The International Light Association (ILA) is dedicated to the exploration of the profound effects of light on our health and wellbeing.
The ILA features an international membership, encompassing light therapy practitioners, health professionals, artists, architects, scientists, educators, product manufacturers, interior and exterior designers and philosophers – and welcomes one and all, both those with an established passion for light and colour as well as the simply curious newcomers, to its tenth annual conference. Dates are September 20th through 25th, 2013 and the venue is the well-appointed Ter Dennen residential conference centre in Westmalle near Antwerp, Belgium.
Lectures, interactive workshops, exhibitors, a credit bearing light course module, as well as cultural offerings are all on offer, and the programme has been designed to be affordable in terms of both money and time.
Among the international luminaries presenting are physicist Dr. Claude Swanson, biologist Dr. James Oschman, neuropsychiatrist Dr. Christian Agrapart, architect Dr. Richard Hobday, Syntonic optometrists Dr Larry Wallace and Wim Boeykens, and biophysicist Dr Marco Bischof, all with important information to share.
A highlight of this conference will be the launch of an annual International Light Day (ILD) the first of which will be celebrated on 22 September 2013, the autumn solstice. Pauline Allen, chair of ILD said “it feels like the time is right to herald a new awareness of what light in all its forms can do for us. Until fairly recently society has taken for granted its importance and supporting scientific research has been sparse. It is our aim that the launch of ILD will be a springboard for research, comment and collaboration from all light related fields, thus raising awareness to the wider community”.
After nearly a decade in existence, the ILA is in the process of developing a degree course in Light Studies, legitimising and recognising the use of light not just as an esoteric practice but also as an academic discipline. Generations ago, the human race instinctively realised the importance of light, and as mankind progressed through the ages, to some degree this has been lost or perhaps forgotten. Now in the 21st Century, humanity is finally rediscovering the importance of light and what it can bring to society and civilisation.
During the past 10 years, practitioners from across the globe have been attracted to join the organisation, bringing with them a wealth of experience in differing fields of light related work. Light informs every day of one’s life; now is the time to really understand what that means.