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I must begin my publisher’s letter by confessing that do not know the first thing about parenting, never mind being a stellar parent, because I never had kids. I am in awe of all of you who have taken on this multifaceted, challenging role, particularly during these complicated times. Casey O’Brien Martin, a Boston-based expressive arts therapist admits that “Being a parent is hard.” One of her mantras for herself is “grace, gratitude and grit.” She gives grace to herself by forgiving herself for her parenting mistakes. She is grateful for her family and has grit to keep persevering with the intention and commitment of building a good life for her family. Whether you are a parent, are planning to become a parent or are a child of a parent (that’s all of us of course), our August feature article offers insights that can be of great value for everyone. Parenting experts share sound advice about how to help children develop skills to become more well-rounded through mindfulness activities, participating in the arts, healthy nutrition, exercise and connecting with nature, People of all ages can benefit immensely by applying these fundamental basics. When we are in balance, our relationships with others will improve as well. Developing a strategy for life balance has been a priority for me lately since I returned to the nursing profession on a full-time basis while continuing to publish this magazine. There has been a tendency for me to get caught up in the whirlwind multitasking, deadlines and responsibilities. I am well aware of the risk of losing myself if I go into reaction and getting caught up in the time famine trap of so much to do and not enough time—plus, the futile attempt of trying to control the uncontrollable. All of that is the antithesis of being present. Presence is experiencing life directly and authentically and is intimately connected to physical and emotional wellness. There is no sweeter experience than true presence. That being said, I took some notes while reading through this month’s editorial. Dr. Mark Mincolla, nutritional therapist and quantum energy healer speaks about unconscious reaction versus being consciously proactive in our August Wise Words interview. In his book he offers exercises at the end of each chapter to help us tap into our superconsciousness, which can help us let go of our negative thoughts and reactions and raise our feeling of presence. For me, walks in nature (especially in the evening at this time of year—love the symphony of katydids and crickets), swimming and reading at bedtime all help me feel more present and at ease. Walking and swimming raise my energy level, yet soothe my nerves. In our Fit Body feature on silent hikes, this state is referred to as “vibrant calmness.” Reading is a ritual that quiets my mind and induces restful sleep. I believe that any activity that brings you joy and calm will bring about a feeling of presence. I hope you enjoy the reads ahead in this issue as much as I did and take the time to explore the local events, classes and services being offered throughout these dog days of August (see our news briefs and community calendar). Wishing you joy during this last full month of summer!
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Avant Garde Hosts New Age Free Festival in Branford
n August 14 from 10 a.m. to 5p.m., the Doors Through Space & Time festival is celebrating enlightenment and awakening to higher consciousness at Avant Garde in Branford, Connecticut. The mystical and magical festival will have approximately 100 vendors; wellness services; vegan food; fair-trade, eco-friendly items; and new age and hand-crafted arts and crafts, jewelry, and clothing. There will be henna tattoos, CBD, CBG and CNN. The festival will also feature a psychic fair with mediums, astrologers and tarot readers in addition to live music from various genres. Two of the bands will be playing tribute to The Doors’ Jim Morrison. Avant Garde and All Things Zen once again brings to the community a peaceful gathering to celebrate our oneness. The festival is free admission and fun for the entire family. To register as a vendor, contact Ron at 203-481-8443 or AvantGardeCT13@yahoo.com. See ad on facing page.
Lauri Ingram Offers Several Chakra Workshops in August
n August 9 from 6 to 7 p.m., Lauri Ingram is offering her Creativity to Support a Balanced Sacral Chakra event. This workshop will be held at Fertility Oasis in Wallingford, Connecticut. Join for an hour of creativity. The sacral chakra is the seat of creativity. You will create a sacral flag with affirmations. You will also talk about daily personal practices to support sacral health. On August 25 from 5-6 p.m., Ingram will talk about What are Chakras? online and in person Lauri Ingram in Bethany, Connecticut. Join her for an introduction to the chakra system. The energy centers can contribute to your overall well-being. If you are curious, this will be a great introduction. This session is free. Ingram’s next August workshop will be on August 27 online and in person in Bethany from 9 to 10 a.m. Join the Monthly Meditation Gathering as you explore a monthly meditation topic. Donations are welcome On August 28 from 3-4 p.m., also online and in person in Bethany, Ingram will focus on Meet Your Angels and Spirit Guides, a Cosmic Smashbook Event. Through a guided mediation, you will receive messages from your angels and guides, and then explore their meaning with Cosmic Smashbooking. No art experience is needed. For more information and to register, visit LauriIngram.com/Live-Events. See ad on page 29.
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iew artist Raheem Nelson’s Wander exhibit from the first week in July through August 13, 2022 at CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (CT DEEP) Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby, Connecticut. Each piece of this exhibit explores the act of travelling somewhere new. A virtual gallery of the artist’s work will also be posted on the Kellogg Environmental Center homepage on the CT DEEP website starting in July. At 2 p.m. on August 6, meet Nelson during a public reception. Registration is required for the reception through CT DEEP’s online calendar of events or contact Susan. Quincy@CT.gov for assistance. Nelson is a digital artist based in New Haven, Connecticut. He earned a BFA in Cartooning from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. While his background is in traditional cartooning, Nelson has since branched out to working exclusively with digital media. He specializes in portraiture, pop-art, cartooning and urban landscape art. Nelson is also an artist and teacher at James Hillhouse High School and the Creative Arts Workshop, both in New Haven Connecticut. The Kellogg Environmental Center, a facility of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. It is located at 500 Hawthorne Avenue off Rte. 34 in Derby. For further information or directions, email Donna.Kingston@CT.gov or call the Kellogg Environmental Center at 203-734-2513.
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n August 18 from 7-8 p.m., receive group energy healing and send healing energy to the world with Tong Ren Therapy at The Red Barn in Durham, Connecticut. Tong Ren Therapy is based on the power of our mind creating energy for healing. Using the hammer technique, we hit points on an acupuncture doll to focus the energy on a person. During the Tong Erik Harris Ren class, people will sit and receive energy. Three things will be tapped on for each person. Group energy healing will be received; distance healing will also be sent. This class also utilizes sound healing and has an inspirational reading at the end. Donations are accepted. The class will be held at The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St., Durham, CT. Chi for Healing is also presenting a forage walk with qi gong practice on August 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. This class will be foraging of the woods in Tynan Memorial Park to identify wild edible and medicinal plants/mushrooms of summer. The class will begin with opening qi gong exercises to help us get grounded and connected to the earth. This in-person group is limited to 15 people. If people want to tune in virtually, a Zoom link can be provided. The fee is $25 per person. We will also have bags and gloves available to pick up any trash that we may find in the park. For more information and to register, visit ChiforHealing.com.
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aking a healthy school lunch—that your child will actually eat—can be a challenge. On August 16 at 6:30 p.m., join the Holistic Moms Network’s New Haven County chapter as we discuss how we can make them healthier, varied and more attractive to our kids. The event will take place at Nate’s Plates (NatesPlates.net) in Milford, Connecticut.
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Fashion Industry Sustainability Campaigns Fall Short The Changing Markets Foundation, founded in 2015 and based in the Netherlands, discovered that environmental certification programs claiming to verify the sustainability of fashion brands facilitate “greenwashing” for the apparel industry. A recent report proposes the certification programs provide, at best, a “patchy promise of sustainability.” The organization’s analysis of voluntary efforts designed to reduce fashion’s growing environmental footprint found the efforts instead led to increased pollution, and are helping to solidify the industry’s reliance on nonrenewable resources. The report, which evaluated 10 of the most prominent sustainability certification programs for the fashion industry, states that fashion retailers are “lauded for working towards the reduction of plastic hangers, bags and other packaging, while their huge and growing use of plastic for clothes passes under the radar.” George Harding-Rolls, a campaign manager at Changing Markets and lead author of the report, says, “Waste increases, utilization of clothes decreases and reliance on fossil fuels increases, yet these schemes continue to exist and say that sustainable fashion is just around the corner. This is actually preventing us from taking the more systemic action that we need, such as more regulation and legislation.”
Abandoned Farmland Regeneration Can Mitigate Climate Change A new study, “Rural Land Abandonment Is Too Ephemeral to Provide Major Benefits for Biodiversity and Climate,” from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs published in the journal Science Advances analyzed the phenomenon of farmers worldwide moving to urban centers due to finances, conflicts or climate change. This rural outmigration is leaving hundreds of millions of acres of cropland abandoned, affording an opportunity for ecological restoration and carbon sequestration that could lead to a positive impact on the climate crisis if the land is allowed to regenerate. The report states, “Unless policymakers take steps to reduce recultivation or provide incentives for regeneration, abandonment will remain a missed opportunity to reduce biodiversity loss and climate change.” David Wilcove, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and public affairs at the High Meadows Environmental Institute, one of the co-authors of the study, says, “As people move from rural areas into cities, there is a chance for wildlife and the climate to gain ground, literally, as abandoned farms and pastures revert back to forests and grasslands.” However, he also notes, “Our work shows that this is not happening, because the abandoned lands are being rapidly recultivated.” Jesse Zheng/Pexels.com
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The enormous green blob of Amazon rainforest that dominates Brazil’s interior known as the “lungs of the world” has become a familiar topic of preservation. But there is another important region along the coast, the Mata Atlantica, that is fighting for its life against overdevelopment, where deforestation surged 66 percent last year. A report from SOS Mata Atlantica documents the loss of 53,479 acres of forest cover from November 2020 to October 2021, up two-thirds from the previous year based on satellite monitoring data, releasing around 11 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. SOS spokesman Luis Guedes Pinto says, “We weren’t expecting such a huge increase. We thought the Atlantic forest would be a bit more immune to the explosion of deforestation (in other parts of Brazil) as a region with more governance and policing.” Critics cite the government undermining environmental protection programs to benefit agribusiness. Since 2019, average annual deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon overall has increased by 75 percent from the previous decade, according to official figures. “Research shows the Atlantic forest is one of the biomes that will have to be urgently restored if we are to reach the goal of holding global warming to 1.5 degrees C in line with the Paris climate accord,” says Pinto. 10
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Summer is the ideal time to break bread with loved ones, toss a Frisbee and celebrate the great outdoors, but too many of us believe that picnics require single-use plastics. In the name of convenience and easy cleanup, we bring plastic plates and cutlery, a stack of disposable cups and even a plastic tablecloth. When our fun in the sun is over, an avalanche of nonbiodegradable offenders ends up in landfills to pollute our environment and waterways. It’s time to level up our picnicking game by going plastic-free. With a little planning, simple swap-outs are easy and less costly in the long run. Here are a few tips. Serve Homemade and Bulk Foods: Instead of processed goodies like chips and candy that come in plastic packaging, guests will love Mom’s gluten-free brownies and mixed nuts from the bulk aisle. Bring a chef’s knife and portable cutting board to slice fresh vegetables and a watermelon from the farmers market rather than precutting and stowing them in Ziploc bags. Employ Reusable Containers and Bags: The same eco-friendly carriers we use at home can be taken to picnics, including cloth shopping bags, stainless steel food containers, beeswax wraps, Mason jars, reseal-
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RAISING A WELL-ROUNDED CHILD PRACTICAL WAYS TO BUILD LASTING LIFE SKILLS by Marlaina Donato
hildhood is a time of magical discovery and a training ground for adult life. Yet today’s world introduces unprecedented problems that can challenge a child’s bedrock: escalating violence including mass shootings, bullying, social media pressure, environmental crises and cultural conflict, not to mention the COVID-19 lockdowns. For kids to develop the solid foundation they will need in these trying times, a powerful approach is a full-spectrum one that rounds out their experiences and skills, while instilling confidence and resilience. It includes a broad-based education, artistic and cultural exploration, experiences of diverse cultures, training in mind-body tools, healthy eating habits and connecting with nature. These facets enable children to cope, adapt and thrive in a changing world. It gives them the necessary building blocks for the rest of their lives, which has an invaluable return for all of us now and for future generations.
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Boston-based Casey O’Brien Martin, an expressive arts therapist and author of Skills for Big Feelings: A Guide for Teaching Kids Relaxation, Regulation, and Coping Techniques, defines a well-rounded child as “one who is balanced in the many different areas of their life: socially with friends and by having their own interests and hobbies; physically by being active and eating nourishing foods; emotionally by accepting and acknowledging their feelings and using coping skills to deal with uncomfortable or stressful situations.” Encouraging kids to try new things—and allowing them to experience failure—affects how they respond to life. “Well-rounded children are flexible in their thinking toward changes in schedule or environment, have been exposed to boundaries and as they mature, can apply their different experiences to their understanding of safety, social skills, fundamental learning and communication,” says April Christopherson, an
occupational therapist and owner of Exploration Kids Therapy, in Gunnison, Colorado. Kids keenly observe and try on adult behavior, and in this practice lies tremendous potential. “One of the very best things parents, caregivers and educators can do is to model healthy coping skills. Just telling kids what to do is not enough. We need to walk the talk, too,” Martin says. Attaining family balance is key to avoid overscheduling and feeling overwhelmed, especially if prompting kids to follow their bliss. Integrating mindfulness techniques like meditation, yoga and sensory engagement into a household’s everyday routines can help to fortify emotional stability when kids experience rough waters. “When kids learn to focus on their breathing, it helps to bring their attention to the present moment. By practicing mindfulness daily, these practices become second nature, and kids are able to tap into them whenever they need to. By teaching children these tools at a young age, we are planting seeds that they will be able to grow and cultivate throughout their lives,” says Maura Bradley, founder of Bee You Yoga and Mindfulness, in Manasquan, New Jersey. The author of Mindfulness For Kids In 10 Minutes A Day emphasizes that mindfulness can be a formal or informal practice, can involve the entire family and does not require a lot of time. It can be as simple as taking a moment each morning to connect with each other, notice the weather or play an “eye spy” game on the way to school. Christopherson concurs: “I suggest a child practice meditation, breathwork and mindfulness, first together with a parent or caregiver to get familiar with the practices, and then practice the techniques during non-stressful times.”
The Colors of Learning Focusing on grades with a one-size-fits-all educational model poses many problems, and changing times demand a broader, more vibrant paradigm. COVID-19 lockdowns brought radical changes to the classroom, and more than ever, parents are opting for a more holistic approach with various methods of homeschooling or whole-child curriculums like those offered at Waldorf, Sudbury and Montessori schools. Alternative learning presents the world as a laboratory, goes beyond math, reading and science, and endorses characterbuilding immersion in community, compassion and culture. “Montessori learning stresses the beauty of nature,” says Ruth Tencati, a Montessori teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Geography, music, art and practical life skills are taught. Ideally, each child is given lessons that balance learning in all areas and at the right time for each child’s level of skill and curiosity.” Students are given peace education, “where they are encouraged to think of others, as well as themselves, and to see themselves as part of a community of learners,” she says. Tencati views technology as an ally when it is used to deepen students’ understanding of lessons, but believes it should never be used as a pacifier. Familiarity with the arts is key to a well-rounded view of life, but the number of school-based arts programs has been declining since 1980 due to a heavy focus on standardized testing. To assess August 2022
Food for Life Giving a child lifelong tools includes instilling a healthy respect for good health. Positive eating habits have been shown to boost academic performance and lessen the potential for speech and language acquisition delays. Research on laboratory animals by the University of Georgia in 2021 published in Translational Psychiatry showed that sugar consumption in adolescence diminished learning capacity even into adulthood, possibly due to imbalances in gut bacteria. “Hundreds of studies identify nutrition as one of the most critical factors in the development of robust brains,” says Lorie Eber, a holistic nutritionist in Orange County, California. “Consumption of whole foods such as eggs (choline), oily fish (omega-3 fatty acids), vegetables (folate and antioxidants), beans (zinc) and Greek yogurt (gut health) are vital for the healthy development of children’s brains in the first years of life.” Nutrition has a measurable impact on psychological health, she says. “Diets high in refined sugars and saturated fats increase the risk of kids developing hyperactivity and ADHD. Children who skip breakfast have difficulty concentrating and low moods, which detract from learning.” Eber encourages children’s participation in meal planning and food preparation, as well as weekly excursions to farmers markets, to experience the colors and tastes of local produce. “All of these things will lay the foundation for your children to develop a healthy relationship with food. That is a rare gift in today’s food-centric society.”
Connecting to nature is not only good for growing bodies, but also for self-image. A 2018 systematic review of 35 studies published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health shows time spent outdoors positively impacts young people’s mental health. Research conducted by the Institute of Education at University College London drives it home even further: Primary school children that connected with nature in brief Wildlife Trust programs felt better about themselves and experienced more posiNew Haven/Middlesex
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TAKEAWAYS FROM CHILDHOOD EXPERTS
SOME SOUND STRATEGIES FOR CHILD-RAISING
n Expose kids to different cultures and countries to broaden their horizons and instill compassion and tolerance.
n Encourage unstructured playtime, spontaneity and social
interaction, while allowing kids to also value solitude and the enjoyment of their own company.
n Foster creativity with such strategies as simple arts and
crafts, keeping a nature journal, taking up a performing art, taking virtual museum tours or learning about the history of an art form.
n Schedule time in nature for fresh air and plenty of physical activity.
n Don’t overthink parenting. Like children, parents learn as they go, and it’s a collaboration.
n Cheer effort more than ability. Instill their striving for per-
sonal excellence without adding any expectation or pressure.
n Practice self-care and be an example of what living a healthy, joyful life looks like.
n Provide a predictable, low-stress routine; encourage participation in household chores and enforce boundaries.
tive relationships with their teachers and classmates. Adding to Mother Nature’s feel-good benefits, exercise during childhood and adolescence, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lowers the risk of depression, improves academic performance and reduces the risk for chronic diseases later in life. In the end, parenting is about doing our best for our children while being human. “Being a parent is hard. One of my mantras for myself is ‘grace, gratitude and grit,’” muses Martin. “Giving grace to myself by forgiving myself for my parenting mistakes, being grateful for my family and having grit to keep persevering and working hard to build a good life for my family.” Each parent’s formula might be different, but the basics never get old. “Let a child experience life! Give them opportunities to get into nature, play with non-toy items, interact with animals and support their curiosity,” advises Christopherson. “Be safe, but let your kids be kids.”
n Teach children a sense of gratitude. n Provide kids with tools to manage everyday emotions with
simple mindfulness practices, calm breathing and engaging the senses.
n Encourage children to express themselves and communicate their feelings and needs.
n Teach kids that good health is wealth.
the impact of art on children, Rice University researchers ran a randomized controlled trial in 2019 with 10,548 students enrolled in 42 schools in the Houston area. They found that students that participated in the arts at elementary and middle school levels improved their writing skills, increased their compassion for others and were less likely to misbehave in class. In lieu of school-based art programs, kids can learn from virtual tours designed specifically for them by the Louvre, the Van Gogh Museum and other outstanding art museums. For a fun dive into history, the British Museum, Boston Children’s Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History bring the past to life with online “field trips” just for kids. When kids learn about other cultures, religions, languages and belief systems, it increases their capacity for empathy and the ability to see different perspectives, a trait often found in successful adults. To introduce kids to an expanded worldview, families can enjoy a weekly ethnic meal, go to local heritage festivals and celebrate the holidays of different countries.
Change Your Words Change Your Life by Christy Whitman
resist the temptation to complain, and focus instead on the clarity that’s been born within you. Ask yourself, “What do I want to experience in this area of my life, and how would I like this situation or relationship to look and feel?” Then make a commitment to speak always in favor of what you desire, never in contradiction to it.
he words we speak are never neutral, because language doesn’t simply describe reality. It creates it. With every word we utter, we’re either speaking into existence a reality we desire or actively creating a reality we dread. We cannot speak about being broke and attract prosperity. We can’t complain about feeling abandoned and attract great love. We can’t criticize everything that’s wrong with a situation and simultaneously invent its improvement. We can only focus on one reality at a time—what we want or the absence of it—and the words we speak moment-by-moment are an indication of which way we’re leaning.
WORDS SUMMON CREATIVE ENERGY When we say, “It shouldn’t be like this,” “Life is hard” or “Why can’t I get what I want?” we set into motion a powerful stream of unwanted energy. If you’ve ever watched one person’s negativity amplify the negativity in others, you understand this firsthand. Fortunately, the reverse is also true. We all have the ability to choose our thoughts, our perceptions—and our words—on purpose. When we change the way we speak about our life, we reclaim the power to change its trajectory. Here’s how to go about it: Use Unwanted Experiences to Clarify Your Desire Every unwanted experience presents you with a fundamental choice: You can complain about all that appears to be going wrong, or you can focus on what you now desire. In any uncomfortable circumstance,
Break Your Desire into Its Essential Form Behind every desire—big or small—is a longing to experience a certain feeling. If life has shown you that you want a better job, a bigger house or a fitter body, try to identify the emotional payoff you believe you’ll receive once this goal is realized. Do you believe you’ll experience a feeling of pride or satisfaction, or one of serenity or freedom? Use as many words as you can conjure to describe the energy you’re reaching for. Invite the Essence of Your Desire into Your Life As you connect with the energetic essence of your desire in each important area of your life, allow yourself to identify the thoughts, the attitudes—and the words—that would align you with this energy. In other words, if you had already attained everything you’re now striving for, what types of conversations would you be having with yourself and with others? Have these conversations now. When you shift your language, you shift everything. Celebrity coach Christy Whitman is The New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Having It All and Taming Your Alpha Bitch. She is founder and CEO of the Quantum Success Coaching Academy and creator of WatchYourWords.com, a free, 30-day, language training program. August 2022
Mark Mincolla on the
Healing Power of Our Superconsciousness
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How do you define consciousness?
Consciousness is the essence of presence. What we think is empty space in the universe is actually filled with consciousness. While we understand the presence of our physical stuff and our ego, we have a harder time understanding our reductionistic self, the stuff that is reduced to the essence of energy. That’s what the soulful being of our consciousness is.
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How do you define superconsciousness, and how does it help us experience healing and create miracles? It’s a trance state we can attain if we go deep within ourselves through meditation into the delta frequencies, and then visualize that we’re blending that higher realm of consciousness into the universe like a raindrop entering the ocean. By doing this, you arrive at the place where miracles exist.
or 40 years, nutritional therapist and quantum energy healer Mark Mincolla, Ph.D., has integrated ancient Chinese energy healing techniques with emerging nutritional science in what he calls Electromagnetic Muscle Testing, an approach that zeros in on each individual’s unique dietary needs. He has authored seven books, including The Wu Way, The Tao of Ch’i and Whole Health. In his most recent work, The Way of Miracles: Accessing Your Superconsciousness—and an accompanying documentary film of the same title—he shares his experiences, documented research and exercises to cultivate our natural ability to heal and create miracles.
There’s nothing to create. It’s like being in a field of fruit. The abundance is there, you just have to go where the abundance is.
How can we develop and tap into our superconsciousness? My book has exercises at the end of each chapter. One of my favorites is looking into the pupils of your eyes in the mirror for 10 minutes straight, uninterrupted. In doing that, you will feel the essence of your presence. That is your superconsciousness.
Do we cause our own illnesses? I think we play a role in that process. Many people are cultivating ease and healing themselves. A lot of people are unconsciously cultivating “dis-ease”. Your choices are to be consciously proactive, which is healing, or unconsciously reactive, which is disease-producing. There are two possibilities related to the energy of consciousness: flow or resistance. When we’re in resistance, we can spend so much time in negative, reactive situations. The more negatively reactive we are, the less flow
and the more resistance we encounter and produce. The more consciousness that we proactively cultivate through deeper, more intentional meditation, the higher the consciousness we internalize and manifest. It boils down to what you’re doing. Are you spending your time producing illness or producing wellness?
How did you cure yourself from Lyme disease? It started the night I had a bad fall and was paralyzed on the bathroom floor for 14 hours. My spirit became really challenged and really elevated and engaged. It was time to take inventory and to confront myself about my quality of life. During that horrible process, that trauma, I made an unconditional commitment to write this book, make this film and do whatever I had to do to get my messages out there, which is the reason I was put on this planet. From there, I tapped into natural medicines and foods to help me recover. I’ve helped 60,000 people over the last 40 years, so I can help myself, you know? And I did.
What should more people realize about themselves? That they have far greater power and far greater access to remarkable outcomes than they are aware of. You’re born in this culture, automatically surrendering to the establishment. You surrender to the medical and pharmaceutical establishments. As a little kid, you get a sore throat, and your mom takes you to the doctor for antibiotics. There’s a lot of doctoring and not enough healing in the world. As I say in the film, compassion is the key. My patients come to me and they’re really heartbroken, sick and broken down, diseased. They’ve been so bottled up—so much depression, so much pain, so much suffering. The doctor makes it worse—doesn’t help anything. So I feel like we’re working at a very different, compassionate level for the patient to be whole, soulful, spiritual, emotionally tapped in. We strive to be concerned, to be loved and to both diagnose and treat at a high frequency.
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Take a Silent Hike TIPS FOR WALKING MINDFULLY IN NATURE by Sheila Julson
ilent hikes offer an opportunity to be immersed in nature and quiet the internal chatter that too often consumes our daily routine. Wesley Trimble, communications and creative director of the American Hiking Society, has observed a growing interest in ecotherapies such as silent hikes that meld solitude and mindfulness with outdoor recreation. “Just getting out into nature, no matter where you are, is a great way to enjoy its beauty and focus on the experience,” he says. When heading out on a silent hike or walk, in a group or alone, in a park or around the neighborhood, Trimble recommends taking long, deep, deliberate breaths. This allows the body to relax and focus on moving through space while being aware of sensory experiences. Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton takes a quiet hike every day. The author of One Square Inch of Silence has traveled the globe for four decades in search of quiet, natural spaces in which to record ecological soundscapes such as crashing ocean waves or the snowy crickets of Washington State. “Opening up in a naturally quiet place in nature or the wilderness lets you become physically healthier, mentally clearer and more in touch with what you really want,” he says. Hempton suggests that a silent hike begin with listening, which for mammals is a primary way to gather information: “Any event creates a sound, and that sound carries information about that event.” When heading into a natural area, he recommends listening for the furthest sounds and focusing on the faintest ones. “Then listen to the whole place and notice what you feel. There’s nothing you need to say, but everything you need to hear.”
According to Hempton, it takes less time to enjoy the benefits of a silent hike than people might imagine. “Even five minutes can produce huge relief,” he says. “Don’t make it a stressful thing. Recognize how much time you have, give it that and notice how you feel.” Advice for silent wilderness experiences can be found at the website of Quiet Parks International (QuietParks.org), a nonprofit that Hempton co-founded which is dedicated to preserving quiet in the wilderness.
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Author and nature educator Joseph Bharat Cornell affirms that silent hikes help instill a sense of vibrant calmness. He created an outdoor learning strategy named Flow Learning, which is highly recommended by the U.S. National Park Service. It incorporates playful experiences into wellness walks to lessen internal dialogue and sharpen intuitive perception. His book, Sharing Nature: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages, includes activities like the Silent Sharing Walk. “Teams of three people walk along and don’t say anything, but look and enjoy together,” he explains. “When you see something intriguing, gently tap the others on the shoulder, point and look together, and then quietly move on.” The Trail of Beauty exercise encourages hikers to consider quotations like George Washington Carver’s “If you love it enough, anything will talk with you.” Participants explore trails to find something captivating that relates to the noteworthy words. Cornell advises to not use quotes that are too philosophical, because that can lead to internal dialogue that takes focus away from nature. Group hikers can use the Nature In Me exercise to develop points of awareness. After finding a captivating spot outdoors, participants sit down and rest their hands palms-down on their thighs, allowing awareness to flow from one observation to the next. Lightly press a finger on the leg for each noticeable observation—a passing cloud, chirping birds or the splash of a river otter. Cornell advises against slipping into passivity, because then the mind tends to wander. The Sound Map activity encourages hikers to take paper and pencil on a silent hike. “Close your eyes and cup your hands around both ears and listen for a sound,” Cornell explains. "Mark an X at the center of your paper to represent where you are. Then make a simple symbol to represent your sound and its location. This encourages people to listen and focus.” Trimble cautions that silent hikes can increase the chances of an animal encounter, so it’s important to remain aware of surroundings at all times. Silent hikes can also help wildlife. “One of the components of ‘leave no trace’ is the respect of wildlife,” he says. “Many studies show the impact of noise pollution on different types of ecosystems. Silent hikes let us enjoy nature without disturbing wildlife.”
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Sustainable Shellfish SUPERFOOD OF THE SEA by April Thompson
he perfect food may not be underfoot, but rather, underwater. It’s delicious, fast-growing, nutritionally dense, sustainably produced, locally available from coast to coast and comes in nature’s own sturdy packaging. “Shellfish is the most sustainable protein on the planet. There are no antibiotics, no pesticides, no fertilizer and no feed needed to raise shellfish,” says Bob Rheault, executive director of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, which represents 1,500 shellfish farmers from Maine to Florida. Shellfish is a nutritional powerhouse, providing proteins, essential amino acids, long-chain polyunsaturated fats, vitamins and carotenoids. The drastically shorter life cycle of shellfish compared to other farmed seafood also means shellfish producers can generate more food more quickly. Shellfish also offer many ecological benefits; they filter the water, remove excess nutrients and create habitat for juvenile fish, Rheault says. A single oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day, according to the Oyster Recovery Partnership, an organization that restores reefs in conjunction with a shell recycling network of restaurants and public drop sites across the mid-Atlantic region. Ray Hilborn, a biologist and professor at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, in Seattle, has compared the relative environmental costs of different food sources, including grains, poultry and imitation, plant-based meats. He has found that farmed shellfish, specifically mollusks like oysters, clams and mussels, provide the lowest impact protein of them all. “Shellfish has a very low carbon footprint and enormous yield per area,” he
“Shellfish has a very low carbon footprint and enormous yield per area.” Ray Hilborn says. “Mussel farms, for example, are pretty much just ropes hung from rafts, with no changes to the ecosystem or loss of biodiversity, as compared to agriculture.” Bivalve shellfish like clams and oysters are mainly sourced from farms because wild stocks are largely depleted due to overharvesting, habitat loss and other contributing factors. “Somewhere around 90 percent of mussels and oysters on the market are farmed,” Rheault says. “If you see perfect-looking oysters at the raw bar, you know they are farmed. Out of the wild, they can look gnarly.” Restorative aquaculture, which produces seafood using scientific principles that enhance coastal environments, may be one of the best opportunities to restore ecosystems while feeding the Earth’s growing population, according to a report from The Nature Conservancy. However, Hilborn points to “the impact of food, not just how it’s grown, but how it got to you.” Processed shellfish has a bigger carbon footprint, so it’s ecologically desirable to look for fresh, local options whenever possible. Local production has a culinary benefit, too. “Every waterway has its own unique ‘merroir’, or flavor, that comes from the local environment. The differing levels of salinity and minerality, among other things, can lead to a very different flavor,” adds Rheault. While there is only one dominant species of oyster on the East Coast, there are three varieties found on the West Coast and dozens more around the world, each with different flavor profiles, according to Rheault; oysters also have differing flavors throughout the year. “Fall oysters have a rich, full flavor; they can be skinny in the spring. I like them in winter best of all.” Perry Raso, owner of the Matunuck Oyster Bar and Farm, in Wakefield, Rhode Island, and a leader in the growing shellfish farming industry, grew up digging littleneck clams as a youngster. He earned a graduate degree in aquaculture before launching and growing a multifaceted business, including a restaurant, a seven-acre oyster farm and an organic vegetable farm. He raises and sells more than 1 million mature oysters a year and also supplies 5 million seed oysters to other aqua farmers. Voted one of the top 20 seafood restaurants in the country by Time Out, Matunuck Oyster Bar serves several shellfish delicacies, including a classic oyster stew made with rosemary broth, scallop ceviche, quinoa crab salad and oysters on the half shell with a cucumber passionfruit gazpacho. The menu also features “vegan scallops” made from seared king oyster mushrooms. Rheault’s favorite way to eat an oyster, though, is simply with two drops of lime. “The lime knocks out your salt receptors and allows you to really taste the other flavors,” he says. “Grilling is another great way to introduce people to oysters. You don’t even need to shuck them; the grilling firms up the meat.”
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YIELD: 4 TO 6 SERVINGS ¼ cup vegetable oil 2 large onions, chopped fine Salt and pepper ¼ cup water 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 bay leaves 1 tsp dried oregano ⅛ to ¼ tsp red pepper flakes 1, 28-oz can whole peeled tomatoes, drained with juice reserved, chopped coarse
1, 8-oz bottle clam juice 1½ lb skinless halibut fillet, ¾-to 1-inch-thick, cut into 6 pieces 1 lb littleneck clams, scrubbed 1¼ cups dry white wine 4 Tbsp unsalted butter 1 lb mussels, scrubbed and debearded ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley Extra-virgin olive oil
Any firm-fleshed, ¾-to 1-inch-thick whitefish (such as cod or sea bass) can be substituted for halibut. Discard clams or mussels with unpleasant odors, cracked shells, or shells that won’t close. If littlenecks are not available, substitute Manila or mahogany clams, or use 2 pounds of mussels. If using only mussels, cook them all at once with the butter and wine for 3 to 5 minutes. Serve with sourdough or rustic bread. Heat vegetable oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onions, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring frequently, until onions begin to brown, 7 to 9 minutes. Add water and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are soft, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in garlic, bay leaves, oregano and pepper flakes, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes and reserved juice and clam juice, and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Submerge halibut in broth, cover and gently simmer until fish is cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove pot from heat and, using slotted spoon, transfer halibut to a plate, cover with aluminum foil and set aside. Bring clams, wine and butter to boil in a covered 12-inch skillet over high heat. Steam until clams just open, 5 to 8 minutes, transferring them to pot with tomato broth as they open. 22
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BASIL GRILLED OYSTERS Oysters, freshly shucked BASIL VINAIGRETTE: 2 cups basil 1 small shallot 1 clove of garlic Dash of red pepper flakes ⅔ cup of olive oil 4 Tbsp champagne or red wine vinegar
This seafood soup, popularized by Italian immigrants in San Francisco, offers up an appealing assortment of fish and shellfish in a tomato-based broth.
Stir parsley into broth and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide halibut among serving bowls. Ladle broth over halibut, making sure each portion contains both clams and mussels. Drizzle with olive oil and serve immediately.
In a blender, combine and process the basil vinaigrette ingredients. Top freshly shucked oysters with a dash of the vinaigrette and place on the grill for 5 minutes at medium-high heat. Before removing them from the grill, sprinkle on some grated pecorino Romano cheese. Source: Deja Knight McMillan
SAUTÉED MUSSELS 4 cups mussels ½ oz extra-virgin olive oil 1 oz chopped yellow onion 1 oz chopped fresh garlic 1 oz white wine 1 oz Pernod (licorice liqueur) Juice of one freshly squeezed, whole lemon 1 oz chopped, fresh basil
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Once all clams have been transferred to a pot, add mussels to skillet, cover, and cook over high heat until mussels have opened, 2 to 4 minutes, transferring them to pot with tomato broth as they open. Pour cooking liquid from skillet into pot, being careful not to pour any grit from skillet into pot. Return broth to simmer.
Heat the oil in sauté pan. Add mussels and dome with a second sauté pan. Once all mussels have opened, add the onions and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent. Add white wine and bring to a quick boil. Add the Pernod and cook until the alcohol has burned off. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice and basil. Bring to a boil and remove from heat, transfer to a bowl and enjoy. Source: Matt Schwab, Beal’s Lobster Pier
The Greening of Packaging CLEANING AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS GO ECO
by Sheryl DeVore
ealth-conscious consumers have been purchasing home cleaning and personal care products with nontoxic ingredients for years. Now they’re demanding these products come in environmentally friendly packaging that reduces waste and plastic use. “It’s green movement 2.0,” says Tim Murphy, CEO of BranchBasics.com, a Minneapolis company that sells nontoxic cleaners. “First there was the green movement 1.0 to eliminate the toxins from the conventional products like bleach. Now green 2.0 is about the removal
of plastic and waste reduction.” Today, consumers can find refillable, concentrated cleaning products; ecolaundry sheets; reusable cleansing face pads; eco-toothbrushes made of bamboo; zero-waste toothpaste bits; plastic-free, refillable deodorant; and refillable lipstick. These and a host of other innovative products designed to be healthy and ecofriendly are available online via manufacturers’ websites or Amazon.com, and can also be purchased at certain big-box stores like Target.
Consumer Demand A December 2020 Mintel Trends survey showed nearly all of the internet users 18 and older that shop for household items say brands should consider the environment when creating packaging. Many respondents said they wanted products that had easy-to-recycle packaging and were refillable to reduce waste. “There’s a clear preference for lightweight packaging, plastic-free packaging, refillable and reusable products,” says Danielle Jezienicki, director of sustainabil-
“There’s a clear preference for lightweight packaging, plastic-free packaging, refillable and reusable products.”
WHAT’S NEW IN ECO-MANUFACTURING AND PACKAGING
REFILLABLE LIPSTICK: One billion lipsticks are discarded worldwide annually. Now consumers can purchase refillable lipstick containers made with biodegradable bamboo and recyclable aluminum, among other eco-friendly materials. Refillable containers are meant for the same shade, so users will need a different case for each color.
ity for San Francisco-based Grove Collaborative, an online retailer of eco-products. “It makes sense, because 90 percent of the weight of most cleaning and personal care products you buy consists of water and packaging. The formulated ingredients are a small fraction. It saves money. There’s growing awareness of this.”
Shipping Water “It’s really expensive to be shipping water all over the country,” Murphy says. “It’s just extra bulk and extra weight, and the carbon footprint is much higher. If you take that water out, it’s lighter and smaller, so it’s better for the environment.” His company, BranchBasics.com, sells a concentrate that can be used as a laundry detergent, hand wash or bathroom cleaner by mixing it with water in a glass bottle at home. The concentrate comes in a recyclable plastic bottle and is shipped in cardboard, without plastic wrap or foam. In the past few years, Grove Collaborative, which sells nontoxic personal care and home cleaning items, has changed its packaging to be even more environmentally friendly, according to Jezienicki. “The company has vowed to sell products with zero percent plastic packaging by 2025,” she says. To that end, it has created a brand of hair, body, facial and hand care products that come in a concentrated bar with no plastic packaging. Its concentrated household cleaners, which can be used on floors, glass, tiles, tubs and other surfaces in the home, come in glass bottles, and consumers can use a glass spray bottle with a silicone sleeve to dilute the product with water.
Plastic-Free “In 2020, we avoided shipping more than 1.1 million pounds of plastic with our concentrated cleaners alone,” Jezienicki says. Grove sells products from other companies such as Seventh Generation if they are plastic-free, and has recently placed some of its products on the shelves at Target. Consumer Denise Monson Haberkorn, of Skokie, Illinois, welcomes these changes and says her friends call her the “plastics police”. She began ordering Tru Earth laundry detergent strips to replace the large plastic bottles of liquid detergent she was using, and she loves them so much, she’s been giving them away for friends to try. “The detergent strips are about three times the thickness of a Band-Aid. You put the strip in where you used to put in your regular detergent, and they dissolve,” Haberkorn explains, adding, “There’s no plastic to get rid of. Some people don’t think they can make a difference with their choices, but I think I can.” Sheryl DeVore is an award-winning author of six books on science, health and nature. Connect at SherylDevoreWriter@gmail.com.
TOOTHPASTE BITS AND TABLETS: Americans throw away more than 400 million empty toothpaste tubes annually. Now consumers can purchase bits and tablets of formulated toothpaste that go right in the mouth—simply bite down and start brushing with an eco-toothbrush made of bamboo. There’s also mouthwash and whitening bits, all packaged in glass bottles with compostable applicators. DEODORANT: Deodorant tubes are not easy to recycle because they’re often made of several types of plastic. Now consumers can buy a reusable deodorant case made of stainless steel or other eco-friendly materials and purchase refills, as needed. Companies are also making paperboard push-up deodorant containers that easily biodegrade, as well as organic deodorant cream refills. REUSABLE WIPES: Reusable wipes are becoming more common than disposable types. For babies, they’re often made of muslin and terrycloth, and can be tossed in the laundry. Reusable makeup wipes made of microfiber are also available. DOGGY POOP BAG: Even Fido is going green when it comes to packaging. Instead of using plastic bags to pick up dog waste while on a walk, consumers can purchase biodegradable poop bags made of corn, vegetable oils and other compostable materials.
calendar of events FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 Bats in the Park – 8pm-9pm. Come to the Nature Center and join us on a hike around the pond and through our trails to observe Connecticut’s native bats. You’ll get a chance to view them during their most active time in the park while learning about the different species of bats, their anatomy, diet, and overall importance to the ecosystem. Free. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 9 Creativity to support a Balanced Sacral Chakra with Lauri Ingram – 6pm-7pm. Join us for an hour of creativity! Our Sacral Chakra is the seat of creativity, and we will create a Sacral flag with affirmations. We will also talk about daily personal practices to support sacral health. Location: Fertility Oasis, Wallingford LauriIngram.com/live-events. Free Essential Oil Class with Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class! In person, 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford, to register please call 203-6317803, email Return2love3@gmail.com or visit Return2Love.com/workshops.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10 Every 2nd Wednesday White Time Experience – 6pm-8:30pm. All are welcome to participate in this exclusive round-robin style healing circle featuring White Time Energy and Gemstone healing. Everyone gets a turn on the table to receive White Time energy and the featured gemstone treatment of the month. Facilitated by Bradford Tilden. $30 Bring a buddy, two for $20 (each). Braulttree Wellness Center, Higganum. RSVP Bradford: 860-830-5841. BraulttreeWellnessCenter.com.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 Super Full Moon Meditation with Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8pm. Align w/new energies of this month’s Full Moon. Opportunities for letting go of the old and allowing spiritual energies to reach human hearts and minds. $25. In person or on Zoom, 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford, to register please call 203-631-7803, email Return2love3@ gmail.com or visit Return2Love.com/workshops.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 Couples Weekend: Opening communication and the Heart, allows the lightness of play and love to flow – (Aug. 13th- 14th). Remembering and nurturing the love you experienced at the beginning of your relationship can become covered over by; expectations, misunderstandings, with-held communications, unresolved hurts and disappointments. Come rekindle the connection, playfulness, romance, and love that brought you two together! Register at: Healingbear11@gmail.com or call 203-731-7755.
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Avant Garde in Branford hosts Doors Through Space & Time Festival – 10am-5pm. The Doors Through Space & Time festival is celebrating enlightenment & awakening to higher consciousness. Approximately 100 vendors, wellness services, vegan food, fair-trade, eco-friendly items, new age and hand-crafted arts & crafts, jewelry, clothing, henna tattoos, CBD, CBG & CNN. Also a psychic fair with mediums, astrologers & tarot readers in addition to live music from various genres. Two of the bands will be playing tribute to The Doors Jim Morrison. Avant Garde & All Things Zen once again brings to our community a peaceful gathering to celebrate our oneness. Free admission. Family-firendly. To register as a vendor, contact Ron at 203-481-8443 or email@example.com.
Forage walk with Qi Gong practice – 10am-12pm. This class will be foraging of the woods in Tynan Memorial Park to identify wild edible and medicinal plants/mushrooms of summer. Class will begin with opening Qi gong exercises to help us get grounded and connected to the earth! In-person group is limited to 15 people. If people want to tune in virtually a zoom link can be provided. $25 per person. We will also have bags and gloves available to pick up any trash that we may find in the park. Chiforhealing.com.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 Sonic Awakening – 6:30pm-8pm. Clear your mind and energy-field and raise your core frequency with this powerful sound journey with channeled voice, crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls and gongs. Space limited. $30 https://tinyurl.com/SonicAwake2022. $40 Cash at the door. The Center for Higher Living, 130 Webster Square, Berlin. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org. 860-830-5841.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17 Toning for Change: Vocal Toning Circle – 6:30pm-8pm. Learn to use your own voice to clear your body, mind, and soul of energy that no longer serves you. Feel the power of the group as we make sound for pure joy and healing. Bring a crystal bowl if you have one. More will be provided. If necessary, a crash course in toning with a crystal bowl will be given free of charge. $30 or Bring a buddy- Two for $20 (each). tinyurl.com/Toning4Change Walk-ins welcome. Serenity Room at Bridge Healing Arts Center, 304 Main St, Farmington. RSVP Bradford: 860-830-5841. email@example.com.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 Healing class for chronic illness and pain using Tong Ren Therapy – 7pm-8pm. Receive group energy healing and send healing energy to the world. Tong Ren Therapy is based on the power of our mind creating energy for healing. Using the hammer technique, we hit points on an acupuncture doll to focus the energy on a person. During the Tong ren class people will sit and receive energy. 3 things will be tapped on for each person. Group energy healing will be received and we will send distance healing also. This class also utilizes sound healing and has an inspirational reading at the end. By donation. Location: The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham. For more information, go to ChiforHealing.com.
FRIDAY. AUGUST 19 Read-Along the Beaten Path: Summer reading Program – 1am-12pm. The Ansonia Library and the Nature Center join forces for the last of this summer’s StoryWalks® ! Take your summer reading along Nature Center’s beaten book pages of a book will be displayed along our trails, combining movement and literacy in these fun events. Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org for this free program. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25 What are Chakras? – 5pm-6pm. Join Lauri Ingram for an introduction to our Chakra System, the energy centers can contribute to our overall wellbeing. If you are curious, this will be a great introduction! Session is free. Location: Online, or in-person Bethany. LauriIngram.com/live-events.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 Father & Daughter Bonding Weekend – (Aug. 27th -28th). For Daughters 7-16 years old. This weekend provides fathers and daughters with rich and playful experiences that creates a bond and memories for life! Register at: Healingbear11@ gmail.com or call 203-731-7755. Monthly Meditation Gathering with Lauri Ingram – 9am-10am. Join me as we explore our monthly meditation topic. Donations welcome! Location: Online, or in-person Bethany. LauriIngram.com/live-events. Lemurian Intuitive Natural Healing 2 – 9am6:30pm. (Sat & Sun August 27th – 28th). Explore multi-dimensional aspects of crystal and sound healing, shamanic energy-work. Gemstone layouts connect with animal spirit guides, ascended masters and angels, and deep chakra healing. Initiation and Certification. Class size limited to 6 people. $450 Register with a $50 deposit via Eventbrite: https:// tinyurl.com/LSINH2August2022 or contact Bradford. Braulttree Wellness Center, 415 Killingsworth Rd, Ste 9A, Higganum. BraulttreeWellnessCenter.com. 860-830-5841. email@example.com.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28 Meet your Angels and Spirit Guides, a Cosmic Smashbook event with Lauri Ingram – 3pm-4pm. Through a guided meditation, we will receive messages from our angels and guides, and then explore their meaning with Cosmic Smashbooking. No art experience needed! Location: Online, or in-person Bethany. LauriIngram.com/live-events.
SAVE THE DATE Mark Your Calendar – Register soon for the fall semester of Universal White Time Healing begins with the Level 1 Energy Healing Class the weekend of September 23rd-25th followed by the Level 1 Gemstone Healing Class the weekend of October 22rd-23rd. Find the full details at Linktr.ee/BradfordTilden.
sunday Sunday Guided Hikes – 1pm. Join a Nature Center guide on Sunday afternoons for fun, exercise, and learning about our trails! Free. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, 10 Deerfield Ln, Ansonia. Preregister: firstname.lastname@example.org.
monday Post Bariatric Support Group – 1pm. (Group held on Mondays). This therapeutic group is for those who have had bariatric surgery (at any time) and are looking for support in continuing the lifestyle. Location: Wolf Spirit Wellness and Counseling Center, LLC 670 Main Street South Suite B2 Woodbury, CT 06798. Please contact 203-263-3175 for more information or to reserve your space now. Meditation Monday – 6pm. Meditation can wipe away the day’s stress, bringing with it inner peace. If stress has you anxious, tense and worried, meditation can restore your calm and inner peace. And these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may help you manage symptoms. Free. The Center for Higher Living, 130 Webster Square Rd, Berlin. For more information: TheCenterForHigherLiving.com.
tuesday Family Organic Garden Class – 3:30pm. ANC will lead fun, family-friendly activities in our organic garden. Learn about growing a variety of fruits and vegetables. Dress appropriately; keep in mind you will get water and/or soil on your clothing. Free. with the potential to take home fresh local produce! Class size is limited to 10. Please register in advance at email@example.com. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, 10 Deerfield Ln, Ansonia.
wednesday Qi Gong with Toby Henst – 6pm. Qi Gong involves using breathing exercises to optimize energy within the body, mind, and spirit, with the goal of improving and maintaining health and well-being.Qi Gong has both psychological and physical components and involves the regulation of the mind, breath, and body’s movement and posture. $20. The Center for Higher Living, 130 Webster Square Rd, Berlin. TheCenterForHigherLiving.com.
Every 2nd Wednesday: White Time Experience – 6pm-8:30pm. (August 10). All are welcome to participate in this exclusive round-robin style healing circle featuring White Time Energy and Gemstone healing. Everyone gets a turn on the table to receive White Time energy and the featured gemstone treatment of the month. Facilitated by Bradford Tilden. $30 Bring a buddy, two for $20 (each). Braulttree Wellness Center, Higganum. RSVP Bradford: 860830-5841. BraulttreeWellnessCenter.com.
thursday The Caring Network: Free virtual support group through Microsoft Teams for adults who have lost a loved one – 6pm. (Thursdays, August 4 & August 18). Bridges Healthcare, 949 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford. Information about grief and loss; facilitated open discussion. Adults do not need to register. The group is facilitated by a Bridges counselor and is sponsored by Bridges Healthcare and Cody-White Funeral Home. For more information, please call the Group Facilitator, Brooke Torres M.Ed., at 203-878-6365 ext. 480. or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sound Healing Meditation – 6pm-7pm. (August 4 & August 18). Join Bradford Tilden every other Thursday for a deeply restorative and activating Sound Healing Meditation. He creates powerful sonic transmissions with his voice and crystal bowls for you to relax, recharge and release stress and unwanted energies from your body, mind, and field. Please Bring your own blanket, chair or yoga mat to sit on. Register via eventbrite: tinyurl. com/BridgeSoundBrad. Walk-ins welcome. $20. The Bridge Healing Arts Center, 304 Main St, Farmington. 860-404-2578, Bridgehac.com.
saturday Creature Features – 12pm. Come to meet our furry, scaly, and feathery animal ambassadors. You’ll have the chance to touch and hold them in this Free family program for all ages. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister at: email@example.com.
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HEALTH & LIFE COACHING YOGA & REIKI HEALTH & LIFE COACHING, YOGA, REIKI – Ananda Wellness LLC: Cyndi Mazzotta, certified Health & Life Coach, RYT 200, Pretzel Kid’s Yoga Teacher and Level 2 Reiki Practitioner. All sessions can be offered virtually or at The Red Barn in Durham, CT. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, FB: Ananda Wellness, IG: ananda_wellnessllc.
LYME DISEASE AMERICAN LYME DISEASE FOUNDATION – Dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment, of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. Lyme, Connecticut. Info: aldf.com. CT LYME RIDERS, INC. – Founded in 2007 by motorcyclists Sandy Brule & Tony Gargano. A 501(c) (3) non profit public charity aiming to bring awareness to the public about Lyme Disease. Events and information: 860-537-0255. CTLymeRiders.com.
PARKINSON’S SUPPORT PARKINSON DISEASE ASSOCIATION – Mission: “To Ease the Burden, To Find A Cure” for those with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers in CT. Education, support and socialization. 860-248-9200, CTapda.org.
community resource guide APPLIED KINESIOLOGY KC CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS Kevin Healy, DC 17 Woodland Road, Madison, CT 203-245-9317 KevinHealy@sbcglobal.net DrHealMe.com
CHANNELING YOUR WISDOM COACHING
Applied Kinesiology i s a n e u r o logical evaluation to find and treat dysfunction. Different because it addresses causes instead of chasing pains, Dr. Healy tests if a therapy alleviates dysfunction, finding immediate answers as to which provides the most improvement. Chiropractic, craniosacral, myofascial and acupressure are among the therapies Dr. Healy uses. Generally, no single cure exists as disease and dysfunction typically involve multiple areas of the body. The goal of any therapy—physical, chemical, or emotional—is to improve function; a combination of therapies typically yields the best results. See ad on page 19.
LAURA WERNICK DARC, CAC 203-850-5207 25 + years of experience Reiki Certified In-person and via Zoom
Together, using different counseling theories and tactics, we will explore and understand the obstacles holding you back from your best life. I use empathy, humor, and encouragement to guide and support you through this experience. Specializing in working with adolescents, adults, and families to address issues related to substance use/abuse, depression, and anxiety.
Lynda Mettler, ACC Life Transformation Coach Reiki Master Milford, CT 203-623-6066 Lynda@YourWisdomCoaching.com YourWisdomCoaching.com Combat anxiousness and overwhelm by embarking on a healing journey to discover your confidence, courage and selfcompassion. Transformation coaching with IFS “parts work” will help you get out of your head and into your life.
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Angela Amendola, LMT #004570 BOARD CERTIFIED #504545-06 North Haven, CT 203-435-5925 Angela@TheBlueBuddha.com TheBlueBuddha.com
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The Blue Buddha – Integrative Massage, exclusively for women. Offering individualized no-rush massage that balances your physical, emotional, and psychological wellbeing through the mindful application of Western and Eastern techniques. Inspired by years of meditative discipline, providing a deep level of sensitivity and awareness to assist individuals in achieving greater relaxation and healing. Pre and postnatal massage, grief and stress relief, injury and recovery, wellness and relaxation massage.
MASSAGE THERAPIST A MOMENT IN TIME MASSAGE, LLC Jill Andrzejewski LMT #9900, RMT & Psychic 3490 Whitney Avenue, Suite 205 Hamden, CT 203-909-1108 Jillamomentintimemassage@gmail.com AMomentInTimeMassage.org
I use a holistic approach to treat my clients—We work as a team, setting goals to move forward to get you where you wish to be physically, mentally and spiritually. My intention is to empower people to empower themselves. I am an advocate for gentle stretching, crystals and breath work to maintain a feeling of being grounded and calm. Services available: massage, 30-minute sessions for chronic pain management, Reiki, chakra balancing, angel tarot, oracle card readings, couples Reiki, foot baths with hand made all natural herbal ingredients, group events and classes. A Moment In Time Treasures items available for purchase. Sessions available by appointment only.
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SALT HEALING THERAPY WELLNESS CENTER SALT OF THE EARTH THERAPEUTIC SPA
787 Main St, S Woodbury, CT 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 transformations, healing and grounding for Mind, Body and Spirit.
My service provides transformative energy work helping clients resolve the traumas, pain, shame, and struggles of the past. They experience new self-value and mattering, feel more vitality, happiness and joy with which to enjoy life and dream the future.
SPIRITUAL COUNSELING LAURI INGRAM
696 Amity Road, Unit B-1 Bethany, CT 203-435-5650 firstname.lastname@example.org LauriIngram.com As an ordained interfaith/ interspiritual minister, I believe there is much to learn as we journey through life. It begins with openness, curiosity, and deep self-compassion. My commitment is to using my life skills, experience, and training to create safe and sacred space for self-discovery through various modalities, including meditation, crystals, color and art journaling.
UNIVERSAL WHITE TIME CRYSTAL HEALING BRAULTTREE WELLNESS CENTER
Roslyn N. Carrier-Brault MA, UWTH, CHT, RMT Three Oaks Plaza 415 Killingworth Road, 2nd Floor, Suite 9A Higganum, CT 860-344-9573 email@example.com BraulttreeWellnessCenter.com As a student and fellow Lightworker of Bradford W. Tilden, in 2020, Roslyn established Braulttree Wellness Center (BWC), where she, her husband, William Brault, and the subleasing practitioners offer Universal White Time hands-on healing sessions. Roslyn enjoys working with people and their pets, using a wide variety of holistic modalities, such as Lemurian Crystals, Crystal and Mineral Lays, Universal White Time Healing (UWTH), and Essential Oil. Roslyn is a gifted healer and empath, who has over 25 years of experience as a Reiki Master Teacher, who now exclusively works within the higher vibrational energy of UWTH. BWC provides a safe space that supports and meets each client where they are within their path of self-care and healing. Roslyn’s outreach services include intuitive pet care services and intuitive dog training, IntuitivePetCarellc.com and fine art photography, RoslynnCarrierBrault.com. Additionally, BWC provides a venue for fellow practitioners to offer small, safe wellness classes and workshops.
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community resource guide UNIVERSAL WHITE TIME CRYSTAL & SOUND HEALING CRYSTAL MUSIC HEALING
Rev. Bradford Tilden, MM, CMT, UWT 860-830-5841 info@CrystalMusicHealing.com CrystalMusicHealing.com Linktr.ee/BradfordTilden My goal is to empower you to develop spiritually and professionally. I offer sessions and teach certification classes in Universal White Time (UWT), Lemurian Intuitive, Crystal, and Sound Healing, transformational voice coaching, and guided visualization. I use these techniques, and more to help you to obtain authentic expression, empowerment, and transformation. You can purchase personally attuned crystals, through me. My clients and students gain a renewed clarity and a sense of purpose in working with me.
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Choosing B Well Thermography is a step in the right direction for Early Detection and Prevention. Thermography testing is a radiation-free, state-of-the-art screening procedure that captures heat images of the breast to aid in the early detection of cancer and fibrocystic breast disease. As a Health Coach, I use the holistic approach when working with patients to achieve optimal health. See ad on page 11.
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