Mar 24, 2010
05:45PM - 09:15PM
Sonoma Big Ideas and Rich Conversations with Women
Thought leader speaker combined with chef meal and rich conversations about dreams, new ways of thinking and big ideas
Ramekins Culinary School Sonoma
Event Description

A Sonoma group, spearheaded by mother-daughter team Carole Peccorini and Chalon Bridges, are offering North Bay women a forum to create their own big, bold ideas through  a nine-month speaker series, “Awakening Your Legacy – Big Ideas and Rich Conversations with North Bay Women.”


Through October on the fourth Wednesday evening of each month, “big idea” speakers will relate the inspiration that became their passion and personal destiny.  The series venue is Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma where a freshly prepared dinner by the chef will be served. The evening program will conclude with conversations among table guests to support dormant dreams that could lead to more big ideas.


On Wednesday evening, March 24, Dr. Len Saputo will talk about Health Medicine and his book A Return to Healing. Len Saputo, MD, was inspired to change how he thought about health and healing when he was faced with solving his wife Vicki’s life-threatening illness.  It marked a turning point in his medical career. His practice would never be the same.


 In his book, Return to Healing, Dr. Saputo writes, “Today, my bottom line is simple:  Medicine should be about healing.”


Pursuing this vision, he discovered his true life’s purpose of improving the way medicine is practiced and promoting healthy living.  He finds it heartbreaking to see far too many people sick in all age groups in spite of astronomical costs of our current system. “It doesn’t have to be this way,” notes Dr. Saputo.


In his quest for another way, he founded the Health Medicine Center in Walnut Creek where he has been experimenting with new approaches to creating a financially sustainable practice focused on what he calls “Health Medicine.”  Patients and families are part of their health care team that includes professionals from many healing traditions along with Dr. Saputo.  The approach is holistic and preventive in focus.


He also pioneered a non profit education foundation, The Health Medicine Forum, devoted to professional and public education on integrative medicine, the nature of healing and a vision for change.


Len believes in community action and has spearheaded an initiative called  This grassroots effort has negotiated with restaurants, schools and hospitals to serve healthy, fresh foods with adequate fiber and no high fructose corn syrup or trans-fats.


A 1965 graduate of Duke University Medical School, Dr. Saputo is board certified in internal medicine.  For 40 years he has been a practicing physician in affiliation with John Muir Medical Center in the East Bay.


Following the talk, guests will participate in a guided conversation about new ways of thinking and the possibilities that may be stirring in their own lives.


Deadline to register is Monday, March 15.  The program and dinner begin at 5:45 p.m. with a cash bar and end at 9:30 p.m.  $60 per person, $62 online. Ramekins, 450 W. Spain St., Sonoma. Register by contacting Carole Peccorini at 707.996.2167 or online at







Fee: $60.00

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Phone: 707-996-2167




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