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FEATURE STORY
Green Design Center asks
Whats your homes Degree of Green

ON THE COVER:
ANDREW PACE AND KELSEY HOLTZ of The Green Design Center
Photography by Melissa Alderton Photography

DEPARTMENTS

6 LETTER FROM THE TEAM

7 MAKING CONNECTIONS
IN THE COMMUNITY

8 HEALTHY PETS

11 Organic astrology

Aquaponics: Beauty from the inside


out for you and your pet

12 Electromagnetic pollution

10 HEALTHY EATING

Wild Turkey Quesadilla

15 Acupuncture Hacking the brain to heal


the human body

14 HEALTHY KIDS

Bond between grandparents and
grandkinds benefits both

16 CHARTING A COURSE

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20 FIT BODIES

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30 ADVERTISER DIRECTORY
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22 Fight disease with the power of the polyphenols found


in olives

23 All about Muscle Release Therapy


25 Yoga move of the month: Vasistha or Side Plank Pose
27 Important tools used in healing my grief
29 Craft and soul the importance of making things

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physically but there are also a variety of emotional benefits to milder temperatures.
However, April holds much more than peeks of sunshine and the promise of
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NATIONAL POETRY MONTH Theres something to be said about putting

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nationally-recognized month since 1970 is to educate the public about autism.
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NATIONAL GARDEN MONTH This one isnt so surprising. The old adage,

April showers bring May flowers is true, and helps to make Garden Month very
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NATIONAL PET DAY: APRIL 11 Its no secret this magazine loves pets! Whether

youre a cat or dog person, fish or reptile fan, or parakeet enthusiast, the benefits of
having an animal in your life are immense and range from lowering your chance of
depression and heart attack to simply increasing your ability to calm down and relax.
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we think its also a fun way to express yourself, exercise and let loose.
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first time, or have your own April traditions to keep alive, we hope you are able
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s a holistic veterinarian, I teach that a species-appropriate


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these species do consume some vegetation periodically
from the stomach of the prey or from foraging. I find that as they
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on the inside and is maintained by eating and exercising the best
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and produce for pets and their people! This model could replicate
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Aquaponics is self-sustaining

While the Wisconsin wind chill is 30 below, the natural sunlight


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plant varieties are clipped, not pulled from their roots, and then
continue to grow. This makes for a more economical production.
Hundreds of components of this closed system of food production have been reused or recycled. As they mature, the fish are
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Sauted in butter with pine nuts, it was fabulous! Too precious to


share with my dogs! Tonight I will blend some kale for them.

Growth in the community

Future Roots Farm has enlisted the Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex as a distribution site for purchase and pick up of
produce for pets and people. This will be an added convenience
for pet guardians who truly think holistically and know that it is
important to care for themselves and their pets with the consumption of fresh, local food year-round!
Additionally, Future Roots Farm and Dr. Jodies Natural Pets
(DJNP) are collaborating on the distribution of healthful, meatbased treats for your carnivore. Lori Sitman, DJNP COO and
part-time gardener at Future Roots is excited to facilitate this
arrangement. As a Muskego resident, Sitman explains, The
community is fortunate that the founders of Future Roots see a
value in this relationship.
Future Roots Farm plans to be a good steward of its 40 acres of
nature in New Berlin. They are looking for community support and
pet guardian interest in their provision of a dog park and potential pet exercise facility. Please watch for more innovative ideas
from this young entrepreneurial team. You can meet Gannon and
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basis by attending Fashionistas for Fur-babies. Their support of this
event exemplifies the meaning of Beauty from the Inside Out!
Fashionistas is sponsored by the non-profit Integrating People
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to grow fresh, local, vegetables in Wisconsin all winter long?

Eat well, exercise, look great!

Fashionistas for Fur-babies is a New York-style fashion show


where costumed models and decked out dogs will walk the
runway to create awareness for pets with special needs. Dont miss
this fun event Saturday, April 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the
Milwaukee Marriot West in Waukesha.
Heroes for Health is a Greater Muskego Wellness Fair, 5K Run and
Dog Walk to be held at the Aud Mar along the lake in Muskego on
Saturday, May 2. Exercise and have a smoothie! Visit vendor booths
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healthyEATING

Wild
Turkey Quesadilla

By Emily Niesen

y husband recently reminded me that it is turkey


season. Hopefully that means I will have wild turkey
to cook with soon. After he enjoys his drumsticks
and legs, I use up the breasts in this favorite recipe. You can
use wild turkey breast in any recipe that calls for store-bought
domestic chicken or farm turkey. This recipe is a fun way to
enjoy some typical Thanksgiving ingredients in the spring, and
the hot sauce makes it wild in more ways than one!

Ingredients

6 ounces Neufchtel or Greek cream cheese


cup cranberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
4 ounce container of green chiles
3 teaspoons hot sauce

8 sprouted grain or corn tortillas (6 inches)


2 cups diced and cooked turkey breast

Directions

Mix the cheese until smooth. Add in the cranberries, green


chilies and hot sauce. Mix well. Spread four of the tortillas with
the mixture. Divide and spread turkey on the prepared tortillas.
Top them off with remaining tortillas. Cook the quesadillas on
a griddle or large skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes on
each side. Cut into quesadilla shapes and sizes of your choice!
Serving suggestion: Enjoy four quesadilla pieces with a sauted
bed of mixed greens like spinach, kale, collards and garlic.
Chew well and smile!

Emily Niesen is a certified holistic health coach and owner of Nostalgic Nutrition & Well-Being. Emilys inspiration comes from her upbringing
and the old, simple way of life. Her passion is in coaching her clients to adopt happier and healthier lifestyles that are unique to them. She offers
private and group health coaching sessions in unique settings to support her clients in areas such as weight management, food cravings, decoding
nutrition labels, cooking, exercise routines, and other lifestyle skills. Want to get out of a rut? Email emilsyb.niesen@gmail.com, mention this
article for a free health history consultation and sign up for her free monthly newsletter. Read her monthly article and check out her website to
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Organic
astrology

By Lisa Anne

strology has an amazing way of clearly defining what


our lessons are for ourselves. Through just our sun signs
we only begin to scratch the surface of the wisdom that
astrology offers. This truth is also applied within all of our relationships. We are naturally drawn to similar people that can be
traced back to our birth chart.
The unfortunate thing that happened with astrology is that is
has become a parlor trick, a cheesy column in the back of a gossip
magazine, a complete generalization that has lost its effect and
true meaning. Yes, astrology is still mainstream, but its message
is so twisted, backward. It is marginalized, demeaned and in some
circles, crucified. Astrology began as one the most respected
and revered professions one could achieve. Imagine before telescopes and computers, the blood, sweat and tears that preceding
astrologers agonized over. Creating reams and reams of notations
watching the skies, recording each motion and movement while
watching others along with themselves. The astrologers of the past
were master observers observing and recording their insights
and testing its efficiency, one generation after the next. Recording,
testing and watching. Always watching. This masterful observation has been passed on for thousands of years.
Today in 2015, technology, psychology and spirituality has
grown exponentially. Astrology is still alive and common knowledge to the general population yet still frowned upon in many
circles. How could something so demeaned and criticized have
survived so long (over 3,000 years)? There are many theories that
suggest the truth of this history, but that is another topic.
It is time to modernize astrology and educate in a new way. The
first thing that must be understood is that Sun sign astrology is
not organic astrology. It is only one part of the entire picture. It
is comparable to taking a picture of a portion of your body and
persuading others that is who you are. Of course that would not
encapsulate you. You would say that is only a part; an important
part, but not the whole. You would need the entire picture to show
others who you are. That is the thing about pictures, they are twodimensional. Horoscopes offer a three dimensional view. Who
you are on the surface, but more importantly who you are underneath the surface. A photograph is the image. The horoscope is
the entire picture from every direction, above, below and within.
A horoscope displays every planet, sign and house in its unique
arrangement, very similar to a fingerprint. Unique only to you.
Sun sign astrology works because we are tuning into our central
energy, our sun sign. But we are so much more. We are emotion,
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which is where our moon is. We are thinking beings: Mercury.


We need other people but how? Venus. We are fighters and desire
more: Mars. What is your general temperament? Thats your rising
sign. How about how controlling or ambitious you are? Thats
Saturn. We have a dream, a vision and want to inspire others and
be inspired: thats Jupiter. The list goes on and on.
First, you need to understand your own birth chart. Then you
can bring in others. What types of people you are most drawn to,
who offers the greatest opportunity for growth and who you are
most compatible with. Yes, all of that can be learned from your
horoscope. There is a lifetime of information to be gleaned from
your horoscope. Who to love, how to love, what to pursue, what
to prepare for, what to embrace, what to aim for, what to become.
Science, religion and psychology sometimes have a prejudice against astrology, yet with the proper education there can
be understanding that astrology bridges all three of these giant
chasms. Science: we are connected to the world, alive on this planet
within this solar system. Fact. Psychology: we are feeling and
thinking beings trying to relate to other feeling, thinking beings.
Fact. And finally the spirituality piece. Spirituality gets murky, but
there seems to be this mysterious force (religious conditioning
or primal impulse) when things are the darkest, we tend to look
up. Up within the sky, up toward the stars, up somewhere beyond
ourselves. We seem to be universally wired to look up, just as we
are to look within and around. What answers lie above us?
Science, psychology and spirituality are all working in unison.
Astrology just has a beautiful way of bringing it all together when
applied in its intended way. When fusing astrology within this
unified context, it isnt fortune telling, blasphemy or voodoo. It
becomes what it was intended to be. It becomes an understanding
of yourself within this world, within this body, within this mind,
with other people finding themselves within this same realm. Real
astrology, organic astrology, is a map of your totality. A mandala, a
portrait of who you are and all you have within you to become.
To learn more, contact Lisa Anne at http://pathwayswellness.org.
Lisa Anne is a professional astrologer and director/owner of Pathways
of Light Wellness Center located in Delafield. She received her degree
in metaphysics at The American Institute of Theology. She studied
astrology with the American Federation of Astrologers as well as the
Academy of Astro-Psychology. She teaches advanced astrology classes, hosts a new
moon group each month, and is dedicated to sharing the value of astrology and
removing the stigma and mystery that surrounds it. Please visit the centers website
to discover our wellness opportunities at http://pathwayswellness.org. You can also
reach Lisa Anne directly at http://pathwayslisaanne.com. See ad on page 8.
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Electromagnetic
pollution
Hidden stress hazards
in your house

By Dr. Joanne Flanagan

ot stress? Did you know that electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs)


above the Environmental Protection Agencys safe limit are assaulting
your brainwaves and body every day? Our
natural state of wellness is being clouded
with electromagnetic waves of invisible
radiation powerful enough to blast wireless communication data through concrete
lgame! walls and buildings. Imagine how easily
it travels through us, especially newborns
and young children. We cant see the smog
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of electropollution, but it is affecting us.
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Harmful EMF fields are produced by

cell towers, microwave beams, high power


lines, cell phones, televisions, computers,
florescent lights, Wi-Fi, hair dryers, cordless phones, video games, baby monitors,
PDAs, hybrid electric cars and other electrical equipment.
We need to be aware of the biological
effects of these hidden stressors sleeplessness, headaches, dizziness, immune
suppression, electrosensitivity, unexplained cardiac symptoms and decreased
fertility, as well as increased risk for brain
cancer and neurological disorders. Some
people report having less energy and

constant fatigue, along with getting sick


often. Depression and moodiness are very
common symptoms.
There is a lot of research being done, but
we need to identify our environment and
find safer solutions. This includes considering use of headsets, wired vs. wireless
Internet access, corded vs. cordless phones
and more.

Strengthen yourself against EMFs

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proximity, frequency, intensity and duration of exposure, and is influenced by an


individuals vulnerability, overall health
and immunity. CNN pointed out that
studies show that the signals from cell
phones reach more deeply into childrens
thinner skulls and smaller brains.

Limit your exposure


in these ways

Use a landline whenever possible.


Use a low SAR-rated phone and use

the speaker function avoid the


hands-free, in-the-ear phones.
Keep your cell phone powered off
whenever possible.
Carry your cell phone away from your
body, with the keypad or front of the
phone facing toward the body, and the
back or antenna side facing away from
the body.
Use your phone only outside of a
car, train, elevator, airplane or other
confined metal space.
Use a computer with wired Internet
access, with the wireless function
disabled, to surf the Internet, watch
movies, download music, etc., not a
mobile device.
Keep cell phones, electric alarm clocks,
electric lamps and everything electric
away from your sleep zone at least
four feet away.

Never sleep with your cell phone

powered on. Charge your phone four


feet away from people and pets.
Replace old electronics, fluorescent
lights and dimmer switches.
Buy an RF and gauss meter to test
appliances, TVs, etc.
Stay at least three feet from household
appliances, such as coffee makers,
microwave ovens, televisions, computers, electric clocks, plugs in walls, electric tools, etc.

A test to see how electromagnetic


radiation affects us

Applied kinesiology can be used to test


EMRs effects on our bodies. It takes two
people, the tester and the subject.
1. Have the subject stand erect, right arm
relaxed at his side, left arm held out
parallel to the floor, elbow straight.
2. Face your subject and place your left
hand on his right shoulder to steady
him. Then place your right hand on
the subjects extended left arm, just
above the wrist.
3. Tell the subject to resist when you try
to push his arm down.
4. Now push down on his arm fairly
quickly, firmly and evenly. The idea is
to push hard enough to test the spring
and bounce in the arm, not so hard
that the muscle becomes fatigued. It is

not a question of who is stronger, but


of whether the muscle can lock the
shoulder joint against the push.
By doing this experiment on a subject who
is using a cell phone, youll find that the
subject cannot hold his arm up because
the radiation is draining his energy in that
muscle. This can also test hair dryers and
other electrical devices.
If you would like to test the effect of
anything on your body, try this experiment
with a health practitioner or partner.
Other ways to protect yourself from
EMR would be to get plenty of exercise,
drink at least eight glasses of water a day,
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Bond between
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and grandkids
benefits
both


hat used to be the golden years of life for seniors is


now turning into any opportunity to spend even more
time with their youngest family members. Nowadays,
a growing number of grandparents are called on to provide child
care for their grandkids, many of whom are growing up in twoincome households. Others are helping to raise grandkids while
providing financial assistance for adult children who may not be
able to live on their own.
This trend has been corroborated in a few recent studies. Information from the Pew Research Center showed 7.7 million children
in the United States were living in the same household as one of their
grandparents in 2011. A University of Chicago analysis of a decade
of data based on interviews with 13,614 grandparents, ages 50 and
older, found that 61 percent of grandparents provided at least 50
hours of care for their grandchildren during any given year between
1998 and 2008. And an April 2012 study for the MetLife Mature
Market Institute and the nonprofit Generations United, an intergenerational policy group, found that 74 percent of respondents
provided weekly child care or babysitting service for grandkids.
Grandparents often cite helping their own children financially
as well as staying in touch with grandchildren as motivating

Breastfeeding that is

younger, when opportunities may have been more scarce, grandparents can help teach grandchildren empathy. Grandchildren
may learn to be grateful for the things they have and the people
around them, rather than taking what they have for granted.
FAMILY HISTORY: Grandparents can tell grandchildren about

family members, including youngsters own parents, and shed


light on the generations that came before them. Looking through
photos or watching old movies can provide the avenue by which
to start conversations about family history and give children
opportunities to ask questions.
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factors behind providing care. According to Generations United,


staying in touch with grandkids can give seniors a feeling of selfworth and improve their overall health.
When spending so much time together, grandparents may
develop special relationships with their grandchildren, who may
benefit from the knowledge and wisdom offered by their elders. The
following are some lessons grandparents can share with youngsters.

or hobbies taught to them by their grandparents. Anything from


gardening to woodworking can be shared.
ents may have an increased tendency to respect authority figures
outside their homes, which may help kids grow up to be more
courteous and kind.

Grandchildren also offer benefits to their grandparents. Companionship, new experiences and conversation can help keep grandparents
minds sharp and bodies active well into their golden years.
Source: MetroCreative Connection
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Acupuncture
Hacking the
brain to heal the
human
body

By Michael Richards

pecific areas on the human body affect the physiological


functioning of the bodys processes. Stimulation to the skin
by cold air, as you know, creates a tendency for tiny muscles
throughout the body to bunch up in order to conserve heat. Your
brains perceptions of danger flood your muscles with the necessary chemicals to make the most appropriate action.
The brains main function is manufacturing bio-chemicals. Think
of your head as a 24-hour pharmacy that gives you just the right
dosage when its needed most. By keeping up with healthy lifestyles,
giving our bodies vitamins and minerals while maintaining active
muscle use, we can provide a steady flow. I often liken us to a piece
of machinery, or I think of the adage of effort and outcome. When
it comes to the human body: you get what you put into it.
Much to our dismay, history has shown that there is only so
much we can do to prevent the human body from breaking down.
Good on you to promote longevity, but when it comes to those
issues that seem to blindside the best of us: stress, poor nutrition,
infection, injury, (to name a few); time wages war within us all.
Problems arise when these factors wear on, disrupting proper
movement. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the anatomy
is segmented into twelve channels that are linked to our various
organs, muscles and veins; the parts which in tandem function as a
single machine. When the flow of these channels is compromised,
problems creep to the surface in the form of disease. But by placing
stimulation on key points throughout those channels, the brain
can actually be coaxed into producing specific chemicals to heal.
The first written account of manipulating these processes goes
back to a document from the second century B.C., The Yellow
Emperors Classic of Internal Medicine. This ancient Chinese
medical text highlights the use of needles to stimulate those channels, which are accessed through tiny areas of bunched nerve
endings on the skin. Acupuncture has been heavily built upon
since then, becoming a standard therapy in China alongside herbal
medicine and massage. The practice is now far reaching throughout
Earth and is becoming widely adapted as a preventative technique.
The idea of having needles anywhere near you may appear to
threaten your state of well-being, but a multitude of patients over
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the generations have made claim to it being a lot like a professional


massage. Traditional acupuncturists inspect the patients face and
body; taking note of their pulse, any peculiar odors and even the
health of their tongue which may indicate abnormalities. Professionals ensure sterile needles are strategically placed where they are
most likely to make an impact. And if youre worried about the depth
of the needles, its more of a gentle prick of the skin than a menacing jab. With repeat exposure to these techniques, many have found
lasting relief from such pains as: muscle fatigue and facial paralysis,
chronic abdominal pain, headaches, depression, and arthritis.
Finding a practitioner whos compassionate and honest in their
professionalism is key to getting the care you need. Make sure
they studied their art in an accredited acupuncture program, and
by all means, choose one that you can develop a strong relationship with. This is your health were talking about, so if youre going
to put it in someone elses hands, shop around for a good match.
For more information on the future of your health, explore the
information on www.acupuncture.edu.
Written by Michael Richards on behalf of the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine.
For more information about finding a health care option right for you, head on over to
the Midwest College of Oriental Medicines website at www.acupuncture.edu, or you
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chartingAcourse

Aries
Here I Am!
Dates: March 21 - April 20
Ruled by: Mars
Element: Fire

By Barry Kerr

Full Moon chart, April 4, 2015, 7:06 a.m.

hough true for everyone, the following information will feel


more relevant to you if your sun, north node, Chiron and/
or a group of other planets are in Aries on your birth chart.

What is Aries intention?

If the journey through the zodiac, toward spiritual consciousness, seemed complete last month in Pisces, it begins again in
Aries. The zodiac is actually a spiral. With each revolution, we
find ourselves higher up the spiral at a finer vibration, ready for
another go-round, and reaching for even more creative mastery in
this world of dualities. Thus, Aries here I am!
Aries bursts a new sense of self into the world. Our fiery spirit
enters time and space, expressing our soul as a unique embodied
being, and once again we experience the illusion of separation.
Our inner Mars asserts our right to be here, to claim our space,
to pursue our desires, and build a personality through which our
larger soul can creatively express. Each time in Aries, we are learning more about how to be independent, self-aware and assertive.
We strengthen our ego through self-nurturance and constructive
self-interest. Aries spiritual intention is to inspire and impel us to
live vitally and authentically.
In Aries, we learn to trust our impulses, free of the need to
please or be nice. We learn to moderate our giving to others,
making sure we are fair with ourselves, too. By enthusiastically
and confidently sharing our talents, gifts and leadership, we
inspire others to do the same, empowering them to join us as
co-creators in this world.
Our unconscious inner Aries, if lacking enough experience in
the art of relationships, can let our Martian assertiveness turn to
aggression, overriding the needs or desires of others, insensitive to
the feelings around us with a willfulness that pushes others away
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In Aries, we learn to trust


our impulses, free of the
need to please or be nice.
and invites judgments of selfishness. We see others as enemies
who block our path.

What needs healing and growth?

Our Aries ego, if wounded, can feel unworthy of life itself, unseen
and perhaps not even knowing who we are. We can then tend to
put others first, seeking to please and give ourselves away. Alternatively, we can put on faces of bravado, aggressively attacking those
we perceive as putting us down. Or we can act as a hero for others
in order to feel worthy. Or we might resist asking others for help,
when most needed, in order to bolster our sense of independence.
Those we attack, resist, or try to save will actually reflect our
own true worth and help us discover who we are. In so doing, we
come to love ourselves and value our uniqueness. Each time we
feel attacked or put down, we learn to stand tall, assert our worth
and take pride in ourselves. As we heal, we learn to share our gifts
confidently as co-creators.

What can I do this month?

To heal and evolve your Aries self, aim for self-awareness. How
well can you describe you? Your likes, dislikes, values? Are you
willing to risk impulsive choices so as to learn what you value?
Can you be calmly assertive or does your inner warrior angrily
attack and ask questions later? Do you trust yourself? Do you puff
yourself up when feeling unconfident? Are you overly concerned
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with what others think of you, what others need and whats fair
and just?

Additional support (current planetary transits)

The full moon on April 4 is a lunar eclipse, increasing the manifesting effect. The sun opposite moon will come in line with the
remaining energy of the culminating Uranus-Pluto square that
has been repeatedly churning up turmoil for over four years now.
Add Mercury, Jupiter and the north node to this alignment, and
it could be a powerful three days. Personal communications and
world news may present sudden changes that challenge emotional
equilibrium. Trust your intuition (Uranus) to align with your
rational mind (Mercury) to draw upon an expanded view (Jupiter)
that lifts your emotions (Moon). Practical Saturn will continue to
square with idealistic Neptune, lending realism to your hopes.
As attractive Venus and desirous Mars move through Taurus
during April, be clear how your values determine your wants and
needs and how you go about meeting them. During the month,
responsible Saturn will oppose these two planets and challenge
you to be more conscious of your choices. How much is needed to
bring comfort and pleasure?
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34 years of experience and an international clientele. He is also an
advanced energy healer, with extensive training in soul-guided healing
of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology readings, coaching and healing by phone, Skype or in person in Madison.
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Green Design Center asks,

By Rebecca Bentz

The products I use for the first customer I cant use for
the second or the third, Pace explains. If I want a product
completely free of toxic ingredients, I may have to source
it from the west coast or overseas There is no perfect
product. You have to just focus on which Degree of Green
is most important.
GROWING GREEN
Interest in not only sustainable and environmentally friendly
building products, but human-friendly home environments
has grown exponentially in the past few years, and Pace
expects that trend to grow only stronger.
People are making decisions to do whatever they can to put health
care into their own hands through holistic, alternative methods. Creating healthy, sustainable or environmentally sound homes is no different,
Pace says. The same people who are going to do yoga and Pilates, the
same people who are going to Whole Foods and Good Harvest to get
their produce are the ones who are going to be buying healthier products for their home. They dont want to buy $100 worth of organic food
at Good Harvest, come home and prepare it in a toxic kitchen.
The Green Design Center will continue to meet that increased
demand not only in Wisconsin, but around the country. In the last year
and a half, The Green Design Center has expanded through its trade
partner program into seven different locations, from Lake Geneva to
Minneapolis, Minnesota to Michigan to the west coast. (The program
started out in what might be a surprising location: Antigo, a small city
of about 8,200 in northern Wisconsin.)
The trade partner programs success isnt surprising to Pace.
We think that in years to come well have 30, 40, 50 locations
all because there is a lack of availability of these products across the
country. Big box stores dont even come close to carrying these materials.
In fact, The Green Design Center is the only company in the country
focusing on human-friendly design and construction.
SAVING GREEN
Not only are the products The Green Design Center carries good for you,
your sense of sustainability and the earth, theyre also great on your wallet.
There are healthier options available and they are not dramatically

more expensive, and in most cases they arent more expensive at all
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fitBODIES

Buddy up
for double
the core
power!

By Hope Zvara

here are so many benefits to exercising with a partner: the mental


encouragement, the drive to do better
and lets not forget double the core power!
When I teach, I love throwing in a few
partner poses; it gets my students out of
their comfort zone and also helps make the
class a little less serious (which can happen,

especially in yoga). There is nothing I love


more than hearing my class laugh and
loosen up all while driving power into
their core in an instant core-tification (core
+ gratification) pose.

To get started:

1. Grab a friend and two mini balls.


2. Partner one sits on the floor with one mini

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ball tucked behind her. Sitting tall on her


sit bones, exhale, contract the pelvic floor
and gently tilt the pelvis in toward the ball
behind. Keeping that tilt, sweetly ride the
ball back about 45 degrees.
3. Partner two stands in front of partner
one in a lunge like stand, feeling secure
and solid on her feet.
4. Partner one must work to keep her (or
his) torso and pelvis absolutely steady,
using the deep muscles of the core (like
the transversus).
5. Placing the second ball between the
hands of partner one and partner two,
partner two now applies pressure to the
ball and partner one works to resist. As
pressure is placed on the ball, partner
two now guides the ball right and left,
up and down, in a circle, as partner

one, sitting works to follow along only


moving the arms not the torso or pelvis
against the ball behind her.
6. Feeling the deep muscles of the core
firing, be mindful of neutral and not to
round the torso, work for 30 seconds to
one minute and then switch positions.
It doesnt have to be fancy or complicated
to be effective core work. I call this move
instant gratification because partner one
especially will instantly feel the need to
stabilize the core region of the body, even
with little awareness or experience with
true core activation.
Happy playing!
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Fight disease with the


power of the polyphenols
found in olives
Why are polyphenols such an
important part of daily health?

By Nannette Jodar

ot all olive oil is created equal.


The quality level is important to
the level of polyphenols in the oil.
When purchasing quality olive oil:
BUY EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL (EVOO).

Choose an Extra Virgin Olive Oil that is guaranteed as such and that has a polyphenol level
of 375 milligrams per kilogram (mg/Kg) to
675 mg/Kg. Oils labeled as lite or light are
usually from Spain or Italy; this label signifies
flavorless, low-quality (refined) oil, and does
not indicate lower calories.
LOOK FOR FIRST COLD-PRESSED OIL.

Each subsequent pressing reduces the level


of polyphenols. The refining of olive oil (2.7
mg/Kg) just about eliminates the little blessed
things, making refined olive oil no different
from any other household oil. Olives processed
with the newer malaxation tanks have a slight
increase in their levels of polyphenols.
Some labeling tips:
Extra virgin: is cold-pressed once and
has the highest levels of polyphenols
Virgin: Two presses and has a reduced
level of polyphenol
Olive oil: Three presses and contains
further reduced levels of polyphenol;
half the value of virgin olive oil
Highly refined or light olive oils:
Uses heat/chemicals in refining and has
polyphenol levels as low as 2.7mg/Kg
SEARCH FOR A RECENT CRUSH DATE.

The length of time the oil is stored. Look


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for a current harvest date and end date.

This container is typically dark glass or tin.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE OLIVE TYPE


OR VARIETY. Varieties such as Chemlali,

CONSUME 25 MILLILITERS (1 FLUID


OUNCE OR 2 TABLESPOONS) PER
DAY. A Eurolive study on humans showed

Chetoui, Frantoio, Coratina, Lucca, Cornicabra, Empeltre, Korojeiki, Manzillo, Maurino,


Moraiolo, Piqual/Nevadillo and Picholine
have the highest polyphenol values, and
when blended with a low polyphenol oil,
the shelf life will be extended by preventing
rancidity. The age of the tree is significant to
having higher levels of polyphenols.
EXAMINE THE TIME OF PICKING,
HOW OLIVES WERE PICKED AND THE
CONDITION OF THE OLIVES. The earlier

in the picking season, the higher the level of


polyphenols. Later in the winter, the polyphenols are greatly reduced and have a more
mellow taste. As the olives become more
purple in color, the concentration of polyphenols in the olive is lower. Picked olives that
sit for more than 24 hours before processing
start losing antioxidants. Olive fly damage and
bruised olives have higher acidity and lower
antioxidants. Refined olive oil is already-old,
rancid, diseased olives or has some other sort
of defect and the refining makes it palatable.
TAKE STORAGE INTO ACCOUNT. Poly-

phenols will eventually be oxidized and


spent, but this process speeds up when the
oil is heated or exposed to light. Oil that
displays a fresh date and is stored properly
in a container designed to filter UV rays,
air and heat to prevent spent polyphenols.

that after three weeks, glucose blood levels,


cholesterol and a variety of biomarkers of
oxidative damage from lipids were measured
and significant improvements were noted.
This amount daily is also recommended by
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References: Is Your Olive Oil As Healthy As You
Think? Katherine Tallmadge, R.D. Live Science.
July 6, 2013.
Health Effects of Polyphenols in Virgin Olive Oil.
California Olive Oil News: A Publication of the
Olive Oil Source. http://bit.ly/1bjRRk5.
Polyphenols and Antioxidants in Olive Oil. Agbiolab Inc. 2013.
National Institute on Aging.
National Institutes of Health.
Superfoodly. www.superfoodly.com.
FDA Allows Qualified Health Claim to Decrease
Risk of Coronary Heart Disease. FDA News
Release. Nov. 1, 2004.
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All about Muscle


Release
Therapy

By Rob Reader

uscle Release Therapy (MRTh)


was developed in recent years
and utilizes more up-to-date
knowledge about the human body than more
traditional forms of massage. The treatment
is done while you are dressed in comfortable
loose-fitting clothing such as sweatpants or
yoga pants. It has been a fantastic tool for
athletes, from professional dancers to marathon runners, to keep their bodies moving
correctly and remain pain free. One marathon runner posted her personal record after
an MRTh treatment running her marathon
in just over 3 hours and 30 minutes, taking
15 minutes off of her best time. Many leading
artists in the Milwaukee ballet currently get
MRTh to keep themselves limber and are
able to work pain free.
Its not just for athletes but for any
age who has chronic or acute pain, and
is looking for a gentle form of massage
that will not just relieve the pain but also
improve posture and balance. Simply put,
its for everyone.
The MRTh practitioner addresses the
body as a whole to give it the corrections it
needs. MRTh seeks to rebalance the body
allowing for pain-free movement and in
some cases curing chronic pain that is
caused by muscle aches. Where deep tissue
massage forces muscles to relax or release,
MRTh asks nicely until the muscle agrees
and relaxes. Unlike a deep tissue massage,
which can be painful, MRTh is very gentle.
A treatment is usually an hour long,
and you lay on a massage table just like
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traditional massage, except that you are


still clothed and lay on top of the sheet. The
practitioner starts by checking your breathing. Most people dont breathe properly but
in order for your body to align, you must
be free to breathe properly. Just correcting
the breathing alone is great for asthmatics
or anyone who has ever had a severe coughing fit. Once the breathing is in order the
practitioner moves on to the core muscles.
The core is very important for balance
in the body. Having a properly functioning
core helps your posture and balance greatly.
The practitioner uses gentle positioning of
your legs and hips to cause those important
core muscles to release and relax. Once your
core is relaxed, the body will tell the practitioner where to go next. Your body is smarter
than you think, and by seeking out tightened
muscles will let the practitioner know where
to go next. Sometimes it says it has a problem
in the legs due to a slip or a fall and so that is
where the releases are done next. Or maybe
youve been painting a room all day and the
upper body needs the release first. This treatment is done literally from head to toe, loosening muscles and freeing up movement in
all of your joints. It can allow for bones to fall
in to a better position in your joints, which
will greatly increase range of motion. Also
muscles sometimes get in a tug of war with
each other. One muscle becomes tight and
pulls so the antagonist, or opposite muscle,
has to start pulling too to keep control over
the limb. If your quads are tight in the front of
your legs, then most likely your hamstrings

are just as tight since they are trying to keep


your knee joint balanced. MRTh will calm
down both muscles and stop them from
fighting each other. You end up feeling more
light and energetic since your muscles are
no longer using all your energy just to keep
control of your joints.
Now, want to know the technical aspect?
What is really happening is very similar
to a full body myofacial release. Facia is a
3-dimensional web that runs through an
entire body from head to toe. It runs through
every muscle fiber and prevents muscles
from tearing away from the bone. Think of
putting a balloon inside a stocking. If you
twist the stocking enough the balloon will
eventually pop. The muscles get trapped the
same way. By unwinding the facia it takes the
pressure off the muscles and joints.
After an MRTh treatment expect to feel
taller, balanced with your limbs feeling
lighter.
Rob Reader has been a full-time massage
therapist since 2005. He has worked on
headline performers at Summerfest and
professional wrestlers, and has been the
official massage therapist of the Milwaukee Ballet since 2006. He currently works in Mequon at
Active Body Wellness LLC, 10620 N. Port Washington
Road. For more information, call 414-721-6942 or visit
activebodywellness.massagetherapy.com.
Active Body Wellness offers holistic pain relief through
several different types of massage. These include Swedish
massage, deep tissue, hot and cold stone massage, therapeutic massage, Muscle Release Therapy and Craniosacral Therapy. Their goal is to have you pain free within
as short of time possible through soft tissue manipulation. See ad on page 35.
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herbBLURB

Fenugreek
Trigonella foenum-graecum


he first recorded use of fenugreek


is described on an ancient Egyptian papyrus dated to 1500 B.C.
Fenugreek seed is commonly used in
cooking. Historically, fenugreek was used
for a variety of health conditions, including menopausal symptoms and digestive
problems. It was also used for inducing
childbirth.
Today, fenugreek is used as a folk or
traditional remedy for diabetes and loss of
appetite, and to stimulate milk production
in breastfeeding women. It is also applied
to the skin for inflammation.
The dried seeds are ground and taken
by mouth or used to form a paste that is
applied to the skin.

What the
science says

A few small studies have found that fenugreek may help lower blood sugar levels in
people with diabetes.
According to the National Center for
Complementary and Integrative Health
(NCCIH), though, there is not enough
scientific evidence to support the use of
fenugreek for any other health condition.

Side effects and cautions

Possible side effects of fenugreek when


taken by mouth include gas, bloating and
diarrhea. Fenugreek can cause irritation
when applied to the skin.
Important note: Given its historical

use for inducing childbirth, women should


use caution when taking fenugreek during
pregnancy.
Tell all your health care providers about
any complementary health practices you
use. Give them a full picture of what you
do to manage your health. This will help
ensure coordinated and safe care. For tips
about talking with your health care providers about complementary and integrative
health approaches, see NCCIHs Time to
Talk campaign.
Source: Fenugreek. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. https://nccih.nih.
gov/health/fenugreek.

Green Design Center is the oldest, most


experienced Healthy Home supplier in the U.S.
We specialize in helping folks with allergies, asthma,

chemical sensitivities or anyone wanting to live in a


clean, healthy home.
We carry healthier alternatives for just about anything
to finish or furnish your home.
We have natural paints and plasters, chemical-free
flooring and custom cabinetry.
We have wonderful gifts and accessories as well!
(262) 501-1572
reachingtreetopsyoga.com

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Yoga move of the


month: Vasistha
or
Side Plank Pose

By Andrea Smessaert

ide Plank Pose or Vasistha literally


means most excellent, best, richest.
Vasistha is the name of several wellknown sages in the yoga tradition. Theres
a Vasistha numbered among the seven
(sometimes 10 or 12) seers (rishis) or lords
of creation (prajapatis), and a Vasistha
whos author of a number of Vedic hymns.
Hes also said to be the owner of the fabulous cow of plenty, Nandini (delight),
which grants his every wish and accounts
for his infinite wealth.
1. Perform Adho Mukha Svanasana.
Down Dog, Shift onto the outside edge
of your left foot, and stack your right
foot on top of the left. Now swing your
right hand on to your right hip, turn
your torso to the right as you do and
support the weight of your body on the
outer left foot and left hand.
2. Make sure that the supporting hand isnt
directly below its shoulder; position
the hand slightly in front of its shoulder, so the supporting arm is angled a
bit relative to the floor. Straighten the
arm by firming the triceps muscle, and
press the base of the index finger firmly
against the floor.
3. Firm the scapulas and sacrum against
the back torso. Strengthen the thighs,
and press through the heels toward
the floor. Align your entire body into
one long diagonal line from the heels
to the crown.
4. If youd like you can stretch the top
arm toward the ceiling, parallel to the
line of the shoulders. Keep the head in
a neutral position, or turn it to gaze up
at the top hand.
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This is a challenging and


invigorating pose dedicated to epitomizing grace, strength and
steadiness. The pose requires you to use
your whole bodys strength, alignment and
balance. It deliberately destabilizes you in
order to help you develop and grow past
your challenges. Your body will feel less
like an integrated whole like many separate parts, few which seem to be working
together. Letting go of self-judgment while
you are practicing side plank, your intentions become the organizing principle
by which your various body parts gradually learn to work together. By applying
an intention consistently, you transform

desperate efforts into unified action. Side


plank teaches us to move purposefully
ever closer to our goals, and reinforces one
of lifes most vital lessons: there may be
nothing as powerful in determining your
future as your resolve to do so.
Andrea Smessaert is a yoga and aerial yoga instructor
who developed the aerial yoga teacher training program
and upcoming retreats with Reaching Treetops Yoga.
Alyssa Konda opened Reaching Treetops Yoga, which
has branched out to offer not only yoga and aerial
yoga, but also tai chi and Zumba classes, massage
therapy and holistic health services as well. For more
information, visit http://reachingtreetopsyoga.com
or call Alyssa at 262-501-1572.

ORION CONSULTING LLC


Formerly known as Windhorse Coaching LLC

Coaching Adults from Traumatic Grief to


Recovery and Peace
Consultant to Businesses, Groups & Individuals
for stress and grief relief programs
Author, The Mans Grief Toolbox, A Journey
from Grief to Peace

ROBERT
MATUSZAK

Certified Grief Recovery


Coach; Author, Speaker
and Consultant

262-787-1969
2505 S. Calhoun Rd. #207, New Berlin

www.man2mangriefcoach.com
Robert@man2mangriefcoach.com

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averageJANE

Jane takes her


final plans into
her own hands
Northwoods Casket Companys
mission makes funeral
preplanning an easy decision

Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time... It tells us to tell
each other right now that we love each other. 
Leo Buscalgia

truly enjoy telling my friends and family how much they


mean to me. I do this in a lot of ways: saying I love you
often, sending a quote that I think will build someone up or
randomly hugging them throughout the day. I never considered
preplanning my funeral to be in the category of ways to show care
to my loved ones, not to mention that thinking about death is
intimidating and a bit uneasy for me.
Im not married, not yet thirty and have no children. Im in an
in-between stage of my life. A lot of my future is undecided,
and I still hold the hint of the idea that Im invincible (the one
that everyone feels when theyre young); only now its matched
with the realities of life all around me. While I want to live a long,
healthy and fulfilled life, I know accidents happen and surprises,
both good and bad, show up when you least expect them.
My journey in taking my future into my own hands and
preplanning my funeral began at Northwoods Casket Companys
beautiful and inviting gallery in Beaver Dam. Theyre open to
giving tours, and after I was shown around the building, I understood why. The whole philosophy behind their products is that
they use sustainable materials, nothing harmful. Being able to see
the caskets in different phases drove home the idea that they are
doing things the old-fashioned way. They use lumber and craftsmen from all over the state of Wisconsin, and they plant 100 trees
for every casket they build.
If you participate in their Plant It Forward campaign and pledge
to use a Northwoods casket, they will plant those trees the next
spring or fall. I love the idea of knowing that my choice is making
a tangible difference in Wisconsin while Im alive.
When I arrived at the gallery, I met with owner Jonas Zahn
before I met with my funeral director, and I couldnt recommend
this more. He answered questions about his own experience in
preplanning his funeral and made it feel like the most natural
decision in the world. I was very nave when it came to the logistical process, and I felt like I walked away really understanding how
the next steps would go.
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I chose the Old World casket in the Copper Canyon finish. Each
casket is accompanied by a short and witty description, which made
the process more approachable and even enjoyable to me. There
was something lighthearted about it that made me feel comfortable. When I read my caskets physical description, I knew it was the
perfect fit: Simple in its construction technique, yet complex with
elegant geometry is the epitome of my everyday style. They have
something for everyone, and it doesnt just stop at caskets.
I was also shown customizable pillows and overlays, which are
pieces of fabric used to cover the bottom half of the casket. There
were a variety of patterns, including sports, fishing and flowers. I
smiled to myself knowing that there were several people in my life
who would love the Green Bay Packers theme. It warmed my heart
thinking about how important personal touches are to a funeral,
which made the meeting with my funeral director less intimidating.
One thing that immediately put my mind at ease is the fact that
when you preplan your funeral, those plans arent written in stone.
Because I dont believe Im in a permanent phase of my life, I dont
know exactly where Ill end up or who may be in my life when I
pass. I was nervous about choosing a funeral home, cemetery and
even a casket. Both Jonas and my funeral director assured me that
if I change my mind about something, its perfectly natural and an
easy change. As long as my wishes are written down, my family
and friends will know whats truly important to me when it comes
to my end-of-life plans.
I realized during this process how important it is to me to help
my loved ones as much as I can when I pass away, and preplanning my funeral was the perfect step to show them how much I
care about them even after Im gone.
To pledge to preplan your funeral and Plant It Forward, visit:
www.northwoodscasket.com/plant-it-forward.

NORTHWOODS CASKET COMPANY


109 N. Lincoln Ave, Beaver Dam
920-631-7077
www.northwoodscasket.com

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Important
tools used in
healing my
grief

By Robert Matuszak

ontinuing from the last issue, I mentioned that I would


share the grief tools that were essential in healing my
grief. They are too numerous to list here, so I will give
you those that were most important.

Journaling

I believe that this tool is crucial to healing grief. For me, it provided
an outlet to express my feelings and emotions safely while recording
important life events. Journaling gave me a perspective on what I
gained or lost since the grief event. That was what I needed. I came
to realize that the situation that caused the grief was an event, just
like any other life event. Journaling kept my life in perspective from
the grief event and showed my growth, setbacks and stagnation/
regression. Then I used that information to progress in my healing.
For me, it was and will be an invaluable tool in my grief toolbox.

Accepting the grief

Until I accepted the event causing the grief, I could not progress in
my healing. If I chose to deny the grief, I remained stuck in the event.
Once I accepted the event that caused the grief, I began my healing.

Support network

My wife Carolyns death from breast cancer showed me the importance of a support network. During the first year that followed
her death, some people stayed, others departed and new ones
entered. The latter category showed me how critical it was for me
to acquire new people in my life to fill her void and grow. Im not
sure where I would be today had I not reached out to others. After
my dads death, I entered a recovery program that helped me to
heal dysfunctional behaviors and create new friendships, many
that still exist today. I am grateful for that.

Expressing my feelings and emotions

In my early years as a man, I knew anger as the only emotion to


express grief. However, sadness and crying came forth with Carolyns death. I found that it was OK to be a man and cry from grief.
It helped my healing, as did expressing other feelings/emotions.
I grew from expressing them and came in touch with my heart. I
also became aware of having a safe place to grieve. There was no
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fear of judgment or ridicule as there was when I was growing up.

Face the fear

Each grief event forced me to face my fears. The big fear was discovering my true self. With familiarity gone, I had to look in the mirror
and take inventory of my present situation. Do I stay in fear? How
is that serving me? Finding that fear was false evidence appearing
real (F.E.A.R.), I moved through any fear the grief caused. The grief
events became stepping stones to bring me to who I am today.

Forgiveness and emotional closure

When I wrote my book, I hadnt realized until the second edit that
forgiveness was the underlying theme. There I found the key to
healing grief. Forgiveness of self and others gave me a gift: emotional
closure. I cannot rid myself of all that happened to cause the grief.
However, I can close the pain, hurt and sorrow. I also retained the
pleasant memories of the person, job, etc. that was lost.

My spirituality

Perhaps the greatest growth for me came spiritually. Here I


discovered new personal traits coupled with strengthening my
faith in God. I grew closer to knowing my purpose in life and how
to fulfill it. I have developed new and deeper friendships. While
traumatic grief brought me to my knees at times, I developed resilience, fortitude, compassion and inner strength to assess where I
am and what needed correction. This was a change for the better.

For you

These grief tools are for you to use too. Consider adding them to
your toolbox and develop new ones that will assist your healing
of grief. Be open and receptive to how you receive them. They are
gifts from God/the universe. Embrace them.
Robert is the owner of Orion Consulting LLC, a consulting and
coaching firm that provides grief and stress relief programs to businesses, groups and adults. He is a certified Heartbreak to Happiness
coach with over 20 years coaching and consulting experience. He
is a speaker and the author of the soon to be published book: The
Mans Grief Toolbox, A Journey from Grief to Peace. He can be reached by calling
262-787-1969 emailing Robert@man2mangriefcoach.com or visiting his website
www.man2mangriefcoach.com. I bring relief to your grief. See ad on page 25.
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businessPROFILE

Melody of Life
Foundation
Meet Lucas J.
Robak


fter graduating from college in 2008 with a degree in Flight


Operations, instead of applying for jobs, Lucas J. Robak
applied for 501c3 status. In August of 2009, Melody of Life
Foundation was officially born. Its mission was to help working
families pay their childrens medical bills they could not afford.
By May 2014, Lucas chose to be pulled in numerous directions
by being an executive director, author, life coach, NLP practitioner and speaker. He ended up feeling lost being involved in so
many things. That all changed on May 30, 2014 when five neurologists handed him a clear platform on a silver platter: a diagnosis
of multiple sclerosis (MS). Unable to understand doctor language,
his positive imagination ran wild.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference. Robert Frost
Instead of researching MS at the risk of becoming a hypochondriac, Lucas chose to research how to successfully live with MS.
After a few weeks, Lucas couldnt help but notice a crucial need
that Melody of Life Foundation could fill: to provide proven and
recommended treatment to people diagnosed with MS which
insurance doesnt cover.

These treatments are not covered by insurance but


are proven and recommended to help with MS:

1. Acupuncture. Inhibits the body to heal itself.


2. Massage. Promotes blood flow and helps the nervous system
3. Meditation. Relieves stress and anxiety, clears the mind, and

promotes relaxation and mindfulness


4. Vitamins. Vitamin D3 and Omega-3 are the most important
5. Healthy food. Eating the right foods can ward off flare-ups
6. Exercise/Personal trainers. Research proves exercise is vital
7. Positive thinking. Positive mind, positive vibes, positive life

Visions for the future

The best way to predict the future is to create it.



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Even though we are a small organization, that does not mean we


cant be a global influence tomorrow. Soon enough, we will be
providing all forms of proven and recommended treatment which
insurance doesnt cover to every person diagnosed with MS in the
world. By leading the way, we will naturally inspire other organizations to do the same with the disease they support.
It is impossible not to predict the future when you attend our
purposeful event, Come Live Your 2020 Vision party. Here, you
act as if it is five years in the future with all your desires complete.
You spend the night bragging about all your accomplishments,
which you havent yet achieved .
To assist you with clarifying your future self, we teamed up with
Skillset Life Coaching (SLC) to catapult your dreams forward.
SLCs six systematic workshops take you from passion to action.
Dr. Patrick Hill proved that you will live a longer, happier, healthier, and more fulfilled life if you have a life purpose and pursue it.
Melody of Life Foundation offers this aspect of mindfulness and
positive thinking to MSers and the general public.
What the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.

Napoleon Hill

Melody of Life Foundation


P.O. Box 210921, Milwaukee
414-520-5163
contact@melodyoflifefoundation.org
www.melodyoflifefoundation.org
www.facebook.com/LucasJRobak
www.facebook.com/MelodyofLifeFoundation
www.facebook.com/SkillsetLifeCoach

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Craft and
soul the
importance of
making
things

By Jonas Zahn

ver since the first human picked up a stick and deployed


it as a tool, weve evolved as a species of makers. Over
several millennia, ingenuity and wit begat bigger and
better things, greater productivity and fascinating complexities in
the many things we use to fulfill our basic needs to grow, gather
and eat food, keep warm, and communicate with one another. The
skill and desire to make such things is hardwired in our DNA.
More important is that in the act of making things we achieve
happiness. We are creatures of craft and our individual happiness depends on our experience in making things. Recall the joy
you experienced when you first discovered how to make a paper
airplane. Nobody is ever too old to play with Legos, and building
a sand castle on the beach never gets old either.
As prosperity would have it, the ingenuity of our species has
surrounded each of us with countless objects designed and manufactured for the masses. The masses have lost the skill, the craft, of
making even the simplest of things. A loaf of bread. A shirt. A pair
of shoes. A picture frame. A kite. The masses simply dont make
things anymore and have given way to commercial convenience.
Why then, when a loaf of bread costs less than $5, does anyone
bother to make bread? It certainly is not about the value of a dollar;
it is for the pure joy of it. There is hope for happiness in humanity.
Sure, there are a lot of people discovering the joy of making things,
but the call to action is that everyone should make something. When
we make something with our hands we stimulate our imagination
in a way that connects with the physical world. This is not the same
stimuli as reading a book or playing the piano, albeit these activities
being wonderful stimuli and good for our happiness.
There is a contemporary change in behavior, and it only happened
in the last half century. The skills once mastered by the masses still
live in the memory of aging baby boomers. Many recall the days
when a shoe repair shop could be found in every small town in
America, with a seamstress right next door. But today it is easier to
buy a new pair of foreign-made shoes than it is to stitch on a new
sole. For the masses, it is easier to order a new shirt than it is to sew
a few buttons back on. The corner hardware store used to maintain shelves amply stocked with screws, nails, glue, leather, wood,
glass, electrical wire, piping and tubing all of the many needed
little things and materials for common household and shop repairs.
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The lumber yard in every small town provided both materials and
advice to the homemaker.
Craft for the masses has all but disappeared. We havent lost our
craft because of big box stores and international commerce. The story
is far more interesting and dates back to the beginning of the 20th
century. America was in the middle of the Arts and Crafts movement where simple design elements and handcrafted features were
desirable characteristics in art, furniture and architecture. But by the
height of the industrial revolution, popular taste abandoned craft for
mass-produced goods as America entered the second world war. Steel
punch-pressed furniture replaced wooden heirlooms in the homes
and workplaces of high-class society. At the same time hardwood
floors were covered with carpets, and the learned skills of craft were
quietly swept under the rug. After the war, it was no longer fashionable
to felt your own hat, bake a loaf of bread or build your own furniture.
Craft is back; a movement made evident by the growth of
Etsy.com and countless examples of creativity and ingenuity on
Pinterest. People are making things again and some are making a
business of it. This is a very important trend. Craft begets happiness. Not only should each and every one of us find something
to make with our hands, but we should also support the craft of
others. When we buy handmade things, we help contribute to the
happiness of the maker. The value of incremental happiness in our
society is far greater than the commercial transaction alone. Craft
is a necessity in our lives, for our happiness and for good balance
in the stresses of modern life.
Seek your craft. Try many. And support the handcrafted effort
of others making a go at their craft. By doing so you are making a
very important investment in happiness.
Jonas A. Zahn is the owner of the Northwoods Casket Company and
Carriage House Works. Jonas is uncompromising in his commitment to sustainability using locally sourced woods, local craftsmen (and women), and environmentally safe paints and finishes
to build caskets and classic Arts & Crafts furniture. The company
plants 100 trees for every casket made. The Northwoods Casket Co. offers a wide
range of sustainable burial caskets and cremation products and delivers to every
funeral home in Wisconsin. Carriage House Works builds fine handcrafted furniture, sells reclaimed wood flooring and distributes milk paint with environmentally safe natural oil finishes. The casket gallery and furniture store are located in
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Learn more by visiting www.NorthwoodsCasket.com or
www.CarriageHouseWorks.com. See ad on page 17.
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communityCALENDAR
April 2015
The Port Exploreum museum slated
to open
The Port Washington Historical Society is proud
to present to the community this April its newest facility, the Port Exploreum, located at 118
N. Franklin St., Port Washington. As the name
of the museum implies, the Port Exploreum has
been designed to provide a sustainable, worldclass museum experience that explores and orients families and visitors to our rich historical past
and connects with their future. Using the latest
technologies, the Exploreum will share stories of
the past, as well as highlight what is happening
today in Port Washington.
Visit the Port Exploreum website at www.portexploreum.com for more information!
Saturday, April 11 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fashionistas for Fur-babies
Join Integrating People for Animal Wellness
(iPAW) in an afternoon fashion show of people
and pets. Raffles, silent auctions, food and fun
abound! Be sure to see our special guests! All
proceeds to help special needs pets avoid unnecessary euthanasia by providing the care they
need. Location is the Marriott West in Waukesha
(W231 N1600 Corporate Court, Waukesha). Visit
www.iPAWaid.com for more info and to preregister for discounted entry.
Sunday, April 12 1-3 p.m.
The Spiritual Properties of Food
Presented by the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC,
Karnak Pronaos, at 3846 West Wisconsin Ave.,
Milwaukee. Karnak Pronaos sponsors free public
events called the Mystic Inquiry Series, on the
first Sunday of every month. If the first Sunday
falls on a holiday, then it is moved to the following
Sunday. A different topic is presented each month.
The topic for April 2015 is The Spiritual Properties of Food. We invite you to learn more and
also contribute your insights on the topic.
Sunday, April 19 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wellness, Body, Mind & Spirit Expo
The Wellness, Body, Mind & Spirit Expo brings refreshed energy to the holistic movement in 2015.
Join us for the latest in new thought presentations, the best advances in alternative health,
and the nations finest selections of psychics and

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mediums. From astrology to Reiki masters to


naturopaths to fitness experts weve pulled
together an eclectic variety of vendors. Coupled
with wonderful exhibits, there are informative
and entertaining free presentations included with
admission. The expo will have you feeling exhilarated the entire day!
All readings are $25 for 15 minutes (longer times
available) Connect face-to-face with gifted astrologers, clairvoyants, tarot readers, psychics, mediums and more. Appointments may be made in
advance by calling 414-349-4932 or you may sign
up at the registration table. (Sign up is required.)
Hours for readings are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Four Points by Sheraton, Milwaukee
North Shore, 8900 North Kildeer Court, Brown
Deer. Admission is just $5, and children under
12 are free! Free parking is also available. For
vendor information or to learn more, please
contact Dr. Joanne Flanagan, event organizer, at
joanne@wellnessbodymindspirit.com or by calling 414-349-4932.
Saturday, April 25 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Melody of Life Foundations 6th Annual
9-Pin Tap Bowling Tournament for MS
Be a part in helping people with multiple sclerosis (MS) receive the proven and recommended
treatment that insurance does not cover. Enjoy
food, beer, raffles, prizes, music, fun and more!
Want to sponsor a lane? Donate a raffle item?
Create a 5-person team? Contact Lucas J. Robak
at Lucas@LucasRobak.com.
For more details, like us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/MelodyOfLifeFoundation.
Visit www.MelodyofLifeFoundation.org/Events or
email Contact@MelodyofLifeFoundation.org for
more information.
Sunday, May 3 1-3 p.m.
Topic: Helpful Tools for the Mystics
Toolbox
Presented by the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC,
Karnak Pronaos, 3846 West Wisconsin Ave.,
Milwaukee. Karnak Pronaos sponsors free public events called the Mystic Inquiry Series, on
the first Sunday of every month. If the first Sunday falls on a holiday, then it is moved to the
following Sunday. A different topic is presented
each month. The topic for May 3 is Helpful
Tools for the Mystics Toolbox. We invite you
to learn more and also contribute your insights
on the topic.

Green Design Center24


Health Centered Biomimetic Dentistry9
Integrative Dental Solutions3
iPAW8
Jill E. Greinke, Holistic Psychotherapist
& Transformational Consultant 15
Karnak Pronaos AMORC  12
Midwest College of Oriental Medicine 17

Sunday, June 14 through Friday, June 19


Vancouver & Victoria GET ACTIVE Tour
Discover Pacific British Columbias garden cities, diverse cultures and great outdoors! The lively global
city Vancouver is famed for its excellent climate,
natural surroundings, ethnic and linguistic diversity,
sustainability and quality of life. Across the Strait of
Georgia, the provincial capital of Victoria is noted
for its recreational activities, classic architecture,
Canadas oldest Chinatown, strong Indigenous influences and maritime activities. By foot, bike, ferry,
kayak and tram, well seize the opportunity to really
get out and explore the bountiful gardens, parks,
beaches and coastal areas of these twin jewels of
western Canada. Enjoy the walking progressive
dinner tour through historic Gastown, visit a familyowned producer of organic, artisanal fermented
ciders, try Ziplining atop Grouse Mountain, and
more. See www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/VVI
Sunday, June 28 through Thursday, July 2
Links & Lakes: Golf Wisconsin 2015 GET
ACTIVE Tour
Join Country Travel Discoveries host and former
Country Woman editor Ann Kaiser for an incredible golf getaway this summer! Men, women
and mixed foursomes will discover the stunning
courses that have made Wisconsin one of the
nations most popular golf destinations. At the
world-renowned American Club in Kohler, play
the five-star courses of Black Wolf Run, or try the
championship links course, Whistling Straits, site
of the 2015 PGA Championship and the 2020
Ryder Cup. Tour other top courses, cruise beautiful inland lakes, enjoy delightful dining and excellent accommodations, and discover the scenic
Lake Michigan countryside! See www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/LNL.

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Nisleits Country Inn 17
Northwoods Casket Company 17
Oliviva Inc.20
Orion Consulting, LLC 25
Pathways of Light Wellness Center8
Reaching Treetops Yoga24
Wellness, Body, Mind & Spirit Expo36
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ACUPUNCTURE COLLEGE
Midwest College of Oriental Medicine
Racine Campus 6232 Bankers Road, Racine
Chicago Campus 4334 N. Hazel Ave., Chicago
800-593-2320
acupuncture.edu
The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine (MCOM) has been providing the
finest education in acupuncture and
Oriental medicine since 1978. Become
certified in the field of acupuncture or
earn your combined Master of Science degree in
Oriental medicine (acupuncture and Chinese
herbs) with a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition (TCM focus). Financial aid is available to those
who qualify. We also have four clinics situated
amongst our two campuses in Wisconsin and
Illinois. Call us to schedule an appointment for
treatment or to learn more about our programs!
MCOM is approved by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board and Illinois Board of Higher
Education. Acupuncture & Oriental medicine programs accredited by the Accreditation Commission
for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, an agency
approved by the U.S. secretary of education.

DENTISTRY
Health Centered Biomimetic Dentistry
Bryan Schwartz DDS
Steve Carini DDS
222 N. Franklin St., Port Washington
262-284-2662
drbryanschwartz.com
Drs. Schwartz and Carini specialize in biomimetic
dentistry, otherwise known as tooth conserving
dentistry. They fix it right the first time, providing
their clients with long-lasting dentistry. Their office
is committed to informing, educating and supporting each client, empowering them to be their own
health-care advocate. High-quality holistic dental
care for you and your family. They welcome you!

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Community Partners Directory.
Contact: 877-479-7209
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Integrative Dental Solutions


N35 W23770 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee
Office: 262-691-4555 Fax: 262-691-4579
www.WiNaturalDentist.com
Biological or holistic dentistry is different from conventional dentistry in that
it recognizes the importance of a healthy mouth
in achieving optimal overall health. Our office understands that every patient has specific needs.
Drs. Mahn and Shetty will even be happy to work
with your health-care practitioner to help you
reach your goals.

ENERGY BALANCE
Equilibrex
Dr. Joanne Flanagan
414-349-4932
www.equilibrex.com
Dr. Joanne Flanagan is a world-renown expert in
stress analysis and reduction of stress. She wrote
the book, Secrets of Revitalization, plus numerous articles for national magazines on stress,
nutrition, exercise, sleep and electromagnetic
pollution (radiation). Dr. Joanne is an incredibly
multifaceted lady who has researched many out
of the box subjects and has taught about them
in seminars and lectures. She is an internationally known speaker, and has traveled extensively
around the world.
Dr. Joanne earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees
at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She
received her Ph.D. in education and psychology
from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,
where she taught post-graduate courses. She
also taught school in Greenfield School District
and Milwaukee Public Schools.
She is the president and founder of SuperBodies, Inc., an institute that researches the nature
of hidden stressors that destroy vitality and cause
health problems. Her research led her to design
and get a trademark on the Equilibrex pendant,
which balances the body and protects one from
electromagnetic radiation. This research can be
seen on her website, www.equilibrex.com.

Support our local


businesses in the
healthy living industry!

FUNERAL SERVICES
Northwoods Casket Company
109 N. Lincoln Ave., Beaver Dam
www.NorthwoodsCasket.com
The Northwoods Casket Company plants
100 trees for every casket they build. Founders Jonas and Julie Zahn are
committed to plant 10 million trees in their lifetimes. All Northwoods caskets are handcrafted
in Wisconsin from locally grown and sustainably
harvested woods. Caskets are finished with environmentally safe milk paints and natural oil finishes. The company delivers caskets to every funeral home in Wisconsin. Their casket and
furniture gallery is located at 109 N. Lincoln Ave.
in Beaver Dam and displays a wide range of burial and cremation caskets and urns as well as art,
furniture, eco-friendly milk paints, and natural oil
finishes for sale. Wisconsin families can rest assured that, when the time comes, a handcrafted
casket provided by Northwoods Casket Co. will
help in their mission to create skilled jobs in Wisconsin, bring craft back to casket-building, enhance personalization in funeral service, and of
course, leave a natural legacy by planting lots and
lots of trees.

GOURMET, ARTISAN &


SPECIALTY PRODUCTS
Oliviva Inc./Oliviva House
480-719-4546, ext. 12
contact@olivivainc.com
www.olivivain.com
Oliviva House, a division of Oliviva
Inc. is the retail end of gourmet, exclusive premium specialty foods from
our international and U.S. friends.
They offer exclusive premium quality
extra virgin olive oil from Tunisia, balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy and Wisconsinmade favorites: raw, unprocessed local honey,
handmade signature soaps, and spices and teas.
Culinary Infusions of Munch and Learn classes,
where students will learn how to infuse olive oil,
prepare dishes and learn about the various health
values of the products are also available.

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GRIEF RECOVERY COACHING


Orion Consulting LLC
Robert Matuszak
2505 S. Calhoun Road, #207, New Berlin
262-787-1969
Robert@man2mangriefcoach.com
www.man2mangriefcoach.com
Orion Consulting LLC is a full-service coaching and
consulting business. Using a holistic approach, our
focus is coaching adults, especially men, who are
experiencing traumatic grief by giving them the
grief tools to facilitate their healing. We also provide
consulting services on grief relief, life coaching and
stress relief to businesses, groups and individuals.
Using his many experiences with traumatic grief,
Robert authored the book The Mans Grief Toolbox, A Journey from Loss to Peace. He developed
the process called The 5 Steps to Healing Grief that
brings relief from grief, restoring peace of mind.
Robert is a certified Heartbreak to Happiness coach
with over 20 years experience coaching and consulting grief recovery, life and business coaching. He
is also a speaker and published author.

HEALTHY HOME GOODS


Green Design Center
2201 Badger Court, Waukesha
262-446-6702
2624 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee
262-241-8068
www.thegreendesigncenter.com
GDC has many products that will
not only make your home a more
environmentally
friendly
and
healthy place, but also show your
knack for design and style. Our staff is ready to
assist you in choosing the right materials for each
room, offer design consultation, provide detailed
information for each products sourcing and ingredients, and explain steps to take when applying these unique products.

HOLISTIC PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Jill E. Greinke MSW, LCSW, SAC
Holistic Psychotherapist, Transformational
Coach and Consultant
1-877-614-4541 or 414-839-1345
support@jillegreinke.com
www.jillegreinke.com
It is my mission to help you
transform your life so you can
live one that is balanced on purpose and joyful. I
utilize holistic tools, helping you through counseling, coaching and consultation to release anything blocking you from living your authentic life.

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LACTATION CONSULTANT
Nancy K. Matecki, RN, BSN & FACCE
414-828-4823
nancykmatecki@yahoo.com
Serving southeast Wisconsin, Nancy Matecki offers home visits to help you get the best start in
breastfeeding for you and your baby. Nancy is certified through Lamaze International.

LAWN SERVICES
Be Green Lawn Care, LLC
P.O. Box 180092, Delafield
262-361-4034
beres@begreenlawncare.org
www.begreenlawncare.org
Be Green Lawn Care, LLC
Earth Friendly Lawn Care Solutions: Full service, holistic and
sustainable lawn care practices, products and
services. Diligently working to bring awareness
and encourage a movement to shift how lawn
service is practiced. Maintaining a beautiful,
thick, green, healthy lawn is possible and available using products and techniques that are safer
for people and pets, while reducing environmental impact and chemical usage.

MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTS


Drewry Farms Maple Products
Simply Maple The Healthy Choice
W5762 Winooski Road, Plymouth
www.drewryfarmsmaple.com
http://facebook.com/drewryfarmsmapleproducts.com
920-893-5189
Drewry Farms, Inc. main sugar bush is located on
a hill overlooking the Onion River and the former
village of Winooski, 3 miles south of Plymouth,
WI. They currently tap over 5000 trees using
suspended pipelines and vacuum pumps. Sap
is boiled down to syrup using reverse osmosis
and an evaporator in the syrup house located on
Winooski Road. Ancestors of the Drewrys, coming from Vermont, settled & started to farm here
in 1847. They probably brought their maple syrup
making knowledge with them.
Visitors are welcome to tour both the sugar
bush and the syrup house during the maple syrup
season which usually starts in March. An Open
House is held on the 4th Saturday in March.

MASSAGE THERAPY
Active Body Wellness
909 W Mequon Road, Mequon
414-721-6942
www.activebodywellness.massagetherapy.com
Active Body Wellness offers holistic pain relief
through several different

types of massage. These include Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, hot and cold stone
massage, therapeutic massage, Muscle Release
Therapy and craniosacral therapy. Our goal is to
have you pain-free in as short a time as possible
through soft-tissue manipulation.

METAPHYSICAL
Rosicrucian Order AMORC
Karnak Pronaos
3846 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee
414-344-9112
wisconsin@amorc.rosicrucian.org
A philosophical, nonprofit organization sharing knowledge
with thousands of men and
women throughout the world, for peace and harmony with self. Open to the public on the first
Sundays of each month, except holidays.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT/
NLP-FOCUSED LIFE COACHING
Skillset Life Coaching
Lucas J. Robak, NLP Life Coach
Greater Milwaukee Area
414-520-5163
www.SkillsetLifeCoaching.com
Contact@SkillsetLifeCoaching.com
Skillset Life Coaching (SLC) is a transformational life coaching and training business that works with individuals to help
find their passions in life and live their true
definite purpose. Utilizing over 30-plus life coaching
techniques and 20-plus neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) techniques, we help our clients catapult
their life dreams successfully. With NLP, we also work
with people to break bad habits and replace them
with good behaviors INSTANTLY. This works for, and
is not limited to, smoking, drinking, drugs, dieting
and busting limiting beliefs you have of yourself.
Skillset Life Coaching (SLC) is considered by many
to be the best life coaching company in southeast
Wisconsin to manifest the life of your dreams. We
also offer a three-month, 100 percent money back
guarantee for quitting smoking and dieting. Services offered via email, Skype, phone and face to face.
You can find us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter,
LinkedIn and Google+.

RESTAURANT, BANQUETS
& CATERING
Nisleits Country Inn
3704 Highland Drive, Port Washington
262-284-9006
Welcome to Nisleits Country Inn, located in Port Washington!
Nisleits is a family-owned and operated restaurant that has been in business since
1981. Nisleits proudly serves fresh, healthy entrees and specializes in prime rib, which is served
daily. The restaurant can host weddings, parties,
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private group gatherings and family dinners. It has


a full bar and also caters all types of events.

TRAVEL
Country Travel DISCOVERIES
13500 Watertown Plank Road, Suite 107, Elm
Grove
855-744-TRIP
262-923-8120
info@CountryTravelDiscoveries.com
www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com
Country Travel DISCOVERIES handcrafts meticulously planned, unique vacation experiences across
the Americas and the world. Avoiding crowded
tourist destinations, we prefer taking back roads
to off-the-beaten-path scenic, cultural and rural attractions and locals-only, favorite spots many
arranged with local hosts exclusively for us. Sure,
well encounter great wonders, from Pacific redwood forests to southwestern red rocks, Niagara
Falls to the Canadian Rockies. But, we also savor
a farm-fresh breakfast in an Amish home, jig and
drum with Irish farmers, help decorate a Rose Parade float, ride dugout canoes to feast with Embera
Indians in Panama, or overnight with the Hicks family at their authentic Hill Country dude ranch. And
new for 2015: Our GET ACTIVE Tours, for travelers
seeking a more physically active or experiential style
of vacation, get you off the coach for an outdoorsy
small-group discovery of stunning Vancouver and
Victoria, a culinary and wine adventure in Sonoma,
a survey of Wisconsins top golf courses, or a walking tour of Irelands greenways and coasts. See
www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/GetActive. Natures Pathways special: Mention code ADNP15 to
save $100.00 per person on a first tour.

WELLNESS CENTER
Pathways of Light Wellness Center
W314 N720 State Highway 83, Delafield
262-378-9638
www.pathwayswellness.org
Pathways of Light Wellness Center, located in
Delafield, is a full-service holistic center offering
astrology, wellness consultations, psychotherapy,
EMDR, colorpuncture, advanced energy healing,
sound healing with alchemy bowls, nutrition and
health coaching, myofascial release, mediumship,
intuitive readings, occupational therapy and sensory integration, craniosacral therapy, essential
oils, interactive metronome, yoga, Nia and meditation. Join us for Wellness Day the first Saturday
of every month from noon to 3 p.m. to sample
our services. This month, well meet on Saturday,
April 11. Many groups and classes are available
each week. Keep up to date with our events at
www.pathwayswellness.org.

YOGA
Reaching Treetops Yoga
Alyssa Konda, RYT
Badger Health Center
S31W24757 Sunset Drive, Waukesha
The Fitness & Wellness COOP
2442 N. Grandview Blvd., Waukesha
262-501-1572
reachingtreetopsyoga@gmail.com
www.reachingtreetopsyoga.com

Dr. Jodies Natural Pet Products


S74W16810 Janesville Road, Muskego
1-800-468-6037
DrJodiesNaturalPets@yahoo.com
www.drjodiesnaturalpets.com
www.iPAWaid.com
www.AnimalDoctorHolistic.com

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YOGA INSTRUCTION
Copper Tree Yoga Studio
and Wellness Center
1364 E Sumner St., Hartford
262-670-6688
www.coppertreewellnessstudio.com
When you come to Copper
Tree, you become part of
the family! We have taken
the beauty of yoga and its amazing traditions,
philosophy and spiritual essence and intertwined
it with new research, functionality and everyday
modern living. We understand the integration of
real life experience on the mat. We are known
for our individual attention in a group atmosphere where everybody matters.

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Reaching Treetops Yoga is the


first studio to offer Aerial yoga
classes in Wisconsin. This invigorating style of yoga is taught by

VETERINARY SERVICES/
PET PRODUCTS

Dr. Jodies Natural Pet Products is the home of


Dr. Jodies educational blog and online shop for
unique natural dog and cat treats and other resources. Proceeds from your purchases are donated to benefit iPAW, a nonprofit that matches
benefactors and caregivers to decrease the unwarranted euthanasia of special needs pets! Dr. Jodie
is the founder and owner of Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex. Find more info at www.
drjodiesnaturalpets.com, www.iPAWaid.com and
www.AnimalDoctorHolistic.com. Like us on Facebook! Support local businesses and resources!

certified and qualified instructors that also offer


hatha, chair, vinyasa and restorative styles of yoga.
Every Saturday, enjoy Community Yoga for only
$3! For an overall mind-body experience, enjoy
Zumba, R.I.P.P.E.D. and tai chi. Nutrition coaching
and holistic wellness services are also offered on
site. The entire staff is passionate about not only
the services they provide, but also the community
having an achievable approach to wellness.

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SATURDAY & SUNDAY EXPO


AmericInn & Conference Center

FRIDAY NIGHT

SATURDAY HOURS 10 AM - 5 PM

7 - 9 PM

5 FREE GUEST SPEAKERS

A Water Blessing Event

JOE
ROTHENGASS

FRANK
DiCRISTINA

Stone Reading &


Healing Crystal Energy

Harmonic Sound
Therapy Workshop

10:30 - 11:00

Two hours of entertainment, laughter, music and engagement

Join Us to Bless
Lake Superiors Water
Come together to celebrate
and honor the true power of water.

AMY
VASTERLING
12:30 - 1:00

"Engaging Intuition"
Come learn to "engage" your
intuition/psychic ablity, Learn to
solicit only what we want and shift
gears through intention. Some
simple concepts will be shared to
get you started right away!

Cert. Harmonic Sound


Therapist, Building Biologist,
Dowser, Crystal, Reiki and
Healing Touch Practitioner

REV. KEVIN SMITH

1:30 - 2:30 Gallery Event

$20 GALLERY EVENT

The Difference Between


Our Spirit Messengers
Intuitive channel, psychic, and medium, Rev.
Kev, explains the differences between, and
purposes of, Oracles, Arch-angels, Angels,
Shamans, Prophets, and personal Spirit Guides.
Sit back and witness the process of invitation to
each as Kevin channels, asking them to join the
gallery event and deliver messages intended for
the specific group that has gathered.

LIMITED SEATING
*Not everyone is guaranteed a reading.

All of the music and movement is dedicated to the waters


of our planet both inside our bodies and the body of the earth.
Acoustic sets with local and regional musicians, co creating
and setting our intentions for an abundant supply of fresh water
resources for generations to come. water blessings, toning,
drumming, African drum and dance and so much more.
Bring your drums, shakers, hoop, guitar, your voice and join us
in honoring and blessing the waters of our planet
and reinforcing the kinetic wave that
connects and unifies us.

Event Cost: $10

How to feel Crystal Energies


and interpret what these
feelings mean.

11:30 - 12:00

RUBY ROSE RAY

ALICE MAY

3:00-3:45

Living a Meaningful
Spiritual Life

A CHANNEL PANEL

Join an interactive panel of gifted


psychics, earth guardians, intuitive
mediums,healers, energy balancers,
conscious empaths, and visionaries
as we create an atmosphere of
playfulness and safety for attendees to explore and experience the
mysteries of inter-dimensional
communication.

4:30 - 5:00

What does this really mean and


how you can attain joy spiritually in
your own daily living even in a state
of chaos! Join us for this uplifting
view and delightful discussion with
revealing information for your life.

UP TO 30 VENDORS & PRACTITIONERS BOTH DAYS!

Healing Therapists, Intuitive Consultants, Health Professionals, Psychics,


Spirituality Resources, Crystals, Stones, Jewelry, Specialty Gifts...and More!
$5 Admission Daily or $8 For Saturday & Sunday Free Lectures Door Prizes

Gift Bags For the First 25 Guests on Saturday Only

SUNDAY 10 AM - 4 PM

SUNDAY WORKSHOPS Awaken Balance Empower


JOE ROTHENGASS

REV. KEVIN SMITH

ALICE MAY

Workshop Sunday 10-11:30 - $25

Workshop Sunday 12-1:30 - $25

Workshop Sunday 2-3:30 - $25

Energies and Balance Through the Use of Crystals


You will learn about energy and different views of working with it. We
will teach ways of sensing energies so that you can be better prepared in your life. There will be lessons given on how to use crystals
and other natural items to balance us and help remedy energy issues
and others

Rev. Kev helps you explore the use of energy tools to open up to the
higher realms and begin to understand, identify, and empower your
unique abilities and gifts. Unlock the blocks. Communicate with your
child within and learn ways to heal the old in order to embrace your
gifts and move forward.

"Wisdom of Spirit"
In this workshop you will:
~ Discover Ancient Truths. ~ Learn Life Strategies.
~ Meet Your Spirit Guide. Awaken your Soul to universal knowledge
& higher understanding. Join us for this very informative & inspirational
event.

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909 Mequon Rd. Mequon, WI 53092


www.activebodywellness.massagetherapy.com

Call Rob Reader, L.M.T., official massage therapist


of the Milwaukee Ballet or Wendy Halfpap, L.M.T.,
integrative massage specialist at 414-721-6942.