New Art Displayed at The North Raleigh Well Nest!

Celeste Izquierdo Art Drawings

Celeste Izquierdo is a self-taught artist born in Hoboken, NJ, who moved to Cary, NC a few years ago. She has been creating her masterpieces since the age of five and expresses her own visual and conceptual vocabulary through painting and drawing. Celeste tells stories using vibrant colors in her art, building a connection with the viewers and her work. Her art mainly focuses on hyper-realism and surrealism. She works with a wide variety of mediums including acrylics, prisma color pencils, charcoal, and more. She is currently in college studying animation.

Her work can be viewed at


Virginia Maier mixed media arti

Virginia Maier was raised in Tucson, Arizona, and now calls Raleigh, NC her home. A multimedia artist, Virginia finds inspiration from the spiritual and natural elements that can be found in the southwest corner of the U.S., and incorporates images of femininity into her collage and painted pieces. She also teaches classes (Artistic Adventures of North Carolina).

Her work can be viewed at


Because her work is so admired by clients who visit our space, we are

Willa Stein art photographs

continuing to show the work of Willa Stein, who has been a photographer for over 36 years.  In 1980, she studied at The Pennsylvania’s Governor’s School for the Arts at Bucknell University. With a degree in photography from the Art Institute of Colorado, Willa’s digital imagery is whimsical and imaginary with a documentary style. She photographs anything from baby portraits to musical acts, and is known for her fine-art editorial work.

More of Willa’s work can be viewed at  You can also find her on facebook, where she shares her intricate beadwork on her page Willa’s Beads.


What is Spiritual Love?

Introducing Spiritual Love

Spiritual Love is recognizing that Love is energy. It is a spiritual, energetic recognition, acceptance, and honoring in the divine being in yourself and others, that rejects the ideas of love as being hurtful, destructive, or negative.

If you think of love as being is limited to romantic relationships, you aren’t alone. I realized that a lot of us forget that love extends to self, family, friends, and even the world around us. Choosing Spiritual Love to represent my field of work was intentional.

Love has gotten watered down and even has negative, fearful energies around it. Women are hurt in the name of love, and like Tina Turner said “What’s love got to do with it”? Love does not hurt. I was in an abusive relationship with a man who said he loved me. When I left that relationship, I didn’t know it then, but that was the start to my evolution into becoming The Spiritual Love Coach. I decided that I wanted a different type of love, that was the birthing of Spiritual Love.

Spiritual Love Coach

When I say I’m The Spiritual Love Coach, most people think that I’m a ‘Love Coach’, only focus on dating and relationships. I’m all about healthy relationships, but that starts with a healthy you. I want everyone to find their Person, but most importantly I desire for you to be in a place to give and receive love, no matter your relationship status or what is happening in your life.

If you aren’t right mentally, emotionally, or spiritually (even financially) it will be hard for you to give and receive love. Truth is a lot of people are hurting and have a negative view of love. That along with the hurt and challenges we experience during this journey called life, has a big impact on our view of love and can keep you from seeing your worth and living fully. Many women that I work with are tethered to some past hurt, grief, or heartache.

My work incorporates a holistic approach, combining energy healing, coaching, spiritual guidance and intuitive readings to help women rediscover, reclaim, and rebirth yourself after heartache, pain, loss, or other life challenges.

Heartache is caused by so much more than bad relationships. Sometimes is an issue around family, lack of self-love, a negative outlook, a life change or even a friendship. What is heartache? It’s another word for grief and if it’s not released, it can keep you from being your best self and living your best life.

My work as The Spiritual Love Coach is deep! I don’t like being limited to dating and relationships, because love is limitless and extends to all things. I help my clients with so much more, including happiness, confidence, life purpose, and other aspects of life. I help you get back to that loving place within yourself, so you can live the life that you desire and experience limitless love. I do that through a variety of techniques including life coaching, energy healing, mindfulness, aromatherapy, and tarot card readings.

I’m Jovanhanna Tisdale, a Spiritual Mama with a heart of gold on a mission as The Spiritual Love Coach to Illuminate, nurture, and inspire spiritual love in the hearts and minds of people worldwide. I work with women privately for coaching and also offer individual readings and healing sessions. Be on the lookout for my monthly events hosted at The North Raleigh Well Nest.

Take the Health of Your Breasts into Your Own Hands

Currently, it is recommended that women ages 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year, and women ages 40 to 44 are given the choice to start receiving them if they wish to do so. Once a woman reaches age 55, she is told she should switch to getting one every 2 years, unless she chooses to continue with yearly screenings.  Which is interesting, because the older we get, the greater our chances of the diagnosis.

If you look at the chart above, created by the American Cancer Society, the chances of developing invasive breast cancer increases greatly between the ages 20 and 30.  The rate increases over time. Wouldn’t it be nice for women to have tools they can utilize at any point in their life, that does not involve radiation and compression, yet give us a good indication of the health of our breasts?

Breast thermography is a painless, radiation-free risk assessment tool that may help discover potential issues in our tissues.  Thermograms, performed with an infrared camera, record temperature changes on the skin’s surface, and show us these patterns as a heat map.

Breast tissue that is significantly warmer may indicate infection, trauma or inflammation. In addition to inflammation, an increase in the formation of blood vessels in breast tissue is often associated with the presence of a problem. Since these areas are shown on thermograms, it can give us a picture of areas we need to pay attention to. It can detect vascular changes in breast tissue associated with breast cancer many years in advance of other methods of screening.

Physiological changes can occur years before structural changes are present. It can take five to ten years of development before a lump appears on a mammogram. With regular Breast Thermograms, women can better monitor the health of their breast, as they will be alerted of any physiological changes in time to incorporate preventive strategies to reduce their risk of developing disease.

Thermograms are  non-invasive, and do not require any personal contact with the one performing the imaging.  Because they involve zero radiation, they are safe for all women, even when pregnant or breastfeeding! Because they do not involve compression, they’re also a great tool for women who have had breast augmentation.

Thermograms at The North Raleigh Well Nest are performed by Gaye Walden of Holistic Breast Health, and  follow the protocol dictated by American Academy of Thermology. Images are evaluated by a doctor, and you are presented with a detailed Report & Risk Assessment prepared by the doctor.

In addition to the screening tool, we suggest women also learn how to do a comprehensive self-exam of their breast tissue at least once a week, so you can become familiar with your tissue that occur with the hormonal changes throughout the month. Its is also important to learn how to perform massage on yourself, to improve or maintain the health of your breasts.  Linda Zukowski of Metamorphic Massage for Women has studied with one of the few educators in the country on this topic and is able to teach women what they can do to take the health of their breasts in their own hands.

Please note: Thermography is not a standalone test for breast cancer, and it does not give you a diagnosis of cancer. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) views thermography as an adjunctive tool. It is used in conjunction with other types of screenings to give you a clearer picture of the health of your breasts.  Our services are not intended to diagnose or treat any disease, and we make no claims as such.

Local Art on Display at The North Raleigh Well Nest

We are excited to be displaying art from local women artists on our walls!  All work on display in our lobby area is for sale, with 100% of all sales going directly to the artist.  Support local art, and make it a point to check it out next time you’re visiting!

Our Current Artists:

Beth Palmer Art paintings

Beth Palmer is an artist and teacher, and holds a Masters Degree in Art Education from the Rochester Institute of Technology. As a painter, color and texture are essential components of her work. As a young child, Beth began doing needlework, and later incorporated techniques into her painted pieces. She incorporates various found and recycled objects into her work. More recently, she has incorporated the use of dyes and dyeing techniques in her artwork.

Beth’s online portfolio can be viewed at  Please ask us if you wish to contact her directly.



Willa Stein art paintings

Willa Stein has been viewing the world through the lens of a camera for over 36 years.  In 1980, she was granted a scholarship to study at The Pennsylvania’s Governor’s School for the Arts at Bucknell University. Willa also has a degree in photography from the Art Institute of Colorado. Willa’s digital imagery is full of all kinds of twist and turns, her work has been described as whimsical and imaginary with a documentary style. She is known for her fine-art editorial work, shooting anything from baby portraits to musical acts and auto racing.

More of Willa’s work can be viewed at  You can also find her on facebook, where she also has a page for Willa’s Beads, showcasing her incredible beadwork.


Leah McCarthy art painting
Leah McCarthy

Leah McCarthy is both an educator and an artist, with a strong passion for introducing the public to the interactive  world of art. Leah volunteered in the Florida public school system’s Meet the Masters Art Education Program,  which she credits with awakening her inner artist.

Leah is an abstract artist. She stumbled upon fluid art last summer and enjoys exploring all of the endless fluid painting techniques. Leah also enjoys taking old items and giving them new life.

She recently moved to North Carolina, and has her work hung in several locations throughout the triangle.  You may view  more of her work on her facebook page, Leah McCarthy – Artist – The Crafty Floridian.


A Successful Open House!

Karla Frank massage therapist Metamorphic Massage For Women RaleighWe held our first Open House last night (June 25), and I call it a success!  It was a full house, we met a lot of wonderful women, and generated some great ideas for future offerings at The North Raleigh Well Nest!

Karla spoke about the  plight of women who are homeless, and the challenges they face when they get their period.  Did you know that these types of products top the list of products most needed at shelters, yet they are the least donated?  For more on that, check out our blog post over at Metamorphic Massage for Women.


donation basket with feminine products for The Women's Center of Wake County

Generous hearts who attended donated feminine products, along with some cash donations which we will use to purchase more products before delivering to The Women’s Center of Wake County.  We’ll be collecting for them all summer long, and dropping them off once a month.


Gaye did a brief introduction on Breast Thermography, Jovanhanna spoke about Energy Work, and Cindy talked about the reasons why folks should get massage regularly.


Jovanhanna, The Spiritual Love Coach, talking about her workWe had a lot of impromptu conversations, many which generated ideas for future programming at The North Raleigh Well Nest!  Keep coming back to our page for information on upcoming happenings, and like our facebook page to keep current!