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Sound Wave Treatments for Migranes and Fibromyalgia

Three Area Women Conquer Migraines

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he three women had reached the end of their rope. They thought they had exhausted every avenue of treatment, and nothing worked for long. Lori N. Strok, Danielle Wendrychowicz and Tina McLaughlin had all but given up hope finding relief from the crippling head pain that altered their lives. They aren’t alone. The American Council for Headache Pain estimates that 8,700,000 women suffer from migraines each year. Women most susceptible are those between the ages of 35 and 45, when many are at the height of their career, family responsibilities and social life. Strok, for example says, “I was at wit’s end.” The 27 year-old Accounts Payable Manager, had tried several over-the-counter, aspirin-based medications and more than one prescription medicine. “I took them every day trying to relieve the pain

migraines for 25 years and they had been getting worse with time,” she says. Strok had suffered with them for four years and Wendrychowicz for 7 years. Although the number of years that they have suffered with migraines varies, the common thread weaving through the women’s experiences with migraines is how the pain changed, indeed, controlled their lives. Strok, for example, says “It would almost stop my life. I’d leave social functions like parties. I couldn’t work when they were really bad. “McLaughlin sometimes spent the holidays in bed and Wendychowicz says she was exof three-time-a-week minumerous medications and tremely irritable, moody and graines,” she says. “They met with several doctors,” she didn’t want to do anything. sometimes covered the pain reports. “Nothing helped.” “I was always fatigued but they didn’t get to the root McLaughlin, owner of a and it affected my family of the problem.” flower shop in Moorestown, life.” Wenclrychowicz says. Wendrychowicz, a school said, “My family doctor When things looked darkbus driver, shares a similar suggested a prescription est, a light at the end of the experience. “I’ve been to medicine that was so effectunnel appeared. The three headache centers, taken tive,” she says. “I had the women learned about treat-

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ment that was producing startling results in another woman suffering from chronic migraines. The treatment is gentle and effective treatment and requires no prescription medication or physical, hands-on manipulation. It comprises only a pulse of sound directed to a person’s atlas-the top vertebrae that supports the head. After an extensive examination, setting up for the treatment takes only minutes and the sound pulse lasts less than a second. Although a person can barely feel the pulse, it produces dramatic results.

“Since undergoing treatment, I’ve had no headaches,” she says. “It’s even helped relieve the generalized body pain caused by fibromyalgia.” Dr. Sandoz, originally from Cinnaminson and now in Mt. Laurel explains “Migraines often are caused by physical and stress-related problems due to misalignment of the atlas vertebrae. Correcting the misalignment alleviates the cause of the problem and relieves the migraines.”

Drs. Joshua and John Sandoz Dr. Sandoz has been working with his son, Dr. Joshua Sandoz, for over 8 years. Their practice is one of only a few in the New Jersey and Philadelphia area who offer this treatment along with Spinal Decompression

Therapy, Class 4 Laser and Neurofeedback Therapy. Strok says, “Dr. Sandoz applied the sound pulse to my finger to show that it was painless and it was, I couldn’t believe it.” She received weekly treatments at first and now goes once ev-

ery three weeks. They have helped better than anything else she has tried. Wendrychowicz shares a similar experience. “Since undergoing treatment, I’ve had no headaches,” she says. “It’s even helped relieve the generalized body pain caused by fibromyalgia.” McLaughlin, too, reports good results. After only four treatments, she was pain free. “I counted the days,” she says. “And I had no migraines for almost three weeks.” For the first time in 10 years she didn’t fear going to sleep and being awakened by a migraine. What’s their advice

For the first time in 10 years she didn’t fear going to sleep and being awakened by a migraine. to other women suffering from migraines? Strok, for example, suggests that they not give up and depend solely on medication. “There is help for your problem and Dr. Sandoz is it.” For more information as well as an appointment, call Dr. Sandoz at 856 2069560. Their new office location is 2057 Briggs Road, Suite 204 in Mt. Laurel NJ.

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It is such a clear manifestation of the yin and yang in life. For every symbolic lightness comes darkness, in reconciliation of eternal balance. The September issue is always one of my favorites because we focus on yoga and as tradition holds we bring you a wealth of local contributions around the topic. I have been a yoga junkie of sorts for almost 15 years now and as someone who is prone to anxiety, it has offered a natural/holistic way to manage it. Tricia Heiser from The Sanctuary for Yoga, in Medford, explains the anxiety-yoga connection further in her feature on page 24. Yoga for anxiety just scratches the surface. Devpreet Kaur offers a more in depth review of how yoga can help those suffering from trauma and pain. I have directly experienced the effects of yoga and can attest to the release of deep-seeded trauma that has been stored on a cellular level. And it happens seemingly through osmosis. The mere act of connecting breath with movement has a profound way to connect mind, body and spirit to the one, universal truth that ultimately frees you from the bonds of attachment to the ego. Read more on page 22 and if you are trying to release past trauma, consider her series starting in October at Live in Joy Yoga, in Audubon. As a side note, the beautiful couple on this month’s cover are a part of the Natural Awakenings team. They publish the Puerto Rico edition. Happy Fall!

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newsbriefs Healer and Psychic at Yogawood

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athleen Ann Milner, an internationally recognized, natural-born healer and psychic, is giving a lecture and demonstration from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, at Yogawood. The event is open to the first 50 people in line; reservations are requested. Lauded as “one of the greatest healers and psychics in the world,” Milner was among the most popular figures at the Talkers New York 2014 conference, performing consecutive healings and readings for a gathering of 300 radio and TV talk show hosts and producers. Limited private sessions will be available; contact Yogawood for details. Cost: $30 pre-registered; $40 at the door. Location: 817 Haddon Ave., Collingswood. For more information, call 609-361-4401 or visit DrKeving.com/events.

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oga for Living, in Cherry Hill, is offering a special September rate of $30 for a month of unlimited classes. Much more than fitness, yoga supports good health, well-being and happiness. Yoga for Living provides comprehensive and diverse programing for wellness and well-being that offers support through different styles and levels of yoga, including beginner, gentle, vinyasa flow, ashtanga, svaroopa (therapeutic) and hatha (traditional yoga), making classes and workshops available for all body types and levels of fitness Even beginners will find the right fit and support for their wellness goals among the more than 25 weekly classes, which also include mindfulness mediation, postural alignment, qigong, laughter yoga and nia (a cardio dance movement practice). Location: 1926 Greentree Rd. For more information, call 856-404-7207 or visit YogaForLiving.net.

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ealthvia Pharmacy is a new family-owned and -operated business located at 300 East Greentree Road, Suite 8, in the Meetinghouse Square Shopping Center, in Marlton, that encourages and supports patients and customers by providing health and wellness services through natural and alternative methods. “Being locally owned allows us to offer aboveand-beyond service while meeting the individual needs of our patients and customers—and saving them time and money,” says Pharmacist Gus Hourani. Healthvia provides free prescription transfer, pickup and delivery, as well as monthly multi-prescription synchronization and delivery. The pharmacy offers immunizations and carries a large selection of natural and organic products, as well as medical supplies such as canes, crutches, walkers, bath safety items and accessories. For more information, call 856-983-8700, email Care@HealthviaPharmacy.com or visit HealthviaPharmacy.com.

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iscover the bounty that nature provides by joining Elizabeth Kligge for a free Fall Edibles Walk in the Wild at Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust at 2 p.m. on September 17. On this relaxed, guided plant walk, participants will examine roots, shoots, stems, leaves, fruits, seeds, and bark, and learn to identify and harvest wild edible, medicinal and utilitarian plants. Safety and the caretaker’s method of gathering will be discussed. Kligge grew up gardening and exploring the local wild places near Reading, Pennsylvania. She first learned about wild plants from her parents, and later studied primitive survival, teaching workshops across the United States. A certified permaculture designer, she is an avid naturalist with interests in tracking, hunting/gathering and homesteading skills. Location: Willoughby House on Pine Ave., off Good Intent Rd., Blackwood Terr. (GPS: 340 Pine Ave., Deptford). For more information, call Charles White at 856217-9138 or visit Facebook.com/oldpinefarm.


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etting GO – Releasing Trauma and Relieving Chronic Pain, an eight-week course designed and delivered by Devpreet Kaur, is being offered by Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, in Audubon, on Tuesdays, October 3 through November 14. Classes take place from 1 to 3:15 p.m.; a pre-registration discount is available through September 29. “Both trauma and chronic pain are the body-mind’s healthy adaptive reaction that has become stuck in the body-mind and hormonal systems. Shifting the psycho-biological state is essential to healing,” notes Kaur. A pharmaceutical trainer and yoga teacher with extensive experience in allied health car—as well as a trauma survivor with a disability—Kaur uses her personal understanding and skill sets to design and develop a curriculum that is interactive, nurturing and results-oriented. Weekly classes do not include strenuous yoga poses or require sitting on the floor, and there is no need to speak about traumas or pain, assures Kaur.  “Through breath work, guided imagery, sound, gentle stretching and awareness, participants will learn to befriend the body-mind and self-soothe the nervous system,” she says. Cost: $145 pre-registration by Sept. 29 or $160 at the door, if available. Location: 118 W. Merchant St. For more information, call 856-546-1006 or visit LiveInJoyYoga.com.

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wo Hands Birth Services has transitioned from a team of two doulas to a co-op of six. Jessica Ruscetta and Abby Williams have welcomed Donna Favilla, Jen Silvera, Deanna Carroll and Brandi Robertson to their team serving central and southern New Jersey as well as the Philadelphia area. “A ‘doula co-op’ means that the doulas at Two Hands Birth Services will still operate independently, but also work closely with each other to enhance our services to families,” explains Ruscetta. “There will be more networking to further our reach and knowledge, and greater access to additional families so we can work in a wider radius.” “The doulas at Two Hands Birth Services look forward to increasing the number of families we serve, learning more and interacting in the community,” Williams says. Two Hands Birth Services now also offers massage services in addition to birth and postpartum doula services, lactation counseling, childbirth and breastfeeding education, and parenting support groups. For more information, visit TwoHandsBirth.com.

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oin Sacred Moon Fertilityfor a six-week fertility series from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays from October 1 through November 5, at Blissful Yoga, in Mullica Hill. It is designed to take participants on a journey of self-discovery, manifestation and healing. This program is a “whole” body approach to creating the life you desire. The transformational program is a result of the joined forces of Shalini Breault and Suzi Zappile. It is based on research from NIH, MAYO clinic, Stanford University, and Harvard Medical School, all documenting the many therapeutic benefits of yoga, meditation, and reiki that include reduced stress, natural detoxification, increased energy, balanced hormones and enhanced fertility. Breault left New York City and a successful career in “Corporate America” to pursue a life of creativity and passion. She is certified and trained in hypno-fertility, reiki, Vedic chanting, and sound therapy training (healing crystal bowls, drum, & gong). Now a bestselling author and well-known local healer, Breault is living her dream. Zappile battled decades of pain due to severe endometriosis, which eventually led to infertility. She turned to yoga for some relief, but much to her surprise she found her true calling in life. She is now certified in hatha/vinyasa yoga, kundalini prenatal yoga, meditation, reiki, and Soul Realignment. Her dream has also come to fruition as she is now expecting her first child. The program helps participants to identify energetic blocks and gain the tools to break free from self-limiting patterns. It is uniquely structured to include healing art and sound therapy, meditation and breathwork, yoga and hypno-fertility, reiki and chakra balancing, creative writing and journaling. For more information on this or any upcoming series, workshops, retreats, or to book a private session/consultation, call 856-579-8553 or visit SacredMoonFertility.com.

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place over two days at the Cherry Hill Mall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., October 7 and 8. Attendees will get to meet, ask questions and schedule appointments with local physicians and dentists, fitness and wellness professionals and holistic health practitioners. The family-oriented event includes prizes, trial offers, coupons and giveaways at nearly every vendor booth, and entrants have the chance to win a “Back to School” prize pack. “Being in the mall creates a unique opportunity for local health and wellness practitioners to interact with their community and to attract new patients on the spot,” says expo organizer Brian Matson, D.C. Matson has been a practicing chiropractor since 1990 and has established expos to help local health and wellness providers to highlight their products and services while connecting face-toface with new potential clients. Vendors can save $50 off their booth space by mentioning Natural Awakenings Magazine.   Location: Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 Rt 38, in Cherry Hill. For more information about vendor opportunities, call event coordinator Kru Roger at 267-847-8661, email HealthAndWellnessExpos2017@gmail.com or visit HealthAndWellnessExpos2017.com.

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

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

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esearchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tennessee, examined the effectiveness of tonsillectomies in children with recurring throat infections. Using data from nearly 10,000 studies of tonsillectomies, the scientists analyzed illness rates and quality of life for young patients following the surgery. The analysis found that children experienced a notable drop in school absences and infections in the first year after the surgery, but that these benefits did not persist over time. Dr. Siva Chinnadurai, an associate professor of otolaryngology and co-author of the report, believes, “For any child being considered a candidate for surgery, the family must have a personalized discussion with their healthcare provider about all of the factors that may be in play and how tonsils fit in as one overall factor of that child’s health.”

eets contain high levels of dietary nitrate, which can increase blood flow and improve exercise performance. Researchers from Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, tested the impact of consuming beetroot juice prior to exercise on the somatomotor cortex, the part of the brain that processes information from the muscles. Twenty-six older adults with hypertension that generally don’t exercise were split into two groups. Half were given a beetroot juice supplement with 560 milligrams of nitrate prior to a thrice-weekly, 50-minute treadmill walk for six weeks. The other half were given a placebo with very little nitrate. The beetroot juice group showed substantially higher levels of nitrate after exercising than the placebo group. “We knew going in that a number of studies had shown that exercise has positive effects on the brain,” explains W. Jack Rejeski, director of the Behavioral Medicine Laboratory in the Health and Exercise Science Department at Wake Forest and study co-author. “We showed that compared to exercise alone, adding a beetroot juice supplement for hypertensive older adults to exercise resulted in brain connectivity that closely resembles what is seen in younger adults.”

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ith the U.S. opioid epidemic reaching a boiling point, insight into the effectiveness of alternative methods of pain relief has become increasingly relevant. Scientists from the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have found yoga to be an effective technique to reduce back pain. The researchers divided 150 California veterans with chronic low back pain into two equal groups. One attended two yoga classes per week—comprising postures, movement and breathing techniques—for 12 weeks in addition to their more conventional treatment. The other continued such treatment without yoga. Scientists measured pain levels before and after the core study period and again six months later. After only 12 weeks, those that participated in the yoga practice experienced a 2.05 point reduction in Roland−Morris Disability Questionnaire scores, compared to a 1.29 reduction for those that received only usual care. After six months, this difference increased, with the yoga group’s scores decreasing 3.37 points compared to only an 0.89 reduction in the usual care group. In addition, pain intensity scores were reduced by 0.61 in the yoga group and 0.04 in the group receiving usual care after 12 weeks. Opioid medication use declined among all participants, from 20 percent to 8 percent after six months.

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study from Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, in São Paulo, Brazil, suggests a link between regular yoga practice and an increase in brain cortical thickness, associated with memory and attention. The researchers used brain imaging scans (CT) to measure the cortical thickness of 42 Brazilian women older than 59. Twenty-one of the subjects had practiced hatha yoga regularly for at least eight years. These women were compared to 21 other women matched for age and education that engaged in other physical activity comparable to hatha yoga. The researchers found that the cortical thickness in the yoga practitioners was significantly greater in the left prefrontal lobe of the brain. This portion of brain gray matter is linked to awareness, attention, executive function and memory, suggesting that hatha yoga practice may be associated with cognitive preservation. The scientists added, “The present results parallel those previously reported in which younger yoga and meditation practitioners had greater gray matter volumes than non-practitioners in the following brain regions: larger gray matter volume in the right anterior insula and right inferior temporal gyrus.”

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iopuncture is a natural alternative to traditional pain management, used to treat pain caused by arthritis, tendonitis, sprains and various sports injuries. Invented by Belgian physician Dr. Jan Kesschot, biopuncture has been used successfully in Europe for many years. A leading innovator of this therapy in the U.S. is Dr. Polina Karmazin, who trained extensively under Dr. Kesschot. Biopuncture is considered a safe, healthy, alternative to steroids, opioids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. With biopuncture, the healing effect comes from “within” the patient’s body, as opposed to some conventional drugs that tend to simply suppress symptoms and may cause significant side effects. Polina Karmazin During a typical customized treatment, the patient is injected with micro-doses of natural, FDA-regulated homeopathic products that stimulate the immune system to promote and regulate natural healing. Most of the products are made in Germany and all have very strict quality control regulations. Injections are given under the skin or into the muscles using very thin needles so that minimal discomfort is experienced. Biopuncture is often combined with acupuncture. Resource: Dr. Polina Karmazin. Location: 2309 Evesham Rd., Ste. 100, Voorhees. 856-528-2258. SouthJerseyHolistic.com.


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

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

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Plutonium Problem Glass or Cement May Encase Nuclear Waste

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


Bat Banter

The Egyptian fruit bat is a highly social mammal that roosts in crowded colonies. A machine learning algorithm helped decode their squeaks, revealing that they speak to one another as individuals. The research appears in the journal Scientific Reports. Researchers at Tel Aviv University, in Israel, discovered that the bats exchange information about specific problems in four categories. Ramin Skibba, at Nature, notes that besides humans, only dolphins and a handful of other species are known to address individuals, rather than making broad, general communication sounds. Studies allow that it may eventually be possible to understand nuanced communications in other species.

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Winnebago Assists Computer Literacy Librarian Shannon Morrison drives the Digibus, a new, 40-foot-long Winnebago computer classroom that hit the road in January bound for Fresno County, California, communities with the goal of bringing free computer literacy and job searching skills to the public. It employs 12 computer tablets with keyboards and staff that include bilingual interpreters. The library bus was scheduled to spend one week at each of two different communities each month.

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Common Weed Is Lightweight Insulator The Canadian Coast Guard is testing milkweed pods as a source of potential environmentally friendly insulation in partnership with Encore3, a manufacturing company in Québec, Canada, in prototype parkas, gloves and mittens. The plant is roughly five times lighter than synthetic insulation and hypoallergenic. The Farm Between, in Cambridge, Vermont, harvests the plants and sends the material to Encore3. Co-owner John Hayden says, “Milkweed is grown as an intercrop between the rows in our apple orchard to increase biodiversity and provide a host plant for monarch caterpillars. Monarch populations are in serious decline, and the two things we can do to help on the land we steward are to not use pesticides and provide milkweed habitat.”

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Architecture Becomes Portable Innovative, moveable mini-houses, tents and wagons are gaining advocates amid a trend toward traveling light with style. Designs range from the functional to the outlandish, and also encompass forms of transport from tugboats to tractors. The four-wheeled Collingwood Shepherd Hut wagon has a shingled exterior and wood-burning stove. Some options can provide ready shelter during a crisis or protection in extreme weather. The Rapid Deployment Module temporary dwelling can be assembled in an hour; DesertSeal’s inflatable, lightweight tent can ward off extreme heat. The experimental Camper Kart turns a shopping cart into a mini-home with a roof, sleeping deck and storage, all of which can be folded right back into the cart. The Portaledge is a small hanging tent that climbers can affix to a rock face and sleep in safely partway up the rock. Golden Gate 2 camper features a rounded timber frame, portholes and a spot for a surfboard. Find fun pictures at AtlasObscura.com/ articles/mobile-architecture-tiny-houses.

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Rizzieri Aveda School of Massage Partners with Rowan College of Burlington County

Students Pursue Fulfilling Careers in the Healing Arts by Jennifer Lesser

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t the Rizzieri Aveda School of Massage, in Voorhees, students can earn college credit while also gaining hands-on training in a spa-like environment. Through a new partnership with the Rowan College of Burlington County (RCBC), Rizzieri students may earn up to nine credits to be applied to their RCBC degree; this benefit is available to any student that has graduated from Rizzieri since April 2012. Better yet, all Rizzieri students qualify for in-county tuition fees, regardless of where they live. “Students can use the credits earned at our school towards their associate or bachelor’s degree while taking advantage of all of the educational opportunities at RCBC,” explains Terri Campagna, regional admissions and outreach specialist at Rizzieri Aveda School of Massage. “It’s a great benefit for our students because as they’re earning their massage certificate and license with us, they can continue to work and earn credits to put towards their degree.” The Rizzieri Aveda School of Massage opened in 1998 in response to the

growing demand for qualified massage therapists throughout the region. Accredited by the Commission of Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), the school provides comprehensive instruction on the art of massage therapy and aims to prepare students for successful, fulfilling careers in the healing arts. With a focus on client-centered care, students learn relaxation techniques combined with clinical approaches to massage through courses designed to emphasize diversified training, professional standards and practical business application. The approach ensures that students leave Rizzieri with the ability to use a well-rounded method in promoting wellness as a lifestyle for their clients. “One of the most unique aspects of our program is that we strongly believe in the importance of introducing our students to what it will be like to actually work in their chosen field,” says Valerie Ferrie, director of admissions and financial aid with the school. “We have students booking appointments, consulting with clients, setting up massage rooms

and learning how to tailor massages to an individual’s needs… and all in our spa-like environment.” In addition to its spa-based clinics for students, the Rizzieri curriculum is a blend of art and science that strikes a balance between both Eastern and Western approaches to holistic wellness, and incorporates both classroom and handson instruction. “We aim to balance both the spa and medical side of the massage profession, so students can pursue whichever aspect of the field resonates with them most,” Ferrie adds. Rizzieri’s programs range from Swedish massage, reflexology and maternity massage to myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The educators are experts and practitioners in their fields, and are all state licensed with multiple advanced specialty certifications, including oncology, reiki, medicinal aromatherapy, neuromuscular and nutrition. The only Aveda Concept School in New Jersey, the institution provides its graduates access to an exclusive network of 7,000 salons and spas worldwide. “Our students will be one step ahead when they’re ready to seek employment in the massage field because they’re already used to the hustle and bustle and behind the scenes of a spa, and they already know how to personalize services to meet each client’s individual needs,” Ferrie adds. Family-owned and operated since 1924, the Rizzieri Aveda School began as the first beauty school in New Jersey. Steeped in history, Rizzieri has been serving aspiring hairdressers and skincare students since 1928, and today boasts two full-service salon and spa facilities and one spa facility in the state, in addition to its massage school. “The fact that we’re both a school as well as an operating salon and spa means that our educators have a keen awareness of what’s needed in the industry, and can better help our students prepare for successful careers,” Campagna concludes. “We like to say that our students’ future starts here… they come with a dream, and leave with a career.” The Rizzieri Aveda School of Massage is located at 8102 Town Center Blvd., in Voorhees. For more information, call 856-552-2273 or visit RizzieriSchoolOfMassage.com.

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Efficacy of Yoga for TreatmentResistant Post-Traumatic Stress by Devpreet Kaur

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n abusive childhood, relationship or other traumatic experiences may be in the past but the traumas remain deeply held in the body-mind. Even if any such events or experiences may be deeply locked away, trauma imprints our minds, beliefs and bodies in ways that often create dysfunction, pain and disease. The good news is that healing is within reach. Author and highly respected trauma

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specialist Dr. Peter Levine has said, “Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” The landmark ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study conducted by Kaiser and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention correlated a direct, but not surprising, relationship between traumas and depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse and suicide. What was surprising was that trauma is implicated in a whole host of chronic illnesses and diseases like fibromyalgia, cancer, heart disease, auto-immune diseases and more. To simplify how this happens, the body-mind’s healthy, adaptive reaction to trauma can get stuck a state of high alert. Over time, the brain becomes wired for fear and the chronic elevation of stress hormones create inflammation and disease in the body. What was most alarming finding from the ACE study was that six or more adverse events shortened life by up to 20 years. The results sound a loud call to action. Healing is important in the long term to prevent disease and/or a shortened lifespan and also to manage everyday quality of life stressors. The fear, memory impairment, anxiety and low self-esteem arising from abuse often lock people in a cycle that robs them of happiness and vitality. Many trauma survivors abuse alcohol and/or take drugs to numb the psychic and chronic physical pain associated with trauma. Others fear rejection or lack the ability to create healthy boundaries and thereby attract more abuse. Still others become over-achieving workaholics to medicate low self-esteem. Most don’t realize that the behaviors form a way of coping with unprocessed trauma because the body, mind, emotions and spirit are so dynamically enmeshed. Bessell van der Kolk, M.D., pioneer in PTSD research and author of The Body Keeps the Score sums it up, “Trauma is not the story of something awful that happened in the past, but a residue of imprints left behind in people’s sensory and hormonal systems. Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: The past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these pro-

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cesses, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from their selves. Most people need some form of bodywork to regain a sense of safety in their bodies.” The main goals of trauma recovery are to teach techniques to soothe the overly amped up nervous system, to release held trauma, reset the brain and empower with self-soothing and coping skills. Having studied PTSD since the 1970’s, van der Kolk has become a proponent of yoga’s body and breath work to help soothe and regulate the arousal system and teach people how to be safely in their bodies. In 2011, van der Kolk and colleagues reported the results of research to evaluate yoga’s benefits in trauma recovery. The study, Efficacy of Yoga for Treatment-Resistant Post-Traumatic Stress, demonstrated that 10 weeks of yoga practice markedly reduced the trauma symptoms of patients that had failed to respond to any medication or to any other treatment. In fact, more than 50 percent of the participants no longer met the criteria for PTSD. This tells us that we need not suffer for years when even those that had failed all other treatments found relief in only 10 weeks. Trauma survivors don’t always have to “go back there” to heal. Current research has demonstrated the limitations of talk therapy in trauma recovery, and The National Institute for Clinical and Behavioral Medicine has included the need for bodywork and meditation as key. Today there are many methods for healing trauma that don’t require being touched or talking about traumatic events. Where trauma is concerned, the adage of the good, the bad and the ugly is seen in the reverse. The ugly truth is that

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

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

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While most people believe adulthood is the final stage of life, Dr. Bill Thomas is among the creative aging experts that identify another life chapter: elderhood. “Elders possess novel ways of approaching time, money, faith and relationships,” says Thomas, an Ithaca, New York geriatrician and fierce advocate for the value of aging. “The best chapters may be near the end of the book,” Thomas continues. “Once you appreciate yourself and your years, you can relinquish outdated expectations and seek to discover your true self. Then the world can open up to you,” says Thomas. “Living a rewarding life means we are willing to say, ‘These chapters now are the most interesting.’” During this time, rather than feeling consumed by what we have to do, we can focus on what we want to do. 28

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

Cultivate a Positive Attitude

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


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

Understand Our Life Stories

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

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

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

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

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

Develop Inner Frontiers

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

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

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

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


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Dredge each piece of cauliflower in the batter before placing it on the baking sheet. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Brush the cauliflower with barbecue sauce and return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes.

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Accompaniment: Dipping sauce of choice Preheat the oven to 450° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse and separate cauliflower florets into small- to medium-sized pieces. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the barbecue spice, flour and nut milk until smooth.

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Rub rims of pint glasses with lime wedges and dip in salt mixture. Set aside. Mix Clamato, lager, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and Maggi Seasoning in a large pitcher. Fill glasses with ice, top off with Michelada mixture and garnish with added lime wedges. Adapted from Judith Fertig’s 500 Mexican Dishes.

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Mix this cocktail in a pitcher and serve over ice. Part bloody Mary and part beer, the umami flavor comes from Maggi Seasoning, a bottled condiment available at better grocery stores. Glass Rimmer: Lime wedges (plus more for serving) 2 Tbsp kosher salt ½ tsp chili powder Michelada: 1 (32 oz) bottle of chilled Clamato (about 4 cups) 1 (32 oz) bottle or 3 (12 oz) bottles chilled Mexican lager ½ cup fresh lime juice 1½ tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp bottled hot sauce 1 tsp bottled Maggi Seasoning

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NATURE’S CLASSROOM Outdoor Learning Engages the Whole Child by Meredith Montgomery

Nature-based schools provide a child-centered, guided discovery approach to early learning that appeals to kids, parents and teachers and offers far-ranging benefits.

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or youngsters at Tiny Trees Preschool, in Seattle, nature is their classroom—rain or shine; tuition even includes a rain suit and insulated rubber boots. At Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool, in Milwaukee, children use downed wood to build forts and fires. Students of Vermont’s Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) program use spray bottles of colored water to spell words in the snow.

Forest Schools Based on the publicly funded forest kindergarten model used by Scandinavian countries since 1995, Tiny Trees encompasses seven urban park locations throughout the city, ranging from 15 to 160 acres. With no buildings, playgrounds or commercially produced furniture and 30 percent less overhead, “We can make exceptional education affordable,” remarks CEO Andrew Jay. 38

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“Most of the day is spent exploring the forest. If children see salmon in the stream, we observe them from a bridge, and then search out the headwaters to see where they’re coming from,” explains Jay.

Nature Preschools The launch of Earth Day in 1970 and America’s nature center movement in the 1960s yielded another immersive nature-based model that includes indoor learning. The preschool at the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified Schlitz Audubon Nature Center includes three nature-focused indoor classrooms and three outdoor areas— two with manmade structures like a slide and picnic tables, and one left completely natural. Founding Director Patti Bailie says the children spend most of their day outside and teachers can take them beyond the play areas

ECO currently collaborates with seven Vermont public schools from preschool to high school, offering year-long programs for students in inquiry-based outdoor learning for up to four hours a week. “We immerse ourselves in nature with a 10-minute hike into the forest,” says program coordinator Melissa Purdy. Students first learn safety protocols and how to set up camp. Introducing skill-appropriate tools, preschoolers whittle sticks, third-graders build teepees and lean-tos, and high school students build bridges across streams.

Building Resiliency Sharing space with insects and plants requires special safety protocols and preparation, but the injury rate of outdoor learning is no higher than that of indoor schools. “Children are building risk literacy—they climb trees, but only to safe heights; they step on wet rocks, but learn how to do so without falling,” says Jay. Classrooms without walls work because students have a sense of freedom within reasonable boundaries. “In winter, we dress warmly and do more hiking to generate body heat. We use picnic shelters in heavy rains. Children don’t have anxiety about the future—rain means puddles to splash in and snow means building snowmen,” says Jay.

Developing the Whole Child Outdoor learning naturally creates knowledge of local ecosystems, environmental stewards and a sense of place, but teachers also observe many other developmental benefits. At the Magnolia Nature School, at Camp McDowell, in Nauvoo, Alabama, Madeleine Pearce’s agile and surefoot-

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Kindergarten means “children’s garden” and originally took place outdoors. It’s commonplace today in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

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ed preschoolers can hike three miles. Located in a rural county with a 67 percent poverty rate, the school partners with Head Start to secure tuition-free opportunities for families. Pearce attests how exploring the 1,100-acre property fosters language skills. “With less teacher instruction, children have more time to talk freely with each other.” Instead of loudly calling kids in, Purdy uses bird calls or a drum, which fosters a sense of peace and respect. During daily sit time students observe themselves as a part of nature. “As birds sing and wildlife appears, children see the rewards of quiet and stillness, so self-regulation becomes natural,” agrees Bailie. Bailie sees how children in forest kindergartens express better motor skills, physical development and cognitive abilities than those restricted to traditional playgrounds. Natural playscapes change with the season, are sensory-rich and provide extra oxygen to the brain—all factors that correlate to brain development. Such benefits are reported in Brain-Based Learning by Eric Jensen, Brain Rules by John J. Medina and the Early Childhood Education Journal.

Parents and teachers often describe nature preschool students as being more observant, confident, inquisitive and engaged. Outdoor preschools also foster microbial exposure, essential for healthy immune system development. “Without this exposure, children are at increased risk for developing allergies, asthma, irritable bowel disease, obesity and diabetes later in life,” says B. Brett

Finlay, Ph.D., author of Let Them Eat Dirt, which cites supporting science. Kindergarten readiness is a goal of all preschools, but Pearce doesn’t believe a traditional academic focus is required. “By putting nature first, children are socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten,” she says. “They know how to conquer challenges and are ready to take on academics.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving HealthyPlanet.com).

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Fluoride Alert Excess in Food and Tap Water Harms Pets by Karen Becker

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n 2009, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study found that bone meal and animal byproducts in eight of 10 major national dog food brands contain fluoride in amounts between 1.6 and 2.5 times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended maximum dose in drinking water. Some fluoride from tap water used in the manufacturing of pet food contributes to this. Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., lead researcher of the study, remarks, “A failed regulatory system and suspect practices

by some in the pet food industry puts countless dogs at risk of ingesting excessive fluoride.” Fluoride occurs naturally in rocks, soil and thus some food plants and water supplies. More enters food via use of fluoride-based pesticides and commercial processing facilities. The EWG advises that two-thirds of all Americans, along with pets and farm animals, are exposed to artificially fluoridated tap water.

Fluoride Dangers to Humans While fluoride exposure hasn’t been

studied in dogs or cats, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, ample research points to the dangers of fluoride to human health, including: n Arthritis n Bone cancer (osteosarcoma) n Bone fractures n Brain damage and lowered IQ n Damaged sperm and increased infertility n Deactivation of 62 enzymes n Dementia n Disrupted immune system n Disrupted synthesis of collagen n Genetic damage and cell death n Hyperactivity and/or lethargy n Impaired sleep (inhibits melatonin produced by the pineal gland) n Increased lead absorption n Increased tumor and cancer rate n Inhibited formation of antibodies n Lowered thyroid function n Muscle disorders

Fluoride Dangers to Canines Dogs are at substantial long-term risk for exposure to unacceptably high levels of fluoride. They are, for example, at significantly higher probability for bone cancer than humans, with more than 8,000 cases diagnosed each year in the U.S., compared with about 900 human cases. According to the EWG, a dog drinking normal amounts of tap water would be exposed to 0.05 to 0.1 milligram (mg) of fluoride per kilogram (kg) of body weight daily. A 10-pound puppy that daily eats about a cup of dog food would ingest approximately 0.25 mg fluoride per kg body weight a

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day, based on average fluoride content in the eight contaminated brands it tested. Altogether, the puppy could be exposed to 3.5 times more fluoride than the EPA allows in drinking water. Large-breed puppies may be exposed to even more fluoride due to higher water intake. Whatever the size and the appetite of a dog, combined fluoride exposure from food and water can easily become unsafe. Eating the same food every day, they may be constantly consuming more fluoride than is healthy for normal growth, leading to health problems and higher veterinary bills later in life.

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The EWG recommends owners purchase pet foods free of bone meal and other meals made from animal byproducts. It also suggests that government

set fluoride limits in pet food that protect both puppies and large breeds most at risk for bone cancer. Dr. Michael W. Fox, an internationally recognized veterinarian and former vice president of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, recommends providing pets with fluoride-free water; spring water or reverse osmosis filtered water also works well. In preparing homemade food for a pet, make sure any added bone meal is free of fluoride and lead. Ethical bone meal producers will test for these contaminants; verify with the source. Fox suggests a good bone meal substitute might be fossilized oyster shell, dolomite or a synthesized or refined calcium supplement like calcium citrate, ascorbate, stearate

or gluconate. Or, consider a pure tricalcium and dicalcium phosphate, blended with magnesium. Fox attests that bones from longer-lived food animals such as dairy cows, laying hens and breeding stock likely contain higher levels of fluoride than shorter-lived animals like chickens, calves and lambs. In his article “Fluoride in Pet Food: A Serious Health Risk for Both Dogs and Cats?” he writes: “Fluorides accumulate in farmed animals over time from phosphate fertilizers, phosphate supplements, bone meal and fish meal supplements and pesticide and industrial-pollution-contaminated pastures and animal feed. The bones, fins, gills and scales of fish are often high in fluoride.” He recommends raw food diets that avoid ground bone from older animals like beef cattle and adult sheep. Dr. Karen Becker is a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets. Mercola.com).

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n 2008, the Sebastopol, California, filmmaking team of Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo created Science and Nonduality (SAND), which later became a nonprofit organization aimed at fostering a new relationship with spirituality that is free from religious dogma, based on timeless wisdom traditions, informed by cutting-edge science and grounded in direct experience. The next year, they organized the first SAND conference, exploring nonduality and the nature of consciousness. Since then, the duo has been producing short films that contribute to the expan-

sion of human awareness, and hosting annual conferences in the U.S. and Europe involving leading scientists, academics and other pioneering thinkers. Thousands of participants from around the world interact in forums and respectful dialogues with luminaries such as Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., a professor of computational physics at Chapman University, in Orange, California; Peter Russell, a theoretical physicist and author of From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness; Robert Thurman, Ph.D., professor of Tibetan Buddhist studies at

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Where do revelations about a deeper reality begin? MB: Individual and communal explorations often occur around life’s big questions, such as what it means to be conscious and to seek meaning and purpose; the possible place of intuition as the edge where knowledge meets the unknown and unknowable; and how crucial individual awakening is to social transformation.

What is meant by nonduality? ZB: Nonduality is the philosophical, spiritual and scientific understanding of fundamental oneness in which there is no separation. Through quantum mechanics, Western science has reached an understanding of what Eastern mystics have long understood. Duality, generally determined in terms of opposites such as self and other, conscious and unconscious, illusion and reality, as well as separation between the observer and the observed, is an illusion. Nonduality is the understanding that our identifying with common dualisms avoids recognition of a deeper reality. Until recently, human sciences have ignored the problem of consciousness by calling it the “hard problem”. This has led to our present fragmented worldview rife with chaos, conflict and crises. It may be time for scientists to accept the discoveries of the mystics and consider consciousness intrinsic to every observed scientific phenomenon. Understanding that consciousness is the key to the universe, reality and ourselves may be the missing link in bridging science and spiritualty.

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pervasive and the fundamental building block of reality—that we are all made of the same essence, like drops in the ocean—can change how we approach and harmonize day-to-day living. We can be far more open, peaceful and accepting of others. Absurd violence, as well as economic, social and political crises, could all be things of the past, based on a new quantum understanding of our interconnectedness and oneness.

How has the nonduality movement evolved? MB: SAND has evolved into something we never imagined when we began discussing the ideas that the true spirit of science and spirituality is best supported by an open mind and a non-dogmatic inquiry; while science seeks to understand our external reality and spiritual thinkers seek to understand our inner, personal experience of consciousness, these seemingly different disciplines rarely come together in open dialogue. It became more evident that we weren’t looking for scientific answers or proof of what spiritual wisdom traditions teach, but rather to expand the questions asked of both science and spirituality. Open-ended questions arise such as: What if space and time are just useful maps and quantum mechanics is pointing us to a deeper reality more mysterious than we can ever imagine? What if science and spirituality, while responding to our collective aspiration to grow and progress, would no longer need to carry the burden of having all the answers? What if we considered our search open-ended, rather then having to arrive at a grand theory of life or final state of enlightenment? What if, while we probe deeper into reality and who we are, we realize that knowledge gathered will always be just a stepping-stone? For information about the 2017 conference in San Jose from Oct. 18 to 22, visit ScienceAndNonduality.com. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Fiddlin’ in the Forrest: Basement Musicians – 6-9pm. Join us in the picnic grove, bring your dinner and enjoy the music. $5/person, free/children under age 12. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Camping Basics – 6:30-8pm. Have you wanted to try camping but don’t know how to get started? Will cover the basics: how to be comfortable camping, gear and equipment, fun activities; and great local areas to give it a try. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. rei.com/stores/marlton.html. Breast Cancer Prevention Begins Today – 7pm. Join Dr. Jennifer Phillips, a Naturopathic Physician, who is dedicated to personalized healthcare as an alternative to disease management (the current trend in medicine). Early detection is not the same as prevention. Learn tools and techniques for prevention that you can do at home. This includes dietary intervention, lifestyle modification and options for detection. 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 Tammy@Wellness4Living.com.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Muse-ical Yoga: Yoga and Pranayama with Bruce Springsteen – 6-7:30pm. Join Jimmy Sell for a yoga class for all levels that moves and grooves with “The Boss.” $10. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com. Wildlife Tracking 101 – 7-8pm. From identifying tracks and track patterns, to looking for chews and rubs, our experts will share tips and techniques to help uncover who’s responsible. Free. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. llbean.com/marlton. Fermented Veggies & Kombucha Demo – 7-9pm. Join us and Ferment Your Vegetables author, Amanda Feifer of phickle.com for a demonstration of vegetable fermenting and kombucha brewing. Samples provided and copies of Amanda’s book available for purchase. $20/person. Fermented Food & Beverage Supply, 900 Rte 54, Ste A4, Hammonton. Registration required: 609-666-5274, FermentedNJ@gmail. com, Facebook.com/fermentednj.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Introduction to a Course in Spirituality – Sept 8-10. Designed for those new to zen or formal zen training. Opportunity for immersion into zen practice in order to live a deeply spiritual life in the world. Overnight lodging optional in traditional zen dormitory style. Partial & full weekend registrations available. $150/full weekend, $75/Friday/Sat. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. More info & to register: PineWind.org.

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Symposium for Integrative Health Tai Chi Retreat at the Beach – Sept 8-10. Join us for this in-

formative yet fun-filled 3 days of health seminars, research presentations, martial arts workshops, spiritual retreat activities. Academic research presentations Fri morning. Fabulous renowned workshop leaders Fri, Sat & Sun afternoons. Spiritual activities mornings and evenings. Scrumptious formal banquet on Sat evening followed by spectacular film festival showing of Tai Chi in Cancer Care. Meet fellow practitioners from all over. Inaugural event that should not be missed. Use Promocode: NXTSTEP for discounts. Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Island. Stella Deeble: Stella@HPLConsortium.com. Register: SyIHTQ.org. 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: 609-859-8860. Agenda: State.nj.us/pinelands. Powerful Korean Qi – Fridays, Sept 8-Oct 13. 7-8:30pm. 6-wk series. Use chants to focus, strengthen and enhance energy work and invoke ancestral energies for healing of family and human relationship issues, chronic disease along with mental and physical health problems in general. Invoke nature’s device forces to empower abilities to manifest abundance and protection for one’s family and self. Sei Jun Kan Karate Studio at Cooper Corner, 201 Kresson-Gibbsboro Rd, Voorhees. More info & registration, Dana: 856-993-1786. MtMeruHolistic.com.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Free Plant Clinic – 9am-12pm. With Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County. Get answers to your gardening questions. Bring pictures and a piece of a diseased plant to get identification and treatment suggestions. Also can bring an insect in your garden that you need identified. Camden County Environmental Center, 1301 Park Blvd, Cherry Hill. 856216-7130. njgarden@camdencounty.com. camden. njaes.rutgers.edu/garden/eventsforpublic.html.  Treasure Mapping Intuitive Readings – 9:30am12:30pm. Take your intuitive and angel card readings to the next level. Kathy Milano provides mentoring and practice to bolster intuitive capacity and confidence with the Treasure Mapping technique. Experience the rooms of Soul Sanctuary as an oracle. $44. Soul Sanctuary, 110 Marter Ave, Ste 206, Moorestown. 856-778-1981. KathyMilano.com. Cranberry Harvest History – 10am-12pm. Learn about the history of cranberry harvests from the beginning to today and then take a short walk into the experimental bog and practice a little dry harvesting. $10/nonmember, $5/members. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. Reservations requested: 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org.

Angel Fest – 10am-1pm. Connect with angelic vibes via meditation to crystal singing bowls, making angel mala beads, angel gallery readings and an angel pop-up shop with Shalini Breault, Kristy McAdams, Rita Strough. $59/advance, $65/at door. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. RSVP: 856-296-9771. EnergyOfAngels.com. Whitesbog Village Tour – 1-2:30pm. Step back in time and join one of our guides on a tour of Historic Whitesbog Village. Learn about what makes this old cranberry company town so important to the history of NJ. $5. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. Reservations requested: 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org. Fiddlin’ in the Forrest: Elaine & the Cimarron Sky Band – 6-9pm. Join us in the picnic grove, bring your dinner and enjoy the music. $5/person, free/children under age 12. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org. Moonlight Walk – 7pm. Come explore the village and the bogs by moon light. An experienced guide will share insights about Whitesbog and the nature that surrounds us with a different topic each month.  3-5 miles. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. Reservations requested: 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Eckankar HU Song and Light and Sound 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 Light and Sound Service that includes a reading, singing HU, followed by a discussion on this month’s topic: Seeing Spirit Every Moment. Open to all spiritual backgrounds and faiths. Free. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info: 800-870-9139 or Spirituality@Eckankar-NJ.org. Psychic & Healing Expo – 10am-6pm. Features 50 exhibitors and inspiring free lectures. Holiday Inn, Cherry Hill. PsychicExpo.org. Blueberry Music Jam – 11am-2pm. Stop into the historic village of Whitesbog to listen to the tunes of local musicians; the open music jam is acoustic. Free. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org. The Basics of Raising Backyard Chickens in the Suburbs and City – 1-3:30pm.  Presented by Gwenne Baile, Chair of Camden County Chickens. Learn how easy it is to set up a coop, select hens and care for them year-round as well as the legal


issues in your town and what you can do about them. $10/person; pre-registration strongly advised. Camden County Parks Department Environmental Center, 1301 Park Blvd, Cherry Hill. For more info & to register: 856-816-8508 or Gbaile@verizon.net. Facebook.com/events/1094046391014.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Free Public Education Workshop at NHIC – 6:45-8pm. Join Sarah Outlaw, Clinical Herbalist and Clinical/Functional Nutritionist for a free workshop on staying health during cold and flu season. Learn how to keep your family healthy. Free health screenings. Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey, 1050 Kings Hwy N, Ste 200, Cherry Hill. RSVP: Info@nhicsouthjersey.com. Evening Zazen (Meditation) – Sept 12, 14, 19, 21. 7-8pm. Everyone is welcome to come and experience the serenity at Pine Wind with its beautiful natural surroundings and traditional meditation hall. Please arrive 5 mins in advance. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-2689151. PineWind.org. Scoop the Coop: Backyard Hens, More than Pets that Give You Breakfast – 7:15pm. The Horticultural Society of South Jersey presents Gwenne Baile, Chair of Camden County Chickens, and her therapy hen, Rosebud, discussing the benefits of having backyard hens for composting, sustainability, gardening and permaculture entitled. Free. Carmen Tilelli Hall, 820 Mercer St, Cherry Hill. 856-816-8508. hssj.org. Facebook.com/ events/1352878154781314. Sutra Chanting – Sept. 12, 14, 19, 21, 8-8:30pm. Also Sept 17, 9-9:30am. Join Seijaku Roshi and The Monks of Pine Wind as they chant and pray for all beings everywhere to “be free of sorrow and suffering, and the cause of sorrow and suffering.” Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Women’s Bike Maintenance Basics – 6:30-8pm. Designed to teach routine maintenance to keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-8101938. rei.com/stores/marlton.html. Angel Card Collage – 7-8pm. Make your own angel card as we discuss Archangel Michael. Feel free to bring scissors/magazines and join us in creating your own angel connection tool. With Kristy McAdams. $20. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. RSVP: 609-9758379. EnergyOfAngels.com. Nutrition for the Outdoors – 7-8pm. Learn from Cindy Slawski, local science teacher and avid outdoorsperson, about what to eat for your activity and how to fuel up before, during and after your exercise. Free. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. llbean.com/marlton. Zazen (Meditation) and Dharma Teaching – 7-9pm. Includes quiet contemplation and reflection, both sitting and walking meditation followed by conversation over tea. Registration not required. Suggested donation: $15 individuals, $25/ spouses & partners. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Disaster Preparedness – 6-7pm. Learn ways to get pets as ready as they can be for a natural disaster. Free. Animal Welfare Association, 509 Centennial Blvd, Voorhees. 856-424-2288. awanj.org. Building Your Backcountry First Aid Kit – 7-8pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an expert all the first-aid supplies you’ll need for your next outdoor adventure. Free. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. LLBean.com/ marlton. Crystal Gazing – 7-8:30pm. With Susan Drummond. Crystal gazing is a type of divination practiced since ancient times. It helps you to focus your clairvoyant powers resulting in many different images. Susan will give practical step-by-step directions for crystal gazing. Bring a favorite crystal or one will be provided. $30. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenter LifeInBalance@gmail.com.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Crystal Bowl Meditation for the Heart Chakra – Be gently guided to unwind and deeply relax with a very gently yoga class followed by a long shavasna (yoga’s relaxation pose). $15/advance, $20/at door. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. YogaForLiving.net. Shinrin Yoku Wellness Walk Series – Sept 15 & 16. 9-11am. This guided nature connection walk incorporates the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates as “forest bathing” or “nature immersion.” Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. Reservations requested: 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org. Salute: A Sun Salutation Workshop – 6:30-8pm. With Stephanie Varnum. Learn the series, any modification needed for your best practice, how to flow with your breath and work with your gaze to experience meditation in motion. All levels. $15. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Psychic & Healing Fair – 10am-2pm. Offering different healing modalities and free talks. New to alternative healing? Try one or more. Intuitive/psychic readings, energy healing sessions, Reiki, numerology: $30/20 min; $10/BioMat/20 min. Appts booked on hr and half hr. Walk-ins welcome. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-9758379. TheCenterLifeInBalance@gmail.com. Kathleen Ann Milner Live – 12-3pm. She was one of the most popular figures at the recent Talkers New York 2014  performing so many consecutive healings and readings at a small table in the exhibit area that she didn’t have a moment to even break away for lunch from the long line of attendees seeking a session with her. Seating limited to the first 50 people. $30/pre-registered, $40/at door. Yogawood, 817 Haddon Ave, Collingswood. Reservations: 609-361-4401 or DrKevinG.com/ events. KathleenAnnMilner.com. Open House Whitesbog Village – 12-5:30pm. Join us for open buildings, a trail walk, General Store visit, live music from the Accidental Jug Band, drinks and snacks to check out the village and ask questions. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org.

Psoas & Hip, Together Forever – 1-3pm. With Linda Sheehan. Discover/explore/revitalize and heal the source of your vitality through the pelvic gridle, hips and psoas. Using movement, meditation and pranayama to move deeper inwards to experience the freedom of movement that comes from letting go. All levels. $25. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com. Beer Brewing 101 – 1-5pm. Whether you’re an experienced homebrewer or wanting to brew your very first batch, this class has something for everyone. Learn the steps of brewing an all-grain recipe and multiple techniques to simplify the brewing process. $35/person; light samples provided. Fermented Food & Beverage Supply, 900 Rte 54, Ste A4, Hammonton. Registration required: 609-6665274, FermentedNJ@gmail.com, Facebook.com/ fermentednj. Fiddlin’ in the Forrest: The Twisted Timbers – 6-9pm. Join us in the picnic grove, bring your dinner and enjoy the music.  $5/person, free/children under age 12. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-8934646. Whitesbog.org. An Evening with Seijaku Roshi: Rebuilding on a Spiritual Foundation – 7-9pm. In a world that desperately needs healing for individuals, groups, institutions, for the ravages of war, abuse, race relations, and countless other social ills, healing cannot begin without first laying a foundation, and that foundation must be Spiritual. Registration not required. Pay at door: $15/individuals, $25/spouses & partners. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Children’s Fall Paint Party – 1-4pm. Join local children’s librarian Miss Theresa for an autumn themed paint party. Designed for ages 4 & up. $8/ nonmember, $5/member. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. Reservations requested: 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org. Walk in the Wild: Fall Wild Edibles Gathering and Safety – 2pm. With Elizabeth Kligge. Learn to identify and harvest wild edible, medicinal and utilitarian plants. Will also discuss safety and the caretaker’s method of gathering. Free. Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust, Willoughby House, 340 Pine Ave, Deptford. To reserve a space: 856-217-9138.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Psychic Dinner – Featuring Psychic Medium Nikki Steward who will give messages from deceased loved ones. Clancy’s Pub, Brooklawn. For more info & tickets: PsychicDinner.org. Shakti Naam Yoga Series – Tuesdays, Sept 19-Oct 31. 10:30am-12:15pm. 7-wk series with Michele Halliwell. Shakti Naam is the science of sound and light a practice that harmonizes the body, mind and spirit. Includes meditation, chanting mantra, pranic breath work, healing hand mudras, seated and standing cardio movements and asanas. $125/series, $20/ class. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com. Free Public Education Workshop at NHIC – 6:45-8pm. Join Sarah Outlaw, Clinical Herbalist and Clinical/Functional Nutritionist for a free workshop on herbal remedies for children’s health. Learn how to use herbs for kids. Free health

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screenings. Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey, 1050 Kings Hwy N, Ste 200, Cherry Hill. RSVP: Info@NHICSouthJersey.com. Evening Zazen (Meditation) – 7-8pm. See Sept 12 listing. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org. Favorite Local Bike Trails – 7-8pm. Looking for new rides to take your favorite bike out on? Join LL Bean for this free in-store clinic to learn about a variety of great local trails for your mountain bike or cruiser. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. llbean.com/marlton. South Jersey Seed Circle Library Seed Saving Demonstration & Seed Library Hours – 7-8pm. Learn the 3 basic methods of processing seeds: dry, wet & fermentation. Welcome to bring any mature, ripe fruit or seed pod if choose. Will gladly accept any seeds you would like to donate. Seed lending library open and available. Free. To find out what supplies should bring, email or check Facebook event. Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood. SJSeeds@GMOFreenj.com. Facebook.com/events/424984864544136. Peace & Acceptance: A Yoga Nidra Meditation – 7:30-8:45pm. With Shelly Schneider. 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. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 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: The Spiritual Law of Non-Interference. Free. Mt. Laurel Community Center, 100 Mount Laurel Rd, Rm 4, Mount Laurel. More info: 800-870-9139 or Spirituality@Eckankar-NJ.org. Trail Running Basics – 6:30-8pm. Trail running can be a great change of pace from the jog around the neighborhood. Learn about technique, training, clothing and footwear specific to the sport of trail running. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. rei.com/stores/marlton.html.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Third Thursday: Savor the Season – 6-9pm. Visit Fermented Food & Beverage Supply Shop’s table at Kitchen 19 for this Downtown Hammonton Third Thursday event to celebrate autumn. Learn about fermented foods, probiotics, how to ferment your own, and sample some delicious seasonal products. Free; no registration necessary. 19 S 2nd Ave, Hammonton. 609-666-5274.  FermentedNJ@ gmail.com. Facebook.com/fermentednj. Essentials of Backcountry Water Treatment – 7-8pm. A demonstration and discussion on the basics of clean water filtration. Will go over crucial information about how to filter water for consumption, sharing tips and tricks we’ve learned. Free. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. llbean.com/marlton.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Evening Fall Equinox Mala – 6:30-8:15pm. As summer turns to fall join Dave Mears in gratitude for the summer harvest by performing the 108 Surya Namaskar (or as many as you can), followed by a meditation and concluding with refreshments. Donation class to benefit the Cherry Hill & Oaklyn Food

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Bank. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com. Laughter Yoga – 7-8pm. With Karen Siugzda. Destress, energize and get happy with laughter. $13/ drop-in. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. YogaForLiving.net. Autumnal Equinox Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7-9pm. With Michele Halliwell, Sound Healing Practitioner. Join us for the Autumnal Equinox, the symbolic balance between light and darkness as we journey on the sound waves of the crystal bowls into a new season. $25/advance, $30/at door. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Angelic Immersion Retreat – Sept 23 & 24. With Kathy Milano. Partner with the Archangels and Archeiai of the Seven Rays in an intimate, empowering weekend. Vibrational attunements, wisdom teachings, and discovery of intuitive capacity to flow Angelic information. 16 Archangels. 16 participants. 7 Rays. 7 Attunements. 7 Blessings. 7 Practices. Personal and partner work. Sacred ceremony. $188. Soul Sanctuary, 110 Marter Ave, Ste 206, Moorestown. 856-778-1981. KathyMilano.com. Secrets of Natural Walking – 8:30am-4:30pm. An effective and easy to learn walking practice that naturally reawakens your body’s own healing capabilities and provides various benefits in physical health, mental and emotional well-being and body fitness. Instructor Sally Mydlowec, MEd. $150. Hampton Inn Voohrees/Cherry Hill, 121 Laurel Oak Rd, Voohrees. To register: 215-520-0192 or SMydlowec@me.com. Hike Outing – 9:30-11:30am. Join LL Bean for a leisurely hike on some beautiful trails. Free. Crystal Lake Park, 2401 Axe Factory Rd, Mansfield. More info: llbean.com/marlton. Museum Day Live – 10am-2pm. Come explore the in-progress Agricultural Museum in Historic Whitesbog. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org.

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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: MadeAnd FoundMkt@gmail.com. More info: Facebook.com/madeandfoundmkt.

Bark in the Park – 12-2pm. A fun day for dogs and their people to come out to Timber Creek Dog Park and enjoy playtime and games. We always offer our exclusive Bark-tini dog cocktails, games, and information for pet owners. Intersection of Chews Landing Rd & Taylor Ave, Blackwood. awanj.org. Mind Your Meditation – 1-3:30pm. With Karen Drosnes. Workshop provides the philosophy, teachings and practices of mindful meditation. Participate in meditations such as Tratac (focus meditation), mindful eating, walking and guided meditations. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com. Fiddlin’ in the Forrest: Mike Rochelle & Friends – 6-9pm. Join us in the picnic grove, bring your dinner and enjoy the music. $5/person, free/ children under age 12. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org.


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Hike, Yoga, Meditate, Heal – 9:30am - 1:00pm. Join us on an invigorating hike thru the woods at Camp Ockanickon as we arrive at our destination to engage in the practice of Shakti Naam yoga, closing with a sound healing Gong shavasana and return hike. Shakti Naam is the science of sound and light, a practice that harmonizes the body, mind and spirit. Refresh, Renew & Re-Harmonize in nature! Hosted by Healing Harmonies, Michele Halliwell, Certified Sound Healing Practitioner & Shakti Naam RYT. $33. More info call 609-304-3335 or HealingHarmonies1111.com. Dowsing: Special Field Workshop – 10am3:30pm. Experience leys, geospirals and geopathic stress zones. Plus Cosmic Principle with dowser Robert Egby. Pavillion, Juliustown Park, 461 Main St, Juliustown. Full details: 609-351-5878 or Robert-Egby.com.  Cranberry Harvest Hike – 10:30am. Take a walk through active and non-active cranberry bogs, through reservoirs, and explore Whitesbog while learning about the history of this autumn berry. $10, free/children under age 12. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. Reservations requested: 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org. Blueberry Music Jam – 11am-2pm. Stop into the historic village of Whitesbog to listen to the tunes of local musicians; the open music jam is acoustic. Free. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org. Managing Stress, Fear and Anxiety Workshop – 1:30-4pm. Learn how a single thought can create stress, pain and disease and convinces of the need to monitor the mind’s stories. Leave empowered with proven yogic and real-world methods for stopping and soothing stress that can be used throughout the day, every day. $35/pre-registration by Sept 20; $40/at door if available. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com. 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. 856-5461006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 What’s in Your Day Pack? – 7-8pm. Our experienced hikers will unpack a prepped day pack, talk about must-have gear and list the outdoors essentials you’ll need for a safe and comfortable hike. Free. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. LLBean.com/marlton.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Composting – 6:30pm, sign in; 7pm, talk. Presented by Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County. Learn how to have successful backyard compost, the importance of it for the environment and brown vs green composting.  Speaker: Becki Szkotak, Program Associate. $10/household. Camden County Parks Environmental Center, 1301 Park Blvd, Cherry Hill. For more info & to register: 856-216-7130 or NJGarden@CamdenCounty. com. Camden.njaes.rutgers.edu/garden. Backpacking Basics – 6:30-8pm. REI will take the mystery out of backpacking with an overview of planning, preparation and gear. Learn how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. rei.com/stores/marlton.html. Free Holistic Health Webinar – 7-8pm. Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging/Health through Aware-

ness presents Elsie Kerns, a wellness educator. Topic: The Intuitive Heart, Creating Heart-Centered Coherence. Learn the simple but powerful Heart Lock-In Technique, which is the gift of the Heartmath Institute. Invoke the intelligence of your intuitive heart so you can enhance intuition and gain clarity for making healthy and healing life choices. For more info or to register: 856-596-5834 or tdinj.com.

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7-9pm. Nationally known psychologist and radio host Dr. Dan Gottlieb and Lori Volpe lead this new series of classes. $450. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. YogaForLiving.net.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Free Yoga Pain Clinic – 6:30-9pm. With Master Teacher Vidyadevi Stillman. Do you live in pain? Looking for an alternative way to manage your pain? Learn from yoga’s perspective how to live pain free. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-4047287 or Rhonda@YogaForLiving.net. YogaFor Living.net.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Advanced Yoga Anatomy – Sept 30-Oct 1. 126pm, Sat; 1-6pm, Sun. With Shelly Schneider. Go deeper into the principles of anatomy and physiology, and how they relate to yoga practice. Explore and deepen the yoga of anatomy by connecting the subtle body, identify the chakras and how they connect with the hormones and glandular control, breath, diaphragm and bhandas. Pre-requisite: Anatomy or Yoga Anatomy Level 1. CEUs for yoga alliance. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveIn JoyYoga.com. Zen Yom Kippur Services – 12-7:30pm. Rabbi Richard Chimon Simon, Seijaku Roshi and the monks of Pine Wind will lead a series of meditations, prayers, sutra chanting, and spiritual exercises in forgiveness and reconciliation for ourselves, our communities and for the world. Registration required. $100/individual, $150/spouse & partner. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org. Half-day Yoga Workshop with Master Teacher Vidyadevi Stillman – 1-5pm. 3 hrs of yoga poses plus an hour of chanting and meditation. The bliss of consciousness is guaranteed. Anyone can attend; all user-friendly while being deeply effective and profoundly nourishing. Meditation instruction included, along with personal attention in your poses for maximum benefit. $91 by Sept 3, $101 after. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@YogaForLiving.net. YogaForLiving.net. Fiddlin’ in the Forrest: Full Moon Risin’ – 6-9pm. Join us in the picnic grove, bring your dinner and enjoy the music. $5/person, free/children under age 12. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org.

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5pm. Presented by Total Belief Events. This event brings together spiritual and health professionals for a day of encouragement, empowerment and healing. Includes 40 exhibitors, including intuitive readers, energy healers, mediums, intuitives, empowerment coaches, health professionals, natural product vendors, tarot card readers and more. Free seminars and free giveaways from exhibitors. $5. The Falls at Doubletree by Hilton, 515 Fellowship Rd, Mount Laurel. More info: InTotalBelief@gmail. com or InTotalBelief.Weebly.com.

An Afternoon of Spiritual Exploration – 1-4pm. Share your spiritual experiences with like-hearted individuals. Discussion topics include: Healing from the Inside Out; Transforming Problems into Spiritual Gifts; Getting Practical Guidance from Your Dreams. Sponsored by Eckankar in NJ. Moorestown Community House, 16 E Main St, Moorestown. More info: 800-8709139 or Spirituality@Eckankar-NJ.org. Yoga Fertility Program – Sundays, Oct 1-Nov 5. 2-4pm. With Sacred Moon Fertility. 6-wk series. A journey of self-discovery, manifestation and healing. A whole body approach to creating the life you desire.  Blissful Yoga, 43 S Main St, Mullica Hill.  For more info: 856-579-8553 or SacredMoonFertility.com.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2 Open House: Rizzieri Aveda School of Massage – 6-8pm. Join us for a night of beauty and Wellness. Learn about programs, live demos, Aveda artists and giveaways. 8102 Town Center Blvd, Voorhees. RSVP: 856-552-2273 or Rizzieri SchoolOfMassage.com.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 Letting Go: Releasing Trauma & Relieving Chronic Pain Level 1 – Tuesdays, Oct 3-Nov 14. 1-3:15pm. Through mind and body awareness, self-assessments, breath-work, guided imagery and meditations, learn how to relax, fully connect with senses and body’s messages, soothe the nervous system, release negative thoughts and energy, get unstuck and re-write the stories they tell themselves. $145/pre-registration by Sept 29; $160/at door if available. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-5461006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

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AngelicEnergetics EveryONE Level Training – Oct 5, 12, 19. 6:30-9:30pm. With Kathy Milano, PhD. Learn an Archangelic energy healing method incorporating WholeHearted energy psychology and Divine Light transmissions. Empowers self-healing, awakening to Essential Nature, deepening Angelic partnerships, enhancing intuitive awareness, inviting harmonious wellbeing. Required for AngelicEnergetics Practitioner training. $165. Soul Sanctuary, 110 Marter Ave, Ste 206, Moorestown. 856-7781981. KathyMilano.com.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 Children’s Book Release Party & Signing – 1-3pm. The incredible author, teacher, holistic chef & yogini Cindy Irvin has done it again. Presenting her 2nd book: Our Souls Shine, a Relaxation Guide for Children. Join us for light food & drink, a reading of the new book, opportunity for Q&A and purchase books signed by the author. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 The Yoga Sutras: Lecture & Insights – Oct 19, Nov 9 & 30. 6-9pm. Shiva Das will present insight and wisdom in a format designed to be easily understood and create a deeper understanding of Vedic philosophy and how it relates to ourselves, our relationships and how we operate the world. $108/ series, $40/class. Yoga Alliance CEUs. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 Kirtan with Yvette Om & Friends – 7-9pm. Immerse in an evening of devotion and vibration. Kirtan is a musical expression of devotion, a “call and response” chanting style. Chanting in the company of others offers the opportunity for deep and transformative healing. $15. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 World Drumming – 6:30-8:30pm. With Shawn Hennessey. Explore many different drumming techniques from around the world, play rhythmic games, and experience drum language, polyrhythm. Will also incorporate rhythms and songs from West Africa, the Mid-East, Brazil, Cuba. All skill levels are welcome. Bring drums and percussion instrument, if have them. Some drums provided. $25. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

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transformational days. Yoga and meditation; hiking; sound therapy and much, much more. Crystal Springs Resort. Details: Sacred MoonFertility.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 4th Annual Cape May Awakening Retreat – Jan 19-21. With Lisa Miliaresis, psychic medium & author of Extreme Communications and Tricia Heiser, RYT, Reiki Master & founder of The Sanctuary for Yoga. Immerse yourself in light as we share a weekend of yoga, meditation, channeling and awakening at the lovely. Be introduced to tools that can be used to tap into your intuition and awaken your awareness to the light within you. $255 before Dec 15, $285 after. Congress Hall, Cape May. For more info: 609953-7800 or TheSanctuaryForYoga.com.

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trainings SEPTEMBER 300-Hr Advanced Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training – Sept 2017-June 2018. Delve deeply into yoga and ayurveda in this advanced training suitable for all those who have completed a 200-hr yoga teacher training program. In this in-depth curriculum, experientially learn the science of ayurveda, yoga asana (including full courses in chair yoga, restorative yoga and yin yoga), pranayama, anatomy, physiology (Western and ayurvedic perspectives), Sanskrit, Vedic philosophy, mantra and meditation. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Children’s Yoga Certification Level 1 – Sept 22-24. 6-9pm, Fri; 9am-7pm, Sat; 9am-5pm, Sun. With Tiffany Soska of Teeny Yogini. Learn to teach yoga to children from 18 mos to 18 yrs of age. Share your passion for yoga with the ones that create the future. Course intended for those that wish to make a difference in the lives of children. Prior yoga experience not necessary, but helpful. Registration Required by Sept 15. $545. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com.

OCTOBER 200-Hr Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training – Oct 2017-June 2018. Become a yoga instructor or simply deepen your understanding and practice. Program allows students to delve deeply into the study and experience of the many layers of yoga and ayurveda. Includes integrating the fundamentals of ayurveda, teaching techniques, anatomy, physiology (Western and ayurvedic perspectives), Sanskrit, Vedic philosophy, lifestyle, mantra, meditation and more. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training – Oct 14-15. Fun and engaging 2-day program for creating joy, health and wellness. $270 before  Sept 23, $295 after.  Family Support Organization of Mercer County, 3333 Quakerbridge Rd, Ste 400 Hamilton. Karen Siugzda: 609-230-2551 or Beverly Burns: 732991-0654. bit.ly/laughleader. Children’s Yoga Certification Level 2 – Oct 14-15. 9am-5pm, Sat; 9am-4pm, Sun. With Tiffany Soska of Teeny Yogini. This comprehensive workshop will deepen your skill set within each age group. Empower you to conduct a Mommy and Me Class confidently. Foster brain development for the children with activities and meditation techniques, and teach aromatherapy use in various environments. Course required for all of those seeking to obtain the 95-hr Children’s Yoga Certification. Registration required by Oct 7. $545. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com

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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. 856-404-7287. Pictures: YogaForLiving.net. 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: 856-4047287. More info: YogaForLiving.net. 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: MadeAndFoundMkt@gmail.com.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS VENDORS WANTED CAMDEN COUNTY HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO – Looking for local physicians and dentists, fitness and wellness professionals and holistic health practitioners. Vendors can save $50 off their booth space for mentioning Natural Awakenings Magazine. Details: 267-8478661, email HealthAndWellnessExpos 2017@gmail.com  or  HealthAndWellness Expos2017.com.


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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 StrategiesLLC.com.

daily September Yoga Month Special – $30 for an entire month of unlimited classes offered by Yoga for Living in Cherry Hill offering a comprehensive and diverse programing of yoga, mindfulness meditation and related classes and workshops for wellness and well-being. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. YogaForLiving.net.

sunday LL Bean Outdoor Programs – Sun & Sat. LL Bean offers a variety of outdoor programming including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, archery, fly-fishing, outdoor skills and more. Great for beginners and families. Courses and tours starting at $25. For more info & registration: 856-810-5560 or LLBean.com/marlton. Meditation – 10am. Joyful Gathering Spiritual Center, 215 Highlands Ave, Ste C, Haddon Township. 856-780-5826.

monday Flow & Release – 9-10:15am. With Annie McCauley. Experience a balanced combination of movement and pause. Begin with a deep centering, then movement to stretch and strengthen the body, pausing throughout to integrate practice. Ends with a relaxing, calming savasana. Regular class rates apply. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com. 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. TheCenterLifeInBalance@gmail.com. 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. TheCenterLifeInBalance@gmail.com. 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 HaddonHeights.org. Wild Soul Movement Series – Thru Sept 25. 7-8:30pm. With Christine Juckett. Join us on this journey of melting away all that has ever made you feel wrong, ashamed, less than, or unsafe in your own sacred body. It’s not about working out, it’s about working in. Learn to love your body, yourself and own your power. Gentle movement and mantras. $22/ drop-in. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com.

tuesday Morning Zazen (Meditation) – Tues-Fri, Sept 12-15 & 19-22. 9-10am. Also Sept 17, 8-9am. Everyone is welcome to come and experience the serenity at Pine Wind with its beautiful natural surroundings and traditional meditation hall. Please arrive 5 mins in advance. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org. Shakti Naam Yoga Series – Sept 19-Oct 31. 10:30am-12:15pm. With Michele Halliwell. Includes meditation, chanting mantra, pranic breath work, healing hand mudras, seated and standing cardio movements and asanas. $125/series, $20/ class. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com. 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, Dr.DottyAtkins@gmail.com. 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. SolYogaNJ.com. 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, oneon-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.

wednesday 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. NaturalHealthNJ.com. Vinyasa Flow – 9-10:15am. With Liz Monaghan. Encouraging exploration and creativity, while generating internal heat and intense focus. Learn to shift from the outside world into a movement meditation, building strength and flexibility, healing and revitalizing the mind, body and spirit. Regular class rates apply. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com. 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. With Julie Fischer. Class designed specifically for those recovering from cancer and its treatments, and is open only to cancer survivors. Will warm up the body safely, engage in meditative breathing, and flow into gentle yoga poses mindfully with support and stability. Optional donation. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com. Yin Yoga – 5-6pm. With Linda Sheehan. A passive yoga where we sink into postures for extended intervals. The longer held poses eases flexibility to connective tissue, cultivating core flexibility and restores the body and mind. By donation. Live in

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Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

thursday Mindful Movement & Meditation – 10:3011:45am. With Lori Volpe. A slower paced class inviting you to explore the sensations of the body and how the movements affect the body. Go deep inside and learn to listen to your inner voice. Learn how to reduce stress and anxiety naturally. Meditation techniques taught and explored. Regular class rates apply. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com. 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, Dr.DottyAtkins@gmail.com. Gentle Vinyasa Flow Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Promotes balance and relaxation through slow mindful movement with an emphasis on body and breath awareness. Begins with centering and breath awareness, slowly moving into poses and sequences that match breath to movement creating a moving meditation that slows the mind and relaxes the body. Ends with deep relaxation and meditation. Sol Yoga, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. SolYogaNJ.com. 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. Reiki-Yoga – 7-8pm. With Reiki Master Kiel Gerhard. Join us for a calming yoga class, focusing on stretches and static yoga postures followed by reiki healing during savasana. This calming, feel-good class is designed for both yoga beginners and those looking for a way to lightly exercise the body. $190/10-wk series, $20/drop-in. Lori’s Wellness Loft, 240 S White Horse Pike, Hammonton. 609561-5674. LorisWellnessLoft.com.

friday Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. See Wed listing. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. 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: RLHHLR@aol.com. ocsj.org.

saturday Youth Aikido Class -10am-12pm. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Haddon & Fern) Collingwood. 856-435-2667. AikidoAgatsuDojos.com Pet Adoption Day – 11am-2pm. PetsMart, 62 Centerton Rd, Mount Laurel. More info, Burlington County Animal Alliance: bcaaofnj.org.

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

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.

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

Got allergies? Food sensitivities? Try AAT/Advanced Allergy Therapeutics. Melisa Skyrm, LAc, is now bringing this exclusive and needed service to South Jersey. It has helped many with respiratory and food sensitivity symptoms. Call today to get ahead of allergy season! See ad, page 6.

ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE MARK JAMES BARTISS, MD

Institute for Complementary & Alternative Medicine 24 Nautilus Dr, Ste 3, Manahawkin 609-978-9002 504 Hamburg Tpk, Ste 202, Wayne 973-790-6363 639 Stokes Rd, Se 202, Medford 609-654-5900 ICAMBartissMD.com

Dr. Bartiss is both conventionally and holistically trained giving patients the best of both worlds and the freedom to choose. ICAM’s HEART Program addresses the body’s basic needs in terms of hormone rejuvenation to include  adrenal, thyroid, sex and growth hormones as well as the

essential neurotransmitters. As an active and founding member of the American Association of Ozonotherapists, Dr. Bartiss is an expert in various forms of bio-oxidative therapies that include ozone, hydrogen peroxide, ultraviolet phototherapy and high dose vitamin C. These and other powerful therapies are offered by only a few hundred medical practitioners throughout the country. See ad, page 31.

ANGELIC CONNECTIONS KRISTY MCADAMS

Angel Intuitive, Medium, Artist, Author, Reiki/IET The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford, NJ 08055 Ph/text: 856-220-2955 EnergyofAngels.com • 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 26.

AYURVEDIC HEALING PRACTITIONER JANET WATKINS, RYT, CRM

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 ayurveda, nutrition, yoga, 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.

Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness. ~Indra Devi


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

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 SempleDaly 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 39.

MARK JAMES BARTISS, MD

Institute for Complementary & Alternative Medicine 24 Nautilus Dr, Ste 3, Manahawkin 609-978-9002 504 Hamburg Tpk, Ste 202, Wayne 973-790-6363 639 Stokes Rd, Se 202, Medford 609-654-5900 ICAMBartissMD.com

Dr. Bartiss is among a small group of physicians that pioneered the early “integrated” health care system. As a conventionally and holistically trained physician, he offers the best of both schools of medicine. Dr. Bartiss’ “HEART” Program (Hormone, Endocrine, Adrenal Rejuvenation Therapy) addresses hormone imbalance and focuses on restoring his patients to optimal levels. The simple explanation of this program is that when the endocrine system is balanced, a person is less likely to become ill, over-weight and emotionally imbalanced. ICAM patients report an improved quality of life, both emotionally and physically. See ad on page 31.

CHIROPRACTOR DECOTIIS CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS 30 W Holly Ave Pitman, NJ 08071 856-218-1330 Fddec@WellnessSpeakers.org

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.

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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 19.

Marilyn York Independent Distributor #489656 877-436-2299 MyYL.com/naturalhealth4U

Plant-based essential oils have been part of ancient, “folk-medicine” approaches to “wellness” for several millennium.  Young Living honors that “artisan-crafted” philosophy via our Seed to Seal ® Authentication program.

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ENERGYWORK DR. KEVIN GYURINA, DC, CCWP, RM

The Healing Space Wellness Center 504 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ 08107 609-361-4401 DrKevinG.com Bone, muscle, ligament, nerve, meridian, chakra or aura interference brings illness. Dr Kevin uses Usui, K a r u n a a n d Te r a M a i R e ik i, Reconnective healing, gentle KST and correctional ABC chiropractic methods as well as natural healing systems and products to unify the self, align your life and bring fulfilling enthusiasm to your day.

KARIN HIRSCH

Lotus Living Space Feng Shui, Physical Radiesthesia, Energy Therapy, Shamanic Healing 201-993-6588 Info@LotusLivingSpace.com LotusLivingSpace.com 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 O’BRIEN, E-RYT, CRM

Experienced Energy Intuitive and Yoga Teacher 856-261-0554 BlissBodyNJ.com

GYROTONIC FITNESS & HEALING

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.

MARILYN EPPOLITE

The Wisdom Within Moorestown office/Skype or phone sessions 856-236-5973 TheWisdomWithin.net Transform your Chaos to Calm! Calm your worried mind, manage your inner critic, and connect to your Wisdom Within, through d r u g - f r e e e n e rg y t e c h n i q u e s, mindfulness and spiritual counseling. Clarify and accomplish goals, guided by your deepest Wisdom. Schedule your complimentary 21-min Call to Transformation on website.

NAGARE

Lisa Roche, Owner/Certified GYROTONIC Trainer Haddonfield, NJ 609-929-4421 NagarePrivateStudio@gmail.com NagarePrivateStudio.com 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 healing from injury, those 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 43.

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HEALING MODALITIES 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 NHICSouthJersey.com

Safe, natural solutions for many health problems. Get to the root of your symptoms and heal your body with Nutrition Response Te s t i n g ™ . S a r a h O u t l a w i s a Master Herbalist and Advanced N u t r i t i o n R e s p o n s e Te s t i n g P r a c t i t i o n e r o ff e r i n g a n o n 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 27.

HEALTH COUNSELING

LIESHA GETSON, BCTT, HHC Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton 856-596-5834 HealthThroughAwareness.com

Liesha Getson is a BoardCertified Thermographic Te c h n i c i a n , H o l i s t i c H e a l t h 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 9.

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HYPNOTHERAPY DR. JAIME FELDMAN, DCH

Chairman, Medical & Dental Division, International Hypnosis Federation 214 W Main St, Ste L4, Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-231-0432 • DrJaimeF@aol.com PartsTherapy.com 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 19.

Hypnosis Healing and Beyond 13 Wynwood Dr, Chaumont, NJ 08068 609-351-5878 Robert.Egby@hotmail.com Hypnoanalysis and Sound Healing can be of great help with stress and anxiety relief, memories, limitations, blocks, fears and obsessions. We rebuild positive values including selfconfidence, self worth, living now and imaging goals. Help provided with mindfulness and self-hypnosis training, higher self and spirit communication. Appointments: days, evenings, weekends.

INTEGRATIVE/HOLISTIC MEDICINE DR. STEVEN HORVITZ

Institute for Medical Wellness 110 Marter Ave, Ste 408, Moorestown, NJ 856-231-0590 DrHorvitz.com 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 33.

PHILIP GETSON, DO

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, 9am-8pm; Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 10am-5pm. See ad, page 23.

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

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Phone coaching at its best 973-444-7301 Info@LifeCoachDavid.com I am an experienced and certified Law of Attraction life coach. I can coach you on how to attract what you want - both materialistically and emotionally, and how to feel happier and more excited about life!

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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 9.

Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton, NJ 08053 856-596-5834

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 Dr.DottyAtkins@gmail.com HolosTouchLLC.com

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 40.

MASSAGE THERAPY SERVICES RIZZIERI AVEDA SCHOOL OF MASSAGE – STUDENT SPA 8102 Town Center Blvd, Voorhees, NJ 08043 856-810-7548 RizzieriSchoolOfMassage.com

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 15.


WE ARE HUMAN MASSAGE THERAPY & ENERGY WORK

Lori Dye, LMT, Reflexologist, Reiki Practitioner Washington Professional Campus 860 NJ-168 Blackwood, NJ 08012 Located inside Performance Chiropractic & Wellness Center 856-401-9550 WeAreHumanMasssage.com We are not machines, we are human! Even though we are certainly built like them. We need to treat ourselves with a little extra TLC from time to time. It is important to listen to our aches and pains & emotional stress. It is our body’s natural way of saying “I need attention!” Allow yourself to follow your intuition and set aside some time for healing and regeneration today. I look forward to meeting you and helping to guide you along in your journey healing mind, body and spirit.

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Intuitive Advisor, Medium & Soul Coach The Blessed Self 609-353-7210 Facebook: The Blessed Self Twitter: @Kimara_Medium TheBlessedSelf.com 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.

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

NUTRITION WORKS

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 v e g a n i t e m s , h e a l t h / b e a u t y, homeopathics and so much more. See ad, page 26.

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NUMEROLOGIST TRACI ROSENBERG, MA

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.

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