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hen I met my husband, Matt, I thought that activism was for other people—people with more time and more heart. On one of our first dates, he told me, “I’m working on a film project about overcrowding in the Philadelphia prison system.” I was intimidated and a little embarrassed at not being up on the topic. I think I managed to say something like “Sounds kind of heavy.” I had no idea how much I would learn in the ensuing five years, or who I might become. That project eventually became Broken on All Sides, an 68-minute documentary film about the intersection of class, race and the prison-industrial complex. Matt shot, directed, edited and distributed it; I spent many hours watching him work and going with him to protests and conferences, ingesting the issue on a deeper level and eventually becoming a collaborator on the final cut. The critically acclaimed film has been screened in more than 50 locations since its release in 2011, including at a conference of civil rights leaders in Selma, Alabama, and a panel with Angela Davis in Berkeley, California. The experience of working with Matt on this project opened my eyes and my heart to a deep injustice. For the first time in my life, I discovered what it means to be a real part of the struggles of others and experienced the joy and the exhaustion of the hard daily work involved in advocating for system change. Since we started working on the film, issues of race and the criminal justice system have made their way to the forefront of America’s national consciousness. The murder of Trayvon Martin in Florida was the first of a succession of troubling deaths of young black men to come under public scrutiny. The violent death of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, and a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who shot him touched off a wave of protest around the country. Subsequent controversial police shootings, as well as a horrific mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, have heightened the intensity of African Americans’ pain and frustration and have made it clear that racism is still alive and well in our society, despite all the gains of the last generation of the civil rights movement. From the pain and frustration, however, a spark of hope has emerged in the form of a grassroots effort led by the young people whose lives are on the line. #BlackLivesMatter is the hashtag and the movement that’s taking on police brutality, the injustices of our criminal system and a rapidly expanding prison population—all of which have had a disproportionate impact on black and brown communities. The movement is already leading to change, and it is deeply fulfilling to feel like our movie and organizing might have had some hand in that. I’m excited that, in the spirit of this issue’s theme, “Working Together,” Natural Awakenings can showcase the incredible people working to transform our communities and our world. The changemakers we’ve profiled in this issue are profoundly inspirational—but it’s important to note that they are not superhuman. Time and hearts have a way of opening up. Any and all of us can “be the change we want to see in the world” and transform ourselves and others in the process. I’m living proof of that. I hope that this issue helps you find the inspiration to move out of your comfort zone and into action. I’ll meet you on the other side, and I’ll be cheering you on.

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ink Optical, a new eyewear boutique with a commitment to making glasses people love in a low-pressure environment, celebrates its grand opening at 11 a.m., October 28, in the Baederwood Shopping Center, at 1649 The Fairway, in Jenkintown. The grand opening event will be a chance for the public to “See And Be Seen” and to donate old eyeglasses to those in need. While the name might be new, the family launching WINK Optical is no stranger to the eyewear profession or to this community. The founders of Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs have been delivering eyewear and eyecare at multiple locations in the area for five generations. “For the first time, glasses are fun!” says owner Norma Messinger Meshkov, whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather were optometrists and wholesale optical lab managers. “The technology and fashion have evolved so much in the past few years alone, and it continues to change all of the time. It’s exciting to be able to show people what our glasses can do for their vision and their look. This may be my grandfather’s business, but these aren’t your grandfather’s glasses.” For more information, call 215-935-6320 or visit See ad, page 13.


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reenshire Arts Consortium will host monthly Radiant Heart Qigong workshops led by Jeremy Harlow, of Dances with Spirit, beginning October 3. Harlow brings his expertise to Greenshire as he teaches mind/body methods of self-development, including qigong, Taiji Quan and body-centered meditation. Harlow’s signature program of Radiant Heart Qigong is designed to Jeremy Harlow cover many aspects of qigong training, including physical, energetic and spiritual practices, and culminating in the opening and activation of one’s radiant heart center. This style of qigong is taught in the basic qigong meditation stance, and can be easily modified to be practiced sitting in a chair. Qigong can be used to organically heal and transform old wounds, increase physical health and vitality, attain emotional balance and mental clarity, and increase access to one’s inherent spiritual potential. Along with the qigong workshops, Harlow will also be offering biodynamic craniosacral healing bodywork, which aims to release old wounds, memories and patterns, while encouraging one’s natural radiance to shine through. Both the qigong workshops and healing sessions can be scheduled by contacting Greenshire. Location: 3620 Sterner Mill Rd., Quakertown. For more information, call 215-538-0976 or visit See listings, page 35.

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study at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine has found that the brain is directly connected to the body’s immune system through a previously unknown set of lymphatic vessels. The discovery furthers the understanding for medical scientists of how the brain’s immune system works. While it’s been known for decades that lymphatic vessels transport immune cells through the rest of the body, confirming that this also occurs within the brain has been elusive. The discovery is attributed to Antoine Louveau, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at UVA. He says, “It changes entirely the way we perceive the neuro-immune interaction. We always perceived it before as something esoteric that can’t be studied, but now we can ask mechanistic questions.” According to researchers, physicians can now examine the physical connection between the immune system and the brain instead of only studying how the brain responds to immune issues; it might also improve how diseases like Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, autism and others are understood and treated.

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study published in Pediatric Surgery International has determined that children that listened to music or audio books experienced significantly less pain after undergoing major surgery than those that did not. Pain scores were monitored before and after treatments. Fifty-six children, ages 9 to 14, were divided into three groups—one heard 30 minutes of songs chosen by the children from a list of popular music, another listened to audio books and the third (control) wore noise-canceling headphones. Pain scores were monitored before and after treatments. Those that listened to the music or audio books experienced significant reductions in pain compared to the control group.

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November 1 is Extra Mile Day Shawn Anderson’s mission is to empower 1 million people to answer the question, “Why live a life that is unfulfilling?” He created Extra Mile Day held on November 1 to remind people that they each have the power to create positive changes in families, organizations and communities when they go the extra mile. This year, more than 400 mayors have committed to supporting the event to make an Extra Mile Day declaration. In 2009, Anderson pedaled solo across the U.S. and interviewed 200 people that had gone the extra mile to overcome dramatic setbacks or had risked everything in order to accomplish something extraordinary. He says, “I was thrilled when 23 mayors supported the mission in that inaugural year.” His Facebook page now boasts 20,000 fans. Submit a story at and visit

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New York State Bans Fracking The Empire State has now officially banned fracking after a seven-year review process. New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens states, “After exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts, prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative. Highvolume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated.” A findings statement concludes, “There are no feasible or prudent alternatives that adequately avoid or minimize adverse environmental impacts and address risks to public health from this activity.” Two groups heavily involved in the campaign, New Yorkers Against Fracking and Americans Against Fracking, praised the decision. Industry groups have threatened to sue, but the attorneys at Earthjustice ( are confident that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s exhaustive review will withstand any legal challenges and the nonprofit pledges to stand alongside the state in case of such actions. Vermont outlawed the practice in 2012. Source:


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Upbeat Forecast for Long-Term Emissions New data from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that overall domestic energy consumption is slowing and isn’t expected to grow much over the next 25 years, despite a growing economy and population. Usage is forecast to rise 0.3 percent annually between now and 2040, or just half the expected population growth rate, and dramatically less than the 2.4 percent projections for economic growth through 2040. Greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels are expected to increase only 0.1 percent in the same period. Thanks to a public embrace of energy efficiency, residential fuel consumption may not grow at all over the next quarter-century. With more Americans driving electric and other energy-efficient vehicles, energy use in the transportation sector will decline slightly and gasoline consumption is expected to drop more than 20 percent by 2040. Industrial energy use is expected to grow at less than 1 percent. College students nationwide are supporting the reported progress by conducting divestment campaigns at universities, including Divest Harvard. At a recent event, alumni, including Bill McKibben, founder of, and former Colorado Senator Tim Wirth, joined students in protesting any investment of the school’s huge endowment fund in fossil fuel companies. Source:

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National Festival Celebrates the Art of Storytelling Mix public speaking, acting, comedy and music and we get the performance art of storytelling, practiced by the likes of Mark Twain and Garrison Keillor. The largest related celebration is the 43rd annual International Storytelling Festival, held from October 2 through 4 this year in Jonesborough, Tennessee. More than 15 award-winning storytellers scheduled include Kim Weitkamp, who mixes humorous personal and family stories and original songs; Charlotte Blake Alston, who tells traditional and contemporary stories of African and African-American oral culture, accompanied by native instruments; and Andy Offutt Irwin, known for his mouth noises and the adventures of his 85-year-old Aunt Marguerite Van Camp. Attendees can also tell stories at Story Slam! and Swappin’ Ground events and workshops. Festival producer the International Storytelling Center, together with the Library of Congress and American Folklife Center, also conducts a 26-week Teller-in-Residence training program. Storytelling is not only mentally challenging, it facilitates family and community bonding in a highly social and entertaining format. For more information and preregistration, visit

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tress responses do not live entirely in the brain, as emotional stresses. Other parts of the body can hold stress responses as well—think of the feelings of “butterflies” in the stomach or a “lump” in the throat. Neuro emotional technique (NET) can identify where those negative response patterns exist—whether we are aware of it or not—and help release them. NET is a mind-body technique that finds and releases neurological imbalances held or “stuck” in some area of the body, related to the physiology of unresolved stress. NET acknowledges the relationship between the body’s emotional stress, environmental toxicity, nutritional imbalance and structural imbalances. “Emotions such as fear, anger, sadness, dread and anxiety can affect us even years after the original event that caused them. The inability to let go of these emotions may cause self-

destructive behaviors or even chronic illness,” says Dr. Lisa Rhodes, an NET practitioner at Integrative Health Care, in Fountainville. “We are usually unable to see the link between present behavior and the past event, so NET is used to identify the link and release the associated lingering emotional charge.” Originally created in the early

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1980s by chiropractor Scott Walker, NET is performed by a trained practitioner using a manual muscle test to determine if the body is in harmony with an unresolved event or stressor. The patient is asked to think about the source(s) of their emotional stress at the moment. Their body’s reactions while thinking about the stressor indicate to the practitioner where the stress is being held. “With muscle testing, we can quickly track down the current and past events that are related to these old perceptions, stresses and memories,” explains Dr. Susan Burger, an NET practitioner at Dr. Susan Burger’s Vitality Center, in Morrisville. “As the patient remembers the traumatic event, the body replicates the physiology that occurred at the time of the event. Through the principles of acupuncture and neurology, we can safely and easily release those old patterns, freeing us to act and react in current time, rather than by the dynamics of old experiences.” Generally, patients receive immediate results from NET. “People have explained this as feeling lighter, less burdened or as if a weight has been removed from their shoulders,” says Rhodes. “If I am working with pain, the pain will often resolve before they leave the office.” Burger notes that NET does not replace psychological counseling and “talk” therapy, but the mind-body technique is useful in releasing the physical

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manifestations of emotions held in the body. “Emotions are a part of our experience as human beings, and need not be judged as good or bad,” she says. “However, if emotions are not fully processed, they can cause an unresolved pattern of stress that continues to reside in the body. These memories and perceptions can subconsciously affect us, often unknowingly, in the present.” NET practitioners are fairly unlimited in their ability to address the physical and behavioral stress-related conditions of their patients, including body pains, headaches, phobias, general anxiety, self-sabotaging behaviors, organ dysfunctions and more. It is important to understand that NET does not cure or heal the patient, but removes blocks to the natural health of the body, allowing the body to repair itself as nature intended. “The mind and body are an integrated whole. Our body thinks and feels,” says Burger. “In my 30 years of practice, I have repeatedly observed how old emotional traumas can manifest as illness, tension and imbalances in our bodies, behaviors and decisions.

Using NET allows a deeper level of healing to take place by releasing the ‘charge’ of these ‘stuck’ emotional traumas. I find that this can often dramatically allow healing to occur more quickly and completely.” NET can be used to address anything from physical symptoms to helping someone to achieve life goals when they are having difficulty taking the steps toward these goals, says Rhodes. “I find many people with chronic disease such as fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases, pain syndromes, anxiety and irritable bowel syndrome usually have a neuro emotional component that needs to be released.” Rhodes has found that when someone has gone to doctor after doctor about a certain issue, to no avail, they begin believing that they will never be healthy again. Often, NET can be used to release this belief system, which removes that block on the healing process. “Living a healthy, joyful and successful life is possible no matter what your past or history is,” assures Burger. “Allowing ourselves to feel and experi-

ence emotions is part of being human, and we can love and support each other through the highs and lows.” Dr. Susan Burger offers NET, chiropractic care, and mind/body healing, massage, acupuncture and other supportive services at Dr. Susan Burger’s Vitality Center, in Morrisville. Connect with her at 215736-3803 or visit See ad, page 8. Dr. Lisa Rhodes, DPM, LAc., offers NET, acupuncture, nutritional testing and recommendations, laser therapy and more at Integrative Health Care, in Fountainville. Connect with her at 215-230-4600 or See ad, page 19. Michelle Bense is a freelance writer and editor for Natural Awakenings. Connect with her at EditorMichelle

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s individuals and in groups, more people today are expressing deep inner caring and compassion for fellow humans and all life on this planet by hitching their heartfelt energies to powerful actions that hold the promise of a sustainable future. In This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, author Naomi Klein attests that the power of ferocious love is underestimated by companies and their government advocates. Suggesting that climate change be considered a framework for broader social improvements instead of a single issue, she invites “seizing the moment of discontent” to advance healing the planet and its broken economies and communities. Stories about how ordinary people are energizing local and online communities of practice to improve intergenerational communication, eliminate monetary influence in politics and restore democracy, and support social


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justice, community wealth building, independent media, sound health care and clean food and water are frequently missing from mainstream media. Pioneering efforts by activists such as Mario Tigueros, Pachamama Alliance program manager for the Game Changer Intensive; Joshua Gorman, founder of Generation Waking Up; and Cole Kleitsch, founder and director of Walking Civics, warrant widespread attention and support.

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When hundreds of participants in Pachamama’s Awakening the Dreamer symposium, held in cities throughout the U.S., kept asking “What’s next?” Tigueros facilitated the creation of Game Changers, which explores present challenges and possibilities and ways to create a new future. He says, “We wanted to help them in awakening to their personal qualities and strengths before setting out to change the world. While engaging with others and creat-

ing a global society for all beings to flourish is a goal to strive for, we came to recognize that it takes a collective and collaborative approach within a community of practice to keep the message alive and implement what’s learned in the 12-week training.” A love for social justice prompted Tigueros to recognize the corporate capture of America’s democracy. “Suggesting that symposium participants work with Move to Amend and Citizens’ Climate Lobby made sense,” he explains. One is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals seeking to end corporate personhood and demand true democracy; the other empowers individuals to exercise their political power. It takes love to inspire the youth of GenY, Generation We and the Digital Generation, all names for the Millenials, to create a new story and transform their lives and communities. Gorman is counting on his peers to help make it happen. “We’re writing a different story than the worn-out one we’ve been led to believe is inevitable,” he says. Some of Generation Waking Up’s young leaders have formed local communities of practice that campaign to get big money out of politics, pressure universities to divest fossil fuel investments, build local and just food systems, end mass incarceration, enroll residents to go solar and inspire everyday citizens to live in more just, sustainable ways.

People have the power, when we choose to use it, to act on it, to dedicate ourselves to change. ~Rebecca Solnit “Young people have a leadership role in spearheading the change our world is calling for. Ultimately, it will only come about with every generation working together,” observes Gorman, who operates from Oakland, California. He’s encouraged when Generation Waking Up members say they want to learn from older adults that spent decades struggling for positive social change.

A deep love for the potential of civic engagement prompted Gladstone, New Jersey, resident Kleitsch’s Walking Civics initiative. The intergenerational nonprofit, endorsed by the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, trains military veterans and students as young as 16 as poll workers. “I want to inspire future voters by letting them learn how to do the job competently and with integrity, and lead them to participate in democracy’s most cherished act of voting,” advises Kleitsch. It’s currently active in several jurisdictions across the country and will scale up for 2016 and beyond.

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At 15, Kelsey Juliana’s love of family, friends and future generations far outweighed any trepidation she felt in acting as one of two plaintiffs in a legal strategy to protect the atmosphere, guided by Mary Christina Wood, a law professor and author of Nature’s Trust. Wood created the Oregon nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, now operating in all 50 states and internationally, to enforce the duty of government to protect natural resources for present and future generations. It supports youth in bringing legal action in courts, administrative agencies and local legislative bodies. In local Sierra Club chapters, organizers work with facilitators to educate and empower youth to lead campaigns with town councils, legislative chambers and the courts.

Mounting research is confirming what many have long suspected— extensive media coverage of negative news can trigger stress, fear and trauma. Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh) Executive Director Mallary Tenore cares deeply about how the media can benefit the world by catalyzing change and meaningful awareness of issues such as those raised by Our Children’s Trust. “At ivoh, we believe in focusing on the world we want to live in—not only problem-solving in the world we have. We are currently helping our global community of media practitioners tell ‘restorative narratives’, stories that show how people and communities are making a meaningful progression from despair to resilience. Instead of focusing solely on tragedy and trauma, these narratives extend the storyline by showing signs of renewal, recovery and restoration,” explains Tenore.

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James Maskell wishes every media outlet would cover the doctors and health professionals that are applying the “functional/integrative/root cause” approaches to health care. Formerly a vendor of supplements to health professionals, Maskell has morphed his focus to found the Evolution of Medicine Functional Forum, a monthly educational Web show for health professionals and industry insiders. After becoming captivated by functional medicine at a trade show,

he developed this fresh, high-tech concept that combines the latest health news, functional medicine research, practice developments and health technologies in a mixed-media format. Offered free on YouTube, it combines interviews, TED-style talks, videos and audience interaction. “With health politics raising more questions than answers and with technology changing the healthcare landscape, there’s never been a more ripe time for health innovation and accelerating a shift toward what works for most doctors,” remarks Maskell, who also recently collaborated with the Institute for Functional Medicine to live-stream Genomics and Functional Medicine, the most cuttingedge clinical Functional Forum to date. Andrew Brandeis, a licensed naturopathic doctor in San Francisco, developed a challenging new skill set in creating the easy-to-use, mobile Share Practice app, launched 18 months ago and now also available on the Internet. It’s already used by 15,000 doctors nationwide to rate and review the effectiveness of drugs, herbs and supplements. They also ask questions and receive quick feedback about patient treatments. Brandeis sees an even bigger future opportunity. “As we spot trends and see what is working where and why, we can direct research dollars. There are all kinds of off-label uses for drugs, herbs and supplements that we’ll support when we see that 10,000 doctors are using them in the same

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suggested I use my knowledge to host a radio show, I said yes.” In What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution, economist and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative Gar Alperovitz provides many examples of successful community wealth building. He’s been part of a team partnering with others in cities that include Cleveland, Ohio; Jackson, Mississippi; Rochester, New York; and Washington, D.C. As co-chair of The Next System Project, he’s dealing with the bigger picture of long-term systemic change. “The economics of sustainability focus on partnerships with local assets like universities, hospitals and cultural institutions to facilitate broad-based economic security for the entire community,” says Alperovitz. He’s deeply committed to the concept of an ecologically sustainable society, where problemsolving activities nurture democracy.

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This small sampling of individuals whose actions are affirming their heart’s directives is not random and signals a larger movement. It represents author Anodea Judith’s explanation for the evolution of our human journey, captured in the title and essence of her book Waking the Global Heart: Humanity’s Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love. James O’Dea, author of The Conscious Activist, says, “As we evolve, we recognize that it’s the heart which holds the great key to our collective healing, to real civility, the courage to face our own shadow and true progress.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interviews.

Corralling Ocean Plastics Boyan Slat, 21, of the Netherlands, has devoted his youth to founding and forwarding The Ocean Cleanup, a system in which plastics in our oceans, driven by currents, would amass in accessible zones, reducing cleanup time from theoretical millennia to a manageable period. Leading a team of 100 scientists and engineers for one year, they turned the concept into a potentially viable method to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years. Crowdfunding will launch the pilot phase in Japanese waters in 2016. Slat has been named a United Nations Champion of the Earth. The Ocean Cleanup is a recognized Design of the Year by the London Design Museum.

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n element of a good psychotherapy, the one that requires the most skill and psychological strength from the therapist, is one’s work uncovering early childhood dynamics (archaeology) that impact our daily patterns (dances). No matter what brings folks to therapy, eventually, patterns from childhood become a centrally relevant part of the therapy. While we often wish our childhoods and original family relations were not so influential in adult functioning, we are commonly plagued by relationship dynamics we recognize as a direct response to our family of origin. Here is an explanation through metaphor of why we repeat patterns from our families of origin and how therapy helps us change that. By interacting with us in very specific ways, and engaging with each other in very specific ways, over and over, our parents/caretakers teach us a handful of “dances”. These dances are so deeply ingrained in our psyches, we don’t even notice what moves we are

making, or that we are even engaged in a dance, much less that there are tons of other dances we could do instead. As we enter adulthood, we do our dance—a combination of the dance each key person from childhood did with us, and the dance the adults in our lives did with each other and with others around them—and we go about to find partners who do a dance similar to ours. Then we dance with those partners, get into fights about the slight differences in our dances and slowly teach them to dance like us and us like them, until we have successfully created an eschewed version of whatever dance we had hoped we would never do again once we grew up. Those of us who have had an intimate partner have lived the experience of feeling like our partner was perfectly matched to trigger our most primitive issues. It is this same phenomenon that results in us frequently finding ourselves in a repeating pattern with friends, bosses and peers. It is not just that we attract and are attracted to a particular type

of relational dynamic; we actually build the dynamic. In psychotherapy, a trained therapist can feel the push of our dance moves on their psyche. Rather than simply react with a complementary move, they are trained to try on the complementary dance moves inside themselves. They can reflect upon the pressure they are feeling to respond a certain way, and help us think about why we are seeking that response. Therapists can stay aware of the pressure to do our dance, and help us consider other possible dance moves until it is understood that there is a choice about what kind of dance we want to do—but only after grappling with each ingrained, assumed step. We often come to therapy for concrete issues related to relationships, life transitions, stressful work situations or other external crises. What psychotherapy has to offer, however, is much greater. Its ultimate goals are fundamental shifts in how we see/experience/ think about ourselves, our relationships and existence itself. Karen L. Smith, MSS, LCSW, is the director of Full Living: a Psychotherapy Practice, which serves the Greater Philadelphia area. For more information, call 215-494-7818, email or visit See ad, page 14.

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ust four decades ago, criminal justice experts hypothesized about a future in America where prisons would no longer be necessary or practical. We had a U.S. prison population of about 300,000, non-militarized police departments and decent-paying jobs in our cities. But in the 1970s and 1980s, the “War on Drugs” was launched, the “Tough on Crime” movement emerged and politicians on both sides of the aisle were racing to lock up more people for longer sentences for more reasons. Although an increase in crime was part of the impetus, there are insidious reasons, as well. The increase in our prison population happened in reaction to the Civil Rights Movement, a time when African Americans were demanding equal rights and during a time when America’s corporations were moving jobs from inner cities to non-union rural areas or overseas. There needed to be a place in this country for a population of Black citizens that were demanding their rights and also losing their jobs. Out of this, mass incarceration was born. It is important to know the ​A “Bloc Party” voter history of how and why it hapregistration event. pened, because we can understand that it can be reversed. Policy choices got us here, and policy choices (demanded by social justice movements) will get us out. Change will occur when an uncompromising social movement pushes the country to look at itself in the mirror. This is why the #BlackLivesMatter movement is so inspiring to many— because it feels like the seed. “Mass incarceration” is a term that’s been coined to describe the 2.3 million men, women, and children behind bars in the U.S. We have the largest prison population in the history of humankind, right here in the “land of the free”. It also encompasses the five million people on probation and parole. According to the Pew Research Center, one in 31 adults are under government correctional control of some kind. The National Employment Law Project calculates that 65 million Americans have a criminal conviction of some kind, which follows them long after they’ve left prison or probation. Mass incarceration impacts millions of people through a series of local, state and federal laws that often prevent people convicted of crimes from holding all kinds of licenses, collecting public benefits, voting, sitting on juries, working, and accessing education and housing. This is 22

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commonly referred to as collateral consequences of a conviction, since it isn’t a part of the actual sentence for the crime. The American Bar Association has begun a project, AbaCol, to catalogue all of the laws across the country that affect our citizens coming home from prison. Do we want people coming home to have access to education, a job, a home or benefits if they need them? If our laws deny them these basic human rights, then what do we expect them to do? Crime is a real thing that nobody wants to occur. High crime areas seem to be concentrated with higher and higher intensities and instances of crimes, even though national crime has gone down over the last decades, with only a fraction of that attributable to detention of “criminals”. Many criminal justice experts now believe that our criminal justice system causes more crime than it prevents. Usually the areas with the most crime are the areas targeted by the police, and areas out from which our prison populations come. People return home after a prison sentence worse off and traumatized, unable to get a job or home to sustain themselves, and are living in areas with fewer and fewer jobs. Our economy has changed drastically since the 1960s. Although people lived in highly segregated cities, people of color had jobs (often well-paying factory jobs). Sociologists and historians have well documented the evaporation of factory jobs in cities that occurred from the 1960s to 1980s. The jobs left, but the people remained in poor, segregated inner cities without a source of legal income. The big word that is often left out of the discussion is race. It was Black people that rebelled in the 1960s and 1970s—it was the same Black population that lost jobs in the 1970s and 1980s due to a shift in the global economy, and it is Black people that overwhelmingly fill our prisons today. Organizations and individuals like and Michelle Alexander, Esq., have presented extensive research that Black Americans have been targeted at hugely disproportionate rates for stops, arrests, charges, prosecution, convictions and harsh sentences. This is done even when Black people and White people commit crimes at the same rate (particularly drug offenses). Other populations, such as immigrants, transpeople, Latinos and Native Americans are also disproportionately impacted, but none moreso than Black men. African Americans now constiJondhi Harrell (right) and tute nearly one million of the toMichelle Alexander (left). tal 2.3 million imprisoned, and half of all seven million under correctional control. A Black boy born today has a one-in-three chance he will go to prison. How could this have happened but for racial indifference? Thankfully, America is opening its eyes to this problem at the urging of activists across the country, especially people of color and people who were formerly incarcerated. Philadelphia is fortunate to be home to some of these passionate and fierce men and women working on the front lines. Jondhi Harrell came out of federal prison, began working with

Philadelphia-based Decarcerate PA ( and then founded The Center for Returning Citizens (TcrcPhilly. org). TCRC is dedicated to restorative approaches in battling the effects of mass incarceration upon individuals, families and the community, and they are part of the national coalition Incarcerated Nation Corporation ( They are led by people that were incarcerated (returning citizens) and work with people coming out of prison in an attempt to break down the barriers set up against them. Decarcerate PA and TCRC are full of activists and inspiring leaders like Jondhi, but they need more people to get involved with volunteering, fundraising, organizing and building leadership capacity in others. Some local, noteworthy organizations are: Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project (YasProject. com), which works with youth that are incarcerated in adult facilities; Human Rights Coalition (, which is comprised of prisoners, former prisoners and family members fighting against abuse of people in PA prisons; Philly Coalition for REAL Justice; Reconstruction Inc.; End Crime Project; PA Prison Society; and PA Institutional Law Project; among many other ways for people to get involved and help the cause. Matt Pillischer, Esq., has worked as a lawyer, an activist, and an artist against mass incarceration. He is the producer and director of the award-winning documentary, Broken On All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S., available at

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An integrative approach that emphasizes physical activity and a meditation or other spiritual practice can be highly effective in treating all levels of depression, according to Gordon. “It’s a way to get unstuck, to help us move through and beyond depression and other difficulties in our lives,” he says. Exercise triggers rises in mood at least equal to those generated by antidepressant prescription drugs, according to new Duke University research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. People that are depressed often don’t want to move, Gordon comments. “Start with what you can do. Walking a couple of blocks a day is a good beginning.” He notes, “I teach specific meditation techniques such as slow, deep, soft-belly breathing and mindful walking and eating. All have been shown to decrease levels of anxiety and stress, enhance mood and optimism, and promote greater emotional stability and more reliable judgment.” A healthful diet emphasizing vegetables, fruit and healthy fats; strong support from friends and family; creative activities; and connecting with a higher power comprise Gordon’s integrative prescription for a happy life. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at

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ever stop taking prescription antidepressants cold turkey. Intense depression and other dangerous side effects might result. It can cause severe depression, anxiety, intense agitation and even suicidal thinking. As suggested in my book, The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, it’s best to slowly wean off the medication with the help of a qualified prescribing healthcare practitioner. The process may take several months, but it’s time well spent and safer. n Consistently eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidants, healthy fats and clean protein. n To help create a firm nutritional base, add a basic supplementation program with a good multivitamin, vitamin C, optimal amounts of B vitamins and omega-3 fats like those found in clean fish oil. n Consider supplementing with curcumin, rhodiola or 5-HTP to ease the transition.

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GMOs Link to Depression Monsanto’s genetically modified organisms (GMO) go handin-hand with the company’s patented Roundup-ready crops, and therein lie the seeds of depression, says Jeffrey Smith, founding executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and producer of the award-winning documentary, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. Several studies—beginning with one published by German researchers in 1980 and most recently reinforced by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists—show that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer, ingested with our food, disrupts the shikimate pathway. “Monsanto has bragged for years that the shikimate pathway is why Roundup kills plants, but has no impact in humans, since we don’t have the shikimate pathway,” says Smith. But our gut bacteria do use this pathway to produce the amino acid building blocks for mood-lifting brain chemicals. “Since glyphosate blocks the shikimate pathway, it can impair the ability of intestinal bacteria to produce the ingredients for the production of the neurotransmitters serotonin, melotonin and dopamine. Their deficiencies are linked to depression and other serious health problems,” he explains. Consumers need to understand that Roundup is sprayed on nearly all GMO crops to control weeds, and the doses continue to increase; it’s further used on wheat, rye, rice, lentils, barley and numerous other non-organic crops just before harvest to accelerate drying. Glyphosate has been widely found in water, rain and air samples, plus in breast milk, blood and urine, meaning virtually everyone has been exposed to this toxic chemical. natural awakenings

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Emotional Recovery from Divorce by Emily Vener


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No matter what circumstances brought you to divorce, whether initiated by you or by your spouse, the emotional pain you experience takes a toll on your life. It’s obviously painful for couples that are so hostile that they never speak to each other again. Even in cases where the couple remains friendly with each other and the new spouses, there is an emotional fallout. Recognizing and anticipating the emotional currents can help you navigate toward emotional rebalancing. There are all sorts of timelines for estimating how long it will take to get over a divorce. For example: one year of recovery for every decade of marriage. Some people (granted, a minority), after an initial period of anger and hurt, remain close friends. Others may never get over it. For most, it just takes as long as it takes. Remember that the method in which you divorce affects the time and quality of your recovery. Alternatives to litigation, such as divorce mediation— which significantly reduces the time spent in the divorce process, financial burden and stress on all family members—offers a healthier alternative and a faster healing process. Even with excellent support from divorce mediation professionals, you can expect to feel overwhelmed, swamped by grief, fear, anger or guilt. You’re suddenly facing the future alone. You have to make decisions, but it’s equally important to give yourself the time and space to make the best choices. Try making a detailed list of areas of concern: physical and mental health, finances, housing, health insurance, childcare and employment. Figure out what’s most important and enlist professional help, if you need it.


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Self-Care — Why It’s Vital

The Social Readjustment Rating Scale, sometimes known as the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, ranks divorce as the second highest life stressor, preceded only by the death of a spouse. When we factor in some additional events on this scale (changes in residence, financial state, social activities, living conditions, eating habits, sleep habits, children not living at home, etc.) the strain on the human body can be quite significant.

First, make sure you get adequate rest, eat healthy foods and exercise. Scheduling time for exercise is important, since we know that regular movement reduces the risk of health problems. Yoga, in particular, is wonderful for physical and emotional health. If you have difficulty sleeping, which is not uncommon during divorce, maintaining a nightly routine offers your best chance at relaxing. Baths, meditation and refraining from “blue light” use, including computers, can also help. Moving on to mental and emotional self-care, start with positive thinking. You can redirect thinking from negative, self-defeating messages to hopeful thinking. When you feel defeated or hopeless, make a list of positive qualities, accomplishments and blessings. Giving yourself the compassion and love you deserve will move you to a happier life after divorce.

Feeling lonely, blue, anxious or angry? Don’t isolate. Even one person— a trusted friend, a nurturing sibling, a hilarious colleague—can be enough to bring a smile to your face, talk you down from the emotional ledge or give you a belly laugh. Seek out and use a support system, talk with others in similar situations and consider professional help if your emotions are getting in the way of your ability to function. Set a goal. Having something to work toward and look forward to is a great benefit. By this time next year, plan to have finished that novel, learned how to tango, taken the children on a camping vacation or started a business. Making progress, even the tiniest steps, is proof positive that you are moving in the right direction.

Forgiveness — The Start of True Healing

When trust is betrayed, the pain can feel so deep that you may feel forgiveness can never happen. On the contrary, this may be the perfect time to think about forgiveness and how it could change your divorce experience. Research has shown that when you forgive, the positive emotions increase in strength, and the negative emotions such as anger, hatred, resentment, sadness and contempt begin to decrease. Forgiveness involves an internal change of heart and occurs at different time frames for different people. Remember, forgiveness is for you and your recovery. Simply developing empathy for your ex-spouse can begin the process. Put yourself on the forgiveness list. Research has shown that as you begin to regain self-respect, you abandon selfresentment, paving the way to healing. Emily Vener, Esquire, is an attorney-mediator for the Alpha Center for Divorce Mediation, covering their Bala Cynwyd, Media, Plymouth Meeting and Radnor offices. Vener holds a law degree from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon. Connect with Alpha Center for Divorce Mediation at 800-310-9085 or See ad, page 7.


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EARLY PUBERTY The New Normal? by Kathleen Barnes

21st-century girls are reaching puberty at dramatically earlier ages than their mothers and grandmothers.


any American girls today are experiencing budding breasts and pubic hair before they are 7 years old, according to the government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The threshold age has been steadily falling for decades, with the most dramatic decrease between 1997 and 2011. A pivotal 2011 study from the University of Cincinnati showed that U.S. Caucasian girls on average entered puberty at 9.7 years old, three to four months younger than the average age reported by University of North Carolina scientists 14 years earlier and much younger than data from the 1960s. Girls of other ethnicities are also entering puberty at earlier ages, but at less dramatic rates. A 2009 Danish study also showed that their country’s girls were developing breasts a full year earlier than those born 15 years earlier.

Burgers, Fries and Sodas to Blame

The rise in childhood obesity is the major culprit in today’s lower ages of puberty, according to the 2011 study’s lead researcher, Dr. Frank Biro, director of adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He explains, “Body mass index [BMI] is the overwhelmingly predominant factor in the age at which a girl reaches puberty. It’s become more important than race or ethnicity. Heavy white girls and heavy black girls are all maturing earlier.” Science has long shown that fat tissue produces hormones, including estrogen, that can accelerate the pro-

cess of puberty, especially early breast development, according to Dr. Louise Greenspan and Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D., authors of The New Puberty. Greenspan specializes in pediatric endocrinology at San Francisco’s Kaiser Permanente Hospital; Deardorff is a clinical psychologist researching pubertal development at the University of California, Berkeley. They cite one foundational study from the 1980s that showed for every BMI point increase, the age of first menstruation dropped by about one month.

Toxic Soup

Ubiquitous hormone-disrupting chemicals are undoubtedly a culprit in the early puberty epidemic, says Doctor of Naturopathy Michael Murray, of Phoenix, Arizona, who publishes widely on the topic of natural medicine. Endocrine disruptors that trigger the body to produce excess amounts of estrogen include chemicals in clothing, especially children’s sleepwear, furniture and carpets, anything plastic, personal care products, cleaning solvents, glues, dry cleaning chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and non-organic meat and milk. Collectively, they trigger puberty before its natural time. “There’s certainly a link between these persistent pollutants and obesity,” Murray observes. Antibiotics contained in commercial meat and dairy products may be a greater risk than the added hormones, says Greenspan. “Chronic, low-dose antibiotic exposure could affect the body’s microbiome [the microorganism colony in the digestive tract], which can lead to obesity and may also influence puberty.”

“Considerable research now supports the notion that excessive stress early in life can affect the timing of puberty,” says Greenspan. Stressors can range from sexual or child abuse to stressful family relationships, low emotional investment on the part of parents or a depressed mother. “Girls that grow up in homes without their biological fathers are twice as likely to experience early menarche as girls that grow up with both parents,” advises Deardorff. Biro points out that stress is associated with higher levels of cortisol and obesity. Cortisol, the stress hormone, has been directly related to belly fat in numerous studies.

Added Risks

“Early puberty also increases social risks,” says Deardorff. “Girls that develop ahead of their peers have more anxiety, a higher incidence of depression, poorer body image and more eating disorders.” Research from St. Thomas’ Hospital, in London, reports that reaching puberty early may also increase risks for diabetes and breast cancer later in life, says Biro, the latter “possibly due to greater lifetime exposure to female hormones and the susceptibility of rapidly developing breast tissue to environmental toxins.” Framingham Heart Study results published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism support earlier studies that found menstruating before age 12 may contribute to a 23 percent greater risk of developing heart disease and 28 percent higher risk of dying from heart attack or stroke.

Parental Strategies

These experts all agree that a clean diet is one of the most powerful strategies to protect young girls. Murray recommends reviewing the Environmental Working Group’s list at He says, “If you buy these foods organic, you’ll both avoid hormonedisrupting pesticides and herbicides and give children the protection of antioxidants that can help protect against other toxins.” Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at Kathleen

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The Zen of Slow Cooking

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by Judith Fertig

utumn’s shorter days remind us how precious time is, especially when we can spend the hours with good friends and loved ones. That’s why Chicago mothers and bloggers Meg Barnhart and Jane McKay decided to try slow cooking with a Zen approach in creating family meals. With the time they save in food preparation—especially when one recipe can yield an extra lunch or dinner—they free up moments for both family interaction and their own spiritual practices. “Slow cooking with the sacred intention of slowing down creates a sense of peace and calm after a full day of work and school,” says Barnhart. Once she transitioned to this kind of meal planning and preparation on a regular basis, she realized that it allows her to be more attentive to her family’s needs while a healthy, tasty dinner basically cooks itself. With extra time for meditation and yoga in her daily life, she realizes increased clarity and focus for other interests and demands. McKay enjoys the creative challenge of making family-pleasing, whole food 28

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recipes and converting conventionally cooked recipes for use with a slow cooker. “I especially love the bounty of the autumn harvest, which includes seasonal picks from our family’s urban garden,” she says. She’s found that root vegetables, squash, pumpkin, leeks, mushrooms, leafy greens, Brussels sprouts, apples, pears and nuts all translate well to lower temperature cooking for a longer period. Whether it’s a quick preparation that allows for other activities or a more contemplative, mindful endeavor that can be relaxing in itself, the recipes on the pair’s website, TheZenOf, are highly suited for busy people.

Slow Cooking 101

Slow cookers have come a long way since they were first introduced in the 1970s. Today, they come in all shapes and sizes, with inserts, timers and a wide range of settings. Barnhart and McKay recommend the five-to-six-quart size with a removable insert as the most practical. Food cooks in the insert, which can be washed and dried separately, so there’s

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no need to put the entire slow cooker in the sink to clean up afterwards. Because the slow cooker’s low temperature is about 200° F and the heat is indirect, the appliance uses less liquid than conventional cooking. Many of Barnhart and McKay’s easier recipes simply require putting the ingredients in the slow cooker, selecting the temperature, replacing the lid and turning the appliance on. Fresh garnishes, such as the roasted pumpkin seeds or fried sage leaves for the Butternut Squash Soup, make a crisper contrast to the softer texture of slowcooked foods, notes McKay. Dishes like Sweet and Spicy Apples can be made the day before; leftovers taste delicious for breakfast with a dollop of yogurt. Barnhart and McKay make their own Sweet & Spicy Ground Spice Blend, available on their website, with proceeds funding cooking classes for adults with developmental disabilities. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

Mindful Fall Recipes Butternut Squash Soup Yields: 6 servings Prep Time: 5-10 minutes 5-6 cups butternut squash, diced ½ cup or 1 carrot, chopped 1 cup or 1 small bunch scallions or spring onions, chopped 8 whole sage leaves, fresh (or 1 Tbsp dried) 1 Tbsp rosemary, fresh (or ½ Tbsp dried) 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth 1 cup organic dairy or non-dairy milk Suggested toppings: Slices of freshly toasted bread, drizzled with olive oil and cubed 1 /3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds 8 additional fresh sage leaves, fried 4 slices of lean bacon or tempeh, crispy and crumbled Place the squash, carrot, scallions, sage leaves, rosemary, chicken broth and milk into the slow cooker. Cover and

cook on high setting for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Then, blend using an immersion blender until smooth and leave covered until ready to serve. Make the toppings available to sprinkle and stir.

Root Vegetable Gratin with Mushrooms and Blue Cheese Yields: 6 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes 1 cup or 2 medium parsnips, diced to ½ inch 2 cups or 3 medium carrots, diced to ½ inch 1 cup or 2 medium turnips, diced to ½ inch 6 oz Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered ½ cup vegetable or chicken broth 4 cloves garlic, minced ¼ cup organic olive oil 1 Tbsp dried oregano 8 oz sliced Portabella mushrooms 1 large onion, sliced into half moons 6 oz blue cheese, crumbled, or vegan cheese 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/3-inch slices Black pepper to taste Put the vegetables into the slow cooker with the garlic and stir in the olive oil and oregano. Layer the mushrooms on top of the vegetable mixture, followed

B is for BANANAS by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson


ananas are a great food because they come in their own sealed package and their ripeness can be determined by the little brown dots that appear on their yellow skins. They are a great addition to kids’ lunchboxes or take-to-work lunches. The letters spell: B for bountiful, A for appetizing, N for nutritious, A for alkalinity (a positive trait), N for nonallergic and A for appeals to all ages. Here are some banana ideas that go beyond using them in breakfast cereal. Banana Smoothie: Blend one cup of unsweetened apple juice with one ripe (peeled) banana and one tablespoon of protein powder or unsweetened cocoa powder. Optional: Add a dash of vanilla and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Triple Fruit Pudding: Wash and dice one crispy apple and one ripe pear. Add one ripe, sliced banana. Stir in plain (Greek) yogurt to desired consis-

tency. Add vanilla or almond extract and some unsweetened, dried coconut on top. Bananas-on-a-Stick: Roll three ripe, but still firm bananas in a small amount of maple syrup, then granola and unsweetened, dried coconut. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze on a cookie sheet. Serve slightly thawed. Additionally, bananas can be pureed in a blender and added to pancakes and baked goods for a naturally sweet flavor and thickening agent. They can also be pureed with water or juice into a thin consistency for banana “milk”. Taken from Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson’s cookbook, Fresh Whole Foods from A to Z. Spicer-Jacobson is a nutrition educator, personal cooking coach and natural foods cook. Her website,, includes recipes, book reviews, interviews and more focusing on women’s health and the environment.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 First Fun Friday | Doylestown 5-7pm. Enjoy live music, wine and pizza samples from our Producer of the Month, Fire Eaters. Free. Doylestown Food Co-op, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548.

savethedate Mind Body Spirit Expo October 2-4 Now in its 19th year, the Mind Body Spirit Expo is the largest natural health and human potential expo in the Northeast U.S. Each of our shows has renowned special guest speakers, lectures, a wide variety of booths with everything from astral photography to beautiful jewelry. Psychics and body workers also provide their services to attendees.

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks 215-627-0102

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 Waterway Cleanup | Bristol 9am-2pm. Come help us remove the trash that accumulates during the year. Rain or shine. Call or email to RSVP. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter@ Optimal Nutrition | Devon 1-3pm. This seminar will introduce the core principles of naturopathic health, including: optimal diet; nutrients from food, vitamins and herbs; naturopathic theory of keeping the blood and organs healthy; acid/alkaline balance; blood type theory; naturopathic detoxification. All of these will be covered as an introduction to a possible ongoing course to help improve your own health, the health of your family and/or your clients. Pre-registration required. $25. 45 Berkeley Rd, #204, Devon. 267226-7767. Kegs & Corks for Cancer | New Hope 5:30-9pm. Temple/Fox Chase Cancer Center raises awareness for the cure for cancer during this semi-annual gala with the spirited assistance of local wineries and breweries. Subararshii Kudamono will be on hand to support the cause with samples of its fresh Asian Pears and samples of its wines. HYPERLINK “” The Event Center by Cornerstone, 46 N Sugan Rd, New Hope. Bccfccc. org/2015/07/04/kegs-corks-2015.

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Teen Yoga | North Wales 4:30-5:30pm. Our teen yoga class series will help stretch and strengthen young bodies, as well as help them develop ways to cope with stress. For ages 12 to 20, with Kelley Jo Burns. Four Mondays and four Thursdays, October 5-29. $72. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 N Main St, North Wales. 215-661-0510.


Morning Glory Preschool Fall Festival and Open House October 30, 4-5:30 pm Enjoy the fresh air and seasonal crafts, tour the grounds and classroom, and get your questions answered. We welcome babe in arms, to children age 5, into our early childhood programs. Call or email for more information and to register.

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Guided Sound Meditation | Doylestown 7-8pm. Enjoy a gently guided meditative experience led by art therapist John Muraco, followed by a range of sounds including crystal singing bowls, gongs and various other instruments. The nature of these sounds can be evocative and support one’s process of moving through emotions as well as deepening awareness. RSVP by phone or online. $15. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 Get Nutty! | Doylestown 12-2pm. Caleb, of local company Nutty Novelties, will be sampling a variety of nut butters. Come taste the difference of freshly ground nuts. Free. Doylestown Food Co-op, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548.


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Reclaim life balance with actionable tools and insights. Regain energy with Melanie Stewart, certified health and lifestyle coach; deepen your connection with God with Christine Labrum, spiritual director; gain financial freedom with Mary Reinoehl, certified financial planner; and simplify life with Laurie Kane, Christian career coach. Includes light refreshments and materials. Register online by October 1. Cost: $15 Location: Elm Terrace Gardens, 660 Broad St, Lansdale 610-291-0972


6:15-8pm. All are welcome to join Doylestown Food Co-op book club members for Drift, by Jon McGoran. The author will be joining us with a presentation, Q&A and book signing. We meet every second Tuesday of the month. Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. 215-3484548.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15 Keep Healthy All Winter | Lansdale 7-8:30pm. Learn to make elderberry cough and cold syrup. Join Cheryl Wilks for an educational evening learning about the magic of elderberry. Take home handouts and a bottle of cold/cough syrup, and enjoy some elderflower tea. Call to reserve a space by October 10. $24. Green Street Luxuries, 617 W Main St, Lansdale. 267-879-1554. GreenStreetLux

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Joy Thru Movement Class October 3, 11am-12pm Enter the cosmic rhythm with a beginner’s class of T’ai Chi Chih. Register by phone or email.

Location: Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Ste F-90, Langhorne 609-752-1048

Dream on Workshop | North Wales 12-2pm. Having Trouble Sleeping?  Can’t fall/ stay asleep, relax your body, or quiet your mind? Paula Billig, herbal wellness coach and reformer Pilates instructor, will teach you all about the different herbs that help foster sleep and relaxation. You’ll get to blend and take home your own Dream Time Tea and sleepy herbs information. $25. Wholistics, 217 Church Road, North Wales. 267613-8246.

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West Chester University Harp Ensemble | Bristol

Good Vibrations Holistic Open House Series October 17 & November 14 Saturday afternoons, 1-4pm Enjoy an afternoon of sampling selected holistic wellness practices such as Reiki, sound therapy, guided crafting, free lectures and information and more. Sponsored by Stress Management Consulting by Natalie Bliss.

Cost: $5 at door; free if registered in advance Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration, Stenton Avenue & Gorgas Lane, Philadelphia 267-251-6052

6-7pm. All are welcome to come listen to the beautiful music, relax and enjoy. This group rehearses on the third Monday of each month. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-342-9397. GGHarp@

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21 Get Nutty! | Doylestown 4:30-6:30pm. Caleb, of local company Nutty Novelties, will be sampling a variety of nut butters. Come taste the difference of freshly ground nuts. Free. Doylestown Food Co-op, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22 Tools for Health & Wealth | Lansdale

savethedate Benefits of Transcendental Meditation Program October 18, 12:30pm October 29, 1:30pm Free public lecture on the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) Program. The TM Program is widely known for lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and creating deep relaxation. Find out why over 6 million people have taken our course worldwide. Start living life to its fullest. Email or call to sign up. Location: Bikram Yoga Doylestown, 1717 S Easton Rd, Doylestown 215-783-4629

7-8:30pm. Explore ancient tools and practices for protection, health, peace of mind and prosperity. Learn how to strengthen your energetic field, how to clear yourself of emotional and energetic attachments, how to calm your mind and foster prosperity in your life. Call to reserve space. $15. Green Street Luxuries, 617 W Main St, Lansdale. 267-879-1554.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 ChesLen Chase for Open Space | Coatesville 11am. Run for nature at Natural Lands Trust’s challenging trail run through the 1,263-acre preserve. Options include 10K, 5K and 1.5-mile fun run/walk. The post-race party will feature live music, an award ceremony and beer and BBQ from Victory Brewing Company. ChesLen Preserve, 1199 Cannery Rd, Coatesville. 610-353-5587 x508. ChesLenChase. National Food Day | Doylestown 12-6pm. Enjoy a variety of whole food samples throughout the day at the co-op, including spinach

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pizza from our producer of the month, Fire Eaters. Free. Doylestown Food Co-op, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. The Restorative Clinic | Devon 1-3pm. The restorative practice is excellent for any student. Gentle poses are practiced on the floor and held for anywhere from 1-5 minutes. This allows the energy and nervous system to rebalance and restore. An excellent practice to renew energy for those dealing with health challenges or issues of stress. $25. 45 Berkeley Road #204, Devon. 267226-7767.

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savethedate Readers University Psychic Fair October 24, 12-2:30pm Come to the Lansdale/Philly Psychic Development Readers University Psychic Fair and experience communicating to loved ones through a medium or getting advice on a current situation with one of our psychics. All are welcome. Free admission; $20 for a 15-minute session.

Location: Lansdale Public Library, 301 Vine St, Lansdale

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26 Recognize Your Life Purpose | Lansdale 7-9:30pm. Learn how to recognize your north star, soul mission or life purpose, and achieve it with power, grace and ease. In this workshop, we will explore the divine blueprint that exists for every life on the planet, as well as the powerful tools provided by The ThetaHealing Technique to expand the potential results, and create the desired outcome of each unique life blueprint with profound and powerful results. Instructor Yolanda Perera. Call to reserve space. $40. Green Street Luxuries, 617 W Main St, Lansdale. 267-879-1554. GreenStreet

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 Beginner Yoga 101 Series | North Wales 7:30-8:45pm. This four-week beginner class will provide step-by-step instructions for postures, body alignment and breathing techniques. Perfect for the person who has never tried yoga or wants to review

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Greenshire Arts Consortium 3620 Sterner Mill Rd, Quakertown Event Details: Please register for all activities. 215-538-0976 October 3, 6-9pm Radiant Heart Qigong (a monthly practice) Qigong is the art of transforming, harmonizing and unifying body, mind and spirit in stillness and movement through ancient practices of alignment within and without. Fully immerses all aspects of who you are into the infinite field of your own radiant heart. Certified Qigong master, Jeremy Harlow. $40. October 4, 10am-12:30pm Teens and Tweens: Manage the Madness! Learn relaxation and energizing techniques that counteract your intense life: simple, practical and portable, that can be used anywhere, at any time to de-stress. Counteract the “cray cray” of your day in a healthy, positive way. $40. October 4, 12:30-3:30pm Community Gathering Helping hands gather to give TLC to Greenshire gardens, followed by a delicious seasonal

feast prepared by Greenshire’s holistic chef and nutritionist. Treasure hunt for kids and kids at heart; music, drumming and relaxation. Donation to Garden Beautification Fund. Specific Nutritional Needs: Food Preparation & Support October 6 & 8: Fermentation October 13 & 15: Gut Psychology October 20 & 22: Food and Mood Explore specific diets that help address digestive needs. Receive continued support as you learn to work with these diets to regain health. $35/class. October 7, 6:30-8:30pm Energy Medicine Learn techniques to bring balance, health and harmony into everyday life. Topics include: recharging your battery, brain fog, energy overload, releasing stuck energy, physical and emotional stress and more. $35.


October 17, 10am-4pm Help! I think I’m Psychic: How to Manage Your Psychic Energy Managing your energy is a key part in creating a balanced, passionate and exciting life. We are inundated with invitations to pile more on our cosmic plate and then struggle with gaining clarity for our own life. It’s time to take control of your energy. Danielle MacKinnon and Dougall Fraser will teach tools and techniques for calming, clearing and grounding yourself. Discover how to clear your aura, fine-tune your intuition, release the energies of others and finally stop

Wednesdays, 9-10am Chakra Energy Awareness Open the energy centers of the body to draw heightened awareness to your physical and emotional well-being. Be prepared to sweat and laugh during this safe cardio exercise. Begins October 7. $80/8 classes; pro-rated. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am Meditation Skills Practice different forms of meditation skills, encouraging you to move forward into the journey of the open, quiet mind. Begins October 7. $80/8 classes; pro-rated. October 24-25, 9am-5pm True You Retreat Shift into higher energy. Gain clearer vision of who you are. Let go of stuff that holds you back. Reclaim your true self. $397.

facts and biological remains (ET bodies) were stored. $40. Doylestown.

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

October 16, 7-9pm Psychic Fun! Observe two of the world’s most respected spiritual teachers, Danielle MacKinnon and Dougall Fraser, give tandem readings to audience members. See how two different styles blend effortlessly, bringing accurate and insightful information. Join us for this rarely held east coast event. $60. Doylestown.

Fridays, 9:30-10:30am Yoga for Heart Center Learn how to direct energies to flow through the heart center. Move beyond emotional/physical blockages and become more aware of the joy within your own body. $80/8 classes; pro-rated.

absorbing unnecessary psychic information from the world around you. $135. Doylestown. October 20, 2-4pm Spirit Circle Thomas John is a global psychic sensation who has wowed audiences across the world with his impressively accurate messages from “the other side”. One of the nation’s most coveted psychic mediums, he is renowned for his infallible track record and innumerable accurate predictions. John will spend the majority of the time channeling spirits. Everyone will receive a reading. Limited to 12. $200. New Britain. October 22, 7-9pm Inside the Real Area 51: The Secret History of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Curious about UFOs and ETs? Have you pondered the secrecy surrounding the legendary Area 51 in Nevada? Tom Carey, an Air Force veteran who held a Top Secret clearance, will teach about the mysteries and truth of Wright Patterson Air Force Base, where all of the extraterrestrial arti-

October 28-29, 11am-8pm Private Psychic Mediumship Readings By phone or in person For the past 20 years, Dino Calabrese has been a professional channel, psychic medium and intuitive life counselor. He can connect with your guides and answer your questions regarding career, finances, relationships and family, as well as connect with your deceased loved ones. By appointment. $75/30 minutes; $150/1 hour. Doylestown. October 30-November 1, 9am-5pm Death, Dying & the Afterlife Intensive Gene Ang, Ph.D., will teach about the states of consciousness in the dying and afterlife periods. Drawing on extensive knowledge in various spiritual and shamanic traditions, you will discover the areas in the subtle body to focus on during the dying period, in order to effect the best possible transition (transference of consciousness). Learn how to do this for those who are dying or recently passed to help them during and after their transition. We will also explore directly those areas of consciousness inhabited after one has passed from the physical body. $525. Pipersville. Sacred Journeys and Retreats April 1-3: New Mexico Hot Springs Retreat April 21-24: Sedona, AZ Retreat July 14-17: Grand Tetons, WY Retreat

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the basics. Four Tuesdays and four Thursdays, October 27-November 19. $108. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 N Main St, North Wales. 215-661-0510.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29 What Happens When We Die | Lansdale 7-9:30pm. There is a vast “technology of consciousness” to afterlife experience and the return to the physical. Explore the assembled knowledge, including personal experiences, and pay particular attention to the power of the soul in its relationship through “contracts and agreements with others” to fulfill its desires for growth and experience. Speaker Ken Kaplan. Call to reserve space. $20. Green Street Luxuries, 617 W Main St, Lansdale. 267-879-1554.



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Give your animals the ultimate gift of health. Level 1 classes in West Chester and Newtown Square. For those who love the idea of a holistic energetic healthcare, want to offer hands-on energy support to pets, and are curious about experiencing the techniques and feeling the energy. Register online.

Enjoy a vacation and get healthy as you indulge in gourmet, inflammation-free meals and juicing with private chef and author of Healthy is Delicious, Kathleen Downey, who has 30 years of experience with detoxing and alternative healing. Kayak, hike, bike, beach walks, spa days, yoga and individualized detox programs.

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savethedate Tristana Yoga Studio 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown 267-245-4140 Pre-registration required for all classes. October 15 & November 19, 6-7pm The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Book Club Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras outline the 8 Limbs of Yoga and the philosophical/spiritual components of these limbs. Each book club gathering includes readings of the sutras and discussion, as well as meditation and breathing exercises described by Patanjali. We will be reading from How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali by Swami Prabhavananda. $15.

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October 16-21, 5-9pm Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series 6-Day Immersion Five led classes, one Mysore class and four workshops, geared toward the student who is ready to dig deeper into the physical and spiritual practice of yoga. Discussion, deconstruction of postures and relaxation is included in each class. Students will be taken through the entire primary series over five days, with the sixth and final day of the immersion concluding with a traditional Mysore style practice. Four workshops included in tuition and also available for drop-ins. Options to attend just the asana practice or weekend portion also available. Led by Alison Riter, E-RYT 200. Contact studio for more details and pricing. $300. October 16-December 4 Fridays, 7-8:15pm Journey Through the Koshas: 6-Week Series Yoga is a path of moving inward toward the light of our Self. As we progress inward, we move through five sheaths, or koshas, that cover our light like a lampshade. These are the physical, energetic, mental, wisdom and blissful layers of our selves. Classes incorporate discussion, yoga poses and guided meditation.

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With Amanda Midkiff. Dates: 10/16, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4. $108/all six classes; $20/drop-ins. October 23, 6-8pm Restorative Yoga & Mantra Class Unwind at the end of your week by experiencing the healing power of mantra along with a restorative asana practice to promote positive and peaceful balance for the body and soul. No prior experience necessary. Led by Suzanne Brett. $30. October 25, 11am-12:30pm Introduction to Herbal Medicine Making & Using Herbs as Medicine Series Learn the basics of herbal medicine-making, from how to make a medicinally potent herbal infusion to making your own massage oils. It is easy to incorporate herbs into your life once you know the basics. Make your own custom tincture and massage oil, and sample lots of herbal goodies. $45. Using Herbs as Medicine Series November 1: Digestive System November 8: Nervous System (Anxiety & Insomnia) November 15: Female Health November 22: Allergies 11am-12pm. In this series, we will learn how herbs interact with the body systems and which herbs are most helpful for specific conditions, focusing on a different topic each class. We will discuss herbal actions and the energetics of specific herbs. You will make a customized herbal product to take home. $30 each; $55/ two; $105/four.

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sunday Hot Rockin’ Yoga | Quakertown 9-10:15am. This yoga practice is perfect for exploring poses deeper and detoxing the body. The heat helps open tight joints and stiff muscles in a safe, effective way. Not for beginners. Second and fourth Sundays. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Power/Baptiste Yoga | Quakertown 9-10:15am. All levels of students will move and flow through a series of poses based on Journey Into Power. Combining alignment principles with movement and breath will build fire and strength, leaving us aligned in our true north, strong and empowered even after we’ve left the mat. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Monthly Meditation: Cultivating Mindfulness | Doylestown 1-2pm. In this class, we will focus on a different theme and style of meditation each month. Classes may incorporate mantras, yantras, mudras, crystals, breath work and the chakra system. De-stress and experience the support of community meditation. Second Sunday of the month. $15. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140. Sunday Stroll | Bristol 2-3pm. Take a walk with a naturalist. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-7851177. Reiki Share & Community Drum Circle | Langhorne 2-6pm. At 2pm, connect with area Reiki practitioners and have an opportunity to practice and receive Reiki. Those who are not attuned are welcome to attend, receive a treatment and be part of the community. From 4:30-6 pm, join the community drum circle. The Peace Center, 102 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. 267-840-8003. Monthly Meditation | Perkasie 3:30-5pm. Join with a likeminded group of people for mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and time to share with the group. Perfect for those new to the practice; all are welcome. Last Sunday of the month. $15. Shine Yoga Center, 601 W Market St, Perkasie. 267-221-0980.


losing excess body fat and toning muscles. Boot camps meet 3 times a week for 4 weeks. Morning and evening/weekend options. Mon/Weds/Fri, 5:456:45am OR Tue/Thu, 6-7pm and Sat 8:30am. $199. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246. Tea & Play | Upper Black Eddy 10-11am. Enjoy a cup of tea with an early childhood teacher and learn about early childhood programs while little ones explore a nursery classroom. Children birth to age 4 are welcome. Call to register. First Monday. River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy. 610-9825606. Zumba Gold | Perkasie 10-11am. Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workout of Zumba and makes it accessible for seniors, beginners or others needing modifications in their exercise routine. Build cardiovascular health with dance moves including merengue, cha cha, cumbia, salsa, belly dance and tango. Dance experience not required. $5. Pennridge Community Center, 146 E Main St, Perkasie. 215-453-7027. Chair Yoga | Yardley 11am-12pm. Free class held every Monday. Yardley-Makefield Library, 1080 Edgewood Rd, Yardley. 215-493-9020. Yard

illness. Aldie Medical Arts Building, 11 Welden Dr, Doylestown. 4TheMINDS@ Gentle Yoga | Doylestown 7:15-8:15pm. Class uses props and modifications to make yoga more accessible and restorative. A combination of standing, seated and reclined poses will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Learn how to balance effort and ease with strength and flexibility. First class only $5; $15 after. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-2454140. Slow Flow Yoga | Quakertown 7:30-8:30pm. Slowing down allows us to focus more on the parts of the flow and link movement and breath more deeply. This inward focusing flow is a great way to start off your weekday practice. Newer students will find the pace easy to follow, while more seasoned practitioners will enjoy the opportunity to hone the elements of their practice. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Meditative Flow Yoga | Devon 7:30-8:45pm. This class offers traditional and modified poses which are held for longer than a few breaths in order to facilitate entering a meditative state and a meditative practice. The class occurs mostly on the floor with the use of props for support. The class will include an hour of traditional practice; poses, and pranayama (breathing) with a 15-minute meditative option at the end or choose a rest pose. 45 Berkeley Road #204, Devon. (267) 226-7767.


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6-7pm. Come connect with other moms-to-be, create community, connect with your baby and changing body, and take time out of the day to enjoy this sacred journey. Learn breathing techniques and stretches to help strengthen the mind, body and soul during pregnancy, labor and post-delivery. $15. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140.

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Prenatal Yoga | North Wales 6-7:15pm. Prenatal assists mommas in strengthening the uterus and pelvic muscles, improving circulation, aiding in digestion and increasing overall comfort. Every Monday. $20. Whole Body Yoga, 213 N Main St, North Wales. Community Meditation | Narberth 6:30-7:15pm. All are welcome to learn how to meditate and its many benefits. Experienced meditators can enjoy and enhance their existing practice in a group setting in a beautiful space with people of like intentions. Check the calendar online for changes/ updates. Kalyana Centre, 954 Montgomery Ave, Ste 6, Narberth. 484-412-8815.

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6:30-7:30pm. Join 4 The M.I.N.D.S. for its weekly peer-to-peer support group. We welcome family, friends and individuals who suffer from mental

Vinyasa Yoga Flow | Quakertown 6-7:15pm. Vinyasa means “connection” in Sanskrit. In this meditative class, breath is the connector between body, mind and spirit, moving us seamlessly from one pose to the next. Some prior yoga experience will help. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Bucks Beekeepers Association | Plumsteadville 7pm. General meeting of the Bucks County Beekeepers Association. Second Tuesday. Plumsteadville Grange Hall, 5901 Old Easton Rd, Plumsteadville.

wednesday Yoga for Your Back | Chalfont 10:30am-12pm. Try Svaroopa Yoga and decompress the spine and have immediate relief or reduction in pain and stiffness. Learn simple tools to use at home, the office or anywhere. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 570350-1281.

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titioners to gather, Reiki is given and received and discussions around Reiki and other approaches to holistic well-being are encouraged. Bring a refreshment to share. Second Friday of the month. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-2454140.

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1:30-2:30pm. Easy yoga poses to relieve aches and pains and keep you moving. Perfect for those new to yoga. New students get three classes for the price of two. $13. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610-597-2015.

7-9pm. Ascension class designed to move into becoming a channel of grace, the next step of intuitive development. First Thursday. $10. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Rte 100, 2nd floor, Gilbertsville. 610-413-8191.

Community Acupuncture | Doylestown 3-6pm. Seated in a serene group environment, receive affordable acupuncture for stress management, detox, routine health/pain issues and overall wellness. Mention NA to waive initial $15 paperwork fee. Schedule online or by phone. Located upstairs; call if you have disabilities. $30. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058.

7-9pm. Experience the benefits of empowerment coaching, build confidence, gain insight and a new perspective in creating more balance and contentment in life. Accompanied by the added benefit of synergistic group support. Now forming 3-month programs. Second and fourth Thursdays. Must call to pre-register. $297. Dragonfly Yoga Studio & Massage, 156 Green St, Doylestown. 215-906-9393.

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5:45-7pm. In this six-week enrolled beginner yoga course, learn the eight limbs of yoga, the yogic breathing system, the Tristana Method and how to safely approach and modify fundamental yoga poses. Next six-week session starts September 23. $80. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140.

7:30pm. Stretch, tone and relax. For all ages and abilities. $8/mbrs, $10/non-mbrs. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 267-808-1071.

7:30-9am. For all birding enthusiasts. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177.

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Chair/Mat Yoga | Fairless Hills 6-7pm. Open to the community. $3/seniors, $5/under 55. Falls Township Senior Center, 282 Trenton Rd, Fairless Hills. 215-547-6563. Community Meditation | Doylestown 6:15-6:45pm. Free, 30-minute meditation class introducing mindful meditation and qigong visualizations in a welcoming environment. Donations are accepted to be given to charities such as Moxafrica and A Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058. Ancient Wisdom Traditions | Southampton 7-9pm. Exploring ancient wisdom traditions through the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science. Presented by the Theosophical Society in America, the Abraxas Lodge. Southampton Friends Meeting House, Street & Gravel Hill Rds, Southampton. 215-512-2900. theosophical-society-abraxas-lodge. Intuition Class | Gilbertsville

Guided Meditation | Gilbertsville 9:30-10:30am. Using guided visual imagery, learn to meditate to center oneself, relieve stress, lower blood pressure and create balance through mind, body and spirit. Drop-ins welcome. $10. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Route 100, Gilbertsville. Namaste Baby | Doylestown 11-11:45am. Yoga for moms, dads, caregivers and newborns to pre-walkers. Classes promote a stronger bond through physical movement and emotional connectedness. Postures improve strength, coordination, balance and problem solving for the infant and parent. Pre-registration required. $18. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140. Reiki Share | Doylestown 6-7:30pm. During this great opportunity for prac-

7:30-9:30pm. Develop intuition with a spiritual community and share synchronicities. Develop intuitive muscle with an exercise and guided meditation. Drop-ins welcome. Second Wednesday. $5. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Rte 100, 2nd floor, Gilbertsville. 610-413-8191.

thursday Chair Yoga | Levittown 11am-12pm. Free class held every Thursday. Levittown Library, 7311 New Falls Rd, Levittown. 215949-2324. Time Share 12-1pm. Learn how to make your inner well-being work in the outer world of pressures and stress. Tune in to Time Share on, where Marie Jackson will share recent and ancient discoveries, interview holistic healers and invite callers to ask questions.


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Community Reiki | Doylestown 7:30-9pm. Enjoy a relaxing evening of healing, soothing music, refreshments and community. Second Friday of the month. $10/10-minute session. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140.

saturday Higher Brain Living Chat | Paoli 9-10am. What isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t working in your life? Learn about Higher Brain Living, enjoy a cup of coffee with reishi mushrooms. Higher Brain Living can change your brain and life. Third Saturday of the month. Inspiration to Wholeness, 53 Darby Rd, Ste F, Paoli. 484-302-1502. Theosophical Principles | Southampton 10:30am-12pm. Reading and discussion of sections of Ocean of Theosophy by W. Q. Judge. Presented by Tommy Kehoe. Joint effort of the United Lodge of Theosophy of Philadelphia and the Theosophical Society in America, the Abraxas Lodge. Southampton Friends Meeting House, Street & Gravel Hill Rds, Southampton. 215-512-2900. NancyBragin. com/theosophical-society-abraxas-lodge. Warm Yoga | Quakertown 11am-12:15pm. Wondering what all the hype is about hot yoga? This is the ideal class for someone interested in hot yoga, but worried that it is too hot. Everyone is tight somewhere; the warmth allows the muscles to relax, release and let go. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046.

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


1075 Main St Hellertown, PA Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5pm; Sat, 9:30am-3pm Celebrating our 11th Anniversary, doing business since 2004. Why an organic mattress? Remove toxic chemicals from the bedroom, naturally flame retardant, repels dust mites, mold and mildew, naturally regulates temperatures and improves spinal alignment. Say goodbye to toxic gases, allergies, night sweats and back pain with an environmentally friendly mattress. See ad on page 30.



Kelly Thomke, JourneyDance Certified Facilitator The Authentic Self, Ottsville Still Kicking, Quakertown 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.

1635 River Rd, New Hope, PA 215-862-2924 Tues-Sun 9am-5pm

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

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480 N Gulph Rd, Ste 100, King of Prussia 717-818-5254 Jacqui.Company As an Intuitive and Futurist, Jacqueline Cassel serves as a coach and confidant to those who know more is possible in their own lives, for their organizations and in their communities. Uniquely collaborating with each client, Jacqui delivers a more complete vision of possibilities and potential obstacles as she intuitively “sees” energetic influences beyond the five senses. See ad on page 29.


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Adriana G. Moise, MD 99 N West End Blvd, Ste 110, Quakertown 215-804-2622 Dr. Moise offers a blend of conventional medicine and natural scientifically proven alternative methods to optimize your child’s health. This approach recognizes and respects the ability of your child’s body to return to a state of balance and wellness. She provides consultations and treatment plans to address medical conditions using a natural, holistic, alternative approach. See ad on page 21.




Barbara Meza, LMT, HHP 33 S Delaware Ave, Ste 201 Yardley, PA Provider of integrated wellness dedicated to client care. Service includes massage, lymphatic drainage, contemporary cupping therapy, acupressure, nutritional and herbal guidance and aromatherapy. 201-978-7335. See ad on page 8.


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, mercury- and metal-free restorations are used for the most biocompatible results. Biocompatibility testing for dental materials is available. Invisalign is offered as an alternative to metal braces. Zirconium and titanium implants are offered to replace damaged or missing teeth. Free digital X-rays with initial consultation. See ad on page 20.


Melanie invigorates women to regain energy. Do you desire less brain fog, more focus? Less stress, more sleep? Less fatigue, more energy? Melanie has personally experienced adrenal fatigue and utilizes a synthesized approach involving the whole body, mind and soul to support your health goals. See ad on page30.

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


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. See ad on page 8.

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 on back page.

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

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo focuses on providing oral health solutions through holistic, biologically compatible and organic practices. It is one of the world’s most accomplished centers for periodontal and implant care, which integrates wellness services into their therapeutic approach. He is experienced at immediate total tooth replacement with metal-free dental implants, treating gum disease with LANAP, a no-cut, no-sew method of treating gum disease, comfortable gum grafting with PRGF, implant denture solutions, and chronic pain management. See ad on page 23.


Method of Modern Cupping 267-357-3525 Bellabaci is a modified version of ancient cupping therapy. Silicone cups use no heat yet provide the same benefits as traditional cupping. Can be used by therapists and individuals at home. Easy to learn technique. Aids smoothing of wrinkles and cellulite, relieves muscular pain, digestive disorders and many other varied stagnation in the body. Available for treatments, purchase, and practitioner training.

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. ~John Burroughs IN YOUR HANDS, LLC

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.

Summer ends, and autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night. ~Hal Borland 40

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

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

NATURE CENTER SILVER LAKE NATURE CENTER 1306 Bath Road, Bristol 215-785-1177

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


Lynn Feinman, Doctor of Naturopathy 53 Darby Rd. Ste C, Paoli 610-608-1430

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 on page 3.

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

Dr. Allender’s office is a tropical garden with fountains, music, plants and Animal Assisted Therapy. She offers alternatives to traditional therapy and medication through diet, exercise, meditation and lifestyle changes for adults, couples, children, families and businesses. A happy home and office. See ad on page 6.

A holistic and natural approach to women’s health issues, hormonal balance, digestive health, natural immunity, anxiety/depression and many other health conditions. Dr. Lynn Feinman also developed “The Nutritional Cleanse” and the “Mindful Eating” customized coaching programs for succeeding at personal health goals. Call for a free phone consultation. See ad on page 15.

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LICENSED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR Julie Lachman, ND LLC 196 W Ashland St, Ste 301, Doylestown 267-895-1733

Julie Lachman, ND, is a graduate of the prestigious Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society. She sees adults and children of all ages. Naturopathic doctors are specialists in complex cases, like autoimmune diseases. She has additional training in women’s health, pediatrics, Lyme disease and recently became certified as a CEASE (Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression) practitioner.

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