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me. My friends have started asking how I want to celebrate the big “4-0”. And while I concur with the saying “age is just a number,” I’m also aware that marking my years on Earth, in this body and mind, is a valuable tool in the process of self-discovery. For me and, I imagine, many women, aging becomes evident first in our changing physicality. Crow’s feet around my eyes have emerged recently. They show up when I smile, smirk and laugh, and linger indefinitely. My body is a little rounder and thicker than before. As a woman of a certain age, I wrestle with accepting my visage as it grows further away from media-perpetuated beauty standards, and how far I’m willing to go to meet those standards. I’m aware that what’s happening on the outside is a reflection of what’s happening inside. That means keeping a closer watch on any changes, particularly those that might indicate the hereditary condition for which I am predisposed. Emotionally and spiritually, the shifts have been positive. As my connection to inner wisdom and authenticity grows, I care less about what people think about me. Though I have a ways to go, I’m more likely to admit my mistakes and forgive others for theirs. It’s as if my ego has wised up, too, and has become more adept at knowing when not to sweat the small stuff. Taking the time to get to know ourselves at each phase of life is critical to aging with passion and purpose. We must ask ourselves, “What choices can I make now that will support feeling, looking and being the most exuberant, vital version of me?” But as we know, transitions aren’t easy. I’ve traded in high-intensity, calorieburning workouts for more meditative, stress-busting activities like hatha yoga and jogging… but only after I pulled out my back. Getting to sleep and waking up early is what suits my temperament and energy levels, despite how much I love staying up to watch SNL. And it ain’t easy turning down red velvet cupcakes, even though I feel my best when I’m living on spinach, bell peppers and quinoa. I’m beyond lucky to have access to a network of passionate and enlightened, integrative doctors and other healing and wellness professionals to help me through the process. With the support of the Natural Awakenings community, I have the confidence to envision a comprehensive, integrative and personalized health plan that meets my physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Each month I learn something—a new exercise trend, research findings on supplements, herbs and oils, a fresh perspective from an inspired, local teacher. In each of these practices and processes I find the knowledge and empowerment to create and maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit now and in the years to come. And for that, no matter my age, I am eternally grateful. Together we are “Making the Awakening” in Bucks and Montgomery counties.

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o kick off the fall series of presentations hosted by the Delaware Valley chapter of the Functional Forum, local guest speaker Wendy Warner, M.D., founder of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, will present on the topic of toxicity at 7 p.m. on September 27. The evening will include both the live presentation by Warner and a screening of footage from the Functional Forum episode filmed at the EnvironWendy Warner, M.D. mental Health Symposium in San Diego, California. Dinner will be provided, with time for Q&A, large and small group discussion and networking. Warner’s talk, entitled “The Evolution of Environmental Medicine—Surviving and Thriving in a Toxic World”, is sponsored by Metagenics and will focus on the history of environmental medicine, the main five environmental toxins and how to reduce exposure to them on a communitywide scale. The event is an evening of education, inspiration, connection and community with the medical and wellness professionals that are leading the integrative health movement and advancing functional and integrative medicine within the Delaware Valley. Upcoming Delaware Valley Functional Forum Meetup events include a November presentation by Dr. Daila Pravs of Montgomery Integrative Health Group, in Wyndmoor, on digestive and gut health, sponsored by Spectracell. “These programs offer the perfect opportunity for functional and integrative healthcare professionals to learn, network and build relationships with others currently working in or wanting to migrate into the field,” says Karen Meshkov, publisher and owner of Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery counties. “We also hope to raise the profile of functional medicine and bring attention to the movement that is growing in our area.” The Delaware Valley chapter of the Functional Forum is coordinated by Meshkov, Kathy Fennelly of Healing Touch by Kathy and Michael Kaye of The Rehab Group of Bucks/ Montgomery County. The event is sponsored by Michael Nicolo of Metagenics. Location: Giant Food Stores Community Room, 315 York Rd., Willow Grove. For more information and to RSVP, call 267-544-9585, email, visit or join the Facebook group, DelawareValleyPA.

First Fall Holistic and Healing Expo Hosted by Encore Senior Services


his fall, Encore Experiences senior center, in Harleysville, is hosting its first Holistic and Healing Expo, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 8, at 312 Alumni Avenue, in Harleysville. Holistic health and wellness vendors are invited to register for a table at this new community event. The goal of the expo, says Site and Program Director Patty Roxberry, is to introduce holistic living and wellness avenues to area senior citizens, as well as to the community. Encore Experiences currently offers its members a wide variety of holistic health and wellness services, including tai chi, yoga, acupuncture and massage therapy, and is excited to open its doors to additional services designed to promote overall health and enrich the lives of participants of any age. “Our members enjoy it!” says Roxberry, commenting on the center’s wellness programs and classes. Operated by Greater Harleysville and North Penn Senior Services, Encore Experiences has, since 1975, provided access to programs and resources that help older adults live independently and remain active. Programs and activities are specifically designed to benefit community residents ages 55 or above. “Our hope is to invite the community to our lovely center,” says Roxberry. “We are one of Harleysville’s bestkept secrets.” Ticket cost: $7 suggested donation goes towards supporting Encore’s programming. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Table cost: $40. For more information and to register for a table, contact Patty at 215-256-6900, email Info@ or visit

Weavers Way Ambler Opens Doors to Community


hen Weavers Way Ambler Co-op opens its suburban Montgomery County location in September, it will be Weavers Way’s third communityowned grocery store in the Philadelphia area. Highlights of the new store include a café seating area, a full-service butcher, a large bulk department and a vast prepared foods selection, including roasted chickens, house-made soups, hot bar, salad bar and made-to-order sandwiches. The Weavers Way Co-op manages two other store locations in the Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy sections of Philadelphia. More than 7,000 member households, including about 800 from the Ambler area, shop at and jointly own the Weavers Way Co-op stores, which are open to members and non-members alike. Unlike traditional grocery stores, when individuals shop at Weavers Way, the money stays local through its partnerships with local farmers, producers and community organizations. Current Weavers Way Co-op members and anyone with questions about the new store’s progress or membership are encouraged to stop by the temporary office, located at 131 East Butler Avenue, in Ambler, to pick up a free lawn sign and t-shirt, and to learn how they can help spread the word about the opening. Weavers Way staff are most reliably stationed there from noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, as well as many other hours of the day. Location: 217 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. For more information, visit See ad, page 35.

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he Bucks County Healthy Living Festival will bring an ever-expanding community together for its fifth annual celebration of healthy living, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 10, at Snipes Farm and Education Center, in Morrisville. The festival introduces residents of Bucks County and surrounding areas to the many business entrepreneurs that offer healthier, more sustainable living choices. This year’s offerings include ecological, sustainable, metaphysical and holistic vendors, artists, healers, instructors and musicians, as well as delicious, organic, wholesome food and drinks throughout the day. The historic Snipes Farm and Education Center will provide an idyllic setting to the day’s events. Festival goers are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket and spend the day listening to local performers and musicians such as Greg McGarvey, Eric Labacz, M.O.M. (Music Over Matter), Alix Paul and Ian Haag. Attendees will also be able to participate in a variety of creative workshops, yoga classes, canvas painting, henna body art and children’s activities. Bringing the community together is the mission of the Bucks County Healthy Living Festival as it continues into its fifth year of building relationships with local sponsors and businesses, drawing crowds of interested individuals that seek alternative, healthy living options. Cost: Free. Location: Snipes Farm and Education Center, 890 W. Bridge St., Morrisville. For more information, call Valarie at 267-840-8003 or Wendy at 267-797-6154, email Healthy or visit


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lasses, workshops and experiences in the healing and expressive arts are just some of the activities offered at this year’s Vibrant Living Festival, which takes place October 7 on the grounds of The Room at Meadowbrook, in Ottsville. The festival will run from noon until 4:30 p.m., ending in a Sound Healing Experience that begins at 5 p.m. The event will be a day of vibrant living with activities such as Aharaj Yoga, gentle yoga, reflexology, reiki, energy workshops, nutrition, jin shin jyutsu, holistic animal healing, card reading and more. Healthy, organic food options will be made available as attendees enjoy the beauty of the farm’s gardens to enhance the day’s healing experience. Merchants with healing tools, gifts and services are invited to register for a table for a fee of $20. “Join us for a day of alternative healing and lifestyle,” says event organizer and co-founder of The Room at Meadowbrook, Lyn Hicks. “At the Vibrant Living Festival you’ll find healing treatments, gems and jewelry, great holistic products and services, organic, healthy food, and mini-workshops on holistic lifestyles and joyful ways of being.” The Room at Meadowbrook is an educational center for spiritual enlightenment, surrounded by nature on a peaceful farm. The center is dedicated to enhancing the health of people, animals and nature in a loving, safe environment. Ten percent of admission proceeds from this year’s festival will be donated to local charities and The Last Chance Ranch. Admission Cost: $5. Location: The Room at Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd., Ottsville. For more information and to participate, call Lyn at 215-813-4073, email Lyn@Harmony or visit See ad, page 31.

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utting-edge alternatives for those that have experienced brain injuries are now close to home at New Vitae Wellness and Recovery (NVWR). Its comprehensive treatment program, Action Recovery: Brain Injury Services, which includes an eight-bed unit housed in Limeport, has recently expanded to include the Jade House, a satellite apartment setting in Quakertown. This expansion meets the region’s need for additional services for individuals diagnosed with a brain injury. The Action Recovery program offers long-term Jade House and transitional living support for residents, as well as short-term living arrangements offered as a respite option for their caregivers. These services are designed to meet the needs of individuals, family members and allies affected by brain injuries throughout the recovery process. “With the expansion to the Jade House, Action Recovery residents are excited to have access to additional recovery options,” says Jennifer Searing, a cognitive therapist and art therapist at NVWR. “Over the past few weeks, residents have been learning to navigate the Quakertown community and are searching for vocational opportunities. Staff and residents plan to continue to raise awareness and end the stigma associated with acquired brain injuries.” Residential options also include two licensed personal care homes, Mount Trexler Manor and Quakertown House, where the safety and support of staff assistance is provided around the clock. Additional residential options in Quakertown include Pathways apartments, which offer independent living in a supervised and supported apartment setting. These staffed apartments provide adults and young adults with a shared living space for up to three housemates. Supported independent living apartments are the most independent living option and often act as the next step to securing independent living in the community. With more than 30 years of service, NVWR continues to recognize the unique preferences and needs of residents when it comes to achieving recovery goals.

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Cathy Windland Cathy Windland, owner of Inner Spa, in Newtown, was recently voted “Best Holistic Health Practitioner” in the Bucks County Courier Times annual “Best of Bucks” campaign. Windland has been practicing colon hydrotherapy at Inner Spa since 2011, when she received her foundation level certification from the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT). Since then, she has expanded her knowledge base, continued her education and is now a National Board Certified Colon Hydrotherapist. In addition to providing colonics, Windland is dedicated to teaching others the practice of colon hydrotherapy. In 2015, she became an I-ACT certified colon hydrotherapy instructor. Passionate about digestive health and supporting her clients in their quest for wellness, Windland says she never dreamed of being called to her current vocation. With a background in the business world, Windland says she is grateful that life led her to the holistic health profession and is honored to receive this recognition from the community. Inner Spa is an organic wellness spa that focuses on cleansing services and internal wellness. It is one of the few centers in the area certified by I-ACT to offer colon hydrotherapy. Location: 4 Terry Dr., Atrium Bldg., Ste. 12, Newtown. For more information, call 215-968-9000, email Info@Inner or visit See ad, page 13.

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Now Available Rather than just shrugging off her problems, she gazed upward, spiritually awakened, floated above her body, and gained great wisdom and knowledge. The book alerts people that they have the power for transcendence, personally. Through meditation, mystical union with God is possible to attain, for everyone. The powers that were previously considered only for the elite high yogis and the gifted can now be seen through reading the book, as a rite of passage. We all have the power to attain higher levels to help us solve the problems that everyday life can bring. [excerpt] ...Such were the lessons of truth that flowed from Grandmother’s wisdom, ceaselessly. Not as platitudes, but as practical expressions of the supreme wisdom that brings success, health, enduring happiness, and love of the Divine into all circumstances of life. She filled my mind with a universal harmony and taught me that I could meet any challenge to my wellbeing. Her motto was, just listen. Get quiet, open your heart and your ears, and listen. “The heart has its reasons, which Reason knows nothing of.” Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined exactly what Grammie was preparing me for. Transformation, improvement of my family history, how to conquer any struggle between a variety of forces, as well as to locate my past-life talents and put them to use in this lifetime. To teach others how to enhance the understanding of who we are and release all that has constrained us in the past, from walking in Divine Love. List Price: $21.95 Paperback: 338 pages Publisher: Visions of Reality (July 7, 2017) ISBN-10: 0997208309 ISBN-13: 978-0997208306 Category: Personal Transformation; Religion and Spirituality Order From: or

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esearchers from several international universities have found that seniors that provide caregiving services live longer than those that do not. The scientists analyzed survival data and information collected from the Berlin Aging Study on 500 adults over the age of 69 from 1990 to 2009. They compared survival rates from the subjects that provided caregiving for children, grandchildren and friends to those that did not. Of the subjects analyzed, the half that took care of their grandchildren or children were still alive 10 years after their first interview in 1990. Caring for non-family members also produced positive results, with half of the subjects living for seven years after the initial interview. Conversely, 50 percent of those that did not participate in any caregiving had died just four years after their first interview. The researchers warn that caregiving must be done in moderation. Ralph Hertwig, director of the Center for Adaptive Rationality and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin, explains, “A moderate level of caregiving involvement seems to have positive effects on health, but previous studies have shown that more intense involvement causes stress, which has a negative effect on physical and mental health.”


study from Nagasaki University, in Japan, has found that reducing salt in the diet can cut down on the number of trips to the bathroom during the night. Researchers followed 321 men and women with high-salt diets and sleep problems for 12 weeks. Of the subjects, 223 reduced their salt intake from 10.7 grams per day to 8 grams and the remaining 98 increased their salt intake from 9.6 grams per day to 11 grams. The nighttime urination frequency rate for the salt reduction group dropped from 2.3 times per night to 1.4 times, while the increased salt group’s rose from 2.3 to 2.7 times per night.



esearchers from Helsinki, Finland, analyzed data from 2,000 people to find out how sleeping patterns affected their food choices. They discovered individuals that wake up early make healthier food choices throughout the day and are more physically active. “Linking what and when people eat to their biological clock type provides a fresh perspective on why certain people are more likely to make unhealthy food decisions,” explains lead author Mirkka Maukonen, from the National Institute for Health and Welfare, in Helsinki.

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esearchers from Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, have found that regular yoga practice can help reduce anxiety and depression in young women with eating disorders. The scientists followed 20 girls between the ages of 14 and 18 that were enrolled in an outpatient eating disorder clinic that comprised the larger control group. Those selected agreed to participate in a weekly yoga class and complete questionnaires after six and 12 weeks, assessing their anxiety, depression and mood. Of those that started the study, five attended all 12 yoga classes and six completed between seven and 11 classes. Researchers found decreases in anxiety, depression and negative thoughts among those that participated in the yoga classes, with no negative side effects. Another study from the University of Delaware, in Newark, supports these results. Half of the 38 residential eating disorder treatment program participants did one hour of yoga prior to dinner for five days and the other half did not. The yoga group showed significant reductions in pre-meal anxiety compared to the control group.



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new study from West Virginia University, in Morgantown, reveals that listening to music and practicing meditation may help improve memory function for those in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers asked 60 adults experiencing subjective cognitive decline (SCD), a common predictor of Alzheimer’s, to engage in kirtan kriya musical meditation or listen to other music for 12 minutes a day for three months, and then consider continuing for an additional three months. Scientists measured the memory and cognitive function of the 53 participants that completed the six-month study and found significant improvements in both measurements at the threemonth mark. At six months, the subjects in both groups had maintained or improved upon their initial results.

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The Aurora Organic Dairy pastures and feedlots north of Greeley, Colorado, are home to more than 15,000 cows—more than 100 times the size of a typical organic herd. It is the main facility of the company that supplies milk to Walmart, Costco and other major retailers. They adhere to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic regulations, but critical weaknesses exist in the inspection system the government uses to ensure that food is organic; farmers are allowed to hire their own inspectors to certify them, and thus can fall short of reaching standards without detection. Organic dairies are required to allow the cows to graze daily throughout the growing season rather than be confined to barns and feedlots. Although the USDA National Organic Program allows for an extremely wide range of grazing practices that comply with the rule, Aurora was observed onsite and via satellite imagery by the Washington Post as having only a small percentage of the herd outdoors on any given day. The company disputes the data. U.S. organic dairy sales amounted to $6 billion last year; although it is more expensive to produce, the milk may command a premium price of 100 percent more than regular.

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Finland, internationally renowned for innovative educational practices, is poised to become the first country to eliminate school subjects. Officials are making changes to be implemented by 2020 that will revolutionize how the school system works by allowing pupils to absorb a body of knowledge about language, economics and communication skills. “We need something to fit for the 21st century,” says Department of Education head Marjo Kyllonen. The system will be introduced for seniors beginning at age 16. They will choose which topic or phenomenon they want to study, bearing in mind their ambitions and capabilities. “Instead of staying passively in their benches listening to the teachers, students will now often work in smaller groups collaborating on projects, rather than just assigned classwork and homework.” Another new model of learning sparked by XQ: The Super School Project ( is underway at New Harmony High School, housed on a floating barge at the mouth of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans. They’ve received a $10 million grant to work on environmental issues when it opens in 2018. “High schools today are not preparing students for the demands of today’s world,” says XQ Senior School Strategist Monica Martinez; she notes that about a third of college students must take remedial courses and are not prepared to thrive as employees. 14

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Congress might consider authorizing the U.S. Department of Energy to encase much of the nuclear waste at the Washington state Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s largest waste repository, in a cement-like mixture, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. It states that when burying the waste, cement would be less expensive and faster than vitrification, an alternative process currently used to turn the waste into glass logs. A $17 billion vitrification plant, one of the federal government’s most expensive construction projects, is intended to separate much of the waste into high- and low-level radioactive material, but construction has stalled over design and safety concerns. After the highly radioactive waste is immobilized in the glass logs, it would theoretically be shipped to an as-yet-nonexistent national repository proposed for Yucca Mountain, in Nevada. The 56 million gallons of waste in question is left over from plutonium production for nuclear weapons since World War II, and the site itself has a history of leaks. The Department of Energy likes the cement burial, but state officials believe the best way to safely deal with the waste and protect the environment is by turning it into glass. Source:


The Doctor’s Office, Evolved Local M.D.s Launch Fully Integrative Health Center by Karen G. Meshkov


ontgomery Through this approach, Integrative complementary care such Health Group as massage, acupuncture (MIHG), located inside and chiropractic adjusta beautifully renovated, ment can be as important historic schoolhouse in as prescriptions and surgiWyndmoor, feels more cal procedures in restoring like a community center the patient to wellness. than a doctor’s office. Founded by functionAnnouncements for yoga al medicine specialist Dr. classes and acupuncture Heidi Wittels in 2010, sessions are handwritten MIHG’s team of progresin brightly colored chalk sive practitioners thrive Heidi Wittels, M.D. while patients and staff on solving the health bustle about, creating puzzle of each patient. “I an energy that’s warm first attended an integraand inviting. tive health conference in The differences 1998,” says Wittels. “I’ve between MIHG and known since then that this traditional medical is the kind of practice I practices are many. Here, wanted to build.” patients are “members” Wittels is one of the that experience a host of area’s foremost authoriunique benefits, such as ties on the diagnosis and personal health assessintegrative treatment of ment coaching, an onsite Lyme disease, and she has chiropractor, acupunctura special interest in mold Daila Pravs, M.D. ist and massage therapist, sensitivity and biotoxin as well as community classes and illnesses, cognitive decline, autoimmeetup groups. mune disease, metabolic syndrome, These benefits are part of the hyperlipidemia, digestive concerns, “whole person health care” approach nutrigenomics and methylation. known as functional medicine. As A specialist in family medicine functional medicine practitioners, with a special interest in women’s MIHG’s team of doctors and health care health, Dr. Daila Pravs recently joined providers are trained in comprehensive, the practice as a primary and acute care integrative and health care services physician for both women and men, and that include primary care, physical she provides same-day care for health medicine, pain management, women’s issues such as urinary tract infections, health, stress management and Lyme colds, rashes and musculoskeletal condisease diagnosis and treatment. Addicerns, in addition to a functional meditionally, the practice offers personalized cine and integrative approach to care. genetic assessment and optimization For Pravs, the journey to integrative of customized detoxification, infusion medicine was personal. “When my therapy, functional nutrition, chiroprac- son was born, he was full term and tic care and cognitive health services. healthy,” she says. “But his digestive

issues, earaches and sleep issues persisted all through his first year. His doctors struggled to offer a solution, so I had to go back to the books and figure out what happened. Through my research, I learned how to optimize his gut health through a customized diet, and after two days, he was having normal bowel movements and sleeping through the night.” With over a decade of experience in family medicine and women’s health, Pravs is excited to work with patients on personalizing their medical care plan by examining factors that can affect health, including nutrition and food intolerance, nutrigenomics, stress, sleep, emotional well-being, digestive wellness and the environment. The group is among the few integrative practices to accept major insurance plans. “Accessibility is important to us,” says Wittels. “People need care, particularly those in the Lyme disease community, and they can go broke trying to afford the extra things we know are important to their wellness, like massage, infusions and acupuncture. We hope that by our taking insurance, people will have more ability to find resources for these treatments.” MIHG’s Membership Model works with insurance to defray costs. For $40 a month, or a discounted annual rate, members receive electronic medical record portal support from the group’s knowledgeable nurses and coaches, a complementary health coaching assessment and 60-minute massage, discounts on medical grade supplements and a 15 percent discount on additional family memberships. By offering a comprehensive, integrative and functional approach that treats the whole person, MIHG offers Montgomery and Philadelphia County residents a new framework from which to access optimal health and well-being. MIHG is hosting an open house, Be Your Best Fest, from 1 to 4 p.m., October 15. A complimentary yoga class will be offered at noon. Vendors should call for more information. Location: 1108 E. Willow Grove Ave., Wyndmoor. For more information, call 215-233-6226 or visit MontgomeryIntegrativeHealth. com. See ad, page 2.

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Aging with Passion and Purpose Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse


ant to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Self-acceptance, a positive attitude, creative expression, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement, according to Ron Pevny, director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, in Durango, Colorado, and author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.

Savor Self-Acceptance

While most people believe adulthood is the final stage of life, Dr. Bill Thomas is among the creative aging experts that identify another life chapter: elderhood. “Elders possess novel ways of approaching time, money, faith and relationships,” says Thomas, an Ithaca, New York geriatrician and fierce advocate for the value of aging. “The best chapters may be near the end of the book,” Thomas continues. “Once you appreciate yourself and your years, you can relinquish outdated expectations and seek to discover your true self. Then the world can open up to you,” says Thomas. “Living a rewarding life means we are willing to say, ‘These chapters now are the most interesting.’” During this time, rather than feeling consumed by what we have to do, we can focus on what we want to do. 16

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Fill the Funnel of Friends

For older people, relationships offer foundational connections; but as we age, friends may drift away, relocate or die. “Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire. “Notice opportunities for interacting and connecting,” advises Shae Hadden, co-founder of The Eldering Institute in Vancouver, Canada. Talk with the checkout person at the grocery store or smile at a stranger walking her dog.

Cultivate a Positive Attitude

Our beliefs about aging shape our experiences. A Yale University study found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those less so inclined. Connecting with positive role models helps us release limiting beliefs and embrace an attitude of gratitude instead. Other life lessons can be gleaned from observing how negativity affects people physically, emotionally, and socially. Holding onto regrets traps us in the past zapping energy and self-worth; it also keeps the best in us from shining out says Pevny. He suggests a simple letting-go ceremony, with friends as witnesses. If possible, hold it in a natural outdoor setting.


At one of his conscious aging retreats, Pevny created a fire circle. Mike, 70, had been a dedicated long-distance runner for most of his life. Now plagued with mobility issues, Mike decided to let go of regrets. He brought a pair of running shorts into the circle and talked about what the sport had meant to him—its joys, challenges and camaraderie. Then he tossed the shorts into the fire, telling his friends, “I am letting go so I can find a new purpose and passion.”

Understand Our Life Stories

Creating our own life review helps us acknowledge and understand our most significant experiences and reminds us of all we’re bringing to our elder journey. Pevny offers these approaches: n Develop a timeline, dividing life into seven-year sections. For each, write about the strongest memories and most influential people. n Consider what matters most, from people and values to challenges and dreams. n Write to children and grandchildren, sharing tales of our life’s most significant events and lessons. n Record key stories on audio or video.

Explore the Arts

The changes that aging brings can mire elders in depression and isolation. “Older people need to be brave and resilient,” says Susan Perlstein, of Brooklyn, New York, founder emeritus of the National Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C., and founder of Elders Share the Arts, in New York City. “To age creatively, we need a flow of varied experiences, exploring new activities or reframing longtime interests from a fresh perspective.” Expressive arts can engage people’s minds, bodies and spirits. A George Washington University study shows that people engaged in the arts are happier and healthier. Perlstein understands this firsthand, having begun taking guitar lessons in her 70s. Motivated to play simple songs for her new granddaughter, she subsequently learned to play jazz and blues tunes and joined a band. “I’m doing something I love,” says Perlstein. “I’m meeting diverse people, learning new things and enjoying a rich life.”

The answers can lead to fresh settings, including local community centers and places of worship. Many universities have extension classes for lifelong learners. State arts councils support programs, and museums and libraries host helpful activities. Shepherd Centers encourage community learning and Road Scholar caters to elders that prefer to travel and study.

Discover a Purpose Older people are our Upon retirement some people feel greatest resource. We need purposeless and lost. They yearn for to nurture them and give something that offers up excitement, energy and joy. Hadden invites people them a chance to share to be curious and explore options. “We’re designing our future around what they know. ~Susan Perlstein, founder, National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts Musician John Blegen, of Kansas City, Missouri, was 73 when he realized his lifelong secret desire to tap dance. When Blegen met the then 87-year-old Billie Mahoney, Kansas City’s “Queen of Tap,” he blurted out his wish and fear of being “too old.” She just laughed and urged him to sign up for her adult beginner class. He asked for tap shoes for Christmas and happily shuffle-stepped his way through three class sessions. “Tap class inspired me, encouraged me and gave me hope,” he says. “Now I can shim sham and soft shoe. It’s a dream come true.” To unearth the inner artist, ask: n Which senses do I most like to engage? n Do I enjoy looking at art or listening to music? Do I like sharing feelings and experiences? If so, a thrill may come from writing stories or plays, acting or storytelling. n As a child, what did I yearn to do; maybe play the piano, paint or engineer a train set? Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality. n How can I reframe my life in a positive way when I can no longer do activities I love? If dancing was my focus before, how do I rechannel that energy and passion? If puttering in the garden is too strenuous, what other outdoor interests can I pursue?

who we are and what we care about now,” she says. Try keeping a journal for several weeks. Jot down issues and ideas that intrigue, aggravate and haunt. After several weeks, reflect on the links between concerns that compel and those that irritate. Perhaps we’re intrigued by a certain group of people or a compelling issue. “A concern points to problems and people you want to help,” Hadden observes. This can range from lending a hand to struggling family members, maintaining our own health, volunteering for a literacy project or working to reduce world hunger. “Choose what inspires you to get out of bed each day, eager to move into action.”

Develop Inner Frontiers

People in their elder years may still be measured by midlife standards, which include physical power, productivity and achievement. “They come up short in the eyes of younger people,” dharma practitioner Kathleen Dowling Singh remarks. “But those standards do not define a human life.” Rather, aging allows us to disengage from the pressures of appearances and accomplishments. As we release judgments and unwanted habits, we can increase our feelings of spirituality and peace. “When doors in the outer world seem to be closing, it’s time to cultivate inner resources that offer us joy and meaning. We have the beautiful privilege of slowing down and hearing what our heart is saying,” says Singh, of Sarasota, Florida.

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“We cannot speak about aging and awakening without speaking about death and dying,” Singh believes. “We need to confront our mortality.” Meditating on the coming transition opens us up to the blessings of life. We can ask ourselves deep questions such as, “What am I doing? What do I want? What does this all mean? What is spirit?” Singh believes such searching questions are vital. None of us knows how much Earth time we have to awaken to a deeper, fuller experience of the sacred.

Help the World In today’s world of chaos and crisis, the wisdom of elders is more important than ever. “Older people need to be engaged, using their insights to help the Earth, community and world,” Pevny says. Creative aging is about improving the future for subsequent generations. In 2008, longtime educator Nora Ellen Richard, 70, of Overland Park, Kansas, wanted to be of greater service. She

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asked herself, “What if I housed a foreign student?” and found the International Student Homestay Program. She embarked upon an exploration of cultures from around the world without leaving home. Today, Richard has hosted more than a dozen female students and each relationship has expanded and enriched her life. “We talk about politics, food, religion and cultures; we even pray together,” Richard says. She points to memorable moments of bonding and

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Meditation is one way to deepen spiritually as we age. “Sit in solitude, gather your scattered thoughts and set an intention,” Singh suggests. “A daily practice shows what peace, silence and contentment feel like. As you become more comfortable, add time until you’re sitting for 20 to 40 minutes.”

Aging Gracefully from the Inside Out

BREATHING: A lifetime of poor breathing habits (often exacerbated by environmental toxins and poor nutrition) can lead to sleep apnea, which causes repeated awakenings at night. This interrupted sleep pattern prevents the brain from getting enough oxygen and detoxifying at night. A doctor or dentist that specializes in sleep issues or a sleep center can help.

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ging gracefully often means staying as young-looking as possible. Annual doctor visits check the blood, heart, reflexes and medications. Yet, attention is rarely given to our brains unless we experience memory problems. It should go without saying that aging gracefully does not include developing dementia. Statistics show there is good reason to focus on brain health. The World Health Organization estimates the number of people living with dementia worldwide to be 47 million and projects that number to almost triple by 2050. By age 65, Americans have a 12 percent chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a specific type of dementia, and by age 85, that number increases to almost 50 percent. The good news is that dementia is not a natural part of aging—it often has specific causes that can be addressed, treated and reversed, sometimes completely. The brain, like all organs, can be monitored and checked over the course of our lives. A variety of diagnostics, from eye exams to inflammation markers in the blood, can be used to identify an underlying issue years before signs of memory loss become apparent. Dementia often has roots that can be traced back decades earlier—in some cases, to childhood. Because many dementia contributors are known (see, lifestyle changes can be mindfully addressed and implemented. Below are just a few examples of changes that can reduce dementia risk.

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NUTRITION: Making changes to diet and increasing exercise can turn back the clock and restore the body, as well as the mind. Studies show that a Mediterranean diet, comprised of lean meats and fish, healthy fats such as nuts and olive oils, fresh fruits and vegetables, and little (if any) processed foods, help keep the brain functioning well into old age. MERCURY: Many cavities have “silver” fillings made of 50 percent mercury, a potent neurotoxin. Large fish like tuna and swordfish also contain mercury. Toxins get stored in our tissues, build up and ultimately cross the blood-brain barrier. Symptoms of mercury toxicity

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Reiki at End of Life Healer Natalie Bliss Shares Her Experience

What is your name and where do you live? Natalie Bliss, Philadelphia.

How long have you been volunteering for Ascend Hospice? Five years.

How often do you volunteer?

As often as once a week, depending on the needs and location of the client.

Why did you decide to enroll in this program?

As a Reiki Master Teacher, I feel it is important to respond to people’s need for healing. Since the concept of “hospice” in general carries a stigma in society, I felt that the need was probably greater among the hospice population than anywhere else I could volunteer.

How has the experience been in line with or different from what you expected? When I first signed up, I expected less resistance to reiki among hospice clients and families. It was an awakening

to learn that there is still a long way to go in educating people entering hospice and their families, and especially their professional on-site caretakers, about the blessing that a reiki session can be for someone that is in the sometimes drawn-out process of dying. I have been extremely impressed and grateful for the support of the Ascend staff and how hard our volunteer coordinator, Marina McGough, works to introduce reiki in accessible ways to clients and their families. Any kind of energy healing can be difficult to explain to people facing end-of-life issues, and the team at Ascend does a great job of working with traditionally trained medical personnel, as well as the clients and families, to explain the benefits of reiki, aromatherapy, hand massage and other volunteer-provided support. The Ascend team makes commendable, coordinated efforts to make it available to everyone in their care. I also did not expect the excellent level of ongoing training that Ascend requires, but also provides for volunteers at no charge, and the many ways




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What have you learned from this experience?

I have learned that friendships with those that are dying can be formed and treasured in spite of their intrinsic impermanence.

What would you say to people that are considering volunteering but are hesitant?

Go ahead and apply. Take the volunteer training at Ascend and have a dialogue about your concerns with the Ascend staff. If in your heart you want to serve others, your selfless intention will find the right path to do so. There are so many ways to volunteer with Ascend, and every volunteer, even behindthe-scenes, is making a difference in someone’s life.

Is there anything else you would like readers to know?

The end of life is more peaceful when it is not approached with fear. Hospice staff and volunteers provide comfort, companionship and positive interactions that can ease the stress and loneliness of transition.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about working with people that are in hospice? When I tell friends and associates that I am a hospice volunteer, they often raise eyebrows and comment on how “brave” I must be. I reply that it’s not bravery to enjoy being in the company of those that truly appreciate my efforts to infuse their day with a little peace, comfort and joy.

Interested volunteers can contact Marina McGough by calling 866-821-1212, emailing Marina.McGough@Ascend or visiting AscendHospice. com. See ad, page 32.


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ging with passion and purpose will often result in a re-evaluation of life, with a focus on making sure the future years are secure, healthy and, most importantly, happy. For an increasing number of older couples, this may mean a separation or divorce later in life. In fact, divorce among older couples, or “Grey Divorce”, has become much more common. Family Law attorney Jennifer J. Riley explains that Grey Divorces require special attention and care because unique issues are often present. “The most common questions we answer for older clients involve the impact of a divorce on their retirement savings, or how divorce might impact their social security payments,” says Riley. “In a Grey Divorce, we need to safeguard health insurance and address long-term planning as part of the divorce process.” Couples that are approaching retirement are often especially worried about the future, Riley says, adding, “It is important to address pensions, retirement savings plans and other savings as part of the process to ensure that divorced couples begin their new lives with a strong foundation.” Couples divorcing later that have built a life together often tell Riley that they want to honor the other partner, despite needing to forge a new path. “We need to recognize the history of the family and proceed with the respect and dignity Grey Divorces deserve,” she says. “Couples who have spent decades building a life and family together deserve this.” Law Offices of Jennifer J. Riley are located at 585 Skippack Pk., Ste. 200, Blue Bell and 900 West Valley Rd., Ste. 703, Wayne. For more information, call 215-283-5080 or visit See ad, page 10.

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Healthy Aging with Hillery Woods


n 2010, licensed massage therapist Hillery Woods founded Roots & Wings Therapeutic Bodywork, in Quakertown, to provide customized, restorative and preventative therapies informed by the principles of Tibetan Buddhism, ayurveda, Breema bodywork and permaculture. Her clients include elderly adults as well as those recovering from injury or living with chronic illness.

What does healthy aging look like?

In my massage practice and yoga classes, I am constantly inspired by my elderly clients who show me living examples of healthy aging. The ones who are receiving regular bodywork sessions, staying active and laughing seem to be living a meaningful life.

How do relationships impact meaningful living as we age? The idea of meaningful living being rooted in relationships starts with the relationship we have with ourselves. According to the science of ayurveda, each person needs to pay attention to their inner dialogue. Our thoughts, feelings and emotions have a direct effect on our overall health. This is the primary relationship to nurture.

What informs your approach to healthy aging?

My work is informed by the wisdom of ancient healing arts like ayurveda and jin shin jyutsu. Both of these are based in science and applied as a healing art.

What causes physical imbalances as we age?

Elements inform everything in nature and can magnify imbalances according to age, season and time of day. As we get older, the elements of air and ether are very active. That may translate into joint inflammation, digestive problems and neurological disorders.

What methods do you recommend to treat emotional imbalances?

Jin shin jyutsu is based on harmonizing emotions. In fact, all of your fingers represent different emotions and simply holding each finger separately can be a way to help harmonize yourself. Receiving an hour-long session twice a month is a great prescription for wellness.

What kinds of results do clients experience at Roots & Wings?

I work with a couple who are in their 80s. They both have been receiving regular bi-monthly jin shin jyutsu sessions for 25 years. They hardly take any prescriptions and are living joyfully. I see, through the experience of my clients, that maintaining health with jin shin jyutsu has minimized their chronic health conditions.

What advice to do you have for those seeking answers to healthy aging?

In this great unraveling of our healthcare institutions, preventive and restorative medicine is showing us long-term benefits. Healthy aging is only limited by our imagination and desire to create a world where we don’t hide from the changes of life. Meaningful living starts with the habits we create now and growing our relationship with ourselves first. Location: 127 S. 5th St., Ste. 150, Quakertown. For more information and to scheduling a therapeutic session, call 215-2575025 or visit See ad, page 22.


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enowned yogi and international teacher Rodney Yee, of New York City, has maintained an inspired yoga practice for 37 years while juggling career obligations, fame and family life. While the benefits of yoga are increasingly well known—from stress reduction and pain management to a more limber body and inner peace—Lee is also aware of the challenges to maintaining a consistent practice. Here he shares insights on the pitfalls encountered by both beginning and advanced students. “My advice is to first get rid of self-berating behavior, including judgmental inner dialogue. In many aspects of life, we are constantly measuring ourselves against a standard, which is a waste of time and energy,” says Yee. With a professional background in classical dance and gymnastics, Yee decided to give yoga a try at a nearby studio when he craved more physical flexibility. “As many people do, I came to yoga for a reason. I was a dancer with tight joints. After the first class, I couldn’t believe how I felt. It was not at all like an athletic high; I had a sense of well-being and knew what it means to feel peaceful and clear.” For people with jam-packed lives, finding time for exercise can be daunting. Yee suggests a relaxed approach to scheduling yoga into a busy day. “As the rishis [Hindu sages] say, we shouldn’t ‘try’ to meditate, not try to force a natural state. To say, ‘I have to do yoga,’ just puts another thing on our to-do list. Sometimes discipline is needed, but another part of discipline is not about force.”

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Different approaches to yoga abound, and part of staying motivated may include exploration of a variety of traditions as individual needs change due to lifestyle, health, interests or simple curiosity. Yee reminds us to go with the flow and follow how we feel in the moment. “Different schools of yoga exist because each offers something different. There is a form for all of our moods and a practice for how you feel at any given time.” Reflecting on how his own practice has evolved through the years, Yee recollects, “In my 20s and 30s, my yoga practice was arduous, including three to four hours of strong, physical work and a half hour of pranayama [breath work]. Then for 20 years, it involved a lot of teaching. Over the past 17 years, my practice has become more subtle, with a focus on sequencing and meditation; it’s about how to do this all day long in the context of my body and my life; about being both centered and in the world. In some way, we’re always doing yoga, as we already take 20,000 breaths a day. From a philosophical and ethical point of view, yogis have no choice but to practice.” Because many American women have found their way to a yogic path, men often assume it’s primarily a women’s niche. But yoga has been a male practice for nearly 2,500 years in other countries. Yee encourages men to not feel intimidated. “Why not try something that can help you improve your business, family life and even your golf game?” he queries. While Yee believes in a no-pressure approach, he also suggests inviting ways to foster consistency. “If you are just beginning, set aside a half-hour before going to bed or get up a half-hour earlier. Also note that pain is less to be avoided than learned from.” Wisdom can come from dedication to a yoga practice. Yee’s philosophy is, “You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass counsels, ‘Be here now.’ Train yourself to bring body, mind and heart together and fully drink from that.” Learn more at Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at


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FABULOUS FAN FARE Healthy Tailgating Foods to Cheer For by Judith Fertig


at, play, party… and repeat. We may call it tailgating, fangating, homegating, a watch party or simply eating with friends before a big game. According to the American Tailgaters Association, in St. Paul, Minnesota, an estimated 50 million Americans tailgate annually. Whether we’re on the road or at home, making the menu healthy is a winning strategy for hosts and guests. Here, two experts divulge their winning ways. Says Debbie Moose, author of Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home,, Ivy League schools like Princeton and Yale claim credit for pregame picnics that 19th-century sports fans

packed into their horse and buggy for local road trips. Moose lives in the tailgate trifecta of the North Carolina triangle, home to Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest universities. She enjoyed discovering that University of Washington sports fans from the Seattle area like to sail to their chosen picnic spots, while University of Hawaii folks grill fish on hibachis in Honolulu. Moose naturally prefers healthy, Southern-style fare such as deviled eggs and marinated green bean salad, which can be served hot, cold or at room temperature. “At the game or at home, your guests will be moving around, so go for foods that can be eaten with one hand,” she suggests.

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She also plans her menu around color, universal appeal and variety because it’s healthier than just serving a mound of barbecued chicken wings and a big bowl of potato chips. She likes recipes that can do double duty; her black bean summer salad with cherry tomatoes and corn can function as a colorful side dish or as a salsa for nonGMO blue corn chips. “Recipes that you can do ahead of time make things easier on game day; just pull them from the fridge and go,” says Moose. Daina Falk, of New York City, grew up around professional athletes because her father, David Falk, is a well-known sports agent. Excitement-generating sports are in her blood and inspired her to write The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook. She knows that most of the tailgating in her area takes place for football and baseball games and NASCAR races. On, Falk serves up tips for every fangating/homegating occasion, from the Kentucky Derby to the Super Bowl. “Keep your menu interesting,” says Falk. “I always like to feature a dish for each team. For instance, if you’re hosting an Alabama versus Washington watch party, you could feature an Alabama barbecue dish with white sauce and oysters or other fresh seafood. Both dishes are characteristic of the local foods in the universities’ respective hometowns.” Falk recommends buying more local beer than needed to make sure not to run out. Game day guests can get hot and thirsty, indoors or out. Supply lots of filtered water in non-breakable containers. For easy entertaining, Falk recommends biodegradable dishes and cups. “Whenever there are a lot of people in one room, especially when they’re drinking, a glass will likely be broken,” she says. “Save yourself cleanup and the risk of glass shards by committing to temporary cups and plates that are Earth-friendly and compostable.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS ( Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.

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Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Program by Tom Santanna


ver the last year, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has implemented the legislative Act 16 of 2016, allowing for a medical cannabis program, without any major delays. Regulations have been drafted and published, and the first round of licenses for growing, processing and distributing medical cannabis have been awarded. Seventeen qualifying conditions allow patients to receive medical cannabis therapy, including HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal or neurological indication of spasticity, inflammatory bowel, Huntington’s disease, Crohn’s disease, posttraumatic stress disorder, intractable seizures, glaucoma, autism, sickle cell anemia, neuropathy and pain, defined in the statute as “severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective.”

Smoking or vaporizing of dried cannabis flowers, or buds, is not permitted as a legal means of consuming medical cannabis under the law, and dried flowers will not be sold at dispensaries. The forms allowed to consume medical cannabis in Pennsylvania as stated in Act 16 include oil, tincture, pill, topical gels, creams or ointments, and “a form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization,” which means oil and extracts that could be used in a device such as a vape pen for consumption. There will be no cap on THC content, the principal psychoactive compound in cannabis, on any of the products. The law does not allow edibles such as cannabis-infused candies, cookies, etc. to be sold in dispensaries, and prohibits home growing of medical cannabis plants. Licenses for growing, processing and distributing will be awarded as soon as summer 2017 and the program could be fully functional by the first quarter of 2018.

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Those that wish to consider cannabis therapy as a non-toxic, nonaddictive, holistic health option for pain or any of the other 16 qualifying conditions must talk to a physician that has completed the required four-hour certification course and is registered to recommend cannabis therapy to a patient. Patients interested in medical cannabis therapy are strongly encouraged to talk with their doctors now and ask them if they plan to get certified to recommend medical cannabis. If the doctor recommends a patient for cannabis therapy, the patient must register with the Pennsylvania Department of Health for a medical cannabis ID card and may then visit a licensed medical cannabis dispensary, where a pharmacist that is required to be on staff at all times will discuss which type of cannabis and method of consumption might be best for the patient’s symptoms; for example, pain. If a parent wants medical cannabis for their child that has one of the 17 qualifying conditions, they can register with the Department of Health for an ID as a caregiver. An adult patient can also designate another adult as a caregiver that will then register in a similar way as the parent or legal guardian. The department will make applications for caregivers available on its website. Information for physicians interested in learning more about medical cannabis and getting certified can be obtained from the only physician-run medical cannabis organization for doctors, Compassionate Certification Centers (CompassionateCertification Information for potential patients, caregivers and doctors will be continually updated on the Pennsylvania Department of Health website as the program develops ( Tom Santanna is the president of Tom Santanna Strategic Consulting, a Harrisburg-based government relations practice that specializes in medical cannabis. Santanna is also a RYT-200 yogi. For more information, visit

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Have you ever wondered how it’s possible that a six-yearold can play the violin like a virtuoso? Or how a person can pick up a second language and be fluent with almost no exposure? Perhaps deeply rooted skills and talents are not completely erased from one lifetime to the next. Perhaps the things that invoke passion and emotion are more likely to stay embedded in a person’s soul. If this is the case, then it’s also possible for a person’s negative experiences to remain etched in the soul. Quantum EFT flows from standard EFT and is a way to clear trauma on a soul level. The practitioner leads the process by asking the client to tap on the meridian points while instructing the body to release the particular feelings and body sensations from all of the cells and the multi-dimensional layers of DNA. Many irrational fears and even physical conditions have been known to inexplicably disappear after experiencing Quantum EFT.

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Doylestown Food Market Celebrates “Growing” Potential with Third Annual Farm to Table Dinner



he Celebrity Chef Farm to Table Dinner promises to be a unique celebration of Bucks County’s “growing” potential and the community that supports it. The event takes place at 5 p.m., September 17, at Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow, in New Hope. Autumnal festivities will include locally sourced food, wine, beer and kombucha tastings, live music and an auction of items from the community. “The Doylestown Food Market Farm to Table Dinner is a wonderful way to sample the bounty of Bucks County while meeting new friends and learning more about our locavore efforts with existing friends,” says Farm to Table Dinner regular Patrick Kennedy, owner of Superior Woodcraft, in Doylestown. The Farm to Table Celebrity Chef for 2017 is Matt McPhelin of Maize Restaurant, in Perkasie, who cultivated his skills in several of Philadelphia’s award-winning restaurants before opening Maize in 2009. This year, he will dazzle dinner guests with innovative recipes based on fresh, seasonal ingredients from Bucks County farms. “It’s fun to come together with like-minded people to share and

celebrate the local harvest,” says Doylestown resident Jean Cauller. “This dinner shows how creative you can be using local food… and how much better it tastes.” The annual Farm to Table Dinner is the biggest fundraiser for Doylestown Food Market, Chef Matt McPhelin a memberowned grocery store that provides convenient access to a variety of locally raised or produced foods and other products. In addition to local food and beverages, the evening will feature The Cherry Lane Jazz Band and live and silent auctions. The Doylestown Food Market is in the process of implementing big changes in order to better serve the needs of its customers, producers and the community. To learn more about future plans, friends and members are encouraged to attend this special event. Cost: $95; $75 for Doylestown Food Market members. Location: Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow, 2877 Creamery Rd., New Hope. For more information and to purchase tickets, email John LaSala at John@ or visit FarmToTable. See ad, page 23.

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Unwind the Mind and Set the Heart Free by Julie Vitto Anne Jensen, Ph.D.


motional stress can be related to all kinds of symptoms, including physical pain, digestive disorders, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and falling short of one’s potential. It can make life feel like a series of repeated mistakes, where longstanding issues make change feel nearly impossible to achieve. These roadblocks to understanding the mind-body continuum can widen the chasm between the “real” self and the self that’s on display. Thankfully, Anne Jensen, Ph.D., developer of the new emotional heal-

ing and stress reduction tool known as HeartSpeak, has tapped into a solution for these issues and is excited to share results with the world. Jensen’s groundbreaking research at the University of Oxford shows that the non-invasive technique known as muscle response testing has the ability to help reveal what stresses the body and triggers the mind. Thus, finding the truth of an individual’s mind-body experience is well within reach. During a HeartSpeak session, an experienced HeartSpeak practitioner

will gently and safely guide the patient through unresolved feelings that trigger physical pains or undesired responses, all without the patient having to describe, explain or rationalize them. “Those skeletons in your closet remain strictly confidential. And best of all, you will feel untethered and finally free,” says Jensen. HeartSpeak is a fast and friendly modality—it typically takes just one or two sessions to experience results, since it listens to and works with the heart and your feelings, rather than against them.

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Jensen describes the modality as “fearbusting”, helping to break old, fearful, futile patterns so that healthier, more expansive ones can quickly emerge. “HeartSpeak uses the premise that there are two parts to the mind: the Logical Mind and the Feeling Mind,” Jensen explains. “Our Feeling Mind is often the seeker of ‘truth’ that is so often drowned by our Logical Mind. Yet being separated from your truth is one of the classic triggers of anxiety, depression and self-loathing.” Jensen offers HeartSpeak courses and seminars online and around the world. This month, she will teach two courses at Montgomery Integrative Health Group, in Wyndmoor, introducing clients and practitioners alike to Muscle Response Testing, September 22, and HeartSpeak Level 1, September 23. No prior experience is necessary to attend. “HeartSpeak teaches us to feel our way through the unresolved, emotional energies in a method that is taken at your own pace,” says Jensen. “You will do the feeling and you will determine the pace and depth of your body’s response.” HeartSpeak allows anyone to access deep healing simply and effectively by changing the neuroplasticity of traumas and habits and how they affect individuals on a daily basis. “With the very specific use of Muscle Response Testing we can learn this evolutionary application of HeartSpeak to bypass the stories, concepts and constructs created in the Logical Mind, and uncover the truth of the Feeling Mind.” Jensen is a clinical researcher and a published author who holds a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in evidence-based health care from the University of Oxford, in England. Her research is some of the first to demonstrate the accuracy and reliability of muscle response testing in determining underlying issues of the mind-body complex. In her private practice, she consults with clients from around the world. For more information, call 323-744-7374, email or visit See ad, page 6. Julie Vitto is a Pennsylvania-based writer and editorial associate to Natural Awakenings BuxMont. Connect at Julie.

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JourneyDance with Kelly Thomke


uakertown’s Kelly Thomke is a certified JourneyDance facilitator, trained by its creator, Toni Bergins. The dance form is a departure from kinetic or yogic dance and seeks to cleanse and heal the mind, body, soul and spirit through freestyle movement. Set to inspiring world music, JourneyDance participants move barefoot and with eyes closed as they let go and become transformed.

and work through whatever they might be going through.

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You have been facilitating JourneyDance for several years. How does it feel different now compared to when saved you started? Now, it’s a richer my husband’s and life; juicier he has dance, and it’s always been in good health underfulfilling. Dr. MeshAlso, it’s not as scary as it used ’s caretoforbe.20It’syears now still so wonderful for me to see others open up during the dance

We have to get over people telling us how we should look and behave. Sometimes that means peeling off those layers until you find the real you. The movement allows you to do that. My intention is to create a safe container for people. I like to call it a moving meditation. It’s cathartic, therapeutic and meditative; it’s all the good stuff!

How is JourneyDance different from other kinds of dance? It’s not like a waltz or a fox trot; it’s your own dance and you don’t need a partner or to

know any particular steps. People come because they want to get in shape and exercise. What happens on the dance floor is that you start to move and then release the emotion. It’s very therapeutic.

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I have two new class offerings on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings at AirMid Wellness and Counseling Center, in Warminster. I also am going to start facilitating a dance on First Fridays at Anahata Yoga, in Harleysville. For more information, call 215-5344989 or visit DanceWithKelly, EarthRhythmSacred and See listing, page 47.

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Who is John of God, and why is this such an anticipated event?

John of God is a medium often referred to as the “Brazilian Healer”, though, he is the first to admit it is “God that heals, not me.” I am quite fortunate to have visited both The Casa de Dom Inácio, in Brazil, where I am a Casa Guide, and Omega Institute to see John of God. For me, the high vibration energy, the peace, the love, the healing and hopefulness—even among those with dramatic/traumatic health issues—has always been palpable. He has helped to heal and provide guidance to millions around the world for 66 years. Elaine Berk

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When one of these energy centers becomes blocked, it can wreak havoc on our physical and emotional state, causing pain, illness, frustration, negativity, stress and depression. The Crystal Bed opens one’s chakras and gets them spinning in the correct direction, fostering health and creating a sustainable, harmonious flow of energy. Sessions include 30 to 60 minutes on the Crystal Bed, combined with other elements you would experience at the Casa in Brazil with John of God. For those unable to visit John of God in New York or Brazil, the Crystal Bed is a way to experience that energy and healing locally, right here in Bucks County.

lenty of people are pretty, but haven’t yet learned how to be beautiful. They have the right look for the times, but they don’t glow. Beautiful women glow. That’s because beautiful is not about how we look on the outside; it is about what we’re made of and being “full of beauty” on the inside. Beautiful people spend time discovering what their idea of beauty is on this Earth. They know themselves well enough to know what they love, and they love themselves enough to fill up with a little of their particular kind of beauty each day. When we are with a beautiful woman, we might not notice her hair, skin, body or clothes, because we’ll be distracted by the way she makes us feel. She is so full of beauty that some of it overflows onto us. We feel warm and safe and curious around her. Her eyes typically twinkle a little and she’ll look at us closely—because a beautiful, wise woman knows that the quickest way to fill up with beauty is to soak in another’s beauty. The most beautiful women take their time with other people; they are filling up. Women concerned with being pretty think about what they look like, but women concerned with being beautiful think about what they are looking at, taking in the loveliness around them. They are absorbing the whole beautiful world and making all that beauty theirs to give to others.

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The Crystal Bed was conceived by John of God as a means of healing and is used extensively at The Casa in Brazil, where he does his work. The Crystal Bed clears and balances one’s chakras—the energy centers responsible for our vital life force.

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Cornerstone Health & Fitness 740 Edison Furlong Rd, Doylestown • 215-794-3700 415 S York Rd, New Hope 215-862-2200 419 S York Rd, New Hope 215-862-2200 847 Easton Rd, Warrington 215-918-5900 Dragonfly Yoga Studio & Massage Therapy 156 Green St, Doylestown 215-622-4612 Moondog Yoga Studio 44 Front St, Quakertown 267-374-4046 Park Club Fitness and Wellness 620 W Chestnut St, Ste 101, Perkasie 215-257-8877 Prancing Peacock 524 Stony Hill Rd, Yardley 139 Zimmerman Ln, Langhorne 267-679-0791 3838 Bucks Bucks & Montgomery County Edition & Montgomery County Edition

River Yoga 5667 York Rd, Lahaska 215-794-1890 Shine Yoga Center 601 W Market St, Perkasie 267-221-0980 Sun Dog Yoga Studio 17 W State St, Ste 1, Doylestown 215-230-4031 Tristana Yoga Studio 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown 267-245-4140 Yoga Vibhuti 77 2nd Street Pike, Southampton 215-514-6065 Yogasphere 18 Swamp Rd, Newtown 215-579-6130 Yoga Tree at PWC 1281 Rt 113, Blooming Glen 215-257-3938 EASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY Amma Yanni Yoga Center & School 827 Glenside Ave, Wyncote 215-572-9881 The Buddha-Bar Yorktown Plaza 160 Yorktown Plz, Elkins Park 215-901-2835

Dana Hot Yoga 2278 Mount Carmel Ave, Glenside • 610-667-3262 832 N Bethlehem Pk, Spring House • 267-974-9805* Dhuni Yoga & Pilates 1458 County Line Rd, Huntingdon Valley • 215-917-0501

Jenkintown Hot Yoga 409 Old York Rd, Jenkintown 215-478-1701 Nourishing Storm 124 N York Rd, Hatboro 215-394-8152 SSP Yoga 400 Commerce Dr, Fort Washington • 610-656-6041 Tara Yoga 1134 Easton Rd, Abington 215-305-8325 Twisted Monkey 501 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge 215-379-1046

Twisters Wellness Centers

131 E Butler Ave, Ambler 717 Bethlehem Pk, Erdenheim 215-654-5393

Local Yoga Whole Body Yoga Studio 103 E Walnut St, North Wales 215-661-0510 Yoga Evolution/MomentOM 261 Old York Rd, Jenkintown 215-885-1800 WESTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY Aim High Studio 3015 W Germantown Pike, Norristown • 484-686-0067

Anahata Yoga

690 Harleysville Pike, Lederach 215-740-1354 AnahataYoga

Art & Soul Yoga & Pilates 1690 Valley Forge Rd, Eagleville 610-220-8572


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Moyo 4335 Skippack Pike, Schwenksville 610-584-1108 Sol Yoga Studio 117 W Ridge Pike, Conshohocken 610-636-0391 Stillpoint Yoga Studios 217 W Church Rd, King of Prussia 610-213-3280 Yoga Home 424 E Elm St, Conshohocken 484-344-5040

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Doylestown Farmers Market – 7am-noon. Celebrate Labor Day with a visit to your farmers as you stock up on fresh, beautiful, local food. Vegetables, flowers, fruit, homemade goodies, herbs and spices, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms, music by Peter Black and much more. Make this your Saturday stop to Buy Local; Save Bucks. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Phil Heft. 267-221-3258.

Meet Diowave’s Dr. Bruce Coren – 9-10:30am. Bruce Coren, MD, inventor of the Diowave laser, shares how this painless treatment uses technology to safely and effectively relieve pain without surgery for the following conditions: joint pain, back pain, muscle pain, neuropathy, chronic sinusitis, migraines and more. Complimentary breakfast will be served. Free. Star Advanced Medicine, 2325 Heritage Center Dr, Ste 315, Furlong. Bonnie McKinley, 717-419-8623. BBarker5011@gmail. com.

savethedate Sustainable Saturdays with Minimus Through October 28 • Noon-4pm The community is invited to partake in Sustainable Saturdays at Minimus Tiny House next to The Market at DelVal. Check out the build in progress, tour Minimus when complete and speak with sustainability experts, project sponsors and people within our community interested in a more sustainable way of living.

Cost: Free The Market at Delaware Valley University 2100 Lower State Rd, Doylestown

Melissa Matarese, 267-614-3828 Bucks Foodshed 5K – 7:30-11am. Bucks County Foodshed Alliance is hosting its 3rd Annual Bucks Foodshed 5K & 1-mile Fun Run on DelVal U’s campus. All proceeds benefit BCFA, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to building a resilient local food system in our community through education and collaboration. Participants can register online: $25. Delaware Valley University, 700 E Butler Ave, Doylestown. Renee Cauller, 215-621-8967.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Free Information Session on dTMS – 2-3pm. New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center will host free information sessions on Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS), a holistic, non-invasive, FDAcleared option to treat depressive symptoms. Learn how dTMS works and who can be treated. Hear patient testimonials. Refreshments served. New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center, 16 S Main St, Quakertown. Pre-register: Tracy Semmel, 215-5383403 ext. 314.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Food & Mood – 1-2pm. Adults. Did you realize what you eat affects your mood? Sweet foods and salty foods react differently in our bodies and create different types of moods. Free. Giant Food Stores Cooking School, 315 York Rd, Willow Grove. To register, call 215-784-1960.


Bucks & Montgomery County Edition

Fulper Family Farm at The Market – 10am-1pm. Come meet and greet a great local producer of a wide variety of cheeses, and taste the cheeses for yourself. For more than a century, five generations of the Fulper family have been making pure, wholesome dairy products on their farmstead in Lambertville. 20% off their products all month. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Back-to-School Food Fair – 10am-noon. All ages. Are you looking for something new and exciting to pack for lunch? Tour the store while you shop for free samples and recipes. Free. Giant Food Stores, 1874 Bethlehem Pk, Flourtown. To register, call nutritionist Rabiya Bower, 215-836-4300.

savethedate Healthy Living Festival September 10 • 11am-4pm

Systems complex community resource room. 107 N Main St, Mansfield. 607-742-8707. Download free DUSC guide at

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 What’s With Sugar? Workshop – 11:30am-12:30pm. Learn the importance of blood sugar balance and how to detox safely from too much sugar. Free. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYogaStudio. com. Mighty Mushrooms – 2-3pm & 6-7pm. Adults. Mushrooms are a versatile veggie and can make so much more than soup. Come hear about all the benefits mushrooms have. Samples, too. Free. Giant Food Stores, 1874 Bethlehem Pk, Flourtown. To register, call nutritionist Rabiya Bower, 215-836-4300. Food For Thought Book Club – 6:30-8pm. Come discuss a fascinating book, Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy, by Kelsey Timmerman. Everyone is welcome to join Doylestown Food Market members and others in the discussion. Mention the Food For Thought Book Club and get 20% off the book price. Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Food As Medicine – 7-8:30pm. Do you know that food can cure what ails you? Find out how to give your body what it really needs and dig into the role diet plays in health. Gather nutrition tips, expand your culinary vocabulary, explore new approaches to cooking and get inspired to experiment. Takeaways and tastings included. Free. Weavers Way Co-op, Ambler Office, 131 E Butler Ave, Ambler. Weavers Way Co-op, 215-843-2350. SBruneau@


This 5th annual event will feature local, natural, eco, sustainable, holistic and metaphysical vendors, organic healthy food and drinks, local farms with produce, live music and performances, yoga classes, workshops and much more. Bring a blanket and enjoy the day, rain or shine.

Cost: Free Snipes Farm and Education Center 890 W Bridge St, Morrisville

Wendy, 267-797-6154 Valarie, 267-840-8003

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Free DUSC Demo – 12:30pm. Are you or someone you love struggling with infertility, menstrual pain/ irregularity or incontinence? Learn how to do the Displaced Uterus Self Check at the Bellows Health

Advocacy for a Cleaner Earth – 6:30-8pm. BCAS is holding a monthly speaker series designed to educate about the growing problems in the natural world. All programs are at DelVal University’s Life Science Building. This month, Maya van Rossum, of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, will present on the impacts that pipelines have on clean water. Free. Delaware Valley University Life Science Building, 700 E Butler Ave, Doylestown. Marissa Farra. 215297-5880.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 What’s With Sugar? Workshop – 7-8pm. Learn the importance of blood sugar balance and how to detox safely from too much sugar. Free. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Kids Cook Under 5: Veggie Pizza Leaves – 10am or 3pm. Kids with parents. Interactive kids’ class that will teach basic kitchen skills to create nutritious and delicious snacks. Recommended for children ages 18 months to 5 years. Free. Giant Food Stores, 1874

Bethlehem Pk, Flourtown. To register, call nutritionist Rabiya Bower, 215-836-4300.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Doylestown Farmers Market – 7am-noon. Start your day with a visit to your farmers as you stock up on fresh, beautiful, local food. Vegetables, flowers, fruit, homemade goodies, herbs and spices, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms, music by Elle and much more. Make this your Saturday stop to Buy Local; Save Bucks. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Phil Heft, 267-221-3258. Hummelstown Arts Festival – 9am-4pm. Hope Hill Lavender Farm is an artist at this great outdoor arts festival. Free admission. 4 E Main St, Hummelstown. Mirrors – 10am-3pm. With Karolee Shloth. Mirrors are the reflections of our energy. The energy of who we are creates our reality, our lives. As quantum physics validates, what is within me is also outside of me. “As within, so without.” Join Karolee for this class and learn how to transform your mirrors and your life to see significant change. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-740-1354. What’s With Sugar? Workshop – 11:30am-12:30pm. Learn the importance of blood sugar balance and how to detox safely from too much sugar. Free. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry. 215-661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYogaStudio. com. 18th Village Renaissance Faire – 9/16-9/17. 11am6pm. Come enjoy an authentic, local, affordable Renaissance Faire that is designed to appeal to all, and best of all – all proceeds benefit a public library. $10 adults, $5 students, children under 5 free. Middletown Grange Fairgrounds, 576 Penns Park Rd, Wrightstown. 267-304-8060. FaireDirector@ Spiritual Journaling – 2-3:30pm. This class provides active work in the practice of spiritual journaling, everyday tools to utilize and hear what Spirit wants you to know. Additional classes may be added such as gratitude, desires of the heart and a variety of ways to pray. $15. Add $5 if you need a journal. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. 215-813-4073. CardinalTouch@verizon. net. Nature Step-By-Step Painting Class – 2-4pm. Join us for a Nature Step-By-Step Painting Class. The cost for this fun fundraiser is $40 per person and will be inside our Visitors’ Building. Please bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Please register at or by calling 267-307-2481. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. PattiAnn Cutter, 215-7851177.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Fort Hunter Day Arts & Craft Show – 10am-5pm. Hope Hill Lavender Farm is an artist at this fantastic fall festival featuring arts, crafts and entertainment. Free admission. 5300 N Front St, Harrisburg. Fort Lyme Disease Support Group – 4pm. Lyme is a serious and growing problem and PA is the #1 affected state. We work to support each other and

spread the word about Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses. All welcome. Middletown Municipal Bldg, 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne. Evelyn, 215-741-5902.

savethedate Celebrity Chef Farm to Table Dinner September 17 • 5-9pm Doylestown Food Market’s annual fundraiser features Chef Matt McPhelin of Maize Restaurant. Enjoy a showcase of seasonal preparations from Bucks County Farms; local beer, wine and Kombucha mocktail sampling; a silent auction; music by Cherry Lane Jazz Band. BYOB.

Cost: $75/member; $95/non-member Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope

John LaSala, 908-337-9670

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Free Auricular Medicine Demo for Fertility Challenges – 12:30-1pm. Do you want a safe and effective treatment for fertility challenges? Join us for this free demonstration to learn about the nervous system and reproductive system connection. Free. 107 N Main St, Mansfield. 607-742-8707.


savethedate Six-Week Group Health Coaching in Doylestown Multiple Start Dates Set small goals to improve your health and get support for lasting behavioral change. For more info, go to my website below and look under “upcoming events and classes”. Fall class schedule options: Mondays from 7-8pm starting 10/2, Tuesdays from noon-1pm, starting 9/19, or Wednesdays from 5-6pm starting 9/27. 96 W Court St, Doylestown Kira Kraiman, 215-813-8338 Herbs for Immune System Strength – 7-8:30pm. Simple remedies can help keep your immune system strong so that you can be a physically, mentally and spiritually balanced individual. In this workshop you will learn how to properly care for your immune system throughout the year. Together, we will make elderberry elixer–a delicious immune boosting syrup. $10. Weavers Way Mercantile, 542 Carpenter Ln, Philadelphia. Weavers Way Co-op, 215-8432350. WeaversWay. coop/events.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 School Holiday Camp – 9/21-9/22. 9am-3pm. BCAS’s school holiday camps are geared for ages

savethedate Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown • 215-348-5755 Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter for updates on seminars and trips. October 20, 7-9pm An Evening of Mediumship – Gallery/Demonstration Reverends Kit and Natalie Mitchell and Robert Brown will present their fascinating insight into the world of evidential and spiritual mediumship, as always with their memorable style. Along with answering your questions, they will dedicate a large part of the evening to delivering messages from the Other Side. Everyone will receive a reading. Attendance limited to 25. $50 if paid by Oct 1, $75 after. Doylestown. October 21, 10am-5pm Mediumship Training Are you interested in understanding more about mediumship and exploring the foundations of this fascinating practice? Have you been away from mediumship for a while and just want to get back to it? Or are you just interested in spirituality and working with spirit and need a clearer idea of what it is all about? This is a practical, hands-on course that will provide you the opportunity to work with spirit a great deal. Coming to us from FL, Kit and Natalie Mitchell will help you gain confidence and belief in yourself, and your skills as an evidential medium. Learn through simple exercises while working in a group or individually. $150 if paid by Oct 1, $200 after. Doylestown. October 22, 11am-5pm by appt October 23, 11am-5pm by appt Private Mediumship Readings Reverends Kit and Natalie Mitchell will relay messages from your friends and loved ones that have crossed over. Receive a sense of peace, healing and validation that they are still with you. This may not be the message you expect to hear, but it is what those in the spirit world feel will be beneficial to you. You may select to be read by either Kit or Natalie, or we will choose for you. $80 for 30 minutes, if paid by Oct 1, $120 after. Doylestown. October 22, 11am-5pm by appt October 23, 11am-5pm by appt Aura-Soma Readings Robert Brown Aura-Soma is a healing system designed to work on the mind, body and spirit as a whole. Discover your individual gifts, your purpose in life, what underlies your health issues, what challenges you are facing and how to achieve your highest potential. Coming to us from the UK, Robert Brown has been working with spirit for over 20 years and is a well-known medium worldwide. $120 for 45 minutes, if paid by Oct 1, $150 after. Doylestown. See Susan’s website for other upcoming events and sacred journeys!

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4-10 and are filled with fun from hiking, animals, crafts, science experiments and nature discoveries. This September’s sessions are all about the importance of growing plants and flowers, and the animals (and humans) that rely on them. For more details, visit our website. $60. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. Marissa Farra, 215-297-5880. BCAS. org/product/school-holiday-camp. Managing Digestive Issues – 1-2pm. Adults. We will discuss topics, including timing of meals and the types of foods you are consuming, to understand and discover answers to your digestive woes. Samples, too. Free. Giant Food Stores Cooking School, 315 York Rd, Willow Grove. To register, call 215-784-1960.


savethedate Muscle Response Testing September 22 • 2-5pm HeartSpeak Level 1 September 23 • 9am-6pm Dr Anne Jensen, developer of the emotional healing tool HeartSpeak, will teach Muscle Response Testing and HeartSpeak Level 1. Fast, safe and scientifically sound. Introduced through hands-on participation. No prior experience necessary.

Sept 22, $99 • Sept 23, $269 Both, $299 Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor Dinner in a Pinch Store Tour – 5:30-6:30pm. Adults. Come discover a new approach to meal planning, with a week’s worth of dinner ideas and recipes for your busy lifestyle. Free. Giant Food Stores, 1201 Knapp Rd, North Wales. To register, call nutritionist Christina Fava, 215-661-1025.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Doylestown Farmers Market – 7am-noon. Enjoy a chef demo, the fire department and visits to your farmers as you stock up on fresh, beautiful, local food. Vegetables, flowers, fruit, homemade goodies, herbs and spices, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms, music by George Thompson and more. Make this your Saturday stop to Buy Local; Save Bucks. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Phil Heft, 267-221-3258. PHeft@ Humane Gardener Book Signing & Demo – 10am-noon. Author and naturalist Nancy Lawson will join BCAS for a presentation on her latest book, The Humane Gardener. There will be a talk, exploration of the BCAS organic garden and a book signing with Farley’s Bookshop. Register online. $15. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. Marissa Farra, 215-297-5880. MFarra@ Fulper Family Farm at The Market – 10am-2pm. Come meet and greet a great local producer of a wide variety of cheeses, and taste the cheeses for yourself.


Bucks & Montgomery County Edition

Living with Cancer – 7-8:30pm. Learn how yoga, diet and herbal medicine can strengthen mental and physical health and support self-care during and after treatment. Led by Wendy Romig, LCN, and Michelle Stortz, certified yoga therapist specializing in yoga for cancer. Open to survivors, patients and caretakers. We will close with guided meditation. Free. Sage Integrative Wellness, 538 Carpenter Ln, Philadelphia. Weavers Way Co-op, 215-843-2350.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 For more than a century, five generations of the Fulper family have been making pure, wholesome dairy products on their farmstead in Lambertville. 20% off their products all month. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Sound Bath Journey – 10:30-11:30am. Enjoy a sound healing with gongs, bells, flutes and many other sound experiences. Two sound healers take you on a journey with sound like you have never experienced. Cleansing, healing and enjoyable. Bring something cozy to lie down on, and immerse in the creative, extensive blessing of many beautiful sounds. $15. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. 215-813-4073. VirginiaMc. Kombucha Making Workshop – 1-3pm. Learn the benefits of and how to create your own Kombucha. Try the various ways, tastes and flavors. Understand the health that this fermented drink supports in your well-being. Kombucha contains organic acids that have detoxifying, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. $15. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. 215-813-4073.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Reiki I Class – With Kathy Tooley, Usui Reiki Master/Teacher. Become attuned to reiki, the universal healing energy that can support you, your family and friends. Participants will learn a brief history of reiki, the reiki hand placements and receive the Reiki I attunement. Class includes practice time sharing and receiving reiki energy, a manual and Certificate of Completion. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215740-1354.

savethedate Delaware Valley Functional Forum Meetup Wednesday Sept 27 • 7pm “The Evolution of Environmental Medicine— Surviving and Thriving in a Toxic World” with Dr Wendy Warner. This live talk will focus on the history of environmental medicine, the main five environmental toxins and how to reduce exposure to them on a community-wide scale. Light refreshments provided with time for Q&A, large and small group discussion and networking.

Cost: Free Giant Food Stores Community Room 315 York Rd, Willow Grove

267-544-9585 delaware-valley-pa FunctionalForumDelawareValleyPA

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Stress Hacks: Module II – 6pm. The Tioga chapter of the Weston A Price Foundation is hosting this module at the Bellows Health Systems Complex. This event is free and open to the public. 107 N Main St, Mansfield.



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

Doylestown Farmers Market – 7am-noon. Still plenty of great local food. Visit your farmers as you stock up on fresh, beautiful, local food. Vegetables, flowers, fruit, homemade goodies, herbs and spices, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms, music by Toby Mochel and much more. Make this your Saturday stop to Buy Local; Save Bucks. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Phil Heft, 267-221-3258.

Group Coaching Mastermind Forming – 9/2511/13. 7-8pm. Experience the power of a mastermind. A group environment will create results a lot faster than doing it on your own. Achieve the goals you want in your personal and professional life. Have accountability partners and support. Conducted by phone. Hosted by The Possibility Coaches–Jon Satin and Chris Pattay. $197. Jon Satin, 215-7940135. PossibilityCoaches. com/group-mastermind.html.

Loving Your Sensational Body – 10am-noon. With Beth Knudson, C-IAYT, E-RYT. Your amazing body is a sacred intersection between the physical and spiritual world: if you just learn to listen to it. Through the technologies of yoga asana, guided journaling, meditation, video and honest conversa-

tion, we’ll explore the landscapes of our physical bodies and emotional worlds. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-740-1354.



Spiritual Intensive October 7-8 • 1-5pm

Art of the Barn Tour – 9/30-10/1. 10am-4pm. View seven private barns that will be open to the public for our two-day tour. Each barn features local artists that have been inspired by the nature, history and landscapes of Bucks County. Celebrate Bucks County’s unique agricultural heritage, arts and architecture while supporting the education programs of BCAS. $30. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. Marissa Farra, 215-297-5880. BCAS. org/product/art-of-the-barn-tour.

Workshop based on Elizabeth Joyce’s books, Seeding and Nurturing the Garden of Your Soul and The NEW Spiritual Chakras. Experience deep meditation, move beyond boundaries with your Universal Body, open and apply the new spiritual chakras, experience ascension while manifesting your soul purpose.

SpiritFest October 28-29 Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm 3rd annual event. Tune up your body, mind and spirit. Dress up and receive a surprise. Featuring guest speakers every hour, area psychics, energy healers, shamanic practitioners, mind/body therapists, holistic practitioners, massage & stress management, artwork, jewelry, crystals, stones, gems, natural food court, more.

Cost: $100/day or $180/both days

Cost: $7 Admission

The James Lorah House 132 N Main St, Doylestown

New Hope Eagle Fire House 46 N Sugan Rd, New Hope

Elizabeth Joyce, 215-996-0646

Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment 267-261-2768



Be Your Best Fest Open House October 15 • 1-4pm

Fall Psychic Fair November 4-5 • 11am-5pm

A seasonal celebration of natural health and wholeness. Food and fun for all ages. Complimentary yoga class starts at noon. Local health and wellness practitioners are invited to table. Vendors should call or email for more information.

A day of fun and inspiration that benefits local Bucks charities. Psychic readings from local or guest psychics. Frank St James of The Psychic Detectives, and BIO Channel, Celeste of the Fox Sisters, more. Create your own spa day with bodywork, a reading, lectures and other holistic services at your convenience. Call to book advance appointments.

Star Advanced Medicine Open House/VIP Event – 7am-noon. Open House festivities include a day full of demos and giveaways that is open to all, as well as a red carpet VIP Party with food, drinks and demos for special invited guests in the evening. Call or check the website for up-to-date information. Star Advanced Medicine, 2325 Heritage Center Dr, Ste 315, Furlong. 267-544-0664.

savethedate Fall Open House Holy Redeemer Holistic Care October 4 • 4-8pm Join us for an evening of fun and learning as we introduce our new Holistic Care Center for mind, body, spirit healing in Bensalem. Meet therapists Merle Eskowitz, Susan Shaw and Brenda Sonnie-Goldman as they share their offerings and conduct mini-healing sessions and demonstrations. Healthy light fare, raffle prizes, fun and more fun.

Holy Redeemer Holistic Care 3300 Tillman Dr, 1st Fl, at the Rothman Specialty Hospital, Bensalem

Cost: Free Admission Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor

Cost: $5 entrance/$5 lunch

RSVP to Donna, 215-233-6226

The James Lorah House 132 N Main St, Doylestown

Call or text Susan Shaw, 267-237-5536

savethedate savethedate Be at Peace During Uncertain Times October 7 • 10am-2pm Become more peaceful, relaxed and productive regardless of what’s going on around you. Learn the key elements required to create inner peace. Move through fear, blame and disconnection. You’ll be provided with tools to get you through the day in a more peaceful, calm manner. Facilitated by The Possibility Coaches.

Cost: $39 Per Diem Space 528 W Market St, Perkasie Jon Satin, 215-794-0135

Empowered Light Holistic Expo October 27-29

Fri 5-9pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-6pm

Booths/activities extra

Elizabeth Joyce, 215-996-0646

savethedate Inner Light Holistic Expo November 11-12 Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-5pm

Enjoy inspiring lectures, meditations, yoga, alternative healing treatments like reiki, massage and reflexology, as well as angelic and intuitive readings. Try healthy food samples, and purchase natural products for personal and home care. Empowered Light Holistic Expo will focus on healthier lifestyles, including food, physical activities, stress reduction and self-care.

Fall 2017 Inner Light Holistic Expo, held at the Coventry Mall in Pottstown, Center Court and throughout the Mall. Crystals, jewelry, books, aura photography, massage, reiki, hypnotherapy, chiropractors, psychics/medium readers, ionic cleanse, spiritual gifts and more. Vendor spaces available.

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Halls D & E Oaks, Pennsylvania

Coventry Mall 351 W Schuylkill Rd, Pottstown

Sue Greenwald, 484-459-3082

Free admission; Free lectures

Cristina Leeson, 610-413-8191

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sunday JourneyDance – 10-11:30am. JourneyDance is a transformational dance that combines freestyle and structured movement that inspires joy and wellbeing. JourneyDance movement is for everyone. Come as you are, wherever you are on your journey. Dances are on Thursdays at 6pm and Sundays at 10am. $20. AirMid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Warminster. 215-534-4989.

tuesday Crystal Therapy – 9am-1pm. Using crystals to remove energetic blocks, this deeply relaxing, clothingon session promotes good health. Combined with angelic vibrations, this healing becomes stronger. Call Kelly to book a 45-minute session. Anahata Yoga and Wellness, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-534-4989. Monthly Multi Media Art Class with Ute Arnold, M.F.A. – 10am-2pm. Last Tuesday of each month. Composition and color studies with drawing, printing, water color, pastel, painting on silk, collaging and journal making. No experience necessary. $90 each for a series of six, drop-ins $130. Work study possible. Blue Bamboo Studio, Pt Pleasant. Ute Free Information Session on dTMS – 6-7pm. 1st Tuesday. New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center will host free information sessions on Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS), a holistic, non-invasive, FDA-cleared option to treat depressive symptoms. Learn how dTMS works and who can be treated. Hear patient testimonials. Refreshments served. New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center, 16 S Main St, Quakertown. Preregister: Tracy Semmel, 215-538-3403 ext. 314.

wednesday Healthy Aging Chair Yoga – 11am-noon. This class will focus on setting you up for success, accomplishing your daily movements with greater ease. Using chair yoga postures to bring more stability to everyday rhythms: walking, balancing and developing core strength. If you want to find more stability in your everyday movements, this class is for you. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Woods Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. Community Acupuncture – 3-6pm. Seated in a serene group environment, receive affordable acupuncture for stress management, detox, routine health/pain issues and overall wellness. Mention NA to waive initial $15 paperwork fee. Online scheduling via or call 215-

348-8058 to reserve a spot. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. Paolo Propato, 215-3488058. MetaFriends Support Group – 6-7pm. This group is intended for those individuals with Stage IV cancer. Meets first and third Wednesday of every month. Holy Redeemer Women’s Healthcare Center, 45 2nd St Pike, Southampton. Dr Pam Ginsberg, 215-3400608. Dosha Balancing Vinyasa – 6-7:30pm. The 5 elements in ayurveda – space, air, fire, water and earth – inform everything. Time of day, stage of life, lifestyle and season all have an influence of when certain elements in nature and the elements in your constitution can create excess. Asana is a great way to balance these forces. We will include systematic relaxation and meditation to benefit mental clarity and vibrant health. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Woods Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. Info@Hillery

thursday Tibetan Heart Yoga – 9:30-11am. Tibetan Heart Yoga emphasizes the benefits of visualization and meditation using authentic Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practices and principles. With the wisdom of ancient teachings, we learn tools that help support our transitions and self-growth in our life on and off the mat. Embodied meditation magnifies focus and freedom in the flow. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Woods Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. Info@Hillery Seniors T’ai Chi/Qigong – 1:15-2pm. Known as “the healing martial art”, t’ai chi consists of gentle movement and concentration, with benefits in improved balance, relaxation and stress relief. Enhanced in this class with qigong breathing exercises and tailored to seniors. A series of six classes offered at a special time and discount. Please register in advance. $72. AirMid Wellness, 1260 Old York Rd, Warminster. Christopher Plummer, 908-2859336. ZebraTaleTaiChi. Bucks County Breast Friends Meeting – 7-9pm. First Thursday of every month. Bucks County Breast Friends (BCBF) general meeting. This group is intended for those that have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Meetings focus on providing men and women with educational support and peer support. Holy Redeemer Healthcare at Bensalem, 3300 Tillman Dr, Bensalem. Jill Indelicato, 215-364-0935.

Molecules of Emotions/Changing Body Memory – 9:30am-12:30pm. Biweekly classes with bodypsychotherapist Ute Arnold. Our cellular bodystories hold on to abuse, trauma, abandonment, chronic pain, relationship issues, etc, therefore creating illness and interfering with wellness. Unergi body-psychotherapy changes belief systems and, therefore, the body story. Pt Pleasant. (near New Hope). Ojas Building Restorative Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Ojas is the essence informing natural immunity and systemic vitality. Create a new weekly ritual for releasing stress. Jin shin jyutsu self-healing holds are used in concert with supportive restorative yoga postures. Warm basalt rocks on the marma points in savasana complete this unique experience. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. Hillery Woods Siatkowski. 215-2575025. Arcturian Healing Light Share – 6-8:30pm. 4th Fri. We will share some food; bring whatever you like. We will move on to an AHL share. All that have studied Gene Ang’s work are welcome. Find out how others are using this in their practices and their experiences. RSVP ISS. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Pipersville. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. Lavabigail@

saturday Shiatsu Community Clinic – 9:15am-4:45pm. 1st Sat. Shiatsu sessions offered in supervised clinic setting. Each student will interview, assess energy and create individualized shiatsu session to balance the body. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, preferably cotton. Wear socks. No cell phones, no perfumes. $45. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Plumsteadville. Shirley Scranta, 215-766-2800. Hope Hill Lavender Farm Open – 10am-3pm. 1st and 4th Sat. Enjoy a visit to our lavender farm and new lavender farm store. Store contains our quality lavender products and other unique items. Come see what’s in store for you at Hope Hill. Free. 2375 Panther Valley Rd, Pottsville. 570-617-0851. Ancient Wisdom Traditions – Noon-1:30pm. Study of comparative religion, philosophy and science via reading and discussion of The Key to Theosophy by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Presented by Abraxas Lodge, Theosophical Society in America. Free. Southampton Friends Meeting House, 710 Gravel Hill Rd, Southampton. Nancy Bragin, 215-512-2900. Celtic Concert by Mary Courtney – 7:30-9:30pm. Silver Lake Nature Center is pleased to welcome back internationally renowned singer/musician Mary Courtney. Tickets for this special performance can be purchased in advance at a discounted rate of $12/person (by 5pm on September 15) or at the door for $15/person. Concert will be held inside the Visitors’ Building. $15. 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. PattiAnn Cutter, 215-785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter@

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included, email Publisher@ to request our media kit. ACUPUNCTURE BRIDGE ACUPUNCTURE

Grace Rollins, MS, LAc, NTP Paolo Propato, LAc 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown 215-348-8058 Schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about acupuncture and our warm, joyful wellness center. 10% off your first treatment for NABuxMont readers. Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine can safely and effectively relieve chronic pain, stress and anxiety, restore sleep, boost energy, promote healthy digestion, balance the immune system and regulate hormones. Meditation classes, qigong, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, pediatric acupressure and more. Google our many positive reviews and testimonials. Easy online scheduling available. See ad, page 25.


2325 Heritage Center Dr, Ste 315, Furlong 267-544-0664 Look your best with the latest in aesthetics, administered by a board-certified physician. Plateletrich plasma therapies. Vampire Facelift, Facial, Breast Lift and Hair Restoration. Micro-needling, Botox, filler, O- and P-Shots. See ad, page 6.


Lisa Rhodes, DPM, Licensed Acupuncturist Fountainville • 215-230-4600 Utilizing applied kinesiology and nutritional testing to develop individualized, holistic therapeutic solutions. Integrative approach to optimizing your health and function. Specializing in allergy elimination and immune function. See ad, page 9.


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AYURVEDIC BODYWORK ROOTS & WINGS FACILITATING HEALING: Self, Family and Community Hillery Woods Siatkowski, LMT, BCTMB, RYT-200, AYS

Featuring specialty yoga, ayurvedic spa, therapeutic massage, jin shin jyutsu and far-infrared sauna in a boutique wellness retreat. At Roots & Wings, you’ll learn self-healing rituals to sustain your vital essence. See ad, page 22.


2325 Heritage Center Dr, Ste 315, Furlong 267-544-0664 Experiencing low energy, weight gain, hair loss, low sex drive, mood swings, sleeplessness, brain fog? Restore your imbalances with safe, effective, natural hormone replacement therapy administered by a board-certified physician. See ad, page 6.


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


Plymouth Meeting Providing the highest quality hemp-based healing products. Locally produced. CBD (healing hemp oil) is legal, effective and safe for many health issues. Salves, tinctures, more. See ad, page 9.


Let’s make pain a part of your past. Integrative chiropractic care in a warm, familiar setting. Applied kinesiology, lifestyle support, ayurveda, nutrition and weight loss. See ad, page 10.

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

An educational center for spiritual enlightenment, which nourishes the holistic lifestyle. The Room hosts classes, workshops, retreats and is available for rental to instructors sharing the healing and expressive arts. See ad, page 31.


Our growing practice provides individualized therapy in a warm and supportive environment for children, adults, couples and families in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Call for a free consultation.

CRYSTAL – COLOR – LIGHT HEALING JOHN OF GOD CRYSTAL BED HEALING Evolving Soul, LLC Elaine Berk, MEd Counseling 110 North State St, Newtown 215-970-1534

John of God Crystal Bed Healing cleanses, opens and invigorates the body and soul by balancing and clearing one’s chakras and energy field. Colored lights, chosen to match the chakra colors, radiate light and energy through precision crystals, activating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms. Gain insight & enhanced emotional, physical & spiritual well-being. See ad, page 29.


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


Hyo J. Lim DMD 216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485 Dr. Hyo Lim provides a holistic approach to exceptional dentistry, in a warm and caring environment. At Dental Wellness Centre, mercuryand metal-free restorations are used for the most biocompatible results. Biocompatibility testing for dental materials is available. Invisalign is offered as an alternative to metal braces. Zirconium and titanium implants are offered to replace damaged or missing teeth. Free digital X-rays with initial consultation. See ad, page 7.


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

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

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo focuses on providing oral health solutions through holistic, biologically compatible and organic practices. It is one of the world’s most accomplished centers for periodontal and implant care, which integrates wellness services into their therapeutic approach. He is experienced at immediate total tooth replacement with metal-free dental implants, treating gum disease with LANAP, a no-cut, no-sew method of treating gum disease, comfortable gum grafting with PRGF, implant denture solutions, and chronic pain management. See ad, page 34.


Stimulating specific brain regions, deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) is clinically proven to safely, effectively help with depression. Noninvasive, non-medication, FDA-cleared. Medicare/ insurances accepted. See ad, page 12.


Ever wonder why people repeat patterns that lead to emotional pain? The answer may lie in past life experiences. Now there is a way to heal trauma on a soul level. It’s called Quantum EFT. Now offering discount sessions— contact Delia today.


Relax and revitalize with restful energy wellness therapy. Sessions include tuning fork therapy, vibration sound, crystals, aromatherapy, targeted reflexology and reiki to balance, cleanse and bring optimal wellness.

classifieds Fee for classified ads is $2 per word, per month. Minimum 20 words. Minimum 3 months, paid in advance. To place a listing, email content to Publisher@ by the 5th. FOR RENT AFFORDABLE FLEX SPACE available for holistic health providers, teachers and coaches within downtown Quakertown wellness center. Call 267-210-9249. BEAUTIFUL SPACIOUS MASSAGE ROOM. Rent by the day. Located in Airmid Wellness Center, Warminster. Call Marianne WelchSalkind, 215-920-4325. PEACEFUL COUNTRY SETTING – Building includes four gathering rooms, kitchen and covered porch. Wooded paths, meditation gardens. Perfect for workshops, weddings, retreats. 215538-0976. ROOM FOR RENT in growing Newtown wellness center. Energy workers, acupressure, acupuncture and other healing arts welcome. 1-day rentals +, flexible availability. 215-847-5659. SHARED OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT – 20 Bridge St, Frenchtown, NJ 08825. Looking for alternative practitioner. $550-$950 per month. Call Dr Ira Liebross, 908-581-3451.

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


Weavers Way Ambler is member-owned and open to the public. The new store includes a café, full-service butcher, bulk and prepared foods. See ad, page 35.

OPPORTUNITIES NOW TRAINING – Attention yoga teachers, massage therapists, nutritionists, reiki and healing practitioners: supplement your income and expand your repertoire of expertise as a colon hydrotherapist. This unique healing modality has immediate earning potential. Train and work locally within months.

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

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Why an organic mattress? Remove toxic chemicals from the bedroom, naturally flame retardant, repels dust mites, mold and mildew, naturally regulates temperatures and improves spinal alignment. Say goodbye to toxic gases, allergies, night sweats and back pain with an environmentally friendly mattress. Serving the community since 2004. See ad, page 19.

Bringing a personalized and holistic approach to hospice care. Our trained volunteers offer aromatherapy, massage therapy, reiki and pet therapy to bring healing and wholeness to clients and their families. See ad, page 32.



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


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.


Arnold B Meshkov, MD 1077 Rydal Rd, Ste 307, Rydal 267-626-2881 • Board-certified cardiologist with 35 years in private practice. Offering a holistic approach to cardiology with an emphasis on outpatient management, prevention, diagnosis, lifestyle and treatment. See ad, page 36.


267-474-7536 Dedicated to educating people on toxins and chemicals found in their homes, and the effects they have on their health. Convert your home to safer, healthier products.


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Psychotherapy • Hypnotherapy • Distance Counseling 605 Farm Ln, Doylestown 215-348-8900 • I use an integrative approach combining talk therapy with Heart-Centered Hypnosis to heal trauma, pain or illness. Help with depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, grief work, stress management, relationships and codependency, weight and smoking. See ad, page 22.

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

Specializing in family law. High-quality, compassionate legal services including child support, child custody, divorce, alimony, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, estate planning and more. Serving the greater Philadelphia area. See ad, page 10.


6055C Kellers Church Rd, 2nd Floor, Pipersville 215-766-2800 • Celebrating 20 years as the area’s leading center for shiatsu massage training and treatment. Come visit our new space in Pipersville. New courses start regularly. See ad, page 33.


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


Laurie Van Valkenburgh, ACBT, LMT 6064 Upper Mountain Rd, New Hope 800 W State St, Doylestown • 267-566-6056 Experience Shiatsu/Shin Tai Bodywork, in New Hope. Align your body’s structure using muscle energy and fascial release techniques, central channel release to allow free-flowing spinal alignment, and cranial work. This releases hidden trauma trapped in the body, and life force is then able to return.


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


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


Brit Reed, DC 107 N Main St, Ste 5, Mansfield 607-742-8707 • D r. R e e d s p e c i a l i z e s i n reproductive challenges, preconceptive care and women’s pelvic health. She uses customized, non-invasive methods, techniques and protocols to restore optimal female function. See ad, page 8.

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Jeffrey Griffin is a chiropractor with 31 years of practice experience in chiropractic care that is blended together with enzyme nutrition. This combination of treatment modalities allows Griffin to successfully treat a wide variety of health complaints, ranging from neck and back pain to headaches, digestive maladies and fibromyalgia. Call him today for a complimentary phone consultation or visit his website. See ad, page 26.


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

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

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

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

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



endy Sheahan is the owner and founder of Paint in the Moment, a meditative painting workshop experience. She travels throughout Bucks County offering private and public painting parties for groups. Sheahan is the founder and co-organizer of the Bucks County Healthy Living Festival, now in its fifth year. She is also the mother of two, creator of, lover of the natural world and advocate of healthier alternatives. Wendy brings her loving spirit and gifts to us to awaken the power of creativity. For more information, visit PaintInThe

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Certified Past Life Regression Therapist Certified Hypnotherapist MEd in Counseling 110 North State St, Newtown 215-970-1534 •

~Rodney Yee

PLRT is a unique therapeutic process that helps you recall and resolve emotional trauma from previous lifetimes which, unbeknownst to us, is often the root cause of issues we’re struggling with in this lifetime. As a former psychotherapist and PLR therapist, I work with clients to address these complexes and bring about transformation and healing. See ad, page 29.

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Julia Helstrom, DO 10 S Clinton St, Ste 101, Doylestown 267-454-7262,


Essential Connections Reflexology 215-858-8195

Bucks County Center for Integrative Medicine: where traditional family medicine and alternative modalities combine for an individualized plan. Come attain your personalized optimal wellness.


Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor 215-233-6226 Dr. Daila Pravs is trained in integrative, functional medicine and specializes in family medicine, women’s health, urinary tract infections, colds, rashes, musculoskeletal concerns, nutrition and food intolerance, nutrigenomics, stress, sleep, emotional wellbeing, digestive wellness and environmental factors. See ad, page 2.


Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor 215-233-6226 Dr. Heidi Wittels is a functional medical doctor who specializes in “whole-person” diagnosis and integrative treatment of Lyme disease, mold sensitivity and biotoxins, cognitive decline, autoimmune disease, metabolic syndrome, hyperlipidemia, digestive concerns, nutrigenomics and methylation. See ad, page 2.


Expertly p l a c i n g interested clients with one of our 15 seasoned and varied therapists throughout the city and surrounding areas to find the best fit for you. See ad, page 21.

Offering reflexology treatment sessions and a comprehensive, professional reflexology practitioner program. Combine online/classroom training for the ultimate in convenience and connection. See ad, page 19.


Bonnie McKinley, DO 2325 Heritage Center Dr, Ste 315, Furlong 267-544-0664 • A board-certified physician, Dr. McKinley specializes in noninvasive, regenerative treatments including prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy, DioWave laser, microneedling, and the Vampire Series: Facial, Facelift, Breast Lift, Hair Restoration, O-Shot and P-Shot. See ad, page 6.


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


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


Improving the lives of pets through acupuncture, herbal therapy, h o m e o p a t h y, n u t r i t i o n a l counseling, and integration of holistic therapies with conventional medicine for customized approach to care. See ad, page 31.

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

Dr. Suzanne Walski has been serving the community since 1987. Currently providing chiropractic, TCVM acupuncture, K-Laser, Bach Flower, and nutritional/food therapy. Geriatric and pets with complicated health issues welcome. See ad, page 31.


7 South Ridge Ave, Ambler 102 Corporate Dr, Langhorne 215-847-5659 • Nu You Skin and Wellness Centers specialize in male waxing. We are UK certified and are vigilant about safety and sanitation to ensure our clients have a superior, pain-free experience. See ad, page 18.

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

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

We are not victims of aging, sickness and death. These are part of the scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being. ~Deepak Chopra 50

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Heritage Dental


595 Bethlehem Pike, Suite 302 Montgomeryville

Aging with Passion and Purpose - SEPTEMBER 2017  

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

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