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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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20 PAUL HAWKEN Shares a Plan to Reverse Global Warming

22 CHANGING OUR DIET TO COOL THE CLIMATE Good Food Choices Enable Global Health

26 INTO THE WOODS Nature Helps Kids Build Skills and Character





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34 TOUCHING THE EARTH The Healing Powers of Going Barefoot


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44 NATURE’S REMEDIES How Animals Self-Medicate

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have been thinking lately about words and how they fit into our world of communication. My 24-year-old son, Sean, tells me I need a college course in texting so he can make sense of what I’m trying to say when I speak with my fingers. On self-examination—and the evidence before me—I have to plead guilty as charged. I have had numerous people tell me they don’t understand my email. It has been pointed out to me, mostly by my editor, that I have a “Joe Dunne mind speak” when I hastily shoot out emails. Again, guilty. Words are shared in so many forms these days: texting, emails, Twitter, Facebook and so much more, but how clear are we? What we say, what we wanted to say and what we actually mean is a complicated maze. We even have interpretive text now. For example, using all caps means “shouting,” which I didn’t know until someone told me. Listening is endlessly complicated. Whatever we hear is interpreted through a personal “tone, age, life experience” filter. The maze of being clear, and choosing the right words when we deliver communications, is a college course for an advanced degree! The power of words is the point here. We all think we’re being clear, and sometimes we are, but listening often gets blocked because we’re too busy thinking of what we want to say rather than listening with complete attention, clear of our own thoughts. Not an easy task, and again, I must admit guilt. But here is the life lesson for me—the power of words lies in the fact that they can’t be taken back. That quick blast in anger, frustration or in the heat of the moment cannot be withdrawn. This lesson has stayed with me over my lifetime. The power of our words is immeasurable. Wars have started over words. Relationships have been destroyed, not necessarily by intention, but by the wrong choice of words. The power of our spoken word also contains a vibration. To a callous person, harsh words may not offend, but to a sensitive or fragile person, they are cutting. And words of hope can literally mean the difference between life or death for someone hanging by a thread in their world. Choosing our words matters. For me, I will continue to spend a lot of time meditating, thinking and slowing down to make my communication a little bit clearer and take into account the person on the other side of my words. In peace, love and laughter,

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RAYKI school to Host Summer Solstice Healing Workshop


he Summer Solstice Healing Workshop is a heart opening healing workshop designed to ignite one’s own healing ability. This experiential workshop, held on June 15-17 in peaceful Bayville on the Jersey Shore, is perfect for healers, caregivers, empaths, healthcare professionals, and anyone in need of self-healing. Attendees will learn how to enhance happiness and health through mind, body, and soul integration. “We come into this world as a whole and complete being, a beautiful and joyful present from a heavenly star. Over time, we forget about this “me,” says Makiko Fliss, PhD, MSc, Rayki School Founder and workshop facilitator. “Many forgotten memories carry key messages. If we can give ourselves a brief conscious “pause,” we may find answers to core questions like why am I here, do I have a soul mission, or even why won’t my pains go away?” This two-day healing journey allows participants to discover their inner physician and tap into their original blue print. “Many of us start the healing process and stop without completing it. Our soul seeks completion as we are a whole and complete being,” states Fliss. “No matter how broken you may feel, that blueprint is still there to bring wholeness back to your body and mind.” Friday night features Rev. Chesbro, the author of The Order Of Melchizedek, followed by an opening ceremony which includes the sacred rhythms of a drum circle. Don’t miss this healing workshop weekend by the sea to share energy with like-minded healers and seekers in a deep inner journey of self-discovery and self-integration. For information, visit See ad on page 13.

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or ten years the One Spirit Festival has been hosting readers, practitioners and vendors, as well as craftsmen, from the holistic community at its events. In 2008, the fair started as an annual event and grew into both spring and fall presentations. Later each festival became a full two day affair, with continuous lectures and demonstrations. This spring’s anniversary event will be held on May 5-6, once again at the Clinton Community Center, 63 Halstead Street. “We are grateful to be able to mark this milestone with the community and all the wonderful people who make up the One Spirit Festival. I had hoped we’d get this far, but it is always gratifying to achieve the dream,” says organizer Christina Lynn Whited. The fair hosts psychic readers in the main hall. Each reader offers a 15-minute time slot for $35, and times may be booked in advance online. “Lots of folks book multiple appointments in a row so they can get all their questions in,” according to Whited. The collection of vendors is wide-ranging. Holistic vendors in nutrition, crystals, essential oils, massage therapists, reiki and acupressure practitioners, supplements and more. Unique jewelry designers are featured, and handmade soaps and crèmes are side by side with yoga accessories, leather goods and books by local authors. Lectures are also offered every half hour. Location: 63 Halstead St., Clinton. For information or to participate as a vendor, visit or call Whited at 908-638-9066. See ad on page 27.

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When overweight adults exchange refined grain products such as white bread and pasta for whole-grain equivalents, they tend to feel full sooner, eat less, lose weight and experience a reduction in inflammation, the journal Gut reports. Researchers from Denmark’s National Food Institute and the University of Copenhagen studying 50 adults at risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease found that test volunteers realized these benefits by eating whole grains, and rye in particular.

Ingesting a combination of five herbs while making healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduced symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in a recent Australian study of 122 women published in Phytotherapy Research. The herbs were Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort), Paeonia lactiflora (peony) and Tribulus terrestris (tribulus). Menstrual cycles returned to normal duration for 55 percent of the women, and significant improvements occurred in body mass index, pregnancy rates, hormones, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. Subjects also exhibited less depression, anxiety and stress.

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Nature Videos Calm Prisoners Maximum-security prison inmates in Oregon that spent an hour a day for a year watching nature videos were involved in 26 percent fewer violent acts compared with fellow inmates, and reported feeling significantly calmer, less irritable and more empathetic. The University of Utah study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, states, “An estimated 5.3 million Americans live or work in naturedeprived venues. Such removal from nature can result in an ‘extinction of experience’ that can further lead to disinterest or disaffection toward natural settings, or even biophobia (fear of the natural environment). People that infrequently or never spend time in nature will be deprived of the numerous physical and emotional benefits that contact with nature affords.”

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Tropical Forests Releasing Excess Carbon A study published in the journal Science found that forests across Asia, Latin America and Africa release 468 tons of carbon per year, equivalent to nearly 10 percent of the annual U.S. carbon footprint. Thus, tropical forests may no longer be acting as carbon sinks and could be releasing more carbon than they store. Lead author Alessandro Baccini, with the Woods Hole Research Center, in Massachusetts, says, “These findings provide the world with a wake-up call on forests. If we’re to keep global temperatures from rising to dangerous levels, we need to drastically reduce emissions and greatly increase forests’ ability to absorb and store carbon.” Researchers think nearly 70 percent of this loss of carbon storage capacity is caused by small-scale degradation from logging, drought and wildfire. Researchers say that policies to curb deforestation, reduce degradation and restore the integrity of the land could turn forests back into carbon sinks.

Solar energy is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of countries, with record-setting solar farms being built worldwide. Researchers have been investigating ways to make transparent solar panels that resemble glass that could be used as window panels at the same time as converting the light that shines on them into electricity. “Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” explains materials scientist Richard Lunt, Ph.D., from Michigan State University. “We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices have the potential of generating a similar amount of electricity as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics.” As reported in Nature Energy, his team has developed a transparent, luminescent, solar concentrator that looks like clear glass, covered in small, organic molecules adept at capturing only ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths of light. The visible light that enables human vision isn’t obstructed, so we can see through the cell. If scaled up to cover the billions of square feet of glass surfaces throughout the U.S., it could potentially supply about 40 percent of our country’s energy needs.


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French President Emmanuel Macron awarded 18 climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere millions of euros in grants to relocate to his country for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term. Macron’s “Make Our Planet Great Again” grants are meant to counter Trump’s intent on the climate change front following his declaration to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. One winner, Camille Parmesan, of the University of Texas at Austin, who is working at an experimental ecology station in the Pyrenees charting how human-made climate change is affecting wildlife, says that in the U.S., “You are having to hide what you do.”

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Arbor Day More Vital Now than Ever The 147th annual Arbor Day on April 27 encourages tree planting worldwide to replenish lost tree cover including trees wiped out in the recent fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) is committed to providing 5 million trees in these areas alone. More than 3,400 U.S. communities will participate as an ADF Tree City. Visit for a current list and criteria for new communities to apply. The ADF Alliance for Community Trees ( supports tree-growing programs for 200 nonprofit member groups nationwide via funding, information sharing and forging helpful connections. Trees are much more than aesthetics, says Program Manager Dana Karcher, who most recently welcomed Community Greening, in Delray Beach, Florida, and Outdoor Circle, in Hawaii, into the fold. “Trees clean the air, are a habitat for animals, retain storm water and more.” An affiliated nonprofit program online at encourages tree planting each October. Billings, Montana, earned the latest Arbor Day Celebration Award after 12 elementary schools there engaged in environmental education stations and 180 volunteers planted and pruned trees. Other recent biannual award winners included California’s ReLeaf program and the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum. The need was great even before the world’s forests lost 73.4 million acres of tree cover in 2016, a 51 percent increase over 2015, due to poor forest management, climate change-driven drought and fires, says Global Forest Watch. Hopeful global signs: The largest-ever tropical reforestation project in the Brazilian Amazon aims to plant 73 million trees in the next six years on 70,000 acres. A New Zealand participation goal for the Billion Trees Planting Programme targets planting 100 million trees annually for a decade. In July 2017, volunteers in Madhya Pradesh, India, planted 66,750,000 tree saplings in 12 hours, exceeding the previous record by Uttar Pradesh of 50 million in 24 hours, as part of India’s reforestation pledge of 2 billion new trees by 2030. A $10 annual ADF membership fee includes 10, six-inch-tall seedlings to plant or to donate to a national forest. Karcher’s paramount planting tip: “Dig the hole twice as wide and the same depth of the root ball. If it’s too deep, it’ll suffocate. Give roots space to grow.”

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Paul Hawken Shares a Plan to Reverse Global Warming by Linda Sechrist


or author Paul Hawken, a leading environmental entrepreneur working with a coalition of research fellows, advisors and expert reviewers, the climate goal is drawdown, or reversing global warming—the point in atmospheric time when the concentration of greenhouse gases peaks and begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Hawken edited Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, a compendium of the 100 most substantive solutions that already exist.

the 100 most substantive existing solutions. They modeled the impact the solutions will have if they continue to scale in a rigorous, but reasonable way, and what the cost and profits would be. All carbon data was based on peer-reviewed science. Economic data came from respected international institutions like the World Bank. The goal of the book was to present the findings and describe the solutions in ways that fascinated and informed, accompanied by images that enlivened and inspired.

What are the top 10 solutions? The top 10 solutions, in order, are: refrigerant management, wind turbines, reduced food waste, plant-rich diet, tropical forests protection, educating girls, family planning, solar farms, silvopasture—the intentional combination of trees, forage plants and livestock as an integrated, intensively managed system— and rooftop solar. All 100 are listed at

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If we don’t name the goal, we are unlikely to achieve it. To date, language like mitigation, stabilization and reduction has been used to address climate change. These goals are not particularly ambitious and will do little to preserve civilization. Those verbs are about slowing the amount of released gases, but do not reverse them. If you are going the wrong way down a road which heads straight over a cliff, slowing down is not a helpful goal. We need to turn around, and that is what drawdown research is all about.

None of the solutions surprised us, but their rankings did. For example, educating girls, number six, has a dramatic bearing on global warming. Women with more years of education have fewer, healthier, children and actively manage their reproductive health. Educated females realize higher wages and greater upward mobility, contributing to economic growth. Education is the most powerful lever available for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty while mitigating emissions by

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curbing population growth. Ranked seventh, family planning, particularly in low-income countries, impacts world population. For women to have children by choice rather than chance and to plan their family size and spacing is a matter of autonomy and dignity. Together, these two solutions would account for significant reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. The United Nations estimates a difference between the high and median population projections in 2050 of 10.8 billion versus 9.7 billion. The difference is almost entirely determined by availability of family planning.

Are you optimistic about achieving the goal? Drawdown is not about optimism, hope or pessimism. It is a reality project. The science on climate change is amazing, if not stunning. It is the best problem statement humanity has ever created, which I see as a gift, not a curse. Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere. The Earth is a system, and any system that does not incorporate feedback fails. It holds true for our body, ecosystems, social systems and economic systems. The knowledge of global warming and its potential impacts is creating huge breakthroughs in energy, transport, agriculture, housing, urbanization and materials. If it wasn’t for the science of climate change, we would be destroying our planet faster than we already are. Focusing repeatedly on the problem does not solve the problem. Diagnosis is not prognosis unless we give up. The science of what will happen if we do not act has been here for a long time. What Drawdown points out is that humanity is on the case. The plan we refer to in the book’s subtitle is not our plan; we found a plan being activated by the collective intelligence of humanity. This is a different story than one of gloom and doom. It is a story of innovation, creativity and generosity—that is who we are. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

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Foods that Go Easy on Water

Hydroponic greens are hands-down winners. The Shelton Family Farm, near Whittier, North Carolina, weekly produces 10,000 to 12,000 heads of hydroponically grown Bibb lettuce. The controlled environment and carefully engineered nutrient delivery systems maximize all resources. “It’s an enclosed system that runs 24/7, and it’s highly efficient from a waterusage standpoint because we recycle the water,” says William Shelton Jr., a fourthgeneration family farmer. “The only water that’s actually consumed is what’s taken up and transpired through the plants.” In a moderate climate, energy costs to recycle the water and keep the plants at an even temperature are moderate, as well. Dry-tilled heirloom tomatoes, okra, melons and quinoa are drought-tolerant and only use available rainfall.   

Foods that Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases

Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions,” says nutritionist and climate activist Jane Richards, of GreenEatz, in Mountain View, California. “You can reduce your footprint by a quarter by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb.” An exception is the vegetarian staple of rice. According to researchers at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions organization in Sausalito, California, rice cultivation is responsible for at least 10 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and up to 19 percent of global methane emissions. New farming techniques, like mid-season draining of the rice paddies, could cut methane emissions by at least 35 percent. Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet.”

Root crops such as carrots, radishes, potatoes and beets have a lower carbon footprint than above-ground plants due to less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily. Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit that builds healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (

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New agricultural developments can also benefit our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets. The Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, has been working with the Rodale Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. This would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. Kernza, a new perennial grain proven to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross between rice and wheat—sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.” Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and creator of the film Food, Inc., suggests we keep it simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Climatarians would add another guideline—eat as locally as possible. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Mother Nature’s lessons can be hard-earned, but the outdoor trials that kids experience are often their most honored and memorable moments. Whether youths try out a wilderness program for a season or stay on for years, Earth-based learning can have an enduring impact. They help foster healthy relationships not only with the Earth, but with other people, according to Samuel Bowman, a program coordinator with the Wilderness Awareness School (, in Duvall, Washington. Team-driven activities like building a communal shelter can help kids learn how to work through conflict, listen to others and appreciate differences. “The kids that have come through our programs prove to be creative problem-solvers prepared to handle just about anything. They have focus and commitment, and tend to be service oriented,” observes Abramson, noting that 60 percent of their instructors are alumni. “Thinking back on kids we’ve worked with, you can often see their wilderness journey reflected in their paths as adults, how they are making choices with their heart and pursuing their passions,” concludes Berry. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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amantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A toddler had contracted Lyme disease in the once tick-free region of Northern Maine. A teenager had suffered an asthma attack in February, a full month before she usually started taking allergy medicine. A displaced grade-schooler from out of town arrived traumatized after fleeing a hurricane-ravaged home with her family. But it wasn’t until she saw her son laying on a gurney in the emergency room with an IV in his arm that she fully connected the dots.

“I was aware that the weather had changed a lot since I was kid. But it really didn’t hit home until that day that climate change could affect my health and the health of my children personally,” recalls Ahdoot. “I realized it would be a betrayal of my duty as a pediatrician to sit back and do nothing about it.”

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health issue today. In one recent survey of 1,200 allergists, 48 percent said climate change is already affecting their patients a “great deal” or a “moderate amount.” In another survey of lung specialists, 77 percent said they were seeing patient symptoms grow more severe due to worsening climate-related air quality. In a sweeping review published last October in The Lancet medical journal, a team of healthcare professionals proclaimed that the human symptoms of climate change are “unequivocal and potentially irreversible,” noting that since 2000, the number of people in the United States exposed to heat waves annually has risen by about 14.5 million, and the number of natural disasters annually has increased 46 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also begun to weigh in with a Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative to help local health departments brace for everything from the hazardous air quality associated with more forest fires to the spread of vector-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile as the range and season of mosquitoes and ticks expands. Meanwhile, groups like the newly formed and expansive Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, to which Ahdoot belongs, are being proactive. Its doctors are greening their offices, swapping cars for bikes, buses or carpooling, lobbying lawmakers and encouraging their patients to undertake measures to prevent the problem from worsening. In the process, they say, they might even improve their own health. “We want the public to understand that climate change is not just about polar bears or receding glaciers in the Arctic, but also about our children and our health here and now,” says Ahdoot.

During the past century, average temperatures have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, with annual increases accelerating in recent years as 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 all set records for ambient heat. Such rising temperatures, combined with increased rain and record-high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, can have a significant impact on plants— both those that irritate or nourish us, says Howard Frumkin, a medical doctor who co-authored the Lancet report and teaches environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Wild, allergy-inducing plants like ragweed and poison ivy are flourishing. Poison ivy is growing faster, larger and more toxic as excess carbon prompts it to produce more of its rash-inducing compound, urushiol. “We are seeing the season for ragweed productivity expanding, with pollen levels rising higher and earlier and lasting longer by several weeks,” advises Frumkin. In 2016, residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, endured a ragweed

season that was 21 days longer than in 1990. Other, desirable crops, like grains, do worse in hotter carbon-rich climes, producing less protein and other nutrients, Frumkin notes. Meanwhile, bugs are thriving, with longer seasons and wider ranges in which to reproduce. Mosquitoes’ capacity to transmit dengue fever—the world’s fastestgrowing mosquito-borne illness—has risen by 11 percent since 1950, more than half of that just since 1990, according to the Lancet report. Further, the tick that carries Lyme disease is now present in 46 percent of U.S. counties, up from 30 percent in 1998. “My physician colleagues used to treat two or three cases a month during tick season,” says Dr. Nitin Damle, a physician at South County Internal Medicine, in Wakefield, Rhode Island. “Now each of us sees 40 to 50 new cases each season.”

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Rising heat can also aggravate lung conditions because it promotes the production of ozone, a major lung irritant. With prolonged heat often come wildfires. When one burned for three months in North Carolina in a

recent summer, researchers discovered that residents of counties affected by the smoke plume showed a 50 percent increase in emergency trips due to respiratory illness. Like Isaac, more kids are ending up in hospitals due to soaring temperatures, with U.S. emergency room visits for heat illnesses up by 133 percent between 1997 and 2006. Ahdoot recalls a young football player from Arkansas that showed signs of weakness and fatigue during practice, but wasn’t treated right away. He ended up with heat stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary edema and ultimately required kidney dialysis. “Every summer now, I see the impacts of increasing temperatures and heat waves on kids,” she says. Climate change can also impact men-



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Mona Sarfaty, a family physician who is now director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, attests that 69 percent of Americans are aware that climate change is occurring, and more than half agree that human activities are at least partly to blame. Yet only a third believe it could ever harm them personally. “So much of the early focus was on the receding glaciers and the penguins,” she says. “People today still think it will affect ‘those other people over there,’ but not them.” She agrees with the recent focus on imminent health issues, and is encouraged that a growing number of healthcare professionals feel it’s their duty to inform their

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Swap tailpipes for pedals: Bike or walk instead of driving, especially for distances of less than two miles, which comprise 40 percent of all car trips. A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that if everyone did this in just 11 cities in the Midwest, not only would carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fall, but it would extend 1,300 lives and save $8 billion in healthcare costs due to better air quality and less sedentary lifestyles.


Eat less red meat: Producing

red meat results in five times more climate-warming emissions per calorie than chicken, pork, dairy or eggs, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It also creates 11 times more emissions than the production of potatoes, wheat or rice. Eating less red meat can also decrease an individual’s risk of certain cancers.


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for about 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut. Boston-area hospitals recently slashed their overall emissions by 29 percent in five years.


Plant more trees: As they grow,

trees remove carbon dioxide from the air. Being around green space has also been shown to boost mental and cognitive health.


Show compassion: Americans,

per capita, emit six times more CO2 than the global average, according to research by Jonathan Patz, a medical doctor who directs the Global Health Institute at the University of WisconsinMadison. In a TED Talk, he observed that U.S. lower-income populations and those in developing countries are often hit hardest by gaseous emissions. “Those most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change are often the least responsible,” he says. “Doing something about this is a matter of compassion.”

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patients about climate change to mobilize action. “When you talk about climate change not only in terms of the health impact it has on individuals and families, but also in terms of the real-time benefits of taking action against it, people are a lot more interested in doing something,” says Sarfaty. For instance, shifting to clean energy sources like wind and solar instead of coal can effect better air quality and easier breathing now. Cycling or walking to work rather than driving can reduce carbon emissions, boost feel-good brain chemicals and keep weight in check. Writing letters to editors or attending rallies to urge lawmakers to pass climatefriendly policies can not only fend off the anxiety and depression that comes with feeling helpless, but also effect real change. Ahdoot is taking these steps now. She has solar panels on her roof, is assisting the local hospital to reduce its carbon footprint, takes public transportation to work and encourages her kids to walk whenever possible. “I don’t feel powerless at all. I feel empowered and optimistic,” she says. “The more we know, the more we are moved to act. We can all do something small every day to protect our climate.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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irst, 27 indigenous elders from 23 North American tribes, two African tribes, a Tibetan Buddhist and a Sami from Finland gathered at Turtle Mountain, in Dunseith, North Dakota, in 1994. Recently, 13 elders from 10 tribes from Russia, Columbia, South Africa and the U.S. gathered in Kauai, Hawaii. Other such gatherings, too, are participating in a shared prophecy supporting world salvation. They offer humanity four sacred gifts of wisdom rooted in their life experiences. This is our invitation to receive them.

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Indigenous elders tailor their healing practices to the whole human being, using good medicine, defined as anything or anyone that brings into positive alignment the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels. Healing can take many forms, based on tradition, the healer, patient and nature, yet four basic elements or practices are consistent: listening, supportive relationships, unconditional love and committing to creative, positive action.

Power of Hope Hope springs from the choice to tap into an infinite energy source. It may not be understood by modern science, but indigenous wisdom keepers behold an inner certainty of something bigger than us all. When we open ourselves to hope, it is possible to release the pressure and desire to try to know something about everything, and instead free our imagination to create expansive possibilities. Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., is a transformational leadership consultant, speaker, coach and author of the new book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, from which this was adapted. For videos and a song, visit


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ardening is good for body and soul, but long hours and repetitive movements can negatively impact even the fittest body. While stiffness and pain patterns might manifest in the lower back, shoulders, legs and hands, performing a few yoga poses can lessen pain, increase flexibility, boost stamina and prevent injury. “Every action needs a counter action for structural balance to be maintained. Repetitive movements can tighten fascia, restrict movement and compromise nerve impulses,” explains Ashville, North Carolina, yoga teacher and back care specialist Lillah Schwartz, author of Healing Our Backs with Yoga: An Essential Guide to Back Pain Relief. “What goes into spasm tends to remain in spasm,” observes Schwartz, who has helped many people overcome back pain and other chronic structural issues. Practicing yoga before, during or after spending time outside also promotes mind-body awareness which helps us tune into our body’s natural rhythms and prevent physical problems in the first place. Here are some basics to consider when working in the garden.

Be Aware

Great agility and strong muscles cannot compensate for being in one position too long, over-reaching or fatigue. “Listen to your body’s messages such as, ‘It’s time for a rest,’ or, ‘That’s too heavy,’” recommends Schwartz. Remember to take regular breaks to rest, stretch and drink water.

Take a Breath

“Conscious breathing involves both the body and the mind. Long, slow inhalations and exhalations help us tune into our body,” says Schwartz. “Using long breaths when stretching in the garden can help muscles find relief.”

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n Stop and breathe. Take slow, deep breaths with a pause (inhalation retention) between inhalation and exhalation. n Don’t resist the pain or allow self-judgment. n Wait for a release.


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Bringing mindfulness to garden work not only helps prevent injury, but helps make it a more enjoyable experience. Here are a few more tips. n If rising early, begin time in the garden with a Warrior 1 pose while facing east.


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Doing yoga regularly will condition the body, but incorporating asanas, or poses, while gardening can be both a fun and practical way to avoid overstressing certain muscle groups and keep the spine and hamstrings supple. Using props in the garden environment such as fences, a wall or a chair can provide convenient support. Feel free to perform all poses before or after gardening, and all except numbers one and five in the garden.

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rom birds and elephants to dolphins, animals, whether by instinct or learned behavior, have discovered ways to cope with parasites, pests, aches and pains. This science of self-medication is called zoopharmacognosy (zoo for animal, pharma for drug and cognosy for knowing).

At home, a dog or cat that eats grass is practicing it to eliminate parasites or hairballs. Donald Brightsmith, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University, directs the Tambopata Macaw Project in the lowlands of southeastern Peru, studying the many macaws and other parrots that gather clay to eat as a supple-

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ment. First thought to help remove toxins from their bodies, clay adds needed sodium to their diet, researchers now believe. A pregnant elephant in Kenya’s Tsavo Park was observed by ecologist Holly Dublin, Ph.D., to travel miles to find a tree not normally eaten. Four days later, the elephant gave birth. Dublin discovered that Kenyan women make a drink from the same leaves and bark to induce labor. While studying Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Sabangau peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, primatologist Helen MorroghBernard, Ph.D., of the University of Exeter, UK, observed an orangutan chew the leaves of a plant that were not part of its usual diet until it formed a lather. The orangutan spit out the leaves and used the lather much like humans apply a topical pain reliever. While animals have been known to eat certain plants when ill, hers may be the first sighting of an animal creating a salve. Nearby villagers grind the leaves to make a balm for sore muscles and inflammation. Morrogh-Bernard believes humans learned this topical application from apes and passed it down through the generations. In the Red Sea, bottlenose dolphins rub against bush-like gorgonian corals covered by an outer layer of antimicrobial mucus that may protect them from infection, according to dolphin researcher Angela Ziltener, of the University of Zürich, Switzerland. “It’s amazing how much we’ve learned, but forgotten,” says Ira Pastor, CEO at Bioquark Inc., in Philadelphia, a life sciences company developing biologic products to regenerate and repair human organs and tissues. “We live with other organisms which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than humans. No other species tries to cure with any single solution. Nature employs multiple options. We’re not appropriately imitating nature yet. We need to do more.” Cindy Engel, Ph.D., of Suffolk, England, author of Wild Health: Lessons in Natural Wellness from the Animal Kingdom, says, “Animals rely on plants to provide them with the essentials of life, making their health intimately dependent on plant chemistry to provide everything they need to grow, repair damage and reproduce.”

We feel the answers for the future will be found in the past, not in chemical factories. ~Ira Pastor She continues, “Wild animals carry diseases that affect livestock and humans. It’s sensible to explore why they’re successful in fending off the worst effects in order to find ways to improve our own health, instead of just trying to eradicate the disease. We can learn from behavioral selfhelp strategies animals employ.” Accomplishing this is more difficult than ever, she believes, because today’s severely shrinking habitat makes it hard to find truly wild animals and plants. “Over the last 100 years, we’ve done a horrible disservice to all life by destroying habitat and exploring only a small percentage of what nature has to offer,” agrees Pastor. “As patents expire, pharma has to change. It’s important to develop botanicals. We’re advised to vary our diet and exercise, yet take the same dose of the same pill daily. We’ve studied dead organisms under microscopes, but living organisms, even as small as microbes, can communicate helpful positive reactions.” Western medicine has strayed from what nature offers to keep us healthy. Now is the time to take care of both the planet and all living beings on it. “We’ve discarded thousands of years of evidence,” says Pastor. “We cannot destroy the bounty of possibilities.”

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Sue Greenwald Follows Her Expo Dreams

ue Greenwald has always been passionate about new ideas, healthy lifestyles and spiritual development, “walking the talk” by teaching yoga for 17 years and becoming a certified holistic health counselor, energy healer and ordained minister. She even operated a wellness center that offered yoga, dance, healing energy treatments, massage and a variety of spiritual and selfdevelopment classes. The Empowered Light Holistic Expo started as an idea that grew and wouldn’t leave. Regularly pulling together gatherings, such as writers groups, networking groups and classes of various types, Greenwald began to imagine how she’d operate an expo as well as other larger events. “I love the dynamic that comes from working with like-minded people,” she explains, “but my first reaction to these wonderings were, ‘No way! You don’t know anything about expos, and where would you find the time?’” Greenwald listened to the negative voice for six months. During that time her expo ideas grew into a mild obsession, and she realized that this wasn’t just a crazy idea—it was a dream she needed to pursue. Knowing that the best way to manifest something is to visualize it, Greenwald created a vision of the successful expo she wanted and then took the risk of renting an enormous space at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, in Oaks, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia—big enough to hold the expo she held in her mind. She contacted a variety of holistic practitioners and vendors, beginning with the large number of contacts she had from her wellness center.

Greenwald learned everything by doing it. “I have a saying,” she shares. “Make a decision, then make it right.” She worked night and day, her efforts culminating in the first Empowered Light Holistic Expo in October, 2016. A true manifestation of her vision, it was a collaboration of expert speakers and vendors, promoting healthy lifestyles by offering healing products, services, inspiration and information. Now in its third year, the expo is held the last weekend of April and September in Oaks. The next expo will be held April 27 to 29. Each expo offers over 50 inspiring talks in four different rooms, with last October’s expo hosting several international speakers. The vendor floor promotes more than 100 holistic vendors. Psychic and intuitive readings are available, as well as healthy food samples. “Everyone needs something different, so the expo offers a large variety. Sometimes people need a contact, or a like-minded friend, and it’s easy to make great connections at the expo,” Greenwald offers. Response to the expo has been so positive that Greenwald is starting a similar expo in Nashville, Tennessee, this October. “I found that I was being called to move away from my wellness center and work exclusively on the expos and other events. They are my passion all day, every day, and I never tire of it,” she enthuses. Empowered Light has recently added spiritual, light-adventure retreats called Empowering Journeys to their list of events, visiting Mexico in February of 2019 for a lightadventure tour. Also being created are events called Raise Your Vibe, which focus more on workshops with a concentrated theme. Greenwald offers, “I have big plans for the expo and am trying to ensure that it has a solid foundation before it grows again. I want to make the expo an international success, where people can come for the connection and inspiration that they need. I want to make a really big impact on the world, in my own way.” Cost: $5-$20 admission, which includes most talks and workshops. Location: 100 Station Ave., Halls D and E, Oaks. For tickets and more information, visit See ad, page 60.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 1 “Is Resurrection Just an April Fool’s Joke?” – 10:30am. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422. The Visionary Art of Shulamit Lazarus – Thru 5/4. Lazarus uses imagery through the vehicle of collage in a unique manner that evokes and elicits emotional responses. Montclair Art Museum Yard School Gallery, 3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair. For information contact Shulamit Lazarus at 973-259-1988 or visit

TUESDAY, APRIL 3 Essential Oils 101: Lemon, Peppermint and Lavendar- 5:30pm. Learn about these go-to oils. Includes “make and take.” Free. Registration recommended. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989.

THURSDAY, APRIL 5 Reiki Share with Diana Davis- April 5, 23. 7pm. All welcomed, Reiki practitioners and non-practitioners alike. $10. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. $55. Columbia High School, 17 Parker Ave., Maplewood. Contact 908-303-7767 or


Friday 5:30-9pm, Sats/Suns 9am-5pm. with Dr. Janet Oussaty and Joe Zakszewski Weekend 1: The health and wellbeing of you, the student, the ability to gather, store, cleanse and move Qi for your own benefit. Weekend 2: Methods and workshops that equip you to acquire and use the skills to effect the health of others. Distant Healing will be taught. $850 for entire 6-day course. 30 CEUs available NCCAAOM. Qi Gong for Healing 67 Mountain Blvd., in Warren For more information: 908-647-1563 or

calendar of events All calendar events for the May 2018 issue must be received by April 10th and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. $55. Columbia High School, 17 Parker Ave., Maplewood. Contact 908-303-7767 or barry@hypnosiscounselingcenter. com. Better Sleep with Hypnosis – 8:30-9:15pm. Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you have difficulty getting back to sleep if you wake up during the night? Imagine leaving life’s cares and worries behind at the end of each day. $55. Columbia High School, 17 Parker Ave., Maplewood. Contact 908303-7767 or

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 First Friday Healing Circle – 7-8pm. First Friday Healing Circle led by Gail Belluardo, Licensed Science of Mind practitioner for an hour of affirmative prayer, music, mediation and sacred conversation. Different themes for each group. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-879-6476.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Monthly Open Mic Night – 7pm. Fun, relaxing evening of music and refreshments available for love offering. Free. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave, Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). Performers and audience members RSVP: 908-730-8792. Protecting your heart: The Blood Sugar/Insulin Connection – 11am-12pm. People with diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and weight issues have the power to improve their condition by balancing blood sugar and insulin. Free. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Road, Suite 101B, Lawrenceville. 609-512-1468. Gary Renard Returns to Unity Spiritual Center– Apr. 7, 8. A Course in Miracles immersion weekend with Gary Renard and Cindy Lora-Renard. $155. Preregistration required. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave, Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). Register: “Men Who Care” Men’s Meeting – 8:30-10am. First Saturdays. 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown.973-539-3114. Qi Revolution – Apr. 7-9, 9am-6pm. Experience Real QiGong. Learn Nutrition Science. Breathe Powerfully. 3-days of Amazing Qigong & Food Healing. $149. Somerset Cultural Center, 135 Davidson, Ave., Somerset. 800-298-8970. Space is limited — Reserve Now! For tickets and information, visit West Windsor Community Farmers Market (WWCFM) – 10am-1pm. Indoor market featuring local regional (50-mile radius) agriculture and musical guests. Windsor Athletic Club, 99 Clarksville Rd, West Windsor Township. Follow West Windsor Community Farmers Market for latest details. Ques-

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tions? Call Chris Cirkus at 609-933-4452. Spiritual Cinema – 7pm. 2nd Saturdays. Free. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3333.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 “Love is Your Destiny” – 10:30am. Focusing on how to experience more love, using Robert Holden’s book, Loveability. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422. Learn about the Bach Flower Remedy System in a Himalayan Salt Room – 2-3pm. Natural flower remedies to relieve stress and emotions, plus halotherapy. Presenter: Tina M. Turner, Flower Essence Practitioner. $50. Facebook check-in for $10 off. 301 N Harrison St, Ste 36, Princeton. 609-285-3115. Reiki Share Celebration - 1–4pm. Speaker: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher. Enjoy Reiki healing, meditation, high vibration crystal singing bowls, drum, gong and chants. $10. eZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Rd, Branchburg. 908-526-0002. New-Jersey-Reiki-Circle. Pelvic Floor Health: It’s More Than Kegels – 2-4pm. Instructor: Lori Thatch. Based on the Total Control® Program. $40. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St, Suite 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Karen@

MONDAY, APRIL 9 Book Club- 7pm. Book: Barbara Sher’s I Can do Anything if I Only Knew What it Was. Free. Registration recommended. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, MTHFR Testing - 3-6:15pm. Testing by Spectracell and Vibrant Wellness Labs. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt only: 908-658-4900. Reversing Allergies Naturally with Dr. Perry Wolk-Weiss - 7pm. NAET discussion. Free. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. RSVP required: 908-658-4900. Janet@

Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Food Sensitivity, IBS Testing - 9:30-11:30am. Blood Testing by Vibrant Wellness Labs. 99% sensitive. Most insurances accepted. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt only: 908-658-4900. New Moon Quantum Healing Meditation — 7-8:30pm. On-line/On-site. Celebrate the New Moon for abundance and prosperity! $15. For details, RAYKIschool. com and click Calendar.

Kundalini Yoga – 6:30pm-7:45pm. 2nd Wed. each mo. Join certified instructor Stephen Tarsitano for 75 minutes of Kundalini Yoga starting at 6:30pm $5.00 love offering at the door. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. Connie Weiss 973-539-3114 or truespirit@

Qi Gong for Healing Open House- 12noon-4pm. Explore methods of Qi healers, acupuncturists, massage therapist, aesthetician, learn about BEMER, weekly Qi Gong and Tai Chi classes, Clinical Qi Healing seminars, massage therapy training. Free. Qi Gong for Healing, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. 908647-1563. Info and schedule: QiGongforHealing. com.



Healthy Weight for Life – 6-7pm. Learn how to avoid diet pitfalls and embrace lifestyle choices that create lifelong healthy weight and prevent chronic disease. Free. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Road, Suite 101B, Lawrenceville. 609-512-1468.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13 New Moon Sound Journey in a Himalayan Salt Room – 7pm. Instructor: Lois Harrison, Harmonic Sound & Vibration Practitioner. Clear negativity while experiencing deep relaxation from the vibrations and harmonic sounds of worldly instruments. $50. Facebook check-in for $10 off. 301 N Harrison St, Ste 36, Princeton. 609-2853115. Reiki Experience with Donna and Terry Pollin, Reiki Masters – 6:30-7:45pm. Gentle stretching, centered meditation and soothing breathwork. Then Reiki applied for deeper release from stress. Preregister. $20. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Open to the Power of Your Energy – 11:30am12:30pm. Instructor: Donna Pollin, RYT, Reiki Master. A stable energy system can lead to a calmer, more peaceful life. Breathwork, gentle movement and meditation. $18. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759.

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“Love is Who You Are” – 10:30am. Focusing on how to experience more love, using Robert Holden’s book, Loveability. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422. Vision Board Workshop – 3-4pm. Manifest your dreams into reality. Explore your true heart’s desire and create a physical reminder (a poster or cork board) of that dream. Materials provided, but feel free to bring your own. Free. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Road, Suite 101B, Lawrenceville. 609-512-1468. Authentic Shamanic Healing Sessions – Sun. 4/15-5/27; 7-9pm. Dr. Carla Hughett, DOM (Pema Yudron) has just arrived from a ten year retreat in the Himalayas. Offering ancient Tibetan Buddhist spiritual healing sessions of sacred Chöd. Overcome the root cause of all destructive emotions. Feel comfortable in a safe group setting. Rest deeply while releasing problems, illness and your karmic obstacles! Free with heartfelt donation. Old King Farm Healing & Eco-Retreat Center in Vermont.

MONDAY, APRIL 16 New Moon Intention Setting in a Himalayan Salt Room – 7pm. Using the power of the New Moon, essential oils, guided meditation, and lively discussion you will set an intention, create an affirmation and make an energetic essential oil blend to take home. Presenter: Susan Niedt, Certified Aromatherapist. $50. Facebook check-in for $10 off. 301 N Harrison St, Ste 36, Princeton. 609-285-3115.

TUESDAY, APRIL 17 “Women, Power and Freedom” – 10am-12pm. Open to all women. Safe space to share your fears, weaknesses and hearts and a supportive place to connect with other women, or just feel loving support and acceptance. Coffee. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton’s office, 812 State Road (Rte. 206 South), Ste 220, Princeton. 609-924-8422. Crystals and Angels with Diana Davis- 5:30pm. Connect with your heart chakra with healing crystals and angels cards. $15, includes crystal. Be

Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. $60. Kearny High School, 336 Devon St., Kearny. Contact 908-303-7767 or Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained.  Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. $60. Kearny High School, 336 Devon St., Kearny. Contact 908303-7767 or Better Sleep with Hypnosis – 8:30-9:15pm. Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you have difficulty getting back to sleep if you wake up during the night? Imagine leaving life’s cares and worries behind at the end of each day. $60. Kearny High School, 336 Devon St., Kearny. Contact 908-3037767 or

THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Manifestation with Law of Attraction in a Himalayan Salt Room – 7pm. Manifest the things you want through the Law of Attraction. Instructor: Cindy Morhouse. $50. Facebook check-in for $10 off. 301 N Harrison St, Ste 36, Princeton. 609-2853115. Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. $59. Parsippany Hills High School,

plantoattend EMPOWERED LIGHT HOLISTIC EXPO April 27-29 Fri 5-9pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-6pm Enjoy inspiring lectures, meditations, yoga, alternative healing treatments like reiki, massage and reflexology, as well as angelic and intuitive readings. Try healthy food samples, and purchase natural products for personal and home care. Empowered Light Holistic Expo will focus on healthier lifestyles, including food, physical activities, stress reduction and self-care.

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24 Rita Dr., Parsippany. Contact 908-3037767 or Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. $59. Parsippany Hills High School, 24 Rita Dr., Parsippany. Contact 908-303-7767 or Better Sleep with Hypnosis – 8:30-9:15pm. Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you have difficulty getting back to sleep if you wake up during the night? Imagine leaving life’s cares and worries behind at the end of each day. $59. Parsippany Hills High School, 24 Rita Dr., Parsippany. Contact 908303-7767 or

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 CPR Training – 9am-1pm. Get certified: you could save someone’s life. Heartsaver CPR and First Aid. Designed for the general public. Space is limited, register now. $50 ($25 due at registration). Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd, Kendall Park. West Windsor Community Farmers Market (WWCFM) – 10am-1pm. Indoor market featuring local regional (50-mile radius) winter agriculture and musical guests. Windsor Athletic Club, 99 Clarksville Rd, West Windsor Township. Follow West Windsor Community Farmers Market for latest details. Questions? Call Chris Cirkus at 609933-4452. Signs and Symptoms of Nutritional Deficiencies, Part I: Face and Tongue Reading – 11am-1:30pm. With Nutritionist Dian Freeman. You may never look at your own face or anyone else’s face in the same way again after taking this class. Daily changes in our face tell a lot about the status of our emotional and physical health. Bring hand mirror and small flashlight to explore your face and tongue. Open to public. $35/WS student; $50/non-student. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown. RSVP to 973-267-4816.

savethedate SOLSTICE EXPO & HOLISTIC FAIR June 23-24 Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm 10th annual event. Tune up your body, mind and spirit. Experience the love of higher consciousness. Featuring guest speakers every hour, area psychics, energy healers, shamanic practitioners, mind/body therapists, holistic practitioners, massage & stress management, artwork, jewelry, crystals, stones, gems, natural food court. Cost: $7 for 2-day admission

The Event Center by Cornerstone New Hope Eagle Fire House 46 N Sugan Rd, New Hope Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment 267-261-2768 WellnessSimplified. com. Exploring Alternative Cancer Treatments – 2-4:30pm. With Nutritionist Dian Freeman. Much has been written about natural treatments for cancers. Learn common sense ways to cut through the hype and discern the best way to evaluate such options. Informed consent means it is you in the rider’s seat and the best way to make that journey is to be informed about your options. Open to public. $35/WS student; $50/non-student. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown. RSVP to 973-267-4816. info@ Reiki Share – 3-4:30pm. Whether you are new to reiki, a reiki master or somewhere in between, a Reiki Share is a beautiful healing circle where you give and receive healing via heart. Come on time so master teachers can help guide you. Practitioners work in small groups and exchange energy healing. This circle is filled with learning, positive vibes, and fun! $15/student; $5/reiki master. For information visit and click Calendar. Drumming and Dream – 6:30pm-8pm. Ceremony for future generation Healing Mother Earth, Humanity, honoring our ancestors and co-creating NOW for future generations. Bring your drums, noise makers and your spirit. Celebrate your life with like-minded people. Find your tribe! $15. For details, visit and click Calendar.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Walking with Freedom with Gena Rho Smith – 2-4:30pm. Walking is critical to our wellbeing and overall function. Restore muscle function with gentle, easeful movements to reset muscle length, release out of pain, move freely and toward full function. $35/advance. $40/at the door. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759.

MONDAY, APRIL 23 Spring Cleanse Workshop – 7pm. Instructor: Csilla Bischoff, holistic health coach. Gently cleanse your body with whole foods and learn how to eat with the seasons. Free. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. RSVP required: 908-658-4900. Family Constellations Workshop-7-9pm. Facilitator: Kerry Kay. It’s possible that issues you struggle with have roots in hidden dynamics within your family system. See how the past influences today in order to heal and to move forward. $10. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Register: KerryKayHealing@gmail. com or 609-273-1378.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, MTHFR Testing-9:30-11:30am. Testing by Spectracell and Vibrant Wellness Labs. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt only: 908-658-4900. Janet@ValleyPharmacyRX. com. Perils of Being Your Own Boss – 9am-3pm. Join certified professional organizer Amara Willey and business coach Lorette Pruden of Team Nimbus for an inspiring and practical workshop on strategies to stay focused and be productive as an entrepreneur. At Office Evolution Somerville, 50 Division St., Suite 501, Somerville. Register: https://perils418.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 “Love Has No Conditions” – 10:30am. Focusing on how to experience more love, using Robert Holden’s book, Loveability. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422. Mindful Eating & Spring Detox Discussion in a Himalayan Salt Room – 7pm. Discover the benefits of mindful eating with Veronique Cardon, MS, Holistic Nutritionalist & Founder of The CogniDiet. $50. Facebook check-in for $10 off. 301 N Harrison St, Ste 36, Princeton. 609-285-3115. Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. $55. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Av., Edison. Contact 908-3037767 or Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained.  Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. $55. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Av., Edison. Contact 908-303-7767 or Better Sleep with Hypnosis – 8:30-9:15pm. Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you have difficulty getting back to sleep if you wake up during the night? Imagine leaving life’s cares and worries behind at the end of each day. $55. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Av., Edison. Contact 908-303-7767 or barry@hypnosiscounselingcenter. com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26 Thermography Imaging-9am-7pm. Thermographer: Lisa Mack, CCT, CNC, HH. Breast Imaging, men’s and women’s health screening, full body imaging. Lisa: 609-618-6545. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster.


May 25-28, 2018 Hands-on learning: Biodynamics, Conscious Agriculture, Eco-Shamanism, Qi Healing, Pranic Healing and more! Enjoy yoga, meditation, tai chi, qi gong and contemplative dance. Delicious organic, biodynamic meals free with admission! Free concert Saturday evening. Do something meaningful this Memorial Day Weekend. Help heal Mother Earth! It’s possible. And a lot of fun! Information & registration:

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908-658-4900. Moving Through Grief- 7pm. Gentle and safe practice of yoga, meditation and discussion for those experiencing grief Sponsored by Wright & Ford Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Free. Preregistration required. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. The Six Overlooked Causes of Autoimmunity – 6-7pm. Learn ways that Functional Medicine testing and interventions can help with autoimmune conditions for a lifetime of better health. Free. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Road, Suite 101B, Lawrenceville. 609-512-1468. Shamanic Journey Study Group – 7-8:30pm. Journey with us to the upper world to meet our spirit guides. $15. Wellness Rocks, 178 Center St., Clinton. Skin, Body and Soul Weekend Retreat in Poconos – Apr. 26-29. Reclaim yourself! Experience rejuvenation, pampering and relaxation; leave with a new sense of peacefulness, renewed energy and tools for how to look and feel your best. Sponsored by HEAL Wellness Center and Spa. $945 private room; $745 shared room. Location: Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton, PA. Book online at and click ‘Book Now’ or call 973-837-8376. For more details call 973-837-8376 or email healnjspa@

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 Qi Healer Intensive Seminar – April 27-29, May 2-4. Fri. 5:30-9pm, Sat/Sun 9am-5pm. Instructors: Dr. Janet Oussaty and Joe Zakszewski. Weekend 1: The health and wellbeing of you, the student. The ability to gather, store, cleanse and move Qi for your own benefit. Weekend 2: Methods and workshops that equip you to acquire and use the skills to affect the health of others. Distant Healing will be taught. 30 CEU’s available NCCAOM. $850/6-day course. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. 908-635-1822. Empowered Light Holistic Expo – Apr. 27-29, Fri 5-9pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-6pm. Enjoy inspiring lectures, meditations, yoga, alternative healing treatments like reiki, massage and reflexology, as well as angelic and intuitive readings. Try healthy food samples and purchase natural products

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for personal and home care. Empowered Light Holistic Expo will focus on healthier lifestyles, including food, physical activities, stress reduction and self-care. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Halls D & E, Oaks, PA. For information: Sue Greenwald, 484-459-3082,

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Reiki II Training & Certification – 1:30-7pm. 2-day class: April 28, 29. Instructor: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher. Comprehensive and in-depth training & certification. $250. eZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Rd, Branchburg. Register: Beth@ Your Celtic Spirit and Shamanism – 3-6pm. Instructor: Kathleen Downey, holistic shamanic counselor, past life therapist, nutritionist, author of Healthy is Delicious. Truly life-changing experience. Receive gifts of empowerment and creativity. $65. 858-401-3144. CoreLevelHealing@gmail. com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Reiki Circle in a Himalayan Salt Room – 2pm. Facilitators: Kathleen Quigley & Luba Turczak. Learn about the benefits of reiki, receive reiki healing and be guided through a meditation. $50. Facebook check-in for $10 off. 301 N Harrison St, Ste 36, Princeton. 609-285-3115. Restorative Yoga to Live Cello – 4pm. Enjoy a restorative yoga practice with Karen as you listen to love songs from Broadway musicals played on the cello with Richard Hotchkiss. $25/advance, $30/at the door. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St, Suite 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989.

MONDAY, APRIL 30 Addressing the Hormone puzzle and BioIdenticals – 7pm. What are they and how do they work? Instructor: Dr. Lorraine Maita. Free. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. RSVP required: 908-658-4900. Janet@

planahead SATURDAY, MAY 5 One Spirit Festival – May 5-6; 10am-5pm. Join us for our 10th anniversary festival with speakers, readers, healers, holistic vendors, handmade crafts and so much more! $5 admission. Clinton Community Center, 63 Halstead St., Clinton. For information call 908-638-9066 or email Nutritional Muscle Testing – 11am-1:30pm. With Nutritionist Dian Freeman. Muscle testing, applied kinesiology, is dowsing using the body as the dowsing tool. Learn and practice testing the points on the body that reflect the nutritional and health status of the body. When your body talks, there is no doubt as to what is needed to be done. In nutrition it is the best tool to illustrating the need for compliance to a program. Open to public. $35/WS student; $50/non-student. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown. RSVP

to 973-267-4816. Introducing Essential Oils – 2-4:30pm. With Nutritionist Dian Freeman. This overview discusses the many the historical, cultural and biblical usages of essential oils, aromatherapy, through the ages. The most popular and effective single oils and blends are compared and available for personal testing. Handouts and booklets are also available for several of the most popular of the therapeutic grade oils available for sale today. Open to public. $35/WS student; $50/non-student. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Suite 202, Morristown. RSVP to 973-267-4816. info@wellnesssimplified. com.

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Grand Opening: La Bella Vita – 10am-5pm. Fun-filled grand opening of Somerset County’s “zen-meets-west” premier wellness center. Features floatation pods, cryo therapy, LED oxy pod, slimming wraps, oxygen bar and more. Free. La Bella Vita, Route 22 East, Green Brook. 732-200-5648.

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classifieds $30 up to 30 words, extra words $1 each. To place listing, email content to Joe@ Deadline is the 10th of the month. VACATION RENTAL: Perfect Organic Getaway: Unplug And Rejuvenate: Enjoy AirBnB and HipCamp in southern Vermont. Beautiful setting, low EMF, chemical-free. Sacred sites, holistic healing services inhouse. Biodynamic veggies, stunning views. SPACE FOR RENT: Event & meeting rental space in Morristown, NJ. Great for recitals, weddings, practice/rehearsal space, and fitness classes. Accommodates up to 175 people. Plenty of parking, convenient to Route 202 or 287. Call 973-539-3114 or email for details. PROFESSIONAL SPACE AVAILABLE Acupuncturist has two treatment rooms (one small, one large; both with massage tables) available for rent on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Would be perfect for massage therapist, reflexologist, nutritionist, holistic counselor, etc. Located in Flemington. For details, call Kristin at 973-979-1652 or pointdoctor@ SPACE FOR RENT: Beautiful office space in Wellness Center in Downtown Warren Twp. in Somerset County. Square footage varies from 100 for an individual office to 2,000 for multiple offices. Space includes a waiting room for clients, a beverage bar, a file room, practitioner room and separate entrance and coat closet as well as opportunities for conference room/lecture/ workshop room as well as a future kitchen and open area for yoga or clinics. Your monthly check will include rent, CAM, cleaning services, internet, heating and electric. Plenty of parking and centrally located to major highways. Email Stacey at or call 908-755-2723 for more information.

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sunday Pilates Mat with Props— 9am. Amazing and challenging class will tone your entire body! Incorporates weights, Thera-Bands, Magic Circles and classical Pilates Mat exercises. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901.  Spiritual Awakening Sunday Service –10:30 am. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people at Sunday Transformation Service. Mingle afterwards with refreshments and conversation. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 354 River Rd, Princeton. 609-9248422. Sunday Celebration Service- 10:30am. Rev. Frankie, pracitioners and musicians create inspiring, uplifting time to be reminded of spiritual connectedness. Center for Spiritual Living of Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. Authentic Shamanic Healing Sessions – 4/155/27; 7-9pm. Dr. Carla Hughett, DOM (Pema Yudron) has just arrived from a ten year retreat in the Himalayas. Offering ancient Tibetan Buddhist spiritual healing sessions of sacred Chöd. Overcome the root cause of all destructive emotions. Feel comfortable in a safe group setting. Rest deeply while releasing problems, illness and your karmic obstacles! Free with heartfelt donation. Old King Farm Healing & Eco-Retreat Center in Vermont. Unity Spiritual Center Sunday Service – 10am. Rev. Carmela Vuoso-Murphy. Join us for prayer, meditation, song, uplifting spiritual message and fellowship afterwards. Exceptional youth programs during the service for children, pre-teens and teens. Outdoor labyrinth open dawn to dusk. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury. For info: 908-730-8792.

monday Reiki Share and Healing Circle – 6-7:15pm. Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. Administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is

There’s something for everyone at Sand Hills! We offer a diverse selection of programs in a safe, warm environment to support Body, Mind and Spirit. Reiki, Massage Therapy, Yoga, Alzheimer’s Support Group, Gong Bath Meditation, Piloxing, Crafting, Creative Writing plus special workshops and retreats...just to name a few.

Sand Hills Community Wellness Center 57 Sand Hills Road Kendall Park, NJ 08824

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what causes us to be alive. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Prenatal Yoga Workshop—6:30pm. Class focuses on helping the moms-to-be relax and to prepare their bodies and minds to welcome new life into this world. Registration required. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901. Beginner Sun Style Tai Chi–11am-12pm. Easy and fun. Instructor: Patty Pagano. $50/month. Reserve your place: 908-392-1313. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. More information at Swimming Dragon Qi Gong with Patty Pagano— 12-1pm. Easy to learn, gentle movements will leave you feeling refreshed and calm. $50/4-class series. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. More information about Qi Healing: 908-647-1563 or Wuji Tai Chi, Beginner 1– 7-8pm. For student new to Tai Chi or new to the Wuji form. Instructor: Fran Maher. $120/10 classes. $15/drop-in.. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. 908647-1563.

tuesday Tai Chi Chih with Dr. Janet Oussaty- 12:30-1:30pm. Begins March 13. Gentle, moving meditation of 19 movements and 1 pose. Series of 6 classes, $75. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. Contact Janet: 908-635-1822. JOussaty@ Yoga with Jean Marie- 4:30-5:30pm, 6-7pm. Gentle, restorative, level one, Yin yoga. $12. Hackettstown Health Food Store, 106 E Moore St., Hackettstown. RSVP: 908-850-6475. Wuji Tai Chi, Beginner 1– 10:30-11:30am. Intro to form, alignment and principles of movement. Instructor: Fran Maher. $120/10 classes. $15/ drop-in.. Starts Jan. 9. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. 908-647-1563. More information at Classical Yoga-9:45-11:15am. Instructor: Carol Cook, PhD, E-RYT. All levels. $15. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Questions: 732-419-3551.

Pilates Mat with Props—9:30am, 6pm. Amazing and challenging class will tone your entire body! Incorporates weights, Thera-Bands, Magic Circles and classical Pilates Mat exercises. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-7545901.  Gentle Relaxation Yoga – 7pm. This class will focus on reducing chronic tension, improving normal range of motion in the joints, and strengthening the musculature of the body so that all bodily systems can function optimally. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901.  Stress, Hormones & Health (The True Cause of Belly Fat)– 6pm. Select Tuesdays. Presenter: bestselling author & speaker, Jean Golden-Tevald. Learn about hormone imbalances. Free dinner seminar. Registration required. For dates and restaurant location: Carol May, 908-528-8121. Reiki Level 1 – Apr. 24, May 1, 8. 7-9pm. Instructors: Anne Koenig and Valerie Balling. Japanese stress reduction technique to promote wellness. Learn history, grounding meditations, energy awareness, reiki for stress and pain reduction, how to administer reiki on yourself and others. $80. Preregistration required. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd, Kendall Park.

wednesday Divine Tarot Readings by Cheryl– 3-7pm. Answers will be revealed to you through the cards. Full 13 card spread reading. $30. Gaia’s Gifts, 76 E. Washington Ave, Washington. Appt or walk-in: 908-223-1331. Healing Meditations with Rev. Frankie– 12pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. Free. 973-539-3333. CSLMorristown. org. Wuji Jing Gong Forms: Tai Chi and Qi Gong– 1:30-2:30pm. 30 minutes of Qi Gong, 30 minutes of Tai Chi. Instructor: Brian Coffey. $120/10 classes. $15/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. 908-647-1563. More information at

energy. Communicative compassion through tarot and other divination tools available. $25-$45. Gaia’s Gifts, 76 E. Washington Ave, Washington. Appt or walk-in: 908-223-1331. Yoga with Jean Marie- 4:30-5:30pm, 6-7pm. Gentle, restorative, level one, Yin yoga. $12. Hackettstown Health Food Store, 106 E Moore St., Hackettstown. RSVP: 908-850-6475. Classical Yoga-9:45-11:15am. Instructor: Carol Cook, PhD, E-RYT. All levels. $15. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Questions: 732-419-3551. SandHillsWellness@ Joel S. Goldsmith/Infinite Way Study Group— 10-11:45am. For mystics at heart seeking a conscious union with God. Weekly discussion based on teachings of mystic Joel S. Goldsmith. Followed by optional meditation.  Love offering.  Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). 908-730-8792.

friday Guided Inner Child Healing Meditations7:30-8:30pm. Instructor: Cecile Edwards, MommyEvolve. Practice ancient techniques to experience calm, relaxation, focus, better sleep and emotional/mental healing. $15. Somerset. RSVP: 732-798-5639. Gentle and Restorative Yoga- April 6, 20, 27. 6:30-7:45pm. Instructor: Kathy Kelly, RYT. Gentle stretches balanced by restorative poses encourage body to relax, rest and heal. Preregister. $18. Yoga Central, 953 Route 202 N, Branchburg. 908-7070759. Classical Yoga-5:30-7pm. Instructor: David Thurn, PhD, LCSW-R, E-RYT. All levels. $15. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Questions: 732-419-3551. Personal Empowerment through Creativity: Acting and Voice – 6:30-7:45pm. Acting and voice classes for children ages 7-12. Find your

voice and act out your truth productively. Benefits all ages. $30 per group class; or $300 for 11-class card. Private classes also available. Downey Acting and Voice Studio, Lambertville. 858-4013144.

saturday Personal Empowerment through Creativity: Acting and Voice – 9:15-10:15am. Acting and voice classes for children ages 7-12. Find your voice and act out your truth productively. Benefits all ages. $30 per group class; or $300 for 11-class card. Private classes also available. Downey Acting and Voice Studio, Lambertville. 858-4013144. Personal Empowerment through Creativity: Acting and Voice – 10:15-11:15am. Acting and voice classes for children ages 7-12. Find your voice and act out your truth productively. Benefits all ages. $30 per group class; or $300 for 11-class card. Private classes also available. Downey Acting and Voice Studio, Lambertville. 858-4013144. “Men Who Care” Men’s Meeting– 8:30-10am. First Saturdays. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. RSCI. org. Spiritual Cinema– 7pm. 2nd Saturdays. Free. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3333. Gentle Relaxation Yoga – 10am. This class will focus on reducing chronic tension, improving normal range of motion in the joints, and strengthening the musculature of the body so that all bodily systems can function optimally. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901. Meditation- 11:30am-12:30pm. Instructor: Beth Youmans, PhD, E-RYT500. Class combines mindfulness and meditation focused on developing loving kindness. $18. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759.

Wuji Qi Gong All Levels-5:30pm. Explore the 16 peaceful, relaxing Qi Gong movement methods as developed by Master William Ting. No experience required. Instructor: Fran Maher. $120/10 classes. $15/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. 908-647-1563. More information at A Course in Miracles Study Group – 7-8:30pm. This is an ongoing group whose purpose is to support students of the Course and answer any questions they have whenever the need arises. This group meets offsite. 908-730-8792.

thursday SRING into Fitness – 7:30-8:45pm. Instructor: Donna Pollin, RYT. Strengthen, stretch and breathe. Full-body strengthening with empowering yoga practice. All levels. $18. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. Divination-Creativity with Patricia– 2-7pm. Animal guide sketches or soul painting based on your

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Kristin A. Dudley L.Ac. 84 Park Ave, STE G-103C, Flemington, NJ 08822 973-979-1652 Gentle acupuncture with Kristin Dudley L.Ac. can be both very relaxing as well as healing. Acupuncture has been used for centuries to ease muscle and arthritis pain, relieve stress, increase energy and improve sleep. Welcome everyone and de-stress in a nurturing and healing enviroment. See ad on page 11.


2070 Route 1, 2nd Floor, North Brunswick 732-658-6122 Experience the personalized body-mind-spirit approach of Ayurveda, a 5000 year old healing science from India and one of the oldest system of medicine in the world! Ayurveda consultations and Panchakarma (detox) therapies by experienced and trained Ayurvedic practitioners. We specialize in pain management, hormonal imbalance, auto-immune disorders and pediatric wellness. Mention “NaturalAwakenings” and get 25% OFF your initial consultation! See ad on page 23.


Brian Coffey LMT, and Fran Maher CA 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren 908-647-1563 Specializing in T’ai Chi and Qi Gong classes, as well as private session clinical Qi Gong and acupuncture since 1994. Chinese Medicine weekend seminars teach how to apply clinical Qi Gong remedies to specific disorders. Excellent for the lay person and healthcare providers. All are welcome to observe or join a class. See ad on page 27.


2 Bridge Ave Red Bank, NJ 07701 inside the Galleria 732-741-2444 Cleansing Concepts is New Jersey’s exclusive facility for Cleansing & Detoxification. Specializing in Colon Hydrotherapy, BELD Lymphatic Drainage, Infrared Sauna Therapy, Ionic Foot Detox. See ad on page 7.


1040 Pennsylvania Ave, Trenton 609-695-5800

Commercial kitchen for chefs and food entrepreneurs with modern, pleasant and ample space for hourly/daily rentals. Large 1-story with 4 cooking bays including bakery, plus cart and pallet storage. Must be friendly, clean, and cooperative. Rte.1 access, borders Lawrenceville.


Paul B. Taubman II 908-219-8018 Your website should bring in customers 24/7. Schedule a free consultation to discuss how your website can be working more effectively. You will see results immediately. See ad on page 41.

EDUCATION/SCHOOLS WALDORF SCHOOL OF PRINCETON 1062 Cherry Hill Rd, Princeton 609-466-1970 x115

The Waldorf curriculum, used in 1,000+ schools School worldwide, integrates arts, of Princeton academics, movement, and music, emphasizing social and environmental responsibility. The hands-on approach is screen free.

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CECILE D. EDWARDS, M.ED Founder/Creative Director MommyEvolve Usui Reiki Practitioner/HMI Certified Healing the Inner Child hypnosis/Madriella PostPartum Doula 732-798 5639 Assisting individuals in reconnecting to self trust, self awareness, energy and creativity through accessing tools - both inner and outer for self healing and empowerment. Cecile Offers mobile reiki, mentoring/coaching sessions via skype phone, and in person. Cecile also conducts public speaking on intergenerational healing, ancestral healing, mother wound, inner child, and mothering.


Phone/text: 609-495-4229

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Explore how the human body and mind are interconnected, and how to maintain perfect harmony to stay young and healthy. Focus with Quantum Healing, Reiki, and Wellness Education. Private and corporate settings. See ad on


MorningStar’s team of health professionals cares for you like family. Our membership based practice cares for men, women and children age 8 and up with a functional approach to primary care. See ad on page 9.


Ellen Perkins 76 E. Washington Ave., Washington, NJ 908-223-1331 • Local, handcrafted items including wall art, fiber art, jewelry, small furniture, leather work, soaps, lotions, local honey, loose tea and flower vibrational essences. Variety of rocks and crystals in personal size or display pieces, Himalayan salt lamps and so much more. See ad on page 24.


81 S. Main St, Yardley 215-493-6589 • My mission is to educate people to the benefits of chiropractic, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. Over 40 years experience (personal and professionally), allows me to relate to your problem(s). Services include nonforce chiropractic, nutritional testing, utilizing test kits/panels, Chirothin weight loss, massage (covered by most insurance) and laser therapy for pain. Personalized attention guaranteed! See ad on page 37.

The Center for Advanced Health Through Dentistry Our aim is to restore you to health and vitality by eliminating dental road blocks.

Our patients come from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and other states...some have even traveled from outside the United States! Why? Because quality biocompatible dental care provided by a warm, caring dental team in a comfortable, relaxed setting is worth the trip.

Joseph R. Mele


Dr Jennifer Redmond 1 Eastern Ave., Second Floor East Somerville, NJ 08876 908-300-8800 We believe that the body is designed to heal itself but structural issues, toxins, lack of nutrients, or an emotional component can affect overall health. We offer Whole-istic healing techniques including Neuroemotional Technique, Active Release techniques, Activator, Flexion Distraction and more! See ad on page 36.

HOLISTIC DENTISTS PRINCETON CENTER FOR DENTAL AESTHETICS Dr. Ruxandra Balescu, DMD Dr. Kirk Huckel, DMD, FAGD 11 Chambers St, Princeton 609-924-1414

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. Please contact us to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad on page 12.


1 Lamington Road Branchburg, NJ 08876 908-526-0002 Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, & Ashtanga Yoga for all levels. Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for a while, we see each of you as unique individuals who deserve to feel happy, healthy & welcome! Also offering, Mindfulness classes, Reiki certification, and Yoga teacher training. See Yoga Profile on page 39.


- Fellowship in Institute for Natural Dentistry - Diplomate Member in American Association of Nutritional Consultants - Member of The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology - Member of The Holistic Dental Association

We offer the highest quality dental services including... • Safe removal of amalgam restorations (fillings) following OSHA and EPA guidelines • Biocompatible dental materials including BPA-free restorations • Non-surgical natural and nutritional therapies to treat periodontal disease and dental decay • Effective treatment of TMJ, teeth grinding, bad breath, snoring, sleep apnea, and mouth breathing

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Michelle Cilio, CRT, LE, CALC Basking Ridge, NJ 551-200-0548 Nature’s Touch – Relaxing and Balancing Therapies for your mind, body and spirit with a gentle touch of nature. See ad on page 21.



Need Relief from Arthritis? Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease muscular aches and joint pain. Her Remedy is a homeopathic pain relief cream that penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues. Get beneficial relief from sciatica, fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuralgia, gout, and more. All-natural ingredients! Do you want to feel a real difference from the nagging aches of arthritis? Feel less pain & have more range of motion? Use Aunt Alberta’s Pain Relief Cream! Get relief today! Great buy, get a 4oz jar for $15! See website for other options. See what people say about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy and Purchase Now on our website.

RADIANT LIFE COACHING SUNNY VAN VLIJMEN 4444 Rte 27, Kingston 609-275-3881

Do you want real and lasting change? My professional background of 20+ years in alternative healing and personal development has taught me what works and what doesn’t. If you’re ready for change, schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation, today. See ad, page 20.

INTEGRATIVE/FUNCTIONAL MD INTEGRATIVE HEALTH & WELLNESS ASSOCIATES Minal Vazirani, MD 112 Town Center in Warren (844) 5-HEALER • (844) 543-2537 ; Facebook: DrVazirani

Dr. V is triple board certified in pediatrics, internal medicine, and integrative medicine, plus additional training in Ayurvedic and Functional Medicine, and Yoga Therapy. She has published on integrative approaches to gut health. Commited to helping patients get to the root cause of health concerns to create an individualized integrative lifestyle prescription for optimal wellness. Functional Medicine Testing and Nutritional Testing is performed when indicated. See ad on page 44.



Barry Wolfson 28 Mine St, Flemington 43 Tamarack Circle, Princeton 2 E. Northfield Rd., Livingston 3400 Valley Forge Circle, King of Prussia, PA 908-303-7767 • With 30 years experience, Hypnosis Counseling Center of NJ utilizes traditional counseling methods and the art of hypnotherapy in private and group settings. Regularly hold adult education seminars, work with hospitals, fitness centers, and individuals wanting to better their lives. Specialize in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. See ad on page 7.


Vincent Leonti, MD Jenna Richardson, CIHC, FDN-P 134 Franklin Corner Rd, STE 101B, Lawrenceville 609-512-1468

Father/daughter team focused on uncovering the root cause of disease and dysfunction, identifying true healing opportunities and co-creating health with their patients. See ad on page 33.

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Barbara Steingas, BS, MA 908-391-4463 Through her own experience of restoring her health from Crohn’s Disease (deeemed incurable by traditional medicine) and being a physical therapist for almost 30 years, Barbara is able to help clients find the missing pieces of what she calls their healing puzzle to improve their health in a more natural and holistic manner. She does this by helping people identify the physical, emotional, mental and spritual strategies best suited to achieve their results faster, in a more cost and time effective way, ultimately eliminating a life of pain and suffering behind, just as she did.


Lauren Curtis, LMT 615 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, 07069 908-333-7746 Lauren Curtis, LMT is a New Jersey State Licensed massage therapist, who specializes in various forms of massage, including Oncology, Pregnancy, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Medical, Aromatherapy, and Chair massage. She is also trained in Foot Reflexology and Reiki.

MEDICAL HOLISTIC HEALTH AMARE HEALING ARTS LLC Ashley Nagrocki, Owner Highland Park, NJ 08904 732-841-0142

Amare Healing Arts offers pampering with a purpose. All services approach the body as a whole working with and enhancing the healing and rebalancing already taking place. Amare offers Medical Massage as an alternative healing path for conditions like plantar fasciitis, Manual Lymphatic Drainage for lymphedema and detoxification, Ayurveda, Holistic Health Consultations and Yoga to better connect and understand the mind, body and spirit helping you learn about your body’s ability to naturally heal while gently relaxing and unwinding. See ad on page 55.



Phyllis Livera 732-882-9676 Are you seeking deeper meaning in your life? Are you stressed and ready for a change? Tired of being in both physical or emotional pain? We offer spiritual development, meditation and mini-me yoga classes, which have been helping people live more productive, happier lives.


3200 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville 609-219-0053

Organic and natural products including farmstead cheeses; Buttercup Brie, seasonal Jacks, Rosedale, Herdsman, Toma, Havilah and Cheddar Curds. Additional products include wheyfed pork, grass-fed lamb and beef, pasture-raised eggs and myriad locally sourced goods. See ad on page 45.


MLS LASER THERAPY MLS LASER THERAPY Dr. Paul Bizzaro, DC 81 S Main St, Yardley 215-493-6589

Get permanent relief for you pain without drugs, shots or surgery with FDA approved Laser Therapy. Benefits include Speedy healing process, pain free, extremely safe with no known side effects. Don’t live in pain anymore. See ad on page 37.

Naturopathic Doctor & Nutritionist 888-234-7685 | Dr. Rodger (ND) became a nutritionist and later a Naturopathic Doctor after learning that many people can and have cured themselves using nutrition and herbs as their healing products. Today through the American Association of Nutritional Consultants, he prepares students to pass the Certified.





Specializing in naturally based carpet, upholstery, tile/grout and wood floor cleaning. Our people and pet safe system is guaranteed to put perform traditional cleaning methods. See ad on page 11.

NATURAL MEDICINE NEW JERSEY NATURAL MEDICINE Dr. Jason Frigerio, ND, LAC, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist 4 Village Road, New Vernon, NJ 973 267 2650

New office in Bedminster NJ opening soon! Since 2004, NJNM has treated countless patients with Naturopathic, Chinese and Biological Medicine. Some come to improve and maintain their health; others come for treatments outside the traditional medical sphere. The guiding principal remains constant: to observe and treat the whole person, not just symptoms. Using this approach, NJNM is better able to identify and treat the root cause of illness, help restore balance and promote optimal health. See ad on page 17.

Amara Willey, CPO® 28 Center St., Clinton, NJ 08809 908-868-4311 Home Organizing: Business Organizing: Certified Professional Organizer® Amara Willey has a supportive, non-judgmental approach toward time management and sustainable organizing, which is based on your learning style, how your brain works, and how you move through the world and is designed to create lasting change. See ad on page 24.

PAIN RELIEF/MANAGEMENT EAST COAST SPINE, SPORTS, AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE Edward Magaziner, MD 2186 Route 27, Suite 2D, North Brunswick 877-817-3273

Dr. Magaziner’s goal of treatment is to repair, regenerate, and eliminate injury or pain, and it’s causes. Specializing in: Orthopedic Regenrative Medicine, Endoscopic Spinal Discectomy, PRP, Stem Cell Grafts & Prolotherapy. See ad on page 29.


Past Life Therapist, Holistic Counseling Soul Retrieval, Nutritionist, Yoga teacher Lambertville, NJ and worldwide by Skype 858-401-3144 Offering a unique experiential therapy developed over 25 years. Resolve emotional issues with a first-hand experience that is life changing and empowering. Author of Healthy is Delicious nutritional, herbal/ supplemental compassionately supporting the whole person.


“Brianna’s Nutrition Kitchen, LLC” is a personal chef service that is dedicated to helping you and your family live healthier and less stressful lifestyles.

Organic Skin Care Natural Beauty by Jamie products are custom designed with intent and purpose which in return will give you wonderful peace of mind. Find them online or each Saturday at Stangle Factory Farmer’s Market. April 2018




Zophie, Psychic Reader, Advisor, Life Coach 990 Towne Plaza/Route 202 South Branchburg, NJ 908-231-0808, 908-397-7797 Naturally gifted, Zophie reads palms, auras, tarot cards, and uses crystals and healing pyramids. Individual sessions, workshops and parties. Gallery showcases crystals, antiques and other gifts. See ad on page 6.



Alice Rich, Certified Master Teacher Usui Reiki Ryoho, Karuna Reiki®, Crystal Healing Certified Hypnotist 732-501-7628, Reiki, Crystal Healing and Integrated Energy Therapy® or Hypnosis sessions can help reduce pain physically, mentally and emotionally, promote a healthy lifestyle, achieve personal and professional goals, create balance and harmony and advance your spiritual journey. Private sessions and classes. Certification classes on Reiki, Crystal Healing and IET.

BOBBIE LYNN EDWARDS, M.ED, LPC Licensed Psychotherapist Hunterdon County 908-892-8978

Looking for clarity and focus on the direction of your life? My approach integrates 35 years of traditional psychotherapy techniques with spiritual philosophies to assist in your healing. I work with all ages, couples and families dealing with challenges such as anxiety and depression, behavior difficulties, and general dissatisfaction of current life situations. Call for information on workshops and speaking engagements.


RELATIONSHIP COACH ONDOV RELATIONSHIP COACHING Rhoda Ondov, MS, MFT, CPC 12-14 E. Main St., Suite 8, Somerville NJ 908-642-6256

If you are in a troubled relationship, or dealing with infidelity, or facing possible divorce, you do not need Therapy. You are not mentally ill. You just need guidance and solutions. Relationship Coaching can help you repair these difficult situations, bringing clarity and restoring harmony. 8 years experience helping couples successfully navigate relationship crises. Does not require participation by both partners. See ad on page 6.


ROBERT FILOCCO, LPC 2 Clerico Lane, Hillsborough 732-425-5086

Moving beyond just symptom relief via a blend of traditional and non-traditional approaches. Remove self- limiting concepts and behaviors. Identify aspirations and personal direction. See ad on page 36.


Christel Haase, Ph.D., Certified Reflexologist Main Street Massage 4 Walter E. Foran Blvd/Ste. 404 Flemington - 908-806-0266 Foot Reflexology applies pressure to reflex points to remove toxins, clear neural pathways, and improve internal organ and system functioning. Other benefits: stress/pain reduction, increased circulation, relief from insomnia, headaches, allergies, PMS, and Plantar Fasciitis. Also addresses foot discomfort from injury, tight muscles, and ill-fitting footwear. See ad on page 22.

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Janet StraightArrow 973-647-2500 Shamanic Healing, Energy Medicine, Past Life Regression, Medical Intuition, Coaching Sessions, Astrology Readings, House and Land Clearings. In person, phone or Skype. Professional Reiki, Shamanism, and Medical Intuitive Training. Ongoing Be Your Own Guru Class.


Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ and NY 855-667-9338 Thermography gives an early look at the most important indicator of a potential health problem – inflammation. Early stage disease screening is an area in which thermography excels. Whether your pain is acute or chronic, or you are merely curious about the state of your health, thermography can help provide answers. Radiation-free breast and full body screenings for men and women. See ad on page 47.


301 N. Harrison Street, Princeton NJ 08540 609-285-3115 Escape from your daily life where nature and cutting-edge science combine for overall wellness and positivity. Unique therapies designed to embrace your curiosity and lift your spirits while promoting renewal of the mind and body. Cryotherapy, infrared sauna, floatation therapy, low-level light therapy, and halotherapy. Rejuvenate from the inside out at 4 Elements Wellness Center. See ad on page 15.


Route 22 East, Green Brook 732-200-5648 Explore floatation pods, cryo therapy, infrared sauna pods, led oxy steam pod, detox foot bath, oxygen station, pressotherapy, infrared slim bodywrap plus other therapeutic and holistic modalities La Bella Vita has to offer. See ad on page 19.

April 2018




April 27-29

Fri 5-9pm, Sat 10-6pm, Sun 10-6pm Daily and Weekend Passes

Ataana Author, Intuitive, Crystal & Energy Healer

Jessica DeLuise The Authority on Healthy Eating

~Daniel Weisman

Dalien (13 Hands) Gabriele Weber Grammy-Nominated Intuitive, Clairvoyant, Musician, Sound Therapist, Healer & Teacher Yoga & Nutrition

SKIP THE LINE! Buy tickets online at: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Hall D & E, 100 Station Ave, Oaks, PA

This Expo was one of best that we’ve ever participated in, and you gave us so many opportunities to promote our business. We have never sold as much at ANY Expo as we have at yours... while having FUN! ~ Expo Vendor

It was life changing for me. It was literally life changing!

David Young Grammy-Nominated Musician, Healer, Channel & Author

100+ Vendors Offering: Inspiring Lectures (see full schedule online)

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Natural Awakenings Central NJ / April 2018  

Cutting edge information for those who embrace the natural, healthy and green living lifestyle for people and pets. This month, explore all...

Natural Awakenings Central NJ / April 2018  

Cutting edge information for those who embrace the natural, healthy and green living lifestyle for people and pets. This month, explore all...