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Furlong, is a new practice that focuses on non-invasive, regenerative treatments that help to renew both internal and external vitality. Its founder, Dr. Bonnie McKinley, DO, specializes in platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP), a technique used to treat a wide range of conditions, including injuries to ligaments, tendons, cartilage, joints and muscles. Because of the positive Bonnie McKinley, DO outcomes seen by McKinley’s patients, as well as the high safety profile of each healing treatment, the practice has expanded to also include PRP for various aesthetic applications, offering a safe and effective, non-surgical option for those that want to look their best. Star Advanced Medicine employs the latest technology, including the Diowave laser for pain relief and healing of tissues, and the Eclipse Micropen Elite, a micro-needle lauded for helping to address wrinkles, fine lines and acne scarring quickly and painlessly. Other services include non-invasive lifts, facials, hair restoration, prolotherapy injections, BioTe hormone replacement and a medically supervised weight loss program. McKinley, a board-certified physician with extensive experience in sports and musculoskeletal medicine, is passionate about the products and services she has chosen to offer. “Our non-invasive treatments, like the Diowave laser, help with pain and tissue regeneration and work to harness the body’s own ability to heal itself,” she says. On the morning of September 9, Star Advanced Medicine will host the inventor of the Diowave laser, Dr. Bruce Coren, for a brief presentation on how it works. He and McKinley will answer questions from potential patients and will provide a free breakfast for attendees. Location: 2325 Heritage Center Dr., Ste. 315, Furlong. For more information, call 267-544-0664 or visit StarAdvanced See ad, page 19.


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nne Jensen, Ph.D., is the developer of the emotional healing and stress reduction tool known as HeartSpeak. This new modality is based on Jensen’s groundbreaking research showing the ability of muscle response testing to help reveal what stresses our body and triggers our mind, and to find the truth of our mindbody experience. Jensen will teach two courses next month: Muscle Response Anne Jensen, Ph.D. Testing, from 2 to 5 p.m., September 22, and HeartSpeak Level 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 23. Both courses will be held at Montgomery Integrative Health, in Wyndmoor. In the Level 1 training, students will be introduced to a fast, safe and scientifically sound method of mastering emotions and softening triggers. “HeartSpeak allows anyone to access deep healing simply and effectively by changing the neuroplasticity of traumas and habits and how they affect our lives,” says Jensen. Based on Jensen’s research at the University of Oxford, the muscle response testing workshop covers principles and procedures and provides a hands-on practicum where participants can learn the most effective ways to muscle test others, as well as themselves. No prior experience is necessary. Jensen is a clinical researcher and a published author who holds a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in evidence-based health care from the University of Oxford, in England. Her research is some of the first to demonstrate the accuracy and reliability of muscle response testing. In her private practice, she consults with clients from around the world. Cost: $99 for Muscle Response Testing on Sept. 22; $269 for HeartSpeak Level 1 on Sept. 23; $299 for both days. Location: Montgomery Integrative Health, 1108 E. Willow Grove Ave., Wyndmoor. For more information, email Admin@ or visit See ad, page 19.

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armaFest, a holistic, psychic and yoga festival weekend of camping and fun, returns to Pottstown for the Labor Day weekend, September 1 through 4, at Fellowship Farm. The festival will feature enlightening lectures, meditation, live music, swimming, vegan and vegetarian food, 50 to 75 interesting vendors and a full weekend of yoga. Also available will be special workshops and a children’s program. KarmaFest was founded by Patricia Hawse in 2005, after she experienced the effects of holistic health firsthand while serving for the Red Cross in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Witnessing the immediate effects of yoga and meditation to relieve tension and increase energy and balance, Hawse vowed to spread the word through a festival—KarmaFest. “This year, music is the thing!” says Hawse. Headlining is the neo-psychedelic rock band Flux Capacitor, which will perform Sunday night. Other groups include Stella’s Infirmary, Cosmic Jerry Band, Gypsy Funk Squad, Jug Funk Boys, Montaj and Mountainwolf. “Staying the full weekend is the best part of this festival,” Hawse adds. “Lots of camping out in tents and others in the dorms. The pool, the bonfire, the drum circles—that’s what brings us back for this special, annual celebration at this excellent venue.” Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery counties, Lehigh Valley and Berks/ Lancaster editions are proud to be supporting media sponsors of this year’s Karmafest. Campers can arrive after 6 p.m. on September 1 and will check out by noon on September 4. Daytime-only participants are also welcome from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., September 2 and 3. Cost: Full weekend pass, with three-night stay, starts at $111 for tent camping and $188 for dorm stay (children under 12 are free unless staying in dorm). Student tent rates and meal plans are available. Day passes: $20. Location: Fellowship Farm, 2488 Sanatoga Rd., Pottstown. For more information, call Diane at 610-2207817, email or visit See ad, page 47.

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n our excitement about the opening of the Weavers Way Ambler food co-op, a newsbrief in the July issue incorrectly stated that the new location would be opened in July. The new location at 218 East Butler Avenue in downtown Ambler will have its grand opening in September. Members are invited to pick up a free Weavers Way lawn sign and Tshirt at the Weavers Way office during their summer office hours, from noon to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 131 East Butler Avenue, in Ambler. We sincerely apologize for any confusion. For more information, visit Weavers

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Bucks County Health and Wellness Expo Goes Back to School at Oxford Valley Mall


he Bucks County Health and Wellness Expo will take place over three days at the Oxford Valley Mall, in Langhorne, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., August 25 and 26, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 27. Attendees will get to meet, ask questions and schedule appointments with local allopathic physicians and dentists, fitness and wellness professionals and holistic health practitioners. The family-oriented event includes prizes, trial offers, coupons and giveaways at nearly every vendor booth, and entrants have the chance to win a “Back to School” prize pack. Event sponsors include Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery counties, Stream Energy, PURE, American Diabetes Association, Great Day Improvements and Samaritans At Last. “Being in the mall creates a unique opportunity for local health and wellness practitioners to interact with their community and to attract new patients on the spot,” says expo organizer Brian Matson, D.C. Matson has been a practicing chiropractor since 1990 and has established expos to help local health and wellness providers to highlight their products and services while connecting face-to-face with new potential clients. Location: Oxford Valley Mall, 2300 E. Lincoln Hwy., Langhorne. For more information about vendor opportunities, call event coordinator Kru Roger at 267-847-8661, email or visit


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elly Kolodney, of TheAngel, in Doylestown, will present the live, eight-week telecourse, Birthing Your Angelic Self, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning September 28. This transformative teleconference series features personal guidance from the Angel Raphael, as channeled by Kolodney. Each week, the Angel Raphael will engage the entire consciousness in healing a different area of the physical and etheric body in eight, 60-minute, virtual classes. “This is an amazing eight weeks of live trainings packed with divine inspiration, vibrational updates, guided meditations and personal Q&A with the Angel Raphael, guaranteed to connect with your Angelic Self,” says Kolodney. “It’s an opportunity for each individual to discover their divine power.” Kolodney began channeling the Archangel Raphael in 1989 and has shared their messages with thousands of people open to receiving the healing vibrations from this divine messenger of light. Since 2012, Kolodney has offered free angel reading conference calls, classes, downloads of recordings of Raphael’s answers to commonly asked questions, and group and private sessions through her practice, The Angel Raphael. Her work is documented in the book The Healing Consciousness, by Dr. Beth Dupree. “Raphael’s guidance can help you awaken your passion for life, find your purpose and help you open to the limitless possibilities for love, health and abundance,” says Kolodney. Cost: $223. Register online and receive a $35 discount by using code JF-101. For more information, call 215-534-6792, email or visit

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ew Vitae Wellness Foundation and Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers are partnering to present a free training on trauma and addiction, featuring groundbreaking techniques that can be used by therapists to treat patients suffering from addiction. This presentation takes place on August 10 at the Lehigh Valley Health Network – Cedar Crest auditorium, in Allentown. Registration, networking and a continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m., with the presentation taking place from 9 to 11 a.m. Joseph Troncale, M.D., Retreat’s corporate medical director, will discuss dealing with the trauma associated Joseph Troncale, M.D. with triggering addictive behavior. A dedicated practitioner in the field of addiction for the past 35 years, Troncale is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is board certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine. Troncale has authored numerous articles published in medical journals and was named Outstanding Clinician by Addiction Magazine in 2010. Retreat provides a compassionate and spiritual environment in which those affected by addiction can begin the journey to recovery through enlightenment and education. New Vitae Wellness Foundation, a nonprofit organization, provides educational and other life supports to improve the health and well-being of the community. Supporting partners of this training are New Vitae The Mitchell Clinic and Marywood University. New Vitae The Mitchell Clinic is licensed by the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, as well as by the Division of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and offers a full continuum of behavioral health and substance abuse intensive care services. Location: 1200 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown. Seating for the training is limited and registration is required. For more information and to register, call 610-9280173 or visit See ad, page 17.

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esearchers from Indiana University-Purdue University, in Indianapolis, set out to find out if massage therapy—typically an out-of-pocket expense not covered under most insurance plans—can provide effective treatment for individuals suffering with chronic back pain. The study followed 76 primary care patients with chronic back pain for 24 weeks. The researchers measured pain, disability and quality of life at the beginning of the study, after 12 weeks and again after 24 weeks of massage therapy. Each patient was referred to a licensed massage therapist for 10 no-cost sessions in a real-world environment during the initial 12 weeks. More than half of the patients that completed the core study reported clinically meaningful improvements for physical and mental measures. For bodily pain, 40 percent were clinically improved. Older adults and Baby Boomers reported the highest percentage of changes. Plus, the study found that sufferers that avoided taking painkillers were twice as likely to experience reduced pain than those using opioids.

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cientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days at the same resort in California. Half participated in a meditation program that included yoga, self-reflection exercises and mantra meditation; the other half did not engage in onsite meditation. The researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already participating in the resort’s meditation program. Blood sample tests and surveys from all 94 women were conducted at intervals: once right before their stay, once right after, a third one month post-vacation and then 10 months after the trip. All the women displayed significant changes to their molecular network pattern after the six days, with the most substantial genetic changes related to immune function and stress response. One month after the resort experience, all groups continued to display improvements. However, the novice meditators showed fewer symptoms of depression and stress for a significantly longer period than the women not participating in the meditation exercise.



f summer felt as though one too many ice cream cones were enjoyed, starting the school year in a less sweet way may be what we need. Foods that are high in added sugar, like cookies, ice cream, candy, lemonade and soda, are also high in calories and low in nutrition. They do not help kids to feel and perform their best to get through the busy school day and after-school activities. Some of the latest research conducted at University of California, Los Angeles, discovered that a diet high in added sugar hinders learning and memory by literally slowing down the brain. According to the American Heart Association, kids from 2 through 18 years old should have less than 25 grams of added sugar, or six teaspoons, daily. Not only is too much added sugar linked with heart disease, but also obesity, tooth decay and Type 2 diabetes. When looking at the nutrition facts label, aim for single digits for sugar—eight grams or less is ideal. Swap out sweet treats with fresh fruit (tropical fruits tend to be on the sweeter side), dried fruits like raisins or dried apples and sweeter veggies like orange or red bell peppers to help curb sugar cravings.

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study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs of adult identical twins (genetic matches) with differing sleep habits. They found that the immune system was depressed in the twin that slept less. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are sleeping 1.5 to two hours less than they did 100 years ago, and more than 30 percent of working people average fewer than six hours a night. Dr. Nathanial Watson, lead author and co-director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview Medical Center, observes, “Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.”

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Due to customer requests and petitions, more stores are beginning to stock the one in five pieces of produce that never made the cut before due to quirky shapes or other blemishes. Often, these are displayed next to their better-looking, more expensive counterparts to give consumers an eco-friendly choice. The 133 billion pounds worth of misshapen or scarred fruits and vegetables annually plowed under, buried in a landfill or fed to livestock is sharply at odds with the reality that 48 million Americans face food insecurity. Whole Foods Market created a pilot program in some of its California stores, testing sales in April 2016 with Imperfect Produce (, a service that delivers to homes. Walmart brought weatherblemished apples to 300 of its Florida stores to kick off their imperfect role in the movement. Five Pittsburgh Giant Eagle stores call their program Produce with Personality, and focus on navel oranges, russet potatoes, peppers and apples. Fourteen Hannaford stores in Albany, New York, offer the Misfits line, while donating unsold produce to local nonprofits. Hy-Vee’s 242 stores, located in eight central states, rolled out the Misfits last December.


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Waterways Granted Personhood This year, the Whanganui River, in New Zealand, became the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. Equally vital, a court in northern India has given the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers, as well as several glaciers, the legal status of “living human entities” to help in the preservation and conservation of the country’s highly polluted waterways, thus allowing polluters to be sued. These decisions are variants of “rights of nature” measures that date back to the 1970s. More than three dozen U.S. localities have ordinances ascribing varying types of rights to nature or to specific natural objects. In America, rights of nature activism usually takes the form of ballot initiatives that emerge to contest the power of corporations wherever local natural resources are seen as being threatened. The first such ordinance was passed in 2006, when Tamaqua Borough, in Pennsylvania, sought to protect the town’s drinking water from the nearby dumping of sewage sludge. More recently, an ordinance from the Boulder (Colorado) County Protectors, with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, asserting the “right to a healthy climate,” was recognized as a federal constitutional right by Judge Ann Aiken, of the U.S. District Court in Oregon. Source: BBC 14

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The California Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act, sponsored by Congressman Adam Schiff, is aimed to end the famous SeaWorld orca shows. “It means no more wild capture, no more breeding. We would essentially phase out the captive orcas that are currently in these water parks,” says Schiff. This means that SeaWorld must end their Shamu shows by the end of this year. However, the animals already at the San Diego park will continue to live there. Parks in Orlando and San Antonio will end their shows by 2019. Under pressure from activists and faced with declining ticket sales, SeaWorld is now moving to end its theatrical orca shows and breeding program. They announced the unveiling of a new attraction this summer, Orca Encounter, as an educational experience. Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the documentary film Blackfish, says that the new show is designed to make the audience feel better, not the animals. “The trainers aren’t safe, and the whales aren’t happy,” she states. “They’re still just doing manic circles around concrete swimming pools.” The company is developing its first SeaWorld park without orcas in the Middle-Eastern country of Abu Dhabi.

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Citizen Scientists Needed for Carbon Storage Experiment Australian scientists have launched a project to bury tens of thousands of teabags in wetlands around the world to discover how efficient different kinds of wetlands are at capturing and storing carbon dioxide. Already, more than 500 citizen scientists are involved on every continent but Antarctica. The bags will be monitored over a three-year period, and then dug up and measured at intervals of three months, six months and each year after that. Wetlands are important for carbon capture and storage, a process known as carbon sequestration, holding up to 50 times as much carbon as a comparable area in a rainforest; some are better than others. There are hundreds of thousands of wetlands around the world, and a standardized technique for monitoring the carbon sink is needed for accurate comparison—but monitoring devices can be expensive to install. Faster decay of the tea inside the bag means more carbon is being released into the atmosphere, while a slower rate means the soil is holding the carbon. Once researchers can establish which wetlands are most effective at carbon sequestration, work can begin on protecting and restoring them, and ensuring they are not disrupted. Volunteers that contact BlueCarbonLab. org will receive a kit containing teabags and information on how to bury them.

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Urban Planning Goes Green Early American developers of Washington, D.C., and Savannah, Georgia, strived to recreate the plans of European cities that offered plenty of public squares and parks. Subsequent high-rise apartments in most other U.S. cities that followed lacked certain elements of neighborhood cohesion, as documented in Zane Miller’s book The Urbanization of Modern America. In Boston, Baltimore, New York City and elsewhere, waterfront revitalizations launched in the 1980s helped improve conditions, making use of nature-oriented ideas that are still trending upward. Urban Hub describes how regions like Silicon Valley, in California, and Boston’s Route 128 corridor continue to enjoy mutually beneficial relationships with Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. The concept promotes pedestrianization programs and incentives that increase bike-friendliness, multimodal public transportation such as people-mover sidewalks and car sharing, plus off-hour, no-driving and park-and-ride policies. Join the social media conversation at The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released updated standards on how state agencies should measure mass transit, biking and walking volumes (EverybodyWalk. org). States will assess impacts on carbon emissions by tracking walkers, bikers and transit users instead of just comparing rush-hour travel times to free-flowing traffic conditions, which favors highway spending alone. The Big Jump Project at rates areas for bike friendliness and taps ideas aimed to increase biking networks. To date, they cover Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Fort Collins, Colorado; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans; New York City; Providence, Rhode Island; Portland, Oregon; and Tucson. The nonprofit Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (, encompassing 400 businesses and organizations, is pioneering a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) retrofit program. The city water department is collaborating on Green City Clean Water’s plan to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean water regulations and foster rain gardens, green roofs and porous pavements. “We help engineer nature back into cities,” says Anna Shipp, interim executive director and GSI manager. “Socially responsible, replicable and environmentally conscious initiatives and policies catalyze local economies and benefit water, air, aesthetics and people’s emotions.”

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A Community Tiny House Project at DelVal


rea residents are invited to tour the Minimus Tiny House at Sustainable Saturdays from August 12 through October 28 at The Market at DelVal. From noon until 4 p.m., guests can see the build in progress, take a full tour of the home when completed and have an opportunity to speak with sustainability experts, project sponsors and other community members interested in a more sustainable way of living. Designed to educate and inspire a more Earth-conscious community by reducing waste, using as few resources as possible and choosing locally sourced, non-toxic and reusable materials, Minimus serves as an educational demonstration for those seeking to integrate sustainability into their everyday living. “I find myself disenchanted by the carbon footprint and personal energy output involved in building and maintaining a conventional home,” says project innovator Melissa Matarese. Since founding the eco-lifestyle enterprise Mesa Lifestyle in 2004, the Doylestown resident has made it her mission to provide sustainable, ethically driven and American-

made products and services to empower her community. Minimus is her newest and largest project to date. Construction is led by McDonough Construction, of Doylestown, along with the help of the Minimus building crew, comprised of a dozen skilled individuals passionate about the project. Other local businesses and individuals helping bring Minimus to life are Barb-Lin Carpet One, Indigenous Ingenuities, Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home, Event Director Maureen Ferguson and Construction Consultant Dominic Lucidon. “Minimus gives us a platform to grow together as a community and to learn and lead by example,” says Matarese. “I believe it is our responsibility as humans to do what we can to ensure adequate resources and a cleaner, healthier environment for future generations.” Event location: The Market at DelVal, 2100 Lower State Rd., Doylestown. For more information, call 267-614-3828, email or visit MinimusTiny

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or 40 years, Social Psychologist Ellen Langer has conducted pioneering research on the power of our minds to shape health and well-being. Langer’s work demonstrates that changing what we think and believe can transform not only our experiences, but also our bodies— a once-radical idea now common among neuroscientists. Her unconventional experiments often involve mind tricks: taking elders’ subjective thoughts back 20 years to reverse objective metrics of aging; fostering weight loss in a group of hotel maids by simply suggesting that their jobs qualify as exercise; and even changing blood sugar levels in diabetics by speeding up or slowing down perceived time during a video game session. Affectionately dubbed the “Mother of Mindfulness”, Langer was the first female professor to earn tenure in Harvard University’s psychology department. A prolific writer and scientist, she has authored more than 200 related articles and 11 books, including Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself

Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Langer lives, paints, works and observes the world from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more at

What is mindful learning, and how can we best practice it? All learning is mindful; the only way to learn is by noticing new things. When we stop observing and get into our heads, wondering if that answer was right or if we responded quickly enough, we exit learning mode and enter mindlessness, where no learning can really take place. Part of what makes travel exciting, for example, is that we are primed to experience new things and pay attention to them, but actually, newness surrounds us at all times, no matter where we are. What makes us mindless is the mistaken notion of already knowing, when everything is always changing.

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If we simply ask ourselves why the dreaded event might not occur, we’d be less stressed. Next, if we ask ourselves how it may actually be a good thing if it does happen, again stress would diminish.

adopt to change our mindset and mental habits to reduce stress and increase health and happiness? Most mindlessness occurs by default, rather than design. If we all realized that through mindfulness we could look better, feel better, be better received and do better things—all claims that are supported by scientific research—it wouldn’t be hard to choose. Meditation is essentially a tool to lead you to the simple act of intentional noticing, but many routes lead to that destination. One way to learn mindfully is to learn conditionally; to see the world as “it would seem that” and “could be”, which is very different than “it is.” If we recognized that evaluations occur in our heads rather than the external world, much of our stress would dissipate. Negativity and stress are typically a result of mindless ruminations about negative things we think are inevitable. If we simply ask ourselves why the dreaded event might not occur, we’d be less stressed. Next, if we ask ourselves how it may actually be a good thing if it does happen, again stress would diminish.

How do the mental constructs we attach to our experiences affect outcomes of health and well-being? Mental constructs are positions we consider as accepted certainties. When a physician makes a diagnosis, most people take it as a certainty and behave accordingly. Assuming that pain, decline or failure is inevitable can cause an individual to give up hope of complete recovery. But science only suggests probabilities, and if we understand this, we’ll go to work on a solution. We have a tremendous amount of control over our health that goes untapped. Placebos are today’s strongest medications demonstrating this fact. Initially, placebos were frowned upon by the pharmaceutical industry because a drug couldn’t be brought to market if a placebo was just as effective. When someone gives you a pill and you get better not because of the pill, but because of your beliefs about it, you realize that what stands in the way of healing is your own mindset.

How have you seen these principles play out in your own life? My fascination with the ability of our mind to change our health began when my mother’s diagnosed metastasized breast cancer disappeared, a fact the medical world could not explain. Since then, my own prognosis related to a smashed ankle from a Beth Israel teaching hospital physician with the Harvard Medical School, stating that I would always walk with a limp and never play tennis again, has been completely overturned. My mission coming out of these two experiences is to determine how we can apply our mental capacities to increase control of our health and well-being. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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The Therapeutic Effects of Crafting by Lauren Johnson


here’s something inherently satisfying about creating with one’s own hands. Whether growing vegetables in a garden or baking a tray of muffins from scratch, being able to create helps us connect with our creative abilities as well as with ourselves. Studies have shown that adults that participate in crafts such as knitting, sculpting, painting or sewing experience therapeutic benefits that can greatly benefit their physical, mental and social well-being.


Perhaps one of the more traditional forms of crafting is knitting, and with the recent DIY revival, it’s not uncommon to spot a knitting group at a local coffee shop or library. Aside from the wonderful benefit of social connection within these groups, knitting on its own is great for individual wellness. Not only can knitters challenge themselves physically and mentally by trying their hand at complex patterns or styles, studies have shown that knitting can also greatly benefit hand-eye coordination and memory, as well as help maintain focus—which can be a welcome distraction for those suffering from anxiety and stress, as the rhythmic sound and motion can have a calming effect.


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wheel, playing with clay is a soothing way to release stress and explore creativity. Working with a formless mound of malleable clay to turn it into something entirely of one’s own creation can sound like a basic task, and perhaps that’s why it’s so fulfilling—there are no rules, lines or patterns to follow. Combine that lack of restriction with a medium that’s entirely forgiving, and working with clay can feel quite freeing. From a more physically therapeutic perspective, the fingertips are among the areas of the body where nerve endings are most dense, making them a potent source of connection to our environment. Some say that working with clay also helps massage and stimulate pressure points that can help relieve stress. Moving clay with the hands, wrists and arms also benefits joints, circulation and dexterity, making it beneficial for those prone to arthritis.


Enabling expression through an art form like painting can help encourage emotional problem solving. In fact, painting has often been used in art therapy as a

way to cope with trauma, stress or even shyness, as it offers a nonverbal way to communicate thoughts and feelings. Art therapy is a growing mental health profession in which certified art therapists show clients how to use art and creative processes to discover their feelings, to explore and resolve emotional conflict, manage behavior and addictions, promote self-awareness and more. According to the American Art Therapy Association, “Art therapy provides an alternative means of communicating for those who cannot find the words to express anxiety, pain or emotions as a result of trauma, combat, physical abuse, loss of brain function, depression, and other debilitating health conditions.” Painting also helps strengthen the mind by encouraging the observation of details, color and light, which can help improve memory as well as eyesight.


Aside from the practicality of replacing a lost button or mending a broken hem, sewing is a simple way to relax and quiet the mind. The action is uncomplicated, and completing a sewing project can be a great way to boost self-esteem, especially when quilting by hand. Sewing is also wonderful for concentration, primarily because a sharp reminder awaits if the mind begins to wander. Like focusing on breath in meditation, honing in on a single task can be quite introspective and have gratifying results like feeling more relaxed, present and positive. By following our creative intrigue, it’s possible to discover that a handmade craft can have a deeper, more therapeutic impact on our lives than we originally expected. Lauren Johnson is a freelance writer and artist based in Lambertville, NJ. Learn more at or connect at

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the country to offer a taste of fresh, local cuisine prepared by top regional chefs. They’re known for serving meals on long tables set up in fields on prairie ranches, in olive groves or fruit orchards, as well as at urban rooftop farms or near vegetable row crops. “Our mission is to get folks out to the farm and honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table,” says organization founder and chef/artist Jim Denevan. More than 90, five-hour events that include appetizers and a guided farm tour are being held all the way through November in more than a dozen states (see “Some of our most popular events feature farmers of the sea, and are set alongside the ocean or other bodies of water,” adds Lisa Supple, publicist for the company. “They feature local fisher


The Rise of Pop-Up Organic Dining by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


he flip side of enjoying farm to table is taking the table to the farm. Socalled “pop-up feasts” are booming at farms throughout the country during growing and harvest seasons. While the format varies, dinners are typically hosted on working rural or urban farms, last about three hours and include aperitifs and a tour before the meal. Wine pairings or beer tastings and live music may be among the enticing activities offered. Gabriele Marewski, owner of Paradise Farms, near Miami, Florida, was a pioneering forerunner of the trend. For 10 years prior to retirement, she hosted more than 50 chefs, served thousands of guests an organic Dinner in Paradise and raised more than $50,000 for area charities. Periodic onsite dinners continue ( “Many chefs are active in farm-totable dinners on the West Coast. We also see participation among wineries, orchards, cheese makers and breweries,” says A.K. Crump, CEO of TasteTV, in San Francisco, which also supervises “People like to 22

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meet the meal maker and know more about the origin of what they eat.” “I started Dinner on the Farm nine years ago to create unique experiences that connect people to the places their food is grown and the people that grow them,” says Monica Walch, whose popup dinners are served picnic-style for friends and families that bring their own tableware. Her company’s Midwest events, usually offered on Minnesota and Wisconsin farms, always feature local chefs, food ingredients and breweries ( “There’s nothing like being comfortably seated in the field where your food is growing and having the opportunity to enjoy it just hours after it’s been picked. Then, add in one-on-one conversations with your chef, brewer and farmer, as well as like-minded community members,” observes Walch, who grew up on an organic dairy farm in Minnesota. Setting the bar for high-end, white tablecloth, adults-only communal events, Outstanding in the Field tours

Guests enjoy appetizers and cocktails at a Dinner on the Farm event at Primrose Valley Farm, in New Glarus, Wisconsin. people and oyster and abalone farmers.” “Epicurean San Diego offers popup farm dinner events at Dickinson Farm, in National City, California,” explains owner Stephanie Parker (Epicurean “We strive to completely source our produce from the farm.” The veteran-owned, certified organic Dickinson Farm features heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs grown on a large city lot. “We have focused on urban farms to inspire more people to grow their own food and to show that you don’t have to live on a huge piece of property in the countryside,” Parker notes. Some pop-up feasts are managed directly by local farmers in partnership with lead chefs. Others serve as annual fundraising events, like The Foodshed Alliance’s Farm to Fork Dinner and

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Doylestown Food Market Hosts Third Annual Celebrity Chef Farm to Table Dinner

Pizza on the Farm event at Dream Acres, served by a waiter on stilts, in Rogers, Minnesota. Wine Tasting, now in its seventh year ( It’s held at the Alba Vineyard, in Milford, New Jersey, which practices renewable viticulture. “We already have eight chefs lined up to prepare an eight-course, locally sourced, wine-pairing dinner served among the vines,” explains Kendrya Close, executive director of the alliance. Expert winemakers select each course’s pairing. “We’re proud to be the hardworking roadies that set the stage for America’s rock star farmers,” says Denevan. John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

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hef Matt McPhelin of Maize Restaurant, in Perkasie, will prepare a farm-to-table meal at the Celebrity Chef Farm to Table Dinner at 5 p.m., September 17, at the Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow, in New Hope. The event will benefit the Doylestown Food Market. It is the market’s largest fundraiser of the year and will showcase seasonal preparations from local Bucks County farms. McPhelin graduated with honors from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, then refined his culinary skills in the award-winning kitchens of Philadelphia’s best restaurants before opening his own restaurant in 2009. Like the Doylestown Food Market, Maize supports local farms and features innovative recipes based on fresh, seasonal, locally grown ingredients. “Our third annual event will be a particularly special time to celebrate, as Doylestown Food Market is approaching one million dollars in local product sales,” says the market’s board president and fundraising chair, John LaSala. “What better way to Chef Matt McPhelin celebrate local food than with community, enjoying a gourmet, farm-to-table meal?” The fundraising event focuses on community partnerships, featuring local entertainment, locally farmed cuisine, fine wine, beer and kombucha tastings, and live and silent auctions. Honey Hollow, the idyllic site chosen for the annual event, is a National Historic Landmark and headquarters for the Bucks County Audubon Society. Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery counties is proud to be a year-round media sponsor of the Doylestown co-op. “The cooperative’s values on environmental stewardship, community engagement and building the local economy resonate strongly with the magazine’s mission,” says BuxMont publisher Karen G. Meshkov. “It’s these kinds of partnerships that we are talking about when we say, ‘Together, we are making the awakening in Bucks and Montgomery counties.’” Founded in 2014, the Doylestown Food Market focuses on providing convenient, year-round access to local, healthy, fresh and organic products. The market works closely with local producers and is open to members and non-members alike. Event location: Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow, 2877 Creamery Rd., New Hope. Doylestown Food Market location: 29 W. State St., Doylestown. For more information, call John LaSala at 908-337-9670, email John@Doylestown. coop or visit See ad, page 39. natural natural awakenings awakenings

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TAKE A HIKE Escape into Nature with a Day Trip by Marlaina Donato


o many, hiking means long-distance treks through forests or backpacking remote terrain. “In reality, it’s more about getting out into green areas close to home,” says Wesley Trimble, of the American Hiking Society. “It’s about immersion in nature.” Day hiking can be easily tailored to personal preferences and interests. “Excellent apps and websites list and describe trails in your area or community. We have a database on our site that’s helpful,” says Trimble ( He’s personally high on old rail lines that have been converted to wide, accessible paths (

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Whatever our location, age or fitness level, a hike can provide opportunities for calming solitude or connecting with people we care about. Individuals with disabilities can also get outdoors at accommodating trails such as those at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, in Delaware. There’s always something to be learned in identifying wildlife and plants. “Families can enjoy time walking outdoors together in ways impossible in other settings,” observes Verna Gates, founder of Fresh Air Family, a Birmingham, Alabama, outdoor activities educational foundation. “Nature aids in well-being in many ways.” She points to studies cited at NatureAndForest that reveal how trees emit enzymes into the air that help improve our emotional and physical health. “When I lost a child, the only place I found solace was in nature. Sitting in a patch of wildflowers truly brought me back to living,” recalls Gates.

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Following a lovely trail, much like inspired cooking, is as intriguing and delightful as we wish it to be. From wildflower paths to wine country trails, the great outdoors invites exploration of woodlands, glens, forests, mountain valleys, coastal areas, bayous, deserts and other terrain. Experienced daytrippers recommend revisiting favorite trails in specific seasons. “I love being in the natural world, be it New Jersey, Florida or Alaska. Every trail offers surprises,” marvels distance hiker Craig Romano ( As the author of several day hike guidebooks, he’s seen firsthand how, “Every part of the country offers different perspectives and forms of beauty. The greatest biological diversity in our country is found in the Great Smoky Mountains, where the rhododendrons are breathtaking in spring.” The world’s largest mapped cave system is in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park. Hiking to observe other subterranean wonders in Indiana or Virginia’s Natural Bridge Caverns is no less exhilarating than walking Alabama’s covered bridge trail or painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch country, in New Mexico. The Appalachian Trail, running between Maine and Georgia, attracts thousands of adventurous long-distance trekkers, but such trails also offer sections ideal for day hikes. Geomagnetic points in Arizona’s vortex region or America’s Stonehenge, in New Hampshire, afford unusual destinations. The wonders of California’s Sonoma County include Planet Walk, a scale model path that illustrates our solar system. The Crater of Diamonds State Park, in Arkansas, is the only place in the world where hikers can dig for diamonds and keep what they find, although quartz diamond sites (semiprecious stones less hard than diamonds) can be accessed at other U.S. locales. Coastal walks lead to discovering sea glass and shells. Arboretums in urban areas offer trails flush with local flora. Joining or starting a hiking club based on common interests is one way to go. “One of our guidebook series encourages outdoor enthusiasts to explore the natural world in their immediate backyards. This approach especially appeals to families, first-time trail users and athletes looking for a quick nature fix after work,” offers Helen Cherullo, publisher of Mountaineers Books (, a nonprofit committed to conservation and sustainable lifestyles. Wherever we venture, take nothing but pictures and leave nature untouched. Cherullo reminds us, “Connecting people to treasured natural landscapes leads to active engagement to preserve these places for future generations. The future of public lands—owned by every American citizen—is literally in our hands.” They deserve our vote.

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ime spent outside is best when we’re well-equipped. Here are some basic tips.

 Be prepared for weather, stay alert, plan ahead and have a trail map so you know what to expect.  Inform others where you will be and what time you plan to be back. Set a deadline to turn around and head back well before sundown.  Plan on not having cell phone reception.  Wear proper footwear and clothing.  Take a compass and a flashlight.  Bring water, in plastic-free bottles, and well-sealed snacks.  Apply natural, reliable sunscreen (such as Think Sport)  Use DEET-free insect and tick repellant. (For an easy home recipe, add 15 drops of geranium and eucalyptus essential oils to a two-ounce spray bottle filled with distilled water. Shake well before each use.)  Consider a natural first-aid kit. (DIY guidelines for creating alternative kits are found at RemediesTravelKit and AnHerbalFirstAidKit.)

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Mas, a water-loving Newfoundland, redefines “rescue dog”. The Scuola Italiana Cani Salvataggio, or Italian School of Rescue Dogs, is the largest national organization in Italy to train dogs and handlers for water rescue. Helicopters can often reach a swimmer in distress more quickly Public Ambassadors than a boat. The dog jumps out to circle Deemed “too large to sell,” Bert, a the victim until they can grab her harness chocolate Pomeranian, wound up in before swimming to shore or a human an Oklahoma shelter. Kathy Grayson, partner. Mas, the first certified water rescue owner of The Hole, a New York City art operative recognized by Italy, France and gallery, saw his photo on Switzerland port authorities and coast and fell in love. She immediately traveled guards, went on to train her successors. to adopt him. Bert, whom she characterBloodhounds are renowned for their izes as quiet, refined and perfectly suited super sniffers. Lou, a nine-year K9 veteran, Dory, the first court support to the art world, loves being at the gallery on Pennsylvania’s West York Borough dog in California. and has attended art fairs in major U.S. Police Department force, ultimately applied cities. Follow Bert’s adventures via for retirement, passing the harness to Prince, a 3-month-old bloodhound. Prince was sworn in “Edie, a boxer mix puppy, started training as an assisby District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy in her Spring Garden tance dog, but her personality proved better suited to the Township courtroom. The ceremony emphasizes a K9’s status hospitality industry,” says Julie Abramovic Kunes, public in the community and within law enforcement. Paired with relations manager for the Fairmont Hotel, in Berkeley, Officer Scott Musselman for eight months of training, the duo California. Kunes’ Edie was hired by the Fairmont Pittsburgh will work with the Missing Child Task Force. Hotel in 2011, before making the career move west with her in 2017. A former shelter dog, Edie greets visitors as a Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at community ambassador.

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et parents have many criteria to consider when choosing a healthcare provider for their prized pet, and among the most vital is trying to find a doctor that uses holistic therapies, because the advantages are many. Wellness care is more than vaccines. While many conventional vets consider giving vaccines and flea medications to all of their patients to be their best form of wellness care, holistic vets know these aren’t always necessary and can potentially be harmful. Instead, true wellness care involves careful consideration of proper diet, blood titer testing instead of vaccines, natural parasite control when appropriate and a heavy dose of diagnostic testing (blood, urine, fecal) to monitor organ function, check for parasites, screen for disorders of the urogenital system, liver and pancreas and early screening for cancer and other inflammatory conditions. There’s also a full physical check for common diseases like dental and heart disease and tumors. Individualized prescriptions for a proper diet and supplements to maintain health are big reasons many owners prefer a holistic vet. Natural treatments include disease prevention. Many pets treated via a more natural approach have an easier experience with occasional illness than those that don’t enjoy this specialized care. Natural therapies can quickly restore an ill pet to his homeostatic balance without the side effects often associated with multiple drug doses.

A team approach is expected. A holistic practice is a team effort, and the family doctor will suggest options for care, helping an owner decide on the best therapies for each pet. A fuller range of options is available. While holistic vets prefer a more natural approach, they know that if necessary, conventional therapies can sometimes be an appropriate complement if they follow holistic principles, which means infrequent use of low-dose medications and only when absolutely needed. In general, most conditions can be treated successfully without drug therapy, extending the health and life of the patient and reducing medical costs. Gentler anesthesia means quicker recovery. A naturally balanced and gentler approach means less drugging if anesthesia becomes necessary, close monitoring of an anesthetized pet, a smooth and quick recovery for prompt discharge from the hospital and natural forms of follow-up treatment to control post-operative pain and inflammation. New hope rises for the hopeless. Many pets are brought to holistic doctors after conventional care has failed to help them. Some have been turned away by practitioners of conventional medicine because their cases are diagnosed as “hopeless”. Holistic vets and pet parents alike experience considerable satisfaction in helping to give a joyful pet a whole new lease on life. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit

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Developing Gardens Instead of Golf Courses Agrihoods Use On-Site Farms to Draw Residents by April Thompson


or thousands of homeowners in “agrihoods” across the U.S., homegrown is a way of life. Planned developments incorporating neighborhood agriculture are sprouting up in record numbers, according to Ed McMahon, a senior resident fellow specializing in sustainability with the Urban Land Institute. He estimates there are a few hundred agrihoods nationwide, in all regions and at all price points. “The trend is the convergence of several things, including a growing interest in local business, local food, healthy lifestyles and the foodie culture,” says McMahon. He adds, “Today’s developers have to differentiate their properties to survive, and farms have become the new golf course of real estate development.” Agriculture is a far lower-cost amenity that can even return a modest profit by selling its harvest to the community.


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Beyond food, agrihoods help grow community, a huge draw for those living in isolated suburban areas. In 2014, Abby and Michael Wheatfill moved their family to Agritopia, a planned community in Gilbert, Arizona, near Phoenix. Billed as an urban farm, the central feature of Agritopia’s 166 acres, knitting together commercial, agricultural and open space with 450 residential homes, is a working farm, with roving pigs, lambs and chickens, a citrus grove and rows of heirloom vegetables. Farm, family and community life are interwoven. The Wheatfills lease a plot in an on-site community garden. Other residents buy shares in the community supported agriculture project or purchase produce or eggs from the community farm on the honor system. “We especially love the narrow, tree-lined streets and wide porches, and that we can walk or bike to fun,

locally sourced restaurants,” says Michael, a technology consultant. Private backyards are small in favor of community space, nudging residents to meet each other, Abby says. The Cannery, in Davis, California, is one of the newest agrihoods and also one of the few that redeveloped an industrial tract. This 100-acre development, still under construction, will feature 547 new homes on the former site of a tomato processing facility, in addition to affordable rentals for low-income families. Its heart and soul is a working farm that will feed the community’s households and supply its restaurants. The Cannery is a pioneer in clean green energy, with solar-powered homes, connections for electric cars, and many other energyconserving features. Thirsty homeowner lawns are prohibited in most of The Cannery’s mini-neighborhoods, but no home is more than 300 feet from public green space. Samrina and Mylon Marshall, both physicians in their mid-50s, will be among the first residents to move in this spring. “We like that it’s a green energy community featuring multigenerational living. We’re also big on eating locally and seasonally, so the urban farm was a key draw,” says Mylon. North Atlanta family Gil and Jeny Mathis and their two daughters, 12 and 14 years old, discovered Serenbe, a planned community in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, two years ago. Now it’s literally their second home. “It provides a different life for our children on weekends they couldn’t otherwise have. The community aspect has penetrated our lives in a way that we couldn’t have predicted,” says Gil. Both girls love it, and the younger sibling is lobbying to relocate there full time. The family likes the people Serenbe draws and the opportunities to engage with them, the consistent access to natural and organic food and its artist-in-residence program. Serenbe was the inspiration for the Olivette Riverside Community and Farm, a 346-acre, back-to-the-land project near Asheville, North Carolina. Its owners are transforming a failed high-end gated community and adjacent historic farm along the French Broad River into an agri-centered devel-

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mericans are staying single longer these days. Instead of marrying in our early 20s like in the 1960s, today we’re more likely to be upwards of 27 before committing. Careers and family obligations are among the factors causing delays, allowing couples to learn what really matters before they walk down the aisle. “A good partner is someone that encourages you to be your authentic self,” says Jill Crosby, host of the online dating website from Mount Shasta, California. “There are always some compromises, but similar core values and respect for each other make a good relationship even better.” Online dating isn’t just for the unmarried, post-college crowd. Widowed and divorced singles also find it a good way to ease into a renewed social life. According to a Northwestern University study, typical benefits include access to professional matching, a wider range of singles and better communications with potential partners.

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Dates can still spring from chance meetings, fix-ups by friends and family or workplace encounters, but these generally have the same success rate as finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Adding must-have characteristics such as an eco-friendly lifestyle might land an aspirant in the shallow end of the dating pool unless it is pre-screened by a conscious dating site. Discovering a potential partner via a dedicated online site enables members to refine their list of desired attributes versus deal-breakers, modifying their own profile accordingly. Elements of success stories usually include both prospects keeping an open mind while exploring a mutually compatible dating site. Honest communication is the most vital link in this get-to-know-you venue, but the goal is to meet, not become pen pals. When interest proceeds beyond onsite messaging, texting may follow, which tends to diminish fears of saying the wrong thing that could delay or pre-

vent a more in-depth reply. Textpert, a free app that crowdsources text messages, comes to the rescue with suggested responses by other members to help anyone encountering writer’s block.

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Long distance isn’t often a deterrent when love is right. A California vegan that spent four years on multiple vegan dating sites found her match thousands of miles away in New York through NaturalAwakeningsSingles. com. When an eventual first meeting is more than a quick coffee date, prior Skype or FaceTime chats can confirm that the photo is current and messages were more than pickup lines. “Technology has made a tremendous difference in price, accessibility and reach,” says Crosby. “Members now post selfies as headshots, shoot their own videos and can access potential matches anywhere in the world.”

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find like-minded people. “Natural is a safe place to talk about spiritual awakening without someone looking at you like you have three heads. I’ve met a number of people who speak my language,” says Sharmaine Monteith, a sales manager in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “When people care about the environment, it changes who they are and how they live. My profile maps my beliefs and my heart.” A University of Chicago study asked 20,000 people that married between 2005 and 2012 how they met. One third said online; half used another kind of dating service. Another telling statistic showed that those that met at work, in a bar or by blind date were 25 percent more likely to divorce. Researchers think this is because online daters know each other better before meeting. When folks fudge a bit in their profile, it’s mostly about weight and height.

produce aisle of the grocery store than at the beach,” advises April Masini, a New York City author of four relationship books and the advice column. “Whether you’re looking in person or online for dates, focus on the areas where you’d naturally find others who are green like you.” Community gardens, river cleanups and Earth Day celebrations spring to mind. Make a green impression by wearing clothing made of sustainable fabrics and offering a small gift of a fair trade item, organic chocolates or native wildflower bouquet. The choice of going to a locally sourced restaurant will include an eco-friendly ride to get there. A 2014 study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 50 percent of Americans over the age of 16 are unmarried—yet most believe marriage is extremely important. With all the people still looking for love, online meet-ups can dramatically improve success.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 1 Free Information Session on dTMS – 2-3pm. New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center will host free information sessions on Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS), a holistic, non-invasive, FDA cleared option to treat depressive symptoms. Learn how dTMS works and who can be treated. Hear patient testimonials. Refreshments served. New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center, 16 S Main St, Quakertown. Pre-register: Tracy Semmel, 215-5383403 ext. 314.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3 Hydration – 1-2pm. All ages. What you drink is just as important as what you eat. Learn which beverages you should be drinking to stay hydrated as well as how often, then taste some delicious, nutritious beverages. Free. Giant Food Stores Cooking School, 315 York Rd, Willow Grove. To register, call 215-784-1960. Your Inner Artist Story – 7-9:30pm. Create fluent art experiments with us, share & showcase. First Thursday monthly. Write, paint, move, whisper, collage, music, stories, poetry, connect and schmooze. Pie & whipped cream available. By registration only. Pay via Paypal to or bring cash. Ute’s Blue Bamboo Studio, Ferry Rd, Point Pleasant. Ute Arnold. 215-897-8006.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 Doylestown Farmers Market – 7am-Noon. Visit your farmers as you stock up on fresh, beautiful, local food at the Doylestown Farmers Market. Vegetables, plant and flower starts, fruit, homemade goodies, herbs and spices, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms, music by Peter Black and much more. Make this your Saturday stop to buy local; save bucks. Doylestown Farmers Market at S Hamilton St between W State St and Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Phil Heft. 267-221-3258. PHeft@ Intro to Kayaking Class – 9-11:30am. Informative and fun for beginners and those looking to improve paddling skills. We start with basic paddle strokes, practice basic safety and proper boat handling skills. We’ll kayak Silver Lake and Magnolia Lake. Registration and payment are due by 5pm two days prior. $30. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. PattiAnn Cutter. 215-7851177. Back-to-School Store Tour – 10am or 3pm. All ages. Start the school year off right. Join our in-store nutritionist as she reveals better-for-you breakfast, lunch and after-school snack ideas throughout the store. You’ll also get to sample some of our featured items. Free. Giant Food Stores, 1201 Knapp Rd, North Wales. To register, call nutritionist Christina Fava, 215-661-1025.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 Recovery Yoga For Women – Noon-1pm. 8/6-8/27. Yoga connects us with the present moment and helps cultivate inner peace. This is a modified yoga


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Reading Labels & Shopping for Diabetes and Heart Health – 1-2pm. All ages. Learn how to interpret labels, then go grocery shopping and find foods that are healthier for you to eat. You just might be surprised to discover which foods can fit into your meal plan. Samples, too. Free. Giant Food Stores Cooking School, 315 York Rd, Willow Grove. To register, call 215-784-1960.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 Kids Cook Under 5: Edible Pencils – 10am or 3pm. Kids with parents. Interactive kids class that will teach basic kitchen skills to create nutritious and delicious snacks. Recommended for children ages 18 months to 5 years. Free. Giant Food Stores, 1874 Bethlehem Pk, Flourtown. To register, call nutritionist Rabiya Bower, 215-836-4300. program integrating clinical experience to provide a safer space for reclaiming the body and diminishing the legacy of trauma. CoreFit, 21 S Limerick Rd, Royersford. Rachael. 484-300-2684.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 Food For Thought With Author – 6:15-8pm. Join us for a lively discussion of Real Food (her 10th anniversary edition) and special visit and reading by author, Nina Planck. We meet every second Tuesday of the month. The Doylestown Book Shop offers a 20% discount on book selections for the club. Everyone welcome. Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Info@Doylestown. coop.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 Free DUSC Demo – Noon-12:30pm. Are you or someone you love struggling with infertility, menstrual pain/irregularity or incontinence? Learn how to do the Displaced Uterus Self Check. Free. Bellows Health Systems complex community resource room, 107 N Main St, Mansfield. 607-742-8707. Download a free DUSC guide at

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 Hope Hill Lavender Farm at Farmers’ Market in Hershey – Also August 24. Come out to this great outdoor market and stop by and visit Hope Hill Lavender Farm. Free admission. Farmers’ Market in Hershey, 1215 Research Blvd, Hummelstown.

savethedate International Theosophy Conference August 10-12 • 10am-8pm The ITC 2017 Philadelphia conference theme is A Nucleus of Universal Brotherhood, The World’s Healing Force. Join us as we study and work together to bring harmony to a divided humanity. Registration includes programming and meals (90% vegetarian, 10% vegan). Discount accommodations are available at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 Doylestown Farmers Market – 7am-Noon. Visit your farmers as you stock up on fresh, beautiful, local food at the Doylestown Farmers Market. Vegetables, flowers, fruit, homemade goodies, herbs and spices, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms, music by Michael Notarangelo and much more. Make this your Saturday stop to buy local; save bucks. Doylestown Farmers Market at S Hamilton St between W State St and Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Phil Heft. 267-221-3258. PHeft@ Free Earthship Tours – 10am-2pm. Visit the Silver Lake Earthship and learn all about these zero carbon buildings. See how this unique structure collects and filters rainwater. Learn how an earthship maintains a comfortable temperature year-round. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. PattiAnn Cutter. 215-785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter@

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 Understanding Your Energy Field – 7-8pm. Gain an experience of energy field as a tangible sense. Through aharaj yoga, qigong and Eastern arts, you will leave with the palatable feeling of yourself as an energetic being. Learn to clear anxiety, build enthusiasm and manage your level of energy in daily life. $15. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks. 215-813-4073. TheRoomAt

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 Hope Hill Lavender Farm at Farmers on the Square in Carlisle – 3-7pm. Hope Hill Lavender Farm is a guest vendor at this great outdoor market. Free admission. Farmers on the Square, 2 N Hanover St, Carlisle.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17 Balancing Your Breakfast – 1-2pm. All ages. School is around the corner, so let’s make sure you and your children start the day off right with a well-balanced breakfast. Discuss the importance of a balanced breakfast and sample some delicious breakfast foods. Free. Giant Food Stores Cooking School, 315 York Rd, Willow Grove. To register, call 215-784-1960.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 Sound Healing Meditation – 1-2pm. Join Rev. Sharon Kachel for a powerful combination of modali-

ties. Vibration of sacred sound, meditation, and reiki healing will bring your entire being into a resonance of peace, bliss and healing. $25. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry. 215-661-0510.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 Doylestown Farmers Market – 7am-Noon. Visit your farmers as you stock up on fresh, beautiful, local food at the Doylestown Farmers Market. Vegetables, flowers, fruit, homemade goodies, herbs and spices, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms, music by George Thompson and much more. Make this your Saturday stop to buy local; save bucks. Doylestown Farmers Market at S Hamilton St between W State St and Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Phil Heft. 267-221-3258. PHeft@ Family Yoga – 1-2pm. Bring your kids to yoga. Everyone in the family can do yoga together. Class is open to parents and children of any age. Feel free to bring more than one child, your spouse, etc. Children can play (bring a toy if you think they want to do that) or do yoga. $20/family. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry. 215-661-0510.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 Cold-Blooded Critters – 2-4pm. Fascinated with reptiles and amphibians? So are we. Join us for a herpetology presentation and then we’ll head to our streams and forests to search out the slimy salamanders, slithery snakes and jumpy frogs. Come ready to hike and bring a field guide or camera if you have them. $10. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. Marissa Farra. 215-297-5880. cold-blooded-critters-pars.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22 Meal Planning 101 – 6-7pm. Adults. Planning meals is a great tool to keep your wallet fat and your waist slim. Join our in-store nutritionist as she shares her best tips and tricks to make meal planning a success. You’ll leave with your own template of healthy meals for a week. Free. Giant Food Stores, 1874 Bethlehem Pk, Flourtown. To register, call nutritionist Rabiya Bower, 215-836-4300.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23 Free DUSC Demo – Noon-12:30pm. Are you or someone you love struggling with infertility, menstrual pain/irregularity or incontinence? Learn how to do the Displaced Uterus Self Check. Free. Bellows Health Systems complex community resource room, 107 N Main St, Mansfield. 607-742-8707. Download a free DUSC guide at

Auricular Medicine Demo for Fertility Challenges – 12:30-1pm. Wanting a safe and effective treatment for fertility challenges? Join us for this free demonstration to learn about the nervous system and reproductive system connection. Free. 107 N Main St, Mansfield. 607-742-8707. For more information, visit

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 Nature Lover’s Book Club – 6:15-8pm. BCAS welcomes you to join us at the Doylestown Bookshop for an engaging discussion about nature. This month, we’re reading The Hidden Life of Trees by P. Wohleben. Bring a friend and make a new one and we look forward to seeing you at the next meeting. The Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. Heidi Shiver. 215-297-0588. HHShiver2016@gmail. com.


savethedate Bucks County Health and Wellness Expo August 25-27 Win a “Back to School” prize pack at this free, three-day, family-friendly, health and wellness event. Meet, ask questions and schedule appointments with local allopathic physicians and dentists, fitness and wellness professionals and holistic health practitioners all under one roof. Gain new clients by becoming a vendor. Oxford Valley Mall, 2300 E Lincoln Hwy, Langhorne

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 Doylestown Farmers Market – 7am-Noon. Visit your farmers as you stock up on fresh, beautiful, local food at the Doylestown Farmers Market. Vegetables, flowers, fruit, homemade goodies, herbs and spices, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms, music by Gareth Kear and much more. Make this your Saturday stop to buy local; save bucks. Doylestown Farmers Market at S Hamilton St between W State St and Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Phil Heft. 267-221-3258. Hello Yoga! Beginners Workshop – 11:30am1pm. Learn the foundational poses, breathwork and relaxation techniques that can help you cultivate awareness, reduce stress, increase strength and improve flexibility. Ideal for brand-new beginners as well as anyone wanting to get back to the basics. Leave feeling confident to step into any yoga class or practice safely on your own. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-740-1354.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30 Mom Never Told Me – 6pm. Join us for a free, educational, online webinar discussing five critical keys for hormonal and reproductive health. Free. Appropriate for women of all ages. For more information, visit

savethedate Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown • 215-348-5755 Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter for updates on seminars and trips. August 19, 11am-7pm • August 20, 11am-4pm Private Channeling Sessions (on the hour) Sheryl Blumenthal is a clear, strong channel for the Divine. She is a pure vessel for the I AM. This heartfelt messenger is divinely guided. Through her rare abilities, she offers her gifts of love, healing, peace, transformation and direct guidance through an extremely powerful unity with the council of elders. These angelic presences are revered sentient beings of the most high, who lovingly assist the earth towards her highest ascension. The messages and the light that Sheryl brings forth are direct, vital and pure. Converse with your and Sheryl’s spiritual guides. Clarify your higher purpose, relationship concerns, health issues and career choices. $150 for 45 minutes, Doylestown. October 20, 7-9pm An Evening of Mediumship – Gallery/Demonstration Reverends Kit and Natalie Mitchell and Robert Brown will present their fascinating insight into the world of evidential and spiritual mediumship, as always with their memorable style. Along with answering your questions, they will dedicate a large part of the evening to delivering messages from the other side. Everyone will receive a reading. Attendance limited to 25. $50, Doylestown. Saturday, October 21, 10am-5pm Mediumship Training Are you interested in understanding more about mediumship and exploring the foundations of this fascinating practice? Have you been away from mediumship for a while and just want to get back to it? Or are you just interested in spirituality and working with Spirit and need a clearer idea of what it is all about? This is a practical hands-on course that will provide you the opportunity to work with Spirit a great deal. Coming to us from Florida, Kit and Natalie Mitchell will help you gain confidence and belief in yourself and your skills as an evidential medium. Learn through simple exercises while working in a group or individually. $150, Doylestown. November 28-December 3 Wonders and Wildlife of Panama Designed for nature and animal lovers, this trip will focus on the exotic wonders of Panama. We will be staying at the delightful Canopy Lodge and the Canopy Tower, with its amazing observation deck. In addition, our tour takes us to a National Park Rainforest where we will see the Butterfly Farm, Frog Garden and Orchid Nursery. One of the highlights of our trip is a visit to the eighth engineering wonder of the world, the world-famous Panama Canal, where we will board a 20ft. boat for a spectacular tour. There is 1 space left. For details, contact Susan 215348-5755. See Susan’s website for other upcoming events and sacred journeys!

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The community is invited to partake in Sustainable Saturdays at Minimus Tiny House next to The Market at DelVal. Check out the build in progress, tour Minimus when complete and speak with sustainability experts, project sponsors and people within our community interested in a more sustainable way of living.

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Songs for Transformation September 29 • 6-10pm

Bruce Coren, MD, inventor of the Diowave laser, shares how the this painless treatment uses technology to safely and effectively relieve pain without surgery for the following conditions: joint pain, back pain, muscle pain, neuropathy, chronic sinusitis, migraines and more. Complimentary breakfast will be served.

An evening of yoga & music to support Transformation Yoga Project. A trauma sensitive yoga practice and concert with artist David Newman whose music embodies a devotional mysticism, distinctive musicality and poetic intimacy. Early bird: Yoga & Concert, $35; Concert only, $30. On and after September 1: Yoga & Concert, $45; Concert only, $40.

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FOR RENT AFFORDABLE FLEX SPACE available for holistic health providers, teachers and coaches within downtown Quakertown wellness center. Call 267-210-9249. PEACEFUL COUNTRY SETTING – Building includes four gathering rooms, kitchen and covered porch. Wooded paths, meditation gardens. Perfect for workshops, weddings, retreats. 215538-0976. ROOM FOR RENT in growing Newtown wellness center. Energy workers, acupressure, acupuncture and other healing arts welcome. 1-day rentals +, flexible availability. 215-847-5659. SHARED OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT – 20 Bridge St, Frenchtown, NJ 08825. Looking for alternative practitioner. $550-$950 per month. Call Dr Ira Liebross, 908-581-3451. SPACE RENTAL in prime Huntingdon Valley Yoga Center/Holistic Boutique. Email Sharon at

HELP WANTED Are you a COMMUNITY CONNECTOR IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS in Main Line (Montco), Plymouth Meeting/Kop/Conshohocken? Consider becoming a Community Liaison. NABuxMont seeks passionate, self-motivated people to become a part of our growing outreach team. Part-time, flexible hours, commission-based pay for living what you love. Help be a part of “Making the Awakening” in BuxMont. Email Seeking licensed full- and part-time HOLISTIC AESTHETICIANS AND MASSAGE THERAPISTS with following for growing Newtown wellness center. Benefits and 401k available. Call 215-847-5659.


sunday JourneyDance – 10-11:30am. JourneyDance is a transformational dance that combines freestyle and structured movement that inspires joy and wellbeing. JourneyDance movement is for everyone. Come as you are, wherever you are on your journey. $20. AirMid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Warminster. 215-534-4989. Transformation Yoga Donation Class – 12:151:15pm. Transformation Yoga provides mindfulness based, trauma sensitive yoga to develop skills to navigate life with comfort and ease. Perfect class for beginners. Suggested donation $10 to benefit Transformation Yoga Project, a nonprofit that serves people impacted by trauma and addiction. Twisters Wellness Center, 131 E Butler Ave, Ambler. 484730-1999.

monday Mental Health Support Group – 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 that suffer from mental illness. Aldie Medical Arts Building, 11 Welden Dr, Doylestown. Meditation Every Monday Night – 7-8pm. Join us for meditation every Monday–All are welcome. After the meditation, many stay for hot tea and snacks, followed by open discussion led by sangha board members (volunteers) from 8:15-9pm, where we discuss various themes inspired by meditation and Buddhism. Everyone is welcome to participate. Yardley Friends Meeting, 65 N Main St, Yardley. 267-573-9227. Buddhist


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Monthly Multi Media Art Class with Ute Arnold, M.F.A. – 10am-2pm. Last Tuesday of each month. Composition and color studies with drawing, printing, water color, pastel, painting on silk, collaging and journal making. No experience necessary. $90 each for a series of six, drop ins $130. Work study possible. Blue Bamboo Studio, Pt Pleasant.


Free Information Session on dTMS – 6-7pm. 1st Tuesday. New Vitae Wellness and Recovery

HOLISTIC SERVICES – Life counseling, reiki, energy healing, psychotherapy, spiritual mentoring, weddings, memorial services, holistic workshops and more. 215-538-0976.


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Center will host free information sessions on Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS), a holistic, non-invasive, FDA-cleared option to treat depressive symptoms. Learn how dTMS works and who can be treated. Hear patient testimonials. Refreshments served. New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center, 16 S Main St, Quakertown. Preregister: Tracy Semmel, 215-538-3403, ext 314.

wednesday Chair Yoga – 8:30-9:30am. Yes, you can do yoga. Even if you have a bum knee. Even if you have a bad back. Even if you can’t get down on the floor. Chair Yoga is an adapted form of yoga that makes yoga accessible to everyone using a chair as a support. $20. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry. 215-661-0510. Patty@ WholeBodyYoga Community Acupuncture – 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. Online scheduling via or call 215348-8058 to reserve a spot. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. Paolo Propato, 215-3488058. MetaFriends Support Group – 6-7pm. This group is intended for those individuals with Stage IV cancer. Meets first and third Wednesday of every month. Holy Redeemer Women’s Healthcare Center, 45 2nd St Pike, Southampton. Dr Pam Ginsberg, 215-3400608. Hatha Yoga Immersion – 6-7:30pm. Ha=Sun, Tha=Moon. Yoga of the sun and the moon. The male and the female. The physical and the mental. The light and the dark. This practice will honor the dualistic forces of nature with physical practice, mental focus and the wisdom of stillness. Roots & Wings, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. 215-257-5025. Live Chat 1st Wednesday – 7-8pm. Live Facebook chat with Candy. Ask questions about your skin issues, what to use on your skin, why are you having skin issues, causes and remedies, ingredients, foods that cause inflammation and more. Submit your

questions in advance to be addressed & discussed first. Facebook: GSLOrganics. Candy Pack, CA, 267-879-1554. GSL

of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Pipersville. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056.


thursday Tibetan Heart Yoga – 9:30-11am. Tibetan Heart Yoga emphasizes the benefits of visualization and meditation using authentic Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practices and principles. With the wisdom of ancient teachings, we learn tools that help support our transitions and self-growth in our lives off the mat. As we move through the practice, we see how our focus supports the movement and may find more freedom and peace in our practice. Roots & Wings, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. 215-257-5025. JourneyDance – 6-7:30pm. JourneyDance is a transformational dance that combines freestyle and structured movement that inspires joy and wellbeing. JourneyDance movement is for everyone. Come as you are, wherever you are on your journey. $20. AirMid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Warminster. 215-534-4989. Bucks County Breast Friends Meeting – 7-9pm. First Thursday of every month. Bucks County Breast Friends (BCBF) general meeting. This group is intended for those that have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Meetings focus on providing men and women with educational support and peer support. Holy Redeemer Healthcare at Bensalem, 3300 Tillman Dr, Bensalem. Jill Indelicato, 215-364-0935.

breathe naturally, sending signals to your nervous system to regenerate energy. Includes self-healing holds and hot stone savasana. Roots & Wings, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. 215-257-5025. Arcturian Healing Light Share – 6-8:30pm. 4th Fri. We will share some food; bring whatever you like. We will move on to an AHL share. All that have studied Gene Ang’s work are welcome. Find out how others are using this in their practices and their experiences. RSVP ISS. International School

Shiatsu Community Clinic – 9:15am-4:45pm. 1st Sat. Shiatsu sessions offered in supervised clinic setting. Each student will interview, assess energy and create individualized shiatsu session to balance the body. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, preferably cotton. Wear socks. No cell phones, no perfumes. $40. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Plumsteadville. Shirley Scranta, 215-766-2800. Community Yoga by Donation – 9:30-10:30am. Mesa Lifestyle presents Community Yoga @ Mercer Museum. Pay what you can. All levels, abilities, ages are welcome. The more the merrier. Get outside and practice together. Mercer Museum, 84 S Pine St, Doylestown. Meet on the lawn at the corner of Ashland and Green. Mesa, 267-614-3828. Info@

friday Molecules of Emotions/Changing Body Memory – 9:30am-12:30pm. Biweekly classes with bodypsychotherapist Ute Arnold. Our cellular bodystories hold on to abuse, trauma, abandonment, chronic pain, relationship issues, etc, therefore creating illness and interfering with wellness. Unergi body-psychotherapy changes belief systems and, therefore, the body story. Pt Pleasant. (near New Hope). Hope Hill Lavender Farm Open – 10am-3pm, Fri, Sat & Sun. Enjoy a visit to our lavender farm and new lavender farm store. Our store will contain our quality lavender products and other unique items. Come see what’s in store. Free. Farm tour available if interested at 11am, Sat, for $5. 2375 Panther Valley Rd, Pottsville. 570-617-0851. HopeHill Transformation Yoga Donation Class – 5:306:30pm. Transformation yoga provides mindfulness based, trauma sensitive yoga to develop skills to navigate life with comfort and ease. Perfect class for beginners. Suggested donation $10 to benefit Transformation Yoga Project a nonprofit that serves people impacted by trauma and addiction. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pike, Lederach. 215-740-1354. Kathy@Anahata service/transformation-yoga-project-classes. Let Go and Restore – 6-7:30pm. 2nd & 4th Fri. Refill your cup with bliss. Restorative yoga uses bolsters and blankets to support the body in yoga-inspired postures. With support your body rests deeply. You

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Professional Development Services 267-935-9097 • Office organizer and “next actions” coach for business professionals in their homes or business offices, including high-level administrative support services, program coordinating, project management.


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John of God Crystal Bed Healing cleanses, opens and invigorates the body and soul by balancing and clearing one’s chakras and energy field. Colored lights, chosen to match the chakra colors, radiate light and energy through precision crystals, activating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms. Gain insight & enhanced emotional, physical & spiritual well-being. See ad, page 31.


Kelly Thomke, JourneyDance Certified Facilitator 215-534-4989 • JourneyDance is a whole-body experience that tickles the mind and nourishes the soul. It is freestyle movement to world music where self-expression releases tension. Visit the website for upcoming dances or to book a JourneyDance for a group. No dance experience needed to feel this wild freedom.


Hyo J. Lim DMD 216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485 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, page 7.


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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, page 27.





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LEGAL SERVICES LAW OFFICES OF JENNIFER J RILEY 585 Skippack Pike, Ste 200, Blue Bell 900 W Valley Rd, Ste 703, Wayne 215-283-5080 •

Specializing in family law. High-quality, compassionate legal services including child support, child custody, divorce, alimony, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, estate planning and more. Serving the greater Philadelphia area. See ad, page 15.


6055C Kellers Church Rd, 2nd Floor, Pipersville 215-766-2800 • Celebrating 20 years as the area’s leading center for shiatsu massage training and treatment. Come visit our new space in Pipersville. New courses start regularly. See ad, page 18.


Megan Downs, LMT, E-RYT Center for Natural Healing Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown • 215-206-3394 Megan’s therapeutic massage technique works deeply by targeting specific problem areas while keeping in mind the whole. She incorporates a variety of methods including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot Stones, Bellabaci Method of Cupping and Aromatherapy, and also offers Therapeutic Yoga instruction. Relieve pain and stress, increase body awareness, heal and relax.


Laurie Van Valkenburgh, ACBT, LMT 6064 Upper Mountain Rd, New Hope • 267-566-6056 Experience Shiatsu/Shin Tai Bodywork, in New Hope. Align your body’s structure using muscle energy and fascial release techniques, central channel release to allow free-flowing spinal alignment, and cranial work. This releases hidden trauma trapped in the body, and life force is then able to return.


Psychic Medium, Reiki Master, Soul Coach • 609-353-7210 Kimara empowers clients to discover purpose, develop intuition and find clarity. Connect with loved ones who’ve crossed over for healing, closure and forgiveness. In-person or virtual, private and group readings available.


Jonathan Flowers 413 Conshohocken State Rd, Bala Cynwyd 610-724-2540 Discover the musician you are meant to be. Patient, personalized instruction in piano, voice and music theory/composition. All ages and levels, including children, teens and adults. Holistic approach incorporates mindfulness practices to cultivate relaxation, mental focus and creativity.


Brit Reed, DC 107 N Main St, Ste 5, Mansfield 607-742-8707 •

NATUROPATHY LICENSED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR 2325 Heritage Center Dr Bldg 100, Ste 115, Furlong 267-406-0782 •

Julie Lachman, ND, graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society; Naturopaths are specialists in complex diseases, ie, autoimmune. She has additional training in women’s health and pediatrics and certification as a CEASE (Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression) practitioner. She sees patients of all ages.

NUTRITIONAL HEALING CENTER FOR NATURAL HEALING Jeffrey L Griffin, DC Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown • 215-348-2115

Dr. Jeffrey Griffin is a chiropractor with 31 years of practice experience in chiropractic care that is blended together with enzyme nutrition. This combination of treatment modalities allows Griffin to successfully treat a wide variety of health complaints, ranging from neck and back pain to headaches, digestive maladies and fibromyalgia. Call him today for a complimentary phone consultation or visit his website. See ad, page 16.


D r. R e e d s p e c i a l i z e s i n reproductive challenges, preconceptive care and women’s pelvic health. She uses customized, non-invasive methods, techniques and protocols to restore optimal female function. See ad, page 8.

NATURE CENTER SILVER LAKE NATURE CENTER 1306 Bath Rd, 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.


1874 Bethlehem Pk, Flourtown 215-836-4300 In-store nutritionist Rabiya Bower can help you reach your goals by helping you find healthy choices in the store and create enjoyable meals. $20 for individual consultation, receive $20 Giant gift card in return.

GIANT FOOD STORES CHRISTINA FAVA, MA, RDN, LDN 1201 Knapp Rd, North Wales 215-661-1025

In-store nutritionist Christina Fava has a passion for helping customers make healthy decisions while they shop and creating individualized meal plans. $20 for individual consultation, receive $20 Giant gift card in return.

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GIANT FOOD STORES MARY ANN MOYLAN, RD, LDN, CDE 315 York Rd, Willow Grove 215-784-1960

In-store nutritionist Mary Ann Moylan has special training in diabetes and weight management and can help you adjust your eating habits to improve your overall health. $20 for individual consultation, receive $20 Giant gift card in return.

PAST LIFE REGRESSION THERAPY EVOLVING SOUL, LLC • ELAINE BERK Certified Past Life Regression Therapist Certified Hypnotherapist MEd in Counseling 110 North State St, Newtown 215-970-1534 •

PLRT is a unique therapeutic process that helps you recall and resolve emotional trauma from previous lifetimes which, unbeknownst to us, is often the root cause of issues we’re struggling with in this lifetime. As a former psychotherapist and PLR therapist, I work with clients to address these complexes and bring about transformation and healing. See ad, page 31.


Julia Helstrom, DO 10 S Clinton St, Ste 101, Doylestown 267-454-7262, Bucks County Center for Integrative Medicine: where traditional family medicine and alternative modalities combine for an individualized plan. Come attain your personalized optimal wellness.


Expertly p l a c i n g interested clients with one of our 15 seasoned and varied therapists throughout the city and surrounding areas to find the best fit for you. See ad, page 3.


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Essential Connections Reflexology 215-858-8195 Offering reflexology treatment sessions and a comprehensive, professional reflexology practitioner program. Combine online/classroom training for the ultimate in convenience and connection. See ad, page 32.


Bonnie McKinley, DO 2325 Heritage Center Dr, Ste 315, Furlong 267-544-0664 • A board-certified physician, Dr. McKinley specializes in noninvasive, regenerative treatments including prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy, DioWave laser, microneedling, and the Vampire Series: Facial, Facelift, Breast Lift, Hair Restoration, O-Shot and P-Shot. See ad, page 19.


4 Terry Dr, Ste 12 Atrium Bldg, Newtown 215-968-9000 • A fully organic, holistic, ecofriendly wellness spa featuring an array of detoxification, cleansing and therapeutic services. The spa is one of the only facilities in the area to offer colon hydrotherapy. See ad, page 13.


Christina Rosenbruch, Certified KonMari Consultant 267-544-7171 • SparkJoy.Space Find freedom, joy and spaciousness to live a new life using Marie Kondo’s proprietary technique. Let’s start today, organizing your space and transforming your life.


Improving the lives of pets through acupuncture, herbal therapy, h o m e o p a t h y, n u t r i t i o n a l counseling, and integration of holistic therapies with conventional medicine for customized approach to care. See ad, page 29.


7 South Ridge Ave, Ambler 102 Corporate Dr, Langhorne 215-847-5659 • Nu You Skin and Wellness Centers specialize in male waxing. We are UK certified and are vigilant about safety and sanitation to ensure our clients have a superior, pain-free experience. See ad, page 28.

YOGA ANAHATA YOGA & WELLNESS CENTER 690 Harleysville Pike, Lederach 215-740-1354 •

A welcoming, cozy, Kripaluaffiliated studio with the sacred mission of serving from the heart. Offering yoga and ayurveda classes and workshops, meditation and energy healing sessions. See ad, page 2.


Trauma-informed yoga for prison, recovery and veterans. See calendar for classes. Inviting local studios to partner with us to provide healing through empowerment. See ad, page 35.

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