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April is a season of awakening, when the quiet, cold still of winter awakens from its dormancy and transforms into a colorful mosaic, burgeoning with activity. The burst of energy and optimism we feel as the miracle of spring unfolds is a reminder of our connection with Mother Nature and our integral role as caretakers of our beautiful, albeit fragile planet earth. When we nurture our environment, we nurture ourselves. Sustainability is a big movement, which continues to grow in our country and yet there is so much more each of us can do to green up our lifestyle and positively impact our planet. “Everyday Sustainability: Practical Ways We Can Help Out the Planet, “ authored by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko, offers guidance and multiple online references so we can more easily practice sustainable living on a daily basis. As you will read in this article, green living can greatly enhance the quality of our lives and actually save us money. Our local editorial feature brings the topic of environmental justice to our front door step here in Connecticut. “Taking Deep Breaths: Fighting for Air and Healing in Connecticut,” by Quinlan Mitchell is a must read! This local piece takes a sobering, yet hopeful look at Connecticut’s air quality and it’s impact on lung disease, heart disease and even cognitive function. The good news is that the state’s last operating coal-fired power plant, the Bridgeport Harbor Station, is scheduled for closure by 2021 and will transition into a natural gas facility— a hopeful sign in Connecticut’s movement toward cleaner air.

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Passionate foodie activists out there (and anyone else who cares about the quality of food that goes into their body) have reason to celebrate. The DARK Act has been defeated in the U. S. Senate—Your voice made a difference! For details, check out our Global Briefs under header: “DARK Act Defeated: Senate Vote Reflects Citizen demands.” Coffee lovers be sure to read this month’s Green Living article: “Green Coffee is Good Coffee: Why Sustainability Should Matter to You,” by Ben Shanbrom (content director at One World Roasters, a 100 percent organic and fair trade coffee roaster based in the Greater New Haven area). Did you know that industrial-grown coffee is one of the most pesticide-laden crops in modern agriculture? This alone is a good reason to switch to coffee that uses sustainable practices in production—plus, it tastes better. April in all of it’s splendor, also marks the onset of allergy season. There are a number of natural treatments available for allergy sufferers provided by holistic practitioners here in Connecticut, several who you can find in this issue. Our April news briefs and community calendar are loaded with local events and workshops… so read on! World Tai Chi Qigong Day is on April 30. One of the local events will be taking place on the Milford Green (see calendar event on page 36 for details). Lamont Thomas, local Qigong and Tai Chi instructor and author of “Qigong: From Stress to Calm” (see page 21) will inspire you to give this ancient healing practice a try. Remember, every day is Earth Day!

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6 newsbriefs

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14 globalbriefs 22 greenliving


24 healingways 26 inspiration 28 fitbody

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.


SUSTAINABILITY Practical Ways We Can Help Out the Planet by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko

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Fighting for Air and Healing in Connecticut

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From Stress to Calm

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Air Intake and Spinal Health Can Improve Seasonal Suffering by Dr. Peter Braglia


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newsbriefs Celebrate Earth Day in So Many Ways


ere are just a few of the upcoming events taking place in our area for Earth Day 2016. Riders taking part in Rock to Rock’s Earth Day Ride on April 30 will travel from West Rock to East Rock. The race is offering 8-mile, 12-mile, 20-mile, 40-mile, and metriccentury routes to explore the community’s parks and greenspaces, back roads and city streets, city neighborhoods and small towns. Along the way, riders can listen to music, eat food and enjoy a spring day. More information at On April 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History will offer its Connect to the Earth! event. With the price of regular admission, attendees can unearth the wonders of nature by experiencing specimens from the museum’s collections that are rarely on display, and discover the beetles, birds and botanical bounty that share our planet home. Fun and engaging activities for the whole family will be offered as well. Check Peabody. for more information. EcoWorks ( is sponsoring Earth Day Hack: Upcycle T-Shirts on April 19, 6-8:30 p.m. at 262 State Street in New Haven, Connecticut. Bring your creativity and spend an evening using scissors, needle and thread to rescue old t-shirts and turning them into skirts, halters, bags or your own creation. The designs will be based on those in Generation T by Megan Nicolay. The workshop for those age 15 and older is led by MaryLynne Boisvert of Bethany Homecrafts. All materials are provided for the $20 admission, but feel free to bring your own T-shirts as well. Pre-registration is required at

Yale Study for Teens with Chronic Pain and Other Symptoms


nvestigators at the Yale School of Medicine are starting eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction sessions for teens 12-17 years of age with chronic symptoms—including, but not limited to, fibromyalgia or chronic widespread pain, irritable bowel syndrome, joint pain and chronic fatigue. Participants attend weekly classes where meditation and yoga techniques are taught by an experienced instructor. Previous studies have shown improvements with similar programs. Study assessments are provided free of charge. Participants will be paid $200 for their time. The study is led by Dr. Ather Ali, faculty in the Department of Pediatrics and Director of Integrative Medicine at Yale. More information about the study can be found at For additional information and to see if your child qualifies, contact Theresa Weiss, MPH, at or 203-737-1391. See ad on page 9.

Discovering Thailand and Thai Massage


ne World Wellness & Yoga will be hosting Matthew Mandeville (MA, M Ed, LMT) as he gives an engaging presentation on life in a Lahu hill tribe village based on his many years of studying traditional Thai massage in Thailand. The educational talk, free and open to the public, will be held on April 7 from 7-8 p.m. One World Wellness is a collective healing and practice space offering affordable rates for the community and holistic education rooted in simple Taoist principles. Members who are able to attend regular classes also benefit from learning transformative breathwork and meditation,

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increasing flexibility and improving energy levels. Monthly social events create opportunities for practitioners to mix and mingle outside of class. If you lack the financial resources to join, ask about work study or pay-it-forward programs. The practice space is also available to members for monthly events or workshops free of charge. Visit for more information. Location: One World Wellness & Yoga, 967 N. High St., East Haven CT.

Celebrating a Decade in Business


ast Haddam Horticultural Services LLC, owned by Daniel and Roger McNelly, is celebrating 10 years of organic lawn care. They provide a variety of services such as

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o you experience repetitive headaches? The cause of repetitive headaches can often be difficult to diagnose as they may be related to muscle spasms in the neck or cranial dysfunction. Take advantage of our complimentary screenings to determine if the headaches you experience are the result of either condition. The 10-minute screenings will be held at Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, located at 500 East Main Street, Suite 310, Branford, Connecticut. The screenings will take place from 1-3 p.m. on April 4, 5 and 21. Call Physical Therapy Services of Guilford to reserve your spot. For more information and to schedule for your free screening, visit or call 203-315-7727. Location: Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St., Ste 310, Branford, CT. See ad on page 14. 203-500-0005

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This year, because of popular demand, the school is offering workshops open to the public. These will be in the areas of sustainable gardening, foraging, kitchen medicine and culinary. The first of these will be Planting Your Healthcare: A Tea, Culinary and Medicinal Herb Garden.

Studying Our Food in Depth


ecome immersed in sustainable food practices through a year-long program from The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition (TIOSN). Participants learn through hands-on practices in the science of nutrition, local/sustainable gardening practices, culinary skills, kitchen medicine and sustainable foraging. Housed at the Holcomb Farm in West Granby, TIOSN students learn how the body and food work together and change with the seasons. Additional teaching includes the cycles of plants, weeds, soil, bees and planets; preparing and sharing food in the kitchen; making traditional remedies, teas, tonics and brews; and exploring the outdoors for wild food. Many guest speakers join the TIOSN community throughout the year to teach specialty topics, such as fermented sourdough bread making, growing microgreens, sea vegetables, sauerkraut, miso, cheese-making, mindful eating, fermented drinks and more. TIOSN is also now accepting applications for the second year of the 10-month Herbal Intensive program. Last year’s class sold out in two days with all slots going to alumni.

For more information, applications or to register for any of the programs go to or call 860-764-9070. See ad on inside front cover.

Healing Haven Opens in Woodbury


he Ruby Tree, a metaphysical shop and healing space, opened recently in historic Woodbury, Connecticut. The shop features many local artisans, rocks and crystals, candles and incense, jewelry, artwork, oracle and tarot cards, used and new books, singing bowls, live miniature faerie gardens, dream catchers and altar supplies. New items arrive regularly.

The studio has regular yoga classes, meditation, drum circles, Reiki shares, Sound Healing, psychic events, a monthly Mystical Market and more. Two peaceful treatment rooms host practitioners of several modalities, including Usui Reiki sessions and classes, Celtic Reiki, clinical nutrition, psychotherapy, life coaching, cranialsacral therapy and massage. The first Saturday of each month, readings are available from 10 a.m.-4 a.m. A personal growth clinic on Thursdays offers psychotherapy appointments on a sliding scale. A weekly Reiki clinic day will be added in the near future as well. For more information, visit or Facebook. com/TheRubyTreect. Location: 670 Main St. S, Sherman Village, Woodbury, CT.

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A Modern Tea: The Heart of the Matter


decade of promoting health and wellness to the residents of Greater New Haven will be celebrated on April 16 at the 10th annual A Modern Tea affair, hosted by Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale. The milestone event—with the theme The Heart of the Matter—will feature healthy living workshops, live music, on-site blood pressure screenings and stroke assessments, food and exclusive boutiques for attendees.

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The annual event, produced by Community Health Network of Connecticut Foundation, Inc., is open to the public (ages 21 and up), and tickets are $45 per guest. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes lunch and on-site complimentary parking in addition to the day’s discussions and demonstrations. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Toni Harp, mayor of the City of New Haven, and Marta Elisa Moret, First Lady of Yale University, will serve as honorary co-chairs for the proceedings. Dr. Anees Chagpar, director of the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and an associate professor of surgery at Yale, is the event’s keynote speaker. Fox CT anchor, Amanda Raus, will be on hand as mistress of ceremonies for the day. Guests can also enjoy the sounds of live jazz performed by Timmy Maia of Maia Music. For more information and to register, visit Location: Omni New Haven Hotel, 155 Temple St., New Haven, CT.

Wellness Wednesdays and Health, Wellness and Fitness Fair at WCSU


he Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS), housed within the Department of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences (HPX) at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU), is sponsoring a series of monthly Wellness Wednesday Workshops to promote the importance of making and maintaining healthy choices. Visit for specific event information. In addition to the regular Wellness Wednesday workshop series, the IHHS and HPX, in partnership with Campus Recreation and University Health Services, will present the inaugural Health, Wellness and Fitness Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 12 in the Bill Williams Gym in Berkshire Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus. The goal of the health fair is to provide the WCSU and Greater Danbury communities with opportunities to increase awareness of topics related to health, fitness and wellness by providing activities, materials, demonstrations, screenings and information. Reiki masters will be providing 15-minute Reiki sessions. Past fairs have offered education on topics such as meditation, nutrition, tai chi, yoga and Tibetan Singing Bowls. The health fair is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to support this health fair and other events as well as student awards.

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New Focus on Allergies and Sensitivities


he advent of spring can bring mixed feelings to those with seasonal allergies. Shoreline Natural Health Care in Guilford is now specializing in Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT). According to Dr. Betty Brainerd, naturopath and clinic owner, AAT offers a unique and highly effective approach in treating the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. AAT is a precision-based treatment which is safe for all ages—no needles are involved, no supplements are needed, and no avoidance of substances is necessary. In addition to seasonal allergies, AAT is used to treat symptoms caused by sensitivities to foods, pets, dusts, molds and chemicals of all kinds. More information about AAT can be found at, under the Advanced Allergy Therapeutics and Testimonial tabs. To celebrate her new focus, Brainerd is offering complimentary 15-minute sessions to determine what specific substances are stressing the body and to propose a potential treatment plan. To set up an appointment, call 203-738-0020. Location: Shoreline Natural Health Care, 35 Boston St., Guilford, CT. See ad on left.

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Celebrating Mother Nature with Salt of the Earth


alt of the Earth Therapeutic Spa in Woodbury is honoring Earth Day with Spa Saturday or Sunday cave sessions on April 22 and 23 for $25 each session. You can also visit the spa’s booth on April 22 at its information station at Hollow Park in Woodbury from 11am to 4pm during the Woodbury Earth Day celebration. Chair massages will be available for $1 per minute, learn about the spa’s conscious living membership and meet Salt of the Earth Therapeutic Spa staff. Raw Foods Chef and Master Herbalist Tynne Clifford will be back with more samples and recipes. Bruce and Laura from Etheric Salts will be on hand with crystal light therapy for a $1 per minute for 10-minute sessions.

Starting March 20, SOTES (pronounced “soteez”) is now offering a conscious living membership. Limited to 100 guests, for $50 per month with a six-month automated payment plan, this membership offers two healing sessions per month (1.5 combined hours) for a savings of $35. SOTES offers a second option for conscious living memberships: for $50 per month with a 12-month commitment, a one-time payment of $600 will give you the added bonus of having the option to do more cave sessions during the month for only $24, and you can bring a friend or family member for the same price.

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New Haven Chapter Holistic Chamber of Commerce


he New Haven Chapter of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce business education topic for its April meeting is Speak Naked tips and secrets to Holistic Public Speaking. Presented by Glenn Dulko, a workshop leader, speaker, coach and trainer, the informational session will be held during the chapter’s monthly business meeting on April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at The Graduate Institute in Bethany. Be able to speak comfortably and confidently in front of groups from 1 to 1,000 people, sharing your gifts, ideas and passion with confidence and ease. The meeting is free to

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Chamber members and interested first-time guests. The regular fee is $15.00. To register, visit The Holistic Chamber of Commerce is an expanding organization representing holistic professionals, practitioners and businesses. It is a welcoming community of like-minded individuals with the goal of helping to heal the world and the inhabitants that live within it by empowering members to build their business through business education, networking and community events. For more information, visit or contact New Haven Chapter President Rosa Chyan at 203-228-1777 or Location: The Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Rd., Bethany, CT. See ad on inside back cover.

Calling All Moms for a Workshop


he Mother Monologues workshop will run May 4-7 in Hamden. This special Mother’s Day event is co-directed by local artist Linda Bonadies and “Global Story Coach” Tanya Rubinstein, all the way from Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Mother Monologues is a creative storytelling workshop that empowers moms to remember who they are and affirm their motherhood journey. Moms will reclaim their truest voice and creativity in community with other moms and with the support of professional story coaches. The workshop will be held on May 4-6 from 5:30-9 p.m. and on May 7. The workshop culminates in a live show on May 7 at 4 p.m. at Hamden’s Space Ballroom. This fee for the 17-hour workshop is $300. Mothers of all ages and at all stages are welcome. “Moms are always giving everything of themselves to nurture their kids and families, often at the expense of their own self care. It’s easy to feel lost and overwhelmed,” says Co-Director Linda Bonadies. “This workshop guides moms through the challenges to empowerment, clarity and community.” Bonadies is a local mother, songwriter and playwright. Her one-woman musical, Give It All Away, played in New York City to rave audience reviews. She also holds creativity workshops. Tanya Rubinstein is the founder and CEO of the Global Story School. She is considered one of the world’s foremost story coaches and solo performance experts. Her Cancer Monologues were featured in the Oprah Winfrey magazine. For more information, visit or email See ad on page 35. 12

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eWomenNetwork Presents: The Million Dollar Business Formula


he 7th Annual Women’s Success Summit, The Million Dollar Business Formula, will feature Sandra Yancey, a best-selling author, CNN American Hero, movie producer and the founder/CEO of eWomenNetwork. The event will be held April 13 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. with doors opening and informal networking beginning at 4:30 p.m. The theme of the April 13 event in Branford, Connecticut, represents the big-profit acceleration for women entrepreneurs. Sandra Yancey The purpose of the summit is to provide transformative ideas and insightful new ways to grow and monetize your business. Yancey’s message for women entrepreneurs and professionals centers on mindset, time and energy. The most successful women entrepreneurs have aligned their passion with their daily activities. Yancey has a concise million-dollar business formula, based on 16 years of success, which she will share at the summit. In addition to Sandra Yancey’s presentation, the summit will offer networking and resource opportunities for dynamic women business owners in the Greater Hartford and Shoreline areas. There will be exhibitors along with eWomenNetwork’s Accelerated Networking process. Registration is open to all and includes a meal at the event. The fee is $70 for non-eWN members and $60 for members for early registration. Beginning April 9, the entry is $80 for all late registrations. “It’s impossible to be in business without navigating through challenges and pain. I will demystify the keys to success and reveal the vital ingredients and specific steps I, and others, use to move past the roadblocks that zap your business and personal success,” says Yancey. To learn more and to register for the summit, visit, or contact Anne Garland, eWomenNetwork’s executive managing director, at or 860-575-4970. Location: Woodwinds, 29 Schoolground Rd., Branford, CT.


Kiwis Boost Heart Health


multi-center study from the University of Salamanca, in Spain, has found that consuming even one kiwi fruit (Actinidia deliciosa) per week will significantly boost cardiovascular health. The researchers tested 1,469 healthy people throughout Spain. The volunteers were given dietary questionnaires and underwent testing for cholesterol lipids and inflammatory markers for heart disease. The researchers determined that those that ate at least one kiwi fruit per week had significantly lower triglycerides and fibrinogen (a marker for inflammation), and higher HDL-cholesterol levels. Higher levels of HDL-cholesterol are associated with reduced incidence of atherosclerosis. The researchers concluded: “Consumption of at least one kiwi a week is associated with lower plasma concentrations of fibrinogen and improved plasma lipid profile in the context of a normal diet and regular exercise.”

Tai Chi Eases Effects of Chronic Disease


review of research from the University of British Columbia tested the effects of tai chi exercise upon people with four chronic diseases: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, osteoarthritis and cancer. Dr. Yi-Wen Chen and his team analyzed 33 studies of more than 1,500 people that participated in tai chi. The research also tested the effects of the practice on general health, including walking speed, muscle strength, speed in standing up from a sitting position, quality of life, symptoms of depression and knee strength. The heart disease patients among the subjects showed a reduction in depression symptoms, and all shared a reduction of muscle stiffness and pain, increased speeds in both walking and standing from a sitting position and improved well-being. “Given the fact that many middle-aged and older persons have more than one chronic condition, it’s important to examine the benefits of treatment/exercise interventions across several co-existing conditions,” says Chen.

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Fracking Fluids Found Toxic to Health


n analyzing 1,021 chemicals contained in fluids and wastewater used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for oil or natural gas, a Yale University study found that at least 157 of the chemicals—including arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde and mercury—are associated with either developmental toxicity, reproductive toxicity or both. Of the total identified chemicals, 925 were used in the hydraulic fracturing process, 132 in fracking wastewater and 36 were present in both. The scientists utilized the REPROTOX database in the Chemical Abstract Service registry and then reviewed the available research, including human and animal studies. Toxicity data wasn’t available for 781 of the chemicals used in fracking. Among the other 240 chemicals, 103 were reproductive toxins. An additional 95 were developmental toxins. Another 41 have been found to be both reproductive and developmental toxins. The researchers further suggested that at least 67 of the chemicals be prioritized in drinking water testing. Senior author and Professor of Public Health Nicole Deziel, Ph.D., adds, “This evaluation is a first step to prioritize the vast array of potential environmental contaminants from hydraulic fracturing for future exposure and health studies. Quantification of the potential exposure to these chemicals, such as by monitoring drinking water in people’s homes, is vital for understanding the [associated] public health impact.”

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DARK Act Defeated Senate Vote Reflects Citizen Demands

The Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act, was defeated in the U.S. Senate in March, representing a major victory for consumers. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) spearheaded the large-scale citizen opposition to a bill that would have outlawed all state-level labeling laws of genetically modified (GMO) food ingredients nationwide; it was intended to keep consumers in the dark about the genetically engineered content of their food. Scott Faber, EWG senior vice president for government affairs, says, “Consumers have made their voices heard to their elected representatives in the Senate and they said clearly, ‘We want the right to know more about our food.’ We remain hopeful that congressional leaders can craft a national mandatory compromise that works for consumers and the food industry.” Organic Consumers Association reports that an alternative to the DARK act is being proposed that still could preempt state GMO labeling laws. So they recommend that consumers stay vigilant to ensure the DARK act remains defeated. The development is evidence that the EWG Just Label It campaign is on the right track, and the group plans to support the recently introduced Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act targeting a national mandatory standard for GMO labeling. Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives for Consumers Union, explains, “This bill finds a way to set a national standard and avoid a patchwork of state labeling laws, while still giving consumers the information they want and deserve about what’s in their food.” Sources: Natural News, Environmental Working Group, Organic Consumers Association


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Greenpeace Issues Report on Seafood As a link between the oceans and consumers, supermarkets play a pivotal role in the destruction of our oceans and have big opportunities to help protect them. Greenpeace evaluates major U.S. retailers for seafood sustainability in four key areas. Policies examine the systems in place that govern a company’s purchasing decisions and how it avoids supporting destructive practices. They encourage retailers to enforce strong standards for both the wild-caught and farm-raised seafood in their stores. They also evaluate retailers’ participation in coalitions and initiatives that promote seafood sustainability and ocean conservation such as supporting sustainable fishing, calling for protection of vital marine habitat and working to stop human rights abuses in the seafood industry. Finally, the need for labeling and transparency takes into account retailers’ levels of truthfulness about where and how they source their seafood and how clearly this is communicated to customers. The group’s Red List Inventory, a scientifically compiled list of 22 marine species that don’t belong in supermarkets, is at View the store ratings at

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Five Dozen Countries Now Ban or Label GMO Crops New rules implemented by the European Union now allow individual member states to block farmers from using genetically modified organisms (GMO), even if the variety has been approved on an EU-wide basis. Scotland was the first to opt out and Germany is next, according to German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt. Controversy concerning the safety and/or necessity of GMOs persists, but countries like these have decided not to idly sit by while the effects posed by longterm consumption of GMO foods are revealed. This move makes Germany one of between 64 and 74 countries that have instituted some type of ban or mandatory labeling requirements. Source:

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EVERYDAY SUSTAINABILITY Practical Ways We Can Help Out the Planet by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko


or many Americans, living more sustainably has become a natural part of their daily routine as they consistently recycle, eat healthy and use energy more efficiently. It’s just what they normally do every day. Every one of them had to start somewhere, growing their efforts over time to the point that nearly every activity yields better results for themselves, their family, their community and the planet. It might begin with the way we eat and eventually expand to encompass the way we work.

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“The sustainability movement is large and growing in the U.S.,” says Todd Larsen, with Green America, a grassroots nonprofit organization harnessing economic forces to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. “Half a million people turned out in New York City to march for action on climate change. People also are working in their local communi16

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ties to oppose fracking and pollution, and to support green building and clean energy. Many businesses now include sustainability as a core business practice, including the 3,000 certified members of Green America’s Green Business Network.” This month, Natural Awakenings profiles the experiences of representative individuals from around the country that are helping to both make the world more sustainable and their own lives richer and more meaningful. From growing and cooking family food and line-drying laundry to powering their business with renewable energy, their approaches are as varied as the places they call home.

First Steps

“Many people start with something small at home, particularly if they’re concerned about the impacts on their family’s health,” says Larsen. “More Americans are approaching sustainability first through food. It’s relatively

easy to change spending habits to incorporate more organic, fair trade and non-GMO [genetically modified] foods, and with the growth of farmers’ markets nationwide, people are able to buy local more easily.” A focus on food quality is how Wendy Brown and her husband and five children launched their eco-journey just outside of Portland, Maine. “We started thinking about where our food came from, how it was grown and raised and what we could do to ensure that it was better,” says Brown. “What we don’t grow or forage ourselves, we try to purchase from local farmers.” Living more simply during the past decade has helped the family cut debt and become more financially stable. “Our entry point to sustainable living was to grow tomatoes on the steps of an apartment that Kelly and I once called home years ago,” echoes Erik Knutzen, who, with his wife Kelly Coyne, have transformed their 960-square-foot Los Angeles bungalow into an oasis where they grow food, keep chickens and bees, brew, bake and house their bikes. Gabriele Marewski’s journey also started with what she ate. “I became a vegetarian at 14, after reading Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappé,” says Marewski, who in 1999 turned an avocado orchard in Homestead, Florida, into Paradise Farms. “Forty-seven years later, I’m still a strict vegetarian. I believe it’s the single most important statement we can make about saving the planet.” Marewski’s five-acre farm showcases certified organic micro greens, edible flowers, oyster mushrooms and a variety of tropical fruits marketed to Miami-area chefs. Her farm also offers Dinner in Paradise farm-to-table experiences to raise funds for local nonprofits providing food for underprivileged city residents, and bed-andbreakfast lodging. Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology offers a free online course, Sustainability in Everyday Life, based on five themes: energy, climate change, food, chemicals and globalization. “People can make a difference by making responsible choices in their everyday life,” says Anna Nyström Claesson, one of the three original teachers.

Consume Less

“Every step toward sustainability is important and in the right direction,” explains Gina Miresse, with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), which will again host the world’s largest energy fair in June in Custer, Wisconsin. “It’s easy to start at home by adopting one new practice and sticking with it until it becomes a habit; then add a second practice and so on. This keeps people from getting overwhelmed.” We might, for example, switch to non-toxic home cleaning products when current products are used up. “There’s no need to throw everything in the trash and replace it all immediately—that would partially defeat the purpose of sustainability,” says Miresse. Green America, which suggests green alternatives to many products in online publications at GreenAmerica. org, recommends a congruent strategy. “We see people first change the way they purchase their food, move to reduce their purchases overall and green those they make, and then make their home more energy-efficient,” remarks Larsen. “Next, they consider walking and biking more.” Pamela Dixon explains, “On a day-to-day basis, it’s really about the products we use, like transferring to eco-friendly cleaners and yard maintenance, recycling electronic devices, paying bills electronically and receiving statements via email.” She and her husband, David Anderson, own Dave’s BrewFarm, in rural Wilson, Wisconsin, where they grow herbs, hops, raspberries and apples on 35 acres. “A 20-kilowatt wind generator supplies our electricity, and we use geothermal for heating and cooling,” adds Dixon. Due to career opportunities involving teaching principles of sustainability, the Wisconsin couple is in the process of selling the BrewFarm to move to La Crosse. “At our new home, we’re replacing the windows and appliances with more energy-efficient ones. We also chose our neighborhood so we can walk or bike to local grocery co-ops. We prefer to repair things when they break rather than buying something new, recycle everything the city will accept, compost food scraps and buy clothes at secondhand stores.”

When the MREA Energy Fair began 27 years ago, the majority of attendees were interested in learning about first steps, such as recycling, relates Miresse. Today, sustainability basics ranging from fuel savings to water conservation are familiar, and they’re focused on revitalizing local economies. “Folks are now considering more ambitious practices such as sourcing food directly from local farmers, producing their own solar energy and incorporating energy storage, driving an electric vehicle or switching to more socially responsible investing.” The fair’s 250 workshops provide tools to help in taking their next steps on the journey to sustainability. Knutzen and Coyne’s passion has evolved from growing food into a larger DIY mode. “Cooking from scratch is something I prefer to do,” comments Knutzen. “I even grind my own flour.” Library books provide his primary source of inspiration. The Brown family likely echoes the thoughts of many American families. “We have many dreams, but the stark reality is that we live in a world that requires money,” says Wendy Brown. An electric car or solar electric system, for example, is a large investment. “The biggest barriers were mental blocks because we ‘gave up’ previous lifestyle norms,” she says. “Most people we know have a clothes dryer and can’t imagine living without one. Line-drying is just part of the bigger issue of time management for us, because living sustainably and doing things by hand takes longer.”

Each Day Counts

“The biggest and most positive impact I have comes from my general nonwaste philosophy,” advises Brown. “I try to reuse something rather than throwing it away. I’ve made underwear out of old camisoles and pajama pants from old flannel sheets. I reuse elastic from worn-out clothing. My travel beverage cup is a sauce jar with a reusable canning lid drilled with a hole for a reusable straw. Such examples show how we live every day.” Marewski’s love of travel doesn’t interfere with her sustainability quest. “When I travel, I like to walk or bicycle across countries,” she says. “It gives me a closer connection to the land and spontaneous contact with interesting

Next Steps to Sustainability Green America Midwest Renewable Energy Association Browsing Nature’s Aisles by Eric and Wendy Brown ECOpreneuring by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs by Wendy Brown The Urban Homestead and Making It by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen people. I’m building a tiny home on wheels that’ll be completely self-sufficient, with solar, composting toilet and water catchment to reduce my footprint even further.” “Last August, I started a tenuretrack position in the school of business at Viterbo University,” says Dixon, who emphasizes how students can pursue sustainability in business and life. “I teach systems thinking, complex systems change and globally responsible leadership, all of which have a sustainability component.” She’s also faculty advisor to Enactus, a student organization focused on social entrepreneurship and making a positive impact on the community. “The best part of how we live is when my daughters make everyday eco-minded choices without even realizing it,” observes Brown. “I can see how remarkable it is, because I have the perspective of having lived differently. But for them, it’s just the way things are done. I think in that way, I’ve succeeded.” Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko’s eco-journey is captured in their books, ECOpreneuring, Farmstead Chef, Homemade for Sale, Rural Renaissance and Soil Sisters. Every day, they eat from their organic gardens surrounding their farm powered by the wind and sun.

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Taking DEEP BREATHS Fighting for Air and Healing in Connecticut by Quinlan Mitchell


ince it’s practically invisible, many people take the air they breathe— and its quality—for granted. Not Sharon Jones. She’s the executive director of an environmental justice organization here in Connecticut; she’s been involved in the struggle for cleaner air, water and skies since her college days—when Marvin Gaye released his “What’s Going on?” album in 1971. “The album dealt with environmental issues, as well as issues relating to the war. The one song that got my attention in college was, ‘Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology)’ when he talked about the polluted water and skies,” says Jones. This spring in Connecticut, what’s going on with the environment is the historic clearance for a plan to close the last operating coal-fired power plant in


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the state—the Bridgeport Harbor Station—and transition it to a natural gas facility. Along with the closure came an agreement to ensure that the change is beneficial to the Bridgeport community. On that particular agreement is a signature from Jones’ organization, the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice (CCEJ). “I do believe that this is the beginning of a just transition for the community,” says Jones. It’s also a move toward cleaner air for Connecticut. The importance of air quality for our heart and lungs is well-known. But given the surprising fact that clean air is also implicated in proper brain functioning, the closure of the coal-fired plant is something all Connecticut residents should be excited about.

The 47-year-old Bridgeport Harbor Station has been negatively impacting community health in Connecticut for decades. Jones claims that because of the pollution, generations of families have been harmed by having the plant in Bridgeport. “You need to understand the type of pollution that comes out of power plants,” she explains. “It’s black coal; it’s particulate matter, which is devastating to one’s cardiovascular system and it produces lung disease, asthma and heart disease.” Countless reports from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health and environmental organizations support Jones’ claims. But air quality is not just about the acute impacts on the cardiovascular system. Newer understanding suggests that air actually has wider affects on overall health.

Air and Health

Holistic health paradigms, including naturopathic medicine, weight the importance of clean air to health more heavily than conventional medical paradigms may. It may be useful to think of the impact of air as even more widespread than a single health condition or emergency room visit; air is about the ability of the body to function healthfully every day. Gary Gruber is a naturopathic physician and a professor at the University of Bridgeport with a specialty in environmental medicine. Talking about the topic of air quality and health, he underlines the importance of stress in determining the health of a patient and the potential dangers of air pollution. Gruber describes a useful concept for understanding the importance of air that’s integral to his practice: total load. “Everything contributes to the total load,” he explains. “The [total] load is really all of the different stressors that are affecting our physical health.” Total load can be viewed as a factory system in the body. Gruber uses a wellknown scene from an episode of I Love Lucy, to make his point. In the episode, Lucy and Ethel are wrapping chocolates traveling to them on a factory conveyor belt. But when production on the line is suddenly sped up, the pair frantically

“Holistic health paradigms, including naturopathic medicine, weigh the importance of clean air to health more heavily than conventional medical paradigms may.” try, and fail, to wrap the chocolates speeding by too fast. They ultimately begin stuffing chocolates into their mouths, hats, bras, and anywhere else they can find. It’s a humorous example, but it’s also good insight into how stress and toxins in the air affect the body. If the body can’t handle the total load of stressors coming down the “conveyor belt”—like Lucy—the whole system starts to go a little haywire. The problems may manifest in a number of ways. Based on this understanding, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that, for Bridgeport residents and their neighbors in surrounding regions, living in the shadow of the plant has kept body systems out of balance for decades—this is something Jones has seen with her own eyes. “I talk to people who are really on the fence line of these polluted facilities and it saddens me to see how they live. It saddens me to see the illnesses that they have. And how these illnesses affect social and economic conditions, which they tend to live with for the rest of their lives,” Jones says. For example, she makes a point of noting how an illness such as asthma has ramifications far beyond a single attack. A late-night emergency room visit can keep a student, and their siblings, out of school the next day or keep mom and dad from getting to work on time; these all have a ripple effect on people’s lives. “Asthma has social, political and economic implications,” says Jones. And so, it seems, does air. When looking at air quality and the

Bridgeport Harbor Station from the perspective of stress, is it really possible to peg poor health in urban areas directly on air quality in the surrounding environment, or is it another stressor that’s the real culprit? According to Jones, that’s not really the point. “If a person is being attacked by multiple stressors, you ask yourself, well which one can I choose? Which one is the one that is really affecting me? The answer is all of them. But you need to attack each one individually, and eliminate the greatest first and move down the list.”

Deeper Effects

“Environmental justice is more than just pollution. We’re dealing with poverty; we’re dealing with economics; we’re dealing with education; we’re dealing with place: where you live, how you live,” says Jones. Within the context of his field, it seems Gruber is dealing with much of the same. “Traditionally environmental medicine has always been about man-made toxins and environmental allergens... I turn it upside down, in a way, because I see environmental medicine as all of these different influences. It’s how your cells react to [their] environment.” That environment includes stressors like poverty, poor educational systems and, of course, air quality. But the impacts of air run even deeper than health, economics and social systems; they affect the self,

“Environmental justice is more than just pollution. We’re dealing with poverty;

right at the source. Research appears to shows that air may have an effect on, not just our health, but the way we think. In a recent study from Harvard University in collaboration with other leading research institutions, scientists showed that improving indoor air quality significantly increased cognitive function in office workers. On the flip-side of that study, a less encouraging fact, according to Gruber, is that poor air can decrease cognitive function and even cause damage to brain cells. “If a person is exposed to environmental toxins, that creates a chronic stress in their body. Whenever there’s chronic stress, it changes the heart rate variability, and the heart rate variability affects cognition,” he says. Two powerful heart hormones—ANF and ICA—are responsible for this effect on cognition. Secreted when the body is under stress, these hormones essentially tell the brain to turn its processing power toward survival, not higher cognitive functions like formal reasoning or problem-solving. This can lead to things like brain fog and fuzzy thinking. If chronic stress is a way of life—and an individual’s detoxification system isn’t working correctly—in some individuals the toxic load can lead to inflammation, which causes brain cell damage. “It’s like any other inflammation in the body,” says Gruber.

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Add that to the acute effects described by Sharon Jones and the Bridgeport Harbor Station may end up leaving more than just nasty health conditions—like asthma and heart disease—as a legacy. The station may have a lasting impact on the way residents of the city and surrounding communities feel and think. With the eventual closing of the facility secured, the larger question becomes, what can Connecticut residents do to limit their exposure to all harmful toxins in the air, not just those from power plants? Gruber has an answer. According to him, filtration and location are the most important factors to keep in mind when

“With the eventual closing of the facility secured, the larger question becomes, what can Connecticut residents do to limit their exposure to all harmful toxins in the air, not just those from power plants?”

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talking about staying safe from air toxins. “It’s very difficult if you live in an area of the country like we live in, here in Southwest Connecticut, to really escape the air toxins,” he explains. That’s because on top of the coal plant nestled in Fairfield County, Connecticut itself is subject to wind and weather patterns that shunt air and toxins from other areas of the country directly to the tri-state area. “On a really clear day, drive up to Holyoke, there’s a plateau up there. Turn around and look towards the horizon, towards Springfield and Connecticut. What you will see is not blue sky. You will see a lot of brown and yellow sky. And that’s what is covering this area of Connecticut that we live in,” Gruber says. That brown and yellow sky is due to pollution picked up by air currents in the South and Midwest, and

deposited in Connecticut. Given the cross-regional pollution, the best advice Gruber has is to filter indoor air. “You want to try to sleep in an environment that can try to remove as much of that stuff as possible,” he says. “If you have some kind of inflammation in your respiratory system, you don’t want to be burning wood, for example. You want to have a filtration system. You want to make sure that your oil burner is well-vented, so that the fumes from that are not diffusing into your home. These are just a few things that you can do in your home.” In addition, the doctor provided a rule-of-thumb that he gives as advice to all his patients. “If you smell something, you have absorbed it,” Gruber says. And, like Lucille Ball wrapping chocolates, if we’ve absorbed too many toxins, our body essentially begins to stuff them all over the place in the cells and tissues for later processing.

Working for Wholeness

For Bridgeport residents who’ve spent their lives near the plant, it spells decades of toxins from black coal combustion stored in the body, causing all kinds of stress reactions from asthma to heart disease to inability to concentrate. And, for some residents in the area, a good filtration system indoors just isn’t to be found. “There’s indoor air quality that’s poor as well as outdoor air quality,” says Jones. But, at the end of the day, the picture isn’t all bleak. The Bridgeport Harbor Station is scheduled for closure by 2021. Jones and the CCEJ were successful in giving that glimmer of hope to the community—in working as healers in a surprising field. “My agenda is to make people whole—make people well,” says Jones. As a naturopath, Gruber hopes to do the same thing. And as the Harbor Station begins to approach the end of its life in Bridgeport, Gruber and Jones can probably both heave a big sigh of relief. Quinlan Mitchell is a freelance writer living and working in New England. Connect with him at or visit his LinkedIn.

Story from the Heart

QIGONG From Stress to Calm by Lamont D. Thomas


very year on the last Saturday in April, hundreds of thousands from around the world gather at 10 a.m. in respective time zones for World Tai Chi Qigong Day (WTCQD). In Milford, local residents meet on The Green, and each year people ask, “Why practice Qigong (pronounced chi gong) and Tai Chi?” Most people are familiar with the sight of slow graceful moves of groups waving arms and hands in unison, appearing to prepare for battle, or dancing in space. Have you ever wondered why these people practice Qigong and Tai Chi? Improved health tops the list. A growing number of studies show that Qigong and Tai Chi, a mind-body medicine, increase overall physical strength, stability, balance, and stress reduction. Research data, news articles, video clips, and personal stories abound on the health benefits derived from these simple practices. On Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. you can experience these practices for yourself. Dr. Marty Reichgut, an MD and longtime Tai Chi practitioner, will speak on the health benefits, and handouts will be available at the health information table. According to Deepak Chopra’s new book, Super Genes, cowritten with Rudolph Tanzi of Harvard Medical

School, the onset of stress is immediately verifiable by scientific means. They describe how stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, ”rush into the bloodstream in real time and can be sampled on the spot by drawing blood.” Moreover, they continue, the physical effects of “fight-or-fight are easily observed in ourselves.” Inquiry into the benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi should also include personal stories as powerful anecdotal evidence. Just ask those who will be gathering on the Green. Students and teachers alike may astonish you with their stories, and they will speak from the heart. Lamont Thomas (203-843-1595) teaches Qigong and Tai Chi Easy throughout western Connecticut and in Rye Brook (NY). He founded Qi & Tea after certification in 2004 by the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) and has been the principal force behind Milford’s nine WTCQDs. Retired from the Board of Directors of the National Qigong Association, he remains active on various committees. Thomas taught high school/college level history for 38+ years. His biography of Paul Cuffe (University of Illinois Press, 1986) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Lamont Thomas would like to share a very personal story from the heart, one that illustrates the remarkable consequences of vanishing stress, if even momentarily, in order to permit a remarkable relaxation response. His story begins with a visit earlier this year to his brother George, a prominent artist. (google: George C. Thomas, Nantucket artist). For some time he has been diagnosed with the profoundly complex and debilitating Lewy Body dementia, often confused with, and/or associated with Parkinson and Alzheimer’s. That afternoon George lay motionless in his bed as Thomas flowed through two of his favorite Qigong and Tai Chi forms, and as he did so, he spoke of and demonstrated deep breathing. Thomas then sat by his brother’s side and laid his hand on his shaking wrist. He was keenly aware of the continued trembling for a few seconds, and then the tremors slowed, and then vanished altogether. Peace. He and his 81 year-old brother sat in calm silence. To his surprise, his brother uncharacteristically initiated a thought, and did so with perfect clarity, not his customary slurred, unintelligible speech. His brother said to him, “I need to slow down and process my thoughts.” Thomas thought to himself “You’ve got to be kidding!” To paraphrase Chopra and Tanzi, his brother’s physical effects of calm “were easily observable.” What has this clarion moment to do with Tai Chi and Qigong? To what degree was George’s stress reduction, lucidity, and relaxation response comparable to relief experienced by mind-body practitioners during World Tai Chi Qigong Day? Seek an answer for yourself by attending a World Tai Chi Qigong Day somewhere, or come to the Milford event on April 30th.

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GREEN Coffee is GOOD Coffee Why Sustainability Should Matter to You by Ben Shanbrom


offee is amazing stuff. Setting aside for just a moment the burst of flavor a perfect espresso casts on the tongue, or the crucial morning wake up call it offers many of us, coffee is also one of the clearest symbols of the intense interconnectedness of the modern world. As a result, we often find ourselves enjoying coffees grown in South America, roasted in Europe, and finally sold in American coffee shops; truly, each coffee variety and even bean carries a unique and lengthy history. But outside of the inner-workings of the industry, we as consumers see so little of that history. For the love of our planet, fellow human beings, living creatures, and our beverage of choice, it’s crucial that we lift the veil. Both technological advances and the fruits of activism now offer coffee lovers a plethora of choices and a newfound power to make a difference. Much of this difference comes from understanding our roles in a process that stretches 22

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far beyond the comforts our favorite cafés. We can choose to be engaged and to help reduce coffee’s environmental impact and make life much better for its growers.

Go Organic—Seriously!

Organic coffee on paper seems like a no-brainer. After all, this is a beverage coffee drinkers put in their bodies every day. However, many still overlook its numerous benefits as well as the plentiful costs that come from non-organic farming. From a personal health vantage, industrial-grown coffee is one of the most pesticide-laden crops in modern agriculture, particularly due to the weakened immunity of these plants from sun-grown practices. There is a serious lack of long-term data on the health effects of these chemicals, but their direct impacts on the health of farmers and ecosystems are well documented. Also inorganic fertilizers are a significant cause of greenhouse emissions and are much harsher on

the farmland. We are already seeing many of the tangible results of climate change in the coffee industry—whether in the devastating drought that affected Brazil in 2015, or the coffee rust epidemic that ravaged crops in Central America. To be apathetic towards best practices for coffee growing is to threaten the survival of coffee itself.

Shopping for Ethics: A Sea of Certifications

There are a lot of buzz words floating around in the modern coffee market. It helps to gain a working understanding of what they mean so we can be properly informed with our purchases. In addition to the USDA’s organic certification, there are several other certifications that we need to know about. Fair Trade: These are coffees from farms that have committed to paying their employees a baseline living wage.

“From a personal health vantage, industrial-grown coffee is one of the most pesticide-laden crops in modern agriculture, particularly due to the weakened immunity of these plants from sun-grown practices.” Rainforest Alliance Certified: A middle ground between organic and fair trade, this certification is not quite either of the above, but enforces a number of important environmental standards on growers and advocates fair pay for farmers and many good practices for sustainability. Bird-friendly/Shade-grown: This important label shows that these coffees are grown very much in the way coffee is meant to be grown. The plants are grown slowly, under the shade of other plants, thereby taking on their flavors and aromas, and posing minimal threat to surrounding animals and ecosystems. In particular, this certification fights the destructive practice of land conversion. UTZ Certified Coffees: These coffees are held to standards that emphasize transparency of sourcing and practices. Its terms on ecological impact are somewhat vague. It is important across the board to understand the limitations of these certifications and not to assume that one entails or implies another—fair trades are not always organic, and Rainforest Alliance certified coffees today no longer necessarily mean shade-grown. Do a little research and look for brands and practices that align with your concerns. Some roasters have even started using infrared burners to lower CO2 emissions. It never hurts to ask the tough questions.

The Power to Minimize Your Footprint

And then there is our direct role in the process. After choosing wisely on the purchasing end, we still need to prepare the coffee, and do so ideally with the smallest impact possible. Fortunately, these are pretty simple and commonsensical points. One of the simplest and most costeffective things we can do is to use a reusable coffee mug or thermos and bring it to the coffee shop—some places will even offer discounts to patrons who do this. We can also make our coffee at home a little greener by measuring out the exact amount of water necessary for our brews, not leaving the pot sitting on the heater all day, using filters made from recycled material, and holding the milk. The significant amount of milk and cream used in many coffee beverages not only loses some nutrition points, but is also one of the least sustainable parts of coffee preparation. This is due to the incredible amount of resources it takes to sustain cattle, as well as their hefty contribution to ozone depletion. Again, the idea here is to find little ways to be mindful that can have huge impacts on the macro level. Shopping carefully is a great start; minding our footprint on the back end is a surprisingly easy way to keep things green.

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Chiropractic Connection

Air Intake and Spinal Health Can Improve Seasonal Suffering by Dr. Peter Braglia


omewhere along the line, we started believing that seasonal allergies were normal— a notion perhaps supported by the endless bombardment of allergy drug commercials. We started believing that seasonal allergies are something an individual is going to have to live with for the rest of their life, while medicating themselves. The truth is allergies are far from normal; the fact that they are so common means that many of us do not have an optimally functioning body. As it relates to our body, Deepak Chopra’s take on asthma and allergies in his “Why is Asthma on the Rise?” article ( is on point: “It is indisputable that this kind of inflammation represents a breakdown


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of the healing process. What is supposed to help the body starts to harm it. In some way, the body’s innate intelligence has made a mistake and keeps making it. The same can be said of allergies, where your immune system attacks harmless dust, pollen and animal dander as if protecting you from a threat.”

The Chiropractic Connection

It is vital for our health that our immune system and inflammation response is well balanced. The immune system not only destroys foreign tissue but also unwanted parts of our own tissues. Inflammation is the body’s effort to deal with damaged tissue and begin repair. Upset in these systems can lead to our body

“It is vital for our health that our immune system and inflammation response is well balanced.” causing havoc on itself. The body’s lack of ability to properly adapt to the changing environment is what we label as a seasonal allergy. After all, everyone breathes the same ragweed pollen, yet everyone does not have seasonal allergies. This is because some people can adapt and others are not able to do so. A healthy spine is essential for a healthy nervous system, which coor-

“We now know through research that chiropractic care has beneficial effects on immunoglobulins, B-lymphocytes (white blood cells), pulmonary function and other immune system processes.” dinates all of the other systems in the body. Only recently have researchers uncovered the molecular connections between the nervous and immune systems and inflammation. As chiropractors, we have a direct influence over the nervous system. We now know through research that chiropractic care has beneficial effects on immunoglobulins, B-lymphocytes (white blood cells), pulmonary function and other immune system processes. Besides the growing research, there are numerous case studies of patients who have seen significant improvement in their allergies from a balanced immune system from regular chiropractic care.

breathing is deep; it causes the belly to push out rather than the chest to rise up. This breath is accomplished primarily by the contraction of our diaphragm—a muscular umbrella at the bottom of your ribcage that separates your chest and abdomen; it pulls air in and gently massages our internal organs in a rhythmic way. This is the way children breathe, and it’s how we were meant to breathe most of the time. It triggers the parasympathetic nervous system for rest and repair. Here’s how to get started with diaphragmatic breathing: n Assume proper posture by standing (or sitting up) straight and dropping shoulders back and down n Inhale slowly through your nose, trying to get the air down as far as possible into the belly n Pause for a second or less n Exhale slowly through nose—this should last twice as long as inhalation n Repeat five to ten times n Try to repeat this breathing exercise every hour—even practicing diaphragmatic breathing just twice a day can make a big difference Based in Stratford, Peter Braglia, DC, is a structural chiropractor with advanced training in prenatal and pediatric care. He can be reached at or 203-923-8633.

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allergytreatmentprofiles Advanced Allergy Relief of Connecticut Anne Mitchell, ND North Haven & West Hartford offices 203-239-3400 Practice Summary and services offered: Advanced Allergy Relief of CT uses advanced technology to safely, easily and rapidly eliminate your allergic reactions, including asthma, sinusitis, food intolerances, chemical sensitivities, etc. No needles. No avoidance. No medication. Child friendly. Advanced Allergy Relief is part of The Life Center where we provide naturopathic medicine and holistic solutions to your most common health problems including allergy relief. What first drew you to this profession? I became a massage therapist in 1973 and a naturopathic physician in 1982. After 40 years, I still love my work helping others. Credentials/Certifications: Licensed Naturopathic Physician, certified AAT practitioner, homeopath, cranial sacral practitioner. What should a client expect from working with you and/or your program? You will be able to pet the cat, eat all kinds of food, walk in the woods, smell the flowers and be free of your allergy symptoms. Are you planning any practice/service enhancements or changes in 2016? The Life Center is always adding new and effective therapies to enhance your health. We have recently expanded and improved our Pain Management Program by hiring two amazing bodywork practitioners. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your work? Our goal is your health.

KC Chiropractic & Wellness Kevin Healy, DC 17 Woodland Road, Madison, CT 203-245-9317 Practice Summary and services offered: Chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology (AK), nutrition counseling. We address the underlying causes of a variety of chronic and acute conditions, and are particularly effective with seasonal allergies. What first drew you to this profession? AK as a diagnostic and therapeutic technique sets me apart and helps my patients realize a higher level of health. I discovered AK when traditional faulty cardiac artery treatments failed to stave off numerous cardiac infarctions. AK was used to diagnose and treat underlying issues and I soon returned to a normal life. Credentials/Certifications: Graduate of Life University in 1997. Doctor of Chiropractic. What should a client expect from working with you and/or your program? Applied Kinesiology uses the body’s nervous system to diagnose and treat issues. Regarding allergy symptoms, they are often indicative of underlying disease processes: thyroid or autoimmune conditions, high cholesterol and blood vessel damage, hormone imbalance and sleep issues or fatigue, for example. After an interview and clinical exam, a personalized treatment plan mixing chiropractic, AK and nutritional components will be recommended. Recommendations on Additional therapies to augment in-office care will also be made. Are you planning any practice/service enhancements or changes in 2016? My new website and blog provides patients with information about my practice and conditions we treat. Learn more at What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your work? Chiropractic and AK are 100% natural, holistic alternatives to traditional treatments like pharmaceuticals. If you’d like a more natural approach to allergy treatment, this route could be for you. Please get in touch.

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illennials are a big deal. Most businesses view them as trendsetters for good reason: Born between the early 1980s and early 2000s, they make up 25 percent of the population and represent $200 billion in annual buying power. Like the baby boomers before them, they also have the power to profoundly influence other generations, both young and old. Millennials have largely rejected previous fitness trends and instead paved a new path to health and wellness. In doing so, they’ve transformed both the business of fitness and the idea of what it means to be healthy. They’ve created a more personalized approach that encompasses the values of their generation.

What They Are Millennials are a fast-paced, wellinformed group. They devour news and information as soon as it’s released and then share it with others, usually via social media. This quick turnover cycle has led to an “out with the old, in with the new” mentality in many aspects of life. For a generation that strives to be trailblazers, things quickly become outdated. Millennials are always seek-

ing new ways to get fit and eat healthy, even if it means creating something unique to them. The Internet has allowed these young adults to find more like-minded people than ever before. They grew up with constant connectivity, which has allowed them to build larger communities of friends online as well as locally, and keep everyone apprised of their fitness goals and progress. Millennials’ overscheduled lives mean they value shorter, quicker and more convenient options, especially in regard to workouts and healthy meals. They are more likely than any other age group to track their own health progress and use technologies such as health and fitness apps which monitor such data as steps, heart rate and caloric intake as a complement to their fitness routines. Being healthy means more than weight loss or looking good to them. For this pivotal generation, health is increasingly about living a happier life.

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and alternative medicine. Here are the three biggest trends making an impact on the wellness industry. What’s hot: Shorter, full-body workouts that are also fun. What’s not: Steady-state cardio exercises as a starting point for losing weight and improving health. It’s been increasingly shown that steady-state cardio workouts may be the most effective way to lose weight, but they also lack widespread appeal. Instead of sticking to a traditional treadmill, many millennials have flocked to workout regimens that regularly switch exercises or use high-intensity interval training, such as Zumba, SoulCycle and CrossFit. What’s hot: A more holistic approach to health. What’s not: Diets that emphasize rapid weight loss. Millennials don’t believe that weight is the major indicator of health as much as previous generations have. Instead, they increasingly think of weight as just one among many key components of a healthy lifestyle. A higher percentage define being healthy as having regular physical activity and good eating habits. What’s hot: Alternative workouts that are customizable, fun and social. What’s not: Inflexible gym memberships and daily attendance. Instead of hitting the gym, young adults tend to prefer new forms of fitness that can be personalized to their needs. They like obstacle races such as Tough Mudder, fun and distance runs like The Color Run, at-home fitness workouts like P90X, and bodyweight regimens. As a group, millennials are redefining wellness and changing how following generations will view health. Their preferences for fun, personalized workouts and holistic wellness have fueled trends with far-reaching implications for the food, tech and healthcare industries, and that’s just the start. Derek Flanzraich is an entrepreneur on a mission to help the world think about health in a healthier way. He is the founder and CEO of Greatist, a New York City-based media startup working to make healthy living cool.

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f the 7,500 varieties of apples in the world, 2,500 are grown in the U.S., but only 100 commercially. As of the 1990s, 70 percent were Red Delicious; more recently they’re being replaced with Gala, Granny Smith and Fuji types from taller, thinner trees that can be planted more compactly for easier harvesting, yet are more sensitive to disease and require trellis supports. Mass-produced fruits and vegetables have been modified over the years to make them look appealing and ship well, while sacrificing taste. Consumers in search of health-enhancing nutrients and robust flavor can find them by instead connecting with the past through food and flowers. “Heirloom seeds have remained intact and unexposed to commercial pesticides,” says Jere Gettle, owner of Baker Creek Seed Company, in Mansfield, Missouri. “They’re reliable—plants grown now will be the same next year; not so with hybrids.” This cleaner, tastier alternative to the status quo

is typically packed with more good vitamins than good looks. Heirloom produce often also delivers a unique regional flavor, such as Vidalia onions or Hatch chile peppers.

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Fine restaurants like to feature Yellow Wonder wild strawberries because they taste like cream. The fragrant Baron von Solemacher strawberry, an antique German Alpine variety, is small and sweet, red and full of flavor; it’s been around since the Stone Age. For pies and preserves, pair them with Victorian rhubarb, which dates back to 1856. Eat only the rhubarb stalks; the leaves contain poisonous oxalic acid. Aunt Molly’s ground cherry (husk tomato) hails from Poland. “It’s sweet, with a hint of tart, like pineapple-apricot,” says Gettle. “The Amish and Germans use them in pies. Their high pectin content makes them good for preserves. Heirlooms send people in search of old recipes and they end up creating their own variations. It’s food as history.”


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Trending this year are purple veggies like the brilliantly colored Pusa Jamuni radish. Pair it with bright pink Pusa Gulabi radishes, high in carotenoids and anthocyanins, atop a stunning salad with Amsterdam prickly-seeded spinach’s arrow-shaped leaves, a variety once grown by Thomas Jefferson. Add a fennellike flavor with Pink Plume celery. Brighten salsas using the Buena Mulata hot pepper, a deep violet that ripens to a sweet red. Serve with pink pleated Mushroom Basket tomatoes or Lucid Gems, with their black/orange peel and striking yellow/orange flesh. Purple tomatillos are sweeter than green varieties and can be eaten right off the plant. “Purple sweet potatoes are found in Hawaii, but aren’t common on the mainland,” explains Gettle. “Molokai Purple sweet potatoes keep their deep purple color even when cooked, and are much higher in antioxidants than the orange variety.” To be novel, serve the Albino beet. Baker Creek’s customers use it raw in salads, roasted or fried and don’t let the greens go to waste. Monique Prince, a clinical social worker in Chester, New Hampshire, grows heirloom organic radishes, greens, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers and pumpkins in eight raised beds. She received Ganisisikuk pole beans (seventh-generation seeds) and Abnaki cranberry runner beans from a Native American client. Rather than eat the bounty, she’s accumulating the seeds to save the varieties.

Thai basil loves summer heat. Make batches of pesto, then freeze it in ice cube trays for later. Christina Major, a nutritionist in Trevorton, Pennsylvania, grows heirloom herbs that include borage, with its edible flowers, and marshmallow, which is a decongestant when added to tea. Her 300-squarefoot garden supplies summer veggies such as scarlet runner beans, more than 50 kinds of perennial herbs for year-round use and heirloom raspberries, gooseberries and blackberries “that are eaten as fast as they’re picked,” she says. Heirloom enthusiasts like to exchange seeds to try new varieties. “From December to March, traders swap seeds and plot their gardens,” says Major. “I got 20 kinds of tomatoes by connecting with other traders on Facebook.”

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that the best way to choose what to keep is to actually hold each item. As you do, ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” When you touch something, your body reacts, and its response to each item is different. The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own—identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing your gratitude and bidding them farewell and good wishes for their onward journey—is a rite of passage to a new life.

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How can we begin to get and stay organized? It’s not about a set of rules, but acquiring the right mindset for becoming a tidy person. Think in concrete terms,

so that you can picture what it would be like to live in a clutter-free space. Start by identifying your bigger goal. Ask yourself why you want this, repeating the question to get to the root of the answer. As you explore the reasons behind your ideal lifestyle, you’ll realize that the ultimate reason is to be happy. Then you are ready to begin. I recommend cleaning out and organizing your entire space in one go-around. When completed, the change is so profound that it inspires a strong aversion to your previously cluttered state. The key is to make the change so sudden that you experience a complete change of heart. By discarding the easy things first, you can gradually hone your decision-making skills, including knowing who else can use what you don’t need. I recommend starting with clothes, then move to books, documents, miscellaneous items and finally anything with sentimental value. photo by Ichigo Natsuno


apanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo helps us discover happiness through tidiness. Already perusing home and lifestyle magazines by age 5, she spent her childhood “tidying” up her surroundings rather than playing with toys. The organizing system Kondo went on to develop, the KonMari method, defies most long-held rules of organizing, such as installing clever storage solutions to accommodate stuff or decluttering one area at a time. Her New York Times bestseller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has been published in 30 countries, demonstrating that her methods speak to universal desires, including a hunger for order and simplicity. She’s now released a companion book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. Kondo’s principles, including vertically stacking clothing and using special folding methods for socks, can seem quirky, yet her approach gets results. Kondo claims a nearly zero percent “clutter relapse” rate among clients because they’ve become surrounded only by things they love.

Is it important to touch every single object in the decision process? At one point in my life, I was virtually a “disposal unit”, constantly on the lookout for superfluous things. One day, I realized that I had been so focused on what to discard that I had forgotten to cherish the things I loved. Through this experience, I concluded

Mementoes are reminders of a time that gave us joy, yet truly precious memories will never vanish, even if you discard the associated objects. By handling each sentimental item, you process your past. The space we live in should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.

What do you recommend for organizing what remains after a purge? The secret to maintaining an uncluttered room is to pursue simplicity in storage, so that you can see at a glance what you have. My storage rules are simple: Store all items of the same type in one place and don’t scatter storage space.

How does this process change us and our relationship to things? Through it, you identify both what you love and need in your home and in your life. People have told me that decluttering has helped them achieve lifelong dreams, such as launching their own business; in other cases, it has helped them let go of negative attachments and unhappy relationships. Despite a drastic reduction in belongings, no one has ever regretted it, even those that ended up with a fifth of their earlier possessions. It’s a continuing strong reminder that they have been living all this time with things they didn’t need. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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SATURDAY, APRIL 2 Reiki I w/Gayle Franceschetti – 9:30am-1pm. Reiki is the science and art of activating, directing and applying natural, universal life energy, to promote energy balancing, healing and wholeness. Includes certificate and materials $125. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927 or FREE Reiki Clinic w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 12pm3pm. Enjoy a 10-15 minute session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. Thyme and Season, 3040 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Info: 203-415-4791. Love’s Recovery Yoga Workshop – 12:30pm3:30pm. How can yoga, Community, and Mindfulness support you after the loss of a great love? Join us as we explore this question and provide practical tools for surviving divorce, separation or loss. This workshop will leave you more informed, grounded and ready to move forward - one breath at a time. $25. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277. Free Reiki Clinic w/ Eileen Anderson: Critical Care Nurse, Reiki Practitioner – 1pm-5pm. Relax and revive with a 10 minute chair treatment. Edge of the Woods, 379 Whalley Ave, New Haven. Art Painting Party Fundraiser – 3pm–5pm. Ansonia Nature Center and FANCI will host an art class fundraiser for “The Playground Fund 2016” at Kokopelli School of Music and Arts in Seymour. Join us for an afternoon of music and painting. All art materials provided; just bring your own beverage and snack. Leave with a wild painting. $30 per person. Register at; click on Wine and Easel, then click on 2016 Calendar of Classes. Limited to 35 participants. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information, call 203-736-1053.

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Usui Holy Fire Reiki I class w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Learn about Reiki energy, its history and how to use it for yourself and others. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. $125. Hamden. Info/Registration: 203-415-4791. YogaSpirit 200hr Teacher Training Info Session – 4:30pm-6pm. The 200-Hour yogaspirit® Teacher Certification is a comprehensive yoga immersion that leads to professional and personal development as a yoga teacher and student. Dig deep into yourself and intertwine the study of yogic philosophy and spiritual principles to create a foundation to gain the self-awareness and actualization needed to teach this art to others. Join Saskia for this INFO SESSION to learn more. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 7 Pathways Equine Program for Adolescents – First sessions begin April 7th – Each six week session consists of weekly 90-minute ground activities with horses designed to teach life skills that help with the challenges of everyday adolescent life. No horse experience required. Cost $165 per session. For registration form/info call 203-723-0633 or email Young Living Essential Oils – 6:30pm-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927 or 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. Location: Friends Meetinghouse, 225 East Grand Ave, New Haven. 203-467-1069.

FRIDAY, APRIL 8 Nature’s Child: Amphibians – 10am. Learn about these ancient, fascinating creatures that secretly inhabit our woods and wetlands. Take a hike to discover the Nature Center’s slippery critters. Make a take home craft too! Tution: $7 per child ($5 for family-level FANCI members and Ansonia residents). Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Pre-register for class for preschoolers and their adults: 203-736-1053.

Holographic Sound Healing Concert w/ Randeane Tetu – 7:30pm-8:30pm. Sound used with intention can shift your energy to help reestablish physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health and well-being. Randeane brings Hathor, Tibetan, Japanese, and Mechizedek healing energies to her work w/ Quartz Crystal Bowl and voice toning to help you release outworn patterning, balance your energy centers, and stimulate healing. $15. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9 Spring Cleaning and Planting Day – 9am–12pm. We’ll supply gloves, plants, and pizza. Scouts, youth groups, student interns—this is a great community service opportunity! Help us beautify our park and get ready for spring. Bring your own garden tools if you want. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Pre-register: 203-736-1053. Empath Workshop – 9:30am-1pm. Are you sensitive to other people’s energies? Can you walk into a room and “feel” what has been going on? If so you are most likely an EMPATH. Learn tools and techniques to positively utilize your abilities. $97. Wallingford. Information, call Gayle: 203-265 2927. Reiki I Certification w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days/ Eves. Provides empowering foundation for selfhealing, support for personal challenges/goals/ relationships and treating others. Wallingford. $150 Pre-Class Consult/Registration: 203-913-3869. Mindfulness w/ Jerry Silbert, MD – 9:30am3:30pm. (4/9, 5/21, 6/25, 7/23). Experience firsthand the benefits of mindfulness—a practice to reduce stress and to live fully. In a safe, relaxed atmosphere, a variety of mindfulness practices and meditation will be introduced and guided. $50 each. To register, call 203-245-0401 or visit Dream Catcher Class – 11am. Free with $15 minimum purchase. Catch Your dreams using upcycled antique sari cloth, beads, crystals, wire and your imagination. 116 Elm St, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. Register early at Mobius Pendant Class – 2pm-5pm. Learn to use polymer clay in different geometric patterns, which will dazzle the senses. Preeminent polymer artist D.Villano teaches her own technique. $65. 116 Elm St, Cheshire 203-439-8689. Advanced registration required:

SUNDAY, APRIL 10 Usui Holy Fire Reiki II class w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Increase your Reiki knowledge and energy. Learn the basic Reiki symbols, and distant healing. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. $150. Hamden. Info/Registration: 203-415-4791.

MONDAY, APRIL 11 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. Wallingford. Call Gayle: 203-265-2927.

TUESDAY, APRIL 12 Guided Meditation in the Akashic Records with Rosa Chyan – 6:30pm-7:30pm. Come experience an amazing meditation in your Akashic Records—a dimension of consciousness that contains the journey of your soul. Expand your awareness and gain more clarity! Cost: $15. Location: Prospect. Pre-registration required: 203-228-1777 or Angelspeake™ Class w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Ask empowering questions, awaken intuitive senses, receive signs/loving messages/guidance from angels, guides, loved ones. $33/class. ($25 Returning Students bring Manuals). Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869. Crystal Toning – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Experience a unique method of healing by combining the energies of crystals with toning, creating an individualized healing experience in a group setting on many levels. $20. Wallingford. Contact Gayle: 203-265-2927.

THURSDAY, APRIL 14 Monthly Pure Life Talk-Medicinal mushrooms are the new intelligence of our time – 6:30pm. Learn how they can guide us back to balance and optimal health. Colleen’s passion is to inspire and educate people to live their highest potential through food and self mastery. Samples provided. Call to Register. Cost: $22. Pure Alchemy Juice Bar Café, 236 N Colony Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-5000. Live Life on Your Terms: Ditch Society’s Rules to Create Life that fills your Soul with ThetaHealing w/ Tami Reagor – 7pm-8:30pm. Are you tired of trying to fit into society’s “rules” and “regulations? Do you wish you could just be and do what you want to do? Join us for a night where we change the beliefs around the fear of breaking away from society’s rules and replace them with the beliefs to courageously step out in your own beautiful life while creating your own rules to live by. $20. Enchanted 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SATURDAY, APRIL 16 Free Breakfast Provided by Assumption Church Breakfast Club & Masters Table Community Meals – 9am-10:30am. 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. Reiki II Cert. w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days/ Eves. Receive empowering keys to mentalemotional clarity, balance; support for empathic challenges/relationship healing. Wallingford. $175 Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. Six Essentials to Pack for The Caregiver’s Journey w/ Debbie Pausig, MFT, CT – 9:30am -1:30pm. Caregiving for a loved can be a long journey. Stamina is required to meet the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual challenges. In this experiential workshop, Debbie explores six essentials necessary for your journey. $25. To register call 203-245-0401 or visit

FREE Reiki Clinic w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 12pm3pm. Enjoy a 10-15 minute session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. Thyme and Season, 3040 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Info: 203-415-4791. “Energy Medicine Tips for Balanced Spring Living” w/ Eden Energy Practitioner Cate Sibley – 7pm-8:30pm. Join us for a hands on energy healing class that will help you burst into Spring with renewed inspiration, a spark of creativity, and new growth in all areas of your life. Let your dreams blossom! $30. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SUNDAY, APRIL 17 Holy Fire Advanced Reiki Training w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Become a Master practitioner and deepen your Reiki knowledge. Learn meditations and techniques for enhancing Reiki energy. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. $250. Hamden. Info/Registration: 203-415-4791.

MONDAY, ARPIL 18 Spring Break Nature Days – 9:30am-3pm. (4/18–4/22). For children 5 to 10 years old who love the outdoors and wildlife. These classes will be educational and a chance to explore our 156 acres. We will visit a variety of habitats such as the park’s wetlands, fields, and woodlands. Great time of the year for amphibian searches too! Tuition: $150 priority students (Ansonia residents and current family-level FANCI members), $175 all others. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information: 203-736-1053.

TUESDAY, APRIL 19 A rc t u r i a n H e a l i n g C i rc l e Wi t h R o s a Chyan – 6:30pm-7:30pm. Come raise your vibration while receiving transmission of the light. Arcturian Healing Method is an upper dimensional light and frequency channeled through the Arcturian spiritual beings. Cost $15. Location: Prospect. Pre-registration is required: 203-228-1777 or Guided Meditation circle – 6:30pm-7:30pm. Let’s meditate together! Meditation as a group is very powerful. Relax and allow yourself to go within in a peaceful calm environment. No experience necessary. $10. Healing Room, 70 Wall St-Rear, Madison. Please call to register 203-245-5137. Information Session – 7pm. The Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Road, Bethany. Free. For information call 203-874-4252, email or visit

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 Mindful Healing Meditation & EFT w/RMT/ Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30pm-8:30pm (& Tues. 4/26). Engage in [+] Energy insights and create lasting, healthy transformations. $25. Wallingford. Registration: 203-913-3869 or A Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen your authentic self, celebrate “women’s ways.” Strengthen your Spring Visions. Healing the world one woman at a time. $25.Central Wallingford. Call Susan to explore further/reserve space: 203-645-1230.

markyourcalendar GROWING YOUR HEALTHCARE with the

The Institute Nutrition

of Sustainable


Learn to live more sustainably by growing your health care in your own culinary, tea and medicinal herb garden. Tea will be served.


Holcomb Farm 113 Simsbury Rd West Granby, CT

To Register Call: 860-764-9070

markyourcalendar The Mother Monologues Workshop

MAY 4th-7th Hamden

A Creative Storytelling Workshop empowering moms to reclaim their truest voice, nurture their creativity and affirm their motherhood journey. Co-Directed by professional story coaches Linda Bonadies and Tanya Rubinstein. Workshop culminates in a Live Show at Space Ballroom (Like “The Moth”)


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Full Moon Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Align w/new energies of full moon. Opportunities for allowing spiritual energies to reach human hearts and minds. Tap into this vast pool of energy. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927,,

Intro to Equine-Assisted Experiential Learning – 12pm-4pm. Discover the benefits of EAL and how mental health and equine professionals can partner in the care of clients through supportive equine activities, guided by Hidden Acres staff and therapy horses. No horse experience required. For wellness and equine professionals and others interested in this unique approach. (4 CEUs for MH prof.) Cost: $125 per person. Hidden Acres Farm, Naugatuck. Registration form/info call 203-723-0633 or email

FRIDAY, APRIL 22 Full Moon Pink Moon Hike – 7pm. This full moon heralded the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon. Enjoy the sounds of spring with our Nature Center guides as we lead you around our wetlands to spot some spring amphibians by the light of the moon. For all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). Fee: $1. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Angel Communication Workshop with Jennifer Jean – 7:30pm-8:30pm. Learn about the 9 choirs of angels, how angels communicate with us, and why nothing is too small to ask an angel for assistance. There will be a guided meditation to meet one of your guardian angels and to receive a message. An Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Angel Card Reader (TM), trained in Anglespeake (TM), Jennifer enjoys leading guided meditations to help others to heal and communicate with the angels. $20. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post R, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SATURDAY, APRIL 23 Reiki III ART Cert. w/ RMT Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days or Eves. Promote/Deepen personal and client lasting, healthy transformations Advanced Techniques w/Crystal/Stone healing and manifesting grids. $200. Wallingford. Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. Spring Migration Birding – 9:30am. Join avid birder Ranger Jess for this early morning walk to find the birds living in or moving through our parklands to nest farther north. This is a prime time for birders. Bring your own binoculars or use ours. Dress for walking outdoors. We’ll start with a quick introduction to birds. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Pre-register: 203-736-1053. Goddess, Tarot, Rune & Past Life Readings w/Lisa Morrison – 12pm-4pm. Celebrate Spring! Restore inner balance and well being with an intuitive reading. Lisa offers readings that are a combination of healing, inspiration and humor. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Healing Room,Madison Open House! – 2pm-4pm. Come check out your new space to heal. First Selectman Tom Banisch will be there to celebrate. Raffle, giveaways, food and drink. Help me celebrate the opening of my new location 70 Wall Street-Rear... Look for the balloons!! 203-245-5137.


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Community Dinner Presented by Master’s Table Community Meals, Inc – 4pm-5:30pm. Free. Open to public. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 North Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information, call: 203-732-7792.

MONDAY, APRIL 25 Young Living Essential Oils – 6:30pm-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927 or

TUESDAY, APRIL 26 April Bloom Pendant Wire Wrapping Class – 6pm-8pm. Designer D. Jaffe will teach you how to make this beautiful embellished spring flower pendant using wire and hand tools. Beginners Welcome. $30. 116 Elm St. Cheshire. Advanced Registration Required. Call 203-439-8689 or visit: Guided Meditation in the Akashic Records with Rosa Chyan – 6:30pm-7:30pm. Come experience an amazing meditation in your Akashic Records— a dimension of consciousness that contains the journey of your soul. Expand your awareness and gain more clarity! Cost: $15. Location: Prospect. Pre-registration is required: 203-228-1777 or

THURSDAY, APRIL 28 Make a Memory Bracelet Class Fundraiser – 7pm-9pm. Support Stratford & Bunnell HS HOSA. Have an awesome time and meet new friends. All materials included. Stratford HS 45 N Parade, Stratford. $25. Call 203-439-8689 or visit for ticket purchase and information. Limited Seating.

FRIDAY, APRIL 29 Guided Meditation to Connect to Your Higher Self. Featuring Bradford Tilden and his Crystal Bowls – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Enhance your meditative experience with a choice of healing crystals with the option to purchase. $15. Healing Room, 70 Wall Street-Rear, Madison. Call to register: 203-245-5137. Create a Fairy Garden w/Lisa Morrison – 7pm-8:30pm. Learn about fairies, trees and the sacred space outside your home. Then, plan an actual fairy garden, using crystals and the treeinspired symbols of the runes. For all nature lovers, gardeners and fairy folk! $20. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SATURDAY, APRIL 30 World Tai Chi Qigong Day Milford – 10am-1pm. Celebrates Tai Chj and Qigong. 15 teachers. “One World One Breath” begins in New Zealand and continues as the world turns. 85 nations 50 states Live streaming globally as “24 Hours of World Peace.” Free. Broad St, Milford Center. Information, call Lamont Thomas: 203-843-1595. Earth Day Celebration – 10am–4pm. Every day is Earth Day at the Nature Center! We invite everyone to honor Mother Earth with our Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center co-hosting this annual event. Enjoy hikes, live animals, environmental exhibitors and much more! Join one of our naturalists for a wildflower walk too. Food and snacks available from local vendors. All ages welcome, young and old—bring family and friends. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. 203-736-1053. Lampwork Glass Bouquet Necklace – 1pm-4pm. R. Farnsworth teaches you how to use her handmade lampwork glass flowers and leaves to make beautiful colorful necklaces. $25 plus required materials purchase. 116 Elm St, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. Register early at Respite Ranch Rejuvenation Session – 2pm-5pm. Treat yourself to some horse “therapy”! Unwind at Hidden Acres Farm, Naugatuck as staff lead you through relaxing ground activities with therapy horses. Relax and reconnect with your authentic self. No horse experience required. Cost $75 per person. For registration form/info call 203-723-0633 or email

TUESDAY, MAY 3 Arcturian Healing Circle With Rosa Chyan – 6:30pm-7:30pm. Come raise your vibration while receiving transmission of the light. Arcturian Healing Method is an upper dimensional light and frequency channeled through the Arcturian spiritual beings. Cost $15. Location: Prospect. Pre-registration is required: 203-228-1777 or

FRIDAY, MAY 6 Nature’s Child: Birds – 10am. If we find a baby bird this spring, what should we do? Join one of our Nature Center naturalists to learn about the life of a baby bird. Hear a short story, make “binoculars,“ and then take a short scavenger hunt hike. Tuition: $7 per child ($5 for family-level FANCI members and Ansonia residents). Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Pre-register for this class for preschoolers and their adults: 203-736-1053.

SATURDAY MAY 7 Wild Edibles – 10am. Backyards, vacant lots, woodlands, and open fields support tons of food and medicines for the natural collector! Join Rangers Jessica and Dawn for this in-depth study class. The rangers will lead us in identification of wild plants, and we’ll taste and smell some along the way. Please pre-register. Class size limited. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. 203-736-1053.

ongoingevents sunday EFT Emotional Freedom Technique w/RMTHolistic Coach Diane Esposito – By appt. 7 Days/week. Relax, refresh w/take-home techniques and insights to “release stress/pain”, heal and expand free-spiritedness. Register/Complimentary Pre-Session questions: 203-913-3869. Pet Loss Grief Support Group – 11am. (4/10, 5/8 & 6/12). Losing a beloved animal can be tragic and a very emotional time for humans. There are numerous resources to turn to for the loss of a human loved one; however, there are limited options for when we lose an animal. Susan Wilson has created this support group for those who have lost an animal or have one in the process of moving on. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. 203-736-1053. Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am-3pm (4/17 & 4/24). 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.

monday Monday Admissions Tours – Find our about CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School of Branford. Come see us in action! CELC combines engaging academics with real-world learning for 5th-8th graders – Fall in love with middle school! 28 School Street, Branford. RSVP: 203-433-4658. Pilates/Barre Community Class – 8am. This class is a mix between pilates moves to strengthen core muscles and the Barre technique to sculpt and lean our arms and legs. Discount price of $10.00 cash/ check or $12.00 credit card. Kneading Hands Yoga & Massage, 760 Main St S, Unit F, Southbury. 203-267-4417. Yoga with Marlene – 10:30am & 7:15pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Readings w/ Jennifer Jean: Medium, Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Angel Card Reader (TM), trained in Anglespeake ™ – 11am-3pm (& Sat. 4/30, 12pm-3pm). Uses Crystal therapy and enjoys leading guided meditations to help others to heal and communicate with the angels, performs building cleansings and clears spiritual attachments, plus as a toxicologist (MA) she works with a natural wellness pharmaceutical. Spiritual blessings/cleansings. $1/minute. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

Astrological Readings w Lou Valentino – 4:30pm7pm. (4/11 & 4/25). Have you ever wondered what your astrological chart says about your personality, vocation, relationships and future? Lou Valentino has been doing astrology readings for over 20 years; former astrological writer for Wisdom magazine for 8 years. 30-min readings. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Iyengar Yoga – 6pm-7:15pm. Align and yourself as you deepen your understanding of yoga. Individual attention given. Expert instruction. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). Qigong for Health – 7pm-8pm. Learn a practice that invigorates the internal energy, relieves stress, tones and stretches the muscles and connects the mind and body. $15/class. Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts. Location: Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health, 35 Boston St, Guilford. Info: 860-301-6433.

tuesday Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am & 6:30pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am3pm (4/5 & 4/19). 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. Awareness Through Movement Basics: Feldenkrais 101 – 12pm-1pm. Relearn the simplicity of authentic moving and transcend your personal patterns of limitation. $13. Drop-in. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Contact Carol Meade: 203-415-8666 or Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method w/Susan Sandel – 3:45pm-4:45pm. (meeting every Tuesday). Gentle therapeutic exercise/mvmnt prog. Helpful for breast cancer survivors/chronic health conditions. Free. Sponsored by Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center of Integrative Medicine. Location: Madison House, 34 Wildwood Ave, Madison. Details: 203-457-1656. Free weekly Tuesday Meditation classes – 6pm7pm. (those who would like instruction can come at 5:45pm). Open to all and fully accessible. Instruction provided for beginners. No reservations necessary. Walk-ins welcome. Program offered in cooperation with New Haven Insight and the New Haven Zen Center. New Haven Free Public Library. 133 Elm St, New Haven. 203-946-8138.

Free Reiki Sessions: The Universal Reiki Plan – 7:30pm-8:30pm. (& 8:30pm-9:30pm Thurs). Reiki teachers Jeannette and Jim of ReikiOvertones and students offer free Reiki sessions. Appt. only. Love offering appreciated. 95 Harris St, Fairfield. Details: Jim and Jeannette 203-254-3958. Qigong for Health – 7:45pm-8:45pm. Learn a practice that invigorates the internal energy, relieves stress, tones and stretches the muscles and connects the mind and body. $15/class. Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts, Location: MECA, 28 Washington St, North Haven. Info: 860-301-6433.

wednesday Readings and/or Crystal Chakra Balancing w/ Deborah – 12pm-3pm. (& Sat. 4/16, 12-4pm). RMT, IET (Integrated Energy Therapy), Hypnotherapist, EFT and Quantum Touch Practitioner. Offers Tarot card, Tea Leaf and Couples Readings, House Blessings and Clearings, Reiki, Crystal Chakra Balancing, Hypnosis Therapy Specializing in Addictions, Phobias and Past Life Regression. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 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: S t o n y C re e k Yo g a f o r S t re s s R e l i e f – 5:45pm-7pm. Classes led by Gina Macdonald MA, LPC. Sessions include breathing techniques, yoga poses and relaxation techniques. Emphasis on movement, flow and release of tension.. Beginning yoga experience recommended along wit loose clothing and a yoga mat. Newcomers please arrive early. $10/session. Willoughby Wallace Library. 146 Thimble Island Rd, Stony Creek. Contact Gina: 203-710-6665. Intermediate/Advanced Yoga – 6pm-7:30pm. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Refine and renew your practice with sophisticated sequences and expert instruction. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). Yoga with Marlene – 6:30pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Meditation In the World at Guest House Retreat – 7pm-8pm. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced meditator, join us every week as we are led in the practice of focusing our awareness. Helping you find calm within everyday demands and stress. Free. 318 West Main St, Chester. 860-322-5770. Jewelry Making Meetup! At KanduBeads – 7pm-9pm. Come make new friends while crafting. We Call it Bead-N-B!tch. Need an excuse to get out midweek? Join our weekly craft party. Adults ONLY! Grab a friend, and BYO anything! $5. Watch Factory Shoppes 116 Elm St. Cheshire. 203-439-8689.

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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. 2 0 3 - 8 7 8 - 0 6 8 1 . p r i s c o @ p r i s c o p r. c o m ,

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.

Ropes Yoga – 9am-10am. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Experience yoga in new and liberating ways with the use of wall ropes. All levels welcome. Expert instruction. Individual attention. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). 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. Readings w/ Jennifer Jean: Medium, Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Angel Card Reader (TM), trained in Anglespeake ™ – 11am-3pm (4/7, 4/21 & 4/28). Uses Crystal therapy and enjoys leading guided meditations to help others to heal and communicate with the angels, performs building cleansings and clears spiritual attachments, plus as a toxicologist (MA) she works with a natural wellness pharmaceutical. Spiritual blessings/cleansings. $1/ minute. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Spring Term Junior Rangers – 3:30pm-5pm. (Thursdays, 4/14–6/2). Calling all kids 11 to 14 years old who love nature! Has your child wanted to work with animals, garden, help maintain our trails, and help with special events? This is the opportunity to help the Nature Center in our 8-week after school program. Parental permission is required. Class size is limited; fills up fast! Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. 203-736-1053. Pre & Postnatal & Women’s Yoga – 6pm-7:15pm. Students practice poses and movements that appropriately stretch and strengthen the body while preparing for, or recovering from, delivery. Call or visit website for start date. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). Yin Yoga/Guided Meditation – 6pm-7:15pm. Long, deep stretching held for 3-5 minutes. $15/drop in; 10 & 5 class cards available at a reduced rate. Yoga Up the Stairs, 87 Whitfield St, Guilford. Contact Michele: 203-444-5007 or Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 6:30pm7:30pm. (Every Thurs. except the 1st Thurs. of month). Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. Schedule Available online. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Info:

Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am3pm (& Sat 4/9). 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. Family Organic Garden Program – 3:30pm-5pm. (Fridays, 4/15 –6/17). Food Corps and ANC will lead fun, family-friendly activities in our organic garden. Learn about growing a variety of fruits and vegetables. Dress appropriately; keep in mind you might get water and/or soil on your clothing. Closed-toe shoes, please! Free, with the potential to take home fresh local produce! Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. 203-736-1053.

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

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Free Jewelry making classes at KanduBeads w/ $15 materials purchase –11am-12pm. Learn a new wire wrapping or beading technique every Saturday in a stress free environment. Bring a friend! Watch Factory Shoppes, 116 Elm St, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. Early Registration recommended: ReikiShare: The Universal Reiki Plan – 11am1:30pm. Pre-register to share Reiki and join in a FREE workshop to make it a Reiki day! The 3rd Sat. of every month. Free (“love offering”). Bloodroot Rest. 85 Ferris St, Bridgeport. Reservation only. Jim or Jeannette: 203-254-3958. Stony Creek Yoga for Stress Relief – 5:45pm7pm. Classes taught by Gina Macdonald MA, LPC. Will emphasize the breath with flowing movement. $10/session. Walk-ins welcome. Willoughby Wallace Library. 146 Thimble Island Rd, Stony Creek. Contact Gina: 203-710-6665.

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



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How will the program work once it launches? Natural Awakenings Network (NAN) card holders purchase an annual card to visit local practitioners/businesses (Providers) who offfer a discount on products/services involving personal and/or planetary health.

What’s in it for you as a provider? 1st year of participation is FREE! Just $88/year after 1st year once program is launched. Enhanced visibility with FREE marketing opportunities Expansion of your customer base

To Meet Natural Awakenings Network (NAN) Providers Who Have Already Joined Our Family Turn the page... natural awakenings

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MEET OUR NAN PROVIDERS in New Haven and Middlesex Counties

Calling All Holistic and Green Businesses! Interested in becoming a NAN Provider? Information: 203-988-1808 AMSTON A PLACE OF HEALING

Kelly Ann Matuskiewicz 203-747-8444



ATLAS CHIROPRACTIC Adam Church, D.C. 203-466-1111


S.M. Cooper Photographic Artist 203-393-9545

Christopher Chialastri, LMT#005812 Home Visits for Massage Therapy 203-430-3163



Kim Nagle 203-565-6495

Psychotherapy-Adults in Transition Emotional & Spiritual Aspects in Health Care 860-461-7569




Natalie Cashman 860-398-4621







Jason Belejack, N.D. 203-824-7428




Diana R. Carr 860-349-9542



Joan S. Gilbert 828-551-0420



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HAMDEN continued DENNY CHIROPRACTIC & ACUPUNCTURE Eileen Denny, D.C. 203-407-8468


June Can, Reiki Master Practitioner International Channel & Medium 203-230-1197



NATURAL FAMILY HEALTH Wendy Leigh White, N.D. Jasmine Manning, N.D. 203-281-5900


Marni Esposito 203-430-1009


Thomas Fortuna 203-684-3512

TRANQUIL HEALING REIKI, LLC Anita Jones, RMT 203-415-4791



ROI MARKETING OF NEW ENGLAND Bob Kademian 866-306-9799



Life and Health Mentor 203-610-7477










HEALTHY FOODS PLUS Natural/Organic Foods/Gluten-Free Vitamins/Supplements/Beauty Aids 203-882-9011

IMPRESSIONS SERVICES Raymond Daneault 800-217-1963

JOANN DUNSING HYPNOSIS Joann Dunsing 203-907-7710


Wt. Release/Loss/HypnoBirthing 203-415-8567




Milford, CT 475-282-4112


Holistic Counseling 203-878-3140

PRISCO CONSULTING Priscilla Lynn 203-530-0103


MILFORD continued

THE SERENE SPOT Anaika Ocasio 203-400-1293




Karen Obier, Reflexologist 203-645-2188

STEAMATIC OF CT Vincent Farricielli 203-985-8000


ADVANCED SPINE & SPORT David Durso, D.C. 203-553-9300


CHASE PARKWAY PODIATRIC GROUP, LLC Sports Medicine Dr. Joel Segalman, M.D. 203-270-6724


GREEN & GLOBAL MEDIA, LLC KellyAnn Carpenter 203-533-9823

LGN CONSULTING Lisa Nastu 203-301-4109


Venice Walters 203-507-0889



SUCCESS MARKETING, LLC Michael Guerin 888-542-2936


Aadil Al-Alim & Faith Bredwood 203-389-0089


RUBINO CHIROPRACTIC CENTER Robert Rubino, D.C. 203-933-9404

STAIRWAY 2 HEAVEN Holistic Center



Katey Hauser, D.C. 203-387-5015


SERENITY BODY WELLNESS Rosa Cervoni, LMT #003111 Reflexologist/Reiki Practitioner 203-929-1002





New Morning Market 203-263-4868


Lghtworker of Vibrational Energy LLC Gayle Franceschetti 203-265-2927


Diane Esposito, RMT/Holistic Coach 203-913-3869

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

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


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

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

CONNECTICUT CHAPTER, AMERICAN PARKINSON DISEASE ASSOCIATION – Mission: “To Ease the Burden, To Find A Cure” for those w/Parkinson’s Disease & their caregivers in CT. Education, support & socialization. 860-248-9200,



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

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


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


They just learned how to put pep in their mojos by reading Natural Awakenings. Advertise in our May

Women’s Wellness Issue To advertise or participate in our next issue, call 203-988-1808 42

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editorial calendar

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

themes JANUARY detoxification

plus: dance power



plus: seasonal affective disorder

green planning and planting

plus: healing chronic pain/illness

everyday sustainability plus: seasonal allergies

women’s wellness

plus: hormone health


men’s health


food integrity


plus: fitness

plus: natural beauty

empowering youth plus: creativity

healing music plus: yoga

community game changers plus: chiropractic


mental wellness


uplifting humanity

plus: beauty

plus: holiday themes

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide visit our website and click our Advertise menu. ALLERGIES


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

Do you have asthma, hay fever, sinusitis, excema or other allergy symptoms? Are you careful about what you eat because of food allergies or intolerances? At Advanced Allergy Relief, we offer a safe, rapid elimination of allergic reactions. No medication, No Needles, Child friendly, Effective. See ad on page 3 and Practitioner Profile on page 27.


Specializing in Advanced Allergy Therapeutics Betty Brainerd, ND Guilford, CT 203-738-0020 Are you suffering from allergies or sensitivites? Would you like to live life without medications or the need to avoid certain plants, foods animals, etc.? Our Advanced Allergy Therapeutics is a safe and effective solution for the elimination of symptoms in all ages (no needles!). See ad on page 10.



28 School Street, Branford, CT 06405 203-433-4658 Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School of Branford combines intellectually challenging academics with hands-on and real-world learning experiences for 5th-8th grade students. CELC offers an experiential environment within right-sized classes designed to personalize learning. Middle school becomes an exciting adventure when the academics are integrated with field experiences, within and beyond the classroom walls. Our students come from a variety of towns throughout Connecticut, from families looking for a program that engages and deepens learning, where their children thrive during these important and impactful 5th-8th grade years. See ad on page 10.


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

GOT HEMORRHOIDS? Now there is an easy non-surgical treatment that eliminates bleeding, pain, and swelling of hemorrhoids. It is quick, painless, and effective. There is no need to suffer any longer. Covered by most insurances. Call The Life Center for RELIEF. See ad on page 3.


501 Kings Highway East, Suite 108 Fairfield, CT 203-371-0300 Dr. Mark A. Breiner is a pioneer and recognized authority in the field of holistic dentistry. With over 30 years of experience, he is a sought after speaker and lecturer. His popular consumer book, Whole-Body Dentistry, has been sold worldwide. See ad on page 29.


Accredited, Non-profit Graduate School offering holistic programs in contemporary and emerging fields 203-874-4252


The Graduate Institute offers holistic master’s degrees and certificate programs for adult learners. Programs include Integrative Health and Healing, Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability, Writing and Oral Tradition, Organizational Leadership, Integrative Health Coaching and Patient Navigation, and more. See ad on page 11.

Offers a holistic approach to mental health. Practice offers alternatives to traditional psychiatric treatments, utilizing nutritional and naturalistic means to achieve well-being.

Improve your quality of life w/ empowering guidance & support. Move to the Heart of Healing w/ Diane Esposito, RMT/Holistic Coach/author of Play, Heal, Love! The Art of Creating Healthy Relationships. Be inspired; create habits & boundaries that heal w/in-person or phone Readings, Reiki, Reflexology, EFT, Angelspeake, Meditation. See ad on page 26.



1 Evergreen Avenue, Suite 34 Hamden, CT 06473 203-747-5282


Branwen OShea-Refai, LCSW Bethany, CT 203-393-1717 Branwen, a LCSW, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Sound Healer, Healing Touch Practioner, and Intuitive has 17 years experience as a holistic counselor. Utilizing Yoga, Talk Therapy, Sound Healing, Meditation, and Energetic Wellness. Treating trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders, pain, and stress in children and adults.






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

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

Everlastings is a full-service hair salon & spa whose passion and mission is to provide healthier, more natural organic alternatives to salon services. All products are chemical-free. You will leave feeling fulfilled, refreshed and cared for. See ad on page 26.

Anna Martin, BSW, MSW, LCSW 410 State St, North Haven, CT 203-606-2071


Adam Breiner, ND, Director Elena Sokolova, MD, ND David Brady, ND, CCN, DACBN 501 Kings Highway East, Suite 108 Fairfield, CT 203-371-8258 Using state-of-the-art science combined with centuries-old healing modalities, our caring naturopathic doctors correct underlying imbalances and address issues which may interfere with the body’s abilityto heal itself. Treatment protocols or therapies include: Abdominal Manual Therapy, Acupuncture, Allergy Desensitization, Chinese Medicine, Colonics and other Detoxification Protocols, Electro-Dermal Screening, Energy Medicine, FDA-cleared Phototherapy, Functional Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Hormonal Balancing, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Metabolic Typing, Nutritional Assessment, Real-Time EEG Neurofeedback, and other therapies. See ad on page 29.


Heal, elevate and transform your life! Expand compassion to self and others! Gain insights and healing by connecting to the wisdom of your soul with Akashic Records Consultation/ Classes. Enhance the depth of Healing Touch Energy Therapy with Arcturian Healing Method, an upper dimensional light and frequency, and balance your mind, body, and spirit. See ad on page 7.



Critical Care Nurse, Reiki Practitioner 370 Boston Post Road Orange, CT 203-314-5401


Healing practices offered by light touch with documented health benefits. RELAX/REVIVE in a restful environment while restoring balance both physically and emotionally to the body. Offering one-hour and half-hour table sessions, 20-minute chair sessions to clients of all ages.


Dr. Jenna Henderson 2 Broadway, North Haven, CT 1007 Farmington Ave, Suite 7A, West Hartford, CT 203-239-3400 Medically supervised weight loss program. Get off the dieting merry-go-round and FINALLY achieve your ideal weight. We offer a whole foods diet, individualized nutrition, emotional eating support, meal planning and weight loss coaching. COVERED BY MOST INSURANCES . See ad on page 3.


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


Combining an array of natural therapies that have been used since ancient times with today’s technology, Salt of the Earth Spa provides a sanctuary for deep transformations, healing and grounding for Mind, Body and Spirit. See ad on page 10.

1221 Village Walk, Guilford, CT 203-453-5360 Improve the quality of your life through yoga. Marlene is a cancer survivor who introduced yoga to the Shoreline area in the 1960’s and continues to offer morning and evening classes for all ages. She has taught yoga for 50 years and will help you to achieve your goals of increased flexibility, strength and peace of mind.

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Monthly Meeting and Discussion: "Speak Naked" tips and secrets to Holistic Public Speaking Presented By Glenn Dulko, Workshop Leader, Speaker, Coach and Trainer Sponsored by The Holistic Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, April 14th 6:30 pm Location: The Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Road, Bethany, CT

Members: Free Non-Members: $15 (1st time free!)

INFORMATION SESSION Learn about The Graduate Institute’s Master’s, Certificates and Coach Training Programs at this Information Session.

Tuesday, April 19th 7:00 pm Location: The Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Road, Bethany, CT

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Fresh Friend Special Win a free month of yoga! Friend 1

Friend 2

Bring a friend and this coupon to Fresh Yoga before 5/15. Write your name in box 1 and your friend’s name in box 2. If you (and/or your friend) have never been to Fresh Yoga - you get your 1st class for free! On May 15th, one of these coupons will be drawn and both yogi friends will get 1 month of Unlimited Yoga Free! Fresh Yogis - bring as many friends (enter) as often as you like

Front desk staff: enter friend as Free Postcard / Put coupon in bag like currency

fresh 319 Peck St / 49 Orange St New Haven 48

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