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What is UZIT?

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 restorative yoga, essential oils, Reiki, nutrition and contemplative care. Inspired by Donna Karan and designed by Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, UZIT is designed to provide comfort and support to you and others in need.

The program is uniquely designed to address Pain, Anxiety, Nausea, Insomnia, Constipation, and Exhaustion (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.

The Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT) is about caring, caring for yourself and caring for others in a healthy, holistic way; not only when you or your loved ones are ill, but everyday.

UZIT Classes In Chicago

UZIT in Naperville has classes on Tuesdays 11:30am - 12:30pm ongoing through May 2020, next session beginning March 10th, 2020, Save your spot now>>


Angelica Wright and I have been practicing UZIT in Chicago since 2012 when we began our clinicals 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.

In 2018 we brought UZIT to Chicago in a bigger way by hosting and teaching the first UZIT TRAINING CHICAGO with 16 students.  Currently 11 of these students have finished their certification and are practicing throughout our community in Chicagoland, in Floriday, Mississippi, and Up-State New York.  

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. There is a lot of opportunity in this area of service. How and where are you called to serve? We will host our next UZIT Training Chicago in Naperville, IL in 2021. We are accepting applications and will support you in plans to attend our next training. It is never too early to apply. Applications are available now.

UZIT classes are open to the public each week on Wednesday mornings and special UZIT at Night classes at the Clarus Center in Warrenville, IL. Find classes where you live here.

UZIT in Naperville are Tuesdays 11:30am - 12:30pm.