What I Didn’t Say Very Well at the End of CANference 2

Every morning in the months leading up to the CANference 2, I would wake up and look to see who registered and confirmed that they were attending. It was like Christmas and I’d see almost every day names that I knew well: Nora or Julia or Demetra and others. Some I knew just a little: Chris, Elizadeath, Steve, and Judith among many others. Some I knew not at all or just barely: Carrie, Ash, Emily P, are just a few. Every day I got a little more excited. (And apologies for everyone who I didn’t mention!)

But none of that seeing your names on the computer screen matched what happened overt he past weekend! For those who attended the 1st CANference, this one was equally wonderful. My heart is just filled form seeing and being around all of you. You folks who inspire me (and in fact I had a hard time sleeping last night because of all the ideas running through my head). I love you all and know your clinics will succeed and we will do this again and again. As Whitsitt said, this is starting to become normal and my biggest wish is that it will become normal for all of us. I remember looking around the room Sunday morning and realizing that in time all of us will lead a breakout session as all of us has a unique view on how to do this Acupuncture stuff that would be good for all of us to hear. 

I can’t wait to see you all again! 


Skip Van Meter
Author: Skip Van Meter

Skip is Lead Acupuncturist and Co-Founder of <a href="https://www.workingclassacupuncture.org/" target="_blank">Working Class Acupuncture</a> in Portland, Oregon. With the earlier part of his life spent acquiring knowledge about geology, urban planning and teaching high school, he has now been an acupuncturist for 19 years, using about a 1,750,000 needles poking his patients. He likes all things soccer, has three fabulous sons, the best wife in the world, and a great dog and two cool cats.

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  1. Skip, you said what you said

    Skip, you said what you said just perfectly.  It doesn’t hurt that your’re easy on the eyes either.  Thank you everyone for a rockin good time.

  2. 🙂

    I haven’t been able to make either CANference, but I just want to say that thanks to you (all), CA seems very normal to me, and boy am I glad and grateful for it and that!

  3. it was an amazing weekend.

    it was an amazing weekend. Perfect timing for opening a new clinic! I had to rush off and didn’t hear your closing words Skip, but the whole weekend I just felt lucky to be part of this community. Yup, even when jello sloshed out of the pit…