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ave you heard of the “Hundredth Monkey Effect”? It describes the phenomenon of a new behavior or idea

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that they routinely dropped on the ground. The monkeys liked the taste of the new story, one young monkey discovered she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in water. She taught this newfound technique to her mother and others; they adopted the habit and in turn taught it to other monkeys.

The idea continued to spread. The most intriguing part of the story is that

once a critical mass of an estimated 100 monkeys was reached, monkeys on other islands adopted the same method, even though there is no evidence that they had any direct contact with the Koshima monkeys. The new knowledge seemed to spread via what Carl G. Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, deemed the “Collective Unconscious.”

As I write this in the wake of the latest horrific attacks in Paris, Beirut,

Jerusalem and elsewhere, I remind myself that we intrinsically know that we are all connected, even as fear in all of its manifestations tries to convince us we are separate. It only takes reaching a mental tipping point and acting on it for the uplifted thinking of a relatively modest number of people to change the world.

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We cannot afford to be complacent in the face of evil. Good must prevail. As

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For each of us, the place to start is within, being daily mindful of our

thoughts, emotions and actions. The individual, collective and universal power of applied love and truth is sufficient to fill hearts with love and compassion so that anything less is unthinkable. The effect multiplies.

As we enter this cherished season of joy and celebration, I pray that the

healing love in our hearts goes forth to infiltrate every corner of the globe, shining the light that dispels darkness. In love, light and peace, Gabriella Buchnik, Publisher

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ussex-based holistic esthetician and acne specialist Rachel Geschke has expanded her services to an additional location inside Highest Ground Healing, at 17 Lone Oak Lane, in Hartford, where she will see clients on Thursdays. In addition to specialized acne treatments, she also offers Reiki-infused facials, peels and waxing. “My focus is to treat acne in a holistic fashion,” says Geschke. “I take into consideration a client’s diet, lifestyle, skin care, medical Rachel Geschke history and past treatments. I teach ways to maintain skin clarity through all the changes in life.” Primary location: N64 W24678 Main St., Sussex (inside Amy B & Co Salon and Spa). For more information, call 920-2100370 or visit See ad, page 15.

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alvary Presbyterian Church, in Milwaukee, invites people to walk the permanent indoor labyrinth painted on the floor in the style of the 12th-century labyrinth at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, in Chartres, France. The free walks are held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. every second and fourth Sunday of each month. “Labyrinths are used worldwide to quiet the mind and to seek balance, peace and discernment,” says spokesperson Cindy Thomas. “They offer a tranquil refuge from a fastpaced world and provide the space to pursue a cross-cultural practice of centering and contemplation, long embraced by Christians and non-Christians alike.” Location: 935 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. For more information, call 414-271-8782 or visit

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espite the popularity of New Year’s resolutions, scientists have found that post-holiday food shopping decisions don’t necessarily reflect intentions to eat healthier or lose weight. Scientists from Cornell University tracked resolutions and after-holiday food shopping habits of 207 families. They classified about 20,000 food products as either “healthy” or “less-healthy”. Calories and dollars spent were also tracked. Analysis of 37 weeks of activity that included the extended winter holiday period and into the new year found that additional food expenditures and calories began about a week prior to Thanksgiving and peaked during Christmas celebrations. Compared to the rest of the year, this increased shopping averaged just over $16 more a week, about $4 of which was spent on healthy foods. Food expenditures then continued to increase after the holidays to about $25 more a week compared to the average—showing a 24 percent increase. However, $13 of this was spent on healthier foods. Calorie levels also increased. “Total weekly per-serving calories increased by 440 during the holiday period relative to the baseline period, and nearly 91 percent of this increase was due to additional purchases of the more calorie-dense foods,” the researchers reported. “Even more intriguing is that contrary to well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions, additional weekly per-serving calories purchased increased to 890 in the post-holiday period relative to the baseline, more than doubling the 440 calorie increase evident in the holiday season,” the researchers observed. Of this, 63 percent of the additional calories were from high-calorie foods.

Asbestos Found in Crayons and Children’s Toys


esearch from the Environmental Working Group’s Action Fund has determined that some popular children’s toys contain a chemical that previous research has linked to lung disease and lung cancers. The researchers tested 28 boxes of crayons and 21 crimethemed toys at the Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro, North Carolina. They found that four of the crayon brands and two of the crime-scene toys contained asbestos. All of the asbestos-containing toys were manufactured in China. The products included the Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle brands of crayons, the EduScience Deluxe Forensics Lab Kit and the Inside Intelligence Secret Spy Kit. The latter two brands contained asbestos within the fingerprint powders. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asbestos from all sources is responsible for up to 15,000 U.S. deaths each year.




ecent findings from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, has determined that reading from a lightemitting tablet or computer before bedtime will disturb sleep and may change the circadian rhythms that govern the body’s clock. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tested 12 people for two weeks. On five nights during one week, the subjects read ebooks on an iPad for four hours before bedtime. Another week, they read from printed books for the same duration. During the five days of iPad reading, the participants fell asleep later and spent less time in rapid eye movement (REM)-stage sleep. The light-emitting tablet altered the circadian rhythm, changing the body’s natural sleeping pattern. The researchers also tested other blue-light emitting devices, including laptops, tablets, other eReaders, cell phones and LED monitors. “We found the body’s natural circadian rhythms were interrupted by the short-wavelength enriched light, otherwise known as blue light, from these electronic devices,” says neuroscientist Anne-Marie Chang, Ph.D., one of the study authors. Dr. Charles Czeisler, Ph.D., a leading sleep researcher, remarks, “In the past 50 years, there has been a decline in average sleep duration and quality. Since more people are choosing electronic devices for reading, communication and entertainment, particularly children and adolescents who already experience significant sleep loss, epidemiological research evaluating the longterm consequences of these devices on health and safety is urgently needed.”

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ccording to a new review of research published in the journal Cancer, a strong religious or spiritual belief system may improve a cancer patient’s prognosis physically, emotionally and mentally. Researchers from Florida’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and North Carolina’s Wake Forest School of Medicine reviewed clinical studies that included more than 44,000 cancer patients. The first review focused on physical symptoms and found that patients with stronger religious and spiritual beliefs reported fewer cancer symptoms and better physical health. They also showed enhanced capabilities in managing their daily lives. “These relationships were particularly strong in patients that experienced greater emotional aspects of religion and spirituality, including a sense of meaning and purpose in life, as well as a connection to a source larger than oneself,” states Heather Jim, lead author of the first review. The second review focused on mental health and found reductions in anxiety, depression and distress among those with greater spirituality. Lead author Dr. John Salsman comments, “Also, greater levels of spiritual distress and a sense of disconnectedness from God or a religious community were associated with greater psychological distress or poorer emotional well-being.” In the third review, the researchers found that patients with a stronger spiritual well-being reported better social health, as well.


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esearch from scientists at the University of California, Davis has mashed the notion that potatoes cause weight gain. The researchers tested 90 overweight people divided into three groups, with all of them eating five to seven servings of potatoes each week over a three-month period. Two groups reduced their calorie intake by 500 calories per day, with one group eating low-glycemic index (GI) foods and the other group eating high-GI foods. The third group had no calorie restrictions. Despite the increased potato consumption during the study period, all three groups showed slight weight loss and reduced body mass index. The researchers concluded, “Potato intake did not cause weight gain.”



aintaining telomere length has been directly linked to longer lifespan in a number of studies. A telomere is the structure at the end of a chromosome that protects it from deteriorating or fusing with other chromosomes. Its length is being used to measure the potential success of integrative therapy for recovering cancer patients; now University of Calgary research has found that mindfulness meditation helps. The researchers tested 88 breast cancer survivors with a previous diagnosis of stage-one to stage-three breast cancer. The patients’ telomere lengths were tested after either group-support therapy or mindfulness meditation training that included gentle hatha yoga exercises. Results showed that while the control group’s telomere lengths decreased over time, both the mindfulness group and the support therapy group were on average able to maintain their telomere length throughout the testing period.

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New Zealand Enacts Bill Recognizing Animal Intelligence The New Zealand Animal Welfare Amendment Bill that passed into law this year states that animals, like humans, are sentient beings. Dr. Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee, says this acknowledges, “Animals can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress.” The bill thus bans the use of animals for testing cosmetics. Williams says the legal recognition of animal sentience provides a stronger underpinning of the requirements of the existing Animal Welfare Act. The bill also provides for penalties to enable low-to-medium-level offenders to be punished more effectively and gives animal welfare inspectors the power to issue compliance notices, among other measures. Find a link to the legislation at

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Dutch Court Upholds Climate Action as a Human Right Perhaps establishing a new global precedent for a state’s obligation to its citizens in the face of a growing climate crisis, a Dutch court has ruled that the government has a legal duty to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2020. The decision came in response to a 2013 lawsuit launched by the Amsterdam-based environmental nonprofit Urgenda Foundation and 600 Dutch citizens that argued the government was violating international human rights law by failing to take sufficient measures to combat rising greenhouse gas emissions. A statement from the court reads, “The state must do more to avert the imminent danger caused by climate change, also in view of its duty to provide care to protect and improve the living environment.” In the United States, the youth-led movement Our Children’s Trust (OurChildrens is suing state governments and what they dub “the ruling generation” as accountable for climate inaction. As co-founder and Communications Director Jamie Henn noted after the ruling, “If the Netherlands sets a precedent, it’s a whole new ball game.” Other countries are weighing the situation, as well. Source: BBC

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White House Responds to Online Petitions President Obama has made it a priority to open a direct channel for people to be heard via online petitions. Jason Goldman, chief digital officer at the White House, says that his staff has responded to dozens of requests to take action on a variety of issues in recent months. “We want to make sure those responses aren’t the final page, but rather the start of an ongoing conversation,” he says. has chosen to integrate with the We the People platform, meaning the future signatures of its 100 million users will count toward the threshold of 100,000 for getting an official response from the administration. “The process of hearing from us about your petition is going to look a little different,” says Goldman. “We’ve assembled a team of people responsible for taking your questions and requests and bringing them to the right people, whether within the White House or in an agency within the administration that may be in a position to say something about your request.” Visit

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Uncommon Devotion Religion in America Shows Resilience On any given Sabbath, four of 10 Americans travel to a place of worship, a number that hasn’t fluctuated dramatically in the past half-century. Gallup polls report that more than 81 percent say they identify with a specific religion or denomination; 78 percent say it’s an important part of their lives; and 57 percent believe that religion is able to solve today’s problems. While recent attendance may be off, Americans are no less likely to attend services today than they were in the 1940s and early ’50s, just prior to the ultra-religious following decade. The reason, says Gallup’s Frank Newport, is that U.S. religious worship is cyclical. Today’s practicing religious communities “tend to consist of the seriously committed, not just those swept along by obligation,” reports Christian Smith, director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame and coprincipal investigator of the National Study of Youth and Religion. Those that worship regularly are more likely to be older, female and Southern; they also are better educated and stronger financially than those that don’t, according to Newport. At the same time, Mitchell Marcus, a University of Pennsylvania professor, characterizes his Ph.D. students as religiously curious, often devout and eager to talk about their beliefs. Source: The Christian Science Monitor

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3M Requires Paper Sources to Meet Sustainable Standards A new sustainability policy by the 3M Corporation, maker of Post-it notes, has drawn support for its goal of making a minimal impact on forests, wildlife and human rights. 3M paper-based products and packaging require pulp and paper from sources around the world. Working in collaboration with ForestEthics and Greenpeace, the company launched a comprehensive review of all of its pulp and paper procurement expectations to ensure the materials are produced from sustainably logged timber. 3M will now hold paper and pulp suppliers accountable to one of the highest standards in the industry for environmental protection and respect of human rights, including tracing origins and obtaining consent of indigenous peoples and local communities before logging operations occur. The company intends to publish semiannual updates of its progress online.

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andra benefits.” She Anderson, observes how owner just in the and director decade since of Center for she began Well-Being studying Lake Councraniosacral try, had the therapy, that opportunity modality, to experience along with (L-R) Rebecca deVogel, Elise Eaton Trasser, the wonders other alternaSandra Anderson, Noel Manikham of life energy tive methods, from early childhood. Her father owned have gone from the underground to a 40-acre produce farm in the Madimainstream acceptance. son area and the family always had an Anderson took a variety of classes, abundance of nourishing food. Anderincluding advanced energy certificason was intrigued by the life cycle of tion training, and did much reading plants, from seed, to harvest, to dying and research on her own. “I felt like I out in the fall. “I was close to the earth, had arrived somewhere,” she says. She and having experienced those patterns considered opening her own business, within nature is still a part of me today,” and one evening while driving down Anderson relates. country roads in Pewaukee en route to Coming from a large family, her daughter’s house, she discovered an Anderson and her siblings were raised off-the-beaten-path business space and with a sense of community and helping felt drawn to the location. In January one another. Her sister was diagnosed 2010, Center for Well-Being was born. with severe obsessive-compulsive Four years after opening, Anderdisorder. She lent as much support as son sought a larger space to offer more possible, yet further challenges awaited classes, workshops and services for all Anderson years later when her son ages, including children. In July 2014, started showing signs of disintegrating she moved into a new, larger location health and life issues. in Hartland and renamed the business Anderson’s son’s doctors couldn’t Center for Well-Being Lake Country. figure out how to help him, other than She offers gentle yoga twice per week prescribing medication. “For 10 years, and has added three practitioners: Noel all of my time was focused on helping Manikham, an intuitive who specialhim,” she says. “After we exhausted the izes in mediumship; Elise Eaton Trasser, traditional medical model, some people a traditional naturopath; and Licensed had suggested natural options. That was Massage Therapist Rebecca deVogel. how I started in the holistic and alterna- Anderson firmly believes in meettive field.” ing people where they are at in their In 2004, Anderson was introduced life’s journey, and strives to be a good to craniosacral therapy, a hands-on advocate for people. She begins her approach using gentle touch that helps energy work sessions with an intake release tension within the body. “That questionnaire and discusses their mowas the first modality that grabbed tives and goals. She wants clients to feel me,” she says. “I was amazed by the comfortable, and if she feels that she

cannot help them, she will refer them to someone that can. She also offers dream analysis, which she believes is a valuable tool to access messages from our subconscious in a dream state. Different than dream interpretation, dream analysis helps people find messages within their dreams. The Hartland location offers a spacious, aesthetically pleasing classroom that allows Anderson and her fellow practitioners to engage the community through special events, educational programming, workshops and classes. Anderson works with the Hartland Chamber of Commerce and the Hartland Business Improvement District to support opportunities for businesses and the community to come together. Features new to the Hartland location are Try-It Mini-Sessions, where, for a nominal fee, people can relax in a comfortable environment and socialize, enjoy refreshments and try a variety of stress-reduction modalities. Anderson is also pleased to offer BFF Fridays, held the last Friday of every month. The BFF events allow women to socialize, and each month brings a new topic such as intuition or dream analysis. BFF Fridays was born from Anderson’s desire to reach out and socialize. She notes that while raising her son, his issues consumed much of her time, and she did not have a chance to nurture friendships with other women. She cites a Stanford University study about women and relationships: “It’s good for your health to nurture relationships with other women,” she notes. Anderson is content with the slice of life that she has created, as well as her opportunity to help others through her range of services. She loves working with people one-on-one and bringing her holistic model to a broad audience. “I couldn’t ask for anything more. I’m so happy,” she enthuses. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, is located at 301 Cottonwood Ave., in Hartland. For more information, call 262-367-0607 or visit See ad, page 22. Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.

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AWAKENING TO SPIRIT Prayer and Meditation Heal and Free Us by Richard Davenport

By its intimate connection with divine love, Spirit infuses human experience with qualities of amazing grace—unexpected clarity, vision, wisdom, peace, compassion, emotional release, inspirational epiphanies, deep understanding and comprehensive healing of mind, body and soul.


hile society abounds with scientific research, products and practices that promise to enhance our mind or body and the mind-body connection, without Spirit in the mix, neither rises to its full potential. A heart open to a higher power exponentially multiplies the effects of this crucial connection. “Just as a candle spreads light in a darkened room, people who are living in-Spirit give off a higher energy that can bring light to our hearts and minds. In other words, we can be inspired just by being in their presence,” according to renowned bestselling author Wayne Dyer, Ph.D. Experiential, non-verbal and lifechanging encounters with the unbounded power and presence of Spirit in prayer and meditation are difficult to analyze in the same way as mind-body



science. However, Dyer points to the works and outcomes of Spirit as visible evidence of how it lifts us up. We see individuals with rapturous hearts sending out signals that they love the world and everyone in it. Those that live in Spirit tend to see the world as a friendly place, are at peace with themselves, appear to be open and accepting rather than judgmental and harsh, and often report being healed of all sorts of diseases, relationship challenges, career fluctuations and questions of purpose and direction. They attest to how Spirit shines a triumphant light in the midst of dark nights of the soul, redefining the essence of life itself and declaring us worthy in our innermost reaches.

Prayer and Meditation

There are two approaches to listening to the voice within, whether we name

it God, higher power, Spirit, grace, Eternal One, or divine love or Love. Complementary, rather than mutually exclusive, both approaches require a capacity, gained through patient practice, of quieting the inner and outer chatter and learning to hear that which calls us to be more than what human experience suggests is possible. It’s who we are in the eyes of grace. Sanford C. Wilder, of Grafton, Illinois, author of Listening to Grace, offers personal growth and development programs through that encourage prayer and meditation that emphasize listening. He practices both approaches and makes distinctions between them. “When I pray, I am directing my thoughts toward God, listening and often affirming what I know to be divinely true. I am yearning to surrender my will and affections in conscious connection with the divine such that I or another receives a blessing,” shares Wilder. In such prayerful listening, he hopes to gain something, often a new insight and corresponding manifestation. “When I meditate, my intention is to sacrifice every thought, concept, image and feeling to God, the only consciousness. I trust that listening and observing with nonattachment helps me release conscious and unconscious conditioned thought patterns permeated by a human sense of self.” Through meditative listening, he hopes to release everything rather than receive anything, accepting that everyone is equipped and able to be open to, witness and experience nonstop blessings. Helen Mathis has been an educator in the Philippines and Swaziland as well as the U.S., including an instructor of religion at Principia College, near St. Louis; she is now part of a Centering Prayer Circle in Stockton, California. She explains that centering prayer may be seen as a hybrid that embraces both prayer and meditation, nourishing what’s beneath the preoccupied self to awaken a deeper and vastly more authentic self. Mathis appreciates what Cynthia Bourgeault explores in her book Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, that, “This confusion between small self and the larger Self… [the] ‘True Self,’ ‘Essential Self’ or ‘Real I’—is the

Through conscious listening we discover that our true nature—as witnessed by Spirit—though sometimes obscured from view, is never altered from its original beauty and wholeness. ~Helen Mathis core illusion of the human condition, and penetrating this illusion is what awakening is all about.” Like Bourgeault, Mathis believes that it’s not about the absence of thoughts so much as detaching from our thoughts, trusting that we can let go and be safe, consent to surrender human will and forgo personal agendas. Only then can spiritual sense come into play. “The goal is to awaken to, open to and get in touch with our innermost being and Spirit,” Mathis affirms. “Clearly, centering prayer assumes we each have a spiritual awareness of the divine within us that acts, as Bourgeault puts it, as ‘a kind of interior compass whose magnetic north is always fixed on God.’”

Core Shift

We often approach a Spirit dimension with the attitude of “what it can do for me.” The higher practice that mystics and other deep thinkers of various faith traditions ultimately arrive at instead centers on transforming our whole self to align with Spirit’s purpose for us, which changes everything. Reverend Dr. Michael Beckwith, founder of the New Thought Agape Spiritual Center, in Los Angeles, and a spiritual mentor to Oprah Winfrey, believes, “The relationship we have with the infinite is more about how we are to serve it than it is to serve us.” Beckwith describes three primary stages of realizing the power and purpose of divine Spirit expressed as our spirit. The first is that of a victim (feeling powerless, unable to effect change). The second is when an individual learns

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Instead of using the law, the law uses us. Life fulfills its own nature through us,” he says. “All of life is conspiring for our freedom, liberation, wholeness and health.” He urges us not to stop and stagnate at stage two, using divine laws only to manifest personal conveniences, stuff and even people for our use; this can hijack views of abundance into materialism and consumerism. He quips, “We are not here to go shopping.”


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Grace and Spirit work in us, through us and between us, yet we can’t simply summon them up or outline their outcomes. To feel Spirit’s presence, we must surrender our own sense of how it will work, its timeline and the impact on our ego or status quo. As with anything worthwhile, conscientious practice is essential. Life, defined by Spirit, gives fresh strength and impetus to mind and body. All three are vital elements of the dance of life. Richard Davenport is a spiritual life educator ( and the founding executive director of an inclusive nationwide Bible and spiritual life community (BibleAndSpiritualLife. org). Now based in St. Louis, MO, he is a retired Air Force chaplain, having served at Lackland and other U.S. Air Force bases on three continents.

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Generous Pint-Sized Givers Teaching Kids How to Care and Share by Jennifer Jacobson


mong a parent’s greatest rewards is seeing their children grow up to be productive, contributing members of society, including knowing how to give back and enrich the communities in which they live. Children can start participating in the giving process as toddlers. Having them observe regular charitable acts can make a strong impression and catalyze later independent initiatives. Learning how to give and developing the associated skill set is a lifelong journey. Giving becomes a way of life—of looking at the world and determining how to help the causes they feel passionate about. Here’s how to take those crucial first steps. Ask kids how they’d like to help. If giving to a cause is new to the household, explain that the family has many opportunities. Then engage children in a conversation about the general areas they may feel strongly about supporting—perhaps individuals or families in need, animals or wildlife habitat—and start a list of those that the family is interested in. Next, start researching related local organizations, facilities and institutions, and matching them to the topics on the list. Ideas may include food kitchens, pet shelters and animal

rescues, nature parks, senior citizens’ residences, camps for low-income or physically or mentally challenged children, zoos, museums, aquariums and local libraries. Make a game plan. Get creative about how to actually help the selected causes. Talk it through together, map out activities—like visiting, donating funds or materials or participating in fundraising efforts—and post the results somewhere at home that is highly visible. “Gamify” it to some degree with tasks that turn into goals that turn into accomplishments that result in chits. Quick tasks can make a big difference. Clear the clutter. Every six to 12 months, launch an all-family household closet cleaning day that includes the toy chest and maybe the garage. Add nonperishable healthy food items they’ve picked out while grocery shopping. Make a “donate box” positioned where kids can add to it and deliver the donations often, even if it’s small. Find ways to raise money for donations. Organize a family or neighborhood yard sale or organic bake sale that involves kids at all stages of the project, and give all or a portion of the proceeds to a selected charity. Associate getting with giving. For birthdays and holidays, include a

handwritten “certificate of giving” that specifies the amount of money available for them to gift to their favorite charity. Take the child to the charity site to make the monetary donation in person, if possible. For non-local organizations, write a check and have the child include a letter with their thoughts and mail it. Volunteer to do community service. Public gardens need weeding, historic buildings need painting and food banks need hands. Find goodwill tasks that are age-appropriate and engaging. Grow the mindset. Tell real-life stories about kids or groups of kids that have found creative ways to give back. Encourage empathy by sharing appropriate stories of struggle. Ask kids, “How would you want people to help you in this situation?” Explain the action the family is taking and the resulting benefit to the recipient. The conversation might be, “We don’t need to store all this stuff when someone else could really use it.” Or, “I bet there is a kid out there who would really like playing with this toy. I know you used to love it, but how about if you pass it along to someone else so they can enjoy it as much as you have?” Keep the focus on the people in need and your child’s ability to share an experience through an item. Establishing an impermanent connection to material things can help kids understand the importance of nurturing relationships over acquiring goods. Develop a language of giving in the household by creating opportunities to incorporate it into regular conversation. Appropriate comments could share concepts such as seeing ourselves as stewards of the planet and the things we think we own; it’s our duty to help those in need when we have abundance; and if there is ever a time when we are without, we hope that others will think of us and help us. Teaching children how their thoughts, words and actions impact those around them is a lesson that bears repeating. Jennifer Jacobson lives in Seattle and has served on the boards of several influential nonprofits and other organizations focused on conservation, education and community.

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whiff of sweetness can communicate a personal signature of tranquility, alertness or romance, or it can cause a bout of miserable sneezing, wheezing or nausea for those in the vicinity and even the unwitting wearer.

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“When you see ‘fragrance’ on a personal care product label, read it as ‘hidden chemicals,’” warns the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit watchdog Environmental Working Group (EWG). “A major loophole in the [U.S.] Food and Drug Administration’s federal law lets manufacturers of products like shampoo, lotion and body wash include nearly any ingredient under the term fragrance without actually listing the chemical.” Companies that manufacture personal care products are required by law to list the ingredients they use, but fragrances and trade-secret formulas are exempt. What’s known as a dirty little secret in the fragrance industry is the unlabeled presence of toxic chemicals not only in perfumes, but in any personal care product that includes a scent. Lab tests commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and analyzed by the EWG confirm the presence of parabens

that interfere with hormone production, cancer-causing phthalates, and synthetic musks that have been linked to hormone disruption, among many other ills.

Naturally Safe Scents

“Opting for natural scents from organic essential oils not only offers a toxinfree alternative, the oils’ aromatherapy benefits have time-proven therapeutic value,” suggests Dorene Petersen, president and founder of the American College of Healthcare Sciences, in Portland, Oregon. Recent research from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica, in Brazil, confirms that lavender oil has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and pain-relieving properties similar to those of a mild-dose narcotic. Plus, it smells heavenly, says botanical perfumer Roxana Villa, of Woodland Hills, a California-based spokesperson for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Considering the part of the plant used will give you an idea of its therapeutic value,” says Villa. “A root base will be good for grounding. Since bark is like skin, oils such as birch will benefit skin and muscles. Oils from flowers are excellent for anything related to the head and mind.”

Oregano and cinnamon oils have powerful antifungal properties, even against Candida-type fungi resistant to prescription drugs, according to Brazilian research from Universidade Federal. A groundbreaking study from the Slovak University of Technology, in Slovakia, even suggests that rosemary oil can kill cancer cells. These are all scents that can be the foundations of do-it-yourself perfumes.

Customized Blends

“It’s fun to experiment with organic essential oils and create that unique blend that becomes a personal signature,” says Charlynn Avery, an aromatherapist with Aura Cacia, in Norway, Iowa. She explains that essential oils have three basic “notes” and blending them correctly will result in a fragrance suited to last throughout the day. “The base note is heavier and lasts the longest. Patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, cedarwood and jasmine hang around longer in the atmosphere and on the wearer,” she explains. Blending the base with a slightly lighter middle note like lavender, rosemary or clary sage and a light and short-lasting top note like orange, lime or peppermint will create a complex and pleasing blend. “That’s the beauty of the art of it,” says Avery. “You can create synergistic blends that harmonize and complement the attributes of each to such an extent that you may not be able to detect the scents of the individual oils.” There are no hard and fast rules, but our experts offer a few guidelines

for creating our own unique blends that will be well-received as holiday gifts. Use a base of oil like jojoba or sweet almond to create a perfumed oil. Note that oils undiluted by a carrier can burn the skin. For oil-based blends, use a ratio of 50 drops of bottom note oil, 30 drops of a middle note and 20 drops of a top note in two ounces of carrier oil. Another option is to use an alcohol base of either isopropyl rubbing alcohol or 85-proof vodka to make a spray perfume; the alcohol will evaporate quickly. Alcohol-based blends generally last longer, especially with fragile citrus oils. A usual ratio is 10 to 20 drops of essential oil per ounce of alcoholbased carrier. Oil-based blends are ready to use almost immediately. Alcohol-based blends should age a week or two at least and will become more strongly scented in time. Store fragrances in bottles in a dark, cool place. Bottles with tiny rollon caps are commercially available. “It’s very much trial and error to arrive at a preferred scent, so be creative and keep careful notes of experiments and improve on them as you gain experience,” counsels Avery. “If you crinkle your nose at patchouli, you probably won’t like an oil blend with it, either. Choose scents you like.” Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books including Food Is Medicine. Connect at Kathleen

The 1-2-3s of Blending Oils Base Notes sandalwood jasmine myrrh vetiver patchouli cedarwood

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

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

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No-Bake Festive Vegan Desserts

Combine walnuts, flaxseed, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange zest and sea salt into a food processor and run it until mixed and finely chopped. Add dates and apricots. Process again until thoroughly mixed.

Spoon a little white chocolate over the tops of the puddings if desired and garnish with goji berries, fresh cherries or another fanciful topper. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Serve puddings with chilled mango coconut custard.

Yields: 6 to 8 small puddings

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

8 oz fresh pitted dates—approximately 10 to 15 dates, depending on their size Zest from 1 orange 9 oz dried apricots, chopped 1½ cups almond meal/ground almonds 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp ground ginger 1 to 2 Tbsp orange juice 3 oz white chocolate, melted, for decoration (optional) Combine dates, orange zest, apricots, vanilla, ground almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in a food processor. Process until mixture is combined and looks like fine crumbs. Spoon the mixture into a large bowl. Add the orange juice, and then mix again. Pudding mix should come together when lightly hand-squeezed. Divide into 6 small puddings. Line the base of 6 small decorative molds with plastic wrap and firmly press the puddings into them. Once firmly packed in the mold, invert the pudding and remove the plastic wrap. Melt white chocolate in a small bowl set over a simmering pot of water.

Spoon into a bowl. Add and knead oats through the raw carrot cake mixture. Press cake firmly into a 6-inch round baking dish lined with parchment paper.

Mango Coconut Custard 1 mango, chopped ½ cup coconut milk Juice from ½ orange

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Add grated raw carrot and vanilla and then process again until combined. The mix should now form a nice dough.

Refrigerate until ready to serve, allowing at least 2 hours for the cake to rest. It will keep in the refrigerator for about a week. Enjoy as is or garnish with macadamia nut cream, a drizzle of honey and walnuts. Note: Other raw nuts can substitute for walnuts—try pecans, almonds or macadamia nuts. Macadamia Nut Cream Combine 1 cup of raw cashew nuts or macadamia nuts with ½ cup of orange juice or coconut water and a little vanilla. Blend in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix until smooth and creamy.

Teresa Cutter’s No-Bake Carrot Cake Yields: 16 servings 2½ cups (9½ oz) shelled walnuts 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed or whole chia seeds ½ cup (2 oz) rolled oats (or gluten-free almond meal) 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp sea salt 1 cup (6½ oz) of 12 large fresh dates, pitted ½ cup (3 oz) dried chopped apricots or pineapple (sulfur-free) 2 large raw carrots, grated Zest from 1 orange 2 tsp vanilla bean paste

Emily Holmes’ Chocolate Cherry Mini-Cupcakes Yields: 2 dozen mini-cupcakes Cake 1 cup raw, shelled, skinned nuts (such as almonds) 1 /3 cup cacao powder 4 fresh dates, pitted Filling 2 cup shredded coconut 1 cup dried cherries 6 fresh dates, pitted ¼ cup coconut cream ¼ tsp vanilla powder Pinch of sea salt

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Filling ¼ cup canned pumpkin purée (not pie filling) ¼ cup almond butter ¼ cup vegan cream cheese ¼ tsp cinnamon ¼-½ tsp nutmeg ½ tsp fresh grated ginger 1 Tbsp coconut flour 2 packets stevia (like Sweetleaf packets)

Topping 3½ oz melted dark chocolate Process nuts and cacao powder in a food processor until the nuts are finely ground and the mixture is fully combined. Slowly add the dates until the mixture sticks together. Press the mixture into the bottom parts of a 24-cup mini muffin pan. Refrigerate while preparing the filling. Process filling ingredients in a food processor until well combined. Spoon the filling onto the cupcake base in the muffin cups and then top with melted dark chocolate. Place into the refrigerator to set, where it also stores well until served.

Coating (vanilla bean white chocolate) 2 oz food grade (not for skin care) cacao butter broken up into small pieces for melting ¼-½ vanilla bean pod, cut in half lengthwise to scrape out the interior, or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste 20 drops stevia (like Sweetleaf Steviaclear drops) In a medium-sized bowl, combine everything for the filling, including pumpkin purée, almond butter, cream cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, coconut flour and stevia. Mix thoroughly until smoothly incorporated and no cream cheese chunks are left. Chill by refrigerating the mixture for 10 to 20 minutes or freezing it for 2 to 5 minutes. Roll chilled filling mixture into mediumto-small-sized balls a little less than an inch in diameter and place them on a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place balls back into the refrigerator for 10 minutes or the freezer for 5 minutes so the balls harden enough to allow dipping. Heat a double boiler or small pot that fits into a medium pot of gently boiling water over medium-to-low heat.

Joshua Weissman’s Almond Butter Pumpkin Pie Truffles Yields: About 12 to 16 (1½-inch) truffles Warm winter spices mix with fragrant pumpkin and almond butter to make seasonal truffles hand dipped in fresh vanilla bean-infused white chocolate.



Scrape out the vanilla bean pod, conserving vanilla beans for adding once the cacao butter is melted. Place cacao butter in the top of a double boiler and melt and add stevia. Then add vanilla beans and mix well. Turn the heat to low to keep warm and melted. Pull out the hardened filling shaped into balls and one at a time drop them into the white chocolate

mixture and roll them around until they’re fully covered with mixture using fingers or a small spoon. Carefully spoon out each truffle using a spoon, gently tapping the spoon on the inside of the saucepan to slough off excess cacao butter that may pool on it. Take special care not to drop the truffle. Gently place each treat back onto the tray. Repeat the whole process until all the coated balls are on the tray. Let them cool at room temperature and serve immediately or place them in the refrigerator to harden and serve later. Chilled, truffles will keep for 3 to 5 days.

Fran Costigan’s Chocolate Orange Sesame Truffles Yields: 20 to 24 (1-inch) truffles This creamy chocolate truffle has a slightly chewy texture with a coating for color and crunch. Raw tahini is sweeter than when its roasted and either kind is good. Truffle Ganache 4 oz dark fair trade chocolate (70 to 72 percent), finely chopped Finely minced zest of half a medium orange 3 Tbsp orange juice ¼ cup agave syrup 1 Tbsp raw or roasted tahini, stirred 1½ Tbsp white sesame seeds, lightly toasted 1½ Tbsp black sesame seeds, lightly toasted Place the chocolate in a small heatproof bowl. Mix the orange zest and juice and agave in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat just to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and add the tahini, whisking vigorously. The mixture will thicken immediately. Don’t be concerned if it looks broken or curdled; it’ll smooth out with whisking.

Spoon into a small shallow container and refrigerate uncovered about 2 hours until the ganache is firm. The ganache can be covered and refrigerated at this point for up to 1 week.

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Shape Truffle Centers Remove the ganache from the refrigerator. Use one spoon to scoop out 1-inch pieces of ganache and another to push it off the spoon into the container. When half the ganache has been used, roll into logs about 1-inch long, washing and drying hands as needed. (If at any time the ganache becomes too soft to shape, refrigerate until cold before proceeding.)

Simmer the mixture for 30 seconds until it’s shiny and smooth. Remove from heat and wait about 30 seconds until it’s no longer steaming and then pour it over the chocolate. Cover the bowl with a plate. Wait 1 minute and then stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Note: The ganache will not be perfectly smooth. Cool to room temperature, stirring a few times using a silicone spatula.

Cover and refrigerate the truffle centers 15 to 25 minutes to set, before final shaping and finishing with the sesame seed coating. Truffle Coating Mix the sesame seeds in a small bowl. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons on the bottom of a shallow container. Put a few logs at a time into the bowl of sesame seeds and roll until lightly coated. Pinch the ends to form the oval quenelle (football) shape.

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


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Take 12 whole months. Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate and jealousy. Make them just as fresh and clean as possible. Cut each month into 28, 30 or 31 different parts, but don’t make up the whole batch at once. Prepare one day at a time with these ingredients: Mix well into each day one part each of faith, patience, courage and work. Also add to each day one part of hope, faithfulness, generosity and kindness. Blend with one part prayer, one part meditation and one good deed. Season the whole with a dash of good spirits, a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play and a cupful of good humor. Pour all of this into a vessel of love. Cook thoroughly over radiant joy, garnish with a smile and serve with quietness, unselfishness and cheerfulness. You’re bound to have a happy new year. ~ Author Unknown natural awakenings

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

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

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

reality and pushing away what’s happening.

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

Is it possible to be mindful without having an established meditation practice?

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

What’s the best way to arrange time for meditation, and what can motivate us to practice regularly? Having a sense of structure has helped me the most. I believe strongly in the value of a daily practice, however simple or short. We can ritualize certain practices to help remember to pause and be mindful. For example, every time the phone rings, let it ring three times and use that as a trigger to breathe. When you’ve finished writing an email, take a few conscious moments before sending it. There are lots of ways to cut through the momentum of the busyness and craziness of our lives to return to mindfulness. Make a commitment to practice for a certain period of daily time for a month or two, and then reassess. Look

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

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

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Holiday Open House – 5-8pm. Take time to replenish before the holidays with a night of free miniservices and Aveda savings. The Institute of Beauty and Wellness, 327 East St Paul Ave, Milwaukee. RSVP: 414-227-2889. Psychic Phenomena in the Bible – 6:30-8pm. Clairvoyance, spirit communication, séance’s, psychometry and healing: the phenomena are open to interpretations and what speaks to a higher truth. An open mind heightens your ability to look at the bible’s esoteric meanings. No doctrines discussed. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262787-3001.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 Healthy Cookie Exchange and Service Spotlight: Multi-Sensory Power Nap – 6:30-8:30pm. Bring 2 dozen or more of your cookies with recipes; leave with exchange cookies. Focus is on gluten and/or dairy-free delights. Free. Lotus Be Well, 75 N. Main St, Hartford. 262-457-2222. More info, Jill Holstine: 262-707-6101. Spirit Message Circle – 6:30-8:45pm. After a meditation to awaken intuitive guidance, attendees will be guided to give and receive messages from the angelic kingdom. No experience necessary. $20. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262787-3001.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 Healthy Happy Hour – 6:30-7:30pm. Lose 5-20 lbs in 10 days and never put it back. Break your addiction to unhealthy food, detox your body, burn fat and lose inches. Product samples and a gift card for $50 towards Purium products. HK Hypnosis, 4650 N Port Washington Rd Glendale. RSVP, Heddy: 414 241-2563.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 Herbal Gift-Making Class – 10am-2:30pm. Herbalist Linda Conroy brings all supplies and decorative packaging you’ll need to make approximately 10 gifts, including balms, soaps, teas, vinegars, dream pillow, and more. $65. Wellspring Education Center and Organic Farm, 4382 Hickory Rd, West Bend. RSVP: 262-675-6755. Waldorf Winter Fair and Open House – 10am5pm. A festive, seasonal experience with unique gifts for sale, food, entertainment, natural crafts, children’s activities and school information. Free, donations welcome. Tamarack Waldorf School, 1150 E Brady St, 414-277-0009. Cosmology and Life: A Grander Perspective – 10:30am-2:30pm. Why isn’t it “business as usual” anymore? It all makes sense when viewed from a cosmological, spiritual perspective. The three-part series offers a grander, more optimistic perspective of what’s happening. $60. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.



Animal Communication – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or a picture and find out thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues, or what they like. $55/20 minute session. Bark n Scratch Outpost, 5835 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee. Register: 414-4444110.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 Angel Light Holiday Party & Birthday Celebration – 11am-4pm. Workshops, Tibetan bowl concert and a holiday buffet extravaganza. Readers include Steve and the Boyz, animal spirit readings and drawings with Kristy Michelson and crystal readings with Jennifer Krall. Free/admission, $45/half hour readings. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. Healthy Happy Hour – 2-3pm. Lose 5-20 lbs in 10 days and never put it back. Break your addiction to unhealthy food, detox your body, burn fat and lose inches. Product samples and a gift card for $50 towards Purium products. HK Hypnosis, 4650 N Port Washington Rd Glendale. RSVP Heddy: 414 241-2563.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8 Healthy Cookie Exchange and Service Spotlight: Multi-Sensory Power Nap – 6:30-8:30pm. Bring 2 dozen or more of your cookies with recipes; leave with exchange cookies. Focus is on gluten and/or dairy-free delights. Free. Lotus Be Well, 75 N. Main St, Hartford. 262-457-2222. More info, Jill Holstine: 262-707-6101.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9 Ancient Medicines: Essential Oils – 6:15-8:15 pm. This community health and wellness class will discuss essential oils as the missing link to modern medicine. $5. Bubon Orthodontics, 21680 W Bluemound Rd, Waukesha. Anne Wondra: 262544-4310. Introduction to Reiki Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Questions such as “How can I use Reiki in my home, career and life?” will be answered. Experience your energy field and that of fellow students. $15/preregistered. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10 Afterlife Beliefs That Feel Better and Inspire –

1:30-3:30pm. An afternoon afterlife learning circle for making sense of life and after. Get to reassemble in ways that will feel better, empower, and inspire. Refreshments, resources, and relief provided. $25/ prepaid. WonderSpirit Coaching and Spirituality, 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha. Anne Wondra: 262-544-4310, events.html. From Stressful To Successful: Avoiding Holiday Temptations – 6-8pm. The holidays are notoriously stressful. Too much stress destroys your peace of mind, interferes with your thinking, and can actually harm your health. Learn easy ways to diffuse and redirect stress before it starts. Hypnosis session included. $50. HK Hypnosis, 4650 N Port Washington Rd Glendale. RSVP Heddy: 414 241-2563. Medium Circle – 6:30pm. Join Stacie Tatera, the Milwaukee Medium, for an evening of insight, inspiration and spirit messages intended for you. Circle can be a very healing experience. $25, space limited. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. RSVP: 414-882-9511. Milwaukee The Cosmology and Theology of Angels – 6:308:30pm. The focus is on our guardian angel and the devotional practices and beliefs that sprang out of the Middle Ages. The class concludes with a guided meditation to meet and deepen your connection with this being. $30 Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 Spirit & Wellness Fair - Lake Country – 11am4pm. Experience uplifting shifts in awareness, guidance and wellness through services offered. Visit the website for complete listing and details of this event. Free admission, $20/per 15 minute reading/healing. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607. The Hartford Fat Exchange – 12-1pm. Convert your fat into energy. Learn and sample quick, delicious detox recipes and create a breakthrough. $5. Lotus Be Well, N 75 Main St, Hartford. RSVP Teresa Lopez: 561-881-4321. Animal Communication – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or a picture and find out thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues, or what they like. $55/20 minute session. Petlicious 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee, WI 53072. Register: 262-548-0923 or Crystal Bowl Concert – 1:30-2:30pm. Relax and absorb the pure tones of 11 quartz crystal bowls. Our body is crystalline in structure, causing it to respond and resonate to the frequencies associated with quartz crystal singing bowls, tools for healing and transformational change. $10 with advance registration, $15 at the door. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. Angel Wildtree Freezer Meal Workshop – 3:30-5:30pm. Do you dread hearing, “What’s for dinner?” Simplify your life, take home 10 healthy, organic meals for 4-6 people. $79/includes Wildtree products. Lotus Be Well, N 75 Main St, Hartford. Elizabeth Palmer: 262-388-2307.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 Reiki 1 Workshop & Attunement – Reiki is a gentle, but profound healing system. Reiki level 1 class with Natalie Benoit includes manual, Reiki music CD, sacred attunement and certification. $200, $50 deposit and registration. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. 414-651-2243. Reiki Level l Workshop and Candlelight Attunement – 12:30-5:30pm. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the principles of healing; the Reiki attunement and the 21-day cleanse process. Students will become first degree Reiki practitioners and earn a Reiki certificate upon completion of the class. $140. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-7873001.

the individual, that they do not want to take into the new year, through the process of burning their list. Free will offering. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Unity Preparing for a Year You Love – 1-3:30pm. A new year, a fresh beginning, a blessing, acknowledging who we’ve become and a leap into what we desire for the year ahead. Bring your calendar; other materials, supplies, and refreshments provided. $25/prepaid. WonderSpirit Coaching and Spirituality, 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha. Anne Wondra: 262-544-4310, events.html.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17 Self-Hypnosis Workshop – 6-9pm. Participants learn how hypnotherapy can help them get through the holidays without gaining pounds; increase energy and vitality; reduce cravings and maintain weight during the holidays. Receive tips for healthy eating and weight loss. Hypnosis session included. $50. HK Hypnosis, 4650 N Port Washington Rd Glendale. RSVP, Heddy: 414 241-2563.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19 Artisan Fair – 10am-3pm. Featuring local artisans; The event is also an opportunity to see the new location for Dragonfly Meditation Studio. Free. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, Ste 225, Mequon. 262-518-0173

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service – 7-8pm. A beautiful celebration of the birth of Christ, symbolic of light coming into the world. All participants light their own candle, wrapped with a scripture message. Free will offering. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73 rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27 Burning Bowl Service – 10am. The opportunity to release thoughts and behaviors that no longer serve

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Nature’s Antibiotics & Antivirals – 7-9:30pm. Comprehensive workshop on ways to quickly and easily improve your immune system; make your own herbal antibiotic. Class includes instructions, hand-outs and 12oz herbal tincture. $50. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. RSVP Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243. Aromatherapy Medicine Chest – 6:30-7:30pm. You will make three items in this essential oil workshop, and have the recipes as well: nasal congestion relief inhaler, headache relief oil, gentle back rub oil for cough and colds for children. $40, includes materials. Lower Level Studio, GreenSquare Center for the Healing Arts, 6789 N Green Bay Rd, Glendale. RSVP by Dec 12: 262-506-4960

Whispers on the Wind: Shamanic Training – January 27-31. A year-long program in shamanism, energy medicine and self-transformation. Meets 4 times over 12 months. Learn core energy healing techniques including past life and ancestral imprints, ceremony and ritual, more. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center, Green Bay. RSVP: 920-609-8277.

Holistic Healing/Aromatherapy Certification – A 100-hour level-one aromatherapy certification in the foundations and theory of aromatherapy with holistic health psychologist Dr Christina Wilke-Burbach, Aromatherapist and NAHA member. Hampton Inn and Suites, Grafton. Register: 608-393-7353 or More info:



Level Studio, GreenSquare Center for the Healing Arts, 6789 N Green Bay Rd, Glendale. RSVP by Jan 16: 262-506-4960.

MAY 2016

plan ahead JANUARY 2016 Animals and Essential Oils Workshop – Jan 6. 6:30-8pm. Essential oils can positively affect your pet’s health and behavior, in turn helping the entire family’s wellness. Learn to use them safely: make a therapeutic mister to take home. $30 including materials. Lower Level Studio, GreenSquare Center for the Healing Arts, 6789 N Green Bay Rd, Glendale. RSVP by Jan 2: 262-506-4960. Vision Board Workshop – Jan 8. 7-10pm. An informal vision/dream board workshop and the perfect time of year to set goals and dream big for the future. $30, supplies and champagne punch provided. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. RSVP, Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243.

Peru Spiritual Journey – May 7-20, 2016. Explore the Andes with native shamans. From Machu Picchu—the city in the clouds—to the holy mountains of Peru, be immersed in teachings and healing ceremonies. More info, Amy Wilinski: 920-609-8277.

SEPTEMBER 2016 Scotland Journey – September 2016. Journey to Scotland with experienced spiritual tour guides. Immerse yourself in the lore and legend of the Scottish Highlands and Isles. Stay overnight in a castle while meeting with local guides in ancient stone circles and ruins. More information: 920-609-8277.

Medium Circle – Jan 14. Join Stacie Tatera, the Milwaukee Medium, for an evening of insight, inspiration and spirit messages intended for you. Circle can be a very healing experience. $30, space limited. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. RSVP: 414-882-9511. Reiki Level 1 – Jan 16. Use this relaxation modality to restore your health and balance your whole body, mind, and spirit. Learn hands-on techniques to use immediately for the well-being of your entire family. Certificate upon completion. $100, including materials. Lower Level Studio, GreenSquare Center for the Healing Arts, 6789 N Green Bay Rd, Glendale. RSVP by Jan 9: 262-506-4960. Animals and Crystals Workshop – Jan 20. 6:308pm. Learn to use the power of crystals to help pets and ourselves to better mental, physical and spiritual balance. Make and take a crystal elixir for the whole family. $30 including materials. Lower

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.

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Therapeutic Yoga – 9-10:15am. Whether healing from surgery, managing a chronic condition or just looking for some nourishment for your nervous system, this class will leave you feeling balanced. $15/drop in, $120/10-class package, $200/20-class package. INVIVO Wellness, 2060 N. Humboldt Ave, Milwaukee. 414-265-5606.

sunday Oconomowoc Winter Farmers’ Market – Thru Mar 20. 9:30am-1pm. The indoor winter market features local seasonally grown produce like carrots, beets, broccoli, potatoes etc., farm-raised items like eggs, trout and grass-fed meats, artisan food products, prepared foods and local seafood. Also available are a range of handmade, upcycled and recycled items, art and other gift ideas. Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center Greenhouses, N68 W37850 County Trunk K, Oconomowoc. 262-567-2666. Guided Meditation – 10am. The focus of this guided meditation with Ann Marie Arvoy is developing increased mindfulness. Open for beginner to advanced practice. $15, free/members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, Ste 225, Mequon. 262-518-0173 The Labyrinth at Calvary Church – 4:30-6pm. 2nd and 4th Sun. Labyrinth walks open to the public. Groups are welcome to use Calvary’s labyrinth by special arrangement. Calvary Presbyterian Church, 935 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee. 414-271-8782.

monday Open Studio with Teacher & Art Coach – 1-3pm. 2nd & 4th Mon. Further your creative expression with other self-motivated artists, under the guidance of a master teacher. Bring your own supplies. Open to your inner creativity. $35. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. RSVP: 262-367-0607. Crystal Healing Series – 6:30-9pm. Learn the basic of crystal/stone healing, how to use two crystal wands for healing, rules of thumb for stone/crystal layouts and more. $35. Free Spirit Crystals, 4763 N 124th St, Butler. RSVP: 262-790-0748. FreeSpirit Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 7-8pm. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. Heritage Presbyterian Church, S63w13761College Avenue, Muskego. Register: 414-217-4185. Shelley@PureEnergyYoga. com.

tuesday Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 9-10am. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Ct, #210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185. Gentle Yoga: Unified Body Method – 9:30am. Discover how to move your body with ease and fluidity. Practice quieting your mind and feeling sensations. $15, $10/members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, Ste 225, Mequon. More info, Susie Raymond: 414-352-6550. Grief Support Group – Thru Dec 8. 10-11:30am. For those who have experienced the passing of a loved one, friend or acquaintance. This group will focus on the spiritual aspects of grief. Space limited. Wedding Suite, Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. RSVP: Sue Albert: 414-817-0158. Integrating Your Balanced Lifestyle Coaching Success Circle – Thru Apr. 5:15-7:15pm. 4th Tue. A supportive space to stay on track with your highest self-care, receive 1:1 guidance, and learn from others. Monthly two-hour group session and 30-minute individual coaching included for six months via tele-conference call. $125. Jamie Durner, coach and practitioner: 262-389-5835. Apply: Ayurveda Pre & Postnatal Fitness – 5:30-6:20pm. With a focus on alignment, classes include cardio, strength, flexibility, core and balance training to prepare you for labor and a smooth postpartum recovery. $20/ drop in, $108/6-class package, $180/12-class package. INVIVO Wellness, 2060 N Humboldt Ave, Milwaukee. 414-265-5606.\ Meditation for World Peace & Enlightenment – 7:30-8:15pm. Self-Realization Yoga/Meditation Center, 2418 Mangold Ave, Milwaukee. More info: 414-444-2012. Architecture of All Abundance Personal Renaissance Circle – 8:10-9:10pm. Phone reading and conversation circle. Life wisdom, feminine-spiritcentered sessions led by Anne Wondra. $10, $27/




Prosperity & Abundance Coaching Success Circle – Thru Apr. 9-11am. 1st Wed. Group meets via tele-conference for two-hour group session. $125, includes group and 30 minute individual coaching, pertinent materials and an optional prosperity meditation. Facilitated by Jamie Durner, coach and practitioner: 262-389-5835. Register, info: FitRx – 12-12:50pm. Designed and led by physical therapists, FitRx is for individuals new to exercise or returning to exercise after injury, surgery or pregnancy. $20drop in, $95/5-class package, $175/10-class package. INVIVO Wellness, 2060 N Humboldt Ave, Milwaukee. 414-265-5606.\ Gentle Yoga – 6pm. Gentle Yoga is designed to improve core strength, flexibility and balance. $10. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Avenue, Hartland. RSVP: 414-8818005. Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 6-7pm. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Ct, #210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185. Chi Kung (Qigong) & Tai Chi Chuan – Thru Jan. Chi Kung, 6:30pm; Tai Chi, 7:30pm. Regular practice increases balance, strength and flexibility. See website for monthly rates, different class times. $10/each, $17/both. ChineseKungFuCenter, 2120 W Clybourn St, Milwaukee. 414-933-7355.

thursday Gentle Healing Yoga – 10-11am. Gentle, individualized class ideal for those with chronic aches and pains, arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, cancer, post-injury, health conditions, or interested in gentle yoga. Instructor: Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT. $38/4 weeks, $11/class. YogAsana Studio, S75 W17315 Janesville Rd, Muskego. Shelley: 414-217-4185. Silent Unity Prayer Circle – 11am. This is a prayer time in conjunction with the service being said at Unity’s World Headquarters. Submit your prayer requests if you are unable to be present. Unity in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. RSVP: 414-475-0105. Kids Yoga – Thru Dec 17. 4-4:45pm. Yoga and mindfulness helps develop healthy habits of the

mind, body and heart. Kids will experience playful imaginative movement and quiet still time. $135/ series. MyOm Wellbeing, 7963 N Port Washington Rd. Traci-414-405-3556.

Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. RSVP: 414-881-8005.

Guided Meditation – 6:30pm. The focus of this guided meditation with Michael Bootzin is developing increased mindfulness. Open for beginner to advanced practice. $15, free/members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, Ste 225, Mequon. 262-518-0173 Dragonfly Prenatal Yoga – 6:45-7:45pm. Classes include breathing and relaxation techniques – as well as poses to promote muscle toning, strengthening, balance and circulation – to prepare you for labor and delivery. $20/drop-in, $108/6-class package, $180/12-class package. INVIVO Wellness, 2060 N Humboldt Ave, Milwaukee. 414-265-5606.

friday Therapeutic Yoga – 12-1:15pm. Whether healing from surgery, managing a chronic condition or just looking for some nourishment for your nervous system, this class will leave you feeling balanced. $15/drop in, $120/10-class package, $200/20-class package. INVIVO Wellness,2060 N Humboldt Ave, Milwaukee. 414-265-5606.

markyourcalendar HOLIDAY FESTIVE FRIDAYS I am a Force4Good – Through Dec. 5-9pm. Hot cider, cookies, Santa visits, artist demonstrations and 25% off of a fair trade gift. I am a Force4Good, N70 W6340 Bridge Rd, Rm 305, Cedarburg Settlement. 877-SOAP-411.

Eating Disorders and Yoga – 6:30pm. Eat, Breathe, Thrive pairs yoga teachers with group facilitators for a 6-week educational series integrating yoga, community building, mindfulness meditation and service work. The result is a Thrive Tribe and healthy habits of body and mind. Santosha, RidgePoint Center, W307 N1497 Golf Rd, Ste 102, Delafield. Be Open to Believe – 7-9pm. 3rd Fri. Come together in a safe and confidential environment with like-minded people to explore, open and develop your intuitive capabilities. $20, drop-ins welcome, preregistration preferred. Center for Well-Being Lake Country LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. Mary: 920-737-9626 or Noel: 262-719-5560.

saturday Balancing the Me in We Coaching Success Circle – 8-9:30am. 3rd Sat. Small group couple’s coaching to support the honoring, balance and communication of an individual in relation to your relationship partner. Group meets via tele-conference for a 90min group session and 30-min individual coaching. $215/couple. Facilitated by Jamie Durner, coach and practitioner: 262-389-5835. Register, info: Gentle Yoga – 8:30am. Gentle Yoga is designed to improve core strength, flexibility and balance. $10.

Milwaukee County Winter Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr 9. 9am-12:30pm. Farmers’ market offering local growers and producers the opportunity to sell their products – including honey; grass-fed meat and poultry; produce and herbs; cheese; eggs; bakery goods and more – to county residents throughout the winter in a climate-controlled greenhouse. Mitchell Park Domes, 524 S Layton Blvd, Milwaukee. 262366-7530. Developing Consciousness Class – Thru Dec 13. 9am-3:30pm. Sat/Sun. Weekend Series encourages students to identify emotional and behavioral patterns that inhibit their growth. The classes focus on developing self-awareness and breaking patterns. $250/per weekend. Free Spirit Crystals, 4763 N 124th St, Butler. 262-790-0748. FreeSpiritSchool@ Spirit and Wellness Fair-Lake Country – 11am4pm. 2nd Sat. Experience uplifting shifts in your awareness, guidance and wellness through services offered. Visit our website for complete listing and details to receive $10 Gift Card. $20/15-minute increment for readings and healings. Center for Well-Being Lake Country LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607. Prenatal Yoga – 11:15am-12:15pm. Classes include breathing and relaxation techniques – as well as poses to promote muscle toning, strengthening, balance and circulation – to prepare you for labor and delivery. $20/drop in, $108/6-class package, $180/12-class package. INVIVO Wellness, 2060 N Humboldt Ave, Milwaukee. 414-265-5606. Healing Spirit Flute Circle – 1-3pm. 2nd Sat. Come to play or just enjoy the soothing sounds of the traditional Native American flute. No musical experience or flute required. All ages welcome. Tippecanoe Church, 125 W Saveland Ave, Bay View. More info, Glen: 262-794-2315. gdprun@

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Jamie Durner, CAP 240 Regency Ct, Ste 201, Brookfield 262-389-5835 Natural health for chronic conditions including digestive disorders, women’s issues, aging with ease, and brain longevity. Personalized programs, detoxification, hands-on therapies and corporate wellness. 20+ years holistic health experience.

Our focus is adult and pediatric acupuncture with supporting services including reiki, moxibustion, guasha, aromatherapy consultations along with aura and chakra diagnostics, herbal, homeopathic and nutritional consultations. See ad, page 8.


4601 Oakland Ave, Shorewood 414-962-5249 2949 N Mayfair Rd, Ste 300, Wauwatosa 414-312-7607 •

BICYCLE REPAIR MOBILE BIKE WERX 414-915-9686 Eliminate the hassle. Full-service certified bicycle repair shop on wheels. Pick-up and delivery. Emergency and on-site repair. Convenient, competitive pricing, guaranteed. Servicing all types and brands.

Specializing in pain management, women’s health, and body-mind integration. See ad, page 27.


Stacy Krafczyk • 414-460-4781 Stacy Krafczyk specializes in Animal Communication, intuitive readings, after life communication, energy work and healing for both people and animals that helps promote physical and emotional well-being.

CHIROPRACTIC WIDER HORIZONS CHIROPRACTIC 12750 W North Ave, Brookfield 414-852-1330

D r. R e b e c c a E b e r l e i s a chiropractor specializing in Natural Spinal Analysis (NSA) chiropractic care, a gentle approach safe for all ages, newborn to adult.


Aimee Lawent Beach 414-732-9860 Aimee is a Healing Touch for Animals (HTA) Practitioner and animal communicator. HTA restores harmony and balance to an animal’s energy system and works cooperatively with traditional veterinary care.



4763 N 124 St, Butler • 262-790-0748 Besides selling beautiful stones and crystals, we offer a variety of healing sessions, crystal healing classes, Reiki, astrology, tarot readings and spiritual counseling. See ad, page 19.





13000 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 •

Our Crystal Emporium features unique and exquisite crystals, stones and natural stone jewelry at affordable prices. Crystal Workshops and therapeutic Crystal Healing sessions also available.

DENTISTRY INTEGRATIVE DENTAL SOLUTIONS N35 W23770 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee 262-691-4555 •

“…Because a healthy Body, starts with a healthy Mouth.” Our office specializes in treating the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms; we offer the latest advances in dentistry. See ad, page 3.

WHOLE HEALTH BIOMIMETIC & BIOLOGICAL FAMILY DENTISTRY Bryan Schwartz, DDS Steve Carini, DDS 125 W Wisconsin Ave, Pewaukee 262-737-4004

We specialize in Biomimetic and Biological family dentistry. Highquality holistic dentistry for you and your family. We inform, educate, support and empower you to be your own healthcare advocate. See ad, page 7.


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414-241-2563 4650 N Port Washington Rd With the powerful tool of hypnosis, therapist Heddy Keith, M.ED CH, helps alter behavioral patterns to release irrational fears and phobias, suppressed emotions, mental blockages and negative thought patterns. .

HOLISTIC HEALING CENTER FOR WELL-BEING Sandra Anderson 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland 262-367-0607 •

Sandra Anderson is certified in advanced energy medicine techniques and practices for supporting individuals who are looking for holistic approaches in attaining fulfillment and wellbeing. See ad, page 22.


Amy Wilinski, Shamanic Energy Practitioner/ Reiki Master • 920-609-8277


Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT, Reiki Master/Teacher • 414-217-4185 Reiki healing sessions and instruction, yoga classes for all in Pewaukee, Muskego, Greendale. Restore balance, health and wellbeing in mind, body and spirit. 414-405-3556 7963 N Port Washington Rd, Fox Point Offering yoga, meditation, Reiki, massage, naturopathic skin care treatments and remedies, organic makeup. A personalized experience for children and adults in a cozy home-like setting. See ad, page 20.


Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek 414-651-2243 Wellness coach, guide, consultant, educator, and Reiki practitioner since 2000. Specializing in disease reversal with natural evidencebased therapies. Emphasis on functional, alternative, complementary and energy medicines.

PURBALANCE YOGA THERAPY Janet Golownia 414-254-7889

As a 30-year multiple sclerosis thriver, Janet brings her personal experience as a certified yoga therapist and health coach to guide others in their own personal healing journey. See ad, page 39.

Rebecca deVogel, LMT 414-839-0242 Sussex/Lisbon & Brookfield/Elm Grove Energy-rich, intuitive bodywork embraces the more of you, bringing ease and vibrant health to every aspect of life. Specializing in relaxation, lomi lomi, deep tissue and therapeutic massage.


Greensquare Center for the Healing Arts 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 262-506-4960 Experiencing stress, anxiety, insomnia? Tiffany Kneeland, R e i k i M a s t e r / Te a c h e r a n d Integrative Healing Practitioner for the whole family provides Reiki sessions, training, aromatherapy, and wellness classes.

Discover your gifts with one of our many offerings! Offering healing sessions and training in Milwaukee and Green Bay area in Reiki, Shamanism, Intuition, Mediumship and much more.




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 22.


Specializing in Anti-Aging Medicine. Board certified, fellowship trained. Combining the best of traditional medicine with a holistic approach to weight loss using hormone balancing, detoxification and control of inflammation. IV therapies including Myer’s, glutathione, vitamins and minerals. See ads, pages 20 and 39.

BYERS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE 414-369-3685 4532 N Oakland Ave, Whitefish Bay

Holistic medical care that integrates personalized, natural health solutions with diet, lifestyle and supplements and the latest technology in lab testing and evidence-based medicine.


Anne Wondra • 262-544-4310 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha Wisewoman spirituality, supporting spiritual expandings, new thought explorings, afterlife concerns, life and soul awakenings, a spirituality that feeds your soul and spirit and you. See ad, page 19.


Dr. Sarah Axtell is a board-certified naturopathic physician with a focus on autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, endocrine conditions, cancer, anxiety and weight loss.


Rob Reader, LMT: 414-721-6942 Wendy Halfpap, LMT: 414-839-7688 909 W Mequon Rd, Mequon Let your body play to its full potential with the benefits of therapeutic massage. Relieve chronic and acute pain, accelerate recovery time, and experience the benefits of postural alignment. See ad, page 39.

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Specializing in neurology, pain treatment, and musculoskeletal medicine, we provide traditional and alternative regenerative therapies that have enabled thousands of patients to avoid surgery, reduce medications, and relieve their pain. See ad, page 39.


11649 N Port Washington Rd, Ste 225, Mequon 262-518-0173 • Dragonfly Meditation is a secular (non-religious) mindfulness based studio which offers meditation instruction, special workshops, retreats, massage, Reiki and yoga classes. See ad, page 19.


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262-334-2068 • Karen’s Energy, 1427 W Washington Ave, West Bend At Karen’s Energy Superfood Store and Wellness Center, learn about the importance of water and how H2O Energy Flow combined flow is an essential energy source. See ad, page 2.

LANGLOIS’ VITAL NUTRITION CENTER 8843 W North Ave, Wauwatosa 414-453-8289 store, 414-453-4070 office

Langlois’ Vital Nutrition Center is at the forefront in optimal nutrition. Optimal nutrition equals: Increased energy, more productivity, enhanced emotions, improved brain function and more. See ad, page 40.


401 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay 414-332-3636 Yellow Wood specializes in premier outdoor gear with a conscience, passion for what we do and purpose to create a better society and community. See ad, page 13.


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Terri Humphrey, Reconnective Healing Practitioner, provides non-invasive, powerful healing for the mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Works with infants, children, and adults. Helps with chronic illness, infertility, emotional issues, and more.

Bay View, Brown Deer, Milwaukee, Mequon and Wauwatosa locations We know Jack! Unlike other area grocers, we know by name many of the farmers and producers who supply Outpost with quality goods. See ad, page 5.


13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • Wisconsin’s premier School for Energy Medicine Training offering individual classes, certificate and diploma programs. Built on the belief that knowledge, competency and professionalism must exist at the very foundation of Energy Work.



327 E St Paul Ave, Milwaukee 414-227-2889 •

Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, The Institute of Beauty and Wellness is a leading Aveda school with multiple beauty and wellness programs.


2949 N Mayfair Rd, Ste 306, Wauwatosa 414-312-7929

My mission is to provide personal, compassionate counseling that transforms the human experience to one of joy and hope by optimizing each client’s potential.



A national leader in complete Eastern and Western massage therapy training. 800-hour Asian bodywork and therapeutic massage program. Day, evening and weekend classes; part-/full-time options available. See ad, page 27.


6232 Bankers Rd, Racine • 800-593-2320 The Midwest College, with campuses in Racine and Chicago, offers accredited programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine that lead to licensed practice in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and many other states. See ad, page 9.

SKIN CARE SKIN AND ACNE SPECIALIST Hartford and Sussex Locations 920-210-0370

Rachel Geschke is a Face Reality Acne Specialist and holistic esthetician. She specializes in acne treatment and prevention, along with Reiki-infused facials, peels and waxing.


Susie Raymond, Esthetician, Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher • 414-352-6550 Rest your concerns in Susie’s soothing hands. Experience transformation within your skin, energy, or life purpose when you connect and express your inner desires. See ad, page 23.


We inspire a positive approach to a lifetime of spiritual growth. We celebrate our diversity and recognize our unity. Be the One who makes a difference! Rev Lisa Stewart-de Snoo & Rev Scott de Snoo. See ad, page 24.


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 8.




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Complete, integrated pet health care, including natural nutrition, titres, herbal/glandular/nutraceutical supplements, and essential oils. Dr. Jodie is a certified acupuncturist and food therapist.

GET STARTED ON YOUR JOURNEY TO PAIN RELIEF Regenerative therapy is the injection of specialized natural solutions into joint spaces, weakened ligaments or tendon insertions to relieve pain. Regenerative medicine can help you if you have arthritis, tendinitis, TMJ, injuries from accidents or sports, neck pain, back pain, foot pain, ankle pain, knee pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, and wrist pain.

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75 N Main St., Hartford Innovative wellness spa featuring: aromatherapy, oxygen bar, rejuvenating multi-sensory power nap area, unique therapeutic and spa services, nutrition and lifestyle re-design, and interactive, educational classes. See ad, page 11.


W307 N1497 Golf Rd, Ste 102, Delafield 262-337-9065 • We offer affordable, enjoyable yoga for everyone in an intimate, calming space that specializes in yoga, fitness and mindfulness; also have a certified ayurvedic practitioner on staff. See ad, page 11.

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