Friday Keynote

Dr. Deborah MacNamara

Gut Feelings
Friday, April 13, 2018  |  7-9 pm

From gut wrenching experiences to things that give you the shivers or create butterflies in your stomach – come join Dr. Deborah MacNamara as she walks through how the gut and brain work together when communicating about feelings and emotion. Using new findings in science on the gut-brain axis, we will bridge the mind body divide and make sense of why ‘going with our gut’ can be a good thing. We will examine how the gut/brain interaction impacts digestion, mood, and overall health including stress related illnesses. Using a relational and developmental lens, participants will leave with a deeper sense of what it means to be a creature of attachment, not only with each other, but with the macrobiotic world that lives in and around us.

Please note that this optional registration item is an additional $20.


Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s Two-Part Keynote Address

Keys to Resilience
Saturday, April 29, 2017  |  9:00-10:15 am  and 4:00-4:30 pm

Resilience is about the ability to bounce back to normal functioning after times of stress, or even better, to be capable of optimal functioning in the face of adversity. It is about healing after being wounded; recovery after losing one’s balance; optimal functioning when under fire. Every human possesses the potential for resilience but this capacity remains elusive to many. Resilience is not inherited and cannot be learned; it must be developed and childhood is the ideal time for this. Many people confuse resilience with ‘toughness,’ when individuals seem unaffected by adversity or are capable of basic functioning in wounding scenarios. In fact, the very armour that makes this possible also interferes with the development of the real thing. In his keynotes, Dr. Neufeld will discuss the essence of true resilience and reveal the keys to developing this capacity in our children and in ourselves. He will also share fresh understandings about the surprising role of play in resilience.


Resilience will be a theme for a number of sessions throughout the day, taking the theory covered in Gordon’s address and translating it into everyday practice.