New Mason resident, Carol Conlee, will be speaking to the Mason Study Club on Tuesday, September 22nd at 10 a.m.
Carol Conlee moved to Mason in 2007 after she and her adventurous husband fell in love with a rugged piece of land in Loyal Valley, about 18 miles south of town. Like many other Masonites, they found a deep spiritual connection with the area and knew they were destined to make this county their new home. As soon as they could, they did.
Carol is a playwright and is passionate about the alchemical healing that can come through a story told well and presented live. She obtained her degree in playwriting from Texas Women’s University and took her craft into competitions that garnered many respectable awards and productions, but it was her own dinner theater at her popular bed and breakfast hotel in College Station that captured the respect of a well known dramaturge, Dr. Douglas Brooks, from Columbia University, then teaching at Texas A&M. Soon after, her amusing Shakespearean parodies were a part of the English department and her theater thrived for 5 years, right up until the Loyal Valley incident.
But the Loyal Valley incident essentially came about as a result of Carol’s additional love and curiosity of anthropology and the beliefs, practices and mystical rites of different cultures, many of which are over-laid in Shakespeare’s works. Carol began a search to learn more. Through travels that exposed her to many countries and much knowledge, it was the Mayan traditional healing methods that spoke to her in the way that Shakespeare did. Just as the Mayan ruins hold an intrinsic mystery, their ethno-botanical protocol to healing of what they refer to as ‘spiritual diseases’ contrasted and compared to many of the maladies of Shakespeare’s characters. She could not get enough.
Studying annually on the Guatemalan border in the jungle of Belize with Dr. Rosita Arvigo of IxChel Rainforest Foundation and the Belize Bush Medicine Camp, Carol has come to realize that medicine and spirituality cannot be separated. There is ample evidence that to be effective, they must, in fact, be a strong, solid unit of one.