Consciousness Arts Announces Recipient of Yearly Company Donation to be Award in 2006

San Francisco, California April, 2006 -- President and Founder of Consciousness Arts, Kerstin Sjoquist announced today her intent to award Gifts in Kind her company’s annual donation and product support for 2006.

“Gifts In Kind is a non-profit that receives donated products from companies such as ours and distributes them to needy non-profit organizations,” stated Sjoquist. “We donated 20% of the proceeds of our Bliss Trip CD’s to the organization to give to women's and homeless shelters.”

“I liked the idea because I was contacted last year by a women's shelter in Minnesota, who asked me to donate some of our Bliss Trip CD’s,” continued Sjoquist. “They stayed in touch to let me know the CD’s worked very well with their women and teenagers. The mom’s loved the relaxation the CDs provided – something every mother can use more of, I’m sure -- and the girls liked them so much they asked to do them again! I’m a firm believer that no matter what your life circumstances are, there is room for more joy, and Bliss Trips give people the opportunity to create some peace for themselves in an otherwise chaotic world.”

Sjoquist concluded, “Gifts In Kind provides this service and our donations on a much larger scale. I wanted Consciousness Arts to make a bigger impact over a broader geographical area.”

About Kerstin Sjoquist

Guided Imagination Specialist and Wellness Consultant Kerstin Sjoquist has been involved in the area of personal growth as a means of exploration since the late 1980s. Along the way she began to facilitate classes and workshops for groups, sharing the techniques and knowledge that she had found useful in her own process. In 2001 she formed Consciousness Arts in order to formalize her facilitation practice, and to work with people one-on-one.

Kerstin is certified and registered as a Clinical Hypnotherapist by the American College of Hypnotherapy, a division of the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. In 2004 Kerstin was recognized for her work in empowering women to make the transition from welfare to work from the Women In Community Service Lifeskills Training Program.

About Bliss Trips: www.blisstrips.com

Bliss Trips offer opportunities to travel to the inner realms, to reconnect with your spirit, and to create a full and joyful life. Whimsical and yet deeply transformative, they've been described as a "mini-vacation for the mind!" Bliss Trips move beyond the relaxing quality of music-only and visualization CDs to provide a unique meditative experience that anyone can benefit from.

  • A deeper relaxation - The interactive experience provides a focus that keeps the mind from wandering back to concerns or worries.
  • Opportunities to transform - Positive affirmations support research showing that the mind impacts physical health, emotional growth, and creative problem solving.
  • No commitment - There is nothing to learn or practice—simply close your eyes and open to the magic within.
  • Multi-use experience - Each journey offers opportunities to add your own creative touches.
  • Just plain fun! - In the theatre of your mind, you can literally be or do anything. Let your imagination soar!

About Gifts In Kind: www.giftsinkind.org

Linking resources to enhance, empower and restore communities and people in need.

A generous 3M corporate product donation in 1983 marked the beginning of Gifts In Kind International, a charitable organization that, today, is the seventh largest charity in America according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy and is acknowledged as one of the most cost-efficient charities by Forbes magazine. Nearly half of the Fortune 100 consumer & retail product corporations rely on Gifts In Kind International to design and manage the donation process.

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