Thank you so much to those who attended this amazing event. The positive energy, love, and support felt was overwhelming and inspiring. We are so grateful for all of our new friends and for the time to reconnect with established friendships. If you have any thoughts, ideas, or questions, please contact Martha Rauch at We plan to do this kind of event each year so if you are interested in joining again in 2013, please let us know!

Check out photos from Envisioning a World Transformed here!

We had such kind words of encouragement from people who attended:

“It’s great to see people wanting to make a change for the better of humanity. I look forward to connecting with them.”

This was great exposure to organization that I did not know existed!”

 “For me the most powerful part of Sunday, was a feeling of coming home.  So much of the underlying foundation of the groups speaking that day and the concepts presented, are things I have been investigating and developing myself over the past few years.  I thought I was alone.  I was overwhelmed with the idea that there were others who were not only believing as I do, but taking incredible actions to make changes in the way we interact with the world.  I am so glad my friend Camilo Ferro invited me to come.  I now feel more inspired to take my worldview out of the background and to begin helping the world transform.”

THANK YOU AGAIN! Hope to see you all soon!


Join Greenheart Transforms in a day-long event featuring Chicago change-makers making a positive difference in their local communities. Listen throughout the day as presenters share their story of their “tipping point,” when and how they decided to take the first steps in creating change, and inspire and motivate others to do the same.

Learn more about Chicago’s exciting movements while you listen to presentations from guest speakers like John Edel of The Plant, Sarah Elizabeth Ippel from Academy for Global Citizenship and Sonia Choquette and Six Sensory Wisdom.

Be inspired to join the movement as you connect with like-minded networks, and gather tools and resources to help you create change within your own local and global community. Enjoy a day of exhibits, inspiring presentations, music, meditation and an organic vegetarian lunch.

How do you envision a world transformed?

When: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Registration opens at 10:30 a.m.)

Where: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Registration Fee:
$55: Registration Fee until Nov. 17
$65: Pay at the door
$25: Student Discount

Schedule at a Glance*

*subject to change

11am Welcome by Andrea Dennis
11:05am Wave Theory by Emanuel Kuntzelman
11:15am Opening Meditation with Susan Lipshutz
11:25am Icebreaker
11:30am Brian Rowland: A Safe Haven
Noon John Edel: The Plant
12:30pm Cultural Creatives & Group Session by Adam Shames
12:45pm Community Exhibitors: Edible Alchemy; Social Enterprise Alliance; Chicago Fair Trade; Greenheart Shop; The Plastic Bag Solution; Urban Worm Girl; Travel 720
1:00pm Lunch by Edible Alchemy and Exhibitor Time
1:50pm Opening Our Eyes: Trailer Documentary followed by a yoga stretch break
2:10pm Tim Boyd – Theosophical Society
2:40pm Philip Comella: Author of Heaven at the End of Science
3:05pm Group Session by Adam Shames
3:15pm Community Exhibitors: Natural Awakenings; Ruthie Landis; Susan Lipshutz; Peace School; Chicago IONS; New Momentum for Human Unity; Theosophical Society in America
3:30pm Dance Break by Taz and Adam Shames
3:45pm Bob Schwalb of H.E.A.R.T.
4:05pm Sarah Elizabeth Ippel of the Academy for Global Citizenship
4:30pm Sonia Choquette: Six Sensory Wisdom
5:00pm Presenter Panel Moderated by Emanuel Kuntzelman
5:30pm Futurist Remarks by Emanuel Kuntzelman
5:45pm Closing Meditation with Susan Lipshutz
5:55-6pm Ending Farewell by Andrea Dennis

Envisioning a World Transformed Feature Presenters:

Tim Boyd

Tim Boyd, president of the Theosophical Society in America (TSA), is a founding member of a spiritual community that was active in Chicago’s inner city for more than 25 years. His involvement with the Theosophical Order of Service and the Chushul orphanage in Tibet led to an audience with the Dalai Lama. This meeting resulted in the TSA sponsoring His Holiness’ visit to Chicago in July of 2011 for a two-day event which was attended by ten thousand people. Tim co-produced, narrated, and conducted interviews for the Eternal Quest radio series, currently broadcast on stations in the United States and Canada, and he continues to lecture and conduct workshops internationally and throughout the USA.

Sonia Choquette

Sonia Choquette is inspiring a conscious movement around the truth that we must activate and rely on our innate sixth sense in order to make the most well-informed, healthy, and soul satisfying decisions possible. Holding a doctorate from the American Institute of Holistic Theology, she is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and has been published around the world. She also hosts a weekly radio show, Trust Your Vibes, on Hay House Radio.

Philip Comella

Philip Comella is an environmental lawyer with a degree in Philosophy and wrote the book The Heaven at the End of Science (using the pen-name Philip Mereton). He hosts the radio show, Conversations Beyond Science and Religion, a podcast on and ITunes, where he interviews leading scientists, spiritualists, and philosophers on current theories and ideas in science and spirituality.

John Edel

John Edel‘s most recent endeavor, The Plant, is a project combining adaptive industrial reuse and aquaponics to create the nation’s first vertical farm. Located in a former meatpacking facility in Chicago’s historic Stockyards, The Plant will be powered entirely by the waste of neighboring businesses. John also is the owner and developer of the Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center, a green business incubator in the Stockyards Industrial Corridor.

Sarah Elizabeth Ippel

Sarah Elizabeth Ippel‘s life mission is education reform. She has traveled to over 80 different countries across 6 continents, extensively immersing herself in educational philosophies and world languages, as well as creating international alliances. In 2008, Sarah founded the Academy for Global Citizenship on the city’s under-served Southwest side. A Chicago Public Elementary School on a mission, AGC develops mindful leaders who take action to positively impact their communities and the world beyond.

Emanuel Kuntzelman

Emanuel Kuntzelman is the founder of the non-profit exchange organization, Center for Cultural Interchange, he has helped thousands of participants build a foundation of cultural understanding across the globe while promoting environmental initiatives through CCI’s division of Greenheart. Dedicated to personal and social transformation, Emanuel leads workshops, lectures and retreats with the idea that personal growth leads to a transformed society.

Bob Schwalb

Bob Schwalb joined Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers in New York in 2005 as their first humane education instructor.  Bob developed the original curriculum used by HEART in its humane education assessment project.  In late 2008, Bob moved back to his hometown of Chicago to head up HEART Chicago as their Program Director.

Neli Vasquez-Rowland

Neli Vasquez-Rowland and her husband, founded A Safe Haven 17 years ago, a non-profit organization which provides the tools for each individual to overcome the root causes of homelessness through a holistic, scalable model. Under her guidance, more than 32,000 people—referred by judges, counselors, and others—have been led through a step-by-step program that includes treatment, education, health care, job training, and job placement.


  1. Social Enterprise Alliance
  2. Chicago Fair Trade
  3. The Greenheart Shop
  4. The Plastic Bag Solution
  5. Edible Alchemy
  6. Urban Worm Girls
  7. Travel 720
  8. Ruthie Landis
  9. Everyday Medicine Woman
  10. Peace School
  11. Chicago IONS
  12. New Momentum for Human Unity
  13. The Theosophical Society
  14. Natural Awakenings
  15. Access Consciousness
  16. Opening Our Eyes Documentary
  17. Lux Productions
  18. Angelic Art


November 18, 2012
10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Event Category:


GH Transforms


Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago , IL 60614 United States
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