Past Santa Barbara Event: VOL 14

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VOL 14

August 12, 2015
@ Dargan's Irish Pub and Restaurant

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Sure, You Can Rest When You’re Dead But Why The Rush?

@ VOL 14 ON AUG 12, 2015

Linda Croyle finds and treats the actual causes of physical and emotional issues by using the powerful mind-body medicine of B.E.S.T. and combining it with her decades of work as a counselor, coach, teacher and diversity facilitator. With a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from St. Lawrence University, Linda has been a student of the mind - body connection for over 30 years, and created Everything Healed (, a Santa Barbara based holistic healthcare business where she specializes in one-on-one treatments, group workshops and public speaking.

Americans are just beginning to pay the price for our current “I can forego sleep and then hype myself up on caffeine all day” mentality. With two-thirds of us not getting the seven to nine hours of sleep our bodies need to cleanse, filter, properly store the day’s activities and heal, we are compromising our physical and mental well-being. Spend these six minutes learning how to get to sleep, stay asleep and wake up feeling refreshed!

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WELLth Management without the Money

@ VOL 14 ON AUG 12, 2015

Peggy Buchanan, M.A. is the coordinator of vitality/wellness programming for Front Porch the largest non-profit senior service agency in so cal. and serves as the director of fitness, aquatics and physical therapy at Vista del Monte Retirement Community. She has more than 35 years of experience in the health and fitness industry as an author, instructor/trainer and program developer. Peggy is the recipient of numerous fitness industry certifications and awards including international fitness instructor and program director of the year. She is probably best known locally for her development and leadership of the Jazzercise program and was a key player in designing, equipping and programming Santa Barbara’s only fitness and aquatics center for older adults.

Join Peggy as she shares her passion for inspiring people of all ages to embrace a healthy, active lifestyle. In her presentation “WELL”th Management without the Money, Peggy shares her simple recipe for diet, exercise and lifestyle habits. She will inspire you to be the best you can be by following common sense with a sprinkle of humor and a dash of beautiful Santa Barbara scenery! Peggy firmly believes that optimum health and well-being is achieved by engaging the body in movement while appreciating the beauty that surrounds us.

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Flying high on life

@ VOL 14 ON AUG 12, 2015

Kathy Gruver is an award-winning author and the host of the national TV show based on her first book, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet (winner Beverly Hills Book Awards). She has earned her PhD in Natural Health and has authored two books on stress: Body/Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker and, Conquer Your Stress with Mind/Body Techniques (Winner Indie Excellence Awards, Beverly Hills Book Awards, Global E-book Awards, Irwin Awards, Finalist for the USA Best Books Award). Her latest book, Journey of Healing will be released this summer. She has studied mind/body medicine at the famed Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School and pursued further education at The National Institutes of Health. Gruver has been featured as an expert in numerous publications including Glamour, Fitness, Time, More, Women, Wall Street Journal, CNN, WebMD, Prevention, Huffington Post,, Ladies Home Journal, Women, Massage and Bodywork magazine, and Massage Magazine. She has written dozens of health and wellness articles and contributing posts. Dr. Gruver has appeared as a guest expert on over 250 radio and TV shows including NPR, SkyNews London, Morning Blend in Las Vegas, CBS Radio, and Lifetime Television, and has done over 150 educational lectures around the country for everyone from nurses in the Middle East to 911 dispatchers in New Orleans, corporations around the US and teachers in her own backyard. For fun and stress relief Dr. Gruver does flying trapeze and hip hop dance.More information can be found at 

Even as children we looked into the sky and thought about the birds flying overhead and how cool it would be to be them. Join Kathy Gruver on the adventure of a lifetime as you jump off the 30 ft platform with her and fly high through the air on the trapeze. After 2 1/2 years of experience, multiple rigs around the country, dozens of catches and one emergency room visit experience the ins and outs of the art of flying trapeze and it's parallel to your life.

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Kids into Discovering Science

@ VOL 14 ON AUG 12, 2015

Barbara Fernandez Going is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work examines the response of plant communities to spatial and temporal variation in the environment with the overarching goal of trying to predict which plant communities are most vulnerable to global change. She has a passion for science education and is co-founder of Kids into Discovering Science, a K-12 science education program based in Northern California.

Kids into Discovering Science (KiDS) is a growing K-12 science education program with roots in Northern California. The program illustrates the process of discovery and science through fun, hands-on classroom and field activities. Over ten weeks students act as Principal Investigators of a plant growth experiment which serves to illustrate the entire scientific process, from observing nature to collecting data and communicating results. The program year culminates in an all day trip to a local Natural Reserve which reinforces their newly gained scientific literacy, highlights the beauty of biodiversity, and provides a sense of place.

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The Odyssey Project

@ VOL 14 ON AUG 12, 2015

The Odyssey Project is a collaborative theater process between youth from a juvenile detention facility in Santa Barbara county and undergraduate students from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Using the template of Homer's Odyssey, the participants gather on the university campus to explore the mythic elements in their lives in order to reconstruct the epic poem in their own voices. The project leads to a public performance at a local theater. Everyone on this creative journey is a hero or heroine. The project is designed to honor youth in identifying their heroic life mission and map a course of action. It employs theater arts as a strategy for inspiring life affirming choices.

In doing so, it seeks to demonstrate how artistic cooperation transcends class, racial and social barriers; and how art, with rehabilitation, serves as an alternative to incarceration and penalty.

THis was "Presenation of the Day" on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015.

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The Soul of the Nurse

@ VOL 14 ON AUG 12, 2015

The nurse is central to healthcare and has always been the most prominent figure in times of vulnerability throughout the life cycle. Elizabeth Ann Robinson, as mythologist and nurse, attempts to recover the complexity and wholeness of the nurse by tracing her origins as far back as Neolithic times. Ancient mythology, folklore, literature, art, and popular culture are explored to reveal the multifaceted characteristics of the nurse and specific images are expanded to deepen the understanding of the nurse archetype. The nurse image holds longing, ambivalence, fear, desire, and vulnerability. Mythology, metaphor, and symbol help to recover the soul of the nurse, revealing new insights, forgotten memories, and devalued capacities. Idealizing or demonizing the nurse is an attempt to break free of her power. The nurse is often portrayed as dangerous and mysterious because she is so close to the archetypal energies of death and eros. The nurse’s body cares for the bodies of others.
Nurses are drawn to work that is messy, peculiar, and unpredictable, thus the work of the nurse is soul work. The soul longs for complexity. The nurse craves intensity, merging, and collaboration. Like Baubo, she affirms life while maintaining an understanding of the brutal frankness and wonder of the life cycle. Her true body consciousness is Dionysian. Over time the image of the nurse has been split into one-dimensional disguises ranging from the angelic heroine to the sex object. Without moralizing or dividing the good from the bad, Elizabeth investigates the dynamic energy of the nurse archetype and uncovers some of what has been lost through splits, repressions, and distortions. Her research reveals why the nurse captivates culture and maintains the status as the most trusted professional in society, questioning what it would take to re-member her comprehensive wholeness.

Kathy Gruver
in Santa Barbara
Elizabeth Ann Robinson, PhD, RN, CNS
Nurse Mythologist in Santa Barbara
Peggy Buchanan
in Santa Barbara
Linda Croyle
in Santa Barbara
Barbara Fernandez Going
Postdoctoral Researcher, National Science Foundation in Santa Barbara
Ahmed Asi
in Santa Barbara