Aurora’s Testimonial

It’s my cancerversary this month. Twice. I was diagnosed with uterine cancer two years ago, and last year with stage 3 triple negative infiltrating ductal carcinoma metastatic breast cancer. Isn’t that a mouthful?  Translation: tumors in my left breast and cancer that had spread to my lymph nodes and potentially my chest wall. The uterine […]

Suzi’s Story

When I received the biopsy results for the lump in my breast late one Friday afternoon, I sat calmly, no tears, and, really, no immediate fear. I trusted the radiologist who gave me the news and could feel her compassion and support through the telephone.  She had been a consummate professional who described everything she […]

A Conversation About Yin Yoga

SD: What makes yin yoga different than other types of yoga? How does it get its name? IK: Yin Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga in which poses are held for a longer period of time with relaxed muscles and deep breathing. This stillness allows the body to soften and the postures to stimulate […]

Michael Pollan: Mushrooms are Mysterious

MUSHROOMS ARE MYSTERIOUS   I put that knowledge to good use the following week, when I returned to the oak tree near my house and found beneath it a gold rush of chanterelles. I hadn’t thought to bring a bag, and there were more chanterelles than I could carry, so I made a carrier of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Farm to Fork Demo Classes

I am really excited to work with the Wellness Within staff to bring you fresh food and the recipes, skills and info to go with it! It’s a challenge for almost everyone to get enough super-fresh vegetables and fruit in their diet, to find easy yet amazing recipes, and to find the time to make […]

Tuscan Bean and Greens Soup

From the Kitchen of Kerin Gould and Produce with a Purpose: Ingredients Olive oil 4-10 cloves garlic (it’s up to you and the people around you) 1/2 medium onion 1 tbsp each basil and oregano (optional) a pinch of ground red pepper salt and pepper to taste 1 1⁄4 cup of white cannellini beans or […]