Teachers

Chi Gong

Michelle Bobier

Michelle Bobier has been studying Tai Chi and Chi Gong for over 20 years with Master Hongchao Zhang, one of the leading Chinese martial arts masters in America.  Master Zhang awarded Michelle a Sixth Duan in Chi Gong in 2015.  Michelle is a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist who completed the 700-hour BCST training at 3rd Coast Craniosacral of Evanston.  Additionally, she studied lymphatic work at the School of Inner health in Manitou Springs, Colorado.  

Credentials: BCST

773-991-4357 | Email | Website


Groups

David Johnson

David is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with additional training in addictions, hypnotherapy, Gestalt therapy and Self Acceptance Training. He holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago. For over 20 years, David has counseled individuals, couples and groups regarding issues including addictions and recovery work, identity, codependency, self-care, relationship issues, personal growth, and spiritual awareness.  David utilizes a wholistic approach, recognizing that healing needs to take place in the mind, body, spirit and emotions.  Special guided imagery techniques are available for individuals with chronic illness. David has hours available Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings.

Credentials: LCSW

847.475.3017 | Email | Website

Marsha Smith

As a psychotherapist for 25 years, I integrate Mindfulness and Focusing with empathic and practical approaches to help with a variety of psychological and social challenges, including relationships issues, anxiety, depression, parenting, work, loss and grief, and coping well with health issues. I work with adults, couples, adolescents and families. I also teach Focusing and mindfulness, one-to-one and in groups and offer training and supervision for professional healers.  With Focusing and mindfulness skills, you can build your inner ability to deal with stress and frustration with more calm and take  the next steps to creatively solve problems. I’ve found that three sessions, on average, can allow people to acquire the basic skills. Please contact me if you would like to know more and I would be happy to answer your questions.

From comments from a client:  “Marsha has an intuitive sense of how to gently guide me to help myself and find clarity in my thinking. She leads me to insights and ‘solutions’ that I find within myself.  I would recommend her to anyone in need of an advocate of his or her own spirit and inner knowing” -JB

Credentials: MSW, LCSW

847.323.1717 | Email | Website


Meditation

Nancy Floy

Nancy Floy ​was raised by her Grandmother, a Meditation Teacher, and received meditation instruction from her as a small child. She has studied with many of the great Mediation Teachers world wide and is currently a student of Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche. Nancy has taught meditation for over 20 years and knows through personal experience the potency of learning mindfulness techniques as a way out of our suffering. Nancy has been practicing Asian Medicine for 25 years and sees patients at Heartwood where she incorporates mindfulness techniques into her healing treatments. She is the Founder and Director of Heartwood Body Mind Spirit and the Women & Cancer Program, as well as the Founder of Tsogyaling Meditation Center, now Osel Ling.

Credentials: MA, LAc, Dipl Ac

847.491.1122 x11 | Email

Sarah McLaughlin

Sarah received her massage therapy education at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy, Chicago School of Thai Massage, and Zen Shiatsu Chicago. She incorporates stretching, acupressure, and trigger point therapy into her work so that clients can experience an all-encompassing massage. Sarah is also certified in Pregnancy Massage and has completed continuing education in Clinical Massage for Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Dysfunction, Myofascial Release for the Pelvis and Low Back, and Oncology Massage.

Credentials: LMT, AOBTA-C.P.

773.875.0103 | Email | Website

Mary Rondenet

Mary Rondenet is the founder of Blooming Rose Healing Center. For the past 25 years, she has been training and exploring the many areas of spiritual wellness. She also studied in movement therapy, art therapy and has applied this in her life work as a Life Transition Energy Coach. She specializes in transition and helps human beings explore their own struggles and ability to change. Mary is a trained practitioner of the Energy Touch School of Advanced Healing and is very excited in working with these tools to help individuals become more conscious of themselves and their spiritual journey.

The Energy Touch practitioner integrates change in higher vibrational levels and frequencies through using high sense perception and intuitive guidance to connect and resonate the client’s entire field. Even though the practitioner does not touch the client’s body, clients often experience a deep state of relaxation or semi-conscious sleep and can feel like they are floating while at the same time accessing their own high sense perceptions.

Credentials: Certified Life Coach (IPEC), Energy Touch Practitioner, David Elliott’s Healer Training Levels 1-4

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Tai Chi

Arlene Faulk

Arlene Faulk, M.A., TCA Instructor, has been teaching Tai Chi at the Heartwood Center since 1999 and also teaches in Chicago. After a successful corporate career in human resources, despite immense physical challenges with multiple sclerosis, she transformed her life through Tai Chi, QiGong and bodywork with Nancy Floy. Arlene feels grateful every day to be able to walk and help others embrace change through Tai Chi. With many urging her to share her experience, she is currently writing a book about her amazing and inspirational story of healing.

Arlene offers gentle, energizing Tai Chi and QiGong, for individuals wanting to improve overall health and for those facing challenges such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, anxiety and back pain. Learn effective ways to focus your mind and move your body to reduce stress, increase energy and improve balance. Watch this video to see how real Tai Chi students are improving their health.

312.642.0722 | Email | Website


Yoga

Becky Paulin-Liston

Becky is a licensed Physical Therapist with an extensive background treating movement dysfunction and pain syndromes.  She believes in order to understand dysfunction it is important to consider the entire body as a whole.  Becky has completed her 200 hour yoga certification as well as extensive continuing education with leaders in the P.T. field which she incorporates in her individual treatment sessions including myofascial release, muscle energy technique, soft tissue and joint mobilization, neuromuscular re-training, gait analysis, orthotics, and corrective taping.

847-730-9203 | Email

Corinne Peterson

Corinne has been a student of yoga for over 25 years and has been teaching since 1994.  She received her first yoga instructor certification through the Temple of Kriya Yoga and a subsequent certification as a teacher and yoga therapist through the American Viniyoga Institute. Corinne is certified in Yoga of the Heart, a program for people with cancer and heart disease.  She has also received training in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute (founded by Bessel van der Kolk).  She holds a masters degree in public health in the area of health education and promotion, and has been a nationally certified massage therapist since 1997.

Credentials: MPH, LMT, NCTMB, RYT

773.562.5933 | Email | Website