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Community Happenings – January 2019


Wednesday, January 2nd at 7:00 – 7:45 pm.
Thursday, January 3rd at 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

You deserve an abundance of all that you desire and the time is now! Start the New Year off with a fantastic, fun and focused online intention workshop with All About Town columnist, Theresa Puskar. In this FREE workshop you will focus on manifesting your desires from a place of joy, adventure and enthusiasm. Through a guided meditation, you will explore what your greatest desires are for the upcoming year, and then set your intentions so that you can follow through on them, not from a place of angst and fear, but from a place of joyful anticipation! Class size is limited so act now!

To register go to and click on the “Register Here” box on the homepage. 

Breath Awareness: Mastering a

Classic Buddhist Meditation with

Bhante Samahita

Saturday, Jan.12, 2019, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ānāpānasati meditation guided and explained!

Awareness of Breathing is one of the most widely practiced meditation methods in the Buddhist tradition. The Buddha himself used it on the night of his enlightenment and often praised its benefits. Buddhist monk, Bhante Samahita, will provide an in-depth exploration of this classic breath meditation technique as described by the Buddha in one of his most important discourses. We will go through all 16 steps in four sessions that include explanation followed by sitting and walking meditations. The first sessions will focus on calming the mind (samatha), while the last session will focus on gaining incisive insight (vipassana). This meditation method can induce all the four jhāna-absorptions and develop the seven factors of Enlightenment (bojjhanga), which may be why Buddha Gotama called it both “unique” and “sublime.” 

Bhante Samāhita was educated as a medical doctor at the Copenhagen University in Denmark and became Associate Professor in Bioinformatics at the Technical University in Denmark, working with theoretical biology and artificial intelligence. He arrived in Sri Lanka in 2001, where he became fully ordained as a Bhikkhu in 2003. As a monk of the Theravada Araññavasin Forest Tradition, he has been living and meditating for the past 16 years alone in a remote mountain forest hermitage. His main philosophical interest is the convergence and congruence of ideas within Early Buddhism, Orthodox Quantum Physics, Einsteinian Relativity, Information Theory and Thermodynamics.

Location: The Theosophical Society in America, 1926 N. Main Street, Wheaton, IL 60187.

Call 630-668-1571 or visit

Cost: $65 in advance, $75 at the door


5 Weeks to Wellness Series

Sundays, Jan. 13 – Feb. 10, 2019, 3:30 p.m. ­– 5 p.m.

Give your body a vacation from sugar and processed foods using only real food. Stef Sojka, MPH and Certified Health & Wellness Educator, will lead a fun, five-week RESTART® wellness series. This is part nutritional education, part sugar detox and part support group; participants register for the full five-week session. New meeting locations in the Chicago suburbs are in the works for future dates/times, so gather your friends! Each five-week session is limited to
10 participants.

This simple, yet powerful, program focuses on REAL FOOD. There are no pills, powders, or prepackaged foods to buy. Past participants have said they had an increase in energy, more restful sleep, better fitting clothes, stronger immune system, improved clarity and focus, as well as decreased anxiety. Start 2019 feeling great!

Location: Naperville, near 75th Street and Naper Boulevard (Address provided upon registration.)

REGISTER at or call 630-362-4443 for details.

Cost: $185 (All five weekly, 90-minute, in-person meetings).

Family Constellations

Saturday, January 19, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Family Constellations reveal and transform hidden dynamics in family systems that are difficult to understand and change. Experience this amazing phenomenological process and discover how these hidden forces, often over multiple generations, can influence your thoughts, behaviors, and emotional experiences. Constellations can help resolve your most complicated problems and open different ways of understanding your family relationships. Tap into a knowing field that surrounds each family to discover this living phenomenon.

Explore a range of issues that can result from hidden family dynamics including self-sabotage, issues with connection, difficult relationships with parents, unexplained feelings, patterns and behaviors, inability to create wealth, and unexplained sadness and trauma. During the process, work through the field to search for possible solutions that can release entanglements and help provide you with a different experience in the family system. Understand what is hidden in your family system to you heal even your deepest wounds.

In this process, hidden and unexpected dynamics operating within the system are revealed and addressed in a way that aims to find a healthy and respectful place for all members of the family system with new understanding and awareness. Open to anyone looking for personal and family healing.

Instructor: Barry Krost, Cert. Family & Systemic Constellations Facilitator

Course 183148 CEUs available

Cost: $110/85 payment 10 days in advance

Location: 1280 Old Skokie Valley Rd,
Highland Park, IL 60035

To register or for more information, visit online, or call 847-831-8828.

Light of Loving Kindness presents:

The Hope, Healing, Health & Wholeness “Pop-up Clinic”

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, 9 a.m. ­– 5 p.m.

All day bliss!

Join Light of Loving Kindness (LOLK) on Saturday, January 26, 2019, as we embark upon a day full of learning, self-reflection, hands-on practice, questions and answers, as well as healing at our inaugural “pop-up clinic” located in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood.

Looking to get healthy? Looking to improve the quality of your life? Looking to learn about scientifically proven alternatives or complementary treatments for mental, physical and spiritual health? Want to help others to heal? Then this day is especially for you!

Light of Loving Kindness—bringing hope, healing, health and wholeness to individuals and communities that need them the most, in the places that see them the least.

All proceeds for the day go to benefit the work of Light of Loving Kindness, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, providing “pop-up clinics” in communities that are considered to be underserved, marginalized, poverty-stricken and/or trauma-affected across Illinois and Indiana.

Check out our Facebook page,, for weekly features on presenting teachers, speakers, and guests and the schedule of events.

Call 708-970-8380 (office) or 708-663-5572 (cell) for information.

Ticket information is available at or

Location: Wahe Guru Yoga Chicago, 48 E. 26th St., Chicago, IL, 60616.

Cost: In Advance: $18.00 via Eventbrite – Fundraiser Discounted Level

At the Door: $20.00 per person – Fundraiser Level

At the Door: $10.00 per person – Community Level

At the Door: $5.00 per person – Giver Level

At the Door: One donated item; such as a can of soup, a bag of animal food, a nice item of clothing—all of these items will be donated to the Goodwill, PAWS, and/or a local homeless shelter – Helper Level

At the Door: No cost – Freedom Level

Be a Holiday Hero

Give the Gift of Life

Red Cross Urgently Needs Blood Donations

Emergencies don’t take a holiday. The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment now to give and help ensure patients can get the treatment they need at a moment’s notice.

Give the gift of life – make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS 1-800-733-2767.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities In January 2019

Cook county


1/2/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, 2235 N. Sheffield

1/3/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, 2235 N. Sheffield

1/8/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
111 S. Wacker,
111 S. Wacker Dr.

1/9/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and Northern Illinois, 2200 W. Harrison St.

1/9/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., DePaul Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Ave

1/14/2019: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr.

1/16/2019: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Merchandise Mart
222 W. Merchandise MartPlaza, 7th Floor


1/18/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Northwestern University – Phi Kappa Psi, 2247 Sheridan Rd.

CBD Hemp Oil

Educational Online Presentation

Every Wednesday Evening, 8 p.m.

Anxiousness, joint Issues, swelling throughout your body and other health problems? Stop suffering…

Join us online every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. where we will discuss how CBD/hemp oil is changing lives. CBD/hemp oil comes from the hemp plant, not the marijuana plant, is non-addictive and can’t get you high. It’s legal and no medical card is needed. Find out how it works with the endocannabinoid system and why it’s one of the most important systems in our body! You will also find out how not all oils are the same and how this natural plant oil can help you get your health back. 

Get your questions answered, and after the presentation, we will discuss an opportunity to become a part of the team and earn extra income sharing and helping others come back to their natural health.

Location: Online

RSVP at for a link to join the Wednesday evening call. You may also call 800-762-5037 for information.

Cost: Free

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