Date: Friday March 30, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT / 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PDT
Expanding Our Vision of Wellness: Tuning in to Ecology for Crisis Healing
We are at a pivotal time in human history. Please join the National Empowerment Center for the first in a series of webinars where we explore the relationship between ecology, or how we relate to one another and the earth, and healing from crisis. We have gathered experts from around the globe, including indigenous peoples, to speak to this topic, share best practices, and propose some solutions to the very complex problems we face.
Maori Chief Rangi Ahipene, a speaker on the "Expanding Our Vision" of Wellness webinar, is now featured on the latest Empower! Radio show entitled, "Maori Wisdom." Chief Ahipene discusses the history of the Maori people in New Zealand, what happened when European settlers arrived, and how that has impacted the current generation. In doing so he offers a road map for how we can reconnect with our indigenous roots, heal, and create harmony in the world. You can access this and other shows at www.unityradioma.org/empower.
Jode has worked in the human services field for over 30 years. Her career has focused on mental health services in rural areas of Minnesota. Jode founded Minnesota’s statewide consumer-run mental health organization, Wellness in the Woods, Inc., in March 2013. She has served on the Rural Health and Primary Care Advisory Council, and presently serves on the State Mental Health Advisory Council. Jode was recognized for her work last year when she was named the Rural Health Hero of 2017 by the Minnesota Department of Rural Health and Primary Care.
Reverend "Luke A. Shootingstar" Walters
Luke identifies with the roles of Visionary Artist, Peer Wellness Specialist, diplomatic Ambassador, and Universalist Minister. Luke is the Chief Executive Officer of the Mutual Benefit Society, founder of Global Community Designs, and a member of numerous government advisory councils. Luke draws on his lived experience in all his work, planting seeds for peace and initiating ripples of wellness throughout the world, engaging a myriad of communities, in the spirit of hope that others may come to similar restored empowerment and rediscovery of their own purpose in life.
Moderator: Oryx Cohen, MPA
Oryx Cohen is the Chief Operating Officer of the National Empowerment Center. Oryx is a board member of the Hearing Voices Network USA and Empatiko, and an Emotional CPR trainer. Oryx co-produced and is a subject in the award-winning social action documentary HEALING VOICES, which was released in April 2016. Oryx lives with his wife and two children in Massachusetts.
This webinar was developed [in part] under grant number SM062560 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.