The Blue Zones of Happiness, by best-selling author Dan Buettner, reveals the surprising secrets of what makes the world’s happiest places and how you can apply these lessons to your own life. Integrative health coach Stephanie Pearce will discuss this book and how changing small things, one at a time, can lead to happiness, boosting habits that can enrich and optimize your outlook and your well-being.
At times, to add meaning to our lives, we need to determine ways in which we can give back and grow personally. This might involve work, relationships, lifestyle, or service. To move forward in the most full filling direction, we need to recognize our gifts and do some soul-searching to design our next steps.
In Life Planning, facilitator Dee Kane, takes a step-by- step approach in three consecutive workshops: LP 101 Insights to identify your gifts, LP 102 Vision to imagine the possibilities, and LP 200 Action to plan and guide your steps. LP 101 and LP 102 are completed with Dee Kane before enrolling in LP 200.
When participants have completed LP 200 Action, Women’s Exchange offers opportunities to Explore in limited practicum placements.
LP 102 Vision
4 Mondays: March 19, April 2 and 9, 9 to 11 am. and April 16, 12:30 to 2:30 pm. $200
Let’s write! We will start with a warm-up activity offered by facilitator Kim Grahl, followed by a writing prompt, with time to write for 30 to 40 minutes. Afterward, share individual writings with a specific set of rules for feedback. Confidentiality is protected: anything read in the session is never discussed outside of the group, not even with each other. Try it one time!
Intro to ThetaHealing®: A powerful energy technique to clear limiting subconscious beliefs and move your life forward
ThetaHealing® is a meditation technique that allows you to train your mind and body to clear limiting beliefs, so you can experience more love, freedom, and expansion. It effectively addresses a wide range of physical and emotional issues. In this series, you will learn how to access a Theta state (a relaxed brain state), connect to the Creator of All That Is, receive a group healing of unconditional love, and identify beliefs keeping you stuck.
Join in for stimulating conversation about a different short story every other Friday at 10 am. The book we are reading is The Art of the Tale – An International Anthology of Short Stories edited by Daniel Halpern.
We are a friendly and enthusiastic group and always welcome new readers
SHORT STORY SCHEDULE
March 23 "I Look Out for Ed Wolfe" by Stanley Elkin
Alternating Fridays, 10 to 11:30 am. $15 each Friday.
All around the world, a new version of humanity is evolving from the chaos of the old order. This new “universal human” is awakening to the essential self or Soul and is reaching out to co-create with others a culture that nurtures life. You may be part of this emerging Age of the Soul without knowing it. Join Sue Baugh to explore this joyous, profound next step occurring in human evolution.
Facilitator Michelle Fellman will show us how to use our journals to explore various aspects of our lives, ourselves, and our relationships with others. Designed and developed by Kathleen Adams, author of Journal to the Self and a pioneer in the use of writing as a tool to personal growth, this course will help participants discover the writer within. No writing experience necessary.
4 Tuesdays: April 3, 10, 17 and 24, 10:30 am to noon. $80 plus $10 for workbook distributed in first class.
Banish those negative thoughts with Harriet Porter, LCSW, as we take eight weeks to explore Mark Coleman’s book, Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic. With wisdom, humor and kindness, the author offers tools that can truly make a difference in silencing the voice of self-doubt and purging old thought patterns. For the first class, read the forward, introduction and the first three chapters.
Has your thinking got you down? Want to see and feel things differently? Changing your attitude is absolutely possible and moreover, it can (and should) be fun. In this two-part workshop, Catherine Borowski and JS Hedegard will introduce you to a variety of awareness techniques that have built-in feedback loops to quickly reinforce new attitudes.
2 Thursdays: April 5 and 19, 1 to 2:30 pm. $50. Location: Winnetka Congregational Church
With more than 50 years’ experience in the automotive service industry, Bob Dupre from Cars of America has lots of advice and wisdom to share: European vehicles should be leased, not purchased; free maintenance at the dealer can be expensive in the long run; don’t follow the factory maintenance schedule unless you are trading every three years. Bob also will offer insights into hybrid electric vehicles, tell us how to select a great mechanic shop, and explain how to do our own 5-minute safety inspection.
Join the fun and help hospitalized children. All you need is the ability to stitch two squares of cloth together by hand. Sewn strips of colorful cloth are turned into finished quilts that are donated to Project Linus. Conversation around the table is reminiscent of the quilting bees of old. Most times: First Monday of the month.
Mondays: April 9 and June 4, noon to 2 pm. No charge.
Do you have things to get done but don't know where to start? Are you overwhelmed just by the thought of that big or even small task? This workshop with Sue Opeka, founder of The Present Moment, will teach a tried-and-true method to help you focus. Start taking action towards your goals or intentions, big or small.
The focus of this three-week workshop with parent coach Beth Miller is to build parent-child relationships based on mutual respect. This course is designed for the parents or grandparents of children ages 3 to 9. Participants will have an opportunity to identify personal goals and practice techniques to sustain meaningful change in their relationships. Choose day time or evening.
3 Wednesdays: April 11, 18 and 25, 9:30 to 11 am OR 7 to 8:30 pm. $75
Explore healthy “hacks” with Stephanie Pearce, integrative health coach. Hacks might focus on food, happiness, movement, or time management. While we work together, enjoy healthy snacks as you learn easy life-enhancing tips. Leave with tips you can likely integrate into your life.
Learn about food waste reduction from Erlene Howard of Collective Resource, Inc. (CRI), a door-to-door food scrap collection service. CRI works to reduce landfill through commercial composting. Through education and training, CRI has kept 3500 tons of waste out of the landfill.
What happens to your brain and body when you have conversations that are: exciting, toxic, or loving? In this workshop Dee Kane, Certified Conversational Intelligence Coach leads you through the ground-breaking work of Judith Glaser, author of Conversational Intelligence.
This will be an experiential workshop exploring ways the brain interprets trust and how the body reacts chemically. You will reflect on your relationships and identify the chemicals that are produced through various interactions. Then, you will practice techniques for producing more of the feel-good chemicals.
You get to take a 10-question online Catalyst Tool that highlights your patterns of conversational impact. During the debrief, you will apply tools that increase the connection and impact of future conversations. You will learn how to build trust and enhance your relationships.
3 Mondays, April 16, 23 and 30. 10 to Noon, $90. [please note: class 4/30 will be hosted at WCC]
It is innovative, effective, and fun. The body of knowledge is called “C-IQ.”
Gather at the forest preserve for a 4.4-mile walk, north around the lagoons to the Botanic Garden and back. Meet at the Tower Road parking lot, just west of Forestway Drive, Winnetka, at 8 am. Walk begins promptly at 8:15 am.
Many of us are overly empathic. We need special tools and techniques to effectively protect ourselves from incoming energies, as well as a method to release everything we have absorbed. With empowerment coach Nancy Creely, we will learn ways to use our intuitive gifts to self-heal, and how to direct these gifts for the benefit of others.
Joyce Elias, multi-media artist, will present a project on the colors in nature that includes photos and painted wood collages. There will be a hands-on component, when participants will have an opportunity to create a work of art answering the question, “What color is your weather today?” Supplies included.
The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago remains one of the most fascinating and controversial events in American history, an extravaganza that influenced the architecture and development of cities for the next century. Join us for a lecture and film clip by author and filmmaker Judith Paine McBrien exploring Daniel Burnham’s evolving role, challenges, relationships and ideas as the exposition’s Director of Works.
Start planning your summer adventures when Jennier Engel from Chicago’s North Shore Convention Bureau visits us, with news about local museums, sidewalk sales and upcoming summer festivals in our communities.
Join Marianne Griebler when she returns to facilitate writing an engaging, authentic LinkedIn profile . In this workshop you will get tips, tools and confidence to make sure you stand out and shine! You will go home with a good start on a new profile.
"Brown Bag" if you wish - Wednesday, May 23,11 to 1 pm. $30
Inspired Action Part I: Using Personal Power Words
Discover what your subconscious mind really believes about the words you think, speak and hear. Learn with empowerment coach Nancy Creely how words can empower you or cause resistance. Bring a goal to this class and walk away with a simple process you can use to motivate you to take inspired action.
Thursday, May 24, 10 to 11:30 am.
Inspired Action Part II: Connecting Mind and Heart
Making decisions without checking with your heart can lead to focusing on the wrong goal, premature timing, and thinking you have to figure out how to manifest your goal. Learn from empowerment coach Nancy Creely why you might not be in alignment with Inspired Action; learn to allow your authentic next step of flow and ease.
Dolley Madison was the fourth First Lady of the United States. During the two terms of James Madison’s administration (1809-1817), she created the first lady role that we have come to know. She entertained, set fashions, and opened up the White House in ways her predecessors couldn’t have imagined. Beth Kelly, PhD, of DePaul University will explore Dolley Madison’s remarkable life and legacy.
No one thing explains health and longevity, but science has found a few factors that positively impact it: daily rituals, our social network, what we eat, and a sense of purpose. Sign up to hear insights on these areas from Stephanie Pearce, integrative health coach.
Days pass quickly as we grow older. We celebrate yet another birthday. We think there is plenty of time to prepare for the future. Charlotte Bishop, certified aging life-care professional, will present the five crucial steps we all need to begin planning for our own future as an “older adult”.
Essential oils and aromatherapy have been around for many centuries but only have been rediscovered and widely used as recent as 60 years ago. Join Jane Ishibashi to learn the basics of essential oils, safe usages, and ‘make and take’ an itch-be-gone roller, aimed towards annoying bug bites!
Tuesday, June 5, 7 to 8:30 pm. $30 includes supplies.
Come hear Karen Glennemeier, biologist and member of the League of Women Voters of Wilmette, when she presents a brief history of the electoral college, followed by a discussion of its impact on democracy.
Author of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, Kathleen Rooney will discuss Margaret Fishback, who inspired the book, her ads and poems, and then also talk a bit about walking and flanerie. A simple salad and light dessert will make this a delightful literary afternoon.
As our choice of foods changes with the seasons, so does our wine. Theresa Lucas, owner of Good Grapes Wine Shop, will share a few wine basics, incorporate food pairing, and challenge our olfactory senses with various wine bouquets. Lunch & Learn will be held at Patio 809 at Chestnut Court, Winnetka. RSVP required before June 15.