On May 4, 2007, at the Opening Ceremony of the 2007 World Conference of Integrated Medicines, delegates from more than 30 countries joined together to inaugurate the Global Foundation for Integrative Medicine (GFIM) based in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a big Bang! Banners dropped in sync with special effects at that special moment! And Voila! GFIM was formed through the trust of our supporters over the many years and through the initiative of the World Conference of Integrated Medicines.
The proceedings began with Native American Eagle Dancers and a traditional Medicine Man, from Jemez Pueblo giving the blessing for the Conference. Native Sculptress, Estella Loretto, and GFIM in a gesture of Peace brought the 10 Ft. Bronze Peace Warrior to Santa Fe with a Peace message. Santa Fe Mayor, David Coss welcomed the delegates and thanked them for bringing Peace awareness through this unique platform of the integration of all medicines. 400 International Delegates gathered to hear Lectures and Scientific Papers on Integrative Medicine and Celebrated by sharing meals and dancing in the evenings with UNESCO Peace Ambassadors Chico and the Gypsies and Local Mariachi music and Banquets of Foods of the Southwest. The theme of the Conference is “It is through Healing we unite in Peace” Physicians, Healers, Eastern and Western Doctors, Scientists, Researchers and Advocates of Peace through the Integration of Medicine gathered for Lectures, Scientific Papers, Panel discussions and workshops given. Like-minded people networked and recognized medicine as an overlooked component of Peace.