The Conscious Life Expo, which seeks to promote healthy, holistic and financially- and politically-conscious lifestyles, is back for its third year from Friday through Sunday, February 11th to 13th, at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton, 5711 Century Blvd., Westchester.
The expo features workshops, special events, lectures, about 150 exhibit booths, panels and conferences on a spectrum of topics including “rejuvenation, religion, politics, scientific mystery, alternative medicine, holistic healing, love and prosperity.”
Admission is $15 to $20 for a day pass or $30 to $195 for a weekend pass. Individual events and number of seminars and workshops within the expo have additional costs.
Headlining speakers and panelists discussing “political rejuvenation” will include activist Medea Benjamin of Global Exchange, Dan Sheehan of New Paradigms Institute, Terrence McNally of Free Forum, KPFA Berkeley, Jodie Evans of Code Pink, Francis Della Vecchia of the Marijuana Policy Project, and Aeeshah and Kokomon Clottey of the Center for Attitudinal Healing.
The event will also feature a Saturday night dance party at 9 p.m.
Medea Benjamin has received quite a bit of press coverage lately due to her high-profile protests of Bush administration policies, especially the invasion of Iraq, and for her protests of the Democratic and Republican conventions as well as the inauguration of George W. Bush.
As George W. Bush gave his inauguration address in front of the U.S. Capitol, Benjamin was one of six female peace activists who stood up on their chairs in the VIP section, shouted, “Bring the troops home!” and began to unfurl an anti-war banner. She was arrested following the incident. Benjamin was also dragged off the floor of the Democratic National Convention for unfurling a banner that read “End the Occupation in Iraq.”
Benjamin was the Green Party candidate for California governor in 2000.
At the Conscious Life Expo, her lecture is called “How to Win Back America,” in which she is expected to make the case that war and terrorism are the same. Benjamin is scheduled to lecture at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 13th.
On the holistic and healing side of the expo is Dr. Robert Ibrahim Jaffe, a Sufi spiritual healer. Jaffe’s lecture, “Healing and Divine Love,” will deal with “finding peace in ourselves,” “how we relate to other people in our lives” and “world peace.”
Jaffe will emphasize accessing spiritual states of peace, love, wisdom, mercy and freedom for the purpose of personal growth and healing.
Jaffe’s lectures are planned for 7 p.m. Friday, February 11th; and 10 a.m. Saturday, February 12th.
Constitutional lawyer Dan Sheeham is scheduled to give a lecture, “New Paradigm Politics in 2005,” about conscious citizens’ goals of “moving the government into a new paradigm of peace, environmental sustainability, international cooperation and economic fairness.”
Sheehan has had a heavyweight legal career serving as chief legal counsel in nationally-known cases, including those concerning the Pentagon papers, the Watergate burglaries, the Black Panthers bombing conspiracy, the right of Army draftees to protest the Vietnam War, the Karen Silkwood case, the American Sanctuary Movement, the Three Mile Island litigation and the Iran Contra scandal.
Sheehan’s lecture is at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 12th.
Chief Sonna Reyna, a member of the Yaqui-Carrizo-Coahuiltika nations of North America, will give a lecture on healing Native American ancestral grief at 10 a.m. Sunday, February 13th.
A Valentine Eve workshop, “Embodying the Sacred Lover,” with author Karinna Kittles, will touch on ancient Taoist sexology and the oldest known practices of human sexuality from the Far East, at 6 p.m. Sunday, February 13th.
Lectures on natural and holistic medicines include a talk by Walter H. Wainright on “anti-cancer phytochemicals in soybeans,” scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, February 13th.
Information, (800) 367-5777.