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Zero Waste Beauty Living From Trash Communities Livable

Good for People and the Planet

Change Begins at Home

Local Artists Lead Eco Awareness

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EDUCATION TO FIT EVERY FAMILY Diverse and Inclusive Community Full-Day Drop-Off Flexible Homeschooling Acton Academy AP-Based College Prep STEM Programs with Labs Humanities Visual & Performing Arts Entrepreneurial Programs Makerspace

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203-733-6560 Wyndham Southbury 1284 Strongtown Rd. Southbury, CT Angelina Diana: An Evening with Spirit Spiritual Psychic Medium & New Age & Crafts Expo Reading Event at 5:15 Go to www.angelinadiana.com to purchase tickets.

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Ways to Make Far Less Trash

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f you asked 10 different people what was absolutely necessary in order for a community to be an enjoyable, healthy place to live, you would receive a wide variety of answers. There are some basics that would repeat, of course—road and building infrastructure, commerce, educational system. What about parks and green spaces? Recreation or physical facilities? Music venues, or artistic learning centers and studios? Those items would likely be prioritized by individuals based on their level of personal interest. Research shows that those things are not niceto-haves, but are actually critical to the health and well-being Nicole Miale of a stable and sustainable community. This month, we focused on the notion of livability in community from both ecologic and artistic perspectives, and considered the intersection of these concepts. You know the old expression, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure?” Contributor Gregg Kirk spent time with three Connecticut artists who create beautiful artwork from actual junk; plastic, fabric and other trash becomes in their hands a vehicle for artistic expression. Their art serves a larger purpose as well; it is a form of leadership as they use their public presence to bring attention to the plight of our planet’s fragile ecosystems and waterways. Artspace is a growing work/live concept that helps artists have affordable housing while supporting their artistic endeavors. Anyone who is or has cared for a so-called starving artist understands the need for this. Being able to create art in service to one’s soul should not be a privilege of the wealthy. There are about 40 Artspace projects across the country; I was surprised to learn there are five in our small state, including in Bridgeport. Learn about them in our feature article this month. Also this month, we include an in-depth conversation with Analiese Paik, founder of the organization Sustainne. She is one of the leaders who will help our communities change for the better; she never gives up and always puts action behind her ideas. Find out what drives her and what her plans are for Sustainne as it nears its first anniversary and first Sustainability Expo in October. I’ll let you discover more of this month’s treasures on your own, but will close with a quote from yet another great local contributor’s article this month. Leesa Sklover, PhD, a singer/songwriter, actress, composer and therapist, wrote “Self-Care for the Creative Soul.” The opening line is: “It is the inner need of all humans to make things, to create for themselves as well as the world…we are all meant to finger paint without judgement.” I know this to be true. We are each of us creative souls. No matter what media you choose, we are all creating our lives and have the choice to use color with joy and make a mess if we need to. We are each integral players in the viability of the communities we inhabit and seek to build. As much as possible, do what makes you happy and stirs your creative passion! With love and light,

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Academy for Soul Healing Launches


ilis Philpott, owner of Soul Healing Journey, LLC, has announced the launch of the Academy for Soul Healing. The academy will host numerous workshops, trainings and programs that will enable participants to skyrocket their personal, professional and spiritual journeys through the stratosphere. “My vision for the Academy for Soul Healing is the integration of many single modalities in their highest form to support the expansion of humanity on a global scale,” Philpott explains. Philpott has been actively teaching the 13th Octave LaHoChi for the past two years, and has just returned from training in Boulder, Colorado. Upcoming trainings for the 13th Octave LaHoChi will take place in Connecticut, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Colorado. A new component offered through the Academy is the A Year of Healing 2019 program. This is a 12-month training program intended to create a healing/learning environment for all participants. It will include topics such as 13th Octave, 13th Octave LaHoChi, Veriscolor Flame LaHoChi, rebirthing, loving relationships, breathwork, ancestral healing, universal laws, protection, access bars, ethics of healing and more. Philpott has been a healing practitioner for 22 years. She is one of two teachers approved by Linda Dillon to teach the 13th Octave LaHoChi. She is a certified rebirther, Soul Language and Akashic Field Therapy practitioner and Reiki master. For more information, contact Eilis Philpott at 203-767-5954 or Eilis@SoulHealingJourney.com. To register for upcoming programs, visit AcademyforHealing.com. See ad, page 20.

Reconnect Through Exploration of Natural Elements


day-long retreat entitled Earth, Wind, Water, Fire: Exploring the Elements of Nature to Re-Connect with Yourself and with the Earth, will take place on September 29 from9am to 4pm, at New Pond Farm Educational Center in Redding. Join psychologist Ann Reeves in slowing down for an early autumn day to deepen your awareness of the beauty and healing gifts Ann Reeves of the natural world. Participants will explore each element of nature—earth, wind, water and fire—in a slow, experiential manner to feel reconnected to their energies and gain a sense of peace. You will also renew your commitment to be a good steward of the earth as you learn about forest bathing; experience grounding exercises; and incorporate breathing, movement, meditation, poetry, drumming and alone time outside to experience the four elements in a deeply personal way. Using the grounds of New Pond Farm, you will share a simple, vegetarian-friendly farm lunch. The fee for the day is $100 per person, or $90 for New Pond Farm Members. Bring a journal or notebook, a writing utensil, bug repellent, a drum or rattle if you’d like and rain gear if needed. Some of the day will be spent outside, rain or shine. Reeves, a licensed psychologist in Wilton, practices positive psychology, teaches meditation and stress management, and likes to incorporate nature into her work. She also teaches emotional management techniques to individuals and groups to create more emotional resilience. For more information, call 203-451-6208 or visit NewPondFarm.org. Location: New Pond Farm Educational Center, 101 Marchant Rd, West Redding. See ad, page 37.

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Being Centered Relocates; Launches Book


eing Centered’s Teresa Reyes Castillo, PhD, and Anna Huff, PhD, have announced the debut of their upcoming book, Awaken Love. The book explores a new way to live life. “From the moment we met, we knew we would write this book. Six years later, we were called to share our story. Told in a vulnerable first-person narrative, the story…shows our parallel journeys through an exploration of our relationship’s intimate landscape. Set in the midst of a grueling psychology graduate program, our beautiful love story quickly transforms into an emotionally raw and complex battle of self-discovery, spirituality and healing. Readers will lose themselves in the story as, together, we move to a greater level of intuitive awareness and learn to recognize the soul connection that exists within all relationships,” Castillo says. In addition to the book release, Castillo and Huff have recently opened two locations: one in the Trinity Center on Broadway in the financial district of New York City; and a second at the Center for Conscious Living in Westport. They are collaborating at the Center for Conscious Living with Theresa Galuszka, a clairvoyant, medium, seer and energy healer.


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A New Way to Live Outdoors at Finnegan’s Farm


ooking to get out of town for a night or two? Enjoy a farm stay in New Milford at Finnegan’s Farm’s luxurious yurt tent, complete with queen size bed. Lodgers can meet animals such as goats, cows, ducks and chickens, or have a walk around the acre plot of permaculture-grown produce. You can stop into the farm shop, The Shack, to purchase maple syrup, jam or whatever produce is in season. Local Northwest Connecticut attractions include a number of vineyards, cooking classes at the nearby Hunt Hill and quaint New England towns like Kent or Washington. Other local activities include boating, hiking, wind sports, wildlife watching, fishing, paddling and swimming. For more information or to make a reservation, visit Hipcamp.com. Location: Upland Rd, New Milford.

Professionals, Practitioners, and Educators are cordially invited to a FREE Open House & Networking Event


This is an opportunity to engage in and explore the holistic and integrative approach to health and wellness at WCSU. Learn about the Institute for Holistic Health Studies within the Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences Department. See what we are doing, how we are doing it, and how you can be a part of it!

Thursday, September 27, 2018 6 - 8 p.m.

Midtown Campus, Warner Hall, Room 103 Western Connecticut State University 181 White Street, Danbury, CT For additional information and to make a reservation contact Christel Autuori, RDH, RYT MA at autuoric@wcsu.edu www.wcsu.edu/IHHS

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Custom Candles Opens White Plains Location


ustom Candles, a Bedford Hills, New York shop that offers eco-friendly candles, natural health products, jewelry and a variety of gifts, has opened a second location in The Westchester in White Plains, New York. Both stores are open seven days a week. Marcie Manfredonia, owner of Custom Candle Co., says her goal was to open the second store in plenty of time for the holiday season, as her Bedford Hills store has become a popular destination for gift shopping. “We create beautiful gift baskets, and we offer our own, unique soy custom candles; one-of-a-kind jewelry from local artisans; and high-end candles and body-care products. Our Bedford Hills location also offers a full line of CBD products.” Custom Candles will have a booth at two upcoming New York fall festivals: the Hudson Valley Wine Fest, on September 8 and 9, and Mount Kisco’s SeptemberFest, on September 14 and 15. Manfredonia also owns the Bedford Hills Wine & Beer Bar, located at 27 Depot Plaza, next to Custom Candles. The bar hosts special events, including live jazz nights and private gatherings, such as team fundraisers. On September 7 (6-9pm), Bedford Hills Wine & Beer Bar will host a wine-tasting party, featuring a rosé, pinot grigio and pinot noir. On September 19, it will host a painting party; all supplies are included in the $34.99 ticket cost (call 914-218-8357 for tickets). Every Monday from 4 to 11pm, the bar will also host Monday Night Football. For more information, call 914-241-1010 or visit CustomCandleCo.com. See ad, page 29.

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re you seeking a deeper level of recovery and healing from the experience of trauma, losses, grief, addictions, depression, anxiety and other manifestations of loss? Come September 15 from 8:30am to 4pm to a healing retreat at The Mercy Center in Madison. Jean Daniello, Michelle Dubreuil Macek, Rosa Fiore, Jen Ripa-Edson and Liz Driscoll Jorgensen have created this mini-retreat to share their lifetime wisdom in a warm and accessible environment.   Participants will be immersed in sound healing, gong bathing, yoga, Biodanza (therapeutic movement), walking meditation and tong lon meditation on the beach as well as visualization by creating vision boards. All activities are appropriate for all levels of fitness; most special needs will be accommodated.   Essential oils will also be available for participants to experience this powerful tool of prevention and healing. All participants will have time to interact and connect with each of the workshop leaders individually as well as enjoy the tranquil beach setting of Mercy Center. Dubreuil Macek is a master Reiki practitioner, qigong teacher and Martha Beck-trained life coach. Daniello is a certified yoga teacher (200 RYT), Reiki master and advanced integrated energy therapy practitioner. She is a certified essential oil coach and wellness advocate. Jorgensen is the director of Insight Counseling in Ridgefield and a consultant in the field of adolescent and adult psychotherapy, with an emphasis on recovery and program development. Fiore is a spiritual director, minister, yoga instructor and Reiki master. Ripa-Edson is a certified kundalini and vinyasa yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, life coach, sound healer, essential oil educator and artist. The cost is $160, or $140 each for two or more signing up at once. No one will be refused who needs financial assistance. Register at HOHBS.eventbrite.com. For more information, or to receive help registering, call Insight Counseling at 203-943-6786. Location: The Mercy Center, Madison. See ad, page 5.

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CT Folk Fest & Green Expo Returns


n September 8, from 11am to 10pm, the CT Folk Fest & Green Expo will hold their annual free festival of live music, handmade artisans, food trucks, children’s activities and “green” workshops at New Haven’s Edgerton Park. This is the expo’s 26th year.   Festival directors, Nicole Mikula and Michael Skrtic, alongside the CT Folk Board of Directors, unveil a folk music lineup that includes American singer/songwriter Martin Sexton with Bridgeport natives, The Alternate Routes, as the supporting act. Upstate, Jesse Terry Trio, Goodnight Blue Moon, Open Book and Professors of Bluegrass round out the lineup as well as this year’s audition winners, Plywood Cowboy and Auguste & Alden. Also, the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition highlighting Michael Lavreanno, Mike P. Ryan, Carolann Solebello, Susan Cattaneo and Belle of the Fall will kick off the day.    The Green Expo, open from 11am to 6pm, highlights more than 50 exhibitors that include handmade artisans and exhibitors with innovative ideas and products for sustainable lifestyles. New Haven’s food trucks include Lalibella, P&M Orange Street Market, Life Bowls, Ben & Jerry’s and others. For all families, the Green Kids Village offers hands-on workshops, including interactive drumming with Infinite Roots, hula hooping with BringtheHoopla and children’s yoga with Full of Joy Yoga. There will also be New Haven’s Artist & Craftsman Supply, EcoWorks and an Acoustic Corner with local musicians like Liz McNicholl, Benny Mikula, Dan Carlucci and Cyril the Sorceror.  There is a $10 suggested donation to support CT Folk’s continued efforts. Proceeds benefit CT Folk’s mission to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable community. There is parking on the streets surrounding Edgerton Park. There are no vehicles allowed in the park during the festival and expo, except for those using the limited number of Americans with Disabilities Act parking spaces. These spaces are available on a “firstcome” basis.

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For more information, visit CTFolk.org, Facebook.com/CTFolk or Instagram.com/CT_Folk. Location: Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff St., New Haven.

Blue Bash Benefit for Connecticut Rivers


omperaug River Watershed Coalition’s (PRWC) 2018 annual benefit on September 23 from 3 to 6pm will gather folks in stewardship of Pomperaug River Watershed’s rivers, streams and drinking water. Attendees will enjoy the rustic charms of The White Barn at South Farms in Morris, local bluegrass music, tasty food, select wines and beers, auction items and more. Amidst the sweeping views of this historic Connecticut farm venue, the event will feature the presentation of the Dr. Marc J. Taylor Environmental Stewardship Award, a dynamic challenge grant from Connecticut Community Foundation, Wires & Wood Blue Grass Band, Fine Foods by Chef Carol Byer-Alcorace, wines, beers, featured drinks, silent and live auctions. Tickets are $75 per person. Blue Bash proceeds support PRWC’s scientific research and community educational outreach in protection of water resources now and for future generations. For more information, call 203-263-0076, email Info@Pomperaug.org or visit Pomperaug.org/BlueBash. Location: The White Barn at South Farms, 21 Higbie Rd, Morris.

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Awaken Healing Energy Through the Tao


n September 14, 15 and 16, Jampa Stewart will lead a 10-hour Taoist Microcosmic Orbit Meditation course at Valley Spirit Wellness Center in Washington Depot. Opening the Microcosmic Orbit is the ancient Taoist foundation for healing, martial arts and meditation. It awakens, circulates, and directs Ch’i (or Qi), our life force energy, through the two main acupuncture channels in the body. In this course you will discover how to actually feel your life force energy, and how to use your mind to direct it anywhere in your body for self-healing, centeredness, and inner peace. You’ll experience how to draw in and circulate healing energy from the universe and from nature to empower your entire being. You’ll also learn the Inner Smile Meditation, Six Healing Sounds, and Qi Self-Massage, practical and powerful tools for transforming stress into vitality, healing negative emotions and building your immune system. Stewart is a Senior Healing Tao Instructor and Chi Nei Tsang Instructor, certified by the Universal Healing Tao, and is the cofounder of Healing Tao USA. He holds a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College (SWAC) in Santa Fe and has taught Medical Qigong at both SWAC and the Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin, Texas. The course will take place on September 14 from 7 to 8:30pm, September15 from 1:30 to 6:30pm and September 16 from 1 to 4:30pm. Tuition is $295. For more information or to register, visit ValleySpiritCoop.com/ the-events/ or call 860-619-2788. Location: 6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot. See ad, page 19.

xplore alternative approaches to pain management and addiction at a Wellness to Painless conference on September 29 from 9:30am to 4pm, sponsored by Natural Awakenings and AyurBeautyandLifestyle.com. Taking place at the Hindu Cultural Center of CT (HCC) in Stratford, the day’s agenda will include topics such as Ayurveda, yoga, Jaya Daptardar essential oils, therapy, psychiatry, psychology, Reiki, meditation and more; attendees can earn attendance certificates for CEU credits. The morning sessions include a keynote address by Dr. Sudha Sreenivasan, MD; Mining for Gold in Chaotic Times by Nicole Miale, publisher of Natural Awakenings Fairfield County; Nutrition Therapy: Gut and Brain Connection by Lisa Hyatt, MS; and Breathing, Meditation, Yoga for Relieving Pain with HCC yoga teachers. The afternoon sessions include Ayurveda’s Wisdom for Wellness to Painless with Jaya Daptardar, BAMS, MHA, RAAPBCAMP; Natural Solutions for Pain Management with Kristen Rzasa; and a Reiki demonstration with Reiki master Berta Prevosti of Jiiva Center in Stratford. The Wellness and Beyond campaign seeks to build healthy communities by providing wellness education, information and resources. This platform will share the knowledge of alternative approaches while exploring a variety of wellness options to improve quality of life. Keynote speakers and knowledge experts will offer their expertise. The fee is $45 until September 10, which includes a light breakfast and healthy lunch. Registration is required. To register, call 203-857-4123, email JMDaptardar@hotmail.com or visit AyurBeautyandLifestyle.com. Location: Hindu Cultural Center of Connecticut, 96 Chapel St, Stratford. See ad, page 27.

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Harvest Fest Returns to Wakeman Town Farm


he annual farm-totable Harvest Fest returns for its sixth year on September 22 at 6pm, on Wakeman Town Farm in Westport. Held on the farm grounds under a festive tent draped with twinkling lights, Harvest Fest features seasonal fare, wine and signature cocktails, contributed and prepared by local farmers and chefs. There will be both a silent and live auction. Guests will bid on smaller “egg-buster” prizes and larger auction items, including a variety of private food and wine experiences. Examples include private chef dinners in Wakeman’s Tim’s Kitchen Space; a VIP trip for four to NBA All-Star Weekend 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina; a gourmet farm picnic for 10; and exclusive trips throughout the Caribbean. The event is designed to raise funds to support various youth education programs. This summer the farm offered a number of camperships that allowed kids from underserved communities—through the Fresh Air Fund and for those from Westport on a limited income—to attend free camps. The goal is to provide transport and experiences to kids and to teach the farm’s motto, “Grow Your Food, Know Your Food.” This is a communal seating event, so you may be sitting next to “new friends.” If you have a group of eight people total, you will have a special roped-off area to guarantee your table. In years past, it has proven difficult to hold “half ” or “partial” tables for groups of four to six; therefore this opportunity is available only to groups of eight that purchase their tickets together through the events director. To register or purchase tickets, email WakemanTownFarm@gmail.com. For more information, visit WakemanTownFarm.org/ Harvest-Fest. Location: Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway, Westport.

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September 2018


news briefs

Oxford Retires Roundup, Goes Organic


lyphosate-based herbicides—such as Roundup, Rodeo and Ranger Pro—will no longer be sprayed in Oxford parks or other public areas. Stratford’s Northeast Horticultural Services has been hired to manage a nontoxic, organic program to control vegetation in the town of Oxford. The decision to work with Northeast Horticultural Services was the outcome of a meeting set up by Oxford resident Jennifer Giustra-Kozek, LPC, health advocate, author and public speaker, with Wayne Watt, director of public works. Concerned Oxford residents and parents Giustra-Kozek and Stacey Marcell spoke at the meeting, with support from Zen Honeycutt of Moms Across America, a nonprofit that raises awareness about toxins, and Jeff Cordulack, executive director of CT NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association). Marcell, a Connecticut-licensed arborist and owner of Northeast Horticultural Services, is a NOFA-accredited organic land care provider. The two chemicals that were being used in the previous vegetation control plan were glyphosate and triclopyr. Glyphosate herbicides are applied to the leaves of plants to kill both broadleaf plants and grasses; they are endocrine disruptors, immune system destroyers and carcinogenic. They are used to manage vegetation in ball fields, golf courses, agriculture and other public areas. Triclopyr is equally as toxic. It sterilizes soil and contaminates waterways, causing death to aquatic life. Health concerns have been raised about these chemicals for years, they are banned in many other countries and environmental groups throughout the state have been working toward restricting the use of these substances in Connecticut. For more information, visit NortheastHorticultural.com.

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Celebrate Fall with Apples in Monroe


ating back to 1950, the St Peter’s Annual Apple Festival in Monroe is the perfect way to kickoff New England’s fall season. Enjoy a good, “ole-fashioned” apple festival on September 8 (10am-5pm) and 9 (10am-4pm), rain or shine. More than 100 craft vendors from across the Northeast will set up tents on the historic Monroe Green to sell all kinds of goods, from doll clothes to jewelry to woodcrafts. There will be a food tent, the Country Kitchen space with homemade baked goods, and an abundance of apples and apple-themed items at the Apple Central area. Children will enjoy games and prizes, face painting and a moon bounce. Other highlights include raffle prizes, a fall mum sale, live music and free admission and parking. For the latest information, visit StPetersOnThe Green.com/Apple-Festival. Location: Monroe Green, 610 610 Monroe Tpke, Tpke Monroe.

Experiment with Energy in Greenwich


ould you like to know how you can balance your own “energy systems” and understand more about how energy works? Join Debby Stein Debby Stein of Debby’s Energy for a free interactive presentation on September 13 at 7pm, at the Byram Shubert Library in Greenwich.  During the 90-minute workshop, you will learn a self-applied technique to balance the body’s energy systems. Stein has more than 15 years of experience as an Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki master. She is also trained in Healing Touch and integrative energy therapy. For more information, call 203-353-1725, email DistantLinking@gmail.com or visit DebbysEnergy.com. Location: Byram Shubert Library, 21 Mead Ave, Greenwich.


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Institute for Holistic Health Studies’ Open House; New Fall Programs


ome and learn about the Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) on September 27 from 6 to 8 pm, at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Professionals, practitioners and educators are invited to attend this free open house and networking event, sponsored in part by Natural Awakenings Fairfield County. The IHHS is part of the university’s health promotion and exercise sciences department. It provides the university and greater Danbury community with an opportunity to engage in and explore holistic and integrative approaches to health and wellness. The IHHS sponsors a series of midday Wellness Wednesday Workshops; the annual Health, Fitness & Wellness Fair; a monthly meditation series; and special lectures and presentations. IHHS events are open to the public, and they encourage and invite the support of the community and local practitioners. To kick off its fall semester of events, the IHHS will hold a Multicultural Meditation for Peace on September 11 from 4 to 9:30pm. This is the third year the IHHS is hosting this event in partnership with the Center for Creativity, Compassion and Innovation, and the Honors Students of Compassion. There will be several workshops offered, with a variety of meditation practices to experience. This event will be held in the Campus Center Ballroom on the WCSU Westside campus, at 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury. The IHHS is sponsoring a series of Wellness Wednesday Workshops. These workshops take place in White Hall, Room 127, at 12:30pm on the WCSU Midtown campus, at 181 White Street, Danbury. These workshops are free and the public is invited. Mother Nature Heals: Introduction to Ecotherapy, on September 12, will be presented by Marcia Kendall, MA, a WCSU adjunct faculty member and holistic lifestyle and ecotherapy coach. Dr. Michael Murphy of Murphy Family Chiropractic, also a WCSU adjunct faculty member, will present Need More Power: How We Generate Energy, on October 17. Valentina Olvidese, MS, a holistic nutritionist with Valiant Nutrition, LLC, will focus on Mindful Eating in Practice, on November 14. A monthly Mudra Meditation series led by Jesse Rovero will be held on the second Tuesday of each month through December, at 7pm in Warner Hall. IHHS will also sponsor an evening with Roland Comtois, a noted author, speaker and medium, on November 5 at 7:30pm. For additional information or to make a reservation for any of the events, contact IHHS Director Christel Autuori, RDH, RYT, MA, at AutuoriC@WCSU.edu, or visit WCSU.edu/IHHS. Fall Open House Location: Midtown Campus of Western Connecticut State University, Warner Hall, 181 White St, Rm 103, Danbury. See ad, page 9.

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September Specials at Soul Synergy Wellness


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Friends of Autistic People Receives Grant; Launches Fundraising Campaign


riends of Autistic People (FAP) was recently awarded a grant for $5,000 from Autism Speaks in support of its Music Therapy Program. FAP received the award on the occasion of Autism Speaks’ annual Walka-Thon, with founder and president of the organization Brita Darany von Regensburg there to receive it on behalf of FAP. Since music therapy typically costs $4,000 a year per individual, the grant will only enable FAP to fund a little over one child or adult with autism so FAP has now launched a fundraiser to reach a goal of $8,000 total to fund two children or adults with autism from financially struggling families. As she received the grant and Friends of Autistic People was recognized for their work, Darany von Regensburg spoke about FAP’s mission and explained what the grant would be used for as well as how it would impact the lives of the children and adults they serve. FAP assists financially challenged families whose children would more likely be able to reach developmental milestones through music therapy intervention. So far, Friends of Autistic People has helped 10 children and adults with profound autism in a span of two years through music therapy. It heralds one of the major programs at FAP’s future Community of Homesteads. For more information about FAP, visit AutisticAdults.com. Donations can be made on that site or at Crowdrise.com/Britas. 16

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SusieQ Wood

usieQ Wood, cover artist this month, is the publisher of Natural Awakenings in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As the magazine evolved over time to feature more eco-conscious information, her landscapes evolved to focus more on sea level areas. From her beachfront condo, she scoured streets and parking lots collecting rusted items including bottle caps, and then began a larger foray onto the beaches, picking up the endless plastic items found there. She cleaned, sorted and stored the collections until she was moved to lovingly repurpose them into magic on canvas, creating a mixed media series with a strong eco-message. Her works of art inspire action and self-responsibility and she brings this to the fore through community projects and presentations. She encourages mindful disposal and reducing or eliminating one-time-use plastic items. Trash is a metaphor for the unloved and discarded parts of ourselves. Bringing these items into the artwork transforms them from trash to treasure, just as loving all parts of ourselves, including the unwanted shadows, helps us to integrate, unify and become more whole. Toothbrush Flashmob is part of her Global TRASHformation series and includes 102 toothbrushes picked up from the beach; it reminds us, in a playful manner, to dream of innovative ways to protect our land and water while maintaining it litter-free. View the artist’s portfolio at SusieQintl.com and enjoy her writing at SusieQWood.com/blog.

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Using Less Saves Both Money and the Planet

The maxim “less is more” applies well to skin care and personal hygiene. Overuse of products is costly and increases pollution. Both genders are prone to overdoing it when it comes to basic activities like washing, shampooing and shaving. Here are some helpful tips. Take fewer showers and spend less time in the shower to conserve water. A study by the Water Research Foundation ranks showers as the second-highest residential use of water at 20 percent, just behind toilets, at 24 percent. Some traditional soaps can strip natural skin oils. Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist in New York City, suggests products labeled as “cleaner”, such as a body wash formulated to add moisture back into skin. An estimated 2 billion disposable razors are discarded annually in the U.S. Helpful ideas include using a long-handled safety razor to shave women’s legs; positioning it at a 20-degree angle with the proper pressure can significantly increase a blade’s lifespan, saving money and the environment. To streamline our personal care routine, Treehugger. com suggests we completely use up existing products, resist seasonal fads and new colors, and use products that serve multiple roles. For example, a good oil can serve as a makeup remover, skin and face moisturizer, lip balm, frizz tamer and shaving lotion. For men’s aftershave, it’s healthier to go natural, avoiding perfumed products that contain petroleumbased chemicals. ChasingGreen.org recommends makers like Weleda, Herbal Choice, Burt’s Bees and Aubrey Organics, which offer skin toners and balms with natural ingredients like sunflower, coconut, lemon, St. John’s wort, witch hazel, myrrh, shea butter, beeswax and essential oils, including organic jojoba seed oils. Note that some products labeled as organic and natural can include synthetic chemicals when the term organic doesn’t apply to the entire formula.



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Acupuncture reduces autism scores, according to a new meta-analysis of 27 clinical studies of 1,736 children. Researchers from Kyung Hee University, in the Republic of Korea, found that whether acupuncture was used alone or combined with other therapies, it improved outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder as measured by the Childhood Autism Rating Scale and the Autism Behavior Checklist, without causing adverse side effects.

Dirt Houses Cancer-Protective Microbe A bonus to gardening: Soil commonly contains bacteria that produce a molecule called mensacarcin that kills melanoma cancer cells, according to research from Oregon State University. Few therapies treat this skin cancer, so contact with dirt is an easy choice.

A University of Amsterdam study of 960 children from 4 to 12 years old taking asthma medication found that those breastfed as infants had a 45 percent lower incidence of asthma attacks.

Meditation Improves Long-Term Cognition Cognitive gains that people experience from an intense meditation retreat can persist for at least seven years and slow age-related cognitive decline, a new study shows. Researchers from the University of California at Davis followed up with 60 people that had participated in a three-month retreat in which they meditated in a group and alone for a total of about eight hours a day. Immediately afterwards, the meditators showed improvements in holding sustained attention— the ability to stay focused on a task or object—a key measure of cognitive function. Seven years later, researchers found that those significant gains were partly maintained, and that older participants that diligently practiced meditation didn’t show typical patterns of agerelated attention declines.

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Picking Up Litter While Jogging Becomes a Winning Trend

Sweden’s latest fitness craze, plogging, is a mashup of jogging and the Swedish plocka upp, meaning pick up, in this case, litter. There are plogging groups in Scandinavia, Germany and other parts of Europe. According to the Swedish fitness app Lifesum, which makes it possible for users to track plogging activity, a half-hour of jogging while picking up trash will burn 288 calories for the average person, compared with 235 via jogging alone. A brisk walk expends about 120 calories. The Washington Post reports that in the U.S., it’s just starting to catch on among exercisers fed up with rubbish along their routes. They carry trash bags and pluck litter and recyclables off sidewalks and bushes wearing gardening gloves for safety. The environmental organization Keep America Beautiful recently started promoting plogging to encourage trash-free communities, putting out the #plogging message to its 600 affiliates. Spokesman Mike Rosen reports that response has been surprisingly robust.

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Rising Sea Levels Threaten San Francisco

A paper published in the journal Science Advances reports sea-level rise projections for San Francisco and the Bay Area in California that had not previously factored in a geological phenomenon called subsidence—the settling or sinking of the land. When too much groundwater is pumped out of aquifers, the land on top sinks. In San Francisco, subsidence is occurring in areas developed atop artificial landfill and mud deposits. The area around the bay is in jeopardy of being underwater by 2100, and factoring in subsidence increases the projected amount of land underwater from 46 to 166 square miles, including half the runways at San Francisco International Airport.

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ustainne launched in October 2017 in Fairfield County with the mission to unite, nurture, and grow a community dedicated to sustainable living. Nearly a year later, the organization is a network of business members who work together to strengthen and grow their ecosystem through collaboration and innovation. Sustainne now counts almost 50 business members from Connecticut and two from Massachusetts, seven Community Partners, and two Media Partners, including Natural Awakenings. We recently spoke with Sustainne founder Analiese Paik.

How did you become so passionate about your work? It all began with food. I was one of those PTA moms who lobbied hard for better school food. After a lot of introspection and weighing how I wanted to spend my time and what I was good at, I decided to create a sustainable food destination for the Fairfield County community. In 2009, I founded the Fairfield Green Food Guide (FairfieldGreenFoodGuide.com) to help consumers find local, sustainable food, and give voice to the burgeoning local food movement. Almost a decade after founding the Fairfield Green Food Guide, I realized I was ready to do more and committed to creating an online destination and community dedicated to every aspect of sustainable living. That’s what led me to Sustainne. 22

How did you first discover your passion for healthy food, and clean and sustainable living? I grew up composting, saving cans and recycling them, not wasting food. I’d watch my father comb the waterways for trash when we went fishing and clamming off LI Sound. Sometimes the garbage catch would be larger than the catch for dinner! We lived well, but frugally. We took care of our own house and yard, and didn’t seem to take anything we owned for granted. Stuff wasn’t unceremoniously thrown out; we kept and reused things. I saw a significant change in consumer behavior begin to take place with food around 2008. Consumers began to prefer food from small local, organic growers, artisan food makers and farm-to-table restaurants, even though it cost more. Documentary food films like Food, Inc. and books like Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma exposed the ugly underbelly of industrial food and agriculture, and their negative impacts on the health of humans, animals, our soil and the planet.

How has Sustainne morphed since it began? Consumers report in surveys that they’d prefer to make local sustainable purchases. Consumers are more willing to purchase with purpose. The number of local businesses offering sustainable products and services reached critical mass. I was convinced the time was right for an authority website that guides consumers with these purchasing choices.

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Sustainne’s first major service upgrade was the addition of a community calendar so site users could learn about and attend our business members’ events. We launched the Sustainne Podcast; we are currently holding our first giveaway featuring our business members’ food and merchandise, valued at $280. Our first Sustainable Living Expo will be held on October 13, in partnership with Stepping Stones Museum for Children, a Sustainne Community Partner. Experiences include an electric vehicle showcase, a textile recycling drive and a plastic film recycling drive. There will also be a community build of a model of the museum using recycled cardboard and 3D printed connectors.

What gets you most excited about the work you do? I feel fortunate to be working with small to mid-sized business owners, Community Partners and Media Partners. Each Sustainne business member is a subject matter expert. We help them solve their business problems by connecting with other members; they share their wisdom with our audience via blog articles, newsletters, social media posts and podcasts. Their expertise runs the gamut from clean skin care, organic-based hair care, complementary and alternative medicine, food waste recycling and textile recycling. They cover sustainable food, agriculture, investing, lawn and land care, automotive maintenance, architecture, fashion and more. Consumers are asking businesses to do more—there is even a Zero Waste CT Facebook Group—and Sustainne members are meeting that demand.

Which challenges are you looking to conquer next? The industrial carbon emissions last year were the highest ever recorded, and atmospheric carbon was the highest in 800,000 years. We are living climate change now. We have known since the 1970s that burning fossil fuels causes climate change, but we took no action for many decades. Seventeen of the warmest years in modern history occurred since 2001. Global sea levels have risen by more than 3 inches since we started measuring them in 1993, and the pace is accelerating. Over 100

wildfires are burning in 14 U.S. states, covering almost 1 million acres. We urgently need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make different lifestyle choices. Nobody is going to save us but ourselves. We are all responsible for fixing this. It’s nothing short of a planetary emergency.

What would you most like to see change? How do we nudge decision makers into making more sustainable choices? Why is doing nothing even a choice? There are two things I urge everyone to do immediately: stop throwing food waste and used textiles in the garbage. These materials have value that we can recapture in a closed loop system. Sustainne business member Curbside Compost picks up food waste for recycling. Recovered food waste is either made into compost or converted into energy in an anaerobic digester. Bay State Textile collects used textiles for resale overseas or recycling into new products. In Massachusetts, where the practice of collecting used textiles in donation boxes placed at schools has been established for over five years, host schools are paid $100 a ton in rebates. Last year that amounted to $250,000, which went to PTAs and PTOs, while municipalities saved on disposal fees. That’s a better school fundraiser teaching the value of community and sustainability while raising money.

What is your vision for the next five years for Sustainne? As the effects of climate change continue to accelerate, I expect consumers to increasingly turn to Sustainne in search of more

sustainable lifestyle choices. Site users will find a growing number of sustainable businesses from Connecticut and neighboring states under our umbrella. Our annual membership fees remain affordable for even the smallest businesses. Sustainne will always be a free resource for all to explore and enjoy, including the searchable business directory, blog, events calendar, newsletter and podcast. Our upcoming Sustainable Living Expo is a huge first-year milestone. I have the museum to thank for making that a reality.

What do you most want Natural Awakenings readers to know about Sustainne’s mission and members? We care deeply about your health and the health of our planet. Business members agree to a sustainability pledge that requires them to manage their businesses in a way that positively impacts their employees, communities and environment. They commit to continuously improving key sustainability practices. I encourage readers to sign up for our newsletter to receive sustainable living tips, learn about events and giveaways, and be the first to hear about members. Start setting aside used textiles now to bring to the expo to recycle on the Bay State Textiles truck. Bay State Textiles will be rebating $100 a ton to Stepping Stones Museum for Children. Admission to the expo is included in museum admission. Visit Sustainne.com for more information. The Sustainable Living Expo will be held on October 13, in partnership with Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk. See ad, page 11.


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Mastering Yoga

The yoga community in Fairfield County and the Housatonic Valley has never been more vibrant! This section provides connections to studios and teachers in the area, as well as helpful editorial to support your efforts to improve your practice.

yoga briefs

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Yoga Teachers Association Announces Upcoming Events


he Yoga Teachers Association of the Hudson Valley (YTA) in New York will kick off its 2018-19 season on September 22 with Light on Ganesha, Remover of Obstacles, presented by Todd Norian, master yogi and founder of Ashaya Yoga. The YTA’s annual Prana Party will immediately follow the workshop. The party will feature kirtan with Norian, and provide an opportunity for YTA members and nonmembers Todd Norian alike to connect with other yoga teachers and enthusiasts from the tri-state area. The YTA’s workshops will continue in October with Christa Rypins’s Pelvic Power, an experiential workshop in which yoga meets the Franklin Method of Imagery. Jeff Migdow will return in November for the Practical Wisdom of the Yogic Scriptures. In December, Robert Rivest will present his unique approach to laughter yoga, which incorporates tai chi, mindful breathing and expressive movement. Other workshops in the 2018-19 season—led by Dan Leven, Jason Ray Brown, Deborah Lubetkin, Ray Crist and Paula Heitzner—will cover topics such as the karma of your yoga cues, esoteric poses to spice up your teaching and LifeForce Yoga for the anxious mood. On June 8, beloved 100-year-old yogini Tao Porchon-Lynch will again close out the YTA season. This year, the YTA will also host its first annual retreat at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Paths to Renewal, with Luke Ketterhagen, will take place November 2 through 4. The YTA is an educational nonprofit run by volunteers. It offers monthly workshops in order to enhance and deepen the teaching and knowledge of yoga in the Hudson Valley. Membership is open to studio owners, yoga teachers and individual practitioners. Workshops are usually held on the second Saturday of the month, from 1:30 to 4:30pm, at Club Fit in Briarcliff Manor, New York. The cost is $45 for members or $65 for nonmembers in advance; continuing education credits are available for all workshops. For more information, visit YTAYoga.com or email YTACommunications@gmail.com. See ad, page 26. 24

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or almost 15 years, Yoga Dimensions has educated, inspired and supported the greater Newtown community through the ancient practice of yoga. Lynda Weber originally opened the studio with a vision of yoga for all ages and skill levels. The schedule at the studio reflects this with offerings that include hot yoga, gentle yoga, power yoga, beginners’ yoga, restorative yoga, private sessions and yoga nidra. Weber’s vision will continue under new ownership beginning September 1, when experienced teachers, Kristi Gunnarshaug, Twink McKenney and Regina Lones join together to continue serving the community with quality yoga instruction. Gunnarshaug has been teaching popular vinyasa-style classes for almost 20 years. McKenney began teaching almost a decade ago after many years as a dedicated student. She offers a gentle, strengthening flow followed by deep, stress-releasing relaxation. Lones is an occupational therapist who has been working in rehab for 30 years. She began practicing yoga 18 years ago and is a skilled teacher who believes you can have fun while building the strength and flexibility needed to grow old gracefully. Together, these three will lead a team of talented teachers and workshop presenters who will continue to offer the community a place to gather, grow and learn about yoga. The word sangha translates from the Sanskrit language as “community”. Yoga Dimensions will remain a place where people are supported and encouraged in their yoga practice and in their lives. Yoga Dimensions will offer their fourth 200-hour yoga teacher training program this fall. This certification is for those looking to deepen their practice or bring their gifts to the community. The three owners will co-teach an in-depth exploration of asana, breathing, anatomy, yoga philosophy and ethics plus meditation. Sessions meet on weekends (approximately two per month) from October 2018 through May 2019. For more about the teacher training, email Kristi Gunnarshaug at YogaDimensionsCT@gmail.com. For more general information, visit YogaDimensions.net. Location: 87 S Main St, Newtown.


AgniLoveYoga Studio Open House



n September 15, AgniLoveYoga will host a full-day open house at its Southbury location beginning at 9:30am. The studio opened in April with the mission to make yoga available to everyone; it operates on donations only. There are no suggested donations, you pay what you can afford to contribute to the health of the studio and its teachers.  Agni Chapska, the founder of the studio, has studied yoga since 2000, and began teaching yoga in 2010 in the lineage of Hatha Tantra Yoga. She taught in many local studios, and has held Ayurveda workshops throughout the state for the past 5 years. She holds a 500-hour Yoga Teacher Certification, Ayurveda Specialist Degree and has taught over 1,000 hours of yoga. She found her spiritual home at the Himalayan Institute in the mountains of Pennsylvania and continues her studies there with her beloved teachers, guides and mentors.      The schedule for the open house includes: Tantra Yoga Practice with Agni Chapska; Sound Healing with Khem Reyall; Yin Yoga with Kelly Murphy; Taste of Yoga—a gentle practice for beginners with Chapska; Yoga Nidra—a yogic sleep for deeper relaxation, followed by Acoustic Savasana with Joe Martin; Tibetan Sound Bath for deeper healing and inner-connection with Jennifer Aurelia; and concludes with Intro to Tantric Meditation with Chapska.  Agni Love Chai and local organic snacks will be served all day in the healing room.   Chapska will also hold an Introduction to Ayurveda workshop at the studio on  September 16 from 2 to 5pm. The studio is open from Monday to Saturday. Beginning in November, guided meditations will be offered on Sundays.

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Top Yoga Trends Fusion Styles Offer Fresh Choices


by Marlaina Donato

hile interest in traditional yoga remains strong, a groundswell of new styles looks to accommodate our changing times. With approaches ranging from yoga designed for curvy women to paddle board yoga, there is something for everyone. “I can see a definite trend of mixing yoga with all sorts of new activities and passions,” says Sophie Parienti, founder of Yogi Times magazine and website, in Los Angeles. “I always keep an open mind. Whether it is acro yoga or art yoga, if it becomes a way to commit to a personal practice, why not?” Innovative styles are on the upswing, including yoga blended with Pilates, resistance training and dance forms like ballet. “Yoga has been evolving since its origins and these variations on the traditional practice show exciting creativity and invite in people that are new to yoga. In particular, we’re excited to see yoga offerings that increase inclusion and accessibility to a wider and more diverse student base. Practitioners can only benefit from this direction,” notes Kerry Maiorca, chair of the Yoga Alliance and founder of Bloom Yoga Studio, in Chicago. Newer forms of yoga are affirming that bodies of all shapes, sizes and ages can reap benefits. Moms-to-be can enjoy prenatal yoga designed to strengthen the body for childbirth, and aqua yoga—especially in a heated indoor pool—is helpful for those with physical challenges. Chair yoga is popular in corporate settings and senior centers. A decade ago, high-energy styles like power yoga were taking center stage; the current trend is toward gentler forms like restorative and yin. Instructors are prioritizing the safety and comfort of students. “There is an emphasis now on the quieter styles of yoga, the introspective meditative forms. Many teachers are being trained to modify poses,” says Maiorca. “A big focus right now is trauma sensitivity—and how and if to use touch as an instructor, underscoring the message that we are safe on the yoga mat.” The future of yoga is inspiring given the coexistence of tradition and modernization. “Yogis by nature are seekers and love exploring the new and original as part of the journey,” advises Parienti. “Focus on feeling good, whatever form it takes or whatever name it carries.” Marlaina Donato, a freelance writer and multimedia artist, also authors books on spirituality and alternative health. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.


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by Agni Chapska

oneliness is painful for many of us. The connective link between individual existence and community is a simple understanding of the web of life. Nothing is disconnected, and all plays an important role in supporting our very own life. Loneliness doesn’t just occur when we are separated from loved ones, but also when we feel separated from the web of life. This is too common these days; we are all somehow disconnected from a source of life. For example, you ate a most delicious yogurt this morning. Yet you have never cared for a single cow, nor do you have any knowledge how cow’s milk ends up tasting like yogurt. How did the yogurt get into the store? Where did the container containing the yogurt come from? Who was behind the label design? All these beautiful connections and individuals contributed to the taste of breakfast this morning. We are fed because of the work of the others. Once we begin to examine this interconnectedness, we begin to see the beauty of our connections. A close and profound way to experience connection to the larger web is through a tantric yoga practice. Yoga practice is cultivating sensitivity toward the web of life. In yoga, our breath is a sacred bridge between unconscious and conscious states of being. When we observe our breath, we notice that after inhalation is completed, there is less effort in exhalation. In order to take in, receive and feel connected to the web of life and our community, we need to make an effort. Once the effort of inhalation is made, we begin to weave each individual breath into the sacred web of life. The thriving force of life therefore begins to express itself in the form of community and its vibrant body. Just like our individual bodies need nurturing and love to thrive, so does our collective (community) body require nurturing and love to live in harmony and peace. Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, teaches about our own constitutional states (doshas) and their composing forces of five primal elements: water, air, fire, earth and ether. Each element is present in every individual, yet they manifest in different propor-

tion. The disturbance of one causes the disturbance in others; similarly the balance of one supports the balance of others. Yoga allows us to balance the elements within our individual bodies. When we are in balance, we can then positively contribute to our community, creating positive ripple effect, and inspiring interconnectivity and union among a wider group of individuals. We can breathe in connection and breathe out love, guiding each other to a vibrant life worth living. A yoga community is called Sangha; it is a practicing community which gathers together in group yoga classes and through various workshops. We offer support to one another in the form of service or a prayer. We support each other’s spiritual journey and create long lasting bonds. The most beautiful part of Sangha is that because we have a deeper understanding of the web of life, we see each other through our loving hearts, loving individuals regardless of their flaws or imperfections. The web of life is sacred. It is the most beautiful creation there is. By practicing yoga, we practice connection to ourselves and each other. We commune with ourselves first, and, in this communion, we cultivate what is sacred, a connection to one another and to community. Agni Chapska, owner of AgniLoveYoga studio in Southbury, has studied yoga since 2000, and began teaching yoga in 2010 in the lineage of Hatha Tantra Yoga. Connect with her at 203-895-9369, AgniLoveYoga@gmail.com or AgniLoveYoga.com. Facebook @ AgniLoveYOGA.

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Mantra and Chant

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hen life is stressful, we know we need to relax. The question is how. Many wonderful ways involve combining music with a meditation practice. Although we can’t always control our surroundings, we can learn to control how we react to and internalize what happens around us. On the value of meditation and mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, observes, “When we do studies of this, we find we can change our brains. We can change our relationship to our emotions. We can change our relationship to the actuality of things in ways that are healing. The immune system responds.” Because sound affects us on all levels—emotional, mental and physical— combining musical processes with our meditation practice can be highly effective in easing stress. Cultures worldwide have long used music to lift the spirit and enhance meditation and healing.

Choosing Meditation Music Choose recorded music that helps calm mental chatter. Here are some criteria.

4 Slow rhythms. These entrain bodily systems, including the heartbeat, pulse, digestion, respiration and muscle function28

ing, to a more natural rhythm. 4 Natural sounds. They give a sense of peace. 4 Nurturing tones. Typically, these are clear, warm and gentle. 4 Uplifting, not gloomy. The music should give rise to a sense of joy and beauty. 4 Absence of hooks and refrains; avoid repetition and familiarity that engage the analytical mind. 4 Flowing. It is soothing and feels akin to nature. 4 Sub-audio frequencies. The presence of these is an optional way to entrain brainwaves to an alpha or theta state that allows relaxation and healing to occur. 4 Intention. It’s important for both the musician and listener. Here are several self-generated ways to further enhance meditation.

Controlling Breath

We can live without food for weeks and water for days, but breath for only minutes. A simple way to begin breath work is by taking a fast, full inhalation, followed by a long, slow exhalation. With practice, both breath control and stress levels will improve.

Vocal Toning

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Mantras can keep the demons of our monkey mind from distracting us. The word means “mind protection” in Sanskrit. A mantra is characterized by a short sound or phrase that carries a vibration and frequency that extends beyond the simple meaning of the words. Using mantras can help overcome mental chatter, de-stress and set us up for an expansion of consciousness. Dr. Herbert Benson, founder of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School, in Boston, documented a phenomenon he named “the relaxation response”. His research discovered that those that repeated mantras for even 10 minutes a day experienced physiological changes—a reduced heart rate, slower metabolism and lower stress levels, all of which allow the body to return to a more natural state of wellness.

Singing Affirmations

Research led by Carnegie Mellon University’s David Creswell found that people using self-affirmation also can protect against the damaging effects of stress on problemsolving performance. An affirmation is a positive statement spoken in the present tense asserting that a desired goal is already achieved. With sufficient repetition and focused intention, declaration becomes reality. Adding a melody to our affirmation and singing it repeatedly enhances its power. Mind-body expert Dr. Deepak Chopra agrees, stating, “Music helps to take the affirmations to a deeper level of the mind so that a process of emotional and spiritual transformation can start.” We are constantly affirming in our mind what we believe. With perseverance, repetition and steadfast belief in them, the words of our affirmations become a part of us. Before long, we notice we are achieving what we may have previously thought was impossible. Accessing the rich array of music and sound modalities avail-


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Rewire the Body’s Hard Drive Body Psychology Awareness for Clearing Trauma


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hen a wave crashes on shore, it creates an impact. It may or may not be noticeable, but the impact is still there. The sand moves, water seeps into the ground, shells or rocks may become more visible and animals may become stranded. Each wave has a different impact; if several waves hit the shore in the same spot, the change in landscape is a bit more pronounced each time. The same thing happens to our bodies when we experience trauma. Our nervous system is like a computer’s memory chip, storing every single sen-

sory input we have ever experienced, from the time we are born—and maybe even before—up until the time we die. It’s how we know almost immediately and instinctually to respond to threats, comfort one another and more. When our body experiences stimuli—whether it is an emotion, situation, sound, visual cue or touch—it becomes stored in our cells and nervous system for future reference. This is how the body learns and adds to instinctual responses. Stimuli are stored in the body whether they are enjoyable, neutral or threatening. It’s almost like hitting the save button on a

computer. It’s in the background, but still lives in our nervous system. Regardless of whether our conscious mind can recall the original events and stimuli, it is literally programmed into our cells, and forever woven into our internal subconscious structure. So how does this inform the healing process when it comes to trauma? Everything we perceive and process, whether consciously or unconsciously, travels from our nervous system into our subconscious minds where it becomes solidified. If the brain recognizes some sort of familiar emotion or belief pattern in repeated incidents, it becomes a neural pathway. These neural pathways are like roadmaps with specific instructions on how to respond the next time this familiar situation occurs. The more the situation or emotion occurs, the more deeply ingrained that neural pathway will become. Because the brain functions more subconsciously than consciously, the majority of our reactions to any stimuli are already predisposed, depending on those neural pathways. With that subconscious predisposition, it is nearly impossible to create lasting, meaningful transformation if the entirety of our body-mind system is not working together. The mind may be clear, know what it wants to change and make active steps to change it. However, if the nervous system and, in turn, the subconscious mind, is not on the same page, we will find ourselves self-sabo-

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Exploring Dance with Billy Blanks Jr. by Georgetta L. Morque

Why did you move from Los Angeles to Greenwich?


ance fitness sensation Billy Blanks Jr., founder of Dance It Out (DIO), made history on ABC-TV’s Shark Tank and is the creative director of the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk and owner of Blanks Studios in Greenwich. He is a special guest at the 7th Annual Stamford Health, Health Wellness & Sports Expo 2018 (HWSExpos.com), presented by WABC-TV at Chelsea Piers CT, October 20 to 21.

Can you tell us about your fitness philosophy? My fitness philosophy is to make people feel good while they’re working out. I know that sometimes it’s hard for people to keep a consistent fitness regimen, so I always try to find a way to make it fun and enjoyable for all while still effective.

How did you get to Shark Tank? This is not an easy answer. My son and I had been fans of the show for a long time. I was at a really bad place in my life financially. I was trying to figure out how to make money with this idea of helping people through dance so I could support my family; just teaching classes wasn’t cutting it. My son suggested I go on Shark Tank. At the time, I hadn’t seen any other fitness programs on the show. So I gave it a shot. I thought the worst that could happen for me would be learning a wealth of information. Come to find out, I made history on the show for being the first to say no to the 32

away by it, and have been doing it ever since. I’ve done events like this around the world but there is something so special about this. The exhibitors are really there because they want to be connecting with people. I feel such a sense of community and have learned some great stuff.

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I’ve wanted to get back for quite some time to the East Coast where I was born. On my second trip out here, I met a vendor at the Expo, Chris Georgopulo, owner of Arthur Murray and Blue Sky Ideation. She saw my credits and said she knew a theater in need of an artistic director in Norwalk. Fast forward to today and I am the proud artistic director of the Wall Street Theater.

You’ve worked with many top artists. Can you give us a highlight or two of some You will offer your class, special moments? Dance It Out, for free several I have worked with many times at the Expo. What can great artists. Here are two people expect?

favorite moments. Paula Abdul has mentored me since I was a kid. She’s like a big sister to me, and she gave me a valuable tool. At the time, I was an untrained dancer and could not pick up choreography as fast as technical dancers. She told me who cares if you don’t get every step, get one or two of the steps and perform it like your life depends on it. Then the rest will come because confidence is everything. That changed everything for me. I started to book professional jobs next to elite trained dancers because of my love and commitment to dance. I had the privilege of directing a concert for the Wigs and Wishes charity at Madison Square Garden last year; it featured over 25 celebrities, recording artists and Broadway stars. At that event, it was so humbling to see how grateful each performer was to be on that stage. What an experience!

How did you get involved with the Expo at Chelsea Piers CT? I was invited by Tamara Ketler of TMK Sports & Entertainment, the event producer, to be a part of the Expo. I was blown

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by Amy Leigh Mercree

he path to mentally transcending the world’s intrusive bustle is to be compassionate with our self and others. It begins in a relaxed heart from which emanate daily thoughts, words and deeds. Here’s a helpful centering exercise. Sit or lie in a quiet spot for about 10 minutes with eyes closed and become aware of breaths moving in and out, then feel each one fully by filling the lungs from bottom to top. With each exhale, slowly and completely empty the lungs.

On each inhale, refill the lungs again. Mentally reciting “optimum oxygen” three times helps the body deeply absorb the nourishing element. Then bring both hands to the center of the chest to connect with the emotional heart centered there. Feel it pulsing beneath palms and fingers while quietly saying aloud, “I relax my heart.” Let the shoulders release coiled tension and drop gently. Repeat saying, “I relax my heart” and sense the heart fluttering open a bit

more. Rest in this feeling. Again say, “I relax my heart” and notice awareness drop into it, a feeling of being present in the heart. Feel all tension and holding-on melting down and out onto the floor. Then fill the lungs deeply and release the air through puckered lips; blow out with strength and purpose. Continue for a minute or two, allowing each exhalation to come straight from the center of the chest. When it feels complete, the feeling of active release will subside. Sense how much lighter the heart feels. Further relax the heart and shoulders, letting go into the ocean of love native to our heart. Envision floating safety in this ocean. See it stretched into infinity. Feel its warm embrace. Now choose kindness in this moment. Relax into kindness without judgment or pressure, only loving acceptance. Accept the infinite ocean of love available and open to it. It is filled with compassion, and now so are you. Rest gently for a few minutes, until once again aware of everyday surroundings. Rub hands over both arms, legs, hands and feet to feel present in the room. Then go about a heart-centered day with the waves of the infinite ocean of love gently lapping there. Amy Leigh Mercree, of Naples, FL, author of The Compassion Revolution, is a medical intuitive and relationship and wellness coach. Learn more at AmyLeighMercree.com.

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Good for People and the Planet by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


any people define a livable city as one that is easy to get around in by foot, bike or public transportation. Many also prioritize ready access to fresh, local, organic food via farmers’ markets and community gardens. Others champion affordable housing and cost of living factors, safe neighborhoods with a diversity of people, careful stewardship of clean air and water, and plentiful amenities, including considerable open space and natural settings. Many work to preserve and enhance a sense of place suited to the locale. Partners for Livable Communities, a national nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that renews and restores communities, maintains, “Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life, including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.” The American Association of Retired Persons considers livable communities as age-friendly for young and old alike. 34

Along with economic opportunities, a leading stimulus in moving to urban centers is, “More people are looking for a sociable environment where they can walk out of their door to the shops or transit and be among others they recognize who also recognize them,” observes Suzanne Lennard, director of the International Making Cities Livable Conferences, LLC, in Portland, Oregon.  “People who have traveled abroad, especially to Europe, and tasted the quality of life possible in a truly livable, walkable, beautiful and sociable city, often want to find such a place to live themselves.” Following are a few examples of America’s many livable cities. More are transitioning and evolving as city planners, government officials, businesses and nonprofit community organizations strive to make their hometowns both people- and planet-friendly, often through public and private partnerships.

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ing 10,000 parcels of vacant or abandoned land—some where steel mills formerly operated—into greenspace, bike lanes and other enticing and productive public areas. “Biking and our food scene have exploded,” says Chris Sandvig, director of policy with the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, which advocates for equitable urban revitalization through their Vacant Property Working Group, helping communities access blighted areas for pennies on the dollar. “We’re now one of the top 10 bicycling commuter cities in the country. People also come here as food tourists due to vibrant local agricultural activity.” “A related ideal is to create compact, human-scale, mixed-use urban centers in the suburbs that are less expensive to construct—and thus remain more affordable— while placing shops, schools, parks, services, workplaces and public transit within walking and biking distance,” Lennard notes. “This ensures a healthy, affordable and high quality of life for all; suburban, as well as urban.” Fast-growing Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis, is following suit. “After years of watching the suburbs sprawl into subdivisions with large lawns, privacy fences and cul-de-sacs, we created a vibrant central core with apartments, townhomes, condos and new options for smaller homes—all within walking distance or a short bike ride to new places to work, shop and dine,” explains Mayor James Brainard. The design efforts serve people instead of cars. “Carmel has spent the last 20-plus years building more than 900 miles of trails and multi-use pathways, enabling residents to commute by bicycle to work and enjoy easy access to a growing number of parks and recreational areas,” says Brainard. To facilitate traffic flow, some 100 roundabouts replaced stoplights and four-way stops. “Reducing traffic congestion has improved our air quality, and saved gasoline and lives.” A new, mixed-use downtown Arts and Design District includes a Center for the Performing Arts with a Center Green that hosts a farmers’ market in summer and an outdoor Christkindlmarkt and outdoor skating rink in winter. “The old way of doing things in which cities and towns sat back and let the market dictate how a community should be grown

must come to an end,” remarks Brainard, advocating the benefits of local governance.

Smart City Advantages

Key elements of smart cities—sensors, cameras, data analytics and powerful networks that capture and relay vital information—help them become more energy-efficient or quicker to respond to environmental and residential issues. Such products highlighted the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Reducing traffic can also contribute to safer highways and shorter commutes with decreased greenhouse gas emissions. “Citizens are using apps to monitor issues and alert city managers, improving the livability of their communities,” explains Steve Koenig, senior director of market research with the Consumer Technology Association.   In Boston, the app BOS:311 allows residents to instantaneously notify government departments of pollution concerns, like blocked drains and other environmental or community needs, feeding the information directly into the city’s work order system via their mobile phone. This real-time collaboration results in a cleaner, safer and healthier city.   The Envision Charlotte project encompasses interactive kiosks in 64 businesses and government buildings citywide, gathering energy usage data for office buildings to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, energy consumption has dropped 19 percent, saving companies about $26 million. The program has strengthened economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.

Nature in the City

Some cities have focused on the natural environment for improving local livability while mitigating contributions to climate change. Forested open spaces, wetlands and protected watersheds improve air quality, protect drinking water and buffer intense storms. Such areas also connect more people with nature and engage them in communal and healthy outdoor recreation. Portland, Oregon, boasts more than 10,000 acres of parks, plus an innovative Biketown sharing program that has facilitated 160,000 bike trips since its launch in 2016.

The city’s Bike Bill requires all new streets to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians by design. Portland also embraces urban gardens and allows residents to raise chickens, bees, goats or rabbits in their backyards. No one wants to live where pollution runs unchecked or water is unsafe to drink. Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program works to keep stormwater out of sewers and reduce rainwater runoff through decentralized soil-based and plant-based systems, including pervious pavement, green roofs and rain gardens. Begun in 2011, its goal is to reduce rainwater runoff by 85 percent by 2036. Rainwater has become a valuable community resource. The program is just one of many ways that the City of Brotherly Love is transforming itself into one of the greenest in the United States. Overseen by the city’s Office of Sustainability, Greenworks Philadelphia devises long-term sustainability strategies that encompass eight facets, including clean and efficient energy, carbon-neutrality and zero waste. Preparations are already underway to cope with a hotter, wetter future.

vironment a child grows up in shapes their health and their mental and social development for the rest of their lives. Our modern, unwalkable suburban environments are contributing to childhood obesity, which has been widely linked to chronic diseases that in the past were only associated with old age.” She notes, “Children need the exercise of walking or biking to school. They need safe streets so they can become independent and explore their neighborhoods; sidewalks and other outdoor areas where they can play, meet friends and interact with adults in the community; easy access  to nature; beauty in their environment; and intriguing architecture, works of art and other places to stimulate their affection and imagination. As they become teenagers, they need access by foot or bike to a wide variety of resources to broaden their horizons. Don’t we all need these things?” John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring, operate the Inn Serendipity, wholly powered by renewable energy, in Browntown, WI.

Preserving a Sense of Place

Making communities livable goes beyond infrastructure. Actions usually involve preserving, protecting and enhancing what appeals to residents. Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one example of many where livability priorities are guided by the values of its residents and its sense of place. “From our historic public square and marketplaces to outdoor cafes, farmers’ markets and community festivals; from human-scale architecture and balanced transportation to pedestrian and bicycle networks, this place represents shared values,” says Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “Santa Fe is also full of public art. The city is designed to be safe, creative and inspiring for young and old, families of all kinds and everyone else that comes to see us.”

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Ultimately, making cities move livable for children can make them highly livable for all. “Children need the same things from a city that we all need, but their needs are greater than ours,” says Lennard. “The en-


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Creating to Live Well

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he “livability” of a community in large part depends on the achievement of social, economic, environmental and cultural attributes required to create both good quality of life and a strong sense of local identity for its inhabitants. Arts and culture are not optional for healthy sustainable communities, but rather provide products and services with economic and social value. Recognizing and acting on this belief has helped many communities revitalize downtown areas and inner city neighborhoods, reanimate historic properties, develop arts districts and preserve affordable living with creative space for artists of all kinds. Minnesota-based Artspace is now America’s leading nonprofit real estate developer for the arts. The corporate mission is to create, own and operate affordable spaces for artists and creative businesses. It provides affordable housing—live/work housing, artist studios, art centers and workspace for artists, performing arts

centers and cultural districts. The primary goal is to help artists live in communities that are safer, attractive and more livable. The majority of Artspace housing units are considered affordable housing for the so-called “starving artist”. Ed Cleveland, a Reiki Master, Holographic Sound Healer and Medicinal Aromatherapist who currently resides at the Hartford Artspace location, but also continues his business practice in Manchester, explains, “It follows a concept that people can live sustainably and have creative workspace. It is a rare opportunity for any artist who is seeking artistic pursuit to have a space designed to help conquer their dreams.” Artspace invites emerging and midcareer artists from all fields to create, foster and preserve affordable living in major and emerging urban areas. There are currently 40 Artspace projects across the country, with more planned and in the funding stages. Artspace uses public funding sources, including those available for the

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Hartford Artspace

The Hartford Artspace location is a residential development in downtown Hartford offering 46 apartments, with open space or gallery on the ground floor where residents can display their artwork or crafts. This approach is often referred to as live/work housing. A live/work project is a residential building in which each dwelling has extra space that an artist can use as a studio within their apartment. These art space units have high ceilings, wide doorways and large windows designed to accom-


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New Haven Artspace

New Haven Artspace community is owned and operated by a distinct non-profit organization. Founded by a group of New Haven based visual and performing artists with the intent to nurture and preserve the arts in the area, it is a contemporary art gallery and nonprofit organization that has now helped more than 3,000 artists develop their careers. It uses the entire city of New Haven for art space, bringing new life to factory buildings, former manufacturing plants, libraries and old malls. The use of these spaces for the art also addresses social issues relevant to New Haven’s urban community. Over the last three decades, New Haven Artspace has led an accelerated naturalized movement of community transformation that relies on charitable contributions from individuals, private foundations and corporations. An example of this community leadership is an upcoming event presented by New Haven Artspace. On Saturday, September 8 from 10am to 5pm, a free, full-day interdisciplinary summit, “Paying Homage: Soil and Site,” will take place to promote dialogue on the interplay of environmentalism, social justice, the arts and community identity. It will respond to the companion exhibition Ball Snake Ball and the artwork created by participants in Artspace’s 18th annual Summer Apprenticeship Program, a partnership with Vital New Voices. It will assemble scholars, activists, educators and civic leaders working on environmental justice issues to explore the politics of our basic environmental needs and the consequences of historical environmental racism on our local communities, as well as the role of the land itself as a lasting monument to these injustices and others. The day’s agenda will place the arts at the center of these conversations, investigating how creative engagement with the land through the artistic medium of ceramics can offer a new understanding of the links between land and justice. Cosponsored by the Yale University Art

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The work of Loren Costantini, Lori Barker and Daniel Lanzilotta (from left to right)

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Lori Barker

Litchfield County-based Lori Barker grew up and went to school in Connecticut; she began using fabric scraps to create quiltwork, fabric collages and embroidery

starting in 1972. This work evolved in the late 1980s to encompass the use of “junk” and found objects to create assemblages, wall hangings and sculptures. “I really got into the recycled materials because I love junk,” Barker laughs. “And you’ve got to have an excuse to use junk after collecting a lot of it. I’ve used anything from paperclips to fabric to telephone wire.” Years later, she began participating in the Art @ The Dump event held at the Transfer Station in Cornwall on or around Earth Day each year. This gathering, which kicked off in 2000, features the creations of regional artists, all of whom fashion their work from recycled materials. “I usually work all winter long to prepare for this show,” Barker confides. Over time, Barker has also developed a spiritually based style of creation. Much of her latest work features angels or buddhas; she currently creates personal shrines that

Angels Watching by Lori Barker


ith the “green movement” and the groundswell of environmentally conscious organizations, political-action committees and eco-friendly businesses, there is also an emerging leadership from environmentally focused artists in the Connecticut area. These artists have very different styles and callings, but have been drawn to employ found, recycled and/or repurposed materials when building their creations. They are seeking to reflect their internal inspiration or draw a sharper focus on the current ecological challenges facing the planet. We are calling them “Connecticut Eco Artists,” and this month we spoke to three of them about their work.

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incorporate recycled elements like piano hammers, wooden conveyor belts and small building archways, along with angelic imagery. The best place to see this work is on Barker’s website at SpiritCollage.com. Where does she find her inspiration? “The materials, first of all, because they speak to me,” she explains. “If they don’t speak to me, I put them in a back corner until they do. Sometimes it comes to me in a dream, or in that dreamlike state just as September 2018


you’re waking up. I feel as though it comes through me in a guided way.” Barker’s work can be found at many healing centers and spiritual boutiques in the area, such as Sharing the Light Holistic Center in Avon, and can be viewed by appointment at her private gallery in Goshen.

Loren Costantini

Milford attorney Loren Costantini became a public artist in 2008 when he began building 16-foot flower sculptures crafted from mostly recycled materials. Some of these pieces even move with the wind in a mechanical nature. They have been displayed in North Carolina, Colorado, off the Highline in Chelsea, New York, and in a corporate park in Old Saybrook. But Costantini had an “a-ha moment” in 2013 that drove him to shift gears and launch something called the Loren Flower Collection. At that time, he was creating a large flower installation for a solo exhibit, and during clean-up something hit him. “I was cleaning up my shop when I realized all these little pieces I was cleaning up could make other flowers,” he says. “And

it spoke to me because my heart is about connecting people on an intimate level. Up to that point my work wasn’t making a connection to people. I mean it was affecting people and was eye-catching, but Loren Flower became this introspective journey to find my purpose and a deeper connection with others.” What emerged is the Loren Flower, an 18-inch flower sculpture made of recycled materials that is meant to be a type of personalized gift. It comes in a traditional flower box; the recipient will find that there is a message hidden in its single leaf. After extracting the message and reading it, the actual message can be planted in the ground as it is printed on wildflower paper that contains active seeds. This, in turn, will grow into an organic flower, which gives new meaning to the term, “sustainable gift.” Every Loren Flower is unique, simple and handmade. “Each has its own character and speaks its own message through the wildflower seed paper,” says Costantini. “I believe a true gift is the experience itself.” Costantini also uses his work outside Loren Flower to drive a more serious message. “My art is about connecting people and kindness… spreading the seed of good spirit,” he says. “I believe that sustainability, mindfulness and consciousness are really the same thing as accountability.” He has recently taken this idea one step further by creating a special sculpture and a posting on his website at LorenFlow-

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er.com. The posting, titled “711 Children Held Hostage,” is in reference to the recent news story that 711 children of illegal immigrants were detained and separated from their parents at the border of New Mexico at the end of July. To date, these children have reportedly still not been reunited with their parents. “I believe if everyone were accountable for their actions, we would be living in a much better society,” he says. “I find it despicable that we have 711 children that are unaccounted for, that are nameless, and that are literally being tortured in America. This is a humanitarian crisis. This isn’t even a political statement. This is speaking to the people and using your heart, voting from your heart. I think this speaks volumes about where we are in society, and the failure of people to be accountable for their actions. I think all of us need to view things from a heart-centered approach, and we need to start speaking out about this.” Look for new installations and exhibits of Costantini’s to be featured in the Fairfield County area in coming weeks. Past and latest works can be viewed at LorenCostantini. com and LorenFlower.com. Costantini is a member of Sustainne, Connecticut’s leading membership organization for businesses and individuals serious about cultivating more sustainable habits and lifestyles. Some of his work will also be on display at the organization’s Sustainable Living Expo on October 13 at Stepping Stones Museum for Children.

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Daniel Lanzilotta

Daniel Lanzilotta has been creating artwork from beach debris since 1997. Originally from the Bronx, New York, Lanzilotta relocated to Westport and began beachcombing with his son to find inspiration and material for his creations for fun. “I started innocently enough watching my son play on the beach when he was only three years old,” Lanzilotta says. “I had rules, like I could only use stuff I found right there on the beach, and I could only use my Swiss Army knife to construct something.” What started as a passive diversion turned more serious as time went by. “Very interestingly enough, things that had nothing to do with each other that I found on the beach, in the course of time, kind of fit together,” Lanzilotta explains. These found combinations turned into masks or wall hangings. As Lanzilotta became more intentional about these new creations, he started going to the beach by himself to seek out more materials specifically for this new work.

Lanzilotta’s thoughts about these projects became even more serious when he noticed the immense upsurge in plastic trash that was washing up on beaches in the U.S. as well as France, where he also has a home. “From 1997 to 2014, the increase in trash was quite significant. It increased exponentially,” he says. “That’s when I became more of an environmentalist.” The new work he was doing was now raising awareness of the increase in plastic garbage around the world. A 2015 opening he had in Biarritz, France, was so successful it gained him more attention back home in the U.S., where he was invited to become a Bronx 200 artist. As a result of these new connections, Lanzilotta was asked to go on a humanitarian mission to Haiti in 2016 to observe the overwhelming amount of plastic garbage in that country and to hopefully offer some solutions. “It was the worst conditions I’ve ever seen of trash in waterways,” he says. “It’s in canals, rivers… beyond your imagination. The trash is several feet deep… so thick you can walk across it, and it’s all going out into the ocean. You can’t even see the water below it.” The momentum fueling Lanzilotta’s humanitarian work and artwork continues to grow as he has joined ranks with Sustainne. Sustainne is sponsoring Lanzilotta’s work for a solo exhibition at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport in September. He

confides that this is a big step forward for himself, his work and his drive for environmental awareness. The opening will take place on September 14 at 6pm and will be accompanied by a screening of the film, A Plastic Ocean, a 2016 documentary that aims to change the world’s attitude to plastic in a single generation by showing the overwhelming extent that plastic garbage has spread around the world. Lanzilotta will also have a special installation called Black Planet at Blends Gallery in Bridgeport in October. This piece will include a healing ceremony, spoken word presentation, and music and dance performance dedicated to black men and their sons, according to Lanzilotta. “This will be quite significant. This will be a gigantic move forward for me,” he says. “It’s been overwhelming and incredible.” Lanzilotta’s artwork and activities can be viewed online at DanielLanzilotta.com. His work will also be on display at the Sustainable Living Expo on October 13 at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk. Gregg Kirk is a Lyme disease advocate, a former patient, and the current practitioner who runs the Lyme Recovery Clinic in Darien, the Ticked Off Foundation nonprofit patient fund, and the Ticked Off Music Fest benefit concert series. He is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. Connect at 203-858-9725 or LymeKnowledge.com.

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The following are keys for every true artist and creative being in order to thrive and feel fully alive. Consider these some creative vows to live by.

Choose Creative People to Be Around

Don’t “defer your dreams” because you are around the wrong people. If you are lucky, you have a partner, parents, friends and perhaps a therapist who believe in your gifts even if you question them yourself. Group portraits seen at Musée d’Orsay, in Paris, suggest the great impressionist artists came together as a kind of community, learning from one another. The pointillist dots of Georges Seurat were an influence for the strokes of Vincent van Gogh. Learning and sharing makes sense. The painting L’Atelier de Bazille (Bazille’s Studio), by Frederic Bazille (1870), shows many artists creating together: Frederic Bazille, Édouard Manet, and Edmond Maitre on piano. The “lost generation” of artists hung around each other in Paris with creatives like Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso and James Joyce. The ideal company for a creative, they gained confidence and support from each other. Theatre companies, bands and individual artists all need the support of community that feels safe and less lonely.

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t is the inner need of all humans to make things, to create for themselves as well as the world. Many a client will say, “I’m tone deaf, I can’t sing, I can’t paint, I can’t write, I am not the creative type”, and it proves with some experience to be completely untrue. We are all meant to finger paint without judgement. Jackson Pollock’s therapist told him to start painting and see how that turned out for him. Permission comes first from the Self. The voices outside in the community can wait. When talking about the artist, we are speaking of the poet, writer, painter, singer/songwriter, actor, director or sculptor, but this also refers to all of us with a creative soul. Someone who sets the dinner table like it is a magical story garden, makes a child’s party like a fantasy land, writes the most heartfelt letter with a feather pen, makes a collage for a loved one, or travels in a unique way, across the grass instead of the gravel or by rollerblades to work. These are all expressions of being a creative being. 42

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Give Permission to Your Self

The world Self with a capital S means soul. Listen to your soul voice and allow yourself to play through the arts. If you are dying to write or learn to sing, or if you are a professional who is stuck with writer’s block or having trouble with your voice from singing too much, take action for yourself to get help, to put your vision into the world. What begins for ourselves often becomes something that others need to feel most. Throughout history, creative individuals have frequently been the ones to save the day and speak up first. It often begins with you speaking up for yourself and following it with standing up for what others need. Listen to that little soul voice. Run inside. Established musicians and artists often seek therapy because they may want confidence in their singing voice, or help with managers, band mates and relationships. It can be hard to ask for help with the stress of fame and the pressure on the voice. With therapy, one’s inner creativity can be addressed in safety and peace.

Seek the Right Place to Create

Creatives need to grow their expression by having ideal space for ideas to flow. Emerson said that creativity is making room for the unknown. These days it’s common that we fill up our space with “shoulds” and gadgets. But try the experience of a stress-free zone, a place only you know you go—a place you can improvise music being loud and free, whether an empty room, a special spot on the water or a booth in a coffee shop. A songwriter client working for a relaxed company wrote lyrics all day while answering the phone. You make it work in the environmental choices that you are given. Many people produce well around others while some need total silence and solitude.


The environment is unique to the individual. The necessary part is that it is chosen by you. It could be like Cinderella’s “own little corner”, but for your creative soul.

There is always something to creatively nurture, so allow as little distraction from the environment as possible. Belong to your vision.

Keep the Rituals Simple

Jump and the Net Will Appear

Get up at the same time, do some meditation and a little yoga/chanting to begin the day. For a few minutes, do the same thing and write three things you will create by the end of the day—anything you want to manifest. Set your writing, painting, songwriting, singing time in the day or night, as you prefer. Keep it the same if possible, even if short. A wonderful writer, Jungian psychologist James Hollis was asked how he created his style of short, beautiful chapters. He said he only had between 8 and 9pm to write each night after seeing patients. Use the time you have. Try this for a while. Keep it simple: same foods, same exercise, same place, same time, a few outfits to choose from, so all you focus on is your creative work.

Try to create without thinking you have to learn how to be creative. How do we do that? Stop listening too much to others. Those that tell you there is one way are wrong and not the teachers for you. A piano teacher harmed a child with judgment, causing her to give up classical piano; later, she became a songwriter and jazz artist so she could make it her own. A therapist can help heal this trauma so it does not affect current artistic expression. The creative process is not an exact science; it is magic. A creative arts therapist, such as a music therapist, art therapist, drama therapist, creative consultant or counselor for the arts, can help you find your own way, there to encourage you to do your own thing. You may need a writing class on songwriting theory, but the ideas come from you. Be

in your “right mind”. Choose family and friends that see your dreams. Do it your way. Walk in to the place that looks cool to you, get lost, throw water on your painting, make a mess, write with your non-dominant hand, improvise a song. Your creative Self is totally yours. Every successful artist can tell you how many times the book was rejected, the painting was ignored or the song did not sell, until it was read, seen and heard all over the world forevermore. Leesa Sklover, PhD, LPC, MA-CMT, C-IAYT, Director Sklover LoveLife Productions LLC, professional singer/songwriter, actress, playwright and composer. She has been a licensed counselor, creativity coach and certified music therapist, working with established performing artists. Offices in Glastonbury, Branford, Shelton, New York City and Los Angeles. Sklover works in person and via Skype. Connect at DrSklover@gmail.com, LoveLifeProductions.net or Soundcloud. com/LeesaSklover (music/podcast).

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Wild Berries Prove Anti-Cancer Prowess A naturally occurring compound found abundantly in wild blackcurrants, bilberries and lingonberries increases the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to prevent tumors, report researchers from the University of Eastern Finland. The color-producing pigments known as anthocyanins were found to increase the cancer-fighting ability of sirtuin 6, part of a class of enzymes that regulate the expression of genes that control the function of cells via key signaling pathways. Aging causes changes in the function of sirtuins, which in turn contributes to the development of several diseases. Anthocyanins also color other berries, and earlier research from the UK University of East Anglia found that women eating blueberries and strawberries three or more times a week slashed their risk of heart attack by a third.



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Elderly women that eat lots of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage have less plaque on their carotid artery walls, reducing risk of strokes and heart attacks, a new study shows. Researchers from the University of Western Australia surveyed 854 Australian women over the age of 70 to determine their vegetable intake, and then used sonograms to measure their carotid artery wall thickness to ascertain the severity of carotid plaque. Those eating the most cruciferous vegetables had a .05 millimeter lower carotid artery wall thickness compared to those with the lowest intake. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is likely significant, because a 0.1 millimeter decrease in carotid wall thickness is associated with a 10 to 18 percent decrease in risk of stroke and heart attack,â&#x20AC;? says lead study author Lauren Blekkenhorst. Other vegetables, including leafy greens and alliums like onions, were not found to have the same protective effect.

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Superior Superfoods Nature’s Top Foods to Prevent and Reverse Disease


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eart disease and chronic illnesses like diabetes, Alzheimer’s and inflammatory bowel disease are reaching alarming rates in this country. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention (CDC), 71 percent of all healthcare spending in the U.S. goes toward treating people with multiple chronic conditions. Plant-dominant diets have a pro-

found and universal effect on disease prevention, and often pose the potential for reversal. Enlightened institutions like the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, in Loma Linda, California, are now offering resident physicians specialized studies in lifestyle medicine based on therapeutic applications of diet. Founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, international speaker and bestselling author Dr. Michael Greger, whose How Not to Die book now has a companion cookbook, is at the forefront of the growing conscious eating for wellness movement. The conclusions he’s drawn from his own practice are supported by the largest study to date on disease risk factors, the Global Burden of Disease, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “The number one cause of death and cause of disability in the United States is our diet. Genetics loads the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger. Genes are not our destiny,” Greger says.

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Eating superfoods slows inflammation, a major factor in myriad health conditions, and fosters an internal environment that opposes cancer cells. According to Greger, incorporating nutrient-dense foods into our daily diet need not feel like a chore or sacrifice. “If you eat junk, not only are you feeding your precious body crummy fuel, but you’re missing out on choices that are

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health-promoting,” says Greger, whose free Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen phone app helps make the switch easy and intriguing. “I’m a fan of techniques for getting more plants on our plates,” says Greger. “Try using meat as more of a condiment or flavoring. Find entrées you already like and make them more plant-friendly. For instance, try replacing the taco meat with lentils spiced with traditional taco seasonings.” Other helpful tips include tapping a family member, friend or colleague eager to support healthy choices. It can be difficult to be the only one eating healthfully in any group, but having a support system can help make the transition easier.

Superfoods as Allies

According to Jennifer Di Noia, Ph.D., of William Paterson University of New Jersey, in Wayne, superfoods have 17 nutrients in common that are critical to the prevention of chronic disease, based on findings of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Institute of Medicine. Phytochemicals are the body’s best source of antioxidants to help fortify cells against cancer and premature aging, as well as reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of dementia. Leafy greens such as collards, beet tops and certain lettuces, along with cruciferous vegetables, pack

Today’s 26 Top Superfoods watercress Chinese cabbage chard beet greens spinach (cooked) chicory leaf lettuce

parsley Romaine lettuce collard greens turnip greens mustard greens endive chive

kale dandelion greens red pepper arugula broccoli pumpkin Brussels sprouts

scallion kohlrabi cauliflower cabbage carrot

Source: Defining Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables: A Nutrient Density Approach, a study led by Jennifer De Noia, Ph.D., in Preventing Chronic Disease, published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit Dr. Michael Greger’s nonprofit website NutritionFacts.org for free diet information.

the most punch. Surprisingly, popular kale came in at number 15 on the CDC list of 41 superfoods, scoring only 49 out of 100 points for phytonutrient value. Results of an in vitro study published by the journal Nutrition Research spotlight the cholesterol-reducing benefits of steamed collard greens and their ability to boost the body’s natural cholesterol blockers by 13 percent more than the pharmaceutical drug Cholestyramine.

Results as Reward

Greger reminds us that changing our diet can be initially daunting, but better health is worth the effort, as exemplified by one of his leading cases. “I met with an obese, middle-aged man with Type 2 diabetes in the beginning stages of diabetic neuropathy. After a month of being on a plant-based diet, he had reversed his diabetes and his nerve pain disappeared. Within three months, he no longer needed medications for high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Two decades later, he remains vigorous and free of chronic disease.” Greger’s greatest reward is seeing people enjoying better health. His joy is evident when he confides, “Stories of people regaining health charge my batteries and make me jump out of bed in the morning.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer and author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.

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Ways to Make Far Less Trash


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n manufacturing, a zero waste policy means designing products so that all resources are used or reused. It’s a concept Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste, embraced for her family a decade ago in Mill Valley, California. “My goal was to simplify our lives,” she says. “We found a zero waste lifestyle isn’t what we expected; it’s better. It’s good for the environment and for our family.” Johnson reports achieving 40 percent savings in annual household costs. “Volun-


tary simplicity has also changed our daily routines. Simple living focuses on experiences versus things, and we find we have more free time,” she says. “Our minimalist wardrobes now fit into carry-on bags for travel.”

A Doable Personal Goal “Don’t expect to reach zero. Go for zeroish,” counsels Celia Ristow, a freelance writer who blogs at Litterless.com. In 2017, Ristow and two friends, Moira Kelley and Bailey Warren, started a grassroots

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group called Zero Waste Chicago to raise awareness and connect locals with needed resources to reduce trash. “We speak at grocery stores, community events, schools, colleges and to employees on their lunch hour. We love how responding readers send suggestions and outlets for reusing items,” says Ristow. Local efforts can take off when people find like-minded others through using hash tags like #zerowastechicago on Instagram, search for a local blogger or host a minimeet-up in a grocery that sells in bulk or at a coffee shop that uses ceramic cups or no plastic stirrers. Similar grassroots organizations are active in Colorado (EcoCycle.org/home) and Seattle (EcoCollectiveSeattle.com). “Zero waste seems difficult to imagine in the U.S. People think change is costly and time-consuming,” Johnson says. “My vocation is to shatter these misconceptions. Follow the 5 R’s: refuse what you don’t need, reduce what you need, reuse, recycle and rot. Refuse single-use plastics and junk mail, reduce the volume of clothing items and sports equipment, buy used, recycle the unwanted and compost (rot) food waste, lint, hair and floor sweepings. It’s not that complicated.” Due to her experience, Johnson can now store a year’s worth of waste in a pint-sized Mason jar. “Inside is deteriorated foam from headphones, a dental retainer, silicone caulk from the sink, fruit and veggie stickers, clothing labels, plastic mini-bumpers from cabinet corners I replaced with felt and a plasticcoated spike from the dishwasher,” she says. “I’m still amazed when people have a use for something I don’t want or need.

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Start by saying no to flyers, freebies, party favors, business cards, plastics, excessive packaging and junk mail. Accepting them creates more. Refusing such clutter is the first rule to a less wasteful lifestyle.” Kathryn Kellogg, the Vallejo, California, author of the Going Zero Waste blog and a content creator for Pela Case, a Canadian eco-friendly smartphone case maker, offers many zero waste swaps. “I use silicone cupcake liners instead of paper, bar soap in lieu of plastic-packaged body wash and make my own lip balm.” She also has alternatives for sponges, plastic wrap, cooking pans and toothbrushes. Consider her 31-day challenge at GoingZeroWaste.com/31-day-videochallenge. She notes, “Since I started working toward zero waste, I have more confidence, am able to speak up about less waste and am mindful when I shop.”

A World View In May, Johnson toured 16 countries in 17 days giving presentations. “Surprisingly, we often had to open another room because interest was higher than expected. In Russia, they broadcasted my talk to 17 cities,” she says. Johnson learned that many countries have no waste collection or recycling programs. Plastic bottles, bags and trash litter many landscapes. “Life in the United States is different. Here, we have bigger houses, need more and create more waste. Elsewhere, grocery shopping is done daily instead of weekly, produce is local, seasonal and sustainable instead of imported,” she observes. “In a way, it’s easier to go zero waste there because they’re using just what they need. Everyone deserves a place to live and life’s necessities. Past that comfort level, it’s excess.” Johnson sees rapid changes underway in consumer thinking and is hopeful looking forward. “I don’t want to tell others how to live. I just want to share our experiences. The United States’ example has a huge impact worldwide. Zero waste is the necessary lifestyle of the future, and it begins at home.” Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com.

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iveGreenCT, one of Connecticut’s leading environmental stewardship organizations, will conclude a pilot program in September entitled Start in Your Own Front Yard. The goals of the pilot were to: conduct five litter clean-ups in cooperation with the town, local businesses and organizations; provide information on Connecticut's Solid Waste Management Plan - Comprehensive Material Management Strategy (it calls for eliminating 60 percent of our litter/garbage/waste from the waste stream through reducing, reusing and recycling by 2024); and build an engaged network of people and businesses who have shared values and can work together on sustainability projects and initiatives. The goal of the clean-ups is to keep trash out of the ocean before it does harm and to provide information that can then be used to educate the community. The clean-ups consist of litter/trash removal as well as a metric driven audit that sorts, counts and weighs litter in order to identify its source, in an effort to reduce or eliminate future littering. The final clean-up of the program is scheduled for September 15, which is also International Clean Up Day. A community forum will be held in October to present a complete report of the findings. Want to get involved? Call 203-536-4695 or e-mail Daphne@LiveGreenCT.org to sign up for the September clean-up.

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s fresh water becomes increasingly scarce worldwide, communities are coming together to find creative solutions to conserve it. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family uses some 300 gallons of water a day at home, nearly a third of which lands on lawns and yardscapes. Yet simple solutions like installing lowflow showerheads, turning off the tap while brushing teeth and installing drought-friendly landscaping can save a householder thousands of gallons a year and big money on water bills. The Irvine, California, Wyland Foundation created the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation seven years ago to stimulate awareness and action around water waste by tapping into civic pride and a healthy sense of competition. “What we do at home has a big impact on what happens to natural resources 1,000 miles downstream,” says Steve Creech, executive director of the nonprofit, founded by marine life artist Robert Wyland to foster healthy oceans and waterways. The program pits cities against each other every April to see which one can garner the most water-saving pledges from residents. Prizes for participants include a year’s worth of utility bills paid, green home cleaning kits and low-flow shower heads. It also provides immediate feedback on rankings at MyWaterPledge. com. As of May, 616,000 participants in 4,800 towns and cities had pledged to save 3 billion gallons per year. “Many are attracted by prizes, but over time, become more interested in conservation and sustainability,” observes Creech. “Social modeling is important because people get activated when they see friends and family involved. Surveys also show that we 50

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look to local leaders on issues like this, so it makes a difference when mayors take a stance.” Mesa, Arizona’s thirsty desert lawns and gardens suck thousands of gallons of precious water a day. Nearly 20 years ago, the city joined forces with Phoenix and Scottsdale to launch a water conservation campaign that has become among the largest of its kind. Today, hundreds of private and public partners across North America use the Water – Use It Wisely program to turn the tide on water waste (WaterUseItWisely.com). Creative approaches go a long way in encouraging households to save water, says Donna DiFrancesco, conservation coordinator for the city of Mesa. Its campaign newsletter speaks to 26,000 subscribers. Some 100 water-saving devices and symbols remind consumers to think about how they use water in everyday life. A traveling, 16-foot water tower made of water jugs represents the 120 gallons of water the average person uses per day in Arizona. They even challenge residents to “help your yard drink responsibly” through the Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab campaign, rewriting the narrative that sustainable is synonymous with sacrifice. In its second year, more than 11,500 entrants throughout the state put their creativity to work in revamping their backyards. To promote behavior change, Creech suggests that providing justifications for each water-saving action is key. When citizens become more conscious of how they waste the most water, they are more motivated to act. Repairing toilet and pool leaks and exchanging baths for showers are common fixes. “The 40 Gallon Challenge is designed to help people find the ‘low-hanging fruit’ in their water use—such as a leaky faucet or a long shower—that can readily help save 40 gallons a day,” says Ellen Bauske, program coordinator for this initiative of the Center for Urban Agriculture at the University of Georgia, in Griffin (40GallonChallenge.com). It’s designed to be flexible so states and municipalities can address the local context. “It’s been great to see the creative ways it’s been adapted; for example, one agent used the pledge as a scavenger hunt item for 4H clubs,” Bauske notes. More than 11,000 people have taken this pledge across America, potentially saving 1.9 million gallons a day. It can be difficult to measure the real water savings of such challenges, but DiFrancesco says that Mesa has seen a roughly 20 percent reduction in water use since 1999, when the local campaign began to take off. Drop by drop, small acts taken collectively by engaged citizens add up to big savings. Find water-saving tips at HomeAdvisor.com/r/home-water-conservation and NationalGeographic.com/environment/freshwater/waterconservation-tips. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.


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Dr. Dale Krier and Creature Comforts: In-home Pet Hospice and Euthanasia will host an event on September 9 from 5:30 to 7pm at Sherman Town Beach Pavilion, to honor National Pet Memorial Day 2018. In honor of the lives of pets that have a place in our hearts, music will be provided by Bob O’ Connor with Barrie Sachs from Happy Rainbows playing singing bowls. Mariya Hurwitz will lead a meditation while Cynthia O’Connor photographs the event. Dr. Jorge Aguilar-Zanatta, MD, MS, the medical director of Psychiatry Consultation Service and Hospital Psychiatry, will discuss bereavement and how the death of a pet is equal to the death of a human family member. Another guest speaker will be Officer PJ Conway, an explosive detection K-9 handler with the Connecticut State Police’s Emergency Services Unit. There will be a candle-lighting ceremony and surprise guests. Attendees are respectfully requested to leave their living pets at home for this event. Bring a photo of your lost pet to place on the “memorial wall” if you so desire. For more information, visit Facebook.com/Dr.DaleKrier. Location: Sherman Town Beach Pavilion, Sherman.

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Hosted by the Trap Falls Kennel Club, Inc., the Responsible Dog Ownership Day K-9 Carnival will be held on September 22 from 10am to 4pm. As in previous years, there will be demonstrations by police and carting dogs. Other events include Lucky Dogs Adventures lure coursing, CGC and CGCA testing, and meet the breeds. Food, dog-related vendors, raffles and contests will also be available. Bring a leashed dog to this AKC responsible dog ownership event and have fun. Since 1968, Trap Falls Kennel Club has been an active nonprofit all-breed member club of the American Kennel Club. It is devoted to the betterment of the purebred dog and is an advocate for purebred and mixed breed dogs as a family companion. Additionally, Trap Falls strives to promote responsible dog ownership in the community through public education programs and events. Its members are interested dog lovers; pet owners; breeders; trainers, participants in therapy dog programs; and exhibitors in conformation, obedience, rally, agility and other competitive dog sports. For more information, visit TrapFalls.org. Location: Shelton River Walk, 100 Canal St, Shelton.

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Wear weather-appropriate clothing. This includes the summer. If a pet is light colored, maybe opt to use pet-safe sunscreen or light t-shirts to protect them from the sun. Pets can sunburn, especially on the nose. In addition, if they have been shaved down for summer, pets can sunburn on the newly exposed skin. Coconut oil is a good natural sunblock and after-sun treatment that is also good for the dog even if they lick it off.


Be a good neighbor and pick up pet waste. This prevents contagious diseases from being passed from one pet to another, as well as keeps flies and bacteria to a minimum.

Walking Partnership 30 Minutes a Day Improves Health Factors


by Mary Oquendo

ccording to the American Animal Hospital Association, approximately 60 percent of dogs and cats are overweight. Probably not coincidentally, the American Heart Association identifies the same percentage of people as overweight. Poor diet and lack of exercise have been identified as the main contributors to both overweight pets and their owners. In the meantime, studies have shown a direct link between obesity on life impacting chronic medical conditions for both humans and their pets. According to a Harvard University study, walking 30 minutes a day reduces the risk and costs associated with many chronic medical conditions in people. That goes for pets as well. For people, it takes about 3,500 calories to burn one pound, based on the weight of the individual. A 150-pound person would burn 100 calories during a brisk one-mile walk. That person would need to walk 35 miles to lose one pound. Pets burn calories at approximately the same ratio. A 40-pound dog would burn 32 calories in a mile. They would have to walk that same 35 miles to lose one

pound, explains Dr. Ernie Ward of the Pet Health Network. Besides reducing the risk of many chronic medical conditions, walking also strengthens bones and muscles while improving balance and coordination. In addition, walking releases “happy” endorphins that make everything feel better.

Tips to Enjoy Your Walks.


Put protective footwear on pets. Hot pavement or sand can burn paw pads. Rough terrain or broken glass may lacerate paws. Keep first aid items at hand, including bandages, antibiotic ointment, eyewash, vet wraps and slings. These all fit in a fanny pack that can be brought on longer walks or hikes.


Pay attention to surroundings. Watch where we walk as uneven ground can cause trips and falls. Wild animals, including snakes, predators and squirrels, may cause harm or present a flight risk. Be aware of car traffic when walking on the sides of roads. Check pets for ticks frequently.


Carry water in a container or plan a route with streams that a pet can easily drink from. This is especially important if the weather is hot and sunny. If a pet’s gums feel tacky, it’s a sign of dehydration.


Pace the walk. Start walking out slow, pick up the pace and then slow down again. Both human and pet muscles and ligaments will appreciate it.


Wear readable ID tags with current phone numbers. If a pet gets away, up-to-date tags give the person who finds them the ability to immediately connect.


Properly fit collars and harnesses. A collar that is too loose can slip off if you need to tug your pet away from an area or situation. A collar that is too tight can cut off circulation. If a harness is new, stop from time to time during the first outing to check for signs of chafing and adjust as needed. Walks can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of the pet-human relationship. This is an opportunity to bond while improving everyone’s fitness, well-being and happiness. And, yes, we can take our cats walking as well. Mary Oquendo is a Reiki master, advanced crystal master and certified master tech pet first aid instructor. She is the owner of Pawsitive Education and Spirited Dog Productions. She can be reached at PawsitiveEd.com. See ad, page 54. September 2018


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by Karen Shaw Becker

n estimated 10 percent of Americans are allergic to household pets, with sensitivities to cats twice as common as to dogs, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Most people with cat allergies react to Fel d 1, a protein found on cat skin, although other cat allergens are found on the fur, in saliva and

even in their urine, reports a study in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The tiny Fel d 1 protein attached to a piece of airborne cat hair or skin can linger in the air for hours—much longer than a similarly released dog allergen. It’s also sticky, readily attaching to human skin and clothing, and can even easily transfer to catfree public locations such as a classroom. Male cats tend to produce more of this allergenic protein than females, especially if they’re not neutered. However, all cats produce the Fel d 1 protein, and it’s unrelated to the amount of feline dander or shedding. Thus, no truly hypoallergenic cat breed exists, yet some breeds may be better for allergic pet lovers, say Austrian researchers in a study published in the journal Clinical and Translational Allergy. Many people are able to build up tolerance to their kitty over time. Before starting a relationship, first ensure the allergy is not severe. If allergy symptoms are

✔ To prevent a buildup of allergens indoors, replace carpeting with hard flooring and drapes and curtains with non-fabric window coverings and if possible, avoid upholstered furniture. ✔ Clean the house often and thoroughly, including any surfaces that trap pet hair and dander like couch covers, pillows, bedding and pet beds. ✔ Wash bed linens at least weekly in hot water. ✔ Wash hands after handling the cat. After snuggling together, consider taking a shower and shampoo before retiring in order to avoid bringing kitty allergens to bed. ✔ Feed kitty an anti-inflammatory (grainfree), balanced and species-appropriate diet. Reducing or eliminating the allergenic and genetically modified (GMO) foods a cat eats reduces the allergenic quality of their saliva. ✔ Ensure optimal levels of essential fatty acids in their diet to reduce shedding and dander. ✔ Bathe the cat regularly, taking care to use only a safe, non-drying, herbal animal shampoo. Karen Shaw Becker, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is a proactive integrative practitioner who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets.Mercola.com).

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✔ Consider making the bedroom of any affected family member a cat-free zone.



Balinese: Sometimes called the “longhaired Siamese” for its luxurious coat, Balinese cats nevertheless produce less of the Fel d 1 protein than other breeds.


Cornish Rex: Similar to the Devon Rex, but with a curly fur coat, the Cornish Rex has only a soft undercoat of down hair, compared with a typical three layers, including an undercoat, middle “awn” hair and outer guard hair, so they shed less.




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Russian Blue: Despite a short, double coat that is silky and

plush to the touch, this cat also produces less Fel d 1 protein. They’re known for their loyalty and playful personality.

Bengal: Bengals’ uniquely fine fur requires less grooming than many others. Because they spend less time licking their fur, it contains less saliva and their dander is less likely to spread.


Devon Rex: The soft, short and curly coat of this playful

breed—known for remaining “kittens at heart”—may normally include bare, furless patches. They shed less than many others.


Oriental Shorthair: The Oriental Shorthair encompasses more than 300 different colors and patterns, all with short, fine coats for minimal shedding. Regular grooming helps control dander.

Siberian: Some people love the look of this

long-haired, shaggy-coated cat. They also produce less Fel d 1 protein than other breeds, even those with far less fur.

LaPerm: This cat’s unique curly coat may help reduce the spread of dander. Sphynx: A hairless cat, the Sphynx has no

fur to trap allergens from their saliva. However, the Fel d 1 protein will still be present.


Javanese: This breed has only a top coat, just one of the

three typical layers of coats common to cats, which means less shedding and dander to spread around the home. Reference: Paul Ciampanelli-collated research, Mom.me

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pet resource guide ADOPTION/RESCUE ANIMALS IN DISTRESS INC 238 Danbury Rd, Wilton 203-762-2006 Animals-In-Distress.com

PET ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY INC (PAWS) 504 Main Ave, Norwalk 203-750-9572 PAWSCT.org

BRIDGEPORT ANIMAL CONTROL 236 Evergreen St, Bridgeport 203-576-7727



2490 Black Rock Tpke, #453, Fairfield 203-330-0255 PetProtectorsRescue.org

PO Box 953, New Canaan BBRCT@yahoo.com BullyBreedRescueInc.org


COMMUNITY CATS PO Box 4380, Stamford CommunityCatsCT@yahoo.com CommunityCatsCT.org

DANBURY ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY (DAWS) 147 Grassy Plain St, Bethel 203-744-3297

FRIENDS OF FELINES INC PO Box 8147, Stamford 203-363-0220 Cats@AdoptAPet.org AdoptAPet.org

LOOKING GLASS ANIMAL RESCUE Ridgefield LGARinc.org On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

45 South St, Ridgefield 203-438-0158 ROAR-Ridgefield.org

STRAYS AND OTHERS PO Box 473, New Canaan 203-966-6556 StraysAndOthers@hotmail.com

TAILS OF COURAGE 1 Pembroke Rd, Danbury 877-63-(TAILS) TailsOfCourage.org

WESTPORT ANIMAL SHELTER ADVOCATES (WASA) 1 Tower Ridge, Westport 203-557-0361 WestportWASA.org

NFSAW 223 State Rt 37, New Fairfield 203-746-2925 NFSAW.org

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VETERINARY SERVICES NUTMEG SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC 25 Charles St, Stratford 203-690-1550 • NutmegClinic.org

The Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic is a low-cost, high-volume facility for cats and dogs, the first such professional clinic in Fairfield County. The clinic offers other low-cost services during the spay/ neuter appointment. Nutmeg honors state spay/ neuter vouchers at face value from adopted shelter pets and qualified low-income families, and offers further low-cost incentives to nonprofit rescue groups. Pit bulls and mixes are welcome at an even more reduced rate, and the clinic offers spay/neuter and vaccine discounts for feral cats. See ad, page 55.


PO Box 2015, New Preston 860-355-PETS • GetaPet@gmail.com PetAssistanceInc.org Pet Assistance helps keep pets in their homes in times of financial and medical crises, providing emergency veterinary subsidies to pet owners in financial need. We only give grants for pets that have a good prognosis, unless the knowledge we gain from the treatment or surgery may help future animals in need.



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markyourcalendar CERTIFICATION COURSES IN AYURVEDA with Dr. Somesh Kaushik Starting in September The curriculum will consist of lectures, clinical practicum, self-study and case reports. Travel to India will be part of the clinical practicum. Application deadline is August 24. For more information, call 646-670-6725 or email DrKaushik@DrKaushik.com

markyourcalendar ALBERTSON MEMORIAL CHURCH UPCOMING SEPTEMBER EVENTS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 & OCTOBER 6 Spiritual/Psychic Fair • 11am-4pm • $35+ SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Painting Through Your Soul with Dale 1-3pm • $30 (supplies included) SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Radical Forgiveness with Bonnie Grossman 1-3pm • $35 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Ancestral Patterning with Laura Aversano 12-2pm • $40 Private Readings with Rev. Lelia Cutler 12:30-4:30pm • $65+ • RSVP Community Drum Circle with Oscar Recalde 4–6pm • $15 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 International Mediums Gala Event with Janet Nohavec, Simon James & Brian Robertson 7:30-9:30pm • $35 • RSVP


Sunday Service • 11am-12:30pm Tuesdays • Spiritual Philosophy and Self Unfoldment • 7-9pm • $10 • RSVP

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Reiki 1st Degree Workshop – 9:30am-5:30pm. With Gigi Benanti. Learn Western style from an experienced Reiki Master (21 years). Includes latest info. Learn how to use Reiki for self-healing and healing for others. 2 manuals and certificate. $125. Angelic Healing Center for Reiki, 7 Morgan Ave, Norwalk. 203-852-1150. AngelHealReikiGigiB@ snet.net. AngelHealReiki.com.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Plant Based Meal Planning – 6-7:30pm. Learn how to design a plant based meal plan that allows you to cook once, but enjoy multiple meals aided by easy recipes, shopping lists and cooking tips. Class will include cooking demonstrations, samples and handouts. Register online. $20. New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. 203-263-4868. NewMorn.com.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Reiki Level 1 Workshop – 10am-5:30pm. With Gigi Benanti. Learn Western style from an experienced Reiki Master (20 years). Includes latest info. Learn how to use Reiki for self-healing and healing for others. 2 manuals and certificate. $125. Angelic Healing Center for Reiki, 7 Morgan Ave, Norwalk. 203-852-1150. AngelHealReikiGigiB@snet.net. AngelHealReiki.com.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Back To School 101 – 11am-12:30pm. With Dr. Noori. Learn different ways you can ensure your child is ready for back to school. From optimizing focus, easing anxiety to ensuring a robust immune system, this event will involve discussions you won’t want to miss. Culinary wellness educator and natural food chef Annalyce Loretto of The Thoughtful Kitchen will be joining the discussion and may even provide us all with some “tasty” tips. Shalva Clinic, 8 Lincoln St, Westport. 203-916-4600. DrNadiaNoori@gmail.com. ShalvaClinic.org. Relaxation 101: What Meditation Style is Right for You? – 1:30-3:30pm. Stress is the most destructive epidemic we face today. The root cause of stress lies hidden in our unconscious behavior patterns. Are you ready for deep healing? Join us as we travel through time and space to receive healing energy using several amazing relaxation tools to connect us to our subconscious minds. No experience necessary. $39. Yogaspace, 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-730-9642. Info@YogaSpace-CT.com. YogaSpace-CT.com.

Wednesdays • Beginner Psychic & Mediumship Class • 7–9pm • $20 Cancelled events will be posted on our website Albertson Memorial Church 293 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich 203-637-4615 • Info@AlbertsonChurch.org AlbertsonChurch.org 58

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Sybil Rides Again! – 7-9pm. Sybil Ludington dramatization. So, why do we all learn about Paul Revere in our American history courses and not Sybil Ludington? In April 1777, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington rode over bad roads, in an area roamed by outlaws, to raise Patriot troops to fight in the Battle of Danbury and the Battle of Ridgefield. Sybil rode twice as far as Paul Revere did. To honor Sybil’s ride 241 years ago, the inimitable and eccentric Darla Shaw will portray Sybil as an older woman and dramatize her life. $25/adults; $12/kids. 1770 Grounded Goodwife Farmhouse, Call for address, Woodbury. 203-942-0774. ColonialGoodwife@ gmail.com. GroundedGoodwife.com.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Flow To Fit Yoga Open House – 9:30am-2pm. 3rd Year Anniversary Open House. Free yoga and Pilates classes, door prizes, yoga teacher training info session, massage, reflexology, wellness presentations, special discounts and more. Free. Flow To Fit Yoga, 7 Garage Rd, Unit E, Southbury. 203-910-3141. FlowToFitYoga@gmail.com. FlowToFitYoga.com. Designing Healthy Lunches for You, Your Kids and the Planet – Noon-1:30pm. Grace will demonstrate how to spice up lunches with kid-friendly recipes, healthy products and environmentally friendly to-go gear that will make you want to pack your lunch every day. Class will include cooking demonstrations, samples and handouts. Register online. $20. New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. 203-263-4868. NewMorn.com. Painting Through Your Soul – 1-3pm. With Dale. Workshop utilizing watercolors, spiritual music and guided meditation to create a soul inspired piece of artwork. Each person will take home a painting and experience a message within their work. Open to all. Please RSVP. $30, supplies included. Albertson Memorial Church, 293 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich. KathleenJamesMedium@gmail.com. Albertsonchurch.org.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Postpartum Healing: Free Event – 6:30-7:30pm. With Natalie Telyatnikov and Dr. Ellen Lewis. Whether you are an expecting mother, a new mother or a mother who has been at it for a while, we invite you to this informative evening. Natalie will lead a 4 Essentials of Traditional Postpartum Healing discussion; Dr. Ellen Lewis will dive into adrenal fatigue and recovery. Free. Shalva Clinic, 8 Lincoln St, Westport. 203-916-4600. Info@ShalvaClinic. org. ShalvaClinic.org. The Power and Magic of Dreams – 7-9pm. Do you believe you are one of those people who doesn’t dream or can’t recall your dreams? Are you having dreams but cannot decipher what they are telling you? In this class, you will learn tools to remember your dreams and playful ways to explore. This class is a required pre-requisite for all dream classes. Please bring a journal that is dedicated to recording your dreams to the first class. $25. Muktinath Holistic Center, 731 Main St, Unit 121, Monroe. 203-556-7777. MuktinathHC@gmail.com. MuktinathHolisticCenter.com.

markyourcalendar AGNILOVEYOGA STUDIO OPEN HOUSE Saturday, September 15 • 9:30am-7:30pm The schedule for the open house includes: Tantra Yoga Practice; Sound Healing; Yin Yoga; Taste of yoga; Yoga Nidra; Tibetan Sound Bath; and Intro to Tantric Meditation. AgniLove Chai and local organic snacks will be served all day. 1481 Southford Rd, Unit 4, Southbury Call 203-895-9369 or email AgniLoveYoga@gmail.com AgniLoveYoga.com

markyourcalendar HEALING OUR HEARTS IN BODY AND SPIRIT A Day Long Retreat on the Long Island Sound Saturday, September 15 • 8:30am-4pm Are you seeking a deeper level of recovery and healing from the experience of trauma, losses, grief, addictions, depression, anxiety and other manifestations of loss? This retreat will open your heart, mind and body to new healing modalities and relationships with other seekers and healers. The Mercy Center, Madison Cost: $160 or $140 each for two or more signing up at once. No one will be refused who needs financial assistance HOHBS.eventbrite.com For more information or for help registering, call Insight Counseling at 203-943-6786

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Free Yoga Open House – 8am-3pm. All classes free through 3pm. 15 percent discount on workshops and/or class passes during open house. Win a $100 shopping spree, no purchase necessary. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Yogaspace, 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-730-9642. Info@YogaspaceCT.com. Yogaspace-CT.com. Hammonasset Beach Cleanup Day – 9am-noon. This annual event is a part of International Coastal Cleanup Day. Please volunteer to help. Gloves, trash bags, water and snacks will be provided for volunteers. Beach cleanup is vitally important for the health of birds and aquatic animals. Free. Hammonasset Beach State Park, Meigs Point Nature Center, Madison. JameseMazur@gmail.com. HammonAsset.org. Reiki Level I Training – 9am-4:30pm. This oneday course is the beginning level of Reiki training. You will be able to give yourself, your family, friends and even your pets Reiki. The training consists of discussion, the history of Reiki, the Reiki Level I attunement and hands-on practice. Manual and certificate included. $140. Watertown,

27 Siemon Company Dr, Ste 112WS, Watertown. 860-459-8746. EssentialHealingArtsCT@gmail. com. EssentialHealingArts.com. Mushroom Hunting – 10am-3pm. Learn how to enjoy edible wild mushrooms. A slide show will cover the basics of mushroom science and safety and the diverse fungi of our area’s fall season. Our group will then head out to the woods for a guided mushroom hunting adventure. Register online. $35. New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. 203-263-4868. NewMorn.com. CT Vendor Variety Show – 10am-4pm. The Vendor Variety Show features handmade and vintage vendors from across the state. Offering vintage fashion, handmade jewelry and arts, food trucks, water infusion bar, natural skincare, plants, household decor and more. Free. The Conti Building, 415 Howe Ave, Shelton. 203-980-5285. MYLCollective@gmail.com.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Radical Forgiveness Ceremony – 1-3:30pm. This is a sacred, powerful ceremony that will allow you to forgive yourself and others in a no-threatening atmosphere, without having to verbalize your story. Bonnie Grossman is a Radical Forgiveness Master Coach, Life Coach and author of How to Heal from an Unhealthy Relationship. $35. Albertson Memorial Church, 293 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich. Info@AlbertsonChurch.org. Albertsonchurch.org.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Brian Clement to Speak in Norwalk – 7-9pm. The director of the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, FL, will be visiting Norwalk to talk health and healing. The talk topic has yet to be chosen but over the past nine years of visiting Fairfield County, Brian has never disappointed. $15/pre-registration; $20/at the door. Intensity (dance studio), 490 Westport Ave, Norwalk. 203292-8190. CatchAHealthyHabit@yahoo.com. CatchAHealthyHabit.com.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Mobile Knife Sharpening – 10am-4pm. Bring your knives, serrated knives, pizza cutters, scissors, food processor blades and other edge tools to be sharpened on site. The price is $1.25 per inch of blade. New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. 203-263-4868. NewMorn.com.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Plant Based Cooking Basics – 6-7pm. Learn how to easily and inexpensively increase the amount of plants in your diet. Class will review basic plant nutrition, cooking skills and recipes. Free to attend. Registration requested online. Free. New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. 203-263-4868. NewMorn.com.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Hypothyroidism 101: What Your Doctor Should Have Told You – 6:30-7:30pm. With Dr. Ellen Lewis, expert in functional thyroid evaluation. Discuss comprehensive thyroid tests that you should be having as well as some key treatments that should be considered as part of your therapeutic plan. Find out how you can feel fabulous again. This is part of an ongoing free series led by our outstanding naturopathic physicians on the most important health topics requested by our community. Free. Shalva Clinic, 8 Lincoln St, Westport. 203-916-4600. Info@ShalvaClinic.org. ShalvaClinic.org.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Equinox Celebration – 6-7:30pm. We will celebrate the Autumnal Equinox using music, meditation, essential oils, ritual, the sonic alchemy of crystal bowls, and the extraordinary angelic and shamanic vocals channeled through Bradford Tilden, a sound healing master. Register online. $20. New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. 203-263-4868. NewMorn.com.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Reiki and Qigong Fusion: The Path to Enlightenment, Stress Reduction and Self Awareness – 2-4pm. With Jessica Anderson and Ian Gelman. High-level overview of the many benefits of Reiki and qigong, followed by a brief qigong movement meditation exercise that will balance the energy within and around you. Wear comfortable clothes for qigong movement portion of workshop. $30/ advance; $35/day of event. Yogaspace, 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-730-9642. Info@YogaspaceCT.com. Yogaspace-CT.com. Sound Bath – 7-8pm. Sound Bath Meditation 7-8pm. With Eileen Byrne and Matt Adame. Using high vibration instruments such as singing bowls, gongs, voice, drums and more, you will be guided into deep relaxation. Please bring a yoga mat, pillow and blanket. $10/donation suggested. Yoga Space 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. $10. Yoga Space, 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-448-6242. SullieB@ sbcglobal.net. Singer/Songwriter Series – 7:30-9pm. Evening of music with four local songwriters performing original music. Doors open at 7 pm. Snacks will be available for purchase and donations for the performance are graciously accepted. Free. New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. 203263-4868. NewMorn.com. Spotty Dog Rescue Bottle Drive and Adoption Event – 10am-3pm. Save your returnable bottles and cans. Spotty Dog Rescue will be here at New Morning to collect your returnable bottles and cans; they will be accepting donations to help sweet pups in need. Meet adorable adoptable dogs too. Free. New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. 203-263-4868. NewMorn.com.

markyourcalendar WALKING IN THE WORLDSTHE SHAMANIC JOURNEY Weekend Intensive Workshop with Jessica Hunter of Hunter Healing Hands Saturday, October 6 • 9am-5pm and Sunday, October 7 • 9am-3pm Learn how to step into the Spirit Worlds with the Shamanic Journey. This workshop involves a combination of lecture and hands-on practice. Exchange: $300 with pre-registration Registration:  Space is limited. Contact Jessica at 203-916-8381 Visit the website for more details: HunterHealingHands.com September 2018


markyourcalendar EARTH, WIND, WATER, FIRE: Exploring the Elements of Nature to Re-Connect with Yourself and the Earth Saturday, September 29 • 9am-4pm Day Long Nature Retreat Join psychologist Ann Reeves in slowing down for a day to deepen your awareness of the beauty and healing gifts of the natural world. Learn about Forest Bathing and incorporate grounding exercises, breathing, movement, meditation, poetry, drumming, and alone time outside to experience the elements in a deeply personal way. $100 New Pond Farm Educational Center, Redding Register at NewPondFarm.org or call 203-451-6208

calendar of events MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Angels and Crystals – 7-9:30pm. This class joins both angels and crystals. It will allow you to take a deeper look at one archangel and a crystal associated with that archangel. It will be hands on as well as informative. Learn how to connect and work with the archangel. Learn about the crystal and its connection to the archangel, as well as how to use the crystal when working with archangel. $25. Muktinath Holistic Center, 731 Main St, Unit 121, Monroe. 203-556-7777. MuktinathHC@gmail.com. MuktinathHolisticCenter.com. Preserving The Harvest at Home – 6-7:30pm. Learn how to preserve your gardens abundance. Holli will explain food preservation traditions for beginners including canning, freezing, drying, fermenting and root cellaring. Seasonal samples will also be available to taste. Register online. $5. New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. 203-263-4868. NewMorn.com.

2018 Hammonassett Festival – 10am. 9/29-9/30. The Hammonassett Festival is two days of celebration, education and entertainment, which honors the environment and Native American traditions. The theme this year is Children and Families: We are All Connected. Includes music and song, wildlife shows and much more. $5/adults; children under 12 are free. Guilford Fairgrounds, 111 Lovers Ln, Guilford. HammonassettFestival@gmail.com. Hammonasset.org.




Guided Meditation and Sound Healing – 6:307:30pm. Come experience an hour of guided meditation and sound healing aimed to help you release tension, sleep better and cultivate overall happiness. Beginners welcome! Enjoy the sounds of singing bowls and gong during the last 15 minutes. Register online. $15. New Morning Market, 129 Main St N, Woodbury. 203-263-4868. NewMorn.com.

markyourcalendar NEW AGE & CRAFTS EXPO Sunday, November 4 • 10am-5pm Come Experience a Day of Spiritual & Creative Enlightenment 2 Rooms of Dynamic Speakers & Guided Meditations Tarot & Intuitive Readings, Spiritual Art, Handcrafted Jewelry, Health & Wellness, Aura Photos, Crystals, Candles, Soaps, Dolls, and much more! Wyndham Southbury 1284 Strongtown Rd, Southbury For more info email: Cryours87@yahoo.com or call: 203-733-6560 VENDOR SPACE AVAILABLE ANGELINA DIANA: AN EVENING WITH SPIRIT Spiritual Psychic Medium & New Age & Craft Expo Reading Event at 5:15pm. To purchase tickets visit: AngelinaDiana.com $6 Admission • $1 off with this coupon 60

Sita’s Light Welcome Fall Chant – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a high vibration evening of kirtan (group chanting) with Sita’s Light. Through simple mantras and spirit-filled songs, Sita Miriam Zernis and her talented musician friends will guide you to a place of deep peace and joy with easy, soulful call-and-response singing framed by the eclectic sacred music sounds of harmonium, tabla, guitar and didgeridoo. No experience necessary. $20/in advance; $25/at the door. Yogaspace, 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-730-9642. Info@Yogaspace-CT. com. Yogaspace-CT.com.

International Mediums Gala Demonstration – 7:30-9:30pm. With Rev Janet Nohavec, Simon James and Brian Robertson, International Mediums. An evening of spirit communications. RSVP. $35. Albertson Memorial Church, 293 Sound Beach Ave, , Old Greenwich. 845-709-4089. KathleenJamesMedium@gmail.com. Albertsonchurch.org.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 7 Foundations: Tools for Transformation with Karen Pierce – 7:30-9:30pm. With Karen Pierce. Seven-week workshop on creating health and harmony using simple yet powerful tools that activate your self-healing abilities. These classes are experiential and include specific tools you can use in your daily routine plus mindfulness techniques. Yogaspace, 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-730-9642. Info@Yogaspace-CT.com. Yogaspace-CT.com. Reiki Second Degree – 10am-5:30pm. With Gigi Benanti, Reiki Master/Teacher (21 years). Learn to send distance Reiki healing, deepen use of Reiki for others and yourself. Two powerful energy connections from my short Japanese/Usa Linage. Two manuals and certificate. $215. Angelic Healing Center, 7 Morgan Ave, Norwalk. 203-852-1150. AngelHealReikiGigiB@snet.net. AngelHealReiki.com.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Reiki Second Degree Workshop – 9:30am5:30pm. With Gigi Benanti, Reiki Master/Teacher (21 years). Learn to send distance Reiki healing, deepen use of Reiki for others and yourself. Two powerful energy connections from my short Japanese/Usa Lineage. Two manuals and certificate. $215. Angelic Healing Center, 7 Morgan Ave, Norwalk. 203-852-1150. AngelHealReikiGigiB@snet. net. AngelHealReiki.com.

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Angels of the Healing Field – 9am-1pm. In this class, you will learn how to use an angelic heartlink to connect with each angel’s energy. Then, through the power of the group’s energy, you will have the ideal opportunity to establish and strengthen your personal connection with each of the IET Healing Angels of the Energy Field, and directly experience each angel in the way that is perfect for you. $50/ per day. Muktinath Holistic Center, 731 Main St, Unit 121, Monroe. 203-556-7777. MuktinathHC@ gmail.com. MuktinathHolisticCenter.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 Dreams and the Earth – 7-9pm. Learn practices that will support your dreaming during sleep, and learn more ways to packed your dreams. Journey to a sacred site, connect with the trees, and so much more. Join us during this 3-week class as we strengthen our connection to the Earth through our dreams and our waking life. There will be time to work with your dreams throughout the class. $33/ per week. Muktinath Holistic Center, 731 Main St, Unit 121, Monroe. 203-556-7777. MuktinathHC@ gmail.com. MuktinathHolisticCenter.com.

markyourcalendar LIGHT ON GANESHA WITH TODD NORIAN Hosted by Yoga Teachers Association Saturday, September 22 • 1:30-4:30pm Explore the teachings and symbolism of the elephant deity, remover of obstacles, and how they relate to your life. The Yoga Studio at Club Fit • Briarcliff Manor, NY $45/members; $65/non-members Register at YTAYoga.com 914-582-7816 • YTACommunications@gmail.com

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sunday Tal Fusion: Sunday Sweat – 9:15-10am. With Tal Fagin. Get your heart pumping and blood flowing with this eclectic, spirited, high energy class. Class is 50 minutes in length, so get ready to get in high gear. $18/class; $16/senior. Valley Spirit Cooperative & Wellness Center, 6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot. 860-619-2788. Info@ValleySpiritCoop.com. ValleySpiritCoop.com. Gentle Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation – 9:3010:45am. Relax, release and flow into wellness in beginner/level 1 yoga classes with work on mindfulness practices, breathing techniques, alignment, flexibility and strength. Modifications suggested and props used when needed. $5/donation per class. Hindu Cultural Center of CT (HCC), 96 Chapel St, Stratford. 203-521-0359. HCC.Yoga. Wendy@gmail.com. HCCYoga.org. Satsang Meditation – 9:30-11am. Satsangs are wonderful spiritual and community gatherings of like-minded people. Satsangs with Shanti Mission Healers are filled with music, mantra, meditation, spiritual instruction/discourse and spiritual blessings to help you reset, recharge and get ready for the week ahead. By donation. Muktinath Holistic Center, 731 Main St, Monroe. 203-518-5808. MuktinathHC@ gmail.com. MuktinathHolisticCenter.com.

markyourcalendar A YEAR OF HEALING with Dr. Eilis Philpott Soul Healing Journey, LLC The 2019 dates are: January 11-13 • February 8-10 • March 8-10 April 12-14 • May 3-5 • June 7- 9 • July 12-14 August 9-11 • September 13-15 • October 11-13 November 8-10 • December 13-15 Meet one weekend a month for 12 months and receive what I have learned from trainings, life and guidance in a way that integrates the various modalities. By this end of this 12 month’s training you will have catapulted your personal, professional and spiritual journey into the stratosphere. All sessions take place at Sticks and Stones Farm in Newtown, CT  Investment: Early bird rate is $333 monthly or $3996 to pay in full. $333 deposit required to register and to lock in the early bird rate for the year. Payment plans available.  Be prepared to commit to one full year of healing.  Registration required • 203-767-5954 Eilis@SoulHealingJourney.com SoulHealingJourney.com/A-Year-Of-Healing

New Beginnings in Community Sunday Service – 10am. Join this group of spiritually-minded people embracing and honoring all world religions, belief systems, cultures and traditions. Come together to share thoughts, experiences and wisdom in a supportive environment. Free. Mystics By The Sea, 394 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-980-6272. NewBeginningsInCommunity.Weebly.com.

Karma Community Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Fourth Sunday. Our monthly donation-based class. Bring a non-perishable food donation, and enjoy an hour for your mind, body and spirit. The Ruby Tree, Sherman Village, 670 Main St S, Woodbury. 203-586-1655. Christina@TheRubyTreeCT.com. TheRubyTreeCT.com.

Family Meditation Program – 10-11:30am. Second and fourth Sunday. Ages 4-13. While the adults are meditating in the main building, young people can connect with others in their age-group, learn about mindfulness, compassion toward self and others. 203-244-3130. MMKeeler@gmail.com. ReddingMeditation.org.


Mahasati or Insight Meditation – 10-11:30am. Learn how to live your life more skillfully through the development of self-awareness and mindfulness simple practice that can be easily incorporated into daily life, and discover the benefits of becoming more present. 203-244-3130. Info@ReddingMeditation.org. ReddingMeditation.org. Celebration Service – 10:30am-noon. With Rev. Shawn Moninger. Inspiring message supports your spiritual unfoldment with thought provoking, soul -healing topics and uplifting music. By donation. Unity Center of Norwalk, 3 Main St, 2nd Fl, Norwalk. 203-855-7922. Office@UnityCenterNorwalk.org. UnityCenterNorwalk.org. Sunday Morning Meditation – 11-11:45am. Experience stillness and peace, establish a regular practice, reduce stress and tension, and enhance health and well-being. Meditation class for beginners and experienced meditators. $5/donation per class. Hindu Cultural Center of CT (HCC), 96 Chapel St, Stratford. 203-521-0359. HCC.Yoga. Wendy@gmail.com. HCCYoga.org. Sunday Albertson Memorial Church Service – 11am-12:30pm. Join us for inspirational sermons, meditation, energy healing and messages from Spirit. By donation. Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism, 293 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich. 203-637-4615. Info@AlbertsonChurch.org. AlbertsonChurch.org. Monthly Mystical Market – 11am-4pm. Third Sunday. Psychics, mediums, intuitives, CT artisans, vendors and holistic practitioners. Free admission, vendors prices vary. The Ruby Tree, 670 Main St S, Woodbury. 203-586-1655. Christina@ TheRubyTreeCT.com. TheRubyTreeCT.com. Ignite your Spirit Healing Clinic – 11:45am-2pm. Second Sunday. Muktinath healing clinics are a great way to try out or receive ongoing assistance with anything life throws your way. Must register in advance. $20/suggested contribution. Muktinath Holistic Center, 731 Main St, Monroe. 203-5185808. MuktinathHC@gmail.com. Muktinath HolisticCenter.com. Reiki Healing Clinic – 11:45am -2pm. First Sunday. Experience the beneficial effects of relaxation and feeling of peace from Reiki healing. Reiki strengthens and balances the body, mind and spirit. Must register in advance. $20/suggested contribution. Muktinath Holistic Center, 731 Main St, Monroe. 203-518-5808. MuktinathHC@gmail.com. MuktinathHolisticCenter.com.

Releasing The Heart Qigong – 9:15-10:15am. Monday and Friday. Practicing Releasing the Heart has the power to bring about peace by removing distinctions between people, and reducing conflicts and quarrels. It is a uniquely carefree and vigorous form. $25. Barefoot Living Arts, 85 Mill Plain Rd, Bldg V, Fairfield. BarefootLivingArts.org. Gentle Yoga for 50 Plus – 9:30am. With Art Rodia, yoga instructor. Created for people 50+ who need a gentle approach to yoga, these classes include breathing, relaxation and restorative postures. These simple yoga stretches reduce aches and pains; they are specifically for the older or extra cautious person. Register online. $10. New Morning Market, 129 Main St North, Woodbury. NewMorn.com. Yoga All Levels – 10-11am. With Caroline. Class given according to whatever level of student happens to show up. All levels welcome. The class is hatha flow based with elements of relaxation, meditation, breath work, strength and flow. $18/ class; $16/senior. Valley Spirit Cooperative & Wellness Center, 6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot. 860-619-2788. Info@ValleySpiritCoop.com. ValleySpiritCoop.com. Mahasati or Insight Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to live your life more skillfully through the development of self-awareness and mindfulness, simple practice that can be easily incorporated into daily life, and discover the benefits of becoming more present. 203-244-3130. Info@ReddingMeditation.org. ReddingMeditation.org. Reiki Share – 7:30-9:30pm. Fourth Monday. With JoAnn Inserra Duncan, MS, RMT. Practice Reiki in a small group setting. Share experiences and help each other develop in a safe, fun environment while providing a wonderful, relaxing, rejuvenating experience. $20. Registration required. Turning Point Healing Arts and Education Center, 100B Danbury Rd, Ste 101, Ridgefield. 203-438-3050. TurningPointReiki.com.

tuesday Slow Yoga – 10-11am. With Lella Ilyinsky. Class is set to a slower pace, and may include elements of restorative yoga, yin yoga and foundational flow sequences, depending on the needs of the class. Beginners welcome. $18/class; $16/senior. Valley Spirit Cooperative & Wellness Center, 6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot. 860-619-2788. Info@ ValleySpiritCoop.com. ValleySpiritCoop.com. Mahasati or Insight Meditation – 12:30-2pm. Learn how to live your life more skillfully through the development of self-awareness and mindfulness, simple practice that can be easily incorporated into daily life, and discover the benefits of becoming more present. 203-244-3130. Info@ReddingMeditation.org. ReddingMeditation.org.

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ongoing events Monthly Information Sessions at The Graduate Institute – 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for an info session every 2nd Tuesday of the month at The Graduate Institute. Please contact us to let us know that you’ll be attending. The Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Rd, Bethany. 203-874-4252. Reiki Share – 7-8:30pm. First Tuesday of the month. With June and Tracy. Come join our circle of practitioners for sharing and caring and healing. All levels of practitioners are welcome. Please RSVP. $20/drop-in. Kindred Spirits, 197 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield. 203-938-3690. Reiki Share – 7-9pm. Second Tuesday. Practice and enhance your Reiki healing and grow your intuition. All will receive healing time and practice time. You must have completed at minimum Reiki Level I in order to fully participate. $15/suggested contribution. Muktinath Holistic Center, 731 Main St, Monroe. 203-518-5808. MuktinathHC@gmail. com. MuktinathHolisticCenter.com. Spiritual Philosophy & Self Unfoldment – 7-9pm. Through a process of structured meditations on potent spiritual phrases, students will be exposed to the internal spiritual development of Jacob’s Ladder. $10/suggested donation. Albertson Memorial Church, 293 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich. Info@AlbertsonChurch.org. AlbertsonChurch.org. Reiki Healing Shares – 7:30-9:30pm. First and third Tuesdays. With Gigi Benanti, Usui Reiki Master/ Teacher. For Reiki practitioners only. Includes short instruction and discussion. Must RSVP. $20. Angelic Healing Center, 7 Morgan Ave, Norwalk. 203-852-1150. AngelHealReikiGigiB@snet.net. AngelHealReiki.com.

wednesday Mat Pilates – 9-10am. With Suzette Caldwell. Classic mat Pilates work out, vigorous class but open to all levels. You set the challenge bar for your workout. $18/class; $16/senior. Valley Spirit Cooperative & Wellness Center, 6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot. 860-619-2788. Info@ValleySpiritCoop.com. ValleySpiritCoop.com. Midweek Retreat – 3-4:30pm. With Dr. Tanvi Gandhi. This sacred time will consist of intention setting with a small tea ceremony, followed by breath work, and a combination of acupuncture and meditation. You will leave with insight on your experience and a self-care tip for the week. $30/drop-in; $150/series. Barefoot Living Arts, 85 Mill Plain Rd, Bldg V, Fairfield. BarefootLivingArts.org.

Learn to Love Yourself – 7:30-9:30pm. Second Wednesday. With Ginny Brown and Ellen Kratka. Little-known spiritual truths applied to everyday life. Let go of negative judgment and unconditionally accept yourself. $40. By phone or internet. 203-263-2643. E.Kratka@sbcglobal.net. Results-BeyondBelief.com.

Tai Chi Classes – 6:30-7:30pm. With June Fagan, Tai Chi Instructor. A slow movement meditation for all levels of fitness. Known to reduce stress, increase focus and balance and improve self and well-being. $25/drop-in; $85/1 class per week; $150/unlimited classes month. Kindred Spirits, 1197 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield. 203-938-3690.

Turning Point S.H.A.R.E. Divorce Group – 7:30-9:30pm. Third Wednesdays. Offering support, healing, advocacy, resources and education for women in the process of, or recently divorced. $20, $150/10-session card. Registration required. Turning Point Healing Arts and Education Center, 100B Danbury Rd, Ste 101, Ridgefield. 203-438-3050. TurningPointShare.com.

Gentle Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation – 6:45-8pm. Relax, release and flow into wellness in beginner/ level 1 yoga classes with work on mindfulness practices, breathing techniques, alignment, flexibility and strength. Modifications suggested and props used when needed. $5/donation per class. Hindu Cultural Center of CT (HCC), 96 Chapel St, Stratford. 203-521-0359. HCC.Yoga.Wendy@ gmail.com. HCCYoga.org. A Course In Miracles – 7-8pm. A Course in Miracles was born out of a commitment between two people to find a better way to live in this world; a study group grows out of a commitment to be an unconditional, non-judgmental place of sharing, joining and learning, where everyone is welcome. $15/suggested donation. Registration required. Call for address. 203-767-5954. Eilis@SoulHealingJourney.com. SoulHealingJourney.com. Mahasati or Insight Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to live your life more skillfully through the development of self-awareness and mindfulness. simple practice that can be easily incorporated into daily life, and discover the benefits of becoming more present. 203-244-3130. Info@ReddingMeditation.org. ReddingMeditation.org. Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Meditation that often includes chanting, music and requires your active participation. All faiths and cultures are welcomed. By donation. Muktinath Holistic Center, 731 Main St, Monroe. 203-518-5808. MuktinathHC@gmail.com. MuktinathHolisticCenter.com.

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. ~Jean Paul 62

Holistic Moms Network Fairfield County, CT Chapter – 7:30pm. Second Wednesday. Associates in Family Chiropractic and Natural Health Care, 156 East Ave, Norwalk. Home.Homewebs.com/ HMNFairfieldCtyCT. Yoga with Curves – 7:30-8:30pm. Your body, your yoga, your way. Yoga is not for a specific body type. If you can breathe, you can do yoga. In this 4-week series, you will explore mindful movement in a supportive and non-judgmental environment, using props and modifications tailored to your comfort. $60/4-class series. Yogaspace, 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-730-9642. Info@Yogaspace-CT.com. Yogaspace-CT.com.

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thursday Kundalini Yoga and Music Meditation – 9:3010:30am. With Leesa Sklover, PhD, C-IAYT, Certified Yoga Therapist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher. Experience the yoga of awareness weekly to heal your mind and your life. All welcome. Register for first class. $15 per class/monthly discount. Short Beach Union Church, 14 Pentacost St, Branford. 917-860-0488. DrSklover@gmail.com. LoveLifeProductions.net. Mahasati or Insight Meditation – 9:30-11am. Learn how to live your life more skillfully through the development of self-awareness and mindfulness. Simple practice that can be easily incorporated into daily life. Discover the benefits of becoming more present. By donation. Redding Center for Meditation, 9 Picketts Ridge Rd, West Redding. 203-244-3130. Info@ReddingMeditation.org. ReddingMeditation.org. Healing Gong – 10:30-11:30am. Healing Gong, a form of Sheng Zhen, is a restorative medical qigong that blends an ancient tradition with gentle, meditative movements performed seated on a chair. Healing Gong is an integration of healing traditions, using the power of nature to heal oneself. $25. Barefoot Living Arts, 85 Mill Plain Rd, Bldg V, Fairfield. BarefootLivingArts.org. Gentle Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation – 6:45-8pm. Relax, release and flow into wellness in beginner/ level 1 yoga classes with work on mindfulness practices, breathing techniques, alignment, flexibility and strength. Modifications suggested and props used when needed. $5/donation per class. Hindu Cultural Center of CT (HCC), 96 Chapel St, Stratford. 203-521-0359. HCC.Yoga.Wendy@ gmail.com. HCCYoga.org. Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. First Thursday. All welcome. Share and experience Reiki. Please join us while we enjoy a peaceful, powerful night of healing. Hosted by Gigi Benanti, Reiki Master/Teacher. $20. Unity Center of Norwalk, 3 Main St, Norwalk. 203-852-1150. AngelHealReikiGigiB@snet.net. AngelHealReiki.com, UnityCenterNorwalk.org.

Mindful Movie Nights – 7:15-9:30pm. Fourth Thursday. Inspiring movies, documentaries, Ted Talks, new ideas, conversation and more. $9. Yoga Space, 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-809-4409. VeronicaMarr4@gmail.com. YogaSpace-CT.com/Events.

friday Releasing The Heart Qigong – 9:15-10:15am. Monday and Friday. Practicing Releasing the Heart has the power to bring about peace by removing distinctions between people, and reducing conflicts and quarrels. It is a uniquely carefree and vigorous form. $25. Barefoot Living Arts, 85 Mill Plain Rd, Bldg V, Fairfield. BarefootLivingArts.org. Reiki Share – 9:30-11:30am. First Friday. With JoAnn Inserra Duncan, MS, RMT. Practice Reiki in a small group setting. Share experiences and help each other develop in a safe, fun environment while providing a wonderful, relaxing, rejuvenating experience. $20. Registration required. Turning Point Healing Arts and Education Center 100B Danbury Rd, Ste 101, Ridgefield. 203-438-3050. TurningPointReiki.com. The Monroe Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm. Shop at a seasonal farmers’ market that offers fresh, Connecticut Grown produce, baked goods, prepared foods, seafood, eggs and more. Free weekly entertainment and activities for children and families. Free. Monroe Town Green, 7 Fan Hill Rd, Monroe. 203-452-2800. Info@MonroeFarmersMarket.org. MonroeFarmersMarket.org. Discussion with The Higher Realms – 7-9:30pm. Last Friday. Bring your heartfelt questions and receive the wisdom of The Ascended Masters and The Divine Feminine specifically for you as channeled by Ginny Brown. $45. Address provided upon registration. HeartAndHealing@hotmail.com. GinnyBrown.net.

saturday Find Your Edge Yoga – 9-10am. With Pauline Koinis. For yoga practitioners. A chance for yoginis and yogis alike to get a Saturday morning groove on; where laughter, challenge and heart all meet on the mat. $18/class; $16/senior. Valley Spirit Cooperative & Wellness Center, 6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot. 860-619-2788. Info@ValleySpiritCoop. com. ValleySpiritCoop.com. Gentle Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation – 9:3010:45am. Relax, release and flow into wellness in beginner/level 1 yoga classes with work on mindfulness practices, breathing techniques, alignment, flexibility and strength. Modifications suggested and props used when needed. $5/donation per class. Hindu Cultural Center of CT (HCC), 96 Chapel St, Stratford. 203-521-0359. HCC.Yoga. Wendy@gmail.com. HCCYoga.org. Mahasati or Insight Meditation – 10-11:30am. Learn how to live your life more skillfully through the development of self-awareness and mindfulness, simple practice that can be easily incorporated into daily life, and discover the benefits of becoming more present. 203-244-3130. Info@ReddingMeditation.org. ReddingMeditation.org.

Spondylitis Support Group – 11am-12:30pm. Last Saturday. Led by Dr. Andrew Cummins, naturopathic physician. Having lived with the chronic inflammatory disease Ankylosing Spondylitis for the last 18 years, Cummins understands what living with chronic pain and limited mobility is all about. Group provides education, empowerment, understanding and support. Free. Shalva Clinic, 8 Lincoln St, 1st Fl, Westport. 203-916-4600. DrCummins@ShalvaClinic.org. ShalvaClinic.org. Spiritual, Psychic and Healing Fair – 11am-4pm. First Saturday. Would you like a second opinion on your life issues, or a personal message from a departed loved one? Are you curious about your purpose in this life, or seeking a bit more direction and focus? Come join us. $35+. Albertson Memorial Church, 293 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich. 203-637-4615. Info@AlbertsonChurch.org. AlbertsonChurch.org. Yoga Advanced Studies 2018 with Karen Pierce – 1:30-3:30pm. First Saturday. Ongoing training for students who want to expand their practice. Different topic each month. $39/single session; $339/10 sessions. Yogaspace, 78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel. 203-730-9642. Info@YogaSpace-CT.com. YogasSpace-CT.com/Events. Monthly Healing Circle – 4-5:30pm. First Sunday. With Susan Gagliardo, LPN, RM. Whether you are in need of healing or a healer wishing to share your gifts for the highest good of others, this group is for you. Everyone is welcome but you must pre-register. Free; $10/suggested donation. Acupuncture Works, 132A St, Rte 37, New Fairfield. 845-494-0090. Reiki4Wellness@aol.com. AcupunctureFeelsGood.com. Open Mic Night – 7-9pm, 3rd Saturday. Bring music printed out in your key and Kenneth Gartman will accompany you at the piano for your moment at the microphone. Comedians, poets, writers and musicians welcomed as well. Unity Center of Norwalk, 3 Main St, 2nd Fl, Norwalk. 203-855-7922. Office@ UnityCenterNorwalk.org. UnityCenterNorwalk.org.

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72 North St, Ste 100A, Danbury 914-362-8315 DrKurt@earthlink.net HudsonValleyNaturalHealth.com Naturopathic and Chinese medicine for acute and chronic disease, including acupuncture, botanical medicine, cupping, moxa, homeopathy, nutritional and lifestyle counseling, mind-body medicine, ecotherapy and functional lab testing. Helpful for muscle/ joint pain and headaches, autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, mental health, boosting immune function, balancing hormones, tobacco addiction, and stress reduction. See ad, page 37.

INGRI BOE-WIEGAARD, LAC Fairfield, Wilton, Bethel 203-259-1660 CTAcupuncture.com 25-year full-time practice

Ingri’s treatments help alleviate pain, depression, neck and back, anxiety, headaches, stress, allergies, asthma, arthritis, digestive, menstrual, infertility, smoking, and weight-loss issues. See ad, page 49.

JAMPA STEWART, MSOM, LAC Board Certified Acupuncturist Valley Spirit Wellness 6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot 860-619-2788 ValleySpiritCoop.com

Concierge care for those suffering from pain, internal disorders, menstrual issues and menopause, infertility, depression and anxiety, insomnia, addiction, fatigue, tune-ups and more. Facial rejuvenation/ cosmetic acupuncture also offered. See ad, page 19.

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APOTHECARY CENTRE FOR NATURAL HEALING 35 Wall St, Norwalk 203-857-0202 CentreHealingCT.com

Modern-day apothecary offering tinctures, teas, essential oils, and professional supplements. Services include custom herbal compounding. Our wellness boutique features items for wellness, beauty and home, as well as artisanal items including jewelry, healing crystals and ceremonial items for sacred ritual.

AYURVEDA NEERU KAUSHIK, ND, MS ACU, MS, MA Institute for Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Therapies 805 Kings Highway East, Fairfield 203-331-9111 DrKaushik@AyurvedicInstituteCT.com AyurvedicInstituteCT.com

A combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a CMYK 1, 99, 1, 0 unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constituCMYK tion (dosha), a plan may include 58, 79, 0, 0 supplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. See – Bold ad, page 38. Aleo CMYK: 72, 66, 65, 79 P R O X I M A N O VA – S E M I B O L D

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The NeuroEdge Brain Performance Center Full Color Division of Whole-Body MedicineOne Color 501 Kings Hwy E, Ste 108, Fairfield 203-371-8258 • TheNeuroEdge.com The NeuroEdge is dedicated to keeping your brain sharp and high-functioning. We treat head injuries and brain traumas—such as concussion and stroke—as well as help athletes, students and businesspeople improve their performance. Learn and view our cutting-edge neurotherapies at TheNeuroEdge.com. See ad, page 2.


898 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield Offices in Ridgefield and Newtown 203-438-4848 Info@DrRoseann.com • DrRoseann.com Advanced Bio-Regulation (BRT) is a unique approach to health and wellness that uses Biofeedback and PEMF-based Electromagnetic Technology to help the body better self-regulate, adapt and heal naturally. It is used for chronic pain, depression, anxiety, hormonal issues, Lyme, etc. See ad, page 40.



True Health Family Chiropractic 7365 Main St, Stratford 203-923-8633 TrueHealthCT.com As a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Dr. Braglia has received advanced training in Pediatric Adjusting and Prenatal Care, including the Webster Technique. We are proud to serve patients from all over Fairfield and New Haven Counties with our unique and gentle approach to health care.


ALBA THERMAL IMAGING LLC Safe, painless early detection 71 East Ave, Ste D, Norwalk 203-856-1421 AlbaThermalImaging.com

Thermography can detect breast disease at its earliest stages and monitor and assess pain in any part of the body. Safe, painless, non-invasive, FDA registered.


914-921-LIFE (5433) LifelineHygienics.com Experience and personalized service you can trust. The finest in colonic irrigation and personal care. Serving the tri-state area since 1993.



501 Kings Hwy E, Ste 108, Fairfield 203-371-8258 WholeBodyMed.com

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Breast cancer screening with medical-grade thermography is safe and noninvasive. We are pleased to have ThermaScan, the world’s premier source for the analysis and reporting of medical thermology, available at our health center. Early detection matters. See ad, page 2.

Good health depends as much upon how well we eliminate wastes from our bodies as it does upon how well we eat. Our physiciansupervised colonics promote relief from a variety of disturbances by gently cleansing the colon and opening our body’s natural detoxification pathways. See ad, page 2.

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Dr. Sian James, DAc, LAc, LMT, RYT Offices in Fairfield County 203-987-6585 AcuBlend.com AcuBlend will serve your healthcare needs by blending the art and science of wellness. offering acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, Gua, Sha, Tui Na, massage therapy, movement therapies, herbal medicine and much more. See ad, page 37.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY/ ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE VINCENT FRASER, CST, CAT, SEP Craniosacral Therapy, Alexander Technique, Somatic Experiencing Greenwich and Norwalk 203-570-2059 Vincent@VincentFraser.com

Vincent offers paths to wholeness which lead to resolving pain and trauma, ease of movement in one’s body and life, and a fuller conscious embodiment.

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction. ~Anne Frank 64

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Western Connecticut State University Christel Autuori, RDH, RYT, MA, Director 181 White St, Danbury 203-837-8559 WCSU.edu/IHHS The mission of the IHHS is to provide the University and Greater Danbury area with an opportunity to engage in and explore different aspects of holistic and integrative health through programming and instruction. Programs include Wellness Wednesday lunchtime workshops, monthly meditation program, lecture series, health wellness and fitness fair. See ad, page 9.

WORKSPACE EDUCATION 16 Trowbridge Dr, Bethel 203-409-2028 WorkspaceEducation.org

Workspace Education is a vibrant community of parents, K-12 students, educators and professionals. With an authentic culture and the freedom to design custom educations, Workspace delivers not only on the foundational literacies, but also enables students to pursue their passions. See ad, page 3.


Transformative Healing • Tarot 203-856-9566 BethLeas.com TLCTarot.com If not now, when? Inspire change on all levels—greater physical ease, emotional freedom, peace of mind and spiritual connection. 20 years of intuitive healing experience  with adults and children of all ages. Reiki, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Tarot. See ad, page 51.

SOUL HEALING JOURNEY, LLC Eilis Philpott 40 Livingston St, Fairfield 203-767-5954 Eilis@SoulHealingJourney.com SoulHealingJourney.com

Eilis is a certified Rebirther having completed Rebirthing and Advanced Rebirthing training. She is a certified Soul Language practitioner and is certified in Akashic Field therapy. She is a Reiki Master in Usui/Raku-kei Reiki and Angelic Reiki. She is an approved teacher for 13th Octave LaHoChi. A transformational healing session supports you in healing all aspects of your life. See ad, page 20.


Functional Medicine and Integrative Care LLC 15 Bennitt St, New Milford 860-354-3304 TSachsMD.com Using Functional Medicine, Dr. Sachs prevents and treats chronic illnesses by addressing their underlying root causes, remaining respectful of the uniqueness, complexity and intuitions that make us human. Trained at Mt. Sinai Medical School and Yale University Hospital in Internal Medicine, in 2003 she opened Functional Medicine and Integrative Care LLC. She has great success with IBS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune problems, toxicity and more, by creating individualized, realistic and comprehensive Personalized Wellness Plans. She consults in her New Milford, CT office, and also by phone or video using telemedicine.

HEALING ACID REFLUX HEALING ACID REFLUX NATURALLY Susan Berman, Med, CHHC 860-670-4152 Susan@HealingAcidReflux.com HealingAcidReflux.com

I work with health conscious individuals to help heal their acid reflux or GERD to avoid further damage and prevent esophageal cancer. Find your unique food and lifestyle triggers. I work with groups or 1:1 through a virtual classroom so you can be anywhere to take the program.


Metaphysical Shop and Healing Space Sherman Village, 670 Main St S, Woodbury 203-586-1655 TheRubyTreeCT.com Rocks and crystals, magical objects, singing bowls, herbal candles and more. Local artisans, an array of holistic practitioners, a monthly Mystical Market fair, regularly scheduled psychics/ mediums/intuitives, yoga, meditation, and workshops galore—all to enhance the health of your mind, body and spirit. See ad, page 36.

HEALTH COACH MARY GILBERTSON WELLNESS Mary Gilbertson, MS, BSN, CHHC Licensed RN, Nutritionist and Certified Health Coach 500 Purdy Hill Rd, Ste 2, Monroe 203-521-4733 MaryGilbertsonWellness@gmail.com MaryGilbertsonWellness.co

Using the concept of “Food as Medicine” to create your customized nutrition and lifestyle plan for whole living. Working one-on-one, in groups and in corporations to develop customized healthy lifestyle plans. Works with patients on metabolism and weight loss, detoxification, gut health, cancers, inflammatory conditions and stress management.


Licensed and Insured In-home Cooking Services 203-559-8946 • CleanFood4UrType.com As a Board-Certified Health Coach by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and member of the Unites States Personal Chef Association, Eliana’s passion is her clients’ success. She has been serving CT for over 15 years, and is now offering new services including short-term detoxes, meals to freeze, dinner parties, cooking classes, personalized coaching programs and seminars. See ad, page 29.

HOLISTIC DENTIST DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 914-214-9678 • HolisticDentist.com

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our website to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad, page 51.


Mark A Breiner, DDS 501 Kings Hwy East, Ste 108, Fairfield 203-371-0300 • WholeBodyDentistry.com Mark Breiner, DDS, is a pioneer and recognized authority in the field of holistic dentistry. His patients have found solutions to baffling, unresolved and seemingly unrelated dentalrelated health problems. He is the author of the award-winning book, Whole-Body Dentistry. See ad, page 2.

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544 Riverside Ave, Westport DavidLondonMD.com Contact@DavidLondonMD.com 203-557-6574 David London, MD, honors emotional, spiritual and biochemical individuality to assist healing psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. Sophisticated genetic and lab testing help identify underlying causes. Treatment may include acupuncture, psychotherapy, EMDR, herbs, vitamins, nutrients, lifestyle changes, medication. See ad, page 7.


Thea Litsios, CHy Locations in Norwalk and Stratford 203-693-1493 • HealingTreeWisdom.com Use the power of your whole mind to transform your life: Hypnosis for weight loss, smoking cessation, stress relief, and past life review. Certified teacher of Active Dream work. Individual dream consultations available, as well as workshops and monthly Dream Groups. See ad, page 18.

MIND-BODY TRANSFORMATION Diane Bahr-Groth, CHy, TFTdx 1177 High Ridge Rd, Stamford 203-595-0110 MindBodyTransformation.com

Fast, effective methods for weight, stress, fear, pain, smoking, etc. Certified Hypnotherapist, Thought Field Therapy, Time Line Therapy, NLP and Complementary Medical Hypnosis, since 1989. See ads, pages 13 and 49.


Optimal Health Medical LLC 111 High Ridge Rd, Stamford 203-348-8805 • DrSobo.com Advances in Regenerative Medicine allow Dr. Sobo to offer cutting-edge technologies such as PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatments and adult stem cell therapy. Dr. Sobo’s integrative approach addresses a variety of conditions such as: food allergies, Alzheimer’s/ dementia, chronic fatigue syndrome, weight loss, hormonal health, fibromyalgia, anti-aging medicine, and MTHFR-Genetic Mutation. See ad, page 43.



Ken Hoffman, DACM, LAc, Medical Director 31 Old Rte 7, Brookfield 203-740-9300 • INM.Center Using naturopathic and Chinese medical principles, we get to the source of your health concerns. Diagnostic methods include functional testing such as advanced bloodwork analysis, cardiovascular testing, hormone evaluation and thermography. Our customized treatment program includes acupuncture, herbal and nutritional medicine, diet and lifestyle counseling and more. Most insurance accepted.

WHOLE-BODY MEDICINE LLC Adam Breiner, ND, Director David Brady, ND, CCN, DACBN David Johnston, DO Elena Sokolova, MD, ND 203-371-8258 WholeBodyMed.com

Using state-of-the-art science combined with holistic medicine, our caring integrative physicians correct underlying imbalances and address issues which may interfere with the body’s ability to heal itself. We treat many conditions including Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, immune disorders, allergies, thyroid conditions, pain, neurological conditions, stroke, concussion, ADD/ADHD, depression, insomnia and more. We offer hyperbaric oxygen, neurofeedback and neurotherapies, osteopathic medicine, functional medicine, IV nutrient and chelation therapy, energetic medicine, homeopathy, Japanese Reiki, nutrition, colonics and detoxification, enhanced brain, athletic, scholastic performance, and more. See ad, page 2.


Purveyors of Positivity 51 Ethan Allen Hwy (Route 7), Ridgefield 203-431-2959 • TheAngelCoop.com A unique lifestyle boutique featuring the first Shungite room in the U.S., The Angel Cooperative has products and experiences designed to care for your body and soul while also offering beautiful and healing goods for the home. We offer a regular schedule of workshops, meditations, classes, and other holistic and spiritual events. See ad, page 18.

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Dr. Randy Schulman, MS, OD, FCOVD Locations: 6515 Main St, Trumbull • 203-374-2020 444 Westport Ave, Norwalk • 203-840-1991 2600 Post Rd, Southport • 203-255-4005 1425 Bedford St, 1M, Stamford • 203-357-0204 CTEyeCareAssociates.com We offer behavioral optometry, comprehensive vision exams, contact lenses and vision therapy. See ad, page 16.

LYME DISEASE HEALING JUSTIN SPELLER, CHP, CST Source Energy Healing 617-435-7798 HowtoHealMyLyme@gmail.com HowtoHealMyLyme.com

I am creator of a unique Lyme Disease healing protocol. I specialize in working with clients on inner growth work and soul-centered transformation.


Enlightenment Center, Integrative Wellness Therapies 100 Danbury Rd, Ste 102, Ridgefield Additional location in Greenwich 203-525-5830 S.Light@mac.com • SenLightenment.com Advanced manual lymphatic drainage therapy is applying specific techniques to support, pre and post operative surgical procedures, detoxification, the immune system, neuro fascial release, the glymphatic system and the brain. This is supportive of both neural and cognitive functioning. See ad, page 10.


2900 Main St, Ste 1A, Stratford 203-345-7747 JiivaCenter.com We offer Traditional, Thai Massage and Prenatal massage. At Jiiva Massage, our goal is to provide our clients with a variety of experienced therapists and modalities to choose from. Our hope is to provide you with an assortment of different techniques so you can find what works best for your individual needs. See ad, page 25.

ROBIN ORDAN, LMT, LCSW, CICMI Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Practitioner Old Greenwich/Stamford 203-561-8535 RobinOrdanLMT.com

Robin has been providing massage and Reiki for over 15 years. Specializing in Swedish, pregnancy, trigger point, injuries and infant/child massage instruction. Sessions are individualized to meet your needs. See ad, page 15.

MEDITATION CENTER FOR MINDFULNESS & INSIGHT MEDITATION 9 Picketts Ridge Rd, West Redding 203-244-3130 ReddingMeditation.org

We teach and practice Mahasati meditation. Mahasati meditation cultivates self-awareness through attention to the movement of the body and, at more advanced levels, to the movement of the mind. No prior meditating experience is necessary. Ongoing weekly meditation classes, retreats and events. Please check monthly event calendar or visit ReddingMeditation.org for updated information.


6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot 860-619-2788 ValleySpiritCoop.com Meditation can be easier to master than you think. Taoist, Buddhist and generic meditation. Beginners and experienced practitioners both welcome. See ad, page 19.


Nicole Fevrier Davis 646-739-7879 • MindBodyMastery.org Nicole Fevrier Davis adeptly and professionally combines the science of wellness with the language of our souls to attain successful outcomes. Nicole’s personal training unlocks body wisdom and speaks to her clients’ needs on several levels. See ad, page 14.


Whole-Body Medicine LLC 501 Kings Hwy E, Ste 108, Fairfield 203-371-8258 • WholeBodyMed.com Dr. Adam Breiner has helped patients with a wide variety of neurological conditions—including stroke, concussions, TBIs, ADD/ADHD, depression and anxiety—as well as seeing patients for enhanced sports, scholastic and workplace performance. His center was the first facility in the country to offer the powerful combination of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and neurofeedback. Dr. Breiner also has natural and cutting-edge approaches for the treatment of Lyme disease. See ad, page 2.

MARVIN P. SCHWEITZER, ND Wellness Institute 1 Westport Ave, Norwalk 203-847-2788 DrMarvinSchweitzer.com

Family Health Care using all natural therapies for 25 years. Acupuncture, bioidentical hormones, homeopathy, Chinese/Western herbs, allergy/ toxin testing, oxygen therapy, Meridian stress assessment, nutrition/enzyme therapies. See ad, page 23.


Ellen M Lewis, ND, Director 8 Lincoln St, Westport 203-916-4600 ShalvaClinic.org Dr. Lewis offers comprehensive holistic care for women including well-women exams, fertility, thyroid and menopause support. CMYKShe also has a special 1, 99, 1, 0 interest in pediatrics and utilizes a variety of natural modalities when working with patients with ADD/ADHD, CMYK autism, allergies, eczema asthma. Treatments 58, 79, and 0, 0 include herbal medicine, functional medicine, biotherapeutic drainage, homeopathy and more. See ad, back cover.

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The NeuroEdge Brain Performance Center Division of Whole-Body Medicine Full ColorHighway E, Ste 108, Fairfield One Color 501 Kings 203-371-8258 TheNeuroEdge.com

A combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may include supplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. See ad, page 38.

The NeuroEdge is dedicated to keeping your brain sharp and high-functioning. We treat head injuries and brain traumas such as concussion and stroke as well as help athletes, students and businesspeople improve their performance. Learn and view our cutting-edge neurotherapies at TheNeuroEdge.com. See ad, page 2.



Lisa Singley, ND, MS 2103 Main St, Ste 2, Stratford 203-874-4333 Info@NHAWC.com • NHAWC.com We use advanced diagnostic testing with safe, effective, all-natural healing modalities and treatment options to treat acute and chronic conditions; restore balance; and treat the mind, body and spirit. Specialists in endocrine disorders, digestive issues, pain management and chronic fatigue. We offer comprehensive solutions to prevent illness and maintain optimal health for body, mind and spirit. See ad, page 19.

898 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield Offices in Ridgefield and Newtown 203-438-4848 Info@DrRoseann.com • DrRoseann.com We work with children, adolescents, teens, adults and families around a variety of issues with non-medication therapies. We provide brain-based treatments like neurofeedback, biofeedback, EFT, hypnosis, meditation, etc. Our staff provides non-judgmental support to help alleviate stress and promote wellness. See ad, page 40.

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OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIAN DAVID L. JOHNSTON, DO 158 Danbury Rd, Ridgefield 203-438-9915 OsteopathicWellness.net

Dr. Johnston has been providing gentle, holistic, hands-on osteopathic manual treatment and nutrition for over 20 years. Excellent for newborns, birth trauma, concussions, headaches, sports injuries, neck and back pain, digestive issues, brain support, stress, fibromyalgia, detoxification and weight loss, specialized bloodwork. See ad, page 21.




ROSEANN CAPANNA-HODGE, EDD, LPC, BCN, LLC 898 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield Offices in Ridgefield and Newtown 203-438-4848 Info@DrRoseann.com DrRoseann.com

Our highly trained and experienced therapists utilize a variety of brain-based tools and techniques that allow the CNS to calm down so one can address their issues without heightened anxiety. We specialize in pediatrics, parenting and supporting individuals with chronic issues. See ad, page 40.

ROBIN ORDAN, LCSW ECO CHIC SALON SPA & BLOW DRY BAR 16 Center St, Wilton 203-966-5655 EcoChicSalonCT.com

Eco Chic Salon Spa & Blow Dry Bar is committed to the healthy way of life so many people strive for each and every day. Mindful stylists are dedicated to the use of environmentally friendly products, including Eco Chic branded products, and alternative hair services with less toxic variations from the typical salon experience. Be well. Be beautiful. See ad, page 16.

Family, Child, Individual and Couples Therapy Old Greenwich/Stamford 203-561-8535 RobinOrdanLCSW.com

Robin has more than 18 years of experience working with families and children. Specializing in divorce, parent/child conflict, grief, attachment/bonding, child development and parenting. See ad, page 29.


PSYCHOLOGIST BEING CENTERED: PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, PLLC Westport and New York City 203-614-1089 Info@Being-Centered.com Being-Centered.com

Dr. Teresa Reyes Castillo and Dr. Anna Huff are two licensed psychologists aimed at helping others find their truth and the courage to follow their path. Their psychodynamic approach helps individuals to find a deeper meaning within their lives. See ad, page 31.

Coaching/Psychotherapy/Consulting Offices in Danbury and Ridgefield 914-572-3167 WellnessMetaphors.com Manage stress with relaxation techniques. Re-discover your creativity through writing and the expressive arts. Resolve trauma with EMDR, IFS or SE. Or book an experiential workshop! Nancy has over 20 years of experience with children, families, groups, adults and corporate wellness programs. See ad, page 37.

REIKI GIGI BENANTI, USUI REIKI MASTER Angelic Healing Center 7 Morgan Ave, Norwalk 203-852-1150 AngelHealReiki.com

Gigi is an experienced Reiki Master/Teacher. She offers all levels of Reiki training monthly. All classes and Reiki sessions include the latest techniques including Karuna, Angelic and Jikiden Reiki.


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2900 Main St, Ste 1A, Stratford 203-345-7747 JiivaCenter.com Berta Prevosti is a Usui and Karuna Reiki Master and has been practicing Reiki for over 20 years. We also have several experienced Reiki Masters and practitioners. We offer private Reiki sessions for physical and emotional pain. We also have ongoing Reiki classes that are taught in the traditional Usui method by Berta. See ad, page 25.


JoAnn Inserra Duncan, MS, RMT 100B Danbury Rd, Ste 101, Ridgefield 203-438-3050 TurningPointReiki.com TurningPointShare.com JoAnn uses intuition, experience and a deep spiritual connection in her Reiki, IET and Reconnective Healing sessions. Specializing in care for individuals with cancer, Lyme disease and back pain. All Reiki levels taught.

TAI CHI/QIGONG MINDFUL HEART TAI CHI Linda Dohanos Linda@mhtaichi.com MHTaiChi.com

With more than 20 years of experience teaching tai chi and qigong, I have developed a gentle, therapeutic exercise program for homebound seniors and seniors in rehabilitation. I teach to all levels and ages in a class setting as well. I also offer Reiki sessions. See ad, page 31.

JAMPA STEWART, MSOM, LAc Board Certified Acupuncturist Valley Spirit Wellness 6 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot 860-619-2788 ValleySpiritCoop.com

Develop physical and mental fitness and find a new harmony of the mind, body and spirit using ancient Chinese arts. Starting with basic movements, warm-up techniques and breathing exercises, you will learn a set of flowing natural movements done slowly with calmness, balance and awareness. Weekly classes, weekend workshops and retreats. See ad, page 19.

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Find balance and enhance the health and well-being of your body, mind and spirit through Reiki and massage therapy. Offering a holistic approach with tailored sessions to honor the specific needs and goals of the client.


Transformative Healing • Tarot 203-856-9566 BethLeas.com • TLCTarot.com If not now, when? Inspire change on all levels—greater physical ease, emotional freedom, peace of mind and spiritual connection. 20 years of intuitive healing  experience with adults and children of all ages. Reiki, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Tarot. See ad, page 51.


246 Federal Rd, Ste C23-A, Brookfield 203-826-2558 RSHolisticHealing@gmail.com RSHolisticServices.com RS Holistic Counseling, Coaching, and Healing offers Transformative Healing sessions in Brookfield. The sessions can be from one hour for pure healing sessions using a variety of methods including Reiki, guided meditations, crystals, essential oils specific to your needs. There is also a 1 1/2-hour session that consists of 45 minutes of coaching, and 45 minutes of transformative healing. See ad, page 15.


85 Mill Plain Rd, Fairfield 203-955-1955 BarefootMedicalArts@gmail.com BarefootLivingArts.org Barefoot Living Arts is a wellness center in downtown Fairfield that provides acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, massage, qigong, meditation, counseling, yoga and more. Our practice consists of two naturopathic doctors, a licensed massage therapist, a licensed clinical social worker and an advanced practice registered nurse. We strive to gently assist our patients to develop a deeper, more authentic connection with themselves.

HAUTE HEALING OASIS 792 Pacific St, Stamford 203-595-5304 Info@HauteSauna.com HauteHealingOasis.com

Haute Healing Oasis is Fairfield County’s premiere wellness spa. Featuring luxurious, private infrared sauna spa rooms, Young Living aromatherapy, chromo light therapy, BEMER physical vascular therapy, elite massage services as well as other holistic, safe, noninvasive healing modalities. Come and experience the HAUTE difference in health and wellness today. See ad, page 48.


Berta Prevosti, Usui and Karuna Reiki Master 2900 Main St, Ste 1A, Stratford 203-345-7747 • JiivaCenter.com Jiiva is in the business of building a community for yoga and healing. We offer yoga classes, a school of Reiki, private Reiki treatments, traditional massage therapy, Thai massage, meditation classes, workshops and community events. See ad, page 25.


590 Danbury Rd, Ridgefield 203-969-4327 SaltanaCave.com Fairfield County’s first and only therapeutic Himalayan salt cave provides relief from respiratory issues such as allergies, asthma, and side effects of smoking and pollution. Salt is naturally anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal. See ad, page 31.


787 Main St S, Woodbury 203-586-1172 NaturalSaltHealing.com Combining an array of natural therapies that have been used since ancient times with today’s technology, Salt of the Earth Spa provides a sanctuary for deep transformation, healing and grounding for mind, body and spirit. See ad, page 21.

SALT OF THE EARTH HEALING ARTS SANCTUARY/ATHENA HALL 346 Main St S, Woodbury 203-405-2241 203-586-1172

A space of calm and beauty, healing and restoration of the body and spirit, Salt of the Earth Healing Arts Sanctuary offers a tranquil place to refresh and renew in a house charged with the energy of old. Beautiful Athena Hall, inside the Sanctuary, can be rented to like-minded people for classes, workshops, lectures and special events. Heart and Home is a unique store in the sanctuary; a cozy place to shop, have tea, scoop and bag salts, purchase a variety of artisan goods.


1492 High Ridge Rd, Stamford 203-356-5822 SoulSynergyWellness111@gmail.com SoulSynergyWellness.co Soul Synergy Wellness offers a variety of aesthetic services and noninvasive techniques to support mind-body wellness. Services include anti-aging and oxygen facials with aromatherapy, Torc Plus bioelectric stimulation for muscle activation and weight-loss, infrared sauna and the DietMaster weight-loss program. See ad, page 9.

You will never win if you never begin. ~Helen Rowland

September 2018



Find Balance in the Autumn Equinox


by Michele Leigh

e start the month with the Sun in Virgo and the Moon in Taurus, an earthy, practical energy to kick off September. Our personal planets, Mercury and Mars, have completed their retrograde; they are moving forward again, which comes as a welcome relief to most. Saturn, our planet of structure and boundaries, completes his retrograde and begins moving direct on September 6. At this point, all planets that can be seen with the naked eye are moving forward again. This energy should inspire us to move forward with our plans. We have a New Moon in Virgo on September 9 at 2:01pm. In “yogastrology”, Virgo is connected to the nervous system, making this a good time to start a breathing or meditation practice that quiets the mind and soothes the nerves. Virgo is a competent, independent energy, however, we should remember that we cannot fix all problems and we must release the desire to do so. Mercury enters Libra on September 21, just a day before the Sun embodies this cardinal balanced energy. What we do and what we say should be in synchronization during this time. The Sun enters Libra on September 22, ushering in the Autumn Equinox. The word, “equinox”, comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night). At this point, the amount of darkness and light are equal to each other. This time of year has become connected to harvest and reaping the fruits of our labor. Here are three ways to honor the Autumn equinox: • Make a gratitude list of everything we are thankful for as a way of reaping our inner harvest. • Get outside and connect with nature. Visit an apple orchard or a pumpkin patch. • Restore balance in the home by doing a fall deep cleaning. Get rid of anything no longer needed to make space for the new season. We end the month with a Full Moon in Aries on September 24 at 10:52pm. This energy mirrors the dichotomy of the equinox. A Full Moon represents an ending while Aries encourages a new beginning. Use this energy to release something that no longer serves in order to make room for something new. Michele Leigh is an astrologer, author and yoga teacher. A practitioner of ancient techniques, she is an active member of OPA (Organization for Professional Astrology). Connect at DarkMoonAstrology@gmail.com. 70

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