HERE & NOW:
A Convention on Capitalism, Spirituality, and Other Playful Endeavors
by Jon Block
HERE & NOW came to me while I was taking an afternoon nap last November. 2010 had been a non-stop year.
In the second half of 2010, I began my own personal development, deepening the relationship I had to myself, and becoming much more conscious of what I put into the world. During this time I recognized my true commitment of using my life to advance humanity, standing for others’ complete self-expression and coming into their true selves. And so planted were the seeds for HERE & NOW.
HERE & NOW is a bi-annual event, and the upcoming one is the second edition following the January 2011 Convention for New Year’s Resolutions. With the tagline, “A Convention on Capitalism, Spirituality, and Other Playful Endeavors,” the June 26 experience will take place across four stages at the Lafayette Hotel in North Park. 50 percent seminars and 50 percent live music, HERE & NOW will also have 70 exhibitor booths offering free services and product giveaways. This is the Coachella of Personal Growth.
Of the four stages—Career, Health and Beauty, Fitness, Lifestyle and Relationships—like any festival, the seminars will be comprised of the established as well as the talented up-and-coming. We came within inches of securing Deepak Chopra as our keynote speaker, though I’m absolutely thrilled to have the CEO of the Chopra Center, David Ji, provide the opening inspiration at 11:00 a.m. Greg Reid, icon of “Think and Grow Rich,” will host a one-hour seminar on the Career stage. Joining us for a 45-minute intimate Q&A session on the Lifestyle stage will be my friend and mentor, the creator of Street Scene, Rob Hagey.
Among the up-and-comers, I’m pleased to showcase Jen Hamilton, who is going to show attendees what it means to be a social entrepreneur. Stephie Althouse will bring Family Focused Health to the Health and Beauty stage. Also, The Love Mob will join us, spreading their powerful, insightful message.
The music is comprised of some very local favorites. Geezer is a hilarious tribute band, old men performing songs from Weezer to Beastie Boys. Astra Kelly and Josh Damigo are fantastic singer-songwriters. And watch out for Todo Mundo; this Spanish acoustic dance music act is going to be huge. For those inclined, the Lafayette Hotel will also boast a fun pool party and full-service bar.
In my three years as an event producer, this is the event of which I am most proud. Experience community on a much higher level, create a new future that inspires you and touches others, and give flight to your dreams and those “someday” wishes. It’s never as scary when you just do it.
I’m very pleased to partner with Vision Magazine on our journey to move lives.
With joy at new beginnings,
Tickets to Here & Now are just $15.00 for full-access. Individual areas may be purchased for $10.00.
Complete information and tickets can be found at www.jbcreationsonline.com.