With an exemplary first year launch in 2013 and growing this second year, the
National Wellness Conference (NWC) Integrative Health Academy, founded by Denise DeForest Pastoor, MEd,
APRN, BC, CHTP, CWP, is oriented to wellness professionals interested in
deepening their understanding and applying integrative health modalities
into their practice or workplace. The principles of integrative holistic health
are essential tools for all wellness professionals—holistic health
practitioners, wellness coaches, wellness educators, healthcare personnel,
worksite wellness professionals, and human resources staff. The mission of this
Academy is to educate, support, and empower participants to take
responsibility for their health and wellness by focusing on the whole
person: mind, body, spirit, emotions, and social connections. Through
evidence-based practices, the Integrative Health Academy bridges Western
conventional medicine with complementary and alternative medicine, traditional,
and natural healing practices to promote optimal health and wellness.
Join participants for one or more days of the Integrative Health
Academy at the 2014 NWC for an engaging, interactive,
uplifting experience with dynamic speakers, creative group activities,
stimulating panel discussions, peaceful meditations, and expressive movement
offerings. Through the collective energy of presenters and peer networking, you
will develop tools and valuable resources to carry the momentum of integrative health forward.
All Main Conference attendees are invited to participate in Academy sessions; additional pre-registration is not required. While the Integrative Health Academy is designed as a three-day series, with
each day building on the previous one, Conference attendees are welcome to
participate in one or two days of the series.
Participants who do attend all three sessions will earn a certificate of
participation.NWC 2014 Integrative Health Academy Facilitator:
Denise DeForest Pastoor, MEd, APRN, BC, CHTP, CWP, RYT
NWC 2014 Integrative Health Academy Sessions
Tuesday, June 24
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Integrative Health Academy, Day 1:
Exploring the Functional Medicine Branch of the Integrative
branch of integrative health is Functional Medicine, a sub-discipline that
brings basic science to clinical practice that addresses the underlying causes
for chronic disease. Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, CWP, will share how the functional
medicine matrix of metabolism, biochemistry, lifestyle, genetics, nutrition,
movement, emotions, attitudes, relationships, and environment is an expanded
version of Wellness Wheel dimensions in her presentation, "Functional Medicine Primer for Wellness Pros: You CAN Master the
Basics.” Using sleep disorders as an example of
conditions that functional medicine addresses, Denise Pastoor, MEd, APRN, BC, CHTP, CWP, RYT, will introduce variety
of holistic strategies to enhance sleep, using contemplative "Zen” practices,
essential oils, herbs, and guided imagery in her presentation, "Zen of Sleep: Holistic Strategies for Restful, Restorative Slumber." Through exploration of underlying
causes of disrupted sleep patterns, unconscious habits, and lifestyle choices,
restorative sleep hygiene can become a reality. In Day 1 of this functional medicine primer, participants will learn
how to advise clients in lowering risks and possibly reversing the progression
of lifestyle diseases by understanding underlying causes of chronic health
conditions and altering lifestyle choices.
Wednesday, June 25
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Integrative Health Academy, Day 2:
Exploring the Body Awareness and Movement Branch of the
Integrative Health Tree
Movement as a practice for health and healing spans centuries and
cultures and is often a forgotten source of wisdom in our Western culture.
Current research validates the profound healing power of movement for all
dimensions of wellness, from expressive full body awareness to energy
principles of Qi-gong blended with art of massage. Ignite energy, joy, and fun,
as Day 2 of this Academy deepens the journey of integrative health modalities in weaving
expressive movement with energy awareness and blending contemporary movement
forms with ancient contemplative practices. During his "Qigong & Massage” presentation, Ra Kabeer, ND, will use his expertise to teach participants Qi-ssage
techniques, created by Master Chunyi Lin, for key energy points in healing self
and others. A seasoned expressive movement teacher, Lisa Medley, MA, CMT, will guide
participants to embody a variety of simple practices to strengthen body
awareness, tap into body wisdom, and deepen mind, body, and spirit connections in her presentation, "Movement for Health and Healing."
Thursday, June 26
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Integrative Health Academy, Day 3: Exploring the Indigenous Healing–Shamanism Branch of the Integrative
Shamanism was the first truly holistic model for health in
human history, and for centuries, the medicine wheel has provided indigenous
peoples with a mechanism for understanding the many aspects of our lives and
well-being. With the evolving wellness landscape bringing together the growing
science of consciousness and the neurobiology of change, with the lasting
wisdom of ancient traditions, Day 3 of the Integrative Health Academy will
explore indigenous healing practices. Building upon the "Foundation Stones of
Radical Healing" from Dr. Rudolph Ballentine and the four aspects of health
(physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual), and applying the structure of the
medicine wheel, Karen Lawson, MD, will present "'The 7 Directions': A Sacred Model for Integral Health and Well-being." Dr. Lawson will use the
framework of the 7 Directions to guide our exploration of optimal health,
empowering us to deepen our ability to create a holistic life experience. Through discussion, visualization, individual
and dyad exercises, she will provide inspiration and methods for both participants and
their clients to create full, healthy, and thriving lives.
Join NWI's Online Integrative Health Group!
Whether or not you attend an Academy at NWC 2014, be sure to join in the online conversations in the NWI Core Community Groups
, including one dedicated to Integrative Health! You must be a member of National Wellness Institute to have access to these groups.
Click here to view all NWC 2014 Academies.