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Expanding Possibilities for Fall 2007 Body Soul & Spirit Expos
Posted by on 21 May, 2007

Learn what we are up to at the Body Soul & Spirit Expo for the Fall 2007 Events.



It´s been a whirlwind of activity around here! With the Success of the spring 2007 Body Soul & Spirit Expos, and a tremendous amount of opportunities to expand the Fall Shows, we’ve dedicated a lot of time to moving ahead with the next phase of expanding the events into both a national event, as well as working on expanding the online community.

I´ve been adding a lot of new features, as well as working on ways of making the event´s management more efficient and effective. We´ve started several initiatives, and added several promotional partners, join with additional development partner, and started several projects to expand the exposure of the events as well as all the great participants’ exhibitors, presenters, as well as the 1000´s of people that regularly attend the events and participate in the online community!

GRANDE PRAIRE ADDED TO FALL 2007 SHOW TOUR....


You may notice that we have added another city to the fall 2007 show tour! In addition to our Fall Events in Calgary (September 21-23, 2007) and Regina (October 12-14, 2007), Grande Prairie will take place Sept. 28-30, 2007 at the Crystal Centre. This event is quickly becoming one of our most exciting events!

In our research, we´ve discovered that Grande Prairie, and the Crystal Centre (where the event is being held) is the primary entertainment, tradeshow and event destination for not only Grande Prairie, but all of Northern Alberta - from just North of Edmonton, to Fort McMurray and High Level. It also is a destination (for events) from many communities in North East British Columbia such as Dawson Creek and St. Fort John.

In light of this we´ve put together a promotion campaign that will reach this entire region! This includes over 200 TV commercials, dozens of weekly and daily newspapers both in Grande Prairie and the surrounding cities and towns, a very aggressive Radio Promotion and Publicity campaign. We´ve even Highway Billboards (two of them) on primary routes coming into and out of Grande Prairie.

With the recent economic prosperity in the Northern Alberta Region, and the public out-cry for more events, this is shaping up to be one of the most exciting event of the season. If you want to exhibit or present, be sure to contact us at 1-877-560-6839 or see the http://www.bodysoulspiritexpo.com/expo/ The Body Soul & Spirit Expos for exhibitor / presenter information!

NEW DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS...


In the past few years we’ve come to realize that the current direction and growth of our events requires additional support in order to fully realize the events potential. To better explain the new directions we are taking with the event and online community, it might be useful to share a bit our events vision and mission with all of you!

Many of you may already know that our vision has always been to create a different or unique event, which would encourage the development of a culture of mutual support and community between all the various great organizations.

To accomplish this, we implemented three unique, but complementary facets to our events.

  1. The Expo itself, which would be the “tangible” part of the Body Soul & Spirit Organization. Our vision was to create several events across Canada (and eventually beyond Canada), that would allow us not only bring our community together in the various regions, but create additional opportunities for the various regions and communities across Canada, as well as Internationally to create a nexus where all could come together.
  2. To create an online community portal for our event, which would allow both the many individuals, organization, businesses, spas, wellness centers, and other business and the 1000’s of people that attend our events to continue to interact in several ways throughout the year!
  3. To create a Show Guide and Annual / Bi-Annual Directory, which would include both exhibitors, as well as the many other members of our community to gain additional exposure throughout the year, and provide a more tangible reference and “year book” for each event.


Initially, we had planned the implementation of all these features in our first 5 year plan, however, the gap between concept and realization, as well as several challenges in implementing this plan has meant that it’s taken over 10 years to get part way to our goal.

We’ve never been the type to give up on our dreams; we’ve revisited our strategies for the full realization of our vision. This strategy includes working with several new partners in taking the events to the next level.

We’ve realized that although we’ve created a successful event, there are several components of the show that would be vastly improved by bringing in additional support from those who are much more experienced and adept in their respective fields. Some of these partnerships are now in place, and some are still finalizing how they will be part of our organization - here are some of the details.


Synchronicity Magazine,


Although Synchronicity Magazine (Canada’s Magazine for Body, Mind, Spirit & Earth), was planning on joining as a partner in our event until fall of 2007, our plans were expedited this year, and we brought them into our organization as a partner in producing the NEW version of the Spring 2007 Calgary Body Soul & Spirit Show Guide and Bi-Annual Directory. As a result, we worked with them to publish a full gloss magazine quality publication for our event, which was a great success. The publication was met with rave reviews, and appreciated by all those who exhibited and attended the event.

As one of Canada’s most successful publication for the Body, Mind, Spirit and Earth community, we feel that their participation as the show guide producer will bring an addition valuable asset to our events.
If you would like to advertise in the Fall Calgary, Grande Prairie or Regina publication (space if available for exhibitors as well as non-exhibitor sponsor ads), you may contact them at (403) 270-9544. To learn more about Synchronicity Magazine, see http://www.synchronicitymagazine.ca/ Synchroncity Magazine´s Website

Marketing and Communications Firm (undisclosed)



Note: We are finalizing our relationship with a new Marketing and Communications Company, but as they have not yet started working with us, we have mutually decided to withhold their identity at this time, but will announce their involvement, credentials, and details of their relationship at a later time! As this partnership is vital to the expansion of the event, we’ve include some preliminary information only.


When people learn that the Body Soul & Spirit Expo has been organized by just two individuals (myself and Brad Simpson the Show Manager), they’ve often expressed their amazement!

Part of the reason we’ve been able to manage such an undertaking as the Body Soul & Spirit Expos is due to our tremendous fortune of working with several other organizations in the event management and production industry over the years.

In working is several different areas of the Industry, from show management, marketing, project management, and also participating in several tradeshows and events as exhibitors over the years, we’ve been able to develop the skills to be a sort of “one-man-band” , and fill several positions that would be overseen by several individual’s in other organizations.

Over the years the number of clients, organizations and businesses we work with have grown beyond our capacity to effective manage. To better improve our communications and marketing we have decided to bring a Marketing and Communications firm to carry out the day to day tasks such as registering exhibitors, contacting new prospects, and acting in a supportive position in providing better customer service for our event.

Our new marketing and communications firm has a sterling reputation, and will be actively contacting thousands of new potential exhibitors. As a result we expect to increase the size and diversity of our future events.

Our chosen marketing and commutations firm was selected from dozens of potential partners based on the results they have achieved with several other events, organizations and companies across North America.

Web Development Firm (undisclosed)



We first introduced the New Body Soul & Spirit Expo’s Online community in 2004. Although the site has had a professional directory (see http://www.bodysoulspiritexpo.com/elinks/>The Body Soul & Spirit Directory) since we first launched in 1998, it quickly grew to more than just an exhibit directory to a much visited portal for many site visitors that continue to find our website, and connect with our many directory members throughout the year.

With the site now attracting more upwards of 60,000 to 80,000 visitors a month from all over the world, and with each visitor viewing an average of 33 pages per month, we are now generating up to and over 1.9 million page views per month! In addition, other traffic indicators (such as our Google Ranking of 4-6), have positioned our site near the top of our industry. We’ve seen the opportunity to further develop the site to a more global portal, and bring even more benefits to all how participate.

We have interviewed many website development firms that specialize in creating dynamic online communities, and are ready to go ahead with the development of an even more dynamic and interactive website.

Over the next year, we plan to implement several new features that we are confident will further support our community, and help our many exhibitors and online members interact like never before.

Conclusion



Well as many of my friend and colleagues often tell me, it seems it’s hard from me to keep things short and sweet. If you have taken the time to read through this entire overview of what we are up to here at the Body Soul & Spirit Expo, I must thank you for your attention and interest! I hope our enthusiasm and determination in creating an even more dynamic opportunity for all our existing, and new exhibitors has come through, and invite you to contact us about joining us in co-creating something wonderful with us this year.

Chandler Armstrong

Business Development
Marketing Directory
Exhibitor and Client Sales and Services
The Body Soul & Spirit Expo
And Online Community.


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Finding Hope In Trying Times
Posted by on 13 June, 2005

Often I ask myself, where have all the flower children gone? Where are the young men and women who fought for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Where are the people who burned flags, bras and draft cards; who marched on college campuses and on Washington DC so their voices could be heard? I find it hard to believe the thoughts and values they fought so valiantly for have disappeared and are only a fond memory of a golden age gone by.



Finding Hope In Trying Times
By Dr. Rita Louise

Growing up, as a child of the 60’s, peace, love and harmony were the words being chanted by the hippies, flower children and all who questioned authority and were against the Vietnam War. I remember thinking how I couldn’t wait to grow up. I knew in my young mind it was only a matter of time before these youthful rebels would age and mature and eventually be able to take their place in the world of politics and public opinion. With it, they would be able to change all the things they saw wrong with the “establishment” from a place of power and influence and not from the streets.

I recall my excitement, thinking what a wonderful world it will be, knowing that these brave crusaders were blazing a trail before me, their radical new views and opinions becoming a reality. And at that young age, I recognized I would be the first generation to reap the benefits of their efforts. I felt blessed to be born in such a historic time.

Wow, was I wrong.

Often I ask myself, where have all the flower children gone? Where are the young men and women who fought for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Where are the people who burned flags, bras and draft cards; who marched on college campuses and on Washington DC so their voices could be heard? I find it hard to believe the thoughts and values they fought so valiantly for have disappeared and are only a fond memory of a golden age gone by.

Over the past few months, this point has become painfully obvious. As I work with clients and talk with friends I hear the sound of hopelessness in their voices. They watch as gas and food prices soar. They gaze in disbelief as senseless violence escalates. They stand by helplessly as their jobs are moved overseas and their personal freedoms are taken away one-by-one. In the end, they are left feeling impotent because they are unable to control the path their lives are taking and feel powerless to change it.

It’s interesting, because on an individual basis, all we want is to be happy, healthy and live our lives in integrity. We want to know that we will have a job to go to on Monday. We want to be able to feed our children, breath the air around us, drink the water and step outside our homes. Instead we have become increasingly alienated by the harsh reality of our world, a reality which creates conflicts between how things are and how we would like them to be. Thus we end up feeling dissatisfied and give up all hope of a better, simpler life.

Hopelessness is a hard emotion to experience; one we have embraced at some point in our lives. It seems to happen just before we hit rock bottom, when we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel or when life seems futile and we just want to give up. It is a natural part of the human condition.

Over the last six months, the feeling of hopelessness has become overwhelming for many of us. Every time we turn around there’s a crisis. Someone we love dies, we loose our job or our child falls ill. After the situation we are facing is handled, it isn’t long before another challenge steps into our lives and once more the drama begins anew. With this unrelenting pressure, we are left feeling tired and disillusioned - transforming the most optimistic person into a pessimist.

Today, the pressures being experienced are not only coming from our personal lives but also from a much larger community - the world of big business and the political arena. As we watch what is going on in the world we may think “What can I do to change or affect what is going on?” Unfortunately, in our state of hopelessness, the answer we receive is “nothing”.

Because we believe our lone voice will never be heard, we end up conceding to the futility of fighting the establishment. And in our sea of inner disquiet we realize that we are being coerced into accepting a system which does not support us and the greater good of society. It is from this perspective that we surrender our power and feel we are unable to bring about change.

It is said, that it is always the darkest before the dawn. For many of us, the truth is we cannot even see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are living in the midst of darkness, hoping and praying for even the faintest glimmer of light to emerge. And so while this period in human history may not be fun, there are many blessings that will come from it.

The good news is hopelessness causes us to go within. It forces us to reflect and evaluate our lives. It provides us the opportunity to uncover steps necessary to alter our life course. As a result, we find a strength which helps to build our inner resolve and restore our faith.

We also have to realize that we are not alone. There are countless millions who are feeling trapped, hopeless and at the end of their rope. What the “Powers-That-Be” don’t realize is that it is only a matter of time before they push us far enough into a corner that we will have no choice but to take a stand. When that happens, it won’t matter what they say or want us to do. When we determine enough is enough the strength of our unity as a whole will make a difference and a change will begin on all levels.

So for all of us, the sick, the tired, the forlorn, remember…It’s just a matter of time. Things can’t keep going the way they are. Change is inevitable. So whether today, tomorrow or next year, we must let the light shine into our darkened tunnels to lift the veil of hopelessness and despair. With this newfound sense of hope, we will be able to walk peacefully through the darkest of night. We will find through our renewed courage, fortitude and sense of self that we will be able to create a world of change.

© Copyright Body, Mind & SoulHealer 2005. All rights reserved.

h3>About Dr, Rita Louise


Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Rita Louise, Ph.D. is the author of the books “Avoiding the Cosmic 2x4” and “The Power Within”. It is it is her unique gift as a medical intuitive and clairvoyant that illuminates and enlivens her work. Let Dr. Louise help you bring health healing and wholeness back into your life. Medical Intuition & Energy Medicine Certification training classes are now forming. Visit http://www.soulhealer.com or call (972) 475-3393 for more information.



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