Conference Weekend, April 25 - 26, 2009
Our 6th Annual Conference was held on Saturday, April 25, followed by a post-conference seminar on Sunday, April 26. The venue was once again the beautiful Arbutus Club in Vancouver. Feedback was uniformly positive, with many requests for more of the same at future events.
The day began early with professional coach, Juliet Austin, speaking on Keys to a Successful Homeopathic Practice. Juliet discussed concepts and guidelines for what it takes to build a successful and rewarding private practice while maintaining our own values and the integrity that is inherent in homeopathy. Topics covered included key business requirements, discipline-building techniques, and effective marketing strategies.
Following a break to socialize and view exhibitor booths, the audience was treated to presentations from three WCHS members who shared their experiences with Volunteering Through Homeopathy. Barb Gosney used a slide show to illustrate a candid review of her successes and misses as a volunteer at the Families for Children orphanage in India. Barbara Resendes discussed her life-changing experience with the Abha Light Foundation in Kenya. Closer to home, Roland Guenther introduced the new Side-by-Side project in Vancouver that is working with individuals wanting to overcome addiction through homeopathy. All speakers were deeply moving and inspiring!
After a delicious lunch break, Keynote Speaker Krista Heron, ND, DHANP, spoke on Creating a Therapeutic Relationship, demonstrating through cases how attunement, empathy, self-disclosure, and projective identification can be used to deeply understand the patient. This theme was further expanded on during Krista's full-day seminar on the following Sunday. By surveying the various approaches and methodologies currently available, she was able to illustrate ways that homeopaths can develop our own uniquely personal approach to casetaking.
The conference concluded with our Annual General Meeting, followed by one of our popular Fundraising Raffles. These raffles are a major source of revenue for the Society and we are extremely grateful to the many donors who provide gifts for this purpose. Thanks go to the following donors who provided many exceptional prizes for this year's Fundraising Raffle:
WholeHealthNow: New, Old and Forgotten Remedies 10-week multimedia course
Homeopathic Symposium: THREE 1 month Practitioner Subscriptions
Teleos Homeopathic Centre: Gift certificate to one day video introduction to Rajan Sankaran seminar: October 16, 2009 in Vancouver
Karen Allen: Case Supervision Session
Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians: Subscription to Simillimum journal
Arbutus Website Design: Gift certificate for setting up one-page Brochure Style website
Gentle Health: Spring 2009 issue of Homeopathy & You newsletter service
Julie Anne Lee: Gift Certificate for initial animal consultation
Boiron: TWO Travel Remedy kits
HomeoCan: Emergency Remedy kit
Louis Klein: Clinical Focus Guide, Vol.1 by Louis Klein
Marilyn Hirsekorn: Pictographica Homeopathica by Marilyn Hirsekorn
Minimum Price: Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs by Don Hamilton
Freya Shaw: Homeopathy for Horses by Susan Shaw
Anonymous: Impossible Cure by Amy Lansky
Peace Arch Homeopathic Centre: Homeopathic Revolution by Dana Ullman
Robin Logan: "7" Cream and Lip balm
Shauna Kovach: Univera Supplement product
Canadian Society of Homeopaths: 2010 Membership Discount