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letterfrompublisher Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength. ~Betty Friedan

We can learn a lot about our society’s attitude towards older people by simply observing birthday cards and party decorations for people over the age of 50. The mocking phrases, glum banners and cardboard tombstone cutouts displayed in the greeting card section may all be in good fun, but they still reveal our cultural

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disdain for, and dread of, aging. For women, the messaging is even more extreme: magazines offer countless tips to help us appear younger than we are, pushing us head first into the fountain of youth-preserving, anti-aging products and services purporting to eliminate unwanted wrinkles, inches, cellulite, grey hair and more. And what would we do without the Lycra, spandex and silicone enhancements to boost our sagging body parts? Yet scientific research suggests that a very different attitude toward aging is more effective for keeping us young. National Geographic Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Dan Buettner and his team of researchers discovered five places in the world where people live longest and are healthiest. Dubbed the “Blue Zones,” the areas include the Italian island of Sardinia; the northern part of the island of Okinawa, Japan; the Seventh-day Adventist community in Loma Linda, California; Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula; and the Greek island of Ikaria. On average, elders in the Blue Zones live 12 high-quality years longer than the rest of us. The researchers discovered 10 healthy lifestyle practices common to them all: (1) moving naturally throughout the day rather than engaging in scheduled exercise; (2) knowing and living your purpose; (3) giving back each day; (4) taking time daily to downshift through rest, naps or prayer; (5) eating primarily a plant-based diet with meat treated as a side dish; (6) avoiding overeating; (7) drinking moderately; (8) prioritizing family; (9) maintaining a healthy tribe of friends that share your health and lifestyle values; and (10) attending a faith-based or spiritual service on a regular basis. The most salient factor in my mind, though, is how older people are treated in these societies; the older a person is, the more they are valued and respected. This issue, themed “Graceful Aging,” reminds us that age is just a number and you’re only as old as you feel. Inside these pages, readers will find practical reminders that self-care, common-sense eating habits, exercise, positive attitudes and spending time with loved ones are the everyday magical ingredients for defying old age, both mentally and physically. No matter how many times we’ve circled the sun, actions as simple as a daily calming walk through the park can keep us on the path of youthful health. A few wrinkles and gray hairs or the occasional stiff knee may be inevitable, but each of us can set our own course for healthful aging. Don’t let greeting card companies determine if you’re “over the hill”. Aging gracefully is a state of mind. Here’s to living life to the fullest at any age. Gabriella Buchnik, Publisher


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r. Neal Pollack, a neurologist, prolotherapist and musculoskeletal specialist, will present a lecture on the benefits of prolotherapy at 5 p.m. on September 21 in the atrium of the Mayfair North Tower building, in Wauwatosa. Prolotherapy is a regenerative injection treatment effective in treating pain, which enables people to reduce medications, increase mobility and avoid costly surgery. The treatment, performed in the office, consists of a natural, cortisone-free solution injected into specific areas in order to produce local inflammation, which Pollack says ultimately strengthens affected tissues. He Dr. Neal Pollack notes that many pain problems are related specifically to ligament, tendon and joint injuries, and prolotherapy rehabilitates these specific areas without surgery. Pollack holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and the University of New Mexico, where he was chief resident. He is currently an emeritus staff associate at St. Luke’s Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Location: 2600 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa. For more information or to register for the lecture, call 414-453-7780 or visit See ad, page 15.

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octor of Chiropractic Jamie Settimi, of Settimi Chiropractic and Wellness Center, is offering back-toschool wellness screenings through September 30 as a benefit to the community. The special includes complimentary spinal screenings, individual consultations and personalized foot scans for pre-school, elementary and high school-aged children. The special also includes a $50 off coupon for custom-molded orthotics, if found to be necessary during the scan. “Many children suffer from one or more common childhood ailments, including colic, acid reflux, restlessDr. Jamie Settimi ness, ADHD, food allergies, ear infections, asthma and eczema,” says Settimi. “By screening children for nervous system interference, we help them overcome these common obstacles and give them the best possible start to this school year.” Settimi has been working with families in the Brookfield area for over 27 years. She is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, The Wisconsin Chiropractic Association and the Foundation for Wellness Professionals. Settimi has completed specialized courses in order to learn techniques specific to treating children, which involves a gentle and effective approach in a welcoming environment. Screening and consults are by appointment only; evening and weekend appointments are available. Location: 17280 W. North Ave., Ste. G102, Brookfield. For more information, call 262-789-0576, email or visit See ad, page 8.

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rofessional animal communicator specialist Stacy Krafczyk will lead a workshop, Reiki I for Animals & People, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 23 at Stacy Krafczyk Bark & Scratch Outpost, in Milwaukee. The workshop is designed to teach participants reiki in order to aid them in healing themselves as well as their friends, family and animal companions. Attendees will practice on each other after being taught the origins and lineage of reiki and learning specific hand placements. Animal companions will be present in the class to aid in the education. Each student will receive a handout, a beautiful reiki attunement and a certification of completion. “This is an empowering workshop which brings a conscious awareness of the helplessness that people feel when they are in upsetting or crisis situations. Reiki empowers people by giving them a tool they can use when they experience such feelings,” says Krafczyk. In addition to being a professional animal communicator, she’s also an intuitive, medium and reiki master teacher. She is the founder of All Spirit Healing which offers classes in animal communication, reiki and energy healing, meditation, personal consultations, mentoring, healing and more. Cost: $150; $50 deposit required to reserve your space. Location: 5835 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee. For more information or to preregister, call 414460-4781, email SKAnimalz2@yahoo. com or visit See ad, page 22.




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he lush urban farm of Victory Garden Initiative (VGI) is open for field trips for children and scouts. The field trips, offered Monday through Saturday through October, provide a unique opportunity for children of all ages to learn about growing food, local food systems, pollination, bees, compost and more. The setting provides an outdoor classroom with “get your hands dirty” activities, food system and garden-based games, and veggie tastings. Scouts activities will meet partial requirements for Gardening, Sustainability and Gardener badges. “A farm field trip is about smelling fresh air, getting your hands dirty and learning something new; it’s a fun-filled day,” says Meenal Atre, VGI’s mission advancement coordinator. “This beautiful green oasis in the heart of the Harambee neighborhood provides the perfect setting for kids to connect with a local food source, learn about growing food, and enjoy activities that highlight nutritious and healthy eating.” Cost: $5 per child for up to four hours; $8 per child for up to six hours. Location: 220 E. Concordia Ave., Milwaukee. To learn more, call Beverly Tyree at 414-4310888, email or visit VictoryGardenInitiative. org/YEP-Youth.

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yn Corona, founder and director of the Denverbased School for A Course in Miracles (ACIM), along with faculty member Tim Wise, will appear at Light of Grace Healing & Education Center to instruct on the topic One Problem, One Solution. Classes will be held between 6:45 to 9 p.m. September 29; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. September 30; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 1. Corona and Wise have both studied directly under Ken Wapnick, who was the editor of A Course in Miracles and is considered the most experienced teacher of the ACIM. It is unusual for instructors to present classes outside of Denver, says Light of Grace Reverend Kris Nelsen, so Milwaukeeans have a unique opportunity to meet the teachers in person, hear their teachings directly and ask questions. “Attendees can gain a better understanding of A Course in Miracles, and meet local people that have experienced the value of the teachings—such as the peace achieved through the practice of love, forgiveness and unity,” says Nelsen. “Light of Grace is devoted to ACIM principles.” Location: 5900 W. National Ave., West Allis. For more information or to RSVP, call 414-258-5555 or visit LightOfGrace.Church. See ad, page 27.

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atalie Benoit and Stacie Tatera, co-owners of Inspiration Wellness Group, will hold a two-year anniversary open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., September 30. Attendees can enjoy a glass of champagne or tea, enter a drawing to win free services and meet the Stacie Tatera, Natalie Benoit owners. Shoppers will find an array of flower essences, herbal tinctures, smudge sprays, essential oil sprays, grounding mats, books, hand-made orgonite, natural deodorants, crystal jewelry and more. Inspiration Wellness Group is a collaboration of holistic wellness practitioners that have come together under one roof. The group offers reiki and energy healing, BioMat sessions, nutrition coaching, aromatherapy, natural medicine, psychic medium services, angel card readings, mindfulness coaching and stress and grief relief. Inspiration Wellness Group is also looking for other like-minded practitioners to join their team.

ngel Light Center for the Healing Arts, a resource for health, healing and spiritual development, begins its School of Sound and Healing fall certification program on October 6 through 8, in Elm Grove. The classes meet one weekend per month and conclude in March 2018. Students will be taught by 14 experienced music and sound instructors on how sound affects human beings physiologically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually. Class participants will learn tuning forks, Himalayan and crystal singing bowls, drums, vocal toning, chants, healing rituals, whistling vessels, gongs, pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF), low-level laser therapy, and light and color frequency healing. The School of Sound and Healing was established in 2015 and provides a comprehensive curriculum designed with the input and talents of Wisconsin’s most experienced sound healers.


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he licensed and certified professionals at Ananda Acupuncture & Healing Center now offer SomatoEmotional Release (SER), a therapeutic process originally developed by the late Dr. John Upledger, founder of the Upledger Institute, and biophysicist Dr. Zvi Karni. The technique, a subtle form of healing, helps rid the mind and body of the residual effects of past trauma. In addition to the release of traumatic energy, the goal of an SER session is to gain insight as to how the retained trauma influences one’s physical and emotional health. The SER process utilizes a comfortable, holistic mind-body approach which requires sensitivity and expertise on the part of the therapist, and a positive attitude and trust from the client. “The healing process is a journey that continually takes us deeper into ourselves, often resulting in the discovery of old patterns or injuries that we thought were no longer affecting us. We cannot change the past. However, we can change its emotional charge—and the energetic hold that it continues to have on us,” says Aubrey Poglajen, owner of Ananda.


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.A.S.T.—flexibility, agility, stability and tenacity—are qualities that patients can experience via Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) therapy, offered by physical therapist Emily Yenor of 1212 Bodyworks, in Brookfield. MAT is a systematic, whole-body process that was developed to identify Emily Yenor and correct muscle imbalances due to muscle weakness. The modality helps the muscle system work more efficiently through a combination of hands-on techniques and gentle, precise exercises. Patients can experience increased strength and endurance, improved range of motion in bones and joints; improved muscle contractions for more graceful, fluid motions; and better support for static and dynamic activities. Yenor graduated from Marquette University in 1999 with a Master of Physical Therapy degree. She has worked as a physical therapist in Illinois, Wisconsin and California. She earned MAT certification in 2010 and, according to Yenor, is currently Wisconsin’s only physical therapist practicing MAT.

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eventspotlight Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Headline Rock the Green


ock the Green, a local nonprofit with a mission to educate and empower the community to take actionable steps to live sustainably, welcomes Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals to headline the fourth Rock the Green sustainability festival September 9, at Reed Street Yards. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals has received Gold and Platinum certifications overseas for their eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music. “We are thrilled to have such iconic artists like Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals headlining the main stage this year,” says Lindsay Stevens Gardner, founder and executive director of Rock the Green. “Ben is a well-known environmental activist whose beliefs align perfectly with Rock the Green’s mission to educate the community and empower its members to take actionable steps that result in sustainable living.” Other musicians performing at this year’s festival include Barns Courtney, Mondo Cozmo, Baio, Reyna, and Evan Christian on the main stage; and Girls Rock Milwaukee, the Evan Christian Band, Devil Met Contention, Klassik, and D’Amato on the Pedal Power Stage. Returning highlights from the festival include the Eco-Kids stage with interactive children’s activities; locally grown, sustainable and healthy cuisine in the Farm to Fork area; and a gathering of 18 local environmental nonprofits in the Eco-Champs space. Rock the Green is a Travel Green-certified event, and it has been recognized as one of the greenest music festivals in the world by the UK-based nonprofit organization A Greener Festival. Last year the festival’s zero waste efforts set a new record by diverting 90 percent of the event’s waste from landfills. “Rock the Green sets a great example for other organizations in the community of what actionable steps toward sustainability look like,” says Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “The City of Milwaukee is happy to support its fourth annual sustainability festival.”


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Waleska Sallaberry and Luis Mendez, publishers of Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico After 15 years publishing the magazine and creating wellness initiatives in their island, they still continue their passion for service and their desire to make a difference in their community and in the world. Waleska and Luis have three children, ages 11 to 21. During the last 16 years of their lives, they have focused on their personal and spiritual growth process. They are both Certified Advanced Yoga Teachers (RYT 500 hours) and make time every year to detox, recharge and reconnect. They both enjoy stand up paddleboarding, taking care of Mother Earth—and inspiring others to do so, as well—and enjoy spending time outdoors with their children and friends. They currently live in Rincón, Puerto Rico, a small, laid-back, surf town in the western part of the island, where they are blessed with a growing eco- and health-conscious commUNITY. Two of their life mottos: “Life is good!” and “Work hard; play harder.” Photo by Kelvin Sánchez, Facebook/Kelvin Sánchez: graphic design & photography

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esearchers from several international universities have found that seniors that provide caregiving services live longer than those that do not. The scientists analyzed survival data and information collected from the Berlin Aging Study on 500 adults over the age of 69 from 1990 to 2009. They compared survival rates from the subjects that provided caregiving for children, grandchildren and friends to those that did not. Of the subjects analyzed, the half that took care of their grandchildren or children were still alive 10 years after their first interview in 1990. Caring for nonfamily members also produced positive results, with half of the subjects living for seven years after the initial interview. Conversely, 50 percent of those that did not participate in any caregiving had died just four years after their first interview. The researchers warn that caregiving must be done in moderation. Ralph Hertwig, director of the Center for Adaptive Rationality and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin, explains, “A moderate level of caregiving involvement seems to have positive effects on health, but previous studies have shown that more intense involvement causes stress, which has a negative effect on physical and mental health.”



study from Nagasaki University, in Japan, has found that reducing salt in the diet can cut down on the number of trips to the bathroom during the night. Researchers followed 321 men and women with high-salt diets and sleep problems for 12 weeks. Of the subjects, 223 reduced their salt intake from 10.7 grams per day to 8 grams and the remaining 98 increased their salt intake from 9.6 grams per day to 11 grams. The nighttime urination frequency rate for the salt reduction group dropped from 2.3 times per night to 1.4 times, while the increased salt group’s rose from 2.3 to 2.7 times per night.



esearchers from Helsinki, Finland, analyzed data from 2,000 people to find out how sleeping patterns affected their food choices. They discovered individuals that wake up early make healthier food choices throughout the day and are more physically active. “Linking what and when people eat to their biological clock type provides a fresh perspective on why certain people are more likely to make unhealthy food decisions,” explains lead author Mirkka Maukonen, from the National Institute for Health and Welfare, in Helsinki.


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esearchers from Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, have found that regular yoga practice can help reduce anxiety and depression in young women with eating disorders. The scientists followed 20 girls between the ages of 14 and 18 that were enrolled in an outpatient eating disorder clinic that comprised the larger control group. Those selected agreed to participate in a weekly yoga class and complete questionnaires after six and 12 weeks, assessing their anxiety, depression and mood. Of those that started the study, five attended all 12 yoga classes and six completed between seven and 11 classes. Researchers found decreases in anxiety, depression and negative thoughts among those that participated in the yoga classes, with no negative side effects. Another study from the University of Delaware, in Newark, supports these results. Half of the 38 residential eating disorder treatment program participants did one hour of yoga prior to dinner for five days and the other half did not. The yoga group showed significant reductions in pre-meal anxiety compared to the control group.



new study from West Virginia University, in Morgantown, reveals that listening to music and practicing meditation may help improve memory function for those in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers asked 60 adults experiencing subjective cognitive decline (SCD), a common predictor of Alzheimer’s, to engage in kirtan kriya musical meditation or listen to other music for 12 minutes a day for three months, and then consider continuing for an additional three months. Scientists measured the memory and cognitive function of the 53 participants that completed the six-month study and found significant improvements in both measurements at the three-month mark. At six months, the subjects in both groups had maintained or improved upon their initial results.

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esearchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tennessee, examined the effectiveness of tonsillectomies in children with recurring throat infections. Using data from nearly 10,000 studies of tonsillectomies, the scientists analyzed illness rates and quality of life for young patients following the surgery. The analysis found that children experienced a notable drop in school absences and infections in the first year after the surgery, but that these benefits did not persist over time. Dr. Siva Chinnadurai, an associate professor of otolaryngology and co-author of the report, believes, “For any child being considered a candidate for surgery, the family must have a personalized discussion with their healthcare provider about all of the factors that may be in play and how tonsils fit in as one overall factor of that child’s health.”

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Milkweed Mittens

The Canadian Coast Guard is testing milkweed pods as a source of potential environmentally friendly insulation in partnership with Encore3, a manufacturing company in Québec, Canada, in prototype parkas, gloves and mittens. The plant is roughly five times lighter than synthetic insulation and hypoallergenic. The Farm Between, in Cambridge, Vermont, harvests the plants and sends the material to Encore3. Co-owner John Hayden says, “Milkweed is grown as an intercrop between the rows in our apple orchard to increase biodiversity and provide a host plant for monarch caterpillars. Monarch populations are in serious decline, and the two things we can do to help on the land we steward are to not use pesticides and provide milkweed habitat.”

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The Egyptian fruit bat is a highly social mammal that roosts in crowded colonies. A machine learning algorithm helped decode their squeaks, revealing that they speak to one another as individuals. The research appears in the journal Scientific Reports. Researchers at Tel Aviv University, in Israel, discovered that the bats exchange information about specific problems in four categories. Ramin Skibba, at Nature, notes that besides humans, only dolphins and a handful of other species are known to address individuals, rather than making broad, general communication sounds. Studies allow that it may eventually be possible to understand nuanced communications in other species.

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Lasers Stamp Prices on European Produce Food retailers are aiming to cut plastic and cardboard packaging by ditching stickers on fruits and vegetables, instead using high-tech laser “natural branding” and creating huge savings in materials, energy and CO2 emissions. Pilot projects are underway in Europe with organic avocados, sweet potatoes and coconuts. The technique uses a strong light to remove pigment from the skin of produce. The mark is invisible once the skin is removed and doesn’t affect shelf life or produce quality. The laser technology also creates less than 1 percent of the carbon emissions needed to produce a similar-sized sticker. Source: The Guardian

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Santhigram Wellness Fosters Health and Vitality Through Ayurveda by Sheila Julson


fter practicing a vaidya (the Indian term psychiatry for well for doctor) who was in over a decade, Dr. Milwaukee due to her husAruna Tummala, the owner band’s job posting. After of Trinergy Center for Inteinterviewing her, Tummala grative Psychiatry, was feelrealized that Pandey was ing frustrated by the current the right person to lead focus in the field: chemical Santhigram Wellness. imbalances and medication. Pandey grew up in Her quest for a better Udaipur, a city in the state understanding and treatof Rajasthan in northwestern ment for mental illness led India. Her father, Vaidya her to train in integrative Medhavilal Sharma, and holistic medicine. was a highly respected There she re-discovered ayurveda vaidya himself Dr. Aruna Tummala ayurveda—the world’s who worked at Madan oldest medical system that Mohan Malviya Governuses a patient-centered ment Ayurvedic College. approach in which lifestyle He used ayurveda to and environmental factors successfully treat Pandey’s inform health. mother who had suffered Through education from rheumatoid arthritis. and holistic remedies, the Pandey was impressed ayurvedic lifestyle empowby how well her mother ers patients to gently shift responded to ayurvedic from habits that manifest treatment: today in her disease to actions that 60s, she remains sympmanifest health. Tummula tom free, healthy and wanted to share what she highly functional. had found, so she and her Pandey recalls helphusband decided to open ing her dad with his an authentic ayurveda practice, even in her early clinic—and Santhigram teens, due to her keen Vaidya Sunita Pandey Wellness, in New Berlin, interest in ayurveda. She was born. The experience has rejuvetook it upon herself to ride her bicycle nated Tummala, who has recognized to his clinic in order to greet patients herself as not just a psychiatrist, but as and check them in before he arrived, so a holistic healer. that they wouldn’t have to wait. As Tummala began to explore “Nobody told me or forced me to and learn the subtleties of ayurveda, do that. I was the only one of my five she quickly realized that she needed siblings who took on the responsibilan experienced and highly qualified ity of helping at the clinic,” Pandey ayurveda doctor. Enter Sunita Pandey, recalls. She connected further with the



principles of ayurveda by diligently studying ancient textbooks and helping her father craft herbal formulations. Pandey still considers her father her mentor and consults him for advice. With her father’s guidance and support, Pandey completed her undergraduate education in ayurvedic medicine at Madan Mohan Malviya Government Ayurvedic College. After finishing her post-graduate education in panchakarma (an ayurvedic detoxification science), Pandey worked at an integrative orthopedic clinic for five years before coming to Milwaukee. Pandey and Tummala have formed a solid professional partnership, and both are happy to offer ayurveda to the community. Pandey treats many conditions including autoimmune issues, gut problems and Lyme disease through ayurvedic concepts: food as medicine, healthy diet and lifestyle, and panchakarma and ayurvedic pharmacology with natural herbal formulations. Santhigram also offers spa services including facials, henna hair dye treatments and classes in pranayama, a meditative breathing technique. Pure foods and products free of chemicals translate to good health, so Santhigram Wellness hosts ayurvedic cooking classes, which introduce people to the kinds of foods they should be eating for maximum health, as well as how to prepare them. “Santhigram is completely green and clean,” says Pandey. “We don’t use chemicals for cleaning, and we don’t have carpeting, only rugs with natural jute fibers. We minimize the use of plastics.” Santhigram promotes empowerment through education and self-awareness. Pandey is always thrilled to hear her patients say that they are doing better. “I don’t get this kind of satisfaction by eating or going out or from any other thing,” she enthuses. “I think I have the best job.” Santhigram Wellness is located at 12800 W. National Ave., New Berlin. For more information, call 262-9556600 or visit ayurveda-spa-services. See ad, page 39. Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Aging with Passion and Purpose Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse


ant to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Self-acceptance, a positive attitude, creative expression, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement, according to Ron Pevny, director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, in Durango, Colorado, and author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.

Savor Self-Acceptance

While most people believe adulthood is the final stage of life, Dr. Bill Thomas is among the creative aging experts that identify another life chapter: elderhood. “Elders possess novel ways of approaching time, money, faith and relationships,” says Thomas, an Ithaca, New York geriatrician and fierce advocate for the value of aging. “The best chapters may be near the end of the book,” Thomas continues. “Once you appreciate yourself and your years, you can relinquish outdated expectations and seek to discover your true self. Then the world can open up to you,” says Thomas. “Living a rewarding life means we are willing to say, ‘These chapters now are the most interesting.’” During this time, rather than feeling consumed by what we have to do, we can focus on what we want to do.



Fill the Funnel of Friends

For older people, relationships offer foundational connections; but as we age, friends may drift away, relocate or die. “Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire. “Notice opportunities for interacting and connecting,” advises Shae Hadden, co-founder of The Eldering Institute in Vancouver, Canada. Talk with the checkout person at the grocery store or smile at a stranger walking her dog.

Cultivate a Positive Attitude

Our beliefs about aging shape our experiences. A Yale University study found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those less so inclined. Connecting with positive role models helps us release limiting beliefs and embrace an attitude of gratitude instead. Other life lessons can be gleaned from observing how negativity affects people physically, emotionally, and socially. Holding onto regrets traps us in the past zapping energy and self-worth; it also keeps the best in us from shining out says Pevny. He suggests a simple letting-go ceremony, with friends as witnesses. If possible, hold it in a natural outdoor setting.


At one of his conscious aging retreats, Pevny created a fire circle. Mike, 70, had been a dedicated long-distance runner for most of his life. Now plagued with mobility issues, Mike decided to let go of regrets. He brought a pair of running shorts into the circle and talked about what the sport had meant to him—its joys, challenges and camaraderie. Then he tossed the shorts into the fire, telling his friends, “I am letting go so I can find a new purpose and passion.”

Understand Our Life Stories

Creating our own life review helps us acknowledge and understand our most significant experiences and reminds us of all we’re bringing to our elder journey. Pevny offers these approaches: n Develop a timeline, dividing life into seven-year sections. For each, write about the strongest memories and most influential people. n Consider what matters most, from people and values to challenges and dreams. n Write to children and grandchildren, sharing tales of our life’s most significant events and lessons. n Record key stories on audio or video.

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The changes that aging brings can mire elders in depression and isolation. “Older people need to be brave and resilient,” says Susan Perlstein, of Brooklyn, New York, founder emeritus of the National Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C., and founder of Elders Share the Arts, in New York City. “To age creatively, we need a flow of varied experiences, exploring new activities or reframing longtime interests from a fresh perspective.” Expressive arts can engage people’s minds, bodies and spirits. A George Washington University study shows that people engaged in the arts are happier and healthier. Perlstein understands this firsthand, having begun taking guitar lessons in her 70s. Motivated to play simple songs for her new granddaughter, she subsequently learned to play jazz and blues tunes and joined a band. “I’m doing something I love,” says Perlstein. “I’m meeting diverse people, learning new things and enjoying a rich life.”

The answers can lead to fresh settings, including local community centers and places of worship. Many universities have extension classes for lifelong learners. State arts councils support programs, and museums and libraries host helpful activities. Shepherd Centers encourage community learning and Road Scholar caters to elders that prefer to travel and study.

Discover a Purpose Older people are our Upon retirement some people feel greatest resource. We need purposeless and lost. They yearn for to nurture them and give something that offers up excitement, energy and joy. Hadden invites people them a chance to share to be curious and explore options. “We’re designing our future around what they know. ~Susan Perlstein, founder, National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts Musician John Blegen, of Kansas City, Missouri, was 73 when he realized his lifelong secret desire to tap dance. When Blegen met the then 87-year-old Billie Mahoney, Kansas City’s “Queen of Tap,” he blurted out his wish and fear of being “too old.” She just laughed and urged him to sign up for her adult beginner class. He asked for tap shoes for Christmas and happily shuffle-stepped his way through three class sessions. “Tap class inspired me, encouraged me and gave me hope,” he says. “Now I can shim sham and soft shoe. It’s a dream come true.” To unearth the inner artist, ask: n Which senses do I most like to engage? n Do I enjoy looking at art or listening to music? Do I like sharing feelings and experiences? If so, a thrill may come from writing stories or plays, acting or storytelling. n As a child, what did I yearn to do; maybe play the piano, paint or engineer a train set? Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality. n How can I reframe my life in a positive way when I can no longer do activities I love? If dancing was my focus before, how do I rechannel that energy and passion? If puttering in the garden is too strenuous, what other outdoor interests can I pursue?

who we are and what we care about now,” she says. Try keeping a journal for several weeks. Jot down issues and ideas that intrigue, aggravate and haunt. After several weeks, reflect on the links between concerns that compel and those that irritate. Perhaps we’re intrigued by a certain group of people or a compelling issue. “A concern points to problems and people you want to help,” Hadden observes. This can range from lending a hand to struggling family members, maintaining our own health, volunteering for a literacy project or working to reduce world hunger. “Choose what inspires you to get out of bed each day, eager to move into action.”

Develop Inner Frontiers

People in their elder years may still be measured by midlife standards, which include physical power, productivity and achievement. “They come up short in the eyes of younger people,” dharma practitioner Kathleen Dowling Singh remarks. “But those standards do not define a human life.” Rather, aging allows us to disengage from the pressures of appearances and accomplishments. As we release judgments and unwanted habits, we can increase our feelings of spirituality and peace. “When doors in the outer world seem to be closing, it’s time to cultivate inner resources that offer us joy and meaning. We have the beautiful privilege of slowing down and hearing what our heart is saying,” says Singh, of Sarasota, Florida.

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“We cannot speak about aging and awakening without speaking about death and dying,” Singh believes. “We need to confront our mortality.” Meditating on the coming transition opens us up to the blessings of life. We can ask ourselves deep questions such as, “What am I doing? What do I want? What does this all mean? What is spirit?” Singh believes such searching questions are vital. None of us knows how much Earth time we have to awaken to a deeper, fuller experience of the sacred.

Help the World In today’s world of chaos and crisis, the wisdom of elders is more important than ever. “Older people need to be engaged, using their insights to help the Earth, community and world,” Pevny says. Creative aging is about improving the future for subsequent generations. In 2008, longtime educator Nora Ellen Richard, 70, of Overland Park, Kansas, wanted to be of greater service. She

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enowned yogi and international teacher Rodney Yee, of New York City, has maintained an inspired yoga practice for 37 years while juggling career obligations, fame and family life. While the benefits of yoga are increasingly well known—from stress reduction and pain management to a more limber body and inner peace—Lee is also aware of the challenges to maintaining a consistent practice. Here he shares insights on the pitfalls encountered by both beginning and advanced students. “My advice is to first get rid of self-berating behavior, including judgmental inner dialogue. In many aspects of life, we are constantly measuring ourselves against a standard, which is a waste of time and energy,” says Yee. With a professional background in classical dance and gymnastics, Yee decided to give yoga a try at a nearby studio when he craved more physical flexibility. “As many people do, I came to yoga for a reason. I was a dancer with tight joints. After the first class, I couldn’t believe how I felt. It was not at all like an athletic high; I had a sense of well-being and knew what it means to feel peaceful and clear.” For people with jam-packed lives, finding time for exercise can be daunting. Yee suggests a relaxed approach to scheduling yoga into a busy day. “As the rishis [Hindu sages] say, we shouldn’t ‘try’ to meditate, not try to force a natural state. To say, ‘I have to do yoga,’ just puts another thing on our to-do list. Sometimes discipline is needed, but another part of discipline is not about force.”

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Different approaches to yoga abound, and part of staying motivated may include exploration of a variety of traditions as individual needs change due to lifestyle, health, interests or simple curiosity. Yee reminds us to go with the flow and follow how we feel in the moment. “Different schools of yoga exist because each offers something different. There is a form for all of our moods and a practice for how you feel at any given time.” Reflecting on how his own practice has evolved through the years, Yee recollects, “In my 20s and 30s, my yoga practice was arduous, including three to four hours of strong, physical work and a half hour of pranayama [breath work]. Then for 20 years, it involved a lot of teaching. Over the past 17 years, my practice has become more subtle, with a focus on sequencing and meditation; it’s about how to do this all day long in the context of my body and my life; about being both centered and in the world. In some way, we’re always doing yoga, as we already take 20,000 breaths a day. From a philosophical and ethical point of view, yogis have no choice but to practice.” Because many American women have found their way to a yogic path, men often assume it’s primarily a women’s niche. But yoga has been a male practice for nearly 2,500 years in other countries. Yee encourages men to not feel intimidated. “Why not try something that can help you improve your business, family life and even your golf game?” he queries. While Yee believes in a no-pressure approach, he also suggests inviting ways to foster consistency. “If you are just beginning, set aside a half-hour before going to bed or get up a half-hour earlier. Also note that pain is less to be avoided than learned from.” Wisdom can come from dedication to a yoga practice. Yee’s philosophy is, “You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass counsels, ‘Be here now.’ Train yourself to bring body, mind and heart together and fully drink from that.” Learn more at Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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Where do revelations about a deeper reality begin? MB: Individual and communal explorations often occur around life’s big questions, such as what it means to be conscious and to seek meaning and purpose; the possible place of intuition as the edge where knowledge meets the unknown and unknowable; and how crucial individual awakening is to social transformation.

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mechanics, Western science has reached an understanding of what Eastern mystics have long understood. Duality, generally determined in terms of opposites such as self and other, conscious and unconscious, illusion and reality, as well as separation between the observer and the observed, is an illusion. Nonduality is the understanding that our identifying with common dualisms avoids recognition of a deeper reality. Until recently, human sciences have ignored the problem of consciousness by calling it the “hard problem”. This has led to our present fragmented worldview rife with chaos, conflict and crises. It may be time for scientists to accept the discoveries of the mystics and consider consciousness intrinsic to every observed scientific phenomenon. Understanding that consciousness is the key to the universe, reality and ourselves may be the missing link in bridging science and spirituality.

It became more evident that we weren’t looking for scientific answers or proof of what spiritual wisdom traditions teach, but rather to expand the questions asked of both science and spirituality. Open-ended questions arise such as: What if space and time are just useful maps and quantum mechanics is pointing us to a deeper reality more mysterious than we can ever imagine? What if science and spirituality, while responding to our collective aspiration to grow and progress, would no longer need to carry the burden of having all the answers? What if we considered

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

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

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

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Chronic pain sufferers often find relief through floating because the lessened gravity allows the body to fully relax. The accompanying serenity releases the brain’s natural endorphins, which act as natural painkillers, into the bloodstream, reports Hutchison.

Float therapy, invented by a neurophysiology specialist, is among the rare healing modalities that can benefit body, mind and spirit in just one hour, with repeat benefits. The sheer tranquility of floating can alleviate some mental health issues. “We’ve had several people with posttraumatic stress disorder. One man has returned six times and says he’s advanced more in the last three months while floating than he did in the prior five to 10 years,” says Andy Larson, owner of Float Milwaukee. Athletes also appreciate floating because it shortens injury recovery periods through enhancing blood flow, helping to heal sore muscles. The way it facilitates a calm state ideal for implanting ideas into the subconscious mind enables them to better visualize improved performance.

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Floaters can fall into what sleep specialists call the hypnagogic state, meaning they are apt to have lucid dreams while awake. Also known as Stage 1 sleep, it is the drowsiest condition we experience while still consciously aware. This is the scientific explanation for reports of visions or “Eureka!” problem-solving moments in the tank, says Hutchison. This phenomenon can be especially beneficial for creative artists. “We have a girl that always emerges from the tank with an idea for a new painting,” says Gray. He also regularly hosts a composer that has worked with famous singers, who has experienced innovative musical breakthroughs while floating. Floating is among the rare healing modalities that can benefit body, mind and spirit in just one hour, with repeat benefits. Gina McGalliard is a freelance writer in San Diego, CA. Connect at



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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 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.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Fight Procrastination Day Special Offer – 7am9pm. PhysioBin wants you to fight procrastination. Call today to schedule your one-hour personalized session to start living with less pain and more movement. $99/new clients only. PhysioBin, 11820 W Ripley Ave, Wauwatosa and 131 W Seeboth St, Milwaukee. 414-459-1224. 414-239-9771. PhysioBin. com/Events. Cross-Training with Animal Flow – Sep 6, 20. 10-10:45am. Cross training prevents injuries even if you’re not an athlete. Learn the basics of Animal Flow to improve whole body strength and flexibility. Free. PhysioBin, 11820 W Ripley Ave, Wauwatosa. 414-459-1224. Women Money and Soul: Book Study Series – Sep 6, 20, Oct 4, 18, Nov 1, 15. 1:15-2:30pm. Using The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist as a backdrop, the group will open and transform their relationships with money. $10/per session. WonderSpirit – Kindred Spirit Center, 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha. 262-544-4310.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 BioMat Sessions & Reiki – Sep 7 & 21. Healing amethyst mat, with Far infrared, PEMF, biophoton and magnet therapies. $50/30 min session. IWG, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Intro to Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. Learn the basics of yoga including poses and breathing. Understand the different types of yoga and experience them in practice. Free. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. Santosha 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

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savethedate SEPTEMBER 9 4th Rock the Green Sustainability Festival – 2-11pm. World-class music, eco-education, zero waste and local food. This year’s lineup includes Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Barns Courtney, Mondo Cozmo and more. $50/ general admission, $100/VIP, free/10 and under. Reed Street Yards, S 3rd St and Freshwater Way, Milwaukee. More info and ticket purchase:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Breakthrough Breath Work Workshop – 9am4pm. This breath work is a powerful pathway leading to personal transformation, creating a deeper connection to your inner being, your true Being. Presenter: Mechthilde Moser. $125. Center for Well-Being Lake Country LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607. Evanston Streets Alive and Green Living Festival – 1-5pm. For today Main St becomes a mile-long public park. Co-sponsor Midwest College of Oriental Medicine is promoting public health, arts and culture, local pride and environmental awareness. Free. Main Street from Chicago Ave to Crown Park, Evanston, IL.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Meditation Instructor Certification – Mon, Sep 11, 25, Oct 9, 23, Nov 6, 20, 1-2:30pm; or Wed, Sep 13, 27, Oct 11, 25, Nov 8, 29, 4-5:30pm. With Ann Marie Arvoy, certified instructor. Become familiar with the science and practices that support mindfulness and learn to guide meditation groups or individuals. $795. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262518-0173. Registration on-line required: Dragonfly

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 A Wellness Approach to Children’s Health Issues – 12-1pm. Lunch and learn event providing information to parents about how to overcome common childhood ailments such as colic, acid reflux, ADHD, ear infections, and asthma. Snacks provided. Free, registration required by Sep 5. Settimi Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 17280 W North Ave, Ste G102, Brookfield. 262-789-0576. Cross-Training with Animal Flow – Sep 12, 26. 5:30-6:15pm. Cross-training prevents injuries even

Author Joe Sweeney Reading – 12pm. New York Times bestselling author reads from his latest book, After Further Review. Sweeney, formerly Brett Farve’s agent, uses football analogy to lead us into self-knowledge and spiritual mastery. Books available for purchase. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414 475-0105. UCIM@

if you’re not an athlete. Learn the basics of Animal Flow to improve whole body strength and flexibility. Free. PhysioBin, 11820 W Ripley Ave, Wauwatosa. 414-459-1224. Introduction to the Tarot – 6:30-8:30pm. Four class series w/Bobbi Gamache. Become versed in the energy, symbolism, and power of the tarot deck while strengthening your psychic and intuitive abilities. Each class includes tarot teachings alongside tools and practices that will awaken a connection to spirit. Learn to perform an accurate reading for yourself and others. $40/per class with pre-registration, $144/pre-paid series. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. Angel

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Meditation Instructor Certification – Sep 13, 27, Oct 11, 25, Nov 8, 29 - 4-5:30pm; or Sep 11, 25, Oct 9, 23, Nov 6, 20 - 1-2:30pm. Extended practice Dec 2 - 9:30am-2:30pm. Preparation to lead guided meditation groups or individuals, designed to help integrate and become familiar with the science and practices that support mindfulness; w/Ann Marie Arvoy. $795. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173. Chakra Yoga Series – 6-7:15pm. Seven week series; each hatha yoga class focuses on gaining awareness of the energy centers in your body and facilitates balancing, opening and strengthening body, mind & spirit. Beginners welcome. $60 for series. Light of Grace Healing & Education Center, 5900 West National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414258-5555. Info@LightOfGrace.Church. World Day of Prayer Ecumenical Celebration – 7pm. This is an annual event where each spiritual leader speaks to the theme of Peace in the Midst from their tradition. Light refreshments served. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414 475-0105.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 World Day of Prayer – 9am-5pm. A Silent Unity Prayer Service will be presented at the top of each hour. Quiet, individual prayer all day long. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414 475-0105. 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: w/ Ginny Clark. No experience necessary. $20. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Women’s Retreat: Honoring Mother Earth – September 15-17. Fri, 12pm-Sun, 12pm. Join Diane Seymour and Sandra Anderson to embrace the connection to Mother Earth and her beauty in our lives. See website for more information. Cedar Valley Retreat Center, West Bend. RSVP: 262-3670607.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 A.R.E. Edgar Casey Group – 8am-5pm. Group will be meeting at Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717

A Metaphysical Fall Festival: Pagan Pride – 12-7pm. Ritual begins at 6pm. The 12th annual Pagan Pride Festival, sponsored by the Fellowship of Alternative Beliefs, celebrating and educating about various Pagan belief systems. Food, fun, readings, free workshops. Free. Tanner-Paull Hall, 6922 W Orchard Ave. More info: 414-350-4291 or N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414 475-0105. UCIM@ The Keys: Unlocking the Soul’s Destiny and Purpose – 9am-4pm. Looking into the evolutionary trends of humanity, and how these are shaping various social systems and nations and us as individuals; w/William Meader. $70/advance, $75/at door. Unity Church, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-322-6552. Soul Transition Training – 10am-2pm. Facilitator: Peig Myota. A death passage is a sacred birth celebrated by the soul. Class participants will learn specific rituals for assisting souls to pass to the spiritual world. Protocols will be given for how to do soul passage work in person, and by long distance. Soul passage work for both incoming and outgoing souls will be presented. $70 with pre-registration. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262787-3001. Medicine of the Earth and Medicine of the Sky – 11am-3:30pm. Learn to work with the spirits of earth, air, fire and water, and of the seasons to assist in healing; the ceremonial practice of building an apacheta; work with the Despacho ceremony; and briefly discuss how to work with energy portals and natural energy vortexes. Instructor: Dr. Sally Stanton. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. Life Cycles and the Cosmic Wheel – 1-3pm. Synchronize your personal timing to cosmic earth rhythms. Discover how solar and lunar cycles impact your personal timing. Learn your natal moon phase, and how to tell lunar time. $35. Light of Grace Healing & Education Center, 5900 West National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. Info@Light OfGrace.Church. Sacred Women’s Circle – 1-3:30pm. Gathering in circle with intention is powerful. We come together to honor, listen and share our hearts fully with one another; w/Julie Szyba. Meditate. Share. Listen. Grow. $25. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. Santosha

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Wellness & Metaphysical Fair – 11am-4pm. Explore your body, mind and spirit and enjoy a day of healing and enlightenment. Some of the best readers in the Midwest - ascension, sound, reiki; vendors with one of a kind items. Free admission. American Legion Post 449, 3245 N 124th St, Brookfield.

Bio Electro Magnetic Energy Regulator (BEMER) – 1-4pm. Informational, experiential meeting on how to increase your circulation by 30%, enhancing your body’s ability to heal itself. Used in more than 4000 hospitals in Europe. Free, and free sessions after. Light of Grace Healing & Education Center, 5900 West National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Raw Sauerkraut Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Learn to make raw, alive, fermented, probiotic sauerkraut, teaming with bacteria beneficial to the immune system; heal the gut, rev the metabolism and more. Leave with your homemade sauerkraut. $50 and registration. The Atrium, 6169B Industrial Ct, Greendale. Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243. Milwaukee

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 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.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Treating Pain with Prolotherapy – 5pm. A talk by Dr Neal Pollack, prolotherapist, neurologist and musculoskeletal specialist, on the regenerative injection treatment that cost effectively treats pain and enables people to reduce medication, increase mobility and avoid surgery. Further information online. Free. Atrium, Mayfair North Tower, 2600 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa. For more info and to register: 414-453-7780.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Spiritual Currents and Drum Circle – 6:30-9pm. Spiritual Currents is a presentation of music that blurs the lines between performance, meditation, and soulful exploration. Ryan Meisel performs on saxophones, Native flutes, indigenous woodwinds, whistles, drums, bells, rattles, electronics and more. Drum circle begins at 8pm. $10. Light of Grace Healing & Education Center, 5900 West National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555.

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Learn what ACIM defines as the root of all problems, seeming separation from God and our true self. $150/ by Aug 1, $180/after. Light of Grace Healing & Education Center, 5900 West National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. Info@LightOfGrace.Church.

Reiki Level One Training – 9am-5pm. Learn reiki for yourself so that you may give yourself or others a treatment; 8 CEUs. Students will receive Holy Fire Reiki attunement. $200. Classes are held in Mukwonago. Register: 262-498-4162. Rhiana@

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Reiki Level Three Training – 9am-4pm. Learn the Usui master symbol and create a master crystal grid. Level 1 & 2 prerequisite. 8 CEUs. Students will receive Holy Fire Reiki attunement. $200. Classes are held in Mukwonago. Register: 262-498-4162.

savethedate SEPTEMBER 23 Holistic Healing with Aromatherapy Certification – 9am-5:30pm. Join Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach for a six-class, 110-hour level one aromatherapy certification in the foundations, chemistry, and theory of aromatherapy. Hampton Inn & Suites, Grafton. 608-393-7353. Wisconsin_Illinois/. A Day of Mindfulness Workshop – 9:30am4:30pm. The practice of mindfulness includes: meditation, mindful walking, conscious breathing, and awareness of the present moment; W/Hal Dessel. Bring sack lunch. $20/before Sep 17, $25 after. Unity Church Of Light, 150 S Sunnyslope Rd, Ste 110, Brookfield. RSVP: 262-641-7558. Unity Reiki I for Animals & People – 10am-4pm. Learn the hands-on energy treatment that preserves and improves health, reduces stress, and promotes an overall wellbeing for animals and humans. Includes attunement and certification. $150, $50/nonrefundable deposit to reserve space. Bark n Scratch Outpost, 5835 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee. Preregister: 414-444-4110. Intro to Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. Learn the basics of yoga including poses and breathing. Understand the different types of yoga and experience them in practice. Free. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. Santosha Journey to the Otherworld: Fall Equinox Tibetan Singing Bowl Sound Bath – 11am-12:30pm. The Fall Equinox is a perfect time to decide what to keep and what to shed to find meaningful balance between the polarities. Come with an intention: for thanksgiving and gratitude; to de-clutter and let go; to harvest all aspects of your life that have blessed you with comfort, hope, love, inner healing, strength and courage. $10 suggested donation. Angel Light

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Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. Angel Taking the Easy Way Out of Pain – 2-4pm. When stretching doesn’t help muscle and joint tightness go away, there is often a much faster and more comfortable alternative. Learn how at this workshop. $25. PhysioBin, 11820 W Ripley Ave, Wauwatosa. 414-459-1224.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Faith and Football – 12-2pm. This seminar, based on author Joe Sweeney’s newest book, After Further Review, will include 14 lessons from football to deepen our individual spiritual mastery. Followed by tailgating – a potluck meal. All funds raised go towards the Love in Action Roof fund. $30 suggested love offering. The first 25 sign ups receive all three of Joe’s books. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. RSVP: 414 475-0105.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Putting Your Past in the Past – Mon through Oct 23. 3:30-5pm. With Ann Marie Arvoy. Learn mindfulness techniques integrated with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), a technique for releasing trauma. $250; some insurance accepted. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173. Registration online required:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Basic Astrology Class – Tue through Oct 24. 6:308:30pm. This class focuses on the basics while using your birth chart: planets, Zodiac signs, and houses. It’s like learning a foreign language. Presenter: Sheryl Durand-Forge. $120. Center for Well-Being Lake Country LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Getting Serious About Essential Oils – 1011:30am. Intro to essential oils topic: amazing health options for every body. Health & wellness community classes; w/Barb Lemke. $5/Young Living members, free/non-members. Center for Well-Being Lake Country LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 A Course in Miracles Weekend Intensive – Sep 29-Oct 1. Teachers from the School for a Course in Miracles in Denver will do this weekend intensive.

Inspiration Wellness Group Second Anniversary Open House – 10am-1pm. Items for sale. Free raffle to win services. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. InspirationWellness An Intimate Afternoon with Spirit – 1-3pm. Psychic mediums deliver messages from your loved ones during a gallery event. Kristina Nez Begay and Mike Pozorski navigate other worlds with ease to bring messages that can be validating and healing. Attendance does not guarantee a reading. $40. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. RSVP: 262-787-3001. Angel Fall Ayurvedic Cleanse Workshop – 1-3:30pm. Learn natural ways to detox from environmental toxins, processed foods, unresolved emotions, psychological stressors and more. Eliminate impurities while preventing new toxins from accumulating; w/Nikki Estes. $40. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972.

plan ahead 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.

savethedate OCTOBER 6-8 Certificate in Sound Therapy – Begins Oct 6-8. Fourteen instructors, 43 courses, 114 hours of instruction; study the effect of sound on human beings physiologically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually. Learn tuning forks, singing bowls, drums, toning, chants, whistling vessels, gongs, low-level laser therapy, and light and color frequency healing. View entire curriculum online. Six-weekend program begins Oct 6 and completes in Mar, 2018. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Info: 262-787-3001.


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OCTOBER 6-8 Midwest Women’s Herbal: Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat – Eugenia Bone, author and food journalist, will make the keynote address, “Mycophilia.” Other presenters: Sue Van Hook, Mara Penfil, Linda Conroy, Sarah Foltz and Carla Kramer. Retreat will focus on understanding fungi as the grandmothers of our ecosystems, with workshops at beginner through advanced levels. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info & registration: Fall Cleanse: Nutrition and Detoxification Workshop – October 7. 1-3pm. Workshop, led by Dr. Joanne Aponte, ND, teaches a whole-body, nonfasting, approach to detoxification. Benefits include increased energy & vitality, better digestion and weight loss. $50, plus optional supplements; space limited. Superb Health Milwaukee, 2625 South Greeley St, Ste 120, Milwaukee. RSVP: 414-9398748. Aveda IBW Mixer – Oct 18, Nov 15. 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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Craft and Vendors Fair – Nov 3 & 4. Vendors welcome. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.

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A Witches’ Costume Ball – October 21. Buffet Dinner, Samhain ritual & dancing. Music provided by Elite Signature DJ Service. Sponsored by The Fellowship of Alternative Beliefs. $40. To purchase tickets call after 6pm: 414-350-4291. Must be at least 21 years old. The Tanner-Paull Hall, 6922 W Orchard St, Milwaukee.

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 the fabled City of Light, Machu Picchu, with the local shamans. Information, Amy: 920-609-8277. Shamanic Training Whispers on the Wind – Group 15: July 19-23, Sept 20-24, Jan 3-7, May 16-20/2018. Group 16: Nov 1-5, Apr 11-15, Jul & Oct/2018. Explore ancient energy medicine in this transformational four-series program which include lectures, hands-on practice, experiential exercises, and rites of passage. Held at Golden Light Healing Retreat Center, Wisconsin, where you are held in the arms of Mother Nature as you explore the teachings of the medicine wheel. See website or call for more information. Amy Wilinski: 920-609-8277.

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$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.

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.

sunday Friendship and Potluck – Last Sun. Celebrate with a spiritual community; messages and music during the service followed by food and fellowship. Bring a friend and a dish to share. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105. 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. 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 – 11:30am. 3rd Sun. Meets following fellowship and service. Please bring your drum, some available for use. Group led by Dennis Clark, president, board of trustees. $10 suggested offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105. Coloring and Crafting Club – 12pm. 2nd Sun. This is a quiet time of fellowship and creative expression. Meets in the fireside room following fellowship and service. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa.

Caravan of Remembering: Book Club – 6:308pm. 3rd Tue. Sandra Zwirlein facilitates. The group works together to discover and empower our personal life mission’s work. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa.

develop increased awareness and presence; with Caroline Raffel, certified meditation instructor. Open for beginner to advanced practice. $15, free/ members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173. 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.


Silent Unity Prayer and Healing Circle – 11am. This prayer time coincides with the prayer time at World Headquarters Silent Unity where prayer partners are praying 24/7/365. This is a powerful time to join in prayer. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@

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.

Tai Chi Fundamentals – Sep 7-Nov 9. 6-7pm. cover the system that includes basic movement patterns and a simplified tai chi form, a sequence of movements strung together practiced in a slow, continuous, mindful way; w/certified Tai Chi fundamentals instructor Jack Lavin. $140, $120/members; registration on line required. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173.

thursday Minister’s Book Study – 9:15-10:45am. This is an open discussion group; currently discussing The Untethered Soul, The Journey Beyond Yourself. Free. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Guided Meditation – 9-9:40am. A guided mindfulness meditation with a focus on the breath to

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.

saturday Sangha/Mindfulness Meditation – 8:30-10am. The practice of mindfulness includes: meditation, mindful walking, conscious breathing, and awareness of the present moment; w/Hal Dessel and Joe Wittig. Unity Church Of Light, 150 S Sunnyslope Rd, Ste 110, Brookfield. 262-641-7558. Unity Yoga w/Mary Galati – 9am. 1st & 3rd Sat. Appropriate for all ages and abilities. Bring yoga mat or beach towel, wear comfortable clothing; men invited to participate. $7.50 per session. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105. Citizens Climate Lobby – 10am-2pm. 2nd Sat. This is a non-partisan group dedicated to finding effective ways to preserving and protecting our planet from further climate change. Unity Center in Milwaukee, Wedding Suite, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414475-0105.



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262-369-5317 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland Mechthilde Moser is a certified ayurveda counselor/educator, panchakarma therapist and holistic life coach helping you to experience health through ayurvedic bodywork, lifestyle and diet consultations and coaching.



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.

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 28.


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.

CHIROPRACTIC OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER 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.


12800 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-955-6600 Santhigram’s Vaidya Sunita, the only ayurvedic doctor in Wisconsin, offers affordable authentic ayurvedic consultations, diet/yoga/lifestyle coaching, panchakarma treatments, spa services. Come, experience true healing. See ad, page 39.


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 8.


1841 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee 414-377-3898 Specializing in mental health, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD; stress reduction, digestive and eating disorders, detox and chronic pain. Offering acupuncture, reiki, gong bath meditations.

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 10.


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

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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 33.


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.

INTEGRATIVE DENTAL SOLUTIONS N35 W23770 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 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.


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.


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 13.

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 26.

125 W Wisconsin Ave, Ste 102, Pewaukee 262-737-4004


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.



Reiki healing sessions and instruction, yoga classes for all in Pewaukee, Muskego, Greendale. Restore balance, health and wellbeing in mind, body and spirit.


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 28.


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 8.


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


Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT, Reiki Master/Teacher • 414-217-4185 800-337-8326


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.



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.

262-544-4310 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha Need a reminder you’re a goddess? Spiritual life coach, goddess of greatness growing, feminine spirit arts and sciences, spiritual exploring, self-worth, relationship rules, and energy medicine. See ad, page 33.

LYMPHATIC DETOX 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.


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.

ZUZA’S WAY INTEGRATIVE WHOLE FAMILY CARE 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 13.


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 15.

4433 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood 414-939-8748

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 22.

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.



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

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 19.

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 17.


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


MYOFASCIAL RELEASE WHITE WOLF MFR Infinity Healing Center, 3305 N 124th St, Brookfield 414-543-0855


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.

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NUTRITION 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.



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.


121 E Silver Spring Dr, Ste 208, Whitefish Bay 414-758-0657

401 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay 414-332-3636

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 13.

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 10.



262-337-1530 Brookfield and Glendale locations

414-459-1224 Wauwatosa and Walker’s Point 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 13.

Doctors of Physical Therapy Daniel Schumann and Rachel Thiel offer unique techniques to eliminate pain and limitations and bring you to better movement for a better life. See ad, page 16.


Infinity Healing Center, 3305 N 124th St, Brookfield 414-429-5117 Offering reiki therapy, intuitive readings, spiritual guidance & more. Ann Miller is a certified reiki master and intuitive medium. Start your journey to wellness today!


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.




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 17.


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.


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 27.


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 24.


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 EVALUATION OF:

Focus on mental wellness, not illness Comprehensive whole body approach Safe and effective treatments Root cause psychiatry Self-empowering

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

“We now know that mental illness can be a result of many different physiological imbalances, such as nutritional deficiency, hormonal imbalances, digestive system health. 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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• Addressing biochemical individuality through diet, lifestyle & medicines • Detox/cleanse treatments • Psychotherapy

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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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Natural Awakenings Magazine of Milwaukee is a free monthly publication serving the health-seeking and environmentally conscious communities...


Natural Awakenings Magazine of Milwaukee is a free monthly publication serving the health-seeking and environmentally conscious communities...