Variety of topics covered at women’s retreat

Over 100 women learned that there’s truth to the statement “laughter is the best medicine”

Over 100 women learned that there’s truth to the statement “laughter is the best medicine” when they heard Camilla Jones, keynote speaker at the 10th annual Women’s Wellness Retreat Saturday.

She opened the full day event with a fun-filled hour that delved into the healing power of humour and received a standing ovation for her performance.

Donna Arnold, of the Henday Association for Life Long Learning, which sponsored the event, said when planning their tenth event they wanted a speaker who had triggered high ratings from women who attended the retreat in the past.

Two of the attendees had their names drawn and were whisked away for a fabulous makeover courtesy of Jute Studio.

For the rest of the audience, they had the choice of 12 different topics they could attend during one of three 75 minute sessions.

The presenters dealt with Biophoton Light Therapy, The Truth about Chiropractic, Soul Flow Yoga, Couponing, Greening Your Food Choices, It’s About Caring, Not Just Healthcare, Get To Know Your Camera, Body Awareness, Introduction to Sanskrit Chanting, World of Watercolour, Dream Catchers and Soul Trauma.

Arnold said it’s nice to have the event locally so people don’t have to go elsewhere.

“We always try to do everything as local as we can.” This year the lunch was catered by Sylvan Lake & Area Community Partners Association.

Reaction from participants has always been very positive. “They rave about how excellent it is,” said Arnold, who indicated they ask participants to evaluate the presenters and topics after the event.

“Definitely, the evaluations are always excellent — people can hardly wait for next year.”

In about two weeks, they’ll start working on next year’s event which is usually held the second or third weekend of October. “It’ takes a lot of work,” Arnold said about booking speakers and sessions. “We always try to have the brochure out by the end of June.”

Among those on the committee this year were Barb Watson, Giselle Campbell, a representative from Community Partners and Arnold. They’re always looking for more members to share the workload. If you’re interested contact Arnold at Henday Association for Life Long Learning (403-227-2866) or Campbell at Family Education Support in the Community Partners office (403-887-9989).