Below are the names of current Relax4Life instructors and the different workshops and events they lead for us. What makes our teachers special is their fluid ability to interact with every student (from lay people to healthcare professionals) at whatever level of understanding each student brings to the workshop environment. We’re very proud to call this talented group of presenters, Relax4Life instructors.
Neal Harris is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. He has practiced the art of psychotherapy for the past 36 years. He is also the managing director of Relax4Life, a holistic education and services center and has been a workshop leader in the holistic health and self-enrichment fields since 1985. In addition, Neal is also a certified Pickleball coach.
Neal’s experience stems from training in the United States, China and India. In 1986, he was a member of the first bodywork team invited to China to study Tuina, a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine and massage. In 1991, he traveled to India to study with the meditation master and sage, H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji).
Neal has been teaching traditional Usui, Japanese, and Tibetan Reiki for 25 years and been providing Reiki therapy for 35 years. He is also a certified Karuna® Reiki instructor and Usui Holy Fire Karuna® Master instructor, taught by William Lee Rand. As a certified Quantum-Touch® practitioner for 21 years and instructor for 18 years, he provides both classes and individual sessions.
He is the author of the book, Pocket Stress Manager & Labyrinth Guide, as well as the relaxation CD, Exit The Storm. Neal as well as his work at Relax4Life has been featured on national television including WTTW, Fox, NBC, Discovery Channel and more. He has also been featured in several national magazines including Better Homes & Gardens, Spa Finder, New Age Magazine, Utne Reader and others.
In 1997, Neal was the originator of the Earth-Wisdom Labyrinth; Illinois’ first permanent outdoor labyrinth located in Elgin. He has been a consultant on, and the creator of other public labyrinths, fabric traveling labyrinths, wood and plastic finger labyrinths (including his patented brain balancing, communication enhancing double finger labyrinth design known as the Intuipath®) and manuals for creating outdoor labyrinths. Neal leads labyrinth workshops around the country and is both a founding member of The Labyrinth Society and has been a Certified Veriditas Facilitator since 1999.
In his private therapy practice, Neal assists those individuals who are experiencing a variety of concerns including life-affirming conditions such as Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease as well as anxiety and more general concerns. To promote healing on many levels, he uses relaxation and meditation training, EFT, Reiki, Quantum-Touch® as well as his own modality “labyrinth counseling” (using his patented double finger labyrinth design). This work explores integrative medical options, as well as the psychology and spirituality of illness and recovery. Neal also headed up a 4-year national research study to determine the behavioral effects of his Intuipath® design on children and adolescents with ADHD. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephanie Lindloff is an intuitive life coach who helps women create uniquely magical lives by reclaiming their natural intuition. We’re all born with intuition and reconnecting with Nature is a beautiful way to access our natural wisdom. Through this work her clients find stillness, and gain great clarity and confidence to undertake transformational actions that create more fulfilling lives.
For nearly 20 years, Stephanie worked as an environmental professional, receiving international recognition for her expertise in river restoration. Initially drawn to the work because of her deep love for the natural world, she came to understand the root of our environmental and social problems is our personal disconnection from Nature. This awareness deepened her spiritual connection with Nature, and expanded her lifelong intuitive abilities. Stephanie lives in Barrington with her husband and two young children. She can be reached at: email@example.com. She’s also active on Instagram and Facebook at Our Natural Wisdom.
Joy Lucinda Klein has worked as a geriatric health care professional since 1999. She holds a BS in Microbiology and an MS in Gerontology. She’s practiced in 4 states as well as Thailand, serving families and their loved ones with dementia leading to hospice care. Since launching her company Path to Joy Wellness and Trainings in 2010, she’s been at the forefront of developing cutting edge, simple and effective complementary therapy protocols incorporating reflexology, energy work, and aromatherapy to increase patient success with activities of daily living and medical treatments which have a tendency to decrease or delay psychotropic drug use.
She offers a variety of continuing education seminars for health care professionals and the general public. They focus on using hands-on techniques for decreasing pain, agitation and anxiety as well as improving sleep quality and managing acute and chronic symptoms. These same techniques are used effectively for self-care strategies.
Joy Lucinda also customizes training for nursing homes, assisted living centers, home health and home health professionals. She offers community presentations for family caregivers, seniors, and people with chronic illness, grief, ADHD or PTSD. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experiences with you. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yvonne Czarniak, EEM-AP, is a certified instructor of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, an Advanced Eden Energy Medicine practitioner and an Access Consciousness Bars practitioner.
Yvonne discovered Tai Chi in 1997 while looking for ways to slow down, clear her mind and enhance her physical fitness. After only one session, Yvonne was hooked on Tai Chi. Receiving her Tai Chi long form certification in 2000, she now teaches individuals of all ages and physical abilities the concepts of balance both inward and outward.
As a certified Advanced Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner, Access Consciousness Bars practitioner and an Energy Medicine 101 and 102 instructor, she assists her students and clients to both locate where their energy is sluggish or blocked and to remove those blockages.
Yvonne’s mission is helping people learn to listen to their bodies and address the slow moving or blocked energies before the issue becomes pain or discomfort. She looks forward to being of service and can be reached at: email@example.com.
John Robertson is a T’ai Chi Chuan, Qigong and Martial Arts instructor. He holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do Karate with The World Tang Soo Do Association, is a Level VII Master Instructor with World Ki Gong (CN: Qigong) and is a Level III Advanced Qigong Instructor with The National Qigong Association. John is also a certified Reiki Master Instructor, reflexologist and an ordained minister. He has received training in the US, UK and China.
John also has an interest in acupuncture, acupressure, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the I-Ching and metaphysics. He believes that understanding these fields and more is crucial to the effective and responsible practice of all forms of healing and martial arts.
The message he conveys to his students is one of healing and non-aggression. In other words, find peaceful, energetic ways to help heal the body, mind and spirit of those we interact with so the use of self-defense techniques is only considered as a very last resort. John can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lisa Espinosa is the author of Answering Your Inner Calling, winner of the 2017 Independent Press Award. She is a spiritual career coach and Reiki master. Her focus is on helping those who are feeling called to evolve their existing career or begin a new one. Her next book, Birthing the Priestess Within, is coming out in the fall of 2019.
In her work, Lisa integrates her training in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy, Reiki energy healing, meditation, and other intuitive & spiritual practices. Lisa also completed her End of Life Doula training with INELDA (International End of Life Doula Association) and she brings that experience into her work as well.
Before she was a spiritual career coach, Lisa was a middle school teacher for nearly ten years in the Chicago Public Schools and holds an M.Ed. During this time, she was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction Award. Lisa is also the mother of five amazing children. She can be reached at: email@example.com.
ABOUT DR. MELISSA
Dr. Melissa Mahon is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, with a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology. She has been practicing psychotherapy for 8 years. She works for Advocate Aurora Healthcare conducting therapy with children and adolescents. She is also the owner of Journey To Present, a multi-faceted practice of Confidence Coaching, Hypnosis, and Energy Work, including Access Consciousness Bars and Usui Reiki.
Dr. Mahon attended graduate school at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and has used her background in Psychology in her coaching practice. She has extensive training in hypnosis, the treatment of trauma and anxiety, and considers herself to be a life-long student. One of the practices that has created the most change and influence in her life has been Access Consciousness Bars. She facilitates practitioner workshops to students wanting to learn this energy modality.
Dr. Mahon has found that through the use of “alternative” modalities, clients resolve their issues much faster and have longer lasting results than with traditional psychotherapy. She explains that so much of what has kept us stuck in our issues is beyond our conscious understanding. Through the use of energy work and hypnosis, the root cause of these issues is more easily released, providing relief from symptoms and a much higher quality of life.
Dr. Mahon’s mission is to empower others to trust themselves, release limitations and live more joyful lives. Dr. Mahon can be reached at Melissa@journeytopresent.com.
Diamond (David Haracz) graduated from NIU with distinction (Magna Cum Laude) as a double major in Philosophy and Sociology. He has studied and practiced numerous spiritual paths for over 20 years, including regular daily meditation. He is a Reiki Master/Teacher, a facilitator of several study groups on A Course In Miracles and leads frequent quartz crystal singing bowl meditations at various locations throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. He also plays at group events and holds individual Chakra balancing sessions. Using sound as the medium, he will facilitate an experience that will reconnect you with your true, peaceful Self. Diamond can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT GARY B
Gary Boelhower, PhD has been an educator at the high school, college, graduate, and executive training levels for over 40 years. His focus has been on ethics, values, leadership and wise decision making. He uses diverse wisdom technologies to facilitate deep reflection and to access the inner teacher.
He has served as an administrator in higher education as chair of humanities, dean of life-long learning, dean of graduate studies and vice president for academic affairs. He has consulted with a broad range of organizations (government, education, not-for-profit, and business) and has facilitated executive development programs on dialogue, authentic leadership, values and vision, the respectful workplace, navigating racial and cultural diversity, and wise decision-making. He was also the founding executive director of the Center for Spirituality and Leadership at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
His publications include articles in leadership, practical wisdom and values integration. His poetry and stories have been published in journals and anthologies. His most recent books include: Naming Rites: Poems (Holy Cow! Press 2017); Marrow, Muscle, Flight: Poems which won the Midwest Book Award (Wildwood River Press 2011); Choose Wisely: Practical Insights from Spiritual Traditions (Paulist Press 2013); and Mountain 10 (coauthored with Joe Miguez and Tricia Pearce, Mountain 10 Resources 2013). He presently teaches at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
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Gary Anderson is a Certified Yoga Instructor and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner and has been teaching and seeing private clients for 14 years. With over 2000 hours of studio teaching experience he brings a strong presence along with his big heart into every collaborative relationship.
He created and taught a course in Hatha Yoga and Philosophy at The College of St. Scholastica for several years. He has taught Hatha Yoga classes through community education programs, led workshops, and facilitated retreats. His current areas of study are Thai Yoga Bodywork and Somatic Yoga.
He brings his mindfulness living skillset into the greater community through his role as a City Councilor in Duluth, Minnesota. He has also worked as a community organizer and was an instrumental leader in the marriage equality effort in Duluth for the 2012-13 Minnesotans United for All Families campaign. He and his spouse Gary Boelhower have been living, loving and serving the world together for over 8 years. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2014, after over a decade of teaching at Relax4life and being one of our students’ favorite teachers, Kathleen Rankhorn has retired from being a school counselor and moved to the warmer climate of Wilmington, North Carolina. She continues to teach Yoga and her various workshops in that area and returns to Relax4Life every year or two to teach her very popular Seated Energy Yoga & Meditation workshop.
Kathleen Rankhorn is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who has taught yoga since 1999. She is a certified Forrest yoga instructor by Master Teacher Ana Forrest and a registered yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT-200). She is also a Reiki Master and Quantum Touch Practitioner. She studies regularly with Lama Surya Das for Buddhist studies, meditation and Tibetan Energy Yoga. Her style focuses on balancing the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspect of each student. Combining a unique understanding of body mechanics, her classes are individually tailored to meet the needs of students new to yoga through advanced-level practitioners. She can be reached at: email@example.com.
Carol Schultz Groch, MBA, LMT, has been a professional Animal Communicator since 2000. Her chosen path to assist animals and their people was greatly inspired by her feline friend, Panda, a graceful, wise, and playful companion. Although Panda has since passed into spirit, Carol’s healing journey with animals continues to evolve.
Carol’s path in animal wellness has included the training and application of various intuitive healing support modalities, and a committed focus on client grief support. As Carol’s personal understanding of the interconnectivity between humans and their companion animals has expanded, she has begun to see the process of inter-species healing and communication in a different light. As a way to more deeply understand the human side of this connection, Carol embarked upon the study of Massage, Craniosacral Therapy and the effects of trauma, and now incorporates this further learning into her work with people and their animals. Private practice animal communication consultations with Carol support all concerns, including behavior, performance, health, life changes, end of life, in-spirit, and lost animals.
She has studied with Penelope Smith, an internationally known pioneer in this field, Teresa Wagner, a trusted guide in animal loss & grief support concerns, Dr. Nancy Soliven, a leading professional in the field of craniosacral therapy and emotional release, and with many others both locally and nationally. Carol is a graduate of the Interspecies Life Awareness Coach training program with the Institute of Integrated Sciences, founded by Mary Ann Simonds, a Human/Animal Life Awareness Coach.
In 2006, Carol founded Animal Spirit Healing & Education® Network, a collaborative educational community which continues to enhance the lives of animal companions and their humans through on-site courses, teleclasses, and online learning opportunities.
Carol Schultz is a University of Illinois graduate, received her MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Business, and was a logistics manager in the food industry prior to transitioning into the field of Animal Communication. She resides with her family in her hometown of Pekin, IL. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.