Holistic fair wholly healing

Annual health event features practitioners and speakers


If you go

What: Third annual Yampa Valley Holistic Fair

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel ballroom

Cost: Free, with door prizes

Call: 846-3987 or 846-9256

— People have been coming to the Yampa Valley to heal for hundreds of years.

With a large number of mineral springs and natural lithium springs, the area around Steamboat Springs "has always been a place that people came to for health reasons," said Scott Glackman, one of the organizers of the third annual Yampa Valley Holistic Fair.

"When you look at those numbers and you look at the fact that we are primarily marketed as a ski town, it becomes clear that we should market ourselves as a community that has these healing properties," Glackman said.

The event, which is back after a break last year, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel ballroom.

Holistic medicine, said event organizer Andrea Kennedy, is a whole-body approach to easing ailments.

"It comes from taking the mind, body and emotional well-being into account, and natural sort of solutions to any problem," Kennedy said.

That can mean eating natural foods, massage or anything else meant to bring balance to life. It excludes pharmaceuticals.

Aside from a number of holistic practitioners running the gamut from massage and natural medicine to tarot readings and veterinary acupuncture, the fair also will feature six sessions with holistic practitioners. Topics include shamanism, aura soma, aromatherapy and 10 ways to avoid breast cancer.

The holistic fair is looking to grow, Kennedy said. This year it's in a bigger venue than its last appearance at Steamboat Springs High School. Kennedy said she hopes to draw more practitioners for future fairs.

"This year, we decided to have it at a place that draws a visitors crowd as well as a local crowd. We're definitely trying to build it each year. Next year we hope to have some big-name speakers come," she said.

"Hopefully eventually we can build it into a community event. Our goal is to really show off the Yampa Valley as a holistic center," Kennedy said.

Glackman said he would like the event to become a multi-day affair, with prominent holistic authors and others who are "masters of their healing modalities."


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