LIGHT Symposium 2011

June 3 - 4, 2011
Fort Garry Hotel - Winnipeg

LIGHT will be presenting a symposium, “Spirituality and Healing: A Cross-cultural Perspective,” on Friday and Saturday June 3-4, 2011 at the Fort Garry Hotel. A Friday evening reception and keynote address by author and storyteller Aubrey Davis will be followed by a series of concurrent workshops on Saturday morning and afternoon.

The symposium builds on the success of our June 2010 symposium, “Healing with Spirit,” which was well received by the community and prompted many attendees to request a similar gathering in 2011. Once again the focus of the symposium will be the relationship between spirituality, health and healing, but from a cross-cultural perspective.

LIGHT believes that it is important at this critical time in human history to bring together people from different cultural and spiritual backgrounds to share their approaches to healing and spiritual growth. The theme of the symposium is congruent with LIGHT’s goal of fostering inter-faith and cross-cultural tolerance and understanding. And Winnipeg’s rich cultural and religious diversity makes it an ideal city to host such an event.

The specific symposium objectives are:

Workshop presenters will be drawn from a wide range of traditional health care disciplines and cross-cultural perspectives. Keynote speaker Aubrey Davis will also be presenting a workshop on Saturday afternoon. The symposium will feature music, information tables of groups and organizations with a spiritual and healing focus, and provide opportunities for participants to meet like-minded people on a similar journey.

By bringing together individuals, groups and organizations representing a spectrum of cultural and spiritual approaches to healing, optimal health and inner development, LIGHT hopes to illuminate the universal nature of the human aspiration for love, wholeness and fulfillment.

Location and Parking

Keynote Address

Workshops and Presentations

Closing Concert


Registration Form

Display Table Registration Form


Location and Parking

The Fort Garry Hotel is located at 222 Broadway in downtown Winnipeg, between Fort and Garry Streets. There is ample street and lot parking available. The symposium will take place on the mezzanine level of the hotel.


Keynote Address

Four Travellers: One Coin

A Persian, Arab, Turk and Greek with a single coin fight about how to spend it. Can the four at odds become as one? Can their single coin become as four? We face a task of unprecedented magnitude, complexity and urgency. Biologically equipped for savannah, family and tribe, we now live among millions in huge cities, bumping against unfamiliar peoples with disconcerting ways. We face new technologies, increased poverty, dwindling resources, conflict, environmental disaster and more. Our cultural and educational institutions are not keeping up. But do we already possess something that could help? What else do we need to learn? This address probes and explores traditional tales and contemporary research to reflect on our global family and how we might create a sustainable future.


Featured Keynote Speaker - Aubrey Davis
Aubrey Davis is an award-winning Canadian author and storyteller who has studied Afghan Teaching-Stories for over 30 years. His book, Bagels from Benny, has won multiple awards in Canada and the US. Forthcoming titles include Kishka for Koppel (Orca 2011) and A Hen for Izzy Pippik (Kids Can Press, 2011) A retired teacher, Aubrey is a Director of the Institute for Cross-cultural Exchange (, a Canadian charity dedicated to promoting cross-cultural education and understanding. Its current priority is to donate high quality illustrated folk tales from the Middle East and Central Asia to children’s literacy programs in Canada and Afghanistan.


Celtic Harp and Tibetan Bowl Concert
Celtic harpist Lisa Marie Tucker weaves a tapestry of exquisite melodies, rich harmonies and eclectic rhythms that elevates the human spirit. She will be accompanied by Tibetan Bowl player Craig Forster.

Lisa Marie Tucker is a composer and performer who expresses the universal Spirit through Celtic harp, piano and voice. An accomplished Reiki master, she soothes the soul through her healing energy and magical music.