AHSNZ Wanaka: a taste of what you missed

ICYMI, the second Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand symposium took place over Labour weekend, giving me a great excuse to head down to the South Island and reconnect with the geographical region I’ve spent much of my time over the years, and with the people who are part of my ‘tribe.’ I love love love the South Island and particularly Central Otago. It was so great to reconnect with fellow Ancestral Health New Zealand crew, meet up with old Dunedin friends and meet other like-minded people.

I am not going to give a detailed account of each presentation – in fact, I don’t need to as the presenters are each writing up a post that summarises their talks – two of which   I am sharing today so you can get a taste of what you missed. As a brief overview, there were a mixture of practitioners and advocates of evolutionary health – touching on topics from sustainable farming to endurance training to perceptions of body size ideals. While our first symposium had more of a focus on nutrition, this conference extended well beyond that.

The programme from the conference can be found here, and below are two posts already written up by Kate and Andrew. Read, ponder, and definitely keep an eye out for details of our next symposium looking to be held in the first quarter of next year.

Kate, the Holistic Nutritionist, an Australian import, did a detailed talk on the importance of the gut microbiome in determining our health

Dr Andrew Dickson (from Massey University), self-proclaimed Clydesdale and lover of trail running spoke about body mass and endurance athletes: perception via psycho-sociology

The day ended with a movement session that didn’t involve exercise; Max Bell (from MovNat New Zealand), Aaron Callaghan (Peak 40) and James Murphy (of Synergy Health) took us through movement and activity patterns that challenged the uncoordinated amongst us (i.e. me) but was suitable for all levels. This enabled pretty much all of the conference attendees to take part. Check out some of the pictures from this (and the conference in general) on the AHSNZ Facebook page here.

Overall – it was a brilliant day and a taste of things to come over the coming year. Along with the  one-day symposiums in the pipeline, we have our first international event planned for Queenstown next Labour weekend – with Melissa and Dallas Hartwig (Whole 9) and Dr Emily Deans already booked to present. I’m already counting down the days to this one – it’s 346 sleeps away.

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