology originated during medieval times, people really believed that there were gods or sky deities presiding over the elements of sky, light and heavens and causing things to happen here on Earth. That was consciousness at the time. Viewing life from that perspective is 1) an outdated paradigm and 2) looking though the lens of victim consciousness which is counterintuitive to you and your growth. Learn a new way to use astrology that merges archetypal patterns and can help you navigate and track conscious cycles. These astrological cycles are mirrors to inner shifts that are happening. Tuning into these cycles can help you connect with yourself and what is currently being asked of you. Ultimately, astrology can be used to reevaluate, shift, end, grow, and mature from a deeper soul level.
presenter, meditation and ml
Engage in the powerful process of setting strong intentions, creating meaningful mantra, and the use of prayer beads and Mala in meditation. Misha will lead you through a guided meditation that is designed to release old energies, transform patterns, all to help manifest that which you are seeking and will support your highest good.
presenter, nia: the dance of awareness
movement / dance
Nia is an expressive body-mind-spirit movement program that offers an artistic and innovative approach to fitness and healing. By blending the stillness and concentration of Thai Chi, the mindfulness and dynamic poses of Yoga, the explosive power of Tae Kwon Do, and the grace and creative spontaneity of Modern and Ethnic dance, Nia creates a whole new sense of well being! The use of eclectic, rich music, guided imagery, powerful kinesthetic cues, and heart- felt joy add to the full experience of a Nia class.
presenter, spirituality and government
In the United States we have no state religion and most people believe that religion and government should be separated. What about spirituality and government? Can we bring our spirituality into the political affairs of our nation? What happens if we do…or don’t?
State Representative Tina Liebling will discuss these questions and lead a discussion on the role of spirituality in political life.
terri berthiaume hawthorne, jolie berthiaume cummins, and diane berthiaume brown
presenter, sharing goddess stories
powerpoint / computer based, discussion based
For 32,000 years of recorded history, the Creatress of All was seen and imaged as a woman. Only in the last 1,500 years has Western culture depicted God as solely male. This information has a profound impact on both women and men today. This interactive and informal workshop will focus on sharing and telling Goddess Stories. Participants are invited to bring images, poems and stories of their favorite Goddesses to share. Presenters will also bring a selection of images from which to choose. The workshop will open with a short multi media introduction to Goddess images from around the world.
dr. kay bernard
presenter, hope, healing, and spirit for those with bipolar disorder and family and friends
For people diagnosed with Mood Disorders, their first circle of support is their family and friends. Dr. Kay Bernard explains how to provide proven help for bipolar/mood disorder families through Hope— the healing oxygen for a troubled soul, Healing— enhanced by tested tools for resisting stigma, shame, and suffering, and Spirit— a personal conversation with God, Yahweh, or Allah (or a higher power).
Hadas Marcus and Galit Govezensky
presenter, The Spiritual Bonds between Women, Nature and Animals: An Ecocritical Approach
The aim of this presentation is to demonstrate the bonds between women, spirituality, ecojustice and reverence for the natural realm and nonhuman animals. These linkages are expressed in art and literature produced by women from a variety of time periods and genres. This talk will examine various works by women such as Rachel Carson, the author of Silent Spring, using an ecocritical approach, as their underlying messages are intimately linked to environmental themes. We will also consider how these works are related to ecofeminism, a movement which points to the similarities between the oppression of women and the destruction and suffering that humans continually inflict upon the Earth and all its creatures.
presenter, feeling, seeing, and physically reading auras
The first step in developing psychic skills is paying attention. Auras are an easy and fun way to pay attention. Auras are colorful electromagnetic energy fields that surround us as individuals and as groups. Paying attention to your aura can get you started on identifying your psychic skills and taking advantage of everything the psychic realm has to offer. Individual experiences during the workshop will vary. Online resources help you continue your journey.
presenter, The Spiritual Trauma No one Wants to Talk About: Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse
experiential, singing / chanting, powerpoint / computer based
Women who have been sexually abused have been spiritually traumatized. This workshop will explore the mind, body and spirit of how to become a thriving survivor, not merely a lost victim. What is the process for a survivor to regain her mind, body and spirit back amidst the haunting memories that continue to silently plague her? This workshop will explore the researched scientific data of what happens to the brain and body when someone is sexually abused as well as the widely forgotten discussion of the traumatized soul struggling to trust and live. Discussion points will range from the following:
1. The effects of abuse on the brain; understand physiologically how the body stores trauma.
2. Symptoms the body communicates due to sexual trauma.
3. Types of Spiritual confusion due to sexual trauma.
4. Systemic reactions of family and society often common among survivors
5. Therapeutic modalities to claiming the soul for survivors.
charolette m. steen
presenter, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas In Our World: How to Use Chinese Esoteric Buddist Practices to Uplift, Inspire & Shine
experiential, ritual / worship
Learn how these ancient Chinese Esoteric (Hanmi) Buddhist practices can transform yourself and your community. This experiential workshop will include: 1. Background context about Hanmi Buddhism and Buddhas' and Bodhisattvas' roles in today's modern world; 2. Learning and practicing a Hanmi Buddhist meditation from the Lotus Family Dharmas; 3. Receiving Hanmi Buddhist spiritual healing as a group. It will also include the opportunity to share with one another your experiences and your insight with one another, our sangha, honoring the third precious jewel of Buddhism.
Abstract: We will cover background information on the role of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in our world, as well as specific Hanmi Buddhist prinicples to help us tend the gardens of our soul. Then attendees will receive full transmission of one of the dharmas (meditation practices) from the Lotus Family and learn for themselves how to practice this meditation. After the meditation practice, participants may share their experiences with one another and/or the whole group. Thirdly, participants will receive some Hanmi Buddhist healing while simply relaxing in their chairs. Our workshop will close with the opportunity to reflect on and share our experiences and our hopes for the world.
The goal of this workshop is to experience for yourself how you can use the Hanmi Buddhist principles and the three mysteries of mantra, mudra and visualization to heal, uplift, inspire and shine forth in this brilliant world.
mette biering christiansen
presenter, how energy therapies can be used to restore harmony and balance in the human energy field
Energy therapies like Healing Touch work with the energy system to support the natural ability to self-heal. Healing Touch can be used for increased well-being and mental activity, to reduce stress and anxiety, decrease and manage pain and enhance the immune system. Energy therapies are used in integrative medicine and have shown positive effects in mental care. During the workshop the participants will be shown simple exercises for home use.
presenter, Bhakti Yoga: Yoga of the Heart
Bhakti Yoga is the yoga of devotion and love. Bhakti Yoga does not require a mat to guide you to a deep relationship with that which is greater than your own self-whether you name that Greater Power or it is a nameless flame of love in your heart. In this workshop, we will explore Bhaki in movement and breath through gentle pratices requiring no previous yoga experience. We will explore Bhakti in sound through mantra and Kirtan chant. Then we will conclude with ways to infuse Bhakti Yoga into your daily life and spread love and devotion into your world.
Yoga Sutra: An Inner Journey to a Life of Compassion
Through chant, discussion and reflection, we will explore how the Yoga Sutra guides us to a living, daily yoga that enables us to live in harmony with our self and in peaceful compassion with all others and our world.
presenter, Balance Your Chakras through Belly Dance
Center your body and mind and access your body’s natural energy through this series of movements and combinations designed to balance your chakras and awaken your inner goddess. Come prepared for gentle movement as we learn circular movements of belly dance paired with specific music to balance each chakra.
presenter, Restorative Justice: Responsible Community Healing and Engagement
experiential, discussion based
Restorative Justice is a wholistic and comprehensive mediation method used to promote community healing and widespread systematic change. Restorative Justice is a widely accredited alternative to traditional community disciplinary systems, as this approach searches out and focuses on the systematic issues behind individual instances of violence and discrimination. This workshop will provide a comprehensive understanding of, application strategy for, and sustainability tips to encourage a lasting restorative approach to community trauma.
donna magtibay, msn, rn
presenter, S.M.A.R.T: Stress Management and Resiliency Training
People feel stress when the demands placed on them exceed their resources to cope with those demands. You may not be able to control the stressors, but you can retrain your brain to better respond to these stressors. The SMART program teaches you that your brain is hardwired to look for threats in your environment. You learn useful skills to help you change how your mind interprets these threats. Those who practice the SMART program have reported improvement in stress, anxiety, resilience, mindfulness, self-regulation, happiness, positive health behaviors.
The value of meditation in the world today
Swami Kena explains the importance of awakening the feminine spirituality within is paramount in bringing peace into the family unit, into society, and into the world at large. He will explain the feminine deities, such as Durga, Lakshmi, Sita and Parvati, and their significance in one’s path to liberation. The world is changing and to be able to change with it, the human mind must change the way it thinks. The world is coming together by the way the mind is seeing itself. There is an awakening that is happening in all parts of the planet to the fact that we are creating our own world. This means that we have to get control of our thoughts before we destroy each other. Meditation is a way of recognizing and becoming this universal peace that we are searching. It is not outside of us, but found within. Swami will also demonstrate how anyone can become attuned to their own essential divine nature through a simple technique as taught by his teacher, Sri Shivabalayogi, and allow a space for open question and answer from the audience.
Dennis "rocky" King
Earth medicine and natural healing
In today's fast-paced society, illnesses are more extreme, yet the same spirit prevails as when Rocky's ancestors practiced spiritual healing hundreds of years ago. Many people are embracing a holistic consciousness and in their awakening, are calling upon Native Healers such as Dennis King to light the way as many of us seek a deeper connection - with ourselves, with each other, and with Creator of All Things. Rocky works holistically with his clients (i.e. their bodies, minds, and spirits) using the sacred songs of his people, the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. You will not want to miss this opportunity to experience firsthand the blessed healing energy that awaits you. Are you ready to release that which no longer serves you? Now, more than ever, it is important to come together and experience these loving circles that bring humanity closer together and allow us to grow in love as one people.
Sacred Plants and Energy Healing
Craig will give you a new perspective on working with sacred plants of Peru in conjunction with energy work. A shaman in his own right, Craig will present insight based on his travels and study to Peru for more than 20 years. He will speak about energy work and how it has led to helping people heal from past life trauma to other traumas experienced in this life. He will do a guided meditation to help people be in the present.