- About Us
ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS:
Neal Harris is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. He has practiced the art of psychotherapy for the past 31 years. He is also the managing director of Relax4Life, a holistic education and services center and has been a workshop leader in the holistic health and self-enrichment fields since 1985.
Neal’s experience stems from training in the United States, China and India. In 1986, he was a member of the first bodywork team invited to China to study Tuina, a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine and massage. In 1991, he traveled to India to study with the meditation master and sage, H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji).
Neal has been teaching traditional Usui, Japanese, and Tibetan Reiki for over 20 years and been providing Reiki therapy for 29 years. He is also a certified Karuna® Reiki instructor and Usui Holy Fire Karuna® Master instructor, taught by William Lee Rand. As a certified Quantum-Touch® practitioner for 17 years and instructor for 14 years, he provides both classes and individual sessions.
He is the author of the book, Pocket Stress Manager & Labyrinth Guide, as well as the relaxation CD, Exit The Storm. Neal as well as his work at Relax4Life has been featured on national television including WTTW, Fox, NBC, Discovery Channel and more. He has also been featured in several national magazines including Better Homes & Gardens, Spa Finder, New Age Magazine, Utne Reader and others.
In 1997, Neal was the originator of the Earth-Wisdom Labyrinth; Illinois’ first permanent outdoor labyrinth located in Elgin. He has been a consultant on, and the creator of other public labyrinths, fabric traveling labyrinths, wood and plastic finger labyrinths (including his patented brain balancing, double finger labyrinth design known as the Intuipath®) and manuals for creating outdoor labyrinths. Neal leads labyrinth workshops around the country and is both a founding member of The Labyrinth Society and has been a Certified Veriditas Facilitator since 1999.
In his private therapy practice, Neal assists those individuals who are experiencing a variety of concerns including life-affirming conditions such as Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease as well as anxiety and more general concerns. To promote healing on many levels, he uses relaxation and meditation training, EFT, Reiki, Quantum-Touch® as well as his own modality “labyrinth counseling” (using his patented brain-balancing, communication-enhancing Intuipath® design). This work explores integrative medical options, as well as the psychology and spirituality of illness and recovery. Neal also headed up a 4-year national research study to determine the behavioral effects of his Intuipath® design on children and adolescents with ADHD.
Yvonne discovered Tai Chi in 1997 while looking for ways to slow down, clear her mind and enhance her physical fitness. After only one session, Yvonne was hooked on Tai Chi. Receiving her Tai Chi long form certification in 2000, she now teaches individuals of all ages and physical abilities the concepts of balance both inward and outward.
As a certified Advanced Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner, Access Consciousness Bars practitioner and an Energy Medicine 101 and 102 instructor, she assists her students and clients to both locate where their energy is sluggish or blocked and to remove those blockages.
Yvonne's mission is helping people learn to listen to their bodies and address the slow moving or blocked energies before the issue becomes pain or discomfort. She looks forward to being of service and can be reached at: email@example.com
John Robertson is a Tai Chi Chuan instructor, holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do Karate and is a Level IV Certified Advanced Instructor in Qigong (Ki Gong). He has received training in both the US and China.
John also has an interest in acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, Reiki, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the I-Ching. He believes the understanding of all these fields and more is crucial to effective and responsible practice of all forms of healing and martial arts.
The message he conveys to his students is one of healing and non-aggression. In other words, find peaceful, energetic ways to help heal the body, mind and spirit of those we interact with so that the use of self-defense techniques is only considered as a very last resort.
Kathryn Andries is a nationally known author, teacher and public speaker. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and a holistic health practitioner degree from Body Mind College in California. She completed extensive studies in the intuitive arts at the Berkeley Psychic Institute, the School of Metaphysics and the American Federation of Astrologers.
Diamond (David Haracz) graduated from NIU with distinction (Magna Cum Laude) as a double major in Philosophy and Sociology. He has studied and practiced numerous spiritual paths for over 20 years, including regular daily meditation. He is a Reiki Master/Teacher, a facilitator of several study groups on A Course In Miracles and leads frequent quartz crystal singing bowl meditations at various locations throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. He also plays at group events and holds individual Chakra balancing sessions. Using sound as the medium, he will facilitate an experience that will reconnect you with your true, peaceful Self.
ABOUT DR. TIM
Tim Hayes, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Crystal Lake, Illinois. With over thirty years of successful experience, doing therapy with individuals and families Dr. Hayes integrates mind/body energy techniques into a client-friendly model. This model emphasizes that people possess within themselves the resources necessary to deal effectively with a wide variety of problems and challenges.
Dr. Hayes specializes in relieving post-traumatic stress, (PTSD), symptoms. He has helped countless individuals and families resolve the effects of severe trauma, whether recent or in the distant past. These traumas include; verbal, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, as well as severe physical trauma and loss. Due to his experience and ability to integrate a range of therapeutic techniques, he helps clients in the most cost-effective and time-efficient way possible.
Dr. Hayes remains on “the cutting edge” of mental health services by integrating some of the newest and most effective approaches into a results-oriented therapy style. Some of the tools he employs besides EFT are: EMDR (trauma reduction technique), Depth Oriented Brief Therapy Training (Coherence Therapy), Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET), and The Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique (BEST).
For over 20 years, Dr. Hayes has taught parenting skills and written extensively about power struggles (from the perspective of both a father and therapist). His widely acclaimed book, Parenting Power Struggle Handbook is now available from his web site www.ch4cs.com.
In addition to his role as therapist and parenting expert, Dr. Hayes speaks professionally on a wide variety of topics related to mental health, relationships, parenting and the mind/body connection.
Deborah Todd, CPCC, PCC is a highly interactive certified professional coach who helps people push away barriers that are stopping them from living their best life and career. Along with Deborah's vast coaching training, she was the first licensed Louise Hay certified Heal Your Life® teacher in Illinois and has been teaching these principles and practices to small and large groups for over a decade. She has been described by her clients and students as energetic and passionate about teaching empowerment strategies for positivity and possibility thinking. She looks forward to assisting you in expanding your consciousness.
ABOUT GARY B.
Gary Boelhower, PhD has been an educator at the high school, college, graduate, and executive training levels for over 40 years. His focus has been on ethics, values, leadership and wise decision making. He uses diverse wisdom technologies to facilitate deep reflection and to access the inner teacher.
He has served as an administrator in higher education as chair of humanities, dean of life-long learning, dean of graduate studies and vice president for academic affairs. He has consulted with a broad range of organizations (government, education, not-for-profit, and business) and has facilitated executive development programs on dialogue, authentic leadership, values and vision, the respectful workplace, navigating racial and cultural diversity, and wise decision-making. He was also the founding executive director of the Center for Spirituality and Leadership at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
His publications include articles in leadership, practical wisdom and values integration. His poetry and stories have been published in journals and anthologies. His most recent books include: Naming Rites: Poems (Holy Cow! Press 2017); Marrow, Muscle, Flight: Poems which won the Midwest Book Award (Wildwood River Press 2011); Choose Wisely: Practical Insights from Spiritual Traditions (Paulist Press 2013); and Mountain 10 (coauthored with Joe Miguez and Tricia Pearce, Mountain 10 Resources 2013). He presently teaches at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.
ABOUT GARY A.
Gary Anderson is a Certified Yoga Instructor and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner and has been teaching and seeing private clients for 14 years. With over 2000 hours of studio teaching experience he brings a strong presence along with his big heart into every collaborative relationship.
He created and taught a course in Hatha Yoga and Philosophy at The College of St. Scholastica for several years. He has taught Hatha Yoga classes through community education programs, led workshops, and facilitated retreats. His current areas of study are Thai Yoga Bodywork and Somatic Yoga.
He brings his mindfulness living skillset into the greater community through his role as a City Councilor in Duluth, Minnesota. He has also worked as a community organizer and was an instrumental leader in the marriage equality effort in Duluth for the 2012-13 Minnesotans United for All Families campaign. He and his spouse Gary Boelhower have been living, loving and serving the world together for over 7 years.
In 2014, after over a decade of teaching at Relax4life and being one of our students' favorite teachers, Kathleen Rankhorn has retired from being a school counselor and moved to the warmer climate of Wilmington, North Carolina. She will be teaching Yoga and her various workshops in that area.
Kathleen Rankhorn is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who has taught yoga since 1999. She is a certified Forrest yoga instructor by Master Teacher Ana Forrest and a registered yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT-200). She is also a Reiki Master and Quantum Touch Practitioner. She studies regularly with Lama Surya Das for Buddhist studies, meditation and Tibetan Energy Yoga. Her style focuses on balancing the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspect of each student. Combining a unique understanding of body mechanics, her classes are individually tailored to meet the needs of students new to yoga through advanced-level practitioners.
Bhante Sujatha, a Buddhist monk for thirty years, is originally from Sri Lanka. He is the head meditation monk at Blue Lotus Temple in Woodstock, IL, and has taught around the globe to people wishing to learn the art of happiness and contentment through meditation. His approach to teaching is easygoing, ensuring that everyone can easily understand how to properly practice meditation and understand Buddhist teachings. A pleasure to be around, he knows the indescribable joy and peace to be found in silence. Bhante believes his purpose is not only teaching meditation, but also "teaching people how to be happy.”
Tim Cope stepped onto the shamanic path in 1983 when, in a local Minneapolis bookstore, the topmost copy of Michael Harner's The Way of the Shaman leapt off its stack by the cash register and landed in his hands. It was shouting: "READ ME!"
No wizened natives beckoning from behind cacti; no paradigm-shattering mystical visions along the roadside. A prosaic beginning, but a beginning nonetheless. Discovering shamanism gave his spiritual seeking a direction and focus it had lacked before.
A few months after reading the Harner book, he took a beginning shamanism course with Harner. Since that time, Tim has learned from many other shamans and teachers along the way such as Sandra Ingerman, Bill Brunton, and Americo Yabar. His shamanic practice reaches out to all parts of the United States as well as Europe and Asia. For over 15 years, he has taught shamanism, drumming and led journeying gatherings.
Tim is on the faculty (covering the upper midwest region) as well as a certified counselor for Michael Harner's Foundation For Shamanic Studies. In addition, he has completed Sandra Ingerman’s Two Year Shaman Teacher Training Program in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is also ordained as a healing minister by the Center for Wholeness in Edina, Minnesota and has served as a Ministerial Guide for the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, an interfaith community in Minneapolis. Tim is also a certified Firewalk instructor.
He currently resides and has a healing practice in Minneapolis.
Carol Schultz, MBA, LMT, has been a professional Animal Communicator since 2000. Her chosen path to assist animals and their people was greatly inspired by her feline friend, Panda, a graceful, wise, and playful companion. Although Panda has since passed into spirit, Carol’s healing journey with animals continues to evolve.
Carol's path in animal wellness has included the training and application of various intuitive healing support modalities, and a committed focus on client grief support. As Carol’s personal understanding of the interconnectivity between humans and their companion animals has expanded, she has begun to see the process of inter-species healing and communication in a different light. As a way to more deeply understand the human side of this connection, Carol embarked upon the study of Massage, Craniosacral Therapy and the effects of trauma, and now incorporates this further learning into her work with people and their animals. Private practice animal communication consultations with Carol support all concerns, including behavior, performance, health, life changes, end of life, in-spirit, and lost animals.
She has studied with Penelope Smith, an internationally known pioneer in this field, Teresa Wagner, a trusted guide in animal loss & grief support concerns, Dr. Nancy Soliven, a leading professional in the field of craniosacral therapy and emotional release, and with many others both locally and nationally. Carol is a graduate of the Interspecies Life Awareness Coach training program with the Institute of Integrated Sciences, founded by Mary Ann Simonds, a Human/Animal Life Awareness Coach.
In 2006, Carol founded Animal Spirit Healing & Education® Network, a collaborative educational community which continues to enhance the lives of animal companions and their humans through on-site courses, teleclasses, and online learning opportunities.
Carol Schultz is a University of Illinois graduate, received her MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Business, and was a logistics manager in the food industry prior to transitioning into the field of Animal Communication. She resides with her family in her hometown of Pekin, IL.
Carlos Moreno holds a B.A. in Philosophy, is a Natural Vision Improvement Instructor/coach and is a Master EFT Practitioner. For over 18 years, he has been helping people improve their eyesight and health.
Having worn glasses and contact lenses previously for over 20 years, Carlos had the seemingly magical experience of correcting his own severely imperfect vision. He trained in and continually strives to find methods of teaching others how to improve their eyesight back to normal or better than normal.
He has studied under a master teacher in the Bates Method and has trained in and incorporated other health methods that help people relax and ultimately improve their eyesight. As Dr. Bates, the father of Natural Vision Improvement in the U.S. wrote, "All methods used ...(to improve a person's eyesight)... are simply different ways of obtaining relaxation."
With his training and experience using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT or Tapping) and other techniques that target and resolve the unresolved emotions behind most pain and illness, Carlos has helped hundreds of people shed the suffering caused by both physical and emotional issues, allowing them to live happier, healthier lives with better vision.
He has been a frequent presenter for many doctor's groups, chiropractic offices, churches, yoga studios, and other community groups throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and in Southern California. He has taught EFT courses to children at Stone Bridge School, New Tech High School and to adults in the Napa Valley Adult School. Carlos coaches people (via Skype) in natural vision improvement worldwide.
Charlie holds a B.A. in both philosophy and theology. He began his graphology interest and training over 40 years ago. He became a certified master analyst in 1970 and since that time, has been teaching graphology and offering his skills to schools, corporations, veteran's groups and more. His handwriting analysis skills even helped him determine whether a woman he was dating early on was compatible with him for the long term; Over 20 years later, they are still happily married!
A former priest, Charlie looks at life as a wonderful adventure and enjoys discussing all religions. His current interests include quantum physics, meditation, channeling and shamanism.
At 84 years young, he continues to follow his passion and learn new practices and new ways of being and thinking. He looks forward to sharing his knowlege and experiences with you.