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Nurture, A Mother & Daughter Retreat

Thursday, May 30, 4:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Soulful Prairies, 4706 Alden Rd, Woodstock IL 60098

Do you want to find time for a peaceful nurturing experience? If so, join Linda Bruce of Soulful Prairies and Joyce Lande of Lively Kitchens for an evening of pampering and reconnecting.

Food always brings people together, To get in the spirit of the evening, you will enjoy music, lively conversation and appetizers. With Joyce’s assistance, participants will work together to prepare a exquisite and delicious meal that can be made again at home. Once the prep work is complete, you will head to the barn with Linda to meet the horses and experience the peace that is found when standing in the presence of a horse. Each participant will have one on one time to connect with horses if they would like.

After discovering the healing powers of the horses, participants can relax and talk over a beautiful candlelit dinner that was prepared by you.

Maximum of 14 attendees

$150 per couple. Register Here.

Extended Stay Option
Interested in extending your experience? Stay overnight in the house, May 30th. In the morning, enjoy breakfast, a meditative morning walk and time to explore and enjoy the farm on your own. If you would like this option, you can select it on the registration form.
Overnight Stay: $150 per couple

Plant-Based Cooking Class

Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

One Life Kitchen, 742 W. NW Highway, Barrington, IL

Considering a plant-based lifestyle? Discover the benefits of making and enjoying real food, which can help prevent and reverse chronic disease. Together with Joyce you will create tasty, healthful plant-based recipes. Joyce will share tips to transition to a plant-based diet too.

TYPE: Hands On
AGE: 16+

Basil and Walnut Pesto
Artichoke and Walnut Stuffed Belgian Endive
Lentils and Greens
Chia Pudding

Questions? Contact Joyce at 847-754-1593 or

Register at link provided –

Healthy, Mindful and Gluten Free

Glenview Library

Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Looking to learn the basics for living gluten-free? Joyce Lande, Nutrition and Kitchen Coach, provides practical steps to keeping healthy food staples on hand along with recipes and nutrition information for a healthy, gluten-free foods. Tastings included.

Registration required. Contact Glenview Library to register – (847) 729-7500

Summer Afternoon Tea

Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

One Life Kitchen, 742 W. NW Highway, Barrington, IL

Gather your daughter, mom or girlfriend and join us for brunch as Joyce shares savory recipes and ways to create elegant and tasty dishes for an afternoon luncheon. Joyce will share tips on creating a memorable experience too.

You’ll Learn to Prepare:
Asparagus Soup
Finger Sandwiches
Assorted Treats
Served with Assorted Teas & Lemonade

Type: Hands On
Skill Level: Easy
Age: 14+

Link –

Community Blood Drive on June 11

Tuesday, June 11, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p. m.

White Oak Interiors, 171. S. Main St., Unit C, Crystal Lake, IL



Drive will be held on the mobile coach!

Register inside White Oak Interiors prior to boarding the Bus and help yourself to some “yummy treats” before and after donating blood. Treats will be provided by Joyce Lande of Lively Kitchens, Inc. Mobile Blood Coach and services are being provided by Heartland Blood Centers. Appointments encouraged.

Appointments encouraged ~ Walk-ins welcome to schedule an open time slot on the day of the blood drive. PHOTO ID REQUIRED

All donors will receive a local coupon and thank-you gift bag courtesy of White Oak Interiors including a 20% coupon of one hour design and decorating consultation service. All presenting donors will receive an official NFL licensed Chicago Bears hat as a special thank you for your donation!

More information and to make an appointment contact Carmen Boyer at (847) 854-8892

What’s Your Preference? Plant Based, Vegan or Vegetarian 

Cary Library, Cary,  IL

Wednesday, July 31, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

A look at a variety of  dietary preferences, why you should consider a particular diet. Joyce, Lively Kitchens, Inc., will share their similarities and differences and ways to integrate into your life to make a change for better health. Recipes will be shared.

Registration required. Contact the Cary Library to register.

Connecting Kitchens 

A gathering hosted by Joyce Lande, Lively Kitchens, and Carmen Bower, White Oak Interiors. Each gathering focuses on an aspect of cooking and interior design, food sampling and demonstrations. Registration required. Classes are to be pre-paid via cash, check, MasterCard or Visa. Sorry, no monetary refunds. Classes are subject to cancellation.

Couples Bountiful Dinner and Harvest Fire
Tuesday, October 8, 6:15 p.m.

White Oak Interiors, 171 S. Main St., Unit C, Crystal Lake, IL

$110 per couple. (Maximum of 10 attendees)

Registration required. Contact Joyce to register – (847) 754-1593

Pamper & Renew Retreat 2019

Fall 2019, Woodstock IL 

Friday – Upon your arrival around 6 pm. You will be greeted by your hosts. You’ll settle in and enjoy a cocktail and appetizers. Additional evening activities will follow.

Saturday –  Your day will be filled with pampering, education and fun.

Sunday – You will enjoy a tranquil morning breakfast, activities and depart around 11 am.

Program offered by Joyce Lande, Lively Kitchens, Inc. and Wellness Practitioners

The retreat includes:

  • Accommodations
  • All meals
  • Meditation
  • Nutrition coaching
  • Food prep class
  • Stretching, exercise
  • Bonfire
  • Dancing
  • PLUS time to pamper yourself!

If  you’d like to save your seat for the 2019 retreat, contact Joyce at 847-754-1593 for dates and pricing. 

Ongoing Events

Cooking Classes in Your Home


WHEN:  Hostess selects day and time


  • Coaching from booking the party to closing the party
  • Printed recipes on the night of the party
  • Coaching at the party from Joyce Lande


  • Choose a day and time to HOST the party at your home
  • Contact Joyce to reserve the date and select recipes
  • Invite 4-6 family and/or friends
  • Price varies based on menu selections.


  • Cooking Class – 2-3 hours
  • Socializing and catching up  following prep party – unlimited
  • Register Here by emailing Joyce Lande or call Joyce at 847-754-1593.