We typically offer several Healthy Living Workshops each month in Chesterton, Indiana and the surrounding areas. These workshops are on a variety of topics related to healthy living. While we try to offer new workshops as often as possible, we also will repeat workshops that are in high demand.
Have a group of 10 or more that is interested in participating in a particular Workshop? Let us know and we will schedule a private workshop on a date and time that works best for you and your group!
Our bodies are the dedicated servants of our minds. We tell our bodies when to work, when to rest, what to eat, when to be stressed, and when to let go. The body does its best to keep up with the demands of modern day living. This is no easy job. The age of modernity is filled with stimulation, noise pollution, chemical poisons in our foods, stress, over-work, and distractions, distractions, distractions. All of these add up and put our body, mind, and spirit into toxic overload.
It is our birthright as human beings to have the ability to cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness is the ability to be conscious awareness to the present moment. The present moment is where all of our choices are made. We choose what to think, how to feel, and how to act in each moment. When we are on "auto-pilot" our thoughts, feelings, and actions are rooted in unconscious patterns. We find ourselves asking, "how did I get here again?” It’s easy to wake up days, months, or years later finding that our unconscious patterns have created emotional problems, relationship issues, or physical illness. Mindfulness is the key to waking up and staying AWAKE. With mindfulness we can cultivate the ability to be aware of the present moment triggers and choices that can either lead to the same old patterns or to something new and better. The best news is: ANYONE CAN DO IT!
Participants in this workshop will learn and practice several techniques for cultivating mindfulness. These techniques are easy to learn but profoundly powerful for creating and sustaining change in our lives. No experience necessary. Everyone is welcome!
Participants will learn:
Mindfulness meditation basics
How to be aware of the breath during any activity
Relaxation and stress reduction
Walking and standing meditation
Remedies for insomnia
How to cope with negative emotional states
Pain management through mindfulness
NCC, LMHC, LCAC
Jason Kniola is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist, Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, with training in Hakomi Body-centered Psychotherapy, Lomi Lomi Massage Therapy, Healing Touch Energy Work, Shamanic Journeying, Zen
Meditation, Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, and a Year-long Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training. He has been a student of Qi Gong for over 15 years. He lives with his wife and two children in Miller Beach, IN. Jason has conducted meditation, vibrational healing, yoga, and group energy workshops in Chicago, SW Michigan, and Central and NW Indiana. He practices psychotherapy in Miller Beach and Lafayette. Jason and his wife have hosted Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery in Lafayette, IN and Miller Beach, IN for over 10 years as they visit during their Sacred Arts Tour.
What you put in your body directly affects your health. What you put ON your body does the same, too! Your skin, your largest organ, is the barrier for your body against pathogens, dirt, and foreign objects. It is also incredibly absorbent, taking in what is put on it and bringing it into the body and bloodstream.
For this reason, it's very important to know what the effects of your personal care products are! Many mainstream personal care product ingredients are unregulated and created from petrochemicals and harsh materials. Many products need counter-products (shampoo/conditioner, soap/lotion), and marketing helps to create an image of need around certain products (deoderant, perfume, cosmetics).
Use healthy, whole foods on and in your body to bring you to better health, and be aware of how they are affecting your body and health. Ingredients such as olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, baking soda, aloe juice, apple cider vinegar, peppermint, lavender, beeswax, and honey can be blended together to create effective products and tasty, nourishing foods.
Join Andrea Mattson, from Edible Alchemy, to learn the basics of creating natural skincare remedies for the coming spring season. Identify where your own skin could use a boost, then indulge in a local honey and clay mask to purify and detoxify your skin. Andrea shows you how to create a customized toner to balance your skin’s pH, before sharing her secrets for mixing up basic products like lavender-scented deodorant, a moisturizing hand salve and a hair rinse made with dried herbs & spices. Leave armed with nourishing, all-natural products and the know-how to mix up your own concoctions at home.
Andrea Mattson manages Edible Alchemy Foods Co-operative, a local and sustainable produce and bulk co-operative. She is also a member of the Eco Collective in Pilsen where she manages the rooftop garden and teaches practical, food-related
workshops to students of all ages. A community-builder at heart, Andrea thrives on finding creative ways to bring her passion for gardening, cooking and medicinal herbs to others. She loves to ferment, experiment, learn and problem solve—especially when it involves seasonal, local ingredients.
The Mindful Yoga Workshop Series
Mindful Yoga will take you deeper into the practice of yoga. The Asanas (postures) are just the tip of the yogic iceberg. When yoga is practiced mindfully, as a whole, its transformative benefits can be fully experienced. Each monthly workshop will focus on a specific yogic theme to allow you to delve deeper into your practice. These workshops are perfect for beginners as well as intermediate level students!
You will leave each class feeling relaxed, focused, and present. In addition, you will take away practical tips and tools to continue your own practice at home in between each workshop session.
Our March Mindful Yoga theme is Balance. In this workshop you will be guided through a balance sequence specifically designed to tone up your muscles, develop coordination and agility. Balance poses are also posture-improving because you need to elongate your spine in order to maintain balance. A non-physical benefit is that balance poses polish focusing skills: attention is the key factor in the right performance of a balance pose. Practicing balance poses on the mat can translate to better balance off the mat in your day to day life.
We are limiting the number of participants in this workshop to just 10 in order to maintain a small and intimate environment for Mindful Yoga. Please register early!
Lisa Joesten, M.Ed, is a certified yoga instructor, mindfulness facilitator, and special education teacher in the Duneland Schools. She has dedicated herself to the study, practice, and teaching of yoga and mindfulness since 2002. Her unique style of teaching weaves both yoga and mindfulness
into the tapestry of each class, offering participants to delve deeper into the yogic experience. She is the owner of Yogini Next Door and Mindful Teacher in Porter, Indiana. In addition to being the mom to three wonderful children, Lisa has been an elementary school teacher for over 20 years. Lisa teaches mindful yoga workshops for adults and children, as well as leads trainings for parents and teachers in mindful teaching and parenting.
King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.
This is a FREE event, but registration is required to reserve a seat. Space is limited!
“Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.”
~ Mike Adams
Superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Eating them can reduce the risk of chronic disease, prolong life, and people who eat more of them are often healthier and thinner than those who don't. Even if you already eat healthy, tweaking your diet to include some of these Superfoods can drastically improve your health.
Come learn about my favorite Everyday Superfoods as well as Advanced Superfoods. Learn how to make great tasting fresh juices, green smoothies and medicinal smoothies. Get the chance to see and taste Superfoods in action!
Are you craving a frozen pizza? Don't want to sift through the confusing Nutrition Facts to figure out which one is at least a little better for you? Then come learn about some super simple food scoring systems that will help you make healthier choices on all your favorite products!
Food marketing labels and what they really mean. What are the numbers behind those marketing claims? Which ones are regulated and which ones are just straight misleading?
Want to save some $$ on your produce? Learn which fruits and vegetables should be bought in organic and which cheaper, conventional ones are safe. What buying local is all about and where you can find local products in the area.
Understanding those confusing ingredient lists. Which ingredients should be avoided if at all possible. And how to make healthier decisions based on the ingredients list.
Are you tired of battling with your children at the dinner table? Have you tried countless ways to get your kids to eat healthier? Come learn about a stress-free feeding strategy that will STOP THE BATTLES!
Learn all about kids nutrition and what/how much your children should be eating.
Learn some parenting strategies to help ensure your children don't grow up with an unhealthy relationship with food like so many Americans today.
Learn some shopping strategies and tips for finding healthy meals and snacks that your children will love.
Healthy Child=Happy Child
Looking for a fun way to teach your kids about nutrition? Then Nutrition for Kids is for you!
Your children will learn some easy to understand nutrition facts about common foods and how healthy foods keep our bodies healthy and strong.
There will be opportunities for your children to explore and taste healthy foods so that they can broaden their food options.
The Nutrition for Kids Workshop is for children 6 years and up. One parent/caregiver is welcome to stay and observe.