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Sue Greenwald Creates Her Dream Expo

Apr 02, 2018 12:42PM

Sue Greenwald has always been passionate about new ideas, healthy lifestyles and spiritual development, “walking the talk” by teaching yoga for 17 years and becoming a certified holistic health counselor, energy healer and ordained minister. She also operated a wellness center that offered yoga, dance, healing energy treatments, massage and a variety of spiritual and self-development classes.

The Empowered Light Holistic Expo started as an idea that grew and wouldn’t leave. Regularly pulling together gatherings such as writers groups, networking groups and varied classes, Greenwald began to imagine how she would operate an expo and larger events. “I love the dynamic that comes from working with like-minded people, but my first reaction to these wonderings were, ‘No way! You don’t know anything about expos, and where would you find the time?’ she explains.”

Greenwald listened to the negative voice for six months. During that time her expo ideas grew into a mild obsession, and she realized that this wasn’t just a crazy idea—it was a dream she needed to pursue. Knowing that the best way to manifest something is to visualize it, Greenwald created a vision of the successful expo she wanted and then took the risk of renting an enormous space at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, in Oaks—big enough to hold the expo she held in her mind. She contacted a variety of holistic practitioners and vendors, beginning with the many contacts she had from her wellness center.

Greenwald learned everything by doing it. “I have a saying,” she shares. “Make a decision, then make it right.” She worked night and day, with her efforts culminating in the first Empowered Light Holistic Expo in October 2016. A true manifestation of her vision, it was a collaboration of expert speakers and vendors, promoting healthy lifestyles by offering healing products, services, inspiration and information.

Now in its third year, the expo is held the last weekend of April and September in Oaks. The next expo will take place from April 27 to 29, with more than 50 inspiring talks in four different halls. The vendor floor promotes more than 100 holistic vendors. Psychic and intuitive readings are available, as well as healthy food samples. “Everyone needs something different, so the expo offers a wide variety. Sometimes people just need a contact or a like-minded friend, and it’s easy to make great connections at the expo,” Greenwald offers.

The response has been so positive that Greenwald is starting a similar event in Nashville, Tennessee, this October. “I found that I was being called to move away from my wellness center and work exclusively on the expos and other events. They are my passion all day, every day, and I never tire of it,” she enthuses.

Empowered Light has recently added spiritual, light-adventure retreats called Empowering Journeys to their list of events, visiting Mexico in February 2019 for a light-adventure tour. Also in the works are events called Raise Your Vibe, which focus more on workshops with a concentrated theme.

Greenwald offers, “I have big plans for the expo and am trying to ensure that it has a solid foundation before it grows again. I want to make the expo an international success, where people can come for the connection and inspiration that they need. I want to make a really big impact on the world, in my own way.”

Admission is $5 to $20 and includes most talks and workshops. Location: 100 Station Ave., halls D and E, Oaks. For tickets and more information, visit EmpoweredLight.com. 

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