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MTAI Conference, Voicing Sacred Secrets, September 8-10, 2017

Providence Center for Faith and Healing, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, WA

September 08, 2017
Friday through Sunday, September 8-10. 2017

Our conference this year centers on self-care and self-nourishment through an intimate focus on
our own biology. Dr. Sondra Barrett will lead us on day one to listen to the secrets of our cells.
We will rediscover what the structure and activity of our cells can teach us about self-care. The
weekend will focus on applying these lessons through group song. Mary Simms will lead us in
part harmony choral work so that we can nourish one another with our voices. The whole
weekend will emphasize the healing resources we have within our own bodies and in one
another. Prepare to be enfolded by these sacred secrets.
Participants will also be nourished by good food, musical presentations, prayerful rituals, time in
nature and a panel discussion on music therapy/ music-thanatology. Our annual business
meeting will enliven us for the coming year of growth.

Associates (formerly known as Students) Members and Friend Members are welcome to come to all sessions except the Business Meeting on Saturday afternoon, which is for Full-Members only.�

If you would like to attend the conference, but are not yet a member of the MTAI, please click the contact link in the menu to the left, or CLICK HERE to inquire about membership level requirements and fees ($40 for Friends or $30 for Associates.) Early fee $250 for the conference. After August 15, $275. If you cancel by August 15, a full refund will be offered. After that a refund minus banquet and meal fees will be sent.

If you are already a member, please click the Membership Area link to the left, or CLICK HERE to register and pay for the conference.

PLEASE NOTE: The cost of the conference includes all the sessions, as well as most meals and snacks for the entire weekend. Lodging is on your own, but suggestions can be found on the registration page.

If you are bringing extra people to meals the costs are as follows:

$25 per person for our Saturday night banquet
$30 per person for three meals: Lunch on Friday and Saturday and Sunday Brunch (or $10 per meal)


Voicing Sacred Secrets


THURSDAY, September 7th, 2017

5:30 - 8:00 pm Welcome Supper and Singing at the home of Catharine Scherer
201 West Sumner, Spokane, WA 99204

FRIDAY, September 8th, 20178

Providence Auditorium at Sacred Heart Medical Center (1/2 block south of the main building, across from the Madison Inn)

8:15 - 8:45 am Registration, Light Breakfast, and Harp Tuning

9:00 - 9:45 am Opening Ritual

9:45 - 9:55 am Welcome Kay Gorka (Director of Spiritual Care)/ Donna

9:45 - 9:55 am Introduction of Sandra Barrett, PhD. Donna

Musical offering provided by

10:00 - 12:00 pm Session I Round Sondra Barrett, PhD
Competency: Personal

12:00 - 1:00 pm Catered Lunch, Providence Auditorium

1:00 pm Musical offering provided by

1:05 - 3:00 pm Session II Sondra Barrett, PhD
Competency: Personal

3:00 - 4:00 pm Break

4:00 pm Welcome by Elaine Couture (Providence Chief Exectutive of Eastern Washington)

Musical offering provided by

4:05 - 6:00 pm Session III Sondra Barrett, PhD
Competency: Professional

6:00 pm Dinner on our own.

SATURDAY, September 9th, 2017

Providence Auditorium at Sacred Heart Medical Center

7:00 am Authentic Movement Catharine PCFH Murphy Room
(Competency: Personal/Professional)

8:00 am Light breakfast

Music offering by_______

9:00 - 11:00 am Session 1 Singing with Mary Sims (Competency Musical)

11:00 - 11:30 am Break

Music offering by________

11:30 - 1:00 pm
Panel: Achieving Harmony: Distinctions between Music Therapy and Music-Thanatology (Competency/Clinical Practice) Dia Walker/Dr. Laura Beer/Kat Hollowell/Margaret Pasquesi/Jane Franz

1:00 - 2:00pm Lunch Providence Auditorium

2:00 pm Music offering by________

2:05 - 3:30 pm Business Meeting
(Full members only)
Competency: Professional

3:30-4:00pm Break

Music offering by________

4:00 - 6:00 pm Session 2 with Mary Sims (Competency Musical)

6:45 pm Banquet Windows Restaurant, Red Lion Inn at the Park PHOTOS

SUNDAY, September 10th, 2017

Providence Auditorium at Sacred Heart Medical Center

7:00 am Authentic Movement Catharine Scherer
(Competency: Personal/professional)

9:30 - 10:25 am Music and Closing Ritual in The Chapel

10:30 am Musical offering by

10:35 - 12:00 pm Brunch

1:15 pm Adjourn

Sondra Barrett, PhD

Biochemist and cancer researcher, Dr. Sondra Barrett, earned her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Illinois Medical School and completed post-doctoral training in immunology and hematology at the USC Medical School, where she remained on the faculty for ten years.
Her research led her to explore the design, beauty, and geometry of the molecules in the human body and led her into a lifelong exploration of what scientific, sacred, and practical intelligence is hidden in cells. In her workshops, Dr. Barrett will share pictorial illuminations of cells, the messages they carry, and practices using sound and imagination to align body, mind and spirit. Material will be taken from her book, Secrets of the Cells: Discovering Your Body's Inner Intelligence.
Dr. Barrett is a nationally recognized speaker who developed some of the earliest programs in psychoneuroimmunology and has taught at UC Berkeley, USC Medical School, the California Institute of Integral Studies, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, California Pacific Medical Center, Kaiser Hospitals and numerous venues throughout the United States.

Mary Sims
Bachelors degree, EWU, Music
Gonzaga, Masters in Music
Former director of Northwest Sacred Music Chorale
Currently Parish Music Director St Mary's Star of the Sea

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