Trans­for­ma­tional Well­ness Show com­bines de­vel­op­ment, heal­ing, spir­i­tu­al­ity

The Glengarry News - - Health, Beauty, Fitness, Nutrition -

Mo­ti­va­tional speak­ers, per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and heal­ing will in­ter­sect at the Trans­for­ma­tional Well­ness Show that will be held Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Glen­garry Sports Palace in Alexan­dria.

“I had a dream to bring ev­ery­thing I love to­gether un­der one roof: Coach­ing, per­sonal de­vel­op­ment, nat­u­ral heal­ing methods and spir­i­tu­al­ity,” says or­ga­nizer Wanda Ben­der, an Alexan­dria Reiki prac­ti­tioner, light worker, spir­i­tual life coach who en­joys pub­lic speak­ing, yoga and sewing.

Her mis­sion state­ment: “To show­case em­pow­er­ing mo­ti­va­tional speak­ers, high­light­ing per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and a de­sire to live a life of free­dom and per­sonal power.”

All-en­com­pass­ing, the event will “fo­cus on peo­ple’s de­sire to at­tain more in life,” says Ms. Ben­der.

“We show­case em­pow­er­ing mo­ti­va­tional speak­ers, per­sonal de­vel­op­ment coaches, The Heal­ers Par­adise and Mys­tic Ven­dors Mar­ket,” she adds.

Tick­ets are avail­able at www.drag­on­fly­ or at the door.

“I had been kick­ing around at the idea for a few years. Fi­nally with the help of Toast­mas­ters I am able to make this dream a re­al­ity,” says Ms. Ben­der. “This is ac­tu­ally a project for Toast­mas­ters where I will earn a “High Per­for­mance Lead­er­ship” credit. This will help me on my way to the high­est ac­cred­i­ta­tion a TM can re­ceive -DTM Dis­tin­guished Toast­mas­ter. That's pretty awe­some in the Toast­mas­ter world.”

She adds: “As you will hear from our speak­ers, it takes an idea, a seed to be planted. With nur­ture and care that seed will sprout. With ac­tion, plan­ning and re­source­ful­ness, you will see it reach ma­tu­rity.”


Dr. Raji Menon, a gen­eral sur­geon and a pal­lia­tive care physi­cian in Corn­wall, fo­cuses on pre­vent­ing burnout among health pro­fes­sion­als. As a per­son who her­self has over­come se­vere de­pres­sion, with­out any pro­fes­sional help, Dr. Menon sets out to train her­self to help oth­ers.

Ray­mond Brise­bois is pas­sion­ate about life and liv­ing. A pro­fes­sional speaker, coach and trainer con­cen­trat­ing on com­mu­ni­ca­tion and lead­er­ship, helps peo­ple un­lock their po­ten­tial by en­abling them to com­mu­ni­cate with more im­pact. In 2016, he was in the top 100 semi­fi­nal­ists, out of 30,000 con­tes­tants, at the World Championsh­ip of Pub­lic Speak­ing in Washington.

Lau­rence Pechadre, an en­tre­pre­neur and sin­gle mother of three, was com­pelled to move from France to Canada to really un­der­stand suc­cess­ful multi-lin­gual and cross-cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions. She helps her clients to dis­con­nect from their screen to con­nect with them­selves and the re­sources at hand. Suc­cess­ful trans­for­ma­tion is achieved one step at a time.

Doreen Ashton Wag­ner is a pro­fes­sional fa­cil­i­ta­tor who hosts ForLoveAnd­Busi­, a unique busi­ness com­mu­nity ded­i­cated to help­ing women en­trepreneur­s over­come the stress, frus­tra­tion and other chal­lenges associated with bal­anc­ing “love and fam­ily obli­ga­tions” with run­ning a busi­ness. Her work ex­am­ines how women and men think, com­mu­ni­cate and make de­ci­sions dif­fer­ently. She be­lieves it’s not about mak­ing one gen­der right or wrong; it’s about un­der­stand­ing and work­ing to­gether more har­mo­niously.

Fran­cis Round­ing is a men­tor and speech coach who can help you make your dreams come true. An ac­com­plished wood­worker who teaches car­pen­try at St. Lawrence Col­lege, he owns Fran­cis Round­ing Ren­o­va­tions, “meld­ing the cre­ative process that trans­forms a hum­ble piece of wood into an ex­quis­ite work of art.” In “a four-step trans­for­ma­tional process to make your dreams come true, Fran­cis uses the same strate­gies that bring his ren­o­va­tion clients' dreams come to life.”

With her drum cir­cle, Mon­ica Piotrowski will of­fer “an ex­pe­ri­ence where we can be free to con­nect with our­selves and oth­ers, in or­der to re­lease, re­store and heal.”

You may want to bring your own drums and/or other in­stru­ments such as flutes, didgeri­doos and other non­per­cus­sion in­stru­ments.

“Drum­ming is a path of heal­ing that guides us into ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the flow of our mind and emo­tions so we may grow to ex­pe­ri­ence more about our soul,” she says.

Group drum­ming al­le­vi­ates self-cen­tered­ness, iso­la­tion and alien­ation. Drum­ming in­duces deep re­lax­ation, low­ers blood pres­sure, pro­duces feel­ings of well-be­ing, a re­lease of emo­tional trauma and re­duces stress.

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