Conferences, Events…
Why not just stay home and learn?
By Bobbie Marsh

 

 

I have noticed that in the past few years, there are more and more personal growth and spiritual events and conferences popping up all over the country. With our current technology, why not just stay home and do a conference call, or listen to the internet radio shows or take an online course? I have had both experiences and certainly know that it is easier to stay in my comfortable pajamas and just cuddle up next to my computer and listen to one of the great teachers present an online course.

But am I sacrificing a real life experience for convenience? I’ll let the people speak for themselves and then share my thoughts at the end.

I went to a Celebrate Your Life conference organized by Mishka Productions, a company started 14 years ago by Ariel Wolfe and her daughters Liz Dawn and Jaime Babs. This family of women pull together a four-day conference with some very high-profile authors. I don’t know how they do it, but they manage to create an atmosphere where even in a room filled with over 1,000 attendees, you feel like a member of the family.

They organize the Celebrate Your Life conference twice a year, in Chicago and Phoenix. At the Phoenix conference, some of the speakers included: Neale Donald Walsch, Dr. Wayne Dyer, James Van Praagh, Cheryl Richardson, Dr. Brian Weiss, and more.
I spoke with a few of the attendees... when Mary H. flew in from Massachusetts to attend, she stated “This is my third Celebrate Your Life conference. If I sat at home on my computer doing internet classes and not getting my energy moving and having an up close and personal experience, that is exactly where I would be. At home!

The impact of this event is meeting all the authors in person and the joyous feeling that is created in being with so many like-minded people!”
Susan from
Salt Lake City, Utah said “Celebrate Your Life is an amazing experience! All these fabulous authors in one place at one time. Something like this cannot be conveyed through a phone line, reading a book, on my computer screen or even listening to a lecture on my iPod. This is a direct, real-life event that must be done in person.”

James who lives in Phoenix, has attended the conference before. “I only live a few miles away, however I met a couple that flew in from Russia. I thought that was incredible! Celebrate Your Life has a strong impact on so many people’s lives including mine. Stay at home? I don’t think so!”

All the attendees I spoke with, had similar experiences. There is a palpable sense of community and joy at this event. One that cannot be experienced with an online course or conference call. Perhaps between my visits to the Celebrate Your Life conferences, I will use the online resources for support, but it will never take the place of getting me out of the house and traveling to this event.

The next Celebrate Your Life conference will take place in
Phoenix, Arizona on the weekend of November 13-15, 2009. Some of the featured speakers include: Dr. Wayne Dyer,  James Van Praagh, Dr. Brian Weiss, Neale Donald Walsch, Byron Katie, Iyanla Vanzant, Gregg Braden and more.

An early registration fee offers a substantial discount from the regular pricing.

Please visit: www.CelebrateYourLife.org  or call toll-free (877) 300-7352.


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