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Life-Artistry at Balancing Arts Yoga and Well Being Studio Presents

Stretching Deeper II (with 5 guest speakers)

A yoga intensive, off-the-mat, life-application class

                           REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN


Dates/Time: *Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, November 5, December 4, January 7, February 4, March 4.

Self-Investment: Early Bird Registration: by June 1- $155   Final Register June 2-Sept 12-$165  

Join a group of creative thinkers and aspirants in this dynamic life-artistry course. We’ll be inspired by yoga philosophy; expand and stretch our minds and spirits through the exploration of the ancient wisdom of yoga as applied to our modern lives. (we will not be doing any physical yoga) Stretching Deeper II will address relatable, modern day issues not only through active discussion and interactive activities, but we’ll also be inspired from a guest speaker each session that will bring personal and professional insights into the topics we cover. Designed to challenge your thinking, the sessions will equip you with ways to respond to life’s struggles and blessings with more balance, strength, ease and grace.  We will conclude each session with a short, guided meditation.

 *Guest Speakers: 

The Rev. Dr. Janis J. Kinens is Latvian by birth, born in a Displaced Persons Camp in Germany after his parents fled Latvia during the Russian occupation. After serving in the US Army, stationed in Vietnam, and teaching art, he felt called to ministry, earning his Masters and Doctor of Ministry degrees. Pastor Kinens was ordained in 1979 and has served several ELCA congregations until his retirement from Advent Lutheran Church in Cedarburg, Wisconsin in December, 2017.

 Luke Ketterhagen (coming to us from New York) earned a degree from Marquette University in Biomedical Sciences, and then immersed himself in the study of yoga. He is certified by the Himalayan Institute, and specializes in hatha, meditation, diet and nutrition. Based in New York, He travels throughout the US, and Europe, conducting yoga teacher training programs and weekend workshops and retreats. 

 Jim Morningstar is the Founder of InWellness and Director of Transformations Incorporated, Jim has held licensure as a clinical psychologist since 1973. He is a clinical supervisor, seminar leader and has pioneered in the integration of psychotherapy with such mind/body techniques as breathwork and bio-spiritual energetics. He founded the School of Integrative Psychology in 1980 and the Transformations Breathworker Training Program in 1990 and has authored four books in the field of spiritual psychology. He is co-director of the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance. Jim also travels and teaches internationally.


Ryan Hader has been transforming lives and promoting the emergence of the authentic self for over a decade nationwide. Through the mediums of sharing interactive Kirtan music experiences, teaching dynamic yoga classes, Thai Yoga Massage and the sharing and teaching of Reiki, Ryan’s mission is to help you discover your greatness! As an energy activist, he is here to keep you from playing small in your life.   He speaks to the science of awakening as well as the spirit and is an educated and grounded teacher, healer, and guide who only speaks from direct experience. Ryan’s journey has been one of healing and energetic understanding from birth, as he was born to deaf parents.. Ryan acquired the skill of reading people to hear them, This ability has left Ryan with the exact skill set for being an effective and engaging teacher and speaker, as well as being able to effectively guide seekers of all levels to and through life’s obstacles. His guidance consistently results in profound life transformations, healing, and vertical growth in Mind, Body, Relationships and Environment, also known as the 4 dimensions on the Human Experience.


Kurt Bestor (coming to us from the mountains of Utah) an Emmy-Award-winning and Grammy-nominated composer, is known for the incredible range of musical genres in which he excels. From his full orchestral film scores for IMAX movies like Great American West and Sedona to cutting edge synth compositions for television shows and video games, there’s virtually no style he hasn’t composed. Bestor’s music is played by orchestras, bands, and singers the world over. His popular anthem “Prayer of the Children” is still one of the most sung choir songs in the world and is currently being covered by American Idol finalist David Archuleta and the iconic rock group Three Dog Night. When not composing, Bestor performs his traditional holiday show to sold-out audiences in the Intermountain West and his classical compositions and orchestral pops shows with various orchestras throughout the world.


About the Life-Artistry Guide: Sheri Mabry, Founder of Balancing Arts Yoga and Well Being Studio and Life-Artistry, is an experienced certified Yoga, Meditation, Yoga Nidra, and Thai Yoga Level 1 Instructor. She is a Master Reiki Teacher, and contributing writer to Yoga International. She has a BS in Education and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. With her own personal practice, years of research, and experiences such as her devoted study in India with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, teacher training with International Teacher Luke Ketterhagen, and a student and  initiate of the Himalayan Institute, she is excited to share in this exploratory, inquiry based learning class with aspirants who are ready to move to the next level in their practice.


Pre-registration only for this course. To register: Please mail your Name/email/phone and payment to: Balancing Arts Studio, Studio 311, 1300, 14th Ave. Grafton WI 53024. Pay via check, drop off at the location in black mailbox on third floor, or pay via Venmo: @Sheri-Mabry-1.       (*subject to change)       





Call to Action:   “Love without attachment is the purest love because it isn’t about what others can give you because you’re empty. It is about what you can give others because you’re full.” It’s the purest form of love…to love without conditions. If you’ve ever received it, you know its gentle profound power. If you’ve ever given it… you know its peace and awesome beauty.

For the remainder of 2020, I’m donating one 30 minute sound/reiki heart chakra session per month in the name of unconditional love. On the first of the month, the first person who texts me a name of who they’d like the session donated to, will be given a session to give to another to schedule  that month. But here’s the thing… this is about expanding the practice of loving unconditionally. About stretching deeper… off the mat. Leaning into the discomfort to find yourself full to give to others. So…the rules are simple: only give me the name of someone who will help you stretch deeper. Someone you struggle to love. Someone you are out of peace with. Someone who needs forgiveness. Or is hurting. Someone who doesn’t love you back the way you wish they would. Someone who isn’t “full.”  But someone, like everyone, who deserves to be loved just for being… not for being something you wish them to be.
We will do this…Together…we will expand and grow… in the name of unconditional love. Happy Valentines Day. United. And that’s…how yoga works. #love #unconditionallove #valentines #yoga #nature #grow #peace #howyogaworks #lifeartistry #liveyourlight

Live Your Light

For more information on the trip to Tanzania, contact Sheri: 262-719-4633 or visit the Balancing Arts Website page or   Life-Artistry Facebook Page. 

“Dear 2020,

I am ready.” 

This is the time…to become centered, balanced, stronger and more flexible. To try yoga, learn meditation. Become dedicated to your practice. Stretch deeper. It’s the year to express your creativity, and write that book. 

Shine bright and Live your Light. April  


Balancing Arts Studio 

and Willow Words Writing Services Classes, Workshops, and Guest Instructors-to be announced 


Please note: in my efforts to provide space and opportunities for those dedicated to their practice the new studio policy is that your space for an opportunity is held and reserved only with the complete registration information and payment in full. No refunds will be provided. We are a small studio and in order to keep pricing fair, I need to uphold this policy for everyone. Thank you for your understanding. 


Balancing Arts Yoga and Well Being Studio: 

(please check the website www.balancingartsstudio/current events for new studio policies and updated schedules)

Mondays 6:30 pm. Classic Yoga-All Levels.


Drop in $11, pre-pay for four or more: $10 each class


Thursdays, 9am. NOTE-New Time-Gentle Yoga Stretch. All levels. 

(No drop-ins for this class. Please text me by the evening before if you are coming to class. 262.719.4633) 


Drop in $11, pre-pay for four or more: $10 each class


Surrender to Stillness,    6:30-7:30 pm

Experience the combination of Thai yoga, Restorative Yoga, Reiki, Sound Bath, and Meditation. During this special evening, you will be guided through a slow series of restorative poses, using props and breathing techniques to gently invite your body into complete rest. At key points, you will experience Thai-where yo will receive hands on assists to deepen the stretch. Reiki and sound energy will be infused into the practice. We’ll close with meditation to foster equilibrium of the mind, body and spirit. It’s a wonderful way to end your day. 

Self-Investment: $15 -You must pre-pay and pre-sign up to reserve your spot. No refunds. 

Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Yoga Nada Class,  6:30-7:30 pm

We’ll begin with a calming breathing technique before moving into yoga Nidra, an ancient practice known as “yogic sleep, experienced in a reclined position. You’ll be bathed in sounds from the many instruments used to relax and renew, and we’ll conclude with meditation. 

Self-Investment: $15. You must pre-pay and pre-sign up to reserve your spot. No refunds. 



Willow Words Writing Services

A Day with an Editor-November 7, 2020

Hosted by

Willow Words Writing Services, a creative branch of Life-Artistry

Learn and be inspired from Editor, Andrea Hall, who works on picture books through young adult books. Andrea is an editor at Albert Whitman & Company which is an independent publisher that has been producing award-winning children’s books since 1919. 

9:00-11:00 am -Workshop- Contemporary Issues in Picture Books:
Children can face tough challenges and circumstances. How can these be realistically depicted in picture books without being harsh and depressing? This workshop looks at how to highlight the tougher aspects of life in a hopeful way while still being accurate. We’ll discuss different topics and the picture books that tackle them in an engaging manner. Fee: $35

12:00-2:00 pm-Workshop- Top Ten Things Editors Look for in a Manuscript:
Ever wonder what goes through an editor’s mind while reading a manuscript? Now’s your chance to find out! Andrea will present on her approach to different projects (picture books, early readers, chapter books, and novels) and what makes a manuscript stand out. She’ll provide some tips and tricks to apply to your own work to help you stand out from the crowd. Fee: $35

Afternoon Individual Critique Sessions Available: Please call or text Sheri PRIOR to paying for the critique to see if there are available spots left. 

• Individual Critique with the Editor: a 20 min, one on one discussion about your manuscript. With Andrea Hall. Max word count 1,000. $40 (spaces are limited) 

• Individual Critique with a published author/previous literary agent: a 20 min, one on one discussion about your manuscript with Sheri Mabry. Max word count 1,000.  $35 (spaces are limited)

To Register, Venmo @sheri-Mabry-1 or mail a check to Willow Words Writing Services.

1300, 14th Ave Studio 311, Grafton WI 53024. Please include your name, email, phone and indicate what you are registering and paying for: 

__Morning Workshop ($35)

__Afternoon Workshop ($35)

__Critique with Editor ($40)

__Critique with Author ($35)

For those registering for both workshops, there will be a one hour lunch break. Please feel free to bring your own bag lunch or visit a local lunch spot (Slow Pokes-Organic, gluten free options), Collectivo, Ale House) Contact Sheri with other questions. 262-719-4633


Event held at the Arts Mill, third floor, Willow Words Writing Services. 


Writing Critique/Editing Session with Sheri: See for details. 

Special temporary rate on critiques of writing of 1,000 words or less: $45. Sheri will have a scheduled phone discussion with you about your work after critiqueing your emailed writing to her.   



Gift Yourself  a private session of relaxation, renewal, balance, healing, and rejuvenation.

  • Private Meditation Classes
  • Energy Vibration Sessions
  • Reiki 
  • Yoga

This spring- enjoy a private, one-on-one session with Sheri for a special peace price. Self-Investment: $55 per session 

·    Meditation:  Learn the 9 step Life-Artistry Meditation Technique-In this private setting, you’ll learn, experience and apply meditation techniques that you can integrate into your life for a life-long practice that helps you feel balanced, less reactive, healthier, more peaceful and happier.

  • Energy Massages-A dynamic fusion of multi-modalities that work with vibrations to initiate the body’s natural healing response. Sound therapy, Reiki, aromatherapy, and Vibra-acustics are just a part of this relaxing session. 
  • Become a certified Reiki Practitioner. Contact Sheri for more details.


Registration Form

Name:                                                    Email:                                                               Phone:

Form of Payment:                                    Amount Paid:                              Message:

Classes/Special Events You are Registering For:

Visit Willow Words Writing Services tab and learn of all of the ways we can support your writing projects, from tutoring to critiquing, to ghost writing to coaching to business writing. Write your Light!



Private Meditation Training: Join Sheri in this one-on-one training where you will learn how to meditate with a step-by-step creative approach based on ancient philosophy and modern research. Sheri will privately teach and guide you  through the Life-Artistry Meditation program that is normally offered in a group setting. Call Sheri for details and to register.

Energy Private Sessions 

Join us for one of our private, Vibrational Therapy-Energy Massage Sessions! A dynamic fusion of multi modalities that work with vibrations to initiate the body’s natural healing response.  Sound therapy, Reiki, and Vibroacustics are just a part of this relaxing session.

“When I learned that Sheri was doing vibracoustic (sound and energy) therapy sessions, I signed up!  Now I call it “sonic massage” because, as a practitioner and teacher of massage therapy, I understand the therapeutic benefits of balancing the mind and body on a deep cellular level. Turns out that the research for Sound Energy healing  has  shown many of the same remarkable results from reducing anxiety, pain, heart rate, blood pressure , healing time as well as balancing circulation,  immune response, and brain wave activity. My own personal experience supports those claims! Comfortable, safe, noninvasive, and very effective.” BS


For the class schedule, workshops, trainings, and more, visit the website.

LIFE-ARTISTRY/Willow Words Writing Services: 
 Introduction to Picture Book Writing-A private or semi-private opportunity 

So, it’s been a dream of yours to write a picture book but you don’t know where to begin? You have a story written but aren’t feeling confident to take the next step? You’d love feedback on your manuscript from someone experienced in the industry? 


This information-packed, interactive, inspirational private or semi-private course will share critical knowledge for writers on the path towards publication. We’ll discuss genres and industry standards. We will explore what makes successful picture books sparkle, and the key components of picture book writing. You’ll receive one (optional) personal, in-depth critique on a picture book manuscript (word limit 800) And your inspiration and passion will be nourished with an approach throughout the course that ignites your creativity.  


Sheri Mabry (Bestor) is an award winning author, with books published/soon to be released in several genres including literary non-fiction picture books, early readers, picture book and teen non-fiction. She has a Masters Degree in Curricuoum and Instruction, has over 30 years of teaching experience, owns Willow Words Writing services where she offers a full range of services for writers, and served as a Literary Agent for adults writing for children. Sheri is the founder of North shore academy of the Arts, which offers opportunities in the visual, performing and literary arts. She is a yoga and meditation instructor, so her teaching is informed by this creative, mindful foundation.  Sheri has five additional children’s books that will be released by 2021.


Self-Investment: $160 with manuscript critique / $95 without manuscript critique.

To register, mail info. and fee to: Willow Words, 1300, 14th Ave, Studio 311. Grafton WI 53024. Or venom: @Sheri-Mabry-1.







        Writing Services, Books, and Author Visits

Writing is a beautiful form of expression. Be it a blog, content for your business, or a book you are writing to publish, Willow Words Writing Services offers services to support your creativity. Contact Sheri to schedule a private, online critique which includes a half hour, in-person or phone consultation.

 “Sheri Bestor is the best thing that has ever happened to my writing career. I have studied picture book writing diligently, attended meetings, critique groups and expensive conferences, yet I probed in the dark. Then I found Willow Words and Sheri Bestor. With unexpected warmth and inspiration, Sheri taught me more in one critique letter than I had learned in all my previous study combined. Furthermore, she has demonstrated a sincere interest in my development as a writer and individual.Thanks, Sheri for turning on the lights and taking an interest in my work.”
Daniel Welborn ~ Writer

Recently Released and Coming Soon-More Books by Sheri Mabry: 

Soar High Dragonfly!
The Kid and the Chameleon
The Kid and the Chameleon Sleep Over
The Kid and the Chameleon Go to School

My Mindful Walk with Grandma

More Creative Arts
Visit for opportunities in the visual, performing and literary arts. Stop by the Arts Mill to see the current arts show in the gallery and the boutique with hand made art work.


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WE ARE ONE necklaces:  With the purchase of a We Are One necklace you will be added to the Unity Map! The map shows where people are wearing a We Are One necklace around the globe and symbolizing their connection to the world around them! A portion of all profits will be donated to Global Giving. Join us in making a difference. to order yours now.
Sacred Earth-Art
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