Psychic readings, Bigfoot, UFOs will be featured at weekend healing expo
Explore higher levels of consciousness and personal enlightenment at the Mind Body Spirit Healing Expo: A Weekend Of Inspiration at the Monroeville Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday.
The event includes 120 vendors offering two days of workshops, demonstrations and lectures on nutrition, reflexology, vibrational healing, animal communication, astrology, psychic readings, reiki, paranormal, aura imagery, Bigfoot, UFOs and more, said Kelly Simon, expo producer.
“This expo is for a person looking to be physically and mentally healthier,” Simon said.
Attendees can walk two labyrinths that serve as a metaphor for one's journey in life, explore a Zen meditation garden and 17-foot healing pyramid made of copper and crystal. More than 40 lectures and workshops are also scheduled at an additional cost.
Kathy Duffy, founder and director of the Energy Connection Creative Healing and Learning Center in North Huntingdon, says this is the largest expo of its kind in Pittsburgh.
“I think people are looking for different directions or discovery to assist healing in many areas — our area is spirit healing,” Duffy said.
Duffy will present several workshops on reiki — a healing technique based on the principle that a therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch — along with her colleague Janet Jackson. Both are full-time reiki teachers at Energy Connection.
“We are looking forward to introducing reiki as an accessible and natural therapy to more people,” Duffy said.
Raised in Greensburg, Duffy took her first healing-based class at 19 and opened Energy Connection in 1998. She and Jackson will present a free lecture about reiki at 1:15 p.m. Saturday during the expo.
Renowned spiritual teacher and medium James Van Praagh headlines the expo, presenting an evening of connections with spirits on the main stage 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for his show range from $45 to $100.
Van Praagh is said to act as a conduit — channeling messages, guidance and encouragement during his presentation to audience members from loved ones in the spirit world.
“During my live events, I am the instrument for the spirit world,” he said in a release. “The guides work through me, their energy depends on the energy that guests bring with them. This energy assists your loved ones in transmitting thoughts, memories, love and evidential details that you will recognize — proving that their love for you never dies.”
Emmy Award-winning actress author and meditation teacher Lindsay Wagner, well-known for her starring television role as “The Bionic Woman,” will speak on the topic of Personal Perspective during a workshop 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday. Lecture tickets are $25; to meet with Wagner after her talk is $50.
Other presenters include former WTAE news anchor Wendy Bell, who now runs the inspirational website positivelywendybell.com; spiritual researcher and former TV newsman Hank Baughman; former Rusted Root drummer Jim Donovan and noted UFO researcher Stan Gordon.
Other workshop topics include: How to Expand Your Psychic Awareness, Introduction to Essential Oils, Messages from the Other Side — Connecting with Spirit, Ways to Protect and Ground Your Energy, and Aromatherapy for Wellness.
Joyce Hanz is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.