…Included in Standard Conference Tuition (as are Morning Classes)
Seating at some Open Sessions will be limited. During the registration process, you will be asked to indicate what programs interest you most. Your responses will help us plan the appropriate venues for each program, so we can best accommodate the desires of everyone.
For some classes/workshops, CNEs for nurses and and CEs for most mental health professionals will be available where indicated. Click here for details.
Dr. Norm Shealy
The Science of Energy Medicine;
Navigating the Field of Healthcare into a Sea of Possibilities
Keynote Presentation by Dr. Norm Shealy
Over the years, Dr. Shealy’s work has served to expand the field of Energy Medicine by introducing electrical, electromagnetic, mental, physical and emotional tools for health enhancement. His work with Caroline Myss developed into the first doctoral program in Energy Medicine, which soon led to the establishment of Holos University Graduate Seminary in 2001.
In this workshop, we will explore the scientific underpinnings of Energy Medicine and the need for a broad variety of approaches in the achievement of optimal health. Participants will also learn to use self-regulation to balance their own autonomic nervous systems.
90-minutes | 1.5 CNEs / CEs available
Timeless Principles & Timely Methods for Healing
Presented by Jerry Sonkens, MD, FACS
Timely healing methods include those that have been implemented in the last 100 years, such as surgery and pharmaceuticals. Timeless healing methods are those that have been used for many centuries, such as faith, hope and compassion. In this presentation, Dr. Sonkens will present case studies that illustrate the value and importance of integrating both timely and timeless healing methods into treatment aimed at healing the whole person. Participants will also discover four integrative healing methods to improve outcomes, as well as strategies for implementing more compassionate health care. | 90-minutes | 1.5 CNEs
The Magic of Metaphor; Finding Meaning in Every Moment
Presented by Glenda Christiaens, R.N. Ph.D.
The brain thinks in imagery. Metaphor brings images to words, and therefore words to life. “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.” These words of wisdom spoken by sweet Forrest Gump inspired millions of movie-goers to see beauty in the delicious adventure called “life”. We all feel stuck, ill-equipped and unlucky from time to time. Despite unfortunate handicaps, Forrest led an inspired, albeit “lucky” life, largely because his mother had glued this hopeful metaphor to the tip of his tongue.
When we choose to see the metaphors available in everyday life, we stimulate the mind to work for us in creative and inspiring ways. In this workshop, we will explore the power of metaphor as a way to bring rich spiritual meaning into even the most mundane moments.
90-minutes | 1.5 CNEs / CEs available
David Forbes, M.D.
Beyond Darwin & Newton;
Scientific Evidence of Our Spiritual Nature
Presented by J. David Forbes, M.D.
What does the cutting-edge of science have to say about the nature of reality? How does it provide us with insights and foundational thinking for concepts and experiences of spirituality?
During the 20th century, a scientific revolution took place – mostly under the radar: The Quantum Revolution. As its stunning implications for the nature of life tore through the cutting-edge world of physics, it barely registered in other realms of scientific inquiry, and not-at-all on the radar of daily life. A core question remained throughout most of the 1900’s: Does the astounding “weirdness” of what is happening at a sub-atomic level truly translate into the macro-molecular “3-D” world in which humans dwell? If it does, how much? In what ways?
The last two decades have finally brought a cascade of scientific experiments and research answering that question with a resounding YES. How we view the cosmos changes everything. In this lecture and discussion we will examine these exciting findings in the world of quantum physics and non-local connections that show us how and why the world isn’t really what we think it is!
90-minutes | 1.5 CNEs / CEs available
Self-Care; Antidote for “Compassion Fatigue”
Presented by Kim Richards, RN
Compassion fatigue is a physical and emotional exhaustion that causes a decline in a person’s ability to feel compassion when taking care of others. The cumulative result of internalizing the emotions of patients, co-workers, family and friends, Compassion Fatigue is an often-debilitating phenomenon commonly suffered by caregivers. Described as a “build up of emotional sludge” that can result in a calloused approach to care-giving, research has directly linked the incidence of Compassion Fatigue with poor self-care practices.
In this seminar, we will explore the signs and symptoms of CF, and how it can creep into a your life before you know it. Leave the session with proactive ideas and steps you can take to prevent, recognize and overcome it. Primarily geared toward nurses and mental health professionals, anyone caring for loved-ones on a regular basis will also benefit from this workshop.
1-hour | 1 CNE Available
Tap and Breathe to Release the Energy of Belief
Presented by Mary Sise, LCSW
Have you ever wondered why negative beliefs, thoughts and behaviors continue as if they have a life of their own and why talking about the problem is never enough to change them? Are you sick and tired of setting intentions only to have the energy of an old belief sabotage your best efforts? Come and learn a simple acupressure technique that combines breath, meridians, eye movements and affirmations to help reduce distress, stop addictive urges (including food!) and eliminate those negative beliefs that sabotage success – especially beliefs about lack of money.
90-minutes | Open Session | 1.5 CE/CNEs
Beyond Technique: The Sacred Role of the Healer
Presented by Mary Sise, LCSW
How does healing happen? What is the true cause of dis-ease and what is the role of the healer? This workshop, based on the teachings of Her Holiness Sai Maa, will discuss esoteric knowledge as it applies to healing, including helping you to understand the sacred, spiritual role of a healer and the importance of the energetic vibration of the healer. We will also discuss how to align with your own Divinity, so that you can serve others without using up your own limited personal energy.
90-minutes | Open Session | 1.5 CE/CNEs
Hands-on Humor: A Playful Workshop
Presented by Lesley Smith and filmmaker/comedy-writer Mark Abramczyk
Humor, compassion and self-care, shift our perspective and allow us to embrace change. Developing a humor practice transforms lives, relationships and work environments. This playful workshop will you develop the skills that influence neuro-chemical changes in the body, influencing whether you get sick or stay well. Experience a hilarious balancing session with Lesley and Mark. Their unique exercises, interactive practices and concrete tools provide the portal to changed perspectives and behaviors.
Integrative Medicine; A New Paradigm for Healing
Presented by Robban Sica, M.D.
This completely unique presentation provides a macro view of the burgeoning field of complementary, alternative, and integrative healthcare/medicine. By understanding the Integrative Medical Paradigm, you will understand how chronic health conditions occur and how they can be corrected. We’ll explore how optimal health can be achieved and maintained by integrating biochemical, structural, and energetic therapies, which optimize health and energy reserves while reducing stress affecting the individual.
Major deficiencies that lower available reserves will be identified, as well as the major stresses to the body, including toxicities and infections. This method will allow participants to organize health issues for themselves and the most useful health care strategies and therapies for their individual needs.
90-minutes | 1.5 CNE/CEs Available.
Journey to Bliss; Yoga, Dance & Meditation
Presented by Catherine Hill
Journey to Bliss™ is Cathy’s own creation – a joyful, fun and relaxing antidote for modern day stress that promotes wellness and deep healing. The class begins with yoga and dance, combined with a powerful blend of music. This attunes bodies and minds to a vibration that allows for deep relaxation. The last 20 minutes of class is a guided meditation (yoga nidra).
What to bring: A yoga mat, a blanket and bolster/cushion for under the knees and water bottle. A towel or low pillow for under the head. Wear comfortable clothing. 60-minutes
The Exhilaration Effect (E2); The Art & Science of Courage
Presented by Camille Leon and Barbara Schiffman
Are you stuck? Experience a breakthrough… just for you! Whether you’re pushed by circumstance, or called by an inner drive to make big changes in your career or life, learn how to take the leap with less stress and more excitement. This workshop will expose you to the Six Stages of The Exhilaration Effect, from expecting to expanding, and provide tools and techniques so you can start the process for yourself.
The Six Stages of the E2 Coaching Process will strengthen your focus, confidence and creativity to get rewarding results! Learn how to build your courage to overcome obstacles like fear or resistance. Since we will be on a cruise with easy access to adventurous excursions, this is the ideal time to design an adventure of your own… or join us for a group excursion we’re designing!
Either way, don’t miss this empowering and fun coaching process, which can help you consciously and courageously take big leaps… and keep on taking them. 90-minutes
EcoTherapy; Nature as Nurturer… and Supportive Ally
Facilitated by Lois Grasso
Most cultures view Mother Nature as a threatening force to be feared or conquered. Even environmentalists who love and appreciate the trees, flowers, rivers, oceans and the delicate balance maintained by the ecosystem, are often surprised to find that conditioning, deep within the human psyche, blinds us from amazing possibilities. With the right attitude we find that Nature is willing to nurture and waiting to support us far beyond the typical “uses” we find for her fruits and beauty. The level of intimacy available to us, with elements of nature, may well dwarf anything experienced in human relationships. And it’s consistently reliable!
This program consists of two parts:
1) Open Session: On board the ship, we will explore ideas and principles put forth by a variety of leaders in the burgeoning new field of EcoTherapy (aka Nature Therapy or EcoPsychology). Participants will share iconic experiences we’ve had with Nature and explore how they shaped our perceptions and sense of relationship to the Earth and Sea. There is no extra fee for this session. All group members are welcome.
2) Inside Track: Those who choose to go deeper will embark together on a “field trip” into Mangrove Lagoon in St. Thomas, for two deeply intimate experiences with Mother Nature. Participants will learn and practice a simple yet ego-challenging process for instantly establishing a mutually-supportive and intimate relationship with tropical fish while snorkeling among them, and with exotic birds, coral blue water, sky and tropical trees while kayaking. Part 1 is a prerequisite for part 2.
Tuition Supplement: $125 includes all equipment and transportation | 3 hours on shore
Put Your Passion to Work;
Strategies and Inspiration from a Lifestyle Entrepreneur
Whether you are—or want to be—living your dream as an independent business owner, don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage with expert Jane Pollak as she offers an insider’s view on how to sustain a soul-satisfying business.
Mining nuggets of gold from the breadth and depth of her 30+ years of experience operating her own business, Jane offers a wealth of hard-won wisdom. With relatable candor and a spirit of generosity, Jane invites participants into the story of her inspiring career journey. Revealing the essential strategies she has developed along the way, she shares key business concepts, practical tips, and takeaways relevant to every entrepreneur.
This 60-minute interactive seminar will:
- Guide you in how to set meaningful goals, find a supportive network, and create a stellar image.
- Encourage you in how to adapt to change, navigate disappointments, and make the most of unexpected learning experiences.
- Motivate you to be persistent, seek out new avenues for growth, and take time to enjoy your successes.
Whether you are just starting out or already running a profitable business, Jane’s invaluable insights will promote you to a whole new level.
Dorothy Martin-Neville, Ph.D.
Claim Your Dreams, Create Your Health
Presented by Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville, Ph.D.
Dreaming opens up the world to you – the inner world as well as the outer world. By having a vision and a dream for your life, you are aligning with your soul’s essence – the part of you that calls you to become more and more of who you are meant to be – and truly living the life you are meant to live. Think back on a time when you were truly happy, alive, and dream-filled. Remember how that felt… in your body and in your soul. Imagine living like that most every day! In this workshop we will discover the physical impact of living a dream-inspired life style. The self-care, the inner peace and confidence needed to take the necessary risks simultaneously support your spiritual, emotional and physical health. All this while learning more and more of your soul’s purpose, one dream at a time.
90-minutes | 1.5 CNEs/CEs available
Medical Renaissance; The Secret Code
Movie followed by Q & A
Produced and hosted by Norm Shealy, M.D.
This 90-minute documentary film is a tour de force demonstrating the spiritual and medical renaissance shaping the future of both Health and Disease care. Produced by Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., this film represents the culmination of 40 years of innovative success with over 30,000 individuals for whom conventional medicine failed. Patients with depression, migraine, ADHD and pain are featured in the movie, which demonstrates the success of a comprehensive, holistic approach to almost all illnesses. His success rate of 85% for patients with chronic pain and depression is unequaled.
The Q & A discussion with Dr. Shealy will begin 15 minutes after the film, and last for 60-minutes. He will give specific answers to questions, from the audience, about holistic and integrative protocols with which he has had success in treating patients over the past 40+ years of integrative medicine practice. Come and get answers about conditions and diseases that have plaqued and/or baffled you most!
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