With our belief in the importance of "still the mind, open the heart, nuture the body, and honor the soul" Three Sisters' Spirit opened its doors in November of 2008. Our vision was to create a place of respite from the hectic pace of every day life.

Whether it's heart centered gifts, (everything from the irreverent to the sacred) a wellness sanctuary for the mind, body and spirit (offering individual sessions of reiki, massage, integrative therapies, counseling and life coaching) or programs, classes, training and workshops to empassion the soul and ignite the creative spark, Three Sisters' Spirit offers guidance, encouragement, and support.

Friday, April 23, 2010

classes & workshops

Your Life GPS......a guide for achieving personal success and making this your best year yet! with Life Coach Rick Paddock, BA • Meet Rick – click here! • Drop-in's welcome! • Sat. April 24 • 11:00 – 12:30 am • Fee: $10 (if this is your first time attending the group, the session is free!)

Divorce S.O.S. Support Group - introductory session with Life Coach Rick Padock, BA. • Meet Rick – click here! • “The goal is not simply to survive divorce, but to enhance and empower your life in the wake of it.” • Wed. April 28 • 6:30 - 8:00 pm • This introductory session is free of charge.

Integrative Therapy Workshops on Tuesdays with Integrative Therapist and Life Coach, Kim Tedford, MA • Meet Kim - Click Here!! • May's Workshop: Making a Home Altar
Explore the meaning of some traditional elements to make your personal altar. Go home with a gift to add to your sacred space. • Tues. May 4 • 6:30 – 8:00 pm • Fee: $25

Reiki Share • a gathering of Reiki Practitioners who meet to build community, honor their work as healers, give and receive Reiki healing energy, share experiences and learn new techniques. • With Reiki Master Teacher Carolyn Gaar, BA, RMT • Meet Carolyn – click here! • Wed. May 5 • 6:00 – 7:30 pm • Fee: $10

How to Dress Like a Queen with Fairy Godmothers Widdershins & Deosil!! This workshop will show you, layer by layer, how women dressed in the mid to late 1500's and give you a crash course on Elizabethan fashion. You will learn how and why clothing wore women instead of women wearing the clothing. You will also have an opportunity to see, feel and try on corsets, gowns and accessories! • Sat. May 8 • 1:30 – 3:30 pm • Fee: Cookies to share!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mars & Venus

Men communicate to exchange facts and information, while women communicate to exchange experiences and feelings.

Consider the following scenario: A woman drags herself through the door after a long, stressful and exhausting day at work. “I am so fed up with that job. I don’t know if I can take it anymore.” she tells her husband. His response is generally succinct and predictable: “Quit,” he says.

That’s not the answer she’s looking for, at least not so fast. A woman really just wants her man to listen. And discuss. Commiserate even. And then listen some more. Like her girlfriends.

The problem here is that men aren’t girlfriends. They’re men. With short attention spans especially when women start talking “feelings” and emotions. To expect a man to listen and not “solve the problem” is rather like walking outside in the rain without a coat or umbrella and expecting to stay dry.

Because men are geared to approach a conversation as a way to show off their “problem solving” expertise, while women approach conversations as a way to bond with each other, “processing” the emotions surrounding the problem before actually delving into the problem.

When a woman is faced with a problem or issue, she’ll usually pick up the phone and share it with every one of her girlfriends, female relatives and other women in her social network. She doesn’t want to bottom line it, she wants to tell whole story. And every detail that goes along with it.

On the other hand, when a man has a problem to work out, chances are you won’t find him on the phone or at Poker Night confiding in his pals before upping the ante. Most probably you’ll find him puttering and tinkering in the basement or garage. In silence – and alone.

Men tend to go into themselves and internalize until they are done with the issue and ready to go on.

So what’s a girl to do? The answer is simple. Understand and accept the differences between men and women and their styles of communication. Don’t expect your man to be your girlfriend, because he can’t be. It’s not in his programming. He’s a man who, seeing you upset and hearing of a problem, wants to fix it for you. Bless his information and fact sharing heart!

Want to learn even more about the differences between how men and women process experiences? Come to Movie Night this Friday for Brene` Brown’s “The Hustle for Worthiness” Click here for more information!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Congratulations to the newest Reiki Level One graduates – Mary H., Alida N., Karen V., and Darcie F. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to teach this group, and to have been a guide, however briefly, on their spiritual journey.

Happily, I learned just as much from them as they did from me. I’ll be eager to hear how their practice and experiences with Reiki grow and develop over time, and hope that our paths will cross again.

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. (Rumi)



Monday, April 12, 2010

NEW!! Divorce Support Group

Press Release Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: April 10, 2010


Waukesha, WI, April 10, 2010 – Three Sisters’ Spirit, a retail store and wellness sanctuary committed to educating and empowering individuals in making healthy lifestyle choices is partnering with Life Coach and author Rick Paddock to offer a fresh approach to divorce recovery; using it as a springboard for personal growth, purpose and enrichment.

Join Rick Paddock for an introduction to his new divorce support program, Divorce S.O.S. (Starting Over Support) at Three Sisters’ Spirit on Wednesday, April 28 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. This introductory session is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is encouraged by calling (262) 446-6752.

Many see divorce as the ultimate failure, and it can be one of the most painful journeys an individual can travel. However, Paddock believes that with the right tools, guidance and support, divorce can be a positive life changing event.

Paddock has been there. Divorced, he struggled through the accompanying roller coaster of intense emotions and devastating loss. He also experienced first-hand the lessons he now teaches: that when traveled intentionally, the divorce journey can result in a sense of personal power, peace and growth. Divorce for Paddock did not represent a failure, but provided him with the opportunity to enrich his life and enhance his sense of self.

Using personal experiences and professional expertise in the coaching field, Paddock created his support group program, Divorce S.O.S. to encourage and empower individuals on their own journey of divorce. Offering participants an opportunity to grow & change in a safe, accepting and supportive environment, attendees will be coached on topics such as nurturing self care, grief and loss, getting “unstuck”, dealing with anger and sadness, and gaining some mastery over the emotional roller-coaster of divorce. “The goal is not simply to survive divorce,” says Paddock, “but to enhance and empower your life. “

Three Sisters’ Spirit workshops, classes, support groups, seminars, and individual coaching, counseling, and complementary therapies are dedicated to whole person wellness – mind, body and spirit. For a full listing of wellness services, visit www.sisterspirit3.com

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bleeeeck - Mercury Retrograde

Ever have a week when nobody understands you? Your cell phone erases itself, people argue over nonsense, traffic sucks, and your computer crashes as you're typing the last sentence of your Great American Novel?

Bleck! It’s mercury retrograde time again! Although Mercury doesn’t “officially” go retrograde until April 17, the backward energy started being felt on April 10th.

Three or four times a year, Mercury passes the earth in its orbit. From a space-geek's telescope, this creates the illusion that Mercury is spinning backward. Mercury rules communication, travel, and technology -- so all of these areas go haywire for about three weeks.

Are we having FUN yet? Just wait.

Now, most people know Mercury as the ruling planet of all things ‘technological.’ Phones, computers, cars, appliances, electronics, etc. Computers crash, emails disappear, cell phones start random dialing, washing machines bite the dust (and eat the laundry), and the car starts acting up or breaks down., or both.

(A special note: Back up your computer, calendar and cell phone address book. Expect delays if traveling, and pack a book to entertain yourself while you wait for the tardy bus or plane. Get in touch with old friends – and don’t be surprised if people from your past track you down. RANDOMLY and without reason or notice. Mercury also rules contracts, so think before you ink. Either wrap up important negotiations before the cycle starts, or wait to sign documents until Mercury goes direct.)

Mercury is also the ruler of all things joined together - closely associated with all realms of communication; thinking, writing, concentrating, expression, comprehension and speaking. Finding yourself tongue tied, searching for words, misunderstood or forgetting what you were saying in the middle of a sentence? Blame it on Mercury’s retrograde action!!

There are plenty of upsets and snafus that go with Mercury retrogrades – which is why many of us shudder, shake and stick out our tongues at the mere mention of one. How does one avoid a nervous breakdown during a Mercury Retrograde, you ask? For starters, focus on the prefix “re-“, which means to go backward. Don’t start anything new. Review all your contracts before you sign. Renew your commitments, rather than making new ones. Prepare to repeat yourself often.

And remember, (this is really important) the purpose of a retrograde is to slow us down and make us take notice - forcing room in our busy and hectic lives for retrospection, introspection and contemplation.

Now before you get all mopey and despondent, there IS a silver lining….. Mercury retrograde is a great opportunity to handle unfinished business. Most of us start a million things that we don’t complete, never realizing how much psychic clutter this creates. The retrograde is like a quarterly review, a chance to tie up those loose ends and create a clear vision for the future. Take advantage of it, and you’ll emerge fresh and ready when Mercury goes direct. As the cliché goes; what you resist persists. So the more you can embrace having zero control (and isn't control an illusion, anyhow?), the better you'll survive this cycle.

That and a few tips from the “I survived Mercury Retrograde” files.


Stay in bed and pull the covers over your head. This one only lasts until May 12. A little too extreme for you? OK – be out in the world, but take these “Retrograde Survival Tips” along with you:

(warning:  this most probably falls under the redundant catagory, but some people like bullet pointed lists.  If you aren't one of those people you can skip past this part.....)

• Mercury is a mental planet, and much of how we experience it (whether direct or in retrograde) involves our attitude.

• Remember all the “RE” WORDS such as Re-confirm, re-assess, re-evaluate, re-commit, re-view, re-new, re-start, re-vise, re-search, re-write and re-submit! (And any other “re” words you can think of!!)

• Slow down! Take a breath! Rushing often works against us, but particularly during a Mercury retrograde. Take the time to really think things through.

• Be careful with communications. Misunderstandings are almost guaranteed! Don't put ulterior motives where they don't exist!

• Don't make major purchases during a retrograde. This is not the time to buy a house, car or that big screen TV.

• Avoid making long term commitments. Just about anything can wait. If you do commit to something, be prepared for it to get shuffled around, be more challenging, work out differently, have delays, and generally work out differently than you planned.

• The way to make commitments is not words, but actions. The things you do during a Mercury retrograde establish a pattern, and you can use the time to get the pattern the way you need it. It may be challenging, but you will get some good opportunities to tune your routines and work out the bugs.

• Work on resolving the past. Take the emphasis off of new projects and plans and wrap up those things you may have started but not finished.

• Things that seem broken usually aren't, so don't try to fix them - it will usually make things worse! If something isn't working 'right' - leave it alone and 'do' nothing until the station-direct in three weeks.

And on the lighter side, here are 10 reasons to love a Mercury Retrograde from the astro-twins at “astrostyle”;

1. If your computer crashes, at least you don't have to work.
2. If the train doesn't show up, well, you can't really work either.
3. You have an instant excuse for being a raging bitch.
4. You can pretend that you "just didn't understand" annoying people.
5. You no longer have to drunk-dial an ex to hear his voice-- he'll probably call you first.
6. No need to invent elaborate stories when you run late; just blame Mercury.
7. You'll finally lose the contact information of all those toxic people you needed to ditch anyway.
8. When the Internet goes down, you'll actually go outside this spring.
9. If you're a control freak, you'll be forced to learn the art of surrender (okay, so maybe it's not so great -- but we'll blame Mercury retrograde for giving us this crappy idea).
10. Procrastination is no longer a bad habit, it's an "essential coping strategy."

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Movie Night Returns!!

"The Hustle for Worthiness"
Friday, April 23
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Fee:  Bring a movie munchie to share!

In this inspiring presentation, Dr. Brené Brown explores the meaning of love and belonging, and how our feelings of "never good enough" prevent us from experiencing real connection.

"Our lives are a collection of stories - truths about who we are, what we believe, what we come from, how we struggle, and how we are strong. When we can let go of what people think, and own our story, we gain access to our worthiness - the feeling that we are enough just as we are, and that we are worthy of love and belonging.

Brené explores the way women and men differ in their search for worthiness, and shares valuable information on love and communication.

April Astrological Influences

Pluto turned retrograde on April 2nd signaling in a time for new beginnings and dead ends. This retrograde (in Capricorn) signaled in a time of destruction and rebuilding along with rejuvenation and regeneration. This is a time for fresh starts and dead ends. The things that are most important to us and we hang on to the tightest may suddenly be taken away from us. In addition, we may be forced to reevaluate the things we cherish most.

A Pluto retrograde period makes us focus on, eliminate and release the old, outworn, outdated and obsolete in our lives. We will be urged to let go of old attitudes, communication and thinking patterns that no longer serve our purpose. We may feel the need to re-evaluate our needs for security and asked to eliminate rigid emotions that no longer serve us. This is an excellent time to undergo an internal form of house cleaning, and look into ourselves to determine exactly what we do and do not need.

Pluto retrograde imparts an intense power for investigation, so we should use this time to assess what reoccurring patterns in our lives make us feel out of control, where and why do we continually give our power away, and under what circumstances do we react so defensively that we elicit attacks from others. Pluto retrograde marks a time wherein we should seek to gain greater control over our lives.

Retrograde Saturn, the planet of duty, discipline and hard work, reversed into Virgo on April 7th to make sure that we learn the lessons of realism and discipline that Saturn has been trying to teach us for the last two years.

Saturn is the planet of self-discipline and duty and Virgo rules work and health, so now is the time to get serious about everything practical. Evaluate work processes and streamline for efficiency. Saturn is firm about putting down limits so at times it will feel like all work and no play. Learning to be good to yourself is also part of Saturn's lesson, so now is the time to learn not to overdo things. If you're realistic now, then by mid July when Saturn moves on into fair minded Libra, you will be healthier, better organized and ready for Saturn's direct influence.

We have the New Moon in Aries on the 14th. This New Moon in Aries is all about releasing and purging old worn-out and tired emotional trash, and learning to balance power.

Aries Strengths:

• Natural leadership; creative thinking; innovative approaches; courage; high energy; vigilance; taking initiative and/or action; strength; boldness.

Aries Shadow Issues:

• Self centeredness; arrogance; superiority; anger; impatience; over assertiveness; narcissism and self- absorption.

• Issues with controlling, blaming, intolerant of others’ views, unaware of others' needs and of the effects of their behavior on others, and insistent that others see them as they wish to be seen.

Questions to ask at this lunation:

• Where are the shadow issues of Aries showing up in my life?
• Where do I send my energy?
• What is my relationship to Power?
• Am I afraid of my own power?
• Am I afraid of my “inner knowing” and intuition?
• How do I give my power over to another?
• How do I steal power from another because I am afraid to lead?

Back to retrogrades, Mercury turns retrograde in Taurus on April 17 for the second time this year. Postpone significant purchases, don’t start new projects, and count to ten (or twenty) before you speak. This is dreamtime - allow your right brain to drift, dream, and lead your daily flow. Let your left brain relax and repair, renew, rethink, review.

And lastly there will be a Saturn in Virgo opposition Uranus in Pisces to contend with on April 26th . Oppositions are planets sitting exactly across from each other on the zodiac. Saturn and Uranus will pull us in two contradictory directions at once. For Saturn, the old ways are the best, however Uranus will demand that we go for innovations, experimentations, and encourage us to be somewhat rebellious and follow our own intuition instead of listening to others.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Reiki As a Way of Life

The basic philosophy of Reiki is based on the holistic principle that a healthy mind, body and spirit support one another and all three must be healthy and in balance for a person to be "whole" and balanced. 

Many think of Reiki as the "healing" practice or modality and leave it at that.  But for others, Reiki becomes a spiritual path and way of life. 

Although in the Western world Reiki is taught as primarily a way to heal oneself and others, Reiki is much more than a natural healing system. Reiki is also a way of life, a way of thinking and perceiving designed to help the individual along their path of spiritual development.  Whatever the individual’s personal beliefs and/or religion, Reiki is designed to be a positive and inspirational supplement to other spiritual practices.

The following is an excerpt from the book, "Reiki, A Way of Life" by Patricia Rose Upczak


Reiki (ray-key) is an ancient healing art that helps one's body balance its own energy and heal itself. The purpose and goal of Reiki is to help people balance their lives physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Reiki has been a transformative, powerful healing tool for me and has enabled me to discover the endless mysteries in life. There is so much to learn and explore. As human beings we can get stuck in the struggles of everyday life. The mundane can wear us down, but as spiritual beings having a human experience we can look at life from a different perspective.

Studying Reiki helps us to find the inner peace needed to gain this perspective. Through Reiki we can learn to live a life of expectedness, as opposed to a life of apprehension or negativity. We are pulled towards our destines through circumstances and synchronicities. Our job is to pay attention and take action when the timing feels intuitively feels right to us. Reiki helps us do that. It is not a religious belief. People from all walks of life use Reiki as a part of everyday life. I was a teacher of learning disabled adolescents for 25 years and it helped me with my students on a daily basis. Reiki helps us become clear channels of energy and light. You don't have to be special to do Reiki well - just take a Reiki class and start healing yourself naturally, physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.

One of the techniques I offer my Reiki students to visualize this force or energy is to imagine a divine ocean that is an enormous source of loving power. If we can imagine that we are tiny drops in this ocean and that each one of us is a spark within the whole. Every action we take has an impact on the rest of the Universe.

The main focus of Reiki helps us become aware of and heal the imbalances in ourselves and our lives. One of the greatest challenges for a Reiki pratitioner is to learn to view the world with compassion, clarity and without judgment. It is vital for our complete health to heal the multidimensional parts of ourselves. The path of Reiki can help all of us to do that. Reiki calls us to be authentic, whole human beings filled with integrity in all areas of our lives in order to balance our total health.

Rituals like meditation, Reiki and prayer empower us to experience the life we seek. This life does hold challenges and heartache, but it also has unbelievable beauty everywhere. It is important to start thinking of yourself as an energy being along with your physical body. It is my belief that a healers' path includes learning to develop peacefulness, unconditional love, gratitude, compassion and happiness through an act of intention. We are all multidimensional, multisensory beings connected to each other at many levels.

Reiki encourages and supports balance, respect and harmony at all levels. Our society and world could use that balance and healing now more than ever before. Reiki is a gentle yet powerful healing tool that we all can use as a way to heal ourselves and this seemingly chaotic world of ours together.

©Copyright 2000 Patricia Upczak. All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

We're on Facebook!

Hello everyone! Join us on facebook!

Event listings are posted on our page regularly, and I’ve uploaded a bunch of pictures from different Art Crawl Events featuring the Fairy Godmothers Widdershins and Deosil.

This will hopefully be another means to connect with you, and for you to connect with one another. Look forward to seeing you (virtually) on facebook, and (in reality) in the shop!

~~ Carolyn

Reiki Share Rocks :)

Thanks to Donna, Donna R., Cathy, Annette, and Wendy for making our most recent Reiki Share wonderful!

It’s been great to work with all of the people who’ve come to Reiki Share over the course of the past several months. I love participating in the circle – sharing knowledge and healing.

Reiki Share is a great place to hone new skills, brush up on old ones, to ask questions, and to experience healing. We offer Reiki Share at the beginning of each month. Check out our calendar for our next meeting! Hope to see you there!

~~ Carolyn