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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more 7 newsbriefs balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal 13 healthbriefs growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle. 17 globalbriefs 20 ecotip 21 UNCONDITIONAL WHAT? By The Reverend Doctor Frankie Timmers 21 inspiration 22 TENDING YOUR 25 inthespotlight INNER GARDEN 26 greenliving Tips for Staying Grounded When Things Feel Uprooted 21 32 fitbody By Dana Maria 34 healthykids 26 HEALTHY EYE-CATCHING ECO-WEAR 36 healingways It’s in Style and Easy Care 40 consciouseating by Avery Mack 28 NATURAL WAYS TO 43 calendars CLEANSE BODY & MIND 49 classifieds Take Toxins Out of Your Life by Meredith Montgomery 50 resourceguide

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hen I first read this book over 30 years ago, everything he presented was new to me. I had no clue or understanding of how to arrange my thinking to make life easier. That a thinking process allied with my personality would allow me to live a calmer more laidback life, a life of acceptance. What a concept! Yet as simple as that statement is, mastering acceptance has proved to be a bit more challenging. People, I have learned, are difficult! Situations of everyday living are difficult. Relationships are complicated and sometimes very difficult. Business, time, frustrations, etc., again prove Mr. Peck to be right—life is difficult. And always more difficult if I get in the way and try to fight against the logic of acceptance. I get the concept now. Logically, I know it to be true. I have learned I will not always get my way. That people will do what people will do and I cannot control them, that I am not in charge of others. To bring acceptance into my daily life, I first had to understand those two points. Understanding that I am not in charge of every situation, and that I do not have to be in control. Remembering that I am not god and that in reality, I am in control of very little. The key here for me is paying attention to me–my behavior, actions, agenda, and my adjustments—to reach the level of acceptance I need to make life easier. What level, what planet, what spiritual plain did people like Mother Theresa and Gandhi come from? I do not know. Achieving those heights might be a stretch on my part, but the model of not judging others, coupled with the compassion, empathy, and the ability to forgive while serving others, all seem to be the foundation and the pathway to acceptance. In peace, love and laughter,

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ith over 20 years of experience, Bell Lifestyle Products Inc., in South Haven, Michigan, is introducing a new look for its complete line of over 60 natural supplements across 13 health categories. Bell continues to expand its line of products, most recently launching a new, all-in-one bladder and urinary tract support formulation, see page XX, and a new line of sports supplements. In addition to rolling out all-new, color-coded packaging to help navigate their product offering, Bell has updated their ecommerce website to allow visitors to more easily shop online or find their local Bell Lifestyle retailer. The Bell Lifestyle website is also host to an extensive library of health and wellness resources including the Bell Wellness Center. The Bell Wellness Center contains hundreds of recipes, infographics and articles on physical, mental, social and nutritional wellness from elected category experts. With new articles being posted weekly there is information for all ages and ailments. Bell Lifestyle Products offers a full money-back guarantee on more than 60 natural health products that are available in more than 7,000 health food stores and pharmacies worldwide. For more information, call 800-333-7995, email, visit or See ad, page 24.

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ave you ever felt stuck in your business growth and wanting to connect with a business owner just like you? One that respected your natural way of life and understood that your business was more than just the bottom line? Well, now there is one. The Natural Life Business Partnership (NLBP) is a professional organization for the holistic, spiritual, and earth-centered business community. It includes food, medicine, the healing arts, agriculture, and many others. Their mission is to serve as a unified voice and foster professionalism and growth while providing valuable business support, local networking opportunities and a collaborative professional community. All programming, networking opportunities, master mind groups, discussion clubs, business tools, and resources are included in membership too. “Once our membership numbers go over 1,000 I’d like to start getting involved in public policy,” remarks Camille Miller, Founder and Executive Director. “Then we will be a voice that can go to Washington and make a difference. Our community deserves to be recognized as a professional choice in healthcare and I want to fight for services to be covered by insurance so it’s available and affordable to all.” NLBP was born from a unique vision of Founder, Camille Miller. Her professional experience includes over 30 years of experience in senior level leadership. In creating NLBP she has dovetailed her strength in business with her passion for living a natural lifestyle. If you would like to get involved or learn more, please attend an event or visit See ad on page 41.


or over 30 years, David and Rebekah Frome, owners of Frome Physical Therapy, have dedicated their lives to helping others to become healthier, stronger and painfree. They are pleased to announce the opening of a new location in Asbury Park in addition to their centers in Matawan and Montclair NJ. Frome Physical Therapy is a holistic wellness center grounded in Western medicine with a deep commitment to holistic health. Their specialties include Five Element Acupuncture and The Rolfing Technique of Structural Integration. Conditions related to health for men and women including fertility, sports injuries, low back and neck pain, cancer and post-surgical recovery, emotional health and mental illness are well within the scope of their practice. David Frome specializes in pediatric developmental disabilities, and Rolfing for babies and children. “Rolfing is helpful for people of all ages,” states Rebekah. “For example, one of my clients was 80 years old when she started Rolfing. She described herself as moving with an ‘an old ladies gate and I am only 80!’ She complained about getting a pain in her hip after a short walk, but after completing the Rolfing sessions, she reported she could now walk miles without a twitch. She also said that the morning stiffness and body aches that she’d always attributed to aging were gone!” Frome Physical Therapy is dedicated to helping clients improve health and realize their full potential. Discover what their care can do for you. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 973-509-8464 or visit See CRG on page 52.


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he 77th annual Family Friendly New Jersey State Fair will be held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta for 10 days from August 4 through 13, celebrating the state›s rich agricultural traditions and providing a unique and fun experience for all ages. The 19 acre Fairgrounds is divided into areas, grouped around a theme. The Agriculture Area contains 5 open-sided livestock barns with livestock rotating throughout the ten days. A Horse Show Area contains three show rings. Quarter Horse classes run August 4-6, and followed by a variety of classes, day and night August 7-13. The Outdoor Entertainment Area features Chick Singer Night, Battle of the Bands, oxen pull, demo derbies, equestrian shows, motocross, mud bog, and tractor & truck pull. RoNetco Supermarkets sponsors the Family Entertainment Area with Chainsaw Artists, K-9s in Flight, Racing Pigs, Petting Zoo, Dinosaurs Rock and Performing Arts Tent. Local vendors, artisans, crafters, gardeners and homemade product producers will be on display throughout the entire 10 days.  Special events include a Tribute to Our Troops Weekend on August 5 and 6. The Queen of the Fair Pageant and Lumberjack/Lumberjill completions are held on August 5. The 2017 Fiddlers› Competition takes place on August 6. On August 10, a Polish Night features live music, dancing and polka contest. Sussex County›s Got Talent show will be held on August 12. A Steam Robotics Shed is manned daily. New this year is a Natural Healing Tent, with different healing modalities on Wednesday, August 9. Monday August 7 is Green Day, featuring recycling, alternative energy and farmland preservation themes. Senior day on Thursday, August 10 and Children’s Day on Tuesday, August 8, offers discounted admission. Location: 37 Plains Rd., Augusta, NJ. Visit for daily schedules, admission discounts and participation details. See ad page 23.

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study of distance runners by Texas A&M University, in College Station, determined that shortterm supplementation of dried tart cherry powder improved running times, decreased inflammation and increased muscle metabolism and immunity. The researchers divided 27 endurance-trained young adult athletes into two groups. Eleven participants were given a daily powered tart cherry supplement for 10 days, and 16 were given a rice flour placebo. All completed a half-marathon near the end of the 10-day trial. The researchers tested fasting blood samples and a quadriceps muscle soreness rating prior to the run, 60 minutes after the run and 24 and 48 hours post-run. The tart cherry group reported 13 percent faster average running times, as well as significantly lower inflammatory markers. They also reported 34 percent lower quadriceps soreness prior to the run. Tart cherry supplementation also increased immunity and resulted in better muscle metabolism.

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Endangered Species Protection Act May Go Extinct The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), passed in 1973, strengthened earlier federal protections for animals that had been nearly wiped out by humans. The act faces opposition from those that believe it both unfairly protects animals that poach livestock and restricts land use. At a recent hearing titled Modernizing the Endangered Species Act, Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the ESA is not working anymore. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Republican Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah opines that the act has never been used for the rehabilitation of species and instead has been controlling the land, saying, “It has been hijacked.” Yet Daniel M. Ashe, president and chief executive of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, says, “The Endangered Species Act is the world’s ‘gold standard’ for conservation and protection of animals.” According to many experts, the world’s flora and fauna are experiencing a global extinction crisis caused by human activity, but we have also learned how to protect species and help them recover. Eight species that would probably have disappeared already were it not for the ESA include the black-footed ferret, humpback whale, bald eagle, American alligator, grizzly bear, Florida manatee, California condor and gray wolf.

Every year, more species reach the brink of extinction and only inhabit the annals of natural history. Species that have officially disappeared forever as of 2016 include the Bramble Cay melomys, Nullarbor dwarf bettong, Capricorn rabbit-rat, Pinta Island tortoise, western black rhinoceros, Rabb’s fringe-limbed treefrog, San Cristóbal vermilion flycatcher and Formosan clouded leopard. These are just a handful of the animals threatened and wiped out annually. Thirteen bird species alone were confirmed as extinct in 2016, mostly due to invasive predators. More of these animals are bound to die off unless humans make a concerted effort to preserve them.

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A study in the journal Nature Communications examined wild bee populations relative to the use of controversial neonic (neonicotinoid) pesticides from 1994 to 2011, and discovered that extinction rates paralleled their use on plants throughout the country. The 34 species analyzed experienced a 10 percent population drop across the board, with five of the species seeing a decrease of 20 percent or more, and the most-impacted group declining by 30 percent. Researchers say this indicates that up to half of the population decline could be attributed to the use of neonics. “It contributes, but there is a bigger picture,” says Jeffrey Pettis, an entomologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville Bee Laboratory, in Maryland. Other factors are thought to include parasites such as varroa mites and nosema fungus (a bacterial disease known as foulbrood) plus viruses, drought and loss of habitat. Meanwhile, the Friends of the Earth (FOE) environmental group has launched a petition calling on the Ace and True Value hardware companies to follow Lowe’s and Home Depot’s example of phasing out the pesticides. FOE says, “If these garden retailers don’t act fast, they’ll lose customers. A new poll shows that 66 percent of Americans prefer to shop at Lowe’s and Home Depot because they’ve committed to stop selling bee-killing pesticides.”


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Displays of flowers populating highway meridians, road embankments and adjacent green spaces are often due to the efforts of garden clubs working with state departments of transportation (DOT). Some of these pioneers also inspire other clubs to pursue similar collaborations, often with public support. “The people of Texas have joined wholeheartedly in what Lady Bird Johnson started,” says Linda Love, roadside beautification chairperson of the Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. (, headquartered in Fort Worth. Their committee recognizes planting projects on state and county highways assisted by 320 local clubs encompassing about 10,000 members. She points to particularly attractive areas along highways 75 in Richardson, plus highways 45 and 35 extending south of Dallas, where concentrations of blue bonnets “look like lakes,” says Love. Other planted native flower patches include Indian paintbrush and gaillardia. She notes that the state prohibits mowing of blue bonnets until after they’ve bloomed and dropped their seeds; picking rules preserve their beauty.

Gail Hill, chair of The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.’s ( roadside beautification committee, based in Winter Park, reports the Ella P. Wood Paths of Sunshine Award Program that partners with the Florida Wildflower Foundation ( recognizes the efforts of state DOT maintenance crews in establishing and maintaining roadside wildflowers. “The department has run a strong program for decades,” she says. Local clubs are encouraged to petition elected officials for new resolutions to develop roadside wildflower projects. “About half of Florida’s counties have passed resolutions, including most recently, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties,” says Hill. This year, the Raleigh-based The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. (, with more than 200 chapters, is working with the state DOT to commemorate the centennial of America’s entry into World War I by planting red poppies and bachelor buttons. Roadside Development Chairperson Pat Cashwell reports that about 1,500 acres of wildflowers, including cosmos, are planted annually on state and county highways each summer and fall, largely funded by the sale of special license plates, with awards to highway department crews. “We get letters from people after they drive through the state commenting on the floral beauty,” she enthuses. Many garden clubs also establish flowers in parks, schoolyards, church properties and other public locations.

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ike a garden, our soul needs nurturing, care and protection from harsh elements in order to thrive. Things in the world are not easy right now, and we are susceptible to that uneasiness. The truth is we are all affected by what is happening around us, and the energy of each other; in yoga we would say, “What you exhale is what I inhale.” If we don’t want to add to the disturbance, and wish to lessen our own, what can we do to keep our composure when the world around us feels like there is no pocket of calm? Like the gardener who lovingly tends to his roses under the sun, there are some things you can do to take care of yourself so your Spirit doesn’t wilt from the heat:

Weed and Trim: Cut back your interactions with people

who are always naysayers or only broadcast the negative. Limit your intake of antagonistic social media and inflammatory news programs that foster fear to get ratings. Get the facts, forget the opinions. This is not denial or keeping your head in the sand, it just means to choose your sources wisely and consciously. You can stay informed without getting inflamed.

Feed and Water: On the physical level, this means eating wholesome foods and staying hydrated. Incidentally, if an occasional sweet makes you feel sweeter (provided it is appropriate for your dietary restrictions, of course), that can be nourishing too. On the soul level, nourishing ourselves can be spending time with those we love, reading a great book in your favorite chair, watching an uplifting film. “Drink in” beauty by spending time with the arts and in nature; these are truly refreshing and feed the mind and spirit.

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ver 10 years ago, Dr. Michael Amendolara (known by all as Dr. Mike) found himself drawn to the study of the mind-body connection as it relates to chronic pain treatment. He had the best reason of all for this interest—for over 35 years he had suffered from chronic knee, neck and back pain, plus other problems that nothing helped to diminish, and which ultimately resulted in taking prescription pain meds for five years just to function. “Then I discovered Adam Heller’s Zero Pain Now Program. Within 2 days, I saw an immediate decrease in pain, and within 3 weeks my pain was 90% better,” states Dr. Amendolara. “After 6 weeks, my pain level was 95% better, enabling me to taper off my meds. I haven’t had to take a pain pill in years!” Dr. Mike has been a licensed medical doctor in NJ since 1989, and board certified in family medicine since 1993. His extensive experience in general primary care medicine, urgent care medicine, sports medicine, and therapeutic musculoskeletal injections enabled him to help many people, but following completion of the intense training program, he now specializes in chronic pain relief using the Zero Pain Now Program and techniques focused on the holistic mind-body connection. “I love helping people eliminate years or even decades of chronic pain. I use a holistic mind-body approach that requires no physical treatments whatsoever,” says Dr. Mike. The story he tells of a current client demonstrates how well the approach works. “Bill’s had back pain for three decades and has had very severe low back pain for the past five years. The pain has greatly affected his ability to do the things he enjoys,” shares Dr. Mike. Bill was diagnosed with a “pinched nerve” and a herniated disc. He had tried pain meds, muscle relaxants, physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and even pain management injections but continued to have severe daily pain. He started the Zero Pain Now program to see if he could finally get rid of his pain and get his life back. “On day #6 of his program I met with him for a Breakthrough Session. After I led him through a simple but powerful mind body exercise his back pain came down from 5/10 to 1/10. He was amazed at how quickly that happened,” remarks Dr. Mike. “Bill continued the full 28-day program and is happy to report that his pain is now completely gone, despite doing vigorous activity. He’s thrilled with his results.”  Dr. Mike shares that Bill's results are typical of the results he sees. “I'm thrilled to be able to help people like Bill get rid of years and even decades of severe pain and get their lives back!”

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debut in 2014, featuring ponchos, scarves and wraps crafted from manufacturers’ pre-consumer, recycled cotton scrap, plus local virgin farm fiber under the guidance of Laurie Perrone, creative director and president. Located in Cornwall, New York, the company’s artisan-inspired products are available through stores and the Web ( “Our philosophy is simple—design classic products in America with substance and sustainability, while creating a low carbon footprint,” says Perrone. “We encourage customers to pass our products from generation to generation. Apparel and other textile goods in America used to be made at home for families and friends. We want to bring some of that back to life.”

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a woman’s wardrobe with a single purchase ( OrgottonShortDress). The dress is 65 percent bamboo, 27 percent organic cotton and 8 percent Spandex; it’s washable in cold water and dries flat, saving energy. Orgotton’s Infinity Collection comprises a long dress, short dress, romper and bodysuit. Alis Living ( lifestyle boutique, in Scottsdale, Arizona, is owner Janet Ellis’ creation. “In 2007, I taught meditation classes and noticed the women were not enjoying life fully. Life should not be stressful,” she observes. “The skin is the largest organ on the body and clothing fabrics are often treated with formaldehyde. So we exclusively focus on organic clothing.” Her motto is, “Dress healthy, look good, have fun.” The clothing she carries are so simple and versatile that a change in accessories can take a dress from daytime business wear to evening elegance. “It used to be harder to find eco-friendly clothing. It’s easier now,” Ellis remarks. “We carry Blue Canoe, Indigenous, Onno, Shupaca and Synergy fashion lines, adding more brands as we discover them.”

As a Master Gardener, Ellis also offers organic cooking classes for customers, harvesting from an onsite garden, thus creating a conscious community for women. “We want to serve one another and live joyously, but too often don’t make time for ourselves,” she says. “We’re concerned about human health and the planet. We believe that we don’t have to do harm in order to enjoy good fashion, food and fun.” Fashion personality and creation, organic gardening, mindful art, meditation and yoga on the lawn are other classes offered onsite. Eco-friendly clothing used to have little appeal for fashion buffs. Now designers and manufacturers are finding fresh ways to provide the attractive and eco-healthy clothing more women want to wear. Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@ shows trending sustainable options for women. offers organic, fair trade and ethical brands for men/women/children.

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he term “detox” has been gaining traction in health circles, but cleansing practices have existed for millennia, ranging from Egyptian hydrotherapy to Medieval Lenten practices and Native American fasting, smudging and sweat lodges. The truth is that we need cleansing now more than ever— to rid our bodies of chemical overload and our minds of negative thinking. The Environmental Defense Fund has counted more than 100 chemicals produced in the U.S. that are present in everyday products and hazardous to humans and the environment. “Our body is a natural detoxifier, ridding itself of toxins through pooping, peeing, sweating and shedding skin. But in our current toxic overload situation, it’s not always an efficient process,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D., an author and functional nutritionist in Washington state. Some experts believe many commercial detoxification programs are unsafe, extreme and ineffective. “Psychologically, a short-term cleanse can act as a stepping stone if you’re eating fast food and donuts every day,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington,


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D.C., physician specializing in clinical nutrition and author of How Not to Die. “What matters more is longterm—what you’re eating a decade from now. No quick fix is going to do it, it’s a lifestyle change.”

Feed Your Microbiome

When the microbiome becomes depleted, overall health is affected. Dr. Robynne Chutkan, a gastroenterologist at Georgetown University Hospital, founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, in Washington, D.C., and author of Gutbliss and The Microbiome Solution, explains, “The GI tract is the body’s

“Health and wealth have become associated with cleanliness, yet the opposite is probably true,” assesses Chutkan. “Kids come in from the playground to use hand sanitizers and eat processed snacks. Instead, discard the microbiome-disrupting sanitizer and provide fresh vegetables for them to eat outside. We don’t want kids exposed to any serious pathogens, but getting a little dirty is essential.”

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engine, and microbes are the worker bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.” She recommends switching to a plant-filled diet to effectively repopulate the microbiome and be aware of how food is grown. “Much store-bought produce, even organic options, is grown in depleted soil. Seek out biodynamic farmers that prioritize nutrientrich soil to foster microbes,” Chutkan says. Even planting a couple of herbs or microgreens on the kitchen windowsill can make a difference. “Just picking those herbs and getting your hands in healthy dirt increases your exposure to health-promoting microbes.”

Studies have found that children with pets are more likely to have fewer allergies and infections and take fewer antibiotics than those living in pet-free households (Clinical & Experimental Allergy and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland). Pets that venture outdoors bring healthy microbes inside; so does fresh air, which purifies poorer quality indoor air. Chutkan also warns of excessive bathing. “When we scrub ourselves, we rub off microbes and naturally occurring oils; unless we’re filthy, we just need to gently rinse.” Marketers convince consumers that products with toxic ingredients are necessities, but coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey can effectively replace many toiletries.

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According to ayurveda, burning fat fuels detoxification because toxins from preservatives, pollutants, pesticides and other damaging chemicals are stored in our fat cells. When fat is metabolized and used as an energy source, the toxins are released, ready to be flushed out. “When we’re not burning fat, toxins can accumulate, cause congestion in the lymphatic channels, overwhelm the liver and ultimately be deposited back into fat cells or stored in the arteries, heart and brain,” comments Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Dr. John Douillard, of Boulder, Colorado. He’s the author of Eat Wheat and a former director of player development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.

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To stimulate the body’s natural ability to burn fat, Douillard recommends a four-day, at-home detox cleanse. “The digestive system is responsible for delivering nutrients and escorting dangerous toxins out of your body; if you can’t digest well, you can’t detoxify well,” he says.

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Eat broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables raw or chop them at least 40 minutes before cooking to maximize intake of the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which boosts detoxifying enzymes in the liver. For the time-crunched, Greger suggests adding a small amount of any type of raw cruciferous vegetables to the cooked ones.


Always choose colorful produce, with the exception of white mushrooms and cauliflower. “White foods are stripped of nutrition,” says Greger. Pigment indicates the richness of antioxidants that keep the body functioning efficiently. He likes adding shreds of economical and long-lasting red cabbage as an everyday garnish.


Follow the seasons, because nature provides the ideal harvest for each season—heavier, denser foods in winter, like wheat, dairy, roots, nuts and seeds; and cooling, high-energy fruits and vegetables in summer. Dr. John Douillard, creator of the 3-Season Diet Challenge, remarks that research suggests that gut microbes are meant to change with local seasonal foods to optimize digestion, mood and immunity.


Avoid plastics by limiting intake of foods stored or cooked in plastic, especially cling wrap, which is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a known carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer. Also avoid canned goods unless labeled bisphenol A (BPA)free. “A lot of toxins enter our bodies through processed, overcooked and fried foods,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D. “As we replace these foods with nourishing options, we need to also minimize plastic packaging.”


Filter water because, “We are primarily made of water, so if we’re drinking and bathing in contaminated water, it impacts health,” says Minich who recommends using a national testing laboratory to assess home tap water. The results can then be coupled with the Environmental Working Group’s buying guide (Tinyurl. com/EWG-Buying-Guide) to determine the most appropriate water filter to deal with the contaminants that may be present. natural awakenings

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Unlike drastic fasts and juice cleanses, which can deplete nutrients, he recommends stimulating fat metabolism with a cleanse that starts each morning with melted ghee followed by a simple nonfat diet throughout the day. According to research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, ghee, a clarified butter, has been proven to remove environmental toxins by attaching to toxic fats. Kitchari, the staple of the meal plan, is a nourishing and easy-to-digest, porridge-like blend of beans, rice and Indian spices. “When you eat a mono diet of just kitchari, your body can transfer the energy that normally goes toward digestion into cleansing and healing other systems,” says Douillard. For those not ready to maintain such a limited diet, he recommends a polydiet with the option to add seasonal steamed vegetables, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.

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calmer, more stable, detoxifying fuel— body fat.” Adapt the cleanse to avoid strain, because when under stress, the lymphatic system shuts down and the body stores fat and toxins. “If three meals a day with no snacks is not possible yet, have a nonfat high-protein snack and plan to eat more protein at your next meal,” suggests Douillard. “Or start with four meals, and work your way down to three.” Aim to drink half your healthiest body weight in ounces of room-temperature water every day, while also sipping warm-to-hot water—believed to soften the intestinal tract, move the lymph and hydrate the cells more effectively than cold water—every 10 to 15 minutes for two weeks. Plain water has a hydrating effect that not even lemon water can replicate.


Most of us are toxifying Few Snacks, More Water toward eating three meals a 80 percent of the time and Work day—a light breakfast, big lunch and detoxing the other light and early dinner—without snacking in-between, and fasting for 13 20 percent. If we flipped hours each night. Douillard notes, “This that, we would never have regimen should be maintained beyond the cleanse because it gives the body a to do major cleanses. chance to use up its carbohydrates—its ~Robynne Chutkan normal, go-to fuel—and switch to its

Emotional Release

“Toxins are best understood less as poisons than as barriers—obstacles to the life and health we truly want,” says Minich. As a functional medicine nutritionist, she believes that food as medicine is only one aspect of full-spectrum health. Her approach revolves around clusters of nutritional, anatomical, psychological and spiritual life issues that can be jointly detoxified, supported and healed. “Good eating alone will not necessarily solve our emotional woes or stop our limiting beliefs and toxic self-talk,” she explains in Whole Detox, a book based on a whole-life, whole-systems, whole-foods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that

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impede our growth. Limiting thoughts, as well as heavy metals and pesticides, are toxic barriers that weigh us down, sapping energy that might be used for better things.” Her 21-day program is designed to establish long-term lifestyle changes with simple habits. She recommends monitoring our emotions and tracking thoughts with daily writing exercises. “Look at yourself like you’re examining a food label to get to the root of limiting patterns,” she says, encouraging questions such as, “Is this thought healthy for me?” or, “Do I want this thought in my being?” Be mindful of speech as well; swearing, exaggerating and interrupting can have deleterious effects, while uplifting affirmations can inspire positive actions. She attests that visualization can help prevent the creative self from shutting down, another aspect of toxicity. “Be intuitive and imaginative; allow creative expression to flow. Before you can manifest what you want in life, you have to envision it.” Minich wants patients to invite introspection by taking a few minutes each day to be in solitude and silence, allowing meaning and purpose to surface. Daily stress relief practices such as meditation, yoga, self-massage and mindful breathing can foster stress reduction. “Life shouldn’t feel like an emergency. We need to navigate around stress so we’re not inundated by it,” counsels Douillard. By extracting toxins through sweat and circulating nutrients, physical activity is equally important for detoxification, but it’s also a form of self-love. “It expands your sense of possibilities, freeing you to go where you will and to carry burdens lightly,” Minich says. In this age of personalized medicine, Minich encourages patients to focus on the parts of a detox program that they need most, whether it’s diet, exercise, massage, emotional wellbeing or spirituality. She reminds us that the desire and need to cleanse is universal.“Detox is as old as humankind.”

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Four Reasons to Break a Sweat The Fast Path to Flushing Toxins by Deanna Minich


octors, health experts and fitness gurus tell us that we should break a sweat every day—and for good reason. Sweat not only activates a host of benefits tied to healthboosting exercise, perspiring itself is curative. Whether sitting in a sauna, walking on a warm day or working out, sweating is a necessary bodily function with powerful healing effects. By clearing out a range of toxins, sweat plays an essential role in the body’s natural detoxifying function. Here are some of the toxins it helps eliminate:



organic pollutants (solvents, fumigants and insecticides): A clinical study of

20 participants published in BioMed Research International found that their sweat samples contained a range of toxins, including pesticides DDT/DDE, endosulfan, methoxychlor and endrin. Nearly all parent compounds of these pesticides were evident, demonstrating that sweating is an effective way of excreting and diminishing the body’s toxic burden. One sweat sample contained some pesticides not present in the subject’s blood or urine samples, suggesting that some pesticides are only mobilized and eliminated through sweating.

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Phthalate (plasticizer): Phthalate, found in plastic products, is also removed through sweat. Research published in the Scientific World Journal evaluated blood, sweat and urine samples from 20 individuals and discovered that all of them contained the common mono2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP). The concentrations of this

toxin in sweat were more than twice as high as those in the urine, showing that sweating may be the best way of ridding the body of this endocrine-disrupting compound.


Heavy metals: Another study of 20 patients reported in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that subjects’ sweat contained about 24 times more cadmium, 19 times more nickel, 16 times more lead and almost three times more aluminum than their urine. Overall, sweat proved more effective than urine at removing 14 of the 18 heavy metals studied. It also contained and, therefore, expelled larger quantities of 16 of the 18 metals than the blood samples did. Of all the metals, aluminum was found at the highest concentrations in sweat, with zinc, copper and nickel also occurring at relatively high levels.


Bisphenol A (BPA): Researchers reporting in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health examined the blood, urine and sweat of 20 participants for BPA, an endocrine-disrupting toxin found in canned foods, plastic water bottles and other items. Of the 20 sweat samples collected, 16 contained BPA, while only 14 urine and 2 blood samples tested positive for the toxin. This reveals that sweat is the most effective way of removing BPA build-up in the body; just as vital, it demonstrates that testing blood or urine for toxicity levels may not present the whole picture.

A wide range of activities, including exercising and engaging in sports, can help us break a sweat. A low-impact


option is spending time in a sauna. Notably, in a focused study, the sweat from an infrared sauna expelled more bismuth, cadmium, chromium, mercury and uranium than that produced by a steam sauna. The steam sauna caused higher levels of arsenic, aluminum, cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, lead, tin, thallium and zinc to be excreted (Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology). Hydration is essential in maximizing all these health benefits. Failure to hydrate properly during and after sweating can lead to other health problems. An easy rehydration practice is to step on the scales right before and after sweating; the weight lost is the optimum amount of water to drink afterwards (Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine). For reference, one pound of water is slightly less than a one-half liter. Sweat contains minerals essential for optimal functioning of the whole body. Following excessive sweating, it’s important to replace the minerals lost, especially zinc, copper, selenium, chromium and potassium. Coconut water is a good source of potassium; nuts, seafood, whole grains and legumes generally contain relatively high doses of zinc, copper, selenium and chromium. The next time the couch and air conditioning beckon, think of all the “sweaty” benefits about to be sacrificed. Breaking a sweat might seem like an effort, but it keeps internal detox systems healthy and optimally functioning. Deanna Minich, Ph.D., is an author, teacher and researcher, as well as founder of Food & Spirit, a framework to integrate ancient healing traditions with modern science. She leads online detox programs as part of her whole-self approach to health. Connect at

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“Hiking teaches kids respect for the outdoors and animals,” says Branch Whitney, a Mount Charleston, Nevada, author of three books on hiking. “Near Las Vegas, in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, sandstone rock affords a rare sight—year-round running water and lush ferns.” Ralph Stover State Park, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, offers easy walking trails and climbing rocks. When water levels are high, Tohickon Creek challenges paddlers and whitewater rafters.

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Holding the Guinness World Record for the longest and largest continuous eco zip line canopy tour in the world, historic Banning Mills, in Whitesburg, Georgia, will thrill tweens and teens. Enjoy a slower pace on the 12-mile Hike and Bike Trail, with nine suspension bridges, including the longest of its kind in North America. Stay in ecofriendly lodges, cabins and tree houses.

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cot, grill, food storage and sun shower are provided. “Compared to other accommodations, each night at a Tentrr campsite saves 245 gallons of water and reduces CO2 output by 54 pounds per campsite,” estimates Michael D’Agostino, Tentrr’s founder and CEO. The secluded Lumberland, New York, campsite, along the Delaware River, sets its roomy tent on a wooden deck. Attractions include Adirondack chairs for unwinding and a nearby farmers’ market and restaurant. Enjoy hiking, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, swimming and fishing. Tentrr provides required life jackets and a shuttle to meet paddlers at their destination for the return trip to camp. From its original 35 sites, the organization recently expanded to 250 campsites, predominantly from Pennsylvania to Maine. This fall, they’ll also open sites in the Pacific Northwest from Northern California to Washington state. 

Head for the Beach

At Natural Bridges State Park, in California, visitors relish viewing shorebirds, migrating whales, seals and playful otters. Moore Creek forms freshwater wetlands and a salt marsh. There’s also a Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. At Kama’ole Beach Park III, in Maui, Hawaii, the small waves are so clear that fish can be seen from the surface. Snorkeling gear rentals are available. Shaved ice stands keep everyone cool. Lakefront beaches like West Beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, on Lake Michigan’s southern tip, attract kids. They can earn beachcomber badges in the Junior Ranger program by finding three different-colored rocks or telling what plants they saw most often. In late August, Mayflower Beach, in Dennis, Massachusetts, hosts its annual local sand sculpture contest with divisions for kids and families creating the art together.

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oney influences our choice of job or home, and sense of security, worth and power; it can also make life more or less convenient. Yet, despite its essential importance, money is often a forbidden topic among family members.

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“We are not taught how to have a relationship with money on a psychological or spiritual level; it isn’t part of our culture,” explains Bari Tessler, a Boulder,

Colorado, financial therapist and author of The Art of Money. “The majority of our parents and grandparents didn’t receive a financial education, so they don’t understand emotions that relate to money or how to talk about it.” Tessler works with individuals, couples and creative entrepreneurs to help them “claim their worth in the world and bring their skills and values into the marketplace,” she says. Money is a frequent source of tension among couples, but Tessler notes it wasn’t even

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To change our relationship with money, Tessler says we need to understand our “money stories” that include the ways in which our personal experiences, together with subconsciously inherited familial and cultural attitudes, shape how we think about money. “The first step to changing our money habits is being willing to deal with the tough issues,” says Mayuri Onerheim, author of Money Spirituality Consciousness, a retired accountant and spiritual teacher of the Diamond Approach of selfrealization, in Larkspur, California. “There is no change without some discomfort. It’s part of the spiritual journey.” Self-care, forgiveness and acceptance are important throughout this process, advises Tessler, because many people bring feelings of guilt and shame to their relationship with money. She recommends doing a “body check-in” to become aware of our physical reaction to related issues, whether it’s going on a reckless spending spree or bracing to ask for a raise. This stage paves the way for the practical work of learning to manage our money in alignment with our values, goals and dreams. It begins with developing practices to track, review and reflect upon spending and earning patterns.

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Tessler recommends utilizing one of many free financial tracking tools like, or MoneyMinder She also suggests we rename their preloaded budget categories to reflect our personal relationships to the areas of spending (e.g., “sanctuary” rather than mortgage; “my dream vacation” for savings targeted for time off; or “life happens” for late fees). For an enlightened view of cash flows, Onerheim suggests translating what was spent on something into the hours it took to earn the money. “This perspective can transform how we allocate resources and what we’re willing to spend money on,” she says.

Vicki Robin, co-author of the bestseller Your Money or Your Life, espouses a similar approach: thinking of money in terms of hours of life energy. “Continually asking yourself whether you actually got fulfillment in proportion to life energy spent in each subcategory awakens the natural sense of knowing when enough is enough,” she writes. Tessler and Onerheim both encourage rethinking the idea that all earning is good and all spending is bad: “It’s about balancing needs and wants, and we need joy in life. It’s not about saving every penny and not enjoying yourself,” says Onerheim.

A Rewarding Journey

Becoming financially conscious ultimately helps us fulfill our responsibility to be a good steward of the planet’s resources, according to Onerheim. “Money is a representation of myself in the world, so I want to take responsibility for where my money goes.” “Financial integrity is achieved by learning the true impact of your earning and spending, both on your immediate family and on the planet,” agrees Robin. “It is knowing what is enough money and material goods to keep you at the peak of fulfillment—and what is just excess and clutter.” All call for celebrating progress on the journey to financial well-being and know-how. “Take baby steps and reward yourself along the way,” counsels Tessler. “This is a lifelong journey.”

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Pure Distilled Water Fasting By Dr. Alan Steiner


asting is a very controversial and somewhat shocking subject. Most physicians who have no significant experience or study of water fasting will tell you to stay clear of such extreme measures; it is dangerous and will invite all sorts of health challenges and risks. However, fasting has been practiced since the beginning of time, and when done properly can produce a wide range of benefits. In addition to reducing excess body fat, fasting can aid in systemic detoxification on a cellular level and reestablish healthy and normal body chemistry and secretions along with allowing the body (and mind) to empty years of toxic waste.

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What a fast does is to provide the optimal conditions for the body to heal itself. The body spends a tremendous amount of time and energy digesting food. When done properly with proper supervision, this energy can be redirected to natural cleansing and healing processes that are within the sacred design of our bodies to heal themselves.

Fasting is a time of rest

It is necessary to know, understand and respect the rules of rest and recuperation to give full attention to increasing bodily awareness. Complete rest, both mental and physical is necessary. You must slow down and honor your body’s needs and messages. Give your body every opportunity for this to be a healing experience—on many levels—and you will know intuitively what you need to do and what you need to let go of to allow this.

Tips for Water Fasting Getting Ready: No matter how long you plan to fast, it is not recommended to water fast on your own. Seek guidance from an experienced water fasting source as experienced supervision is invaluable. The toughest part is actually beginning. Many long-term dieters say fasting is easier than dieting after the first 2 or 3 days. Water: Drink at least 1/2 gallon of high quality water per day. Weight loss: Weight comes off rapidly at first, mostly water weight, then weight loss tapers off. The average

tained weight loss from longer term fasts is one pound per day. Following the fast, the weight can be put back on, but reducing added salt in your diet will help to significantly maintain weight loss. Rest: Give yourself plenty of opportunity for rest, both physical and emotional. Even a few minutes on the computer can wear you out in the fasting state. Consider instead to read or watch videos of an uplifting spiritual or self-help nature to add to your experience. Nap whenever you feel the need. Avoid emotional upset, when possible. Listen to your body: Use common sense. Overweight individuals may have more energy, while thinner individuals may feel more tired. Light exercise, such as walking or yoga or stretching, may be fine or too much. Work with, not against, yourself. Detox:  It is helpful to do dry skin brushing and breathing exercises. As cleansing of the body progresses, a natural aversion to unhealthful substances—not just inferior foods, but also alcohol and tobacco and drugs. Breaking the fast:  Ending the fast requires the utmost care. Begin with thin juices every two hours. Follow with thicker juices with added small pieces of juicy fruit, such as watermelon, every two hours. The length of the fast performed will dictate how many days you take to reacclimate your body to regular eating. After the fast:  Subtle signals from your body and expert nutritional help can guide you to the foods most appropriate for your needs. For those who wish to experience the benefits of the fast, “Fasting Can Save Your Life” by Herbert M. Shelton is a good place to start. Happy Fasting! Recently, Dr. Steiner completed his own 28-day pure distilled water fast under the supervision of Victoria Bidwell. Dr. Alan Steiner practices holistic dentistry at Aesthetic Family Dentistry in Denville. For information, call 973-214-7565 or visit See ads on pages 15 and 56.

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Finding Vegan and Happy Cow help point the way to vegan-friendly restaurants around the world. This month, Natural Awakenings asked three savvy travelers how they manage plant-based eating wherever they go. For Dustin Harder, eating well on the road is a matter of research and preparation. He is the New York Citybased chef/host of the online program The Vegan Roadie, with 100 U.S. restaurant visits and counting and now seeking crowdfunding for its third season, set in Italy. Harder has learned to investigate his dining options ahead of time, and always packs a travel-size, high-speed blender, lots of trail mix and his favor-

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Yields: 1 serving Nut butter of choice Bananas (not overripe; firm enough to hold toppings) Blueberries Pomegranate seeds or strawberries, cut into slivers Raw nuts of choice, crumbled, crushed or ground up Peel the banana. Spread with a layer of nut butter to look like a sushi roll. Place blueberries in a line down the middle lengthwise, about an inch apart. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds or strawberry slivers and top with raw nut crumble. Slice into pieces the size of sushi roll pieces. Recipes courtesy of

Place the foil packet on the ironing board and the iron on the foil packet. Iron it out to flatten slightly and then leave iron on the foil packet for 2 minutes, flip and repeat. Open foil, cut the Pizzadilla in half and it’s ready to eat.


Yields: 1 serving 1 large tortilla of choice (whole wheat or GMO-free corn) ½ cup Daiya vegan mozzarella shreds 2 Tbsp onion, chopped 2 Tbsp green pepper, chopped ¼ cup pizza sauce or marinara, store-bought Shredded fresh basil for garnish (optional) Field Roast Grain Meat Italian Sausage (optional) Large piece of aluminum foil Iron and ironing board Preheat hotel or travel iron; the linen setting works well. While the iron is preheating, place tortilla on a square of aluminum foil large enough to enclose the tortilla. Sprinkle half the cheese on one half of the tortilla, top with peppers and onions, spoon over the marinara and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Fold the other half over the toppings, and then fold the foil over the entire Pizzadilla, completely closing the edges of the foil.

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PermaJam 2017 Festival – July 1-4. Four nights of music, art, workshops, artist village and yoga at Rickey Farm in Vernon, NJ. Featured musical performances by The Nth Power and Moon Hooch. PermaJam Festivals are for our children and for the earth. For details, visit

Business Spotlight, Card Exchange & Fireworks for Holistic Professionals – 6-9pm. Join us for a special night of networking and stay for the fireworks on the water with like-minded professionals. Link your business to others while learning about our unique community. Free to members. Future members can attend once for free before joining, so come try us out. Green Building Center 51 Bridge St, Lambertville. Register at

Kundalini Yoga with Live Drum & Gong Meditation – 1-2:30pm. The uplifting, healing sounds of the drum and gongs will support and inspire this yoga practice enabling you to open to your highest potential. Yoga instructor: Amy Jeanette / Musicians: Lauren Vasquez & Chuck Wood. $25. Kula Yoga, 25 Main Street, Stanhope.

SUNDAY, JULY 2 Ecstatic Dance Live! – 11am-12:30pm. First Sunday each month. Come express yourself to the sound of inspired world-beat grooves, in a sacred space for conscious dance and freeform movement. Live music provided by Chuck Wood & Friends. $15. Middle Valley Community Center, Long Valley.

THURSDAY, JULY 6 Heal Your Inner Critic with Shadow Work – 8-9:30pm. Slowly deepen and include all of the many interior aspects and to be loving and kind to that which was previously rejected. When we work with the shadow we begin to reclaim the projections we put on others. We turn inward and begin to gently listen and heal those aspects within ourselves instead. Instructors: Sue Waldman and Junie Moon. Verona location - address provided upon registration. Pre-registration required: $55 prepaid one week prior; $62 thereafter. Contact Sue Waldman at 973-857-4357 or visit Overcoming Your Phobias – 6:30pm. Workshop reveals the hidden gifts within your fears that allow you to overcome them. By examining the influence of archetypes, dreams, and everyday symbology you can create a new relationship with your fears and transform them into trusted allies; w/ Jefferson Harman. Free. Kinnelon Public Library, 132 Kinnelon Rd, Kinnelon. RSVP: 973-838-1321.

First Friday Healing Circle – 7-8pm. First Friday Healing Circle led by Gail Belluardo, Licensed Practitioner. Different themes for each group. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-879-6476. truespirit@earthlink. com.

SATURDAY, JULY 8 MEN WHO CARE – 8:30-10:30am. Monthly. All men welcomed! Celebrating their 15th year of monthly meetings on the first Saturday of each month. Love offering. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, Friendship Hall, 331 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. truespirit@earthlink. com. Energizing Flow Vinyasa Yoga – 12:30-1:15pm. Energizing flow vinyasa yoga. A wonderful afternoon yoga class to add to your Saturday. Taught by Tina Romano, 200 hour RYT with over 8 years experience. Please email to register for class as 10 is the max. $10. Unity Church, 25 Mudcut Road, Lafayette. 201-208-3368.

MONDAY, JULY 10 Relaxing Flow Yoga – 6:30pm. Relaxing Vinyasa Flow Yoga is lovely way to end your day. Taught by Tina Romano, 200 hour RYT instructor with over 8 years teaching experience. Please register for class as there is a 10 person max. $10. Unity Church, 25 Mudcut Road, Lafayette. 201-208-3368.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 Rhythm of Perfect Weight: A Certified Thetahealing Course – 10am-5pm. $200. Thetahealing in Westfield, NJ. To register visit: or call 908-264-4344.

savethedate HEALING DAY RETREAT WITH KRISTI MENG & LINDA TIRONI Saturday, July 8 2017 10:00am -–3:00pm At the Place of Peace Private Day Retreat Facility, Newton, NJ 5 hours on 5 secluded acres. A relaxing, fun filled day with like-minded people, yoga (no experience needed), connecting to Nature, & breathwork with drumming. Even building a terrarium to bring home. Also included, a healthy lunch. Call, text or email Linda for more information. 201-469-6307.

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Business Spotlight and Networking Night for Holistic Professionals – 6-8pm. Enjoy Cocktails & Conversation with Dr. Tanya Maximoff. Learn what the Natural Life Business Partnership is all about while enjoying a glass of wine. Learn, network, and enjoy an evening with like-minded professionals. 9 Franklin St., Ste 2 MAXLIFE, Morristown. Free to members. Future members can attend once for free before joining, so come try us out. Register at

THURSDAY, JULY 13 Women, Money and Success – 8-9:30pm. Inspiring evening of learning how to budget, save and earn unlimited income. Led by Sue Waldman and Lynne McAllister. Verona location - address provided upon registration. Pre-registration required: $55 prepaid one week prior; $62 thereafter. Contact Sue Waldman at 973-857-4357 or visit

THURSDAY, JULY 14 A Magical Fundraiser at the Boonton Elks – 7pm. Explore the mystical with this show by psychic medium Patti Lehman and dream interpreter Jefferson Harman (cf Proceeds benefit the Boonton Elks Lodge and its charities. $25; light snacks, cash bar; tickets on sale Fri evenings, 7-8pm at the Lodge. Boonton Elks Lodge #1405, 125 Cornelia St, Boonton. More info:

SUNDAY, JULY 16 8-Year Anniversary Celebration – 11am-8pm. The Art of the Heart welcomes all to celebrate our 8th anniversary! 11am-4pm Mini-Readings & Healing Sessions; 4pm-8pm Party Celebration. 908-8793937.

TUESDAY, JULY 18 Holistic Practitioners Business Strategy Roundtable – 12-12:30pm EST; Teleconference. If you are a practicing doctor, therapist, or healing professional struggling in your practice or just need some business basics this teleconference call is for you. Talk about your pain points and collaborate with others to get your practice on the road to success. This group enables doctors and practitioners to learn from and advise each other through the sharing of experiences and best practices in a non-competitive, confidential and professionally facilitated forum. Free to members. Future members can attend once for free before joining, so come try us out. Register at

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Writing, Faith and Gardens – 8-9:30pm. Do you love to journal or feel you have a calling to write your own book? Learn to overcome “writer’s block” through connecting with the higher intelligence of life. Instructors: Sue Waldman and Steve Sears. Verona location - address provided upon registration. Pre-registration required: $55 prepaid one week prior; $62 thereafter. Contact Sue Waldman at 973-857-4357 or visit

THURSDAY, JULY 27 Night Sailing: Dream Interpretation Workshop – 7pm. Want a dream interpreted? Can’t recall your dreams? Questions about your dreams? Experiencing phobias or issues in your waking life? Find the answers to all these questions and more with Jefferson Harman in this one-of-a-kind workshop. You do not have to bring a dream to attend. Registration by Jul 25 required. $30. Mystic Spirit Metaphysical Shoppe, 324 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair. RSVP: 973-509-7155. Female Secrets to Successful Dating 40+ – 8-9:30pm. Are you intimidated by the prospect of getting “out there’ and meeting new people for companionship, fun and love? Think online dating is just for millennials and hookups? Learn tips and strategies for presenting your best, real self, enjoying the process and meeting a terrific match for the next part of your life. Instructors: Sue Waldman and Bernadett Armiento Verona location - address provided upon registration. Pre-registration required: $55 prepaid one week prior; $62 thereafter. Contact Sue Waldman at 973-857-4357 or visit

PLAN AHEAD WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 The Art of the Online Dating Profile for Women – 8-9:30pm. Self-promotion not your thing? Shy about showing your assets? From screen name to tonality to photos, you will get tips about how to craft an online dating profile that can attract quality men into your life.Instructors: Sue Waldman and Bernadett Armiento. Verona location - address provided upon registration. Pre-registration required: $55 prepaid one week prior; $62 thereafter. Contact Sue Waldman at 973-857-4357 or visit



Bringing Out the Gifts of ADD/ADHD – 6:30pm. Led by Tammy M. Kaminsky, D.C. Drug-less, natural ADD/ADHD support to nurture your full potential; allowing you to shine! Caldwell Public Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. For information contact the library at 973-226-2837 or

Overcoming Adversity - Inspirational Marketing for Female Entrepreneurs – 8-9:30pm. Do you want to build your business and networking list? Learn to identify goals, clear out challenges and gain support for taking action. The values reviewed will be authenticity, integrity, commitment, accountability, spirituality, self-expression and honesty. Instructors: Sue Waldman and Rosanna Imbriano. Verona location - address provided upon registration. Pre-registration required: $55 prepaid one week prior; $62 thereafter. Contact Sue Waldman at 973-857-4357 or visit

Night Sailing: Dream Interpretation Workshop – 7:30pm. Want a dream interpreted? Can’t recall your dreams? Questions about your dreams? Experiencing phobias or issues in your waking life? Find the answers to all these questions and more with Jefferson Harman in this one-of-a-kind work-


shop. You do not have to bring a dream to attend. $25. Grateful Heart Counseling, 933 Rte 23 South, Ste 10, Pompton Plains. Please text reservation: 973-317-4185.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 For Self-Employed People: Attracting More Clients, Business and Money – 8 -9:30pm. Have you been in business a long time and need to be inspired? Or are you new to being self-employed and desire to learn the law of attraction to obtain new customers. You will be guided into a deep guided meditation of relaxation. Instructors: Sue Waldman and Leslie Lobell. Verona location - address provided upon registration. Pre-registration required: $55 prepaid one week prior; $62 thereafter. Contact Sue Waldman at 973-857-4357 or visit

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23 Writing, Faith and Gardens – 8-9:30pm. Do you love to journal or feel you have a calling to write your own book? Learn to overcome “writer’s block” through connecting with the higher intelligence of life. Instructors: Sue Waldman and Steve Sears. Verona location - address provided upon registration. Pre-registration required: $55 prepaid one week prior; $62 thereafter. Contact Sue Waldman at 973-857-4357 or visit

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 Radiant Health & Wealth Weekend Retreat – Aug. 25-27. Featuring several dynamic speakers, sweat lodge, meditation, yoga, qigong & Tibetan Singing Bowls all designed to help you find your missing pieces to optimal health & wealth. Mt. Eden Retreat, 56 Mill Pond Rd., Washington Township. Visit for details and to register.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30 Meditation in the Garden with Sue Waldman – 8-9:30pm. Powerful, deep relaxing guided meditation outside in a beautiful garden setting (indoor if weather is inclement). Meditation helps you reduce stress, relieve anxiety, obsessive thinking and improve your mood. No experience necessary. Verona location - address provided upon registration. Preregistration required: $55 prepaid one week prior; $62 thereafter. Contact Sue Waldman at 973-8574357 or visit

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What is Naturopathic Medicine? Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. As a distinct primary health care profession, it emphasizes prevention, treatment and The Healing Power of Nature. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to support the self-healing process.

Reasons to visit a Naturopathic Physician > Need a 2nd opinion for a health related issue > Not getting results from pharmaceutical drugs > Desire for a more natural approach to health

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Sunday Free Zen Meditation Group Sit – 7-8:30am. Led by Kurt Spellmeyer of at Kula Yoga Wellness, 25 Main St., Stanhope. For info, email

by refreshments at noon in Friendship Hall. 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. Unity Spiritual Center of Morris County – 11am. 221 Main St., 2nd floor, VFW Bldg., Boonton. 973-331-1776.

Natural Meditation & Awareness Practice – 9-10am. Weekly free guided meditation in the advaita/non-duality tradition. Aikido Schools of NJ, 324 West Westfield Ave., Roselle Park. 908875-9844.

Ecstatic Dance Live! – 11am-12:30pm. First Sunday each month. Come express yourself to the sound of inspired world-beat grooves, in a sacred space for conscious dance and freeform movement. Live music provided by Chuck Wood & Friends. $15. Middle Valley Community Center, Long Valley.

Prenatal Yoga – 9-10:15am. For the Mother Goddess and her growing baby! $18 drop-in or class package. The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 208, 2nd Floor, Glen Ridge.

Unity of Sussex County – 11am-12:30pm. Youth and family meeting, followed by fellowship in Wakeman Hall. 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. 973-3836277.

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship – Worship services at 9 and 11am. 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-540-1177, ext. 203.

Meditation – 1-3pm. Join us in the crystal room, by the fireside for meditation with essential oils. Facilitated by Rev. William and Judith Hancox, meditation teachers since 1980. $15, $25/couple. Succasunna. RSVP 973-585-4661.

Summit Unitarian Worship Service – 9:30 and 11:15am throughout the regular church year. The Unitarian Church, 4 Waldron Ave., Summit. 908273-3245. Institute for Spiritual Development – 10am. First and third Sundays. Psychic and spiritual development and healing. Masonic Lodge #93, 170 Main St., 973-437-4370. Sunday Celebration Service – 10:30am. Rev. Frankie, practitioners, and musicians create an inspiring, uplifting time to be reminded of our spiritual connectedness. Center for Spiritual Living of Morristown, 331 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. Center for Spiritual Living-Morristown – 11am. Sunday Celebration and Youth Program, followed

Drum Jam – 3-5pm. Third Sundays. Open to all; beginners to experienced musicians. Some gather for spiritual reasons, others for an opportunity to socialize or try something different. $10 donation. Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave., Rockaway. 973-985-7548. Free Meditation Class – 4-5pm. Learn how to manage stress and emotions through breathing techniques and meditation. A perfect introduction to meditation. Free. Art of Living Center for Peace and Meditation, 2nd Floor, 104 Broadway, Denville. 973-400-9191. Spiritual Discussion Group – 5:50-8:30pm. A variety of topics. $5. RSVP 908-879-3937.

Monday Speed Strategy Session – 8am-8pm. Identify and obtain the tools/strategies/techniques to advance, develop, or heal areas in your relationships to participate fully. Address work, family, romantic, personal, school, etc. areas. Find breakthroughs, resolution and take action. $40/20 min by phone. Book session with Tracey Leacock Coaching at or 973-577-7307. Feldenkrais Method – 9-10am. Semi Private Class. Please bring yoga mat. $25 drop in rate. Call 973538-1600 for reservation. b.jones Organic Spa, 62b South St, Morristown. Yoga Therapy – 9:30am. Heal your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies through expert instruction and personal attention. Sadhana Yoga, 150 River Rd., Unit M4, Montville. 973-265-0665. Free Blood Pressure and Glucose Testing – 10am3pm. Overlook Downtown. 357 Springfield Ave., Summit. 908-598-7997.


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Energy Enhancing Blasts of Qigong with Sal Canzoneri – 10am-11am. Energy healing. RSVP by 7pm day prior. Register at 908-879-3937. The Art of the Heart, 44 Main St., Chester. Open Level Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. A gentle form of breathing and stretching that enhances relaxation, lowers blood pressure, improves muscle tone and reduces stress. Good for all levels. Bring a yoga mat. $15. Chambers Center for Well Being, 435 South St., Suite 160, Morristown. 973-971-6301. Life Path Lessons Experience – 6-7pm. Learn key lessons that will bring more clarity to your life. What do you believe about yourself? Dress comfortably, bring a notebook and an open mind. Arrive 15 minutes early. Facilitated by Stephanie. $20 ($10 for college students). 127 Valley Rd., Montclair. Info@ 973-826-0367. Qigong – 6-7pm. Gentle exercises designed to generate energy flow. Move in Grace, 294 Main St., Chester. Contact Renee Dorn: 551-574-9500. Tai Chi & Qigong – 7pm. All levels, featuring Qigong for energy, Sun Style Tai Chi, and meditations for health. Institute for Spiritual Development,15 Sparta Ave., Sparta. More info at 973-786-6466 or Awareness Through Movement – 7-8pm. Gentle movement lessons suitable for everyone, even those limited by pain, injuries or neurological conditions. Move in Grace, 294 Main St., Chester. Contact Beatrice Basso: 973-294-4059. Divorce Support Group in Chester – 7-8pm. First Mondays. Open to anyone currently struggling with divorce-related issues. Free. 154 Route 206, 2nd Floor, Suite A, Chester. 908-832-2305. Relaxing Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 6:30pm. A great way to end the day. $10. Unity Church, 25 Mudcut Road, Lafayette. For information, contact Tina Romano at or 201-2083368. Monday Night Meditation Circle – 7-8pm. Relax and recharge with Reiki Master Victoria at Monday Night Meditation @ Evolve Restorative Therapy. Feel the healing energy flow! Evolve Restorative Therapy, 523 Westfield Ave., 3rd Floor, Westfield. 908-361-6376. Reiki Share & Healing Circle – 7-8:30pm. All are welcome. 811 Main St, Boonton, 2nd floor. $10. Because I Love You (B.I.L.Y.) Parent Support Group – 7-8:30pm. Confidential self-help group for parents experiencing substance abuse issues with their children. Free. Jefferson Twp. BOE Community Room, 31 Rte. 181, Lake Hopatcong. A Course in Miracles – 7:30pm. Unity of Montclair, 84 Orange Rd., Montclair. $10 suggested donation. Contact Connie at 973-239-8402 for details. Yoga for Ultimate Beginners – 8-9pm. For students brand new to yoga, this series covers the fundamentals of yoga from alignment basics to class etiquette. $90/six weeks. Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Rte. 10 West, Denville. 973-343-2848.

QiGong – 11am-12pm. Learn how to take control and responsibility for your body, mind and spirit as certified QiGong therapist, Renee Dorn, helps you understand and alleviate energetic blockages that, if not addressed, can manifest disease in the body, discomfort in the spirit and distress to the mind. $5 for seniors 55 & up. Senior Resource Center, located inside the Church of the Messiah (Parish Hall) 50 Route 513, Chester. 908-879-2202.

Tuesday Yoga Foundations – 9:15-10:15am. Learn the foundations of yoga in a safe, encouraging environment, while releasing stress and tension. $10/class. Breathing Room Center, 735 Rte. 94, Newton. 973896-0030.

promptly at 7. Facilitated by Karina. $35. 127 Valley Rd., Montclair. Reservations: 973-826-0367. Meditation – 7-7:30pm. Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. 973-383-6277. Meditation – 7-8pm. Beginners and advanced are welcome to join a weekly guided meditation. Aquarian Sun Healing and Learning Center, 212A Main St., Lincoln Park. Donation: $10. Call or email before 5pm Tuesday to reserve a spot. 973-686-9100. A Course in Miracles – 7:30pm. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Miracles-Course. org. Garwood. Call Betsy Zipkin: 732-469-0234. The Morris Music Men Quartet – 7:30pm. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 300 Shunpike Rd., Chatham. Sing and socialize. Newcomers always welcome. 877-808-8697.

Christpaths – 9:30am-noon. Second Tuesdays. Monthly spiritual sharing and practice group. Christ Church, 66 Highland Ave., Short Hills. Yearly tuition: $175. 908-277-2120.

Restorative Yoga – 7:30pm. Shed stress and unleash your body’s innate healing capacities through comfortably supported guided relaxations. Sadhana Yoga, 150 River Rd., Unit M4, Montville. 973-2650665.

Gentle Yoga – 9-10am. $25 drop in rate. SemiPrivate Class. All levels welcome. Please bring yoga mat. Call 973-538-1600 for reservation. b.jones Organic Spa, 62b South St, Morristown.

Book Study Group – 7:30-9pm. Held at Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. 973-383-6277.

Mat Pilates – Noon-1pm. Try your first class for free. Pilates at Pro Physical Therapy, 2 Emery Ave., Randolph. 973-895-9925. PilateswithAmy@ Awareness Through Movement Classes with Diane Bates – 12:30, 2 and 4:30pm. Ease pain, improve posture, prevent injury, increase energy and reduce stress. $15. Held at 24 Elm St., Room 1, Morristown. 973-534-8122. Yoga for Teens & Tweens – 3:45-5:45pm. Aquarian Yoga Center, 641 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. 908-884-4984. Yoga for Kids (Ages 2 to 4) – 5-5:45pm. Drop in $25. More info at 973-944-0555. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 16-18 Elm St., Morristown. Yoga Level 1 – 6-7pm.Learn basic postures, breathing styles and meditation. Move in Grace, 294 Main St., Chester. Contact Jean Marie: 908-850-6475. Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. At Center for Spiritual Living of Morristown, 331 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. SMART Recovery – 6:30-8pm. Secular, sciencebased recovery group for support and assistance with all forms of addictive behavior. Free. Roxbury Twp. Library. 201-774-8323. Come Experience Enlightenment – 7pm. Experience how to change every aspect of your life. We teach how to create using Thought Energy. Thought in Motion, 127 Valley Rd., Montclair. Creating with Thought Energy Experience – 7-8:30am. Class begins with slowing down the mind, and then teaches you lessons on how your thoughts create your reality. Energy work is included. Dress comfortably, bring an open mind and a notebook. Arrive 15 minutes early as class starts

Connecting with Loved Ones in Spirit – 7:30-9pm. You and up to five family members will sit with three to five mediums who will contact the energy of your loved ones who have passed away. Netcong. Contact Garry: 908-852-4635. The Gathering – 7:30-9:30pm. First and third Tuesdays. Worship service with Christina Lynn Whited. Offering of $10-$20 requested. Call 908-638-9066 to register. Circle of Intention, 76 Main St., High Bridge.

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Chair Pilates – 2-3pm. Learn Pilates based moves led by Instructor Lisa Franey to build core, abdominal and spinal muscle strength, improve posture, muscle control and coordination. $2 for seniors 55 & up. Senior Resource Center, located inside the Church of the Messiah (Parish Hall) 50 Route 513, Chester. 908-879-2202. Zumba – 2-3pm. Take the «work» out of workout and join Renee Dorn for a senior friendly, calorieburning dance fitness party, combining all elements of fitness - cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy, and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class. $2 for seniors 55 & up. Senior Resource Center, located inside the Church of the Messiah (Parish Hall) 50 Route 513, Chester. 908-879-2202.

Wednesday White Oak Center Organic Co-Op – Every other Wednesday. Delivered by Albert’s Organics. Membership $20, then $35 bimonthly. White Oak Center, 33 Woodport Rd., Sparta. For more info, contact Brian Trautz at 973-729-1900 or BTrautz@ Pilates Mat/Tower – 9-9:50am. Adding spring resistance to your Pilates workout can take your mat skills to the next level, building strength, coordination and balance. Limited to four participants. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph

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Medical Arts Building 765 Rte. 10 East, Randolph. 973-895-2003. Yoga for Women’s Health – 9:30-10:45am. Poses to help you better address menstruation, menopause, pelvic floor issues, and basic back care. The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 208, 2nd Floor, Glen Ridge. Healing Meditations with Rev. Frankie – Noon. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. Free. 973-539-3333. Stress Reduction Group – Noon-1pm. Techniques to reduce stress, including positive thinking, guided imagery, gratitude affirmations and kindness meditation. $15. Chambers Center for Well Being. 435 South St., Morristown. 973-971-6301. Pilates for Everyone – 5-6pm. Lengthen, strengthen, stretch and tone. Move in Grace, 294 Main St., Chester. For more information, contact Carrie Oesmann at 201-919-7811. Yoga as Medicine – 6:15-7:30pm. Explore the interface of Hatha Yoga and Ayurvedic medicine. All levels welcome. The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Ste. 208, 2nd Floor, Glen Ridge. Meditation & Self-Reliance Classes – 6pm. Learn how to quiet the mind by getting in touch with your Source and truly learn the art of loving yourself. Free. The Peace Within Spa & Holistic Wellness Center. 63 Beaverbrook Rd., Suite 105, Lincoln Park. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship – 6:30pm. First Wednesdays. Mid-week renewal services. 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-540-1177, ext. 203. Meditation Wednesdays – 6:30-7:15pm. With Sue & Leslie. Guided meditation with sound, essential oils & other tools to assist in the meditation experience. $10. The Art of the Heart, 44 Main St. Chester. RSVP: via text 862-222-4268, email sue@ or call 908-879-3937. Teen Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Age 13+. Teens learn to listen to their bodies as they move at their own pace promoting peacefulness, mental clarity and improved self-esteem. Carol’s Yoga Youngsters, 145 Washington St., Morristown. 973-898-0544. Ctr4child@

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Ascension: Guidance, Processes, Activations, & Integration – 6:30-8:30pm. Be the Master of your subconscious mind, achieve self-love, guide your child consciousness, and transcend the negative ego. $25. Portal of Healing, 50 Main St., Chester. 201-841-0358. Awaken the Master Within – 6:30-8:30pm. With Debbie Carcuffe. Identify and transform fear-based false beliefs. Realize how feelings unconsciously drive inappropriate behaviors and emotional reactions. Guided group healing and clearing meditation during each class. $25. Portal of Healing, Conscious Alignment with the Soul (top floor), 50 Main St., Chester. 201-841-0358. A Course in Miracles – 7-8:30pm. 1st and 3rd Wed. Jeanne Uhl, RN, MA, Psychology facilitates this spiritual study group. The Unitarian Church in Summit, 4 Waldron Ave., Summit. Call or text Jeanne at 513-476-8186. Free Meditation Class – 7-8pm. Learn how to manage stress and emotions through breathing techniques and meditation. A perfect introduction to meditation. Free. Art of Living Center for Peace and Meditation, 2nd fl., 104 Broadway, Denville. 973-400-9191. Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Support Group of Morristown – 7-9pm. First Wednesdays, except July and August. Support for patients and their families. Speakers. 95 Madison Ave., Suite 109A, Morristown. 973-219-8092. Women’s Healing Circle – 7-9pm. First Wednesdays. Support, share, bond and attain deep peace through guided meditation. Led by Lindsey Sass. $30.The Healing Center, 142 Main St., Bloomingdale. Preregister at 973-714-0765. Introduction to Soto Zen Practice – 7:15pm. Hands-on instruction and explanation for seated and walking meditation. Dharma talk and discussion. By donation. Rev. Shofu Keegan, Empty Hand Zen Group, 22 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair. 908-6728782.

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White Oak Yoga – 4:15-5:15pm. Gentle Yoga. Taught by Elizabeth Bell. Sparta Ambulance Bldg., 14 Sparta Ave., Sparta. 973-729-1900. Adolescent & Teen Boys Yoga (Elementary and Middle School) – 6-6:45pm. More info at 973944-0555. The Yoga Way Center, 16-18 Elm St., Morristown. Pilates Sculpt – 6-7pm. Pilates at Pro Physical Therapy, 2 Emery Ave., Randolph. 973-895-9925. Evening Yoga Series – 6:15pm-7:30pm. For adults. All levels yoga series. Advance registration and monthly payment is required; Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. 973-228-8776. Reiki Share – 6:30-9pm. Fourth Thursdays. Experience Reiki’s healing touch by giving or receiving. All welcome. Free. Aquarian Sun, 212A Main St., Lincoln Park. 973-686-9100. The Sussex County Chapter of Holistic Moms – 7pm. Second Thursdays. Free. Held at Holy Counselor Lutheran Church, 68 Sand Hill Rd., Sussex. 973-347-1246. Yoga with Daniella – 7pm.Yoga for all levels. $5 suggested donation. The First Presbyterian Church, 11-13 Main St., Franklin. $5 suggested donation. iwc Women’s Group – 7-8:30pm. Thursdays. Therapeutic discussion group led by licensed professional counselors processing all life issues, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, divorce, life transition, stress, aging, care giving. iwc for medical, mind and body. 401 Rte. 24, Chester. 908-879-8700. YogaFlow – 7-8:30pm. $15/Class or $50/4classes. Family Chiropractic Center, 28 Bowling Green Pkwy., Suite 1A, Lake Hopatcong. 973-663-5633.

Intuitive Tantric Meditation – 7:30pm. Still your mind, experience your inner energies, and enjoy love and peace. Sadhana Yoga, 150 River Rd., Unit M4, Montville. 973-265-0665.

Potluck and Spiritual Chat – 7-9pm. Free. Bring a potluck dish to share, share in a safe, loving environment. Tree of Health Center, 55 Newton-Sparta Rd., Unit 107, Newton. 973-500-8813.

The Morris County (West) Chapter of Holistic Moms Network – 7:30pm. First Wednesdays. Held at Chester Field House, 107 Seminary Ave., Chester.

A Course in Miracles – 7:30pm. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Miracles-Course. org. Summit. Betsy Zipkin. 732-469-0234.

AA Meeting (O-B-ST) – 8pm. Open to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. Free. Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford.

Thursday Free BodySculpt Class – 8:30-9:15am. Weekly. Free. Carefully and gently strengthen and tone your core and body using light weights and props. Benessere, The Center for Wellness, 510 Morris Ave., Summit. 908-277-4080. Healthy Food Prep Classes with Phyllis Deering – Noon, Third Thursdays. Learn about delicious and healthy food preparation.$25; 4 for $75. Contact Marnie at Mountain Lakes Organic Co-op,


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Adult Survivors of Child Abuse Support Group Meeting – 7:30-9pm. We follow the ASCA meeting format and our goal is mutual support in a gentle and nonjudgmental environment. The Morristown Chapter of ASCA, Church of the Redeemer, 36 South St., Morristown. or A Course in Miracles – 7:30-9pm. Second Thursdays. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette.973-383-6277. Unity of Sussex County.

Friday Yoga Flow – 9:15-10:30am. $10/class. Breathing Room Center, 735 Rte. 94, Newton. 973-896-0030.

Morning Yoga Series – 9:30-10:45am for adults. All levels yoga series. Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. 973-2288776.

Al-Anon Meeting – 8-9:30pm. Center for Practical Spirituality - Religious Science, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114.

Reiki Class – 10:30am. Taught by Roxana Salas of the Roxamor Center. County College of Morris, 30 Schuyler Pl., Suite 220 B, Morristown.

Reiki Share & Healing Circle – 10-11:30am. All are welcome. 811 Main St, Boonton, 2nd floor. $10.


Qigong with Sal Canzoneri – 10am-11am. Energy healing. RSVP by 7pm day prior. Register at 908879-3937. The Art of the Heart, 44 Main St., Chester.

White Oak Yoga – 8-9am. Mixed level. Taught by Elizabeth Bell. Sparta Ambulance Bldg., 14 Sparta Ave., Sparta. 973-729-1900.

Prenatal Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. Helps relieve back pain, increase flexibility & teaches relaxation techniques.; 25 Main St., Stanhope.

Kripalu Yoga with Stacy Ackerman – 11am12:15pm. Healing/calming mixed level class, specialty 45+. Beginners always welcome. First class $10. 1225 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph (Bright Heart Yoga - back building, 3rd floor). StacyAYoga@ 973-216-5829. Debtors Anonymous Meeting – 5:30-6:30pm. Twelve-step meeting for those dealing with debt, overspending and under-earning. Downstairs Main Bldg. at Redeemer Church, 37 Newton Sparta Rd., Newton. 877-717-3328. Drum Circle – 6pm. Weekly drum circle to get your spirit flowing with the ancient healing art of drumming. Learn new skills; connect with others in this warm and welcoming space. $20/class. Breathing Room Center, 735 Rte. 94, Newton. 973-997-0116. BreathingRoomCenter. com. Monthly Kirtan w/ Raghavendra & Tara – 7-9pm. Second Fridays. Bring your open heart to join us in chanting names of the Divine. Chants sheet and Chai provided. $5 donation at the door. Karuna Shala Yoga & Ayurveda, 10 Herman St., Glen Ridge. 973743-1211. Reiki Share – 7-9pm. Join with other Reiki practitioners and experience working on others. Suggested donation: $10-15. Divine Inspirations Bookstore, 217 Franklin Ave., Nutley. 973-562-5844. AA Meeting – 7:30pm.St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Ave., Morristown. 973-538-0555. Evening of Prayer and Healing – 7:30-9:30pm. Third Fridays. Join the Universal Healing family to heal all life on this planet and in this solar system, galaxy and universe. Bring finger foods to share. Growing Consciousness, 54 Canfield Rd., Morristown. Free. 973-292-5090.

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Integrated Yoga for Boys – 1:15-2pm. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294. Energizing Flow Vinyasa Yoga – 12:30-1:15pm. A great way to end the day. $10. Unity Church, 25 Mudcut Road, Lafayette. For information, contact Tina Romano at or 201-208-3368.

Spiritual Cinema – 7pm. 2nd Saturdays. Free. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3333. Spin & Stretch – 9:30-10:15am. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building 765 Rte. 10 East, Randolph. 973-895-2003. T’ai Chi – 9:30-11am. A series of meditative movements that improve balance, lower blood pressure, and decrease anxiety. $20. Chambers Center for Well Being. 435 South St., Morristown. 973-971-6301. Tasting Life Twice: A Monthly Writing Circle – 9:30-11:30am. Come to one session, or come to all. $20 drop-in. Interweave, 31 Woodland Ave. (2nd Floor of Calvary Episcopal Church’s Parish Office), Summit. 908-277-2120. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting – 10-11:30am. Twelve-step recovery for food obsession, overeating, under-eating and bulimia. St. Clare’s Hospital Dover Campus, 400 West Blackwell St., Conference Room C, Dover. 973 945 2704. Ascension: Guidance, Processes, Activations, & Integration – 10am-noon. Be the Master of your subconscious mind, achieve self-love, guide your child consciousness, and transcend the negative ego. $25. Portal of Healing, 50 Main St., Chester. 201-841-0358. Overeaters Anonymous Meeting – 10:15am12:15pm. Weekly gathering of the free support group that helps people lose weight and keep it off. Downstairs meeting room, Parsippany Library. 973-335-1717.

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Spiritual Transformational Consultant 908-638-9066 • If you feel blocked or burdened you may need to look deeper than this lifetime. Christina specializes in removing past life blocks and trauma through the Spiritual Detox process and direct channeling of Mother Mary, all over the phone. Distance healing is also available..

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Dr. Jacquelyn Hines 25 Lindsley Drive, Suite 207, Morristown 211 Broad Street, Suite 102, Red Bank 732-224-1280 732-224-1281 fax Dr. Jacquelyn Hines provides hands-on, compassionate care that focuses on evaluating and treating individuals holistically to create healing and wellness in the body, mind, and spirit. She combines her knowledge as a doctor of physical therapy and certified craniosacral therapist to treat patients throughout the lifespan. See ad on page 32.


David Frome PT, L.Ac, Adv. Rolfer Rebekah Frome PTA, LMT, Adv. Practitioner of Structural Integration Asbury Park, Montclair and Matawan, NJ • 973-509-8464 Strong grounding in Western medicine and deep commitment to holistic health. We offer Five Element Acupuncture and The Rolfing Technique of Structural Integration. Specialties include: reproductive health and fertility (men and women), environmental health, sports injuries, low back and neck pain, cancer and post-surgical recovery, pediatric developmental disabilities and Rolfing for babies and children. We also offer Austin Air cleaners, a highly effective air quality solution. Call us for a free consultation.


Lory Sison-Coppola Reiki Master, Past Life Regressionist, Huna, Crystal Children Advocate, Readings 5 East Main St., Ste., 28B, Denville 973-796-4661 The Center offers different modalities that will raise your Spiritual Awareness, heighten your vibrations. We are dedicated to understanding and providing for those with specific needs. Classes, Certifications, Healing sessions, readings and counseling are offered. See ad on page 40.

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Reshma Shah Westfield • 908-264-4344 • Reshma is a certified ThetaHealing Teacher and Practitioner with a passion in helping individuals recognize their limiting belief patterns and tap into their true potential. Her students learn the practice of Thetahealing and her clients benefit from one on one sessions healing them from illness, trauma, chronic pail, spiritual and emotional restriction giving them miraculous transformations. Reshma specializes in working with children and their parents teaching them mediation, the use of alteration in life style with Thetahealing® and the power of developing intuitive abilities to transform their lives to their desires. As per debut month, the first time clients get 25% off their first session. See ad on page 30.


2 E. Northfield Rd. #5, Livingston 28 Mine St., Flemington 43 Tamarack Cir., Princeton 3400 Valley Forge Cir., King of Prussia, PA 908-996-3311 • With 30 years of experience Hypnosis Counseling Center of New Jersey is a full-service counseling center, using both traditional counseling methods and the art of hypnotherapy in private and group settings. We regularly hold adult education seminars, work with hospitals, fitness centers, and individuals who want to better their lives. We specialize in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. The State of New Jersey and Fortune 500 Corporation alike employ our programs. See ad on page 7.


Improving Your Life Through Hypnotherapy Garry Gewant, MA Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist 908-852-4635 • Incorporating traditional hypnotherapy techniques with other holistic modalities is Garry’s forte. Using traditional hypnosis for Smoking Cessation, Weight Control, Stress Management, Elimination of Fears, Improving Sports, Artistic, and Academic Performance, Anger Management, etc. He has expanded his practice to include Reiki Healing, Transpersonal Hypnotherapy, Metaphysical Counseling, Psychic/Mediumship and Past Life Regression Therapy as taught to him by Dr. Brian Weiss author of “Many Lives, Many Masters.”

Robert A. Bruckner, Board Certified Hypnotist 124 Little Falls Rd., Suite 206, Fairfield 973-370-2100 ofc • 973-370-2120 fax Hypnosis for medical pain issues, academic proficiency, sports success, smoking cessation and weight loss. It’s not just hypnosis, it’s Major Mindset Hypnosis. Get beyond whatever is holding you back. End pain, stop smoking, lose weight, eliminate fearful thoughts, nervous or anxious feelings and be your best! Call for free telephone consultation. See ad on page 9.


Linda West, BA, ACH 55 Madison Ave., Morristown 973-506-9654 • Advanced Clinical Hypnosis using an interactive, personalized technique; based on a lengthy interview at our first session and dialogues at following sessions. I don’t talk “at” you; we both speak before and during your hypnosis. I also teach you self-hypnosis. Specializing in weight, stress, smoking, chronic pain, releasing the past, performance, obsessive thoughts, substance use, sleep, fears, confidence, and attention issues. Hypnosis can get you unstuck in virtually any area of your life. If you have constraints that you can’t seem to break through, hypnosis can free you and put you back in charge. Come for a free consultation to learn how you can reframe your past and design your future.

MASSAGE THERAPIST/ MOBILE HEAVENLY HANDS MOBILE SPA Shanda Barker 908-349- 0504 License Number: 18KT00525900

Tranquil massage treatment in the convenience of your home. Professional, licensed massage therapist trained to provide exceptional care in customized massage treatment and for therapeutic massage treatments on a regular basis. Use of various modalities that improve flexibility, range of motion, and stress relief. We are honored to be part of the process of uplifting our clients to sustain a balanced well-being. See ad on page 35.


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B.JONES ORGANIC SPA 62b South St, Morristown 973-538-1600

We believe you should shine from the inside out. Morristown’s only truly organic spa offering Facial, Massage, Reiki, Wellness Classes, and Spa Parties. See ad on page 22.


Next Level Healing of NJ, Inc., Denville 973-586-0626 • In addition to being a nurse, Susan is a nutritionist, colon therapist, and digestive health specialist with 31 years experience. Each specialty helps find the source of stress underlying your symptoms. Her counseling includes making the right food choices based on scientific testing, and using enzyme rich whole food supplements. To rid any lingering toxins, she offers closed-system colonics and infrared saunas, which can also help shed weight and ease aches. All holistic methods target restoring normal function and preventing chronic disease. Visit the website for upcoming lectures and time sensitive specials! See ad on page 35.


Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown, NJ 973 267-4816 Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman has a private practice in Morristown, NJ, she teaches a six-month nutritional certification course and has certified over 700 graduates in Holistic Health over the last 14 years. She also practices frequency biofeedback, teaches 1-day classes and lectures widely. Dian is currently finishing her doctorate in Medical Humanities at Drew University in Madison, NJ, and may be reached at 973 2674816, Email at or visit See ad on page 13.


Do you suffer from anxiety or stress? Do you want to lose weight, stop smoking, gain self-confidence or change a habit? Do you need support and guidance through a life or career transition? Are you ready to achieve your goals, pursue your dreams, and actualize your potential? You CAN create the Life You Desire... I can help you MAKE IT HAPPEN! Using proven techniques such as Holistic Psychotherapy, Hypnosis, Stress Reduction, Reiki and Dream Interpretation, I help teens & adults create happier, healthier, more peaceful and fulfilling lives. Allow me to assist you! See ad on page 19.


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“Brianna’s Nutrition Kitchen, LLC” is a personal chef service that is dedicated to helping you and your family live healthier and less stressful lifestyles.

PSYCHOTHERAPY JUDITH A. HANCOX, MSW, LCSW, BCETS Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress Founder-Shiome Therapy™ Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Gestalt, EMDR, Energy Psychologist, Children’s Therapist, Grief Specialist—Guided Afterlife Connections Succasunna 973-585-4660 • •

I’ve been guided to ancient and modern science methodologies that safely accelerate the emotional healing process. With 25+ years in private practice, blending Yoga, Gestalt, EMDR, Energy Psychology, & Essential Oils, Shiome Therapy, is my signature psychotherapy. I have certifications in Repair and Reattachment Grief Therapy, and Dr. Brian Weiss’ Past Life Regression Therapy. My manual & CDs have meditations with bi-lateral music helping accelerate relaxation, intensify concentration, and support transformation. For a deeply profound, spiritually synergistic process, experience Shiome’s psychotherapeutic ways and means. See ad on page 39.

Tracey Leacock, BRT, ELI-MP, CPC, LPT 973-577-7307

Partnering with individuals, couples and groups and navigating them to release blocks, raise energy levels, increase intimacy, heal, develop communication, and overall participation within the relationship you desire. See ad on page 18.


Cora Ciaramello L.E. C.P.E. LMT Aesthetician 420 Boulevard, Suite 107., Mountain Lakes 973-588-3668 Cora Ciaramello is a licensed and Board certified electrologist, aesthetician and massage therapist with 20+ years of experience. Natural approach and the latest esthetics, technology and equipment to improve skin and nourish body and soul to look your absolute best. New Client Special: Mention this publication and get 20% off your first appointment. See ad on page 14.

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Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ and NY 855-667-9338 Thermography gives a very early look at the most important indicator of a potential health problem— inflammation. Early stage disease screening is an area in which thermography excels. Whether your pain is acute or chronic, or you are merely curious about the state of your health, thermography can help provide answers. Radiation-free breast and full body screenings for men and women. See ad on page 15.

VISION/EYE HEALTH DR. ANDY ROSENFARB, ND, LAC, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave. East, Westfield 908-928-0060 •

Dr. Rosenfarb is world renowned in the field of holistic eye health. He is passionate about helping people with degenerative eye diseases. Learn of his astounding work in this area— call now to qualify for your free copy of his ground breaking book, “Recover Your Vision.” Additional specialties include glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. See ad on page 37.


Dana Cilento-Murphy E-RYT 500, YACEP, Certified Celebrant Yoga and meditation instruction, ceremonies, spiritual workshops, retreats. My approach to spirituality integrates not only mind/body but also supports the connection between self/spirit. See ads on pages 16, 36.


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PROGRESSIVE HOLISTIC DENTAL THERAPIES TRANSFORM QUALITY OF LIFE Patients travel from around the world to experience world class quality, service and expertise Denville is famous for its medical community. So, it’s no surprise that a perfect smile is a must have item in this friendly town. Hand crafting those smiles is the life work of Dr. Steiner and Dr. Fine. Their office’s reputation has spread so far that they now treat patients from around the world; often doing more smile makeovers in a single month that some dentists do in a lifetime. They also offer an amazing alternative for those living with missing teeth. This dramatic advancement in the field of dental implantology now makes it possible for many patients to switch from dentures to permanent implant supported teeth in only a few hours. This new approach can be used to replace a single missing tooth or an entire mouth. Patients leave the office after just one appointment with a beautiful and strong smile. Discomfort is so minimal that most patients eat a light meal that evening. Upon entering the front door you will immediately know that this is no ordinary dental office, because that’s what most people say upon seeing it for the first time. Among the practice’s notable patients are actresses, actors, astronauts, models and TV personalities. However most of the doctor’s patients are everyday people who just want to look their best. Drs. Steiner, Fine and Kwiatkowski have focused their practice on those areas about which they are highly passionate. (After all you wouldn’t ask your family doctor to do heart surgery.) Those areas are Cosmetic Dentistry. Trained at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for advanced dental studies, they have devoted over sixty combined years to perfecting their skills and have placed over 100,000 cosmetic restorations. Their main focus is on CoSMeT­ IC and FULL MoUTH reCoNSTrUCTIoN cases. This includes Implant Dentistry and Neuromuscular orthodontics, which can avoid unecessary removal of teeth. Many people do not realize that dental problems may be the cause of headaches, migraines, shoulder, back and neck pain, noisy jaw joints and pains in the TMJ. Drs. Steiner, Fine and Kwiatkowski pride themselves in having Morris County’s premier head, neck and jaw pain relief center. Their office also offers a “limited warranty” that provides free repair or replacement of restorative dental work, when a patient’s regular hygiene visits are maintained. This kind of security could only be offered by truly World Class Dentists. This is why their motto is: “Experienced professionals make the difference.” Aesthetic Family Dentistry is pleased to offer Gentle Laser Periodontal Therapy (GLPT) to treat moderate to advanced gum disease, a condition linked to other serious health issues including heart disease and diabetes. This gentle and less invasive superior state-of-the-art procedure eliminates the need for traditional surgery. oral DNA and HPV testing is also available to determine a patient’s periodontal health, as well as detect any possible genetic proclivity toward gum issues.

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Natural Awakenings North Central NJ - July 2017  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...

Natural Awakenings North Central NJ - July 2017  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...