Health & Wellness:
Eastern Practice in a Western World

Saturday, March 2, 2019 8:30AM - 5:00PM

California Institute for Human Science
701 Garden View Court Encinitas, CA 92024

Includes Lunch (home-made vegan lunch recipes from David Kater’s book)

Early Bird Single Registration (1 ticket): $147
Early Bird Dual Registration (2 tickets): $219

This event is hosted by California Institute for Human Science-- a graduate school that integrates science and spirit-- as part of its Community Events series. More information about CIHS programs can be found HERE.

Having retired from 26 years of teaching English at San Diego City College, Karen missed her passion for organizing professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. Many of her close colleagues did not have a chance to enjoy retirement due to illness. Determined to extend her longevity into the golden years, she took on a journey to find health and strength in body, mind and spirit. This day-long workshop that Karen created will take you through experiential activities to improve your overall well-being with veteran professionals who will share their expertise. Topics will cover mindfulness-based stress reduction, plant-based healing, partner qigong and tai chi, yoga to help cancer patients, metta mindfulness music, and releasing your inner power. Living in constant stress can cause illness and disease. Learn to bring balance and calm to your whirling mind. Better sleep is a main concern for teens to elder adults; witness how metta music can bring more relaxed brain waves. Shift your eating patterns to usher in health. Discover how to regain your power and accept your uniqueness.

Karen Lim – Event Coordinator

·         Reduce Stress
·         Lose weight and eat healthier
·         Increase focus and balance
·         Improve deeper more restorative sleep
·         Renewed energy for the new year
·         Motivate yourself to create positive change


Check-in Registration (Lobby)

9:00- 9:15
Karen Lim | Welcoming Activity & Introductions


9:20 am -10:20 am | Diana Shimkus | Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

Diana Shimkus, LCSW has been professionally trained through the University of Massachusetts, Medical Center from 1996 to present and has been actively studying, practicing and teaching MBSR and other mindfulness-related programs since that time.  Diana has devoted her life to the tenets of mindfulness in her personal and professional life and works diligently to offer mindfulness to all who might benefit.  


10:30 am - 11:30pm | David Kater | Plant-based Healing

2017 #1 Best Seller Health, Nutrition, Vegan (Amazon Books)

David A. Kater is an author, educator, artist, avid gardener, and vegan enthusiast. David is dedicated to helping people embrace a plant–based lifestyle for their health, for the environment, and for the sake of the animals.

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10:30am - 11:30 am | Donna Kater | Plant-based Healing

Author, I'm Still Alive, Now What?!: How to Survive and Thrive After a Life-Changing Event


12:35 pm - 1:35 pm | Master Jesse Tsao, Ph.D. | Partner Qigong & Tai Chi

He is the 12th generation holder of the Chen style of Tai Chi. Jesse has over 40 years experience. Trains across the U.S. and as far as Australia, Russia, and Thailand.

Jesse Tsao, PhD in Wushu from Shanghai Sport University, internationally known Tai Chi master, Qigong therapist, and alternative medicine and wellness consultant, is the founder of Tai Chi Healthways. He is specialized in the areas of self-healing, preventive therapies, stress management and mind-body wellness. Born and trained in China, he has been practicing Tai Chi for over 40 years, including 10 years of intensive study with world-renowned Grandmaster Li Deyin in Beijing, China. He was the gold medallist in the Beijing Collegiate Wushu Competition in 1980. He is the 12th generation of direct-line lineage holder of Chen style Tai Chi. He makes teaching tours internationally since 2005, Germany, France, England, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Russia (Moscow), Greece, Hungary, Australia,.....


1:40 pm - 2:40 pm | Shelley Wu, Ph.D. | Yoga for Cancer and Pain Management

Shelley started to practice yoga in 1992. Her initial Yoga Teacher's trianing was in 2003, during which she studied Indra Devi Classic Style. Since then, she has been an eager student of many different styles of yoga, including:

  • Ashtanga Yoga under Alexander Medin, Hongkong

  • Iyengar Yoga training by Mary Obendorfer, Eddy Marks, San Diego

  • Restorative Yoga Teachers Training by Roger Cole, San Diego

  • Certified by the Silver Age Yoga Foundation

  • Yoga Philosophy & Meditation guided by Swami Dharmananda, Rishikesh, India

  • Mindful Yoga for Cancer, Duke Integrative Medicine, Duke University

Having practiced yoga in America, Europe and Asia, Shelley, with a background in psychology, is interested in the cross-influence of the ancient yoga traditions and varied cultural backgrounds of its modern practitioners. Seeking for deeper meanings of yoga, Shelley also made a pilgrimage to India in 2009, where she studied the Vedas in ashrams and practiced yoga on the banks of the holy river Ganga.

Shelley has taught classes in yoga studios, fitness centers and schools in San Diego. In her over 3000 hours of private instructions, Shelley strives to meet her clients where they are at, whether it is yoga philosophy study, meditation, or asana practice of a personalized style.


2:50 pm - 3:50 pm | Richard Gold | Alternative Health Care & Metta Mindfulness Music

Dr. Richard Gold, MSTOM, L.Ac is a licensed acupuncturist and holds a Doctorate in Psychology. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1972 with a degree in World Religions and a  minor in pre-medicine. He graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1978 and since then has devoted his professional career to the study, practice, researching, teaching and publishing in the field of East Asian Medicine. Dr. Gold has pursued advanced studies in China (1981), Japan (1986) and Thailand (1988, 1989, 1992).  He is one of the earliest pioneers of Thai Massage therapy in the United States, Brazil , Israel and Europe. Dr. Gold has written books on Thai massage and is considered an authority in the field.

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4:00 pm - 4:55 pm | Heather Renee | Release Your Inner Power

Holistic Healthcare Practitioner/Master Healer.  I love every minute of our journey. I am an Advanced Spiritual Engineer, as far back as I can remember, gifted and guided with spiritually energetic abilities, disciplined and practiced, I have deeply leaned into the light to become a master healer's healer. Gaining new knowledge from the divine for the highest divine good of all. I am clairvoyant, medium, messenger and deliver divine healing wisdom, guidance, and energy transfusions. I am a human empowerment coach! I am a life learner with an immense unstoppable drive to navigate the soul and create an awareness of that which is unseen so we can all rise together as a soul group into our great potential of Light. I am here to help you. I am here to bring awareness through your willingness. 


4:55 pm - 5:00 pm | Karen Lim | Closing Ceremonies and Evaluation (in Lecture Hall)

Event Coordinator | Professor Emerita San Diego City College



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