Planning is underway for the 81st annual A.R.E. Membership Congress, June 17-22, 2012, Spiritual Evolution and Awakening in Times of Change. Donna Merrifield, this year's Member Coordinator, is working closely with the team to shape a lineup of favorite presenters and new faces, as well as traditional activities like the picnic, social, auction, and talent night, plus exciting workshops, traditional favorite social activities, and opportunities to better understand the inner workings of the organization. Special guest speakers will include Nancy Eubel, Kevin Todeschi, Peter Woodbury, and John Van Auken.
Congress begins with an A.R.E. Press Author Showcase on Sunday, followed by a delicious and healthful fresh foods picnic. Other events throughout the week include sharing groups, workshops, staff and Board of Trustees reports, a "fun"-raising auction, and the traditional favorite talent night and social. There will be optional activities such as a guided labyrinth meditation, a nature walk, and library collections highlights tours.
"This week will explore the path of spiritual, mental, and physical transformation and awakening," Donna shared, "and especially hope—what good can we look forward to." Since this is the much anticipated year of 2012, the week will "address the idea of prophecy, and then move on to the positive transformation and awakening that can follow—2012 is not about an end time, but a reawakening and illumination to follow. I would like to put forward that hopeful concept."
A new pre-Congress conference event, Energy Ways: Restoring the Light Body Hands-on Training, on Saturday, June 16, will feature popular presenters and Donna Eden-certified instructors Ellen Selover and Denise Furgason. In this one-day program, attendees will learn techniques to "assess and restore the body's energies" which can be used to "reduce stress, awaken your seven spiritual centers, and live a more healthful and energetic life."
In order to keep the Members Congress open and affordable for all, tuition for the week is just $75. The Congress planning team relies on fundraising to help cover the expenses of bringing this program to the membership, and they encourage everyone to "unclutter" their shelves and cabinets for items to donate for the auction. Unique items, art, collectibles, jewelry and gemstones, and Cayce memorabilia are especially welcome. Items should be sent to Sarah Morgan, Conferences Coordinator and Congress Co-chair, in care of the A.R.E. The deadline for auction donations is Wednesday, June 20, at noon. Commemorative Congress T-shirts will also be available for sale in the A.R.E. Bookstore.
The 81st Anniversary A.R.E. Members Congress is a Life Member benefit program. For information or to register call 800-333- 4499 for the latest updates and a downloadable daily schedule.