Wild About Mushrooms

The more you learn about mushrooms the more you realize they are the strangest items to grace our dinner plates. Fungi are neither plants nor animals, but their own kingdom. A honey fungus in the Blue mountains of Oregon is the world’s largest living organism, 2000 years old, and measuring 2.4 miles across. Mushrooms are actually the […]

What’s Next? Moving Forward After A Scary Diagnosis

By Terri Wolf, RN, MS “What happens to a dream deferred?” -Langston Hughes For years I had dreamed and plotted on how I could change careers from my job in marketing and public relations to nursing. I finally made the transition to nursing school but a busy family life and my fears about performance had […]

A Holding Space

A cacophony of sounds erupted as I entered the store. My attention turned to one sound in particular, a screaming child pleading with his mother to hold him. “Mommy p l e a s e pick me up, hold me mommy…… please hold me.” I was struck by the intensity of this toddler’s imploring. Tears […]

Deeper Listening

Has anyone ever responded to you in this way… “What? Oh sorry, I was reading a text, I heard you, I just missed the last part of what you were saying.” Perhaps you were in a situation where you noticed a blank stare or a judging face from the person you were talking with… or […]

2017 Gala Results

It has been our longtime goal to raise $100k at the gala, and this year we did it! Our final total raised was $100,537, with the “Fund the Mission” raising $24,000 of that total. Many thanks to our hardworking volunteers, board, and staff – and also to all of you- for making this happen. We consider this not just our success, but the community’s […]

Morning Rituals

We are honored to have Tanmeet Sethi, MD as our guest on our newsletter. Dr. Tanmeet Sethi is on the faculty of The Center for Mind Body Medicine, where I received my certification in mind body medicine. I have been inspired by many of the faculty I hope you enjoy her wisdom and insights […]

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 […]

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 […]

Letting Go

Letting go of the perfect image of what life should be. Letting go of everyone’s expectation of me. Letting go of what was and embrace the what is. Letting go of the perfection I expect myself in everything I do. Letting go is the hardest to learn, but it allowed me to find the “real” […]

WholeHearted Living – Dive in!

We just concluded our yearly retreat at Wellness Within. Located just outside the Tahoe National Forest at 3500 feet, Harmony Lodge was a cozy place indeed as the rain poured down outside. Our focus was self compassion; we spent the afternoon trading stories, thoughts and memories as participants created papier-mâché “bowls of compassion.” Tears and […]