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AWB Community in Action Leadership Gathering

October 11-14, 2019

Alnoba Retreat Center

Kensington, NH

22.5 PDA/CEU’s (pending – NCCAOM, CA, TX FL)

Instructors: Thea Elijah, David Sharken, Ravyn Stanfield, Carla Cassler, Diana Fried

Retreat Training Areas of Focus:

  • Stories and teachings from around the world from acupuncture activists carrying out the medicine of peace
  • Global imperative of the Medicine of Peace
  • How to do world service work from the heart, and not burn out
  • Practical leadership and fundraising skills

The training location, Alnoba, is set on 400 acres of fields, forests and ponds with walking paths, fire pits, art installations, and more. The homey cabins and houses are shared, with kitchens and porches.

The menus feature seasonal produce, humanely raised meats, cage-free eggs, and hormone-free dairy. The honey for your tea comes from hives just down the road, and the maple syrup on your pancakes is made from the trees right outside the center. Alnoba emphasizes fresh, local, and healthy foods that are nourishing to the body and the soul.

See the ALNOBA website for more information!

"In a word the Leadership Retreat I attended was awesome. I learned so much and was given so many new tools to work with. I witnessed Team and Community building to the likes I have never seen before. I have found my family and I can’t wait to serve more with that family within this community. Thank you so much for the opportunity and new vision."

- David Filipello, DOM, California 

Join us for this training during the peak time for leaves to change into a kaleidoscope of colors during the beautiful New England autumn; join us for excitement and rejuvenation, with your colleagues and from nature!

In a world where disasters have become common and the stresses of daily life can become overwhelming, health practitioners, acupuncturists, therapists, and healers are being called to step out of the treatment room and into leadership. Our culture needs more leaders who are able to diagnose problems and implement treatment plans at the personal, community and global level. This workshop will be an opportunity to hear about how this global medicine of peace has been used around the world; in US disaster relief efforts; international relief efforts; on world healing exchange trips; in veterans clinics, refugee clinics and other community clinics in the US and internationally. 

If you are looking for inspiration, you will find it here!

The course curriculum will include:

  • Medicine of Peace: Global Imperative
  • How to “help” others without fostering dependency and disempowerment—or exhausting yourself! 
  • Simple voice exercises for deep recharge
  • Stories from field programs around the world
  • How to financially build and sustain AWB projects locally or in areas of need 
  • Aromatherapy for Trauma Healing
  • Group qigong practice
  • Be a Cup that Runneth Over: Prevent burn out by giving from beyond yourself
  • Leadership development including transformative leadership – and lessons from ancient traditional medicine
  • Council Practice for self, community clinic work, field work (and applicable to your practice, family, all relationships)
  • Community acupuncture clinic
  • The prophetic light in Chinese Medicine

Please review our Info Packet below for complete details! Contact Diana Fried at [email protected] with any questions.



FOOD AND LODGING (Food and lodging fee required to hold spot (NOTE: limited number of spots for each room type)

Double Occupancy, 3 nights, includes all food (Friday dinner through Monday lunch) and facility use fee: $750

Single Occupancy, 3 nights, includes all food (Friday dinner through Monday lunch) and facility use fee: $1050


Early bird Tuition $450 (members) – due by June 1, 2019

Early bird Tuition $550 (non-members) – due by June 1, 2019

Regular Tuition $600 (members) – due no later than Sept 1, 2019

Regular Tuition $700 (non-members) – due no later than Sept 1, 2019


($450 deposit required to hold a spot)

This includes all meals from Friday dinner through Monday lunch, facility fees, and tuition. 

Early Bird (members): $895 - due by June 1, 2019

Early Bird (non-members): $950 - due by June 1, 2019

Regular (member) $995 member regular

Regular (non-member) $1050

You can purchase a membership at checkout and receive the AWB member price. Learn more about membership benefits here.

3% will be added for all payments with credit card.

Checks can be sent to:

Acupuncturists Without Borders

4605 NE Fremont Suite 204B

Portland, OR 97213

Please fill out our registration information and you'll be directed to our checkout


AWB will grant refunds for cancellations as follows:

  • 75% refunded if cancelled more than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the gathering.
  • 25% refunded if registration is cancelled up to 1 week prior to the first day of the gathering.
  • NO refunds will be made for cancellation less than a week prior to the first day of the gathering, although there will be credit granted for a future training if it is within one calendar year.
  • There will be a $35.00 processing fee for each postponed registration.

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