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Char Ravelo
Char Ravelo
Inspiration's 5th Annual Kaua'i Wellness Expo
Wrap Up

A Message from Char

It was Simply Inspirational!

I learned that saying thank you three times in a row amplifies the heartfelt message a thousand times more. So here goes- Mahalo! Mahalo! Mahalo! to everyone who participated in and supported Inspiration's 5th Annual Kaua'i Wellness Expo featuring Deepak Chopra on January 24-26, 2009. It was a phenomenal event! With over 100 businesses represented, 40 speakers, a Women's Health and Empowerment Workshop lead by 3 international instructors, a Kaua'i Premiere of Wayne Dyer's new movie - Ambition to Meaning, a mini expo with entertainment, a VIP Reception and almost 900 in the audience to see Deepak's lecture, we estimate almost 3000 attendees (including exhibitors, volunteers and staff) walked through the doors over the three days. An outstanding success for Kaua'i and the health and wellness industry!

Visitors from all over the world- Italy, Germany, Australia, South Africa to name a few, plus the mainland and outer islands traveled to Kaua'i to hear Deepak's message, check out the booths, take workshops and network with each other. Most importantly, I believe everyone learned something new at the Expo, which makes this an extremely rewarding event for me to put on.

Several high school teachers brought their students who are in the Health Academy and Peer Mediation Programs to the Expo and Deepak's presentation. The feedback was very positive from both teachers and students. Imagine the future possibilities for these young hearts and minds to see a thriving wellness industry, where everyone is working together for healthier individuals and communities.

Deepak's presentation was fabulous. He interacted with the audience, told great stories and took us on a journey that stretched our minds. The most common response from first time Deepak Chopra attendees was how impressed they were on his use of scientific data to support alternative healing. Yeah, well done! He opened the door for more people to consider a whole-istic approach to heath and healing. A man after my own heart! He was a pleasure to work with - kind, funny and down to earth. On our way to an early morning departure, he told me that he enjoyed his time on Kaua'i. Right on!

In hosting such an enormous event as this, you know there are always key people who love being behind-the-scenes, making sure the details are covered and things are done impeccably. For me, there are two very special individuals who have quietly mentored me since Inspiration's earliest issues - they are Barbara Curl and Francesco Garripoli. Their unwavering faith in what I do (and gentle nudgings through thick and thin) has nurtured my spiritual growth so I was able to hold the intention for this Expo with pure Aloha for everyone at every level of participation, and the results are proof of their incredible work. Much Aloha and hugs to you both.

Thank you's are not complete without acknowledging Cindie Jones, my best friend who gave me the inspiration for Inspiration, Fran Becker for being available each step of the way and Sally Desai for throwing an awesome VIP reception.

To our sponsors - Kaua'i Office of Economic Development, Hawai'i Tourist Authority, Kaua'i Health and Wellness Association, Forever Now, Kaua'i Osteopathic, Inc, East West Academy of Healing, Institute of Happy Science, Waddell and Reed, Alexander Day Spa and Salon, Dillberg Integrated HealthCare, Kahuna Valley, Kaua'i Aloha Foundation, Kaua'i Visitors Bureau, Kaua'i Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Health,, Money Makers, Liv Sxinny, Healthy Specials, Clothing for Health, Princeville Center, MAX INT'L and the Kaua'i Museletter...

... to the awesome Inspiration staff - Sally Wilson, Richard Diamond, Ganshet Nandoskar, Stacey Salvador, Todd Johansen, Dexter Sear, Tammi Andersland, Pam Salibi, Paul Reynolds, David Armstrong, Kecia Joy, Mark Ravelo and Gary Wong.. and to the many volunteers who came out to bat for a grand slam at this Expo...

A very warm Mahalo and Aloha to each of you!

Here's Expo 09 line up:

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5th Annual Kaua'i Wellness Expo
"Simply Inspirational"

January 24 - 26, 2009
Kaua'i War Memorial Convention Center (map)
4191 Hardy Street, Lihue, Kaua'i HI 96766

"An Evening with Deepak Chopra"
January 24-26, 2009 Lihue, Kaua'i
Kaua'i's health and wellness professionals join international practitioners including Dr. Shivani Sood, Daisy Lee, and Shona Bellew, to share their knowledge of healthy and balanced living. Enjoy two fun days filled with 30 inspiring speakers, motivating workshops, over 100 exhibitors, healthy foods and more. Indulge your senses and learn how to be the best you can be.

Ticket Sales: VIP & Reception $125, General $50

Expo Hours:
Sat, Jan 24 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Sun, Jan 25 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Expo Admission: $5 day, $8 both
Free: Children under 12 and Seniors

VIP Reception 6:00- 7:00 PM
Presentation and book signing 7:30-10:30pm.

Women's Health and Empowerment Workshop
Core Strength Through Applied Wisdom
Saturday, January 24, 2009
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"Ambition to Meaning" - Kaua'i Movie Premiere
A Movie Starring Maui's Own Best-Selling Author Wayne Dyer!
Saturday, January 24, 4:30 p.m.
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Wellness Expo 2009 - Speaker Schedule
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Saturday, Jan 24 Center Stage
8:45 Opening Blessing
9:00 Kauai Yoga School Michelle Edwards
9:30 A Whole-istic Approach to Holistic Healthcare Dr. Kerry Dillberg
10:15 The Light & Sound Current Meditation Dr. Zeal Okogeri
11:00 An Extraordinary Opportunity: Learn to Thrive Beyond Today's Challenges Dame Dr. Effie Poy Yew Chow, PhD, RN, LicAc (CA), DiplAC (NCCAOM)
11:45 Forever Now Mateo Madani
12:30 Navigating Life Through Tough Times Finn Armstrong
1:15 It's Your Time For a Phenomenal Year in 2009 Al Diaz
1:45 Partnerships with the Celestrial Realms Peggy Black
2:15 Atlas Evolution Ranan Shahar
2:45 Embrace a New World of Love Rita Harrison
3:15 All Chocolate is Not Created Equal Gregory & Robin Blanc Mascari

Saturday, Jan 24 Classroom
9:30 Drink Your Way to Health Neal Chantara
10:15 Infinite Loop: Global Natural Resources Cindie K. Jones, CFP
11:00 Discover Your Life Purpose and Achieve It Linda Drake
11:45 Healing and Manifesting Wellness Jen Lee, RN
12:30 Healing Touch-What is it? Who can it benefit? Barry LeFevre
1:15 Birthing a New Earth Petra Sundheim
2:00 Self-Healing Techniques Virginia Dunas
2:45 Inner Road to Riches, Dare to Create Love and Wealth Kala Kos
3:30 The Role of Spirit in Healing Elizabeth Huki Hooker, D.O.M.

Saturday, Jan 24 Theatre
Women's Health and Empowerment Project
9:30-10:30AM Immortality and Leadership: Creative Empowerment Through The Divine Feminine with Shona Bellew
11:00AM-12:00PM Radiant Lotus Qigong for Women with Daisy Lee
12:30-1:30PM Ayruveda Medicine and Women's Health with Dr. Shivani Sood $15 per class, $35 for all 3 Purchase tickets at the door, Expo entry included.

Saturday, Jan 24 Theatre
Kaua'i Premiere - Wayne Dyer's "Ambition to Meaning"
4:30-6:00PM $10 admission at the door

Sunday, Jan 25 Center Stage
9:00 Yoga and Calm for Kids Diane Cline
9:30 Qigong for Health and Empowerment Francesco Garripoli
10:00 Pathways to Your Genius Toby Christensen
10:30 Happy Science: How to Overcome Illness with Nicole
11:15 Concepts of Native American Faith Healing William Two Feather
12:00 What's so Funny? Why feeling crazy may be good for your health. Hob Osterland, RN, MS
12:45 Back to Nature: The Real Power of Food Barbara Swanson
1:20 Nature Spirits Surround You Dr. Christian Von Lohr
2:00 Healing With Love and Grace in the 21st Century Howard Wills
2:40 The Kabbalah of Holistic Healing, Michoel Goldsman
3:20 Garden as the Classroom of the Future Jai Roberts

Sunday, Jan 25 Classroom
9:30 From Forgive to Love Deborah Guertin
10:15 Chakra Balancing Tanya Hughes
11:00 Feng Shui Basics Tom Vigen
11:45 Dolphin Meditation Jeanne Russell
12:30 Crafting Your Success Frieda Freitas
1:15 Health and Wellness Creations is a Strategy, Not a Product Robert Warner & Noel Marshall
2:00 Back Care Tips Dr. John Armand
2:45 Marketing & Networking for Success: A Heart-Centered Approach Patricia Varley

Sunday, Jan 25 Theatre
2:00 Open Group Channeling by Allow Love's Trance Channel Team

Kauai Marriott Hotel is offering Expo 09 participants and visitors a special rate of $179.00 garden view and $149 non-view.
Click here for reservations. Enter Expo 09 code: L6C.

See you at the Expo! Enjoy and Celebrate 2009! More type here.

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