The following is the general agenda for the day of the conference. Scroll down for Keynote and Session information.
8:00am - Vendor Check-in
8:30am - Participant Registration
9:00am - Vendor Exhibits
9:45am - Breakfast
10:15am - Welcome & Introduction
10:30am - Keynote Presentation
12:00pm - Lunch/Vendor Exhibits
1:00pm - Breakout Session
1:45pm - Break/Afternoon Snack
2:45pm - Vendor Prizes/Closing Remarks
Mental health advocate, teacher and self-taught artist on finding a passion & a purpose
PeaceLove Co-founder Jeff Sparr is a man on an audacious mission – a mission to make mental illness cool. Not cool to have, but cool to support.
A family man, mental health advocate, teacher and self-taught artist, Jeff is above all a survivor, battling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) much of his life.
Diagnosed in college, Jeff spent decades waging a daily war against his illness. While launching a textile company, getting married and starting a family, he remained desperate for an outlet to relieve his mental anguish.
On a whim, and with no background or training, Sparr decided to try his hand at painting. Like discovering a superpower, he found painting dramatically subdued the symptoms of his OCD, providing a creative outlet and sense of control. This discovery changed the course of Jeff’s life, and he hasn’t stopped painting since.
Jeff paints with passion and purpose, using foam brushes, brash strokes and bold colors. He works quickly, pouring his energies onto the canvas. Brush in hand, he is in a zone, experiencing the quietude of his own mind. He is the man in the fedora: cool, strong, and self-assured. “I’m the peace man,” he says, “it’s like a Superman thing.”
While re-watching a 2009 Discovery Health Channel documentary featuring his story, Jeff had his Aha! moment and knew he needed to do something with his newfound superpower. Inspired by a simple, powerful image signifying peace of mind and love in your heart, Sparr set out to build the first symbol and movement for the mental health community to rally behind.
Jeff has shared his story with diverse communities including NBC Nightly News, The Discovery Channel, NPR, Hallmark, Zappos, LIVESTRONG, TEDx, Social Venture Network, and Ohio State University. His art has found its way into various galleries, private collections, permanent installations, and the Grammy’s MusiCares.
Jeff Sparr will be presenting both our Keynote Address and the breakout session!
Jeff's Breakout Session
"Learning to be present in the moment while becoming more conscious of inner thoughts and feelings."
In this experience, participants will learn about mandalas in other cultures and how to use them in daily life for focusing attention, creating sacred space, and developing personal wholeness. Through the process of creating a mandala, participants will become more conscious of their present inner thoughts and feelings. By combining the act of drawing with free association and collaborative reflection, each person will create a poem to clarify and represent the meaning of their mandala.
Fredericksburg EXPO & Conference Center
2371Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS THE DAY OF THE EVENT, PLEASE CALL 540.847.1022.
National Counseling Group
Rappahannock United Way
Grafton Integrated Health Network
Behavioral Health Services Hughes Center
Rappahannock Area Community Services Board
Family Preservation Services
Harbor Point Behavioral
New Hope Treatment
Timber Ridge School
Youth for Tomorrow
Thursday, February 9th
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Vendor Setup at EXPO
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Vendor Mixer at the Hilton!
Friday, February 10th
Welcome & Introduction
Vendor Prizes/Closing Remarks
Hotel Information for Vendors
Hilton Garden Inn (Central Park)
NEXT TO THE EXPO CENTER!!
1060 Hospitality Lane
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
The room block is reserved through January 19th, at a rate of $89.00 per room (2 Queen or 1 King)! Please use group code YF2017 when reserving your room.