Conscious Connection Creates Change

As an expression of her creative passion, Claudia Wenning, Holistic Health Consultant and Traditional Naturopath, envisions the Willits Valley as a destination for people to gather and exchange meaningful ideas in a convention-style format while also partaking in the natural beauty of the local environment.

The first of these events, The First Northern California Women’s Empowerment Summit, scheduled on Saturday, June 9th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Little Lake Grange In Willits as an all day conference, will include empowering speakers and experiences; music, dance and movement; networking; a local organic lunch will be served; childcare provided; and an optional evening event with female local artists performing.

“I have a vision that is close to my heart, about women reclaiming their power.

“This event is designed to be energetically uplifting, to provide a platform for women to connect and talk about women’s issues—a space that I, as a woman, can provide,” says Wenning.

“Men are very much welcome as well, to show their support for women, and allow themselves to get in touch with their own feminine aspects.”

Growing up in Germany she became interested in herbs as a teenager and in the early 80s she began her study of Naturopathy in her home country as well as in Italy, France, England and India.

“In Germany Naturopathy is based on using all natural remedies to return the body to a state of health, utilizing herbs, nutritional and life style counseling.”

In 1986 she moved to California and relocated permanently to Willits in 1989. She has earned degrees as MA and Doctor of Traditional Naturopathy, is credentialed as a Certified Nutritional Consultant, Herbalist and certified in Reflexology, Acupressure,  Reiki and additional psychotherapeutic modalities.

“Whatever is the issue with your health, if you have not yet received the answers to help you heal, then you can consult with me,” she says. “I may be able to recognize some if the missing pieces of the puzzle. I offer customized protocols and modalities that can help .”

Her holistic health practice is called Quantum Level Consulting.

Join the experience on Saturday, June 9th from 11 am – 5 pm at the Little Lake Grange in Willits.

She shares a comfortably inviting office space with Licensed Acupuncturist Michelle Cummins at the Cultivate Wellness Studio located at the Little Lake Grange.

Cummins, who serves as the volunteer support and staff coordinator for the Women’s Empowerment Summit, will be one of the keynote speakers.

“I see that the our culture has disempowered so many woman,” says Cummins, “and in my practice I see that manifesting as physical ailments. I work with women to help them understand that the events where their power has been taken is a turning point that brought on the imbalance and that working with me to return them to balance and empowerment is another turning point.”

Both Cummins and Wenning facilitate and sponsor free informational events about health including “Open Studio’s”, herbal classes and plant swaps.

In September of 2015, Wenning created the Willits Health Fair, a free event to showcase local natural healthcare providers to the community.

She considers this part of her community service, being able to provide a safe place for people to come and learn from each other.

“There comes a time in someone’s life when they want to talk to a natural health care provider and when that time comes I want people to know what is available,” she says.

Her modalities are Nutritional Consulting and hands-on Energy Balancing to guide individuals from what is happening presently in their lives to where they want to go in terms of their health.

“My belief is that the body is the healer,” she says, “and we can listen to it to determine what it needs to heal. We can listen to the body asking for balance.”

She believes that those who are politically aware have lately become disillusioned, depressed and disempowered.

“If you don’t like what you see, you can wait for somebody to change it or you can reset your energy to gain the strength to engage in positive change,” she says.

The empowerment summit is an event for women who are ready to take part in the change they want to see happen, providing techniques, tools, processes and insights to help them create change from within.

“If you want to see change happening out there, it starts with creating space for change from within; then it’s reflected out. It’s a matter of integrating this into our understanding to allow for manifestation.”

“When women come together in a positive, loving, sharing way, an energy field is created, and my offer to the community is to provide a space for that to happen. We have to allow ourselves to be part of the energy field in order to grow,” she says.

Information and tickets are available on EventBrite. Presale tickets are $65 and at the door are $75.

You can also follow along for news and updates around the event on Facebook.

The Magic of the Space in Between

There’s magic in the space in between.

At least that’s what our spiritual and religious leaders tell us. And it’s what nature demonstrates.

I kinda understood that, but recently I’ve been playing more with the idea of the Ying and the Yang, great pain before unbridled joy, the darkness before the dawn, the masculine and the feminine.

Let me give you an example. I’ve been doing Yoga for the last 10 years. It wasn’t until recently that I came to a new understanding of one of the poses, Tree Pose. The way I’ve been taught is to stand tall with both arms outstretched overhead. Then imagine a string on the top of your head pulling it up to the sky. At the same time, place one foot on the inside of your opposite leg and imagine your foot on the ground is like the root of a tree.

Reaching high while rooting down deep is the name of the game.

What I realized was that by focusing on these two opposing thoughts at the same time, the real magic happens in the space in between. In this case, my core: my stomach, lower back, chest, and heart are where I feel the greatest stretch and release.

Nature shows us the same thing. [Read more…]

21st Century Leadership: Co-Creating New Paths Forward

“We’re faced with the biggest leadership crisis ever.”

That’s the backdrop of my recent conversation with business strategist Ayelet Baron on the Radiant Sessions Podcast.  And she would know. Ayelet’s a former tech executive from the Silicon Valley that “fired” herself so she could dedicate herself to cultivating the next generation of leaders.

When we spoke, I caught her at home in British Columbia after she just returned from Israel with a stop in San Francisco where she was speaking and teaching others about this new era of leadership. She opened up my heart and mind to new possibilities in the midst of (if you read the any of the news) chaos and dysfunction.

One of the transformations we’re going through is an awakening to our connection to each other and the earth. We’re not separate from nature. We’re simply a part of it. And we’re realizing that we’ve been running our businesses in a very un-natural way. And, oh yeah, it isn’t sustainable. Short term profits may pad bank accounts, but they don’t serve nature nor our higher interests.

As the calendar flips to December, we can clearly see the disconnect. What’s nature doing right now? Slowing down. It’s getting dark early. Animals are sleeping more. Trees have dropped their leaves and are quietly preparing for the spring.

And what we, humans, doing? Speeding up. Shopping and spending money. We’re busily running from one holiday event to the next. Many of us find ourselves in frantic rushes to hit end of the year sales or fundraising goals. And…and…we feel empty.

We’re doing what our culture expects, but so many of us feel unfulfilled and disconnected.

The good news is that this mindset is cracking up. Collectively we’re opening up to a new perspective.

On the surface it doesn’t seem that way, right? [Read more…]

Lessons for the Transition: Coaching Penguins

Last year we won one game. Out of sixteen.


But it’s not about wins. At least that’s what a good coach will tell you. It’s about coming together as a team that makes the experience so rich.

For the second year in a row, I’m the head coach of my daughter’s soccer team, The Little Lake Grange Penguins. And I’ve never had so much fun!

It’s not because we’ve won our first five games of the season, but because I get to shape the experience of being a part of a team for these five, six, and seven-year olds. The lessons learned, the camaraderie, and the fun are special treats that come with playing on a soccer team.

Part of the appeal is that when I was six my life was well, like many of my friends, unstable. But I could always count on sports and my teammates to be there for me. Some of my teams were terrible. Others were great. But it was always fun and a way to experience being a part of something bigger than myself. My teammates counted on me to do my best. And I counted on them to do the same. And over time, we developed trust and respect for each other.

I was active in organized soccer, basketball, and baseball from six through eighteen so this team stuff was a huge part of my life. In fact, I remember my last basketball practice as a senior in high school as one of saddest days of my life. Leaving the gym for the last time I was emotionally destroyed. Basketball was a consistent presence Monday through Friday, 3:30 – 5:30, October through February for four years. Summers too.

It was a group of guys working toward a common goal and just trying to get better. And to say goodbye (as there weren’t any college basketball scholarships being thrown my way) was more than just not playing a game anymore, but it was saying goodbye to the steady presence of tribe. [Read more…]

How A New Perspective Changed My Life and Business

Ok, so some of this stuff is personal, but I feel compelled to share because even when we are most powerless we retain the power to change the way we view a situation, which can make all the difference.

My dad took his life when he was just thirty years old. I was three. Any suicide is going to have a complicated story attached to it. And this story is no different. I’ll spare all the details, but the gist is for my entire life my perception of my dad was that he was a small, defeated, depressed man.

Life got too big and messy so he made a decision to remove himself.

So yeah, it sucked.

I never got to know the guy. I didn’t have the whole picture. And the view I had mostly included sadness and depression.

Then earlier this year I met Claudia Wenning of Quantum Level Consulting. Claudia is consultant with a fantastically wonderful and unique skill set. She helps others view their lives, and their circumstances, from different perspectives.

The results often time include the identifying a new way forward. She’s a doctor of naturopathy, an herbalist, a reiki master and more. She reached out to Radiant Tribes because she needed help marketing her business. As we started that journey, I had a few personal consulting sessions with Claudia where we talked about my dad. By asking questions, and relying on her expertise, she was able to help me see my dad from a completely new point of view.

Afterward our session, I began to dig deeper into my family. I jumped on to to check out the ‘ol lineage. I found roots all the way back to Ireland in the 1500’s. I called my dad’s brother and asked him questions that I’d never asked before. [Read more…]