The Whole Living Expo is a potpourri of hints and tips for a healthy life.
The fifth annual event -- "Living in Balance: A Lifecycle for the Whole Family" -- will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at Johns Hopkins University. Sponsored by the Baltimore Resources Journal and JHU's Office of the Chaplain, it will feature more than 60 exhibits and 40 workshops on health and environmental issues for people of all ages.
"Individual health is very closely tied to the health of the environment," explained Bonnie Raindrop, the expo's founder. "Once somebody starts making changes in the way they feel physically, they start changing the way they see the environment. It opens doors for them because they start to re-examine their priorities and their lifestyles."
To attune patrons to their personal health, hourly seminars will be held on such topics as edible weeds to near-death experiences.
One of these workshops, "Exploring the Men's Mytho-poetic Movement," led by the Baltimore Men's Council, will explore the latest male self-discovery method of drumming and dancing in the outdoors for personal fulfillment. Daya Singh, co-founder of the BMC and Geo Kendall, founder of the Men's Resource Center, will lead the group's discussion.
With her talk "Self-hypnosis for Relaxation and Improved Study Skills," Dr. Susan Presby Kodish, co-director of the Center for Experimental Learning, will explain how to use hypnosis to enhance learning potential and concentration.
Seminars on personal development will focus on both the old and the young. At 12:30 p.m., Rebecca Alban Hoffberger will lead a lecture and film show for the elderly entitled "A Late Onset of Creativity: The Outrageously Good News About Aging". At 3:30 p.m., Alexandra Rymland, will examine the importance of positive family interaction on a child's development.
Although the first expo drew only 600 patrons, this year Ms. Raindrop expects double that number. "Our mission is to really be a bridge to make the information more accessible to mainstream people," she said. "My highest vision is that Baltimore will become a healthier place and I think that trend is really starting to happen."