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espite this year’s late ice storm, the slightly diminished blossoms are displaying themselves proudly this spring. Few things inspire me more than Mother Nature’s canvas coming to life with the colorful vibrancy of renewal. It’s as if the Earth is laughing and dancing in celebration of life. The great circle washes away the grey of any lingering seasonal blues and replaces the mood with feelings of hope, gratitude and happiness. Spring is indeed a thing of beauty, both physically and symbolically.

We celebrate the theme of “new life” this month with a special emphasis on natural pregnancy and childbirth. It is refreshing to see a birthing renaissance of sorts as young mothers-to-be seek ways to enhance the experience by minimizing overly clinical and sterile environments. There a variety of contributors in this issue bringing back the sacred and natural elements of childbirth with offerings that range from labor massage and doula services to pregnant belly art and “Blessingways”. The Blessingway touches me the most. It is a revival of an ancient ritual in which the mother’s most trusted loved ones gather to honor and bless the birth. Integrating a spiritual component, the practice promises to prepare the mother mentally, emotionally and consciously for arguably the most meaningful role in life. Integrating the complementary practices we explore this month with traditional medical intervention makes for a calm, relaxed and mindful mother. Imagine the spillover effects to the newborn whose entry into this world is both physically and energetically enhanced. What a great way to welcome new life in an increasingly awakened world!

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agare Studio, in Haddonfield, is offering Gyrotonic lessons for summer swimmers this month. Adding this type of training to any sport helps with form, flexibility, strength and fluidity. Certified Gyrotonic Instructor and owner Lisa Roche Lisa Roche is a lifetime swimmer and swim coach. “Swimming, as great as it is, can take a toll on your body,” she explains. “When parts of the body are used repeatedly in one way for

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estoration-You, Inc., in Moorestown, is offering crystal therapy, a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating treatment that can be combined with massage or performed on its own as a clothing-on, minimal contact therapy. The energetic imbalances in the body can manifest as physical ailments or emotional issues. Crystals realign our energetic frequencies by removing emotional and physical blocks. “Our electromagnetic fields are susceptible to the energies around us,” explains Renee Robertson, owner of Restoration-You, Inc. “We have a tendency to succumb to entropy. Entropy in us is a disorder. A crystal’s vibration depends on its composition, size, thickness and color. Crystals entrain energy around them, reducing entropy and creating health, longevity and coherence.” Location: 701 E. Main St., Ste. 1-D. For more information or an appointment, call 856-437-0430, visit or visit


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erchantville will host the Mystical May Holistic Street Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 6, on North Centre Street between East Chestnut Avenue and East Walnut Avenue. The rain date is set for May 7. Featuring a mind, body and spirit theme, the festival offers an atmosphere that combines a psychic fair and street festival. Local holistic practitioners will be on-hand offering healing modalities, including reiki, integrated energy therapy, reflexology, massage, herbalism, yoga and more. The festival also includes artisans and crafters offering new age merchandise. Visitors can shop for crystals and gemstones, jewelry, incense, oils, handmade herbal products, artwork and more. A drum circle is planned for noon, along with other entertainment. For more information, call 856-488-8187 or email


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newsbriefs Marie’s Café to Open in Medford


he Center, Life in Balance will open Marie’s Café at 45 South Main Street, in Medford, on May 3. The new restaurant will serve C A F E breakfast and lunch from Wednesday to Sunday. Named in honor of co-owner Felicia Bittner’s mother, Marie’s Café will feature healthy options for diners. Refined carbohydrates are kept to a minimum and replaced with an infusion of foods containing organic and pasture-raised meats, cage-free organic eggs, fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts. Gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available, along with French press coffee and many teas. “Our purpose for Marie’s Café is to encourage and empower individuals

to seek the best version of themselves through wholesome food, self-enrichment and altruistic insight,” says Bittner “We intend to use the café as a platform for promoting individual health and wellness while focusing on charitable awareness. Additionally, our hope is that the café will be used to host various cause groups, educational and motivational seminars, and cooking demonstrations.” For more information, call 609-451-5908.

Local Salon Supports You Are Beautiful Cancer Campaign


izzieri Salons, Spa and Schools will host a fundraiser to benefit the Cancer Center Hair Boutique that will be in the new comprehensive Virtua Cancer Center. A cocktail reception to support the You Are Beautiful campaign will take place at 6 p.m., May 15, at Rizzieri Salon and Spa, in the Moorestown Mall. All proceeds will be donated to the Virtua Foundation to support the boutique. Attendees will enjoy a cocktail reception, food, music, hand and arm massages, a silent auction and raffle, along with meeting special guests. Opening in




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hree Little Bird Perinatal and Palliative Care Advocacy and Support Center is a community-based nonprofit that supports families through the journey of pregnancy and infant loss in the Delaware Valley region. The center’s mission is to empower families to understand their situation, what their rights are and the different ways they can bond with and honor their special child during their physical, emotional and spiritual healing journeys. With many services and programs offering support for families suffering from miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal loss, sudden infant death syndrome/infant loss and palliative care situations in which families receive a life-threatening or uncertain fetal diagnosis, the center provides information, an empathetic ear and care for South Jersey families. “While we may not know why this happened, what we do know is that you can survive pregnancy and baby loss,” explains Founder and Director Kristen Samuelson. “Things may never feel like they will return to the way they were, and they probably won’t, but if you believe, everything will be alright.”

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Film Screening of Bag It in Collingswood


he 2017 Green Challenge Film Fest, a collaboration of Oaklyn Green Team, Sustainable Collingswood and GMO Free NJ, is screening a film each month to inspire community members into meaningful action by issuing a green challenge with each film for those interested in participating. This month’s film, Bag It, a movie that explores the impact of plastic shopping bags and other single-use plastics, will be shown at 7 p.m., May 18, at the Collingswood Library. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and natural awakenings

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newsbriefs organic popcorn and door prizes will be available at this free event. In the film, Jeb Berrier, an average guy, makes a pledge to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store and this small decision changes his life completely. He reaches the conclusion that our use of plastic has finally caught up to us and explores actions that can be taken to deal with it. Viewers will leave feeling empowered, informed and excited to create change. A short tutorial on how to make a reusable shopping bag out of a T-shirt will follow the screening.

and craft beers; foods provided by premier area restaurants and caterers; and live entertainment. Attendees may also walk away with prizes from the basket raffle and live auction. “We treat about 4,600 animals per year, and we operate entirely from private funding and donations,” says Jeanne Gural, executive director. “The funds generated from Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife help us to maintain the level of care we provide to animals in need of rehabilitation. Our work is 100 percent funded by donations and grants.” All proceeds from Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife will go directly to Cedar Run. The event is sponsored by Canal’s Wine Unlimited and Holman Enterprises, but additional sponsorship opportunities are available; contact Cedar Run for information.  Location: 60 Fostertown Road, Medford. Tickets can be purchased by calling 856983-3329 x100, emailing, or visiting

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Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge Hosts Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife Fundraiser on May 20, 2017


oodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge invites South Jersey residents to its 16th annual Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m. on May 20 at the Flying W Airport and Resort, in Medford. Attendees can enjoy a night out in support of the nonprofit and its great work saving wildlife, preserving habitat and educating children. Sometimes, wildlife survive their injuries but cannot be released back to the wild. Some of those animals will make an appearance at the event. Come meet these wild ambassadors and help raise money to help more wildlife. Adults ages 21 and above are invited to attend and enjoy wines from around the world; samplings of whiskey 10

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he Nutritional Wellness Center (NWC) of South Jersey, in Palmyra, is a family practice that offers nutrition programs, health services and resources to heal on all levels, including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. With nutritional programs designed to heal down to the cellular level, the practice uses Advanced Autonomic Response Testing for comprehensive health assessments and pharmaceutical-grade herbs and whole food supplements to handle deficiencies, gut dysbiosis, organ degeneration, nervous system imbalance and weak immunity. For mental and emotional healing, NWC practices Neuro-Emotional Technique and Psycho-NeuroBiology, releasing negative thoughts and believes, as well as low vibrational emotions that affect the body and mind. To deal spiritual alignment, the staff at NWC connect patients with resources that teach self-healing and empowerment using energy medicine, medication and techniques to change negative thinking.

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esearchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant reduce the risk that their babies will develop asthma. Analyzing blood samples from 695 Danish women at 24 weeks of gestation and again one week after birth, the study tested the levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—longchain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil and DHA-algae supplements—in the women’s blood. The health of the babies was monitored for five years and compared with the blood analysis. The children of the mothers given 2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements during their third trimester displayed an overall 31 percent reduced risk of developing asthma. “Asthma and wheezing disorders have more than doubled in Western countries in recent decades,” explains Professor Hans Bisgaard, of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood at the hospital. “We now have a preventative measure to help bring those numbers down.”



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study from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, has linked alcohol consumption with an increased risk of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Using data from three studies, researchers followed 210,252 adults for an average of 18 years each using food-frequency questionnaires to measure alcohol consumption. Comparing the results to instances of melanoma among the participants, they found that each alcoholic beverage consumed on average per day was associated with a 14 percent increased risk of melanoma. An associated conclusion was that individuals that regularly drank alcohol were 73 percent more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma on the trunk of the body than non-drinkers. “The clinical and biological significance of these findings remains to be determined, but for motivated individuals, counseling regarding alcohol use may be an appropriate strategy to reduce risks of melanoma, as well as other cancers,” explains Eunyoung Cho, Sc.D., the study’s lead author and an associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at the university.

DNA Markers Link Lifespan to Nutrition


elomeres, located at the end of human chromosomes, protect DNA from deterioration. Multiple studies over the past decade have associated longer telomeres with increased longevity and a slowing of the aging process. A study from Kookmin University, in Seoul, Korea, collected nutrition data from 1,958 men and women between the ages of 40 and 69. The information included a baseline food frequency questionnaire assessing the consumption of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 (folate), C and E, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc, during an 18-month period. Researchers measured the length of the subjects’ telomeres after 10 years in a follow-up examination and compared these results with the nutrition information. The study found an association between longer telomere length and vitamin C, folate and potassium intake in all participants. These nutrients are available in many fruits and vegetables.

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symmetry in the body—whether side to side or front to back—can create asymmetric growth in children, leading to conditions like growing pains, scoliosis, headaches, OsgoodSchlatter disease and more. Vision problems and teen acne can also be exacerbated by structural imbalances. Osteopathic physicians, specifically those trained in cranial osteopathy, can apply techniques to release the tensions that create strains in the body as it grows. This helps to minimize the discomfort of growing pains in children without medicine, wraps or rest. Not all osteopathic physicians provide osteopathic manipulative therapy in their practices and fewer have enough experience to reverse some of the complicated patterns of imbalance that have at least a partial basis in the head. It is important to find an osteopathic doctor who is trained in cranial osteopathy and uses it daily to address the common childhood and adolescent problems associated with asymmetry with only their hands. For more information, call Dr. Debora Cummings Reeh at 856-235-6800, email or visit

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ethylation, a cellular biochemical process where the human body undergoes detoxification, and the MTHFR genetic variants, the most well-known of the methylation genes that human beings all possess, are a hot topic in genetics. Upwards of 50 percent of the U.S. population has a defective gene from one of their parents and 30 percent have defective genes from both of their parents. Inheriting one defective MTHFR gene impairs an individual’s ability to remove poisons from the body at a cellular level. Inheriting defective genes from both can cripple the detox process, making these individuals prone to chronic degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. While there is no cure for defective genes, physicians knowledgeable in biochemical methylation pathways can develop specific nutritional plans that allow the cells to release the accumulated poisons that are being held hostage, helping to reduce the risk of disease. Dr. James M. Tighe, director of Hilltop Healing, in Sewell, can explain 23 & Me results in a simple fashion.. For more information, call Hilltop Healing at 856-468-3509 or visit 14

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esearchers from Germany’s Goethe University, in Frankfurt, sought to determine the impact that the belief held by some that females are poor soccer players would have on their performance. The study had 36 teenage female soccer players engage in a ball-dribbling drill before and after reading a pertinent article. Half of the subjects read about the perceived incompetence of female soccer players and the other half read a piece about the growing popularity of the sport. The players that read the negative article needed significantly more time to complete the drill than those that read the positive article, possibly highlighting the impact that negative stereotyping has on women.

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he adrenal glands play a significant role in postpartum issues. Sitting atop the kidneys, these glands impact everything from blood pressure to hormones. When they become exhausted, suffering can become severe in pregnant women and they are more likely to give birth to babies with weakened adrenals, causing decreased immune system function, inconsistent sleep patterns and increased susceptibility to infections. For new moms, weakened adrenals can mean mood changes, more stretch marks, inflammation, increased blood pressure and more before, during and after pregnancy. While reducing stress levels, especially during pregnancy, can be challenging, there are natural ways to encourage adrenal health. Consuming healthy fats, high-quality proteins, drinking plenty of water and Himalayan or sea salt can help the adrenals stay strong. In addition, supplements can help fill in where nutrition is lacking. For more information, call Thrive Health and Wellness at 856-881-4103, email Info@ or visit

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The French government has expanded the Réserve Naturelle Nationale des Terres Australes Françaises, a highly protected marine reserve in French-controlled, sub-Antarctic waters of the southern Indian Ocean, from about 8,000 to more than 46,000 square miles; it now includes seven areas surrounding the islands of Crozet and Kerguelen. France intends to designate 10 percent of its oceanic territory by 2020, and this action brings the total as of the end of 2016 to 1.3 percent. These large-scale, fully protected marine reserves may serve as climate refuges for many species. The rich biodiversity of the new addition includes marine mammals, fish, seabirds, orcas, penguins, Antarctic fur seals and the critically endangered Amsterdam albatross.

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Pioneering Bike Paths Promise Easy Commutes Chicago has created 100 miles of new bike lanes in the last five years and plans to add another 50 miles of upgraded lanes with curbs to protect riders from cars by 2019. Beyond that, a series of floating, solar-powered bike paths along the edge of the Chicago River is on the drawing board; each mile of pathway may cost between $5 million and $10 million. The architecture firm SecondShore first proposed the idea. “You look at the river, and while it used to be the main commercial artery in the city, it’s not much of one anymore,” says firm cofounder James Chuck. “This fits with the mayor’s general economic strategy for the city—how to make use of latent infrastructure.” The floating bike paths, named RiverRide, would give pedalers a truly auto-free place to ride for part of their commute and connect with existing bike lanes. The system would fill gaps in the network, creating around a 17-mile stretch of continuous bike paths connecting 28 neighborhoods. Floating on concrete pontoons, the paths would use solar power for lighting. Solar panels could also heat the surface so the path doesn’t ice up in winter. Plans call for the path to intersect with river bridges so bikers can cross to the other side. 16

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4 Keep lights off on beachfront property during nesting season. 4 Refrain from using flash photography on the beach at night. 4 Keep beaches and oceans clean. Litter such as plastic bags and balloons can cause injury or death when sea turtles mistake them for jellyfish, a favorite food. 4 Respect sea turtles by observing them from a distance. 4 Report dead or injured sea turtles and nest disturbances to 1-800-9225431. Learn more about sea turtle conservation and how to get involved at Find an introductory video at OceanToday.noaa. gov/endoceanseaturtles.

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Helium-filled balloons look pretty when released at special events, but they eventually become earthbound trash littering land and water, often traveling great distances before reaching their final resting places; spans of up to 1,300 miles have been recorded. The Ocean Conservancy recently picked up nearly 94,000 balloon remnants in the course of a year’s worth of cleanup operations. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, fish, dolphins, whales, seabirds and sea turtles have all been found with latex balloons in their stomachs, blocking their digestive tracts. One study of two stranded sperm whales in California attributed their deaths to huge amounts of consumed ocean debris. Another found that more than half of one species of sea turtle surveyed had trash in their gut; mostly balloons. The problem is so serious that several states and cities have already outlawed mass balloon releases. Latex balloons are technically biodegradable, but that process can take six months or more, according to the UK National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers. Celebratory alternatives include laser shows, music performances, bubbles, banners and reusable inflatable characters.

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Nederlandse Spoorwegen reports that all of its electric trains are now running on energy harvested from wind. Working with Eneco, a sustainable energy supplier in the Netherlands, the goal was to operate the trains via wind turbines by January 2018, but they beat their own deadline. Electric locomotives don’t use conventional engines; instead, they act like a component in an electric circuit transmitted via high-voltage power lines. Three options for usage include onboard energy storage systems such as batteries; an overhead wire; or an extra live rail, which has current flowing through it at all times. It’s used to power lights and air-conditioning, as well as for propulsion. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, turbines capable of generating 586 megawatts of electricity are the workhorses. In 2016, a 700 megawatt offshore wind farm near the town of Borssele became the most cost-effective of such installations in the world.



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California is the fourth state to pass a law making it legal to swap seeds and collect them in non-commercial libraries. That’s good, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture Federal Seed Act, in place for 80 years, mandates that any activity involving non-commercial distribution of seeds must be labeled, permitted and tested according to industrial regulations that would be both costly and burdensome to the hundreds of local seed libraries operating in 46 states. Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota also recently passed laws protecting non-commercial seed activity from regulatory requirements. Free seed libraries, swaps and exchanges increase access to local food and can play a large role in expanding and preserving biodiversity. Neil Thapar, the food and farm attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, says, “We wanted to create the legal framework for an alternative system that is not reliant on large companies to provide open-pollinated seed varieties. Seed sharing has a direct connection to building local economic resilience.” The center is taking action to try to get laws changed in all 50 states.



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Disposable diapers are the third most common consumer item in landfills. When even those labeled “eco-friendly” are covered by other debris after being discarded and hidden from sunlight and air, they don’t readily biodegrade. Producing disposables also makes major demands on water, energy, nonrenewable resources like oil and renewables like wood. Many brands contain harmful ingredients such as polyacrylate, dioxin, phthalates and heavy metals that can be absorbed by a baby’s soft, developing skin and promote rashes. According to, 90 to 95 percent of American babies annually generate 27.4 billion single-use plastic diapers, or 7.6 billion pounds of garbage. While comparable statistics on adult diapers aren’t available, Euromonitor International forecasts a 48 percent increase in U.S. sales to $2.7 billion in 2020, up from $1.8 billion in 2015. In a decade, sales of diapers for adults could surpass those for babies at Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble, attributed to bladder control issues related to health and age, according to the Urology Care Foundation and Mayo Clinic. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association advise that in all cases, fecal matter and urine should be rinsed and flushed down the toilet instead of put in the trash, so that contaminants don’t enter groundwater and potentially spread disease. Traditional cloth diapers are the way to go for several reasons beyond budget: 4 Using cloth facilitates earlier potty education by quickly communicating to the baby when they are wet. New cloth diaper systems like Nicki’s Diapers ( can be easily cleaned in regular and high-efficiency washing machines. Some popular brands are listed at 4 The nonprofit association at helps connect local groups of mothers to communicate and share best practices in use, cleaning and potty training, such as learning a baby’s cues for needing to go. It also hosts informative events such as the annual national Great Cloth Diaper Change. 4 Cloth diapers in good condition can be resold on eBay and sites like

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pirituality is not a vacation but rather a vocation. Meditation and yoga were never meant to be a means of escaping the world, but rather a means for entering into life more deeply and profoundly. While both the monk and the pilgrim may retreat from the world for a brief period of time, it’s not to escape but rather to train, renew and reconnect in order to re-enter life more skillfully, and with understanding and clarity developed while in retreat, learning to “be in the world more fully, intimately, and without reservation or self-preservation.” The contemplative is not interested in novelty or variety. He or she seeks a deeper meaning of life than the cultural or social definition acceptable by a majority. We train in the spiritual practices

to “not be daunted by the things of the world,” so that we can be present to our lives as they are including our families, friends and neighbors; to the world as it is, and to the endless evolving and ever-changing circumstances of life, not as a victim of change but rather as a healing and reconciling force of nature. Often I refer to the late Pierre Teilhard de Chardin who wrote that, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings immersed in a human experience,” “We are to live our lives or (engage life everyday in every moment) as if our limitations do not exist.” While most of us experience ourselves as human beings constantly in search of that spiritual experience that will bring us more wealth or security (which is another

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misrepresentation of the meaning and purpose of spirituality), Chardin’s words confirm that this has never been the meaning or purpose of religion or the spiritual practices. St. Paul writes, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” When I was a younger man I desired both “novelty and variety” as a means of self gratification, as I matured I realized that, “It didn’t matter if the water was cold or warm if you were going to have to wade through it anyway.” If we are ever going to fully realize the full gifts of the ancient practices, we need to give up our attachment to pleasure and comfort, and certainly to this false sense of self. Pema Chodron writes, “One of the main discoveries of meditation is seeing how we continually run away from the present moment, how we avoid being here just as we are,” and life just as it is. Authentic spirituality is about waking up from a lifetime of ego-delusion, from our conditional and futile efforts to spending our lives trying to construct them in a way that we avert the truths about impermanence. We need to stop creating spirituality in the image our false sense of self, and learn to allow the stuff that taxes us to teach us. The only way I ever learned about the power and the benefits of fire was to get burnt. I love you.

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re you in need of a pick-me-up, an herbal remedy for a common ailment or a unique gift for a friend? Look no further than Carmen Nuñez’s The Organic for You shop, located in Pennsauken behind the Cherry Hill Mall. Recently relocated from her booth at the Columbus Farmers’ Market, her shop is filled with lotion bars, soaps, lip balms, essential oils, bath bombs and more. Some items are simply intended to smell luxurious, while others have more practical purposes, such as clearing acne, soothing babies’ sensitive skin, or as a sleep aid. For these medicinal soaps, she ensures their effectiveness before selling them in the shop; her soaps have been successful in treating her sons’ acne and irritated skin issues, and even her own struggles with allergies. Nuñez was taught to make castile soap by her grandmother in Puerto Rico more than 30 years ago. Her grandmother’s knowledge of healing plants,

medicinal herbs and home remedies inspired her to turn that knowledge into a business. After her arrival in the U.S. at the age of 15, Nuñez began taking classes at the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild when she was 19, and received her certification at 23. She opted to add moisturizers to her grandmother’s original castile soap recipe, and a new business was born. She started an online shop about eight years ago that specialized in natural cleaning products, then began making her own soaps, lotion bars and bath bombs which she sold in a booth at the Columbus Farmers’ Market in Burlington County before moving to Pennsauken. To comply with township regulations at her new location, she can no longer make the soaps herself, so she partnered with a lab in Oregon to make them according to her specific recipes. She provides locally purchased olive oil and organic coconut oil, and the


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Two Hands Birth Services: Empowering Women to Achieve Positive Birth Experiences by Michelle Murdock


new baby is on the way and congratulations are in order. The emotional roller coaster of anticipating your new arrival is deeply personal for every mother and family. The excitement of this happy news is soon joined by the realization that there is much to prepare for. Whether you are a first-time mom or a mother of many, every pregnancy brings new experiences, choices and questions. Two Hands Birth Services, based in South Jersey owned by certified doula and lactation counselor Jessica Ruscetta, has one very important vision—“To empower women and their partners to begin their journey with confidence.” An often-asked question is, “What is a doula and why would I consider


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having one?” It’s a natural assumption that a doula is someone proffering instructions or a preset guide for how to embark on your journey into motherhood. A doula, to the contrary, provides a supportive and educational partner to help guide you through the questions you might have, offer resources and information you may not have, assist in planning the best birth for you family and help you get through bumps and turns as that plan evolves. A doula is your resource, helps you advocate for yourself and is present for the length of time that you choose: throughout your pregnancy, during birth and into the first stages of bringing baby home. Ruscetta and her associate doula, Abby Williams, work to keep that

mission of supportive empowerment in the forefront for all their clients. It is in the testimonials of the families that have worked with Two Hands Birth Services that one can see the comfort and peace of mind that having a doula can bring to the journey of having a child. “Jessica was always available and full of positivity… She knew my birth plan and provided all the support, love and encouragement to get me to my goal (even when I didn’t think I could do it).” In addition to doula services, Two Hands Birth specializes in lactation services. The decision to breast or bottle feed can be a big one. Breastfeeding, recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics as the healthiest and best nutritional option for new babies, can present a variety of questions, uncertainties and even difficulties. For those that can and want to breastfeed but face hesitation or obstacles, the deciding factor for going forward can depend on the right kind of encouraging guidance. Feelings of intimidation or even defeat in the first attempts can often be calmed with the assistance of a lactation professional. Ruscetta can help pinpoint specific difficulties and offer coaching and reassurance. Breastfeeding is a learned skill for both mother and baby, and Two Hands Birth Services offers support, both before and after baby comes home, to aid in achieving a fulfilling, successful breastfeeding experience. For more information on services including birth doula, lactation, childbirth preparation and postpartum doula, visit

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NATURAL MOTHERHOOD Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse


woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?” “Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara. “Nursing moms need to eat nutrient-dense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson. She recommends foods that assist lactation called galatactagogues, like

Build a Baby-Friendly Body “Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can


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Spark the Spirit

Affirmations can positively state the mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy and birth. Examples include: “Birth is a safe and wonderful experience. Keep Moving with Intention I am choosing the right path for my Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, birth. I trust my body and my inwalking or light jogging three to five stincts. I have all the support I need.” times a week, for 20 minutes a day. Wilson recommends choosing two “Squatting like a child on your haunches to four that resonate, repeating them is a great exercise for childbirth,” she every morning while gazing into the says, noting that 20 squats daily will mirror, placing them on the refrigerstrengthen core muscles. Sitting on an ator door and even having them pop exercise ball instead of a desk chair or up on a smartphone. couch also engages core muscles, while “Meditation prepares you for childimproving posture. birth and can also be soothing during “Regular exercise brings more enlabor by offering tools that push away ergy, better sleep, reduced stress, higher fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this manspirits, better odds of an easy labor, faster tra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, Being post-delivery recovery and reduced risk Peace: “Breathing in, I calm myself, of gestational diabetes and high blood The connections established breathing out, I smile.” pressure during pregnancy,” Bregman To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet between mother and finds. She recommends a prenatal yoga room with eyes closed. For women practice that includes breathing and vinew to meditation, Wilson suggests child are much stronger sualizations. This restorative form of yoga lighting a scented or colored candle when she progresses through and noticing the colors and movement offers gentle stretching, promotes good circulation and naturally supports relief of the flame for something physical pregnancy and birth from or healing of many possible pregnancy to focus on. “This calming practice is a natural perspective. ailments. important because labor becomes like “To alleviate physical distress, try a meditation,” she says. The mother ~Kristy Wilson chiropractic prenatal care,” says Phillips. copes through the contraction, then Light finger contact from an experienced uses her meditation skills to reset, practitioner helps realign bony segments and restores the body’s refocus and ground herself before the next contraction. normal tone. “A prenatal expert can adjust so the mom’s body Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers maintains its balance and the baby is free to move.” to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the memexperiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, branes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord. who has a story too,” advises Wilson.

Prepare the Mind

“Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround yourself with people that have experienced a normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the birthing process and in the postpartum period.” A woman easily influenced by others might ask her doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that needs to exercise control might seek such assistance for peace of mind, knowing that her wishes will be followed. “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in conversations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child.

Design a Special Experience Create a Birth Plan

Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife through a natural birthing community such as the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for low-Caesarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.” Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how natural awakenings

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the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the planning keeps him engaged and attuned to her wishes.”

Orchestrate a Childbirth Team

“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

Preparing for Motherhood with a “Blessingway” and Belly Art by Deborah Shouse

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Blessingway is a beautiful pre-birth tradition that is planned for the expectant mom in the weeks leading up to an impending birth. “Blessingways”, also known as a “Mother Blessings”, are becoming increasingly popular as a way to honor pregnancy and motherhood. The special event involves a gathering of the mother-to-be along with her most trusted circle of family and friends. The ceremony is an old Navajo (Native American) tradition, which celebrates a woman’s rite of passage into motherhood. Unlike a traditional baby shower, where gifts are purchased for the baby, a Mother Blessing is all about nurturing the mother-to-be and celebrating motherhood. No matter the religion of the mother, a Blessingway helps to prepare her emotionally, spiritually and mentally for the birth

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“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (

and the all-important role of a new mother. She feels “held in love” and supported by those she loves and respects. Linda Maldonado, known as the “Wildflower Artist”, has been enhancing Blessingways and baby showers in South Jersey for several years by offering belly art to the joyous celebrations. Using the pregnant belly as a canvas, artist and mother collaborate to create a unique and personalized design with safe paints and all-natural hennas that are FDA-approved. Some popular choices have included designs to match a nursery’s theme, favorite flowers or a seasonal motif to commemorate the due date. Simple designs can also be created for each of the guests. Pregnant belly art can also take place in the comfort of one’s own home creating an intimate personal memory or a fun thing to do with other expectant mothers celebrating growing bodies and friendships. The process is calming and relaxing and it is said that those feelings transfer to the unborn baby. It is a fun and artistic way to remember your pregnancy and a therapeutic experience as well.  Krause travels to the transitioning mothers making the experience as convenient and pleasant as possible. Belly painting is done by appointment and usually takes an hour or two depending on the complexity of the design. Linda Maldonado, “The Wildflower Artist”, is based in South Jersey. For more information or to schedule belly art, call 267252-9530 or visit


Honoring One Mother, One Birth, One Baby, at a Time By Jennifer Deligne


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Women Mobilize to Heal the World by Linda Sechrist


he Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, of Naples, Florida, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each other and our Earth. “Women’s deeper unity of being is empowering them to take action and lead. Women who once longed for a culture that would reflect their highest priorities are now creating one in which they support each other and make a difference,” says Gould. She notes that for centuries, a vast number of women have led and served as change agents. “Unfortunately, the majority of them never made it into the headlines or history books. A prime example— few individuals knew that 12 women ran

for president before Hillary Clinton.” In a recent Yes! magazine article, Rucha Chitnis reports that women are rising up to push back against growing corporate power, land grabs, economic injustice, climate change and more. Women’s groups and networks offer a paradigm shift, she concludes, exposing links between unbridled capitalism, violence, the erosion of human rights and destruction of the Earth. A woman’s style of leadership in America’s corporate boardrooms, activist-led movements or state and federal government may not be plainly evident. Feminine wisdom’s emerging solutions are compassionate, collaborative and consensus-building, and pursue universal outcomes and group cooperation. They contrast with conventional competitive

strategies and solutions, according to The Legislative Effectiveness of Women in Congress study at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, in Nashville. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a medical doctor, Jungian analyst in Mill Valley, California, and author of Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, has been advocating since 2002 for a United Nations Fifth World Conference on Women (5WCW). “Empowered and equal women are the key to peace and sustainability. We need to rise up together and fulfill the Dalai Lama’s words at the Vancouver Peace Summit: ‘It will be up to Western women to bring about peace.’” Bolen’s 5WCW vision joins millennial women worldwide now entering their era of activism with the feminist movement spearheaded by a boomer generation of women that’s forwarded the equality and empowerment of women this far. To this end, she marched in Washington, D.C., on January 21 in the Million Women’s March that globally attracted 5 million participants. “To make human rights women’s rights, we need a united global women’s movement,” she states. Sande Hart, from Orange County, California, director of the Charter for Compassion International-Women and Girls sector and president of the women’s global interfaith organization Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope (SARAH), participated in the Los Angeles Women’s March with 750,000 others. “There’s a sense that we’ve had enough. We’re not angry. We are morally outraged and seeking peaceful solutions wrapped in compassion and based in justice for all. In nearly 15 years of women’s community building, I’m convinced that healing our communities with resilience and a regenerative spirit

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Evaluating Alternatives to Dairy by Judith Fertig


hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Almond Milk

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for store-

bought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

Coconut Milk

Pro: Dr. Josh Axe, a functional medicine physician who owns the popular natural health website,, and the

Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in medium-chain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about 450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries.

Hemp Milk

Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amino acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for healthy functioning of the brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works well for people with tree nut allergies. One cup of Pacific Hemp Original has 140 calories, three grams of protein, 50 percent DV for calcium, five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk tends to separate in hot coffee.

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Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

Soy Milk

Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction ( If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products—preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh—with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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Taggart Siegel Seeks to Seed an Agricultural Revolution by April Thompson


or more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm. Siegel’s latest film, Seed: The Untold Story, follows global seed keepers from Minnesota to India battling multinational agribusinesses in a quest to protect our agricultural heritage and food sources—ancient seeds passed down through untold generations. Interviews with farmers, ethnobotanists and activists explore the importance of the genetic material that these tiny time capsules carry. Siegel is the founder and executive director of Collective Eye Films, a nonprofit media company in Portland, Oregon. He co-directed and produced this latest offering with documentary filmmaker Jon Betz, with backing from Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei.

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can’t rely on genetically modified seeds to see us through climate changes. We need non-genetically engineered seed varieties like the thousands of different types of rice grown in India to be able to adapt to extreme events like floods and droughts. Universal responsibility to save seeds began to dwindle in the 1920s, when hybrid corn crops came onto the market, promising higher yields; instead of growing crops from seeds saved, borrowed or shared with neighbors, farmers bought seeds from stores. In the 1990s, huge corporations bought up some 20,000 seed companies, and the number of cultivated seed varieties dropped precipitously. Ten agrichemical companies now control more than two-thirds of the global seed market.

How do hybrid seeds differ from open-pollinated seeds?  You cannot save a hybrid seed; if you try to use it, the results are unreliable. Hybrids are engineered to be planted for one year only. With open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, you’re planting reliable seeds saved from year to year, generation to generation, bred for the consistency of their qualities. Indigenous people in Mexico’s Oaxaca Valley, for example, have successfully cultivated local seeds for at least 8,700 years, right up to today. Hybrids require high levels of chemical inputs to produce. Illustrat-

ing the contrast, Hopi corn, grown for thousands of years, requires little water and contains much more protein than today’s commercial crops, without poisoning the land with heavy industrial inputs. The Hopi think of seeds as their children, intimately connected with their heritage and culture, so they protect them. Beyond big, strong crops, farming is a spiritual act.

Why do so many farmers voluntarily choose hybrid seeds, given the troubling issues involved? Most farmers just want streamlined labor and the biggest yield. Often, commodity crops using commercial seeds and chemical fertilizers have the biggest yield and make them the most money, even though severe downsides like the loss of flavor and nutrients mean it’s ultimately not the best result. In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide during the past 20 years to escape onerous debts accrued to purchase industrialized agricultural inputs. An Indian seed salesman interviewed for the film despairs, “The seeds we sell don’t taste good and require so many chemicals that many farmers kill themselves.”

What is the seed-saver movement achieving, and how can everyday gardeners and citizens take action? Seed libraries and banks are critically important because the seeds are adapted to the local environment. Seed libraries have multiplied from only a handful a few years ago to as many as 300 located in towns across America today. Public libraries check out seeds to plant in your garden, asking only that you return harvested seeds for others to enjoy. Farmers can now “back up” their seeds in local seed banks, which are also becoming important educational resources to teach students about these issues. To locate a screening or purchase a DVD of the film, visit Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Herbs that Beat the Heat Favorite Varieties that Flourish in Summer by Barbara Pleasant


ome of the best plants to keep as summer companions are herbs that enrich life with their flavors, fragrances and beauty. It’s not too late to pot up a few herbs or plant them in the garden if we choose varieties that thrive in hot, summer weather.

Reliable Basils

“I place basil as the number one herb in popularity, as well as heat tolerance,” says Cristina Spindler, owner of the Peconic River Herb Farm, in Calverton, New York. “Basil actually prefers heat.” There are many types, and green-leafed culinary varieties are easy to grow through the summer, provided they’re not allowed to dry out. Two particularly heat-hardy types are purple-leafed varieties such as red rubin and African blue, which debuted in 1983. “Purple basil is shockingly fragrant and beautiful on the plate. Plus, it’s easy to grow in a small space and pro34

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duces quickly,” says Lisa Kessler, who for several years has co-owned with her husband, Ben, the White Hills Lavender and Herb Farm, in Dearing, Georgia. “The flowering tops are usable as herbs and as beautiful cut flowers, so don’t toss them away.” “African blue basil flourishes in summer heat and is an especially beneficial nectar plant for bees and other pollinators,” says Traci Anderson, who has been running Seminole Springs Herb Farm, in Eustis, Florida, in their family for more than 20 years. Vigorous and heavy-flowering, it can grow to over three feet tall, and usually persists as a perennial in Florida, Texas and other mild winter climates.

Mediterranean Flavors

Rosemary is the most adaptable and heat tolerant of Mediterranean herbs; it can be grown as a perennial where soil doesn’t freeze hard in winter.

“My top herb garden choice for the hot, humid conditions in the South is Tuscan blue rosemary, because it is beautiful, easy to grow and is wonderful in all kinds of foods and products,” Kessler says. “It blooms in several seasons and provides bees with off-season food.” Thyme is a top cooking herb, although too much summer rain can lead to mildew and leaf blight. This rarely happens with Summer savory, which has a punchy flavor that Spindler describes as “a peppery cross between oregano and thyme that’s perfect on all of the classic summer veggies— squash, green beans, tomatoes and corn.” Kessler recommends oregano as part of our summer planting list. “Let your kids or grandkids have the experience of putting it in the pasta sauce. It’s easy to grow in a small herb garden and will last through the winter in most parts of the South.” An unrelated tropical plant from Africa with strong oregano flavor, the leaves of variegated Cuban oregano are pretty enough to grow alongside flowers, and the plants thrive in humid heat. Cuban oregano readily grows through hot summers, and the plants produce more leaves each time leaf tips are harvested.

Tempting Tropicals

In Central Florida, Anderson recommends culantro, aka Mexican coriander, as a summer herb different from the better-known cilantro. “Culantro equals the flavor of cilantro, but with no bitter or medicinal aftertaste.” A great long-term performer, it continues producing flavorful new leaves even after the plant starts blooming. Anderson also suggests growing West Indian lemongrass for its fragrant leaves and thick stalks. A vigorous, clump-forming grass, lemongrass can be grown in containers anywhere or served as an edible ornamental in landscapes where summers are hot. “Lemongrass enjoys a sunny and moist environment, so it benefits from being near an air conditioner drain or downspout,” she advises.

Growing Tips

Herbs always need watering in hot weather, and pouring from a watering can at the base is far better than bathing the leaves with a hose. Should containers become so dry that they refuse to take up water, place them in a broad dish or pail filled with three inches of water for 30 minutes to rehydrate the roots. Always grow herbs in pots with large drainage holes, so excess water can drain quickly. Make a habit of pinching off a few herbal leaves, crushing them between the fingers and inhaling their fresh aromas. For maximum benefit, repeat daily. Author Barbara Pleasant’s new book, Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year Round, is now available (Storey Publishing). Connect at

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TUESDAY, MAY 2 Yin Yoga Series – 7:30-8:30pm. Give your body and mind a great recharge with the longer held poses of yin yoga. Yin eases flexibility to connective tissue, cultivates “core flexibility” and restores the body and mind. $15 or use class card. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 Lightweight Backpacking Basics – 6:308pm. Join an REI backpacking expert who will provide excellent tips on lightweight backpacking techniques. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. stores/marlton.html. A Course in Spirituality: The Path of the Spiritual Warrior – 7-9pm. A continuing course designed to inform and enlighten participants on living authentic spiritual lives in the world. Suggested donation: $15 for those not registered for the series. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609268-9151.


savethedate Sacred Immersion Retreat with Kathy Milano – May 4-7. A weekend exploration of WholeHearted Mystical Living at Cranaleith Spiritual Center in Philadelphia. Deepen within the Mystery with Divine Feminine Wisdom transmissions flowing through Kathy, Yoga and Chanting with Julie Fischer, Sacred Art with Mary Law, initiations with the Masters, meditation, chanting, dancing, energy medicine, AngelicEnergetics techniques, inspired writing, group sharing, free time in nature, and Sacred Ceremony within Spiral Matrix of Light. Dive in. Cranaleith: Northeast Philadelphia, PA. 856-778-1981. Plan-Based Wellness Program – 6-8pm. 8-wk program (May 4-June 22) provides education and support for the gradual adoption of a plantbased diet. Plant-based diets have been shown to reduce or eliminated medications, prevent diabetes, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke and shed unwanted pounds. Start now, feel better. Physician clearance is required to participate. Space limited. $ 299/person, $249/ Virtua HealthFitness Members. Virtua’s Health & Wellness Center Moorestown, 401 Young Ave, 1st Fl Conference Rm, Moorestown. Info & register: 888-847-8823.


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The Yoga of Self-Love Workshop – 7pm. Led by Virginia Ellen, visiting teacher from New Mexico, The Yoga of Self Love will reconnect you to the body and soften tight muscles that cause difficulty during your yoga practice. $29/ advance, $39/at door. Discount if preregister for both Yoga of Self Love & Sacred Heart Yoga on May 11 ($50 for both). The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-9537800. Introduction to Adventure Racing – 7-8pm. Ever heard of adventure racing? If you like a challenge, and want to use a variety of skills and have fun, then this sport is for you. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-8101938.

SATURDAY, MAY 6 Using Stones in Energy Medicine – 9am12pm. Curious about the healing power of stones, gems and crystals? Learn how to clean stones, choose gems and stones from Chinese perspective as well as for chakras and aura clearing. Instructor: Paula Anderson, Acupuncturist and Donna Eden Advanced Practitioner. $50. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. RSVP & more info: 856-2229444 or

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Animal Welfare Association Adoption Event – 12-4pm. Come meet some of our adorable, adoptable pets. Bring happiness home. Petco Turnersville, 141 Tuckahoe Rd, Ste 130, Sewell. 856-424-2288. Moving Through the Chakras with Yoga & Sound – 12-4pm. Wth Janet and Shalini. Experience sound healing using your own voice by learning or deepening your knowledge of the chakras and the Sanskrit Bija sounds associated with each chakra and the lotus petals incorporating gentle movement and meditation. $50. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Light Grid – 1-3pm. Linda Erin Elliott leads this sacred work to freely connect to our heart, align with our truth, and fully embody the energy of trust. Our goal is to heal fear, trauma, and root out limiting patterns accumulated during this lifetime, as well as those which we have inherited from ancestors and from past lifetimes. $25 Majaka Yoga, 377 S Main St, Williamstown. Register: 609-231-6706 or Pine Barrens Discovery Tour (Walk and Paddle) – 1:30-4:30pm. Learn about uplands and Atlantic Cedar Swamp habitats as we trek along the edges of the Mullica River and discover its secrets. Canoe along the perimeter of a Pine Barrens lake, conduct a water quality survey and try dip or seine netting to find out what fish, frogs, and bugs can tell us about their Pine Barrens home. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Pre-registration required: 609-268-0189 or Women’s Bike Maintenance Basics – 2-3:30pm. Join us for a women’s introductory bike maintenance class designed to teach you routine maintenance to keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Sacred Body, Sacred Dance – 4-5:30pm. Come celebrate your scared nature. Through the magic of music and movement we will expand our vision of who we are and who we can become. Led by NiaTeacher, Rebecca Narva. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.

SUNDAY, MAY 7 Interpretive Trail Hike – 1:30-2:30pm. Join an RNC naturalist for an interpretive hike through our varied habitats. Pace is easy and suitable for adults and teenagers. Free; donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609261-2495, Free Laughter Yoga Class in Celebration of World Laughter Day – 2-3pm. A simple yet uplifting practice of breathing and laughing that releases happy chemicals. It’s a great all body workout while being in a positive uplifting environment. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Space limited; pre-registration required: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@

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Declutter Your Life: Feng Shui: Body, Mind & Home – 2-4pm. With Christine Gipple. Using placement, color, the 5 elements, and your own intuition, you can create a life you love with a few simple tools. Learn how your home could be keeping you stuck, how to transform it & so much more. $25. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856546-1006. Candlelight Restorative Yoga – 6-7:30pm. With Linda Sheehan. Let go, look in and center yourself. Go deep using gentle supported poses using bolsters, blankets and pillows. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

TUESDAY, MAY 9 Plant Swap – 7-9pm. Presented by the Horticultural Society of South Jersey. Come and share your plant abundance with members and guests. Suggested plants include houseplants, seedlings, seeds, bulbs, succulents and cacti, water plants and clean garden tools in good condition. No invasive, sick or insect-infested plants. Please ID your plant and list growing instructions. Free. Carmen Tilelli Hall, 820 Mercer St, Cherry Hill. 856-816-8508. Escape the Desk Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. If you spend hours on end hunched over a computer, trapped in a cubicle or driving a car, join fellow desk worker Erin Filson in a fun series of accessible yoga poses for all levels to help you lengthen and strengthen your body, reaffirm healthy posture, and ease stiffness caused by sitting for long periods of time. $15 or class card. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 Bike Maintenance Basics: Level 1 – 6:308pm. Join us for this introductory class to help you take care of your bike. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. stores/marlton.html. About Angels – 7-8pm. Learn about Archangel Gabriel, Angel of new beginnings and communicating, in the May session of this ongoing Angel workshop which features a different angel each month with Kristy McAdams. In this session relax with like-minded people while discussion of angel specific attributes, interactive activities and personal experiences are shared. $15. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. RSVP by May 8: 609-9758379. Dharma Teaching: Conversation and Tea – 7-9pm. Includes a period of quiet contemplation and reflection and a teaching followed by conversation over a bowl of tea. Suggested donation, $10. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

THURSDAY, MAY 11 Power through Menopause: Quarterly Topic – 6:30-8:30pm. Role Reversal: Caring for Aging Parents. Join this exclusive online group, to


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gather tips from other women on their journey through menopause and have the opportunity to get your questions answered when the need arises. More info: 888-847-8823. Sacred Heart Yoga – 7pm. Virginia Ellen, visiting teacher from New Mexico, will be leading Sacred Heart Yoga, which is a Mystical Egyptian Yoga from the mystery schools. An opportunity to experience the Sacred Yoga Jesus Taught: A Supreme Path to Unity. $29/ advance, $39/at the door. Discount if preregister for both Sacred Heart Yoga & Yoga of Self Love on May 4 ($50 for both). The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-9537800. Séance Circle – 7-8:30pm. Join mediums, Susan Drummond and Beth O’Brien, as they spiritually lead a séance circle. Come prepared with questions and/or an intention to connect with a loved one. Outdoors, weather permitting; indoors, gathering space. Limited seating. $30. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenter


encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-2612495, Reiki Levels 1 & 2 Certification Class – 11am-6pm. Both levels in a 1-day class. Become attuned to both levels, learn history and principles of reiki, chakra and aura scanning, self- healing and healing others, distant healing, and give first reiki session. $265. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: Animal Welfare Association Adoption Event – 12-4pm. Come meet some of our adorable, adoptable pets. Bring happiness home. PetSmart, 2000 Clements Bridge Rd, Woodbury. 856-424-2288. Group Reiki: Heal to Energize Your Chakras – 1-3pm. In this group reiki session, we will receive reiki with guided meditation. Come and experience reiki to open and align your chakra and get tune up for your body. $25. Majaka Yoga, 377 S Main St, Williamstown. Register: 609-231-6706 or

New Jersey Pinelands Commission Monthly Meeting – 9:30am. The Pinelands Commission is the state agency that oversees conservation and development within the Pinelands boundaries. They hold a regular monthly meeting that is open to the public. 15 Springfield Rd, Pemberton. Pinelands Preservation Alliance: 609-8598860. Agenda:

Night Hike – 7:30-9pm. Enjoy a guided hike under the light of the full moon to visit nocturnal habitats of wildlife that emerge after dark. Ages 8 & up. $10/person. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford. Advanced registration required:

Namaste for Mamma’s Day – 6-7:15pm. Join Jimmy Sell in this special segment of our monthly musical series designed for all shapes and sizes. Celebrate the Divine Feminine in this musical class with music totally by female artists from varied genres of music. $10. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

Pine Barrens Discovery Tour (Walk and Paddle) – 9am-12pm. See May 6 listing. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Pre-registration required: 609-268-0189 or

Awaken to Jesus’ True Teachings through Virginia Ellen – 7-9pm. Learn the teachings that can set you free; hear the Lost Wisdom of his original teachings; learn what Christ Consciousness is, how to attain it and why you are so drawn to him and feel a deep connection. $35/pre-paid, $45/at door. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-9758379.

SATURDAY, MAY 13 Zen Circle: The Ease and Joy of Being Present – 9am-12:30pm. Half-day meditation retreat for both beginners and seasoned meditators offering quiet and stillness to deepen your practice. Includes dharma teaching. $25. Afternoon program: 2pm; Jukai, the ancient ordination ceremony in which lay students of Pine Wind receive the Buddhist precepts. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. Registration required: 609-268-9151. Naturalist-Led Saturday Walk – 10:3011:30am. Join an RNC naturalist for a themed hike around the preserve. Suitable for adults and interested teenagers. Free, but donations


Eckankar HU Song and Worship Service – 10am-12pm. Come learn about, experience and share the spiritual insights and upliftment gained by singing HU, a love song to God. It will be followed by the Worship Service that includes a reading, singing HU, followed by a discussion on this month’s topic: The Spiritual Law of Creativity. Open to all spiritual backgrounds and faiths. Free. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info: 609-261-0019 or International Migratory Bird Day: Hunters of the Sky – 12pm. Learn all about birds and celebrate their long migrations. All ages. Free with admission. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford. Walk on the Wild Side – 1:30pm. Join us for a themed hike through the Refuge. Trails are family friendly. $10/adult, $8/ages 4 & up, free/ ages 3 & under. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford. Advanced registration required: Mindfulness Meditation for Experienced Meditators – 6:15-7:30pm. With Linda Townshend. 2nd Sun each month. This monthly mindfulness meditation class is an opportunity to deepen and reconnect with your practice and spend time with like-mind-

ed individuals who share the desire to live a more centered and mindful life. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856404-7287.

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MONDAY, MAY 15 You Are Beautiful Campaign – 6pm. Hosted by Rizzieri Salons and Spas to support the Cancer Center Hair Boutique. This important fundraiser will help drive an initiative designed to complete the wellness circle for women living with a cancer diagnosis. An evening of food and drink, a silent auction and more. 100% of the proceeds donated to the Cancer Center Hair Boutique. $50 donation. Rizzieri’s Moorestown Salon and Spa, 400 NJ-38 Ste 1440, Moorestown. More info, Paula Brown: RSVP: Foundation.

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TUESDAY, MAY 16 Mind, Body & Soul – 12-1:30pm. Part of Virtua’s VIP program for mature adults. Stimulate your mind and enrich your soul, all while enjoying a delicious meal. Features discussions on interesting health and lifestyle topics. Usually meets on the 3rd Tuesday. $6 for lunch buffet; pay at door. 1000 Atlantic Ave, VIP, Camden. 888-847-8823. Merkaba/Lightbody Activation & Meditation – 7-9pm. Sage smudging, chakra clearing with crystal singing bowls, leading into guided meditation to activate the human lightbody/ Merkaba. The Merkaba is a 3-dimensional Star of David that surrounds the body and when activated, can carry us to higher dimensions of consciousness. $33. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: Peace & Acceptance: A Yoga Nidra Meditation – 7:30-8:45pm. Yoga nidra or “yogic sleep,” is a deep meditative process using breath, relaxation, and visualization, offering healing and true balance. While resting in stillness, you are systematically guided through a visceral experience of the five layers of your being. $15. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 Spiritual Wisdom Discussion Class – 3-4pm. Learn techniques to open your awareness of your spiritual life beyond the physical. Join us in this month’s topic: ECK Wisdom on Inner Guidance. Free. Mt. Laurel Community Center, 100 Mount Laurel Rd, Room 4, Mount Laurel. More info: 609-261-0019.  Prepare for the Unexpected: Urban Emergency Preparedness – 6:30-8pm. Learn valuable planning and survival techniques that may one day help save your life or the lives of those you love. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. marlton.html. Permanent Weight Loss – 7pm. Do you want to lose weight and keep it off? Join us as Dr.

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John DeCotiis from the Foundation for Wellness Professionals provides tools to start losing a pound of fat per week by simply changing eating habits. Learn how to keep the weight off permanently. Hosted by Women’s Wellness Connection of SJ. Sponsored by DeCotiis Chiropractic Wellness. LourdesCare, 1 Brace Rd, Cherry Hill. RSVP, Judy: 609-221-2285 or Soshin: Beginners’ Mind Meditation – 7-9pm. Includes instructions on zen meditation, mindfulness practices and zendo etiquette. Designed for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Suggested donation, $5. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609268-9151. Cosmic Travels: Are you an Old Soul, Lightworker or Committed Spiritual Seeker? – 7-9:30pm. Learn and experience processes of Psychonavigation and Shapeshifting to access and bring to this plane the talents, abilities and knowledge you hold from other existences, in service to the process of Evolution of the Earth, of Awakening. $25/advance, $35/ day of. Cherry Hill. For details, Andrea Regal: 856-904-5566. 

THURSDAY, MAY 18 Butterfly House Opens – 1-3pm. Offers a unique opportunity for people to see the life cycle of the butterfly up-close. Certified Gardeners available to answer questions about the butterfly life cycle, and provide information on attracting butterflies to your yard. Open Thurs-Sun, 1-3pm. Red Bank Battlefield adjacent to the James and Ann Whitall House at the end of Hessian Ave, National Park. For more info, Office of Land Preservation: 856-307-6456 or mcummings@co. 2017 Green Challenge Film Fest: Bag It – 6:30pm, doors open; 7pm, film. Film will leave viewers feeling empowered, informed, and excited to create change starting today. Event includes a demo on how to make a reusable shopping bag. Snacks, a door prize. Free. Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood. 856-425-2221. Angel Meditation with Crystal Singing Bowls – 7-8pm. Connect with your angels as you embrace inner peace. Join Kristy McAdams on a relaxing journey of sound combined with a meditation about the celestial messengers. $25. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. RSVP by May 16: 609-9758379.

FRIDAY, MAY 19 Paint Party for Love Orphanage Benefit – 6-9pm. Join artist Gianna Ritz, for a Paint and Raise Party, where you will be guided through painting a picture to take home and eat some yummy snacks. All art materials included. $50. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.


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SATURDAY, MAY 20 Pine Barrens Mullica River 101 Guided Tour (Paddle) – 9am-12pm. Take a 3-hr trip down the Mullica River from Atsion Lake Dam to Beaver Dam with guide and naturalist John Volpa. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Pre-registration required: 609-2680189 or Paws & Feet 5K Race & Doggie Fun Day – 9am-2pm. Includes live music, food, activities, and games for the entire family. The festivities kick off with a 5K run and walk and a 1-mile fun walk, and concludes with a Doggie Fun Day. Eastern Regional High School, 1401 Laurel Oak Rd, Voorhees Township. More info: Embracing Your Intuitive Gifts – 11am-6pm. Learn to develop intuitive abilities and how to give professional intuitive readings through photo reading, psychometry and reading for fellow students. Includes meditation to meet spirit guides and more. $265. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: Pine Barrens Hampton Furnace Family Walk – 1:30-3:30pm. Explore a serene Atlantic White Cedar swamp and discover life in a Pine Barrens stream, step back into the history of Hampton Furnace, use dip nets to look for aquatic life and examine unique carnivorous Pine Barrens plants. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Pre-registration required: 609-2680189 or Spirituality, Religion & Politics – 7-9pm. With Seijaku Roshi, Rabbi Richard Simon and Deacon Jim Casa. As spiritual Americans, how do we respond to the increasing rise of violence, discrimination and injustice here and around the world? Pay at the door: $15/individuals, $25/spouse & partners. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

SUNDAY, MAY 21 Pine Barrens Journey Between Two Rivers Hike – 9am-2pm. Join Pinelands Adventures Naturalist, John Volpa, for a 4-mile hike at an easy pace between the Mullica and Batsto Rivers. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Pre-registration required: 609-2680189 or Building Self-Esteem in Tweens and Teens – 1:30-3:30pm. Girls deserve and need to feel good about themselves. Bring your 11-14 yr old daughter to this interactive and nurturing program to learn the essential elements of strong self-esteem. $30/daughter, parent. Virtua’s Health & Wellness Center Moorestown, 401 Young Ave, 1st Fl Conference Rm, Moorestown. 888-847-8823. Walk in the Wild: Bird Watching and Identification – 2pm. Join Land rust member Ed Cleary as he leads us on a leisurely walk. Free. Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust, Willoughby House, 340 Pine Ave, Deptford. To reserve a space: 856-217-9138.

Salute The Sun! Sun Salutation Workshop – 2-4pm. With Stephanie Varnum. Surya Namaskar is a complete and profound yoga practice. In this workshop learn the series, any modifications needed for your best practice, how to flow with your breath, and work with your gaze to experience meditation in motion. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

MONDAY, MAY 22 Spiritual Gathering – 7-9pm. Gather with like-minded spiritual seekers for community and support to discuss experiences, thoughts, realizations and topics like energy healing, intuition, past lives, crystals, meditation, enlightenment, etc. Includes smudging, meditation and light refreshments. Beginners welcome. $22. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 Mosquitoes: Homeowners “Back to Basics” Series – 6:30pm, sign in; 7pm, talk. Presented by Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County. Covers the importance of preventing mosquitoes from becoming a nuisance in your yard along with viruses that are associated with the insect. A representative from the Mosquitoes Commission will be the speaker. $10/household. Camden County Parks Environmental Center, 1301 Park Blvd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration strongly suggested: 856-216-7130 or Camden. Free Holistic Health Webinar – 7-8pm. Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging/Health Through Awareness present Jennifer Capozzi. Jen is a Plant Medicine Practitioner, Plant-Based Chef, Herbalist and owner of Barlume Apothecary in Philadelphia. She will be discussing breast health and lymphatic support utilizing plant medicine and whole foods. 100 Brick Rd Ste 206, Marlton. For more info or to register: 856596-5834 or

THURSDAY, MAY 25 Awakening Joy with Laughter and Love – 6:30-8pm. Shed stress and tension and meet your highest, most joy-filled nature in this vibration raising evening of playful laughter exercises, followed by a nurturing yoga nidra. No mat or experience required. Free; donations accepted. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Breathing and Relaxation for Expecting Mothers – 7:30-9:30pm. Designed to complement the Labor Basics Class, and for those who would like to focus on learning natural ways of dealing with labor. Covers breathing, relaxation and massage techniques that can be used to help manage the birth experience. $30. 100 Bowman Dr, Garden Level/Holman CC, Voorhees. 888-847-8823.

SATURDAY, MAY 27 Pine Barrens Canoeing Lessons (Paddle) – 9am-12pm. Learn the basics of canoeing with

instructor John Volpa. Learn to paddle on calm water close to the edge of the lake, canoeing terminology, technique and strokes. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Pre-registration required: 609-268-0189 or

savethedate Made & Found Market at Rancocas Woods – 10am-4pm. A monthly (4th Sat) outdoor market featuring an eclectic mix of local handmade, vintage, and antique goods, food trucks, live music and more. 118 Creek Rd, Mt. Laurel. For vending opportunities, Michael: More info: Pine Barrens Mullica River 101 Guided Tour (Paddle) – 1:30pm. Take a 3-hr trip down the Mullica River from Atsion Lake Dam to Beaver Dam with guide and naturalist John Volpa. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Pre-registration required: 609-2680189 or

SUNDAY, MAY 28 Pine Barrens Hampton Furnace Family Walk – 10am-12pm. Explore a serene Atlantic White Cedar swamp and discover life in a Pine Barrens stream, step back into the history of Hampton Furnace, use dip nets to look for aquatic life and examine unique carnivorous Pine Barrens plants. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Pre-registration required: 609-2680189 or Embracing Your Gift of Mediumship – 11am-6pm. Students will learn how to develop their gift as a medium and provide professional mediumship sessions. Learn about spirit guides, how to connect to the spirit world and deliver loving messages from loved ones on the other side. $265. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: Pine Barrens Discovery Tour (Walk and Paddle) – 1:30-4:30pm. See May 6 listing. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Pre-registration required: 609-268-0189 or

MONDAY, MAY 29 Pine Barrens Batsto River Naturalist Guided Tour (Paddle) – 8:30am-4pm. Explore on water and land while learning about Pine Barrens habitats, history, plants and animals. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Pre-registration required: 609-268-0189 or

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 Women’s Camping Basics – 6:30-8:30pm. Join REI for this supportive class where women will learn what you need to have an enjoyable overnight camping trip. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. stores/marlton.html.

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savethedate HealTHY Life Track Meet and Health Expo – 5-8pm. Features: kids 100-meter dash, 400 meters each for kids, women and men (1/4 mile); 1 mile each for women and men; family fun 4x100 relay race (1/4 mile each). Expo featuring health-oriented demonstrations, local vendors & organizations as well as food trucks and a basket raffle. Haddon Township High School Track and Field, 406 Memorial Ave, Haddon Township. More info: or

FRIDAY, JUNE 9 Heal Thyself: 100-Hr Ayurveda for Self-Care Course Begins – With Janet Watkins, Ayurvedic Practitioner, RYT, CRM. Learn the basics of ayurveda, what your body type is, how to spot and remedy imbalances, and how to use yogic practices, skin care, and diet to live your most vibrant life. CEUs available. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

savethedate The Aroma Freedom Technique Workshop – 7-8:30pm. With Leah Rubba-Lazarus. AFT is a ground-breaking new modality which combines psychology and therapeutic-grade essential oils to support people in getting from where they are to where they want to be. $25. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.

TUESDAY, JUNE 13 2017 Spring Flower Show – 7pm. Enjoy delightful miniature and themed flower arrangements, selected potted plants, member grown garden specimens and beautiful horticultural-themed photographs. Free. Tilelli Community Center, Cherry Hill Municipal Building, 820 Mercer St, Cherry Hill. Twyla Bevilacqua, President of HSSJ: 856-325-7401.

MONDAY, JULY 10 Kids Yoga Summer Camp – July 10-14 & Aug 28-Sept 1. 11:30am-2:30pm; Wed ends at 1:30pm. Half-day camp for kids ages 4-11. Join Cindy and Vera of Our Souls Shine as they guide you on a yoga adventure each day exploring the senses. Come connect, breathe, focus, move and relax. Per wk: $200/1st child, $150/2nd child. Early Bird: $185. Register by June 17. Register for both weeks and receive 10% off each registration. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856546-1006.

retreat MONDAY, MAY 15 Sedona Adventure Retreat – May 15-21. Join Mary and Lisa and an intimate group of like-minded people connecting our mind, body and spirit with the wisdom of the Earth, spending time in silence, play and community. Nourishing our true self and clearing what no longer serves. For more info, Lisa O’Brien: 856261-0554 or

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FOR RENT CHERRY HILL WELLNESS CENTER – Beautiful 900-sq-ft studio with hardwood floors for workshops, yoga and more. Counseling rooms available for individual therapy, body work or massage. Very reasonable monthly, daily and hourly rates available. Great location off 295, plenty of parking, local restaurants next door. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-4047287. Pictures: PRIVATE PARTY’S AT YOGA FOR LIVING IN CHERRY HILL – ​ Choose from one of our suggested themed packages, or get creative and design one of your own! Enjoy exclusive use of the space, including use of the kitchen area before and after your class or event. Parties for children and adults, bridals parties, too. Yoga for Living 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Call to discuss your special party request: 856-404-7287. More info: Yoga YOGA, PILATES, DANCE OR RELATED WORKSHOPS – Studio space for rent in Hainesport. Great location on Rte 38. 267-664-3236.

HANDMADE/VINTAGE VENDORS WANTED MADE & FOUND MARKET IN RANCOCAS WOODS – Looking for crafters and antiquers for its monthly markets! Seeking: artists, sculptors, painters, vintage/antiques, home décor, bath & body care, pottery, metalworkers, woodworkers, jewelers, collectibles, vintage/handmade furniture, clothing, glass art, seasonal décor, photographers, etc. For details: Made

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tai chi Discover the Serenity of T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement Class) for Beginners – Ongoing classes. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge? Bruni Square, 1351 Rte 38, Hainesport. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or Siobhan@ NextStep

sunday Meditation – 10am. Joyful Gathering Spiritual Center, 215 Highlands Ave, Ste C, Haddon Township. 856-780-5826.

monday Living in Oneness – 6:30-7:30pm. 4th Mon. Discussion around the new energy concepts for the conscious shift into oneness. Learn how to make practical application of the concepts to your everyday life. Based on the book, The Oneness of It All by Maryann Pino Miller. Free. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Monthly Meditation/Mini-Workshop – 6:308:30pm. 1st Mon. Explore meditation, energy education/topics and reiki. Please arrive on time so the meditation is not disturbed, and refrain from alcohol the day of the workshop. $15. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Working Session Meeting: Sustainable Haddon Heights – 7pm. 1st Mon. Meetings are open to all interested volunteers. Haddon Heights Public Library, lower level, 608 Station Ave. Sustainable Wild Soul Movement Yoga Series – 7-8:30pm. A grounded and loving practice designed to get you out of your head and into your body. It’s not about working out, it’s about working in. Program uses sensuality, movement and mantras to cultivate body connection, trust, love and acceptance. $22/drop in. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800.

tuesday Mommy (or Daddy) and Me Yoga – 10-10:45am. Ages 2-5. With Joyce McNally. Grab your child and try this fun and energizing yoga workout sprinkled with partner poses, cooperative games, theme activities, storytelling, music and art. Kid rates: $10/ drop-in, $80/10-class card (valid for 3 mos). The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609953-7800. Postural Alignment Class – 5:30-6:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. Strong


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and balanced posture is the foundation for health. Gentle corrective exercises restores your body to proper alignment, function and balance. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856404-7287. Knee Self-Massage Class for Pain Relief – 6-7:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Also 11am-12:30pm, 1st Thurs. Proven simple self-massage technique teaches you how to eliminate knee pain immediately. Massage applied to your thigh (quadriceps) muscle, while in a seated position. Wear comfortable clothes with easy access to your thigh. No jeans please or bring shorts. Easy to learn, immediate benefits. $15/ drop-in. Holos Touch LLC, 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights. Registration: 856-428-5486, Down to Earth Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. A practical and realistic practice, using straightforward poses and clear alignment cues to developmental and physical confidence and awareness.  Class touches on the natural world and its seasonal changes. Sol Yoga, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. Weight-Loss Seminar – 7pm. With Dr Mike Lanzilotta. Lose weight, be healthy, feel good. Make the decision to improve your health and regain your energy. Our program gives you the tools for long-lasting results. Come to our seminar and learn about the entire process. Doctor supervised, one-on-one personal evaluations. No drugs, surgery or injections. No special shakes or prepackaged food. Lose up to 20-35 lbs in 6 wks. South Jersey Spine Center & Weight Loss Clinic, 133-B Jackson Rd, Medford. To reserve a spot: 609-654-1330.

ering from cancer and its treatments, and is open only to cancer survivors. We will warm up the body safely, engage in meditative breathing, and flow into gentle yoga poses mindfully with support and stability. Donation. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-5461006. Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Green Drinks – Thru June. 6-8pm. 1st Wed. Networking focused on creating a sustainable South Jersey community. More info & location: 609-2383449 or

thursday Qigong – 11am-12pm. With Juhi Singhal. A moving meditation with simple mindful movements to clear, revitalize and energize. $13/drop-in; discounted class cards available. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Knee Self-Massage Class for Pain Relief – 11am12:30pm. 1st Thurs. Also 6-7:30pm, 2nd & 4th Tues. See Tues listing. Holos Touch LLC, 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights. Registration: 856-428-5486, Yoga Basics and Restore – 6:30-7:30pm. 1st & 3rd Thurs. With Nicole. A sweet and calming class designed to gently increase strength and flexibility. Combines basic postures with restoratives focused on breath and body awareness. Leave with a calm mind and lifted spirit. Suitable for all levels. $10/drop-in. Sol Yoga, 1351 Rte 38, Hainesport. 267-664-3236.


Yoga Nidra – 7-8pm. Yoga nidra puts you into a deep state of relaxation and can alter your unconscious programming. A powerful method of reshaping your personality and changing the course of your life for the better. $15/drop-in; variety of pricing options available. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800.

Friday Flow – 9:45-10:45am. With Michelle. Build strength, increase flexibility, improve posture and release tension. An active class where poses creatively flow from one to the next,  synchronizing breath with movement. A great all-purpose class. Sol Yoga, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-6643236.


Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. See Wed listing. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379.

Natural Health: Fresh Organic Produce Delivery – Wed & Fri. Delivery times vary. Laurel Hill Plaza, corner of Blackwood-Clementon Rd & Laurel Rd, Lindenwold. For more info: 856-7841021. Early Dawn Meditation – 5:30-6:30am. Wed, Thurs, Fri, 1st, 2nd, 3rd wk of month, except for May 10. Start your day off right. Come meditate with us for the entire time or any part of it. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. Also held Fri. Join us for a 10-min meditation. On Wed the focus is love; on Fri, peace. Each week we raise the love and peace vibration personally and globally. Treat yourself to a mid-week refresher. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Gentle Chair Yoga for Cancer Recovery – 2-3pm. Class designed specifically for those recov-

Friday Nite Fitness Hike – 7pm. Brisk pace, 8-10 miles. Work up a sweat exploring the sand roads and trails of Brendan Byrne State Forest. Be prepared to walk at an average of 3.5 mph, with few breaks. Meet at the Campground, Glass House and Coopers Rd, Woodland Township. Leaders, Bob Hodges:

saturday Refresh and Renew Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. Start your weekend by clearing out the chaos and stressors of the week. Class will guide you through a flowing series of purifying and restorative postures. All levels. Sol Yoga, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. Pet Adoption Day – 11am-2pm. PetsMart, 62 Centerton Rd, Mount Laurel. More info, Burlington County Animal Alliance:

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RENEÉ ROBERTSON, LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST Restoration-You Inc. 720 E Main St, Ste 1-D Moorestown, NJ 856-437-0430

What if there was a much easier way to deal with stress and anxiety? Have your Bars run, gentle touch on 32 points on the scalp that starts a flow of energy and erases years of fixed points of view, judgments, negative feelings and limiting beliefs that hold us back. Sessions include powerful tools to use in everyday situations. Energetic Massage and Bodywork for Women.


Ayurvedic Healing Practitioner Registered Yoga Teacher Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness 118 W Merchant St Audubon, NJ 08106 856-816-4158 Utilizing the principles of Ay u r v e d a , n u t r i t i o n , y o g a , meditation, and herbs for natural healing and self-care to support your body in returning to its natural healthy function. Reiki session, ayurvedic cooking classes, restorative yoga and private yoga sessions. See ad, page 39.

ACUPUNCTURE MELISA SKYRM, MAC, DIPL AC, LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST Regenerate Health and Wellness 2 Split Rock Dr, Ste 12, Cherry Hill 609-332-1324

Acupuncture, Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT), cupping, detoxification, nutrition, and relaxation techniques for acute and chronic pain, stress, concussions, overuse injuries, digestive and immune conditions, and more. AAT offers a non-invasive and effective approach in treating allergy and sensitivity symptoms. See ad, page 11.


Angel Intuitive, Medium, Artist, Author, Reiki/IET The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford, NJ 08055 Ph/text: 856-220-2955 • Facebook: Energy of Angels Got Angels? Yes, you do! Find out more by connecting with them via your own customized Angel Art, private Crystal Singing Bowls with the Angels session or Angel Crystal Grid Reading. Using art and sound, Kristy McAdams helps you deepen into your connection with the angels to enhance your life. See ad page 15.

BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE RESTORATION THERAPY DR. CAMILLE SEMPLE-DALY, DO Replenish Center 215 Sunset Rd, Ste 204 Willingboro, NJ 08046 856-380-1330

Don’t wait any longer to restore your hormone balance. Symptoms due to menopause, andropause, PMS, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal fatigue, etc., should not negatively impact your quality of life. Regain your vitality and zest naturally with individualized Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy (BHRT). Dr. Camille Semple-Daly is board certified in OB/ GYN and Aesthetic Medicine. She has practiced Functional and Integrative Medicine for over a decade and has helped thousands of men and women restore balance with BHRT. See ad on page 2.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God’s gift, that’s why we call it the present. ~Joan Rivers


DECOTIIS CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS 30 W Holly Ave Pitman, NJ 08071 856-218-1330

Dr. DeCotiis specializes in wellnessbased Chiropractic care: helping the body to function at its personal best while reducing internal and external stresses. We individualize care to optimize performance of body systems by reducing nerve damage, improving spinal alignment, posture, ergonomics, sleep habits, hormone balance and improving overall health through exercise, weight loss, detox and supplementation.


The Strawbridge Professional Center 212 W Rte 38, Ste 100 Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-273-1551 Dr. Bidwell is dedicated to providing patients the best possible spinal healthcare including chiropractic adjustment, massage, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, hot and cold therapy, cervical and lumbar traction, and stretching and strengthening exercise instruction. Her adjustments techniques consist of diversified, activator, arthrostim, SOT blocking, craniosacral work, active release technique, and PNF stretching. See ad, page 8.


Experienced Energy Intuitive and Yoga Teacher 856-261-0554 Lisa O’Brien is an experienced yoga teacher, Reiki Master and energy intuitive offering private and group sessions. She specializes in clearing blockages and negative programs out of the energy system for healing and advancement on one’s path.

Only do what your heart tells you. ~Princess Diana natural awakenings

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The Wisdom Within Moorestown office/Skype or phone sessions 856-236-5973 Transform your Chaos to Calm! Calm your worried mind, manage your inner critic, and connect to your Wisdom Within, through drug-free energy techniques, mindfulness and spiritual counseling. Clarify and accomplish goals, guided by your deepest Wisdom. Schedule your complimentary 21-min Call to Transformation on website.


Lotus Living Space Feng Shui, Physical Radiesthesia, Energy Therapy, Shamanic Healing 201-993-6588 A healthy body, mind and spirit need a balanced and positive environment. Karin is a certified Feng Shui Master and Professional Dowser for Geopathic Stress, Electromagnetic Frequencies, Energy Intrusions and Product Sensitivities. She also offers IET, Shamanic Healing and Psychopomp work to heal mind and spirit.


Lisa Roche, Owner/Certified GYROTONIC Trainer Haddonfield, NJ 609-929-4421 Learn how to work your body in a way you’ve never experienced. Gyrotonic works for any and every type of body. From high level athletes to those h e a l i n g f r o m i n j u r y, t h o s e looking to balance a current exercise regimen or for a complete work out; a Gyrotonic session can be customized to suit your specific needs. Gyrotonic offers movement and healing on every level—stimulating the nervous system, massaging the organs, increasing blood flow and stretching and strengthening every muscle. Lisa Roche is a Certified Gyrotonic Instructor and offers private sessions by appointment only. See ad, page 31.

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SARAH OUTLAW, CBHC, MH, NRT Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey 1050 N Kings Hwy, Ste 200 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 856-667-6805

Safe, natural solutions for many health problems. Get to the root of your symptoms and heal your body with Nutrition Response Testing™. Sarah Outlaw is a Master Herbalist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner offering a non-invasive, advanced form of muscle testing for food sensitivities, chemical and metal toxicity, and immune system issues for all ages. Individualized, targeted nutrition programs designed for every client. See ad, page 29.

HEALTH COUNSELING LIESHA GETSON, BCTT, HHC Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton 856-596-5834

Liesha Getson is a Board-Certified Thermographic Technician, Holistic Health Counselor, a Reiki Master and Energy Practitioner. Liesha is a founding partner of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, a cooperative wellness center that provides a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, reiki, thermography, infrared detoxification and biopuncture. See ad, page 7.






Laurel Hill Plaza, corner of Blackwood- Clementon Rd & Laurel Rd, Lindenwold. 856-784-1021 For a complete selection of vitamins, homeopathics, body care, bulk herbs, bulk grains, packaged foods, frozen foods, organic produce, snacks. Open 7 days. Mon-Fri, 9am8pm; Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 10am-5pm. See ad, page 2.

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. ~Wayne Dyer


Chairman, Medical & Dental Division, International Hypnosis Federation 214 W Main St, Ste L4, Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-231-0432 • Dr. Jaime Feldman, one of the pioneers in an advanced technique called “Advanced Parts Therapy,” has been able to unlock the subconscious and remove unwanted behaviors: stop smoking (guaranteed), weight loss, stress, depression, pain and anger management, and more. Outstanding success in curing phobias and deep-seated trauma, and treating the immune system to put cancer into complete remission. See ad, page 10.


Institute for Medical Wellness 110 Marter Ave, Ste 408, Moorestown, NJ 856-231-0590 Board-Certified Family Medicine blending traditional family care with a holistic focus and preventive, nutritional and integrative approach. We look for causes and triggers for disease before reaching for the prescription pad. Same and next day appointments are available. See ad, page 3.


Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton, NJ 08053 856-596-5834 Health Through Awareness takes a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Dr. Philip Getson is a boardcertified Family Physician and certified by four Thermographic Boards. He specializes in thermography, an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health. With the mission of providing a balanced approach to wellness, the center offers diet and lifestyle counseling, thermography, the area’s most unique infrared detox sauna (The POD), reiki, a smoking cessation program, physician standard supplements and ongoing wellness classes. See ad, page 7.

The secret of happiness is something to do. ~John Burroughs


LAW OF ATTRACTION COACH DAVID BARTKY, LOACC Phone Coaching At Its Best 973-444-7301

I am an experienced and certified Law of Attraction Life Coach. Are you ready to start attracting what you want instead of what you d o n ’t w a n t ? T h e f i r s t p h o n e session is free.

MASSAGE FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT DOROTHEA ATKINS, TH.D., RN, LMT Holos Touch LLC 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 856-546-7500

Experience and learn simple yet effective pain relief methods in individual or group sessions. Dr. Atkins’ advanced muscle release treatment and self-care education has proven published results for the past decade. Other services include certified manual lymph drainage, and relief for various chronic conditions. See ad, page 23.


Pamper yourself without breaking the bank. Make an appointment at our professionally set student spa. Relax your mind, indulge your senses, and rejuvenate your spirit with a specialized massage therapy session. We customize your spa experience based on your personal needs and preferences. Rizzieri’s students will provide 50-min or 80-min massage service choices, including: Swedish massage, reflexology, stress relief wraps and maternity massage. In addition, patrons may choose to add a treatment enhancement, such as: hot stone, reflex, scalp or deep pressure. See ad, on page 8.

EXTREME COMMUNICATION Lisa Miliaresis, Medium & Author 856-439-0472

Lisa offers private channeling, group channeling and private counseling session for those looking for direction to develop their own personal practice.

MENOPAUSAL AND SEXUAL HEALTH WOMEN FOR WOMEN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES Jewel Amui-Bellon, M.D. 102 Centre Boulevard, Ste I Marlton, NJ 08053 856-267-5019

It is a known fact that millions of women after the menopausal transition, undergo changes in their vaginal health and suffer from vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. The changes in vaginal health is due to declining estrogen levels. Current management of these symptoms include Estrogens and Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators. Not all women can take estrogens for symptomatic relief. The MonaLisa Touch therapy is an effective in-office, nonhormornal therapy, with no downtime. Most women have called it life changing. It is similar to the annual pelvic exam. Many women have reported symptomatic relief after the first treatment. See ad, page 3.


Open Tues-Fri, 10am-7pm & Sat, 10am-3pm 703 Stokes Rd, Store #4, Medford, NJ 08055 609-714-8666 Facebook: Nutrition Works of Medford Natural health store supplying supplements, sports nutrition, pain management, gluten-free and vegan items, health/beauty, homeopathics and so much more. See ad, page 18.


Nutritional Wellness Center of South Jersey 1 Cinnaminson Ave, Palmyra, NJ 08065 856-499-2160 Sean Christopher Inselberg is an Advanced Clinical Nutritionist Practicing Nutrition Response testing and Neuro Emotional Technique. He uses non-invasive testing to uncover the root cause of symptoms and disease. The techniques are clinically proven to help restore the body back to optimal health. Using an advanced form of applied kinesiology, the testing shows any structural impairments, nutritional deficiencies, hidden infections and emotional stressors that can all become barriers to achieving good health. See ad, page 37.



Intuitive Advisor, Medium & Soul Coach The Blessed Self 609-353-7210 Facebook: The Blessed Self Twitter: @Kimara_Medium Internationally recognized Psychic Medium, Reiki Master and Soul Coach, Kimara empowers clients to discover purpose, develop intuition, and find clarity. Connect with loved ones who’ve crossed over to experience joy, healing, closure and forgiveness. Phone, video, and inperson sessions, workshops, retreats, private and group readings are available.

Naturopathic Doctor Marlton & Haddonfield, NJ 856-472-9495

Holistic health care for all ages and a variety of health conditions. Find the cause of your health issues and heal using safe, natural and nontoxic therapies. See ad, page 9.

A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t. ~Jack Dempsey natural awakenings

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Numerologist & Empowerment Coach 609-417-4526 J o i n t h e r e g i o n ’s l e a d i n g numerologist as you discover your life’s purpose. Encoded in your name and birth date are your lessons, talents and desires. Traci will help you realize your full potential.


Andrea Regal, Subtle Energy Therapist 856-904-5566 Want to know where you Source from? What role you play in the Earth’s evolution? What are the Soul Purposes underlying the greatest issues and challenges of your life? “Discover the Universe Within” sessions can allow you to truly “Know Thyself” and create the life you dream. Or 75-/90-min Earth/Galactic Alignment sessions to set you back on course. 30+ years experience in counseling and teaching the energetics of mind, body and soul connection.


Clinical Psychologist Soul Sanctuary, 110 Marter Ave, Ste 206 Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-778-1981

Kathy Milano is a NJ licensed psychologist (#3686) with a Diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology who specializes in treating trauma and using an integrative, WholeHearted model in her private practice. She founded Soul Sanctuary to enrich exploration of healing, personal growth, and the spiritual journey. As an intuitive, Kathy offers workshops and retreats which empower intuitive skill development, connection with the Divine, and integration of mind, body, spirit, energy techniques in daily life. See ad, page 19.


South Jersey


YOGA FOR LIVING 1926 Greentree Rd 856-404-7287

Yoga, Mindfulness M e d i t a t i o n , ayurveda and a variety of classes, workshops and retreats. See ad, page 28.

Dana Reynolds, MA/M.ED. 1001 Whitehorse Pike Haddon Township, NJ 08107 Serving the South Jersey/Tri-State area 856-993-1786 True healer/channeler with 30 years’ experience.  Won Ki channeled energy from nature taps into energetic ancestral consciousness to powerfully address disease, imbalance and chronic illness of the mind and body. Revitalizes the spirit, rejuvenates cells, expels toxins, balances hormones, powers up immunity and prevents premature aging. Leads to a powerful sense of well-being and grounding. Personal Won Ki healing sessions and training available in home, in studio or Skype.

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT DR. CAMILLE SEMPLE-DALY, DO Replenish Center 215 Sunset Rd, Ste 204 Willingboro, NJ 08046 856-380-1330

End yo-yo dieting with our safe and effective Physician Supervised Weight Loss Program. Our program is designed to identify the root causes of your weight concerns, individualize a plan to reverse the imbalances identified, and help you to quickly and safely lose the excess weight. Finally, we will transition you to a healthier lifestyle to keep you at a healthier weight. Dr. Camille Semple-Daly is board certified in OB/GYN and Aesthetic Medicine. She has practiced Functional and Integrative medicine for over a decade. See ad on page 2.


Aw a r e n e s s Coaching, with Miller, THE CENTER Maryann and Intuitive Life in Balance Guidance, with Susan Drummond, are offered at The Center and as private sessions in your home or over the phone. If you are feeling out-of-sorts, have a free consultation to determine the unique approach for your unique journey. See ad, page 15.

WHOLESOME GYNECOLOGY AND INFERTILITY WOMEN FOR WOMEN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES Jewel Amui-Bellon, M.D. 102 Centre Boulevard, Ste I Marlton, NJ 08053 856-267-5019

Dr. Jewel Amui-Bellon is a wellrespected board-certified OBGYN in Marlton, NJ. She provides excellent individualized gynecologic and preventative care for women. In addition, she is committed to providing a wholistic, gentle, and compassionate way to conception for women who have been told they cannot carry out successful pregnancy outcomes. The oldest women was 56 years old at conception and successfully delivered a bouncy baby boy. See ad on page 3.


Pine Winds Zen Center Cherry Hill & Shamong locations 609-268-9151 A unique opportunity to work with an American Zen Master. One-onone private sessions with one of today’s most popular pioneers and expert in the field of human potential and Mindfulness Meditation Stress Reduction Training (Zen Training). Adults, couples, families, executives, professionals, caretakers and clergy. Stress management, relationships, grief, loss, mindfulness in the workplace. See ad, page 20.

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