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Note from the Executive Director, Nicole Hodson

Mixing Business with Pleasure?
Have you ever heard that old warning about the dangers of mixing business with pleasure?  Well, I beg to differ.  Personally, I’ve found that my most satisfying business experiences are those that have some element of fun or pleasure inter-woven.  That’s why this year we’ve organized a conference experience that will combine the best of learning with some good old fashioned fun.

We’ll kick off the conference with the one and only Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms.  If you’re not familiar with Joel (or even if you are!) check out this video that explains why he’s the World’s Most Innovative Farmer.  Next you’ll be treated to a gorgeous, organic, seasonal, prepared-to-our-strict-specifications lunch put together by Sous Chef, Victor Ibarra.  Just check out the delicious menu Chef Victor has planned for us.  And, don’t worry; there won’t be any presentations during lunch, so you can enjoy the company of your NANP pals, and network, network, network!

To help stave off the post-lunch 
sleepies we’ll explore the historic Queen Mary with a ship-wide interactive scavenger hunt (be sure to bring your walking shoes – she’s a BIG ship!).  Then Robert Rountree, the 2015 recipient of the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Linus Pauling Award will go deep into the Care and Feeding of the Mitochondria.  Afterward, join us for our “Welcome Aboard Reception” with a no-host bar and mouthwatering appetizers.

On Saturday, we’ll serve you three scrumptious meals, so you can focus on the events of the day.  From breakout session 1 and 
2, to our very popular Roundtable Discussions, to our Gala Dinner Event, and a little yoga in the middle if you like; this day will be full of great education, fun and opportunities to spend valuable time with your peeps!  And, don’t forget that Saturday’s Gala Dinner will center around the spirit of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, the heyday of the Queen Mary.  We’ll enjoy food and music from the era, and everyone is encouraged to dress the part (click here for a little inspiration) There will even be a photo booth with a professional photographer to take vintage-looking photos of you in your Gala attire.  (Oh, and I’m starting to hear rumors of an after-party too!)

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The Queen Mary Sous Chef, Victor Ibarrra
Victor Ibarra is the Sous Chef in charge of the banquet culinary operations on board The Queen Mary in Long Beach California.  

In addition to directing banquet and catering services, Chef Victor has re-designed a Sunday brunch recently voted Top 50 Best Brunches in the US by Open Table.  

Bringing 16 years of luxury resort and restaurant experience, Chef Victor  is right at home onboard The Queen Mary.  Most recently Ibarra was the Sous Chef of the Promenade Café and Chelsea’s Chowder House on board the Queen Mary as well. Before coming to the Queen Mary, Chef Victor held positions at Fairmont Hotels and the Sutton Place in Newport Beach, California.    

Victor is no stranger to successfully managing and expressing his culinary passion in a multi-outlet, award-winning dining destination.    
Check out the mouth watering menu!
Queen Mary Trivia

On May 27, 1936, the Queen Mary departed from Southampton, England embarking on her maiden voyage.

She boasted five dining areas and lounges, two cocktail bars and swimming pools, a grand ballroom, a squash court and even a small hospital.
The Passport

Free Shuttle Bus
The Passport is a free bus that connects you to downtown Long Beach’s finest attractions and destinations, including the iconic Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, Pine Avenue, City Place Mall, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, Convention Center, Shoreline Village, many downtown hotels and Long Beach Transit’s water taxis, the AquaLink and AquaBus.

Click here for more information

Mindfulness Medicine
A Functional Medicine and Mindfulness-Based Approach to Clinical Practice
Diane Mueller L.Ac, ND

Join us for a webinar on Feb
11, 2016 at 11:00 AM PST
Register now!

We will reveal our framework for the main mind and body root causes of illness that we see in our practice. Learn about our model for the trifecta of integrative wellness and how this informs clinical efficacy.

Hear about the functional medicine lab tests we most commonly use and why. We will discuss the main mental/emotional patterns that act as obstacles to the healing process. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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