Free Monthly Program Events (2014)

Our Monthly Meetings are Free and Open to the Public.

Come join us on second Tuesdays from 7:00 till 8:30 PM,
at the office of Dr. John Ness,
616 Universal Drive off N. Monroe Street in Tallahassee.

There’s a very clear map to help you find us -- here


Here are our archived 2014 meeting announcements:


January 14, 2014 -- Paige Continentino -- Eden Energy Medicine

February 11, 2014 -- Nancy Wonder -- Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model of Therapy

March 11, 2014 -- Mershell Sherman -- Sharing the joy of drumming!!

April 8, 2014 -- Mary Bradford -- Ayurvedic Aromatherapy

May 13, 2014 -- Sherry Simpson -- Myofascial Release Technique (MFR)

June 10, 2014 -- Craig Stubbs -- The Feldenkrais Method®

July 8, 2014 -- Janis David -- Level 1 QiGong Healing Form

August 12, 2014 -- Bonnie McLean -- Integrative Medicine: Bridging the Gap Between Healing and Healthcare

September 9, 2014 -- Adrianne Bate -- nutraMetrix®

October 14, 2014 -- Paige Continentino -- The Stress Effect

November 11, 2014 -- Dr. Brenda Rabalais -- Lee’s Place

December 9, 2014 -- Rev. Laura Huff, MS, Ordained Minister, Reiki Master, Intuitive Healer -- Lightweaving


  • Paige Continentino -- January 14, 2014
  • Eden Energy Medicine — an approach to healing in which your energy is both the patient and the medicine!

    Come learn about energy medicine, as it’s presented in the work of Donna Eden, author of the award-winning book, Energy Medicine. Donna’s work is based on the understanding that the health of the body’s energy systems is reflected in the health of the body, and, that energy can be re-patterned to restore balance and health.

    At the January 2014 meeting, Paige Continentino will explain what energy medicine is and how it can be used for self-care and healing. You’ll learn how energies are assessed, what energy systems are addressed, and a daily routine that will help balance and strengthen your energy systems to boost your energy levels and vitality!

    Eden Energy Medicine makes learning your energy systems and self-care easy and accessible to anyone who is interested.

    Paige Continentino is a Certified Life Coach and Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner. She has been learning the “language of energies” since 2005, when she began studying with Ronit Singer of the Oneness Center in NYC. After experiencing her own transformation through the use of energy work, she was inspired to further her studies through Donna Eden’s two-year certification program, which she completed in January 2013. She is a Tallahassee native who spent 15 years living in Rio de Janiero and the NYC metro area, and returned with her family, in the summer of 2012.


  • Nancy Wonder -- February 11, 2014
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model of Therapy

    The presentation will give an overview of IFS, a therapeutic model developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz. This mindfulness-based approach views extreme behaviors, thoughts, and feelings within a non-pathological framework. The model, in accord with cutting-edge brain research, sees the personality as multiplicitious -- a person contains an ecology of relatively discrete minds (aka “parts”), each of which has valuable qualities and each of which is designed to -- and wants to -- play a valuable role within the individual. In addition, IFS therapists believe all individuals have, at their core, a Self which contains many crucial leadership qualities such as perspective, confidence, compassion, and acceptance. The IFS therapist works to foster connection with the Self of the client in order to bring healing to the parts who have taken on extreme beliefs, feelings, and behaviors that in present time do not serve the client well. It is an effective model for individuals, couples, and families working with trauma, addictions, and relationship issues.

    Offered by NANCY WONDER, Ph.D.
    Licensed Psychologist

    IFS Certified Therapist
    Assistant Trainer in the Model

    1113 S. Magnolia Drive
    Tallahassee, Florida 32301


  • Mershell Sherman -- March 11, 2014
  • Sharing the joy of drumming!!

    Our guest presenter in March will be Mershell Sherman, one of our newest HAA members. Since his main message is that drumming benefits the mind, body, and spirit, Mershell will laed us in a mini-drum workshop. He will bring drums for us all to play, along with a great deal of appreciation for the joys of drumming.

    Mershell has been drumming and playing percussion for over 20 years. Since last year, he has been leading drum groups at the Abundance Wellness Center. He has attended workshops and drum sessions with drummers in the Tallahassee area, playing mostly West African rhythms. Mershell’s experiences include playing with a variety of bands on many stages and venues. He was part of a music ensemble that featured didgeridoos, flutes, and drums for over 8 years, and he developed an improvisational style of drumming. This evening will be one to remember.


  • Mary Bradford -- April 8, 2014
  • Ayurvedic Aromatherapy

    Ayurveda and aromatherapy offer hope for the healing of humankind. Ayurvedic theory asserts that health results from harmony within oneself. Aromatherapy is a powerful tool for transformation, and the story has more to do with the origins of plants and animals than with pharmacology. Essential oils do not act as weapons, but rather as agents of interaction; this call and response system can be harnessed to relieve symptoms of everyday complaints. They can even sometimes lift the fog of depression. Ayurveda assists in the selection of essential oils with its understanding of the energetic properties of plants and of ourselves. Exciting research is supporting the contention that essential oils are of great value in treating and healing serious diseases such as Hepatitis and Cancer.

    Mary Bradford began studying with Light Miller in 2009 and, in May 2013, graduated from the Guru Kula Ayurvedic Practitioner Program of the Ayurvedic Center for Well Being in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has also completed Dr. Vasant Lad’s Pulse Reading Practicum at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM. A registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance since 2009, she is a member of NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association). At April’s HAA meeting, Mary will demonstrate the use of essential oils, focusing on six in detail, and discussing recent research.


  • Sherry Simpson -- May 13, 2014
  • Myofascial Release Technique (MFR)

    Our guest presenter in May 2014 will be Sherry Simpson, who is a Licensed Massage Therapist with a BS in Physical Therapy. Sherry has received training in a variety of manual (hands-on) techniques. She is best known for her skills in CranioSacral therapy and Myofascial Release techniques. She also has training in Visceral Manipulation, circulation, and joint mobilization. Clients seek her services for support in managing chronic pain, headaches, low back and pelvic imbalances, energy imbalances, and stress reduction. Techniques are combined for best results. Her work is appropriate for all ages from infants to seniors. These same techniques are accepted and enjoyed by pets as well (spinal issues, hips, and effects of aging).

    On Tuesday, May 13, Sherry will introduce us to Myofascial Release (MFR) techniques. Myofascial Release is a whole body treatment that is directed toward connective tissue. Fascia is one type of connective tissue. Loose fascia surrounds and protects blood vessels and nerves from compressive forces such as traumatic impacts and muscle contraction. It also supports and protects our lymphatic vessels (think immune system). Dense fascia provides for more structure and helps to shape our bodies (posture and alignment). Tendons and ligaments are of this type. It also provides the slip and slide factor so skin doesn't stick to muscle, tendons, ligaments, etc. Trauma and illness can distort the fascia and alter its elastic quality. This can lead to pain, dysfunction, and immune challenges. MFR can be used to elicit relaxation and lengthening of the fascial tissues and the family of connective tissues. This decompresses the tissue and allows for improved blood flow and immune response. MFR stimulates our bodies’ natural healing abilities and is good for almost any situation. It can be used on all ages and on our animal friends.

    Sherry is looking for a few folks who will be willing to partially undress. If you’re willing to bring (wear) shorts or a bathing suit to this meeting, please let us know. Also, please let us know if you’d like to bring a pet for her to check out and demonstrate on. Perhaps she’ll do the animal part in the parking lot. Sherry’s contact info is at the end of this message, and you can simply click here in order to let me (Susie) know you’re willing to help out in this way.

    Sherry says, “I love this work and look forward to sharing it with you. I would like to do a demonstration and would like to see skin and posture, so please come prepared. I am very interested in animals and would do a demonstration with a pet if anyone is interested.”

    Sherry’s office is located at 354 Office Plaza Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301; Phone 850-877-7310



  • Craig Stubbs -- June 10, 2014
  • The Feldenkrais Method®

    Craig Stubbs will be the presenter for the June 10, 2014, Healing Arts Alliance meeting. Craig, a native Tallahassean, has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1999. He will be sharing his passion for the Feldenkrais Method®. Craig received his training in the Feldenkrais Method® over a four-year period from February 2006 through August 2010 in the Baltimore Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Program. At June’s meeting, Craig will explain the concepts of this neuro-somatic education system and demonstrate the effectiveness of the Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration® aspects of the method. See for more information.


  • Janis David -- July 8, 2014
  • Level 1 QiGong Healing Form

    Janis David is a certified QiGong Instructor and will be teaching Level 1 QiGong Healing Form. This particular form of QiGong uses subtle movements and “movement with sincerity.” We will start with a warm-up of 9 breaths, sending a signal to the mind and body that we are beginning our practice. You will learn to press on the edge of the energy field, feel the energy coming into your body with Empty Force, use Cloud Hands for the lungs, Earth Hands for the lower body, Around the World for digestion and elimination systems, and Push Hands learning to let the Qi move you.

    The nature of Qi is like Fog, it permeates every square inch of the universe, yet its nature is elusive. Graceful and precise movements will increase the healing effects of QiGong.

    Internal Qi is the Lifeforce energy that already exists inside us. According to Chinese medicine, our kidneys and liver store Qi. The adrenal glands draw Qi from the kidneys upon being startled or put in a life or death situation. All of us have Internal Qi; some have more than others. The goal of QiGong is to increase internal Qi and thereby improve our health and connection to Source.

    External Qi is the Lifeforce energy that exists outside our bodies. It is the energy in the air, sunlight, and food we eat. In QiGong we take the external Qi (or environmental Qi) and bring it inside our body, as in the Empty Force exercise.

    Please wear comfortable, loose clothing and limited jewelry for easy movement.


  • Bonnie McLean -- August 12, 2014
  • Integrative Medicine: Bridging the Gap Between Healing and Healthcare

    Bonnie McLean worked as a Registered Nurse for 20 years, and has now been a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture Physician for 30 years. She practices in Gulf Breeze, Florida, and her specialties are stress-related disorders, acute and chronic pain, habit control, allergies, and women’s health. Her modalities are acupuncture, herbology, energy medicine, imagery, and shamanic healing.

    Integrative Medicine has been a lifelong passion of Dr. Bonnie McLean. Dr. Bonnie will give us an overview of Integrative Medicine in the U.S., (past, present, and future). Through studies of the history of Western Medicine, medicine of the East, and healing practices of indigenous cultures, she has found that Integrative Medicine has been practiced throughout the world since ancient times. It has been only over the past 100 years in the U.S. that healing and medicine have been separated. She will track the resurgence of integration of healing and medicine that began with the birth of holistic medicine in the 1970's and is now blossoming in our medical offices, hospitals, universities, and even our military.

    Dr. McLean graduated from Duke with a BS in Nursing in 1967, from Pepperdine with an MA in Counseling in 1976; and from California Acupuncture College, in Westwood, California, with her OMD in Chinese Medicine in 1986. Along with her formal education, she has had a great deal of hands-on training.

    Dr. Bonnie’s presentation in August will be “Integrative Medicine: Bridging the Gap Between Healing and Healthcare”. Topics she will also address at our August Healing Arts Alliance meeting are these:

    What is Integrative Medicine?
    History of Western Medicine
    Miracles of Medical Technology
    History of Medicine in the East
    History of Indigenous Healing
    Birth of Holistic Medicine
    Healing Power of Natural Medicine
    Quantum Medicine
    Emotions and Illness
    Healing the Healer
    The Art of Staying Healthy

    Judging from the first time Bonnie was our guest speaker, we believe this evening will be quite informative and enjoyable.


  • Adrianne Bate -- September 9, 2014
  • nutraMetrix®

    Adrianne Bate is a highly skilled practitioner of hands-on healing in the Tallahassee area. She uses her wide knowledge to create programs of healing for all who need it. Adrianne received her Bachelor’s degrees in Allied Health Science and Psychology in 2004 from FAMU. She returned to FAMU and received her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2006. She currently practices in the Acute Care Rehabilitation Department in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and also provides home health services. She is also a licensed massage therapist who attended the Core Institute of Massage and Bodywork in Tallahassee, Florida and is currently practicing massage at Acuity Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She provides various forms of massage including: Swedish/Relaxation, Sports, Medical, Core Myofascial. In addition to her skills she is also Nutrametrix consultant and a DONA-trained doula. On September 9th, 2014, Adrianne will be discussing how Nutrametrix supplements can be customized and used to improve client outcomes in a wide range of health fields.


  • Paige Continentino -- October 14, 2014
  • The Stress Effect -- how stress affects your body’s energy systems, and can become the root of physical, emotional, and mental issues.

    In this experiential presentation, we will look at the two meridians most involved in stress — Triple Warmer and Spleen. You will find out why these two meridians are important to your body’s stress response, how stress is expressed in your energy system, what can happen to your energy as a result, and how you can balance these meridians at home! You will learn exercises (not the daily energy routine) and work on yourselves and each other, time permitting.

    Our guest speaker will be Paige Continentino, CPC, EEM-CP*. Paige’s practice is focused on the healing and transformation of mind, body, and spirit through a combination of energy medicine, mindfulness work, EFT, and transformational life coaching. Her work is informed by the understanding that all physical, mental, and emotional issues have an energetic root and that addressing the energetic body creates deep healing on all levels, often without the need for years of medication and/or psychotherapy.

    Paige completed Donna Eden’s intensive two-year energy medicine program in February of 2013 and has studied energy work and meditation at the Oneness Center in NYC since 2005. She received her Life Coaching certification through the New York City Open Center in 2009, teaches meditation to all ages and to families, and trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in 2012 at a retreat led by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli.

    Phone: 347-724-2254

    Email: • Visit:

    Donna Eden Energy Medicine

    Eden Energy Medicine recognizes energy as a vital, living, moving force that determines much about health and happiness. You heal the body by activating its natural healing energies; you also heal the body by restoring energies that have become weak, disturbed, or out of balance. Energy medicine is both a complement to other approaches to medical care and a complete system for self-care and self-help. It can address physical illness and emotional or mental disorders, and can also promote high-level wellness and peak performance. More information on Eden Energy Medicine is available at:

    *Certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner


  • Dr. Brenda Rabalais -- November 11, 2014
  • Lee’s Place -- a local non-profit grief, loss, and trauma counseling center.

    Dr. Brenda Rabalais will present an overview of Lee’s Place, which is a local non-profit grief, loss, and trauma counseling center providing one-on-one therapy to children and adults who are adjusting to any type of loss or trauma. Founded in 2000 by Dr. Rabalais, Lee’s Place is named in memory of her son, Lee Rabalais, who died of bone cancer at the age of fourteen. Already a therapist, Dr. Rabalais created a safe place where people can receive therapeutic services in a warm and nurturing environment. Although the genesis of Lee’s Place is the death of a child, our services address the broad spectrum of loss, including divorce, abandonment (foster care, adoption), life transitions, trauma, and death.

    Our licensed and caring therapists begin seeing clients as early as age four. Anyone who has endured a life-changing experience is welcome. Therapy services are offered on a sliding fee scale making quality therapy accessible irrespective of financial ability, health insurance, or life situations. The sliding fee scale is based on family income and number of dependents ranging from $20 to $120 per session.

    Brenda Rabalais, PhD, LMFT, Founder/President, serves as both the adult therapist and administrative director of Lee’s Place. Her responsibilities include providing and overseeing clinical services as well as supervising the daily operations of Lee’s Place. In her administrative capacity, she reports to the Board of Directors, oversees the staff, is accountable for fiscal management of policies and procedures, and administering the budget. In her programming capacity, she develops and manages the clinical program, hires personnel and develops the organization’s outreach and educational programs.

    Dr. Rabalais began her training at Auburn University where she received a B.S. in Speech and Language Pathology and went on to receive her Master of Communication Disorders from Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1979. Dr. Rabalais received her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University in 1993 and was subsequently licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

    Beth Tedio is the Director of Development for Lee’s Place. Her responsibilities include community outreach, grant writing, fundraising, PR, and general support of the therapists. Beth has been at Lee’s Place since January 2010. Beth will be at our November meeting to assist in answering questions, and to support Brenda as needed during the talk.


  • Rev. Laura Huff, MS, Ordained Minister, Reiki Master, Intuitive Healer -- December 9, 2014
  • Lightweaving -- Light-Balancing, planting Light Trees, and doing a daily White Light Send.

    Rev. Huff has set up the Light Balancing Center of Tallahassee to create a Light Family Community, with the planting of Light Trees for the purpose of adding to the planetary Light Network. Classes and workshops, which have been written with the Loved Ones in Light, dedicated to bringing balance to our planet, are taught at the Center. These classes are for experiencing life transformations through “remembering who you are,” using light-balancing techniques and processes. A Light Circle is held each Tuesday evening at 7 pm for group global Lightwork and practicing the Light Techniques. Individual
    light-balancing/healing sessions are available by appointment.

    From Laura: For my presentation at the December HAA meeting, I will be showing how we can all help the planet through planting Light Trees and doing a daily White Light Send.
    Both of these processes start with Light-Balancing for our own well-being first! In doing the Lightweaving work, we start with balancing ourselves first, and then extend the Light out to others and over our Beloved Mother Earth. We start with creating a dedicated Light Reality around us, and then share it out — we are “remembering who we are,” so we can express daily with great joy, who we are! At the presentation, we will practice some of the Light Balancing Techniques and the White Light Send; you will learn how to plant your own Light Tree! I’m looking forward to sharing with you in December!

    Facebook: The Light Balancing Center Family
    Contact: 850/
    Location: 545 E. Van Buren Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301


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