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The Greatest Gift is Love The greatest gift is the one that keeps on giving. As cliché as it is, who could argue? In the spirit of the season, we try to remind ourselves of what really matters amongst the hustle, bustle and materialism that so feverishly calls our attention away.

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Mind and Body Retreat Coming to the Katz JCC


he Katz JCC, in Cherry Hill, will present the inaugural Mind & Body Retreat: A Day of Restoration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 8. This retreat is hosted by the Katz JCC’s Cancer Connection Program and is held in partnership with HealTHY Life, a local nonprofit that provides education, support and funding to late-stage cancer patients seeking integrative and complementary treatments. This retreat will showcase classes for cancer patients, those touched by cancer and anyone seeking to refresh and rejuvenate while supporting this great cause. There will be various classes to choose from throughout the retreat, including chair yoga, mindfulness, restorative and laughter yoga, Pilates and more. “This is a wonderful opportunity to unwind and find your center, all for a good cause,” says Jayne MillerMorgan, wellness program director. “Proceeds raised will help create scholarships for cancer patients to take part in our Cancer Connection programming at the JCC.” Registration includes a choice of two mind and body classes, a keynote speaker, group meditation and a kosher lunch. Proceeds raised from this event will benefit Cancer Connection at the Katz JCC and HealTHY Life. Cost: $65 per participant. Location: 1301 Springdale Rd. To register, visit For questions, contact Jayne Miller-Morgan at 856-424-4444, ext. 1140, or See ad in the Calendar Section.

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n October, the South Jersey Land and Water Trust (SJLWT) and the Rutgers Water Resources Program planted two rain gardens at Shoemaker Elementary School, in Woodstown. They had some helping hands— the students at the school got to participate in the planting. They enjoyed a fun day learning about flowers and habitats while also helping to plant flowers, grasses and shrubs. These rain gardens will serve as an educational tool and will filter pollutants from stormwater runoff from the school’s roof. The planting was a full-day event. Christine Nolan, executive director of the SJLWT, first gave a presentation on habitats and native plants. Then the staff, teachers and children headed into the rain garden to plant. The planting will provide habitats for struggling bird and butterfly populations while also helping to reduce water pollution. Plantings at schools like the one at Shoemaker Elementary serve as both an educational and conservation tool. “When we bring gardens to schools, we can work to protect our natural environment while also providing children with a space for hands-on learning,” says Nolan. The SJLWT hopes to continue to work with other South Jersey schools to help them install rain gardens. As Nolan says, “We believe that it’s important to provide these natural spaces for children so they can both understand and enjoy the natural world.” For more information about the South Jersey Land and Water Trust, visit

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Healers Universe Offering Group Healings by Conference Call


ealers Universe is excited to offer group healings by conference call. There will be updates on the current evolutionary energetics as well as the current collective consciousness theme that we are each experiencing in our own unique way. This combination of individual soul purposes creates a synergy amplifying the power and potency of the results for all those on the calls. The sacred geometrics created for the group will hold each caller in safety and security as each person feels the easing of tensions and profound shifts within his/her body/being during the healing and then manifested in his/her life. Cost: Calls are 90 minutes and cost $45 (must register to receive call-in instructions). For more information, call Andrea Regal at 856-904-5566. See ad on page 35.

Annual Awakening Retreat at Congress Hall


he sixth annual Cape May Awakening Retreat will be held February 7 to 9 at the Congress Hall, in Cape May. Attendees will have the opportunity to share this transcendent weekend with Lisa Miliaresis, psychic, medium and author, and Tricia Heiser, E-RYT, reiki master and intuitive. Heiser and Miliaresis will combine their individual practices to bring participants a complementary awareness to the symbolic language of the soul. Lovers of all things yoga and metaphysical can let their worldly concerns slip away as they share a weekend of yoga, meditation, channeling and interactive awakening classes. During lunch and evening breaks, retreat attendees will have the chance to explore the lovely town of Cape May. Many past attendees have called this retreat a truly amazing experience and were able to enjoy a relaxing weekend, as well as acquire tools and confidence to enhance their own practice. Cost: Early registration (before Dec. 15), $295; on or after Dec. 15, $322. Location: 200 Congress Pl. For more information or to register, call 856-905-3024 or visit A discounted block of rooms has been reserved at Congress Hall at the reduced rate of $149 per night through January 5. To reserve a room, call 1-888-944-1816 and mention the Cape May Awakening Retreat. See ad in the Calendar Section.

Local Author Releases Book to Inspire Others


aria Sibilla, an author from Medford, released a book called Connect With Your Inner Spirit: Rise to the Life of Your Dreams to inspire others to take the time to connect within to one’s true self/inner spirit to experience peace, calm and be centered. She says that everything that one needs is within already; one just has to be still and learn to listen to one’s intuition and guidance from one’s source/ God/universe. It’s a book about changing one’s thinking from negative thoughts to positive ones and releasing limiting beliefs about oneself. It’s about realizing your true life’s purpose, pushing through fear and taking divinely guided action to create your dream life. These are all strategies and processes the author has learned and used for the past 15 years and has taught to so many—and teaches these in the book. “I wrote my book to help people, so if you want to transform your life or just want some small changes like finding peace, you can learn them in my book,” says Sibilla. The book is available for purchase on Amazon (Amazon.comdp/1532082517), and Connect with Sibilla at 609-284-5965 or

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Basic Energy Medicine Workshop


here will be a Basic Energy Medicine Workshop, based on the work of legendary healer Donna Eden, from noon to 5 p.m. on January 12, at Ohana Health and Wellness Center, in Cherry Hill. Eden wrote the book Energy Medicine in 1998 (the latest edition in 2008), and has trained many people since then to be able to test and correct energetic anomalies that she can see with her eyes (a healing gift she has had since birth) and the rest of us have to “see” using muscle testing. The workshop will be taught by Geoffrey White, EEM-AP, who has had an energy medicine practice in Cranbury since 2008 and in Mt. Laurel since 2015. Attendees will learn Eden’s Daily Energy Routine and the basics of energy testing. They will also learn the basics about the chakra system and how to test for and correct the energies of the chakras. Denise Paolini and Marty Levine, both certified Eden energy medicine practitioners, will be teaching assistants. The workshop, which is open to all ages, is fun, informative and can be very healing. Location: 1892 Greentree Rd. For more information or to register, call White at 609-468-1286, Levine at 732-557-1648 or Paolini at 609-230-3743, or email White at For more information about Eden, visit For more information about White’s practice, visit See ad on page 29.

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One Hundred Percent of NJ LCV-Endorsed Incumbent Environmental Champions Are Re-elected in NJ Assembly Race


fter an extremely tight race in LD 2, which covers Atlantic County, it’s been announced that Assemblymen Mazzeo and Armato can declare victory and officially keep their seats in the New Jersey legislature. Both candidates were a part of the 28 incumbents endorsed by New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (NJ LCV) in the 2019 Assembly race, which brings their number of incumbent winners up to a full 100 percent. “New Jersey LCV has officially accomplished what we set out to do in this race,” says NJ LCV Executive Director Ed Potosnak. “That was to defend our environmental champion incumbents to make sure we can continue our work with them in the upcoming years to make New Jersey one of the most sustainable and healthy states in the country. Our $60,000 campaign protected all 28 incumbents who have led the push to transform environmental policies in Trenton. We knocked on thousands of doors, called thousands of conservation voters, advertised online and sent mailers to tens of thousands of families. It’s safe to say now that all of that hard work has paid off.” NJ LCV is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to elect environmental champions, hold public officials accountable, and support laws that protect our environment and improve the quality of people’s lives. For more information about the League of Conservation Voters in New Jersey, visit


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Wair Sudio Salon offers Caligraphy Cut


fter many years of travel, photoshoots, training and working behind the chair, Hope Doms finally decided to open her own salon. Wair Studio Salon, located in Marlton, was opened in June. The atmosphere is different than most of the area’s big salons, in that it is more relaxed and less intimidating. The salon is one of the few that offers the luxury experience of the Calligraphy Cut, which originated in Germany with master stylist Frank Brormann, who brought the technique to the U.S. The results of the cut include fuller, lighter and healthier hair, which creates natural movement, increases color radiance, reduces blow dry time by 30 percent and eliminates split ends. Doms has 20-plus years’ experience in the beauty industry; has been featured on television, in fashion hair magazines and in hair shows; and has been nominated for the prestigious North American Hairstylist of the Year award. Doms’ ability to train and educate more than 10,000 hair stylists across the country has motivated her to create an atmosphere of inspiration and education for her and her team. Every person on her team possesses a unique talent in the hair industry. They focus on making each guest understand their hair and hair color and use the highest-quality nontoxic, organic-based, plant-based hair care products, which are free of paraphenylenediamine, resorcinol, sulfates and ammonia. Location: 65 Rte. 70 E., Ste. 1B. For more information, call 856-334-8231 or visit See ad on page 6.

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The Vegetarian Society of South Jersey (VSSJ) is offering a special discounted membership for the holidays. This is a perfect gift for oneself, a friend or family member that is vegetarian or exploring a plant-based diet. Membership includes a discount of up to 15 percent to more than 40 restaurants and businesses in South Jersey and Philadelphia. Discounts also include free admission to most VSSJ events. VSSJ offers opportunities to come together to discover the many benefits of a plant-based diet through education, outreach and support for vegetarians, vegans and those on their journey toward a plant-based diet. The society also offers many ways for members to socialize, learn and have fun such as cooking classes, potlucks, dinners out and vegetarian meetups. For more information about membership and all the benefits, visit For more information about VSSJ, visit The website provides lots of useful information, resources, recipes, current vegetarian news and a weekly e-newsletter. See ad on this page.

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Better Health Begins Here… Annual Halo Wellness Center to Host Enlightened Holiday Shopping Event Halo Wellness Center, in Marlton, will be hosting its second annual Enlightened Holiday Shopping event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 8. This event supports local artisans in the community and helps provide special and meaningful gifts to loved ones. There will be handmade gifts, including jewelry, candles, soaps, herbal remedies, neck wrap warmers and much more. In addition, local practitioners will be available for services such as chair massages, reflexology, spiritual readings, henna art, essential oil readings and numerology sessions. “Last year was such a great success and we can’t wait to celebrate the holidays with this amazing community. We love supporting local small businesses and partnering with practitioners we know and trust,” says Michele Marcinko, owner of Halo Wellness Center. No preregistration is required and all services will be provided on a first-come, firstserved basis. Cost: Admission is free. Location: 968 Rte. 73 S. For more information, call 856-574-4433 or visit See ad on this page.

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Spiritual Healing and Psychic Event/Toys for Tots at Marlton VFW The Marlton Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Beth Harper O’Brien are hosting a psychic and healing event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 7, just in time for the holidays. There will be mediums/psychics and energy healers. The VFW will be making food and the bar will be open downstairs. Food and drinks will raise money for the VFW, and Toys for Tots are leaving a box there for the entire event for drop-offs. Cost: Admission is free. Bring a new and unwrapped toy. Location: 94 10th St. For more information, call O’Brien at 609-760-2457 or email BethOB67@ See ad on this page.

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Movement Magic Dance Studio Offering New Year Specials Movement Magic dance studio, in Pitman, is offering new year specials to support people’s health goals. The studio offers tribal fusion belly dance and hip-hop classes— proven to balance hormones, build and tone muscles, raise metabolism and reduce back pain—for adults and kids. The instructors follow a specific curriculum based on the teachings of Shoshana Des Chenes, a world-renowned priestess, dancer, performer and healer. These classes are unique in that they combine the beautiful history of belly dance and muscle technique—a systematic and enriching practice of women’s health and empowerment. Movement Magic owner Avianna Meck has been certified in these techniques and curriculum. Her teaching style focuses on developing technique, rhythm and selfexpression through movement. There is no choreography, only music, movement and the potent bonds we make when we dance in a group. Cost: Unlimited classes and two private lessons for $160; unlimited class pass for $100; drop-ins welcome for $20 per class. Location: 5 N. Broadway. To register, text 856-553-5123. For more information, email or visit See ad on this page.

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Eat Mushrooms to Lower Risk of Prostate Cancer Researchers followed more than 36,000 Japanese men older than 40 for an average of 13.2 years. They found that those that consumed culinary mushrooms three times a week had a 17 percent lower chance of developing prostate cancer compared to those that ate mushrooms less than once a week. Participants that ate mushrooms once or twice a week had an 8 percent lower risk. The trend was even greater for those men over the age of 50 and was unrelated to other dietary habits.

Maintain a Healthy Diet and Weight to Lower Cataract Risk A recent study published in The Journal of Nutrition used adherence to dietary guidelines and total diet scores to assess the effects of diet on cataract risk. The researchers followed 2,173 older Australians for five and 10 years in two phases. They found that maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI) of less than 25, combined with a healthy diet, reduced the risk of developing cataracts.

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Eat a Better Diet to Improve Gut Bacteria Researchers at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center tested stool samples of 858 men and 877 women in Los Angeles and Hawaii with a mean age of 69—regarded as an ethnically diverse study population with varied food intakes. The study found that those with higher quality diets also had significantly better gut bacteria diversity, a factor linked to reduced risk for a variety of diseases. Diet quality and a reduced risk of developing chronic disease is strongly associated with fecal microbial diversity.

Reduce Blood Pressure and Heart Attacks With Better Gut Bacteria New research offers potential paths for treatment for the nearly 20 percent of patients with high blood pressure that don’t respond well to medications. University of Florida College of Medicine researchers, testing 105 volunteers, found that the populations of gut bacteria differed between hypertensive individuals with depression and those without depression. A second study by Italian researchers found that patients with heart attacks had different bacteria in their guts than patients with stable angina.

Train Students in Mindfulness to Reduce Stress and Improve Grades Sixth-graders that received mindfulness training each day for eight weeks experienced lower stress levels, less depression and improved academic performance compared to their peers in a control group that studied computer coding, report Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers. In addition to that 100-student study, researchers surveyed 2,000 students in grades five through eight and found those that showed more mindfulness tended to have better grades and test scores. They also had fewer absences and suspensions. December 2019


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Five major food technology companies have converged to form the Alliance for Meat, Poultry and Seafood (AMPS) Innovation, which seeks to create real meat from animal cells without the need to slaughter animals. The founding members of the coalition are both cell-based seafood companies BlueNalu and Finless Foods and meat makers Fork & Goode, San Francisco-based JUST Inc., and Memphis Meats. AMPS Innovation ( intends to tackle obstacles presented in the cellular agriculture industry and bring products to the consumer faster with transparency and proper regulatory frameworks for cell-based products. Each member company has made significant strides in the development of these products with the hope they will soon be options in the everyday diets of individuals, as well as a nutrition source for a human population projected to grow to 10 billion by 2050.

A new study based on the National Land Cover Database of 3,086 of the 3,103 counties in the continental U.S. published in the journal Urban Forestry and Urban Greening found that increases in forest and shrub cover corresponded to decreases in Medicare health care spending, even when accounting for economic, geographic or other factors that might independently influence healthcare costs. Urban and rural counties with the lowest socioeconomic status appeared to benefit the most from increases in forests and shrubs. University of Illinois graduate student Douglas A. Becker, who led the new research with Matt Browning, a professor of recreation, sports and tourism, says, “It occurred to me that low-income communities are getting the biggest bang for their buck because they probably have the most to gain.” Other studies have shown that people in intensive care units recover more quickly and have fewer complications after surgery if their hospital rooms look out over trees rather than parking lots and that forest walks can influence potentially health-promoting hormone levels or anti-cancer immune cells in the blood.

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The Force Behind Blood Flow and Higher Intelligence INTERVIEW WITH QIGONG PRACTITIONER JEFF PRIMACK (PART 1 OF 2) by Damon Damato

Can you bring a Universal meaning to describe what is Qi? Qi is the electric LIFE PRESENCE that beats the human heart and charges the air we breathe. Gong, like Gong Fu, is a REPEATED ACTION to activate higher energy. Qigong generates a powerful magnetic field in the hands and this energy “dilates arteries” healing what it touches. The effects of Qi are profound for increasing circulation and improving endocrine imbalances. Science will discover Qi is related to static electricity and can be harnessed with hand postures.

Qi Revolution is coming to New Jersey at the Somerset Ukrainian Cultural Center on January 18-20, 2020: What is your higher vision for sharing this kind of healing with hundreds of people? I believe when more human beings develop “Qi Awareness” human evolution will go higher. Our intention is to experience the authentic healing and stress-dissolving practices of Qigong in a strong group energy field. Sound, light and Qi graphics are used to improve learning so everyone can feel what is going on without any previous experience. It’s rare that 300+ people all simultaneously inhale at the same second, while holding the same healing prayer. Many people that attend heal old injuries and nearly everyone is strengthened by the energy. Our vision for this event is to uplift the group energy to the highest level to benefit all who attend.

Is there significance to practicing Qigong in large groups? During 1980-1999 the Chinese people gathered for Qigong events inside arenas and stadiums with tens of thousands of people. Dr. Yan Xin led this first wave of Qi awareness with integrity, but other fake masters misused Qigong to protest the government and Qigong was banned in large group settings. Chinese people had discovered the secret of “Group Energy” and it went beyond the roar of a rock concert or the cheers in a football game. Qigong was a weekly outing in China for two decades and people viewed Qigong as an opportunity to be strengthened and healed while enjoying fellowship with friends. Qi sensations and internal benefits reach into 22

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the scientific minds of truth seeking men and women. Where two or more practice Qigong sincerely there exists a larger living field of energy and I believe it’s stronger when more people practice.

The breath work at the Qi Revolution is transformative. Since every person is connected to it, do you believe the answers to healing & overcoming negative emotions are found here? Breathing is the most powerful skill humans can learn to attune with the spirit of life. Genesis 2:7 reveals, “God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” After teaching Qigong breathing to groups large and small I would say there is a connection. People report Euphoric vibrational experiences when they do our Breath Empowerment, even if they don’t believe Qi exists. Breathwork is the best Gong Fu, repeated deep breathes will break the veil of darkness and bad thoughts, eventually flooding the body with light energy.

Can one become more peaceful and increase awareness from the breath? A renown surgeon named Perrin Clark, MD from Daytona Beach, Florida recently attended our national event. He told us he was super-stressed from telling 5 patients (on average days) they had some type of cancer. Dr. Clark’s job was to give bad news to patients and this caused him to hold his breath a lot! He now reports his stress has gone down dramatically since after attending Qi Revolution and learning Qigong. As a result, he attended our trainings and was certified in both our Qigong and Food Healing programs.

There are a number of healing routines within the Qi Revolution experience. Do you need to be fit to participate? Can one receive healing attributes if they are out of shape, ill or have other physical impairments? People with injuries often experience pain relief doing Qigong in the first morning practices. We are okay with people practicing where their body is at and provide modified postures for those who need special assistance. People of all ages can benefit from Qigong’s challenge.

I’ve seen a shift over the past few years where your focus has really zeroed in on food healing, especially in regards to food science. Why do you feel this is so important in today’s world and how does it relate to one’s personal Qi? Food is key to excellent health, especially natural foods made before the inventions of man. Kiwi for example, helps to “Reverse Asthma” in hundreds of students I’ve counseled. Moreover, prestigious medical journal THORAX indicates children who eat Kiwi 3-5 times a week vs. those who didn’t eat any, have a much lower incidence of asthma. My theories have science to back it. Proof is really in whether or not God’s kiwi really helps people breathe. Evidence shows kiwi should be suggested by allergists and breathing therapists to help children with this disease. *Kiwi’s Effect on Breathing. Thorax J. Respiratory Medicine 2004 Food effects our Qi by becoming our blood and the cells which carry oxygen to our brain. I teach that eating RED FOODS (high in carotenoids) are the best way to stop the oxidative processes responsible for heart disease and brain degeneration. We make smoothies and serve sweet red pepper paste to all attendees at Qi Revolution so they can taste for themselves how delicious natural foods can be prepared.

You perform a Global Healing Circle that is legendary. How does it connect participants using the 9-Breath Method with an expanded process? The living electricity felt in the hands of the healing circle is unlike anything else we teach. After everyone is proficient in using the 9-breath method, our signature breathing technique, we hold hands while doing it many times. The feeling is like an electric current going through everyone’s legs, arms and hands. It feels so very good! Delicious I might say. We focus our mind to God and ask for healing of people we love and send light to noble groups and nations worldwide.

You have vowed from the beginning to keep the cost of Qi Revolution in reach for all people and have even gone as far as to offer this healing for Veterans free of charge. You offer CE HOURS for message therapists and nurses for an incredible value. Share with me the importance of putting people over profit. Qigong is not only for rich or materially successful people. Qi Revolution is $199 for three days is made affordable to open the “Qi Door” for more people. Massage Therapists love our training and earn 24 CE hours when they attend. We allow U.S. veterans to attend free and each year hundreds of veterans do attend and many of them have become our best Qigong instructors. QI REVOLUTION will be held January 18 to 20 at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Somerset. For more information call 800-298-8970, or visit See ad on back cover.

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s the holiday craze races towards us at lightning speed and calendars get booked up, food ordered and presents bought, many of us get overwhelmed with seemingly endless social expectations and to-do lists. For obvious commercial reasons, we have been programmed as a society to run from one holiday to the next—and so, on a deeper level, we are ever racing to the next social event, the next goal, the next possession, the next achievement to cross off of our lists. An important question to ask ourselves when we scurry through life like this, bearing the weight of how much we “have to do and achieve”, is: “What is the quality of my doing? Am I fully present in my doing? What am I doing this for?” Coincidentally, right after our end-of-the-year holy-days dim with a final firework of outer celebration,

Mother Nature draws us into a profound darkness. We enter into a void: the darkest time of the year. Most of us have been cluttered with, admittedly, very convenient and to-begrateful-for artificial lights, artificial heating and ever-increasing streams of technological distraction since we were born. Although the comforts of modern life are to be embraced, they also come with a downside: Most of us have completely lost touch with the natural cycles of the four seasons and what nature’s exquisite design is meant to stir up within us on a deeper level. In a world where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol and distraction is the status quo, it takes tremendous amounts of courage and soulforce to be still and go within. The experience of self-inquiry can be a frightful thing for us humans because we are so prone to con-

stantly judge the way we feel. Imagine what would happen if all of us, for a change, would just allow our feelings to be, and we would look upon their comings and goings as something as natural as the changes in the weather, the going of night and day, and of the four seasons—all of us might just be at peace with ourselves. During this darkest time of the year, may we be in tune with the spiritual significance of it, as dictated and narrated by the contracting “Death of Winter”. May we move without resistance into its void, so we may bloom back into fullness in the spring. Let us remember the true gift of the holidays, which is the Light that shines through our loved ones’ eyes, which beats our hearts in harmony, which breathes our bodies and digests our food—it is that same Light that underlies and sustains all things. It is that Light that is your true nature. It is that inner Light that shines even in the darkest days—the Light of the soul, that deeper dimension within which is one with the fabric of existence itself. Happy holy-days. Giulia Eve Flores is the founder and artistic director of the Conscious Performers Collective, a nonprofit holistic theatre company. She is an actor, writer, workshop facilitator, parent and wife. For more information, visit

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Awakening to the Evolution of Community by Linda Sechrist


en master Thich Nhat Hanh’s suggestion that the next Buddha would likely not take form as an individual but rather as a sangha, a community practicing mindful living, led many people to ask, “Why a community?” The author of more than 100 books that explore the Buddha’s core teachings on mindfulness, kindness and compassion, Hanh clarified the meaning of sangha as a good community necessary for helping individuals learn how to encounter life in the present moment, resist the unwholesome ways of our time, go in the direction of peace and nourish seeds of enlightenment. Even the best intentions, he noted, can falter without such a group of trusted family, friends and co-practitioners experiencing mindfulness together.

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Although many groups form for marketing, political, civic or social purposes—allowing participants to share values and common interests—thousands more gather as online intentional communities associated with personal growth and spiritual awakening. Myriad individuals have been able to experience some aspect of community through international organizations such as MindValley, Hay House, the Shift Network and Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Jiyo, a wellness-focused mobile app intended to extend the reach of his ideas on health and social transformation from millions of people to more than 1 billion. In MeetUp, spiritual awakening groups recently comprised 1,113,972 members in 3,631 groups worldwide. Additionally, co-housing communities, spiritual residential communities and eco-villages continue to form around the intention of designing and implementing pathways to a regenerative future.

The Old Story Versus the New Story

The increased interest in intentional communities may hint at a possibility that the

human desire for community might be nature’s evolutionary nudge toward a collective leap that helps us to survive a changing climate and Earth’s potential sixth mass extinction. If so, this possibility needs a new supportive story that includes humans as part of nature, with its evolutionary impulse as a guide for body, mind and soul. With our modern scientific worldview, when people talk about nature, they typically mean animals, plants, geological features and natural processes, all happening independently of humans. A more suitable new story is cultural historian Thomas Berry’s moving and meaningful narrative in The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future, in which humans aren’t above nature by virtue of superior intellect, but instead are equal partners with all that exists in a materially and spiritually evolving universe. From Berry’s perspective, humans are the eyes, minds and hearts through which the cosmos is evolving so that it can come to know itself ever more perfectly through us. Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell shared Berry’s perspective. Traveling back to Earth after walking upon the lunar surface, Mitchell gazed out of the spacecraft



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A Guiding Light

Seijaku Roshi, the abbot and founder of the Pine Wind Zen Community, aptly named for its location in a pine forest in Shamong, New Jersey, advises, “People are searching and hungering for community, which is number one on my agenda. If we aren’t talking about community, we’re squandering the moment. Whether it’s an evolutionary nudge or not, it appears that our tragic world situation is pushing us towards an alternative vision for living a meaningful life that meets the needs of people, society and the environment. We are awakening to the fact we’re interconnected, interdependent and need community, which is the spirit and guiding light whereby people come together to fulfill a purpose, to help others fulfill their purpose and to take care of one another.”

Conscious Evolution

Craig Hamilton, the guiding force behind the movement known as Integral Enlightenment, is the founder of the telecourse training program Academy for Evolutionaries. His spiritual guidance and teachings reach a growing international online community spanning 50 countries. “Transforming ourselves in the deepest possible way is, in fact, an evolutionary imperative,

and we need to be able to identify the indicators of emergent shifts and participate creatively with change as an evolutionary force. Evolution up to this point has been playing out unconsciously. We’re now waking up and realizing that we can collaborate and participate in an emerging future.” Hamilton’s experience is that where humans awake to the one that is expressed through the many, they also begin to engage together. “Practicing community isn’t as simple as it seems. In online communities, a lot less can go wrong. The stakes aren’t as high. People come and go, share and engage as they like.”

A Community of Sisterhood

Laurie McCammon, author of Enough! How to Liberate Yourself and Remake the World with Just One Word, feels certain that humans are evolving. “We were last to the party with our big brains, and now we’re trying to intellectualize our way to an uncertain future without important feminine values such as feeling, intuiting, nurturing, interdependency and vulnerability,” says McCammon, who is deeply involved in the circle movement, in which women gather in small groups to empower each other. A regular participant in Gather the Women Global Matrix, a worldwide sisterhood that connects thousands of women sharing meaningful conversations and celebrating the divine feminine with the intention of bringing about personal and planetary transformation through cooperation and collaboration, McCammon says, “No one of us can bring about large-scale transformation alone. It’s time to tell the

new story wherein our lives and actions demonstrate that together we are enough. Non-hierarchical circles that encourage authentic communication are part of this new story.” Citing other important circle communities such as Tree Sisters and The Millionth Circle, McCammon suggests that women tap into The Divine Feminine app, which allows them to find circle communities and events anywhere in the world.

Co-Creating With the Intelligence of Nature

Teacher and futurist Peter Russell writes books that are focused on consciousness and contemporary spirituality. His lectures help humans free themselves of limited beliefs and attitudes that belie many of humanity’s personal, social and global problems. The author of The Global Brain: The Awakening Earth in a New Century, Russell posits that the evolutionary process naturally draws humans together. “Humans are social creatures that need community, which I find very energizing,” says Russell, who cites the Findhorn Foundation eco-village, in Scotland, as a dynamic experiment in community. “Although residents went through hard times, they recognized the need for honest communication so they could attune to one another in loving ways that would allow everyone to work through their difficulties. Today, life at Findhorn is guided by the inner voice of spirit, and residents work in co-creation with the intelligence of nature,” he says.

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An uncertain future is emerging, making it necessary for new and more intuitive methods and spiritual practices for developing collective wisdom, human potential and the skills for practicing community. “I’m in the process of finalizing 118 chapters from 90 different authors for a Collaborative Change Library: Transforming Organizations, Revitalizing Communities, Developing Human Potential,” says associate editor Carole Gorelick, who clarifies that spiritual practices are now playing a part in bringing about collaborative change. She notes that several chapters are updated versions of The Change Handbook: The Definitive Resource on Today’s Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems (2007 second edition), which included modalities such as World Café, Open Space Technology, Art of Hosting, Appreciative Inquiry and many others. A living handbook for developing human potential and the skills to practice community, Fred Eppsteiner has been teaching Buddhism for 23 years. A student of Hanh’s since the 1960s, he is the founder of the Florida Community of Mindfulness, in Tampa. Eppsteiner sums up why the next Buddha could be a community: “A better future will be created by people who are living the values they want for the world, not just abstractly using only the intellect. In community, we ask ourselves, ‘Can I be what I want to see in the world? Can I practice these things mindfully in community with love, acceptance, deep listening, compassion and kindness?’ These are values that every Buddha has lived for centuries, and certainly ones we need to evolve from a culture of, ‘It’s all about me’ to a culture of, ‘It’s all about we’.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Surgeon Mary Neal on Lessons From Heaven by Kajsa Nickels


n 1999, while kayaking on the Fuy River in Chile, orthopedic surgeon Mary Neal became trapped beneath a waterfall and drowned. She was underwater for 30 minutes before the current pulled her out. During that time, Neal experienced what she believes to be a miraculous event in which she penetrated the veil dividing the physical and spiritual worlds. There, she was told that it was not yet her time, and of the future death of her eldest son, a prediction that was fulfilled 10 years later. The experience gave her a new perspective on the purpose of our Earthly existence and life after death. She has since written two books on the subject: To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels and Life Again; and 7 Lessons from Heaven: How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joy-Filled Life. Her life-altering experience prompted her to pay more attention to those things that are truly important: faith, family and relationships with other human beings. She lives with her family in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she continues to mend broken bones.

How do you think your medical background makes you uniquely qualified to speak on near-death experiences (NDE)?

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cess to many resources that the common person would not. I spent many months researching scientific and medical literature to try to come up with a logical explanation of what had happened to me. I was forced to conclude that my experience fell outside of the parameters of both science and medicine. I could not find any examples to disprove what happened, especially when the predicted death of my oldest son came to pass.

What was the most profound moment of your experience?

It’s hard to pinpoint the most profound moment of the entire experience, but what impacted me most was the realization that God is real, and He is present to each and every one of us every moment of our daily lives. I realized to the depths of my soul that all God’s promises are true, not just wishful thinking or a vague hope.

How has your NDE made you a better wife, mother and medical professional?

You can’t have an NDE without having your entire life changed. When you realize that there is more to life than what you can see with your physical eyes, it changes your entire perspective on every moment of every day. The things we say and the things we do create a ripple effect that spreads beyond the boundaries of our human sight. Love

is ultimately the only thing that matters, to reflect love to the world and other people. I was a “good person” before my NDE, but I now see differently. I see that each human being is incredibly loved, and that we are all one: We are them, and they are us. Everything else in the world is secondary to God’s love and presence in our lives.

How is your approach to everyday life different than it was prior to your NDE?

I am able to be entirely present in every moment of my life. I can experience deep and abiding joy regardless of my circumstances. I am able to trust that grace covers my past, that there is life after death and a plan for my life. No matter what is happening, even if it is terrible, beauty will come out of it. Most people are trapped in regrets of the past and worry about the future. With complete trust in God, I am able to fully have joy in each and every moment.

Is there a difference between joy and happiness?

Absolutely. Happiness is an emotion based on circumstances. Happiness can accompany joy, but not always. Joy is a state of being, of trusting in God, of believing that his promises are true. Joy comes from freedom—freedom from disruptive emotions like guilt, remorse, unforgiveness. Even in the devastation of my oldest son’s death, I can honestly say that I experienced a deep joy from trusting in God’s love and promises.

Why do you believe heaven is written in our hearts?

As a scientist, I firmly believe that we are created beings with physical bodies and spiritual souls. I believe that our spiritual self remembers heaven and remembers joy. Part of our journey here on Earth is to rediscover our connection with God. As adults, we often feel that we have to choose between science and spiritualism. The truth is that they coexist, answering questions in different ways. Kajsa Nickels is a freelance author who lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Connect at

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Shedding Light on Water by Harriet L. Rola Prevalent rainfall this past summer dispelled any concerns of drought. A wellhydrated environment can convince us that water is plentiful and there is no need for conservation. Water is a finite resource. What we have now is all we will ever have. The Earth is covered by 71 percent water, only 3 percent is fresh and just 1 percent is accessible for use. That 1 percent brings to light that conserving and protecting water is a top priority. Water conservation and protection are necessary with a burgeoning human population and the presence of non-point source pollution. Four common types are lawn/garden fertilizers and chemicals, roadway petroleum and metal residues from automobiles, sediment and litter. These pollutants end up in water bodies, such as Newton Creek, when carried by rainwater runoff. The headwater spring for the main branch of Newton Creek is located in Saddler’s Woods, Haddon Township. From the spring, the tributary to the Newton is Saddler’s Run. These woods are critical to filtering and protecting the creek’s source as well as sustaining it. Trees are a component of the water cycle, which is the continual transformation of different forms of water: liquid water evaporates into vapor, which condenses into clouds, which produces precipitation, which runs into water bodies. Trees play an integral role in the water cycle. Some of the water absorbed through their roots is released through the leaves as vapor—a process called transpiration. Preserving and protecting Saddler’s Woods is significant to providing water to Newton Creek and its tributary. Newton Creek is a tributary to the Delaware River, which flows to the Delaware Bay and out to the Atlantic Ocean. Waterways are an interconnected maze of flowing water that seeks the lowest ground. Sloping landscape sheds rainwater to fill the nearest water body, creating the term “watershed”. Contaminants and sediment can be present in the runoff as it flows across the watershed’s terrain into Saddler’s Run, Newton Creek and beyond. The roots of Saddler’s Woods trees and other vegetation can filtrate for rainwater and floods. Root systems absorb some of the runoff, decreasing the amount of flow and contamination. Roots also reduce soil erosion from storm water runoff. The forest floor is pervious so a portion of rainwater will percolate through the soil of Saddler’s Woods replenishing the Potomac-Raritan-Magothy Aquifer. Saddler’s Woods serves as a well head field for the aquifer, which feeds the Newton and other nearby water bodies as well as provides drinking water to 500,000 Camden County residents. As the water percolates down into soil, it acts like a filter removing pollutants. Rainwater that hits impervious surfaces such as pavement and roofs will flow into storm water sewer outlets unfiltered and end up in Newton Creek, delivering pollutants, sediment, litter and debris that threaten aquatic life and the purity of the aquifer. Since contaminated water will reach the ocean, it’ll have a negative impact like the vast floating garbage patches, composed mostly of plastic waste, that plague both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, endangering marine wildlife and ecosystems. 32

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One can think of water as the “blood” of the Earth and waterways as the “arteries”. The water (blood) must remain clean and the waterways (arteries) unimpeded to maintain the good health of the Earth, which is tied to our own health. Clean, abundant water is essential to the health of all life and the ecosystems they inhabit. Wildlife plays an important role in the preservation and health of forests by foraging on plants and animals to keep their populations in check, maintaining the balance of the many tiers of a forest ecosystem. Wildlife cannot achieve their purpose without drinkable water. Humans can treat and filter their water, but wildlife only has what they can find outdoors. If it’s polluted or diminished, it won’t support them. It’s up to people in the Newton Creek Watershed, or wherever else they live, to make sure water remains a viable resource for all life. Our impact can be powerful either to sustain or degrade the quality of water and maintain a usable quantity as it moves through its cycle from atmosphere to water bodies to trees to soil. Let’s do our best to protect and replenish our most precious element: water. Ms. Harriet L. Rola is an environmental advocate, writer and poet. The Shoresaver’s Handbook, A Citizen’s Guide, by Tucker Coombe and Saddler’s Woods Conservation Association’s Watershed Guide were sources for this article. She spent a decade assisting Saddler’s Woods Conservation Association in forest management and restoration, community outreach, publicity and education. Contact her at Hara.Poetics@ For more information, visit

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People-Pleasing Holiday Sweets by Julie Peterson


he holidays may send too many sugar plums and frosted gingerbread figures dancing in the heads of people with dietary restrictions. Anyone that chooses to avoid highly processed flours or sugars, artificial ingredients and loads of butter will typically be presented with all of this and more at social gatherings this time of year. They arrive on visually appealing cookie platters that tempt with their cute shapes, vibrant colors and sparkle. Some, like the gingerbread and reindeer cutouts, will beckon with glazed eyes: “Just one,” they whisper. But one can turn into nine and make someone that may normally avoid sugar or gluten feel bodily regrets. Someone that is vegan or allergic may feel they can’t have treats. Making healthier choices about food is difficult for reasons many don’t understand. “People have relationships with food—involving family, comfort and traditions—and they don’t want to give that up,” says James Brandon, of Tampa, founder of Facebook’s Vegan and PlantBased Beginner’s Community. Brandon says that holiday treats are tough to resist, but staying true to health goals is most important in the long run. The best defense to avoid frustration at social food events is to bring a dish to


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share that meets your dietary needs, says Megan Gilmore, the author of No Excuses Detox: 100 Recipes to Help You Eat Healthy Every Day and a blogger at Detoxinista. com. “That way, you can introduce something delicious to your friends, family or co-workers and be sure you’ll have something to eat!” A batch of simple, delectable, visually appealing and healthful cookies can be that plate to share, a gift to give or something to keep on hand for guests. Keep the focus on simple, advises Pamela Reed, who blogs at There are plenty of recipes that will satisfy the sweet tooth and decorate the holiday buffet (until they’re all eaten, that is). Don’t increase holiday stress by trying a new recipe at the last minute. “Stick with your favorite recipes that you know are going to be a success and are going to leave everyone’s taste buds happy,” she says. Transitioning to a more conscious way of eating isn’t about deprivation or leaving tradition behind. Bring on the new and healthful cookie recipes and name one after your grandma. Julie Peterson writes from her home in rural Wisconsin. Contact her at

Oh-So-Healthy Holiday Treats Peanut Butter Cookies (Vegan, Gluten Free) Yields: About 18 cookies 1 cup creamy peanut butter ½ cup coconut sugar ½ cup brown sugar 2 tsp vanilla ⅔ cup oat flour 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt ¼ cup almond milk Additional sugar to roll cookies in

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Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, cream together peanut butter and sugars with a hand mixer. Once combined, add vanilla and continue mixing. Add flour, baking soda, salt and almond milk into the bowl and mix for a few seconds, until combined. The cookie dough will be a little crumbly. Prepare 2 cookie sheets with silicone baking sheets or spray with nonstick spray. Roll the dough into large balls, and then gently roll in sugar to cover them. Use a fork to gently press down on each cookie a little bit—not too much, or they will crumble. Bake cookies for 12 minutes. Once out of the oven, allow to cool for 15 minutes. This is important, as the cookies will be very

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Place the pecans and shredded coconut in a large food processor fitted with an “S” blade, and process until the pecans are broken down and crumbly. Add in the rest of the ingredients and process again, until a sticky dough is formed. (It should stick together when pressed between two fingers.) Scoop the dough by rounded tablespoons and roll the dough between your hands, forming balls. Arrange the balls on a plate or baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then place them in the freezer to set, about 1 to 2 hours. For a “snowball” look, roll the balls in additional arrowroot or tapioca starch—just a light coating will do—since the starch will not enhance the flavor. It’s just for looks! Note: If you’d prefer to roll the balls in coconut sugar or shredded coconut, roll them in one of those options before freezing, so the coating will stick better. Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to two weeks for best texture. Source:

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elebrating classic holiday traditions the same way we always have—and maybe the way our parents and grandparents did—is part of the rich family heritage we pass on to our children. These family rituals are binding, grounding, memorable and much more, says Saul Levine, M.D., professor emeritus in psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. A survey of 50 years of family research published in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Family Psychology found that family holiday rituals, as well as everyday routines like family dinners and bedtime stories, build stronger family relationships, enhance children’s health and academic achievement, help teenagers’ sense of personal identity and even boost marital satisfaction. It’s also natural and perhaps inevitable that these traditions undergo changes over the years. “If people from only five or six generations ago could see our modern Christmas, they’d barely recognize it,” says Brian Earl, host of the popular Christmas Past podcast that chronicles holiday traditions. “New trends and customs become traditions in time; every generation has its opportunity to add new chapters to the narrative and continue the story.” For Elizabeth Newcamp, Christmas 36

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festivities took an eco-turn for her military family of five when they were living for a few years in the Netherlands, where “Sinterklaas” traditionally delivers gifts in reusable burlap bags. “In an effort to reduce wrapping paper, we now use the sacks on Christmas,” says Newcamp, who blogs about family travel at

created. “We had a blast; we didn’t stop laughing all night,” she says. “We saved hundreds of dollars and we had a lovely time.” Lighting red, green and black candles while focusing on principles like unity, selfdetermination or purpose are key in the seven-day Kwanzaa celebrations; but, “Instead of just lighting the candle amongst friends and family and discussing, I want my family to spend that day exemplifying the principle,” says Vanessa Davis, executive director of the nonprofit African Village International, in Jacksonville, Florida. Now her children meditate, journal and practice mindfulness to learn about self-determination; volunteer or pick up trash outdoors to learn about collective work and responsibilities; and buy something at a locally-owned store and discuss future finances for cooperative economics. “I was inspired to change because Kwanzaa isn’t really a religious holiday, but it is a darn good way to reflect on the past year and goal-set for the future,” she says. “Giving children more hands-on experiences for Hanukkah and taking the emphasis off of ‘What am I going to get?’ makes the holiday more meaningful for the kids,” concurs Pamela Morris, early childhood education director at the East Valley Jewish Community Center, in Chandler, Arizona. Each Hanukkah evening, her family of five lights a menorah and says

New trends and customs become traditions in time; every generation has its opportunity to add new chapters to the narrative and continue the story. ~Brian Earl She and her husband Jeff also ask for and give experiences as gifts whenever possible; their 7-year-old son asked if he could organize a little library for their Navarre, Florida, neighborhood. Anyone that wants to send gifts to their sons is asked to find them used. “I don’t think we’ve lessened any of the fun of the holidays, but hopefully we are eliminating some of the waste,” she says. For many years, Ginny Underwood’s family in Bluffton, South Carolina, would dress up and go to a restaurant on Christmas Eve, exchange gifts and then return home to watch a movie or play board games. Last year, they tried something new: staying home, putting on pajamas, eating cottage pie and playing handmade “Minute to Win It” games that Underwood, a professional organizer who blogs at,

traditional prayers while also volunteering to wrap food packages at a local Feed My Starving Children event, crafting personal menorahs at a pottery studio, going to see Phoenix ZooLights and gathering to make the traditional potato latkes or jelly donuts. “Each night is a focus on family time and welcoming friends to join us,” she says. By observing and evolving traditions, family bonds can strengthen through time, relates Earl: “By participating in holiday rituals, children are learning about who they are. And by passing them down, parents reaffirm what’s important to them and keep the connection to the past intact.” Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural-health writer. Connect at

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clouded by fear, wanting or clinging. When we interact with others, our connection is genuine. We see people instead of judgments or labels. Being generous arises from the heart, not the wallet. We don’t need to have material wealth in order to be generous. The only requirement is a willingness to open our hearts, to see life as it is and to interact with others from a place of compassion and love. Some examples of generous acts are:

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ne of the ways we come into balance and connection with each other and with life is by giving from the heart. When we give to others, whether it’s an act of kindness, generosity or compassion, it helps us live from the heart instead of the ego. Living from the ego is painful and exhausting. It’s like feeding a hungry monster that’s never satisfied. Ego craves, pursues and clings to status, approval, material wealth and control. It views the world through the eyes of fear—constantly evaluating, judging and acting in ways that are self-centered, defensive and protective. Like with Scrooge, ego closes our heart and

makes us small, fearful and contracted. By contrast, generosity requires that we open our hearts to the world and each other. We allow ourselves to be vulnerable. In doing this, we open ourselves fully to life, love and relationships. We let go of striving and pursuing things. When we stop striving, we begin to see, value and respond to what’s happening in the present moment in ways that are healthy and healing. Our priority shifts from acquiring things to appreciating what we have and being open to sharing with others. Generosity is a quality of kindness, of living from a place of abundance. We see the world through a clear lens that isn’t

n Setting aside what we’re doing and listening to someone in need of emotional support. n Telling loved ones what we appreciate about them. n Listening to children and trying to see the world through their eyes before offering advice. n Smiling at a stranger. n When asking, “How are you?” looking into the person’s eyes and taking time to truly listen with an attitude of curiosity and compassion. Generosity awakens goodness in the heart, and this helps us open to life, love and relationships. Cindy Ricardo is a Coral Springs, Floridabased psychotherapist who blogs at

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Stuff the Subaru Pet Food & Supplies Drive – Dec 1-11. 9am-9pm. Drop off pet food, supplies and toy donations to Animal Welfare Association or Miller Subaru. 1592 NJ-38, Lumberton.

The Thru-Hiker’s Secret – 6:30-8:30pm. An Appalachian Trail thru-hike is one of the greatest gifts to yourself. Explore the physical, psychological and logistical secrets that can help you earn the coveted moniker of “Thru-hiker.” Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938.

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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 Yin Nidra – 1 & 7:15pm. With Dona. Guided meditation that has the power to transform, heal and rejuvenate you at core levels. 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. Neck Pain and Stiffness Class – 5:306:30pm. Bringing improved alignment and function to your shoulders, hips, knees and ankles is often all that is needed to alleviate neck pain and stiffness. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Preregistration suggested: 856-404-7287 or

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Introduction to Tarot – 7pm. With Christine Juckett. Everyone can read the tarot, no psychic ability required. Based on the RiderWaite Tarot Deck, learn the history of tarot, the meaning of each card in the deck and one simple tarot spread to use for personal guidance. $25. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 Winter Bird Walk – 10am-1pm. We’ll observe and learn about towhees, sparrows, juncos and more. Batsto Village, 31 Batsto Rd, Hammonton. RSVP, Michael Hogan: 609-476-2086 or Rancocas Woods Craft Show – 10am4pm. Includes vendors, food trucks, food venues, live music, games and more. 118 Creek Rd, Mount Laurel. 609-509-5103. Handmade Holiday Craft Fair – 11am-4pm. Explore the many historic farm buildings of Whitesbog. Handmade arts & craft vendors will be throughout the village, kids craft activity, candy cane hunt and more. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646.

Green Trading Post – Dec 7 & 8. 12-4pm. Organized as a traditional holiday bazaar, the Green Trading Post, offers merchandise and memberships from local nonprofit environmental, cultural or historical organizations. Pinelands Alliance Offices, 17 Pemberton Rd, Southampton. 609-859-8860. The Dickens Festival – 4:30-9pm. “Step back in Time for a Festive Experience the Whole Family will Enjoy!” Enjoy shopping on Main Street during the festival. Stop by Azonia, 6 N Main St, Medford for a holiday treat. Main St, Medford. 856-777-1626. Holiday Parade/Tree Lighting Ceremony – 5pm. Rain date Dec 8. Stop by Peace of Earth, 243 High St, Burlington for a holiday treat. High St, Burlington. 609-784-3034. Ski and Snowboard Waxing Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn the basics of cleaning and waxing your skis or snowboard, and how to choose the best wax to make the most of your next trip to the mountains. $35/member, $55/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. marlton.html. Kirtan – 7-9pm. With Wynne Paris. His live performance combines Kirtan chanting, American music (jazz, gospel music, blues and rock music, world beat rhythms and raga scales. $20/advance, $25/at door. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. Register: 856-546-1006 or


ASPCA & Subaru Share the Love Adoption Event – 11am-5pm. The first 30 adoptions of the day will be fee waived. Animal Welfare Association of New Jersey, 509 Centennial Blvd, Voorhees. 856-424-2288.

Batona Trail, Apple Pie Hill Hike – 8:30am5pm. Join Naturalist, John Volpa, as we explore a beautiful section, which include a variety of wetlands and uplands. We’ll keep a moderate pace between frequent stops for stories and exploration of Pine Barrens flora and fauna. $45. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Pre-registration required: 609-268-0189 or

Spiritual Healing & Psychic Event: Toys for Tots – 11am-5pm. Hosted by Marlton VFW and Beth Harper O’Brien. Admission free; services vary depending on the individual practitioner. Food and drinks available for purchase. Bring a new and unwrapped toy to bring a smile to a needy child’s face for the holidays. Marlton VFW Post 6295, 94 10th St, Marlton.

Wilderness Survival with Pinelands Adventures – 9am-2pm. Challenge yourself as you practice the hands-on skills of shelter building, fire making, water purification and signaling for rescue. $75. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Pre-registration required: 609-268-0189 or

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SAVE THE DATE Mind & Body Retreat: A Day of Restoration 10am-2pm This retreat will showcase classes for cancer patients, those touched by cancer and anyone seeking to refresh and rejuvenate while supporting this great cause. There will be various classes to choose from including chair yoga, mindfulness, restorative and laughter yoga, Pilates and more.

1301 Springdale Rd, Cherry Hill 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

SAVE THE DATE Enlightened Holiday Shopping 11am-3pm Make your holiday shopping meaningful and convenient. Halo Wellness Center is hosting unique vendors for all your spiritual shopping needs including crystals, handmade jewelry, essential oils, clothing and much more. There will also be chair massages, reflexology, spiritual guidance and more. No entry fee, vendors’ and practitioners’ fees vary.

Halo Wellness Center, 968 Rte 73 S, Marlton Yoga Workshop: Journey Through Surya Namaskar – 1-3pm. Surya namaskar means saluting the sun. Workshop explores and demystifies the breath or pranayama practice and its importance of coordinating breath with movement—optimizing health benefits. All levels welcome. $20/member, $30/nonmember. Virtua, 401 Young Ave, Moorestown. Register: 856-291-8800 or

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 Tai Chi Fundamentals – 11am. Learn the foundational exercises of tai chi. Excellent 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.

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Flat Feet (How to Restore Your Arches) Class – 5:30-6:30pm. The solution for flat feet is to treat the musculoskeletal dysfunctions causing the weak and failing arches. Join Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman to experience simple, gentle exercises designed to get to the root of the problem. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or The Holistic Chamber of Commerce, Mt. Laurel Chapter Meeting – 7-9pm. Topic: Survive the Holidays, Stress Reduction Techniques. $8/member; nonmember: $18/advance, $20/at door. The Plaza Grande, 700 Citation Ln, Cherry Hill. Details:


Crystal Bowl Meditation with Reiki & Guidance Reading – 7-9pm. Join Beth Harper O’Brien for a relaxing evening of sound healing with the crystal bowls, coupled with Reiki healing. The meditation will end with an angel card/ guidance reading. Halo Wellness Center, 968 Rte 73 S, Marlton. Register: 856-574-4433 or

Beginner’s Camping Workshop – 6:308:30pm. Join REI’s expert guides for this hands-on, first look at camping. Practice setting up tents, get help selecting the best sleeping bag for you, and get practical experience to help you camp for the first time. $15/member, $35/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938.


Moonlight Walk – 7pm. Come explore the village and the bogs by moon light. An experienced guide will share insights about Whitesbog and the nature that surrounds us with a different topic each month. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646.

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:

Stop the PennEast Pipeline: DRBC Commissioners Meeting – 10am-1pm. Join us to make clear to the DRBC and the governors of the 4 watershed states that we demand a rejection of the PennEast pipeline now. Washington Crossing Visitor Center, 1112 River Rd, Washington Crossing, PA. More info & to register:

Holly Holiday Tour – Dec 13-15. 6-7pm. Learn about Elizabeth White’s Holly Tree Nursery, Whitesbog’s role in history and visit Suningive, The General Store and other historic houses and farm landscapes that speak to Whitesbog’s heritage. $8-$10. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646.

Full Moon Yoga & Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Teja Kaur & Heather Vischoric. Gathering together in a circle to heal is an ancient human tradition into a sacred space. This sacred space opens a portal allowing us to connect to a deeper wisdom within, to the power of community, love and healing. $22. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. Pre-register: 856-546-1006 or

Crystal Bowl Meditation with Reiki & Guidance Reading – 7-9pm. Join Beth Harper O’Brien for a relaxing evening of sound healing with the crystal bowls, coupled with Reiki healing. The meditation will end with an angel card/guidance reading. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. Register: 856-574-4433 or

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 Head of the River Cemetery and the Methodists of Old Tuckahoe: A History in Stone – 10am. Tony McNichol, a Cultural Resource Planner with the Pinelands Commission, will discuss the 18th-century cemetery and the Head of the River church in Estell Manor. Free. Commission’s Richard J. Sullivan Center for Environmental Policy and Education, 15 Springfield Rd, Pemberton Township. The Challenges of Energy Sustainability at the Local, National and Global Levels – 10am-1pm. Lecture addresses critical issues of global magnitude, as the issue of transformative technology continues to be at the forefront of global discussions about the future of sustainable energy in the world. Speaker: James Spalding; followed by a Q&A session. Free. Rutgers-Camden Nursing and Science Building, Rm 101 Lecture Hall, 530 Federal St, Camden. More info & to register:

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Light in Darkness and Darkness in Light – 7-9:30pm. The powerful yin yang symbol illustrates universal evolution. Come on a shamanic journey traveling from the time of our ancestors receiving gifts and guidance from Cosmic and Inner Earth Energetics creating equanimity and equipoise deep within, anchoring Divine Peace and Grace on Earth. $35/advance, $45/day of. Cherry Hill. Register, Andrea Regal: 856-904-5566.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 Lake Worth Cleanup – 10am-1pm. Join us in the fight against plastic pollution. Help pick up debris around Lake Worth. Gloves, grabbers, and any other tools provided. Lake Worth Park, White Horse Pike at Rosemond Ave, Lindenwold . RSVP, Michael Hogan: 609-476-2086 or Make a Wreath – 2-4pm. Create a wreath from Pinelands greens to share with someone who might enjoy some unexpected kindness this season. Cost to attend is a canned good for donation to a local food pantry. Pinelands Preservation Alliance, 17 Pemberton Rd, Southampton. Pre-registration required: 609-859-8860 or

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 Silent Brunch – 10am. With Susan Drummond & Antonia Anastasia. During this heartwarming gathering to connect to loved ones who have crossed, we’ll eat in silence with open hearts and allow spirit to speak directly to all of us without interruption. After brunch, Susan and Antonia will share messages from your loved one. Bring a picture/memento of your loved one to set out. $55. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Santa Quest – 1-3pm. Enjoy a fun, guided family holiday adventure as we look for signs of Santa along the trails. Bring a camera or cell phone to document this unique Santa sighting. Enjoy hot chocolate and a campfire back at the center. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495 or Yoga Workshop: Reusi Dat Ton – 1-3pm. A little known aspect of traditional Thai healing and culture. Reusi Dat Ton is the foundation to traditional Thai yoga therapy. Consists of breathing, self-massage, dynamic exercises and poses (some with self-acupressure), visualization, mantras, and meditation. $20/ member, $30/nonmember. Virtua, 401 Young Ave, Moorestown. Registration required: 856-291-8800 or Walk in the Wild: Cooking Over an Open Fire – 2pm. Charles White will be demonstrating cooking over an open fire. Sample the joy of simple cooking. Recipes available. Free. Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust, Willoughby House, 340 Pine Ave, Deptford. To register: 856-217-9138.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16 Sustainable South Jersey Meetup – 6:308:30pm. Enjoy conversation, networking and educational speakers. Three leaders in sustainability will be speaking (10-min lightning talks). Free. Bordentown Community Center, 207 Crosswicks St, Bordentown. More info & to register:

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 Reduce Pain Naturally – 5:30-6:30pm. Simple, gentle exercises can reduce and even eliminate pains throughout the body without drugs, surgery or manipulation. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18 Shamanic Healing Circle – 7pm. Would you like to experience a dynamic healing direct from Spirit? For thousands of years, Shamans have opened themselves to the sacred for healing of the people. It is as if Spirit itself comes to doctor. With Ashley Oppon. $30. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register:



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Winter Solstice Drum Circle – 7-8pm. Join us for a drum circle to honor the changing of the season. Donations to benefit Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in Medford. Halo Wellness Center, 968 Rte 73 S, Marlton. Register: 856-574-4433 or

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 Relaxing Yoga with Crystal Bowls – Restorative yoga class using bolsters and healing sounds of the singing crystal bowls guides into supported and relaxing yoga poses that assists in unwinding, de-stressing, cleanse and refresh body, mind and spirit. With Anna Castro. $20. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register:

SAVE THE DATE Gifts, Gratitude & Blessings

Join the movement in End of Life Care at Ascend Hospice Ascend Hospice is seeking compassionate volunteers to join our End of Life Doula program. Our program equips volunteers to accompany the dying and to provide emotional & spiritual support and guidance in the final days of life. End of Life Doula Certificates are awarded once training and required service is completed.

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11am-12:30pm Join us to share insights and reflections on the special ways Divine Spirit brings us upliftment, awareness and spiritual freedom. Light snacks and fellowship will follow. Free.

Mt. Laurel Community Center, Rm 1, 100 Mount Laurel Rd, Mount Laurel. More info: 800-870-9139 or Winter Soul-stice Celebration of Light – 6:30-8pm. With Janet Watkins. Together we will honor the current state of darkness as we cross over into expansion and light. With yoga and meditation we will journey inward and explore the deep layers of our inner selfs and prepare for expansion within ourselves, and within our world. $25. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. Pre-register: 856-546-1006 or

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 Saturday Guided Walk – 10:30-11:30am. Adults and interested teenagers can join a naturalist for a Saturday guided hike in the Rancocas preserve. Free; donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-2612495 or Backcountry Tents and Sleep Systems Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Join this hands-on workshop to explore various options when it comes to tents, sleeping bags, and more. All equipment provided. No experience necessary. $20/member, $40/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938.




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1-5pm With Julie Fischer & Janet Watkins. What is desiring to express through you this year? Connect with and affirm your heart’s intention for your life through deepening processes of nurturing, meditation, movement, self-inquiry and sound. $50.

Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon Pre-register: 856-546-1006 or

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27 Who’s Active in the Winter at Rancocas? – 1-2:30pm. Join a hike on the trails and learn who might be up and about. We’ll also look for tracks, signs of wildlife and other seasonal attractions. Free; donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495 or Mindfulness for Stress Reduction – 7pm. Sheena Davis, LCSW, with over 10 yrs experience in psychotherapy and a reiki practitioner, guides participants through mindfulness techniques to help manage and decrease stress from work, parenting, relationship, anxiety and sadness. $20. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register:


Thursdays, Jan 9-30. 6:30-8pm 4-wk series with Teja Shanti Kaur. A relaxing kundalini yoga meditation and deep relaxation. We will arouse the kundalini energy through our breath, mantra (chanting) and mudra (hand positions) then conclude the meditation with deep relaxation lying on our backs. All levels.

Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon Pre-register: 856-546-1006 or


SAVE THE DATE Ballroom Dance Demo Class 2pm The hustle and bustle of the holidays is over. Come try a Hustle class with Polly Kane. Free.

Virtua, 401 Young Ave, Moorestown 856-291-8800


SAVE THE DATE Full Moon Yoga & Gong Meditation 7-8:30pm With Teja Kaur & Heather Vischoric. Gathering together in a circle to heal is an ancient human tradition into a sacred space. This sacred space opens a portal allowing us to connect to a deeper wisdom within, to the power of community, love and healing. $22.

Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon.

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SAVE THE DATE Yoga for the New Year 10-11:30am Get a fresh start to the new year with a deep detoxifying yoga practice and a few cheerful lessons from the Lord of Auspicious Beginnings, Ganesha. This all-level class includes deep twists for purification, pranayama for mental clarity. $15 or class card.

Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon

SAVE THE DATE Functional, Fit and Strong Class Series

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Start 2020 right with a focus on restoring muscular function, getting fit, and building strength in this 4-class series of exercises specifically designed to produce results. Taught by Egoscue Institute Certified Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. $60/series.

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Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill

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Jan 12-13. 11:30am-6pm, Sat; 1-6pm, Sun. With Shelly Schneider. CEUs for yoga teachers. Learn principles of anatomy and physiology and how they relate to yoga practice.

Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. Pre-register: 856-546-1006 or

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SAVE THE DATE Vision Board Party 12-3pm In this workshop, use your intentions, goals and all the things you would like to bring into your life for 2020 to create a vision board to take home. Please bring any magazines, pictures or quotes that relate to your goals. We will also have some for you to use along with all the necessary supplies to create your vision board. $45.

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SAVE THE DATE The Holistic Chamber of Commerce, Mt. Laurel Chapter Meeting 7-9pm Topic: We Survived the Holidays Mixer. $8/member; nonmember: $18/advance, $20/at door.

The Plaza Grande, 700 Citation Ln, Cherry Hill. Details: mtlaurel. December 2019



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SAVE THE DATE Puerto Rico Retreat 2020 Jan 21-26 Retreat yourself to a week in paradise including: daily morning meditation and yoga, all breakfasts and dinners, airport transfer, Thai massage workshop, CBD restorative workshop, food as your medicine workshop, tarot card reading, waterfall hike, bonfire and drum circle and added excursion options such as horseback riding on the beach, surf lessons, paddle board and more. $1,500.

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SAVE THE DATE Yoga Cape May 2020 Annual Holistic Yoga Retreat Jan 24-26. $299 All-Inclusive includes lodging, vegetarian meals and all of the sessions. Go deep within to discover your true self and find your own path to wholeness. Affordable and in our own backyard.

Marianist Retreat Center, 417 Yale Ave, Cape May Point Karen Manette Bosna: 609-827-8886 Details:


SAVE THE DATE 6th Annual Cape May Awakening Retreat Feb 7-9 With Tricia Heiser, E-RYT, Reiki Master and energy intuitive & Lisa Miliaresis, psychic, medium & author. Immerse yourself in light as we share a weekend of yoga, meditation, channeling and awakening. Be introduced to tools that can be used to tap into your intuition and awaken your awareness to the light within you. $295 before Dec 15; $322 by Dec 15 or after.

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Kundalini Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Teja Shanti Kaur. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. Pre-register: 856-546-1006 or

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. 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. 609-975-8379. Monthly Meditation/Mini-Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st Mon. Explore meditation, energy education/topics and reiki. Please arrive on time so the meditation is not disturbed, and refrain from alcohol the day of the workshop. $15. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Working Session Meeting: Sustainable Haddon Heights – 7pm. 1st Mon. Meetings are open to all interested volunteers. Haddon Heights Public Library, lower level, 608 Station Ave. Yoga Nidra – 7:30-8:30pm. 3rd Mon.  Yoga nidra is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-tosleep” stage. A state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. With Stacey Reeves. $10. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register:

TUESDAY 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 44

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Knee Self-Massage Class for Pain Relief – 6-7:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Also 11am-12:30pm, 1st Thurs. Proven simple self-massage technique teaches you how to eliminate knee pain immediately. Massage applied to your thigh (quadriceps) muscle, while in a seated position. Wear comfortable clothes with easy access to your thigh. No jeans please or bring shorts. Easy to learn, immediate benefits. $15/drop-in. Holos Touch LLC, 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights. Registration: 856-428-5486, Down to Earth Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. A practical and realistic practice, using straightforward poses and clear alignment cues to developmental and physical confidence and awareness. Class touches on the natural world and its seasonal changes. Sol Yoga at Vacanti Jiu Jitsu, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236.

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. 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 Gentle Chair Yoga for Cancer Recovery – 2-3pm. With Julie Fischer. A unique yoga style that creatively adapts traditional yoga poses to be done while seated. Designed specifically for those recovering from cancer and its treatments, and is open only to cancer survivors. Free; donations accepted. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. Pre-register: 856-546-1006 or Ashtanga Yoga – 6:15pm. Join Linda Lamond for an invigorating slow-flow ashtanga yoga class each week. $15/drop-in or $10 with purchase of class card. Halo Wellness Center, 968 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-574-4433.

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.

THURSDAY 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, 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 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. Each class is different. Bring a favorite crystal or sacred object. $25. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register:

FRIDAY Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. See Wed listing. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Friday Nite Fitness Hike – 7pm. Brisk pace, 8-10 miles. Work up a sweat exploring the sand roads and trails of Brendan Byrne State Forest. Be prepared to walk at an average of 3.5 mph, with few breaks. Meet at the Campground, Glass House and Coopers Rd, Woodland Township. Leaders, Bob Hodges:

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

SATURDAY 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. 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. Pet Adoption Day – 11am-2pm. PetsMart, 62 Centerton Rd, Mount Laurel. More info, Burlington County Animal Alliance: 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.

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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 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 37.

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

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.

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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 ads on page 5.

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

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

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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 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 37.


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


The Strawbridge Professional Center 212 W Rte 38, Ste 100 Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-273-1551 Dr. Bidwell is dedicated to providing patients the best possible spinal healthcare including chiropractic adjustment, massage, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, hot and cold therapy, cervical and lumbar traction, and stretching and strengthening exercise instruction. Her adjustments techniques consist of diversified, activator, arthrostim, SOT blocking, craniosacral work, active release technique, and PNF stretching. See ad on page 25.


Certified Canine Behavioral Specialist 609-742-8948 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. 


1040 Pennsylvania Ave, Trenton, NJ 609-695-5800 • 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.


13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton, NJ 08068 609-351-5878 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 “Geopathic Stress: Fast and Effective Clearance.”


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


ESSENTIAL OILS YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Marilyn York Independent Distributor #489656 877-436-2299


New Moon Holistic Health Coaching, LLC Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Reiki Master and Shamanism practitioner who helps people transform their lives from the inside out. Using energy work and coaching to help them make changes in their lives.

Essential oils: revered for thousands of years for their naturally enhancing support of body, mind and spirit. Become a Young Living Essential Oils Member/Customer, and/or an Independent Distributor. See ad on page 25. 7.


Andi B. Meltzer, MA Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® 215 Highland Ave, Ste C, Haddon Township, NJ 08108 856-854-3155 x 172 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.


Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey 1050 N Kings Hwy, Ste 200 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 856-667-6805 • Safe, natural solutions for many health problems. Get to the root of your symptoms and heal your body with Nutrition Response Testing. Sarah Outlaw is a Master Herbalist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner offering a non-invasive, advanced form of muscle testing for food sensitivities, chemical and metal toxicity, and immune system issues for all ages. Individualized, targeted nutrition programs designed for every client. See ad on page 6.


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

Liesha Getson is a Board-Certified Thermographic Technician, Holistic Health Counselor, a Reiki Master and Energy Practitioner. Liesha is a founding partner of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, a cooperative wellness center that provides a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, reiki, thermography, infrared detoxification and biopuncture. See ad on page 31.


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


Julia Gandy 505 S Lenora Rd, Ste 124, Moorestown 609-634-2396 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 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.

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Chairman, Medical & Dental Division, International Hypnosis Federation 214 W Main St, Ste L4, Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-231-0432 •


Healthful Solutions 4U LLC I A L - Certified The Center, Life in Balance 45 S Main St, Medford 856-275-1047 •

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 25.

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 39.

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.



Board certified in Integrative Medicine & Acupuncture 2301 E Evesham Rd, Bldg 800, Ste 219 Voorhees, NJ 08043 856-528-2258 •



Institute for Medical Wellness 110 Marter Ave, Ste 408, Moorestown, NJ 856-231-0590 •

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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 ad


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 31.



Reiki Master Berlin, NJ 08009 • 865-264-6840


Phone coaching at its best 973-444-7301 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!

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.


Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, IET, Energy Intuitive 856-905-3024 Medford, NJ It is my desire to help you live your best life. To feel balanced and at ease in your body, mind and spirit. To shine a light on the divine guidance that is always there for you, but sometimes goes unnoticed. A session with me will leave you feeling joyful, balanced and as if you are in the Divine Flow of life!


Life Style Coach &Integrative Nutrition Consultant 856-275-6763 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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Holos Touch LLC 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 856-546-7500 • Experience and learn simple yet effective pain relief methods in individual or group sessions. Dr. Atkins’ advanced muscle release treatment and self-care education has proven published results for the past decade. Other services include certified manual lymph drainage, and relief for various chronic conditions. See ad on page 41.

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 29.


Lori Dye, LMT, Reflexologist, Reiki Practitioner Washington Professional Campus 860 NJ-168 Blackwood, NJ 08012 Located inside Performance Chiropractic & Wellness Center 856-401-9550 • 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 •

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 5.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR MELISSA JOSSELSON, ND Naturopathic Doctor Marlton & Haddonfield, NJ 856-472-9495

Holistic health care for all ages and a variety of health conditions. Find the cause of your health issues and heal using safe, natural and nontoxic therapies. See ad on page 8.


Numerologist & Empowerment Coach 609-417-4526 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.


1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong, NJ 08088 609-268-0189

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A nonprofit Initiative of Pinelands Preservation Alliance. Recreational activities include guided/unguided river paddling, camping, hiking and small group history and


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 17.


Breathe Life Physical Therapy & Wellness Collingswood Health Collective, 987 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 856-210-3517 Specializing in pelvic rehabilitation for women and men optimizing health and restoring control of urinary and bowel incontinence, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse and support for women during/after pregnancy. One-on-one physical therapy provided promotes an active, confident and comfortable lifestyle to fully breathe life. See ad on page 23.

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Spiritual Healing Through Guidance 45 S Main St Medford, NJ 08055


Andrea Regal, Subtle Energy Therapist 856-904-5566 You are so much more than you know! Discover how your greatest challenges reveal your Soul purposes! Learn how to move past the defenses (no longer needed) in your mind, body and energy field to live from your authentic Self. Transmute the fears and pains opening the portals to you multidimensionality. For as you evolve, you evolve the planet! 30+ years’ experience counseling and teaching the energetics of mind, body and soul interconnection. See ad on page 35.

Beth O’Brien is a psychic medium, reiki master, ordained minister, and paranormal investigator who is offering private reiki sessions, angel card readings, mediumship readings, gallery readings as well as guided meditations, group classes and spiritual retreats. Be sure to check the website for all services offered.

THAI MASSAGE THERAPY KATHLEEN SCHWARZ, PT, RYT Compassionate Healing Services 13 Brittany Blvd, Marlton, NJ 08053 856-394-0283

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

Natural, non-invasive procedures for sexual dysfunction affecting one or more of the following: desire, arousal, lubrication, erectile function, orgasm, pain, dryness and satisfaction. The Replenish Center utilizes an integrative and functional approach looking at key factors such as hormone imbalance, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, certain medications and chronic illnesses. Other contributing factors are lifestyle, diet, exercise and stress. The Replenish Center specializes in therapies which utilize your body’s own healing mechanisms. Dr. Camille Semple-Daly is triple board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative Medicine and Aesthetic Medicine. See ad on page 2.

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Kathleen utilizes her vast knowledge and 17+ years’ experience as a physical therapist to deliver a session personalized for your goals and unique physiology. Whether you aim to rehabilitate from illness/injury or simply want to achieve deep relaxation, Kathleen can help. Clients call her, “a true healer.” See ad

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

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

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

Dr. Jewel Amui-Bellon is a well-respected, board-certified OBGYN in Marlton, NJ. She provides excellent individualized gynecologic and preventative care for women. In addition, she is committed to providing a wholistic, gentle, and compassionate way to conception for women who have been told they cannot carry out successful pregnancy outcomes. The oldest women was 56 years old at conception and successfully delivered a bouncy baby boy. See ad on page 5.


Energy Coach, Reiki Master, Wild Soul Movement Teacher Wild Soul Movement is a program that uses sensuality, movement, and mantras to cultivate body connection, trust, love and acceptance. Become the living, breathing embodiment of feminine truth and power. Group and private classes available. See website for class locations and times.

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