Thursday, November 12, 2015

Kahl Consultants owner appears in Marin Magazine for volunteer project

Kahl Consultants owner Alex Kahl is featured in the November issue of Marin Magazine for volunteer projects:

Alex is a member of different green business organizations and non profits.  

Marin Magazine, Island Life featured Alex Kahl :

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Kahl Consultants owner Alex Kahl made front page news when his volunteer project was featured by the Marin Independent Journal this weekend.

Bio-filtering islands launched during Bioneers ConferenceAlex helped install floating island Biofilters at the Marin County Civic Center lagoon:

The hands-on activity at the Bioneers Conference was the culmination of what started out as a class  project for the Environmental Forum of Marin in 2014. Alex and his Master Class 41 classmates Aurora Mahassine and Dan Monte together with over 100 volunteers planted and launched two floating islands in the Civic Center lagoon.

Alex is extremely grateful for everyone who was part of the team that made this project a reality, including:

Gallinas Watershed Council

Environmental Forum of Marin

Marin County Supervisor Damon Connolly & Aide Chris Callaway

Marin County Dept of Public Works (Liz Lewis and Laurie Williams)

Marin School of Environmental Leadership LEAD students (Elly, Sophie, Ben Cole, Evan, and Max)


Santa Venetia Neighborhood Association

It would not have been possible without financial and in-kind support from:

The Watershed Nursery

Embassy Suites Hotel


Last but not least, a big thanks to all who contributed to the fundraiser on Indiegogo:

Friday, October 16, 2015

Annual Bioneers Conference 2015: A Revolution from the Heart of Nature

Join Kahl Consultants at the 2015 National Bioneers Conference this Oct. 16-18 in San Rafael, CA for “A Revolution from the Heart of Nature”:

Don’t miss emerging conversations about restorative justice, climate mitigation, youth activism, indigenous knowledge and so much more! #Bioneers15

Connect with change-makers and learn about practical, visionary solutions for the world’s urgent environmental & social challenges. Join leaders and community activists for emerging conversations about restorative justice, climate mitigation, indigenous knowledge and so much more!

This year’s speakers include Tom Hayden on California climate leadership and Malik Yakini on Detroit’s food justice movement.

Kahl Consultants is a certified Green Business advocates and a member of non-profit organization supporting green environment.

Bioneers Registration:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Traditional Japanese Acupuncture, Herbology and Oriental Medicine by Miki Shima

Dr. Miki Shima provides comprehensive healthcare through alternative healing using acupuncture, Chinese herbs, detoxification, internal medicine and natural hormone therapy.  Dr. Shima is also the author of several books, DVD's and tapes for acupuncture practitioners.

For Dr. Shima “Acupuncture is not just a practice; it is an art”.

We know that selecting any practitioner is difficult but particularly an acupuncturist and herbalist.

The healing journey involves trust, accountability, sensitivity and respect.

Dr. Shima has been practicing for over 30 years. He is a gifted diagnostician and master clinician. At his clinic in Corte Madera, CA, he specializes in difficult cases and is often consulted by and referred to by other practitioners.

Dr Shima has also written three books, produced numerous clinical audio CDs and DVDs and for twenty years has taught throughout the United States on advanced clinical subjects. He is a popular speaker at national conferences

Institute for Traditional Acupuncture and Herbology (ITAH)

Dr. Shima established the Institute for Traditional Acupuncture and Herbology (ITAH) to provide treatment for a wide variety of conditions such as:

·  Allergies,
·  Cancer Recovery Support,
·  Arthritis,
·  Digestive Disorders,
·  Back pain,
·  Bronchitis,
·  Chronic Fatigue,
·  Asthma,
·  Hormonal Imbalances,
·  Immune Disorders,
·  Infertility,
·  Lupus,
·  Colitis and IBS,
·  Chronic Pain,
·  PMS,
·  Sciatica,
·  Thyroid Disorders.

ITAH provides comprehensive healthcare by combining alternative healing with Western care using acupuncture, Chinese herbs, detoxification, internal medicine and natural hormone therapy. 

ITAH's Specialties include:

·      Acupuncture
·      Chinese Herbs
·      Homeopathy
·      Detoxification
·      Women’s Health
·      Pain Management
·      Orthopedic Acupuncture

Oriental Medicine

Oriental Medicine is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western Medicine. The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. They called this energy qi (pronounced Chee).

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a medical technique of inserting and manipulating filiform needles into particular points on the body, with the aim of restoring health and wellbeing. Acupuncture is thought to have originated in China and is most commonly associated with TCM. TCM comprises a range of traditional medical practices that developed over several thousand years including theories, diagnosis and treatments such as herbal medicine, acupuncture and massage. TCM is a form of so-called Oriental Medicine which includes other traditional East Asian medical systems such as traditional Japanese and Korean Medicine.

TCM theory asserts that processes of the human body are interrelated and in constant interaction with the environment. Signs of disharmony help the TCM practitioner understand, treat and prevent illness and disease.

Japanese Acupuncture

Acupuncture came to Japan 1,300 years ago from China through Korea, and has been refined to become a whole independent system of practice. Differing from Chinese acupuncture, Japanese acupuncturists use thin, fine needles with insertion tubes that are very gentle and relatively painless. While Chinese acupuncturists would ask their patients whether or not they felt the strong needling sensation which is often unbearable to American patients, Japanese acupuncturists cause minor pain to the patient as the doctor would “feel” the qi themselves.

Japanese acupuncture is also different from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture in point selection. While TCM acupuncture chooses treatment points by herbal diagnosis (also called “herbalized acupuncture” by Bob Flaws). Japanese acupuncture chooses points purely by classical energetic principles of yin, yang and five elements.


The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine’s ability to treat over 43 common disorders including Gastrointestinal Disorders, Urogenital Disorders, Gynecological Disorders, Respiratory Disorders, Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System, Circulatory Disorders, Emotional and Psychological Disorders, Addictions, Eye-Ear-Nose and Throat Disorders as well as supportive therapy for other chronic and painful disorders.

Acupuncture for infants and children

Needleless treatment is primarily used for young children. Studies have shown that it is useful for treating jaundice in newborns. Infants and babies can also be successfully treated for colic, earache, ADHD, temper tantrums, crying at night, bedwetting, asthma, allergies, eczema and skin rashes.

About Dr. Miki Shima,L.Ac,O.M.D.

Dr Shima has been practicing for over 30 years. He is a gifted diagnostician and master clinician. He specializes in difficult cases and is often consulted by and referred to by other practitioners. In addition, he has written four books, produced numerous clinical DVD’s and for twenty years has taught throughout the United States on advanced clinical subjects. He is a popular speaker at national conferences.

Achievements and Honors

In 2004, Dr Shima was honored with the AAAOM Lifetime Achievement Award (American Association of Acupuncture Oriental Medicine), the highest national award in his field.

He has served at the appointment of several governors on the California State Acupuncture Examining Committee and has been an expert witness for the California State Attorney General on several occasions.

Dr. Shima has served as President of the CAAOM (California Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).

Medicine, Herbs & Supplements

As part of your first visit and on every follow up visit, Dr. Shima may prescribe herbs, homeopathic remedies and/or other supplements as needed. When indicated these strengthen the constitution, relieve symptoms or in other ways enhance healing.

To schedule an acupuncture session and other services offered by Dr. Miki Shima please call 
415- 924-2910 or .

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bids For Connection by Ilene Wolf MFT: Couples and Relationship Counseling, Making Relationships Work



EVERY INTERACTION IS either based on fear or a BID FOR CONNECTION! AT BIDS FOR CONNECTION, you will discover your ability to handle difficult conversations by utilizing proven tools.
When was the last time you CAN remember being happy? Changing how you think is essential to changing self-defeating behavior. Ilene Wolf CAN SHOW YOU HOW.

Consult with Ilene Wolf MFT at Bids for Connection Therapy, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, WORKING in San Francisco and Marin FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS, SPECIALIZING IN couples counseling and individual counseling.

ILENE has helped 100s OF INDIVIDUALS AND COUPLES resolve DATING AND relationship problems to give you (the Stanford research evidenced- based tools to overcome CONFLICT IN marriage. AN EXPERT in Conflict Resolution, Ilene LEADS Empathy CIRCLES AND forgiveness workshops THROUGH THE USE OF COGNITIVE THERAPY (CBT) AND drama therapy .

Have you locked yourself into an unloving relationship?

Addressing all relationships: partners, family and work. Safe. Confidential.


A BID FOR CONNECTION is an attempt to create a CONNECTION between two people to keep the relationship going forward.



Remedy: Learn your unique attachment style (PREOCCUPIED, AVOIDANT, SECURE); how does the lack of trust and past hurt determine your interactive style.

Reclaiming: Give yourself a tremendous amount of SELF-empathy and compassion within the context of a caring therapist. Reclaiming the hurt, lost and disowned parts of the self.


Recovery: Going back for the lost parts of ourselves, integrating the hurt, metabolizing the grief.

Replenishment: Finding the dreams behind the conflict. To understand and experience what compassion for the self and others feels like.

Resources: Discover the resources and gifts in our hidden emotions. What would it mean to get past the anger, anxiety and depression and be the beneficiary of your own energy?
Building: Experience love as a feeling -- otherwise AS a commodity we CAN never  have enough of IT.


WE LEARN HOW TO trust, stemming from our early childhood experiences, blueprints and impressions that carry over in our day to day experiences.

Discover THE TOOLS OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SO YOU CAN trust yourself and your partner MORE:
  1. The Universal laws of love based on nonviolent communication
  2. The essential ingredient of love is the power behind vulnerability
  3. Finding the confidence to stand up to everyday conflict in relationships at the work place and home
  4. The Art of showing and receiving empathy
  5. Why requests and needs are repeatedly not met, and what you can do about it
  6. Requests as camouflaged demands, Recognizing Hidden Emotions
Learn AND RELY ON EVIDENCE -BASED STANFORD research-proven tools that help create positive changes in your relationships

We all have felt and feared our vulnerability, yet this essential ingredient is what truly connects us. This therapy will show you how to have a RELATIONSHIP THAT WORKS.


By Having The Courage --Things CAN AND Do Get Better!
PEOPLE ASK: Why can’t I seem to feel better? The answer goes back to our beliefs about people, places and things.

Therapy works when it involves a trusting relationship with a therapist who gives you the exact tools to get out of the predicament you are in. While empathy is one key element of therapy, it is not enough alone to single-handedly change your behavior.

If your childhood was filled with uncertainty, disregard, neglect or violence, chances are some of your problems in relationships may stem from wanting to keep people at a distance to determine whether or not people or situations are safe.

Finding the Capacity to Be Happy and Experience Contentment
The source of anxiety and depression is often unexpressed feelings. The impossible demand that we be "nice" at the expense of ourselves -- leaving us at the risk of anyone truly knowing who we are.


Have you locked yourself into an unloving relationship?

Master the ability to forgive yourself and others.
A safe confidential space where you can work through your feelings of loss, hurt and grief, whether THE LOSS IS recent, or long ago.
The purpose of the Practicing The Art of Forgiveness Group is to provide a safe and compassionate space to share, connect, and learn from others who have had a similar experience. With tools and insight provided by a supportive therapist, group members will have the chance to share experiences, explore feelings and move beyond hurt, and repair relationships through the use of metta (loving kindness) meditation and modern therapeutic tools -- including The Five Secrets. We do deep experiential work in these sessions, so this group is not for everyone.
Practicing The Art of Forgiveness Group meets the first Thursday of the month in San Rafael, CA. Individual session required to ensure that this group meets your individual goals.


Ilene Wolff, LMFT, RDT, a licensed marriage and family therapist, graduated from UC Berkeley and trained at Stanford University (Advanced Applications of Cognitive Therapy with David Burns, MD.) Ilene is a member of The Feeling Good Institute. Ilene teaches at JFK University and Sonoma State University. She  is the director of the Drama Therapy Institute
Ilene is the winner of the California Marriage and Family Therapists’ 2012 Education Foundation Award. Ilene HAS trained and taught at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto (Brief Solution-Focused Therapy. Ilene is a past vice president of the San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). Ilene was the Teaching Assistant for The Milton Erickson Institute of the Bay Area (2010-2012) as well as David Burn’s Summer Intensive (2011) on Cognitive Therapy (CBT) and the TEAM model. Ilene has presented at the National Drama Therapy Conference and has been a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley.