Monthly Archives: March 2016

Mini Guide to Online Learning

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How to Choose an Online Class

These days new online courses appear just about every time you blink. For me, some rank among the best educational experiences I’ve had in my life, while others have been a complete and total waste of time and money. So what’s the deal here?

Online classes have many advantages, especially for those of us interested in lifelong learning:

– They save time and money.

– You don’t have to drive to a classroom.

– You can study at your own pace.

– You have access to the best teachers in the field.

But the quality of online schools and classes varies — a lot! Anyone who’s taken a few would probably agree with me that some online classes rank among the best educational opportunities we’ve had in our lives, while others have been a waste of time and money.

So here’s the upshot of a little (sometimes painful) experience. Here goes:

Without doubt, the best way to evaluate an online class is to learn about it from someone you know — someone whose judgment you trust. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible. If you’re trying to evaluate a class without a reliable recommendation, you might want to ask a few questions.

Does this course meet my needs? I know, this sound really obvious. But it’s important to have a clear idea of what you really want before committing yourself. Do you need professional accreditation, or are you simply taking a class for the joy of learning? Two courses might be equally “good,” but for different people — a professional healer will likely need some kind of certification, for example, while a non-professional exploring a new interest might be more interested in lively conversations with fellow students. Even if your dream class doesn’t exist in the real world, a clear mental picture of it will help you find something that fits.

How qualified is the teacher? This is probably the most important question. Of course you’ll want to know what kind of accreditation and references the teacher has. But beyond that, it’s worthwhile to do a little sleuthing. If you can’t find out anything about a teacher online, it’s probably not a good sign. Look over their website and/or Facebook page, find out what they’ve published, check out their blog, get on their mailing list. (At least half of these mailing lists will be really obnoxious, but that’s a lesson in itself, right? Unsubscribe and forget that mess!)

What kind of access will you have to the teacher? No matter how qualified the teacher is, they won’t do you much good if you never have any contact with them. Does the teacher provide feedback on assignments, interactive lesson plans, office hours? Features like live chats and online student groups can be an added bonus.

 Is the price right? Of course you don’t want to spend too much, but a too-low price can be a red flag too. Some online “courses” turn out to be not much more than a few article, podcasts, or YouTube videos, with no ongoing connection with the person who made them. While these courses can be very cheap (free, even), why bother with a “class” that doesn’t give you anything you couldn’t look up on your own?

Is there a free trial and/or money-back guarantee? A free trial is probably the best way to evaluate whether a course is right for you. And while you’ll probably never use a money-back guarantee, it’s good to know the instructor has enough self-confidence to offer one.

Will their technology work for me? This is where a free trial can come in really, really handy. For example, if you’re going to access the class via cellphone, you don’t want to give anyone your money without knowing it’s going to work. Likewise if you have a slow internet connection. And if the attraction of an online course is that you can study in your bathrobe with a cold one and a bag of Cheetos, Skype is probably a bad choice, yeah? (Just kidding, we know you would never do that. But just in case…)

If the class is interactive, what is the class size? Look for an upper limit.

Here are a few sources of online classes you might want to check into:

Of course our favorite will always be Love and Light Healing School! At Ashley’s school, you’ll get great classes, plenty of personalized attention, access to all kinds of free materials, and a very enthusiastic student forum. This is a place where students are excited about learning.

Cherry Hill Seminary is a pagan school with a variety of courses in aspects of nature religions and leadership. I was really impressed by their website and ready to sign up for a class, then the link didn’t do anything– grrrr! But Mari has taken classes there and knows some of the teachers, so we’ll forgive them a small techno-glitch.

Morningstar Mystery School Thorne T Coyle’s school has some classes on community building and restorative justice coming up, in addition to study groups and ongoing education for pagans.

DailyOM has an interesting variety of classes, including home clearing, animal communication, chakras and channeled writing. What I’ve heard about them is that the classes aren’t the most engaging, but the content is good. has online classes with Doreen Virtue, Judy Hall, Diana Cooper, Marianne Williamson and other well-known experts. Gotta say, though, I’m a little leery of the “I Can Make You Thin Online”! But if you’re a fan of these authors, this could be a good way to gain access to them.

The Learn It Live Spirituality Center has a huge variety of classes in psychic development, meditation & mindfulness, chakras, tapping, crystals, a variety of personal development topics, and more.

Our good friend Christina Wilke-Burbach teaches an Online Aromatherapy Class.

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Current Transits for April, 2016

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By Barry Kerr

Special Note: Barry will be at the Well Life Expo April 2-3, offering a presentation on soul-based astrology and mini-readings.

The Sun moved into Aries on March 19.

Aries is ruled by planet Mars. At the “beginning” of the circular zodiac, Aries represents the fiery insertion of the spirit into the physical world of time and space. When each of us is conceived, a spark of our soul light ignites our human embryonic form and sets in motion a trajectory of our soul’s power to cause change in this world. It begins with the multitude of tiny changes that form our body and continues after birth to develop our personality and empower the physical actions we assert with our tiny bodies. This spark of spirit is what Mars represents in us.

Mars is the assertion of our individual power and thus relates to decisiveness, aggression, protection, desire and action. This is the stuff in us that causes change to happen in alignment with our unique soul expression. If our Mars is not fully alive and willing to express, then it is more likely that we will experience our life passively, as if it’s all happening “to” us, instead of “by” us.

It’s no wonder that in ancient times, Mars was the god worshiped by those who longed for more power in the world. Whether it was war, athletics or sexual prowess, Mars/Ares was the go-to archetype to inspire self-confidence and determination.

Yet, our inner Mars does not act in a vacuum. There are many other parts to our human and soul expressions, and for each of us, the dynamics between those inner aspects are different and unique. This is what an astrological birth chart can show us.

A study of different birth charts shows that for some people, their Mars is accentuated and acts in harmony and ease with most of their other inner parts, as represented by the other planets. Thus, for those people, the energy and vitality of their life force is easily expressed through their bodies. They are decisive and take action and risks, in what others might sometimes judge as an uninhibited selfishness.

For others, their Mars is in conflict with many of their other inner parts. Thus, they have a hard time asserting their will or even feeling the energy to do so. Or if they do make a decision and take action, it seems to create problems or take extra effort or awareness.

These differences that show up in each of our charts, and therefore in our experiences, is not without meaning and purpose. Each of our incarnations is a journey through the physical world of dualities which the zodiac represents. Each lifetime presents us challenges, lessons and blessings as a unique strategy for our soul’s evolvement. Whether amplified with synergy, repressed with complicated conditions, or something in between, how Mars shows up in our chart is determined by our soul (karma), before birth, and is inevitably a wise and loving support to fulfilling our soul’s purpose for this lifetime.

Current Transits

The New Moon is on April 7

The Sun and Moon align in Aries, inviting our intentions to be decisive and take action. Uranus joins in, too, encouraging us to trust our intuitions, see beyond what the world tells us is possible, and reach boldly for what we desire. This trillium is in trine with Saturn and Mars in Sagittarius, which lends a sensible and confident energy to be organized, practical and persistent, in alignment with a meaningful, spiritual view.

This New Moon is square to Pluto, so the Aries energy of individual empowerment and freedom will tend to rub against the establishment powers that be, inviting the transformative process of destruction and re-birth.

Mars will be in trine with Venus for a few weeks. This will give light-hearted ease to our relationships, with a balance between loyalty and independence.

A more challenging aspect during the entire month is Mars’ square to Jupiter oppose Neptune. With Mars, Jupiter invites an abundance of opportunity and energy, but a caution to not overdo. Neptune inspires a deep longing to take actions that will bring more love and beauty to our world, but can also confuse our intentions from our ego’s limited perspective. And with Jupiter opposing Neptune, there is a strong challenge to hold our optimism within a framework of divine possibility without attachment to outcomes.



The Full Moon in Scorpio on April 22 will reflect the fruition of the New Moon intentions, giving us a better understanding of how much our decisions and actions have affected the tangible world before us and/or have been energetic investments into the more invisible matrix of background evolvement toward our intuitive visions.

Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit for more information or email Barry at [email protected]

Events & Activities In and Around Madison

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Ongoing Events Spaces, Presenters and Groups


2717 Atwood Ave, Madison 53704

Just down the street from Hathor’s Hideaway, you’ll find another new events space: Threshold. They’ve got a great sounding event coming up tonight: Awakening Consciousness, with Peruvian teacher Adolfo Ttito Condori. Other upcoming events center on meditation and circle practice. Check out these events and more on the lovely Threshold Website.

Jeremy Anacker

Mimosa’s good friend Jeremy and his wife, Amanda, lead public groups exploring reiki, chakras, auras, tapping, and channeling at their home on Madison’s east side. Contact Jeremy with questions or to join his mailing list at [email protected] or 608-334-1763 , or keep up with classes via his Affinity Meetup Group.

Christina Wilke-Burbach

We still keep in touch with Christina, too! (Check out the aromatherapy pillow spray recipe she shared with us below.) She teaches reiki, chakras, aromatherapy, herbs. Her Herbs Class in May will be a country retreat. You can keep up with her classes, both in person and online, on her website:, and also contact her by email at [email protected].


Julie Tallard Johnson

Julie teaches both in-person and online classes that help you incorporate the creative spirit into your life, through writing and more. Find out more on her website,


If you’re interested in participating in sacred chant, check out the Madison Kirtan Meetup Group.


Here’s a link to Mimosa’s guide to local Meditation Teaching and Groups.

Yoga and Bellydance

Here’s a link to Mimosa’s directory of local Yoga and Bellydance Studios.

Some Specific Upcoming Events

‘A Journey Through the Chakras’, a Women’s Wellness Retreats with Christina Wilke-burbach in West Bend, WI

Spring Equinox March 18-20, 2016

Mother/Daughter May 6-8, 2016

Summer Solstice June 17-19, 2016

All inclusive intensive women’s healing weekends on 12 acres of the Kettle Moraine in a Frank Lloyd Wright style retreat center. These personal growth and spiritual retreats include 2 nights lodging, all meals, intuitive readings, psychic medium, therapeutic massage, crystal healing, sound massage, chakra yoga, yoga nidra, tai chi, past life regression, fire ceremony, and more!!  For more info and to register:

Holistic Healing with Herbs

class and certification with Christina Wilke-Burbach, PhD, RMT, CA. In West Bend, WI, starting Saturday May 14, 2016 from 9am to 5:30pm

Class location is a 100 acres country getaway nestled in the hills of the Kettle Moraine with an outdoor labyrinth, hiking trails, swimming pond, onsite spa, onsite lodging, and a horse sanctuary. There will be plenty of opportunities each class to spend time outside in nature and take herbs walks, etc.  Please note that the herbs classes are only offered once a year. Next herbs series will not be offered again until May 2017. Space is limited as class size will be small and personal!! This series is a comprehensive overview of natural health, naturopathy, medicinal herbs and their holistic uses. Learn how to make herbal preparations, delivery systems, remedies, and techniques for mental, emotional, and physical wellness, spiritual development, energy clearing, and metaphysical uses. The series also focus on traditional uses, intuition, clinical research, pharmacology, and safety. Since group classes are held over the growing season (spring and summer), a focus will be placed on organic gardening, cultivating, and growing your own herbs. All students will receive organic herb seeds at the first class!! For more info and to register:

Tapping Away Unhelpful Conditioning

with Jeremy Anacker

The energy that results from healthy and limited thinking sits in your body. Let’s look at how this conditioning gets there and how we can clear it away. Even more importantly lets look at how new patterns are created so that you are empowered to have a lasting transformation into a better you! You deserve it!

When: Sunday, March 13 from 4pm to 5:30pm

Where: 2617 Moland Street (Come right in the side door)

Cost: $15

Basic Reiki Concepts

with Jeremy Anacker: What happens in the Aura when Reiki is applied? – Reiki is a profound and very simple practice. Come for a conceptual warm up on how energy patterns move and change before the Reiki Sharing Begins at 6:30pm. Jeremy will share some stories and awarenesses about his direct experiences as a Aura Seer and Healer.

When: Sunday, March 13 from 6pm to 6:30pm

Where: 2617 Moland Street (Come in the side door)

Cost: $5 and up (initial donation includes Reiki Sharing that follows.)

Reiki Sharing

Take in an energy boost from local Reiki practitioners and enthusiasts while enjoying warmth of fellowship with like minded people.

When: Sunday, March 13 from 6:30pm to 8pm

Where: 2617 Moland Street (Come in the side door)

Cost: $5 and up

Psychic Gallery with Akeeya

Friday, March 25, 7-9 pm.

Get messages from past loved ones and spirit guides as this powerful medium communicates with those beyond the veil. The power of groups can be quite an experience as loved ones and spirit guides come through together in harmony to assist in healing and transformation for the group. The Goddess Akeeya is a renowned medium, acclaimed for her acute skill in connecting clients with past loved ones, spirit guides, and their higher purpose. She is also a seer and can “see” the past, present, and future. She utilizes these gifts, talents, and abilities she was incarnated with to access information from the Divine and/or the Other Side. She can also help out with life changes including career, investments, residence, and more. She can connect to and explain one’s Spirit Guides, Totem Animals, Ascended Masters, Angels, and Deceased Loved Ones. Spiritual Contracts can be assessed, discussed and updated. She is able to garner insight and deal with the removal of negative energy, entities, and lower frequency vibrations, hence one of her nicknames, Fluffy The Vampire Slayer.

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Aromatherapy Recipe for March: Roman Chamomile

By Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA

The intuitive essential oil for the month of March is Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis). Roman Chamomile is calming, relaxing, and is great for anxiety, stress, migraines, headaches, and sleeping problems. It is one of the best oils for spasms and can relax the nerves. It assists with digestive ailments and can also help with aches and pains. It has a very pleasing aroma…smells a bit like hay and apples. Roman Chamomile is one of the safest and gentlest essential oils and can be used with children and pets (avoid if you have hay fever or are allergic to other members of the daisy family). Energetically, chamomile resonates with the solar plexus chakra and helps calm and transform agitated low vibrating emotions like anger, anxiety, and stress. Chamomile is sunny, full of life, peace, and optimism and is symbolic of the approaching Spring Equinox. Life is going to get brighter and things will get better.
My Chamomile forecast for March 2016: Have you been feeling a bit frazzled and on edge? Stressed? Frustrated? Having a hard time sleeping? Slow down and take a moment to breathe. Be in the here and now. Be in the present. We are a society of overbooking, overscheduling, and always on the go. Its ok to be still. Its ok to slow down. Chamomile encourages you to take some ‘me time’ to rest, relax, renew, and rejuvenate and then emerge radiant and vibrant with the approaching Spring!

Pillow Mist Recipe for Insomnia:
4 drops Roman Chamomile
8 drops Neroli
12 drops Atlas Cedarwood
2-ounce spray bottle
Distilled water
1 tablespoon vodka or witch hazel

Directions: Place the vodka or witch hazel in the spray bottle (this acts as a dispersant since water and oils do not mix). Add the essential oils then the gently swirl to blend together. Add the distilled water. When you are ready to go to bed, mist the spray several times on your pillow. Then lay down, breathe in deeply through your nose, hold your breath for a few moments, then slowly breath out your mouth, Repeat the deep breathing for a few rounds as you drift off to sleep. Sweet dreams!

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Aroma Readings are a divination technique using essential oils developed by Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach, a Holistic Healing Psychologist, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, and Reiki Master Teacher. She offers individual Aroma Readings and spreads as well as teaches Aroma Readings in her level 2 ‘Holistic Healing with Aromatherapy’ certification series. Interested in learning more about aromatherapy and essential oils? Christina offers face to face, live online, and recorded self-study aromatherapy classes and aromatherapy level 1 and 2 certifications. Join Dr. Christina for the ‘Holistic Healing with Herbs’ series on 100 acres of the Kettle Moraine in West Bend, WI starting May 14, 2016: Click here for information about classes.