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WEB EXTRA: Health experts available in forum at House of Now in Courtenay

The House of Now in downtown Courtenay is hosting the fourth Healthy Living Experts Forum, a monthly forum where the community meets community health experts.

Topics are 20 minutes in length and can be delivered as either a lecture, demonstration or participatory training. Each month, a rotating roster of experts represents a wide variety of topics ranging from individual health to societal philosophy.

This month's experts are:

• Shirley Lewis: How to Give Yourself Reiki in the Morning and the Evening;

• Tony Harding: Q & A — The Principles of Constitutional Homeopathy;

• Danielle Lambrecht: Emotional Regulation and What Skills;

• Errol Shardelow: Biofeedback and How it Works in the Body;

• Hsiu Chen Lin: The Mystery of Acupuncture;

• Arrow Gonsalves: Balancing the Five Elements — Taoist Meditations for Organ Health.

According to Gonsalves, owner of The House of Now, "The Comox Valley has an abundant resource of highly skilled health and wellness professionals that devote their lives to the wellness of our community. The experts forum is an opportunity to discover who they are and have the unique opportunity to learn from them and understand the benefits of what they are offering."

Each month, the featured experts deliver their skills from platforms representing both modern sciences and traditional wisdoms,  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.

Says Gonsalves, "People are drawn to attend by one speaker and invariably discover they are fascinated with them all! The interaction between experts and participants has been warm and engaging with that festive tone which is characteristic of this Valley."

By embracing the principle that the health of society begins with the self, this monthly forum strengthens and encourages Comox Valley residents in their individual process of health and ultimately their level of societal awareness so that a greater vibrancy of community may also take place.

This month's Healthy Living Experts Forum happens Sunday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

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.

To read more and register online, visit or phone Arrow Gonsalves at 250-650-9905.

— House of Now


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