Panels are a major part of our Conference.

They are the living example of our goal of sharing knowledge and experiences, of letting us learn what we have in common (and where we differ, as well).

Panels are also a great way to start being a presenter. With 3 or 4 people on a panel, you don’t have to fill an entire programming slot by yourself, but you still get to share your expertise on topics you are passionate about. Anyone can sign up for a panel, as long as you are registered to attend the conference. (Go here to register.)

This year we are introducing Featured Panels, where invited panelists will share their special expertise and experiences. 

Shamanism: Empowering World View vs. Specialist Practice

What’s the difference between having a shamanic world view, utilizing shamanic skills and knowledge to empower yourself, and being a professional shaman? Can anyone do any of these activities, or are some kinds of shamanic practice reserved for certain people? How has our modern culture watered down the concept, and how would it have been different for an indigenous tribe? Let’s discuss these controversial concepts about a term which is too often thrown around casually.
Panelists: TBA

Empaths in Mainstream Medicine Panel

Our panelists will talk about their experiences, on both patient and first responder/ medical professional sides of the issue. What are the challenges for an empath working in modern medicine? If you’ve been there, what helps you get through working with suffering people? Do your coworkers notice your talent, and how do they respond if they do? Would you call it an advantage in your work? Share techniques you use to deal with this talent in this profession. If being an empath has affected your role as a patient, share how this works, and any advice for dealing with it. Can we explore empathy in caregivers for those with chronic illnesses, or children and others who may not express themselves verbally?

Panelists: TBA

Do you think you should be on one of these Featured panels? Tell us why!

Here is the list of panels we are considering, in alphabetical order. More panels will be added, so check back often. A panel must have at least 3 participants in order to be considered for inclusion in our final schedule.

2024 Panel Sign-Ups

Event Chair: Programming-Kathy Smith

Arguing without Fighting

We are a small community with a lot of different opinions. From differences in religious practices, to ethical fine points, to differing mundane views, we have many topics that we disagree on. How do we have healthy discussions without leaving hurt feelings? How do we resolve things so we can work together? What techniques help us share our differences in a way that brings us together rather than pull us apart?
Our panelists will share techniques that they have found effective.

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Automatic Art

Most of us have heard of the psychic art of automatic writing but applying that same concept to intuitively created artwork is less well known. At last year’s conference we discussed art as a spiritual practice. Let’s take that further down the rabbit hole into a discussion of psychic messages in the images we create. Symbology, accurate images, remote viewing, visions, and dreams... Panelists will speak of their experiences with channeled art.

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Ensouled Toys

What happens when children’s pretending creates thoughtforms that are imbued into their toys? Rarely is this a conscious and intentional act of the child involved, but creating pretend personalities for toys seems to be nearly universal to humans. The topic of haunted dolls comes up often in the paranormal, and this is typically attributed to the child being so attached to the toy that their soul becomes anchored to the doll after they die. What if the majority of haunted dolls are accidentally ensouled with thought forms created by the children who played pretend with them?

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Identity Rites of Passage

How do we create rituals for more than just birth, marriage, and funerals? How about gender transition and gender affirmation? Divorce? Coming out as queer? Beating a serious illness? Rebirth after midlife crisis? Ideally, these rituals publicly proclaim the change between the status of the individual and their community - but how do we make sure this happens, and that they are effectively celebrated and acknowledged? Come with suggestions and experiences.

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