Women and Spirituality Conference | October 13-14 – The 26th annual conference, which brings people of diverse spiritual traditions together to share ideas about spirituality, returns to Minnesota State University and presents keynote speaker Marge Piercy, a poet and author of 17 novels, including bestseller Gone To Soldiers, The Longings of Women and the classic Woman on the Edge of Time. A key player in many progressive political battles, Piercy protested the Vietnam War and is an active participant in the resistance to the war in Iraq. More than 150 workshops, and several Saturday evening performances, make this event a vital source of spiritual growth. Sponsors are Minnesota State University’s Women’s Studies, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Institutional Diversity and Women’s Center. Visit sbs.mnsu.edu/women and click on 2007 Women & Spirituality Conference, or call 507.389.2077.
"Spiritualities of the Earth" | October 19-20 – This 11th annual Spirituality Conference, presented by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, will explore "earth spirituality" and our connections with our beautiful and threatened planet by reflecting on mystical and prophetic aspects of such spiritualities. Keynote speaker is Sister Christine Vladimiroff, O.S.B., speaking on Benedictine Spirituality and Sacramental Vision, and the Quest for Compassion and Communion. Visit www.css.edu/x5189.xml, call 218.723.6659 or email [email protected].
Living Well Northwoods Festival | October 20 – A festival of healing, wellness and the intuitive arts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ramada Inn on Highway 27 in Hayward. Featuring 50 exhibitors, healing therapists, intuitive consultants, wellness resources, gift products, spirituality resources, and entertainment by the Tribal Spirits of the Sun dance and drum troupe. Free admission. Seminars every hour feature healing, healthy relationships, healthy pets and spirituality. Produced by Lynn and Dee LaFroth Visit www.esswellness.com/events. To exhibit, call 1.888.667.7866 or [email protected]
Whispers of Spirit Expo | October 20-21 – The third annual expo features more than 40 metaphysical, wellness and intuitive exhibitors, used spiritual books, gifts, music, and hourly workshops, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Four Points Sheraton, 1330 Industrial Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Admission is $3 per person or $5 for two people. Pre-Expo event from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, features channeling by Brenda Hill (ascended master Nademus on coming back to our hearts and love) and Michele Mayama (Earth Mother). Tickets are $40 available at 651.330.9031 or online [www.whisphersofspirit.com/expoevent.html]. Visit www.whispersofspirit.com or call 651.330.9031.
St. Paul, Minnesota
Northland Bioneers Conference | November 2-4 – The second annual conference brings together a growing number of people and organizations who support the protection and sustainability of the ecosystem by illuminating the connections between the environment, social health, economics, science and spirituality. National and local leaders will showcase practical solutions to today’s most pressing environmental and social challenges at the UAW Ford Training Center at Ford Parkway. Featuring singer-songwriter Michael Monroe. Sponsors include The City of St. Paul, Eureka Recycling, Heartland Circle, Milkweed Editions, Haberman and Associates, The Human Rights and Peace Store, and Sunday’s Energy. Visit www.nbconference.org.
"Mind and Life XV: Mindfulness, Compassion and the Treatment of Depression" | October 20 – The 15th Mind and Life conference will feature His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting in dialogue with neuroscientists, academic leaders and mental health professionals to understand depression in physiological and cognitive terms, exploring how mindful-based therapies are useful in treating depression. Presented by the Mind and Life Institute and Emory University. Visit www.dalailamaemory.org and www.mindandlife.org
"Engaging the Other: The Power of Compassion" | October 25-28 – Second annual international conference that raises the level, depth and breadth of public dialogue and awareness of "The Other" on both individual and group levels, considering how enemy identity is formed, perpetuated, and manipulated, including fear-based belief systems, negative stereotypes, projection, prejudice, and scapegoating. Sponsored by Common Bond Institute, HARMONY Institute, the International Humanistic Psychology Association and The National Resource Center for the Healing of Racism. Visit www.cbiworld.org
Santa Fe, New Mexico
International Conference on Business and Consciousness | January 25-29 – Ninth annual event created to bring profit and purpose together, inviting participants to discover the next steps that will allow their business to thrive and to learn what consciousness has to do with performance. Visit www.bizspirit.com or call 505.474.0998.