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BEAUTY Health Concerns

Revolutionize the Cosmetics Industry

Cohousing Community Breaks Ground in Bethany

Healthy and Empowered Recovery

Holistic Approaches for Individual Paths

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We welcome you to our June edition themed: Creating Positive Patterns, plus Natural Beauty!

2018 has been a year of establishing new habits in order to experience better work/life balance, which has required trust and flexibility on my part. Actually, 2018 has given a whole new meaning to the word “flexibility.” I will spare you the details, but I have enjoyed letting go of old patterns—and stuff that no longer serves a purpose and replaced them with sustainable positive behaviors. During the past 3 months, I have cleaned up my diet and workout routine (this required professional coaching) and I practice meditation daily. I am now in the process of clearing out my living space and fine tuning some details of my business—always a work in progress. I am also learning to forgive myself more when I make mistakes, appreciate the life lesson—and move on. Our local editorial features this month offer guidance and inspiration to help you make positive and lasting change in your life, such as shifting habits of thinking through hypnotism; empowering one’s journey of recovery, and tips to help our inner mind release negative reactions and reinforce positive ones. While we have limited space in our print issue, we are able to bring you additional local material via our growing website: Check out our “Articles” page with more than 100 local articles covering a rich array of holistic topics. This month’s feature online articles are: “Creating Positive Behavior Patterns: Hypnosis Illuminates Our Inner Wisdom” by Danielle Sullo and “Natural Skincare Matters: Consumer Beware—You’re On Your Own” by Brook Adams Law. This article includes a list of chemicals commonly used in personal care products in the U.S. that have been banned in Europe—A MUST read! During the summer and fall months we will also post a list of local farmer’s markets (including times of operation) and a Connecticut guide to picking your own (PYO) farms in Connecticut. Natural Awakenings is a proud media sponsor for the upcoming networking event for holistic professionals hosted by One World Wellness in East Haven. Its inaugural night will be on June 27 from 6-9p.m. For details, see this month’s Event Spotlight on page 13. Exciting news! Rocky Corner cohousing community in Bethany began construction on May 1st and is now actively seeking families, singles and couples of all ages as new members. Read all about it in our Community Spotlight on page 14.

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Health Concerns Revolutionize the Cosmetics Industry


OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS Using Hypnotism to Change Habits



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22 SHIFTING NEGATIVE BELIEF PATTERNS Simple Strategies Make Lasting Change

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Integrative Health Practice Opens in North Haven


tarting April 2, Dr. Shannon Homkovics NMD, and Dr. Robert Lee, ND, MS, MA , began accepting new patient’s at their North Haven, Connecticut, location. Dr. Homkovics is as naturopathic physician and board-certified acupuncturist who specializes in weight loss, women’s health and hormonal imbalance. She concentrates on thyroid Dr. Shannon Homkovics and adrenal health, as well as many common ailments including menopause and PMS. Dr. Lee is a naturopathic physician and former Yale University-affiliated researcher of integrative medicine. He is head of the integrative pain program at Restoration Health, and specializes in mind-body medicine, digestive disorders, cardiovascular conditions and brain health. Some of the services provided include Dr. Robert Lee an award-winning weight loss program, as well as an integrative medicine-based pain relief program. They also offer nutritional counseling, acupuncture, cupping, supplements, plant medicine, massage therapy and detox programs. For more information, call 203-239-3400, email or visit Location: 12 Village St., Ste. 3, North Haven, CT.

Overcome Addiction with BR+ NAD


r. Kevin Greene, of Optimal Wellness Center, in Cheshire, is offering people a new solution to the addiction crisis. BR+ NAD (Brain Restoration plus Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) is an IV protocol that administers an emerging coenzyme therapy that is all-natural, holistic and has shown outstanding results with multiple addictions. NAD is about minimizing withdrawal symptoms and eradicating cravings. Greene’s treatment combines BR+ NAD with supplements, diet, exercise, neurofeedback, hormone work-up and empowerment sessions. When administered in an outpatient clinic setting by a continuous IV drip, BR+ NAD offers rapid and profound relief from acute physical and emotional symptoms of substance withdrawal. Treatment with BR+ NAD produces a lasting reduction in cravings, insomnia, brain fog and unstable moods from addiction that often contribute to relapse. A standard treatment plan requires one infusion per day for up to 10 days. Withdrawal symptoms start to subside in a matter


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of minutes. Patients can comfortably relax while the formula is administered in approximately five to eight hours. Patients typically report feeling better within the two days. At the end of the treatment, Greene says, 90 percent of patients report no cravings. For more information and a free consultation, call 203-584-5900 or visit Location: Optimal Wellness Center, 530 W Main St, Ste 1, Cheshire.

Taking Yoga to New Heights


n Mondays in June, Studio Ascend will be hosting its gravity-defying Aerial Flow Series. Taking place on June 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 7-8 p.m., you will take a standard yoga practice to new heights— from the floor to the air. Enjoy the benefits of surrendering to gravity, allowing the body to easily open and let go to create the space that is desired, required, and needed to feel connected and replenished. The cost is $65 for all four sessions or $19 for a single session. The studio offers a variety of health and wellness workshops, during which highly-trained and specialized instructors will guide the bodies and minds of their students through asanas, breathing techniques and gentle guided meditations. Additional events and announcements can be found on Facebook at To register, visit The owner, Maria Calo, can be reached at 203-509-1319 or Location: Studio Ascend, 26 Broadway, North Haven, CT.

Students Demonstrate Ecology and Sustainability Know-How at Expo


ach year CELC Middle School of Branford has a theme of study; this year’s theme is ecology and sustainability. After months of study, research and preparation, students write a formal research paper about a specific energy source. They also apply their learning by creating and constructing interactive displays related to renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, each created for an Ecology and Sustainability Exposition.


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The Ecology and Sustainability Expo is a free event open to the public, to be held June 8 at Willoughby Wallace Library in Branford, Connecticut, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. In addition to the student displays, local organizations, including Food Rescue US and Call To Care Uganda, will be present with information. Join this event to support the work of these middle school students. With great attention to detail, imagination, ingenuity and dedication, the students will share work that demonstrates the knowledge they acquired about their topics. For more information, call 203-433-4658, email or visit See ad on page 24.

Focusing on Prevention with Homeoprophylaxis


n June 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Milford, Connecticut, Holistic Moms Network’s New Haven County chapter will host a presentation on homeoprophylaxis, the use of homeopathic nosodes for disease prevention. It may be a viable option to consider for protecting you and your family. The goal of homeoprophylaxis is to introduce the human system to the energetic components, or nosodes, of particular diseases in order to stimulate the immune system to produce immunity. The nosodes are highly diluted, energetically potentized preparations of the relative disease pathogen or human discharges produced in relationship to the particular infection. Upon repetition of the particular remedy, it is understood that some aspect of the susceptibility of that disease has been fulfilled. Practicing since 1994, Yashasvi Jhangiani is a homeopathic educator with the bachelor’s degree in homeopathy from Mumbai University. In addition to being board certified by the Council for Homeopathic as a certified classical homeopath, she is registered with the North American Society of Homeopaths and the National Center of Homeopathy. Jhangiani is also an

EMT with the Westport EMS since 2003. Holistic Moms Network is a nonprofit support and discussion 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

Are You Experiencing Knots Between Your Shoulder Blades?


ake advantage of complimentary screenings on June 14 (3-4 p.m.) and June 26 (4-5 p.m.) to determine whether an immobilized rib is the true source of your shoulder blade pain. The 10-minute sessions will be held at Physical Therapy Services of Guilford in Branford, CT. Do you experience annoying knots in your upper back area or between your shoulder blades? Often, they can be the result of ribs that are stuck and no longer expand and contract. Ribs easily become restricted from many activities involving the arms, such as lifting heavy objects or playing sports. If these times are not convenient, call to schedule another time. For more information and to register for your free 10-minute screening, call 203-315-7727. Location: Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St., Ste. 310, Branford, CT. See ad on page 21.

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The Art of Being Human with Shastri Richard Sylvester


unning June 8-10, the weekend class introduces the concept of basic goodness as the unconditional ground of existence. Through the practice of meditation, you will experience the realization that basic goodness provides an alternative to being trapped in repetitive habitual patterns. This in turn, brings you a sense of joy and appreciation of what it means to be fully human. Taking place at Shambhala Meditation Center of New Haven, The Art of Being Human workshop will consist of sitting meditation, teachings, walking meditation, and individual meetings with instructors. The hours are June 8 from 7-9 p.m., and June 9 and 10 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

fragrance experts then created sophisticated scents such as Ranger Orange, that encourage consumers to wear repellents versus being put-off by how they feel and smell,” says CEO Fuentes. “We’re pleased that Ranger Ready will be blended in small batches, bottled and distributed directly from South Norwalk, CT,” adds Kesten. Ranger Ready Repellents’ brand and packaging were produced in collaboration with the Fairfield-based Product Ventures industrial design firm. The PiC20 Group, LLC is a privately held company that exclusively utilizes the active ingredient Picaridin to invent, manufacture and distribute DEET-Free tick and insect repellents. For more information, visit

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ome to Whistle Stop Café in Deep River on June 24 from 6-9 p.m. for a cooking class based on traditional Chinese theory of food energy and how is can greatly affect your health. If you are eating organic and seasonally but still having issues with your health, this class can guide you in an ancient practice that has been effective for over 3,500 years. The class is held five times a year, reflecting each season and foods that have a huge impact on your emotional, physical and physiological state of well-being. This class will focus on the fire system, which nourishes the heart, small intestine, paricardium and triple warmer.

To register, call 203-503-0173 or visit Location: Shambhala Meditation Center of New Haven, 85 Willow St., Bldg. B, New Haven, CT.

Ranger Ready Repellents Gets EPA Seal of Approval


he Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the PiC20 Group’s Ranger Ready Repellents. Invented by co-founders Chris L. Fuentes and Ted Kesten, Ranger Ready is available now for the 2018 tick and mosquito season. “Ranger Ready is a new DEET-Free repellent that is highly effective against tick and insect bites. We took Picaridin, an alternative to DEET derived from piperidine found in pepper plants that has been widely used in Europe for 20 years. Our


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The cost is $135 for non-members and $135 for members. Repeat participants pay $50. There are no pre-requisites for the class. The organizers are always willing to work with financial obstacles to find alternative means of payment. Richard Sylvester encountered Shambhala teachings in 1978. He presently resides in Rhode Island, where he maintains a private practice in contemplative/body-mind psychotherapy as well as playing the drums as often as possible.

Symptoms of imbalance can be insomnia, heart palpitations, anxiety, colitis, intestinal ulcers, tooth issues, too much heat in the body, anger, heavy sweating, high blood pressure, feelings of loneliness, panic attacks, pain in the diaphragm, back, neck or upper arm pain or tightness, jaw pain, headaches, and flush face. The cost is $75; it must be prepaid at the Whistle Stop to reserve your place. After sign up, a packet of information is emailed for study before the class. There is a lot of information to cover and the packet makes it easier to absorb this ancient wisdom. For more information, call 860-304-1917 or visit Events/322992794892659. Location: Whistle Stop Café, 108 Main St, Deep River, CT.

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Energy Drinks Hurt Youth Health More than half of teens and young adults that have slaked their thirst with energy drinks report consequently suffering negative health consequences, reports a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. Of 2,055 Canadian participants between ages 12 and 24, 55.4 percent said they had negative health events afterwards. Of these, 26.5 percent trembled and felt jittery, 24.7 percent had faster heartbeats and 22.5 percent noted “jolt and crash” episodes—a spell of alertness followed by a sudden drop in energy. Another 5.1 percent experienced nausea or diarrhea and 0.2 percent, seizures. Most respondents said they drank only one or two energy drinks at a time. 10

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In the first scientific study of facial exercise, 27 middleaged women that performed specific facial muscle movements looked an average of two-and-a-half years younger in 20 weeks based on a standardized scale called the Merz-Carruthers Facial Aging Photoscales. By doing the exercises for 30 minutes each day or every other day, the fullness of both the upper and lower cheeks, in particular, of the women were significantly enhanced, report Northwestern University researchers. “The exercises enlarge and strengthen the facial muscles, so the face becomes firmer and more toned and shaped like a younger face,” says lead author Murad Alam, a medical doctor. Some of the study exercises can be found by searching the topic of Happy Face Yoga on YouTube.

Cardiovascular exercise improves a person’s healthy gut microbes even without making dietary changes, University of Illinois researchers report. In a study of 32 people, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three times a week for six weeks boosted levels of healthy intestinal bacteria, especially for lean subjects, and less so for the obese. The healthy bacteria produced shortchain fatty acids that reduce the risk of colon cancer. “The bottom line is that there are clear differences in how the microbiome of somebody who is obese versus somebody who is lean responds to exercise,” says Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D., a kinesiology professor at the university.

Seek 15 Minutes of Device-Free Time When we’re feeling angry, stressed or overexcited, just 15 minutes of being alone without a device can put us into a more peaceful state, reports a University of Rochester study. Young adults, sitting in a comfortable chair away from their devices, were given something to read, told to think about something specific or not given any instruction. Some were asked to sit alone for 15 minutes a day for a week and keep a diary. In all cases, such solo time away from devices helped reduce intense emotions afterward.


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Lower Overhead Green Energy Reduces Utility Costs

Cincinnati has contracted with the energy company Dynegy to purchase 100 percent renewable energy to operate most of its municipal facilities through at least 2021. The green energy will power police and fire stations, health clinics, recreation centers and most administrative buildings, including city hall. The city’s greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by more than 9 percent and its utility rates by more than $100,000 annually. The deal will bring the city closer to its goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

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Simple Eco-Houses on the Upswing

A new Ukrainian homebuilding startup called Passivdom uses a 3-D printing robot to produce parts for tiny houses. The machine can print the walls, roof and floor of the company’s 380-square-foot model in about eight hours. The windows, doors and self-contained plumbing, sewage and self-electrical systems are then added by a human worker. Solar energy is stored in a battery. Filtered water collects from humidity in the air. Prices start at $64,000 per house (Passivedom). M.A.DI., in Italy, produces prefabricated A-frame houses in five sizes that can be set up anywhere. The basic model is rated an energy class B, but can be upgraded with an option of adding solar panels to make the structures energy-independent. Homes made by Lifehaus blend low-cost, off-grid appeal with holistic living and luxurious details. The Lebanon company is pioneering energy-neutral dwellings made from locally sourced and recycled materials. Green home dwellers will also be able to generate electricity and grow their own food.

Independent Action Mayors Worldwide Sign Climate Charter

At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last December, more than 50 mayors from around the globe signed the Chicago Climate Charter, intended to guide cities toward reaching greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals similar to the Paris climate accord. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says each mayor will pursue a customized plan, noting, “We’re all going to get to the same destination in our own way.” President Trump’s intended exit from the Paris agreement has sparked an uproar from leaders worldwide, especially mayors in cities long committed to reducing emissions. Dozens of cities are committed to 100 percent clean and renewable energy goals and pledged to promote clean transit through using zero-emissions buses. Emanuel believes, “Climate change can be solved by human action.” Cities’ actions now may well pay off in the long run.

Deadly Cargo Oil Spill Threatens Ocean Ecology

Experts are warning that the Iranian tanker Sanchi oil spill in January in the East China Sea could potentially be one of the worst in decades. Scientists from the UK National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton are monitoring the disaster, believing it could

severely impact important reefs, fishing grounds and protected marine areas in Japan. They are also concerned by the toxic nature of the ultra-light, highly flammable oil and unknown impacts. Simon Boxall, with the centre, notes, “It’s not like crude, which does break down under natural microbial action. This stuff actually kills the microbes that break the oil down.” June 2018



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ne World Wellness would like to invite holistic health professionals to attend its inaugural networking night on June 27 from 6-9 p.m. The free event will be held at the One World Wellness studio located on North High Street in East Haven, Connecticut. This is an opportunity for those working in the holistic health field to connect with like-minded professionals in the healing arts. Those in attendance will have the chance to meet other practitioners from a variety of backgrounds and traditions in yoga, massage therapy, energy healing, counseling services, nutrition, meditation, aromatherapy, wellness coaches, intuitive arts and many more. The purpose of the night is to encourage collaboration and promote an environment of cooperative learning. One World Wellness is a holistic center specializing in Taoist yoga, breathwork and meditation. Offering classes for all types of individuals, the East Haven center also hosts community events, workshops and professional trainings. During Networking Night, it is One World Wellness’ mission to assist private practice providers build successful businesses while connecting with a larger supportive community. The evening begins with healthy appetizers and introductions followed by a guest speaker. Monica Leggett, a certified life, business and relationship coach, presents an inspirational framework for creating a thriving business and new working relationships. Her talk, Designing Professional Alliances for Success, focuses on the positive aspects of building collaborative relationships within the holistic health field. Leggett will give examples of ways to connect and collaborate, involve participants in an

interactive discussion and provide resources to support one’s professional goals. A certified coach and trainer, Leggett works with individuals, teams and organizations who want stronger communication, team-building, leadership and conflict resolution skills. Her coaching business, New Steps Life Coaching, helps individuals transform both their personal and professional lives. She is also a co-founder of Authentic Connections, a women’s networking group for professional women throughout Connecticut who seek greater growth through successful business partnerships. After listening to the speaker, guests will then join breakout groups to envision possibilities and discuss goals for professional collaboration on projects, ventures, workshops or services. Afterward, there will be time for attendees to seek networking opportunities with those in similar fields or across disciplines. A short video on interdependence versus competition will be shown, and the night will end with a business card raffle drawing. Prizes include gift certificates, spa products, marketing discounts and freebies, select gift baskets, and more.

Register as seating is limited at For more information and to register, call 203-998-5688. Location: One World Wellness, 967 N. High St. (Rte. 100), East Haven, CT. See ad on page 19. June 2018


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BREAKS GROUND in Bethany by Ariana Rawls Fine


reating a sustainable, interconnected community was the driving force behind the first cohousing community in Connecticut. Actively seeking families, singles and couples of all ages as new members, Rocky Corner ( began construction on the new community on May 1 with a groundbreaking ceremony on May 22. It is being built on a 33-acre former dairy farm in rural Bethany, about 20 minutes from downtown New Haven. Plans include a pedestriancentered, multi-generational neighborhood of 30 private homes; a common house for shared facilities; and land for recreation, family gardens and organic farming. By creating an interactive, sustainable community from the beginning, Rocky Corner’s founders hope to follow through with their mission to minimize consumption of natural resources and balance farming and community life with wildlife habitat preservation. All homes are expected to be completed by June 2019. The buildings at Rocky Corner will be brand new, Energy Starrecognized structures. Some of the features include passive solar compact homes with low energy and maintenance costs, and an “aging in place” layout with a bedroom and bath on every first floor. The homes will be heavily insulated with raft slab foundations and no basements for better energy efficiency. There are one, two, three and four-bedroom cape-style options available with customizable features and layout. Affordable housing subsidies are also available for those who qualify. Rocky Corner’s Dick Margulis explains that 50 percent of the community’s 14

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carbon footprint will be reduced by car and common space sharing and interactions within the community. Working with Centerbrook Architects and Planners ( in Centerbrook, the focus of Rocky Corner’s founding group members was on fostering human interaction by design. Some features of the neighborhood include room to garden, play, hike, cross country ski, ride horses and walk dogs. The multi-generational emphasis lends a village and family feel to the community. The layout is walkable, accessible for those with mobility issues and/or disabilities, and pedestrian-centered with parking on a perimeter ring driveway. Community gardens, edible landscaping in the courtyards and wildlife habitat exemplify the space’s ecology focus. And a working organic farm started by some of the Rocky Corner co-founding team will supply lots of the neighborhood’s food; however, work on the farm isn’t required. The “it takes a village” appeal is also seen with a teaching and learning component; they value and welcome all backgrounds, skills and interests. The common house, one of the first structures to be erected at Rocky Corner, will be a large building for cooking and eating together, performances, dancing, woodworking, arts and crafts, meeting space, children’s play space, and laundry. It will also have quiet space for relaxing, playing games, listening to music, or lounging next to the masonry heater. As for the location, Rocky Corner is a 15-minute drive to downtown New Haven and 10 minutes to an Amtrak station. It is located in a top school district with Bethany Community School, and Amity Regional Junior and Senior High Schools. As a cohousing community, Rocky Corner’s leadership style stands out with its dynamic governance model. “Dynamic governance is a sustainable way of living because everyone has access to power. There is an equivalence of voice and an interaction with the community. Decisions are made by consent, not by consensus,” Margulis states. In addition, the governance model enables any member to propose a use of land or space to the whole community with the appropriate financing provided by the individual or group. As a community, all members decide if proposals are good enough for now, safe enough to try, and the timeline and criteria for evaluating the proposed project depending on the amount of risk involved. Now is the phase for choosing homes as the community breaks ground. To be kept abreast with updates, sign up for their mailing list on their website; email questions to Welcome@; check their Facebook page and blog; or attend an information session, business meeting or social event. Some of the upcoming events include a Rocky Corner potluck and committee reports meeting on June 3 (5-7:30 p.m.) and a Business Meeting on June 24 (6-8:30 p.m.). June information sessions will be held on June 4 and 13 in Hamden, June 9 (10:30 a.m.) in Bethany, and June 23 (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) in Fairfield. For more information or find out how to get involved, attend one of Rocky Corner’s public information sessions, visit or email



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n a harried world where our work is never done, it’s tough to take timeouts to do nothing. Yet, when we pump the brakes on Americans’ obsessive drive, we discover fresh productivity, creativity and contentment. “We’re socialized to pride ourselves on accomplishment and achievement, yet when you step back, you realize doing nothing produces a valuable currency, especially in enhanced mental health,” says Colleen Long, a Boston psychologist and author of Happiness in B.A.L.A.N.C.E: What We Know Now About Happiness. Italians call it la dolce far niente, or the sweetness of doing nothing, while the Dutch word niksen translates as “doing something without a purpose”. Here are a few tips to reclaim the art of be-ing over do-ing.

Create a “do nothing” ritual. Set aside a special time and make it known. It can start the morning or wind down an evening. It may be meditating a few minutes or enjoying a bit of aromatherapy, wherever the heart leads. Relax into the moment. Acknowledge

guilty feelings when they arise, but don’t heed them. It takes time to undo mental programming and learn to quiet the voice urging, “Don’t just stand there, do something!”

Mindfully do nothing. It’s not about

vegging out with passive activities like watching TV or checking email. It’s a time to come alive to our senses and surroundings, whether listening to music or peoplewatching, free of distractions from phone calls or anxious thoughts.


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Doing something is okay. The aim

is to let go of the compulsion to check off every item on our to-do list—but that doesn’t mean blankly staring off into space. These are purposeful moments without a specific purpose. Doodle in a sketchbook, wander around the neighborhood or lie in the grass and look at clouds. Spontaneously go with the flow.

There’s no one way or right way to do nothing. “Just by carving out space,

you’ll get a benefit even if it doesn’t feel like you’re doing it right or perfectly,” advises Long. It looks different for different people. “Before I had kids, my ‘nothing time’ might be just being out in nature or simply doing one thing mindfully at a time, like washing dishes. Now I incorporate the principle into family time. One day a week, I shut off the phone, get on the floor with my kids and just let life get messy.”


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rom red carpets to Teen Vogue magazine, the natural beauty trend has taken the industry by storm. Consumer whims may have sparked its beginnings more than a decade ago, but demand is now spiking profits into the billions. “Consumer need is influencing retailers to offer cleaner formulas reflecting firm ecovalues,” says Karen Behnke, the pioneering entrepreneur who founded Juice Beauty, in San Rafael, California. Behnke aimed to create meaningful change in the industry when she assembled her dream team 13 years ago. The company now owns a trailblazing patent and sets the standard for clinical organics. “We’re excited that traditional department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Holt Renfrew are adding our products to their beauty departments,” says Behnke, who attributes Juice Beauty’s tremendous growth in recent years to a surge of interest in chemical-free, luxury alternatives.

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all-natural, a result likely driven by the scientific information age (see pages/greenbeauty for details). Reputable scientific studies revealing parabens in breast cancer biopsies have demonstrated that everything applied to the skin also enters the bloodstream, hence the effectiveness of dermal nicotine and birth control patches. Thus, it can be alarming to realize that the average woman will unknowingly consume seven pounds of lipstick containing petroleum-based emollients, synthetic preservatives and artificial dyes during a lifetime, undoubtedly another reason consumers are switching to natural options. Katey Denno, a Los Angeles makeup artist to the stars, noticed cosmetic red flags early in her career. “The first time I turned over a palette that most makeup artists carry and saw specific colors that couldn’t be used on eyes or lips, I was confused; if something isn’t safe for lips or eyes, how can it be good for any part of us?” queries Denno, who switched from social work to makeup artistry 11 years ago. “The change in the industry has been substantial. Now green is mainstream, and

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Find a guide to toxic personal care products at ~Vibrant Wellness Journal most artists have included some green beauty brands in their kits.” Millennials continue to drive consumer demand for higher standards. “Retailers understand that the skincare/makeup landscape is changing,” advises Behnke. “Traditional brands are no longer attracting younger consumers that are demanding organic, clinically validated products.” Denno concurs, stating, “The spotlight on clean products comes from the growing acknowledgement that we can and must do all we can to lower our overall toxic load.”

Demand Escalates Women are fueling the natural beauty movement, yet more men than ever are also seeking healthy alternatives. Grooming products with unisex packaging and fragrances are among top sellers. Informed teen and 20-something buyers are inclined to choose people- and eco-friendly brands that are also cruelty-free. A wide selection of aluminum-free, natural, personal care products including underarm deodorants are showing up in supermarkets. Women are ditching toxic hair dyes and going silver to avoid thinning hair and allergies, and unwittingly, creating a new fashion statement. Plus, there’s growing interest in DIY cosmetics using everyday good-for-you ingredients found in the kitchen. Artisan perfumes are gaining popularity among women that want the mystery and allure of fragrance without the side effects of manmade, chemical-based brands. “Some new customers are frustrated by commercial products giving them headaches, while others say that they just don’t like perfume, when what they actually don’t like is synthetic fragrance chemicals,” says Ananda Wilson, a botanical perfumer and owner of Gather Perfume, in South Hadley, Massachusetts. “It’s inspiring when they smell real plant scents and see how their world lights up! The molecules in natural perfumes are active and interact with personal chemistry, so they unfold differently on each

wearer, creating a unique signature and experience.” Wilson ventured into botanical blends when both awareness and supplies of appropriate ingredients were scarce. “Perfume history is largely rooted in natural materials, but until recently, there was a mass blackout of this precious lineage. When I started, there was barely anything available, and only through a handful of aromatherapy companies,” she explains. Now, Wilson bases her products on botanical infusions from plants she’s grown or collected, including wild beach roses, clover and spring poplar buds. It only takes a whiff to dispel the myth that natural perfumes lack sophistication or tenacity. “Naturals have a breadth of possibilities—opulent white florals, fresh and clean, or dirty and smoky,” expounds Wilson. Eco-beauty is emerging from conscious lifestyle choices and creating the next era of cosmetics. “It’s fun to be called a pioneer in organic beauty,” muses Behnke. “Our products, employees and happy customers comprise an encouraging accomplishment.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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Recent research has shown that, in fact, our brains do have the capacity to change, and we also have the ability to continue to learn until the end of our lives. This ability of our brains to change and adapt is called neuroplasticity. What can this mean for those of us trying to create positive change in our lives? It can mean a lot. Take, for instance, weight loss. Losing weight has become a national pastime. It seems there is a new book about the latest diet published each week. Despite all this, many of us have a hard time changing the way we eat and adopting different patterns of eating. The conventional belief is that all we need is more willpower. We start the new diet with enthusiasm and hope, but soon find ourselves back to our old habits and more discouraged than ever. What if willpower is not actually the key to creating positive change in our lives? What if we could harness the power of our subconscious mind to help facilitate the creation of different eating habits? It is possible through hypnosis. All habits were once new behavior, but it was the repetition of that thought and the behavior connected to it that formed a habit. When a thought and action are repeated, a neural pathway is created in our brain. The more that behavior is repeated, the stronger that neural pathway becomes; the habit is formed until it becomes “just who we are and what we do.” Using hypnotism to help create new habits is not a quick fix. It took some time and repetition to create the habit in the first place so it will take some time to replace it. Just knowing that change is possible if we use the potential of our own mind is empowering. Changing for the better is no longer just about more “willpower;” it is about tapping into the brain’s own ability to change through the subconscious mind and the power of repetition. Knowing that habits long ingrained in our brains can be changed opens up a world of new possibilities. This is not just with weight loss but with smoking cessation, overcoming a fear of public speaking, and improving sports performance, just to name a few. Tapping into the power of our subconscious minds and creating new habits can allow us to recreate our lives the way we want them to be. Thea Litsios is a certified consulting hypnotist, teacher of Active Dreaming and founder of Healing Tree Wisdom, LLC. Connect at 203-693-1493 and

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any women are seeking paths to holistic health and sobriety. Every person needs to find their own unique mix when creating any wellness plan, whether that is seeking and maintaining sobriety, weight loss, or implementing elemental self-care practices of exercise and meditation. To achieve the desired success, we must utilize channels that draw from a wholistic perspective. There are many sources of inspiration and wellness advice, which is hugely beneficial because what one woman seeks and finds useful may not be for the woman standing next to her. Many people begin their recovery journey with the well-known and classic Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), but searches on Google reveal newer groups such as Women for Sobriety and Yoga of Recovery, offering different options and approaches to holistic recovery. Ayurveda teaches us that individuation is a necessary strength, while functional 20

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nutrition and integrative medicine school us in how to further support ourselves through nutrition and stress reduction and mindfulness techniques. It’s true, the toolbox is overflowing with the many supportive measures that can be used. For many, these include diet, meditation, replenishing supplements, amino acids and herbs, spiritual practices, yoga/asana, mindful movement and dance, and time spent honoring nature, all play key parts. Although any individual’s rituals and regularity may not be “perfect,” what matters is an individual’s devotion to the practices that hold true health on the rainbow spectrum of vitality. Here are some suggestions for those seeking support on their recovery path:    Sangha – This Sanskrit word means a devoted community of like-minded seekers. Whether it is a 12-Step or Women for Sobriety meeting, your meditation club, a hiking group, or your

Moon Circle sisters, these all serve us, as we serve the group. We may find companionship, personal meaning, empathy, strength and support in these groups. This has never been more critical, as we live in a time where we all too often hide behind devices or desks for fear of judgment and self-comparison. Find your tribe and let your innate beauty shine!

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for you. Yogi Bhajan says “Sadhana is a personal process in which you bring out your best.” In other words, it is your daily spiritual practice. Obviously, this does not provide a specific outline for practice, but instead resonates with the idea of forming your own unique rainbow of meaning. For example, you may find great spiritual significance through your yoga and meditation practice, religious observances, pranayama, journaling, and/or prayer, or something else entirely.

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bathing! Studies show that just 90 minutes walking in nature decrease rumination, a recurrent factor known in depression, and another study concluded that “forest environments promote lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, lower blood pressure, greater parasympathetic nerve activity, and lower sympathetic nerve activity than do city environments.”

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mentation may not be needed as a general rule of thumb. But it is a fact that many foods grown today provide drastically less calcium, iron, and vitamins A & C than they did 50 years ago due to modern industrial farming practices, and we are subjected daily to many toxins that our bodies struggle to contend with, and remove. While we may do the best we can to reduce our toxic loads through living more mindfully, it is likely we can all benefit from supplements that help boost immunity and offset inflammation. These include such things as omega 3’s, a broad spectrum probiotic featuring 20 million of more CFU, and a great daily multivitamin. It’s amazing what this power trio can do for those who struggle with depression, anxiety, pain, and more.  Joy Herbst RN, MSN, APRN is a holistic nurse practitioner, empowered recovery guide, dancer, Ayurveda counselor and mother of 2 young boys. She works privately with those who struggle with depression, anxiety and substance use disorder, providing integrative mental health care and recovery support. Joy also offers weekly Yoga of Recovery classes and Women for Sobriety meetings. Joy is passionate about empowering her patients with co-created wellness plans that guide and reconnect them to their inner healer. She celebrates a grateful life of empowered sobriety since 2013. Connect at

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Shifting Negative Belief Patterns Simple Strategies Make Lasting Change by Michael Rosenbaum


o understand how we can make critical behavior changes ourselves, we should understand the different parts of the mind and how to work with them. The mind has been identified as having four major parts: conscious mind, subconscious, unconscious and superconscious. The first is the logical and rational mind, while the latter three—or inner mind—are where all behaviors (negative and positive), habits and emotional triggers are stored. There are several “laws” that apply. We can’t change the inner mind with the conscious mind. That’s because it is where all our emotions are. Using logic with an emotional issue rarely works. Instead, we have to undergo an inner-mind process to effectively change those habits, beliefs and negative emotional reactions. 22

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The inner mind defaults to the strongest impression, whether it is “good” or “bad.” This is apparent on those occasions when we walk into a room, something happens and we suddenly feel annoyed, afraid or even sad. Try as our conscious mind may want to, it can’t shake that feeling. We have been “triggered” and our inner mind is defaulting to an old impression that may have been created when we were a child, or even in another lifetime. Phobias and most disagreements with family, spouses and friends are really triggers for old, inner-mind impressions. How do we make an inner mind change? There are some simple things we can do that are effective in helping our inner mind release negative reactions and reinforce positive ones. Energy follows thought. Whatever we focus or ruminate on gets stronger. If we are negatively triggered, we should

acknowledge it as a trigger and then focus our attention on something we like for at least 15 minutes; that should be enough time for the negative impulse to move on. We should be mindful of what we tell ourselves all day long as those thoughts become the basis for how we feel overall. A good practice at the end of the day is to write down three specific things we are grateful for or that went well during the day. This begins to orient our brain to see the glass as half full. By doing so, we begin to focus on what is working instead what is not. Making small changes creates longlasting changes. To establish a change, take a 30-day challenge—it takes 30 days to establish a new habit—by asking how something can be done even only a few percentage points better. Make it something really simple that is accomplishable. Every 30 days, look to make another small change. After six months, look back and things will be noticeably different. Our mind can change at any age. We are not stuck with what we have. The key is to find ways to make inner mind changes and reprogram ourselves. Sometimes we need the help of others to shift strong negative patterns. Finding practitioners that specialize in working with the inner mind can help. Michael Rosenbaum, ACHT, MP, has been practicing mind/body medicine, hypnotherapy and regression therapy for over 18 years. He has offices in Danbury, CT, and Katonah and Mt. Kisco, NY. Connect at 914-218-9000, 914-589-3601 or


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by Sandra Murphy

eter Gros, co-host of the original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom TV show, wildlife expert and environmental conservationist, now educates groups of young people that spend more time on their handheld devices than they do outdoors. His message impresses upon the next generation the importance of wildlife and open spaces as they gift us with heartfelt awe and balance, and engage us with nature to offset manmade lives. His 30 years of field experiences include serving as a wildlife lecturer and licensed U.S. Department of Agriculture exhibitor. An active member of the American Zoo and Aquariums Association and the Zoological Association of America, Gros is also on the board of directors of the Suisun Marsh Natural History Association and a trustee for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. He lives in Seattle and spends time in national forests when not speaking to groups.

Which animals are most often displaced by development so that we now share space with them? Deer, raccoons, alligators and coyotes are common neighbors, depending on where you live. The deer population used to be controlled by natural predators like wolves; without wolves, deer can overpopulate. The best thing to remember is that animals go where there’s a food supply. Gardens attract deer; cat or dog food left out

brings raccoons. Coyotes and alligators must lose their fear of humans in order to eat. Don’t feed, tease or interact with them. Take photos from a distance. Call your local government animal agency for help or referral to a licensed animal rehabber before “rescuing” an abandoned baby; mothers often spend periods of time away hunting for food.

Why are some animals in danger of being killed on sight? We react to snakes, wolves and bats from a place of unfounded fears: snakes don’t have facial expressions, are seen as cold or slimy and move quickly; wolves are dangerous; bats can tangle in your hair. These are all tall tales. Animals want to avoid us. We’ve reacted to our own fears with needless snake roundups, bounties on wolves and panic when a tiny bat swoops by. Historically, there have been no attacks on humans by wolves, and reintroducing them into Yellowstone National Park has restored a natural balance. Snakes keep disease-carrying rodents away. Bats use their radar to steer clear. We need to understand each animal’s purpose and place in nature. Feeding wildlife corrupts natural behaviors and removes their fear of humans. When we deem them a nuisance or inconvenient, we treat them like they’re disposable and have no value. It’s better for everyone to enjoy the fact that animals are there and keep our distance.

Who else is working to educate people about the importance of wildlife and habitat? Zoos used to be concrete-enclosed collections of animals. Now they are education centers, offering enrichment programs and improved natural habitats to keep the animals active and interested. Waterfalls, swimming pools, trees, puzzles and toys that prompt animals to mimic hunting behaviors help keep a resident animal’s mind and body active. Breeding programs help maintain endangered species. We’re able to study and learn about a species while caring for them. One breeding program I worked with focused on spotted and striped big cats: the leopards and tigers. In another, we used incubators to hatch eggs among a threatened ostrich population. In Big Sur, California, condors have been raised with puppets so they wouldn’t imprint on humans before being released. Nature and science centers across the country are also teaching people about the importance of animals.

What makes you hopeful for the future? Each of us can make a daily difference in preserving our natural world. I’ve been fortunate in being able to showcase wild animals, help endangered or protected species and share what I’ve learned in educational forums. Good news includes sighting of the black-footed ferret, once thought to be extinct. Mountain lions are recovering. We are learning from past mistakes. A big lesson is that what nature provides isn’t in endless supply, so we must be wise and frugal with all of our natural resources.

What are you most passionate about? No one should have a wild or exotic animal as a pet. The animals I show to audiences were bottle-raised or rescued. They can’t be released and so have become animal ambassadors. When people see them, they better understand the importance of nature and wildlife to people and the planet. I’m passionate about preserving wildlife and open spaces. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at June 2018


calendar of events FRIDAY, JUNE 1 Celebrating Gratitude: Soul Chill Yoga, Meditation & Kirtan with Sally Noel & Sal Annunziato – 6pm-7:45pm. Connecting with gratitude is digging down into our depths and resonating with our connection. We’ll soften down to our root body & stir energy throughout. Raven’s Wing Yoga, 19 S Main St, Branford. 203-488-9642.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Connecticut Trails Day – 9am. Discover the beauty of the Nature Center’s typical New England woodland during the CT Forest and Park Association’s annual Trails Day weekend. This moderate hike will also focus on the history of the land, and we will visit the settlement of the Paugasucks. Bring water, a snack, and bug spray, and wear sturdy shoes.  Suitable for older children and adults. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information/ registration: 203-736-1053. Tween Girls Self-Acceptance Group –  10:45am12:45pm. Nicole Kroeber Licensed Psychotherapist facilitates this 10-14 year-old group. Yoga, Mindfulness, Soulful Arts and Self-Care practices.  288 Highland Ave, Suite 301, Cheshire. Registration Required:   Shame to Shamelessness: A Women’s Workshop – 1:30pm-3:30pm. Together, we will unearth the root of our shame and compassionately liberate ourselves from it. We will empower ourselves to accept our shame and to differentiate it from who we truly are inside. $35-40. Breathing Room Yoga Center, 216 Chapel St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 I y e n g a r Yo g a : Tw i s t s a n d S t a b i l i t y – 12pm-2pm. In this workshop students will learn ways to understand, deepen, and enjoy twists. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642).

MONDAY JUNE 4 Abundance Manifestation Series – (June 4, 11, 25, July 9 & 16). 5 classes Includes companion book. Learn how to focus your intent to create abundance in all its forms. Discover the keys to open your gates to allow and accept that which is rightfully yours. $97 series. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. Contact Gayle: 203-265-2927.

Yoga Basics 4 Week Series: No Experience Necessary – 7pm-8:15pm. (June 4-25). This ground level class introduces basic breathing, posture and movement techniques, relaxation and meditation. Class is slow and instructional while giving the student a calm experience to reduce stress and tension. Raven’s Wing Yoga, 19 S Main St, Branford. 203-488-9642.

TUESDAY, JUNE 5 Group Past Life Regression – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Discover reasons for current fears, recurring dreams or personality tendencies. Attendees explore past lives, learn reasons for repeat patterns or why they were born to a certain family. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. Call Gayle: 203-265-2927 or email:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 FANCI Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper – 5:30pm. If you’re a FANCI member who can’t make the regular meetings, now is the time to find out what we’ve been up to! Reports and the election of officers will take place. Bring your own table setting and a dish to share (12 servings), and your ideas and suggestions for next year’s activities. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 Ecology and Sustainability Expo – 12:30pm4:30pm. A free event open to the public, held at Willoughby Wallace Library in Branford. Support the work of CELC middle school students and local organizations who will share interactive displays related to renewable and nonrenewable energy/ sustainability. Visit   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

SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Shamanic Divination Certification Mastery of Awareness™ Intensive – With 22 Exercises to Develop Your High Sensory Perception with Your Guides Track in time and space as you experience/ interact with the multidimensional body. Exchange readings with classmates receive wisdom/insight. $150. Milford Curriculum/register for June 5 or 9 at

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Reiki II – 9:30am-2pm. Reiki II attunes higher frequencies of energy. Second Degree or Reiki II certification class teaches ancient, powerful and precise healing symbols. Gain the ability to heal mental, emotional, and past life issues from a distance. $150. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. Call Gayle: 203-265-2927.

SUNDAY JUNE 10 ECKANKAR Path of Spiritual Freedom Invites You to a Light and Sound Service – 10am. Inspirational talks and uplifting music awaken spiritual understanding in everyday life. Free. Eckankar Temple, Middlefield. Nature and Play for Children w/ Autism / Other Developmental Delays – 2:30pm-4:30pm. Do you have a child aged 8–12 with autism and other developmental delays? Play group gently led by Ranger Amie, will explore ways to introduce your child to playing indoors and outdoors at the Nature Center. Activities include meeting animal friends, taking a walk or easy hike, and nature crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the class. Free. Group limited to 10 children with adult.  Session 2 activity: Insect Safari. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Sizzling Into Summer: w/ Music By Tony Castle and Sit Down Dinner– 3:30pm-6pm. (Meal from 4pm-5:30pm). Roast beef; mashed potato; veggie; salad; roll and desert. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information, call: 203-732-7792.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 Women’s Self-Acceptance Circle – 6pm-8pm. Nicole Kroeber Licensed Psychotherapist facilitates this age 25+ Circle. Yoga, Mindfulness, Soulful Arts and Self-Care practices. 288 Highland Ave, Suite 301, Cheshire. Registration Required:  

SATURDAY, JUNE 16 Creature Feature: Meet Our Scaly Friends – 12pm. Come learn about the Nature Center’s nonnative and native reptiles. Get a chance to even touch some during the program. Take a short walk around the pond and to our snake boards to see what native species you can observe here in the park. This program is for all ages. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

SUNDAY, JUNE 17 A Women’s Creative Retreat – June 17-June 22. Jan Phillips leads a chance to create in “A Women’s Retreat: Creative Seeing, Creative Being: Diving Deep into Our Wells of Wisdom.” Fees for and overnight accommodations are: $610 includes program, single room accommodations for five nights and meals; $575 per person includes program, double accommodations and meals; $250 commuter fee includes program, lunches and dinners when evening sessions are scheduled. Mercy By the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison. Registration/information, call 203-245-0401or visit  

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 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. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. Contact Gayle: 203-265-2927,

from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. each day.   Retreat fees:  $285 per for a single room includes program and meals.  Mercy By the Seas, 167 Neck Rd, Madison. Information/registration, call:   203-245-0401 or visit Summer Solstice Lovelight – 6pm-7:30pm. We’ll mark the beginning of summer, the light bearing time, vibrance all around with slow stoking sun salutations with ample rooting and centering. Puja & meditation will seal our practice. All Welcome. Free Will donation or class card. Raven’s Wing Yoga, 19 S Main St, Branford. 203-488-9642. Sound of Soul –  7pm-7:30pm. Singing HU helps you balance, harmonize, and spiritualize your life. It is an ancient sound that’s the essence of all sounds. It has helped people of many different faiths open their hearts more fully to the presence of God. Free. Eckankar Temple, 1 Harvest Wood Rd, Middlefield. 


F re e C o m m u n i t y M e a l s P re s e n e d b y M a s t e r ’ s Ta b l e C o m m u n i t y M e a l s : Dinner – 4pm-5:30pm. Free. Open to the public. No RSVP. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information, call: 203-732-7792.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 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

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 Reiki 1 Training Certification 7 CEU: Heal yourself and others Raise your vibration to Reconnect to Your Soul Purpose – Meet your Reiki guide. 4 attunements. Learn invocation/ energizing breath/meditation to remove negative emotions and more. $100. 2 classes monthly. Milford. Register 6/28 or Sat 6/30  class view Curriculum/Testimonials at

Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Celebrate Summer Solstice! Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen your authentic self. Living in rhythm with the earth, animal allies, our inner goddess, and women’s ways. $25. Central Wallingford. Call Susan to explore/reserve space. 203-645-1230.

Shamanism 101 Mastery of Awareness™ Intensive – Meet your Spirit Guides/Power Animal as you navigate non-ordinary reality into the Three Worlds 70% practice 3 types of journey with personal healing and wisdom from your guides. $150. Milford. 2 classes monthly. Prerequisite for MA classes. Register/curriculum for full day 6/21 or 6/23




Summer Solstice Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Align with the energies in nature when they are at their fullest and the Divine energies touch your mind/body & soul of all living things. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927,

Shamanic Healing Certification: A Mastery of Awareness™ Intensive Training – 80% practice in partnership with your Spirit Guide. Leanr extraction, Illumination, Chakra Totem work for yourself and others. Tracking and Out of Body journey in energy/physical bodies. $150. Milford. 203-9804103. Register/curriculum for 6/24 or 6/25 class at:

Full Moon Gong Kundalini & Meditation – 7pm-9pm. w/ Barbara, Steve & Mary Jayne.  Experience live gong sound healing tones, Kundalini, and meditation to put mind/body at ease. $22/session, $60/3. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277.   


Free Yoga at East Rock Summit – 7pm. Join Breathing Room for a free Solstice Yoga class at the Top of East Rock Park! Celebrate the season and enjoy open skies, open minds and asana. Donations benefit FERP & New Haven Climate Movement. Breathing Room Yoga Center, 216 Chapel St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22 A Sacred Journey Through the Second Half of Life – June 22, 4pm – June 24, 10am. Reflects on the spiritual invitations from the second half of life. This life stage, lived mindfully, offers an opportunity to more fully appreciate what matters most in life. There will be time for sharing in community and for quiet and solitude. We will enter silence

Restorative Yoga Workshop w/ Saskia Bergmans Smith – 2pm-4pm. Relax and retreat from everyday life, using guided passive stretching to release tension and nurture the body from the inside out. $27adv./$33 – Pre-Registration Recommended. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277.

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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,

SATURDAY, JULY 21 Make Your Own Shaman Drum – 9am-2pm. Milford CT. Share the joy and empowerment of handcrafting your own Native American Prayer Drum in sacred space and ceremony. Tools provided. Order kit due by 7/12 noon. Visit IEMInstitute. org to choose workshop date 7/21 or 7/24 and maple frame drum the size in natural or bleached Elk & drum Stick. Kit start at $95.

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Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit: https://www.meetup. com/New-England-Meditation-Center/events.

sunday Mystical Market and Craft Fair – 11am-4pm. (The 3rd Sunday of every month). Psychics, vendors, artisans, holistic practitioners & more. Free admission, vendor’s fees vary. The Ruby Tree, Sherman Village Shopping Center, 670 Main St South, Woodbury. 203-586-1655,,

Monday Night Trail Run – 5:30pm. This is a call to all of the runners who want something that is out of the ordinary! Ranger Dan will lead you through our 156-acre network of trails while you burn off the weekend’s extra calories. We guarantee that this Free program is the best way to start off your week. Please wear appropriate footwear. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

See Me As I Am-Women’s Soul Circle Leesa Sklover Ph.D, LPC, C-IAYT – 4pm-6pm. (last Sunday of each month). Learn techniques to heal your mind. Ideas and story to know and plan peace for us all, in challenging times. ($35). Location: LoveLifeProductions, Branford. 917-860-0488.

Meditation Mondays – 6pm-7pm.Offered every Monday at Elm City Wellness. A 7pm meditation will be added if the 6pm class is full. Classroom is small, so reserve your spot in advance. $5. 774 Orange St, New Haven. 203-691-7653 or

Queer Dharma – 7:30pm-9pm. A forum for practice and discussion relating all dharma traditions and the experience and concerns of LGBTQI individuals and their friends. All are warmly welcome regardless of experience, spiritual tradition, age, sex, gender identity, or sexual/affectional orientation. Each meeting will include meditation instruction, practice, readings and discussion. Free. The Shambhala Center of New Haven, 85 Willow Street, New Haven, Building B.

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. Middle School Openings Available! – Find out about Connecticut’s Only ExperientiallyBased Middle School, 28 School St, Branford. 5th – 8th grade openings are now available for 2018-19. Monday Tours by appointment. Contact: 203-433-4658. Visit Guided Meditation Circle – 10am-11am. A weekly meditation Circle in a very relaxed setting using mindfulness meditations, discussions about mindfulness and how to have a successful practice. No experience necessary. $10 Investment. Healing Room, 10 Carina Rd, North Haven. Please call: 203-214-9486. 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.


New Haven/Middlesex

Women’s Guided Mindfulness Meditation Group – 7pm-8pm. Ladies are you stressed? High Demands? Take a moment in a safe space & learn how to set intentions to help focus and regroup. All levels welcome. Meditations run 30-45 minutes in length. Mondays/ $10. Location: Now n’ Then Therapeutic Massage, 187 Montowese St, Branford. Contact Anna to register 203-871-9367 or register online at 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.

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. Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method w/Susan Sandel – 3:45pm-4:45pm. 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 Through Movement 5 Week Class Series – 6pm-7pm. Learn to move easily with simple movements that help to relieve pain and restore your body to its natural ease. $50 for 5 weeks or $15 drop in. Carol Meade Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. 203-415-8666 or

Free weekly Tuesday Meditation classes – 6pm7pm. (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.

wednesday 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: Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit: https://www.meetup. com/New-England-Meditation-Center/events. Stony Creek Yoga for Stress Relief – 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 with 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. Centering Prayer – 6pm-7pm. Mercy by the Sea sponsors two ongoing Centering Prayer groups. A weekly prayer group is held every Wednesday evening from 6pm-7pm in the chapel. A second Centering Prayer session is held monthly on the first Saturday of the month. There is no charge for the sessions, however, free-will donations are always appreciated. No prior experience in Centering Prayer is required. For more information, call: 203-245-0401 or visit: Alignment Yoga – 6pm-7:30pm. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Refine your yoga practice with optimal alignment practices that make you stronger, more flexible, and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). The Caring Network: Free Support Group for adults who have lost a loved one – 6pm-8pm. (June 6 & 20). Free support group for adults who have lost a loved one. Information about loss and grief with facilitated open discussion. Bridges, 949 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, For information or brochure: Cody-White Funeral Home, 203-874-0268 or Facilitator Cynthia Dodd, M. Div, 203-878-6365 ext 344.

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 @ 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.

thursday 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. Kundalini Yoga and Music Meditation – 9:30am10:30am. Experience the yoga of awareness weekly to heal your mind and your life. All levels, live music. Each week focuses on a different theme (ex: mind, heart, Intuition). All welcome-any physical limitations. Led by Certified Yoga Therapist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher Leesa Sklover, Ph.D, C-IAYT of Register for first class. Monthly discount /$15 per class. Short Beach Union Church 14 Pentacost St, Branford, 917-860-0488 or Ropes Yoga – 10am-11am. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Experience yoga poses in new and liberating ways. Therapeutic and challenging. Great for scoliosis and back problems. Expert instruction since 1991. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown, 860-347-YOGA (9642). 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. 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:

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. Deep Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Sally Noel – 7:15pm-8:30pm. A deep and calming practice to help ground, quiet and release stress and tension. Breathwork and a sweet and steady sequence helps to unbind and move towards sitting meditation. For all levels including beginners. Raven’s Wing Yoga, 19 S Main St, Branford. 203-488-9642. The Heart of Recovery – 7:30pm-9pm, a weekly meditation and recovery group for those recovering from addictions of all kinds. We will honor the traditions of anonymity, confidentiality and no cross-talk. Meetings will include meditation instruction, practice, readings and discussion. Free. The Shambhala Center of New Haven, 85 Willow St, Building B,

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. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class – 10:30am-11:30am. It only takes an hour to feel good again. Aren’t you worth it? $15 drop in or class cards. Carol Meade Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. 203-415-8666 or Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am3pm. 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.

saturday Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement 5 Week Class Series – 9am-10am. Learn to move easily with simple movements that help to relieve pain and restore your body to its natural ease. $50 for 5 weeks or $15 drop in. Carol Meade Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. 203-415-8666 or Alignment Yoga with Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate – 9am-10:30am. Refine your yoga practice with optimal alignment practices that make you stronger, more flexible and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). Kundalini Yoga and Music Meditation – 9:30am10:30am. Experience the yoga of awareness weekly to heal your mind and your life. All levels, live music. Each week focuses on a different theme (ex: mind, heart, Intuition). All welcome-any physical limitations. Led by Certified Yoga Therapist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher Leesa Sklover, Ph.D, C-IAYT of Register for first class. Monthly discount /$15 per class. Short Beach Union Church 14 Pentacost St, Branford, 917-860-0488 or ReikiShare: The Universal Reiki Plan – 11am1:30pm. 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. Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Lecture every other Saturday. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit:

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INTUITIVE READINGS AT ENCHANTED DAILY – 11am-3pm. Akashic, Angel, Aura, Clairvoyant, Goddess, Mediumship, Runes, Tarot, Tea Leaf Readings offered from eight world-class intuitives and masters. $1/minute. Enchanted 1250 Boston Post Rd ,Guilford. 203-453-4000. For more information and a schedule of who is available each day visit

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June 2018


community resource guide APPLIED KINESIOLOGY 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 9.


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 24.


Accredited, Non-profit Graduate School offering holistic programs in contemporary & emerging fields 171 Amity Road, Bethany, CT 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, and more. Programs are just one weekend a month. See ad on page 3.


New Haven/Middlesex


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 21.


Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 06443 203-980-0022 A client centered practice created to assist you in improving every aspect of your life by tapping into the natural power of your brain. Release weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, and manage pain. You can change just about anything with hypnosis. Each session is personal, customized and tailored for you. Don’t let your brain hold you back any longer from achieving the lifelong dreams you deserve. Free consultations. See ad on page 9.

MASSAGE & ACUPUNCTURE ELM CITY WELLNESS 774 Orange Street New Haven, CT 203-691-7653

Elm City Wellness is an independently owned wellness center whose services include a variety of massage, community & private acupuncture, Reiki, craniosacral therapy & facials with locally made Ayurvedic & organic products. Our skilled therapists specifically tailor each and every session. Our gift shop features local products, candles, wellness supplies & books, smudge kits and much more.


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.


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 21.


787 Main St, S Woodbury, CT 203-586-1172 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 19.




Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 06443 203-980-0022

Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 06443 203-980-0022

A client centered practice created to assist you in improving every aspect of your life by tapping into the natural power of your brain. Release weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, and manage pain. You can change just about anything with hypnosis. Each session is personal, customized and tailored for you. Don’t let your brain hold you back any longer from achieving the lifelong dreams you deserve. Free consultations. See ad on page 9.

A client centered practice created to assist you in improving every aspect of your life by tapping into the natural power of your brain. Release weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, and manage pain. You can change just about anything with hypnosis. Each session is personal, customized and tailored for you. Don’t let your brain hold you back any longer from achieving the lifelong dreams you deserve. Free consultations. See ad on page 9. .

June 2018



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