Presenters with both liberal and conservative views will be featured at an expo this weekend that explores conscious living in Del Norte County.
Topics at the the first ever Wild Rivers Conscious Living Expo on Saturday and Sunday will range from composting and permaculture to Constitutional rights, Jefferson state and the Measure A ballot initiative.
Those attending will have the opportunity to hear Del Norte High School students talk about the Japanese boat that washed up on South Beach after the 2011 tsunami and their efforts to return it to Rikuzentakata, Japan. Team Klamazon, a group of local Native American youths who traveled to Brazil to help a local indigenous tribe protest a dam on a tributary of the Amazon River will share their thoughts.
"We just started talking to people," said Dan Schultz, a chiropractor with the Maitreya Healing Center in Crescent City. Schultz and local massage therapist Jane Moran helped organize the event. "Conscious living is loosely defined and in these times it seems to me that Constitutional rights is a very important issue that could be argued has to do with conscious living. And then the state of Jefferson is something I don't know a lot about, but it's very timely and very controversial."
Schultz said he and Moran had heard of similar conscious living expos held all over the country and had always wanted to do something similar in Del Norte. He said he and Moran just started talking to people about topics they wanted the expo to cover and one person led to another.
"We're only six degrees of separation from knowing everybody on the planet," Schultz joked. "It was a really great experience, talking to people who meditate (and are knowledgeable) about alternative energy, permaculture and environmental issues. I found we have tremendous resources, human resources, in this area."
One of those "human resources" includes Gateway Education coordinator Ron Cole. Cole will conduct two presentations, one of those on Gateway Education, a local youth program. Cole said he will also talk to people about Maitreya, a world teacher that doesn't get a lot of press in the United States.
"My parents were the ones who introduced me to this information," Cole said. "Maitreya is going to make an appearance on the world stage in a few years, on what he would call the 'day of declaration.'"
Cole compared the Conscious Living Expo to the Sustainable Living Fair that was held two years ago and said this event will be similar.
"I jumped on this because the phrase itself, conscious living, defines my life," he said. "That's where I want to be. It's not where I am all the time. It all boils down to relationships and being consciously aware of the relationships with everyone."
Mixed in with the workshops on holistic health, native foods and permaculture is District 1 Supervisor Roger Gitlin's talk on the Measure A advisory measure and proposed state of Jefferson on Sunday.
Gitlin said Schultz approached him and asked if he would be interested in participating in the expo and invited him to choose the subject. He said he thought focusing on the advisory measure would be timely since it will be on the June 3 primary ballot.
"I'm hoping to put some calm in the conversation," Gitlin said.
The Wild Rivers Conscious Living Expo is a free event, but Schultz said $5 donations are accepted as well. The donations will be used for another expo next year, he said.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Del Norte Fairgrounds. For more information, visitwww.wildrivers
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