MENOMONIE, Wis. – University of Wisconsin-Stout will host its tenth annual Body, Mind and Spirit Conference October 27-29, focusing on the theme of healing traditions from around the world. The conference attracts traditional healers, alternative healers, people seeking alternative healing, professionals and students in medicine and psychology, clergy, and anyone with an interest in the topics of the conference.
At this year’s event, healing practitioners from around the nation will offer participants opportunities for exploring alternative methods of healing, personal growth, and spirituality.
Friday, Oct. 27 – A full-day workshop, "Spirit Medicine: An Overview of Shamanic Healing," presented by Hank Wesselman, Ph.D. Dr Wesselman is an anthropologist who has spent more than 30 years as a member of a research team exploring the ancient eroded landscapes of East Africa’s Great Rift Valley, in search of answers to the mystery of human origins. He is the author of The Spiritwalker Trilogy (Spiritwalker, Medicinemaker, and Visionseeker), The Journey to the Sacred Garden and Spirit Medicine. In this one-day workshop, he will examine the nature of health, illness, and healing from the cross-cultural perspectives of indigenous peoples. This experiential event concludes with a powerful healing ritual. Cost: $75 through October 5, $95 after that date.
Saturday, Oct. 28 – Body, Mind, and Spirit Conference, with a keynote address by Dr. Wesselman entitled, "The End of our Current Cycle and the Re-Emergence of the Shaman." As he explains, "Our indigenous ancestors discovered powerful methods for mastering the capabilities of the human body-mind-spirit complex. Today, as we approach the year 2012, a time prophesied by many indigenous cultures as the end of our current cycle, there is a resurgence of interest in the Western world in the ancient, time-tested ways of the shaman for entering mystical states of consciousness for healing and problem solving." In addition to the keynote speakers, the conference offers experiential sessions with more than 20 presenters, including nurses, psychologists, clergy, body work practitioners, psychics, shamans, and other alternative healers. An open exhibit hall will feature books, alternative therapy options, jewelry, and experiential work with massage therapists, psychics and others.
Sunday, Oct. 29 – Kevin Locke will perform "The Hoop of Life." Mr. Locke is known worldwide as a visionary Hoop Dancer, a pre-eminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, a traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator. Driven by the power of the traditional frame drum and soaring voices of pow-wow singers, Kevin employs 28 hoops, depicting the natural, visionary process of Life emerging from the darkness of Winter into the bright exuberance of Spring. One after another, images of renewed Creation appear as flowers, butterflies, stars, and the Moon and the Sun, while Eagle circles, calling forth the love, courage, and intelligence of our hearts.
The conference may be used for one or two undergraduate or graduate credits in association with a course taught by the conference co-founders Tom Franklin, Department of Psychology, and Bob Salt, Department of Human Development and Family Studies.
For both Saturday and Sunday, registration before October 5 is $135, and $165 after that date. For one day only, the cost is $95 prior to October 5, $115 after that date. Those fees cover all workshops, lunches and materials. To register, contact the UW-Stout Office of Outreach Services, 140 Vocational Rehabilitation Building, Menomonie, WI 54751 or call (715) 232-2693. Online registration and conference information is available at www.uwstout.edu/outreach/conf/bms.