Guys: Butt Out!

It’s not the first time we’ve advised men (and women) who want to become parents that they need to stop smoking immediately, and it won’t be the last. Now another new study adds to the already compelling body of damning evidence showing that smoking harms fertility. In this new study, researchers at the University of Saarland, in Germany, looked at specific proteins in the sperm of men who smoked, and compared them with the same proteins in non-smokers. These proteins, called protamines, are necessary for sperm development. The scientists found that, in smokers, the genetic material of these proteins can be damaged, making the sperm incapable of fertilizing an egg.Since men are constantly producing new sperm, they can produce sperm without protamine problems several months after they quit. In fact, for couples who are considering IVF (in vitro fertilization), the German scientists recommend that men stop smoking for at least three months before attempting a cycle.By: Beth @ Concieve

ilumina Upcoming Events for November

ilumina Healing Sanctuary is honored to offer these amazing free events that you do not want to miss.  To register please call ilumina Healing Sanctuary at (602) 957-2602.Women’s Circle led by Marion Light M.Ed.6:00pm-7:00pm1st Monday of the Month (November 1st)For women looking to connect with other women in an environment that encourages inner growth and healing.  This meeting encompasses setting the space, clearing negative or stagnant energies, a guided meditation and sharing.  In our society, many women have become overstressed and overburdened with family, work and their own high expectations of themselves.  The age-old tradition of sitting in a circle and sharing has been replaced by hectic, isolated lives that lead to distraction from our deeper selves.  These groups allow a space for community, inner discovery and healing.  This renewed energy then goes forward with each woman and touches al those they encounter.Couples Communication with Marion Light6:00pm-7:00pmMonday, November 8thA large percentage of communication is non-verbal. Most problems in a relationship are caused by an inability to speak the truth to each other about what we feel and what we really need from each other. Come and learn how to communicate and listen with compassion. Spend a evening with Marion Light, Emotional Wellness Therapist and Polarity Practitioner to explore the effects of this process in your relationship.Fertility Circle led by Marion Light M.Ed.6:00pm-7:00pm3rd Monday of the Month (November 15th)For women on the journey to motherhood who are seeking connection with other women on the same path. This circle includes guided visualizations and will remain small to ensure personal attention.

The Fertility Benifits of Eating Organic

A healthy diet can help contribute to a healthy conception, but does it matter if the milk you drink or the veggies you eat are organic? Sometimes it does…There’s no shortage of advice on what you should eat when trying to get pregnant. Much less is known about how food—or more precisely the preservatives, hormones, pesticides, and other toxic chemicals lurking there—could interfere with your ability to conceive. To be on the safe side, some experts think now may be the time to go organic with at least some of the foods you consume. “The science is still inconclusive, but there is some suggestion that women exposed to persistent organic pollutants have more reproductive health problems that can lead to problems with fertility,” says Tracey Woodruff, Ph.D., director of the Program for Reproductive Health and Environment at the University of California at San Francisco.One of the proponents of going green is Robert Greene, M.D., medical director of the Sher Institutes for Reproductive Medicine of Northern California. In his new book, Perfect Hormone Balance for Fertility (Three Rivers Press, 2008), Dr. Greene notes that about 90 percent of our total intake of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, preservatives, additives, and antibiotics comes from the foods we eat. Most of these chemicals, he adds, are hormone disrupters, which interfere with the body’s hormone balance and can reduce fertility or lead to miscarriage.While organic foods are becoming more widely available, they still tend to be more expensive. If cost is an issue, Dr. Greene recommends focusing organic purchases on animal products (meat and dairy), which he says are likely to contain the highest levels of hormone disrupter chemicals. Dr. Greene also writes, “The most harmful BioMutagens are contained in the fat of meat and fish, so always buy lean and low-fat products.” Another good strategy is to take a good look at your daily diet, and then buy organic versions of the foods you eat most frequently.Among fruits and vegetables, levels of pesticide residues can vary significantly, according to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). Opt to go green at least with the fruits and vegetables that are most likely to be contaminated (see chart below).The IATP also advises that consumers buy produce from small, local farmers whenever possible. Not only is this produce generally fresher and more flavorful, but it also tends to harbor fewer chemicals than foods grown on large industrial farms. Whatever their source, fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly washed in cold water before being eaten. Washing can remove at least half of pesticide residues, as well as pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella, which can cause illness.Through the foods you choose, as in all things, the goal is to maintain optimum health when you’re trying to conceive. “Anything you can do to improve overall health is likely to maximize your fertility and ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby,” says Louis DePaolo, M.D., chief of the Reproductive Sciences Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.Highest Pesticide ResiduesApplesGrapes (imported)NectarinesPeachesPearsRed raspberriesStrawberriesBell peppersCarrotsCeleryGreen beansHot peppersPotatoesSpinachModerate Pesticide ResiduesApricotsBlueberriesCantaloupeGrapefruitGrapes (domestic)HoneydewOrangesCollard greensCucumbersKaleLettuceMushroomsSweet potatoesTomatoesTurnip greensWinter squashLowest Pesticide ResiduesApple juiceBananasKiwifruitMangoesOrange juicePapayaPeaches (canned)PineapplesPlumsTangerinesWatermelonAsparagusAvocadoBroccoliCabbageCauliflowerOnionSweet cornSweet peasA version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of Conceive Magazine .

Fertility and Flame Retardent Chemicals

Scientists have been learning more about environmental hazards and chemicals that can affect fertility, and now they’ve added another potential threat to the list: polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), used as a flame retardant. A recent study of 223 pregnant women, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that those women who had the highest concentration of the chemicals in their blood took longer to become pregnant.PBDEs are surprisingly common, used in foam furniture, electronics, fabrics, carpets, and plastics. Because of safety concerns, most manufacturers have been phasing out their use, but they are still readily found in products made before 2004. PBDEs are also present in some foods, particularly dairy products and higher-fat meat and fish. An earlier study found detectable levels of PBDEs in the blood of 97 percent of Americans.For more information on environmental hazards and fertility, download the free brochure, “Toxic Matters,” by the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) at the University of California, San Francisco, at prhe.ucsf.edu/prhe/tmlinks.html.Written by Conceive EditorsTuesday, 22 June 2010

The expansion of summer at ilumina

Summer is a time for expansion and growth, we at ilumina are doing just that. I am pleased to welcome Terri Rowan & Marie Verveka to our practice. Terri is a Licensed Massage Therapist that specializes in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. A new therapy we are excited to offer at our clinic that promotes female reproductive health. Terri is available for appointments on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Marie is a Licensed Acupuncture practitioner. She joined ilumina to provide acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the clinic as well as at our affiliated physicians offices for IVF. Currently, Marie will be at ilumina on Thursdays and Saturdays. Please read more about our new staff members below

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Safe(r) Sunscreens

I have lived my life in the sun. When I was young we used to survive the summer heat by spending days at the pool or beach. Baby oil was the tan enhancer of choice to get our skin tan as fast as possible. As I got older I realized that maybe I should start using sunscreen. I remember my sunscreen enlightenment so clearly, I was a student working on my undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona and heard: if you live in Arizona long enough you will develop skin cancer. Yikes!

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Fertility Circle at ilumina

Join Marion Light this Monday, July 19, 2010 at ilumina Healing Sanctuary. To reserve your space please call. (602)957-2602.Monday July 19, 20106:00pm-7:30pm7520 E. Camelback RoadScottsdale, Arizona 85251(602)957-2602ilumina is honored to offer a FREE circle for women on their road to motherhood. This women’s circle includes guided visualizations and is small to ensure personal attention. Our intention is to create a safe and nurturing environment for women to receive comfort and support in their journeys. Something magical happens when our stories are witnessed in a neutral, loving and supportive environment. This enables us to listen and hear our own wisdom and to share that wisdom with others on the path of good health and emotional healing.

Healing Through the Emotions

Join Marion on Monday evening for this free event that you do not want to miss! We still have a couple of spaces left so please call to register. (602)957-2602March 8, 2010  (Monday) 6-7:30pmatilumina Healing Sanctuary7520 E. Camelback RoadScottsdale, Arizona 85251Healing through the Emotions with Marion Light M.Ed.Our emotions, both conscious and unconscious play an important role in our learning. It is through the emotions that we gain deeper access to who we really are and what is important to us in our lives.  Living an inner guided life does not ensure an absence of difficulty in your life.  Leaving your emotions and tapping into your intuition will however allow you to move through these transitions with ease and grace without becoming unbalanced.  Come for an evening to learn about the emotional aspects of your physical, financial and relationship issues.

Fertility Healing Circle: Monday, June 15th

Women in Bloom is honored to offer a healing circle at ilumina Healing Sanctuary for women on their road to motherhood. Our intention is to create a safe and nurturing environment for women to receive comfort and support in their journeys. Something magical happens when our stories are witnessed in a neutral, loving and supportive environment. This enables us to listen and hear our own wisdom and to share that wisdom with others on the path of good health and emotional healing. This women's circle will include guided visualizations and will remain small to ensure personal attention.For more information or to sign up for the Fertility Healing Circle please call ilumina Healing Sanctuary at (602)957-2602.Monday, June 15th6:00pm to 7:00pmilumina Healing Sanctuary7520 E. Camelback RoadScottsdale, Arizona 85251(602)957-2602

Upcoming Events

Please register early for these special events early as space is limited. (ilumina Healing Sanctuary: 602-957-2602) Unless listed, all special events are complimentary but donations are accepted and will take place at ilumina Healing Sanctuary. All donations received will be used to fund microloans for women starting businesses in developing countries through Kiva www.kiva.org.

Monday, June 8th 6:00pm-7:00pmIntroduction to Polarity Therapy with Marion Light

All living things are intricate arrangements of energy. Your physical body, thoughts, and feelings are all patterns of energy. When your energy fields are aligned in smooth-patterned states, their natural expression is health and happiness. However, when the patterns of your energy fields become chaotic or distorted by stressful life experiences, it can have a negative impact on your well-being. Polarity therapy works to restore the intregity and flow of your energy patterns using touch, toning, breathing and communication techniques. A comprehensive system of Eastern and Western modalities, polarity therapyworks to bring your energy field back into thier natural state of alignment.

Come for an evening with Marion Light and learn about the value of having a balanced energy system and how to connect to your own energy and imbalances. You will learn how to listen to your own body's messages and where you might be blocked in your life, on the physical, mental/emotional, financial or spiritual levels.

About Marion Light

www.marionlight.com

Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Marion Light has lived in the United States for 20 years. She has three adult children, a son, Roscoe and twin daughters, Kelsey and Megan.

As a young adult, Marion was a top athlete, selected to play for the national field hockey team. She earned her bachelors degree, with English and Physical Education as a double Major, and received her teaching credentials in South Africa, where she worked as an educator for five years. After moving to the United States, Marion taught physically and mentally challenged children for five years in Los Angeles while earning a Masters Degree in Education at Cal State.

It was after moving to Phoenix that Marion's own health issues compelled her to explore holistic healthcare and alternative therapies. She was drawn to pursue a life in the healing arts, and from that time on, she has felt her life has been divinely guided. She began to follow her intuition and studied energy medicine, including Master level training in polarity, cranial sacral and massage. She also began teaching classes in cranial sacral unwinding, polarity therapy and communications.

Marion feels her practice is the fulfilling of her life's purpose. For over 10 years, she has successfully helped men, women and children find deep relief from depression and anxiety, physical pain, illness, infertility, grief, childhood and sexual abuse, attention deficit disorder and many other issues. She is honored to guide individuals on a journey of self discovery, helping them achieve a greater state of well-being.

ilumina Healing Sanctuary, located in Scottsdale, is a unique clinic that combines acupuncture, Traditional Chinese medicine, emotional wellness, general and fertility massage, and whole food nutrition. We are the only clinic in Arizona with board certified practitioners of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. Our highly trained and experiences specialists provide therapies that support the body, mind and spirit through all phases of a women’s life.ilumina Healing Sanctuary7520 E. Camelback RoadScottsdale, Arizona 85251(602)957-2602

Acupuncture for Infertility on Fox News!

Acupuncture: A Cure for Infertility?Tuesday , April 26, 2005By Catherine Donaldson-EvansNEW YORK —At 36, Lucy Appert has suffered through two miscarriages, a stillbirth at 8 1/2 months and, because of a rare pregnancy-related liver dysfunction, intensive illness and surgery.Yet after enduring five painful years of trying to have their own baby, Appert and her husband Edward finally saw their dream come true last month when their son Henry was born — premature, but healthy.For all the fertility treatments, technologies and prenatal care available to women today, Appert credits the success of her pregnancy to an ancient Chinese secret."I recommend acupuncture (search) to everyone," Appert said. "It does work. I did everything possible for years to have a baby. I almost lost hope."The millennias-old Asian medical practice — in which the acupuncturist places tiny needles in various pressure points, or "Qi" (Chee), in the body to improve circulation and reduce stress — has been around in the United States for years as an "alternative" treatment for numerous ailments.But recently, acupuncture has been picking up steam as a possible remedy for female infertility, with a handful of American and European studies showing that it enhances the success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF) (search).“Do I believe in it? Absolutely,” said Dr. Paul C. Magarelli, an infertility doctor at the Reproductive Medicine & Fertility Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and co-author of an ongoing study into the use of acupuncture with IVF with Dr. Diane K. Cridennda. Cridennda is a licensed acupuncturist with a master's degree in Oriental medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine (search) who owns East Winds Acupuncture, also in Colorado Springs.Magarelli said he joined the study at the urging of Cridennda, who had approached him about using acupuncture with IVF based on her knowledge of its history as an Eastern fertility treatment. A skeptic at first, Magarelli said he dismissed the idea for a while before signing on."I thought, this is rubbish — it can't be true," Magarelli said. "But no matter how I look at this data, I see an improvement. ... I'm pretty much a convert."In general, studies seem to indicate that doing acupuncture about 30 minutes before and after in vitro fertilization can increase the chance that the embryo will be implanted successfully and reduce the chance of miscarriage.There are also indications that the effectiveness of the IVF drugs and procedure may improve if acupuncture is done about once a week in the month or two leading up to the start of IVF and then continued regularly — once or twice a week — during the whole cycle.And, as in Appert's case, there is anecdotal evidence that acupuncture can help with other fertility and pregnancy problems. Appert didn't need IVF to conceive, but she was told she probably couldn't carry a healthy baby to term because of her liver disorder.But some doctors caution that there is no "magic pill" for fertility, pregnancy and IVF troubles — whether it's acupuncture or something else."The jury is still out on that," said Dr. Eric Surrey, president of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) (search), who has a practice at the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine. "I don't think we have good data to show that acupuncture before and after the embryo transfer is truly beneficial."And they warn against making too much of claims that acupuncture can help with having babies."It's impossible to say at this point," said Dr. Robert Schenken, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) (search), who has a practice at the University of Texas Health Science Center. "In the absence of any controlled data, I don't think we can come to a firm conclusion."Promising ResearchAcupuncture seems to help some women because it improves circulation to the ovaries (search) — which makes for healthier eggs — and to the uterus (search), which increases the chances that the lining will be strong enough to hold those eggs to full-term."Acupuncture provides better circulation and better blood flow to the womb," said Dr. Raymond Chang, director of New York's Meridian Medical Group, who has been incorporating acupuncture into fertility treatments for the past decade. "It will give a better chance for the eggs to be nourished and therefore carried."There's also the fact that acupuncture can be a stress-reliever during an emotional time."Trying to get pregnant is incredibly stressful," said Victoria Koos, the acupuncturist who treated Appert at Yin and Tonic Acupuncture in New York. "They're crossing their fingers. The longer they're trying to get pregnant, the worse it gets ... Part of [acupuncture's success] is simply relaxation. When the body is relaxed, all systems function better."The Colorado study Magarelli and Cridennda presented at a conference this fall is one of a series the pair have done with acupuncture and in vitro.That one looked at 114 patients who had a good chance of IVF being effective, some who did acupuncture and some who didn’t. It found, among other things, that there were fewer miscarriages, more pregnancies and a 7 percent higher birth rate among those who got acupuncture treatment over those who didn’t, according to Magarelli.It piggybacked off other research the team did on 147 “poor responders” to IVF, which found that the pregnancy rate was 40 percent, with 11 percent more babies born, among those who did acupuncture with in vitro fertilization compared to those who didn’t.In March, Magarelli and Cridennda released findings in Italy involving patients with an average prognosis for IVF success. Those yielded clear numbers that the pregnancy rate increased with acupuncture by 24 percent, according to Magarelli.“What got us was that now we were seeing a firm trend toward getting more people pregnant,” he said.The Colorado research seems to support some findings of two earlier studies, one in Germany by lead researcher Dr. Wolfgang E. Paulus — published in ASRM's “Fertility and Sterility” (search) in April 2002 — and one in Sweden by lead researcher Elisabet Stener-Victorin in the 1990s.Of course, even those who believe in acupuncture concede that while the existing studies have yielded good information, there still isn't sufficient evidence, or a broad enough sample of patients tested, to call acupuncture a proven remedy."We are convinced, but scientifically you need proof — or so-called proof," Chang said. "There is a whole set of proof from lab experiments and animal studies to human studies, but it's very difficult to do human studies."Schenken noted that even though there might be one set of data showing positive results, "it really needs to be corroborated, preferably with several different studies and different patient populations." For example, there can be bias when the entire study sample comes from the same clinic, or when patients know they're doing something different from usual.Schenken said he doesn't get asked about acupuncture often, but when patients do, "we don't recommend it, but we do not discourage it."Surrey takes a similar approach. In his opinion, the data "is not bad" on the theory that acupuncture can help when administered before IVF, but as far as acupuncture generally improving fertility or helping after the embryo transfer in IVF, "there really isn't a whole lot of data on that."But at the very least, "there is absolutely nothing to show that it's harmful if it's done with a trained and appropriately skilled acupuncturist," he said. It's a notion that nearly everyone in the medical field — whether they believe in needles and Qi or not — seems to agree upon.Some Eastern medicine-Western medicine rivalry may come into play with how to treat reproductive problems, but Chang said he sees more resistance with the use of Chinese herbs — which are ingested — than he does with acupuncture. Often, it's the in vitro specialists themselves who refer their patients to him for acupuncture after a couple of failed IVF attempts.As for the couples trying to bring a child into the world — particularly through a complicated, invasive procedure like IVF— anything that helps the process along is welcome.“IVF is so technical that patients feel like they’re being pushed and pulled … with acupuncture, they’re in a sense taking some control,” Magarelli said. "Acupuncture isn't a needle, it's an environment."Added Koos: "They're on these incredibly strong drugs that make the poor women crazy. They're running around like Catwoman. This is to help them stay sane while they're going through the process."The emotional cost of infertility comes with a hefty financial price tag as well — in vitro fertilization can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 a cycle and generally isn't covered by insurance; acupuncture ranges from about $30 to over $200 per treatment — Koos and Chang charge about $90 a pop — and certain health plans do cover at least a portion of it.Meanwhile, researchers and experts in the field are excited at what they're seeing in the studies. Chang said he's currently working with NYU Medical Center on a trial that looks at IVF with and without acupuncture.Appert, for her part, was at the end of her rope and felt she had nothing to lose. She started acupuncture with Koos about two months before she began trying to conceive — with needles in her toes and a couple of liver points — and continued with the treatments throughout the pregnancy."The first time I went, I was completely terrified. My husband went with me and held my hand," she said. "I could feel the muscles in my liver jump and an electric current going through my body. It was very strange but also felt right."She said being monitored by both her obstetrician and Koos helped reassure her about what was going on during her high-risk pregnancy."She would tell me things about how I was doing physically and then I would go to the doctor and he would tell me the same thing," remembers Appert, who works as a professor.When she got sick late in the pregnancy, both Koos and Appert's OB/GYN were able to detect when her liver went dangerously haywire and get her to the hospital for delivery six weeks early, before the problem harmed the fetus and caused another stillbirth.Regardless of the skeptics, Appert said she's relieved that she was finally able to have a nearly full-term baby of her own. At 4 pounds, 6 ounces, Henry has been in intensive care but otherwise is doing "fine.""It really was a miracle," the new mom gushed. "It's one of these weird things that Western medicine can't explain."ilumina Healing Sanctuary, located in Scottsdale, is a unique clinic that combines acupuncture, Traditional Chinese medicine, emotional wellness, general and fertility massage, and whole food nutrition. We are the only clinic in Arizona with board certified practitioners of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. Our highly trained and experiences specialists provide therapies that support the body, mind and spirit through all phases of a women's life. ilumina Healing Sanctuary7520 E. Camelback RoadScottsdale, Arizona 85251(602)957-2602

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Fertility Enhancement

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive medical system that has evolved over the last 2500 years. Developing independently of western biomedicine and western thought, TCM believes there is an energetic body as well as physical body. By regulating the energetic body through acupuncture, Chinese herbs, adjunctive therapies and dietary changes, fertility is increased.TCM has 12 major meridian systems that generate and circulate energy throughout the body. Both male and female fertility is dependent on the Kidney meridian system being healthy and functioning optimally. When the Kidney system is weakened, sperm pathologies can arise. In women the ovaries decline leading to elevated FSH and menstrual irregularities and increased miscarriage rates.Although acupuncture and Chinese herbs are excellent ways to tonify the Kidney energy system there are things that can be done at home to preserve and boost the Kidney energy.On Monday, May 11th at 6:00pm, I will be holding a free talk titled “Traditional Chinese Medicine and Fertility Enhancement” at ilumina Healing Sanctuary. During this informal talk I will address ways to increase the Kidney energy along with sharing other pearls of wisdom. Please call the office at (602)957-2602 to register as space is limited.∞ Dana Price DOM, L.Ac., Dipl.OMilumina Healing Sanctuary7520 E. Camelback RoadScottsdale, Arizona 85251(602)957-2602www.iluminahealing.com

Women in Bloom: An Inner Journey to Motherhood One-Day Retreat

For women who are…

thinking about becoming pregnant or trying to conceive,

who have struggled with infertility or miscarriage

who have conflicting feelings or uncertainty about motherhood,

…our retreat will gently guide you to a place of clarity while providing emotional support

and the resources to help you realize your desires.

2009 DatesSaturday, February 7thSaturday, May 9thSaturday, August 29thSaturday, November 21st

9:00am-4:00pmParadise Valley, Arizona

To be the experiences of great joy and expansion that they were meant to be, conception, pregnancy and motherhood  require ultimate self-awareness and surrender. For many women, these profound life transitions have become a time of fear, pain, confusion and struggle. Women in Bloom’s retreat is designed to support all women with the physical and emotional issues surrounding fertility, pregnancy and motherhood. For women trying to conceive, having difficult pregnancies, or wanting to sort out conflicting feelings about motherhood, this unique program will bring you to a place of deeper clarity, understanding and balance and provide you with resources to enhance fertility and the experience of pregnancy and motherhood.

Retreat activities include:Discussions on fertility, pregnancy and motherhoodGroup Sharing and SupportGuided MeditationLabyrinth WalkSelf Discovery

$150 for the full day

Retreat size will remain small to allow for optimum healing and growth with these two renowned experts. Please register early as our offerings fill quickly.

For more information please e-mail:Marion Light  marion@marionlight.comorDana Price   danaprice@iluminahealing.com

To register please call (602)957-2602

Testimonials from previous retreats

“I left Women in Bloom believing in myself and having faith in what is ahead.”

“This was a powerful and transforming circle of women who empowered us to birth a new awareness of ourselves as women.”

Without Dana, Marion, & Women in Bloom, I would still be struggling to find a way to let go of the past issues. Thanks to these wonderful women, I feel a breath of new life has breathed into my future.”

“There is something powerful in the environment you have created for women on their path to conception. I feel extremely supported and nurtured.”

“Women in Bloom has become my sanctuary during a time of great challenges.”

“The workshop helped me create a brighter light within.”

“I feel very free to share and connect with women.”

“This is a great step on your path to self discovery and wellbeing.”

Women in Bloom: An Inner Journey to Freedom One Day Retreat

For women of all ages and phases of life who...

...want a deeper connection to their emotions, intuition and true desires.

...are struggling with relationships, parenting, career or other aspects of life.

...seek the confidence and freedom to live every experience to the fullest.

AWAKEN

...your true desires.

...deeper awareness of your emotions and beliefs.

...to what is keeping you from what you want.

EMBRACE

...all aspects of yourself.

...what you see as imperfect.

...the powerful intuition of your inner being.

EMPOWER

...your connection to source and ancient wisdom.

...the expansion, joy and appreciation in all you experience.

...yourself to trust life on every level.

2009 DatesMarch 21stOctober 17th

9:00am-4:00pmParadise Valley, Arizona

True freedom is an ecstatic energy for life anchored by a core of clarity and calm. When we are free, we are fully present and able to meet all of life's experiences with appreciation, wisdom and confidence. We are in touch with our heart's desires and able to move toward them. Even difficult situations can be met with an open perspective, expanding into each moment, instead of contracting into pain and fear. Life is an unfolding of mysteries and adventures, opportunities and challenges. What makes the journey richer and more joyful is the freedom we feel when we are alignment with Self.

Many women unconsciously limit their freedom. Often, beliefs and emotions brought about by life experiences become stuck in our being, and we continue to relive them, or let our future be shaped by them without even realizing it. Our retreat, An Inner Journey To Freedom, helps women resolve and free emotions and belief patterns that keep us attached to the past and limit our future. We can, through a gentle process of inner awareness and energy work, change our relationship to our experiences, bring our consciousness back to the present, and begin to receive all the gifts present in every moment. We can learn to love and appreciate ourselves fully, and allow life to open to new and exciting possibilities.

It is common during this type of work for women to experience profound awakenings physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We see time and again, as women reclaim their freedom and reconnect with their powerful inner guidance, they discover a greater trust in life, and in themselves. When their power is brought fully to the present, their lives begin to expand and fall into place in ways greater than they ever dreamed.

Emotional wellness expert Marion Light and Traditional Chinese Medicine specialist Dr. Dana Price are your highly experienced facilitators for this retreat. To ensure each participant gets personal attention and has an optimal experience, retreat size is limited to 12 participants.

Activities include:Self Discovery and JournalingLearning Compassionate CommunicationGuided MeditationGroup Sharing and SupportLabyrinth Walk

To ensure personal attention and an optimal experience, the number of participants at each retreat is limited to 12. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. You may want to bring a pillow, blanket and a notebook. Retreats are held in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Franciscan Renewal Center, which was chosen for its calming atmosphere and radiant Sonoran desert setting.

Franciscan Renewal Center

5802 E. Lincoln Drive

Scottsdale, AZ 85253

The fee is $150 for the full-day retreat. Payment must be received in full by 3 weeks prior to your retreat date. Credit card, personal check or cash is accepted. There is a full refund for cancellations more than 2 weeks prior to the retreat date, and a 50% refund if canceling within 2 weeks.

Call (602) 957-2602 to reserve your space in an upcoming retreat.

Testimonials from previous retreats:

“I left Women in Bloom believing in myself and having faith in what is ahead.”

“This was a powerful and transforming circle of women who empowered us to birth a new awareness of ourselves as women.”

Without Dana, Marion, & Women in Bloom, I would still be struggling to find a way to let go of the past issues. Thanks to these wonderful women, I feel a breath of new life has breathed into my future.”

“There is something powerful in the environment you have created for women on their path to conception. I feel extremely supported and nurtured.”

“Women in Bloom has become my sanctuary during a time of great challenges.”

“The workshop helped me create a brighter light within.”

“I feel very free to share and connect with women.”

“This is a great step on your path to self discovery and wellbeing.”

Women in Bloom Monthy Healing Circle

Join energy medicine and body work healer Marion Light each month for an empowering women's fertility circle.  The circle offers support, healing and fellowship for those on the unfolding journey to motherhood.  Ways to enhance fertility are explored, and women are encouraged to share their experiences in this safe, intimate atmosphere.Space is limited for this event, so call 602-957-2602 to reserve your seat next month.  Donations accepted.

New Years Detoxification Program at ilumina

Start your new year feeling fresh and vibrant. Join Sherri Taylor L.Ac. on January 12, 2009 for a health enhancing detox workshop. Sherri will educate the group on the importance and benefits of detoxing. Each participant will receive a folder containing juicing recipes, menu ideas, and a list of foods to eat during the special detox diet. Sherri will also provide guidelines for proper exercise, rest, and other activities and treatments that will support your detox. A regimen of supplements will be available to purchase to enhance the purification process. Space is limited, so call now to reserve your place.  ilumina (602)957-2602The Importance of DetoxingTo maintain health and strengthen immunity, detoxing the body once or twice per year is an important part of your wellness program. Today, most of us live in a polluted environment, dealing daily with traffic, crowds and increasing stress. We consume packaged, processed and fast food and suffer from over stimulation and lack of rest. Over time, our compromised environment and unhealthy habits lead to physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and energetic toxicity. As this internal imbalance of energies grows, it can result in physical and emotional ailments. To maintain balance and harmony with our natural state of well being, the first step is ridding the body of toxic accumulations.Every individual manifests different signs and symptoms when the body has become toxic. Physically, we might experience fatigue, aches and pains, muscular tightness, constipation, body odor, hypertension, headaches, allergies, hair loss, sinusitis or other symptoms. Mentally, we may have problems with concentration, memory or dizziness. Emotionally, we may feel anxiety, depression, irritability, restlessness or an inability to find joy in life. Spiritually, we may have unconsciously closed ourselves off and forgotten what makes our spirit flourish. Energetically, we can become exhausted and unable to function at optimum capacity. Behind all these symptoms is the fact that as our cells become toxic, they cannot communicate well with each other, and their functioning is impaired. Metabolism is slowed, excretory organs become sluggish, and the body's systems become more and more imbalanced.If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is time to support your body in detoxifying and rebalancing itself. Take the first step in reclaiming your natural state of wellness and joy and reserve your place at our January detox workshop. ilumina Healing Sanctuary (602)957-2602.

ilumina on Fox News!

In response to the news that Jennifer Aniston was utilizing acupuncture and other holistic therapies to enhance her fertility, the Fox 10 Morning Show with Diane Ryan decided to run a feature at ilumina Healing Sanctuary. They wanted to focus on a local acupuncture clinic specializing in fertility enhancement. Here's the video.

Women in Bloom

Women in BloomAn Inner Journey to Motherhood

Saturday, November 15th9am-3pm

Franciscan Renewal CenterParadise Valley, Arizona

What’s your story?And is it keeping you from the very thing you want the most?

Every woman who has contemplated motherhood, tried to conceive, or experienced a difficult pregnancy tells herself a story based on history. When our experiences have been stressful or painful, these stories can become beliefs about our future. These limiting beliefs can affect our emotional wellness and our body’s ability to conceive.

Many women carry memory and fear of physical and emotional pain surrounding fertility or pregnancy. For some, it is the fear of failure after trying to conceive or of the devastating loss of a pregnancy. Some women believe that they won’t make good mothers or have indecision about whether it is the right path for them. There may be discomfort over thoughts of body and weight changes. Some women are convinced they are simply too old. Whatever your story is, the goal of our retreat is to move beyond limiting beliefs, so you can reclaim the future you desire.

Join women’s health and fertility experts Dana Price and Marion Light for a unique opportunity to discover, explore and transform your story. ilumina’s Women in Bloom Retreat is designed to support all women with physical, emotional and relationship issues surrounding fertility, pregnancy and motherhood. Your retreat will include powerful exercises that reveal inner truth, release emotions and promote well-being. Alternative therapies for fertility will be discussed. Our workshop will gently guide you to a place of clarity while providing the emotional support and resources to help you realize your dreams, including those little bundles of joy.

Workshop activities include:Discussions on fertility,pregnancy and motherhoodGroup Sharing and SupportGuided MeditationLabyrinth WalkSelf Discovery and Journaling

To register please call ilumina Healing Sanctuary (602)957-2602.Space is limited so register early.Cost: With the economy so erratic we are offering this workshop on a donation basis. It is times like these when support is so important.