From the 23rd to the 25th October 2015, The Ancestral Society of New Zealand will be holding its inaugural international symposium in Queenstown, New Zealand. It's a big deal. Not only is it a big deal for a small organisation like AHSNZ to host an event of this size, but also a big deal to have a collection of such high calibre speakers on diverse topics in the ancestral health realm.
1) The line-up of speakers is fantastic. If you are following the discussion about understanding and resolving the mismatch between the environment we have created for ourselves and the one in which our physiology and anatomy evolved, then you really ought to be there. Some of the leading voices contributing to this discussion will be there, some of whom you've heard of, some of whom you haven't. Hurry up and go get your ticket here. No really, now. I'll wait.
Need more convincing? We already have one presenter's talk in the vault. It's fantastic and it's by Ian Spreadbury, BSc, PhD on the effect of cellular vs acellular carbohydrate on our gut microbiome. Under his hypothesis, refined flours cause issues for us, via our gut bacteria. The question is, does this hold true for the likes of "Paleo" flours and "Paleo" baked goods made from such flours? His answer is fascinating and you get to hear it in Queenstown. As a teaser I can tell you that I've seen it and it's fantastic. Here's that link again to go get your tickets.
2) Being there in person is better than reading reviews on the interwebs a few days after the fact or aggravating your gradually increasing feelings of FOMO from live Tweet streams. Plus, socialisation is an important component of the ancestral health model. You'll retain more of what you hear and talk about with the people you'll meet there too.
3) It's in New Zealand! Queenstown, New Zealand! (photographic evidence of awesomeness below).
4) You get to hear a perspective on Maori ecology and the connection to health and physical activity from Dr Ihirangi Heke. This is a talk that is uniquely Aotearoan, where indigenous health and physical activity are reimagined. Collaegues of mind who heard Ihi speak rated him and his message highly. I'm looking forward to this presentation.
4) This gentlemen (@craigzielinski) will be saying some important things about strength training from years in "the trenches". His motto is Ferrum Et Vitriolum (that's "iron and vitriol" in Latin, non-latin speakers). He'll be saying it passionately, he'll be saying it with a Scottish brogue. You really ought to be there to hear him.
6) A visit last year to John and Emily McRae's farm at Glendu Bay near Wanaka was quite a treat for a 'townie' like me. It's one thing to talk about local and organic produce and the qualtiy of the food we eat, it's another to put that into practice, sustain a business and a family and keep land in the family all the while with constant pressure from surrounding development. John and Emily McRae are proving it can be done if you are innovative and engaged with your community. John spoke at the AHSNZ Wanaka conference and was very well received. This year, is Diana Rodger, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farmer, grad student (soon to be registered dietician), blogger, author and mom will speak on sustainable food and what that really means from her perspective as a farmer and nutritionist.
7) Finally reason number seven which is there way more than 7 reasons I can think of to be in Queenstown from the 23rd to the 25th October. I'm also looking forward to hearing and participaing with Darryl Edwards, The Fitness Explorer, Phillip Beach, a mentor of mine on archtypal postures that are 'built into our form via evolution, and hearing from Dr Emily Deans about the human microbiome and mental health.
I'm sure you'll find more than seven reasons why you'll be glad you attended the symposium. Here's that link again to go buy your tickets. Once you've done that you can then found more information about how to get there,where to stay, and what to do in and around Queenstown. I hope to see you there.