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Keynote Speakers:

Joan Klagsbrun
Roger Booth
Alice Rutkowski
Barry Bub
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Margaret Morice and Russel Waetford

2006 MindBody Conference CD's: We have the MindBody conference CD masters from the Bruce Mason Center. There are CD's for the keynote sessions, Joan Klagsbrun, Alice Rutkowski, Barry Bub, Roger Booth (2CD's).
There are also CDs for Russel Waetford and Margaret Morice.
The CD'S will be $15 per talk, except Roger Booth at $22.50, plus $3.40 post and package for up to 3 CD's. Please contact Bruce Wallace at:

Joan KlagsbrunJoan Klagsbrun, Ph.D, a psychotherapist and teacher from the U.S. lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where she has been practicing as a psychologist for the past 30 years. She finds her teaching and therapy work to be deeply gratifying and creative.
Joan’s passion is Focusing, an empowering, simple but ingeniously elegant mind/body process, first developed by the Philosopher/Psychologist Eugene Gendlin, in which you become more present to yourself in a way that brings insight, a lessening of stress, and emotional healing. In Focusing, you listen to your inner body sense, which contains your deepest self’s wisdom and knowledge. This step-by-step method can be a powerful catalyst for growth and change.
Focusing "helps you open doors to places you can’t get to through the intellect alone." One of Joan's favorite quotes is: "One step in the body is worth a thousand steps in the mind."

For the past quarter century, Joan has taught Focusing to thousands internationally, in the U.S. Australia, Europe She especially enjoys teaching health care providers, psychotherapists, and pastoral counselors because even mini-Focusing moments can deepen work in which healing and understanding is sought, and can be a real asset for people dealing with illness. She has recently completed a research study with colleagues that brought Focusing and the Arts to women with breast cancer.
Joan has been on the Expressive Therapies faculty and later the Counseling Psychology faculty at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts for 30 years, and she also teaches future ministers and chaplains at Andover Newton Theological School, where she integrates her long-standing interest in the interface between spirituality and psychology. She also directs a small non-profit center for people with life-changing illness.
Joan’s publications in Focusing include articles for health care professionals in several professional journals, and chapters in the Encyclopedia of Mind/Body Disciplines (1999), and Medicine and the Mind (1999). Some of her articles, her CD, Listening to the Deeper Self, and her videotape, A Focusing Approach to Life Changing Illness, can all be found at Her schedule of workshops can be found at
Joan can be reached at

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Roger BoothRoger Booth is Associate Professor of Immunology and Health Psychology in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at The University of Auckland. Having trained in immunology  and received a PhD from The University of Auckland in the 1970s, he embarked upon a research career into factors controlling immune responsiveness. Around 15 years ago he developed an interest in the health consequences of mind-body relationships and since then has been engaged in research in the interdisciplinary field of psychoneuroimmunology. His particular research focus is on how expression of emotions and construction of meaning in our lives relate to our physiology. Allied to his research activities, Roger is passionate about teaching and has received two distinguished teaching awards from The University of Auckland. As well as teaching students in medicine, science, pharmacy and nursing, he is actively involved in academic administration and curriculum development in his roles as Academic Director for the School of Medical Sciences, Director of the Biomedical Science Programme, and Deputy Director of the Medical Progamme.

Title for Presentation:
“Meaningful connections: Expressing ourselves and informing our bodies.”

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Alice RutkowskiAlice Rutkowski Ph.D.
is a pioneer in the mind body field, a humanistic artist and master teacher of nonverbal communication. In the course of the last three decades, she has consulted widely in the fields of therapy, healthcare, education, the arts, corporate business and government. Her training and roots are in the Halprin Life/Art Process, the world-renowned movement-based expressive arts program integrating movement/dance, visual arts, performance techniques and therapeutic practices. Alice has forged her career by constructing viable bridges between this MindBody art and science and nearly every sector of public life. She founded her outgrowth of the Halprin Process - Motional Processing – in 1980.
With a long and fascinating history, the Halprin work originated in the 1950's with Anna Halprin. Anna is among the first pioneers in the contemporary Western world to use dance as a mind body healing art. In the 1970's, Daria Halprin further developed the artistic and therapeutic aspects of this work and articulated the methodology. An original graduate and protégé of the Halprin process, Alice developed connections that would serve as a harbinger of the integration between the mind body field and public institutions ranging from health to commerce.

At its foundation, the work is based on a view of the body and movement. The body holds our entire life experience. Movement is the body's primary language. Movement is synonymous with life. Movement is personality and soul made visible; and dance is body, feelings and imagination in motion. Movement/dance is for all people a way to live a more embodied and creative life. Movement/Dance is a way to connect deeply and authentically; to express the full range of human emotion.
Through her method, Motional Processing, Alice has developed ways to mold these principles to the needs and goals of varied organizations, institutions and individuals. She says, “In movement, the body doesn’t lie. Tapping into the language of the body through movement can open up new and direct links to our health, relationships, well-being and effectiveness. It’s a matter of learning a new vocabulary – the vocabulary of the body.”
As a highly sought after coach and trainer, Alice has literally moved from 1 to 1,000 people at a time blending innovation, imagination and the many languages of the body. She currently serves as adjunct professor for Lesley University in Cambridge and her past and current clients include the American Cancer Society, Verizon Communications, Atlanta Public School System, Philadelphia Art Museum, American Association of Humanistic Psychology, and the Center for Disease Control.

Alice will be presenting in a didactic and experiential format. She will shed an historic light on the development of the mind body field, and cite specific examples of the utilization of Motional Processing to forward the health and well-being of individuals, groups and institutions.

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Barry BubBarry Bub MD,
physician, educator, author, tends to surprise, delight and attract serious attention with his iconoclastic, experiential, deeply embodied approach to advancing holistic, relationship-centered health care. No doctrine is safe around Barry whose novel, probing, strikingly integrative and effective approaches to mind-body issues are taught in utterly outside-the-box, experiential methods.
Author of the highly acclaimed new text, “Communication Skills that Heal: A practical approach to a new professionalism in medicine” Radcliffe Publishing UK 2006, Barry is a native of South Africa, who, after 26 years of independent family practice in Pennsylvania USA, walked out on a lucrative contract and left medicine , disgusted by the corporate mismanagement of modern medicine.  A passionate and dedicated professional, he went out in search of the next paradigm of practice.
A decade of self directed mind-body studies – from certification in Gestalt psychotherapy, to training in chaplaincy at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC, to studying personality disorders, Focusing, complementary medicine, spirituality, psychological trauma, communication, bibliodrama, creative non-fiction writing, narrative medicine even handwriting analysis enabled Barry to develop innovative practical approaches to complex problems that interrupt the practitioner-patient relationship. This has led him to become a counselor for healthcare professionals in distress and a trainer of health professionals in self care, communication and counseling practices that promote healing.

Barry has been a vocal leader in the AMA/CMA Physician Health Initiative, has been asked to assist the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in the development of their professionalism curriculum and is a lecturer and leader of workshops for physicians and healthcare professionals. He is presently working on a second book on patient empowerment.
His website is 

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Jon Kabat-ZinnJon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
is a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, and founder (in 1979) and former director of its world-renown Stress Reduction Clinic. He is the author of Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness (Delta, 1991), Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (Hyperion, 1994), and co-author, with his wife Myla, of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting (Hyperion, 1997).  His new book, Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness (Hyperion), was published in January, 2005. His work has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness into mainstream institutions in our society such as medicine, health care and hospitals, schools, corporations, prisons, and professional sports.

Dr. Kabat-Zinn received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from MIT in 1971 with the Nobel Laureate in Medicine, Salvador Luria. Dr. Kabat-Zinn’s research between 1979 and 2002 focused on mind/body interactions for healing, on various clinical applications of mindfulness meditation training for people with chronic pain and/or stress-related disorders, on the effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) on the brain and how it processes emotions, particularly under stress, and on the immune system; on the use and effects of MBSR with women with breast cancer and men with prostate cancer; on patients undergoing bone marrow transplant; with prison inmates and staff; in multicultural settings; and on stress in various corporate settings and work environments.

In 1993, his work in the stress reduction clinic was featured in Bill Moyer's PBS Special, Healing and the Mind and in the book of the same title. Several years ago, he and his colleagues published a research paper demonstrating in a small clinical trial, a four-fold effect of the mind on the rate of skin clearing in patients with psoriasis undergoing ultraviolet light therapy: [Kabat-Zinn et al, Psychosomatic Medicine 60:625-623 (1998)]. A randomized trial of MBSR in a workplace setting showed enduring right to left shifts in activity in frontal cortical regions of the brain associated with positive affect and effective emotional processing under stress in the MBSR group, and well as positive changes in immune function [Davidson, Kabat-Zinn, et al. Psychosomatic Medicine 65: 564-570 (2003)].

During his career, he has trained groups of judges, business leaders, lawyers, clergy, and Olympic athletes (the 1984 Olympic Men's Rowing Team), and environmental activists in mindfulness. Under his direction, the Center for Mindfulness conducted MBSR programs in the inner city in Spanish as well as in English, and in the state prison system in Massachusetts. He conducts annual mindfulness retreats for business leaders and innovators, and with his colleagues in the CFM, conducts training retreats for health professionals in MBSR. . Over 250 medical centers and clinics nationwide and abroad now use the MBSR model, including 17 in the Kaiser-Permanente system in Northern California.

In 1998, he received the Art, Science, and Soul of Healing Award from the Institute for Health and Healing, California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and in 2001, the 2nd Annual Trailblazer Award for “pioneering work in the field of integrative medicine” from the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, California. He is a Founding Fellow of the Fetzer Institute, a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the founding convener of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, a network of deans and chancellors and faculty at major US medical schools engaged at the creative edges of mind/body and integrative medicine. He is also Vice Chairman of the Board of the Mind and Life Institute, a group that organizes dialogues between the Dalai Lama and Western scientists to promote deeper understanding of different ways of knowing and probing the nature of mind, emotions, and reality.


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Margaret Morice and Russel Waetford
Margaret Poutu Morice is of Te Hapu o Tuwhakairiora and Ngati Porou descent. I work as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist in the Health and Counselling Centre at Manukau Institute of Technology and have a private practice in Ponsonby. I completed my Masters in Health Science – Psychotherapy – (Hons) in 2004 and have a particular interest in upholding the bicultural context of Aotearoa/New Zealand and the opportunities inherent in expanding our frames of reference. I was born into a large Maori whänau and enjoy a very full extended family life. I live in Auckland with my husband and our teenage daughter and we love to ‘cook-up’ excuses for frequent visits from our two adult children, their cousins and our friends.

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