2013 Expo Program


2013 Holistic Health Expo: Expanding Your Level of Consciousness


Saturday, August 24, 2013 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 25, 2013 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

RUAH Center
1110 N. Washington
Naperville, Illinois

Expand your conscious awareness to become your healthiest, happiest self.

Natural Health • Holistic Therapies • Healthy Eating  Organic Living • Metaphysical Healing

Personal Care & Growth • Spirituality • Group Healing Sessions • Mindfulness

Join us for a holistic health and wellness expo featuring a variety of speakers, lecturers and vendors focusing on natural health and living consciously awareness. Exhibitors featuring an array of services including alternative healing therapies, spirituality, natural food education, organic skincare and jewelry will be available. Come connect and nurture your body, mind and spirit.

General Admission: $12.00

Continuing Education (CE) Credit: $60.00

CE credit is available to nurses, social workers, family therapists, counselors, and psychologists. The entire program must be completed to award continuing education credit (see following page for details).



Saturday, August 24, 2013






10:00 – 11:15

James Kowal, PhD
Consciousness, the Mind and Brain

Conference Room Lower Level

11:15 – 1:15

Vendor Excursion


1:30 – 2:45

Walter Perschke
The Law of Attraction

Conference Room Lower Level

2:45 – 4:45

Vendor Excursion


5:00 – 6:15

Vanessa Narvaez
Sacred Light Journals

Conference Room Lower Level

7:30 – 8:30

Group Healing Session

Conference Room Lower Level

Sunday, August 25, 2013






10:00 – 11:30

Ellie Stewart
Utilizing the Akashic Records as a Conscious Healing Modality

Conference Room Lower Level

11:30 – 1:00

Vendor Excursion


1:15 – 2:30

Rodrigo Duque
Utilizing Sacred Places For Conscious Awareness and Expansion

Conference Room Lower Level

2:30 – 4:00

Vendor Excursion


4:15 – 5:30

Alison Ooms
Higher Brain Living

Conference Room Lower Level

5:30 – 6:30

Animals Know!

Conference Room Lower Level

6:30 – 7:30

Group Healing Session

Conference Room Lower Level

Continuing Education (CE) Credit:

Pathways to Light has co-sponsored with Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) to provide continuing education credit for the following professionals:

Licensed Mental Health Counselors/Licensed Professional Counselors/Certified Counselors: CES approves 9.5 continuing education hours for this program. CES is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors (5596). We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines.

Nurses:  As an APA approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa. CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider # CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Psychologists: CES is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education for Psychologists. Psychologists completing this program receive 9.5 Continuing Education Hours credit. CES maintains responsibility for this program.

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 9/6/12-12/31/15. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course receive 9.5 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Substance Abuse Counselors: CES is approved by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Approved Education Provider Program #174. Nine and one-half contact hours of continuing education credit is granted for this program.

Expanding Your Level of Consciousness and Healing

Although the health care system remains focused on the treatment of disease, great advances in the realm of holistic wellness focusing on the mind, body and soul has led to greater conscious awareness among individuals.   This focus on conscious awareness or holistic care of the whole person encourages integration of the patient and the social worker, mental health specialist or health care provider’s inner-wisdom, along with scientific and technological advances for the promotion of overall well-being.

This seminar will explore the role of consciousness in healing through a series of one-hour talks led by visionary leaders in the field of holistic health and spiritual development and empowerment. By the end of the two-day program, participants will understand and be able to identify:

  • Various consciousness models that link body, mind, spirit and society.
  • How consciousness applies to health and healing.
  • Practices to promote self-care.
  • Insights into the healing potentials of your thoughts and beliefs.
  • The role of consciousness in healing.

Dr. James Kowal, Consciousness, the Mind, and the Brain

Neuroscience has been fascinated with the workings of the brain for centuries. The federal government has initiated a new program to learn even more about the workings of the brain over the next decade.  Metaphysics focuses on consciousness.  Quantum physicists look at the energy of the brain and how it interacts with the “unified field” of information.  Dr. Kowal will review the various aspects of the brain, consciousness, and the mind.  Learning objectives include:

  1. Defining the meaning and differences among mind, consciousness and the brain.
  2. Defining the role of energy and how it relates to awareness.

Ellie Stewart, Utilizing the Akashic Records as a Conscious Healing Modality, Ellie will discuss the use of the Akashic Records to transform your world, life and affairs.  The Akashic Records are the vibrational depository of all that ever was or the primary substance from which all is formed.  Through this conscious connection, Ellie will take you on a journey of your soul’s vibrational record to heal and expand your conscious awareness as well as to use self-healing techniques while in your Akashic Records.  In the process you are invited to deepen your relationship with yourself and your higher consciousness. Utilizing the Akashic Records as a healing modality in this interactive session, participants will:

  1. Identify a fear that is holding them back.
  2. Demonstrate and eliminate a fear using Akashic Records healing protocol.
Walter Perschke, The Law of Attraction Learn the principle of the Law of Attraction and the most important practical applications in your everyday life. Many know, or say they know, about the Law, but few know how it actually operates and how it can benefit you, or hold you back.

In this session, participants will:

  1. Identify the principles of the Law of Attraction.
  2. Identify how your subconscious mind operates to enforce the Law of Attraction.



Alison Ooms, Higher Brain Living:  an advanced technology to create organic activation of the dormant prefrontal cortex.  Higher Brain Living is a neuroscience breakthrough for organically freeing bound up energy from the lower brain to the higher brain where nature intended it to go.  It changes physiology of the brain by opening an organic energy surge that creates a lasting pathway from the primitive fear based lower brain to a lifetime of higher brain happiness, empowerment, purpose and growth. In this session, participants will:

  1. Identify what is keeping us from making sustainable changes in our day to day lives that we so desperately need.
  2. Identify the simplest theory of all human experience.
  3. Identify how to link this new physiology with this simple theory to make lasting changes in all areas of our lives.

Vanessa Narvaez, Sacred Light Journals

Everyone has an inner light—a passion and a voice calling them to better connect with their soul to obtain personal growth and greater enlightenment. Our thoughts and actions create a powerful energy force in our lives. That energy becomes INTENT. Vanessa demonstrates how use of these journals brings greater clarity to life’s journey and defines each person’s positive intent to the Divine Source.  In this session, participants will:

1.       Discuss the benefits of utilizing intention prior to and during journaling in the sacred journals.

2.       Identify the process of manifestation while journaling in the sacred journals.

Rodrigo Duque, Sacred Places

Throughout history humanity has defined special places in different parts of the world as sacred.  From the distant past to the present time, people of different cultural backgrounds and religious affiliations have traveled to these sacred places in search of spiritual inspiration, guidance and enrichment.

What alternatives are available to those of us who don’t have the means or the time to get to a sacred place? Participants attending this talk will be able to:

  1. Identify practical ways to find a personal sacred place to expand their conscious awareness.
  2. Recognize how to find inspiration and empowerment during hardships, through conscious awareness within their sacred place.
  3. Demonstrate how to utilize their scared place to unwind from daily stress.


 Denise Norberg-Johnson, Animals Know! What Animals Teach Us

As human consciousness expands with the rise in our vibrational energy, it is essential to reframe our understanding of how human beings relate to other forms of life.  Animals are eager to express their views and help the people in their lives heal their bodies and relationships – if we simply listen with open hearts. In this session, participants will:

  1.  Expand your understanding of the energetic connection between humans and other life forms.
  2.  Discover lessons animals teach about love, death, and forgiveness.
  3.  Learn how to consciously work with animals to create mutually beneficial relationships.


Ellie Stewart, Group Spiritual Healing Session

Ellie will lead the group through a Personal Healing Protocol using the Akasha that will transform and expand the participants’ awareness in truth allowing for a spiritual healing to take place. This process will align individuals with their soul’s perfection. Utilizing the Akashic Records as a healing modality in this interactive, transformative session, participants will:

  1. Identify a situation that is causing disharmony within the body.
  2. Recognize the ability to align with the soul’s perfection through spiritual healing.

Speakers and Facilitators

Ellie Stewart, MHPE, ABD Counseling and Adult Education, HTCP, CCH, CCA,
Certified Advanced Practice Akashic Records Practitioner/Instructor

Ellie Stewart has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, including 18 years as Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery, where she oversaw the medical practice, residency education, and clinical education initiatives for all faculty and staff at a major university hospital in Chicago. In conjunction with various certifications, her formal educational credentials include a bachelor’s degree in business management, a master’s degree in health professions education and completion of all required course work and exams for her doctorate in counseling and adult education.

Ellie discovered she was clairaudient in 1972 and has enhanced her abilities as a clairsentient and clairvoyant. She has studied metaphysical practices for over 25 years.  Ellie is also a certified advanced practice Akashic Records Practitioner/Instructor and has completed additional studies and certifications in crystal therapy healing, aromatherapy, sacred geometry – healing in the fourth dimension, the Bengsten healing technique, and shamanic healing.   In addition to training in various techniques, Ellie has participated in and spoken at various Body Mind Spirit expos, conferences and healing circles throughout the Chicagoland area.

Ellie currently runs a holistic wellness center called Pathways to Light in the Hyde Park area.  In addition to offering various healing modalities to clients, Pathways to Light offers an array of classes in spiritual and healing development entitled Living in the Invisible: Living Life as a Modern Day Mystic. Crystals, gem elixirs and custom blended oils are also available to clients. You can catch her on Blog Talk Radio “Life is So Beautiful” on the last Tuesday of every month, where she provides live Akashic Record consultations to the radio audience.

Ellie currently resides in the Hyde Park area of Chicago where she continues to build her healing practice to promote metaphysical holistic healing as an integral part of a client’s transformation.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Pathways to Light at (773) 216-9882, www.pathwaystolight.org or the RUAH Center 1110 N. Washington, Naperville, IL 60540, (630) 640-6972.

James A. Kowal, Ph.D., LCPC, BCN, is a retired manager of software engineering at Bell Laboratories where he worked for 30 years.  He obtained his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Northern Illinois University and his master’s degree in computer science and industrial engineering from Purdue University.  He was an adjunct professor of computer science for 26 years at North Central College, where he co-founded the computer science department and designed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses.  He also published two college text books before changing careers and entering the field of clinical psychology.

Dr. Kowal obtained his second master’s degree in counseling psychology from Benedictine University, becoming a specialist in psychological trauma and abuse.  Upon retirement from Bell Labs, he returned to graduate school to obtain a doctorate in academic clinical psychology, specializing in neurotherapy.  Dr. Kowal is the co-founder of the Center for Traumatic Stress where he operates his private practice Life Worth Living, P.C., located at the Hobson Medical Campus in Naperville, IL.  He is also co-founder of the RUAH Center, NFP, an educational organization dedicated to teaching and providing people alternatives to maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit.  Dr. Kowal is a principal provider in EEG Chicago and hosted a 13-week radio program called Building A Better Brain on WYLL AM 1060 this past spring.

Alison Ooms has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) with 20 years of experience in traditional and alternative psychotherapies. A long, extensive and driven search for therapies and systems that cause effective, efficient and lasting change has lead to finding the state of the art techniques available today. This quest has culminated in extensive training and licensing in Higher Brain Living.  Contact: Alison Ooms, Higher Brain Living and Counseling, RUAH center, 1110 N. Washington, Naperville, IL 60563, 630-697-8744.

Vanessa Narveaz was born and raised in Costa Rica. She grew up attending Catholic school and was heavily influenced by the teaching of the Divine. From a very early age she knew she held a special gift.  As a young child, Vanessa found encouragement and support from her family as well as a gifted teacher at her school.

As Vanessa grew, so did her ability to “read” the energy of the people around her. She traveled globally to further learn the English language while also learning more about metaphysics as well as the understanding principles of Chi or the invisible life force that passes through the body. She has become both a teacher and a student of such principles while always putting the sole purpose of her gift to use in the healing power of the Divine.  For over 20 years, Vanessa has helped countless individuals find comfort and a renewed sense of strength and stronger connection to Source (Divine Power).  It is Vanessa’s goal, as an intuitive healer, to help you attain wholeness in your daily living by repairing the body, mind and spirit and to channel the energy needed to generate physical and emotional changes required for overall well-being.


Walter Perschke is the new publisher of The Monthly Aspectarian Magazine, America’s oldest spiritual and metaphysical magazine. Mr. Perschke is a Professor of Metaphysics who writes, teaches, and speaks frequently on metaphysical subjects, and is a popular guest speaker at conferences and seminars.  He hosts a weekly guided meditation group.  He was nominated for an Emmy Award and is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Rodrigo Duque, a shamanic arts practitioner, is a native of Ecuador, South America, and holds degrees in Electronic Engineering and Global Technology.  His interest in mystic and spiritual matters manifested early in his life. At the age of 13 he started practicing Hatha yoga and meditation. At 19, he was one of the co-founders of “MAIS”, a not-for-profit organization whose main goal was the rescue, preservation and dissemination of the native traditions of the Americas. At the age of 22 he became the director of the Yoga Institute of the Universal Great Brotherhood, Foundation Serge Raynaud de la Ferriere, headquartered in Quito – Ecuador.

Rodrigo’s spiritual work, with the native nations, continued after he immigrated to the United States where he was invited to learn and practice the Lakota Traditions by Chief Luciano Perez. Rodrigo is currently a Pipe Carrier and a Sun Dancer in the Lakota Tradition.

Currently, he dedicates his time to assisting people in balancing their lives as well as discovering, developing, and enhancing their intuitive abilities. Using intuitive readings Rodrigo assists individuals in identifying areas of their lives in need of improvement, as well as the possibilities that their future has in store for them.

Through healing sessions, ceremonies and rituals, Rodrigo helps his clients reach emotional balance and harmony by removing and releasing stagnant energy, emotional blockages and traumas.

Utilizing classes and workshops Rodrigo guides students to gain awareness and further develop their own intuitive gifts as well as their healer abilities.  A high percentage of Rodrigo’s students are Reiki Masters, Massage Therapists, and Energy/Light workers.

Over the years Rodrigo has shared his teachings and experiences through ceremonies, lectures, workshops and healing work, locally and internationally.

 Denise Norberg-Johnson is a holistic practitioner with a background in biology, teaching, and writing, who established Defining Moments, LLC, to help animals and their people create lives of optimal health and well-being.  Her services include animal communication, Reiki, aromatherapy, crystal healing, the LifeLine Technique, and Akashic Records readings.

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