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Mobilize to Heal the World,” Linda Sechrist writes about women’s longtime efforts to form healthy, vibrant communities by improving economic justice, human equality and peace. Extraordinary women, both known and unknown, with personalities ranging from bold and sassy to humble and inconspicuous, have made history through direct means, such as civil actions for women’s suffrage, fair labor and civil rights, and indirectly through entrepreneurship and personal financial independence. Milwaukee has grown into a hub ripe with resources for nonprofits and businesses owned and operated by women. For example, after living elsewhere, when Sharon Adams returned to her childhood neighborhood of Lindsay Heights to discover it had deteriorated, she founded Walnut Way Conservation Corp., with the mission to improve health, wellness and the environment in the neighborhood. To create an affordable and social shopping experience for clothing and accessories in Milwaukee’s normally pricey Third Ward, entrepreneur Lizzi Weasler opened the boutique Lizzibeth. The dedicated efforts of both women arose from a desire to serve others and grew through their commitments to persevere. As a business owner myself, I’m inspired to see other female entrepreneurs succeed, contributing to the increasing female representation in many fields, including those in which women were not previously well represented: restaurants, farming, retail, publishing, the arts, photography and many more. I find that many female business owners choose camaraderie over competition and are often willing to help others, not only entrepreneurs that are already established but also those considering the leap from corporate cubicle to satisfying selfemployment. By infusing the business world with compassion, collaboration and connection, women are spreading those qualities throughout society. The late Mary Tyler Moore, who became a feminist icon after starring in one of the first TV shows to feature a never-married working woman as its lead character, reminded every woman that she can “make it after all,” with this quote: “Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” Here’s to the courage and passion within each of us, Gabriella Buchnik Publisher


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he Enerqi Center for Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, in West Allis, has recently welcomed Andrea Sand to their wellness team. Sand is a second-generation reiki practitioner who focuses on compassion and gentle care for her clients in order to aid them in their own healing journeys. Sand was first introduced to reiki in 2013 and completed her reiki master training certification in 2016. In reiki, the practitioner acts as a conduit through which the universal energy may be focused on the client. A nonAndrea Sand invasive technique, reiki promotes physical, emotional and spiritual well-being by bringing the client’s energy centers into balance. “When we feel in balance, we are more easily able to navigate our lives and feel confident in our path,” says Paul Shinkle, executive director at Enerqi. “Reiki can help with many issues ranging from stress relief and relaxation to pain relief or insomnia. At Enerqi, clients will feel supported in receiving those services that can most benefit them, and will enjoy a coordinated approach to their care in traditional medicine.” Enerqi offers acupuncture, reiki, massage therapy, medicinal herbs and nutraceuticals, nutritional coaching, meditation instruction and qigong. Services are available by appointment only, and patients can self-schedule on the Enerqi website. Location: 10827 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis. For more information, call 414-2094228 or visit See ad, page 18.

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loat Life, located in Whitefish Bay, offers a float therapy special for moms-to-be through the end of 2017: expectant mothers can receive their first float for free. Float therapy involves the user relaxing in a pod containing 10 inches of skin-temperature water and 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt. This allows one to float effortlessly and escape the stresses of the surrounding world, giving the mind a break from bright lights, noise and even the sense of touch. Tyler Herman, co-owner of Float Life, observes that pregnant women have benefitted from floating. “By easing the strain of gravity on the joints, spine and musculature, the added pressure of bearing a baby’s weight is relieved. Resting in a float pod completely free of distraction helps promote deep rest and rejuvenation, which, even when sleeping comfortably, is challenging for some expectant mothers.” Floating has also been known to reduce stress, anxiety and blood pressure, which tend to increase during pregnancy. Pregnant floaters have reported the experience of sensing nothing around them except for their own heartbeat and that of their babies, deepening the mother-child bond. Health research suggests that float therapy is very safe, but if pregnant women have specific concerns or highrisk pregnancies, they should speak with their doctors first. Float Life also regularly offers a new customer discount of $20 off the first visit.

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esearchers from Germany’s Goethe University, in Frankfurt, sought to determine the impact that the belief held by some that females are poor soccer players would have on their performance. The study had 36 teenage female soccer players engage in a ball-dribbling drill before and after reading a pertinent article. Half of the subjects read about the perceived incompetence of female soccer players and the other half read a piece about the growing popularity of the sport. The players that read the negative article needed significantly more time to complete the drill than those that read the positive article, possibly highlighting the impact that negative stereotyping has on women.

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How a Brookfield Chiropractor Skated Toward Wellness by Sheila Julson


lthough Dr. Jamie Settimi of Settimi Chiropractic & Wellness Center followed in her family’s footsteps—both parents and two of her uncles were chiropractors—she first aspired to be an Olympic figure skater. As a youth in Buffalo, New York, her father used to freeze part of their backyard into a skating rink for Settimi and her six siblings. However, despite years of diligent practice, she realized by the end of high school that professional figure skating was not in her future. Then she thought about how her parents’ chiropractic care over the years had helped her overcome skating injuries. “I realized that this natural approach allowed me to heal and get back on the ice faster than my friends, who turned to pharmaceuticals to help with their problems. I began thinking about chiropractic college.” Settimi went on to teach figure skating, which helped pay for her college education. She began her studies at Niagara University, in Lewiston, New York, and then finished her Bachelor of Science degree and earned her Doctor of Chiropractic from National College of Chiropractic, in Lombard, Illinois. After graduation, she worked with her father at his practice, but since she had made many friends in Wisconsin, she decided to move to the Badger State. Armed with her chiropractic degree, Settimi was ready to begin treating people, yet she had difficulty finding a practice to join. She reflects how, during the early1980s in Wisconsin, the chiropractor field was dominated by men. “Since then, the field has grown; 50 percent of chiropractors now are women,” she notes. She eventually found space to rent from a semi-retired chiropractor in West Allis. In 1990, she



moved her practice to Brookfield, and she’s been at her current North Avenue location for 15 years. As the name suggests, Settimi Chiropractic & Wellness Center is wellness-based, and in addition to treating men, women and children of all ages utilizing her chiropractic skills, the center also provides education, teaching patients how lifestyle choices affect health and longevity. Settimi is certified as a chiropractic wellness practitioner, which requires post-graduate study in a number of areas related to healthy living, such as diet, toxicity, exercise and emotional wellness. Although she treats conditions such as headaches and backaches, she finds that many of her patients are seeking preventive adjustments. “I educate people about how the nervous system really impacts their overall wellness. We talk about nutrition, stress management and exercise, and how important those things are in the overall puzzle of good health,” Settimi explains. “When the nervous system is free from interference and the body can work at its optimal level, that means less chance of getting sick.” The center also treats women during pregnancy. A fetus developing in utero can cause torsion on the ligaments that support the baby, which can contribute to breech presentation. Settimi is certified in the Webster technique, which focuses on specific problems with the pelvis and sacrum and allows the baby to move or stay in its proper position. Since the birthing process can cause distortion in a newborn’s neck, resulting in irritability, chronic ear infections and vomiting, gentle chiropractic adjustments for newborns are offered—done just with the fingertips—which can help resolve those issues.

Dr. Jamie Settimi Settimi experienced a rewarding opportunity to work on a group of babies when she traveled to China in 1995 to adopt her first daughter. “All of the babies in the orphanage we visited were really sick,” she relates, adding that the institution that cared for the infants had very limited staff and resources. “I got the chance to adjust all of them, and most of them got better.” She and her husband later adopted another daughter from China, and both of her children are now in college. She is always willing to share her adoption experience with anyone that wants to hear her story. Enthusiastic to give back to the community, Settimi is active with groups supporting research for both Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. She also uses her charitable efforts to promote wellness and to educate people on how keeping the nervous system free from interference helps the body stay healthy. “We talk a lot about diet, drinking enough water and getting back to basics. Your body is always trying to move you toward wellness,” Settimi advises. “You just have to listen to it.” Settimi Chiropractic & Wellness Center is located at 17280 W. North Ave., Brookfield. For more information, call 262-7890576 or visit See ad, page 21. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.

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

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

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



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Affirmations can positively state the mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy and birth. Examples include: “Birth is a safe and wonderful experience. Keep Moving with Intention I am choosing the right path for my Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, birth. I trust my body and my inwalking or light jogging three to five stincts. I have all the support I need.” times a week, for 20 minutes a day. Wilson recommends choosing two “Squatting like a child on your haunches to four that resonate, repeating them is a great exercise for childbirth,” she every morning while gazing into the says, noting that 20 squats daily will mirror, placing them on the refrigerastrengthen core muscles. Sitting on an tor door and even having them pop exercise ball instead of a desk chair or up on a smartphone. couch also engages core muscles, while “Meditation prepares you for childimproving posture. birth and can also be soothing during “Regular exercise brings more enlabor by offering tools that push away ergy, better sleep, reduced stress, higher fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this manspirits, better odds of an easy labor, faster tra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, Being post-delivery recovery and reduced risk of Peace: “Breathing in, I calm myself, gestational diabetes and high blood presThe connections established breathing out, I smile.” sure during pregnancy,” Bregman finds. To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet between mother and She recommends a prenatal yoga practice room with eyes closed. For women that includes breathing and visualizanew to meditation, Wilson suggests child are much stronger tions. This restorative form of yoga offers lighting a scented or colored candle when she progresses through and noticing the colors and movement gentle stretching, promotes good circulation and naturally supports relief or healof the flame for something physical pregnancy and birth from ing of many possible pregnancy ailments. to focus on. “This calming practice is a natural perspective. “To alleviate physical distress, try important because labor becomes like chiropractic prenatal care,” says Phillips. a meditation,” she says. The mother ~Kristy Wilson Light finger contact from an expericopes through the contraction, then enced practitioner helps realign bony uses her meditation skills to reset, segments and restores the body’s normal tone. “A prenatal refocus and ground herself before the next contraction. expert can adjust so the mom’s body maintains its balance Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers and the baby is free to move.” to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the memexperiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, branes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord. who has a story too,” advises Wilson.

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“Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround yourself with people that have experienced a normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the birthing process and in the postpartum period.” A woman easily influenced by others might ask her doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that needs to exercise control might seek such assistance for peace of mind, knowing that her wishes will be followed. “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in conversations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child.

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Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife through a natural birthing community such as the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for low-Caesarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.” Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the natural awakenings

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A woman’s style of leadership in America’s corporate boardrooms, activist-led movements or state and federal government may not be plainly evident. Feminine wisdom’s emerging solutions are compassionate, collaborative and consensus-building, and pursue universal outcomes and group cooperation. They contrast with conventional competitive strategies and solutions, according to The Legislative Effectiveness of Women in Congress study at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, in Nashville. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a medical doctor, Jungian analyst in Mill Valley, California, and author of Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, has been advocating since 2002 for a United Nations Fifth World Conference on Women (5WCW). “Empowered and equal women are the key to peace and sustainability. We need to rise up together and fulfill the Dalai Lama’s words at the Vancouver Peace Summit: ‘It will be up to Western women to bring about peace.’” Bolen’s 5WCW vision joins millennial women worldwide now entering their era of activism with the feminist movement spearheaded by a boomer generation of women that’s forwarded the equality and empowerment of women this far. To this end, she



marched in Washington, D.C., on January 21 in the Million Women’s March that globally attracted 5 million participants. “To make human rights women’s rights, we need a united global women’s movement,” she states. Sande Hart, from Orange County, California, director of the Charter for Compassion International-Women and Girls sector and president of the women’s global interfaith organization Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope (SARAH), participated in the Los Angeles Women’s March with 750,000 others. “There’s a sense that we’ve had enough. We’re not angry. We are morally outraged and seeking peaceful solutions wrapped in compassion and based in justice for all. In nearly 15 years of women’s community building, I’m convinced that healing our communities with resilience and a regenerative spirit is our biological and innate imperative. I see women emerging in unprecedented ways to make this happen,” says Hart. The Rising Women Rising World organization provides tools and training to help women and men develop femi-

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Another nonviolent form of self-defense is Shaolin five animal kung fu, a martial arts style that mimics the characteristics of five animals—the tiger, leopard, snake, crane and dragon. Instructor Lloyd Fridenburg owns Fitness with a Purpose, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he emphasizes the awareness and avoidance concept as the psychological heart of nonviolent self-defense. Fridenburg, founder and senior instructor of the Waterloo Kung Fu Academy, explains, “The concept emphasizes being constantly aware of your surroundings while avoiding obvious areas of potential danger.” He also stresses the importance of proper body language—being able to read that of others, as well as how to diffuse confrontation upfront in how we present ourself. “Martial arts are a two-sided coin,” he says. “There’s the martial aspect, which involves techniques that allow a person to defend him- or herself in a wide range of situations. Then there’s the art aspect, which encompasses a deeper study, encompassing forms of movement and mental, philosophical and meditative techniques.” “Overall health benefits are no different than one might expect of any disciplined fitness regimen,” notes Fridenburg. “However, the nature of a quality martial arts program forces practitioners to focus their entire attention on what they are doing. The mere act of staying grounded in the present moment dramatically reduces stress and sets martial arts practices apart from many other forms of movement.” Tai chi, an ancient, softer style of Chinese martial art, leverages relaxation, posture and energy work, rather than muscular tension. As a Taoist art, it embodies the way nature works, using minimal effort to accomplish a lot. “Demonstrating tai chi as a form of nonviolent selfdefense is much easier than describing it,” says Aaron D. Nitzkin, Ph.D., of New Orleans, a Tulane University professor, tai chi master and certified medical qigong instructor. “If someone attacks, you don’t resist; you can use tai chi principles to yield to their movements with a natural, circular, continuous motion, turning their own force against them. When you move aggressively against a master, it feels like you’ve just bounced off them and fallen down. In order to win at tai chi fighting, you need to remain completely calm and centered and most of all, listen to your opponent’s energy with your hands, so that you can yield to it and then redirect it.” It’s a profound lesson in interpersonal communication. “My students report stronger immune systems, greater clarity of mind, better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and greater emotional stability,” says Nitzkin. “Practitioners become much more sensitive to and conscious of the internal condition of their bodies, and even develop the ability to feel bioelectric fields.” Whichever form of nonviolent self-defense suits us, experts advise that students study with a certified and experienced instructor for optimum results and safe practice. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for Longevity Times online. Connect at

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

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or more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm. Siegel’s latest film, Seed: The Untold Story, follows global seed keepers from Minnesota to India battling multinational agribusinesses in a quest to protect our agricultural heritage and food sources—ancient seeds passed down through untold generations. Interviews with farmers, ethnobotanists and activists explore the importance of the genetic material that these tiny time capsules carry. Siegel is the founder and executive director of Collective Eye Films, a nonprofit media company in Portland, Oregon. He co-directed and produced this latest offering with documentary filmmaker Jon Betz, with backing from Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei.

Why does the colossal loss of food crop diversity during the past century matter? Up to 96 percent of seed varieties have been lost since 1903. During this period, we have destroyed the infrastructure of traditional agriculture: 10,000 years of seeds saved from families and farmers. It threatens our survival. We



can’t rely on genetically modified seeds to see us through climate changes. We need nongenetically engineered seed varieties like the thousands of different types of rice grown in India to be able to adapt to extreme events like floods and droughts. Universal responsibility to save seeds began to dwindle in the 1920s, when hybrid corn crops came onto the market, promising higher yields; instead of growing crops from seeds saved, borrowed or shared with neighbors, farmers bought seeds from stores. In the 1990s, huge corporations bought up some 20,000 seed companies, and the number of cultivated seed varieties dropped precipitously. Ten agrichemical companies now control more than two-thirds of the global seed market.

How do hybrid seeds differ from open-pollinated seeds?  You cannot save a hybrid seed; if you try to use it, the results are unreliable. Hybrids are engineered to be planted for one year only. With open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, you’re planting reliable seeds saved from year to year, generation to generation, bred for the consistency of their qualities. Indigenous people in Mexico’s Oaxaca Valley, for example, have successfully cultivated local seeds for at least 8,700 years, right up to today. Hybrids require high levels of chemical inputs to produce. Illustrat-

ing the contrast, Hopi corn, grown for thousands of years, requires little water and contains much more protein than today’s commercial crops, without poisoning the land with heavy industrial inputs. The Hopi think of seeds as their children, intimately connected with their heritage and culture, so they protect them. Beyond big, strong crops, farming is a spiritual act.

Why do so many farmers voluntarily choose hybrid seeds, given the troubling issues involved? Most farmers just want streamlined labor and the biggest yield. Often, commodity crops using commercial seeds and chemical fertilizers have the biggest yield and make them the most money, even though severe downsides like the loss of flavor and nutrients mean it’s ultimately not the best result. In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide during the past 20 years to escape onerous debts accrued to purchase industrialized agricultural inputs. An Indian seed salesman interviewed for the film despairs, “The seeds we sell don’t taste good and require so many chemicals that many farmers kill themselves.”

What is the seed-saver movement achieving, and how can everyday gardeners and citizens take action? Seed libraries and banks are critically important because the seeds are adapted to the local environment. Seed libraries have multiplied from only a handful a few years ago to as many as 300 located in towns across America today. Public libraries check out seeds to plant in your garden, asking only that you return harvested seeds for others to enjoy. Farmers can now “back up” their seeds in local seed banks, which are also becoming important educational resources to teach students about these issues. To locate a screening or purchase a DVD of the film, visit Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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eaching me how to steer the 30-foot-long sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail, by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder is for steering once we’ve set sail. Our soul is like a sail. Once hoisted, it’s filled by the wind of Spirit, which establishes our course and direction. Our will is our rudder; its job is to follow where the soul filled with Spirit leads, helping to steer our way. When we lean on will to make things happen, we can grow stubborn, confused or lost. Clear sailing comes when we’re being

carried toward a vision greater than our self, feeling wholly alive along the way. Scudding along the sea, my father was living once for all time, feeling the sensation of all life in that moment. We all yearn to live in these moments forever, yet even a taste of aliveness can fill, sustain and refresh us in the midst of daily tasks. We all face times beyond our control when life doesn’t follow our designs and we’re asked to work with life and not fight, curse or hide from it. When insisting on our way, we can get so tangled in our will that we can’t find or feel the wind of Spirit. During these

times—when we fear there is no meaning and it seems there’s nothing holding us up—our will can puff, snap and flap about in a desperate attempt to fill what looms as an empty life. But even setting out on the sea, it’s never easy. My father remarked, “It’s always harder to sail toward a fixed point, because you will inevitably have to cross the wind several times to get there.” By contrast, a boat moves its fastest and cleanest when it simply follows the wind. It’s the same when we listen for where life is taking us, instead of busily thinking about where we’re going. Devoting ourselves to experiencing the journey, rather than determining a destination, we discover our way. Like a sail, our life must be out in the open before the wind will show its face. Likewise, Spirit fills us when we can inhabit our true nature. We miss what awaits us if we hover too close to the shore of our past, our family, someone else’s dream for us, or an old identity. To feel the wind in our face, we must leave the shallows and harbors for the deep. Only then will the larger, timeless destination show itself and our soul be filled enough with Spirit that our smaller self will have no choice but to engage in steering us toward all that matters. Adapted excerpt from The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, by Mark Nepo (Atria). Connect at and

A will finds a way. ~Orison Swett Marden

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 The Art of Japanese Reiki – May 3, 10, 17, 24. 6:30-8:30pm. Weekly topics include original reiki breath techniques, dry bath, the Sun Mudra and Mikao Usui’s original reiki attunement known as reiju. Open to all practitioners who have Level II and the associated attunement. $50 per class, 10% discount when series is paid in full. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

Meditation: Edgar Cayce Readings – 7-9pm. A review of Cayce materials on preparation for meditation, John Van Auken’s writing on processes to achieve spiritual breakthrough, and a discussion on your questions and your meditation practices; with Kevin Reger. Love offering; preregistration appreciated. Healing & Education Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. Kevin: 414-322-6552.


THURSDAY, MAY 4 Spirit Message Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. After a meditation to awaken intuitive guidance, attendees will be guided to give & receive messages from spirit. For anyone interested in increasing intuitive abilities or wanting guidance from realms beyond. No experience necessary. $20. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

FRIDAY, MAY 5 Community Drumming Circle – 6:30-8pm. Bring your friends and your drums, sink into a smooth flow and release the stress of daily life; with Tom Kotlarek. No experience necessary. Drums available. Donation; preregistration encouraged. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607.

SUNDAY, MAY 7 Reiki Level I Training – 9am-4:30pm. Japanese energy healing art for stress reduction, relaxation and healing of body, mind and spirit. Level I teaches you to do reiki on yourself and others. It is easy to immediately incorporate into your life. Instructor: Amy Wilinski. $185. Info: 920-609-8277 or

savethedate SUNDAY, MAY 7 FAB’s Annual Spring Festival – 12-7pm. A family-oriented event, sponsored by Fellowship of Alternative Beliefs, with vendors, Tarot readings, inexpensive food and fun and a children’s area with activities. Maypole at 6pm. Open to the public. Free. Tanner Paull Hall, 6922 W Orchard, on 70th between Greenfield & National. 414-3504291.

SATURDAY, MAY 6 Consciousness Is What I Am: by Joel Goldsmith – 10am. Class begins promptly. New class with Rev Griffin runs through May 27. Love offering. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Vibrational Chakra Sprays Workshop – 10am1pm. Create seven sprays using essential oils and crystals. $70. Citizen’s Bank Training Center, 5450 S Mooreland Rd, New Berlin. Register: 262-498-4162 or What’s the Buzz about Kumbucha – 10:31am12:01pm. Try this yourself at home. Learn how to and why to. Samples provided. Entire course schedule listed on the website. $20 monthly/class, $150 yearly/course. Alive and Well Naturally, 140 S Main St, Thiensville. RSVP: 262-297-7070. Animal Communication Sessions – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or pictures to find out their thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues or what they’d like; with Stacy Krafczyk. $65/20-minute sessions, cash or check. Bark n Scratch Outpost, 5835 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee. Preregister: 414-444-4110. BioMat Bootcamp 101 – 12:01-2pm. Earn an income stream, product knowledge, see our Richway ShowCase. Q&A. Open to all BioMat distributors regardless of team. Potluck salad lunch included, bring a healthy topping. Alive and Well Naturally, 140 S Main St, Thiensville. RSVP: 262-297-7070.



where and how they live; living cooperatively with traditional household spirits; protection methods for the wilder faerie as well as ways to stay on good terms with the Fey. $35, $30/with preregistration 72 hrs in advance. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

TUESDAY, MAY 9 The Spirit of Making Music – May 9, 16. 6:307:30pm. Created for those told they have no musical bone in their body. Using the African thumb piano, create original, in the moment, improvisational music; a celebration of your uniqueness and creativity: w/Kathryn Rambo, music therapist. Class limited to seven. $25, $40/both classes prepaid. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. Angel


Sacred Women’s Circle – 7-9:30pm. Gathering in circle with intention is powerful. Come together to honor, listen and share hearts with others. Meditate, listen, grow; w/Julie Szyba. $25. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-2714972.

SATURDAY, MAY 13 IWG Spring Open House – 10am-1pm. Punch and light snacks. Items for sale. Free raffle to win services. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243. Animal Communication Sessions – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or pictures to find out their thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues or what they’d like; with Stacy Krafczyk. $65/20-minute sessions, cash or check. Petlicious, 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Preregister: 262-548-0923.

SUNDAY, MAY 14 Mother’s Day Celebration – This is the day we honor all mothers, and all people who have been active in a supportive, nurturing role in the lives of others. Special music, special gift. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105.

MONDAY, MAY 15 Side by Side: A Spirit Focused Evening of Discussion – 6:30-8pm. Discussion group designed to dig into topics of current philosophies and practices of spirituality, and how they impact our lives and relationships. Free will donation. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. RSVP: 262-367-0607.


BioMat Sessions & Reiki – May 10, 24. Healing amethyst mat, with Far infrared, PEMF, biophoton and magnet therapies. $40/30 min session intro price. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243.

Yoga Nidra – 6:40-7:30pm. Experience a systemic form of guided deep relaxation reaching a meditative state while consciously awake, aware, and present. Intended for upper teens and adults; with Caroline Raffel. $12, $8/members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. RSVP: 262-512-0173.



Do You Believe in Fairies – 6:30-8:30pm. Explore the world’s beliefs, traditions, and customs concerning the many races of the Fey. Learn who they are,

Aveda IBW Mixer – 5-8pm. Get connected to Aveda with an express service and shop Aveda at a savings. Free; reservations limited. The Institute

of Beauty and Wellness, 327 East St Paul Ave, 2nd Floor, Milwaukee. RSVP: 414-227-2889.

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Waldorf High School Information Evening – 6:30pm. Learn more about Waldorf education for high school students. Now enrolling for 2017-2018. Tamarack Waldorf High School, 2628 N Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Milwaukee. 414-265-7075.


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An Evening with Spirit: Stacie Tatera, Milwaukee Medium – 6:30-8:30pm. Psychic medium Stacie Tatera presents a special evening of Spirit, delivering messages from your loved ones in a gallery-style reading event. $40. Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport, Aviation Theatre, 6401 S 13th St, Milwaukee.

Holy Fire Master Teacher Training – May 1921. Fri, 5-8pm; Sat & Sun, 9-4pm. Deepen your connection. Must be Level III or current RMT. 17 CEUs. $600 Class held in Mukwonago. Register: 262-498-4162 or Women’s Weekend Retreat – May 19-21. Fri, 6:30pm to Sun, 11:30am. Small group retreat for women to reflect on what is important in their life, on what they want to create and on what would make it possible. Facilitated by Kari Mitchell of Yes to Me Coaching. $385, includes facilitated retreat, meals and lodging on site. Shalom House, 1872 Shalom Dr, West Bend. 414-520-9207. Kari@

SATURDAY, MAY 20 DIY Beat Cancer – 9am-2pm. Comprehensive workshop teaching the steps to heal at home. Food as medicine philosophy. $450, includes organic lunch. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243. Animal Communication Class – 10am-2pm. Learn to communicate with your animals. Linda Pavlovich, teaching animal communication for 17 years, will help you learn the techniques and skills to open this gift of understanding. Snacks provided. $150. Healing & Education Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace. church/classes. Reiki Level III and Candlelight Attunement – 12:30-5:30pm. Learn the deeper meanings of reiki symbols and their connection to the guides and angels. Emphasis placed on learning to create the sacred space for the reiki attunement process. The designation of Reiki Practitioner/Master Level 3 and an accompanying certificate awarded for successfully completing this class. $195. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. Angel Forgiveness Ceremony Workshop – 1-4:30pm. There is a time to let go, move forward with compassion and focus on the positive and present moment. Forgiveness is a step in healing the world; w/Julie Szyba. $45. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. Acu-Gong: Acupuncture + Gong Bath Meditation – 5-6pm. Acu-Gong combines the power of gong meditation with community-style acupuncture. No previous acupuncture or meditation experience required. $40. Royal Road Clinic: mind body care, 1841 N Prospect Ave, 2nd fl, Milwaukee. 414-377-3898.

SUNDAY, MAY 21 Aromatherapy−Moving Beyond the Basics – 123:30 pm. Learn advanced blending techniques, en-

hance your products and incorporate aromatherapy into your life for holistic well-being. Learn blending order of oils for synergy, odor, and note type; using music, crystals, reiki, the power of the moon and your intention. Instructors: Janine Trede and Monica Latus. $50. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. What is an Ayurvedic Consultation? – 1-2:30pm. Understand how the oldest system of natural medicine helps to heal the root cause of disease, heals mind, body and spirit and treats the unique qualities of each individual; w/Nikki Estes. Free. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972.

THURSDAY, MAY 25 Getting Serious about Essential Oils – 10am11:30pm. Barb Lemke facilitates a presentation on various aspects of essential oils. Open to all, beginners and experienced. Q&A follows. Preregistration appreciated. $5. Center for Well-Being Lake Country LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607. Introduction to Reiki – 6:30-8:30pm. An introduction to the fundamental concepts of energy medicine and a peek behind the many doors that comprise the healing arts. Questions such as “How can I use reiki in my life” will be answered. Experience your energy field and that of fellow students. Information what energy centers (Chakras) play in physical, emotional and spiritual health is included. $15, registration required. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

SATURDAY, MAY 27 Tea with Natalie – 9-11:30am Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a health chat about juicing with a holistic wellness expert. $10. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243. Basic Animal Communication Class – 10am4pm. Learn to build communication skills through telepathy with your animal companions in group discussions, grounding/centering techniques, several exercises, a clearing meditation and practicing with pictures of your animal friends; w/Stacy Krafczyk. $150, $50 non-refundable deposit required. Petlicious, 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Preregister: 262-548-0923.

savethedate FRI-SUN, JUNE 9-11 Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring the Wise Women of the Past, Present and Future – June 9-11. Speakers: Tammi Sweet, Ubaka Hill, Lisa Ganora, Whapio and Robin Rose Bennett and many more. Over 60 workshops and plants walks, Kids’ Camp and Teen Spiral. Includes pre-conference classes and workshops. Personal growth workshops, singing, dancing, plant walks, meals, swimming, red tent communal space and more. Enter to win a free full conference ticket, including meals & lodging, at Contest ends Mar 31. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info:

savethedate FRIDAY, JUNE 16 28th Annual Energy Fair – June 16, 17, 18. Fri, Sat, 9am-10pm; Sun, 9am-5pm. Celebrate clean energy and sustainability. Enjoy 250+ workshops, 200+ exhibitors, inspiring keynotes including Tesla co-founder JB Straubel, live music, camping, family fun, great food and more. $15/day, $35/weekend, free/volunteers, MREA members; reduced ticket prices before May 17. Midwest Renewable Energy Association, 7558 Deer Rd, Custer. 715-592-6595. Father’s Day – June 18. Barbecue following service. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Mediumship Training – June 24-25. 9am-4pm. Highly experiential class will teach a variety of techniques to make connections with the spirit world and give an evidential reading. Taught by Amy Wilinski, who trained with many gifted mediums and brings a blend of styles this work. $350/nonresidential, lunch included, $410/overnight private room. lunch, dinner & breakfast. Register online: Healing through your Chakras – June 25. With Barret Hadeen. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@

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Book Reading and Author Conversation – Jun 28. 6:30-8:30pm. With Daniel Goodenough, author of The Caravan Of Remembering, A Road Map for Experiencing the Awakening of your Life’s Mission. What if there was a process to remember your purpose for being, a process to remember who you truly are? Free, books available for sale. Unity Church, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Sandra: 262-827-9267.

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JULY Peru Mysticism – Jul 2-8. Explore Peruvian shamanism with local medicine people and participate in healing rituals and meditations at ancient holy sites including Machu Picchu. Led by Amy & David Wilinski of Golden Light Healing. Info: 920-6098277. Shamanic Training Whispers on the Wind – July 19-23. Explore ancient energy medicine practices in this transformational four-series program. Held at Golden Light Healing Retreat Center in northeastern Wisconsin, where you will be held in the arms of Mother Nature as you delve into the teachings of the medicine wheel. See website or call for more information. Amy Wilinski: 920-609-8277. Golden

OCTOBER El Camino de Santiago – Oct 2-12, 2017. El Camino de Santiago, The Way of St. James, is an ancient pilgrimage trail of personal reflection, crossing the wine country, mountains and valleys of Spain, ending at the cathedral in Compostela where St. James’ remains are said to be interred. Led by spiritual teacher, Amy Wilinski, you will travel with tailor-made meditations, rituals and ceremonies. Golden Light Healing. 920-609-8277.

JANUARY 2018 Peru Mysticism – January 28-Feb 3, 2018. Explore Peruvian shamanism up close and personal on a spiritual journey with Golden Light Healing. Participate in healing rituals and meditations at ancient holy sites, including Machu Picchu, with the local shamans. Information, Amy: 920-609-8277.

$5 Yoga Classes – Daily yoga classes available; call or visit the website for the schedule. The Institute of Beauty and Wellness, 327 East St. Paul Ave, Milwaukee. RSVP: 414-227-2889. Yoga for Clean Water – Mon-Sat through Apr. Experience yoga at The Institute of Beauty and Wellness and support local clean water efforts. Free yoga classes with a $5 donation to their local earth month partner, The Water Council. See website for class schedule. 327 East St Paul Ave, 2nd Floor, Milwaukee. 414-227-2889.

sunday Friendship and Potluck – 4th Sun. Following Sunday service. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@ Sunday Gathering: Light of Grace – 10am. Come for meditation, soul-filled music and an inspiring spiritual message to uplift and motivate you. Light of Grace, 5806 W. National Ave, West Allis. 414258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church. Sunday Service: Self-Realization Church of Wisconsin – 10:30am. New Age church. Nondenominational. All are welcome. On-site parking; handicap accessible, 2418 W Mangold Ave, Milwaukee. 414-444-2012. Unity Church of Light Sunday Service – 10am. Sunday service with Rev Sue Ellen Kelly and the amazing music of George Busateri, John Zaffiro and various soloists. Children’s Sunday school at same time. Unity Church of Light, 150 S Sunnyslope Rd, Ste 110, Brookfield (in Bishop’s Woods West 1). 262-641-7558. Shamanic Journey and Drumming Circle – 11:45am. 3rd Sun. Meets following fellowship and service. Please bring your drum, some available for use. Group led by Dennis Clark, president, board of trustees. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Coloring and Crafting Club – 12pm. 2nd Sun. Meets in the fireside room following fellowship and service. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa.

monday Mindfulness Meditation: Jump Start Your Work Week – 8-8:45am. Starting the day fully present is a good way to bring your best self to the workplace: w/Joanne Nelson, Wake Up the Writer Within. Free will donation; preregistration appreciated. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607.



Mindful Discussion and Meditation – 5:156:05pm. A twenty-minute opening guided meditation; questions and dialogue about mindfulness and meditation practices; ending with a brief minimally guided meditation; with Ann Marie Arvoy. Intended for upper teens and adults. $15, free/members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. RSVP: 262-512-0173.

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, e-RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Court, Ste 210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185. Guided Meditation – 5:45-6:30pm. A guided secular meditation with a focus on the breath to develop increased awareness and mindfulness. Open for beginner to advanced practice; w/Caroline, certified meditation instructor. $15, free/members; register on line. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173. Yoga for Building Meditation Posture, Strength – Begins May 23. 6:45-7:45pm. In this meditative hatha yoga class, basic postures and stretches for a healthy spine and strong inner core are practiced. Attention given to breath and focus. $12/drop in, $45/5 class member pass, $50/5 class non-member pass. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173. Meditation Tuesdays – 7:30pm. New Age church. Non-denominational. All are welcome. On-site parking, handicap accessible. Self-Realization Church of Wisconsin, 2418 W Mangold Ave, Milwaukee. 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/ monthly. Register, Anne Wondra: 262-544-4310.


wednesday Wellness Wednesday – 10am-1pm. Apr 12, 19, 26. Three presentations each session: A different wellness women theme each month. $12.50/per day, $40/per month. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Anne Wondra: 262-544-4310. Therapeutic Meditation and Mindfulness – Apr 5-May 10. 1:30-3pm. Learn what mindfulness means and how to integrate mindful practices into your life; utilize your emotions for empowerment and activate kindness strategies; with Ann Marie Arvoy. $240, $210/members; some insurance accepted. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. Register: 262-5180173. 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, e-RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Ct, #210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185.

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, eRYT. $40/4 weeks, $12/class. Lakepoint Church, S63W13694 Janesville Rd, Muskego. Register: 414-217-4185. Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 6:30pm. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $40/4 weeks, $12/class. Lakepoint Church, S63W13694 Janesville Rd, Muskego. Register: 414-217-4185. Get Intuit – Through May. 6:30-9pm. Class is an opportunity to get in touch with your innate ability to perceive the best course for yourself through developing your intuition; w/Shala Kilmer. Unity

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Yoga: Awaken your Senses – Apr 21-May 26. 9:30-10:45am. Explore what lights us up, what movements make us feel alive. Breath, building heat, play and body awareness are the focus; with Fae Leslie Hoffman. All levels welcome. $78/before Apr 18, $84/after, $72/members, $15/drop in. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. Register: 262-518-0173. Dragonfly org.

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saturday Yoga w/Mary Galati – 9am. 1st & 3rd Sat. A gentle level of yoga, appropriate for all ages and abilities. Bring yoga mat or beach towel, wear comfortable clothing; men invited to participate. $15/for two session. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Food as Medicine – 1-3pm. 2nd & 3rd Sat. Each class will focus on a herbal product recipe and an edible recipe. New for 2017, cooking lessons for children during the class. The youth will prepare a complimentary recipe to share. $8/per adult, preregistered. CORE/El Centro, 130 W Bruce St, Ste 300, Milwaukee. 414-225-4267. RSVP: Citizens Climate Lobby – 1:30pm. 2nd Sat. This is a non-partisan group working together to further the cause of healthy climate for all. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105.

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1841 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee 414-377-3898


SANTOSHA YOGA AND AYURVEDA W307 N1497 Golf Rd, Delafield 262-271-4972

Nikki Estes offers holistic health coaching through ayurvedic consultations, AyurYoga therapy and ayurvedic products and essential oils. Balance the body, focus the mind, enlighten the spirit. See ad, page 22.

19601 W Bluemound Rd, #100, Brookfield 414-405-3956 Emily Yenor, Physical Therapist and movement expert, identifies and corrects muscle imbalances throughout the body to help you move better, feel better and live better. See ad, page 22.


15850 W Bluemound Rd, Ste 306, Brookfield 262-226-8349

We combine the best of chiropractic, physical therapy and wellness care. We use a comprehensive panel of diagnostic testing to insure our patients get the highest level of care possible.


17280 W North Ave, Ste G-102, Brookfield 262-789-0576 Special focus on women and children, Dr. Settimi has been providing exceptional wellness care to our community for over 27 years. Our natural approach addresses common healthcare concerns in a warm and welcoming environment. See ad, page 21.


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.

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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 21.



My wellness site is life-centered. I write about and teach empowered wellness, useful resources, and creating everyday wellness for ourselves. Learn more on my blog tab at

SPRINGDALE FARM Peter Seely 920-892-4856


Springdale Farm, of Plymouth, has been offering organic vegetable shares since 1988 and also currently supplies local coops, restaurants, and indoor winter farmers’ markets. See ad, page 11.


211 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay 414-214-7378 Try Float Therapy in one of three private rooms to reduce aches, pains, stress, and promote relaxation. $20 off your first visit. See ad, page 9.


222 N Franklin St, Port Washington 262-235-4525 Dr. Railand is passionate about treating all ages with a whole body p e r s p e c t i v e . We c o m b i n e advanced alternative treatments with conventional procedures to provide true wellness. See ad, page 5.



414-534-6943 Twitter & Instagram: @housecrockery Locally sourced, 100% Americanmade, pure elegant copper cookware, organic cast iron skillets, wooden spoons, pottery and more. Redesign your kitchen with handcrafted essentials. See ad, page 8.

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.

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 18.


125 W Wisconsin Ave, Ste 102, Pewaukee 262-737-4004 Dr. Schwartz is board certified in Biomimetic Dentistry, Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine and is a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician. We offer the best and healthiest dentistry for our patients.




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

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.


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.


Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-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.


Visit to get your free sample of Extreme Kleaner, a non-toxic biodegradable multi-purpose cleaner-degreaser aimed to improve air and water quality and reduce negative influences on the environment. See ad, page 2.

HALOTHERAPY (SALT THERAPY) ALIVE & WELL NATURALLY 140 S Main St, Thiensville 262-297-7070

Teresa Lopez offers dry salt bed t h e r a p y, S T- 8 Ly m p h a t i c decongestion/oxygen/ozone, MediCupping, microscopy, and independent monthly healthy foods lifestyle courses. Complimentary BioMat sessions.


414-810-5858 Ecologically minded, full-service landscape company servicing SE Wisconsin. Specializing in sustainable ideas and low-maintenance solutions. Professional Craftsmanship Inspired by Nature. See ad, page 24.


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 12.


Susie Raymond, Esthetician, Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher • 414-352-6550 Reveal your radiance through natural methods of skin rejuvenation, including photo rejuvenation, gentle peels, natural/ organic customized facials. Susie brings 19 years of experience to every service and has a gentle healing touch. See ad, page 9.





11649 N Port Washington Rd, Ste 225, Mequon 262-518-0173 •

GREENSQUARE INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CARE CENTER 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 414-292-3900, Ext 203

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

Anne Wondra is a coach, writer, muse, madam of feminine spirit arts and sciences, spiritual exploring, self-esteem, inner wisdom and energy medicine. See ad, page 27.



10040 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon 262-241-5604

817 N East Ave, Waukesha 262-312-9098 •

Dagmara Beine blends Western medicine with Integrative/Functional medicine to empower your whole family with knowledge and the right tools to make the most informed decisions for your health. See ad, page 25.


Dr. Sarah Axtell and Dr. Joanne Aponte are naturopathic doctors with a focus on autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, hormone imbalances, weight loss and hypothyroidism. See ad, page 7.


262-544-4310 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha

Dragonfly Meditation is a secular (non-religious) mindfulnessb a s e d s t u d i o w h i c h o ff e r s meditation instruction, special workshops, retreats, massage, reiki and yoga classes. See ad, page 21.

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.


12800 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-955-6600 At Trinergy, a holistic mental health clinic, Dr Tummala provides mind-body evaluation & comprehensive treatment plan to address psychological problems & achieve health & vitality. See ad, page 39.


Infinity Healing Center, 3305 N 124th St, Brookfield 414-543-0855


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 11.

Tony Grimm, LMT since 2007; expert-level JFB Myofascial Release therapist. MFR is the most effective treatment to eliminate or reduce pain using gentle pressure to get lasting results.


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 15.

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


121 E Silver Spring Dr, Ste 208, Whitefish Bay 414-758-0657 Reiki/energy healing is a powerful treatment that helps the body relax at a very deep level, allowing the body to activate its own ability to heal itself. See ad, page 8.

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


Infinity Healing Center, 3305 N 124th St, Brookfield 414-429-5117

Ann Miller is certified in the Usui Shiki Ryoho method of reiki. Experience the many benefits of reiki energy healing, which promotes physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. schedule your appointment today.


100 Main St, Mukwonago 262-498-4162 Rhiana is trained in Usui and Holy Fire Karuna Reiki. Earn CEUs. If you’re looking for certified training and compassionate healing sessions call Rhiana.


682 Kettle Moraine Drive South, Slinger 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.


262-337-1530 Brookfield and Glendale locations Rolfing Structural Integration is a unique whole-body approach that facilitates effortless, upright posture & fluid, pain-free movement. It helps you feel comfortable in your own skin. See ad, page 25.

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 12.




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.


Associate Pastor Kris Nelsen 5806 W National Ave, West Allis LightOfGrace.Church A loving, spiritual community dedicated to assisting others on their spiritual journey. We provide 10am Sunday gatherings, healing services, weddings, classes & m o r e . S e n i o r P a s t o r To m Sherbrook. See ad, page 29.


Rev Mari Gabriels on 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 10.


S73 W16790 Janesville Rd, Muskego 414-422-1300 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.


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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 27.


7963 N Port Washington Rd, Fox Point 414-405-3556 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.

A Holistic Approach to Mental Wellness Focus on mental wellness, not illness Comprehensive whole body approach Safe and effective treatments Root cause psychiatry Self-empowering



Book an Integrative Psychiatry consultation w/ Dr Tummala and receive a complimentary Consultation (30 min session) with the Ayurvedic doctor at Santhigram.

• Addressing biochemical individuality through diet, lifestyle & medicines • Detox/cleanse treatments • Psychotherapy

“We now know that mental illness can be a result of many different physiological imbalances, such as nutritional deficiency, hormonal imbalances, gut diseases. At Trinergy Health, we address these root causes to heal the body and help you achieve mental wellness and balance.” Dr. Aruna Tummala, MD, AIHM (Integrative Psychiatrist)

12800 W National Ave, New Berlin

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Authentic Ayurvedic Services For Health & Vitality!!!

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12800 W National Ave, New Berlin • 262-955-6600

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Why Diet Alone Will Not Vastly Increase Your Energy Improving your diet is always a good idea. Improving your diet will usually increase your energy. But improving your diet will generally NOT give you vast and long-lasting increases in energy. Why? The answer is that diet is TOO RANDOM an approach to BREAK a deeply set mineral pattern. You can’t really control the minerals in your diet. You can’t really put all your foods on a scale and measure out the exact portions to the gram before eating. Diet alone is not organized enough to give the body the guidance it needs. You must measure and test the body to more scientifically improve your health. Watch the videos on our website.

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Jeffrey Langlois

CN, ND, CNC – 31 years experience

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CNC, MH – 10 years experience

Benefits of individualizing your supplements: More energy to express your true self • Improved emotional well being Increased work capacity • Enhanced mental functioning • Better decision making

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