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pril Thompson’s feature story, “Transformative Travel: Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys,” in this month’s issue, definitely touches a nerve for me. Traveling the U.S. and Canada annually with my parents as I grew up was one of the most transformative (and formative) portions of my childhood, and one that’s provided lasting lessons and memories. Growing up, Sunday afternoons were often a time to get out of the house and head somewhere locally to check out an event, visit a museum or see my grandparents. But every June, we took a long road trip—extravagant in concept, but actually thrifty in execution. All year, my parents cut corners and saved up to afford the trip, which usually involved a rented mini-motorhome and countless miles of two-lane highways, gravel roads and if we needed to make time, the Interstate. I consider myself beyond fortunate that my mom and dad were passionate about getting out of town once a year and seeing what was out there. The lasting memories of childhood travel flow easily—early morning at a Nova Scotia overlook, watching the 40-foot tides rise in the Bay of Fundy—taking the “snowmobile bus” tour onto the Athabasca Glacier, in Alberta (now, sadly, far retreated as the climate warms)—visiting Disney World for the Bicentennial parade—pumping a blacksmith’s bellows at Plimoth Plantation and walking the wooden decks of the Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport—sharing their hobbies of bird watching, small-town antique shops and old car junkyards. Then there is my recollection of the smell of boxwood hedges, gardens and bayberry candles in Colonial Williamsburg. The effort and ritual around planning the trip helped to make vacations a big deal and something memorable. Of course, this all happened in the days before Google maps and websites, so lots of reading of paper maps and guidebooks was involved. Once en route, as a kid I learned how to read a map, calculate mileage, find the evening’s campground or a local restaurant and read in advance about where we were going that day. Most evenings, we’d take time to review the day’s activities and stops, and I’d often commit them to writing in a spiral notebook (the same one in which I tracked all the state license plates I’d seen that day, as well as my souvenir expenditures). Looking back now, what may at times have seemed like a vacation chore imposed upon me by the parents, was actually a transformative experience that fixed each vacation firmly into my memory. Unfortunately, there’s a bittersweet flavor to some of those memories. When I reminisce about our trips in light of recent wildfires, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes across the globe, I feel fortunate that my travel has always been voluntary. Natural disasters and climate effects force many people on unexpected escapes from their homes, and while the experience may be transformative, the changes to their lives are often unpleasant and undesirable. As the news cycle turns away from the recently affected areas to the latest loud noise, please remember that for millions in other states, territories and countries, the rebuilding process is just beginning. Volunteer, donate, adopt a shelter animal or offer whatever other help you are able to provide—every bit counts. Please send me a note at to tell us about your own transformative travel adventures and other stories. Happy October!

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risten Halland, DC, DABCA, owner of Balance Chiropractic and Wellness, in Hoffman Estates, has launched a new podcast series, The Nutrition & Lifestyle Review, available on iTunes, Stitcher and streaming live from her website, where a transcript is also available. Episodes will be archived and available for download. The 20-to-30-minute podcasts will offer “no-nonsense, evidence-based answers to help you boost your health status, live a life fueled by whole-foods nutrition, focus on prevention and wellness as a lifestyle, and get the most out of the natural healthcare system where you’re treated as a whole person,” Halland says. New episodes will be released each Monday. “Aging of the Heart and The Silent Killer Disease” airs on October 2. Halland says, “Did you know that the average person’s heart is actually eight years older than their age? We’ll discuss the top two factors that cause early or poor aging. The podcast also talks about the cardiovascular system, the disease called ‘the silent killer’ and what people need to be doing at home to catch it early.”

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ake County Cares is hosting its inaugural Leading for Good event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., October 5, at Independence Grove Audubon Hall, in Libertyville, to connect more than two dozen local nonprofits with volunteers, leaders and board members. Refreshments will be provided. Miah Armour, executive director of the Lake County Community Foundation, says, “This ‘speed dating’ for new board leaders will be a fun and effective way to build bench strength and visibility for Lake County’s nonprofits as organizations get ready to launch into a new year of programming and services.”

he city of Highwood will be hosting the eighth annual Fall Festival kickoff event, the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival, from October 6 through 8 downtown. They are trying to beat the Guinness World Record of 30,581 JackO-Lanterns carved and lit at the same time. It’s an amazing sight to behold. All proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Illinois and each night, a Make-A-Wish family lights the grand walls and represents the organization. The event features 20 musical acts on three stages, trick-or-treating, Costume Contests, a Pumpkin Parade, hayrides, a petting zoo, kids’ crafts, food and beverage vendors, a Superhero 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk plus hay, pony and carnival rides. All lit Jack-O-Lanterns will be placed on pumpkin walls throughout the festival grounds, with ceremonial wall lightings Friday and Saturday night, and the grand lighting on Sunday evening.

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f we are to find world peace in a world where violence and hate exists, we must find inner peace. Meditate and cultivate a shared awareness of our common humanity and solidarity with the world. Infinity Foundation, in Highland Park, will conduct a Meditate-A-Thon from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 21. Attendees should bring a mat or blanket to lie on or a floor cushion to use if they would prefer it instead of a chair. No meditation experience is needed. Proceeds go toward sustaining Infinity’s building fund. A light lunch and snacks are included. Attendees may arrive at any time and stay as long as they like. Hourly meditations start at 9:30 a.m. with Claudia Lubin – Guided Visualization for Inner Peace; Marian McNair – Sound Healing with Crystal Bowls; Therese Evans – Connecting with Angels; Michelle Flore – Gong Meditation; Mark Anthony Lord – Guided Spiritual Meditation for Peace; Kirtan – Joyful Chanting with the Bhakti Caravan; and Savitia Jachim – Oneness Blessing Meditation. Cost is $75/$50 10 days in advance. Location: 1280 Old Skokie Rd., Highland Park. For more information and registration, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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s a service to the community, Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim will hold a complimentary health fair from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., October 29. Flu shots will be available (bring insurance card), as well as screenings for diabetes, bone density, blood pressure and more. There will also be information on hand about nutrition, weight loss and foot, eye and hearing health. A separate blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. Location: 1201 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield. For more information, call 847-940-7575.

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he Bruno Groening Circle of Friends is one of the largest associations for healing on the spiritual path worldwide. Five lectures will be held in October throughout Chicago. Groening (1906–1959) called the existence of a higher power that can help and heal “Heilstrom”, or healing stream. In the 1950s, he became known around the world for the mass healings that occurred when he spoke to people seeking help, and emphasized, “God is the greatest physiBruno Groening cian.” Groening’s healings continue to occur within the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends, including those from chronic illness, pain, depression and addictions. At these lectures, Bruno Arcuri will talk about his experiences regarding the teachings of Groening, and will offer simple instructions on how to absorb this natural healing power, which is available to everyone. Attendees will be able to experience the healing stream for themselves in a very simple, natural way. For more information, contact Debbie at 773-775-8855 or visit 12


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wo Chicago area locations will host instructors from The Africa Yoga Project in early November as part of an awareness and fundraising effort to overcome gun and gang violence in Chicago, Africa and the rest of the world through yoga and meditation practices. The teachers were trained and certified in Kenya by U.S. instructors that traveled there this spring under the leadership of Evanston-based instructor Siobhan Carey. The project’s mission is to use meditation and yoga within the local community to move away from gun violence and gangs. The team of Kenyan yogis will arrive in Chicago on November 2 and go first to the nonprofit I Grow Chicago Peace House center, in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, to teach yoga and meditation. Through sustainable farming and educational programs in nutrition, movement yoga and the arts, I Grow Chicago aims to foster creativity, wellness and empowerment for individuals in the community as a whole. On November 3, Lisa Faremouth Weber, owner of Heaven Meets Earth, will host a fundraising dinner and silent auction with the team from The Africa Yoga Project as the evening’s special guests. There will also be a benefit yoga class at 9:30 a.m., November 4, at her Evanston yoga studio. She aims to raise $5,000 to benefit the project. Cost is $75. Locations: Heaven Meets Earth, 2746 Central St., Evanston; I Grow Chicago, 6402 S. Honore, Chicago. For more information, call 847-475-1500 or visit, and See ad on page 39.

McHenry County College Green Living Expo Marks 10 Years


cHenry County College (MCC), in Crystal Lake, will host the 10th anniversary Green Living Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., November 4, in the gym parking lot and hallways featuring more than 70 carefully selected area businesses, organizations and nonprofits that offer green products and services. This year’s Expo includes tours of two fully decorated locally owned tiny homes; an award-winning travelling exhibit, Sustainable Choices, that focuses on our everyday choices; artists displaying and selling their sustainable creations in the Artists’ Walk; pumpkin and fall décor composting; and local college/university solar and super mileage team race cars and team members. The Living Lightly tent invites novices and expert tinkerers to share their favorite energy-saving invention or find. Solar energy organizations and installers will be on site to show how easy it is to have solar on your home or business. Energy efficiency tips, gardening ideas and great holiday shopping will also be available. Admission is free. Location: 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14, Crystal Lake. For more information, call 815-479-7765 or visit See ad on page 47. 14


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eather Faun Basl and Johanna Davis are celebrating this fall with a Soul Shift Retreat from November 7 through 9 in Sedona, Arizona, focusing on transformation and restoration. They help participants remove what blocks and holds them back from their highest potential. The event incudes a group sound healing session at one of the International Reiki Center sites, yoga, group meditation/journeying, three vortex sites and more. Basl is a Heather Faun Basl well-known spiritual counselor, psychic medium and intuitive healer who provides sessions via phone, Internet and in-person visits. She gives loving care and assistance to bring peace to our Earthly experience. She says, “Get ready to fly! Remove what blocks you and holds you back—become magnificent and great. Realize your true potential—a lighter, brighter you.” Register at For more information, call 630-2108688, email See ad in the Community Resource Guide.


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isa M. Rose, a Michigan herbalist, forager, urban farmer and author of Midwest Foraging, has written a new book, Midwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 109 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness (Timber Press, 2017). Rose’s interest in ethno botany and herbal medicine has taken her across the U.S. into the Yucatán Peninsula, mainland Mexico, Nicaragua and Brazil to study plants, people, health and their connections to places. She leads foraging plant walks and teaches classes on edible and medicinal wild plants. She says, “Treasured medicinal plants are abundant in the Lisa M. Rose Midwest, and the best herbal remedies come from the freshest local leaves, fruits, roots and bark. For beginners and experienced herbalists alike, Midwest Medicinal Plants is an essential companion for finding, identifying, harvesting and safely using wild medicinal plants in the region.” This comprehensive, accessible, full-color guide includes plant profiles, step-by-step instructions for essential herbal remedies and seasonal foraging tips. The book is intended for wild crafters in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada. For more information, visit

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sthma is on the rise, and the American Lung Association notes it’s the leading cause of school absenteeism. Their Partners for Asthma Action program is helping low-income families in Chicago to manage their asthma, keeping kids in school and parents at work. The program facilitates home visits, doctor education and educational outreach to treat asthma both medically and environmentally. Since 2016, 90 healthcare professionals have been trained at nine partner clinics, helping about 18,000 children. “Educating families and healthcare professionals, building relationships and following up consistently helps improve the lives of children with asthma in our community,” says Felicia Fuller, Ph.D., director of lung health for the Lung Association in Illinois. “When we conduct trainings in schools, we educate everyone in the school community, from teachers and administrators to nurses and custodians and students, providing critical information and creating a more asthma-friendly environment for children.” For more information, call 1-800-586-4872 or visit



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he mission of Moms with a Plan, a team of like-minded individuals that are self-motivated, compassionate and driven, is to help moms find the perfect balance between work and family. The team will be available at The Lucky Monk Restaurant from 4 to 9 p.m. on October 4, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on October 18, to conduct interviews and explain the company’s compensation and benefits plan. Moms can gain flexibility to work from their home and create financial independence without sacrificing time with their children. More than 5.4 million women put their careers on hold to stay home with children. Moms with a Plan can help them create an income without taking away from being a mom, because being home matters. Location: 105 Hollywood Blvd., S. Barrington. For more information, call 847-530-5999, email KathyARosner@ for an interview time slot or visit See ad on page 17.

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ith over 20 years of experience, Bell Lifestyle Products Inc., in South Haven, Michigan, is introducing a new look for its complete line of over 60 natural supplements across 13 health categories. Bell continues to expand its line of products, most recently launching a new, all-inone bladder and urinary tract support formulation and a new line of sports supplements. In addition to rolling out all-new, color-coded packaging to help navigate their product offering, Bell has updated their ecommerce website to allow visitors to more easily shop online or find their local Bell Lifestyle retailer. The Bell Lifestyle website is also host to an extensive library of health and wellness resources including the Bell Wellness Center. The Bell Wellness Center contains hundreds of recipes, infographics and articles on physical, mental, social and nutritional wellness from elected category experts. With new articles being posted weekly there is information for all ages and ailments. Bell Lifestyle Products offers a full money-back guarantee on more than 60 natural health products that are available in more than 7,000 health food stores and pharmacies worldwide. For more information, call 800-333-7995, email, visit or See ad on page 2.

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lying Change Equine Therapy, in Atlanta, is an internationally recognized program that partners rescued horses in therapy with children, teens, adults and families healing from traumas like childhood neglect and abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, natural disasters and the trauma of war and combat. In a study of their services, 82 percent of teens improved more in just five, one-hour sessions of equine assisted psychotherapy than they had in two years of traditional talk psychotherapy. Hurricane Irma’s winds hit the farm full force, leaving behind a minimum of $20,000 in damages to the covered therapy barn and arena. The organization needs immediate help in any form— volunteers to help repair and rebuild, donations of building materials and cash donations. It is important to mention that many of those in need of Flying Change’s services are least able to afford treatment. The program has never turned away a client they believed they could help based on the inability to pay. Flying Change relies on the support and generosity of the community and needs assistance now more than ever. Location: 4680 Polo Lane SE, Atlanta GA. To donate, visit 18


New Look for Natural Awakenings Magazine


atural Awakenings magazine is sporting a new look. After being unveiled in Florida’s Collier/Lee edition that serves Naples and Fort Myers—the first of a family of magazines that has grown to encompass 85 U.S. cities, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic—in July, the new logo and cover design will appear in all editions starting in October. Other design elements are expected to be refreshed in the near future to align with the evolution of the national content already underway. The plans were announced at the Natural Awakenings’ Publishers Conference in Orlando in May. “We’ve kept up with new, cuttingedge trends and developments in all areas of sustainable, healthy living through the years, so it’s only natural for our look to also evolve,” says Sharon Bruckman, CEO and founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation. “The new cover format enables us to highlight more of the content offered inside the issue. The changes also reflect the success of our mission in supporting the presence and growth of the natural living movement to the point where it’s beneficially influencing mainstream media content.” Launched by Bruckman with a single magazine in 1994, Natural Awakenings is now one of the largest, free, local, healthy lifestyle publications worldwide, serving approximately 3.5 million readers. For more information, visit See ad on page 4.

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Breast Health Awareness Involves Self-Care


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esveratrol is a natural substance found in grapes, peanuts, blueberries and other foods that’s known for its heart-protective nature. Researchers believe it may also help promote eye health, including prevention of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, but not much is known about its presence in the eyes. Scientists from Tongji Medical College, in China, set out to measure the concentration of trans-resveratrol in the eyes after oral supplementation. Three daily doses of Longevinex, an oral trans-resveratrol-based capsule supplement, was administered to 35 adults prior to eye surgery on one of their eyes, and tissue samples of the conjunctiva, aqueous humor and vitreous humor were taken. Researchers measured the tissues for resveratrol concentration to determine how much of the supplement penetrated the eyes. Resveratrol metabolites were detected in the conjunctiva of 25 of the eyes, indicating that the beneficial substance does pass through the brain.

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study from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, examined the impact of regular walking on people with vascular cognitive impairment, the secondmost common form of dementia. The ailment occurs when blood vessels become damaged by cardiovascular disease, impeding good blood circulation and making the brain work harder. The researchers scanned the brains and conducted computerized decision-making and attention tests on 38 people with mild, early forms of vascular cognitive impairment. Half of the subjects were asked to participate in supervised, one-hour walking sessions three times per week for a six-month period. The remaining subjects did not walk. After six months, the walking group showed improvements in both blood pressure and brain function, with their brains requiring less effort during the decisionmaking and attention tests.




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ike so many other people, dancing has always been a deeply meaningful form of expression for Ronn Stewart. An award-winning choreographer and teacher, he has worked with local companies such as the Joffrey Ballet and Gus Giordano Dance School, and has toured all over the country. He is the co-founder of Foster Dance Studios, in Evanston, and artistic director of the studio’s resident nonprofit division, Cocodaco Dance Project, along with his wife, Sarah Goldstone. The couple started Cocodaco in 2014 to promote and produce contemporary dance at a world-class level while giving exposure and experience to dancers that otherwise might not have an opportunity to perform. “We encourage connection, collaboration and communication through dance and movement,” says Stewart. Cocodaco, which is short for Community of Contemporary Dance Companies, started as a way to make running a company more spiritually fulfilling for Stewart and Goldstone. “The studio and dancers share a sense of community, and everyone is there because they are passionate about what they do,” says Stewart. Specifically, the organization is comprised of three companies: Professional, Mezzo and Youth. The three ensembles are made up of about 40 dancers that practice and perform both on their own and in collaboration. The idea of community dance and inclusion begins with the Youth Ensemble. “Because they train with dancers of all different levels, they are able to absorb more in a rigorous, but supportive environment that emphasizes technique, but also puts value on being a part of something larger,” says Stewart.

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For students with more dance experience, the Mezzo company provides a transition into the professional arena. “The Mezzo company is a valuable opportunity for those who are serious about dance, but haven’t been able to get a lot of professional opportunities and exposure. They are still discovering how they fit in to the dancing world, and Cocodaco provides them a support network to rely on in a field that is incredibly competitive and can lead to a lot of heartbreak,” says Stewart. The Professional ensemble is made up of dancers with extensive training and are passionate about sharing their art and their knowledge. “As the performing foundation of Cocodaco, the professional dancers are the mentors who create a positive impact on those who have less experience,” says Stewart. The company recently toured and performed in Santa Fe, New Mexico,


where Stewart lived and taught for a number of years, and all three ensembles perform locally at venues such as the Josephine Louis, at Northwestern University. Both Stewart and Goldstone believe dance is a methodology of connection, healing and understanding. Goldstone is certified in Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis, and the couple use guided imagery and imagination to challenge their dancers to get the most out of their bodies. “Along with an understanding of correct anatomical function, imagery can be a revelation in a three-dimensional approach to dancing. Besides getting cardiovascular exercise, dancers are using their whole bodies to elongate and contract, explore rhythm, feel muscles and skin work in ways they may not have before. It’s incredibly healing,” says Stewart. Stewart, who started dancing at the age of 10, says that discovering American jazz helped him work through some trauma in his youth, and believes that dedicated artists often arise from unusual circumstances. “Jazz just clicked for me, and at the right time in my life. I say it discovered me, I didn’t discover dance,” says Stewart. Driven by a passion to help others, he created the idea of MoPeD, or More People Dancing, his signature dance technique and approach to movement and body awareness that combines dance improvisation, imagery and experiential anatomy. MoPeD has five main pillars as its basis. Dancers learn to keep going, listen and learn, suspend judgments, remember how their body feels and do it with love. In fact, Stewart even created a #doitwithlove hashtag for social media to document how transformative the process can be. Cocodaco brings in outside choreographers to provide a fresh perspective, has a board of directors that focuses on operations and funding and offers classes to the general community from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for $10. “We believe in the power of dance to move people forward in their lives, and are passion-

ate about making dance more accessible to people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities. The beauty of a community-based program is that we see the growth and development happening every day, both on a personal and professional level. Each company informs and inspires the rest,” says Stewart. The Cocodaco Dance Project is located at 915 Foster Ave., in Evanston. For more information, call 505-670-6659, email or visit Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect with her at

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r. Irina Tutunikov, founder of Healthyon Institute, in Glenview, uses a holistic approach to help patients manage complex chronic diseases and restore their health. Using discoveries in nutrigenomics, genetics, women’s health, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, environmental medicine and nutrition, she brings up-to-date research data into her clinical practice while giving patients extensive time and attention. She says, “We are getting to the root cause of the disease through a detailed and comprehensive look at your health and by treating body and mind as a whole.” Tutunikov uses functional medicine to treat chronic, poorly managed conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, autoimmune diseases, hormonal imbalances, infertility, anxiety and depression, gastrointestinal and thyroid disturbances, chronic infections, obesity, acne and cardiovascular disease. She is certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine. Functional medicine incorporates the best diagnostic tools and technologies from conventional medicine and

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TRAVEL Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson

An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.

Declare Your Intentions

Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.

Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.


Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.

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unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.

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Do Less, Experience More If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau

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“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at times, and some travelers feel unhappy,

To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”

Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. n The blog at explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites.   n Evergreen Escapes at Evergreen specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling.   n “The Travelers” podcast via features stories and advice from 200-plus changemakers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers.   n Muddy Shoe Adventures at offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences.   n connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature.   n Phil Cousineau ( hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites.   n Responsible Travel at Responsible offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesserknown ports of call.   n Transformational Travel Council’s website conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for changeseekers.                                                                                 n World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms ( links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.


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When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of

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Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau.

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Adventure travelers named transformation and an expanded worldview as top motives for their explorations. ~Adventure Travel Trade Association The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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ensory isolation in a floatation tank is known for inducing deep relaxation with subsequent improved health. A 2014 study published in the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry investigating the effects of a series of flotation tank treatments for 65 participants, showed it to be an effective measure in decreasing stress, depression, anxiety and pain, while enhancing a sense of optimism and quality of sleep. The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Sea, by Michael Hutchison, reports on 20th-century research suggesting the therapy can help allay ailments like chronic pain, migraines and sore muscles. There’s also evidence for enhanced meditation, creativity and spiritual experiences. Float therapy was invented by Dr. John C. Lilly, a neurophysiology specialist. The individual enters an enclosed tank containing 11 inches of water heated to 93.5 degrees—a normal temperature for human skin— and some 1,000 pounds of dissolved Epsom salt. The effect is like buoyantly floating in the Dead Sea, but in a clean, quiet, private realm. The water is typically filtered three to five times


between each session and sanitized using UV light; some also use peroxide and ozone gas to purify the water. Without any sensory input—no sight, sound or tactile sensations—the floater typically enters a profound deeply calm state of theta brain waves that tends to bring the subconscious to the surface. It can take experienced meditators years to learn to consistently achieve this condition, remarks Bryan Gray, of Float North County, a spa in Solana Beach, California.

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Scientific research has shown that floating can release the feel-good neurotransmitters endorphins and dopamine, and lower the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Studies performed by the Laureate Institute of Brain Research, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which maintains a float clinic, have found the therapy is an effective treatment for patients with anxiety disorders. “It frees your mind of distraction and puts it in a zone,” explains Gray. “It removes the need for fight or flight, so those hormones are reduced. That part of the brain mellows out.”


Lying for an hour in water infused with Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, the body receives a huge infusion of magnesium, a mineral essential to optimal health. While calcium and vitamin D deficiencies get more attention, it’s even more likely most of us are low on this element due to magnesium-depleting drugs and inadequate farm soils. Many ailments shown by research to be helped by floating have also been linked to magnesium deficiency.The mineral is also essential for heart health, strong bones and central nervous system function, as reported in The Magnesium Miracle, by Dr. Carolyn Dean, a physician and naturopath in Kihei, Hawaii.

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Chronic pain sufferers often find relief through floating because the lessened gravity allows the body to fully relax. The accompanying serenity releases the brain’s natural endorphins, which act as natural painkillers, into the bloodstream, reports Hutchison. The sheer tranquility of floating can alleviate some mental health issues. “We’ve had several people with post-traumatic stress disorder. One man has returned six times and says he’s advanced more in the last three months while floating than he did in the prior five to 10 years,” says Andy Larson, owner of Float Milwaukee. Athletes also appreciate floating because it shortens injury recovery periods through enhancing blood flow, helping to heal sore muscles. The way it facilitates a calm state ideal for implanting ideas into the subconscious mind enables them to better visualize improved performance.

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Floaters can fall into what sleep specialists call the hypnagogic state, meaning they are apt to have lucid dreams while awake. Also known as Stage 1 sleep, it is the drowsiest condition we experience while still consciously aware. This is the scientific explanation for reports of visions or “Eureka!” problem-solving moments in the tank, says Hutchison. … continued on page 34

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~Ali Smith Participating schools have reported fewer fights, better attendance and higher grades, among other benefits, according to Ali Smith, all results backed by independent research. Recent studies in schools from San Francisco to Columbus, Ohio, have shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can heighten attentiveness, self-control and empathy, while reducing stress, hyperactivity and depression, and improving academic performance. The kids also apply their newfound skills at home. “To take ownership of the practice and understand the benefits, you have to know how to explain it, so we use a reciprocal teaching model,” says Ali. “We teach the kids to say, ‘Mom, Dad, you look stressed; can you take a breather with me?’” Martin, a Lincoln Elementary student, was pleased to report, “I went to my house and taught my mom how to do all the things you guys taught us.” Virginia, another student, noted, “This morning I got mad at my dad, but then I remembered to breathe, and then I didn’t shout.” Other schools are following suit. Mindful Schools began in 2007 as a single-school program in Oakland, California, and then expanded to support online and in-person courses and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The David Lynch Foundation funds efforts to bring transcendental meditation to underserved kids in classrooms like the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, in Queens, New York; Wilson High School, in Portland, Oregon; and Wayzata West Middle School, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, among others. Find easy instruction at MindfulnessStarterLesson. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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“Bone responds to exercise much like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,” Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recommended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. “Don’t do the same things over and over again at the same time, either repetitive exercises like running or weight lifting or consistent combinations; even high-intensity exercise can diminish the effects.” The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are probably the best way to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s

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team published in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to 10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the

30-second rests between repetitions, Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density. Betz cautions against starting a jumping program too quickly. “Proper alignment, balance and body awareness come first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises in a row, a full squat with good alignment and a full lunge to ready the body for a jumping program.” Such strengthening safeguards against falling and injury.

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Walking, running, weight training and other repetitive exercises don’t improve bone density, says Hawkins. “Walk and do other repetitive exercises for cardiovascular health and general fitness. While these might help maintain current bone strength, they won’t improve bone density.” Walking reduced the risk of hip fracture by 41 percent for postmenopausal women walking four hours a week, with fewer falls due to improved strength, balance and other factors per the Journal of the American Medical Association. Numerous studies confirm that exercise of any kind keeps us healthy, but for bone health, the answer is to start weight-bearing exercises early and sustain the practice for a lifetime.

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The most common way of testing bone density is a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan. The result is called a T-score and is one case where a zero is perfect. A score of +1.0 to -1.0 is considered normal. A score between -1.0 and -2.5 is considered osteopenia, or weakened bones. A score lower than -2.5 indicates some level of osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for women and men older than 65 and 70, respectively, and those that are petite, prone to breaking bones or have other risk factors. For more information, visit Tinyurl. com/BoneDensityTest. Kathleen Barnes is a health writer and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at

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bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”. Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was yogurt. Now she visits her local farmers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kombucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says.

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Fermented Foods Revival Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig

Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival.

Grassroots Groundswell

“I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut that sparked my obsession. I also love eating cheese, beer, chocolate, coffee, yogurt and many other products of

fermentation.” Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started our own small farmstead fermentation company.” Christopher explains that the combination of salt and shredded or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid

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Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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A Few Fermented Recipes to Start by Judith Fertig


ermented foods are well known for building gut health. Now a growing body of research shows that they improve immunity, brain and heart functions,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D. The board-certified doctor of natural medicine, certified herbalist and author blogs from Vancouver, Canada. Get started with these simple, plant-based recipes from her latest book, The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.

Salvadoran Salsa Yields: about 1 quart This gingery and spicy salsa, also known as curtido, is a traditional Salvadoran food. The twist here is added turmeric and green apple. Serve on its own, as a condiment with chips, on sausages or over salad. Maybe mix a couple of heaping spoonfuls with freshly mashed avocado for a fresh take on guacamole. ½ green cabbage 1 to 2 carrots 1 green apple, cored and quartered One 2-inch piece fresh ginger ½ cayenne chili ½ small purple or red onion One 2-inch piece fresh turmeric 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water Use a food processor with a coarse grating blade to shred the cabbage, carrots, apple, ginger, chili, onion and turmeric. (Consider wearing food-safe gloves to avoid touching the chili.) Transfer to a crock or a large glass or ceramic bowl, and mix well.



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Mandarin sections for garnish (optional) Use a blender to blend the water, cashews and coconut sugar (or maple syrup or agave nectar) until it’s smooth and creamy. Pour the cashew milk into a 1½- to 2-quart glass jar, making sure it is less than two-thirds full. Add the kefir grains, stir and then place the cap on the jar. Leave the jar at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours, gently shaking it periodically. The cashew milk will become somewhat bubbly, then will begin to coagulate and separate; shake it to remix the kefir or scoop out the thicker curds and use them like soft cheese or sour cream.

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Vegan Kefir Yields: about 1 quart Traditional kefir is made with cow’s milk, but can be made with plantbased milks like cashew, almond, sunflower seed or coconut. The sweetener feeds the kefir microbes, leaving minimal sugar in the end product. The grains will grow over time; only about one tablespoon of kefir grains is needed to keep the kefir going; remove the extras to eat, give to friends or add to compost. 1 quart (or liter) filtered water ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews 1 tsp coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or agave nectar 1 Tbsp kefir grains (a natural starter, available at health food stores and online)

Refrigerate up to one week. When ready to serve, pour the kefir into a glass and garnish the rim with mandarin orange sections, if desired.

Fermented Chopped Salad Yields: about 6 cups Unlike other salads, this version stores for many months in the fridge. Serve on its own or toss it in vinaigrette and serve over brown rice for a quick and nutritious rice bowl dinner. 1 radish, finely chopped ½ small onion, finely chopped 1 turnip, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 carrot, chopped into ½-inch chunks 3 small apples, chopped into

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½-inch chunks Handful of green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths 1 rutabaga, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 to 2 grape leaves, kale leaves or other large leafy greens (optional) 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water In a medium bowl, mix the radish, onion, turnip, carrot, apples, green beans and rutabaga; then transfer to a small crock. Place the grape leaves or other leafy greens on top of the chopped ingredients to help hold them under the brine; then weigh the mix down with foodsafe weights or a jar or bowl of water. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the brine over the salad, cover with a lid or cloth, and let ferment for one week. Remove the covering, weights and grape leaves or other leafy greens. Dish out into jars or a bowl, cover and refrigerate, where the salad should last six to 12 months. Recipes and photos are courtesy of Michelle Schoffro Cook and New World Library; visit


Preventing Digestion Problems Before They Start


down carbohydrates, and one with more eneé S. Barasch, a certified digestive lipase works better to break down fats. In my health specialist, detoxification/purifioffice, we run lab tests to determine the right cation specialist and founder of Nutrimix of enzymes for each person. I take into tional Health Solutions, in Highland Park, consideration factors like family history, diet has been a Chicago area leader in nutrition and overall health. The tests also help detect and digestion education for more than 12 any nutritional deficiencies. Based on the years. She splits her time between seeing cliresults, I might recommend diet modificaents in private sessions, speaking to the comtions and food supplements in addition to munity, writing about digestion issues, being enzymes. an ambassador for holistic digestive health and giving people the ability to connect the How do environmental irritants dots between nutrition and digestion. Although every digestive system is differaffect digestion? ent, many people experience allergy flare-ups We encounter factors in the environment that may be related to how their bodies are every day that can cause irritation and inReneé S. Barasch, LDHS breaking down ingredients in their food. Being flammation, whether that’s someone’s excess aware of our specific digestive needs and taking steps to properfume, secondhand smoke or particles from a constructect the gut can eliminate allergies, improve absorption and tion site. In the springtime, the air is full of dust, mold and take unneeded stress off our organs. other seasonal aggravators. When we breathe these in, they get into our bloodstream in less than 20 seconds. Our Why is thorough digestion so important for bodies then have to break down those extra toxins, which overall health? is a lot of work for the liver, kidneys and gallbladder. If Digestion is one of the main ways the body detoxifies, or they aren’t broken down properly, it results in what people cleanses. If the food you’re consuming isn’t broken down think of as seasonal allergies; runny nose, itchy eyes, red properly and thoroughly, it causes stress on the system as it or blotchy skin. People often miss the connection between moves through, which can lead to symptoms like gas, bloat- allergies and digestion. Instead of going to an allergist, they ing, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea and even insomnia, might just need to have their digestive system checked for depression, psoriasis, eczema and chronic pain. digestive imbalances. Proper digestion also allows for thorough absorption, so your body is able to use the nutrients you’re putting What practices can people do every day to inside it. Undigested food leads to what we call “leaky improve digestion? gut”, where it passes through the gut membrane and into Digestive health is dependent on a number of factors, but it is the bloodstream. This can eventually lead to more serious key to both detoxification and real nutrition. I tell my clients conditions such as Crohn’s and other autoimmune diseases. that ideally, they are looking to digest, absorb, transport, utiIn general, when our food isn’t being digested properly, lize and eliminate the cellular waste that’s put into their bodour bodies aren’t working as efficiently as they can. Food ies. Avoiding environmental irritants and pollutants eliminates becomes a toxin, instead of something that nourishes us. the need to break them down in the first place.

What role do enzymes play in digestion? Enzymes are the catalyst for food to be digested. They help to deliver the nutrients to the cells and increase absorption. When food is steamed, broiled, roasted, boiled, fried, stewed, canned, pasteurized or microwaved, the naturally occurring enzymes in it are destroyed. I recommend that everyone take a specific digestive enzyme supplement. That enzyme depends largely on your diet, and how your body breaks down fats, carbs and protein. Testing is recommended to determine which enzyme is right for you. An enzyme with higher amylase content helps break

Chewing your food thoroughly starts the breakdown process before it gets into the digestive system. Eating a healthy mix of protein, fats, whole grains fruit and veggies at each meal may be easier to break down than a giant plate of just pasta or a huge steak. Food that is processed or contains GMOs is much harder for the body to process, so I encourage clients to look for whole foods in their natural form as much as possible. Nutritional Health Solutions is located at 480 Elm Pl., in Highland Park. For appointments, call 847-207-2034. For more information, email or visit


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Storytelling. Humans learn best when seeing and hearing stories. Facts don’t arouse us as much as narratives and full-body experiences do. Bombarding people with facts won’t create desired change. We must be inspired to act on the knowledge.

Creating Community 15 Ways to Craft a Circle of Caring by Linda Buzzell


n facing up to today’s often degrading environmental, economic, political, social and hyper-individualistic cultural conditions, we instinctively know that survival requires coming together to effect constructive change. Here are proven approaches to community building that work.

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Build a campfire. Whether literal or metaphoric, create a clear, focused attraction that draws people into a circle.

Connect with nature and the seasons. Tying gatherings into what’s happening seasonally with all life forms is a traditionally effective way of fostering community.


Welcome each person. Either designate greeters or go around the circle welcoming and acknowledging each participant before proceeding with the event’s main activity. People that feel seen and known are more likely to stay involved.



Provide food and drink. Traditional societies have always taken hospitality seriously. Having people bring items to add to the collective feast is better than catering.


Ceremony, ritual and the sacred. Deep in our collective human memory lie countless spring and harvest festivals, ceremonial or religious events, meals and celebrations that included a strong sense of passage, initiation and the sacredness of all life. Use one as a springboard to add meaning to a contemporary gathering.


Collective problem solving. People bond into a community when they participate in solving a real-world community problem, helping someone in need or addressing a situation that demands a community solution. Consider using Robert’s Rules of Order or other guidelines for discussions that maintain civility, discourage competitiveness and peacefully resolve conflicts in order to reach consensus.



Elders. Shared history, respect and affection are vital to belonging. Adults coping with a high-stress, industrialized culture might tend to find elders’ stories slow-moving and boring, but they are a critical resource for our collective survival. Beware of the “star from afar” syndrome that posits outsiders as experts, rather than honoring and developing our own community resources, which won’t disappear at the end of an event.


Gifts and sharing. As we focus on creating a sharing society versus a gimme culture, it’s nice to give small gifts such as a plant or garden flower, organic seeds or regifted items to event attendees. It’s a simple way to help everyone feel valued, appreciated and welcomed. The key is keeping events local, simple and created by the community for the community. Many hands make light work, and some of the best community events cost the host little, while everyone involved brings their own chair or blanket, serving ware and potluck dish.


Shopping. People have been bonding through meeting others in the marketplace since ancient times. Sales or silent auctions are popular when the money paid becomes a gift to the community.

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A little excitement. Raffles and door prizes add fun as long as any money raised goes into the common coffers as a gift to all. Child care. Children provide a necessary source of untamed energy and entertainment for any gathering. Multigenerational exchanges also help form and shape them through exposure to role models and life education, even if they might not feel engaged at the time.


Transportation. Facilitating carpools and providing transportation for those without

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Dance and body movement. Modern society makes us sit a lot. Physical action connects us in a way nothing else can. Beauty and music. Our eyes and ears are portals to the soul and spirit of the human psyche. Even a simple drum can bond individuals into a coherent group. Community singing can be powerful medicine, as places of worship ever demonstrate. A simple flower on the table or painting on the wall brings powerful archetypal energies to bear as we come together. An outdoor meeting brings nature’s magnificence to our senses, adding extraordinary power to events. The bottom line is that any community gathering, organization or event that engages body, mind and spirit has a far greater chance of surviving and thriving. Linda Buzzell is a psychotherapist, ecotherapist, blogger and co-editor of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind. She co-founded a local permaculture guild, and a voluntary simplicity circle which met for 10 years in her local community. Connect at

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Decaying Autumn Leaves Feed Summer Gardens In many parts of the U.S., autumn brings fallen leaves, and the benefits of composting can be extended via leaf molding. “You get new leaves every year. You don’t need to take leaves to a landfill or burn them,” advises Lee Reich, Ph.D., a garden and orchard consultant in New Paltz, New York ( Digging or tilling leaves into garden beds and containers, using them as mulch, fosters natural soil conditioning, supplies beneficial nutrients and enriches earthworm habitat. estimates that 50 to 80 percent of tree nutrients end up in their leaves. According to, “Leaf mold prevents extreme fluctuations in soil temperature, keeps the soil surface loose so water penetrates easily, retains soil moisture by slowing water evaporation and stimulates biological activity, creating a microbial environment that helps thwart pests.” One method comprises piling leaves in a corner of the yard or in a wood or wire bin at least three feet wide and tall. Thoroughly dampen the entire pile and let it sit, checking the moisture level occasionally during dry periods and adding water if necessary. Another option is to fill a large plastic bag with leaves and moisten them. Seal the bag, and then cut some holes or slits for airflow. Check every month or two and add water if the leaves are dry. Either way, the decomposition process for most leaves can take six to 12 months; reports that some leaves, like oak, can take up to three years to decompose. Hasten the process by mowing the leaves a couple of times before adding them to the pile or bag; turning them over every few weeks with a shovel or garden fork; or covering the contained pile with a plastic tarp to keep the leaves wetter and warmer.

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City,” relates Sage Singleton, who handles Albert’s Instagram account. “He boosts morale, reduces stress and provides entertainment.” Carlos, a former rescue kitten, greets employees at PetNovations, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, each morning. He’s the star of the corporate Instagram account and blog, and promotes the company’s eco-friendly Cat Genie litterless cat box. Smith’s Ace Hardware and Housewares, in Princeton, New Jersey, has Dusty patrol its 18,000-square-foot facility, often escorting customers along the aisles. At St. Augustine Health Ministries, in Cleveland, the furry receptionist is Oreo. This black-and-white stray claimed the job by installing herself at the front desk to welcome guests and visit with residents that miss having their own pet.

Therapists At the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, Duke Ellington Morris visits with patients while nurses check vital signs; he’s part of an animalassisted therapy program through the city’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. With the help of his humans, Jessica and Eric Hagan, of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Creek Township, Draven was certified through a local Love on a Leash chapter that qualifies pet-provided therapy animals. He showed My Cat From Hell host Jackson Galaxy his hospital routine for a segment called “My Cat From Heaven.” Draven regularly visits the Grove City Medical Center, in Pine Township, local nursing homes and service groups.

Literacy Aids “At 18, Cleo, my small, gray cat, retired from therapy visits and missed the attention,” says Michelle Cardosi, a retail clerk in Silt, Colorado. “Kids reading to her at the school library provided a solution that satisfied everyone.” In 2010, the public library in White Settlement, Texas, adopted Browser to remedy a rodent problem. Five years later, the city council cited pending renovations and a potential impact on

allergies in backing a motion to oust Browser. Supporters, pointing out that the cat brought children through the doors, successfully petitioned to keep the four-legged employee.


Private Security Less socially developed feral felines can provide needed services. The Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats rescues such cats from Los Angeles shelters. Each is vetted, spayed/ neutered and microchipped. “When they’re adopted out in threes, community cats are more likely to stay on the job,” notes founder and headmistress Shawn Simons. “In Southern California, working cats are employed as assistants to brewmasters at the Monkish Brewery to protect the grain and hops and at Saluti Cellars as vintner support in charge of gopher population control,” says Simons. “More traditionally, cats at the Portuguese Bend Riding Club barn discourage mice and make friends with horses and riders.” The school’s Working Cat Program partners with area recycling centers, golf courses, warehouses and industrial parks that could otherwise lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually due to vermin-related structural damage, including gnawed wiring and other potential fire hazards. “Businesses get an all-natural, safe and effective way to control pests and cats live life naturally,” says Simons. Working cats of many stripes are becoming increasingly common. For a business, it’s a money-saver; for a cat, it’s a lifesaver. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 2 The Nutrition & Lifestyle Review Podcast: Aging of the Heart and the Silent Killer Disease – New podcast release with Dr. Kristen Halland. Will discuss the top 2 factors that cause early or poor aging. The podcast also talks about the cardiovascular system, the disease called “the silent killer” and what people need to be doing at home to catch it early. Episode will be archived and available for download. Available on iTunes, Stitcher and streaming live from her website, where a transcript is also available. For more info: 847-310-0303 or


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Moon Festival (Chinese and Vietnamese) Cupping Therapy: Silicone Moving Cups – 9am4pm. As popularized by Michael Phelps during the 2016 Olympics, cupping is a sought-after treatment for pain relief by laypeople as well as highperformance athletes. This modality is effortless and immediately effective in repairing and remodeling the layers of fascia by removing congestion caused by injury, pain and limited range of motion. 6 CE hrs for bodywork professionals; open to the general public. $120. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. 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:

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Career for Stay at Home Moms Informational Overview – 4-9pm. We are dedicated to helping everyday moms, just like you, find the perfect balance between work and family. Come meet our team and view our company compensation and benefits plan. Must call, text, email for an interview time: 847-530-5999 or 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. Neuropathy Treatment Breakthroughs: Free Seminar – 6pm. Non-surgical, drug-free treatment for peripheral neuropathy. Learn: what really causes peripheral neuropathy; the dangers of medications; how to stop nerve damage before the effects are irreversible; how our revolutionary protocol provides outstanding results for sufferers of peripheral neuropathy. With Kim Martin, DC. North Shore Health Solutions Ltd, 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook. RSVP: 847-715-9060.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 Bodhidharma Day (Buddhism)

Lunch & Learn: REMIX Aromatherapy & Beauty – 12-1pm. Presenter: Giselle Wasfie. Ancient remedies remixed for a new age. The REMIX aromatherapy and beauty line is based in Chinese medicine and hand-crafted in Chicago by former magazine editor/music journalist, now acupuncturist-herbalist Giselle Wasfie, LAc. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, Rm 20-2, Chicago. RSVP: 855-906-4707. Leading for Good – 5:30-7:30pm. Hosted by Lake County Cares to connect more than 2 dozen local nonprofits with volunteers, leaders and board members. A fun and effective way to build bench strength and visibility for Lake County’s nonprofits as organizations get ready to launch into a new year of programming and services. Admission free. Independence Grove Audubon Hall, 16400 Buckley Rd, Libertyville. For more info: 847-234-8876 or Tickets: Solar Success: Two Guys Tell All – 7-8:30pm. Join Jay Futterman and Bob Walker, solar ambassadors from ISEA, and learn the basics of home solar and process of converting to home solar energy, the steps involved, and the money you will save. Topics covered will include installation issues, alternatives to home rooftop locations of panels, and rebates that may be available. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-5025.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival – Oct 6-8. They are trying to beat the Guinness World Record of 30,581 Jack-O-Lanterns carved and lit at the same time. Features 20 musical acts on 3 stages, trick-or-treating, costume contests, a pumpkin parade, hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival rides, kids’ crafts, food and beverage vendors and a Superhero 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk. All proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Illinois. Admission: $3/person, $5/ weekend pass, includes all-you-can-carve pumpkins. Downtown Highwood. Details: Midwest Women’s Herbal: Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat – Oct 6-8. Eugenia Bone, author and food journalist, will make the keynote address, “Mycophilia.” Other presenters: Sue Van Hook, Mara Penfil, Linda Conroy, Sarah Foltz and Carla Kramer. Retreat will focus on understanding fungi as the grandmothers of our ecosystems, with workshops at beginner through advanced levels. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info & registration: TGIF Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Kick off your weekend with this introductory TGIF Yoga class. Melt away the stress of a long week with a gentle yoga practice that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready for the weekend. All levels welcome Instructed by Theresa (Terre) Virgilio, RYT. $5. Pure Detox, 417 S Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights. 847-613-4363.

savethedate Art Exhibit – 6:30-9:30pm. Come in and view artwork by local artists and enjoy refreshments. Free. Divine Creative Synergy, 707 Chicago Ave, Evanston. 312-391-8740. Free Shiatsu Intro – 7-9:30pm. Learn the fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu, and chat with current students and instructors. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 The Art of Feminine Presence Introduction – 10am-12pm. For women waking up. Is it time to be seen, heard and respected? Learn practical ways to increase your  confidence,  joy and impact. For location & to register, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362. 2017 Illinois Solar Tour – 10am-3pm. A free public open house to demonstrate how Illinois homes and businesses are using solar, wind, geothermal, passive solar design, and energy efficiency to be energy independent. Renewable energy system owners and installers provide the tours and can answer your questions on how you too can harness the power of the sun and wind to fuel your home and business. More info & to register:

Plant Chicago Indoor Farmers’ Market – 11am3pm. 1st Sat thru May. The Plant, Lobby, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago. 773-847-5523. Woodland Work Day – 11am-5pm. Native habitat restoration is an important part of stewarding Sandhill Family Farm. Spend the day with us to learn more about why these efforts are important for the preservation of our native flora and fauna. After a short tour, we’ll get to work cutting and dragging woody brush and creating a burn pile. Sandhill Family Farms, 16228 W Skinner Rd, Brodhead, WI. RSVP: 608-247-9684. More info: Prenatal Workshop – 12:30-1:45pm. This prenatal yoga class is designed to help expecting moms and those who are preparing for pregnancy to enter their pregnancy journey with grace and ease. With Diana Zic. $35. P ​ .S. Yoga, Triton Towers, 2725 N Thatcher Ave, Ste 300, River Grove. 773-637-0560. Register: 5 Secrets to Thriving through Challenges – 2-4:30pm. When you get clear on the shift from coping to thriving, you will have more energy, creativity and ease. Learn simple practices to shift /lighten your state of mind. $30. Jai Yoga, 37 NW Hwy, Palatine. More info, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 Health & Healing Workshop – 1:30-5:30pm. Learn how you are affected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Learn and experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Success guaranteed. Free 8-min PEMF (BioElectronic-Magnetic Energy) therapy sessions (normally $35). Increased blood flow, more energy and a great business opportunity. CEs available. $45, $35/preregistered. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or 

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

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 Nat’l Coming Out Day

Is Stress Keeping You Up?: Stresses Many Effects on the Body and Hormones – 6-7:30pm. Join Dr. Kalli Prater as she discusses the many stress effects the body systems and hormone regulation. Learn about how stress and effect almost everything in the body and take a toll on the adrenal glands, thyroid gland, and alter sleep cycles. If you are still questioning if your thyroid function is “off” this is the information session you’ve been waiting for. Free. Fruitful Yield, 168 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg. 847-882-2999. Dinner with the Doctors – 6:30-8pm. Have questions? We offer lessons in health and holistic living. Find out how Be Optimal can support you on your health journey. Free; dinner included. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center, 1249 N Waukegan Rd, Glenview. RSVP: 847-486-8000. Free Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. UFOs, Crop Circles, The Catholic saint, St. Malachy’s prophecy that this is the Last Pope, Jesus, Maitreya, Save our Planet. The coming financial crisis. Are these all related? Not a recruitment type meeting, but interesting presentation, discussion and numerous handouts. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634.

Meditation and Afternoon Tea on the Spiritual Path – 2-4pm. With Chicago Area Team. $25, $20/A.R.E members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

The Art of Feminine Presence – Oct 11, 18, 25. 6:45-8:45pm. A transformative circle for women. Is it time to be seen, heard and respected? Practice simple ways to increase your confidence, joy and impact. Winnetka Womens Exchange, 630 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka. 847-441-3406.



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Dia de la Raza (Day of the People)

Yoga for Fertility – 5-6pm. With Diana Zic. Class designed for individuals who are trying to conceive either naturally or by assisted reproductive treatments. Incorporates postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Free. Cocooncare, 409 W Huron, Chicago. Must RSVP:


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Sky Fitness and Sky Yoga 5th Anniversary Party – 9am-12pm. Free introductory ballroom dance lesson, beginner acro yoga class, aromatherapy yoga class and more. Sky Fitness, 1501 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove. 847-229-0292.

popTALK!: Transformative Travel – 6:157:15pm. Dave Frech, LAc and 2015 PCOM Graduate, will talk about his travel through Mindful Medicine Worldwide trip to Chanaute, Nepal, a remote clinic four hours outside of Kathmandu, just a few months after the devastating earthquake that occurred in April 2015, and how he prepared for it. $5 donation at door welcomed. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. RSVP: 855-906-4707.

Chinese Face & Birth Date Reading – Oct 14-15. 9am-4:30pm. You have a unique inner design you can use to navigate your life. The ancient Chinese developed a little known system of reading your inner design based on the patterns in your facial features and birth date. Join Jean Haner in this 2-day event and find out how to read these patterns. $255; $225/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828.

Health & Healing Workshop – 10am-2pm. Learn how you are affected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Learn and experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Success guaranteed. Free 8-min PEMF (BioElectronic-Magnetic Energy) therapy sessions (normally $35). Increased blood flow, more energy and a great business opportunity. CEs available. $36/ preregistered. Palos Park Recreation Center, 8901 W 123rd St, Palos Park. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or  The Solar System: A Spiritual University and Journeys to the “Other Side” – 10am-4pm. With Susan Wisehart and Dave Birr. What happens in the afterlife before we return for our next incarnation? There are different perspectives on the between state. This workshop will cover the evolution of the Soul between lives according to Edgar Cayce, Rudolph Steiner and Michael Newton. This experiential workshop will include group guided journeys to contact your past lives, spirit guides and loved ones who have crossed over. $45/pre-register; $50/ at door (includes lunch). Wisconsin Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE) held at Unity Church, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa, WI. Register, Kevin: 414-322-6552 or To schedule an appt in Susan’s Mundelein or Des Plaines office: DIY Pop Up Beauty Bar – 11am-2pm. Will feature several stations where you can make your own allnatural recipes like face masks, foot scrubs, room sprays, roller balls and more. Recipes are free to make, with just the purchase of glass container. Fruitful Yield, 7230 W North Ave, Elmwood Park. 708-395-5880.

savethedate The Adoption Process from A to Z – 2-3:30pm. Attorney Sally Wildman explores fundamentals of adopting a child and basic legal steps of this process. Highlights include different types of adoption, resources for initiating a search for an available child, and today’s trend of “openness.” Program open to public; registration requested by Oct 12. Free. Chicago Public Libraries, Rogers Park Branch, 6907 N Clark St, Chicago. To register: 312-744-0156 or Chicago IANDS – 2-5pm. Support/study/resource forum for near-death, out-of-body and spiritual experiences, losses. Guest Speaker: Concetta Bertoldi, gifted psychic medium, author of Do Dead People See You Shower? and more. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 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.


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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Essentials of Craniosacral Therapy – Oct 17, 24, 31. 9am-4pm. This 3-day course is a practical introduction to the theory and practice of the biodynamics of craniosacral balancing. Learn essential ways to perceive the body’s intrinsic movement dynamics, rhythms and pulsations. 18 CE hrs for bodywork professionals; open to the general public. $240. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Gyrokinesis Class – Tuesdays, Oct 17-Nov 21. 9:30-10:25am. 6-wk session. Lengthen and strengthen your spine and body. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071. Still Need to Create Your Will? – 6:30pm. With Cindy Campbell, family attorney. Topics include how to protect your legacy and ensure your loved ones are cared for; the benefits of a trust versus a will; and what and who to consider in creating your documents. Al’s Pizza, 28W 241 Warrenville Rd, Warrenville. RSVP: 866-566-9494, Assistant@ or Small But Mighty: Why Ants Rock – 7pm. Ants are found on every continent except Antarctica, can lift up to 100 times their own body weight, communicate mostly by smell, and play such an important role in the environment that they are considered an indicator species for restoration success in grasslands and savannas. Lake Forest College’s Sean Menke will fill us in on these often-overlooked insects, including their relationship to birds. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331. The Power of Now Class Series – 7pm. 2-wk series. Class based on the book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Taught by Gregory Barrette, Senior Minister. Will work with specific methods for being in the moment, as well as how the now moment fits into the overall evolution of the soul. Free-will offering. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18 What’s Lurking in Your Lotion?: Real Talk about Product Safety – 1-2:30pm. Presenter Amy Hanna Downey will discuss what’s in your personal care products and cleaning agents without facing the daunting task of researching every ingredient. Also learn about safe Halloween makeup and receive a free sample of a safe, homemade cleaner as well as enter a personal care product raffle. Free. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-5025. Career for Stay at Home Moms Informational Overview – 4-9pm. We are dedicated to helping everyday moms, just like you, find the perfect balance between work and family. Come meet our team and view our company compensation and benefits plan. Must call, text, email for an interview time: 847-530-5999 or Gyrokinesis Class – Wednesdays, Oct 18-Nov 22. 6:30-7:25pm. 6-wk session. Lengthen and strengthen your spine and body. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071.



Diwali (Hinduism) Jotowehah - Return of Little Cold Moon Zumba For A Cure – 6:30-8pm. Sky Fitness, 1501 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove. 847-229-0292. What’s Lurking in Your Lotion?: Real Talk about Product Safety – 7-8:30pm. See Oct 18 listing. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. 847-256-5025. Free Health & Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. Learn how you are affected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Learn and experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Success guaranteed. Free 8-min PEMF (BioElectronic-Magnetic Energy) therapy sessions (normally $35). Increased blood flow, more energy and a great business opportunity. CEs available. Shorewood Hypnosis Center, 102 W Jefferson St, Ste 2, Shorewood. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or  Relieving Computer Eye Strain – 7-9pm. Relieve your computer eye strain, protect your vision from deterioration, and keep your eyes healthy. Learn the impact of prolonged use of computer and smart phone, proper posture, and simple ways to give your eyes and body a break to relieve eye strain and visual stress. $30/10 days advance, $35. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 815-219-7897.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 Birth of the B’ab (Baha’i)

Gyrokinesis Class – Fridays, Oct 20-Nov 24. 1010:55am. 6-wk session. Lengthen and strengthen your spine and body. Spyrl Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. 773-814-2071. Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Oct 20-22 & 27-29. 7-10pm, Fri; 9am-4pm, Sat & Sun. Learn how to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is a standalone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $500; $450 with early registration plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 Meditate-A-Thon: World Peace through Inner Peace – 9:30am-5pm. Infinity Foundation will conduct a Meditate-A-Thon featuring 7 hourly meditations with different presenters. No meditation experience is needed. Come when you can and stay as long as you would like. Light lunch and snacks included. $75, $50/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. More info & registration: Your Self as Your Friend Workshop – 9:45am12pm. Restorative and refreshing self-care you need. Receive guidance and simple practices, so you can embrace more self-love and self-discovery. $25 by Oct 12, $30 after. Barrington Integrative Health, 550 Fox Glen Court, Barrington. To register, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.


Find Your Career in TCM or Massage – 11am12pm. Come and meet us at the campus to see what Pacific College career is right for you. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. RSVP: 855-906-4707. Walking Your Purpose: Shamanic Journey – 1-4pm. With Melissa Sonido. $45, $40/A.R.E members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535. Respect Your Self Workshop – 2-4:30pm. Take your life back from the mean voices that say you aren’t enough. Discover, play and be with more of your authentic goodness. $30. Jai Yoga, 37 NW Hwy, Palatine. More info, Sarah Karnes: 262-745-8362.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 Astrology: The Solar Return-Your Coming Year – 12:30-3:30pm. When the Sun returns each year to its exact position at your birth, a birth chart for your coming year is created telling you what that year’s focus will be. Learn the issues, challenges, enjoyments, and triumphs you will face for that year. Get ready for what’s coming. $55; $45 by Oct 15. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago. 773-327-7224. 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, 350 Pfingsten Rd, Ste 107, Northbrook. RSVP, Sarah Karnes: 262745-8362.


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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 United Nations Day

National Acupuncture Day – 9am-5pm. Call to schedule your first-time acupuncture treatment at the college clinic for free. New patients who call in this week mentioning the offer will receive their first treatment free. Returning clients: receive 1/2 off for one visit in Oct. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. For an appt: 855-906-4707.

savethedate A New Path to Health for Body and Soul – 7-8:30pm. “There is no incurable,” Bruno Groening. Speaker: Bruno Arcuri. Free; donations appreciated. Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S Park Ave, Streamwood. 773 775 8855.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 Neuropathy Treatment Breakthroughs: Free Seminar – 6pm. Non-surgical, drug-free treatment for peripheral neuropathy. Learn: what really causes peripheral neuropathy; the dangers of medications; how to stop nerve damage before the effects are irreversible; how our revolutionary protocol provides outstanding results for sufferers of peripheral neuropathy. With Kim Martin, DC. North Shore Health Solutions Ltd, 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook. RSVP: 847-715-9060.

savethedate A New Path to Health for Body and Soul – 6:308pm. “There is no incurable,” Bruno Groening. Speaker: Bruno Arcuri. Free; donations appreciated. Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. 773 775 8855. Answering Your Inner Calling Workshop – 7-8:30pm. 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, OCTOBER 26 Dr. Talks: The Art of Cosmetic Treatments – 6-7pm. With Dr. Cheryl Perlis of Perlis Wellness Center of Lake Bluff. Learn how to heal from the inside and how woman can improve their outer appearance. $10; all proceeds benefit the  Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation. SPYRL Chicago, 1781 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park. Registration required: 847-348-0822 or Free Health & Healing Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how you are effected by other peoples’ energy and how to protect yourself. Learn and experience EFT, the gentle tapping therapy for emotional and physical symptom release. PTSD, grief, digestive issues, hip-knee-back-shoulder pains substantially lessen. Success guaranteed. Free 8-min PEMF (BioElectronic-Magnetic Energy) therapy sessions (normally $35). Increased blood flow, more energy and a great business opportunity. CEs available. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. More info, Tom: 708-955-3634 or  Seeing Fine Prints Clearly Without Glasses – 7-9pm. This class will benefit you if you are using reading glasses or bifocals; or losing your focusing power to see close-up images clearly. Come and learn the simple yet very effective Bates Method of Natural Vision Improvement which has helped so many people to heal this easily correctable problem. $30/10 days advance, $35. Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 815-219-7897.


savethedate A New Path to Health for Body and Soul – 7-8:30pm. “There is no incurable,” Bruno Groening. Speaker: Bruno Arcuri. Free; donations appreciated. The Dance Building, 1330 Webford Ave, Des Plaines. 773-775-8855. Guided Meditation for the New Age – 7-9pm. Join the A.R.E. Chicago Team for a guided meditation in a group guided meditation to sooth your soul, reduce stress, balance your energy field and assist Mother Earth. Free. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-299-6535.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 Become a Medical Intuitive: Seeing with XRay Eyes – Oct 28-30. With Tina M. Zion. Get step-by-step guidance to access medical/emotional information; perceive with “X-ray” vision and insights; develop intuitive sight to help uncover the underlying causes of illness; and sense the electromagnetic energy of thoughts and emotions. DePaul University, 2320 N Kenmore, Chicago. For more info, Therese McGinnis: HigherSelfConsulting@ The Stillness Within: Introduction to Meditation – 11am-1pm. Looking to create a more peaceful, centered life? In this workshop, learn the basics of meditation, from the benefits you can expect to the practical details of meditating. Find out how to set up a meditation space, how long to meditate, what to focus on, and techniques to help overcome distractions. Includes teaching, guided meditation and time for questions. All welcome. With Gen Kelsang Dorje, Resident Teacher. $15. Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago in Oak Park, 13 Harrison St, Oak Park.

savethedate A New Path to Health for Body and Soul – 1:303pm. “There is no incurable,” Bruno Groening. Speaker: Bruno Arcuri. Free; donations appreciated. Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St, Oak Park. 773-775-8855.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 Community Health Fair – 9am-12:30pm. Flu shots available (bring insurance card), as well as screenings for diabetes, bone density, blood pressure and more. There will also be information on hand about nutrition, weight loss and foot, eye and hearing health. A separate blood drive will be held from 8am-12:30pm. Admission free. Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, 1201 Lake Cook Rd, Deerfield. 847-940-7575.


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savethedate Illinois Soil, Water, Food and Composting Summit – 8am-4pm. Brings together leaders and practitioners on soil conservation, water quality protection, sustainable agriculture/local food, food recovery, and composting to learn more about the connectivity between issues and explore opportunities for collaborative work that lead to eco-effective, socially responsible, and economically viable results across topic areas. $25. Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago. More info:


savethedate Green Living Expo – 10am-3pm. Green businesses and organizations are welcome and invited to interact with McHenry County’s green community. New features include an artist’s walk where visitors can shop and talk with local, sustainable artists. Businesses with appropriate green holiday gift ideas are also encouraged to register. Admission free. McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Hwy 14, Crystal Lake. For sponsors, vendors, exhibitors & artists info & to receive a registration form: 815-479-7765 or


savethedate Pre-Holiday Sale – 10am-3pm. Crystals, stones, local artists, crafts, card reading and fun activities. Mystic Moon Metaphysical Market and Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. 847-350-7000.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31 Halloween Samhain (Wiccan and Pagan)


savethedate A New Path to Health for Body and Soul – 6:30-8pm. “There is no incurable,” Bruno Groening. Speaker: Bruno Arcuri. Free; donations appreciated. Eisenhower Public Library, 4613 N Oketo Ave, Harwood Hts. 773-775-8855.

Soul Shift in Sedona – With Heather Faun Basl and Johanna David. Get ready to fly. Remove what blocks you and holds you back. Become magnificent and great. Realize your true potential, a lighter bright you. Includes 3 vortex sites, a group sound healing session, meditation and yoga. Register: 630-210-8688 or


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monthlyspecialoffers $50 Spa Mani + Pedi with Guava Passion Hand Treatment – Thru Oct. Enjoy a relaxing manicure and pedicure while your finger/toes are being soaked, nails filed and cuticles trimmed. Hands/feet exfoliated and massaged. Receive complimentary hand treatment using Guava Passion Mask by Qtica. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $60 Swedish Massage with Cannabios Cream – Thru Oct. The classic form of a soft-tissue massage that relaxes the body, increase blood circulation and lymph flow, enhances range of motion, eases muscle aches and tension. Excellent for first-time clients. Cannabios Cream provides extra and effective relief for muscle or joint pains. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $84.99 90-Minute Swedish Massage – Thru Oct. Add $5 for deep tissue. The classic form of a soft-tissue massage that relaxes the body, increase blood circulation and lymph flow, enhances range of motion, eases muscle aches and tension. Excellent for first-time clients. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $89.99 Rejuvenating Oxygen Facial – Thru Oct. Interested in stimulating healing and calming the skin during a facial? An oxygen facial is the answer. It provides hydration and circulation for the skin while killing bacteria and reducing inflammation. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130.

sunday The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 9-11am. Sunday edition of the weekly local radio show focused on gardening and the environment, with lots of humor to wake us up. Author and master gardener Mike Nowak and cohost Peggy Malecki feature a variety of guests in live show on 1590 WCGO AM, also available in podcast on, iTunes and podcast apps, and streaming live on and the TuneIn radio app. 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:


$150 Eminence Organic Blueberry Soy Slimming Body Wrap & Organic Facial – Thru Oct. Firming and hydrating blueberry soy slimming body wrap stimulates circulation to refine and strengthen the appearance of skin’s structure. Also enjoy an Eminence Organic facial that offers exfoliation, hydration, and pore cleansing using natural AHAs found in the pulp of apples and grapes. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. Gentle and Restorative Yoga Classes Available – $10 cash only. Lovelight Healing Center, 408 Center St, Grayslake. 847-350-7000. Free Communication, Cognition or Swallowing Screening – 7-10pm. By appt Mon-Fri during the 2nd week of each month. For all persons 18 and over. Your skills quickly assessed by a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Payne Wellness Center, 830 E Higgins, Ste 111Z, Schaumburg.  847-275-8517. Spiritual, Fitness and Nutritional Life Coaching for Adults, Teens and Kids – 4-session program for $260. Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, 2746 Central St, Evanston. 847-475-1500.

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The Nutrition & Lifestyle Review Podcast – With Kristen Halland, DC, DABCA, owner of Balance Chiropractic and Wellness. The 20-30-min podcasts will offer no-nonsense, evidence-based answers to help you boost your health status, live a life fueled by whole-foods nutrition, focus on prevention and wellness as a lifestyle, and get the most out of the natural healthcare system where you’re treated as a whole person. New episode launched each Monday, with prior episodes archived and available for download. Available on iTunes, Stitcher and streaming live from her website, where a transcript is also available. For more info: 847-310-0303 or 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.

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. 847-2072034. Loyola Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 16. 3-7pm. The Loyola Plaza, 6550 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago. Community Style Acupuncture Clinic – 5-7:45pm. By Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Interns. First come, first serve. $10/treatment; $5/vets. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 65 E Wacker Pl, 21st Fl, Chicago. 773-477-4822.


Woodstock Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am-1pm. Also Sat. Shop for fresh produce and local products. Woodstock Square Historic District, 205 W Todd Ave, Woodstock.

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.

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.

Qigong – 2-4:30pm. 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. 773-477-4822.

Complimentary Consultation at ChiroMend Natural Health Center –1-5pm, by appt. Are you feeling older than your age? Brain fog or stress turning you into a zombie? Come and sit down for a 30-min complimentary consultation with one of our board certified physicians to discuss your health and formulate a plan to uncover the real causes of your symptoms. 1834 Glenview Rd, Ste 2W, Glenview. For appt: 847-730-3988. More info:



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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. Qigong – 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. 773-477-4822. Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Also Fri, 11am or 12pm. 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. Women’s Basics Jiu-Jitsu Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. Also Thurs. Learn the basics and fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a female-friendly environment. All levels welcome. Co-ed class held: Tues-Thurs, 6-7pm & Sat, 10:30-11:30am. Ilya’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 2068 1st St, Highland Park. Jen Zanotti:

wednesday Ravinia Farmers Market – Thru Oct 25. 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Vendors selling local and organic vegetables, fruits, cheeses, baked goods, crepes and other products. Highland Park Ravinia District on Dean Ave at Roger Williams Ave. 847-561-1302. Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Fri. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470.


Ravenswood Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 18. 4-8pm. Offers handmade crafts and homegrown varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, flowers, dairy and more from local and regional farmers, food producers and artisans. Ravenswood Evangelical Covenant Church parking lot, 4900 N Damen Ave, Chicago.

phins which are natural pain suppressants; decrease stress and muscle soreness. Introductory offer: $85. 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. For an appt: 847-272-3700.

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.

Free Mini-Stress Relieve Acupuncture Session – 11am-2pm. Also Wed. By appt only. Nirvana Naturopathics, 1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook. 847-508-1470.

thursday Low-Line Market – Thru Oct. 3-7:30pm. Farmers bring an assortment of the best fruits and vegetables their local farms can offer. Also includes Lakeview businesses and performers that fill the low-line area with healthy foods, beer and music. Held under the Southport CTA Brown Line Station, Chicago. Om Zone – 4-8pm. For those looking for new approaches to live naturally in the modern world. Share ideas about what works and get support in making healthier choices or just chill out to manage stress. Each week will feature a different modality, and there are no limits on topics. World Tree Natural Medicine, 17W703-F Butterfield Rd, Oakbrook Terrace. 630-359-5522.

friday Stretch Fridays – 10am-5pm. Chain Reflex® Stretch Therapy can help you. 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 endor-

Shiatsu Student Clinic – 11am or 12pm. See Tues listing. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130.

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 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:  312-356-9990 or Dates & locations: event/centennial. 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, &

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Diabetes Prevention & Reversal plus: Silent Retreats

November articles include: Lifestyle Changes for Diabetics, Stretching Modalities, The Benefits of Silent Retreats and more!

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Oak Park Farmers’ Market – Thru 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. 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 University Pl & Oak Ave, Evanston. Info, Myra Gorman: 847-448-8045, mgorman@ 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. Woodstock Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am-1pm. Also Tues. Woodstock Square Historic District, 205 W Todd Ave, Woodstock. 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. French Market – Thru Oct 7. 9am-1pm. Purchase small batch goods directly from artisans and purveyors selling produce, flowers, food, craft goods, jewelry and more. St. Johns Ave parking lot north of Central. 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. Nia: Fun Fitness Fusion – 9:30-10:30am. Also, Tues, Thurs. Combines martial arts (like tae kwon do), dance arts (like modern dance), and healing arts (like yoga). Using music from all over the world, each Nia class begins with a focus and intent to guide your movement “flavor” and help you develop the conditioning, energy, and self-healing you crave. Based on 52 simple moves everyone can learn, each Nia routine combines both choreography and free dance, where anything goes movement-wise. Low-impact. All ages, all abilities. Wear something stretchy and get ready for the sweetest sweat ever. First class free. $15/ drop-in. Raydiant Day, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. NiaRaydiantDay.Life. The Mike Nowak Show Radio Program – 10-11am. The Saturday edition of 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, iTunes and podcast apps, and streaming live on and the TuneIn radio app.


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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.

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

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EMERGENCIES CAN STRIKE AT ANY TIME – Wise Food Storage makes it easy to prepare with tasty, easy-to-cook meals that have a 25-year shelf life. Free sample. Call 800-620-8157.

HEALTH PRODUCTS GOT KNEE PAIN? BACK PAIN? SHOULDER PAIN? – Get a pain-relieving brace little or no cost to you. Medicare Patients call Health Hotline now! 1-800-589-0629.

HELP WANTED ARE YOU HIRING? – Find your next team member. Call 847-858-3697 or submit online at Submit. MEDIA SALES: CHICAGO & SUBURBS – Excellent opportunity for flexible part-time work

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. Quan Yin Meditation – 11am-12pm. Join us for a spiritual meditation session with our ancient Quan Yin dating back from the Ming Dynasty. Free. Rosley’s Rocks and Gems, 4344 N Western Ave, Chicago. Must RSVP: 773-561-7200.

with great rewards. Natural Awakenings Chicago is seeking a self-motivated professional with strong interpersonal and communication skills to introduce businesses to the benefits of advertising 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 SEAMSTRESS NEEDED – For high-end clothing in Deerfield/Northbrook area. Part or full time. Mimika Designs. 847-312-3084.

MEDITATION DO YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY MEDITATING? – This PC-based software program will help! Designed by a Mystic with an MS in physics, it uses Sacred Geometry of the Cosmic Lemniscate and other Polar Equations to create mesmerizing designs on your computer that hold your focus and help you easily reach a meditative state. Support@

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Aerial Yoga – Thru Oct. 11:30am-12:30pm. Sky Fitness, 1501 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove. 847-229-0292. Introduction to Heartland Meditation – 2-3pm. Learn how the guided, subtraction meditation technique brings positive changes real results. An eye-opening session showing how to reflect on the cluttered thoughts to discard those from the mind. Free. Heartland Meditation, 1444 S Butterfield Rd, Mundelein. 224-433-6338.

Witch and ghost make merry on this last of dear October’s days. ~Author unknown awakenings

October 2017


communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care & green living in our community.

ACUPUNCTURE WHOLE HEALTH ACUPUNCTURE 50 E Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village 847-357-3929

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


Experience more insight and compassion, gain clarity about your deepest desires, and learn supportive strategies for making your dreams come true. Enjoy a more conscious relationship with your Soul with Dr. Howe’s Akashic Records Independent Study/Classes On-Demand Program. Student Advisor, Reading Partners and more.


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. 



Specializing in Pediatric & Adult Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Buffalo Grove 847-541-4878 Vernon Hills 224-206-7903 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 37.


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.


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Call 847-858-3697 to join us next month ZEN SHIATSU CHICAGO

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.


Bernhard Groth, Cert Executive Coach Member: Int’l Coach Federation (ICF) Location: Chicago 60613 Sunday afternoons: If you are a solo-preneur, high-potential, manager or in transition, start mastering the art of coaching! Topics: Listening, questioning, feedback, behavioral coaching & coaching conversations. Format: Stand-alone sessions, roleplay. Invest in yourself! ROI 4x-8x. You don’t pay for coaching, you pay for results!


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.”



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.


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

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.

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



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.

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.

ENERGY HEALING NOWSTUDIO.CO AND MOJO OWL Logan Square location and MojoOwl 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.


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 21.

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



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.




480 Elm Place, Ste 108, Highland Park 60035 847-207-2034 • Digestive problems? Acid Reflux/ GERD, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis? Let us help you naturally achieve nutritional balance, feel better and enhance the quality of your life. Improve digestion while reducing discomfort and bloating so you can eat the foods you love again. Certified digestive health specialist/enzyme therapist. See ads on pages 9 and 45.

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 hosting a monthly Psychic Holistic Fair and Artist Trunk Show. Upcoming dates: Oct 14 15, Nov 11-12, Dec 9-10.


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.

The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. ~Unknown awakenings

October 2017



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 41.


Vibe High Wellness 312-404-6677 I help women remodel their lives and bodies with the right system, support and accountability to transform their health and body for good. If what you’ve been doing is no longer working and you’re looking for solutions to get you where you want to be, schedule your first session, free.


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

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

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

As a Biological dentist, I recognize the impact of toxic substances and only use materials and procedures that are systemically compatible with your body. We offer a wide variety of procedures from general to cosmetic, ozone therapy, laser dentistry, safe mercury removal, TScan bite adjustment for TMJ, Earthing chair, infrared sauna and restoration of porcelain implants, all in a safe and relaxing atmosphere. See ad on page 19.


2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 Stay healthy with a whole-body, preventative care approach. We use non-fluoridated ozonated water, periodontal herbal treatments, and gluten-free herbal paste. Restorative options include: safe amalgam removal, BPA-free fillings and sealants, non-metal crowns and bridges, sleep apnea and TMJ appliances, and non-acrylic night guards, partials and dentures. Our conservative approach includes: digital X-rays and intraoral camera, non-surgical gum therapies including laser and ozone, and herbal irrigation. Material reactivity testing, saliva pH and microscopic plaque analysis are available. Our natural approach includes dental homeopathy, CranioSacral therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 25.

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

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


Dr. 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.

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.

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.


1834 Glenview Rd, 2nd Fl, Ste 2W, Glenview 60025 847-730-3988 Experience comprehensive holistic health care. Using a unique combination of therapies including functional medicine, nutrition, physical therapy and chiropractic care, we identify and treat the true cause of problems and not just symptoms. Let us help you get back into your life. See ad on page 11.

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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





Silvia Panitch, MD, Medical Director 3344 N Ashland Ave, Chicago 60657 773-525-6595

630-210-8688, 312-502-1539

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.


Are your hands or feet burning? Do you have numbness or tingling or pain? Problems sleeping? Are you having regular bowel movements or digestion problems? Previously diagnosed with a Neuropathy condition? Did you know that these issues can all be related? See ad on page 3.


Dr. Greg Seaman 1355 Remington Rd, Ste I, Schaumburg IL 60173 312-600-5070

Using IV therapies, PRP, weight management and other natural programs we help conditions like fatigue, brain fog, hormone imbalance, pain, injury, weight gain, decreased performance, tick born disease and more. After an initial consultation, we design your custom program to obtain true optimal health, which includes living a healthy lifestyle and being committed to yourself. See ad on page 15.

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.


Inner Child Connection Ltd 847-971-1221


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. 


Having unique training and experience, Dr. Funda Kahn offers myriad techniques customized for individuals and groups to create peace and harmony in their lives. Trained as an oral surgeon, she committed her life to healing souls. Teaching hypnosis, self-hypnosis, EFT, and “inner child connection” are only the beginning of what she can provide. “Feelings buried alive never die.” –Karol Truman. See ad on pages 13 and 19.

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

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but seeing with new eyes. ~Marcel Proust

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.

SOUL SESSIONS WITH KOZ Koz Kritzer Evanston 60202 312-380-9068

Do you feel stuck, lost or wonder why you are here? Let Koz help you look into your Soul, find the answers you seek and discover your True Self. Through Soul Readings, Coaching and Clearings, you’ll gain the meaningful information needed to live your authentic life from the inside out.


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 family 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 35.


October 2017



1280 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. Meditate-A-Thon for World and Inner Peace, October 21. Chinese Farce & Birth Reading with bestselling author, Jean Haner, October 1415. Call or email for a free course guide. CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental.


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. 

METAPHYSICAL 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 selfimage 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.


NATUROPATHIC CONSULTATION DR. ALLA ARUTCHEVA, MD, PHD, ND Associate Professor, Rush University Med. School Antalee Wellness 1836 Glenview Rd, 2nd Fl, Glenview 60025 847-486-1130

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

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 31.


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

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 ads on pages 25 and 35.



2177 Shermer Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-963-6094 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 13.

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.


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.



Healthyon Institute 2700 Patriot Blvd, Ste 250, Glenview 60026 847-656-5824, 847-232-9932 Do you want to solve a health issue that has you frustrated? Dr. Tutunikov can help. She will work to get to the root and treat your complex health problem. Dr. Tutunikov’s expertise in personalized functional medicine could be just the fresh approach you need to restore your health. Experience working with most complex chronic diseases, including pain, infertility, anxiety, headaches and more.

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Weekday Afternoons Have NEVER Been Smarter. Tired of all the yelling, finger-pointing and blaming on the radio? Your weekday afternoons and weekends can be a whole lot smarter… with 1590 WCGO, your SmartTalk radio station! SmartTalk is radio to think by…intelligent, thoughtprovoking conversation without the name calling! Your solutions-oriented outlet covering the key issues of the day. No more dumbing down of America! At WCGO, we raise the bar by providing intelligent discourse with our top shelf menu of thinkers including Jim

Blasingame, Kate Dalley, Blanquita Collum, Daniel French, Citizen Kelly and George Noory. Weekends are fun, entertaining and educational with Mighty House Home Improvement Radio, The Mike Nowak Show with Peggy Malecki, Mike Jackson Outdoors, Richie Zie’s Chicago History and Automotive Museum, Playtime with Sid & Bill featuring Kerri Kendall, Gentleman Grochowski and Beyond The Beltway. Your North Shore outlet for inspiring, smart and fun radio!

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October 2017



e c n e r r o T n a Nath



As a young woman who has suffered traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries from a car accident, finding relief from the chronic effects is monumental. I have suffered from tension and cramping literally from head to toe, with constant contractions in my calf, feet, toes, and migraines. Following a treatment I feel great, but what is more important is the lasting relief I’m noticing. I am able to sleep deeper, move more fluidly, and feel peace in my mind and body overall, a peace I never thought I’d gain again after the trauma. Nate tracks progress, notices the changes, and helps me notice and feel them, too. His work is his passion – my relief and peace mean as much to him as to me – he is a true healer.




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 Nathan or any Chronic Conditions specialist.


Start a Career in Shiatsu Therapy. E-mail or call 847-864-1130 to sign up today! Beginning Zen Shiatsu 2 Weekend Intensive Session Oct 20-22 & 27-29, Fri 7-10pm, Sat/Sun 9am-4pm 5 Day Intensive Session Dec 11-15 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm 10 Week Sessions January 9 - March 13, Tuesdays 11am-2pm January 11 - March 15, Thursdays 7-10pm or try one of our

Free Introductory Workshops October 6, Friday, 7:00-9:30pm November 16, Thursday, 7:00-9:30pm To view more class times, visit:


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