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Native American healing program is Thursday in Lionshead Village

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Kenneth Cohen is a traditional healer, respected elder and has been involved with indigenous spirituality for nearly 60 years
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Who: Kenneth Cohen, Qigong master, presents a Vail Symposium program on Native American Healing.

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Where: The Grand View, Lionshead.

Cost: $25 in advance; $35 at the door; $10 students, teachers, Vail Valley Young Professionals Members.

More information: Visit http://www.vailsymposium.org or call 970-476-0954 to register.

VAIL — From a Native American perspective, a good person in good health lives in harmony with the powers that are both within them and around them. Traditional indigenous spirituality is different from both shamanism and new age flights of fancy — it is grounded in landscape, culture and the wisdom of elders.

Kenneth Cohen is a traditional healer, respected elder and has been involved with indigenous spirituality for most of his 60 years. He visits Vail Thursday as a part of the Vail Symposium’s final program of the season and will conclude the Symposium’s Consciousness Series — an alternative look at health and wellness.

He will speak on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Grand View in the Lionshead parking structure.

Cohen will share cross-cultural perspectives on the principles, ethical values and practice of Native American healing. Interspersed with songs and stories, the audience will learn about Native American medicine not as a thing of the past but as an evolving tradition.

“This program brings another side of health wellness to the valley and tables it for learning and discussion,” said Tracey Flower, the executive director of the Vail Symposium. “It is a great program to cap our Consciousness series and our summer season.”

Cohen is a Qigong master and was one of nine “exceptional healers” studied by the Menninger Institute and is considered by them to be a world leader in the dialogue between ancient wisdom and modern science.

From a Native American perspective, the “medicine” is inside us and around us; it is the beauty and sacred power of the natural world. It is also our sense of life purpose and direction, discovered through dreams, visions and the deep listening that comes through inner silence.


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