NMSA at CCNM Reflects on Global Health Week Celebrations
The inaugural Global Medicine Week at CCNM was a week-long celebration of traditional healing methods globally from Feb 29-March 4 2016. During the week, students attended free lectures featuring the timeless wisdom of four unique cultures of healing. Passports with puzzles for each day were given to all attendees who registered for the event to keep track of events visited. The Book of Healing Stories compiled from students’ submissions of personal healing stories was displayed during the week. The book will be kept as a time capsule of the collective healing traditions across the student body and opened for new stories in future years.
There were four days of workshops/lectures followed by a panel discussion on the last day. Our world tour of traditional medicine began with a workshop by Brenda MacIntyre, Aboriginal Medicine Song Woman. She lead a 2-hour healing circle, which saw students in meditative dance and song while healing the expression of the sacred voice.
Next, we had an engaging and informative lecture about South African Traditional Healing from an isangoma (healer), Rebecca Rogerson. Rebecca’s journey to become a South African healer opened our eyes to the way of life within that culture of the world.
On Wednesday, Ram Vakkalanka brought in the melodic tradition of India with his sitar and explanation of the science behind sound healing according to the Indian philosophy. There was a tea swap among the students on this day.
Richard Kwan followed on Thursday with an inspiring and grounding overview of Chinese Medicine. He took us back to its origins, which added a new dimension to Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Among all these speakers, the passion for their work was made clear in their individual presentations. Each speaker had an interactive element within the lecture, which helped to consolidate all the new information presented to the students.
On the final day, we hosted a panel that featured two of our guest speakers in addition to Dr. Chris Pickrell, ND and Dr. Lynne McNally, ND from the OAND Legacy Project. Each member of the panel voiced their opinions and stance on five different Cross-Cultural Cases in Practice.
Prizes were given on the final day. The well-deserved Word Traveller Award first prize was given to Mikyung Kim for her participation over all the events. Thank you to the sponsors for helping to make the event possible – CCNM, NFH, Seroyal and Cytomatrix. I am also grateful for the amazing NMSA team that helped put this together during a traditionally busy time of semester.
About Sasha Pustam
Sasha Pustam is a graduate of the Canadian College Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto, ON) and previously held the position of NMSA Health Impact Chair. Her experience growing up in third-world/developing community made her passionate about spreading awareness of naturopathic medicine globally – in a way that also honours the goldmine of natural resources already in place. Sasha is currently practicing in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago. She seeks to spread the message of integrative healing to her local community. She is also an artist and upcoming author. Her goal is to celebrate the essence of nature and spiritual healing.