Coming Together on Common Ground: The Healing Power of Nature

Plenary Session (1hour)

As a naturopath you are quite special - you are holistic, you heal with natural remedies, and you have unique beliefs about the role of vitality in health and illness. As a community we need to nurture these beliefs to enhance our understanding of what is a healthy life, how to prevent illness, and which treatments will heal your patients best. In this opening Plenary Session Greg Connolly explores our common ground of vitality and holistic health in body, mind and spirit.

Coming Together on Common Ground: The Healing Power of Nature

Plenary Session (1hour)

As a naturopath, you are quite special - you are holistic, you heal with natural remedies, and you have unique beliefs about the role of vitality that restores and heals the body.

We need to nurture these beliefs to enhance our understanding of what is a healthy life, how to prevent illness, and which treatments will heal your patients best.

In this opening Plenary Session Greg Connolly explores our common ground of vitality and holistic health in body, mind and spirit.

By having these beliefs of natural health and vitality we see our patients in a different light. We go beyond the clinical concept of illness as being a disease in the body. Instead, we can ask different sorts of questions about our patients, and look at various ways we can strengthen the health of our patients. What we share is a belief that health and happiness is a balance of body, mind and spirit and that we have a natural, vital energy that restores and heals us.This vital energy is enhanced by a holistic approach that believes that good health depends on natural elements of pure foods, fresh air, clean water, sunshine, exercise, rest, a healthy environment, loving relationships, and a good society in which to live.

It is our role as naturopaths to speak about vitality and the healing power of nature. These values and beliefs of vitality are our common identity - our common ground.

Greg Connolly graduated from the Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT) in 1988 and managed two highly successful naturopathic practices for 22 years.

Greg has worked part time at SSNT for 18 years as a lecturer and clinical supervisor. He completed his Masters in Social Health at the University of Melbourne in 2010, and is currently in the process of final examination of his PhD in Medical Anthropology.

Greg has extensive experience as a clinician, academic researcher, and educator in Naturopathy, qualitative research, and medical ethics. He has made a valuable contribution to the naturopathic and academic communities. Greg has organised mentoring and study groups for early career naturopaths; presented naturopathic research at local, national, and international conferences; published book chapters and journal articles; and convened post graduate academic groups and seminars at the University of Melbourne. Greg is currently working full time as a senior lecturer in naturopathy at SSNT.