Amazing, transformative, insightful experience. I feel like I am breathing fresh air after this and have renewed energy to continue working toward creating a life I love. Thank you!
Thank you so much! I really appreciate your dedication and all your knowledge you shared. You inspired and helped me open myself to the possibilities and believe in my future self.
Silence helps us pause, hear better, and show up more intentionally!
When we silence the sounds in life – work, relationships, music and television, phones, and computers, talking and listening to others - we get to hear our own voice. We get to choose if our inner voice is adding to the noise (discord, confusion, uncertainty) or music (harmony, clarity, certainty) in our lives.
Hosted 9:00 a.m. every 2nd and 4th Sunday, this 90-minute silent in-person retreat, with views overlooking Lake Michigan, is the perfect introduction to truly hear the beauty of your own voice so that you can actively create and powerfully share your authentic voice with the world.
RSVP Below. No Walk-Ins.
900 Michigan Shops, 900 N Michigan Avenue
Level 6 - Lakeside Lounge, Chicago, IL 60611
Mellini Monique is a Vocal Culturist, Speech & Presentation Consultant, Professional Speaker, and founder of Vocal Culture Garden a boutique speech & presentation firm centered in wellness.
She has over 27 years of experience in public speaking, theatre arts, professional coaching, and expressive therapies and over 15 years as a medical missionary and wellness entrepreneur. With a public relations and theater degree from Columbia and a Master of Arts in Drama Therapy from New York University, Mellini is uniquely positioned to teach female executives, entrepreneurs, and business owners how to align their inner voice with their speaking voice to develop confidence, clarity, and creativity to communicate with poise, pathos, and power.
Mellini Monique helps women, and companies who hire them, harness the power of the speaking voice to create powerfully positive outcomes. Mellini Monique tackles Vocal Bias with proactive solutions that help create authentic corporate vocal identities whether that’s coaching customer-facing executives or preparing speakers for stages like TEDx and SXSW.
Belinda Kǒkóèkà Bassey Ephraim is founder of kokoberna.com - an integrative beauty and luxury wellness e-commerce startup, meditator, speaker, and a certified nutrition coach.
A former Wall Street corporate mergers & acquisitions banker, Ephraim has been a meditator for over fourteen years. Her formal meditation training has been under the guidance of extraordinarily bright, heart-centered teachers in a rich school of secular meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhist meditation. Her curious nature gives her the unique ability to intelligently connect disparate disciplines to create a thriving meditation practice that has withstood the test of time. Her learnings sharing meditation comes from her own life experience where meditation not only helped her physically heal from a death experience but catapulted her into living a life filled with meaning, purpose, compassion, optimal health, joy, and awakening.
In fact, meditation is her favorite thing because it is the one thing that gives meaning to all the other things she loves. Sharing this with those who can integrate what they learn is a joy.
Structured silence in community with fellow inner voice listeners
Expert facilitation led by wellness thought leaders
Reflection prompts to “hear and choose” clearly
Active silent tea break w/ KOKOBÉRNA Wellness Tisanes
Opportunity to journal your experience, revelations, desires
Breaking of the silence to speak and share your voice
Beautiful, elegant space and supportive community
Everyone that needs this support in their lives (personal and professional) are welcome to join us; whether that’s for one session or a series.
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 10, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 24, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 8, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 22, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 12, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 26, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 10, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 24, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, August 14, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, August 28, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, September 11, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, September 25, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, October 9, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, October 23, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, November 13, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, November 27, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, December 11, 2022
If you must reschedule or cancel your registration, you may do so 24 hours in advance to avoid being fully charged.
3-hour validated parking is available at a discounted rate of $10 prior to 5:00 p.m. and $8 after 5:00 p.m. Parking entry at 45 E. Walton or 911 N. Rush. As an amenity, 900 Michigan Shops offers car charging stations and bicycle racks located on the 1st Floor of the parking complex.
Your experience is your time, and you should delight in it to the fullest. To enhance your experience, please arrive 5-10 minutes before the scheduled class time. This will allow for relaxation and centering. We respectfully ask, upon entry, that all telephones and electronics be placed in airplane mode upon arrival.
Seated meditation is best practiced on an empty stomach, preferably under the following conditions:
- 4 hours after a full meal
- 3 hours after a snack
- 3 hours after a cigarette
- 2 hours after a beverage, excluding water
- 8 hours after consuming alcohol
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Calm your mind and be more present
- Ease depression, reduce the fear response
- Empathize, listen, and relate to others better
- Prioritize self-care, self-love, and
- Embrace servant and transformational leadership
- Activate alpha waves, enhance creativity, get in flow
- Stronger immune system, slow aging, improve well-being
A seated meditation is like returning home. To give full attention to and care for our self. Like the peaceful image of the Buddha on the altar, we too can radiate peace and stability. We sit upright with dignity and return to our breathing. We bring our full attention to what is within and around us. We let our mind become spacious and our heart soft and kind. We are with whatever is there without being carried away by it. Let it come, let it stay, then let it go. No need to push, to oppress, or to pretend our thoughts are not there. We are free to be still and calm despite the storms that might arise in us.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
CLARITAS: CLARITY Guided Meditation is a specially arranged meditation album written, arranged, spoken, and produced by me, Belinda.
Using binaural beats to activate a mix of alpha + theta + delta brain wave activity and enhance synchronicity of left and right sides of the brain, you might notice your ability to deeply relax, release anxiety, and restore calmness. Doing so enables you to improve alignment between the body + mind + spirit™, get crystal clear on the abundant future you are creating, and enhance the beauty and grace of how you choose to show up and positively impact the world for the highest good of all sentient beings and your highest good.
I invite you to try listening to this soothing guided meditation daily for 60 days and watch it do its magic.
may you always be #kokobernabeautiful