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Healthy Living Experts Forum Sunday

After a successful launch with a full house in December, the Healthy Living Experts' Forum will host its second event, offering a hub of health and learning in the community.

The House of Now in downtown Courtenay is hosting a live monthly forum where the community meets health experts. The January forum happens this Sunday at 10 a.m.

This month's experts are: Wedlidi Speck, Traditional Knowledge and Knowledge Transfer; Mikel Vossen, Wild Foods, Boosting the Immune System and Hormone Health; Elaine Codling, Permaculture, Living in Harmony with Nature; Jennifer Naples, Thai Massage, Healing From the Inside Out; Roberta Lacroix, Hearing Loss and Dementia and Arrow Gonsalves, Cultivating the Internal Ki-energy.

Topics are 20 minutes in length and can be delivered as a lecture, demonstration or participatory training.

Each month a rotating roster of experts will represent a wide variety of topics ranging from individual health to societal philosophy. They are delivering their skills from platforms representing modern sciences and traditional wisdoms, ultimately dissolving the boundaries of "conventional and alternative practices" in pursuit of the greater whole.

The lectures and trainings can be simple, complex, serious or fun and joyous, there is place for everything, creating balance and optimizing the learning experience.

This is a great opportunity for the community to meet and learn from experts, and for the experts to contribute their knowledge and skills to the greater community.

The event is sponsored by Heart Drum Beat - Taoist Yoga & Healing Services. Catering sponsor Rawthentic Eatery will provide delicious and healthy snacks.

There will be a break midway through the forum, as well as a short time to mingle after.

There is a small fee to attend, making the forum affordable, and still sustainable to purchase production-related equipment and marketing materials moving forward. Space is limited, so pre-registration is encouraged.

The Experts Forum is held on the second Sunday every month at The House of Now at 536 Fifth St.

For details and to register, visit or phone Arrow Gonsalves at 250-650-9905.

— House of Now

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