Carol Filkins and husband Derrick are celebrating their 27th anniversary in 2007. Highlights of their adventures and challenges together include flyfishing in the Yucatan and their own back yard; completing marathons in Columbus, Ohio, Anchorage, Alaska, Bermuda and Honolulu, Hawaii; bicycling the Wine Country and Seacoast Century Rides; fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; nurturing numerous stray animals; and recovering from back and feet surgeries. Carol and Derrick live with Holly, their golden retriever, and their four cats on Indianapolis's northside, and enjoy spending time with their family of friends. (Her distinctive laugh will usually tell you where they are gathered!)


"As civilization advances, the sense of wonder declines. Such decline is an alarming symptom of our state of mind. Mankind will not perish for want of information; but only for want of appreciation. The beginning of our happiness lies in the understanding that life without wonder is not worth living. What we lack is not a will to believe but a will to wonder."

~Abraham Joshua Heschel


Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast--you also miss the sense of where you are going and why."

Eddie Canto









Carol Filkins, MS, CLL

Carol earned degrees in sociology and business from Anderson University and a Master's Degree in Wellness Management, minor in Counseling Psychology, from Ball State University. She is a Certified Laughter Leader and has completed a post graduate Advanced Certification in Formative Spirituality.

Carol has worked in retail customer service, receiving and solving complaints; in social services, planning and delivering wellness programs for older adults; in health and fitness programming and facility management for the YMCA; in health promotion for St. Vincent Hospital Indianapolis, and in leisure services for an independent living senior community. Currently she is on faculty of St. Vincent Health's Seton Cove Spirituality Center. She also provides contractual telephonic health coaching through a Michigan-based company. She is founder of Wellness Endeavors, Inc.

Professional Experiences:

  • MS Wellness Management, Ball State University
  • Certified Laughter ClubŪ Leader
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction facilitator.
  • Advanced Certification in Formation Spirituality, Epiphany Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Indianapolis satellite site.
  • Enneagram Spectrum Training & Certification Program.
  • Founder, Welllness Endeavors Inc., 1985.
  • Telephonic health coach specializing in tobacco cessation and stress reduction.
  • Faculty, St. Vincent Health Seton Cove Spirituality Center, Indianapolis.

Businesses & Associations Served

(Partial list)

  • Generations Program, Vincennes, IN
  • Leade Health, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Older Adult Service and Information System (OASIS), Indianapolis
  • Justus Company's Crestwood Villages Retirement Communities, Indianapolis.
  • Marquette Manor, Indianapolis.
  • Hoosier Village, Indianapolis.
  • Harcourt Elementary staff, Washington Township, Indianapolis.
  • Eli Lilly Scientific Communications Associates, Indianapolis.
  • Disciples of Christ Women's Regional Retreat, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN.
  • YMCA " Step Ahead of Hamilton County, Inc. Board Retreat, Cicero, IN.
  • United Church Homes, Inc., Annual Auxiliary Meeting, The Altenheim Community, Indianapolis.
  • Children's Bureau of Indianapolis.
  • StayWell Health Management Systems, Inc., Chrysler Plant, Kokomo, IN.
  • Rocky Mountain Rendezvous, Trails to Wellness & Health Promotion: Rock Creek Resort, Red Lodge, MT.
  • Logansport Memorial Hospital, Logansport, IN.