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Jonathan Paul de Vierville

Board Vice President

Credentials: PHD, MSSW (University of Texas), authored “A History of American Spas and Healing Waters”

Dr. Jonathan Paul De Vierville, Vice President of the Board and Emeritus Professor of The Humanities, Cultural History and Interdisciplinary Studies, plans to share research, information and training with individuals, organizations and institutions that seek to promote the value and benefits of Bathing Cultures with The Waters.

De Vierville studied, trained and worked in the fields of cultural history and analytical psychology as well as climatology and medical hydrology in America and Europe.

During the 1970s while a Tour Director for American Express, he traveled the world, frequently visiting mineral springs, baths and spa towns. In the 1980’s at the University of Texas in the Department of American Studies and Civilization, he wrote a lengthy cultural history on “The Healing Waters of America.” Over the past four past decades he participated and presented at various professional conferences including: The American and International Medical Hydrology and Climatology Societies, International Spa Association, Green Spa Network, Global Spa and Wellness Institute, The International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations, and others.

Today, he is applying his experience, knowledge and understanding on focusing directions and flow for BANA into, within and through the very Nature of The Waters as well as The Waters of Nature.

 

 

“Spa Cultures already exist and have existed since the beginning of recorded history,” De Vierville says, “and now is a time to re-search, re-discover, re-learn, and re-mainstream the arts, sciences and cultures of Balneology into the practices of mindfulness, wellness, health-care and therapies.”

“Although our current high speed life-styles and, the basic practice for Taking the Waters continues to move fundamentally with Nature’s Times, Rhythms and Pace.” 

Q&A with Prof JPDV

While a student and a Tour Director for American Express in Europe, I visited Baden Baden, Bad Worishofen, Karlsbad, Bad Ragaz, Bad Sulza and numerous other spa towns.  Later, when I returned to the United States I started visiting the ancient native hot springs, warm baths and natural spa watering-hole sites around North America.

I am working on a visual and narrative l presentation and webinar on the story and cultural history of “Taking-to-The Waters” in America.

Deep research into the very “Nature of The Waters and The Waters of Nature.” Recent research and new information on The Waters which is leading to a wider and deeper understanding of the molecular Mystery of The Waters; and this applies to Hot, Warm and Cold Springs, Tubs and Pools as well as Bathing and Drinking.

BANA is more than an “industrial association.”  BANA sees and seeks cosmological relations and connections. Yes, there are the business, commercial and economic needs along with their technological and industrial features and tools, but BANA is reaching through and beyond the multiple “industrial”  perspectives towards deeper significance, multiple meanings and wider ecological purpose and sustainable outcomes. Similar to the descriptions found in Father Thomas Berry’s:  THE GREAT WORK  and THE DREAM OF THE EARTH. BANA as a conscious collaborative and cooperative effort seeks to touch, connect and engage with The Waters —“The Blood of the Earth” within the context of the “cosmological.”

BANA is more than an “industrial association.”  BANA sees and seeks cosmological relations and connections. Yes, there are the business, commercial and economic needs along with their technological and industrial features and tools, but BANA is reaching through and beyond the multiple “industrial”  perspectives towards deeper significance, multiple meanings and wider ecological purpose and sustainable outcomes. Similar to the descriptions found in Father Thomas Berry’s:  THE GREAT WORK  and THE DREAM OF THE EARTH. BANA as a conscious collaborative and cooperative effort seeks to touch, connect and engage with The Waters —“The Blood of the Earth” within the context of the “cosmological.”