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contents 7 newsbriefs 18 18 healthbriefs 22 globalbriefs 25 ecotip 26 inspiration 28 wisewords 30 community

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36 greenliving 38 healingways 40 consciouseating 42 healthykids 46 naturalpet 25 49 calendar 55 resourceguide 60 marketplace 62 classifieds

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.


SPIRITUAL PRACTICE Cycles of Growth Cultivate Our Divinity by April Thompson


TO “THANK YOU!” Wayne Dyer on the Value of Hard Lessons by Linda Sechrist

32 FRESH FOOD TRENDS Natural Trailblazers in Sustainable Eating by Melinda Hemmelgarn



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contact us Publisher Reid Boyer Local Editor Beth Davis Local Writer Beth Davis - Linda Sechrist Assistant Editors S. Alison Chabonais Design & Production Linda Bowers Ad Production Marci Molina Advertising Sales Reid Boyer To contact Natural Awakenings Lehigh Valley Edition: PO Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 Phone: 610-421-4443 Fax: 610-421-4445

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e’re glad to see the significant increase in community gardens, farmers’ markets and organic sections in grocery stores in Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey since we started publishing Natural Awakenings here in 2007. We’re also happy to report on the strong renewed interest in local products, especially that which is organically and sustainably grown. Maybe the rising demand stems from our growing concern about the quality of our food and newfound understanding of how we put our health is at risk when eat less than healthy foods. Traditional organic gardens, bio intensive gardens and a new personal favorite, aquaponics (page 36), are further proof that the long-emergent food revolution is here to stay. People are voting with their dollars and demanding “clean” food. Our special March Food & Garden issue arrives just in time. In our feature article, “Fresh Food Trends: Natural Trailblazers in Sustainable Eating,” natural foods expert Melinda Hemmelgarn sheds light on this year’s top trends for eating locally. Kathleen Barnes’ “Superherbs” discusses four powerhouses that can vitally contribute to our health; two may naturally sprout up in neighborhood yards with no effort at all. Plus, Judith Lawson summarizes concerns over the ubiquitous use of a popular herbicide as another reason to select for organic foods. It’s gratifying that so many people are taking up their own form of sustainable food production these days. Consider how school gardens are influencing children’s food choices and their future expectations of access to quality groceries and better health as adults. Backyard farmers and full-scale small sustainable farms are simultaneously providing their communities with more nutritious foods and increased food security. For gardeners, now is the time to plan, prune plants and prepare soil for the garden. We love seeing urban community gardens sprout up in formerly vacant lots. Such gardens promote dialogue, cultural diversity and tolerance while providing healthy food to families with all levels of income. Such gardens naturally beautify neighborhoods and instill a valued sense of community, bringing satisfaction to people as they reap the goodness they sow. Whether you get your fresh foods from a neighborhood farmers’ market, farm stand, neighborhood co-op, local conscientious grocer or your personal garden plot, please remember that slow, non-GMO (genetically modified organism) foods all do “well” for both our bodies and our world. In fact, according to our community chapter of Buy Fresh, Buy Local, if each of the 390,000 households in the Greater Lehigh Valley committed to spending just $10 per week on locallygrown foods during the 28 week growing season (May through November), we would keep $109 million of our food dollars circulating right here to helping both support family farms and stimulate our local economy. We would also have the extensive benefit of eating fresher, tastier and healthier food every day. To your health,

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newsbriefs Medically Supervised Weight-Loss Programs

Empowerment Workshops at Greenshire


JA Healthcare in Easton is now offering medically supervised, personalized weight loss plans for men, women and children. They individualize each program based on weight-loss goals, metabolic rate, medical conditions, biochemical nutritional assessment and dietary preferences. After the weight goal is achieved, plans convert to a maintenance program to keep the weight off. A new low-level laser body contouring treatment stimulates the adipocyte fat cells, which results in the breakdown of stored triglycerides into free fatty acids and glycerol, making the laser treatment a natural process. MJA also has a Fast Track program to lose one to two pounds a day that uses Dr. Simeons' “Pounds and Inches” protocol, as seen on The Dr. Oz Show. This program consists of a very low calorie diet in combination with HCG hormone treatments. HCG helps to burn the fat that is stored around the hips, thighs, belly and upper arms, but leaves the structural fat found in the muscles which protects the vital organs.

ichelle McInnis has joined the staff at Greenshire Arts Consortium, bringing her series of workshops, Powerful Living Through Transformation, for empowering women. They guide women to opening themselves so they can live life with creative passion, appreciating who they are and creating new possibilities for themselves. McInnis sensitively supports women by helping them to access and transform old patterns of behavior, beliefs, memories and fears. Michelle McInnis is a women’s life coach and radio show host who practices and teaches several healing modalities. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in psychology, and continued her education as a holistic health practitioner and nutritional consultant, with certifications in Reiki level II and EFt. She affirms, “Recognizing that our thoughts, past conditioning and fears can limit our ability to change is the biggest and fastest way to step into unlimited possibilities.” McInnis shares her ideas in weekly workshops from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning March 5, at Greenshire.

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newsbriefs RULiving Institute Expands in Downtown Bethlehem


he RULiving Institute is expanding their wellness offerings in Downtown Bethlehem by adding four weekly classes, beginning March 24. Pilates Combo with Foam Roller: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays begins March 24. This Pilates combination uses a Fletcher towel, mat and foam roller to strengthen the back, shoulders and improve core strength. A wonderfully relaxing and healing yoga class; Gentle Restorative Yoga begins Tuesdays starting March 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Candlelit Seated Mindfulness Practice deepens attention and increases well-being by allowing the mind to settle and the body to rest in this group practice in mindfulness that is offered Tuesdays 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning March 25. End the week with a blissful hour of mindfulness movement and meditation in Mindfulness Movement every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. beginning March 28. PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 610-421-4445 All welcomeBox and421noEmmaus, experience is necessary at 525• F:Main St., Ste., 2A, • Bethlehem, PA. For more information, call 610-691-5483 or email See ad page 40. Awakenings Ad Proof for Natural To: Email:

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elly Kark, owner of Roots of Vitality, in Bethlehem, is offering a complimentary postural screening to see how massage may address rounded shoulders, neck pain, pain in-between the shoulder blades, trouble breathing, lower back discomfort and numbness or tingling in the hand Therapeutic massage may be able to help. Kark states, “Our motto is, ‘Don’t just feel good for a day, feel good for a lifetime.’ We don’t believe in one-massage-fitsall approach and base each session on the person’s history and what is going on now. We then pull from a variety of therapeutic techniques to provide the most effective outcome.” Roots of Vitality offers medical massage, myofascial release, deep tissue, sports massage and Reiki. They also use Powerstrips for relief of pain, an all-natural, FDA-approved pain strip that is worn on the skin that works by causing an increase in heat in the tissues of the body, resulting in vessel dilation that leads to temporary relief. Location: 2591 Baglyos Circle, Ste. C-44. For more information, call 484-554-7530 or email

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ertified Aromatherapist and Holistic Health Practitioner Camilla Bullman of Aroma for Your Health is offering a Spring Aromatherapy workshop at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, in Phillpsburg NJ. Admission to the initial meeting is free; and those that sign up as members of the Aromatherapy Club, will be eligible for future seasonal meetings and discounts on the cost of workshops. Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils to balance the body systems when there is an imbalance, as well as, reducing stress and integrating the mind, body, and spirit. Aroma for Your Health is dedicated to enhancing clients’ well-being; guiding and supporting them; and teaching them to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle incorporating herbal and essential oil protocols, exercise, holistic nutrition and other complementary and alternative modalities. For more information, directions and reservations, call 908-763-3402 or visit

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newsbriefs A Day of Healing Sexual Trauma


he Day of Healing Program, to be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 16, at Lynch Chiropractic, in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, is an intensive healing workshop for those affected by sexual trauma, offering physical, emotional and spiritual support. From self-help techniques and meditation to counseling and group therapy, the program empowers participants to take control of their path and find a deep, loving connection with their body and spirit. The program includes sharing circles, psychodramas, Donna Eden Energy Medicine and heart rhythm meditation. The sharing circle focuses on heart-centered genuine revelation, because survivors often experience shame and secrecy in the family and community. Trauma-sensitive yoga provides non-threatening language and a hands-off style of teaching in the interest of creating a safe and predictable environment. Individuals participate as a completely voluntary activity, where every breath and movement is an invitation.

Cost of $325 includes four additional follow-up sessions on Mar. 24 and 31 and Apr. 7 and 14. Location: 510 Chestnut St.. For more information or to register, call 484633-6167.

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ward winning author Dr. Stewart Bitkoff, author of Sufism for Western Seekers, will facilitate a weekend retreat from May 30 to June 1 at the Kirkridge Retreat & Study Center in Bangor, Pennsylvania, to teach in-depth lessons about human development systems such as Sufism, where the outcome is a “completed person”, and examine how participants may apply them in their life. Bitkoff holds a doctorate in education and has served on the faculties of several colleges and universities. A complete person is one that has added a degree of spiritual capacity to their life. This, along with other elements, helps us to achieve human excellence so that we are more apt to attain our own personal goals, maximize our true potential and lead a more content life. We, in turn, will learn to help others and society to do the same. Cost is $355, includes hotel accommodation and all meals. Commuter rate (register via phone only at 610588-1793) is $255 (includes all meals). Register by Apr. 15 at For more information, visit

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armenia Events is now booking events for their custom-built, portable solar panel trailer and audio system, which allow for mobile solar power generation at remote celebrations without a noisy, smelly diesel generator. The environmentally friendly initiative enables organizers to plug into renewable energy virtually anywhere, with the added bonus of a music and announcement system.

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newsbriefs Yoga Class for Back Pain Relief


ccording to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the number one reason for missing work in the U.S. is back pain, and a major cause of back pain is inflexibility in the legs and spine. Registered Yoga Teacher, Stephanie Snyder, is offering a solution with the “Relieving Back Pain Yoga Class,” on Saturday, March 22 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The sequence of yoga poses safely allows one to gain flexibility in the back of the legs, learn to bend at the hips, how to twist the spine to turn without compressing the discs and more. “I saw a great deal of back issue this winter with all the snow shoveling.” says Snyder. “When the hamstrings in particular are tight they pull on the spine muscles for length, decreasing the flexibility of the spine and lessening the natural curve of the spine. Inflexibility of the legs and back can also cause back strain as it inhibits one from bending at the hips as we are designed to anatomically. Therefore, yoga is a powerful tool to gain flexibility and alleviate many causes of back pain.” The Yoga with Stephanie Snyder studio is located in North Bethlehem near Wegmans. For more information, please visit or call 610-8670116. See ad on page 15.

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raditional Naturopathic Doctor Ping Zhao, of Authentic Eastern Health, in Bethlehem, is offering a Spring Checkup special during the month of March. Clients that make an initial consultation appointment can receive $10 off and get an overall view of their health status from a natural practice point of view. Authentic Eastern Health offers iridology analysis, acupressure, herbal consultation, tai chi and qigong exercise and other health and wellness classes. Naturopathy believes that the body has considerable power to heal itself. And the healer’s role is to enhance this process with the aid of natural therapy. Zhao states, “Finding the cause of a disease, whether physical or emotional, is the most important job for us.” Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body’s attempt to heal itself. Location: 3005 Brodhead Rd., Ste. 100, Bethlehem. For more information, call 610-866-9087 or visit See ad page 58 14

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newsbriefs Just Say No to Sludge


ewage sludge, which includes everything poured down the drain of every home, business, industry and hospital, is bring forced on your neighbors and community by a small group who legally call it ‘farm fertilizer’. Toxins found in sewage sludge spark concerns about the health and safety risks to neighbors, soil, and water and affect air quality and home values. “Big city toxic waste just lands on your doorstep.” says John Gorman, organizer of Sludge Free Upper Mount Bethel, pointing out that your community could be next. “We didn’t ask for this, it can happen to anyone. Tax paying citizens are pushing back, demanding rights to say “No” to unhealthy actions like spreading sewage sludge of fields where feedstock and food for human consumption is produced. Join the citizens group fighting sludge in your backyard. Petition and contact your elected municipality and state representatives, join the citizens group. To get involved; contact 570-872-5786 or Darree Sicher, United Sludge Free Alliance: 610-823-8258

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any consumers continue to demand a greater connection and understanding of their food and the environment in which it is produced. Local CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture) is a novel way for consumers to directly connect with local, small- scale, sustainable farmers and sponsor their food production. By committing to a local farm now, consumers can receive a weekly package of farm fresh products each week during the growing season. Added benefits to buying local and organically produced food include, freshness and flavor, elimination of toxic chemicals, strengthening of local family farms, preservation of farmland and a huge benefit to our local economy. In fact, according to our community chapter of Buy Fresh, Buy Local, if each of the 390,000 households in the Greater Lehigh Valley committed to spending just $10 per week on locally-grown foods during the 28 week growing season (May through November), we would keep $109 million of our food dollars circulating right here in our neighborhoods. For a list of local CSA programs that are accepting new subscribers, see ad on page 23.

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cup of beans a day may keep the doctor away. In a randomized trial published in the Archives of Internal Medicine of 121 participants diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, daily consumption of approximately one cup of legumes (peas and beans) was found to improve glycemic control and reduce systolic blood pressure and heart rate, thereby reducing participants’ calculated risk score for coronary heart disease (CHD). Body weight, waist circumference and fasting blood glucose and triglyceride levels also decreased on the legume diet. Legumes appear to make dietary carbohydrates digest more slowly and with a lower glycemic index, which has been associated with reduced hypertension and fewer CHD events in prediabetic individuals.

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lusive anti-cancer elements of vitamin E, natural tocopherols, have been identified by researchers at Ohio State University as being able to deactivate an enzyme essential for cancer cell survival. Although both alpha and gamma forms of natural tocopherols worked, the gamma was the most potent in shutting down the troublesome enzyme. Through manipulating the structure of the gamma molecule, the scientists were able to create an agent 20 times more effective than the original vitamin. In mice, this agent reduced the size of prostate cancer tumors. Over-the-counter vitamin E supplements are limited because many use synthetic forms that do not contain the natural gamma tocopherols. The study’s authors, led by Ching-Shih Chen, Ph.D., note that the human body cannot absorb the high dosages of natural vitamin E required to achieve the anti-cancer effect; their goal is to develop a safe pill that could be taken daily for cancer prevention.

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America’s Best Community Garden Cities We don’t have to live in a rural area or even the suburbs to be a farmer these days. According to the Trust for Public Land, the 10 best cities for homegrown veggies from urban gardens are Seattle, Washington (a P-Patch program provides 68 gardens for residents throughout the city); Portland, Oregon (its Produce for People program donates fresh produce to local hunger agencies); Long Beach, California (growing anything from sugar cane and lemongrass to sunflowers and tomatoes); St. Paul, Minnesota (17 community gardens—half run by nonprofits and half open to rent); Honolulu, Hawaii (1,254 plots for public use); San Jose, California (19 community gardens on 35 acres); Baltimore, Maryland (community gardens cover 11 acres throughout the city); Washington, D.C. (a Master Peace Farm program tends area gardens and mentors budding veggie growers at an adjoining middle school); Anchorage, Alaska (a city goal is enabling residents to work together in harmony); and Louisville, Kentucky (Brightside’s community garden program, established 19 years ago, currently manages 10 of Louisville’s 16 gardens). These gardens not only extol the virtues of fresh, local and often organic foods, they also bring communities together. Some produce food for those in need, others have youth programs and some have even been credited with reducing local crime rates. Many community gardens accept new members in the fall; visit to find one nearby and reserve a space. Source:

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Creative Paths for Local Food Sourcing Entrepreneurs are creating novel ways to circumvent the commercial food system that ships food, in or out of season, for hundreds or thousands of miles at the cost of quality and too often, accountability. Re:farm Denver, in Colorado, for example, supplies families with everything they need for backyard gardens, from irrigation systems to seeds. In 2013, 200 families participated. Cottage food laws allow artisans to sell breads, jams, candy and other foods made in home kitchens. While specific restrictions vary, 42 states have some type of cottage law. Beth-Ann Betz, who bakes sweets in her New Hampshire kitchen, says, “It gives me the option to be independent and self-employed at 66.” At the Community Thanksgiving Potluck, in Laguna Beach, California, dinner is shared, not served. For 25 years, those with homes and without, single people, families, city council members and the jobless have gathered to share food and community for the holiday. “It’s a wonderful chaos,” says Dawn Price, executive director of the nonprofit Friendship Shelter. At Bottles Liquor, in West Oakland, California, a banner reads “Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Available Here.” Bottles is a member of the Healthy Neighborhood Store Alliance, an effort of the nonprofit Mandela Marketplace to bring pesticidefree produce to corner stores throughout the neighborhood. Source: Yes magazine 22

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Farm Relief Mercury Mystery FDA Wakens to Local Needs

Small farms, farmers’ markets, local food processors and community food banks have been given a reprieve, because on December 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to take a second look at proposed new laws that would have put many of them out of business. The new rules, proposed under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), came under fire from consumers, farmers and others with voices that were heard. The FDA said its “thinking has evolved,” and “…significant changes will be needed in key provisions of the two proposed rules affecting small and large farmers. These provisions include water quality standards and testing, standards for using raw manure and compost, certain provisions affecting mixed-use facilities and procedures for withdrawing the qualified exemption for certain farms.” Source:

Portland on Tap City Voters Reject Fluoridation Again Portland, Oregon, residents have rejected a plan to fluoridate city water for the fourth time since 1956, making it the largest city (pop. 900,000) in the United States without fluoride in its water supply. In the 1950s, cities throughout the U.S. championed water fluoridation as a way of fighting tooth decay, but the effort backfired when a condition called fluorosis emerged, which ironically is characterized by tooth enamel discoloration and erosion. Anti-fluoride forces say that water treatment is not the key to better dental health for children. Fluoride Action Network Executive Director Paul Connett, Ph.D., has a better idea. “We urge the legalization of dental therapists in Oregon who will treat the low-income children dentists refuse to treat.”

How Sinking Organic Matter Plagues Fish University of Michigan and University of Hawaii researchers claim to have solved a long-standing scientific mystery of how mercury gets into open-water fish. Based on their study findings, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, they also project that mercury levels in Pacific fish will rise in the coming years. The researchers discovered that up to 80 percent of the toxic form of mercury, methylmercury, is generated deep in the ocean, most likely by bacteria attached to sinking pieces of organic matter. Mercury found in Pacific fish near Hawaii likely traveled thousands of miles through the air before being deposited in the ocean, the team concludes, blaming industrial nations such as China and India that rely on coal-burning power plants. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration notes that large fish have the highest levels of methylmercury because they live longer and have more time to accumulate it.

CSA Programs Now Open Local Produce and Farm Products for 2014 Season!

Befriend your local farmer and be assured of the growing methods of your food with these Community Sponsored Agriculture programs. By joining these programs, you will receive nutritious garden-fresh produce and farm products throughout the growing season and keep your money working in our community.



Over 30 varieties of vegetables using organic and biodynamic practices. Weekly share is supplemented with some off-farm products grown to our standards by local farmers. Shares are picked up either on Tuesdays or Fridays between 3pm and 7pm.

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globalbriefs Vanishing Whales Illegal Hunting Continues to Decimate Species Whales are still being killed, despite an international ban on commercial whaling. According to Greenpeace, many whale species are down to around 1 percent of their estimated former abundance before the days of commercial whaling. Fourteen whaling nations came together in 1946 to form the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to manage whale stocks and recommend hunting limits where appropriate, but the continuing decline of populations forced the IWC to call for an outright ban on all commercial whaling in 1986. Yet Japan, Norway and Iceland continue to defy the ban, each harvesting hundreds of whales every year. Several green groups, including the Natural Resources Development Council (NRDC), recently petitioned the U.S. government to take action against Iceland under the Pelly Amendment to the Fisherman’s Protective Act. “The Amendment allows the president to impose trade sanctions against a country that is ‘diminishing the effectiveness’ of a conservation agreement— in Iceland’s case, the whaling moratorium and another international treaty that prohibits trade in endangered species,” writes the NRDC. The petition names several Icelandic firms—including major seafood companies with ties to the country’s whaling industry—as potential targets for trade sanctions. To learn more, visit, and

Looming Law International Pact Could Lower Food Protections The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the largest global trade pact to be negotiated since the inception of the World Trade Organization. Many details remain a mystery and negotiations are being conducted in secret. Leaked drafts of its provisions indicate that the TPP would give multinational corporations the power to sue countries, states, counties or cities in order to negate laws specifically designed to protect citizens, such as bans on growing genetically modified organisms (GMO). Corporations would be allowed to resolve trade disputes in special international tribunals, effectively wiping out hundreds of domestic and international food sovereignty laws. The TPP would require countries to accept food that meets only the lowest safety standards of the collective participants. If enacted, consumers could soon be eating imported seafood, beef or chicken products that don’t meet basic U.S. food safety standards, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would be powerless to stop imports of such unsafe foods or ingredients. Plus, the labeling of products as fair trade, organic, countryof-origin, animal welfare-approved or GMO-free could be challenged as barriers to trade. Opposition has grown, thanks to petitions by members of the Organic Consumers Association and other groups. More than 400 organizations, representing 15 million Americans, have petitioned Congress to do away with accelerated acceptance of the measure without full debate. For more information, visit and search TPP.


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ecotip Healthy Food at the Front Door

A growing trend is the ringing of a doorbell heralding the arrival of healthy food. In addition to the convenience and time savings, having a grocery delivery van make roundtrips to and from multiple customers’ doorsteps generates far less emissions than traditional shopping. Home deliveries of local and organic fresh fruits and vegetables have customers clamoring for more. After serving most of the New York metro area for more than a decade, online grocer FreshDirect began delivering in the Philadelphia metro area in October 2012 and expanded to other parts of Pennsylvania, plus New Jersey and Delaware, last fall. “Our hyper-local, farm-to-fork food systems result in healthy relationships between consumers, food and farmers,” says David McInerney, co-founder of FreshDirect. The company also supports hunger organizations and provides nutritional counseling.  Planet Organics ( serves the San Francisco Bay area. Beginning last fall, Instacart partnered with Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Costco to begin delivering food to homes in 13 neighborhoods in Chicago. Beginning in Colorado, where it’s based, Door to Door Organics ( now provides its service in Michigan, plus metro areas of Kansas City, Chicago and New York. Green BEAN Delivery (, based in Indianapolis, now also delivers organic and sustainable foods in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; and most recently, St. Louis, Missouri.   Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks ( taps into 100-plus farmers within a day’s drive of its Niles, Illinois, center, to serve the Chicago and Milwaukee metro areas. “We’re able to concentrate on reaching people of all incomes and get deep into the communities,” says co-owner Shelly Herman. The eight-year-old company also partners with community groups, food pantries and schools. Going a step further, other companies are delivering prepared healthy meals. In one example, Power Supply ( recently partnered with Mindful Chef to foster this connection with 50 yoga and other fitness facilities, as well as other businesses in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

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Gardening as Spiritual Practice Cycles of Growth Cultivate Our Divinity by April Thompson


ardening is not about having or taking; it’s about giving,” says Connecticut psychotherapist Gunilla Norris, author of A Mystic Garden: Working with Soil, Attending to Soul. “And in giving, the garden gives back to you.” She deems the art of practicing gratitude in the garden as an intentional path for cultivating spirituality.“Every day, go out and thank the ground. Life is burgeoning all around us, all the time,” she continues. “If we can just appreciate that, it’s a big deal.” It’s hard not to be humbled and


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awed by the miracle of life when we see a seedling push its tiny green head above ground, lean toward the sun and unfurl its first set of leaves. Each bit of plant life is simply fulfilling its mission to grow and be. “Gardening enhances our relationship to the Earth. Through gardening, we are helping to heal the planet, which is part of the work we are all called to do,” remarks Al Fritsch, a Jesuit priest in Ravenna, Kentucky, and author of the e-book, Spiritual Growth Through Domestic Gardening (free at Over

his lifetime, Fritsch has helped turn a parking lot, a section of church lawn, and overgrown bottomland all into thriving gardens. In his view, “It gives us a sense of home, roots us in place.” We can even discover our personal calling through cultivating a garden while gleaning endless spiritual lessons: Here dwells patience and an appreciation for the natural order of things; no fertilizer can force a flower to bloom before its time. Here resides mindfulness as we learn to notice changes in the plants under our care and discern what they need to thrive. Here abides interdependence; we wouldn’t have carrots, corn or cherries without the bats, birds, and bees playing in the pollen. In a garden, we naturally accept the cycle of life, death and rebirth as we bid adieu to the joy of seasonal colors and let flowerbeds rest in peace, anticipating their budding and blooming again. Just as the fruits of growing a garden exceed the doing—the weeding and seeding and countless other tasks—so do the riches of tending a spiritual life surpass the striving. We do well to rejoice in the sacred space created, cherishing every spiritual quality nurtured within and reflected in the Divine handiwork. Breathing in the floral perfume carried by the breeze and reveling in the multi-hued textures of living artistry, we celebrate the fact that we too, are playing our part of the natural miracle of life. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at


A Collaboration of Young Minds in the Name of Social Justice by Marissa Blose


he month of February honors one of the United States’ greatest leaders in social justice—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Though February has come to an end, the struggle for social justice continues, as there are many social justice issues currently affecting us on a community, national and global level. From the environment and public health to the many gender and racial-related issues still present in our country, we have a long ways to go before achieving social justice. On April 3 and 4, Muhlenberg College will host the 11th Annual LVAIC Social Research Social Justice Undergraduate Conference. The conference began in 2003 when faculty and students from the Department of Media and Communications organized the event to provide a setting for students from colleges across the Lehigh Valley to come together to share their research and ultimately prompt important discussions on social justice issues. While the theme of the conference is social justice, the range of topics that students have researched reflects a truly interdisciplinary focus. The panels, which are designed to highlight the popular categories of research within the field of social justice, take on a variety of subjects such as history, political science, sociology, education, religion, theater, art, African American studies, public health, environmental studies, international affairs and psychology. Recently, popular topics have been fair trade; gender roles and how they are portrayed in the media; health care with a focus on terminally ill cases in families; and social movements and how they form. Dr. Kate Ranieri and Dr. Amy Corbin are both assistant professors in the media and communications department at Muhlenberg College and are currently the co-directors of the conference. Ranieri took a personal interest in the conference as a result of her research on women’s reproductive rights, and Corbin’s specialization in cultural and racial issues prompted her involvement. Corbin also says the conference gives her the chance “to think outside of the box,” especially when it comes to sifting through the proposals and designing panels that will prompt interesting and criti-

cal conversations about social justice. In addition to the conference having an interdisciplinary focus, it also encourages presentations of all types, from research papers and poster sessions to media, arts and cultural productions, performances and exhibits. The event has positively impacted students in the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges by allowing them to discover important things about themselves, whether it is through their own research or other students’ presentations. Plus, it has given students greater insight into their identities and often guided them to career paths in the field of social justice. On a personal level, it provides them with the confidence that derives from presenting their research publicly and in a formal setting. Students are not the only ones who benefit from the conference; the Lehigh Valley community as a whole is also affected. Because the event is open to community members, it creates an opportunity for many people who are working for advocacy groups in the area to come together to hear students’ perspectives on social justice issues. When community members are working in a field relevant to a student’s research, it provides for meaningful Q&A sessions in which the students and community members can learn from one another. This year’s keynote speaker is filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, an Emmy and Peabody award-winning director of dramatic and documentary subjects. His most recent film The House I Live In, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, is an important documentary in the field of social justice that investigates the measurable impact that the war on drugs has had on our nation. Jarecki will screen his movie at Lehigh University on April 2 and will deliver his speech at the conclusion of the day’s conference events on April 3. Marissa Blose is a senior working toward an English degree, with a minor in peace and justice studies, at Moravian College in Bethlehem. She assists others by tutoring in the college’s writing center. Contact her at natural awakenings

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You describe the influential patterns and motivators in your life as diamonds and stones; how would you characterize your childhood years in foster homes? I can now see that spending the better part of my first decade in a series of foster homes was all a part of God’s infallible plan for me. I believe I was in a type of training camp for becoming a teacher of higher spiritual and commonsense principles. If I was going to spend my adult life teaching, lecturing and writing on self-reliance, then I obviously needed to learn to rely upon myself and be in a position to never be dissuaded from this awareness. What better training ground for teaching this than an early childhood that required a sense of independence and need for self-sufficiency? Now that I know that every encounter, challenge and situation is a spectacular thread in a tapestry, and that each represents and defines my life, I am deeply grateful for them all. Each of us has a mission of some kind to fulfill at the moment we make the shift from nowhere to now here, from spirit to form. I’ve seen firsthand how this universe has a creative source of energy supporting it that is literally the matrix of all matter. Nothing occurs by happenstance anywhere, because this universal mind is perpetually on call, going about its miraculous ways in terms of infinite possibilities.

you yet they belong not to you.” Each of my children had their blueprint from God. My job has been to guide, then step aside and let whatever is inside them that is their own uniqueness steer the course of their lives.

What has your life taught you about prayer? I feel that the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi says it best: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there

is darkness, let me bring light. Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.” The masters I’ve studied pray to become more godly, more like where we originally came from. My prayer is always, “Help me to remind myself to get rid of this ego and to be like You are. Help me to be my highest self, the place within that is God.” Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the extended interview.

What can you see clearly about your role as a parent? I’ve watched my eight children show up from birth with their unique personalities and blossom into their own awakenings. I know for certain that the one Divine mind that is responsible for all of creation has a hand in this engaging mystery. Same parents, same environment, same culture and yet eight individuals, with their own distinctive character traits. Khalil Gibran stated it perfectly in The Prophet: “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with natural awakenings

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Waldorf Education and Why it Works by Stephanie Smith


n the River Valley Waldorf School early childhood classrooms, people won’t see letters, papers and posters on the walls and they won’t see shelves of “learning materials” and jars of pens and pencils. What they will notice is diffused lighting, the welcoming scent of fresh-baked bread, tree branches, wooden tables and chairs, blocks and play kitchens, the pinks and oranges of silk scarves, the off white of wool rugs, sewing projects made of plant-dyed felt, finger-knitted lengths of yarns, wood play stands and wooden boats that, when flipped over, double as stairs, pillars or islands in seas of lava. When one walks down the hall to a grade school classroom, gone are the shelves filled with workbooks, lined paper, sheets of homework yet to be assigned, empty walls and no cartoon characters encouraging hard work and perseverance. Instead, individuals will see old-fashioned wood desks inside which students are instructed to keep their work neat, along with the tools they need to do that work—European beeswax crayons and colored pencils, fountain pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, recorders and handmade cases for all of the above. While there is much beauty, texture, light and obvious creativity to be found in a Waldorf school, what happens there academically? In the early childhood


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“It takes a child who is three years old 155 hours to learn the calendar. An eight year old can learn it in 5 minutes. What a waste of a three year old’s time!” ~ Bev Boz, Early Childhood Educator classrooms, teachers create a home-like atmosphere which allows the children to relax and benefit from the thoughtful curriculum. From this foundation, the teacher is able to encourage the child’s power of imagination (necessary to become a deeply literate reader) and memory by telling and re-telling carefully-selected stories and performing puppet shows, often with advanced vocabulary (teaching language much as it has been taught in all cultures for thousands of years, training phonologi-

cal awareness, which is the essential foundation for reading). Children experience free play, both inside and outside, for a great part of the day, which allows them to naturally develop social skills while encouraging them to expand their physical relationship to the world. Circle time re-enforces memory while building large and small motor capacity, eyehand coordination, and sequencing—all building blocks for later abstract thinking. Sensory integration, the appreciation of the beauty of language and an understanding of the natural world, are skills necessary for today’s children and ones that are fostered in River Valley’s classrooms. River Valley’s grade school teachers, like all Waldorf teachers world wide, take as a starting point the idea that children possess a natural honesty, curiosity and interest in their world. Retaining these innate characteristics, while expanding their intellectual capacity, is the primary goal of Waldorf education. By using the arts and creativity to immerse children in the learning process, by timing the introduction of material to coincide with the age at which students are able to truly understand and work with the concepts, and by providing a safe, open and trusting environment in which to learn, River Valley Waldorf School builds confident, avid, inspired learners for life. Waldorf educators believe that by educating the heart (music and art) and the hands (knitting, gardening, woodworking, etc.), along with the head (academics), it succeeds where many fail. Waldorf students like to learn. From much practice, they speak easily in front of a crowd; they problem solve as second nature (having solved the problem of knitting in first grade, cross-stitch in fourth, wood working in sixth, stone sculpting in eighth); they are confident learners, invested in thoughtful consideration of ideas; and they take an avid interest in the world around them, looking to the future with compassion and excitement. River Valley Waldorf School is located at 1395 Bridgeton Hill Road, in Upper Black Eddy. To attend an Open House on March 15 or a School Tour on April 17 or May 15, call 610-982-5606.


photos, low-calorie recipes and athome workouts. Tweeting when feeling the urge to eat virtually guarantees that we’ll receive a helpful response in a minute or two. Twitter chats are also a fabulous way to connect with an established and helpful healthy living tribe.

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A visual smorgasbord of clean-eating recipes, at-home workouts and inspirational photos keeps spirits up. Pinterest accesses photos throughout the Internet that we can grab and “pin” to a personal online vision board. It’s also possible to create a visual cookbook, pinning recipes to, for example, clean eating, Paleo, pumpkin and oatmeal themed boards. It’s fun to connect with our favorite healthy living peeps and start following their boards for continuous injections of inspiration and motivation.

Online Friends Help Us Stay on Track by Tamara Grand



umans are inherently social creatures. Most of us enjoy the company of others and spend much of our waking time engaging in social interactions with colleagues, friends and family. People that spend a lot of time together often adopt one another’s eating and exercise habits—sometimes for the better, but often for the worse. At least one positive side to wishing to conform socially is unexpected. Finding the right circle of friends—our own personal support group—can make sticking to an exercise schedule or diet easier. It’s a key factor in the popularity of organized weight-loss groups and exercise classes. Studies published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and the Journal of Obesity demonstrate that just having a weight-loss or fitness support system in place results in better adherence to diet and exercise with more pounds shed and kept off over the long term. Researchers believe that in addition to the motivation and account-

ability supporters provide, benefits are also enhanced by learning through observing; changing our behavior through watching the actions and outcomes of others’ behavior. If we don’t have physical access to a local support group, we can access one online or create our own, using one of the following social media platforms.


The leading social networking website includes thousands of community and group pages devoted to weight loss, exercise and healthy living. Its search function helps find one that fits our needs. Make an introduction and join the discussion. Participating in a special challenge helps everyone stay motivated.


This micro-blogging site is informal and fast-paced, providing nearly instantaneous feedback. Use Twitter to identify friends with similar health and fitness goals. Follow links to motivational

Love to take photos using a smartphone? Instagram provides a platform for sharing snippets of our day via pictures. Fitness fans regularly “Instagram” their meals and workouts, in part to remain accountable to their online followers, but also to help motivate themselves and others to make healthy choices each day.


Our go-to resource for music videos is also home to hundreds of healthy living “channels”. Want to follow someone’s 100-pound weight-loss journey, learn how to cook quinoa or follow along with free, at-home workout videos? This is the place. Watch, share and comment on a favorite YouTube video to become part of its online community. The key to using social media to improve our health and fitness is inherent in the name. It’s a friendly way to interact, participate and engage with others. Tamara Grand, Ph.D., is a certified personal trainer and a group fitness and indoor cycling instructor in Port Moody, British Columbia, in Canada. Her new book is Ultimate Booty Workouts. She contributes to and blogs at

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Fresh Food Trends Natural Trailblazers in Sustainable Eating by Melinda Hemmelgarn

Food experts have listed local, regional and sustainable foods among the top food trends for 2014. Consumers’ heightened environmental awareness and their love for fresh flavors are responsible.


here’s even a new term, “hyperlocal”, to describe produce harvested fresh from onsite gardens at restaurants, schools, supermarkets and hospitals—all designed for sourcing tasty, nutrient-rich foods minus the fuel-guzzling transportation costs. Adding emphasis to the need to

preserve vital local food sources, the United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. Here are four thriving food trends resulting from shifts in Americans’ thinking and our growing love for all things local.

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What could be more entertaining and economical than searching for and gathering wild foods in their natural habitat? From paw paws and persimmons in Missouri to palmetto berries in Florida and seaweed in California, Mother Nature provides a feast at her children’s feet. Commonly foraged foods include nuts, mushrooms, greens, herbs, fruits and even shellfish. To learn how to identify regional native wild foods and cash in on some “free” nutritious meals, foragers need to know where and when to harvest their bounty. Conservation departments and state and national parks often offer helpful field guides and recipes. Jill Nussinow, also known as The Veggie Queen, a registered dietitian and cookbook author in Santa Rosa, California, characterizes foraging as “nature’s treasure hunt.” Nussinow says she forages for the thrill of it and because, “It puts you very much in touch with the seasons.” On her typical foraging excursions through forests and on beaches, Nussinow notes, “You never know what you might find: mushrooms, berries, miner’s lettuce, mustard pods or sea vegetables. It’s free food, there for the picking.” However, she warns, “You have to know what you are doing. Some wild foods can be harmful.” For example, Nussinow advises getting to know about mushrooms before venturing forth to pick them. She recom-

mends the book Mushrooms Demystified, by David Arora, as a learning tool, and checking with local mycological associations for safe mushroom identification. She also likes the advice of “Wildman” Steve Brill, of New York City, who publishes educational articles at Wildman “He knows more about wild foods than anyone I know,” she says. Vermont wildcrafter Nova Kim teaches her students not only how to identify wild edibles, but also how to harvest them sustainably. It’s critical to make sure wild foods will be available for future generations.


Kefir, kimchi, kombucha and sauerkraut all owe their unique flavors to fermentation. Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes From Around the World, is a selfdescribed “fermentation revivalist”. He explains how microorganisms, such as lactic acid bacteria that are universally present on raw vegetables and in milk, transform fresh food into preserved sustenance. Katz recalls how his boyhood love for sour pickles grew to an “obsession with all things fermented.” An abundant garden crop of cabbage left him wondering, “What are we going to do with all that cabbage?” The answer came naturally: “Let’s make sauerkraut.”

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steady diet of corn and soy, both their milk and meat contain less beneficial fat. According to Captain Joseph Hibbeln, a lipid biochemist and physician at the National Institutes of Health, American diets have become deficient in omega-3 fatty acids over the past 100 years, largely because of industrial agriculture. Hibbeln believes that consuming more omega-3s may be one of the most important dietary changes Americans can make to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve mental health and enhance children’s brain and eye development, including boosting their IQs. Coldwater fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines provide excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, dairy and meat from animals raised on pasture can improve our intake, as well.


How might eating with the “creation” in mind influence food and agriculture trends? Barbara Ross, director of social services for Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, believes, “People’s common denominator is that

Hyperlocal Superstars Food Corps is a national nonprofit with a mission to improve school food and thus children’s health and lifelong potential. Active in 15 states, it places teams of young teachers in limited-resource communities to establish school gardens, provide food-based nutrition education and supplement school meals with garden fresh produce. Visit we are all part of and integral to the creation.” She considers how “Food, agriculture, environment and economy are bound together in a way that requires we think, plan and act for the dignity of each person and the common good of the human family.” Ross explains that the choices we make in these vital areas affect the richness of our soils, the purity of our air and water and the health of all living things. Marie George, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University, in Queens, New York, agrees, “The serious ecological crises we see today stem

from the way we think,” and “reveal an urgent moral need for a new solidarity” to be better stewards of the Earth and its creatures. For example, George sees it as contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer; that’s why she opposes gestation crates and the push for cheap food that exploits animals and the environment in the process. Kelly Moltzen, a registered dietitian in Bronx, New York, shares a passion for addressing food justice and sustainability from her faith-based perspective of Franciscan spirituality. She believes that, “When we connect our spirituality with the daily act of eating, we can eat in a way that leads to a right relationship with our Creator.” By bridging spirituality with nutrition and the food system, Moltzen hopes to raise awareness of how people can care for their body as a temple and live in right relationship with the Earth, which she perceives as “the larger house of God.” Fred Bahnson, director of the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is the author of Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. His book takes the reader on a journey to four different faith communities— Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal and Jewish—to explore connections between spiritual nourishment and the cultivation of food. Bahnson speaks about sacred soil and the communities of mystical microorganisms that lie within and create the foundation for sustenance. He also describes the special power of communal gardens, which welcome all and provide nourishing food, yet come to satisfy more than physical hunger. Regardless of religious denomination, Amanda Archibald, a registered dietitian in Boulder, Colorado, believes, “We are in a new era of food—one that embraces and honors food producers and food systems that respect soil, environment and humanity itself.” Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at, in Columbia, MO ( She advocates for organic farmers at


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The Roundup-ready Pathway to Modern Diseases by Judith Lawson

“Corporations are not concerned with the common good. They exploit, pollute, impoverish, repress, kill and lie to make money.” ~ Chris Hedges, Pulitzer winning correspondent for The New York Times, now investigative journalist and fellow at The Nation Institute and


ne would think a product that advertises visible results in three hours--that visible result being the death of weeds--would be handled and purchased with great care. It is, after all, a lethal potion. But Roundup, the top-selling weed killer in the world, is often handled carelessly and frequently purchased without so much as a fleeting thought for its broader effects. Roundup’s maker, Monsanto, prints a sidebar on the label that asks, “Did you know? Glyphosate targets an enzyme found in plants but not people or pets.” As harmless as table salt, according to Monsanto’s public relations spokespersons. In fact, many believe that nothing could be further from the truth. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, a chemical so ubiquitous in agriculture and lawn maintenance since its introduction and patenting by Monsanto in 1976 it can reasonably be said to have rounded up and swallowed the lion’s share of America’s staple food crops—wheat, corn, soy, canola and sugar beets—all of them now “Roundup ready,” meaning grown from genetically engineered plant seed that resists glyphosate-murdering weeds. This means it’s in almost every processed food on a supermarket’s shelves, as well as meat and milk from corn and soy-fed cattle. In a recent issue of Entropy, an international and open access journal of entropy and information studies for academics published in Basel, Switzerland, individuals can read the full review

of existing studies of glyphosate titled, Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Disease, co-authored by Anthony Samsel, an independent scientist and consultant from Deerfield, New Hampshire, a renowned expert on environmental toxins and Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory . Six years ago Seneff was alarmed at the rapid rise in diseases that appear to be associated with a Western diet. These include digestive issues, obesity, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, Parkinson’s disease, liver diseases and cancer, among others. There had been a number of studies of glyphosate, particularly in the UK and France that found glyphosate caused birth defects in the embryos of lab animals, visceral anomalies such as dilation of the heart in rabbits at low and medium doses and most strikingly the death of human umbilical, embryonic and placental cells within 24 hours of exposure. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency, which relies heavily on data supplied by the agro-chemical industry, had vetted Roundup as safe for pets and humans. Meanwhile, a small

but vocal group of scientists argued it was not. As a computer scientist at one of the world’s foremost computer labs, Seneff had the tools and connections to top independent researchers to connect the dots. Seneff and Samsel set out to uncover what was happening in the interaction of glyphosate with human health. What they found is stunning evidence that through three mechanisms— adverse effects on the gut microbiota, established ability to inhibit the activity of cytochrome P450 enzymes and likely impairment of sulfate transport—glyphosate remarkably underlies “a great number of diseases and conditions that are prevalent in the modern industrialized world.” “We believe that glyphosate may be the most significant environmental toxin,” state the authors. “Mainly because it is pervasive and it is often handled carelessly due to its perceived nontoxicity. Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.” Knowing how widely glyphosate has spread throughout our industrial food system, there’s just one sane choice. Viva organic!

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Food Revolution in a Tank Aquaponics Offers Year-Round Homegrown Fish and Veggies by Avery Mack


icture a salad of mixed lettuces or romaine accented with microgreens and ripe, red tomatoes alongside an entrée of tilapia, complemented by a dessert of fresh strawberries—all organic, eco-friendly and freshly harvested, even in the middle of winter. The ingredients for this meal don’t have to travel many miles to reach the table—they can be found just several feet away, thanks to aquaponics. “Aquaculture is fish farming, hydroponics is soilless gardening,” explains Becca Self, executive director of educational nonprofit FoodChain, in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. “Aquaponics is a mutually beneficial blend of the two. Our indoor aquaponics system produces about 150 pounds of fresh tilapia every month, plus nearly 200 pounds of lettuces, herbs and microgreens.” FoodChain, which shares production space in a former bread factory with Smithtown Seafood and West


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Sixth Brewing, hosted 2,000 guests and was the destination for 54 field trips last year by farmers, church groups, Rotary clubs and students of all grade levels. The seafood restaurant’s website notes, “We can step outside our back door into the farm for our superfood salad greens, herbs and tilapia.” FoodChain is also finding a way to use waste grain from the microbrewery as fish food. According to brewmaster Robin Sither, the grain is free of genetic engineering, but not organic. He notes that it’s rare for a brewery to use organic grain. The general hydroponics concept dates back to ancient practices in Chinese rice fields, Egyptian bottomlands flooded by the Nile River and Aztec floating gardens perched on low rafts layered with rich bottom muck. By the early 20th century, chemists had identified solutions of 13 specific nutrients which, added to water, could entirely substitute for fertile soil. That’s when William F. Gericke, Ph.D., of the

University of California-Berkeley, took the science of hydroponics into commercial production. “In today’s space-efficient, closed, recirculating aquaponic systems that combine fish tanks and plant troughs, fish waste provides fertilizer for the plants, while the plants clean the water for fish,” says Gina Cavaliero, owner of Green Acre Aquaponics, in Brooksville, Florida. The 2013 Aquaponics Association Conference, in Tucson, Arizona, reported that aquaponic plants grow faster and offer higher yields, plus the sustainable technology recycles 90 percent of the water. In Denver, JD Sawyer, president of Colorado Aquaponics, operates a 3,000-square-foot farm in a food desert neighborhood (without easy access to fresh, healthy, affordable food). Koi, tilapia and hybrid striped bass fertilize romaine, bib lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, chives and strawberries. Other crops include tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash and root vegetables like beets and carrots. Tilapia and bass sell to the community and restaurants; koi are used in livestock ponds. Sawyer remarks, “An aquaponics system can be indoors or out, depending on the climate, for commercial use or in the home. The basement, garage or a spare room is ideal for growing your own food.” Home garden sizes range from a 20-gallon aquarium to a 10-by-20-foot area. Avery Ellis, an ecological designer and permaculture specialist in Boulder, Colorado, builds dynamic, living, nonconventional systems. “The temperature in most homes is near 70 degrees, an ideal temperature for a tropical fish like tilapia,” he says. “A 50-gallon fish tank, a 50-gallon storage bin and a timer to feed the fish automatically and supply light can be a self-sustaining system.” Outdoors, a greenhouse or geodesic dome can house the system. “A harmonious balance maintains itself, and we enjoy maximum yields from little

labor,” says Ellis. He reflects that the solutions for feeding the world exist if we just open our eyes to what needs to be done. For those that don’t care to harvest and clean fish, decorative koi species work well.

“We like to use heirloom varieties; we don’t want just pretty plants that have diluted flavor. Butter lettuce is the tilapia of plants—it’s easy to grow for a good yield.” ~ Erik Oberholtzer, Tender Greens restaurants Erik Oberholtzer, founder and owner of Tender Greens restaurants, which sources from nearby southern California farms and is exploring ways to install an aquaponics system in each of its restaurants, explains, “The world is suffering from a loss of growing habitat, genetically modified seeds and global warming. Aquaponics enables growers to stay ahead of climate change, making it the future of sustainable farming. It’s an ethical way to make quality food healthy, affordable and profitable.” Aquaponics methods deliver fish free of mercury and genetically modified fish food, plus the freshest vegetables possible, all without the worry of weeds, rabbits, insects, suspect fertilizers, toxic herbicides and pesticides. A home aquaponics system can be one of the best green investments to make in 2014. According to Oberholtzer, “Eating this way should not be a luxury.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via

Aquaponics Advantages 4 Enthusiasts can start small 4 No soil is needed 4 No fertilizer is needed (provided by the fish) 4 No toxic pesticides 4 Uses 90 percent less water than conventional methods 4 Plants help filter indoor air 4 Pests and diseases are easier to spot for treatment 4 Growing basil helps repel pests 4 Operator controls nutrition levels at less cost and waste 4 No nutrients pollute the larger environment 4 Stable, high yields of organic produce and safe-fed fish 4 Year-round production from indoor systems 4 Easy to harvest; fish harvesting is optional 4 Aesthetic enjoyment


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Powerhouse Herbs Four Plants Protect Against Disease by Kathleen Barnes

Mother Nature’s most potent healing herbs are already on most spice racks or growing nearby, often right outside the door.


erbs, respected for their healing properties for millennia, have been widely used by traditional healers with great success. Now clinical science supports their medicinal qualities. Pharmaceutical companies routinely extract active ingredients from herbs for common medications, including the potent pain reliever codeine, derived from Papaver somniferum; the head-clearing antihistamines ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, from Ephedra si-

nica; and taxol, the chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat several types of cancer, including breast cancer, from Taxus brevifolia. These are among the findings according to Leslie Taylor, a naturopath and herbalist headquartered in Milam County, Texas, and author of The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs. Even among an abundance of healing herbs, some stand out as nature’s “superherbs” that provide an array of medical properties, according

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to Rosemary Gladstar, of Barre, Vermont, the renowned author of Herbal Remedies for Vibrant Health and related works. Two of these, she notes, are widely considered nuisance weeds. Plantain (Plantago major): Commonly used externally for poultices, open wounds, blood poisoning and bee stings, it also helps relieve a wider variety of skin irritations. According to a study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, this common “weed” fortifies the liver and reduces inflammation, which may reduce the risk for many kinds of chronic diseases. At least one study, published in the journal Planta Medica, suggests that plantain can enhance the immune system to help fight cancer and infectious diseases. “Plantain is considered a survival herb because of its high nutritional value,” advises Gladstar, who founded the California School of Herbal Studies, in Sonoma County, in 1978. A new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry confirms it’s an excellent source of alpha-tocopherol, a natural form of vitamin E and beta carotene that can be used in salads for those that don’t mind its bitter taste. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Like plantain, dandelion is one of the most powerful medicinal herbs on the planet. “Dandelion is revered wherever you travel, except in the United States, where it is considered noxious,” observes Gladstar. Americans should reconsider their obsession with eradication. Dandelion root is an effective treatment against several types of cancer, including oftenfatal pancreatic and colorectal cancers

Herb: A plant or a part of a plant that is used as medicine or to give flavor to food. ~ Merriam Webster and melanoma, even those that have proven resistant to chemotherapy and other conventional treatments, according to several studies from the University of Windsor, in England. Traditionally part of a detoxification diet, it’s also used to treat digestive ailments, reduce swelling and inflammation and stop internal and external bleeding. Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Turmeric gives curry powder its vibrant yellow color. “Curcumin, turmeric’s most important active ingredient, is a wealth of health, backed by substantial scientific evidence that upholds its benefits,” says Jan McBarron, a medical and naturopathic doctor in Columbus,

Georgia, author of Curcumin: The 21st Century Cure and co-host of the Duke and the Doctor radio show. Several human and animal studies have shown that curcumin can be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, both in prevention and to slow or even stop its progress. One Australian study showed that curcumin helps rid the body of heavy metals that may be an underlying cause of the memory-robbing disease. Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that curcumin helped dissolve the plaques and tangles of brain material characteristic to Alzheimer’s. Curcumin is also known to be effective in lessening depression and preventing heart disease, some types of cancer and diabetes, says McBarron. Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Primarily used for its considerable antiinflammatory properties, ginger makes a delicious and healing tea and an enticing spice in a variety of dishes. This herbal powerhouse has at least 477 active ingredients, according to Beyond

Aspirin, by Thomas M. Newmark and Paul Schulick. Considerable research confirms ginger’s effectiveness against a variety of digestive problems, including nausea from both morning sickness and chemotherapy. Research from Florida’s University of Miami also confirms its usefulness in reducing knee pain. “Ginger is a good-tasting herb to treat any type of bacterial, fungal of viral infection,” says Linda Mix, a retired registered nurse in Rogersville, Tennesse, and author of Herbs for Life! The health benefits of these four vital herbs are easily accessed by growing them in a home garden or pot or via extracted supplements. Kathleen Barnes is the author of Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at Note: For referenced studies, check the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

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ON THE GO Safe Eating Away from Home by Judith Fertig


lthough following a diet without gluten has become easier due to increased availability and labeling of gluten-free foods, we still need to know how to make sure which foods strictly qualify. We always have more control in our own kitchen, yet we’re not always eating at home. Natural Awakenings asked experts to comment on reasons for the demand and offer practical tips and tactics for healthy eating on the go. According to the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment, 18 million Americans are now gluten sensitive, 3 million more suffer from celiac disease, and the numbers continue to skyrocket, says Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist and author of Grain Brain. Gluten, a naturally occurring protein in wheat, barley and rye, is prevalent in the modern American diet. Perlmutter points to new wheat hybrids and increasing amounts of gluten in processed

foods as exacerbating the problem. He particularly cites today’s overuse of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications as contributors to “inappropriate and excessive reactions to what might otherwise have represented a non-threatening protein like gluten.”

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Jules Shepard, a mother of two in Washington, D.C., and author of Free for All Cooking: 150 Easy GlutenFree, Allergy-Friendly Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy who also shares recipes at Blog.JulesGlutenFree. com, remembers when going out for a gluten-free lunch was difficult. “The friendly lunch spots my coworkers and I used to enjoy on a weekly and sometimes even daily basis were no longer friendly for me,” she says. “There was nothing on the menu I could eat, and it seemed better for everyone if I simply stayed in the office. But it isolated

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me socially from my colleagues and deprived me of a much-needed midday break that had been such an enjoyable part of my routine.” Attending catered breakfasts or lunches for office meetings also presented difficulties. Shepard learned that it’s best to be prepared and pack something, even if it’s only a snack. “Some of my favorites include fresh fruit, like apples or bananas with peanut or almond butter, washed berries, applesauce, coconut yogurt, hummus and red peppers, trail mix, dry cereals like granola, and nutrition bars. I keep a variety of these bars in my purse and car yearround, so I’m never bored with my choices.” “Glutenfree instant oatmeal is a staple in my life,” advises Shepard. She never leaves home without it, regardless of the length of the trip. “All you need is a cup or a bowl and some boiling water. Be sure to buy certified glutenfree oats, because regular

oats can be contaminated with gluten grains.” Shepard also recommends avoiding pre-sweetened varieties. Kate Chan, a teacher and mother of two in suburban Seattle, Washington, who has been following a glutenfree diet since 2000, has solved the problem of eating healthy at work another way: The family cooks extra the night before. “While cleaning up the kitchen, I just pack the leftovers for lunch. I like to vary the side dishes a bit if I pack side dishes at all, and toss in fruit and more vegetables,” she says. Chan likes to use a bento-style lunch box with several compartments, plus thermal containers, so she can enjoy a variety of gluten-free lunch options.

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You Can Take It with You by Judith Fertig Our experts suggest delicious, nutritious choices for gluten-free eating at work, play or anywhere we wander. For food safety, keep foods that need to be kept hot and cold in separate thermal containers.

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Action Plan for Parents

Seven Signs of Food Sensitivities by Pamela Bond


n recent years, Pediatrician William Sears has seen many more cases of asthma and eczema in his San Clemente, California, office. Dairy and wheat remain the biggest culprits, but experts believe new factors may be contributing to the rise in food sensitivities, including synthetic additives like partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and flavors and sweeteners, plus genetically modified ingredients. Often undiagnosed and untreated, food intolerances can cause long-term tissue damage, warns Sears, author of The NDD Book, which addresses what he calls nutrient deficit disorder without resorting to drugs. Increasingly, kids are developing formerly adultonset diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, cardiovascular disease and acid reflux, he says. If it seems that a child is having a dietary reaction, first look for clues. “A lot of parents already suspect the answer,” says Kelly Dorfman, a licensed nutritionist dietitian and author of What’s Eating Your Child? Become a “nutrition detective”, she suggests. Here’s how to assess conditions and find solutions.

constipation, says Dorfman. Action: Remove dairy from the baby’s and nursing mom’s diet for at least a week. For formula feeding, choose a brand made with predigested casein or whey. To heal baby’s damaged intestinal lining, give 10 billion CFU (colony forming units) daily of probiotic bacteria, mixed in a bottle or sprinkled on food.

Chronic Diarrhea

Suspects: Intolerance to gluten (a protein in wheat and other grains) or lactose (dairy sugar). Diarrhea, the

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Suspects: Intolerance to casein—a protein prevalent in dairy cow milk different from its form in breast milk that can get into mothers’ milk or formula—tends to irritate an infant’s gut lining, causing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and then chronic ear infections or


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gastrointestinal tract’s way of eliminating problematic substances, plus gas and bloating, often accompany these intolerances. Lactose intolerance is usually a root cause and is present in nearly everyone that’s gluten intolerant, Dorfman says. Action: Get a blood test to check for celiac disease, then eliminate gluten for at least a month. Although the diarrhea could end within a week, “You need a few weeks to see a trend,” counsels Dorfman. Consume fermented dairy products like cheese and yogurt, which have low lactose levels; cream dairy products may also test OK.

Chronic Ear Infections

Suspects: Dairy intolerance and for many, soy sensitivity. Some research has shown that 90 percent of kids with recurring ear infections or ear fluid have food reactions, corroborated by Dorfman’s patients. Action: Quit dairy and soy for several months to verify a correlation. Dorfman recommends eliminating soy milk, soy yogurt and tofu, adding that ultrasensitive individuals may need to avoid processed foods that contain soy byproducts.

Itchy Skin

Suspects: Reaction to gluten, casein (in dairy products) and eggs plus oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, strawberries and pineapple. Action: Because itchiness can suggest a histamine response, ask an allergist for an IgE radioallergosorbent (RAST) blood test to detect food sensitivities.


Suspects: Sensitivity to artificial colors or sugar. According to Sears, children’s underdeveloped blood-brain barrier increases vulnerability to the neurotoxic effects of chemical food additives, including artificial colors and monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Action: When possible, buy organic foods certified to contain no artificial colors. Otherwise, scrutinize food labels for the nine

petroleum-based synthetic dyes in U.S. foods: Blue 1 and 2, Citrus Red 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3 and 40, Yellow 5 and 6. Avoid ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, glucose, fructose, cane sugar and syrup— all added sugars.


Suspects: Gluten sensitivity is traditionally associated exclusively with digestive disturbances, but some recent studies have linked it to neurological symptoms, from moodiness and chronic headaches to ADHD and coordination loss. Action: Eliminate gluten for a month to assess a potential connection between mood and food, possibly signaled by excessive eating of a certain food.

Stunted Growth

Suspects: Gluten sensitivity or zinc deficiency. Because gluten intolerance interferes with nutrient absorption, suffering kids often fail to thrive. “Small size— height or weight—is a classic symptom

of celiac disease,” Dorfman advises. Zinc could be another factor; it normalizes appetite and through its relationship with growth hormones, helps the body develop. If levels are too low, growth will be abnormally stunted. In such cases, a child may rarely be hungry, be a picky eater or complain that food smells or tastes funny, Dorfman says. Action: Eliminate gluten consumption for a month. A blood test by a pediatrician can determine serum zinc levels, or buy a zinc sulfate taste test online. After sipping a zinc sulfate solution, the child will report either tasting nothing (indicating deficiency) or a bad flavor (no deficiency). Zinc-rich foods include beef, chicken, beans, pumpkin seeds, cashews and chickpeas. To counter a deficiency, ask a family healthcare provider for an age-appropriate supplement dose. Pamela Bond is the managing editor of Natural Foods Merchandiser.


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on the tongue, and by asking questions like: 1. Do you take antibiotics when you are sick? 2. Do you suffer from sinus infections? 3. Do you have post-nasal drip? 4. Do you suffer from urinary or vaginal infections? 5. Do you snore or have sleep apnea? 6. Do you have acid reflux? 7. Are you constipated?

No Need to Sneeze Understanding Allergies and Why We Get Them by Debra E. Dallas


hat makes us sneeze? A sneeze is an involuntary forceful expulsion of air and mucus released through the mouth and nose. This is a natural spontaneous response to an antigen, dust, lint or any foreign pathogen that enters into the respiratory tract. When any of these foreign bodies attach to the nose hairs in the anterior nasal passage or the cilia of the nasal passages, it initiates a bodily response known as a sneeze. So a sneeze that occurs when a flower is smelled or when a lawn is being mowed is not necessarily allergies, but a way the body rids itself of foreign particles that enter our airways. Sneezing continually when particles are inhaled into the sinuses is a completely different story. This kind of sneezing, usually accompanied with burning, itching and watering eyes, is an over-reaction to these particles entering the airways. This is considered allergies--allergic rhinitis. Allergies are an over-production of histamine from the mast cells, eosino-


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phils and basophils in the respiratory tract. This immune response dilates capillaries increasing the permeability. This enables the capillaries to leak fluid from the blood stream into the extra-cellular matrix causing swelling. This is what causes the inflammatory response in the eyes and sinuses. This is an explanation of seasonal allergies, along with dust, dust mites, etc. Chemical allergies are really chemical sensitivities; that is a completely different scenario.

Allergy Rhinitis Allergy Rhinitis is condition named for sufferers of seasonal allergies. Why do so many people have allergies and why do some people not suffer from allergies at all? The answer may be observed through iridology; a close examination of the eye, through tongue diagnosis; to see if there is a white or yellow coating

Nine out of ten times when people answer “yes� to some of these questions, they also suffer from allergies. Candida albicans, a fungus that is normally present on the skin and in mucous membranes, is the culprit. When Candida albicans lines the sinuses, any antigen in the air that enters is going to react with the Candida. People that don’t have Candida albicans also do not have allergies, rarely suffer from sinus infections, rarely suffer from a urinary or vaginal infection and do not snore or have sleep apnea. These people do not have a yellow or brown center to their iris and do not have a white or yellow tongue. The best way to shrink the numbers of fungus is to starve it: limit (not eliminate) the intake of sugar and carbohydrates and take a probiotic supplement. Eliminating Candida albicans results in the elimination of the allergic reaction.

Chemical Allergies or Chemical Sensitivities? Chemical allergies are actually sensitivities. The difference is the cause of the histamine response, not the pathway. The Chinese say that when an individual is sensitive to chemicals that their cup runneth over. The cup is the liver. A liver that is inundated with fats from the intestinal tract will retain environmental chemicals as they get trapped in the fat. A person that is exposed continually to a particular toxin

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Dog Scouts of America Dog Troops Also Earn Badges and Go to Camp by Sandra Murphy

Scouts, badges, troops and summer camp—they’re not just for kids anymore. Dog Scouts of America is a new twist on tradition that is fun for all ages.


ogs, their owners and the larger community all benefit when a pet earns the basic Dog Scout certification badge. Any dog can participate, as long as he’s

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alone. The test criteria are similar to that used for the Canine Good Citizen certificate from the American Kennel Club. Tests can be videotaped if there’s no organization evaluator in the area. Once the dog’s earned the basic Dog Scout badge, the rest of the badges are optional, depending on how involved human-canine pairs wish to get. Instead of pursuing a particular sport or activity, scouting allows the dog to dabble and find what he likes best. Distinctive badges can be earned in separate ability levels including obedience, community service, trail work, nose work, water sports, pulling, herding and lure coursing (a performance sport first developed for purebred sighthound breeds). Handlers can also earn badges in canine care, first-aid and sign language. All training is based on positive behavior and reinforcement on everyone’s part. “We don’t want dogs to be an accessory or a lawn ornament; they are part of the family, and a lot of fun, besides,” explains Dog Scouts president Chris Puls, of Brookville, Indiana. “As trainers, we have to figure out how to communicate with another species.” Most members engage in scout activities with more than one dog. Requirements for operating a troop are flexible, but holding four meetings a year is recommended. Meetings don’t have to be formal—a group hike in the woods counts. Other activities may include backpacking, biking, camping and treasure hunts like letterboxing and geocaching. If Sparky would like to try flyball, (timed relay races with balls) or treibball (urban herding of Pilates balls), but has no opportunity for these pursuits on his home turf, summer camp is a good forum to investigate lots of options. Weekend camps are held in Maryland in July and Texas in November. Weeklong camps are held in Michigan in June and July. “Many people bring more than one dog to camp,” says Allison Hol-

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loway, who works in financial account services for the U.S. Department of Defense, in Columbus, Ohio. “I take six dogs with me and each has his or her favorite activity, which I like, because it’s too much for one dog to go from early morning until late at night. New members often say they come to camp just for the fun and camaraderie, but they usually end up collecting badges like the rest of us. It’s a great reminder of what you and your dog did at camp together.” One of Holloway’s dog scouts has special needs. Lottie Moon is a double merle, all-white, Australian shepherd that doesn’t let being deaf or blind slow her down. Last year she surprised her owner by earning an agility badge at camp. “I think she sees shadows and movements. I place a dowel rod in front of the jump and she knows that when she touches it, it’s time go airborne,” says Holloway. “Lottie inspires and motivates me.” Holloway received the Dog Scout’s 2013 Excellence in Writing Award for her blog at Many Dog Scout troops serve their communities to show how dogs can and should be integrated into daily life. In Wyoming Valley, near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Phyllis Sinavage, office manager for a wholesale distributor, reports on recent activities conducted by Troop 221. “We’ve donated oxygen masks for pets to local fire departments and emergency services. We raise funds to buy them and also have oxygen mask angels that donate the price of a mask in memory of a pet. One third grade class

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Demystifying Kirtan by Deva Vidya


he buzzword spreading through yoga communities is kirtan. What is it? Let’s demystify it for those unsure of its meaning. Most associate yoga with the path of hatha, the yoga that involves the body and moving it into different postures known as asana. However, hatha yoga is only one path of yoga. The other paths are raja yoga, the path of self-control and self-mastery; jnana yoga, the path of knowledge and wisdom; karma yoga, the path of selfless service; and bhakti yoga, the path of devotional love. Kirtan, a Sanskrit word meaning praise, is a form of bhakti yoga. Traditionally, sanskrit mantras are sung accompanied by musical instruments such as the harmonium, sitar, tanpuara and tabla. One of the musicians, called the wala, leads the chant by singing out to the audience, and the audience sings back in a call-and-response. It is a dynamic exchange that builds to an ecstatic expression. As the enthusiasm rises, many are moved to clap and dance. Kirtan is universal; all religious, philosophical and cultural


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affiliations are welcomed. There are no prerequisites to joining; no musical talent or experience is needed. Unlike other musical performances, it offers the audience an opportunity to participate—the audience actually becomes part of the band. The mantras sung at a kirtan are made up of names of a variety of Hindu deities. These deities are all aspects of the divine energy that lives in each of us. As participants sing these names in repetition, they evoke these energies, bringing forth that power within that lies dormant. When this energy comes to the surface, numerous things may occur. The heart opens. Negative thought patterns erase. Low vibratory emotions of fear, anger, sadness, anxiety and the like dissipate. The chanter is lifted into higher vibrations of love, joy, peace and bliss. Most healing has been approached on an individual basis. In the energy of kirtan, a group of people can receive the healing all at once. In fact, the more bhaktas chanting together, the higher the vibration lifts and the energy increases. Most leave energized and elated. Kirtan also brings together and creates community. As participants sing, their voices meld together and become one, unifying them in devotional love. Differences, judgments and prejudices drop away and they become a family in spirit. According to nationally recognized kirtan artist Ragani, “Kirtan is a means of finding our way back to the core of our being, to our heart and to our connection with each other.” Kirtan has its origins in India, but western culture has embraced kirtan and made it our own. There are many ways to enjoy kirtan today, from folk music to soul, jazz or rap. There are flavors for everyone, whatever one’s musical preference might be. In the Lehigh Valley, the kirtan community is steadily growing, with many options available to experience kirtan. Nationally known recording artist, David Newman, also known as Durga Das will present a three-hour workshop, Kirtan and the Bhakti Mandala, on March 23 at Easton Yoga. On April 12, Jai Ma band is offering a kirtan at West End Yoga, in Allentown. Christi Rutkowski offers traditional Vedic chanting at her studio, Quiet Heart Yoga, in Wescosville. One Voice, One Prayer has two kirtans this month: March 8 at Easton Yoga and March 29 at Quiet Heart Yoga. Come out to one or all of these events to experience a kirtan raise the energy in the Lehigh Valley. Deva Vidya, aka Kathleen Meneses, teaches yoga at Easton Yoga and conducts workshops in the tri-state area. She is also a Reiki Master healer and teacher. With her band, One Voice, One Prayer, she leads kirtan throughout the local yoga communities. For information, visit or Heaven



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Y12SR with Josh Kehler – Y12SR combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Combining the two creates a model that truly addresses addiction as the physical, mental & spiritual disease that it is. 7pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642

SATURDAY, MARCH 8 Do Less & Accomplish More – Effortless Meditation™ with Greg Schweitzer. Are you working long hours & and not feeling productive? Consider Effortless Meditation™. This simple, scientifically validated, and effortless practice will restore clarity, focus & productivity to your life. 9-10:30 am, $20, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355 Healthy Aging Seminar – A lively discussion of the problems of aging including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and lack of energy. The causes are not what you have been led to believe. Chelation therapy will be fully explained. Noon. RSVP 610-682-2104. Maulfair Medical, 2970 Corporate Court Orefield. Easton Farmers’ Market Winter Mart – Robotic Surgery in Action - Check out Easton Hospital’s surgical robot and take it for a test-drive Piggy Palooza – a celebration of pasture raised pork and bacon! 10am-2pm. Yoga Class – Improve overall well being, alleviate back pain, relieve stress, increase flexibility, & build strength through yoga focusing on proper alignment. All levels including beginners welcome. Class starts at 9am weekly, $12. Near Bethlehem Wegman’s. Yoga with Stephanie Snyder, a Registered Yoga Teacher, call 610-867-0116. Kirtan with One Voice, One Prayer – We join spirits and voices in an evening of call and response singing presented by Deva Vidya, kirtan wala/ vocals; Leticia Gutievaz, guitar and vocals and Joe Hough, percussion. No exp nec. 7pm. Easton Yoga, 524 Northampton St, Easton 610-923-7522

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Upper Bucks, Near Lake Nockamixon 3620 Sterner Mill Road, Quakertown PA 215-538-0976 Please register for all activities. Drumming Circle: March 1, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm $20. Drum Rental: $5 Community Gathering: First Sundays March 2, 1 pm – 3 pm Meet the Greenshire community. Experience Conversations of the Heart. Exchange business cards. Bring appetizer. Spiritual Discussion: March 4, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Are you being called to find meaningful perspectives of life? This group provides a firm foundation of spiritual understanding, and guides you in awakening to your true self. Discussion, reflection, practices. Rev. Arlene Curley, Intuitive Healer. $20. Empowering Women Weds, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, weekly Powerful Living through Transformation teaches women how to transform old patterns of behavior, beliefs, memories and fears. By opening deeply and using new tools, women can learn to appreciate who they are and live with creative passion. Michelle McInnis: Holistic Practitioner, Life Coach. $20 Highly Sensitive People: Support Group: March 12, 19, 26, April 2. 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Are you highly sensitive? Does the world overwhelm you? Have you been called shy, timid, inhibited, or introverted? These labels miss the nature of the trait of a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). This group views the aspects of the HSP as strength rather than weakness or flaws. This is a support group to help HSP’s integrate the positive selfimage that comes with embracing one’s sensitivity. Rev. Tina Frazier, spiritual mentor, hypnotherapist. $20/session. Spring Equinox Drum Circle Celebration March 22, 3 pm - 5:00 pm. Covered Dish at 5 pm Drum in the changing of the seasons. Celebrate new beginnings of spring. Potluck to follow. Val Hopkins. $20. Yogic Health: 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tues, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Learn more about yoga and bring into your daily life. We adapt practices to individual needs. Kristen Allis Urffer. $80/eight sessions, pro-rated Whole Body Health: Weds, 9 am – 10 am Relieve stress, increase circulation, enhance energies. Explore techniques from meditation, yoga, and chakra movement to restore health. Kristen Allis Urffer. $80/eight sessions, pro-rated. Meditation: Weds, 10:30 am – 11:30 am Condition body, mind and breath, focus attention toward restorative wellbeing. Guided meditation helps to move past outer layers into core consciousness. Kristen Allis Urffer. $80/eight sessions, pro-rated. Meditation: Thurs, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm A facilitated meditation class for those who wishes to meditate with others and be supported energetically on a regular basis. Barbara Gordon, M.A., LMFT. $10 Reiki I: April 5, 10 am – 5 pm Reiki is a natural healing touch technique for self and others. Harmonize the body, helping it return to balance. Feel more energetic, reduce stress levels, detoxify. $100. 8 CEs available. Rev. Arlene Curley, RMT, Intuitive Healer.

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savethedate YOUNGER YOU WITH YOGA Nazareth PA Saturday, March 29 2-6pm In this four hour workshop, you’ll experience how yoga makes you younger! You’ll be younger when you leave and the more yoga you do the younger you get! Your skin smooths and softens, your circulation improves, you laugh more and enjoy life more fully. Shed the accumulated baggage weighing you down and release tension all through the signature core release which only Svaroopa® Yoga provides. Call 862-354-3704 for more information or to reserve.

savethedate A NATURAL MEDICINE FORUM Natural Healing Forum Tuesday, March 18, 6pm Join us for a free, informal Question and Answer Forum with Dr. Michael Jude Loquasto ND, PHD, DC. Bring your health related questions and benefit from Dr. Mike’s 50 years of experience in Natural Health. Understand how chiropractic internal medicine, custom herbal formulations and non-invasive oral chelation can benefit you. All are welcome with RSVP. Held at A Natural Medicine Clinic, 2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B-27, Bethlehem. Call 484-821-1460 for a reservation.

savethedate DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY Dance Instruction and Events Gas House Dance Hall Salsa Dance Social - Saturday, March 8, 7-10pm. No partner or experience necessary! $10 admission includes lesson from 7pm, open dancing (ballroom, latin, swing, hustle, and more) from 8-10pm, and light refreshments! Instructor and DJ, Con Gallagher. The Sensual Art of Bellydance! - Tap into your creative sensuality and ooze confidence while working up a sweat in a supportive, loving environment! Ongoing weekly classes taught by master instructor Hannah Nour. More To Love Yoga! - Are you curvy and fabulous? This class is for you! Learn yoga in a nurturing, nonjudgmental atmosphere and rock your body! Men and women welcome. Sundays 10am. Hooping for Fitness! – Get your hoop on and have a groovy time! Burn calories, build core strength, and have fun while you hoop to a hopping soundtrack. Thursdays from 7pm. Open hoop practice 8:15pm. Ask about group and private lessons in Bellydance, Salsa, Swing, Yoga, Hooping, and more. For more info call 610-443-0707 or visit Gift certificates available. 311 Front Street, Catasauqua. Free parking.


Lehigh Valley

SUNDAY, MARCH 9 Meditation for Everyone – With Stephanie Tade. Shamatha, or “peaceful abiding” meditation is a foundational meditation practice that anyone can learn and benefit from, from first time meditators to experienced practitioners. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642 Free Bellydance Class – Have you ever thought about trying Bellydance? Now is your chance to tap into your creativity, sensuality, and work up a sweat in a loving, nonjudgmental atmosphere. Noon. No experience necessary. Call ahead to reserve your spot, limited space available. The Gas House Dance Hall, 311 Front Street, Catasauqua. Free parking. Call 610-443-0707 for reservations.

MONDAY, MARCH 10 Victim or Martyr? An Internal Affair – Stephen Hoog, Shiatsu Practitioner. Learn about the strong biological basis for developing a feeling of victimhood or martyrdom. See how dietary changes, affirmations, and acupressure points can aid in changing these emotional responses to the stresses of this world. 7-8:30 pm, $45, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355 Free Intro to Bellydance – With Amala Gameela. Learn how to creatively and confidently express yourself while experiencing an exhilarating way to exercise with the movements from the Middle East. 7:30pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642

TUESDAY, MARCH 11 Weight Control Group Program – 4 sessions: Tues. March 11th and 25th 2014 & April 15th and 29th, 2014 6-7:30PM. Cost: $175 includes Manual, CDs, & DVDs. For more information or to register contact: Bev Bley, L.P.N;C.M.Ht. at C.H.A.N.G.E. 610.797.8250 or email Location: 2020 Downyflake Lane, Suite 302B, Allentown, PA 18103 Beyond Basics Bellydance – With Surayyah. This class is for people with some prior experience with bellydance. We will refine and build on moves, music and prop skills! 7-8pm. $85/8wks. East Coast Dance Connection, 22 Alta Drive, Whitehall. Call Surayyah 484-995-6029.

Pain Relief Clinic – Alleviate back, neck, joint, muscle pain. Feldenkrais Method is gentle, easy movement that improves flexibility, decreases pain. 5:30-6:30 pm. Lehigh Valley Hospital, 17th&Chew Streets, Allentown, 2nd floor aud. $10/class. Sliding scale available. RSVP 610-683-3406.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 Yoga Class – Improve overall well being, alleviate back pain, relieve stress, increase flexibility, & build strength through yoga focusing on proper alignment. All levels including beginners welcome. Classes start at 9:15am and 5:30pm weekly, $12. Near Bethlehem Wegman’s. Yoga with Stephanie Snyder, a Registered Yoga Teacher, call 610-867-0116.


Beginner Bellydance - with Surayyah. A fun escape from the ordinary! Learn about body awareness, build muscle tone, learn basic moves and combinations in a relaxed environment. 9:30-10:30am or 5-6pm. $85/8wks. East Coast Dance Connection, 22 Alta Drive, Whitehall. Call Surayyah 484-995-6029.


Sacred Rhythms – Drumming with Joe Hough. Explore the power of sound, rhythm and music to heal: mind, body and spirit. Drums will be provided and you are welcome to bring your own noise maker! No exp nec. All ages! Potluck after, $10 donation! 6-8pm, Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356 The Feminine Rising – Yoga for Making Babies with Kelly Prentice and Iris Kish. Open your heart to conception, pregnancy and birth. access your feminine fire and learn how to care for your mind and body in the very crucial time leading up to conception.12:30pm. Easton Yoga, 524 Northampton St, Easton. 610-923-7522

SUNDAY, MARCH 16 The Breathing Class – With Megan Ridge Morris. Develop a deeper understanding and awareness of your breath. Each workshop will begin with a gentle physical poses followed by an exploration of different breathing techniques that help to release tension and stress. 4pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642



Belly Dance – With Hannah Nour. Have fun and explore your creativity. Both Level 1 and 2 are offered as an eight week session 3/17 to 4/5. Level 1 class is deeply discounted. Easton Yoga, 524 Pine St, Easton. 610-923-7522 Yoga 101 – Introduction to Yoga for Beginners with Greg Geiger. Through cultivating inner awareness and identifying areas of the body that feel tight and restricted the student learns to release and open. We will be using traditional beginner’s level postures to build your body awareness and mobility in a supportive and caring setting. 7:30pm. Easton Yoga, 524 Northampton St, Easton. 610-923-7522

Free: The Body, Mind, & Heart of Walking: Lecture, Demonstration by Betsy Wetzig. Your walk can improve and improve you! Make healthy walking a true wellness tool. Prevent & reverse joint and muscle pain. Improve your brain. Lift your mood and more. 6-7 pm, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355

TUESDAY, MARCH 18 Welcome Spring with Acupuncture! Rochelle Aubert. Celebrate the season of rebirth and renewal by treating yourself to a rejuvenating acupuncture treatment. Get rid of the wintertime blues, beat the pollen before it beats you, or just come in to relax and re-center yourself. Community Acupuncture, $35, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Schedule appointment at 610.395.3355 Free: The Body, Mind, Heart of Walking: Lecture, Demonstration by Betsy Wetzig. Your walk can improve and improve you! Make healthy walking a true wellness tool. Prevent & reverse joint and muscle pain. Improve your brain. Lift your mood and more. 6-7 pm, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 Breast Health Awareness Meeting – Dr. Jennifer Phillips will discuss optimal ways to arm your body against breast disease through proper diet, simple lifestyle changes, self-care and diagnostic testing. 6:30-8pm. Rohrer Center for Healthfitness 2309 Evesham Road, Voorhees, NJ. Free with RSVP to Liesha at 856-596-5834 FREE: Say “NO” to Allergies, Lecture – Dr. Tom Wachtmann. Come and learn what you can do NOW so that when the annoying allergy season is really here, you won’t be sneezing, blowing, and mad at yourself for not doing something earlier to prevent being miserable. There is a solution. Join us to find out all about it. 6:30-7:30 pm, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355

Get Back to Basics – Greg Schweitzer. Many health conditions can be improved or prevented with better lifestyle practices. Confused about where to begin and how to stay on track? Learn how Wellness Coaching with an Ayurvedic perspective can help. 6-7:15 pm, $15, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355 Do Less & Accomplish More with Effortless Meditation™ - Greg Schweitzer. Are you working long hours & and not feeling productive? Consider Effortless Meditation™. This simple, scientifically validated, and effortless practice will restore clarity, focus & productivity to your life. 7:30-9 pm, $20, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355 Jin Shin Jyutsu Class – Learn Japanese healing art using finger pressure along pathways to restore energy flow. Similar to acupuncture without needles for pain, stress, other health concerns. 5:30-7:30 pm. LV Hospital, 2nd fl auditorium, 17th St, Allentown, $5. 610-398-1555

FRIDAY, MARCH 21 Nutritional Live Blood Cell Analysis – A unique method of examining a small droplet of blood to reveal information on the general wellness and nutritional needs of the individual. Blood screenings along with a 20-30 minute consultation are performed by Gwen Ward N.D. $60. Health Habits Natural Food Store on RT 873 in Schnecksville Call 610-767-3100 to schedule FREE: Beat the Blues Bash – Meg Deak. Shake off the tension of this grueling winter with a rhythm party for beginners and seasoned drummers alike. Bring your drums and shaky things or let us know if you need to borrow. 7-8:30 pm, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355.

Restorative Yoga Immersion Training – With Alysha Pfeiffer. A weekend of hands on, experiential learning. Whether you would like to deepen your own Restorative Yoga practice or share your love of Restorative Yoga with others, this is the workshop for you! 3/21-3/23. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642 Childlight Yoga Teacher Training – Level 2 with Sally Delisle. This weekend training is open to anyone who has previously completed ChildLight Yoga’s Level 1 teacher training. Strengthen their skills for teaching yoga and yoga-related concepts to children ages 2 – 12. Please visit to reserve your spot. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Open Practice – With Sandra Kessel. Develop your own sequences, and will offer you helpful tips to prepare the body for poses you want to achieve, or ways to develop an effective modified practice. 4pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642

SATURDAY, MARCH 22 Reiki Level Two Certification – Deepens your ability to harness Reiki energy. Learn specific techniques and three Reiki symbols to help you heal yourself and others. $225/ 240 day of event. Includes Reiki II Manual, Three different Attunements, learn with experienced practitioners! 3/22 & 3/23, 1-6pm. 484-515-8356, Quiet Heart Yoga, Fitness & Holistic Health, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. No Pain Gardening Workshop − Carol Siddiqi. Do you love gardening but can’t enjoy your hobby because you’ve lost your flexibility and coordination? Gentle Feldenkrais® lessons allow you to observe how you move, notice any unnecessary tension, and learn how to move with greater ease, efficiency, and comfort. $45, 10 am -12 noon, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355 Do Less & Accomplish More with Effortless Meditation™ - Greg Schweitzer. Are you working long hours & and not feeling productive? Consider Effortless Meditation™. This simple, scientifically validated, and effortless practice will restore clarity, focus & productivity to your life. 9-10:30 am, $20, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355

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savethedate An Introduction to Qigong For Health and Well-being With Hilary Smith. R.N., B.A. Monday, March 31, 2014 7:30PM 9:30PM Join us for meditative movement to quiet the mind and energize the body. We will learn and practice some simple movements from the ancient Chinese healing practice, Qigong. See how to harness ancient wisdom to use in contemporary life! No experience is necessary and appropriate for all ages, shapes and sizes. ruLiving Institute®, LLC, 525 Main Street; Suite 2A; Bethlehem, PA 18018. Register- 610-691-LIVE (5483).

savethedate Therapeutic Yoga Series With Lynn Brolly and Alexandra Vandak, MS, LPC Saturdays March 29, April 5, 12 & 26 12 PM to 2 PM Therapeutic yoga is a gentle and mindful practice. Physical trauma or prolonged stress can cause one to lose touch with their physical form. The goal is to bring people back into their bodies little by little. Learning to follow the breath and feel its inherent connectedness with the body. ruLiving Institute®, LLC, 525 Main Street; Suite 2A; Bethlehem, PA 18018. Register- 610-691LIVE (5483).

savethedate Yoga Therapeutics Healing and Preventing Low Back Pain Sunday, April 6th This workshop will address common postural issues that create low back pain. We will discuss the role of the hip flexors, hamstrings, and other supporting muscles, and how both strengthening and stretching can help correct low back pain. We will also work on correcting posture in both standing and seated poses, as well as in every day living. In addition, the role of the entire core will be explored in relationship to supporting the back. 1-3pm. The Yoga Loft 521 E. 4th St. (3rd Fl.) Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Reiki Level 2 Certification – With Amanda Melhem. Intensify the flow of energy. At this level Reiki works faster and at deeper levels. In addition to receiving two more powerful attunements, the student learns how to transmit this healing energy over any distance and time. 9:30am-4pm. Easton Yoga, 524 Pine St, Easton. 610-923-7522 Creating the Goddess – In this workshop we will begin with a yoga practice intended to open the very center of our creativity, the second chakra. Includes glitter bar, body painting and aromatherapy oil station, among other sensual explorations designed to connect you to your inner sacred self. 2-4:15pm. Easton Yoga, 524 Northampton St, Easton. 610923-7522


Lehigh Valley

Easton Farmers’ Market Winter Mart – Can’t Beat Hospital Food, a cook-off hosted by Easton Hospital as part of National Nutrition month. Watch as local chefs try to outperform the hospital’s award-winning culinary experts. 11am. www.EastonFarmersMarket. com Digestive Health Seminar – Dr. Maulfair will be discussing digestive health and the relationship to auto immune disease. Learn his approach to digestive problems. Free. Noon. RSVP 610-682-2104. Maulfair Medical, 2970 Corporate Court Orefield. Relieve Back Pain Yoga Class – Back by popular demand. A yoga sequence designed to focus on principles and poses to safely stretch and strengthen common causes of back pain. Ideal for the very inflexible. All levels. Beginners welcome.10:45am.$20. Near Bethlehem Wegman’s. Yoga with Stephanie Snyder, a Registered Yoga Teacher, call 610-8670116 to reserve

pollen before it beats you, or just come in to relax and re-center yourself. Community Acupuncture, $35, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Schedule appointment at 610.395.3355 Smoking Cessation Group Program – 3 sessions: Tues. March 25th 2014 & Aril 15th and 29th, 2014. 7:30-8:30PM. $150 includes Manual, CDs, & DVD. For more information or to register contact: Bev Bley L.P.N;C.M.Ht. at C.H.A.N.G.E. 610.797.8250 or email Coopersburg Location.

THURSDAY, MARCH 27 Free Lecture: Healthy Finances – Rima Hirsch. Knowledge is power! Women, take the financial stress out of your life for a healthier life. Join us to learn how you can achieve financial security by planning for your retirement years and children’s inheritance. 6:30-7:30 pm, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355



Yoga 101 – Introduction to Yoga for Beginners with Trish Steele. Through cultivating inner awareness and identifying areas of the body that feel tight and restricted the student learns to release and open. Beginner’s level postures build your body awareness and mobility. Easton Yoga, 524 Pine St, Easton. 610-923-7522

Chakra 101 – The Root Chakra with Alicia Wozniak. As the first chakra becomes balanced we become grounded and physically healthy, develop a sense of security, safety and stability, attain mind/body connection and prosperity. 6-8:30pm. Easton Yoga, 524 Northampton St, Easton. 610-923-7522

Kirtan: Healing through Chant – With David Newman. A transformational and joyful mantra practice, uses the power of sound and devotion to uplift the mind and open the heart! In addition to group chanting, All are welcome. 3-5pm. Easton Yoga, 524 Northampton St, Easton. 610-923-7522

MONDAY, MARCH 24 Eating in Harmony with the Seasons − Stephen Hoog, Macrobiotic Counselor, will explain how the body changes thru each season and how to alter one’s food and preparation styles to stay in harmony with those changes. Learn to tonify internal organs with specific foods. 7-8:30 pm, $45, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355 Pilates Combo with Foam Roller – With Certified Fletcher Pilates Teacher Char Brummundt. This wonderful Pilates combination of Fletcher towel, mat and foam roller strengthens your back, shoulders and improve core strength. Breath helps remove stress and restore your mind and body. No exp req. 6:30pm. ruLiving Institute® 525 Main Street, Bethlehem. 610-691-5483.

TUESDAY, MARCH 25 Candlelit Seated Mindfulness Practice – Deepen attention and increase wellbeing by allowing your mind to settle and your body to rest. Join us for group practice in mindfulness. 7:30pm. All welcome. ruLiving Institute, LLC; 525 Main Street; Suite 2A, Bethlehem. 610-691-5483. Gentle Restorative Yoga – With Lynn Brolly. Ease back into the week with this wonderfully relaxing and healing yoga class. Move through simple isolated movements of the head, neck, shoulders, hands and arms, down the body, legs and feet, offering a guided tour of feeling and inward focus. 6:30pm. No exp req. ruLiving Institute® 525 Main Street, Bethlehem. Please register 610-691-5483. Welcome Spring with Acupuncture! Rochelle Aubert. Celebrate the season of rebirth and renewal by treating yourself to a rejuvenating acupuncture treatment. Get rid of the wintertime blues, beat the

Mindfulness Movement – End your week with a blissful hour of mindfulness movement and meditation. All welcome. No experience necessary. ruLiving Institute, LLC; 525 Main Street; Suite 2A, Bethlehem. Noon. 610-691.LIVE (5483)

SATURDAY, MARCH 29 Forgiveness Workshop: Relief from the “Zing of Hurt.” – Betsy Wetzig. Move from stuck and hurting to flexibility & acceptance with Coordination Pattern™ Training—an easy, fun, movement method. Capture your natural movement-mind ability to bolster your forgiveness process. 9:30 am-12:30 pm, $40, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355 Yoga 101 – Introduction to Yoga for Beginners with Jo Grotzinger. Through cultivating inner awareness and identifying areas of the body that feel tight and restricted the student learns to release and open. 10am. Easton Yoga, 524 Pine St, Easton. 610-923-7522 Kirtan: One Voice, One Prayer – Raise your vibrations to a higher level through the ancient practice of chanting mantras. Sacred sound heals on all levels! Join us as we are guided on a musical journey of the soul! No experience necessary, $10 donation, potluck, kids Free. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356.

SUNDAY, MARCH 30 Relax Deeply – Restorative Yoga with Alysha Pfeiffer. Use yoga props such as blankets, bolsters, sandbags, and more to elevate and support the body. In this 2-Hour deep relaxation you will also use various breathing techniques to quiet the mind and calm the body. 4pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642

FRIDAY, APRIL 4 Free Intro to Yoga – Designed for anyone new to yoga and looking to increase flexibility and vitality. 6:30pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642

ongoingevents daily Care Alternatives Volunteers – Care Alternatives is actively recruiting Reiki Practitioners, Certified Massage Therapists and Comfort Volunteers to impact the lives of Hospice patients. 866-821-1212.


Yoga/Gentle & Level 1 – Work at a slower pace to build strength and flexibility. A great place to start if you are new to yoga, or have not been physically active in a while. Restorative postures and breath work for healing and relaxation. 6pm. Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Yoga for Health – A physical style yoga class for the mind, body and spirit--without the impact and stress to joints. Improve strength, posture, flexibility, balance and lung capacity. Balance the nervous system. 6-7pm. Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Call 610-434-9333.

Soul Sunday Yoga – An energetic & flowing class with a theme, focuses on aligning your body, mind and heart for an optimal flow, clarity and openness. 1pm on Last Sunday of the month. $11 in adv or $13 wi. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356.

Community Exchange Time Bank - When neighbors exchange services everyone benefits. Group Orientations held on the Third Monday of each month at The Center for Healthy Aging at LV Hospital, 17th and Chew Streets, Allentown. 610-969-2486.

Sunday Services – Metaphysical and nondenominational. Rev. Lloyd Moll, Pastor - Unique Sunday services 10:30am. All welcome! St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington St Allentown. 610-776-7211


Yoga/Level 1&2 – Pick up the pace from the Level 1 classes and begin intermediate poses. Learn how to safely practice deeper variations of the poses. 10:30am Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

monday Prevent & Overcome Injuries – Carol Siddiqi. Gentle Feldenkrais® observes how you move. Notice any unnecessary tension, and improve your overall coordination. Learn simple movements to prevent and overcome injuries. 5:45pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355 Restorative Yoga – Carol Siddiqi. Perform daily activities pain free and with greater ease by developing deeper self-awareness using the basics of Kripalu Yoga combined with the gentle movements of Feldenkrais®, 7-8 pm, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355

Raja (Classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 12pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484515-8356. Kundalini Yoga – With Yogi Bajan to elevate the spirit. Breath exercises, posture sets, and meditation are focused on for specific purposes. 5pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356 Bellydancing - With Carmen Garrison. Explore Egyptian and Near East movements, music, and culture .Improve strength, coordination, balance, and grace. 6:45pm. $88/8wks. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356. Better Parent/Child Connection - Suzanne Hastie. Enjoy a deeper connection with your child when you have fun wiggling, giggling, moving, and dancing with colorful props in a creative way! Children 4-7, 9:30am, parent /child $15. Priv sessions available, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355

Breathing and Meditation - Learn and practice traditional breathing & meditation techniques as taught by the ancient Himalayan yoga masters. No exp nec. 5pm. Donation. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356

Pain Relief Movement Training – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises of Coordination Pattern™ Training can help you release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, and neck while improving both physically and mentally. 7pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355

Raja (Classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 5:45pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356.

Acupuncture, Joy & Happiness – Rochelle Aubert. Love your Heart with the Acupuncture Joy & Happiness Points – or – manage your PAIN with Acupuncture that provides relief for many conditions. Community Sessions $35. Twin Ponds Center, W LehighValley, Call to save your space. 610-395-3355

Vinyasa Flow Yoga - An energetic & flowing class, which focuses on aligning your body, mind and heart for an optimal flow. Precise instruction creates clarity and openness. 7:30pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356.

Mat Pilates – With certified Pilates instructor Paola Montes. 5:30-6:25pm. $15. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem.

Open/Vinyasa Flow Yoga – With Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia. 9:30-11 am. Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St.) Suite 201, Bethlehem. 610-597-5616

Iyengar Yoga – Mixed Levels w/ Diana Erney. Each pose individually taught with emphasis on alignment, strength, balance, and flexibility. Props such as blocks and blankets enhance understanding. 7pm. Arsha Vidya Gurukulum, Saylorsburg. 610509-3677,

Open Level Yoga – With Krissy Matthew. 9:30am. With Gary Grube 5:30pm. Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St.) Suite 201, Bethlehem. 610-597-5616 Encore – Cancer Support and Exercise Group. All female cancers may become a part if this group. This YWCA program has been in existence for over 30 years. 6:30-8pm. Allentown YWCA, 425 S. 15th St., Allentown. 610-434-9333.   New Warrior Training Adventure – Sponsored by The ManKind Project. The training adventure provides men an opportunity for focused self examination and personal growth. A local MKP men’s group meets in the Lehigh Valley every other Tuesday. For more info call 866-820-1691 or visit MAREA Meeting – Monthly meetings of the MidAtlantic Renewable Energy Association held the last Tuesday of the month. Open to the public and free. Held at TEK Park in Breinigsville at 7pm. Get involved with promoting green energy. Visit www. for more information. Community Reiki Clinic – Collaborating practitioners serve all who want to experience the healing benefits of Reiki. 1st Tuesday of every month. Sessions are 20 minutes each. 6-8:30pm. RSVP required to 610-739-4201. Church of the Manger, 1401 Greenview Drive, Bethlehem. Near Westgate Mall  

wednesday Self-Discovery thru Movement – Suzanne Hastie. A fun class to feel physical release, stress reduction, and greatly connected to “self.”. Learn basic rhythms and movement patterns we all use in our daily life. 10am, $115/6 week series or $20/class, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610395-3355 Pilates Combo Class – Char Brummundt. Mat work with different apparatus - helps with chronic spine, joint, muscular, and neurological problems. 6-7 pm, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Family Yoga – A fun way to teach children and get your own practice in! Learn about mind-body connection, balancing, coordination, breathing, stretching and relaxation. 4:30pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in for 2, $5 extra pp. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356 Raja (Classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 10:30am & 5:30pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356. Vinyasa Flow Yoga - An energetic & flowing class focusing on aligning body, mind and heart for optimal flow. Precise instruction creates clarity in your practice and encourages openness. 7:15pm, $11 in adv. or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356 Tai Chi – Improve strength and promote calm and harmony by improving energy flow. 11am. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem

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Yoga for Health – A physical style yoga class for the mind, body and spirit--without the impact and stress to joints. Improve strength, posture, flexibility, balance and lung capacity. Balance the nervous system. 6-7pm. Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Call 610-434-9333. YogaStretch® – A style of yoga for active older adults. Includes a variety of safe and fun yoga postures.  Using a chair for support. Build flexibility and endurance. 1:30pm. YMCA/YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Allentown. 610-434-9333.

Open Level Yoga – With Krissy Matthew. 6-7:15pm. Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St.) Suite 201, Bethlehem. 610-597-5616 Student Massage Sessions – 50-55 minute supervised massages done by students. $30. 2-9pm by appointment. Health Options Institute, 1926 2nd Street, Bethlehem.  610-419-3535. Monthly Peace Vigil – 2nd Thursday of every month, 4pm at the south approach to the Hill-to-Hill Bridge, 3rd & Wyandotte Streets, Bethlehem. Contact Vince 610-216-8103, or Tom 610-882-1136 for info.

Easton/Bethlehem Area Lyme Support Group – Meets the 1st Wednesday of month to discuss and answer questions. 7pm. Country Meadows, 4035 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem. Open to public. Contact Heidi at 610-882-2253.

Tai Chi – Improve strength and promote calm and harmony by improving energy flow. 6:30-7:45pm. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem

Spiritual Healing and Meditation – 7 PM - 9 PM 1st Wednesday of each month. Weather permitting. Everyone is welcome. St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington Street Allentown 610-791-2641

Stress Relief Coaching Group – Join others in a group setting to manage stress with multiple holistic approaches. 9:15am or 5:15pm. $25 session. Creative Holistic Therapy, 3037 S. Pike Avenue (Rte 145) #105, Allentown. 610-282-0709 to register.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga – With Carmen, Mixed level, modifications provided for all poses. Kim’s Healing Center in Easton, 6:00-7:15pm, by donation. Kim’s Healing Center, 1223 Butler St., Easton. 610-5597280

thursday Raja (Classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 9:30am, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356.

Free Herbal Consultations – Learn a natural way to address health and wellness issues. Herbalist available for Free Mini Consult, Every Thursday 11am -5pm. David Harder RH (AHG) at Nature’s Way, Easton. 610-253-0940. Community Exchange Time Bank - When neighbors exchange services everyone benefits. Group Orientations held on the 1st Wednesday of each month 6pm. Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenburg Campus, RT22 and Shoenersville Rd, Bethlehem. 610-969-2486 for more info. Mat Pilates – With certified Pilates instructor Paola Montes. 5:30pm. $15. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem.

Family Herbalist Class - Weekly class focuses on medicinal uses of plants that can be found growing in our area or herbs that can be easily grown in your garden or in pots. $88/8 wks plus $5 per class materials fee. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356.

Yoga/Level 1 – With Megan Ridge. Learn correct alignment and breathing in fundamental yoga postures. 9:45-11:00am. $15. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

Bellydance with Veils - Carmen Garrison will teach how to manipulate the veil with simple traveling steps and basic arm paths to create beautiful body alignments and circular movements. 7:15pm. $88/8wks. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356.


Pilates, Morning Stretch − Have fun as you strengthen your back, shoulders and improve core strength while stretching and toning with balls, rollers, and towels. Ask about private and duet “reformer” sessions. 9:30am, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Pain Relief Movement Training – Betsy Wetzig. The simple, easy exercises of Coordination Pattern™ Training can help you release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, and neck while improving both physically and mentally. 7–8 pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355 Iyengar Yoga, Levels 1–2 – Diana Erney. Builds upon preliminary poses with an emphasis on body alignment to develop strength, balance, and flexibility. Props used to assist students as they go deeper into each pose. 7pm, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355


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Beginner’s Yoga – Bonita Cassel. Attention to alignment and self love make this class a perfect one for those beginning or challenged with limitations. 10-11 am, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Kripalu Yoga Restorative – Carol Siddiqi. Greaterself-awareness with the basics of yoga and the gentle movements of Feldenkrais® will help you perform daily activities with greater ease, pleasure and without pain.11:30am. $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Raja (Classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 11ampm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484515-8356. Matter of Balance – Emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Make changes to reduce fall risk at home and exercise to increase strength and balance. $25/8 wks, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. 610-434-9333.

Encore – Cancer Support and Exercise Group. All female cancers may become a part if this group. This YWCA program has been in existence for over 30 years. 9am. Allentown YWCA, 425 S. 15th St., Allentown. 610-434-9333.   Yoga Flow/Level 1&2 – Learn how to safely align their flow and practice deeper variations of the poses they learned in Level 1. For those with some Level 1 experience and are looking for more. 9:30am. Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642   Yoga for All – With Scott. Come together to celebrate life and to feel good. All levels and ages welcome. Donation. 5-6pm at Kim’s Healing Center, 1223 Butler St., Easton. 610-559-7280   Raja (Classical) Yoga – Class offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 11am. $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356.

saturday Svaroopa® Yoga – Immediate Improvement. Problems you bring begin to disappear before your session ends. Aches and pains are reduced, the pressures are less overwhelming and you get a bounce back in your step. It all starts with deep relaxation and yogic breathing. $35. Bangor Yoga Therapy. 862.354.3704 Raja (Classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 9am, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown 484515-8356. Free to Be Me – Yoga for adults with cognitive disabilities. Fun and simple. Improves coordination, flexibility and strength. Offers stress-relief and emotional management. 10:45. Free to one adult and 1 friend, Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356. Grief Support Group – Every 3rd Saturday. Join this professionally mediated group session to help move through the stages of grief and move forward in a supported, positive manner. Free. Gail Elaine Tinker Psychotherapy3005 Brodhead Road Bethlehem, East entrance. Call to reserve 610-216-4319 Yoga/Align & Refine – In this class you will pay detailed attention to your posture and alignment in your yoga poses working towards creating a strong, flexible and well balanced body.10am. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Adult Autism Support Group – By & for those on the spectrum to discuss their concerns and strategies for success. Free. 1st Saturday monthly. Noon-2pm. 3005 Brodhead Rd, East Entrance, Bethlehem. Call Gailelaine 610-216-4319 for info and register. Gamblers Anonymous Meeting – If you have a gambling problem please join us every Saturday morning from 11am at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem in the Education Center. Rm 111. For more info call 215-872-5635.


Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit. ACUPUNCTURE BALANCED ACUPUNCTURE Heather Shoup, L.Ac. 2299 Brodhead Rd., Suite A Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-393-7589

A patient centered wellness community, where treatment is individually tailored. Heather promotes health and wellness by creating balance in the body. Acupuncture specializing in anxiety, depression, digestive, and cancer support.

CLASSICAL 5 ELEMENT ACUPUNCTURE J.L.Collins M.Ac.,Lic.Ac., NCCAOM Diplomat 2020 Downyflake Lane Allentown, PA 18103 610-317-6064

THE PULSE REVEALS THE TREATMENT. Relieve the pain and suffering whether mental, emotional, or physical by determining and treating the causative factor. Maintain the improvement with seasonal treatments. Worsley trained practitioner with 30 years clinical/ diagnostic experience. Offering cancer treatment support. Helping you along the journey. Licensed in PA, Nationally certified..

LEHIGH VALLEY ORIENTAL MEDICINE CENTRE Ming ming and David Molony 101 Bridge Street Catasauqua, PA 18032 610-264-2755

Acupuncture and herbal medicine with capable, experienced practitioners. Practicing acupuncture in the Lehigh Valley since 1988. Acupuncture, herbs, dietary consultation, and other aspects of Oriental Medicine provide a complete healing system for health and regeneration, enhancing the outcome of Conventional care

LIVING ARTS ACUPUNCTURE AND ORIENTAL MEDICINE Lisa Baas 2358 Sunshine Rd Allentown, PA 18103 610-841-9300 Lic. # OM 000054

Board certified and licensed Acupuncturist, Dietary and Lifestyle counseling, Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbs, Laser Acupuncture, Magnetic therapy (A.R.T.) Autonomic ResponseTesting for Detox and more. 20 years of holistic healing.


Dr. Robert W. Livingston III, DC, L.Ac. Dr. Jennifer K. Bollinger, DC, L.Ac. 8026 Hamilton Blvd. Trexlertown, PA 18087 610-395-5509  

LiveWell Integrated Health offers traditional Chinese acupuncture, chiropractic, body work, and nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Being healthy is a lifestyle choice.... choose to LiveWell. See ad, page 32.


Laura Eastman, MS, MAc, LAc 1617 Hamilton St. Allentown, PA 484-619-3882

Traditional acupuncture practiced in an open setting. Effective for treating acute sprains/strains, pain (chronic, arthritis, low back), headaches (including migraines), allergies, depression, digestive issues, support for lifestyle changes, infertility, PMS, anxiety, stress and much more. Personalized treatments for your physical, mental and emotional health delivered at a flat rate of $20. M 12-5, Tu 8:30-12, W 8:30-12, Th 2:30-6:30, F 12-4 and Sa 8:30-12

Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart. ~Marcus Aurelius


Camilla Bullman 908-763-3402

Empowering you on your journey to wellness and vitality. Holistic Health Practitioner, Certified Aromatherapist, and Certified Wellness Consultant specializing in Aromatherapy and wellness consultations for women. Gilding, teaching and supporting clients to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. By appointment only.

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Marilyn York, Independent Distributor # 489656 1-877-436-2299, ext. 2

Young Living has specialized in growing, distilling, and selling t h e r a p e u t i c - g r a d e , o rg a n i c Essential Oils for 20 years. Over 130 therapeutic-grade essential oils, and essential-oil enhanced nutritional supplements & products. Income opportunities option is also available.


Marie Ruxton CMT, CN 628 Chestnut St., Emmaus, PA 18049 610-965-2500

Marie is a certified massage therapist trained since 1997 in Advanced Myofascial Release Therapy, Therapeutic Massage, Reiki, Ear Candling, Homeopathy and Holistic Nutrition. Offers comprehensive custom bodywork for those wanting to overcome chronic pain and movement problems. Sessions range from a (2 hour) Head to Toe meltdown massage to “Just Neck and Head” massage for those needing stress relief. See ad, page 9.


Kelly Kark, LMT 2591 Baglyos Circle C-44 Bethlehem Pa 18020 484-554-7530 •

Licensed massage therapist with over 12 years experience in the medical field. Offering Medical Massage, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Massage and Powerstrips FDA approved pain device. Specializing in pain relief, injury recovery, mobility and over all wellness. Insurance accepted. Handicap accessible. Don’t just feel good for a day, feel good for a lifetime. See ad, page 9.

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Dr. Robert W. Livingston III, DC, L.Ac. Dr. Jennifer K. Bollinger, DC, L.Ac. 8026 Hamilton Blvd. Trexlertown, PA 18087 610-395-5509  

LiveWell Integrated Health offers traditional Chinese acupuncture, chiropractic, body work, and nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Being healthy is a lifestyle choice.... choose to LiveWell. See ad, page 32.


113 E, Broad St, Bethlehem 510 Chestnut St, Emmaus 610-966-3335

Dr. Lynch has been practicing for 24 years. She loves getting patients out of pain fast, and without drugs or surgery. Chiropractic care restores health and prevents injury by improving the structural integrity of the body, primarily the spine. Specializing in reliving low back pain, sciatica, neck pain, stiff neck, headaches, TMJ, asthma, carpal tunnel and more. See ad, page 2.


Barbara Berger, CPC, CCC Allentown, PA 484-862-9523


Easton, PA 610-258-5000

RCG Counseling understands that families can be a source of great support and joy, and they can also have challenging dynamics and relationships. We are committed to providing quality counseling services to restore balance to families and individuals.  Call or e-mail today to set-up your free consultation.    


Life Rhythms @ Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 610-504-4830 WWW.LRSOUNDENERGY.COM

Are you looking to free yourself from stress overwhelm and anxiety? Do you need better ways to release anger, fear, guilt and sadness? Are you ready to shift from chronic worry to enduring optimism? Call Meg today for a no-charge 20 minute strategy session to see what’s right for you.

REV. LYN S. FELIX, MSW, LCSW, CHT, RM Smart Solutions and Creative Holistic Therapy 3037 S. Pike Ave. #105 Allentown, PA 18103 610-282-0709

A holistic counselor and coach, using hypnotherapy, chakra energy clearing, Reiki, mindfulness & more to help you shift from limited, fear-based thinking, believing, and behaving patterns into living from your magnificent essence. Experience joy as you resonate with higher vibrational frequencies in all aspects of your life.

When work and true self aren’t aligned, it affects our integral wellness. I provide Career Coaching to help align who you are with what you do or how you do it. Specializing in women in transition, midcareer professionals and college students.


21 Main Street Clinton, NJ 08809 908-333-4146

Offering colon hydrotherapy, detoxification, wellness coaching and other services to cleanse, maintain and restore health. Colonics are a hygienic and safe method of removing toxins, can boost your immune system, restore proper ph in the body and restore regular bowel movement.


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GAIL-ELAINE TINKER, M.S., R.M. 3005 Broadhed Road #20 Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-216-4319

Get results for your depression, anxiety, fear, insomnia, trauma, chronic pain, and family issues (including adult autism). In private practice for 8+ years, from serious diagnosis to ‘getting life on track’ via coaching, your unique needs are attended warmly, professionally, confidentially, and respectfully. Talk Therapy, Relaxation, Reiki, Art, and natural modes empower YOU. Call for free consultation.



Nicos C. Elias, Supervisor Allentown, PA. 610-433-2200

Mr. Elias offers several different green and eco-friendly funeral plans using biodegradable caskets, preservation without chemicals, and earth friendly paper goods. A natural, back to the earth approach. Biodegradable urns for those choosing cremation. Also offering assistance with home-based funerals


Mikhail Artamonov, MD 1004 Van Buren Rd. Easton, PA 18045 610-438-4460

We offer a cutting-edge therapy to grow your own hair without surgery or medication. Platelet Rich Plasma from the patient’s own blood stimulates the growth of blood vessels in the scalp, enhancing and creating new hair follicles. This procedure reverses hair miniaturization and pattern baldness with a safe, natural and simple procedure. See ad, page 64.


Kathleen DeVaul, MSN, RN, CHC 420 Hamsher Avenue Topton, PA 19562 484-661-6786

Offering integrative health coaching services that are individualized to meet your needs and goals.   Find out how to lose weight safely, increase your energy, and live an abundant life.  Specializing in preventing and managing chronic diseases, gluten sensitivity and gluten allergy.  Let us help you navigate your path towards wellness today.  Please call for your free initial health consultation! 

PATHWAYS HOLISTIC CENTER 4833 Chestnut Street Emmaus, PA 18049 610-966-7001

Celebrate YOUR life. Holistic Nursing, Life Coaching - All levels. Massage, Raindrop Therapy, Body Ecology Specialist. Gut health specialist, Lifeline program. Never duplicated Nutritional Meals, fresh green drinks, wheatgrass, sprouts and more, Journey Within with LIFE & SOULutions. Feel safe to feel and express your emotions. Design your own package.


Reiki Master/Teacher – Aromatherapist Emmaus, PA 18049 610-393-2036

Offering Reiki, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Crystals, Wellness Classes and Retreats. Helping women find their inner balance and to empower them to become more active participants in their personal healing through a holistic approach to life. Barbara Fenton is also an independent Distributor of Young Living Essential oils.  Visit  to purchase or for income opportunity info. 


Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd, West Lehigh Valley 610-395-3355

The Feldenkrais Method reconnects the body to its natural movements, focusing on the relationship between motion and thought. It works with the nervous system, rather than muscles or bones, to improve everyday motion, such as walking, running, golfing, biking, yoga, posture, breathing, etc.

QUIET HEART HOLISTIC HEALTH 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Lower Macungie, PA 18106, Unit #7 484-515-8356

Dedicated to improving and balancing mental, spiritual and physical health. Holistic Family Counseling and Biofeedback, Reiki, Shiatsu, Pranic and Shamanic Healing, Past Life Regression, Crystal Healing, and more. Therapeutic Massage modalities: Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Ayurvedic, Pre-Natal Massage, & Herbal Poultice. Classes in Raja, Vinyasa & Kundalini Yoga, Bellydancing, Drumming, Chanting, Reiki, QiGong, Crystal Healing and Herbal education.




Discover the POWER of your unconscious mind. With hypnosis, you CAN overcome stress, pain, depression, or fear. You CAN successfully manage your weight and quit smoking - whatever is keeping you from the life you want. We offer a variety of effective techniques. FREE consultation. See ad, page 21.


Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610.395.3355

Destress, revitalize and be healthier with scientifically validated and physician recommended Effortless Meditation. Experience rest deeper than sleep! Greg Schweitzer taught for Deepak Chopra, M.D. and other notables for 30+ years. Introductory classes and a 10-hour course.

MANTRA MEDITATION YOGA Paul Wilson, D.Ay 6730 Geissinger Rd. Zionsville, PA 484 695 6880

Meditation is nourishment for the soul. Experience the deep calm within you. Learn a simple but profound technique that brings rest to the body, clarity to the mind and effectiveness in action. Paul has been a teacher of Mantra Meditation Yoga for forty years and also gives Ayurvedic consultations.



Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd, West Lehigh Valley 610-395-3355

Beverley S. Bley Coopersburg, PA 610-797-8250,



561 Main Street, Suite 290 Bethlehem, PA 18018 484-893-0096

Certified Master Hypnotherapist. Enhance YourdepresHealth, Control stress and anxiety, Happiness &Lose Productivity! sion, pain and anger. weight, Counseling, Hypnotherapy Naturally Generated Excellence eliminate smoking. And Hypnotherapy Lose Weight, Stop Smoking, Eliminate Phobias certification and hypnobirthing Control: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Pain & Anger Hypnotherapy Certification Classes classes. See ad, page 27.

The Feldenkrais Method reconnects the body to its natural movements, focusing on the relationship between motion and thought. It works with the nervous system, rather than muscles or bones, to improve everyday motion, such as walking, running, golfing, biking, yoga, posture, breathing, etc.

Carol Sherman DDS William Baron DDS 2600 Newburg Rd. Easton, PA 18045 610-252-1454

Dr. Carlson begins with a Natural or Holistic approach to enhance your physical health and eliminate any compromise to the immune system. Mercury free, non-surgical periodontal treatment, tooth whitening, cosmetic makeovers and herbal support in a gentle, relaxing and caring atmosphere. See ad, page 19.

NORTHSTAR DENTAL CARE Marwan Bassil, DMD, 430 Nazareth Pike, Suite 2A Nazareth, PA 18064 610.365.5000

Providing a full scope of general and cosmetic dentistry with expertise ranging from to inlays, onlays, root canals, crowns, bridges and clear braces. Dr. Bassil can correct a wide variety of so-called permanent cosmetic dental problems, and can literally redesign your smile. Mercury-Free and Fluoride-Free. See ad, page 13.


DR. MICHAEL JUDE LOQUASTO, ND, PHD, DC Lehigh Valley Professional Center 2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B-27 Bethlehem, PA 18020 * 484-821-1460

Specializing in Natural Medicine for over 25 years, Dr. Loquasto holds doctorates in Naturopathy, Nutrition and Chiropractic Internal Medicine.  He is also a Master Herbalist as well as a certified Clinical and Dietitian Nutritionist.  Dr. Loquasto offers custom formulations for specific conditions and non-invasive chelation therapy.  In addition the following tests are done at the clinic:  live cell microscope, circulation testing, EKG, pulmonary lung testing, bone density, x-ray, scanning for foot & ankle problems, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels and blood testing for diabetes and other health issues. Cold Laser Therapy for pain. The goal is to restore and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Call for a Sample Hypnotherapy Class CD & Registration Information

Bev Bley L.P.N., C.M.Ht. Certified Master Hypnotherapist Free Phone Consultations: 610-797-8250 • •

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Family Physician · Board Certified Thermologist Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville 856-596-5834

A board certified family physician for 35 years and co-founder of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, NJ. An internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD). An advocate for health and preventive medicine championing thermography as an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health.Certified by four Thermographic Boards. Outreach assessments available in PA. See ad, page 45.

MAULFAIR MEDICAL CENTER Conrad Maulfair, D.O. 2970 Corporate Court, Suite 1 Orefield, PA 18069 610-682-2104,

Dr. Maulfair is an Osteopathic Physician bringing four decades of knowledge and experience in alternative, complementary medicine to his patient care. Help for all conditions and all ages. Offering Chelation Therapy, Hubbard Method Sauna detoxification – Purely You, and many other treatment programs. Maulfair Medical Center brings the best of both worlds to their patients. See ad, page 21.

MJA HEALTHCARE NETWORK MIKHAIL ARTAMONOV, MD PHD 1104 Van Buren Road, Suite 101 Easton, PA 18045 610-438-4460

Combining Allopathic (Western) medicine, Oriental medicine and the newest medical technology to offer patients complete and personalized health care. Certified in Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Pain medicine, Independent Medical Examination and Addiction Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, Functional and Anti-Aging Medicine.See ad, page 64.


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Family, Environmental and Preventative Medicine Nicholas DiMartino, D.O. 5724 Clymer Rd Quakertown, PA 215-536-1890

Woodlands Healing Research Center is a family practice supporting individualized natural approaches to health. We offer lifestyle and nutritional consultation to achieve optimal health and vitality. We also offer complete women’s services including GYN, menopause, osteoporosis and bio-identical hormone therapy. See ad, page 13.


DALLAS WELLNESS CENTER, LLC Debra E Dallas, PhD, MIfHI, DCNT 4048 Freemansburg Avenue Easton, PA 18045 610-253-1977,

Dallas Wellness Center is a health oriented center that recognizes each person as an individual. We offer Iridology, Thermographic Imaging, Nutrigenomics and Nutrition, Hair Analysis, and Ion Cleansing. When people have been everywhere else and are still sick, they come visit us. See ad, page 44.

ROBERT E HARTZELL RPH, CCN Shelley Surber RD, LDN 300 American Street Catasauqua, Pa 18032 610-264-5471 ext 237


Ping Zhao ND, IIPA Certified Iridologist 3005 Brodhead Rd., Suite 100 Bethlehem 18020 610-866-9087

The Natural Way to Health. Using Iridology, Sclerology and Tongue Analysis to identify the parts of the body that may be in an overactive or underactive state, and where pain or inflammation is originating from. Promoting a healthy balance and prevention of disease using Herbal & Nutrition Consultation along with Therapeutic Acupressure and Tai Chi, Qigong exercise.


Maulfair Medical Center 2970 Corporate Court, Suite #1 Orefield, Pa 18069 484-272-2055

As a Naturopath, I am trained in both prescription drugs and natural supplements and herbs. I work with you, not just a lab value. I take the time to listen to you and to educate you on how your body works, including how foods, supplements, and exercise. Whether you are trying to reverse or prevent a health issue, there are solutions to address the root cause of disease. See ad page ??

NATURAL HEALTH PROMOTION LLC Tina Stashko, N.D. PhD MIfHI Emmaus, Pa. 18049 610-965-8132

Offering our successful (FLT) First Line Therapy, and Ultra Lite therapeutic Life style programs. Our programs will help with weight concerns; blood sugar concerns, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. Let us help to implement healthy changes into your life. Change your life, Take back your health. Call for an appointment See ad, page 37.

Specializing in preventative healthcare, digestion and nutrient absorption, and thyroid and adrenal health. Modalities such as iridology, sclerology and biochemical balancing enable the development of your unique program for optimum health. These programs are easy to follow and incorporate into your daily life. Reach your full health potential!  See ad, page 10.



628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610.395.3355

Let our world class practitioners help you relieve stress, renew your overall health and achieve more in your life. Our services are appropriate for people of all ages. Call today for more information or to register for a private session, class or workshop. See ads, pages 28 and 50.

Nicholas Theodorou ND 5 Stonecroft Drive Easton, PA 18045 610-258-1894

“Dr. Nick” Traditional Naturopath. Get and stay healthy. Proven Five-Point Program teaches you about eating a wholesome diet, prudent exercise, the proper use of supplements, getting quality sleep and reducing stress. Internationally recognized expertise on nutritional supplements including glutathione enhancement! Free mini-consults! Call or email for information.


Dian Freeman Morristown, NJ 973-267-4816

Nutritionist Dian Freeman and staff nutritionists LuAnn Peters - Brenda Woodruff of Dian’s Wellness Simplified in Morristown, NJ, offer private nutritional consultations, Applied Kinesiology and Ondamed biofeedback sessions. Dian also teaches classes and a nutritional certification course in preparation for the national Certified Nutritional Counselor (CNC) exam.  Also, to address energetic and vibrational healing, a variety of crystal and energy healers are available by appointment and LuAnn mixes personalized formulas combining various Bach flower remedies.  See ad, page 15.


Center for Healthy Living @ Easton Yoga 524 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042 610.923.7522

Are you in a food rut? Want to lose a few pounds? Feeling sluggish and unmotivated? Whole foods detoxing is what your body need. I offer customized detox plans and whole-body care. Over 10 years of wellness experience through yoga and now offering wellness coaching through lifestyle and nutritional counseling. Free Health Consultations, call now!


Gale Maleskey, MS, RD, LDN Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610.395.3355

Learn how to live a healthier life, recover from serious illness, lose weight, gain energy, and develop life-sustaining habits, using a coaching-based, integrative nutrition approach. Gale Maleskey is a registered dietitian, licensed Wellness Coach, and trained at Dr. Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Call for a free 20-minute, get-acquainted chat. 



Michelle M.L. Trent, NET, CPT Food Coach and Certified Personal Trainer Bethlehem, PA 484.515.6603


Providing food coaching, menu planning, and hands-on cooking demos. My training is in plantbased diets for weight loss and disease prevention and reversal as seen in the film Forks Over Knives.  I support, motivate, and encourage you to reach your wellness goals.  I help you to try new recipes and broaden your skill set so that you can feel confident in preparing healthy, tasty meals.



Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Bloating and Digestive Tract problems: These all have symptoms caused by or worsened from food sensitivities. Targeted diet therapy can improve or eliminate these symptoms. Call for a free consultation. Peggy Shannon MS RD, Licensed Nutrition Therapist


Sexual health counselor and educator utilizing NLP and Mindfulness-based approaches. Learn easy, quick techniques to move towards healing your life and relationships by reprograming your nervous system’s response to stress and pain. “Breathe. Believe. Be.” Anything is possible!

SPIRITUAL HEALING CLASSICAL REIKI PENNSYLVANIA Paula Michal-Johnson, Ph.D. Classical Reiki Pennyslvania 484-686-7388

Consultations & Reiki sessions to promote health, wellness and recovery from physical, emotional and spiritual trauma. Cofounder of The Pennsylvania Reiki Consortium and authorized teacher of the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan. Teaching Reiki nationally and locally. Reiki I, Shoden, Reiki II, Okuden, Reiki III, Shinpiden.


COUTNEY KREMPASKY Certified Personal Trainer Northampton, PA 610-462-5142

Take little steps for big changes! Get healthy and fit in a private setting without the intimidation of a gym. Specializing in women’s fitness. Personal training sessions that focus on you and only you. Let me help you achieve your health and fitness goals through one-on-one cardio and strength training. Contact me today to make an appointment or for group fitness schedules.


1 Bethlehem Place, Suite 408 Bethlehem, PA 18018 484-894-1246

Regression hypnotherapy helps you remember events from your past that may be the root-cause of your problems today. Whether your subconscious mind revisits earlier times of this life, or past lives, you will be amazed at its vast knowledge, and the therapeutic effects of the process. You can connect to loved ones from the other side, and discover who you are as a soul, where you are coming from, and where you are heading.

Tara Gallus, Reiki Practitioner & Teacher Bethlehem, PA 610.739.4201

Supporting you in living a fuller, more healthy, balanced life. Relax, relieve stress, and improve your overall physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. Consultations, private sessions, & Reiki classes. Co-founder of The Pennsylvania Reiki Consortium and ABMP Member. 15 years of experience. Trained in Western, Traditional, and Jikiden Reiki Practices.


Michelle Redden West Allentown, PA 601-600-0066

Encouraging you to be the best “Me” that you can be using Quantum Biofeedback, a cutting edge computerized technology that assesses and harmonizes an individual’s energetic signature. Reduce stress to help reduce pain, sleep disturbances, allergies and address emotional issues such as fear, anxiety, depression and anger.

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Jyorei was developed by Mokichi Okada in Japan in the early part of the twentieth century. It is a simple yet profound healing art in which spiritual Light is focused on others. One Jyorei session usually takes about ten minutes. No fee is requested for the session, although donations are accepted. Hours: Mon, Thu and Fri 3pm5pm; Sat 1pm-3pm


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Dr. Gabriel-Fraynert is a veterinarian certified in medical acupuncture for animals since 2005.  She has been practicing Integrative Veterinary Medicine using both conventional and holistic modalities, including Chinese and Western herbs, Homo-toxicology/Homeopathy, and Nutraceuticals. Dr. Gabriel-Fraynert feels an integrative approach allows for greater breadth of treatment options for many underlying and or/ pre-existing medical conditions.See ad, page 47.


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Dr. Kristen Fenstermacher is a equine veterinarian certified in veterinary chiropractor by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association .  She provides chiropractic services for cats and dogs at the Animal Therapy Center.  See ad, page 47.


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A Board Certified Thermographic Technician has imaged thousands of patients for many types of health concern and administers outreach thermogram assessments in several eastern PA centers regularly. A Holistic Health Counselor and is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. A founding partner of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, NJ, a cooperative wellness center that provides a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, Reiki, thermography, and biopuncture. Liesha. See ad, page 45.

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Vyolet Albano is certified canine massage practitioner who completed her certification at the Integrated Touch Therapy School in Circleville, Ohio.  Having an interest in non-invasive modalities for addressing animal pain, she is also a Master of Chi Energy, Reiki and Quantum Healing.  Vyolet provides massage and reiki services for dogs and cats at the Animal Therapy Center. See ad, page 47.

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Beth is a physical therapist with 20 years experience, including special education in canine anatomy and rehabilitaion.  She utilizes many of the same rehabilitative techniques and therapies developed for humans to help your companion animals recover from injury, surgery, or to improve life in their golden years. See ad, page 47.


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Lose up to 20 pounds in 6 weeks with medically supervised weight loss. We take a personalized approach to weight loss based on science. The continual body composition monitoring included in our program ensures the weight loss is truly coming from fat, not muscle. Ongoing behavioral counseling teaches people how to work with their body’s natural tendencies to lose weight and keep it off. See ad, page 64.


3400 Bath Pike, Bethlehem 610-746-5852 • Facebook: Yoga at Kulaheartyoga

Bringing community of the hearts together as we embrace diversity & c e l e b r a t e l i f e . Diverse yoga classes, certified/registered yoga teachers, Yoga Te a c h e r Tr a i n i n g , Kid’s/Family yoga, Therapeutic, Restorative, Anusara Inspired, Kundalini, Prenatal, & Pilates.  Workshops with internationally renowed teachers.  Massage therapy services in our beautiful wellness center. New student special $30 for 30 days unlimited yoga.


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The Yoga Loft offers quality yoga instruction for students of all levels in a variety of styles. We also offer workshops and other special events, Certified Yoga Teacher Training, Belly dance, Tai Chi, Prenatal Yoga, and Mat PilatesSee ad, page 49.

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Kids Yoga Teacher Certification – Brighten Your Future & Become a Kids Yoga Teacher! For everyone who cares for children. 95 Hour Certification (RCYS) August 8-17, Lehigh Valley, PA. Call 484-554-4601 or Hypnotherapy Certification Classes - 150 hours. “At Home” and/or classroom environment and “hands-on” practice experience. Reasonably priced! Payment plans accepted. For more info or to register contact Bev Bley L.P.N;C.M.Ht. at C.H.A.N.G.E. 610.797.8250. Coopersburg area. Aromatherapy Certified Course Online – A solid introduction to the science and art of Aromatherapy in 6 weeks or the course can be taken in your own time, to fit into any schedule. Reasonably priced. For more info or to register contact Barbara Fenton at 610-393-2036 or

OPPORTUNITIES Licensed Massage Therapist – Become part of a growing lifestyle center. Send resume to Licensed Counselor, Psychologist or Social Worker – To become part of a growing lifestyle center in downtown historic Bethlehem. Part time to start.  Send CL/ resume: Knitting Teacher – Teach class in downtown historic Bethlehem. Email interest to Work From Home – Apply now to join our team promoting a new international line of health and wellness products. Work-from-home opportunities for energetic, reliable, motivated individuals who want to either supplement their current income or create high income. Full training and corporate support. Call Carina at 610-401-3784.

Vegetarian Café Co-Creator – Seeking invested cocreator for healthy café in South Allentown. Restaurant quantity food preparation and nutritional expertise required. Investment required. Serious inquiries only. 610-737-4882. Love scented candles? We are looking for distributors 908-319-2455 for more info. Established Pennsylvania Academy For Sale - DOE Licensed. Growing demand. Call 267-424-4549. Licensed Massage Therapist – Independent contractor, needed at Twin Ponds Center. We are located just west of Rt. 100, off Schantz Rd. in the west end of Lehigh Valley. Please call 610.305.3355 for more information.

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