A Life Path

An Adventure & Expansion for Your Soul

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About A Life Path

John & Valerie ~ Teachers, Facilitators, Retreat Leaders

To expand the soul and ride the wave of Life’s amazing diversity

in gratitude is what we are all about.

A Life Path is the unified vision of sharing the peace and exhilaration of life's journey through the eyes of John Sparks and Valerie Reilly. It came about in January of 2019, when after 15 years of helping thousands of people on their spiritual journey, they released ownership of Insight Awareness, A Wellness & Education Center in the South suburbs of Chicago, to bring about more focused and expansive ways to grow both individually and collectively.


A Life Path will feature evolving workshops like Reiki, Zentangle, Meditation,The Brilliance of Self, Journey to Joy, and many more. Each with a personal touch of John and Valerie’s collective experience that sets it apart from simply “teaching” a class. You will also find some food for your soul through John's blog and Valerie’s inspired Zentangle art. (See her gallery here)


They love to offer retreats and will be occasionally facilitating spiritual journeys to far away places that open the heart and expand inner awareness. Their hope is to share those journeys with you and grow through mutual sharing.

.A Life Path believes that everyone is seeking peace, even if they don't know it. The commitment to "be the change" and serve others in their own unfolding of that process can, and is, changing the world. To that end, A Life Path, is committed to help bring about the tipping point so that everyone benefits from a new reality in a new world.


Reiki, Zentangle, Retreats & More

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Are you ready to expand your innate ability to heal at deeper levels and find the “something” which connects us to the divine in all things? For us, Reiki did just that. You see, Reiki is more than just a hands on healing technique, it is “the Life force energy from beyond the beyond”, the Chinese translation, which guides us on our life path toward the highest good. It would be an honor for us to put you in touch with this power and share with you some of the life changing realizations we’ve had on our journey.   READ MORE

At first glance, a Zentangle creation can seem intricate and complicated. But, when you learn how it is done, you realize how simple fun and engrossing the process itself is. 

I love presenting to a class or seminar full of people who are convinced they can’t draw the Zentangle art I show them. Then, within about a half hour, they have easily accomplished what they thought was impossible.  READ MORE

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In The Ever Increasing Race…

... of our hurried lives, we seldom take the time to “touch the Earth”. We are so busy trying to achieve our goals or deal with deadlines and issues that we lose touch with a fundamental aspect of ourselves; our connection to this beautiful planet and all of the life on it. That is why we like to travel to places that help us re-establish that re-connection.Traveling to “power” spots like Peru, Egypt, Ireland and... READ MORE



“John and Valerie create a sacred container for learning & sharing. They are very connected to what they teach.  I recommend their classes and would absolutely attend other classes they facilitate. ”

— Silvana T.

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