April Healing Touch Practice Group and News

April
Healing Touch Practice Group

April 20th 5 to 730 PM
Energy for Life Connection
507 N Blackman Ave

Limited to 6
RSVP by March 13th to reserve your place!
218.591.2104
stacey@energyforlifeconnection.com

The North Central Healing Touch 18th regional gathering was a fantastic day of enriching self care.
Recording available at :
https://www.nchtcommunity.org/annual-gathering/2022

Registration for Course 2 May 14-15 early bird pricing ends soon! check it out –http://www.energyforlifeconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/april2leveloneduluth.pdf

 

I had the opportunity to speak at the state nurse educators conference at the DECC last week. It was uplifting to see the changes they are trying to incorporate in nursing education to include more holistic and integrative approaches to the students!

I also had the opportunity to be a vendor at both of these conferences- I still have lots of fresh topicals and tinctures for your needs.
Get them now while they are at their peak freshness!

 

Upcoming Conferences and Classes



Upcoming conferences and classes you don’t want to miss!
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18th Annual North Central Healing Touch Community Gathering
“Building Connections and Resilience through Grounding, Gratitude, & Growth”
March 25-26, 2022

view the event and keynote speaker here-
https://www.nchtcommunity.org/annual-gathering/2022

11th Annual
Midwest Women’s
Herbal Conference
Celebrating Flora, Fauna, and Funga
Featuring Suzanne Simard of Finding the Mother Tree
May 27-29, 2022 • Almond, WI
view the event and the pre conference events here –
https://www.midwestwomensherbal.com/mwhc2022

Great Lakes Herb Faire
September 9-11,2022 in Chelsea, Michigan!
Planning is still in the works! https://www.facebook.com/greatlakesherbfaire/
https://www.greatlakesherbfaire.org/about-2022-faire.html

Classes at Energy for Life Connection are scheduled
for Spring!
In person classes will be limited to 6 participants.
Virtual options will be available if we are unable to hold the classes in person.
HEALING TOUCH CLASSES
Contact Stacey to register or download brochure from the website

Course 1
Foundations of Healing Touch
April 2-3, 2022

Course 2
Energetic Patterns and Clinical Applications
May 14-15,2022

HERBAL CLASSES continue on the last Tuesday of each month….
Hosted through the whole foods co op.
We are 1/3 of the way done with the 9 class series.
Each class is building on the ones prior. We started at the very beginning with a brief introduction to the practice of western herbalism and are working our way through learning the basics of understanding how to work with herbs in relation to our individual constitutions’ and how to identify common herbs,
Upcoming classes will include the most fun part-
How to make and apply herbal preparations!

Sign up with the coop. previous classes have been recorded and are available on the co op youtube channel.

Winter and Spring Herbals are all stocked up!
I am filling orders daily.
Let me know what you need and I will get it ready for you !

Season’s Greetings from Energy for Life Connection

Wishing you and yours much happiness and wellness this coming season and into the new year!

Energy for Life Connection is here with beautiful herbal allies to support your wellness !
Herbs for every body system – inside and out – to assist you in staying resilient and vital all winter long.

Wonderful gift opportunities for loved ones or your own self care!
Gift packages available or create your own! Head on over to the website for details on all of our lovely options! www.energyforlifeconnection.com

Pine and Cedar Salve is just one of the soothing topicals available. Deeply penetrating and diffusive for soft tissues, the essential oil blend is opening and loosening. Use anywhere on the body . Can assist to ease breathing with lung congestion.. decreases stiffness and pain in muscles. I use this on my feet every night!

Schedule a Healing Touch session for yourself or for someone you love. Healing Touch supports every aspect of your being- Mind, Body, Spirit.
In person appointments and virtual or distance sessions area available.
It is truly amazing how tangible the distance experience can be for people!
Purchase before Dec 15th for buy one get one 50% off!
Gift certificates available!

Need some help with manual therapy or body work?
Joseph is seeing people M-W F at the home office space
Providing an integrative approach, tailored to fit your needs to get you empowered, moving, and connected to your body. Personalized exercise/fitness programs, and tips to help you to incorporate exercise principles easily into your daily life.
And lets not forget the amazing bodywork ! Joseph is well known for “the best massage ever!”

We look forward to serving and sharing with you in the year ahead!

Spring 2021 Updates

Things are opening up!
Feel the need for some respite but not ready to travel far or for too long?

We have just the answer!

Enjoy treatments from both Joseph and Stacey
and the benefit of a traditional Finnish sauna!

Book a revitalizing half day for yourself or up to a small group of 4:

Individual $200.00 per person, up to 2
Groups of 3-4 $600.00 total
Contact Stacey directly for setting up your rejuvenating day!

Want a little more?
Want to travel from somewhere else to Duluth?!

Go to http://www.energyforlifeconnection.com/visit-duluth/ and book more than a day for your wellness journey at an affordable rate, close to home, in a sensory satisfying space, that is safely cleaned and sanitized.

 

Did you know that the community classes hosted by the whole foods co-op are being offered to you for free right now?!
So many great ones to view!

Stacey will be teaching
1. KITCHEN CUPBOARD WELLNESS – USING COMMON HERBS AND SPICES FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Tuesday, April 20 6pm – 7:30pm

2.INTRODUCTION TO THE HUMAN BIOFIELD
Tuesday, May 18 6pm – 7:30pm

Joseph will be sharing classes later in the summer – keep checking the co op news for details!
Sign up at https://wholefoods.coop/classes/

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If you want to see Joseph before June – he is booking individual sessions in our home treatment space,
contact him directly through the website or at 218.341.1205

AND ALSO you can now schedule an appointment to see him at the Park Avenue Wellness Studio in Hermantown. Joseph has contracted with them for years, but when he was positioned at Fon du Lac, he was only able to serve people that got care from that clinic. Now you can see him and have an option for your insurance coverage!
Call Park Avenue Therapies. (218) 878-0805.

 


Our granddaughter Aeowyn created this image for his new logo- look for it around town on the side of his truck! Aeowyn is an amazing artist and does commission work Follow her on Instagram Asora.Arts

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Spring growth brings opportunities for free salad! Here is the link to my last summer article with some foraging tips!
http://www.energyforlifeconnection.com/free-salad-summer-enews/

Herbal allies at the ready!
Seasonal allergies? Too much yardwork? Natural skin protection for sun and weather? Let me know what you need and I will get it ready for you!

Whether you are picking up herbs to refill your home supply, getting some new herbal allies to keep you well or needing some antiviral, antibacterial and lymphatic support to help with an illness- the herb box is still in the same location at the foot of the ramp! Contact me for all your spring herbal needs!.

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Healing Touch Updates

I have been teaching and also have become a member of 2 Healing Touch committees to continue to share the light of this work. Virtual classes and new education opportunities are being developed and are available on line. Contact me directly for more information. Will share more as it becomes available

In the meantime- upcoming in person class

Foundations of Healing Touch- Course 1 May 15-16th
at Energy for Life Connection
Class size is still being limited for safe spacing. Masks required. Register now to hold your space! Download brochure from the website or contact me directly.

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NCHT 17th annual conference
https://www.nchtcommunity.org/annual-gathering/2021-17th-annual

“Blooming the Garden in Your Heart”
April 23-24, 2021

go to the NCHT and sign up to receive updates , information and discounts for members!

Spring Updates 2020

Happy Spring! Its been a while since I have sent out a newsletter!
I switched from iContact to Mailchimp and this is my first attempt. So I hope it reached you.
I would love any feedback you would like to share!
I had some time to give the office a much over do face lift.

The herb pick up box got one as well!
I think you are going to love the feel of the “new office” when you come back in person.
We are currently still offering virtual consults, and remote healing sessions.

At this time we are also starting to see clients in person again.

We are here for you – whatever way you would like to connect.

Seasonal allergies? Too much yardwork? Natural skin protection for sun and weather? Let me know what you need and I will get it ready for you!

Whether you are picking up herbs to refill your home supply, getting some new herbal allies to keep you well or needing some antiviral, antibacterial and lymphatic support to help with an illness- the herb box is still in the same location at the foot of the ramp, with a pretty new look!

We have been busy getting the gardens ready for planting – have you?
The first few inches of soil are warm, but its still pretty cold under the ground at about 3 inches here.

In the meantime we are loving the bounty of spring greens every day!

Are you eating your dandelions?

Here is a handout from my free salad class to help you with your spring foraging! Please contact me if you have any questions
http://www.energyforlifeconnection.com/free-salad-summer-enews/

Seasonal Soothers and Wellness Support

Excerpts from our Winter eNewsletter… please subscribe!!

Post Holiday Re set in your plans?
http://www.energyforlifeconnection.com/visit-duluth/

Energy for Life Connection in Duluth Minnesota –

The perfect place to Plan your Holistic Wellness Getaway!

What does a holistic wellness getaway look like?

Simple Starting with a full consult and holistic plan that gets put into action right away during your stay
Focused on your individual needs and goals for wellness
Itinerary chosen by you and tailored to support your stay perfectly

Options including but not limited to:

  • Daily Herbal, Bodywork, and Energy Based therapy
  • Gourmet home cooked nutritious meals to fit any dietary needs- or eating healthy in community with some of the amazing local options
  • Traditional Finnish sauna
  • Daily meditation opportunities
  • Activities in nature – depending on the season and your preferred activity level
  • Forage- learn about herbs that grow right in your backyard or in nearby wood that you can incorporate into healthy eating and proactive wellness choices-free salad!
  • Earthing

Stay with Stacey and Joseph for an affordable rate, or coordinate with nearby lodging options to find your perfect level of comfort. Let us know what you would like, and we will help take care of the details

Two day – Basic individual package $400.00 at Energy for Life Connection

  • Private bedroom, shared bathroom space
  • Meal plan
  • Full consultation from both Stacey and Joseph
  • Energy work /Manual Therapy sessions/Herbal support
  • Sauna

Contact us to book your stay!

Free Salad – Summer eNews!

There are SO many great herbs and plants growing right now to add to your meals and start harvesting for winter! Many are growing right in your own yards and gardens and you may be pulling them out as “weeds” and tossing out amazing bundles of nutrition and flavor!

In this newsletter there are a few common herbs that are packed with nutrition, flavor and are easy to find and identify. Enjoy!

Remember to check the calendar on the website for upcoming classes and events!

GREAT BOOKS TO HELP YOU IDENTIFY HERBS GROWING AROUND YOU ____________________________

BOTANY IN A DAY – THOMAS J.ELPEL

NECOMB’S WILDFLOWER GUIDE- LAWRENCE NEWCOMB

FORAGER’S HARVEST-SAM THAYER

NATURE’S GARDEN-SAM THAYER

MIDWEST FORAGING- LISA M. ROSE

MIDWEST MEDICINAL PLANTS – LISA M. ROSE

WHAT’S DOIN’ THE BLOOMIN’? -CLAYTON AND MICHELE OSLUND

Before you start harvesting….

There are many ways that plants can be used to help us with our wellness.

Wild and cultivated herbs have specific properties that help our well being, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

When you are working with plants it is very important to remember that they are alive.

Each plant has an essence, a spirit, a purpose.

We were put on this earth to live together and help each other.

Plants are very willing to help. They give their very lives to sustain and nurture us.

When you are gathering or harvesting any member of the plant kingdom, please remember to honor their contribution to your life.

Take the time to connect with the greater spirit and energy that is in all of us and all things.

Ask if it is OK to be taking this being and using it for your purpose.

Be grateful for the gift.

Be careful and respectful of your harvest techniques. Gather only what is needed.

Give something in return. Offer tobacco, a prayer, a song, some people will leave a bit of their own hair. Do what feels comfortable and respectful to you, but do something.

*Learn as much as you can about your plants allies before you use them. Use at least 3 sources of reference and pictures to make sure you know you have correctly identified what you have found.

*Make sure of the “cleanliness” of the places you are picking – do people walk their dogs there… is it far enough from the road- 25 to 50 feet ….was there something built there before that could have been toxic to the earth? Certain plants grow in places where the ground/water is needing help to clean itself. Like Lambs’ Quarters, Amaranth, Cattails, Ground Ivy/Creeping Charlie.

*The very same plants grow in other areas that are safe and clean so they are clean to eat – knowing the difference in “how” they grow for that situation can be of benefit. This is where communicating and asking if it is OK for you to pick them is very important. The plants will tell you- no.

*Using plants as a food/nutrition source vs “medicine” are not completely different processes, rather they are just two different spots on the continuum of integrating plants into your life.

Bevin Claire notes the spectrum goes all the way to “poison” , however many plants that people know to be “toxic” when used by a knowledgeable practitioner in the proper dose/way can have huge healing effects.

But there is a whole lot of leeway and ground to cover before you get to that point. Think of making whole salad out of Echinacea leaves or yarrow leaves – not too tasty…. But a few leaves in a cup of tea- that’s different, not really a “food/tonic” , definitely more of a medicine, but pretty safe to use and try and not on the “toxic” end of the scale.

Use your tools to ID your herbs and get out there and have fun!

Amaranth – Amaranthus spp.

Nearly 40 species. All are edible. Seed head and general growth/shape of plant has similar appearance – but – leaves are different shape. They are in the same family of plants as beets and spinaches.

Generally, a “hot weather plant” it does not really get growing until mid/late summer.

You can eat the entire young plant until the stems start to get tough. Steaming them lightly makes the more mature stems palatable and soft. Once the plant starts to go to seed the stems become woody. At this point you can still pick the individual leaves and eat them. I harvest leaves well into the early winter, when I can still get to them.

When I first learned about Amaranth I tried (only one time!) to harvest enough seeds to make a loaf of bread! My personal experiment was not that successful as the seeds are very small. Now, each season, I collect with the focus of gathering the seeds to use as additions to cereals and things like that.

An easy way to collect the seeds is put the cut plant top, seed side down (upside down) in a paper bag. Every couple days, shake it around and make sure air is moving thru the plant, as the seeds dry they drop off into the bottom of the bag.

Dried or frozen leaves can be added to soups and other cooked dishes. Leaves can be frozen along with other greens to add to green smoothies in the winter.

If storage space is an issue and you have the time, drying the leaves and then powdering them using a food processor is a great way to get a lot of green nutrition packed into a small space.

Amaranth leaves are nutritionally similar to beets, Swiss chard and spinach, but are much superior. For example, amaranth leaves contain three times more calcium and three times more niacin (vitamin B3) than spinach leaves. The leaves are an excellent source of carotene, iron, calcium, protein, vitamin C, magnesium and of the amino acid Lysine.

Purslane- Portulaca oleracea

Purslane leaves appear thick and are mucilaginous. Leaves and tender stems have a slightly sour, and salty taste. In addition to succulent stems and leaves, its yellow flower buds are also edible. Purslane is somewhat crunchy and has a slight lemony taste. I think it tastes kind of like a cucumber. Some people liken it to watercress or spinach, and it can substitute for spinach in many recipes. Young, raw leaves and stems are tender and are good in salads and sandwiches. They can also be lightly steamed or stir-fried. Purslane’s high level of pectin (known to lower cholesterol) thickens soups, stews and green smoothies. It makes a great pesto. Purslane seeds, appear like black tea powder, are often used to make some herbal drinks .Fresh leaves contain surprisingly more omega-3 fatty acids (α-linolenic acid) than any other leafy vegetable plant. 100 grams of fresh purslane leaves provide about 350 mg of α-linolenic acid. Research studies show that consumption of foods rich in ω-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and help prevent the development of ADHD, autism, and other developmental differences in children.

Purslane contains two types of potent anti-oxidants and have been found to have anti-mutagenic properties in laboratory studies. [Proc. West. Pharmacol. Soc. 45: 101-103 (2002)] Purslane may be a common plant, but it is uncommonly good for you and is one of the richest known plant sources of ALA – an essential omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Omega-3s are a class of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. Your body cannot manufacture essential fatty acids, so you must get them from food. The typical American diet contains too few omega-3s, a shortage that is linked to a barrage of illnesses including heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease Purslane it is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals it provides six times more vitamin E than spinach and seven times more beta carotene than carrots. It’s also rich in vitamin C, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium and phosphorus

   

Common Lambs quarters -Chenopodium album

is a rapidly growing summer annual weed. Height averages 3 feet (90 cm), but may vary from a few inches to 6 feet (1.8 m). The extremely variable growth behavior of lambs quarters enables the plant to adapt to almost any environmental condition. Lamb’s quarter thrives as a common weed in gardens, near streams, rivers, forest clearings, waste places and pretty much anywhere. It is very hardy and grows in many areas throughout the U.S. and Canada .

Lambs Quarters is an annual wild edible that from a distance tends to always looks dusty; this is because there is a white powdery coating on the leaves. Lambs Quarters is a purifying plant and helps to restore healthy nutrients to the soil if need be. However, if there is a large patch of lamb’s quarters, be sure that the soil is relatively good and not contaminated. This unique plant tends to spread quickly in areas in which soil is contaminated in order to restore nutrients. This wild edible has an earthy, mineral rich taste; some say is close to chard. If you enjoy leafy greens such as kale, collards, and spinach then chances are you will like lambs quarter. One lamb’s quarter plant can produce up to 75,000 seeds. It produces tiny green flowers that form in clusters on top of spikes, and the leaves resemble the shape of a goosefoot. Leaves vary in shape from triangular to ovate to lanceolate. Lower leaves may have a goosefoot shape, while upper ones are linear. Mature plants are pyramidal, have many branches, and are crowded with clustered spikes of dull green flowers. Flower clusters are located at the ends of stems and branches or in the crooks (axils) of the upper leaves. Flowers are small, mealy, and green. Edible parts: Leaves, shoots, seeds, flowers. Saponins in the seeds are potentially toxic and should not be consumed in excess. Lamb’s quarters contain some oxalic acid therefore when eating this raw, small quantities are recommended. Cooking removes this acid. Lamb’s quarter can be eaten in salads or added to smoothies and juices. Steaming this edible weed is one method of cooking, or can be added to soups, sautés and much more. Drying this wild edible is one way to add this nutritious plant to your meals throughout the winter or you can blanch and freeze the leaves.

Nutritional info

Lambs quarter Seeds

Protein 19.6 grams

Fat 4.2 grams

Carbos 57.7 grams Fiber 27.1 grams

Calcium 1036 mg

Potassium 1687 mg

Niacin 3800 mg

Iron 64 mg

Nutritional info

Lambs quarter Shoots

Protein 3.5 g

Carbos 5.5 g

Calcium 324 mg

Potassium 684 mg

Beta Carotene 3800 ug

Niacin 1000 ug

Iron 1.5 mg

   

Spring 2019 Upcoming Events and News

Happy Spring! May the season around you bring vitalizing energy of new growth and and co creation to you!

I had the opportunity to speak at the MN Hospice and Palliative annual conference this past week. Its a 3 day event with hundreds of registrants. I was only there for the day I was speaking. It was such a thought provoking and uplifting day. The keynote speaker was amazing here is his bio from the conf. and some thoughts that he shared. I am definitely going to get his book!

Frank Ostazeski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and pioneer in end of life care. He is the visionary co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He has companioned thousands on the precipice of death, trained countless clinicians and caregivers and synthesized 30 years of being with dying into his personal brand of wisdom. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, leading corporations like Google and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. Frank is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Humanities Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.

Among the other things he shared during his talk he invited us to use these four questions at the end of our day to help with mindful presence in the world:

What inspired you today?
What challenged you today?
What surprised you today?
What did you learn about love today?

The overarching question related to these 4 is what do you notice about your feelings and what is your relationship to these feelings?

It is a great way to think about your day for yourself and have conversation with others.


Come join me for this fun event ! Lots of great speakers, vendors and more!

Spirit & Wellness Connection

May 18th at the Radisson Hotel Duluth

more details available at spiritwellnessconnection.com

I will be presenting a class on spring foraging!​

“FREE SALAD! And More…”Discover wild herbs and plants packed with nutrition, that nature grows for you! Learn how to identify and use the herbs growing in your back yard and in nearby woods. Become familiar with wild plants (weeds!) and herbs to easily add to your meals for unique and interesting flavors and added nutrition. Stacey will explain each herbs nutritional benefits and which can be use for herbal first aid.


Only TWO MONTHS AWAY! Registration is open now- reserve your spot today!

HERBAL TIPS AND PEARLS OF WISDOM READING THE BODY, CLINICAL SKILLS AND MORE.

Margi Flint June 22 – 23 Duluth MN 10 – 4 $250

For more information, see the Event Listing on my page here.


I had the opportunity to meet an inspired uplifter at the healing touch regional conf this March. Her name is Jacquelyn Fletcher and she is an outstanding author and speaker. Her very special books and cards really called to me, I got three of them and some cards and would have gotten more if budget would have been different at the time. They are inspirational for self and for others. And – since I want to share access to them with everyone! She gave me a special link to her etsy site and a code for a discount just for you!

Click here for her Jacqueline’s Etsy Shop (and coupon)!


Save the Date and Early registration opportunities!

Sept 6-8,2019 -Great Lakes Herb Faire Registration is filling fast! Sign up now the speakers are amazing and the fun is non stop! https://www.greatlakesherbfaire.org/2019-registration.html

October 5-6,2019 Healing Touch Course 1, Foundations in Healing Touch- Duluth MN. Contact Stacey to register- forms available on website

October 25-27, 2019 Healing Touch Course 3, Advanced Practitioner Skills – Duluth MN. Contact Stacey to register- forms available on website