LITTLE CURRENT—The inaugural Manitoulin Island Health and Wellness Expo was held at the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre this past weekend giving Islanders the opportunity to learn about the many wellness services and businesses in the area.
“We had a fabulous turn out with over 500 people attending,” said organizer Courtney MacDonald. “The energy was really positive. The vendors were connecting with all of our guests and everyone seemed to enjoy the workshops.”
Ms. MacDonald explained that she had met a number of the speakers through her business HolisticBox and wanted to organize an event to bring everyone together to learn about various health and wellness services and business that exist in the North.
“I wanted people to feel empowered and know about the services available to them,” Ms. MacDonald said.
The large vendor market included a wide variety of Northern businesses from yoga teachers, health food stores, natural products and many others. There was also a complimentary yoga class and Tai Chi class.
The day began with a workshop on Empowerment from Rolanda Manitowabi.
Ms. Manitowabi is a student at Pennsylvania University in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program. She shared an overview about positive psychology and some research on evidence based approaches to positive psychology.
Kathleen Taylor delivered a workshop on essential oils. A wellness advocate with doTERRA Essential Oils, she shared her passion for serving others and empowering others to live their best life using natural solutions.
In the ‘Ultimate Wellness’ workshop, Nancy Rose, founder of Ultimate U Mindset Solutions, provided life-changing insights into the power of the mind and how vitally important it is to harness its inner blueprint for ultimate health and wellness.
Other workshops included ‘Art of Health and Wellness’ with Mary Pheasant, ‘Fungi Free Foodie’ with Terra Kerani, ‘BodyStream’ with Sarah Cadorette, ‘C.O.D.E. Happiness’ with Muriel Boivin, and ‘Finding Your Balance and Challenging your Inner Critic’ with Julie Rochefort.
“It was a great event and we hope to hold it again next April,” said Ms. MacDonald.