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s I sit writing my 12th letter of the year to you, it’s hard to find the right words of inspiration to share to wish you a wonderful December. The holidays are here, with all the joys and experiences of this season of giving and love. Yet it is a complicated and conflicted world in which we live, and global peace is still our collective dream. So I will keep my message simple and yet oh-so-challenging. Find peace, make peace, keep peace. In your heart. In your actions. In your morning intention when you wake. In what you know to be true in your heart as you drift to sleep. Make peace and love the central themes of how you interact with your family, your children, the pushy person at the store and the rude driver in the other car that cuts you off. Do this because we need each and every one of us together to build collective peace, love and unity—this is a grassroots action we can all become active in every day. Today and always, no phrase rings truer than the traditional message of the season: “On Earth peace, and goodwill to all.” From everyone here in our Natural Awakenings Chicago family to you and those you hold dear, we wish you every joy this holiday season. May you find the opportunities to celebrate and find inspiration in the little pleasures of the season; may you find moments of blissful inner stillness; may you find comfort from suffering; and may you be surrounded in love and kindness.

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Year-End Savings on Needed Services at Gaiamed Dental


ndie Pearson, DMD, RCST, owner of Gaiamed Dental, is offering big dental services discounts of up to 30 percent to help patients get the dental work they may have been putting off. It’s the end of the year, but there is still time to use remaining 2015 insurance benefits to get the dental work done that individuals and families need, even as holiday and end-of-year expenses may be competing for available funds. Pearson says, “We understand that most dental insurance coverage doesn’t cover everything, and we are rolling back our fees on many services throughout the month Andie Pearson, of December. Call or email our office for details on the DMD, RCST discounts we are offering on dental care and spa services.” Discounts apply to mercury-free dental restorations, preventive care treatments and spa treatments. Children from 2 to 18 years old receive a free school year children’s dental exam, with bite-wing X-rays at no charge through December 31. “In 2016, we will also be participating in a few select PPO plans to further make dentistry more affordable,” says Pearson. In addition, Gaiamed offers their own discount dental plan. Location: 929 Ridge Rd., Wilmette. For more information, call 847-977-1655, email or visit See ad on page 3, in the Community Resource Guide and at

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f we are eating a healthy diet, but still have digestive issues, it might be time to examine how well our internal plumbing is working and see what’s going on in there. During December, clients can take $100 off the price of three visits designed to get your diet and digestion back on track with Reneé Barasch, “The Tummy Whisperer”. Whether seasonal eating, holiday emotions and/ or stress are causing digestive disturbances or whether Reneé Barasch we are just indulging in too much of a good thing, this program is designed to bring relief to digestive woes. Barasch, owner of Nutritional Health Solutions, is extensively trained in digestive issues and offers solutions to resolve symptoms. She says, “To me, digestion is not about deprivation. It’s about integrating better choices more frequently into your life. I will help you to make food substitutions that taste great and help you to avoid being uncomfortable and suffering digestive symptoms like bloating, fatigue, cramping and headaches.” Location; 480 Elm Pl., Highland Park. For appointments, call 847-207-2034 or visit See ad on page 9, in the Community Resource Guide and in the Holiday Gift Guide. 10


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he Heartland Spa, recently relocated to the Midwest’s premier fourseason destination, Bella Vista Suites, in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, is celebrating the holiday season with a special offer. Book any single occupancy room for December, January or February and a guest may stay in the same room at no additional charge. At Heartland Spa, guests are pampered throughout their visit and experience the benefits of therapeutic touch, lavish in the joy of being nurtured and feel their body renewed by reconnecting with nature and experience personal wellness. They can enjoy three nutritious meals each day, eat mindfully and enjoy the company of other guests on the same journey of discovery and personal growth. Guests are encouraged to find balance and energy in a yoga class and set an intention to cultivate the qualities that will help them flourish and learn about ways to live their happiest, healthiest life. Spa services will help to rejuvenate body, mind and spirit; and spending time in nature or savoring a cup of herbal tea on the outdoor patio overlooking Geneva Lake will get all in a festive mood.

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amilyFarmed has launched a new campaign to raise much-needed funds to benefit the next generation of small farmers in the U.S. The mission of the campaign Help Us Grow Young Farmers! on the IndieGoGo crowdfunding site is to raise $60,000 in tax-deductible contributions by December 6 to develop a Direct Market Success manual and training program to increase the number and proficiency of our young farmers. Donors can choose from an exciting list of perks offered by FamilyFarmed. They include donations from award-winning Farm to Table chefs, as well as from Chipotle Mexican Grill, Whole Foods Market and Farmhouse Chicago. More young farmers are needed because the average age of farmers in this country is approaching 60 and many are nearing retirement. Meanwhile, the numbers of farmers’ markets nationwide have quadrupled over the past 20 years. The manual will be integral in instructing new farmers in workshops across the nation. Nonprofit FamilyFarmed’s Wholesale Success program has already trained more than 7,000 farmers to sell into wholesale markets. For more information, visit

Celebrate the Holidays with Abundant Life Spiritual Center


bundant Life Spiritual Center, in Deerfield, is offering several ways to celebrate the holidays in community this year. They’ll hold a meditation hour, The ‘I’ of the Holiday Storm, at 9 a.m., December 13. A soulful Christmas story with music will be told from a metaphysical viewpoint at 5 p.m., December 24. A Burning Bowl ceremony at 10 a.m., January 3, 2016, provides an opportunity to release unwanted thoughts and beliefs as we enter the new year. Founder and Spiritual Director Rev. Carol Saunders states, “Each year, we bring Christmas alive for people in a new and relevant way. We provide an experience of sanctuary and meaning in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle.” Abundant Life Spiritual Center is a Unity center in Deerfield for those that consider themselves spiritual, but not religious, offering practical ways to live powerfully, passionately and purposefully. See calendar listings for locations. For more information, visit See ad on page 11 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Shop for the Holidays at Solful Gifts Serendipity Event


olful Gifts, in Wheeling, will conduct a unique Serendipity event from noon to 5 p.m., December 13. It’ll be a fusion of customer appreciation day and open house, featuring free educational presentations, an Intuitive Gala with readings and healing sessions. There will also be mindful networking, music, snacks and the opportunity to learn about and purchase mindful gifts. Oksana Gritsenko, a mind and life coach and founder of Solful Gifts, Inc., Oksana Gritsenko says, “There are many options to choose from: rare gems and crystals set in gorgeous sterling silver jewelry and beautifully packaged; astrological or numerological reports that make a great gift that can help people understand better who they are and make productive choices in life; and Vibrational Balance Ajna Light Healing sessions for body and mind and much more. This is our fifth Serendipity event and it’s getting more and more popular.” Natural Awakenings readers receive a 10 percent discount on gem and crystal sterling silver jewelry with the code NATURAL AWAKENING. Location: 1040 S. Milwaukee Ave., Ste. 130, Wheeling. For more information, call 847-924-5708 or visit and Facebook. See ad in the Holiday Gift Guide.

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newsbriefs Get Pampered for the Holidays with Cutesybody


utesybody, in Wheeling, will co-host a Serendipity Event from noon to 5 p.m. on December 13, featuring 15-minute unique, complimentary, minifacials with oxygen and natural antioxidant serum. Sample a new oxygen-infused honey and propolis edible foam to boost one’s immune system during this holiday season. Spend the day getting pampered and consider buying natural organic health and beauty products custom-picked for each guest. Enjoy many free services offered by mindful businesses, a variety of meaningful gifts for friends and family for the holidays, enjoy amazing educational presentations, delicious food and incredible raffle prizes. Bring a friend and receive an extra complimentary raffle ticket with free admission. Natural Awakenings readers receive a free, 30-minute oxygen fusion massage, 10 percent off their cosmetic line of anti-aging products and a surprise gift when purchasing an Endermo-Lift massage with the code: EndermoAwakening. Location: 1040 S. Milwaukee, Ste. 105, Wheeling. For more information, call 847-777-9757. See ad on page 31.

Treat Your Pet to a Healing Holiday Massage


ow pets can enjoy the same therapeutic benefits of massage as their people. Julie Kasluga, owner of Melt Canine Massage, provides in-home massages to Chicago-area pets to reduce pain, speed healing and lower anxiety. “Dogs, cats and other pets can all benJulie Kasluga efit from a healing touch,” says Kasluga, who studied extensively at the Chicago School of Canine Massage. “It’s beneficial for senior and arthritic pets, as well as those recovering from illness or surgery. Massage calms inflammation, lowers blood pressure and increases white blood cell production.” Pet massage, which is also effective for treating nervous and fearful animals, is a fast-growing field. In order to keep their companion animals healthy and happy, an increasing number of pet owners are turning to holistic modalities to support traditional veterinary health care. For more information, call 779-456-6358, email or visit See ad in the Holiday Gift Guide.

Yoga Teacher Training Begins in January


200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, The Illuminated Soul, is currently enrolling for the 2016 season at Heaven Meets Earth Yoga Studio, in Evanston. The teacher training is held on Mondays from 9 to 3 p.m. starting January 11 and continuing through June 6. Additional requirements include attendance at the studio’s Wisdom Weekends which are held one weekend per month. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga Studio is an accredited yoga school with Yoga Alliance.   This course offers the process for personal growth, as well as the opportunity to become a certified yoga teacher. Dive deep into yoga practice, lifestyle and philosophy through asana, meditation, pranayama, anatomy, physiology, chakras, nadis, meridians, yoga sutra study and nutrition with additional emphasis on yoga for recovery, trauma and yoga therapeutics and yoga therapy. Early bird registration of $2,800 for yoga training closes Dec. 5; $3,500 after (payment plans available). Location: 2746 Central St., Evanston. For more information, call 847-475-1500 or visit See ads on pages 17 and 19.

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unice Deane, DC, is now offering a range of healthy aging solutions at her Chicago office for clients of all ages, including laser therapy treatments and BioCell formulas for anti-aging, pain relief and recovery. In-office laser light therapy treatments are effective for anti-aging, have cosmetic benefits and treat wounds, as well as bringing relief from a variety of skin conditions, including acne, cellulite, chronic itching, diabetic skin conditions, eczema, fungus, scars, wrinkles and varicose veins. Deane is now offering Liquid BioCell, a nutraceutical product clinically shown to promote healthy aging, active joints and younger-looking skin with 13 potent, antioxidantrich superfruits and resveratrol, Eunice Deane, DC widely studied for its roles in longevity and cardiovascular health. Deane graduated from the National College of Chiropractic in 1998 and has extensive postdoctoral training in applied kinesiology, quintessential application, acupuncture, rehabilitation, chiropractic internal medicine, nutrition, chiropractic neurology and brain-based, brain-balancing therapy. Location: 6137 N. Elston Ave., Chicago. For more information, call 773-631-5001 or visit See ad on page 6, in the Community Resource Guide and at


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eople of all faiths are welcome to join a new Wise Aging six-week peer group in Highland Park after the new year that focuses on making the most of the “third chapter” stage of life. Trained facilitator and Jewish cantor Lynda Hope Dresher says, “These healthy years of aging are not the end; they are full of potential for learning and growth. The Wise Aging program provides new resources and support to live the later years with spirit, resilience and wisdom.” The foundational text is Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit, by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Lynda Hope Dresher Linda Thal. Participants are guided through reflective work that enables them to gain new understandings about their lives, themselves and their values. Learning modalities include text study, meditation, active listening, exercises, reflection and journaling. Dresher, who trained with the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, is also the cantor at a Har Shalom congregation in Highland Park, and a hospital chaplain and grief recovery specialist. She leads Jewish meditation classes locally. Cost is $56 (includes textbook). Specific location in Highland Park disclosed upon registration. Class size is limited to 12 people. Register by calling 847-373-7456 or email For more information, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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Psychic Medium Thomas John to Appear in Libertyville


he Present Moment will host Thomas John, “The Manhattan Medium,” on his Midwest tour from 3 to 5 p.m., January 24, 2016, at the Libertyville Civic Center. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. John’s book Never Argue with a Dead Person: True and Unbelievable Stories from the Other Side will be available for purThomas John chase and signing at the end of the program. He’ll be joined by award-winning journalist Jenniffer Weigel while sharing stories and taking questions about his years of being able to talk to the dead. John will also provide spontaneous readings for audience members for about an hour during the program. Gifted since birth, John reportedly connected with the spirit of his late paternal grandfather at the age of 4 and correctly described to his parents the location of a missing wristwatch that had haunted the family for years. Admission is $45 in the first three rows and $35 for the remainder of 200 seats. Location: 135 W. Church St., Libertyville. For tickets, visit ThePresentMomentInc. com. For more information, visit See ad in the Holiday Gift Guide.

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rina Tutunikov, DO, has joined the practice of the Center for Holistic Medicine, in Riverwoods/Deerfield. She practices functional, anti-aging, metabolic and internal medicine with an emphasis on prevention and woman’s health. Irina Tutunikov, DO She is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed a residency in internal medicine at Presence St. Francis Hospital and is currently enrolled in fellowship in metabolic and nutritional medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and Metabolic Medical Institute. The center provides a network of medical doctors and licensed professionals integrating holistic, traditional, complementary, alternative and allopathic medicine. They accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO, Blue Choice Select, Select Blue Advantage plans and Medicare. Location: 240 Saunders Rd., Riverwoods/Deerfield. For more information, call 847-236-1701 or visit See ad on page 27 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Bioimpedance Provides a Roadmap to Weight Loss


ertified Acupuncturist Dr. Sarah Graef, DC, CCN, LDN, owner of Natural Solutions, in Vernon Hills, has added clinical-grade bioimpedance to her practice. She states, “Health can be hard to measure, and many people get frustrated with scales. While weight is part of the story, it certainly isn’t the whole story. Weight may stay the same while fat decreases and muscle increases. People may give up on their healthy changes because they don’t think it is helping.” She explains that bioimpedance fills in some of the holes by measuring much more than weight. A small Sarah Graef, DC, CCN, LDN electrical current goes through EKG electrodes that are connected to the wrist and ankle. A machine then interprets the resistance to the electrical signal and measures fat mass, lean body mass, metabolic rate and hydration, giving an overall measure of health, called phase angle. The process only takes a few minutes. Graef adds, “Bioimpedance offers an accurate look at where patients start, as well as clear feedback on progress after healthy lifestyle changes. The printout of the biomarkers is very motivating.” Location: 10 W. Phillip Rd., Ste. 114, Vernon Hills. For more information, call 224-577-5031 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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obin Kulesza, MA, LCPC, of RK Therapy Solutions, in Schaumburg, is accepting new clients, including children, teens and adults. She states, “Sometimes we have experiences or fears that seem to Robin Kulesza, MA, LCPC hold us back from reaching our true potential. Childhood events, family changes, traumatic experiences or fear of the unknown can keep us stuck in a place that’s difficult to bypass.” She uses many exciting modalities such as mindfulness training, relaxation techniques, guided imagery, music and art which can enhance the experience of counseling and offer new ways of healing, in addition to traditional talk therapy. “Spending time with a licensed counselor can help free you from old baggage and give you courage to pursue a life you want, but have been afraid to pursue. As your partner on this journey, we’ll collaborate on a plan for moving forward with your life in order to reach your potential,” says Kulesza. She has firsthand experience with the stressors that go along with highdemand careers, family demands and different stages of life.

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kudos The Well Spirituality Center was one of 12 organizations recently honored by Conscious Evolutionaries Chicagoland and Barbara Marx Hubbard with a Golden Innovator Award for their leadership and achievements in awakening the spiritual, social and scientific potential of Chicagoland. The Well was selected due to its contributions to adult and youth education focused on cultivating an Barbara Marx Hubbard and Bridget Sperduto understanding of the inherent wholeness of Earth, the human community and all creation. The Well Spirituality Center is a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph, having served the community for 15 years, and offering a variety of classes, workshops and retreats. Executive Director Bridget Sperduto says, “The work of The Well is to create a culture of love, where the sacredness and interconnectedness of all beings are recognized and where all experience a sense of belonging and communion with one another and Earth.”

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ourreaderswrite eventbrief Terrific Magazine… There are many useful and meaningful pieces of information tucked away in many of the articles in Natural Awakenings. Although I’m retired, I work part-time in a bookstore and I see more and more people of all ages increasingly stressed and apparently selling themselves daily to get more “stuff.” In addition, I see a dramatically increasing level of pretense in more people. I see this as a truly great loss in the quality of people’s lives. ~ Roger (Chicago)

Just a note to say… I enjoyed reading your piece on the cover of this month’s (November’s) Natural Awakenings. I love seeing the buds that trees and bushes put forth each fall in preparations for spring! I remember finally becoming aware of this as an adult, and realizing then what a spring-oriented, youthfocused culture we are that spring gets all the credit when the real work of regeneration occurs quietly each fall. Happy fall. ~ Susan (Milwaukee)





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isa Faremouth Weber, owner of Heaven Meets Earth Yoga Studio, in Evanston, is hosting a Sacred Sound & Transcendental Shivasana Journey at 6:30 p.m., December 5, as part of a Holiday Relax-Palooza Weekend. Bob Macko and Sven Oscar Hansen, of MahaRa Band, and DJ Taz Rashid are collaborating on this event. MahaRa has been providing the live music and sound healing for Weber’s outdoor yoga and live music events at Dawes House and the lakefront in Evanston for the last four years. Look for their summer season of outdoor yoga and live music during the Sven Oscar Hansen & Bob Macko summer starting in June 2016.  Relax-Palooza debuts on December 6 from 3 to 5 p.m.  A Thai/shiatsu massage station, patchouli facial treatment station, crystal bar and Oracle Card reading station will be available in the Chakra Sanctuary and Healing Palace, followed by Restorative Reiki Yoga by candlelight at 5:30 p.m. “Music is the language of the soul. I am deeply committed to healing sound experiences as a medicine for draining mind chatter and coming into the grace and beauty of present time,” says Weber. “There is a tremendous amount of scientific research on the health benefits of meditation and mindful practices. Experiencing a sound healing clears the energy field of toxic energy, trauma and residual energy. This energy healing allows for subtle body energy expansion which strengthens our nervous system and boosts our immune system. This is a medicine for us in the new paradigm.” Cost of Sound Journey is $25; Relax-Palooza is $95. Location: 2746 Central St., Evanston. For more information, call 847475-1500 or visit See ads on pages 17 and 19. 20


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Anthroposophic Remedies May Help Ease Migraine Symptoms by Eric Nagaj


igraines affect millions of people daily, and yet their precise cause remains elusive. The word migraine derives from the Greek hemicrania, signifying a half-head, and thereby pointing to the tendency for migraine headaches to be one-sided. The onesidedness of a migraine headache seems then to point to processes arising in the metabolic system of our bodily organization that overwhelm the true nerve-sense processes; simply speaking, blood process rushes to the brain. Thus migraine is a reaction against such imbalance. The human organism is made up of three systems working side-by-side. The head and nervous system consists of the life of the nerves and senses; the trunk and the rhythmic system includes the breathing and the circulation of the blood; and thirdly, the limbs and the metabolic system. These three systems comprise everything that, duly coordinated, keeps the whole human body in healthy working order. With a migraine, the brain may be called upon to vicariously complete the digestive process, functions for which it is not suited. In some individuals, certain foodstuffs cannot be digested fully and then pass as undigested foreign substances into the brain and nervous system: chocolate and cheese are well-known examples. Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner proposed a remarkable remedy for its treatment—Bidor tablets that contain ferrous sulfate (iron and sulfur) and silica (quartz). This combination of iron and sulfur acts on a pass-through point between the digestive and respiratory process. Sulfur intensifies the metabolic process and iron stimulates the respiratory process. By giving both iron and sulfur, we can harmonize metabolic and respiratory systems and prevent digestive function to overflow to the neurosensory system. By giving quartz, we can strengthen the system. Working with an anthroposophical physician, Bidor should be administered for a period of seven weeks, three times a day. Each course should be followed by an interval of five weeks, during which aurum D10 (a homeopathic preparation) can be given, along with course of treatment to improve liver function such as Hepatodoron, Chelidonium. Eric Nagaj, M.D., practices pain relief therapy at Arlington Advanced Medical Center, in Buffalo Grove. Bidor is available for purchase at his office. For more information, visit See ad on page 11 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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Emotional Stress Can Contribute to Gum Disease by Bernice Teplitsky


ometimes when we are under prolonged stress, our gums become sore. Those that have spent months working on a big presentation or studying for a major exam may experience stress-induced gingivitis. A metastudy published in the Journal of Periodontology in 2007 found a strong positive correlation between stress and psychological factors such as distress, anxiety and depression and gum disease. If untreated, gum disease can lead to bad breath and bleeding, swollen gums and even loose teeth. It is still unclear whether the connection has to do with hormonal changes that result from stress or from a relationship between stress and poor oral hygiene habits. In other words, people that are stressed may forget to go to the dentist regularly, floss daily, etc. They may also be more likely to smoke, use drugs or abuse alcohol. So, if we find ourselves suddenly suffering from swollen and bleeding gums after never having any issues, try to take a moment and relax. Sometimes that’s the best thing for our oral health. Dr. Bernice Teplitsky is a holistic dentist and owner of Wrigleyville Dental. Location: 3256 N. Ashland Ave., in Chicago. For more information, call 773-975-6666 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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Raydiant Day Offers Space for Growth and Engagement by Carrie Jackson


hen Peter and Aliess Kime opened Raydiant Day Center in October 2014, part of their purpose was to foster a nourishing relationship with others in the community. Their location on a tree-lined residential street in Evanston allows them to connect with neighbors walking by, other small businesses in the area and their natural environment. Through workshops, classes, special events and private sessions, Raydiant Day is a place for people to heal, get support for living their higher purpose and develop a sustainable, synergistic relationship to the Earth. Before they were married, Peter and Aliess knew that they were going to create something together. They both have a strong desire to create conscious community and opening a space where they could make that happen was a natural step. They found the space for Raydiant Day while driving by on an accidental detour one day. Something about it seemed just right, and they spent a lot of time painting and designing the inside to be a warm, welcoming, healing environment. “We spell Raydiant with a ‘y’ because we want to remind people of their light-filled nature; that we each shine our unique ray of spirit,” says Peter. On any given day, the Kimes can be found facilitating a Bright Body chakra attunement class, hosting a Movies that Move Us night, guiding a Nature’s Heart Workshop and Wonderwalk or leading a drum and talking stick circle. Aliess, who has been a dancer most of her life, also leads the weekly Nia classes. “It’s a very holistic fitness practice that honors the body and its interconnection with mind, emotions, and spirit. Dancing barefoot, you experience full contact with the floor and are more aware of how your


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body feels in the movement. At the start of each class, I set a body focus and a larger intent for the session. This allows us to express and explore something different in each class,” she says. Peter, who has almost three decades of experience in spiritual healing and counseling, has spent years studying Bio-Energetics, Healing Touch therapies, meditation practices and the role of personal narrative in well-being. At Raydiant Day, he offers healing and counseling sessions in the Chrysalis room, a clay-lined session space, or over the phone. Each session is an organic process which begins with the client’s own aspirations and goals. Then, following a spirit-led inquiry, Peter may ask certain questions or use non-verbal methods such as gestures, touch points and drawing to access other levels of truth. “My job is to create a compassionate, non-judgmental space to help you go beyond the defenses of the lower ego mind and connect with the wisdom of your higher self,” he says. His most recent project, Raydiant Lightware, is a technology available online that he developed for personal empowerment and awakening. It uses


an interactive matrix of shapes, lines, color and light to bring clients to a more awakened and empowered state. He recommends it for people that want to have more vitality, sense of possibility, passion and purpose in their daily lives at work or play and in their relationships. The Kimes are growing their offerings this year to include a collaboration with a chiropractor that specializes in network chiropractic, a technique utilizing relaxing light touches that balance the nervous system and reactivate the body’s innate intelligence toward self-healing. They are also adding a Sunday morning group meditation and a quarterly Astrology Salon. Other ongoing offerings include a weekly Tuesday night 5Rhythms class and appointments on the BioMat for cell vitalization and brain entrainment for therapeutic relaxation and healing. The mission of the center is to help people create a conscious connection with themselves and each other and to help them be fit to enjoy a truly radiant life. While the Kimes don’t subscribe to one particular religion, they support all beliefs and encourage people to explore their own spirituality. “Ultimately, our well-being is dependent on recognizing the sacred in ourselves and each other, as well as the living Earth. We need to see and honor the radiance within everything,” says Aliess. Raydiant Day is a space that encourages people to be as present as possible in their everyday life. “Today, a lot of people are very active, but undernourished. We are so busy, but not necessarily with fulfilling activities. We’re here to support you in creating a life that’s truly nourishing; one that’s aligned with your heart’s vision in partnership with one another,” says Peter. Raydiant Day Center is located at 1400 Greenleaf St., in Evanston. For more information, call 847-869-6477 or visit See ad on page 17 and in the Community Resource Guide. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at


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free alternative, the oils’ aromatherapy benefits have time-proven therapeutic value,” suggests Dorene Petersen, president and founder of the American College of Healthcare Sciences, in Portland, Oregon. Recent research from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica, in Brazil, confirms that lavender oil has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and pain-relieving properties similar to those of a milddose narcotic. Plus, it smells heavenly, says botanical perfumer Roxana Villa, of Woodland Hills, a California-based spokesperson for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Considering the part of the plant used will give you an idea of its therapeutic value,” says Villa. “A root base will be good for grounding. Since bark is like skin, oils such as birch will benefit skin and muscles. Oils from flowers are excellent for anything related to the head and mind.” Oregano and cinnamon oils have powerful antifungal properties, even against Candida-type fungi resistant to prescription drugs, according to Brazilian research from Universidade Federal. A groundbreaking study from the Slovak University of Technology, in Slovakia, even suggests that rosemary oil can kill cancer cells. These are all scents that can be the foundations of do-it-yourself perfumes.

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The 1-2-3s of Blending Oils Base Notes Middle Notes Top Notes sandalwood lavender orange jasmine bergamot lemon myrrh geranium grapefruit vetiver rosemary eucalyptus patchouli tea tree lime cedarwood clary sage peppermint A general ratio of 50 percent base note oils to 30 percent middle notes and 20 percent top notes is recommended. Source: courtesy of


blend that becomes a personal signature,” says Charlynn Avery, an aromatherapist with Aura Cacia, in Norway, Iowa. She explains that essential oils have three basic “notes” and blending them correctly will result in a fragrance suited to last throughout the day. “The base note is heavier and lasts the longest. Patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, cedarwood and jasmine hang around longer in the atmosphere and on the wearer,” she explains. Blending the base with a slightly lighter middle note like lavender, rosemary or clary sage and a light and short-lasting top note like orange, lime or peppermint will create a complex and pleasing blend. “That’s the beauty of the art of it,” says Avery. “You can create synergistic blends that harmonize and complement the attributes of each to such an extent that you may not be able to detect the scents of the individual oils.” There are no hard and fast rules, but our experts offer a few guidelines for creating our own unique blends that will be well-received as holiday gifts. Use a base of oil like jojoba or sweet almond to create a perfumed oil. Note that oils undiluted by a carrier can burn the skin. For oil-based blends, use a ratio of 50 drops of bottom note oil, 30 drops of a middle note and 20 drops of a top note in two ounces of carrier oil. Another option is to use an alcohol base of either isopropyl rubbing alcohol or 85-proof vodka to make a spray perfume; the alcohol will evaporate quickly. Alcohol-based blends generally last longer, especially with fragile citrus oils. A usual ratio is 10 to 20 drops of essential oil per ounce of alcohol-based carrier. Oil-based blends are ready to use almost immediately. Alcohol-based blends should age a week or two at least and will become more strongly scented in time. Store fragrances in bottles in a dark, cool place. Bottles with tiny roll-on caps are commercially available. “It’s very much trial and error to arrive at a preferred

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Lower Home Utility Costs by Megy Karydes


s temperatures dip, many of us are beginning to notice our gas and electricity bills rise because we’re spending more time at home. We’ve covered our windows with plastic and adjusted the thermostat to keep our indoors at a comfortable temperature, but there is more we can do that is inexpensive, easy to do over a weekend and allows us to still be mindful of our environmental impact. It is possible to make our living spaces more energy efficient, even if we’re not rich or have tons of time on our hands. Our experts, all of whom are grantees of the nonprofit Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF) (, which works to inform and engage Illinois consumers in the transformation to a digital electric grid, enthusiastically agree. We can easily reduce our electric costs while helping the environment by taking stock of what we’re already doing and where gaps still exist. “We’re so pleased to see how the array of approaches by our grantees to inform consumers is meeting the needs of a variety of market segments and really helping ordinary people to navigate big technological changes for their own benefit and for the benefit of the environment,” says ISEIF Program Director Clare Butterfield. Here are their top recommendations:

Mind the Gaps “Little steps make a big difference on your winter heating bills,” says Laura Goldberg, environmental outreach coordinator with the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) ( “Hidden gaps around doors, windows and vents can waste up to 15 percent of your heating and cooling dollars, but a trip to your local hardware store can fix that.” Goldberg recommends using caulk (around $3 to $10 for a 10-ounce tube) or weatherstripping (typically $1.50 to $20 per 10 feet) to seal gaps around doors and windows. She also recommends checking to see if the insulation is even with or below the attic floor joints to see if it’s time to put in new insulation. Another place to consider adding insulation is the water heater, which often sits in a cold basement. “You can buy a blanket for about $20 to $40, and make sure the heater is set at 120 degrees,” she says. She reminds homeowners that utilities offer rebates for 32

efficiency improvements and products such as attic and wall insulation and duct sealing, so it’s worth a visit to a utility provider’s website to learn more.

Maximize Already Warm Air Most of us don’t consider

two simple air circulation methods: air vents and ceiling fans. Close unused air vents in the off season and make sure to use ceiling fans properly, says Lorena Lopez, outreach coordinator with Faith in Place ( “If you have central air, you can close vents in rooms you’re not using so that you’re not paying to cool them, and vice versa in the winter,” she explains. To help circulate warm air, make sure ceiling fans are moving in the correct direction, an adjustment easily made on the wall switch or the fan itself. “Fans should run counterclockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter. Turn them off in unoccupied rooms,” she adds.

Check the Thermostat “Set your thermostat to the lowest comfortable temperature and lower the temperature five to 10 degrees before going to bed and when leaving home for more than four hours,” recommends Anna Markowski, community projects manager, Building Performance Institute-certified building analyst and building envelope professional ( “If you have a forced air heating system, replace or clean your furnace filters once a month. This is an easy and affordable way to clean the air in your home while reducing your energy costs. When filters are clogged with dirt, the furnace must work harder to emit warm air. A new clean filter will have your furnace buzzing with efficiency,” she says. Because heating and cooling can burn nearly half of a household’s energy budget, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, it’s important to get this part right, and it’s an area in which most of us have room to improve, according to several studies. Traditional thermostats are big moneywasters, and even programmable thermostats rely too much on humans to set them right,” says Goldberg. “But new smart thermostats cut down on the human error and save you more than $100 a year—and these artful devices look great on your wall!” A smart thermostat is an innovative piece of technology that allows consumers to remotely control temperature settings from a smartphone or tablet—eliminating wasted gas and electricity costs when the home is empty. “The devices, which are equipped with motion sensors, even ‘learn’ your behavior over time to automatically adjust temperature settings without lifting a finger,” notes Goldberg.  “Through May 2016, northern Illinois residents are eligible for up to $120 in utility rebates for purchasing and installing ecobee and Nest smart thermostats, cutting their price tag nearly in half,” she notes. “That means these devices could pay for themselves within one or two years and


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then go on to generate hundreds of dollars in savings on future bills.” For those interested in learning more about the rebates, Goldberg recommends visiting the Environmental Law & Policy Center website,

Slay the Energy Dragons An-

other easy tip for significant savings is using electrical power strips, says Kristen Pratt, sustainability manager at the Chicago Academy of Sciences and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum ( “Many electronic devices, especially the ones with that ever-glowing little light, are constantly drawing electricity, even when powered down,” she says. “You can always unplug devices when they aren’t in use, but technological options exist, as well,” says Pratt. “If you use a power strip, you can switch the strip off when you’re done using the electronic device, and that will effectively cut off the electricity. You could also use a ‘smart strip’ for systems like your home entertainment devices or home office. If you plug your TV into the master outlet of the smart strip, turning off the TV will trigger a cut to the power to everything else on the strip (e.g., the speaker system, Blu-Ray player, DVD player, etc.).” Smart strips cost from $25 and up. Goldberg recommends contacting the electric utility company before heading to the local hardware store to make a purchase. “Many offer them for free, or at least with discounts or rebates,” she says. The bottom line is that there are plenty of ways to improve the household bottom line when it comes to gas and electricity bills this winter season. Most hardware stores have knowledgeable staff that will he happy to assist homeowners with their purchases and also take back anything that can’t be properly installed. Megy Karydes is a Chicago-based writer. Learn more about her at


Sharon Salzberg on Mindfulness Simple Ways to Be in the Present Moment by April Thompson


ew York City-born Sharon Salzberg experienced a childhood full of loss and upheaval, losing her parents and living in five different household configurations. In college, she discovered the power of meditation to transform suffering and cope with life’s never-ending changes. Born into a Jewish family, Salzberg first encountered Buddhism in 1969 in an Asian philosophy class, inspiring her to undertake an independent study program in India, where she was initiated into the practice via an intense 10-day retreat. “It was very difficult and painful. I sometimes doubted that I’d succeed, yet I never doubted that there was truth there,” she says. Upon her return home, Salzberg dedicated herself to the path of vipassana- (insight) meditation, becoming a renowned teacher and co-founding the Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, Massachusetts. Today she teaches and speaks to diverse audiences worldwide about the power of mindfulness. Salzberg has authored nine books, including the New York Times bestseller Real Happiness, Real Happiness at Work and Lovingkindness.

How do you define mindfulness? Mindfulness is the quality of awareness. When we are mindful, our perception of the present moment isn’t so distorted by bias, adding our own storyline to reality and pushing away what’s happening.

Is it possible to be mindful without having an established meditation practice? Yes, theoretically, but I suspect it’s hard.



I honor my own meditation practice for making mindfulness highly accessible for me. It doesn’t take many hours of prep work and is open to everyone. It’s really a practice, like strength training— you have to exercise the mindfulness muscle to reap the benefits.

What’s the best way to arrange time for meditation, and what can motivate us to practice regularly? Having a sense of structure has helped me the most. I believe strongly in the value of a daily practice, however simple or short. We can ritualize certain practices to help remember to pause and be mindful. For example, every time the phone rings, let it ring three times and use that as a trigger to breathe. When you’ve finished writing an email, take a few conscious moments before sending it. There are lots of ways to cut through the momentum of the busyness and craziness of our lives to return to mindfulness. Make a commitment to practice for a certain period of daily time for a month or two, and then reassess. Look for changes during the active course of daily life and query: How am I speaking to myself or to others? Am I more present? Am I more at ease in letting go? It’s important to look for these subtle changes rather than to set unrealistic expectations for ourselves such as being mindful all day.

Do you have other enabling practices for people new to the state of living mindfully?

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Movement meditation is a good place to start; if you’re walking somewhere, try to be more present and feel your feet against the ground. Also, just focus on one thing at a time; instead of multitasking, just drink the cup of tea. We can also use breath to focus concentration. The breath is a tremendous tool, it’s always with us. If you’re in a contentious meeting and tempers flare, you don’t have to pull out a meditation cushion and sit in a funny position; you can work with your breath right where you are.

How can meditation help to ease suffering? Sometimes, we think we can ease suffering by only having pleasant feelings and beautiful thoughts. Rather, we can ease suffering by changing the way we relate to our thoughts and feelings. If something unpleasant is happening, most of us flip into an internal monologue about how, “Bad things always happen to me,” or “This is my fault,” or “I shouldn’t feel this.” We compound our suffering by adding judgment and by pushing away discomfort. Instead, we can learn to observe our reactions and release them. We also tend not to feel pleasure fully or think that something else or more should be happening instead of simply enjoying the moment. We wait for some sense of intensity in order to feel alive, rather than experiencing the ordinary to the utmost. Meditation trains us to be present with pleasant, unpleasant and neutral experiences and stay connected, no matter what’s going on.


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SWEETLY VEGAN No-Bake Holiday Treats Worth Celebrating by Judith Fertig


isions of sugar plums” have been part of holiday mindsets since the advent of Clement Moore’s classic 19th-century poem commonly known as ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. We love to give and receive special treats and our tastes are evolving. Instead of yesteryear’s sugary bonbons loaded with calories that we’ve come to regret, today’s preferred confections focus more on naturally sweet dried fruits, bestquality chocolate, healthful coconut and crunchy nuts. Vegan, gluten-free delicacies from chefs and culinary experts the world over help us celebrate the season in a deliciously healthy way, including those we highlight this month.    “Christmas isn’t Christmas without a traditional pudding,” says Chef Teresa Cutter, author of Purely Delicious. Cutter is founder and director of The Healthy Chef company, in Sydney, Australia, which creates functional foods for taste and optimal health. Her no-bake desserts such as miniature Christmas puddings and carrot cake take only minutes to make.

Emily Holmes, a Queensland, Australia, wellness coach who blogs at, says her favorite is Holmes’ Chocolate Cherry Mini-Cupcakes. She serves them with a pot of peppermint tea. Houston-based Joshua Weissman is the author of The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook and blogs at SlimPalate. com. He shares his philosophy on holiday treats: “My first thought is that I don’t want to feel guilty after eating it. My second is that I still want it to taste and look good.” His Almond Butter Pumpkin Pie Truffles fit the festive bill. In New York City, noted vegan cookbook author and Pastry Chef Fran Costigan is an expert in all things chocolate, including her Chocolate Orange Sesame Truffles. “When you make something really delicious with real ingredients, your mouth knows it, your brain knows it, your body knows it. You feel satisfied,” she says. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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No-Bake Festive Vegan Desserts Spoon a little white chocolate over the tops of the puddings if desired and garnish with goji berries, fresh cherries or another fanciful topper. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Serve puddings with chilled mango coconut custard. Mango Coconut Custard 1 mango, chopped ½ cup coconut milk Juice from ½ orange

Teresa Cutter’s Healthy Christmas Puddings

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve chilled with the puddings.

1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp sea salt 1 cup (6½ oz) of 12 large fresh dates, pitted ½ cup (3 oz) dried chopped apricots or pineapple (sulfur-free) 2 large raw carrots, grated Zest from 1 orange 2 tsp vanilla bean paste Combine walnuts, flaxseed, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange zest and sea salt into a food processor and run it until mixed and finely chopped. Add dates and apricots. Process again until thoroughly mixed. Add grated raw carrot and vanilla and then process again until combined. The mix should now form a nice dough.

Yields: 6 to 8 small puddings

Spoon into a bowl. Add and knead oats through the raw carrot cake mixture.

8 oz fresh pitted dates—approximately 10 to 15 dates, depending on their size Zest from 1 orange 9 oz dried apricots, chopped 1½ cups almond meal/ground almonds 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp ground ginger 1 to 2 Tbsp orange juice 3 oz white chocolate, melted, for decoration (optional)

Press cake firmly into a 6-inch round baking dish lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate until ready to serve, allowing at least 2 hours for the cake to rest. It will keep in the refrigerator for about a week. Enjoy as is or garnish with macadamia nut cream, a drizzle of honey and walnuts. Note: Other raw nuts can substitute for walnuts—try pecans, almonds or macadamia nuts.

Combine dates, orange zest, apricots, vanilla, ground almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in a food processor. Process until mixture is combined and looks like fine crumbs.

Teresa Cutter’s No-Bake Carrot Cake

Spoon the mixture into a large bowl. Add the orange juice, and then mix again. Pudding mix should come together when lightly hand-squeezed.

2½ cups (9½ oz) shelled walnuts 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed or whole chia seeds ½ cup (2 oz) rolled oats (or gluten-free almond meal)

Divide into 6 small puddings. Line the base of 6 small decorative molds with plastic wrap and firmly press the puddings into them.

Yields: 16 servings

Macadamia Nut Cream Combine 1 cup of raw cashew nuts or macadamia nuts with ½ cup of orange juice or coconut water and a little vanilla. Blend in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix until smooth and creamy. … continued on page 38

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Holiday Side Dish Recipes Cheesy Potato & Rutabaga Casserole Yields: 6 servings.

Emily Holmes’ Chocolate Cherry Mini-Cupcakes Yields: 2 dozen mini-cupcakes Cake 1 cup raw, shelled, skinned nuts (such as almonds) 1 /3 cup cacao powder 4 fresh dates, pitted Filling 2 cup shredded coconut 1 cup dried cherries 6 fresh dates, pitted ¼ cup coconut cream ¼ tsp vanilla powder Pinch of sea salt Topping 3½ oz melted dark chocolate Process nuts and cacao powder in a food processor until the nuts are finely ground and the mixture is fully combined. Slowly add the dates until the mixture sticks together. Press the mixture into the bottom parts of a 24-cup mini muffin pan. Refrigerate while preparing the filling. Process filling ingredients in a food processor until well combined. Spoon the filling onto the cupcake base in the muffin cups and then top with melted dark chocolate. Place into the refrigerator to set, where it also stores well until served.

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Ravioli with Sweet Potatoes, Mascarpone & Parsley Yields: 4 servings. 1 tsp olive oil 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed ½ lb cheese ravioli ¼ tsp red pepper flakes 1 Tbsp mascarpone ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
 Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil with two teaspoons of salt. 
 Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. When it›s hot and shimmering, add the sweet potatoes. Season them lightly with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until they turn slightly tender for 8 to 10 minutes. When the water boils, add the pasta and stir. Cook, stirring occasionally until the ravioli float, and are hot and cooked all the way through. With a slotted spoon, take the ravioli out of the pot and set them aside in a bowl. Ladle a half-cup of the pasta water into the pan with the sweet potatoes. Simmer, adding a little more pasta water as needed until the sweet potatoes are tender, 3 to 5 more minutes. Add the ravioli to the sweet potatoes. Gently stir in the red pepper flakes and mascarpone. Stir in the parsley and serve.


3 cups cubed rutabaga 3 cups cubed potatoes 4 oz butter 1 Tbsp minced garlic ½ cup all-purpose flour 4 cups milk 2 cups shredded cheese ¼ tsp cayenne pepper Salt and ground black pepper to taste ½ cup bread crumbs Pinch paprika for garnish Bring rutabaga and potatoes to a boil into a large pot of salted water over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until golden, about five minutes. Whisk flour into garlic mixture until smooth. Slowly whisk milk into flour mixture until thickened and creamy, about five minutes. Stir cheese into milk sauce until cheese is melted and bubbly, about three minutes. Stir in herbs, salt, and black pepper. Transfer rutabagas and potatoes to the prepared baking dish. Pour cheese sauce over vegetables. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top. Bake in preheated oven until sauce is thickened and bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes. Recipes courtesy of Peg Sheafffer of Sandhill Family Farms, in Grayslake. Sandhill Family Farms delivers organic and farm-fresh produce, dairy, meats and foods to the Chicago suburbs through its Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA) programs. For more information, call 847-548-4030 visit

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Calf Stretch

Airplane Yoga Six Easy Stretches Ease the Journey

Upper Body Stretch

by Cynthia Bowman


he majority of the symptoms we can experience during flying—stiffness, poor circulation and swollen feet—are due to lack of movement rather than the altitude or pressurized cabin air. Knowing this can make healthy flying easier. Drinking lots of water and moving about and stretching every two to three hours on long flights is key; trips to the bathroom naturally help fulfill this. We also can keep blood from collecting in our lower extremities by finding a way to elevate our legs and feet periodically. Wiggle all 10 toes, shift positions and go for these six discreet airplane yoga stretches. Etiquette tip: Do the first two stretches at the back of the plane with adequate space and a wall to lean on. Don’t do these in the aisle; hanging on to someone’s seat back rocks it and can be annoying. A quad stretch involves the shoulders, upper legs, calves and ankles, while elevating each foot and getting the blood moving. Hang on to a wall, grab an ankle and bring the heel as close to the butt as possible. Then rotate the ankle in a circular motion. Do this as long as it feels worth doing, and then switch arms and legs. A calf stretch is a simple way to target calf and hamstring muscles, as well as ankles. Stand facing a wall, placing both hands Quad Stretch at shoulder height on the wall for


Neck Stretch

Twisting the Torso

Bending Forward


balance, elbows bent. Take one foot forward and rest it on its heel, with toes pointing up and resting on the wall. Lean forward to the point of feeling a good stretch in the calf. Stretch 30 seconds per foot, gradually going deeper into the pose after a few breaths. Etiquette tip: The next four stretches can be done in an airplane seat or in the back of the plane. The upper body stretch targets wrists, hands, arms, shoulders, back and the upper body in general. Sit upright with feet firmly planted on the floor. Lift arms up and interlace fingers before turning palms to face the ceiling. Relax the shoulders and neck. The arms shouldn’t be covering the ears and can be adjusted by moving them a few inches forward or back. Tall individuals may need to bend their elbows, which still allows for stretching of the upper body. Neck stretches release tension and stiffness by tilting the head from side-to-side. Don’t make circular motions, as they can cause neck and spine compression. If holding the head to assist a deeper stretch, be considerate of neighbors by pointing the raised elbow forward to cradle the neck instead of resting it on a seatmate. Twisting the torso benefits both the spine and back muscles. Yogis believe that twisting motions also massage internal organs. While twisting, hang on to the armrest with both hands and sit as upright as possible, with legs together and feet firmly planted. Don’t bounce into the pose or shift or lift buttocks off the seat, but make slow, fluid movements. Bending forward while seated gives the back, neck and legs a good, deep stretch. All of these movements work well while we’re in the air and are equally useful on road trips, in the office or whenever we need a break. Cynthia Bowman is a freelance writer in Los Angeles, CA, who specializes in travel, culture and lifestyle topics. Visit

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Eat, Bark and Be Merry Healthy Holiday Treats for Our Pets by Sandra Murphy


s with families everywhere, special taste treats are on the menu for many dogs, cats and wild birds during the holiday season. Owners are cautioned not to share rich, unfamiliar foods from the table that can be detrimental to an animal’s health. Better fare are homemade treats of organic, safe and tasty ingredients—true gifts from the heart. Homemade assures the quality of ingredients, avoids unhealthy additives and allows the giver to adjust for individual taste or food sensitivities. Most healthy recipes can be made from readily available ingredients.

Wild Birds

Offer them a variety of seeds and fresh water. Always use unsalted, unseasoned seeds. Mix harder-to-crack striped sunflower seeds with the smaller black oil version to attract the largest number of birds. Organically grown peanuts in the shell, dried fruit, oranges, pomegranates or rehydrated raisins offer a burst of energy. Impale round fruits, halved, on a small dowel rod attached to the feeding table to hold them in place. Note that oats go to waste, shelled sunflower seeds spoil and cracked corn attracts raccoons. Pass on any kind of popcorn.

enjoy. Don’t use low-fat peanut butter because birds need to pack in the calories in order to stay warm.


Organic catnip, fresh or dried and baked into a crunchy treat, will bring kitty running. In recipes, avoid canned tuna because of bisphenol A (BPA) concerns; also minimize the frequency and portion of tuna and salmon treats due to mercury accumulation in the fish. Unseasoned tuna or salmon packed in water in a pouch is a better choice. Many recipes labeled for dogs can be converted for cats by making them into smaller bites.


“When possible, I put organic and local foods, non-GMO, hormoneand antibiotic-free, grass-fed and humanely raised properties at the top of my list. A healthier

DIY Suet

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dog means fewer vet visits and more years together,” says Tonya Wilhelm, a dog trainer in Toledo, Ohio. “Buy in bulk from a co-op or farmer and maybe share with friends to get the best price.”

Dehydrated Foods

Dehydrating removes moisture from food while retaining nutrients, and comprises a distinct cooking method. Stephanie Raya, resident chef at Excalibur Dehydrator, in Sacramento, California, recommends, “For safe chicken and pork, pre-cook before dehydrating. Beef can be dehydrated from a raw state. My Boston terriers also love dehydrated, sweet potato chips.” A number of commercial dehydrated meat and fish jerkies have been recalled (search DogFoodAdvisor. com/?s=treats). Homemade treats offer superior control of ingredients. “When I make my pets’ treats, I know what’s in their food, including the herbs used for flavor,” says Raya. After she’s ensured that the food is thoroughly dried, she packs it in vacuum bags and stores them away from light. She notes that dehydrating takes longer than baking, but is cost-effective at 25 to 50 cents an hour. Veggie options include dehydrated zucchini chips, butternut squash chips, cherry tomato bites, matchstick carrots or peach or other fruit slices.

Make it Festive

A cat’s sense of smell is 10 to 15 times better than ours, but is still modest compared to dogs that out-sniff us by a factor of 30 to 60 times; that’s why putting wrapped treats under a holiday tree or in a stocking is a bad idea. Store them securely and then bring them out when it’s time to open gifts. Use blue tissue paper for easy-to-open Hanukkah gifts, red or green for Christmas (bows, yes; ribbons, no). For dogs that love puzzles, placing treats inside a wrapped box adds to the fun. Remember that rich or unfamiliar foods can make pets sick. Instead, gift them with their own healthy, safe treats from known ingredients so that everyone has a happy holiday. Connect with Sandra Murphy at

Special Holiday Pet Recipes about 2 inches apart. Lightly sprinkle lemon zest on the uncooked treats. Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until golden on the bottom. Remove cookies and place them on a rack to cool. Tip: Keep a few treats in an air-tight container and freeze the remainder for later. Recipe courtesy of Tonya Wilhelm

Yields: Approximately 20 cookies 1 orange, peeled, seeded, chopped into bite-size pieces 1 banana, peeled, chopped into bite-size pieces ½ cup coconut flour Lemon zest Preheat oven to 275° F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Put the orange and banana into a food processor or blender. Purée until smooth. Combine blended fruit and coconut flour. Mix well. Form into 3-inch flat discs and place on a lined cookie sheet


Meatball Bites Yields: Approximately 24 cookies 1 Tbsp virgin coconut oil 10 oz grass-fed hamburger, 85 percent lean 4 oz green pepper, washed, seeded, cut in bite-size pieces 2½ oz kale, washed 3 figs, stems removed 1 cup quinoa flour Preheat oven to 275° F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Preheat a frying pan on medium heat for three minutes. Add coconut oil. Coat the pan evenly.

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Allow mixture to cool. Then, place mixture into a food processor or blender and purée until smooth. Combine the blended mixture and quinoa flour. Mix well. Form into 3-inch flat discs. Place on a lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until golden on the bottom. Remove cookies and place on rack to cool. Recipe courtesy of Tonya Wilhelm

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Happy Howlidays for the Whole Family by Candace Canty


hen we think of the holidays, we think about family, traditions and lots of parties to attend. It’s something wonderful we should truly enjoy, but for an unprepared pet parent, it can be more holiday headache than holiday cheer. No worries… the Howliday Guide is here.


Whether we plan to take our dog to grand-paw’s house or the whole family is stopping by our place, we need to live by a few simple rules when it comes to guests. Loud noises, running children, new smells and faces can all be overwhelming to many canines. Even if Fido is a social butterfly, giving them a space of their own is extremely important. Designate a place that he can retreat to if he needs some alone time, like a spare bedroom, a crate or behind a baby gate. Or perhaps give him a complete break from the madness with a day or two at a doggy day care or boarding place. Communicate to guests and make sure they know not to feed pets table scraps or allow any unwanted behaviors like getting on the couch or jumping. Don’t be shy about telling guests to tone it down if you think your dog is being overwhelmed or acting up due to their attention. 44

Slowly introduce new people or groups by keeping him in a separate room until the dog is used to the sounds and smells of all the new guests and food items.


Incorporating the family pet into family traditions is easy. Many people bake and decorate cookies at the holidays, so go ahead and include a dog friendly recipe. There are delicious recipes out there that are tasty for both dogs and satisfy our taste buds, too. Many families wake up to stockings full of surprises. Include the pup on this tradition and make them an extra-special stocking with a couple of bags of treats, a toy and a few chewies. Don’t forget a long-lasting chew like a deer antler or bully stick to keep them busy while everyone opens presents. Almost half of U.S. households have at least one dog, and more than 80 percent of those say they identify as their dog’s mommy or daddy, so we can confidently say it’s okay to buy our pet a holiday present. There are lots of fantastic items on the market, and shopping at a local independently owned shop is recommended because they traditionally curate a selection of the best merchandise, like high-quality, durable,


American-made items. When it comes to treats, choose natural, limited-ingredient treats like freezedried liver, dehydrated chicken strips and dried sweet potato. Some stores even carry canine pastries that could fool anyone with their elaborate decorating. They make great gifts for neighbors, teachers and relatives with dogs. Curious young dogs or teen wolves may need to be kept out of the Christmas tree room or away from other decorations. If a dog is tempted to inspect the tree on a regular basis, avoid edible decorations like popcorn strings or cranberries because they might jump up on the tree and pull it down onto the crowd. Tinsel and garland can also be dangerous if ingested as it may obstruct the intestines. Remember, it’s our responsibility to keep our pets safe.

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December can be one of the busiest times of the year, with shopping, staying late at work to wrap up projects, traveling to see family and sometimes attending multiple holiday parties. With the overwhelm of everything to do, don’t let a dog be an after thought. Line up a sitter or dog walker that can stop over and help out during busy times. Plan ahead so that we aren’t forgetting or pushing their walks off and making potty breaks shorter; that will only cause them more anxiety and stress, because not only are we away from them more, they also aren’t getting enough physical and mental stimulation, which will result in bad behavior. Stick as closely as possible to their normal routine. Try not to vary their feeding times, walking schedules or playtime activities. Locations: Dogaholics Retail boutique and offices, 3657 N. Southport Ave., Chicago (773-857-7600); Service Center, Daycare, Grooming, Boarding and Training, 3608 N. Southport Ave., Chicago (773-549-9000). Also visit For more information including additional tips, visit Natural Awakenings readers, visit Dog-a-holics. com/natural-awakenings. Candace Canty is a pet parent expert and founder of Dogaholics.

Gingerbread Mailmen 1½ cup oat flour 1½ cup brown rice flour 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground cloves 1 egg ¼ cup blackstrap molasses ¼ cup peanut butter (unsalted) 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar ½ cup water Preheat oven to 350°. Combine all ingredients (except the water) together. Add water slowly and mix until a dough forms (if too dry, add more water, too wet, add a bit more flour). You may not need all the water if you reach a good consistency first. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to quarterinch thickness. Use a gingerbread manshaped cookie cutter (or any cookie cutter) to cut into shapes.

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Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (for easy cleanup) and place the cookies on the sheet (they can be rather close together as they don›t grow much while cooking). Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer and let cool completely on a wire rack. Store the cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Winter Soup Sampler – 6-6:45pm. Join us to taste and learn new winter soup recipes with our Integrative Nutritionist, Madelaine. All recipes will be GF, DF, and there will be a vegetarian option. $10/attendee includes samples, demo, recipe packet. Balance Chiropractic & Wellness, 2500 W Higgins Rd, Ste 420, Hoffman Estates. To register:


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 Solful Astrology: Native American Astrology – 7-9:30pm. Find out  what is your primary spirit animal, which plants are waiting to speak to you, what elemental clan do you belong to and much more. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1 World AIDS Day Malcolm Smith, International Healer – Dec 1-3. By appt. His unique gift has restored sight and hearing, cured cancers and other debilitating diseases. The list of problems presented to Malcolm includes virtually every physical, emotional, mental and spiritual condition a person could suffer. 30-min private sessions are $90, and may be done remotely. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 888-663-0082 or 847-299-6535. Beginning Meditation Class – 7-7:50am. Also Dec 3, 8, 10, 15 &17. Teacher: Loribeth Cohen, ayurvedic wellness practitioner. Each class introduces another facet of the meditation process. Proceeds to the Northfield Food Pantry. $108/6 classes, $60/3 classes. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-657-0881. SoulCollage Workshop – 10am. Instructor: Dr. Lindsey. Have you ever wanted to see your thoughts spring to life in a beautiful and artistic way? SoulCollage is a creative practice that can gently guide you into learning about your own psyche through the use of collaged pictures. It can help you focus, reduce stress, find your inner truth and find answers to your questions. Instructor available after class for private spiritual and intuitive sessions. $25 includes all material. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings: Stress, Hormones and Health Seminar – 6:308pm. Dr. Kori Feldman will discuss the impact of stress and hormones on health and how to achieve lifelong optimized living. Free. Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S Willow Springs Rd, La Grange. Register: 708-340-6184 or

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2 Women’s Networking Group – 11:30am-1pm. 1st Wed. Offered through the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce. Buy own lunch. Location varies around Hoffman Estates. Dr.Kristen@ Go Green Highland Park Meeting – 12:151:30pm. 1st Wed. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to be involved but are unable to attend, email us. Madame ZuZu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave, Highland Park. More info: GoGreenHP2014@

Healing Circle at SunGates Center – Opening: 6:30-7pm; 30-min healing sessions: 7-8:30pm; meditation: 7:30-8:30pm (optional); closing: 9pm (hug time). 1st Wed. Many healers and healing modalities available to try: soul retrieval, removing entities, portals and windows (Michael Soto, the Ambassador of the group); Akashic records (Sharon Serota); spiritual psychology, connective tissue specialist, energetic transformation (Dr. Peggy Crow, DN); acupuncture (Nataliya Nusinova, LAc) and many more. All healers welcome. Donations: $20. There is a limit of one 30-min session/night. A limited number of sessions can be booked in advance by calling SunGates Center. 395 E Dundee Rd, Ste 500, Wheeling. 847-345-0988. Free Health Talks – Dec 2, 9, 16. 6:30-8pm. You got questions? Dr. Abby Kramer & Dr. Cari Jacobson offer lessons in health and holistic living. Learn tools and protocols that you can easily integrate into your life. Experience demonstrations and find out how Be Optimal can support you on your health journey. First 3 Wednesdays of the month. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 Int’l Day of Persons with Disabilities

SNY’s 1st Friday Community Healing Circle – 6-10pm. A healing circle is a group of like-minded people who give or receive healing or energy work. Power is created by the overall intention of the group to heal, learn and give. Just being in the room is healing. $10. Sat Nam Yoga Chicago, 1304 W Washington Blvd, Chicago. 312-818-5791.  Eclipses for the Year 2016 – 7-9pm. With Christine Arens. Eclipses affect our lives, depending on the planets in your chart. If you do not have your chart, please email Christine at vercillo103@comcast. net and a chart will be made for you. Include: name, birthday, time and place of birth. $25, $20/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. Info & register: 847-299-6535.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 Free Reiki & Massage Clinic & Local Artisan Craft Fair – 11am-3pm. Come shop locally made crafts then relax with a free 10-15-min Reiki or massage therapy session. Plenty of free parking on south side of building. Mallinckrodt Centre, 1041A Ridge Rd, South Entrance, Wilmette. 847-251-5776.

Freely Moveable Joints – 9am-5pm. With Sheila McCarthy-Daskovsky. This is one of the courses which can count towards certification and greatly expands the protocol to include many additional joints of the body and teaches the practitioner how to work with ZB principles to create their own fulcrums to address the unique needs of the client. $595. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292.

Pictures with Santa Paws! – 11am-4pm. Your “howliday” cheer will help other dog’s get some, too. Just for signing up, get a goody-filled stocking for dogs and kids (we make a special kids one) and an exclusive coupon for 15% off your purchase while you’re here. Coupon excludes food. $40 donation to Chicago Canine Rescue (must be paid by cash or check only on the day of). Dogaholics Boutique, lower level, 3657 N Southport Ave, Chicago. Must pre-register: 773-857-7600.

Hypnotherapy Certification – Dec 3-5. 11am-8pm. For thousands of years hypnosis remains the most powerful means of affecting personal development. Profoundly useful in stopping fear, anxiety, bad habits. Speed healing. Learn to induce trance in others plus self-hypnosis. Create suggestions for positive change. Register now, and save $200. $795. Fairfield Inn, 213 E Ontario, Chicago. 312-854-2270.

Beginner Meditation Workshop – 1-4pm. Join Elesa Commerse, a world-renowned meditation specialist, for this eye-opening workshop designed to help you lead a more intentional life. She will guide you through breathing and calm your nervous system with the intent of finding peace and joy. $75/ person. Yin Yang Pilates & Yoga, 111 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. 847-719-1800.

$10 Adjustment Kids’ Day – 5-6pm. 1st Thurs. Dr. Joseph Brannigan and staff provide kid and teen adjustments, plus free ice cream, a treasure chest, coloring and movies. Teens welcome too. Fee will be used to send a kid to camp at Parkview Church. Brannigan Chiropractic Center, 1400 Ravinia Pl, Orland Park. Appt required: 708-966-4413.

Sacred Sound & Transcendental Shivasana Journey – 6:30-9:30pm. Enjoy sound healing, live original electronic soundscapes, live Native American flute, acoustic guitar, Indian table, shamanic percussion, Australian didgeridoo, singing bowls, gongs and more. $15/person; $25/couple. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500.

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Happy Holidays! SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 Nat’l Day of remembrance & Action of Violence Against Women Hanukah begins at sundown (Judaism) Mediumship with Mel Doerr – 9:30am-1pm. Find out and practice several ways to access intuitive information. Understanding how you receive intuitive information and how it comes through you will enhance your ability to receive and give it. $65, $60/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. “No Experience Necessary” Watercolor Painting – 10am. Instructor: Kathleen Beening. Class focuses on combining your inner creative Goddess with techniques such as wet-into-wet, dry brush and working with the color wheel. You will be proud to display your finished painting by the end of class. Instructor available after class for private chakra and intuitive sessions. $50 includes all materials. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings: Exploring Meditation: Guided Group Practice and Discussion – 10-11:30am. Paramahansa Yogananda introduced millions of westerners to the teachings of meditation nearly 100 years ago. To us busy Americans, he often said, “When you keep busy with so many hobbies, you have no time for bliss.” Come explore meditation through discussion and practice at Raydiant Day Center and allow some room for bliss. Also Dec 13. Led by Vova Kuperman. Donations accepted. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register: Clearing The Womb Room V – 1pm. Discussion of the magnificence of the womb, a woman’s creative center which creates magnificence from nothing. Susan Curry of InteriorWerx shares her intuitive insight and helps audience members clear energetic anomalies related to creation. $10. Infiniteus Rocks & Juice, 1644 W North Ave, Chicago. 312-4797893. RSVP: Releasing Emotional & Physical Symptoms – 1-4pm. Learn the mind/emotion/body/EFT connection for many physical and emotional issues, and experience release and relief during the workshop. Success guaranteed. 3CEs for massage therapists, yoga teachers & reflexologists. $35. Amy Biank’s The Intuitive Angel, 83 Century Dr, Oswego. To register: 630-554-7713. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Past Life Regression Workshop – With Mira Kelley. An one-time opportunity of having Mira Kelley that we love so much offer a unique event at Solful Gifts. Experience a very deep guided group Past Life Regression session that will allow you to answer questions hidden in your subconscious. Space limited. $95. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. Tickets:

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Mindfulness for Teens & Parents: Essentials for Family Harmony – 2-3:30pm. With Archana LalTabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak, BA. Mindfulness, being present, and conscious awareness in everyday family life, is essential for creating harmony, health, and connection in your home. Understanding the mind-body connection, the stress and relaxation responses, and body awareness; being connected consciously; using natural methods to improve health; and having methods of daily practice are invaluable tools to manage the challenges of parenting a teen in heartfelt connection and communication. Excellent for both parents and ten years or older to attend together or separately as desired. Adults come free with children; 10% discount for siblings. $35, $30/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. Star of Bethlehem – 2-6pm. With Christine Arens. An astronomical phenomenon? A comet? What was the “star” that the Magi followed and what is the most likely date for the birth of Christ that fits the facts we have and the astrology of the time? For more than 10 years, Christine studied transits and progressions for four major events recorded in the Bible: the birth, age 12 in the temple, age 30 as Jesus became a public figure, and the chart of his death, and will share that surprising information. $45, $35/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. Info & register: 847-299-6535. Relax-Palooza – 3-5pm. A Thai/shiatsu massage station, patchouli facial treatment station, crystal bar and Oracle Card reading station available in the Chakra Sanctuary and Healing Palace followed by Restorative Reiki Yoga by candlelight at 5:30pm. $95. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500. Natural Support for Menopause – 5:30-6:30pm. Menopause is a natural change in life for women, but stress and midlife changes in relationships, households and work can create imbalance during the transition. Learn how to use herbs, healing foods, nutrients and bio-identical hormones to support your health and well-being. Presented by Philippa Norman, MD. Free. Beverly Yoga Center, 1917 W 103rd St, 2nd Fl, Chicago. Registration required: 773-337-3880 or

MONDAY, DECEMBER 7 Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Dec 7-11. 10am-5pm, Mon-Fri. Learn to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is a stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $450 plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8 Bodhi Day (Buddhism) Green Drinks Libertyville – 6:30pm. 2nd Tues. Like-minded people meet to discuss issues of environmental importance and build awareness. O’Toole’s Pub, 412 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info: or

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9 Seasonal Oiling Techniques – 6:30-7:30pm. Hanukah is time to celebrate the gift of oil. Learn the importance of oil in maintaining and returning to health. Oil application and types of Aryuvedic oils discussed. With Loribeth Cohen, PT, and Aryuvedic Practitioner. A complimentary oil sample given to each attendee. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. RSVP: 847-657-0881. UFOs, Crop Circles, St. Malachy, Jesus, Maitreya, Save Our Planet – 6:30-8:30pm. A Catholic saint prophesized that the present pope is the Last Pope. Are these related? No religion and nothing to join, just an interesting and provocative presentation and discussion. Free. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. 708-955-3634. Golf Fitness Clinic – Dec 9 & 23. 7-7:45pm. Take your golf game to the next level over the winter months. Learn how to improve your game through golf fitness training. Learn a golf-specific warm-up and golf-specific exercise. We can help you move better and feel better, on and off the course. You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain. $15; reserve your spot by Dec 7 or Dec 21. North Shore Fitness & Wellness, 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. To register: 847-272-3700.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10 Int’l Human Rights Day NLP Certification – 11am-8pm. Awaken your inner power in 9 immersive days. Advance interpersonal communications. Master body language to be more persuasive. Rewire negative programming, feelings, habits into greater capabilities. Heighten creativity, problem-solving abilities. Deepen change making it longer-lasting, faster plus more effective. Register today, and save $400. $2,990. Level, 318 W Adams, Chicago. 312-854-2270. ZB Study Group – 6:30-9pm. With Mary Murphy. For ZB students and practitioners, the topic will be: Lighting the Flame of the Heart: ZB for the thorax. $15. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 Candlelight Restorative Reiki Yoga – 7-8:30pm. With  Tracey Ostrand. Be lead through classic restorative yoga poses that create gentle openings, and facilitate bringing the body back in to its natural alignment. The combination of Reiki and restorative poses combine for a powerful night of healing and ultimate relaxation. $35/2 days prior; $45; Bring a friend for $15. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500. Guided Group Meditation with Crystals: Raising Your Vibrations – 7-8:30pm. Register in advance, limited availability. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. Tickets:

New Moon, New Beginnings: Meditation, Mantra, Multi-Gong Immersion with Reiki Healers – 7:309pm. A monthly ritual to invite new intentions into our lives through mantra, meditation and a multigong immersion with Reiki healers. Each participant will receive a personal Reiki energy treatment during the gong journey. $25. Sat Nam Yoga Chicago, 1304 W Washington Blvd, Chicago. 312-818-5791.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 Certification Class for EFT With A Guarantee™ – Dec 12 & 13. 9am-5pm. 14-hr certification workshop. Become an “EFT With A Guarantee™” Practitioner. Learn basic EFT plus how to guarantee success in every EFT session for yourself and for your clients. This workshop is for both beginners and experienced EFT Practitioners. Experience relief for yourself. Money back guarantee. 14 CE’s. Discounts for prior attendance to any of Tom’s 6 hr or longer workshops. $225, $195/advanced registration, $95/ repeat of EFT With A Guarantee™ Certification class. Beyond Wellness, 16345 Harlem Ave, Tinley Park. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Psychic Intuitive Development Class – 10am. Instructor: Rebecca Brown. The best way to improve intuition is to practice with other people. Clear out the cobwebs, relax the body tension and quiet the racing mind. The class is like a vitamin shot for your imagination. Instructor available after class for private chakra and intuitive sessions. $25. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings: A.R.E. Holistic Fair – 10am-4:30pm. A comfortable, cordial non-commercial forum to discuss and explore a wide range of remedies, techniques and methodologies, all associated with health and personal growth. Experience this by visiting with your choice of a dozen metaphysical practitioners. 25min sessions are $35 each. Shop a well-stocked bookstore, listen to free short lectures and meditations. In keeping with the season, 10 vendors are there to help with your holiday shopping needs. Admission free, love donations gratefully received. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. More info: 847-299-6535. Psychic Holistic Fair – 11am-6pm. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa offers monthly Psychic Holistic Fairs on the 2nd full weekend each month. The majority of our practitioners have been featured on TV, radio, podcasts, magazines and books. Each day of the event has many options and each day the options are different. Our retail boutique is open during the event and we also have different Artist Trunk Shows out front each day. First come, first served. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. For more offerings: Reiki Level One Training & Certification – 126pm. This full weekend workshop will enable you to send powerful healing energy to your loved ones, to use this energy to heal yourself, and you will also be certified as level 2 Reiki practitioner. Transform your life by becoming a channel for this universal life force energy to heal yourself, others, and the planet. Level One only: $175 or $150/pre-registered. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500.

Chicago IANDS Presents: Beth Peterson – 2-5pm. Guest speaker: Beth Peterson, NDEr, author, mother, Army veteran and two-time lightning strike survivor. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758. An Introduction to Muscle Testing: See How Muscle Testing can Improve Your Life – 7-8pm. Dr. Randall Davis will demonstrate the practice of Contact Reflex Analysis and Muscle Testing in an interactive lecture at the Center for Holistic Medicine. Based on the concept of internal energy fundamental to traditional Chinese medicine, muscle testing is a noninvasive way of evaluating the body’s imbalances and assessing its needs. Free admission. 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/Deerfield. For more info & to RSVP: 847-236-1701.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 Centered in Peace Holiday Meditation – 9-9:45am. Give yourself the gift of peace in the midst of all the holiday busy-ness. Come for 45 mins of mindfulness and quiet on Sunday morning. Our Prayer Chaplains will lead this gathering. Join us after meditation for our uplifting Sunday service which begins at 10am. Love offering. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. 847-337-3866. Christmas Caroling – 11am-12pm. After service, gather with us around the grand piano in the Patty Turner Center atrium for some good old-fashioned Christmas caroling. Matt Nelson will lead us on piano. His Matt Nelson Trio CDs will be available for $10 and make excellent Christmas gifts. Free. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. 847-337-3866. Psychic Holistic Fair – 11am-4pm. See Dec 12 description. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. For more offerings: Serendipity Event:  Unique Mind, Body, Spirit Boutique Expo – 12-5pm. A fusion of customer appreciation day mixed with an open house, featuring free educational presentations, intuitive gala with readings and healing sessions, mindful people networking, music, snacks, and mindful gifts. Free admission. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. Relax with Hypnotherapy & Herbs – 5:306:30pm. With the joy of the season many of us also feel stress. Join us for this relaxing hypnotherapy session. We’ll also discuss relaxing herbs that you can easily incorporate into your holiday routine. Presented by Philippa Norman, MD. Free. Beverly Yoga Center,  1917 W 103rd St, 2nd Fl, Chicago. Registration required: 773-337-3880 or

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15 Detox Prep Meeting – 6-6:30pm. We’ll discuss: how real detox works, who is a good candidate, and how our Clear Change 10-day program works. Our next group start date is Jan 1-3. Balance Chiropractic & Wellness, 2500 W Higgins Rd, Ste 420, Hoffman Estates. Take the Detox Quiz & register:

Stress, Hormones and Health Seminar – 6:308pm. Dr. Kori Feldman will discuss the impact of stress and hormones on health and how to achieve lifelong optimized living. Free. Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S Willow Springs Rd, La Grange. Register: 708-340-6184 or

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16 Wellness Wednesday Institute – 6:45-8pm. 3rd Wed. Class explores the 5 brain wave frequencies, how they affect the body, mind and spirit, and various vibration meditations to bring you back into equilibrium. Explore, awaken and journey toward a healthier life and environment. Learn how to manifest an abundant, boundless life of love, peace and happiness by shifting your frequency. $25. Awaken Your Spirit & Embrace Your Journey, 319b Harrison St, Oak Park. To register: 312-720-2638,

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17 Essentials of Craniosacral Therapy – Dec 17-18. 9am-4pm. Course is a practical introduction and overview to the theory and practice of craniosacral therapy. As a distinct modality focused on finding and releasing restrictions in the craniosacral system this manual therapy can positively affect every aspect of the body. Learn essential ways to evaluate and treat the craniosacral system using gentle, yet powerful techniques. No previous experience necessary. $240; 12 CE hrs for professional bodywork therapists. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Essential Oils with the Zyto – 5pm. Instructor: Kim Rader. Are you intrigued by the buzz about essential oils and their uses for wellness, emotional balance and more? Class includes your personal Zyto Bio Feedback Analysis to help reach your full balanced potential. No pressure opportunity to purchase essential oils at wholesale prices. $35. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings: Free Shiatsu Intro – 7-9:30pm. Learn the fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu and chat with current students and instructors. Free. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19 Manifestation Meditation – 10am. Instructor: Lisa DeMars. Transform what seem to be insurmountable issues in relationships, family, finances, career and health. Bring about clarity so confusion, tension, anxiety and behavior patterns that sabotage your desired results are brought into harmony. Using techniques of focusing we will resolve points of contention to achieve the results you desire. Instructor available after class for private chakra and intuitive sessions. $20. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings:

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Intuition Insight 101 – 10am. Instructor: Fran Verzosa. Have you ever replayed something that has happened in your life wishing you had made different choices or taken a different path? Did you feel this way because somewhere inside of you knew what was going to happen? Learn how to trust your inner truth and learn intuitive tools that will help you confirm what is in your heart. Instructor available after class for private chakra and intuitive sessions. $25. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings:

Winter Solstice Celebration: Embody Gifts and Blessings – 7-9pm. Join Kathleen Rude in welcoming Winter with ceremony and celebration. It is a time of letting go of what no longer serves you and a time of blessing. Bring drums, rattles, or other percussion instruments to join in the blessings and celebration. $35, $30/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828.

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New Year’s Eve Burning Bowl Ceremony – 7pm. Theme: Let It Go. The Burning Bowl Ceremony will be held at the start of the service, followed by an opportunity to write a letter to God and a letter from God. New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to let go of old, stuck concepts and energy and to consciously create what we want to see happen in 2016. Service features Music Director, Megon McDonough and accompanist Tatiana Naumova. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.

Solful Sunday – 1-4pm. Free themed spiritual networking/potluck. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21 Winter Solstice Yule Pilates Mat Classes – 12pm. Also Dec 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 31 & Jan 2. Student athletes, take advantage of your time off school to build your strength, flexibility and balance. $80/8 classes, $15/each. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-657-0881. Winter Solstice: The Return of the Light – 7-8:30pm. A shamanic workshop with Lindy Ferrigno. Ask yourself, “What do I do instinctively to stay connected to my light?” and come join us as we take a shamanic journey. Discover your place of abiding peace and deep joy. Find the deep comfort that restores you at this time of sacred darkness. $22/advance, $29/at door. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Solstice Chakra Attunement: The Glow Within – 7:30-9:30pm. Each chakra has its own energy intelligence. As this Winter begins, synchronize your whole chakra system to support both stillness and action from your sacred center. Experience using Raydiant Lightware™, an interactive visual technology for achieving higher order functioning in just minutes. Led by Peter Kime, creator of Raydiant Pathways. $25, $30 after Dec 18. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register:

Golf Fitness Clinic – Dec 9 & 23. 7-7:45pm. See Dec 9 description. $15; reserve your spot by Dec 21. North Shore Fitness & Wellness, 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. To register: 847-272-3700.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Candlelighting Service – 7pm. Theme: Christmas is a Soul’s Journey. Many Christmas selections will be performed as part of the musical celebration in the service, with noted musical artists Megon McDonough and Tatiana Naumova. A moving candlelight ceremony will be preceded by a brief talk given by Greg Barrette, minister of Unity Northwest Church. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25 Christmas (Christianity) Talking Drum – 7:30-9pm. Join us for a sacred Talking Stick Ceremony. Listen with your heart, communicate your truth, and celebrate your life. Experience the support of the circle for realizing your dreams. Led by Aliess and Peter Kime. $10 suggested donation. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register:

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 Make Your Resolutions a Reality – 1:304:30pm. Presented by Dawna Gutzmann, MD. Make it a great year. Create a vision board and learn to use self-hypnosis to make your dreams a reality. Heartwood Center, 1818 Dempster St, Evanston. Register on the “Events” page:

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Gong Bath – 1-2:15pm. Join Mark Placzkowski on this journey with the sound of the gong which creates deep relaxation, freeing us from the flood of thoughts our mind releases, and stimulates the glandular system to a higher level of functioning. The gong meditation clears the nerve endings and regenerates the parasympathetic system which is ruled by sound. The parasympathetic system sends “relax” messages to all the organs. It regulates the rebuilding functions of the body and it is vital for handling stress. $20/pre-registration, $25/ at door. Yin Yang Pilates & Yoga, 111 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. 847-719-1800.



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Happy Hormones – 6-6:45pm. Balance Chiropractic & Wellness, 2500 W Higgins Rd, Ste 420, Hoffman Estates. To register:

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ongoing Daily All Month $5 Off Earth-Resonance and Brain Entrainment Session – Thru Dec. Enjoy a restorative Earth resonance biomat session combined with light and sound brainwave entrainment. Enhancement for focus, relaxation, or healing, your choice. 25 min; regularly $20. Mention ad for $5 off. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. To schedule: $75 Aromatherapy Massage & Manicure – Thru Dec. The most effective form of aromatherapy combines the nurturing power of touch with great penetrating force of carefully chosen pure essential oils to produce the profound sense of relaxation. After massage, get your fingers soaked, nails filed and cuticles trimmed. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $79.99 Ultrasonic Collagen Facial – Thru Dec. The most important benefit of an ultrasonic machine is that it helps products penetrate deeper into the skin layers. In the process of a facial, the machine removes the top layer of dead skin cells that tend to dull the skin. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $84.99 90-Minute Massage – Thru Dec. Antalee offers a variety of massages, choose from: Swedish, deep tissue, aromatherapy, sports, reflexology, hot stone, prenatal and cranial-sacral therapy. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $110 Swedish Massage & Manicure + Pedicure with Paraffin for Feet – Thru Dec. Receive the classic form of full-body soft tissue massage then receive a manicure and pedicure, where fingers/toes are soaked, nails filed and cuticles trimmed. Hands/ feet are exfoliated and massaged. As a bonus, get an additional paraffin treatment just for your feet. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $125 Swedish Massage & Organic Deep Cleansing Facial – Thru Dec. The classic form of full-body soft tissue massage, relaxes the body, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, enhances range of motion, eases muscle aches and tension. Excellent for first-time clients. Customized organic deep cleansing facial offers deep exfoliation, hydration, and extractions, using all natural and organic ingredients. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Children’s Dental Exam – Thru Dec 31. Get a complimentary exam with bite-wing X-rays. Ages 2-18. Gaiamed Dental Spa, 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette. For details & appt: 847-977-1655 or College Prep the Aryuvedic Way – Be prepared to live and take ownership of your new environment with balance and routine. Loribeth Cohen, PT and Aryuvedic Practitioner will be helping to prepare high school students for this very important transition. Classes forming now. Groups of 3-4. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-657-0881.

Complimentary Anti-Aging Consultation and Skin Analysis – With Dr. Promila Banerjee. Learn about the new revolutionary Scition® Dual Wavelength, most advanced FDA-approved hybrid laser along with Broadband Light. Zero downtime. Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine, Waukegan Rd, Northfield. 847-260-7300. Dental Discount Plan – Allows patients without dental insurance to receive quality dental care at affordable prices. Gaiamed is offering free tooth whitening to each enrolled adult. Gaiamed Dental Spa, 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette. For details & appt: 847-977-1655 or Esthetic Specials – Thru Dec. Buy 3 Halo skincare products get a free perfect 10 Peel Skinceuticals medical facial with steam and extractions $99 (reg $125). Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine, 281 Waukegan Rd, Northfield. 847-260-7300. Free 15-Minute Phone Consultation for Health and Success – Discover how you can achieve ultimate happiness and health with InteriorWerx. Clear emotional and energetic abnormalities that cause dis-ease, such as anxiety, pain, sadness, discomfort, allergies, recurring physical injury and more. There is immediate relief from symptoms, bringing health back to true form. Free. 312-479-7893. Free Oral Cancer Screening – Thru Dec. Dr. Taf Paulson, DDS, of Chicago Holistic Dentistry, is offering a free oral cancer screening ($55 value) utilizing the state-of-the-art, patented VELscope Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System. Mention Natural Awakenings for special. Chicago Holistic Dentistry, 233 E Erie, Ste 816, Chicago. 312-944-7444. Free Paraffin for Feet – Thru Dec. When you purchase a pedicure with Antalee, receive free paraffin treatment for your feet. Excellent treatment for the winter. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program – Groups forming. The action program for emotionally moving beyond death, divorce and 42 other losses. People say you have to let go and move on in your life, but they don’t tell you what you need to do to accomplish that. Highland Park. Register & more info: 847-373-7456 or Injectable Specials – Thru Dec. Purchase 2 syringes of Restylane + 50 units of Dysport for only $999 or purchase 3 syringes of Restylane for $999 (up to $1900 value). Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine, 281 Waukegan Rd, Northfield. 847-260-7300. Laser Specials – Thru Dec. Purchase 3 BBL Forever Young Treatments for face, neck and chest for $1,899 ($3,000 value). Buy 2 Halo Laser Treatments $2,999 ($3,685 value) with free bio-serum and post care kit. Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine, 281 Waukegan Rd, Northfield. 847-260-7300.

Product Specials – Thru Dec. Colorescience “perfection today protection tomorrow” kit with free sunscreen brush $120 ($155 value). Skinceuticals revitalize set 15% off (kits available while supplies last). Halo Laser & Aesthetic Medicine, 281 Waukegan Rd, Northfield. 847-260-7300. re:fit Massage – Thru Dec. The studio for rehabilitation and fitness is proud to welcome Kai Milligan, LMT. Kai has been certified and trained in Hawaii in Lomi Lomi massage. Make time to take care of you this holiday season. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. For appt: 847-657-0881. re:fit Special Offer – Thru Dec. Try any service for the holidays at a 10% discount. Find your balance during the holiday season. Call to schedule an Ayruvedic consultation or massage to help prepare you for a healthier 2016. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. By apt only: 847-657-0881.

Sunday Wise Aging 6-Wk Peer Group – Group forming. With trained facilitator and Jewish cantor Lynda Hope Dresher says. The Wise Aging program provides new resources and support to live the later years with spirit, resilience and wisdom. Highland Park. Register & more info: 847-373-7456 or Celebration Service – 10am. A dynamic, conscious community rooted in universal spiritual principles. Music, inspiring message and a loving community. Childcare provided for birth-4; youth programming for 5-18. Awaken your inherent power and purpose through unconditional love, creativity and conscious community. Bodhi Spiritual Center, 2746 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago. 773-248-5683. Abundant Life Spiritual Center Sunday Service – 10-11:10am. Sunday celebration service with an inspiring spiritual message that directly applies to your life now. Pop/rock/indie music provided by The Grateful Living. Free. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. 847-337-3866. Meditations for Mindful Living – 10-11:30am. Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. Learn modern Buddhist teachings to enrich your daily life, improve your relationships and create well-being for yourself and others. Free. Vajrayana Kadampa Buddhist Center, 13 Harrison St, Oak Park. Out Chicago Radio Program – 11am-1pm. The only local and live LGBT radio show in the Chicago Metro Area. Out Chicago is an outstanding new show about LGBT life, current events and civil rights hosted by Scott Duff, a Chicago-based actor, comedian, theatre educator and activist. On WCPTAM 820, WCPT-FM 92.7 (North), WCPY-FM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South). Call-in: 773-763-WCPT. Client’s Day – 12-2pm. Appointment required. Free skin evaluation and professional advice for each specific skin type as well as a free 5-minute face lift. Cutesy Body Inc, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 105, Wheeling. 847-777-9757. Ecstatic Dance – 1-3pm. Gather in our sacred space, set intention, move, dance, sweat, let go, energize.  It’s a fun free-form workout meditation. $15 or class pass. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500.

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or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. Community Tai Chi/DahnMuDo Class – 2-3pm. Gentle but powerful movements that strengthen muscles and joints, improves your blood and energy circulation, correct skeletal imbalances, plus enhance your focus, concentration and confidence. Based on the Korean healing martial art, DahnMuDo (the way of limitless energy). Free or donation. Donations go to nonprofit Earth Citizens Organization for Heroes Leadership Program.  Orland Park Body & Brain Center, 9204 W 159th St, Orland Park. RSVP: 708-226-0245 or

Monday Archangel Michael Monday – Receive a Saint Michael Angel card reading. Session is done with Doreen virtue Archangel Michael cards. During a reading expect to receive guidance answers and communication with Archangel Michael. Book appointment now and receive your special message from Archangel Micahel. Little Purple House, 20406 Rand Rd, Kildeer. Call or text 847-764-2700. Gluten-Free Monday – 10am-8pm. All gluten-free grocery items 10% off all-day long. Free. Earthly Goods Health Foods, 6951 Grand Ave, Gurnee. 847-855-9677. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470.

markyourcalendar Footbath Detox Mondays – 11am-6pm. Sluggishness, fatigue, low energy and poor sleep? A 30-min ionic footbath stimulates cells to release toxins and rebalance the cellular system that is responsible for overall health. The process continues after the toxins are dislodged during treatment, allowing your entire body to function optimally. Save $10. Nutritional Health Solutions, 480 Elm Pl, Ste 108, Highland Park. 847-207-2034. Medium Monday – 11am-7pm. $50 medium readings with a complementary free clear quartz crystal. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. Call or text 847-564-6159. Learn the Truth about Autism, Different Learning Styles and Gifted/2E Children – Thru Dec 14. 11:15am-12:30pm. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak, wellness educator, experiental tutor and yoga instructor. Guided discussion group using Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders. $30/ class. Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute, 1618 Orrington Ave, Ste 206, Evanston. RSVP: 847-425-9355. Community Acupuncture – 2:30-6:30pm. With Stephanie Borkan. A unique and powerful way to experience the healing and calming effect of acupuncture. Performed in a group setting. $30-$50. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000.

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Reiki Session in Salt Relaxation Room – 4-7pm. Reiki is a gentle, energy balancing system that induces a state of peace and joy. Reiki mainly focuses on the subtler levels of being, emotional and spiritual aspects, but can bring deep healing and balancing to the physical body. $25. SoWell/Solay, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847-676-5571. 50/50 Class: Zumba and POUND – 6:30-7:30pm. Aliza Mor, nationally certified instructor for over 5 years, will get the party started with 30 mins of Zumba followed by 30 mins of POUND (weighted drum sticks are used for a cardio/strength workout). Beginners are very welcome and no judgment is allowed here. Tash Fitness, 8816 N Bronx Ave, Skokie. Registration required: 847-379-5777.

Tuesday Palmistry Tuesday – 9am-7pm. $20 special. Little Purple House, 20406 Rand Rd, Kildeer. Call or text 847-764-2700. Nia: Holistic Fitness – 9:30-10:30am. Also Thursdays. Nia tunes your mind and tones your body. Develop flexibility, agility, mobility, strength and stability in your body. Nia combines the principles of yoga, modern dance, and martial arts to achieve profound results with cardio exercise that embraces all ages, all abilities. Practiced barefoot. Bring a mat for floor work. Led by Aliess Kime, Certified Nia Teacher. $14/drop-in. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register: Exploring Meditation with Rev. Darrell Jones – 10-11am & 6-7pm. Visioning is a meditation practice much like brainstorming, however, instead of attempting to “think up” ideas, the practice is to sit in meditation and listen for the ideas that life is attempting to create through our individual and collective experiences. $15. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000. Near Infrared Salt Sauna – 11:30am-7pm. Infrared sauna detoxification is a gradual, gentle and safe approach in cleansing the whole body and is the most effective Detox. $10. SoWell/Solay, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847-676-5571. Salt Relaxation Room – 11:30am-7pm. Himalayan salt used in our salt room is mineral rich, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial, providing an environment where sitting and breathing delivers multiple benefits to the health of your respiratory system, skin and emotional well-being. $10. SoWell/Solay, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847-676-5571. Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Clients receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. Live shakuhachi and singing bowl music is provided by Jia Senghe. $35/45-min

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Tai Chi Class – 8:15pm. Also Sat, 9am. Reduce stress; increase flexibility and balance; improve muscle strength and definition; increase energy; stamina and agility. Wear flat-soled shoes and loose fitting clothes. $10/class. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929.

Wednesday Reiki Wednesday – $55/60-min healings. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. Call or text 847-564-6159. Wellness Wednesdays – Your choice of Oxygenated Rife Lymphatic Detox, MediCupping or Raindrop Technique. $40. 150 E Cook Ave, Ste 101, Libertyville. For appt, Teresa: 224-888-1170 or 561-881-4321. Happy Hour Free Acupuncture – 11am-12pm. Initial evaluation and treatment for instant pain relief or any health concerns. For videos look up Deerfield Community Acupuncture on YouTube. The best doctor is in your body. Get well naturally. Free. Deerfield Community Acupuncture, 405 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 211, Deerfield. 847-845-4090. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Acupuncture – 3:30-6:30pm. Acupuncture can relieve pain, improve sleep, digestion and emotional well-being plus support and strengthen the immune system. Acupuncture needles inserted at specific points along the meridians unblock obstructions and restore balance. $25. SoWell/Solay, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847-676-5571. Free Holiday Meditation – Thru Dec. 6:45-8pm. Relax, relate, release and experience a little peace during this holiday season. Join us for a fun evening of meditation, discussion and exploration. Don’t know how to meditate? We’ll teach you. Awaken Your Spirit & Embrace Your Journey, 319B Harrison St, Oak Park. 708-434-5370. Midweek Grace – 7-8pm. Experience community spiritual practice to support calm, peace and purpose throughout your week. Bodhi Spiritual Center, 2746 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago. 773-248-5683. Find Peace and Happiness from Within – 7-8:30pm. Modern Buddhist teachings. Learn ways to enrich your daily life, improve your relationships and find lasting happiness. Everyone welcome. Also Thursdays at Oak Park location. $10. Vajrayana Kadampa Buddhist Center, 2010 W Pierce St, Chicago. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 8-9:30pm. Instructor: Guru Nischan. Kundalini Yoga is a powerful way to cut through subconscious programming and clear the psyche. It offers a fast reset of the nervous system and adjustment of the glandular system to give you luster, shine and a healthy glow. $17/ drop in; member discounts available. Mosksha Riverwest, 700 N Carpenter St, Chicago. 312-942-9642.

Thursday Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Meditation Thursdays at the Center, Rosley’s Rocks and Gems – 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for our weekly night of centering. Meditation guided then silent; all levels welcome, and all questions welcome. Free. 4344 N Western Ave, Chicago. 773-561-7200. The NADA: Auricular Group Acupuncture Protocol – 7-8pm. Acudetox involves the gentle placement of 5 small disposable steel needles in specific sites on each ear of a client undergoing treatment. Sit quietly in a group setting for 35-40 mins. Helps people deal with reductions in cravings, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and need for pharmaceuticals as well as recover from substance abuse, emotional trauma, behavioral disorders, pain syndromes, muscular spasms. Free; donations welcomed. SunGates Center, 395 Dundee Rd, Ste 500, Wheeling. 847-345-0988. Oneness Meditation – 7:30-9pm. With Laura Jachim. The Oneness Meditation is a direct transfer of sacred energy which causes the heart to open, heals relationships, opens the doors to higher states of awareness and initiates a process of Awakening into Oneness. Love offering accepted. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000.

Friday Psychic and Tarot Card Readings – Fri-Sun. 22 yrs experience. Reveals past present and future with pinpoint accuracy. $30 special. Little Purple House, 20406 Rand Rd, Kildeer. Call or text 847-764-2700. Healing Friday with Archangel Raphael – 9am7pm. Receive a Saint Raphael Archangel reading providing answers guarding and healing in all areas of life love physical emotional and spiritual healing etc. $60/60 mins. Little Purple House, 20406 Rand Rd, Kildeer. Call or text 847-764-2700. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Chakra Friday – 11am-7pm. A full chakra evaluation along with a chakra balance. $70/60-min. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. Call or text 847-564-6159.

Saturday Angel Weekend – Sat & Sun. Indulge in an angel reading allowing your archangels to guide and lead your path. $40 angel readings with unlimited time. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. Call or text 847-564-6159. Mighty House Radio Program – 8-11am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects.  Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On WCPT-AM 820, WCPT-FM 92.7 (North), WCPY-FM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South). Call-in: 773-763-WCPT.

classifieds AKASHIC CONSULTATION AKASHIC RECORD READING – Open the record of your soul’s journey to find information to support you in your life right now, heal your past and help you into your future. Heal. Grow. Investigate. Find direction. Lin Ewing: 847-609-0034.

ASTROLOGY ASTROLOGY – Understand yourself, your motivations, your feelings. Recognize your talents, strengths, successes. Overcome difficulties and confusion. Astrology can help pull it all together. Relationships. Career. Plan the future. Serious astrology for serious seekers. Private, personal consultations. Lin Ewing: 847-609-0034.

AURA PHOTOGRAPHY ENERGETIC SELFIE –­ See your inner self and access the valuable information it provides. Get a “Soul Portrait,” a lovely, more in-depth aura photo which captures your true essence. If you already have a photo, we will do a comparison analysis. Dianne Reddington: 847-981-1974. DianneAura1@

DONATE YOUR CAR GOT AN OLDER CAR, BOAT OR RV? – Do the humane thing. Donate it to the Humane Society. 800-433-8641.

HEALTH PRODUCTS CPAP/BIPAP supplies – At little or no cost from Allied Medical Supply Network! Fresh supplies delivered right to your door. Insurance may cover all costs. 800-969-7083. GOT KNEE PAIN? BACK PAIN? SHOULDER PAIN? – Get a pain-relieving brace little or no cost to you. Medicare Patients call Health Hotline now! 1-800-589-0629. Tai Chi Class – 9am. See Tues listing. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929. Tarot Readings with Rita – 10am-2pm. Looking for guidance through life’s challenges? We can use the cards to help you use your intuition and higher consciousness to navigate towards your highest good. Free tea or coffee. $20. INSIDE, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 815-245-9673. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470.

LIFE ALERT – 24/7. One press of a button sends help fast. Medical, fire, burglar. Even if you can’t reach a phone. Free brochure. 800-431-9356.

HELP WANTED/HIRING HELP IN EXPANSION, ORGANIZATION AND MARKETING OF MY BUSINESS – Earn a percentage of income made from workshops and private sessions. Skills needed: proficient computer knowledge and marketing knowledge. Most work can be done from your home. Call Irma 847-7074032 or email Relationship Management/Sales CITY OF CHICAGO and SOUTH SUBURBS – Excellent opportunity for flexible part-time work with great rewards. Natural Awakenings Chicago is seeking a self-motivated professional with strong interpersonal and communication skills to introduce businesses to the benefits of advertising to our community in print and online. Ideal candidate must be self-motivated, organized and creative in sourcing suitable clients and events to target in Chicago and suburbs. You must enjoy conversing on the phone and hosting face-to-face meetings, as well as enjoy working both from your home and from the road throughout the metropolitan area, and have previous relationship-based ad sales experience. You’ll need at least 20 flexible daytime hours per week to prosper. Occasional weekend and evening time required to attend events and network. Pay is generous commission, plus bonuses. Email your name, a brief description of your experience and your phone number to

PRESCRIPTION SAVINGS STOP OVERPAYING FOR YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS – Save up to 93%. Call our licensed Canadian and International pharmacy service to compare prices and get $15 off your first prescription and free shipping. 800-307-5192. Nirvana Teacher Training – 11:30am-5:30pm. Yearlong 200-hr teacher training. Also meets Fri evenings. Study with teachers that have 30 years’ experience of yoga. Learning all you need to know to be the teacher that can change people’s lives. $1,800. Nirvana Yoga Studio, 232 E Main St, Barrington. 847-277-1333. Vet Talk Radio Program – 6-7pm. Program hosted by U.S. Marine Corps Vet Antonio Correa and Fred Newson of the U.S. Navy. Both men have lived the life of a military man, and now they are working to give a voice to the veterans. Gain a new perspective on the issues facing veterans today. On WCPT-AM 820, WCPT-FM 92.7 (North), WCPYFM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South).

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care & green living in our community. acupuncture WHOLE HEALTH ACUPUNCTURE 50 E Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village 847-357-3929

Offering community acupuncture on a sliding scale from $15-$40. Acupuncture is most effective when done consistently and for a full course of treatment. This brings faster relief, so you can get back to work and the things that you enjoy. Pricing lets you afford to have acupuncture simply because it feels good.

acupuncture & traditional oriental medicine LANA MOSHKOVICH, LAc, ND, MSOM

1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook 60062 847-508-1470 Trained in both Western and Oriental Medicine, I use acupuncture and a dietary approach along with herbal remedies to resolve musculoskeletal pain, internal medicine health issues, insomnia, anxiety and women’s health. Schedule your initial appointment on to find out if acupuncture can help you. Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions. See ad in the Holiday Gift Guide.

aging mindfully CANTOR LYNDA DRESHER Highwood 60040 847-373-7456

Are you living a joyful and purposeful life? Or, are you feeling sad and worried as you approach your retirement years. Discover how you can turn aging into saging. Learn how to live with loss, change and death, cultivate wisdom and leave a legacy. Join a Wise Aging group today. All faiths are welcome.

allergy relief Calandra Acupuncture South Loop and Arlington Hts 312-515-9492

Offering a variety of modalities to help you feel better, including NAET Allergy Elimination, acupuncture and Reiki. We thrive to work with your primary medical doctors to offer the highest quality complimentary care and welcome patients who haven’t found relief through traditional western medicine. Also offering informational and certification classes.

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Intuitive Resources 650 Meacham, Elk Grove 60007 Call or text: 847-564-6159 Over 17 years experience in mastering the art of Angel healing and readings. Call or text today and receive angelic answers and guidance.

animal communication Whispers of Love

Linda Roberts 312-231-5607 Helping people and animals to heal their past, present, and to live healthy lives is Linda’s passion. Animal Communication provides assistsance with behavioral issues, recent adoptions, illnesses, allergies, medical concerns and more. Communication coupled with energy work may benefit all family members. Linda performs and teaches energy sessions, animal communication, Shamanism, Reiki and Belly Dance.

bodywork Roth Structural Integration

Diane Roth, BCSI Highland Park, 60035 847-533-3213 • Structural Integration (SI) realigns, rebalances and re-educates the body through manual therapy and movement education. Chronic pain, bad posture, tired and achy bodies are signs that the body is out of balance. SI benefits include decreased pain, injury rehabilitation, improved posture, ease in movement, and increased flexibility and stamina.


825 Chicago Ave, Evanston 60202 847-864-1130 You’ll feel the stress melt away like the snow in spring through our relaxation-focused shiatsu massage practice, which offers the same energizing benefits as acupuncture combined with the restorative power of yoga poses. Dress in cozy threads, shiatsu is performed on fully clothed clients. Professional and student therapists available. See ad on back cover.

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Zero Balancing Wellness Center

Mary H. Murphy, LMT, CZB, CST-D 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette 60091 847-920-9292 • Zero Balancing (ZB) works with the flow of chi through the skeletal system. Gentle, and energizing, a ZB session leaves the client with a wonderful feeling of body-mind integration and energized relaxation. ZB can help relieve body pain, emotional distress and boost well-being. Received clothed, ZB addresses the whole person.

brain health Marny Turvill, MD Evanston 60201 847-644-8540

Has your life been taken over by PTSD, a concussion or other TBI, chemical sensitivities, anxiety, or a child with learning or behavior problems? If you are ready to take back control and thrive, contact Dr. Marny now! You can feel better, think better and behave better without medications!

chiropractic Natural Solutions 10 W Phillip Rd, Ste 114 Vernon Hills 60061

Licensed dietitian and chiropractic physician Dr. Graef offers nutrition and chiropractic care. Chiropractic care can include; adjustments, physical therapy, myofascial therapy, or acupuncture. Nutrition consults are individualized and have a special focus to decrease the impact of chronic disease or can be used for weight loss. Insurance accepted for both services.  

coaching & counseling David Scott Bartky

Certified Law of Attraction Life Coach “Phone Coaching At Its Best” 973-444-7301 The Law of Attraction is always operating in your life. Are you using it to attract what you want?  I will teach you processes and techniques so you’ll not only start to attract what you want (a relationship, more money, more clients, etc.), you’ll also become more excited about life.


Dr. Robbie Maller Hartman, PhD, PCC 847-831-5660 Professional certified life coach and licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience in health and wellness. Specializing in emotional eating issues, non-dieting weight loss, healthy lifestyle coaching, mindfulness meditation training, and stress management. Mentored by bestselling author Geneen Roth, as seen on Oprah. Call for a complimentary phone consultation.

Live an Illuminated Life Sister Goddess GuruNischan 312-671-0466

Taking the complexity out of enlightenment, meditation, yoga, LIFE, and leaving all of the best and most Luminous stuff. The stuff that turns you on, when life shuts you off. The stuff that reclaims you, reveals you, and courses electricity through your Soul. Call for a FREE TurnOn Session and let’s Light Your World Up!

Raydiant Life Coaching Peter Kime, MA 847-869-6477 • Evanston

All challenges are an opportunity to heal and evolve. With 27 years experience I combine energy healing with psychological and spiritual counsel to help you in that process. Come to know and empower your truth. Go forward more fit to create greater joy, fulfillment, and love. Free 20 minute initial consult. See ad on page 17.

RESOLUTIONS COACHING & CERTIFICATION TRAINING Tim Marshall, Hypnosis/NLP Trainer 25 E Washington • 233 E Erie 312-854-2270

Achieve higher performance and motivation. Do you want peace of mind eliminating uncontrollable fear, anxiety, stress, sadness? Or are you hungry for inner calm? Stop smoking. Eat less. Reduce compulsiveness. Enjoy life more with greater success. 30+ years hypnosis and NLP experience. Free phone consultation. Near Millennium Park & Northwestern Memorial Hospital.


Jim Kolar, Rph 3479 N Broadway, Chicago 60657 773-525-0766 • Save-Rite is your locally owned compounding specialist in Lakeview. Besides dispensing traditional medication, we work closely with your doctor to customize medications for pediatric care, sports medicine, pain management, veterinary needs and a wide range of hormone replacement therapies (BHRT). We also offer a variety of medical equipment and daily living supplies so that you’ll always enjoy a healthy lifestyle.  Free delivery to Lakeview and surrounding areas. See ad on page 4.

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Chi Balancing Center


4344 N Western Ave, Chicago 60618 773-561-7200 • Join us at our new location, The Center, where we offer the widest selection of chakra healing stones, rough crystals, collectors’ pieces and specialty items. Come meditate in the crystal skull room, relax and heal on our new Amethyst Biomat™, and see our skilled and professional readers and healers.

Located in Art of Natural Healing 7773 Lake St, River Forest 60305 708-366-8002

Reiki Master David Riddle has used the Akashic Records in his energy work sessions since 1998. In Akashic EnergyworkSM, David connects the energy body held within the Akashic Records to the individual using hands on healing. This brings energy to the client for health, happiness and karmic relief.

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digestive health specialist NUTRITIONAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS

Reneé S. Barasch, LDHS 480 Elm Place, Ste 108, Highland Park 60035 847-207-2034 • Digestive problems? Acid Reflux/ GERD, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis? Let us help you naturally achieve nutritional balance, feel better and enhance the quality of your life. Improve digestion while reducing discomfort and bloating so you can eat the foods you love again. Certified digestive health specialist/enzyme therapist. See ad on page 9 and in the Holiday Gift Guide.

EFT (emotional freedom techniques) TOM MASBAUM, EFTADVANCED

708-955-3634 EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a simple, gentle and very effective tapping procedure on the acupuncture spots, or acupuncture without needles. In individual EFT sessions Tom offers a 100% guarantee of success or no charge. 6,000 individual sessions, mostly on the phone. Emotional and many physical issues fade away. Initial call free.

energetic family wellness DR. NICK KUENNEN, DC

The Wellness Source 1245 N Milwaukee Ave, Ste 202B, Glenview 60025 (Across from Abt) 224-413-3500 • We offer an effective, holistic wellness approach that is the only one in the entire Chicagoland area. The difference lies with the BioModulator that delivers healing bioenergy and corrective chiropractic techniques, neuro-muscular release techniques, nutrition recommendations, acupuncture meridian lines, digital X-rays, orthopedic and neurological testing, emotional releasing and essential oils. We ensure results with our approach. See ad on page 7.

30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

Offering daily intuitive and energetic healing sessions. Offerings include: aura analysis and clearing, soul synergizing, SoulCollage chakra balancing, singing bowl sessions, chakra channeling, chakra dowsing, crystal chakra balancing, chakra healing touch, crystal grid sessions, shamanic sessions, Vivaxis connection alignment, reflexology and Reiki. Appointments recommended.


Marla Levitt Goldberg 847-984-0440 • 847-275-5584

Want to feel more flow and joy in your life? Do toxic thoughts limit your potential or block clear thinking? Marla will help release blocks, interferences, negative energies, entities and emotions that may be left from your past. Call today to schedule a consultation. See ad on page 13.


Nancy Bernard CCH, RYT, Holistic Healer Chuck Solomonson LCSW, Psychotherapist Grayslake • 847-722-9243 Nurturing the Mind, Body, Emotions and Spirit as a Whole. Holistic and Psychotherapeutic techniques designed to Overcome the Obstacles that limit experiencing the richness of life. Live empowered, enriched, joyful and Innerly Peaceful. Chakra Balancing, Reiki, Heart Loving Yoga, EFT, Shamanic Healing, EMDR Trauma Therapy, Talk Therapy. &

essential oils DoTERRA Essential Oils Allison Lutze

Need help with seasonal threats? Breathe easy with Breathe® Respiratory Blend, made by dōTERRA. Use aromatically and topically to maintain clear airways. Also works well for the snorer in your family leading to a better nights rest, for everyone. Visit website for more information.

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Karen Duewel 847-772-0212

Young Living oils and supplements with natural plant extracts can support women’s health throughout the various phases of life; providing temporary relief from cramps, nausea, hot flashes and emotional swings. For daily challenges, consider lavender or Stress Away to relieve daily stress, encourage relaxation and reduce nervous tension.  Enjoy life naturally. See ad on page 45.

feng shui Laurie Pawli, Certified Feng Shui Consultant

The Feng Shui School of Chicago

You can now learn feng shui in the Chicago area. The Feng Shui School of Chicago is recognized as a Gold Level School, the highest standard established by the International Feng Shui Guild. We teach basic “Feng Shui in a Day” classes, as well as a comprehensive 77-hour “Certified Feng Shui Consultant Training Program”. A “layering” approach is taught using Form, Best Personal Direction, and Front Door Bagua placement. Laurie is a student of Grand Master Professor Lin Yun, Katherine Metz and Denise Linn. 

green real estate KATIE HAUSER

Baird & Warner Green Broker 847-212-5214 I understand that heating, cooling, energy efficiency and commuting distance are important to your home buying and remodeling decisions. As a NAR Green Broker, I’ll help you find the dream home that meets your sustainable lifestyle. Working together, we’ll locate the best resources to make green improvements and sustainable renovations.


Reverend, Reiki Master Teacher, CCMBA Teacher, Hands on Healing Covering McHenry & Woodstock Lake Geneva, WI 262-745-4345 Offering a number of healing modalities. Testing for what protocol is required for healing at a Cellular Morphogenic, DNA level. Heal the emotional, mental and spiritual body, and the physical body can heal. Reiki, Crystal Reiki, CCMBA/CCSMC, Meridian, Aura and Chakra Clearing, Past Life Therapy, Emotional Release and more.

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holistic dentistry DR. ALLA AVER, DDS

2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 • Stay healthy with a whole-body, preventative care approach. We use non-fluoridated ozonated water, periodontal herbal treatments, and gluten-free herbal paste. Restorative options include: safe amalgam removal, BPA-free fillings and sealants, non-metal crowns and bridges, sleep apnea and TMJ appliances, and non-acrylic night guards, partials and dentures. Our conservative approach includes: digital X-rays and intraoral camera, nonsurgical gum therapies including laser and ozone, and herbal irrigation. Material reactivity testing, saliva pH and microscopic plaque analysis are available. Our natural approach includes dental homeopathy, craniosacral therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 41.

K. BOEHM, DDS, & Associates

1585 N Barrington Rd, Ste 106, Hoffman Estates 60069 847-884-1220 1440 Maple Ave, Ste 2A Lisle 60532 630-810-1280 •

State-of-the-art holistic methods of dental care in a relaxed environment. Having extensive knowledge of the correlation between oral and overall health, Dr Boehm offers bio-friendly materials compatible with your body. Services include mercury-free fillings and crowns or bridges, safe mercury removal, fluoride-free office, electrodermal screening, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, orthodontics and jaw orthopedics, laser treatment of gum disease and ozone therapy.

Holistic Dentistry Chicago Elizabeth Strzelecka, DDS 7460 W Belmont, Chicago 60634 773-745-3636

As a Biological dentist, I recognize the impact of toxic substances and only use materials and procedures that are systemically compatible with your body. We offer a wide variety of procedures from general to cosmetic, ozone therapy, laser dentistry, safe mercury removal, TScan bite adjustment for TMJ, Earthing chair, infrared sauna and restoration of porcelain implants, all in a safe and relaxing atmosphere.

MIDWEST INTEGRATIVE DENTISTRY 11952 Oak Creek Pkwy, Huntley 60142 847-659-8500 •

Dr. Sukel is a holistic general dentist, cosmetically restoring teeth without mercury or fluoride. Our digital X-rays and CT cone beam provide 3-D views for detailed diagnosis of root canals, laser gum treatment, missing teeth, implants and dentures. Sleep appliances and TMJ treatments for head and neck pain are also available.

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TAF G. PAULSON, D.D.S., P.C. 233 E Erie St, Ste 816, Chicago 60611 312-944-7444

We offer gentle holistic dentistry that supports vibrant well-being in a caring and peaceful environment. Our Conscious Care includes mercury-free fillings; non-surgical periodontal therapy; digital X-rays; safe, biocompatible materials; bacterial analysis using a microscope; dental homeopathy and nutritional counseling. We guide you to dental wellness thorough education. Free indoor parking. See ad on page 19.

Dr. Andie T. Pearson

Gaiamed Dental 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette 847-977-1655 Holistic dentistry involves an awareness of care that relates to the entire person. Gaiamed is a full-service practice using the most biocompatible dental options. Our services range from nonsurgical gum care to mercury-and-PBA-free restorations, crowns, bridges, partial and full dentures, children’s dentistry, braces, implants, dental homeopathy, and craniosacral therapy. See ad on page 3.

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2035 N Milwaukee Ave, Riverwoods/Deerfield 60015 847-947-8622 Dr. Rasekh’s practice philosophy emphasizes education, prevention and minimally invasive dentistry. Enter our modern and calming dental facility, allow the ambiance to put you at ease, and be certain that excellent care awaits you. We offer, digital X-rays, biocompatible materials, mercury- and metal-free restorations, children’s dentistry and smile design and analysis. See ad on page 27.


Dr. Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, PC 3256 N Ashland, Chicago 60657 773-975-6666 In addition to state-of-the-art technology and methods offered by most holistic dentists (microscopes, ozone trherapy, etc.), we treat you as a partner. We thoroughly explain your unique situation, provide treatment options and keep you comfortable with Netflix, music and paraffin wax treatments. Located off the Brown line. Free garage parking.

holistic fitness COMFY FITNESS

2115 N Damen, Chicago 60647 312-373-0727 Disenchantment or intimidation of the classic gym setting keeps many from getting into shape. If this sounds like you, Comfy Fitness can help. Our trainers will guide and teach you how to reach your health and fitness goals while leaving you looking forward to your next workout. Call for a free fitness assessment today.

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Loribeth Cohen, PT Studio Director Mimi Abrams, PT 910 Waukegan Rd, Glenview 60025 847-657-0881 •

Feel better this fall! We offer lymphatic detoxification with oxygenation to restore your cells’ natural energy levels and restore proper lymph function. Also offering MediCupping and other healing approaches. See website for full list of services.

At re:fit, we believe that the body and mind interact to create health or “disease.” We address both the underlying causes of pain and the body’s potential for healing. We offer many techniques for treatment and encourage the client to engage in their process of healing by combining physical therapy, IMT and exercise. Feel the difference! See ad on page 41.

Teresa Lopez, LPN 150 E Cook Ave, Libertyville 60048 224-888-1170 •

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Feel Good Again Health Detective Highland Park and Virtual Consulting 847-361-6238 Frustrated with your health? Your tests are “normal” but you don’t feel right? Do you want to finally solve your energy, gut, weight, and mood symptoms? Get empowered! Find and correct the root causes of hormonal, digestive and detox issues, so you can enjoy life and feel good again!

How would you like to have a different future? Being a Certified Relationship coach and facilitator as well as Access Consciousness Facilitator and Akashic Records teacher and consultant I use all the tools to empower you to heal and release blocks and limitations that seem to limit your joy, money, and/or relationships. 

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Claire Boye-Doe, MS Nutrition Response TestingTM 5756 N. Ridge Ave, Ste 3, Chicago 60660 773-561-5516 • Searching for a natural, very effective way to feel better? Nutrition Response TestingTM uses the body’s innate intelligence to decipher exactly what’s needed to heal and repair the root cause of your symptoms. Fix asthma, arthritis, migraines, digestive & heart issues, and more!  FREE consultation- mention Natural Awakenings (value $150). 


708-955-3634 EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a gentle, simple yet very successful process for releasing emotional and many physical symptoms. Every session, mostly on the phone, has a guarantee of success. It is that wonderful. Over 6,000 individual sessions and hundreds of classes over the last 11 years. Tom Masbaum, EFT Advanced, is the Founder of EFT With A Guarantee™.

Center for Holistic Medicine 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/Deerfield 60015 847-236-1101 Dr. Gore is director, supervisor and staff physician. He obtained his MD from the University of Illinois School of Medicine and his post-graduate work at Northwestern Institute of Psychiatry. He has over 30 years of experience blending nutrition, supplements, homeopathy, psychotherapy and collaborating with other practitioners at the center to offer a truly holistic medicine practice. See ad on page 27.

DR. NICK LeROY, DC, MS Whole Life Chiropractic 2500 W Higgins Rd, Ste 420 Hoffman Estates 60169

We combine an accurate functional diagnosis with state-of-the-art muscle adhesion techniques to restore dysfunctional body movement patterns and treat the root cause of your pain. Convenient location at I-90 and Barrington Road, evening hours, within a multi-provider natural wellness office, and accepts insurance. See ad on page 13.


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Dr. Jerry P. Gore, MD

IL Center for Progressive Medicine 1002 W Lake St, Chicago 60607 312-243-3338 • Dr. LeRoy has 20 years of experience in collaborating with his patients to determine why they are not well. He specializes in investigative work that includes a detailed discussion, examination and laboratory testing, then creates an integrative treatment plan that often includes diet and nutrition changes, acupuncture, chiropractic and other lifestyle modifications. Dr. LeRoy is best known for breast thermography, HPV treatment and GI problems. See ad on page 25.

holistic home organizer HOME SPACE ORGANIZING Jody Casden 847-209-0083 

A holistic approach to organizing and letting go of clutter. HSO recognizes the tools for restoring and creating nourishing spaces. HSO is green and sustainably conscious and provides creative solutions. We understand that an environment that nourishes you improves emotional and physical wellness. Call today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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North Shore Health Solutions LTD 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9060 • Dr. Kim Martin, DC, FASA, BCIM, CFMP, is a certified gluten-free practitioner in Northbrook. She specializes in “Solving the Mystery of Your Chronic Condition” using Functional Medicine, blood work, stool samples and saliva.

Mind Body Healing Center


6137 N Elston Ave, Chicago 60646 773-631-5001 Dr. Deane is a premier holistic chiropractic physician who offers total body solutions to chronic health and pain challenges. She treats all three sides of the triangle of health­—structure, chemical and emotions— to resolve problems at the root cause. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, and want to flip the switch from pain and chronic illness, Dr. Deane can help. Call for appointment. See ad on page 6.

77 W Washington, Ste 1704 Chicago 60602 312-285-5287

We treat both the emotional and physical aspects of your health and specialize in depression, anxiety, digestive disorders and pain management. We provide diagnostic testing  such as Biomeridian screening and apply natural interventions such as psychotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, nutrition, massage and energy work.  Insurance accepted. Available evening and weekends.

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Angela Waltman FNP, AHN-C 522 Poplar St, Wilmette 60091 773-454-2644

Angela provides a blend of Eastern & Western Medicine, offering care for urgent needs such as coughs, colds and minor injuries. Her Prepare For Surgery/Heal Faster program is incredibly helpful and works for chemo and chronic pain, too. She teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) & Mindfulness meditation, also Healing Energy Work. Truly Mind, Body & Spirit Care.

Dr. Kevin J. Regan, DC, DABCA 118 N Clinton, Ste 103, Chicago 60661 312-876-1600 •

Do you have pain or inflammation that won’t go away? Is stress making you ill? Therapeutic treatment with the Magnesphere© will balance out and energize you through a total body immersion into a bio-magnetic field. The Magnesphere© provides deep relaxation and stress relief through a combination of science and holistic intervention.

holistic medicineayurveda Monica Yearwood

3807 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago 60618 773-697-3640 Monica Yearwood is an ayurvedic practitioner who empowers her clients with experiential practices. Her focus is digestive health, detoxification and lifestyle. Monica’s programs integrate diet, herbology and practices that cultivate awareness such as meditation and yoga. She runs programs out of her ayurvedic center, Hamsa Ayurveda & Yoga, in Chicago.

holistic physical rehabilitation LIFEWAVE INSTITUTE, LLC

Dr. Andrew Serlin, DC 3113 Dundee Rd, Northbrook 60062 224-723-5693 • Pro athletes heal quickly with aquatic therapy and so can you at one of the only facilities in Chicagoland with a warm water pool featuring an underwater treadmill. LifeWave Institute combines chiropractic, massage, aquatic and land-based rehab with practices of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Chi Kung and acupuncture to deliver comfortable and effective muscular and joint pain relief.

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holistic skin care Milena Ivanova

Founder, Aesthetician, CHC, AADP MILVANI HOLISTIC SPA * NorthShore 773-988-5681 • Eco-beauty FACIALS with impressive results! MYOPULSE THERAPY/Non-Toxic treatments. 20+ years experience. High-performance skin care with Milena, Master Holistic Esthetician and Health Coach/Nutritionist. Synergy that has the power to transform people’s skin (and there for their lives!) for the better! Call for FREE Consultation.


820 AM Streaming live: Chicago’s Progressive Talk is a whole lot more than just a radio station. It is a community of several hundred thousand people who are sustainably inclined, environmentally responsible, community conscious and socially engaged. Monday through Friday the program lineup features national show hosts who broadcast from various cities across America. From the very political, to the very serious, to almostover-the-line edgy, they talk about what matters to you. On the weekends, specialty shows cover home improvement, gardening, Chicago politics, and much more. Listen on the radio or tune in online at See ad on page 63.

integrative medicine LAKEVIEW INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Silvia Panitch, MD, Medical Director 3344 N Ashland Ave, Chicago 60657 773-525-6595

Balance your spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical well-being, and get the tools to heal. We integrate Western medicine methods of functional and internal medicine with modalities including acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, nutrition, enzymes, amino acids, bio-identical hormones, homeopathy and neurotransmitters. Specializing in women’s health, weight control, pain management, gastrointestinal issues, adrenal fatigue and food allergies.


Advanced Arlington Medical Center 333 W Dundee Rd, Buffalo Grove 60089 847-243-0355 Board-certfied internist Dr. Eric Nagaj diagnoses using conventional medicine, and also treats acute and chronic illness using anthroposophical medicine and the least toxic yet effective treatment for the condition. Dr. Nagaj offers comprehensive medical evaluations, advanced nutritional testing and treatments with new lines of validated anthroposophic/homeopathic remedies, bio-identical hormones, and much more. See ad on page 11.

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Integrative Family Health Associates Kori Feldman, MD 4727 Willow Springs Rd, LaGrange 60525 708-482-1099

Kori Feldman is an integrative physician focused on helping people attain lifelong optimal health. Her Wellness Program can restore health and vitality for any proactive adult who is ready for change. See ad on page 41.

Integrative Physician

Philippa Norman, MD, MPH Beverly Office, 11840 S Western Ave, Chicago 60643 773-337-3880 Natural, integrative therapies for ADD/HD, depression & anxiety, healthy brain aging, digestive health, adrenal support. Private hypnotherapy, Reiki sessions available. Accepting new adult patients 18 & older. Join us for a free workshop. Learn more at PhilippaNormanMD. com. IL036081553.

DR. CHERYL SCHWARTZ, DO Center for Holistic Medicine 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/Deerfield 60015 847-236-1701

I specialize in Internal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. My goal is to help people in good health maintain their well-being, while assisting those with health problems to feel better and move to a more positive path. I manage general internal medicine issues as well as treat appropriate patients with Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, a hands-on method of healing. See ad on page 27.

integrative psychotherapy David H. Johnson, LCSW

847-475-3017, voicemail People of all ages come to me in pain due to trauma, childhood issues and addiction. My holistic approach helps to resolve wounds of the mind, body and spirit where recovery is not only possible but inevitable. Lasting results for happier, productive lives is the goal of my body-centered psychotherapy. Call for free initial consultation.

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Clinical Director, Inner Balance Northbrook, Chicago, Palm Springs 847-224-0244 Ellen’s 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist integrates a conscious approach to healing old patterns through a mix of trauma and mindfulness-based psychotherapies, HMR, Lifeline, The Work (Byron Katie), energy medicine and somatic awareness. Join “Inner Balance Meditation” for updates on her events, and visit her at

ROBIN KULESZA, MA, LCPC RK Therapy Solutions NW Suburbs 847-807-5388

Children, adults and families can reach their full potential and find a path to healing. Using integrative forms of therapy including music, art, mindfulness, relaxation, play, sandtray and talk, my clients will find new ways to communicate and explore feelings and thoughts. Call today for day, evening or weekend appointments.

integrative soul coaching Raydiant Life Coaching Peter Kime, MA 847-869-6477 • Evanston

All challenges are an opportunity to heal and evolve. With 27 years experience I combine energy healing with psychological and spiritual counsel to help you in that process. Come to know and empower your truth. Go forward more fit to create greater joy, fulfillment, and love. Free 20-minute initial consult. See ad on page 17.

intuitive consultation MICHELE HEATHER

847-509-8289 Do you feel stuck? Mentally blocked or can’t make a decision? Michele helps you identify and release issues keeping you from full expression of your Essences. Surround yourself by the love of your Guides to release issues for an awesome, humbling and life-transforming experience. Michele is also psychic and a Reiki Master Teacher.

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Lincoln Park (Chicago) 312-479-7893 Expand your health and happiness by raising your vibration to its highest potential. InteriorWerx clears emotional energetic abnormalities that cause dis-ease, such as anxiety, pain, sadness, discomfort, allergies, recurring physical injury, etc. This natural modality provides optimum health for body and mind with proven results. Free 15-min consultation (schedule online).

4256 N Ravenswood Ave, Ste 220 Chicago 60618 773-817-0923 • ReAwakenings Center is about ReAwakening the healing process for the body, mind and spirit. We offer several ways of doing that. In our services, workshops, retreat weekends, and gatherings we ignite not only healing but connection, knowledge, understanding, and educating to be able enhance the betterment of one self. To grow, to enlighten and to connect.

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lifelong learning & personal growth THE EDGAR CAYCE HOLISTIC CENTER AND BOOKSTORE At Unity Northwest Church 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines 60016 847-299-6535

Full-service bookstore, Cayce remedies, spiritual growth study groups, monthly programs, workshops and holistic fairs, intuitive skills development training, knowledgeable seekers, intuitives, healers and more. Call for hours. See ad on page 35.


1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Mindfulness for Teens and Parents, December 6. Winter Solstice Celebration December 22. Call or email for a free course guide. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide.

Morris Williamson, DN Evanston 60201 773-318-7967

Digestive problems? Tension? IBS? Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) quickly releases these and other health challenges, bringing comfort and relief to the abdomen and vital energy to other internal organs. I am one of the only CNT practitioners in the Chicago area, having studied in Thailand, learning from masters. Get 10% off your first appointment.

naturopathic consultation DR. ALLA ARUTCHEVA, MD, PhD, ND

Associate Professor, Rush University Med. School Antalee Wellness 1836 Glenview Rd, 2nd Fl, Glenview 60025 • 847-486-1130

When your body is in an imbalanced state your health is compromised. Dr. Alla Arutcheva’s Full Body Check Up is a non-invasive, highly reliable test that can provide you with a snapshot of your current state of health. She can also identify which supplements your body needs for optimal healing benefits. See ad on page 25.

naturopathic doctors Alison Egeland, ND


McHenry’s Only Holistic~Cultural Center 1241 N Green St, McHenry 60050 • Live near McHenry? Looking for fun, affordable things to do? We’re your relaxed, creative hangout. Get a shiatsu massage, hear original music, make new friends, tap into your inner healer. Reasonable rental rates. Mention this ad for 20% off a shiatsu massage. Find your whole new world INSIDE. All ages.

Schaumburg 847-895-8180

Dr. Alison is a Naturopathic Doctor with additional training in Functional Medicine. Considering each individual’s unique combination of genetics, lifestyle, environmental exposures, to uncover and treat underlying imbalances that lead to complex, chronic conditions such as GI disorders, chronic fatigue, autoimmune issues, thyroid and adrenal imbalances, metabolic disorders, chemical sensitivity and hormone imbalances.

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nutrition Eating with Ease

Charlotte Hammond, MS, RD, LDN, RYT 150 N Michigan, Ste 800, Chicago, 60601 312-547-9247, Registered and Licensed Dietitian providing integrative nutritional counseling and Medical Nutrition Therapy for weight management, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, osteoporosis, special needs, bowel disorders, vegan/vegetarian diets, dietary transition, mindful eating, detoxification, safe supplementation and more. Also available for grocery store tours, cupboard clean-out, menu management and seminars.

Dr. Kristen (Bobik) HaLLAND, DC 2500 W Higgins, Ste 420, Hoffman Estates 847-310-0303 The

Our wellness clinic averages only a 5-minute wait time before you’re getting natural, safe, and effective treatment with the Doctor. Dr. Kristen specializes in acupuncture, lowforce chiropractic care and food intolerance testing, and uses unique diagnostic tests to uncover the real cause of your health concern. Located at the corner of Higgins and Barrington roads. See ad on page 13.

organic mattresses & bedding NORTH SHORE BEDDING 984 Willow Rd, Ste H, Northbrook 60062 847-291-6770

We offer a safe and cost-effective alternative to conventional mattresses, in a low-pressure, relaxing sales environment. Full selection of only allnatural and organic latex mattresses, pillows and accessories, including Natura and Savvy Rest. Locally owned and operated since 1983. See ad on page 45.

organic spa Solay Wellness / So WELL 4819 Main, Skokie 847-676-5571

So Well is your unique destination for wellness in Skokie. Enjoy our Salt Relaxation Room, $15/session; Infrared Salt Sauna, $15/session or Heated Massage Beds, $15/ session. While you’re here, discover over 300+ artisan crafted, organic and fair trade Salt crystal lamps, bath & beauty, healthy gourmet, natural home products and more to continue your wellness journey. To learn more, or order securely, call or visit website.

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pain management JOYCE ANN, OTR/L, GCFP Live a More Functional Life By Building Better Balance 847-748-8313

What could you do if you were pain free? I can help you replace constriction and pain with confident movement. My approach includes Occupational Therapy, Feldenkrais Method, Reflex and Vestibular integration. Effective for individuals suffering from fibromyalgia, arthritis, car accidents, trauma and neurological issues. Call me today. Most insurance accepted.

palm readings Palm readings by Lauren

407 E Main St, Barrington 60010 Call or text: 847-564-6159 With over 50 years of experience, Laura specializes in palmistry revealing past, present and future with pinpoint accuracy. See ad on page 23.

past life awareness CANDACE

650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove 60007 Call or text: 847-564-6159 Looking for answers and solutions to current issues in your life? The answer may lie in understanding your past lives. With over 22 years experience, Candace works with you to gain a conscious awareness of how your past lives and relationships affect who you are today. Call or text for appointments. See ad on page 35.

preventive medicine DR. LYNNE BELSKY

Living Well MD 806 Central Ave., #204 Highland Park 60035 847-433-2013 Care for body, mind, and spirit with personalized, integrative medical care. Concierge physician dedicated to helping you stay healthy, prevent disease, and feel your best. See ad on page 33.

Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

Offering daily psychic, medium and intuitive sessions in a unique boutique-like environment. Offerings include: channeled medium connections, tarot & oracle readings, divinely guided soul paintings, pendulum spiritual guidance, spirit animal discovery singing bowl sessions, palm reading, constellation readings, problem resolution sessions, animal path readings, rune casting, numerology and spiritual blessings and attunements. Appointments recommended.

Psychic & Astrology Readings

Look for the Little Purple House 20406 Rand Rd, Kildeer 60074 Call or text: 847-764-2700

Psychic, clairvoyant and medium will answer any and all questions providing you with insight regarding relationships, career, family, etc. See ad on page 21.

spiritual & life renewal Bodhi Spiritual Center

2746 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago 60614 773-248-LOVE Check out our Sunday Celebration Service at 10am each week. Enjoy a dynamic, conscious community rooted in universal spiritual principles that Reveal Love, Honor All Paths and Celebrate Life. Safe and loving childcare for children ages birth to 4, and playful and rich youth programming for ages 5-18. Amazing music, inspiring message, and a loving community awaits you. 

spiritual boutique Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

Destination location offering a comprehensive selection of spiritual and metaphysical supplies, extensive crystals and rocks, unique artisan art and jewelry, organic teas, vintage precious and semiprecious jewelry and artifacts, essential oils and other natural products. In our boutique-like environment you can enjoy classes and daily psychic and chakra-based sessions too.

Psychic & medium CANDACE

650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove 60007 Call or text: 847-564-6159 Inspire joy and love in your life. Find answers to your challenges with the help of Candace’s psychic intuition. Specializing in chakra balancing, spiritual cleansing, past life regression and tarot/angel cards. More than 22 years experience. Call or text for appointments. See ad on page 35.

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650 Meacham, Elk Grove 60007 Call or text: 847-564-6159 Intuitive Resources is a spiritual boutique conveniently located in the northwest suburbs. Our large selection of services includes Reiki, chakra therapy (cleansing and balancing), Tarot card and intuitive readings, past life regression, etc. Our shop offers a large variety of spiritual gifts to choose from: candles, crystals, books, jewelry, sage/incense and much more. Open Monday through Friday from 11am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. See ad on page 35.

spiritual psychotherapy CAROL O. WEINBERG, LCSW 847-924-0966

Are grief and worry taking over your life? I can help you find calm and balance again. As an experienced therapist with a Buddhist philosophy, we’ll use dreamwork and spirituality to help with difficult emotions, anxiety, depression, relationships and challenges on life’s journey. Safe, caring, compassionate environment. Blue Cross HMO and PPO accepted.


610 Central Ave, Ste 169, Highland Park 60035 847-266-8323 Fitting you in the correct type of shoe for your activity, and in the proper size and width for your feet, is our number one objective. When shoes fit well and your feet are comfortable, your whole body feels better and you can perform at your optimum

level throughout the entire day. Largest selection of New Balance footwear and apparel in the Chicago area, with extensive inventory of sizes and widths from 2A-6E. Friendly staff is experienced in helping to resolve or relieve many common foot ailments such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, morton’s neuroma, hammer toe, and arch pain. Locally owned and operated since 1995. See ad on page 15.

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Rev. Carol Saunders 375 Elm St, Deerfield 60015 847-337-3866 We are a Unity spiritual community with practical and inspirational teachings that emphasize you as a divine creation. Our  Sunday  services are current, relevant and uplifting. We welcome everyone. Family friendly. Sunday Celebration Service with indie/pop/rock music by The Grateful Living 10am at the Patty Turner Center, in Deerfield. See ad on page 11.


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