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 […]

Cultivating Authenticity

If you haven’t had a chance to take a class with our new Art Therapy instructor, Hannah Hunter, nows your chance! Starting in January 2017, we will be offering Art Therapy Workshops once a month. The theme for this coming year’s classes is Whole Hearted Living, as was inspired by author Brene Brown’s 10 guideposts […]

Amongst the Trees

As a child growing up, some of my best adventures were experienced in the woods behind my house. Climbing trees in an effort to make it up high enough to catch a glimpse of the back of my house was the ultimate goal.  Once perched securely up in the crook of a tree I would […]

Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First

If you are on an airplane in an emergency situation, you may not save yourself or help anyone else if you don’t put your own oxygen mask on first. And the flight attendants remind us of this on every flight. But are we really listening? Do we know we have to take care of ourselves […]

Lessons from the Garden

When Zen teacher Karen Maezen Miller and her family land in a house with a hundred-year-old Japanese garden, she uses the paradise in her backyard to glean the living wisdom of our natural world. Through her eyes, rocks convey faith, ponds preach stillness, flowers give love, and leaves express the effortless ease of letting go. […]