JUMP INTO YOUR LIFE
January 2018 Gathering: Out with the Old, In with the New?
The New Year is a good invitation to look at your life. Hear a spiritual director, a positive psychology coach and an energy practitioner offer three refreshing ways to approach the opportunity.
Having a Heart of AND
Dale Emmet claims that it's a heart of AND that helps you bring together the old and known you with the potentially new parts of yourself.
Dale has a Spiritual Direction Certificate from The Haden Institute with special interests in Jungian psychology, dream work, and the Hero's Journey. As a spiritual director, she is an ally and guide who companions others on their own path toward greater wholeness, authenticity and aliveness.
The Gift of Winter
Alice Paipa-Lenard shows us the real and metaphorical gift of winter as a season of incubation in between letting go of the old like we do in autumn and preparing for new growth as there is in Spring.
Alice has an energy medicine certificate from The Four Winds Society with a special interest in ancestry and passionate living. She also holds a degree in International Studies from DePaul University with a masters in International Environmental Sustainability from Middlebury Institute.
Positive Psychology Coach
Old Approach vs New Approach
Cindi Roselieb explains how trading in an old wishful thinking approach for science-based practices improves your chances for change.
Cindi is a Social Work graduate of Northern Illinois University and has Certificates in Positive Psychology and Coaching from Wholebeing Institute. Cindi uses her passion for helping people "get unstuck" to guide and encourage others to live their best lives.
February 2018 Gathering: The Art of the Heart
What can an esteemed painter of "heart art" and a spirited entertainer / author who sees all of life as a giant love song show us about "the art of the heart?"
Author, actress, spiritual director,
A Giant Love Song
Maureen Muldoon shares an intimate look into the big family and moving story of her new memoir, Giant Love Song (Amazon).
Not many people could pull off a one-woman show but Maureen Muldoon is not like many people. It's just one of Maureen's many avenues of self-expression, including: actress, storyteller, author, creative coach and spiritual director. The consistent call in all of Maureen's work is an invitation to find and share your authentic voice. She gives others that opportunity every month as host of Voicebox, a storytelling event, and as founder of Spiritual Speakeasy, a progressive community that promotes well-being and personal growth. Maureen is the author of Giant Love Song, amazing but true tales of her own life journey. (Maureenmuldoon.com)
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Maureen Claffy tells us how her activism took the form of designing and fundraising for love and unity billboards around the country.
Maureen Claffy is an artist of the heart. Her "heart art" and other fine artwork has sold to individuals and galleries all over the world. "I paint to encourage others to believe and to serve as a reminder that life is beautiful even when it doesn't seem that way," Claffy says. Maureen will share her curiosity about the heart as a symbol of love; her process for creating; and how she rediscovered her love of painting after a difficult divorce. Maureen has also paired her art skills with her heart skills to recently launch Love Lives USA, a billboard campaign to spread love in these divided times. (Maureenclaffy.com)
March 2018 Gathering: Focus on What Matters
What do a photographer, an entrepreneurial coach and a yoga therapist all have in common? The job of each one — despite their very different vocations — is to help focus on what matters. Come join us to see how their unique perspectives are interestingly related and absolutely relevant to your real life.
A Photographer's Lens on Life
Gina Graham shares the metaphorical lessons of photography for our real lives: pay attention to the light; see something special; choose your focus point; let go of the shutter; and hold on to the memory created.
Gina Graham describes herself as a photographer, writer, health nut, seeker, and most importantly, a mom. She is a self-taught photographer who cherishes natural light and candid moments that are soulful, emotional and authentic. Gina believes in finding the beauty in everyday moments and she is currently working on a personal project that celebrates the impact of inspiring people in our local community. lifelensandlove.com
Life and Positive Mindset Coach
One Step at a Time
Patricia Cimino passionately urged us to forget about the how and just follow our hearts! Through her own authentic journey, we see how we too can be entrepreneurs or absolutely anything.
Patricia Cimino is a certified life and mindset coach, a speaker and an entrepreneur. She helps women "wantapreneurs" build a positive mindset and to master fierce self-care strategies so that they can create a business they're passionate about with clarity, confidence and optimism. Having started several businesses over the years, Patricia loves to spark positivity and possibility into everyone she meets. patriciacimino.com
Laura Jane Mellencamp
Listening to Your Inner Voice
Laura Jane Mellencamp shares the interesting and inspiring story of following her inner voice from NY to LA to Downers Grove (of all places) to create a yoga community and yoga therapy practice.
About Laura Jane
Laura Jane Mellencamp-Murphy is the founder and director of Yoga Among Friends. For decades, Laura has been sharing yogic teachings and practices to students from all walks of life. She enjoys blending her clinical and counseling training in psychology with her yoga therapy certification to provide her clients with a holistic approach to psychological and emotional imbalances. yogaamongfriends.com
April 2018 Gathering: Flow
We’re all encouraged to go with the flow, be in the flow, find our flow, etc. but what exactly is flow? Is it of our minds? Our bodies? Our spirits? Come hear the intimate yet expert accounts of three local women on how to experience and improve flow in your mind, in your body and in your spirit — and ultimately, between all three.