A Bump in the Road

In October, 2014, I was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening pancreatic tumor.  Like a grain of sand in the oyster, I believe the tumor grew out of my work experiences. The pancreas relates to the sweetness of life. During the last few years of my corporate career, the sweetness had all but disappeared. The Universe intervened, and […]

7th Annual Gala

Hold onto your hats! This year’s Wellness Within Gala is bound to be a captivating affair. Join us for a hatsquerade of live music and dancing with Analog Jazz, Master of Ceremonies Cristina Mendosa, dinner from local restaurants, wine and beer. We’ll also hold live and silent auctions of unforgettable vacations, gift baskets, art, and […]

What is Self-Empathy?

I am happy to share a technique, self-empathy, which provides a way to support emotional well-being. What is Self-Empathy? When you think of empathy, you probably think of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, imagining what their life is like. Empathy is about connecting with what it’s like to be someone else. In order to […]

Authentic Gazpacho from Andalucia

I learned this recipe from a friend from Seville, who loves his traditional culture and insists on authenticity. No celery, no broth, no other stuff allowed. NO “inventing” vegetarian Gazpacho, because it already is. (He was fiercely adamant about this, really got his dander up.) The important thing, according to Nazario’s recipe, is to add […]

How They Found Their Hill

  We live in an area where there is a rich abundance of freshly grown food. When we met Shanon and Michael last year at the Auburn Farmers market, we were so inspired and excited by the work they do, that we wanted to share their story (and faces :-)) with you. They, like many […]

Be Well at Wellness Within

It’s been a bit more than a year since I began offering art therapy workshops at Wellness Within. After the busy hospital setting where I’d previously worked, the calm, serene atmosphere of Wellness Within was balm to my soul. As an art therapist, I’m passionate about using art in the service of healing. I believe […]

Time for Change

Earlier this year we held our annual overnight retreat. We were awed and touched by the heartfelt and moving sharing that came out of the Expressive Writing session. Below is a piece that one of the participants gave us permission to share with you all: Now is the time for change Accept change and be […]

A Simple QiGong Exercise

Qigong is the premier self help technique of Asian medicine. Here is a simple routine for maximizing Qi flow. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. Do not lock your knees. Relax. Take a few deep breaths. Imagine that you are a tree with roots going deep into the earth from which you draw […]

BigDOG Templates

We need your help spreading the word on Big Day of Giving! This day of fundraising is crucial to sustaining our programs. Please use this template (or some version of it, feel free to edit) to invite your friends and family to donate. And if you’re on Facebook, like and share our posts to help spread the word. […]

Voice Stretching

“I couldn’t have heard what I thought I heard, could I? Words curled up on my tongue, paralyzed. I just stood there, locked up, unable to respond. I walked away flustered, replaying what had just occurred over and over again.” Fairly often I hear narratives similar to the one above from friends and from clients […]