Two days ago we gathered to celebrate the feminine divine and sisterhood in Long Beach and what a fabulous day it was. The sun shone brightly, the temperature was 70 and Nacho the wonder dog was a welcoming host. We learned more about having superb sex with Kassia, ways to move and meditate and care for ourselves with Michelle, how to rid ourselves of toxicity with Amber, and how creativity is our divine feminine birthright with Jill. We ate colorful delicious food and felt ourselves heal and connect and illuminate. Here are some photos from the day:
Michelle Smith is a yoga and meditation teacher based out of Orange County, California. She is the creator of Women of the Earth, an online social group that also hosts offline monthly gatherings. Michelle considers herself a student of Love, and has dedicated her entire life to better understanding the inner-workings of the heart. She has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton. There she learned about existential-humanistic based approaches to counseling and crisis management. She believes in viewing the individual from a holistic perspective, and is passionate about finding natural modalities for healing the Mind-Body-Spirit trinity. It is her highest joy and honor to share the many teachings she has learned over the years.
5 WAYS TO RID YOURSELF OF TOXICITY
Amber Krogsrud is in her final year as a Naturopathic medical student and owner at Thrive + Well, a brand devoted to helping stressed, busy professionals to recharge health, so they can enrich the world through their successful work. She is passionate about helping others learn to better process or alleviate emotional or physical stress, while supporting the body to heal itself through holistic treatment protocols.
Amber obtained a Bachelors Degree in Biology at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND before attending medical school in Seattle, WA in 2013, where she completed the bulk of her medical training. She had special clinical experience managing oncology patients and working with patients with neurocognitive diseases such as Parkinson's. She graduates as a Naturopathic Doctor June 2018 and plans to practice within the greater San Diego or Los Angeles area. Her main focuses as she works with patients in Bastyr University Clinic in San Diego are on gastrointestinal symptoms, anxiety and depression, fatigue and stress, anti-aging and cancer prevention. She uses robust nutritional counseling, targeted supplementation, IV and injection therapy and other modalities to address these concerns. You can follow her journey atwww.thrivepluswell.com and on IG at @thrivepluswell.
SUPERB SEX AT ANY AGE
Dr. Kassia Wosick is a professor of Sociology at El Camino College and a research affiliate with New Mexico State University. Her academic research focuses primarily on various aspects of sexualities and intimate relationships. Her book, Sex, Love and Fidelity: A Study of Contemporary Romantic Relationships, draws on over 2,000 surveys and 75 interviews with nonmonogamists, monogamists, and polyamorists to examine the importance of fidelity in contemporary romantic relationships. She is currently examining women’s sexual agency, particularly in terms of women as consumers in the sex industry. Dr. Wosick often speaks at local and national events, classes, organizations, and community gatherings on the subjects of Safer Sex, the Kama Sutra, Sexual Pleasure, and Sex Positivity.
This article by Women's Wellness Weekends' founder Jill L. Ferguson originally appeared on HuffPost http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5-benefits-of-being-outdoors_us_5938266ce4b014ae8c69dce0
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright said, “I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.” And we would do well to heed his advice. Science is abound with research as to why spending time outside, and being active, is beneficial to both adults and to children. Let’s look at some of the most compelling reasons to break away from the computer and head into the backyard or to the nearest park or woods.
1) Sunlight can help prevent myopia in children.
Myopia or nearsightedness (caused by a elongation of the eyeball) has been on the rise in children in recent years. But researchers worldwide, such as Dr. Donald O. Muttii at The Ohio State University and Dr. Ian Morgan, who works at Australian National University and at Sun Yat-sen University in China, along with Dr. Mike Yang from the Canada’s Centre for Contact Lens Research, have found that lack of exposure to sunlight is a major cause of myopia in children. The researchers recommend two to three hours of sunlight (even not very bright sunlight is fine) per day to prevent children from developing myopia.
2) Being outside helps with mental health.
Researchers at Stanford University found that people who walk for 90 minutes in nature (as opposed to high-traffic urban settings) “showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression” but little physiological differences than those who walked for 90 minutes in a city, according to Stanford news. And a 2015 study, also done at Stanford, found that those who walked in nature experienced less anxiety, rumination (focused attention on negative aspects of oneself), and negative affect, as well as more positive emotions, such as happiness.
3) Moderate to vigorous activity and time outdoors correlates to better academic performance.
A Finnish study of boys and girls in first through third grades found that moderate to vigorous activity—especially in boys—directly correlated to better reading fluency, reading comprehension and arithmetic skills. The children who lead more sedentary lives has poorer skills in both reading and math. Similar studies on older children achieved similar results.
4) Nature helps reduce stress levels.
David Strayer, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Utah, has studied nature’s calming affect on human stress levels. National Geographic reported him saying that, “Our brains aren’t tireless three-pound machines; they’re easily fatigued. When we slow down, stop the busywork, and take in beautiful natural surroundings, not only do we feel restored, but our mental performance improves too.” Studies conducted on young adults in Japan support Strayer’s statement.
5) Being in nature improves physical health.
Last year the University of Derby and the Wildlife Trusts launched a 30-day nature challenge to citizen of the United Kingdom. People who accepted the challenge had to interact with nature (go for a walk or a hike, feed birds, plant flowers, etc.). And the resultsshowed statistically significant increases in reported feelings of happiness and healthiness, or as the researchers said, “Our findings suggest that connection to nature may provide people with resilience to meet the challenges of everyday life, while also facilitating exercise, social contact and a sense of purpose.” Spending time in nature has also been shown to reduce blood pressure and contribute to longer lifespans amongst senior citizens.
As John Muir proclaimed in Our National Parks: “Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” So get outside today.
Author’s Note: This article is part of The Whole Family Happiness Project series.
Today, we booked a professional videographer for November 12's Food, Finances, and Emotions Workshop. The entire workshop will be available in video format so you can watch the workshop from the comfort of your own computer or web-enabled television. Cost: $29. Click Video Recording of the Food, Finances, and Emotions November 12 Workshop to pre-order your copy today.
Meet Alyssa Jarman and Alexa Meyer, speakers at the Women's Wellness Workshop: Food, Finances, Feelings November 12
Alyssa Jarman is with Pacific Capital Resource Group, Inc. in Bellevue, Washington. The advisors of Pacific Capital take pride in their ability to work with corporate, individual and family clients alike in seeking to provide quality advice, effective implementation, and lifelong service.
Alyssa provides clients with planning for various aspects of life including: risk management, estate planning, retirement planning, college funding, investments*, professional money management*, asset allocation*, and business planning. She meets with clients personally to discuss and review their goals and objectives. She then works with a team of advisors and specialists to most accurately analyze and interpret those objectives to provide each client with a strategy that uniquely serves his or her short and long term goals.
Alyssa is able to provide continuing service by meeting with her clients regularly as time goes on, maintaining and building upon a strong relationship. She monitors each plan and, when meeting with each client, reviews their situation to keep them up to date. This is designed to create a trusted bond between Alexa and her clients and helps ensures that each client’s strategy remains consistent with changing goals, objectives and circumstances.
Alyssa successfully passed her Series 7 & Series 66 exams and holds her Washington State Life, Long Term Care and Disability Insurance licenses. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Alyssa remains active in the SPU community through her involvement in the Seattle Pacific Alumni Association. She enjoys taking walks around Greenlake, trying new recipes, and kayaking with her family in the Tri Cities.
Alexa Meyer is with Pacific Capital Resource Group, Inc. in Bellevue, Washington. The advisors of Pacific Capital take pride in their ability to work with corporate, individual and family clients alike in seeking to provide quality advice, effective implementation, and lifelong service.
Alexa provides clients with planning for various aspects of life including: risk management, estate planning, retirement planning, college funding, investments*, professional money management*, asset allocation*, and business planning. She meets with clients personally to discuss and review their goals and objectives. She then works with a team of advisors and specialists to most accurately analyze and interpret those objectives to provide each client with a strategy that uniquely serves his or her short and long term goals.
Alexa is able to provide continuing service by meeting with her clients regularly as time goes on, maintaining and building upon a strong relationship. She monitors each plan and, when meeting with each client, reviews their situation to keep them up to date. This is designed to create a trusted bond between Alexa and her clients and helps ensures that each client’s strategy remains consistent with changing goals, objectives and circumstances.
Alexa successfully passed her Series 7, Series 65 & Series 63 exams and holds her Washington State Life, Long Term Care and Disability Insurance licenses. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. Alexa remains active in the UW community through her involvement in the UW Alumni Association and Gamma Phi Beta Sorority (Lambda chapter) alumnae functions. When she isn’t working, Alexa enjoys a number of different activities including boating, cooking, going to musicals and concerts and spending quality time with her family in Issaquah.
The incomparable Danielle Brooks will be teaching us about how closely our emotions are tied to food (memories, choices, etc.) on the morning of November 12, doing a three-hour workshop in the Seattle area (location will be announced shortly.)
Dani wowed us the Whidbey Island Retreat with her workshop Herbs for Living Now and After the Zombie Apocalypse and she promises to do the same during this time of fun, education, and fellowship. SAVE THE DATE! We look forward to seeing you there.
Dani's Bio (also on the workshops page):
Danielle Brooks, N.T.P., C.H.
Author of Good Decisions…Most of the Time, Danielle is a Nutritional Therapist, Clinical Herbalist, Professional Speaker, and founder of Redmond Nutritional Therapy, Lake Washington Massage Therapy, and Good Decisions Inc. She is also a freelance writer with an entrepreneurial spirit who has worked in the health care field for over two decades. She practices nutrition currently in Washington State. She works with a diverse clientele and conditions ranging from diabetes, and poor digestion to weight loss. Weight loss and the psychology of food are her passion and by far what she works with the most. Danielle is a member of The American Herbalists Guild, Nutritional Therapy Association, and the Association of Washington Business.
Danielle’s approach to diet combines nutritional science and the psychology of food and reminds us that looking at our relationship with food is as important as the food itself. She is always looking for new and effective strategies to help her clients self govern effectively around food and emphasizes that food should be enjoyed not something we feel guilty about.
In her free time Danielle enjoys spending time online with the Good Decisions community sharing what she learns and developing delicious, healthy new recipes. She enjoys swimming in the ocean, sailing, down hill and cross-country skiing, and checking things off her bucket list.
Fun Facts About Danielle
Her favorite splurges are chocolate cake, red wine, bacon cheeseburgers, and beer.
The weather was on our side as it was a glorious 85 degrees on May 7, so we were able to have our workshops both indoors and out. Twenty women participated in our first-ever retreat, and they took away many goodies (vegan nail polish, hemp seeds, face creams, books, herb manuals, temporary tattoos, protein powder, chocolate, dry erase board reminders of how empowered we are, and so much more) from our corporate partners. We made new friends, ate delicious food from Roaming Radish, and played until our hearts' content. Click here to see the photos. https://www.facebook.com/lisa.stariha.71/posts/1022617717829939 Thank you, Lisa Stariha, for being our photographer for the day. Now we are off to plan the next retreat for late summer/early autumn.
Your Feelings Are Your Power, featuring The Desire Map Workshop at the Whidbey Island Women's Retreat May 7
Workshop description: Externally driven goals, a busy career, raising a family, traumatic events – they are all things that contribute to disconnection from our feelings. And yet, our feelings are our soul’s cry, and the most essential compass to find our own true North. Based on The Desire Map Level 1 Workshop, this session will dispel self-limiting beliefs around feelings, help you identify how you really want to feel--every day--and show you how to set goals with soul. Because the bottom line is this: life is supposed to feel good.
Bio: Laura Zera is an author, speaker, technology consultant and licensed Desire Map facilitator. She has more than 20 years of experience in the corporate and non-profit world, working in North American boardrooms and African thatched huts. In 2015, she completed her second book, a memoir titled Wish I Had a River (to be published) about growing up as a competitive figure skater while being single-parented by a mother with undiagnosed psychosis. Her writing can be found in the essay anthology Write for the Fight (Booktrope Publishing), and is forthcoming or has been featured at xoJane, Good Food World, Elephant Journal and the Good News Network. Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Laura has lived and worked in Cameroon, Israel and South Africa, and she currently shares space in Seattle with her husband Francis, an opinionated cat named Sushi, and Phoebe, a voluptuous pug.