How to Maintain Holistic Health &
Well-Being During a Pandemic

The question the Coronavirus is asking us is: do we love ourselves enough to give our bodies what we need and what our bodies are designed to do?
Here are some basic thoughts on health and wellbeing from a holistic
perspective that can be useful right now:

Wellbeing is Holistic

Developing overall wellbeing is the key.  COVID-19 affects people more with weak immunity. Just like physical health, our mental-emotional, social, work-life, intellectual, and spiritual wellbeing is equally important and is interdependent. Brisk walking, stretching, or simple exercise helps. Reading can activate critical and creative thinking, helpful for problem-solving

Self-Care and Emotional Wellbeing

Emotional intelligence is important for our decision making. Self-care and empathy are always essential. Learn from your past coping skills. Being aware of your emotions, thoughts, and reactions is the first step. Accept your emotions and find ways to express them daily. Different forms of art– storytelling, painting, doodling, music, poetry, writing, and humor have been helping people globally to cope with the crisis and to heal. You can manage anxiety through experiential and relaxing stress management techniques such as simple deep breathing, guided meditation, grounding, and gratitude journals.

Safe Spaces, Not Productivity

It’s okay to “be” instead of “do.” Productivity is not the goal right now; your wellbeing and safety are. Many are feeling isolated at home and due to anxiety and fear, the energy to do anything is drained. Let’s mindfully create safe spaces in our circles and online platforms. For children, create safe routines and a schedule – they need predictability.

Facts, Not Stigma

Choose a couple of reliable sources of information to help you differentiate between facts and rumors. Unnecessary or false information on social media can add to your stress.

Physical Distancing, Not Social

Stay connected with your loved ones socially through phones and online platforms. But be mindful – don’t stay online round the block – that can be toxic.

Working From Home

Create healthy boundaries. Create a work corner if you can. Stick to the working schedule so that you have family time and space for yourself. Include time away from technology for yourself and others.


You can engage with yourself reflectively by asking, “How can I better understand or learn what is happening and possibly create some meaning out of it?” Being mindful of our own emotions, thoughts, behavior, responses, responsibilities and accountability can help us create a new world together, which can be more reasonable, empathetic, compassionate and welcoming for all.

* Excerpts from Francois van Wyk, LMFT, The Kashmir Walla News


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Gregg Braden, is a New York Times best-selling author, researcher, educator, and lecturer. Right now the world is gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic and global lockdown, with over 1 billion people confined to their homes, in order to stop spreading the deadly coronavirus. Economic recession is all but certain and personal anxiety and panic is running very high. Gregg is known as a pioneer in bridging modern science, ancient wisdom, and human potential, who has been invited to speak in front of The United Nations, Fortune 500 companies, and the U. S. military. His books include: The God Code, The Divine Matrix, The New Human Story and your most recent, The Science of Self-Empowerment.

“The spirit is life, mind is the builder, the physical is the result.”

–Edgar Cayce


This is a confidential, spiritual, safe haven to collectively gather in a supportive environment of non-judgment and allowance for who we each are. 
​The intention is to create a joyful, loving and sacred container of women who want to meet regularly and build relational wealth in a compassionate atmosphere.

We meet every other Saturday from 10:00 – 11:30am in downtown Petaluma, CA

Now Offered Remotely, Via Zoom

A mindfulness meditation class designed to help uplift and rejuvenate. Each class explores a variety of tools to release stress, restore well-being and return to the world refreshed.

  • Mondays from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Time for check-in
  • Guided group meditation
  • Facilitated by Diane Stenlund
  • Class Fee: $80 for each 4-week session 
  • Drop-in Price: $23

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Come along with us on a retreat conducted via email and explore all the ways you can discover and celebrate the Divine in nature.

We will savor the spiritual insights of Barbara Kingsolver, Linda Hogan, Barry Lopez, Jane Goodall, Joyce Rupp, Annie Dillard, Kent Nerburn, Rick Bass, Diane Ackerman, Wendell Berry, and many others. These poets, essayists, and naturalists tutor us in the spiritual practices of wonder, play, reverence, and attention.

Topics include:

  • Enter into a conspiracy with life
  • Connect with the Weather
  • Honor Trademarks
  • Pray with Your Senses
  • Party with the Flowers
  • Spot Teachers
  • Be a Good Guest
  • Honor the Trees
  • Salute Mysteries
  • Enjoy the Mess
  • Be Careful Out There
  • Let Nature Nurture You
  • Celebrate Your Interdependence


How can we have hope when we don’t even know what is going to happen to us? Br. David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk and the co-founder of, turns this equation on its head. Hope, he says, is by definition “openness for surprise.” To become aware of the opportunity that a given moment offers us is the essence of training in grateful living. Once we become aware of an opportunity, during happy times or even amidst great suffering, we can interact with it. This frees us from our addiction to the predictable and brings us fully alive.

This retreat is one of three on the “Divine Virtues” based on videos of Br. David’s talks during a 2011 cruise to Alaska. The virtues are faith (Trusting in Life – 2020), hope, and love (Choosing to Love – 2020). These positive attitudes towards life, which appear in all religious traditions and spiritual paths, can become second nature to us. They connect us to the deepest reality of life, the divine spark within us.

Monday, May 4 – Friday, May 29


“Beautiful loves, I feel guided in this moment to share with you this transmission of Divine peace. Now, more then ever, is the time to connect to harmony, balance, and serenity. I invite you to close your eyes and receive the sacred sound of peace.

Forever in love


From the Sage Goddess

A drum journey meditation to bring you peace during these stressful times. Play it to clear yourself, ground yourself and your energy, so you feel more aligned and balanced.

“Everything is Energy– your thoughts begin it, your emotions amplify it, and your actions give Energy momentum.”

–Pallavi Chaudhary