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Speaker Spotlight: Selina Rifkin

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Selina Rifkin, L.M.T., M.S. is a graduate of Temple University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In 1998 she graduated from the Downeast School of Massage in Maine where she specialized in sports massage. In 2006 she completed her Masters program in Nutrition with a focus on traditional foods, and the work of Weston A. Price.

In 2008, she started working for Cherry Hill Seminary and currently serves as the Assistant to the Director and manages the online classrooms. When the school started to offer Master of Divinity degrees in 2009, she applied and was accepted to the program. She has a blog at Witches and Pagans called Caldron to Kitchen and is the author of the Referral Guide to Complementary Care. Selina recognized she was Pagan in her late teens and has also participated in many circles in several different traditions.

She has been a speaker at CTCW many years, this year teaching “Pagan Kosher: How what we eat can save the planet (and our health too)”

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Panel Spotlight: Holistic Trauma Healing Panel

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Complex Trauma-informed holistic modalities, ritual and practice.

Don’t put a band aid on a gaping wound! Trauma fragments the self and conditions self-blame. Complex and sustained trauma conditions the brain in ways in which an individual may not be aware. People can “wake up” to their trauma history in their 50s and 60s after decades of consistent failure to thrive in their lives. This panel will discuss the most recent findings on how trauma affects the brain and the body. We will explore how holistic practitioners, ritualists and other practitioners can identify, support and modify modalities, ritual and practice to bring healing to complex trauma survivors.

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