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love to travel. It has transformed me by opening my mind to the beauty of nature and vibrancy of other cultures that see life from a different perspective. There is nothing like a good road trip to stimulate growth, see beyond the everyday, promote gratitude and encourage an overall attitude adjustment. This month we feature Transformative Travel as an invitation for the personal growth of our readers. I have had the good fortune to travel frequently and many of my most cherished memories are of times when I was out of my element and introduced to people and places that I never experienced before. I’ve experienced the moon rising over the Gulf of Mexico, clouds literally rolling over mountain peaks in New Mexico, a misty climb in a rainforest in Puerto Rico and the remnants of a hurricane slamming into the eastern face of a 10,000foot peak in West Texas while I poked my head up from the completely dry western side. I’ve witnessed spectacular waterfalls in Oregon, New Mexico and Pennsylvania, swam in crystal clear water off Islands in the Caribbean, floated down the Guadalupe River and enjoyed many swimming holes in Central Texas. The drive along Route 1 through Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park in California was spectacular. I’ve hiked a good portion of the Appalachian trail in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and done some hiking in lower elevations of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. All were magical experiences that I will never forget. Spending time in nature revealed the obvious fact that we sometimes seem to forget; there is an invisible and unexplainable force far more powerful than humanity that sets things in motion in our universe. My understanding of this force has developed over many years and many miles. I also see it the beauty of people from my personal and professional travel experiences. Celebrating the new year in Mexico, enjoying a street fair in Puerto Rico, exploring small towns in Ireland, negotiating at a mercado in San Antonio, experiencing Southern culture and soul food in Alabama and Louisiana and eating family-style in Taiwan exposed me to ways of life that were enriching and satisfying. In the next 10 years, I hope to travel even more. I’ve been preparing myself for new adventures with a list of places and experiences I want to manifest and a renewed commitment to my physical fitness. I recently read a book, Old Man River, a great read about the American history of the Mississippi River, by Paul Schneider, that added a trip from its headwaters to New Orleans to my list. I also read a book last summer about the Continental Divide and learned there is a spot in Montana where a drop of rain could potentially flow to one of three oceans (Atlantic, Pacific or Arctic). I’d love to go there. More time in the Rockies, another adventure in California and a return to West Texas have intrigued me for some time. Make your own list. Research and read about the history, people and natural wonders of a destination and imagine yourself there with all you need to enjoy yourself. Then do it. Make the reservations and book time with guides to show you the secrets of the area. We are here for more than just survival, we are here to thrive, and the world is full of adventure. Happy travels.

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newsbriefs Acupuncture Services Added in Forty Fort


acqueline Stefanski, LAc, of Vital Source Acupuncture, is now offering acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at Balance Yoga and Wellness in Forty Fort. She states, “Acupuncture is part of a complete medical protocol focused on correcting imbalances of energy in the body, inserting tiny, hair-thin needles just beyond the surface of the skin. It has been used for over 3000 years to prevent, diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions, including chronic low back pain, dental pain, sciatica, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia and symptoms of osteoarthritis. It has been shown to assist in Jacqueline Stefanski, Lac the treatment of emotional pain syndromes, such as PTSD, and achieving pregnancy when used in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization.” Stefanski received a master’s level diploma in acupuncture from the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, in Montclair, New Jersey, in 2014, which included courses in biology, pathophysiology, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, physical examination, and both Eastern and Western nutrition. Location: 900 Rutter Ave., 2nd Fl., Forty Fort. For appointments, call 570-714-2777. For more information, visit See ad page 39.

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erra McAulliffe will host a demonstration of the brandnew Savvy Minerals products by Young Living from 6:30 to 8 p.m., October 19. Not only does this makeup product line have beautiful colors and feels amazing on the skin, it is cruelty-free, with no bismuth, talc, mineral oil, parabens, gluten, nanoparticles, phthalates, dyes, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance or synthetic colors. A limited number of makeovers will be available with RSVP. Every Savvy Minerals product was carefully crafted so women can feel fabulous about themselves and what they’re putting on their skin. The full variety of naturally derived products was developed with Young Living’s unwavering standard of purity and quality and made without cheap fillers or synthetics. $12 includes a Savvy Mineral makeover; and $5 for foundation matching. Location: ProActive Family Chiropractic, 1146 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. For more information, call 570-763-9536 or visit YL ID #1405306. See ad page 44.


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More Holistic Healing at Thrive


ob Burns, a holistic practitioner and nutrition consultant, has joined the team of natural practitioners at Thrive Wellness Center, in Kingston. offering wellness exams based on Traditional Chinese Medicine such as Robert Burns, HHP hair, tongue and pulse analysis, and iridology. He uses Applied Kinesiology to recommend supplements and pulsed electro-magnetic field therapy for muscle and joint pain. Burns is certified by the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine in holistic health. Thrive Wellness Center opened its doors in 2011 and is dedicated to educating the community about alternative approaches to healing. Partners include Holistic Healthcare Practitioners, Doctors, Massage Therapists, Medical Reflexologists, Holistic Nutritional Consultants, and Holistic Therapists, all of whom are certified or licensed in their field. The center provides its clients with a 100% friendly, chemical-free, and healing-centered environment. Natural Awakenings readers receive a back-to-school special for the month of October of $50 off of a comprehensive wellness exam or $15 off a wellness consultation. Location: 647 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. For more information, call 570-283-0111. See ad page 48.

Re-Training the Brain Improves Autistic Symptoms


undreds of clinicians have used neurofeedback with several thousand autistic spectrum children over the past 15 years. In one study, a 26 percent average reduction in Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklists (ATEC) symptoms showed improvement in behavior related to socialization, vocalization, anxiety, schoolwork, tantrums, and sleep. Mind Vision Inc., in Hawley uses the gradual learning process of neurofeedback, also called EEG biofeedback, to train the brain for clients on the autism spectrum. Just as a coach conditions an athlete to work out and strengthen their muscles, conditioning the brain to recognize improved bioelectrical function improves mental and emotional control, optimizes cognitive function and helps maintain physiological balance. In practice, a computer converts this information into a map of the brain called a quantitative EEG, which is then analyzed to identify certain brain wave patterns and indicate improvement over time. Because neurofeedback helps train brainwaves, it can help with any problem that is influenced by brain dysregulation, including learning disorders, anxiety disorders, traumatic brain injury, stroke/cerebrovascular accidents, cognitive changes with aging, PTSD, migraine, addiction disorders. The American Pediatric Association endorses biofeedback, which includes neurofeedback, as having level-one efficacy for treating ADD/ADHD. It can also help improve peak performance in athletes and executives or anyone that wants to be their best, by teaching them to optimize their brain function. 8 Silk Mill Drive, Hawley. Call 570-3904565 or visit for more information. See ad page 12.

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newsbriefs Regenerative Orthopedic Healing Available in East Stroudsburg


ikhail Artamonov, M.D., is making pure platelet-rich plasma (PRP), stem cell therapy, prolotherapy and pure ozone therapy treatments available at MJA Health Care, in East Stroudsburg. These cutting-edge, non-surgical treatments have been instrumental in rebuilding and repairing tissues and ligaments by strengthening and stimulating your body’s own natural healing processes before ligament, tendon and joint damage progresses and the condition becomes irreversible. It also significantly improves the efficacy of a patient’s Mikhail Artamonov, M.D. own stem cell healing process. These U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved therapies allow people suffering from chronic osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or sports injuries to avoid reliance on pain killers or surgery and eliminate the need for joint replacement. The recovery time for these treatments is much less than traditional surgery, with initial improvement typically seen in a few weeks, gradually increasing as healing progresses. The initial consultation and diagnostic workup are covered by most insurances. Location: 391 East Brown Street, East Stroudsburg. For a consultation call 570-8729800. For more information, visit See ad page 13.

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erbs to Success will be hosting hands-on classes with Kim Carrodo-Pulley, of Cater To Me catering services, where attendees will learn how cooking with essential oils can add the WOW factor to all dishes. Not only do essential oils last longer and are easier to store, they also pack more punch than fresh or diced herbs, spices and extracts. Each class will be preparing at least two dishes and one drink. Upcoming classes will be fall soups, stews, toddys and treats on October 22, Thanksgiving dishes packed with flavor November 15 and holiday meals, desserts and drinks December 13. Whether you want to boost your energy, supplement your diet or manage your weight, essential oil-infused nutrition solutions empower you to meet your wellness goals the natural way. Cost is $20 per class and includes all the ingredients as well as take home items. Location: 64 S. Main St., Nazareth. To reserve your space in the class, call 610-3658996. See ad page 34.


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ThanksLiving: A 2017 Celebration of Turkeys


he fifth annual ThanksLiving celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 4, at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary promises to warm your heart as the turkeys and other birds will receive a Thanksgiving feast created specifically for them. It will include cranberries, raw pumpkin pie, pumpkin seeds, spinach salad, blueberries and other healthy and delicious treats. For people, the ThanksLiving Celebration features a plant-based, catered lunch, live music by Hickory Project, a raffle, a silent auction and more. Olympic silver medalist and animal advocate Dotsie Bausch, along with FOX news anchor Paola Giangiacomo, will cohost the event. Indraloka provides a haven for farm animals that have nowhere else to turn. Sponsorship is a special way to change the life of just one animal with direct and personal involvement for their well-being by covering the monthly costs of food, shelter and veterinary care. Donors receive monthly updates and visits. Location: Mehoopany. PA. For more information and tickets, call 570-7632908 or visit See ad page 9.

Kinesio Taping Available in Wyoming


r. Cynthia Kennelly, at 8th Street Family Chiropractic Center, in Wyoming has added The Kinesio Taping Method to her wide array of treatment techniques that gently guide clients toward a healthier way of living. Kinesio Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This rehabilitative taping technique is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process, while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion, as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within a clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The 8th Street Family Chiropractic Center is a “healthy lifestyle” center that offers personalized chiropractic care and extensive education for patients’ home care. Location: 131 W. 8th St., Wyoming. For appointments, call 570-693-9393. For more information, visit 8thStreetChiro. com. See ad page 33.

Wellness 4 Life Health Coaching


he Massage Academy of The Poconos, in Stroudsburg, has added Health Coaching with Evelyn Sistrunk LMT, HHC to their extensive menu of holistic health services. Sistrunk will offer four, 90-minute workshops to introduce valuable tools which help attendees make positive changes in lifestyle, exercise, attitude and nutrition. Workbooks are included, with activities to keep attendees motivated. PowerPoint presentations and interactive discussions make it easy to understand. Workshops include Open Your Internal Pharmacy; Make Health Your Hobby; Remove Waste From Your Waist; and Live Without Pain and Inflammation. Free healthy recipes and snacks are provided during the workshops. Academy founder Vicki Hicks states, “As we continue to grow our family of massage therapists and provide them with new opportunities, we keep our clients’ needs in mind. We will be unfolding many new techniques, alternative therapies and client educational workshops to help our community live a healthier, more mindful quality of life.” Pricing: four workshops $100 or $28 each. Location: 753 Phillips St., Stroudsburg. Reserve a seat (required) at 570421-5014 or email See ad page 33.









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Music Soothes Pain after Surgery


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esveratrol is a natural substance found in grapes, peanuts, blueberries and other foods that’s known for its heartprotective nature. Researchers believe it may also help promote eye health, including prevention of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, but not much is known about its presence in the eyes. Scientists from Tongji Medical College, in China, set out to measure the concentration of trans-resveratrol in the eyes after oral supplementation. Three daily doses of Longevinex, an oral trans-resveratrol-based capsule supplement, was administered to 35 adults prior to eye surgery on one of their eyes, and tissue samples of the conjunctiva, aqueous humor and vitreous humor were taken. Researchers measured the tissues for resveratrol concentration to determine how much of the supplement penetrated the eyes. Resveratrol metabolites were detected in the conjunctiva of 25 of the eyes, indicating that the beneficial substance does pass through the brain.

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leven counties in New York instituted restrictions on trans fatty acids in restaurants in 2007. Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine used data from the New York State Department of Health statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System and U.S. Census population estimates to determine the impact of these restrictions on the health of the community; they compared the 11 counties that had the restrictions to 25 counties without them. The scientists concluded that hospital heart attack admissions were significantly lower for the 11 counties with the restrictions.


esearchers from the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, studied the impact of music therapy on 60 patients that had undergone spinal fusion surgery. Half received a 30-minute music therapy session, along with standard postoperative care, within 72 hours of surgery. The other half received only standard care. The scientists used the visual analog scale to measure pain before and after music therapy in both groups concurrently. The patients receiving music therapy experienced average pain level reductions from 6.2 to 5.09, while the control group averaged slight increases in pain, from 5.2 to 5.87. “The degree of change in the music group is notable for having been achieved by non-pharmacologic means, with little chance of adverse effects,” explains Center Director and study co-author Joanne Loewy. “Pain is subjective and personal, and warrants an individualized approach to care. Certified, licensed music therapists can tailor treatment to each patient’s musical preferences and address their pain level.”

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Toddlers Routinely Reach for French Fries A collaborative study published in the journal Pediatrics concludes that toddlers under the age of 2 are more likely to eat French fries than vegetables on any given day; one in four 6-to-11-month-olds and one in five 1-year-olds consumed no vegetables at all. This concerning downward trend began more than a decade ago. The percentage of babies and toddlers eating canned or frozen fruits and vegetables declined by 10 percent between 2005 and 2012, and the consumption of dark, leafy greens among those under 2 has halved since 2005. Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup, an associate professor with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, says, “You often have to offer a new food to a toddler up to 10 times before they will eat it.”


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The consequences of climate change are impacting plant species in unanticipated, but logical ways; for instance, conifers and other needle trees are moving northward because they are more sensitive to temperature than flowering, deciduous trees. They already populate the boreal forest of eastern North America, so they’re well-adapted to expand into colder, drier conditions. Individual trees can’t move, but populations can shift over time as saplings expand into a new region while older growth dies in another. A new study published in Science Advances also shows that about three-quarters of tree species common to eastern American forests, including white oaks, sugar maples and American holly, have shifted their population centers westward since 1980 due to drier conditions in the East. Global warming has significantly altered rainfall totals. Songlin Fei, a professor of forestry at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, and one of the study authors, observes, “Different species are responding to climate change differently. Most of the broadleaf species of deciduous trees are following moisture that’s moving westward.” Changes in land use, conservation efforts, wildfire frequency and the arrival of pests and blights all play parts in shifting populations. Forest ecosystems are defined as much by the mix of species and the interaction between them as by the simple presence of many trees. If different species migrate in different directions, then ecological communities could eventually collapse.

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A legal challenge in Washington state may require spending nearly $2 billion to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a 2013 ruling ordering the state to fix or replace hundreds of culverts that allow streams to pass beneath roads, but block the salmon. Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, states, “This is a win for salmon, treaty rights and everyone that lives here.” The group represents 21 tribes in western Washington that challenged the state over the culverts in 2001, part of decades-long litigation over tribal fishing rights. She advises, “Fixing fish-blocking culverts under state roads will open up hundreds of miles of habitat and result in more salmon.”

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Columbus Day Renamed to Honor First Peoples Many people feel that Christopher Columbus is partly responsible for the genocide of Native Americans, and bestowing him a day of celebration adds insult to injury. In a progressive move, the Anadarko City Council, in Oklahoma, unanimously voted to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day—observed this year on October 9. City employees get the holiday off, and other municipalities in Oklahoma have followed suit.

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Decaying Autumn Leaves Feed Summer Gardens In many parts of the U.S., autumn brings fallen leaves, and the benefits of composting can be extended via leaf molding. “You get new leaves every year. You don’t need to take leaves to a landfill or burn them,” advises Lee Reich, Ph.D., a garden and orchard consultant in New Paltz, New York ( Digging or tilling leaves into garden beds and containers, using them as mulch, fosters natural soil conditioning, supplies beneficial nutrients and enriches earthworm habitat. PlanetNatural. com estimates that 50 to 80 percent of tree nutrients end up in their leaves. According to FineGardening. com, “Leaf mold prevents extreme fluctuations in soil temperature, keeps the soil surface loose so water penetrates easily, retains soil moisture by slowing water evaporation and stimulates biological activity, creating a microbial environment that helps thwart pests.” One method comprises piling leaves in a corner of the yard or in

a wood or wire bin at least three feet wide and tall. Thoroughly dampen the entire pile and let it sit, checking the moisture level occasionally during dry periods and adding water if necessary. Another option is to fill a large plastic bag with leaves and moisten them. Seal

the bag, and then cut some holes or slits for airflow. Check every month or two and add water if the leaves are dry. Either way, the decomposition process for most leaves can take six to 12 months; reports that some leaves, like oak, can take up to three years to decompose. Hasten the process by mowing the leaves a couple of times before adding them to the pile or bag; turning them over every few weeks with a shovel or garden fork; or covering the contained pile with a plastic tarp to keep the leaves wetter and warmer.

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ur deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. From A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson.

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or the past 40 years, Robert Llewellyn has photographed thousands of unique beauties— many of them trees, flowers, seeds and other landscape elements. “For


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a photographer, anything can be a good subject, even dirt,” he says. “My mission is to move people from merely looking at things to deeply seeing things as they are.”

For Llewellyn’s first collaboration with garden writer Nancy Ross Hugo, Remarkable Trees of Virginia, published in 2008, the pair drove 20,000 miles in four years observing and capturing the complex lives of 100 notable trees. It was on this assignment that the Earlysville, Virginia, photographer developed his now-signature technique, subsequently used to illustrate one of their follow-up books, Seeing Trees. “I wanted to photograph small parts—leaves, fruit, bark and flowers— so I would cut off a bloom, twig or seed pod and put it on a light table and take hundreds of photos, which, strung together, were infinitely sharp, like a botanic drawing. I found I could zoom into my subject up to a pollen grain this way.” Llewellyn lives with his wife on a 60-acre farm in tree-studded Albemarle County, enjoying 200-year-old oaks outside their front door. His latest of nearly 40 books, The Living Forest, is due out in October.

Why are trees, to your eyes, so captivating? When I first started photographing trees, I thought of them as objects in the design of a photograph, rather than something that’s alive. When I began to look at a tree’s acorns, flowers and pollen, I realized that this tree is doing what we do: it’s born, grows, has offspring and dies; it seeks air, nutrients and light. Trees all have a fascinating master plan for survival and reproduction. Some trees can build an architectural structure that grows 150 feet high

and can withstand 100-mile-an-hour winds.

How do you suggest that a newbie tree-watcher start learning how to see trees more intimately? Read a book like Seeing Trees, then get up, go out and observe trees in real time, at different times of the year and track what they do. Take pencil and paper and draw them, or take pictures. Start by exploring trees in your backyard or a nearby park. Share a quality magnifying glass to encourage youngsters to get closer to the trees, too. Challenge them to find flowers, fruit or spots where last year’s leaves fell off. Kids love that. I visit schools and have kids go out and collect fallen tree debris that we look at together.

nest in them and eat their fruits and nuts. I once found a round ball on an oak tree that turned out to be a wasp gall for its offspring, its larvae hanging in the middle.

How are tree-viewing skills transferrable to other aspects of our lives? The skill of observation is vital: moving from looking to seeing. At a party, you can just mindlessly chatter with people

or you can really see them—what their bodies, gestures and emotions are communicating. Labels and names get in the way of seeing things as they are. Stop labeling things or worrying about what they are called; as in meditation, just relax into observing, to embrace things as they are. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

What makes some of your favorite trees so distinctive? Red maples make an early entrance in spring, their flowers appearing before the leaves, and drop their “helicopter” seeds in spring to germinate before anything can eat them. In spring, an entire hill will turn red with these maples, but it’s not their leaves; it’s the trees’ flowers, getting ready to drop their showy red dresses on the ground before anything else is blooming. You can learn a lot about trees by seeing what’s on the ground through their life cycles. Sycamore, for example, has both male and female flowers. The female flowers develop into fruiting seedpods that dry out and hang on through winter until a spring wind blows them apart.

Rather than seeing trees as dead in winter, what can we look for? Trees are very much alive in winter. When leaves fall off, they leave behind little pointed leaf buds. You can cut them open and find tiny green leaves encapsulated which remain unfrozen, waiting to open up in the spring. Twigs in winter show leaf scars where the leaves dropped. We can also witness the diverse life in and on trees in all seasons. That includes bugs, plants, fungi and parasites, in addition to the animals that natural awakenings

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TRAVEL Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson

An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.

Declare Your Intentions

Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.

Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.


Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.

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Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. n The blog at explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites.   n Evergreen Escapes at Evergreen specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling.   n “The Travelers” podcast via features stories and advice from 200-plus changemakers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers.   n Muddy Shoe Adventures at offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences.   n connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature.   n Phil Cousineau ( hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites.   n Responsible Travel at Responsible offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesserknown ports of call.   n Transformational Travel Council’s website conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for changeseekers.                                                                                 n World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms ( links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community. 26

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“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.


Journey Jump-Offs

Move Beyond Comfort

Do Less, Experience More

To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon

If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”

When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to

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Lasting Travel Gifts

Adventure travelers named transformation and an expanded worldview as top motives for their explorations. ~Adventure Travel Trade Association launch Life Out of the Box, a line of clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the project has expanded to also support kids in Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Morocco.

Close Encounters Eager for a transformative adventure without traveling afar? Here are some ideas for exploring cultures and connecting with others closer to home. 4 Attend festivals celebrating varied cultures in your local community. Every spring in Washington, D.C., embassies showcase the cuisine, art and history of 70 countries. Frackville, Pennsylvania’s 103-year-old Lithuanian Days is the oldest ethnic festival in the country. 4 Host a traveling cyclist and hear tales from the trails via, a hospitality exchange for 90,000 touring cyclists and hosts. 4 Take advantage of local, state and national parks, including 88 ocean and coastal parks within the National Park Service ( Along with wilderness sites, the service also stewards important cultural heritage sites nationwide. 4 Find a spiritual retreat center at 4 Overnight on an organic farm. Visit to sample what’s in season in the region. 4 Meet and host individual travelers via, a network of 11 million globetrotters in 150,000 cities.

Drive Home Transformation

Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau. The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Choosing a Chiropractor How to Find the Best One by Marlaina Donato


hiropractic medicine is known for its non-surgical approach to chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, but also has much more to offer. However, finding the right doctor can be as daunting as shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes. Here, three reputable practitioners talk about securing individualized care and getting the most out of chiropractic.

Address Specific Needs

styles, so one of the biggest variables is the type of treatment the doctor uses. Most offices commonly treat neck, mid-back and low back pain. If you have a specific shoulder, knee or foot problem, you may want to find a doctor that frequently treats those issues. If you are pregnant, choose a chiropractor that has experience working with pregnant women.” “There are more than 140 different chiropractic techniques. Some are light touch, while others are aggressive. Some are hands-on and some use instruments for adjusting. It’s important that the doctor’s approach resonates with your nature,” advises Dr. Jackie St.Cyr of the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, in Houston. Robin advises that sitting in a doctor’s reception room to just observe and trusting our intuition is helpful before moving forward with a consultation.

Clarifying the desired outcome is helpful, because some clients are just looking for a quick fix to reduce pain, while others may be seeking overall better health, lasting wellness and an improved quality of life. “Due to insurance issues, we’ve become known as pain doctors, but that’s not the full extent of chiropractic,” explains Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of Your Wellness Connection and the educational website, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Also, you can see Ask Questions more than one chiropractor, as each has First, find out if a chiropractor has emtheir own strength.” braced either a conventional medical Dr. Michael Aho, of Crosstown or holistic model, and then delve more Chiropractic, in Chicago, agrees. deeply to find the right approach and “Chiropractic care encompasses many level of care. “Ask how long a doctor Northeast PA 28

Be Consistent

“You shouldn’t expect instant results,” says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results. Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care, you always need to do something for your spine every day, be it stretching, other exercise or good nutrition.” She notes that everyone’s response to chiropractic is different. “Be realistic. If you’ve experienced injuries or accidents, it will take longer, and your healing might look different from that of someone else that is free of injuries and follows a healthier diet. Sometimes people give up on chiropractic instead of finding a chiropractor that is good for them. You wouldn’t give up going to the dentist, and the same should apply to chiropractic care.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at



has practiced and their governing philosophy. Do they treat the full spine or focus on the point of pain, and what range of techniques do they apply? You want them to know your spine before they adjust it; make sure they conduct a new patient exam,” suggests St.Cyr. An exam may include a thermography scan and X-rays. Helpful questions include what to expect during the initial visit, recommended frequency of treatment, the desired doctor’s office hours and how treatment might benefit a particular condition. Because most chiropractic offices offer compatible treatments, also ask about complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, heat therapy, and interferential current therapy using minute electrical pulses for deep tissue pain relief.

Kinesiology – This common diagnostic technique—often for sports-related injuries—targets specific muscle groups via massage and pressure points to gauge overall body functioning. Logan Basic Technique – A low-force way to realign bones via gentle, sustained pressure at the base of the spine, it’s considered beneficial for headaches, including migraine, neck and low back pain and stress. A safe form of physical rehabilitation that’s considered effective for all ages. Myofascial Technique – This soft tissue therapy resolves trigger points deep within muscles and joints. Beneficial for muscle spasms, it’s thought to be useful for sciatica and piriformis syndrome. It’s also used by massage therapists.

Chiropractic Techniques Sampler Activator Method – A small, handheld instrument is used to gently address targeted areas for many conditions, especially low back pain and specific types of headaches including migraine. It’s considered safe for children and patients with severe arthritis and osteoporosis. Active Release Technique – This approach is used for soft tissue conditions, both acute and from repetitive motion, or recurring injuries such as those experienced by athletes. It targets adhesions in muscles and connective tissues that tighten around nerves to limit joint mobility. Atlas Orthogonal Method – Adjustment of the atlas—the first spine vertebra that supports the skull and provides a path for the spinal cord—helps reduce stress in the brain stem and nervous system. Blair Technique – Adjustment of the upper cervical (neck) area, especially the first two vertebrae, is especially beneficial for nerve function. Directional Non-Force Technique – This gentle method stimulates reflex reactions to determine potential discrepancy in leg lengths and corrective measures. It improves structural alignment and function and aids natural healing responses. Diversified Technique – Widely used among chiropractors to generally improve neurological function, reduce neck, back and leg pain, especially from

herniated disks, this technique may also be helpful for carpal tunnel syndrome. Extremity Manipulation FlexionDistraction – This involves manipulation of the extremities (arm/shoulder, leg/hip). It helps improve joint mobility and reduce stress along the spine and is especially useful for carpal tunnel syndrome and problems with posture and gait. Flexion-Distraction (Cox Method) – Mechanical and hands-on adjustment aids in stretching of the back. This method is especially beneficial for degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, neck and back pain and restricted spinal joints. Gonstead Technique – The most recognizable form of chiropractic manipulation and similar to Diversified Technique, this approach addresses misalignment and involves variable-pressure spine adjustment and realignment. It includes X-ray analysis to pinpoint problem areas and is deemed safe for children, pregnant women and the elderly. Graston Technique – Instrumentassisted, soft tissue mobilization helps reduce scar tissue and persistent pain from acute and old injuries, as well as resolve longstanding trigger points in muscles and joints. It promotes circulation in affected areas to reduce pain and inflammation. It also may allay non-systemic causes of fibromyalgia.

Network Spinal Analysis (network chiropractic) – This low-force technique addresses the entire body to improve communication between the brain and nerves via points along the spine and is suited to all ages. Pettibon System – Based on a total body assessment, both structural and nutritional, this system focuses on posture correction and spinal alignment, diet and muscle development. Sacro-Occipital Technique – Focused on the relationship between the bases of the spine and skull, it employs triangular-shaped blocks under the pelvis to target lower back issues; low-force adjustments include slow pressure to address issues related to the skull. It is considered especially beneficial for hiatal hernia and gastro-esophageal reflux. Somato Respiratory Integration – Special exercises leverage the body-breath connection to assist stress management, tension release and whole body awareness. It employs focus, breath work, touch and movement. Compatible with other treatments, it can also be done at home. Thompson Drop Technique – Employed via a “drop table” and thrust of the chiropractor’s hands. It can help determine discrepancies in leg lengths. Benefits include improved posture, flexibility and sleep, and decreased pain.

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October 2017


BUILDING BETTER BONES Bouncing, Leaping and Lunging Our Way to Bone Health by Kathleen Barnes

Success in the quest for stronger bones is possible at any age.

Start and Stay Young

“Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California. Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build

strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and young people to be physically active and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30.

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fitness and health. The outcome is just a little bit less,” says Steven A. Hawkins, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. “Bone responds to exercise much like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,” Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recommended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. “Don’t do the same things over and over again at the same time, either repetitive exercises like running or weight lifting or consistent combinations; even high-intensity exercise can diminish the effects.” The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are probably the best way to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s team published in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to


10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the 30-second rests between repetitions, Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density. Betz cautions against starting a jumping program too quickly. “Proper alignment, balance and body awareness come first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises in a row, a full squat with good alignment and a full lunge to ready the body for a jumping program.” Such strengthening safeguards against falling and injury.

Yoga for Bones Yoga doesn’t involve bouncing or jumping for the most part, but it can be helpful in maintaining strong bones, says Sherri Betz, a Santa Cruz, California, physical therapist and Pilates and yoga instructor. “Poses, including the tree, chair, warrior, triangle, half moon and sun salute, need to be as dynamic as possible and focus on leg strengthening and spine extension.

Walking Isn’t It

Walking, running, weight training and other repetitive exercises don’t improve bone density, says Hawkins. “Walk and do other repetitive exercises for cardiovascular health and general fitness. While these might help maintain current bone strength, they won’t improve bone density.” Walking reduced the risk of hip fracture by 41 percent for postmenopausal women walking four hours a week, with fewer falls due to improved strength, balance and other factors per the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Numerous studies confirm that exercise of any kind keeps us healthy, but for bone health, the answer is to start weight-bearing exercises early and sustain the practice for a lifetime. Kathleen Barnes is a health writer and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at

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ow is a good time to buy a solar system and get off the grid. Solar photovoltaic prices have fallen 67 percent in the last five years, reports Alexandra Hobson with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). It’s a boom period for solar—a record 14.8 gigawatts were installed last year in the U.S. Solar represented 39 percent of all new electric capacity added to the grid in 2016, surpassing natural gas (29 percent) and wind (26 percent). In the first quarter of this year, solar and wind together comprised more than half of all new U.S.

power generation. The Solar Investment Tax Credit was extended for five years at the end of 2015, so homeowners and businesses can qualify to deduct 30 percent of the installed cost from their federal taxes. Also, there’s no upper limit on the prices for the qualifying panels. There are 1.3 million solar systems in the U.S. now, with a new one added every 84 seconds. Some 260,000 people currently work in the industry, double the figure of 2012. California is the leader in installed capacity, followed by North Carolina,

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In 2016, the average residential solar system produced seven kilowatts, at an average installed cost of $3.06 per watt, according to Hobson. A system costing just over $21,000 before taking the income tax credit yields a final net cost of $15,000. “It’s a perfect marriage for residential customers,” says Bill Ellard, an energy economist with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). “The systems will produce electricity for about five cents per kilowatt-hour year-round compared to the average electric price of 10.34 cents per kilowatt hour tracked in March 2017.” New solar panel designs coming online mean even greater savings. Panels with built-in micro-inverters are cutting home installation costs for large central units (although their longterm, all-weather durability isn’t clear yet). A breakthrough at Japan’s Kobe University means single solar cells could achieve 50 percent efficiency, up from the 30 percent formerly accepted as the upper limit. Ugly panel frames may also be a thing of the past. More aesthetically pleasing frameless panels are expected this year from big players like SolarWorld, Canadian Solar and Trina Solar, with adapted mounting hardware. Producers like Prism Solar and DSM Advanced Surfaces are also working on frameless clear panels, with cells bound between panes of glass. These attractive clear panels are highly resistant to fire and corrosion. Tesla, which recently acquired SolarCity, is marketing tempered glass photovoltaic shingles that integrate with tile roofing materials to make the installation nearly undetectable. Tesla claims they’re three times as strong as standard roof shingles and guarantees them for the life of the house.

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For an average household electric load of 600 kilowatt-hours per month, for example, a daily dose of five hours of direct sunlight and four-kilowatt system will likely meet demand. For households with higher usage, especially in the South and West, bigger installations

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are the norm. “Solar system sizes have been growing fairly steadily as the price has come down,” Hobson notes. Thanks to Google Earth, solar installers usually know if a property has the right conditions; avoiding the fee for an onsite inspection. Houses with a southern orientation within 40 degrees of direct southern exposure are golden. Those with flat roofs work well because the panels can be tilted for maximum effect. Adjustable panels can also be adapted to the best angle per season. Panels can’t be in shade for a significant part of the day. Rooftop installers can work around vent pipes, skylights and chimneys. If major obstructions are a problem, ASES suggests a ground-mounted array or solar pergola, a freestanding wooden frame to mount panels. Solar systems heat swimming pools, too, offering huge operational savings over conventional heaters. They start at around $3,500 and average $5,500, compared to an average $2,664 for a fossil-fuel heater, reports Determine if a state has net metering laws, which make it easy to sell excess power from a whole-home system back to the grid. Check for local tax subsidies on top of the federal 30 percent. The beauty of solar is that once the system is in place, operating costs are negligible. The lifespan of today’s panels is two decades and the payback is just two to three years. Jim Motavalli is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. He lives in Fairfield, CT. Connect at

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Kids Calm Themselves with Meditation by April Thompson


chool children are learning the calming effect of tuning into their minds and bodies through a pioneering program in Baltimore, Maryland, that’s replacing time outs and school detentions with mindful moments. Trained staff—including many former students—teach yoga, mindfulness practices, meditation, centering and breath work that empower kids to resolve conflicts peacefully.

Brothers Atman and Ali Smith and friend Andres Gonzalez founded the nonprofit Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) in 2001 in response to the pressing need to help kids living in challenging urban environments better manage stress, anger and other heightened emotions. Today, the organization is sowing the seeds of mindfulness with some 7,500 students a week across 18 Baltimore-area schools, usually begin-

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ning through daylong, school-wide interventions and afterschool programs supporting targeted populations. Frustrated kids cool off and center themselves through breathing exercises and meditation in the Mindful Moment Room in the HLF flagship Robert W. Coleman Elementary School. “Sometimes when I get mad, I just breathe deep. I picture being in a certain place I like and I just stop being mad… I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do,” advises one fifth-grade participant. “When we had to take a big test, before I took it and in the middle, I took deep breaths to stay calm and finish the test. When everybody around you is making a lot of noises, you just try to tune them out and be yourself, do your breathing,” says another fifth-grader. The training starts with educators learning mindfulness techniques both to help their students and also manage their own stress in the classroom. “The program was a fantastic experience,” says Lori Gustovson, a teacher at Baltimore’s Lincoln Elementary School. “We integrated the exercises into our daily schedules, helping many students and teachers focus their attention and regulate emotions such as anxiety, anger and frustration. We are a better school because of the time they spent in our classrooms teaching us the beauty of paying attention to breath, movement and each other,” she observes.

Participating schools have reported fewer fights, better attendance and higher grades, among other benefits, according to Ali Smith, all results backed by independent research. Recent studies in schools from San Francisco to Columbus, Ohio, have shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can heighten attentiveness, self-control and empathy, while reducing stress, hyperactivity and depression, and improving academic performance. The kids also apply their newfound skills at home. “To take ownership of the practice and understand the benefits, you have to know how to explain it, so we use a reciprocal teaching model,” says Ali. “We teach the kids to say, ‘Mom, Dad, you look stressed; can you take a breather with me?’” Martin, a Lincoln Elementary student, was pleased to report, “I went to my house and taught my mom how to do all the things you guys taught us.” Virginia, another student, noted, “This morning I got mad at my dad, but then I remembered to breathe, and then I didn’t shout.” Other schools are following suit. Mindful Schools began in 2007 as a single-school program in Oakland, California, and then expanded to support online and in-person courses and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The David Lynch Foundation funds efforts to bring transcendental meditation to underserved kids in classrooms like the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, in Queens, New York; Wilson High School, in Portland, Oregon; and Wayzata West Middle School, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, among others. Find easy instruction at Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

Mindful Exercises This meditation exercise is recommended by the Holistic Life Foundation to help kids slow down, relax, de-stress or clear their heads: Sit comfortably with one hand on your belly, with your head, neck and spine in alignment. Breathe through your nose. As you inhale, feel your belly expand and pause for a second. Then, exhale and feel the belly fall. Repeat for 10 breaths.

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Mindfulness is noticing what is happening in the present moment. It can help calm us when we are angry, sad or frustrated. It can help us notice when we are happy or grateful and also to focus, whether in school or in sports. It’s important to let our bodies be very still. When that happens, it gets very quiet. When we have still and quiet bodies, that’s what we call our mindful bodies. Now, let’s close our eyes and just sit like this for one minute. natural awakenings

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ome cats started their careers in barns with minimal job opportunities. With updated skills, they now boost office morale, encourage reading, promote products and provide therapy. Community cats even work in private security.

In the Office Millennials, now comprising a third of this country’s stressed-out labor force, according to the Pew Research Center and American Psychological Association, are among those that can benefit from having a cat around. Lowered blood pressure is one result, according to research by psychologist Karen Allen, Ph.D., conducted at the University at Buffalo. Even when comfort breaks are hard to schedule, insistent cats cannot be ignored. “Pompous Albert, a rejected show cat, works at SafeWise, in Salt Lake City,” relates Sage Singleton, who handles Albert’s Instagram account. “He boosts morale, reduces stress and provides entertainment.” Carlos, a former rescue kitten, greets employees at PetNovations, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, each morning. He’s the star of the corporate Instagram account and blog, and promotes the company’s ecofriendly Cat Genie litterless cat box. 36

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Therapists At the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, Duke Ellington Morris visits with patients while nurses check vital signs; he’s part of an animalassisted therapy program through the city’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. With the help of his humans, Jessica and Eric Hagan, of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Creek Township, Draven was certified through a local Love on a Leash chapter that qualifies pet-provided therapy animals. He showed My Cat From Hell host Jackson Galaxy his hospital routine for a segment called “My Cat From Heaven.” Draven regularly visits the Grove City Medical Center, in Pine Township, local nursing homes and service groups.

Less socially developed feral felines can provide needed services. The Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats rescues such cats from Los Angeles shelters. Each is vetted, spayed/ neutered and microchipped. “When they’re adopted out in threes, community cats are more likely to stay on the job,” notes founder and headmistress Shawn Simons. “In Southern California, working cats are employed as assistants to brewmasters at the Monkish Brewery to protect the grain and hops and at Saluti Cellars as vintner support in charge of gopher population control,” says Simons. “More traditionally, cats at the Portuguese Bend Riding Club barn discourage mice and make friends with horses and riders.” The school’s Working Cat Program partners with area recycling centers, golf courses, warehouses and industrial parks that could otherwise lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually due to vermin-related structural damage, including gnawed wiring and other potential fire hazards. “Businesses get an all-natural, safe and effective way to control pests and cats live life naturally,” says Simons. Working cats of many stripes are becoming increasingly common. For a business, it’s a money-saver; for a cat, it’s a lifesaver. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@



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Master Herbalist Level 1 - Covers the study of history and philosophy of Western Herbal Medicine including medical, herbal, and botanical terminology. Learn how to use essential oils and herbal remedies safely. For personal information or part of certification program. 9:30am-5:30pm. $325. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, RSVP to 570-283-0111 Yoga Meets Live The Beatles – An awesome afternoon of polyphonic flow classes. The Beatles are regarded by many as one of the most influential bands of the rock era. Music has the ability to inspire and transform your asana(posture) experience. The class will be accessible for all levels. Inhale, relax and enjoy the journey. 4-5:30pm. $15. Boundless Yoga Studio Stroudsburg 823-F Ann Street, Stroudsburg. 570-664-0956


savethedate NEPA LYME DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 * 6PM Guest speaker Dr. Cynthia Edwards-Hawver, a licensed psychologist and doctor of psychology providing customized therapy to adults and children. Having personal experience with Chronic Lyme Disease, Dr. Hawver is very passionate about helping others with this disease as well as other chronic illnesses. She operates from the perspective that life is too short, not to be happy. Misericordia University, Insalaco Hall, Room 218, 301 Lake Street, Dallas. 570-575-3765. An Introduction to the Metabolic Reboot Webinar – If you suffer from diabetes, hormone imbalances, slow metabolism, or are looking for a jump-start to your health or weight loss program come join us! 6:30-7:30pm. FREE. RSVP Required. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, RSVP to 570-283-0111 Dinner with Buddha Book Study – Join the fun. nothing formal or stuffy with us....just good thought provoking ideas. There is no cost to join the discus-


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Insect Safari – Natural Wonders is a unique program series for children ages 3-6 and a guardian that offers discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art, and outdoor explorations. What has six legs, compound eyes, and wings?  Children will learn about insect characteristics and search for different types of insects. Every other Wed 1-2:30pm until 11/29. $8. LCEEC, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp., RSVP to 570-842-1506. Bio-Harmonic Evening Hike – Join biologist Dr. Vincent Marshall on this guided evening sounds hike to hear insects, owls, or other night creatures. A backup indoor program will be provided in the event of inclement weather or an early frost. 5:30-7pm. $5. Lackawanna Environmental Education Center. 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp., RSVP to 570-842-1506.


Full Moon Celebration – With Kathy Brown. Come join us as we bring down the energy of the full moon. There will be a guided meditation. Bring a chalice and moonstone and a potluck to share. 6:30pm. By donation. Shooting for the Moon, 6247 Rte 209, Stroudsburg, 570-992-0943. An Introduction to the Metabolic Reboot Webinar – If you suffer from diabetes, hormone imbalances, slow metabolism, or are looking for a jump-start to your health or weight loss program come join us! 6:30-7:30pm. FREE. RSVP Required. House of Nutrition, 50 Main St, Luzerne. RSVP to 570-714-0436


Tour of Columcille – 2.5-hour walking tour of a beautiful, wooded 17-acre megalithic standing stone park. Tour guide, Tom Egan, an Irish Historian and Irish mythology storyteller, offers pre-Christian Celtic interpretations of the park’s many stone monuments and structures. 9:30am-noon, rain or shine. 3155 Fox Gap Road, Bangor. 610-360-1701.

Yoga Conditioning Workshop – asana focused with breaks to investigate technique and alignment. The asana is designed to work the entire body: arms, shoulders, core, back, hips and legs. Each area of the body is targeted but the sequence is carefully designed so that no body part is overworked. 1-3pm. $30. Boundless Yoga Studio Stroudsburg 823-F Ann Street, Stroudsburg. 570-664-0956 Day of The Dead Art Class – Express yourself through visual arts, pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. 11am. $20 + supplies. Shooting for the Moon, 6247 Rte 209, Stroudsburg, 570-992-0943.


Princess Yoga Party – It’s an adventurous time for a Princess! Girls get ready for a magical experience. Music, breathing exercises, partner poses, visualization exercises, games, stories, and crafts will all be explored in addition yoga poses. Sparkles, unicorns, adventures and fun will ensue. 1-3pm. $35. Boundless Yoga, 1444 Pocono Blvd #106, Mt Pocono. 570-664-0956


LCEEC Beekeepers Club – Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, a new-bee, are interested in beekeeping or would simply like to learn more about the honey bee, this group is for you! Join us for fun, friendship, and education. 2nd Tues. each month at 7 pm. Lackawanna Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp., 570-842-1506. Rise and Shine Yoga Series Start – Salute the sun, awaken your mind, and fuel your spirit! We explore practices to release tension and restlessness so we can be more present in our lives with vigor and a sense of peace. 1-hour class Tues and Thurs until 11/3. $100 for 4-weeks. Boundless Yoga, 1444 Pocono Blvd #106, Mt Pocono. 570-664-0956


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Rally for Living Your Optimal Life – Join us for an afternoon and discover the transformative power of the Young Living Lifestyle! Young Living is not just a company, it is a movement of whole life wellness, purpose, & abundance! From cleaning products, to personal care and supplements, to makeup, it’s the perfect time to take control of the yuck in your home and kick it to the curb! 2-5pm. $10-$25/based on ticket type. Details at he Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave, Scranton. 570-763-9536


savethedate INVERSIONS CLINIC: HANDSTANDS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 * 1-4PM Build confidence and skill while having tons of fun! This workshop will strengthen, review and refine training techniques allowing you to grow and challenge your personal edges. Take the stress out of your inversion practice by learning to move with mindfulness. Put your heart above your head and experience the many benefits of inverting, such as: calming the nervous system, improve circulation, age gracefully, elevate your mood, and improve posture. $35. Boundless Yoga Studio Stroudsburg 823-F Ann Street, Stroudsburg. 570-664-0956.


Hot Stone Restorative Yoga – A unique experience combining Restorative Yoga with the softening of tense muscles using warm stones. Your body will feel supported and comfortable using props to cultivate relaxation and ease. Allow your muscles to release and your stress to melt away. 2-4pm or 5-7pm. $45. Boundless Yoga Studio Stroudsburg 823-F Ann Street, Stroudsburg. 570-664-0956 Meal Planning Guidelines – Learn dietary planning for optimal health for both adults and children and nutritional healing protocols for chronic ailments including irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, celiac disease, obesity, diabetes, autoimmune issues, and more. For individual use or part or certification program. 9:30am-5:30pm. $325. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, RSVP to 570-283-0111


savethedate PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT SERIES STARTING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 A series of 10 classes will be held every other week. Explore your intuition, psychic gifts, along with animal communication. Each class gives you more and more tools to heighten your psychic abilities through discussion, meditation attunements, and hands-on practice. Choose day classes held at room 208 at the Castle Inn in Delaware Water Gap at 11am or evening classes held at Ledet Family Chiropractic, Rt 715 in Reeders at 6:30pm. $25 per class. To registration call Vyolet at 570-269-9095


savethedate A NATURAL HEALTH FORUM TURN ON YOUR TYROID TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 * 4:00 PM 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. Batty for Bats - Natural Wonders is a unique program series for children ages 3-6 and a guardian that offers discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art, and outdoor explorations. Get batty while learning about these fascinating flying mammals. Discover what they eat and play a game to see how they hunt in the dark. Every other Wed 1-2:30pm until 11/29. $8. LCEEC, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp., RSVP to 570-842-1506. Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases in PA – Join local biologist Mike Leggiero of Sandcut Outdoors to learn about Pennsylvania ticks, the diseases they carry, and how to prevent getting a tick-borne disease. Current testing methods and controversy surrounding Lyme disease will be discussed. 12 to adult. 5:30-7pm. $5. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp., RSVP to 570-842-1506.

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savethedate METABOLIC RESET WEBINAR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 * 6:30PM Learn how diet changes can reboot your health and reset your metabolism. Understand how hormones affect your weight and how a natural approach can restore hormone balance. Find out about supplements to help reduce inflammation, heal your gut, increase your energy naturally, and improve your digestion. If you suffer from diabetes, hormone imbalances, slow metabolism, immune system challenges, low energy or are looking for a jump-start to your weight loss program this webinar is for you. Call 570-283-0111 to register or email Thrivewellnesskingston@ to register. Discover New Mineral Make-up – Experience the brand-new Savvy Minerals by Young Living. It is cruelty free, with no bismuth, talc, mineral oil, parabens, gluten, nano particles, phthalates, dyes, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance or synthetic colors. 6:30 pm. $12/includes makeover; $5 for foundation matching. ProActive Family Chiropractic, 1146 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. 570-763-9536 for more information


savethedate ANATOMY TRAINING FOR MOVEMENT TRERAPISTS AND FITNESS PROFESSIONALS OCTOBER 21 & 22 * 9AM-5PM Whatever your movement modality - Pilates, yoga, personal training, rehabilitative exercise, or dance therapy - Anatomy Trains offers skills that movement therapists can use to work with their clients more clearly and work more effectively. This intensive introductory course is holistic, fun and very immediately applicable. The Anatomy Trains concept moves beyond mechanical “cause and affect” actions of muscles to the integrative relational connections of real-life functional movement. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave, 2nd floor, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. Salted Spa Party - Have a Girl’s Night Out at the Wellness Spa. Feel pampered and refreshed while getting “Salted”. Includes 15 min. in Infrared Sauna, 15 min Foot Soak while breathing pure oxygen, 10 min on heated Hydromassage bed, 10 min on

Vibration Machine, Virgin Margarita, $75 or $20 per individual service. Herbs to Your Success, 64 S. Main St., Nazareth. 610-365-8996

our yoga practice. Handouts will be provided at each session. We will be studying concepts from both texts. Copies of the books will be available at the studio for students to borrow and may also be available for purchase. 1pm. Donation. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave, 2nd floor, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777


Master Herbalist Certification Level 2 – Detoxification with Herbs: In-depth study of detoxification to rid the body of pollutants, Candida albicans and parasites. System affinity of herbs continued. For personal information or part of certification program. 9:30am-5:30pm. $325. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, RSVP to 570-283-0111


ThanksLiving 2017 – 5th Annual celebration of the Turkeys. Help feed these magnificent creatures and other birds a healthy meal and raise funds for abused and neglected animals at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary. Catered lunch, live music, silent auction and fellowship with other vegetarians and kindred souls. Mehoophany PA. register by calling 570-763-2908


Unexplained Pain Seminar – Free holistic health webinar with Philip Getson, DO. Perfect for people seeking answers that suffer from complex pain syndromes where medication has not helped. He will be discussing the diagnosis and treatment of this debilitating and often misdiagnosed disorder. For more information or to register: 856-596-5834 or


Yoga Meets Live Led Zepplin – An awesome afternoon of polyphonic flow classes. Led Zeppelin is widely considered one of the most successful, innovative, and influential rock groups in history. Get ready to rock your asana and feel the music move you! The class will be accessible for all levels. Inhale, relax and enjoy the journey. 4-5:30pm. $15. Boundless Yoga Studio Stroudsburg 823-F Ann Street, Stroudsburg. 570-664-0956


Essential Oils Fall Make and Take Class – Learn proper blending and mixing techniques for you to make your own special products! Take home homemade essential oils product include fall themed items such as cleansing body soaks, spiced room sprays, aromatherapy inhalers, and more. Oils and all supplies will be provided. 6:30-8pm. $20. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston. RSVP to 570-283-0111

savethedate REIKI CERTIFICATION CLASSES MOUNTAIN TOP & WILKES-BARRE Reiki 1 Certification Program – October 7 * 9:30am-5pm. Usui/Tibetan- Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1 Initiation, Hands on practice includes 179-page manual, Register. CEU’s-LMT


savethedate FULL BODY REFEXOLOGY CERTIFICATION COURSE OCTOBER 28 & 29 Learn techniques for head to toe alignment. Full Body Reflexology is great for starting a new business. No background or knowledge of reflexology required. This is the only place to receive this training and certification. Full body work is done with the client fully clothed. Approved Provider #155 NCBTMB 12 CEU credits hours. Cost $375 for class and $75 for certification. Lebanon PA. For more information email or call Dr Gwen Ward at 717-228-0612.

Reiki 1, Certification Program – Oct 28 * 9:30am-5pm. Usui/Tibetan- Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1 Initiation, Hands on practice includes 179-page manual. Register by 10/22 CEU’s-LMT Reiki 2, Certification Program, Nov 18 ,2017 9:30am-5pm. Highlights: Three Reiki Symbols, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 2 Attunement, hands-on practice time. 179-page manual if didn’t receive in Reiki 1. Register by 11/10. CEUs granted. Contact Anthony V. Wojnar D.D. RMT, Life Holistic Center LLC. Member: IARP. Call 570706-6680.


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tion before joining group required. 4:30pm. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt 6, Hawley. 570-857-1707.

ongoingevents daily Montessori Education Tour – Learn more about our balanced approach to preschool, kindergarten and elementary school. We value an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical and social development. Call 570-629-2754 to schedule a tour. Growing Concern, Tannersville. Fitness Bootcamp – A combination of strength training, cardio, and joint mobility exercises. Classes are for all ages and levels of fitness with absolutely no intimidation. $10 or $199 for 3mo unlimited w/nutritional counseling. First class free. 8:30am and 5:30pm. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston. 570-288-2409 Ascend Hospice Volunteering – Ascend Hospice is actively recruiting Reiki Practitioners, Certified Massage Therapists and Comfort Volunteers to impact the lives of Hospice patients. 866-821-1212. Volunteer Work on the Farm – Help out on our sustainable farm for learning, outdoor activity, exercise and good clean fun. Every Weekday Available 9-11am or 3-5 pm. Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Rd. Stroudsburg. Call to schedule 570-992-5731.

sunday Yoga Nidra- A guided meditation class, where one is taken into progressively deeper and deeper states of relaxation of every point in the body, accompanied

by calming visualizations. Allow your body to drop into a sleep like state, while you train your mind to stay awake and focused. Suitable for everyone. No yoga experience needed. 10:30am. Namaste 919, 919 South Main St., Old Forge. 570-451-1001 Bhakti Yoga – Detoxify the body in this hot, rejuvenating flow class through breathing & vigorous poses then cooling down in long held yin yoga shapes to further quiet the mind and integrate the breath. Suitable for All Levels. Room is heated to 90 degrees. 930am. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. Chair Pilates Group Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for physically challenged looking to improve total body health and increase strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 11am. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt6, Hawley. 570-857-1707.


Metabolic Reboot Workshop - Looking to lose weight and keep it off? 1-month program includes four Monday nights of guidance and instruction to re-program your body to burn fat instead of sugar for energy. Learn proper nutrition to achieve goals. 6:30pm. $40/4wks. 647 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, 570-283-0111 Healthy Eating for Life - Each week we will focus on a different educational topic and discuss the group’s questions and challenges. Great for those who have completed the Metabolic Reboot. 6:30pm. $10. Call to register. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111

tuesday Consciousness Conversations – Continue exploring these extraordinary writings as we learn to remove obstacles to peace. Discover more about the guiding principles of authors like Marianne Williamson and Dr. Wayne Dyer. Anyone can attend at any time. 5pm. Free. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684.

Qigong/Meditation: All welcome, ideal for those new to Qigong or for the long-time practitioner. Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at anytime and enjoy the benefits of this complete Ancient Chinese Healthcare System. 9:30am, 10:30am, or 7:30pm. $12. Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, 18 Rittenhouse Pl. Drums. 570-359-3059.

Gentle Flow Yoga – Transition from your work day to the evening with gentle flow yoga. Focus on Prana Yama (breath) while integrating Asana (movement) to bring about relaxation and balance on a spiritual, emotional, and physical level. Perfect for beginners but all levels welcome. 4:30pm. $15/class or $120/10 series. Registration required. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111

Mat/Tower Group Pilates Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for total body health and increased strength and flexibility. Individual evalua-

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Kung Fu Boxing, and meditations including Marma Points, How to Release Relaxation Response, 5 Element: 6 Healing Sound Chi Kong, and Breathing Chi Kung. 6:30pm. $18/class or $100/8 series. Registration required. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 ChakradanceTM – Tune and balance your whole body/mind/spirit system using spontaneous dance, guided imagery and music that resonates with each of the seven chakras. Discover a deeper connection to your true authentic self and unravel blocked energy. 6pm. $20. White Lotus Yoga Studio 58 Spring Street, Carbondale 570-281-6279 GriefShare – A free weekly grief support group and seminar features video from prominent Christian experts on grieving, and caring conversation with people who understand your thoughts and feelings, whether your loss is recent or long ago. 6:30pm. St. John’s Lutheran Church of Mahoning. 570-386-9960. Svaroopa Hatha Yoga – Ending pain with the spinal decompression we call Core Opening. End your back pain and dissolve neck and shoulder tensions in your first class. Enjoy more energy and a resiliency that supports facing life’s challenges. 9:30am. $15. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684. Yin Yoga – Quiet your mind and open the deep tissues of your body in this contemplative and meditative class. The perfect complement to more active hatha yoga practice. Learn how the Yin shapes affect your energy and bones & ligaments of your body. Suitable for all levels. 7:30pm. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. Qigong/Meditation – All welcome, ideal for those new to Qigong or for the long-time practitioner. Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at anytime and enjoy the benefits of this complete Ancient Chinese Healthcare System. 6:30pm or 7:30pm. $12. Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, 18 Rittenhouse Pl. Drums. 570-359-3059.

wednesday Qigong/Meditation – All welcome, ideal for those new to Qigong or for the long-time practitioner. Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at anytime and enjoy the benefits of this complete Ancient Chinese Healthcare System. 9:30am or 10:30am. $12. Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, 18 Rittenhouse Pl. Drums. 570-359-3059.

Kundalini Yoga – A comprehensive form of yoga that combines chanting, hand gestures, meditation, breathing and postures to raise spiritual energy, increase self-awareness and elevate Consciousness. Provides a complete spiritual, mental, and physical workout.. 10:30am. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.

Yin Yoga – Quiet your mind and open the deep tissues of your body in this contemplative and meditative class. The perfect complement to more active hatha yoga practice. Learn how the Yin shapes affect your energy and bones & ligaments of your body. Suitable for all levels. 10:30am. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.

Mindful Yoga - Basic/beginner level of yoga. 6pm. $7. Tannersville Physical Therapy & Wellness, 2313 RT 715, Reeders. 570-629-4921 to register

Balance Training 101- Ones physical stability is challenged daily. Balance exercises increases strength and can reduce the risk of injury in just a few sessions. 8:30am or 5:30pm. $10 per class or $35 for 4 classes. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston. 570-288-2409

Tai Chi – A slow moving martial art, more appropriate, but not restricted to middle age and the elderly, with health benefits including strengthening, improvement of balance and flexibility. All levels. 5:15pm. Asian Institute, 315 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898. Shaolin Kung Fu – The eastern equivalent of aerobics which improves leg strength, cardiovascular conditioning, stamina and coordination is on 6:15pm. Asian Institute, 315 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898. Mat/Tower Group Pilates Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for total body health and increased strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 5:30pm. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt 6, Hawley. 570-857-1707. Care Giver Support Group – Care givers can encourage, learn and support each other. Learn or share with like-minded people who understand. Express your feelings in a confidential and private environment. 2nd Wed of the month. 6pm. Jewish Community Center, 601 Jefferson Avenue. Scranton. Contact Jo Marturano 570-335-6984.

thursday Guided Meditation Session – This group will use meditation for healing and balance and connectedness with the Universe. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water. All are welcome. $10 donation. 10am. Shooting for the Moon, 3200 East Hamilton Rd (Bus 209), Stroudsburg. 570-992-0943 to sign up. Facebook Live Health Call – Get Healthy with weekly tips and advice with Adrienne every Thursday at 4pm via facebook at for a LiveChat where she discusses tips on how to get healthy. You are invited to ask any questions. Join this exclusive group for daily inspiration, recipes, and tips.

Yoga – End your work day by treating yourself to the wonderful benefits of breathing synchronized movement. Embrace the serenity with every flowing movement from pose to pose. 7pm with Priya. $10 per class. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston 570-288-2409 TaiChi – Improve health by raising energy levels, lowering blood pressure, improving balance, enhancing the immune system, and helping to eliminate symptoms of arthritis. Noon. With Geoff Dixon. $10 per class. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston 570-288-2409 Yin Yoga – All levels. Yin Yoga generally targets the ligaments, bones and joints of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. These are parts of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice. 6pm. $15. Call to register. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 Ashtanga Yoga –A powerful linking of postures and full rhythmic breathing. Deep internal heat purifies the body on a cellular level while enhanced levels of concentration relax the mind and internal energy locks strengthen the nervous system. 6pm-7:30pm. $15. White Lotus Yoga Studio 58 Spring Street, Carbondale 570-281-6279

saturday Mixed Level Mat Pilates Group Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for total body health and increased strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 10am. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt 6, Hawley. 570-857-1707. Shaolin Kung Fu – The eastern equivalent of aerobics which improves leg strength, cardiovascular conditioning, stamina and coordination is on 11:45am. Asian Institute, 315 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898. Tai Chi Classes – With Wayne Wolfe. Often described as “meditation in motion,” and there is growing evidence that this mind-body practice has value in treating or preventing many health problems. 10am. $18 a class or $100/8wks. RSVP. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 Svaroopa Hatha Yoga – Ending pain with the spinal decompression we call Core Opening. End your back pain and dissolve neck and shoulder tensions in your first class. Enjoy more energy and a resiliency that supports facing life’s challenges. 10am. $15. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684. Drum Circle – 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Bring you drum if you have one and enjoy an invigorating time of drumming and creating. Beginners to experts. 1pm4pm. Free. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684.


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communityresourceguide ACUPUNCTURE HOLLY MARIE RABBE L.AC., AFT 1133 South Abington Rd. Clarks Summit, PA 18411 570-319-5195

I have been in medicine for over 30 years and use my knowledge and expertise of nursing, CranioSacral therapy, Heart Centered Therapy, Herbs and Essential Oils along with Acupuncture to formulate personalized treatments according to your specific needs to assist you on your healing journey addressing all body mind spirit.


Blake Stoveken, LAc 101 Roberts Ln, 2nd Fl., Milford, PA 18337 570-409-9233 Feel your best. Acupuncture treatments in a warm and peaceful setting at a fraction of the cost. Inspired by community acupuncture clinics across our nation and traditionally practiced in Asia. Our intention is to make acupuncture affordable and accessible so you can feel better.  


Paula Pugliese, RN 8 Silk Mill Drive, Hawley, PA 18428 570-390-4565 Hundreds of clinicians have used neurofeedback with several thousand autistic spectrum children over the past 15 years. In one study a 26 percent average reduction in Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklists (ATEC) symptoms showing improvement in behavior related to socialization, vocalization, anxiety, schoolwork, tantrums, and sleep. See ad, page 12.

BODYWORK A BIT OF BLISS THERAPY, INC April Guilherme, LMT 965 Route 940, Suite 103 Pocono Lake, PA 18347 570-817-8847

Massage provides the opportunity to help clients return to a normal lifestyle. We provide our clients with relief from pain and stress along with knowledge that they can use to take responsibility for their health through regular selfcare and monthly massages. See ad, page 32.


Karen McConnell, I-Act 2625 Lake Ariel Hwy, Honesdale, PA 18431 570-470-1201


Doreen Hudak Coleman, Certified Facilitator 58 Spring Street Carbondale, PA 18407 570-281-6279 Facebook: White Lotus Yoga Studio

Chakradance is a fusion of philosophies and musical styles, encouraging participants to dance from the inside-out as they are taken on a dynamic journey. The practice can release blocked energies and calm chakras that have become over active. Tuesday’s @ 6PM in Carbondale. Call to bring Chakradance to your location. See ad page 40.


Mark R. Reinhart has been a practitioner and teacher of Traditional & Classical Chinese health, martial and metaphysical arts for over 40 years. He offers individual and class instruction in Qigong and Taiji (Tai Chi). Other services include Medical Qigong, Emotional/Nutritional Balancing & Centering, Qigong For Recovery, Personal Feng Shui/Five Element Assessments, Chinese & Western Astrology, and Yijing (I Ching) consultations.


Georgine Todd 2313 Route 715 Stroudsburg, PA 18360 570-629-6073 Find relief from common digestive disorders with colon hydrotherapy using the LIBBE closed system, which double filters warm water that is gravity fed to you through a tube the circumference of a pencil. The half-hour procedure is painless, safe and private. Located at Tannersville Physical Therapy & Wellness,

Committed to helping people learn about and enjoy a healthy lifestyle through colon care, Swedish massage, Cranial Sacral Therapy, myofascial release techniques, reflexology, ear coning and detoxification protocols. Specializing in one-onone approaches in a relaxing, nurturing, private atmosphere to achieve optimal results for each individual’s own unique wellbeing journey. See ad, page 30.


Donna Florimonte, RN 1102 Lily Lake Rd, Waverly, PA 18471 570.563.2565 32 Years of combined experience improving energy and health of your colon, liver, gall bladder, lymph system, and immune system. Therapy addresses mood relieving altering inflammation, constipation, digestive distress, fatigue, foggy thinking, skin problems, weight issues, sinus congestion and hormonal distress. Experience optimal wellness with full-spectrum sauna, lymphatic drainage, colon hydrotherapy, better nutrition, Young Living essential oils and more.


Susan M. Thompson, LPC 61 Commercial St, Honesdale, PA 18431 570-352-4997

Change is possible for you. By treating the whole person through traditional or wholistic mental health counseling, each person is offered the opportunity to be listened to, understood and guided toward goals of wellbeing. We address anxiety, depression, confusion, self-esteem and relationship issues and specialize in high functioning autism through the modalities of cognitive behavior therapy, expressive therapies, transactional analysis and educational seminars. See ad page 10.


Marcie Schaeffler 569 Easton Turnpike • Hamlin, PA 18427 570-229-3593 Trapped emotions you carry within can throw off your body’s magnetic field, allowing disease or illness to enter. Emotions may even have been inherited from ancestors. Painless removal of these emotions can help to free you from this burden.  Schedule a visit and your “Health Is On The Way”!

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Eileen Reiman 917-743-1587 Helen Mele Robinson, PhD 570-352-3888 & 718-702-4264

Now is the time to begin your wellness journey!Arrange for your compli-mentary consultation to learn how to incorporate essential oils and natural products into your daily routine for you, your family, and your home. Schedule a Private Session, Home Party, or Fundraiser to explore and experience CTPG essential oils aromatically, topically, and internally. Personal wholesale accounts and Business opportunities available.

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Doreen Coleman 570-281-6279 Independent Distributor #1309346

Discover Lifelong Wellness. At the intersection of cutting-edge research and traditional wisdom, Young Living’s essential oils and oil-infused products empower you to claim your best life. Eliminate chemicals from your home and personal care. Begin your journey now… I can help guide you. Your life will never be the same. See ad on page 40.

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Terra McAulliffe Independent Distributor #1405306 570-763-9536

For over 20 years, Young Living has cultivated therapeutic-grade essential oils, supplements and personal care products from their own farms, distilleries and distribution to guarantee their purity and potency. We’re here to support your wellness, purpose & abundance! Retail & Wholesale accounts available. Contact me for Educational Events, Home Experiences, and/or our Business Opportunity.


Dr. John Harrington 149 Route 94, Blairstown, NJ 07825 908-362-6868

A personalized health coaching program that will radically improve health and happiness by exploring individual concerns specific to each member’s body. Trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and a variety of practical lifestyle methods at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I will help you create a completely personalized roadmap to health that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals..

If you are tired of suffering and wish to explore different options for better health then the Sunrise Nutrition Center is at the top of the list! Advanced technology for nutritional status and toxin overload are blended with the most accurate muscle testing and laboratory work to produce a personalized health plan specific for your body. Not only is the right diet implemented but having the best tests for evaluating your health is crucial! Try this safe, drug-free approach today! See ad on page 18.

BLISSFUL EXISTENCE Adrienne Primrose Holistic Health Coaching 570-420-7599

Offering options that will motivate you to be the healthiest best version you can be. Share my training and knowledge in the areas of proper nutrition, healthy relationships, spirituality, and solid career choices. Specializing in fertility issues. Free Initial Consultation. See ad on page 8.


3239 Pennay Hill Rd, Kingsley, PA 18826 570-877-3655 Multi-Entrepreneur and compassionate heart loves helping others overcome challenges, pain and the past. Through coaching I show you how to develop inner love, leadership and desire to create a life that you long to have and can. Personal and Professional Development. See ad on page 40.



Dr. Kaminsky’s approach to health is to look at your body as a whole, not just a set of symptoms. By performing a complete history, examination, and appropriate lab testing (blood, urine, hair, saliva, and/or stool), he can determine imbalances in your body and will design a personalized plan of natural therapies (nutrition/diet, supplements, lifestyle changes, and more) to restore balance to your body.

Specializing in Natural Medicine for over 50 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.

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Carol Brozzetti, 3 Abington Executive Park Clarks Summit, PA 18411 570-585-5683

DR. MICHAEL JUDE LOQUASTO, ND, PHD, DC 2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B-27 Bethlehem, PA 18020 • 484-821-1460 Phone Consultations Available




Lori Jacobs – Herbalist, RM Brodheadsville PA 18322 610-381-8999 Provides herbal & energy treatment for Alopecia, Fibromyalgia, Epstein Barr, Hormonal Disorders, Candida Overgrowth, Arthritis, Migraines, UTI’s, Anxiety and weakened Immune Systems. An excellent record reversing the autoimmune variety of Hair Loss, (Alopecia Areata) and restoring thinning hair. Offering herbal tinctures for numerous disorders. If I do not have a blend for your particular ailment, I will make it.


Tina Stashko, N.D. PhD MIfHI Emmaus, PA 18049 610-965-8132

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!

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR NATUROPATHIC WELLNESS CENTER Heather DeLuca, ND 250 Pierce St., Ste. 200, Kingston, PA 18704 570-287-9955

Let me be your partner in health. Working with individuals for 10+ years and specializing in noninvasive, cutting-edge therapies and testing, as an alternative to or collaborative effort to treat the cause of disease, prevent disease and assist in maintaining wellness and your best self. Therapies include clinical nutrition, vitamin/mineral/nutrient supplementation, herbal medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy and lifestyle therapy. See ad, page 6.


Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown, NJ • 973 267-4816 Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman has a private practice in Morristown, NJ, she teaches a six-month nutritional certification course and has certified over 700 graduates in Holistic Health over the last 14 years. She also practices frequency biofeedback, teaches 1-day classes and lectures widely. See ad on page 11.


647 Wyoming Ave., Kingston PA 18704 570-283-0111 Seven levels of course study including Iridology, Chinese Medicine, nutrition, vitamin therapy, herbology, aromatherapy and homeopathy offered through the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine. Successful graduates receive certification through ANHA, WINM, NADP and are board certified Holistic Health Practitioners. Rolling admissions and CEU credits for practitioners available. See ad, page 16.

PHYSICAL THERAPY DR JAQUEL PATTERSON, ND 143 State Road 94 Blairstown, NJ 07825 888-811-0112

Dr. Jaquel utilizes natural therapies like nutrition, homeopathy, and herbal therapies to restore balance and optimize health. Dr. Jaquel specializes in chronic fatigue, pain management, inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, women’s health and mental health. Her goal is to find the underlying cause and she looks at each individual as a whole person. Call us for a free 10-minute phone consultation. See ads page 15 and 23.



Georgine Todd 2313 Route 715, Stroudsburg 570-629-6073 239 Fox Run Ln, E. Stroudsburg 570-223-8477

Corinne Farrell 900 Rutter Ave, 2nd Floor Forty Fort, PA 18704 570-714-2777 •

Overcome physical limitations and injury. Two locations offer a mixture of both traditional exercise-based physical therapy and manual physical therapy techniques for more effective results. These techniques include myofascial release, joint mobilization, craniosacral therapy and massage therapy. Our highly trained staff works one-on-one to educate our clients toward healthy lifestyle changes.

A type of bodywork that focuses on the connective tissue of the body and works to lengthen, stretch, and soften this tissue to restore postural balance, ease of movement, and a feeling of being more at home in your own body. Clients credit Corrine with helping them find freedom from pain, improved mobility and inspiration to live stronger, healthier lives. See ad page 39.




MOUNTAIN LAUREL PILATES Judy Fink 8 Silk Mill Drive • Hawley, PA 570-857-1707

Classical Pilates studio offering the highest quality private and group sessions to people of all ages and fitness levels. Judy is certified in classical Method of Pilates since 2001 and is passionate about the authentic and traditional style of Pilates. The results are a stronger, more balanced and flexible body with an enhanced mind-body connection. See ad, page 12.

Dr. Christopher C. Meister, D.C., L.Ac. Dr. Debora T. Cantel, D.C., L.Ac. 1355 Pocono Blvd, Mt. Pocono, PA 18344 570-839-1898

Wellness is a journey. Let us help you reach your destination. Our services include: acupuncture, chiropractic, nutritional counseling, massage, shiatsu, watsu, reflexology, family and individual counseling, Reiki, smoking cessation, kung fu, tai chi, qigong, and an organic whole foods buyer’s club.



Corinne Farrell 900 Rutter Ave, 2nd Floor Forty Fort, PA 18704 570-714-2777 •


Mountain Top, PA Anthony V Wojnar D.D., RMT, OBT 570-706-6680 •

Our main focus is Reiki, a Spiritual practice which promotes physical, emotional and spiritual healing. We offer Certification in Reiki 1 thru Reiki Master/Teacher Usui and Tibetan Style. Reiki and Reiki/Shiatsu sessions and, also a monthly Reiki Share. Received a Master/Teacher attunement on Kurama Mtn. Japan, the birthplace of Reiki. CEU’s for  Massage Therapists. Member IARP., ICRT.

Offering Yoga, Personal Training, Cycling, Kinesiology, Massage Therapy, Structural Integration, Slacklining & Acrobatics. A full schedule of classes, professional workshops and private consolation appointments are available. Owner Corrine Ferrell is known for her masterful approach to all things kinesthetic, and happily offers her extensive knowledge to help you live a richer, fuller, more active life. See ad, page 39.



Amber Summers, HHP 647 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston PA 570-283-0111


Kathy Agate Brown 3200 Hamilton East Road, Stroudsburg 570-992-0943 Kathy Agate Brown has training and certification in both Aromatherapy and Herbology. Her training in Spiritual Counseling allows her to incorporate Intuitive readings in her sessions as well as Clinical Hypnotherapy. Her intent is to bring all beliefs together through education and communication. See ad, page 10.

Alleviate symptoms of disease and heal through nutrition, supplementation, relaxation and mental/emotional freedom. Our Mission is to educate the community about the healing nature of holistic wellness and provide sanctuary within the community where like-minded professionals can come together to offer affordable holistic services in a peaceful, tranquil setting. See ad, pages 48.

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COURSES Chakra Energy Course Online – A 10-week online course. The first webinar is free and limited. One participant will win a scholarship covering cost. This course will cover the entire Chakra Energy System and crystals, meditations, and daily rituals associated with each chakra for awakening, balance, and enlightenment. $249 for the entire course or $39 per session. Sacred Space. To attend the free webinar, go to Childbirth Classes – Now booking private sessions, groups and childbirth classes! Visit or call 484-373-9990 for more information! 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 HypnoBirthing® Classes – The Mongan Method, of childbirth education is an amazing program that teaches you and your birthing companion in five, 2 and a half hour classes the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more natural and comfortable way. Call 570-730-9963 for schedule. Peace and Healing For Women, 134 Broad St, Stroudsburg.  

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