While online courses, webinars and conference calls are all great tools for learning and expanding, there is something different about attending workshops or conferences in person. Physically attending an event can create a hands-on, experiental learning, and a sense of community as you meet other people and share your experiences.
There are many events that focus on mind-body-spirit health and wellness, and living greener and more sustainably. Here are several events worth checking out:
The Celebrate Your Life! conference is an extraordinary event that features some of the country’s best-selling authors. Thousands of participants fly in from all over the world to learn from dozens of renowned teachers in the areas of relationships, personal growth, and self-awareness.
Some of the keynote speakers include: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., one of the most widely known and respected teachers in the field of self-development; Byron Katie, named by Time magazine, “Spiritual Innovator for the New Millennium”; James Van Praagh, author of Talking to Heaven, and Meditations; and Gregg Braden. Other presenters include Brian Weiss, Neale Donald Walsch, Sonia Choquette , Dr. Darren Weissman, Debbie Ford, Cheryl Richardson, John Holland, Alan Cohen, Bruce Lipton, SARK, Iyanla Vanzant, Julie Murphy Casserly, Glynis McCants, Judith Orloff, Gay Hendricks, Kathlyn Hendricks, and Elizabeth Lesser.
The Celebrate Your Life! event takes place in Phoenix, Arizona, Nov. 13-15, 2009 with pre and post workshops available. More information is available here.
Green Festival, a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America, celebrates sustainable communities. It begins with finding solutions to help make our lives healthier—socially, economically and environmentally. Individuals along with business and community leaders come together to discuss critical issues that impact us at home and abroad. Organizations and businesses showcase programs and products that restore the planet and all that inhabit it.
More than 125 renowned authors, leaders and educators are involved in GreenFestivals; there are also great how-to workshops, films, activities for kids, organic beer and wine, delicious vegetarian cuisine, and diverse live music. The event also features more than 350 eco-friendly businesses—everything from all-natural body care products and organic cotton clothing to Fair Trade gifts and beautiful kitchen tiles made from renewable resources.
See the most recent developments in renewable energy and green technology; sample Fair Trade chocolate and coffee (yes, they really do taste better); and learn how to invest in your community, green your home and avoid products made in sweatshops.
Green Festival takes place in San Francisco, CA., Nov. 13-15, 2009. More information is available here. In 2010, festivals will be held in Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C.
The Yoga Journal Conferences is a unique experience with the master teachers you’ve read about in Yoga Journal magazine. Experiencing their instruction live will deepen your practice. Each conference includes panel discussions between renowned yogis, keynote speeches by well-known authors and experts, benefit events, yoga demos, live music, a community-connection gathering and the yoga marketplace, one-stop shop for everything yoga.
The 2010 Yoga Journal Conferences will take place in San Francisco, Boston, Colorado, and Florida. For specific dates and more information, click here.
Our next post will feature festivals and conferences around the globe. In the meantime, what other green festivals are going on in your neighborhood or community? Share your favorite healthy and green living festivals below!