Representing GMG and Usui Reiki Ryoho, in Sedona Arizona

Sedona’s Connection to the Sea. Visiting Sedona Arizona in 2004, I was completely taken by its natural beauty. Hiking there was phenomenal and the sense of peace, amazing. I had hoped to return. Finally, this past April I had that chance. While there I was reminded that millions of years ago Sedona was under the sea. As the water receded, it left lines of color and draw-dropping scenery of iron-rich red spires and other unique rock formations. Fossilized marine animalssea shells and sharks teeth can be found here.

This area was discovered centuries ago by Native Americans who made Sedona their home. Ancient ruins, pictographs and petroglyphs can be viewed at two protected Native American heritage sites. While visiting the Palatki Native American Heritage site, I was greeted by two gopher snakes that crossed my path. One crossed on the left, the other to the right. It felt like a choreographed welcoming dance of the snakes. 

Wildlife of Sedona. Yes, there are some poisonous snakes and insects in the area, but gopher snakes are not poisonous and are really quite beautiful. Luckily, no rattlesnakes were heard or seen while there. Still, one does need to take care and be aware when hiking in Sedona. Each time I visit I have interesting wildlife experiences. On my first trip there in 2004, as we turned onto the highway leading to Sedona an owl flew across the windshield. Then in April 2017, a similar experience occurred with a hawk. This year, it was a yellow warbler flying past my windshield as I turned onto to the highway Sedona. Driving late at night, I saw a pack of boar-like javelina going through trash dumpsters.While hiking in Oak Creek Canyon, Raven soared majestically through canyon, riding the air currents. On my first visit, while offering someone Reiki Reiju (Japanese for attunement, an important part of learning Reiki Ryōho face-to-face, a coyote stood outside the natural circle of rocks I had chosen for this purpose, and a hawk circled above.

Beautiful dessert flowers, stunning sunrise and sunsets, and the occasional rainbow adds to the wonder of Sedona. Spring monsoons can suddenly appear. One night I drove to a plateau, hoping to see sunset from a lesser known vantage point than the frequented ‘airport vortex.‘ (Vortexes are said to be an area of concentrated energy. I tend to avoid the commercialized and touristy vortex sites, preferring out-of-the-way quiet spots of natural beauty which can be found throughout the area.) Even the locals thought that afternoon clouds and a predicted rain storm made seeing sunset doubtful. Still, I was optimistic. Soon, a monsoon moved through the canyon, the winds shook and rattled my car to the point I thought it might tip over. My thought was, ‘if the storm stops and the sun does come out, it will be a beautiful sunset.’ Sure enough; the sun came out .. followed by this beautiful end-to-end, double rainbow. Well worth the wait!

Connections to Gloucester MA Found in Sedona. At the Palatki Native American Heritage site, I met Park Rangers Jake and wife Kathy. They live part of the year in New Hampshire and were in Sedona for winter. Jake was in Gloucester in the 1970’s while sailing to Russia on the Te Vega. Te Vega, a two-masted, gaff-rigged auxiliary schooner was once owned by the Landmark School in Beverly Farms, MA. A book about Te Vega can be found on Amazon.

Art, Crafts, Pottery and Jewelry. Sedona was settled in the early 1900’s by farmers, followed by ranchers. Now, tourism fuels the economy and the city is populated by an eclectic group of people, residents and tourists alike. Local residents related that they “miss the cowboy days, before the influx of ‘hippies, psychics and healers.'”

Weekend Art Shows. ‘Pop-up’ art shows are a great place to find handcrafted art, like the wooden cross inlaid with turquoise seen above.

 

Handcrafted turquoise jewelry and pottery. Native American artists can be found along the highway on the left-hand side as you head north on Route 89A towards Flagstaff. Here, money from your purchases goes directly to support Native Americans artisans and their heritage. I bought beautiful pieces from Cheryl and her mother, members of the Diné (named Navajo by the Spaniards).

Seemingly out-of-place, a Buddhist stupa rises from the desert at the base of a mountain just about one mile from a cowboy church. Here, prayers (and reiki) are offered, thought to be ‘carried by the wind’ to those in need. Meditate to the sound of birds and wind chimes and enjoy a wonderful sense of peace.  Or, stop by the Chapel of the Holy Cross, built into the side of the red cliffs in 1956; another special place for introspection, reflection, meditation, and prayer.

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Sedona, AZ retreat ~

Sedona, AZ retreat ~

One of the highlights of our Sedona Retreat will be a vortex Didgeridoo Chakra clearing!

And as if vortex energy wasn’t magical enough all by itself…
Sedona is also world renowned for its breathtaking beauty. Named “One of the 10 Most Beautiful Places in the US” by USA Today, Sedona is a unique combination of gorgeous red rock formations, white granite cliffs, high desert pines and other natural delights.

Painted wildflowers…

Abundant wildlife…

Cool creeks…

Incandescent rainbows…

Azure skies…

You’ll find it all in Sedona on our retreat Jan 17-21, 2019!

Hurry, only 5 days left for early bird pricing.

Info@ayurvedawellnesshealing.com

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Sedona Retreat ~

Sedona Retreat ~

Once in a lifetime’s come around…well, once 💫

Join Kim of Ayurveda Wellness Healing and Katie of North Shore Restorative Yoga on our Sedona Retreat…Relax into Being.  January 17-21, 2019

The stunning vistas and red rock of Sedona are calling you back home to your heart.  The perfect setting to relax, let go and fall in love with yourself as you absorb the powerful healing energy of this geological wonderland.  Find your peace and revival at the luxury Sedona Rouge Spa & hotel, where adventure meets deep relaxation, with daily yoga classes, group discussion, Ayurveda, Vortex Energy Chakra Healing, 15% off on spa services, swag bag, breakfast & lunch, and so much more!

Slow down, reconnect and empower your life with daily rituals that purify and clarify your highest intentions.  Join us on this relaxing and healing journey of a lifetime!

Early bird registration before 10/1 and SAVE $200

**First 8 to register will be included in a raffle to win FREE round trip airfare! !

For more information and registration:  www.nsryoga.com

Call: 978-395-1234
Email: kim@ayurvedawellnesshealing.com

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health” 😊

North Shore Restorative Yoga

What Settings Do You Prefer for Relaxation and Learning?

 

Home much does the environment affect your ability to relax and learn? 
I have offered sessions and trainings in many settings, from hospitals to horse farms. No matter where I am, I feel the work is the same. I wonder though, how much does the space make a difference to the enjoyment and learning experience of students and clients.
What is your favorite setting in which to ‘Relax and Learn?’ This poll only takes a few moments. Your feedback is much appreciated and will determine the location of future classes and sessions.

Photo © Karen Pischke. A Reiki Session is thought to Promote Relaxation and Self-Healing.

Photo © 2017. Karen Pischke. Rainbow appeared during a Reiki Training in Gloucester MA

Photo © 2017. Karen Pischke. Sedona, Arizona.

Photo © Karen Pischke 2015. Buddhist Monastery. Catskills, New York.

The Reiki (Kyogi) Principles –

Today Only …

Let Go of Anger,

Let go of Worry,

With Thankfulness,

Work Diligently (on one’s self)

Be Kind to (Self and) Others.

—From Founder of Usui Reiki Ryohō, USUI Mikao Sensei 

(B. August 15, 1865 – D. March 9, 1926; as written on his memorial stone.)

Photos here are of places where sessions, classes and retreats have been/will be offered. The first photo was taken at the North Shore Medical Center, in the hospital. No matter where I have offered reiki sessions people report “feeling relaxed.” So I wonder, how much do the aesthetics of the setting matter? What are your thoughts?

REIKI TRAINING – Dreamtime Wellness™ Reiki Trainings, 1st Degree/Shoden (Beginning Level) will resume in April.  The answers to this poll may determine ‘where.’ This beginning level of reiki practice is intended for self-care and self-healing. You will also learn to offer reiki on family, friends, and pets. Includes a manual, mentoring, and certificate of completion at the end of 50 hours of training, practical experience and self-study.

CEU’s – Offered to case managers, body workers, massage therapists nurses, and social workers  upon request.

Enjoy today in a healthy way, ~ Karen

Karen Pischke BSN, RN, CCRN Alumnus, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate and provide evidence-based services and self-care tools that are safe as well as effective at improving health, happiness and wellbeing. www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Instagram and Facebook

New Year Illumination Retreat

New Year Illumination Retreat

Join North Shore Restorative Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Healing in letting us introduce you to your true self…. for a special day of retreat to rejuvenate and clarify your 2018 New Year Intentions.
Prepare to Pamper yourself on this special day to merge and ground your New Year intentions through yoga, ayurveda, mini massage, reiki and vision boards where mind-body and heart meets lifestyle tools that will manifest your wildest dreams for 2018.
To bring your dreams to life, we will begin with a crystal sound meditation led by Katie Schroeder and Wyndee Egan to illuminate your intention. Then use your body and breath during a slow flow yoga session led by Katie Schroeder to express and harmonize your purpose. Break for a nourishing lunch with time to illuminate your intentions on paper. An interactive Ayurvedic interactive discussion with food and oil sampling with Ayurveda Wellness Healing will help you reflect on the practical shifts for change and transformation. In the afternoon you will relax into a restorative yoga session using crystals with Katie and Wyndee and open up to all the support around you. We will end the day with a collective sharing and ceremony to inspire you to lead your happiest, healthiest life.  Come celebrate YOU.
Sunday January 28, 2017 9:30am-4:30pm
Sign up at http://www.nsryoga.com $189

Treetop Yoga Costa Rican Retreat

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Costa Rica retreat picturesTreetop Yoga Presents a Costa Rican Yoga Retreat in Playa Guiones, Nosara, March 18-24, 2018. $100 discount if participants register by Friday, November 3
Join Susan Himml at Olas Verdes Boutique Hotel, and explore your Wanderlust in surf and yoga Mecca, Nosara. Take time for rest, relaxation, and self-discovery, as you take your yoga practice to the next level.
Retreat Includes:

7 nights accommodation in luxury suites, breakfast each morning, morning vinyasa and afternoon workshop or restorative yoga, optional sunrise meditation, 2 group dinners including first night “welcome dinner”, round-trip transfers from Liberia International to Olas Verde in Nosara. Price does not include airfare to Costa Rica.Accommodations include luxury suites, all with A/C and private baths. Saltwater swimming pool, complimentary bicycles, and complimentary laundry services are all on site.

Luxury Suites feature a living room with a sofa (first level suites have a sofa-bed), mini-fridge, coffee maker, toaster oven or microwave oven, wet bar, breakfast seating area and a large ceiling fan. The bedroom has a queen size bed and a single bed, closet, desk, safe box, large ceiling fan and air conditioning. The bathroom has solar heated water. Total area is approximately 525 sq. feet.

Nestled on the edge of a conservation easement in the unassuming town of Nosara, all that separates you from the surf of Playa Guiones is a trail through the lush forest. Towering Guanacaste trees and native plants seamlessly blend the amenities of Olas Verdes boutique Hotel Costa Rica with the allure of the adjacent wildlife refuge. Morning and afternoon yoga classes with master teacher Susan Himml offered daily, other optional activities (for additional cost) include:

Horseback Riding
Ziplining
Surf School
Wildlife Tours
Hiking
Volunteering
SUP Tours
Massages

Feel free to come as a solo traveler (we will try to match you with a roommate if desired) or bring a friend or family member. Although this is a yoga retreat, there is plenty to do for anyone choosing not to do yoga.

Double Occupancy $1795, Single Occupancy $2695

$100 Early Bird Discount with registration by Nov 3

$500 Initial Non-Refundable Deposit 

Balance due January 1, 2018 

Register at https://www.treetopyoga.com/workshops-events

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Susan Himml at 508.284.2600 or shimml@yahoo.com.