Imagine a healthcare system where the patient is treated, not just the disease—a system where Eastern healing techniques support Western medicine in a holistic approach to patient care.

In 2009, the Urban Zen Foundation launched the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT) toward realizing this vision. The UZIT program includes training in therapeutically oriented yoga, administration of essential oils, Reiki, nutrition and contemplative care. Inspired by Donna Karan and designed by Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, UZIT trains members of the healthcare and yoga communities to provide its cluster of holistic support services to people facing illness, injury or stress, in and out of a hospital setting, including people in senior care facilities, hospice care and nursing schools, as well as serving staff at secondary schools and corporations. Its curriculum is uniquely designed to address the classic complaints associated with illness: Exhaustion, Pain, Anxiety, Nausea, Insomnia and Constipation (PANIC™). Thousands of students have completed the program, which includes at least 50 hours of clinical rotation in a hospital or healthcare setting or in private or out-patient settings. Visit the Urban Zen website for more information on this inspiring work.


Angelica Wright and I have been practicing UZIT in Chicago since 2012 when we began our clinics for training.  Angelica practiced at Living Well Cancer Resource Center and I practiced at CNS Home Health & Hospice which is now a division of Northwestern Medical.  We gave staff and patients UZIT sessions to bring them comfort and support.  

In 2014, three other UZIT teachers, Dawn Clark, Pala Jarecki, and Amy Rollins completed the UZIT program all doing their clinical hours at CNS also.  

We hosted a Foundation of UZIT:  3-Day Self-Care Workshop in May 2017 with 50 students hosted by Living Well Cancer Resource Center in Geneva, IL.  Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Ed Dailey, Pamela Hunter, Gillian Cilibrasi, Rhonda Kuster, and Lori Moffett were all teachers for this workshop.  It was a lovely 3 days of self-care.  Read a heart-felt story about what happened with one participant at this training.

Our desires for Chicagoland is to bring more certified UZITs to the area to be able to provide more services to hospital staff, patients, and caregivers.  We also look forward to working with corporations and schools in the future.  There is a lot of opportunity in this area of service.  How and where are you called to serve?  We are hosting a UZIT TRAINING in Naperville, IL beginning January 2018. Applications are available now.

Angelica and I teach UZIT classes each week on Wednesday mornings at the Clarus Center in Warrenville, IL.  Find classes where you live here.

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