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Wellness Weekend Feb. 23-24; Register by Feb. 20

February 13, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – For Valentine's Day this year give yourself and/or your loved ones the gift of health and wellness. The fifth annual Wellness Weekend, slated for Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 23-24 at Western Illinois University's Horn Field Campus (HFC), will provide activities to nourish the mind, body and spirit. The weekend package is only $40 per person, and if you bring a friend or loved one, the cost is $70 (for both participants).

Wellness Weekend 2013, to be held at HFC's 92-acre retreat, will offer guided meditation, yoga, nature hikes and self-exploration sessions with certified instructors Karen Mauldin-Curtis, Kelley Quinn and Adam Chacksfield.

Registration cost will cover meals and optional accommodations; vegetarian options will be provided. If you choose to stay in the Horn Field Campus cabins, please bring bedding. Registration is limited and is due on or before Wednesday, Feb. 20; checks should be made payable to "Horn Field Campus."

The schedule for the 2013 Wellness Weekend and information about each facilitator are listed below. To register, contact Horn Field Campus Program Manager Mindy Pheiffer at (309) 833-5798 or send an email to

Karen Mauldin-Curtis is the program manager for the WIU Peace Corps Fellows Program in Community Development. She has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and teaching yoga for more than 10 years. In 2011, Mauldin-Curtis completed a 200-hour intensive yoga teacher-training program through tapas yoga shala (Rock Island, IL) and is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance.

Kelley Quinn earned her master's degree in contemporary art history and criticism from Webster University (St. Louis, MO) and has received Illinois Arts Council teaching artist status since 2006. In that time, she has created mandalas and labyrinths with more than 2,000 individuals of all ages. Quinn is a certified labyrinth facilitator, and most recently, received her seventh Illinois Arts Council grant for a large-scale mosaic mandala design at Project Insight, an alternative day school in Macomb.

Adam Chacksfield, president of The Center for Nondual Awareness, is a nondual teacher and coach and currently runs the Macomb Nondual Dialogue Group, two Macomb meditation groups and a mediation course for WIU's L.I.F.E (Learning is Forever) program. He regularly offers retreats and workshops in regional cities and on the west coast.

Saturday Schedule

  • 8 a.m. – Check-in at HFC Lodge and introductions
  • 9-10:30 a.m. – "Cultivating Awareness through the Practice of Yoga," with Mauldin-Curtis
  • 10:30-10:45 a.m. – Do as you please
  • 10:45-noon a.m. – Meditation guidance with Chacksfield
  • noon – Communal midday meal and open time
  • 1:15-3:15 p.m. – "Self-Exploration Through the Labyrinth" with Quinn
  • 3:15-3:30 p.m. – Do as you please
  • 3:30-5 p.m. – "Nondual Dialogue and Natural Meditation" with Chacksfield
  • 5-5:15 p.m. – Do as you please
  • 5:15 p.m. – Yoga with Mauldin-Curtis
  • 6 p.m. – Communal evening meal and open time
  • 7:15 p.m. – "Introduction to Mandalas" with Quinn
  • 8 p.m. – "Make Your Own Mandala" with Quinn

Sunday Schedule

  • 7 a.m. – Daybreak stroll on Lazy Creek
  • 7:30-8 a.m. – Sun salutations yoga with Mauldin-Curtis
  • 8 a.m. – Communal morning meal
  • 8:45-10:30 a.m. – "Nondual Dialogue and Natural Meditation" with Chacksfield
  • 10:30-11 a.m. – Do as you please
  • 11 a.m. – Reflections and feed forward
  • 12:30 p.m. – Communal meal and conversation

HFC is located south of Macomb on China Road. From South Johnson Street (past Macomb High School), turn right on China Road and follow the road one-quarter of a mile to the Horn Field Campus entrance. Parking is permitted on the HFC lot.
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