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Flow into Fall at Annual Fall Holistic Yoga Retreat Yoga Cape May invites people to join them for a holistic yoga retreat to explore mind, body and spirit on September 27 through 29 at the Holly Shores Camping Resort, in Cape May. The two-night retreat will include sleeping arrangements in a deluxe rental and nutritious vegetarian meals. Attendees will deepen their experience with yoga and meditation, discovering their true self and finding their path to wholeness. They will also experience guidance in various styles of yoga and meditation practices for all levels as well as drum circles. Cost: Starting at $299 per person and a deposit of $100 is required. The deadline to reserve is Aug. 25. Space is limited. Location: 491 Rte. 9 S. To reserve a rental, call Holly Shores at 609-886-1234. For more information, contact Karen Manette Bosna at 609-827-8886 or KBosna28@yahoo.com or Denise Anthony at 410-477-5369. 8
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Friends of Rancocas Nature Center and the West Jersey Astronomical Society (WJAS) will co-host the annual Star Watch/Astronomy Night at the Rancocas Nature Center (RNC) starting at 7:30 p.m. on August 30 (no rain date this year). WJAS will bring an array of telescopes and other optics to guide both beginners and experienced stargazers through the summer night sky. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights, lawn chairs and binoculars. Cost: RNC members $10 per person, $25 per family (limit five); nonmembers $15 per person, $40 per family (limit five). Location: 794 Rancocas Rd., Westampton. To preregister, call 609-261-2495. For more information, visit RancocasNatureCenter.org.
A Third Location for Connectivity Therapy and Holistic Health Connectivity Therapy and Holistic Health is pleased to announce the opening of its third location, in Collingswood, Jacquelyn Hines housed as part of the Collingand Melissa Barton swood Health Collective at 987 Haddon Avenue. Jacquelyn Hines, owner and doctor of physical therapy, is excited about this expansion to South Jersey and about the addition of Occupational Therapist Melissa Barton. At Connectivity, patients range from newborn babies to geriatrics, and the therapists work to achieve their goals using a holistic approach. They work with a wide range of diagnoses, including neurological and orthopedic problems; developmental concerns; breast feeding challenges; relief from anxiety, depression and trauma; post-concussion syndrome; and pain. At Connectivity, they believe strongly in the power of human touch and the body’s innate ability to heal itself. They provide patient-centered care, create an individualized plan of care for each patient, and work together with their patients to achieve their goals and to improve function and quality of life. Hines and Barton work to optimize the function of their patients’ central nervous system, which leads to improvements in health, decreasing dysfunction and pain and enhancing patients’ well-being by balancing the mind, body and spirit. For more information, call 732-224-1280, email Connectivity Therapy@gmail.com or visit ConnectivityTherapy.com. See ad on page 11.
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Holistic Chamber of Commerce Mixer The Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) Mount Laurel – Cherry Hill chapter is hosting a mixer from 7 to 9 p.m. on September 10 at Denim American Bistro. People should bring their energy, questions and business cards to this BYOB (bring your own booze) event. The HCC Mount Laurel – Cherry Hill chapter is excited to welcome its new president, Bridget Papagno. Her passion for spreading awareness and helping business owners succeed is contagious. The organization represents professionals, practitioners, businesses and resources providers; encourages and promotes healthy living; and supports those that make it possible. Location: 312 Kresson Rd., Cherry Hill. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 609-230-2297 or visit HolisticChamberOfCommerce.MyEvent.com. See ad on page 39.
August Special on Next Steps Fitness Programs Enroll in any Next Steps Fitness Program at Virtua Center for HealthFitness–Moorestown this August for just $74, a 25%-off special. Choose from one of 10 specialized programs designed to support an individual’s health and fitness goals. For eight weeks, enrollees will receive an individualized exercise plan supervised by degreed and certified fitness specialists. Additional benefits of participating in a Next Steps Fitness Program include unlimited, full access to the center and the option to join with free enrollment upon completion of the program. Next Steps Fitness Programs offer specific support in the following areas: cancer fitness, cardiac fitness, cognitive health, diabetes fitness, fit for surgery, functional fitness, orthopedic fitness, pulmonary fitness, transitional care and weight management. This offer is open to the community and expires August 31. It cannot be combined with any other offer and is available for first-time participants only.
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Gary’s Gem Garden Has Relocated Gary’s Gem Garden reopened their doors in Mount Laurel on July 8 and they welcome folks to come see the beautiful new location at 3119 Route 38, just 10 miles from the old location. They will continue to carry all the best minerals, crystals, fossils, gemstones and jewelry, and will continue to offer jewelry repairs, custom jewelry making and watch batteries and repairs. They have been in business for 47 years and have the following sayings: “If you can dream it, we can make it!” and “We repair what other jewelers won’t.” Join their email list to get their newsletter, which highlights promotions, new items, events, sales and more. Join in-store or visit GarysGemGarden.com. Follow Gary’s Gem Garden on Facebook and Instagram @GarysGemGarden! See ad on page 31.
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Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies to Host Open House Event Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies (LIWS) is hosting an open house event from 5 to 7 p.m. on August 1 at the Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. In partnership with Camden County College, LIWS, a division of Lourdes Health System, is the only school in the South Jersey region to offer an associate degree in applied science/ massage therapy. Prospective students will have an opportunity to meet faculty and interact with them on a one-on-one basis and will have their $25 application fee waived; free seated chair massages will also be available. LIWS offers a flexible class schedule to meet students’ needs. Areas of study include massage, reflexology, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, yoga teacher training and continuing education courses. Location: 1600 Haddon Ave., Camden. To register (required), call 888-568-7337 or visit LIWS.org. See ad on page 17.
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For the one-third of Americans struggling with obesity, new research on probiotics from the Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, in China, offers a promising approach. In a meta-review of 12 randomized, placebo-controlled studies that tested 821 obese and overweight people, probiotic supplementation was found to significantly reduce body weight, weight circumference and fat mass, and to improve cholesterol and glucose metabolism measures. Probiotics were administered in forms that included sachet, capsule, powder, kefir yogurt and fermented milk, in durations that ranged from eight to 24 weeks.
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Montmorency tart cherries, first discovered by Roman legionnaires along the Black Sea, have been shown to have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, according to scientists. Now a study from the UK’s University of Hertfordshire published in the Journal of Functional Foods has found that the cherries can mitigate factors that lead to metabolic syndrome, a condition that increases the risk of stroke, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Just two hours after being given cherries in the form of juice or capsules, subjects showed significantly decreased systolic blood pressure, and insulin levels were significantly lower after one and three hours compared to those given a placebo.
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Critical habitat is threatened for 12 coral species in Florida, the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, while all corals worldwide are experiencing dramatic declines due to the impacts of climate change, pollution and overfishing. The Center for Biological Diversity, a Tucson-based nonprofit focused on species protection, intends to file a lawsuit against the federal government for failing to protect coral habitat as required under the Endangered Species Act. Benefits of securing a critical habitat designation from the National Marine Fisheries Service include improved water quality throughout the coastal zone, limits on overfishing, protection of spawning grounds, reduced impact from development and dredging, and reduced human pressures on thousands of species that inhabit the reefs. Nearly 30 percent of all corals have already been lost to warming ocean temperatures and ocean acidification due to greenhouse gas pollution; scientists predict that the rest could be gone by the end of the century without help.
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Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies Yoga Teacher Training Teacher Nita Spiel’s Holistic Approach Graces Program by Ellen Kershner FOR NITA SPIEL, YOGA IS MORE THAN JUST MINDFUL EXERCISE; it is one of the main ingredients of a holistic approach to life. Growing up in an Indian family, she learned that yoga could help her connect to her family, culture and career. Spiel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has been a pediatric nurse for 40 years. She is also a dedicated yoga practitioner, and now trains yoga teachers at the Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies. Established in 1993, this yoga teacher training program is the longest-running one in this area. It blends Eastern and Western approaches to health, offering students high-level technical and teaching methods. Spiel is drawn to its blending of preventative health practices and healing arts, and is especially interested in applying the principles of anatomy and physiology to yoga practice. TEACHERS AND STUDENTS The institute is part of the Lourdes Medical Center, and after she became a certified yoga teacher she was asked to become co-leader of the yoga teacher training program. Two programs are offered, including a 200-hour and a 300- to 500-hour course. These include supervised practicums and teaching experiences plus support for personalized physical and spiritual growth. The loving faculty team has more than 2,000 total hours of teaching experience, with backgrounds in special needs education, nursing and physical therapy. Many focus their yoga teachings on health issues like cancer, back pain, heart problems, osteoporosis, pregnancy, depression, anxiety, trauma and pelvic floor health. The faculty and alumnae are as diverse as the communities they serve. In order to attract the widest range of students, the institute strives to keep costs down while helping students connect with communities. The program supports students that want to serve others facing economic and health challenges, and those that seek any type of faith-based yoga teaching. “Our teacher training program and our dedicated faculty is committed to teaching our students the importance of stewardship and service, professionalism, integrity, humility and ethical practice,” Spiel explains. “We focus on instructing our students in how to help their future students be safe, grounded and inspired.” YOGA FOR ALL According to Spiel, yoga has been called “the science of religion,” and is practiced by not only Buddhists and Hindus, but by Christians, Jewish, Islamic and other faith-based communities that believe in universal truths. It is also open
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to people not affiliated with any religion, but interested in exploring its benefits. “Yoga is a lifestyle that balances physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength, as well as flexibility and stamina,” she says. It helps us find the quiet and clarity that nourishes our true natures, and in turn helps us nourish each other and our communities with compassion and service. Yoga is unique in addressing the unity of body, mind and spirit. Its benefits are now evidence-based, impacting respiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, mental health and pain management. It cultivates in-drawn attention through breath, movement and meditation. At the Lourdes Institute, the faculty works with students to bring yoga into diverse communities and reaches out to underserved populations to educate and encourage them. Students are motivated to find ways to serve communities in need with the gifts of movement, meditation and compassion inherent in yoga practice and teaching. THE TRUE MEANING OF YOGA Teaching people mindful movement, breath work and meditation encourages them to move more, eat well and be more connected and compassionate with others. It also helps them become better able to cope with stress; this all translates into improved health and a better quality of life. Spiel cherishes the relationships that she develops with her students and clients as she teaches them ways to improve their lives. It is very rewarding for her to hear student comments like, “I remembered my breathing and it gave me clarity to make decisions the rest of my day,” or “I feel so much better and calmer!” Spiel and the other instructors understand the true meaning of yoga, and it’s not just about moving. It’s all about finding ways to balance the body to stay healthy during activity or rest, lowering anxiety and realizing the importance of connection and giving to others. It combines anatomical knowledge and philosophical background and, like she says, it is a holistic approach to life: “Our program strives to teach yoga training as a lifestyle of physical, mental and spiritual health they can model for their students and the students they will later teach.” The Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, that is hosting an open house event from 5 to 7 p.m. on August 1, also has a massage certification program and other courses and programs in addition to yoga teacher training. It began offering community programs in 1979, and its wholistic approach emphasizes spirituality, anatomy and physiology throughout the curriculum. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies Yoga Teacher Training is headquartered at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, 1600 Haddon Ave., Camden. For more information, call 856-580-6444 or visit LIWS.org. See ad on page 17.
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VET CHECK Treating the Whole Pet by Julie Peterson
bout 10 years ago, Kim Krouth’s dog, Buckeye, was suffering from severe allergy symptoms. The mixed-breed shepherd was licking and biting her paws until her toe pads were bleeding. “Our conventional vet prescribed steroids,” recalls Krouth. “It helped some, but also agitated Buckeye. When I found out that other side effects could include serious health problems, I didn’t want to put her at risk.” The Madison, Wisconsin, animal lover headed to a holistic pet supply store to ask about alternative treatments for the dog’s allergies. She learned about herbal remedies, and was advised to take Buckeye to a holistic veterinarian. “Treating her holistically seemed like a better option than the side effects of treatment with drugs,” she says. The holistic veterinarian recommended acupuncture. It helped, but the dog later became sensitive to the needles. At that point, she was given homeopathic plant-based treatments that worked well with no side effects. Buckeye, now 15, has also received laser light therapy and spinal manipulation to help with mobility in her senior years.
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Holistic veterinarians have been treating dogs, cats, chickens, livestock and exotic animals across the nation for some time, but many people aren’t entirely clear about how their approach—and their training— differs from a conventional vet. Both enter the profession after earning a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree. 20
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Holistic practitioners can then choose to train in a variety of modalities, including acupuncture, herbs and physical rehabilitation, plus trigger point, megavitamin and stem cell therapies. “Any method that is sufficiently different from conventional medicine requires extra training ... over a period of weeks, months or years,” says Nancy Scanlan, DVM, the executive director of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation, in Mount Shasta, California. Veterinarians, holistic or not, typically do the same initial examination of an animal, she says. From there, a holistic vet may look at additional areas or assess things in a slightly different way. “For example, someone trained in veterinary osteopathy or veterinary chiropractic would explore the range of motion of joints or the spine.” In treatment, holistic DVMs use an integrative approach. The goal is to look at the animal as a whole and treat the underlying condition, rather than treating the symptoms. “Integrative medicine is about broadening our medical options, blending both conventional medical and holistic approaches. It focuses on client education and participation in the healing process of their pet,” says Danielle Becton, DVM, of Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital, in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida.
Integrative medicine is about broadening our medical options, blending both conventional medical and holistic approaches. It focuses on client education and participation in the healing process of their pet. ~Danielle Becton, DVM Holistic veterinarians may also choose to use fewer conventional drugs and limited vaccinations. “Vaccine titers can be used to determine if a patient has adequate antibodies to a disease to create immunity,” says Becton. “If a pet is already immune, they may not need another vaccine booster that year.” Becton and Scanlan agree that alternative treatments such as acupuncture, laser therapy or massage can be used in lieu of drugs for pain management. However, Scanlan does note that in an acute or emergency situation, many natural methods do not work fast enough, “and that is when holistic veterinarians are more likely to use drugs.”
Choosing a Holistic Veterinarian
Pet owners seek out holistic veterinarians for different reasons. In Krouth’s case, it was the unacceptable side effects to drugs that led her to explore other options. Becton points out that she gets clients looking for a more natural approach for their pets after they personally have had success with human integrative medicine. However, it’s important that pets are treated by professionals that are trained to treat animals. People with holistic training for humans may not understand animal anatomy or physiology. Ultimately, choosing a veterinarian is a personal decision, and seeing a beloved pet thrive is the best confirmation that it was the right one. “We are so glad that we still have Buckeye at this golden age, and believe it’s due to holistic care that she has lived a comfortable, long life,” says Krouth. Julie Peterson lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband, dogs and chickens. She has contributed to Natural Awakenings for more than a decade. Contact her at JPtrsn22@att.net.
FINDING THE BEST VET
n some areas, holistic veterinary care is so popular that appointments are hard to come by. In others, there are few veterinarians practicing alternative medicine.
One way to find a veterinarian that has expanded beyond the confines of Western medicine is to ask other pet owners. Employees at pet food or supply stores will often have recommendations, as well. Search online or use the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association’s “Find a Holistic Veterinarian” search feature at ahvma.org/find-a-holistic-veterinarian.
If there are several doctors to choose from, read their websites to find out the nature of initial consultations, available treatments and associated fees. Read patient reviews there and look for some that aren’t on their site. Consider stopping in to see how the practice looks and feels.
Once an appointment is made, know what’s needed to make the most of it. Most veterinarians want historical records and intake forms filled out in advance. Be prepared to pay for services during that first visit. Because holistic care is personalized to deal with underlying causes instead
of symptoms, be ready to spend more time talking about the pet.
No matter which veterinarian is chosen, expect reasonable outcomes. Pets should be comfortable at the appointment and owners should feel they are heard. Care and cost of care should make sense. Follow-up calls from the office to check on treatment progress show that the interest in clients goes beyond the appointment. Reminder calls, emails or postcards about upcoming appointments or recommended services convey that the practice is organized and has a long-term interest in animal health.
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VETERINARIAN LORI COBB’S “A-HA” MOMENT CAME IN 2001, when she witnessed a terminally ill horse regain its health through the use of Chinese herbs. A University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine graduate, Dr. Cobb founded Pathways to Wellness with Dr. Gloria Weintrub, VMD, in 2007, and the practice provides conventional and alternative medicine to its four-legged patients. “Unlike many holistic practitioners, my feet are firmly planted in conventional medicine,” Cobb explains. Although she remains open-minded when considering new concepts, she applies statistical principles and science instead of simply following popular opinions. Pathways employs a less-is-best approach to vaccinations and pesticides that many clients find refreshing and costeffective, and they believe their staff also spends more time on difficult cases than the average practice. “I want my clients to be well-informed to make the best decisions for their pets,” Cobb says. GROWING UP AS A PET LOVER As a child, Cobb was fascinated with animals of all kinds and formed connections with all of the neighborhood dogs. Her favorite, Schatzi, was a large and beautiful German shepherd with a tendency to escape her yard and a penchant for playing “chase me!” Later, horses were Cobb’s passion, and while at the University of Pennsylvania she learned a few equine acupuncture points for back pain but course work was not available so she pursued acupuncture through the Veterinary Acupuncture Society. In 1997, she became involved with spay and neuter work at area shelters, and also practiced acupuncture on these needy animals. She soon developed a desire to provide better quality treatment, and started her own traveling veterinary services organization. In 2007, this transitioned into Pathways to Wellness, which she opened with her friend and mentor, Weintrub. “Gloria is often referred to as the grandmother of alternative medicine,” says Cobb. Weintraub brought with her a wealth of knowledge and experience; everything from small animal conventional medicine to chiropractic for pets. For Cobb, taking the risk of opening a small animal holistic practice and seeing it blossom was the highlight of her career—and a blessing. FAITH, AND FINDING THE RIGHT FIT For Cobb, faith is her internal driving force. Her highly held beliefs include the equality of all and the inherent value of every individual. She seeks the good in the world and is dedicated to helping others. She is resilient, tenacious, 22
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As a veterinarian, she also understands the importance of caregiver input. “Ultimately, the caretaker choses the path without judgement on my part or that of my staff,” Cobb states. There are many veterinary practices out there, and Pathways to Wellness focuses on sharing knowledge with caregivers and helping them apply it to their particular situations. “Euthanasia was an outside influence that further directed my practice style,” she adds. “Grappling with when to euthanize, I quickly decided that there is no better person to know a pet than their caregiver. I feel I am different from many veterinarians in this regard.” Cobb has been practicing alternative medicine for more than 15 years, and Pathways integrates both this and conventional modalities for cats and dogs. Her wealth of experience helps her guide clients towards the prognosis and best treatment options for any given condition. She also feels that their friendly, non-judgmental environment is one of Pathway’s greatest assets; this atmosphere is a gift to their clients. PET CARE AND HEALTH Some of the more common issues Cobb addresses are lameness (limping), weakness, gastrointestinal imbalances, skin issues, anxiety, organ failure (heart, kidney, liver) and cancer. The office also treats a fair number of working and sporting dogs; these are the ones that compete in agility courses and obedience contests, hunting, and search and rescue. Many are cured through spinal adjustments, nutraceuticals, diet changes, acupuncture, Chinese herbals, conventional medicine and other modalities. When asked what the number one pet health problem is though, she is quick to respond. “Obesity,” is her answer. “I see overweight dogs everywhere. Many people think this is the new normal, but it’s a serious problem.” She works with caregivers to create better-balanced diets, plan exercise programs and monitor their pet’s weights. This guidance continues with follow-ups; clients often pop in to get their pet’s weight checked and to keep them on track. Cobb’s most important piece of advice for caregivers is to love their pets, give them yearly exams, and train them kindly. It takes time and work to keep a pet happy and healthy, and Pathways offers more choices than other veterinary offices, while keeping things as natural as possible. Pathways to Wellness is located at 1485 Rte. 38, Hainesport. For more information, call 609-267-2111 or visit VeterinaryAlternativeMedicine.com. See ad on page 20.
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s a neurologist, Dr. Aysha Akhtar wanted to acknowledge that medicine has largely overlooked our relationships with animals and their impact on our health. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and bullying, she gained strength and courage to change her situation after forming a deep bond with an abused dog. She found there were more stories like hers that explain how the health and happiness of humans and animals are interlaced. After traveling to interview people whose lives have been profoundly influenced by animals, Akhtar used her experiences and those of others to demonstrate the science behind the intricate and mutually beneficial associations between humans and animals. The result is her book, Our Symphony with Animals: On Health, Empathy, and Our Shared Destinies. After time spent with homeless people, a former mobster, a Marine veteran, a serial killer, animal sanctuary workers and farmers, she relates what happens when people forge (or break) bonds with animals, and how the love we give them comes full circle back to us.
How do you explain that an untrained animal, like Sylvester, the abused dog you bonded with, can help a person heal and recover? It’s the fact that the animal is not a human being. Animals help diffuse the humangenerated pressure in our lives. If you treat 24
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an animal with kindness, that is the only thing that the animal will judge you by. Animals don’t care about your past, your money, your mistakes in life—they have no preconceived notions about you. Animals have a purity that helps us be our true selves without worrying about being judged.
What is the most memorable moment of your journey to discover more stories like your own?
It was a beautiful, warm, summer evening, and I was just sitting at an animal sanctuary with a pig named Ivy. She was such a sweet girl and such an emotional being, she reminded me of Sylvester. While Ivy was sleeping, I was listening to the sounds around me—ducks, chickens, cows, horses, dogs and nature. The sun was setting. I became immersed in the moment and felt a profound sense of connectedness. All the sounds came together for me like a Mozart symphony. I had never felt that kind of peace. It was beautiful.
What is the science behind the neurological and biological phenomena you describe in this interaction between humans and animals?
First, studies are emerging that suggest that the way we feel empathy toward each other is not very different from the way we feel empathy toward other animals. It appears that we may feel stronger empathy toward
other animals because, like children, we see them as vulnerable. Second, medical studies show that just being with animals provides measurable physiological changes within us, showing a boost to our well-being. For example, just being with a dog for five to 10 minutes can decrease blood pressure and stress hormones, and provide a long-term boost to cardiovascular health. It also leads to increases in positive neurochemicals like dopamine and oxytocin—the chemicals that make us feel happy. What’s even more interesting, studies suggest that the same positive effects are also happening in the animal.
How did you come to believe that compassion for animals is the next step in the moral evolution of humans?
Animals are more on the radar of the current younger generation than they used to be. This means that empathy for animals is growing with each generation. Part of the reason is that there is a moral consciousness growing within our species. We are waking up to the fact that how we treat each other needs to be more ethical, and that includes animals. We’re witnessing that the destruction of other species is causing the unraveling of ecosystems, and that is causing increases in things like mosquito-borne diseases. In other words, our disruption of other species is coming back to hurt us. Slowly, our collective consciousness is waking up
There is a moral consciousness growing within our species. We are waking up to the fact that how we treat each other needs to be more ethical, and that includes animals.
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THERE IS HOPE AND HEALING for those that suffer from chronic pain. This is the message that Deb Freeman, owner and operator of Aligned by Design, Inc. in Marlton, New Jersey, wants everyone to know. Freeman, an Egoscue Institute-certified Postural Alignment Specialist, has suffered herself from many years of chronic pain and now assists others in their journey to eliminate their own chronic pain and restore lost functions so they can once again enjoy life and do the things they most love to do. “There is a lot of fear associated with chronic pain,” she says, “and more often than not those who come to Aligned by Design say they have tried just about everything with little to no lasting success. Often, they don’t understand why they are in pain despite having a medical diagnosis.” An initial assessment of posture therapy at the practice begins by taking the time for the client to ask questions and Deb Freeman share their story, providing important information on their background, current situation and goals for therapy. Freeman explains, “Not only does this allow the client to share what they have been going through, which can be healing in and of itself, but it also provides valuable insight into how to best support them as they move through the therapy process.” Having received inspiration from Scripture, Freeman says her hope is to comfort others in their affliction as she herself has been comforted (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). The next step in the initial assessment is to take posture pictures. This aids Freeman in helping the client to connect what they see in the pictures to their specific symptoms. “While everyone is different,” Freeman attests, “the human body has a basic design whereby it functions optimally. Once we deviate from that design, we not only have compromised function, but over time we begin to suffer from pain and injuries due to our chronic imbalance. With chronic pain what we typically find is that whether the pain 26
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was triggered by an accident of some sort or manifested slowly over time the postural imbalances can be traced back many years, sometimes decades. The pictures can be a real eye opener, especially once they understand what design posture is supposed to look like. The initial pictures are used as a baseline against subsequent pictures taken along the therapy process to track progress. This enables clients who learn best visually to understand where they are and where we need to go with the therapy process.” “An additional purpose for assessing your posture pictures,” explains Freeman, “is to encourage increased body awareness. Body awareness is an important ability to foster for those who wish to take responsibility for their own health and well-being. What many do not know is that their body is signaling that it is out of alignment; however, if you don’t recognize the signs, you aren’t likely to do anything about it. You just need to know what to look for.” Aligned by Design helps its clients learn how to do just that. Functional testing is the next step of the process. Based upon all of the previous information obtained, Freeman discerns which functional testing is to be done. “Typically, functional testing quickly uncovers the extent of a client’s abilities and limitations,” says Freeman, “and can be as revealing as the posture pictures. Functional testing is extremely helpful for kinesthetic clients (those who learn best by doing) to grasp where they stand functionally and connect that to their pain.” The last order of business for an initial assessment is to choose specific positions, stretches and exercises for the client to begin mitigating their pain symptoms and restore lost functions. They are led through each chosen stimulus and then checked for its effectiveness by comparing before and after pains, limitations, posture and balance. Each position, stretch or exercise ultimately provided to the client comes with full written instructions, pictures, and in most cases step-by-step video clips. Personalized follow up is built into the therapy between sessions to check on the client’s progress, answer questions and trouble shoot where necessary. Aligned by Design, Inc. is located in Marlton. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 856-495-6604 or visit AlignedByDesignInc.com. See ad on page 23.
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PARENTING Preparing Kids for the Future by Meredith Montgomery
oday’s children have more opportunities to change the world than ever before. Teenagers are organizing global activism movements, LEGO lovers are mastering robotics and young entrepreneurs are launching successful businesses before they’re old enough to drive. But for Mom and Dad, this fastpaced, technology-driven childhood looks drastically different from their own. To help kids thrive, parents must learn to mindfully embrace today’s modern advances without losing sight of timeless virtues and skills such as kindness, creativity and critical thinking.
After-school hours used to be filled with outdoor free play in which kids independently developed their natural capabilities as self-learners and creative problemsolvers. The Children & Nature Network has reported that just 6 percent of children ages 9 to 13 play outside on their own. Instead, stress and anxiety are on the rise in our competitive culture as many kids attempt to balance heavy homework loads with an overflowing schedule of extracurricular activities. With the ability to connect to the world at our fingertips, Thomas Murray, director of innovation for Future Ready Schools, in Washington, D.C., notes that devices can also disconnect us from those right next to us. “It’s a massive struggle to find balance and mindfulness, but it’s vitally important. How often do we see an AP [advanced placement] kid that is falling apart emotionally? As parents, we need to recognize that kids have a lot on their plate—more than ever before.” 28
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Salt Lake City-based Courtney Carver, author of Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More, worries that parents are creating résumés for a life their children probably don’t want. On her BeMoreWithLess.com website, she focuses on living with less clutter, busyness and stress to simplify life and discover what really matters. “It’s challenging to maintain close connections when we’re overwhelmed with what’s in our inbox, or on Instagram or what the kids are looking at online,” she says. On her own journey to practical minimalism, she gained a greater sense of presence with her daughter. “When you can pay attention to a conversation and not feel distracted and antsy, especially with young kids, that is everything,” says Carver.
The ubiquity of digital devices is a defining difference between today’s youth and that of their elders, making it difficult for parents to relate and know how to set boundaries. As senior parenting editor at nonprofit Common Sense Media,
It’s a massive struggle to find balance and mindfulness, but it’s vitally important. How often do we see an AP [advanced placement] kid that is falling apart emotionally? ~Thomas Murray
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Caroline Knorr helps parents make sense of what’s going on in their kids’ media lives. “We can think of media as a ‘super peer’: When children are consuming it, they’re looking for cues on how to behave and what’s cool and what’s normal.” Parents need to be the intermediary so they can counterbalance the external messages with their own family’s values. Today’s devices are persuasive and addictive. “As parents, we need to set boundaries, model good digital habits and help
kids to self-regulate more—which is our ultimate goal,” Knorr says. To raise good digital citizens, Richard Culatta, CEO of International Society for Technology in Education, in Arlington, Virginia, believes conversations about device use shouldn’t end with screen time limits and online safety. “Ask kids if their technology use is helping them be more engaged and find more meaning in the world or is it pulling them out of the world that they’re in,” he says. “Talk about how to use technology to improve the community around you, recognize true and false info, be involved in democratic processes and making your voice heard about issues you care about.” Parents are often uncomfortable with their kids socializing digitally, but Culatta encourages the introduction of interactive media sooner rather than later, so they understand how to engage with the world online before they are old enough to have social media accounts. Geocaching, which uses GPS-enabled devices to treasure hunt, and citizen science apps provide family-friendly opportunities to engage in both outdoor activities and online communities. “The majority of our kids will need these digital communication skills to be able to work with anyone at any time,” says Murray. He’s witnessed the impact of connecting classrooms around the world, observing, “When students learn to navigate time zones and language barriers to communicate and collaborate, they see that they can solve the world’s problems together.”
“The world doesn’t care how much our children know; what the world cares about is what they do with what they know,” says Tony Wagner, senior research fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, an education research and policy nonprofit in Palo Alto, California. In his latest book, Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for The Innovation Era, he emphasizes the importance of creative problem-solving and the joy of discovery, especially as more jobs become automated. “We’re born with a temperament of creative problem solvers. But then something happens. The longer
We need to create an intentional family culture where virtues like kindness and respect are talked about, modeled, upheld, celebrated and practiced in everyday life. ~Thomas Lickona kids are in school, the fewer questions they ask, the more they worry about getting the right answer and fewer and fewer think of themselves as creative in any way,” he says. “Instead of listening and regurgitating, kids need to learn how to find and be a critical consumer of information,” says Murray. Fewer employers are asking for college transcripts—including Google—as they discover the disconnect between what students are taught and what innovative skills they actually need.
While most schools are slow to adapt to the modern needs of the future workforce, parents can proactively foster the entrepreneurial spirit and discourage a fear of failure at home by offering safe opportunities for risk-taking and independence. After speaking extensively with compelling young innovators around the world, Wagner discovered that their parents explicitly encouraged three things: play, passion and purpose. Their children were provided with many opportunities to explore new interests, as well as to learn from their mistakes. “The parents intuitively understood that more important than IQ is grit, perseverance and tenacity. You don’t develop that when Mom is yelling at you to practice; you develop it because you have a real interest.” To create a culture of innovation, Murray encourages teachers and parents to get to know the interests, passions and strengths of today’s children “and prove to them every day that they matter.” When that interest blossoms into a passion, it can lead to a deeper sense of purpose and a desire to make a difference. According to Wagner, this happens when parents and teachers instill one simple, but profound moral lesson, “We are not here on this Earth primarily and only to serve ourselves; we have some deep, profound obligation to give back and to serve others.”
Common Sense Media (CommonSenseMedia.org) provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children. They provide independent, age-based, media reviews for TV shows and movies. Each detailed review includes pertinent information for parents, plus talking points to foster critical thinking skills. Let Grow (LetGrow.org) seeks to restore childhood resilience by pushing back on
overprotection, and shows concern that even with the best intentions, society has taught a generation to overestimate danger and underestimate their own ability to cope. Its programs work with schools and parents to give kids more of the independence to do the things their parents did on their own as children—bike to a friend’s house, make themselves a meal or simply play unsupervised in the front yard.
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Sesame Workshop’s 2016 Kindness Study found that 70 percent of parents worry that the world is an unkind place for their kids, but Scarlett Lewis believes it’s all in our mind, saying, “When you choose love, you transform how you see the world from a scary and anxiety-producing place to a loving and welcoming one.” After losing her 6-year-old son Jesse in the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, she attributed the tragedy to an angry thought in the mind of the shooter. Her compassion fueled the founding of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement to educate and encourage individuals to choose loving thoughts over angry ones. “Although we can’t always choose what happens to us, we can always choose how to respond,” she says. The evidencebased Choose Love Enrichment Program teaches children to live a life with courage and gratitude, practice forgiveness and be compassionate individuals. While we don’t want to overwhelm kids with all the evils in the world, Lickona notes that it is valuable to make them aware of human suffering and how we can help. “Cultivate the belief that we’re all members of a single human family. Teach [them] that one of the most important ways to show gratitude for the blessings in our life is to give back.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/ Mississippi (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).
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Wild plants, here is such a thing Wild Foods As as a free lunch, and because they ‘Superdiet’ it awaits adventur“There are many benefits must take care of ous foragers in backyards, themselves, tend to to eating wild food,” says city parks, mountain Deane Jordan, founder be more nutritious of EatTheWeeds.com, of meadows and even sidewalk cracks. From nutrithan cultivated Orlando, Florida. “Wild tious weeds and juicy berplants—particularly plants, because they must ries to delicate, delicious take care of themselves, in terms of flowers and refreshing tend to be more nutritious phytochemicals tree sap, wild, edible foods than cultivated plants— abound in cities, suburbia and antioxidants. particularly in terms of and rural environments. phytochemicals and anti~Deane Jordan Throughout most of oxidants. They also tend to history, humans were foragers that relied on be lower in sugar and other simple carbs, and local plant knowledge for survival, as both higher in fiber.” food and medicine. Today’s foragers are Purslane, a wild succulent, has more reviving that ancestral tradition to improve omega-3s than any other leafy vegetable, diets, explore new flavors, develop kinship says John Kallas, the Portland, Oregon, with the environment, and simply indulge author of Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods in the joy and excitement of finding and From Dirt to Plate. Mustard garlic, a compreparing wild foods. mon invasive plant, is the most nutritious
Rule number one of foraging is to be 100 percent sure of your identification 100 percent of the time, says Leda Meredith, the New York City author of The Forager’s Feast: How to Identify, Gather, and Prepare Wild Edibles. Foraging experts say the fear of wild plants is largely unfounded. “The biggest misconception is that we are experimenting with unknowns,” says Kallas. “Today’s wild edibles are traditional foods from Native American or European cultures we have lost touch with.” For example, European settlers brought with them dandelions, now considered a nuisance weed, as a source of food and medicine. All parts of it are edible, including flowers, roots and leaves, and have nutritional superpowers. To assess a plant, Kallas adds, a forager must know three things about it: the part or parts that are edible, the stage of growth to gather it and how to prepare it. “Some plants have parts that are both edible and poisonous. Others can be toxic raw, but perfectly edible cooked,” he says. Timing is everything, adds Meredith. “A wild ingredient can be fantastic in one week, and incredibly bitter a week later, so it’s important to know when its prime season is.” Kallas recommends staying away from highly trafficked roadsides and polluted areas. Given that many lawns and public areas are sprayed with herbicides, Sam Thayer, author of The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants, recommends not foraging in an area if it’s uncertain whether
Good food for free has been the holy grail of foragers since our ancestors first climbed down from the trees. ~Tristram Stuart 32
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chemicals have been applied. Environmental awareness includes understanding how foraging may positively or negatively affect the ecosystem, says Meredith. “Overharvesting can endanger future populations. But there is a ‘win-win’ way to forage, where I get fantastic food and the landscape is better for my having foraged, by clearing invasive plants around natives or planting seeds while collecting a local plant gone to seed.” Thayer, of Bruce, Wisconsin, suggests collecting where species are abundant and thriving: “Fruit, for example, can be harvested limitlessly, as can wild invasives that disrupt the balance of the ecosystem and crowd out native species.”
Meal Preparation Vinegars, jams and cordials from wild fruits and flowers can be wonderful, but require some patience for the payoff, yet many wild edibles can be eaten raw or lightly sautéed, requiring very little prep work. Thayer recommends sautéing wild greens with just a little soy sauce, vinegar and garlic. Foraging builds confidence, powers of observation and connections to the natural world. The biggest benefit, says Thayer, may just be the fun of it. “You can experience food and flavors you cannot have any other way. A lot of these foods you cannot buy anywhere, and really, it’s better food than you can buy.” Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.
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Simply Wild: Forage Recipes Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the cattail shoots and water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring often, until the cattail shoots are tender and most of the water has evaporated. Add the peas and cook for 2 minutes more, stirring.
2 cups fresh garlic mustard leaves and tender stems 3 Tbsp walnuts or pine nuts, chopped 1 tsp garlic, minced (wild or cultivated) ¼ cup Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 Tbsp butter 8 slices (½-inch-thick) cooked polenta Put the garlic mustard leaves, nuts and garlic into the blender or food processor. Pulse until the leaves are chopped.
Remove from the heat and stir in the mint with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve warm.
Buttered Cattail Shoots With Peas and Mint Yields: 4 servings This is a riff on the traditional English springtime dish of lettuce wilted in butter with peas and mint. The pleasingly mild flavor of the cattail shoots stands in for the lettuce. Stick with just the whitest parts of the shoots for pure tenderness or include some of the pale green bits if you want a sturdier dish. 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 3 cups cattail shoots, chopped ½ cup water 1 cup fresh or frozen shelled peas (if frozen, defrost them first) 2 Tbsp fresh mint, minced Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Garlic Mustard Pesto on Crisp-Creamy Polenta Yields: 4 servings Leda Meredith, author of The Forager’s Feast: How to Identify, Gather, and Prepare Wild Edibles, says, “Wild food aficionados may roll their eyes when they see that I’m including this recipe because pesto is used as the go-to recipe for this plant so often that it’s become a cliché. But there’s a reason for that: it’s really, really good. “You can toss garlic mustard pesto with pasta, of course, but a spoonful added to soup just before serving is also wonderful, as is a smear of it on focaccia or toast. My favorite way to enjoy garlic mustard pesto is on pan-fried polenta that is crispy on the outside and creamy within.”
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Add the cheese. With the motor running, add ½ cup of oil a little at a time until the mixture is well blended, but not completely smooth. (You want a bit of texture from the nuts and greens to remain.) Heat the butter and 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add the polenta slices. (You can use the precooked polenta that comes out of a tube, or if you cooked some from scratch, spread it out ½-inch thick on a baking sheet and refrigerate until sliceable.) Don’t try to move the polenta slices until they’ve browned on the bottom side. You’ll know that’s happened when they dislodge easily. Use a spatula to flip them over and brown the other side. Plate two slices per person, with the garlic mustard pesto spread on top. Serve hot or at room temperature. Tip: If you want to keep this pesto in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the
Today’s wild edibles are traditional foods from Native American or European cultures we have lost touch with. ~John Kallas freezer for up to six months, blanch the garlic mustard greens in boiling water for 20 seconds, then immediately run them under cold water or dip them in an ice bath. Squeeze out as much water as you can, then proceed with the recipe. This blanching step prevents the pesto from losing its bright green color and turning brown in cold storage.
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on’t try to learn foraging; just try to learn about one vegetable or fruit, says Sam Thayer. “Take it one plant at a time. It takes the intimidation out of it.” Find a good local instructor that has a solid background in botany and other fundamentals of foraging, says John Kallas. “Also, get some good books, and more than one, as each will offer different dimensions,” says the author and instructor. Conquer the fear of Latin and learn the scientific names of plants, suggests Leda Meredith. As there may be several plants with the same common name, or one plant with many common names, knowing scientific names will help clear up potential confusion in identifying them. You don’t have to go far to find food, says Deane Jordan. “In reality, there is often a greater selection around your neighborhood than in state parks. In suburbia, you find native species, the edible weeds that come with agriculture, and also edible ornamentals.” Bring the kids: They make fabulous foragers, says Meredith. “They learn superfast and it’s a way to pass cultural knowledge along and instill that food doesn’t come from a garden or a farm, but from photosynthesis and the Earth and the sun.”
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HEALING HARMONIES Music As Medicine by Marlaina Donato
rom ancient Mongolian shamans that used drumming for physical and emotional healing to modern, board-certified music therapists that work with special needs kids, science now confirms what we’ve always known: Music makes us feel better. Decades after Don Campbell’s groundbreaking work about the cognitive effects of listening to the music of Mozart, growing research reveals music’s ability to reduce chronic and acute pain, restore brain connections after a stroke, boost immunity and promote brain development in children. Recent studies of the benefits of music published in BJPsych International show decreased depression in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders and improvement in people with certain types of epilepsy.
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Listening to music we find pleasurable can have an analgesic effect on the body, and researchers theorize that the brain releases a cascade of natural opioids, 36
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including dopamine. A pilot study on cancer patients published in the Indian Journal of Palliative Care in 2016 shows a significant reduction of pain when individuals are exposed to music for 20-minute intervals. Music also minimizes chronic pain associated with syndromes like fibromyalgia. Collective studies published in Frontiers of Psychology in 2014 suggest that relaxing, preferred choices of music not only reduce fibromyalgia-related pain, but also significantly improve mobility.
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Board-certified music therapists like Sheila Wall use live and recorded music to catalyze therapeutic changes in their clients. In her Eau Claire, Wisconsin, practice, Wall works with a wide range of clients ranging in age from 3 to 104. “Music bypasses the language and intellectual barriers in the brain that can prevent healing. Music helps the brain compensate for whatever damage that has occurred through illnesses, disease or trauma,” she says. “I also work with
children to help them build language and motor skills through music. Research last year by the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles has shown that music training strengthens areas of the brain that govern speech, reading skills and sound perception in children. The results, published in Cerebral Cortex, indicate that only two years of music study significantly changes both the white and gray matter of the brain. Kirk Moore, in Wheaton, Illinois, is a certified music practitioner who provides live therapeutic music for people that are sick or dying. He says he sees daily changes through music. “I see heart rates slow down and blood pressure reduced. Breathing becomes steadier; pain and nausea cease.” Moore has also witnessed patients with aphasia—a language impairment caused by stroke or other brain damage—spontaneously sing-along to songs and regain the ability to speak. One memorable patient could only utter a single word, but listening to Moore ignited a dramatic change. “I sang ‘You Are My Sunshine’ and within seconds, she was singing. After 20 minutes of music, I expressed to the patient my hopes that the music had been helpful to her. ‘Oh goodness, yes!’ she responded.”
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Drumming has been proven to be able to balance the hemispheres of the brain, bolster immunity and offer lasting physical and emotional benefits for conditions ranging from asthma to Parkinson’s disease, autism and addiction recovery. Medical research led by neurologist Barry Bittman, M.D., shows that participation in drumming circles helps to amp up natural killer cells that fight cancer and viruses such as AIDS. Recent research published in PLOS/ONE reveals a profound reduction of inflammation in people that took part in 90-minute drum circles during the course of the 10-week study.
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ost people have never heard of regenerative agriculture, but there’s plenty of talk about it in the scientific and farming communities, along with a growing consensus that regeneration is a desirable step beyond sustainability. Those that are laser-focused on clean food and a better environment believe
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“We have taken soils for granted for a long time. Nevertheless, soils are the foundation of food production and food security, supplying plants with nutrients, water and support for their roots,” according to the study “Status of the World’s Soil Resources,” by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Most of the world’s soil resources, which also function as the planet’s largest water filter, are in fair, poor or very poor condition, the report states. Tilling, erosion and chemicals all play significant roles in soil degradation. Regenerative agriculture seeks to reverse that trend by focusing on inexpensive organic methods that minimize soil disturbance and feed its microbial diversity with the application of compost and compost teas. Cover crops, crop and livestock rotation and multistory agroforestry are all part of a whole-farm design that’s intended to rebuild the quantity and quality of topsoil, as well as increase biodiversity and watershed function. “True regenerative organic agriculture can improve the environment, the communities, the economy, even the human spirit,” says Diana Martin, director of communications for the Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Rodale, a leader in the organic movement, has been carrying the global torch for regenerative agriculture since the 1970s, when Bob Rodale, son of the institute’s founder, first began talking about it. “He said sustainability isn’t good enough. In the U.S., we are depleting our topsoil 10 times faster than we are replenishing it. We only have 60 years of farmable topsoil remaining,” says Martin. The institute is working with corporate brands in conducting a pilot project on farms around the world to certify food as regenerative organic. It has three pillars that were created with the help of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program: soil health; animal welfare; and social justice, the latter because people want to know that workers are being treated fairly, Martin says. “In some ways, we felt the organic program could do more, so we introduced the regenerative organic certification. It is a new, high-bar label that is very holistic,”
says Jeff Moyer, an expert in organic agriculsoybean farmer making almost no money ture and the executive director at the Rodale right now, every expense matters. “The real Institute. The pilot phase involves 21 farms things we are working on are more toward with connections to big brands like Patadifferent cropping systems,” he says, in gonia, Lotus Foods and Dr. Bronner’s. “We which farmers are growing perennial tree needed relationships with brands to make crops that produce nuts and fruits, absorb this a reality,” Moyer says. Product should be carbon and don’t require replanting or tillrolling out by this fall. ing. “There’s kind of a broad umbrella of There’s considerable interest in regenthings going on,” says Bruce Branham, erative organic agriculture in Idaho, as many In the U.S., we are depleting a crop sciences professor with the Unifarmers there have already adopted no-till our topsoil 10 times faster practices, says Sanford Eigenbrode, a profesversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. than we are replenishing it. sor at the University of Idaho, who special“No-till farming certainly is a small step We only have 60 years of toward regenerative ag, because every izes in entomology, plant pathology and time we till the soil, we essentially expose farmable topsoil remaining. nematology. Farmers want to try to improve a lot of the carbon dioxide, which burns retention of soil carbon to both stabilize ~Diana Martin off carbon.” soils and improve long-term productivity, he Cover crops can be planted right after says. “There are economic and environmenharvesting a cash crop to help regenerate the soil, adding nitrotal advantages.” gen and organic matter, he says. “It is a long-term benefit, so a lot of farmers are hesitant. It takes a while to improve soil fertility Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, through cover crop use.” It doesn’t cost much, but for a corn or Florida. She can be contacted at YvetteHammett28@hotmail.com.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 Yin Nidra – 1 & 7:15pm. Through the use of body sensing, breath awareness, guided imagery and other practices, you are systematically guided on a meditation journey through each level of your whole being called the koshas. Virtua, 401 Young Ave, Moorestown. 856-291-8800. VirtuaFitness.org. Yoga for Joint Replacement – Thursdays, Aug 1-29. 5-6pm. If you have had a hip or knee replacement and are looking to find a way to get back your active lifestyle and control your pain, this class is for you. Instructor: Jennifer Sewell, physical therapist & RYT. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register: JustBreatheCenter.org.
SAVE THE DATE Open House: Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies 5-7pm.
An opportunity to meet faculty and interact with them on a one-on-one basis. Free seated chair massages available. Prospective students who fill out an application will have their $25 application fee waived.
Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. To register: 888-568-7337 or LIWS.org. Thursday Night Fly Tying – 5:45-8pm. Join members of South Jersey’s Ray Neirle chapter of Trout Unlimited to learn a couple of basic flying ties, including the wooley bugger, a standard for first-timers. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI. com/stores/marlton.html. Map & Compass Navigation Basics Class – 6:30-8:30pm. In this in-store class learn the parts of a compass, how to read a topographic map and how to use them in tandem. $30/member, $50/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html.
Digital Nature Stories: Smartphone Photography – 9:30am-12pm. Professional photography instructors will guide you in creating digital nature stories using the art of visual storytelling. $45/member, $65/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-8101938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html. Healing Yoga with Yoga Nidra – Saturdays, Aug 3-24. 12-2pm. With Shelly Schneider. This 4-part series is an experiential process of discovery using the beneficial and healing power of yoga nidra. $125/series, $35/class. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com. Animal Welfare Association Adoption Event – 12-3pm. Come meet some of our adorable, adoptable pets. Bring happiness home. Petco Turnersville, 141 Tuckahoe Rd, Ste 130, Sewell. 856-424-2288. Adoptions@awanj.org. awanj.org. Campfire Sessions: Preventing the Bonk – 2-2:30pm. Learn about the pre, during, and post foods and liquids you can consume to keep your energy levels up. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/ stores/marlton.html.
Yoga for Health and Serenity – 2-6pm. Workshop presents specific yoga practices and teaching tools to enable you to understand and specifically enhance relaxation in classes through asana, pranayama and meditation. $60. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. To register: 856-580-6444 or LIWS.org.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 6 Back Pain Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Discover the true cause of most chronic and recurrent back pain and learn how you can begin to eliminate it. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Preregistration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@YogaForLiving.net.
Family-Friendly Hike – 9:30-10:30am. This short but fun hike is the perfect way to get the whole family involved. Free. Amico Island Park, 81 Norman Ave, Delran. Register: 856-810-5560 or LLBean.com/marlton. 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.
Backpacking by Bike: Bikepacking Basics – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn about a fun choice for cyclists, couples or even families who like to ride together. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/ marlton.html.
Campfire Session: Basic Knots for Backpacking – 1-1:30pm. Learn 5 basic knots to know for backpacking or camping. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4
Interpretive Trail Hike – 1:30-2:30pm. Join an RNC naturalist for an interpretive hike through our varied habitats. Pace is easy and suitable for adults and teenagers. Free; donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495 or RancocasNatureCenter.org.
Campfire Session: Mosquitoes – 9:30-10am. REI experts will share tips and tricks to fight the bite and keep mosquitos at bay. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html.
South Jersey Edition
Tick Identification and Prevention – 2-3pm. Learn how to prevent your exposure to ticks, and how to safely remove them when you are on an outdoor adventure. Free. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Register: 856-810-5560 or LLBean.com/marlton.
Audubon’s National Night Out Event – 6:308:30pm. This is part of a national movement intended to bring communities together and to prevent crime. The 100 & 200 block of W Merchant St will be blocked off for food, community and fun with entertainment by Audubon’s Got Talent. More info: 856-546-1006 or LiveInJoyYoga.com.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3
Pine Barrens Discovery Tour – 1:30-4:30pm. Trek along the edges of the Mullica River and discover its secrets. Includes a nature walk to learn about uplands and Atlantic Cedar Swamp habitats, conduct a water quality survey, try dip and seine netting. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or PinelandsAdventures.org.
SAVE THE DATE The Qigong Sound Healing Experience 7-8pm
HealThy Life fundraiser. Ben Kipnis from Eastern Harmony Healing leads a slow, gentle movement practice of tai chi and qigong with breathing and visualization techniques while vibrational sound healing is played.
$25/advance, $30/at door. Kenkojuku Karate, 614 Haddon Ave, Collingswood. Secure.GiveLively.org.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 8 S’mores and Tours – 6-8:30pm. Join us around the campfire for some delicious s’mores followed by a guided tour of the wildlife housing area. All ages. Tours depart at 6:30 & 7:30pm. $8/person, s’mores included. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford. More info: CedarRun.org.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 Pinelands Commission Meeting – 9am12pm. 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. Chanting for Peace & Healing – 6:308pm. Immerse your voice and spirit with vibration of peace; chanting and singing sacred mantras for ourselves, for all beings everywhere and the Earth. Free. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com. Women’s Bear Bags and Backcountry Food Storage Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn the basics of bear canisters and bear bags, and when and where to use them. Hands-on. $15/member, $35/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 Campfire Session: Bike Cleaning & Care – 2-2:30pm. Learn some of the cleaning techniques and products we suggest to keep your ride in tip top shape. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/ marlton.html.
Lower Batsto Guided Tour – 8:30am2:30pm. Led by guide and naturalist John Volpa. Explore on water and land and learn about Pine Barrens habitats, history and plants and animals. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or PinelandsAdventures.org. Eckankar Sound of Soul Event – 11am12pm. Join us and experience the Sound of Soul. Discover your inner guidance, healing for body, mind and spirit, and a higher form of creativity by chanting the sacred sound of HU. You’re invited to chant HU, contemplate for a few minutes, and then enjoy spiritual conversation with others of like heart. Free. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info: 800-870-9139 or Spirituality@Eckankar-NJ.org. Campfire Session: Choosing the Right Climbing Shoe – 1-1:30pm. Learn the different styles of climbing shoes, the proper fit, and how to care for your shoes. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html.
South Jersey Edition
MONDAY, AUGUST 12 Bike Chains and Derailleurs Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Hands-on workshop on how to care for and maintain your bike’s derailleurs and chain. $40/member, $60/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 Tai Chi Fundamentals – 11am. Learn the foundational exercises of tai chi. An excellent class for beginners to learn the basics. Experienced students also benefit from revisiting the fundamentals. No registration required, everyone welcome. Virtua, 401 Young Ave, Moorestown. 856-291-8800. VirtuaFitness.org. Sciatica Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Join Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman and experience exercises helpful in addressing sciatic pain as well as other types of pain created by a misaligned pelvis. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Preregistration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@YogaForLiving.net. Map & Compass Navigation Basics Class – 6:30-8:30pm. In this in-store class learn the parts of a compass, how to read a topographic map and how to use them in tandem. $30/member, $50/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html.
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 11
Emergency Preparedness – 2-3pm. Learn about the supplies you should have on hand and the steps you can take to handle unforeseen situations, wherever you are. Free. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Register: 856-810-5560 or LLBean.com/ marlton.
The Holistic Chamber of Commerce, Mt. Laurel Chapter Meeting 7-9pm Topic: Caring for the Caregivers. $8/member; nonmember: $18/advance, $20/at door.
Personally Yours, 1722 Marlton Pk E, Cherry Hill. Details: HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com/ mtlaurel. Anti-Oxidant, Alkaline Water Demonstration – 9pm. Attend this live-streaming event with Nutritionist Shan Stratton, Nutritional Consultant to professional athletes from the NFL, the NBA, and the MLB who will share his passion for Kangen Water and achieving true health through his alkaline living principles. Register, Pat: 201-913-0397.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14 Career Day For Entrepreneurs Webinar – 11am, 3 & 9pm. Anyone searching for a new beginning, new purpose; make immediate part-time or full-time income in the health and wellness industry, attend this webinar. Learn how to get started as the owner of your own global business. For more info: 201-913-0397. Kangen-Hydration.com. Sun Goddess Summer Series: Pele – 7pm. This goddess ignites passion, elevates desires, provides a bridge between the unmanifest and the manifest. Will use sound, mantra, meditation and channeling to bridge the gap between heaven and Earth, opening up our higher chakras so that creativity, love and passion can flow unobstructed. With Rita Strough and Shalini Breault. $30. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register: JustBreatheCenter.org.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 Thursday Night Fly Tying – 5:45-8pm. Join members of South Jersey’s Ray Neirle chapter of Trout Unlimited to learn a couple of basic flying ties, including the wooley bugger, a standard for first-timers. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI. com/stores/marlton.html. Make Your Yard Jersey Friendly – 6:30pm. Hammonton Lake Park Canoe Club, 100 Sports Dr, Hammonton. HammontonGreenCommittee.com. Kirtan & Sacred Sound Concert – 7-9pm. With Gershone & Josh Miller. Join your voice and hearts in chanting sacred mantras & songs in Sanskrit, English, Portuguese, Hebrew and Spanish. Gershone facilitates sound healing experiences for expanding our self-expression and connecting to the Divine. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 Animals are Soul, Too! Discussion Class – 11am-12pm. In this spiritual discussion class, we will share how pets and animals have helped us realize the divine nature of love. Third of a 3-part monthly discussion series, based on the book, Animals are Soul, Too!, covering chapters 9-12. Free. Mt. Laurel Community Center, 100 Mount Laurel Rd, Mount Laurel. More info: 800-870-9139 or Spirituality@Eckankar-NJ.org. Full Moon Night Hike – 8pm. Enjoy a guided hike under the light of the full moon to visit nocturnal habitats that are home to owls, raccoons, opossums and other wildlife that emerge after dark. Ages 8 and up. $10/person. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford. Advanced registration required: CedarRun.org.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 Kayaking Lessons – 9am-12pm. Learn to kayak with Pinelands Adventures. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or PinelandsAdventures.org. Campfire Session: Backpacking Stoves – 9:30-10am. An REI specialist discusses the efficiency of different stoves, features and best uses. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html. Guided Trail Hike – 10:30am-12pm. Adults and interested teenagers can join a Rancocas staff person or volunteer for a Saturday guided hike in the preserve. Free, but donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495 or RancocasNatureCenter.org. Mullica River 101 Guided Tour – 1:304:30pm. Take a 3-hr canoe or kayak trip down the Mullica River through the Beaver Pond with guide and naturalist John Volpa. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or PinelandsAdventures.org. Campfire Session: Hiking with Toddlers – 2-2:30pm. Get great tips about how to dress your child for a hike, what gear to take with you, how to pack the essentials you’ll need for the kiddo and strategies to employ to keep him or her entertained while you get out and enjoy nature. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html. Moonlight Walk – 8pm. 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. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 Hike Outing – 8:30-10:30am. A leisurely hike on some beautiful trails. Free. Batsto Visitor Center, 31 Batsto Rd, Hammonton. Register: 856-810-5560 or LLBean.com/marlton. Summer Wildflower Walk – 10am-1pm. Join us for a walk amongst the wildflowers at Cooper River. Cooper River Park, 5300 N Park Dr, Pennsauken Township. RSVP, Michael Hogan: 609-476-2086 or HoganPhoto@verizon.net. SJLandWater.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. Campfire Session: Basic Knots for Backpacking – 1-1:30pm. Learn 5 basic knots to know for backpacking or camping. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html.
Walk in the Wild: Summer Wild Edibles Walk Along the Trails – 2pm. With Elizabeth Kligge. On this guided plant walk, 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 register: 856-217-9138. OldPineFarm.org.
MONDAY, AUGUST 19 Trailside Bike Repair Workshop – 6:308:30pm. Hands-on workshop addressing the most common trailside issues. $40/member, $60/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/ marlton.html.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 20 Tai Chi Fundamentals – 11am. See Aug 3 listing. Virtua, 401 Young Ave, Moorestown. 856-291-8800. VirtuaFitness.org. Spinal Stenosis Class– 5:30-6:30pm. Spinal stenosis is difficult, no doubt about it, and it can take time but you can find relief by correcting the musculoskeletal imbalances that created the stenosis in the first place. Experience gentle, effective exercises with Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@YogaForLiving.net.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 Psychic Happy Hour – 6pm. With Carole Tollen & Antonia Anastasia. This fun-filled evening includes: small group gallery reading, nonalcoholic beverages & light fare to munch on. Everyone will receive personal messages from loved ones who have crossed over, spirit guides, guardian angels. $75. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeInBalance@gmail.com. Sounds of the Night Campfire – 7-9pm. At this family-friendly event, we’ll keep our ears open as we relax by the fire and learn how to identify the different noises we hear at night. Oldmans Creek Preserve, 21 Main St, Swedesboro. RSVP, Michael Hogan: 609-476-2086 or HoganPhoto@verizon.net. SJLandWater.org.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 Rancocas Woods Craft Show – 10am4pm. Includes vendors, food trucks, food venues, live music, games and more. 118 Creek Rd, Mount Laurel. 609-509-5103. RancocasWoodsEvents.com. Campfire Session: Sun Tricks – 2-2:30pm. Learn how to use the sun to locate true north and estimate the amount of time left in the day. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html.
Anti-Oxidant, Alkaline Water Demonstration – 9pm. Attend this live-streaming event with Nutritionist Shan Stratton, Nutritional Consultant to professional athletes from the NFL, the NBA, and the MLB who will share his passion for Kangen Water and achieving true health through his alkaline living principles. Register, Pat: 201-913-0397.
Mediumship Gallery – 7pm. Join psychic medium, Kelly Kearney for an evening of connection to the other side. Kelly concentrates on opening up to Spirit as a vessel, gathering and interpreting messages. She will attempt to give everyone a message, but understand this is not always possible. $45. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register: JustBreatheCenter.org.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
Career Day For Entrepreneurs Webinar – 11am, 3 & 9pm. Anyone searching for a new beginning, new purpose; make immediate part-time or full-time income in the health and wellness industry, attend this webinar. Learn how to get started as the owner of your own global business. For more info: 201-913-0397. Kangen-Hydration.com.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 Reiki I – 6-9pm. With Susan Drummond, Reiki Master. This certification class introduces the basic energy connection that enables the reiki channel to balance the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energies. Techniques: healing one’s self, other people, plants, animals, etc. No prior experience necessary. $150. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeInBalance@gmail.com.
Rise & Shine with Vinyasa Yoga Set to Live Cello – 10:30-11:30am. This fun and dynamic class will center your practice in an ambient soundscape. Beginners welcome. $35, chai included. Movement Magic Dance Studio, 5 N Broadway, Pitman. Text to reserve spot: 856-212-2107. Campfire Session: What’s SUP? – 1-1:30pm. Join our paddling experts for a short class on the different board options out there, where to go, and tips for a great day on the water. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html. Travel with Miss Lizzy Food and Photo Tour at Suningive – 1-4pm. See amazing photos taken by Miss Lizzy as she traveled the world and taste some great foods from each place she visited. $10/person. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org.
Believe in yourself even when no one else will. ~Sasquatch August 2019
MONDAY, AUGUST 26
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
Kids’ Yoga Camp for Ages 4-11 – Aug 26-30. 11am-2pm (11am-1:30, Wed). Join Cindy & Vera for a lively and fun week of yoga poses, mat chants, journaling, focus activities, yoga games, partner poses, relaxation and meditation, arts and crafts and more. Pre-registration required by Aug 20. $50/drop-in 1 day; $200/ full week, $100/sibling. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27 Scoliosis Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman will show you how addressing your shoulder and hip misalignments with specific positions and movements will allow you to enjoy diminishing scoliotic curvature and pain. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@YogaForLiving.net. Preparing for the Unexpected: Outdoor Emergency Basics – 6:30-8:30pm. When you step into the wilderness, be prepared to help yourself and others. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html. Anti-Oxidant, Alkaline Water Demonstration – 9pm. Attend this live-streaming event with Nutritionist Shan Stratton, Nutritional Consultant to professional athletes from the NFL, the NBA, and the MLB who will share his passion for Kangen Water and achieving true health through his alkaline living principles. Register, Pat: 201-913-0397.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28 Career Day For Entrepreneurs Webinar – 11am, 3 & 9pm. Anyone searching for a new beginning, new purpose; make immediate part-time or full-time income in the health and wellness industry, attend this webinar. Learn how to get started as the owner of your own global business. For more info: 201-913-0397. Kangen-Hydration.com. Map & Compass Navigation Basics Class – 6:30-8:30pm. In this in-store class learn the parts of a compass, how to read a topographic map and how to use them in tandem. $30/member, $50/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html.
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SAVE THE DATE
Star Watch/Astronomy Night 7:30-10:30pm
Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies Fall Semester Begins
Join a local astronomical society for an evening out under the stars. Knowledgeable society members will assemble an array of telescopes and other optics and guide the novice and more experienced observers through the summer night sky. RNC members: $10/person, $25/family (limit 5); nonmembers: $15/person, $40/ family (limit 5).
Rancocas Nature Center 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton Pre-register: 609-261-2495 or RancocasNatureCenter.org
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 Campfire Session: Where to Adventure – 2-2:30pm. Chat about trails and best spots for camping, hiking, biking, climbing, running and more. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html.
plan ahead TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
MARKYOURCALENDAR Bye-Bye Pain 5:30-6:30pm
If you are experiencing pain in your body, this class is for you. The body is a unit with a specific design. When you move your body as it was designed and give it what it needs you can say bye bye pain. $15.
Yoga for Living 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@YogaForLiving.net.
Coming Next Month SEPTEMBER
South Jersey Edition
Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden To register: 856-580-6444 or LIWS.org.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
SAVE THE DATE The Language of Spirit Psychic Development Course 7pm
10-wk course focusing on basics of unimpeded spiritual connection, setting the intention to open and to be of service for healing and transformation. Includes: Divine Self, Sacred space, clearing obstacles, sound and vibration, angels, sacred objects, mediumship, “body” language and more. Instructor: Rita Strough. $300.
Just Breathe 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson Register: JustBreatheCenter.org. Mixer: The Holistic Chamber of Commerce, Mt. Laurel Chapter Meeting – 7-9pm. Come meet the members and network with the best. Bring your energy, questions and business cards. BYOB. Demin American Bistro, 312 Keesson Rd, Cherry Hill. Details: HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com/mtlaurel.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Happy Birthday Live in Joy!: Birthday Party & Love Orphanage Fundraiser – Celebrate our 9th birthday with us. Classes, mini-sessions, music with Ginger Coyle and kirtan with Yvette OM, silent auction and raffles. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com. 12th Annual Green Day Festival – 12-4pm. Rain date Sept 22. Hammonton Lake Park. HammontonGreenCommittee.com.
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 Great Smokey Mountain’s Adventure – Aug 9-15. Hosted by Lisa and Paul. Gorgeous mountains and fresh, pure mineralized waters on the Cherokee nation’s reservation. Cabin with mountain views. Retreat includes lodging, 12 meals, morning yoga & meditation, drumming, Klingmans dome lookout, Mings falls & Indian Creek Falls, Mountain Farm Museum and Oconaluftee Trail, Rte 441 Overlooks and trails, Unto these Hills drama performed by the Indian people, Oconaluftee Indian Village, Oconaluftee Park Tubing and Swimming. More info: 856-261-0554 and L-i-g-h-t.org.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Sacred Immersion Women’s Weekend Retreat: The Divine Feminine, A Mystical Journey –Sept 26-29. Experience a flexible array of Divine Feminine Wisdom transmissions flowing through Kathy, yoga and chanting with Julie, sacred art with Mary, initiations with the Divine Mothers, meditation/contemplation, chanting, dancing, energy medicine, Angelic Energetics techniques, inspired writing, group sharing, free time in nature, and our profoundly moving Sacred Ceremony within the Spiral Matrix of Light. Cranaleith Spiritual Center, Philadelphia, PA. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
SAVE THE DATE Holistic Yoga Retreat Sept 27-29
Deepen your experience with yoga and meditation. This retreat can help you connect deep within yourself to discover your true self and allow you to find your own path to wholeness. All levels.
Holly Shores Camping Resort, 491 Rte 9 S, Cape May. To reserve: 609-886-1234. Info: 609-827-8886 or YogaCapeMay.com.
Haddon Heights Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 9:30am-1pm. Station & E Atlantic aves. HaddonHts.com.
T’ai Chi Chih for Beginners & Advanced – 9:30am. Begins Sept 10. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge? Affordable, continual classes. Country Lakes Clubhouse, 69 Tensaw Dr, Browns Mills. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or Siobhan@ NextStepStrategiesLLC.com.
MONDAY Beginning Belly Dance – 6-7pm. Fall in love with yourself while supporting your health goals. Will drill movements and techniques to help build and tone muscle. $20/ drop-in. Movement Magic Dance Studio, 5 N Broadway, Pitman. Text to reserve spot: 856-553-5123. Yoga for Beginners and Beyond – 6-7:15pm. Also 9-10:15am, Thurs. All levels. Class will move you slowly into gentle yoga poses. We will take the time to try different variations, and find the adaptation that works best for you. Instructor: Stacey Reeves. $10/class. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register: JustBreatheCenter.org. God: An Open Forum – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Mon. Are you aware of God? How would you define your relationship? What role, if any, does He play? Have your thoughts and feelings shifted during the years? An open discussion about what might be a critical awareness as we navigate our journey. $15. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-9758379. 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. SustainableHaddonHeights.org.
Reiki & Energy Balancing Sessions – 2:305pm. Just for you. To re-lax, re-balance and reenergize in a comfortable environment. Hainesport & New Egypt. For appt: 609-752-1048 or Siobhan@NextStepStrategiesLLC.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 at Vacanti Jiu Jitsu, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. SolYogaNJ.com.
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: 856-784-1021. NaturalHealthNJ.com.
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FOR RENT AFFORDABLE OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT ON MAIN ST IN HISTORIC MEDFORD, NJ – South Jersey’s premier source for all that is holistic and spiritually enlightened, The Center, Life In Balance, on Main Street in Medford, has office space for rent. The office space would be shared with other like-minded practitioners, so it’s very affordable. A BOH-certified kitchen and a large multipurpose room are available for rent also. For more info: 609-975-8379. OFFICE SPACE – Integrative Physician looking to share office space in Voorhees. 856-669-9118. YOGA, PILATES, DANCE OR RELATED WORKSHOPS – Studio space for rent in Hainesport. Great location on Rte 38. 267-664-3236.
RESUMÉ WRITING SERVICES PERSONALIZED RÉSUMÉ ASSISTANCE FROM A CERTIFIED RÉSUMÉ WRITER (CPRW) – Send an email to BobbieMiles09@aol.com with a phone number where you can be reached. 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. T’ai Chi Chih for Beginners, Seniors & Intermediate – 1pm. Begins Sept 18. A series of 6-wk 1-hr classes. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge? Hainesport Municipal Bldg, Hainesport. Register, Hainesport Municipal Bldg: 609-267-7114. More info: 609-752-1048 or Siobhan@NextStepStrategiesLLC.com.
Ignite Your Spirit – 7-9pm. 1st Wed. A guided spiritual awakening class that aims to teach spiritual truths that cause a positive spark in your life. All of the teachings are inspired and will guide participants to greater spiritual enlightenment, strength and clarity. With Kim Horvath. $25. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register: JustBreatheCenter.org.
THURSDAY Yoga for Beginners and Beyond – 9-10:15am, Thurs. See Mon listing. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register: JustBreatheCenter.org. Knee Self-Massage Class for Pain Relief – 11am-12:30pm. 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. Yin Yoga – 1 & 7:15pm. For all fitness levels on the floor or in a chair for stretch-release movements that will improve your flexibility and relaxation. Virtua, 401 Young Ave, Moorestown. 856-291-8800. VirtuaFitness.org. T’ai Chi Chih for Beginners – 6:30pm. Begins Sept 19. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge? 1970 Hwy 33, Hamilton. More info: 609-752-1048 or Siobhan@NextStepStrategiesLLC.com. Awakening with the Angels – 7-9pm. 3rd Thurs. Each month explore with the Angels as Rita takes you through meditations, invocations and attunements with various beings of a high vibration. $25. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register: JustBreatheCenter.org.
Collingswood Farmers’ Market – Thru Nov 23. 8am-12pm. Haddon Ave & the HighSpeed PATCO train to Philadelphia. More info: CollingswoodMarket.com. Burlington County Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 26. 8:30am-1pm. 500 Centerton Rd, Moorestown. BurlCoAgCenter.com/farmers-market. Whitesbog Volunteer Work Day – 10am3pm. 1st Sat. Come out and join our volunteers in outdoor or indoor projects in the village. You can choose from helping to clear trails and garden paths or helping to organize our office cottage supplies for events. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org.
FRIDAY Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. See Wed listing. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379.
Pet Adoption Day – 11am-2pm. PetsMart, 62 Centerton Rd, Mount Laurel. More info, Burlington County Animal Alliance: bcaaofnj.org.
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.
History Hike – 1-2pm. 1st Sat. Stroll the Historic Village, learn about Whitesbog’s role in history and visit Suningive, the worker’s cottge and other museums, buildings and farm landscapes that speak to Whitesbog’s heritage. $5 donation/person. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org.
Groove and Flow Yoga – 7-8pm. Find ease, joy and inner peace with fluid movement set to uplifting beats. All levels welcome. $20/ drop-in. Movement Magic Dance Studio, 5 N Broadway, Pitman. Text to reserve spot: 856-212-2107.
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Temple Goddess Tribal Fusion Bellydance – 10:30-11:30am. In this class we build core strength and teach exercises that burn fat fast, raise metabolism and balance hormones. $20/drop-in. Movement Magic Dance Studio, 5 N Broadway, Pitman. Text to reserve spot: 856-553-5123.
Reiki & Energy Balancing Sessions – 2:305pm. Just for you. To re-lax, re-balance and reenergize in a comfortable environment. Hainesport & New Egypt. For appt: 609-752-1048 or Siobhan@NextStepStrategiesLLC.com.
New Jersey Massage Therapy Certification Workshops – 5:30-7:30pm. Held Sept 13, Dec 3. Feeling overwhelmed with the NJ certification and MBlex application process and don’t know what to do next? Do you have a few questions or just need some direction? The good news is you are not alone. No matter what phase of the certification process you are in, we are here to offer support. Free. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. To register: 856-580-6444 or LIWS.org.
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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 highdose vitamin C. These and other powerful therapies are offered by only a few hundred medical practitioners throughout the country. See ad on page 2.
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AWARENESS COACHING MARYANN PINO MILLER, MED
Certified Heal Your Life® Teacher Emotion Code Practitioner Consciously Living, LLC The Center, Life in Balance 45 S Main St, Medford, NJ 856-912-2087 Maryann@ConsciouslyLiving.com
Become aware of your true nature, meet your inner child waiting for your love, become aware of and unload the baggage weighing you down, become aware of the depth of love that exists within you and gain the understanding of the importance of your relationship with yourself and how to foster it. See ad on page 23.
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 selfcare to support your body in returning to its natural healthy function. Reiki session, ayurvedic cooking classes, restorative yoga and private yoga sessions. See ad on page 41.
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 Semple-Daly is board certified in OB/GYN and Aesthetic Medicine. See ad on page 9.
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 2.
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.
DR. SYLVIA BIDWELL BIDWELL CHIROPRACTIC
The Strawbridge Professional Center 212 W Rte 38, Ste 100 Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-273-1551 DrSylviaBidwell@verizon.net Bidwell-Chiropractic.com 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 on page 10.
CANINE BEHAVIORIST NANCY TOLLINO
Certified Canine Behavioral Specialist 609-742-8948 Nan@PeaceInThePack.com PeaceInThePack.com Nancy is an expert in her field, successfully rehabilitating canines who exhibit any type of behavioral issue from mild to aggressive. She can teach you the language of the canine in ways that create clear communication and bonds of trust to last a lifetime. She also specializes in rehabilitating bite cases and many of her clients refer to her as a canine therapist.
COMMERCIAL KITCHEN CHERRY STREET KITCHEN
1040 Pennsylvania Ave, Trenton, NJ 609-695-5800 • CherryStreetKitchen.com Commercial kitchen for chefs, food services, with modern, pleasant 1-story work space for hourly/daily rentals. Multiple cooking bays, bakery, cold and dry storage. Additional private kitchen for a school or camp program. Rte. 1 access, easy drive from Burlington, Camden.
ESSENTIAL OILS YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Marilyn York Independent Distributor #489656 877-436-2299 MyYL.com/naturalhealth4U
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FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTING GOWITHYOURGUTTESTING.COM Owner, Donna Gabler Serving the Delaware Valley 609-202-8188
This blood test will tell you exactly which foods are causing inflammation in your body. After proper removal, symptoms resolve on their own. Free consultation to determine appropriate test panel, mobile phlebotomist comes to you. Results emailed within 8 days indicating which foods you are severely, moderately or mildly sensitive to. Included is a free 30min consult with an ALCAT dietitian to coach you through reactive-food removal. Visit website for pricing.
ROBERT EGBY CH, DHP
13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton, NJ 08068 609-351-5878 Robert-Egby.com Feeling sick, uncomfortable at home and no one has answers? Could be Geopathic Stress Zones. We dowse and remotely transmute and convert to positive, uplifting energy, permanently! Privacy guaranteed. Details at Robert-Egby.com: “Geopathic Stress: Fast and Effective Clearance.”
ENERGYWORK LISA O’BRIEN, E-RYT, CRM
Experienced Energy Intuitive and Yoga Teacher 856-261-0554• L-I-G-H-T.org 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.
GRIEF RECOVERY GRIEF RECOVERY SERVICES, LLC
Andi B. Meltzer, MA Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® 215 Highland Ave, Ste C, Haddon Township, NJ 08108 856-854-3155 x 172 Andi.M@comcast.net GriefRecoveryMethod.com/grms/andi-meltzer Support, education and consulting resources for processing grief. Andi specializes in helping highly successful introverts in high burnout/ compassion fatigue fields so they don’t have to give up the work/activists that are their true hearts’ desires. Those who became doctors/ veterinarians, animal rights activists, nurses, teachers and so many others with a heart for helping are often the last ones to seek care for their emotional wellbeing. She also has a particular interest in educating adults on how to best support their kids through loss. Join me in your own personal recovery of a loss or learn how to support kids through their recovery. Company core values of responsibility, authenticity and presence.
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 Testing. Sarah Outlaw is a Master Herbalist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner offering a non-invasive, advanced form of muscle testing for food sensitivities, chemical and metal toxicity, and immune system issues for all ages. Individualized, targeted nutrition programs designed for every client. See ad on page 25.
LIESHA GETSON, BCTT, HHC Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton 856-596-5834 HealthThroughAwareness.com
Liesha Getson is a Board-Certified Thermographic Technician, Holistic Health Counselor, a Reiki Master and Energy Practitioner. Liesha is a founding partner of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, a cooperative wellness center that provides a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, reiki, thermography, infrared detoxification and biopuncture. See ad on page 27.
HEALTH FOOD STORE NATURAL HEALTH
Laurel Hill Plaza, corner of Blackwood- Clementon Rd & Laurel Rd, Lindenwold. 856-784-1021 NaturalHealthNJ.com For a complete selection of vitamins, homeopathics, body care, bulk herbs, bulk grains, packaged foods, frozen foods, organic produce, snacks. Open 7 days. MonFri, 9am-8pm; Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 10am-5pm.
HEARTMATH COACH AND TRAINER EMBODYING WELLNESS
Julia Gandy 505 S Lenora Rd, Ste 124, Moorestown 609-634-2396 EmbodyingWellnessCoach.com A full spectrum of wellness services are combined to help you live your best, most powerful life without being pulled by life’s daily challenges. Modalities employed are
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massage therapy, reiki, aromatherapy, inner-peace building skills and HeartMath Coaching and Training. After finding out what pulls you out of your center, you’ll have tools to be the calm in the center of the storm.
INTEGRATIVE/HOLISTIC MEDICINE DR. STEVEN HORVITZ
Institute for Medical Wellness 110 Marter Ave, Ste 408, Moorestown, NJ 856-231-0590 • DrHorvitz.com
Hypnosis Healing and Beyond 13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton, 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 self-confidence, self worth, living now and imaging goals. Help provided with mindfulness and selfhypnosis training, higher self and spirit communication. Appointments: days, evenings, weekends.
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 on page 30.
INTEGRATIVE/FUNCTIONAL NUTRITIONIST LIZ AMISSON, MS, RDN, CDE, IFNCP
53 S Main St, Ste 2F Medford, NJ 08055 609-726-1407 • LizAmisson7@verizon.net Liz is an experienced Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator. She also has a certification in Integrative & Functional Nutrition. She is using this training to help people on a more holistic level by considering possible root causes and connections versus merely helping to alleviate symptoms. Liz strives to take you from wherever you are with your diet and relationship with food to a healthier more satisfying diet and lifestyle. See ad on page 12.
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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
PHILIP GETSON, DO
Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton, NJ 08053 856-596-5834 Health Through Awareness takes a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Dr. Philip Getson is a boardcertified Family Physician and certified by four Thermographic Boards. He specializes in thermography, an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health. With the mission of providing a balanced approach to wellness, the center offers diet and lifestyle counseling, thermography, the area’s most unique infrared detox sauna (The POD), reiki, a smoking cessation program, physician standard supplements and ongoing wellness classes. See ad on page 27.
INTUITIVE ENERGY HEALER KASHA GAMBONE
Reiki Master Berlin, NJ 08009 • 865-264-6840 Intuitive energy healer. Usui Reiki practitioner and teacher. Specializing in removing energy blocks. Restoring and aligning the balance of body, mind and spirit. Providing meditation and spiritual guidance. Reiki attunements available for all levels.
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE/ HOLISTIC PAIN MANAGEMENT POLINA KARMAZIN, MD
Board certified in Integrative Medicine & Acupuncture 2301 E Evesham Rd, Bldg 800, Ste 219 Voorhees, NJ 08043 856-528-2258 • SouthJerseyHolistic.com Our practice treats each person individually by addressing the root cause of the problem. Dr Karmazin employs holistic therapies, such as acupuncture, biopuncture, homeopathy and nutritional counselling for a variety of ailments. We also specialize in holistic pain management and do not use narcotics, NSAIDs or steroid injections. See ad on page 29.
IONIC DETOX WILL HARRIS
Healthful Solutions 4U LLC I A L - Certified The Center, Life in Balance 45 S Main St, Medford 856-275-1047 • WH2507@comcast.net HealthfulSolutions4U.com Ionic foot detox, reflex foot machine and chi machine sessions. These sessions will help to detox the body, open up passageways from the feet up through the meridians, releasing inflammation and send oxygen into the body. Oxygen therapy helps to replace the oxygen depleted by chemo and radiation therapy. Elixinol premium CBD now available.
LAW OF ATTRACTION COACH
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!
LIFE STYLE COACH PATRICIA A. BLACKMAN-HILL, RN, M.S.N.
Life Style Coach &Integrative Nutrition Consultant 856-275-6763 PatriciaBlackman-Hill.com afragilespirit.thebiomatcompany.com Patricia is a Masters level Registered Nurse, specializing in Integrative Health. She is a nurse educator, lifestyle and nutrition coach, certified in healing touch, aromatherapy, crystal healing, and sound therapy. Patricia’s practice promotes balancing the physical, emotional mental and spiritual health of clients utilizing the Richway Bio-Mat during sessions. Free health consultation. The more you live in balance, respecting nature and yourself, the more likely you will be in the right place at the right time, all the time.
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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 on page 35.
MASSAGE THERAPY SERVICES RIZZIERI AVEDA ALUMNI SPA 8102 Town Center Blvd, Voorhees, NJ 08043 856-983-1680 Facebook: Rizzieri Alumni Spa
Affordable relaxation offered at Rizzieri’s Alumni Spa. Staffed by recent Rizzieri graduates, the Alumni Spa is the perfect place to make an appointment with a Licensed Massage Therapist at an attractive price point. Spa experiences are offered in 50-min or 80-min sessions and are customized based on personal needs and preferences. Services include: Swedish massage, reflexology, hot stone, maternity massage, deep tissue, and stress relief wraps. Open on Wed and Fri, 4:30-9pm; Sun, 9am-4pm with prices starting at $45. Call for an appt. See ad on page 13.
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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MEDICAL SKINCARE AND COSMETICS DR. ANAMARIA NEWPORT, DMS, DMD, MHS, PAC 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 10B Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 856-323-8885
Dr. Newport is a discerning artist, highly experienced master cosmetic injector and renowned dermatology speaker with 10+ years of extensive medical training. Her continuous dedication for skincare, surgery, dentistry, and cosmetic procedures are enhanced by combining the use of the latest technology and her unique homeopathic style. As an artist, she is genuinely passionate about bringing out the unique beauty in each one of her patients. Look no further for your organic skincare specialist, offering the purest treatments achievable with our personalized natural products.
MENOPAUSAL AND SEXUAL HEALTH WOMEN FOR WOMEN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES Jewel Amui-Bellon, M.D. 102 Centre Boulevard, Ste I Marlton, NJ 08053 856-267-5019 • w4wma.com
It is a known fact that millions of women after the menopausal transition, undergo changes in their vaginal health and suffer from vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. The changes in vaginal health is due to declining estrogen levels. Current management of these symptoms include Estrogens and Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators. Not all women can take estrogens for symptomatic relief. The MonaLisa Touch therapy is an effective in-office, non-hormornal therapy, with no downtime. Most women have called it life changing. It is similar to the annual pelvic exam. Many women have reported symptomatic relief after the first treatment. See ad on page 15.
MOVEMENT ENRICHMENT AVIANNA MECK
Movement Magic Dance Studio 5 N Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071 856-553-5123 Avianna is a tribal fusion bellydancer with a background in ballet, jazz, modern and hip hop. She has danced for over 20 years, and trained under the world renowned tribal bellydancer and healer, Shoshana Des Chenes. Avianna’s teaching style focuses on developing technique, rhythm, healing and empowerment through movement. See ad on page 11.
NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR MELISSA JOSSELSON, ND Naturopathic Doctor Marlton & Haddonfield, NJ 856-472-9495 MyNaturalDoctor.com
Holistic health care for all ages and a variety of health conditions. Find the cause of your health issues and heal using safe, natural and nontoxic therapies. See ad on page 39.
NUMEROLOGIST TRACI ROSENBERG, MA
Numerologist & Empowerment Coach 609-417-4526 TraciRosenberg@gmail.com SoulTalkWithTraci.com Join the region’s leading 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.
OUTDOOR RECREATION & PINELANDS PRESERVATION PINELANDS ADVENTURES
1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong, NJ 08088 609-268-0189 PinelandsAdventures.org
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