Workforce Readiness Festival with Your Passion1st

Work Force Readiness

Light of Loving Kindness partnered with YourPassion1st to offer a variety of creative, mindful, and engaging virtual workshops for young adults, free through the Workforce Readiness Festival.

Visualization for Athletes with Cassandra Powell - a 15-minute mindful meditation workshop that teaches the art of visualization, not only for athletes, but for anyone who would like to learn how to allow visualization to help create their future. If you'd like a dose of learning how to make positive connections visually through mindfulness, then this workshop is for you. 

Cultivate Self Empathy through Creative Expression with David Nesbitt Taylor, Rebekah Joy Hall, and Miranda Steffens - a one-hour workshop in which participants learn ways to cultivate self-empathy using the transformative and healing power of creative self-expression and body awareness. The workshop features a dramatic skit and writing, meditation, and body movement activities to engage participants in a full body/mind experience. Participants will be introduced to tools they can continue to use in their day-to-day lives. 

Chakra System Creative Flow with Chiquita - a source activity workshop, with plenty of room for Q&A, in which participants will flow through their bodies in a guided process, connecting, feeling, and creating as they go. Participants will learn about 7 chakras or energy centers in the body and how to work with these centers to feel more in touch with yourself and your environment.

Nutrition with ZenFrankie - a workshop for youth about nutrition, health, and wellbeing.

Chiquita Lewis

Chiquita Lewis is the CEO of Yail's Garden, a handmade skincare line and a Certified Reiki practitioner. She hand makes quality products and facilitates wellness events and workshops in the Chicagoland area. Chiquita started her journey in health and wellness after a near death experience while living in Egypt in 2011. While living with two autoimmune diseases, and being the mother to four beautiful children, she's dedicated to teaching others how to put themselves first and how to implement daily self-care.


David Nesbitt Taylor is a rising threat to the social norms of today's society. A recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago's Theater and Psychology programs, he is a military veteran, an actor, writer, director, philosopher, thinker and loving soul of the world. He does not believe in changing the world because that is how every tyrant starts. His aim is to guide as many people as possible to see the light that they are in this world.


Miranda is a writer and teacher with a passion for exploring both the internal and external worlds through meditation, dreaming, dance, and travel.


Cassandra is a Professor of Linguistics and Communications. Being a student of life, she has earned five (5) academic degrees and two Master's level certifications. Cassandra is a Yoga teacher specializing in Trauma-sensitive Yoga, Yoga for Stress and Anxiety, and a Yoga for Social Justice Leadership Facilitator. She, likewise, teaches mindfulness and leads meditation and breathwork practices. Cassandra is a shamanic energy healer, a reiki master, an intuitive reader and channeler, and a sound, vibration, and frequency alchemist. As a PTSD survivor, Cassandra provides access to tools that can help us to be in great contact with ourselves and our world through self-love and self-acceptance. In addition, through the non-profit organization she founded in Chicago in 2017, Light of Loving Kindness, Cassandra's goal is to provide access to hope, health, healing, and wholeness to communities that are underserved, underrepresented, trauma-affected, and/or poverty-affected through holistic integrative solutions.


ZenFrankie is a Vegan Chef, Meditation Teacher, who began prepping and cooking vegan food out of desire to heal himself of Crohns disease. He has researched many ailments and diseases and began cooking Vegan foods for the past 8 years. Frankie is founder of Zen Vegan Life — a vegan and alkaline food and drink delivery & catering company that specializes in goods that assist with raising ones vibration and supports families with special diets. Zen Vegan Life is soy-free, gluten free, meat-free, and cruelty-free foods. Also, Zen Frankie is a Reiki Master Teacher, Sound Healer, and Meditation Teacher; he utilizes the universal life force as he prepares his foods.

Rebekah is the co-founder of Write, Move, Heal and she also holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.