The Esoteric Practitioners Association* Conference – A Day of Appreciation

In 2009 Universal Medicine inaugurated the Esoteric Practitioners Association (EPA)*. The EPA* represents the members association, the practitioners association and acts as the accrediting vehicle for the Complementary Medicine modalities as taught by Universal Medicine.

Each year the Esoteric Practitioners Association* holds its annual conference, which is run by and for its members. The 4th annual EPA* conference was held recently on 20th July 2013 with over 150 members in attendance and many more participating by way of live webcasts in many regions and states of Australia.

I have attended numerous conferences over the course of my career, mostly because it is an obligation to keep my membership current or it is a compulsory part of my continuing professional education. Many a time I have felt as if I must attend a conference rather than truly wanting to.

At some like-intended events held by other associations I have come away feeling duped or disappointed with the conference content as I didn’t learn anything new or take away anything practical that I could apply to my work. Sometimes it feels like the speakers are just there to fill in the blanks between the trade show and the meals/drink breaks.

However, this is not the case with the EPA* conference, it is a day I look forward to knowing that this is an event that allows its members to come together, to share their experiences and support one another in their daily practice. I also appreciate that the conference is free to members, as the EPA funds it.

Funnily enough on that point, the theme of this year’s conference was appreciation…

At this year’s EPA* conference what struck me was how each presenter generously shared their knowledge, experience and expertise without the need to impress us with their credentials, Power Point presentation or their level of intelligence. This really opened the conference up to all, from student member to experienced practitioner, and allowed for great discussion, questions, feedback and humour.

This open format brought enormous input from the members and gave me many an insight into the great work that people are doing, as well as a few a-ha moments and ‘oh that’s a good point, I could apply that to my work and my life’.

The topics covered were vast and varied from the simplicity of how to keep and take good notes, mental health, wellness days for businesses, the Our Cycles App developed by Natalie Benhayon, to the difficult and often taboo topic of aging and death. Plus there was a bonus and impromptu A cappella performance by one of the presenters that was incredibly inspiring and unexpected.

I appreciate attending a conference that is about its members and not just the person up on stage or what’s for lunch. (Although I must admit that I did appreciate all the beautiful and healthy food that the attendees brought to share as way of a community get together.)

It was very refreshing and entertaining to be at a conference that incorporates and caters to all in attendance and actually gives back to its members. Bravo Esoteric Practitioners Association*!

Thank you to the EPA* members who make this event what it is, it is immensely appreciated.

by Dr Rachel Hall, Holistic Dentist and Esoteric Practitioner, Kenmore, Brisbane

* The EPA (Esoteric Practitioners Association) is the internal accreditation arm of Universal Medicine. It was instigated by Universal Medicine to monitor and accredit the modalities that were founded by Universal Medicine. 

210 thoughts on “The Esoteric Practitioners Association* Conference – A Day of Appreciation

  1. The conferences of the professional bodies that I have attended over the years had a very different ethos to the Esoteric Practitioners Association conferences which I now attend annually. What I love about the EPA is that it represents and showcases presentations by its members based on their everyday contribution to life and more importantly how they live their lives. Whereas many of the previous work related conferences I attended were all about the speakers who were revered for their academic achievements and their status within their professions, it was very much ‘an us and them’ scenario,…. very different from the equality that is present and can be felt among all members at the EPA conferences

  2. I agree Rachel, what the EPA conference offers their members is a day to appreciate. I have always been very inspired and impressed by the level of integrity, professional and true care for humanity that the EPA stands for. The EPA is setting standards that are way above and beyond any other association in the world.

  3. By and large, conferences are activities aimed at impressing others, getting recognized by others and the desire to influence how we should go about something. It is about me, me, me but never about us. That is why the EPA is an unusual conference.

  4. This really makes me realise how most things in our world operate back to front. Like, a conference where its attendees don’t really want to attend but feel obliged to – why is there a conference in the first place? What comes first? It feels rather messy with the complexity, the bureaucracy, the self all mixed and wanting to claim its place. EPA presents an amazing model of how a group of people who share the same purpose can come together, which is actually very simple really.

  5. The Code of Ethics of the EPA is the highest standard of any in the World and this is reflected in by its membership.

  6. Its been a few years since I have been to an EPA conference and I’m definitely going to attend this year. I love what the association represents and that it is not just for ‘practitioners’ of a modality, but acknowledges that we are all practitioners yes with much to learn, but also much to offer all because of what we live in life.

  7. Very very true — it is an Association that is true in its purpose. And truly is what the words represents. I have never experienced an association actually giving back truth and love to humanity that stems from the quality of living by each practitioner, a way of living that its core is integrity.

  8. EPA is an amazing organisation that serves to support and inspire its members to work and conduct themselves with the utmost integrity, by leading by example. The EPA conference is a great reflection of this as it is all about coming together to share and learn from each other, how we can bring a greater level of integrity, presence and care into the lives we live as such to our workplaces.

  9. A community working for the community. Sometimes we are so busy looking for the next fix that we forget about the foundation and the normal that need to be consistent and attended to. These conferences cover all of that and then offer what can come from that foundation.

  10. This is an association of and for the future. With those who are practitioners of the Esoteric Modalities and those who are practitioners in everyday life, All are welcome and all are welcome to share their insights into what they are learning in their particular area of practice. Meaning that everyone has something to share which we can all learn from. An association supporting us to be in life, making it more than our work.

  11. I have watched 2 Esoteric Practitioners Association (EPA) conferences by webcast thus far and I have enjoyed both of them. The presenters are real and practical, not selling anything and free to attend. A complete contrast to work related conferences which are expensive, with company representatives and some where there is usually food or alcohol being offered.

    I have fully read EPA’s code of ethics and are actually understandable, very practical and readable.

  12. I recently joined the Esoteric Practitioners Association for I am inspired and have based my life on the code of ethics that they represent and live. I am in joy with how much benefit this way of integrity in my living has increased awareness, connection, truth and love in my body and the love in my interactions… There is now such sharing of who I am – instead of sharing the rigidness of who I thought I was (in emotions and behaviours, but they were never truly mine). And so I discover, by this way of living, more and more about myself; my qualities and imperfections and also those things where I can learn myself to trust and allow to grow further by letting in and letting go… A beautiful, every day, more surrendered way of being that has been beneficial for my environment (work, family, relationships, etc.)
    This brought a huge joy and commitment (purposeful approach to my living) basically to all aspects of my life – inspiring now equally others if they like to live the same. I know who I am now more and more and know my integrity… And that is what I am here to bring: equallness in the way I am with myself, with people, how I look at people including myself, how I speak with people – all making sure I come from the connection to myself – to the equallness we are all born with.

  13. We have recently come together for the EPA Conference UK/EU for 2017 and the question we were asked was not what can you take away from the conference but ‘What can you bring to the conference?’

  14. So often you hear of and see an event like this becomes a bit of focus on what it’s about. Like say a group of health professionals having a conference that supports them to do things that they would deem as unhealthy to their clients. In other words a conference that is incongruent with what they teach or do in their normal day. The Esoteric Practitioners Association has been clearly set up and operates in a different way, supporting forward and more deeply what is the members day to day. This is a simple model you could say but it’s a model that isn’t the norm currently for these events. I say bravo to any Association like this that is truly giving back to it’s membership, not a board of people acting as if they know better but an supportive Association that truly brings it membership together.

  15. I agree Rachel, the Esoteric Practitioners Association Conferences are an incredible day for the members to come together and feel the true purpose and quality service we are offering the community and our clients by aligning to the principles and ethics of this amazing association.

  16. The last EPA conference I attended in 2017 was remarkable and whole-heartedly held by Natalie Benhayon. What was remarkable that I hadn’t seen or felt before by members of an association was the full participation of all its members. We grouped up to work many times in small and also split the room into 4 large groups at the end. It goes to show with there is full commitment by everyone what can be achieved is astronomical. A recommended association to become a living member of.

  17. This is the first time I have been a member of an association of any sort so I don’t have a lot of experience to relate this to. But I do know that attending my first Esoteric Practitioners Association conference this year was a huge awakening, personally and professionally, and I walked away with a renewed sense of purpose in my workplace and life.

  18. Having attended the Esoteric Practitioners’ Association meetings here in the UK, it is easy to see why they are a popular event and not just something you have to do in order to keep your membership up to date. The day is not about individuals out to impress anyone or pass on knowledge, it’s a day of appreciation for all of humanity.

  19. Conferences are 99.9% all the time to show off, to add a line in the CV and to score (be ‘victorious’). The 0.01% exists though. It is called the Annual EPA Conference. The first ones are to impress another. The second one is to re-imprint life.

    1. Great point Eduardo – no competition or prestige happening in this association. But there is plenty of collaboration, networking, support and integrity to ignite purpose for anyone who cares to join. The beauty of it all is that the Esoteric Practitioners Association isn’t isolated to any particular career or field – it is across the board as we are all practitioners or life no matter how we choose to express that in our day to day jobs.

  20. The EPA is truly about developing their members. It’s an extraordinary organisation because of the high standard of ethics, it’s all encompassing because of the focus on how we live, not just how we practice our modality or what career we are in. It’s integrity based on one life, not dividing life up into parts. How we live affects every part of our life, we cant just switch on and off based on walking into our clinic room.

  21. “I appreciate attending a conference that is about its members and not just the person up on stage or what’s for lunch.” Yes it is just really nice to be truly and fully seen for who you are and that that is what the conference is about. Coming together and learning together. I attended a conference once for something else where of course there were things shared on topics to teach everyone but the sense of competition and wanting their point made how ever much they went overtime was really not enjoyable to receive.

  22. Great what you have shared Rachel about the EPA it is exactly what I have experienced, the all encompassing nature of what is being presented and shared with those participating, there is so much to be learnt and inspired by not just those on stage but by the questions and offerings from the audience.

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