The Nature

Volume I / Issue 7 — 15 September 2020

‘If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
-Laura Ingalls Wilder

A few years ago I learned about Japanese forest bathing (Shinrin-yoku), which is the practice of immersing all of your senses in the healing forest. It is said to reduce stress and boost your health. Well, I didn’t need a phrase to tell me about the gifts we find in nature. They abound, if only we choose to show up.

When I first met Joanna Quargnali-Linsley, she taught me a new phrase: The Nature. In her work she refers to nature in this way—The Nature. It adds an element of respect that I hadn’t considered previously. That respect is evident in all Joanna does. Whether she is cooking up a delicious new recipe from scratch, or helping her clients and friends to find more balance, wellness, and peace in their lives, respect is at the forefront of her presence. She respects The Nature for all it has to offer, and in turn, The Nature offers her abundance. Everything is in harmony.

Nature is, of course, energetic. And, as I mentioned in our last newsletter, the folks at Awakening Healing Axis (AHA) know energy. They know, first and foremost that Everything is Energy, which is the title of their upcoming children’s book. Beautifully illustrated by Fran Vail, AHA’s book takes us on a journey through learning about, playing with, and practicing working with energy. It was born out of necessity in post-earthquake Nepal, and now it is a children’s book ready for young minds to embrace. Actually, I think older minds could learn from it, too. At the very least, hopefully we’ve learned that taking a pause in The Nature is good for our bodies, and our souls.

Wishing you well,

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Joanna Quargnali-Linsley

Joanna QL (as she is affectionately called) is one of those gifted human beings whose talent and experience crosses boundaries and genres. Over decades she has pursued knowledge in both Eastern and Western traditions, and she pulls it all together in her unique brand of wisdom, medicine, and wellness. 

If she’s not in her kitchen creating some new piece of delicious magic, she may be out in her garden tending to her plants—even the ones others might call weeds. She brings it all together in her work helping others, and soon in her first cookbook, The Seasonal Table: Winter. 

Learn more about Joanna by visiting her website.

Everything is Energy

Coming October 16, 2020

Awakening Healing Axis’ debut book Everything is Energy (including you!) incorporates various healing techniques in teaching children the value of interacting with nature. Through the use of engaging illustrations, energy regulating techniques are taught to inspire our youth to maintain healthy relationships with themselves and others. 

Everything is Energy invites children to explore the fundamental skills of connecting with the world around them. By teaching these truths at an early age, they are instilling the next generation with the skills to nurture and spiritually flourish.

“Look deep into nature, and then you
will understand everything better.”
– Albert Einstein –

FREE Giveaway!

Sign-up to download FREE Activity Pages for your 2-5 year-old based on the book When The World Went Quiet. 

This picture book is a stunning collaboration between Martina Faulkner and Kelly Ulrich, crafted as a response to the global pandemic. Coming September 28, 2020, you can pre-order the ebook now, by clicking here. In the meantime, enjoy these fun activity pages!


Upcoming Events

Martina E. Faulkner, LMSW

Crafting the Perfect College Essay 
Live Zoom Presentation

September 22, 2020

In this LIVE event on Zoom, author Martina E. Faulkner will be hosted by The North Suburban YMCA to present her program on Crafting the Perfect College Essay. During this one-hour event she will guide attendees through her 3-step program while answering individual questions about college essay writing.

You can order the paperbackebook, or workbook, now. To register for the live event, please use this link:


Jill Kempner

Angelic Body Care:
Energetic Roots

September 23, 2020

The Angelic Body Care series with Jill Kempner is designed to introduce you to the layers of your energy body, so you can receive love from your angels to heal your physical body.

In this 90-minute workshop, you will learn how your roots are an energetic tool for releasing what no longer serves you and receiving all that you need.


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