Empowered Women – Empowered Families

2016 Theme Address: Empowered Women – Empowered Families

This year I sit back in amazement that we will be celebrating 8 years of the Gaia’s Essence Women’s Wellness Conference.
The vision of the conference has always been to bring women together to inspire, educate and mentor each other. We have done that and so much more and for that I am grateful.

This year we continue on the path with the theme Empowered Women: Empowered Families. An empowered woman empowers their families in achieving their life goals and becoming who they are destined to be. It is an absolute gift to be a part of a family unit that truly supports each other.

Join us this year as we set the foundation for creating Empowered Women and Empowered Families.

Farrah La Ronde-Hutchison
Founder of Gaia’s Essence Women’s Wellness Conference


Conducted by:

Seminar Description

12pm – 1:00pm

Lunch & Registration

Enjoy lunch and network with guests

1:00pm – 2pm

Farrah La Ronde- Hutchison

GEWWC Founder Welcome address

2pm – 2:15pm

Maria Gavriel

Create a new frontier of parenting, and consciousness!

2:15pm -2:30pm

Ms. Claudette J. Spence

JoyTalks – Get on the path to more harmonious family relations, celebrate family successes. Make it work!

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Christine Walsh Egan

How I Redefined the Meaning of Healthy

3:00pm – 3:30pm


Visit our Exhibitor Room, Photo Booth & Author Alley

3:30pm – 4pm

Orlandina Balan

Seasons of Her.. A Journey of Womanhood

4pm – 4:10pm

Mark Ghobril

4:10pm – 4:20pm

Dr. Jillian Finker, ND, CNS

Heal Your Thyroid Naturally

4:20pm – 4:30pm

Soh Young Lee – Segredo

Eat Your Colors

4:30pm – 5:00pm


Visit our Exhibitor Room, Photo Booth & Author Alley

5pm – 6pm

Wellness Panel

Health Warriors Panel: attend an interactive discussion on the characteristics of a Empowered Women – Empowered Families

6pm – 6:30pm


Visit our Exhibitor Room, Photo Booth & Author Alley


Women of Honor Award ceremony

Celebrating & honoring women in the community


Farrah La Ronde- Hutchison

Power Circles. Join us as our Founder shares her passion & dedication to creating GEWWC. Connect & share with other women.


The Fitter Woman  with Orlandina Balan, MsED, IFBB Pro, NASM Certified PT

ShareThe Fitter Woman lives within every one of us.  Our charge in this life is to nurture her development and growth. The Fitter Woman is not solely defined as a state of physical fitness; she is a balance of physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.

The Fitter Woman is one who has been made whole through her life’s journey.  She has been forged by life’s joys and pain, as well as by life’s successes and challenges. She has defined herself, her purpose, her wants, her needs and her desires.  The Fitter Woman has freed herself of the confines of what society has dictated to be the picture of perfection. Though she may be inspired by others, The Fitter Woman NEVER seeks to imitate or duplicate.  The Fitter Woman celebrates and embraces her own uniqueness.

Although she always seeks to improve, The Fitter Woman strives only to be a healthier and happier version of herself. This is because The Fitter Woman is at peace with herself and her life choices.

– Be Fitter, Healthier and Happier

We are excited to announce one of our first Premiere Speakers for 2016. IFBB Pro Orlandina Balan. Her journey to self began in the Fall of 2011. Her world was turned completely upside down. It was a time filled with doubts, uncertainties and unknowns. Orlandina had so many questions and only she would be able answer them, in time.

The Fitter Woman is one who has been broken down to her finer parts and made herself whole. She is not flawless, yet she is beautiful.  She walks with confidence and grace.This woman has accepted and embraced all aspects of her life journey, the joys and the challenges.  By her journey’s end she has learned every complex facet of herself. Join Orlandina as she educates us all on finding our fitter woman within!! http://thefitterwoman.com

Create a new frontier of parenting, and consciousness! – Maria Gavriel

MC-0317If you want to create a new paradigm, you first have to BE that new paradigm! Be a game changer in your life, and child’s future. Explore your innate capabilities, and access the most powerful tools in creating the life and family you love.  Through each mother’s innate, transformation abilities, there is reason to have hope for a new world. Join Maria Gavriel, (speaker, award winning author, and parent advocate,) as she shares 3 simple, yet powerful ways that will modify and ensure a brighter tomorrow, for you, your family, and our world community, by: Finding Your Voice Taking Action Building a Better Tomorrow Expect to be Inspired, and Empowered in making a difference! “Give Me A New Mother, and I’ll Give You a New World” – Plato (we can add this on the side of copy or photo somewhere -whatever works for you guys)

Maria Gavriel is a transformational coach, the author of the award winning book, Love Centered Parenting, and the voice behind www. LoveCenteredParenting.com. She has been invited to share her message on various shows such as NPR, as well as local communities.
Through her coaching, talks, and organized events, Maria supports mothers to create an integral approach to parenting that empowers them in raising their children wholly – mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically. She has activated and supported countless families in forging a brighter path for their children’s future. Maria’s vision is to create the possibility of world transformation, by consciously parenting our next generation.

How I Redefined the Meaning Of Healthy – Christine Egan

RedefiningHealthyPICAuthor Christine Egan will be sharing how she maintained her health even though she had cancer. But be warned, this isn’t just a talk about breast cancer, it’s about how to live a happy, vibrant life no matter what your circumstances are. Learn how you can #RedefineHealthy for yourself by shedding your “shoulds” and finding health in the least expected and delightful ways.

Christine Egan is a healthy living advocate, author of The Healthy Girl’s Guide to Breast Cancer and part owner of non-toxic cosmetic brand Life On Mars Beauty. She ran a half-marathon after ending 33 radiation treatments, and a full marathon to celebrate her remission. Today she leads the #RedefiningHealthy movement — teaching women around the world how to feel healthy in their bodies now, not after losing 15 pounds, finishing cancer treatments, or quitting their dead-end job. Christine is a regular on News12, has appeared on Fox News, as well as in Yoga Journal, Better Homes and Garden and Live Happy Magazine. She has also given talks for major running brands: Saucony and New Balance. Christine lives on Long Island, NY with her husband and three children. She can be found at http://www.redefining-healthy.com/

Dr. Jillian Finker, ND, CNS

JillProShot_RLearn about foods that help the thyroid heal. Discover substances that cause it the thyroid to destroy itself. Everyday tips to help promote thyroid health through lifestyle changes.




Kathrine Mitchell

ImageIntuitive counselor, clairvoyant, healer and an artist, she is the founder of Aligning INC. As an empowerment and life path consultant she bridges the laws of spirit and science with the practice of The Tao, yoga, meditation and the Aligning. Creating The Aligning and Intuitive yoga programs for the individual to cultivate peace, harmony and enlightenment. Her intention is to empower people to find strength to make changes in their lives, and understand their journey through life has been her mission for over three decades.


 Eat your colors! – Soh Young Lee-Segredo


Soh Young Lee-Segredo has been cooking for over four dacades influenced by her years living in South Korea, South America, Europe and USA.

She will demonstrate and make Korean Salad she created. Ingredients are Sesame seed leaves, Korean corn, Korean Turnip, Korean green pepper known as Asak Asak (onomatopoeia which means crispy), Korean cucumber, carrot, scallion, pinoli nuts, etc.

She has been doing Korean cooking class demonstrations in Queens Public libraries. Recently she held her programs in King’s Manor Museum and Windsor Park Library.

JoyTalks – Get on the path to more harmonious family relations, celebrate family successes. Make it work! – Ms. Claudette J. Spence

JoyParental & Individual Family Planning – Communication Skills and Techniques

Objective: Create a written individual and family mission statement and an action plan that can assist family members to be more understanding and supportive of each other toward success and fulfillment.

Note: Creation of a mission statement. While a mission statement can take some intentional time to create, that which is created in this workshop is deemed to be a beginning. Participants will be encouraged to revisit the mission statement from time to time to ascertain its relevance and make changes.

Ms. Claudette J. Spence is joy, peace and creativity with a desire to “seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God.” She has worked in community development for more than 30 years advocating with and for marginalized communities to improve on the quality of life.

Claudette Joy enjoys living – amidst life’s challenges and joys. She is praised-filled for God’s grace in her life and for all the people whom God has sent to be a blessing to her. Her hope is that she is a blessing to you.

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