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




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18 NATURE’S WISDOM Its Lessons Inspire,

20 healthyfoodiefinds Heal and Sustain Us 22 healingways 26 consciouseating


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have one area in my yard that gets sufficient sun for a proper garden and it was infested with termites a few years ago. The bugs ended up coming into my house and swarming, which put me off cultivating that particular plot. So, following the dictates of my Earthloving heart, each year since, I’ve been experimenting with different techniques and plants, with greater or lesser success. Adhering to Pollan’s perspective, I figure that with each attempt I’ve been nourishing and providing for myself without, in this case, cutting down trees simply to gain more sunlight. The satisfying solution that’s surfaced is a countertop aquaponics tank where microgreens flourish, currently being fertilized by a lone guppy plus a vertical indoor garden with eight pockets of succulents and a grow light. In this month’s issue, we speak with Ken Hay and Fritz Ege, co-owners of Greenology Organic Living. Their new spring offerings for sustainable living include a way to grow herbs from hanging moss balls. I’ll be stopping in to discover and learn more. Exploring the concept of employing nature as a tonic, prompted by Christine MacDonald’s feature article, “Nature’s Wisdom,” I visited Paxson Hill Farm, in New Hope. There I met with horticulturist, Bruce Gangawer. Several lambs on the property were just a few days old and my first-ever opportunity to experience the serenity of holding them was breathtaking and surreal. It brought the essence of nature’s vital renewal home to me once again. The rural property’s Whispering Bridge and Hobbit House provide other enticements. This month, I invite you to explore more local farms, grow your own inspired garden and explore how you and your family can live more sustainably, in harmony with Mother Earth.

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atural Awakenings has been ranked in the best 50 in its size class among 200 companies named in the Franchise Business Review’s 2015 Top Franchises Report. The healthy living magazine healthy living. healthy planet. was one of five franchise companies cited as best-inBucks and Montgomery Counties class in the advertising and sales category. To select the top franchises across industries and performance categories, the organization surveyed more than 28,500 franchisees. “We feel privileged that it was our franchisees’ expression of high satisfaction that earned us this award,” says Sharon Bruckman, CEO of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. “Gaining this recognition proves that our process of providing franchisees with editorial, promotional and operational support, partnered with their enthusiastic dedication in individual markets, serves communities well. Together, we are nourishing and growing a healthy living consciousness in America.” The network now encompasses nearly 100 franchisees nationwide and in Puerto Rico. Franchise Business Review, headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a national franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction and franchise buyer experiences. 2015 marked its 10th annual Top Franchises Report. Pick Up your FREE issue Today!

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Summer Camp at River Valley Waldorf School for Ages 3 to 12


iver Valley Waldorf School will offer summer camp programs at its Upper Black Eddy and Doylestown locations for campers from kindergarten through sixth grade. Consistent with the principles of Waldorf education, activities will stimulate imaginations, encourage social harmony and exercise both large and small motor skills. In its program for ages 3 to kindergarten, children Pre K ~ Grade 8 will experience water play, picnicking, crafting and playing in the sunshine and shade of the playground. The program for first to third graders harkens back to earlier, simpler times, with building, crafting, singing and playing games. Circus skills will engage and challenge campers from second through sixth grade. Juggling, diablo tricks, stilt-walking, clowning and riding a unicycle are some of the activities that will be practiced. Week-long camps span July 20 to August 7. Not all camps are available each week. For more information, call 610-982-5606 or visit See ad, page 13.

Rent Chickens for Fresh Eggs in Your Own Backyard


ershberger Heritage Farm (HHF) is offering a backyard chicken rental service called Chicken Lenders—an opportunity to experience owning hens for fresh eggs daily. Participants can rent two or four chickens from between four to 30 weeks. HHF will provide expertise on chicken keeping and offer ongoing support throughout the process. In addition to the chickens, every rental includes a small, mobile coop, waterer, feeder, bale of hay for bedding and nest material, feed, literature and access to HHF’s 24-hour Chicken Hotline, for any questions and concerns throughout the rental. “It’s a learning experience for the whole family while evoking a unique bond with your food and the environment,” says Nathan Layton, owner and operator of HHF. “Adding chickens to your backyard completes the sustainable circle. The chickens eat the worms, bugs and garden pests, then fertilize the ground and provide you with eggs. The egg shells are put in your compost or garden and provide plants with much needed calcium.” Cost for the program ranges from $130, for a four-week rental of two chickens, to a 30-week rental of four chickens for $640. They offer free delivery within 15 miles, with a small fee for delivery beyond that.

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Crystal Journeying through the Chakras


alarie and Ian Haag of Rainbows of Healing, in Langhorne, will present Crystal Journeying through the Chakras, a seven-part series, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., beginning April 17 and continuing on the third Friday of each month through October 16, with the exception of June 12. This series is designed for those who wish to deepen their spiritual path through the practice of activating, opening and unblocking the chakras with the power of vibrational sound, while learning more about how to integrate crystals in healing. Ian Haag Beginning with the root chakra and moving up to the crown, participants will journey with a beautiful crystal suited to that particular energy center. Each session will give a deeper Valarie Haag understanding of the chakra worked on and wisdom of the crystal. The healing power of quartz crystal singing bowls, Himalayan bowls, gongs, Native American flutes and more will bring participants to a place of deep meditation and healing. Cost: $25 for a single journey, $45 for two. Early bird special of $150 for entire journey. Pre-registration required. Location: YogaLove, 10 N. Main St., Yardley. For more information, visit See listing, page 39.

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fter decades of treating victims and perpetrators of domestic and interpersonal violence and abuse in Bucks County, Supportive Alliance for Family Empowerment (S.A.F.E.) is launching a prevention and empowerment campaign to share its expertise with a wider audience—men and women in organizations, sports teams and professional settings. Their next event will be the Tune-Up Workshop, April 25, which welcomes graduates of the program who would like to refresh their knowledge and receive support. The women’s workshop will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., with a group for men from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. “Emotional healing is a worthwhile investment with immediate and long-term returns, as it has the power to transform individual lives, workplaces, teams and entire families,” says Vera T. Tzenova-Bochnowicz, facilitator at S.A.F.E. “Preventing interpersonal and intimate violence and abuse by mastering the tools of emotional management and healing can save anyone suffering, ranging from self-doubt, stress, arguments and recurring trauma to job loss, lost productivity, police calls, court costs, incarceration, shame and regrets.” For more information and location, call 215-750-0323, email Contact@ or visit See listing, page 39.

Acupuncture Increases Quality of Life for Allergy Sufferers


esearch from Berlin’s Charité University Medical Center suggests that acupuncture is an effective treatment for patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis. Published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, in 2013, the study analyzed data on the costs and quality of life of 364 allergy patients that had been randomly assigned to receive one of three treatments: rescue medication alone (taken when symptoms are greatest); acupuncture treatment plus rescue medication; or sham (non-therapeutic) acupuncture plus rescue medication. Patients receiving acupuncture incurred higher total treatment costs, but also gained significantly more quality of life compared with the rescue medication-only groups.

Strawberries Reduce Blood Pressure


study published in the World Journal of Diabetes concluded that the regular consumption of a flavonoid-rich strawberry beverage reduces blood pressure in people with Type 2 diabetes. The study divided 36 subjects, all with moderately high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, into two groups—the first drank the equivalent of one serving of fresh strawberries per day made from freeze-dried berries, and the other group drank the same amount of an imitation strawberry-flavored drink over a sixweek period. Blood pressure was tested at the beginning and end of the study for all participants. At the end, the group drinking the real strawberry beverage registered significantly lower diastolic blood pressure than at the outset; it was also lower than the imitation strawberry group. The average diastolic blood pressure of the group drinking real strawberries went down by 6.5 percent and the systolic dropped by 12 percent. The strawberry-flavored group’s systolic blood pressure was also reduced, but only by 3.7 percent.

The Color Green Makes Exercise Feel Easier


esearch from the University of Essex, in England, suggests that viewing natural green images while exercising may be better than being exposed to other colors. The researchers tested 14 people doing moderate-intensity cycling while watching video footage of predominantly gray, red or green imagery. Each of the participants underwent three cycling tests—one with each of the videos—along with a battery of physiological and mood testing. The researchers found that when the subjects watched the green-colored video, they had better moods, with a lower relative perception of exertion than when they exercised while watching the red and grey videos. They also found those that exercised while watching the red video experienced greater feelings of anger during their exercise. natural awakenings

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Curbside Composting

No Food Scraps Need Go to Waste People in the United States waste more than a third of all of the food they produce, but more than 180 cities and towns are beginning to realize that wasted food can be valuable; they are asking residents to separate unwanted food from the rest of their trash and put it in a curbside compost bin. The idea is to stop sending food waste to the landfill, where it generates harmful methane gas pollution, and start turning it into something useful, like compost. In 2011, Portland, Oregon, launched a curbside compost program in which residents are encouraged to put food scraps into the city’s green yard waste bin. Since then, the amount of garbage sent to the landfill has decreased by 37 percent. According to Bruce Walker, the city’s solid waste and recycling program manager, the program also reduces the environmental footprint of the trash heap. Getting people to separate their food waste, however, can be difficult. To motivate its residents to put more food waste in the compost bin, the city of Seattle, Washington, has proposed both making curbside composting mandatory and fining residents a dollar every time they put a disproportionate volume of food waste in their trash. Source:

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Innovations being successfully pioneered in Malaysia offer ideas for improving the world, according to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), including the construction of high-tech, self-sustaining ecological “smart” villages. These villages are lifting incomes for scores of rural families while promoting environmental sustainability. Each 50-acre community consists of about 100 affordable homes, advanced educational, training and recreational facilities and an integrated, sustainable farm system that provides villagers with food and employment that on average, triples their monthly income. Low-cost, 1,000-square-foot homes are built in 10 days and the communal farming operations include a cascading series of fish tanks, or “aquafarms”. Filtered fish tank wastewater irrigates trees, grain fields and high-value plants grown in “autopots”, a three-piece container with a valve that detects soil moisture levels and releases water as required, reducing the need for fertilizers and pesticides. Free-range chickens feed on the fast-reproducing worms that process the plant compost. This system optimizes nutrient absorption, minimizes waste and enables crops to be grown on previously non-arable land. The village’s solar-generated power is complemented by biomass energy and mini-hydro electricity. A community hall, resource center, places of worship, playgrounds and educational facilities equipped with 4G Internet service support e-learning and e-health services.

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t its shop in Peddler’s Village, Greenology Organic Living (GOL) is rebirthing sustainable, local retail business with a theme of natural, safe, green living products. The store sells natural home and garden decor, herb/vegetable seedlings, natural cleaning products, do-it-yourself pond kits, aquaponics materials, terrariums, local art and more. Co-owners Ken Hay and Fritz Ege not only use the products they carry, but know the local Ken Hay manufacturers personally. Ege previously worked in the healthcare industry, which gave her an unfulfilled appetite to pursue natural health. Hay applies his background in Fritz Ege information systems through automated growing systems, solar panels and green robotics. Their passion came from the desire to raise the next generation on healthy living practices and leave a better planet for them. The store has changed based on the needs of the community. GOL began selling seedlings and has evolved into teaching, providing green services and promoting local artisans. “In our greenest dreams, we see our business expanding into various markets, empowering as many local artisans as possible,” says Hay. “The most important things you can do to improve your family’s health are to plant a garden and remove unnecessary chemicals from your household,” advises Ege. “Whether you are ready to grow organically or aquaponically, swap out chemical products for natural ones or just redecorate green, we can help.” Location: Peddler’s Village, Shop #12, Lahaska. For more information, call 267-544-5617, email Greenology or visit

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Sustainable Home Renovations Made Easy


ince 2009, the Environmental Home Store (EHS), in Doylestown, has worked hard to make sustainable living and working accessible and affordable. All of their products for kitchen and bath remodeling are environmentally friendly, with free design help and installation available. Owner Nick Cutrone took over the business in 2009 and started developing it into the home remodeling store that it is today. The original EHS began in 2005, selling flooring, paint, floor stains and finishes, and recycled glass and paper countertops. Today, the store is a one-stop shop for kitchen and bath remodeling projects. They sell cabinets, countertops, flooring, paint, backsplashes, cork, bamboo, linoleum, laminate, recycled rubber, tile flooring, carpet, as well as roofing and deck supplies. Windows and sliding glass doors are also available for sale and installation. “Most people don’t know that the paints, woods and carpets that they may purchase or have in their home can off-gas for 10 years,” says Cutrone. “The building material products they are using may have an effect on their health and indoor air quality.” Cutrone’s mission is to make going green easy and cost effective. EHS has the knowledge, experience and resources for any size project from commercial buildings to home remodeling. Location: 320 N. Broad St., Doylestown. For more information, call 267-8806791 or visit See ad, page 23. Michelle Bense is a freelance writer and managing editor of Natural Awakenings BuxMont. Connect with her at

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Earth Day, April 22, is a great chance to give back to the Earth, our community and one another. Check out these local events that celebrate our home all month long.

World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day April 25

Celebrate with 80 other countries across the world. The goals of the day are to educate the world about the health benefits and use of the modalities in business and in healthcare, provide a global vision of cooperation for health and healing and to pay respects to the culture that brings us T’ai Chi and Qigong. Free Tai Chi & Qigong Day Event 9-11am – Hosted by Pear Garden Tai Chi. Green Lane Park, 2144 Snyder Rd, Green Lane. 215-234-4834. Pennridge Tai Chi 9-11:30am – Join Pennridge Tai Chi for a free event at Lenape Park, Constitution Ave, Perkasie. Contact Ben Caccavale 267935-9355 or visit T’ai Chi Chih 10am – We all move as one in a T’ai Chi Chih practice. After, Dr. Chang-Shin Jih will offer a two-hour workshop on T’ai Chi and Taoist philosophy. Registration required. Any profits will be donated to the T’ai Chi Chih Scholarship fund. Practice: $10/ advance, $15/door. Workshop: $50/advance, $75/door. New Egypt, NJ. For more info, call 609-752-1048 or email Siobhan@ Bridge QiGong - Earth and Tree 4-5:30pm – Join Bridge Acupuncture for a qigong workshop in a beautiful outdoor setting, including special Earth and Tree Qi awareness exercises. Donation of $10 to $20 requested; proceeds will go to the Pesticide Action Network. Call to reserve a space. Covered Bridge Park, Keeley Ave, New Britain. 215348-8058.

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Spring “From the beginning, the key to renewal has been the casting off of old skin.” Mark Nepo said that in The Book of Awakening. This is the time of year we are reminded that casting off is good – and is part of the cycle of restoration and revitalization. This new season reminds us to reflect on our lives, resolve to replace undesirable habits and behaviors with healthier practices, and to be vigilant in keeping our bar high. In this time of casting off, we can set an Intention to further realize and live who we really are: abundance, replenishment, creativity, newness. All the Intention of the universe unfolding for us, in us, as us. We can take a deep breath of that clean, fresh air of opportunity and renewal. Now is the perfect time.

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The Basics of Earth Stewardship – 1-2:30pm. Learn about recycling programs, composting and reducing waste. Also learn to make your own paper from paper scraps. Free/ mbrs, $5/non-mbrs. Briar Bush Nature Center, 1212 Edge Hill Rd, Abington. 215-887-6603.


Earth Day Work Day – 9am-1pm. Get involved in handson environmental stewardship. Families, individuals, groups and students are invited. Includes complimentary lunch. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2924. Earth Day Work Day – 9am-2pm. Help clean up the Mill Creek-Otter Creek Watershed by kayak, canoe and on foot. Lunch provided to those who register in advance. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177.


Earth Day Work Day – 10am-12pm. Improve the outdoor classroom. All ages, individuals and groups. Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 Chapman Rd, Doylestown. 215-3457860. Spring Fling – 10am-6pm. Spring celebration includes food, entertainment and kids activities. Greenology Organic Living will be teaching kokedama, fair and underwater gardening. Call for more info. Also held 12-5pm, April 19. Peddler’s Village, Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska. 215-7944000.

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Celebrate Earth Day Every Day – 8am-5pm. Scavenger hunts and Earth-friendly challenges via the Parks & Recreation social media sites, in e-blasts and on the Northampton Parks & Rec website. Win a gift card for a local business, discounted P&R classes, movie tickets and more. Northampton Township Parks & Rec, 55 Township Rd, Richboro. 215-357-6800 x256.


Potluck Lunch at the Farm – 9am-12pm. Kick off the 2015 growing season with the farm crew for projects around the farm. Snipes Farm and Education Center, 890 W Bridge St, Morrisville. 215-295-1139 x102. Earth Day at Core Creek Park – 10am-2pm. Celebrate Earth Day with fun family activities and environmentally friendly ideas. Core Creek Park, Langhorne. 215-757-0571.

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Gardening programs are a key component of the Waldorf curriculum. Through working with tools, sowing seeds, observing the plants, and harvesting the foods, the Part of a child's development into his body entails making a students have an incredible opportunity to experience the home for himself on Earth. This requires an understanding land in meaningful and practical ways. By caring for the and appreciation of the rhythms of the seasons. In Waldorf garden, the students develop a deeper appreciation for and school communities, the seasonal cycles are honored awareness of their relationship to the natural world. through storytelling, puppetry, songs, and verses, as well as The reverence for nature is also reflected in the new Forest, by celebrating a variety of festivals throughout the year. Field, and Farm Kindergarten at Kimberton Waldorf School. Daily, outdoor play (in all types of weather) is an integral Held outdoors, the “classroom" is the school’s breathtaking part of the Waldorf experience — from digging in the sand 430-acre campus. Each day, children connect with the and climbing trees, to building structures and exploring the Earth, themselves, and others through exploration of natural surroundings. Being outdoors provides a wide animal habitats, crafts and handwork projects, farm chores, range of opportunities for physical investigation, swinging, running, and more! inspiration, and creativity. Students also take part in field Waldorf Education encourages rich, direct experiences with trips. For the younger children, these trips correspond with the natural environment. For the students it is an the seasons and focus on experiencing nature, such as opportunity to escape the fast-paced world and to slow picking apples or visiting a local farm. Field trips for the down, taking the time to notice the details of nature and to older children promote teamwork and deeper selfuse all five senses to experience the world more deeply.

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d n M a s o k ntgomery Counties c u B n i s A S C & s m r a F Looking for fresh, local, organic produce and meat to feed the whole family? Bucks and Montgomery counties are bursting with great options to buy from local farms and take part in community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, which benefit area farmers and families. Here are just a few of our area farms, featuring everything from organic produce and pastured chicken to medicinal herbs.

Hershberger Heritage Farm

Blooming Glen CSA 98 Moyer Rd, Perkasie 215-257-2566 Blooming Glen Farm offers over 75 different varieties of locally grown, heirloom and heritage, certified organic vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs. The farm’s produce is marketed through a 300-member CSA with on-farm pickup and delivery to Doylestown, and at the seasonal Headhouse Farmers’ Market on Sundays in Philadelphia, the Wrightstown Farmers’ Market on Saturdays and the Easton Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. CSA pick-up runs for 24 weeks from late May to early November.

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Frenchtown, NJ 908-996-0525 Featuring over 50 hand-crafted herbal products made with certified organic ingredients, Fields Without Fences offers culinary and medicinal plants as part of its new Medicinal Herb CSA program. Seasonal membership shares include certified organic dried medicinal and culinary herbs, tea blends, plant extracts, tinctures, salves, balms, infused oils and more. Shares are distributed four times a year; on-site farm pick-up or shipping are available.

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Hershberger Farm offers grass-fed or pastured, locally grown, heirloom and heritage, antibiotic and hormone-free, certified organic foods. Choice of whole or cut-up fresh, certified organic, pastured chicken. Chemical-free cut flowers available May to October. CSA runs 26 weeks and shares come in three sizes. Farm open Thursday and Friday, 5-9pm; Saturday, 2-6pm. Perkasie Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.

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ulsi, Ocimum sanctum, often known as “holy basil”, is a plant that has been used in the ayurvedic system of medicine for thousands of years. For those who hold the plant sacred, it functions as a representation of the goddess Lakshmi and is considered to be an “elixir of life” promoting longevity. Holy basil is used in the ayurvedic treatment of many conditions including common colds, headaches, digestive disorders, inflammation, heart disease and malaria. A 2013 study published in Nutrition and Cancer journal has shown it to possess anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, anti-diabetic and anti-stress abilities, as well as immune function modification or regulation. Tulsi, indigenous to India and the nearby tropic regions of Asia, grows as an annual here in

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Nature’s Wisdom Its Lessons Inspire, Heal and Sustain Us by Christine MacDonald

The environment is not separate from ourselves; we are inside it and it is inside us; we make it and it makes us. ~ Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, Amazon shaman


hile the idea that we humans stand apart from—or even above—nature is a prevailing theme in much of modern civilization, naturalists and other clever souls throughout the ages have observed that the opposite is true: We are part of, depend on and evolve with nature— and we ignore this vital connection at our peril. “If one way is better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way,” admonished the Greek philosopher Aristotle, in the third century B.C.E. “Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms the judgment of nature,” Roman politician and philosopher Cicero ruminated two centuries later. Nobel Prize-winning physicist and philosopher Albert Einstein remarked, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Today, more of us are looking to nature for ways to improve physical, mental and emotional health, develop intelligence, innovate, overhaul


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As Henry David Thoreau wrote in his classic 1854 book Walden, “We need the tonic of wildness.” While we know firsthand how walking in the woods can elevate mood, scientists have documented that a regular dose of nature has other far-reaching benefits. It can lower stress hormone levels, blood pressure and undesirable cholesterol; help heal neurological problems; hasten fuller recovery from surgery and heart attacks; increase cancerfighting white blood cells; and generally aid overall health (Health Promotion International research report; also Nippon Medical School study, Tokyo). Regular playtime outdoors helps children cope with hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders, according to research published in Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. Exposure to nature can help

adults escape from today’s wired lives; reinvigorate, be fitter and less likely to suffer from obesity, diabetes and heart disease, as reported in studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and a University of Washington research summary. It can also unlock understanding of the spiritual essence of life. Hours regularly spent by youth outdoors stimulate imagination and creativity and enhance cognitive development, helping them learn. Nature also helps youngsters develop social awareness, helping them better navigate human relations (Tinyurl. com/OutdoorHealthBenefits Research). “It’s strange and kind of sad that we are so removed from nature that we actually have to ask why nature is good for us,” says Dr. Eva Selhub, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, author of the new book Your Health Destiny, and co-author of Your Brain on Nature. “The fact is our brains and bodies are wired in concert with nature.” Recognition of nature’s positive effects has grown so much in recent years that physicians increasingly write their patients “prescriptions” to go hiking in the woods, counting on the healthy exercise and exposure to sunlight, nature and soothing views to address health problems stemming from poor diets and sedentary lifestyles. Healthcare clinics and hospitals in Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis, Albuquerque, New Mexico, California’s Bay Area and elsewhere have launched Prescription Trails programs aimed at objectives from preventing obesity in children to healthful activities for retirees ( Trails). Bestselling author Richard Louv calls the positive nature effect “vitamin N” in The Nature Principle. He contends: “Many of us, without having a name for it, are using the nature tonic. We are, in essence, selfmedicating with an inexpensive and unusually convenient drug substitute.” Such ideas are commonly ac-

cepted in many cultures. The Japanese believe in the restorative power of shinrin-yoku, which could be translated as “forest medicine” or “forest bathing”. Indigenous peoples like the Brazilian tribe led by Shaman Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, fighting to preserve their land and way of life in the Amazon, profess to be at one with the innate riches of sustainable rainforests ( parks).

Innovative Nature

Scientists, inventors and other innovators are increasingly inspired by nature. Biomimicry, part social movement and part burgeoning industry, looks to how Earth’s natural systems work and solve problems. University of Utah researchers, inspired by the durable homes built by sandcastle worms, are creating a synthetic glue that one day could help repair fractured bones. Architectural components manufacturer Panelite makes energy-efficient insulated glass by mimicking the hexagonal structure that bees use in honeycombs. (Find other precedents at BiomimicryCaseExamples).

The inspiration for biomimicry comes from many places, says Dayna Baumeister, Ph.D., co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8, a Missoula, Montana, company working with other companies and universities to propel biomimicry into the mainstream. “People are recognizing that they’ve been disconnected to the natural world,” she says. “We also realize that [as a species] we are in trouble. We don’t have all the answers, but we can look to other species for inspiration” for clearing pollutants from our bodies and environments. Plants and fungi are now commonly used to clean up old industrial sites that resemble nature’s way of removing pollutants from water and soil. A University of California, Berkeley, meta-study confirms that farmers currently using organic farming methods and solar power achieve roughly the same crop yields as conventional techniques with far less dependence on fossil fuels, reducing greenhouse gases and petrochemical pesticide and fertilizer pollution.

Cyclical Nature

These breakthrough technologies emulate the way nature uses the building blocks of life in an endless cycle of birth, reproduction, decay and rebirth. It’s part of a broad rethinking of the principles behind sustainability—building, manufacturing and living in greater harmony with natural systems, perhaps eventually eliminating landfills, air and water pollution, and toxic site cleanups. “A toxin is a material in the wrong place,” says architect William McDonough, of Charlottesville, Virginia. The only individual recipient of the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, he is co-author of Cradle-to-Cradle, a groundbreaking book that calls for re-envisioning even the nastiest waste, and The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance. McDonough imagines a world where waste becomes raw material for new buildings, furniture and other goods—akin to how a forest reuses every deceased tree and animal to nourish the ecosystem and spawn new life. With 80 percent of U.S. resi-

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dents currently living in urban areas, architects, builders and municipal planners are likewise pivoting toward nature, prompted by the scientific evidence of the many ways that human health and general well-being rely upon it. While this contact is preferably the kind of “stopping by woods” that inspired New England poet Robert Frost, even a walk in a city park will work. “Urban nature, when provided as parks and walkways and incorporated into building design, provides calming and inspiring environments and encourages learning, inquisitiveness and alertness,” reports the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, in Green Cities: Good Health. The American Planning Association stresses the importance of integrating green space into urban neighborhoods. Not only does socalled “metro nature” improve air and water quality and reduce urban

heat island effects, urban wilds such as Pittsburgh’s Nine Mile Run and Charlotte, North Carolina’s Little Sugar Creek Greenway also restore natural connections in densely populated city centers.

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A growing number of scientists say that research about our place in nature has sparked fresh thinking about our role and devastated quaint notions about our species’ superiority. “Single-celled slime molds solve mazes. Brainless plants make correct decisions and bees with brains the size of pinheads handle abstract concepts,” points out Anthropologist Jeremy Narby, author of the groundbreaking book Intelligence in Nature. At a national conference of Bioneers, an organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and San Francisco that gathers nature-minded social and scientific innovators, Narby said: “We are nearly identical to many animals. Many behaviors once thought to be exclusively human are shared by other

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or most individuals, odorous chemicals are simply unpleasant. For those that are sensitive and susceptible, however, even common chemical exposures may evoke a toxicantinduced loss of tolerance (TILT) marked by multiple-system symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, autoimmune disease, asthma, depression and food intolerance. Since the post-World War II expansion of petrochemicals, the incidence of TILT has increased dramatically, says Claudia Miller, a medical doctor, researcher and professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and co-author of Chemical Exposures: Low Levels and High Stakes. “Fortunately, public awareness has also grown significantly in the last few years,” says Rick Smith, Ph.D., a Canadian environmentalist who co-authored Toxin Toxout. “Now companies and governments worldwide are moving toward making safer products.” We can support progress by leveraging some practical tips in greening our home. Start somewhere. Many volatile organic compounds (VOC) that include formaldehyde and benzene are concealed in household items such as couches, chairs, particleboard furniture, mattresses, box springs, carpeting, rugs, synthetic flooring, wallpaper and paint.

Green TV host and Fresh Living author Sara Snow implores us not to become overwhelmed, disheartened or fearful. “Creating a healthy home is a gradual process that doesn’t require throwing all the furniture out,” she advises. Start by scrutinizing labels and choosing not to bring new toxins in. For example, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is widely found to be associated with reproductive toxicity and is found in many waterproofed and flexible plastics. Select PVC-free toys, shower curtain liners and mattress covers. In the kitchen, avoid potentially carcinogenic perfluorinated chemicals (PFC) found in nonstick coatings of pots and pans. Toss the Teflon when it scratches, says Snow, and upgrade to stainless steel or cast iron. Weed out bisphenols, the DNA-disrupting chemicals found in plastics and epoxy resin can liners. Even “BPA-free” products likely contain alternative and equally harmful substances, according to a recent study published in Chemosphere. Choose clear glass instead of plastic containers. When remodeling, look for zeroVOC items, Miller says, plus materials free of stain-resistant sprays and flame retardants whose efficacy is questionable. Consider natural fiber rugs like jute or wool. Forest Stewardship Coun-

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he gentle, handsEarly Spring o n t e ch n i q u e o f Transition lymphatic drainage As spring peeks in, the therapy (LDT) stimulates desire to detoxify and movement of stagnant lighten up begins—a lymph, encourages renatural occurrence as routing of the lymphatic the body physically waterways when lymph shifts from the necessity nodes have been removed of heavier foods and induring cancer treatment ternal insulation to keep or damaged by injury, us warm, in preparation improves pathways of defor more movement and toxification and supports outdoor activity. In the a stronger immune system Barbara Meza early spring, we begin overall. to crave bitter flavor to Most often a difference is noticed stimulate the liver and gallbladder, immediately during treatment: the increasing bile flow to break down softening of a taut, bloated abdomen, stored fats, stimulating digestive fire spontaneous sinus drainage or an and promoting elimination. Before enhanced sense of calm. Other times the availability of refrigeration and the a shift is noted post-session: increased easy attainment of out-of-season prourination and elimination, less conduce, humans foraged for emerging striction in the chest, ribs or upper young, bitter greens, like dandelion or back, easier breathing, increased ener- wild mustard, as a delicious respite to gy or a lessened occurrence of edema. the heavy meat and dense vegetables At any time during the year, but of winter meals. predominantly during seasonal shifts, Following nature’s cycle, a spring it is important to pay attention to the detox can be done gently, easily and body. Integrating LDT and seasonal di- healthily. Including LDT and other etary modifications supports the body healing modalities in our “internal as it adjusts. spring cleaning” will help us lighten

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Diet is a significant spoke in the wheel of health. Including herbs in meal preparation, as potherbs, wilted greens, salads or beverages, is one way to incorporate Earth medicine into a diet. With the goal of spring detoxification, the key is incorporating cleansing herbs with slightly different attributes that work on multiple pathways in the body, supporting the organs of detoxification and elimination to work more efficiently. Some favored herbs for a gentle and thorough internal spring cleaning include cleavers, chickweed, dandelion leaves, young nettles, parsley, calendula blossoms, red clover blossoms and the roots of astragalus, dandelion, echinacea and yellow dock.

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he locavore movement of eating locally produced foods continues to expand, thanks to 42 states passing cottage food laws that permit community members to make certain foods at home to sell to neighbors. Some enterprises use a contract packer to deliver on a scale not possible domestically, or even operate from a commercially licensed production facility. From sauerkraut and distinctive jams and organic jellies to gluten- or peanut-free cakes and regional artisanal breads, some of the most flavorful products are being produced with no chemical preservatives, artificial colors or other laboratory ingredients. Nearly all are made in small batches, and usually by the owner. Many source local ingredients or serve special dietary needs largely underserved or ignored by larger food businesses. “In a sharing economy, individuals look less to big chain stores for their

food needs and more to each other, making fresher, tastier and often healthier foods more accessible,” explains Janelle Orsi, co-founder of the Oakland, California, Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), citing its Policies for Shareable Cities report partnered with the nonprofit Shareable. The Specialty Food Association reports that sales of specialty foods— primarily at grocery retailers, but also cottage operators via farmers’ markets and direct orders when allowed by their state—grew 22 percent from 2010 to 2012, topping $85 billion.

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“All of our products are made by hand and in small batches daily,” says Ruth Wardein, co-owner, with Andrew Amick, of Epiphany Gluten Free Bakery, in Naples, Florida, which she launched from her home kitchen. Besides glutenfree cookies, cakes and breads, she’s

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always “perfecting” her Paleo cookies, brownies and pancake mix. Paleo recipes contain no grains, dairy, yeast or refined sugars, explains Wardein. “They require nut and seed flours, coconut oil and natural sugars like honey or maple syrup. So they are naturally higher in protein and fiber and lower in carbs than the average gluten-free recipe.” “We’re experimenting with the community supported agriculture model with local fruit,” says Erin Schneider. She and her husband, Rob McClure, operate Hilltop Community Farm, in LaValle, Wisconsin, which produces value-added products with organically grown crops. “We have salsas, pickles and jams. Our black currant and honey jam is sold before it’s made. Rob’s garlic dills have their own following.” Wisconsin’s cottage food law restricts sales to only high-acid foods.

Quality over Quantity

In Royal Oaks, California, Garden Variety Cheese owner, cheesemaker and shepherd Rebecca King feeds her 100 milking ewes organically raised, irrigated pasture grass and brewer’s grain to yield award-winning farmstead easier-to-digest sheep cheeses from her Monkeyflower Ranch. “Many first-time customers like my story as a small producer and want to buy direct from the farm. They keep buying because of the taste,” says King. “My marinara and pizza sauces are made in small batches by hand in a home kitchen, enabling us to hot pack them to retain the ingredients’ natural favors,” says Liz James, owner of The Happy Tomato, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her sauces are also low in sodium and contain no sugar, saturated fat or gluten. James’ production is facilitated by Virginia’s home food processor license, which lets her work from home and sell wholesale. Whole Foods Market is among her major retail accounts. When home-based cottage food businesses are spurred into expansion to keep up with demand, a situation sometimes complicated by state limits on sales volume, many opt for renting space in the growing number of incubator, or community, kitchens nationwide. “We did farmers’ markets for three years and went from seven

customers to thousands,” says Wardein, who now rents a commercial kitchen space. “Returning customers are the momentum that has pushed us forward.” “By growing food in and around our own neighborhoods and cities, we decrease our dependence on an oftentimes unjust and ecologically destructive global food system and build stronger, more connected and resilient communities,” affirms Yassi EskandariQajar, director of SELC’s City Policies program. “We think it’s important to produce what grows well on our soil and then

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e are what we eat. Simple, yet profound, it means eating healthy foods leads to enjoying a healthy life. Though we are aware of this absolute truth, current lifestyles reflect convenience and rock-bottom prices at the expense of our health, environment and local farming heritage. As a society, we have globalized our diets at the cost of the extinction of numerous plant species and burdened our environment with fertilizers, pesticides and the impact of transporting food from all points of the globe. As difficult as it is to know where our food comes from, it is virtually impossible to know how it is produced. According to, “Food travels on average 1,300 miles from farm to table and fruits and vegetables shipped from distant states and countries can spend as many as seven to 14 days in transit before arriving in the supermarket.” Ripening agents, preservatives, growth hormones and antibiotics are used to increase the yields of the foods in our supermarket produce aisles, meats cases, dairy coolers and fast food restaurants. Meanwhile, our local farmers are having a difficult time keeping their farms profitable and out of the control of development. Is there any way we can make sound nutritional decisions while supporting our local farming community and the environment we live in? The answer is yes, and


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by consciously selecting from available options, consumers can improve their diet while strengthening our local foodproducing community.

Saving Local Farmland Means Saving Local Farmers

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. has lost 4.7 million farms since 1935. In Pennsylvania, we face a sobering reality— development is outpacing preservation. If farmland continues to disappear at a rate of more than 200 acres a day, Pennsylvania’s agricultural economy is in jeopardy. A report by the USDA’s National Commission on Small Farms states that “as farmers focused on producing undifferentiated raw commodities, food system profit and opportunities were shifted to the companies that process, package and market food. Consequently, from 1910 to 1990 the share of the agricultural economy received by farmers dropped from 21 to 5 percent.” The other 95 percent of food costs now goes to brokers, truckers, packers, processors, marketers and retailers. There is only one way to truly preserve farmland as farmland in perpetuity. That is to make farming profitable. The small farmer must be creative and diversify in unique ways if they are going to survive. Here in Bucks and Montgomery counties, there’s a growing fraternity of local food providers that have dis-

covered the growing market of health conscience consumers wanting to know the source of their food and demanding healthier food options.

The Producers

Bucks and Montgomery counties would not be the same without the many farms that dot the rolling hills of the area. Family-owned and operated by Brenda Slack, Milk House Farm practices sustainable agricultural methods. With 120 acres of vegetables, fruit, corn, grains and more, Slack grows vegetables without the use of pesticides and using mostly organic seeds. Slack sells her produce and more at Milk House Farm Market, in Newtown. Animals have always been an integral part of small farms. Before the days of mass-produced meats, grassfed animals were raised in pastures in a natural, more humane environment. Hershberger Heritage Farm, in Chalfont, aims to provide grass-fed or pastured, antibiotic and hormone-free chicken to customers by using rotational grazing practices and non-GMO verified poultry feed. Roots to River Farm, in New Hope, is focused on organically growing heirloom selections and producing yearround for farmers’ markets, restaurants and its CSA program. The farm grows over 250 varieties of vegetables without pesticides or chemicals, as well as flowers.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

CSA members pay a lump sum advance for a share of the harvest and receive a weekly basket of the freshest quality fruits and vegetables available. Farmers can count on a reliable cash flow and steady market. Excess products sell well in local farmers’ markets or may be sold at wholesale. The community benefits from preservation of open space, barriers to commercial sprawl and environmentally friendly stewardship. Consumers know first-hand the safe origin of their food. Vegetables are the most common CSA crops. Fruits are popular, too. Additional products can include eggs, flowers, herbs, honey, maple syrup, beef and firewood. A landowner, farmer or

manager may designate all or a portion of a parcel to a CSA program. Most employ organic practices, though not all are certified. Though local CSAs, as across the country, vary widely in size, philosophy, social agreements, business strategies and legal structure, all work to contribute to farm preservation, stability and profitability. Some local CSAs include Blooming Glen Farm, Roots to River Farm, Living Hope Farm, Tinicum CSA, Hershberger Heritage Farm, Anchor Run Farm and Fields Without Fences, which now offers a medicinal herb CSA program.

Farmers’ Markets

The Bucks and Montgomery area is fortunate to have farmers’ markets across the area, selling locally grown vegetables, fruits and pastured meats, available during all times of year. While providing a great service to our community by making local, fresh foods more easily accessible, they can often also be fun family events, offering entertainment and the chance to meet the producers of the food we’ll eat. Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Tanner Brothers Dairy Farm, famous in the area for its fresh milk and homemade ice cream, sells its dairy products, farm-raised Angus steaks, fruit and produce at its yearround market, in Ivyland. Bucks kids young and old have fond memories of watching the cows behind the fence while eating a Tanner ice cream cone. Other local farmers’ markets include Doylestown, Wrightstown, Lansdale, Glenside, Perkasie, Ottsville and Langhorne. Most run between May or June through October and are held weekly on different days.

food and herbs and can provide information about the advantages of organic and natural food.

Choose Self-Determination

Perhaps because natural food is such a simple concept, it is easy to forget how important it is to our health. We are fortunate to live in a farming community that is strong enough to be bucking the trend of mass-produced food. We are also lucky to have knowledgeable experts and creative minds to help get healthy, natural foods to the marketplace. If it is to be, it is up to us to support efforts that keep us healthy, help our environment and preserve our heritage. As

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The Sacred Geometry of Life by Susan Burger


sentient being that we call e live in a world Mother Earth, we must that is a subtle continue to discover and balance of comremember how to live in plex interrelationships. The harmony. old mechanistic view of Often called sacred science has taken us away geometry, there are recurfrom that truth and inadring patterns seen in all life vertently helped to create that continue to reinforce the global crisis that we our interdependence and find ourselves in. infinite nature. In 1487, Stephan Harding Leonardo da Vinci painted says in the movie Animate Susan Burger the Vitruvian Man, which Earth, “It is time for a reflects the relationship science fit for the 21st cenand proportions of the human body, as tury—a holistic science that combines does his Mona Lisa. our numerical and intuitive minds so Phi, the golden ratio, Fibonacci we can participate with nature rather spiral and the Flower of Life are exthan dominate it.” If we continue to amples of what we find in all physical live “off” the land rather than “with” structures of nature and the cosmos. the land, we remain headed toward It is apparent in shells, flowers, snowecological collapse. On this living,

flakes, as we look at the face of a loved one or look up into the vast sky of stars and planets. The universe is vibration and the principles of sacred geometry are a visual language seen in all wave forms. Charles Gilchrist, a teacher of sacred geometry and master mandala artist says, “Sacred geometry is literally the architecture of the universe; God’s first and purest language; a language which opens and centers the mind. We are sacred geometry.” What an amazing opportunity we have to wake up and bring ourselves back to each other, to the Earth and to love. We can no longer justify seeing ourselves as separate entities in isolation, but instead embrace the fact that we are deeply interconnected. Susan Burger, DC, is the owner of Dr. Susan Burger’s Vitality Center, in Morrisville. Charles Gilchrist and Gabriel Cavasos will present a workshop on the Architecture of the Universe, September 18 to 20. Contact Dr. Burger for more information. Connect at 215-7363803, or See ad, page 25.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 3 First Fun Friday | Doylestown 5-7pm. Open house gathering with food and beverage treats. This month, we’ll sample raw fish sushi from Otolith Sustainable Seafood, served with microgreens and vinaigrette. Special guest performer Carol Heffler will play keyboard. Doylestown Food Co-op, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 Stop Smoking with Hypnosis | Edison, NJ 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate tobacco cravings while minimizing discomfort. $55. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Ave, Edison. 908-996-3311. Lose Weight with Hypnosis | Edison, NJ 7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. $55. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Ave, Edison. 908-996-3311. Relaxation through Hypnosis | Edison, NJ 8:30-9:30pm. Learn several techniques that can easily be used to reduce daily stress. $55. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Ave, Edison. 908-996-3311.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7 Femininity Workshop | North Wales 7-8:30pm. In this four-week workshop for all ages, learn practices to honor the sacredness of the feminine body. We empower ourselves and one another to become more open, inspired by our femininity and true practices in self-love. April 7 to 28. $90. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 N Main St, North Wales. 215-8728373.

THURSDAY, APRIL 9 Meet Mt. Salem Farm | Doylestown 4:30-6:30pm. The farmers from Mt. Salem Farm in Pittstown, NJ, will be sampling their lamb kabobs at the co-op. Doylestown Food Co-op, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Vinyasa Beginnings | North Wales 7-8:15pm. This six-week workshop series builds upon the foundations of asana and pranayama to help develop a beginning vinyasa practice. We will use our internal fire and breath to link movements together in beautiful flowing sequences. April 9 to May 14. $120. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 N Main St, North Wales. 215-872-8373.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10 Restorative Yoga Certification | North Wales Learn body placement in yoga postures that are supported with props and create a safe, comfortable, healing environment. Leave the training able to understand the philosophy and science behind restorative yoga and lead students through a complete practice. Register online. April 10 to 12. $400. Whole Body Yoga Studio,

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Earth Day Work Day | New Hope 9am-1pm. Call for volunteers who’d like to get involved in hands-on environmental stewardship. Families, individuals, groups and students are invited to join this unique opportunity to work with the preserve’s environmental experts to help protect PA’s native plants. Includes complimentary lunch. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2924.

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6:30-7:30pm. See April 8 listing. $50. Reynolds Middle School, 2145 Yardville-Hamilton Sq Rd, Trenton. 908-996-3311.

11:30am-12:30pm. Ayurvedic nutrition expert Sally Miller educates and guides us through a powerful, effective and gentle cleanse based on the principles of three meals a day, while avoiding inflammatory, addictive foods like sugar, dairy and wheat. April 11 to May 2. Call to register. $89. The Cornerstone Clubs, 740 Edison Furlong Rd, Furlong. 215-862-2200. Tips for Spring Cleaning | Doylestown 12:30-2:30pm. Vicki Brown of Harmony Clean will raffle off a bucket of environmentally safe cleaning products and answer questions about how to “clean green”. Doylestown Food Co-op, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548.

6:15-8pm. All are welcome to join Doylestown Food Co-op members for a discussion of Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg. Begins with a potluck; bringing food is optional. Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Stop Smoking with Hypnosis | Trenton, NJ

Lose Weight with Hypnosis | Trenton, NJ 7:30-8:30pm. See April 8 listing. $50. Reynolds Middle School, 2145 Yardville-Hamilton Sq Rd, Trenton. 908-996-3311. Relaxation through Hypnosis | Trenton, NJ 8:30-9:30pm. See April 8 listing. $50. Reynolds Middle School, 2145 Yardville-Hamilton Sq Rd, Trenton. 908-996-3311.

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Barry Wolfson—who has 29 years of success in the art of hypnosis—will guide three hypnosis sessions over three weeks, focusing on either smoking cessation or weight loss. Includes a reinforcement CD, journaling and group support. Stop Smoking sessions take place 9-10am; Weight Loss sessions take place 10-11am. Call to register; each class is limited to 10 people. Cost: $99

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6:30-8pm. Join Jeremy Harlow, a craniosacral therapist, energy healer, qigong and meditation instructor and holistic educator. Learn how his work can help release old wounds, memories and patterns, while encouraging natural radiance to shine through. Kindly pre-register to ensure the class is held. $10. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Langhorne. 215-7411600.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17 Friday Night Frog Slog | New Hope 7-8:30pm. The setting sun and rising moon add a little magic to a stroll through the woods. We will hear and look for spring peepers and wood frogs and see what other spring treasures await us. Bring a small flashlight. Mbrs: $6/adult, $4/child; non-mbrs: $8/adult, $6/child. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2924. Discover your Root Chakra with Hematite | Yardley


7:30-9pm. Discover the foundation of your temple and ways to find your anchor in the first part of the sevenpart series. $25 for a single journey; includes crystals. Pre-registration required. YogaLove, 10 N Main St, Yardley. 267-840-8003.

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2-4pm. Settle into the perfect support of cozy yoga blankets and let your tension dissolve. Svaroopa yoga decompresses spinal tension, relieves back pain, sciatica, neck and shoulder stiffness. Heart openers and contemplations invite you inside where your own peace and stillness await. $36. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 570350-1281.

Spring Ephemerals | New Hope 10am-1pm. Spring wildflowers such as Dutchman’s breeches, bloodroot, bluebells, spring beauty and twinleaf color the forest floor this time of year. Learn why these wildflowers are called spring ephemerals, how life cycles work and how seeds are dispersed. $15/mbrs; $20/non-mbrs. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower

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12:30-2:30pm. They’ll educate us about sustainable seafood and the difference it can and does make. Also sample their cooked fish products. Doylestown Food Co-op, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548.

10am-6pm. Spring celebration at the shops of Peddler’s Village. Fun for everyone includes food, entertainment and kids activities. Also held 12-5pm, April 19. Peddler’s Village, Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska. 215-7944000. Intro to Yoga | Quakertown 11am-1pm. This workshop lays a foundation for your yoga practice. Learn the fundamentals of the breath, the poses and relaxation. Great for anyone new to yoga or those wanting a refresher on the basics. Registration required. $25. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Crystals - Healing Workshop | New Hope 1:30-3:30pm. This beginner’s workshop is designed for the person who would like to learn about how to use crystal energy in their daily life. Crystals have helped people to achieve fertility, a positive outlook, more vital energy and countless other desires. Must call to register. $30. The Treehouse by Cornerstone, 419 S York Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2200. Spring Bazaar | Sellersville 2-7pm. Fun for the whole family including vendors, raffles, food, crafts, games and entertainment. Free goodie bags to the first 100 attendees. Fundraiser will benefit MorningStar Maternity Home. Highland Park

Access Bars Class | Doylestown 10am-6pm. Access Bars are 32 points on the head that effortlessly and easily release anything one was unable to receive. Sessions open us up to more joy, peace, kindness and awareness in all areas of life. 8 CEUs for massage practitioners. Register online for address. 215230-7001.

THURSDAY, APRIL 23 Earth Day Every Day | New Hope 10-11:15am. Make a windsock, play a game and read a story to help celebrate the end of winter and the arrival of spring. Ages 3 to 7; children must be accompanied by an adult. Mbrs: free; non-mbrs: $7/one child with adult, $3/ each addt’l child. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2924. Stop Smoking with Hypnosis | Princeton, NJ 6:30-7:30pm. See April 8 listing. $60. Princeton High School, 151 Moore St, Princeton. 908-996-3311. Lose Weight with Hypnosis | Princeton, NJ 7:30-8:30pm. See April 8 listing. $60. Princeton High School, 151 Moore St, Princeton. 908-996-3311. Relaxation through Hypnosis | Princeton, NJ

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FRIDAY, APRIL 24 Coffee House Fundraiser | Ottsville 5-8pm. Join Tinicum Art and Science, a unique high school rooted in mindfulness, for an evening of student performances, artwork, silent auction and vegetarian food. Tinicum Art and Science, 85 Sherman Rd, Ottsville. 610-847-6980. The Power of Intention | Morrisville 7-9pm. Join Dr. Susan Burger as we ponder the power of thought, conscious intention and prayer. Do thoughts really create our reality? Does prayer work? How does intention make a difference? What does science say? $20. Dr. Susan Burger’s Vitality Center, 300 W Trenton Ave, Morrisville. 215-932-9263.

savethedate Dragon Spirit Arts 484-557-9605 Spring 2015 Events Schedule April 24-26 Retreat By the Sea: Cultivating Prana & Chi Join this spring retreat by the rhythm of the sea in Barnegat Light, NJ at Minerva’s B & B—walking distance to the bay and beach. Includes a two-night stay, two meals per day and two Taoist and Vedic Arts workshops experienced and certified instructor Gabrielle de Burke. $450

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Celebrate Earth, World Qigong and Tai Chi Day | New Britain 4-5:30pm. To celebrate Earth Day and World Qigong and Tai Chi day, join a special qigong workshop in a beautiful outdoor setting. The workshop will include special Earth and Tree Qi awareness exercises to improve health and circulate energy. RSVP online. Optional donation will benefit Pesticide Action Network. Covered Bridge Park, Keeley Ave, New Britain. 215-348-8058.

TUESDAY, APRIL 28 TM Program Intro Lecture | Doylestown 6:30-8:30pm. Free, public intro lecture on the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation program. Find out why over 6.5 million people worldwide practice this technique to reduce blood pressure, decrease anxiety and naturally reduce tension, stress and strain. The next four-day course will be June 6-9. Email CSmith@ to reserve a seat. Tammany Farm, Doylestown. 215-783-4629.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 Kiss Your Allergies Goodbye | Fairless Hills 6-7:30pm. Refreshments and spinal screenings at 6pm, followed by workshop 6:30-7:30pm. Demonstration and Q&A to follow. Call to RSVP. Gorman Optimal Health Solutions, 333 N Oxford Valley Rd, Ste 402, Fairless Hills. 215-943-2584. A Million Dollars in Your Pocket | Morrisville 7-9pm. We all need a better understanding of how we handle our money, debt and credit to manage our financial capabilities. Join Joan Reading of the Credit Counseling Center for a wise discussion on reframing our outlook on money. $20. Dr. Susan Burger’s Vitality Center, 300 W Trenton Ave, Morrisville. 215-9329263.

MONDAY, MAY 4 Learn to Meditate | Chalfont 6:45-8:45pm. Svaroopa Vidya Meditation’s powerful techniques guaranteed to start you meditating in the first class and inspired to sit in meditation. Three-week series meets May 4, 11 and 18. Register two weeks in advance for 20 percent discount. $139/3-week class series. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 570-350-1281.




Darshan: An Intimate Experience of Divine Presence May 2 – 7pm

May in Maui May 3 – 4-7pm

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Darshan is a beautiful opportunity to experience the grace of Sai Maa and receive a powerful blessing of light and love. A traditional practice in Hinduism, Darshan is a reciprocal experience, as the master receives the love and gratitude from the individual, the individual receives the divine blessing from the master, which aids in spiritual growth and development.

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Join us for the spring fundraiser hosted by the Bucks County Chapter of Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Board of Associates. All proceeds will benefit cancer research at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Enjoy live music, an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a sit-down dinner in a festive, Hawaiian atmosphere. Visit website for more information and to purchase tickets.

HollyHedge Estate 6987 Upper York Rd, New Hope

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action. ~Mother Teresa


For the past 20 years, Dino Calabrese has been a professional channel, psychic medium and intuitive life counselor who helps people move forward in life. He can connect with your guides and deceased loved ones and answer questions regarding career, finances, relationships and family. Tape included. Call to schedule appointment. $75/30 minutes, $150/60 minutes. Doylestown. April 10, 11, 12

Private Palmistry Readings

Susan A. Smith began her career 35-plus years ago doing hand analysis (palmistry). In a private reading, Susan will share her masterful knowledge of the hands and relate information about your health, relationships, career and future. She will explore your soul contracts and explain how to read what your soul “wrote” in your hand. Call to schedule appointment. $145 for 1 hour. Doylestown.

July 11 - Bellabaci Method of Modern Cupping Level 2

Call today to reserve your seat! Carrie Wiedemann • 267-357-3525

1-6pm. Learn to use the sacred symbols to enhance the healing power of Reiki. New techniques will be used within the training to be able to take your practice to a professional level. $200; register by April 15 to save $20. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 N Main St, North Wales. 215-872-8373.

Private Channeling and Psychic Medium Readings

Learn this fast-growing fabulous method of cupping using the Bellabaci technique. Easy yet effective, works deeply, saves therapist hands and wrist.

Courses are open to everyone, 6 CEU’s with NCBTMB for massage therapist. All classes will be held from 8:30-3:30pm at LaSalle University Bucks County Campus.

Reiki Level 2 Certification | North Wales

April 7 – 10am-8pm

May 16 - Lifting Your Vibration: Experience a day of self-care!

Sept. 19 - Bellabaci Method of Modern Cupping – Intro Level


Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown 215-348-5755 Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter with updates on seminars and trips.

April 25 - Energy Healing with Crystals and Precious Stones

opportunity to be in conversation with both yours and Blumenthal’s spiritual guides, and to experience messages received in the language of the Divine. Blumenthal assists with clarifying higher purpose, relationship concerns, health issues and career choices. $110/30 minutes, $170/60 minutes. Doylestown.

April 18 – 10am-4pm

Mediumship Clairvoyance, Past Lives, Astrology Sessions, Do-In Reiki

Rev Jay Gullo offers private sessions in these modalities to connect with deceased loved ones, offer guidance for relationships, finances, life purpose, career, how past lives affect current life, what to expect in 2015, as well as healing sessions. Call to schedule appointment. $80/$120/$150 for 30/45/60 minutes. Doylestown. April 19 – 2-5pm

The Art of WholeHearted Living

Join Kathy Milano, Ph.D., as she shares the Art of WholeHearted Living, which is essential for anyone who is truly committed to the path of spiritual evolution and personal transformation. Living in a WholeHearted and inspired manner empowers us to directly engage the mystical information embedded in the vibrational fields of life, to awaken our inner healer and to invite refinement of our intuitive skill. $44. Doylestown.

You Have Amazing Eyes! Iridology Seminar

We all have different nutritional, emotional and spiritual needs. Join iridologist Birgit Lueders for information on how the eyes can point us in the right direction within today’s informational jungle. Learn about the body’s unique blueprint—the iris—and get a chance to learn more about your own body, mind and spirit. $35. New Britain. May 9 – 10am-8pm

Private Iridology Sessions

Through the informed examination of the iris, Iridologist Birgit Lueders can tell you all about your emotional, physical and spiritual strength. Get to know yourself on a deeper, multi-dimensional level. $150. Doylestown. Sacred Journeys and Retreats April 23-26: Sedona, AZ

May 2, 3, 4

Private Channeling Sessions

May 8 – 7-9pm

May 19-23: Hawaii Retreat

Sheryl Blumenthal is a clear, strong channel for the Divine. A private session with Blumenthal is an

June 20-26: Swim with the Dolphins in Bimini August 13-16: Mount Shasta, CA

September 3-14: Croatia, Slovenia, Medjugorje

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savethedate Greenshire Arts Consortium 3620 Sterner Mill Rd, Quakertown Event Details: Please register for all activities. 215-538-0976 Emotional Detox, A Way Back to Yourself

Where are you leaking energy? Are old emotions affecting your health? Do you wish to experience emotional freedom? Learn why cultivating emotional intelligence is the key to wellness and continued vitality. Seminar: $100. April 7 – 6:30-8pm: Free Intro Tuesdays, April 14 to May 5 – 6:30-8pm: Seminar April 11 – 1-4pm

and assist in eliminating unwanted habits and enhancing talents. 8 CEs available. $200.

each of your lives. By modeling self-care and connecting with other women, honor your daughter and inspire her to make choices that will allow her to connect to her true nature. Ceremony, cooking, movement, story-telling, drumming and more. For daughters ages 10 to 16. $599; includes lodging, food and activities. Greenshire East.

April 18 – 10am-1pm

May 1 to 3

Better understand the energetic world. Explore basics of energy in all living things, the universe and nature; ways we are sensitive to energy around us; and how we are responsible for energy we bring into a room, our home and spaces we visit. This class promotes self-respect, healthy living for the mind, body and spirit, and sensitivity for others. $30.

Experience a deeper relationship with yourself. Let go of what holds you back and does not serve your highest good (stress, negative thinking, painful past, regrets, self-limiting beliefs, worry, fear). $397. Register with a friend: two for $595.50.

Mindfulness for Kids: Ages 9 – 13

May 1 to 3

Reiki II Certification

Learn how to use Reiki to penetrate the spacetime barrier, transmit healing energy over distance and time, heal the past, send healing into the future, apply to ideas and situations

Honoring the Mother/Daughter Connection Retreat

Explore traditional women’s rituals, whole food nourishment and ways to bring balance into

Break Through to the True You Retreat

Saturdays – 4-6pm

Calling All Kids Who Cook! Ages 9 – 13

This dinner club takes kids on a culinary adventure around the globe, creating dishes from various countries, while cooking nourishing foods and expanding taste buds and minds. $20.

ongoingevents All calendar events must be submitted by the 10th of the month and adhere to our guidelines, available online. Submit your listing online at NABuxMont. com. Please email with questions. Monthly Meditation: Cultivating Mindfulness | Doylestown


1-2pm. In this class, we will focus on a different theme and style of meditation each month. Classes may incorporate mantras, yantras, mudras, crystals, breath work and the chakra system. De-stress and experience the support of community meditation. Second Sunday of the month. $15. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140. TristanaYogaStudio.

Hot Rockin’ Yoga | Quakertown 9-10:15am. This yoga practice is perfect for exploring poses deeper and detoxing the body. The heat helps open tight joints and stiff muscles in a safe, effective way. Not for beginners. Second and fourth Sundays. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267374-4046.

Sunday Stroll | Bristol

Power/Baptiste Yoga | Quakertown 9-10:15am. All levels of students will move and flow through a series of poses based on Journey Into Power. Combining alignment principles with movement and breath will build fire and strength, leaving us aligned in our true north, strong and empowered even after we’ve left the mat. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Yoga for Kids | Quakertown 12:30-1:30pm. This class provides a safe and nurturing environment for the development of mind, body and spirit through creative games, stories, songs and yoga poses. We will explore new ways to play, move, breathe, connect and rest. Students grades K-5 are welcome to participate. First and third Sundays. $10. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-3744046.


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2-3pm. Take a walk with a naturalist. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. Reiki Share & Community Drum Circle | Langhorne 2-6pm. At 2pm, connect with area Reiki practitioners and have an opportunity to practice and receive Reiki. Those who are not attuned are welcome to attend, receive a treatment and be part of the community. From 4:30-6 pm, join the community drum circle. The Peace Center, 102 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. 267-840-8003. Monthly Meditation | Perkasie 3:30-5pm. Join with a likeminded group of people for mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and time to share with the group. Perfect for those new to the practice; all are welcome. Last Sunday of the month. $15. Shine Yoga Center, 601 W Market St, Perkasie. 267-2210980.

monday 4-Week Women’s Boot Camps | North Wales Wholistic’s boot camps specialize in the unique physiological needs of women and are designed to incorporate specific techniques to assist women in losing excess body fat and toning muscles. Boot camps meet 3 times a week for 4 weeks. Morning and evening/weekend options. Mon/Weds/Fri, 5:45-6:45am OR Tue/Thu, 6-7pm and Sat 8:30am. $199. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246. Life & Wellness Coaching from the Mat | Chalfont 9:30-11am. Join Life Coach & The Spa Lady, Roberta Fortune, for coaching right from the yoga mat. Each session is like a mini-retreat that allows you to relax, catch your breath and gain clarity on inspired actions. $24; buy two classes, get the third free. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. Tea & Play | Upper Black Eddy 10-11am. Enjoy a cup of tea with an early childhood teacher and learn about early childhood programs while little ones explore a nursery classroom. Children birth to age 4 are welcome. Call to register. First Monday. River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy. 610-982-5606. Zumba Gold | Perkasie 10-11am. Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workout of Zumba and makes it accessible for

seniors, beginners or others needing modifications in their exercise routine. Build cardiovascular health with dance moves including merengue, cha cha, cumbia, salsa, belly dance and tango. Dance experience not required. $5. Pennridge Community Center, 146 E Main St, Perkasie. 215-453-7027. Chair Yoga | Yardley 11am-12pm. Free class held every Monday. YardleyMakefield Library, 1080 Edgewood Rd, Yardley. 215-493-9020. YardleyFriends@ Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga | Doylestown 6-7pm. Come connect with other moms-to-be, create community, connect with your baby and changing body, and take time out of the day to enjoy this sacred journey. Learn breathing techniques and stretches to help strengthen the mind, body and soul during pregnancy, labor and post-delivery. $15. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140. Community Meditation | Narberth 6:30-7:15pm. All are welcome to learn how to meditate and its many benefits. Experienced meditators can enjoy and enhance their existing practice in a group setting in a beautiful space with people of like intentions. Check the calendar online for changes/updates. Kalyana Centre, 954 Montgomery Ave, Ste 6, Narberth. 484-412-8815. Mental Health Support Group | Doylestown 6:30-7:30pm. Join 4 The M.I.N.D.S. for its weekly peer-to-peer support group. We welcome family, friends and individuals who suffer from mental illness. Aldie Medical Arts Building, 11 Welden Dr, Doylestown. The Many Ways to Self-Love | New Britain 7-9pm. Our main objective for these gatherings is to empower, support and inspire you on a journey of overcoming self-limitations, which moves you into a vibration of “anything is possible!” First Monday of the month. Circle of Miracles, 10 Beulah Rd, New Britain.

tuesday Health Matters Radio Show 10am. Hosted by Dr. Phil Pappas of Earth Foods, featuring different guests and topics each week. Listen in at Bucks Beekeepers Association | Plumsteadville 7pm. General meeting of the Bucks County Beekeepers Association. Second Tuesday. Plumsteadville Grange Hall, 5901 Old Easton Rd, Plumsteadville. Gaia Speaks Gathering | Harleysville 7:30-8:30pm. Experience a guided visualization deeply connecting us with the Earth, infusing us with peace and love. Receive channelled teachings from Gaia that infuse us with hope and truth. Third Tuesday of the month. $15. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. 215-527-5457.

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~Francis of Assisi

wednesday Community Prayer Group | New Britain 10am-12pm. This group will be a sacred circle created each time by those who are part of it. We will have opportunities to co-create blessings in manifest form together, for each other. Just show up and be willing to let go and receive. Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Circle of Miracles, 10 Beulah Rd, New Britain. Yoga for Your Back | Chalfont 10:30am-12pm. Try Svaroopa Yoga and decompress the spine and have immediate relief or reduction in pain and stiffness. Learn simple tools to use at home, the office or anywhere. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 570-350-1281. Relaxing Restorative Yoga | Langhorne 12-12:45pm or 6:30-7:45pm. Enjoy deep body and mind relaxation either during the lunch hour or after work with Doris Szeto. Restorative yoga uses blankets and bolsters to align and support the body for total relaxation. No prior yoga experience needed; every body type welcome. Register online at Every Wednesday except third evening of the month. $15. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Langhorne. 215-741-1600. Chair Yoga for the Golden Years | Chalfont 1:30-2:30pm. Easy yoga poses to relieve aches and pains and keep you moving. Perfect for those new to yoga. New students get three classes for the price of two. $13. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610-597-2015. Community Acupuncture | Doylestown 3-6pm. Seated in a serene group environment, receive affordable acupuncture for stress management, detox, routine health/pain issues and overall wellness. Mention NA to waive initial $15 paperwork fee. Schedule online or by phone. Located upstairs; call if you have disabilities. $30. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058. Intro to Yoga | Doylestown 5:30-7pm. In this 6-week enrolled beginner yoga course, learn yoga through both open discussion and guided physical practice. Learn the eight limbs of yoga, the yogic breathing system, the Tristana Method and how to safely approach and modify basic yoga poses. $80. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140. Chair/Mat Yoga | Fairless Hills 6-7pm. Open to the community. $3/seniors, $5/under 55. Falls Township Senior Center, 282 Trenton Rd, Fairless Hills. 215-547-6563. Community Meditation Class | Doylestown 6:15-6:45pm. Free, 30-minute meditation class introducing mindful meditation and qigong visualizations in a welcoming environment. Donations are accepted to be given to charities such as Moxafrica and A Woman’s Place. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058. Integrated Energy Therapy Share | New Britain 7-9pm. IET certified practitioners, students and members of the community, whether they have received IET or not, will have the opportunity to receive the

powerful healing that is available through the Angelic support of IET. This community experience will bring needs and support together in ways that will generate lasting positive change and bring healing to our community. Second Wednesday of the month. Circle of Miracles, 10 Beulah Rd, New Britain. Meetup. com/Doylestown-Integrated-Energy-Therapy-Share. Intuition Class | Gilbertsville 7:30-9:30pm. Develop intuition with a spiritual community and share synchronicities. Develop intuitive muscle with an exercise and guided meditation. Drop-ins welcome. Second Wednesday. $5. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Rte 100, 2nd floor, Gilbertsville. 610-413-8191.

thursday Chair Yoga | Levittown 11am-12pm. Free class held every Thursday. Levittown Library, 7311 New Falls Rd, Levittown. 215-9492324. Time Share 12-1pm. Learn how to make your inner well-being work in the outer world of pressures and stress. Tune in to Time Share on, where Marie Jackson will share recent and ancient discoveries, interview holistic healers and invite callers to ask questions. After School Nature Camp | Bristol 3:30-5pm. Each session will explore the nature preserve while making new friends and memories. See website for more details. Ages 6-12. Every Thursday through May 14. $60/mbrs, $80/non-mbrs. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. Ascension Class | Gilbertsville 7-9pm. Ascension class designed to move into becoming a channel of grace, the next step of intuitive development. First Thursday. $10. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Rte 100, 2nd floor, Gilbertsville. 610-413-8191. Empowerment Coaching Workshop | Doylestown 7-9pm. Experience the benefits of empowerment coaching, build confidence, gain insight and a new perspective in creating more balance and contentment in life. Accompanied by the added benefit of synergistic group support. Now forming 3-month programs. Second and fourth Thursdays. Must call to pre-register. $297. Dragonfly Yoga Studio & Massage, 156 Green St, Doylestown. 215-906-9393.

friday Guided Meditation | Gilbertsville 9:30-10:30am. Using guided visual imagery, learn to meditate to center oneself, relieve stress, lower blood pressure and create balance through mind, body and spirit. Drop-ins welcome. $10. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Route 100, Gilbertsville. Namaste Baby | Doylestown 11-11:45am. Yoga for moms, dads, caregivers and newborns to pre-walkers. Classes promote a stronger bond through physical movement and emotional connectedness. Postures improve strength, coordination, balance and problem solving for the infant and parent.

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Pre-registration required. $18. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140. Facebook. com/TristanaYogaStudio. Reiki Share | Doylestown 6-7:30pm. During this great opportunity for practitioners to gather, Reiki is given and received and discussions around Reiki and other approaches to holistic well-being are encouraged. Bring a refreshment to share. Second Friday of the month. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140. Community Reiki | Doylestown 7:30-9pm. Enjoy a relaxing evening of healing, soothing music, refreshments and community. Second Friday of the month. $10/10-minute session. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-2454140. Bird Walk | Bristol 7:30-9am. For all birding enthusiasts. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177.

saturday Svaroopa Yoga | Chalfont 9:30-11am. Svaroopa poses work on a cause-and-effect relationship and are absolutely reliable. This yoga excels at healing what ails us. No yoga experience required. $24. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 570-350-1281. Art 4 Your Heart | Ottsville 9:30-11:30am. Using art and meditation, reduce stress and get in touch with your inner child. Art skills not required. Collage supplies provided. Pre-register; only five seats available. Begins March 14 and continues every other Saturday. $25. Touch The Earth, 8883 Easton Rd, Ottsville. 973-508-9101.

Women’s Total Control Fitness Program | North Wales 10:30-11:45am. Do you leak when you laugh, cough, or sneeze? Wonder why popular tummy exercises don’t work for you? This medically based fitness program will help improve bladder control, flatten the stomach, build a strong core and even improve your love life. $135. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246. Warm Yoga | Quakertown 11am-12:15pm. Wondering what all the hype is about hot yoga? This is the ideal class for someone interested in hot yoga, but worried that it is too hot. Everyone is tight somewhere; the warmth allows the muscles to relax, release and let go. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046.

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Medical Intuitive, Akashic Record Traveler Founder of Mindful Awareness Centered Coaching (MACC) 215-740-0766

Schedule a complementary consultation to learn more about acupuncture and our warm, joyful wellness center. 10% off your first treatment for NABuxMont readers. Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine can safely and effectively relieve chronic pain, stress and anxiety, restore sleep, boost energy, promote healthy digestion, balance the immune system and regulate hormones. Meditation classes, Qi Gong, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, pediatric acupressure and more. Google our many positive reviews and testimonials. Easy online scheduling available. See ad on page 31.

ART THERAPY HEARTWELL HOUSE Expressive Therapies John Muraco, ATR, RYT 315-329-9838

MACC integrates Gutkin’s skills as an alternative medicine practitioner. Begin to experience relief today, both physically and emotionally, without medication. Together, we create an individual weekly plan designed to suit your needs. Learn healing techniques that you can apply throughout your life. The program offers a wide range of modalities: hypnotherapy, past life regression, cognitive behavioral therapy, EFT, NLP, meditation and more. Call 215-740-0766, email or visit Medintuitive. com. The MACC program is available in person, by Skype or telephone. Free 10-minute consultations are offered.

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~Francis of Assisi


Rainbows of Healing offers many services such as private healing sessions with Reiki, Crystal Balancing, Sound Therapy and more. Check out our website for ongoing and special event workshops. Visit our Metaphysical Boutique for unique crystals, jewelry, Native American flutes, handcrafted items and much more.

GREEN LIVING ENVIRONMENTAL HOME STORE 320 N Broad St, Doylestown 267-880-6791

Our mission is simple: to make sustainable living and working accessible and affordable. We want to make healthy, responsible and beautiful building practices available to everyone. We pride ourselves on representing the finest manufacturers of sustainable building supplies. Visit us at our one-stop-shop and we will work with you to help you “go green” for any of your rooms. See ad on page 23.


Art therapy, an alternative to talk therapy, is a way to express yourself creatively with no artistic talent required. Receive emotional balance, empowerment, and a deeper sense of self-understanding in a safe environment. Muraco is a registered art therapist, yoga teacher and holistic lifestyle and wellness counselor, specializing in adolescents and those who have lived through emotional or medical trauma or serious illness. Expressive arts groups, stress reduction classes, and personal wellness and herbal remedy making classes available. Call for a free, 30-minute consultation.


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Emotional management and emotional healing for men/ women in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. Struggling with painful memories and feelings? Experiencing self-doubt? Self-medicating? Wondering if your relationship is abusive? Noticing signs of being abusive or violent? Wounded by an adverse childhood experience? Supportive Alliance for Family Empowerment, helping since 1982.

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Celebrating our 11th Anniversary, doing business since 2004. Why an organic mattress? Remove toxic chemicals from the bedroom, naturally flame retardant, repels dust mites, mold and mildew, naturally regulates temperatures and improves spinal alignment. Say goodbye to toxic gases, allergies, night sweats and back pain with an environmentally friendly mattress. See ad on page 10.

GREEN TRAVEL BOWMAN’S HILL WILDFLOWER PRESERVE 1635 River Rd, New Hope, PA 215-862-2924 Tues-Sun 9am-5pm

The 134-acre Preserve features more than 800 species of native plants in a naturalistic setting. Explore miles of trails running through picturesque woodlands, meadows, and aquatic habitats. Diverse educational programs are offered year round.

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HEALTHY KIDS integrative pediatrics


Adriana G. Moise, MD 99 N West End Blvd, Ste 110, Quakertown 215-804-2622

Unbound Synergy 530 Union Square, New Hope 267-740-2244

Quantify your results and develop reachable goals. Unbound Synergy offers unmatched fitness training and coaching using state-of-the-art technology. Focused on measurable results, the 3,000-square-foot training facility is the only one in the area offering access to both the BODPOD and MYZONE heart rate technology. Accurately measure your progress by tracking your lean body mass and body fat. Appropriate for any individual, regardless of fitness level or age. Owned and operated by a former worldclass gymnast with decades of sports training and coaching experience.

HEALTHY BALANCE WITH MELANIE AADP Certified Health Coach 610-291-0972

Melanie invigorates women to regain energy. Do you desire less brain fog, more focus? Less stress, more sleep? Less fatigue, more energy? Melanie has personally experienced adrenal fatigue and utilizes a synthesized approach involving the whole body, mind and soul to support your health goals. See ad on page 8.

Provider of integrated wellness dedicated to client care. Service includes massage, lymphatic drainage, contemporary cupping therapy, acupressure, nutritional and herbal guidance and aromatherapy. 201978-7335. See ad on page 23.

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A place of well-being for parents, children with special needs, siblings and friends, with a focus on Autism. Helping families of children with special needs get the care and skills needed to handle life’s daily challenges.

HOLISTIC DENTISTRY Hyo J. Lim DMD 216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485


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HEALTH Barbara Meza, LMT, HHP 33 S Delaware Ave, Ste 201 Yardley, PA

Dr. Moise offers a blend of conventional medicine and natural scientifically proven alternative methods to optimize your child’s health. This approach recognizes and respects the ability of your child’s body to return to a state of balance and wellness. She provides consultations and treatment plans to address medical conditions using a natural, holistic, alternative approach. See ad on page 29.

Dr. Hyo Lim provides a holistic approach to exceptional dentistry, in a warm and caring environment. At Dental Wellness Centre, mercuryand metal-free restorations are used for the most biocompatible results. Biocompatibility testing for dental materials is available. Invisalign is offered as an alternative to metal braces. Zirconium and titanium implants are offered to replace damaged or missing teeth. Free digital X-rays with initial consultation. See ad on page 24.

LANAP & IMPLANT CENTER OF PA David DiGiallorenzo, DMD 184 W. Main St, Collegeville 610-422-3120

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo focuses on providing oral health solutions through holistic, biologically compatible and organic practices. It is one of the world’s most accomplished centers for periodontal and implant care, which integrates wellness services into their therapeutic approach. He is experienced at immediate total tooth replacement with metal-free dental implants, treating gum disease with LANAP, a no-cut, no-sew method of treating gum disease, comfortable gum grafting with PRGF, implant denture solutions, and chronic pain management. See ad on page 31.

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. ~Marcus Aurelius


301 Oxford Valley Rd, Yardley 267-685-6070

Get relief for your joint inflammation and pain and reduce your dependence on medications. Dr. Tahir is PA’s only board-certified Integrative Rheumatologist and specializes in autoimmune diseases that are difficult to diagnose and treat. He will customize an integrative treatment program to give you the best possible quality of life by addressing the cause, not the symptom. See ad on page 15.


Dr. Beth Skovron 595 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville 215-822-3860

Enjoy an anxiety-free dental experience. You no longer have to be nervous about going to the dentist. From the moment you open the doors, our friendly and courteous team will make you feel comfortable in our relaxing spa atmosphere. Choose from a wide range of holistic services. See offers and ad on back page.

HOMEOPATHY DENISE TIMOFAI, D.Hom, C.Hom Homeopathic Consultant 610-982-5012

Homeopathic Health Consultations (via phone) are available as well as on-site and recorded beginner and advanced classes. We practice clinical homeopathy—using lower potencies at more frequent intervals—and we promote helping individuals learn how to use homeopathy on a regular basis. Contact us at

HYPNOTHERAPY Hypnosis Counseling Center BARRY WOLFSON 554 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield, NJ 28 Mine St, Flemington, NJ 34 Bridge St, Frenchtown, NJ 43 Tamarack Circle, Princeton, NJ 908-996-3311

With 28 years of experience, Hypnosis Counseling Center of New Jersey is a full-service counseling center, using both traditional counseling methods and the art of hypnotherapy in private and group settings. We regularly hold adult education seminars, and work with hospitals, fitness centers and individuals that want to improve their lives. We specialize in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. The state of New Jersey and many Fortune 500 Corporations employ our programs. See ad on page 7.



Elisa A Maggio, Healing Artist, CST practitioner 973-508-9101


As a PA and NJ Licensed Massage Therapist, Maggio—a 2009 graduate of Health Choices Institute and Massage School—specializes in “listening with her hands” to the life force of sentient beings, which includes people and animals. Take this opportunity to bring emotional balance and increased productivity into your well-being, utilizing your own unique energy signature. Available as a motivational speaker for youth organizations.



Method of Modern Cupping 267-357-3525

Bellabaci is a modified version of ancient cupping therapy. Silicone cups use no heat yet provide the same benefits as traditional cupping. Can be used by therapists and individuals at home. Easy to learn technique. Aids smoothing of wrinkles and cellulite, relieves muscular pain, digestive disorders and many other varied stagnation in the body. Available for treatments, purchase, and practitioner training. See ad on page 33.

CENTER FOR NATURAL HEALING Megan Downs, L.M.T. Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown 215-348-2115

Megan’s vast experience and therapeutic massage technique works by targeting specific problem areas while also keeping in mind the needs of her patients. She incorporates a variety of methods including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot and Cold Stones, Bellabaci Method of Cupping, as well as Aromatherapy. Relieve stress and pain, increased body awareness and gain an overall sense of well-being.

Kathleen Downey, CSC, has 7 years of training and 21 years of experience in private practice, since 1994. Uniquely combining psychotherapy with soul retrieval, past life therapy and nutrition, a truly empowering experience for clients. Author of bestseller, Healthy is Delicious: More than a Cookbook. Trainings and detox retreats with great results.


1306 Bath Road, Bristol 215-785-1177

Silver Lake Nature Center (SNLC) is the home of the area’s first Earthship, a carbon-zero structure built with recycled products, that heats and cools itself, that gathers its own water, recycles its own waste, and produces food. Education, recreation, research and advocacy.


Integrative Counseling and Nutritional Guidance 858-401-3144

DR. JULIE ANN ALLENDER 306 Rickert Rd, Sellersville 215-799-2220

Dr. Allender ’s office is a tropical garden with fountains, music, plants and Animal Assisted Therapy. She offers alternatives to traditional therapy and medication through diet, exercise, meditation and lifestyle changes for adults, couples, children, families and businesses. A happy home and office. See ad on page 22.


Daniel Lebowitz, MD, DABR, FAARM 111 Presidential Blvd., Suite 159, Bala Cynwyd 610-228-0400

We take the time to understand not only your symptoms, but why you got those symptoms in the first place. Our practice is focused on age management, aesthetic and regenerative medicine to optimize health and well-being, and if desired, appearance. We use cutting-edge techniques such as platelet-rich plasma injections to rejuvenate or even regenerate the body’s tissues, naturally. Awarded Top Doc in 2012 and Top Radiologist in 2013. See ad, page 3.

YOGA THERAPY TRAUMA RELEASING EXERCISES With Amarjyothi Frenchtown, NJ 908-268-7430

T.R.E. is an effective and gentle approach to clearing the body of traumatic residue. Trauma and tension, whether dramatic or mild, keeps you in “freeze mode”, reducing the quality of life and contributing to physically manifested stress symptoms. Especially beneficial for PTSD and CFS.

Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once. ~Woody Allen


Reflexology sessions are one hour, and I will travel to your location. My goals as a Certified Reflexologist are (1) to relax the patient with this highly specialized relaxation technique, (2) improve nerve, blood and lymphatic supply (health enhancement) and (3) persuade the body to attain homeostasis, balance and normalization.

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COLON HYDROTHERAPIST—Seeking caring individuals to train as P/T colon hydrotherapists. Interest in holistic wellness is a must. Weekday, evening and Saturday hours. Email resume and cover letter to TELECOMMUTE—Flexible schedule, work from home, advertising/marketing/consumer relations. No inventory/home parties/selling products. Call Susan Pontelandolfo: 267-474-7536.

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*FDA Approved* Bellabaci Cups are fast becoming the cellulite treatment of choice for women world-wide. It activates, stimulates and rejuvenates the lymphatic system with a reverse deep tissue massage technique.

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Forget your past experiences. You no longer need to be nervous about going to the dentist!

Heritage Dental is a truly unique dental practice Not only can you trust Dr. Skovron with all of your Holistic Dentistry needs and treatment plan, but you can trust that the team at Heritage Dental will make you feel as comfortable as possible in their relaxing spa atmosphere.

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Serving the Bucks, Montgomery and Main Line areas of PA as the #1 natural living resource in the area.

Nature's Wisdom - APRIL 2015  

Serving the Bucks, Montgomery and Main Line areas of PA as the #1 natural living resource in the area.