Soul Unleashed: A Self-Care R/Evolution


I am honored to partner with co-creators Lauren Beatrice Hart and Kristin Okeley of The Playful Soul to present 

Soul Unleashed: A Self-Care R/Evolution!  

Please enjoy Lauren’s invitation below.

We’ve all been feeling it – our Earth is changing, and along with her, our lives are changing.  We are all being asked to step up and open up as our perceptions of ourselves and reality expand along with our consciousness.  

Chances are you are not the same person you used to be – you’re riding the waves of change, yet you’re not sure where this journey is taking you.  One thing is for sure – the Earth needs each one of us healthy and whole.  We need to be strong enough to stand in our truth and demand a kinder world as we birth a new Paradigm.

It is time for a Self-Care R/Evolution!  Our Souls are bursting at the seams and ready to come fully online through new attention to Embodiment.  

Hundreds of thousands of individuals across the globe are onto something big, and it’s time to say it outloud: We need to shift the way we’re living, as the ways we’ve been living have led us to a time of crisis.  To do that, we need to take care of ourselves in a new and more intentional way –learning to care for our body-mind-spirits, practicing new ways to love and relate to ourselves and each other, and remembering the importance of our relationship with nature.  We are being called to be more PRESENT, to become whole, to own our power, to be of service, and to express our spirits as our unique selves.


What is this event??

It’s a Spiritual Staycation!  Join others who are curious about the New Paradigm.  Experience Qi Gong, Qoya, Conscious Parenting, a Shamanic Healing Session, and more!  Join with others and build this momentum … Hear stories of awakening and share yours~

How was it created??

Several months ago, like-minded individuals in Indianapolis birthed an idea for Soul Unleashed: A Self-Care R/Evolution.  Inspired by our city’s Spirit & Place Festival (this year’s theme: R/Evolution!), we had the desire to share awareness and information about our experiences during these times on Planet Earth, and to create opportunities to participate.  We seek to push the boundaries of traditional concepts by inviting openness to exploring the phenomena around us and within us.

Come join us as we create an energetic container to hold three weeks of experiences and exploration.  We begin on the eve of the New Moon with our opening open house and intention ceremony Thursday, August 29th.  We conclude with a Fall Equinox celebration on Monday, September 23rd.  Inbetween, we will offer a sampling of experiences and classes … for some, a beginning, for others, an opening, still others – a continuation and deepening.  We are all at different stages and phases with our awakening!

This event offers new and unique ways to connect with your Soul and your journey to Health and Wholeness!

In Heart and Soul ~


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Visit our Facebook Event Page for ongoing updates!

All events will be hosted at Indy Healing Center and  The Playful Soul

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Featured at Indy Healing Center

7771 Spring Mill Road Indianapolis

Advance registration for all events required through Eventbrite 

Please note parking is limited.  Carpooling encouraged!

9/3 6-8 PM Awaken Your Healing Power with The Four Energy Gates: Melissa Laborsky, MD

9/14 9-12 PM Intro to Aikido & Spiral Impact®: Karen Valencic

9/14 1:30-4:30 PM “The Animal that Hides in Your Heart:” An Experiential Intro to the Chinese Zodiac: Melissa Laborsky, MD

9/15 9-12 PM Living the Practice / Living Your Purpose: When Stuff Get’s Real!

Whitney Vredenburgh and Melissa Laborsky, MD

9/17 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM Dragon’s Way Qigong® Six Week Healing Journey: Melissa Laborsky, MD

9/21 9-12 PM The Nurtured Heart Approach®: A Practical Approach to Showing up Fully with Grace, Grit, and Gratitude: Heather Meyer, LMHC

9/21 1-3 PM Wisdom of the Chakras: A Yoga Experience: Lily Kessler, ED.S. ERYT-500

9/23 6-8 PM Autumnal Equinox Closing Ceremony: Shaman Susan Cotter

Featured at The Playful Soul

1001 E 86th St Indianapolis

Advance registration required at 317-253-0499

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8/29 6:00-9:00 PM Opening Open House and Intention Ceremony

9/1, 8, 15 & 22 Sundays 5:15-7 PM Qoya: Shaman Susan Cotter

9/3, 10 &17: Tuesdays 6-7 PM Magikal Yoga: Esther Mead

9/4, 11, & 17 Wednesdays 10:30-12 PM Qoya: Shaman Susan Cotter

9/5 Thursday 4-6 PM Intro to the Enneagram: Karen Fried

9/6, 13, & 20 Fridays 10:30-12 PM Restorative Yoga: Barbara Manley

9/7 10-11 AM Qigong Moving Meditation: Jim & Kathy Johnson

9/7 11-4 PM 1st Saturday Bazaar

9/11 5-7 PM Recovering Your Super Powers...for Empaths, Intuitives, & Sensitives: Lauren Beatrice Hart

9/12 4-6 PM Self-Care Re-set with Animal Medicine: Kelly Beard

9/12 4-6 PM Astro Session: Kelly Beard

9/14 5:30-8:30 PM Harvest Full Moon Celebration

9/19: Intuitive Cooking with Kristin Okeley

9/21: 8:30-4 PM Yoga Retreat with Lori Bisser at Immaculate Heart of Mary

Awaken Your Healing Power with The Four Energy Gates: Tuesday September 3rd 6-8 PM

Melissa Laborsky, MD

The meridian system is an energy grid that connects every aspect of our body above/below and impacts function of every cell, tissue, and organ.  This energy grid is how we connect to the world around us: our work, relationships, and the greater Universe.  When energy is moving and flowing within the meridians we are able to maintain a higher level of balance, harmony, and can more easily access our intuitive gifts.

The Four Energy Gates were developed by Grand Master Nan Lu of the Tao of Healing ( as a way to easily access and support meridian flow through self-acupressure exercises.  

Through this work shop, you will receive an introduction to the energetic foundation behind the Four Energy Gates and learn how to practice the gates daily to bring healing into your own hands. 

Investment in Soul-Self: $22    Click here to register now!

Introduction to Aikido & Spiral Impact: Saturday September 14th 9-12 PM


Karen Valencic

While a solo meditation or spiritual practice builds a crucial base for personal spiritual awareness, often our peace can be challenged or even shattered when we engage with other people and the world.  Practicing Aikido, the Japanese art of 

reconciliation, anchors in the ability to stay centered and engaged in the midst of conflict and change.   

Meditation in action, so to speak. 

If you have ever experienced losing yourself or feeling overwhelmed in relationships aikido may be a practice for you.

In this three-hour session, Karen Valencic will open the world of aikido to you through the introduction of basic concepts and practice.  Aikido is a martial art so please plan on physical contact and movement, although, this session will not be strenuous and is appropriate for anyone who can move.  Karen will also offer a brief introduction to her method for handling conflict, Spiral Impact.  

Investment in Soul-Self: $33  Click here to register now!


 Karen is a second-degree black belt and has practiced for 28 years.  She is a student and teacher at the Indy Aikikai,  In Karen’s professional life, she specializes in leadership and team development with an emphasis on mastering conflict and change.  

Her method, Spiral Impact is grounded in aikido.  Learn more about Karen at

“The Animal that Hides in Your Heart:” An Experiential Intro to The Chinese Zodiac: September 14th 1:30-4:30 PM

Melissa Laborsky, MD

Every lunar new year we welcome a new animal and element.  This dynamic combination influences all aspects of our daily life, even the economy, politics and our environment.  Every child born will embody this animal and element as their Spirit.  


 Opening your consciousness to the Zodiac can awaken insights into your own unique Spirit.  By understanding the other members of the Zodiac, you can also gain deep insights into your children, partner, employers/colleagues, and even our Fire Dog President!

The animal and element are determined by the year of your birth.  If you are born in January or February it is valuable to find out when the lunar new year occurred in the year of your birth.  If you were born within one month of the transition you likely embody characteristics of both Spirits!  Please research this information in advance for yourself and those closest to you to deepen the experience.  

Investment in Soul-Self: $33   Click here to register now!



The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes by Theodora & Laura Lau

Living the Practice / Living Your Purpose: When Stuff Gets Real!

Sunday September 15th 9-12 PM

Melissa Laborsky, MD and Whitney Vredenburgh

We all have experienced a delicious meditation and enjoyed quiet reflection on our higher purpose.  However, when stuff gets real and you are faced with challenges at work and home, can you continue to practice living from a meditative state?  Does your higher purpose get shuffled to the back burner?  It is possible to live the practice and your purpose through each and every moment.  It is these challenging moments that call us to higher action.  

Join Melissa Laborsky, MD founder of Indy Healing Center, mama to four, and Whitney Vredenburgh, founder of Nested Spaces, also a mama to four, for a morning of authentic storytelling and experiential sharing.  You will leave empowered with wisdom and tools to take on the real stuff of life!   

Investment in Soul-Self: $33   Click here to register now!

Melissa Laborsky, MD


Melissa began her career as a Family Medicine Physician.  12 years ago an awakening lead her on a healing journey that transformed both her life and approach to health and wellbeing.  Through her qigong practice she is discovering and teaching what it means to love yourself fully and how this level of self love manifests in the real world.   

Whitney Vredenburgh


While working in the corporate world for more than ten years, Whitney always held a passion for home décor and entrepreneurship.  It took the journey of motherhood and moving to help unfold this passion of what is Nested Spaces and life with four kids.

Dragon’s Way Qigong: Six Week Healing Journey

Begins September 17th at 10:30 AM or 6:30 PM

Melissa Laborsky, MD


During Fall, Mother Nature begins to turn her energy inward.  She reflects on what is present and decides what to keep and what to let go of.  Through this refinement and release, she frees up her energy.  Dragon’s Way Qigong provides you the tools, to begin this process within your own life.  

Based upon the wisdom of Chinese Medicine, you will learn Wu Ming Qigong energy exercises and awaken to the consciousness of your organ function, emotions, Nature, and healing foods. 

Investment in Soul-Self: $199 (includes materials and Qigong DVD)

Register for the 10:30 class here

Register for the 6:30 class here

The Nurtured Heart Approach®:  A Practical Approach to Showing Up Fully with Grace, Grit and Gratitude

Saturday  September 21 9am-12pm 

Heather Meyer, LMHC

As parents, professionals and community members, we engage in  many roles, responsibilities and relationships-with hopes of creating positive connection, meaning and impact.  We set intentions to be heart-centered, present with gratitude, and peaceful and loving within our relationships. Yet, when stress runs high or energy runs low, we can find ourselves "losing it" with our kids and loved ones, getting caught up in dramas and negativity all around us, or becoming overwhelmed and anxious in all we "should" do that we get caught in a whirlwind of negative defeating self talk.

In this workshop, Heather will demonstrate how the 3 Stands™ of the Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) works as a "mindfulness in action" framework so you can feel more fully aligned your intentions and purpose-especially when the "going gets tough".  While NHA originated as a conscious parenting approach for sensitive and emotionally intense kids, it has evolved into a powerful model for nurturing one's self and all relationships.  For this reason, this session will be divided into two parts: First, using  story and strategy, you will learn how to engage the approach within your valued relationships. Second, using  a heart-centered experiential guided practice, you will learn how to engage the Inner NHA. 

Investment in Soul-Self: $33  Click here to register now!


Heather Meyer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Nurtured Heart Approach Trainer specializing in counseling and consulting services through her private practice, Dynamic Wisdom, LLC. Heather has held a steadfast commitment to sparking a desire for change and blazing a trail of transformation for children and adults experiencing significant behavioral and emotional life challenges since 1993. Heather shares her home with  her Nurtured Heart raised rescues, Neo the Pup and Tzion the Kitty.

Wisdom of the Chakras: A Yoga Experience

Saturday, September 21, 1-3pm

Lily Kessler, ED.S., ERYT-500


Everything is energy. The yoga tradition explores equanimity within all life experiences. Rather than viewing experiences as good or bad, a shift happens when energies are viewed as heavy or refined. Holistic harmony unfolds when confined energies are consciously identified within the body and then moved through ancient techniques of Yoga.

In this special yoga class, we explore messages of the holistic spirit through physical sensations within the body. Additionally, learn how the chakras can be your constant guides in navigating an authentic life experience by anchoring consciousness into your core through visualizations paired with rich breath awareness. This deepens your experience in traditional yoga poses and allows you to integrate and embody yoga on and off the mat, easily.

Please wear comfortable clothes you can move and breathe in. Please bring your yoga mat, otherwise mats will be available for you to borrow.


Investment in Soul-Self: $22   Click here to register!

Join Lily Kessler, ERYT, founder of Blooming Life Yoga Studio + School, and tune inward with movement followed by a beautiful, guided chakra meditation. Lily ensures all people will be supported, so come as you are.

Christine Lily Kessler, founder of Blooming Life Yoga Studio + School, author, artist, The Energy Codes® Master Trainer, BodyAwake Lead Trainer, Reiki Master, B.E.S.T. Practitioner, Relax & Renew®, YoKid®, global retreat leader, empathic Bridge, and curious woman.

Events Featured at Indy Healing Center: 

7771 Spring Mill Road 


Advance registration required through Eventbrite  

Please note parking is limited.  Carpooling encouraged!  Melissa Laborsky, MD 2014