Cooking Classes, Nutrition Classes, Workshops and Retreats. View upcoming events.

Connecting Kitchens 

  • A monthly 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.
  • Gathering are the 2nd Tuesday of the month at White Oak Interiors in Crystal Lake from 6:15 – 8:00 pm.
  • Registration Requested on Eventbrite. Classes are to be pre-paid via cash, check, MasterCard or Visa. Sorry, no monetary refunds. Classes are subject to cancellation.

 April 9, Bringing Spring Indoors

$15 In Advance | $20 At the Door

Adding a rainbow of color inside your home is sure to brighten anyone’s day. Joyce will share how to add color to your dining and Carmen will brighten your home with trendy ideas and color trends.

May 14, Celebrations

$15 In Advance | $20 At the Door

Whether your celebrating Mother’s Day, graduation or a birthday, it’s important to remember to add sparkle to the party favors and your home for the celebration.

June 11, Splish Spash Takin’ A Bath

$15 In Advance | $20 At the Door

Bubbles in the kitchen and the bath will surely add a smile to your face. Join Joyce as she demonstrates how to add a little bubbly in the kitchen and Carmen will demonstrate ways to update your bathroom to insure you are singin’ in the shower.

July 9, Outdoor Entertaining

$30 In Advance

Bringing the indoors outside is what we’ve got cookin’ for July. Join us! We will have games and surprises!!!!

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

Instant Pot, Your New Best Friend or Foe

Schaumburg Township District Library
Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Are you thinking about buying this new gadget or wondering what all the fuss is about? Then this class is for you! Joyce, Nutrition and Culinary Coach, will start with the basics and share tips and tricks plus recipes for the Instant Pot.
Registration required. Contact Schaumburg Township District Library to register – (847) 923-3394

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

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.

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.