Green Pages » Jan./Feb. ‘12

GOALS Life Coaching Go Out And Live Successfully!

If you are like me, I was intimidated by the word goals. The word alone was unappealing to me. I didn’t understand the importance of goals and I didn’t know what my goals were. Plus, I had a fear of failure or a fear of success; I wasn’t really sure. New Year’s Day was the most dreaded day of the year. Another year would go by, and no goal setting for me. I was floating aimlessly hoping good things would happen. I felt like, as Bon Jovi put it, “A gypsy lost in a twilight zone.” One day a wonderful friend pointed out the word goals to me in a different light. It was then, that the word goals took on a positive connotation and represented getting out and living successfully. Having goals no longer seemed like a yucky task.

I became very clear about what I wanted and how I was going to make it happen. I focused intently on my goals. Yes, I hit roadblocks, but my desire to achieve gave me the energy to overcome them.

I continually work on the art of setting and achieving goals and I now want to share my knowledge and passion of Goal Setting with you! (If I can do it, so can you!)

One of my goals was to create my own business revolving around one of my passions. Yes, I have a few, for which I am grateful, but the one passion that was glaringly clear was my desire to help people. I gathered up my passion, my degrees and certifications, and visualized a beautiful office space and GOALS Life Coaching was born.

Let me help you “Create the Life You Want” by visiting my webpage at  Let’s get started working on you!

CHP Helps Eau Claire Resident to Live Independently

Each month Rodney’s medications cost about $100 less than the income he and his wife Myra have to live on.

“That doesn’t leave much to buy food,” says Rodney, “to say nothing of paying for the routine expenses of maintaining our small house.”

Rodney and Myra have managed to keep their Eau Claire home and continue to live independently only because of the help they receive through the Partnership program from Community Health Partnership, Inc. (CHP), a Medicare/Medicaid long-term care management organization based in Eau Claire.

“Without their help – I don’t know what we’d do,” says Myra.

Rodney, who has had heart surgery and seven heart attacks, relies on supplemental oxygen and several daily medications. Myra provides the majority of his personal care, and receives compensation for up to 24 hours per week as part of the Self-Directed Supports option offered by CHP. Once a month they also receive a visit from a member of their CHP interdisciplinary care team.

“Within reason, I feel there’s nothing CHP wouldn’t do for me. Even with all my health issues, Myra and I are both independent and neither of us feel we need institutional care. As long as we have CHP, we’re OK.”

Rodney has been a member of CHP since 2007. He found out about CHP almost by accident as he was looking through a booklet from Medicare. “Lo and behold there was this local company that sounded like a good thing, so I called them up,” he said. “What a difference that made!”

In the comfort of his own home, he enjoys working on the computer, watching television, and keeping abreast of news and sports through papers from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester, Minnesota. An energetic miniature Dachshund named Sophie provides good company. If Myra needs to be away from the house, Rodney keeps the cell phone near him. He also wears a pendant with a button he can push if he needs emergency help. During mild weather, Rodney, Myra, and Sophie enjoy sitting on the front porch of their home, “people watching.” “We’re happy we can stay in our home,” Rodney said. “Without CHP, we wouldn’t be able to.”

Thanks to CHP, individuals like Rodney faced with these and other similar situations have more options than they may realize. CHP integrates health and long-term care funding and services for frail elderly and physically or developmentally disabled adults who reside in five counties (Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce & St. Croix) in west-central Wisconsin.

CHP utilizes a team approach with a mission-driven philosophy to provide and honor members’ choices and encourage independence. At the same time, the program works with members to help them manage complex chronic diseases.

For more information about CHP, visit their website at or contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) in your county.

Green Pages » Nov./Dec. ‘11

Weaver’s: A Holiday Baking Oasis

For those of you who have never been to Weaver’s, you should definitely plan a trip. Along with the holidays, usually comes cooking and baking, and there is no better place to stock up on all your holiday needs than Weaver’s Country Store, located just past the town of Fall Creek, on Hwy 12. Weaver’s is a culinary oasis in the countryside.

Why make several trips to the grocery store for all of your baking necessities when you can make a trip to Weaver’s and fill your pantry for whatever you might need for the entire holiday season. When you walk in you will see homemade crafts and seasonal items, from mums in the fall to picnic tables and Adirondack chairs in the summer. Inside the store is rather simple and easy to navigate, with several rows of bulk packaged items lining the store. Weaver’s features all of your baking needs, but also has seasonal produce, much of which is locally produced.

But when it comes to holiday baking, they really have it all: from regular cane sugar to raw agave nectar, you are sure to find the sweetener you need at a price you’ll love. They have a full line of flours, including the most extensive line of gluten-free products in the area; chocolates—milk, dark, semi-sweet, and also carob products; fillings for pies, cookies, and candies, and all the sprinkles too; nuts to make rich delicious raw or roasted snacks or to add to desserts; an impressive array of dried fruits, including goji berries, dates, mangos, and organic raisins, to name a few; seeds including the power-packed chia and flax; and all the candy items you could dream of putting on a dessert. And don’t forget to stock up on all your herbs and spices too.

When you come to Weaver’s, you are not just saving money, as they have already bought the items in large quantities and packaged them in smaller bulk sizes for you, thus passing the savings on; but, you are also making a vote with your dollar towards a better environment. Less packaging equals less waste, and who doesn’t want more of that?

Weaver’s also features a beautiful frozen foods section that includes items for the folks who just  don’t have the time to bake it all from scratch, but want it to look like they did. Pick up a few ready-to-bake breads, pies, or cookie doughs and be off to your holiday party. They also have a nice selection of frozen fruits and vegetables, including many organic offerings. Whenever I’m there, I always pick up my fair share of fresh water perch and blue gill fillets for fish fries, too. They also have locally grown, free-ranged chickens at a modest price, and local free-range eggs, too.

Head out to Weaver’s to stock up on all your favorites and you’re sure to find a few new things too, as they are always adding to their huge selection of bulk items. Check them out. Your holiday guests will thank you, and probably ask you to take them there.

Blue Ray Reiki

My story begins in Eau Claire and it continues here. I floated through Eau Claire’s public schools and I graduated from North High in 1992. I have attended post-secondary schools in the area and have two degrees. I have worked in manufacturing for 16 years and my life up to this point has been okay, but not really fulfilling. My entire life I have always felt that our world is just too much “noise”, overwhelming and very confusing. I have fit in, so to speak. I’ve done school, gotten a real job–all the normal stuff; but I’ve never been okay with who I really am in relation to how things operate here on Earth. My confusion and uneasiness has been rooted in my deep desire to just help others, but it has always been overshadowed by what I see in our world on the large scale: fierce competition, negativity, dysfunction and mistrust.

Recently, I have begun to wake up. I have consciously chosen to shift my life to help others to a larger extent. I have remembered my purpose here and it feels incredibly comfortable and fulfilling. You see, I have always wanted to start some sort of business and at the same time really help people. When I first experienced Reiki, I was immediately excited and I knew I wanted it to be a large part of my life. Finally, the business idea and the need to really help others came together. Now, as a Reiki Master/Teacher, I do Reiki sessions for people, cats, and dogs in the Eau Claire area as a business. I absolutely love it. Reiki is a powerful energy-based healing art that can reduce stress, improve sleep, and reduce healing time. Reiki is my labor of love.

Stuart Johnson is a Reiki Master/Teacher and Indigo Child. He owns Blue Ray Reiki in the Eau Claire area. For more information contact him at (715) 514-7762 or

Lemongrass Spa

Want fresh, handmade natural spa treats? Lemongrass Spa products are for you. As women, we are often so busy taking care of others that we forget to take care of ourselves! Lemongrass Spa offers skin care products and mineral make up that is safe, affordable, and immensely enjoyable. We select only the highest grade ingredients to go onto your skin and test our products on people, NOT animals. We care about people and help our clients choose products that are right for them. With your health always at the forefront, we are 100% Chemical FREE…No mineral oil, phthalates, alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, talc, carmine, bismuth, oxychloride, or glycols to name a few. With consultants in the Eau Claire area, you can be pampered in your own home with friends and family or simply purchase the perfect gift for someone this holiday season. Contact us today!

715-879-4225 or

A World Away, Here at Home

Do you ever find yourself wishing to be a world away? Even for just a little while? Escape to Lotus Spa in  Eau Claire. From your first step into the entry, you are met with flowers in beautiful bowls seemingly suspended in air. They are reminiscent of the blossoms that float on a pond of calm water, and are framed within the shape of the lotus petal.

The focus on serenity is evident and your transformation is further encouraged as you are invited to take a luxuriously thick and cozy robe that is offered as attire for your stay. The decision is yours as to whether you prefer to change in the gender-specific locker room and linger in a wonderfully private steam room within each locker facility. Your belongings are safely tucked away while you enjoy a rain shower or proceed into the Lotus Sanctuary to relax and reflect.

In the sanctuary you find that the most relaxed position is the one that is most encouraged by the furnishings. The shape of the room is the lotus petal, encouraging you to focus within, on your own center of well being from where your calm begins. It is easy to imagine yourself as the blossom floating on the pond if you close your eyes and focus on the sound of the moving water emitting from the floor to ceiling water feature. Plan ahead to arrange one of the healthy luncheon selections to enjoy in the bistro area. Or simply partake of a healthy snack with a cup of herbal tea or a tall glass of water. At your appointment time, a clinician will appear to escort you to your treatment room and ensconce you in further luxurious experiences.

That’s where we’ll leave the description. The rest is up to you…You have many choices at Lotus Spa, whether you have a little time, or an entire day. Take some time to peruse the website. Call the concierge with any questions. Book an appointment for the Lotus Experience during which, for a small cost, you can simply spend some time immersed in the environment without any particular service appointment while you are there. Most of all come early, get into the mode of relaxation, gather your focus, and immerse yourself in the serenity of Lotus Spa.

Green Pages » Sept./Oct. ‘11

Yoga’s Life Map

Many people do not know that yoga is more than postures and breath. Yoga is actually much more; it is a way of living. A very long time ago, a sage named Patanjali collected and summarized the basic tenets of yoga into the Yoga Sutras. He described an eight-fold path. The Yamas and Niyamas are the first two ‘steps’ of this path of yoga. The posture practice we are familiar with is the third step, and pranayama, or breath control is the fourth. The last four steps are facets of learning meditation.

The first two steps, Yama and Niyama are ethical teachings in the form of ideas that can be thought about and wrestled with. This process yields guidance and understanding of our life experiences, a kind of life map. Deborah Adele, author of The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice, says in the preface to her book, “These ten guidelines sit as both a vision of the possibilities of human existence, as well as providing the practical guidance to make skillful moment to moment choices in our daily lives. . .Gaining the skill to choose what we do, may be the grandest adventure we can take as a human being. . .The result of a skillfully lived life is nothing less than joy. Not the kind that comes when things are going our way and disappears just as quickly, but the kind that bubbles up from within.”

Ms. Adele, co-owner of Yoga North in Duluth, Minnesota, will teach about the Yamas and Niyamas at The Yoga Center of Eau Claire, September 25 from 1-4 pm. This workshop will also be the kick-off for an eight month study of her book lead by Sandra Helpsmeet of The Yoga Center of Eau Claire. More information about this workshop and the study following it can be found at the Yoga Center website,

Just Local Fall Fest

Just Local Food Cooperative is inviting you to celebrate with us Thursday, September 22nd, from 3-7 pm in the parking lot at 1117 South Farwell.

Food, beer, and live music will be provided, including (but not limited to):

• Lazy Monk Brewing of Eau Claire, WI (featuring Leos’ soon-to-be-released Oktoberfest seasonal)
• The Klezmazels of Eau Claire, WI (playing Klezmer-style, Gypsy-style, East European and German polka from 5-7 pm)
• Coon Creek Family Farm of Mondovi, WI (serving beer-can chicken)
• Gingerbread Jersey of Augusta, WI (serving succulent bratwurst on the grill)
• Class Apple of Eau Claire, WI (serving locally picked apples)
• Sauerkraut-making by Noel
• Sauerbraten by Laura
• And much more!

Whether it is your first time visiting our store, or your tenth time that week, please stop by and say hello, and partake of this first annual community event.

We are so proud to work with all of the great many farmers, butchers, brewers, bakers, artists, artisans, entrepreneurs, distributors, and tradesfolk who have labored to improve our land, secure our economy, beautify our community, and keep our bodies fed and healthy.

Thanks to all of you for supporting us for more than seven years! See you at the store!

Autumn Yoga at Madeline Island School of the Arts

Northern Wisconsin has an added appeal this October.

Travel north to Madeline Island, the largest of the Apostle Islands, for a 5-day retreat devoted to the ancient wisdom of yoga and meditation, and the intuitive process of SoulCollage®. Taught by Sarah Roeder (Pederson) and Carla Peterson, the retreat will be held at Madeline Island School of the Arts—the newest art and craft school in the country.

Located in a prairie meadow setting, and surrounded by forests, MISA is the perfect location for the contemplative arts. Spacious studios and grounds will allow you to retreat from the distractions of daily life, and immerse yourself in yoga and meditation.

Sarah will be offering two daily sessions in Alignment based yoga for students of all levels, followed by guided meditation. Outdoor yoga on a nearby beach will allow you to savor the healing presence of nature. Intuitive collage making with Carla will be a tangible expression of the connections between your mind, body, and spirit, and will inform your journaling habits.

This retreat will include fresh and local choices for breakfast and lunch, including vegetarian options. Dinner is on your own at your choice of the local island restaurants. Between yoga sessions and collage making, enjoy whatever brings you peace. Take a dip in the cool clear waters of Lake Superior, or kayak in the Lagoon. Explore the hiking and biking trails that wind around the island.

During your stay, you will reside in a mission style cottage, nestled on the edge of the forest, complete with private bath and entry. Private or shared room options are available.

Cost for the October 10-14 retreat is $985. For questions or more information please call MISA at 715-747-2054, email at, or visit the website at

Green Pages » July/August ‘11


LüSa Organics

LüSa Organics is a local (Viroqua, WI) organic body care company creating products for babies, children, mothers, and the rest of us! LüSa Organics is best know for their gentle, cloth diaper safe Booty Balm and Baby Wipe Juice – alternatives to mainstream disposable wipes and petroleum-based creams. The name LüSa was created from the names Lupine and Sage, the founder’s two children.

Founders Rachel and Pete Wolf find their family and business are forever interwoven. Homeschooling two children and running their small business, everything is joyfully mixed together. Family-meets-business-meets-learning-meets-living. You can take a peek into their life through their natural lifestyle blog Clean.

Currently LüSa Organics is small but growing fast. Wolf has a vision of LüSa Organics on a small organic farm on the outskirts Viroqua, WI. Reclaiming a parcel of agricultural land to grow their own herbs organically and other ingredients is inline with the greater vision for LüSa Organics. Imagine standing in a beautiful old barn surrounded by handmade soaps and balms, looking out onto rolling fields of organic lavender, mint, calendula, and sunflowers! Magic.

Tiny Tush

Tiny Tush diapers are not the cloth diapers your grandma used! We are passionate about the benefits of natural and environmentally friendly choices and we seek to educate others about these important decisions.

We always remain true to our vision of “making our world a better place” by being a leader in our industry and providing natural products and ongoing support.

We are a family owned business. Our positive and caring team fulfills our customer’s needs through knowledgeable, courteous, and friendly service.

Tiny Tush customers are parents wanting the very best for their baby and their baby’s world! They love how Tiny Tush products combine state-of-the-art technology, ingenious design, and good old-fashioned comfort to make cloth diapering easy! Our customers appreciate working with us… a business based on family values.

Located in Reedsburg, WI, you are shopping locally when you use Tiny Tush Diapers. We offer a wide variety of high quality and easy to use cloth baby diapers, diaper covers, diaper wraps, diaper liners, diaper packages, Chinese Prefolds, fitted cloth diapers, wool soakers, All-In-One cloth diapers, and other cloth diapering accessories.

Clean Aura

At Clean Aura, we lovingly create all natural products to please the body, mind, and soul.

We strongly believe what we put onto our bodies is just as important as what we put into them. Our passion is creating superb body care products, while bringing this awareness to each and every person.

Clean Aura offers an extensive line of luxurious soaps, moisturizing lip & body balms, sensual massage & perfume oils, and detoxifying bath salts & scrubs. Each of these products are carefully handcrafted in small batches to ensure a premium product with optimum quality, at an affordable price. Pure botanical oils, as well as therapeutic grade essential oils from the earth, are thoughtfully selected and incorporated into each recipe. We are against and completely avoid the use of potentially harmful synthetic fragrance oils, petroleum products, artificial coloring, and preservatives.

Each product created by Clean Aura is locally made in Fond Du Lac, WI, environmentally friendly, and biodegradable.

Green Pages » May/June ‘11

Get Well! Be Well! Stay Well!

Colleen Johnson has been helping people reach their wellness goals for the past six years using Meridian Stress Assessment (MSA).

MSA utilizes a computer-based instrument that provides information about the health of the body through electrical measurements of the skin at various points on the hands and feet. A pen-like stylus is touched to points on the hands and feet and uses a small frequency that is too weak for you to feel. The skin is not punctured, so the procedure is painless. Shoes and stockings are the only clothing that must be removed.

There are three steps in Meridian Stress Assessment:

  1. All body systems such as Liver, Kidneys, Lungs, etc. are checked for stress. A graphic printout will show you which areas are doing well and which may need nutritional support.
  2. The whole body is scanned for substances that may be toxic, such as chemicals, heavy metals, viruses, etc.
  3. A natural remedy such as an herb, vitamin, or homeopathic that is specifically matched and customized to your health needs is selected.

MSA takes the guesswork out of what your body needs and can tell you about the current state of your body’s health. Clients who follow recommendations closely usually feel the positive affects of the care within a few weeks. Symptoms from Lyme disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hormone imbalances, and Digestion issues are just a few of the health concerns that have been greatly improved through MSA.

Colleen earned a BA in 1989 and worked in long-term health care for approximately 10 years. In 2004, she completed an MS in Holistic Nutrition and began training with the MSA device under the tutelage of a doctor of chiropractic in the Twin Cities area. Colleen sees clients in Cumberland, WI.

Madeline Island Yoga Retreats

Madeline Island is the gem of Wisconsin. It is a best-kept secret that even many Midwesterners are unfamiliar with.  Some residents would argue that such is rightfully so, the charm of the island certainly has much to do with the uninterrupted landscape and its serene beauty. But over the years, as my husband and I have invited friends and family to our summer island home, we have noticed something spectacular happening to even our most type-A friends – a release and renewal that hits the moment they board the ferry, en route to Madeline.

Over the last several years as my kids have grown, I have dreamt of an opportunity to “share the Madeline love” on a different level. Teaching yoga one day on the beach front I realized that the peace and beauty of the island was the perfect backdrop for a yoga retreat.  It was my true a-ha moment and I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that as a yoga teacher it didn’t occur to me earlier.

In creating the concept, I incorporated two retreat concepts that offered some of the island’s best amenities. Women can experience an adventure retreat, developing their yoga practice in the morning and enjoying world class kayaking opportunities with an established guide in the afternoon.  Or, connect to their creative side spending afternoons with established artist and photographer, Steve McHugh. Either way, retreaters will enjoy fabulous gourmet meals, beautiful scenery, the best lodging the island has to offer, and most importantly, a chance to renew their mind, body, and spirit.

You can learn more about the 2011 retreats by visiting or contact Amy at (715) 271-7465.?