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“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” 

~ Abigail Adams

What we do

A Learning Hub

We are building a gathering place to bring together life-long learners with practitioners who offer personal & professional development that enhances and evolves the human experience. 

Our community is organized around the 8 Aspects of Wellness and the Self-Empowerment through Education & Knowledge (SEEK) Safely ideals.

Who are you BECOMING next?

Don't Miss It!  

For CURIOUS and COMMITTED people 

i8 Annual Summit 

Grand Hotel Cancun (formerly Ritz Carlton), Cancun, MX

** NEW DATES **

May 14 - May 21, 2023

We are facing challenges on many fronts.  Health crises, environmental threats, social and political unrest, and economic uncertainties can all be daunting and challenging to the human spirit.

While these threats are real and urgent, they are also true opportunities. They are calling human beings to a higher level of imagining, collaborating and acting. In the post-heroic model of leadership, it's time to give up our super hero capes and work together! 

The Summit is an event that calls forth collaborative communities that are in action for a higher purpose.  An occasion where the highest and best in each of us can be put to work!

Network 

Meet and work alongside a diverse group of committed peers.  People from around the globe who are deeply engaged in creating new solutions to even the oldest of problems. 

Learn

Gain the skills and competencies needed to bring your idea's and visions into reality. Learn how to build and maintain collective communities for action.  

Action 

Find 'the thing' to get started bringing your ideas to life. Even more importantly, how to keep in action in the face of a world that is organized for EVERYTHING but your brilliant new idea! 

IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL Options Available!  

This Month's Feature ...

For the Ladies 

A Goddess Getaway 

This All-Inclusive Getaway designed by women for women, is YOUR opportunity to RENEW, REFRESH. and RESTORE .

We will use insightful inquiry, physical practices, heart-full meditations, alongside sacred ceremonies, personalized health sessions, and adventurous excursions to accomplish our metamorphosis.

This vacation with a purpose, is the opportunity to commune with a group of women who are up to big things! Women who have big jobs, families, passion projects, and ready to discover the benefit of spending a week nurturing themselves.

Are you ready to let your inner Goddess take the lead? 

What's Evolving ... 

iLumn8.Life is passionate about ... 

Innovation and 8 Aspects of Wellness

We will feature programs, products and services that deliver innovative solutions designed to enhance our wellness as human beings.  A holistic approach to wellness supports our ability to invent, create, live and thrive.  

The constant stream of breakthroughs (technology, medicine, etc.) and never-seen-before breakdowns (pandemics, dramatic climate shifts, etc.) require us to evolve and grow ourselves like never before! 

Our offerings will be vetted and organized by 8 key aspects of wellness.  Concentrating our personal development on wellness not only fuels the body, it engages the mind and nurtures the spirit.

iLumn8 Summit Facilitator
Anne Peterson, Founder & Executive Director 

The 8 Areas are ...

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environmental

Environmental wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings.  

It involves understanding the dynamic relationship between the environment and people and recognizing that we are responsible for the quality of the air, water, and earth that surrounds us and in turn, that social, natural, and built environments affect our health and well-being. 

  • Understanding how your social, natural, and built environments affect your health and well-being
  • Being aware of the unstable state of the earth and the effects of our daily habits on the physical environment
  • Demonstrating commitment to a healthy planet

spiritual

Spiritual wellness involves seeking and having a meaning and purpose in life, as well as participating in activities that are consistent with one’s beliefs and values. 

A spiritually well person seeks harmony with the universe, expresses compassion towards others, and practices gratitude and self-reflection.  

When we integrate practices of spiritual wellness we are able to connect in mind, body, and soul.

vocational

Vocational wellness involves preparing for and participating in work that provides personal satisfaction and life enrichment that is consistent with your values, goals, and lifestyle. 

Contributing your unique gifts, skills, and talents to work that is personally meaningful and rewarding.

financial

Financial Wellness includes our relationship with money, skills to manage resources to live within our means, making informed financial decisions and investments, setting realistic goals, and learning to prepare for short-term and long-term needs or emergencies.

Part of this dimension includes an awareness that everyone’s financial values, needs, and circumstances are unique.

physical

Physical wellness is not merely the absence of illness, but about maintaining a thriving lifestyle. Caring for your body to be healthy now and into the future

Most importantly, physical wellness is about discovering what healthy habits make you feel better and suit your lifestyle and level of mobility and fitness.

emotional

Emotional wellness encompasses optimism, self-esteem, self-acceptance, and the ability to experience and cope with feelings independently and interpersonally. This includes things such as ... 

  • Understanding and respecting your feelings, values, and attitudes
  • Practicing self-care
  • Appreciating the feelings of others
  • Managing your emotions in a constructive way; finding unique ways of coping with stressors. 
  • Being realistic about expectations and time
  • Knowing when and how to ask for help

social

Social Wellness focuses on connecting with your community and the people around you, which includes being aware of your own social and cultural background as a bridge to understand the diversity and depth present in other backgrounds.

This includes maintaining healthy relationships, enjoying being with others, developing friendships and intimate relations, caring about others, and letting others care about you.

Contributing to your community.

intellectual

Intellectual wellness encourages participating in mentally stimulating and creative activities. 

It is related to building our abilities to think critically, reason objectively, make responsible decisions, and explore new ideas and different points of view.

It is about expanding the base of our know-how and inspiring curiosity.

environmental

Environmental wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings.  

It involves understanding the dynamic relationship between the environment and people and recognizing that we are responsible for the quality of the air, water, and earth that surrounds us and in turn, that social, natural, and built environments affect our health and well-being. 

  • Understanding how your social, natural, and built environments affect your health and well-being
  • Being aware of the unstable state of the earth and the effects of our daily habits on the physical environment
  • Demonstrating commitment to a healthy planet

spiritual

Spiritual wellness involves seeking and having a meaning and purpose in life, as well as participating in activities that are consistent with one’s beliefs and values. 

A spiritually well person seeks harmony with the universe, expresses compassion towards others, and practices gratitude and self-reflection.  

When we integrate practices of spiritual wellness we are able to connect in mind, body, and soul.

vocational

Vocational wellness involves preparing for and participating in work that provides personal satisfaction and life enrichment that is consistent with your values, goals, and lifestyle. 

Contributing your unique gifts, skills, and talents to work that is personally meaningful and rewarding.

financial

Financial Wellness includes our relationship with money, skills to manage resources to live within our means, making informed financial decisions and investments, setting realistic goals, and learning to prepare for short-term and long-term needs or emergencies.

Part of this dimension includes an awareness that everyone’s financial values, needs, and circumstances are unique.

physical

Physical wellness is not merely the absence of illness, but about maintaining a thriving lifestyle. Caring for your body to be healthy now and into the future

Most importantly, physical wellness is about discovering what healthy habits make you feel better and suit your lifestyle and level of mobility and fitness.

emotional

Emotional wellness encompasses optimism, self-esteem, self-acceptance, and the ability to experience and cope with feelings independently and interpersonally. This includes things such as ... 

  • Understanding and respecting your feelings, values, and attitudes
  • Practicing self-care
  • Appreciating the feelings of others
  • Managing your emotions in a constructive way; finding unique ways of coping with stressors. 
  • Being realistic about expectations and time
  • Knowing when and how to ask for help

social

Social Wellness focuses on connecting with your community and the people around you, which includes being aware of your own social and cultural background as a bridge to understand the diversity and depth present in other backgrounds.

This includes maintaining healthy relationships, enjoying being with others, developing friendships and intimate relations, caring about others, and letting others care about you.

Contributing to your community.

intellectual

Intellectual wellness encourages participating in mentally stimulating and creative activities. 

It is related to building our abilities to think critically, reason objectively, make responsible decisions, and explore new ideas and different points of view.

It is about expanding the base of our know-how and inspiring curiosity.

Note: The definitions and distinctions of the 8 areas of wellness have evolved from many health and educational institutions. The two primary sources we used for the above are from Live Well @ UMD and U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. 

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