The inaugural One World Festival of Healing happened on the weekend of September 23rd 2016. 11 Countries were present at this event. A Conference preceded the event and happened between the 19th and the 23rd of September 2016 . Both the Conference and the Festival happened in cape Town, South Africa. The conference sought to map pain in the world, and explore cutting edge methodologies that could bring healing to such pain. With thought leaders on the topic of Healing present, the conference concluded that because of increasing pain being suffered in the world, such a gathering should constitute an annual event. Pain was considered in the context of War, Racism, Poverty and Gender Fluidity. The Festival itself was an expression of Healing Techniques, World Music, Culture, Food and Holistic Living. The venue for the annual Festival is the Arboretum in the Town of Paarl, Cape Town, South Africa. It is our objective to broaden participation with African countries specifically, but not exclusively. African countries are not by the means necessarily to fund such attendance at the Conference and Festival. Funds will thus be applied to accommodate participants who are not by the means to bring their expertise and learning to the Conference.
The Conference is coordinated by The Institute of Healing Memories, in South Africa. Father Michael Lapsley, heads up the Institute and is considered an International thought Leader on the topic of Healing.Visit www.healing-memories.org for more information on the cutting edge work done by this organization, in South Africa and beyond.
The venue for the festival is the Arboretum, Paarl, Cape Town, South Africa. The 2017 event will be held from the 17th September till the 25th September 2017. The Arboretum is 3 km long and all the continents of the world are represented in this space. Continents are clearly marked, with participants able to experience trees and other flora from respective continents. It is a perfect setting in which our common humanity can be explored and celebrated.
The inaugural edition had 11 countries present including, Syria, USA, Spain, Malawi, Namibia, Zimbabwe, The Republic of Ireland, Belgium, South Africa and more.
In 2017 we seek to have between 30 and 50 countries represented as we grow a movement for global healing of memories.