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“Little by little I am changing to feel better and better. There is no rush, because I know everything is coming to me when I am ready. I appreciate each moment and give gratitude for the gifts in my life now.” —My summer mantra


ummer is here. Time to kick off my shoes and wiggle my toes in Dana Boulanger Marilee Burrell the sand—or the mud. I cherish this season, when I can be outside longer, connecting with nature. Marilee and I both love gardening and daily walks, our ways of staying balanced and grounded in life. I find rituals like these important, and interestingly, I now realize that over the years, I’m finding my way back to the same rituals I loved as a child: playing outside, listening to music and sitting on the beach. We are so blessed to live here in the Hudson Valley, where we’re driving distance to the East Coast shores, as well as hundreds of miles of hiking, biking and walking trails and beautiful nature preserves and parks. For me it is like heaven on earth. Everything I want and desire is at my fingertips. I am eager for you to dig into this delicious July edition. We have lots of recipes and local natural foodie news, as well an extensive guide to farmers markets throughout Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess. (If you notice one we missed, please let us know!) The extended Food section starts on page 24. You can also access our Foodie blog any time from, for additional natural food resources on the go. We are excited to spread the word about all the new places to eat healthy in our area, and we hope you will discover them too. There are so many adages about food and health, like, “What you eat matters,” “Be mindful,” “Eat local,” “Eat clean,” “Read labels,” “Eat your vegetables,” and “Eat a rainbow’’—meaning a full spectrum of fruits and vegetables. The saying I frequently hear is “Everything in moderation.” While it’s all great advice, you really need to learn what works for your body. It’s best to get professional guidance, because nutrition can be a bit confusing. That’s why I have three coaches and a stack of books on the subject. I read, meditate and walk daily to keep my mind, body and spirit in balance. At the moment, Marilee and I are also really into Anthony William’s Life-Changing Foods, which has shone a fresh light on the old saying “Food is medicine.” We hope you enjoy this month’s feature article, “Natural Ways to Cleanse Body and Mind,” on page 36. It can jump-start your journey to removing the toxins from your life and help you find a new path to a more vibrant existence. Remember, detoxing is about more than just food; what you think and say can be toxic too. You are the expert, the master and maestro of your life. So one of the best investments you can make is taking the time to educate yourself, try new things and make positive changes in order to live a happier, more balanced life. So go have fun. If you need ideas, our monthly calendar is chock-full of classes and inspiring events. (As always, please let our fabulous advertising partners know you discovered them in Natural Awakenings.) And watch for details about our 10year anniversary party, planned for late September. This fun family celebration will bring together the Natural Awakenings community, which we appreciate and adore. With joy and gratitude,

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newsbriefs Star Chefs Serve Six-Course Meal at Clock Tower Farm


Strawberry Jerry LoFaro After ruling out his initial career choices of paleontologist, zoologist, baseball player and Good Humor ice cream man, Jerry LoFaro parlayed his lifetime interest in dinosaurs and other animals, fantasy, art history and literature into a successful career as an illustrator. His art—always striking and often humorous—has been featured on book covers for major publishers and in advertising and promotional campaigns for clients including Nike, Disney, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel and TIME magazine. Celestial Seasonings has commissioned LoFaro to create tea, coffee and seasonings package designs, even entrusting him to update the company’s famous icon, the Sleepytime Bear. Recently, he was honored with a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. “Superficially, I’d describe my work as realism,” says LoFaro. “However, much of what I’ve done in content is conceptual, with surreal flourishes.” Prior to 2002, he worked primarily with acrylics; now, he uses Photoshop to create digital art. LoFaro also treasures the rural beauty of his New Hampshire surroundings and confides, “My life revolves around walking out to my studio in the woods, listening to great music and being creative.” View the artist’s portfolio at 10

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n July 1, six star chefs will serve up a feast at Clock Tower Farm, located at 126 Route 39 North in Sherman, Connecticut. Executive Chef Rich Parente, who owns the Clock Tower Grill in Brewster with his wife, Cassie, will host the event. The six-course dinner will last from 5 to 9 p.m. and cost $125, including beer and wine. (Gratuities are not included.) While diners of all ages are welcome, they must be 21 with a Chef Rich Parente valid ID to consume alcoholic beverages. Participants can meet and dine with chefs Rich Parente; Shawn Burnette of Heritage Food + Drink in the Hudson Valley; Ned Elliot of Foreign and Domestic and founder of Indie Chefs Week in Austin, Texas; Chopped champion Emily Chapman of Pasquale Jones in NYC; Nate Middleton of Home of the Brave in Toronto; and David Santos of Good Stock and Nashville Hot Chicken Pop Ups. The Lone Wolf Trio will provide live music. There is also live music every Friday at 8 p.m. all summer long at the Clock Tower Grill, located at 512 Clock Tower Drive in Brewster. Upcoming acts include Andrea and the Armenian Rug Riders (July 7); Jekyll and Hyde (July 14); BBS Trio (July 21); and Group Therapy (July 28). The Clock Tower Grill serves healthy, fresh food, sourcing as much local, sustainable, organic and GMO-free ingredients as possible. For more info about the July 1 dinner, email or call 914.374.0633. For more info about Clock Tower Grill, email or visit

Mianus River Gorge Seeks Cleanup Volunteers


ianus River Gorge (MRG) will host a river cleanup on July 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning and ending at Bedford Village Memorial Park, located at 65 Greenwich Road in Bedford. The Mianus River is one of a number of coastal rivers that empty into Long Island Sound at Cos Cob Harbor in southwest Connecticut. Its headwaters in North Castle and Bedford drain to the Bargh Reservoir, which provides drinking water for the communities of Greenwich, Stamford, Port Chester, Rye and Rye Brook. MRG helps protect the watershed that contributes to the health of the aquifer supplying local wells in other communities and the Mianus River itself. With the help of staff, trustees, donors and volunteers like scout troops, soccer teams, high school environmental clubs and members of the general public, MRG is organizing a cleanup along a major portion of the Mianus River. MRG will map and assign half-mile sections of the river to groups of volunteers who, armed with garbage bags, work gloves and insect repellant, will remove trash and other discarded objects—from Mylar balloons to discarded tires—in and along the river. Volunteers will work in groups of 10, each with a team leader. They will pull large items and filled garbage bags to the roadside, where MRG staff will pick them up and haul them back to the park for disposal. Refreshments and clean River CleanUp T-shirts will be distributed at the end of the workday. For more info, visit

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Floatation Therapy Naturally Addresses Chronic Pain


t Rise Above Floatation in Westchester, people are removing themselves from all sensory stimulation to get away from the stresses Micah Saccomanno of the world and to amplify the body’s natural healing mechanisms. While results vary from person to person, floatation therapy is a good alternative for people who wish to treat their chronic pain without pharmaceuticals, says owner Micah Saccomanno. Clients float atop a dense solution of Epsom salts, triggering an effect known in the medical world as the relaxation response. “This dials back all the hormone surges that come from any elevation in stress levels, lowering blood pressure and cortisol levels while increasing blood flow to the entire body,” Saccomanno says. The experience goes further than just being alone or taking a nap, he adds. “Just as you might close your eyes in order to fall asleep to replenish your resources, a floatation session allows you to gradually extract yourself from sights, sounds, touch and even gravity.” He recalls how, after one float session, a client with fibromyalgia couldn’t feel any of the pain she’d woken up with that morning. Another client called him to report that her regular pain level had gone from a “12” to a “4.” All the rooms in the float center are completely clean and private, with personal showers. They are designed to allow users to go at their own pace, easing into total silence or darkness, he says. Rise Above Floatation is located at 111 E. Main St., Mount Kisco, NY. Appointments are available seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. To book an appointment, visit or call 914.241.1900. See ad, page 43. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Detoxification Critical to Optimal Health


ost of us bathe regularly without giving a thought to cleaning our insides. But statistical correlations between environmental pollutants and disease indicate that periodic detoxification is critical to our health, says Dr. Timothy Morley, medical director of Tomorrow Medicine in Mount Kisco and White Plains. “According to recent government-funded annuDr. Timothy Morley al reviews of public health, 60,000 Americans die each year from air pollution, 53 million Americans drink contaminated water and 21,000 die from cancer-causing pesticides,” he says. “And pesticides aren’t the only toxins in our foods. There are also fertilizers, chemical sprays, artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives.” In addition, we absorb toxins through our skin, from chemicals on our clothes, sheets and towels, he says. Because the human body doesn’t shed all toxins, they can accumulate in soft tissues, organs and bones, Morley says. Scientists have also found that chemicals like pesticides and PCBs interfere with many aspects of metabolism, including the ability to burn calories after weight loss. Some symptoms of toxic overload are obvious, like bad breath and gastrointestinal problems. Others are subtle, like irritability and weight gain. Regardless, the problems won’t go away by themselves, Morley says. “The body can’t naturally detox itself, and just eating good food won’t take care of the problem either,” he says. “Detoxification needs to be done properly, through a program that’s safe, natural and effective to achieve optimal health.” Tomorrow Medicine is located at 1133 Westchester Ave., White Plains. To schedule a complimentary consultation, call 914.615.9004. For more info visit See ad, page 21 & 39.

CIA Grad Hosts Scraps, Food Waste Cooking Show


on’t throw out those food scraps. Instead tune in to the new cooking show, Scraps, hosted and produced by Joel Gamoran, a 2008 alumnus of the Culinary Institute of America. The series, which debuted on the FYI cable network in May, features Gamoran traveling around the United States,


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working with chefs and restaurateurs to create pop-up dinners from rescued or leftover food. The third episode is based near the CIA’s New York campus in the Hudson Valley. The show is produced by Katie Couric Media. “Food waste is such Joel Gamoran a huge problem in this country, and more and more people want to do something about it,” Couric recently told Variety in announcing the new series. “I’m so excited for Chef Joel Gamoran to introduce viewers to wonderful places and delicious recipes using ingredients we never imagined could taste so good. Joel’s energy and enthusiasm are infectious.” For more information, visit and

Fall and Winter Yoga Trainings in Eastchester


his fall and winter, Awakened Warrior Yoga Teacher Training will team up with the Temperance Center, located at 453 White Plains Road in Eastchester, to offer 200- and 300-hour yoga teacher trainings and Restorative Yoga certifications. The 200-hour program will be available as either a two-week intensive or fiveMichael Baez in meditation weekend training, while the 300-hour program will be available as either a three-week intensive or six-weekend training. All graduates will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance, says Michael Baez, creator of and master trainer for the Awakened Warrior Yoga Teacher Training. “Close to 150 students from all over the world have already graduated from this training,” he says. “If you’re looking to become a certified yoga teacher or simply love yoga and want to go deeper into the studies of the asanas, pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy and diet, then this training is for you.” Baez and his team of professional trainers are all certified at the 500-hour level and beyond, with many years of experience teaching yoga classes, workshops and teacher trainings in New York and Los Angeles. For more info, contact Michael Baez at 818.668.7654 or, or visit AwakenedWarrior.Yoga. See ad, page 53. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Ozone Therapy Offers Hope to Lyme Patients


n alternative health clinic, LifeWorks Wellness Center is now routinely offering ozone therapy to Lyme disease patients as part of their treatment program. The clinic’s Medical Director, David Minkoff, M.D. is on the board of the American Academy of Ozonotherapy and is considered to be a pioneer in the use of ozone for Lyme disease. Minkoff states, “When someone is diagnosed with Lyme, it can be devastating as it can be such a debilitating disease. Most of the patients we see have tried numerous treatment programs but have seen little improvement. Their research leads them to read about the benefits of ozone and then to ultimately find our clinic.” Ozone therapy differs from other Lyme treatment programs as it can substantially increase the blood’s oxygen which, in turn, facilitates healing in many different ways. It can detoxify the liver, de-clog the blood cells, enhance the immune system and kill viruses and bacteria. Based in Clearwater, Florida, LifeWorks offers hope to Lyme patients from all over the country with their uniquely effective, multi-protocol program. For more information, call 727.466.6789 or visit See ad page 75.

Introducing Bell Lifestyle Products New Look Nationwide


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, 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 63.


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Human Design System Creates “Personal Operating Manual”


olistic wellness techniques are often described as focusing on the body, mind and spirit. But the tool Karen W. Spirer offers covers even more than that. She provides clients with individualized blueprints they can use to make decisions about everything from what they eat to whom they marry to what career they pursue. Spirer is certified in the Human Design System, known as “the science of differentiation.” She uses the system to assess her clients and identify their optimal nutritional plan, environment, relationship and work choices. “I’ve heard people call this the personal operating manual they didn’t receive at birth,” she says. “As you know, any one decision you make can change your life—many lives—as well as well the world around us forever. This is not a belief system, but the newest logical body of selfknowledge information available.” From each assessment, Spirer creates a colorful Human Design BodyGraph, which maps clients’ unique energy hubs for nature (their genes and cellular wisdom) and nurture (their conscious personality, which is open to outside influences). Next she helps them use their inborn decision-making tools to understand their own personal truths and values. “The result is an awakening to your uniqueness, respecting and loving yourself and others as never before, one correct and empowering decision at a time, as the only decision-making authority in your life, the captain of your own ship,” she says. For more info, contact Spirer at 914.310.2949 or, or visit or

Major Upgrades to Natural Awakenings Singles Website, used by Natural Awakenings readers to meet conscious soul mates, twin flames, life partners and friends since 2013 in partnership with the Conscious Dating Network, has been upgraded with a new contemporary layout suited to all platforms and devices, including smartphones and tablets. The site also features a dynamic search function so members can edit and view search results on the same page in real time, plus the ability to save and edit favorite searches more easily. Other new developments include Match Questions, providing a more indepth way of determining compatibility that replaces the Compatibility Test and Sexual IQ. There are eight categories—Dating, Eco-Consciousness, Spirituality, Lifestyle & Personality, Sexuality, Diet & Exercise, Ethics, and Just for Fun—with many pertinent multiple-choice questions. Members answer for themselves, and also select which answers are “acceptable” to them relating to a potential partner’s answers. Match percentages between members are calculated via an algorithm and displayed on profiles. Some of the answers are humorous and entertaining which makes answering the questions more fun, and members can express themselves more deeply with the optional personal comments to go along with each answer. Upcoming new features will include live video chats, a “stealth” profile viewing mode option and a classified ad section. For more info see ad page 71. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure Classes Offered in Katonah


icensed massage therapist Gail Kellstrom, who teaches Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure for LMT continuing education credits, will offer a 40-CE-hour Basic class July 29 and 30 and August 5, 12 and 13. She will also offer a 7-CE-hour Acupressure Facial class July 9, and a 7-CE-hour Fundamentals of Self Acupressure class in the fall. The classes are a great way to enhance a practice, explore personal growth, experience an easy-to-use form of self-care, and acquire handson LMT continuing education credits through an Gail Kellstrom NCBTMB-approved provider, Kellstrom says. Jin Shin Do Acupressure synthesizes ancient and modern techniques to balance the “natural” flow of energies in the body, mind and spirit, she says. “The way of the compassionate spirit is the guiding energy behind this complete system of acupressure,” she says. “Acupressure is thousands of years old, having been used in Asian cultures for millennia, and continues to be used to this day. It can be used at many levels, ranging from simple self-application, promoting what the Chinese so graphically described as ‘glowing health,’ to advanced and highly technical therapeutic application. Plus there’s another bonus: It’s enjoyable and it feels good.”  Kellstrom, who has been in practice for more than 32 years, offers these classes in Katonah throughout the year. The Basic class is $595, and the one-day classes are $150. She offers a discount for early payment. For more info, contact Kellstrom at 914.232.5754 or visit    

In-Home Personal Training Has Therapeutic Focus


ve Fogler, who uses a multidisciplinary approach to help people reach their health and fitness goals, offers at-home sessions for those who want to begin therapeutic personal training or build on the progress they’ve made in physical therapy. “With my Post-PT Training and Progressive Training, I start where my clients are,” Fogler says. “After analyzing their alignment, biomechanics, current fitness, pain level and personal goals, I create a road map to get them where they want to go.” As a post-physical therapy conditioning speEve Fogler cialist, personal trainer and integrative nutrition coach, Fogler has worked with individuals, instructors, physicians and businesses for more than 30 years. She is also a medical exercise specialist; yoga instructor; health coach; and black-belt instructor in Nia, a restorative cardio and therapeutic recovery exercise technique based on the Feldenkrais and Alexander Techniques. She has a private studio, the Yoga Barre, in Goldens Bridge. “I use a combination of efficient and effective corrective, core stabiliza16

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tion, mobility, balance, functional strength, flexibility and cardiovascular exercises to go beyond the typical sets and reps traditional training,” she says. “Progressive Therapeutic Training is based upon reassessing as you progress, and consistently giving safe and appropriate challenges so you continue to improve as you train.” For more info about Post-PT Training and Progressive Therapeutic Training, including discounted six-session packages for summer, visit or call 917.747.3331.

Custom Orthotics Made with 3D Imaging


r. Leigh Damkohler, a certif i e d ch i r o p r a c t i c sports physician and licensed massage therapist, is now offering custom orthotics made with cuttingedge 3D imaging that creates a blueprint for the feet and how they impact biomechanics. “After painful orthotics from a reputable doctor who did a mold of my feet, I was looking for answers to obtaining the proper support for my feet,” Damkohler says. “In using these functional orthotics, I have seen a reduction in many patient symptoms—not just low back pain and sciatica, but also headaches and neck pain. They are an important part in supporting proper biomechanics and alignment.” Feet are as unique as fingerprints, she explains. “Over-the-counter orthotics may initially cost less, but they only support one arch instead of all three in your foot, which may actually cause pain and symptoms, not relieve them.” She says custom functional orthotics can help give anyone a more balanced foundation and stable pelvis, helping adjustments “hold” better. She also often recommends their use by athletes, in addition to regular adjustments, to reduce the risk of injury and enhance athletic performance. After nearly 14 years of chiropractic experience, Damkohler says she’s excited to add these state-of-theart orthotics to her toolbox. “I’ve always given patients postural corrections and stretching to help maintain the benefits of treatment at home and correct the root of the problem, not just the symptoms. This tool helps patients visualize how their body is supported from the ground up.” For more info, email, call 914.523.7947 or visit

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Ozone Therapy for Detoxing and Healing



Tart Cherry Aids Runner Performance


study of distance runners by Texas A&M University, in College Station, determined that short-term 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 powdered 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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ne of the best healing therapies involves an elemental gas that’s all around us, says Dr. Somesh Kaushik, who owns an Ayurvedic and naturopathic clinic in Cross River. “At our clinic, we use ozone with steam for better and deeper absorption for treatments, detoxification, rejuvenation and the maintenance of life,” he says. “It increases circulation, reduces inflammation, relaxes muscles, rejuvenates tissues, relieves stress and improves digestion and mobility.” And because toxins are stored in fat tissue, their removal results in the loss of fat as well, he says. The clinic uses ozone in an Ayurvedic Ozone therapy at Dr. Kaushik’s method called Swedana—either individually, for the treatment of certain conditions, or Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic in combination with the other components of the Ayurvedic detoxification and healing program known as Panchakarma, to increase their effectiveness. Ozone’s unique chemical properties work with the body’s natural healing mechanisms in several ways, Kaushik says. It forms an energetic molecule that readily donates its third oxygen atom to free radicals, mitigating the damage they do to the body, he says. It also activates the immune-related “messenger molecules” known as cytokines, helping regulate the immune system and fight off chronic infections. Ozone kills bacteria by interfering with their cells’ metabolism, Kaushik says. “At a specific concentration and duration of use, it is estimated that medical ozone kills 99.999 percent of lipid viruses and bacteria in water, in bodily fluids and in the air.” It also kills cancer cells by altering their enzyme activity, and destroys viruses by diffusing through their protein coat—a quality that’s “very helpful in the treatment of HIV.” By boosting the amount of oxygen in our red blood cells, ozone increases our energy level and fights the effects of aging, he adds. “Having an adequate supply of oxygen is critical for all body functions. Ozone therapy is one of the most powerful anti-aging therapies. It maintains, repairs and rejuvenates the body at the cellular level.” During transdermal ozone therapy, the ozone penetrates fat, lymph and blood while opening the skin’s pores, allows toxins to be released through sweat while the body is being oxygenated. Ozone also reduces inflammation by mobilizing the body’s antioxidant defense mechanism, and it breaks down the uric acid that can build up in the body, damaging blood vessels and causing gout. “Ozone therapy is one of the most powerful healing therapies that is ubiquitous,” Kaushik says. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic is located at 6 Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte. 35, Cross River, NY. For appointments, call 914.875.9088, email or visit See ad, page 35.

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Coal Phase-Out Boosts Health

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Post-Stroke Exercise Improves Brain Function


esearch from the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, has established that structured physical activity following a stroke can significantly improve cognitive function in survivors. The study used data from 13 clinical trials that included 735 participants to analyze general cognitive improvement, executive function, attention and working memory, as well as the impact of different types of physical activity. Researchers found that exercise following a stroke produced cognitive improvements in both attention and speed in processing information. They further discovered that a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training produced the maximum cognitive improvements. “We found that a program as short as 12 weeks is effective at improving cognition, and even patients with chronic stroke can experience improvements in their cognition with an exercise intervention,” says lead author Lauren E. Oberlin, a graduate student at the university.


he province of Ontario began a complete phase-out of its coal-fired power plants in 2005, with all of them having closed by 2015. While the costly measure was expected to produce minor air quality improvements, officials predicted that the resulting health benefits would accrue $3 billion in annual healthcare savings for the community. Realized savings can be seen in the drastic reduction of smog days in Ontario, down to just one since 2014. “Let’s compare that to 2005, when residents of the Greater Toronto Area suffered through 53 smog days while coal, with its toxic emissions, provided 19 percent of the province’s power,” says Vanessa Foran, president and CEO of The Asthma Society of Canada. “It’s obvious that shutting Ontario’s coal plants has helped clean the air; it’s also given a new lease on life to millions that suffer with asthma.” More proof of the medical benefits come from an assessment conducted by Toronto Public Health in 2014. It reported a 23 percent reduction in air pollution-related premature deaths in the city between 2000 and 2011, as well as a 41 percent reduction in related hospital admissions during the same period.



Colicky Babies Respond to Acupuncture


esearch from Sweden has found that acupuncture helps reduce the crying of colicky babies. The study monitored 147 babies between the ages of 2 and 8 weeks with colic at four separate Swedish public child health centers. The babies were divided into three groups; each visited the clinic twice a week for two weeks. One group received “gold standard” care plus five minutes of minimal acupuncture, one group received standard care plus five minutes of acupuncture and one group received standard care only. After two weeks, both acupuncture groups showed a reduction in crying time by the second week and at a later follow-up. More babies dropped to less than three hours of crying per day in the acupuncture groups than the control group, removing them from the colic category altogether. No adverse effects were recorded.

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Healthy Holdover

Kitchen Garden Stays at White House The W. Atlee Burpee home gardening company and the Burpee Foundation have contributed $2.5 million to the National Park Foundation to maintain the White House garden, founded in 2009 by former First Lady Michelle Obama, for at least 17 years. The garden is a powerful symbol of Obama’s effort to promote healthy eating and lifestyles for America’s children. During an eight-year span, she added beehives, a compost system and a pollinator garden to attract birds and butterflies as the garden nearly tripled in size to 2,800 square feet.

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Astonishing Agriculture

Food Grows Without Soil or Groundwater Proponents of GMO (genetically modified) food may argue that the technique is necessary because the world is running out of resources. However, agricultural startup Sundrop Farms, with offices in the UK and Australia, has developed high-tech greenhouse facilities that apply solutions to grow crops with less reliance on finite natural resources than conventional greenhouse production. In 2010, Sundrop Farms opened a pilot facility in Port Augusta, South Australia, that is combining seawater and sunlight to grow food in the middle of the desert, unaffected by climate change, biotech land grabs, drought, floods and pestilence. They are using coconut husks, 23,000 mirrors to reflect solar power and desalinated seawater on a hydroponic farm of just under 50 acres to grow 17,000 metric tons of non-GMO food every year. Built at a reported cost of $200 million, the facility has a year-round growing season. In winter, its greenhouse operates with the help of 39 megawatts of clean energy from solar power. Coles Supermarkets has signed a 10-year contract for the exclusive right to sell the company’s produce.


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An article published by the journal PLOS One reflects the opinion of researchers affiliated with France’s National Institute for Agricultural Research that a large portion of studies on genetically modified (GM/GMO) crops are rife with conflicts of interest. They state that many have been tainted because someone that worked on a study was also an employee of a company producing them. The study investigated direct financial conflicts of interest, but not other factors such as authors being members of advisory boards, co-holders of patents or consultants to GM companies. Out of 579 published studies analyzed, some 40 percent showed a possible conflict of interest. The authors noted that the suspect studies had a much higher likelihood of presenting a favorable outcome for GMOs compared to others. The majority of these studies (404) were American; 83 were Chinese.

Robot Janitors

Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel, the solar- and hydro-powered trash interceptors cleaning up Baltimore’s inner harbor, have the ability to suck up plastic bags, Styrofoam containers, cigarette butts and other debris. The waste is burned to generate electricity, and plans exist to increase recycling capabilities in the future. The brainchild of engineer John Kellett, who gained the support of the Water Partnership of Baltimore, a nonprofit that supports environmental legislation, the inventions are designed to make the area a green, safe and friendly destination for people and marine life.

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Neonic Pesticides Again Linked to Decline 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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Rye Physician Blends Best of Conventional and Integrative Healing


ing nutritional work. s an integrative, We promote this holistic physiintegrative approach cian, Allan Warholistically—apshowsky, M.D., says preciating the whole his patients fall into person, mind, body one or more of three and spirit; searchcategories: those who ing for the causes of appreciate a natural, illness rather than just whole-person aptreating symptoms; proach to health; those and understanding that who haven’t found unconditional love is help for their health life’s most powerful problems through healer. For me, this conventional care; and manifests as a committhose who feel well ment to self-nurturing but want to optimize Dr. Allan Warshowsky and nonjudgmental their health as they self-awareness. age. At his office in Rye, Warshowsky designs custom healing and wellness protocols for men, women and teens, You see women, men and chilcombining the best of conventional dren in your practice. What medicine with the latest in integrative, inspired you to create a practice holistic modalities. for the whole family?

As an integrative physician and a holistic gynecologist, what conditions do you treat, and how does your integrative approach work from a clinical standpoint? I am double board-certified in OB/ GYN and integrative holistic medicine, but I consider myself an integrative, holistic physician. That means that I can integrate other healing modalities, from functional medicine to Ayurvedic medicine, into healing protocols for people with chronic illness who have been failed by the conventional system.   We treat conditions related to the thyroid, hormones and metabolism, as well as adrenal fatigue and sleep and mood issues. We also help patients understand the connection between food and health, and spend a lot of time do22

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After being in a somewhat conventional OB/GYN practice for 23 years, I converted my practice into an integrative holistic women’s health practice. I was no longer delivering babies or doing surgery. Then, in 2006, I received a phone call from a patient’s husband, asking me to help him with his osteoporosis. When I tried to explain to him that I did not see men, he said that I’d healed his wife’s osteoporosis and that I could do the same thing for him. He convinced me to take him on as a patient. His health and his bones significantly improved, and I began seeing men from that point on. Within a short time I was also working with teens and preteens with mood issues, stomach problems, fatigue, and many of the same health problems that their parents were seeing me for. Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Thyroid health is a big concern these days. How do you help your patients turn around their thyroid health? In my opinion, thyroid problems are becoming more commonplace for several reasons. One reason is that we are recognizing it more often in patients who in the past would have been told that they were depressed and put on Prozac. Other reasons have to do with environmental stressors, from bad foods and worry to too much computer time, which affect the adrenal glands. The adrenal hormones are stress modulators and will reduce thyroid function at a certain point. Infections such as chronic Lyme, which are on the rise, can alter the immune system, creating autoimmune thyroid problems. And fluoride and similar iodine-interfering minerals— bromide and chloride—are ubiquitous in our environment and also interfere with healthy thyroid function. In our practice, we evaluate and treat all these issues to correct thyroid function. We use the desiccated thyroid hormones when needed to support thyroid function. 

What other chronic conditions do you treat? All kinds. We can treat them effectively because most of these conditions stem from underlying, foundational imbalances. The people with these conditions are generally chronically inflamed and suffer intestinal bacterial imbalance; they also tend to have symptoms like fatigue, mood and sleep disorders, digestive difficulties, weight problems and hormonal imbalances. By evaluating these issues and working to correct them, we can improve their health. Using these concepts, we treat a full spectrum of chronic illness, from neurologic issues to bone issues.

People fly in from far away for your nonsurgical fibroid treatment. What can you tell us about this, as well as your natural treatment for menopause and bio-identical hormone therapy?

The fibroid protocol is a prime example of my integrative, holistic approach to healing. My work healing fibroids holistically began while I was still performing surgery. While “waiting my turn” in the OR, I watched a colleague remove a normal-looking uterus from a 40-yearold woman. When I asked him why, he said he just could not stop her bleeding. I knew right then that her surgery was unnecessary, and that natural methods would have saved this woman’s uterus. Studies have shown that fibroids grow with hormone imbalance and inflammation. So by reducing those, we can reduce fibroid growth and perhaps even shrink existing fibroids. My protocol involves dietary changes, exercise and stress management, including meditation and visualization exercises. During perimenopause, estrogen levels can be quite high, and so fibroid growth can happen if hormones aren’t kept in balance. We can use bio-identical progesterone to balance excess estrogens. Fibroids stop growing in menopause because hormone levels are generally lower. But bio-identical hormones can help optimize the health of older men and women as they age. I’ve been working with compounded bioidentical hormones for almost 40 years.

For regular patients, you offer far infrared sauna for detoxing, weight problems and chronic pain. How does this treatment work? An infrared sauna is beneficial for detox, weight loss, pain relief and skin healing, because infrared light waves pull toxins from the body. Our saunas last from 30 to 37 minutes. Unlike a regular sauna that’s usually set at 180 degrees, ours is set at 125 degrees, and the patient’s sweat is comprised of 20 percent toxins, rather than 2 percent for a regular sauna. Patients leave feeling refreshed and energized.  Dr. Allan Warshowsky practices at 150 Purchase St. (the Hansa Building), Ste. 7, Rye, NY. For more info, visit See ad, page 21.  

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Stressed about what to eat? Head to the local farmers' market for some food therapy by Marti Wolfson

Marti Wolfson, a Westchester-based culinary nutritionist, rotates between Chappaqua, Irvington, Bronxville and Hastings farmers markets, where she holds food tastings from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. featuring dishes she improvises onsite using market ingredients. She offers cooking services, classes, workshops, corporate wellness services and retreats. Contact her at or 413.717.0459. 24

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n any given summer Saturday or Sunday, you are likely to find a bustling farmers market in nearly every town, each with its own set of vendors. With so many big-chain supermarkets popping up in suburbia, farmers markets offer a welcome respite, a place to enjoy the area’s freshest, most unique products while communing with friends. In this day and age of fad diets, big-ag-driven antifood and confusing science, farmers markets serve consumers in another significant way: they offer people a chance to shop without stress. In fact, it’s a shopping experience to look forward to. Consider how much time you spend just thinking about food each day. Nearly every Marti Wolfson cooking at the client I see in my practice is stressed out about Irvington Farmers' Market food for one reason or another. It may be the never-ending “what’s for dinner” dilemma, or concerns about not getting enough protein and fiber. Others are worried about GMOs in their food. Most of my patients just want to do right by their families but are confused about what to serve them. And then there’s the rise in inflammatory conditions that have people steering clear of gluten, dairy, corn, soy, nuts and eggs. While stores are filled with vegetables from around the globe and shelves of foods with difficult-to-pronounce ingredients, farmers markets give us the straight and simple: What you see is what you get. The term “whole foods” takes on even greater meaning at the farmers market; it is defined by the whole circle of the food chain, not merely an unadulterated food. For the most part, shoppers can be at ease knowing the produce is fresh, because it’s local and minimally sprayed, if at all. Animals are fed on pasture, making the eggs, chicken, beef, lamb and pork richer in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and other essential nutrients. And the artisanal breads sold at farmers markets generally have longer ferment times and are made with ancient grains like millet, quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat. Don’t take my word for it—visit a farmers market (see list on page 31 to find one near you). You’ll find that you’re less stressed out about all the extraneous worries we typically concern ourselves with when it comes to food. Your time at the market probably will be focused on what it ought to be: good food and the anticipation of what you will create for dinner. This sets the stage for long-term health.

Spinach, Strawberry and Sunflower Seed Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad 5 oz baby spinach 5-7 strawberries, thinly sliced ¼ cup toasted sunflower seeds 3 oz goat cheese, crumbled Dressing 5 strawberries 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 4 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp honey (optional) ½ tsp sea salt 1 small garlic clove, minced 5-7 basil leaves, roughly chopped 1 Tbsp red onion or shallot, minced Black pepper to taste Other options: avocado, blueberries, fennel Combine the arugula, strawberries and sunflower seeds in a salad bowl. Blend the dressing ingredients at high speed until emulsified. Taste for salt and pepper. Lightly toss the dressing into the arugula with tongs. Garnish with goat cheese. Refrigerate remaining dressing for up to a week. Recipe courtesy of Marti Wolfson.

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The Overlook at Harvest Moon Farm

Harvest Moon Hosts Farm-to-Table Dinner


arvest Moon Farm and Orchard of North Salem, purveyor of farm-fresh apples, produce, eggs, grass-fed meat and locally famous cider donuts, will host its first farm-to-table dinner July 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. The dinner will take place at The Overlook, a stone patio situated at the highest point of the orchard.  A collaboration between the farm and renowned Westchester chefs and restaurateurs John and Paul Aversano, the event will feature unique seasonal offerings sourced from and inspired by ingredients grown on the farm, says Harvest Moon’s general manager, Christine Covino. “Our dinner unifies the talents of two local family establishments, highlighting what each does best—growing high-quality, farm-fresh food and artfully utilizing what is locally available,” she says. The evening will begin with a bucolic wagon ride through the orchard up to The Overlook, where guests will be greeted with a glass of Hardscrabble Cider, pressed from the apples grown in the orchard. They can then enjoy cocktail hour with live music on the patio before being seated in an adjacent dining area, where they can watch the sunset over their farm-to-table dinner. “We are thrilled to welcome the community to sample and enjoy what we do, where it all takes place—here on the farm,” Covino says.  Tickets are $150, not including Eventbrite processing fee, tax and gratuity. A beer and wine cash bar will be available, as well as complimentary Hardscrabble Cider throughout the evening. Purchase tickets at The rain date is July 20. 


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ood Choice Kitchen, located on Main Street in Ossining, has only been open since February, but word has already spread that anyone can dine comfortably there, despite dietary restrictions. The café has an extensive fresh juice and smoothie menu as well as 100 percent vegan menus that vary by season. Chef and owner Laurie Gershgorn began cooking when she was very young and ultimately received professional training at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in Manhattan. After years as a private chef with a dream of owning a café, she opened Good Choice Kitchen to provide more vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan Chef Laurie Gershgorn options to the community. “As a plus, every plate and bowl is made of a sustainable bamboo material, with the to-go containers made of compostable material,” she says. “This eliminates a lot of waste that would have ended up in the environment.” Good Choice Kitchen also offers seasonal cooking classes for adults and children, with lessons ranging from basic knife skills to gluten-free baking. “By providing lessons in healthy cooking, I hope to inspire busy parents to cook more meals for their families,” Gershgorn says. Weekly meal plans she’s prepared are available for pickup or delivery. These meals may be custom ordered and can accommodate vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free and other dietary restrictions or preferences. Good Choice Kitchen is located at 147 Main St., Ossining, NY. For more info, visit

Old-Fashioned Farm Fest in Millbrook July 15


he seventh annual Walbridge Farm Fest will take place July 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Walbridge Farm, located at 538 Route 343 in Millbrook. This summer festival, designed to showcase and highlight homegrown businesses in the Hudson Valley, will feature old-fashioned farm fun, such as hayrides, games, music, raffles, a mechanical bull, pony rides, demonstrations of antique farm equipment and a junior cattle show. Situated in a picturesque rural area that’s an easy drive from anywhere in the Hudson Valley, Walbridge Farm is a sustainable, registered Black Angus farm where the cattle are grass-fed and non-GMO grain finished. Owned by the Giles family, it has earned a reputation for being well maintained and environmentally healthy. The Walbridge Farm Market features local products and American-made goods, including its own fresh eggs, syrup and honey. For more info, visit Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Fresh Juice Detoxes Available at Trailside Cafe


railside Cafe, located across from the North County Trail in Yorktown Heights, i s o f f e ring juice cleanse plans for one, three, five or seven days. The fresh juices are designed to speed up the detoxification process, removing toxins from the body while increasing nutrient intake, says cafe owner Ghenya Fagan. “Many detox programs are overwhelming, time-consuming and costly,” she says. “We do the hard work for our customers—no messy cleanups or wasted produce.” For each day of the cleanse, the café provides six 16-ounce bottles filled with a blend of fruit and vegetable juices customized to detoxify the system. Various natural additives are available, such as chia seeds, bee pollen, flax seed protein and hemp. Fagan says the cafe’s juice blends combat the symptoms of toxicity, including fatigue and sluggishness, constipation, difficulty losing weight, food allergies, sinus congestion, skin abnormalities and hormonal imbalances. In addition to fresh juices, Trailside Cafe offers smoothies, wraps, panini and salads. It also serves organic, fair-trade Nicaraguan coffee and freshly made glutenfree, dairy-free, sugar-free baked goods. A customer favorite is the acai bowl with added toppings such as fresh fruit, granola, peanut butter and coconut shavings, Fagan says. “As we are located directly across from the North County Trail, we provide a good rest stop for bicyclists,” she adds. “Our café provides indoor and outdoor seating, and the free Wi-Fi is always available.” Trailside Cafe is located at 1807 Commerce St., Yorktown Heights, NY. For more info, call 914.302.7331 or visit See ad, page 32. natural awakenings

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The new Hemlock Hill Farm & Market in Cortlandt Manor

emlock Hill Farm in Cortlandt Manor has opened a new market store, where it will sell its all-natural pasture-raised beef, pork, chicken, lamb, goat, goose, duck, rabbit, turkey and eggs, as well as certified organic seasonal vegetables, seven days a week, year-round. The Hemlock Hill Farm & Market will also offer all-natural, and often local, artisanal cheeses, raw honeys, maple syrup, milk, yogurt and fruits.  On Saturday mornings in the summer, visitors can tour the farm, which is located at 500 Croton Avenue.

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Congregation Sons of Israel gardens

A Community Farm Grows in Briarcliff Manor


t the busy 1.5-acre farm behind the Congregation Sons of Israel synagogue in Briarcliff Manor, food is a big focus. But community is an even bigger one. The CSI Community Organic Farm doesn’t just grow produce; it also provides a peaceful space where people can gather and engage, says Dara Mirsky, a farm committee member. “The setting amidst trees, including sugar maples that have been tapped to make syrup, aims to inspire and allows members to connect in formal and informal ways.” Gathering spaces and programs developed around the farm provide opportunities for the community at large. For instance, in addition to drilling a well for irrigation this year, CSI members built a symbolic wishing well where visitors can write wishes on rocks and toss them in. “The farm and associated programs will help bring forth many important Jewish traditions and values related to ecology, agriculture, nutrition, healing and health, well-being, spiritual connection, social and environmental justice and the benefits of physical work,” Mirsky says. In the first of the farm’s two fields, vegetables, grapes, fruit trees, berries and flowers are grown for sale at the CSI Sunday Organic Market (open most Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.); for synagogue programs; and for donation to a local food bank. The second field holds community growing beds (fully rented for the 2017 season). The farm also has 10 chickens, whose eggs are for sale at the Sunday market. Visit for upcoming events. For more info, contact Dara Mirsky at 914.762.4008 or

Boni-Bel Country Store Trains Special Ed Students


arm stores are popular summer destinations for people who love good food. But Boni-Bel Farm & Country Store in Brewster offers that and good vibes too. Located by Green Chimneys farm and school, the Country Store is a vocational training site, giving special education students the chance to operate and serve in a retail setting. Green Chimneys, a nonprofit, helps young people maximize their full potential by providing residential, educational, clinical and recreational services in a safe and supportive environment that nurtures connections with their families, the community, animals and nature. It operates an accredited special education school on two campuses, a residential treatment center, animal-assisted and nature-based therapeutic programs, public education and recreation programs and community-based support for youth and families. Vegetable gardens, orchards, flower beds and a greenhouse surrounded by forests and meadows are part of Green Chimneys’ nature-based curriculum. That’s where students learn about and become responsible for many plants while developing new skills. Located at 301 Doansburg Road, the Country Store offers organic foods, homegrown fruits and vegetables, hand-crafted gift items and products from local farms and vendors, as well as Green Chimneys students. Students are involved in all aspects of store operations, including customer assistance, product labeling and display, inventory and sales. They also learn how to make products such as maple syrup, cream and holiday wreaths. The Country Store’s summer hours are Tuesday through Friday from 3:15 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info, visit See ad, pg 27. natural awakenings

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Brewster and Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market Join Forces


Nicholas Dagher, Farmer's Market Intern; Kenneth Garris, Green Team Youth Leader; Jordanne Lewis, Farmers Market Volunteer; Nathan Hunter, Director of Healthy Communities; and Maggie Tebbetts, Manhattan College Rooftop Garden Intern

Get Fresh Yonkers Farmers’ Market Features Expanded Lineup


he season is in full swing at Get Fresh Yonkers Farmers’ Market, which runs Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until October 27 at Philips Manor Hall state historic site. This year the market introduced three new vendors to the Yonkers community: Red Hibiscus Bakery, General Cochran Farm and Acevedo Farm. Red Hibiscus Bakery’s mission is to “bring a little bit of the islands into each customer’s home,” says founder Farrah Fournillier. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Fournillier incorporates New York-grown fruits and spices into her Caribbean baked goods. The bakery specializes in vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free desserts. George Hoffman of General Cochran Farm raises hormone- and antibiotic-free meats, dairy and eggs with his family in Wassaic. “My team and I want to share the experience of drinking fresh sweet milk, enjoying creamy yogurt and having delicious eggs and meats year round,” Hoffman says. Acevedo Farm grows quality vegetables in nearby Goshen. “While our family farm is not certified organic—we opted not to become certified organic in order to avoid the complex and bureaucratic process—we don’t believe in using pesticides, and we continue to find ways to grow using the best practices for the land,” says owner Ernest Acevedo. The market also sells locally grown produce and hydroponic vegetables from Groundwork Hudson Valley’s Citizen Farmers and Science Barge, as well as items from other local vendors, such as Sololi’s colorful artisan jewelry, fabric and goods from Latin America and the Caribbean. The Get Fresh Yonkers Farmers’ Market is a program of Groundwork Hudson Valley, which empowers communities to reclaim and revitalize environmentally and economically distressed neighborhoods. Based in southwest Yonkers, GWHV partners with residents, city officials, schools, businesses and other nonprofits to bolster food access in underserved communities; refurbish parks, rivers, trails and other public spaces; provide summer employment for Yonkers public high school students; and teach about resilience, climate change and sustainable living aboard the Science Barge, its off-the-grid floating farm on the Hudson River. For more information about the Get Fresh Yonkers Farmers’ Market, including vending opportunities, contact Nathan Hunter at 914.375.2151 or 30

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he Brewster Farmers Market, previously located in the Village of Brewster, has partnered with the Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market, wh i ch i s h e l d Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. yearround on the grounds of the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association (HVCPA), located at 15 Mount Ebo Road South, along Route 22 in Brewster. The market attracts a wide variety of vendors, including Ace Endico Farm Table, Bootleg Beverages, Bear Hill Botanicals, Crown Maple Syrup, DoReMe Farms, Fresh Pickles and Olives, the Grand Strand Company, Good Reasons Dog Treats, KAS Spirits, Kookie Kueen Gluten Free Baked Goods, Ryder Farm Organics, Smellz Good Goat Milk Soap & More, Sacred Grounds Coffee and Sweet Pea Honey Products. In nice weather, the market is located in the HVCPA parking lot, with use of the pavilion and fenced playgrounds. In inclement weather, the market moves inside the lobby of the building. It offers kids’ activities and crafts all summer long, and in keeping with its mission of wellness, it schedules informative speakers, demonstrations and activities for shoppers throughout the year. “HVCPA and the Hudson Valley Farmers Market continues the goal of fortifying their connection within the local community and providing local economic opportunity and sustainability for growers and producers,” says Storm Keefe, HVCPA’s marketing and community relations coordinator. “As always, the market’s mission is to foster inclusive training and employment opportunities for people who experience disabilities.” For more info, call 845.629.2824 or visit See ad, page 28.

2017 Local Farmers' Markets

Buy Fresh, Buy Local! Dutchess County Amenia Farmers’ Market Fridays, 3-7pm, thru Oct 4988 Rt 22, Town Hall

Red Hook: Hudson Valley Farmers Market at Greig Farm Saturdays, 10am-3pm 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook

Beacon Farmers’ Market Sundays, 10am to 3pm Veterans Place, next to Post Office

Rhinebeck Farmers Market Sundays, 10am-2pm, thru Nov 61 East Market St, Rhinebeck

Fishkill Farmers’ Market Main Street Plaza, Rt. 52 Thursdays, 9am-3pm, thru Oct

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Hyde Park Farmers Market Saturdays, 9am-2pm, thru Oct 28 4390 Route 9

Brewster Farmers’ Market & Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market Sundays, 10am-2pm 15 Mount Ebo Rd, South, Brewster

Millbrook NY Farmers Market Saturdays, 9am-1pm, thru Oct 28 3263 Franklin Ave

Cold Spring Farmers’ Market Boscobel, Rt 9D, Garrison Saturdays, 10:30am-1:30pm

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Eating Vegan on the Road Clever Ways to Eat Healthy Anywhere by Judith Fertig

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raveling can be tricky for those trying to eat a plant-based diet, especially on long stretches of highway. More than 33 percent of Americans, or 100 million-plus people, are eating vegan/vegetarian meals more often, even if they do not adhere to a strict plant-based lifestyle, concluded a 2011 Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group. Here is what the discerning traveler can do when hunger strikes. Start by looking for vegan pit stops before you go. Identify a plant-friendly restaurant group, such as Dr. Andrew Weil’s True Food Kitchen (now in 12 states), and then Google for their locations. Smartphone apps such as 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

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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 favorite condiments of sriracha (bottled hot sauce) and nutritional yeast. “You can locate great vegan restaurants in surprising places if you search online before you travel,” he says, listing Viva Vegeria and La Botanica, in San Antonio, Texas, and The Red Fern, in Rochester, New York, among his finds. Where vegan restaurants are scarce, he turns to plant-based options at Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread. His DIY hotel-room cuisine favorites are a Hotel Smoothie, Banushi (banana sushi) and Pizzadilla, a cross between a pizza and a quesadilla, “cooked” in aluminum foil using a hotel iron and ironing board. Matt Frazier, a runner and co-author of the No Meat Athlete Cookbook, recently went on the road for a selffunded book tour. Not only had he left his high-powered blender back home with his family in Asheville, North Carolina, he was on a tight budget. “The trick that has helped me not just survive, but thrive on the road is eating fresher, more whole and more raw,”

he says. He recommends filling up on kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, nuts and seeds, berries, beans, onions and mushrooms. Lindsay S. Nixon, author of The Happy Herbivore Guide to PlantBased Living and related cookbooks, has traveled from her home in Los Angeles across the country and around the world, finding plant-based foods wherever she goes. “Almost every city has a Thai or Italian restaurant where

you should be able to find something on the menu or adapt a dish to stick with plants,” she says. “You might have to get a little creative. I once asked for salsa and a plain, baked potato; not a bad combo, as it turns out.” Wherever we find ourselves, we can still find healthy ways to eat. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at

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Vegan DIY Room Service by Dustin Harder 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. 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.


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

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.


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

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

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Maria Rodale Helps Organic Farmers Succeed by Randy Kambic


uthor, gardener and corporate executive Maria Rodale continues to add luster to an unparalleled family commitment to organic food, sustainability and healthy living covering three-quarters of a century. As CEO and chairman of Rodale Inc., she oversees the publishing of books (An Inconvenient Truth; The South Beach Diet; Eat This, Not That!), magazines (Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Prevention and Organic Gardening) and naturally healthy living websites. Her grandfather, J. I. Rodale, pioneered the American organic movement in 1942 by launching Organic Farming and Gardening magazine. In 1947, he founded the Soil and Health


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Association, which later became the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization, of which Maria is a board member. The influence of her 2011 book Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe remains strong.

What is the status of the organic farming industry? As a whole, it has seen great growth, in large part due to increasing demand resulting from consumer awareness. In 2015, organic was a $43 billion industry in the U.S., with Millennial householders leading the way. Still, only 5

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percent of all food consumed in the U.S. is organic [produce 13 percent], while less than 1 percent of our farmland is certified organic, which spurs imports. So the opportunity to help encourage new organic farmers and transition conventional farmers is significant. The Rodale Institute invests as much time on education and outreach as on research to help organic farmers be profitable.

How else does the Institute help the industry? We conduct cutting-edge research in organic agriculture to study and test natural strategies to combat pests, diseases and weeds. Growing organic isn’t solely about what you don’t do, such as using pesticides and genetically modified seeds. It also proactively focuses on benefiting soil health by using compost, cover crops, crop rotations and reduced tillage. As we refine these “regenerative agriculture” methods, we share them with farmers so they can increase their productivity and success. We are expanding our research in nutrient density. The Institute works to understand the difference in nutrient levels, such as proteins, vitamins and minerals, in organic and conventional foods and how farmers can grow nutrient-packed food.

What new programs or initiatives are particularly exciting? Launched in 1981, our Farming Systems Trial is the longest-running North American research project comparing organic versus conventional grains such as corn and soybeans; it has allowed us to compare yields, water and energy use, soil organic matter, nutrient density, profitability and other factors. In 2016, we introduced our Vegetable Systems Trial, a side-by-side comparison for organic versus conventional produce. We expect organic management practices that improve soil health can enhance nutrient density in vegetables and so benefit farmers’ lives and eating habits worldwide. In 2016, we launched the Organic Farmers Association (, creating a valuable information exchange and unified voice for domestic certified organic producers. This national membership organization focuses on policy issues, including the Farm Bill, subsidy programs, animal welfare standards and contamination from conventional farm fields.

Can the public provide input to the 2018 Farm Bill? President Trump’s proposed “skinny” budget seeks to gut many federal programs, including those designed to protect the environment, so we need to urge elected representatives to stand up for organic farmers as the new bill develops. Historically, heavily funded commodity crop interests fight against assistance programs that encourage low-income people to buy healthy foods. Organic agriculture made strides in the 2014 Farm Bill, which provided increased support for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, crop insurance, organic research and organic certification cost-sharing programs. To help meet surging demand for organics, it’s important to support initiatives like the Conservation Reserve and Transition Initiatives programs that provide resources for farmers to move from synthetic chemical farming to organic methods.

Besides healthier food, what other benefits of organic farming have convinced late adopters to convert? Healthy soil, full of billions of beneficial microorganisms, is a major byproduct of regenerative organic farming. Organic farming creates diverse, healthy ecosystems that protect wildlife. However, any agricultural model that’s fixated on yields at the expense of soil health will incur a steep price as those farms won’t remain productive for future generations. Regenerative organic farming facilitates storage of carbon in the ground, making it integral to addressing the climate crisis. Organic Manifesto makes the case plain; to optimize your own and the planet’s health—buy, grow and eat organic food. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Take Toxins Out of Your Life by Meredith Montgomery


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

Get Dirty

“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.”

We’re all exposed to toxins, but if our inner terrain is healthy, our body can flush them out, so we won’t get sick. ~Robynne Chutkan

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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.

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

Reboot with a Quick Cleanse

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. Unlike drastic fasts and juice cleanses, which can deplete nutrients,

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Work toward eating three meals a day—a light breakfast, big lunch and light and early dinner—without snacking in-between, and fasting for 13 hours each night. Douillard notes, “This regimen should be maintained beyond the cleanse because it gives the body a chance to use up its carbohydrates—its normal, go-to fuel—and switch to its calmer, more stable, detoxifying fuel— body fat.”

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Burn Fat Cells

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.

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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s soon as we start eating healthier diets, our body is able to detoxify more efficiently and diseases begin to be reversed,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a physician and creator of Follow these tips to enhance the detoxification process at mealtimes.


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 ( to determine the most appropriate water filter to deal with the contaminants that may be present. natural awakenings

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“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


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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.

based on a whole-life, whole-systems, whole-foods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that 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.

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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.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving

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good bowel movement is the ultimate detox, eliminating toxins, unwanted bacteria, cells that have outlived their usefulness and other waste that has to go. Stools provide an index of health, so turn around and take a look at them for feedback for improving digestive and overall health. One key way to assess a stool is by its color. Use the following guide: 4 Pale, chalky stool can be a sign of liver disease or clogged bile ducts, and is often accompanied by dark urine because the bile gets excreted through the kidneys instead of the digestive tract. 4 Yellow stool may mean a parasite like Giardia or excess fat because of a pancreas that’s not secreting enough enzymes. 4 Green stool can be the result of a Clostridium difficile infection or antibiotics. 4 Red stool occurs with bleeding from the colon, but can also be caused by eating beets. 4 Black stool usually signifies bleeding from higher in the gastrointestinal tract or from an iron supplement. 4 Lighter brown stool may mean insufficient deeply pigmented leafy greens in the diet. 4 Blue stool can be from bluecolored food. 4 Dark brown is the color of stool nirvana. Bile and bilirubin pigment, formed in the liver from dead red blood cells, give healthy stools this chocolate color. Learn more at DigestiveCenterFor


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Fun Ways to Get Outside This Summer

Be a Kid Again With Your Own Family by Sandra Murphy


ummer is calling and so is the great outdoors. Here are some super vacation sites, inviting activities and ideas to spark summer fun with your family.

Hike It

“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.

Zip Lines and More

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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From July 30 to August 4, the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, New York, will host Family Week. Grownups attend workshops while kids participate in specialty camps; everyone convenes for meals, free time and evening entertainment. The campus relies on sustainable energy and local agriculture. Free tours are available at the environmental education center.

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try Tentrr. Campsites on the privately owned properties sleep four to 16 people in a family, pet-friendly atmosphere. A tent, fire pit, picnic table, water container, camp toilet, queen-size 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

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FarmWise, near Alpine Valley, in southeastern Wisconsin, gives children a personal peek into where their food comes from. They learn about life on a farm by tending livestock and farm pets, pruning fruit trees and weeding the garden. They also prepare snacks with the fruits of their day’s labor. The emphasis is on doing the work themselves, be it planting seeds or feeding pigs. Science Saturdays at the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park, in San Francisco, are held every weekend with a focus on


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talked about in her graduate-level psychology training. “Money is emotional territory for people. You can’t just go to a financial planner, plot a budget and be on your merry way,” she observes.

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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.

Money Talk Taboo “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,


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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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Shifting Our Perceptions 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.

Tactical Tools 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.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at natural awakenings

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Vitamin C: berries, citrus, red bell peppers (or berry powder supplements; one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds of weight)

Dogs Need Detoxing Too

Vitamin E: grains, seeds and their oils, wheat germ oil


Ways to Detox Your Dog

Vitamin D: liver, eggs, oily fish like sardines, mackerel, salmon B vitamins: liver, venison (or moringa leaf powder supplement, one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds) Zinc: red meat, poultry Magnesium: dark leafy greens, seeds, fish Selenium: oily fish, grass-fed beef and beef liver, free-range chicken, egg Turmeric: a powerful supplement to help treat and prevent gene damage caused by heavy metals and glyphosate (one-eighth to one-quarter teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight per day, combined with a healthy fat like coconut oil and some freshly ground black pepper for better absorption).


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ou know that mercury is bad for people. John Moore, a prominent 20th-century mercury and dental health researcher, regarded mercury as a ubiquitous contaminant of everything from plastics to concrete and medicine. But what about your dog? Pets also routinely encounter mercury and other toxic metals like aluminum and lead. For humans, eating whole, organic and even biodynamic food has become imperative to avoid heavy metals. That’s also true for canines. A species-appropriate raw diet including veggies is often recommended. And any raw meaty bones should be the joints and not the long bones unless purchased from a company that tests for heavy metals. Here are some preventive and remedial steps.

Heal leaky gut first. Like humans, pets with leaky gut

will have food allergies. Remove causes like vaccines and processed foods; support the liver; rebalance with prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes; replenish with a healthy whole foods diet, along with aloe, slippery elm and marshmallow root; and restore with homeopathic remedies. Follow up with fermented veggies as part of the diet. Consult a naturopathic veterinarian for treatment.

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Provide clean, filtered water. Mountain spring water is ideal.

Boost nutrients. Nutrient deficiencies

that can arise in conjunction with mercury poisoning include antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and vitamin D, plus the complex of B vitamins, zinc, magnesium and selenium. These also help treat potential postvaccination immunity issues.

Good nutrient sources to add to doggie meals include:

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candida as it can release 60-plus toxic substances, including ethanols and the heavy metals it eats. Eliminate all carbs, sugar and grains from the dog’s diet.

Greens, minerals and herbs. The use of juvenile

grasses is detoxifying and provides necessary magnesium during a detox. Sea vegetables can supply calcium, iodine and trace minerals. Herbs like curcumin, ginger and cayenne are potent antioxidants; ginger and turmeric help with DNA repair. Nutrients from green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli can enter cells and reduce inflammation; broccoli sprouts also apply, with the most effective delivery method via a concentrated powder. Blend or lightly steam veggies to enhance digestion, then add one tablespoon for smaller dogs, or three to four for larger dogs.

No fake food or vitamins.

Be wary of synthetic vitamins. Whole foods may be properly supplemented with gentle chelators like open cell wall chlorella and super foods like spirulina.


Probiotics plus.

Probiotics help restore healthy gut bacteria, repair genes, synthesize nutrients and help remove

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mercury from the body. Cultivating a gut garden of beneficial bugs boosts health. Add a teaspoon or two of kefir or fermented veggies to the dinner of small dogs, up to a tablespoon or two for larger animals. A high-quality refrigerated probiotic supplement is an option; if it’s made for animals, follow the package directions; for human products, assume the dose is for a 150-pound person and adjust for the dog’s weight. Amino acids, the primary building blocks of proteins, are integral to detoxification; feeding a dog a variety of meats, along with fish and eggs, will provide these. Digestive enzymes also support health; a supplement should include many kinds. Cellulase, a plant enzyme that helps digest plant material, also extracts mercury, which destroys naturally occurring enzymes.


Plan meals with prebiotics. Prebiotics occur naturally

in common high-fiber foods including cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach. Carrots, beets and spirulina also benefit the gut. Establishing a healthy gut restores the body’s natural detoxification function, plus its ability to assimilate critical nutrients. Add a teaspoon or two for small dogs; one to three tablespoons for larger dogs.


Raw food for detox. Discard commercially processed

foods and chemical synthetic vitamins. Go for raw and whole foods, add fermented foods and supplement intelligently with whole food-based supplements. Organic sources, grass-fed animals and even biodynamic food sources are ideal.


Organ meats. A dog should have organ meats

from clean animals at least once a week or as 10 percent of its diet.

As the body detoxifies, symptoms and discharges may occur. These are less common for dogs with raw, speciesappropriate diets and minimal vaccinations. Visible results include old dogs displaying more energy and sharper cognitive function and awareness. Eyes are clearer. Fatty tissues shrink down, coats fill out and become shinier and skin becomes healthier. As the largest organ, skin reflects the state of the immune system as a whole. A concentrated detox to overturn health issues relies on doctor protocols and individualized treatment. An everyday gentle detox generally keeps pets healthier. Patricia Jordan is a naturopathic veterinarian in Cape Carteret, NC. Learn more at natural awakenings

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e aware that glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is prevalent in nonorganic foods, widely used as a weed killer and to dry crops before harvesting. This hidden poison, in the presence of ingested mercury, makes both the glyphosate and mercury 1,000 times more toxic. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Dr. Stephani Seneff, author of the article “The Destructive Effects of Heavy Metals and Glyphosate,” reports that glyphosate is a major driver of disease. The toxin stays in a pet’s bones, as well as the bones of the food-producing animals eating genetically modified (GMO) grains that dogs chew on. 4 Avoid the chemicals and toxins commonly found in many lawn care supplies, household cleaners and body care products. Grow food or patronize a best practices local farmer. 4 Be diligent in sourcing for clean, unprocessed food. Learn about biodynamic farming and step up from organic to biodynamic. 4 Don’t hamper the immune system with unsafe and unnecessary vaccinations and drugs. 4 Spend time in the sunshine. 4 Exercise. The lymphatic system won’t work and the body can’t purge spent mitochondria or make new ones without it. 4 Incorporate beneficial bugs through prebiotics and probiotics and enzymes. Learn to ferment and sprout, and add these ingredients to family and pet meals.

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ull Circle Veterinary Hospital, in Wappingers Falls, is not a typical animal clinic. With a focus on nutrition and overall health, the hospital provides customized integrative holistic care for each pet. In addition to getting their dogs and cats vaccinated and picking up prescriptions, pet owners receive expert advice on nutrition options and supplements based on their pet’s lifestyle and family dynamic. Natural Awakenings sat down with owner Dr. Michelle Rocque to find out more about Full Circle Veterinary Hospital.

What makes Full Circle Veterinary Hospital unique?

We specialize in nutritional consultations, instructing pet parents to “think outside the bag.” We believe in taking the time to educate our clientele about the food options that exist, helping them decide what the appropriate diet for each individual patient is. We also use nutritional supplements— including both western and Chinese herbal combinations, glandular and whole food supplements, homeopathies and vitamin therapies—to support different body systems or imbalances within our patients.

Tell me about your Wappingers Falls location.

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minimum by allowing for longer appointment times, thus minimizing the number of patients in the building at once and giving the animals time to calm down and interact with us on their own terms before starting the exam. We utilize pheromone products that have calming properties for both cats and dogs in the exam rooms, which helps keep patient anxiety at bay.

Tell us more about the importance of nutrition. Nutrition is an absolute passion for me and it is the topic I spend the most time discussing during an exam. I have helped countless patients with conditions, such as obesity and skin allergies, simply by educating the owners about transitioning to a higher quality and higher protein diet. My use of homeopathy ranges from every animal receiving an injectable followed by an oral homeopathic when here for surgery to reduce inflammation and encourage healing, to homeopathic remedies for vaccine detoxification, as well as grief after the loss of another animal or person in the household.

What type of preventative measures to do you recommend?


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We offer conventional vaccine protocols for our patients like most veterinarians but we tailor each protocol to our individual patients based on their lifestyle and family. In addition, we offer vaccine titers, which allow us to determine if our patients are still protected from previous vaccines. This gives pet owners the option to vaccinate less frequently. We also provide both conventional and holistic options for heartworm and flea/tick preventatives, as well as recommendations for chemical-free treatments for the home.

Do you offer phone consultations? Yes, we do. If an owner needs time to discuss specifics about their pet over the phone, especially in complicated cases involving multiple veterinarians, we gather all records prior to the consultation and set a time for the client to call in and discuss their concerns. Dr. Michelle Rocque practices at 1609 Rt. 9 in Wappingers Falls, NY. For more info, call 845.234.4417 or natural awakenings

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young man visited SunRaven a few weeks ago. He was applying for a job as our farmer for the upcoming season. Among the many things that impressed me about him, along with his vibrant energy and enthusiasm, was something he wrote in his cover letter. Indeed, he deserves the credit for the title of this article. It made me think, and I hope it inspires you to do the same. It struck me as a salient message, and reflecting on my own experience, practicing the medicine that I was taught in medical school, I fully understand and embrace the not-so-subtle point here—that when we are sick, the healthiest among us go to nature, not to a doctor. Notwithstanding the life-threatening emergencies for which Western medicine is well suited, I couldn’t agree more with the notion of nature as the first choice for almost everything else. The fact is that my practice over the past 20 years has evolved to bring this level of care to my patients—individuals I now prefer to call friends and neighbors, because it is actually in the garden where we meet and where I do my best work. To be clear, I mean nature, not “natural products,” as the source of healing. Here I want to distinguish between the power of immersing our whole organism into the natural environment in its totality versus a subset of its elements, even “natural” ones, that you buy in the store. Similarly, while I wholly appreciate the work of my “holistic” colleagues who skillfully offer their remedies and heartfelt healing practices, I am speaking of nature— the dirt and the hidden world of life beneath its surface;

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Swim in the ocean, walk through a forest, put your hands in some dirt and enjoy that feeling of deep connection with the vitality of living earth. the plants and trees above; and all the animals that walk, crawl, fly or swim beneath the sun, sea and stars—that provides us with the greatest source of what we need. Continuing on with the garden as metaphor, much of what we consider medicine is actually the seeds for healing; we still need to stick them into soil for them to grow. However, when our soil—our personal ecosystem—is not fully prepared, the results are limited, no matter how much potential the seeds have. Indeed, this is the experience of many people who work hard to heal. The seeds they are using may be great, but the soil is still lacking. Thus the question becomes, “How can I best prepare my soil?” And the short answer is, “By rolling in it!” So get out there. Swim in the ocean, walk through a forest, put your hands in some dirt and enjoy that feeling of deep connection with the vitality of living earth. Soak up some sun, and dance in the moonlight. Nature is truly the best doctor. See you on the farm.

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An Awesome Antidote to Polarization by Kirk J. Schneider


e live in polarized times. The current polarization of the American electorate and federal government is rooted in “the polarized mind”, a fixation by individuals on one point of view that excludes differing views and provokes intolerance. Complex issues become black and white, and those with differing views or lifestyles are demonized. Beyond politics, this is seen in gun violence and terrorism, corporate abuses of health and safety, and religious and ethnic strife—affecting major aspects of our daily lives. An antidote to polarization is awe—the wonder of being alive; living life with hope, respect, humility, wonder and a deep reverence for the adventure of living. Psychology experiments at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, have shown those that practice awe are better able to see outside their own experiences and appreciate other points of view, which can transcend the tunnel vision and pettiness of a polarized atmosphere. Here are some basic steps toward cultivating a sense of awe: n Appreciate the passing nature of time and life. Even while doing some-

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thing disagreeable, slowing down and affirming the preciousness of the moment can sometimes render alternative perspectives. n Be open to discovery and surprise. This is especially helpful if we are constantly locked in by assumptions about people or things. Think how politicians might benefit by being open to the possibility of discovery or surprise during delicate negotiations. The same principle can hold true with family and friends. n Step outside the box of personal judgments and consider the bigger picture of life. Replace the prison of self-criticism often stemming from comparing ourselves with idealized media images with appreciation of the many facets of who we are and what we can become.   Psychologist Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D., is past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, president-elect of the Existential-Humanistic Institute and adjunct faculty at Saybrook and Columbia universities, in New York City. His books include Awakening to Awe, The Polarized Mind and The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution. Visit

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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 health-boosting 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 pub-

lished 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.


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 mono-2-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.


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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.

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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 natural awakenings

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Saw Mill Club Ohra Yoga 200 Hr RYS Teacher Training – 4.5 week Summer session starts July 6. Students are invited to enrich their yoga journey in this one of a kind experience. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr. Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.241.0797.

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EASTCHESTER The Temperance Center 453 White Plains Road 914.793.2600

KATONAH Golden Temple Yoga 223 Katonah Avenue 914.232.3473

MAHOPAC Putnam Yoga 30 Tomahawk Street Baldwin Place 845.494.8118;

MAMARONECK Tovami Yoga 112 W. Boston Post Road 914.618.4887;

MOUNT KISCO Quest Yoga 11-13 East Main St, 2nd floor 914.241.YOGA The Yoga Studio @Saw Mill Club 77 Kensico Drive 914.241.0797

NEW ROCHELLE Westchester Yoga Arts 49 Lawton Street, 2nd Floor 914.632.1101

PATTERSON Inner Balance Studio 1072 Route 311 845.878.7800;

VALHALLA YogaShine 711 Legion Drive; 914.769.8745

WHITE PLAINS Integrated Peace Arts Still Mind Yoga 305 Central Avenue, Suite 2 914.648.0493

YONKERS Nueva Alma Yoga & Wellness 799 McLean Avenue 914.294.0606;

YOGA TEACHER BodySculpt by Karen Karen M. Shaw Private Individual & Group Sessions Westchester /Putnam Area 914.522.1297

POUND RIDGE Pilates Pound Ridge Classical Pilates Studio Old Mill River Road 917.841.1218;

RHINEBECK Rhinebeck Pilates 6400 Montgomery Street 845.876.5686 SOMERS NEW Equipoise Pilates & Wellness Bailey Court, 334 Rt. 202 914.276.2056

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Tea & Stones – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about gems, stones and their incredible properties. July’s study will be selenite. Free. Dreaming Goddess, 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

SUNDAY, JULY 16 Culinary Nutritionist Marti Wolfson Dishes Up Tastings at Irvington Farmer’s Market – Be inspired how to use market ingredients in creative and delicious ways. 110 Main St, Irvington. Info, Marti Wolfson: 413.717.0459.

Vastu: The Yoga of Your Environment – 6:30-8pm Transform relationships, increase prosperity. Create alignment and vitality in one’s personal space. Register by July 7. $25/$30/$35. Wainwright House, Rye.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 Guided Lakeside Meditation and Discussion – 10:30-11:30am. First session July 11 or July 12, with second date in August. For women. Pick one July and one August date. $60 two-sessions. Chappaqua area. Sign-up: Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am-1pm. Connect, collaborate, share and expand, $30. 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. Geoff: 914.218.3113. Bio-Energetic Healing to Overcome Addictions – 7-8pm. Learn this simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, easy, natural weight loss and overcoming other everyday addictions. 80 percent success rate. Briarcliff location. Reservation: 914.705.1805. Boosting the Immune System – 7-8pm. Presented by Dr. Nancy Iankowitz. Learn how the skin, tongue and gastrointestinal system protects us. Free. Pawling Library, 11 Broad St, Pawling. 845.855.3444.

THURSDAY, JULY 13 Teen Henna Workshop – 4:30-6pm. Hands on workshop where teens create henna designs and go home with a henna by Margie Nugent. Participants must have a signed permission slip. Somers Library. Register: 914.232.5717.

FRIDAY, JULY 14 Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am-1pm. Connect, collaborate, share and expand. $30. 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. Geoff: 914.218.3113.

Food is meant to

be a joyful part of your life. Healthful eating isn’t meant to be an exercise in deprivation. ~Anthony William

Organic veggies for sale at Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center in Yorktown: This is Spinal Zap – 7-8:30pm. With Brett Bevell. Combining a variety of energy modalities to release karmic conditioning, emotional and energy blockages held in the spine. $35. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Archangel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity.1511 Rte, 22 Brewster. Register: 845.363.1765.

SATURDAY, JULY 15 Pickling Workshop – 10am-noon. Learn to preserve and extend the taste of summer by safely preserving fresh vegetables. Go home with a new skill and tasty treat. $30. Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center, 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Hts. 914.962.2368. The Seventh Annual Walbridge Farm Fest – 10am5pm. Old-fashioned farm fun, including hayrides, games, music, raffles, pony rides and demonstrations of antique farm equipment. Walbridge Farm, 538 Route 343, Millbrook. Info: Network Spinal Care: Demo & Talk – 2-4pm. With Dr. Larry Stern, DC. Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), a chiropractic approach regarding the body as a whole, integrated system. Free drop-in held monthly. Mt Kisco. 914.218.6424. Stress: The Ayurvedic Approach to Getting Out From Under – 3-5pm. Free lecture. Light refreshments served. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic, Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. 914.875.9088. Sound Healing with Tibetan Bowls – 5:30-7pm. With Michelle Clifton. Celestial harmonic sound resonating with one’s energy field. Experience healing effect on nervous system affecting mind, body and soul. $30 preregistered. $40 door. Mt Kisco. 914.447.0822. Family Overnight Campout – July 15-16. 5:30pm/ Fri-8:30am/Sun. BYO tent and sleeping bag. Barbeque, moonlit trails and s’mores by the fire. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore R, Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470. Kirtan at the Chapel with Sita’s Light – 7pm. An evening of eclectic sacred music and group singing to open the heart and calm the mind. Chapel at Croton Falls, 609 Rt. 22. $20 cash at door.


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Let Your Yoga Dance Class – 10:30-11:30am. Inspirational dance through chakras offers combination of expressive dance movements while incorporating traditions of yoga. $15. Addie-Tude Performing Arts Center, 42 Memorial Plaza, Lower Level, Pleasantville. Amy Planck: 845.803.5737. Interfaith Sunday Service – 10:30am-12:30pm. An interactive gathering with prayer, music and sharing. Building a Community of Spiritual Seekers. All Welcome. Refreshments Served. Donations Appreciated. Chapel at Croton Falls, 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls. Family Yoga – 12:30-1:30pm. With Denise Nobile. Release tension in mind and body. Learn to navigate through life with greater ease. $25 for two. $5 each additional. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. Restorative Yoga – 5:30-7:30pm. With Karla Booth Diamond. Powerful practice everyone can benefit from, regardless of age or fitness level. $35 preregistered. $40 day of. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. Wisdom of the Wild – 6-8:30pm. With Hawklyn. Connect to inner wisdom of the wild with help of winged beings. After journey, introduction to Lady Z, spiritual red tail hawk. $30. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

MONDAY, JULY 17 Summer Painting Class – July 17, 24, 31, Aug 7, 21, 28. – 10:30am. Explore painting with acrylics. Hear inspirational music to inspire creativity. Instruction provided. $25 first day of class. Somers Library. Register: 914.232.5717. Energy Healing Circle – 7-9pm. With Anne Bentzen. Stress reduction, emotional and physical pain relief through deep relaxation. Natural healing solutions with Reiki. Max 18. $20. Golden Temple Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.588.4079. Meditation for Moms – 8-9pm.With Helena deVengoechea Rudd. Monthly sit/talk for moms. Meditations to help support a daily practice, discussion to support ourselves. Free. Donations appreciated. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am-1pm. Connect, collaborate, share and expand. $30. 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. Geoff: 914.218.3113. Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently: Weiss Method Info-Lecture – 1-2pm. Learn to overcome alcohol more easily than ever thought possible. Natural, effective method for overcoming many everyday habits and addictions. Free lecture, Q&A. Briarcliff location. RSVP: 914.705.1805.

markyourcalendar POP-UP NYC AWAKEN WELLNESS FAIR …Awaken to Your Best Self…  Speakers, Healers, Vendors and Readers Over 50 exhibitors, 100’s of guests! Sunday, July 23 ~ 10am to 5pm Roger Smith Hotel 501 Lexington Ave, New York NY 10016

Exhibitor spots available Farm-to-Table Dinner at Harvest Moon – 6-9pm. Rain date July 20. The Overlook, a stone patio situated at the highest point of the orchard. $150, not including Eventbrite processing fee, tax and gratuity. Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard of North Salem. Tickets: Essential Oils for Supporting Healthy Emotions – 6-7pm. Learn basics, safe usage and more. Free attendance. $3 fee for DIY Happy Day Body Spray. Taste Budd’s Café. 40 W Market St, Red Hook. Caitlin Begley: 845.242.1170. Curing Addiction from the Core: Weiss Method Info-Lecture – 7-8pm. Learn simple, effective method for overcoming everyday addictions ranging from alcohol to nicotine, sugar and weight loss. All natural. Free Lecture, Q&A. Briarcliff location. RSVP: 914.705.1805.

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

THURSDAY, JULY 20 New Moon Manifestation – 7-8pm. Manifest hearts’ desires with the creative energies of the new moon. $10 for newcomers. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie 845.473.2206.

FRIDAY, JULY 21 Chakra Cleanse – 5:30-7pm.With Brett Bevell. $30. Synchronicity.1511 Rte, 22 Brewster. Register: 845.363.1765. Sound Healing & Tibetan Singing Bowls – 7:308:30pm. With Michelle Clifton. Awaken our bodies’ own innate healing abilities and re-tune our bodies. $25 donation. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spring. 845.265.4444.

SATURDAY, JULY 22 Culinary Nutritionist Marti Wolfson Dishes Up Tastings at Chappaqua Farmers Market – Be inspired how to use market ingredients in creative and delicious ways. Chappaqua Train Station. Info, Marti Wolfson: 413.717.0459. Mianus River Gorge Cleanup –9am-1pm. Volunteers work in teams of 10. Beginning and ending at Bedford Village Memorial Park, 65 Greenwich Rd, Bedford. Refreshments and River Clean-Up T-shirts given at finish. Info:

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For Licensed Massage Therapists Classes in Katonah Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure  “ The Way of The Compassionate Spirit” Authorized Jin Shin Do teacher REGISTER NOW Gail Kellstrom: 914.232.5754 BodyReading: Global Postural Assessment – July 22 and 23. 9-5pm/Sat and Sun. Learn to see and understand postural patterns. (Pain in right shoulder correlates to the collapse in the left ankle.) $425. Wainwright House, Rye. Jams & Jellies – 10am-noon. Learn art of making good jams and jellies and facts regarding preserving food and food safety. Go home with a new skill and tasty treat. $35. Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center, 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Hts. 914.962.2368; Nature-Inspired Writing – 10am-1pm. Get in touch with one’s wildness, restore vitality and write. Learn the principles of deep ecology, biomimicry and nature interpretation. $30/$35/$40. Wainwright House, Rye.

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Restorative Yoga Teacher Training – July 22, 23, 29 and 30. 11:45am-6:30pm. With Sue Flamm. 25hour training includes personal practice, hands-on teaching and lecture/discussion. $595. $495 if registered by July 12. Scholarships available. Register: 914.241.9642.


Reiki 1 Class – July 22-23. 1-5pm. With Anne Bentzen. Learn foundation skills for self-healing and treating others. Receive four attunements, manual and certificate. Nine max. $175. Golden Temple Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Call/ test: 914.588.4079. Register:


July 2017 Astrology with Pamela Cucinell Fast Action

Work succeeds even if partnerships derail on July 1. A focused tone on July 2 strengthens any activity, even fun ones. Solid contracts and people come forward on July 3. News explodes on July 4; verbal fireworks intensify the holiday. Tremendous options in tandem with spiritual awareness support good choices July 5 and 6. Convivial discussion on July 7 provides solid foundations in spite of the unexpected.  

The Right Moves

“Hurry up and stop” frustrates on July 8; relinquish the illusion of control. Emotions ramp up with the July 9 Capricorn full moon, even for those who keep a cool head. Be rested on July 10, when ideas fly fast and furious. Networking and community gatherings create unanticipated possibilities on July 11. Creativity explodes on July 12. Meditate July 13 to ensure clarity when lines must be drawn.   


One action on July 14 leads to an avalanche of options. No matter how fast the spin on July 15, hydrate and eat right. On July 16, patience makes the difference, regardless of the pace. Adjustments on July 17, whether financial, physical or emotional, stem from a need to grow. Even with a fumble, the momentum to complete a goal on July 18 carries. Communication hits home on July 19, whether spontaneous or fine-tuned.  58

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Feel the Roar  

Humor helps on July 20, when gaffs and upsets tilt your world sideways. If you can’t begin your weekend early on July 21, bring a taste of home or beach to work. Contemplate what brings play, romance and creativity into your life this July 22; if it’s not happening, get a good picture of what that looks like for you. The Leo new moon on July 23 awakens new beginnings. State your intentions loud and strong (if only to yourself) on July 24 until it feels true to every inch of your being. Reevaluate routines on July 25, because you only want to keep those that fit.

Deep Heat

Pop-Up NYC Awaken Fair Best-Loved Body, Mind, Spirit Holistic Expo – 10am-5pm. 50+ exhibitors: compelling speakers, gifted healers, unique vendors and inspired readers. Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave, New York. Sugar Addiction and Overeating Solution: Weiss Method Info-Lecture NYC – Noon-1pm. Learn a method to lose weight, overcome nicotine, alcohol, overeating and sugar addictions. Free lecture, Q&A. NYC location, E37th btwn Park & Lex. Reservation: 914.705.1805. Butterflies, Bees and Birds in Our Native Plant Meadow – 1pm. Learn intricacies of life in this rich ecosystem—enter butterfly exhibit for close encounter with butterflies. $8 nonmembers. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore R, Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470. Bio-Energetic Healing to Overcome Addictions – 1-2pm. Learn simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, easy, natural weight loss and overcoming other everyday addictions. 80 percent success rate. NYC location, E37th btwn Park & Lex. RSVP: 914.705.1805. Look into my Eyes – 4pm. Learn about clinical hypnosis, its uses, history and how it helps with issues such as smoking cessation and more. Free. Hygeia Integrated Health 3505 Hill Blvd, Ste K Yorktown Hts. Advance registration: 914.252.6116.

A great deal can be accomplished on July 26, but at what price? Enjoy the art of conversation on July 27, but don’t get attached, because change is ahead. A powerful undertow can disrupt the flow on July 28 if you let it. A willingness to adapt on June 29 brings tremendous rewards. Save July 30 for whoever and whatever deserves your best love and investment. Research, reflect and schedule therapeutic arts on July 31.

Summer Solstice & New Moon Ceremony – 7-9pm. Celebrate the longest day of the year and honor a new moon in Cancer. $30pp. $50 for two. 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. Geoff: 914.218.3113.

To learn more, Pamela Cucinell posts her astrological insights at InsightOasis. com. To benefit from her revelatory guidance and coaching, contact her about private sessions and online subscriptions at or 917.796.6026. See ad page 16.

Monthly Meditation Gathering – 6:30pm. With Cheryl Sprague. Beginner to meditation or wish to have a guided experience to go deeper in consciousness, join our monthly gathering. $15. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

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MONDAY, JULY 24 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.


Color Your World – 7-8pm. Learn how color brings our world alive in terms of our health, food, safety, decorating and more. Free. Pawling Library, 11 Broad St, Pawling. 845.855.3444.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 Angelic Realm and Enlightened Beings – 7-9pm. With Carol Essig, professional channel. Meditation and channeled energy healing touch from divine energy. $25. 15 max. Golden Temple Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.236.4503. Register:

THURSDAY, JULY 27 Saw Mill Club Yoga Department Open House – 4:30-9pm. Enjoy a wide variety of classes from beginner to advance including Yoga Dance Fusion, Poolside Yoga and Blacklight Yoga; shop and more. Free to members and their guests. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr. Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.241.0797. Health & Wellness Network of Commerce Monthly Meeting – 7-9pm. First 100 members lock in lower rate. Apogee Fitness & Wellness, 170 Harris Rd, Bedford Hls. Info, Chapter President, Shira Adler: 914.861.5186.

FRIDAY, JULY 28 Sacred Stones Level II – 5-7pm. With Joann Fava. $45. Synchronicity.1511 Rte, 22 Brewster. Register: 845.363.1765. Easy Dinner Grilling Couples Cooking – 7-10pm. With Chef Maria Reina. Create three-course dinner using just-harvested ingredients. Includes soup, main course, side dish and dessert. $125. Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center, 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Hts. 914.962.2368.

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Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-4pm. With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

SUNDAY, JULY 30 Let Your Yoga Dance Class – 10:30-11:30am. Inspirational dance through chakras offers combination of expressive dance movements while incorporating traditions of yoga. $15. Addie-Tude Performing Arts Center, 42 Memorial Plaza, Lower Level, Pleasantville. Amy Planck: 845.803.5737. Essential Oils 101 for Beginners – 11am-noon. Learn what they are, how to use, therapeutic benefits and more. Free attendance. $3 fee for DIY Sugar Face Scrub. J&J Gourmet Café. 1 E Market St, Red Hook. Caitlin Begley: 845.242.1170.

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, JULY 29 Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure – With Gail Kellstrom for LMT continuing education credits. 40-CE-hour Basic class July 29 and 30 and August 5, 12 and 13. $595. Katonah location. Info/register: 914.232.5754 or visit

Relax and Restore Sound Bath – 2-3:30pm. Recalibrate one’s nervous system. Immerse oneself into a therapeutic sound journey consisting of singing bowls, gongs, drums and flutes. $25/$30/$35. Wainwright House, Rye.

MONDAY, JULY 31 Starvisions Workshop: Create Your Home Spiritual Refuge – 10am-3pm. With Zhenya Amditis. Clear, raise energy and create sacred space. Noon/Potluck lunch. 1-3pm. With Jenn Yates. Design spiritual garden using Feng Shui. $60. Armonk. 914.236.4503. Register:

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Kacey, On The Radio – 6:30am. The Health and Happiness Show. Interviews with therapists, healers, doctors, actors and dreamers. Tune into 100.7 WHUD.

Rev Rhythm 45 Cycle – 5:45am. With Lucci.  Work out arms and core to the beat of today’s best music, during an exhilarating 45 minutes. $25. 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley.

Zumba – 10:30-11:30am. With Catherine Ruvolo. 60-min high energy dance party with rhythms from all over the globe. $15 each. $135 for a package of 10. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560.

Therapeutic Yoga Flow – 10-11:30am. With Diane Graziosa. Floor Flow: breathing, strengthening, stretching and restoring. All levels. $20 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600

Organic Market at Congregation Sons of Israel – 11:30-2pm. 1666 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor.

Farmers Market at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital – 11am-4pm. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. SNAP/EBT & FMNP welcome. Main Lobby, 1980 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info kitchen classes/lectures:

Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market – 10am2pm. 15 Mt. Ebo Road S, off Rt. 22, Brewster.����� ���� Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association building. Celebration of Life Service – 11-12:15am. Inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s programs 1st & 3rd Sun. Free. Center for Spiritual Living White Plains, 262 Martine Ave, Masonic Temple. 914.261.9119. Community Yoga/Meditation, Chan Meditation, Sound Bath Meditation – 1-3pm. Several meditation classes by donation. Hosted by Still Mind Yoga. 305 Central Ave, Ste 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492.

monday Vitamin D Ride – 5:45am. With DGunnz  Get sweating to R&B, hip-hop, house and reggae with a focus on breathless speed intervals and heart-pounding climbs$25. 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley. Free Morning Meditation – 8:45-9:15am. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444.

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Pilates Mixed Equipment Class – 9am. Pilates class utilizing all the classical Pilates equipment. Previous Pilates knowledge helpful. $40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. FitWalk outdoor Fitness Training-Classes – 9:3010:30am. Bronxville Lake, corner of Armour Villa and Garrett Ave, Tuckahoe. Free trial. Call for full listing of classes: 914.498.8722. Posture-Movement-Stretch (PMS) Class – 5-6pm. With Betty Prinsen. Rediscover good posture, using it to move and stretch. Apogee Women’s Fitness, Bedford Hls. 914.244.1606,


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Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Still Mind Tai Chi – 6-7pm. Yang Style Tai Chi for health and self-defense. $25 two weeks. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Ste 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492. Integral Gentle Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. With Matt. Beginners welcome. $10 two classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Ste 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492. Yoga for Athletes – 7:15-8:45pm. With Michelle. Fast paced, with emphasis on using core strength and internal stability. Targeting muscles groups where athletes tend to get tight. First class free. Saw Mill Club. 77 Kensico Dr, Mt Kisco. 914.241.0797. Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm.With Jo-Anne. Vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. JoAnne: 917.364.1871. Slow Flow Restore Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. With Jennifer Garden. Start with slow flow to connect breath and body. Finish with supported poses to relax and free the mind. $20. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560.

wednesday Rev Rhythm 45 Cycle – 5:45am. With Patti.  Work out arms and core to the beat of today’s best music, during an exhilarating 45 minutes. $25. 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley.

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Health Supportive Vegan Cooking Classes – Separate Children and Adult Hands on Workshop Sessions. Preregistration required by phone, online or at cafe. Good Choice Kitchen, 147 Main St, Ossining. 914.930.1591. for info/cost. Free Morning Meditation – 8:45-9:15am. Singing bowls included. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Free Weekly Wellness Talks – 11am-12:30pm. With Dorette Lewis-Senior. Create safe and effective wellness plan. Learn to choose dietary and nutritional supplements to avoid conflicts with prescription medication. Lunch at nominal cost. Bronx. Register: 855.735.2533. Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga – 4-5:15pm. With Certified Yoga Instructor Deborah Barret. Beginnerintermediate class. $20. $100 six-classes. Integrative Med Solutions, 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester. Info, Deborah Barret: 914.426.1752. Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Victor Gazzini. Yoga class using a breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322. Walk 15 –7:30-8:30pm. With Heather Buyers. 15-min big calorie-burning moves that use the best features of low impact, aerobic style group exercise. Easy to follow. $15. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Fluid Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. With Emily Rose. CoSM: Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Rd, Wappinger. 845.297.2323. Kirtan – 9-10pm. With Hilary and friends. CoSM: Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Rd, Wappinger. 845.297.2323.

thursday Rev Rhythm 45 Cycle – 5:45am. With Lucci.  Work out arms and core to the beat of today’s best music, during an exhilarating 45 minutes. $25. 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley. Low Cost Spay/Neuter Day for Cats – 3rd Thurs. Sponsored by Stray HELP Inc Services by TARA, Inc mobile clinic. $70 includes: spay/neuter, rabies, ears cleaned and nails trimmed. Other services available during surgery. Info, Althea: 845.705.5020. Pilates Mat and Tower Class – 9am. Fully equipped, classical Pilates studio. $20-$35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. Yoga Strengthen and Flow – 10-11am. With Jennifer Garden. Connect, breathe, stretch, de-stress and relax. $20 each or $175 for a package of 10. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Pilates Mat Class with Magic Circle – 11:30am12:30pm. Pilates with physical therapist. Tina Sferra. Focus on form, function and fitness to re-engineer the body. $20. Elite Performance @ Katonah Yoga, 39 Main St, Bedford Hills.


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Prenatal and postnatal Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. With Mekea. Class focused on bringing strength and energy back into the pre or postnatal body. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr. Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.241.0797. Open Level Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Slow Vinyasa. Beginners welcome. $10 two classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Ste 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492. Breath & Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. With Patty Meehan. Vinyasa flow class using breath, movement, balance, stretch, closing with meditation. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Free Meditation Session – 2nd and 4th Thursdays. 7:15 p.m. The Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, 2 Byram Brook Place in Armonk. Zumba – 7:15-8:15pm. With Catherine Ruvolo. 60-min high energy dance party with rhythms from all over the globe. $15 each or $135 for a package of 10. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. With Certified Yoga Instructor Marianne Bateman. Beginnerintermediate class. $20. $100 six-classes. Integrative Med Solutions, 266 White Plains Rd, B-1 Eastchester. Marianne Bateman: 917.923.9043.

friday Rev Rhythm 45 Cycle – 5:45am. With Patti. Work out arms and core while keeping to the beat of today’s best music. $25., 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley. Pilates Tower and Reformer Class – 7:3010:30am. Fully equipped, classical Pilates studio. $35-40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Roll & Restore Class – 8:30am. Release tension, get a better stretch and restore range of motion using foam rollers and other self-massage tools. Saw Mill Club East. 917.747.3331. EveFogler.wixsite. com/fitness. FitWalk outdoor Fitness Training-Classes – 9:3010:30am. Bronxville Lake, corner of Armour Villa and Garrett Ave, Tuckahoe. Free trial. Call for full listing of classes: 914.498.8722. Mindful Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Reyna. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Nia – 10am. Recharge with a fun, easy, non-impact, therapeutic cardiovascular workout for any body’s fitness level, then finish with relaxing restorative yoga. $22. Bedford Hills Fred Astaire Studio. 917.747.3331. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921.

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Slow Flow and Meditation Fridays – 12:301:45pm. With Roxanne. This flow practice reduces stress and increase mindfulness with breath work and meditation. Ease into this weekend. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr. Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.241.0797.

saturday Peekskill Farmers Market – 8am-2pm. Year-round market offering fresh food and family fun. “Market Stage Live,” features live music, author readings, and demos with fitness and health practitioners. FMNP and SNAP accepted. Rain or Shine. Free parking. Bank St, between Park and Main. Info: Gossett Brothers Farmer’s Market – 9am–1pm. Vendors include Bee Guy Apiaries, Do-Re-Mi Farms, Johnny Cake Farms, Wave Hill Bread, Honore’s Table, Du Soleil, Bongo Pasta, also fresh fish, homemade ice cream and crafts. 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem. Info: Gossett Brothers Nursery on Facebook. Pilates Mat and Tower Class – 9am. Fully equipped Pilates studio. $20-$35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Joyful Mindful Yoga – 9:30-10.45am. With Ann, RYT 500 Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Yoga – 10am. With Karen. Energetic, non-judgmental mixed styles yoga to improve health, strength, flexibility, balance and awareness. All levels. $15. NY Dance Faktory, 12 Peekskill Hollow Rd, Putnam Valley. Info, Karen Shaw: 914.522.1297. Hudson Valley Farmers Market – 10am-3pm. Year-round. A one stop shop farmers market with fresh Hudson Valley products. Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook. Info: HudsonValleyFarmersMarket. Free Weekly Wellness Talks – 11am-12:30pm. Every other Sat. With Dorette Lewis-Senior. Learn to choose dietary and nutritional supplements to avoid conflicts with prescription medication. Lunch at nominal cost. Bronx. Register: 855.735.2533. Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 1:304:30pm. 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Open Level Yoga – 2-3pm. Slow Vinyasa, beginners welcome. $10/2 classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. Info: 914.648.0492. Summer Music Series – 6-9pm. Live music at Hardscrabble Cider outdoor patio featuring hard cider, local beers on tap and brick oven pizza. Great fun for the whole family. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem.; 914.485.1210.

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HELP WANTED NYS LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST – Massage Envy Spa now hiring at four locations in Westchester: day, evening and weekend schedules. Contact: 914.902.9200 or email resume for Rt. 22/Scarsdale; call 914.422.3689 or email clinic0906@massageenv. com for 365 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale location; 914.244.3689 or email clinic0918@massageenvy. com for Bedford Hills; 914.417.6940 or email for Rye Brook. Quickly develop a strong following. PERMANENT POSITION: JUICE BAR ATTENDANTS AND FOOD PREP – Food service experience a plus. Not looking for summer help. Apply in person.  Katonah Pharmacy, 202 Katonah Ave., Katonah 914.232.1109 PERMANENT POSITION: CASHIERS.  Apply in person.  Not looking for summer help. Katonah Pharmacy 202 Katonah Ave., Katonah 914-232-1109. RAPIDALY GROWING ORGANIC SALON – Seeking talented stylist committed to using and offering, healthier, high performing organic products in a nontoxic environment, desire to become a certified organic professional and be environmentally conscious. If you are ready to start booking more clients and interested in joining our team, we want to talk to you. Warm smile and excellent guest services a must. Sign on bonus with following. Call Maureen at 914.242.1928 and send resume to Maureen@ VIBRANT SALES PERSON DESIRED – Natural Awakenings of Westchester-Putnam-Dutchess is seeking a self-motivated experienced sales person who enjoys a healthy lifestyle. This commissionbased position offers flexibility and opportunity to create abundance. The right person will have their own car, computer and phone. Please e-mail if interested.

PET ADOPTION SPCA OF WESTCHESTER – Open 7 Days a Week: Mon-Sat 10-4 & Sun 1-4. No appointment necessary. Come find a new best friend. 590 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510.

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ACUPUNCTURE HUDSON VALLEY NATURAL HEALTH Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.362.8315; Chinese medicine for relieving muscle/joint pain and headaches; treating chronic disease including autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and mental health conditions; boosting immune function; balancing hormones; helping tobacco/substance addiction; and reducing stress. Includes acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, qigong, and TENS electro-stimulation. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 20.


Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND,LAC.,RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980; Therapeutic solutions for acute and chronic health conditions. Acupuncture is an intelligent medicine, gentle enough for pregnant women, and powerful enough to treat serious conditions like chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression. It can restore harmony and balance to mind, body and spirit. See ad pg 19.


25 North Division St. Peekskill, NY 914.772.4589; Offering Classical Chinese Acupuncture and Aromatherapy. Activate your body’s own healing potential with highly targeted treatments. Specializing in fertility and women’s health, acute and chronic pain, and acute and chronic health issues, including auto-immune disorders.



Lauren Awerdick, LMT Ossining & Tarrytown offices. On-Site & In-Home 914.534.1294; Willow Wisp Wellness is an expanding private practice that provides consciously crafted therapeutic and integrative massage and energy work sessions that support your body's innate healing process. All sessions are by appointment only. Check website for more info and events.


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.705.1805


The Weiss Method helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. 30 years experience. 80% success rate. See ad pg 23.


CBD AROMATHERAPY SYNERGY SPRAYS™ The Synergy of Ancient Wellness + Modern Science 888.392.5242; FB/Twitter/ Instagram: @t3cSynergy

“Go Beyond” expectation and limitation with Beyond-theSpectrum Synergy Sprays™! CBD, an all-natural, NO side effect, NO THC “cannabinoid” from hemp + vibrationally high pure EO custom blends for us, our children and our planet.


SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Let me guide you on your path to better health and well-being. Utilizing: Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED Biofeedback Therapy, Reiki, Mei Zen Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation, weight loss and fertility. See ad pg 12.

153 Main St, Suite J Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.649.9565

The Alexander Technique is a practical educational method for un-learning habits of tension that may be causing you stress, pain compression of the spine and joints. Learn to move with ease.

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Pamela Cucinell NCGR PAA Phone, Online & In-person 917.796.6026; Why leave your business to chance? Perfect timing ensures follow-through and success. When you know the projected outcome it becomes easier to prioritize your day and choose the right partners. Westchester, NYC, Skype and phone. See ad pg 16.


Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725; Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may include supplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. Clinic days: M,T,W. See ad pg 35.


495 Central Park Ave, Suite 301, Scarsdale 914.874.1177; A whole-person, holistic approach to vision care, for all ages. Specializing in vision therapy and rehabilitation for vision problems which interfere with reading, learning, attention, performance and efficiency.


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 We offer a full boarding facility with outdoor runs and indoor kennels. Being an animal hospital for the most part, we take pride in our capability to kennel pets with medical problems or special needs. See ad pg 45.


Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN, LMHC 2 Byram Brook Pl., Armonk, NY 10504; 914.219.8600 Biofeedback/neurofeedback for ADHD, enhanced focus, peak performance, test stress, anxiety, chronic pain, headaches, insomnia, anger, meditation, mindfulness training and more. Dr. Edwards is board certified and NYS licensed. Physician and self-referrals welcome.


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Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE)

How would you like to wake up each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation and find-out what is standing between you and your health goals. See ad pg 38.



25 Depot Plaza, Bedford Hills, 914.218.8357; Hundreds of candles in stock or create your own custom candle. Choose your favorite scent, wax color, wick type and container. All natural soy candles, handcrafted & nontoxic with long-lasting aroma. Shop in store or on-line.


PO Box 245 Fishkill, NY 12524 845.489.2378; Stray HELP is a registered not-for-profit organization, managed entirely by volunteers. Our mission is to rescue and care for stray and homeless animals, namely cats, while providing humane education to the community. We work with property owners to conduct trap/neuter/return and with pet owners to make spay/neuter affordable. In 2015, we facilitated the spay/neuter, and medical care where needed, for over 850 cats. Help us reach 1000 in 2016!



DR. LEIGH DAMKOHLER, CCSP, LMT 8 Bacon Place, Yonkers, NY 10710 914.523.7947

PERSONALIZED treatments designed for YOU by Westchester’s only dually licensed practicing Sports Chiropractor and Massage Therapist. Receive a unique combination of muscle work and adjustments not provided elsewhere. Dr. Leigh can help you move and feel better. Get back to the life you love!

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2241 Crompond Rd. Cortlandt Manor NY 914.930.8800

Optimize your body’s ability to heal and transform. Our focus is individualized and outcome based health care though functional nutrition, chiropractic and craniosacral therapy. Cleanse, restore and repair your body, with whole food cleanses and whole food supplementation. We aim to find the root cause.


Life Coach in Positive Psychology The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd FL, Mount Kisco, NY 914.263.7080; Feeling stuck? Gain clarity, investigate your strengths and navigate transitions with proven tools and guidance. Free phone consultation to explore how working together can help you make the positive changes you seek. Appointments in person or by phone.

COACHING - ADD/ADHD SUSAN LASKY MA, BCC, SCAC Certified ADHD Coach/ Organizer 914.373.4787;

Learn strategies that work with the way YOU think. ADD/ADHD or executive functioning challenges can affect every aspect of your life. Maximize your strengths and become more productive. First-hand understanding and compassion. Live the life you love! See ad pg 42.


Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; 917.868.1769 Health coaching, with an integrative approach for corporations and families. Supportive, personalized and interactive wellness programs. Offering corporate lunch sessions and webinars increasing productivity and decreasing absenteeism. Wanda educates you on your favorite health topics and more.



Practitioner: The Center for Health + Healing 4 Smith Ave 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.519.8138;


Success Coaching and Hypnosis, LLC Pleasantville, NY 914.747.9059; Behavior Modification Coach and Intuitive Counselor, helps you achieve your personal goals: weight, stress, confidence, clarity and more. Immediate results and guidance using powerful tools and techniques for mind, body and spirit, just what you need to live a better life.

Craniosacral therapy with Somato Emotional Release allows chronic physical, emotional and spiritual issues to be intimately explored, bringing relief from pain and activating a healing process which continues after the session is over.


Edit J. Babboni, RYT- 200, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY 917.721.2529; Drained from toxic relationships? Overwhelmed by stress at work? Fed up with those nagging cravings? Want to feel great in your body? Call for your first free consult to start changing your life!




Integrative Medicine and Dermatology 17 Rodman Oval, New Rochelle, NY 914.637.0908;


914.921.LIFE (5433) Experience and personalized service you can trust. The finest in colonic irrigation and personal care. Serving the tri-state area since 1993.


Master Life Coach 718.812.5166

Do you ever imagine living the life of your dreams? Are you at a standstill? The best way to allow yourself to blossom is to become the master of your own destiny! Schedule a consultation today.


Coaching, Healing & Channeling Cold Spring, NY 845.424.6219; Mary Ellen O’Brien uses a combination of her intuitive and coaching skills to help individuals change limiting beliefs and awaken their true essence. Her clients experience more joy, fulfillment and balance in their lives.



Betty Prinsen, MA, Certified Practitioner 917.941.4767: Carmel 914.244.1606; Bedford Hills

Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, Director White Plains & Ossining offices 914.762.4693; WellOnTheWay.Com


We clear your Skin naturally, by correcting the underlying digestive and inflammatory issues using nutrition, supplements, and energetic techniques, for diagnosis and treatment. Caring Board Certified Dermatologist and World pioneer in Holistic Dermatology.

Curious about energy medicine? Know there is something to it, from all you’ve r e a d a n d h e a r d ?  A r e y o u tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call! See ad pg 23.

Relax and cleanse comfortably and easily through Ionic Detox Footbath. Feel revitalized, balanced, healthy and ready to enjoy life. Carmel and Bedford Hills locations.


Member: Westchester Holistic Network 845.709.5245 Facebook: House Harmony

INTEGRITY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE)

Do you struggle with stress, pain and muscle tightness? If so, call today for your free consultation and learn how to finally address these issues and experience ideal health naturally. See ad pg 38.

Do you have unsolved health issues? Selling your home? Is your business not attracting customers? Dowsing can help solve these issues. Call for more information and receive a free energy reading.

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Mag Treanor RN, Reiki, Emotion Code NLP, Kinesiology, EFT-Adv, Hypnotist Carmel, NY; 845.228.8132 Realign mind body spirit, find core issues. Clear trauma, anxieties, negative Karma, Ancestral, Inherited, trapped emotions, limiting beliefs, Release Restore Realign Balance and Heal with intuition, intention, energy techniques. Tapping, Light, Sound, Magnets, Aromas, Spirit. See ad pg 23.


Energy Healing, Coaching, Organizing Services Peekskill, NY 914.473.1032; During Tina’s healing sessions, she channels divine healing energy, promoting profound positive changes in the body, mind and spirit. Tina’s coaching style allows her clients to rewrite the script of negative thoughts to create the lives they dream for themselves.

ANNE H. BENTZEN, MSOT, RMT, JRP Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, Jikiden Reiki; Energetic Counseling, OT Armonk & Eastchester Offices 914.588.4079;

Energetic healing complements medical care. Experience relief from stress, trauma, pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, grief and more. Restore energy flow, improve immunity and balance all 7 major chakra systems. Monthly healing circles; Reiki certificate classes.

ESSENTIAL OILS YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Caitlin & Rob Begley, Ind. Dist. Info: Contact:

We are wellness educators striving to teach families about the purity and therapeutic benefits of Young Living Essential Oils and how to live chemical free. We offer ongoing wellness education through in-person and online classes, DIY seminars, and 1:1 coaching.

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you exhausted from pain, stress or PTSD? Balance your body's energies for optimal physical health and emotional well-being with Esoteric Healing, a high vibrational technique from Tibet. See ad pg 47.


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250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 24 years of clinical practice using natural remedies? Expertise in treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. Emphasis on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. If you want experienced, competent, compassionate, and exceptional care. See ad pg 11.


Northern Westchester 917.747.3331 Post-Physical Therapy Conditioning Specialist, Medical Exercise Specialist and Personal Trainer. Using safe core stabilization, balance, strength, flexibility, cardiovascular, yoga and corrective exercises to develop muscular balance, postural awareness and other skills to reduce or eliminate your pain. Privates in my studio or your home.

GENETIC CODE READING KAREN W. SPIRER 914.310.2949; Human Design Science, Precise Genetic Decoding, A “Personal Operating Decision Making Manual,”Your Very Unique: Health, Nutrition, Environment, Relationship, Career/Work Needs and Proclivities and More! You are Unique, a One-of-a-Kind!


Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE); Are you between the ages of 2-92 and want to experience each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation. Our unique total body approach is beneficial with proven results. See ad pg 38.


Energy Medicine Practioner, Medical Intuititive, Physical Therapist 175 King Street, Chappaqua, NY 239.289.3744;




Builder and General Contractor of fine custom alterations, restorations, architectural additions, and new construction. Offering a high level of management and craftsmanship. Specializing in a 95% dust-free living environment. PHIUS Energy Efficient and non-toxic building applications.Bau-Biologist, the holistic approach to Natural Building,passive and active solar installations and retrofits, as well as conventional construction. Building design services and consultation available. 44 years experience.


130 Hardscrabble Rd. North Salem, NY 914.485.1210 Family owned and operated. We raise grass fed beef, free range eggs, pastured pork and turkey. Fruits/veggies from our farm and other local farms for Summer CSA. Local honey, milk and cheese. Spring/summer/fall annuals. Store open daily 8am6pm. See ad pg 34.

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150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 21.


Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master & Instructor Hypnotherapist, Intuitive Energy Healer, RYT, Founder 453 White Plains Rd, #201/203 Eastchester 914.793.2600; Nurture your mind, body, and soul. Thru a variety of healing modalities and services that include, psychotherapy, reiki, hypnosis, acupuncture, massage, reflexology, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, nutritional consulting, therapeutic yoga, guided channeling meditation classes. Rediscover your control and balance your life. See ad pg 12.

FRESH ORGANIC SALON SOLUTIONS Hair care, Skincare & Make up 190 Rt 117 By Pass, Bedford, NY 914.242.1928;

A healthy approach to beauty and wellness led by Maureen Toohey, Regional Educator for Organic Salon Systems. The fresh team is committed to making your experience fully complete and satisfying, organically. Receive a gift valued at $75 with your 1st color appointment, when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad pg 15.

HYGEIA INTEGRATED HEALTH, LLC 3505 Hill Blvd, Suite K Yorktown Heights, NY 914.352.6116;

Putting wellness back into healthcare with a specialized focus on emotional health and wellness. Our team of professionals offers acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, nutritional counseling, parent coaching, psychotherapy, and psychiatry to help support clients on a customized path to wellness.

In a beautiful retreat-like setting, we offer holistic psychotherapy, body therapies, acupuncture, shamanic reiki, intuitive guidance, spiritual counseling, homeopathy, naturopathic and herbal medicine, healing circles, workshops and professional trainings. See ad pg 27.

777 Ulster Ave., Kingston 15 Davis Ave., Poughkeepsie 845.338.3320; 845.485.8582

The Landscape Artists 845.489.7250

We create gardens that promote healing for our clients. These sanctuaries combine beautiful sounds of chimes with flowers scents, the dancing of light off waterfalls and reflective surfaces.

Helping people relieve symptoms o f c h r o n i c Ly m e d i s e a s e , fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome as well as many other chronic illnesses. Dramatically improve your energy levels.




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Registered Herbalist (AHG) 1129 Main St, 2nd Fl., Fishkill, NY email:; 845.416.4598 Lorraine offers Individual Wellness Consultations based on the Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Paradigm which offers a preventative and individual approach to balanced health. Each “unique� individual protocol will include Chinese, Western, Ayurvedic Herbal remedies and Nutritional planning.

250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 24 years of clinical practice using natural remedies? Expertise in treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. Emphasis on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. If you want experienced, competent, compassionate, and exceptional care. See ad pg 11 & 57.

HOLISTIC DENTIST DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 3.

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Michael Finkelstein MD FACP ABIHM SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; You can attain enhanced health and wellness on every level. I will guide you and together we will transform you into your own best doctor, friend and selfadvocate. You will learn how to bring yourself back into balance. My intention is to be the best healer and teacher I can be. I offer insightful health evaluations with customized medical guidance. Uniquely qualified to offer medical advice and attention from a holistic perspective.


Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance Millbrook + Online Studio/Sanctuary 845.677.3517; White Lotus Grace specializes in intuitive healing for body, mind, soul, and relationships through organic transformative movement and dance. Gigi Oppenheimer – intuitive healer, dancer, and coach – offers compassionate service one-on-one, to couples, and classes, online or in person.



Dr. Timothy Morley 914.241.7030; Mt. Kisco 914.615.9004; White Plains Dr. Morley is a functional medicine specialist and is board certified in anti-aging. We offer the most extensive testing in the Tristate area which allows us to discover the root causes of imbalances in your body. Balance your body and balance your life. See ads pgs 21 & 39.

Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch 914.320.4063; Therapeutic massage to address specific issues or promote wellness. Works with generally healthy to very ill clients. Experience with geriatric, cancer, Parkinson’s, hospice massage. Studios in Riverdale and Mamaroneck; onsite visits in Westchester, Bronx, Manhattan. See ad pg 16.


150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 21.

Therapeutic Massage & Reiki Lisanne Elkins, MA, LMT, RM 153 Main St. Suite B, Mt. Kisco 914.319.4375; Offering therapeutic massage and Reiki for stress- and pain-relief, relaxation and general wellness. Gift certificates available for all modalities, including pre- and postnatal bodywork, aromatherapy and hot stone massage by appointment. Set your intention for healing yourself and those around you.


777 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583: 914.902.9200 365 Central Park Ave. Scarsdale, NY 10583; 914.422.3689 737 Bedford Rd., Bedford Hills, NY 10507: 914.244.3689 158 South Ridge St., Rye Brook, NY 10573; 914.417.6940 Massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your wellness program. Visit one of the four locations in Westchester to take advantage of our introductory offer. Open 7 days a week, extended hours, late evenings. See ads pgs 16 & back cover.


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Laura Giacovas,LMT, MS Ed., 4th Dan Master Instructor Taekwondo Briarcliff NY 914.941.2400, Our mission is to enhance wellness and quality of life through Therapeutic Massage and Integrated Holistic Healing. We are committed to providing an inspired, nurturing environment from which wellness and harmony can be realized.

MICHELLE VITNER, LMT, LPN A Healing Massage with Intuition 914.672.1916 or 914.873.1376

Holding sacred space through Relaxation, Therapeutic and Medical Massage Putnam, We s t c h e s t e r , D u t c h e s s . "Michelle's healing ability is more than the touch from her hands; she heals the soul. She brings serenity to people." ~Maureen S., Carmel. See ad pg 23.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR DORETTE LEWIS-SENIOR, ND Mind-Body-Spirit Bronx NY, Trumbull CT 855.735.2533;

Naturopathic Physician, Wellness Educator, Medical Thermographer, Christian Minister. Her passion is helping women regain their health and wellness. With a focus on those affected by diabetes, cancer, overweight and pain. Dr. Lewis-Senior serves with joy. Some insurances accepted.

HUDSON VALLEY NATURAL HEALTH Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.362.8315;

Utilize an integrative healing approach from a doctor trained in holistic medicine. Working with your current medical treatments & labwork, as well as botanical medicine, dietary & lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, stress reduction and ecotherapy. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 20.



Blending the best of traditional and cutting edge natural medicine, Dr. Lisanti offers natural therapeutic solutions for acute and chronic conditions. He combines naturopathic care, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, detoxification, hypnosis, movement, yoga and lifestyle counseling allowing him to customize your program individually. See ad pg 19.

NuSpecies Health Centers provide free health consultations with certified nutritionists/life coaches. We make custom recommendations of our Raw, Organic, Liquid, Natural nutritional formulas and then work with our clients until they achieve their health goals. See ad pg 5.



Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND, LAC., RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980;

Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725; Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may include supplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. Clinic days: M,T,W. See ad pg 35. 866.624.4117 HQ: 427 Main St. Beacon, NY 12508

LAKE MAHOPAC PHARMACY/ SURGICAL Nagi Wissa, R.Ph., IP, CEO 559 Rt, 6, Mahopac, NY 10541 T: 845.208.0424; F: 845.208.0425

We are your neighborhood holistic compounding pharmacy, ready to support y o u r h e a l t h . We o ff e r compounding prescriptions, on-line prescription renewals, supplements, homeopathic remedies, personal care products, fair trade gifts and more. We deliver and we are happy to answer your questions.


777 Ulster Ave., Kingston 15 Davis Ave., Poughkeepsie 845.338.3320; 845.485.8582 Helping people relieve symptoms o f c h r o n i c Ly m e d i s e a s e , fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome as well as many other chronic illnesses. Dramatically improve your energy levels.


Culinary Nutritionist and Functional Medicine Educator 413.717.0459; Phone, Skype, and in-person Integrating plant-based cooking, Functional Nutrition, and mindfulness practices to help you feel your best. Together we’ll create a customized action plan of healing based on your health goals and lifestyle. Offering one-on-one/family consultations, cooking lessons, public speaking.


Tina Sferra, MSPT, CPI 175 E. Main St, Suite 204, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549; 917.476.2164 Manual PT Practice and Pilates Studio. One patient, one therapist, one hour. Integrative practice with a functional, manual approach to musculoskeletal restrictions. Specialties: Dance/ Sports Medicine PT. Pilates Apparatus sessions also available. Infinite results.

OLD POST PHYSICAL THERAPY 43 Old Post Road South Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 914.271.2426;

Private Physical Therapy focusing on the individual needs of each client and utilizing various manual therapy techniques to restore homeostasis in the joints, muscles, ligaments, and nerves. We also provide 1-on-1 Personal Training and Yoga. $20 discount for new clients.

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Pamela Hoffman, DPM Glenn B. Weiss, DPM 200 Katonah Ave., Katonah, NY 914.232.8880; Foot care for people of all ages. Board certified holistic podiatrists who use a comprehensive, integrative approach. Customized treatments utilizing the best of today’s technology combined with nutrition and 30 years of experience.


ARCB Certified Reflexologist 1129 Main Street, 2nd fl., Fishkill, NY email:; 845.416.4598 Foot and/or Hand Reflexology sessions are offered with the use of Essential Oils applied to acupuncture points based upon each individual’s presenting pattern.  Please refer to Services page on web site for the many benefits of this ancient modality.

SPA GANESHA SPA Peekskill, NY 914.906.7238

Find your beauty in Ganesha Spa where traditional spa modalities are combined with procedures such as Microblading (3D Brows)  and Microneedling, as well as Ayurvedic Treatments, Energy work, Anti-Aging skin care and Meditations. Complete true Spa experience with IR Sauna and a Steam Room!


SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; Offering a whole-being, integrative approach to wellness, nurturing clients into health on the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical levels. Following one’s heart to Re-envision life in order to flourish.


Mindful is the New Skinny The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 917.974.9446; Mindfulness and holistic health based psychotherapy helping women decrease stress, improve relationships, become less reactive and lose weight without restrictive dieting. Mindful is the New Skinny transformational program is designed to help you lighten up inside and out. Individual, groups, skype.


2 Coulter Road, Bakers Mills, NY 12811 518.251.3015; 914.556.8258 Yoga in the Adirondacks is nestled in the valley of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, where yoga embraces nature. Connect your mind, body and spirit and explore your retreat with like-minded people to build a happier and healthier life. Studio available for your yoga/ wellness private group as well. See ad pg 52


Rev. Dr. Hans B. Hallundbaek, Pastor 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls, NY Join a unique monthly Interfaith Sunday at the Chapel at Croton Falls at 10:30am – Enjoy prayer, music, movement and dialogue. Check our FB page for information on upcoming p r o g r a m s o r e - m a i l R e v. Deborah Moldow, Interfaith Minister, at revdeb1@


Yoni Hormadaly, LMT 109 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield, CT 203.550.6888 Yo n i h a s b e e n p r a c t i c i n g Structural Integration since 2002. Specializing in improving the relationship between the human body and gravity. Flat feet, chronic pain and discomfort, improvement in athletic pursuits, general self-improvement, are some of the reasons clients of all ages have sought out this work. Free phone consultation.


Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Services 914.962.6402, 800.532.4290 Support Connection offers free, confidential breast and ovarian cancer support services including individual peer counseling, support groups, wellness programs and educational forums. Counselors are cancer survivors See ad pg 49.


Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN, LMHC 2 Byram Brook Pl., Armonk, NY 10504; 914.219.8600 Integrative psychotherapy: depression, anxiety, addictions, relationships, and more. Dr. Edwards is a NY lic. psychotherapist with 40 years of experience compassionately working with adults to realize their goals. Meditation and mindfulness training are also offered.


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SLEEP DISORDER DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 3.

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THERMOGRAPHY PATRICIA BOWDEN-LUCCARDI LMT, CTT, CNMT Certified Thermographic Technician Certified Whole Health Educator 518.929.7579;

Prevention is the Cure. RadiationFree Breast and Full Body medical thermal imaging available in Westchester & Dutchess County. By appointment. Offices in Mount Kisco, White Plains and Poughkeepsie.


Full Circle Veterinary Hospital Integrative, Holistic & Conventional 1609 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 845.234.4417; We specialize in the integration of holistic and conventional veterinary medicine to provide quality, comprehensive care for your pet's needs. We enjoy taking time to get to know our clients and their pets. This allows pets to relax, while we learn about their family lifestyle.


150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 21.

TMJ DISORDER DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 3.


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 Integrative Care including Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with many other types of Alternative and Complementary Veterinary Medicinal services are offered. We also offer a full range of high tech, cutting edge, medical, surgical and dental services. See ad pg 45.


Dr. Timothy Morley 914.241.7030; Mt. Kisco 914.615.9004; White Plains We know the science behind weight loss. Slow metabolism, hormone imbalance, thyroid dysfunction, metal toxicity, vitamin deficiency and lifestyle choices are a few reasons why many people don’t lose. Your personalized, physician-supervised, real food plan will be designed for your success. See ads pgs 21 & 39.


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.705.1805


501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; Promoting and supporting health and wellness; facilitating communitycentered experiential and reflective learning for individuals, families, and groups, by offering educational programs, events, and resources designed to build integrative skills and understanding for those looking to holistically care for themselves, others, and the world in which we live. Transformative Programs, holistic medicine, psycho-spiritual counseling; Women’s, Men’s and Couples Groups, Garden Co-Op, Cleansing Program; Special 12-week “immersion.”


Certified Yoga Instructor Reiki Master/Teacher Northern Westchester 914.522.1297; Karen integrates different teaching styles based on the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of each individual person. Private & Group Sessions. All Ages: Beginners to Advanced. “Energy is Limitless, Optimum Health is Timeless.”


Saw Mill Club,77 Kensico Dr., Mt. Kisco Michelle Briks, Programs Coordinator 914.752.1872 S M C O h r a Yo g a T T program offers Yoga Alliance accredited E-RYT 200 & 300 Hour Programs to Empower Yourself and Inspire Others! Their proven training methods are anatomically informed and intelligently sequenced. The trainings are led by Michelle Briks, RYT-500, Ayurvedic specialist and accredited Nutritionist. 

The Weiss Method helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. 30 years experience. 80% success rate. See ad pg 23.


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