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ay has always been one of my favorite months for many reasons—warmer temperatures, longer days, birdsong and the very fact that almost everywhere we look, we’re greeted by fresh green colors and flowers (yes, dandelions are flowers, too). As far back as I can remember, spring has played an important part in my understanding of the natural world. And I mentally thank my mom for her role in teaching me from an early age to enjoy everything that spring brings. Growing up on the Northwest Side, our backyard garden was small and simple, yet it came alive in May. Tulips filled in as the daffodils faded. An old apple tree arched its branches over the yard, barely skimming the clotheslines. And while the fruit wasn’t very attractive (nope, my parents didn’t believe in pesticides), the pink-white blooms were glorious. A pink magnolia grew next to the garage, and gorgeous purple lilacs bloomed on old branches by the back gate, next to the original concrete garbage can at the alley. My mom would bring in a couple of sprigs, pop them into a green blown glass vase she’d bought years ago in Jamestown, Virginia, and we’d enjoy the scent of lilacs. The blooms made me want to read Louisa May Alcott’s book Under The Lilacs, which I didn’t enjoy nearly as much as the real flowers. Mom had planted four pink peonies alongside the garage, and I remember checking them daily to watch as the buds developed, and having great fun shaking the ants off of them, too. After they bloomed, it was my job to do the deadheading, and I did my best to encourage re-bloom (I didn’t even know it was called deadheading when I was a kid, I just wanted more peonies). Growing between them were tiger lilies and a jumbled red, climbing rose that ran up a faded trellis on the garage. Continuing my mental tour, we grew what she called a “snowball bush” by the neighbor’s fence, and more climbing roses on the chain link that ran between our yard and the sidewalk. Each May, Mom would buy the same annuals—bright red firecracker salvia and varieties of marigold. Then she’d get out the green planting bench her dad had made umpteen years earlier, and she and I would spend time planting flowers. I’d fill a bucket with water and she’d start working. Dig the hole, add a cup of water, put in the marigold, add dirt, tamp it all down with her hands and then another cup of water. Move on to the next plant. Nothing sophisticated, but it’s a spring ritual that she started when I first began to walk and which I continue to this day at my own home. Now, my garden plantings have changed to native plants and heirloom veggies, and my spring enthusiasm has only grown over the years. All of us here at Natural Awakenings Chicago would like to wish you a very enjoyable spring, and a happy Mother’s Day, no matter how you choose to celebrate. Me? I’ll most likely be in my garden, working on the plants, listening to the migrating birds and raising a toast to my mom.

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olful Gifts is offering its popular sixmonth Know Your True Self class that begins from 7 to 9:30 p.m., May 2, and continues on subsequent Tuesdays. Offered only a few times a year, it takes participants on an amazing journey to connect deeper with who they truly are, learn to forgive themselves and others, understand their mind, emotions and intuition, improve their relationships with the world, greatly reduce stress, discover their life’s purpose and most importantly, learn to love, accept and value themselves unconditionally. Mind transformation coach Oksana Gritsenko says, “Whether people are lost, confused, at a crossroads, feeling anxious, sad, depressed or angry, wanting their life to be better in different ways or to step into their true power, this course has something different and magical for everyone.” Those that miss the first class can still join on May 9 or 16 if seats are available. Location: 1040 S. Milwaukee Ave., Ste. 130, Wheeling, and virtually for remote participants. Sign up at For more information, call 847-924-5708.

World Fair Trade Day Festival at Daley Plaza


hicago Fair Trade will join conscious consumers worldwide in celebrating World Fair Trade Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 3 and 4, with a festival and outdoor market at Daley Plaza. Visitors may shop from the collections of more than two dozen locally owned ethical vendors, featuring products made by artisans in Colombia, Rwanda, Bangladesh and other countries. Guests will be able to sample fair trade coffee and chocolate, see the latest fair trade fashions and enjoy a live broadcast of the popular WBEZ Worldview program from the square at noon on May 3. This year’s event will also include a fair trade potluck after the event ends on Wednesday evening, featuring small bites made by area chefs. Chicago Fair Trade is a coalition made up of area businesses, congregations, schools and activists to promote fair wages and ethical trading policies in Chicago and beyond. They are the driving force behind Chicago being named a Fair Trade City in 2009 and a Sweatshop-Free City in 2014. Admission is free. Location: 50 W. Washington St., Chicago. For more information, email or visit See ad on page 4.

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Experience a New Kind of Stretch and Release


eekers and practitioners have the opportunity to explore and experience Present Stretch, a wholly new synthesis of techniques presented by Illuminating Alternatives on May 6, in Evanston. The Present Stretch method encourages deep relief from both emotional and physical stress. The goal is to bring the physical frame into energetic balance, while focusing consciously on the innate being of presence. “Present Stretch brings the practitioner of awareness and presence together with the seeker of peace,” says Billi I, founder of Illuminating Alternatives, LLC. Through the use of specific techniques, the flow and release of the body’s carried “echoes of past actions” is facilitated. Billi I will describe and demonstrate these tools and attendees will experience them throughout the day.   Cost is $108 and includes lunch; limited to 18 participants. Location: 1809 Lincoln St., Evanston. Registration required by May 5 at 646-416-0013. See ad on page 17.

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ngelika Danek, owner of Mind Body Health Center, in Chicago’s Edison Park neighborhood, will conduct a seminar on Metabolic Balance from 10:30 a.m. to noon, May 13, that will benefit those struggling with weight issues and emotional eating. Individual free consultations ($150 value) are offered from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday. “Metabolic Balance is the leading holistic weight management program in Europe that guarantees successful long-term weight management,” states Danek. “The Angelika Danek change in metabolism and related consequent weight loss is achieved with an all-natural, individualized nutrition plan.” Danek, a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist and Metabolic Balance certified coach specializing in nutritional psychology and integrative mindbody therapy, offers an array of mental health and wellness services for individuals through their lifespan. Admission to seminar: free. Location: 6650 N. Northwest Hwy., Ste. 215, Chicago. RSVP to 773-313-3757. For more information, visit See ad on page 27 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Native Plants Sale To be Held in Chicago


he Plant Chicago Native Plant Sale Fundraiser, the only native plant sale of its kind in the city, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 20, at The Plant, on Chicago’s South Side. Proceeds benefit Plant Chicago’s education, farmers’ market and technology demonstration programming. Nonprofit Plant Chicago has partnered with Natural Communities Native Plants to offer nearly 200 species native to the Chicago region, including flowers, grasses, sedges, ferns, shrubs and trees. Pre-orders can be picked up on May 20, and plants will be available for purchase the day of the event. Representatives from the Midwest Pesticide Action Center and Red Stem Native Landscapes will be on hand to talk about reducing pesticide use and implementing natives in local landscapes. The Plant is a former meat packing plant in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, re-purposed into a collaborative community of food-producing businesses all committed to materials reuse and closed-loop systems. The project currently houses more than a dozen small food businesses, including farming, baking and brewing. Attendees can grab a beer at the Whiner Beer taproom and tour The Plant at 2 p.m. to see circular economy principles in action through a brewery, bakery, aquaponic farm and more. Tours are $10 adults/$7 students and seniors. Deadline for preorders is May 7. Location: 1400 W. 46th St., Chicago. To pre-order plants, visit NaturalCommunities. net/pages/plant-chicago-native-plant-sale. 12


Evanston Green Ball Supports Ecology Center Green Programs


he sixth annual Evanston Green Ball, to be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m., May 20, will feature live music and offerings from the city’s finest eateries and breweries to fund Evanston Ecology Center environmental education programs, summer camps and new honeybee hives. The Green Ball will also include an exhibit of environmental artwork that will be available for purchase the night of the event. The ball is presented by the Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) and the city of Evanston. Event sponsors include the Archer-Patterson Family Foundation, The Mike Nowak Show, Evanston RoundTable, Natural Awakenings Chicago, Nature’s Perspective, Scott Simpson Builders and WinSol Power. A sitter service is available for parents. Preregistration is required; no drop-ins. For information, call 847-448-8256. Early bird tickets are $60 for EEA members and $65 for non-members through Apr. 30, then $70 for EEA members and $75 for nonmembers. Friends of the Ecology Center tickets are also available for $100, and there is a special ticket price of $60 each for groups of five or more, including a bonus of one free ticket. Admission includes food, drinks and live entertainment. Location: Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston. To purchase tickets, visit greenball. See ad on page 4.

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newsbriefs Songwriters to Perform for Charity


he sixth installment of the Sheridan Road Charitable Foundation Songwriters In The Round will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., May 24, at Joe’s Bar, with a performance by longtime supporters of the foundation and Grammy award-winning country music songwriters Kelley Lovelace, Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley for a festive night of dancing, music and barbecue. There will be silent and live auctions to benefit the Chicago-based Bernie’s Book Bank, By The Hand Club and Communities in Schools to improve the quality of education, empower underprivileged communities and support cancer research. An after party at the Godfrey Hotel will follow the show. The Sheridan Road Charitable Foundation was established in 2013, led by an engaged and dedicated board, advisory board and women’s board. The foundation’s mission is to provide philanthropic and financial support to a number of established social service and research organizations. Location: 940 W. Weed St., Chicago. Register and buy tickets at events/5og. See ad on page 4.

Body Mind Spirit Expo in Tinley Park


he Body Mind Spirit Expo will conduct a weekend of shining insights and life-affirming wisdom from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 3, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 4, at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Attendees can choose from aura photos, relaxing massage, quality nutritional supplements and natural healing products or have their future revealed and connect with lost loved ones. Visitors will enjoy more than 90 exhibitors offering the latest in natural health, personal growth and metaphysics. Among more than 50 authors, psychics, mediums, channels and healers are international author and empowerment specialist Robert Novak and Ehryck “Soul Man” Gilmore, lecturer and author of Why Am I Stuck and Law of Attraction 101. Other speakers include “The Modern Shaman” Rachel Kirkland, who will help participants recognize and utilize their psychic gifts. Rebecca Perdieu and Eric Banks will share insights on the wide range of medical benefits of CBD, a cannabis derivative. Cost is $14 for the weekend. Parking is free. Location: 18451 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park, IL. For advance tickets and $1 off coupon, visit Vendor opportunities are available. See ad on page 3.

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Highwood Hosts Traditional Festival Series


he eighth annual Celebrate Highwood series of family-friendly festivals and events includes weekly Wednesday Evening Gourmet Markets, Inferno Fest, North Shore Taco Fest & Highwood Days, Bloody Mary Fest and Garlic Fest at Everts Park to raise funds for local nonprofit organizations. One of the best outdoor markets on the North Shore, Highwood Evening Gourmet Markets take place Wednesdays from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., June 14 to August 30, with live music and food trucks. Inferno Fest will be held from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., June 28, with lots of hot and spicy foods to try, and even partake in the spiciest inferno food competition. The second annual North Shore Taco Fest & Highwood Days is scheduled for 4 to 10 p.m., July 20, 4 to 11 p.m., July 21, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., July 22 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., July 23. There are carnival rides, live music and tons of food from local vendors. Bloody Mary Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 30, with dozens of vendors competing for the titles of Best Bloody Mary and People’s Choice. Garlic Fest can be found from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., August 16. This fun, foodfilled event showcases the popular Taste of Garlic and the Garlic Queen and Princess competitions. Admission to all events is free. Location:130 Highwood Ave., Highwood. For more information about each event, visit

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he independent, nonprofit Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) will host a Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K Run & Walk in Chicago from 6:30 to 8:15 a.m., June 19, at Burnham Park to celebrate volunteers that give the gift of participation in clinical research and to raise awareness about the importance of clinical research in advancing public health. All proceeds from the 5K, held in conjunction with the Drug Information Association (DIA) annual meeting, will support clinical research education and outreach programs for patients and their families in minority and underserved communities. Location: 5491 S. Lake Shore Dr. To register, visit MedHero5k-chicago2017. See ad on page 7.

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newsbriefs Extreme Kleaner Hits Stores Nationwide


xtreme Kleaner, a non-toxic, biodegradable, multi-purpose cleaner and degreaser product line, is now available in all Menards home improvement centers, as well as Ace Hardware, True Value, Hardware Hank, Trustworthy Hardware, Golden Rule Lumber and other independently owned hardware, grocery and variety stores. The product, originally offered on and other websites, is now available in retail stores due to increased consumer demand for green living products. “Extreme Energy Solutions dedicates its efforts to bringing to market green-related consumer products and innovative green technologies,” declares Samuel K. Burlum, CEO and president of Extreme Energy Solutions. He explains that the products “aim to uplift the human family and solve important societal challenges such as improving air and water quality and reducing negative influence on the environment.” Burlum continues, “With the market demanding more eco-friendly product choices for use in the home, it made sense for us to lend our expertise and skill sets in developing and bringing to market other products where we could best contribute to these product categories.” For a free product sample, cleaning tips or more information about Extreme Kleaner, visit See ad on page 5.

New Whole Body Wellness Program at Lakeview Integrative Medicine


ilvia Panitch, M.D., and her team at Lakeview Integrative Medicine, are introducing a functional medicine mind and body Emotional Wellness Program for those diagnosed with mild to moderate depression, anxiety, insomnia or ADHD. These conditions often have underlying physical causes, including problems with the gut flora, hormone imbalances, heavy metals, environmental toxins and even foods. The use of prescriptions has skyrocketed, yet many patients are not feeling better and now have to deal with the side effects of the medications prescribed to them. Panitch will listen to each paSilvia Panitch, M.D. tient’s story and look for the root causes thoroughly and carefully. She says, “Together, we will create an individualized plan that will enhance your well-being and may help you to decrease or discontinue medication to live your life to the fullest.” Lakeview Integrative Medicine’s mission is to provide comprehensive medical care for men and women using a functional and integrative approach to evaluate and treat medical conditions. Location: 3344 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. For a free, 15-minute consultation, call 773-525-6595. For more information, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.



New Naturopathic Medicine Office in Buffalo Grove


eturning home after practicing for several years in Arizona, Naturopathic Doctor Leslie Cisar has moved her practice, Vital Naturopathic, to 1217 McHenry Road, Suite 232, in Buffalo Grove, with convenient evening and weekend office hours. Cisar graduated in 2010 from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. She is a member of the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians and membership director of the nonprofit Leslie Cisar Naturopathic Medicine Institute, which educates public education initiatives. “Naturopathic medicine is a distinct healing art that uses safe, effective and natural therapies that stimulate the natural ability of the body to heal itself. I work with people that are looking for a doctor who listens, digs into their case and knows how to get them better without prescription meds,” says Cisar. “People want to know the root cause of their symptoms, and not just be palliated with a drug. I specialize in natural therapies such as botanicals, homeopathy, detoxification, diet, nutrition and lifestyle changes to restore health safely, effectively and quickly,” she notes.

To schedule a free consultation, call 224-727-8340. For more information, visit See ad on page 19.


A New Secure Home for Seniors with Dementia


he Springs of Vernon Hills, near Chicago, is a member of the JEA Senior Living family, with communities across the United States and Canada. With more than 30 years of experience caring for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illnesses, their background and experience partnering with top health care providers and other industry leaders provides an outstanding level of care for loved ones. The Springs of Vernon Hills offers furnished apartments with private ensuite bathrooms, as well as apartments that share the en-suite bathroom. “We want our residents to feel as if they’re at home,” says Executive Director Tina Schachter. Their distinctive dementia care program, Meaningful Moments, provides residents with a safe and nurturing environment in the community, incorporating favorite activities and routines from life before the dementia took hold and weaving them into daily life. Location: 350 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. For more information, call 847-634-9300 to schedule a visit or go to See ad on page 29.

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ogic Lawn Care, in Evanston, is helping schools, park districts and municipalities throughout the Chicagoland area successfully manage lawn/turf areas using a natural approach that is healthier for people and the environment. Successful natural lawn care is not just a matter of switching from one product to another; it requires a holistic approach that includes six key elements that Logic has identified. Providing expert guidance to ensure success, Logic works within budgets to consult on important mowing and watering practices that lead to sustainable landscapes. As residents and advocacy groups, as well as regulatory and legislative requirements, are pushing school and civic entities to manage their properties in a more sustainable way, managers can turn to Logic Lawn Care for help in successfully implementing a program that keeps everyone happy. For more information, visit See ad on page 47.

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r. Lana Moshkovich, DACM, LAc, MSOM., M.Pharm.Sc., a certified natural health practitioner and owner of Nirvana Naturopathics, LLC, has received a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine degree through Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, in San Lana Moshkovich Diego. She is member of the American Herbalists Guild and the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. For more information, call 847-7159044. See ad on page 47 and in the Community Resource Guide.


eslie Sann, MA, LCPC, founder of Living By Design and the author of the book Life Happens: What Are You Going to Do About It? Powerful Tools to Access Your Inner Resources Leslie Sann and Transform Your Life, was named winner of the Inspiration category in the inaugural International Excellence Body, Mind, Spirit Book Awards in March. Sann is a respected coaching professional in the Chicago/Geneva area, and the book draws on her decades of professional coaching, as well as personal experiences. She shares powerful, practical tools that she has found valuable in transforming herself and her life to assist readers in shifting from victim to victorious when life “does what it does”. The book is available at For more information, call 312-4090686, email Leslie@Living-ByDesign. com or visit



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Traditional Chinese Medicine Applied to Birthing


hinese medicine can be used in a variety of ways to promote fetal and maternal health during both the pregnancy and postpartum periods. Research has shown that acupuncture, for example, can be a safe, effective, drug-free treatment option during pregnancy for a broad range of conditions ( It can prevent nausea, morning sickness and dry retching in early pregnancy, as well as anxiety throughout the entire process by calming our instinctive, “fight-or-flight” response. Acupuncture can also stave off sciatica and musculoskeletal pain in the back, ribs and pubic bone, relaxing muscles and decreasing inflammation, pain and tension. A treatment called moxibustion can be performed using the herb mugwort at 33 to 35 weeks for breech or posterior babies. Starting about a month before the expected delivery date, acupuncture treatments specifically targeted at preparing the pelvis and cervix are recommended. After delivery and throughout the postpartum period, acupuncture helps to regulate hormones and emotions, improve energy, promote healing—especially in C-section deliveries—and support healthy lactation. These, however, are only a few of the ways that Chinese medicine can help pregnancy and birth to be healthier and easier.

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he Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, of Naples, Florida, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each other and our Earth. “Women’s deeper unity of being is empowering them to take action and lead. Women who once longed for a culture that would reflect their highest priorities are now

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Putting Business and Spiritual Life in Perspective by Carrie Jackson


What special concerns do female business owners have? Many of my clients start their own business because they want more flexibility to be with their families. They also have a strong desire to do something fulfilling that they feel passionate about, whether that’s sharing a skill or a product. Finding a work-life balance is an issue for most of my clients. They can also get overwhelmed with all the responsibilities that are involved with running a business. Many are struggling because they have self-doubt, lack confidence or don’t have a support system. I work with my clients to find what kind of marketing, social media, staffing, scheduling and networking is right for them. There is so much information out there, it can be hard to navigate, and what works for one business model might not work with another. I also strongly encourage them to incorporate their faith into their business, because I believe that helps them stay grounded and secure that they are on the right path. It reminds them that we are all valuable and loved and deserving of success, and they don’t necessarily have to have all the answers themselves. Women can be very supportive of each other, and I suggest that clients ask for help and seek accountability from friends, colleagues, partners and their faith whenever possible.

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arl Greer, a forThen I suggest they mer businessassign feelings, symman, has an bols and other descripextensive background tors to their story. What in helping others help color is it? What kind themselves. He holds of dance is it? What a doctorate in clinical animal best reflects it? psychology, recogIs it the story that they nizes the interconnectwant to be living? If edness of all creatures not, this reflection is and feels compelled to an important starting place to making serve others. In addichanges. There might tion to being a clinical be people or events psychologist, Greer in our stories that are is a Jungian analyst, painful, hurtful or shamanic practitioner, Carl Greer holding us back. Some teacher at the C. G. of it may even be in our unconsciousJung Institute of Chicago and is on staff ness. This is where Jungian analytical at the Replogle Center for Counseling psychology can be helpful. and Well-Being. Greer supports a number of charities through The Greer Foundation and the Carl and Pat Greer Donor Advised What attracted you to the Fund. He has worked with shamans in Jungian philosophy? South America, Canada, Outer MongoAlthough I’ve always been interested in lia, Ethiopia, Australia and the U.S. His the human mind, I originally went to two books, Change Your Story, Change school to get a degree in engineering. I Your Life and Change the Story of Your was the president of an oil company at Health, outline shamanic and Jungian the age of 28 and taught at Columbia tools and techniques for healing by University, but in my early 40s, I realwriting our story and connecting with ized I needed to do something more our unconscious mind. meaningful, and went back to school for a degree in psychology. There are hundreds of psychological theories and schools of thought, but How can identifying our life I like the Jungian focus on the unconstory help us heal? scious. This ties in with my study and The more information we have about practice of shamanism, which involves ourselves, the better equipped we are reaching altered states of consciousness to make changes. I encourage people to interact with the spiritual world. In to take stock of their whole history and our consciousness, we aren’t always identify key factors in their relationhonest with ourselves. We need to look ships, eating habits, overall health, job, at the unconscious parts in order to disfamily, values, hobbies and anything cover the truth. Jungian and shamanic else that makes up who they are. practices help you on this journey. Even 30


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How can we use shamanism to uncover truths about ourselves? As a child, I was always fascinated by tales of Native Americans, medicine men and women, fables and storytelling. This led to an interest in shamanism, a practice in which the practitioner interacts with the spiritual world and channels those transcendental energies. If we relate differently to our past and find peace with it, instead of fighting or judging it, we have more control over our future and can live with more intention. Shamanism is also deeply connected to the environment and the idea that our natural surroundings can be therapeutic. Being outside and noticing our habitat helps us feel a part of something bigger. Water, light, plants and animals can have answers for healing. Ask the earth or the ocean what messages they have for you, and then really listen. What do you need to let go of? What gains can you make? You might be surprised at what you become aware of.

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woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?” “Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara. “Nursing moms need to eat nutrient-dense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson. She recommends foods that assist lactation called galatactagogues,

Build a Baby-Friendly Body “Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author



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Spark the Spirit

Affirmations can positively state the mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, and birth. Examples include: “Birth walking or light jogging three to five is a safe and wonderful experience. times a week, for 20 minutes a day. I am choosing the right path for my “Squatting like a child on your haunches birth. I trust my body and my inis a great exercise for childbirth,” she stincts. I have all the support I need.” says, noting that 20 squats daily will Wilson recommends choosing two strengthen core muscles. Sitting on an to four that resonate, repeating them exercise ball instead of a desk chair or every morning while gazing into the couch also engages core muscles, while mirror, placing them on the refrigeraimproving posture. tor door and even having them pop “Regular exercise brings more enup on a smartphone. ergy, better sleep, reduced stress, higher “Meditation prepares you for childspirits, better odds of an easy labor, faster birth and can also be soothing during post-delivery recovery and reduced risk of labor by offering tools that push away gestational diabetes and high blood presThe connections established fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this mantra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, Being sure during pregnancy,” Bregman finds. between mother and She recommends a prenatal yoga practice Peace: “Breathing in, I calm myself, that includes breathing and visualizabreathing out, I smile.” child are much stronger tions. This restorative form of yoga offers To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet when she progresses through room with eyes closed. For women gentle stretching, promotes good circulanew to meditation, Wilson suggests tion and naturally supports relief or healpregnancy and birth from ing of many possible pregnancy ailments. lighting a scented or colored candle a natural perspective. “To alleviate physical distress, try and noticing the colors and movement chiropractic prenatal care,” says Phillips. of the flame for something physical ~Kristy Wilson Light finger contact from an experito focus on. “This calming practice is enced practitioner helps realign bony important because labor becomes like segments and restores the body’s normal tone. “A prenatal a meditation,” she says. The mother copes through the conexpert can adjust so the mom’s body maintains its balance traction, then uses her meditation skills to reset, refocus and and the baby is free to move.” ground herself before the next contraction. Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the mem Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers branes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord. to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and experiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, Prepare the Mind who has a story too,” advises Wilson. “Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara Design a Special Experience advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror Create a Birth Plan stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround yourself with people that have experienced a normal Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife through a natural birthing community such as the National birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the birthing Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International process and in the postpartum period.” Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a A woman easily influenced by others might ask her hospital experience, look for low-Caesarean rates, a personally doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a needs to exercise control might seek such assistance for doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. peace of mind, knowing that her wishes will be followed. Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in conimagine the ideal birth environment and write positive stateversations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the ments, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your husband and sister with me at all times.” body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensaplans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests tions by focusing on what is going on in their body. RePhillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the search published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration attendants will know her wishes.” shows that the hormones released during labor enter into

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Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the planning keeps him engaged and attuned to her wishes.”

Orchestrate a Childbirth Team

“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

Honor the Postpartum Mother

“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (



The Role of Stress in Infertility by Leta Vaughan


ur childbearing years seem long when we are young and dreaming about starting a family, but schooling and careers take time. If we wait too long, the birthdays can slip by until we are acutely aware of each one we celebrate without children in our lives. Although there is no need to panic, the situation can cause considerable anxiety if our bodies are not as willing as our mental and emotional priorities. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that a women under 35 years old having regular sexual intercourse without the use of birth control for one year and not pregnant to consider having a fertility evaluation. Women over 35 should be considered needing an evaluation after six months of regular sexual intercourse without the use of birth control and no pregnancy. Sometimes we hear of a woman trying to conceive for years that gives up and yet becomes pregnant. It may be that the act of giving up actually fosters the fertilization because of the role stress plays in the inability to conceive. Dr. Allen Morgan, director of the Shore Institute for Reproductive Medicine, in Lakewood, New Jersey, thinks we should focus on the physiological effects of stress and how they may interfere with conception, because levels of hormones such as cortisol or epinephrine often rise with repeated and chronic stress, and these changes may be related to preventing fertility from occurring. Morgan believes reducing stress may assist in enhancing proteins within the

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uterine lining which can lead to better odds of implantation. Decreasing stress may also increase uterine blood flow. In research published in the journal Human Reproduction, doctors compared pregnancy rates in couples that reported being stressed and those that were not and found pregnancy was much more likely to occur during months when couples reported feeling happy and relaxed. Conversely, it was less likely to occur during the months they reported feeling tense or anxious. The support of family and friends is crucial when a woman is undergoing fertility therapy because infertility itself is stressful. The desire for pregnancy, along with treatments and lack of success can lead to chronic stress. Reducing stress is always easier said than done, and sometimes we need to take a step back and look at what is important on many different levels. How a person handles stress is something we do have control over—taking some time to evaluate the stress in our life and how we cope is a good starting point. If we are an anxious person and small stresses cause us to become overwhelmed, we may need to talk to a professional to provide tools to use in working through certain situations. Some other stress-reducing habits include making sure we are sleeping well, eating a healthy diet and practicing a sensible exercise regime. Meditation and yoga have proven to be excellent stress reducers, and research is optimistic about acupuncture and massage. Furthermore, journaling and surrendering to a higher spiritual being may not only reduce stress in fertility situations, but promote both good mental and physical health overall. Doctor of Nursing Practice Leta Vaughan works with fertility patients at WomanCare, where women have access to counselors, nutrition and exercise support, and trained, fertilityfocused massage therapists. For more information, call 847-221-4800 or visit See ad on page 25.


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hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Almond Milk

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for storebought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

Coconut Milk

Pro: Dr. Josh Axe, a functional medicine physician who owns the popular natural health website,, and the Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in mediumchain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about 36

450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries.

Hemp Milk

Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amino acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for healthy functioning of the brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works well for people with tree nut allergies. One cup of Pacific Hemp Original has 140 calories, three grams of protein, 50 percent DV for calcium, five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk tends to separate in hot coffee.


Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

Soy Milk

Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction ( If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products—preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh—with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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Recipes to Enjoy Some Fresh Spring Veggies Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese and Fresh Dill

White Pizza with Ramps Yields: 3 to 4 servings


Yields: 4 servings as side dish. 1 bunch of asparagus (roughly 1 lb) Olive oil Salt and pepper Goat cheese (to taste) Dill (to taste)

Almond Milk Yields: About 4 cups 1 cup raw, unsalted organic whole almonds ½ tsp sea salt 4 cups pure filtered water Sea salt, stevia, agave nectar, honey, a date, vanilla bean or lemon juice Soak the almonds in salted water for at least 12 hours before blending. Using a high-powered blender, start blending on low and increase to high to reach a smooth milk consistency. Strain through a nut milk bag to remove any almond skin or pieces. Optional: Add a preferred flavoring. Pour into a container and store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Coconut Milk Yields: About 3 cups 2 cups hot water 1 cup fresh organic, unsweetened, shredded coconut Place hot water, and then shredded coconut, in a high-speed blender, starting on low speed and increasing to high for a total of three minutes. Strain the coconut milk through a nut milk bag into a container. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Preheat oven to 350F. Gently bend asparagus spears and snap off the bottom where they break easily. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat, and spread asparagus in an even layer. Bake until crisp-tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Top with goat cheese crumbles and chopped, fresh dill.

Simple Arugula Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Yields: 4 to 6 servings For the vinaigrette: 2 tsp grated lemon zest ½ cup lemon juice 4 Tbsp white wine vinegar 1 Tbsp minced garlic 1 tsp salt ½ cup extra virgin olive oil Combine everything in a jar with a lid, cover and shake well. For the salad: 3 cups fresh arugula (add additional spring vegetables for flavor and color: sliced radishes, fresh scallions, spring peas) Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine. Pour in about ¼ cup of dressing, grind in some black pepper, and toss well from the bottom, so that everything gets evenly coated. Drizzle in small amounts of additional dressing as needed.

Pizza dough (homemade or store-bought) 1 bunch wild ramps (about 9-10) Olive oil for brushing Salt and pepper 1 cup mozzarella ¼ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese Place a pizza stone or inverted baking sheet into the oven and preheat to 500° F for at least 30 minutes. Chop the ramps into 1-inch pieces separating the leaves from the bulbs. On medium high, drizzle olive oil into pan and sauté the bulbs for 2 minutes. Add greens and cook to wilt for 1 minute. Set aside. Roll out the dough to a 12-inch round, about 1/8 inch thick. Transfer the dough onto lightly floured pizza stone or an inverted baking sheet. Work quickly to brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle on the mozzarella in an even layer. Scatter the ramps over the mozzarella and season lightly with salt and pepper. Top the pizza with the ParmigianoReggiano cheese. Bake for about 8 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the pizza crust is browned and crisp on the bottom. Transfer the pizza to a work surface, cut into wedges and serve. Recipes courtesy of Jen Miller, Prairie Wind Family Farm, which grows a wide variety of certified organic vegetables, pasture-raised hens for eggs and provides fresh fruit to CSA members. For more information and to sign up for the 2017 CSA season, visit

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Herbs that Beat the Heat Favorite Varieties that Flourish in Summer by Barbara Pleasant


ome of the best plants to keep as summer companions are herbs that enrich life with their flavors, fragrances and beauty. It’s not too late to pot up a few herbs or plant them in the garden if we choose varieties that thrive in hot, summer weather.

Reliable Basils

“I place basil as the number one herb in popularity, as well as heat tolerance,” says Cristina Spindler, owner of the Peconic River Herb Farm, in Calverton, New York. “Basil actually prefers heat.” There are many types, and greenleafed culinary varieties are easy to grow through the summer, provided they’re not allowed to dry out. Two particularly heat-hardy types are purpleleafed varieties such as red rubin and African blue, which debuted in 1983. “Purple basil is shockingly fragrant and beautiful on the plate. Plus, it’s easy to grow in a small space and produces quickly,” says Lisa Kessler, who 42

for several years has co-owned with her husband, Ben, the White Hills Lavender and Herb Farm, in Dearing, Georgia. “The flowering tops are usable as herbs and as beautiful cut flowers, so don’t toss them away.” “African blue basil flourishes in summer heat and is an especially beneficial nectar plant for bees and other pollinators,” says Traci Anderson, who has been running Seminole Springs Herb Farm, in Eustis, Florida, in their family for more than 20 years. Vigorous and heavy-flowering, it can grow to over three feet tall, and usually persists as a perennial in Florida, Texas and other mild winter climates.

Mediterranean Flavors

Rosemary is the most adaptable and heat tolerant of Mediterranean herbs; it can be grown as a perennial where soil doesn’t freeze hard in winter. “My top herb garden choice for the hot, humid


conditions in the South is Tuscan blue rosemary, because it is beautiful, easy to grow and is wonderful in all kinds of foods and products,” Kessler says. “It blooms in several seasons and provides bees with off-season food.” Thyme is a top cooking herb, although too much summer rain can lead to mildew and leaf blight. This rarely happens with Summer savory, which has a punchy flavor that Spindler describes as “a peppery cross between oregano and thyme that’s perfect on all of the classic summer veggies—squash, green beans, tomatoes and corn.” Kessler recommends oregano as part of our summer planting list. “Let your kids or grandkids have the experience of putting it in the pasta sauce. It’s easy to grow in a small herb garden and will last through the winter in most parts of the South.” An unrelated tropical plant from Africa with strong oregano flavor, the leaves of variegated Cuban oregano are pretty enough to grow alongside flowers, and the plants thrive in humid heat. Cuban oregano readily grows through hot summers, and the plants produce more leaves each time leaf tips are harvested.

Tempting Tropicals

In Central Florida, Anderson recommends culantro, aka Mexican coriander, as a summer herb different from the better-known cilantro. “Culantro equals the flavor of cilantro, but with no bitter or medicinal aftertaste.” A great longterm performer, it continues producing flavorful new leaves even after the plant starts blooming. Anderson also suggests growing West Indian lemongrass for its fragrant leaves and thick stalks. A vigorous, clump-forming grass, lemongrass can be grown in containers anywhere or served as an edible ornamental in landscapes where summers are hot. “Lemongrass enjoys a sunny and moist environment, so it benefits from being near an air conditioner drain or downspout,” she advises.

Growing Tips

Herbs always need watering in hot weather, and pouring from a watering can at the base is far better than bathing the leaves with a hose. Should containers become so dry that they refuse to take up water, place them in a broad dish or pail filled with three inches of water for 30 minutes to rehydrate the roots. Always grow herbs in pots with large drainage holes, so excess water can drain quickly. Make a habit of pinching off a few herbal leaves, crushing them between the fingers and inhaling their fresh aromas. For maximum benefit, repeat daily.

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Butterfly Garden with Native Plants by Michelle Byrne Walsh

Photos courtesy of Michelle Walsh


ay in Chicagoland is about the time we start to seeing butterflies fluttering around the garden. Sometimes referred to as “flying flowers”, these graceful and mysterious creatures are not only delightful when they arrive in our yards, they’re important pollinators and food resources for birds and mammals. Some common local butterflies include the red admiral, painted lady, black swallowtail, eastern tiger swallowtail and the iconic monarch. According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, there are more than 150 species of butterflies (of the insect

Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) and gray headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) are part of this suburban butterfly patch.

order Lepidoptera) found in Illinois. To attract more butterflies, planting a garden with mostly native plants is a great start. However, water, sun, shelter and host plants for their caterpillars and nectar plants for adults are also important. A warm, sunny spot near a fence, wall or hedge with a diversity of native plants and a “puddling stone” or mud puddle makes a perfect butterfly haven. Because they are cold-blooded, butterflies need sunny spots out of the wind to warm up each morning. When we see a butterfly perched with its wings open in the sun, it’s warming up to fly. Add dark-colored rocks to a sunny sheltered area to create warming zones. Butterflies also like to drink from shallow puddles. Providing rocks with shallow “bowls” that hold water, filling shallow dishes with moistened sand or leaving open spots to form mud puddles can supply butterflies with mineral-rich water. Adult butterflies lay their eggs on host plants. When the eggs hatch, the

Native host plants for butterflies

Photos courtesy of Michelle Walsh

(Sources: University of Illinois Extension, Illinois Department of Natural Resources)

Purple coneflower, wild bergamot and gray headed coneflower are planted in drifts to attract butterflies.

n Black swallowtail: golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea), water parsnip (Sium suave) n Tiger swallowtail: wild black cherry (Prunus serotina), birch (Betula spp.), apple (Malus spp.) n Monarchs: milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) n Red admiral: nettles (Urtica spp.), pussy toes (Antennaria spp.) n Painted lady: Aster spp., pussy toes (Antennaria spp.)

Native nectar plants for butterflies (Sources: University of Illinois Extension, Illinois Department of Natural Resources)

Midseason blooming (full to part sun) n Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) n Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia spp.) 44

n Butterfly weeds (Asclepias tuberosa) n Various milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) n Blazing stars (Liatris spp.) n Coneflowers (Echinacea spp.) Phlox spp. n Coreopsis spp.

Late-season blooming (full to part sun)

n New England asters (Aster novae-angliae) n Goldenrods (Solidago spp.) n Spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum) n Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

Native nectar plants for shadier sites n Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) n Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea) n Various woodland asters (Aster spp.) n Woodland sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus) n Purple or sweet Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum)


help butterflies fuel up for fall migration or overwintering, and always avoid using insecticides or herbicides. Photos courtesy of Michelle Walsh

caterpillars eat the host plants as they mature. Many caterpillars only eat certain host plants; for example, monarchs eat only milkweeds (Asclepias spp.). Kylee Baumle, author of The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly, notes, “The natural habitat that milkweed plants once populated has declined significantly in the last 20 years. With milkweed being the only plant that monarchs utilize for egg-laying [(because it’s the only thing a monarch caterpillar eats]), it only makes sense for us to plant more of this native wildflower.” Baumle notes some native milkweeds to plant are common milkweed (A. syriaca), swamp milkweed (A. incarnata), whorled milkweed (A. verticillata) and butterfly weed (A. tuberosa), named the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association ( Similarly, black swallowtails stick to the carrot family for host plants (including parsley and dill in the herb garden) and red admirals choose nettles, including stinging nettle. Some

Photos courtesy of Michelle Walsh

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’)

Michelle Byrne Walsh is a freelance writer and the editor of four State-byState Gardening, Inc., publications. She is president of the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners and a member of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. Contact her at

Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

butterfly host plants include trees or shrubs, such as the spicebush for the spicebush swallowtail. Nectar plants provide the food adult butterflies need to live, breed and migrate. The trick is to plant groups, or drifts, of the same type of flower, and then to have multiple drifts of different flowers for continuous blooms. Adding nectar-rich (but non-native) annuals such as zinnia, Mexican sunflower (Tithonia spp.), and cosmos complements the “buffet”. Be sure to include late-season bloomers such as goldenrods and asters, which natural awakenings

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Photos courtesy of Kathleen Thompson

Spring bird migration is well underway, and the International Migratory Bird Day Celebration offers participants many ways to welcome back birds, learn more about bird migration and ways to get involved. They can watch bird banding, meet a raptor, plant a shrub, join a bird walk or tour a bird-friendly planting from 9 to 11:30 a.m., May 20.

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Guests will enjoy learning about and seeing birds migrating from Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean, participate in family activities, learn how they can help birds, network with local conservation organizations and more. Refreshments will be available. This event is part of the “Chicago Urban Treaty Project,” funded through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program, provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Urban Bird Treaty program.


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The Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards (CEGA) comes to the Windy City this summer, providing an opportunity for Chicago gardeners to strut their stuff. CEGA is seeking judges for the competition through June 1; judging begins July 1 and awards will be presented in September. Experienced gardeners of all kinds are welcome to apply to be a judge. The five gardens types that are eligible to receive the awards include ornamental, vegetable, container, green roofs and walls, and specialized gardens (such as rain gardens, enabling gardens, sidewalk cafes and others). The four categories are single family, multi-unit residential, schools, and other organizations (such as churches, businesses, fire stations, etc.). Recognizing the contributions of neighborhoods that work together to create healthier and greener areas, 12 community gardens throughout the city will be awarded for their contributions. Sponsored by The Mike Nowak Show, University of Illinois Extension, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Community Gardeners Association and Natural Awakenings Chicago, the competition is open to residents of the city of Chicago. To become a judge, enter or learn more about the competition, call Illinois Extension at 773-233-2900 or email

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DECODING DOG BODY TALK Three Signals of Anxiety by Susan Briggs


amily dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment and we want them to enjoy these expeditions, so understanding their view of the world is important. To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound, place or person, they may feel anxious. We can help with the adjustment by introducing them slowly to each new experience and step aside to provide them distance or space to observe it first at their own pace. Knowing the “tells” that signal when a dog is comfortable or uncomfortable goes a long way to a harmonious experience. Allison Culver, assistant director of The Lightfoot Way holistic animal learning center, in Houston, remarks, “Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Start by observing the dog’s posture


when they are relaxed at home. It’s likely that their weight is balanced on all four legs and their mouth is slightly open; movement is relaxed, loose and agile. When a dog feels happy or playful, notice how their ears may perk up or tilt slightly forward. Their tail might rise and wag, and they may emit a cheerful bark. Using their visual and audio demeanor as a baseline prepares us to be alert for three secret tells that signal a change in their emotion. Closing their mouth routinely occurs when a dog is unsure or anxious. When their mouth remains closed for a minute or more, it’s a sure clue that they need more time to process information. Lip licking such as quick flicks of the tongue is meant to appease and may prevent an uncomfortable situation from escalating into anything resembling a confrontation. Dogs do it with each other and with us, too. A look away that avoids direct eye contact likewise signals that a dog is urgently processing their current environment.


Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas, author of On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, identifies the lip licking and averting of the eyes as selfcalming behaviors. She affirms, “When dogs are stressed by the environment, they start using calming signals to ease the stress.” When this happens, first try creating more space or distance between the dog and any perceived threat; this may return them to their body language norm. If not, consider using holistic calming aids like a properly mixed lavender essential oil spray or Bach Rescue Remedy Pet flower essences, keeping these well away from their face. Also try mentally engaging the dog with learned cues. A quick game of sit, down, sit plus high-five allows them to engage in a familiar activity while they adjust to a new environment. If the pet does not respond to normal cues and continues to display multiple stress signals for an extended period, leave the scene altogether. Their anxiety hasn’t been relieved. If it’s still important that the dog learns to enjoy the troubling environment, work with a professional trainer that uses positive reinforcement tools to aid the transition (see PetProfessionalGuild. com or The trainer will assist in creating a plan that allows the pet to adjust at a pace that allows them to remain comfortable. By observing a dog’s posture, we can be confident of choosing mutually good outings. Susan Briggs, of Houston, TX, is co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun, co-founder of The Dog Gurus and owner of Crystal Canine (

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. ~Will Rogers

Examining Heartworm Medication for Dogs by Elisa Katz


ost veterinarians recommend monthly heartworm preventive treatment for dogs as standard practice. However, due to the life cycle of the heartworm, a dog can actually achieve the same level of protection if the preventive is given every six weeks. This means less prophylactic drug for the pet’s liver to detoxify and less money spent, too. The heartworm lifecycle begins with the mosquito biting an infected animal (not necessarily a dog) and ingesting the L1 larvae. Over 10 to 14 days inside the mosquito, the L1 matures to an L2 stage, and then to an L3. If the L3 infected mosquito bites a dog, it will then become infected. This is where the preventives are effective, because they kill L3 and L4 larval stages. The maturation of L3 to L5 takes 45 to 60 days. For this reason, giving heartworm preventive can be done every six weeks (42 days) and still be effective.

Heartworm Life Cycle Heartworm-infected dog bitten by mosquito. 1 The mosquito acquires baby heartworm larva

called microfilaria or L1 larva.

2 Heartworm larva migrate to

mosquito salivary gland undergoing two molts to become infective L3 larva in 10 to 20 days.


Mosquito bites dog. Dog is now infected with L3 heartworm larva.

Adult heartworms in the pulmonary 5 artery mate and produce new L1 baby heartworm larva.

Next, this pup is bitten by an 6 infected mosquito to start the cycle again.

Larva develop and migrate 4 through the tissues to the lungs,

where the L5 larval stage penetrate the blood vessels in 45 to 60 days.

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TUESDAY, MAY 2 Lakefront Birding – 7:30am. With Chicago area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Dress for weather and bring binoculars. Walk will be cancelled only in the event of extreme bad weather. McCormick Place Bird Sanctuary, 2301 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. RSVP required, Dan Jacobson: 312-453-0230 x 2002 or Sip for Suits – 5:30-8:30pm. Join Bridge to Success at Quartino Ristorante for a sophisticated evening of networking and silent auction bidding while enjoying top-of-the-line wine with savory treats. A special treat will be meeting our host, Chef Jon Coletta, Chicago’s first celebrity chef and owner of the trendy Quartino Ristorante. 626 N State St, Chicago. 6-Month Know Your True Self Class Begins – Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm. Takes participants on an amazing journey to connect deeper with who they truly are, learn to forgive themselves and others, understand their mind, emotions and intuition, improve their relationships with the world, greatly reduce stress, discover their life’s purpose and most importantly, learn to love, accept and value themselves unconditionally. Those that miss the first class can still join on May 9 or 16 if seats available. Also held virtually. Solful Gifts, 1040 S Milwaukee Ave, Ste 130, Wheeling. For more info: 847-924-5708. Register:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 World Press Freedom Day

World Fair Trade Day Festival – May 3 & 4. 9am-6pm. Visitors may shop from the collections of more than two dozen locally owned ethical vendors, featuring products made by artisans in Colombia, Rwanda, Bangladesh and other countries. Sample fair trade coffee and chocolate, see the latest fair trade fashions and enjoy a live broadcast of the popular WBEZ Worldview program from the square at 12pm, May 3. Fair trade potluck after the close of the event on May 4, featuring small bites made from area chefs. Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington St, Chicago. 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. If you’d like to be involved but can’t 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.

THURSDAY, MAY 4 Feng Shui in a Day – 9:30am-4:30pm. Learn the basics of feng shui to create a supportive and nurturing environment with this eye-opening class. Learn about best color usage, bagua placement, have a mini-analysis of your home, and learn tips that can be used immediately, plus much more. This is the first class of the professional certification process. $135. Oak Brook location. More info:

FRIDAY, MAY 5 Cinco de Mayo

Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk & Hike – 7:30am. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended for these hikes. Don’t forget your binoculars. Free. Meet at Baker’s Lake, parking lot on Highland Ave, south of Hillside Ave, Barrington. RSVP required, Dan Jacobson: 312453-0230 x 2002 or Peterson Garden Plant Sale – May 5-7. 12-4pm, Fri; 10am-4pm, Sat & Sun. Preview party May 4 with music, food, and a chance to buy seedlings before we open. All plants are certified organic and being grown by Montalbano Farms. Midwest Trading are providing some awesome mushroom compost this year to help boost your garden yields. Broadway Bank Building, 5948 N Broadway, Edgewater. More info:

SATURDAY, MAY 6 National Herb Day

Gibson Woods Wild Ones Native Plant Sale – 9am2pm. Gibson Woods Nature Center, 6201 Parrish Ave, Hammond, IN. More info: The Birds are Coming! Illinois Birds and Migration – 9:30-10:30am. Join the library in an enlightening discussion about some of the migrating birds that stop by our neighborhoods and parks this time of year, on their journey north. Learn about local opportunities for bird watching and how to create bird habitat in your backyard. We’ll also view breathtaking clips of migrating birds throughout the world. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-5025.

The Art of Enjoying Life – 10am-1pm. We’re always looking to enjoy ourselves. From food to friends and beyond, we deeply desire pleasure and enjoyment. Yet, it often seems that we can’t delight in things as much as we’d like. Buddha taught that because of attachment we get in the way of our own enjoyment. Join us for this special day course and learn how to transform your ordinary pleasures into a profound spiritual path to permanent inner peace, making everyday enjoyments become deeply meaningful and beneficial. $20. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago, 2010 W Pierce Ave, Chicago. 708-763-0132. Cayce Holistic Fair and Spring Fling Celebration – 10am-4pm. Ten top Chicagoland experts will enliven and enlighten you during a day of fun and high vibrational energy. Explore everything from numerology readings, messages from the other side, aura photographs, reflexology sessions, crystal layouts, Akashic record readings, intuitive readings and more. Shop crystals, jewelry, essential oils for personal use and gift-giving. Work with healing practitioners of your choice at $35/25 min. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Elmhurst Art in the Park – May 6 & 7. 10am-5pm. Juried fine art show with approximately 100 artists from the Midwest. Wilder Park, 175 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst. 630-290-5983. rglmarketingforthearts. com/elmhurst-art-in-the-park. Herbalism 101 – 10am-5pm. Our very popular introductory herbalism class will be taught by Kathleen Wildwood. Learn the different types of herbal preparations and how to use herbs safely and effectively. Take an herb walk and enjoy a wild salad made in class. $85. Wildwood Institute, 3311 Mound View Rd, Verona, WI. Register: Present Stretch: Intro Session and Training – 10am-6pm. Wholeness practitioners, experience a new modality. Technique encourages deep feelings of relief for both emotional and physical stress, bringing our physical frames into energetic balance while calling to our indwelling conscious awareness of presence. $108. The Love Warrior Studio and Sanctuary, 1809 Lincoln St, Evanston. Registration required by May 5, Illuminating Alternatives:  646-416-0013. Celebrate Herb Day with Dr. Lorinda Sorensen – 11am-2pm. 12th annual National Herb Day celebration. Naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist Dr. Lorinda Sorensen will be available for a meet and greet, and to discuss the many benefits of herbal medicine. At 12:30pm Dr. Sorensen will be giving a presentation on Using Culinary Foods and Herbs for Health (registration required, $12). Learn the healing benefits of culinary herbs sage, rosemary, thyme, basil (including holy basil), dill and the 2017 herb of the year, cilantro/coriander. Registered attendees will get to experience various dishes, teas and essential oils, plus receive a free herb seedling (while supplies last). 0S718 Winfield Rd, Winfield. For more info: 630-426-9778 or Registration:

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Plant Chicago Indoor Farmers’ Market – 11am3pm. 1st Sat thru May. Held in the lobby of The Plant, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. 773-847-5523. DIY Beauty Bar – 11am-4pm. Our Pop-Up Beauty Bar will feature several stations where you can make your own all-natural face mask, foot scrub, roller ball or room spray. Recipes are free to make with purchase of glass container. Fruitful Yield, 168 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg. 847-882-2999. Yin & Yoga Nidra – 5:30-7pm. With Sonya Taylor. Join us for some peaceful tranquility amidst seasonal challenges. In the first part of the class Sonya will lead an accessible all-level yin yoga practice. In the last 20 or 30 mins, Sonya will lead a guided relaxation. All experience levels welcome. Wear warm, comfortable layers. Bring a pillow and blanket. $25. North Shore Yoga Bannockburn, 2523 Waukegan Rd, Bannockburn. 847-607-8581.

SUNDAY, MAY 7 Earth Retreat – 10am-4pm. Spring is a time of fresh beginnings. Join us to renew your Spirit and reconnect with the Earth. Day begins with yoga under the oaks followed by a guided meditation. After lunch will embark on an exploration of deep ecology, using all our senses to engage with lifeaffirming energies of the natural world around us. Time for journaling and sharing our stories. Led by Greg Rajsky. Please bring a lunch. $65. White Tara Retreat, 6603 Oak Hill Dr, Richmond. RSVP: 815-728-1050. Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers’ Market – 12-4pm. 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. HydeParkHandmade. Gong Bath – 1-2:30pm. During the gong meditation emotional transformation is produced as it reduces tension, releases blocks, and stimulates circulation. The result is a reorganization of the emotional energy and feelings that are tied into the body. The gong meditation clears nerve endings and regenerates the parasympathetic system which is ruled by sound. $20/pre-register, $25/at door. Yin Yang Pilates & Yoga, 111 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. 847-719-1800. Life Mission Exploration – 2-4pm. A creative space for introspection, uncovering and embracing you and your uniqueness. Recognize your life mission cues. Donation. Inner Balance Office, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. RSVP, Sarah Karnes: 262745-8362 or Kirtan with Radha and The Bhakti Caravan – 7:30-9:30pm. A sweet closing to your week. Chant away all those leftover, dense energies that have been collecting, and get lost in mantra, cello, vocals and guitar. $10/pre-register, $15/at door. Yoga Now, 742 N La Salle, Chicago. 312-280-9642.

Free Health & Wellness Workshop – 6-8pm. 3 interesting “Too good to be true” topics: 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 free 8-min Bio-Electronic-Magnetic Energy therapy sessions. FDA approved. CEs available. Orland Park location. For more info, Jeanne Krapauskas: 708-856-6601. Pop-Up Cooking School: Condell Cooks for Life – 6-8pm. Join us for evening of cooking demonstrations and tips shared by a dynamic group of local chefs. Features Chef Lee Kuebler, Milwalky Trace + Taco; Chef Robert Collins, Youthage Culinary School; Chef John Durning, Pizzeria DeVille; and Chef Aleks Semova, Prairie Farm Corps 2017 Summer Kitchen Lead, and Lindsey Shifley, Local Food Revolution Super Ambassador for a delicious and informative event featuring Prairie Wind Family Farm produce. Free. Advocate Condell Conference Center, 801 S Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. Register:

TUESDAY, MAY 9 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 Changing the Prescription: A Functional Medicine Approach to Anxiety and Depression – 7pm. Wanted: people suffering with depression and anxiety. Are you tired of all the pills? Are you tired of the denial of your feelings? Are you tired of fatigue, brain fog, and lack of motivation? Are you tired of the weight gain, bloated feelings, and not enjoying anything? Imagine your life without depression and/or anxiety. With Laurie Goldman, MD, a 20+ year practicing psychiatrist, national, author, spirited speaker. Clear Path Wellness, 1655 N Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights. To register: 847-686-6666. Creating a Sand Mandala for Abundance – 7-9pm. The mandala is a symbol that represents the Universe. During this creative, spiritual, and fun experience, learn about mandalas, participate in meditations to welcome in the energy of abundance, create your free form personal sand mandala, along with a geometric coloring mandala to take home with you. Art supplies included. $30/10 days advance, $35. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 Vesak Day (Buddhism)

Dinner with the Doctors: Mindfulness & Emotional 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 Rev. Darrell Jones. Free. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000.

Answering Your Inner Calling Workshop – 7-9pm. Led by life coach and author, Lisa Espinosa. Follow your Soul’s calling to joyful and fulfilling work. Learn to identify and heal those parts of you that can resist this calling and to embrace your Soul’s wisdom as it leads you to the fulfillment of your life’s purpose. $35. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292.

THURSDAY, MAY 11 Free Health & Wellness Workshop – 6-8pm. 3 interesting “Too good to be true” topics: 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 free 8-min Bio-Electronic-Magnetic Energy therapy sessions. FDA approved. CEs available. Orland Park location. For more info, Jeanne Krapauskas: 708-856-6601.

savethedate Inner Sanctum: Open Floor Embodied Movement Practice/Conscious Dance – 7:15-9:15pm. Also June 1. Come drop into a place to “just be” with what is moving through you, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Using the structure of the Open Floor Meditation Cycle, after a warm-up, we will “just” sit, we will “just” walk, we will “just” dance and we will do it again, allowing the experience to “just happen” and to “just be.” $20, $180/10 sessions. 4146 N Elston, Chicago. 815-788-8553.

FRIDAY, MAY 12 Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk & Hike – 7:30am. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended for these hikes. Don’t forget your binoculars.  Free. Meet at Camp Reinberg, entrance on east side of Quentin between Dundee & Lake Cook Rd, Barrington. RSVP required, Dan Jacobson: 312453-0230 x 2002 or Wellness Professionals Network – 10-11:30am. A meetup for wellness practitioners with inspired connections and dialog, personal and professional support. RSVP; possible “field trip.” Guided Path Psychological Services, 201 E Dundee Rd, Palatine. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362. Spiritual-Nourishment-Chicagoland. For The Love of Dogs – 1-4pm. We often think of ourselves and improving our overall wellbeing, but we often forget about our furry little friends. Come and listen to an informative lecture discussing how we can better improve the lives of our dogs with natural foods and holistic healing. Followed by exciting demos along with many products and gifts to take home as well. Pets are not allowed due to food service regulations. Free. Fruitful Yield, 7230 W North Ave, Elmwood Park. 708-395-5880.

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May 2017


SATURDAY, MAY 13 World Fair Trade Day National Windmill Day

5K Eco-Run – 7:15-8:30am, check-in; 9am, race. Run through beautiful Silver Creek Conservation area and help benefit the McHenry county recycling program. Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Rd, Crystal Lake. The Talking Farm 2017 Seedling Sale – May 13, 20, 21, 27. 9am-12pm. Offering over 35 varieties of vegetables. While supplies last. 3669 W Howard, Skokie. Ghosts of the Ammunition Plant – 10am. In 1940, the U.S. Government acquired over 36,000 acres of land to build an ammunition plant. Why here? And how was it built and operated? Learn about the deadly explosion during World War II. Tour the inside of one of the few remaining warehouses and an ammunition storage bunker. Tour lasts about 3 hrs with travel over unimproved roads, including gravel and potholes. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. Free Health & Wellness Workshop – 10am-12pm. 3 interesting “Too good to be true” topics: 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 free 8-min Bio-Electronic-Magnetic Energy therapy sessions. FDA approved. CEs available. Vital Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 108 Valley Dr, Unit F, Elburn. 630-365-9887. Annual Organic Plant Sale & Farm Open House – 10am-1pm. Purchase organic plant starts and a variety of other farm products during the free and educational event. Prairie Crossing Farm, 32400 Harris Rd, Grayslake. More info:

Life after Dying, Living Well in The Afterlife – 11am-6pm. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the afterlife without having to die with Steven Hanauer. $65, $55/A.R.E. members. In-depth healing and heart awakening sessions with Steven are available by appt on May 14, $70/hr. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Finding True Self Workshop – May 13 & 14. 11:45am-7:30pm, Sat; 8:45am-7:30pm, Sun. Finding True Self is Body & Brain Centers’ signature workshop which opens our hearts to ourselves and creates harmony in relationships with others, and a deeper connection with the collective bigger picture of who we are. $390, includes 5 classes at Body & Brain Center. Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, 1947 Cherry Ln, Northbrook. 847-562-9642. Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: Debbi Rosales, NDEr, healer, God conversationalist. Uplifting stories of direct guidance from God. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758. Kirtan with Radha and The Bhakti Caravan – 7:30-9:30pm. Expand your consciousness, your capacity for joy and healing, and have fun as you support this fundraiser for the Infinity Foundation, a local non-profit that provides conscious courses for all. $10/10 days advance, $15/at door. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828.

SUNDAY, MAY 14 Mother’s Day

Natural Pregnancy and Childbirth Pop Talk – 6:15-7:15pm. With Kate Phillipi, DACM, a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. She works at Aligned Modern Health where she is the lead acupuncturist. She specializes in and teaches a course focused on women’s health, childbirth and pregnancy at the college. $5/online, $10/at door. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 866-276-0717.

TUESDAY, MAY 16 All Kinds of Minds – 6:30-7:30pm. May is National Mental Health Month so please join our guest speaker Kevin Stromberg, MS, ED, LCPC, NCC in talking about the stigma of mental health. $25. North Shore Pro-Active Health, 112 W Lake St, Libertyville. 847-362-4476. all-kinds-of-minds-tickets-33279479820. Birds of the Dark: All about Nightjars – 7pm. Eastern Whip-poor-will, Common Nighthawk and Chuck-will’s-widow provide some of summer’s best nocturnal birding. Illinois Natural History Survey biologist Tara Beveroth will discuss the natural history of nightjars, where they can be found in Illinois, and population declines affecting two of the state’s three species. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331. Put Your Whole Self In! Workshop – 7-8:15pm. Led by Greg Barrette, minister of Unity Northwest. There is nothing of the God-self in you that you need to hold back. You can embrace your whole self and come alive with spiritual purpose. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.


Introductory Meditation Skill Training – 2-4pm. Stress & Health: A Natural Approach to OptimizPresented by Rosita Rodriguez, PsyD, ABD. Have ing your Health – 7pm. Are you tired of fatigue, you wanted to explore meditation? Or are you an brain fog, and lack of motivation? Are you tired of experienced meditator who wants to improve the the weight gain, bloated feelings, and not enjoying Garfield Park Conservatory Annual Seedling effectiveness of your meditations? Explore the anything? Do you go to your doctor only to be told Sale – 10am-1pm. Garfield Park Conservadifferent types of meditation, their purpose and that you lab tests are normal, even though you know tory, 300 N Central Ave, Chicago. More info:  benefits, and what you can accomplish through something is wrong? Do you feel depressed and/or meditation. $25, $20/A.R.E. members. The Edgar anxious? Are you tired of the denial of your feelings? Purify the Mind, Heal the Heart – 10am-1pm. Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Imagine enjoying your life at optimal health. With Buddha taught that the true nature of our mind is Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. Dr. Laurie Goldman, MD, a 20+ year practicing psychiatrist, national author, spirited speaker. Clear Path limitless, pure and peaceful. So why doesn’t it feel 847-299-6535. Wellness, 1655 N Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington that way? It’s because our true nature is currently Heights. To register: 847-686-6666. obscured by negativity, like the sun obscured by MONDAY, MAY 15 clouds. To experience our pure potential, we must International Conscientious Objectors Day Whale Breathing – 7-8:30pm. Join Mary Rondenet purify our mind. In this course, learn powerful as she teaches how to breathe with ease and a sense methods for purification. These will bring about Intuitive Counselor Certification Intensive – May of connection to the universe. Whale Breathing is a 15-23. 8:30am-6:30pm. Learn all the techniques deep healing in your heart, washing your mind clean way of establishing and maintaining your connecof the difficulties and pain of the past. Optional (clairvoyance, clairaudience, mediumship, oracle tion to spirit through the use of the whale totem. Purification Retreat (on-site) to follow. $20. Kad- cards, medical intuition, prayer, akashic records and Whales evoke deep calm, memory and clarity. $35. ampa Meditation Center Chicago, 13 Harrison St, many others) of an Intuitive with proper self-care Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd, Ste and how to develop your practice. Grace Angels, Oak Park. 708-763-0132. 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292. 1800 Dewes St, Ste D, Glenview. Registration: Lake Katherine Native Plant Sale – 10am-2pm. 630-210-8688 or THURSDAY, MAY 18 Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, 7402 W Lake Katherine Dr, Palos Heights. More Beginning Zen Shiatsu – May 15-19. 10am-5pm. Your Self as Your Friend – 7-8:30pm. A refreshLearn to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you ing and restorative evening. Receive guidance and info: can share with friends and family. Course is stand- simple centering practices, so you can embrace Metabolic Balance Seminar – 10:30am-12pm. alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete more self-love and self-discovery. Donation. Inner With Angelika Danek. Benefits individuals strug- shiatsu certification programs. $500 plus books. Balance Office, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northgling with weight issues and emotional eating. In- Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. brook. Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362. dividual free consultations ($150 value) are offered 847-864-1130. Spiritual-Nourishment-Chicagoland. from 9:30am-12:30pm each Saturday. Admission free. Mind Body Health Center, 6650 N Northwest Hwy, Ste 215, Chicago. RSVP: 773-313-3757. For First appearance deceives many. ~Ovid more info:



Heal Your Home with Feng Shui: Infinite Love & Gratitude Night – 7-9pm. Laurie Pawli, Feng Shui School of Chicago, and Kelly Goetz, Healing Bridge, team up to create information for healing your home and body. Laurie will present from 7-8pm with Kelly concluding the evening with a group energy clearing. Restaurant opens at 6pm. Suggested gratitude donations of $5-$10. Green Healthy Cafe, 6440 College Rd, Lisle. More info: 


savethedate Tantra Beginners Weekend for Couples and Singles – May 19-21. Source School of Tantra Yoga seminar with Tantra master Charles Muir and staff. Utilize breath, body, and energy to deepen relationship with yourself and others. Learn to create conscious loving connection, increasing pleasure and emotional intimacy. No nudity. 2-hr intro nights, May 15-18. Skokie. For info, registration: Karen: 888-682-6872 x 119 or Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk & Hike – 7:30am. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended for these hikes. Don’t forget your binoculars. Free. Meet at Beverly Lake, parking lot on north side of Higgins Rd/Rte 72, east of Rte 25, west of Beverly Rd, Barrington. RSVP required, Dan Jacobson: 312-453-0230 x 2002 or Hyde Park Garden Fair – May 19 & 20. 9am-4pm. Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th St & S Lake Park, Chicago. More info: or 20th Gala Infinity Foundation Annual Fundraiser – 5:30pm. Susan Wisehart will be one of the practitioners and will be available to meet you individually to answer questions about her work. A practitioners’ fair and silent auction precede an elegant dinner, followed by keynote speaker Caroline Myss, the 2017 Spirit Award Recipient. $100. Ravinia Green Country Club, 1200 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods. 847-831-8828. To schedule a private session: 847-458-7878 or  Release the Past and Welcome New Energies of Transformation into Your Life – 7-9pm. Emily Kayaloglou will show you how to leave your past behind and embrace your new self. She will lead you in creating a ritual and help you to increase your clarity and stability in these rapidly changing times with a clearing meditation. A free community service program, love donations gratefully received. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Experience Shiatsu: A Free Workshop – 7-9:30pm. Shiatsu is a hands-on therapy that relieves tension, maintains the health of the organs, and helps you to cultivate the healthy feeling you want to have in your body. At this event, we’ll empower you with some basic shiatsu techniques that you can share with others. Have a chance to both give and receive shiatsu. Will demo some advanced applications of shiatsu, and we’ll talk a bit about our certification training. No prerequisites. All welcome. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

SATURDAY, MAY 20 International Migratory Bird Day Celebration – 9-11:30am. Enjoy seeing birds migrating from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Watch bird banding, meet a raptor, plant a shrub, join a beginner bird walk, participate in family activities and more. LaBagh Woods, 5400 N Cicero Ave, Chicago. The Talking Farm 2017 Seedling Sale – May 2021. 9am-12pm. See May 13 listing. 3669 W Howard, Skokie. John Holland: Awakening Psychic Strengths – 9am-4pm. Join John Holland, author of The Spirit Whisperer, to develop and expand your innate psychic strengths. Holland’s teaching style is filled with fun, intrigue and spiritual intuitive information you can apply to all areas of your life. $135, lunch included. Ravinia Green Country Club, 1200 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods. 847-831-8828. Your Self as your Friend for Midlife Women – 10am-12:30pm. Do you want more clarity and compassion navigating your midlife transition? Join this restorative reframe for midlife women. Reclaim your self and your mojo, it is reboot time. Release the drain of mood swings, brain fog and frustration. Learn simple techniques to nurture your spacious self. $30 by May 12. Inner Balance Office,  350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. Pre-register, Sarah Karnes: 262745-8362 or Plant Chicago Native Plant Sale Fundraiser – 10am-2pm. The only native plant sale happening in the city. Proceeds benefit education, farmers’ market and technology demonstration programming. Offer nearly 200 species native to the Chicago region, including native flowers, grasses, sedges, ferns, shrubs and trees. There will also be a selection of the best native landscaping plants for purchase. Tours: $10/adults, $7/students & seniors. Deadline for pre-orders is May 7. The Plant, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. To pre-order: pages/plant-chicago-native-plant-sale. Bluestem Earth Festival – 10am-3pm. Features over 80 eco-conscious exhibits and vendors, Earth-friendly activities, workshops, live demos, entertainment, local food and children’s activities. Free admission. University of St. Francis, Joliet. Holistic Natural Vision Improvement Workshop – 10am-5pm. See clearly without glasses, contacts or surgery. Improving eyesight naturally is risk free, saves money, and offers life-long clarity of sight, improved self-image and self-confidence, and reduce risks of getting eye diseases. Learn these simple, easy, effective techniques that helped countless people of all ages around the world. $150. Happy Eyesight Studio, 4314 Carlisle Dr, Crystal Lake. 815-219-7897. Michael Tamura Weekend Seminar – May 20-21. 10am-5pm. Michael Tamura is an author, teacher, clairvoyant. Psychic tools to help you to live, laugh, love and take your next step with certainty. Downtown Chicago. More info: 847-757-2838 or

Spring Planting Day – 10am-5pm. Help plant tomatoes, peppers, melons, cucumbers and other important summer crops. When the work is done we’ll kick back and enjoy dinner around a camp fire. Feel free to bring a tent if you’d like to spend the night. Space limited. Sandhill Family Farms, 16228 W Skinner Rd, Brodhead, WI. 608-247-9684. RSVP: Mineral Makeup Consultations – 12-3pm. Looking for a cleaner, more natural makeup line? Look no more. Stop in today for a Mineral Fusion makeup consultation with Pro Make-Up Artist Ruby Reese. Free. Fruitful Yield, 425 N La Grange Rd, La Grange Park. To reserve a spot: 708-788-9103 or Crime Prevention: Self Defense Course – 2-5pm. With Keith Brewer ( He is certified by the American Tai Chi & Qigong Association as an advanced instructor. He teaches martial arts at Focus Tai Chi while pursuing his doctor of Oriental Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. Free/PCOMer’s; $15/public. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 866-276-0717. 2016 Evanston Green Ball – 7-10:30pm. A fundraiser for the Evanston Ecology Center that offers a festive evening of fun, food and live entertainment to people who are passionate about the environment. A sitter service is available for attending parents; preregistration required. $75, $70/EEA members, $100/Friend of the Ecology Center; $60 each for groups of 5 or more, including a bonus of one free ticket. Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave, Evanston. For details & tickets:


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TUESDAY, MAY 23 Gyrokinesis Class – Tuesdays, May 23-June 27. 9:30-10:25am. 6-wk session. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 Barrington Area Spring Bird Walk & Hike – 7:30am. Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Waterproof boots are strongly recommended for these hikes. Don’t forget your binoculars. Free. Meet at Penny Road South, meet at Penny Road Pond parking lot, less than a mile west of Old Sutton/Penny Rd intersection, Barrington. RSVP required, Dan Jacobson: 312-453-0230 x 2002 or Sheridan Road Charitable Foundation Songwriters In The Round – 6-9pm. Performance by longtime supporters of the Foundation and Grammy award-winning country music songwriters Kelley Lovelace, Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley for a festive night of dancing, music and barbecue. Silent and live auctions. An after party at the Godfrey Hotel will follow the show. Joe’s Bar, 940 W Weed St, Chicago. Register & tickets:

Only do what your heart tells you. ~Princess Diana natural awakenings

May 2017


Gyrokinesis Class – Wednesdays, May 24-June 28. 6:30-7:25pm. 6-wk session. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071.


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FRIDAY, MAY 26 Gyrokinesis Class – Fridays, May 26-June 30. 10-10:55am. 6-wk session. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071.

SATURDAY, MAY 27 The Talking Farm 2017 Seedling Sale – 9am12pm. See May 13 listing. 3669 W Howard, Skokie. Soul Transformation – May 27-28. 9am-5pm. In this soul transforming retreat we remove anything blocking and holding us back so we can become magnificent and great. Day one is about letting go and releasing/clearing and understanding what has been blocking us. Day 2 is a high energy day of creating and visualizing our dreams and desires into fruition. The Spirit of the North, MI353 5th St, Copper Harbor, MI. Registration: 630-210-8688 or St. Charles Fine Art Fair – May 27-28. 10am-6pm, Sat; 10am-5pm, Sun. Approximately 100 juried artists. Downtown St. Charles. 630-290-5983. Restorative Yoga with Live Music – 7-8:30pm. A healing collaboration with Lucia Cigan (restorative yoga, essential oils) and Nathan Torrence (bamboo bass flute accompaniment). Lucia sequences her restorative yoga workshops to release muscle tension and ease pain in hips, shoulders and low back. The live yoga music, performed by Nathan, will help you relax deeply into supported postures. $30/ at door, $25/early registration. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

SUNDAY, MAY 28 We Should All Be Meditating – 9am-3pm. Even if you think it’s boring; even if you can’t sit still. Meditation is productive mental downtime. Our brain spends hours every day working and managing constant streams of conversation and information that come to us from all directions. Time-off is what your brain thrives on. If your mind doesn’t get a chance to rest and restore itself, your performance and your health will suffer. Amazing things will come with a little practice such as: better sleep, less stress, and mental clarity and focus. Christopher Trent, instructor. Please bring a lunch. $65. White Tara Retreat, 6603 Oak Hill Dr, Richmond. RSVP: 815-728-1050.

MONDAY, MAY 29 Memorial Day


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Inner Sanctum: Open Floor Embodied Movement Practice/Conscious Dance – 7:15-9:15pm. Come drop into a place to “just be” with what is moving through you, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Using the structure of the Open Floor Meditation Cycle, after a warm-up, we will “just” sit, we will “just” walk, we will “just” dance and we will do it again, allowing the experience to “just happen” and to “just be.” $20, $180/10 sessions. 4146 N Elston, Chicago. 815-788-8553.

Mata Amritanandamayi (AMMA) Visiting Chicago – June 20-22. Receive AMMA’s hug (darshan) and blessings. Imagine being immersed in a sea of love and experience Amma’s higher consciousness, her endless devotion to caring for our Earth and anyone truly in need. Programs are free, including music, meditation, food and more. M.A. Center Chicago, 41W501 Keslinger Rd, Elburn. Chicago.


Body Mind Spirit Expo – June 3 & 4. 10am-7pm, Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. Peruse more than 90 intriguing exhibitors offering the latest in natural health, personal growth and metaphysics. Among more than 50 authors, psychics, mediums, channels and healers are international author and empowerment specialist Robert Novak and Ehryck “Soul Man” Gilmore, lecturer and author of Why Am I Stuck and Law of Attraction 101. $14/weekend. Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr, Tinley Park. 541-4823722 x 1.

Certification Class for EFT With A Guarantee – June 24 & 25. 9am-5pm. Workshop for both beginners and experienced EFT Practitioners. 12 CEs for Psychologists, MTs, RNs & LPNs. Experience life changing release of emotional and physical symptoms in the workshop. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Become an “EFT With A Guarantee™” Practitioner. Learn basic EFT plus how to guarantee success in every EFT session for yourself & for your clients. Experience relief for yourself. $225, $195/ advance registration; $95 repeat of “EFT With A Guarantee” Certification class and other discounts for prior attendance at any of Tom’s 6-hr or longer workshops. Money back guarantee. Soderworld Wellness Center, 16 W 501 Nielson Ln, Willowbrook. To register: 630-455-5885. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.



SATURDAY, JUNE 3 West Cook Wild Ones Native Plant Sale – Euclid Methodist Church parking lot, 405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park. More info:

Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring the Wise Women of the Past, Present and Future – June 9-11. Speakers: Tammi Sweet, Ubaka Hill, Lisa Ganora, Whapio and Robin Rose Bennett and many more. Over 60 workshops and plants walks, Kids’ Camp and Teen Spiral. Includes pre-conference classes and workshops. Personal growth workshops, singing, dancing, plant walks, meals, swimming, red tent communal space and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info:

FRIDAY, JUNE 16 The 28th Annual Energy Fair – June 1618. 9am-10pm, Fri & Sat; 9am-5pm, Sun. Celebrate clean energy and sustainability. Enjoy 250+ workshops, 200+ exhibitors, inspiring keynotes featuring JB Straubel, Co-Founder of Tesla, live music, camping, family fun, great food, and more. $15/day; $35/weekend; Free for volunteers and MREA Members. Reduced ticket prices before May 17. Midwest Renewable Energy Association, 7558 Deer Rd, Custer, WI. 715-592-6595.

MONDAY, JUNE 19 Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K Run & Walk – 6:30-8:15am. Hosted by the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation to celebrate volunteers who give the gift of participation in clinical research and to raise awareness about the importance of clinical research in advancing public health. Burnham Park, 5491 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. To register: MedHero5k-Chicago2017.


The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-8:30pm. Attorney Sally Wildman prepares you on basic legal steps of adopting a child and raises key requirements for different types of adoption. Highlights of workshop include resources for locating your child and discussion of “openness” in today’s practices. A program of Evanston Public Library and Chicago Bar Association’s Law at the Library monthly free legal information series on today’s hot legal issues, this program is followed by a brief question and answer session. Free. Evanston Public Library, Seminar Room (3rd Fl), 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston. Pre-registration requested: 847-448-8620 or For more details:

FRIDAY, JULY 14 Emerging Technologies in Consciousness, Subtle Energy and Radionics – July 14-16. 7pm, Fri7pm, Sun. Join us at the 39th conference of the U.S. Psychotronics Association. Twenty speakers on subtle energies research, radionics and parapsychology. $225 early bird. Hyatt Regency Deerfield, 1750 Lake Cook Rd, Deerfield. For more info: 815-355-8030, or


Ecstatic Dance – 1-3pm. Gather in our sacred space, set intention, move, dance, sweat, let go, energize. It’s a fun free-form workout meditation. $15 or class pass. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500.

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daily all month $25 Off Whole Body Check Up with Naturopathic Doctor – Thru May. Receive a whole-body evaluation by Dr. Alla Arutcheva. 4 tests done: a MetatronOberon diagnostic bio-device, microscopic blood analysis, nail and tongue analysis, and iridology. Regularly $175, reserve 2 hrs for this consultation. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $39.99 Pedicure with Vanilla Plum Foot Treatment – Thru May. Toes soaked, nails filed, and cuticles trimmed before the polish. Your feet are exfoliated and hydrated to nourish with Vanilla Plum foot treatment. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $54.99 Swedish Massage – Thru May. Add $10 for deep tissue. Enjoy the classic form of a full-body soft tissue massage. Excellent for first-time clients. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $84.99 Anti-Aging Facial – Thru May. With a revolutionary, non-surgical approach, and the help of anti-aging masks, serums, and Vitamin C & K concentrated ampoules you will see an increase of collagen production, and your skin regains elasticity and plumpness. Also includes galvanic/ultrasound machine to help ampoules penetrate deeper into the skin layers. The last touch is a special facial & décolleté massage using unique technique that improves blood circulation, and prevents further aging. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $89.99 90-Min Massage with Foot Scrub and Foot Mask – Thru May. Enjoy the classic form of a full-body soft tissue massage. The feet are exfoliated and a mask is used to hydrate, nourish and protect from environmental stress. 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, the 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. 847275-8517.

Free Qigong Class – 2-4pm. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong with Keith Brewer, ACTQA Certified. Open to everyone. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 866-276-0717.

Recycled Musical Instruments Drive – Thru June 9. The Ravinia District of Highland Park and Ravinia Festival are teaming up once again to collect musical instruments to be refurbished, “recycled’” and placed into the hands of children in underserved communities. Drop off locations:

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 Northshore Artisan Market – Thru May. 10am2pm. 1st & 3rd Sun. Pastured meat and eggs, craft food, bread, fish, cheese, artisanal desserts, produce and flowers. Indoor market. The Barn at Paulus Park, 200 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich. NorthshoreArtisanMarket. Time to Dance – 10:30-11:30am. Also Tues, 1:302:30pm & Fri, 1-2pm. A ballet class for people age 55 and over. First class free. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration requested. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: Midewin Ranger Hike to Bison Pasture – Thru Oct 29. 11am-12pm. Also Sat. You may or may not spot the bison, but you will learn about Midewin’s unique past, present and future in a fun, interactive way, and learn about the dynamics of these fascinating creatures. No reservations required. Meet at the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. Endless Waves: 5Rhythms Embodied Movement Practice/Conscious Dance – 11am-1pm. Explore the 5Rhythms (flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness) using all styles of music in a welcoming community. Each event begins with a warm-up, followed by a short discourse or instruction and then time for unguided movement. $20, $180/10 sessions. 4146 N Elston, Chicago. 815788-8553. Yoga for Strength and Silence – 12-1:30pm. 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.

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. Community Style Acupuncture Clinic – 5-7:45pm. By Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Interns. Anna Palucci-Young, LAc, Supervisor. $10/treatment. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. 866-276-0717. Healing with Gentle Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Also Wed. Gentle yoga classes appropriate for every level based on a therapeutic approach. $10 cash drop-in. Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. 847-350-7000. Mindfulness Meditation – 7:30-8pm. A true beginner’s meditation class to help 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 Woodstock Farmers’ Market – May-Oct. 8am-1pm. Also Sat. Shop for fresh produce and local products. Woodstock Square Historic District, 205 W Todd Ave, Woodstock. 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.

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Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Time to Dance – 1:30-2:30pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: Plant Clinic Hours – 2-4pm. Held year round. Gardening or houseplant 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. Free Yoga Practice Class – 4:30-5:45pm. Also Thurs. With Julie Kotiw, DC. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 866-276-0717. Free Qigong Class – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Discover the healing abilities of the ancient practice of qigong with Keith Brewer, ACTQA Certified. Open to everyone. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 866-276-0717. 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. Tai Chi Class – 8:15pm. See Sat listing. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929.

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. Healing with Gentle Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. See Mon listing. Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. 847-350-7000.

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. Move and Include: Open Floor Embodied Movement Practice/Conscious Dance – 7:15-9:15pm. A movement practice that explores what it means to be a fully embodied being, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Through movement, we find ways to connect more deeply with ourselves and each other and develop resources to help us live a move balanced, embodied life. $20, $180/10 sessions. 54 Brink St, Crystal Lake. 815-788-8553.

thursday Community Acupuncture – 1-2pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470. Free Yoga Practice Class – 4:30-5:45pm. Also Tues. With Julie Kotiw, DC. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 17th Fl, Chicago. 866-276-0717. Create Health Everyday – 7pm. 3rd Thurs. Looking for new approaches to live naturally in the modern world? Need support in making healthier choices? Want to share your ideas about what works? Then Creating Health Everyday is for you. Creating health is a not a single choice, but an everyday process with each choice contributing to the result. To make it easier, join us as we support each other in our journey to better health using natural medicine. Share your ideas and learn new information in a supportive group setting. Free. World Tree Natural Medicine, 17W703 Butterfield Rd, Ste F, Oakbrook Terrace. 630-359-5522.

friday Stretch Fridays – 10am-5pm. Chain Reflex® Stretch Therapy can help you mover better and feel better. Whether you sit at a desk all day, work around the house, play sports, or you’re a weekend warrior. These activities can often lead to unwanted stiffness and joint pain, which can cause injury’s due to lack of mobility and flexibility. Stretching benefits: reduce pain especially in lower back and neck; improve flexibility and mobility; reduce risk of injuries; release endorphins which are natural pain suppressants; decrease stress and muscle soreness. 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. Time to Dance – 1-2pm. See Sun listing. North Shore School of Dance, 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park. Register: Mindfulness & Wellness: Managing Stress, Creating Health, Encouraging Balance – 1:15-2:30pm. With Archana Lal-Tabak, MD, and Jim Lal-Tabak. Learn about the mind-body connection and a variety of mindfulness exercises. Experience natural stress reduction strategies and tools. Each class is self-contained and a new wellness-educational topic and mindfulness technique presented every week. Scholarships and work study available. Drop-ins welcome. $108/4 sessions, $30/drop-in. Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute, 1618 Orrington Ave, Ste 206, Evanston. RSVP: 847-425-9355, 

saturday Weekly Beer and Wine Making Classes – Make a batch of your choice with the guidance of our instructors. You’ll be sipping and sharing your own fine beverages you will be proud of. Wild Blossom Meadery, 9030 S Hermitage Ave, Chicago. 773-233-7579. Join the Centennial Volunteers – Sat & Sun. Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore 7 special sites along the Chicago and Calumet rivers. To find a group, Ilana Federman: 312356-9990 or Dates & locations: Mighty House Radio Program – 7-10am. 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 1590 WCGO AM, & Oak Park Farmers’ Market – May 20-Oct. 7am-1pm. This market offers locally grown produce, sounds of live bluegrass music and the smell of fresh, homemade donuts. Pilgrim Church Parking lot, 460 Lake St, Oak Park. our-community/oak-park-farmers-market. Evanston Farmers’ Market – 7:30am-1pm. 58 vendors: fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, cheese, milk, eggs and bakery items. Reusable and biodegradable bags sold on site. LINK cards accepted, and the Friends of Evanston Farmers’ Markets offers matching funds. Intersection of Univer-

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sity Pl & Oak Ave, Evanston. Info, Myra Gorman: 847-448-8045, 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 Farmers’ Market – May-Oct. 8am-1pm. Also Tues. Woodstock Square Historic District, 205 W Todd Ave, Woodstock. Get a Joyful Workout with Nia – 9:30-10:30am. Moms! Artists! Entrepreneurs! Nia is a beautiful blend of simple steps and free dance, where anything goes movement wise. Combining martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts, each Nia class tunes your mind and spirit as it tones your body. Take a dash of tai chi, a sprinkle of yoga, a splash of jazz dance, add some playful shouts and calming breaths and bake or sizzle for 55 mins at your desired temperature. All ages, all abilities. Low-impact, barefoot. Wear something stretchy and get ready for the sweetest sweat ever. Also on Tues and Thurs. Your first week of classes is just $7. $14. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Metabolic Balance – 9:30-10:30am. Healthy weight loss through personalized all-natural nutritional program. If you are serious about taking steps forward to achieve a healthy lifestyle and your ideal weight make your intention a realty. Free consultation ($150 value). Mind Body Health Center, 6650 N Northwest Hwy, Ste 215, Chicago. For appt: 773-614-6454. 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. The Resiliency Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville. 630-425-4285. The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 10-11am. Weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up on a Saturday. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests and weatherman/climate scientist Rick DiMaio in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on and podcast apps, and streaming live on and the TuneIn and Stitcher radio apps. Midewin Ranger Hike – Thru Oct 29. 11am-12pm. See Sun listing. Meet at the Iron Bridge Trailhead. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 S State Rte 53, Wilmington. 815-423-6370. Community Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. $20$40. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470.


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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.


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.


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.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES BEAUTIFUL SESSION ROOM – Available for RENT in a quiet tranquil setting. Downtown Homewood. Full- or part-time opportunities. Insight Awareness:

DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS: HOT FLASHES/JOINT PAIN GOOD-N-GROWN IS A PROPRIETARY DIETARY SUPPLEMENT – For support of digestive, joint and hormonal issues related to hot flashes/night sweats. Purchase: Simply Pure Rx, 1607 Benson Ave, Evanston. 847-227-8020.

ARE YOU HIRING? – Find your next team member. Call 847-858-3697 or submit online at Submit. MEDIA SALES: CHICAGO AND SOUTH/ SOUTHWEST SUBURBS – Excellent opportunity for flexible part-time work with great rewards. Natural Awakenings Chicago is seeking a selfmotivated professional with strong interpersonal and communication skills to introduce businesses to the benefits of advertising in print and online. Ideal candidate must be self-motivated, organized and creative in sourcing suitable clients and events to target in Chicago and suburbs. You must enjoy conversing on the phone and in face-to-face meetings, as well as enjoy working both from your home and from the road throughout the metropolitan area, and have previous relationship-based ad sales experience. You’ll need at least 20 flexible daytime hours per week to prosper. Occasional weekend and evening time needed to attend events and network. Pay is generous commission, plus bonuses. Email your info, a brief description of your experience and your phone number to


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.


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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.


Nirvana Naturopathics 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9044 Trained in both Western and Oriental Medicine, we use acupuncture and a dietary approach along with herbal medicine to resolve musculoskeletal pain, internal medicine health issues, insomnia, anxiety and women’s health. Now excepting major insurances. Schedule your initial appointment on to find out if acupuncture can help you. Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions. See ad on page 47.

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Specializing in Pediatric & Adult Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Buffalo Grove 847-541-4878 Vernon Hills 224-656-5279 Dedicated to the highest standards in allergy, asthma and immunology care, we strive to maintain a patient-centered focus while providing comprehensive and quality service. All ages and ailments are welcome, and will benefit from our holistic and integrative approach to immune support and sleep. Member: North Shore Independent Physician Coalition. See ad on page 21.


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.


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.



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.


Logan Square location 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!

CERTIFIED FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PETER KOZLOWSKI, MD 92 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village 60007 847-626-5758

Have you have been dealing with chronic health issues on your own for years? You’ve gone to your medical doctor but their solution has been to take a pill and exercise more? Explore Functional Medicine. Together we will find out what makes you unique and I will help you heal naturally focusing on nutrition, gut health, digestion, hormones and environmental factors.

Call us at 847-858-3697 for more information.


Healthyon Institute 2700 Patriot Blvd, Ste 250, Glenview 60026 847-656-5824, 847-232-9932 Dr. Tutunikov focuses on managing complex chronic diseases through personalized application of functional medicine. Her specialties include nutrigenomics, genetics, bio-identical hormones and environmental and sports medicine. Also nutrition, infertility, obesity, diabetes, thyroid, cardio-vascular diseases, autoimmunity, GI disturbances, headaches, anxiety, depression, holistic pain management. Offering advanced metabolic testing and detoxification as well as Osteopathy.


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 to resolve chronic physical or emotional pain issues my holistic mindbody-spirit and mindfulness techniques are extremely effective. Free, no risk consultation. I work with people located anywhere in the USA & anywhere in the world by telephone & Skype.

COACHING & COUNSELING 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.



Life Coach for Women of Faith Business Owners 630-677-2649


I help women of faith who are stuck, broken and exhausted (even though they are brilliant) and can’t figure out why. I show them a powerful path to end the struggle and create powerful profits and amazing freedom by infusing their faith into every area of their business and life. See ad on page 41.


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.


Logan Square location 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.


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

CBG INSTITUTE FOR DANCE & HEALTH North Shore School of Dance 505 Laurel Ave, Highland Park 60035


Discover the healing art of dance in ballet-based classes. Dance is proven to have both physical and psychological benefits. Two current classes: Dance for Joy for cancer survivors, and Time to Dance for those 55 years or older. Taught by dancer teacher Lisa Gold and Lynne Chervony Belsky, MD. See ad on page 47.

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.



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Digestive problems? Acid Reflux/ GERD, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis? Let us help you naturally achieve nutritional balance, feel better and enhance the quality of your life. Improve digestion while reducing discomfort and bloating so you can eat the foods you love again. Certified digestive health specialist/enzyme therapist. See ad on page 9.

Enlightened Balance is a Spiritual Boutique, Rock Shop and Chakra Spa hosting a monthly Psychic Holistic Fair and Artist Trunk Show. Upcoming dates: May 13-14, June 10-11, July 8-9, Aug 12-13, Sept 9-10, Oct 14-15, Nov 11-12, Dec 9-10.

480 Elm Place, Ste 108, Highland Park 60035 847-207-2034 •

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

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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-hr “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. 


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 26.


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.



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

Visit to get your free sample of Extreme Kleaner, a non-toxic biodegradable multi-purpose cleaner-degreaser aimed to improve air and water quality and reduce negative influences on the environment. See ad on page 5.

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.


1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-348-0822 GYROTONIC® and  GYROKINESIS® exercises work for everyone: youth, adult, seniors, injured, back pain, underexercised, weekend warriors and elite athletes. Enjoy this natural way to gain flexibility and mobility, taught by licensed senior trainer and studio director Amy Pena. Call today to schedule individual and group training sessions. See ad on page 39.


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


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.

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.


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! See ad on page 41.


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.

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.

The secret of happiness is something to do. ~John Burroughs



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.


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?

HOLISTIC SERVICES ENLIGHTENED BALANCE CHAKRA SPA 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa offers energy work everyday by appointment or walk-in. Call or check out our website for today’s offerings.

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.





847-475-3017, voicemail David’s body-centered, holistic approach is designed for health, healing and recovery of one’s authentic self. By accessing the body’s truth, there will be: relief from anxiety, alleviation of guilt and self-criticism, relaxation of body tension/discomfort, inner peace and greater spiritual awareness. Call for a free initial consultation or find further his website. 


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


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.


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 49.


IADC, EMDR, Hypnosis 847-212-4499 voice/text in English & po polsku

1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 •

If you suffer due to losses of health, job, relationship, loved one, faith or life purpose, I will help you transform what remains, so you can be the person you were meant to be and to live a better life. I cannot change the past, but we can work together to improve your future.


Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Infinity’s 20th Anniversary Gala, May 19 featuring practitioners’ fair, elegant dinner, and keynote by bestseller Caroline Myss at Ravinia Green Country Club. John Holland, daylong workshop Awakening Psychic Strengths, May 20. Call or email for a free course guide. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental.


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.


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.

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METAPHYSICAL SPIRITUAL BOUTIQUE ENLIGHTENED BALANCE CHAKRA SPA 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

Enlightened Balance is a Spiritual Boutique, Rock Shop and Chakra Spa offering daily readings and energy work by appointment or walk-in.


See Clearly Naturally 815-219-7897 See clearly without glasses, contacts or surgery. Improving eyesight naturally is risk free and offers life-long clarity of sight, improved self-image and self-confidence, and better eye health. Be coached via phone, Skype, workshop, or in-person, learn these simple, effective techniques that helped countless people of all ages around the world.


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

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


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

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.



Psychotherapist / Certified Metabolic Balance® Coach Mind Body Health Center 6650 N Northwest Hwy, Ste 215, Chicago 60631 773-313-3757 In her clinical practice, Angelika specializes in Nutritional Psychology and integrative mind-body therapy. Her area of expertise includes eating disorders, weight management, body image struggles and emotional eating. As a Certified Metabolic Balance Coach, she will guide you through this all-natural personalized weight management program that will help to achieve longlasting effects. See ad on page 27.

SPORTING GOODS NEW BALANCE NORTH SHORE 610 Central Ave, Ste 169, Highland Park 60035 847-266-8323

Fitting you in the correct type of shoe for your activity, and in the proper size and width for your feet, is our number one objective. When shoes fit well and your feet are comfortable, your whole body feels better and you can perform at your optimum level throughout the entire day. Largest selection of New Balance footwear and apparel in the Chicago area, with extensive inventory of sizes and widths from 2A-6E. Friendly staff is experienced in helping to resolve or relieve many common foot ailments such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, morton’s neuroma, hammer toe and arch pain. Locally owned and operated since 1995. See ad on page 39.


2500 W Higgins, Ste 420, Hoffman Estates 847-310-0303


2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-963-6094

Our wellness clinic averages only a 5-minute wait time before you’re getting natural, safe, and effective treatment with the Doctor. Dr. Kristen specializes in acupuncture, lowforce chiropractic care and food intolerance testing, and uses unique diagnostic tests to uncover the real cause of your health concern. Located at the corner of Higgins and Barrington roads. See ad on page 34.

Whole Body Thermometry (WBT) is a safe, accurate, prevention-centered way to assess functional changes in the body. This infrared scanning device is accurately and efficiently driven by sophisticated mathematical algorithms. WBT works by identifying specific temperature patterns coming from internal organs, before and after the body is exposed to a cooling stress. See ad on page 27.



ENLIGHTENED BALANCE CHAKRA SPA 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa offers psychic readings everyday by appointment or walk-in. Call or checkout our website for today’s offerings.



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 integrative techniques such as Acupuncture and pelvic floor physical therapy. We listen. We care.


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.


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A year ago, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease; though frightening, it was somewhat of a relief to finally know what was happening with my body. Eighteen years prior, I discovered a tick on the top of my head and soon after, my health changed. Migraines, aches and pains, weight gain, early onset menopause, rashes, thyroid issues—the list goes on. A genetic test concluded a resistance to detoxifying mold and lyme disease, and these results forced me to make some big life changes. I left my job on a full time basis to work from home, and in order to fully function, my body required energy work weekly.


My daughter highly recommended Shiatsu and I was open-minded after a bit of research. WOW! With the myriad types of bodywork I receive, nothing has the effect as my experience with Polly. I am a new person—on the inside and outside. I can honestly feel myself healing. I am forever grateful and have met a new friend for life. – Laura Kimmel


Schedule a session in our Clinic. Our specialties include Chronic Pain, Autoimmune Disorders, Chronic Illness, and Emotionally Overwhelming States like Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Post-Traumatic Stress. Call 847-864-1130 and ask to book with a Chronic Conditions specialist.


Start a career in shiatsu therapy. Beginning Zen Shiatsu 5-Day Intensive May 15-19, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm 10-Week Sessions June 22 - August 24, Thu, 11am-2pm OR 7-10pm 2-Weekend Intensive July 21-23 & 28-30, Fri 7-10pm, Sat/Sun 9am-4pm

E-mail or call 847-864-1130 to sign up today!

or try one of our Free Introductory Workshops May 19, Friday, 7-9:30pm June 15, Thursday, 7-9:30pm To view more class times, visit: 825 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL



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May 2017 Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine  

Chicago's greenest and healthiest magazine!

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