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Who is ready for Healing with Words?!
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Everything starts with yes!
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Healing With Words: Therapeutic Writing Workshop
(5) Sundays, Feb. 11 through Mar. 11, 2018

Writing enthusiast, SFQ Master Healer Rhonda Battisto is your host in a beautiful space dedicated to art, going within, and deep healing. Expand your awareness and understanding on your path with guided meditation, reflection and writing. Explore! Have fun, be creative, make friends, and open to greater insight, inspiration and healing.


1:00-3:30 pm Sundays February 11th through March 11th.
Cost: $27 each or $72 for all five.

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Healing Art Writing Workshop Series

FEB 11 Sun 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

FEB 18 Sun 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

FEB 25 Sun 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

MAR 4 Sun 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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LIGHT IN DARK TIMES: An alternative way of looking at life.

At a lovely solstice ceremony with beautiful, accomplished women gathered, several spoke of what a dark and challenging year it had been for them. Severe illnesses and deaths had occurred all around. A reviled president took office; humans and human rights are in peril. Some of us lost or changed jobs, or retired, others provided care-giving for aging and dying parents. Though not all of us referred to personal losses, many of our lives have been in a constant flow of heart-altering transitions. At the end of the symbolic lighting ceremony, one of the guests asked "Did anything good happen this year?" I was immediately compelled to share my perspective about what goodness is.

A little background: After experiencing the worst auto collision ever in February of 2016, I realized that I'd been long taking my life for granted. I just assumed I'd keep rising every day and breathing in & out, free to do what I am able and perhaps (despite my teachers' teachings and all evidence in the world that humans are so fragile) acting oblivious to the fact that it is finite - it will end. The challenges my injuries presented triggered my commitment to develop more resilience than I've ever brought forth before. Intentional resilience, as a policy and practice was my focus through last year. In keeping with my daily ritual (which began in mid-2015) of documenting things I'm grateful for, I created a separate Silver Linings list, to help me keep in the forefront of my mind how wildly lucky I am to be loved, supported, encouraged and healed by my heart-based community of amazing, generous, loving people! Working as the leader of 'team recovery', I reviewed my silver linings list and built my gratitude journal entries with care each day.

Months later, my niece's (then) fiancé was struck head-on by an inattentive driver while on his motorcycle. His injuries required many surgeries and a great deal of his damaged leg was removed while he was struggling to survive. When I heard of his life and limb traumatizing crash, I spent an entire weekend staring at my legs and feet. I was stunned anew by the awareness that I'd been taking for granted the gift of limbs that serve me so well and ambulation (let alone frivolously decorating toes with polish). While I conveyed healing energy to him and the many people coping with the possibility that he may not pull through, I sat with my realization that I have a long way to go regarding gratitude and appreciation for all of the gifts we are given ¬and how they are temporary. We have not earned them. They were simply given to us. We cannot necessarily control whether or how long they'll be with us. They are not ours to keep. We are their companions, caretakers, caregivers and champions: we are stewards of our lives, homes, loved ones and planet. So many people don't seem to have a day-to-day awareness of this. Back to the solstice gathering discussion...

I don't know the woman who asked the question or what 2017 looked like for her. I do know that I often forget how lucky, blessed - and challenged I've been by the gifts I've been given. It's all brilliant, really! One of our group said she had read that planet Earth is tilted so that everything can work properly and earth will sustain life. It seems to me that lives get tilted so we grow, learn, appreciate and express who we truly are, and our unique gifts. What would we do and who would we be if everything always went swimmingly, smooth, nicely and neatly? Robots? Pod people? Stepford wives? Bored, don't you think? I don't know. I do know that many extraordinary people use the hard times, losses, and tragedies as an opportunity to do or create something meaningful, healing, important and worthwhile, in service to humanity and the planet that sustains us. The people who stand up after being knocked down - stand out and set an example - make a huge difference in the quality of our experience here. I'd like to dedicate today to them.
Like many of you perhaps, several weeks ago I looked back on my year and made a list of 'calendar items'; events I'd attended and co-created, travels and people who have impacted me. I did this partly to take stock and notice. I had also planned to use the list as a jumping off point for a holiday letter. I added to it and reviewed it a few times and then I realized that I didn't really want to write about those things , and I wasn't sure why.

This morning I awakened after little sleep, with gratitude and increased awareness of how much stellar goodness I've experienced and witnessed this year. It occurred to me that it's not the events but the nuances and miracles that happened within them that really stood out for me. 2017 has been a source of endless learning and becoming for me and so many people I know. Good experiences and hard times have spawned immense growth, awareness, engagement, expansion, connection, support, healing, survival - and for some, deeper thriving. I've witnessed friends, clients and students making changes in perspectives and behaviors that support their highest healing and good. In my classes I've been fortunate enough to inspire and empower people to be kinder to themselves and others, build their self-care arsenal, heal themselves, others – and to celebrate the goodness of gathering in community to open our hearts to one another and healing. I've been a part of many circles within a powerful community that desires and actively works toward freedom and healing for all. I've supported and been a witness to incredible leaps, bounds, and miraculous progress in my clients (and my own) healing goals. I've seen clients and students transform in front of me! They've become stronger, more flexible, healthier, kinder, more open-hearted, and clearly happier! It has been an honor and immense pleasure to be part of and to witness to these transformations. My heart is filled, encouraged, strengthened and opened by the work I do and the people I do it with.

2017 has been a great year in many ways. Sure I've been challenged, I've faltered, stumbled, fallen (literally!) and sometimes failed. I've also stabilized, gotten up, tried anew. I will continue to do this and help others to do the same for as long as have the gift of breathing in and out. I hope you will continue to embrace life and all of its choices with gusto, too! May your year ahead be filled with mini-miracles, mega-joy and blessings beyond your wildest imagination.
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As the holiday season fast approaches, my focus is firmly on gratitude. I could think, speak and write about gratitude for hours – and I’ll spare you. I wish to thank you so much for your support in the decade I’ve been offering qigong workshops, healing retreats, and healing support services. I would greatly appreciate being ‘followed’ on Facebook and ‘rated’ on Google+, both which help others get an idea of what they might expect when working with me.
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Dear Friends,
As the holiday season fast approaches, my focus is firmly on gratitude. I could think, speak and write about gratitude for hours – and I’ll spare you. I wish to thank you so much for your support in the decade I’ve been offering qigong workshops, healing retreats, and healing support services. I would greatly appreciate being ‘followed’ on Facebook and ‘rated’ on Google+, both which help others get an idea of what they might expect when working with me.

Your great feedback on my articles, services and events informs me that my impact is – as I intend it to be – positively healing! I hope you are warm, happy and vibrantly well throughout the holidays and into the new year!

Calling all wise ones!
Would you consider embracing an opportunity to contribute to a compilation book I’m inspired to write on the topic of wisdom? I hope so. I’d really like to include your thoughts!
A call to action!! Please share the (top) three pieces of wisdom/advice you would give your 15-year-old self-today, if she/he was sitting next to you with respect and awe. For instance, what would you have liked to have known back then, to help you navigate life better? Please submit your ‘wisdom trio’ by email. (I need the full name and current age of each contributor. NOTE: only your first name and age will be noted in the book.) Contributors whose wisdom is used will receive a complimentary copy of the Wonder Horse Words of Wisdom e-book. I look forward to your replies!

In this issue, you’ll find:

Articles: Listening to the Whispers, Do Good and Forgive All
Upcoming Events! Holistic Holiday Experience
Event Briefings for Crow Wing Crest Healer’s Retreat, Crescent Cove Symposium, Sauk Centre Class, and Woman Spirit Network Retreat
A Positively Healing Gift for you! SFQ and Clearing Away Suffering lecture and meditation
Bliss Retreats Recipe: Spicy Coconut Curry
Film recommendation

Positively Healing,
Rhonda Battisto
Owner, Wonder Horse, LLC
Improving the quality of life through love, kindness, forgiveness, and compassion.

Listening to the Whispers

After the last Wonder Horse newsletter was delivered, a lot of positive feedback came in regarding the article: ‘Checking In: A Practice’. It is wonderful that many of you valued it and began practicing (or expanding) your ‘self check-in’ each day!
For a recent check-in question at the weekly qigong practice I lead, I chose to ask group members what ‘whispers’ they’ve been hearing in recent weeks. The variety of experiences, messages, and ways people shared them was amazing; quite wonderful! I suspect that many of us KNOW. We hear the small (or resounding) voice of wisdom which lovingly directs us toward living in true alignment with who we are deep down, that keeps us safe and directs us toward goodness and greatness.
It is important to pay close attention, even when it seems inconvenient! Some of us stay so busy we cannot hear the whispers, resisting for a host of reasons; fear of the unknown is a biggie. Some long for this guidance and do our best to respond in a good way. When we follow it, trusting the ‘whispers of our souls’, we are often divinely supported, protected, and greatly enriched along the way. It can be supremely enjoyable – even life changing – to take time each day to simply stop and listen.
I am encouraged and uplifted by your sharing. I’m interested in whether and how this practice may change (or change you!) over time. Please do stay in touch!

'Do Good and Forgive All'

Many years ago I volunteered at a Spring Forest Qigong Level Four workshop, taught by Master Jim Nance, at the SFQ Healing Center in St. Louis Park. I enjoyed receiving Level Four instruction as I worked alongside another dedicated qigong student. It is always good to re-take levels and deepen the understanding of learned and practiced concepts – especially through the eyes of another respected instructor. I always thought Master Nance’s instruction was ideal for students at levels 3 or 4 because of the depth of his experience and practice of SFQ, and I was so pleased to be there with him! At one point in time during class he said simply, “Do good and forgive all.” Wow. That really struck me as a potential life goal. I’ve been striving to live that way ever since.
Through rough times or wonderful times, we are provided with endless opportunities for this practice! Years later, Master Nance was speaking to another group about forgiveness. He spoke of the upcoming holidays, and how we often know in advance that ‘Uncle Joe’ (the usual suspect in the family) will push our buttons by behaving badly and triggering strong feelings in those gathered. Master Nance shared a brilliant response to this, what I call a preview of chaos, “Forgive them in advance.”Do it before you get there: forgive the people, animals, and situations which are likely to pop up! I love this ‘qigong solution’ for family and community harmony. It is a vital part of the living goodness of ‘do good and forgive all.’ Why waste time struggling? Forgive them in advance! And while you’re at it, forgive yourself for allowing others to trigger you in any way.
May you enjoy many days, seasons and holidays with blessings of goodness galore and forgiveness for all!

Upcoming Events

Free Amethyst BioMat sessions!
Healing Sessions with Master Healer Rhonda Battisto
Lingzhi tea or coffee sampling
Shop for the holidays…crystals, stones, art, painting, & mosaics
BioZen, Helo LX, Sleep aids, Books and Surprises!
Hosted by Marita Rahlenbeck in a private home. Please RSVP to receive address
Friday, November 24, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Join our SFQ Practice Group each Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at Peace of Mind Education Center, 9025 Tamarack Road in the library. Ring bell for entry. Dress in comfortable layers. Participants consistently feel much better at the close of practice than when they arrived!

Adults of all ages are invited to attend our SFQ classes on 2nd & 4th Mondays monthly. Holistic Gateway Center for the Healing Arts 2nd floor walk-up studio. Each class stands on its own merit, has a specific theme/focus. Each class also builds on the previous content offered.
Interested in receiving in-person, telephone, or distance healing support, or have questions about our services? Contact us!
How can Wonder Horse support you on your healing path?

Autumn Event Reflections

The September Crow Wing Crest Healer’s Retreat in Akeley, MN was a much-needed respite for regulars, some who return each year, as well as new guests! It is always enjoyable and uplifting to spend a weekend with like-minded healers, taking care of one another and reveling in this ideal lakeside setting.
On September 28th & 29th dozens of experts, caregivers, family members, service providers, staff and volunteers participated in the Crescent Cove 3rd Annual Pediatric Palliative Care Symposium in Minneapolis. The Crossroads of Caring for Another and Caring for Self program launched with an interactive segment of empowerment and self-care for all, with Spring Forest Qigong healing movements. There were informative individual and panel speakers who brought forth a variety of ways to cope, care for ourselves, and even thrive in the midst of caring for others. It was a positive and informative two days!
October 22nd held great promise and light for a great group of students at the Wonder Horse guided Level One Spring Forest Qigong Workshop in Sauk Centre, MN. Most had previous experience with hands-on and/or energy healing. During this full day of empowerment through qigong concepts and practices, the participants had great questions! They showed enthusiasm for putting SFQ techniques into practice in their daily lives. I am grateful to Gwendolin Seitz for inviting and hosting me as I shared the power and beauty of qigong. I look forward to returning soon to support the Sauk Centre SFQ practice group. Thanks so much, Gwen!!

The autumn Woman Spirit Network Retreat brought another amazing weekend filled with powerful, authentic, fun women! Providing healing support and qigong instruction to dozens of interested, open, and motivated women is always an honor and pleasure. Flanked by two lakes, Camp Knutson in Crosslake, Minnesota is a fabulous setting for reunion, remembrance, healing, renewal and empowerment. The generosity of spirit shared by three generations of women is astounding! Drumming, sauna, bonfire, sacred ceremony, and crafts were some of the ways guests and volunteers found to connect and enjoy the weekend. Every year, the camp staff takes great care of us and feeds us with warm hearts and capable hands!

A Positively Healing Gift for You!
My students and clients have long requested recordings of my meditations. (Message received!) Last year I was invited to do a lecture and meditation by live webcast for Spring Forest Qigong.
My gift to you, SFQ and Clearing Away Suffering, is now available here: Stay tuned for future custom Positively Healing guided meditations.

Recipe: Spicy Coconut Curry

One of my favorite dishes tp enjoy, this is a version of a recipe used for the Wonder Horse Explore Your Bliss and Art of Bliss 2017 Retreats, modified to suit my preferences. Feel free to add and remove ingredients to suit your palate! Add red peppers, pumpkin seeds, or whatever you’re in the mood for.


Phase 1
1 cup water
16 oz coconut milk
1 cup chicken broth
2 sweet potatoes
1 cup broccoli
1-1/2 cups mushrooms
1 medium onion
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz can water chestnuts
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T fresh ginger, minced

Phase 2
1-1/2 lbs cooked chicken breast
1 T red curry paste
4 T lime juice
16-20 oz raw spinach

Wash/rinse/drain potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, water chestnuts, and chicken, then cut into cubes.
Combine ingredients from Phase 1 in a large pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and add ingredients from Phase 2. Stir well, and cook 12-15 minutes.
Gluten and dairy free. Makes 6 servings. May be served with 1/2 cup cooked brown rice or creamy mashed potatoes.
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Fall 2017 News

Summer’s gifts are ready to harvest, enjoy, and share! Are you being rewarded and nourished by the efforts you put into creating your life consciously in recent months? Now is a good time to ponder how you can set the stage for even more goodness in the months ahead! The change of seasons is a great time for progress review and goal setting. May the new season bring you good energy and great good fortune!

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The art and magic of bliss were fully present throughout. Thank you, Nancy Lennon for your amazing photography and great work at the Art of Bliss!
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Would you like to have more energy? Do you wish to breathe easier? Do you want to feel better and heal faster? Join us in Sauk Centre on Sunday, October 22nd!
Learn how to use the power of your breathing, your mind and simple movements to enhance and balance the flow of energy in your body. Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is an ancient Eastern practice which promotes holistic healing.
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Are you ready to live the life of your dreams? Join us for the ART OF BLISS extended weekend women’s retreat, which will empower you to learn and develop ancient and modern holistic wellness practices, effective life skills, and sacred healing to create more authenticity, vibrancy, and bliss in your life.
Just three hours north of the Twin Cities, this beautiful lakeside setting is an ideal backdrop for your unique transformational experience. Your healing weekend tuition includes all program sessions, delicious healthful meals (Friday dinner through Monday brunch) and three nights of lodging.

Spring Forest Qigong Instructor Rhonda Battisto will guide you in gentle healing movements, concepts and meditation to promote profound heart-opening and self-healing mastery. A deeply spiritual healer, Tammy Hulke will guide and empower you to reach your unique goals and live with more passion and joy. You will benefit from these beautiful healers’ alignment with purpose, connection to nature, spirit and one another. With loving hearts, they’ll help you to delightedly explore and deepen YOUR BLISS! Along with powerful, energetic healing support you will receive valuable take-aways to integrate into your daily rituals to create your best life.

Reserve your space now, register by phone with Rhonda at: 651-276-3712. Treat yourself today!
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