Dr. Deborah MacNamara: Optional Friday Evening Public Address

Nourish: Why Food and Relationship Belong Together
Friday, April 28, 2017  |  7-9 pm

Food and relationship were meant to be intertwined, but they have become separated. In this new presentation, Dr. Deborah MacNamara will use developmental science to weave together the pieces of the feeding-and-eating puzzle. She’ll draw on the fields of attachment science, neuroscience, developmental psychology, and cultural tradition. Come relish and savour a thought-provoking walk around our most basic human needs and what they reveal about what is truly essential for survival.

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.