'Best of Mount Shasta' Conference begins tomorrow

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The annual Best of Mount Shasta Conference and Festival is coming to Mount Shasta City Park Aug. 9 through 11.

The event is showcasing presenters, vendors, food and local musicians.

It is seen by organizers Kathryn Shanti Ariel and Andree Morgana as “an opportunity to learn more about the leading edge endeavors of the Mount Shasta region and the people that are bringing them to the world.”

Presentations are scheduled on such subjects as Native Heritage, Our Environment, Health & Healing and Spirituality.

Each day of the conference goes from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with over 50 presenters, all from the Mount Shasta area. At the same time the festival will be in full swing on the grass area in the center of the park.

From all over the world

People come from all over the world to attend The Best conference and festival, “knowing that Mount Shasta is one of the international hubs of new ideas and innovations,” according to organizers.

They point to ways the conference is also beneficial to residents of Siskiyou County and neighboring counties, “providing a unique opportunity for us to pause from our busy lives to learn more about our neighbors and the amazing projects and practices that are being created right here in the greater Mount Shasta area.”

All the details of the conference and festival can be found on the website: www.thebestofmtshasta.com and www.mtshastaconferenceschedule.com.

This includes the program, presenters, and travel and lodging options for those who are coming from out of the area.

Links for specific days and events are as follows:

• Held at the Mount Shasta City Park – Click to see photos.

• Friday – Native Heritage Workshops; Community Potluck Dinner, 5 p.m., free.

• Saturday – Environmental Workshops; Spirit and Spirituality Workshops.

• Sunday – Health and Wellness Workshops.

• Friday through Sunday – Outdoor Festival Music; vendors and food, free admission.

Many presenters

Organizers point out that “Many of the presenters have been an intricate part of our community for years, offering their services and expertise to Siskiyou County and beyond through teachings, books, musical CDs, and as volunteers for many of our local nonprofit organizations and more.”

Presenters include:

• Charlie Thom Sr. – Native Healing

• Ted Dawson – Traditional Medicine

• Sherry Ackerman – The Good Life

• Rich Kelly and Michael Feehan – Siskiyou Gems

• Della Clark – Overtone Sound Journey

• Geri Quintero – Traditional Cooking

• Kathryn Shanti Ariel – Nature’s Wisdom

• Clea Richards – Your Best Health

• Sandy Patterson – The Power of Herbs

• Noble Fred – Violet Flame Channeling

The outdoor festival is free to the public; however there are admission costs for the workshops and evening events.

Check online for discount tickets and other admission options (including Mount Shasta Time Bank) that are available at www.thebestofmtshasta.com

Many volunteers are needed and this is one way to be able to attend most of the conference for free. Contact Andree at 530-408-6048 or thebestofmtshasta@gmail.com

“It’s about our community; it is affordable, and there is great enrichment and fun to be had by all!”