Northwest NEWS

September 11, 2000

Features

Evergreen hosts Body Mind & Spirit Symposium

by Deborah Stone
   Evergreen Heathcare's third annual Body Mind & Spirit Symposium, scheduled for September 30th - October 1st at the Meydenbauer Center, will feature acclaimed guest speakers, a free Experiential Expo and a variety of workshops and programs all designed for personal exploration and self-discovery.
   Recognized experts in the fields of contemporary science, alternative medicine and spiritual enlightenment will share their knowledge and experience with conference participants during the two-day event.
   Among the Symposium keynote speakers are Gary Zukav, best known for his talks on creating a life of freedom and awareness as a frequent guest on "OPRAH," and Dr. Wayne Dyer, best-selling author of "Your Erroneous Zones" and "Your Sacred Self." Other speakers include author Dr. Joan Borysenko, a pioneer in integrative medicine; Wayne Muller, founder of the non-profit Bread for the Journey philanthropic organization; Dr. Norm Shealy, who founded the first holistically-oriented clinic and training facility in the United States; Rosalyn Bruyere, internationally acclaimed energy healer, clairvoyant and medicine woman; Aadil Palkhivala, yoga master, massage therapist and clinical hypnotherapist and Dr. Lana Holstein, an expert in preventive medicine, women's health and sexuality from Canyon Ranch Resort.
   "We are very excited about this year's Symposium," says Jana Pallis, Symposium Program Director. "This is the first year that we are hosting the event off the Evergreen campus due to the overwhelming response from the public. Last year we had about 1000 attendees, which is the maximum that Evergreen could hold.
   "This year we expect between 1500-2000 people. Our programming has expanded and the number of exhibitors has increased from fifty to one hundred."
   According to Pallis, the Symposium grew out of public feedback to community surveys. People wanted more information about alternative medicine and were interested in treatment from a whole person perspective.
   She says, "Evergreen responded to this need by bringing in experts in these areas to offer workshops and seminars for people in the community. In the past two years, we have received incredibly positive feedback about the Symposium. People say it's very inspirational and helps them to connect with others. For many, it's a moving and extraordinary experience, as well as very educational."
   The free Experiential Expo, open to non-registrants as well as to full conference participants, will showcase nearly 100 interactive and engaging exhibits, including free massage and energy healing sessions, acupuncture and acupressure demonstrations, alternative therapies and healing modalities, herbal teas and other treats and free gifts.
   The Symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. each day with registration opening at 7:30 a.m.
   The fee is $125 for one day or $230 for both days. Online registration is available at www.evergreenhealthcare.org. For further information call 425-899-3000.