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Mind, Body and Soil

Annual barefoot conference.

December 16, 2010
Sarah Ruppenthal

As the founder of Maui Aloha ‘Aina Association and an authority in soil vitality, Mina has extensive knowledge about the intrinsic connection between mind, body and soil.

And next month, Mina will be joined by some of the nation’s leading soil analysts and consultants in the field of ecological land and holistic body care during the 10th Annual Body & Soil Conference, Friday, Jan. 14, through Sunday, Jan. 16, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The theme of this year’s event, “Getting to the Heart of Body & Soil Vitality,” will explore the relationship that exists between soil and the human body.

The 2011 Body & Soil Conference will feature presentations by Jerry Brunetti, Eva Lee Leong, Tom Cowan, Dr. Patrick MacManaway and Peter Hirst.

Brunetti, a soil consultant, will return for his sixth conference to share his expertise in the holistic systems of agriculture and body vitality in two presentations: “Inflammation: The Fires Within” and “The Nectar of Roots: The Chemistry and Biology of the Rhizosphere.”

Leong, a farmer and owner of Tea Hawai‘i & Company, works with the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Tea Project as a primary provider of the camellia sinensis cultivars, the tea plant species responsible for upscale, fine specialty teas such as white, green and oolong varieties.

As vice president of the Physicians Association for Anthroposophical Medicine, Dr. Cowan is a nationally recognized heart specialist who will lead three discussions about the human heart, cancer and GAPS auto immune diseases, entitled “Function of the Heart,” “Cause and Treatment of Heart Diseases” and “Cancer and Auto-Immune Diseases.”

Dr. MacManaway from Subtle Energies & the Spirit of Land & Farms practices geomancy throughout Europe and North America, as well as dowsing and Earth acupuncture. His presentation, “Pathways of Connection to Landscape Intelligence,” will examine the relationship between consciousness, frequency and waveform.

Peter Hirst of New England Bio Char will lead a workshop demonstrating the quality of biochar, a soil amendment that sequesters carbon in the ground, preventing it from increasing atmospheric greenhouse gas levels.

Mina said he is excited about this year’s lineup. “We will have some of the best and brightest minds in the field right here on Maui,” he said. “This is like no other conference in the world.”

Since 2001, Maui Aloha ‘Aina Association, with support from the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, has hosted this annual “educational and experiential” conference to “honor their body’s well being and the soil’s vitality as a living organism, while producing nutrient rich food for the community.”

This year’s conference will be held outdoors at the Kumulani Organic Vegetable Farm in Olinda.

“It’s a beautiful location,” said Mina. “It’s a ‘barefoot conference,’ so shoes are optional.”

In addition to the conference presentations, workshops and demonstrations, there will be an organic food tent supplying a diverse selection of “ono local grinds” throughout the weekend.

“The food is great,” said Mina. “Honestly, some people just come for the food… it’s really all about the food.”

In addition, attendees will have an invaluable opportunity to learn how food is grown, network with other attendees, participate in hands-on activities and peruse the conference’s extensive trade show.

Early registration is available until Monday, Dec. 20. Cost to attend one day of the conference is $90, $160 for two days and $225 for all three days. After Dec. 20, the cost to attend will be $110, $180 and $250.

 
 

 

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