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Once again, and most likely for the last time in 2017, I am writing my publisher’s letter outside on my deck, as I embrace the last gasp of summer. The deciduous trees are still covered with leaves that are beginning their color transformation into a mosaic of stunningly beautiful hues. It is during these last few months of the year when nature reaches its peak and full maturity, completing the circle of life—known in our part of the world as autumn. Our October editorial theme is Life Design. Creating a Life Design means taking a closer look at our current life and learning ways to consciously create a life that is more fulfilling and meaningful to us—such a timely theme during this unprecedented period of natural disasters affecting so many people around the globe, who are now faced with the daunting task of re-creating their Life Design— literally, from the ground up. There have been times since the beginning of humankind when man has risen to the occasion in spite of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, whether these were brought on by nature, disease or by humans themselves. It is during these times of adversity—if we tap into our inner resources, resilience and strength—when we define who we really are—not who we knew ourselves to be when life was easier. That being said, many of us have already reached out to those who have been affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the earthquakes in Mexico—They need our support. The devastation in many of the storm and earthquake impacted areas has been extensive and it will take months, possibly years to rebuild these communities. If you are looking for ways to donate, check out and read the Charities Disaster Relief Guide, which provides helpful information. Some reputable charities offering disaster assistance are: American Red Cross; UNICEF; Save the Children; Direct Relief and Humane Society.

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Get Some Breathing Room at Grand Open House



oin Breathing Room Community, Yoga and Wellness Center’s Grand Open House celebrations at 216 Crown Street on Columbus Day Weekend, October 7-9. Enjoy three days of free yoga, talks, demos and wellness offerings. Additional free offerings include a trunk show, chair massage, juice box samples, tea tastings, henna tattoo, palm readings, PuRest float center tours, a nonprofit expo and community potluck party. Check website as more wellness offerings will be added to the calendar.

The schedule of events on Saturday includes mixed level vinyasa, tea tastings, yoga (aerial, power, restorative, candlelit), and essential oils basics and sampling. At 2:30 p.m., there will be Wellness Panel: An Introduction to the Benefits of Reiki, Oils & Naturopathic Health with Naturopath Lindsey Ronshagen, Reiki Master Thema Graves and Yoga Teacher/Essential Oils Advocate Haley Proto in a discussion on alternative paths to wellness and their personal experience within these practices. A Q&A will follow their discussion. Gail Heard, Publisher of Natural Awakenings New Haven/ Middlesex Counties will also be available all day with the latest magazine issues. In addition to similar workshop offerings to Saturday’s events, Sunday’s lineup will include a nonprofit expo to learn about organizations that make a difference in the New Haven area and beyond. At 3:30 p.m., there will be a speakers’ panel, Paths to a Positive Perspective: Personal Stories on Finding, Maintaining & Sharing It. The potluck and party will take place from 7:15-9 p.m. Monday’s lineup includes yoga offerings such as mixed level, yin yoga and lotus flow. The schedule is subject to change so check website for updates. For more information, visit Grand-Open-House-Weekend-2017-10-09. Location: 216 Crown St., 2nd Fl., New Haven, CT.


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Vegan Potluck and Seasonal. Plant-Based Cooking


he Northern Connecticut Vegetarian Society invites you to Vegan Potluck with Jeanne Tennis as the featured presenter. The October 15 event will start at 4 p.m. Tennis will speak about the five seasons according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Japanese culture and macrobiotics. She will focus on why it’s important to change what we

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eat and how we prepare our foods each season. In addition, Tennis will touch on sea vegetables as an easy and important way to get micro-nutrients, minerals and vitamins into our bodies. For the potluck, bring a healthy vegan dish to share with six people, along with a list of its ingredients and your recipe. Vegan means no animal ingredients (zero honey, dairy, fish and eggs). The event is $8 per person. Northern Connecticut Vegetarian Society is a nonprofit organization which advocates a compassionate and healthy vegetarian diet. For more information or reservations, contact Harry at 860623-8082 or, or visit Location: Suffield Senior Center, 145 Bridge St., Suffield, CT

Thyme & Season Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary


hyme & Season Natural Market is celebrating 20 years of providing Hamden with natural and organic products. On October 8 from noon to 4 p.m., they will be featuring many products that are sold in-store. Find samples and demos from a range of vendors offering food, drinks, supplements and more. Enjoy free reiki, music and face painting. You can also enter to win big ticket raffle items.

Thyme and Season is a full-service natural grocery store with one of the largest selections of natural, organic, nonGMO, gluten-free and vegan foods in the area. Their offerings include local produce, organic and free-range meats and poultry, hormone-free cheese and other dairy, sustainable fish, organic baby food, quality pet food and remedies, environmentally friendly cleaning and paper products, quality chocolate and snacks, and a selection of coconut and other waters. They have an array of quality vitamin, mineral, herb and whole food supplements, homeopathic and ayurvedic remedies, and a certified nutrition counselor to assist you.

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Celebrating Appalachian Trail Day


n October 14, celebrate the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut with hikes of varying lengths along the entire 52-mile Connecticut section. There are all types of hikes for families, beginners and experienced hikers. Other activities include trail work and a bike ride. There is also an opportunity for beginners to try rock climbing with instruction from the Mountaineering Committee. All of the hikes and activities end in time for the Grand Picnic BBQ Cookout and social that follows at Macedonia Brook State Park in Kent. Join to meet old friends and make new ones at the BBQ from 2:30 p.m. until sunset. This event will happen rain or shine. The fee for the BBQ is $6 per person. Take Route 341 for 3 miles west from Kent to Macedonia Brook Road and follow north to the park entrance. Proceed on the park road to a pavilion on the right. 


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Transformative Coach Training


f you have ever thought about becoming a life coach, or wish to enhance your skills in your current profession, consider enrolling in the Transformative Coach Training program. Earn an associate certified coach credential in a four-month on-site program focusing on a transformative way of being while in relationship with self and others. The Bethany-based trainings will take place on October 13-15, November 18-19 and December 16-17 in 2017 in addition to the Jan.13-14, 2018 weekend. The inspiring and transformative modules include pathways to transformation; inner passion, vision and overcoming challenges; the exploration of perspectives; being in the present moment; subpersonalities and parts work (internal family systems); how to utilize somatic wisdom and read energy; and group and Individual mentoring.

One World Open House & Studio Party


ne World Wellness & Yoga will be hosting a Fall Open House and Studio Party on October 21. Events begin at 3 p.m. and will include free classes, free wellness workshops, beverage tastings, a potluck farm-to-table dinner, and an evening of cooperative games and raffle prizes.

During the wellness workshops, participants will create an herbal tea blend with fresh herbs and a sugar scrub will all-natural essential oils. Registration is required for both classes and workshops as space is limited. One World is a yoga studio that offers gentle yoga classes for beginners as well as classes in SunDo, a Taoist style of yoga and meditation that emphasizes deep healing breathwork. The coach trainer, Guthrie Sayen, Ph.D., is the co-founder and lead trainer of Transformative Coach Training, senior faculty for Coaching for Transformation (CFT), and former faculty at True Purpose Institute. She has done trainings in internal family systems for Voice Dialogue, psychosynthesis, Four Archetypes coaching and more. The application fee is $60. The total tuition is $3,168, which is divided into four payments. Discounts are available for The Graduate Institute alumnus. Tuition for the Transformative Coaching includes three one-on-one mentor coaching sessions (required for the Associate Certified Coach credential) with Guthrie Sayen, PCC. You will become qualified for the ACC Professional Coach designation, from the International Coach Federation. For more information, call 203-874-4252, email Admissions@ or visit Location: Bethany Connecticut Campus (near New Haven), CT. See ad on page 23.


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Holistic Moms Network Celebrating 5th Anniversary


ot only is Holistic Living Month taking place in October, but Holistic Moms Network’s New Haven County chapter is celebrating its fifth anniversary in Milford, Connecticut. The chapter is honoring this annual celebration of natural and holistic lifestyle choices with an Open House on October 17 at 6:30 p.m. Please join for healthy treats, giveaways and a recap of the chapter’s meeting topics from the past year, which includes meditation, health school lunches, the MTHFR gene mutations, herb walks, breast thermography and more. Come learn about Holistic Moms Network, connect with like-minded individuals and discuss holistic approaches to the holiday season.

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 Facebook. com/HMNNewHaven.

Raising Awareness and Funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital


n October 14 from 6-9 p.m., Tranquility Mind & Body Wellness Spa is hosting the 10th Annual Dharma Yoga Maha Sadhana in Milford, Connecticut. Yogi Brian and Sita’s Light Kirtan Band will lead the evening filled with music, yoga and meditation. Proceeds from the charity event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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n October 24 and October 31 from 3-4 p.m., Phyllis Quinn, PT, will be offering complimentary 10-minute screenings to examine your feet, hear your concerns and help determine if physical therapy might alleviate your symptoms. For those of you experiencing foot pain, it can limit your ability to be on your feet and get things done. There are many causes of foot pain including flat arches, excessively high arches, neuropathy, tendinitis, and arthritis. The foot and ankle contain 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. If these times are not convenient, call to schedule another time. For more information and to register, call 203-315-7727. Location: Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St., Ste. 310, Branford, CT. See ad on page 17.

Yogi Brian is a well-respected and compassionate teacher. His extensive training has been with great masters in areas of kundalini, hatha, ayurvedic, dharma and more. Kirtan, or devotional chanting, can transform emotions into devotion, and help put aside the mind to open the heart. Sita and her musicians guide all through the sacred sounds that go beyond music itself, quieting the mind and creating a deep sense of peace and joy. The early-bird registration fee of $25 is until October 7; it is $35 thereafter. If you are unable to attend, you can still donate by contacting Tranquility Mind & Body Wellness Spa. For more information, call 203-877-7115. Location: 88 Noble Avenue, Milford, CT.

Meet the New Soundkeeper at New Haven Museum


eet Long Island Sound’s newly appointed soundkeeper, Bill Lucey, at the New Haven Museum on October 24 at 5:30 p.m. In addition to patrolling the Sound, Lucey serves as an advocate, organizer and resource. He is be backed by a water-quality team, policy experts, and the communications staff and environmental attorneys who enforce the Clean Water Act for Save the Sound, a program of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment.

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Lucey, a Connecticut native, is a fish and wildlife biologist, former commercial fisherman and an experienced advocate. He led a coalition to successfully contest a timber sale on tribal lands in Alaska, lobbied federal agencies in Washington, D.C., and coordinated the writing and passage of a 2017 invasive species bill in Hawaii. Most recently, he served as project manager for the Kauai Invasive Species Committee at the Research Corporation University of Hawaii. For more information, call 203-562-4183 or visit Location: New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT.

Celebrating Farms with Family Fun Day

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Focusing on Saltmarshes and the Drop in Bird Populations


n October 8, 350 Connecticut (350CT) is hosting Professor Chris Elphick as he presents Canaries in the Saltmarsh: Declining Birds, Changing Marshes, and the Ecological Consequences of Sea-level Rise. The event will be held from 3-5 p.m. at Connecticut Forest & Park Association in Middlefield, Connecticut.


Massaro Community Farm is a nonprofit, certified-organic farm on a 57-acre parcel of land operated collaboratively between the Town of Woodbridge and a board of directors comprised of local citizens. The property was deeded to the town by the Massaro Family, who had farmed the land since 1916. The farm operation includes a 200-member CSA, a weekly presence at Woodbridge and CitySeed Farmer’s Markets, and sale of produce to area restaurants. Each year, they donate at least 10 percent of what they grow to local hunger relief agencies. 10

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oin Massaro Community Farm for their annual familyfriendly event, taking place this year on October 14 from 1-5 p.m. (rain date is October 15). Celebrating the harvest season, they will have sack races, tug-of-war, face painting, hay rides, pumpkin painting, bake sale, music, food and more. A Place Called Hope, HardCore Sweet Cupcakes and Poppy’s Pizza are just some of the places that will be at the farm. The cost is $10 for a family of three, and $15 for a family of four or more. Massaro appreciates volunteers to help with the activities, and to set up and break down. Volunteers are fed lunch and will earn community service hours. For those interested, go to and sign up using the linked Google sheet with the necessary information.

350CT’s monthly meeting will also include reports on past events and campaigns as well as decisions on future events and actions. Light refreshments will be served. Chris Elphick is an associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. His work focuses on the conservation ecology of birds, especially in wetlands and agricultural settings. He has been studying coastal marsh birds and their habitats since 2002 and is a lead investigator for the Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP), a collaborative initiative to study the ecology and conservation of tidal-marsh birds along the Atlantic seaboard. His research has been published in journals such as the Auk, Biological Conservation, Conservation Biology, Journal of Applied Ecology, and Science. 350 Connecticut is a community of people working to move Connecticut beyond fossil fuels through grassroots organizing. Their meetings are open to the public; they do their work in working groups, and meet all together once a month in a public meeting. For more information, visit Location: Connecticut Forest & Park Association, 16 Meriden Rd., Middlefield, CT.

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Vitamin D plus Calcium Lowers Cancer Risk



esearchers from the Creighton University School of Nursing, in Omaha, Nebraska, studied 2,303 healthy postmenopausal women to determine whether a link between vitamin D and cancer existed. The treatment group comprised 1,156 women receiving 2,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin D3 and 1,500 milligrams of calcium per day for four years. The 1,147 women in the control group received placebos for the same duration. Within the study timeframe, 64 women from the placebo group were diagnosed with some form of cancer, while only 49 subjects from the treatment group faced a cancer diagnosis. This represents a small, but significant reduction in the cancer rate for those taking vitamin D3. Further analyses of the levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the blood revealed that the women that developed cancer had substantially lower levels of this vitamin than the subjects that remained healthy.


Spirulina Reduces Weight and Cholesterol


pirulina platensis, a single-celled blue-green algae used in supplements, is often taken for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. A new study from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, in Iran, tested the efficacy of spirulina supplementation on the body mass index (BMI), weight and cholesterol levels of 64 obese adults between the ages of 20 and 50. Subjects were divided into intervention and placebo groups. The intervention group took twice-daily supplements of Spirulina platensis for 12 weeks. BMI, fasting blood samples and lipid profiles were assessed at the beginning and end of the study, and food intake and appetite were reported daily. The scientists found more than double the reductions in both body weight and BMI in the spirulina group, compared to the control group. In addition, reductions in both total cholesterol and appetite were found in the intervention group.

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esveratrol is a natural substance found in grapes, peanuts, blueberries and other foods that’s known for its heartprotective nature. Researchers believe it may also help promote eye health, including prevention of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, but not much is known about its presence in the eyes. Scientists from Tongji Medical College, in China, set out to measure the concentration of trans-resveratrol in the eyes after oral supplementation. Three daily doses of Longevinex, an oral trans-resveratrol-based capsule supplement, was administered to 35 adults prior to eye surgery on one of their eyes, and tissue samples of the conjunctiva, aqueous humor and vitreous humor were taken. Researchers measured the tissues for resveratrol concentration to determine how much of the supplement penetrated the eyes. Resveratrol metabolites were detected in the conjunctiva of 25 of the eyes, indicating that the beneficial substance does pass through the brain.

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Music Soothes Pain after Surgery

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esearchers from the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, studied the impact of music therapy on 60 patients that had undergone spinal fusion surgery. Half received a 30-minute music therapy session, along with standard postoperative care, within 72 hours of surgery. The other half received only standard care. The scientists used the visual analog scale to measure pain before and after music therapy in both groups concurrently. The patients receiving music therapy experienced average pain level reductions from 6.2 to 5.09, while the control group averaged slight increases in pain, from 5.2 to 5.87. “The degree of change in the music group is notable for having been achieved by non-pharmacologic means, with little chance of adverse effects,” explains Center Director and study co-author Joanne Loewy. “Pain is subjective and personal, and warrants an individualized approach to care. Certified, licensed music therapists can tailor treatment to each patient’s musical preferences and address their pain level.”

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esearchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, followed 108,630 U.S. women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study between 2000 and 2008, comparing their mortality rates with the amount of vegetation around their homes. The researchers also accounted for related risk factors such as age, socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, and smoking behaviors. They concluded that subjects living in the greenest areas had a 12 percent lower mortality rate than those living in the least lush areas during the study period.

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Banning Trans Fats Lowers Heart Attacks


leven counties in New York instituted restrictions on trans fatty acids in restaurants in 2007. Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine used data from the New York State Department of Health statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System and U.S. Census population estimates to determine the impact of these restrictions on the health of the community; they compared the 11 counties that had the restrictions to 25 counties without them. The scientists concluded that hospital heart attack admissions were significantly lower for the 11 counties with the restrictions.

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Walking Reduces Symptoms of Dementia


study from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, examined the impact of regular walking on people with vascular cognitive impairment, the second-most common form of dementia. The ailment occurs when blood vessels become damaged by cardiovascular disease, impeding good blood circulation and making the brain work harder. The researchers scanned the brains and conducted computerized decision-making and attention tests on 38 people with mild, early forms of vascular cognitive impairment. Half of the subjects were asked to participate in supervised, one-hour walking sessions three times per week for a six-month period. The remaining subjects did not walk. After six months, the walking group showed improvements in both blood pressure and brain function, with their brains requiring less effort during the decisionmaking and attention tests.

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Wind turbines make cleaner energy, but are dangerous to birds and bats. According to a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, approximately 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed annually by wind turbines, which are providing increased wind power capacity nationwide. At one solar power plant in California, an estimated 3,500 birds died in just the plant’s first year of operation. What would help most is offshore turbines and knowledge about migration routes. The safest place for wind turbines is in the ocean, because songbirds and bats don’t migrate over such waters. On land, many songbirds fly at night and can’t see the wind turbines until it’s too late. Once they’ve discovered the unsafe area, they avoid it. Because migration routes are based on availability of food, water and resting areas, birds are forced to fly around the turbines, adding miles to their trip and the burning of more calories. Estimates of just how many bats are dying each year range from the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. Radar installations help to keep bats away from the deadly blades. Other remedies include slowing the blades at night to reduce collisions, which has proved to reduce overall wildlife deaths by 73 percent. In 2016 the American Wind Energy Association announced voluntary guidelines to halt turbines during low wind speeds, when bats are most active, to reduce bat fatalities by 30 percent. With two more industry changes, bat fatalities could drop 90 percent: feathering, or turning the blades parallel to the wind so the turbines don’t rotate; and higher cut-in speeds so they don’t rotate in light winds. Take action at 14

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A collaborative study published in the journal Pediatrics concludes that toddlers under the age of 2 are more likely to eat French fries than vegetables on any given day; one in four 6-to-11-month-olds and one in five 1-year-olds consumed no vegetables at all. This concerning downward trend began more than a decade ago. The percentage of babies and toddlers eating canned or frozen fruits and vegetables declined by 10 percent between 2005 and 2012, and the consumption of dark, leafy greens among those under 2 has halved since 2005. Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup, an associate professor with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, says, “You often have to offer a new food to a toddler up to 10 times before they will eat it.”


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A legal challenge in Washington state may require spending nearly $2 billion to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a 2013 ruling ordering the state to fix or replace hundreds of culverts that allow streams to pass beneath roads, but block the salmon. Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, states, “This is a win for salmon, treaty rights and everyone that lives here.” The group represents 21 tribes in western Washington that challenged the state over the culverts in 2001, part of decades-long litigation over tribal fishing rights. She advises, “Fixing fish-blocking culverts under state roads will open up hundreds of miles of habitat and result in more salmon.”

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Columbus Day Renamed to Honor First Peoples Many people feel that Christopher Columbus is partly responsible for the genocide of Native Americans, and bestowing him a day of celebration adds insult to injury. In a progressive move, the Anadarko City Council, in Oklahoma, unanimously voted to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day—observed this year on October 9. City employees get the holiday off, and other municipalities in Oklahoma have followed suit.

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Concrete and steel allow us to build immense houses, skyscrapers and dams, but in 2012, the U.S. Energy Information Administration determined that cement manufacturing uses more energy than any other industry. A new substitute process of growing biodegradable bricks via millions of bacteriadepositing chemicals, similar to the way coral grows, is now coming into use. The bacteria are injected into a brick mold with an aggregate material such as sand. After a short time, the bacteria turn it into a solid brick. Not only is this a renewable resource, it uses relatively little energy and is a viable option for future methods of construction, including terraforming other planets ( BuildingMaterials).

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Forests Shift West with Climate Change The consequences of climate change are impacting plant species in unanticipated, but logical ways; for instance, conifers and other needle trees are moving northward because they are more sensitive to temperature than flowering, deciduous trees. They already populate the boreal forest of eastern North America, so they’re well-adapted to expand into colder, drier conditions. Individual trees can’t move, but populations can shift over time as saplings expand into a new region while older growth dies in another. A new study published in Science Advances also shows that about three-quarters of tree species common to eastern American forests, including white oaks, sugar maples and American holly, have shifted their population centers westward since 1980 due to drier conditions in the East. Global warming has significantly altered rainfall totals. Songlin Fei, a professor of forestry at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, and one of the study authors, observes, “Different species are responding to climate change differently. Most of the broadleaf species of deciduous trees are following moisture that’s moving westward.” Changes in land use, conservation efforts, wildfire frequency and the arrival of pests and blights all play parts in shifting populations. Forest ecosystems are defined as much by the mix of species and the interaction between them as by the simple presence of many trees. If different species migrate in different directions, then ecological communities could eventually collapse. natural awakenings

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massage technique,” is an advanced therapy that can be particularly useful for those with active lifestyles. Tui na is a basic form of Chinese medical massage and is usually taught to Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) practitioners in one to three semesters or more. Zheng gu is an advanced form of Chinese medical massage generally only taught to individuals who apprentice with a TCM practitioner or through the Zheng Gu Tui Na Training system that was taught and offered by Bisio and Butler. When zheng gu tui na is used in conjunction with Chinese herbal medicine, martial arts, diet and qigong, healing outcomes are even more greatly increased. “The Chinese medicine practitioner wants to break down stagnation and restore the free flow of qi through various methods: manual techniques, like cupping or bleeding; then through more energetic techniques like acu-

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ince ancient times, Chinese medical practitioners have understood that energy, or “qi” (pronounced “chee”), in the body must constantly flow in order to relieve stress and prevent diseases. One of the types of Chinese medical massage used to promote healing qi is tui na (pronounced “tweena”) which means “push and grasp”. The manipulative massage incorporates deep, continuous and repetitive hand techniques at the joints, along the meridians, and at acupressure points. Tui na, which is used over the entire body and particularly the back, can help with a myriad of ailments, including chronic pain, musculoskeletal conditions, sprains, strains, arthritis and digestive problems. In 1997, acupuncturists Tom Bisio and Frank Butler came together to share their gathered skills of tui na with zhen gu from their personal teachers. Zheng


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gu, which means “upright bone”, is the physical manipulation of the joints and bones. Bisio and Butler created a formal program in New York City called, zheng gu tui na (pronounced “zheng goo tweena”), a Chinese medical massage and independent healing system created to correct structural alignment and alleviate certain orthopedic conditions. Zheng gu differs from chiropractic or osteopathic adjustments as it includes the manipulation of joints and the surrounding tissues, muscles and fascia. Since Chinese medicine addresses the entire body, a zheng gu tui na practitioner recognizes that a symptom exhibited in one area of the body may actually stem from a problem elsewhere in the human system, including either emotional and psychological factors. Zheng gu tui na, which means “correct the bone through push and grasp

puncture and massage; and then on to taking herbs to break the stasis. From a Western perspective, we really just want to minimize the pain and visual swelling,” Bisio says. “From a practitioner’s perspective, we want to realign the tissue so it can properly heal. We want to make sure all the bones are in place so that the connective tissue and supportive structure is correct. We are trying to support the body’s natural process of healing.” Zheng gu tui na is usually only known to an advanced TCM practitioner or a person who has been exposed to this advanced form of healing. The modality is more common in Asian countries or where Eastern medicine practices are being shared and taught. Mixed martial artists as well as other martial art students are exposed to this form of healing as well. Indigenous peoples from around the

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world offer their own form of advanced therapeutic massage and structural healing, and can be found under other massage form names. In a typical session, such as for someone with neck or back pain, a sprained ankle or a frozen shoulder, a visual structural analysis is reviewed, a full medical history with pulse and tongue diagnosis is conducted. This is then followed by implementation of a variety of tools, including the initial tui na medical massage, adjunctive cupping, diet changes, acupuncture, cranial sacral therapy or energy healing, among others. This advanced form of treatment is ideal for, and particularly useful for, sports enthusiasts, including many professional athletes such as football players, pro surfers, MMA Fighters, mixed martial artists, cyclists and others. For those interested in learning this advanced form of therapy, classes and workshops may be found online. Wanda B. Simmons (Ahonui), a licensed acupuncturist and former student of Bisio, has apprenticed with him for over 20 years and completed the entire advanced training system of zheng gu tui na. She incorporates this full medical massage approach at her healing center, Aloha Mana, a Center for Healing Arts, in Fairfield. Simmons offers sports medicine classes and internal arts workshop. Connect at

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Fermented Foods Revival Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig

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Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival.

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“I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut that sparked my obsession. I also love eating cheese, beer, chocolate, coffee, yogurt and many other products of fermentation.” Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64

Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started our own small farmstead fermentation company.” Christopher explains that the combination of salt and shredded or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”. Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was yogurt. Now she visits her local farm-

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ers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kombucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says.

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Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such

intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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ermented foods are well known for building gut health. Now a growing body of research shows that they improve immunity, brain and heart functions,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D. The board-certified doctor of natural medicine, certified herbalist and author blogs from Vancouver, Canada. Get started with these simple, plant-based recipes from her latest book, The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.

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Use a food processor with a coarse grating blade to shred the cabbage, carrots, apple, ginger, chili, onion and turmeric. (Consider wearing food-safe gloves to avoid touching the chili.) Transfer to a crock or a large glass or ceramic bowl, and mix well. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the saltwater over the salsa mixture until all ingredients are submerged, leaving a couple of inches at the top for expansion. Place a snug-fitting plate inside the crock or bowl over the salsa-water mixture; then weigh it down with food-safe weights or a bowl or jar of water, so the vegetables remain submerged under the brine as they ferment. Cover with a lid or a cloth, and allow it to ferment five to seven days, checking periodically to ensure the salsa is still submerged below the water line. If any mold forms on the surface, simply scoop it out. It won’t spoil the salsa unless it gets deeper inside the crock. (It may form where the mixture meets the air, but it rarely forms deeper.) After one week, put the salsa in jars or a bowl, cover and place in the fridge, where it usually lasts up to a year.

Vegan Kefir Yields: about 1 quart Traditional kefir is made with cow’s milk, but can be made with plantbased milks like cashew, almond, sunflower seed or coconut. The sweetener feeds the kefir microbes, leaving minimal sugar in the end product. The grains will grow over time; only about one tablespoon of kefir grains is needed to keep the kefir going; remove the extras to eat, give to friends or add to compost. 1 quart (or liter) filtered water ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews 1 tsp coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or agave nectar 1 Tbsp kefir grains (a natural starter, available at health food stores and online) Mandarin sections for garnish (optional) Use a blender to blend the water, cashews and coconut sugar (or maple syrup or agave nectar) until it’s smooth and creamy. Pour the cashew milk into a 1½- to 2-quart glass jar, making sure it is less than two-thirds full. Add the kefir grains, stir and then place the cap on the jar.

Leave the jar at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours, gently shaking it periodically. The cashew milk will become somewhat bubbly, then will begin to coagulate and separate; shake it to remix the kefir or scoop out the thicker curds and use them like soft cheese or sour cream. Refrigerate up to one week. When ready to serve, pour the kefir into a glass and garnish the rim with mandarin orange sections, if desired.

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Fermented Chopped Salad Yields: about 6 cups Unlike other salads, this version stores for many months in the fridge. Serve on its own or toss it in vinaigrette and serve over brown rice for a quick and nutritious rice bowl dinner. 1 radish, finely chopped ½ small onion, finely chopped 1 turnip, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 carrot, chopped into ½-inch chunks 3 small apples, chopped into ½-inch chunks Handful of green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths 1 rutabaga, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 to 2 grape leaves, kale leaves or other large leafy greens (optional) 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water In a medium bowl, mix the radish, onion, turnip, carrot, apples, green beans and rutabaga; then transfer to a small crock. Place the grape leaves or other leafy greens on top of the chopped ingredients to help hold them under the brine; then weigh the mix down with foodsafe weights or a jar or bowl of water.

In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the brine over the salad, cover with a lid or cloth, and let ferment for one week. Remove the covering, weights and grape leaves or other leafy greens. Dish out into jars or a bowl, cover and refrigerate, where the salad should last six to 12 months. Recipes and photos are courtesy of Michelle Schoffro Cook and New World Library; visit

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What is Sound Healing? by Dr. Zacciah Blackburn


ultures the world over use sound to attune to, invoke and transform consciousness. It is a powerful tool as it is naturally vibrational and we are vibrational beings. Indeed, the most modern science shows us that all life is vibrational in nature. This is in line with age-old mystical thought of most cultures, which often allude to the vibrational nature of Creation. The Hindus have a saying, “nada brahma,” or “all is sound” or “all of creation is sound.” They suggest that the primordial sound of manifest creation is the sound of “aum”, or “om”; if we were to attune to the creative spirit, we would hear this sound. The Judeo-Christian culture might say, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). This also ties together the nature and power of sound with Creation. Other cultures have stories stating that the Creator had a thought, spoke the 22

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word of that thought, and Creation of that thought sprang forth from that word into manifestation. There are numerous theorems stipulating the melodic structures of the universe, from the spin of the planets around the sun to the sun around the galaxy to the spin of electrons in our body and the structure of our DNA. Our modern music is based upon these principals derived from Pythagoras and others. Whatever our beliefs, we all know the power of the spoken word, music, chants and sung melodies, and how they can move us into states of rapture or despair. There is an inherent potency to the very nature of the sound itself and its emotional content, which can be amplified or enhanced by the spoken or sung verse. While so much music in Western culture has moved more into the secular arenas of entertainment, music in many cultures has historically

held a deeply sacred space in the hearts and minds of their peoples. It has been used as a catalyst to deeper insight, wisdom, transformation or growth. Sound itself has an inherent transformative power. It is attuned to the creative matrix of the universe. By coupling sound or music with pure intention to attune to, invoke or transform our consciousness, we indeed have stepped into a powerful place. Sound healing is the intentional use of sound to create an environment that becomes a catalyst for healing in the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual aspects of our being. To become “healed,” simply means to become “whole.” While intent is not a necessary ingredient to affect change with the use of sound, pure or clear intention brings power to us. We cannot function without our intention. The more we are able to couple our actions with clear or pure intention,


the greater our acts can manifest. The intentional use of sound adds power to the conduit, whether it is through the use of an instrument or voice. By surrendering to the highest good, we ourselves become that conduit, or instrument, for peace, healing and change. By coupling our highest and clearest integrity with our intention, we come into the greatest focus in the use of sound or any healing modality. While sound can be generated from voice, instruments, recorded sounds or music, or tone generators, the more deeply and clearly we have coupled clear intentions for the highest good of the recipients in generating those sounds, the greater the outcome. We can use conscious chanting for invocation or attunement, intuitive or “guided” music to come into deeper awareness. There are also the provocative sounds of crystal “singing” bowls, ancient Tibetan bowls or temple bells, the simple sounds of tuning forks, or formless “toning” (intuitive voicing) that all channel through our voice and body. No matter what techniques are used, sound is the current carrying the creative potency of unconditional love and grace from the subtle to physical dense realms. Zacciah Blackburn, Ph.D., is the director of The Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies, located in Ascutney, VT, and faculty at The Graduate Institute in Bethany, CT. See ad on right. 3040 Whitney Ave. in Hamden

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Life from the INSIDE OUT Using Intuition to Design Your Ideal Life by Melanie Barnum


hat if you could design a life for yourself that would make you happy? That you could create a life you would truly enjoy living? How about if you could use your intuitive abilities to do it? Would you make the simple changes necessary to increase your joy? Would you decide you are worth it? We are all born with intuition. Being intuitive is part of our human birthright. It is something we are gifted as children but often forget to use as we grow up. We’ve heard of women’s intuition and gut instincts, but how often do you actually use your psychic senses intentionally? Step 1. Release the Stress You are not going to get anywhere if you can’t allow yourself to release the stress. Holding onto thoughts and feelings that cause you tension will always


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be an option, but they will never be a good one. Having the opportunity to let negativity out allows you to open up to positive energy instead. This is the first step to designing your new life. Let it go Go somewhere where you won’t be disturbed for at least 10 minutes. Sit or lay down and relax. Take a moment to focus on your breath. Breathe in. Pay attention to how your breath feels as it travels through your mouth, down into your chest and through your lungs. With every inhalation imagine relaxation flowing through your body. When you exhale allow any tension to be released with every breath. Continue by taking deep breaths in and out until you feel relaxed. Now, take a moment to think about any negative beliefs you may have about yourself. It can be that you’re

not good enough, don’t have enough, are not attractive enough, don’t have enough to offer others, or are not worthy of having a positive relationship. Separate one thought from the rest, one that might be standing out above all else. Now imagine in your hand is an empty red balloon. Put the balloon to your lips and, as you focus on that negative thought, begin blowing it into the balloon. In your mind, repeat your negative belief as you blow it into the red balloon. When you feel like the balloon is totally filled, tie it off. Holding it between your thumb and your finger, release the balloon while saying, “I release this negative belief that’s held me back from designing a life I want to live.” Next, one by one, focus on each negative belief you’ve held onto. Release them individually by blowing them into their own balloons and let-

ting them go. Continue until you have relinquished any hold these negative beliefs had on you. Step 2. Pay Attention to How It Feels Our spirit knows when we are moving towards something that our soul needs. It just feels right. When we’re going against our higher good or our higher selves, it feels off. Imagine trying to swim upstream against the current. Think of the effort it takes to cut through the water and struggle against the tide. When we are moving in the wrong direction, everything feels harder. Every step becomes more and more difficult. But when we are on the right path, it feels like we’re moving with the current, and everything seems easier. This doesn’t mean that you won’t have obstacles or pitfalls, but you’ll be able to get through them and see the sunlight on the other side. It will finally feel like you’re going with the flow and at times you even be able to float along without any effort. Go Swimming! Using your psychic sense, or clairsentience, you can explore your goals. Again, just take a few deep breaths to begin relaxing. When you are ready, think about something that makes you feel really happy. It might be your kids or your significant other. You may feel extremely happy when you think about a specific location or something you do. Now pay attention to how that makes you feel. How does it make your body feel? How does it feel emotionally? Next, think of something that makes you angry or sad, or something that just feels wrong. It can be something that goes against your basic sense of humanity or something more personal. Again, focus in on how it makes you feel. How does it feel inside your body? Does it make you feel heavy or light? Does it make you feel overwhelmed or even physically sick? Do you feel nauseated or does it give you a headache? Just take a moment to focus on that feeling. Think about one of your goals. How does it make you feel? Does it feel light and airy? Does it feel as though you’re weighted down? Do you feel like you

We are all born with intuition. Being intuitive is part of our human birthright. are swimming upstream against the current or like you’re going with the flow? Does it make you want to cry? Does it make you want to laugh? When you feel like you have determined what your clairsentience is trying to tell you move on to another goal or dream that you have and do the same thing. When you are done, revisit your goals and your dreams. Do they still feel like something you want to do? Does it feel like you’re moving in the right direction? It’s alright to decide you want change something. It’s also okay if you’ve determined the way that you thought you were going to accomplish something may not be the best way anymore. You can trust your intuition will let you know what to do. Design It! There’s no reason to work harder than you have to. Manifesting means to set into motion the development of something you desire or wish to create. But, manifestation can be a double edged sword. In other words, what you think or believe, is or will be. Simply stated this means if you spend most of your time concentrating on what is wrong you may be bringing in more negative energy. If you direct your energy in a positive way you can bring happiness into your life. Thought is the easiest way to begin the manifestation process. Thinking about what it is that you want, stating it aloud or even writing it down and then letting it go allows the universe to begin working in your favor. This doesn’t mean you ignore the signs or the solutions being presented to you; you still have to be present in your life and participate in it. You cannot ignore the gentle nudges from the universe that are keeping you on your path to

manifest what you want. So, let’s design your life! Manifest it! Do you know what you want? Think about the previous exercises and make a decision right now about what you’d like to accomplish or what you’d like to bring into your life. Now is the time to start that process. Think about one thing you’d like to have, achieve or accomplish. Get a piece of paper and write down what it is you’d like to manifest. Then, step back and read it aloud ten times. By reading it and repeating it, you are stating to the universe exactly what it is that you’d like. When you’ve written down what you’d like to manifest and read it out loud, find a safe place to put your paper. Then let it go. Thank the universe, your guides, your deceased loved ones and all your helpers from the other side for their guidance and assistance in creating what it is you’d like to manifest. Walk away. This step is hard. We feel as though we need to control the way things happen in order to create the outcome we want. By releasing the control, however, we provide the space for the manifestation process to begin. Give it a little time; you may begin to see signs that you’re on the right path or you may begin noticing you’ve manifested exactly what you want already. You are now well on your way to designing the life you want using your intuition. Enjoy it and enjoy the process. You can revisit any of the steps at any time if you feel as though something else needs to come into your life in order to create the design you want. You have put into motion the beginnings of a whole new world of opportunity designed just for you. Melanie Barnum is a practicing psychic and medium. She is the author of five books on psychic ability and manifesting, including her latest, Llewellyn’s Little Book of Psychic Development and is currently working on her sixth. She is also the creator and producer of an oracle card deck, the Psychic Symbols Oracle Cards. Connect to her at or facebook her, MelanieBarnumPsychic.

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An Adaptation of Universal Laws by Darlene Alvarez Maddern


he concept of “Life Design” may be fairly new; however, when we take a close look at the underlying tenets used to create the “design”, we see similarities to universal laws—such as the Laws of Attraction—that have existed for centuries. The success of a Life Design is generally based on the following: deciding what would make us happy in various areas of our lives, a belief we can make it happen, focusing our thoughts on what we want, letting go of limiting beliefs and being willing to act on our plan. These are the same steps for creating the life we want using the Laws of Attraction. To create a Life Design or a Lifestyle Design means to examine our current lives and decide what we would like to change to make us happy. For example, designing our “happy” life means deciding what we want to do for a living or how much we want to work. It encompasses where we want to live, how we want to spend our leisure time, and what things we want to do in and with our lives. It doesn’t matter how old we are or at what stage in life we are. What does matter is that we follow the steps and believe it is possible. When Timothy Ferriss wrote The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich, it became a bestseller; it was the beginning of a different method


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and focus for how to create the life we desire by design. One of the first statements Ferriss makes in regard to designing our lives is that we need to change our way of thinking. “Life doesn’t have to be so damn hard,” he says. “It really doesn’t. Most people, my past self included, have spent too much time convincing themselves that life has to be hard.” In Ask and It Is Given, Esther and Jerry Hicks explain the Laws of Attraction, how they work and how they impact our lives. They begin by reminding us who we really are and why we are here. “You are here to experience outrageous joy,” is a phrase used by the Hicks. They go on to explain how life is not supposed to be hard, and we’re not meant to struggle. Instead, we’re meant to be happy and to enjoy all that life has to offer. Step one in Life Design is to decide what it means to be happy. One of the ways to do that is to use our imagination and get clear on what it is we really want in our lives. What would make us happy? This is also the first step in using the Laws of Attraction. Gaining clarity on exactly what we want to create in our lives is the first step to manifesting it. Ferriss tells us his book is different because, “First, I’m not going to spend much time on the problem.” Similarly, The Laws of Attraction state what we focus on expands. We need to be aware that the energy of the problem is not the same

Reality is not set in stone and we don't have to go along with someone else's version of it. energy as the solution. In other words, to be successful, we need to focus on the solution, not the problem. Ferriss, like the Laws of Attraction, find it more beneficial to focus on what we do want, and not what we don’t want, as a key to creating our desired experience. One of the most powerful notions in Ferriss’ Life Design is we get to create our own reality. That is something we already do all day and every day with necessarily realizing it. How we choose to think about something is us creating our own reality. What he refers to specifically is the common ideas of the reality we have constructed that says life is hard, we have to have a “9-to-5” job and work overtime to make enough money, and we have to be able to save our money to retire someday. This way of thinking has become what most people believe is the “reality” of life. Ferriss’ belief is that we need to reclaim what reality is for ourselves. We get to define what we want our reality to be. “Reality is negotiable,” he says. Reality is not set in stone and we don’t have to go along with someone else’s version of it. The Laws of Attraction state that we create our own reality and, in that, we always have the power to change it. When we decide to change our reality, we let go of limiting beliefs and replace those beliefs with beliefs of empowerment and confidence. Both perspectives express the idea that our concept of reality can always change. It can and does change whenever we decide we want something different in our lives. In the moment, we allow ourselves to think differently. We begin to see our lives through a different lens, perspective and reality. For the successful Life Design, there are, of course, steps to follow, plans to put in to place and expected actions based on those plans. The plans and actions develop out of the desire and ideas of the individual. Similarly, with the Laws of Attraction, the steps develop from a place of feeling good. When we feel good, the laws say, we then allow in inspired ideas that move us to act, and to develop plans and steps to follow. This is referred to as “inspired action”. Today, there are many versions and adaptations of how to create your “Life Design”. There are means for us to empower ourselves and be deliberate in designing and creating a life we want. At the core, they say we are to focus on what we want, believe we can have it, look for the joy in life and follow our inspired plan. It seems we are continually looking for the way to fulfill our purpose in this life as well as to find happiness, love and prosperity. It’s likely there will be other “designs” that will develop to help bring more of us to an understanding of the power we have to change our lives through universal laws. Darlene Alvarez Maddern is a life coach, mentor, teacher and speaker. Connect at 860-488-2619, and


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Mindful Moments

Simple Shifts to Transform Daily Life by Alexa O'Rourke


he season of fall is a period of transition. The colors of the trees change, the sky gets darker, the leaves fall and the temperature becomes cooler. In nature, autumn represents a beautiful time for transformation and an opportunity for a re-birth. Mother Nature is like a mirror; whatever is happening in the exterior environment can also be felt within. Just like the life cycle of a tree and the shedding of its leaves, the spirit goes through a similar turning point process. Feelings of change, uncertainty, and releasing of energies and emotions are often taking place internally during this seasonal change. There is truly no better time than the present to set intentions and stay on the path of self-development. Recognize this is an opportunity for growth and allow change to unfold naturally. To move forward on this journey, small long-lasting shifts can be implemented immediately to transform the day. Each of these shifts does not 28

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require a lot of time or energy, but will trigger a ripple effect. These mindful, connecting exercises are meant to be implemented on a daily basis.

Listen to Music That Will Soothe Your Soul.

Music has the power to create change inside of ourselves. The vibrations of sound have an impact on our thoughts, moods and actions. Listening to music that empowers energy and heightens awareness can provoke happiness within us. It can also open our minds to see other perspectives and, ultimately, awakens our consciousness. Music has the ability to stimulate various aspects within ourselves. For instance, listening to soft instrumental music can calm our inner self and produce healing effects. Different vibrations can also be felt in different parts of the body. Whether alone with headphones or jamming out in the car, hearing the positive vibrations of music can shift our focus and

open the door for an abundance of light to flood in.

Keep a Gratitude Journal

In the moment or during nightly reflection, list three things to be grateful for. The journal will allow us to see the magic that takes place during our daily routine. It only takes a few minutes, but it has lasting effects. The journal can serve as an amazing reflection piece down the road. The key to happiness is to be content and thankful for what is going on today in our lives. The gratitude journal is a tool that will keep us in the present. Stand Up and Shake It Out The exercise of jiggling is meant to move the body; it’s especially important for those who sit at a desk all day. As Carol Shwidock, owner of Stamford’s Harmony Yoga, says, “Get up a few times a day and shake it out. Stand up in your office or take a break outside

and give everything a little shake. It is so, so good for your body to move around. The energy in the body can get stuck, so the shaking of your limbs, will allow for the chi to move exactly where it needs to be.” Feel the energy in the body and the difference before and after the movements take place. This exercise brings greater awareness to the physical body and a greater sense of connection to us.


There is no better way to center ourselves then to focus our intentions on the breath. Even if we don’t have time to sit in meditation for hours, the 16-pointed breath is a great tool to use that can stop negative thinking in 16 seconds. “Breathe in for four, observing the air as it moves into your nostrils and to the back of your throat. Feel your breath as it moves down into your chest and feel your belly expand. Hold your breath in for four, observing your belly. Exhale for four, witnessing as it moves into your chest, throat and out though your nostrils. Hold your breath out for four while observing, watching and witnessing the present moment. Be sure you are following your breath, the key to the process is observing all along the way,” says Shwidock. This exercise can be used time and time again to interrupt feelings of negativity.

Set Intentions

Beginning in the morning, set intentions for the day and repeat those positive affirmations to bring yourself back to center. This practice will set the tone for the day, calling to the universe and uncovering the power of manifestation. Start with saying “I am;” follow it with whatever you feel you need to call into your day. It could be the same affirmation each morning or it can change. A few examples are “I am love, I am light, I am strong, I am joy.” If moments of uncertainty present themselves throughout the day, bring those affirmations to the front of mind. Repeat the affirmation for as long as it takes to feel relief and be brought back to the present moment. The art of setting affirmations is all about shifting intentions for greater opportunity.

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This is a relatively simple shift that can also have lasting effects in the community. Reaching out to family members, friends or even strangers can increase joy in others and in us. Smiling is a small gift that can be given to one another. It may be the best present that individual has received all day. Smiling opens the door to greater connection and union. If you like what someone is wearing, pay them a compliment. Life is about connection, wholeness and spreading love. In the end, we are all here for the same purpose. We are loving beings, and extending a helping hand, a smile or a compliment can ignite positive change all around.

Take Care of the Planet

While walking to and from destinations throughout the day, pick up any trash that may be visible. Feel warmth in knowing it is helping our planet and cleaning up the community. Mother Nature is our home; we can all contribute in small ways to making it a better place to live. This simple act will put us more in touch with nature and opens our eyes to the similarities we collectively share with nature.

Gift a Hand-Written Note

A hand-written note is a personal way to show caring. It has so much more of an impact than an email or text message. It doesn’t matter if the note has a purpose or not; sometimes the best notes have no real reason. Letters can be left for loved ones to simply say hello or it can be a thank you note sent for an act of kindness. The handwriting from a personal note brings the message alive and sends the reader our positive energy and intentions.

Ask a Powerful Question

Questioning has the power to open us up to greater possibility and ultimately allows us to uncover deeper meaning. The right question can create a shift and further the journey of personal development. For this reason, if we find ourselves stuck or experiencing low energy, we can ask what we need to do to shift our energy or what opportunities we have not taken advantage of yet. By silently contemplating questions and taking our time with the response, we can find the answers to these questions in order to help guide us along on the path of self-development.

Disconnect from Technology

Technology is amazing and allows us to do many great things during our day-to-day lives. However, it also has the ability to take us away from the present moment. It is easy to get caught up in mindless Facebook scrolling and judgmental behavior via social media. Disconnect to feel the calming effects of a nightly cup of hot tea before bed rather than scrolling through TV channels. Enjoy reading a book. Transform the usual screen time for practices of self-discovery. This fall, recognize that it provides an ideal time for self-reflection. It is an opportunity to look into the mirror that Mother Nature has gifted humankind with and study our reflection. What else can we do in order to be the best version of ourselves? Implementing these 10 simple shifts can lead to greater self-discovery. Since fall is a time when school is back in session, emulate the attributes of an educator and teach others about these shifts. Teaching these lessons to our family, friends and co-workers will create a greater impact on us while guiding others on this journey too. Set an example for others and be a witness as we transform our lives and the community that surrounds us. Alexa O’Rourke, a life coach and aspiring holistic practitioner, also graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in public relations and communications. Connect at 203-554-1324 or

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Living with Intention

Harness Its Power to Find Truer Paths by Alexa Ferrucci


he universe is constantly creating our form of life and propels us forward, which in turn makes our lives very challenging to live, and more often, to thrive. Our natural coping mechanism is typically to drive right through the storm with very little awareness. But it is precisely our awareness, our place in the universe, which helps us cope with universal waves and troughs. That is why applying the actions of intention are essential to navigating these universal truths. Eckhart Tolle explains that we harness earth’s manifestation through the power of intention. Tolle asks the question, “What is the importance of manifesting things in your life, or creating, or is that counter-productive?” Tolle’s question creates the opportunity to learn how to create intention in our lives. Our universe allows us as people to identify, challenge and find our true paths by harnessing the power of intention. So how do we know the best way to find our intentions and live them? One way is to take the living with intention quiz: n Do my actions and thoughts help everyone in my life as well as myself?


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n Will these actions/thoughts serve as a tool for growth instead of a weapon against myself or another person? n Does withholding this information, knowledge or action represent a selfless instead of a selfish act? n Does the idea/action grow from wisdom instead of fear or doubt? The more you answer yes to these questions, the more pure the intention. Formulate your intentions based on your answers on the quiz. Develop the list over time and be flexible enough to change your intentions or the wording of the intention. Be gentle with yourself and your manifestations, make them realistic and incremental in order to live and use them everyday. Setting goals is a good way to start your intentional life, but affirmation, performed daily, is a power tool to reach intentions. The more “yes” answers you have means the intention is clear. When intentions emerge that are pure and clear, your wisdom emerges. Your intentions can be about nutrition, exercise, stress management, personal and

work relationships, finances, work, play, healthcare, life’s purpose and your spirituality. This is a sample list, but you can add what you would like to accomplish. It is important to perform and live our intentions gently. Gentle performance is meant to slowly seed your intentions forward and make them part of your daily ritual, but not to force or make it so daunting that you lose yourself in the effort of intention and lose your path forward. Instead, start with one or two intentions and move forward, step by step, until it becomes second nature. You can’t change universal truths, but you can change your manifestation/intention to the universe. It helps make the change realistic and doable and makes your part of the universe a little more defined and less complex. Now, that’s change.

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Our universal life’s mission is to choose to be loved, act with love, to honor friends and family and to be in harmony with our souls, intelligence (emotional and physical) and Mother Earth by means of intention. Your intentions through the use of affirmations provide you with life’s choice and act as “true north” principles for living through this complex life of today. The universal challenge for all of us is to live consciously in the world, which requires choice through the act of intention. Our challenge is for us to figure out and to champion our better selves to live with intention, the root of our spirit. It is up to us to self-direct our spiritual path through in this chaotic and complex time by living with and through the action of intention. Alexa Ferrucci, MBA, is trained as an Executive and Life Coach and lives with intention each day. Connect at or

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choolchildren are learning the calming effect of tuning into their minds and bodies through a pioneering program in Baltimore, Maryland, that’s replacing time outs and school detentions with mindful moments. Trained staff—including many former students—teach yoga, mindfulness practices, meditation, centering and breath work that empower kids to resolve conflicts peacefully. Brothers Atman and Ali Smith and friend Andres Gonzalez founded the nonprofit Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) in 2001 in response to the pressing need to help kids living in challenging urban environments better manage stress, anger and other heightened emotions. Today, the organization is sowing the seeds of mindfulness with some 7,500 students a week across 18 Baltimore-area schools, usually beginning through daylong, school-wide interventions and afterschool programs supporting targeted populations. Frustrated kids cool off and center themselves through breathing exercises and meditation in the Mindful Moment Room in the HLF flagship Robert W. Coleman Elementary

School. “Sometimes when I get mad, I just breathe deep. I picture being in a certain place I like and I just stop being mad… I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do,” advises one fifth-grade participant. “When we had to take a big test, before I took it and in the middle, I took deep breaths to stay calm and finish the test. When everybody around you is making a lot of noises, you just try to tune them out and be yourself, do your breathing,” says another fifth-grader. The training starts with educators learning mindfulness techniques both to help their students and also manage their own stress in the classroom. “The program was a fantastic experience,” says Lori Gustovson, a teacher at Baltimore’s Lincoln Elementary School. “We integrated the exercises into our daily schedules, helping many students and teachers focus their attention and regulate emotions such as anxiety, anger and frustration. We are a better school because of the time they spent in our classrooms teaching us the beauty of paying attention to breath, movement and each other,” she observes.

These are tools kids can rely on for the rest of their lives, and use them to get back to their center.

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~Ali Smith Participating schools have reported fewer fights, better attendance and higher grades, among other benefits, according to Ali Smith, all results backed by independent research. Recent studies in schools from San Francisco to Columbus, Ohio, have shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can heighten attentiveness, self-control and empathy, while reducing stress, hyperactivity and depression, and improving academic performance. The kids also apply their newfound skills at home. “To take ownership of the practice and understand the benefits, you have to know how to explain it, so we use a reciprocal teaching model,” says Ali. “We teach the kids to say, ‘Mom, Dad, you look stressed; can you take a breather with me?’” Martin, a Lincoln Elementary student, was pleased to report, “I went to my house and taught my mom how to do all the things you guys taught us.” Virginia, another student, noted, “This

morning I got mad at my dad, but then I remembered to breathe, and then I didn’t shout.” Other schools are following suit. Mindful Schools began in 2007 as a single-school program in Oakland, California, and then expanded to support online and in-person courses and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The David Lynch Foundation funds efforts to bring transcendental meditation to underserved kids in classrooms like the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, in Queens, New York; Wilson High School, in Portland, Oregon; and Wayzata West Middle School, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, among others. Find easy instruction at MindfulnessStarterLesson. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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This meditation exercise is recommended by the Holistic Life Foundation to help kids slow down, relax, de-stress or clear their heads: Sit comfortably with one hand on your belly, with your head, neck and spine in alignment. Breathe through your nose. As you inhale, feel your belly expand and pause for a second. Then, exhale and feel the belly fall. Repeat for 10 breaths.

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Mindfulness is noticing what is happening in the present moment. It can help calm us when we are angry, sad or frustrated. It can help us notice when we are happy or grateful and also to focus, whether in school or in sports. It’s important to let our bodies be very still. When that happens, it gets very quiet. When we have still and quiet bodies, that’s what we call our mindful bodies. Now, let’s close our eyes and just sit like this for one minute.

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Choosing a Chiropractor How to Find the Best One by Marlaina Donato


hiropractic medicine is known for its non-surgical approach to chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, but also has much more to offer. However, finding the right doctor can be as daunting as shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes. Here, three reputable practitioners talk about securing individualized care and getting the most out of chiropractic.

Address Specific Needs

Clarifying the desired outcome is helpful, because some clients are just looking for a quick fix to reduce pain, while others may be seeking overall better health, lasting wellness and an improved quality of life. “Due to insurance issues, we’ve become known as pain doctors, but that’s not the full extent of chiropractic,” explains Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of Your Wellness Connection and the educational website, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Also, you can see more than one chiropractor, as each has their own strength.” Dr. Michael Aho, of Crosstown Chiropractic, in Chicago, agrees. “Chiropractic care encompasses many 34

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styles, so one of the biggest variables is the type of treatment the doctor uses. Most offices commonly treat neck, mid-back and low back pain. If you have a specific shoulder, knee or foot problem, you may want to find a doctor that frequently treats those issues. If you are pregnant, choose a chiropractor that has experience working with pregnant women.” “There are more than 140 different chiropractic techniques. Some are light touch, while others are aggressive. Some are hands-on and some use instruments for adjusting. It’s important that the doctor’s approach resonates with your nature,” advises Dr. Jackie St.Cyr of the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, in Houston. Robin advises that sitting in a doctor’s reception room to just observe and trusting our intuition is helpful before moving forward with a consultation.

Ask Questions

First, find out if a chiropractor has embraced either a conventional medical or holistic model, and then delve more deeply to find the right approach and level of care. “Ask how long a doctor

has practiced and their governing philosophy. Do they treat the full spine or focus on the point of pain, and what range of techniques do they apply? You want them to know your spine before they adjust it; make sure they conduct a new patient exam,” suggests St.Cyr. An exam may include a thermography scan and X-rays. Helpful questions include what to expect during the initial visit, recommended frequency of treatment, the desired doctor’s office hours and how treatment might benefit a particular condition. Because most chiropractic offices offer compatible treatments, also ask about complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, heat therapy, and interferential current therapy using minute electrical pulses for deep tissue pain relief.

Be Consistent

“You shouldn’t expect instant results,” says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results. Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care, you always need to do something for your spine every day, be it stretching, other exercise or good nutrition.” She notes that everyone’s response to chiropractic is different. “Be realistic. If you’ve experienced injuries or accidents, it will take longer, and your healing might look different from that of someone else that is free of injuries and follows a healthier diet. Sometimes people give up on chiropractic instead of finding a chiropractor that is good for them. You wouldn’t give up going to the dentist, and the same should apply to chiropractic care.”

Chiropractic Techniques Sampler Graston Technique – Instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization helps reduce scar tissue and persistent pain from acute and old injuries, as well as resolve longstanding trigger points in muscles and joints. It promotes circulation in affected areas to reduce pain and inflammation. It also may allay non-systemic causes of fibromyalgia.

Activator Method – A small, handheld instrument is used to gently address targeted areas for many conditions, especially low back pain and specific types of headaches including migraine. It’s considered safe for children and patients with severe arthritis and osteoporosis. Directional NonForce Technique – This gentle method stimulates reflex reactions to determine potential discrepancy in leg lengths and corrective measures. It improves structural alignment and function and aids natural healing responses. Flexion-Distraction (Cox Method) – Mechanical and hands-on adjustment aids in stretching of the back. This method is especially beneficial for degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, neck and back pain and restricted spinal joints.

Network Spinal Analysis (network chiropractic) – This low-force technique addresses the entire body to improve communication between the brain and nerves via points along the spine and is suited to all ages. Somato Respiratory Integration – Special exercises leverage the body-breath connection to assist stress management, tension release and whole body awareness. It employs focus, breath work, touch and movement. Compatible with other treatments, it can also be done at home.

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BUILDING BETTER BONES Bouncing, Leaping and Lunging Our Way to Bone Health

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Start and Stay Young

“Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California. Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and young people to be physically active and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30.

Optimal Bone Exercises

“Adulthood is a perfectly good time to start building and improving bone fitness and health. The outcome is just a little bit less,” says Steven A. Hawkins, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks.

“Bone responds to exercise much like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,” Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recommended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. “Don’t do the same things over and over again at the same time, either repetitive exercises like running or weight lifting or consistent combinations; even high-intensity exercise can diminish the effects.” The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are probably the best way to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s team pub-

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lished in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to 10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the 30-second rests between repetitions, Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density. Betz cautions against starting a jumping program too quickly. “Proper alignment, balance and body awareness come first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises in a row, a full squat with good alignment and a full lunge to ready the body for a jumping program.” Such strengthening safeguards against falling and injury.

Walking Isn’t It

Walking, running, weight training and other repetitive exercises don’t improve bone density, says Hawkins. “Walk and do other repetitive exercises for cardiovascular health and general fitness. While these might help maintain current bone strength, they won’t improve bone density.” Walking reduced the risk of hip fracture by 41

Yoga for Bones Yoga doesn’t involve bouncing or jumping for the most part, but it can be helpful in maintaining strong bones, says Sherri Betz, a Santa Cruz, California, physical therapist and Pilates and yoga instructor. “Poses, including the tree, chair, warrior, triangle, half moon and sun salute, need to be as dynamic as possible and focus on leg strengthening and spine extension.

percent for postmenopausal women walking four hours a week, with fewer falls due to improved strength, balance and other factors per the Journal of the American Medical Association. Numerous studies confirm that exercise of any kind keeps us healthy, but for bone health, the answer is to start weight-bearing exercises early and sustain the practice for a lifetime. Kathleen Barnes is a health writer and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at


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The most common way of testing bone density is a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan. The result is called a T-score and is one case where a zero is perfect. A score of +1.0 to -1.0 is considered normal. A score between -1.0 and -2.5 is considered osteopenia, or weakened bones. A score lower than -2.5 indicates some level of osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for women and men older than 65 and 70, respectively, and those that are petite, prone to breaking bones or have other risk factors.

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calendarofevents WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 Tai Chi Chuan – 6:30pm-7:30pm. Beginner class starting. Learn a series of relaxed movements to help you focus the mind, reduce stress, strengthen the body, and improve balance and overall well-being. 12 weeks. $150. Haddam. Info: Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts. 860-301-6433.  


Full Day Vision Board Retreat – 9am-3pm. Join Lisa Lelas and Ronnie Ann Ryan as you to dare to dream, feel inspired, tap inner wisdom, find clarity and create your own Vision Board to manifest your dreams! Program includes creative exercises, guided meditations, workbook and fun in a supportive environment. Plus, all craft supplies, coffee, tea and lunch. North Haven location provided after registration. 203-877-3777. 

Community, Consciousness & Conversation – Group will meet every other Thursday. Exploring The Book of Joy by two inspirational leaders, showing the elements of joy, and coping strategies for life’s challenges. Experience meditation and other practices that develop compassion and quiet the mind. $10. Woodmont United Church of Christ, 1000 New Haven Ave, Milford. For more Info contact Esther Leiva at

Nature Journaling with Jan Blencowe: Certified Journey Circles facilitator and experienced retreat and workshop guide – 9:30am-3:30pm. Simple pen and watercolor techniques are taught, all levels are welcome, no prior experience is necessary. Stroll the retreat grounds on Long Island Sound, walk the labyrinth and engage in drawing, painting and writing.  $50 Fee includes program and lunch. Madison. To register, call Guest Services at 203-245-0401 or go to

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,,

Rocky Corner Cohousing Info Session – 10:30am12pm. Find out about living in an energy-efficient, organic farm-centered, friendly neighborhood in Bethany. We are building 30 homes on 33 acres near hiking/bridle trails. Meet at Clark Library, 538 Amity Rd, Bethany. 203-393-1245.

New Haven Community Circle Dance – 7:30pm9:30pm. Move in the footsteps of our ancestors as we enjoy traditional dances from many cultures, as well as contemporary pieces choreographed in the spirit of ancient folk dance. All dances are taught and no experience is necessary. Suggested donation $8. Friends Meetinghouse, 225 East Grand Ave, New Haven. 203-467-1069,

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 ECKANKAR Religion of the Light and Sound of God invites you to our Light and Sound Service – 10am-11:15am.  With fellowship afterward. Hear inspirational talks and uplifting music to awaken spiritual understanding in everyday life. Free. Eckankar Temple, Rt.66 & Harvest Wood Rd, Middlefield.  

Psychic Development for Empaths with Jennifer Jean – 7pm-8:30pm. Empaths are people who feel as a method for receiving information about people and the world around them. Learn how to strengthen that method and become more open, while also learning to shut out the unnecessary information to be a more informed and stronger person.  $20. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

Journey Through the Chakras: A Kundalini Yoga Workshop with Jen Greenwald – 10am-12pm. Workshop will cover an overview and understanding of our chakra system, information to help you better relate to your energy and the energy of others, Kundalini breath-work and movement to help you connect to your Higher Self, Kundalini meditations and mantras that strengthen and align your energy. All Welcome. Raven’s Wing Yoga’s Nest, 1008 Main St, Branford.



Free Breakfast Provided by Assumption Church Breakfast Club & Masters Table Community Meals – 9am-10am. Join us for a hot breakfast or a cup of coffee. All are welcome! Assumption Church Hall, 61 N Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information, call 203-732-7792.

Tai Chi Chuan – 6:45pm-7:45pm. Beginner class starting. Learn a series of relaxed movements to help you focus the mind, reduce stress, strengthen the body, and improve balance and overall wellbeing. 10 weeks. $150. MECA, North Haven. Info: Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts. 860-301-6433.  


Breathing Room Community, Yoga and Wellness Center’s Grand Open House at 216 Crown St: Oct 7-9 – 9am-6:30pm (Sat). 9am-9pm (Sun) & 9am-12:30pm (Mon). Enjoy three days of free yoga, incredible talks, demos, chair massage, essential oils workshops, tea & juice tastings, henna tattoo, palm readings, gongs and Nidra, PuRest float center tours, a non-profits expo and community potluck party! 203-562-LOVE.


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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 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. Gayle Franceschetti, 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford, 203-265-2927, or,

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 doTERRA Holiday Essentials Oil Classes – 7pm. Learn the health benefits of fall spices like cinnamon, clove, ginger, wild orange and many others. Plus how to easily incorporate them into your holiday cooking and baking and simultaneously fill your home with fabulous fall scents. Space is limited. Free. The Green Room, 990 Bridgeport Ave, Milford. 203-895-5134.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Paint with Spirit – 10am-3pm.  Ronnie Ann Ryan, Intuitive and painter leads this amazing, inspirational journey of creative expression. Use guided meditation and creative intuition to paint your new energetic story. Leave your old story behind. Support an empowered new life. Have fun, feel lighter and playful. No painting experience needed. Supplies and lunch provided. Space limited to 6 in Milford. 203-877-3777.   The Art of Assists with Liza Dousson – 1pm-4pm.  How do we most elegantly assist our students during a group class? When is an assist instructive or intrusive? Are we truly applying “the art of seeing” to our students before we leap in and assist? This workshop is designed to Inspire the precision of your interactions with students by honing your skills. Raven’s Wing Yoga, The Nest, 1008 Main St, Branford. At the Hop Fundraiser: All Proceeds to Benefit Masters Community Meals – 6pm-11pm. Featuring “Sharades Band.” Doo Wop Band with special guest appearance by Tony Castle, Sinatra Stylist and more. Cabaret: Bring your own beverage and snacks (ice, set ups, coffee and desert included). Contact Vin LaRocca at 203-929-0452 or Joan McCabe at 203-735-0422.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 doTERRA Holiday Essentials Oil Classes – 7pm. Learn the health benefits of fall spices like cinnamon, clove, ginger, wild orange and many others. Plus how to easily incorporate them into your holiday cooking and baking and simultaneously fill your home with fabulous fall scents. Space is limited. Free. The Green Room, 990 Bridgeport Ave, Milford. 203-895-5134.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18 A Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen your authentic self. Be supported by the Beauty and rhythm of the seasons. What you are looking for is looking for you. Healing the world one woman at a time. $25. Central Wallingford. Call Susan to explore/reserve space: 203-645-1230.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 Community, Consciousness & Conversation – Group will meet every other Thursday. Exploring The Book of Joy by two inspirational leaders, showing the elements of joy, and coping strategies for life’s challenges. Experience meditation and other practices to develop compassion and quiet the mind. $10. Woodmont United Church of Christ, 1000 New Haven Ave, Milford. For more info contact Esther Leiva at  

Free Showing of Sundance award-winning film Most Likely to Succeed. Co-hosted by CELC Middle School and Guilford Free Library – 6:30pm. Followed by discussion. The way you think about “school” will never be the same! Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St, Guilford. Free tickets and information call 203-433-4658 or email Crystal Toning – w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8pm. 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 203-265-2927,

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 Learn to use Essential Oils w/ Elena Bigio and Cheryl Raab - doTerra Wellness Advocates – 7pm-8:30pm. Learn about the healing benefits of essential oils and how they have helped many families. Learn how to use essential oils to: Help build and maintain a healthy immune system; Help ward off free radicals with its antioxidant benefits, and much more. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.  

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 Grief and Hope: Companions in Loss with Lisa Irish, MEd, MA BCC – 9:30am-4pm. Grief and hope co-exist and this day of reflection includes community support, prayer, ritual and quiet. $50 Fee includes program and lunch. Madison. To register, call 203-245-0401 or go to Movement and Sound Healing Workshop at the Sound Retreat in Chester – 10am3:30pm. This is a mini retreat that includes Three Feldenkrais ATM lessons, a healthy lunch and a sound healing session. Cost: $125. Chester. To register: contact Carol Meade 203-415-8666 or   Autumn Festival – 11am–4 pm. Take a ride through our community gardens and fields in our horse-drawn story wagon, where you’ll hear some spooky Halloween tales! Learn about bats, spiders, and owls! Have some fresh apple cider and baked goods. Visit the Nature Shop to buy some creepy and crawly nature-related items. Enjoy naturerelated exhibitors and vendors. You can try your hand at pumpkin painting, get your face painted, and make some original crafts. All proceeds benefit the Nature Center. Rain or shine. No park admission fee. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Bring in Your Old Home Movies, or Watch Ones Brought in by Others During “Home Movie Day New Haven” – 12pm-4pm. Film experts offer free advice on home-movie preservation, 12pm- 2pm; screenings of home movies 2pm-4pm. Films range from silly to sweet, to historic! New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave, New Haven. 203-562-4183. One World Open House & Studio Party – 3pm9pm. Great opportunity to attend yoga classes and wellness workshops! Plus, enjoy beverage tastings, a potluck dinner and cooperative games night. FREE. For more information and a complete list of events, call 203-998-5688 or go to

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 Families are Invited to Join Us for Open House / Activity Day at CELC Middle School – Meet teachers and students; stay for the art, science, and music activities; and enjoy some refreshments! 28 School St, Branford. CT Experiential Learning Center - A Middle School that Makes a Difference! RSVP: 203-433-4658 or Crystal Bowl Sound Bath and Crystal Bed Sessions with Priscilla Gale – 2pm-3:30pm. Two 90 minute sessions of a crystal bowl sound bath with optional 10 minute sessions under A Crystal Bed has 7 extremely clear and highly polished Vogel cut quartz crystals, each cut to a specific frequency as well as each corresponding chakra color. Space is limited! Raven’s Wing Yoga, Branford.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23 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. Gayle Franceschetti, Wallingford 203-265-2927,

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 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. Gayle Franceschetti, 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford, 203-265-2927, or,

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 HU Chant – 7pm-7:30pm. Singing HU can help 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. or Take Back Your Power with Ariel – 7pm-8:30pm. Regain the personal power that was undermined by stress, relationships, and loss of control.Learn to cut the cords  attached to people and situations that may be negatively affecting your well-being. Join Ariel for an hour of meditation and energy work focused on bringing back your power. $20. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.  

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 What is Your Life’s Purpose – 9:30am-12pm. With this class, you’ll be steps closer toward finding your real life purpose and in turn, living a truly conscious life of your creation. $75. Gayle Franceschetti, 36 Cheshire Rd Wallingford, 203-265-2927,,

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203-733-6560 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 Sunday Guided Hike: Fall Foliage – 1pm. Join the Nature Center naturalist for a stroll through our woodlands, old fields, and wetlands. Enjoy the beauty and the crisp fall air while learning about New England’s flora and fauna. Wear appropriate shoes for this moderate hike. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203736-1053. Iyengar Yoga for Scoliosis – 1:30pm-4pm. Students will practice traditional yoga poses that lengthen and strengthen the back as they help to balance the spine’s imbalances. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown, 860-347-YOGA (9642). Costume Party: Dinner, Dancing, Music and Awards Presented by Masters Table – 3pm-6pm. Decorate a pumpkin from 3pm-4pm. Open to the first 25 attendees to sign up by calling 203-7327792. Dinner at 4pm. Dancing and awards 4:30pm6pm. Awards given for best costumes, but costumes not required. Free. Donations accepted. Handicap accessible. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information, call 203-732-7792 or visit

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ongoingevents sunday S u n d a y S t r e t c h – 8 p m - 9 a m . S u n d a y. Instructor: Tess Whaley, NASM, IFPA certified trainer. Head-to-toe stretching techniques to maintain or improve flexibility and range of motion. Bring a yoga mat and dress comfortably. Space is limited. Donations appreciated.. The Green Room, 990 Bridgeport Ave, Milford. 203-543-1022. 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, S h e r m a n Vi l l a g e S h o p p i n g C e n t e r, 6 7 0 Main St South, Woodbury. 203-586-1655,, Sunday Guided Hikes – 1pm. Join a Nature Center guide on Sunday afternoons for fun, exercise, and learning about our trails! Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

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. 203267-4417. 2017-18 Homeschool Mondays at CELC Middle School: Meets Mondays – 9:45am-3pm. Ages 9 - 14. Apply NOW for Sessions I, II, III. A variety of classes will be offered, including Writers’ Workshop, Nonviolence Leadership Training, Music, and more. CELC Middle School, 28 School St, Branford. Contact 203-433-4658 or 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. Monday Night Trail Run – 5:30pm-6:30pm. For all of the runners who want something 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. This free program is the best way to start off your week. Wear appropriate footwear. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Iyengar Yoga Fundamentals & Level I – 6pm7:15pm.. Begin or refine your yoga practice as you safely learn how optimal alignment makes you stronger, more flexible, and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642).


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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. Monday Meditation – 7:30pm-8:30pm. Beginners meditation class. Learn the benefits and techniques of meditation in a supportive and soothing environment. Bring a yoga mat and blanket. Dress comfortably. Space is limited. Donations appreciated. The Green Room, 990 Bridgeport Ave, Milford. 203-543-1022.

tuesday Call The Graduate Institute to Visit Us Any Day of the Week to Arrange a Visit – We offer Master of Arts Degree programs designed for busy people. Only one weekend a month; 2 years. The Graduate Institute. 171 Amity Rd, Bethany. Call us at 203-874-4252. Fiber Arts Group – 6pm. Get together with others to work on your fiber arts projects! Bring any kind of fiber work—knitting, felting, crocheting, etc. A great way to dedicate time to your handiwork and socialize too. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Register: 203-736-1053. 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. (no class on 10/31). 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.

Monthly Information Sessions at The Graduate Institute – 6:30pm -7:30pm. Join us for an information session every 2nd Tuesday of the month at The Graduate Institute. 171 Amity Rd, Bethany. Please contact us to let us know that you'll be attending: Call us at 203-874-4252. Meditation – 7pm-8pm. 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/ 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. info@

wednesday WHAT WOULD THE HIGHEST GOOD HAVE TO SAY TO YOU ... If you could hear them? – Hear them speak: Archangels, Your Spirit, Nature Spirits, Your Spirit Guide, people who have passed on. Christie, a clear intuitive, and her Spirit Guide, Great Bear can make this happen for you. For more information or an appointment, call 203-481-8827. Nature Explorers – 10am. (Oct 4 & 11). Join Wendy for our preschool/toddler program. This 4-week session is for children ages 2–5 years old with an adult. These outdoor classes will be fun exploring and learning through play. We will learn about nature and science through activities such as hiking, exploring, singing, games, reading, and making crafts. Every class is outside! Tuition $40 per 4-week session (cash or check payable to Ansonia Nature Center). Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 12pm-1pm. 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: Stony Creek Yoga for Stress Relief – 5:45pm7pm. 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 Group – 6pm–7pm. Come pray in silence and “rest in God.” No charge, although a free-will donation would be appreciated. Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center, 167 Neck Rd, Madison. For more information, call 203-245-0401 or visit

The Caring Network: Free Support Group for adults who have lost a loved one – 6pm-8pm. (October 4 & 18). Information about loss and grief. 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. Developing Your Intuition Series w/Gayle Franceschetti: 5-Wednesday Series – 6:30pm-8:30pm. (Wed, Oct 11, 18, 25, & Nov 8, 15). Tap into your innate ability of “knowing.”  Through meditation, sharing and experiential exercises begin to master techniques of accessing your creativity and intuition. $97. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford 203-265-2927,, 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. 203-878-0681., 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.

Meditation – 7pm-8pm. 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/

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. 203-4158666 or

Creature Features –12pm. Come to meet our furry, scaly, and feathery animal ambassadors. You’ll have the chance to touch and hold them in this free family program for all ages. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Register: 203-736-1053. Greater New Haven Study Group – 1pm. (Monthly, 2nd Saturday of each month). Dr. Louise Sanchione, ND, CCH, Voluntary Donation, Discussing homeopathy within the context of current events/ hot topics. October’s topic: Vaccinations, Hamden, Email: 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:

Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am-3pm. 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. Calling All Actors! Long Wharf Theatre Hosts Its Annual Drama Class for CELC Middle School and Homeschooled Students Ages 9–14 – 12:30pm-2:30pm. (Oct 13, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10, 17; & Dec 1, 8, 15). Location: Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven. Register by Monday, Oct 9. Contact 203-433-4658 or

saturday Science Saturdays for Ages 8 -12 at CELC Middle School – 10am-11:30am. (Sept 30; Oct 28 & Dec 2). featuring waters of the Long Island Sound! Join Michele for a series of hands-on science exploration. Each class covers a new subject and includes lab, experiments, and lots of fun! Contact 203-433-4658 or Ropes Yoga – 11am-12pm. 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). 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.

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