These classes and workshops have been presented in corporate, conference and vacation settings. Including The Chicago Botanic Garden, The Holistic Holiday at Sea, Yoga Journal Midwest, and The Vegetarian Summer Conference.
Enjoy the many benefits of
meditation while surrounded by nature. Each week,
in this four week program, we will meditate and
breathe with nature in one of the gardens amazing
organic spaces. Outdoors, we will explore basic
meditation techniques and breathing exercises
along with guided visualization inspired by the
setting for that week.
Surrounded by nature’s
display of plants, flowers, and grasses, life
force (prana) is bountiful
and abundant. Absorbing the energy from the garden,
we will observe our own individual energy as
we breathe and meditate together. Meditation
can be described as being present and observing
each moment unfold. Nature is the prefect place
to watch (observe) this unfolding.
Join us for
a deep, experiential practice immersed in nature.
All are welcome.
Join Steve Nakon for a cooking
demonstration, incorporating seasonal and locally
grown food, during the Chicago Botanic Garden
Chef’s Program. Check back for dates and
Seasonal Cooking: Fall Meals to Strengthen
In this Cooking with the Seasons series we explore how the food we prepare
helps us to stay healthy and balanced during the changing seasons. Fall is
a time to nourish and gather strength in preparation for winter. The class
will have the opportunity to taste and enjoy their work. Class size is limited.
The majority of nutrients needed to sustain our lives are fully present in
whole grains. Join us as we learn the basics of cooking with whole grains
and discuss their many benefits. The class will participate in preparing
three delicious, nutritious grain dishes that they will sample and share.
Class size is limited.
Winter Cooking: Warming Soups and Stews
In this series we will explore the many benefits of cooking and eating in harmony
with the seasons. Cold weather is the perfect time for hearty soups and stews.
We will discuss the energetic quality of winter cooking and prepare a hearty
soup and a warming stew incorporating seasonal vegetables. The class will
participate in the cooking experience and have an opportunity to taste and
enjoy their work. Class size is limited.
The Healing Power of Food
In this session we will examine the healing qualities
of a whole foods approach to eating. Included
will be discussion on the foods that create a
healing atmosphere in the body, as well as foods
that have the potential to cause imbalance and
disease. We will explore how balancing the subtle
energy of your food helps you to stay healthy,
and if necessary regain your health. See how
food effects our physical, mental and spiritual
The Healing Energy of Food
As we become more attuned to the energy of food
we begin to realize how the food choices we make
affect our personal health and influence planetary
natural, whole foods diet helps nurture calm, creative people who are more likely
to resolve conflicts peacefully, more capable of dedicating their energy toward
ecological living. In this session we will examine the healing qualities of a
whole foods approach to eating. As we discuss foods that cause imbalance and
disease, as well as foods that create a healing atmosphere in the body, we will
explore the relationship between a plant based diet and individual and planetary
health. Hippocrates taught “Let food be thy medicine” in 431 B.C.,
yet even today its meaning is just beginning to influence modern public and medical
opinion. Learn how what we eat helps us to heal ourselves and the planet.