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Our July issue themed Food Integrity and Natural Beauty is packed with editorial written by local authors, who share a wealth of information—and they live what they write about! Our features offer a lot of education, insights and helpful tips, so be sure to keep this issue at your fingertips to use as a reference, during this summer and throughout the year. A food system that is transparent, safe, nutritious and affordable is at the heart of food integrity. Inherent in it’s philosophy is a mission is to balance the science, ethics and economics of food production, which is based on the belief that consumers have a right to question where the food comes from, what’s in the food, who is producing it and how. Those who uphold the principles of food integrity also reject exclusivity—that is, they acknowledge that everyone is entitled to good nutrition, regardless of socioeconomic status. Fortunately, Connecticut is a state inhabited by an impressive number of food activists, many who have participated in our magazine. Our Community Spotlight article this month features Massaro Community Farm, (located in Woodbridge). The article author and Executive Director of the farm, Caty Poole, shares it’s history; resurrection in 2008; commitment to supporting the legacy of farming using sustainable methods; feeding neighbors in need (At least 10% of the farm’s weekly harvest is donated to local hunger relief agencies), and building community through outreach programs, events and hands-on education for all age groups. Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach Sharon A. See is leading the Health & Wellness Series at Massaro Community Farm, which began in May and will run through October. Read more about the farm (article begins on page 14) and details of the Health & Wellness Series (discussed in the Community Spotlight and also in our news brief section on page 7). This year, Massaro Community Farm celebrates a significant milestone: 100 years in farming! Speaking of anniversaries—Pure Alchemy Juice Bar Café in Wallingford is celebrating its one-year anniversary on July 16 (details of celebration event are on page 6). I am a big fan of their juices and smoothies, which are to die for! I love The Afterglow and Lavenberry Dream—and I always get a 2 ounce wheatgrass shot to go. Owner Colleen Morgan is the author of this month’s Conscious Eating feature: “Eating for Vibration,” a must read! In her article she includes a list of tips and high “vibing” foods to incorporate in your diet. Our Natural Beauty feature: “Sizzle This Summer: Natural Beauty Tips for Common Hot Weather Woes,” offers advice from several local skin, hair and health experts about natural remedies and foods to help keep you sizzling and beautiful all summer long! As in every issue, our news briefs, community calendar and local holistic practitioners/resources offer a rich array of events, classes, services and products to enhance optimal living—Indulge! Happy summer!

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n September 10 and 11, the Connecticut Bead Society’s Annual Bead Bazaar will be held at the Elks Lodge in Middletown. Event organizers still have several vendor spots available for the fall event. A wide selection of beading and jewelry-making components and supplies will be offered at the event, including gem quality and stone beads, seed beads, handcrafted lamp work glass beads, findings, stringing materials, kumihimo, porcelain beads, crystal beads, enameled beads, poly clay beads and focal pendants. The public will get a chance to vote in the annual bead challenge with entries from Connecticut Bead Society members. This year’s challenge is Analogous Colours in Wearable Art.

On September 9, a Shibori bracelet class will be given with lampwork glass demonstrations offered during the weekend. Part of the proceeds will go to the Southern State University Barbara Lynch Scholarship for Jewelry Students. Donations are $5 at the door, with a $1 off coupon available on line at To become a vendor, email For more information on bazaar details, updates and coupons, visit, or See ad on page 3.

Anniversary Party at Pure Alchemy Juice Bar Café


ure Alchemy is celebrating its first anniversary. Come celebrate on July 16 from noon to 4pm with giveaways, vegan food tastings, live music and more. Pure Alchemy opened with the intention to inspire and educate the community to introduce more whole, live foods to their diets, and have succeeded in doing so with their new menu this past January. It includes organic salads, house-made vegan dressing, wraps, nut burgers, rice bowls and more. Now, in July, they will be expanding their menu with more wrap items, nut patés and kelp noodle dishes. Several new juices, smoothies and protein shakes will be added to the menu. Owner Colleen Morgan is a metaphysical teacher who has expanded her passion into nutrition through her carefully crafted menu. Pure Alchemy is a full Colleen Morgan

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service organic café offering juices, smoothies, elixirs, tonics, entrees, superfoods and house-made desserts. All are dairy free and using only natural sweeteners such as raw honey, dates and maple syrup. For more information, visit or call 203-265-5000. Location: Pure Alchemy Juice Bar Café, 236 N. Colony Rd., Wallingford, CT. See ad on page 17.

Fresh from the Farm Workshops


assaro Community Farm of Woodbridge is offering a series of wellness workshops to help you make the most of the farm market season when fresh, local produce is abundantly available. Sharon A. See, a certified holistic health and nutrition coach and the owner of Vitalized Wellness in Shelton, will Sharon A. See offer you simple, fresh, healthy new serving and recipe ideas specific to the produce available at the time of each workshop. The next workshop is on July 20 at 6:30 p.m. See will also offer you practical, time-saving tips for cleaning and storing fresh produce to prevent premature spoilage. She will show how eating more locally available seasonal foods can be an affordable way to lose weight, improve your health and increase your energy and vitality. The suggested donation for each workshop is $10, but all are welcome. To reserve a seat, visit or call 203-694-5549. Location: Massaro Community Farm, 41 Ford Rd., Woodbridge, CT.

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ake advantage of Physical Therapy Services of Guilford’s free 10-minute structural assessments to determine whether or not gentle mobilization will help alleviate or eliminate your sinus problems by correcting a structural dysfunction. The complimentary free screenings will be held on July 14 and 19 from 1-3 p.m. and on July 20 from 4-5 p.m. in Branford, Connecticut. Frequent sinus infections and blockages are very common problems. While sinus infections can be caused by seasonal allergies, they can all be the result of a structural or cranial dysfunction of the bones of the skull. For reservations, call Physical Therapy Services of Guilford at 203-315-7727. Location: Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St., Branford, CT. See ad on page 31. natural awakenings

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Yoga Comes To The Sound Retreat


he Sound Retreat in Chester, Connecticut is presenting new yoga classes featuring live musical accompaniment. All classes are held on a large outdoor deck overlooking Cockaponset State Forest. Inclement weather classes are held indoors in the great room with large windows looking out into the forest. Reservations are highly recommended as classes fill early. Bring your own mat. Here are the classes already underway: •Tribal Yoga with live hand drumming on the first Tuesdays of each month at 10:30 a.m. and the fourth Thursdays at 6 p.m. •Sound Yin Yoga accompanied by the soothing sounds of crystal bowls, bells and chimes on the second Sundays of each month at 5:30 p.m. The Sound Retreat is a peaceful nature and wellness sanctuary nestled at the edge of the state forest in the Connecticut River Valley. For tickets and more information, call 860-322-4492 or visit Location: The Sound Retreat, 96 Cedar Lake Rd., Chester, CT.

Taking Your Holistic Business to Next Level with Free Publicity


he New Haven Chapter Holistic Chamber of Commerce’s business education focus this month is Getting Free Publicity, presented by Kathleen Schurman, editor of The Bethany Bulletin and owner of Locket’s Meadow Rescue and Sanctuary. The informational session will be held during their monthly business meeting, which takes place on July 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The meeting is free to Chamber members and interested first-time guests. The regular fee is $15. The Holistic Chamber of Commerce is an organization representing holistic professionals, practitioners and businesses. It is a community of like-minded individuals with the goal of helping to heal the world by empowering members to build their business through business education, networking and community events. For more information, visit or contact New Haven Chapter President Rosa Chyan at 203-228-1777 or Location: The Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Rd., Bethany, CT. See back cover ad.

Learning with Other Holistic Parents with Holistic Moms Network


he New Haven County chapter of Holistic Moms Network will host its monthly meeting on July 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Woodruff Family YMCA in Milford. Connecticut. Enjoy some tea, relax and have fun getting to know other holistic-minded people in the community at the Bring a Mug event. Attendees will discuss topics of interest using a question jar. Holistic Moms Network is a nonprofit support and discus-




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sion network that welcomes all people wherever they are on the holistic path in an environment that does not judge. The member chapter, open to the public, meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Woodruff Family YMCA, 631 Orange Avenue, Milford, Connecticut. Children are welcome. For more information, visit or Facebook. com/HMNNewHaven.

Dedication of the Peter H. Borgemeister Memorial Trail


he Branford Land Trust dedicated the Peter H. Borgemeister Memorial Trail, located in the Hoadley Creek Preserve on the eastern side of Branford, Connecticut. Borgemeister, a leader in woodland and wetlands conservation, was instrumental in the preservation of Beacon Hill and several parcels that make up the Hoadley Creek Preserve. He was a longtime member of the Branford Land

ite of his because of its impressive collection of huge glacial erratics. To hike the Peter H. Borgemeister Memorial Trail, park at the Hoadley Creek Preserve trailhead near the railroad overpass on Route 146. Hike north to the field, where you’ll see one of the new trail signs designed by Borgemeister’s son Alex. A trail map can be found at, under the Explore tab. Members of Borgemeister’s family joined Branford Land Trust members for a hike and trail dedication on May 7. Pictured (left to right): Holly White, grandson Peter Walck, son Alex Borgemeister, daughter Alison Walck, Robert Walck and Hairy the dog. For more information, visit

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hyme & Season will host a free talk on July 7 at 7pm with Nancy Boudreau, a certified holistic health coach with, yoga instructor and specialist in whole food eating plans. Learn why sugar is so detrimental to health, why artificial sweeteners are not the answer, and learn to identify hidden sugars in food. This is the first of a series of health and beauty talks during July, culminating in the 7th Annual Night of Beauty. Robert E. Messer will discuss essential oils on July 14, followed by the latest trends in skin care on July 21 with Debra Anastasio, ND. The Night of Beauty event on July 28

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Enjoy an Afternoon of Meditation and Kirtan


ne World Wellness & Yoga will present, One World Soul, an afternoon of meditation and kirtan on July 10 from 3-5:30 p.m. Jayaprabha brings her soulful angelic voice to the event and is accompanied by her band, The Joy of Sound, a diverse group of talented vocalists and musicians. Together, they create uplifing vocal harmonies and energetic instrumental rhythms to realign you with your spirit’s highest calling. Afterward, share in an ecology discussion highlighting the need for an integral approach to our current ecological crisis. Explore the potential of uniting the human spirit with the spirit of the natural world as a powerful healing force. To practice connecting more deeply with nature, you will also experience the Oneness Meditation, led by One World’s lead instructor, Christine Ucich, and her teacher, Taoist Master Hyunmoon Kim. Admission is $15 online or $20 at the door. To learn more or to register, visit Location: One World Wellness & Yoga Collective, 967 N. High St., East Haven, CT.


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Yoga Teacher Training in Middletown


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Enjoy Music, Food and Art at Soupstock


oupstock Festival’s 2016 music lineup brings 25 national and local touring acts and newcomers to the stage. The annual event celebrating music, food, and art will take place this year on July 9 from 11am to 10pm and July 10 from 11am to 8pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Shelton. Established in 2010, the Soupstock Festival offer arts, food and music as well as a safe interactive environment for children of all ages in the kids’ fun zone. Annual staples such as the Student Art Competition and the 7th Annual Pro/ Am Soup Cook-Off will be joined once again by the Chili Cook-Off which was a hit during its inaugural run last year. Adult admission costs $15 per day and is all inclusive. Kids 12 and under have free admission and this year there is no extra charge for the bounce house. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund, furthering art, craft and music education for children and young adults. For more information on the festival and competition submissions, visit or SoupstockFestival. For volunteer opportunities, email Location: Veteran’s Memorial Park, 38 Canal Street East, Shelton.

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ADHD Meds Weaken Kids’ Bones


new study announced at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that drugs prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can weaken bones in children during a time of critical growth. This study tested 5,315 kids between 8 and 17 years old and compared the results to a subgroup of 1,967. Each child was given a bone mineral density scan on the femur, femoral neck and lumbar spine. The children taking ADHD medications of Ritalin, Focalin, Dexedrine, Strattera and Vyvanese had lower bone mineral density in the femur, femoral neck and lumbar spine. At least 25 percent of the youngsters taking these medications were categorized as having osteopenia. According to a 2014 Express Scripts study, prescriptions of ADHD medications to children in the U.S. grew by 36 percent between 2008 and 2012.

Osteopathy Alleviates Low Back Pain


ore than 600,000 people undergo surgery for back pain every year, yet back surgery is often unsuccessful. Safer manual therapies provide a viable alternative, according to recent research. A study of 455 people with low back pain found that osteopathic manipulation therapy (OMT) helped with their symptoms. The research, published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, gave each patient six osteopathic manual therapy sessions or a placebo treatment over a two-month period. Patients were tested before and a month afterward to assess the success of the treatments, using pain severity and mobility as the main criteria. The research showed that those that started with higher disability scores of 17 or more prior to therapy had significantly less pain and more mobility. Patients with scores of seven or greater also improved, but not to the same degree. Lead researcher and Osteopath Dr. John Licciardone says, “Subgrouping patients according to chronic low back pain intensity and function appears to be a simple strategy for identifying patients that can attain substantial improvement with OMT. From a cost and safety perspective, it should be considered before progressing to more costly or invasive interventions.”

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Colorful Produce Slows Cell Aging


new study published in the European Journal of Nutrition finds that an increased intake of carotenoids, powerful antioxidants found in plantbased foods, is associated with slower aging. The research tested 3,660 U.S. adults and measured blood levels of five common carotenoids: alphacarotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, combined lutein/zeaxanthin and trans-lycopene. The researchers found that those with levels that were in the highest quarter had 5 percent to 8 percent longer telomeres compared to those with the lowest quartile of carotenoid levels. Telomeres are located at the ends of DNA chromosomes and get shorter as we age. Longer telomeres indicate greater longevity. Carotenoids are found in the yellow-to-red pigments in many yellow, red and orange foods. They are also contained in green foods where chlorophyll shields the yellow-red color. Alpha-carotenes are present in carrots, cantaloupes, mangoes, kale, spinach, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Beta-carotene is found in some of the same foods, and also tomatoes, apricots and watermelons. Beta-cryptoxanthin is found in papayas, apples and orange peels. Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in some of the same foods, along with kiwifruit, grapes, oranges, zucchini and squash. Some of the highest levels are in corn. Lycopene is in tomatoes, watermelons, papayas, apricots and other redto-yellow foods.

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New Numbers Confirm Global Overfishing The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has been collecting reports for decades on how many fish are caught in the oceans annually. However, those numbers don’t take into account smallscale, recreational and illegal fishing or the bycatch that’s discarded before boats return to harbors. A study published in Nature Communications increases the actual total world catch from 1950 to 2010 by 50 percent. Daniel Pauly, author of the University of British Columbia study, states, “The world is withdrawing from a joint bank account of fish without knowing what has been withdrawn or the remaining balance. Better estimates for the amount we’re taking out can help ensure there’s enough fish to sustain us in the future.” Based on official counts, global catches peaked in 1996 and have declined modestly each year. The decline isn’t due to less fishing or restrictions on certain fish, though. “It’s due to the countries fishing too much and having exhausted one fish after the other,” says Pauly. The findings also emphasize the value of fisheries to low-income people in developing countries. The next steps will require well-informed action to preserve this critical resource for people and for the planet.

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Scientists Increasingly Find It Dangerous According to a new meta-analysis of previous studies, Philippe Grandjean, of Harvard, and Richard Clapp, of the University of Massachusetts, concluded that DuPont Teflon, used for 50 years to make frictionless cookware, is much more dangerous than previously thought, causing cancer, birth defects and heart disease, and weakening the immune system. Even though Teflon’s harmful perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is no longer produced or used, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found it in the blood of more than 99 percent of Americans studied, because it can be passed from mother to unborn child in the womb. The researchers say that the federal government’s recommended “safe” level, set in 2009, is as much as 1,000 times too high to fully protect people’s health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has yet to set a legal allowable limit for its presence in drinking water.

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Massaro Community Farm Marks 100 Years of Farming by Caty Poole


arming operations have changed drastically over the last 100 years: mechanization, scale, specialized markets and modified crops. But while acres of farmland under production across the nation continues to decline, Massaro Community Farm in Woodbridge is a shining example of why we’ve seen a 22 percent growth in farms and farmers in Connecticut in recent years. We know from census records that John and Mary Massaro arrived in Woodbridge, Connecticut in 1916 to take up dairy farming and start a family. The property, now 57 acres, was originally just over 100 acres and supported a herd of dairy cows, a large contingent of chickens, a vegetable garden and fruit trees. The remaining son was persuaded prior to his death to deed the remaining acreage to the Town of Woodbridge under a conservation easement so that it would be protected from future development. In 2008, a group of Woodbridge residents received approval from the Board of Selectmen to renovate the property. “The town was seriously considering an alternate proposal to use the land for athletic fields and park land,” says Maria Kayne, a town resident and founding board member. “It was only after a teenager spoke up at a selectmen’s meeting, saying that today’s youth needs to know where its food comes from that the Board of Selectmen voted to approve the proposal to go forward


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with reviving the farming operation.” The new board of Massaro Community Farm, Inc. and volunteers raised enough funds to make the necessary infrastructure improvements—house renovations, installation of deer fencing and a greenhouse, and purchase of equipment—to allow farming to begin again. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro provided strong support, which helped the group secure a USDA grant that covered significant costs of the renovations. In 2010, Steve Munno was recruited to be the farm manager. Prior to coming to Massaro, Munno managed a 400-member community supported agriculture (CSA) model at the Food Project in Massachusetts. Munno has been key to the farm’s revival and success. The Massaro Community Farm operation currently grows enough vegetables on eight acres to support a 200-member CSA as well as two seasonal farmer’s markets. The farm also supplies vegetables and its signature organic strawberries to several restaurants that feature locally-grown produce, including Zinc, Caseus, Heirloom and Miya’s. In addition to reviving the farming operation, the founding board members felt it was important to maintain the legacy that a farm be an active community member. The primary pillar of the nonprofit farm’s mission is to donate at least 10 percent of its weekly harvest to local hunger relief agencies. Area recipients have included BH Care, The Salva-

tion Army, Jewish Family Services, Columbus House and CT Food Bank. The farm has donated more than 33,000 pounds of food to these agencies since 2010. The farm also holds several big events each year, including a plant sale each spring (featuring a Maypole Dance), an annual farm-to-table dinner each Labor Day weekend that routinely sells out, and a Family Fun Day each fall. While one of the primary reasons of reviving the farm was to create an inclusive space where people could explore nature and observe a working farm, one area that has seen surprising growth is farm-based education. Since 2012, the farm has been hosting farm field trips as well as adult workshops on topics related to organic and care. Sharon A. See, a long-time member of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, was picked to be Executive Director Caty Poole’s chamber ambassador when Massaro Community Farm joined the organization a year and a half ago. The two quickly realized they shared a passion for locally grown food, connecting people with local resources, and enhancing their quality of life through education and resources. The idea for a farm workshop series to demystify gardening and fresh food preparation was born. Held one Wednesday evening a month, the Health & Wellness Series began in May and runs through October.

FoodCorps Service members harvesting green beans

On July 20 and August 23, Maximizing Your CSA and Farm Stand Offerings will be the focus. With the growing season in full swing, learn how to store and protect fresh vegetables against spoilage as well as discover recipe menu suggestions for the vegetables in season at the time. The October 18 workshop will be about embracing hearty fall crops. Cold weather storage, what crops store best, and how to extend the local seasonal eating into the winter months will be several of the topics covered. “It is really about the strategies to make it accessible, easy to do and affordable. If people embrace the idea of eating natural foods, it helps their health. Massaro provides the venue and crop and I provides the technique,” says See, a certified holistic health and nutrition counselor and the owner of Vitalized Wellness (, The farm also maintains a close partnership with the CT Beekeeper’s Association, who lead workshops on backyard

School students on a field trip

beekeeping each year. An additional advantage of housing an apiary on the property is that the farm now sells its own honey each fall. Last year, Massaro Farm harvested just over 200 lbs of honey, which was available for purchase at the weekly Edgewood Park Farmer’s Market, along with other value-added products including green salsa, marinara sauce and crushed tomatoes. Subscriptions to Massaro’s seasonal CSA have been selling out each year, thanks to the expert leadership of Farmer Steve. A 20-week subscription is $695 for the season; and a fruit option may be purchased for an additional $90. Since the fall of 2012, the farm has also hosted a FoodCorps service member. FoodCorps, a branch of AmeriCorps service, places service members in communities where they see a need for improved nutrition education. The farm’s FoodCorps service members have helped install four school gardens, introduced students to the farm’s fresh vegetables, and helped bring thousands of students to the farm. “The unique business model at Massaro Community Farm affirms that by using a multi-pronged approach, small farms can survive and thrive in today’s economy,” says Poole. “But as important as it is to protect small, diverse farms, we also need the community to succeed, which is why we work so hard to develop partnerships in the community.” To receive the farm newsletter, download the Annual Report, and view a list of special offerings taking place throughout the year in celebration of its centennial, visit MassaroFarm. org. Massaro Community Farm Inc. is located at 41 Ford Rd., Woodbridge, CT.

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Eating For


by Colleen Smith Morgan

e eat to lose inches, increase inches, lose weight, gain weight, gain muscle and lose fat. We eat to be social, to cure boredom, to feel better, to feed old wounds and to satisfy cravings. We eat to live and live to eat. Most of us have been or still are in a cycle of “bargaining” eating: “I can have this if I don’t have that” or “I had this today so I won’t have that tomorrow.” We bargain, strategize, bribe, cheat and steal—with ourselves. We tailor our eating based on the end result, and most times feel like we failed. It doesn’t matter if we’re overweight, underweight or the “ perfect” weight. The reason why we eat is what matters. Our culture has grown far away


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from the wisdom-based food traditions. With modern day conveniences trumping most ancient practices these days, it’s no wonder we are off balance and catering mostly to a ‘treat the symptom” mindset. When a 24-hour day now feels like 18 hours, the task of going into the kitchen at all—let alone forage for food grown with integrity—is daunting. This stress-filled, fast-paced world sets the vibrational tone for a chronic interruption of our natural state of energetic homeostasis. We are, in fact, vibrating in resonance with the world around us unless we purposely interject. Many of us do this through meditation, acupuncture, yoga, breathing, chanting, art, earthing, or an array of other things that bring us back into

alignment with the vibration of our spirit. It is in this vibration that we have the power to make effective change in our lives and heal our physical, mental and emotional bodies. If our body is vibrating at a certain resonance, it will automatically shift into its optimal healing state. The foods we eat directly determine the vibration we carry. Food is that powerful and can both lower our vibrational frequency and raise it. A healthy human body has been measured at 62-68 MHz but if we have a cold, our energy can drop to 58 MHz. Holding a cup of coffee lowers the body’s frequency 8 MHz; drinking that cup lowers it by 14 MHz. It can take three days to recover and

bring the body’s frequency back up to 62-68 MHz. By drinking coffee daily, our body’s frequency will constantly be in the lower ranges—the range of illnesses—unless we do something to raise these levels. Cold symptoms show up at 58 MHz, flu at 57, candida at 55, Epstein Barr at 52 and cancer at 42. As the frequency of the human body diminishes, disease enters in. The foods we eat carry a large impact on the frequency our bodies hold. A Big Mac vibrates at 5 MHz, cooked food at 50 MHz, raw veggies at 80 MHz, while sprouts and wheatgrass vibrate at more than 90 MHz. The old saying “you are what you eat” is a fact. The foods we eat impact everything from the ability to heal to feeling happy to making powerful changes in our lives. Knowing this puts the power back in our hands. It is far easier to choose foods based on their vibration versus struggling with the impact eating choices have on us after the fact, leaving us feeling powerless and uncomfortable. The latter response may trigger us to then reach for a stimulant like caffeine or sugar to counteract the drop in our vibrational resonance. Eating live foods—such as green juices and organic salads with easy to assimilate ingredients—can help us feel vital, clear and energized. Here is a list of tips and high “ vibing” foods to incorporate.

Eat Organic, Local and Nutrient Dense Foods

Foods without pesticides, herbicides and insecticides have higher vibrations. Even the way food is planted, handled and cared for plays a huge role. This is why local and organic is the best combination, aside from wild grown and foraged foods.

Greens and More Greens

Kale, arugula, spinach, Swiss chard, bok choy and mustard greens are great greens to start with. These luscious greens are vibrant because of the energy they soak up directly from the sun in their production of chlorophyll. Making a fresh green juice is a perfect way to get these dark leafy

greens. Add some green apple, lemon or lime sprinkled with spirulina for an extra boost.

Fresh Fermented Foods

Alive and packed with beneficial probiotic flora, fresh fermented foods help our gut ecosystem flourish. These include raw sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha, among many others.

Living Foods

Living foods are any foods that have not been heated over 115°F. These can be incorporated into our diets with fruits, vegetables and soaked nuts and seeds. Sprouts are power packed with nutrition. Sprouting is easy and it improves the digestibility and nutritional value of the food.

Medicinal Mushrooms

Chaga and Reishi (also known as Lingzhi) are top superfoods known to boost our immune system along with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory benefits. There are multiple ways to consume medicinal mushrooms these days, including mushroom coffee, tea, capsules and spores.

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or many actresses, landing a role on the hit show Passions would be a career highlight. For Liza Huber, daughter of soap opera icon Susan Lucci, a successful acting career was one step en route to her calling as a mother, public speaker and entrepreneur. Her inspiration was to launch Sage Spoonfuls ( to make it easier for parents to make homemade, organic food for their little ones. It’s all about enabling parents to provide a legacy of health, all wrapped up in love.

How did becoming a parent boost your relationship with organic foods and health? I was raised on a diet of mostly fresh, homemade, food and knew it was something I wanted for my own children. At that point, I knew the basics; that it was healthier and tasted better than store-bought baby food. The more I learned, the more I became fascinated by how switching to an organic diet positively affects our health.

Why is it vital to introduce organic food during a youngster’s early development? America’s food supply is loaded with more chemicals and GMOs [genetically modified organisms] than ever before. I believe, as many others do, that the rapid rise of food allergies in children is a direct result. Many chemical pesticides and artificial flavors and colors are known to contain carcinogens, suspected hormone disruptors and neurotoxins. It is widely believed that even small doses of these common pesticides can have lasting negative effects on a child’s health. I believe that teaching our kids about the importance of fresh, organic food and the potential dangers of a conventionally processed diet helps set the stage for a lifetime of healthy choices.

How do homemade organics and packaged organics differ? Store-bought baby food, organic or not, is processed to have a long shelf life of up to two years. So much of the nutrient

content is lost during processing that most manufacturers artificially add it back in, but aren’t obligated to inform consumers. The added nutrients are synthetic and aren’t absorbed by the body the same way as naturally occurring nutrients. The taste, color and aroma of commercial baby food isn’t as appealing. By feeding your baby a steady tasty diet of fresh, homemade, organic baby food, you greatly reduce the risk they’ll grow into a picky eater. Plus, making your own baby food is three to five times less expensive than what is store-bought. Homemade food has a far smaller impact on the environment compared with commercial manufacturing, transportation and packaging. By the time a baby turns 1, they will have eaten from nearly 700 jars or pouches of storebought baby food that generally end up in landfills, because little is recycled.

Which favorite foods do you love to make for your babies and why? I focus on whole foods. Great first foods include bananas, apples, butternut squash, pears, avocados, peas and sweet potatoes. Once a baby has successfully tried a couple of these, start mixing them together. Banana and avocado, apple and butternut squash, and peas and sweet potato are good combos. They’re loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, easy to make and yummy. Avocados’ healthy fat is also essential to brain development.

What key lessons learned from your mother have you carried forward with your young family? Two lessons really stick with me: “Stay open and leave room for life to surprise you,” and “You can have it all… just not all at the same time.” In my teens and 20s, I was a meticulous planner, disappointed if things didn’t go exactly as I wanted. Amazing things happened after taking Mom’s advice to leave myself open to wonder. Growing up, I saw my mom have an amazing career, yet also be a fantastic wife and mother. Her secret, and now mine, is to prioritize and focus on one thing at a time, whether it’s work, kids or my husband. This way, everything in your life gets 100 percent of your attention some of the time, rather than trying to do everything at the same time, which rarely works.

What’s the best gift a mother can give her child? There’s nothing more important to a child’s overall health and well-being than being raised in a loving, warm environment where they feel safe, loved and important. My deep love for my children guides every decision I make for them. A mother’s intuition is a superpower.

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Kitchen Medicine

Modern Health with Ancient Roots by Joan Palmer


here is so much change, color, flavor and medicine growing this time of year. From our local wild foods to the farms and gardens, we are rich in delicious medicine! The salad greens, sautéing greens, asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, wood sorrel, sheep sorrel, purselane, wild spinach, walking onions, parsley, cilantro, dill, mint, thyme, oregano, tarragon, savory, sage and of course the beloved garlic scapes, are all in full swing. By the time this publication is out there will be even more summer foods available. When we look at the vitamins, minerals and higher order compounds in our local food we realize it truly is our best medicine. Seasonal eating


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means eating what is available in our surrounding communities in order to take advantage of the plant medicine at its peak. Summer is the time to build our health and energy back up to it’s full potential in order to work and play hard. The fall is the time to harvest and eat warm root vegetables and herbs that tend to strengthen the digestive and respiratory systems just in time to help prepare us for the winter’s onset of colds and flu. Winter comes and we crave heavier, fattier foods to get us through the winter cold and dark. Spring comes with those first bitter greens helping to stimulate the liver and digestion to ease us back into the warm abundance of summer. It’s a

beautiful and well-orchestrated seasonal dance if we are paying attention. Traditional cultures that rely on plant medicine as their primary source of healing understand this connection and use local food and herbs to make teas, tonics, brews, syrups and delicious remedies. These are wonderful and powerful recipes that have been handed down through generations to keep communities alive and healthy. These time-tested formulas that come to this country with first generation immigrants are frequently forgotten by the time the second generation has been melded into our western society. There is however a resurgence in the U.S. to remember these old ways and to put a fresh spin on it. People are learning what we like to call “Kitchen Medicine,” the use of food and herbs to prevent or lessen what ails you. We use honey infused with herbs (wild or garden-raised) to make tea, broths with herbs, mushrooms and vegetables, elderberry elixir, spicy garden herbs and peppers, all to create/recreate great tasting kitchen medicine. One of the remedies we have fallen in love with this year is the switchel. A switchel is a drink that is both tart and sweet. These drinks were given to those who needed more than water to stay hydrated and continue a day of hard physical work. See the recipe in the sidebar (page 21) for the hibiscus mint switchel that we developed at TIOSN. Making food and herbs our medicine is one of the most powerful things we can do to for our health care. Finding local sources for our food or learning to grow some of your own better assures peak flavor and potency. Ask your elders if they remember any of these old remedies and write them down. These are fascinating and valuable pieces of our health history. The time has come to learn these remedies again to ensure that they are not lost to future generations. For information on how you can learn about more kitchen medicine, foraging, culinary skills, sustainable gardening and seasonal nutrition, visit The Institute Of Sustainable Nutrition at or call 860-764-9070. See ad on page 3.

Hibiscus Mint Switchel Recipe Makes one quart of hibiscus, mint tea.

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Hibiscus is a beautiful flower that makes a deliciously refreshing ruby red tea. It is a cooling plant that is high in vitamin C, minerals and antioxidants. The flower is quite astringent and helps to tighten mucus membranes. In 2008, the American Heart Association published a report documenting that hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure in pre and mildly hypertensive adults. Mint adds delicious flavor, minerals and antioxidants to the tea. It is known to help relieve cramping in the digestive system and to help with alertness. Apple cider vinegar adds electrolytes, great for those who have been sweating due to work or play. It also helps to stimulate gastric juices, aiding in digestion. Honey is antimicrobial and mineral rich. Local honey has the added benefit of being made from local plants, which helps folks cope with seasonal allergies.

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How to Make It 1 heaping Tablespoon dried hibiscus flowers 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves 1 quart water Bring water to a boil. Pour the hot water over the hibiscus and mint leaves, cover and steep for 1/2 hour. Pour 1 cup of tea through a strainer into a glass and add: 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 Tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon lime juice Stir to dissolve honey. Refrigerate for several hours. Serve cold. Recipe provided by The Institute Of Sustainable Nutrition. natural awakenings

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This Summer Natural Beauty Tips

for Common Hot Weather Woes by Angela Pascopella


ummer is here. Birds sing nearly non-stop. Boats motor by accompanied by shrill screaming from children. The sun never seems to set. We are once again exposed to the hot sun for hours on end. And we are reminded to cover up, don a broadrimmed hat, apply broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen, and avoid direct sun exposure from about 10am to 2pm. “The sun is the biggest aging factor so we want to protect our skin from sun and stay hydrated,” says esthetician Holly Arrindell, who owns Medicinal Skin in Ridgefield. “The sun is getting stronger and we’re more aware of its harmful effects. And one of the largest cancers out there is skin cancer. The skin gives us a clue as to our general well-being.”


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Summer sun comes with positive results, too. This includes a big dose of vitamin D—which many Connecticut residents lack—and a feeling of wellness and overall health. “It promotes mental health and stress reduction, and creates opportunities to be physically active,” Arrindell says. Although we are bombarded by commercials, online pop-up ads and window shopping specials promising all manner of potions and products to restore and protect our skin and hair from heat, sun and insects, tried and true natural remedies with plant extracts and even foods remain the go-to favorites for area skin and health experts.

Exfoliate the Skin; Reverse Aging Sun Damage

As we move into hot weather, exfoliating the skin is vital. It is time to remove dead, dull and flaky skin and prior sunscreen build-up. Jennifer Ciamei, owner of Ciamei Wellness in Trumbull, suggests a fullbody peel—which includes natural fruit acids—to remove and lighten sun damage from the skin. The natural process also includes dry brushing the skin so the skin is more absorbent to treatment. Ciamei then uses polishes, salts, powders and even mint leaves to pull out prior sun damage. An aromatherapy shower with avocado and oils massaged into the skin is another key part of restoring damaged skin from years of sun damage. In Guilford, Arlene Bouley’s salon offers an array of chemical-free products, which she discovered as a result of her having lymphoma. She traced her cancer diagnosis back to working in what she called a “toxic” salon environment. Healthy and happy now, Bouley opened Everlastings Organic Salon & Spa to share the natural wonders of beauty with others. “During the summer our skin tends to dry out,” says Bouley. “It’s important to rehydrate the skin with a facial.” Bottega Organica is product line that has a body scrub with sea salt and peppermint that provides antiaging properties, says Siobhan McKinley, owner of Organachs Farm to Skin in Westport. Molecular geneticist Dr. Andrea Alimonti created the Bottega line. He identified a handful of plant extracts that prolong the lifespan of human cells by inhibiting cellular growth. In other words, he found the key to natural substances that slow the aging process, according to the Bottega website. And then there is Salt of the Earth Sanctuary in Woodbury and Saltana Cave in Ridgefield, places of healing and meditation inside a dark room, or “cave”, constructed with salt from the Himalayas. The room’s walls are made of salt slabs, and the ground is a deep layer of crushed salt—it feels like you’re walking on a beach. Saltana Cave owner Anna Husted says just breathing in the sodium chloride is healing. “And

skin care pretty much includes what we eat, what emotions we process, and what products we put on our skin,” Husted says. Ciamei creates her own skincare concoctions for clients at her Trumbull practice, based on their skin type and knowing which plant products do what for skin. “It is important to know how your skin ages, how the different seasons affect skin, and how women crave different foods or drink more alcohol. There is more imbalance when we are out in the sun more often,” she says. “Your skin changes every season with your body type and age.” Ciamei suggests people stop using retinol creams and offers her own skin care products that include hyaluronic acid—which is a powerful humectants or a moisture-binding ingredient that keeps skin plump and young-looking— and vitamin C. And Ciamei custom formulates products for sensitive or allergy-prone skin and people with cancer. Her caviar exfoliant polish—yes, real fish eggs mixed with the non-toxic mica mineral that gives skin a shimmery glow—can also polish the skin. Here are some common summer problems and solutions from area experts:


Arrindell suggests using a lightweight skin moisturizer. Key ingredients to

look for are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which protects skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, she says. Some natural products include Carefree Naturals, Naturopathica, Earth’s Best Mineral Sunblock and Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen. Reapply sunscreen throughout the day and switch make-up brands to something mineral-based that has natural sun protection. She suggests Bare Minerals or Jane Iredale makeup lines. Suntegrity is another popular product line, says McKinley, who carries the line at Organachs Farm to Skin. The sunscreen acts as a primer underneath makeup, she adds, and includes sunflower and green tea. Saltana Cave carries a few products made by Ann Marie Gianni including Sun Love. All natural, all vegan and non-GMO products from Dr. Mark Hyman’s line include cleansers, sprays, scrubs and masks, are available at Saltana.


When you get a burn, splash cold water or take a cold water bath to take the heat out. Once the skin is cooled, apply aloe. Wait 72 hours before applying cream to hydrate and nourish the damaged skin, Arrindell suggests. One of Arrindell’s favorite products for sunburn is Lavender & Aloe Cooling Cream by NYR Organic, for which

Arrindell is a consultant and sells at her practice. She says it also works well for bug bites.

Dry hair and skin

Prophet Skincare co-owner Kelly Francisco uses facial serum this time of year. “The serums give you subtle moisturizing as well as anti-aging properties as the serums are smaller in molecular structure and easily absorbable,” says Francisco. She was motivated, along with her husband, to create their own skincare products due to her fear that harmful chemicals contribute to many health problems. Her organic skincare salon (, based in Westbrook, has a vitamin C facial serum and an anti-aging facial serum. Another product line McKinley suggests is de Mamiel, which has a body serum with eight different plant extracts. “It’s lightweight and intensely hydrating for the skin, and it looks great on legs as it adds some shimmer,” she explains. McKinley also suggests using the Voya line of products—which are seaweed based and have therapeutic properties—and the Voya’s Hydra Veil facial mask in particular to clean skin of sunscreen. Summer activity means you should exfoliate twice a week, Arrindell suggests. Make sure to use a serum, face oil or balm under moisturizer to help

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combat dry skin. Before you dip in a pool with chlorine, first apply a skin balm to face, neck and chest, Arrindell says. Wild Rose Beauty Balm or Baby Balm by NYR Organics work is her recommendation. Ciamei suggests a natural quinoa spray to protect hair from the sun and boost shine and curls. At the Synergy Salon in New Canaan, owner Michelle MaestriMurphy incorporates certified organic oils and natural ingredients into hair care services. Before a dip in pool or ocean, first coat hair with coconut oil or argan oil to protect it, she suggests. When you get home, rinse hair with a concoction of white vinegar, lemon juice and water to detox hair and rid it of chlorine or salt. Popular summer services at Synergy include a certified organic scalp and hair treatment that adds extra moisture and detoxifies the scalp. And an antiaging smoothing, formaldehyde-free treatment can restore hair to a youthful state and remove frizz. Everlastings Organic Salon & Spa carries its own line of shampoos and conditioners made exclusively by a local ayurvedic practitioner, Bouley says. The organic shampoos and conditioners are free from harsh chemicals like sulfates, parabens and formaldehyde.


Many conventional deodorants contain aluminum, says Bouley of Everlastings. Aluminum has been associated with health issues including breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, bone disorders and kidney problems, she adds. A natural deodorant brand is Ursa

Major, which is also highly effective, suggests McKinley. Or use Meow Meow Tweet based in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, which has two deodorant sticks: lemon eucalyptus and lavender bergamot. Try cutting down on caffeine and spicy foods, and drink plenty of fluids. And in early afternoon, freshen up using wipes and reapplying deodorant, Arrindell suggests.

Bug and insect bites and rashes

Some natural remedies to keep the bugs away are DEET-free and non-toxic, including California Baby, BuzzAway or Bite Blocker insect repellent, Arrindell says. DEET is in most repellants on the market and is highly toxic, as outlined in Francisco’s book Warning! Dangerous Ingredients ( Product/PSC-WDI-Book). Ciamei creates her own natural bug repellant with carrot oil, lemongrass and bergamot, which can be sprayed on clothes and skin. And Zoe Organics offers another insect repellant, McKinley suggests. Francisco in Westbrook sums it up best: “Be mindful of what you put on your body and enjoy summer!” Angela Pascopella is a freelance writer and works full-time as managing editor at a national trade publication.

Organic, chemical-free, pesticidefree and no animal testing is the way to go with products these days. People are choosing such products over conventional ones. Esthetician Holly Arindell suggests: Dr. Alkaitis, including Soothing Gel and Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil Dr. Hauschka, including Soothing Mask and Rose Cream Jurlique, including Herbal Recover Serum and Moisture Replenish Mask Naturopathica, including Pumpkin Enzyme, Lavender SPF Cream, Aloe Mask NYR Organic, including Wild Rose Beauty Balm, White Tea Eye Gel, Calendula Cream

Plants and simple products

Prophet Skincare co-owner Kelly Francisco of Westbrook offers some simple techniques to gracefully meet summer beauty challenges: Sunburn: “I like the aloe vera plant. Just slice a section of the plant at the base and apply directly to sunburned areas. Witch hazel is also good for soothing sunburn skin.” Dry skin and hair from chlorinated pool water. “I think it’s important to rinse off hair and body with clean water.” Salt water from the ocean: “I bring with me to the beach a bottle of pure coconut oil or shea butter and apply to my body after the beach and to the ends of my hair.” Bug repellant: “I like to use natural plant oils made of citronella, lemongrass, cinnamon and peppermint. I add organic olive or sunflower oil, plus it smells better than any toxic chemical bug spray.”

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Signs That You’ve Found Your Calling


by Lissa Rankin


ou may think you’ve identified your calling, questioned it, become disillusioned, left it and then come back to it in a different form. The following clues let you know you’re on the right track. You realize you’ve been training for this since birth. Even the gritty things, the disappointments, regrets and screwups have all been preparation. Major life disruptions and failures were all just teaching essential lessons so that you can become who you’re called to be. You sense ease. In the face of obstacles—such as doors of suspected opportunity that are shut tight or relentless struggles impeding a course you thought was right—it can be hard to tell if your commitment is just being tested or you’ve veered off course. Such hurdles can be part of the growth process cultivating your “inner hero” necessary for the journey. Trust the sense of movement towards ease, which likely will include supportive synchronicities. Your health may improve. Cravings for unhealthy foods will lessen and you’ll feel more energetic. Old aches and pains might disappear; even chronic illness can fade when you’re focused on your life purpose. You feel strangely peaceful, despite reasons to be anxious. Your soul longs to express what you’re on Earth to express, and when you finally rise into alignment with your calling, your soul does a happy dance. Even if everything else seems to be falling apart and others consider you crazy, you’ll be centered in peace, relieved that you finally know what you’re

called to do. The universe rolls out the red carpet. When called to do what is needed for the highest good of all beings, the universe bends over backwards to hand you whatever you need. No request is too small. Unexpected money flows in and other resources appear just as you’re ready to give up. You’ll know you’re on track, even if it is not quite clear what you’re on track to do. People find you. Few can fulfill a calling alone. Most of us need a tribe to lift us up as we do brave, scary, world-changing things. When you’re aligned with your life purpose, the right people, including magicwielding mentors, will find you at the right time, if only you’re courageous enough to be vulnerable about what you’re being called to do. Dr. Lissa Rankin, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, is the author of Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure and The Anatomy of a Calling (

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? Area Food Production Moves Out of the Box by Ariana Rawls Fine


here are three key ingredients to making a garden grow: earth, water and light. Although we are familiar with the typical garden variations to maximize that combination, thinking outside of the proverbial boxed garden can inspire us to take advantage of our home, land or neighborhood’s unique attributes. Utilizing a body of water on our property, collaborating to get the most out of our garden space and taking advantage of basement space are all possibilities for growing produce. Time is of the essence is a saying that applies directly to planting and harvesting. For those who struggle with finding the time to research, build and maintain what fits their land and food needs best, a Ridgefield-based company has stepped in with custom at-home garden designing and upkeep in Connecticut’s Fairfield and Litchfield Counties, and New York’s Westchester County. John Carlson, an entrepreneur 26

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and committed environmentalist certified by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) as an accredited organic land care professional, started Homefront Farmers in 2011 with the goal of helping people produce their own food organically. Carlson originally thought the main part of his business would be design and construction. However, he found there was more business in the maintenance of clients’ gardens. “Most of our clients want to learn how to do it themselves; it’s not just people that

The garden design/ construction, the flat fee or ad hoc maintenance plan, and the number and types of plants are the three cost variables for clients.

don’t have time to maintain the garden but those who want to learn but are overwhelmed. We therefore try to plan our maintenance visits for when they are available to enable them to ask questions and work with us in the garden,” says Carlson. Homefront Farmers schedules weekly visits under a maintenance plan—similar to a lawn service—to do everything from planting to harvesting, depending on how much the client wants to be involved. The garden design/construction, the flat fee or ad hoc maintenance plan, and the number and types of plants are the three cost variables for clients. Homefront Farmers’ gardeners utilize the best practices they have learned from managing hundreds of gardens and NOFA’s organic standards to create the crop rotation, companion planting and succession planting that best fit the client’s land, resources and wishes. With the program’s success and the increased need for organic seed-

lings, Homefront Farmers even recently purchased its own 11.5-acre plot in Redding to source some of its plant needs. Vincenzo Torcasio, owner of Bethelbased Aqua-Scapes (AquascapesPool. com), emphasizes utilizing plants to clear up water features on the property. “Excess nutrients outside—such as fertilizers in our lawns—get washed into our waterways. Plants have the ability to soak up these nuisances and phosphates,” he explains. If there are low nutrient levels in the water, by incorporating water plants that are highnutrient seekers—such as cattails, irises or water mint—gardeners can achieve better filtration for better water quality. Torcasio, whose company creates natural pools utilizing the self-cleaning power of plants, says that a water garden can offer more than grasses to gardeners; banana trees, water lettuce, exotic flowers, lotuses, lilies and other plants can be included in design. Creating a floating garden which uses the water beneath it and access to full sun is one of the ideas behind the Swale barge project ( The 110-foot by 30-foot floating edible forest is being collaboratively designed and tested by a nautical engineer, landscape architects, gardeners, artists, educators, students and the United States Coast Guard. Set to float up and down New York’s Hudson River, the barge will include a growing dome with tree crops such as quinces and apples, a range of food and herb production spaces, and an aquaculture component. The floating garden also will act as a river water purifier to help clean the waterway. If the water has nitrogen and phosphorus washing down from communities and

By engineering a customized filtration system, the river water can also be desalinated and chemical and biological contaminants removed to help irrigate the Swale barge’s plants.

Neiger explains that, similar to designing a home garden, the barge’s planners are matchmaking by putting plants in combinations where they support each other’s activity. factories upstream, the barge plants can pick up the extra nutrients. Acting on a much larger scale, the barge is mimicking the small water ecosystems Torcasio sets up for his clients’ pools and aquaspaces. By engineering a customized filtration system, the river water can also be desalinated and chemical and biological contaminants removed to help irrigate the Swale barge’s plants. One of the many collaborators on the SWALE project is Jono Neiger, a founding partner of the Massachusettsbased Regenerative Design Group with 25 years of experience in conservation, restoration, land stewardship, permaculture, and landscape planning and design. “One of our goals is to have an educational component and community outreach,” he says. “In addition to sharing surplus, we would like to do some commercial production and have the opportunity to grow the culinary or medicinal herbs that area restaurants, herbalists and health food stores would like to carry.” Neiger explains that, similar to designing a home garden, the barge’s planners are matchmaking by putting plants in combinations where they support each others’ activity. Some may excel at attracting pollinators, while others make more nutrients available or provide great ground cover that reduces weeding. With the barge’s shallower soil levels—similar to rooftop gardens— plants such as Dutch clover or crimson clover could be used under a fruit tree for ground cover. Yarrow or bee balm would not only provide visual beauty but also act as a pollinator supporter. Moving production inside and yearround is the goal of Steve Domyan, who founded Metrocrops with his wife and partner, Nancy. The high-density urban indoor farm, which began in 2011 with the help of a USDA research grant in a University of Connecticut location, focuses on reliably growing indoor salad greens with the use of artificial light. Now located in an

8,000-square-foot factory space in Bridgeport, the growroom produces 400-500 pounds of baby arugula, dwarf kale and baby leaf lettuce a month for area restaurants and consumers across the country. “Our USDA-tested lettuce has been found to have twice the nutritional value of field-grown leaf lettuce because they are not dependent on weather conditions with set room temperatures and a lack of plant-eating insects,” explain Steve. Although Metrocrops utilizes a commercial-size tray system, there has been an increasing demand for the smaller tray models that are sold to individuals or small businesses. A $600 tabletop unit—which holds two 3-foot growing trays and utilizes LED growing lights — can produce ½ to one pound of salad greens a week with only 18 days until the first harvest. The seeds are grown on food-grade burlap with a pump circulating fertilized water every few hours through the water reservoir and plants. “Our dwarf kale leaves are thicker and softer—no bigger than a half-dollar— with a milder taste than farm kale. Our arugula is high quality and extremely spicy; vendors charge $45 a pound at farmers’ markets and they still sell out,” boasts Steve. With four- and eight-tray options available as well for $1200 and $2200, respectively, he has clients who have started to grow the salad greens to sell to local restaurants, netting several hundred dollars a month in some cases. These out-of-the-ordinary ways of growing our own food can provide inspiration to us to reach out for help with gardening, to look to our local waterways as a food source, and to bring our greenery inside for year-round production. You can get your hands in the dirt or in the water no matter which way you choose to garden. Ariana Rawls Fine is Editor of Natural Awakenings Fairfield County and New Haven/Middlesex County. She resides in Stratford with her family.

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Make Time for Downtime


Chilling Out Revives Body and Soul by April Thompson

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ere’s something to add to our to-do list: nothing. Americans today work more hours than ever before, foregoing hardearned vacation days and spending more time with electronic devices than with friends and family. The temptation and pressure to do more at the expense of needed rest are great, but failing to take time out to recharge our minds and bodies can have serious consequences, according to experts. Downtime is most acutely needed in the workplace. In a survey of nearly 20,000 workers, The Energy Project and Harvard Business Review found that 59 percent of them were physically exhausted, emotionally drained, distracted and lacking purpose. Headquartered in Yonkers, New York, with offices in Europe and Australia, The Energy Project has helped hundreds of businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, create healthier, happier and higher-performing workplaces. The company takes its cues from elite athletes that carefully build rest and recovery periods into their training schedules. “Just as your body needs

sleep and food to function optimally, so does your mind and spirit,” says Annie Perrin, an executive vice president with the project. There’s a mounting body of neurological research to buttress the analogy. Important assimilation of learning and “meaning making” occurs in the resting brain, according to Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., associate professor of education, psychology and neuroscience at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and author of Emotions, Learning, and the Brain. When our minds are allowed to wander, they engage a network of interacting brain regions that together are thought to play a key role in building our ability for inward reflection and recollection, known as the default mode network. Immordino-Yang’s research suggests that such activation during restful moments is positively associated with the recalling of memories, envisioning the future and even developing a moral foundation. “This network seems to be more engaged when we aren’t actively gathering information or working on

an external goal,” remarks ImmordinoYang. Zoning out on TV or video games doesn’t produce the same brain benefit because, “It’s about looking inward rather than outward,” she says. The default network does engage when introspection occurs during nurturing social interaction, such as while enjoying a reflective conversation with friends or family. She recommends banning technology and other distractions during periods spent in activities that bring joy and meaning so that we are present in a mindful way. The Energy Project ushers clients through a comprehensive energy audit, using exercises to expose specific personal habits that lead to diminishing returns in both work and play time. In one exercise, workers are asked to rank current incoming emails from one to five, with the highest number equating to, “I need to respond immediately.” Most rate nearly no fives, says Perrin, a realization that has helped many people change their email habits. While change can be hard, Perrin suggests creating new, healthy rituals through repetition, which taps into the brain’s desire for automaticity. For example, she advises workers to schedule “renewal breaks” every 90 minutes after completing a block of high-priority tasks. “If you’ve been sitting, move; if the mind has been active, do something to quiet it, like meditating or simply closing your eyes.” She also suggests

finding workers to buddy up with and schedule mutual breaks to help support and hold each other accountable. Immordino-Yang suggests that another practice to maximize the value of downtime is to combine it with exercise. “A walk can be rejuvenating,” she says. “While the body is engaged, the mind is free to wander.” The Energy Project calls on managers to model these downtime activities for their employees. Some companies have instituted policies that limit sending email from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., as well as during weekends and vacations, so staffers don’t feel compelled to read and respond to keep up with work. Setting limits is even more crucial for young people with minds and habits that are especially malleable. “I see teenagers taking their phones into the bathroom or bed to text in the middle of the night. Parents need to put a stop to this,” counsels Immordino-Yang. “The brain needs uninterrupted rest to work at its best.” Learning that being a productive employee or an emotionally available parent requires giving ourselves a break and gives us permission to rest. We find that downtime is not just good for ourselves, but also for our families and workplaces.






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remember the moment I had what I call my ‘golf game epiphany,’” recalls Steve Hughes, a passionate golfer from Richmond, Missouri. “I realized that my main obstacles were in my head, and from that day on, my golf game changed.” In any athletic or fitness endeavor, the pursuit of excellence unfolds an array of challenges. While golf presents some of the toughest hurdles to improvement, any links enthusiast can better their game by acquiring a champion’s mindset. Applying a few Zen techniques and disciplines adapted from the Buddhist tradition of mindful awareness—which teaches that the mind is everything—can work wonders. Zen Golf master and performance psychologist Joe Parent, Ph.D., of Ojai, California, advises: “The key is finding a way to let the ‘thinking’ mind do all the preliminaries to physical performance—selecting a target, judging the lie, gauging weather influences, etc.—and then letting our ‘intuitive’ mind take over, enabling our body to make a swing that’s free from second-guessing ourselves.” He calls the optimal playing mentality, “Not too tight, not too loose.” It’s the sweet spot that allows us to perform via our best self. Some key techniques

prepare us to find and reside in this just-right Goldilocks place of being not too hot and not too cold. Developing mental fortitude takes us even further than we can imagine. Mastery is born from discipline, focused attention and a deep core desire to adopt habits and behaviors that will upgrade our mindset. Author of Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game, Parent teaches his students to enter a state that he calls “trusting versus trying.” He teaches a “one stroke at a time” approach, which emphasizes awareness of being in the present moment, as many contemplative spiritual traditions do. When the golfer is deeply engaged in the present moment with just the right level of emotional intensity, free of distractions and worries about future swings, they become integrated with what’s taking place on the course in the here and now to the point of total absorption. In yoga, pranayama, or breathing techniques, are employed to promote relaxation in the mind and body. The Zen approach to golf uses breath work to allow body and mind to make the most fluid and powerful golf swing possible for the player. “The single factor that sets apart the top performers

in any athletic discipline from the rest of us is their state of mind,” says Craig Perkins, a yoga master and founder of the Yandara Yoga Institute, in Baja California, Mexico. “From all my years of yogic study, there’s one teaching that always sticks with me: If we want to master our game, whether it’s golf, yoga or chess, we must first and foremost master our mind.” Practitioners maintain that, meditation can take our mental game to its optimal level and Perkins believes, “Meditation is the number one practice for cultivating self-trust.” Positive visualization, which can be supported by meditation, is another method champion golfers leverage to improve their performance levels. Parent teaches his students, “Establish a clear image in your mind’s eye, and the body will follow.” Repeating this technique with every shot helps the golfer cultivate the habit of positive visualization by seeing the results. Physical prowess is of little consequence if our mental game is off. Under the intense pressure of a golf match, execution suffers when performance anxiety isn’t kept under control. While many golfers have what it takes to succeed—the requisite native ability, experience, technique and talent—mental hang-ups can cause them to call it a day. Detrimental habits can undermine our self-confidence, as well as our score. The solution lies in pinpointing what’s behind them and applying pertinent Zen techniques to either gradually alleviate or winningly work with them. Hughes, who makes his home overlooking the greens of Shirkey Golf Course, says, “It’s about getting out of your own way. When you’re at one with the game as it presents itself, you know your game will be much better than when your mind is racing off to work issues, family dramas and all the other usual life stuff. When I learned how to establish myself in this present moment awareness, not only did my golf game change for the better, so did the rest of my life.” Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy on the faculty of the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at ChezAimee@

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Feeding the Whole Horse Eschewing Supplements in Favor of Whole Food Diets by Jennifer McDermott


n the beginning the horse lived on grass, ambling along, only lifting his head from his food source for unfamiliar sounds or herd discord. Given the variety we humans as omnivores eat, the seemingly simplistic diets of the much larger herbivore horse seems like it must be deficient. However, when observed fending for themselves in a natural pasture, one that may not reflect the idyllic manicured fields of “horse country”, a much broader range of plants is eaten, driven by their personal needs. Such free choice is not always available to the domesticated animal so our role as caregiver means we must provide the best diet possible to fulfill their needs. As we humans continue to learn about our own diets and what benefits us, research is also studying the nutritional needs of the domesticated animals in our lives, giving birth to a whole industry of formulas and supplements. There are a few pioneers in the industry who have looked more deeply and found closest to nature is best. In this article we first briefly touch upon what a trickle feeder’s digestive system looks like, and then see how we may complement this complex system with close-tonature feeds to best support the horse’s overall health.

The Horse’s Digestive System

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Wednesday. The stomach and small intestine prepare the food (enzyminatic digestion) for the massive absorption that occurs in the cecum and large intestine. It is in the cecum, a 4-foot long vat that holds over eight gallons, where most of the fermentation process happens. Next, the food travels to the hind gut for further fermentation and maximum absorption. In short, nature has created a system that can glean fiber, protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and enzymes from a blade of grass. So how is it that we are seeing more and more special needs diets out there for equines? Could the over-processed (kills enzymes), synthetic (lacks animal grade), by-product-based (unfit for humans), sugar-filled commercial feeds and our unnatural feeding schedule be the culprit? Most likely.

The Role of Supplements for Horses

Realizing the benefits of eating food closest to its natural form, equine nutritionists have backed away from commercial feeds and gone back to the basics with a new awareness of content based on what we have seen in humans. These whole food diets served alongside the unending hay bag give the horse what they need daily. Any supplementation required by the horse’s particular exercise schedule or work load is also given in the whole food form as well. Here are the most beneficial and why.

n Whole oats: Excellent amino acid profile and supports the proper function of the gut with beta glucan n Rice bran oil (GMO-free): Supports the gut with gamma oryzanol, a powerful anti-ulcerative and helps build lean muscle n Ground flax: Provides omega 3 fatty acids for a healthy coat and hoof, supports the immune system and is anti-inflammatory n Rosehips: This mega dose of vitamin C for the immune system also works to build healthy capillaries n Green cabbage: Delivers the enzymes L-glutamin to aid in the repair and health of the intestinal lining n Sunflower seeds: Tendons, bones and the immune system benefit from the copper found in these seed while the high essential omega 6 fatty acids benefit the coat and hooves n Peas and lentils: Support the topline with added lysine for the system n Papaya: Contains papain, an enzyme that aids in the digestion of proteins n Spirulina: A powerhouse as it contains every essential amino acid as well as vitamins and minerals n Organic yeast: Aids in the feeding of good bacteria in the gut n Chia Seed: A potent antioxidant that is high in potassium, calcium niacin and omega 3 fatty acid in addition to being a healer and preventer of ulcers n Coconut meal: Great for metabolic issues and the only natural, GM-free, low NSC (non-structured carbohydrate) feed high in trainable energy available n Coconut oil: Nature’s richest source of lauric acid, which has powerful antimicrobial effects. Great for the insulin-resistant horse as it metabolizes differently than other oils by providing non-glucose ready energy Quite simply, the key with the whole food source is the increased bio-availability of vitamins and nutrients and the reduced stress on the digestive system. Would these seeds, oils and foods be the available choices of our horses’ wild ancestors? Some yes, some no, but evolution dictates we grow and change with the times. We now know through scientific research what our ancestors felt and learned anecdotally through the ages. We must now use this information again so that our horses thrive.

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The Painting Journey – 9am-3pm. Pamela Lape brings her artistic talent to the River Valley! For artists and non-artists alike; offers fun outlet for your creative side. Learn to paint in a fun, non judgmental environment. See your vision come to life on canvas. $80. Includes supplies and light lunch. RSVP by 7/5. Reflections of Chester Health and Wellness Center, 19 North Main Street, Chester. 860-526-4212 x205. For information visit:


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Goddess, Tarot, Rune & Past Life Readings w/ Lisa Morrison – 12pm-4pm. Restore the balance of your internal sun and sea. Celebrate Summer and treat yourself to an intuitive reading! Lisa offers readings that are a combination of healing, humor and inspiration on this Father’s Day. Namaste. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Butterflies, Dragonflies and Redwing Pond – 2pm. Explore the pond and meet the six-legged, four-winged insects who inhabit our fields, meadows, and pond edges. An easy walk is scheduled after a brief description of the lifestyles of these beautiful insects and their fascinating behavior. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Pregister: 203-736-1053. An Evening in the Akashic Records w/ Barbara Yager – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Learn what the Akashic Records are, how to access them and why they influence our daily lives, feelings, belief systems and relationships.  Barbara will detail how the records draw potential realities toward us and how we can make the most of this information to live life to the fullest. $44. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford.

SUNDAY, JULY 10 Pet Loss Grief Support Group – 1pm. Losing a beloved animal can be tragic and a very emotional time for humans. Susan Wilson has created this support group for those who have lost an animal or have one in the process of moving on. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Register/ information: 203-736-1053. Holy Fire Reiki I w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Learn about Reiki energy, its history and how to use it for yourself and others. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. $125. Hamden. Info/registration: 203-415-4791. Free Reiki Clinic w/ Eileen Anderson: Critical Care Nurse, Reiki Practitioner – 2pm-5pm. Relax and revive with a 10 minute chair treatment. Edge of the Woods, 379 Whalley Ave, New Haven. One World Soul – 3pm-5:30pm. Celebrate and unite with our World’s Soul... An evening of Oneness Meditation, Buddhist chanting, ecology discussion, and sacred Kirtan with Jayaprabha & The Joy of Sound. $15 online. One World Wellness & Yoga, 967 N. High St, East Haven CT.

TUESDAY, JULY 12 A n g e l sp e a k e ™ C l a s s w / R MT, H o lis t ic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Ask empowering questions, awaken intuitive senses, receive signs/loving messages/guidance from angels, guides, loved ones. $33/class. ($25 Returning Students bring Manuals). Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869. Crystal Toning – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Experience a unique method of healing by combining the energies of crystals with toning, creating an individualized healing experience in a group setting  on many levels. $20. Wallingford. Contact Gayle: 203-265-2927, email

THURSDAY, JULY 14 Essential Oils: Health for the Whole Family: Free Health Talk at Thyme & Season, w/ Chelsea & Rob Messer of doTerra – 7pm. Coupon to all. 2nd of series of beauty & health talks in July, culminating 7/28 with NIGHT OF BEAUTY. 3040 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Violet Flame Meditation – 6:30pm-8:30pm. The sacred gift of the violet flame from Ascended Master Saint Germain is a Divine gift and tool for everyone. It is Spiritual Alchemy in action. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. Contact Gayle: 203-265-2927 or

FRIDAY, JULY 15 Tarot & Your Soul Purpose – 7pm-8:30pm. Discover the cards that are unique to you in this special evening of personal pathworking. Learn how these cards can reveal and clarify your soul purpose. Bring home an individualized Tarot profile of yourself! $20. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SATURDAY, JULY 16 Homeopathy Study Group: Sponsored by Connecticut Homeopathy – Learn to treat yourself & your family for first aid and acute illness with homeopathy. Study group meets every 3rd Sat; $5. RSVP Required; Email to: CNC to assist you Mon-Fri at Thyme & Season 3040 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Reiki II Cert. w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days/Eves. Receive empowering keys to mental-emotional clarity, balance; support for empathic challenges/relationship healing. Wallingford. $175. Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. ChiWalking|ChiRunning Workshop – 9am-4pm. Learn the basic components of the ChiWalking and ChiRunning with Master Teacher and ultra marathon runner Vince Vacarro. Half-day $135 or Full-day $195. Holistic Therapies 15 S Elm St, Wallingford. Contact Carol Meade 203-415-8666. Readings with Jessie: Intuitive, Artist –  11am-3pm. Discover how your soul is calling you, how to reply—and enjoy a rewarding future. Use a colored drawing of your Spirit Guide and receive messages from Spirit: your spiritual gifts; name/ origin of your guide and the year they came to you; your power animal, and a suggested crystal for heightened energy. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. FREE Reiki Clinic w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 12pm-3pm. Enjoy a 10 minute session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. Thyme and Season, 3040 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. Info: 203-415-4791.

SUNDAY, JULY 17 Community Dinner Presented by Master’s Table Community Meals, Inc: 6th Annual Cook In – 4pm-5:30pm. Free skin cancer screenings by Griffin Hospital Valley Parish Nurses. Free. Open to public. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 North Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information, call: 203-732-7792.

Holy Fire Reiki II w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm6pm. Increase Reiki knowledge and energy. Learn the basic Reiki symbols, and distant healing. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. $150. Hamden. Info/registration: 203-415-4791.

MONDAY, JULY 18 Young Living Essential Oils – 6:30pm-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927 or

TUESDAY, JULY 19 Full Moon Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Align w/new energies of full moon. Opportunities for allowing spiritual energies to reach human hearts and minds. Tap into this vast pool of energy. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927. Moonshine and Firefly Hike – 7:30pm. Rangers Dan and Dawn will follow the park’s wooded paths looking for glowworms in the leaf litter under the light of the moon. We’ll end the hike with a show by beetles in the Lampyridae family, better known as lightning bugs and fireflies. $1 per person. Wear shoes for hiking. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 Mindful Healing Meditation & EFT w/ RMT/ Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30pm8:30pm. (or Tues 6/28). Engage in [+] Energy insights and create lasting, healthy transformations. $25. Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869 or A Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen your authentic self. What you have been looking for is now looking for you! Healing the world one woman at a time. $25. Central Wallingford. Call Susan to explore further/ reserve space: 203-645-1230.

THURSDAY, JULY 21 Yin & Thai Yoga – 6:30pm-9pm. Relax with gentle yin yoga followed by Thai yoga massage with a partner (bring a friend or be paired with someone). Let tension melt away in the body and mind. $20/person or $35/couple. One World Wellness & Yoga, 967 N. High St, East Haven. Latest Trends in Skin Care: Free Talk at Thyme & Season w/ Dr. Debra Anastasio of New England Naturopathic Center – 7pm. This series of beauty talks culminates next week with NIGHT OF BEAUTY. 20% coupon. Thyme & Season, 3040 Whitney Ave, Rt.10, Mt. Carmel section of Hamden.

FRIDAY, JULY 22 Shamanic Journeying with Jennifer Tung – 7pm8:30pm. Shamanic Journeying is a universal indigenous tribal method of communicating with your inner or spirit self to find inner peace, answers to questions, or encouragement for the day.  We will specifically do a shamanic journey to meet your native spirit guide and a suggestion for inner peace. $20. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

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SATURDAY, JULY 23 Reiki III ART Cert. w/RMT Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days or Eves. Promote/Deepen personal and client lasting, healthy transformations Advanced Techniques w/Crystal/Stone healing and manifesting grids. $200. Wallingford. Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. Creature Feature: Creatures of Long Island Sound – 12pm. Want to cuddle up to a crab? Sing a song to a snail? Learn all about the creatures who share Long Island Sound with us? Come to see and touch our salt water visitors with Ranger Dan! Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

SUNDAY, JULY 24 Goddess, Tarot, Rune & Past Life Readings w/ Lisa Morrison – 12pm-4pm. Restore the balance of your internal sun and sea. Celebrate Summer and treat yourself to an intuitive reading! Lisa offers readings that are a combination of healing, humor and inspiration. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Themed Guided Hike: History of Ansonia Nature Center – 1pm. Join Ranger Dan to explore the history of the land before it became the Nature Center. For 12,000 years, Native Americans inhabited this area until the Pequot War of 1637. Learn about the last of the Paugasetts to live in what is now Ansonia. Wear appropriate footwear and bring a water bottle. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

Holy Fire Advanced Reiki Training w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Become a Reiki Master practitioner. Deepen your Reiki knowledge. Learn meditations and techniques for enhancing Reiki energy. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. $250. Hamden. Info/registration: 203-415-4791. Group Reading w/ Janine Mangiamele – 3:30pm5:30pm. The Ruby Tree, Sherman Village Shopping Center, 670 Main St South, Woodbury. $35. Email to reserve your spot:

THURSDAY, JULY 28 Night of Beauty, Thyme & Season’s 6th Annual Event for Letting Natural Beauty Shine Through – 7pm-9pm. No reservation. 20% coupon to all, free raffle, coupons, samples, prizes, personalized advice from our H&B reps. Free. Thyme & Season, 3040 Whitney Av, Rt. 10, Mt Carmel section of Hamden.

SATURDAY, JULY 30 Ansonia City-Wide Tag Sale – Participate in Ansonia’s town wide tag sale! Residents may register and purchase maps at the Ansonia Nature Center. Registration fee: $15. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Registration/Information: 203-736-1053. Spiritual Response Therapy w/ Jean Mandeville – 1pm-5pm. (by Appointment). Will use method: Spiritual Response Therapy, a process of researching the subconscious mind and soul records to discover and release hidden blocks to health, happiness, and spiritual growth. Once energy is cleared, it enables you to pass the life’s lesson.  Physical shifts and dramatic observable changes. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

FRIDAY, JULY 29 Chris Rowlands: Puppeteer and Singer –7pm. Come see Chris Rowlands, who’s famous for getting everyone involved. He brings animals to life through his music, comedy, puppets, and colorful props. Sing along as he shares his songs about animals and their environment. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

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ongoingevents sunday EFT Emotional Freedom Technique w/RMTHolistic Coach Diane Esposito – By appt. 7 Days/ week. Relax, refresh w/take-home techniques and insights to “release stress/pain”, heal and expand free-spiritedness. Register/Complimentary Pre-Session questions: 203-913-3869. Sunday Service – 9:30am-11am. Uplifting, inspiring and deepening in consciousness. Includes singing, prayer, and a sermon relevant to the process of spiritual development. Includes a powerful and transformative Communion Service. Each Service begins with a half-hour of silent meditation. Center of Light, 844 Grand Ave in New Haven. Mystical Market – 11am-4pm. (The 3rd Sunday of every month). Vendors, artisans, holistic practitioners, and like-minded folk. Free admission, vendors fees vary. The Ruby Tree, Sherman Village Shopping Center, 670 Main St South, Woodbury. 203-586-1655.

monday Pilates/Barre Community Class – 8am. This class is a mix between pilates moves to strengthen core muscles and the Barre technique to sculpt and lean our arms and legs. Discount price of $10.00 cash/ check or $12.00 credit card. Kneading Hands Yoga & Massage, 760 Main St S, Unit F, Southbury. 203-267-4417. Yoga with Marlene – 10:30am & 7:15pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Readings w/ Jennifer Jean: Medium, Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Angel Card Reader (TM), Trained in Anglespeake ™ – 11am-3pm. (7/11, 7/18 & 7/25). Uses Crystal therapy, leads guided meditations to help others heal and communicate with angels, performs building cleansings and clears spiritual attachments. As a toxicologist (MA) she works with a natural wellness pharmaceutical. Spiritual blessings/cleansings. $1/minute. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203453-4000. Fitness Awareness Jog – 5pm. (7/11; 7/18 & 7/25). Join Ranger Dan on a Fitness Awareness Jog. Cruise our trails on foot, sweat out impurities, and enjoy the sights and smells of our 156-acre nature preserve. We start with a stretch, then gently jog our 2 miles of trails for an hour and a half. All experience levels are welcome. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Pregister: 203-736-1053.


Iyengar Yoga – 6pm-7:15pm. Align and awaken yourself as you deepen your understanding of yoga. Individual attention given. Restorative on July 25. Expert instruction. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). Qigong for Health – 7pm-8pm. Learn a practice that invigorates the internal energy, relieves stress, tones and stretches the muscles and connects the mind and body. $15/class. Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts. Location: Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health, 35 Boston St, Guilford. Info: 860-301-6433.


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tuesday Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am & 6:30pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class – 12pm-1pm. Learn to move efficiently and effortlessly with everyday functional movement patterns. All levels welcome. $13 drop in or class cards. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Contact Carol Meade: 203-415-8666. Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method w/Susan Sandel – 3:45pm-4:45pm. (meeting every Tuesday). Gentle therapeutic exercise/mvmnt prog. Helpful for breast cancer survivors/chronic health conditions. Free. Sponsored by Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center of Integrative Medicine. Location: Madison House, 34 Wildwood Ave, Madison. Details: 203-457-1656. Feldenkrais Awareness ThroughMovement Class – 6pm-7pm. Learn to free your shoulders and pelvis effortlessly. All levels welcome. 5 Week Series $50 or $13 drop in. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Call Carol 203-415-8666. Free weekly Tuesday Meditation classes – 6pm-7pm. (those who would like instruction can come at 5:45pm). Open to all and fully accessible.  Instruction provided for beginners.  No reservations necessary. Walk-ins welcome. Program offered in cooperation with New Haven Insight and the New Haven Zen Center. New Haven Free Public Library. 133 Elm St, New Haven. 203-946-8138. Free Reiki Sessions: The Universal Reiki Plan – 7:30pm-8:30pm. (& 8:30pm-9:30pm Thurs). Reiki teachers Jeannette and Jim of ReikiOvertones and students offer free Reiki sessions. Appt. only. Love offering appreciated. 95 Harris St, Fairfield. Details: Jim and Jeannette 203-254-3958. Qigong for Health – 7:45pm-8:45pm. Learn a practice that invigorates the internal energy, relieves stress, tones and stretches the muscles and connects the mind and body. $15/class. Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts, Location: MECA, 28 Washington St, North Haven. Info: 860-301-6433.

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wednesday Readings and/or Crystal Chakra Balancing w/ Deborah – 12pm-3pm. RMT, IET (Integrated Energy Therapy), Hypnotherapist, EFT and Quantum Touch Practitioner. Offers Tarot card, Tea Leaf and Couples Readings, House Blessings and Clearings, Reiki, Crystal Chakra Balancing, Hypnosis Therapy Specializing in Addictions, Phobias and Past Life Regression. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 12pm1pm. Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. Schedule Available online. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Info: S t o n y C re e k Yo g a f o r S t re s s R e l i e f – 5:45pm-7pm. Classes led by Gina Macdonald MA, LPC. Sessions include breathing techniques, yoga poses and relaxation techniques. Emphasis on movement, flow and release of tension.. Beginning yoga experience recommended along wit loose clothing and a yoga mat. Newcomers please arrive early. $10/session. Willoughby Wallace Library. 146 Thimble Island Rd, Stony Creek. Contact Gina: 203-710-6665.

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Intermediate/Advanced Yoga w/ Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate – 6pm-7:30pm. Refine and renew your practice with sophisticated sequences and expert instruction. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). Yoga with Marlene – 6:30pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Meditation In the World at Guest House Retreat – 7pm-8pm. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced meditator, join us every week as we are led in the practice of focusing our awareness. Helping you find calm within everyday demands and stress. Free. 318 West Main St, Chester. 860-322-5770.

friday Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am-3pm (Sat 7/23; Sun 7/10; 7/17 & Tues 7/12). Usui and Karuna Reiki Master and Clairvoyant Susane sees auras/mirrors of soul/emotions and physical being. Now also a certified Doreen Virtue Angel Reader. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.



Be uplifted by Unconditionally Loving Spirit – Release what holds you back. Learn from Loving Spirit about who you are on a deeper level. Be supported and encouraged to grow. Christie, a clear intuitive, and her Spirit Guide, Great Bear Can make this happen for you. Location: Health Options, 133 State St, Guilford. For information or an appointment, call: 203-481-8827.

Akashic Record or Angelic Reading w/RMT, Diane Esposito – By Appt. 7 Days/week. Phone/ In-Person. Ask empowering questions, awaken to signs, receive loving messages/guidance from masters, teachers, loved ones, angels/guides. Develop spiritual senses.  Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869.

Branford Alps Farmers Market – 4pm-7pm. (through October 27). Non-profit market - doubling SNAP (food Stamp) dollars and donating $500/week in market tokens to the Branford Food Pantry to purchase fresh food for our neighbors in need. Our farmers also accept WIC and Senior Farm Market Nutrition Program vouchers. 17 Alps Rd, Branford. Information: 203-494-0227 or visit The Milford Chamber’s ‘Health & Wellness Council’ – 8:30am-9:30am. (2nd Thurs. monthly). Group is comprised of businesses in the health and wellness industry. 5 Broad St, Milford. 203-8780681., Yoga with Marlene – 10am & 6:30pm.Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Yin Yoga/Guided Meditation – 6pm-7:15pm. Long, deep stretching held for 3-5 minutes. $18/drop in; 10 & 5 class cards available at a reduced rate. Yoga Up the Stairs, 87 Whitfield St, Guilford. Contact Michele: 203-444-5007 or Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 6:30pm7:30pm. (Every Thurs. except the 1st Thurs. of month). Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. Schedule Available online. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Info:

Ropes Yoga – 9am-10am. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Experience yoga in new and liberating ways with the use of wall ropes. All levels welcome. Expert instruction. Individual attention. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). Simple Moves – 9am-10am. Learn to balance your pelvis with simple movements based on Feldenkrais Method. 4 Week Series $40 or $13 drop in. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wa l l i n g f o r d . C a l l C a r o l 2 0 3 - 4 1 5 - 8 6 6 6 . Fundamentals of Alignment Yoga – 11am-12pm. (7/9, 7/16, 7/23 & 7/30). With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Learn how to practice yoga safely as you learn about the most useful poses. Expert instruction since 1991. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). ReikiShare: The Universal Reiki Plan – 11am-1:30pm. Pre-register to share Reiki and join in a FREE workshop to make it a Reiki day! The 3rd Sat. of every month. Free (“love offering”). Bloodroot Rest. 85 Ferris St, Bridgeport. Reservation only. Jim or Jeannette: 203-254-3958. Stony Creek Yoga for Stress Relief – 5:45pm7pm. Classes taught by Gina Macdonald MA, LPC. Will emphasize the breath with flowing movement. $10/session. Walk-ins welcome. Willoughby Wallace Library. 146 Thimble Island Rd, Stony Creek. Contact Gina: 203-710-6665.

Qigong Group Healing & Silent Meditation – 6:30pm-8pm. (1st Thurs. of the month). All levels of health addressed. No experience necessary. Fee: donation. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Contact Pat for more information if this is 1st attendance: 203-500-6492.


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classifieds Fee for classifieds is $25 for up to 300 characters & spaces and 15 cents per extra character & space. Submit online at Deadline is the 10th of the month.

ALS SUPPORT THE ALS ASSOCIATION CONNECTICUT CHAPTER – Leading the fight to treat & cure ALS through research & advocacy while empowering people w/Lou Gehrig’s Disease & their families to live fuller lives w/compassionate care & support. 4 Oxford Road, Unit D4. Milford. 203-874-5050.


START A CAREER YOU CAN BE PASSIONATE ABOUT – Publish your own Natural Awakenings magazine. Home based business complete with comprehensive training and support system. New franchises are available or purchase a magazine that is currently publishing. Call 239-530-1377 or visit

ENCHANTED ONLINE SHOPPING ENCHANTED NOW OFFERING SHOPPING ONLINE – Call ahead and pick up is also available. Free Gift Wrapping.We have a large selection of Crystals, Geodes,Selenite, Rose Quartz, Salt Lamps, Healing Wands, Handcrafted Jewelry and Paintings. Josephine Wall Greeting Cards. Enchanted 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford (Strawberry Hill). 203-453-4000.


BHcare – A state-licensed, non-profit behavioral health care provider serving Lower Naugatuck Valley, Greater New Haven and Shoreline communities. It provides comprehensive behavioral health, prevention and domestic violence services to improve the lives & health of individuals, families and communities. 203-736-2601.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY CAREER OPPORTUNITY IN PRESTIGIOUS SALON – For as little as $65 per week, you can own your own business, make your own hours, keep 100% of your sales in an established state of the art salon & spa. Fear no more of opening your own salon due to the costly start-up expenses. Do not wait to move on this opportunity. Call 203-980-3163.

W E L L N E S S PRACTITIONERS A N D MASSAGE THERAPISTS – Opportunity to work in the shoreline’s most prestigious wellness center and spa. Make your own hours, be your own boss and keep 100% of your sales without the costly start up expenses. For as little as $65 per week, this opportunity will not last long. Call 203-980-3163.


LYME DISEASE AMERICAN LYME DISEASE FOUNDATION – Dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment, of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. Lyme, CT. Info: 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 & info. 860-537-0255,

OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE BEAUTIFUL TREATMENT ROOM FOR RENT – Fully furnished private office within busy Electrology business. Office amenities include shared waiting room, bathroom, kitchen, WIFI, utilites and cleaning. Full/ partime use. Great for professional who needs use of a fully functioning office space a few times a week or per month. Call/ Text Tracy 203-974-3747.

SPREAD YOUR WINGS ADD A REJUVENATION STUDIO to your EXISTING beauty, fitness, or health/wellness business. – Bring in new customers, gain revenue from several sources, and your customers will love it! For more information, call: 864-569-8631.

HYPNOSIS THERAPY CENTER – Providing the help you need to Relax & Resolve: stress, anger, anxiety, emotional issues, bad habits or the past. Life Coaching for personal & professional development. Psychic Readings for insights or Music Therapy to re-balance the mind & body. Madison. 203-245-6927.



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departments healthbriefs consciouseating globalbriefs wisewords ecotips fitbody greenliving inspiration healingways naturalpet healthykids

themes JANUARY detoxification

plus: dance power



plus: seasonal affective disorder

green planning and planting

plus: healing chronic pain/illness

everyday sustainability plus: seasonal allergies

women’s wellness

plus: hormone health


men’s health


food integrity


plus: fitness

plus: natural beauty

empowering youth plus: creativity

healing music plus: yoga

community game changers plus: chiropractic


mental wellness


uplifting humanity

plus: beauty

plus: holiday themes

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July 2016


communityresourceguide APPLIED KINESIOLOGY

ALLERGIES ADVANCED ALLERGY RELIEF OF CT Anne Mitchell, ND North Haven and West Hartford Offices 203-239-3400

Do you have asthma, hay fever, sinusitis, excema or other allergy symptoms? Are you careful about what you eat because of food allergies or intolerances? At Advanced Allergy Relief, we offer a safe, rapid elimination of allergic reactions. No medication, No Needles, Child friendly, Effective.


Specializing in Advanced Allergy Therapeutics Betty Brainerd, ND Guilford, CT 203-738-0020 Are you suffering from allergies or sensitivites? Would you like to live life without medications or the need to avoid certain plants, foods animals, etc.? Our Advanced Allergy Therapeutics is a safe and effective solution for the elimination of symptoms in all ages (no needles!).


Improve your quality of life w/ empowering guidance & support. Move to the Heart of Healing w/ Diane Esposito, RMT/Holistic Coach/author of Play, Heal, Love! The Art of Creating Healthy Relationships. Be inspired; create habits & boundaries that heal w/in-person or phone Readings, Reiki, Reflexology, EFT, Angelspeake, Meditation. See ad on page 33.

KC CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS Kevin Healy, DC 17 Woodland Road, Madison, CT 203-245-9317

Applied Kinesiology is a neurological 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 8.


28 School Street, Branford, CT 06405 203-433-4658 CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School provides experientially-based education with a personalized approach to learning, designed to empower young people to thrive. Our students come from a variety of towns throughout Connecticut, from families looking for a program that engages and deepens learning, where their children can flourish during these important and impactful 5th - 8th grade years. See ad on page 33.


Accredited, Non-profit Graduate School offering holistic programs in contemporary and emerging fields 203-874-4252 The Graduate Institute offers holistic master’s degrees and certificate programs for adult learners. Programs include Integrative Health and Healing, Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability, Writing and Oral Tradition, Organizational Leadership, Integrative Health Coaching and Patient Navigation, and more. See ad on page 7.


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2 Broadway, North Haven, CT 203-239-3400

GOT HEMORRHOIDS? Now there is an easy non-surgical treatment that eliminates bleeding, pain, and swelling of hemorrhoids. It is quick, painless, and effective. There is no need to suffer any longer. Covered by most insurances. Call The Life Center for RELIEF. See ad on page 13.


501 Kings Highway East, Suite 108 Fairfield, CT 203-371-0300 Dr. Mark A. Breiner is a pioneer and recognized authority in the field of holistic dentistry. With over 30 years of experience, he is a sought after speaker and lecturer. His popular consumer book, Whole-Body Dentistry, has been sold worldwide. See ad on page 31.


900 Grand Ave, New Haven, CT 203-680-0227 Holistic Healing integrating psychotherapy, yoga and spirituality. I am trained in clinical social work specializing in PTSD recovery and Relationships. I offer trauma informed yoga to increase awareness of the mind, body and soul connection. I use indigenous healing modalities, a conscious and mindful approach, and sound healing. Bilingual in Spanish. Online services available.


Anna Martin, BSW, MSW, LCSW 410 State St, North Haven, CT 30 Hazel Terrace, Woodbridge, CT 377 Main St, West Haven, CT 203-606-2071

YOU deserve to be happy. AHBHS helps with depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Obesity, agarophobia, domestic violence, ADD, ADHD and anger management. Phone,internet,skype and office sessions. Evening and weekend hours are available. Most insurance accepted, including Medicaid, Medicare and Husky.




Everlastings, by Arlene Bouley The Carriage House At The Gate House West 2614 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT 203-458-1298


787 Main St, S Woodbury, CT 203-586-1172

Everlastings is a full-service hair salon & spa whose passion and mission is to provide healthier, more natural organic alternatives to salon services. All products are chemical-free. You will leave feeling fulfilled, refreshed and cared for. See ad on page 24.





Adam Breiner, ND, Director Elena Sokolova, MD, ND David Brady, ND, CCN, DACBN 501 Kings Highway East, Suite 108 Fairfield, CT 203-371-8258 Using state-of-the-art science combined with centuries-old healing modalities, our caring naturopathic doctors correct underlying imbalances and address issues which may interfere with the body’s abilityto heal itself. Treatment protocols or therapies include: Abdominal Manual Therapy, Acupuncture, Allergy Desensitization, Chinese Medicine, Colonics and other Detoxification Protocols, Electro-Dermal Screening, Energy Medicine, FDA-cleared Phototherapy, Functional Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Hormonal Balancing, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Metabolic Typing, Nutritional Assessment, Real-Time EEG Neurofeedback, and other therapies. See ad on page 31.

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. See ad on page 24.

Dr. Kia Walker Offices in North Haven and West Hartford 203-239-3400 Getting to the root of your pain. Whether it’s structural, inflammatory, or related to injury, there are options that can significantly improve or eliminate your pain naturally. Here at The Life Center, we identify the pattern and employ a number of therapies such as Gua sha, Massage therapy, Bowen, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Botanical Medicine, Emotional Freedom Technique, Egoscue exercises, Laser therapy, nutritional supplements, and dietary changes to manage pain. We are not interested in covering pain up but fixing it and to helping you to understand it. In this way, you will have some say over the way you feel and be empowered to be pain free. See ad on page 13.


Critical Care Nurse, Reiki Practitioner 370 Boston Post Road Orange, CT 203-314-5401 Healing practices offered by light touch with documented health benefits. RELAX/REVIVE in a restful environment while restoring balance both physically and emotionally to the body. Offering one-hour and half-hour table sessions, 20-minute chair sessions to clients of all ages.


203-228-1777 Heal, elevate and transform your life! Expand compassion to self and others! Gain insights and healing by connecting to the wisdom of your soul with Akashic Records Consultation/ Classes. Enhance the depth of Healing Touch Energy Therapy with Arcturian Healing Method, an upper dimensional light and frequency, and balance your mind, body, and spirit. See ad on page 11.


Dr. Jenna Henderson 2 Broadway, North Haven, CT 1007 Farmington Ave, Suite 7A, West Hartford, CT 203-239-3400 Medically supervised weight loss program. Get off the dieting merry-go-round and F I N A L LY a c h i e v e y o u r ideal weight. We offer a whole foods diet, individualized nutrition, emotional eating support, meal planning and weight loss coaching. COVERED BY MOST INSURANCES. See ad on page 13.

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