A heartfelt thank you to all of you who voted for my picture in the Pretty in Pink photo contest. Although our picture didn’t win the contest, I feel like a winner because I experienced so much love and support.
The story about my cancer scare last month elicited comments of understanding and appreciation from many of you. I loved hearing from you and wished there was a way you could all read what others wrote to me. So this month we’re trying something new. You can comment at the end of my Director’s Reflections, and you will all be able to read what others write.
This feels like a year of paradoxes for Healing Journeys. I’m curious to see what develops. There have been several occurrences that made me think it might be time to wrap up Healing Journeys. Our usual resources of sponsorships and grants to pay for our free conference weren’t available this year. I would have given up, but then an anonymous donor made a significant contribution as a challenge grant and many of you stepped up to the challenge, so we’re within $20k of having the money to meet our budget. I hope to close that gap through our raffle and donations at the conference.
Because I have worked harder to keep Healing Journeys financially viable this year, and I’ve been doing it for 16 years, I’m tired. Another indication it might be time to give it up. And then another generous donor gave us the funding to hire a new Executive Director to share the load. Working with the right person, I would be delighted to continue. You can see the job description here. We hope to start interviewing after the October 9th & 10th conference. If you know someone that might fit what we are looking for, please encourage her/him to attend the San Mateo conference. That’s how she will discover if she has a passion for continuing this work.
So, on the one hand the signs from the Universe have pointed to the possibility that the upcoming San Mateo conference could be our last one. On the other hand, there are indications that the support, the need, and the passion are there to continue our mission to support healing, activate hope, and promote thriving.
When we started offering the Cancer as a Turning Point, From Surviving to Thriving™ conference in 1994, there wasn’t much available to people touched by cancer that would fulfill that mission. Since then, the Integrative Medicine movement has blossomed. Many cancer centers offer programs focusing on healing the whole person. I wonder if Healing Journeys has fulfilled its mission and our conference isn’t needed anymore. Judging by the excitement and registrations for the San Mateo conference, I don’t think that’s true. I’d love to hear your comments on this question.
The program planned for the October conference is awesome. It will truly be a Broadway show for the soul and I think you will be sorry if you miss it, especially if it turns out to be the very last one. As of this writing, we don’t have another one planned. Please share your comments below on whether you feel there is a need for the unique role our conference plays in the world of healing.
In the spirit of healing,
Jan Adrian, MSW
Founder and Executive Director
P.S. We still need volunteers for the San Mateo conference, so please let us know if you can help.