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How to Nurture Imagination

20 MKE YOGA SOCIAL Deftly Weaves Socialization with Well-Being


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As children, we turned sticks into swords and linens into forts. Sidewalks transformed into chalk masterpieces and sand grew into sandcastles. We amused ourselves for hours with imaginative play and yard games. It felt like fun, not work. In this ever-changing world, inspiring children to be creative helps foster adaptability, confidence and growth. The innate wonder and imagination in kids can often be stifled by formal rules and lessons if we aren’t careful. The article “Creative Kids” (page 18) inspires us as parents, teachers and role models to encourage creativity and appreciate one’s unique talents and interests. Likewise, it is very powerful to express our creativity as adults. Creativity comes in many forms, of course: visual art, music, movement, dance, spoken and written word, and so forth. Whatever the medium, creativity can promote healing on both an individual and a community level. Art therapy helps many people process through trauma and agerelated illness. It can help those with physical illness cope with pain and other symptoms. It can foster a sense of purpose, value and belief in oneself and in others. For instance, Integration Healing Art Therapy, in Milwaukee, offers art, yoga and mindfulness classes as an integrative approach to help people heal. Our feature article (page 14) dives deep into art and creativity as a means to enrich our lives in these ways and more. We ALL have an aptitude for creativity. I encourage you to tap into that this month. Try a new recipe, take an art or yoga class, try a sport or activity you normally might not. Listen to a different musical genre or take a walk in a new place. Explore the novelty of new experiences and have an amazing September! Jordan Peschek RN-BSN, Publisher

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Weekend Yoga Wellness Retreats Through Camp Serenity


amp Serenity, a water- and land-based yoga and retreat center in Muskego, offers a range of unique, affordable yoga options for everybody and every body. Iron Lotus yoga, developed by Camp Serenity founder Sharon Roy, uses weights to increase strength and range of motion. Paddleboard yoga uses professional-grade, anchored paddleboards. Sand and Land yoga starts on land and finishes in calm inland lake water. In addition, there are also Sunrise yoga and Full Moon yoga classes. Weekend retreats, small group and private lessons are available. “Iron Lotus is medicine, especially for those with autoimmune disorders or injuries, and those wanting to get strong without jumping or running,” says Roy. “We work hard and laugh with joy. Outdoor yoga is lakeside. Our indoor studio has heated floors and is a beautiful cocoon.” Cost: $15/session; $25 for paddleboard yoga. Location: S76W18582 Kingston Dr., Muskego. For more information, call or text 262-9038774 or visit or CampSerenity.

Virtual Workshop Teaches How to Age Healthfully


r. Sarah Axtell, a naturopathic doctor and founder of Lakeside Natural Medicine, will instruct people on how to improve their health and reverse the signs of aging through an “anti-aging” virtual workshop, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., October 2. Participants will hear a nutritional lecture on the top anti-aging superfoods; get recommendations from a naturopathic doctor on diet, lifestyle and supplements to help one look and feel their best; see cooking Dr. Sarah Axtell demonstrations; and receive recipes. The workshop is designed to help people slow down the aging process from the inside out and achieve radiant skin, increase their energy, improve digestion and reduce the risk of chronic disease. “Today we are inundated with anti-aging quick-fixes, such as Botox, fillers and anti-aging topical serums,” says Axtell. “However, a truly radiant, youthful and glowing complexion starts in the kitchen.” Axtell is a naturopathic doctor that helps people facing chronic health conditions, such as hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders and weight-loss resistance. Her passion is using “food as medicine” with her patients. Cost: $39. Pre-registration is required; call Lakeside Natural Medicine at 414-939-8748 to register. See ad, page 29.

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MKE River Roundup and Brew City Kayak Bring Music to the Open Water


he MKE River Roundup is a weekly concert series on the Milwaukee River. From 5 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday through the end of September, a musical act will perform on a pontoon boat, known as “The Funktoon.” People can rent a kayak from Brew City Kayak and paddle alongside the performers. The Funktoon makes pit stops at bars and restaurants on their voyage up and down the river. Tickets are available for kayak rentals, and people that own their own watercraft are encouraged to come join in the fun. There is an afterparty at Boone & Crocket. The band lineup for September features Honest John, September 1; Another One, September 8; The Hot & Dirty Brass Band, September 15; and The Erotic Adventures of Static Chicken, September 22. Location: 820 S. Water St., Milwaukee. For more information, visit

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mantha Murphy, an international teacher, author and practitioner of ancient Irish Celtic shamanism, will be in Wisconsin to lead a workshop from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 1 through 3, and again on November 6 through 8. The workshop will be held at Golden Light Healing Retreat Center, in Sobieski, north of Green Bay. Murphy was schooled in the ancient and hidden lore of wise women and healers, rooted in the Irish landscape and guarded over the years by her female forebears. In this training, she brings to life shamanic practices from the Irish tradition, combining story, ritual, energy teaching and the insights gathered from her own shamanic journeying. The workshop will explore the pre-Celtic understanding of the Tree of Life and the Wheel of the Year, containing the seasonal turning points such as Samhain and Imbolc, their attendant festivals, and the role and powers of the divine feminine. Murphy lives in Ireland and is the author of The Way of the Seabhean: An Irish Shamanic Path. Her spiritual work began in 1972 as a clairvoyant and later expanded to other spiritual healing forms. She works with individuals and groups, at home and internationally. Cost: $599, lunch included; lodging and meal options available for additional cost. For more information or to register, call 920-609-8277 or email See listing, page 38.

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The Fertility Nurse’s Babymaking Bootcamp Helps People Struggling with Fertility


ecca Thomas, “the fertility nurse”, is a registered nurse, nutritionist and fertility specialist. She offers a natural, holistic approach to fertility challenges. Registration is open from September 21 through 27 for her new Babymaking Bootcamp, a 12-week group coaching program that teaches couples how to optimize fertility naturally. “This program will offer participants guidance on nutrition and lifestyle changes that they can make to optimize fertility,” says Thomas. She explains that Becca Thomas Babymaking Bootcamp is “a proven path to get your body nourished and your hormones playing nicely together again so you can get pregnant the good ol’ fashioned way.” Thomas is passionate about showing alternatives to mainstream medicine. She helps couples that want to get pregnant naturally by giving them the tools to optimize fertility and carry a healthy pregnancy from conception to birth. Cost: $497 per couple. For more information or to reguster, email or visit See ad, page 12.

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oap Fixx Co., LLC, a woman-owned company that makes handcrafted all-natural soap, now has a storefront in Waukesha. Owner and soap maker Mariaelena Lopez-Charbonneau began selling her vegan, environmentally safe soap at the Waukesha and Pewaukee farmers’ markets in 2017. The Soap Fixx line includes healing aromas like lemon poppyseed, tea tree and charcoal, and clary sage; as well as scents that pay homage to Wisconsin places and culture, such as Door County Cherry, Brandy Old Fashioned, Wisconsin Woods and Beer Me Again. Lopez-Charbonneau notes that purchasing bar soap helps reduce plastic waste from bottles that contain shower gel or liquid soap. She proudly supports other women-owned businesses, from sourcing the ingredients down to the product label. Location: 234 Brook St., Ste. 5A, Waukesha. For more information, call 262-212-2388 or visit See listing, page 37.

Loca Latte Celebrates One Year


oca Latte, the pleasantly vibrant yet comfy café in the heart of Sussex, just celebrated its one-year anniversary after rebranding in August 2020. Loca Latte is known for smooth, decadent coffee made from beans roasted in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as for its extensive drink list. The café’s patrons have a choice of over 50 flavors that can be added to any of the drink options available: juices, teas, frappes, smoothies, steamers, hot cocoa, Turkish coffee, chai tea lattes and Italian sodas. With healthy, organic and locally sourced ingredients, the café’s menu also includes salads, hot and cold sandwiches, soup, wraps, desserts, baked goodies and even quiche. Not on the menu but also for sale are the art pieces on the walls, allowing patrons to shop for decor while they sip their pistachio latte. (Yes, pistachio is a Loca Latte favorite flavor.) The convenient location serves as a perfectly situated rest stop for bikers, walkers, hikers and joggers on the Bugline Trail, which runs 15.6 miles from Merton to Menomonee Falls. Providing a haven for those on the trail as well as a gathering spot for local patrons fits well with the owners’ intention to connect the community together, near and far. Loca Latte offers various events and classes, an outdoor seating area complete with fire pit, and Tail Waggers (dog treats) for four-legged companions. You can also pick up Natural Awakenings magazines at Loca Latte. Location: N63W23217 Main St., Sussex. For more information, call 262-932-4121 or visit or

Bilingual Art and Yoga Hub Strives for a Healthier Milwaukee


ntegration Healing/Alivio Integral, the only bilingual art therapy private practice and yoga studio in Milwaukee, has recently expanded services to help create a healthier city. In response to the heightened need for mental health services incited by COVID-19, Integration Healing/Alivio Integral is offering private art therapy, yoga, and mindfulness and art groups in Milwaukee’s historic Third Ward to children, teens and adults. The pandemic has presented a historic opportunity to reimagine and destigmatize mental health care. Owner and founder Ernesto Atkinson states, “It is exciting for Integration Healing to have the opportunity to expand our programming to reach more people when they need it the most. Receiving mental health services should be as routine as going to the dentist with a toothache or seeing a doctor when you are sick.” Using art-making, yoga and meditation as an alternative approach to mental health care can provide a holistic, unique and effective way of allowing people to heal. Integration Healing’s services include art therapy, mindfulness and art groups, private yoga and art programming for individuals equipped with safe and socially distanced options. Telehealth options are also available. They are currently accepting new referrals for individual art therapy and yoga services, and for mindfulness and art groups. They take all major insurance and private-pay programs. Location: 316 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee. For more information, call 312-720-1615 or visit See ad, page 23.

Mycelium Mysteries: Women’s Mushroom Conference


he Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, Mycelium Mysteries, event will be held in person on September 24 through 26, with pre-conference and post-conference events offering a deep dive into topics related to mycology, personal growth, ethnomycology, and mushrooms through the eye of fiber arts. In addition to a program facilitated by internationally acclaimed fiber artist Alissa Allen, of Mycopigments, keynote speakers are ethnomycologist Elinoar Savit, with an address titled “Keepers of the Lore,” highlighting women’s role in keeping stories and tradiSara Foltz Jordan tions alive; and mycologist Sara Foltz Jordan, offering an address titled “Seeing Mushrooms,” a glimpse into other amazing visuals of mushrooms in our region. For more information, visit See ad, page 29.

New Book Features Community Voices of the Milwaukee River Greenway


he Milwaukee River Greenway is an 878-acre stretch of riverfront wilderness with more than 28 miles of hiking, biking and water trails. Even though it is bigger than New York City’s Central Park, it’s still somewhat of a hidden treasure. In The Milwaukee River Greenway: A Wealth of Nature In the Heart of the City, author Eddee Daniel, a Milwaukee-based writer and photographer, pays tribute through words and photos to an urban wilderness that everyone can enjoy. The book, with a forward by local historian John Gurda, offers historical context and underscores the combination of topography, settlement, industry and advocacy that made the Greenway possible. Covering the Greenway’s history, the parks it encompasses, its trail system and its wildlife, the book grew out of Daniel’s year as an artist-in-residence at the Greenway. “I’m hoping that this book will help raise awareness about what a treasure we have in our midst,” says Daniel. For more information or to purchase, visit or Boswell Book Company,

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health briefs Eating more plants than meat is not only good for the planet, it might also be protective against COVID-19 severity, reports a new study in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health. Researchers from Johns Hopkins and other universities analyzed web-based responses from almost 2,900 frontline doctors and nurses in the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK that had been significantly exposed to COVID-19, 95 percent of which were doctors and 70 percent males. Those that ate a plant-based diet, described as high in vegetables, legumes and nuts, and low in poultry and meats, were 73 percent less likely to contract moderate to severe COVID-19. Those with pescatarian diets allowing fish were 59 percent less likely. However, those following low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets had 48 percent greater odds of moderate to severe COVID-19. “Our results suggest that a healthy diet rich in nutrient-dense foods may be considered for protection Eating two servings of fruit a day lowers the risk of against severe COVID-19,” researchers concluded. developing Type 2 diabetes by 36 percent in five years

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Stay in Tune with Our Body Clock to Sidestep the Blues Being an early bird or night owl is more than a matter of preference: A person’s natural rhythms are dictated by 351 genetic variants, scientists have found. New research published in Molecular Psychiatry shows that sleeping out of sync with that inborn body clock makes a person more likely to experience depression, anxiety and reduced well-being. Researchers from the UK University of Exeter used genetic data on more than 450,000 people to determine their natural body clocks, including whether they identified themselves as a morning or evening person. Data from the digital wrist devices of 85,000 people was also used to measure the “social jet lag” of variations in sleep patterns between work and free days—when early birds stay up late to socialize on weekends or night owls wake up early for work. The researchers found that being genetically programmed to be an early riser protects against major depression and improves well-being, perhaps because society’s 9-to-5 working pattern coincides with early risers. Generally, morning people had a lower BMI and were older, more likely to be female, of higher socioeconomic status and less likely to be current smokers than evening people.


compared to eating less than half a serving, suggests research from Australia’s Edith Cowan University Institute for Nutrition Research. The study followed 7,676 people and found that higher total fruit intake of apples, bananas, oranges and other citrus fruits was linked to better measures of glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity. The same pattern did not hold for fruit juice. Previous U.S. cohort studies have found that eating three servings per week of certain fruits lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes by the following percentages: blueberries (26 percent), grapes and raisins (12 percent), apples and pears (7 percent) and bananas and grapefruits (5 percent). Three servings of cantaloupe, however, raises the risk by 10 percent.

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It’s not surprising that more urban trees lower the levels of heat and pollution. Although many cities maintain treeplanting programs, not all canopies have equivalent value. A new analysis from the American Forests conservation organization states that the U.S needs to plant more than half a billion trees across 500 metropolitan areas and 150,000 local communities. A new Tree Equity Score data tool ( allows users to see where urban trees exist and where they don’t. American Forests identified 20 large American cities that are lacking in canopies to protect their populations from hotter temperatures. Tree canopies are particularly effective in reducing health stress associated with urban heat “islands”. It was also found that a pattern of inequitable distribution of trees has deprived many communities of the health and other benefits that sufficient tree cover can deliver. Communities of color have 33 percent less tree canopy on average than majority white communities. Jad Daley, American Forests president and CEO, says, “We need to make sure the trees go where the people are, and more than 70 percent of the people live in cities or suburbs, so it’s a place-based problem with a place-based solution.”

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The U.S. Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory reports that overall maintenance costs for a light-duty, battery-powered car are around 40 percent less per mile than for a gasoline-powered model. Not only do they not require motor oil, they also have no timing belts, oxygen sensors, fuel filters, spark plugs, multiple-speed transmissions and other parts. The difference is on average for gasolinepowered cars—10 cents per mile; hybrid cars—nine cents per mile; and electric cars (EV)—six cents per mile. EVs may have a higher initial investment cost, but their lower maintenance and increased mileage make them especially attractive to companies or government agencies with large fleets of vehicles. Motor Trend magazine estimates that an all-electric fleet of the federal government’s light-duty vehicles would be $78 million cheaper per year to maintain than if it were entirely gas-powered. September 2021


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ART’S EMBRACE Healing Through Creativity by Sandra Yeyati


rt can be a powerful force for healing. Its potential manifests in a disabled man’s triumphant dance or cancer patient’s stirring self-portrait. Throughout America, art’s redemption takes center stage at hospitals, nursing homes, jails and homeless shelters. Even an entire city can be transformed when its citizens embrace public art to add beauty, create community and heal its broken places.

Art in Medical Settings According to Jill Sonke, director of the University of Florida (UF) Center for Arts in Medicine, approximately half of U.S. hospitals have art programs that provide positive distraction, enjoyment and connection. To humanize otherwise intimidating environments, visual artists and musicians are employed to install appealing exhibits and play relaxing music. Artists also work at the bedside with patients as part of inter-professional care teams. Serving as an artist-in-residence early in her career, Sonke remembers a young female patient with sickle cell disease whose bouts of extreme pain required hospitalization. Dance sessions eased her suffering and enabled doctors to reduce pain medications. “The way the patient described it was not that the pain was going away, but that she didn’t mind it as much because she was enjoying dancing,” she says. While facilitating Dance for Life classes for Parkinson’s patients, Sonke encountered a man suffering limited mobility and an inability to form facial expressions. After two months of biweekly sessions, he could lift his arms over his head and, to his wife’s delight, smile again. “It’s that multimodal capacity of the arts,” Sonke explains. “All at the same time, he was engaging in music, movement and imagery. He was moving with others and experiencing joy and laughter.”

According to Sonke, ongoing research seeks to pinpoint the public health benefits of art. In Britain, they have learned that people over 50 visiting museums or concerts once a month are almost half as likely to develop depression in older age. Other studies suggest that music can unlock memories and improve cognition. UF researchers are currently investigating whether live music in emergency and trauma care settings can reduce the need for opioids. “When people engage in the arts, they often enter into a flow state, that experience of losing yourself in art where we lose track of time and what we’re doing is intrinsically motivated,” Sonke says. “A flow state can engage a relaxation response, helping to reduce stress and anxiety, which can enhance immune function.”

Art Therapy for Cancer Patients Board-certified art therapist Mallory Montgomery helps cancer patients in Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital work through symptoms of depression, anxiety or trauma. “Any person seeking a talk therapist or social worker could also consult with an art therapist,” she says. “We have the same training, but use art instead of just words. Evidence suggests that art therapy accesses healing faster because you’re forging a deep mind/body connection.” When counseling a double mastectomy patient that has questions about who they are now that they’re missing a part of their identity, Montgomery might offer a printed body map so that they can pinpoint where they carry feelings of loss, pain or confusion. “By drawing or coloring in those areas, I’m asking them to show how they’re being affected physically, emotionally and spiritually, and to externalize the overwhelming, negative side of their problem,” she explains. Using a second body map, Montgomery might invite the patient to draw or paint in those same areas to transform the pain into something more positive. “Is it going to blossom like a flower or be soothed with water? What imagery can you create that represents the opposite of your pain or an improvement of your concerns? We might also do a portrait to highlight other aspects of you and your personality that still exist, even though you no longer have a body part that was killing you,” she says. Montgomery’s emphasis is never on the quality of the art. “I walk the fine line between allowing patients to problem-solve how to make something look like what’s in their head and providing them with comfort and intervention so they don’t get so frustrated that they want to give up,” she notes. Montgomery keeps a visual journal for her own self-expression. September 2021


“It helps me make sense of the world,” she says. “Art gives my voice and thoughts an outlet, something concrete and representational that reaches into the depth of what I’m experiencing.”

Redemption Songs in Skid Row About 10 years ago, violinist and recording artist Vijay Gupta took a wrong turn and ended up in Skid Row, a disadvantaged downtown Los Angeles neighborhood. “It felt like a gut punch,” he recalls. “I saw the gross inequality between Walt Disney Concert Hall where I performed for the LA Philharmonic and a community of 5,000 people less than two miles away sleeping in tents in extreme poverty.” To uplift and inspire people recovering from homelessness, addiction and incarceration, Gupta founded Street Symphony in 2011 as a series of concert performances by world-class musicians. “One of our first venues was the Department of Mental Health,” he recalls. “After the second movement, the young violist I was performing with turned to the audience with tears in his eyes and said, ‘I’ve loved playing for you because I can feel your hearts.’ He shared that his mother had grappled with schizophrenia, his father was a prison guard and whenever he played for his family, he felt more connected to them. That’s when I began to see him as a human being who was in deep need of this work himself.” Gupta has learned firsthand that healing is a two-way street. “When I come to Skid Row, I’m the one who feels lifted,” he says. As a result, Street Symphony has morphed into a collection of workshops and conversations that also employs jazz, reggae,

hip-hop and West African musicians and vocalists from the Skid Row community. “We might play 30 minutes of music and then ask the audience what images, thoughts or memories came up for them,” he explains. In this community, art is neither entertainment nor a commodity, Gupta says. “It’s a lifeline; a way for people that have been devastated by poverty, addiction or trauma to add to their lives in a constructive way. We all have devastated places within ourselves that need healing and attention. Visiting Skid Row is a pilgrimage to the broken place within myself, and in that way, it’s a spiritual place; my temple where I go to worship.”

Creative Care for People with Dementia Drawing from her theater background, Anne Basting, author of Creative Care, has developed an innovative approach to dementia and elder care. “Our current caregiving model envisions one person that’s empty and has lots of needs and the other person that’s full and pours themself into the other person, which leads to burnout,” she says. “Dementia and aging are experiences of increasing separation. People isolate themselves and learn not to trust their own expressive capacities, because their relatives and friends no longer know how to relate with them and often ignore their words.” Basting’s Creative Care changes this depleting dynamic. “In improvisational theater, you observe everything that’s happening on stage and try to figure out how you can add to the performance positively,” she explains. “Applying that idea to a


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How to Nurture Imagination not only being responsive to kids’ questions like, “Why do strawberries have seeds on the outside?” but also engaging their imagination to explore the world and to solve everyday problems. “Ask them, ‘What would it take to finish this project?’ Make it fun, brainstorm and mind-map, rather than make linear lists,” she suggests. “Ask open-ended questions, perhaps a bit out of the norm. ‘How did you feel when you were writing that short story? What colors crossed your mind as you were singing? What music was flowing through your body as you were painting?’ The idea is to mix things up a bit to allow a new take on your child’s emerging creativity.”


oung children are naturally curious and inventive, yet research shows that their creative thinking skills peak at around age 6 and start to decline once they start formal schooling—a trend that’s accelerating in recent years with kids’ heavy digital use. This doesn’t bode well for their future on our rapidly changing planet. “Our world continues to evolve at an unprecedented rate. It’s estimated that many of the jobs we will need in 10 or 20 or 30 years haven’t yet been invented,” says children’s education psychologist Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D., author of The Power of Your Child’s Imagination. “Kids of today need to stretch their creative juices to come up with these new jobs and prepare for an ever-challenging and changing world.” Parents are integral in nourishing creativity, but according to research from the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, the role of parents is less about “teaching” creativity and more about creating a fertile environment in which creativity will take root, grow and flourish. Establishing that rich forum involves some simple strategies. Encourage their curiosity. “An attitude of curiosity connected to wonder, acceptance, flexibility and openness can bring out innovation and novelty,” says Reznick. That means 18

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Let them follow their bliss. “The biggest mistake I see parents making in wanting to encourage creativity is leading their children and telling them what to do,” says Jen Lumanlan, host and founder of the research-based parenting podcast YourParenting “When we instead see our role not as being the Sage on the Stage but rather the Guide on the Side, we don’t have to drag the child through a curriculum kicking and screaming; instead, the child asks us for more opportunities to follow their interest. They will ask insightful questions, read books, watch videos, draw their ideas, consult with experts, put on plays, develop an understanding of the world with their whole bodies (not just their heads) and teach others. It’s truly incredible to see.” Make creativity easy. Having lots of paper, paints, pens and other craft items on hand in a place where a child can easily access them enables creativity to flow when the mood hits. “You don’t have to have a huge budget for supplies. Save old cardboard

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boxes, empty paper towel rolls, cereal boxes and scrap paper. Give your child some markers and masking tape. I bet you’ll be amazed at what can be created from the simplest materials,” says Liam Davies, a Berkeley dad of two who blogs about sustainable family fishing at Fishing “Have plenty of loose parts available. Loose parts can be anything your child turns into something else,” suggests Maria Kemery, of Philadelphia, who blogs at the parenting website PlacesWeCallHome. com. “Bottlecaps become money, scarves become a doll’s dress, clean recycle bin items become robot parts or a collection of acorns becomes a bowl of soup. Having an assortment of loose parts encourages your child to engage in symbolic play (substituting one item for another), which builds creativity.” Allow them to be bored. “Kids often complain they are bored. I love that, because bored is also where new ideas come from,” says Reznick. “Our mind abhors a vacuum, so sooner or later, a creative spark will ignite.” That’s what Lorton, Virginia, mom Lauren Schmitz, who blogs at TheSimple, witnessed. “I turned off the screens and stopped trying to provide entertainment for my children and the results were amazing. My middle child, who is the most screen-obsessed kid that I know, started doing things like making her own magazine, building dioramas and putting on plays. She suddenly wanted to paint, build a robot and learn about aerial dancing. Boredom is the best way to give a child space to think, create, imagine and build.”

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oga is often a personal meditative practice, but it also has a social component. Yogis often yearn for camaraderie with like-minded people. That is what inspired Jessica Hope Wagner, a teacher of Bikram yoga—also known as hot yoga—to form MKE Yoga Social. Wagner and her fellow teachers bring yoga to the masses in an accessible, approachable way at Milwaukee venues such as taprooms, breweries, distilleries, taverns, parks and other locations. While teaching Bikram yoga, Wagner had difficulty getting her friends to come to her classes. At that time, one of her favorite hangouts was Gibraltar, a local music hall in the Walker’s Point neighborhood owned by Milwaukee musician Evan Christian. When Wagner explained her plight to Christian, he offered to host Mind, Body & Mimosas at Gibraltar. “He played live acoustic guitar, and I taught yoga. After yoga, we included mimosas to encourage attendees to stay and socialize,” recalls Wagner. “I thought this event would be a one-time thing, but it was very popular, so we did it again—and again. Eventually, I applied this event format to other venues and went on to create Milwaukee’s first formalized yoga event business.” 20

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Wagner emphasizes that when attendees enjoy a class, they are not only supporting MKE Yoga Social—a small, locally based business—but also the businesses with whom they partner. Yoga participants get all of the benefits of yoga, but also the benefits of socializing and connecting with likeminded people in the community.

Through events geared towards creating community connections, MKE Yoga Social offers unique, out-of-the box experiences that might challenge one’s comfort zone. In addition to yoga classes held at taprooms, music venues and taverns, past events have included Yoga + Paint, Elevated Yoga and Goat Yoga. “We are always continuing to evolve and add new experiences as we grow,” concludes Wagner. MKE Yoga Social demonstrates a commitment to Milwaukee through events such as the upcoming Light the Hoan Fundraiser, at 8 p.m., September 8. The glowin-the-dark yoga event takes place at the Riverfront Boat Launch, 600 South Water Street, Milwaukee, with an afterparty at the nearby Cooperage event space. Funds from the event will support the effort to complete LED lighting on the east side of the Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge. (Lighting on the west side is complete through an effort catalyzed by Northwestern Mutual.) This fall, MKE Yoga Social is adding hot yoga to their class offerings. Admission to classes and events may be purchased on a case-by-case basis, or patrons may choose from two monthly membership levels which include a specific number of yoga classes, as well as discounts and early signups for special events. For more information, email MKEYogaSocial@ or visit See ad, page 14. Sheila Julson is freelance writer for Natural Awakenings magazine.

The social component of the business makes it unique. “I practiced in the same hot studio before becoming a yoga teacher. I would see the same faces daily, and I literally never knew them because the culture of a typical studio is to practice and immediately leave,” Wagner says. “That makes sense for that business model, but I was craving social connection. I knew that if I was missing this social component, others were likely missing it as well.”

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published in the journal Military Medicine in 2018 reports that U.S. veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that participated in a one-hour vinyasa-style yoga session for six weeks showed significantly lowered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, as well as less insomnia, depression and anxiety.

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etting on the yoga mat can be a powerful stress-buster that lowers blood pressure and excessive cortisol, but yoga can offer an added boon for those living with the lasting effects of traumatic events. Trauma-informed yoga (also called trauma-sensitive yoga) is a promising therapeutic branch of the yogic system designed to quell the body’s programmed “fight-or-flight” responses. Founded on yoga, psychology and neurobiology principles, the approach is in harmony with the ancient yogic concept of samskaras, or memories imprinted on our cellular consciousness. People from many walks of life can benefit from traumasensitive yoga including bullied teens, women rebounding from abuse and anyone impacted by pandemic turmoil. Research 22

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Yoga performed with trauma sensitivity can pick up where talk therapy leaves off, targeting the amygdala, the danger detector in the brain, and the vagus nerve that runs from the brain to the abdomen, which plays a vital role in processing trauma. “Somatic processing and treatment methodologies like yoga are now being used to help repair and rebuild distressed nervous systems, which in turn helps the brain integrate and ‘file’ distressing memories,” says Beth Shaw, founder of YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide, the largest yoga teacher training school in North America, and the author of Healing Trauma with Yoga: Go From Surviving to Thriving with Mind-Body Techniques. The Fort Lauderdale-based yoga therapist and entrepreneur highlights the body’s role in trauma and stress. “The brain rewires itself around the traumatic event and memories stored in the tissues throughout the body. Yoga can help to free those memories, alleviating troubling emotions


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and thought patterns, as well as chronic somatic tension and hypervigilance.” Shaw draws upon new psychological and neurological discoveries, including polyvagal theory, that help explain the full impact of trauma and most importantly, how and why yoga helps to lessen these impacts. Trauma-informed yoga keeps the nervous system in mind, excluding poses and breathing techniques that might provoke a sense of vulnerability or overstimulation. Trained teachers adhere to non-touch assistance methods and often opt for well-lit studios to avoid a possible triggering atmosphere. A trauma-informed yoga teacher knows the inner workings of the nervous system,” explains Mandy Eubanks, a trauma-trained yoga educator and certified yoga instructor in Tulsa. “We have respect for the variety of responses that our clients have to yoga, meditation and breathwork practices. For example, we understand deep breathing will be calming to one person and agitating to another. We normalize clients’ responses and work with them to find an effective technique for that individual.” Teachers with specialized training and access to props can also support people on a yoga journey that are limited physically. Eubanks emphasizes, “Yoga truly is for everyone and every body.”

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Philosophy, and Practice, underscores that in a trauma-informed environment, everything a teacher instructs is an offering or invitation. “This is important because people who have endured trauma have often not had a say over what happens to their bodies. A good trauma-informed class cultivates somatic and psychological resources, and focuses, above all, on cultivating a sense of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual safety.” The founder of The Center for Yoga and Trauma Recovery believes it’s important to be responsive to individual needs. “Trauma affects so many different individuals and groups of people and in such a variety of ways that it is impossible to give one prescription. Some people might benefit from a weekly, 60- to 90-minute vinyasa-style class. Others might benefit from a short, fiveminute daily restorative practice.” Shaw also stresses a tailored approach. “How one wishes to practice is up to the individual, but I suggest a combination of both one-on-one instruction and class format. If someone is in the throes of trauma, they will need a private session to start.” Eubanks adds the importance of consistency. “In my experience, it is about finding which yoga practices work best for the client and then encouraging them to find time to practice every day. Yoga for PTSD is not a one-and-done deal. It takes time, effort and belief in oneself.”

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locations without easy access to grocery stores. In a 2019 analysis done by the City of Milwaukee (, big-name supermarkets revealed that they often deliberately avoid urban locations due to the sprawling nature of their stores. According to 2015 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 9 percent of Milwaukee’s population—53,995 people— live in a food desert. Through practical and creative approaches, local organizations are stepping up to offer solutions.

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To combat the issue, ideas such as bus stop farmers’ markets, community gardens, evolved public transportation options and government-run grocery stores have been proposed. However, Milwaukee Street Angels’ Vice President, Vicky Cordani, says that although these are valid solutions, they are slow-changing and tend to ignore other factors such as the available free time of working community members, access to childcare and capacity for mobility.


ent eats first,” writes Harvard sociologist and author Matthew Desmond in his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Although he profiled Milwaukee as an example of an inequitable city whose residents face housing insecurity, he notes that Milwaukee is not a statistical anomaly in terms of food insecurity. Food security is dependent on much more than the ability to purchase food. Accessing and storing food are also important factors—ones that are heavily dependent upon reliable housing. For more than a quarter of poor families in Milwaukee, 70 percent of income is devoted to rent. “As a result, housing insecurity compounds the problems of poverty by also increasing food insecurity for evicted families,” affirms Desmond. For those that fall into this bracket, holistic health can, at most, be 30 percent of one’s priority. Thankfully, several Milwaukee area organizations realize the correlation between housing and food insecurity, including the problem of “food deserts”—residential


Fighting Food Insecurity in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Street Angels is an organization that provides food security to the community by bringing food directly to its most vulnerable members. A sort of Mealson-Wheels, Street Angels utilizes vans to mobilize food to areas where it is needed. The organization operates through an onsite location off of Layton Boulevard, but their influence extends throughout Milwaukee County. According to Cordani, the Angels make 36 stops a night and visit over 140 people. “We do outreach to people that are so sick that they cannot move,” she says. Cordani notes that most people don’t always have a grasp on what resources are available, making healthy choices more difficult. In an effort to meet people where they are, Street Angels strives to provide preemptive outreach by providing for those that don’t know how or where to ask. For those that experience food insecurity, says Cordani, healthy choices are not always within their realm of control. She says that it’s for this reason that Street Angels consciously tries to provide wholesome options for their client base. “Dignity plays a huge role in healthy choices,” she says. “The ability to provide healthy food to everyone in the community is difficult, but I always say that if you are not willing to eat a meal that you are serving, then you shouldn’t be serving it.” Other resources exist as well, such as the Hunger Task Force’s Mobile Market, a repurposed milk truck which provides healthy fresh food at a 25 percent discount, and which makes multiple stops per week at various locations around Milwaukee County. It is a growing source of food opportunity for those Milwaukeeans that can reach it and have the space to store fresh food. Cordani explains that there is a fundamental misunderstanding when it comes to food and poverty. Unhealthy food choices are far more abundant than healthy ones because unhealthy choices are inexpensive and have a long, low-maintenance shelf-


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life. “When you can provide for your kids with a can of soup for less money and effort than you can using fresh ingredients, it’s an easy decision. From there it’s a vicious cycle.” According to a joint study by the University of California and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, those that have access to healthier food choices have a healthier life prognosis. “These disparities in food access contribute to subsequent chronic health conditions, including obesity, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as to higher mortality rates and years of potential life lost.” Milwaukee’s latest Fresh Food Access Report identified 13 food deserts in Brew City. Statistically, there is a direct correlation between areas of impoverishment and high ratios of fast-food restaurants to grocery stores. According to the report, in Milwaukee, 37.2 percent of the population suffers from diet-related health problems. Cordani sees the biggest obstacles to food security in Milwaukee as access and location. But she notes that resources come in more shapes and sizes than the average brick-and-mortar grocery store. “Grocery shopping is a skill,” she says. Sometimes it is not only a matter of providing resources but teaching such skills so that young people grow up with the knowledge and confidence to make healthy decisions. This is where The Next Door Foundation makes an entrance. A central Milwaukee school, Next Door focuses on preparing children for their upcoming adolescence and academics through hands-on, skill-building practices. Cordani, also a volunteer with Next Door, says they have recently begun incorporating gardening into the academic curriculum. “It allows children to build those basic health skills,” says Cordani, “so that they know how to cultivate healthy experiences.” She says that regardless of the solution proposed or the organization dedicating energy to the situation, the goal is always the same: to help everyone to eat for a lifetime. Maija Sikora is a communications major and managing editor of The Racquet Press at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

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ild mushrooms can infuse exciting new flavors and textures into familiar dishes, along with a taste of the local terroir, the natural habitat, from woods to plate. “I first encountered wild mushrooms through local foragers, then later from specialty food purveyors who would fly mushrooms from around the world into our kitchen. They were the most unique ingredients I could find, offering colors, flavors and textures I had never experienced … pure catnip for a chef,” says Alan Bergo, a Minnesota chef and author of The Forager Chef ’s Book of Flora. Recipes at feature more than 60 species of wild edible fungi, from common deer mushrooms to prized porcinis. The intriguing flavors of wild mushrooms in part come from their diets, akin to the difference between grain- and grass-fed meats. “For fungi, their food is their habitat. Cultivated mushrooms have less variety of the micronutrients and secondary metabolites that can add flavor to a wild mushroom,” says Eugenia Bone, a New York City food journalist and editor of Fantastic Fungi: The Community Cookbook. Foraged fungi also offer a host of nutritional benefits surpassing commercially grown mushrooms. Wild mushrooms like chanterelles and morels can contain up to 1,200 international units (IU) of vitamin D per serving, whereas commercial mushrooms, typically grown in dark conditions, contain less than 40 IU, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. 26

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While foraging is the most satisfying way to procure wild mushrooms, they are becoming increasingly available through farmers’ markets, online purveyors and gourmet stores. Some species that grow wild throughout North America such as oysters, maitake (hen of the woods) and lion’s mane are also grown commercially; these can be suitable for transitioning from buying to hunting. Sam Fitz, owner of ANXO Cidery & Tasting Room, a neighborhood taproom in Washington, D.C., picked up mushrooming when COVID-19 hit, in part mentored by the restaurant’s wild food purveyor. Fitz started ANXO making hyperlocal ciders from crabapples foraged on bike rides through the nation’s capital, salvaging fruit that otherwise would go to

waste. Today, the seasonally focused menu often features wild fungi and other foraged ingredients from savory tartelettes made with beech and hedgehog mushrooms to cocktails made from bitter boletes. One of ANXO’s signature dishes is a vegan “chicken of the woods” sandwich, served hot, Nashville-style. This orange-colored tree mushroom, also known as sulphur shelf, has a taste, texture and color that so closely resembles chicken that many recipes use it as a meat substitute. “People are so blown away by its meaty texture they can’t believe they are being served mushrooms,” says Fitz. When preparing mushrooms, “Forget what you know about cooking vegetables,” says Bone. “Also forget the notion that mushrooms are too delicate to take washing or high heat. Mushrooms are extremely hardy because of the chitin in their cell walls, a compound that is more like fingernails than the cellulose of plants. You can cook mushrooms twice and they will still retain their integrity.” Because the amino acids in mushrooms respond to heat more like meat than vegetables, Bone suggests searing mushrooms on the grill or under the broiler. “A slice of maitake will cook beautifully on the grill,” she says. When cooking a particular species for the first time, Bone recommends oven-roasting the mushrooms wrapped in parchment paper. “When you open up the parchment, you can really smell the mushroom. It’s a wonderful way to pick up subtle flavor differences and see how the mushroom handles,” she says. Since fungi take on all sorts of shapes and sizes, Bergo suggests letting a mushroom’s morphology inform how to cook it. Lion’s mane, for example, has a texture that mimics crabmeat, so faux crab cakes make a fun dish that honors its form. “Chefs tend to chop things up, but I prefer to cook many mushrooms whole, especially when they have interesting shapes,” says Bergo. One of the chef ’s go-to preparations of oyster mushrooms is to toss large pieces in seasoned flour or brush them with mustard, then bake until crispy. “They turn into coollooking, crispy croutons you can put on a salad or eat as a snack,” he says. Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at

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Wild mushrooms are a culinary delight, but beginning foragers should harvest with caution. The forager’s rule of thumb is to be 100 percent sure of an identification 100 percent of the time given that toxic lookalikes can exist. It’s also important to try a small amount of a mushroom the first time around, as some individuals can respond adversely to a particular species despite its general edibility.

Hen of the Woods Steaks 4-oz pieces of hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa) mushrooms, broken into large clusters Kosher salt Cooking oil as needed, about ¼ cup

If the pan gets dry, add a little more oil. When both sides of the mushrooms are deeply caramelized and browned, serve immediately, with extra finishing salt on the side.

Clean the hens by swishing them in cool water, gently peering inside the caps to make sure they are cleaned, trimming with a paring knife as needed, then allowing to drain on paper towels.

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Sicilian Chicken of the Woods Here is a traditional Italian preparation for chicken of the woods (Laetiporus sulphureus or Laetiporus cincinnatus), flavored with wild monarda leaves and served with charred bread rubbed with garlic. 1 lb young tender chicken of the woods, sliced ¼- to ½-inch thick 1 large clove garlic ¼ cup mild or extra-virgin olive oil mixed with flavorless oil, like grapeseed (plus 1 or 2 Tbsp extra if the pan threatens to dry out), along with a drizzle at the end 1 large shallot or small yellow onion 1 Tbsp sliced Monarda fistulosa (also known as bee balm or wild bergamot) or fresh mint or oregano Crushed red pepper flakes or hot chili to taste 1 Tbsp capers or a small handful of Castelvetrano olives (or other green olives) 2 dried bay leaves ¼ cup dry white wine ¼ cup water or stock 1½ cups seedless tomato puree or tomato sauce Grilled high-quality bread, preferably slightly charred, for serving 2 whole fresh garlic cloves as needed for rubbing into the bread Heat the oil in a wide pan with high sides. A cast iron skillet will work, but isn’t ideal as the sauce is acidic. Add the mushrooms and cook until they’ve given up their moisture, then push them to the side of the pan, add a little extra oil if the pan looks dry, or if the mushrooms were very 28

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juicy. Add the garlic to the clean spot of the pan, then arrange the pan off-center on the burner so that the heat is focused on the garlic. Sweat the garlic in the oil slowly until it’s light golden and aromatic, then add the shallots and cook for 1 minute. Add the crushed red pepper directly to the garlic and shallot, cook for a moment more, then deglaze the pan with the wine, tossing in the bay leaf. Reduce the sauce by one half, then add the tomato puree, water, capers or olives, bergamot or other herbs and cook until the mixture is thickened lightly and the mushrooms are coated with a rich sauce, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly oil the bread and char on a grill. It should have good black spots, but not be ashy. Rub a garlic clove gently into the toasted bread slices, pressing down so that it “melts” into the bread a bit—don’t go crazy, a little goes a long way. Double check the seasoning of the mushrooms for salt and chili, adjust as needed, then serve the stewed mushrooms with the grilled garlic bread on the side. Drizzle some oil over the top to give the dish an attractive sheen. Spoon the mushrooms and their sauce on the bread and eat. Leftovers make killer mushroom hoagies a la cheesy meatball sub sandwiches. Recipe from Alan Bergo,


yield: 4 to 6 servings

photo by Alan Bergo,

Alan Bergo,

yield: 1 serving per 4 ounces mushrooms


Heat the oil in a pan or on a griddle until hot, but not smoking. Add the mushroom clump and season with salt, placing a weight—like a rock, log, crumbly wood or cinder block wrapped in foil or a pan—on top, then cook until the underside is deeply caramelized, then flip and repeat.






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Conquering Chronic Pain How the Body-Mind Connection Works


by Ronica O’Hara


or three decades, David Hanscom was a top-ranked orthopedic surgeon in Seattle who daily put the scalpel to injured, deformed and twisted spines. Privately, he writhed in pain himself. He was beset over 15 years with burning feet, insomnia, tinnitus, anxiety, skin rashes, crushing chest pain, depression, sweats, heart palpitations and tension headaches, among other symptoms. That put him among the estimated 50 million American adults afflicted with chronic pain for which relief is hard to come by and often short-lived. The standard medical approaches of surgery and injections often don’t work well or last long for many patients, research shows. Opioids, once a standby, are now prescribed sparingly after being implicated in half a million overdose deaths. Treatment is especially elusive for the one in six adults and 30 to 40 percent of primary care patients with pain or chronic conditions considered “medically unexplained”. As a result, integrative pain management, which focuses on both mind and body and incorporates medical and holistic approaches, is growing in importance. Major medical cen30

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ters such as the Mount Sinai Health System and Cleveland Clinic, as well as practitioners such as chiropractors and homeopaths, offer dozens of modalities to turn around painful conditions. Sometimes a single simple method works quickly for a patient with a straightforward symptom; more often, it takes a combination of approaches over time to reverse pain, especially if it is complex, sustained or recurring. Launching on his own healing path, Hanscom came to a critical understanding: The abuse he had suffered as a child from a rage-filled mother, coupled with emotional repression and a fierce drive to excel as a surgeon, produced his high levels of anxiety. It turbocharged his central nervous system and set off a cascade of reactions that fed ever-rising levels of pain. “Your mind and body function as a unit with no separation,” he says. “Chronic pain results when your body is exposed to sustained levels of stress hormones, excitatory neurotransmitters and inflammatory protein. Your brain is sensitized and the nerve conduction speed is faster, so you physically feel more pain. It’s not ‘all in your mind’—it’s a normal physiological process.” After six months of intense inner work focused on his rage, Hanscom calmed his overwrought nervous system and his symptoms “essentially disappeared.” He began applying his experience to hundreds of spine patients, helping the great majority of them to avoid surgery altogether. In the book Back in Control, he describes his approach, which is designed for people with pain that is not caused by underlying structural or organ issues. He recommends these initial steps.

n Getting at least seven hours of sleep a night, which may require

sleeping pills or natural methods.

n Doing expressive writing twice a day, which involves writing

down in longhand whatever is on the mind using graphic and descriptive language for 10 to 30 minutes, and then promptly tearing it up. Neurological research shows that this simple practice rewires the brain. “Some people experience remarkable pain relief right away,” he says.


n Practicing “active meditation” throughout the day by mindfully focusing each time on a sight, sound or sensation for five to 10 seconds. For deep, sustained healing, he stresses the importance of forgiveness, gratitude, self-discovery, exploring a spiritual path, relearning playfulness and connecting with others. Medication may be necessary initially, he says, and as pain levels recede, most people become ready to improve their diet and exercise more. Understanding the mind/body connection is key in pain management, concurs gastroenterologist David D. Clarke, M.D., author of They Can’t Find Anything Wrong! and president of the Portland, Oregon-based Psychophysiologic Disorders Association. “When medical evaluation shows no problems with organs or structures, then the pain is being generated by the brain, similar to what happens in phantom limb pain, where people feel pain in the location of an amputated arm or leg,” he says. “Chronic pain generated by the brain generally occurs due to stress, an emotional/psychological trauma or strong negative emotions (often toward people the patient cares about) that are not fully recognized. Often, these issues began due to adverse childhood experiences, which can be anything you would not want a child of your own to endure. I recommend people explore these possibilities on their own, with a loved one or with a therapist.” That process might sound daunting, but so is suffering crippling pain. “The most important thing for people to know is that pain can be successfully treated, relieved and often cured with the right techniques,” says Clarke. Health writer Ronica O’Hara can be reached at OHaraRonica@

Learn More Direct Your Own Care Journey is a free, online course for healing chronic pain. Designed by David Hanscom, M.D., it includes an experiential app, group sessions, video tutorials and webinars at Stress-Disease Information, including videos, a webinar-based course, recent research and a list of practitioners, can be found at, the website of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association, founded by stress-disease expert David Clarke, M.D. American Chronic Pain Association, at, lists treatments, clinical trials, support groups and other resources.


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calendar of events STAY HEALTHY MILWAUKEE — With so much uncertainty regarding

COVID-19, many Milwaukee events have been temporarily cancelled or postponed in the efforts to keep our community safe. Please continue to take protective measures and follow public health guidelines to keep you and those around you safe and healthy. Finally, thank you for continuing to read Natural Awakenings Milwaukee and support its advertisers. This allows us to continue to publish during these unprecedented times. Natural Awakenings could not do it without you. We will continue to share information on events taking place this year, so please continue to read the magazine, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates. Be well, Milwaukee!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Yoga and a Cocktail in Black Cat Alley – 6-7pm. Outdoor yoga sessions surrounded by diverse street art. Class is cued in multi-level format to suit all levels of yogi. After class enjoy a cocktail or mocktail at the Pharmacy Bar inside the Crossroads Collective. $25. E Ivanhoe Pl, Milwaukee.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 Yoga and a Cocktail in the Art Lot – 10-11am. Enjoy beginner-friendly outdoor yoga sessions surrounded by street art. Class is cued in multi-level format to suit all levels of yogi. After class, enjoy a cocktail or mocktail at the Pharmacy Bar inside the Crossroads Collective. $17. 1915 E North Ave, Milwaukee.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Yoga and Apple Donuts in the Corn Maze – 9am12pm. Enjoy a gentle yoga flow followed by tasty treats and wholesome fun. 9am - all levels, no shame yoga class; 10am - apple donuts, wagon rides + mazes. Skelly’s offers two separate corn mazes with approximately 4 miles of paths to keep you lost for hours. $30; ticket includes yoga, donuts, wagon ride, entrance to mazes. Skelly’s Farm, 2713 S Hayner Rd, Janesville. Yoga Stretch Before World Naked Bike Ride – 11am-12pm. A gentle yoga stretch session specifically targeting areas used during bicycling before Milwaukee’s first World Naked Bike Ride. Bare-as-you-dare with outfits ranging from body paint to fanciful costumes to beachwear. The ride’s atmosphere is joyful and fun. Pay what you can. Boone & Crockett, 818 S Water St, Milwaukee.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Rory Bolton Concert – Noon. This is a fundraiser to repair the church roof before the winter. Tickets $15; two for $25. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UnityCenter World Day of Prayer – 7pm. Spiritual leaders from 8 different spiritual communities, speaking to the theme from their particular religious traditions. Music by Katie Gorton. All are welcome; light refreshments following. The Day of Prayer continues all day on Thursday, Sep 9, with formal prayer offered each hour on the hour. Chapel open to all for prayer and meditation. Free. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414475-0105.


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plan ahead OCTOBER Anti-Aging from the Inside Out – Sat, Oct 2. 11am-1pm. Improve health and reverse the signs of aging with this virtual nutrition workshop led by Dr. Sarah Axtell. $39; preregistration required. To register: 414-939-8748; Info@LakesideNatural Death & Dying w/Peruvian Teacher Jose Luis Herrera – Oct 7-10. Join international shamanic teacher, Jose Luis Herrera, as he explores the realm of death and dying from a Peruvian shamanic perspective. Pre-requisite: Mesa Carrier. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. Info@GoldenLightHealing. net. 920-609-8277.

savethedate SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17 Wellness, Body, Mind & Spirit Expo – 10am5pm. Join Dr. Joanne Flanagan for the latest in alternative health and healing, with the finest selection of doctors and providers, life coaches, psychics, mediums, tarot card readers, astrologers, palm readers and more. Booths available! Four Points Sheraton, Brown Deer. 414-3494932.

NOVEMBER Ancient Irish Shamanism w/Amantha Murphy – Nov 1-3 or Nov 6-8. Welcome Amantha Murphy from Ireland and explore the ancient Irish shamanic ways of the Celts, Goddess and the ancient Tuatha de Danann. The way of the Celtic Shaman is rooted deeply in tradition and allows us to walk between worlds-- recognizing the interconnectedness between all living beings. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. 920-609-8277.

DECEMBER Seidr Norse Shamanism w/Imelda Almqvist – Dec 1-5. Join UK international author and teacher, Imelda Almqvist, for Seiðr/Fornsed & Norse Shamanism. This 4 1/2-day introduction course covers a large field of spiritual and mystical traditions. Explore the indigenous ancestral pathways and spiritual wisdom teachings of Northern Europe. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. Info@

Whispers on the Wind Shamanic Program w/ Amy Wilinski – Next group begins December 1519. Are you searching for the meaning in your life? Would you like a deeper connection with nature and the spirit world? Intensive training program in shamanism, energy medicine and self-transformation. Meet four times over 12 months. Learn core energy healing techniques: power animal and soul retrieval, clearing of past life and ancestral imprints, connecting with the forces of nature. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center.

FARMERS’ MARKETS Brookfield Farmers’ Market – 7:30am-noon. Brookfield central High school front lot, 16900 W Gebhardt Rd, Brookfield. Brown Deer Farmers’ Market – Wednesdays through Oct. 9am-5:30pm. Marketplace Shopping Center (in front of Burlington Coat Factory), 9078 N Green Bay Rd, Brown Deer. Butler Farmers’ Market – Mondays starting in May. 12-6pm. Many new vendors joining this year. Farm-fresh produce, fruits, honey, candy, specialty meat products, and ready-made foods. Hampton Ave between 125 and 124 Sts, Butler. 414-541-0089. Cathedral Square Market – Saturdays to Oct 9. 9am-12:30pm. Cathedral Square Pk, 520 E Wells St, Milwaukee. Fondy Farmers’ Market – Saturdays 7am-2pm. Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays through Oct 9am2pm. 2200 W Fond du Lac Ave, Milwaukee. Fox Point Farmers’ Market – Saturdays to Oct 16. 8am-noon. North Shore Congregational Church parking lot, 7330 N Santa Monica Blvd, Fox Point. Greendale Downtown Market – Saturdays to Oct. 2. 8am-noon. Village Center, Broad Street between Northway and Schoolway Sts, Greendale. Greenfield Farmers’ Market – Sundays 10am2pm. Enjoy fresh produce, bakery, dairy and meat, specialty items, ready-to-eat foods and live music. Konkel Park, 5151 W Layton Ave, Greenfield. 414-329-5275. Hartford Farmers’ Market – Saturdays through Oct. 8am-noon. Hartford Recreation Center/Schauer Center parking lot, 147 N Rural St. 262-673-7002. Hartung Park Farmers’ Market – Wednesdays, through Sept. 3:30-7pm. On Menomonee River Parkway at Keefe Avenue, Wauwatosa. Jackson Park Farmers’ Market – Thursdays through Sept. 3-6:30pm. Jackson Park Boathouse, 3500 W Forest Home Ave, Milwaukee.

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Oak Creek Farmers’ Market – Saturdays to Oct 23. 9am-1pm. Drexel Town Square, 361 W Town Square Way, Oak Creek. West Allis Farmers’ Market – Saturdays, Tuesdays, Thursdays. Sat, 1-6pm; Tue & Thu, 12-6pm. Special hour for vulnerable shoppers and seniors is Tue and Thu, 11am-12pm. 6501 W National Ave, West Allis. 414-940-1371.

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Prayer Pause – 12 noon. Join Unity Centers around the world at 12 noon wherever you are. Hold the Center, community, state, country, world in prayer and high consciousness for a minute or two, praying for the health and well-being of all people. Unity Center in Milwaukee. 414-475-0105. UnityCenter

Meditation and Healing Circle – 6:30pm. Meditation followed by introduction to different healing modalities: Cheryl McKernan facilitating. Suggested love offering: $10. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.

Mid-Day Meditation – Everyday, whenever you want or need a break, simply go to and click the meditation tab. Meditations are changed every Wednesday, and you can go back to listen as often as you like. Unity Center in Milwaukee. 414-475-0105. UnityCenter


sunday Sunday Celebrations at Unity Center in Milwaukee – 10am. On site (observing COVID-19 recommendations for face masks, social distancing and taking temperatures) at Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105. Streaming live on the website: UnityCenter Coffee and Conversation – Following Sunday service you can join for fellowship, coffee and conversation. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. A.C.I.M. Study Group – A Course in Miracles study group, following Fellowship. Love offering. Love offering accepted. Fireside Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Joann Baumann: 414-745-7377. UnityCenterIn

monday Life Journey Group – 6:15-8pm. 2nd & 4th Mon. Come with an open mind and kind heart to support others and self in spiritual growth through daily living. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Unity

Wisconsin Asperger’s Empowerment Group – 6:30-9pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Sandy Krause: 414-581-2626,

thursday Minister’s Book Study – 9:15-10:45am. This is an open forum currently discussing the book Unbelieveable, by Bishop John Shelby Spong. Love offering accepted. Fireside Room , Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105. Silent Unity Prayer and Healing Circle – 11am. This prayer time coincides with the prayer time at World Headquarters Silent Unity where prayer partners are praying 24/7/365. This is a powerful time to join in prayer. Fireside Room Unity Center in Milwaukee. 414-475-0105.

saturday Amen-Ra Lodge – 12:30pm. 3rd Sat. Contact Nancy Lynn for more information: 414 427-1955. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Wisconsin Asperger’s Empowerment Group – 6:30-9pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Group game night. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Sandy Krause: 414-581-2626, SKrause20@outlook. com.

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Copper Stops Germs Before They Spread

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414-810-5858 Ecologically minded, full-service landscape company servicing SE Wisconsin. Specializing in sustainable ideas and lowmaintenance solutions. Professional Craftsmanship Inspired by Nature. See ad, page 29.


150 S Sunnyslope Rd, Ste 148, Brookfield 262-395-4023 Our passion is helping patients maximize their health, allowing you to live life to the absolute fullest. We approach each patient as an individual by assessing the body with stateof-the art, bio-energetic technology to identify underlying root cause issues. See ad, page 25.


The Green Team of Wisconsin provides thoughtful landscape design and installation, full property maintenance, and allnatural turf care and weed control. See ad, page 8.


Diane Olson-Schmidt • 414-793-3652 Garden consultation, instruction, landscape design, wildflowers and woodland gardens, prairies, small ponds, rain gardens, landscape maintenance, organic lawn care. Organic landscape practices in all habitats. See ad, page 37.


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Center for Wellbeing 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland 414-243-9851 • Life Coach/Intuitive providing services for children, teens and women. Creating greater strength and resilience. Unique sessions tailored just for you. Helping you to shine your light. See ad, page 10.


414-265-5606 2060 N Humboldt Ave, Ste 300, Milwaukee Invivo offers everything for the mind, body and spirit including massage therapy (relaxation, deep tissue, Thai, prenatal, and hot stone), physical therapy, yoga and fitness classes, chiropractic, esthetics, and a gym. See ad, page 16.


25+ Integrative natural healing and medical specialists offer drug-free, patient-centered care. We treat the cause, not the symptom, using the latest integrative strategies. Enjoy affordable daily health & fitness classes, all in a beautiful neighborhood setting.


Naturopathic doctors with a focus on autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, hormone imbalance, weight loss and hypothyroidism. See ad, page 29.

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Specialized Therapy Services began in 2002 providing comprehensive MFR treatment programs. Currently it is the only private MFR clinic accepting multiple insurance plans including Medicare. See ad, page 27.


Kathy Kiss Sr Account Manager Standard Process is a Wi s c o n s i n - b a s e d , family-owned, wholefood-based nutritional supplement company that partners with healthcare practitioners to address issues related to health conditions. See ad, page 21.


4406 S 68th St, #102, Greenfield 414-543-0855 • Tony Grimm, LMT since 2007; expert-level JFB Myofascial Release therapist. MFR is the most effective treatment to eliminate or reduce pain using gentle pressure to get lasting results. See ad, page 10.


414-384-4620 1966 S 4th Street, Milwaukee Maid Brigade starts with a multi-point cleaning process to remove dirt and debris and follows it with powerful, non-toxic, EPA-registered PUREcleaning® disinfectant to remove harmful contaminants. Call today.


262-337-9745 Enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile, naturally! You can count on Bionica Naturals chemical-free oral care products for simple and recognizable ingredients. Every product is made by a dentist who is passionate about total health.


Climbing tall trees, you are energized yet at peace. Public climbs, group events, climbing classes. Fun - Fitness - Adventure! See ad, page 23.

ROXY’S NATURAL CLEANING, LLC Roxanne Reichert 262-528-2762

Roxy’s natural cleaning is committed to getting the job done without the use of harmful chemicals. Call/ text/email today to schedule your walk through. See ad, page 29.


262-212-2388 Locally handmade bar soaps for a clean you can feel good about! Support local and reduce plastic waste. Find Soap Fixx online or at the Pewaukee Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays and the Waukesha Farmers’ Markets on Saturdays.


20720 W Watertown Rd, Ste 100, Brookfield 414-405-3956 • Experience a unique approach that resolves muscle weakness at the root of pain and tightness. As a Certified “Muscle System Specialist,” Emily helps clients move, walk and balance with ease. See ad, page 25.


Psychic Medium 920-901-9329

Life begins in the garden

LaceWing Gardening & Consulting Services

Home-based in NW Milwaukee

Environmentally Sustainable Organic Practices

Wildflowers & Woodland Gardens Organic Lawn Care & Landscape Maintenance Habitat Gardens Prairies, Small Ponds, Rain Gardens Winter Services! Organic Garden Talks! Late Winter Pruning! Diane M. Olson-Schmidt 414.793.3652 Creating habitats for over 20 years

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HEALTHY COOKWARE Choosing Non-Toxic Pots and Pans MARTHA BECK on Living with Integrity HORSES AS HEALERS Equine Therapy has Physical and Emotional Benefits THE POWER OF THE WRITTEN NOTE And More!

Experience spirit communication and reach loved ones who have passed on. Your loved ones are just a thought away. Schedule today! See ad, page 13.

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Cierra Burmeister • 262-607-0215


Buyer and seller consultations available. Trust and communication from our first meeting to closing. Clients can expect a relationship beyond the closing table to ensure their home needs are always met. See ad, page 29.


Exceptional chiropractic and wellness clinic with a special focus on chronic pain relief. Offering MLS Laser Therapy, massage, exercise rehabilitation, functional medicine and more. See ad, page 2.


Offering workshops, sessions, group & personal retreats in shamanism, mediumship, reiki, psychic development and more.


262-353-1555 (Free Samples available) Choose your skincare that is naturally good and experience healthier, younger-looking skin. The Best of Nature and Science combined!


Rev Mari Gabrielson 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa • 414-475-0105 A God-centered c o m m u n i t y, welcoming all to come and share the gifts of divine love, life, peace, joy and abundance. Join us Sundays, 10 am. See ad, page 13.


414-369-2259 Come for the yoga, stay for the community! MKE Yoga Social offers various yoga modalities in amazing venues throughout the city; from breweries to distilleries, parks and more, we’ve led yoga in over 65 spaces throughout our beautiful city! See ad, page 14.


Lauren Molter, Owner/Esthetician 13625 W Greenfield Ave, New Berlin 414-436-7888 •

121 E Silver Spring Dr, Ste 208, Whitefish Bay 414-758-0657 • Reiki/energy healing is a powerful treatment that helps the body relax at a very deep level, allowing the body to activate its own ability to heal itself. See ad, page 27.

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Sienna Skin & Beauty places an emphasis on mind and body wellness when treating the skin. Education, skin health and relaxation are of utmost importance.

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