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Dr. Sherry Weaton to empower the “inner healer” at Wellness Weekend

The Yellow Springs Arts Council’s first Wellness weekend, March 18–20, will feature 14 of the town’s wellness practitioners — from chiropractors to yogis, psychologists to Reiki healers — along with more than 30 artists and performers and one keynote speaker, Dr. Sherry Weaton, a Jungian workshop leader devoted to empowering the inner healer.

Wheaton will speak on “The Role of the Inner Healer in Our Health Care Crisis: The Missing Link,” at Antioch University Midwest on Saturday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. The event is a dinner catered by Current Cuisine. Preceding her talk is a cocktail hour with appetizers and a cash bar starting at 5:30 p.m.

An additional $25 will grant attendees entrance to a special VIP cocktail hour with Weaton at 5:30 p.m. and $35 covers a small group session with Weaton on “Trusting the Messages of Your Body,” from 4 to 5 p.m.

“Somehow we’ve given so much power to [doctors], instead of listening to what’s coming from ourselves,” Weaton said in an interview earlier this month.

“The inner healer has a role to play in our health care crisis in this country,” Wheaton said.  “The soul is speaking through body and contains the knowledge we need to experience wellness in our lives.”

A 1980 graduate of the Wright State University Medical School, Wheaton practiced geriatric medicine in the Dayton-area and reported on health issues for WHIO-TV Channel 7 in Dayton during the 1990’s. Now living in Santa Fe, she leads BodySoul Rhythm workshops affiliated with the Marion Woodman Foundation.

Her approach combines Jungian psychology with research in psycho-neurobiology, communication between and the right and left brain, the mind-body connection and embodying conscious femininity.

To Wheaton, the root of modern disease can be attributed to our culture’s risk-aversion, which has led to anxiety and emotional trauma — symptoms increasingly treated with pharmaceuticals.

“We have so little resilience and so much anxiety because we’ve created a culture in-a-box and we don’t take risks,” Wheaton said. “This risk-aversion, this anxiety, this trauma of living in the world we live in, leads to most of our diseases.”

The weekend kicks off with a gallery opening and reception at the Arts Council’s Oten Gallery, at 309 Xenia Avenue, on “The Art of Healing.” At the free event, which runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m., attendees can browse the healing-focused work of local artists, imbibe hot tea and health food, take in the sounds of Yellow Springs Strings, and listen to a free lecture from Joanne Augenstein on the healing benefits of laughter, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Artwork and wellness services will be raffled off at the opening, with all proceeds benefitting the Arts Council.

Workshops begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and continue Saturday and Sunday, with participants choosing among five tracks — Mind and Body, Especially for Women, Renewal, Exploration and Yoga Immersion. Full weekend packages cost $290, single-day tickets can be purchased from $55 to $165 and individual workshops costs $39 each.

For more information or to register, visit: http://www.yellow-springs-experience.org/

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