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May 4 - Dr. Beth Westie, Women's Health and Nutrition
6:30-7:30PM with time for questions afterward
$25 per person
Here is a list of some of the topics being covered:
· Women's hormones and how to use them for weight loss.
· Why your old weight loss plan doesn't work for you after menopause.
· How the current nutrition recommendations came to be and why they aren't make for women.
· How stress can stop your metabolism in its tracks and how to get it running again.
Doctor Beth Westie was born and raised on a small goat farm in Eagan Minnesota. After collecting a pair of state volleyball titles as an Eagan Wildcat, her sights turned to higher education in the form of the NMU Wildcat. Being the recipient of a full athletic and academic scholarship to Northern Michigan University, Dr. Westie was able to combine her love of sport alongside her passion for women's health. Upon graduating NMU with a bachelor's in biology and physiology, the blossoming massage therapist promptly enrolled in the chiropractic program at Minnesota's Northwestern Health Sciences University. Only after becoming a mother of two (now 3), a certified acupuncturist, and a Doctor of Chiropractic, could she finally focus on a career path. It wasn't until then, that her passion for women's health and wellness could awaken and transform the lives of women around the world.
Through years of educational and professional experience, Dr. Westie has revolutionized the future of women's workouts. Simply by listening to the individuals’ body, and recognizing that each woman has different cyclic needs, we have been able to achieve lasting weight loss results.
June 1 - Susie Nell Kleppe, Faeriologist
$25 per person
As with all Faerie energy, this Circle will be both fun and whimsical! Please join me in welcoming Susie to our outdoor faerie realm! Susie will help us to see and feel the faerie energy around us. After a brief slide show, she will lead the group in a Faerie Tree guided meditation. We’ll play a little Faerie game, and then Susie will offer individual Faerie readings from her divination cards.
Susie will have available for purchase faerie garden supplies to make your own gardens. She is also available by appointment for more in-depth faerie readings. You can arrange that with Susie after our Circle.
Susie Nell Kleppe has had a lifelong interest in and love for fairies. Growing up she spent a good deal of her time outdoors enjoying nature and playing with fairies in her “imagination.” Now that she is retired she has set her mind to finding out “everything there is to know about fairies” by becoming a Faeriologist. She loves to share her findings every chance she gets! In her local Twin Cities area, you can find her at a variety of Expos and craft fairs helping people make miniature fairy gardens and doing fairy card readings. She often calls upon the assistance of her Facebook group, “Friends of the Faeriologist and gets some great advice from her two granddaughters, Amelia and Elise. She lives in Burnsville, MN with her husband of 40 years, Roger. You can check out her website at Faeriologist.com and read her blog at Faeriologist.wordpress.com and of course “like” her FaceBook page, “Susie's Faeries, a Faeriologist by trade.
Women’s Circle - Your Doorway to Astrology
Monday, December 8
Join guest speaker Heather Roan Robbins as she shares an introductory lesson on astrology. Following this introduction, she will be provide individual readings for your own personal astrological chart reading! You’ll want to bring your phone along so you can record the session.
I had the opportunity to hear Heather speak a few weeks ago, followed by a 30-minute private session in which she read my chart and the charts of my husband and sons. I was truly blown away by the accuracy of the information that she shared, and it also offered me insight into my relationships with my sons and husband. Very much an opportunity for personal growth for me. Heather uses both the charts and intuition for her readings.
This special event is just $35. This price includes handouts from her introductory session, a handout of your own personal chart with information printed out, as well as your private reading (approximately 7 minutes), which you can record to go back and listen to it afterward. The Circle is limited to 12 people because of the individual sessions included. Pre-payment is required.
Heather would like your full name, birth date, and time of birth (if known). She will be completing your chart before the Circle.
September 20 - Fall Equinox Peace and Grace Yoga Class
8:30 - 10:30 AM
We will welcome the Fall Equinox by creating our own Peace pole!
The morning will start with our painting our poles white. Then we will have a 75 minute yoga class, and follow it up with writing on our posts.
Cost is $35, which includes all supplies and the yoga class.
July Women’s Circle - BE Creative! Get Your Hippie on Tie-dying Event!
Hi ladies, I have a ton of tie-dye paint that should get used, and so I’m offering a tie-dye event after Yoga Grace class on Tuesday, July 15, at 7:30 pm!
I’ll have all the materials ready, so it shouldn’t take long. You’ll leave your tanks with me so that I can set the paint before washing it, so you can pick them up on Thursday, over the weekend, or on the following Tuesday, all washed and ready to wear!
Depending on the number of participants, this event will only take 30-60 minutes (sharing supplies time included). ALL SUPPLIES ARE INCLUDED!
Date: Tuesday, July 15
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: $40 for JSC White Tank top AND Tie-dyecare (if you already bought a JSC tank, you can get this one for only $15, bringing the cost down to $35)
$20 to bring your own tank/ top to tie-dye and follow-up care
RSVP by Monday, July 14!
Because of the short time frame, Cynthia is only able to create 10 Soul Artistry messages, (pre-payment is encouraged to guarantee a personal drawing). From attendees who have participated in Molly and Cynthia classes previously, this is a remarkable event that you won’t want miss out on!
Monday, August 4, 2014
6:30 - 8:00 PM Molly
8:00 - 9:00 PM Those wanting a Soul Artistry message will be staying longer, as Cynthia sits down with each individual and explains their personalized drawing. Others are welcome to stay as Molly will also be available to answer Angel questions of the group at this time.
SPECIAL NOTE: Cynthia's schedule is filled, but I can add you to a waiting list. If someone doesn't show up that evening, we'll move to the next person on the list!
Cost: Circle Only $30
Soul Artistry Message an additional $25 (Pre-payment is encouraged to ensure that you are one of the limited number of people receiving these drawings. Please email me at email@example.com for the address to send your check or cash payment.)
Molly Friedenfeld -- Teacher of Light, Author, and Radio Show Host (Molly’s website:www.mollyfriedenfeld.com)
Molly will also have her book, The Book of Simple Human Truths - Inspiration, Love, & Wisdom available for sale $20 optional
Do you want to know in your heart that you are never left to wander alone? Angels are in place to flow us love and give us the gift of peace in the heart. Molly will show you how to create the connection with your Angels so you can begin communicating with them every day!
In this Circle:· Understand Angel signs, symbols, numbers, & messages·
Find how to get on your life purpose path and bring your Soul's mission to Earth by following your intuition & Angel guidance·
Learn how Angels inspire us to remain joyful and help us expand the heart to spread goodness in the world·
Discover the significance of your name and why it contains energetic clues as to why you are here on earth at this time·
Become a beacon of light in the world for others!
Cynthia Shepherd -- Artist, Intuitive Mentor, and Life Coach (Cynthia’s website:www.cynthiashepherd.com
Cynthia channels Soul Artistry messages from the Divine by creating oil pastel drawings. Cynthia has an amazing ability to capture the essence of a person's energy, spirit and journey. Cynthia will create this Soul Art, along with a personalized message, that you can take home for heart-felt contemplation, upliftment and direction. The drawings contain clues to your life purpose and will help you heal and remember the gifts you intended to bring forth to the Earth!
Saturday Summer Solstice Outdoor Yoga Retreat
Upcoming Women’s Circles
Monday, December 2 - Reflexology with Mary Haas!
December gets very crazy with list making and social obligations. This Circle is JUST for you!! You’ll pamper yourself as Mary explains the benefits of reflexology, the trigger points, and then guides you in performing your own foot reflexology either on yourself or a partner. Bring along a wash cloth to wash your feet for this Circle!
Mary is certified to do reflexology through the International Dermal Institute and is working on her national certification from the International Reflexology Institute.
Cost is just $20
6:30 - 8:00 PM
RSVP by Saturday, November 30
Monday, January 6 - Joan Steffend Brandmeier and her Peace Begins With Me Project!
Who can think of a better way to usher in the New Year than to set our intentions with peace? Joan has dedicated the past few years of her life to this very important project. Joan will be joining us at this Circle and sharing both her children’s books that she has written on the subject of Peace.
Cost is just $25 and includes the price for one book. You will have the option of purchasing the other book for just $20.
6:30 - 8:00PM
RSVP by Saturday, January 4
September Women's Circle - Saturday Yoga and Wellness Retreat!!
Jeff has informed me that he will be going on weekend fishing trip in September, dates not yet selected. I will be hosting a Saturday Yoga and Wellness Retreat on that day. I am pulling information together right now, and it looks to be a fun day which will include 2 yoga classes, a workshop, and a Circle.
More information to follow.
Messages - Laurie Wondra
Monday June 17
6:30 - 8:30 PM
The angels continue to look for new ways to communicate or get messages to us. Join Laurie on Monday, June 17, 2013, for a group session with messages from the angels, guides, loved ones and the light beings. Join us to be in this wonderful loving energy.
Cost is $25.00. Please register by Friday, June 14, 2013
Space is limited
Sharing Our Stories!
Wednesday, April 3
RSVP by Monday, April 1
You had asked that we offer this session once more, and it has been 6 months since we last met for a Sharing Circle. It's time to tell our stories In order for us to heal what needs healing, we need to be sharing our battle stories, our breaking points, our struggle that we continue to be burdened with. (See my blog, Healing By Telling Our Story) We cannot allow our wounds to fester below the surface and then form ugly scar tissue. We need to clean out our wounds, and we do this by telling our stories, over and over again. With each telling of our stories, we learn the important lessons gained from them. And so this next Women's Circle is just that: our chance to tell our stories in a safe, supportive environment.
Be ready to open some deeply held emotions. That is how healing progresses.
Water, tea and a dessert will be shared.
Love donations only.
March Women’s Circle
The Power of Healing Through Music!
Wednesday, March 6
$10; tea, water and a dessert included
During our January, “All About YOU!” Retreat day, Melanie Willett shared with us the Australian didgeridoo and explained how this oldest known musical instrument has been used by generations of people in healing the body, mind, and spirit. The reason for that is that each didgeridoo resonates with a specific musical key, and those keys align with our chakras. Those of us who have studied the chakras understand that working with specific chakras helps us to heal certain ailments. In yoga, we work with all of our chakras, and sometimes you will hear me say that we are doing a class specifically aimed to flush the lymphatic system or to open our hearts. Those are examples of when I specifically state that chakra work is incorporated into our practice. Eastern medicine is based on healing and balancing the chakra, or endocrine system.
At the February Circle, guest presenter, Laurie Wondra, shared with us that our angelic guides were encouraging us to use music for our own healing. They wanted us to start listening to more music and be aware of the healing properties we can gain from music.
In my own yoga training, we spent many hours examining the same ideas and concepts. I am finally prepared to share this information with you!
At March’s Women’s Circle, we will identify the different keys that align with our chakra system and explore ways to incorporate this into our own healing. I am very excited to share this information with you!
Women’s Circle – Laurie Wondra
Connecting with Our Angels and Guides
Wednesday, February 6
6:30 – 8:00 PM
$20, RSVP by Monday, February 4
Water, tea and a dessert included
Back by popular demand! Laurie has agreed to join us at our monthly Women’s Circle in February so we can once again connect with our loved ones and guides from the Other Side. Typically, we come prepared with a question that we would like information about. Oftentimes, they will address this question, but sometimes they have a more important message for us.
Laurie’s special gift of connecting with the higher energies has provided very accurate information for me over the years. She identified the men and vehicle of the people who broke into our home three years ago. She helped us find our dog, Spur, when he wandered off to die. She has connected me with my grandfather and other loved ones who had passed over. And my guides have continued to point me in the right direction as Jill Sand Consulting grows.
Healing Meditation Introduction
WEDNESDAY, December 5, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Starting in January, I will be offering a separate meditation class following the Thursday night yoga class. There will be a sign up for the class, or you can drop-in. These classes will be dedicated toward helping heal ourselves as well as our loved ones as well as the planet. We will get to experience different forms of meditation. If you think that meditation is not attainable for you, then you may not quite get what it is all about. Meditation is about resting the mind in silence and space, allowing it time to recover and rejuvenate. It is NOT about sitting in a perfect state of peace while having no thoughts. Meditation is about establishing a different relationship with your thoughts for just a little while. You train yourself to place your attention where and when you want. Studies have found that meditation has profound self-healing implications for physical and mental health. In this circle, I will share information about different forms of meditation, and then we will spend about 30 minutes in a meditation. Dress comfortably. Some people prefer to sit while meditating, while others prefer to lie down. If you’d like to lie down, bring your mat along.
Numerology and the Significance of 11:11
Monday, November 5
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Many of us have reported how often we are drawn to look at the clock at precisely 11:11 or 1:11, and we feel there is an importance to those numbers. If I see those numbers, I stop what I am doing and meditate for that minute, clearing my thoughts of any negativity and bringing thoughts of peace into my heart.
In the study of numerology, the 11:11s are very significant. In this Circle, you will be learn more about the significance of 11:11, and especially how it plays out in world peace, as well as the peace of this country. With the elections the day after our Circle, the timing couldn’t be any better. I am going to step away from party politics for a minute and say this: it doesn’t matter WHICH party takes control of the presidency OR Congress. We are already too divided. And both parties take equal credit for this division. What does matter, is how we respond to this division. That is why this Circle is so important!
We will be engaged in a guided healing mudras series for the planet. We are setting the groundwork for the even more significant date of November 11 (11:11), which is a portal day. This will be discussed within the Circle as well.
I encourage you to check out this 4 minute video, The 11:11 Phenomena http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rvl3kcG_Qjg
Join me for a very special evening! There is a cost of $30, which includes the new t-shirt that I have created along with Laurie Wondra for just this celebration!
Saturday Yoga and Women's Retreat
Combined for the month of September!
Living an Abundant Life!
Saturday, September 8
8:00 - 5:00
We create our own destinies, and what we expect from the world is exactly what we get! Do you want more than what is presently in your life? Then you will want to join me for this important retreat. For the past several years, I have a positive affirmation sitting beside my bed. At least once a week, I remind myself to repeat it. It's an easy one to remember: I am happy, I am healthy, I am wealthy, I am wise. That's it. Since I started repeating this affirmation, I have seen those elements come into my life. I truly believe I am all of those! This retreat begins the day with a yoga class. Following is a 90 minute workshop on Abundant Health. There will be an hour long lunch and free time, followed by another 90 minute workshop on Abundant Wealth. After an afternoon break, we'll have another yoga class with meditation. The day will end with a Circle.
Full Day Retreat (including meals and snacks) $50
Drop-in Yoga class only $10
RSVP by Thursday, September 6
Limited to 10 attendees
Laurie Wondra from Your Life CORE
Monday, June 25 6:30-8:30PM
You have been asking about speaking with your angels again, so I have arranged to bring Laurie Wondra back this summer for a 2 hour session of connecting with our angels and guides and loved ones from the other side. Typically, we come to the session with a question to ask. That helps us to prepare so we get the most out of our own time with the other side.
I can’t say enough about the special gift that Laurie has in connecting with the higher energies. She provided very accurate information for me, about the men who broke into our home over a year ago, including the description of their car. She also helped us locate our dog, Spur, when he wandered off to die. Besides this, I have made wonderful connections with those who have passed from my family. And most importantly, I have received from my spiritual guides and angels assistance in my transition from school teacher to wellness consultant. What I do today was encouraged by them.
RSVP by Sunday, June 24th. $15
You must re-register if you signed up for the original date. Thank you!
May Women’s Circle – Outdoor Labyrinth Meditation
This weekend, I checked out a local outdoor labyrinth. It is located in Savage at the Glendale Methodist Church.http://www.glendalechurchumc.org/
I will be contacting them about bringing a group over to use the labyrinth as a meditation tool for our Circle on Wednesday, May 9th(SECOND Wednesday of the month) from 5:30-7:00. We’ll have a pot luck dinner, so each person attending will bring a food to share and their own utensils and beverage to drink.
Labyrinths have been around for nearly 4000 years and are used in nearly every religious culture in the world. Like Stonehenge and the pyramids, they are geometric shapes that define sacred space. There are three basic designs for labyrinths: 7th circuit, 11th circuit and 12th circuit. The most common is the 7th circuit. That is what we will find at Glendale. When you walk a labyrinth, you follow a path to the center of the circuit and then walk back out. As you shift from one direction to another, your brain shifts from right brain to left brain. This movement can induce receptive states of consciousness (for meditating) and also balance the chakras. Some people use the walk for centering and balancing their thoughts. Others enter with a question or concern. The time spent in the center can be used for receiving, reflecting, praying, or meditating. The walk can be a place for healing, or it can be a pleasant walk. Each time we enter the path, it can be different,
Sign up starts today. Bring a blanket and maybe a pillow to sit on. Also, bring a journal and pen for recording any inspiration that might come to you while meditating.
A New Paradigm for Your Personal
Wellness & Art of Self-Care
6:30 - 8:00 PM
$20 includes handouts and light snacks.
RSVP required by Sunday, March 4th!
Our presenter is Marit Solheim Witt. Marit will provide an introduction to the language of color-energy and the transformational power of the four core elements: air, water, fire and earth. Those attending are asked to fill out the attached survey before the session. These will be discussed during the circle. Marit will conclude the circle by leading us on a guided imagery journey, so dress comfortably!
Marit is a writer, coach, and creative director who has developed the Alpha Element Matrix™ - a creative method of teaching about energy as a visual language. She is an instructor at the Center for Integrative Health at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota, works with clients and organizations as a coach in the area of personal expression and style, and teaches workshops about color, energy and creativity to inspire team synergy as well as personal leadership and growth. Born in Norway and raised in Belgium and Germany, Marit moved to the United States in 1983 and holds degrees from the University of Minnesota in American Studies and Studio Arts. She focuses her work and research on creativity and the mind-body connection while completing the Masters Program for Holistic Health at St. Catherine University. Marit is also a volunteer provider at Well Within, a holistic wellness center in Woodbury, Minnesota, where she shares her love of colors and creativity with people struggling with chronic illness. Her website is found at http://alpha-element.com/ABOUT.html .
We are revisiting our goals as we start off this new year, a year of promising changes and greater opening of our heart and spirit. To set our course, we will be coming back to vision boards. Some of us have created vision boards previously, and so it is time to revisit them. Others have yet to experience the transformation that clearly defining our vision can accomplish. It is through visualization that we can realize our goals.
In my recent blog on Regrets? Or Opportunities? I share a little bit about visualization: "A lot of people scoff at visualization as some kind of make-believe game. But in truth, visualization is just another term for goal-setting.
Most of us have goals in our work environment. Producing "X" amount of products, reaching "X" amount of clients, teaching "X" amount of material. And so on. These goals may seem a bit lofty, especially as we first set them. But we take steps toward achieving our goal."
So a vision board is nothing more than setting goals for ourselves. What makes it more effective than merely goal-setting though, it that we not only STATE what we want, but we also find pictures and words (visuals) that represent what we want. And then we hang these visualizations in a place where we can look at them and remind ourselves of what we truly want in our lives.
More on vision boards:
" A vision board is a simple yet powerful visualization tool that activates the universal law of attraction to begin manifesting your dreams into reality. The concept of the vision board (also known as a goal board, goal map, creativity board or treasure map) has been around for generations, but it’s gained a renewed interest and popularity after success expert John Assaraf related his story of using vision boards to achieve his dreams in the best-selling DVD documentary The Secret.
A vision board is typically a poster board on which you paste or collage images that you’ve torn out from various magazines. It’s simple.
The idea behind a vision board is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation, your life changes to match those images and those desires."
If you would like to create vision for your next couple years, please join me on
WEDNESDAY, February 1, 2012
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Light foods and beverages included
$10 for materials and snacks
Please bring your favorite magazines and pictures which you are willing to cut up!
Some of us contemplate the question: Is there a purpose that brings me into this body, this family, this job, these friendships, this relationship, etc.? In other words, do we have a life purpose? Wouldn’t it be great to know and understand what this purpose is? Think how much we could accomplish, if we knew the greater picture for our time on Earth!
In this month’s Women’s Circle, we will explore the topic of our life purpose, and take a look at 44 life themes, finding the life theme that encompasses what our own purpose might be.
WEDNESDAY, December 7, 2011
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Light foods and beverages included
Love donation if it moves you
Fall is a natural time of transition and offers us the opportunity to create a gentle detoxification for our body, mind and Spirit. We are reminded to slow down and relax, so we don't feel depleted and sick once winter sets in. Foods, stress, unplugging from media, massage, meditation, yoga... all welcome ways to detox the body.
Join me in exploring different ways we can detox our bodies!
WEDNESDAY, October 5, 2011
(NOTE: Date has changed)
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Light foods and beverages included
Love donation if it moves you
Date: Monday, August 1, 2011
A Day of Peace
Yoga and Meditation Retreat
Saturday, July 16
Jill Sand Consulting is very proud to offer a summer retreat for women! The focus for this retreat is to bring peace into our hearts. It is believed that only through our own inner peace can we bring peace to others. Therefore, the day is centered on helping us become an instrument of peace!
The day will start out with a 90-minute Heart Opening yoga class. This class will help us open our Hearts to give and receive love. Only through a truly open Heart can we bring peace into our world. Historically, peace efforts have had moderate success, and we must ask ourselves, why haven’t these efforts been maintained? Because each effort was focused on an event outside ourselves. But what we now know is that real peace cannot be achieved and sustained without a peaceful Heart. Our morning yoga class will focus on opening our Hearts.
There are two opportunities for meditation during the retreat. You may use this quiet time in any way that is suitable for you. Some people like to meditate while sitting in lotus pose (easy seated pose variation). Some like to be lying on their backs, maybe gazing at the sky in a hammock or lying on a blanket. Some people find meditation time while keeping their hands busy. While others like walking meditations. The property is available for you to do any of these activities, or another activity that suits you. We just ask that we refrain from talking unless there is an emergency. We want to keep our communication channels with God/ our Higher Self/ the Angels/ the Ancestors open.
Mhdlon Madcap has offered to organize a community luncheon with East Indian food! Our vision is that we are all involved in the preparation as well as enjoying the food together. The foods selected are both very healthy for us and also light enough to keep us in our Higher state of love and peace. The menu includes: Lemon rice- Basmati rice, turmeric, lemon juice & ghee, Dal- red lentils, dry & fresh spices; ginger root, cumin, black mustard seed, Alu Matar - peas & potatoes in a spiced sauce (wet veggie), Same ki bhaji - green beans with coconut, onions, spices (dry veggie), Kheera ka rayta - yogurt with cucumber & tomato, Kela ka rayta - yogurt with banana & coconut, Pudine chatni - fresh mint chutney, Chappati - whole wheat fresh bread, like a pita, and a dessert not yet named! YUMM!
Following lunch, we will have another hour meditation time.
Our final yoga class for the day will be a Kundalini class offered by Lauren Drilling. I’ve known Lauren for several years now, and some of you may recognize her from the Prior Lake Farmer’s Market. Lauren is currently finishing her 500 hr certification. Trainings include: 200 hr Hatha, 200 hr Kundalini, Chakra Yoga, YogaFit Certified, Sat Nam Rasayan, Ayurveda. Lauren has had the privilege to train with many world renowned teachers, and brings the variety of her trainings in to each practice. With a wide variety of clients she feels passionate about the power of open hearted healing, and the ability for everyone to experience balance. Lauren is pursuing a Masters in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
We will end our day with our returning guest speaker, Brenda Vizenor, from Angel Journeys and Psychic Consultations. Brenda is an intuitive and channeler. I have asked her to bring in our support system of angels, guides and ancestors. From them, we hope to receive messages about how we can truly achieve peace within and peace in our world. I look forward to what these highly evolved Souls have to say!
I hope you can join us for part of the day or for the entire day! Because of summer schedules, I’ve offered flexibility for attending the retreat.
8:30 – 10:00 Yoga class
10:15 – 11:15 Quiet Meditation on the Grounds
11:30 – 1:00 Lunch – Indian food with Mhdlon
1:00 – 2:00 Quiet Meditation on the Grounds
2:15 – 3:30 Kundalini Yoga class with Lauren
3:30 – 4:30 Peace Messages from the Angels, Guides, and Ancestors with Brenda
Session 1: 8:30 – 1:00 $35
Session 2: 11:30 – 3:30 $35
Session 3: 3:30 – 4:30 $15
Combine Sessions 1 and 2: $60
Combine Sessions 1, 2 and 3: $65
May 2 Women's Circle
30-day Ayurveda Diet Challenge
I continue to "listen" to your needs, ladies. And lately it has been about diet and weight. Some of us are on diets that we don't care for, but it is helping us make progress (however, sustaining it over the long run will be challenging, we know). Others of us are feeling that middle age spread. And still others of us, while not appearing to be putting on weight, are suffering from digestive issues, including bloating, gas, diarrhea, and/or constipation.
After feeling so good with our yoga practice, feeling stronger, having more energy and improved lung capacity, why should we still struggle with weight issues?
If these are questions that you are asking yourself, then I invite you to attend the May Women's Circle. And I will challenge you to join me in a 30-day diet challenge!
At the Circle, we will briefly learn about Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine which enables us to understand how to create balance of body, mind, and consciousness according to our own individual constitution. We will take a quiz that will help us to identify the energy type we fall into. From the quiz, we will look at the foods we should include in our diets and the foods we should avoid. And then we will challenge ourselves to eat from the foods in our food group that works with our energy.
Back by popular demand… Women’s Circle!
It is my pleasure to re-introduce to my widening circle of women friends the Women’s Circle. I’m sure you have many questions about Women’s Circles, and I will try to answer them as best I can.
Women’s Circles fill a need for positive women’s connections as we live our busy lives and forget to take time for ourselves.
What do we do?
Our women’s circles gather in small groups to maintain an atmosphere of intimate friendships and comfort when sharing. While the energy of the circle is different with each group of participants, you will often find us sitting in a talking circle or meditating to a guided visualization. Sometimes we do more of one than the other, or do something completely different! You bring your own energy to the collective of our women’s circle.
Snacks will be provided by Jill.
Who may attend the women’s circle?
Our gently guided circles are open to everyone from young adults to elders, in the spirit of soul-connection. Please come share your journey with us. NOTE: I have also held circles that are for men and women.
What should you bring?
Bring your voice, bring your hopes and dreams, bring whatever moves you – or just bring yourself!
When are the women’s circles held?
The circles will be held on the first Monday of each month. NOTE: There will not be a circle in April, 2010.
How do you sign up?
Just email Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up at my website http://jillsandconsulting.webs.com/contactme.htm . Reservations are required, as this class has limited participation due to the nature of working with small groups.
How much does it cost to attend a women’s circle?
Attending the 90 minute Women's Circle will cost just $10. You will always leave with a handout and tools for taking into your daily life. Some classes will work on projects as well, so you’ll have those to take home as well.
If there is a guest speaker, the cost is adjusted to reflect any fees collected for their services.
What topics will be covered?
Often times, the topics come from your needs. However, I do have several topics that I have prepared for our first circles, including: De-stressing through Prioritizing, Becoming Who We’ve Always Been, Intuition and Goddess Energy, Effortless Living, Having a Soft Belly, Living in Grace, Animal Totems, Planetary Helpers. Other topics that I am preparing include Dream Analysis and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
Classes are held at my home, unless you decide to host a Women's Circle at your home or work location. More information can be obtained by contacting me.
April 4 Women's Circle
Join me as we explore EFT Healing of our physical and emotional issues.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
Emotional Freedom Techniques are based on the principal that disturbing emotions are held in place in our Body/Mind energy meridian system. This is the Qi Meridian system discovered over 4000 years ago by the ancient Chinese.
When we stimulate the energy system, by tapping with our fingertips, it releases the stuck negative emotion and returns us to a state of greater health, wholeness, joy, peace and resourcefulness.
At this Circle, we will discuss the benefits for our body and minds in healing our energy meridian system, and we'll get a chance to practice the emotional tapping technique. A handout will be provided for you to work with EFT at home.
Have you been scratching your head lately, wondering what in the world is going on with world? It just seems like there is a lot of "crazy" out there these days. Just watching the news is enough to truly depress me, some days.
And yet, there is the flip side. Look at Egypt. Peaceful protests led to the overthrow of a regime that had long since lost touch with its people. People all over the Middle East are peacefully demonstrating for greater democracy. And here is the thing I find most interesting: these peaceful protests are being led by a majority of young people. That encourages me.
And then there are the Earth changes. History-making storms. Birds dropping from the sky, and fish dying in our waters. All with no real explanation.
Yes, these are turbulent times, and for some, they look at the year 2012 as a pivotal year. There are the Armageddon believers who think these are end times, using the Bible or the Mayan calendar as the reference to these times.
I believe that 2012 is a pivotal year, as well, but I am not in the doomsday camp. Many people on Earth have been given information that suggests that we are not reaching an ending on Earth, but instead waking up to a new beginning. These messages are being delivered by the Earth's Planetary Helpers.
Come join us for an evening of discussion. Who are these Planetary Helpers? What is their message? What is our role during these times? Yes, we all play a role in assisting this planet out from the "crazy" we are experiencing. In fact, you can do it right now, just by using your yoga breath to breathe deeply and bring calm into your little corner of the world. But of course, I will offer many tools for you to take into your daily life to be Planetary Helpers as well!
Cost: $10 for this 90 minute session
Light snacks will be provided.
This past weekend, I met with our next guest speaker, Laurie from Yourlife Core. She is preparing a special Circle for us. Here is the information that she sent to me:
In today's busy life most of us spend our time 'doing' and expending energy. We rarely notice our reserves depleting until we are exhausted, crabby, overwhelmed, or we get to the boiling point. Sometimes we get sick and have forced downtime. Spirit guides us to go within and focus on allowing time to replenish our core energy reserves. We will talk about energy holes, aura, sticky cords and ways to protect and replenish by tapping into universal energy. We will also cover sending energy to those we love and care for in a gentle way.
YourlifeCORE is about your CORE and tapping into those core energies.
Please join Laurie and me for an evening of positive energy!
Time: 6:15 - 8:15PM
Cost is $15. Light snacks and beverages are provided.
Laurie firmly believes that we are all one within the universe, and the energies of one affect the energies of all. Balance of these life energies are vital for spiritual and emotional health. Laurie gathers and shares information about these vibrational energies and uses this information as a means to balance and heal.
Laurie’s work with the angels and guides allow her to tap into knowledge from past life events, knowledge of the angels and guides, to receive and pass on information from loved ones.
Laurie loves to create, and one of her passions is writing. You may find her inspirational messages on her blogs, notes and ezine articles.
I have truly missed the Circle, even though we only canceled the December session. I am so thrilled to start the New Year off with you, discussing our financial success for the coming year!
In the January Circle, we'll discuss downshifting, the spiritual energy of money, and the art of feng shui bringing abundance into your life. I shifted my perspective on finances four years ago, and ever since then, I have had all of my financial needs AND wants taken care of!
Join us for this session if you want to know some practical, easy tips for changing your financial situation.
When: Monday, January 3rd at my home
Time: 6:15 -7:45 PM (NOTE TIME ADJUSTMENT)
What to bring: An open mind toward bringing financial success into your life!
Cost: $10 for the 90-minute session
Light snacks will be provided.Please RSVP by Friday, December 31st.
Whew! I am still coming off the energy of the Women's Retreat as I write this! We had such an awesome day! Think about the energy of a Women's Circle and multiply that by 5 - yep, that was exactly the experience from the Women's Retreat. I know many of you had to miss the Retreat because it fell on a long weekend for families to get away. Not to worry: we will host another one next spring! Keep in mind that I align these retreats to the weekends when my guys are all gone, so I will be looking at the fishing opener weekend in May as a very possible weekend, for your future reference.
Now onto the NEXT Women's Circle! I am so excited for this next Circle on Dream Analysis. Have you ever woken up from a dream and thought, what the heck was that about? Or have you had a disturbing dream, or a dream that seemed too real? How about any recurring dreams or dreams from when you were a child?
All of our dreams have significance. Each piece of the dream has significance. Whatever we notice in a dream is equally as important as the overall theme of the dream. From the red shoes we observe to the chair in the corner. All of that is significant.
Join us at the November Women's Circle to analyze your dreams! You may be very surprised by what the true interpretations of your dreams represent!
When: Monday, November 1st at my home
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
What to bring: If you have some recurring dreams, write down brief descriptions to bring to the group. Another option is to start writing down your dreams that you are having from now until November 1st. Leave a paper and pen by your bed for taking notes when you wake up. Bring those notes to the session.
Cost: $10 for the 90-minute session
Light snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP by Friday, October 29th. (Sorry for the short notice!)
Women’s Retreat – Saturday, October 23, 2010
4:30-6:00 Optional Breakout Sessions
Women's Retreat Schedule:
8:00-9:30 Yoga Class
9:30-10:00 Break and Snacks
10:00-11:30 Session 1: Women’s Circle - Having a Soft Belly
12:30-1:10 Session 2: Yoga Nidra
1:15-3:00 Session 3: Yoga and the Chakras
3:15-4:30 Chakra Yoga Class
4:30-6:00 Optional 10 minute breakout sessions (payment directly to the guest presenters)
Cost is $50 for the Women's Retreat 8:00 - 4:30
Information on the Breakout Sessions
Information from Brenda Vizenor…
Brenda is an intuitive and channel who offers you the opportunity to ask a question of either a loved one who has passed or your angels or guides. Come prepared with your question to make the most of your time with the Other Side. Brenda Vizenor, Angel Journeys and Psychic Consultations
Information from Mhdlon Madcap…
Arcana of Sacred Mystery Tradition
This offering will be using Motherpeace Tarot cards as a guide to telling a story about our lives. This is done with “creative visualization” to enable us to “see” into the details and focus on a direction, make a decision, and put all the pieces together. There are many realms that exist concurrently. We exist in one that is comprised of the physical experience through our bodies interpreted on levels of conscious, subconscious, and dreams. There are gateways to other worlds. All we need is something to trigger an awareness of the gate to the path to somewhere else. The symbolism of Tarot can open the inner eye to seeing. It is only a mystery if we agree that it is so.
“The arcane (profound secrets) in Tarot are a vessel for salvaging spiritual wisdom from the period when the Goddess was worshipped” (Nobel, 1938, p.17). The Motherpeace version combines the traditional characteristics of Tarot handed down through history with an informed spiritual and feminine perspective alive with symbolism, folklore, philosophy, mythology, and free flowing artistry.
One to One:
There is one central idea, focus, or question to one card drawn.
Reaction, discussion, decision, or closure:
The purpose of using the visual image of the card is to evoke, stimulate, direct, and bring into focus whatever is of concern to the participant.
This is an opportunity.
Reference: Nobel, V. (1983). Motherpeace. A Way to the Goddess through Myth, Art, and Tarot. New York: Harper Collins Publisher.
Information from Barbara Demers…
Healing Touch is a biofield therapy that is an energy based approach to health and healing. Using touch to influence the human energy field around the body and that control the flow of energy thru the energy centers and to the physical body. The goal of Healing Touch is to restore harmony and balance in the energy system by placing the client in a position to allow the body to self heal.
Information from Elle Allen...
Elle is a shamanic healer and will be offering her services during the breakout session. More information to follow. Elle has been engaging in the core shamanic and Native American spirituality ways for the past three years and for the past year has been an apprentice of the Q’ero. The Q’ero is a 1500 year old tradition from the Andean Mountains region of Peru. Elle carries a healing “mesa” composed of sacred stones, or Kuyas, to assist in her shamanic healing.
Elle’s retreat sessions will offer a choice of: 1) an “illumination” which is the extraction of negative energy due to situation, upset, or block that is being experienced leading to an illumination or healing around the issue, 2) a “divination” where participants may ask a question for answers or guidance about something in their life, Or….for a double-time session of 20 minutes 1) “Four Chambers of the Soul” prescription or 2) Soul Retrieval
A Massage Therapist will be offering upper body massages.
If you are unable to attend the Women's Retreat but would like to attend the Breakout Sessions, that can be arranged. Please contact me for more information.
It feels so good to be getting back to our Women's Circles after missing the September Circle due to the Labor Day holiday!
This month's topic is Animal Totems! Totems are any natural object, being, or animal to whose phenomena and energy we are drawn to during our lifetime. We have lifelong animal totems, journey animal totems, message animal totems, and shadow animal totems.
Once you begin to learn of your animal totems, you can discover the messages they have for you and seek out their assistance during difficult times in your life.
When: Monday, October 4th at my home
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
What to bring: There may be a particular animal (includes birds, bugs, and reptiles) that you are drawn to or that is showing up in your life. Be prepared to explore the reasons for that animal being with you!
Cost: $10 for the 90-minute session
Light snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP by Friday, October 1st.
Hello My Friends!
I apologize for the lateness of this email. I was waiting for an opportunity to present itself in terms of a guest speaker for August, but it didn't happen. However, in that process, my friend, Mhdlon, reminded me of Yoga Nidra, and she sent me a wonderful link to a fantastic Yoga Nidra meditation! Thanks Mhdlon!
For those of you who attended the Meditation Yoga series with me last winter, we practiced a Yoga Nidra meditation as part of the series. A couple of you will remember that it was the class in which you were in such a deep, restive place that you felt in a different world. That was our Yoga Nidra class!!
So what is Yoga Nidra? A yogic sleep. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. In meditation, you remain in the Waking state of consciousness and gently focus the mind, while allowing thought patterns, emotions, sensations, and images to arise and go on. However, in Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking state, go past the Dreaming state, and go to Deep Sleep, yet you remain awake. Yoga Nidra brings an incredible calmness, quiet, and clarity. It is one of the deepest of all meditations.
What will we do in our Women's Circle? We will bring an intention to class for which we seek clarity. Then we will be led through a Yoga Nidra meditation on tape. After the meditation, we will spend a few minutes writing down our thoughts and insights that came to us during the Yoga Nidra. Afterward, we will share our discoveries.
When: Monday, August 2
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
What to Bring: A blanket or yoga mat to lie on the floor. You may also want to bring a light blanket for covering yourself during the Yoga Nidra.
Light snacks will be offered during the Circle.
RSVP to me by Friday, July 30th.
I am pleased to announce the continuation of our Guest Speaker summer series! This July 5, we are bringing in Elle Allen. Following is information about what Elle has to offer us, as well as her biography.
Introduction to Shamanic Spirituality
This course will introduce the core principles of the shamanic world view, the history of its foundations and its relevance in the world today. Methodologies of shamanism from various cultures will be highlighted as well as the exploration of how the medicine wheel, six directions, and smudging are incorporated into personal and communal ritual. Participants will be encouraged to join in with drums or other rhythmic instruments and also experience a ‘journey’ to meet their power animal or animal guide. Discover the powerful, peaceful, balanced, and magical simplicity of seeing beyond the obvious.
Elle Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the
Brenda is coming back to our Women's Circle, by popular demand! Brenda Vizenor of Angel Journeys and Psychic Consultations, is an intuitive and channel . She will offer you the opportunity to ask a question of either a loved one who has passed or your angels or guides. Come prepared with your question to make the most of your time with the Other Side.
Monday, June 7, 2010
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Light snacks will be provided.
Those of you who were on the waiting list last time will have preference to sign up first for this class, but please contact me right away. This class WILL fill up quickly.
I am pleased to share with you information for our next Women's Circle, held on Monday, May 3 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM. Our topic for the month of May is The Dimensions of Energy. Spring is a great time to explore energy, as our own bodies feel energized by the increased hours of daylight. However, there is so much more to learn and share about energy! I will share several different perspectives of the energy from different sources, and then I will share my interpretation of the energies. Of course, the Women's Circle is the opportunity for YOU to share as well, so you'll have the opportunity to share your perspectives or reflect aloud on the discussion!
The cost for the Women's Circle is $10 a person, and space is limited so please RSVP as soon as you are able to commit. Snacks will be provided.
Contact Jill Sand (Contact Me button at the right) to sign up for this circle.)
I am currently planning a Women's Retreat for Saturday, May 15. That is the day before Mother's Day, as well as falling on the fishing opener. So I hope that you will consider offering yourself this retreat as a day to pamper yourself!
There will be a 2-hour morning yoga class (YES!!) and a 75 minute later afternoon class (YES!!). In between, we will participate in two Women's Circles, the topics being Spirit in Nature and more about the Goddess Energy. Lunch is a Garden Party theme, and hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can enjoy our food in the several outdoor spaces on our property. Plan to wander through the woods and discover my Spirit Tree!
The day will run from 8:00- 4:30. Afterward, I have invited some guests to come and share their talents for tapping into the Higher Energies through Tarot Card readings, Connecting with Your Spirit Guides, and offering gentle massages. These ten minute sessions will run from 4:30 - 6:00PM. If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, there will be a sign-up for you, and a slight fee will be included for the presenters.
IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WHO HAS SIMILAR TALENTS TO SHARE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I WOULD LOVE TO INVITE THEM TO PRESENT DURING THIS TIME.
For the March Women's Circle, we will look at our own level of intuition and learn how to deepen it. We will also examine the relationship between intuition and the ancient energy of the goddess. Goddess energy is another term for the feminine energy.
This month's circle will invite participants to play a greater role in the discussion. We will spend about 30-60 minutes in a guided discussion. Your contribution to the discussion is essential, and I will act as facilitator for the group discussion. Afterward, there will be a meditation, lasting up to 30 minutes, followed by a short briefing, if people are inclined to share what they learned from their meditation. A handout will be provided for the group as a tool for further exploring deepening their intuitiveness.
Contact Jill Sand (Contact Me button at the right) to sign up for this circle.
A vision board is a simple yet powerful visualization tool that activates the universal law of attraction to begin manifesting your dreams into reality. The concept of the vision board (also known as a goal board, goal map, creativity board or treasure map) has been around for generations, but it’s gained a renewed interest and popularity after success expert John Assaraf related his story of using vision boards to achieve his dreams in the best-selling DVD documentary The Secret.
A vision board is typically a poster board on which you paste or collage images that you’ve torn out from various magazines. It’s simple.
The idea behind a vision board is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation, your life changes to match those images and those desires.