TAKING YOUR HEALING ART TO THE NEXT LEVEL Cultivating your SELF as a healing instrument

In the stream of Light – healing at the next level


Now that the world is opening back up again, we seem to be trying so hard to “get back to normal.” But what about the new normal? Remember when everyone was talking about that? I can’t be the only one who believes it is unwise to act as if we can “go back,” can I?! I think there is a better way for us, as bodyworkers, to go. I call it “taking your healing art to the next level.”

We’ve been through an inconceivable year+, and we’re still unsure of what’s around the corner. Everything has changed. And there’s no going back to how it used to be. Not really.

So, we’re still asking these burning questions that continue to smolder:

  • What about that subtle “something more” feeling that’s gestating inside me?
  • How do I fulfill the urge to up-level myself – and my work?
  • Can I satisfy my hunger for a meaningful and beautiful way to let that “something” emerge?
  • Am I ready to energize and activate myself as a healing instrument?


What touch therapists both crave and struggle with


Accepting gifts to cultivate yourself as a healing instrument

As touch therapists (practitioners of shiatsu, anma, massage, yoga therapy, Reiki, Thai massage, etc.), we often get “messages” while we’re working with our clients. We may not have words for the sensations we feel, or we may dismiss the feelings because they don’t fit into our knowledge base. Our hands may even want to perform a technique we’ve never been taught.

Sometimes these brainstorms excite us. Other times they confuse us. At times, we dare to go with it. Or, we may doubt ourselves too much to try. When these choices/challenges arise, we typically have one or more of these common responses:

  • Why can’t I be more confident in my insight, intuition and guidance?
  • What keeps me from venturing into my untapped potential and mastery? I know there’s more in me!
  • I feel ready to take a risk, but I feel afraid to do it, too
  • I’d love to get past this uncertainty
  • I wish I didn’t feel so drained after a day of sessions
  • Wow, I wonder why I feel so good after a session
  • I wish I knew what was going on

If some of these thoughts pop up for you – or if you already trust your insights and inspirations but feel ready to bump yourself up a notch or two – I have something to share about taking your healing art to the next level that I think will interest you.

What I know so far

There is a cherished treasure chest of knowledge and skills that I have learned from my awesome mentors. Over the years, I have applied their teachings to my practice with wholehearted dedication. And I’ve discovered extra value that I did not anticipate. These practices actually advance your evolution – as a practitioner . . . and as a human being!

Cultivate your SELF

It has become my fervent desire to share these teachings. I want to pass along these precious jewels in hopes that everyone will find the ever-flowing fortune offered by their richness. That’s why this year’s residential workshop retreat is called: The Magic of Manual Medicine: Precise, Precious and Profound.



This retreat is for a practitioners who want to:
  • Tune-in to your inner wisdom
  • Explore and expand your intuitive knowing
  • Amplify your Sixth Sense(s)
  • Cleanse and strengthen your energetic field
  • Install protections for your energetic field
  • Open your clients to their own healing
  • Meet your spirit helpers
  • Learn practices to keep you connected to Spirit
  • Experience the profound power of that connection
  • Use it to facilitate healing experiences for your clients
  • Gain new wisdom, depth and clarity
  • Learn to alter your vibrational speed and strength as needed for your work
  • Bring about personal and professional growth at the deepest levels

Early registration opens soon. To receive notification, email Grandmother at


What a 4-day workshop retreat is like at Siena


“WORK, yes. But learn to play just as hard as you work! Learn to relax.”          – Edgar Cayce

When you are a touch therapist assisting in the healing of others, you need to receive nourishment for your own body and soul, as well. You have to rest and restore yourself. You need to refresh your creativity and renew your motivation. And, every so often, you need to recharge your practice.

Taking your healing art to the next level depends on receiving healing for yourself, as well as offering it to others. So, although the 4-day schedule is ambitious, the amount of meditation and guided visualization in the curriculum will infuse you with spirit, clear your mind and calm your heart.

Add to this, the unparalleled comfort of hanging out with like-minded peers. We forget how much we appreciate this. The way we can unwind with each other is quite special . . . so natural and spontaneous, and so needed!

Getting what you need/knead

                                                                                                                             And, don’t forget, everyone will be getting bodywork, too.


So, yes, there is a lot available to relax and delight the senses. But there is plenty of class time to delight the mind, as well. Although I will be demonstrating new techniques, we will mostly be working with information and techniques you already know. However, we’ll be redesigning them.

The goal of these four days is to transform and empower what you learned and re-create it in the image of what your higher wisdom knows.

So, get ready to take in some mind-blowing, mind-altering new concepts and paradigms. But don’t worry – you’ll want to inhale them because they’ll feel like the breath of fresh air you’ve been longing for.


This residential workshop retreat is for you if you want to:
  • Be done with hiding who you are, or doing only what you’re “supposed to do”
  • Get beyond the inevitable reticence or fear of showing up; of bringing your full power to your work (btw, power encompasses softness and compassion, as well as strength)
  • Expand and up-level your skill set
  • Expand and up-level your concepts of healing
  • Take the challenge to progress and advance yourself
  • Align yourself with your guidance

Enrollment is limited to 12 participants. If you are drawn to what you’ve been reading and feel in your heart that it’s time for you to go for it in this moment, then see below to register for

The Magic of Manual Medicine: Precise, Precious and Profound

There’s no better time for taking your healing art to the next level






A Zoom link will go out only to people who are interested in attending (as opposed to the entire newsletter list). If you would like to attend the webinar,


The webinar will be interactive, so you will have a chance to ask questions. Sending an email ensures that you will receive a Zoom link in your inbox a few days before the event.


THE MAGIC OF MANUAL MEDICINE Residential Workshop Retreat includes:

  • Private Room & Bath
  • 3 Meals Per Day
  • 27 Hours of Instruction
  • Spiral Bound Study Guide
  • 27 CEUs (NCBTMB)

Dates and times: 7:00 PM, Thursday, Sept. 16 – 3:00 PM, Sunday, Sept. 19

Location: Siena Retreat Center, on Lake Michigan in Racine, WI

Limited Enrollment: 12 participants

Investment: $697.00 – $830.00, depending on enrollment date (see below)


Payment must accompany registration and may be paid by cash, check, Zelle, Venmo or credit card (additional processing fee of 3.5% for cc). The earlier you register, the bigger your savings.

The Magic of Manual Medicine
$24.40 (processing fee)
Total: $721.40
Your investment, according to registration date:


$697.00 8/12/21
$769.00 8/27/21
$830.00 9/10/21

Payment plans are available. If you choose to utilize this option, the first payment is due by 7/21/21. For more information, including refund info, contact Grandmother at  or 847-975-7959.


Check out previous newsletters for more info about the workshop retreat:

MORE MAGIC OF MANUAL MEDICINE Residential Workshop Retreat – September 16-19, 2021 – Siena Retreat Center – Racine, WI

still your mind and heart to activate your manual magic
listen to the wind, the silence, your heart

Have you been going through anything similar to my friends in the bodywork field, myself included? Feeling like there’s “something more” being asked of you in your practice? It’s been a little intense, right? The events we’ve all been through this past year have certainly changed us. They’ve collectively slowed us down and given us an opportunity to revisit our attitudes, beliefs, morals and ideals. That’s definitely been the case for many of us in the healing arts. My friends and I have been talking to each other about a growing awareness of a subtle (or not-so-subtle) urge to change the way we work. Though just exactly how to do that is not quite clear yet. Sound familiar?

In this work that we do, we all go through our own processes of development, progression and evolution. I know this, and yet, I often feel agitated or anxious when it happens. Do you? I guess that’s just human nature. No matter how much we may crave something new, we don’t really embrace change. We may not be clear – and certainly not comfortable – in the midst of transitioning from one state to the next. Sometimes we may even try to push away those uncomfortable feelings, rather than face them.

Well, please forgive me, but I feel compelled to remind you of a couple of things you already know, only too well:

    1. that the only way out is through, and
    2. paying attention to, and appreciating everything that affects you is what brings you relief

And, remember, too, that nothing is ever lost, because whatever falls away is eventually reborn, renewed and recreated in some way.



Over the past year, I’ve been praying and meditating on all of that. I can certainly sense the energy of the “new paradigm” everyone is talking about. It has significantly changed what I think and do when I’m treating, counseling and teaching. And it has certainly upgraded my own energy, including the breadth and depth of my intuitive awareness. I’ve been so moved by it all that it’s in my heart to share with you what I’ve learned. So, here’s what this year’s residential workshop retreat is all about:

hand radiates energy
hand radiates energy
  • Taking your existing knowledge and skills and re-birthing them into their next incarnation
  • Giving them renewed meaning with broader context and perspective
  • Recreating your hands, including how they transmit healing
  • It’s about your magical hands

There is a power in learning to be present in the discomfort of transition. It’s empowering to be able to work with it, especially when we’re considering some kind of change in our practice. Can you look at yourself – at your client – with different eyes? Can you shift from a laser beam focus to a soft gaze? It’s like looking at one of those Magic Eye pictures. You’re looking at a drawing on a 2-dimesional piece of paper, and then, by softening your gaze, you’re suddenly drawn into a 3-dimsional world, looking at a completely different picture. You see an entirely different landscape.

The plan for the MAGIC OF MANUAL MEDICINE: Precise, Precious and Profound is to:

  • Employ that soft gaze as you work on your client
  • Notice entirely new possibilities for their treatment

If your experience is anything like my own, besides seeing your client more fully, you will be able to use this ability to look at what’s ahead for you in your practice, as well. I expect you will come through this period of transition and uncertainty (which almost everyone is going through) with new wisdom, greater compassion, and a deeper understanding of the contribution you can make.

magic is the higher understanding of nature
nature is magic

So, if you are one of us who is feeling the upgrade of energy we are receiving in these exciting times; if you want to receive and integrate more of this transforming energy; if you want to allow it in to have a positive impact on your abilities; if you want to learn to harness it for healing purposes; if you want to magnify the shaman and healer within you; then, this is your workshop.

your gifts are your magic
standing in your field of magic

This residential workshop retreat will invite you through the door that opens to your own unique field of guidance. When you step into it, you will recognize the gifts waiting for you there as your own. And you will be given all the necessary space needed to develop them. They are your strengths, talents and unique abilities. They’ve been given specially to you as your gifts of healing. 


They are your magic.

They are meant for you.

And they are meant for you to share.



  • Usher you through your doorway
  • Heighten your perception
  • Train your soft gaze
  • Show you how to adjust your frequency and vibration to integrate a new paradigm of energies
  • Recreate your manual skills to align with the new energy
  • Help you rethink your interpretation of meridian diagnosis
  • Expand your thoughts regarding treatment goals
  • Offer techniques in alignment with the new energy
  • Discuss treatment strategies for various types of clients  


You will find information on more of the possible topics to be covered in this previous newsletter: THE MAGIC OF MANUAL MEDICINE

Additionally, there will be more detail coming in the next couple of newsletters. They will be published on Litha (Summer Solstice) and Lughnasa (August 1), so stay tuned.

The Newsletter comes out 8 times a year. To get on the email list, click here or click the button of the bottom of the post.



Dates and times: 7:00 PM, Thursday, Sept. 16 – 3:00 PM, Sunday, Sept. 19

Location: Siena Retreat Center, on Lake Michigan in Racine, WI

Limited Enrollment: 12 participants

Investment: $697.00 – $830.00, depending on enrollment date (see below)


The MAGIC OF MANUAL MEDICINE Residential Workshop Retreat includes:

  • Private Room & Bath
  • 3 Meals Per Day
  • 27 Hours of Instruction
  • Spiral Bound Study Guide
  • 27 CEUs (NCBTMB)

Payment must accompany registration and may be paid by: cash, check, Zelle, Venmo or credit card (additional processing fee of $30.00 for cc). The earlier you register, the bigger your savings.

Your investment, according to registration date:

$697.00 8/12/21
$769.00 8/27/21
$830.00 9/10/21


Payment plans are available. If you choose this option, the first payment is due by 7/21/21. For more information, including refund info, contact Grandmother at  or 847-975-7959.



Even if you aren’t ready to make  payment, it’s a good idea to get your name on the list. The class is intentionally kept small so that I can give you the individual attention your unique development is primed and organized for. If this workshop is speaking to you . . . NO NEED TO HESITATE! Contact me at  or 847-975-7959.



THE MAGIC OF MANUAL MEDICINE: Precise, Precious and Profound Residential Workshop Retreat – September 16-19, 2021 – Siena Retreat Center – Racine, WI

Once again, we have the good fortune of coming together in a most beautiful and extraordinary place on the shores of Lake Michigan. Not only is the external environment at Siena lovely and peaceful, but it’s true of the inside environment, as well. For, while we are studying and practicing shiatsu, nuns are continually praying that we have a deep and uplifting experience. It is quite special.



In my newsletter last September, I spoke about taking note of the opportunity for change we were being given as a result of the novel corona virus pandemic. I talked about heeding the lessons. I said that rather than “pivoting” from what we do, we should, instead, go deeper into our work.

So, for this year’s Residential Workshop Retreat, we’re not going to focus on any new techniques (though I will teach some). We’re going to leave the old paradigm behind. We won’t just add more and more techniques. Instead, we’ll adopt a new paradigm that encompasses more understanding, perception, insight and empathy. We’ll focus on developing more feeling, receptiveness, intuition, responsiveness, sensitivity, and subtlety. These are the qualities we really need in a health and healing practice – and what our clients ask us for and rely on.



What we’re undertaking here is the self-development aspect of the practitioner. It’s how the “Barefoot Doctors” of the original medicine practiced. You might remember learning that the trained practitioners of old were expected to know much more than the anatomy and physiology of the body, and more than the energetics of the points, channels and organs. Our current academic model sees that as the complete education. In actuality, all of that was considered the preliminary fundamentals. After that, practitioners were expected to become artists and poets. And, after that, philosophers. Finally, the true “doctor” was a wise sage.

We are going to head in that direction in this 4-day intensive.

We’re embracing wisdom and creative expression as

customary standards in the healing arts.

You will:

  • Discover and expand your psychic skills (we all have them!)
  • Identify your unique physical, emotional, mental and psychic talents
  • Recognize their accompanying strengths and limitations
  • Learn methods to discover any blocks to that process, and how to clear them
  • Gain insight into how your client feels (what it feels like to be your client)
  • Develop the ability to create new techniques, on the spot, that are tailored to the uniqueness of your client’s immediate needs
  • Create new techniques that suit your style of practice according to your talents, strengths and limitations
  • Reinforce your foundational footings for centering yourself
  • Learn to use your will, emotions, and mental focus in a specific way
  • Establish an energetic matrix to support the Field of your Presence and prevent fatigue and burn-out



In addition, we will upskill your ability to:

  • Modify shiatsu techniques in a variety of ways
  • Grid the client’s energetic field
  • Discern differences between meridian energy and other types of energy
  • Recognize the difference between physical & emotional energy in a meridian
  • Experience and assess expansive and contractive states of energy
  • Align your body for working in the expansive state
  • Heighten, deepen and strengthen your senses
  • Interpret the Kyo/Jitsu information from the Hara diagnosis
  • Confidently direct your client’s energy to balance and harmonize
  • Establish a repeatable beneficial change in your client’s energy pattern
  • Review and refine meridian locations and angles of palpation (the #1 essential, on-going/never-ending practice of dedicated practitioners!)


So, this year’s retreat is all about developing your instrument, which is your hand, as projected through your SELF. YOU are what makes your treatment work. It’s not the technique that does it. Good technique certainly helps, but it’s not the magic. YOU ARE THE MAGIC. YOU are the instrument. It feels so good to develop your instrument!


That’s the lesson this past year’s pandemic has brought us. If the learning curve is steep, it’s also compelling. The magic works when we have our head in the right place and we’re focused on the healing message that we receive and transmit. We’re seeking to successfully hold space for our client’s healing. So, we want to be sure that our mindset is conducive and non-judgmental, and that our focus is keen. And each new level we reach brings so much satisfaction.

We are certainly a singular group of folks with a unique and distinctive way of viewing the world. So, being together again at Siena, sharing this perspective, is all the more gladdening.




The prices have been left at the 2020 rate in consideration of any financial constrictions people may have incurred as a result of the pandemic. That means early registration of $697.00* gets you:

  • Private room with private bath
  • 3 meals a day
  • 26 hours of instruction
  • Workshop packet

*Details of payment plans and options coming in the May 1 newsletter. If you want to know before that, you can email me at


So, let’s gather at the Siena Retreat Center in September!

Let’s study, practice, collaborate and celebrate our precious medicine together again.