Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mother Teresa Quote

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

Mother Teresa

Friday, August 20, 2010

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Health Care Professionals Retreat In Bellingham Washington

September 24th to 26th 2010

(Friday evening through Sunday)

Purposeful Renewal: Reconnecting to the Core Self for Health Care Practitioners.

Exploring aspects of renewal in our daily lives for self- awareness and healing through retreat.

Contact Hours will be available for Massage Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Acupuncturists

Bridget Boylan, PT, LAc
Theresa Macmillan LMP, LAc
Joe Arellano, LMP, Bsc, CHC
Joseph Jowdy, Chi Kung Practitioner
Judy Russell, Visual Artist


The objective of this retreat is to learn how to care for ourselves and our clients, utilizing the Five Elements in nature and applying it to our lives. The elements are: Water-Wood-Fire-Earth-Metal. We will utilize various techniques that are grounded in this tradition, i.e. Mindfulness Meditation, Qi Gong Exercises & Postures, and Sound Healing. An introduction to the Five Elements and how they manifest in our bodies and our lives will be provided. Archetypes of the unconscious will be explored as a way to access parts of ourselves that are hidden, and therefore help our clients to do so.

You will experience ways to exercise and relax the body and mind, in order to be more centered in your professional practice. Retreat offerings include:


Chi Kung is the practice of developing one’s internal energy - “Chi”. Regular practice of Chi Kung meditation and exercises helps to calm the mind and relax the body. Chi Kung’s slow movements promote the circulation of energy in the body, which tonifies and strengthens your whole being while reducing stress. The result is a clearer mental focus and sustained physical energy. In addition to its health benefits, Chi Kung has been used to develop martial arts foundation, i.e. leg and back strength, balance, endurance, and an ability to sense an opponent’s internal strength. This will be taught by Joseph Jowdy.

The mindful techniques of Chi Kung have stood the test of time. For thousands of years, the art of Chi Kung has been practiced and handed down to generation after generation. My teacher, Simu Min Ou Yang, a Chi Kung Grand Master and one of the world’s foremost authorities on Chi Kung, came to the United States from Shanghai, China in 1981. Joe’s practice and study of Chi Kung began in 1986 as her student. In addition, he has been practicing Tai Chi Chuan since 1984.

In the domain of healthcare, professional caregivers are often faced with constant demands of those who suffer from pain, injury and illness. Many of these issues require our intentional diligence to deliver optimal healthcare delivery. However, we often lose focus to other external demands which pull us away from our authentic intent.
This retreat will offer the topic of “On Becoming Present” which will explore the nature of awareness through lecture, discussion and mindfulness meditation practice. It will serve as an opportunity for self-renewal here and at home. If you have a meditation cushion (ZAFU) and mat (ZABUTON), please bring along. If not chairs will be available. Please bring a personal journal for recording thoughts and insights.

Suggested Reading:

“Archetypal Acupuncture” by Gary Dolowich, MD, BAc. Dipl.Ac

“Inner Work” by Robert Johnson

“Heal Thy Self, Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine” by Saki Santorelli


The course will be held at Peaceful Mountain Retreat Center, in Maple Falls, WA. We would be happy to help you with reservations.

Friday evening, we will meet at the Peaceful Mountain Retreat Main Room at 6:30 pm to register, meet and greet, and discuss what we will be doing on Saturday and Sunday.




Credit Card information: Number
Expiration date

I will be paying by a check or money order: _____. Please mail to : Bridget Boylan, PT/ L Ac at: 1225 East Sunset Drive, Suite #145, PMB 307, Bellingham, WA 98226

**I will / will not need to find a roommate to share my double/triple occupancy room at Peaceful Mountain Retreat Center.

I have special dietary restrictions:

DEPOSIT OF $100 IS DUE ON August 15, 2010. The remainder is due by September 10th, 2010, to total $450.00. If paid in full on August 15th, 2010 the cost will be $425. This includes continental breakfast two days, lunch on second day, and dinner on second day, light appetizers first evening, overnite stay for two nites, and full use of Hot Tub, Sauna, and grounds.

The following professionals will be hosting this seminar:

Bridget Boylan, PT LAc - With 20 years experience as a Physical Therapist, specifically using myofascial release and acupressure to relieve pain, and yoga exercises for improved flexibility. As a Five Element Acupuncturist, Bridget has a clear understanding of the manifestation of the five elements in our daily lives. Bridget also has experience with aromatherapy and will teach you about scents to enhance treatments.

Theresa MacMillan, LAc – Theresa is a Licensed Massage Practitioner with 14 years experience, specializing in Sports Rehabilitation, Soft Tissue Release, Reflexology, Cranio-sacral therapy, and deep tissue massage. She transitioned into the study of Five Element Acupuncture, attending Wu Hsing Tao School of Acupuncture, graduating in April 2009. She is a member of the American Acupuncture Council, Local 27 and a Firefighter with the Seattle Fire Department.

Judy Russell, Artist – She will lead a Mandala making Experience, as an Artist who has been commissioned to do Art for Commercial Purposes in the North West.

Joe Arellano, LMP., NCTMB., BSc. is a Wellness and Bodywork professional with a private practice in Anacortes, WA. Joe is a lay practitioner and teacher of the Vipassana/Mindfulness meditation tradition, who teaches elements of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to professionals as well as community education venues.
Joseph Jowdy , BSc. – A practitioner of Qi Gong for 12 years, Joe has studied with Grand Master Min Ou Yang, who came from China in 1981. He has also trained in Tai Chi Chuan in the San Francisco Bay area.

Directions to the site:

Peaceful Mountain Retreat -To get to Peaceful Mountain Retreat:
Take I-5 NORTH from Seattle, or SOUTH from Vancouver, BC
Take EXIT 255 — WA-Hwy 542 / E. Sunset Dr / Mt Baker Hwy. — Go East toward Mt Baker
Follow WA-542 / Mt. Baker Hwy. approx. 27 miles
to the small town of Maple Falls
You will see a Crossroad with a Gas Station
diagonal from Crossroads Grocery.
The crossroad is Silver Lake Rd – Turn Left.
Go approximately 5 miles
(past Silver Lake Recreational Park)
Peaceful Mountain Retreat is on the RIGHT -

Please go to Peaceful Mountain Retreat Center for a map if you feel the necessity to use one.

Monday, August 9, 2010

"World Best Friend Week" ???

I got the post below in an e-mail from a beautiful friend of mine and was touched. I have never actually heard of "World Best Friend Week" before and will be looking into to that. Sounds like an occasion that their should be a party for! I adore parties!

This made stop and ponder about my "Good Friends" that I would do this for and there are many gorgeous souls I would do this for at any given moment. I am SO GRATEFUL for all my friends that have been absolute blessings in my life. Because of this I feel like one of the most wealthy people I know!

Thank you, my Friends, I love you!
Think about this for a minute....
If you happened to show up on my
door step crying, I would care!

If you called me and asked
me to pick you up because something
happened, I would come!

If you had one day left to live your life,
I would want to be part of that last day!

If you needed a shoulder to cry on,
I would give you mine!

This is a test to see who your real
friends are or if you are just someone
to talk to you when they are bored.

Do you know what the relationship is between your two eyes?

they blink together,
they move together,
they cry together,
they see things together,
and they sleep together,
(ah, sort of)
but they never see each other;
....that's what friendship is.
Your aspiration is your motivation,
your motivation is your belief,
your belief is your peace,
your peace is your target,
your target is heaven,
and life is like hard core torture
without it!

It's 'World Best Friends Week'

Who is your best friend?

Send this to all your good friends, even me,
if I am one of them..

See how many you get back

If you get more than 3
then you really are
a lovable person...

Side Note….
Save the Earth... it's the only planet with chocolate!!!!