ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS:

Neal Harris
ABOUT NEAL

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 34 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.

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 over 20 years and been providing Reiki therapy for over 30 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 19 years and instructor for 16 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: neal@relax4life.com.

 

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ABOUT JOY

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:  joy@pathtojoywellness.com

 


ABOUT CHRISTINE

For over 20 years, Christine Sonnen, ATP, CHMRP has been a metaphysical practitioner and workshop leader.  Her specialties and certifications include: ThetaHealing® master teacher and practitioner, Past Life Regression, Quantum Healing Hypnosis, Holographic Memory Resolution and Reconnective Healing®.  She is also a certified Angel Therapy practitioner through Doreen Virtue.

For almost 25 years, Christine has been in private practice helping individuals get in touch with their inner self, thereby building a healthier and more positive environment within and around them.  She can be reached at: christinesonnen@sbcglobal.net.

 


ABOUT YVONNE
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: yvonneczar8@gmail.com.


ABOUT JOHN

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: john@7starsma.com.

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ABOUT ANA

Ana Roussev, the founder of Universal Living Energy, is an international energy healer, yoga instructor, Kabbalah mentor and Reiki master-practitioner. From a very early age, she was able to communicate with spiritual guides. She was taught how to work with energy healing before she could understand what energy healing was.  With over 30 years of experience she is now pursuing her life mission to heal and teach others.  Ana leads a bi-weekly Meetup group and authors a popular vlog on YouTube, exploring various topics in the personal growth and healing arenas.  She looks forward to being of service to you.  Ana can be reached at:  mrs.roussev@gmail.com.

ABOUT LISA

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. Read more about her work at www.lisaespinosa.net.

 

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.

 


ABOUT DIAMOND

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:  divinityinu2@yahoo.com.

 


ABOUT DR. TIM

Tim Hayes, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Crystal Lake, Illinois.  With over thirty years of successful experience, doing therapy with individuals and families Dr. Hayes integrates mind/body energy techniques into a client-friendly model. This model emphasizes that people possess within themselves the resources necessary to deal effectively with a wide variety of problems and challenges.

Dr. Hayes specializes in relieving post-traumatic stress, (PTSD), symptoms.  He has helped countless individuals and families resolve the effects of severe trauma, whether recent or in the distant past. These traumas include; verbal, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, as well as severe physical trauma and loss. Due to his experience and ability to integrate a range of therapeutic techniques, he helps clients in the most cost-effective and time-efficient way possible.

Dr. Hayes remains on “the cutting edge” of mental health services by integrating some of the newest and most effective approaches into a results-oriented therapy style.  Some of the tools he employs besides EFT are:  EMDR (trauma reduction technique), Depth Oriented Brief Therapy Training (Coherence Therapy), Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET), and The Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique (BEST).

For over 20 years,  Dr. Hayes has taught parenting skills and written extensively about power struggles (from the perspective of both a father and therapist). His widely acclaimed book, Parenting Power Struggle Handbook is now available from his web site www.ch4cs.com.

In addition to his role as therapist and parenting expert, Dr. Hayes speaks professionally on a wide variety of topics related to mental health, relationships, parenting and the mind/body connection.  He can be reached at: thayes@ch4cs.com.


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: gboelhower@msn.com.


ABOUT GARY A

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: gboelhower@msn.com.


ABOUT KATHLEEN

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: krankhorn@icloud.com.

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ABOUT CAROL

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: carol@carolschultz.com.