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Welcome to our Inspired Living and Men’s Wellness Edition! On June 15, we salute one of the most influential figures in our lives—Dad. Although my father has been gone for eight years now, I continue to cherish the special relationship we had, the work ethic we shared, the wisdom he taught me, which still informs many choices in my life, and most of all, his unconditional love that made me feel so protected and embraced. My father had a stoic personality, which was typical among many men of his generation and Canadian/English heritage. He always managed to “keep calm and carry on,” regardless of the barrage of health challenges he faced in later years as rheumatoid arthritis ravaged his body. Unfortunately, his tendency to push himself through the pain and discomfort ultimately cost him his life. During a 10-day vacation, he began experiencing shortness of breath, which progressively worsened during the course of his trip. Despite the discomfort, he did not seek medical attention and pushed on. On the last day of his vacation, while waiting for his flight home, he suffered a massive heart attack and died in the airport terminal. Ignoring sympGail and her Dad—Tim Heard toms can have devastating consequences. Social mores have contributed greatly to the expectation for men to disconnect from feeling and emotion by appearing strong and ignoring the subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle signs of health problems. In our local feature article, “Naturopathy Sees the Whole Man, Not His Symptoms,” Dr. Sergei Frenzel, a local naturopathic physician, suggests that many of the symptoms experienced by men may indicate underlying health issues in unrecognized areas. He also identifies an emerging trend that can contribute to a customized approach to men’s health care and the importance of increased collective awareness among the men and women that care for them. Our main feature article this month, “The Healing Power of Story: How telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free,” by Judith Fertig, is a must read! It highlights the healing benefits of telling our true story, suggesting that it may be “the most powerful medicine on Earth.” Also, be sure to read our Wise Words interview, “Unleashing Unlimited Potential with Panache Desai,” by April Thompson. Desai shares his insights on the energy of emotions and the personal transformation we can experience by allowing ourselves to experience and let go of them without judgment, thereby clearing the way to what Desai terms our “soul signature”. To all of you wonderful men out there: We celebrate your beautiful maleness— may you find your healthiest expression! Happy Fathers Day!

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newsbriefs Sustainable Nutrition Open House at Holcomb Farm


he Institute of Sustainable Nutrition (TIOSN) will host an open house at Holcomb Farm, in West Granby, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., June 25, for visitors to meet the staff and students, tour the farm and share some food, while learning about their unique, one-year certification program. TIOSN is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 class.

14 to discuss four training programs that run from September through May 2015 at the Hartford Family Institute (HFI). HFI offers professional a training program based on indepth body psychotherapy and subtle energy healing, created for psychotherapists and healers to enhance their practice. A Non-Traditional Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling is offered in partnership with the Graduate Theological Foundation. HFI also offers an Integrative Healing Program for Energy Workers that combines emotional work with body process and a Human Relations Program that helps those seeking growth within themselves in their professional life or personal relationships. Admission is free. For more information or to register, call 860-236-6009 or visit See ad on page 11.

ALL NATURAL Exhibit Opens at Spectrum Gallery


The experiential and interactive program educates individuals about food and where it comes from. Students conduct soil testing, plant garlic, start seeds and tend crops as they grow. They also build and keep a beehive, forage for wild food to prepare at the farm, practice mindful eating and enjoy meals together. “We have made teas, tonics and kitchen medicine to keep us healthy through the cold and flu season, fermented foods to develop a healthy human microbiome, had a visit and workshop with Sandor Katz and dehydrated foods for storage and eating,” says Institute founder Joan Palmer about the program’s ongoing inaugural class. Admission is free. Location: 113 Simsbury Rd, West Granby. For open house reservations and more information, call 860-764-9070 or visit See ad on page 3.

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sychotherapists and healers that feel the desire to deepen and reconnect to the passion of their work, as well as those that feel they should be in a healing profession, would do well to attend a four-hour introductory workshop on June


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he Spectrum Gallery and Artisans Store of Centerbrook, Connecticut, will introduce a new exhibit, ALL NATURAL, running through August 10, with a reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m., June 27. ALL NATURAL includes macro photography of the natural world and fine art and crafts using materials such as sea glass and river glass, encaustic, wood, feathers, spider webs, egg tempera and casein. Spectrum Gallery showcases painting, mixed media, sculpture and photography, while the Artisans Store offers fine crafts in fabric, glass, pottery, jewelry and more. Spectrum is the newest extension of the nonprofit arts organization Arts Center Killingworth, whose mission includes providing opportunities for emerging and established artists to display and sell their work. All exhibits include free educational events such as artist discussions, demos, family days and screenings. Admission to the reception is free. Location: 61 Main St, Centerbrook, CT. For more information, call 860-767-0742 0r visit and See ad on page 21.



oann Dunsing has been hired as the New Haven and Middlesex counties district manager for the Natural Awakenings Network (NAN), a division of the Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation that helps readers learn about and gain easy access to multiple options for health. Dunsing’s role is to work with local businesses and practitioners in implementing the NAN program and assisting with public enrollment. Members will be able to receive substantial discounts up to 50 percent from local practitioners and businesses on products and services that contribute to personal and planetary health. Also, local companies that participate in the NAN membership card program will create and enhance their present wellness program by offering employees incentives to ensure their health, wellness and productivity in an affordable way. Holistic and green businesses interested in participating in the network may email Dunsing at JoannNAnetwork@gmail. com or call 203-500-2860. See ad on page 46.

Healthy Living with Feng Shui for the Seven Main Chakras with EFT and Guided Imagery


ealing arts practitioner Diane Esposito of Personal Harmony and Health, shares that, “Inspired, healthy living comes from our deepest desires when we allow them to spring forth with inspired actions.� Her upcoming, progressive four-part class, Feng Shui for the 7 Main Chakras, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays, on September 4, 11, 18 and 25, addresses the need to invite clarity, balance and peace within in order to manifest our deepest desires. Feng shui, with regard to the chakras, helps create and integrate thoughts and habits that promote the flow of [+] energy while releasing thoughts and habits that bind or drain our energy. Life force energy flows though the chakras, the meeting points of subtle energy channels, or nadis, and when we use guided imagery to clear and enhance the flow, a feeling of lightheartedness and refreshment endues. With the integration of Emotional Freedom Technique, a variety of health issues may be addressed, even those that have been resistant to other methods.

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he Graduate Institute (TGI), in Bethany, Connecticut, will hold an open house at 5:30 p.m., June 4, for individuals to learn about becoming a professional life coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF) while earning an advanced degree. The TGI Master of Arts Program in Consciousness Studies includes an optional transformative coach training track to earn a master’s degree in two years while satisfying all of the requirements to become an associate certified coach through the ICF. Classes begin October 10 and meet four long weekends per year and for one full week in each of two summers. Students also engage in online coursework and self-designed projects during the months when classes do not meet onsite. The advanced degree offers an ideal path to develop coaching skills and a thriving coaching practice. Students experience a cutting-edge curriculum that emphasizes the oneness of the universe and the interconnectedness of life, creativity, synchronicity and flow. To register for the open house, call 203-874-4252. For more information, email or visit See ad on page 7.

aura LaCascia, the owner of Professional Development and Personal Growth, in Clinton, Connecticut, has opened a new Core Energetics practice at 90 East Main Street, in Clinton. Core Energetics brings awareness of emotions held in the body, and this therapeutic process integrates the mind and body to release emotions to create new life patterns. LaCascia is offering a free body reading, which is a diagnostic tool that shows where people hold back and where they excel. The body reading is the first step in connecting the mind and body. It is an especially helpful tool for those struggling with a particular issue in their life, such as a career, relationship or life transition. “A person who incorporates the body with the mind will come to better understand themselves and continue on a self-discovery and transformation, and slowly begin to change life patterns,” says LaCascia. In a safe, supportive environment, she develops a trusting and compassionate relationship with her clients. For more information, call 203-645-6959, email or visit See ad on page 17.

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Lotus Gardens Yoga Offering 200-Hour Teacher Certification


otus Gardens Yoga School is accepting registrations for their 34th eight-month, 200-hour teacher training program at the Yoga Center of Collinsville. Elements are held Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., from August 23 until March 22, 2015. Join Lara Ward for a free yoga class, meet and greet, and tour of the host studio on May 4 and June 7.

of this teacher training class through more than 50 postures and therapeutic techniques for working with common injuries, medical issues and specialty populations such as athletes, seniors, children and prenatal women. For more information, call Ward at 860-354-6241, email or visit See ad on page 24.

Elm City Wellness Adds New ‘Classroom’ with expanded Programs


he Classroom @ Elm City Wellness is scheduled to open in June at Elm City Wellness, the premier center for highly skilled massage therapy and acupuncture in New Haven. The Classroom features children’s fitness and yoga classes, adult group fitness and yoga, community acupuncture and workshops in an intimate setting. Marissa Gandelman, a licensed massage therapist and owner of Elm City Wellness, says, “Most classes offered in

Each element consists of eight days filled with practice, lecture and teaching. History and Philosophy of Yoga begins with Element 1; Science of the Physical Practice in Element 2; and the Art of Teaching will complete the program in Element 3. Director Lara A. Ward, LMT, E-RYT 500, created one of the nation’s first comparative theory programs unveiling major styles of yoga in the U.S. She will guide participants

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the area are too big to give the personalized, hands-on instruction we’ll have. We’re bringing the personalized, highly skilled work we do to the Classroom for all skill levels and ages.” Location: 677 State St., New Haven, CT. For more information, call 203-691-7653 or visit

Learn How to Protect the Bees


atureworks is celebrating National Pollinator Week, from June 16 to 22, with free workshops on Protecting our Pollinators from 5 to 6 p.m., June 19 and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., June 21. Natureworks has been gardening organically since 1983, and this year they are putting a special focus on pollinators. A mysterious colony collapse disorder syndrome has wiped out many honeybee hives of late, but what many people don’t realize is that honeybees are not the only pollinators that enable us to have food on our tables. Bumblebees, mason bees and close to 400 other pollinators are responsible for one in three mouthfuls of food that we eat. Everyone can take measures to protect our pollinators, including planting flowers and herbs for habitat, identification

of specific pests to avoid overspraying, which kills beneficial bugs, and leaving a little bit of the yard grow wild. Location: 518 Forest Rd., in Northford, CT. For more information call 203-484-2748 or visit See ad on 17.

Milford Closing in on Fourth Century of History


ilford’s 375th Anniversary Celebration Week is filled with fun and educational events that represent many aspects of its past, present and future. There is something for everyone, from Diversity Day and Senior Citizen Day to food and live music. It all begins with the Mayors’ Kick Off, featuring UCONN’s Funky Dawgz Brass Band on the steps of City Hall, at 6 p.m., June 6, and concludes with a grand parade at 2 p.m., June 15.

Highlights include Stories and Lore at the library, the Mary Taylor Methodist Church Fair, the Cap’n Kidd Treasure Hunt Pirates Day, dancing under the stars with the Rumrunners at Fowler Pavilion, the Westfield Mall Salute to Business, food and music from around the world at Fowler Field, yacht races and much more. For a complete schedule of events, visit

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nother 12 Connecticut towns have been selected to participate in Solarize Connecticut, a unique solar groupbuying program sponsored by the state through the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority that makes it easy and affordable for residents to adopt solar. Through Solarize, homeowners in Bloomfield, Brookfield, East Lyme, Essex, Farmington, Haddam, Killingworth, Montville, Simsbury, Tolland, Torrington and Weston can enjoy discounted pricing on a new solar system during this 20-week program.

Savvy Tea Gourmet is Moving


avvy Tea Gourmet is relocating on July 1 to a bigger facility at 121 Samson Rock Road, in Madison, with more space for many new and exciting things to share with their customers. There will be a larger tea selection in a variety of packaging, as well as a complete line of tea ware and tasty treats to enjoy while sipping favorite beverage in the new tea room. The new Savvy Tea Gourmet will feature a separate tasting and tea education room for weekly tea tastings and new health and lifestyle coaching series. A secluded outdoor patio area is in the planning stage. Savvy Tea will remain open at 693 Boston Post Rd. until Jul. 1. For more information, call 860-669-4437.

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Highly qualified and certified installers were selected through a competitive bidding process, and are offering significant discounts to residents in exchange for their town’s outreach support. Residents can choose to purchase or lease their solar system, taking advantage of state and federal incentives, as well as flexible financing options, for little or no money down. To learn more about Solarize, visit To bring Solarize to another community, email Erin O’Sullivan at


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eturn to the Fire is offering a Men in the Wilderness Canoe Adventure from July 19 to 26 on the Allagash River, in Maine, to experience a renewal of spirit and connect to the wild within. This unforgettable canoe trip traverses the beautiful Maine countryside, where wildlife abounds. Campers will bake bread using a reflector oven and enjoy an incredible menu while allowing the pace of the river to guide them as they sleep out under the stars. Safety is paramount, but no previous experience is required for this trip. Participants will be instructed in safety precautions, wilderness camping and paddling skills. Teens and grandparents have enjoyed these trips. Price includes all food and outfitting (tents, canoes, paddles, etc.). A packing list and directions will be provided upon receipt of a deposit. Registration deadline is July 1 and cost is $875. For more information and leave a deposit, call founder Jody Grose at 203-426-2156 or visit canoe-trips-men.html.

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Sound Healing Summer Solstice Gathering— Sounding Into Summer!—will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., June 22, at the Therapeutic Recreation Center, in Woodbridge, Connecticut. Hosted by Beth Patella’s Center for Music, this beautiful summer solstice sound circle will welcome in the summer energies with toning and guided meditation, heart-centered awareness and entraining to illuminating qualities of the solstice to help the body, mind and spirit align with the greater Earth and universal consciousness. The sound circle helps to rebalance the body’s energy system and bring an overall state of relaxation. In addition, the circle encourages a sense of community and meeting new, like-minded friends. Vendors will offer essential oils, whole foods, jewelry and more. Patella, a certified sound therapist and level I Reiki practitioner, offers six-week healing sessions (see website for details). She states, “Every culture on our planet uses sound or a method of sound in some fashion—either for inspiration, religion, healing, communication, aligning, insight, selfawareness, connection and more! We are inherently drawn to sound, because we are made up of sound—literally!”

She explains that sound therapy/healing/work is a form of energy work: “Sound is comprised of vibration, and vibration is comprised of energy. Therefore, using sound as an energy medium or messenger allows direct and immediate access to the human body’s energy system. Sound works, because we are all made up of sound. All of our biorhythms, organs, breath, voice, etc., have their own resonating sound frequency. Sound moves energy, sound is moving energy and sound is a living energy. Therefore, as sound practitioners, we use sound as a gateway to harness energy directly within the human body and its surrounding, energy fields.”

“The sound circle helps to rebalance the body’s energy system and bring an overall state of relaxation.” Patella has been performing, writing and singing for more than 15 years. She grew up on show tunes and has studied classical singing. Ten years ago, Patella avidly successfully wrote and performed her own folk/rock songs throughout Connecticut and New York. Then her group’s drummer, the love of her life, committed suicide. The tragedy overwhelmed her, and she literally lost her singing voice and the ability to sing her own songs. Devastated and heartbroken, Patella disappeared from the songwriting scene for nearly seven years. She subsequently began performing American jazz and blues standards in a trio on the East Coast, also serves as the lead vocalist in the highly acclaimed and premiere jazz ensemble at St. Paul and St. James Church, in New Haven. Cost is $30. Location: 19 Hazel Terr. For more information, call Beth Patella at 203-804-5396, email or visit See ad on page 3.

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Yummy Berries Cut Heart Attack Risk by a Third


ating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack, according to research from the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. The berries contain high levels of powerful flavonoids called anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter buildup of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits. Published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, the study involved 93,600 women ages 25 to 42 that completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for over 16 years. Those that ate the most berries had a 32 percent reduction in heart attack risk compared with those that ate them once a month or less, even if they ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables. “This is the first study to look at the impact of diet in younger and middleaged women,” remarks the study’s lead author, Aedín Cassidy, Ph.D., head of the university’s nutrition department. “Even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.”

Saw Palmetto Combos Combat Enlarged Prostate


hree studies published in 2013 support the effectiveness of saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) extract for the treatment of prostate inflammation and other symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly called enlarged prostate. In addition, both lycopene, a dietary carotenoid with strong antioxidant value, and selenium, an essential trace element that promotes an optimal antioxidant/oxidant balance, have been shown to exert beneficial effects in BPH. Researchers from Italy’s University of Catania studied 168 patients with prostate enlargement among nine urological medical clinics. Those taking a combination of saw palmetto, selenium and lycopene experienced greater reductions of inflammation markers and reduced risk of prostate cancer after three and six months of treatment. In an Australian study from the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine of patients with BPH, 32 men took an encapsulated formula containing saw palmetto, lycopene and other plant extracts, while 25 men were given a placebo. After three months of treatment, men receiving the herbal formulation experienced a 36 percent reduction in related symptoms, while the placebo group showed an 8 percent reduction. The herbal supplement group also showed a 15 percent reduction in daytime urination frequency and an almost 40 percent reduction in nighttime urination frequency. The long-term effectiveness of saw palmetto supplementation was reinforced in a Russian study of 38 patients with early prostate enlargement. After 10 years of receiving 320 milligrams of saw palmetto extract per day, researchers found no progression of the condition among the patients. 14

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Tapping Acupressure Points Heals Trauma in Vets


motional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may be an effective treatment for veterans that have been diagnosed with clinical posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. EFT involves tapping on acupressure points while focusing on traumatic memories or painful emotions in order to release them. As part of the Veterans’ Stress Project, an anonymous clinical study comprising more than 2,000 participants, 59 veterans with PTSD were randomly assigned to either receive strictly standard care or also experience six, hour-long, EFT sessions. The psychological distress and PTSD symptoms showed significant reductions among veterans receiving the EFT sessions, with 90 percent matriculating out of the criteria for clinical PTSD. At a six-month follow-up, 80 percent of those participants still had symptoms below the clinical level for PTSD. According to Deb Tribbey, national coordinator for the Veterans’ Stress Project, PTSD symptoms that can be resolved with the combined therapy include insomnia, anger, grief, hyper-vigilance and pain. For more information, visit or

Mindfulness Meditation Reduces the Urge to Light Up


indfulness meditation training may help people overcome addiction by activating the brain centers involved in self-control and addictive tendencies, suggests research from the psychology departments of Texas Tech University and the University of Oregon. Scientists led by Yi-Yuan Tang, Ph.D., studied 61 volunteers, including 27 smokers, randomly divided into groups that either received mindfulness meditation training or relaxation training. Two weeks later, after five hours of training, smoking among those in the meditative group decreased by 60 percent, while no significant reduction occurred in the relaxation group. Brain imaging scans determined that the mindfulness meditation training produced increased activity in the anterior cingulate and the prefrontal cortex; regions associated with self-control. Past research led by Tang showed that smokers and those with other addictions exhibited less activity in these areas than those free of addictions. The current study previously determined that myelin and brain cell matter in these two brain regions increases through mindfulness meditation.

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arly summer brings waves of pollen to much of the United States. Ragweed, purple loosestrife and other plants bloom and fill the air with allergens, as they have for centuries. More recently, though, the severity and pervasiveness of strong allergic reactions in this country has increased according to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. When experiencing allergens, the body releases histamines that can trigger sneezing excess mucus flow, congestion and swelling of membranes and tissues. Rather than using nasal sprays—many containing steroids or other synthetic chemicals—to attempt to prevent this response, a more natural spray can work instead. A decoction of herbs like yarrow leaf, horseradish root, elder flower and/or eye bright, when absorbed by the membranes of the nasal passageways, can enter the cells and cause them to produce their own antihistamines. This breaks the cycle of overt symptoms without the user becoming dependent on an unhealthy spray. The Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine states that all these herbs along with calendula and aloe applied topically for soothing, can bring natural congestion relief. Another approach is to use a spray consisting of an enhanced aqueous silver colloid solution, which can constrict micro-capillaries and reduce bleeding. Shrinking nasal tissues reduce swelling and congestion while killing bacteria and fungus. This can support a beleaguered immune system and help prevent a sinus infection—a natural gift of health for the allergy season. Steven Frank, the founder of Nature’s Rite, is also an innovative herbalist. For more information, email or visit See inside front cover ad.

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Involved Dads Make for Smarter, Happier Kids It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect”. Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly in nonverbal, or spatial, reasoning that’s integral in mathematics, science and engineering. The IQ advantage is attributed to the way that fathers interact with their children, with an emphasis on the manipulation of objects like blocks, roughhousing and outdoor activities, rather than languagebased activities. A study of Chinese parents found that it was a father’s warmth toward his child that was the ultimate factor in predicting the child’s future academic success. A recent Canadian study from Concordia University provides new insights into a father’s impact on a daughter’s emotional development, as well. Lead researcher Erin Peugnot concluded, “Girls whose fathers lived with them when they were in middle childhood (ages 6 to 10) demonstrated less sadness, worry and shyness as preteens (ages 9 to 13) compared with girls whose fathers did not live with them,” he says. Source:

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Connectedness Ranks Above Power and Fame It seems that fame and fortune are less important to us than our connections with fellow human beings, after all. A study conducted by and in 2012 and 2013 applying their proprietary Values Profile Test with 2,163 people showed they only moderately valued money and power, at best, which took a backseat to social values on a personal level. This revelation comes on the heels of another study on career motivation that similarly showed a drop in participants’ consuming desire for money and power in the workplace. The researchers at assessed 34 separate facets within six categories of values—social, aesthetic, theoretical, traditional, realistic and political. The five top-scoring facets were empathy, family and friends, appreciation of beauty, hard work/diligence, altruism and the importance of helping others. Financial security came in 24th place and power was near last at 29th in importance. Ethics/morals placed 10th. For more information, visit


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Grass Releases Surprising Amounts of CO2 Which emits more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide: a cornfield or a residential lawn? According to researchers at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania, it’s the grass. David Bowne, an assistant professor of biology, published the study results in the Soil Science Society of America Journal. After measuring carbon dioxide released from each setting, the scientists found that urban areas deemed heat islands may have a smaller overall impact than previously thought, compared with suburban developments. Previously, the heat island effect has been perceived as a phenomenon that occurs only in cities, where the mass of paved roads, dark roofs and buildings absorb and concentrate heat, making cities much warmer during hot days than other areas. Both carbon dioxide releases and soil temperature were measurably higher in residential lawns than in croplands and higher temperatures are directly associated with carbon dioxide efflux. Bowne says, “As you increase temperature, you increase biological activity—be it microbial, plant, fungal or animal.” Increased activity leads to more respiration and increased carbon dioxide emissions. Source:

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Laws Permit Oil and Gas Drilling in Iconic Public Lands News that the U.S. Department of the Interior will allow drilling for oil and gas in a proposed wilderness area in southern Utah’s Desolation Canyon puts a spotlight on the practice. A report by the Center for American Progress reveals that 42 national parks are at risk, including 12 where oil and gas drilling is currently underway and 30 where it could be in the near future. Among the threatened wild places are iconic American national parklands, including Grand Teton, in Wyoming, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Dinosaur National Monument, in Colorado, Santa Monica Mountains, in California, Glen Canyon, in Arizona, Carlsbad Caverns and Chaco Canyon, in New Mexico, Everglades and Gulf Islands, in Florida, Arches and Canyonlands, in Utah, and Glacier, in Montana. The reality is that all public lands, including national parks and wildlife refuges, are potentially open to oil and gas leasing unless they are designated as “wilderness”, the highest form of land protection designated by the government. Source: The Wilderness Society (

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How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig


fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories—ongoing and ever-changing—that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back.


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In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and answering a call to adventure, getting help from others along the way, facing adversity and returning with a gift, or boon, for ourselves and others. It’s a basic pattern of human existence, with endless variations.

Power to Heal the Body

How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mindbody benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at, in Secrets of Your Cells, “Our physiol-

ogy responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.” When we are afraid to tell a story and keep it in, “Our cells broadcast a signal of danger,” she explains. “Molecules of adrenalin, along with stress hormones, connect with receptors on heart, muscle and lung cells— and in the case of long-term sustained stress, immune cells.” We experience increased heart rate, tense muscles, shortness of breath and lower immunity when we’re stressed. She notes, “When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety.” We need to tell our stories even in facing life-threatening illness, and maybe because of it. Dr. Shayna Watson, an oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Canada, encourages physicians to listen to patients. “In the name of efficiency,” she reports in an article in Canadian Family Physician, “it’s easy to block out patients’ stories and deal only with the ‘facts’, to see the chat, the time and the stories as luxuries for when there is a cancellation. The study of narrative tells us, however, that in these easily neglected moments we might find more than we expect; there can be understanding, relationship building and healing—the elements of our common humanity.” A current problem is but a dot on the entire timeline of a person’s existence. By keeping their larger story in mind, patients can find a wider perspective, with the strength and resolve to heal, while the physician can see the patient as a person, rather than a diagnosis.  

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“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole wide

world who had lost her mojo and longed to get it back. Then I started telling my story—and voilà! Millions of people responded to tell me how they had once lost theirs and since gotten it back.” They did it by telling their stories, witnessed with loving attention by others that care. “Each of us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write. Yet, so many of us leave our stories untold, our songs unsung,” remarks Rankin. “When this happens, we wind up feeling lonely, listless and out of touch with our life purpose. We are plagued with a chronic sense that something is out of alignment. We may even wind up feeling unworthy, unloved or sick,” says Rankin, who blogs on related topics at

Power to Heal a Family

Sometimes, writing a new story can help keep families connected. Kansas City, Missouri, author and columnist Deborah Shouse took an unplanned and unwanted, yet ultimately rewarding journey with her mother through Alzheimer’s disease. Shouse discovered that as her mother was losing her memory and identity through dementia, crafting a new narrative helped her family hold it together, a process she details in Love in the Land of Dementia. “You have to celebrate the person who is still with you,” Shouse says, noting we may discover a different, but still interesting, person that communicates in ways other than talking. She recommends employing a technique she calls The Hero Project, which she developed with her partner, Ron Zoglin. It uses words, photos and craft supplies in what Shouse

“By sharing our stories together and finding common ground, we lay the groundwork for world peace and much more.” ~Rev. Patrick McCollum terms “word-scrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more supportive insights at Sharing an old story may also provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”

Power of the Wrong Story

Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones,

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Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart—are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.” Judith Fertig tells stories about food at from Overland Park, KS.

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o switch from running to the market to stepping into a home garden for fresh produce, it’s best to start small. Smart gardeners know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by a big plot so they plan ahead with like-minded friends to swap beans for tomatoes or zucchini for okra to add variety. If one household is more suited to freezing excess harvests while another cans or dehydrates, more trades are in the offing. Start kids by having them plant radishes, a crop that will give even the most impatient child quick results. “You can’t do everything yourself,” counsels Kathie Lapcevic, a farmer, freelance writer and teacher in Columbia Falls, Montana. “I have a huge garden, expanded now into about 7,000 square feet, that provides 65 percent of what our family eats,” she says. “On the other hand, I can’t imagine life without nut butter and found I can’t grow Brussels sprouts. A few trips to the store are inevitable.” Lapcevic plants non-GMO, heirloom varieties of seeds in her chemicalfree garden. She adds a new variety or two each year and reminds peers that it takes a while to build good soil. Three

years ago, she also added pollinator beehives on the property. Their honey reduces the amount of processed sugar the family uses. From Libby, Montana, Chaya Foedus blogs on her store website about kitchen selfsufficiency. “Foraging is a good way to give children a full sensory experience,” she remarks. “We turn a hike into a mission to find and learn about specific foods, where they come from and what to do with them.” To start, select one easily identifiable item for the kids to pick. “In Libby, that’s huckleberries,” says Foedus. “Similar to blueberries, they grow on a bush, so they’re easy to see and pick. Huckleberries don’t grow in captivity—it’s a completely foraged economy.” Michelle Boatright, a graphic designer and hunter of wild plants in Bristol, Tennessee, learned eco-friendly ways to forage from a game warden friend. Five years later, her bookcase holds 30 books on edible plants—she brings two with her on excursions. “When in doubt, leave a plant alone. It’s too easy to make a mistake,” she advises. “Know how to harvest, too—take

only about 10 percent of what’s there and leave the roots, so it can grow back. “For example, ramps, a wild leek, take seven years to cultivate,” says Boatright. “Overharvesting can wipe out years’ worth of growth. In Tennessee, it’s illegal to harvest ramps in state parks. Mushrooms are more apt to regrow, but leave the small ones.” As for meat, “I was raised to never shoot a gun, but to make my own bows and arrows,” recalls Bennett Rea, a writer and survivalist in Los Angeles, California. “Dad used Native American skills, tools and viewpoints when he hunted. Bow hunting kept our family from going hungry for a few lean years and was always done with reverence. It’s wise to take only what you need, use what you take and remember an animal gave its life to sustain yours.” Rea uses several methods for obtaining local foods. “Living here makes it easier due to the year-round growing season. For produce, I volunteer for a local CSA [community supported agriculture] collective. One hour of volunteering earns 11 pounds

of free, sustainably farmed, organic produce—everything from kale to tangerines to cilantro. “Bartering is also an increasingly popular trend,” he notes. “I make my own hot sauce and trade it for highend foods and coffee from friends and neighbors. Several of us have now rented a plot in a community garden to grow more of our own vegetables. I only buy from stores the items I can’t trade for or make myself—usually oats, milk, cheese and olive oil.” Truly good food is thoughtfully, sustainably grown or harvested. It travels fewer miles; hasn’t been sprayed with toxins or been chemically fertilized; is fresh; ripens on the plant, not in a truck or the store; and doesn’t come from a factory farm. The old saying applies here: “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via

Foraging 101 by Chaya Foedus 4 Start small. 4 Get permission before picking on private property. 4 Make sure no chemical fertilizers or pesticides were used. 4 It’s easy to mistake a poisonous lookalike for an edible plant. Learn to identify both before picking. 4 Skip the mushrooms at first—learn from an experienced mushroomer before going solo. 4 Always taste-test at home; the woods are not the place to cope with a surprise allergic reaction. 4 Make a day of it. Enjoy the outdoors, learn more about native plants and invite kindred spirits along on the hunt. Source: Adapted from


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e all know hard-charging young men that have their foot planted firmly on the accelerator. They claim that easing off would damage their career and be an admission of failure. They are wrong. Those enjoying early successes can grow up overstressed by trying to stay on the fast track at any cost. These alpha boys are doing what they think others want them to do. In many cases, they are influenced by subtle and overt pressures from parents, peers and celebrity lifestyles, as well as advertising and video games. As a consequence, these men, obsessed with superficial goals, are emotionally stunted, controlling and unable to form long-term relationships. The good news is that if they can recognize these symptoms and want to change, they may be ready to mature into an alpha wolf, a whole different kind of man. An essential catalyst for this change usually comes from experiencing personal wounding: being overlooked for a promotion, feeling redundant, losing a friend or status or perhaps sacrificing a former identity to parenthood. Ultimately, the true test is how he faces such failure and deals with his emotions without labeling himself as weak. The hallmark of mature manhood is how a guy acknowledges his diminishment, not how he manages success. When he stops hiding from himself, signs of his emerging as a mature hero, an alpha wolf, will appear.

He’ll recognize that he makes mistakes, absorb and acknowledge his vulnerability, admit he doesn’t know all the answers and become comfortable with this loss of control. These are the lessons a man must learn to become a more realistic, whole and three-dimensional individual. How he reacts to setbacks and takes responsibility for his actions molds character and helps him take his rightful place in society, rather than a false position. Instead of being obsessed by competing for things and one-upmanship in the material world like an alpha boy, the alpha wolf grows up by adding strong spirituality and compassion to his life skills. He sees the bigger picture, and by viewing people as friends rather than rivals, is better able to forge mature, loving relationships and be a better father. Our sons need to be exposed to emotionally intelligent role models and discussions of attendant values and traits. It’s not a simple or easy path, but it’s an essential process for boys and men that benefits them and everyone in their lives. Nick Clements is an inspirational speaker, workshop leader and author of a trilogy of books on male spirituality and rites of passage, including his recent novel, The Alpha Wolf, A Tale About the Modern Male. He also blogs on masculinity at Learn more at

Naturopathy Sees the Whole Man Not His Symptoms by Sergei Frenzel


any men, when asked, automatically tend to say that there is nothing wrong with their health and are prone when injury occurs to want to “walk it off.” In our society, for a man to be ill seems to hint at some transcendental weakness, which is unfortunate, because many diseases occur uniquely or predominantly in males. Men in general are also more likely to put more emphasis on strength, engage in riskier behavior, take illicit drugs, over-exercise and make unhealthy food choices. Fitness is important, but it doesn’t guarantee good health. Men can work out and run every day, have great abs and still not be healthy. Statistically, men’s longevity is shorter than that of women, both in the U.S. and globally. Men’s issues are an emerging trend in integrative health care because professionals are starting to recognize that it is crucial topic to address. It should not come as a surprise that men that are

reluctant to see the doctor for checkups are more likely than women to allow their health to deteriorate to the level that would require urgent care. Many men, for example, have their first heart attack immediately following retirement, without having any previous symptoms to alarm them. Many of the symptoms that men experience can point to problems in unrecognized areas. To focus on a common problem, erectile function (ED) may actually be a sign of cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Some doctors think that ED and depression medications are overprescribed, because there are several alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs for treatment of ED, such as damiana, tribulus and panax ginseng. Also, by following naturopathic protocols, men can not only lower their cholesterol and balance their blood sugar, but also regain their vitality and self-confidence. In the area of mental illness, men

are greatly under-diagnosed for a variety of problems, and allopathic (traditional) treatment seems to be less successful than in women. It may be that some men are stressed out or depressed and unable to recognize it, or are deterred by social mores from asking for help. There is plenty of help available; targeted nutritional adjustments, with the addition of naturally derived supplements, can in many cases resolve underlying imbalances and eliminate the need for pharmaceutical medication. It is also possible that testing for neurotransmitter and hormonal imbalances can discover the appropriate intervention. Counseling and an extensive medical history review may pick up family and socioeconomic factors that contribute to mental health disorders in men, as well. It truly takes a village to foster knowledge and understanding of human health and well-being. For many male patients, their visit to the doctor’s office has been scheduled at the prompting of their female partner, while some patients come as couples. People that live together often make decisions together about food choices, lifestyle, exercise routines and entertainment. Once we begin to live with another person, it becomes important for both parties to become vested in the improvement of their collective health. Naturopathic physicians offer an evidence-based, custom-tailored approach to men’s health, taking into account the totality of each individual’s circumstances and analyzing them in light of men’s unique physiology and needs. Naturopathic treatments offer alternative solutions, but just as importantly, work hand-in-hand with conventional medicine. Naturopathic medicine addresses the whole person and their physical environment, mind, spirit and relationships—not just their symptoms. All men and those around them are advised to take a closer look at their lifestyle and make a commitment to achieving better health. Sergei Frenzel is a naturopathic doctor who also trained as a medical doctor in Ukraine and practices at The Life Center. Contact him at 203-239-3400 or

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hen President John F. Kennedy said in 1961 that the U.S. should commit to sending a man to the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade, few suspected the bounty of technological spinoffs that such National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space missions would yield. Today, many of NASA’s research advancements, as well as technologies developed outside the space program, are put to good use in everyday life. Of particular interest are products used in fitness workouts. ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company, revealed the growing popularity of consumer health and wellness technologies in its latest market projections for wearable, healthrelated devices. Estimates are that 80 million wearable monitoring devices, including heart monitors and biosensors that read body temperature and motion, will be sold by 2016. When Clint, a global market research firm, conducted its most recent Fitness and Technology Survey, its findings showed technology at work. Based on 745 online interviews with people in seven countries, 72 percent of exercisers embraced some type of technology, including smartphone apps, to support their fitness routines two or more times a week. In recent years, amateur and professional athletes have increasingly

benefited from technological advances that help them chart, improve upon and customize their fitness routines. Tracking fitness progress and weight loss is now just clicks away with personal devices such as a Wi-Fi scale, which accurately measures weight, body fat percentage and body mass index. Online graphs chart the individual’s progress. While the typical setting for measuring blood pressure and heart rate used to be in a physician’s office, hospital or pharmacy, new digital wrist blood pressure and heart monitors now allow exercise enthusiasts to do it themselves, wherever they are, helping ensure they are not exceeding the safety parameters of their fitness programs. User-friendly digital pocket pedometers and wireless activityduring-sleep wristbands both work in conjunction with a downloaded app to allow self-monitoring. Exercisers can track steps; distances walked cycled or swum; calories burned; total active minutes; and how long and how well they sleep. In some U.S. fitness centers, members have an option of working with an automated, virtual, personal trainer. This almost-do-it-yourself approach to professionally guided fitness begins with a survey of an individual’s lifestyle and goals to create a personalized fitness regimen. Each time exercisers go to the

center, they insert a key into a “smart trainer”, generating the day’s 30-minute customized workout. The technology focuses primarily on helping clients manage weight and maintain muscle. Other technologies, such as medical-grade, pneumatic [air] compression boot systems, are facilitating athome recovery for hip and knee surgery patients and quicker muscle recovery for serious athletes. Air-filled chambers remain inflated as pressure cycles sequentially move from the foot up the leg. The cycles flush out waste and replenish blood supplies to the muscles. More complex bio-analyzing systems retrieve feedback from the body’s electromagnetic fields, the multiple energy meridians and the frequencies of the body’s cells and organs. “Such systems are largely used by chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists and acupuncturists,” says Loran Swensen, CEO of Innergy Development, which owns AO Scan, maker of the Magnetic Resonance Bio-Analyzer. For people that struggle with traditional workouts or physical limitations, whole-body vibration technology may be a solution. “When you stand on the oscillating platform, the body reacts to the vertical vibratory stimulus with an involuntary muscle contraction; depending on the speed, muscles can react up to 23 times per second,” advises Linda Craig, co-owner of Circulation Nation, in Greer, South Carolina. Similar platforms are becoming commonplace in chiropractic practices. Consumer applications of medical devices have led to the home use of additional sophisticated technologies like laser therapy. Successfully used for more than 30 years in Europe to treat trauma, inflammation, overuse injuries and cosmetic issues, as well as to provide pain relief and healing, some forms have recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. With 129,397,925 gym members worldwide according to a recent International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association report, it’s safe to predict that consumer demand ensures even more significant technological advances are in our near future.

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Musician with a Cause Jack Johnson Plans Shows with the Planet in Mind by Meredith Montgomery


inger-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe in,” says Johnson. Then, as he started playing larger venues, “I realized the power of touring to connect our fans with local nonprofits in every town we played.” Johnson and his wife, Kim, also founded two environmentally focused charitable foundations, and during the past five years, all of his tour proceeds have been donated to them, in turn going to hundreds of environmental education nonprofits worldwide. The enabling commercial success began in 2001 when his debut album successfully established this Oahu, Hawaiian’s trademark mellow surf-rocker style. Since then, he’s released five more studio albums, including the most recent, From Here to Now to You. “While I have so much gratitude for the support our music receives, for me, music has always been a hobby, a side thing. It grew into a way to work in the nonprofit world. Being engaged in environmental education almost feels like my real job, and the music’s something we’re lucky enough to provide to fund related causes,” says Johnson. As the size of his audiences grows, so does the size of his potential environmental footprint. On the road, Johnson’s team works with the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance to fuel 26

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all tour trucks, buses and generators. Comprehensive conservation efforts including refillable water bottle stations, plus organic cotton T-shirts and reusable or biodegradable food service ware are standard at his shows. “We try to be environmentally conscious every step of the way,” says Johnson. “Our record cases and posters use recycled paper and ecofriendly inks. We record albums in my solar-powered studio. It’s an ongoing learning process and conversation as we find even better ways to do things.” Johnson’s team often requests increased recycling efforts and use of energy-efficient light bulbs at venues, advancing long-term eco-changes everywhere they perform. He explains, “Our thinking is that once they change the light bulbs for us, they’re not going to go back to the old light bulbs after we leave. Many venue managers tell us they have stuck with the improvements because they realize that they’re easy to do.” Marine pollution and single-use plastics are issues high on the musician’s environmental list, but the topic he’s most passionate about is food. In his home state of Hawaii, 90 percent of food is imported. “The idea of supporting your local food system is a big deal in our family and we take that point of view on the road because it’s a vital issue anywhere you go,” he says. At each tour stop, all of the band’s food is sourced within a specific radius. Johnson also works with radio stations to promote regional farming, helping to build community and fan awareness of the benefits of supporting local farms. At home, Johnson has solar panels on the roof and drives an electric car. The entire family, including three children, participates in recycling, worm composting and gardening. “It’s fun to take what we learn at home on the road and bring good things we learn on the road home,” he says. The Swiss Family Robinson is one of the family’s favorite books. “We love figuring out ways to apply ideas,” he remarks. “For our first water catchment system, we got 50-gallon drums previously used for oil and vinegar from a bread bakery and attached spigots. The kids were so excited to watch them fill the first time it rained.” Johnson finds that all of the facets of his life work together. For example, “Music is a social thing for me. I get to share it with people. Surfing is where I find a lot of balance; it’s a more private time. But I also come up with lyrics and musical ideas while I’m surfing.” Johnson’s approach to inspiring all generations to be conscious of the environment is to focus on the fun, because it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the big picture. Understanding that his own kids are among the future stewards of planet Earth, he works diligently to instill values of creativity and free thinking. Johnson reflects, “When I look at things that are in the world now that we would have never dreamed possible when we were growing up, I recognize how much can change in one generation. Looking for answers that aren’t there yet—things nobody’s thought of—that’s what’s going to solve problems.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (


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ost kids growing up in Chattanooga have crossed the Tennessee River via the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge; far fewer have been on the river beneath it,” remarks Mark Baldwin, owner of area paddle sports outfitter L2 Boards. Using stand up paddleboards (SUP), he loves guiding adults and children on their own up-close discoveries of the river’s cliffs, caves, fish, turtles and birds. Waterways are enchanting at any age, and SUP recreation naturally tends to inspire creative quests. Its physical and developmental benefits are a bonus. “The stand up paddleboard is the bicycle of the water. Because paddleboarding can be done at any age and fitness level, the whole family can enjoy it together,” says Kristin Thomas, a mother of three in Laguna Beach, California, SUP race champion and executive director of the Stand Up Paddle Industry Association. “Children are fascinated by the play of the water and the motion of the board. Parents can acclimate an infant to flat-water paddling by simply creating a well of towels onboard, with the baby snuggled between the

feet, looking up at them,” advises Lili Colby, owner of MTI Adventurewear, near Boston, Massachusetts, which makes life jackets for paddle sports. She notes that U.S. Coast Guard law requires that children 30 pounds and under wear infant life jackets to provide special head and neck support that turns a baby’s face up with an open airway within three seconds of entering the water. It’s a good idea to first practice paddling short distances in shallow waters near the shore. Toddlers are more likely to lean overboard to play in the water, Colby cautions, so engaging in nature-inspired games along the way will help occupy them onboard. “Young children introduced to water sports in the context of positive family interaction typically become eager to paddle on their own,” observes Tina Fetten, owner of Southern Tier Stand Up Paddle Corp., who leads a variety of SUP experiences throughout New York and northern Pennsylvania. “If they are strong swimmers, I bring them on a large board with me and teach them the skills for independent paddling.” Although SUP boards look like

surfboards, stand up paddling is commonly taught on flat water, making it easier and more stable than surfing. Still, swimming competence and adult supervision are prerequisites to independent paddling according to paramedic Bob Pratt, co-founder of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which leads water safety classes in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. “Parents should outfit all children with a life jacket, Coast Guard-approved for their age and weight, as well as a leash, which attaches to their ankle and the board with Velcro straps,” Pratt says. “If children fall into the water, a tug of the leash enables them to quickly retrieve their largest floatation device, the board.” Experts agree that success is relatively easy, so children build confidence quickly. The sport can be adapted to suit individual needs and positions, including moving from standing to sitting or kneeling, says Fetten, who teaches adaptive SUP lessons in a community pool. As she sees firsthand, “All children, especially those with disabilities, benefit from the empowering feeling of attaining independent success.” “A water-based sport is the healthiest outlet children can have,” attests Wesley Stewart, founder of Urban Surf 4 Kids, a San Diego nonprofit that offers free SUP and surf clinics for foster children. “Being on the water requires kids to focus on what they’re doing and has the ability to clear their minds and give them freedom. It’s like meditation. Plus, SUP is a low-impact, cross-training cardio activity; it works every part of the body.” Beyond the basic benefits, SUP keeps children engaged by offering endless opportunities to explore the geographic and ecological diversity of different types of waterways. SUP activities and levels can grow along with children; teens can try yoga on water, competitive racing and the advanced challenges of surfing. Fitness is a bonus to the rewarding ability to propel one’s self through the water. SUP enthusiast Lauressa Nelson is a freelance writer in Orlando, FL, and a contributing editor for Natural Awakenings.

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What was the key turning point in embracing your life’s calling? Every time I would visit a spiritual teacher as a kid, they would say, “We’ve been waiting for you.” But I just wanted to be normal and was also skeptical; not every well-intentioned person is necessarily leading you home. I reached a turning point when I knew something had to change. I told myself that if this thing called God really exists and if I’m here to be a messenger, I have to experience it personally. In that moment, I began to undergo a transformation that culminated in a direct experience of the divine; an infinite ocean of energy vibrating with unconditional love. I felt part of what every spiritual teacher has been telling the world for thousands of years: that the true nature of reality is love, a love that expresses itself through all life forms. That experience allowed me to accept my role of helping others see and achieve their potential.

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We are vibrational beings inhabiting a vibrational universe. Yogis and mystics from traditions throughout time have known this. The subtlest form of vibration is the soul, which is overlaid by the emotional, with the physical as the outermost layer of energy. Because the emotional layer can accumulate a density that enshrouds our soul’s light and potential, it’s important to address it. Energy is like water—it wants to flow and can shift states at any moment. Judging or rejecting any aspect of our genuine identity disrupts that flow of energy. For example, if instead of being available to feel your anger when it arises you repress or deny it, that accumulating emotion acquires density and over time, becomes rage. But if you can learn to slow down and lean into the emotion, the anger can wash through and out of you and energy again flows freely. By allowing ourselves to acknowledge, experience and release these emotions without judgment, we are clearing the obstacles to our authentic self, what I term one’s “soul signature.”

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the guide dogs program.” Anne Moss, owner of, based in Pardes Hana, Israel, says scrapbooking is a recurrent theme in the site’s forums. “Our members tend to be computer savvy and create online pages for their cats. Yet many don’t want to give up the handson experience of scrapbooking; it gives them a special way to preserve memories of or create a long-lasting tribute for their beloved cats.” One member posted about a shadow box she’d made to display favorite toys and photos; another used camping-themed stickers around a photo of the cat napping in a kitty tent.

“I started taking pictures of my Bernese mountain dog, Chance, when he first came to me,” says Yvette Schmitter, an entrepreneurial software programmer in New York City. “We dress in matching costumes like Fiona and Shrek, Princess Leia and Yoda, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. It’s a creative outlet after writing computer code all day and a good excuse to play together.” Schmitter places the photos in pre-made greeting cards and has a current mailing list that exceeds 250, including the doorman, neighbors, the vet and groomer, friends and family. “The deli guy told me he looks forward to each holiday just to see what we’ve come up with. That’s what motivates me; our fun photos can make somebody’s day better.” Heather Post, owner of The Etiquette Seed, in Daytona Beach, Florida, specializes in coaching and speaking engagements. When her in-laws traveled to their summer home, she made a scrapbooklet for them. “It showed Sophie, our rescue terrier, at the door, window or in the car, with rhyming captions that said she missed them.” Post sends similar photo “stories” to her daughter, Meghan,

Savvy Scrapbooking by Sandy Murphy Yvette Schmitter keeps her dog’s photo sessions short because, “Chance pouts after 20 minutes.” If a large dog looks intimidating, soften its appearance by adding a bright bandana, hat or goofy sunglasses. Liisa Kyle took weekly photos of a pup to show its growth. Joanna Campbell Slan, author of the Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-n-Craft mystery book series, offers several additional tips. now in college; a cousin’s daughter even took Sophie’s Halloween photo to preschool for show and tell. Whichever forum we choose, stages and phases of a pet’s life can be celebrated with a lock of hair, paw print, obedience school certificate and lots of photos. After all, a pet is part of the family. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouis

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ippocrates called walking “man’s best medicine,” and Americans agree: According to the U.S. Surgeon General, walking is America’s most popular form of fitness. It’s free, convenient and simple. The Foundation for Chronic Disease Prevention reveals that 10,000 daily steps help lower blood pressure, shed pounds, decrease stress, and reduce the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Here’s how to rev up the routine and stay motivated.

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Breathe. Belly breathing calms the parasympathetic nervous system, expands lung capacity and improves circulation. Inhale through the nose, fill the belly and expel through the mouth, advises Asheville, North Carolina, resident Katherine Dreyer, co-founder and CEO of ChiWalking. Try new techniques and terrain. “The body is smart and efficient. It must be constantly challenged in safe ways and tricked into burning more calories,” says Malin Svensson, founder and President of Nordic Walking USA. She suggests taking the stairs or strolling on sand to strengthen the legs and heart.

Dreyer recommends ascending hills sideways (crossing one foot over the other) to engage new muscles and protect the calves and Achilles tendons. She also suggests walking backwards for 30 steps every five minutes during a 30-minute walk to reestablish proper posture. Push with poles. Compelling the body forward with Nordic walking poles can burn 20 to 46 percent more calories than regular walking, reports Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Svensson explains, “Applying pressure to the poles activates abdominal, chest, back and triceps muscles, which necessitates more oxygen and thereby raises the heart rate.” The basic technique is: plant, push and walk away.

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Feel the Earth move under your (bare) feet. Improve mood, reduce pain and deepen sleep by going outside barefoot, says Dr. Laura Koniver, of Charleston, South Carolina, a featured expert in the documentary, The Grounded. “The Earth’s surface contains an infinite reservoir of free electrons, which, upon contact with the body, can neutralize damage from free radicals,” she says.

Notice nature. Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, finds walking outdoors infinitely more engaging than exercising in the gym. Seek out woodsy hikes, scenic waterways or historic downtowns, and “open up to experiencing the world,” she says. Practice moving meditation. To lighten a heavy mood, “Imagine your chest as a window through which energy, fresh air, sunshine, even rain, can pour into and through you as you walk,” says Dreyer. To ground a scattered mind, she suggests focusing on connecting one’s feet with the Earth.

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Make fresh air a social affair. A group walk can boost performance levels of participants, says Dennis Michele, president of the American Volkssport Association, which promotes fun, fitness and friendship through noncompetitive, year-round walking events. Horowitz suggests strolling with friends and sharing sensory discoveries. “A fresh perspective can help tune you into the great richness of ordinary environments often overlooked,” she says.

Let your feet speak for an important cause and sign up for an awareness walk. Ditch the distraction of electronic devices. Horowitz views walking texters as “hazards and obstacles, non-participants in the environment.” Australian researcher Siobhan Schabrun, Ph.D., reveals the science behind the sentiment in her recent University of Queensland study. The brain, she found, prioritizes texting over walking, resulting in “slowing down, deviating from a straight line and walking like robots, with the arms, trunk and head in one rigid line, which makes falling more likely.” Walking a dog brings mutual benefits. Dr. John Marshall, chief oncologist at Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington, D.C., prescribes dog walking to his cancer patients, asserting it yields better outcomes than chemotherapy. For maximum enjoyment, strive to hit a stride, advises Carla Ferris, owner of Washington, D.C. dog-walking company Wagamuffin.

Be a fanny pack fan. Fanny packs, unlike backpacks, which can disturb natural torso rotation, comfortably store identification, phone, keys and water, says Svensson. Ferris agrees: “Walks are so much more enjoyable hands-free.” Walk while you work. Much of the independent and collaborative work at Minneapolis finance company SALO emerges as employees walk slowly on ergonomic treadmill desks. “Being up, active and forward-moving on the treadmill benefits productivity,” says cofounder Amy Langer. Alternatively, consider investing in a cordless headset or standing desk. “Most anything you can do sitting, you can do standing, and supporting your own body weight is almost as beneficial as walking,” she says. A study reported in the journal Diabetologia suggests that sedentary time combined with periods of moderate-to-vigorous exercise poses a greater health risk than being gently active throughout the day. Dreyer’s mantra? “The body is wise. Listen when it says, ‘Get up and walk a bit.’” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at

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MONDAY, JUNE 2 Experiencing Back Pain? Come in for a FREE Back Consultation w/PT Services of Guilford – Stop back pain NOW! Come visit for a FREE consultation. Find pain relief without medication! PT Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St, Ste 310. Branford. 203-315-7727. Hemp Week: Product samples and information all week long – (June 2-June 8). Certified Nutrition Counselor to assist you Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Thyme & Season Natural Market, 3040 Whitney Ave, Hamden. 203-407-8128 x2. Circle of Love/Spiritual Empowerment Group w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8pm. Delve within to enhance your ability to tap into divine energy. Join the unconditional loving energy of this open and evolving group lead by spirit. $15. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927.


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THURSDAY, JUNE 5 SUNDAY, JUNE 1 Vocal Toning the Chakras – 12pm-1:30pm. Experience the healing power of your own voice through simple vocal exercises! This fun and interactive workshop is for anyone wishing to know more about using sound to enhance physical vitality, reduce stress, and enrich wellbeing. $15. Woodbridge Recreation Department. 203-389-3446.

New Haven Community Circle Dance – 7:309:30pm. Enjoy traditional cultural dances and contemporary pieces, choreographed in the spirit of ancient folk dance. Move in footsteps of ancestors. No exp. nec. $8. Friends Meetinghouse, 225 E Grand Ave, New Haven. 203-467-1069.

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 and registration: 203-415-4791.


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Tour Fine Residences in Branford, Guilford and Madison – 10am-4pm (rain or shine). Luncheon at Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club in Branford – 12pm-2pm. Kickoff Cocktail Party – June 5, 6pm-9pm at beautiful waterfront home in Madison. Details/reservations call Lynn: 203-453-5947. Jewelry Making with Three Colors at KanduBeads – 11am-12pm. Join KanduBeads for a fun class on making jewelry with three colors. Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with a “Neopolitan Design”! Free w/ $15 purchase. 346 Quinnipiac St, Wallingford. 203-793-7348. Free Reiki at Thyme & Season – 11am-3pm. (First and 3rd Saturday of Every Month!) Tranquil Healing Reiki provided by Usui Reiki Master Anita Jones. 10-15 min free session. No reservation. Thyme & Season Natural Market, 3040 Whitney Ave, Hamden. 203-407-8128. Container Garden Planting Party at Natureworks – 1pm-3pm. Herbal iced tea, wine, and light refreshments served. Bring friends and plant up your annual containers. Potting stations set up. Bring your own containers or purchase containers at Natureworks. 518 Forest Rd (Rt 22), Northford. 203-484-2748. Animal Assisted Therapy Services Volunteer Orientation – 2pm-4pm. Orientation for new volunteers. Free. Therapeutic Recreation Center,19 Hazel Terrace, Woodbridge.

SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Feng Shui Color Therapy Class w/RMT/Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 12pm-2pm. Uplift your spirit. Feel inspired. Learn to stimulate focus and flow to release, refresh, balance and enhance [+] Energy w/Florals, Crystals and Stones. $25. Register: 203-913-3869. Reiki II Class w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Increase your Reiki knowledge and energy. Learn the basic symbols and distant healing. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. $150. Hamden. Info and registration: 203-415-4791. Yoga for Chronic Pain Sufferers – 2pm-4pm. With Tracie Dimaio. Join Tracie to learn some basic techniques for chronic pain sufferers. Workshop includes breathing, gentle/restorative yoga, candle gazing and yoga nidra. $25 by 6/4. $30 after. 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277. Reiki Share – 3pm-5pm. Reiki practitioners of all levels and lineages welcome for a guided meditation, share Reiki and light refreshment! $5-$10 donation please. Shaolin Kempo Studio, 35 Frontage Rd, East Haven. Questions? Contact Tracy: Summer Solstice Meditation and Crystal Bowl Concert – 7pm early seating / 7:30pm event. Welcome in solstice energies, awaken dreams and manifest intentions. Gain spiritual and physical well being under illuminated celestial ceiling in our ashram. $15. Avant Garde Holistic Center, 328 E Main St, Branford. RSVP: 203-481-8443.

MONDAY, JUNE 9 Free Manual Therapy Therapeutic Consultation – Had physical therapy w/o relief? Try manual therapy, hands-on treatment. 40 minutes one-on-one w/staff. Feel better. Experience the difference! Call for FREE consultation. PT Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St, Ste 310. Branford. 203-315-7727.


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Intro Workshop With

Dr. Dori Gatter


Angelspeake™ Class w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Ask empowering questions, awaken to signs, and receive loving messages/guidance from angels, guides, loved ones. Develop spiritual senses. $33/class and materials. Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869. 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. Contact Gayle: 203-265-2927.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 Informational Session on The Graduate Institute’s Master of Arts and certificate program in Integrative Health and Healing – 4pm5:30pm. Free. Location: Stamford Hospital. RSVP: or write to FANCI Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper – 5pm. Bring your own table setting and a dish to share. FANCI officers will be elected at this meeting. Bring ideas for next year’s programs and projects. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Register: 203-736-1053.

THURSDAY, JUNE 12 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.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13 Full Moon Hike: Full Strawberry Moon – 7:30pm. Plan to visit us as the full moon rises over the field and the forest! Awaken your senses to the pleasures found in hiking the trails of the park at twilight. $1. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Register: 203-736-1053. Tapping for Weight Loss Group (Acupressure; Guided Imagery; Hypnosis) – 9:30am-11am. (June 6, 13 & 27). Release negative emotions, beliefs, energy. Transform into positive action, feelings, thoughts and energy flow. $150. Joann Dunsing, Hypnotherapist and Patty Schein, Holistic Counselor. 203-907-7710. Holographic Sound Healing w/Randeane Tetu – 7:30pm-8:30pm. Vibrational sound assists the body’s natural healing ability, nourishes emotional self and nurtures the soul’s highest purpose. Release old patterning/balance energy/stimulate healing. $15. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.


Whether you are seeking growth within yourself, in your professional life, or in your relationships, this program can provide you with an unparalleled understanding of human dynamics. FREE

Hartford Family Institute 17 South Highland St. West Hartford, CT

REGISTER: 860-236-6009

markyourcalendar Intro Workshop In-Depth Body Psychotherapy and Subtle Energy Healing for Professional Therapists and Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling SATURDAY JUNE 14 9am-1:30pm

FREE or CEU’s for $35 Hartford Family Institute 17 South Highland St. West Hartford, CT

REGISTER: 860-236-6009

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Circle of Love/Spiritual Empowerment Group w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8pm. Delve within to enhance your ability to tap into divine energy. Join the unconditional loving energy of this open and evolving group lead by spirit. $15. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927.

Reiki II Cert. w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days/Eves. Receive empowering keys to mental-emotional clarity & balance and love that transcend time & space w/ support for empathic challenges. Wallingford. $175. Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869.

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 and treating others w/balance and love. Wallingford. $150. Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869.


Protecting our Bees and Pollinators by Using Organic Controls Wisely – 9:30am-10:30am. Natureworks, 518 Forest Rd (Rt 22), Northford. 203-484-2748.

Creating Jewelry with Crimps at KanduBeads in Wallingford – 11am-12pm. Learn to make hand made jewelry using sterling silver crimps, beads and jewelry wire. Free with purchase of $15. 346 Quinnipiac St, Wallingford. 203-793-7348.


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

Goddess, Tarot, Rune & Past Life Readings w/ Lisa Morrison – 12pm-4pm. Lisa believes that readings should be a balance of humor, healing and inspiration. Her goal is to help restore balance and encourage wholeness of self. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Fairy Garden House Party – 1pm-2pm. Gardeners of all ages are welcome to join Natureworker, Jillian Shea and Barbara Torino, chairperson of the Connecticut Unit of the Herb Society of America, as they demonstrate the basics of fairy garden building. Natureworks, 518 Forest Rd (Rt 22), Northford. 203-484-2748. Yoga Tune Up- Save Our Shoulders! – 2pm-4pm. With Lillee Chandra. Teach your shoulders how to have a thriving yoga practice that lasts them (and you!) a lifetime. Dissect and re-invent one of the most Classic shoulder poses. $28 by 6/11. $35 after. 39 Putnam Ave. Hamden. 203-287-2277.

SUNDAY, JUNE 15 JourneyDance – 10:30am-12pm. Guided movement for self expression. $15. Therapeutic Recreation Center, 19 Hazel Terrace, Woodbridge. 203-804-5343.

Informational Session on The Graduate Institute’s Master of Arts and certificate program in Integrative Health and Healing – 11:30pm-1pm. Free. Location: Stamford Hospital. RSVP at learn. edu/events or write to

Meditation & Feng Shui for the Chakras w/ RMT/Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30pm8:30pm (& Tues. 6/24). Engage w/[+]Energy insights/skills/habits for lasting, healthy transformation. Create more love for self/those around you. $25 or 2 at $20/Class. Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869 or A Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen your authentic self, celebrate “womens’ ways,” live in rhythm with the seasons. Welcome Summer Solstice! Healing the world one woman at a time. $25. Wallingford. Call Susan to reserve space: 203-645-1230.

THURSDAY, JUNE 19 Summer Solstice Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm Align with the energies in nature when they are at their fullest and the Divine energies touch your mind/body & soul of all living things. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20 Summer Solstice Drumming – 7pm. Join Ranger Dawn and her percussionists as they herald the new season around our fire pit. For adults and their kids 12 years and older. Free, but bring a canned food item for the local homeless shelter. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Register: 203-736-1053.

Studio Piano Recitals – 2pm; 3pm & 4pm. Yearend student recitals. Children and adults. Free. Therapeutic Recreation Center, 19 Hazel Terrace, Woodbridge. 203-804-5343.

Psychic 101 – 7pm-8:30pm. Explore and release your Psychic abilities . Identify and hone your special gifts to enhance your life. Learn the “how to” of Psychic Energy and Psychic Energy and Psychic Protection. $25. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.



National Pollinator Week – (June 16-June 22). This week was designated by the U.S. Senate seven years ago in order to highlight issues of declining pollinator populations. See June 21 and June 29 for workshops offered at Natureworks (518 Forest Rd, Northford) to help raise awareness.

Grounding – 9am-1pm. Experiential workshop. The more grounded to Earth, the easier it is to access other dimensions and shield the body from electromagnetic interference enabling a life filled with a secure, rational and loving manner. $75. Wallingford. 203-265-2927.

PT Services of Guilford Offers Free Hand Pain Screening – Hands always aching? Want to find relief without injections or medications? Come in for a FREE hand pain screening. Feel better! 500 East Main St. Ste. 310. Branford. 203-315-7727.


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“A Midsummer Night’s Bracelet” Making Class at KanduBeads in Wallingford – 11am-12pm. Join us for a fun class on creating whimsical bracelets in the style of a breezy, fairy filled summer evening. Free with purchase of $15. KanduBeads, 346 Quinnipiac St, Wallingford. 203-793-7348. Free Reiki at Thyme & Season – 11am-3pm. (First and 3rd Saturday of Every Month!) Tranquil Healing Reiki provided by Usui Reiki Master Anita Jones. 10-15 min free session. No reservation. Thyme & Season Natural Market, 3040 Whitney Ave, Hamden. 203-407-8128. Increase your Psychic Abilities & Summer Solstice Meditation – 7pm. Learn to tap into the “Psychic Zone” w/ special presentation as part of our Inspirational Movie Series. Meditation to FOLLOW to engage the Summer Solstice Energies. $5 donation. Avant Garde Holistic Center, 328 E Main St, Branford. 203-481-8443.

SUNDAY, JUNE 22 Sounding in Summer! – 1pm-4pm. Beautiful Summer Solstice Sound Circle with toning and guided meditation. Vendors include Essential Oils, Whole Foods, Jewelry and more! $30. Therapeutic Recreation Center, 19 Hazel Terrace, Woodbridge.

MONDAY, JUNE 23 Free Shoulder Consultation at PT Services of Guilford – Why suffer with shoulder pain when something can be done about it? Come see staff for a FREE shoulder consultation. Find pain relief without medication! PT Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St, Ste 310. Branford. 203-315-7727.

THURSDAY, JUNE 26 Everlastings Salon & Spa Presents “STOP, SHOP & TOUR” – 4pm-8pm. Meet the stylists and tour the area’s first organic clean-air salon. Indulge yourself with Complimentary Services, 50/50 Raffles and Give-a-ways. 2614 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-458-1298.



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markyourcalendar THE INSTITUTE OF SUSTAINABLE NUTRITION’S OPEN HOUSE at the FARM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 6:30-8pm Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for a walk about. Meet the staff and students, tour the farm, meet some of our wild edibles, whip up a simple dish, and tour the garden.

Come learn about our one-year certification program.


Holcomb Farm

113 Simsbury Rd West Granby, CT 06090

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FRIDAY, JUNE 27 Tapping for Weight Loss Group (Acupressure; Guided Imagery; Hypnosis) – 9:30am-11am. (June 6, 13 & 27). Release negative emotions, beliefs, energy. Transform into positive action, feelings, thoughts and energy flow. $150. Joann Dunsing, Hypnotherapist and Patty Schein, Holistic Counselor. 203-907-7710.



Explore Past Lives w Lisa Morrison – 6pm8:30pm. Discover how Past Life Regression is used to identify, release and heal imbalance from within. A forum style. Experience Past Life techniques of one attendee. $25. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.


All Natural Exhibition Reception – 6:30pm-9pm (June 27-August 10). Exhibit of fine artists and artisans, who integrate natural materials into their artwork. Arts Center Killingworth’s Spectrum Gallery and Store, 61 Main St, Essex. Hours: Wed-Sat: 11-6; Sun: 11-5. 860-767-0742.

Meet the stylists & tour the area’s first organic clean-air salon. Indulge yourself with Complimentary Services & 50/50 Raffles.

SATURDAY, JUNE 28 Reiki III ART Cert. w/RMT Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days or Eves. $200. Promote/Deepen personal and client lasting, healthy transformations. Advanced Techniques w/ Crystal/Stone healing and manifesting grids. Wallingford. Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. Stroll Along the Seashore Ankle Bracelet Class at KanduBeads – 11am-12pm. Join KanduBeads for a fun class on creating Sea themed Anklets perfect for strolling barefoot along the shore! Free with purchase of $15. KanduBeads, 346 Quinnipiac St, Wallingford. 203-793-7348.

SUNDAY, JUNE 29 Reiki II certification w/ Tracey Sullivan – 10am5pm. Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master Teacher. Learn Reiki symbols to enhance healing of self and others. Manual, certificate and light refreshments included. $125. Shaolin Kempo Studio, 35 Frontage Rd, East Haven. Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly Workshop – 11am-12pm. Natureworks, 518 Forest Rd (Rt 22), Northford. 203-484-2748. Reiki III Class w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Deepen your Reiki knowledge. Learn meditations and techniques for enhancing Reiki energy. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. $250. Hamden. Info and registration: 203-415-4791.

MONDAY, JUNE 30 Circle of Love/Spiritual Empowerment Group w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8pm. Delve within to enhance your ability to tap into divine energy. Join the unconditional loving energy of this open and evolving group lead by spirit. $15. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927.

MONDAY, JULY 7 Free Foot Screening at PT Services of Guilford – Call today to find out more about Anodyne Therapy for foot pain. Increase circulation, reduce pain and stiffness. Feel better! PT Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St, Ste 310. Branford. 203-315-7727.



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markyourcalendar Festival of India / Ratha Yatra SATURDAY, JUNE 28 SUNDAY, JUNE 29 (Rain Date) 12-5pm Chariot parade starting at noon, Indian dance, kirtan, hatha yoga, vegetarian food, children’s activities including a magic show and more!

FREE Bushnell Park Downtown Hartford Sponsored by: the Hare Krishna Temple of East Hartford



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ongoingevents sunday Sunday Morning Yoga – 8am-9am. This Kripalu based practice will stretch and tone muscles, relieve stress and anxiety. Class geared toward all levels, modifications always given.  Hour-long class will leave attendees feeling restored and replenished. IFoundFitness, 190 Main St, Deep River. Info: 860-961-4507. Yoga Tune Up® – 8:30am-9:30am. A conscious corrective exercise format to improve strength, flexibility & coordination. Excavate unhealthy tension patterns/blind spots & discover a “new normal” while returning to complete physiological balance. Fresh Yoga, 319 Peck St, New Haven.

monday $5 Community Flow at Fresh Yoga – All are welcome. All students will be encouraged to move mindfully, feel every breath and explore their own unique expression of each yoga pose. No experience necessary. Fresh Yoga, 49 Orange St, New Haven. For times/details: 203-776-9642, We e k l y Me d i u ms – M on-S at (J une 15August 23). Mediums offer readings, workshops, and Temple Services. Costs vary per visiting medium. Pine Grove Spiritualist Camp, 34 S Pine St, Niantic. For complete listings, visit: Moderate Yoga – 8:45am-9:45am. A Kripalu inspired class that unites breath with movement. This is a well-rounded class that both tones and stretches the body. IFoundFitness, 190 Main St, Deep River. Info: 860-961-4507. Vinyasa – 9:30am-10:45am. w/Melissa. Move, flow and refresh for the rest of the day! Fresh Yoga, 319 Peck St, New Haven. Info: 203-776-9642.

Yoga with Marlene – 10:30am/7:15pm (classes also offered Tues. 9:30am/6:30pm, Wed. 6:30pm, Thurs.10am/6:30pm, & Fri. 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. Iyengar Yoga: Fundamentals and Level I – 6pm. Align and awaken yourself as you deepen your understanding of yoga. Individual attention given. Expert instruction. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, 860-347-YOGA (9642).

tuesday Intuitive Readings w/Susan Margaret – 11am3pm (Tuesdays & Sat 6/7). A medium who has done psychic readings for 43 years, Susan uses playing cards/basic astrology & reads palms in her readings. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Seymour Farmers Market – 12pm-6pm. (May 13th through October 28th). Farm fresh veggies, fruits, live plants, meat, baked goods, prepared foods, and more. At the Community Center on Pine Street in Seymour. Free. Information: Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method – 3:45pm4:45pm. w/Susan Sandel. Gentle therapeutic exercise/mvmnt prog. Helpful for breast cancer survivors/chronic health conditions. Free. Sponsor: Middlesex Hosp. Ctr. for Survivorship and Integrative Medicine, Madison. Details: 203-457-1656. Dancing Through Pregnancy: Total Pregnancy Fitness – 6pm-7pm. Social support and expertise on stress, discomfort and fitness during pregnancy, birthing and motherhood. Time-tested and evidence based. 4 classes: $40m/$60nm; $15m/$20nm per class. JCC, 360 Amity Rd, Woodbridge. Susan Donovan: 203-387-2522. Holistic Moms Network, Middlesex County CT – 7pm-9pm (last Tuesdays). Nonprofit organization connecting parents interested in holistic health and green living. 1st meeting free. United Church of Chester. 29 West Main St, Chester. To contact, confirm dates or see topics, visit: Free Reiki Sessions: The Universal Reiki Plan – 7:30pm-8:30pm (& 8:30pm-9:30pm Thurs.).

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Reiki teachers Jeannette and Jim of ReikiOvertones and students offer free Reiki sessions. Appt. only. Love offering appreciated. 95 Harris St, Fairfield. Details: Jim and Jeannette 203-254-3958.

wednesday Wellness Wednesdays – Pamper with Spa Facial and cut and style w/ Alberto $85 ($120 Value). Shop our eco-friendly, fair trade, metaphysical boutique and get 10% off with this ad. Avant Garde Holistic Center Salon Spa Boutique (Body Mind & Soul Experience), 328 E Main St, Branford. 203-481-8443. Moderate Yoga – 8:45am-9:45am & 6:15pm7:15pm (follows 5:30-6pm spin class). A Kripalu inspired class that unites breath with movement. This is a well-rounded class that both tones and stretches the body. IFoundFitness, 190 Main St, Deep River. Info: 860-961-4507. Aromatherapy Workshops at Bien-Etre Wellness – 10am-10:30am. “Natural Remedies for What Ails You”~Students are introduced to essential oils creating a different weekly homemade recipe in 30 Minute Sessions. $20. 38 Lilac La. Haddam. Call/text Susan Catenaro at: 860-341-4426. Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 12pm1pm (& 6:30pm-7:30pm Thurs. other than 1st of mo.). Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. 1st class free (reg. $5). No classes May 14/May 15. Holistic Therapies Classroom, Wallingford. Library Yoga at New Haven Public Library – 1pm-2pm. Bring a mat. Various instructors. $5. 133 Elm St, New Haven. Info: 203-946-8835. Intermediate/Advanced Yoga – 5:30pm-7:15pm. With Sandra Kopell, Lyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Refine your asana practice with in-depth instruction and sophisticated sequencing in our fully equipped studio. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, 860-347-YOGA (9642). 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.

Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale

Yoga with Marlene – 6:30pm (classes also offered Mon. 10:30am/7:15pm, Tues. 9:30am/6:30pm, Thurs.10am/6:30pm, & Fri. 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. Soul of Happiness Club – 7pm-9pm (second Wednesday of every month). June discussion: “Be happy now, today.” For information and location call Juliette: 203-305-8091 or email

thursday The Milford Chamber’s ‘Health & Wellness Council’ – 8:30am-9:30am. (2nd Thurs. monthly). Group is comprised of businesses in the health and wellness industry. 5 Broad St, Milford. 203-8780681., Readings w/Julie – 11am-3pm. Intuitive clairvoyant in practice for 5 yrs, Julie assists through divination of animal totems, meditation and ancient tarot w/messages of the past to bring clarity/vision to the future. $1/minute. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method – 3pm-4pm. w/Susan Sandel. Gentle therapeutic exercise/mvmnt prog. Helpful for breast cancer survivors/chronic health conditions. Free. Sponsor: Middlesex Hosp. Ctr. for Survivorship and Integrative Medicine. Middletown. Details: 203-457-1656. Iyengar Yoga – 5:30pm: Back Care and Fundamentals, 7pm: Levels I & II or All Levels Monthly Restorative. Align and awaken yourself as you deepen your understanding of yoga. Expert instruction. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, 860-347-YOGA (9642). 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.

friday Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am (classes also offered Mon. 10:30am/7:15pm, Tues. 9:30am/6:30pm, Wed. 6:30pm, & Thurs.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. Mixed-Level Yoga w/Nancy – 9:30am-10:45am. Covers the range of Basics & Vinyasa classes. Warm up key areas of the body prior to moving into flowing sequences. Modifications/variations offered to increase/decrease intensity of the class. Fresh Yoga, 319 Peck St, New Haven. 203-776-9642. Tapping for Weight Loss Group: Cutting Edge! – 9:30am-11am. (June 16, 13, & 27). Release the blocked energy, emotions, beliefs. Transform to positive actions, feelings, beliefs. $150. Milford. Preregistration required. Call: 203-907-7710. Email: or Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am-3pm. Usui and Karuna Reiki Master and Clairvoyant Susane sees auras/mirrors of soul/emotions and physical being. Now also a certifiec Angel Reader. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Power Vinyasa – 4:30pm-5:45pm. Heated (80+ deg.) flowing class based on Baptiste Vinyasa Power Yoga. Vigorous, fast-paced series of poses condition the whole body, offer peace of mind & the ability to move more powerfully/authentically. Fresh Yoga, 49 Orange St, New Haven. 203-7769642.

saturday Reiki Practitioner Certifications: wRMT/Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – Why Reiki? When we awaken mental/emotional/energetic clarity and balance w/the power of love anything is possibleeven with prickly people/challenges/changes. Wallingford. Free Preclass consult: 203-913-3869.

New Canaan Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. (May 17 through November 22). Fresh veggies, fruits, meat, milk and dairy products, baked goods, prepared foods, plants, and more. Old Center School Parking Lot, Corner of South Avenue, Maple Street, and Main Street, New Canaan. Free. 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. Aromatherapy Workshops at Bien-Etre Wellness – 10am-10:30am. “Natural Remedies for What Ails You”~Students are introduced to essential oils creating a different weekly homemade recipe in 30 Minute Sessions. $20. 38 Lilac La. Haddam. Call/text Susan Catenaro at: 860-341-4426. Jewelry Making Classes – 11am-12pm. Every Saturday at KanduBeads in Wallingford. Class is free with a $15 purchase or more. Join us for a fun, one-hour tutorial on creating handmade jewelry with natural crystals and gemstones. 346 Quinnipiac St, Wallingford. 203-793-7348. Prenatal Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. (Starts 5/10). Students practice poses and movements that appropriately stretch and strengthen the body while preparing for, or recovering from, delivery physically and psychologically. No yoga experience needed. Yoga in Middletown. 438 Main St. 860-347-YOGA (9642). 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. Pilates – 1pm-2pm. w/Certified Pilates Instructor. Pilates exercises develop strength, flexibility and breath control as they address both spinal mobility and stability. Beginners welcome. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, 860-347-YOGA (9642).

Summer workshops at CT’s oldest Spiritualist Camp – Camp open 6/14 - 8/23. Workshop times and lengths vary. Workshops will cover a wide range of topics. Pine Grove Spiritualist Camp. 34 S Pine St, Niantic.

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ALLERGY RELIEF ARE YOU SNIFFLING, SNEEZING OR WHEEZING? – Do you have asthma, hay fever, sinusitis, eczema or other allergy symptoms? At Advanced Allergy Relief, we offer a safe, rapid elimination of allergic reactions. NO AVOIDANCE, NO MEDICATIONS OR SUPPLEMENTS, NO NEEDLES, NON-INVASIVE CHILD-FRIENDLY, EFFECTIVE. 203-239-3400.

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

HEMORRHOIDS 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 insurance. Call The Life Center for RELIEF. 203-239-3400.

HYPNOSIS/ LIFE COACHING BIEN ETRE WELLNESS – Offers Therapy for Your “Well” Being • Hypnosis – let go of negative emotions, improve your life • Life Coach – accomplish weekly personal goals • Aromatherapy – essential oils to relieve pain • Infrared Sauna – rejuvenate, lose weight & relieve pain. Call/text: 860-341-4426. 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.

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

GRASSFED BEEF GRASSFED BEEF! – 100% all natural Grass Fed and Grass Finished Beef. No hormones. No a n t i b i o t i c s . Tr y a s t e a k o r a p o u n d o f burger! Available for sale by the individual cut, sampler box, or by the half. 860-974-9004.


HELP WANTED BE PART OF A TEAM OF LIKE-MINDED PROFESSIONALS IN ESTABLISHED SALON, SPA AND HOLISTIC CENTER – Career opportunity for Practitioners and Cosmetologists, who value an environment of peace and positive energy. 3 floors and private rooms for body, mind and soul experience. Event rooms also available. 203-481-8443.

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CT LYME RIDERS, INC. – Founded in 2007 by motorcyclists Sandy Brule & Tony Gargano. A 501(c)(3) non profit public charity aiming to bring awareness to the public about Lyme Disease. Events & info. 860-537-0255,

NEW AGE & CRAFTS EXPO NEW AGE & CRAFTS EXPO – Sunday, November 2, Co Co Key Resport, Waterbury. Seeking spiritual & natural health vendors, Reiki, crystals, unique crafters, AND... 203-733-6560.


THE ANSWER IS YES, WALKING WORKS! – Get motivated today by joining a diverse membership of women walkers. Find a walking partner near you. PartnershipInCommunity.


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

OFFICE SPACE AMITY – Dynamic, integrative practice expanding, currently ND, LMT, Bowen Reiki. Looking for like-minded practitioners. Newly renovated well lit w/ground level entrance, views of West Rock. Easy access to Routes 15, 69, 63 Whalley Ave. Searching for Integrative Medicine, NP, CNM, DO, PA or MSW, etc. Please contact clinic director Dr. Lou Cofrancesco. SPACE FOR RENT OR SHARED – Southbury, CT Exit 16 off I 84. Perfect for the practitioner or professional wanting to get out of their house! Shared waiting room, utilities included. Internet is extra. Call Heidi at 203-733-1805.

ANSONIA NATURE CENTER 104 acres of wooded hills and grassy fields, miles of nature trails, streams, a two-acre pond, wet meadows, upland swamp, butterfly & hummingbird garden, woodland wildflower and fern garden, community gardening, childrens’ playscape, visitor center, animals & nature exhibits, classes and more!

(203) 736-1053

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. ALLERGY



Kevin Healy, DC

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.

Applied Kinesiology is neurological evaluation to find dysfunction. It addresses problems instead of chasing pains. Dr. Healy tests if a therapy benefits the dysfunction and finds immediate answers about which result in the most improvement. Chiropractic, craniosacral, myofascial, and acupressure are among the therapies Dr. Healy uses. No single cure exists since disease (which includes a state of dysfunction) typically involves many areas of the body. The goal of any therapy-physical, chemical, or emotional-is to improve function, and a combination of therapies has the best results. See ad on page 41.

Anne Mitchell, ND North Haven and West Hartford Offices 203-239-3400

Shoreline Natural Health Care, LLC

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 foods, animals, or other offending substances? We can help you. Our Advanced Allergy Therapeutics results in elimination of allergic reactions. Noninvasive, no needles, safe for all ages.


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

Madison, CT 203-245-9317



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


Gina Ledwith 7 Orchard Park Road, Unit 5 Madison, CT 06443 203-278-2195 Ready to be free of dieting restrictions and deprivation? Gina will show you how to easily lose weight with a whole foods approach that will leave you feeling satisfied and amazing! She specializes in weight loss, digestive health and healing with food. Change your life! Call today for a free session! See ad on page 19.


CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) of Branford is a dynamic middle school program that provides small classes and combines exceptional academics with hands-on and real-world learning experiences to fit the academic, social, and emotional needs of the 5th–8th grade student. Contact us to schedule a visit or for more information at: or call 203-433-4658. See ad on page 19.

thyme and season natural market

3040 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT 06518 203-407-8128 Our 17th year! Open 7 days : M-F 8:00-7:30; Sat 9-7; Sun 10-5 One of the largest selections of natural, organic, non-GMO, glutenfree & vegan foods in the area - local produce, organic & free-range meats / poultry, local artisan cheese, sustainable fish, organic baby food, quality pet food & remedies, safe cleaning & paper products, fair trade chocolate & coffee. Vitamin, mineral, herb and whole food supplements, homeopathic & ayurvedic remedies and a Certified Nutrition Counselor to assist you; Health Talks by health profs Thurs eves Spring & Fall. Pick up a healthy hot breakfast or lunch MonSat: 4 entrees & 6 soups plus salads, sandwiches, sushi, & wraps. A dedicated helpful staff. Now offering Dinners-to-Go.

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communityresourceguide HYPNOSIS/REIKI


5520 Park Ave, Ste 301, Ffld Town Line Merritt Pkwy, Exit 47 203-371-0300 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.

CONNECTICUT HYPNOSIS Heidi Vollmer, M.Ed, CH Southbury, CT 203-733-1805

We use hypnosis, NLP, past life regression and Reiki to help you with weight loss, freedom from smoking and stress reduction. Now taking the first step toward a healthy life is effortless with our free initial screening and affordable payment plans designed to fit any budget. Ask us how to become a hypnotist yourself.



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.


Consulting Hypnotist 57 Plains Road, Milford, CT 203-907-7710 In the relaxed state of hypnosis the critical conscious mind quiets down and the subconscious mind becomes highly alert. The mind is open and ready to receive self-empowering suggestions. This is where unhealthy core beliefs can become as a distant memory and new beliefs take hold to change your life. When nothing else has worked, why not Consider Hypnosis even now? See ad on page 31.

328 East Main Street Branford, CT 203-481-8443 a body mind & soul


Body, mind & soul experience to PAMPER honor all aspects SHOP of one’s being, in RESTORE a Mediterranean retreat ambience. Ayurveda; Reiki; Hypnotherapy; Psychic Medium; Shamanic Practices; Sacred Geometry; Heartmath; Kirtan; Yoga; Meditations; Crystal Bowl Healing; Harmonic Gong Immersion; & Inspirational Movies. Fair trade, eco-friendly, metaphysical, jewelry, gifts, hand-made crystals, décor, natural hair/skincare. Hair artistry, color, hilite, curly hair experts, spa facials, microderms & massage. See ad on page 9. SALON • SPA • BOUTIQUE • HOLISTIC CENTER 328 East Main Street, Branford


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continued NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS Shoreline Natural Health Care, LLC Betty Brainerd, ND Guilford, CT 203-738-0020

Effective treatment of chronic Lyme disease, digestive issues, arthritis, diabetes, fatigue, weight gain, PMS/menopause, etc. Personalized care may include detection of healthcompromising factors, diet/lifestyle counseling, detox, far infrared sauna, herbal/nutritional supplements, homeopathy & acupuncture. Also: advanced allergy detection/treatment for the whole family (no needles).


Adam Breiner, ND, Director Elena Sokolova, MD, ND David Brady, ND, CCN, DACBN Fairfield/Trumbull town line 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 ability to 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 P h o t o t h e r a p y, F u n c t i o n a l Medicine, Herbal Medicine, H o m e o p a t h y, H o r m o n a l Balancing, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Metabolic Typing, Nutritional Assessment, RealTime EEG Neurofeedback, and other therapies. See ad on page 29.

communityresourceguide NUTRITION DR. ROBERT SKARZYNSKI, DC 63 Church Street Guilford, CT 203-453-0232

Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive system of analyzing the body to determine the underlying causes of ill or non-optimum health. Causes include foods, metals, chemicals, immune challenges, allergies, and more. The doctor works one on one to make meaningful and educated changes as needed in the patient’s diet. The majority of supplements used are organic whole food. The system determines when supplements are needed or no longer needed. Results have been outstanding!

linda myers

Certified Nutrition Counselor, FiFHi Thyme and Season Natural Market 3040 Whitney Avenue Hamden (Rt. 10, Mt Carmel) CT 06518 203-407-8128 Ext. 2 Complimentary Counseling Mon. through Fri. 9am – 4:30pm. Nutrition plus vitamin, mineral, herb and whole food supplements, homeopathic & ayurvedic remedies; Fellow of the Institute for Human Individuality. Supplement and H&B Manager; Director of our Wellness Outreach Lecture Program now in its 30th series, offered free, most Thursday evenings each Spring and Fall. Call for possible participation; check website for schedule.


Everlastings, by Arlene Bouley The Carriage House At The Gate House West 2614 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT 203-458-1298 Everlastings is a full-service hair salon & spa whose passion & 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 33.




Center unites Beth Patella Center for Music & Animal Assisted Therapy Services. Innovative programs for all children & adults, including those w/disabilities. Early Childhood Music; Music for persons w/Disabilities; Drumming; Sound Therapy; Canine/Equine Assisted Therapy; Veterans Wounded Warrior Equine Project & more. See ad on page 25.



Jenna Henderson, ND 2 Broadway, North Haven, CT 1007 Farmington Ave, Suite 7A, West Hartford, CT 203-239-3400 Get off the dieting merry-goround and FINALLY achieve your ideal weight. We offer a medically supervised weight loss program with whole foods, individualized nutrition, emotional eating support, meal planning and weight loss coaching. MOST INSURANCES ACCEPTED See ad on page 15.





Juliette Storch is a Certified Intuitive Healer and Life Coach. As a Modern Mystic, Muse & Medium her method is untraditional, powerful, and rooted firmly in the tradition of her Huguenot forebears—witches and wise women. With an open channel to dimensions beyond this one, Juliette brings messages of those who have passed from this life, connects you with your guides and uncovers negative energies that still affect you from past millennia. By magically blending Eastern essences with Spirit, she activates your chakras and channels the beings and voices that are the pieces of the puzzle of you. Sharing space and words with Saints and Archetypes, Juliette tells the story of your heart, your essence, your very Soul… and opens the gateway to flowing Spirit, ready to guide you to your next elevation. Working with Juliette is an unexpected experience. It’s a leap into the darkness... because you must change the dark before your heart can fill with light. Take the veil away from your eyes and see the magical life that you want...Let Juliette open the door to manifest your ABUNDANT LifesPath! See ad on page 8.

19 South Main St. Branford, CT 203-488-9642 Rooted in the sacred teachings of yoga, Raven’s Wing is an inviting & safe place for all who desire positive change. Gentle, beginner, moderate and vigorous classes offered, as well as monthly workshops, kirtan and seasonal celebrations. Ayurveda and private instruction also offered. See ad on page 41.

Every moment in our lives is a miracle we should enjoy instead of ignoring. ~Yoko Ono

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JOIN Natural Awakenings Network (NAN) Discount Card Program Today! Call Joann Dunsing:

203-500-2860 or email: Joann Dunsing

How will the program work once it launches? NAN Cardholders (“Members”) purchase an annual card to visit local practitioners/businesses (“Providers”) who offer a NAN program discount (of their choosing) on products/services involving personal and/or planetary health & well-being.

What’s in it for you as a Provider? 1ST YEAR OF PARTICIPATION IS FREE! $88/year annual fee will apply after the 1st year only if you choose to continue participating. You will enhance visibility with free marketing opportunities in Natural Awakenings Network Provider Directory, iPhone app & in the magazine, locally & nationally, in print and online. You will expand your customer base with an audience already dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle & curious about the products/services you provide.


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Healthy Living Practitioners/Businesses, Have you Signed-Up?

Meet Some Who Have Already Joined!


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

ALISON BIRKS, MS, RH (AHG), CNS New Morning Market Woodbury, CT 203-263-4868

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

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

COASTAL CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS Keith Mirante, D.C. Madison, CT 203-245-8217


Joan S. Gilbert Hamden, CT 828-551-0420


DOROTHY MARTIN-NEVILLE, PhD Psychotherapy-Adults in Transition Emotional & Spiritual Aspects in Health Care Essex, CT 860-461-7569



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



Milford, CT 475-282-4112



Guilford, CT 203-453-8667

NATURAL FAMILY HEALTH Leigh White, N.D. North Haven, CT 203-980-0465



Raymond Daneault Milford, CT 800-217-1963

HEALTHY FOODS PLUS Dora Edgerly Milford, CT 203-882-9011


Karen Obier, Reflexologist North Haven, CT 203-645-2188


Middletown, CT 860-986-2017





Eileen Denny, D.C. Hamden, CT 203-407-8468

Lisa Nastu 203-301-4109

KellyAnn Carpenter 203-533-9823

Joann Dunsing Milford, CT 203-907-7710

East Haddam, CT 860-873-8760


Milford, CT 203-878-3140


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

SUCCESS MARKETING, LLC Michael Guerin 888-542-2936


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

June Can, Reiki Master Practitioner International Channel & Medium 203-230-1197 Venice Walters 203-507-0889 natural awakenings

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A Special Culinary Fundraiser Friday, July 18, 2014 6:30 – 9:30 pm Winvian, Morris CT

Signature Appetizers and Desserts • Wines/Beverages • Live & Silent Auction • Valet Parking

A Summer Gathering

Growing Food, Farms & Community

Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Children’s Activities • Workshops • Farmers Market


Joan Dye Gussow, Professor Emeritus Columbia University, author and organic gardener Richard McCarthy, Executive Director Slow Food USA


Tara Cook-Littman, GMO Free CT & ConnFact Taylor Cocalis Suarez, Co-founder, Good Food Jobs,

Parking is only at Bethlehem Fairgrounds with a 3 min. Shuttle Bus

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Natural Awakenings New Haven and Middlesex CT June 2014  

Inspired Living & Men's Wellness