Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term, made up of the words 'ayus' and 'veda'. 'Ayus' means life and 'Veda' means knowledge or science. Ayurveda has been practiced in India for over 6,000 years and it is the mother of all modern holistic practices. It is distinct from Western medicine in its focus on prevention of disease. In addition, practicing Ayurveda will pluck the root out of illness rather than simply treating its symptoms. Practitioners of Ayurveda recognize the interwoven nature of the spirit and mind with the body.
The Anam Cara Book Nook has a selection of new spiritual books available for purchase, including the monthly book club title. Please contact Aveen Banich for information about the lending library, book nook or book club.
Many spiritual traditions teach how self-knowledge can lead to soul knowledge. The Enneagram is a powerful tool for understanding ourselves and others. The Enneagram is like the proverbial onion, each layer of awareness can be used in our daily life.
Essential oils are concentrated, scent producing compounds that are extracted from plants. They are known as ethereal oils for the fact that they each have particular scents and medicinal properties to make them "essential". They are used effectively for physical and emotional conditions. They enter the body easily and leave efficiently with no side effects.
The Feldenkrais (rhymes with "rice") Method of somatic education is a unique perspective on the enhancement of human function primarily through the promotion of self awareness and using movement as the vehicle. By using a series of slow, gentle, precise movements, an environment is created allowing the student to become more aware of constraining habitual movement patterns, and to abandon them while learning more efficient alternatives. Whether through classes or private lessons, anyone desiring improved quality of life can benefit from this method.
"Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself." -Moshe Feldenkrais
The Center has some wonderful offerings for kids of all ages! Art, yoga and dance. Please visit the "For Kids" on the practitioner page for a list of upcoming events for kids.
The Center is surrounded by a beautiful, natural setting. If you love to dig in the earth and create beauty thru gardening, consider lending your talents to our Garden Club. Your presence will truly make a difference. Contact Anita Norha for more information.
We all have guides and angels wanting to help us along our journey. Intuitive card readings with a gifted person can be a wonderful avenue for our unseen helpers to guide us.
Kindred Spirits Pottery Studio
The Center is home to a vibrant pottery studio. Please contact Anita at 715-529-3344 for information. Select pottery pieces are for sale in the Anam Cara Booknook.
Laughter Yoga Science has proven that there are many health benfits to laughter. Unfortunately adults do not find the time to laugh enough. Come join in for laughter, child-like playfulness, breathing and relaxation. No yoga experience required... only breathing and an openness to laughter!
Learn and Grow Events are offered monthly, are free, and are open to everyone. Inspired by the TED talks model, we hope these events will provide inspiration and instruction for the journey. Please check the calendar for dates and times.
Marriage and Family Therapy including issues of anxiety, self-identity, depression, teen growth and adjustment, psychology of the athlete, eating disorders, grieving, and general life adjustment issues.
The Center is a place to reconnect with and return to your own center again and again. The large room will be open for silent and guided meditation multiple times throughout each week. We encourage you to make time and space in your days for silence. If you struggle with a meditation practice, consider giving these open group times a try. You may find it much easier to sit in silence with others. Check the calendar for open sit times.
Mindful Life Coaching
Mindful life coaching meets you where you are and helps cultivate your inner awareness in order to take steps towards wholeness and vibrant health. Looking for support with making changes but don't know where to start? Mindful change coaching is here to help you find the answers you have within.
Positive Psychology There is a scientific way to study Happiness. It is called "Positive Psychology", which focuses on individual flourishing, cultivating happiness, strengths, self-esteem and optimism. Please contact Tina Frank for more information.
Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears. Reflexologists believe that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the organs and person's general health.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for relaxation and stress reduction that also promotes healing. It is safe and gentle. It is administered by laying on hands and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us all. If one's life force energy is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
Soul Collage(TM) is a creative process for accessing your intuition by creating cards that can assist you in moving through life's transitions. Contact Carla Peterson for more information.
Soul Dance: Let us turn to the grace and wisdom of our bodies to dance the agonies, celebrations, and ordinary moments of the day. Stretch, express, play, improvise.
Contact Sara Bryan: 715-829-1885.
Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 AM during the school year. Suggested donation: $4 per session. All are welcome!
Gemstone Alchemy Bowl Sound Healing: Come experience the profound transformative power of alchemy bowl sound healing. Sound healing restores balance, enhances harmony and brings peace. This sacred sound slows our brain waves and helps participants find deep states of relaxation and healing. Aveen offers both group and individual experiences.
Spiritual direction is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the Divine, or to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality.
Spiritual healing touch uses gentle touch with prayerful intent for the person's highest good, channeling Divine energy to influence the human energy system for balancing and healing.
Toe readings. Toe reading has it's roots in reflexology and offers us information about where we are on our journey. The condition of our feet are in direct correlation to our emotional field. The information you gain will help support you in listening to your inner compass, and finding your true north!
TRE (Tension & Trauma Release Exercise) is a series of 6 movements that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. Created by Dr. David Berceli, PhD, TRE safely activates a self-controlled natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating known as neurogenic muscle tremors. These tremors release muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. When this muscular shaking/vibrating mechanism is activated in a safe and controlled environment, the body is encouraged to return to a state of balance. TRE can be used to aid in everything from handling daily life stress to helping reduce the fight/flight/freeze response in individuals with PTSD and other acute trauma.
In today's world, we are bombarded with stimuli from all directions, including our own busy mind. A visionary is someone who can hear and see clearly, helping you tap into your own intuition, to assist you in finding your path and making decisions about your future.
Yoga is a philosophy that blends movement with mindfulness as a means to enhance health and peace in one's life. The Center offers several different yoga classes, specializing in a gentle form of yoga that is adaptable for all ages and levels of experience including slow flow, chair and active yoga.
Zumba combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system. Anyone can join the party and have a blast while doing it!