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Recently, we introduced a new column, written by

teenagers, called Teen Voices. The idea behind it is to help parents (and other adults) get a glimpse of the world through a teen’s eyes. In raising my own four children, I found striving to better understand their world through their eyes was one of the most powerful tools I could use. This simple approach does help build a foundation of trust; however, building trust with a teenager is a day-to-day business. Some days, you are best friends. The next day, one of us is from another planet. As in most things, it is a process. Listening (when my 15-year-old talks to me) is more important than speaking. No Einstein moment here. The goal is to learn something, not tell something, and keeping that in focus is paramount to building trust. But let’s step back to the beginning, long before the teen years. Today, I asked a friend to tell me about being a father. (He has a three-year-old—his first—and a 16-year-old step-son.) “I love being a father. It feels totally natural. Nothing has been more rewarding,” he replied. “The father-son relationship is incredibly special. The responsibility of being a guide to his future makes me a better person every day of my life. Seeing the world through his eyes brings me back to the purity of being a child where everything is new, exciting.” As he was speaking, it dawned on me that “happy” should fit in there someplace, because who really laughs, smiles and shows happiness more than children? My friend also pointed out a reminder to us all: Children can put your day in true perspective. Their simplicity reminds us that we are the ones who complicate the equation. However, parenting is complicated. It is not easy. It brings feelings of joy, sorrow, guilt, anxiety and every other emotion you can possibly think of—sometimes all within five minutes. Fatherhood has certainly changed in my lifetime, and I am so thankful for how fathers today have embraced the profession of fatherhood. Some of us had to get ego, selfishness, predetermined behavior, learned behavior and, in some cases, bad models out of the way before we could even comprehend what fatherhood was about. I am so proud as I watch my friends embrace their role as a father—the sacrifices they make, the dedication they display, the love they show. We have come a long way as men and as fathers. For the younger male reading this, it might be hard to imagine, but take my word—We have come a long way, baby. So, to all the fathers out there—keep growing. Make the model for your children something to be proud of so they can be better fathers for their children. That’s how it works. Happy Father’s Day!

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piritual teacher, channel and healer Amaya Victoria is offering a weekend of healing, Sacred Medicine for Your Soul, from July 13 to 15 at Soulutions for Daily Living, in Newtown. Individual sessions are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 13 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 14. Participants can choose between Heartspeak Healing and Personal Channeling sessions, detailed descriptions of which are available on Three workshops are being offered, including a July 14 Amaya Victoria workshop, Willow Wind Dreamer Presents: A Circle for Our Ancestors, 4 to 6 p.m.; and two July 15 workshops, The Gathering of the Masters Group Channeling: A Powerful Collaboration, 1 to 3 p.m., and A Selenite Journey: The Rising of the Heart of the Mother, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Amaya Victoria showed “otherworldly” gifts at a very young age, but it wasn’t until her mid-teens that she discovered literature that spoke to those gifts and ushered her to into a lifetime journey with spirit. She has been in practice for more than 37 years, learning from many teachers along the way. Cost: Heartspeak Healing $160; Personal Channeling $185; Workshops $40 each, with $10 discount for multiple workshops. Location: 126 N. State St., Newtown. To register (required), call 215-968-9750. For more information, visit (calendar) and See ad, page 13.

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WAKEN Center for Human Evolution (CHE) will present a mindfully positive and entertaining fundraising event, the AWAKEN HighVibe Art & Music Festival, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 30, in the Moumgis Auditorium at Delaware Valley

University, in Doylestown. Attendees can enjoy positive and spiritual art and music, holistic and natural products, workshops and meditations, healthy food, free parking and more. Attendance is free, but donations are welcome. Proceeds will benefit AWAKEN CHE, Greenshire Institute for Holistic Studies, Circle of Miracles Open Spiritual Community and Ministry School, Pebble Hill Church Spiritual Community, and Being One Center for Spiritual Studies and Universal Healing. The festival will close with a special, paid event from 6 to 8:30 p.m., featuring Grammy-nominated musician, healer, channel and author David Young (DavidYoungMusic. com). Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Visit regularly for updated details about Young’s program, musician line-ups, schedules, vendors and additional festival information. AWAKEN CHE is a local non-profit dedicated to assisting humanity on its journey of evolution and awakening. It brings the community together and assists people’s personal growth through meetups, workshops, expos and more. Festival location: 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown. For more information, call Greg Campisi at 215-480-4856, email or visit See ad, page 14.

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Greenshire Celebrates A Mid-Summer Gathering


reenshire Institute for Holistic Studies is hosting a free community gathering from 1 p.m. until sunset, June 23, on their campus grounds in Quakertown. The event will offer a large number of diverse services and experiences. Among them are aura photography, where participants can see their aura field and learn now to enhance it; qigong to improve health; singing bowls for soothing and healing vibrations; micro-farming for healthier eating in less space; chair massage for relaxation; and equine coaching for a new approach to career coaching. Also available will be yoga, therapeutic oils, meditation, magic gardens, vendors, artists, an evening fire circle and drumming, and more. Greenshire is a space for peace in Upper Bucks, dedicated to awakening the best of the human spirit. Director Arlene Curley invites, “Come explore, strengthen and revitalize yourself in a nurturing space through creative arts, workshops and retreats, or by simply relaxing in the magic of the gardens. The grounds are always open, and you are invited at any time to experience Greenshire’s Place for Peace.” Location: 3620 Sterner Mill Rd., Quakertown. For more information or to become a vendor or presenter, call 215-538-0976, email or visit See ad, page 22.


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inda Harbaugh, intuitive life coach and owner of Journey To The Self, is presenting Heal Yourself and Your Life with The Law of Attraction from 1 to 4 p.m., July 14, in Norristown. This three-hour workshop is designed for participants to learn about the law of attraction, how it works and how it can Linda Harbaugh bring positive change into their lives. The workshop will explore how this law can speed up the process of moving toward one’s desired destination, be it a relationship, health, career or prosperity goal. Students will walk away with a variety of techniques that can be used in daily life to help manifest their dreams. Harbaugh is a certified life coach and intuitive/medium with 30 years of business experience in the healthcare industry. In addition, she is a certified teacher and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, allowing her to provide counseling and guidance from both a trained and intuitive perspective. “My coaching teaches clients to be deliberate creators of their lives, enabling them to reach their highest potentials,” she explains. Cost: $55. Location: 1910 Swede Rd., Norristown. For more information, call 484-904-9268, email or visit See listing, page 53. June 2018


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Functional Medicine Practice Now Certifying for Medical Cannabis


oseph Carchedi, M.D., director of Lower Gwynedd Functional Medicine Institute, has become a certifying medical cannabis physician. In addition to certifying patients, the practice offers state-of-the-art CBD oil (cannabidiol) products, including a CBD-infused water. Carchedi offers, “I believe that medical cannabis will change people’s lives by improving their quality of life and providing hope to those that have Dr. Joseph Carchedi been struggling with chronic disease.” Lower Gwynedd Functional Medicine Institute is a solution-oriented, multi-specialty holistic practice that offers patient-centered care through individualized integrative treatment plans, holistic supplement utilization, homeopathic medicine, advanced laboratory and diagnostic testing, intravenous therapy, acupuncture, integrative pediatric consultations, homeopathic immunizations and nutritional/lifestyle counseling.

The practice confronts and deals with myriad issues, including immunity, disease prevention, energy problems such as fatigue, hormonal imbalance, women’s health, cancer, inflammatory diseases, weight management, sports medicine and nutrition. Carchedi has more than 25 years of clinical experience as an emergency room physician and now specializes in integrative health and functional medicine. He is board certified, holding medical degrees in both the United States and Europe. “Patients today are well-informed, and I encourage them to ask me questions so that together we may find therapies that will optimize their health and well-being,” Carchedi invites, adding that he educates and trains to stay abreast of the latest medical techniques and advances, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and high-dose intravenous therapy. Location: 515 Stump Rd., Ste. 222, North Wales. For more information, call 215-780-1898, email LGFunctionalMedicine@ or visit See ad, page 3.

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fter more than 35 years of private practice in Manhattan, Licensed Massage Therapist Lee Noonan has relocated and is offering “City Massage at Country Prices” to Bucks and Montgomery county residents. Referring to her services as “The Art of Touch”, Noonan understands that the lasting aspect of treatment lies in discovering the underlying Lee Noonan causes of pain. This often involves detective work, such as recognizing when a change in a client’s lifestyle or surroundings might be adversely affecting their body. Noonan works exclusively through out calls in Bucks and Montgomery counties. This arrangement allows her to customize each treatment to address the client’s state on that particular day. She advises, “The Art of Touch is extremely effective for acute or chronic problems, but readers should first consult a physician to determine diagnosis and treatment options. Readers can also benefit by remembering the value of massage therapy as a preventive to help alleviate stresses before they cause problems.”

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irls aged 11 to 13 are invited to explore nutrition, yoga, positive body image and creativity during a weeklong teen yoga camp at Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, conveniently located by the Quakertown high school. The camp runs from 1 to 4 p.m., July 9 through 13. Hillery Woods Led by Roots & Wings owner Hillery Siatkowski Woods Siatkowski, LMT, RYT-200, the girls will have a daily yoga practice exploring themes of art, ecology and wellness. Activities include wildcrafting herbs, meditative mandala making, self-care practices and building healthy relationships. Woods Siatkowski is a licensed practitioner who values what she describes as the genius of youth. She says of this camp, “My experience facilitating youth-adult dialogues has shown me how wise our young people are, and how they deserve every opportunity to believe in themselves. The physical activity and mental practices of yoga are great ways to develop self-awareness and confidence. As an ayurveda yoga specialist, I will integrate self-care practices that girls can use as their bodies mature. Adding art, nutrition and nature will round out this memorymaking experience.”

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Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) 2018 Symposium Lands Locally


ore than 121,000 UFO sightings are reported each year in the United States alone, and Pennsylvania, a “hot spot” with over 5,176 logged events, currently ranks fifth in the nation for frequency of sightings. Anyone who has witnessed an event, wishes they had or is just curious about what else may be out there in the skies can enjoy the 2018 MUFON Symposium, a yearly gathering for sharing investigations, research and experiences. The event will be held on July 27 to 29, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia-Cherry Hill. This year’s theme is “UFOs, Extraterrestrials and the Future of Humanity,” and opens with a free, public educational outreach day from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. MUFON invites the public

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In the first scientific study of facial exercise, 27 middleaged women that performed specific facial muscle movements looked an average of two-and-a-half years younger in 20 weeks based on a standardized scale called the Merz-Carruthers Facial Aging Photoscales. By doing the exercises for 30 minutes each day or every other day, the fullness of both the upper and lower cheeks, in particular, of the women were significantly enhanced, report Northwestern University researchers. “The exercises enlarge and strengthen the facial muscles, so the face becomes firmer and more toned and shaped like a younger face,” says lead author Murad Alam, a medical doctor. Some of the study exercises can be found by searching the topic of Happy Face Yoga on YouTube.

Cardiovascular exercise improves a person’s healthy gut microbes even without making dietary changes, University of Illinois researchers report. In a study of 32 people, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three times a week for six weeks boosted levels of healthy intestinal bacteria, especially for lean subjects, and less so for the obese. The healthy bacteria produced shortchain fatty acids that reduce the risk of colon cancer. “The bottom line is that there are clear differences in how the microbiome of somebody who is obese versus somebody who is lean responds to exercise,” says Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D., a kinesiology professor at the university.

Seek 15 Minutes of Device-Free Time When we’re feeling angry, stressed or overexcited, just 15 minutes of being alone without a device can put us into a more peaceful state, reports a University of Rochester study. Young adults, sitting in a comfortable chair away from their devices, were given something to read, told to think about something specific or not given any instruction. Some were asked to sit alone for 15 minutes a day for a week and keep a diary. In all cases, such solo time away from devices helped reduce intense emotions afterward.


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New Healthy Coffee Alternative Success by Health (SBH), a new, re-branded company in the healthy lifestyle industry with its Reishi Mushroom-infused coffee products, now offers two healthy coffee products—Café Noir and Café Latte—in the natural beverage niche market for sales affiliates. They are formulated with the Reishi (Ganoderma) Mushroom, to help eliminate unhealthy caffeine in coffee, and with it, the unpleasant metabolic crashes associated with conventional coffee products. They smooth out the traditional highs, lows, jitters and resulting negative pH levels in the body. SBH is the latest direct marketing company started by Jay Noland, a former professional baseball player well-known in the direct selling industry. His business model eliminates the retail middleman through individual, independent sales affiliates. Each affiliate purchases a packet of Café Noir, the standard black coffee, for 68 cents a cup, and asks others they know and meet, “Do you drink coffee?” It’s an easy way to initiate a dialogue about the latest in healthy coffee. SBH founding members and independent affiliates are Dr. James Marinakis, an internationally recognized alternative medicine practitioner, in Boca Raton, Florida, and Jo Dee Baer, an age-group record-setting triathlete and health coach in Central Florida. To join the SBH team as an affiliate and improve health while increasing wealth, call 800-681-4926 or email


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A spate of recent worldwide studies reveal several cholesterol-healthy alternatives to olive oil. Ingesting 15 milliliters a day of virgin coconut oil for eight weeks increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) “good cholesterol” levels in 32 young adults by an average of 5.72 milligrams/deciliter, researchers at Thailand’s Chiang Mai University found. Walnut oil slashed heart disease risk in 100 Type 2 diabetes patients that swallowed capsules containing a total of 15 milliliters of walnut oil a week—the amount of oil obtained from 4 to 5 servings of the nuts. They experienced significant drops in total cholesterol, low-density (LDL) “bad cholesterol” and triglycerides after 90 days, reported Iranian researchers at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Camelina oil from the Camelina sativa plant, also called false flax, lowered LDL levels in 79 men with prediabetic symptoms, whereas diets high in either high- or lowfatty fish did not, according to the University of Eastern Finland. The men consumed 30 milliliters of the oil for 90 days.

Those that sleep more than seven hours a night are likely to eat better the following day, according to researchers from King’s College London. In the study, 21 people known to typically sleep fewer than seven hours increased their sleep time by 47 minutes after receiving tips on sleep hygiene such as drinking less caffeine and going to bed neither too hungry nor too full. The following day, they consumed almost 10 fewer grams of sugar in food and drinks on average and also consumed less fat and fewer carbohydrates than a control group.

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Preterm Births Down After Coal Plant Shutdown After a polluting coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania was shut down in 2014 by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulatory action, the chances of women living 30 miles downwind having a preterm birth fell by about 28 percent, report Lehigh University researchers. While the plant was operating, women in affluent New Jersey communities downwind had a 17 percent greater risk of having babies of very low birth weights— less than 5.5 pounds—than did women in other similar affluent areas.

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A new Ukrainian homebuilding startup called Passivdom uses a 3-D printing robot to produce parts for tiny houses. The machine can print the walls, roof and floor of the company’s 380-square-foot model in about eight hours. The windows, doors and self-contained plumbing, sewage and self-electrical systems are then added by a human worker. Solar energy is stored in a battery. Filtered water collects from humidity in the air. Prices start at $64,000 per house (Passivedom). M.A.DI., in Italy, produces prefabricated A-frame houses in five sizes that can be set up anywhere. The basic model is rated an energy class B, but can be upgraded with an option of adding solar panels to make the structures energy-independent. Homes made by Lifehaus blend low-cost, off-grid appeal with holistic living and luxurious details. The Lebanon company is pioneering energy-neutral dwellings made from locally sourced and recycled materials. Green home dwellers will also be able to generate electricity and grow their own food.

At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last December, more than 50 mayors from around the globe signed the Chicago Climate Charter, intended to guide cities toward reaching greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals similar to the Paris climate accord. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says each mayor will pursue a customized plan, noting, “We’re all going to get to the same destination in our own way.” President Trump’s intended exit from the Paris agreement has sparked an uproar from leaders worldwide, especially mayors in cities long committed to reducing emissions. Dozens of cities are committed to 100 percent clean and renewable energy goals and pledged to promote clean transit through using zero-emissions buses. Emanuel believes, “Climate change can be solved by human action.” Cities’ actions now may well pay off in the long run.

Deadly Cargo Oil Spill Threatens Ocean Ecology

Experts are warning that the Iranian tanker Sanchi oil spill in January in the East China Sea could potentially be one of the worst in decades. Scientists from the UK National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton are monitoring the disaster, believing it could 16

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severely impact important reefs, fishing grounds and protected marine areas in Japan. They are also concerned by the toxic nature of the ultra-light, highly flammable oil and unknown impacts. Simon Boxall, with the centre, notes, “It’s not like crude, which does break down under natural microbial action. This stuff actually kills the microbes that break the oil down.”


Cincinnati has contracted with the energy company Dynegy to purchase 100 percent renewable energy to operate most of its municipal facilities through at least 2021. The green energy will power police and fire stations, health clinics, recreation centers and most administrative buildings, including city hall. The city’s greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by more than 9 percent and its utility rates by more than $100,000 annually. The deal will bring the city closer to its goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

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CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field, homes of the National Football League Seahawks and Major League Baseball (MLB) Mariners, respectively, introduced a Strawless in Seattle campaign last September. More than 100 local businesses joined with the Lonely Whale Foundation to help eliminate plastic waste. Safeco Field is the most sustainable baseball facility today, recycling 96 percent of all waste generated last season. As a result, the Mariners earned MLB’s Green Glove Award for 2017. Every food service item is recyclable or compostable, and cleaning crews manually separate waste items from recyclables after every game. The Mariners have been playing under energy-efficient LED lights since 2014, the first MLB ball club to do so. The team also added a 450-square-foot urban garden before the 2016 season that provides fresh vegetables and herbs for the concession stands.

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A week-long beach cleanup and audit at Freedom Island in the Philippines last September exposed the companies most responsible for plastic pollution in the critical wetland habitat. The Greenpeace Philippines and #breakfreefromplastic movement audit, the first of its kind in the country, revealed that Nestlé, Unilever and the Indonesian company PT Torabika Mayora are the top three contributors of plastic waste discovered in the area, contributing to the more than 2 million tons of mismanaged plastic waste in the Philippines, the third-biggest source of plastic ocean pollution per year. See the whole list at

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A Portland startup online at LandApart. com is expanding the share-economy Airbnb-model concept to private landowners and campers. People that want to camp or rent a cabin in a beautiful area can pay a private landowner for access. CEO Ven Gist says the move is in part a response to sometimes crowded public lands that often cannot be reserved. He says, “We’re basically collaborating with landowners to open up new wild spaces that people can find and book for truly secluded, unique outdoor experiences.” Prices average between $30 and $40 per night. Find an introductory video at

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Boston will join 59 other Massachusetts municipalities and hundreds of others across the nation, including Seattle, Washington, and Washington, D.C., in banning single-use plastic shopping bags by the end of this year. Instead, Boston shoppers must bring their own totes or pay store owners five cents or more for a thicker, compostable plastic bag or a larger paper bag with handles. “This new ordinance protects the health of our neighborhoods and environment, while at the same time easing the burden on taxpayers and saving local retailers millions,” says Kirstie Pecci, director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Zero Waste Project.

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This summer, consider the convenience and relaxation of watching the world go by outside a panoramic side window instead of focusing on driving the road ahead. Train travel is also more cost-effective, affordable and eco-friendly than flying. highlights railroad discounts for children, seniors, students, AAA members, military personnel and other demographics. Additional advantages include accessible central city terminals, a generous luggage policy and less time waiting until departures. If a station has an unattended parking lot, arrange to be dropped off. Amtrak ( encompasses 300 daily trains on more than 21,000 miles of track to more than 500 destinations. Particularly scenic routes include the California Zephyr that winds through the Rocky and Sierra Nevada mountains between San Francisco and Chicago; and the Adirondack train between New York City and Montreal, Canada, offering spectacular views of both its namesake national park and the historic Hudson River Valley. Amtrak’s 75 vacation packages ( range from three days to two weeks. Sights include the Grand Canyon and Glacier, Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks. Most long-distance routes provide sleeping accommodations with passenger amenities for day and night. Advanced technology electric locomotives began enhancing Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor runs in 2016. Designed for maximum energy efficiency with a regenerative braking system that feeds back into the power grid, this innovation saves electricity and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Amtrak’s partnership with allows passengers to offset the carbon emissions footprint from their rail travel. Custom contributions can be made via the Rail Calculator or short- or long-distance traveler or Amtrak Trainiac preset options on Amtrak’s website. Many travelers also enjoy narrow-gauge, short-rail junkets. Popular options include Colorado’s Durango & Silverton Railroad (DurangoTrain. com), a nostalgic trip back to the mining days of the Old West; the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (, a 45-mile ride along the New Mexico/Colorado border; and the Conway Scenic Railroad (ConwayScenic. com) in New Hampshire, within two hours of both Portland, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts. Neighboring Canada affords many scenic trains including trips connecting Toronto with Vancouver and Calgary. Visit and

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Good for People and the Planet by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


any people define a livable city as one that is easy to get around in by foot, bike or public transportation. Many also prioritize ready access to fresh, local, organic food via farmers’ markets and community gardens. Others champion affordable housing and cost of living factors, safe neighborhoods with a diversity of people, careful stewardship of clean air and water, and plentiful amenities, including considerable open space and natural settings. Many work to preserve and enhance a sense of place suited to the locale. Partners for Livable Communities, a national nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that renews and restores communities, maintains, “Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life, including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.” The American Association of Retired Persons considers livable communities as age-friendly for young and old alike. 20

Along with economic opportunities, a leading stimulus in moving to urban centers is, “More people are looking for a sociable environment where they can walk out of their door to the shops or transit and be among others they recognize who also recognize them,” observes Suzanne Lennard, director of the International Making Cities Livable Conferences, LLC, in Portland, Oregon.  “People who have traveled abroad, especially to Europe, and tasted the quality of life possible in a truly livable, walkable, beautiful and sociable city, often want to find such a place to live themselves.”   Following are a few examples of America’s many livable cities. More are transitioning and evolving as city planners, government officials, businesses and nonprofit community organizations strive to make their hometowns both people- and planet-friendly, often through public and private partnerships.  

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operated—into greenspace, bike lanes and other enticing and productive public areas. “Biking and our food scene have exploded,” says Chris Sandvig, director of policy with the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, which advocates for equitable urban revitalization through their Vacant Property Working Group, helping communities access blighted areas for pennies on the dollar. “We’re now one of the top 10 bicycling commuter cities in the country. People also come here as food tourists due to vibrant local agricultural activity.”   “A related ideal is to create compact, human-scale, mixed-use urban centers in the suburbs that are less expensive to construct— and thus remain more affordable—while placing shops, schools, parks, services, workplaces and public transit within walking and biking distance,” Lennard notes. “This ensures a healthy, affordable and high quality of life for all; suburban, as well as urban.”   Fast-growing Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis, is following suit. “After years of watching the suburbs sprawl into subdivisions with large lawns, privacy fences and cul-de-sacs, we created a vibrant central core with apartments, townhomes, condos and new options for smaller homes—all within walking distance or a short bike ride to new places to work, shop and dine,” explains Mayor James Brainard. The design efforts serve people instead of cars. “Carmel has spent the last 20-plus years building more than 900 miles of trails and multi-use pathways, enabling residents to commute by bicycle to work and enjoy easy access to a growing number of parks and recreational areas,” says Brainard. To facilitate traffic flow, some 100 roundabouts replaced stoplights and four-way stops. “Reducing traffic congestion has improved our air quality, and saved gasoline and lives.” A new, mixed-use downtown Arts and Design District includes a Center for the Performing Arts with a Center Green that hosts a farmers’ market in summer and an outdoor Christkindlmarkt and outdoor skating rink in winter.   “The old way of doing things in which cities and towns sat back and let the market dictate how a community should be grown must come to an end,” remarks Brainard, advocating the benefits of local governance.  

Smart City Advantages

Key elements of smart cities—sensors, cameras, data analytics and powerful networks that capture and relay vital information— help them become more energy-efficient or quicker to respond to environmental and residential issues. Such products highlighted the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Reducing traffic can also contribute to safer highways and shorter commutes with decreased greenhouse gas emissions. “Citizens are using apps to monitor issues and alert city managers, improving the livability of their communities,” explains Steve Koenig, senior director of market research with the Consumer Technology Association.   In Boston, the app BOS:311 allows residents to instantaneously notify government departments of pollution concerns, like blocked drains and other environmental or community needs, feeding the information directly into the city’s work order system via their mobile phone. This real-time collaboration results in a cleaner, safer and healthier city.   The Envision Charlotte project encompasses interactive kiosks in 64 businesses and government buildings citywide, gathering energy usage data for office buildings to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, energy consumption has dropped 19 percent, saving companies about $26 million. The program has strengthened economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.  

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Some cities have focused on the natural environment for improving local livability while mitigating contributions to climate change. Forested open spaces, wetlands and protected watersheds improve air quality, protect drinking water and buffer intense storms. Such areas also connect more people with nature and engage them in communal and healthy outdoor recreation. Portland, Oregon, boasts more than 10,000 acres of parks, plus an innovative Biketown sharing program that has facilitated 160,000 bike trips since its launch in 2016. The city’s Bike Bill requires all new streets to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians by design. Portland also embraces urban gardens and allows residents to raise chickens, bees, goats or rabbits in their backyards.

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No one wants to live where pollution runs unchecked or water is unsafe to drink. Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program works to keep stormwater out of sewers and reduce rainwater runoff through decentralized soil-based and plant-based systems, including pervious pavement, green roofs and rain gardens. Begun in 2011, its goal is to reduce rainwater runoff by 85 percent by 2036. Rainwater has become a valuable community resource. The program is just one of many ways that the City of Brotherly Love is transforming itself into one of the greenest in the United States. Overseen by the city’s Office of Sustainability, Greenworks Philadelphia devises long-term sustainability strategies that encompass eight facets, including clean and efficient energy, carbon-neutrality and zero waste. Preparations are already underway to cope with a hotter, wetter future.

Preserving a Sense of Place

Making communities livable goes beyond infrastructure. Actions usually involve preserving, protecting and enhancing what appeals to residents. Santa Fe, New Mexico,

is one example of many where livability priorities are guided by the values of its residents and its sense of place. “From our historic public square and marketplaces to outdoor cafes, farmers’ markets and community festivals; from human-scale architecture and balanced transportation to pedestrian and bicycle networks, this place represents shared values,” says Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “Santa Fe is also full of public art. The city is designed to be safe, creative and inspiring for young and old, families of all kinds and everyone else that comes to see us.”

Good Life as Kids See It

Ultimately, making cities move livable for children can make them highly livable for all. “Children need the same things from a city that we all need, but their needs are greater than ours,” says Lennard. “The environment a child grows up in shapes their health and their mental and social development for the rest of their lives. Our modern, unwalkable suburban environments are contributing to childhood obesity, which has been widely linked to

chronic diseases that in the past were only associated with old age.” She notes, “Children need the exercise of walking or biking to school. They need safe streets so they can become independent and explore their neighborhoods; sidewalks and other outdoor areas where they can play, meet friends and interact with adults in the community; easy access  to nature; beauty in their environment; and intriguing architecture, works of art and other places to stimulate their affection and imagination. As they become teenagers, they need access by foot or bike to a wide variety of resources to broaden their horizons. Don’t we all need these things?”   John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring, operate the Inn Serendipity, wholly powered by renewable energy, in Browntown, WI.

LIVABLE COMMUNITIES TOOLBOX International Making Cities Livable hosts conferences in the U.S. and Europe. Consumer Technology Association’s Smart Cities, an overview of the latest technology in making cities more smart and livable. AARP Livable Communities fact sheets, helpful for communities looking to become more livable. AARP Livability Index, a livability rating of U.S. localities according to housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity. Toward Sustainable Communities: Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments, by Mark Roseland. The fourth edition offers a comprehensive guidebook for creating vibrant, healthy, equitable and economically viable places.


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All-Natural Beauty

Health Concerns Revolutionize the Cosmetics Industry by Marlaina Donato


rom red carpets to Teen Vogue magazine, the natural beauty trend has taken the industry by storm. Consumer whims may have sparked its beginnings more than a decade ago, but demand is now spiking profits into the billions. “Consumer need is influencing retailers to offer cleaner formulas reflecting firm ecovalues,” says Karen Behnke, the pioneering entrepreneur who founded Juice Beauty, in San Rafael, California. Behnke aimed to cre-

ate meaningful change in the industry when she assembled her dream team 13 years ago. The company now owns a trailblazing patent and sets the standard for clinical organics. “We’re excited that traditional department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Holt Renfrew are adding our products to their beauty departments,” says Behnke, who attributes Juice Beauty’s tremendous growth in recent years to a surge of interest in chemical-free, luxury alternatives.

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A recent Green Beauty Barometer online survey revealed that more than half of women want their skincare products to be all-natural, a result likely driven by the scientific information age (see pages/greenbeauty for details). Reputable scientific studies revealing parabens in breast cancer biopsies have demonstrated that everything applied to the skin also enters the bloodstream, hence the effectiveness of dermal nicotine and birth control patches. Thus, it can be alarming to realize that the average woman will unknowingly consume seven pounds of lipstick containing petroleum-based emollients, synthetic preservatives and artificial dyes during a lifetime, undoubtedly another reason consumers are switching to natural options. Katey Denno, a Los Angeles makeup artist to the stars, noticed cosmetic red flags early in her career. “The first time I turned over a palette that most makeup artists carry and saw specific colors that couldn’t be used on eyes or lips, I was confused; if something isn’t safe for lips or eyes, how can it be good for any part of us?” queries Denno, who switched from social work to makeup artistry 11 years ago. “The change in the industry has been substantial. Now green is mainstream, andmost artists have included some green beauty brands in their kits.” Millennials continue to drive consumer demand for higher standards. “Retailers understand that the skincare/makeup

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Women are fueling the natural beauty movement, yet more men than ever are also seeking healthy alternatives. Grooming products with unisex packaging and fragrances are among top sellers. Informed teen and 20-something buyers are inclined to choose people- and eco-friendly brands that are also cruelty-free. A wide selection of aluminum-free, natural, personal care products including underarm deodorants are showing up in supermarkets. Women are ditching toxic hair dyes and going silver to avoid thinning hair and allergies, and unwittingly, creating a new fashion statement. Plus, there’s growing interest in DIY cosmetics using everyday good-for-you ingredients found in the kitchen. Artisan perfumes are gaining popularity among women that want the mystery and allure of fragrance without the side effects of manmade, chemical-based brands. “Some new customers are frustrated by commercial products giving them headaches, while others say that they just don’t like perfume, when what they actually don’t like is synthetic fragrance chemicals,” says Ananda This ad of is Gather the property Wilson, a botanical perfumer and owner Perfume,of in Natural Awakenings and may not be reproduced in any other public South Hadley, Massachusetts. sion of the publisher. Please review the proof carefully. Natural Awakenings is not responsibl marked. This ad will as it appears if the is not us.issue If there are If youproof are dealing withreturned any ongoingto health “It’s inspiring when they smell real plant scents and be see published how that doesn’t seem to be getting any better, I this proof please call or email. their world lights up! The molecules in natural perfumes are active can help. I can help you heal by locating the and interact with personal chemistry, so they unfold differently on source of your body’s stress, rather than Signature: Da each wearer, creating a unique signature and experience.” just masking symptoms. With 33 years in Wilson ventured into botanical blends when both awareness practice, I specialize in: and supplies of appropriate ingredients were scarce. “Perfume Stiff Sore Joints, Headache, history is largely rooted in natural materials, but until recently, Heartburn/Reflux, Gas Pain/ there was a mass blackout of this precious lineage. When I started, Bloating, Constipation/Diarrhea, there was barely anything available, and only through a handful of Anxiety/Irritability, aromatherapy companies,” she explains. Now, Wilson bases her Restlessness/Insomnia, products on botanical infusions from plants she’s grown or colDepression, Fibromyalgia lected, including wild beach roses, clover and spring poplar buds. It only takes a whiff to dispel the myth that natural perfumes lack sophistication or tenacity. “Naturals have a breadth of possibiliCall me today for your ties—opulent white florals, fresh and clean, or dirty and smoky,” FREE Phone Consultation expounds Wilson. Together, let’s discuss your health concerns and Eco-beauty is emerging from conscious lifestyle choices and determine what a customized, conservative and affordable healing program can do for you! creating the next era of cosmetics. “It’s fun to be called a pioneer Jeffrey L. Griffin, DC in organic beauty,” muses Behnke. “Our products, employees and 252 W. Swamp Rd, Suite 26 • Doylestown happy customers comprise an encouraging accomplishment.”

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Protecting Your Pets from Pests Naturally by Laura Weis


here’s no such thing as a free lunch— and in the world of flea and tick control products for pets, that phrase has never been more true. Fleas and ticks, and the diseases they carry, are the bane of our companion pets. One in 12 dogs tested positive for Lyme disease (carried by ticks) in our area last year, with actual cases thought to be much higher. Ticks and fleas transmit additional diseases, and fleas can cause horrific skin conditions and allergic reactions. But is administering poisons to your pet every month the right solution? In order to make informed decisions, pet owners need to understand the life cycle of these pests and adopt a multifaceted approach. All pesticides have unwanted side effects, and if owners choose to use them, they should minimize their application and use other more natural products when possible. Let’s begin with fleas. The adults that plague pets—and owners—represent only five percent of the flea population in the environment. Eighty-five percent of the fleas are in the egg and larvae stages, 26

mostly in homes and outdoor spaces. It makes sense to target this broad segment of the population first. Outside, owners can use widely available sprays containing beneficial nematodes on the lawn and in areas pets like to frequent, such as under bushes and in protected areas. These nematodes work within 24 hours to eliminate almost ninety percent of flea larvae. They need to be re-applied per label instructions and generally work best if the soil has been moistened. Indoors, owners should frequently wash pet bedding in hot water and use high heat for drying, vacuum floors and carpets repeatedly, and clean the vacuum canister or dispose of the bag. Boric acid powders are good for indoor carpeting and cracks in floors. Masks should be used, and pets should be kept out of the room when applying these products so the dust is not inhaled. The product should be applied until there is a noticeable coating, then worked into the carpet with a broom and then vacuumed. Borates kill flea larvae and help to create a lasting inhospitable

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environment for this large segment of the flea population. Adult fleas and ticks can be manually removed from pets. Ideally, a flea comb should be run through pets’ fur daily, drowning any removed fleas in a soapy water dunk. Embedded ticks release quickly with the help of a “tick twister” tool. Regular bathing with gentle shampoo kills adult fleas without the need for harsh flea dips or shampoo, and this process also rids pets of flea feces and juvenile stages. Gentler flea and tick pet products generally rely on essential oils to repel these pests, when either sprayed on pets every two to three days, applied in a “spoton” treatment or embedded in a collar. Wondercide manufactures both pet and environment solutions that are largely based on cedar oil obtained sustainably from sources in the United States. Only Natural Pet offers a variety of choices from various manufacturers. Even “natural” products can cause unwanted reactions in pets, and cats in particular can be sensitive. Owners should test any product on a small area of skin and watch for localized inflammation or systemic signs, such as lethargy or vomiting. Optimal overall health minimizes pets’ susceptibility to pest-borne diseases, but healthy pets still get fleas and ticks. There is some evidence that targeted supplements containing safe levels of garlic and brewer’s yeast make pets less attractive to parasites, but owners should not rely on these as their sole means of control.

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s of last year, 90 million dogs lived in American homes. Including cats, birds, fish, small animals and reptiles, the grand total is 393 million, reports the American Pet Products Association. Pets are considered family members by 95 percent of their people. Accordingly, pets are a key consideration in choosing a friendly place to live or visit. The personal finance website WalletHub analyzed the most pet-friendly U.S. cities encompassing criteria inclusive of access to veterinarians and cost, pet insurance rates, pet-friendly restaurants, pet-centric businesses, dog parks and animal shelters. SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, ranked cities by dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants and stores, walkability, weather and housing costs. Unsurprisingly, many high picks are in warmer climates.

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says Alexandra Bassett, a professional dog trainer and owner of Dog Savvy Los Angeles. “I hike off-leash in Runyon Canyon and we visit the Pawbar at Pussy & Pooch, a pet lifestyle boutique, to mingle and sample treats. Food is the fastest way to make a dog comfortable in just about any setting.” Irvine and Carlsbad, California, and Portland, Maine, are among the first cities to ban use of toxic pesticides in public areas and homes, following pressure from local groups. Being closer to the ground and smaller in size, pets suffer adverse reactions faster than humans. Contact local environmental groups to help ban harmful insecticides and herbicides in public areas. In Pasco County, Florida, Epperson Community homes exemplify eco- and pet-friendly planning, with open spaces and solar power-lit trails for jogging and walking. Birdhouses throughout the property welcome wild feathered friends. A centerpiece lagoon enhances scenic walks and uses less water and energy than a traditional pool or golf course. Separate paths allocated for bikes and driverless cars keep dog walkers safe.

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Colony Cove, in Ellenton, Florida, is a 55-plus retirement community that allows multiple pets, including some breeds banned elsewhere. It maintains a large dog park, and at summer’s end, dogs are welcome to take a dip in the pool. Further, the association offers mobile groomers, photos with Santa and costume contests. All species are welcome at Rose Villa Senior Living, in Portland, Oregon, where residents’ request for an off-leash dog park play area was granted. One resident owns two dogs, two cats and an African gray parrot. The largest-ever Canadian residential project to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certification, Calgary’s University District, embraces ecological conservation, habitat restoration and long-term conservation management principles. Designed for residents to age in place with their families, recreational fitness amenities include on- and off-leash dog parks, a pet-friendly activity space and paths leading to parks.

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Sara Nick, chief content officer at Sidewalk Dog Media, in Minneapolis, suggests experiencing unique adventures. Dog paddling takes on new meaning via stand-up paddleboarding with a pooch at Minnesota’s Split Rock Lighthouse and Tettegouche state parks. Whatever the weather, equine-friendly pups can ride along in a horse-drawn carriage from Doubletree Carriage Company, in Spring Valley. Dogs are welcome to watch or snooze through film showings at the Long Drive-In, in Long Prairie. Birgit and Jim Walker, authors of Keep Your Paws on the Road: A Practical Guide to Traveling with Dogs, travel by RV in summer with their three dogs to favorite stops like Tombstone, Arizona. “Some tourist areas don’t welcome dogs, but in Tombstone, dogs can go for stagecoach rides and down into a mine with you,” she says. Kim Salerno, president and founder of, in Wake Forest,


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eter Gros, co-host of the original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom TV show, wildlife expert and environmental conservationist, now educates groups of young people that spend more time on their handheld devices than they do outdoors. His message impresses upon the next generation the importance of wildlife and open spaces as they gift us with heartfelt awe and balance, and engage us with nature to offset manmade lives. His 30 years of field experiences include serving as a wildlife lecturer and licensed U.S. Department of Agriculture exhibitor. An active member of the American Zoo and Aquariums Association and the Zoological Association of America, Gros is also on the board of directors of the Suisun Marsh Natural History Association and a trustee for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. He lives in Seattle and spends time in national forests when not speaking to groups.

Which animals are most often displaced by development so that we now share space with them? Deer, raccoons, alligators and coyotes are common neighbors, depending on where you live. The deer population used to be controlled by natural predators like wolves; without wolves, deer can overpopulate. The best thing to remember is that animals go where there’s a food supply. Gardens attract deer; cat or dog food left out 30

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brings raccoons. Coyotes and alligators must lose their fear of humans in order to eat. Don’t feed, tease or interact with them. Take photos from a distance. Call your local government animal agency for help or referral to a licensed animal rehabber before “rescuing” an abandoned baby; mothers often spend periods of time away hunting for food.

Why are some animals in danger of being killed on sight? We react to snakes, wolves and bats from a place of unfounded fears: snakes don’t have facial expressions, are seen as cold or slimy and move quickly; wolves are dangerous; bats can tangle in your hair. These are all tall tales. Animals want to avoid us. We’ve reacted to our own fears with needless snake roundups, bounties on wolves and panic when a tiny bat swoops by. Historically, there have been no attacks on humans by wolves, and reintroducing them into Yellowstone National Park has restored a natural balance. Snakes keep disease-carrying rodents away. Bats use their radar to steer clear. We need to understand each animal’s purpose and place in nature. Feeding wildlife corrupts natural behaviors and removes their fear of humans. When we deem them a nuisance or inconvenient, we treat them like they’re disposable and have no value. It’s better for everyone to enjoy the fact that animals are there and keep our distance.

Who else is working to educate people about the importance of wildlife and habitat? Zoos used to be concrete-enclosed collections of animals. Now they are education centers, offering enrichment programs and improved natural habitats to keep the animals active and interested. Waterfalls, swimming pools, trees, puzzles and toys that prompt animals to mimic hunting behaviors help keep a resident animal’s mind and body active. Breeding programs help maintain endangered species. We’re able to study and learn about a species while caring for them. One breeding program I worked with focused on spotted and striped big cats: the leopards and tigers. In another, we used incubators to hatch eggs among a threatened ostrich population. In Big Sur, California, condors have been raised with puppets so they wouldn’t imprint on humans before being released. Nature and science centers across the country are also teaching people about the importance of animals.

What makes you hopeful for the future? Each of us can make a daily difference in preserving our natural world. I’ve been fortunate in being able to showcase wild animals, help endangered or protected species and share what I’ve learned in educational forums. Good news includes sighting of the black-footed ferret, once thought to be extinct. Mountain lions are recovering. We are learning from past mistakes. A big lesson is that what nature provides isn’t in endless supply, so we must be wise and frugal with all of our natural resources.

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ombining regular exercise with quality family time can be an enjoyable and fun way to realize a healthier lifestyle. Running together in fresh air, preferably in natural settings, allows children as young as 5 to safely join in.

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Families and coaches agree that running benefits both body and psyche. “Running as a family is an incredibly bonding experience, putting aside some of the usual conflicts and perceived hierarchies and just coming together,” says William Pullen, a London, England, psychotherapist and author of Running with Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) to Improve Low-mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression. “Running also gives us a place where we can develop skills like building confidence and competency.” Marc Bloom, of Princeton, New Jersey, author of Young Runners: The Complete Guide to Healthy Running for Kids From 5 to 18 and The Runner’s Bible, concurs, stating, “Running as a family can give parents the opportunity to be good role models by instilling values of health, fitness and togetherness.” Experts emphasize the fun factor. Pullen encourages both parents and kids to get out of their heads and into their bodies. “Concentrating on breath, posture, sensation and location all help make running mindful,” he suggests.

“The important thing is to show up. It’s about participation, not breaking personal bests,” Pullen continues. Kids can play a game while running, such as silently counting steps, trees or other runners.” Mindfulness can also include sharing how it feels to run and meeting challenges along the way. Bloom suggests tuning in to nature. “Being in beautiful surroundings or watching for animals can promote mindfulness,” he says. “It can be spiritual.”

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For beginners, experts recommend approaching running as a desirable pastime and adopting a slow, easy pace. “Always make running fun, not a chore,” encourages Bloom. “Frame it as being outside, playing and sharing with friends and family. Make a game of it as much as possible.” Whether a family chooses to run in the park or in a community race, experts stress the importance of not setting goals. “Make it pleasurable. Don’t worry about time and distance. Start with short distances, maybe a block or two for novice runners or very young children,” advises running coach Jeremy Sanders, from Winchester, Virginia. “Be patient. Some days, the kids will get cramps. They may whine or get moody. Other days, they will be happy and content. Don’t let one bad run ruin the opportunity to try again another time.” Running coaches and seasoned runners agree that it is wise to tailor runs according to age and fitness levels. “Kids can begin at school age, 5 or 6; but start them with a few minutes and then add more, up to 15 minutes to a half an hour or so a few days a week. Always mix in sprints for short attention spans. Keep it simple. No fancy running shoes are needed when starting, just regular sneakers,” advises Bloom. “For teens, 30 to 45 minutes at a time a few times a week is fine, provided that they have bona fide running shoes.”


Finding inspiration as a family can include running for worthy causes; most communities host charity runs. “This can become a focal point for getting in shape, raising money and running for the greater good, not just yourself,” says Bloom. Mindful running presents regular opportunities to explore new places, focus on details that often go unnoticed and make exercise an active meditation for all involved. “Show kids how to notice what is going on around them when they run,” suggests Pullen. “You can read up and educate yourselves on trees, geology or the change of seasons so they feel a powerful sense of connection and freedom.” Whether running as a family is motivated by a desire to stay fit, get someplace or simply share more quality time, being in the present moment is most important. “Life is not about striving all the time,” exhorts Pullen. “Take the kids out. Keep it fun and make it into an adventure.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Breathing While Running William Pullen: “Mindful breathing is simply making the observation of one’s breath being the priority over thoughts. Each time the mind interrupts, gently return to the breath. Learning how to do that gently is what it’s all about—it means letting go of forcing, wishing and striving—and just gently doing.” Marc Bloom: “I’m not a fan of instructing young kids how to breathe while running because thinking about a must-do task can spoil the fun, and also seem like homework. Runners breathe naturally through their mouths, with an occasional deep breath through the nose. You can get technical with this, but not for kids. Be aware if breathing gets labored. If kids feel out of breath they’re probably running too fast. Kids love to start off fast, often too fast. Also, normal breathing might feel ‘out of breath’ and wrong to them because they’re not accustomed to it. Explain this to newbies beforehand by telling them what to expect.” Jeremy Sanders: “Everyone is different. Your breathing changes with effort and the more you run, the more you learn what works for you. You can experiment by breathing through only your nose or only your mouth, or in combination, in through the nose and out through the mouth. You can also alter the number of steps between each breath to get a comfortable rhythm going.”


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“The Fox River’s been our treasure since Native Americans paddled there,” says Barbara Smits, part-owner of Old Northwest Frontier Tours, provider of self-guided auto, bicycle and walking tours via eBook, in De Pere, Wisconsin. “To see people sail, boat, ice fish or sightsee here again is a joy.” The Fox River Cleanup Project, a multi-year effort covering 13 miles that began in 2009, reduces the health and environmental risks from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the sediment.

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Lake Winnebago, source of the lower Fox River, is currently stewarded under the 2000 Lake Sturgeon Management Plan. Recent meetings have sought citizen input for updates in managing sturgeon stock. In Athens County, Ohio, Michelle Shively, in Trimble, is Sunday Creek’s watershed coordinator. “Every minute, 850 to 1,000 gallons of polluted water from an underground mine pool flows into the creek, turning the water orange from iron waste. Once the iron is removed, you need to do something with it,” she says. Guy Riefler, Ph.D., an associate professor of civil engineering, and John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of a painting and drawing program, both with Ohio University, in Athens, found a way to wash, dry and pulverize recovered iron. It will be sold to Gamblin Artists Colors to make oil paints for artists in mustardy ochre, rusty red and violet tones. Not yet widely available, 500 sample tubes of Reclaimed Earth Violet were featured at an initial fundraiser. “Cleaning water is expensive, but now we’ve

turned the problem into a method to fund more work,” says Shively. Throughout history, river dams have been built to provide power or irrigation, prevent flooding and provide municipal water needs. Of approximately 80,000 three-foot-tall or higher U.S. dams, only about 2,500 produce hydropower. Removal of old dams no longer serving their original function can restore entire watershed ecosystems, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, add jobs, improve water quality, reinstate natural sediment and nutrient flow, and save taxpayer dollars. Built in 1929 and abandoned after World War II, demolition of an Eklutna River dam, in Alaska, began in 2016. Curtis McQueen, an Eklutna tribal leader and CEO of Eklutna Inc., which now owns the dam, reported that 300,000 cubic yards of sediment had amassed there, along with junked cars, TVs and other trash. The tribe is the first in the nation to be involved in such a massive project, intended to restore its historic salmon population.

Water is life, and clean water means health. ~Audrey Hepburn In 2017, dams were removed in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. A map at shows dams taken down since 1916. “The good news is that in meetings like the St. Louis River Summit, in Superior, Wisconsin, in March, clean water wasn’t viewed only in a strictly scientific sense, but added the human factor to produce more diverse solutions,” says Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., the Monterey Bay, California, author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. “The bad news is that most

projects are funded, directly or indirectly, by the federal government. Cuts add challenges and stress to looking for solutions.” Cities like Pittsburgh, Superior and Duluth are among many that are protecting, restoring and rejuvenating riverfronts with increased public access, thus rekindling residents’ love for and recognition of the mental and physical benefits provided by their waterways. “We’re in a period of big ideas,” says Nichols. Two can be easily implemented. First, he explains, don’t build right on the water; instead, sit in the “second row”. Second, gain perspective by experiencing changes in waterways. “One way to do this is to spend an hour a day, or even an hour a week, in, on or near the water. Take someone new with you each time,” suggests Nichols. “You’ll see how best to value, promote and defend our right to clean water.” Then teach the kids. Connect with the freelance writer via

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etting enough sleep—or not—has a trickle-down effect. A study in the Journal of Obesity shows that good quality shut-eye helps us reduce stress, lose weight and function better. Research also shows that most Americans would be healthier, happier and safer going about their daily activities if they slept 60 to 90 more minutes each night, according to the American Psychological Association. A consistent sleep routine helps enable a good night’s rest, with activities like going to bed at the same time whenever possible; shutting down the Internet, email and text messaging at least an hour before bedtime; and limiting intake of caffeine and alcohol. Another best practice is eating foods that help us relax, fall and stay asleep. Four primary sleep-promoting vitamins and minerals naturally found in foods are tryptophan, magnesium, calcium and vitamin B6. Some of these help the body produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating the body’s sleep/wake patterns called circadian rhythms. Others enhance serotonin, which carries nerve signals and relays messages in the brain related to mood and sleep. 38

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Kiwi. Full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate, kiwi can help us sleep longer. In a study at Taipei Medical University, in Taiwan, researchers had participants eat two kiwifruits one hour before bedtime for four weeks. Total sleep time improved by 13.4 percent.


Soy. In a Japanese study published in the Nutrition Journal, researchers surveyed 1,076 participants between 20 and 78 on how often they ate soy products, which are rich in sleep-enhancing isoflavones. Those that ate the most soy foods enjoyed deeper, more sustained sleep. Researchers concluded that soy’s isoflavones help regulate the sleep/wake cycle.

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Fish. Salmon, halibut, mackerel and tuna help boost the production of vitamin B6, which helps make melatonin. A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania published in Scientific Reports found that eating more fish led both to better sleep and improved cognitive function in children.


Fiber-rich foods. Choices such as chia seeds, nuts and whole grains help promote restorative “slowwave” sleep, according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.


Calcium-fortified yogurt. According to Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician in Pasadena, California, and author of The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Rest for the Whole Family, “Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleep-inducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are some of the top sleep-inducing foods.”

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Tart cherry juice. A study by the University of Rochester, in New York, found that older adults drinking two, eightounce servings of tart red cherry juice daily, one in the morning and one at night for two weeks, enjoyed moderate sleep improvement, comparable to taking the herb valerian and melatonin.

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Bananas. Rich in potassium, magnesium, tryptophan and vitamin B6, which are used to make melatonin, bananas help promote good sleep. A study in the Journal of Pineal Research found that men that ate two bananas at a time for a week had a rise in melatonin that reached a peak two hours later; pineapple juice and orange juice also raised those levels.


Walnuts. Eating a handful of walnuts an hour before bedtime provides fiber- supporting, restorative, slow-wave sleep, concluded a study in the journal Nutrition. Plus, walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, which helps make serotonin and melatonin; University of Texas researchers also found that walnuts contain their own source of melatonin.


Dark leafy greens. Kale, spinach and collard greens are among the magnesium-rich greens that can help us de-stress and go to sleep, says Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a professor of pulmonary and sleep medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


Almonds and dates. Nerina Ramlakhan, Ph.D., a London sleep therapist and author of Fast Asleep but Wide Wake: Discover the Secrets of Restorative Sleep and Vibrant Energy, counsels her clients to start at breakfast by eating eight almonds and two dates. These two fiberrich foods are able to slowly help produce melatonin for later in the day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. ~Thomas Dekker

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DOING NOTHING Why Timeouts Matter by April Thompson


n a harried world where our work is never done, it’s tough to take timeouts to do nothing. Yet, when we pump the brakes on Americans’ obsessive drive, we discover fresh productivity, creativity and contentment. “We’re socialized to pride ourselves on accomplishment and achievement, yet when you step back, you realize doing nothing produces a valuable currency, especially in enhanced mental health,” says Colleen Long, a Boston psychologist and author of Happiness in B.A.L.A.N.C.E: What We Know Now About Happiness. Italians call it la dolce far niente, or the sweetness of doing nothing, while the Dutch word niksen translates as “doing something without a purpose”. Here are a few tips to reclaim the art of be-ing over do-ing.

Create a “do nothing” ritual. Set

aside a special time and make it known. It can start the morning or wind down an evening. It may be meditating a few minutes or enjoying a bit of aromatherapy, wherever the heart leads.

Relax into the moment. Acknowledge

guilty feelings when they arise, but don’t heed them. It takes time to undo mental programming and learn to quiet the voice urging, “Don’t just stand there, do something!”

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Mindfully do nothing. It’s not about

vegging out with passive activities like watching TV or checking email. It’s a time to come alive to our senses and surroundings, whether listening to music or peoplewatching, free of distractions from phone calls or anxious thoughts.

Doing something is okay. The aim

is to let go of the compulsion to check off every item on our to-do list—but that doesn’t mean blankly staring off into space. These are purposeful moments without a specific purpose. Doodle in a sketchbook, wander around the neighborhood or lie in the grass and look at clouds. Spontaneously go with the flow.

There’s no one way or right way to do nothing. “Just by carving out space,

you’ll get a benefit even if it doesn’t feel like you’re doing it right or perfectly,” advises Long. It looks different for different people. “Before I had kids, my ‘nothing time’ might be just being out in nature or simply doing one thing mindfully at a time, like washing dishes. Now I incorporate the principle into family time. One day a week, I shut off the phone, get on the floor with my kids and just let life get messy.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Master Coach Tanya Tecce Blends Neuroscience, Spirituality, Psychology


anya Tecce helps empaths, entrepreneurs and executives overcome stress and anxiety and find peace without the use of medication. “I help my clients discover their center and remember their passion, using methods that most counselors don’t use in their day-to-day practice,” says Tecce. Steeped in education, Tecce holds undergraduate degrees in math, psychology and sociology and is an experienced, registered yoga instructor and certified holistic health coach. Her latest certification is in mastery level transformational neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), an advanced coaching method that informs her approach. Transformational NLP—a New Psychology is inspired by the works of Carl Buchheit, PhD; Jonathan Rice, who brought psychotherapy to NLP; cognitive scientist and linguist Noam Chomsky;

David Bohm, a physicist and student of quantum mechanics; Bert Hellinger, a German psychotherapist best known for developing the Family and Systemic Constellations theories; and the philosophy of metaphysics observed by Aldous Huxley. “With Transformational NLP, we’ll get in touch with your unconscious and update what’s preventing you from having the experience of life you wish to be having,” shares Tecce. “It works via your neurology— reshaping mind, body, soul and experience, all the way down to your DNA—so you can behave differently without having to remember to behave differently.” Tecce’s LinkedIn blog reflects the diverse sources informing her practice. Her “Four Keys to Peace” post highlights wisdom from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. “Empath Overload” offers practical advice to highly sensitive people wanting to gain mastery of their energy and boundaries.

Despite the range of perspectives Tecce incorporates into her practice, the goal, she says, is focused. “We find out: What is your peace? What is balanced for you? Then we anchor that as your center, a place where you reside most, rather than being something you taste only from time to time. Feeling great, in the flow and like ‘I totally got this’ gets to be your new normal; falling out becomes the exception; navigating back to balanced becomes your specialty.” For more information, call 610-394-0502, email or visit for an amazing free gift. See listing, page 51.



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The Importance of Yogic Breathwork


ake a deep breath. Loosen your jaw and feel your eyebrows soften. Now take another long, deep breath in and out. Notice if your body feels a bit more at ease. Yogi Bhajan emphasized that the rate of breathing and state-of-mind are inseparable. When the body is under excessive stress, it can sometimes forget how to breathe efficiently, and the natural ability to breathe effortlessly can become lost. BKS Iyengar taught that while the mind has control over the body, the breath has control over the mind. And as we learn breath control, we can learn to default to deep, effortless breathing during times of stress and challenge. If you have ever seen a baby sleeping, you will notice their ribcage and belly effortlessly rise and fall as they breathe. Through the practice of yogic breathwork, called pranayama, we can retrain the body and mind to restructure its breathing patterns back to this effortless and efficient state. When I focus on the breath during my yoga practice, my body feels refreshed and strong, and my mind feels clear and calm. I envision each inhalation flowing into the areas of my body that need healing, filtering out unwanted toxins. I imagine excessive thoughts being placed onto my exhalations, creat-

ing more mental space. Breath awareness can encourage health and vitality, even if you are new to the practice.

Easy Breathwork for Beginners


From seated or standing position, breathe in while stretching your arms up. Notice that when you stretch, you create space in your midsection so that your lungs can fill up better.


Now, breathe out while floating your arms slowly down. Notice that when your arms come down, your ribs lower to push the air out of your lungs.


Now, put it all together. Stretch and reach up slowly while you count to five, breathing deeply and filling up your lungs. Lower your arms down while you count to seven, slowly releasing all of the breath from your body.


Continue on for five rounds. When you finish, rest in the stillness for a moment and reap the benefits of your work. Notice how much more relaxed you feel. Rosie Lazroe is a certified yoga teacher and master reiki practitioner. For more information, you can contact her at 732-596-7384, Yoga@ NaturalAwakeningsNJ. com or visit

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Based on spiritual practices from the shamans of the Andes and the Amazon, the Munay-Ki rites clear and upgrade the luminous energy field and are intended to help the initiate become a person of wisdom and healing, transforming the human into a being of transcended light and assisting in the awakening of humanity. Attendees receive all nine rites and learn to gift the rites to others. Must attend both days. Must register online

Touch Mother Earth – Jun 1-3. Fri open 5pm, Sat-Sun open 10am. Drum, dance and learn at this solution-based, zero waste, conscious community gathering, held on 183 acres of sacred land. Learn tools for sustainability. Yoga, drumming, dance. Weekend of music, lectures, activities, workshops. Enrichment 4 Kids and outdoor discovery. $25; kids under 16 free. Vendors, sponsors and work-trade welcome. Mount Eden Retreat, 56 Mill Pond Rd, Washington, NJ. TouchMotherEarth2018@gmail. com. JourneyDance – 7-8:30pm. Authentic movement, JourneyDance is a transformational dance that combines freestyle and guided movement that inspires well-being and empowerment. JourneyDance’s meditative joyful movement is for everyone. Come as you are, wherever you are on your journey. Bring a water bottle and dress comfortably for movement. $20. Anahata Yoga and Wellness, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-534-4989. EarthRhythmSacred

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Enjoy the outdoors while you shop from a bountiful, beautiful, fresh local harvest. Vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers, homemade and handmade goodies, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms and much more. Music by Back Porch Jug Band. Every Saturday, visit us to BUY LOCAL; SAVE BUCKS. Free. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St, between W State St and W Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarketManager@ Blood Chemistry Part I – 11am-1:30pm. “Reading Medical Blood Tests Naturally.” Take control of your health and learn about what’s going on in your body. Instructor: Dian Freeman. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP: 973-267-4816. Anatomy of Digestion and Elimination – 2-4:30pm. Instructor: Yvette Adams. Understanding your insides helps you begin to heal. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP: 973-267-4816.

Cost: $365 Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center 40 High St (rear), Mount Holly, NJ Intro to Kayaking Class – 3-5pm. This class will introduce you to the parts of a kayak, how to hold and move a kayak paddle, how to enter and exit a kayak, ways to keep your balance while kayaking and, of course, how to get around on the water. Class size is limited. Pre-registration/payment is required. $30. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter@

TUESDAY, JUNE 5 The Aging Brain – 6-8pm. Instructor: Dr Vincent Kiechlin, DC. Learn how and why the brain can age faster than the body and what we can do to slow deterioration. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP: 973-267-4816.

SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Stroll through the market and greet your farmers. Stock up with farm-fresh local food. Vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruit, homemade and handmade goodies, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms and so much more. Music by Bear Cave Tower folk duo. Come every Saturday and BUY LOCAL. Free. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St, between W State St and W Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarket Developing Intuition – 2-part series: June 9, 16. 11am-2pm. Instructor: Michael Ziakowski. Understand and develop different layers of psychic gifts and intuition. $100/public. $70/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP: 973-267-4816. M. Smerconish: Clowns to the Left of Me… – 1-2pm. The Doylestown Bookshop will be welcoming back host of CNN’s “Smerconish” and columnist Michael Smerconish for his newest book Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right. The Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. 215-230-7610.


Munay-Ki Rites of Peruvian Shamanism June 9-10 Two-day program • 1-5pm each day

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SUNDAY, JUNE 10 Reiki I Class – 10am-4pm. Reiki is a peaceful healing modality that can leave one feeling relaxed and less stressed. Anyone can learn to become a reiki practitioner. Are you ready? Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. Kathleen Tooley, 215-740-1354. Kathy@Anahata

TUESDAY, JUNE 12 Energetic Body Workshop – 6-8pm. Instructor: Michael Ziakowski. Understand energy principles and how they are affected by others’ energy, stones, crystals, technology and mood. $50/public. $35/ students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP: 973-267-4816.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 Stop Smoking/Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 6:307:30pm: Stop Smoking with Hypnosis. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. 7:30-8:30pm: Lose Weight with Hypnosis. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. $55 each session. Gauntlett Community Center, (Marple Newtown ARC), 20 Media Line Rd., Broomall, PA. Barry Wolfson, 908-303-7767. Hypnosis

FRIDAY, JUNE 15 Mood Balancing and Chakra Meditation – 7:308:30pm. Are you feeling out of balance; need a tune up? When you have one or more chakras out of balance, this may affect you in many ways. You may feel lethargic, unmotivated, unsupported and unloved. Let’s balance our chakras through meditation and essential oils. $15. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry,

215-661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYogaStudio. com.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 16 Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Savor summer fresh air. Shop outdoors while meeting your farmers. Feast your eyes on farm-fresh, beautiful, local food. Vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers, homemade and handmade goodies, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms and more. Live music from Elle. Come every Saturday and BUY LOCAL. Free. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St, between W State St and W Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarketManager@

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 Numerology Class – 7-8:30pm. Learn the basic soul path numbers for this lifetime. Calculate your life path, birthday, expression, heart’s desire, personality, personal year and maturity numbers. Fun way to see what you are here to learn, what talents you brought forward and what you are here to accomplish. Live soulfully, joyfully with this healing. $20. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073. Lyn@

THURSDAY, JUNE 21 Embrace Your Wild Woman Solstice – 7-8pm. In summertime we shine gloriously. Join in sisterhood with a playful ceremony to embrace your bright glow of the season. The wild woman shines her light unapologetically, knows all have their unique light and is at ease expressing what is there inside of her, her voice, her gifts. Pre-registration is required. $25. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073. Lyn@

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Welcome summer as you stock up on fresh-picked, beautiful, local food from your farmers. Vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers, homemade and handmade goodies, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms and so much more. Live music from Toby Mochel. Every Saturday, BUY LOCAL; SAVE BUCKS. Free. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St, between W State St and W Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarketManager@ Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair – Jun 23-24. Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. 10th annual event. Tune up your body, mind and spirit. Experience the love of higher consciousness. Featuring guest speakers every hour, area psychics, energy healers, shamanic practitioners, mind/body therapists, holistic practitioners, massage & stress management, artwork, jewelry, crystals, stones, gems, natural food court. $7 for 2-day admission. The Event Center by Cornerstone, New Hope Eagle Fire House, 46 N Sugan Rd, New Hope. Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment, 267-261-2768. Muscle Testing Part I – 11am-1:30pm. Instructor: Dian Freeman. Learn and practice testing the points on the body that reflect the nutritional and health status of the body. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP: 973-267-4816.

Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair Saturday June, 23rd • 10am - 6pm Sunday June, 24 th • 10am - 5pm The Event Center By Cornerstone New Hope Eagle Fire House 46 North Sugan Road • New Hope, PA 18938

FESTIVITIES INCLUDE: Guest Speakers Every Hour • Psychics, Mediums & Tarot Readers • Holistic, Shamanic & Reiki Practitioners Massage & Energy Healers • Herbalists & CBD Products Artwork & Jewelry • Crystals, Rocks, Gemstones & Salt Lamps • New Age Aroma & Spiritual Products Aura Photography • Door Prizes • Food Court $

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Sharon Roache’s ability is to Clear and Balance your Energy, Reconnecting you to Spirit. Private & Group Sessions Reiki Certification Classes To schedule a session, please call 215.534.1691 T June 2018


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Vegan Fest at Weavers Way Ambler – 11am-3pm. Demos and sampling, workshops, live music, allvegan hot bar, vegan product store tours, vegan gift basket raffle and more. Free. Weavers Way Coop– Ambler, 217 E Butler Ave, Ambler. 215-843-2350. event/vegan-fest-2018. Family Yoga – 1-2pm. Everyone in the family can do yoga together. This class/workshop 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 per family. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYogaStudio. com. A Midsummer Gathering at Greenshire – 1-7pm. Come celebrate Midsummer. Events include singing bowls, chair massage, aura photography, qigong, Reconnection, fire circle, music, drumming, pranayama for longevity, yummy food, art exhibition/sale, vendors. Additional vendors and art submissions welcome. Contact Greenshire if interested. Free. Greenshire Institute for Holistic Studies, 3620 Sterner Mill Rd, Quakertown. Arlene Curley, 215-538-0976. Info@GreenshireInstitute. org. Energy Overview – 2-4:30pm. Instructor: Dian Freeman. Healing comes from sharing, internalizing and applying energetic vibrations through thoughts, crystals, colors, harmonics, various divination tools, intention, touch and energetic remedies. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP: 973-267-4816.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24 Health & Healing Fair – Noon-3pm. Anahata’s Health & Healing events are a low-cost way to sample some of the services we offer. Only $20 for 20 minutes of reflexology, reiki, Reconnective Healing, massage or Zero Balancing. No appointments necessary, but we’re happy to schedule you. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. Kathleen Tooley, 215-740-1354. Anahata

TUESDAY, JUNE 26 Women’s Prosperity Network (WPN) Breakfast – 8-10am. 4th Tues. New group. Women’s Prosperity Networking Breakfast, Doylestown Chapter, invites women professionals and business owners to discuss this month’s Mastermind topic. Promotional material welcome. With online registration, $35 per WPN member; $45 guests and repeat visitors. Shiatsu Bodywork Therapies, 800 W State St, Ste 103, Doylestown. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. Lavabigail@gmail. com.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 An Evening with Your Angels – 6-9pm. Instructor: Debi Weinstein. Group healing session and messages from your angels, guides, departed loved ones and conscious enlightened beings. $50/public. $35/ students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP: 973-267-4816.

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. Quantum Spoon Bending – July 20 Learn how our intentions and visualization can alter reality. Use these protocols to heal yourself and others, and to manifest your desires. The principles demonstrated in this class access the same field of information as quantum mechanics and the unified field. Experience first-hand that techniques based on energy can soften the metal of spoons and forks so that they become miraculously malleable. Taught by Gene Ang, PhD, Yale. 85-95 percent of attendees succeed in using these techniques to alter physical reality. $55. Pipersville. Arcturian Healing Method, Level 1 – July 21-22 Taught by Gene Ang, PhD, a Yale neurobiologist, this divine healing method is a set of new healing tools and cosmic energies inspired by higher beings from the star system Arcturus. Become attuned to the Arcturian healing light, a form of light, energy and information meant to accelerate a person’s evolution. 9am-5pm each day. $375. Pipersville. Note: Levels 2 and 3 will be taught July 23-26. Ascended Masters Retreat in the Grand Tetons, WY – July 27-29 The Ascended Masters assist us in achieving our own self-mastery and guide the expansion of light on the planet. In addition to the teachings by Dana Micucci, we will go on a Snake River raft trip, hike up to Inspiration Point and experience energetic upgrades and activations as we connect with the Cave of Symbols in Idaho, in view of the etheric Table Mountain Retreat of Saint Germain. Splendors of Ancient Greece – October 2-13 Explore the architectural masterpieces of Athens, including the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus and the Parthenon. Discover the Oracle of Delphi, one of the most spectacular mystical sites in the world. Then, on to the Aegean island of Crete, where we will visit the Palace of Knossos and the Paliani Monastery, a pilgrimage site, where the voice of the Virgin Mary was heard and the Sacred Myrtle Tree is found. Lastly, we will take a ferry to Santorini, the most beautiful Greek island. Costa Rica Winter Escape Retreat – January 20-27 Escape the winter for a week of R&R at the beautiful rainforest Arenal Springs Resort and Spa. Discover a staggering world of exotic wildlife, flora and fauna, with plenty of time to relax at the spa and hot thermal pools. Visit a coffee and pineapple farm, enjoy a boat tour in the wildlife refuge, hike to the waterfalls and visit the colorful Sarchi Village, a World Heritage site. Gorgeous lodging and fresh, healthy food. See Susan’s website for other upcoming events and sacred journeys!


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Susan Wiggs: Between You and Me – 6:30-7:30pm. Join us at the Doylestown Bookshop for a reading and book signing with #1 New York Times Bestselling author Susan Wiggs. Wiggs will be introducing her new book, Between You and Me. The Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. 215-230-7610.

savethedate Hamsa Holistic Health Fair July 8 • 10am-5pm

Cost: $7 in advance Under 15 years old free

Beaver Brook Country Club 25 Country Club Dr, Annandale, NJ


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AWAKEN HighVibe Art & Music Festival – 11am-7pm. Join us at this mindfully positive fundraising event, benefiting five local nonprofits. Positive and spiritual art and music, holistic and natural products, workshops and meditations, healthy food, special closing event by David Young, free parking. Free attendance (donations welcome). David Young event $25, $35 at door. Moumgis Auditorium at Delaware Valley University, 700 E Butler Ave, Doylestown. Greg Campisi, 215-4804856.

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savethedate Amaya Victoria Weekend July 13-15 A weekend of healing events with spiritual teacher, channel and healer Amaya Victoria. Individual sessions available 7/13, 11am-4pm and 7/14, 10am-3pm. Three workshops are offered throughout the weekend. See this month’s news brief for more details.

Cost: Heartspeak Healing $160; Personal Channeling $185; Workshops $40 each with $10 discount for multiple workshops Soulutions for Daily Living 126 N State St, Newtown


savethedate 2018 MUFON National Symposium Extraterrestrials, UFOs and the Future of Humanity

July 27-29

Registration begins 7:30am Learn about UFOs and extraterrestrial phenomenon through dynamic lectures, panel discussions, investigative research, personal experiences, film screenings and more.

Early Bird Discount: Enter code CHERRY50 for $50 off Full Symposium ticket price. Special ends June 30.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Philadelphia-Cherry Hill, 2349 W Marlton Pk, Cherry Hill, NJ

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$30 for 30 words, then $1/word. Email by the 5th, or call Joe at 908-405-1515.

This unique fair brings together complementary healing methods, spiritual guides and health and wellness products, services and practitioners to the general public. Beautiful art, music and healthy food available.

JourneyDance into Wholeness – 7:30-9pm. Balance must be kept, surrender, control, light, dark. Our strong and weak patterning is what makes us a unique life-force power in the universe. This dance will invite you to explore where your body and consciousness are balanced and will ask you how you want to be in the world. $25. Shanteel Yoga Sanctuary, 111 N Branch St, Sellersville. Kelly Thomke, 215-534-4989.

Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Join this Saturday’s Market Raffle Basket Fundraiser. Stock up on beautiful, fresh-picked, local-grown food. Vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers, homemade and handmade goodies, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms and more. Live music from Fiorenza-Dowlin Duo. Come every Saturday and BUY LOCAL. Free. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St, between W State St and W Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727.


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FOR RENT Beautiful, positive energy-filled, SHARED TREATMENT ROOMS available in Harleysville. Are you a healing arts practitioner looking for a place to share your gifts? We have space for you. Six-month minimum commitment. Call 215-740-1354 or email Kathy@Anahata

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sunday Sunday Celebration of Spirit in Our Lives – 9:30-11am. Celebrate the joy of the silence of spirit within. Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA) practices of re-cognizing yourself as a soul, through soul transcendence. Meditations, chant a tone called Ani-HU, read from some beautiful inspirational books and quiet our minds so we can hear our self. Free. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073.

Kids & Teen Yoga at Airmid Wellness – 5 & 6pm. 5pm: Ages 4-9 love to role-play and pretend. This class lets them be who they are. It’s high-energy and fast-paced to keep them focused and moving. Each class is developed around a theme that aims to educate the whole child. 6pm: Ages 10-17 have many changes occurring in their lives; yoga builds confidence, self-esteem, patience, flexibility and their search for identity. Jen Leary, instructor and mother. Drop-ins welcome. $15. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Ed Salkind, 609-220-9982. Quest for Health Q&A Session – 6-8pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Bruce Lipton says our bodies hear our thoughts, respond to our beliefs and create the health we think is possible. Do you want less pain, more energy, more clarity in your daily life? Bring your questions to our open Q&A sessions on the first and third Mondays of the month. $15. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Pipersville. Shirley Scranta, 215-795-8065. 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. Sensual Dance In Our Temple Body – 7-8pm. Gently, gracefully, we feel good in our body, allowing it to rebalance to greater health. Sensual movement supports grounding into our deva. Play with movements that inspire, delight of femininity and smoothes out our shape. Egyptian traditionist, ancient woman’s secrets for feeling good in our bodies, awakening our intuition and flowing grace. $15. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073. Lyn@

Intro to the ChiroThin Weight Loss System – 7-7:30pm. Do you have 15+ pounds you’d like to lose? Have you tried other diets but are tired of the prepackaged food, frozen meals or slow results? The ChiroThin Weight Loss System uses real food and averages 20-30lb weight loss in six weeks. Space is limited. RSVP to reserve your space. Free. Samsel Integrative Health, 305 Corporate Dr E, Langhorne. 215-944-8424. Drs@SamselHealth. com.

wednesday Intuitive Medium Readings – In-person readings, afternoon and evening appointments available. Receive messages of love, guidance and support from deceased loved ones, guides and angels from an intuitive medium and certified intuitive life coach. Ambler. Linda Harbaugh, 484-904-9268. Linda@

Reiki Share – 2-3:30pm. 1st Sun. Open to all levels of reiki practitioners. This is a beautiful opportunity to participate in giving and receiving reiki in a spirit of love, friendship and joy. Donations accepted. Pipersville. Sharon Roache, 215-534-1691.


Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. HilleryWoods

Life and Business Coaching Class – 7-9pm. Find out what always stops you. Free. 165 Passaic Ave, 2nd Flr, Fairfield, NJ. RSVP via text to Herb at Lobster Lab Media, #lobsterlabmedia or 973-223-8840.

tuesday Women’s Prosperity Network (WPN) Breakfast – 8-10am. 4th Tues. New group. Women’s Prosperity Networking Breakfast, Doylestown Chapter, invites women professionals and business owners to discuss this month’s Mastermind topic. Promotional material welcome. With online registration, $35 per WPN member; $45 guests and repeat visitors. Shiatsu Bodywork Therapies, 800 W State St, Ste 103, Doylestown. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. Lavabigail@gmail. com. Dosha Balancing Vinyasa – 9:30-10:45am. With the help of ayurvedic wisdom, our physical practice can balance our lifestyle. Choosing the right movements and sequence gives the student a practice with purpose. In the spring we focus on stimulating digestion and moving stagnant energy. Asana informed by ayurveda with a purpose to heal, transform and deepen self-awareness. $15. Roots &

Healthy Aging Chair Yoga – 11am-noon. The chair is a great way to practice yoga. Applying the principles of alignment make this a dynamic and effective way to experience yoga with support. Gain confidence in your body, move with awareness and achieve the deep peace and relaxation that moving mindfully can give you. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. Info@Hillery Community Acupuncture – 3-6pm. Seated in a serene group environment, receive affordable acupuncture for stress management, detox, routine health/pain issues and overall wellness. $35. Mention NA to waive initial $15 paperwork fee. Online scheduling via or call 215-348-8058. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. Paolo Propato. BridgeWellness@ Quantum Leap in Joy and Freedom – 3:304:30pm. Combine proprioceptive exercise with mindful mediation classes. Join like-minded women that want to co-create the life they want, effortlessly and joyfully. Learn how to connect your body, mind and spirit. $20. Medicine in Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Ste F-90, Langhorne. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. Lavabigail@gmail. com.


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community. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

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Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. HilleryWoods

thursday Tibetan Heart Yoga – 9:30-11am. Slow-paced yoga practice with mantra, mudra and pranayama. Learn new ways to focus your mind and apply the teachings to your life. This month’s practice will focus on the bhandas, keeping and moving vital energy. This is for practitioners that are ready to propel their already established practice. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. HilleryWoods Chair Yoga at Airmid Wellness – Patti Tuberty – 11am-noon. Even if you have limited mobility, unable to sit on the ground or have trouble getting up, chair yoga offers people all ages and abilities all the benefits of traditional yoga in a chair. Classes feature gentle movements and postures, breathing and meditation to help increase your strength, flexibility and energy. There’s no need to miss the benefits of yoga because you may have restrictions. No prior experience necessary. Drop-ins welcome. $15. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Ed Salkind, 609-220-9982. EdSalkind. Nature Book Club in the Earthship – 6-8pm. Last Thursday. Contact Lee Roach at SLNCNature Silver Lake Nature Cen-

ter’s Earthship, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-7851177.

friday Gentle and Relaxing Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. Thoughtful sequencing geared toward boomers. The class will learn how to do weight-bearing postures that support joints and prevent injury. Postural strength-building and restoring vital energy benefit your life off the mat. Classes taught by a licensed professional who offers personalized modifications to help you succeed in learning yoga. $15. Roots &

Affordable Acupuncture Clinic at Airmid – 3-6pm. Acupuncture stimulates movement of energy within the body, allowing natural healing to take place. Acupuncture treatments help to prevent illness by improving the overall functioning of the body’s immune and organ systems. A sliding scale, and coming weekly increases the likelihood of long-lasting effects. Reserve a time or just drop-in. $30-45. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Pam Milask, 215-858-7554. EdSalkind.

saturday 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. $45. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Plumsteadville. Shirley Scranta, 215-795-8065.

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Featuring specialty yoga, ayurvedic spa, therapeutic massage, jin shin jyutsu and far-infrared sauna in a boutique wellness retreat. At Roots & Wings, you’ll learn self-healing rituals to sustain your vital essence. See ad, page 25.


Andrew Persky, DC 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 4A, Warrington 215-491-4200 • LifeAligned offers a unique treatment for chronic musculoskeletal and neurological pain conditions, offering a safe, gentle alternative to drugs, surgery or traditional chiropractic “twisting” and “cracking”. See ad, page 41.

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SAMSEL INTEGRATIVE HEALTH Katie Samsel, DC 215-944-8424

Let’s make pain a part of your past. Integrative chiropractic care in a warm, familiar setting. Applied kinesiology, lifestyle support, ayurveda, nutrition and weight loss. See ad, page 13.


610-394-0502 Visit website for free gift. End the war on stress, anxiety and overwhelm; find peace without medication. Tanya is a skilled, experienced coach utilizing methods therapists don’t tend to use in their day-to-day practice. Get started today. You’re not alone. See ad, page 41.


1260 Old York Rd, Warminster 215-293-0744 • Gain your power back from depression, trauma, abuse, neglect, illness, addiction, anxiety, stress or weight issues. Support your wellbeing, increase your energy and flexibility with alternative classes and services for adults, kids and adolescents including yoga, meditation, massage and acupuncture. See ad, page 15.


Center for Spiritual Health and Wellness 366 Easton Rd, Warrington 215-431-8122 • Deborah Paul and Jamie Nichols are part of the talented family of healers at Lina’s Harmony. Our classes, spiritual workshops, crystals and jewelry are designed to create a positive, supportive environment to work on spiritual health and wellness without judgment. Walkin hours are on Wednesdays from 2-5pm.

THE ROOM AT MEADOWBROOK Lyn Hicks • 215-813-4073 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville

An educational center for spiritual enlightenment, which nourishes the holistic lifestyle. The Room hosts classes, workshops, retreats and is available for rental to instructors sharing the healing and expressive arts. See ad, page 29.


Alexis Zankman Lee 5 Evergreen Ave, Warminster 215-323-4244 • Asking for help is not a l w a y s e a s y. We provide individualized therapy in a warm, supportive environment for children, adults and families. Please call for a free consultation.


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 24.

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Beth Skovron, DDS 595 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville 215-822-3860 • Enjoy an anxiety-free dental experience. You no longer have to be nervous about going to the dentist. From the moment you open the doors, our friendly and courteous team will make you feel comfortable in our relaxing spa atmosphere. Choose from a wide range of holistic services. See ad with special offers, back page.


102 S Bellevue Ave, Langhorne 267-374-0187 Jean White is a holistic nurse and expert Healing Touch practitioner/ instructor who has been successfully helping people for two decades. She helps women that feel fatigued and have trouble getting through the day tap into their hidden energy reserves to feel alive, excited and ready to rock their world.

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

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo focuses on providing oral health solutions through holistic, biologically compatible and organic practices. It is one of the world’s most accomplished centers for periodontal and implant care, which integrates wellness services into their therapeutic approach. He is experienced at immediate total tooth replacement with metal-free dental implants, treating gum disease with LANAP, a no-cut, no-sew method of treating gum disease, comfortable gum grafting with PRGF, implant denture solutions and chronic pain management. See ad, page 3.


Weavers Way Ambler is member-owned and open to the public. The new store includes a café, full-service butcher, bulk and prepared foods. See ad, page 13.



215-736-3803 Let the masterpiece that is you e m e rg e . P r o v i d i n g n e u r o emotional technique, lifestyle and wellness coaching, creative chiropractic care, energy healing, mind/body healing education and workshops.


108 Cowpath Rd, Stes 3 & 4, Lansdale 215-542-2100 Bringing a personalized and holistic approach to hospice care. Our trained volunteers offer aromatherapy, massage therapy, reiki and pet therapy to bring healing and wholeness to clients and their families. See ad, page 39.



1075 Main St, Hellertown Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5pm; Sat, 9:30am-3pm


Why an organic mattress? Remove toxic chemicals from the bedroom, naturally flame retardant, repels dust mites, mold and mildew, naturally regulates temperatures and improves spinal alignment. Say goodbye to toxic gases, allergies, night sweats and back pain with an environmentally friendly mattress. Serving the community since 2004. See ad, page 15.

908-303-7767 • HypnosisCounselingCenter. com

Bucks County is home to twelve remaining covered bridges, many located on the beautiful country roads of Bucks County. 52

Barry Wolfson 28 Mine St, Flemington, NJ 43 Tamarack Cir, Princeton, NJ 2 East Northfield Rd, Livingston, NJ 3400 Valley Forge Cir, King of Prussia

With 30 years experience, Hypnosis Counseling Center of NJ utilizes traditional counseling methods and the art of hypno-therapy in private and group settings. Regularly holds adult education seminars, works with hospitals, fitness centers and individuals wanting to better their lives. Specializes in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. See ad, page 7.

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LIFE COACHING ANNA DAVIS, CPC 267-753-6944 Anna is a Certified Professional Coach, empowering women over 40 feeling overwhelmed, unmotivated, or dissatisfied with life. Whether it’s your career, health or relationships, Anna specializes in the Law of Attraction and can help you attract the life you really want.


Joan Summers, Certified Equine Gestalt Coach and Reiki Master 267-272-9343 • Joan will guide you with compassion and an open heart on a journey of selfdiscovery and healing. She offers healing for her clients impacted by trauma and/or experiencing PTSD, anxiety, feeling stuck, grief, low self-esteem and needing connection and purpose. See ad, page 29.


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 14.


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.


Licensed Massage Therapist Out Calls Only in Bucks/Montgomery 917-656-5523 • Recently relocated after 35+ years of private practice in Manhattan. Offering deep tissue, Swedish, ionizing detoxifying footbaths, energy balancing and craniosacral work. City massage at country prices. Visit BestNewYork for more info. Stay young and get younger.


Laurie Van Valkenburgh, ACBT, LMT 6064 Upper Mountain Rd, New Hope 800 W State St, Doylestown • 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. See ad, page 19.

MEDIATION SERVICES CLARITY MEDIATION SERVICES Lauren A Walton NY Peace Institute Trained Mediator 732-299-1751 Serving the NY, NJ and PA areas

Conflict is natural as no group shares identical values, wants, needs and ideas. Lauren Walton provides a safe place to talk freely and openly, plus improve personal conflict resolution and communication skills. See ad, page 33.


Linda Harbaugh Intuitive Medium Certified Life Coach • 484-904-9268 Delivering messages of love, guidance and support from deceased loved ones, guides and angels via 30- or 60-minute telephone or in-person readings. A certified life coach, Linda also offers intuitive coaching packages to help you navigate life, jobs and relationships. Psychology degree, former teacher, 30 years business experience.

NATUROPATHY LICENSED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR Julie Lachman, ND, LLC 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 3G, Warrington 267-406-0782 •

Julie Lachman, ND, graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and has maintained a thriving practice in Bucks County since 2012. NDs are experts in complex diseases, like autoimmune diseases and infertility. Dr Lachman has additional training in women’s health, pediatrics and autism.

LICENSED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR Khadija Douglas, ND 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 3G, Warrington 267-406-0782 •

Khadija Douglas, ND, graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and Dr Lachman is excited to have her join the practice. Dr Douglas focuses on blood pressure, weight loss and mental health and is passionate about getting to the root cause of your health problems.


Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown, NJ 973-267-4816 Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman has a private practice and nutrition school in Morristown, NJ. She teaches a six-month nutritional certification course and has certified over 850 graduates in Holistic Health over the last 15 years. She also practices frequency biofeedback, teaches one-day classes and lectures widely. Dian is currently finishing her doctorate in Medical Humanities at Drew University, in Madison, NJ, and may be reached at 973-2674816, email at or visit See ad, page 11.

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 25.


Adult or teen weekly collage-card small group workshops help promote self-actualization through creative, intuitive and mindfulness process. Selfrealizations through engaging in satisfying practice of creating, reflecting and interpreting visual imagery. Contact or see website for more information.

PET GROOMING THE SPA AT HOLIDAY HOUSE ON STATE 42 E State St, Doylestown 215-345-6960

Liz Sines is an award-winning National and International Master Groomer. Clean, balanced, natural looks and breed-specific styles. Featuring all-natural, Americanmade salon products. High-quality grooming experience in a relaxed atmosphere.

Built in 1762 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Mill Grove (owned and operated by Montgomery County) was the first American home of renowned artist, author and naturalist John James Audubon.

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Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor 215-233-6226


Joan Summers, Certified Reiki Master and Gestalt Coach 267-272-9343 •

Dr. Daila Pravs is trained in integrative, functional medicine and specializes in family medicine, women’s health, urinary tract infections, colds, rashes, musculoskeletal concerns, nutrition and food intolerance, nutrigenomics, stress, sleep, emotional wellbeing, digestive wellness and environmental factors. See ad, page 23.


Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor 215-233-6226 Dr. Heidi Wittels is a functional medical doctor who specializes in “whole-person” diagnosis and integrative treatment of Lyme disease, mold sensitivity and biotoxins, cognitive decline, autoimmune disease, metabolic syndrome, hyperlipidemia, digestive concerns, nutrigenomics and methylation. See ad, page 23.


Joseph Carchedi, MD, ABIHM • 215-780-1898 Dr. Carchedi is a board-certified integrative holistic medicine physician who practices personalized functional medicine, getting to the root cause of every illness. He performs IV therapies and is a member of the American College of Nutrition. See ad, page 3.




Experience peace of mind, enlightened awareness and physical restoration. The connections between physical pain and emotional trauma are often revealed during an intuitive reiki session. It is a practice of compassion and spiritual connection. See ad, page 29.


4 Terry Dr, Ste 12 Atrium Bldg, Newtown 215-968-9000 • A fully organic, holistic, eco-friendly 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 7.


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.

DOYLESTOWN VETERINARY HOSPITAL & HOLISTIC PET CARE 380 N Shady Retreat Rd, Doylestown 215-345-6000

Improving the lives of pets through acupuncture, herbal therapy, homeopathy, nutritional counseling and integration of holistic therapies with conventional medicine for customized approach to care. See ad, page 31.

MEADOWBROOK ANIMAL HEALING Suzanne Walski, DVM 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville 610-847-2776 •

Dr. Suzanne Walski has been serving the community since 1987. Currently providing chiropractic, TCVM acupuncture, K-Laser, Bach Flower, and nutritional/food therapy. Geriatric and pets with complicated health issues welcome. See ad, page 29.


Maria Lisa Lambert, MD Alene Bender Herman, MSN, CRNP 233 Lancaster Ave, Ste 103, Ardmore 610-642-1330 • Integrative women’s health and general gynecology. Specializing in bioidentical hormone therapy and functional medicine for women.

Montgomery County has a larger population than the states of Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska and North Dakota, and the District of Columbia.

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Livable Communities - JUNE 2018  

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

Livable Communities - JUNE 2018  

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