Dr. Nelson Valena and Denise Damijo invite you to the inaugural Holistic Health Community Gathering. Join us for a transformative day where holistic health practitioners and explorers come together to share their knowledge, build a supportive network, and dive deep into the world of natural healing. 

August 24, 2024

9AM - 2PM

Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine, Houston, TX

Up to 1 Self Reflective CME AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit Hours | CE credits for  Dentists, Nurses, and Physician Associates also apply.
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Have you been wanting to connect with other local holistic health providers?

 

Join us for a transformative day where holistic health practitioners and explorers come together to share their knowledge, build a supportive network, and dive deep into the world of natural healing. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or new to holistic health, this gathering offers a space for learning, connection, and growth.

Key Activities:

  • Sharing Circle: Get to know local practitioners, discover the services they offer, and share your own experiences in a supportive environment.

  • Shamanic Ancestral Journey: Experience a guided journey to connect with ancestral wisdom and gain insights for your wellness journey.

  • Discussion Topic: How Does “Energy” Play into Our Health? Explore the integration of spirituality with science and learn how energy influences our well-being.

  • Community Potluck: Bring a dish to share and enjoy a diverse array of homemade foods. This is a great opportunity to bond over a shared meal and learn about each other’s culinary traditions.

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Meet Your Hosts:

Nelson Valena, MD

 

Hi, I'm Nelson, a PM&R brain injury specialist. My journey to calling together the Sacred Health Council is deeply personal and has been a testament to the transformative power of integrating ancient spiritual and modern medicine healing methods. Ten years ago, I experienced a life-altering stroke that set me on a path to understand the deeper aspects of healing.

Growing up in a medical family, I was constantly surrounded by the hustle and stress of the healthcare world. Both of my parents are physicians, and it seemed like my path was set: busy days, long hours, and a relentless drive to meet external expectations. I was always going, going, going, and it never felt like enough. Then, I had a stroke, and it was my wake-up call. It made me question everything and led me to explore energy medicine, shamanism, and other alternative therapies.

As a brain injury physician, I realized that the spiritual and energetic dimensions were missing from conventional medical practice. Over about ten years, I explored various alternative therapies, including energy medicine, shamanism, and energy psychology. I found that the things I learned in medical school and the traditional healthcare model often do not address the energetic and spiritual aspects of healing. I became very interested in how we, as healthcare providers, can integrate these aspects and change the way we view and provide healing.

About ten years ago, when I had the stroke, it made me think deeply about what my life was trying to tell me. I realized that many things in my life were not in alignment. This led me to explore what I am truly supposed to do. I understood that part of the reason for my stroke and my suffering was that I was not on the right path. I had to figure out, through trial and error, what the right path is. I realized that I was missing a lot of information because I wasn't really listening to my internal world, my intuition, and the senses and messages that my body and subconscious were trying to tell me.

It became apparent to me that this is a common problem in many people's journeys. They have never been taught or encouraged to listen to their inner world. Ancient traditions like shamanic practices, Chinese medicine, and Ayurveda have long understood the importance of the spiritual and energetic components of healing. These traditions emphasize that true healing encompasses the body, mind, and spirit.

I believe that I was pushed here at this time on Earth because it is my role as a healthcare professional to bridge the gap and introduce some of these alternative healing methods to more and more people. To me, this feels like a life mission, a soul mission that I am meant to fulfill in this lifetime.

Denise Damijo

Seer & Shaman

 
Hello, I’m Denise, Founder and CEO of The Shamanic Group, a student of Shamanism and a full-time student on the journey to get her PhD in Mind, Body, and Medicine, specializing in Psychophysiology and Contemplative End of Life Care. I am so excited and honored to co-create the Sacred Health Council because I too felt a personal calling to do this work. Ever since I was a child, I desired for people to be whole. Some people may have thought that to be strange because I was the one in 11 different homes in foster care from the time, I was 8 months old until I was emancipated at 18. But I was more concerned with others than myself. Because of my spiritual sensitivity, I was always seeing and feeling people’s pain and had a deep calling to do something about it. For many years, I felt like I was surrounded by the powerful but I was powerless and voiceless. 
 
Consistently overlooked and disregarded, I began my spiritual journey of looking inward. Asking questions to who I later realized was my spirit team. I had the honor since I was five years old of being shown things that helped me to understand the ways of this world and the people in it. Over the years my spiritual gifts developed and my connection to nature grew too.
 
When I came to realize that I was a Seer and Shaman, a lot of things in my life made sense but I still tried to run from the responsibility. Being called to such great responsibility when I was a hermit/recluse was not what I desired to do. Fortunately, being initiated by the Q`ero people, and having consistent dreams of confirmation, as well as; other spiritual leaders and Shamans in different communities confirmed to me that I was a Shaman. It was a turning point for me when one of my spiritual teachers told me that I should be honored and embrace this calling because I was also a bridge. Slowly, I began to accept and embrace my calling.
 
Shortly after I went through a near-death experience where I was on 5 quarts of oxygen 24/7, I developed pulmonary hypertension, went into respiratory and heart failure, and had only 1% blood flow to my right lung before having life-saving surgery. During this surgery, both of my lungs and heart were on a bypass machine for 11-12 hours and my heart stopped multiple times. Upon getting off the ventilator and waking up from that experience, I knew that without both my Shamanic spiritual beliefs and practices as well as, the allopathic health professionals who cared enough to investigate and help me regain my health, I would not be here. 
 
I specialize in spiritual bloodlines and giftings helping people to align with their divine and most fulfilling path. I am dedicated to helping bring more wellness and wholeness to people and the world. This is something that needs to be done together. We all are pieces to a bigger puzzle and if one piece is missing the puzzle would not be complete. 

Why Attend?

  • Access to a wealth of information from experienced holistic health practitioners.

  • Opportunity to ask questions and gain clarity on your wellness journey.

  • Build lasting connections with a community of like-minded individuals.

  • Experience unique activities that blend traditional wisdom with modern practices.

 

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