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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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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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Individualized Classes with Mari Powers

Mimosa psychic Mari Powers now offers individual and semi-individual classes in Tarot, Astrology and Dream Interpretation. These classes are $90 per one-hour session for one or two people; if two attend, they may split this fee. Reading assignments will be provided at the time you sign up. You can schedule a class for any time when Mari is in the store; her schedule is available on our website. If you’d like to set up a time, just inquire at the front desk or phone Mimosa at 608/256-5432.

Tarot Workshop: This one-hour workshop is designed to give you a brief overview of basic structure of Tarot elements, types of cards within a deck, and basic numerology. It can help you become a better reader, or decide if you’re interested in study further to become a master of the Tarot. It will also help you get more out of the readings you get from others and the ones you do for yourself. This class covers the basics in a short amount of time, with the understanding that there is a structure to follow for learning this complex system which does not require memorizing the “meaning” of every single card from every deck.

Please bring a notebook or paper and pen. You may also use a cell phone or camera to take pictures of cards. Mari will bring several decks for use in the class, and you’re welcome to bring one of your own as well.

Astrology Workshops: These three classes are geared toward beginners and will form the pattern for more in depth learning and study. Each focuses on one major aspect of astrology: The Planets, The Signs of the Zodiac, and The Houses. To prepare for your first class, you will have to know your date, time and place of birth. You can then print a chart from which you can bring to each class. It is suggested, though not required, that you take all three classes in the order listed. However, you’re welcome to take just one or two — whatever meets your needs. Bringing in your chart and taking notes is required.

Dream Interpretation Workshop: Different types of dreams may have different relationships with our waking lives. Some dreams serve as mental “dust heaps” of stray ideas, while others may have a deeper meaning, whether emotional or even prophetic. This workshop will help you understand the differences between these types of dreams, curb the anxiety that may come from disturbing dreams, and make the most of the intuitive messages we all receive. This approach is far more relevant to daily life than simplistic lists of correspondences.

For more insight into Mari’s approach, check out this article.

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Mimosa’s 2015 Photo & Video Contest

Enter Mimosa’s Photo & Video contest for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate!

(Dragon Photo by Adriana Bosovic)

During the month of October, Mimosa will be accepting submissions for our photo and video contest. In each category we will award first, second and third prizes of $25, $15 and $10. You may submit multiple entries, but you will only be eligible to win one prize per category. This contest is open to people of all ages, and will be judged on the basis of quality, originality, and creative use of Mimosa products and services.

Here are some additional tips for each category:

Photos: Artistic shots of Mimosa products are great, but we’d like it even better if you show us creative ways you’ve used or displayed something you bought at our store. We’d also love to see people shots — maybe a photo taken during one of our events, or your grandma browsing our book section, or your toddler doing some impromptu yoga. Make it personal, and make it fun!

Since this will be our second photo contest, you might want to check out some of the excellent entries we got the first time around: Photo Contest Album.

Videos: We prefer videos between one and five minutes in length, but there’s no hard limit. We’re not looking for an ad, but something more personal. For example, you could shoot a video of yourself turning a crystal you bought from us into a piece of wire-wrap jewelry, or take us on a tour of your home to show us how you’ve displayed your statues. Or simply talk to the camera about how one of our psychics helped you when you needed it. For this contest, technical quality is secondary to content; we’ll want your video to look good, but it’s not necessary to be a technical whiz or use a fancy camera to win. A selfie-video shot on your phone will do just fine.

All entries must be received between October 1 & October 31, 2015. Please email entries as attachments to [email protected] Photos should be sent as png or jpg files, and videos in either mp4 or mov format. Entries will be shared on our website, Facebook page and/or YouTube channel, unless you specifically request otherwise. Please include your name and phone number with your entry. If you are under 18 years of age, please also tell us your age and include the phone number of a parent or guardian.

Email entries to [email protected].

Please send .png or .jpg files for photos, .mp4 or .mov for video.


Brainspotting: Funds Available for Veterans & New Research

by Patti Bee, M.S., LPC, NCC

What is Brainspotting, Again? Brainspotting is a Mind-Body Psychotherapy Method that literally connects your brain to your field of vision where you gaze upon a spot, and this is known as a Brainspot. Through gazing at a Brainspot, a person is connecting their body, to their brain, and this allows the brain to know that the person is safe while they process out an aspect of a trauma, emotional pain, or even physical pain. This deep brain safety allows the client to better tolerate the distress of bringing up difficult material in psychotherapy, and therefore moderates the brain rewiring process, that Brainspotting is known for. Brainspotting creates a “mind –  body – field of vision” connection, which is why it reaches the deep brain, where traumatic material is usually stuck.

So what makes Brainspotting so different than other therapy methods. Usually a traumatic event is also an event that takes place in the deep brain, as neural pathway wiring is set in place during and after the event. The deep brain is more technically known as the subcortical brain, and if an issue is stuck there, then that is the place that needs to be accessed in the therapy process to get more far reaching results for treating trauma. Working on a Brainspot connects the therapy process to the deep brain. Much of psychotherapy is what is known as “talk therapy” which happens in the neocortical brain, or the part of your brain where you think and solve problems. Thinking and problems solving are great skill for us humans to have, and it may not be where a person’s therapy needs to happen. This is not to say that “talk therapy” is all bad, it is also used in the Brainspotting process, along side of methods to resolve traumatic events on a brain level. It is this brain level of healing neural wiring that makes Brainspotting unique. And according to observations the past 11 years, it is what seems to be giving people their lives back, alleviating many symptoms of post-traumatic stress, as well as other mental health issues.

New Research:

David Grand, PhD., has recently published his book, Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change, Sounds True, Inc. (2013). Here he relays the basic theory of what Brainspotting is and also the results therapists have been achieving with clients the past 11 years since Brainspotting was developed. David Grand, PhD., has also partnered with a Neurobiologist, Frank Corrigan, M.D., in an article, Brainspotting: Recruiting the Midbrain for Accessing and Healing Sensorimotor Memories of Traumatic Activation, in which they lay out the very technical brain sequencing that happens when a person gazes at a Brainspot. They also posit how the brain really does know how to rewire trauma, once the right brain “file” has been accessed, and that Brainspotting is able to do this. This is the first step in research that is informing us why Brainspotting is effective, and how brain pathway rewiring is crucial in the healing of trauma.

Funds Available for Veterans: There are now funds available for Veterans to come to Brainspotting. If the veteran is a qualifying veteran, then usually the sessions are at no cost to the veteran.

Patti Bee, M.S., is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy (1980 – 1984). Patti works with women veterans and she is an approved vendor through the Non-VA Services Office at the VA Hospital. In her work with clients, Patti combines Brainspotting with Inner Parts Work (IFS) to better target Brainspotting sessions. Patti is also a member of the Midwest Brainspotting Institute and one of the first psychotherapists in the Madison, Wisconsin area to be Certified in Brainspotting.

If you are a veteran that would like to explore Brainspotting, Patti can help. Here’s one experience of what is possible when Brainspotting is a part of the trauma treatment. This is from a Brainspotting client, who has given permission to use this, and it is offered anonymously to protect confidentiality:

“Before I had my first Brainspotting session, getting triggered would become three days in bed, depressed, and it would take that long to work my way out of it. After Brainspotting, the next time I got triggered, I was in bed, and depressed for two hours. I really had moved on after such a short time. Brainspotting has given me chunks of my life back.”

Please contact Patti Bee for details on how to access these funds that are now available for qualifying veterans. And if you are a male veteran, funds are also available. Contact Patti today for more information: Website:, Email: [email protected], Phone: (608) 255-9119 Ext.6


F. Corrigan & D. Grand, (2013). Brainspotting: Recruiting the Midbrain for Accessing and Healing Sensorimotor Memories of Traumatic Activation. Medical Hypotheses Journal, (80,6), pp. 759–766, June 2013

D. Grand, (2013). Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change. Sounds True, Inc., Boulder, CO.

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Mimosa’s New Website

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Welcome to Mimosa’s brand new, redesigned website. To help our customers and friends better navigate and use our online store and resources, we have decided to do an overhaul of the look and feel of our online presence.

In the coming days, we will be getting our site back up to speed.

Our Web Store and Event Calendar are currently up and running. Our next task is to get our blog articles and photo album back online. So if you were waiting for those, they will be back very soon!

If you have a question regarding a recent order that you made online, please contact us using our contact form: here or call us at: (608) 256-5432.

Thanks for your patience. Our website and all of its content will be back soon.