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s I write you for the final issue of 2016, it’s an unbelievably warm November day forecast to be in the 70s. Not what we’d expect exactly one week ahead of Thanksgiving in Chicago. But then again, the Cubs won the World Series this year, so who knows. 2016 has been an emotional roller coaster for the world that’s to be continued in the new year—socially, politically and environmentally; and now the holidays are upon us. Sometimes we just need an escape to reflect and recollect, to recharge our batteries and gain inner strength for the work we all need to do in 2017. When I spotted the image we chose to use for our cover this month, I knew it was perfect. It made me feel comforted, cozy and ready to enjoy a nice cup of hot tea (while, of course, reading a copy of Natural Awakenings Chicago – LOL). I hope this cover creates a similar warm, relaxed feeling as you view it. One other very important detail is on our cover, and this leads me to this month’s message. Notice the hot beverage is in a cute, reusable ceramic mug. Nothing to throw away (and hopefully the tea bag will be composted). It was purchased once and can be reused for a good, long time. But the same can’t be said for takeout cups, which are an environmental nightmare because they can’t be recycled easily, if at all. ‘Tis the season for bright red cups and holiday designs from coffee shops. They’re festive, merry and simple to grab as we dash about on holiday errands; yet according to CNN, an estimated 60 billion paper cups end up in landfills annually (Starbucks says they produce more than 4 billion of these each year). Why can’t they be recycled? Realistically, many of us grab a cuppa joe, enjoy it and toss the cup because it’s an extra effort to bring it home and well-meaningly place it in the recycle bin. But did you know, those cups aren’t recyclable in most municipalities due to recycling equipment and market limitations? They’re made from cardboard with a thin layer of plastic tightly bonded to the cup to keep the drink warm and the cup firm, which is not easily recycled. The plastic lids often aren’t recyclable, either. Starbucks and other companies say they are working to develop truly recyclable materials, but for now, we’re stuck with pretty holiday cups that use resources and clog landfills. Here’s a simple way to help reduce the trash, and it makes a perfect holiday gift—a good-quality, reusable travel mug, ideally made of insulated stainless steel and not plastic, so it’s easier to clean and doesn’t get a funky aroma after a few uses (keep it out of the dishwasher for even longer life). Walk into a Starbucks with your mug and save 10 cents per cup (oh, and by the way, keep writing “corporate” about why all we get is 10 cents). Walk into your favorite place to get coffee with travel mug in hand and ask them nicely to fill your mug instead of using a paper or foam cup. Initially, you may get a puzzled look from the staff, but a smile and a big thank-you goes a long way. You may need to train the staff until they’re used to your request. On more than one occasion, I think I may have even inspired the person next to me in line at a local chain who didn’t realize we could bring our own mugs and that said, “What a great idea!” So now that we’ve solved at least part of your holiday gift-giving dilemma, I want to thank you for reading Natural Awakenings each month and for supporting our fabulous advertisers and distribution locations. Please make these businesses your first choice when seeking holiday gifts and services. And be sure to check out the ads both in the Holiday Gift Guide section and scattered throughout this issue for special offers to make your gift-giving easier while supporting local businesses. Wishing you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season. Much peace and love to you.

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ike and Amanda Hinman, founders of the Hinman Holistic Health Institute, are offering a complimentary holiday gift to parents that want to discover 5 Ways in 5 Days to Improve Your Child’s Health and Make Life Easier. This program provides an easy way for families to heal from seizures, anxiety, allergies and much more by supporting children’s health in a convenient, easy-to-follow and proven program. Participants receive one action focus strategy each day, delivered in a text message video. Clients love the ease of starting the day with a one-minute text video because they feel confident knowing they have a plan to support their child’s health. The Hinmans say, “The key to improving your child’s health for the long term is finding an approach that is both simple and holistic. With a simple plan, you stick with it and don’t feel overwhelmed, frustrated or exhausted. And when you take a holistic approach, improvements happen much quicker!” As busy parents themselves, they understand the benefit of convenience. For more information, visit See ad on page 23.

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editate-A-Thon, serving as a way to find inner peace in a world where violence and hate exists, will be held from 1 to 10 p.m., December 3, at the Infinity Foundation. Participants will meditate and cultivate a shared awareness of our common humanity and solidarity with the world. Hourly meditation leaders include Billie Topa Tate with guided meditation and a Ellen Katz leads a Kirtan Native American drumming song of peace; Petra Sliwiak with gong meditation for peace; Claudia Lubin with guided visualization into higher frequencies of the conscious and subconscious mind; Yolanda Lazano with the blissful tones of Indian and Tibetan singing bowls during savasna and meditation; Frani Rubens with heart-centered meditation; Marian McNair with sound healing and crystal bowls; and Mark Anthony Lord with guided spiritual meditation for peace. Kirtan: Joyful Chanting with The Bhakti Caravan, will take place at 5 p.m. Proceeds go toward sustaining Infinity’s building fund. BYO mat or blanket. No meditation experience is needed. Light snacks will be served and socializing will take place at the conclusion of the meditate-a-thon. Cost is $75/$50 members. Location: 1280 Old Skokie Rd., Highland Park. For more information or to sign up, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.




riBalance Yoga will host an introductory event on the regenerative properties of light at 2 p.m., December 4. Join the founders of Light Health Research and learn how advanced light therapy can transform health and well-being. Enjoy a free light session and experience profound relaxation, greater mental clarity and enhanced energy. Light is an essential nutrient for our health and well-being, and most of us are deficient. Biophotomodulation is the safe way to replenish this missing nutrient with the right kinds of frequencies. With the right frequencies of light we begin to repair and regenerate at a cellular and molecular level. This is anti-aging from the inside-out, drug-free and non-invasive. Light therapy can naturally reverse the effects of aging and stress, increase energy, erase fine lines and wrinkles, improve sleep, enhance mood and mental clarity, experience profound well-being and more. Complimentary sessions will be offered so that attendees can experience for themselves the transformative power of advanced biophotonics.

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Learn About Recycling and Celebrate Net Zero at The Plant


any of us have questions about everyday recycling, including how it’s processed, what can be recycled rather than thrown into a landfill and why single-use batteries are so hard to recycle. The Illinois Recycling Association (IRA) is hosting a fun evening for a great cause with its first Net Zero Networking event, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on December 7, where attendees can mingle with recycling professionals and get answers to their recycling questions. The event will be held at The Plant, in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. The IRA encourages the responsible use of resources by promoting waste reduction, re-use and recycling in Illinois. The Plant is home to Plant Chicago, a not-for-profit engaged in an ambitious experiment in “closing the loop” by developing a circular economy of food production, energy conservation and material reuse, while empowering people of all backgrounds to make their cities healthier and more efficient. Admission includes a tour of this breakthrough facility, including a look at its anaerobic digester that will process about 30 tons of food waste per day once in operation, a craft beer in the brand-new Whiner Beer Company bar and a sandwich from the award-winning Pleasant House Bakery.

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he Tummy Whisperer meets The Purple Sprout Cafe and Juice Bar. Come join in at the Purple Sprout Café at 3 p.m., December 10, to hear Certified Digestive Health Specialist, Reneé Barasch (The Tummy Whisperer), talk about how to eat well and feel good throughout the holidays and after. Barasch says attendees can learn how to avoid cravings, overeating and sugar crashes while you feed and nourish your body. Learn how to notice when you are hungry for Reneé Barasch specific foods (fats, sugar, salty), and how digestion plays a major role. “You will discover ways to feel satisfied and not deprived during this festive time,” says Barasch, the owner of Nutritional Health Solutions and a digestive health specialist. Irina Kuvnetsova, owner of The Purple Sprout Cafe and Juice Bar, says, “We will be sampling healthy and delicious spins on traditional dishes, with a wide variety to please anybody’s palate.” The Purple Sprout creates from scratch and serves all-organic, plant-based, free of sugar and preservatives, handmade meals, with gluten-free options. Customers can also order meals for takeout and for the holidays. Cost is $15. Event location: Purple Sprout Café, 341 E. Dundee Rd,, Wheeling. Reservations are required to attend. To register, call Barasch at 847-2072034. Nutritional Health Solutions is located at 480 Elm Place, Ste. 108, in Highland Park. For more information, visit See ad on pages 7, 37 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Energy Leadership Workshop


ev. Jacki Belile, founder of Clear Center Coaching, will host Live and Lead from Your Core, an interactive orientation to Energy Leadership from 7 to 9 p.m., December 12. Energy Leadership is the transformative framework which helps clients to understand and choose to shift their energy levels Belile, a master practitioner of the Energy Leadership Index, states, “We know that the energy of our thoughts makes all the difference Rev. Jacki Belile in the reality we perceive and the results we create.” Attendees will take away breakthrough accessible tools to understand the seven levels of energy, current energy levels of their thoughts, and energy blocks, which can be removed. “Whether attendees are looking for an energy boost in time for the holidays or advancing a step toward more peace and power in the new year, they will find this session encouraging and practical,” says Belile. Cost is $25. Location: 5051 W. Gunnison, Chicago. For more information or to register, email, call 773-655-4357 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

Logan Square Farmers’ Market is Open this Winter


he Logan Square Farmers’ Market will remain open for business indoors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through March 26, 2017, at the old Pierre’s Bakery. The market will hold a special holiday farmers’ market on Thursday, December 22, from 3 to 8 p.m. The outdoor season will start again the second Sunday in May. The market features staple items and specialty goods from seasonal soups to vegan and goat milk soaps, vegan pantry staples, cheeses, tofu, cured meats, juice, seasonal pies, breads and locally grown and milled flours, among other items. A breakfast nosh or lunch is available on-site. This producer-only farmers’ market hosts only vendors that grow or produce their own food and agricultural products, including seasonal produce and humanely pasture-raised livestock. At least three farms grow within Chicago. Bakers, processors and prepared food are sourced locally as permitted. In 2016, it was named the Best Farmers’ Market in Chicago by Chicago magazine. Closed on November 27, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Location: 2755 N. Milwaukee Ave. (at Spaulding). For more information and a full schedule of events, visit

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he Resiliency Institute Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course will meet one Saturday a month for 10 months, beginning February 18, 2017. Knowing what plants to look for, where and when to find them and how to process and prepare them takes time, practice and a good mentor. During the entire program, Pat Armstrong will teach all of this for 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, two-hour plant walks and by eating and preparing recipes in every class. Reasons that people may want to learn how to identify edible wild plants include interest in foraging; connecting with nature; expanding their knowledge of edible plants for landscaping, permaculture or ecological restoration; wilderness survival; herbalism; building plant identification skills; and leading plant walks. Participants will take nine exams, prepare four plant profiles and recipes, taste a variety of wild foods and experience at least 10 guided plant walks. They’ll receive an edible wild plants certificate acknowledging their accomplishment and an edible wild plants recipe book. Early bird pricing until Dec. 2. For more information, visit TheResiliencyInstitute. net/walk-wild-side. See ad on CHI/Contests and sign up today for your chance to


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amilyFarmed’s 13th annual Good Food Festival will be happening March 18 at Chicago’s UIC Forum to celebrate good, local, sustainable, humane and fair food. Featured speaker Sally Fallon Morell, founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of the bestselling cookbook Nourishing Traditions, will present a workshop titled Nourishing Traditional Diets: The Key to Vibrant Health. The Festival brings together consumers, producers, top chefs and experts to celebrate the fast-growing Good Food movement. Visitors can shop for local foods at the Good Food Marketplace; learn from celebrity chef demonstrations; participate in DIY workshops on the Good Food Commons; introduce kids to Good Food at the Purple Asparagus Kids’ Corner; enjoy lunch at the Good Food Court; and much more. Plan ahead now by reserving a seat on the Urban Farm Bus Tour, which sells out quickly each year. Location: 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago. For more information or to buy discounted tickets, visit

Chicago to Bloom with Rare Spring Beauty in March


tart making plans to attend the annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show, which runs from March 18 through 26, 2017, at Navy Pier. It will include 30 featured gardens and vignettes under the theme of Chicago’s Blooming! With roots that date back to 1847 as the Chicago Fruit and Flower Show, the event was one of the first consumer shows held at the Pier, celebrating its 100th birthday in 2016. Today, it’s bigger and more popular than ever. There’s something for everyone and every situation, from balconies, patios and small-space designs to creative vegetable and herb gardens, water features and perennial beds. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show presents both the spontaneous and cultured styles of landscape architecture while offering practical solutions for everyday sustainability. Director Tony Abruscato says, “While there’s a lot to see, there’s even more to do, as visitors can roll up their sleeves and participate in more than 100 activities, seminars, classes, demonstrations and events within the show.” For more information, visit

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he Soma Institute Massage Clinic provides a natural and affordable pain relief solution for back pain, headaches, shoulder pain, aching joints, sore knees or other chronic conditions. The Soma Massage Teaching Clinic also provides student therapists a unique opportunity to work with members of the public in a faculty-supervised clinical setting. Student therapists have already exceeded the number of hours of education required to obtain state licensure, passed a rigorous clinical proficiency examination; and are fulfilling internship requirements and preparing for the workplace. Cost is $35. Location: The Soma Institute, 55 E. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 300, Chicago. For clinic appointments, call 312-878-4224. For more information, visit See ad on page 13.

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he Southeast Environmental Task Force, in connection with the Metropolitan Water District of Chicago, is taking orders for free rain barrels until December 31 for Cook County residents. Please be advised that orders may take up to three months to fulfill. Two styles are available. A barrel re-purposed from the food industry once used to transport items such as pickles or olives may have slight imperfections such as scuffs or marks. The second option is made from recycled plastic such as used bottles. Both styles are available in black, grey, terra cotta or blue. Be prepared to give the following information when ordering: name, address, quantity, color, phone number and email address. For more information, call 773-646-0436 or email


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orthbrook practitioner Funda Kahn works with children, teens, adults and parents using hypnosis, Emotional Freedom Technique and other modalities to help people suffering from anxiety, stress, PTSD/OCD and related physical effects, such as digestive woes, headaches, nervous system problems and depression. She can also help people find the self-confidence and self-esteem Funda Kahn they need to achieve personal and financial success. “The inner child is our subconscious mind,” says Kahn. “The inner child consumes 90 percent of our mind with our 3-year-old self. It’s where most of our problems come from because of the emotional aspect, and triggers and anchors from the past. We work on how we can discipline our mind so we become happier and can meet our goals.” She states, “It’s teamwork. During our work together, you will find the keys to unlock your mind and let your old beliefs (trigger buttons) be released. This will result in a change for a better life, better relationships, career and health. Once you release all of the old habits and triggering thoughts from your subconscious, your body will start healing, as well.” For more information, visit See ad on page 33.

Asian Bodywork Unlimited Opens in Northbrook


cupressurist Yoshinao has started a new business, Asian Bodywork Unlimited, located at 1500 Shermer Road, in Northbrook. She holds a master’s degree in Oriental medicine from National University of Health Science. Her approach is preventative and includes exercise and healthy nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle. Yoshinao offers acupressure, auricular medicine, moxibustion, cupping and herbal solutions to healthcare issues. Her specialty is stress related to trauma, musculoskeletal or emotional issues, but she can also work with other healthcare-related concerns, including chronic pain. She is a member of both the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has found that non-drug approaches of complementary medicine can effectively and safely manage pain. Many of the same strategies that apply to acupuncture are used by applying pressure to acupoints instead of needles. For a free introductory consultation, call 630-841-6066. For more information, email or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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orth Shore Bedding, in Northbrook, offers the largest selection of all-natural, organic, chemical-free mattresses and sleep accessories in the area. Most of today’s mattresses are made from synthetic materials that can emit harmful chemicals. Not only is the smell offensive, these fumes can affect our health and quality of sleep. “We have seen a steady increase in the number of customers that have purchased a mattress elsewhere and could not even go into the bedroom for weeks due to the chemical off-gassing,” says owner Brett Saul. “Customers have reported skin irritations, burning throat and eyes, headaches and other ailments. They cannot thank us enough when they find us and the products we offer. It’s a great feeling to help these customers sleep healthy.” Not only are these mattresses chemical-free, they also offer superior durability, comfort and breathability. Materials like organic cotton, organic wool and organic rubber offer the finest sleeping experience. Location: 984 Willow Rd., Ste. H, Northbrook. For more information, call 847-291-6770 or visit See ad on page 47 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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a number of tests on her ith its focus patients, including lookon integrative ing at micronutrient levels, medical services neurotransmitters, cortisol, and natural modalities, sex hormones, stool and many people are turning in-depth cholesterol testto naturopathic medicine ing, which helps to identify as a complement to tradithe cause or causes of the tional Western medicine. Dr. Katherine Chavez issues and allows patients Since 2011, Dr. Katherine to follow their own progress. Chavez has been the naturopath on Many issues Chavez sees with her staff at the Raby Institute for Integrative patients stem from everyday routines. Medicine at Northwestern, in Chicago, “Stress is a huge factor in overall health which is a leading provider in the area and wellness. I try to teach my patients for integrative health services. to be aware of how it’s affecting their “As a naturopath, my focus is to bodies and where they’re feeling it. get to the root of why someone is havMaybe they can take a minute to do a ing health issues. I work to treat the mindful body scan in the elevator, take cause, which often involves looking a five-minute break to do some deep at nutrition, exercise, sleep patterns, breathing, take a yoga class after work or stress levels and other lifestyle habits. make a point to schedule time with their As much as possible, I recommend family members and loved ones,” says natural treatments. I’ll usually look Chavez. Raby recently started offering at herbs, vitamins, fatty acids, amino group sessions for patients that are lookacids or natural supplements such as ing for therapeutic support and motivarhodiola first,” she says. Chavez runs


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Evanston Eye Wellness Helps Patients See and Feel Better by Carrie Jackson


hen Dr. Deana LaBrosse opened Evanston Eye Wellness, in Evanston, last March 2016, she wanted to have a space where she could incorporate natural and holistic treatments with traditional optometry practices. Her office provides comprehensive eye care, medical eye care and contact lens services, with a focus on dry eye treatment and preventive health. “So much of medicine is focused on sickness. I try to take care of systemic health to limit the spread of disease and identify the root causes of eye issues. Diet, lifestyle and genetics all factor into healthy eyes and vision,” says LaBrosse. With the help of advanced diagnostic technology and vision correction products, LaBrosse helps her patients find overall wellness. “People who haven’t had vision problems in the past may not think about their eyes on a regular basis. But everyone should be concerned with ultraviolet (UV) exposure, blue light and any changes in their eyes. Waking up with red or itchy eyes is not normal. Contacts that are dry or uncomfortable, even at the end of the day, isn’t normal or healthy,” LaBrosse says. Treating dry eyes is one of LaBrosse’s specialties and passions. She says technology has improved dramatically over the years so that doctors now understand more about how the fluid in the eyes is regulated. “We can now take an image of the eye glands and tears and see how much is fluid and how much is particulate matter. This allows us to tailor a treatment to the patient’s specific needs,” notes LaBrosse.


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Instead of eye drops or surgery, LaBrosse first recommends more holistic treatments for dry eyes. “Blinking is one of the most basic things people can do to lubricate and cleanse their eyes. Every time you blink, the natural oils in the tear ducts are allowed to do their job. When we’re staring at a screen, we forget to blink. I encourage my patients to blink as much as possible, using the muscles in their ocular anatomy instead of other facial muscles. Nutrition also plays a role in eye health. Eating foods high in lutein and other antioxidants such as kale appear to help protect eyes from illness. Patients who are at high risk for eye disease can also take supplements,” she says. Computers are to blame for a lot of modern vision problems. “Screens today emit high-energy blue light which can damage the cells in the retina and has been linked to cataracts and


macular degeneration. With people spending 10 hours a day or more looking at a computer screen, cell phone or tablet, this can cause serious, long-term problems. We’re seeing it in patients as young as 12 years old now with permanent tear gland damage. I recommend my patients take a break to look away from the screen every 20 minutes. Focusing on something in the distance allows the eyes to rest and rejuvenate,” LaBrosse says. Eye wellness is about much more than just vision. Changes in eyesight and eye function can be indicative of illnesses such as diabetes, stroke, high cholesterol or even brain tumors. “The eyes contain neurologic tissue and are the only place in the body you can actually view blood vessels. During an exam, I can detect those changes and recommend the patient follows up with the appropriate specialist,” says LaBrosse. As a business owner, LaBrosse is able to form relationships with her patients and make sure they have the tools to be successful. “Part of my job is to educate them on eye wellness and find out any of their concerns. If they have a family history of macular degeneration or other eye diseases, they might need to come in more often than once a year, but in general, routine checkups are the best way to prevent decline. “I work with my patients to make sure they like their glasses so they’ll actually wear them. I teach them proper ergonomics for sitting at a desk so they’re not getting headaches or straining their eyes, neck or back. I ask them about their nutrition, lifestyle, daily activities and offer suggestions to improve their eye wellness, which leads to overall wellness,” she says. Evanston Eye Wellness is located at 716 Main St., in Evanston. For more information, visit or call 847-350-7952. See ad on page 41 and in the Community Resource Guide. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect with her at


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LOVING LARGE Scientists Say We’re All Connected

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rue love is not something reserved exclusively for soulmates, couples, children, friends or family. Observations by sages for millennia and by enlightened scientists more recently are increasingly aligned with the point of view articulated by renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield that true love and awareness—a sense of universal connectivity and the idea that divinity, or the sacred, is found in all things—are indistinguishable.

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This state of being, generally denoted by strong feelings of love or acceptance toward others, brings us into contact with universal energy which connects all of humanity with the natural world. Clues to our united commonality are explored in two 21st-century books, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become, by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., and A General Theory of Love, by medical doctors Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon. These authors explore the brain science that’s related to love and awareness. 28

Although trying to grasp love intellectually may be like eating soup with a fork, the authors of A General Theory of Love cite feelings as a good starting point. Fredrickson describes love as “the momentary upwelling of three tightly interwoven events: a sharing of one or more positive emotions between you and another; a biochemical synchrony between your and the other person’s biochemistry and behaviors; and a reflected motive to invest in each other’s well-being that brings mutual care.” Fredrickson, director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, believes love is a complex physiological response; a “positivity resonance.” She describes key factors in love’s ability to biologically transform us as oxytocin, a hormone active in social bonding and attachments, and the vagus nerve deep within the brain stem that connects with numerous organs, including the lead “character” in this relationship, the heart. The neural synchrony of positivity resonance between the brains of two individuals is a connected oneness that


During their 30-year friendship, Bob Staretz collaborated with astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., the lunar module pilot on Apollo 14 and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, to research and write “The Quantum Hologram and the Nature of Consciousness,” published in the Journal of Cosmology. Their scientific theory explains how all of creation learns, self-corrects and evolves as a selforganizing, interconnected holistic system through love. “Without exception, everything in nature exists and works together in total balance, resonance and harmony, interacting as one. From this perspective, Edgar and I reached the obvious conclusion—the organizing principle of the cosmos is agape love, an ultimate form of unconditional love that accepts all things existing in nature without regard to conditions, expectations, shortcomings, flaws or faults,” explains Staretz. The former executive director of Eternea, an organization focused on spiritually transformative experiences and the study of consciousness, Staretz says individuals that undergo such an experience attest that loving one another and all

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Fredrickson notes is far more ubiquitous than previously thought possible. Her research shows that it requires only connection, not the intimacy or shared history that comes with any special bonds. Micro-moments of the connected oneness we feel as life-giving reverberations occur via shared smiles or laughter, a common compassion or an engaging story. Humans all hunger for such moments. The prerequisites are perceived safety and authentic sensory connection with another, even if it’s fleeting. In Fredrickson’s perspective, such neural coupling is a biological manifestation of oneness in which a habitual focus on “me” expands to a life-expanding “we”.

of nature, of which we are a part, is the central reason for our existence. Anita Moorjani’s latest book, What If This Is Heaven? reiterates the life lesson she learned from her dramatic near-death experience in which she identified herself as a state of pure consciousness connected with everything in the cosmos. She clearly heard: “Your only work is to love yourself, value yourself and embody this truth of self-worth and self-love so that you can be love in action. That is true service, to yourself and to those who surround you.” This message continues with her, and she explains that by not loving ourselves, we are denying the part of God that expresses itself through us. An overarching insight from her lifechanging journey is, “Unconditional love is a state of being, not an emotion. It’s not just one side of the coin—it’s the whole coin.”

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. ~William Blake

How-to Resources Interest in this deeper perspective led The Shift Network, which offers online transformative education, to host a recent Advanced Teachings for Truly Loving Yourself with Margaret Paul, P.h.D., co-author of Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved By You? Many others are working to spread the word about a larger sense of lifegiving love, including Cleveland, Ohio, intuitive psychologist Debra L. Reble, Ph.D., author of Being Love: How Loving Yourself Creates Ripples of Transformation in Your Relationships and the World. She says, “Our soul’s purpose is to be and express love. We dream of love, yearn for love and make love, but rarely do we realize that we are love, a source of divine energy.” Reba Linker, a New York City life coach and author, hosts a Leaders in Self-Love Facebook page and the Paint Yourself into The Picture online coaching show. Linker’s philosophy on love resembles that of New Thought leader Michael Beckwith, minister, author and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, in Culver City, California—

to discern that our true nature is love is to know that we are created in the very image and likeness of love, the essence of life itself. Gary Sinclair, author of Healing Memories in Seconds, views his life from an altitude of oceanic oneness. His 35 years of study in a field that uses energy to heal spirit, mind and body led him to develop Soul Link, a memory energy therapy. His work is changing the face of therapy for those with post-traumatic stress disorder and led to the revelation, “Love pulls whatever it touches to its highest potential.” Teaching what he knows “beyond a shadow of a doubt” helps to shift his students’ worldview. “All of creation is made up of electromagnetic energy vibrating at different frequencies. We are energy beings who can learn to manage our energy to heal ourselves. We are all connected by omnipres-

ence, the energy of love, a heart connection of life. Consciously choosing this awareness allows us to be ‘love living life.’” Kamini Desai, director of education for the Amrit Yoga Institute, in Salt Springs, Florida, lends her yogic perspective to love. “We are each a wave on the ocean of existence. Even though we are separate waves, we carry the essence of the same ocean. When that essence manifests in us as spirit, its quality is a healing force of love surrounding our cells, causing our heart to beat and regenerating our organs. This intelligence guides and directs the universe in the same manner that it heals and maintains our body. In yoga, we learn to listen to its subtle voice so that we can follow its urges and energetic impulses to the source from which it springs.” The perceptions of California’s HeartMath Institute founder Doc Childre, dedicated to helping people access their intuitive insight and heart intelligence, are generally aligned with those of Fredrickson. Both approaches recognize how order and balance in the nervous system and smooth, harmonious and coherent heart rhythms enhance our ability to clearly perceive a far larger universe of experience. The ensuing connections widen the windows of perception to view ourselves as no longer separate, but part of a unified whole. Accumulated micro-moments of love communicated through synchronized gazes, touches and vocalizations forge a shared subjective appreciation of connection and oneness. We feel ourselves embodying positive resonance and experience easier and more immediate rapport in familial, familiar and even new relationships. We discover abundant opportunities to feel love, loved and loving as we make ourselves available to them. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Three Questions that Matter by Oksana Gritsenko


his is a very good time for deep inner reflection in preparation for 2017. Each of us is serving as a great contributor to the well-being of the planet, so individual self-awareness work is one of the most important things we can do. Here are a few practical suggestions toward completing this year with inner acceptance and clarity.

What were the major life lessons that I have received this year, and what did I see, feel and understand about who I am?

Intentions are very powerful from so many perspectives. Until we have intent, we don’t act, don’t shift, don’t create and don’t allow anything new. Opening the mind and letting imagination flow freely aligning with uplifting, wonderful emotions in our hearts creates a very powerful combination that drives us to be happy, fulfilled and satisfied with life. When we become aware of what we desire and clearly state it, even to ourselves, life suddenly seems to bring more opportunities. Some see it as magic; others as a simple psychological shift of seeing more of what we desire in the outer world coming our way, just because we are open to see it. Answering these three questions is a mindful and conscious way to become more aware of how we see ourselves, how we feel at the moment, realize where we want to be and decide how to get there. It is a great way to create a baseline of the current state of the self, gain clarity of desires for the future and plan to act upon them. Here are some tips to get to the next level.

Forgive. Being aware of the need to

forgive ourselves and others and release the burden of anger, shame or guilt we carry in our hearts and on our shoulders can be not only emotionally and mentally therapeutic, but physically healing, as well. Forgiving happens in the heart.

Writing these things down as we go through the entire year allows us to digest each one in no real hurry.

Am I gentle, loving and accepting toward myself, and what do I need to change to allow more of that in the new year? Sometimes looking into a mirror deeply into our eyes while asking these questions creates a shift or realization. Saying, “I love you! I am in love with you!” while looking at the self in the mirror is often of a huge help. When we release judgments of the self, we let go of a lot of stress, physical disorders, mental, emotional and physical tension, and we open our hearts to fall in love with ourselves. When we are in love, everything in the world changes its flavor. Colors become brighter, challenges less significant, opportunities more exciting and our being in this world more clear, meaningful and powerful.

What are my main intentions for myself and my life for the upcoming year? Sit on this one for a while. Meditate. Contemplate. Visualize. Ask what the visions are for the upcoming year, how life is different and how we are feeling in the new life we have created.

Focus on gratitude. Nothing elevates our spirit and emotions faster than the feeling of gratitude, whether we focus on what we are grateful for in the moment about ourselves, our families and lives, or being grateful already for all the blessings life is about to present to us daily. It is such a powerful, positive and pleasant way to live. We can give it a try and perhaps make it a daily habit. Life is being in each moment. It is ours to enjoy if we so chose. It is ours to create if we realize we have the power. It is ours to take advantage of with joy, ease and grace if we allow ourselves that pleasure. Simply enough, it is completely up to us what we make of it. Oksana Gritsenko is a mind transformation coach and owner of Solful Gifts, located at 1040 S. Milwaukee Ave., Ste. 130, in Wheeling. For more information, call 847-924-5708 or visit See ad on page 18.

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atigue due to physical or mental exertion is common in those beleaguered by stress, poor eating habits and insomnia, struggling to balance the needs of family and career and too often using caffeine and other stimulants to artificially rebound energy. James L. Wilson, Ph.D., a doctor of chiropractic and naturopathy, educates medical professionals about an even more serious health issue he identifies as “adrenal fatigue”; it’s characterized by below-optimal adrenal function induced by an overload of such stressors. Our two walnut-sized adrenal glands, one atop each kidney, produce vital hormones that help control heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and many other functions, including how the body deals with stress.

Identifying the Core Issue

In his book, Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, Wilson sheds light on the scope of the problem. “The fact that adrenal fatigue is unrecognized by conventional medicine has left millions of people suffering from an untreated problem that interferes with their ability to function normally and capacity to enjoy life. For those whose adrenal glands are ‘running on empty’, even something as basic as happiness seems almost out of reach,” comments Wilson, who resides in Tucson, Arizona. Individuals suffering from adrenal fatigue are most concerned about their low moods, energy, mental acuity and libido, for which conventional medicine typically prescribes antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs. These medications do nothing to revive adrenal functioning. This faulty condition also affects weight gain and a propensity toward the development of some diseases, including 32

fibromyalgia. “Your resiliency, energy, endurance and very life depend on the proper functioning of the adrenals,” Wilson says. We’ve inherited our sympathetic nervous system and its stress response of fight-or-flight from our prehistoric ancestors. It hasn’t evolved to differentiate between an acute threat to survival and the chronic threats from looming deadlines, financial pressures and other modern-day worries. “The adrenal stress response to physical danger or any perceived psychological threat is identical—the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine responsible for cascading physiological reactions,” explains Dr. Vijay Jain, who treats fatigue from an integrative perspective at his Mind Body Wellness Center, in Palm Coast, Florida.

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Adrenal fatigue is mainly a self-induced health problem that doesn’t just appear. It results from an accumulation of ongoing choices that we can change. Jain applies ayurvedic principles to reestablish balance in the body’s three prominent mind-body types that influence personal well-being. These are known as vata, pitta and kapha. For people primarily characterized by vata and pitta typology, fatigue is the result of being overactive and burning the candle at both ends. For those with kapha constitutions, fatigue is the outcome of a sedentary lifestyle with insufficient movement and eating the wrong foods for them. He further recommends getting more sleep with regular bedtimes, practices such as yoga nidra meditation, pranayama (yogic breathing) and a slower-paced yoga practice with longerheld meditative poses, as well as massage and a diet designed to restore our biological energies, or doshas, to a balanced state. “Depending on a patient’s constitution I advise some to slow down and burn 50 percent less of their candle, while I tell others to increase their physical activity and improve their diet.” Jain also recommends a type of ayurvedic purification and detoxification treatment that involves a series of five therapies including massage and herbal treatments. Performed in sequence, these allow the body and mind to drop into a state of peacefulness. Acupuncture treatments are also helpful, along with a regimen of adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, schisandra and ashwagandha, according to Jain. In Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally, author Andrea Beaman writes about how she recovered naturally from adrenal fatigue. To restore energy and vitality to the body, she further recommends the healing practices of hatha yoga, qigong and tai chi. “These modalities build energy, whereas power yoga, and cardiovascular exercises drain energy in fatigued individuals,” advises Beaman. She notes that it can take six months to two years to restore desired energy levels. Beaman counsels individuals with behavioral characteristics that make it more challenging to burn less of their candle. She grabs their attention with the critical nature of their situation. “‘You are in and out of life in a blink. If you’re exhausted at age 48, how are you going to live a vibrant, happy and exuberant life right up to the finish line?’ That generally works,” she says. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


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Healthy Holiday Restorative Drinks Revive Good Cheer by Judith Fertig


uring jam-packed special occasions like holidays, our drinks should multitask, too. We need festive tipples to refresh us without overdoing it, restore equilibrium if we overeat or drink or revive us when we’re feeling low from a seasonal cold or flu. In addition to traditional offerings that family and friends might expect, why not add a new and improved signature drink to everyone’s repertoire? These feelgood beverages, featuring winter fruits high in vitamin C, anthocyanins, therapeutic herbs and fresh ginger, deliver delicious boosts to help us feel our best.  


The season of hospitality is happily also the season of pomegranates, blood oranges and Meyer lemons (a sweeter, thin-skinned, aromatic variety). These vibrant fruits give a taste of good cheer to anything we can pour, shake, muddle or simmer.

Whether we offer fresh-squeezed blood orange juice in the morning, a nonalcoholic cocktail of pomegranate juice and sparkling water, or a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice in a hot toddy or tea, the tart flavor is a sure pick-me-up. The red color in antioxidant-rich blood oranges and pomegranates indicates the presence of anthocyanins, compounds that might help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as treat eye disorders, according to an article published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. Meyer lemons are a good source of vitamin C, essential for producing collagen needed to support the formation of new bone, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.




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Sometimes the stress of holiday to-dos, often combined with travel, can lower the resilience of our immune system. When we feel symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, the classic hot toddy can help us feel human again. The alcohol in whiskey is a natural decongestant; plus, it helps get us to sleep. Honey soothes and perky lemon juice gives us hope that we’ll feel better the next day.   Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at


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needs help in processing alcohol, plus we may be dehydrated and feeling a little queasy. Filtered water, coconut water or a sweet, caffeine-free coffee or carbonated beverage of the lemon-lime variety rehydrate, as well as help our digestive system break down and flush out the alcohol. According to Registered Dietitian Aicacia Young, in Austin, Texas, founder of, the simple act of drinking water before we go to bed can assist in the recovery process. Research published in the Food & Function journal found that lemonlime soda helps the body metabolize alcohol better by speeding up its ability to process the compound aldehyde dehydrogenase, the main cause of hangover symptoms. For nausea and motion sickness, ginger or peppermint tea can help, according to studies in the American Journal of Physiology and the French Prescrire International.  


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Holiday Sangria Yields: 8 servings Combine 1 liter of cabernet sauvignon, a quart of pomegranate juice, ¼ cup agave nectar, 1 thinly sliced Meyer lemon and 1 thinly sliced pear in a pitcher. Add ice and stir. Pour into glasses to serve.

and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain out the ginger slices and serve in a mug. Courtesy of Judith Fertig, Alfresco

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MERRY MUNCHING Sugar-Free Treats Kids Love by Judith Fertig


hen sugar was a commodHealthier Holiday Snacks ity only the wealthy could Mothers Amy Roskelley and Natalie afford, “visions of sugarMonson, of Provo, Utah, agree that raisplums” danced in the heads of chiling healthy kids is a challenge. Dealing dren ensconced in Clement Moore’s with picky eaters, getting family mem’Twas the Night Before Christmas. bers to exercise and sourcing organic Now, cheap candy is everywhere and baby care products are all in a day’s not all that special. What is special work for them. It’s why they founded is making memories aligned with Subscribers contemporary traditions while enjoying naturally sweet, healthy treats that have access to meal plans, recipes and healthy parenting tips. Recent advice kids will remember helping to create. includes ditching prepackaged popcorn “It’s important to limit sugary snacks, even during the holidays,” says (listing unpronounceable ingredients) Claire McCarthy, a Boston Children’s and instead making the treat at home— Hospital pediatrician, Harvard Medical popping kernels in coconut oil and School assistant professor of pediatrics topping the result with maple snickerand senior editor for Harvard Health doodle flavorings. Publications. She is also a mother of   Many moms turn to online elementary school kids. “We need to boards for party ideas. Fun photos use the opportunity—any opportunity posted there guide kids in creating these days—to teach children and naturally sweet treats, such as fresh families about eating healthy.” fruit skewers shaped like elves or   Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible.



“Building a gingerbread house is a time-honored tradition for many families,” says Jacquie Fisher, a Kansas City, Missouri, mom who masterminds the educational blog and kid-friendly adventure postings at KCEdventures. com. Learning to construct the edible structure is intriguing fun. “Testing out how to balance the walls, construct a roof and put together a fun little structure is the perfect intro to some basic physics principles,” she notes. Because she’s not a fan of sugar icing and candy add-ons, Fisher’s kids connect over how to make Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s stable with whole-wheat graham crackers “glued” together with a homemade maple caramel mixed with coconut milk. They decorate using dried fruit, nuts, dry cereal and flaked coconut.  

Christmas Stocking Stuffer and Hanukkah Gelt For healthy alternatives to sugary candy, savvy parents source sweet treats made with 100 percent fruit juice and fair trade chocolate available at health food stores and markets. Registered Dietitian Abbie Gellman, in New York City, reinvents the Hanukkah gelt, or foil-wrapped chocolate coins, that Jewish children traditionally receive. She flattens dried apricots with a kitchen mallet, dips them in melted dark chocolate and then sprinkles the treats with sea salt. We can always make wonderful memories true to the spirit of holiday traditions, and do it today in a healthier way. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Fruit Skewer Elves Yields: 12 servings

Yields: About 5 cups Popcorn: 1 tsp coconut oil, melted ½ cup popcorn kernels Maple Snickerdoodle Topping: 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup ½ tsp cinnamon Sea salt to taste Heat the coconut oil in a medium saucepan, with a lid, over medium heat. Add 3 kernels of popcorn and wait for them to pop. Once the test kernels start to pop, add the rest, cover and allow to pop, shaking occasionally until popping slows to a near stop. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and set aside. For the topping, whisk together the coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon, until well combined. Pour over the popcorn and mix well. Sprinkle the top with a few pinches of sea salt, mix again and taste. Serve immediately making additional sea salt available. Courtesy of Amy Roskelley and Natalie Monson, maple-snickerdoodle-popcorn.

12 cocktail sticks or short bamboo skewers 12 seedless green grapes 12 strawberries, hulled 1 firm banana, peeled and cut into 12 thin rounds 1 mozzarella stick, cut into 12 rounds For each skewer, thread a green grape to the bottom of the skewer to create the elf face. Top with a round banana slice to make the pale trim around the hat, then an upside-down hulled strawberry to form the pointy hat. Add a mozzarella round to make the pompom at the point of the hat. Serve right away.

Place chocolate in the top of a doubleboiler over simmering water and stir until the chocolate has melted. Dip each apricot in chocolate, coating ½ to ¾ of the apricot. Place on wire racks set over parchment or wax paper and sprinkle with sea salt. Let stand until set. Transfer apricots to baking sheets lined with parchment or wax paper and refrigerate until firm. The gelt may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three days. Adapted from a recipe by Abbie Gellman, apricot-gelt-recipe.

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Fresh Thinking About Décor by Avery Mack


ature’s holiday decorations can transcend cliché pine wreaths or farmed trees to make highly personalized indoor décor that supersedes traditional greenery. Yet mistletoe, holly leaves and berries, eucalyptus, poinsettias, tree needles, acorns and a cut tree’s water reservoir can be harmful to both pets and children. Here are some better choices.

The Tree

For smaller spaces or to make a statement, try grouping topiary trees of varying heights draped with solar twinkle lights and small ornaments or fresh flowers to create a focal point in a bay window. “A lemon-lime cypress lends another burst of unexpected color on an entry hall table,” says freelance floral designer Janet Corrao, in Nutley, New Jersey. “It smells good, too.” Plants six inches tall work well. Corrao suggests setting the pots in colorful, inexpensive metal buckets from craft stores for added glamour. Unless deemed a hazard to active kids or pets, set up a mid-sized step38

stool on a table or open a six-foot ladder in a corner and hang ornaments down the center space; add garlands and lights and set potted flowers and small gift boxes on the steps. Search “alternative Christmas trees” at Pinterest. com for more ideas. Another option uses hedge-like plants in lieu of a tree. Consider an English or Japanese boxwood plant or evergreen lilly pilly, and then trim to the desired size and shape. Plant it outdoors as weather and climate permit.

The Table

“While we were working on a photo shoot, the photographer decided to include a Christmas scene. I was able to add fresh greenery from the property to the red ornaments and white orchids that I’d brought along. It made a striking centerpiece running the entire length of the table,” says florist Angie Zimmerman, of Angie Zimmerman Designs, in El Dorado Hills, California. “For the fireplace mantel I used branches with red berries to add height on either side of the central mirror and then duplicated the centerpiece design between them.”


A festive table can be dressed with appealing edibles. Use a bread wreath as a base and stud it with skewered basil leaves, cherry tomatoes and small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese for an easy, self-serve, Caprese appetizer. A colorful dish of balsamic dressing or another dip in the center, along with small plates and holiday napkins, completes the offering. For a sit-down dinner variant, place a few Caprese skewers in small, clear, glass vases along the table with individual finger bowls of dip. Flatleafed green parsley sprigs add another special touch. Zimmerman further suggests using deep-red Roma apples, cored, as candle holders. Make living place cards with small pots of herbs. Chalkboard paint identifies the plant and guest seating. Also consider colorful painted pots sporting a small cactus. Transform oranges into aromatic pomanders by scoring the rinds with a citrus stripper in a spiral, circle or other pattern. Use a small nail to make holes and stud the fruits with whole cloves. Adding seasonal greenery and sterilized pine cones makes a beautiful and fragrant centerpiece.

The Front Door

“I love to use pine cones for centerpieces,” Corrao says. “Our weather is cold enough that I don’t have to worry about bugs when collecting cones in the neighborhood.” For warmer climates, bake the pine cones for 30 minutes in a 200-degree oven to melt excess sap, kill insects and fully open them. Sold online or in kitchenware stores, a bay leaf wreath offers cheer at the door. After the holidays, hang it in

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the kitchen for easy access. “Kumquats, lemons, tangerines, small oranges and crabapples add color to green wreaths,” notes Corrao.


For many, Christmas demands the smell of fresh pine boughs. Spice up the traditional greenery with carnations or other light-hued flowers colored with the juices of fresh, canned or frozen fruits and veggies—red from cranberries, beets and cherries; yellow and orange from yellow onions and carrots; purple from blackberries; green from spinach; pink from strawberries; and blue from red cabbage or blueberries. Freshly cut the flower stems and put them in the liquid from crushed produce or the can to absorb color. Hang garlands out of reach of young children and pets. Navjot Kaur, of Navjot Designs, in Chicago, says, “We all have greenery in our yard or patio gardens that can be used for the holidays. It’s fun to alter the design based upon what is available.” Imagination and inspiration can spark new, greener traditions.

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Growing Indoors Over Winter by Holly and Joey Baird


here are two types of gardeners; the outdoor gardener and the year-round gardener. The outdoor gardener works the soil in the spring, plants, harvests and is usually done by mid-October. Year-round gardeners perform the same activities as the outdoor gardener and do their best to extend the season by using cold frames and low tunnels to get as much out of the season as possible, sometimes even harvesting outdoors in the winter months. For some year-round gardeners, a decision is made to shut down the outdoor garden when it becomes too much of a challenge to keep everything going and move indoors to grow over the harshest months of winter. The variety of crops may be limited, but they can be produced on a scale that suits the individual gardener. There are several ways to garden indoors; from very inexpensive to a higher cost that becomes more of a long-term investment. What can be grown indoors is determined by the method used. A southern-facing window is the least expensive way to grow indoors. This 40

works well with basil, thyme, sage and geraniums in hanging pots, which may be recycled from previous years. Herbs are a wonderful choice in an area that gets low sunlight, meaning about three to five hours of daylight. Herbs can also be grown in east- and west-facing windows if a southern exposure isn’t available. It’s not advisable to grow herbs or other plants in a north-facing window, as this does not provide enough daylight for the plants, especially during the shortest days of the year. Because they are more costly if purchased fresh at the store, herbs make a great addition to grow for the home cook over winter. Even a dwarf citrus or fruit tree may produce fruit yearround indoors. Another option is an LED grow light, such as the new compact system from the Oregon, Illinois, company HappyLeaf ( One advantage of using LEDs over fluorescent tube lights is that LEDs do not dim over time. Tube lights are recommended to be replaced every two to five years, while LEDs will last for up to 50,000 hours, do not contain mercury


and can cover three times the surface space of a tube light. LED lights are small and compact, and can be hung under a table or over plants to grow herbs and greens, for starting seeds and even growing tomatoes and peppers to full maturity with some additional accessories, as well as other vegetables. Another option to grow indoors over the long winter is a complete indoor growing system, such as an Eco Garden House (EcoGardenHouse. com), which fits into a spare bedroom or basement area. These types of enclosed systems contain grow lights, an irrigation system, thermostat, fans, light timers and climate control. For many gardeners, this would be considered an investment in winter gardening, with a typical monthly energy use cost of about $20 a month. Yet a system like this allows for a wide variety of crops. Plants such as cucumbers, zucchini and melons can be grown successfully, but require hand pollination to be successful. Plants fall under three categories: long day, short day and neutral day. Attempting to grow a short day plant adjacent to a long day plant will not be successful because one will produce a vegetable and the other will only flower. This is because some plants are used to thriving during longer periods of sunlight and some are used to short periods of sunlight; just as when growing outdoors, some plants are best planted in the spring or summer because of the shorter amount of daylight, while others are planted around the peak of the summer for longer amounts of daylight. It takes a large indoor growing system to successfully cultivate a combination of plants indoors in the winter. Some candidates include tomatoes, green beans, lettuce, Swiss chard, basil and kale. These are three great ways to grow indoors in any season. Based on household budget and level of interest in growing, indoor gardening can successfully yield a year-round gardening experience. Joey & Holly Baird are the founders of The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener, an online how-to resource for home gardeners. For information on vegetable gardening and more, visit


Centennial Volunteers Kick Off New Winter Season Local residents can be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore seven special sites along the Chicago and Calumet rivers. Centennial Volunteers is a partnership between Friends of the Forest Preserves, the Forest Preserves of Cook County, Friends of the Chicago River, The Field Museum and Chicago Ornithological Society. The group will kick off a new season of workdays in December, when there are no bugs and there’ll be a big bonfire to stay warm. Centennial Volunteers are a part of a community of like-minded individuals that are not afraid to get dirty, get some exercise and have fun outside. Participants learn what it takes to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers and health in our forest preserves and river system. The goal is to grow a community of people that will become caretakers and stewards through ongoing education and training. Volunteers will be trained by experts in restoration and resource management and be involved in regular volunteer days on the weekends throughout the year. Celebrate our rivers and the 100th anniversary of the Forest Preserves of Cook County by volunteering at a site along the Chicago River system. For more information, email Josh Coles at or Fatimah Al-nurridin at, or visit event/centennial for a full listing of dates and locations.

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A Chicago Perspective on Meteorology by Rick DiMaio


n November, the first seven days of the month featured average temperatures that were nearly 12 degrees above normal. Climate records dating back to 1871 indicate that this period was the fourth-warmest week ever in Chicago for those dates. We even slipped in three consecutive days of 100 percent sunshine in a month where the average is 45 percent, the lowest of any month. It’s nice having September in November, especially when there is baseball. Not only did the Cubs make it to the World Series, but won a thrilling game seven in Cleveland in nearly 70-degree weather. It would be wrong not to point out that the 17-minute rain delay at the end of the ninth inning helped end a 108-year (baseball) drought. Talk about efficient rainfall. But having September in November cannot last forever, at least not into December. Yes, the month where we see the darkness of the winter solstice brightened by holiday lights is the month that typically brings winter to our doorsteps. It can also bring newly transplanted Chicagoans to their knees 42

if they have never experienced a true “Chicago winter”, kind of like the winters some remember in 1977-79 and more recently from 2013-14. Chicagoans love to talk to each other about how much we hate long, cold and snowy winters, but never really seem to complain to people in California, Texas or Florida. In passing conversations on the phone or Facebook posts, we pontificate about our ability to stand up to the elements and openly profess that the weather is never really as it seems on the national news or The Weather Channel. A lot of people are beginning to like these warm Octobers and Novembers because they love to continue to ride their bikes, play golf and walk their dogs along the beaches in Evanston and Rogers Park without worrying about cleaning dog paws of snow, salt and who knows what else is in-between their furry pads. Many also enjoy the first snow, usually that quick shot of one to two inches a week before or after Thanksgiving. Last year, our heaviest snowfall was the Friday before Thanksgiving. The


El Nino-driven winter of 2015-2016 was pretty much what most climate scientists and meteorologists expected. We’ve seen patterns like this before. 1998 and 1982 brought very strong El Nino-related weather events into the Midwest, keeping Arctic air and persistent snowfall several thousand miles to the north. However, more recent studies of strong El Ninos indicate that although Midwest winters tend to be warmer than normal with less Arctic air, that does not inhibit the development of large snowstorms capable of producing very heavy, wet,snowfall at either the beginning or end of the winter season. Warmer temperatures enhance the ability of the atmosphere to hold more water vapor. If the right circumstances play out, strong El Nino winters typically are characterized by fewer days of snowfall and fewer days of Arctic cold (the below zero stuff), but it does not protect us from the occasional 12 inches of heavy, wet snowfall. The winter of 2016-2017 promises to be quite different, though. The strong El Nino of the last 15 to 18 months has shifted to a now neutral La Nina. This simply means that above normal seasurface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific have cooled to near and slightly below normal. This pattern has created weeks of heavy rains and mountain snows in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, and resulted in aboveaverage temperatures in the northern Plains and upper Midwest in October and early November. Long-term trends of neutral La Ninas typically create near-normal winters in the upper Midwest and Great Lakes. The recent warmth will likely be replaced by more typical Chicago weather in early December and quite possibly very cold temperatures by midDecember. Past transitions from strong El Ninos to even neutral La Nina’s have resulted in 35 to 40 inches of annual snowfall and eight to 12 days of sub-zero temperatures across the winter. However, other atmospheric conditions can affect the actual winter weather, so never base expectations of the winter from a longterm forecast in early November. Whether we enjoy winter-specific activities like cross-country skiing or

remain inside counting the days to the vernal equinox, we might as well face it and enjoy the winter season. The Chicagoland area has many things to do once the snow begins to fly and the temperature falls below freezing. Several park districts construct outdoor skating rinks for both the casual skater and the wannabe Chicago Blackhawks. So while we try really hard not to put our bikes and golf clubs away and hope and pray that maybe this is the year the vernal equinox will don a March-in-February disguise, we still need to realize that keeping our bodies physically active will help our minds remain reasonably rejuvenated. If we get tired of the shovels and the skis and the skates and the cleaning of the salt from our dog’s paws, we can always rewatch the DVR of game seven, when it was September and October in November on one glorious night on the shores of Lake Erie. Rick DiMaio is a professional meteorologist and climate scientist, specializing in aviation meteorology and environmental sustainability. Since 1985, DiMaio has served the Chicago area as a TV and radio broadcast meteorologist, college instructor and flight operations aviation meteorologist.

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A backyard agility course can complement or even substitute for walks. It’s easy to make with weave poles, jumps and tunnels. Vary the order of the obstacles and run alongside the dog to call out each one. When it’s excessively wet, cold and icy or hot outside, create an indoor agility course. Use blankets and upturned chairs for tunnels, cardboard boxes to designate a weaving trot and a hula hoop for jumps. Set it up on top of rugs that foster firm footing. Balance can also be improved with exercise balls. While some dogs only see a soccer game, others try to balance on the ball, strengthening core muscles like their humans. Learning doga, or yoga for dogs, incorporates a canine’s natural trainability, flexibility, mimicry of human moves and desire to please. Kristen Corral, who’s also certified in animal massage, teaches Anima yoga fusion classes for people and pets of all ages in Las Vegas. “Anima means an expression of one’s true inner self,” she explains. “We work on balance and never force the dogs into poses. They’re excited during the first sessions, but as you move and breathe

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together, it becomes a calming and relaxing activity.” Floor exercises with the help of a dog also helps strengthen core muscles. Do leg lifts and teach the pet to walk under a raised leg to ensure it stays raised for the proper amount of time. Incorporate fetch games with sit-ups; throw the toy when sitting up and accept it back while reclining. Alternate arms—the dominant one has better aim, while the other one adds steps for the dog as it runs to fetch an errant toss. For chair exercises, use a toy to lure the dog under the chair, moving it from side-to-side, simultaneously working the waistline. Fetch lets the dog chase the toy before dropping it in front of the chair, giving the owner’s core muscles a workout when bending to pick it up each time. Dogs love to play hide-and-seek. It’s easy with two people; one holds the dog while the other hides. If solo, teach the pet to sit until a timer goes off before starting the hunt. “I ask Felix, my mixed-breed dog, to hold a sit-stay while I go hide,” says Chantelle Wallace, a professional writer who volunteers to exercise animals at Skyline Pet Care and Fitness, in Austin, Texas. “Hide and seek activates both mental focus and physical exercise.” Dancing to favorite tunes expends lots of energy. Dogs may perform obedience moves to the beat or, like humans, dance like nobody’s watching. Scientists at the University of Missouri are among those that have found that music improves moods, too. Teaching a dog to help around the house impresses everybody and takes advantage of bad weather to catch up on chores. They can tour a laundry basket to bedrooms, pick up trash or place items for recycling in a bin. Select individual items to be carried up or down stairs for a muscular workout. Take some tips from Jesse, a most helpful dog, at When our will to exercise is wavering, an eager dog will help keep an exercise routine interesting and on track. The dog’s goal is always to have fun with their favorite person. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@


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Krista Tippett on Our Evolving Spirituality Why it Evokes Hope by Randy Kambic


rista Tippett helps us didn’t inherit religious ponder the meaning identity like we do a of life as host and hometown. We executive producer of On craft our spiritual lives Being, the award-winning and choose our faith, weekly radio program even if it’s the faith of and podcast produced our families. in Minneapolis for more In many that don’t than 400 public radio claim a religious affiliastations. The bestselling tion, especially Millenniauthor of Einstein’s God: als, I encounter a spiriConversations About tual curiosity and ethical Science and the Human passion akin to religion Spirit has been acclaimed at its best. Because seekfor thoughtfully delving ers dwell both inside into the mysteries of huand outside of traditions, Krista Tippett man existence. Her latest my life of conversation book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into stretches beyond boundaries in ways I the Mystery and Art of Living, reflects did not expect when I began. upon how spirituality intersects with I also never imagined that I’d interscience, technology, health, art and view physicists, evolutionary biologists politics. and neuroscientists exploring territory This daughter of a Southern Bappreviously reserved for theologians and tist minister first launched her show, philosophers. Together, they are illuoriginally titled Speaking of Faith (also minating the ancient questions related the title of her first book), on Minnesota to our place in the cosmos; the nature Public Radio/American Public Media in of human freedom and consciousness; 2003. Today, Tippett continues to diseven beauty and the reality of mystery. cuss faith, spirit, inner growth and what it is to be human with leading authors, Which guests do you feel thought leaders and pioneering change have resonated the most makers. She also hosts online classes with listeners and why? and a blog. A show that seems to have touched more people most deeply is my interHow has On Being evolved view with the Irish poet, philosopher to reflect existing dimensions and author John O’Donohue just before of spirituality that have he died in his early 50s. He radiated such an unusual combination of qualities: proven surprising? I am fascinated with how spiritual life wisdom, tenderness and playfulness; and religious identity have evolved mysticism, theology and a raw Celtic in the last decade. This part of life is earthiness. He’s someone who could more fluid than it’s ever been in human speak of God with great wildness, history. We are the first generation that strangeness—and authority. He inspired



with his vision of beauty as a human calling and somehow embodied it for the listener. I meet all kinds of people that keep that show on their playlist and listen again and again. In general, my favorite guest is the most recent person interviewed. At the moment, it’s Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia co-founder, who stunned me with his insistence on kindness as the virtue that’s made this nonprofit’s ethos and accomplishments possible. Another is civil rights veteran Ruby Sales, who wisely works to uplift the human drama of our political/social moment, like the way we must come to be as articulate about what we love as about what outrages us.

How do you see people’s awakening sensibilities influencing local and global issues? I am drawn to the notion that we are in the adolescence of our species. The globe right now is like a map of the teenage brain, prone to recklessness and destruction in places and simultaneously possessing vast potentials for creativity and advances. So many are relentless in telling the story of destruction that it seriously colors how we tell the story of our time. I stand among those shining a light on the abundant beauty, goodness and courage in our world so these become more visible and evident at a global level.

Are you optimistic about the future? I am hopeful about the future. My life of meaningful conversation has led me to re-imagine the meaning of hope. It has nothing to do with wishful thinking, but rests on the lives of beauty and goodness I see everywhere I turn. It’s a choice—a more exacting and courageous choice than cynicism or resignation. The pain and fear alive in the world surface as anger and violence, and some of us are called to be calmers of fear. We must create the world we want our children to inhabit and do so together. Hope isn’t an option on this path; it is one of our primary resources for getting there. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Creating a United Nations Office Based on the Wheel of Co-Creation by Nina Patrick


he Wheel of Co-Creation is a whole system worldview created by renowned thought leader Barbara Marx Hubbard. It identifies 12 sectors of endeavor in an active society, including arts, economics, education, environment, government, health, infrastructure, justice, media, relations, science and spirituality. When they identify what is new and beneficial in any of these sectors, individuals and communities begin to feel more confident and form a positive worldview. By looking at what is truly working instead of absorbing the bad news showcased by traditional media, we are inspired with a renewed sense of hope for the planet and collective future. Through this series of articles, the first of its kind to use the Wheel of Co-Creation, fresh perspectives and new developments related to economics, art, health and more have been presented.


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House of Lords, in London. On November 3, an Office for the Future that incorporates the Wheel of Co-Creation was proposed as a cabinet-level department of the UN. Today, an Office for the Future in the UN, originally proposed by Hubbard in 1984 when her name was placed in nomination for the vice presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket, has potential to provide humanity with an opportunity to solve the unprecedented challenges of the 21st century by communicating, connecting and synergizing what is good, loving and creative in the world. The Office for the Future, once established, also would support the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals; a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Achieving the Global Goals requires the partnership of governments, the private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations Included in the Office for the Future design is a Peace Room at the same level of sophistication as a war room. In a war room, enemies are tracked and strategies are devised to defeat them. Similarly, the Office for the Future Peace Room will track and analyze breakthroughs and innovations that assist an emerging world that works for all. The Office for the Future process highlights potential opportunities for collaboration and synergy between innovators, and communicates intelligence that emerges locally and regionally to the main Office for the Future. The intent is that countries around the world will open Offices for the Future using whole systems theory, which fosters exponential rather than linear patterns of growth. The beauty of this high-impact process is in its grassroots appeal. At the foundational level, citizens of any country can invite local family and friends to participate. In these small groups, participants share intentions and resources, allowing the wisdom and wealth of the community to be exchanged. This bonds them together and allows each person to fulfill their life purpose for the benefit of all. Thus, ordinary citizens are inspired and empowered to achieve their heart’s desire. This innovative, top-down/bottom-up approach connects us to the vast movement for positive change and to each other as the family of humanity. For more information about the Wheel of Co-Creation and Office for the Future, visit and the Milagro World Center at For more information on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, visit Nina Patrick is the founder of the Milagro World Center and former co-president of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution. To participate in the Office for the Future initiative, email To connect to positive change in Chicagoland, visit Conscious Chicagoland at



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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 Int’l Day of Persons with Disabilities Join the Centennial Volunteers – Every weekend, all year round. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore seven special sites along the Chicago and Calumet Rivers. Learn what it takes to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health in our forest preserves and our river system. To find a group, Ilana Federman: 312-356-9990 or Dates & locations: event/centennial.

$55/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Meditate-A-Thon World Peace through Inner Peace – 1-10pm. Join in this joyous experience that contributes to your own sense of peace and help further world peace. Come when you can and stay as long as you like. Hourly meditations with different practitioners. $75. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828.

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DIY Holiday Gifts – 9am-12pm. We’ll have natural materials on hand (many from the farm) for shaping your own goat milk soap bars, and hand crafting lip balm, herbal bath salts, seasonal salve. Everyone will make 6 of each gift to bring home. Angelic Organics, 1547 Rockton Rd, Caledonia. More info & to register:

The Moon and Her Nodes – 12:30-3:30pm. Understand the moon’s representation of a person’s emotions, personality and subconscious. Investigate the natal moon’s relation to the sun, the birth phase; the progressed moon’s phases/cycles and its relation to the Saturn and Uranus cycles. Understand the nodes, their significance and connection to karma. Learn the nuances of this incarnation. $55. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont Ave, Chicago. 773-327-7224.

Awakening our Radiant Soul Within, Soul Healing and Spiritual Enlightenment – 11am-6pm. Presented by Steven Hanauer. The 4th in a series of comprehensive training workshops for spiritual enlightenment and Divine self-realization, offers everything you need to know and do for becoming spiritually enlightened. Workshop focuses on the necessary final steps of spiritual enlightenment; including Tibetan Dzogchen Enlightenment (the self-perfected state) and transcending duality, including one’s dual-self and dual-consciousness. $65,

Cellular Regeneration with Light: Free Sessions & Talk – 2-3:30pm. Experience the transformative power of light. Renew your body, enjoy greater energy, clarity, and profound stress reduction. Discover how the science of biophotonics is changing our fundamental understanding of cellular and molecular health. Learn about the ground breaking ways to regenerate and heal with light. Free talk and complimentary sessions. TriBalance Yoga, 1158 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg. Register; space limited:



MONDAY, DECEMBER 5 Advent Labyrinth Ritual – 9-11:30am. Take a break from pre-holiday busyness to explore the labyrinth as a way of prayer and reflection. Walking the labyrinth is an ancient practice being rediscovered in our time. People often find that this walking meditation gives them a sense of peace and quiet and a feeling of closeness to the Sacred. The labyrinth is a metaphor for life’s journey, a journey to our center and out again. No matter how you feel at this moment: joyful, burdened, hopeful, grieving, you are welcome to the labyrinth. $15. The Well Spirituality Center, 1515 W Ogden Ave, LaGrange Park. 708-482-5048. Advanced Hypnotherapy Certification – 11:45am8pm. Join Uber Mind for an exciting, hands-on experience. Gain depth into hypnosis’ therapeutic aspects. Learn to perform rapid inductions, the elements of stage hypnosis, both direct and indirect methods and much more. $3,495. JW Marriott, 151 W Adams, Chicago. More info: 312-854-2270.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Open House at Solful Gifts – Dec 6-18. Also Dec 20-23. 1-6pm. Great place to shop for your Holiday Gifts that have meaning and beauty combined. Crystals, crystal jewelry, selected based on individual vibrations and astrological match, feng shui and other metaphysical items including astrological reports, light therapy sessions and crystal baths. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. 847-924-5708.


savethedate Glow for the Holidays – No downtime, botanical based, clinical peel to bring back the baby smooth skin, reverse sun damage and hydrate the skin for the winter. $25 deposit required to reserve your treatment spot. Halo Laser, 281 Waukegan Rd, 2nd Fl, Teddie Kossof Bldg, Northfield. For appt: 847-260-7300. Leadership in Business & Personal Education Breakfast – 7:30-9am. Learn from noted forensic accountant David Friedman and his associate Heidi Bucklew about how to protect yourself and your business from fraud. Tom Goth will present strategies for protection and an update on current consumer fraud protection. Highland Park Bank & Trust, 1949 St. Johns Ave, Highland Park. RSVP: 847-266-2157. Women’s Networking Group – 11:30am-1pm. 1st Wed. Offered through the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce. Buy own lunch. Location varies in Hoffman Estates. Go Green Highland Park Meeting – 12:151:30pm. 1st Wed. All 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: Green Drinks McHenry County – 5-7pm. 1st Wed. Come talk about “greening” the future with others. Special presentations each month on a timely environmental topic or green business. Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main St, Crystal Lake.

Building Your Winter Apothecary – 5:30-7pm. Acupuncturist Michelle Goebel-Angel will lead this workshop on building your winter apothecary. Learn which essential oils will best prepare you for keeping a clean, calm, and healthy home this holiday season and in the cold months beyond. Free. Raby Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Ste 2100, Chicago. RSVP: 312-276-1212. Net Zero Networking Event – 5:30-8:30pm. With the Illinois Recycling Association. Mmingle with recycling professionals and get answers to questions about what and where they can recycle, where it all goes and how it is processed. Includes tour of the facility, craft beer and sandwiches. $35. The Plant, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. More info & tickets: 708-358-0050 or Free EFT Workshop – 7-9pm. Learn how you are effected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Learn about and actually experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Experience the 8-min therapy now being put into the NASA space suits. Three interesting “Too good to be true” topics. Free, but donations are good karma. SnowFlake Healing, 153 Market St, Willow Springs. 708-330-5346. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Life Coach Radio Network Radio Podcast – 8-9pm. With Gina Sannasardo, Christian Life Coach for Middle-Aged Moms with Peace, Joy and You. To talk, Life Coach Radio Network: 347-857-2878, dial 1. Gina: 630-677-2649.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 Bodhi Day (Buddhism) Acupressure for Face, Hands and Feet – 9am-4pm. Enrich your bodywork with techniques that are simple to perform, very effective and feel really good to your clients. Will review traditional Chinese acupoints on the face, hands and feet, discuss their applications and practice hands-on in class. 6 CEs for bodywork professionals, open to the general public as well. $120. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Integrative Aesthetics Info Session: Rejuvenate Your Skin, Rejuvenate Your Life – 5:30-6:30pm. Learn more about the latest FDA-approved laser technology for tattoo removal, body sculpting, skin rejuvenation, and vaginal health. The Raby Institute is among the first in the Midwest to offer these services. Find out how they work in conjunction with our detox program, which prepares the body to strengthen and re-build itself. Each treatment takes 15-25 mins, with no downtime and little to no discomfort. Attend this info session for more information on these non-invasive treatments that can help you look and feel your best. Free. Raby Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Ste 2100, Chicago. RSVP: 312-276-1212. Tried & True Tips for Abundance – 6:30-7:30pm. ‘Tis the season where our pocketbooks are stretched to the max. What better time to learn proven feng shui techniques to create a new level of prosperity for the holidays and beyond. Learn the physical adjustments as well as energetic adjustments of feng shui to call in the energy of abundance flowing into your life. If you want to start the New Year with greater wealth and prosperity, let it flow, let it flow, let it flow. $18. Equilibrium Education, 47 W Polk, Ste M5, Chicago. To register: 312-786-1882.

Create Your Own Crystal and Gemstone Bracelet That Matches Your Vibrations – 6:30-8:30pm. Join us for a unique opportunity to make your own bracelet or a gift for someone special this Holiday season. Learn about various elements and their connection to crystals and gemstones, what are your astrological and vibrations best matches and using natural gemstones provided as part of this workshop, you will be able to create your own bracelets. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. 847-924-5708. Free EFT Workshop – 7-9pm. Learn how you are effected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Learn about and actually experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Experience the 8-min therapy now being put into the NASA space suits. Three interesting “Too good to be true” topics. Free, but donations are good karma. Soul Path Studio, 1038 N Damen Ave, Chicago. Shelley: 773-802-8167. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.

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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.

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

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 Int’l Human Rights Day Psychic Holistic Fair at Enlightened Balance – Dec 10 & 11. 9am-6pm, Sat; 9am-4pm, Sun. 2nd weekend each month. Readings, body balancing, artist trunk shows, classes. Free to enter; Classes starting at $10, Private Sessions starting at $20. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. Your Body’s Wisdom: Feel Your Foundation – 10am-12pm. Feeling grounded can be difficult in our fast-paced world. Most of us live our lives in our heads. In this workshop, led by Kate Wester, we will focus on the lower half of our bodies, especially our legs and feet and our connection to the Earth. Can be very beneficial to feeling calm, less scattered, safe and at home in our bodies. $20. The Well Spirituality Center, 1515 W Ogden Ave, LaGrange Park. 708-482-5048. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: Lisa Dietlin, NDEr, President, Institute for Transformational Philanthropy, author of I Got Hit by a Taxi, but You Look Run Over. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758. Healthy Digestion through the Holidays – 3pm. Hear Certified Digestive Health Specialist, Reneé Barasch (The Tummy Whisperer), talk about how to eat well and feel good throughout the holidays and after. Learn how to avoid cravings, overeating and sugar crashes as well as how to notice when you are hungry for specific foods, and how digestion plays a major role. $15. Purple Sprout Cafe, 341 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling. Registration required: 847-207-2034.


emergency preparedness Emergencies can strike at any time – Wise Food Storage makes it easy to prepare with tasty, easy-to-cook meals that have a 25-year shelf life. Free sample. Call 800-620-8157.

health products 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.

help wanted BUSY DENTAL OFFICE LOOKING FOR A RECEPTIONIST – For full- or part-time MonSat (one Sat/month off). Must be professional, patient oriented, have good phone and computer skills. Must have at least 2 yrs experience in customer service. Will train the right person. Compensation depending on experience. Email resume & references:

The Real Story of the Birth of Christ – 2-4pm. Learn more about the awakening of The Christ within you. Experience an exceptionally uplifting guided meditation about the birth of The Christ. Rosita Rodriguez, MD, PhD, will provide more insight and answer questions you may have on this spiritual topic. $25, $20/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

Glenwood Sunday Winter Market – 9am-2pm. Get sustainable, regionally produced foods. The Glenwood Bar, 6962 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 12 Mawkid-al-Nabi (Islam) Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Dec 12-16. 10am-5pm. Learn to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is standalone 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. Hungry for Change Viewing – 7-9pm. We all want more energy, an ideal body and beautiful younger looking skin. So what’s stopping us from getting this? From the creators of bestselling documentary Food Matters comes another hard-hitting film certain to rock your world. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve. Free. Pure Detox, 417 S Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights. 847-613-4363. Live and Lead from Your Core – 7-9pm. With Rev. Jacki Belile, founder of Clear Center Coaching. An interactive orientation to Energy Leadership, the transformative framework which helps clients to understand and choose to shift their energy levels. $25. 5051 W Gunnison, Chicago. For more info or to register: 773-655-4357, or

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Full Moon 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

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15 Life Coach Radio Network Radio Podcast – 8-9pm. With Gina Sannasardo, Christian Life Coach for Middle-Aged Moms with Peace, Joy and You. To talk, Life Coach Radio Network: 347-857-2878, dial 1. Gina: 630-677-2649.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 Free EFT Workshop – 6-7pm. Learn how you are effected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Learn about and actually experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Experience the 8-min therapy now being put into the NASA space suits. Three interesting “Too good to be true” topics. Free, but donations are good karma. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Dinner with the Doctors: Diet & Digestive Health – 6:30-8pm. Join Drs. Cari Jacobson & Abby Kramer for dinner and an evening of learning. The doctors love to share with new or current patients how they work. They both believe the education of patients is just as important as the treatment they receive. Special guest for December, Dr. Tom Bayne. Free. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000. Free Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Nothing to join, but a number of interesting ideas all come together. Take home a number of interesting articles and facts. The discussion includes UFOs, crop circles, St. Malachy’s prophecy that this is the last Pope, the return of the Christ, nuclear pollution, transmis-


sion meditation, the Age of Aquarius and much more. Come and hear how all of these are related. A lot of food for thought. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.

Healing Wellness Center, 2144 Ashland Ave, Ste 1, Evanston. For discount: 847-866-0505.


Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers’ Market – 11am-4pm. Meet dozens of vendors at the indoor crafts and farmers’ market while listening to Hyde Park’s finest deejays spinning jazzy, soulful soundtracks to your shopping. Promontory Restaurant, upstairs lounge, 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago. 312-801-2100.

Solful Astrology: Second Astrological House, House of Value – Join us for an amazing astrology class with an Intuitive Astrologer Lucy Gritsenko and learn what planetary and sign positions in the second house mean. No prior knowledge of astrology required. You can order individual reports with Lucy online. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. 847-924-5708. Register: Enlightened Balance Community Meetup – 5pm. 3rd Thurs. Casual spiritual meetup, open discussion format, bring your thoughts and ideas, all welcome. Free. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 Int’l Migrants Day

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20 Open House at Solful Gifts – Dec 20-23. 1-6pm. See Dec 6 listing. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. 847-924-5708.

Free Shiatsu Intro – 7-9:30pm. Learn the fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu and chat with current students and instructors. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.



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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 Essentials of CranioSacral Therapy – Dec 17-18. 9am-4pm. With David Sol. Course is a practical introduction and overview to the theory and practice of CranioSacral therapy, a form of gentle bodywork which grew out of cranial osteopathy and osteopathic medicine. Learn essential ways to evaluate and treat the craniosacral system using gentle, yet powerful techniques. No prerequisites.12 CE hrs for professional therapists. $240. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Beginner’s Mind Acting Class – 10am-1pm. Have you ever thought about trying out acting? Here is a safe space to test it out. Holly Allen has spent 20 yrs as an acting teacher, casting director and actor. She is also a practicing meditator and understands the courage it takes to get up in front of people and express oneself. Come join this fun class. $75; $65 if paid by Dec 10. Evanston. 615-403-6175.  Mystic Moon Holiday Happening – 11am-3pm. Join us for our one-day winter sale. 10% off our already low prices (on products $20 or more). While you’re shopping be sure to check out our local artists, get a tarot card reading or henna tattoo, and jewelry plus much more. Free. Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. 847-350-7000. Conscious Relaxation with Yoga Nidra – 6:30-8pm. Will practice easy yoga postures to loosen the spine and increase breath capacity and then experience a 45min yoga nidra. $25. Yoga Seva, 407C E Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake. 815-355-0010.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 Meditation & Kirtan – 7-8:30pm. With The Bhakti Caravan band. Enjoy soothing voices, beautiful chants and meditative mantras while experiencing music infused meditation. All welcome. MSI


Winter Solstice Yule (Wican and Pagan)

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Candlelighting Service – 6pm. Theme: A Heartfelt Christmas. Many Christmas selections will be performed as part of the musical celebration in the service, with noted musical artists Megon McDonough and Tatiana Naumova. The moving candlelight ceremony will be preceded by a brief talk given by Greg Barrette, minister of Unity Northwest Church and co-officiated by Lynn Barrette, Licensed Unity Teacher. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 Christmas (Christianity) Chanukah (Judaism)

MONDAY, DECEMBER 26 Kwanzaa Begins

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29 Disuh – Little Long Day Moon Life Coach Radio Network Radio Podcast – 8-9pm. With Gina Sannasardo, Christian Life Coach for Middle-Aged Moms with Peace, Joy and You. To talk, Life Coach Radio Network: 347-857-2878, dial 1. Gina: 630-677-2649.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve New Year’s Eve Burning Bowl Service – 6pm. Theme: A Time for Release! Led by Gregory Barrette, Minister of Unity Northwest. During this service, we will burn our lists of what we don’t want to experience anymore. Then, we will each write a letter to God, followed by a meditative experience that will lead to writing a letter from God. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.

savethedate THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 Seasonal Affective Disorder – 7-9pm. A type of depression or mood change often connected to seasonal changes. There are symptoms of SAD as well as many solutions. Recognize the factors that can trigger SAD. Find out how to implement solutions and strategies to help improve your quality of life in healthy, effective, and long-lasting ways. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim LalTabak. $35, $30/10 days advance. Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute, 1618 Orrington Ave,  Ste 206,  Evanston. RSVP: 847-425-9355,

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course – Will meet one Sat/mo for 10 mos. Knowing what plants to look for, where and when to find them and how to process and prepare them takes time, practice and a good mentor. With Pat Armstrong. Early bird pricing until Dec 2. For more info: Wild Things Conference – 9am-6pm. A Chicago-area gathering of nature lovers, volunteer and professional conservationists, habitat restorationists, ecologists, land stewards, and activists. The bi-annual conference features presenters on wide ranging topics from ecological restoration, citizen science, and ecological research to nature arts, activism, and advocacy. The conference is packed full of can’tmiss presentations beginning with a Keynote Speech at 9am and ending with a Happy Hour Poster Session from 5-6pm. Doors open at 8am. Details about registration, presentation topics, conference scholarships, location & more:

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 Good Food Festival & Conference – Celebrate good, local, sustainable, humane and fair food. Featured speaker, Sally Fallon Morell. The 13th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference invites you to chef demos, DIY workshops, delicious food and drink, and the Good Food Marketplace for your local food shopping. UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago. To learn more: Chicago Flower & Garden Show – Mar 1826. Includes 30 featured gardens and vignettes under the theme of Chicago’s Blooming. There’s something for everyone and every situation. Navy Pier. For more info:

ongoing To ensure we keep our community calendar current, ongoing events must be resubmitted each month. DEADLINE: All listings must be received by the 10th of the month prior to publication. Calendar events must be submitted online at

daily all month $25 Off Whole Body Checkup with Naturopathic Doctor – Thru Dec. Receive a whole-body evaluation by Dr. Alla Arutcheva. 4 different tests done: Metatron-Oberon diagnostic bio-device, microscopic blood analysis, nail / tongue analysis and iridology. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $60 Swedish Massage with Foot Treatment or $110 Swedish Massage & Mani+Pedi with Paraffin for Feet – Thru Dec. Add $10 for deep tissue. Treat yourself with relaxation. Receive the classic form of full-body soft tissue massage. Excellent for firsttime clients. Along with the massage, receive a complimentary foot treatment. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $79.99 Ultrasonic Anti-Aging Facial – Thru Dec. The most important benefit of an ultrasonic machine is that it helps products penetrate deeper into the skin layers. Combine that with our Anti-Aging Facial for the ultimate increase of collagen production to regain elasticity and plumpness in your skin. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $135 Aromatherapy Massage & Organic Deep Cleansing Facial – 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. Along with that, our organic deep cleansing facial offers deep exfoliation, hydration and pore cleansing. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. 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. Free Communication, Cognition or Swallowing Screening – 7-10pm. By appt Mon-Fri during the 2nd week of each month. For all persons 18 and over. Your skills quickly assessed by a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Payne Wellness Center, 830 E Higgins, Ste 111Z, Schaumburg.  847-275-8517. Free Rain Barrels Available in Cook County – Thru Dec 31. The Southeast Environmental Task Force, in connection with the Metropolitan Water District of Chicago, is taking orders for free rain barrels for Cook County residents. For more info: 773-646-0436 or

Join the Centennial Volunteers – Every weekend, all year round. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore seven special sites along the Chicago and Calumet Rivers. Learn what it takes to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health in our forest preserves and our river system. To find a group, Ilana Federman: 312-356-9990 or Dates & locations: event/centennial. The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program – Groups forming now. 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 Theta Healing/Emotional  Blocks – With Agnes Loughlin, RN, NP. Feel radiant and powerful. Discover the blocks in your subconscious mind that interfere with your health or relationships. Change limiting beliefs about loving yourself, receiving love, feeling worthy, trusting, anxiety, emotional energies that cause pain, and many more. 773-791-9590.

weekly Classes in Applied Metaphysics – 7:30-10:30pm. Know the creator within you. Practice concentration, visualization, dream interpretation, and meditation with classmates and a teacher. Meet each week to receive Universal Truth. New class every month. $20. School of Metaphysics, 5021 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago. 773-427-0155.

sunday Wise Aging 6-Wk Peer Group – Groups forming now. With trained facilitator and Jewish cantor Lynda Hope Dresher. 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 Sunday Celebration Services – 9 & 11am. Led by Greg Barrette and featuring music by Megon McDonough. Unity Northwest is a center for spiritual growth, offering tools for living at every level of expression. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.

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The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 9-11am. Weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up on a Sunday. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and weatherman Rick DiMaio in live show, also available in Podcast on or podcast apps, and streaming live on, Que4’s Facebook page, The Mike Nowak Show Facebook page and the TuneIn and Stitcher radio apps. Bioregional Herbalism Series – 9:30am-3:30pm. 4th Sun. Registration open, begins Apr 30, 2017. Reconnect with the wisdom of our ancestors who relied on plants for nourishment, healing injuries, preventing disease and curing illness. Each course includes lecture, discussion, hands-on practice with harvesting and making remedies, weed walks to meet plants in their homes and time to cultivate and reconnect with nature’s wisdom. $495/6 mos. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-425-4285. Permaculture Forest Gardener Series – 9:3012pm. 2nd Sun. Begins Feb 12, 2017. Transform a lawn into an edible forest garden after completing the Permaculture Forest Gardener series where you will be introduced to permaculture and the basics of forest garden design through in-class lecture and hands-on projects. Taught at the Whole Foods Market Edible Forest Garden designed & installed by The Resiliency Institute. $245/8 mos. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-425-4285. Angel Intuition Insight 101 at Enlightened Balance – 10am. 1st or 2nd Sun. Learn to trust your own intuition and your Angel guides during this fun interactive class. $20/class. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. Registration required: Sunday Celebration Service – 10am. We exist to reveal love, honor all paths and celebrate life. Youth programming available for ages 0-18. All are welcome. Bodhi Spiritual Center, Vittum Theater, 1012 N Noble St, Chicago. 773-248-5683. The Power of Crystals at Enlightened Balance – 10am. 3rd or 4th Sun. Discover the benefits of crystals and receive your personal crystal “prescription” channeled from spirit. $20/class. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. Registration required: Logan Square Indoor Farmers’ Market – Thru Mar 26. 10am-3pm. Not held Dec 25 or Jan 1. Hosts approximately 20 farmers from within 150 miles of Chicago, offering seasonal produce and humanely pasture-raised livestock. Held at the old Pierre’s Bakery, 2755 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. Out Chicago Radio Program – 11am-1pm. The only local and live LGBT radio show in the Chicago Metro Area. Focuses on 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: 773763-WCPT.


Yoga for Strength and Silence – 12-1:30pm. Begin your week with bliss. Enjoy a rejuvenating hatha class closed with restorative poses and guided meditation. Align body and mind for the days ahead. $10. Urban Escape Healing, 1049 N Ashland Ave, Chicago. 312-547-9247.

Wise Woman Gathering – 7-8:30pm. Strengthening intuitive wisdom, authentic greatness, personal empowerment and self-esteem in a supportive, natural environment. The Dance Building, 1330 Webford, Des Plaines. 847-258-7225.

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.

Tai Chi Class – 8:15pm. See Sat listing. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929.

monday 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. Mindfulness Meditation – 7:30-8pm. A true beginner’s meditation class to help you explore a diverse range of concentration and meditation techniques from the kriya yoga tradition. No experience required. Free. Aayu Clinics, Lakeview Immediate Care, 1645 W School St, Chicago. 773-227-3669.

tuesday Beginning Mat Pilates – 10-11am. Amanda Kantor, Certified Pilates Instructor, leads a beginning level mat Pilates exercise class. Limited enrollment. $100/4 wks. re:fit, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. For more info & appt: 847-657-0881. Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20-$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Plant Clinic Hours – 2-4pm. Held year round. Gardening or house plant questions? Our horticulturist can help. Bring in photos or a sample of your plant for identification or disease diagnostics. Complimentary houseplant potting service available, for a suggested donation. You provide the plant and pot and we provide the soil and expertise. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. 708-725-2400. 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. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130.


wednesday 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. Magical Tarot at Enlightened Balance – 4pm. Also Thurs, 10am. Increase your tarot knowledge through this discussion of symbols, colors, meanings and cards. Bring a deck or purchase one of ours. $10/class. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. Registration required: Healing Circle with Mark Earlix – 7-9:30pm. Your opportunity to become free from your body’s distress, aches, pains or sickness. No RSVP needed. Free. Unity Church of Evanston, 3434 Central St, Evanston. Info: 888-380-6388.

thursday Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20-$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Mindfulness Meditation Sessions – 5:30pm, every other Thurs. Join Cantor Lynda on a silent Botanic Garden walk and meditation. Mindful meditation practice focuses your being in the here and now where miracles live. If you want to experience the beauty of nature, exercise your body, and rejuvenate your spirit, join our wonderful community. Highland Park. For location & schedule: Shamanic Instruction at Enlightened Balance – 6pm. 2nd, 4th or 5th Thurs. Practical mentoring style instruction to help you start, continue and meet others on your Shamanic Path. $20/class. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. Registration required: Oneness Meditation – 7:30-9pm. With Laura Jachim. The Oneness Meditation is a direct transfer of intelligent sacred energy which causes the heart to open, heals relationships, quiets the chatter of the mind, opens the doors to higher states of awareness and initiates a process of awakening into oneness.  Love offering. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000.

friday Manifestation Meditation at Enlightened Balance – 10am. Also Sat, 10am. Join us for this meditation with a purpose, reveal hidden resolutions for your unique situation. Registration preferred but walk-ins welcomed. $10/class. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. Stretch Fridays – 10am-5pm. Chain Reflex® Stretch Therapy can help you. Whether you sit at a desk all day, play sports, or you’re a weekend warrior these activities can often lead to unwanted stiffness, joint pain or cause injuries due to a lack of mobility and flexibility. Stretching benefits: reduce pain especially in your lower back & neck; improve flexibility and mobility; reduce risk of injuries; release endorphins which are natural pain suppressants; decrease stress and muscle soreness. Introductory offer $65. 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20-$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470.

saturday 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, WCPTFM 92.7 (North), WCPY-FM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South). Call-in: 773-763-WCPT. Tai Chi Class – 8:45am. Also Tues, 8:15pm. 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. Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Class – 9-10am. Stretch and strengthen your hips and shoulders using the revolutionary flexibility method, Ki-Hara. Increase range of motion and decrease pain in half the time of yoga. $5 for first class. Stretch Chi, 410 S Michigan Ave, Ste 841, Chicago. Advance registration required: 773-750-5031. Woodstock Winter Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-1pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Shop for fresh produce and local products all winter long. McHenry County Fairgrounds, Bldg D, 11900 Country Club Rd, Woodstock. Joyful Moves – 9:30-10:30am. Through Nia, Aliess Kime helps you feel the pure joy of being in a body expressing the music with movement and connecting to yourself body, mind, emotions, and spirit. The Nia technique draws upon martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts (Feldenkrais is one) with 52 simple moves. A fun, fabulous way to get fit. Barefoot and low-impact. Bring an exercise mat for the final cool-down floor play. $14/ drop-in; punch cards available. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. RSVP: 847-869-6477. Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course – 9:30am3:30pm. 3rd Sat. Over the course of 10 months learn 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, 20 hrs of guided plant walks, and by eating and preparing recipes every class. Earn a certificate and an edible wild plants recipe book. $660/10 mos. Early Bird Registration ends Dec 2. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-425-4285. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470.

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acupressure YOSHINAO

Asian Bodywork Unlimited Northbrook and Suburban Locations 630-841-6066 Yoshinao Let me help ease your aches, chronic pain, fatigue and stress using Chinese Medicine. With 15+ years experience, I personalize treatments to your condition, combining Acupressure, Cupping, Guasha and Auricular Medicine so you feel your best. I can also help you incorporate Eastern and Western food ideas and herbs to support health and healing. Try a more natural approach to health.

acupuncture WHERE “WELLNESS DRIVES YOU” 3535-A Rose, Franklin Park 60131 847-233-0806 • Cell: 708-308-8669

Acupuncture has treated billions, yes billions of people for over 5000 years. Depression, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, weight loss, back pain, addictions, infertility, cosmetic 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.


Wm Thor Conner, ND, LMT Kristina Conner, ND, MSOM 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace 630-359-5522 Acupuncture is an effective, noninvasive therapy; when combined with naturopathic medicine, there is almost nothing that can’t be addressed. Dr. Kristina Conner has more than a decade of experience healing patients and improving lives.

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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.

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 assistance 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 NORS AT NOWSTUDIO.Co Loop location, 79 W Monroe 773-413-0749

Safe, gentle and highly effective, CranioSacral therapy, helps you heal from the inside out. It quiets the mind and helps relax the nervous system, which allows the body to start working on healing. Upledger trained. Over 18 yrs experience. People are often amazed at how much of a difference they feel after several sessions. Even one session can leave you “floating.”

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!

chronic pain relief MICHAEL AMENDOLARA, MD

Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist & Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner 908-625-8673 Tried everything and still in pain? When other traditional and even alternative treatments have failed for chronic pain my holistic mind-body techniques are extremely effective. Free, no risk consultation. I work with people located anywhere in the USA & anywhere in the world by telephone & Skype.

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coaching & counseling CENTERED COACHING

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.


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 27.

CLEAR CENTER COACHING Rev. Jacki Belile, CPC “Clear the Clutter, Find Your SELF”

Are you overwhelmed with the demands of your full life or the bold decisions that beckon you? Do you need help living from your core values (Center) in your high-stress leadership role? I specialize in customized plans for slowing down, listening deeply and acting decisively—day in and day out. Single sessions and discount packages both available to meet your needs.

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.

Gina Sannasardo

Christian Life Coach for Middle Aged Moms with Peace, Joy and You  630-677-2649 Hi, I’m Gina Sannasardo, and I am a Christian life coach that helps middle-aged moms that are feeling stuck, lost, exhausted and can’t see the plan God created for them. After working with me, my clients feel excited about life again, passionate about their life purpose and have peace and joy in their daily living. Natural Awakenings Chicago


Loop or Logan Square location available 773-413-0749 Intuitive healer, Nors can help you learn more about your true self and its needs. Balance your chakras, and learn how to help them. Connect with your angels and spirit guides and clear the negative energy away so you can be your best self. I often use astrology in my work and sometimes healing modalities like cupping and reflexology. Unblock your creativity and move forward.

EFT (emotional freedom techniques) TOM MASBAUM, EFTADVANCED

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4344 N Western Ave, Chicago 60618 773-561-7200 • Founded in June of 1993, we are the premier mineralogical boutique store in Chicago, specializing in geological specimens and ancient healing stones. We are a multigenerational family business. Owner and founder Steven Rosley uses his expertise in the physical and spiritual restorative properties of gemstones to bring you The Center, a place for education, healing, meditation and shopping. Check out extensive selection of chakra stones and make sure to stop in for one of our classes, workshops or events.

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.

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digestive health specialist 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 7.

energy healing CANDACE

650 Meacham, Elk Grove 60007 Call or text: 847-564-6159 Balanced internal energy (your chakras) can lead to positivity in our lives. Candace will help you shed negative energies from past relationships, family issues, past lives and negative experiences. Using her intuitive abilities, crystals and other tools, Candace will discover where imbalances lie, and then work with you to realign your energies for overall well-being and positivity.

Interested in using essentials oils to nurture beauty and compliment healthy life? Schedule a session or host a group class today. Hosts receive a free Family Essentials Kit ($125 value) with $35 membership. Email me for details and scheduling. Offer expires 12/31/16.

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

Psychic Holistic Fairs: Many different psychic intuitive, body balancing, trunk shows & classes and our boutique is open, too. Upcoming dates: Dec 10-11.

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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. 

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, non-surgical 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 47.

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.

holistic eye care EVANSTON EYE WELLNESS Deana LaBrosse, OD 716 Main St, Evanston 60202 847-350-7952

Healthy eyes, “Look Great, See Great and Feel Great!” We help get you there by providing a highly personalized eye examination with a holistic approach. In addition to glasses and contacts, we offer medical eye care and a Dry Eye Treatment Center. All ages welcome. Insurance accepted. See ad on page 41.

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.

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.


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 therapy, 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.

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holistic health practitioner TOM MASBAUM, EFT-ADVANCED

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™.

re:fit-restoring and enhancing through fitness and integrative therapies Loribeth Cohen, PT Studio Director Mimi Abrams, PT 910 Waukegan Rd, Glenview 60025 847-657-0881 •

At re:fit, we believe that the body and mind interact to create health or “dis-ease.” 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!

Whole Life Chiropractic Christopher Codina, DC 2500 W Higgins Rd, Ste 420 Hoffman Estates 60169

Constantly foam rolling or taking meds to get through the day, just for it to come back? Learn how something that is easily treated and commonly found in the body may be the reason for your pain. Schedule your free consultation today to learn more. Conveniently located and insurance accepted.

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holistic medicine DR. NICK LeROY, DC, MS

Illinois 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 31.


North Shore Health Solutions LTD 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9060 Are your hands or feet burning? Do you have numbness or tingling or pain? Problems sleeping? Are you having regular bowel movements or digestion problems? Previously diagnosed with a Neuropathy condition? Did you know that these issues can all be related? See ad on page 9.

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.

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

Every day we offer: chakra balancing, cord cutting, energy balancing, guided meditation, biomat ion therapy. Rotating offerings include: shamanic sessions, sound immersions, quantum touch, bodytalk, totem discovery. Call for today’s offerings. Appointments recommended, but walk-ins welcomed.


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.


Michelle Goebel-Angel, LAc, MSOM 500 N Michigan Ave, Ste 2100 Chicago 60611 312-276-1212

Michelle Goebel-Angel, LAc, MSOM, is board certified in Chinese Medicine and focuses on an anti-inflammatory lifestyle and functional medicine. Her passion and style reflect one that builds an open, trusting relationship with each patient. Acupuncture programs at the Raby Institute include detoxification, optimizing fertility and reducing stress, anxiety and chronic pain. Each program involves a unique approach and includes acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional and essential oil therapies. See ad on page 21.

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.


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

intuitive consultation HEATHER FAUN BASL

630-210-8688, 312-502-1539 Specializing in intuitive counsel and psychic work including Akashic records, card readings, connection with loved ones, home and business readings/clearings, energy healing, personal mentoring and angel work with children. Working with individuals that have health concerns, mental stress and/or want to find clarity with their life situations.


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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208 S Jefferson St, Ste 204, Chicago 60661 866-566-9494 Our practice focuses on helping people who want to reach a resolution and stay out of court. Some of our services include mediation, collaborative famly law, adoption, guardianship, and wills and trusts.

life coach law of attraction

Do you know you create your own reality? Are you seeking happiness and joy in your life? If not, why not? The Law of Attraction is always operating in your life, but if you’re not aware of how to use it, you could be attracting what you don’t want instead of what you do want. I can teach you processes and techniques so you can start manifesting what you desire in life; a loving relationship, a better job, more money… you name it. Join our group today and see what unfolds for you.

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 5.


1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Mediate-a-Thon, December 3. Hand & Foot Reflexology Intensive, December 10. Call or email for a free course guide. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide.

1600 Golf Rd, Corporate Center, Ste 1200, Rolling Meadows 60008 224-387-8992


7742 W Addison, Chicago 60634 773-589-9996 Dr. K treats chronic and non-responsive conditions using chiropractic care along with acupuncture, physiotherapy, herbs, diet, nutrition, supplements and cleansing of the liver and colon. A master medical herbalist and chiropractor with over 30 years’ experience, Dr K formulates and uses herbal supplements for internal cleansing, healing and weight loss. 

CANTOR LYNDA DRESHER Highwood 60040 847-373-7456


Medical herbalist and chiropractor

Dr. Alexe offers an alternative approach to health and wellness using safe, effective natural therapies to address acute and chronic conditions. She specializes in hormonal imbalance, digestive disorders, skin issues and immune problems. Services include naturopathic care, cleanse/detox programs, lifestyle assessment and supplement and herbal recommendations.


440 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 2 Deerfield 60015 847-236-9310

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

Metaphysical and spiritual supplies, daily intuitive and body balancing, vast crystal and rock shop, natural French market  products, 50  local artists unique items. Open daily Tuesday through Sunday.

Specialists in treatment of complex and treatment-resistant neuropsychiatric disorders and chronic pain conditions for all ages. We offer a distinctive, thorough approach to patient evaluation, with proven cutting-edge treatments including BrainSPECT functional imaging and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, with the Chicago area’s only multi-person hyperbaric chamber. See ad on page 11.


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ENHANCE NUTRITION, LLC Marcy Kirshenbaum, MS, CCN, CNS, LDN 847-987-1128

Kim Spelman

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Living Well MD 806 Central Ave, Ste 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 49.

Psychic & medium astrologist, medium & psychic CANDACE 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove 60007 Call or text: 847-564-6159

Help to reunite loved ones, inspire joy and find love in your life. Find answers to your challenges with the help of a psychic and medium reading with Candace. Her readings reveal past, present and future with extreme accuracy. Find sincere guidance and answers regarding life’s challenges, such as love, relationships, family, health, career, coworkers, etc. Over 23 years experience.

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312-933-9950 • 847-470-0049 Over 25 years of experience. Using my intuitive gifts of prayer and meditation I can help bring clarity to those in need of my services. Call today to find out about love, health and career. Tarot card and crystal energy readings, chakra balancing, aura cleansing, spirit communication, past life regression. Available for parties, 3 locations. First-time client special: $99 Energy healing.

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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 17.

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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.

The Well Spirituality Center 1515 W Ogden Ave, LaGrange Park 60526 708-482-5048

Offering a variety of classes, workshops and retreats. A haven from the busy-ness of everyday life, we are committed to strengthening, healing, and calling forth the inherent wholeness of Earth, our human community and all creation. Spiritual direction and mind/body/spirit practices also offered.

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888-380-6388 Become free from your body’s distress, aches, pains and sickness! Healer-intuitive Mark works with biological and neurological diseases, chronic pain and emotional dilemmas—offering spiritual guidance and direction. If you cannot or choose not to leave your home, Mark makes holistic house calls. Personal appointments available at Skokie location, call 888-380-6388.


Dr. Nicole E. Williams, MD, FACOG 1147 S Wabash Ave, Ste 200, Chicago 60605 312-929-9191 Imagine something different when you come to your gynecologist’s office: examination space feels “personal,” staff members listen, office hours are convenient. We offer an environment that promotes healing and advanced office diagnostics paired with alternative techniques such as Acupuncture and pelvic floor physical therapy. We listen. We care. See ad on page 13.


Lisa Seaman, LAc, FABORM 1147 S Wabash Ave, Ste 200, Chicago 60605 312-929-9191 Experience integrative gynecology with Lisa, a licensed acupuncturist, board certified with the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, and Functional Medicine expert, specializing in hormone balance, pain relief and weight management. Find support for fertility issues, pregnancy/birth/postpartum, painful periods, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids and menopause. We listen. We care. See ad on page 13.

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