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Step Into Sustainabilty Everyday Ways to Help Out the Planet

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ater is our most vital resource, and keeping it pure enough to sustain life on this planet is obviously essential. Lately, the importance of safe, clean drinking water has come into focus, allowing us to reexamine what we value most, including our rights to clean drinking water. This month Natural Awakenings takes a look at the state of our fresh water drinking supply, in what I feel is one of Dana Boulanger Marilee Burrell our most important articles yet. Please read and share “Troubled Waters: Our Precious Freshwater Supplies Are Shrinking” on page 38. We have included information on where to learn more about our local drinking water, and we hope this article inspires you to get involved and help make a difference. We are fortunate to have many environmental stewards working on our behalf here in New York, and we also have many reasons to celebrate. This past year, fracking, which is possibly the most damaging industry for our drinking water supply ever, was banned in the state. Last month, the DARK Act restricting GMO-labeling was defeated in the Senate (see page 25). These are important victories, but there is still much to do. Another important local issue concerns Indian Point, the declining nuclear power plant in our area. It’s time to thank this aging nuclear power plant for providing power for the past 50 years…and close it. The threat it poses includes leaking radioactive tritium, its sensitive location along the Hudson River, and its proximity to millions of people in New York City and the lower Hudson Valley. Common sense says that it’s time to shut it down, so let’s get it done! To learn more and join the effort, visit the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition at A related project is the proposed construction of the Spectra AIM pipeline within 105 feet of critical safety infrastructure at Indian Point. Would anyone argue that it’s a bad idea to put a 42-inch diameter high pressure gas pipeline next to a troubled nuclear power plant? Immediate action here is needed. To learn more, connect with ResistAIM at and Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE) at In April we celebrate Earth Day, so it’s the perfect time to roll up our sleeves and get involved with groups like RiverKeeper, Grassroots Environmental Education, Lower Hudson Sirerra Group, Greenburgh Nature Center, land trusts, and other nature centers and environmental non-profits doing great things in our area. See pages 33, 39 and 52-60 for local groups and events where you can meet like-minded people, make a difference, and have some fun in the process. For sustainability stories that inspire, please read “Everyday Sustainability: Practical Ways We Can Help Out the Planet” on page 34. Every month Dana and I discover new people and organizations right in our own backyard that are doing wonderful things. One of my passions is growing food, and this month, we learned about David Frost, Margaret Wilder and the Center for Sustainable Living Education in Patterson, where they grow food sustainably and teach kids in the process. Please read “The Farm at Holmes: A 20-Year Vision of Sustainability” on page 26. It’s easy to support them by signing up for their CSA. There will probably always be another environmental goal to strive for, but isn’t that what makes life rewarding? Dana and I hope you are feeling the excitement of new possibilities and new directions this month, especially with the start of spring and the beginning of a new growing season. We live on a magnificent planet, brimming with life and peak nature experiences around every corner. Let’s celebrate our wild spaces, our resources and each other, and put some action into making it all even better! Happy Earth Day and happy spring!

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

28 EDIBLE HEIRLOOMS Old-Fashioned Fruits and Veggies Return to the Table


by Avery Mack


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

38 TROUBLED WATERS Our Precious Freshwater Supplies Are Shrinking


by Linda Sechrist


Mother Nature’s Rhythms Restore the Soul by Susan Andra Lion

42 HOMEOPATHY Medicine for the Whole Patient, Not Just the Disease by Linda Sechrist




Simplicity Invites Happiness into Our Lives by April Thompson



Caring Homes Sought for Aging and Abandoned Horses by Sandra Murphy


They Like Short, Social and Fun Workouts by Derek Flanzraich

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newsbriefs Eileen Fisher Learning Lab Offers Injury Prevention Training for Soccer Players Spring Workshops and Events


he Learning Lab, created by clothing designer Eileen Fisher as “a place for people to create positive change in their lives from the inside out,” will offer motivational workshops this spring focused on subjects such as life purpose, happiness, leadership, trust and embodiment. “The Learning Lab brings people together for deeper experiences of connection and inquiry,” Fisher says. “Everything we offer Eileen Fisher is an opportunity to get curious, access wisdom and create something more meaningful for ourselves and the world.” Fisher herself engages in self-awareness practices and has brought them into the workplace through her company, which prioritizes employee well-being as well as personal and professional growth. The Learning Lab will offer one- and two-day workshops this April, May and June in Irvington and New York City. Several evening events will also be held via live-stream, including Quiet Audacity: A Conversation with Susan Cain and Eileen Fisher on April 27. A special workshop in New York City on May 13, Embodied Wisdom, brings together leading experts, including Emma Seppala, Steven Hoskinson and Wendy and Tiphani Palmer, for an in-depth exploration of how we can thrive in life and work. “Similar to my clothing line, Learning Lab offerings are designed to help people feel more comfortable and confident so they can express their most natural, empowered selves,” Fisher says. The Learning Lab is located at 50 S. Bucket St., Irvington. Visit for details about the spring workshops and events. See ad, page 2.


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ootball injuries might be getting all the press nowadays, but soccer injuries—especially knee injuries—are also prevalent and potentially debilitating. Physical therapist Tina Sferra, who specializes in sports medicine, dance medicine, Pilates and yoga, offers soccer injury Tina Sferra prevention lectures and workshops to soccer clubs, coaches, parents and teams. She also offers in-studio team trainings to condition players for injury prevention.  As a soccer enthusiast, Sferra says she is impressed with the high level of human performance needed to run around during a soccer game, as well as the precision and balance necessary for the fancy footwork. “But I have observed firsthand too many injuries on the field,” she says. “I understand that the numberone causes of injury are fatigue and weak hip-core synergy. The incidence of ACL injuries is especially on the rise with the girls.” In her training, Sferra demonstrates how to prevent lower-extremity injuries by strengthening the posterior chain (hamstrings, glutes and hips) and increasing rotational core strength for when the foot hits the ground. She also addresses upper-extremity injuries from falls. “What sets me apart is that I am also a Pilates instructor,” she says. “I know firsthand how to develop a strong powerhouse to protect the body.” Teams can hire Sferra for a per-person rate of $160 for eight weekly sessions. Sferra currently operates Elite Performance Physical Therapy of Westchester, housed in Katonah Yoga Bedford Hills. For more info, contact her at 917.476.2164 or via her website,

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Seven-Days Raw Plant Food Detox Challenge


en Garden Health Coaching and Yoga studio in Yorktown Heights will offer its quarterly 7-Days Raw Plant Food Detox Challenge from April 25 to May 1. “As certified integrative nutrition health coach and yoga teacher, I felt it necessary to offer a program that would reset people’s bodies and minds in a short period of time and send them off to a healthy, healing path,” says studio owner Edit Babboni, a raw foods advocate. “Cooking and processing food does not add anything—it only takes away,” she says. “It takes away vitamins and enzymes that are the essence of food. Most chronic diseases are diet-related, mostly because of deficiencies and toxicity.” A raw-food program has been reported to lead to weight loss, reduced allergies and inflammatory skin conditions and greater energy and mental clarity, she says, adding that she’s always left feeling “light and high on life.” Somers resident Jill Schantz says participating in the challenge had a tremendous effect on the way she viewed food. “I’ve lost my craving for refined sugar,” she says. “In fact, I can’t imagine putting processed food in my body again.” The seven-day program includes three gentle detox yoga classes with meditation during the week of the program, a booklet on raw foods with recipes for the upcoming week, a Facebook support page and a sat sang gathering at 7:30 p.m., April 21. The cost is $99. Spots are limited. RSVP by April 20 by calling 917.721.2529 or emailing See ad, page 51. natural awakenings

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Body-Mind-Spirit Expo Returns to Tarrytown


he Awaken Wellness Fair, the tristate area’s oldest and b e s t - k n o w n b o dy mind-spirit-green expo, will return to Tarrytown from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 24, at the DoubleTree Hotel at 455 South Broadway. The fair has grown Exhibitors at the Awaken Wellness Fair in attendance from 42 people in 2002 to nearly 1,000 in recent years, says founder Paula Caracappa, CEO of PPC Group LLC. “For 14 years, this wellnessfocused, educational and experiential event has attracted well over 100 exhibitors to locations throughout the tri-state area,” she says. “Educating the public about the variety of wellness services and products that are available today is the one thing that remains constant.” The Awaken Wellness Fair features a continuous program of free educational presentations lasting 45 minutes each. This year’s topics cover a wide range of current wellness subjects intended to help people live healthier and happier lives, including Mary Ellen O’Brien’s “Align with Your Higher Self: A Channeled Guidance Session” and Lois Kramer-Perez’s “Four Keys to Become the Driver of Your Destiny.” The DoubleTree’s grand ballroom will be filled with vendors offering products and services supporting a healthy lifestyle, such as essential oils, Ayurvedic medicine, nutritional supplements and organic cleaning products. Intuitive readers will also be on hand, Caracappa says. “This group offers insight through tarot readings, mediumship, angel readings, numerology, pet readings and many more, for entertainment purposes only. Then there are gifted healers, practicing reiki, reflexology and energy healing,” she says. For more information, tickets or vendor or speaker opportunities, visit See ad, page 7.

Visioning Meeting for Nonsectarian Spiritual Center in Katonah


piritual and community leaders in Katonah and the surrounding area will host a Spiritual Town Hall from 2 to 4:30 p.m., April 30, in the community hall of Katonah United Methodist Church at 44 Edgemont Road. Area residents are invited to attend this visioning meeting to discuss the creation of a spiritual center that will serve as an open, nonsectarian space to nurture the soul of the Katonah community. Community members Douglass DeCandia, Melissa Boyer, Hans Hallundbaek, Deborah Moldow and Danny Martin will present their ideas for the spiritual center. “We envision a hub for films, poetry slams, lectures, meditation, yoga, panel dis-


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cussions, local artwork, potlucks, music, presentations, dancing, support groups, community forums, storytelling and more,” Boyer says. After the presentations, there will be interactive small-group discussions about the ideas put forth. The town hall will include refreshments as well as music by Paul Storfer. “This is a free event. Everyone who has an interest in spirituality and community is welcome,” Boyer says. For more information, contact Boyer at or 914.357.0072.

Reflection of Nature Makes Dreamscapes Come True


or Reflections of Nature, every landscaping job starts with a dreamscape. “Our job is to take the ideas, concepts and feelings that are in the client’s head, put them down on paper in a design that the client can envision and then make it happen,” Water Garden Creation says company president Miby Reflections of Nature chael Gulbrandsen. The Poughkeepsie-based company designs and maintains dreamlike outdoor spaces such as English country gardens, Japanese courtyards, butterfly and songbird habitats and feng shui gardens. “We can create your own personal sanctuary with streams, waterfalls, stepping-stone paths through ponds, ancient stone planters, furniture carved from an old oak tree, woven wooden fencing sculptures, fire pits and intertwined, branched tunnels leading to a secret garden. With the addition of mosscovered boulders and logs, the space looks like an ancient, magical forest,” Gulbrandsen says. To see their designs close up, visit the Reflections of Nature booth at the 2016 Hudson Valley Beltane & Fairy Festival on May 14. Reflections of Nature’s designers have advanced education and certifications in wetlands delineation and construction, soil and erosion control, rain garden design, sustainable landscaping and creating wildlife habitats. “Not only can we to create the garden of your dreams, but we also build wetlands walkways, clear areas for pools, grade lawns, repair driveways, fix drainage problems, build patios and even arrange flowers in pots,” Gulbrandsen says. The company offers custom landscape service throughout Dutchess, Westchester, Putnam County and southern Columbia Counties in New York, as well as western Fairfield County in Connecticut.  To learn more, visit or call 845.489.7250. For info about the 2016 Hudson Valley Beltane & Fairy Festival, visit See ad, page 37. natural awakenings

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Free Community Events at Quest Yoga Arts


uest Yoga Arts in Mount Kisco is celebrating spring by hosting free community events, including a natural stress relief workshop in April and a May weekend of complimentary classes led by its graduating class of registered yoga teachers. Stephanie Dalfonzo, an intuitive energy healer, hypnotist, life coach and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner, will offer “Three Natural Ways to Relieve Fear, Stress and Anxiety” at 12:30 p.m., April 24, at Quest Yoga Arts. She will explain how a variety of techniques, including yoga, hypnosis, guided meditation, Stephanie Dalfonzo EFT and reiki, offer natural ways to lift and manage moods. The weekend of May 21 and 22, Quest’s graduating teachers will offer two full days of open-level, one-hour community classes. The teachers will have completed Quest’s nine-month Yoga Alliance-certified 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program, offered each fall with Wendy Hagen, E-RYT 500, and Laura Jensen, E-RYT 200. (To check community class times and sign up, visit Quest will also offer a free information session at noon for its next teacher training program, which starts in October 2016. “Come take a class—or three—with one of our great new teachers, and stay for the info session,” says Laura Jensen, owner of Quest Yoga Arts. Refreshments and snacks will be served, and discounts on class cards will be offered. Quest Yoga Arts is located at 11 E. Main St., 2nd Fl., Mt. Kisco. For more info, call 914.241.9642 or visit See ad, page 50.

Hudson Valley Fresh Delivers Quality and Sustainability


he Hudson River Valley has a long and proud agricultural heritage. One of the many organizations keeping that heritage alive is Hudson Valley Fresh, a cooperative of nine family-owned and -operated dairy farms serving the Mid-Hudson Valley, Long Island, New York City, northern New Jersey and western Connecticut. Presently, its main business is producing premium-quality dairy products: whole, skim, low-fat and chocolate milk, along with half and half, heavy cream, sour cream and yogurt. Other Hudson Valley food products are available online at A strong supporter of sustainable agriculture, the co-op currently preserves 7,000 acres of open land. Its mission is to secure living wages for its farmers and their families.


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The farms represented by Hudson Valley Fresh have been recognized locally as well as nationally for the quality of milk they produce—a result of outstanding genetics in their respective breeds of Jersey, Holstein, Guernsey and Brown Swiss. Blending the milk from these breeds produces sweet and freshtasting whole milk. None of the cows is given the hormone R-BST to produce more milk; the co-op’s farmers rely on “good nutrition and cow comfort” to create a premium product. For more info, visit Hudson Valley Fresh online at

Conference Addresses Integrative Approaches to Breast Cancer


reast Cancer Options, a H u d s o n Va l l e y support organization for women with breast cancer and their families, will hold its 15th annual Integrative Medicine Cancer Conference at SUNY New Paltz in the Lecture Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 17. The conference is open to all women, whether or not they have had a breast cancer diagnosis. Among the featured speakers will be Drs. Ronald Stram and Heidi Puc from the Stram Center for Integrative Medicine; Corinne Menn, an osteopathic gynecologist and young breast cancer survivor; Dr. Hannah Brooks; Dr. Michael Schachter, a pioneer in integrative medicine; Scott Berliner, a natural pharmacist from Life Science Pharmacy; and Ajamu Ayinde, a certified medical hypnotherapist and Transpersonal Hypnotherapy trainer. Visitors to the conference can attend workshops covering subjects such as treating the whole person; the value of mind, body and spirit; lifestyle changes that positively impact health; the uses of medical marijuana in cancer care; reducing treatment side effects and making informed treatment decisions; new developments in breast cancer treatment; and genomic and genetic testing. There will also be young survivor and metastatic breast cancer luncheons. Breast Cancer Options, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is “committed to providing people with the information and support they need to make informed health choices,” says Executive Director Hope Nemiroff. Conference admission is $25 and includes lunch. Limited scholarships are available. For info or to register, call Breast Cancer Options at 845.339.4673 or visit See ad, page 24. natural awakenings

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Dreaming Goddess Expansion Houses Crystals and Gems


he Dreaming Goddess in Poughkeepsie has expanded to include a new space, accessible through the existing shop, to house its growing collection of crystals, gemstones and fossilized specimens. “More and more individuals turn to crystals and gems to incorporate into their everyday life, using them for meditation, easing stress and anxiety, boosting confidence, attracting luck and abundance New crystal specimens for sale and much more,” says owner Rhianna at Dreaming Goddess Mirabello. “The purpose of this expansion is to offer an increased selection of these stones in a space where customers can feel at peace and rejuvenated. We invite visitors to come by and enjoy our expanded home, talk with our friendly and knowledgeable staff and join us in welcoming this new part of our journey.” The store will continue to host a variety of events and classes, many taught by Mirabello, and it has increased its inventory of one-of-a-kind crystal specimens available on its website, The Dreaming Goddess is located at 44 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. Store hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more info, visit See ad, page 19.

Cheerful Strength Moves to the Putnam Valley


fter many years serving clients in the Adirondacks, Cheerful Strength has relocated to the Putnam Valley, where it will offer its holistic support services and workshops to individuals, organizations and businesses in Duchess, Putnam, Westchester, Ulster, Orange and Rockland Counties, as well as New York City, Long Island and western Connecticut. “We bring a mindful, grounded approach to organizing, clutter busting, solution mapping, meeting facilitation, team building, project development and strategic planning,” says owner and guide Hilary Oak. Oak has more than 15 years’ experience working with community groups, nonprofit organizations, artists, musicians and other individuals to develop and implement Hilary Oak strategies to meet their goals. She also offers training and workshops in meditation, grounding and relaxation techniques. Upcoming workshops will focus on jump-starting creativity, organizing basics and meeting facilitation. Cheerful Strength will offer a series of Dance Meditation gatherings this summer. “This is a dance group for folks who don’t want to memorize steps, and it’s a meditation group for folks who can’t sit still,” Oak says. “It’s a time to stretch, breathe, move and find your groove for the day.” Dates and details will be available this spring for workshops and dance gatherings in Beacon, Fishkill, Cold Spring and Peekskill. To arrange for services at a specific location, schedule a group workshop or join Cheerful Strength’s mailing list for updates, call 315.528.7920 or email CheerfulStrength@ For more info, visit See ad, page 45. 16

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Rev. Alva Garnes

Center for Spiritual Living Begins Foundation Classes


n April 10, the Center for Spiritual Living in White Plains will begin a new series of foundation classes to introduce and fully explain Science of Mind principles, which are the basis of its teaching. “Science of Mind draws on the wisdom of the ages and New Thought principles in order to promote awakening and personal growth,” says Rev. Alva Garnes. Under the leadership of “Rev. Alva,” the center strives to meet the needs of families, singles, children, adults and seniors, he says. “We invite you to discover new possibilities for your life and the spiritual tools that can help you make the changes you desire,” he says. “What we offer is a practical teaching that everyone can use today. Our center is ready to embrace, love and accept you. Everyone is included on the path to God.” The Center for Spiritual Living holds weekly Sunday services at 11 a.m. in the Masonic Temple building, located at 262 Martine Ave., White Plains. Services are followed by a coffee hour during which visitors have the opportunity to speak with Rev. Alva. Every first and third Sunday, the center holds junior church for children 6 to 12. For more info, visit or call 914.312.0328. See ad, page 19.

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Entheon, projected visionary sculpture building.

Kickstarter Helps Fund Sanctuary of Visionary Art


t CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors’ forty-acre campus in Wappinger, a sanctuary of visionary art is being built by contributions raised from around the globe. Artists Alex Grey and Allyson Grey, who founded CoSM as a unique “art church” where creativity is a spiritual practice, are running a Kickstarter campaign through May to help fund the completion of Entheon as a unique pilgrimage place in the Hudson Valley. In 2013, a successful Kickstarter campaign attracted 1,510 backers to raise $210,000 and begin the build. “Town planners approved the building, and a construction loan has supported building the walls, roof and interior galleries,” says Allyson Grey. “The visionary temple is well underway. Entheon is now a large concrete box, but it will be transformed into visionary sculpture, a building surrounded by a godhead of many faces, representing all paths to higher vision and portraying the interconnectedCurrent status of Entheon ness of spirit.” The 12,000-square-foot, three-story art environment will share the work of the International Visionary Art movement, Grey says. On exhibit at Entheon will be the CoSM collection of paintings and sculpture, including the “Sacred Mirrors,” a series of 21 paintings that invite viewers to see themselves and the world as a reflection of the divine.  CoSM is open for visitors Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with artwork for viewing, a Wisdom Trail in the woods with natural and sculptural features, the Mushroom Café, the CoSM Shop, and the ten-bedroom “visionary Victorian,” which is open for overnight stays 365 nights a year. CoSM also hosts creative spiritual programs such as full moon gatherings, celestial events and Art Church. For more information, visit

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Center for Health and Healing Celebrates Grand Opening


Center for Health and Healing

n May 1, the Center for Health and Healing will celebrate the grand opening of its new, 3,300-square-foot sacred healing space at 4 Smith Avenue (second floor) in Mount Kisco. Festivities will begin at noon with hors d’oeuvres by executive chef Leslie Woodward of Edenesque, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m., a drumming ceremony at 1:30 p.m. and raffles

and mini-healing sessions from 2:30 to 5 p.m. “With its golden walls, Buddhas and deities and Jo Jayson’s Sacred Feminine series, you can’t help but feel as though you have stepped into another world when you enter this space,” says Melanie Ryan, who co-owns the center with Andrew Steigmeier. Ryan says that in designing the space, she and Steigmeier were inspired by their many years of attending spiritual retreats at places like the Omega Institute and Kripalu Yoga Center. “We want the community to come here and experience a retreat-like setting and an energy to support their healing process,” she says. “As program coordinators, our mission is to bring worldrenowned teachers from Omega and Kripalu to Westchester County. We also promote local master teachers and healers with at least twenty years of Melanie Ryan and experience.” The center is joining with Westchester Andrew Steigmeier Buddhist Center to offer a BuddhaDharma Sangha of meditation classes and groups and a teacher training. “Our holistic learning programs are an important aspect of the healing process and complement the private, individual healing work we do,” Steigmeier says. “These programs help us grow personally and spiritually, and they promote community bonding.” New ongoing spring/summer events at the center include a monthly shamanic journey circle with Ryan; bimonthly drumming with White Buffalo Calf Woman, Dorinda Gay; a monthly community reiki healing circle with Beryl Hay and Deborah Fusco-Amjadi; a BuddhaDharma Sangha with Derek Kolleeny of Westchester Buddhist Center; and Love Language: A Couples Workshop with Sheila Pearl. The Center for Health and Healing offers the services of 14 practitioners whose specialties include massage, CranioSacral Therapy, chronic and acute pain therapies, traditional and holistic psychotherapy, spiritual counseling, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), SomatoEmotional release, acupuncture, homeopathy, herbalism, health coaching, reiki energy healing, shamanic healing, yoga, mindfulness meditation and intuitive readings. It also hosts workshops and trainings in various wellness modalities. For more information, call the Center for Health and Healing at 914.260.1696 or visit 18

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The grounds at Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation of White Plains

Day in Place Honors Nature-Based Faiths


our Saturdays a year, Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation (CUUC) of White Plains celebrates a Day in Place, a dusk-to-dawn event marking the traditions of earth- and nature-based faiths. For its spring Day in Place on April 30, the church will also run a tag sale from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. CUUC’s Days in Place are held rain or shine, as members and guests gather and celebrate the heritage of the church’s nine-plus acres of woods and wetlands. It’s a day of camaraderie, pleasure, worship and work—whatever combination the individual chooses, says congregation member Pam Cucinell. “A spirit fire stays lit all day, and people of all ages gather in fellowship to enjoy, improve or help maintain the woods as we create a meditation path,” she says. “They honor and learn about the earth-based faith traditions of the season, and swap stories or skills by the fireside. They can partake in bird watching and tree identification, and everyone is welcome to help tend our landscape. For those interested in helping with grounds work, we begin with coffee and bagels fireside and end with a potluck lunch.” While activities vary according to season, she says, they can include crafting, making music, sharing stories or poems, meditating and practicing tai chi or yoga. Summer and fall Days in Place will be held August 6 and November 5.

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Kiwis Boost Heart Health


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

Nature’s Colors Aid Focus and Accuracy


esearchers from the University of Melbourne determined that taking a quick break and looking at natural colors can significantly increase attention, focus and job performance. The researchers tested 150 university students that were randomly selected to view one of two city scenes consisting of a building with and without a flowering meadow green roof. The two views were experienced as micro-breaks, a 30-second period that can be taken every 40 minutes. Both groups were tested before and after viewing the scene for sustained attention spans, along with a performance test upon completing a task. Subjects that looked at the scene with the verdant roof had significantly longer attention spans and fewer errors in doing their tasks.

Tai Chi Eases Effects of Chronic Disease


review of research from the University of British Columbia tested the effects of tai chi exercise upon people with four chronic diseases: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, osteoarthritis and cancer. Dr. Yi-Wen Chen and his team analyzed 33 studies of more than 1,500 people that participated in tai chi. The research also tested the effects of the practice on general health, including walking speed, muscle strength, speed in standing up from a sitting position, quality of life, symptoms of depression and knee strength. The heart disease patients among the subjects showed a reduction in depression symptoms, and all shared a reduction of muscle stiffness and pain, increased speeds in both walking and standing from a sitting position and improved well-being. “Given the fact that many middle-aged and older persons have more than one chronic condition, it’s important to examine the benefits of treatment/exercise interventions across several co-existing conditions,” says Chen. 20

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The ‘Dirty Dozen’ of Cancer-Causing Chemicals


cientists at the Environmental Working Group published a list of the 12 chemicals that have been most prevalently linked to cancer in numerous research studies. The list encompasses bisphenol A, atrazine, organophosphate pesticides, dibutyl phthalate, lead, mercury, per- or polyfluorochemicals (PFC), phthalates, diethlyhexyl phthalate, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, triclosan and nonylphenol. The scientists suggest that consumers can reduce their exposure to each of these chemicals by avoiding plastics marked with “PC” (polycarbonates) or the recycling number 7 mark, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics in food packaging, PFC-treated wrappers on food and other products, lead paints, mercuryladen seafoods, phthalates-containing fragrances and plastics, foam products made before 2005, foreign antibacterial soaps, and detergents and paints with nonylphenol. Other proactive measures include drinking only filtered water when in agricultural areas and purchasing organic foods. The researchers contend, “Given that we live in a sea of chemicals, it makes sense to begin reducing exposures to ones we know are bad actors.”

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Dolphonic Symphony 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, Sleepytime Bear. Among his many awards is the Gold Medal he was honored with from the Society of Illustrators in 2009. Recently, he was commissioned to create the official Earth Day 2013 Poster on the theme of big cat conservation. “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 and online store at 22

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The Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign report Soil & Carbon: Soil Solutions to Climate Problems maintains that it’s possible to take atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) that fuels climate change and put it back into the soil, where much of it was once a solid mineral. There’s too much carbon in the atmosphere and the oceans, but not enough stable carbon in the ground supporting healthy soils. Cultivated soils globally have lost 50 to 70 percent of their original carbon content through paving, converting grasslands to cropland and agricultural practices that rob soil of organic matter and its ability to store carbon, making it more susceptible to flooding and erosion. Healthy soils—fed through organic agriculture practices like polycultures, cover crops and compost—give soil microbes the ability to store more CO2 and withstand drought and floods better, because revitalized soil structure allows it to act like a sponge. The report concludes, “Rebuilding soil carbon is a zero-risk, low-cost proposition. It has universal application and we already know how to do it.” Download the report at

Bee Kind The Good Fight for Honeybees A U.S. federal appeals court has blocked the use of the pesticide sulfoxaflor over concerns about its effect on honeybees, which have been disappearing throughout the country in recent years. “Initial studies showed sulfoxaflor was highly toxic to honeybees, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was required to get further tests,” says Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder. “Given the precariousness of bee populations, leaving the EPA’s registration of sulfoxaflor in place risks more potential environmental harm than vacating it.” The product, sold in the U.S. as Transform or Closer, must be pulled from store shelves by October 18. Paul Towers, a spokesperson for the nonprofit advocacy group Pesticide Action Network, comments, “This is [an example of] the classic pesticide industry shell game. As more science underscores the harms of a pesticide, they shift to newer, less-studied products, and it takes regulators years to catch up.” On another front, an insect form of Alzheimer’s disease caused by aluminum contamination from pesticides is another suspected contributing cause of the welldocumented widespread bee colony collapse, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Honeybees studied had levels of aluminum in their bodies equivalent to those that could cause brain damage in humans. Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

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Lower Austria Wholly Powered by Renewable Energy Lower Austria, the largest of the country’s nine states and home to 1.65 million people, now receives 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources. The country’s total power output is about 70 percent renewable. The Danube River is so powerful that hydroelectric power is a natural choice. The mountainous geography means that vast amounts of energy can be generated from this high-capacity river rapidly flowing down through a series of steep slopes. The remainder of the state’s energy is sourced from wind, biomass and solar power. Source:

Free Park-ing National Parks Announce Fee-Free Days The National Park Service turns 100 years young in 2016 and is offering free admission on special days. Next up are April 16 to 24, National Park Week; August 25 to 28, its birthday celebration; September 24, National Public Lands Day; and November 11, Veterans Day. They invite everyone to come out and play.

Grading Grocers

Greenpeace Issues Report on Seafood

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

DARK Act Defeated

Senate Vote Reflects Citizen Demands

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

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


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GMO-Free Germany

Five Dozen Countries Now Ban or Label GMO Crops

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dents in, Frost decided to incorporate lessons about establishing a new farm into discussions with visiting students and groups. This time he was able to integrate new ideas and more sustainable technologies, giving birth to the farm’s Center for Sustainable Living Education.


THE FARM AT HOLMES A 20-Year Vision of Sustainability


he first community supported agriculture crop was grown at the Farm at Holmes—a farm school and community farm on the PutnamDutchess County border—after the unusually mild winter of 2011-12. The 40 families that enjoyed new access to fresh, naturally grown produce that season probably never imagined how much the farm itself would grow in just four years. This April, as a new CSA season opens at the farm, members will begin picking up their weekly shares from a much larger operation, including two greenhouses, three hoop houses, two acres of garden space, a sugaring shed for syrup, and even laying hens and pigs that help turn and fertilize fallow soil.

An idea takes root

It might seem that the Farm at Holmes sprung up quickly, but the groundwork for the farm was laid 20 years ago, when David Frost helped establish a CSA program at Cascade Farm in Patterson. A few years later, the farm established a farm school program, hosting school groups from the local area as well as New York City. Students of all ages would visit to witness a small working farm firsthand, and they were given age-appropriate lessons and tasks to help them see how food could be grown locally and sustainably. Younger students could pet a baby goat or watch newly hatched 26

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chicks play. Older students would help with farm chores—planting, weeding, harvesting and tending to the farm animals—and then help prepare a meal for themselves based on the food they had harvested. By the time it closed in 2011, Cascade Farm had hosted 600 to 800 students a year while providing for a 100-member CSA.

Planting a new project

Early in 2012, Frost, who was pastor at the Patterson Community Church, was invited to establish a similar project at the Holmes Presbyterian Camp, not far from the site of the original farm. The 550-acre property, the site of the original Peter Kent farm, is set among forests, three lakes, cliffs, trails and wetlands in the hill country of northern Putnam and southern Dutchess Counties, in the lower Hudson River Valley. It supports two year-round conference centers, three year-round retreat cabins, two seasonal youth facilities, a rustic camping program, several tent/trailer and day group areas and an environmental science and arts program. Motivated by a deep commitment to sustainable farming coupled with a passion for food and environmental justice issues, Frost agreed to begin a farm at the new site. With the help of Margaret Wilder, a farm school educator at Cascade, and a host of volunteers, he established the Farm at Holmes. By the spring of 2012, there were working gardens, the Farm at Holmes had a small greenhouse, a tent, a tool shed and a fledgling CSA membership. Instead of waiting for the farm to be fully functional before bringing stuWestchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Students can visit in the spring (new plants and baby animals) or the fall (full gardens and harvests). Younger students enjoy an educational tour and hands-on activities, while older ones can visit for a full day or overnight to more fully appreciate the rhythm of a working farm. These older students help plan farm projects, assist with chores, prepare their own meals from the gardens and discuss food justice issues and the impact that food decisions will have in their own lives. In the summer, the Holmes camp offers typical summer activities as well as a visit to the farm, where campers help with chores or harvest food that will be used in the camp kitchen. Visitors to the farm also learn a lot about sustainability. The farm uses a solar collecting shed to heat water for its greenhouses, collects rainwater runoff for irrigation, uses wood milled on site from local trees for projects, and makes its own compost. Future plans include using solar and geothermal heating in the greenhouses to extend the farm’s growing season and its CSA offerings into the late fall, and eventually into four-season farming. Last year the farm had 55 CSA share members and hosted 480 students at the Center for Sustainable Living Education (“the Farm School”). It will continue to model and teach the basic principle of sustainability: meeting the needs of the present without compromising our ability to meet those same needs in the future—and maybe even leaving our place in the world a little better than we found it. CSAs are now available for purchase at the Farm at Holmes for the spring and summer season, which runs from April through September. For more info, visit, email or call 845.548.6117. See ad, page 31.

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recipes and they end up creating their own variations. It’s food as history.”

Valuable Vegetables

Edible Heirlooms Old-Fashioned Fruits and Veggies Return to the Table by Avery Mack


f the 7,500 varieties of apples in the world, 2,500 are grown in the U.S., but only 100 commercially. As of the 1990s, 70 percent were Red Delicious; more recently they’re being replaced with Gala, Granny Smith and Fuji types from taller, thinner trees that can be planted more compactly for easier harvesting, yet are more sensitive to disease and require trellis supports. Mass-produced fruits and vegetables have been modified over the years to make them look appealing and ship well, while sacrificing taste. Consumers in search of health-enhancing nutrients and robust flavor can find them by instead connecting with the past through food and flowers. “Heirloom seeds have remained intact and unexposed to commercial pesticides,” says Jere Gettle, owner of Baker Creek Seed Company, in Mansfield, Missouri. “They’re reliable—plants grown now will be the same next year; not so with hybrids.” This cleaner, 28

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

Exemplary Fruits

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

Trending this year are purple veggies like the brilliantly colored Pusa Jamuni radish. Pair it with bright pink Pusa Gulabi radishes, high in carotenoids and anthocyanins, atop a stunning salad with Amsterdam prickly-seeded spinach’s arrow-shaped leaves, a variety once grown by Thomas Jefferson. Add a fennellike flavor with Pink Plume celery. Brighten salsas using the Buena Mulata hot pepper, a deep violet that ripens to a sweet red. Serve with pink pleated Mushroom Basket tomatoes or Lucid Gems, with their black/orange peel and striking yellow/orange flesh. Purple tomatillos are sweeter than green varieties and can be eaten right off the plant. “Purple sweet potatoes are found in Hawaii, but aren’t common on the mainland,” explains Gettle. “Molokai Purple sweet potatoes keep their deep purple color even when cooked, and are much higher in antioxidants than the orange variety.” To be novel, serve the Albino beet. Baker Creek’s customers use it raw in salads, roasted or fried and don’t let the greens go to waste.

Heirlooms extend to trees and bushes. The drought-resistant Fourwing Saltbush has a deep root system and provides cover for songbirds in the West. ~BBB Seed Monique Prince, a clinical social worker in Chester, New Hampshire, grows heirloom organic radishes, greens, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers and pumpkins in eight raised beds. She received Ganisisikuk pole beans (seventh-generation seeds) and Abnaki cranberry runner beans from a Native American client. Rather than eat the bounty, she’s accumulating the seeds to save the varieties.

Conventional strawberries from California are grown big for easier picking, which also subjects them to layers of toxic chemicals. December to March, traders swap seeds and plot their gardens,” says Major. “I got 20 kinds of tomatoes by connecting with other traders on Facebook.”

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

Of 400,000 flowering plants in the world, 20 percent are in danger of extinction. “Instead of marigolds and petunias, consider old-fashioned annuals. Trying new things is fun,” says Gettle. Four O’clocks, familiar to many Midwesterners, come in several colors and are easily cultivated from their abundant seeds. The succulent Ice plant, with its white-pink flowers, looks like it was dipped in sugar; its edible leaves taste like spinach. Black Swan’s burgundy poppies have a frill-like edge, while Mother of Pearl poppies offer subtle watercolors. “Save seeds, share with neighbors and pass them on to the kids,” advises Gettle. “They’re evidence of our culture.” Connect with the freelance writer via

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Homegrown Heirloom Cookery Add the stock and cooked beans, return heat to high and bring to a boil.   Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour.    Serve with toasted slices of bread.   Source: Adapted from Mediterranean Vegetables by Clifford Wright.

Look for Non-GMOs The Non-GMO Project label on U.S. food products assures consumers they have no genetically modified ingredients. Now a few seed companies are starting to display the butterfly label, as well. “As demand for non-GMO choices continues to rise, farmers are seeking more non-GMO seed,” says Megan Westgate, executive director of the Non-GMO Project. “Similarly, smaller farms and home gardeners are choosing to plant more organic and non-GMO varieties.” High Mowing Organic Seeds, in Wolcott, Vermont, is the current leader, with 700 Non-GMO Projectverified seeds. Company President Tom Stearns explains, “We continue to hear about GMO concerns from our customers and while we are certified organic, that doesn’t say anything about GMO contamination.” His team helped develop a verification program for seeds because they wanted third-party verification of their claims. “We’d spent a huge amount of time implementing preventative measures and did GMO testing, but felt this wasn’t enough,” he notes. Stearns reports that there are many more genetically engineered plants than most people realize. “Some 40 GMO plant species include petunia and endive,” he says. Plus, “Contamination risks exist even when a GMO crop isn’t commercially approved, like when GMO wheat escapes field trials.” Source: 30

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Vegan Eggplant, Chickpea and Spinach Curry Vegan Tuscan Kale Soup

Yields: 4 to 6 servings

Yields: 4 servings ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, in all;   2 Tbsp reserved 1 /3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1½ lb eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes ½ cup finely chopped celery 2 Tbsp fresh ginger paste ½ cup finely chopped onion 2 hot green chiles, deseeded ½ cup finely chopped carrot and minced ¼ cup finely chopped fresh purple 2 tsp whole cumin seed basil leaf ¼ tsp asafoetida resin 1 lb ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded 2 cup tomatoes, seeded and chopped and finely chopped 1 Tbsp coriander seed, ground 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaf 1 tsp paprika  1 lb waxy boiling potatoes, peeled ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper and cut into ½-inch pieces ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 1 lb lacinato kale, washed and cut 1 tsp turmeric into ¼-inch-wide strips ½ cup filtered water ½ cup dry cannellini beans, cooked 2 cup cooked chickpeas until tender 1 lb fresh spinach, coarsely chopped 2 qt vegetable stock 2 tsp sea salt Sea salt to taste ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaf   1 tsp garam masala Heat olive oil in a heavy soup pot over medium-high heat and sauté the celery, Heat 6 tablespoons of the oil in a onion, carrot and basil until they’re large, heavy pan. Add in the eggplant almost soft, about 8 to 10 minutes.  cubes and sauté until browned and   cooked through. Remove from pan Add tomatoes and continue cooking and set aside. until their liquid has almost cooked out, about 20 minutes more.  Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil   to the pan and increase the heat Add in the thyme and boiling potatoes, to medium-high. sautéing them for another 5 minutes.   Add the ginger, chiles and cumin, and fry Add kale and reduce heat to low, cook- until the cumin seeds have turned brown.  ing until wilted, about 10 minutes.   Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible. Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Add the asafoetida and stir fry for another 15 seconds. Add in the tomatoes, coriander, paprika, black pepper, cayenne and turmeric.  Reduce heat to medium and cook until the oil separates from the tomato sauce, about 10 minutes.  Add water and bring the sauce to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and add in the cooked eggplant cubes, chickpeas, chopped spinach and salt. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Before serving remove from heat and stir in the chopped cilantro and garam masala. Serve warm with brown rice or naan flatbread. Source: Adapted from Lord Krishna’s Cuisine by Yamuna Devi.

Safe Seed Sources In switching to heirloom varieties, first replace species known to have been subjected to higher concentrations of pesticides. The Environmental Working Group’s no-go list includes apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, potatoes, hot peppers, kale and collard greens. Here are sources of alternative garden heirloom species. Directory of heirloom nurseries by state Baker Creek Seed Company, Mansfield, Missouri; Video at Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, Iowa, nonprofit; Hosts largest U.S. seed swap BBB Seed, Boulder, Colorado; Regional wildflower seed and grass seed mixes Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire natural awakenings

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Celebrating Earth Day Locally and Globally by Meredith Montgomery


epresentatives from nearly every country on Earth gathered in Paris for the 2015 United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the Paris Agreement a triumph for people, the planet and multilateralism. The signing ceremony is set for Earth Day, April 22, at UN headquarters, in New York City. For the first time, every country has pledged to curb their emissions, strengthen resilience to related impacts and act internationally and domestically to address climate change. Other key elements aimed at achieving a state of climate neutrality—having a zero carbon footprint—before the century’s end include transparency, accountability and a plan for developed countries to support climate action in developing countries. “A big part of the Paris agreement focuses on reduced use of gas, coal and oil, but there is also a focus on preserving trees and expanding forests,” says Earth Day Network (EDN) spokesperson Timothy McHugh, referring to this year’s Earth Day theme of Trees for Earth. This year also kicks off a four-year countdown to the environmental campaign’s 50th anniversary on Earth Day 2020. “By that mark, we hope to have planted 7.8 billion trees—approximately one tree for every person on the planet. Trees are vitally important because they soak up carbon and clean the air,” McHugh explains. In addition to countering climate change and pollution, EDN’s global tree planting seeks to support communities and local economies, protect biodiversity and inspire environmental stewardship.


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From global leaders convening at the UN to people participating in community events close to home, billions of the world’s citizens will celebrate our precious home planet this year. To join the worldwide observance, find an event online at or participate in one or more of the local events listed here.

Local Earth Day Events Saturday, April 16

Nature’s Pantry Earth Day Event – 11am-2pm. Nature’s Pantry natural foods store in Fishkill hosts its big annual Earth Day event. The celebration is designed to both honor the planet and thank the community for its support. Visitors can meet with representatives from local farms, try free product samples, and enjoy activities for the kids. Free. Nature’s Pantry is located at 1545 Rt. 52 in Fishkill, NY. Info: 845.765.2023.

Saturday, April 16

Green Ossining’s 6th Annual Earth Day Festival –11am-4pm. A Riverfront family-friendly day of music and activities honoring the planet and celebrating the importance of water. Learn how to live a more sustainable life, visit artisan vendors, and enjoy food and live music on the Hudson River. Hosted by Green Ossining in partnership with both the Town and Village of Ossining Louis B. Engel Waterfront Park. Info:

Sunday, April 17

Earth Day Celebration at Greenburgh Nature Center – 11am-4pm. Visitors can roll up their sleeves and help make a difference. Activities include rain barrel construction, trail maintenance, composting classes and more. Plant a tree as part of the worldwide celebration of Arbor Day. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd. Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470.

Saturday, April 23

Earth Day Celebration at Stony Kill Farm – 10-11:30am. Celebrate and singing with musician Chris Ruhe around the campfire circle outside. Then participants may head over to the barn and visit the animals. Or make an earth-friendly craft using recycled materials. Bring an old t-shirt (any size) to learn how to make a cool farm market bag. Free admission. Stony Kill Foundation, 79 Farmstead Lane Wappingers Falls. Info: 845.831.3800.

Saturday, May 7

Earth Day Westchester 2016 – 10am-3pm. The big Earth Day event returns to Kensico Dam Plaza this year. Green exhibits, live entertainment, farmers market, “Green Raffle,” children’s activities and Sustainability/Recycling Awards presented by Westchester County and more. Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway in Valhalla. Info:

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


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

New American Way

“The sustainability movement is large and growing in the U.S.,” says Todd Larsen, with Green America, a grassroots nonprofit organization harnessing economic forces to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. “Half a million people turned out in New York City to march for action on climate change. People also are working in their local communi34

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

First Steps

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

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

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

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Next Steps to Sustainability Green America Midwest Renewable Energy Association Browsing Nature’s Aisles by Eric and Wendy Brown ECOpreneuring by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs by Wendy Brown The Urban Homestead and Making It by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen When the MREA Energy Fair began 27 years ago, the majority of attendees were interested in learning about first steps, such as recycling, relates Miresse. Today, sustainability basics ranging from fuel savings to water conservation are familiar, and they’re focused on revitalizing local economies. “Folks are now considering more ambitious practices such as sourcing food directly from local farmers, producing their own solar energy and incorporating energy storage, driving an electric vehicle or switching to more socially responsible investing.” The fair’s 250 workshops provide tools to help in taking their next steps on the journey to sustainability. Knutzen and Coyne’s passion has evolved from growing food into a larger DIY mode. “Cooking from scratch is something I prefer to do,” comments Knutzen. “I even grind my own flour.” Library books provide his primary source of inspiration. The Brown family likely echoes the thoughts of many American families. “We have many dreams, but the stark reality is that we live in a world that requires money,” says Wendy Brown. An electric car or solar electric system, for example, is a large investment. “The biggest barriers were mental blocks because we ‘gave up’ previous lifestyle norms,” she says. “Most people

we know have a clothes dryer and can’t imagine living without one. Line-drying is just part of the bigger issue of time management for us, because living sustainably and doing things by hand takes longer.”

Each Day Counts

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

“Last August, I started a tenuretrack position in the school of business at Viterbo University,” says Dixon, who emphasizes how students can pursue sustainability in business and life. “I teach systems thinking, complex systems change and globally responsible leadership, all of which have a sustainability component.” She’s also faculty advisor to Enactus, a student organization focused on social entrepreneurship and making a positive impact on the community. “The best part of how we live is when my daughters make everyday eco-minded choices without even realizing it,” observes Brown. “I can see how remarkable it is, because I have the perspective of having lived differently. But for them, it’s just the way things are done. I think in that way, I’ve succeeded.” Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko’s ecojourney is captured in their books, ECOpreneuring, Farmstead Chef, Homemade for Sale, Rural Renaissance and Soil Sisters. Every day, they eat from their organic gardens surrounding their farm powered by the wind and sun.

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WATERS Our Precious Freshwater Supplies Are Shrinking by Linda Sechrist


irtually all water, atmospheric water vapor and soil moisture presently gracing the Earth has been perpetually recycled through billions of years of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. As all living things are composed of mostly water and thus a part of this cycle, we may be drinking the same water that a Tyrannosaurus Rex splashed in 68 million years ago, along with what was poured into Cleopatra’s bath. Perhaps this mythological sense of water’s endlessness or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration images from outer space of a blue planet nearly three-quarters covered by water makes us complacent. Yet only 2.5 percent of Earth’s water is not salt water and of sufficient quality to be consumable by humans, plants and animals. Vulnerable to the demands of humanity’s unprecedented population explosion, careless development and toxic pollution and other contamination, we must reexamine this precious resource. Sandra Postel, founder of the Global Water Policy Project, who has studied freshwater issues for more than

30 years, says, “Communities, farmers and corporations are asking what we really need the water for, whether we can meet that need with less, and how water can be better managed [through] ingenuity and ecological intelligence, rather than big pumps, pipelines, dams and canals.” Seeking to reclaim lost ground in the protection of our water and wetland resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the 2015 Clean Water Rule. The new regulations are needed to restore the strength to the 1972 Clean Water Act that has been weakened by the courts and previous administrations. Notably, within hours of activating the regulation, the EPA was served with lawsuits from corporate polluters, and within weeks, more than 20 state attorneys general filed suit against it. Today the legal battle continues over whether the new regulation will be allowed to stay in force or not. “Every day, local, state and federal governments are granting permission to industries to pollute, deforest, degrade and despoil our environments, resulting in serious effects on our planet and

Clean drinking water is rapidly being depleted all around the world.


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our bodies,” says Maya K. van Rossum, a Delaware Riverkeeper and head of the four-state Delaware Riverkeeper Network. Under van Rossum’s leadership the network has created a national initiative called For the Generations advocating for the passage of constitutional protection for environmental rights at both the state and federal levels. It was inspired by a legal victory secured by van Rossum and her organization in 2013 in a case titled Robinson Township, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. vs. the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which used Pennsylvania’s Constitutional Environmental Rights Amendment to strike down significant portions of a profracking piece of legislation as unconstitutional. Until this legal victory, Pennsylvania’s constitutional environmental rights amendment was dismissed as a mere statement of policy rather than a true legal protection.

Water is the foundation of life.

“Each individual process of fracking uses on the order of 5 million gallons of freshwater water mixed with chemicals for drilling and fracking operations, introducing highly contaminated wastewater into our environment,” explains van Rossum. “Every frack increases the chances of carcinogenic chemical leakage into the soil and water sources.” In the pioneering Pennsylvania case, the court’s ruling made clear that the environmental rights of citizens aren’t granted by law, but are inherent and rights that cannot be removed, annulled or overturned by government or law. “Even more significant, the court stated that these environmental rights belong to present generations living on Earth today and to future generations,” enthuses van Rossum. She also cites that although America’s Declaration of Independence includes several inalienable rights, our federal constitution and those of 48 states fail to provide protection for three basic needs required to enjoy them—the right to pure water, clean air and healthy environments. Van Rossum’s audiences are shocked to learn that clean water isn’t

enforced as a human right. Threatened by myriad environmental, political, economic and social forces, and contamination from carcinogenic pesticides, toxic herbicides, chemical warfare and rocket fuel research materials plus heavy metals like mercury and lead, an era of clean water scarcity already exists in parts of our own country and much of the world. Episodic tragedies like the 2015 Gold King Mine wastewater spill near Silverton, Colorado, and Flint, Michigan’s current lead-laced drinking water crisis raise public awareness. “The technologies and know-how exist to increase the productivity of every liter of water,” says Postel. “But citizens must first understand the issues and insist on policies, laws and institutions that promote the sustainable use and safety of clean water.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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The Health of Our Waterways Program Wednesday, April 13 Emma Lagle, sustainability project leader for Greenburgh Nature Center, along with representatives from the nonprofit organization Riverkeeper, will discuss immediate threats to the Hudson River and her tributaries—including the Tappan Zee Bridge construction project, crude oil transportation, regular littering and sewage contamination—and what the public can do to help. Cosponsored by Lower Hudson Sierra Group, this free presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. (refreshments served at 7 p.m.) at the nature center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470 or

Source to Sound Watershed Tour Saturday, April 23 Mianus River Gorge Inc. hosts this popular annual tour, which takes a closer look at where our household water comes from and what it takes to make sure it’s clean. The tour will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Gorge parking area (across from 167 Mianus River Rd., Bedford) and head to the Bargh Reservoir, a source of drinking water for Greenwich, Stamford, Port Chester, Rye and Rye Brook. The tour will cross over the Rockland Reservoir, which receives water from the Bargh, on the way to the Putnam Filter Plant, and finish up at 1 p.m. at the old pump station on Route 1 in Greenwich. Participants can bring their lunch or pick up something at the Italian deli in Greenwich. Info:, Alison@ or 914.234.3455.

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Earth Song

Mother Nature’s Rhythms Restore the Soul


by Susan Andra Lion

other Earth’s gentle hand is the secure cushion that warms us on long nights and sings comforting messages through endless days, protecting us even when things seem amiss. Take in her lovely presence. Embrace her consistent wisdom. Know that her dreams are ours and ours hers, connected by timely, comforting songs. It’s time to step away from the manicured lawns, concrete walks and well-planned gardens. An open door beckons us to the sparkling air out there to listen to the grasses breathe and murmur. Prairie grasses roll on and on through curvaceous hills and flat-edged fields, undeterred by human attempts to control their rippling arpeggios. We are asked to just listen. Be alone with the music of the grasses and be in harmony with the hum of the universe. Mother Earth’s apron is laden with flowers; simple, ever-present reminders that we are loved. She tempts us to take some time off, shed our shoes and settle into the lyrical realms of her strong body. The trees reach to the depths of the earth, deep into the mystery of lavender waters, and simultaneously throw their arms to the heavens, connecting all things living. The wind hears the prevailing songs that weave in and out of these lovely courtiers of the forest. In listening to their unerring stories, we let their siren songs sigh into our soul. It’s time to play in Earth’s garden and see her for who she is—today. Don’t hesitate. Go, play, linger, breathe and be one with the present moment. Adapted from Just Imagine Trees, a coloring book for all ages, by Susan Andra Lion.


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HOMEOPATHY Medicine for the Whole Patient, Not Just the Disease by Linda Sechrist


t is more important to know what sort of patient has a disease than what sort of disease a patient has.” Despite the passage of more than a century, this quotation by Sir William Osler, the author of the first allopathic medicine textbook, is still meaningful although it is rarely practiced outside the arena of homeopathic medicine. Homeopathic medicine, created in the late 18th Century by German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, uses highly diluted remedies made from natural substances. Used worldwide today by more than 500 million people, this form of complementary medicine follows the “Law of Similars” (like cures like). The diluted version of a substance as “curative” was Hahnemann’s most important concept of homeopathy. It was based on his belief that a substance that causes the symptoms of disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people. 42

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In experiments Hahnemann found that the “sort of patient” was more important than “the sort of disease”. His detailed explanations of this, published in The Organon of the Healing Art, are still in use today. The sixth edition, published in 1921 is the reference bible for certified homeopathic practitioners such as Karen M. Diefenbach, owner of Integrative Classical Homeopathy with Therapeutic Massage & Yoga in Tarrytown, and physicians such as Suzanne Saltzman, MD, owner of Hartsdale Homeopathy in Hartsdale (Westchester County) and Montebello (Rockland County). Diefenbach, who has been practicing homeopathy since 2006, focuses on the patient before prescribing a remedy. Just as each patient has his or her own story, each homeopathic remedy has its own picture or energy state, which may include emotional as well as physical symptoms. “Homeopathy is very personalized medicine, which is why I can Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

only determine remedies by listening to a patient tell their story,” says Diefenbach, who is also a licensed massage therapist, yoga teacher and holistic health practitioner. During the duration of the first appointment, which is approximately two hours, a medical profile becomes clear, as do important details of a patient’s personality. “A patient might talk about their family history, how they function in the world, what makes them anxious, childhood diseases, any grief and traumas experienced, as well as therapies they’ve used and for what particular reasons. Making sense of all the details, I use this extensive patient history to create the framework within which to analyze any disharmonies, patterns, and the disease process. It’s like peeling an onion with many layers. We address the whole picture but I give one remedy at time,” explains Diefenbach. Saltzman, who is certified in Functional Medicine by the Institute of Functional Medicine, has been practicing classical homeopathy for 25 years. “The body is innately brilliant with its own intelligence. It merely needs the right homeopathic remedy with the right energetic resonance to act as a catalyst to get it back into balance. This very individualized form of medicine fits perfectly with functional medicine, a patient-centered approach to wellness that addresses the underlying causes of disease using a systems-oriented approach to restoring health and reducing an individual’s dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. In a nutshell, this is the overall goal of my family practice,” says Saltzman, who is also the vice president of The American Institute of Homeopathy, the oldest extant national physician’s organization in the U.S. (established in 1844). Additionally, she is a member of the New York Homeopathic Medical Society of the State of New York. Becky Chambers, a licensed homeopathic practitioner and author of Homeopathy Plus Whole Body Vibration: Combining Two Energy Medicines Ignites Healing, explains the energetics of homeopathy. “If the correct homeopathic remedy’s resonating electromagnetic waves resonate with the disease, then the person’s immune

and defense system is augmented to elicit the curative process. The remedy amplifies the corresponding frequencies in the patient and produces results on the physical plane. This wave resonance is thought to lead to healing because it amplifies the body’s own ability to heal itself,” she says. “The energetic phenomena that are theorized to underlie the effects of a homeopathic remedy are actually well accepted in Western science. Every substance is made of molecules that vibrate to a particular frequency, creating specific wavelengths of energy. If another resonating wavelength is added, the peaks or valleys of the two match up and amplify each other, creating greater peaks and valleys. This effect of this interaction of wavelengths is visible in the waves of the ocean, which either multiply in height or pass through each other relatively unchanged,” advises Chambers. Homeopathy optimizes health and proves that the best remedy integrates mind, body, spirit and nature. “The idea of similar substances leading to healing is not new. Hippocrates, the Father of Western Medicine, and Paracelsus, the alchemical genius of the Middle Ages and the inventor of toxicology, agreed with this principle,” says Chambers.

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Marie Kondo on the Joy of Tidying Up

Simplicity Invites Happiness into Our Lives by April Thompson


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Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. Kondo’s principles, including vertically stacking clothing and using special folding methods for socks, can seem quirky, yet her approach gets results. Kondo claims a nearly zero percent “clutter relapse” rate among clients because they’ve become surrounded only by things they love. photo by Ichigo Natsuno


apanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo helps us discover happiness through tidiness. Already perusing home and lifestyle magazines by age 5, she spent her childhood “tidying” up her surroundings rather than playing with toys. The organizing system Kondo went on to develop, the KonMari method, defies most long-held rules of organizing, such as installing clever storage solutions to accommodate stuff or decluttering one area at a time. Her New York Times bestseller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has been published in 30 countries, demonstrating that her methods speak to universal desires, including a hunger for order and simplicity. She’s now released a companion book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated

How can we begin to get and stay organized? It’s not about a set of rules, but acquiring the right mindset for becoming a tidy person. Think in concrete terms, so that you can picture what it would be like to live in a clutter-free space. Start by identifying your bigger goal. Ask yourself why you want this, repeating

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

Is it important to touch every single object in the decision process? At one point in my life, I was virtually a “disposal unit”, constantly on the lookout for superfluous things. One day, I realized that I had been so focused on what to discard that I had forgotten to cherish the things I loved. Through this experience, I concluded that the best way to choose what to keep is to actually hold each item. As you do, ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” When you touch something, your body reacts, and its response to each item is different. The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own—identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing your gratitude and


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hether they operate from a separate workplace or a home office, small business owners can lose significant time and money when they’re drowning in paperwork and other clutter. In fact, the average businessperson wastes more than two weeks a year “looking for stuff,” says professional coach and organizer Susan Lasky. “If you’re a CEO, freelancer, specialist or other professional, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by paperwork, tasks and projects,” Lasky says. “It is typical, and natural, to focus your energy on income-generating activities. This means the business of your business often takes lower priority. The papers pile up, the files become outdated or a mess, and after a while you’ve lost your ‘finding’ system.” Getting rid of office clutter helps clear the brain fog that comes with too much to do; the result is a more organized and productive business, Lasky says. Through her consulting company, Susan Lasky Productivity Solutions, she teaches business owners and other cli-

bidding them farewell and good wishes for their onward journey—is a rite of passage to a new life.

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

What do you recommend for organizing what remains after a purge? The secret to maintaining an uncluttered room is to pursue simplicity in storage, so that you can see at a glance what you have. My storage rules are simple: Store all items of

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the same type in one place and don’t scatter storage space.

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

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Horse Rescue

Caring Homes Sought for Aging and Abandoned Horses by Sandra Murphy


n estimated 9 million horses in the U.S. are used for racing, show, informal competitions, breeding, recreation, work and other activities. Many need a new home when they start to slow down physically or when an owner’s finances become tight. Horses need space to run, require


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hoof care and when injured or ill, may require costly procedures.

Domestic Horse Rescue

“We foster 50 horses right now,” says Jennifer Taylor Williams, Ph.D., president of the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, in College Station, Texas, which

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has placed about 800 horses in the last decade. “We could have 10 times that many if we had more foster homes and space. There’s often a waiting list. We help law enforcement, animal control, and shelters with horses found through neglect or abuse cases.” Starved and too weak to stand, Tumbleweed was an emergency case when she arrived at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch clinic on a sled. Having since regained her health, including gaining 200 pounds to reach the appropriate weight for her age and size, she illustrates the benefits of the facility’s status as one of the country’s leaders in providing equine rescue and rehabilitation. The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racers (CANTER USA) serves as an online matchmaker for racing horses. Volunteers take photos at tracks, obtain the horse’s bio from the owner or trainer and post them to attract potential new owners. Along with the healthy horses, the 3,000 ill or injured horses cared for by the alliance have been retrained, rehabbed and re-homed to participate in polo, show jumping, cart pulling and rodeos. “Race horses are intelligent, used to exercise and retire as early as 2 years old, so we find them a second career,” says Nancy Koch, executive director of CANTER USA. The nonprofit’s 13 U.S. affiliates work with 20 racetracks across

the country. “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of volunteers. No one here receives a salary.” Collectively, they have placed more than 23,000 horses nationally since 1997.

Wild Horse Rescue

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management calculates the appropriate management level (AML) for the number of wild horses. Excess numbers are captured and offered for adoption or sale. In December 2015, 47,000 horses were waiting in holding facilities at an annual cost of $49 million. The AML projects removal of an additional 31,000 horses from Western lands. As an example, although local wild species predate the park’s existence, horses in Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park are labeled “trespass livestock”, and subject to removal. Return to Freedom, a nonprofit wild horse rescue in Lompoc, California, recognizes the tightly bonded nature of these herd groups. Its American Wild Horse Sanctuary is the first to focus on entire family bands, providing a safe haven for about 200 horses and burros. The Wild Horse Rescue Center, in Mims, Florida, rescues, rehabilitates and finds homes for mustangs and burros, usually housing 30 horses at a time. With many needing medical care upon

arrival, expenditures average $3,000 their first year and $1,700 annually once they’re healthy. Although the goal is adoption, equine fans also can sponsor a horse by donating $5 a day or purchasing a painting done by a horse. The center also provides public educational forums. Sponsored by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), April 26 is Help a Horse Day, a nationwide grant competition. Last year, some 100 U.S. equine rescue groups held events to recruit volunteers, gather donated supplies and find homes for adoptable horses ( ASPCA-HelpAHorseDay).

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Although a U.S. law now bans slaughterhouses for domestic horses, each year 120,000 are sold at auction for as little as $1 each and transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, their meat destined for human consumption in Europe and Japan or for carnivores at zoos. Horses can legally be confined to a trailer for up to 24 hours without food or water during shipment. Two-thirds of all horse rescue operations are either at or approaching capacity. Almost 40 percent turn away animals because of lack of space or money. Many horses are ill, under-

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Horses Count Racing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 844,531 Showing . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,718,954 Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,906,923 Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,752,439 Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,222,847 Note: “Other” activities include farm and ranch work, rodeos, carriage tours, polo, police work and informal competitions. Source: The Equestrian Channel; U.S. stats weight or injured, which raises the cost of care. “We need foster homes and volunteers. We need the time and skills people can donate; not everything is hands-on, so those that like horses but don’t have handling skills can still help,” says Williams. “Bluebonnet, for example, has many volunteer jobs that can be done remotely. Office work, social media to spread the word, gathering donations—everything helps.” Rescue groups ask that concerned horse lovers donate time, money and land to help and lobby for legislation to ban the export of horses for meat markets. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouis

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healingbriefs Energy Healing School Offers Local Workshops


enny Lavin, associate director of One Light Healing Touch, an international energy healing and mystery school, is offering energy healing workshops throughout April, May and June at several locations in Westchester, Dutchess and Putnam Counties, including an April 2 workshop, A Day of Healing, at Wainwright House in Rye. “The workshops are for everyone interested in personal growth and healing,” Lavin says. “Participants will experience healing practices including meditation, visualization and sound work to help them release stress and become more grounded, and Penny Lavin to facilitate opening their innate healing abilities. Learning a variety of profound energy tools increases our awareness, intuition, creativity, spiritual connection and joy, and helps us fulfill our purpose for being.” Other workshops will be held in Beacon, Poughkeepsie, Patterson, Mount Kisco and Garrison. Lavin offers the 18-day Energy Healing School, which teaches 33 advanced energy healing techniques for healing the self and others, and 50 self-healing practices targeting the body, mind and spirit. Her next school opens in Lagrangeville on June 24. She will offer one-day workshops in Scanning, Radiant and Color Healing at Sacred Space in Beacon on May 14 and in Lagrangeville in May and June. The One Light Healing Touch school was founded by noted healer and psychic Ron Lavin. “One Light Healing Touch students have reported a range of remarkable physical and emotional healings, including the elimination or dramatic decrease of pain, anxiety, asthma, depression, fibromyalgia and cancer,” Penny Lavin says. For more info, contact Lavin at 845.878.5165 or, or visit See ad, page 19.

Opening Doors with Akashic Records Readings


ewly certified by Akashic Records International (ARI), Leslie Yahia now provides Akashic Records Readings, combining more than five years of study with her passion for precision. “My readings are known worldwide for their intense detail, rich information and transformative power,” she says. “This month I’m offering a discounted rate to help bring this unique information to all seekers.” ARI Founder Maureen St. Germain defines the Akashic Records as a field of energy created as soon as the soul begins to experience life. It contains a person’s every thought, word, Leslie Yahia action, desire and emotion. A certified Akashic Guide is trained to help people access this knowledge about their past, present and future in order to identify, understand or release anything they have created or blocked through their life’s experiences. “As a guide, I’m committed to integrity and accuracy,” Yahia says. “My connection to the records is so unadulterated, sometimes I don’t even understand what’s coming through! But it makes sense to my clients, who sometimes ask how I could have known such a thing. I remind them that although it may be my voice, the words are those of their record keepers, who have known them all along.” During the month of April only, Yahia will offer an Akashic Records reading for $99, a third off the regular price of $150. To learn more, visit or contact Yahia directly at or 917.767.9120. See ad, page 18. 48

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Intuitive & Healing Arts ASTROLOGY Pam Cucinell Phone, online & in person 917.796.6026; Colin McPhillamy NEW Pleasantville, NYC & Skype 213 840 1187

EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUES (EFT) Steven Gottlieb 25 Franklin Ave #4B White Plains 914.997.7873

ENERGY HEALING Accessing Intuition & Spirit for Healing: Mag Treanor RN Carmel, NY; 845.228.8132 Nadiya Nottingham NEW Healing Arts Pawling/Amenia/NYC 917.519.9101

ENERGY MEDICINE Bernadette Bloom, PT Esoteric Healer & Teacher 239.289.3744

Betty S. Feldman, LLC, HTCP Healing Touch Program 53 Maple Ave. Fishkill, NY 845.896.6405 One Light Healing Touch Cert., Energy Practitioners & Healer Training Schools 845.878.5165;

HEALING SPACES FLOW Feng Shui NEW Christine Persche 914.671.7523 Reflections of Nature NEW Mystic, Magical Gardens 845.489.7250

HYPNOTHERAPY Michael Rosenbaum, ACHT, MP Get unstuck from neg. patterns Katonah, Goldens Bridge, Mt. Kisco 914.218.9000 FREE consultation





Guided Channeling Group The Temperance Center Merrill Black, LCSW 914.793.2600

Anne H. Bentzen, RMT, JRP Reiki Master Teacher & Energetic Counseling 914.588.4079;


Hands of Serenity Healing Jody Cleveland, RN NEW 1129 Main St., Fishkill 845.896.1915

Dreaming Goddess Energy healers/Tarot Readers 44 Raymond Ave. Poughkeepsie 845.473.2206 Hands of Serenity Healing 1129 Main St., Fishkill NY 845.896.1915 Synchronicity 1511 Rt. 22, Brewster, NY 845.363.1765

The Temperance Center Merrill Black, LCSW Reiki Master 914.793.2600, Eastchester Tina Grover Reiki Master, IET 845.242.5005, Fishkill

PAST LIFE REGRESSION Shira Adler, Intuitive Healer Certified Past Life Regressionist 914.861.5186;

James Pulley NEW Soul Activation & Healing In Person & SKYPE

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Millennials’ Take on Fitness

They Like Short, Social and Fun Workouts by Derek Flanzraich


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


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They’ve created a more personalized approach that encompasses the values of their generation.

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

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

What They Like Millennials’ values and unique approach to health have fostered the growth of innovative fitness movements, health-focused stores and restaurants and alternative medicine. Here are the three biggest trends making an impact on the wellness industry. What’s hot: Shorter, full-body workouts that are also fun. What’s not: Steady-state cardio exercises as a starting point for losing weight and improving health. It’s been increasingly shown that steady-state cardio workouts may be the most effective way to lose weight, but they also lack widespread appeal. Instead of sticking to a traditional

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

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Come Visit Natural Awakenings at these events:

A Day of Healing – 10am-5pm. Penny Lavin from One Light Healing Touch School teaching scanning, radiant and color healing, practices to clear blockages and more. $150. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. Register/discount info: 914.967.6080.

April 9, 10am-4pm/ Free Admission 5th Annual Sacred Being Health and Wellness Fair

Reiki I & II – Apr 2 & 3. 11am-6pm. Levels may be taken separately or as a weekend class. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. 845.896.1915. Details:

Locust Grove Estate, 2683 Rt. 9 Poughkeepsie NY

April 20, 10am-2pm

Dutchess Community College Wellness Fair Free Admission 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY (Ritz Lounge)

April 24, 10am-5pm Awaken Wellness Fair

Double Tree Hotel 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY Purchase tickets on-line or at the door.

FRIDAY, APRIL 1 The Healers’ Lounge – 9:30-11am. Professional networking event for holistic practitioners. Includes presentation and networking. Donation. Bring marketing materials to share. No RSVP. The Center for Health and Healing, 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco.

markyourcalendar WESTCHESTER HOLISITIC NETWORK NEW LOCATION: Cathy Lipsky’s Ix Chel Center 23 Wilson Street, 2nd Floor Hartsdale, New York 10530 914.912.2351 New Time: Tuesday April 19, 6 to 8pm Speaker: Alexandra Leclere Bringing Healing Energy, Power & Joy via Contact with the Spirit World 52

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Monthly Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-8:45pm. With Melanie Ryan, LCSW and Karine Gordineer. Journeying is a spiritual tool for growth, healing and more. BYO journal. $48. The Center for Health and Healing, 4 Smith Ave 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco.

SUNDAY, APRIL 3 First Sunday School – 12:30-2pm. Unique Buddhist oriented class for children ages 5+ and their families. Donation. SkyBaby Yoga Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Eclipse Energy Healing – 11am-5pm. With Erin Sirona. $150. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22 Brewster. RSPV: 845.363.1765. First Sunday Free Meditation and Satsang – 11:30am-12:45pm. With Gabrielle Semel, ERYT 500. Inner Balance Studio, Patterson. Info: Self-Healing – 1-3pm. With Penny Lavin. Learn how life-force energy flows, strengthen one’s immune system, release programming, stress and more. $25. One Light Healing Touch - Center for a Healthy You, 1984 New Hackensack Rd, Poughkeepsie. Preregister: 845.462.4555. Just Dance – 2:30-4:30pm. DJ activated non-stop contagious expression. $10 donation. SkyBaby Yoga Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Free Orientation Open House – 3-5pm. With Erica as personal health coach. Interdisciplinary education. Dress for class and demo. Next teacher training Apr 17. Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness, 799 McLean Ave, Yonkers. Info:

MONDAY, APRIL 4 Kid’s Yoga & Creative Play Series – For children 5-10yrs old. Six consecutive weeks. SkyBaby Yoga Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Gentle Flow Yoga – 1:30-2:30pm. $20 drop-in or purchase class card for reduced fee. Sirona Therapy Spa, 280 N Bedford Rd, Ste 301, Mt Kisco. Must Register: 914.241.0727.

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markyourcalendar Saturday, April 9 Art of De-Slouchology

With Berkeley-CA based Sandra Razieli Hosted by Yoga Teachers Association 1:30–4:30 p.m. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit 584 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY $45 members/$65 nonmembers in advance Register at 914.582.7816 /

Future workshops:

5/14—Slow Yoga and Qigong; 6/11—Aging Gracefully with Tao Porchon-Lynch

Learn It, Grow It, Eat It! Vegetable Gardening for Beginners – Monday evenings, April 4-25, 6-8pm. four sessions taught by Dutchess County’s Master Gardener volunteers, learn how to: choose location and prepare site, plant with seed or transplants, weed, mulch, thin and trellis, protect site from critters and harvest. $5 per class. East Fishkill Community Library, 348 Route 376, Hopewell Junction. $5 per class. Register, Nancy 845.677.8223 x 115. Osteoporosis Awareness Group Meeting – 7-9pm. Zumba Helping Osteoporosis. Speaker Diane Sorg, certified in Zumba, Zumba Gold, Aqua Zumba and Aqua Aerobics offering classes in Senior Centers. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. 785 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains. Info, Susan: 914.260.9339.

TUESDAY, APRIL 5 Yoga Basics Series – April 5-28. 9:30-10:30am. Vinyasa align/flow yoga. For those who have taken a beginner workshop but want to continue in a small format workshop setting. $100. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 10-11am. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion.

markyourcalendar 2016 8-Month Herbal Intensive Training Level 1 Certification Class Begins April 23 and meets once a month Learn the healing properties of important medicinal plants, herbal remedy making techniques and formulation, herbal gardening, the sacred plants of power, plant identification, introduction to the Native American Medicine Wheel and much more!

Green Girl Herbs & Healing Info: 845.592.4609

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Yamuna Body Rolling (YBR) A complement to Yoga 212.533.5256

Juliana Pilates Pilates on Reformer 15 North Broadway, 2nd Fl 914.703.1155;

The Rivertown Center for Yoga and Health 914.384.9983;

Inner Balance Studio 1072 Route 311 845.878.7800;





Pilates Fitness Plus 495 Main Street 914.469.6030

Wainwright House 260 Stuyvesant Ave., 914.967.6080;


Still Mind Tai Chi-Qigong 305 Central Ave Suite 2 914.648.0492

Elite Performance PT of Westchester, PC 41 Main St. @ Katonah Yoga 917.476.2164

CHAPPAQUA Breathe Pilates and Yoga 83 North Greeley 914.238.0184

DOBBS FERRY Pilates and More 129 Main Street 914.478.3560



YOGA ASSOCIATIONS Yoga Teachers Association Workshops 2nd Sat. 1:30pm The Yoga Studio, Club Fit Briarcliff Manor;

YOGA APPAREL Live Your Life Gear Traveling Boutique Request the Bus 845.797.1487;




Inner Balance Studio 1072 Route 311 845.878.7800;

Wainwright House 260 Stuyvesant Ave., 914.967.6080;

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

PURCHASE Art of Control SUNY Purchase College 735 Anderson Hill Road 914.251.7842;

RHINEBECK Rhinebeck Pilates 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686

YOGA STUDIOS CHAPPAQUA Breathe Pilates and Yoga 83 North Greeley 914.238.0184

COLD SPRING SkyBaby Studio Cold Spring Pilates, 75 Main St. 845.265.4444

CROSS RIVER o2living 6 Yellow Monkey Village, Rt. 35 914.763.6320;

The Temperance Center 453 White Plains Road 914.793.2600


SOUTH SALEM Yoga on Lake Rippowam Stephanie Harding RYT500 914.274.0007

Yoga for Birth at Full Circle 450 Mamaroneck Ave, Ste 414 914.421.1500




Golden Temple Yoga 223 Katonah Ave. 914.232.3473

Still Mind Yoga 305 Central Ave Suite 2 914.648.0492

YogaShine 711 Legion Dr.; 914.769.8745


MAHOPAC Putnam Yoga 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Place 845.494.8118;

MOUNT KISCO Quest Yoga 11-13 East Main St, 2nd floor 914.241.YOGA


Sirona Therapy Spa Luxurious gentle yoga 280 N. Bedford Road, Ste 301 914.241.0727

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

OSSINING Dragonfly Wellness Yoga Studio 109 Croton Ave., Ste 205 914.236.3511

Nueva Alma Yoga & Wellness 799 McLean Avenue 914.294.0606;

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS Zen Garden Health Coaching and Yoga Edit J. Babboni, 200-RYT 61 Lakeview Drive 917.721.2529

YOGA TEACHER BodySculpt by Karen Karen M. Shaw Private Individual & Group Sessions Westchester /Putnam Area 914.522.1297 HipHeather Private Sessions at your home Within a 25 mile radius of Goldens Bridge 914.479.2594;

To list your business on this page call 914.617.8750.

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markyourcalendar Awaken Wellness Fair

…Awaken to Your Best Self… Sunday, April 24 ~ 10am to 5pm Double Tree Hotel 455 So. Broadway, Tarrytown NY 10591 Speakers, Healers, Vendors and Readers Over 100 exhibitors, 1000 guests!

Exhibitor spots available $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Suite 203, Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Mindful Eating Support Group – 6:15-7:15pm. Four weeks. Structured to help people get in shape and support healthy eating. Facilitated by two clinical experts in the field. Sirona Therapy Spa, 280 N Bedford Rd, Ste 301, Mt Kisco. Details: 914.241.0727. New Moon Gathering – 7-8:30pm. Use the lunar cycle to realize intentions. Guided meditations and ritual facilitated by astrologer Pamela Cucinell. BYO notebook. $20 members. $25 nonmembers, Wainwright House, Rye. Register: 914.967.6080.

Magical Awakening Level Two – 2-6pm. With Brett Bevell. Powerful energy healing training. Discover elemental energies of crystals, plants, mountains and winds from one’s fingertips. $240. The Center for Health and Healing, 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco.

Tea & Stones – 6:30-7:30pm. Connect and learn about gems, stones and their incredible properties. Free. Dreaming Goddess, 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.


Gentle Flow Yoga – 11am-12pm. $20 drop-in or purchase class card for reduced fee. Sirona Therapy Spa, 280 N Bedford Rd, Ste 301, Mt Kisco. Must register: 914.241.0727.

Center for Spiritual Living White Plains Foundation Classes – New series of 13 classes that introduce and fully explains the Science of Mind principles. White Plains. Info: 914.261.9119. Info: Tarot Soul Speak – 12:30-3:30pm. Beginners welcome. Six-month series. Build relationship with the cards and soul while learning to connect and use this tool. $270 if paid by first class. DG Sanctuary, 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. Register: 845.473.2206. Besom Broom Making Workshop – 1-5pm. These brooms often found inside a dwelling hanging with bristles up to ward off negative energies and to protect the home. $30. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915.

Earth Day is April 22

5th Annual Sacred Being Health and Wellness Fair –10am-4pm. Free wellness workshops on Yoga Nidra, Earth Qi Gong; free Reiki, chakra clearings, reflexology, and more. Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Rd, Rt 9, Poughkeepsie.Free admission. Info: ; Reiki Master Class – Apr 9 & 10. 11am-5pm. With Marcus Feighery, Reiki master. $675. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22 Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Art of De-Slouchology – 1:30-4:30pm. Optimize mood, movement and overall well-being with Sandra Razieli. $45 members/$65 nonmembers in advance. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, 584 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Audrey Brooks: 914.582.7816.


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Mindful Eating Support Group – 6:15-7:15pm. Four weeks. Help people get in shape and support healthy eating. Facilitated by two clinical experts in the field. Sirona Therapy Spa, 280 N Bedford Rd, Ste 301, Mt Kisco. Details: 914.241.0727. BuddhaDharma Sangha – 7-8:30pm. With Derek Kolleeny of Westchester Buddhist Center. Learn to meditate instruction, meditation practice. Presentation on Buddhist meditation and insight. $10. The Center for Health and Healing, 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco. 914.260.1696. Tools for a Gentle Birth – 7-9pm. With Danielle Guillet. Learn signs and stages of labor and tools for navigating challenges of labor and childbirth. $40. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. Eight Reversible Causes of Alzheimer’s Presentation – 7:30-9pm. By Sharp Again Naturally, a 501(c)3 non-profit. For those concerned about Alzheimer’s for self or loved ones. Free. Finger Lakes School of Massage 272 N Bedford Rd, Mt Kisco. RSVP: 914.241.7363 x12.



Conquering Overwhelm & Boost Your Bottom Line – 12-2pm. Believe Inspire Grow (BIG) presents Maureen Jacobson, holistic business strategist/ organizational development consultant. $15 optional lunch. The Burger Barn, 289 Rte 100, Somers. Info: 914.646.5766.


ADD Just Doesn’t Add Up – 7-9pm. Is it really a short attention span? Learn how to distinguish visual problems that mimic or complicate AD(H) D. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177. New Moon Manifestation – 7-8pm. Together we manifest our hearts desires with the creative energies of the new moon. $10 newcomers. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie 845.473.2206.


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MONDAY, APRIL 11 Gentle Flow Yoga – 1:30-2:30pm. $20 drop-in or purchase class card for reduced fee. Sirona Therapy Spa, 280 N Bedford Rd, Ste 301, Mt Kisco. Must register: 914.241.0727. Adult Guided Channeling Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Suite 203, Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600.

TUESDAY, APRIL 12 Kid’s Yoga & Creative Play Series – For children 5-10yrs old. Six consecutive weeks. SkyBaby Yoga Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444.

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Living with Purpose – 9:30am-5:30pm. 4/15 & 4/16. With Marcelo Cardos. Empowering journey of self-discovery frees up access to purpose and a more connected and fulfilling life. $395 includes lunch. Eileen Fisher Learning Lab, 50 South Buckhout Street, Irvington. Register: Archangel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22 Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

SATURDAY, APRIL 16 Reiki l – 11am-6pm. History of Reiki, uses, hand positions, scanning, chakras and Reiki techniques, Level I attunement and Reiki treatment. $125. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register/ info: 845.896.1915. An Integrative Approach to Health: "How you treat your body today will determine your health tomorrow." 12-2pm. Discussion with Dr. Timothy Morley of Tomorrow Medicine. Learn how to reach optimal health and protect the body for the future. Free. O2 Living Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rt. 35 Cross River. RSVP/Info: 914.615.9004.

markyourcalendar Saturday April 30 DAY IN PLACE Gather, Reflect, Enjoy

Anytime from Dawn to Dusk Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation of White Plains TAG SALE 9:30 AM- 3 PM Clothes, Books, Grandma’s Attic, Toys, Housewares CUUC’s Days in Place. Four Saturdays a Year All ages gather in fellowship. Gorgeous woods and wetlands. Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation  468 Rosedale Ave. White Plains, NY 10605 Energy Healing and Spirit Guides – 1-3pm. With Penny Lavin from One Light Healing Touch School. Connect to spirit guides for healing. Increase health and awareness. $25. Sacred Space, 436 Main St, Beacon. Register: Donna: 845.742.8494. Beginner Bird Watching – 2pm. Use binoculars and field guides to learn how to identify birds by shape, behavior, plumage and more. Bring binoculars. $8 Non-members. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd. Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470. Kundalini Yoga & Live Music Event with Answer the Muse – 2-3:30pm. Music workshop led by band member and Kundalini instructor Jai Hari Meyerhoff, All levels. $20. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. Drumming with White Buffalo Calf Woman – 7-8:45pm. Led by Dorinda Gay. Songs, chanting and simple releasing ceremonies. Deeply experiential drumming experience. $48. The Center for Health and Healing, 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco. 914.260.1696.

SUNDAY, APRIL 17 15th Annual Medicine Cancer Conference – 8:30am-4pm. Learn what to do to stay healthy and reduce cancer risk. $25 to register. SUNY New Paltz, Lecture Center. Info: 845.339.4673. Yoga for Scoliosis – 10:30am-5:30pm. With Debra Wolk. For yoga teachers, body workers, movement therapists, teens and parents. Learn to work with students/clients with scoliosis. $150. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. Reiki ll – 11am-6pm. Reiki symbols, chakra balancing, history taking and client confidentiality. Guided meditation with the Reiki symbols to deepen understanding of them. $140. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register/ returning students pricing info: 845.896.1915. Third Sunday Community Yoga – 11:30am12:45pm. Admission by donation of personal care products for the Pawling Community Resource Center. Inner Balance Studio, Patterson. Info: Kything: The Art of Spiritual Presence – 2-5pm. With Sheila Pearl, MSW. Intuitive communication cutting through space and time, creating a lifeline for people wanting to connect with loved ones. $85. The Center for Health and Healing, 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco.

MONDAY, APRIL 18 Gentle Flow Yoga – 1:30-2:30pm. $20 drop-in or purchase class card for reduced fee. Sirona Therapy Spa, 280 N Bedford Rd, Ste 301, Mt Kisco. Must register: 914.241.0727.

TUESDAY, APRIL 19 Herbal Magic Gathering – 6:30-7:30pm. Monthly lecture and mini workshop as we work with a specific herb, discussing its properties, uses and often basic how-to’s. Free. Dreaming Goddess, 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

markyourcalendar LIVING IN THE PRESENCE

Led by Lawrence Edwards, PhD Weekend Meditation Retreat June 3-5, 2016 Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY Registration: 845.424.4800 Learn to access what lies beyond the mind – the power, joy, compassion and creativity of the One - through meditation, empowered mantras, and chanting. Live every moment in the Presence of the Divine Within. Advance registration required since space is limited. Visit: for more information and to register.

WEDESDAY, APRIL 20 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 10-11am. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Suite 203, Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Gentle Flow Yoga – 11am-12pm. $20 drop-in or purchase class card for reduced fee. Sirona Therapy Spa, 280 N Bedford Rd, Ste 301, Mt Kisco. Must register: 914.241.0727. Dutchess Community College Annual Wellness Fair – 10am-2pm. Meet and learn from local health and wellness practitioners. College students and surrounding community attend free. 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY, Ritz Lounge. Info: 845.431.8040. Mindful Eating Support Group – 6:15-7:15pm. Four weeks. Structured to help people get in shape and support healthy eating. Facilitated by two clinical experts in the field. Sirona Therapy Spa, 280 N Bedford Rd, Ste 301, Mt Kisco. Details: 914.241.0727.

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Quiet Audacity: An Evening Talk with Susan Cain and Eileen Fisher – 7:30pm.Two women of power, both self-defined introverts, give voice to their most authentic nature and how they have forged their own paths on their own terms (changing the world along the way). $20 in person; Free live-stream. Eileen Fisher Learning Lab, 50 South Buckhout Street, Irvington. Register: Vision & Success in School – 7-9pm. Discover tools to identify children having trouble learning. Vision problems keep children from reaching their potential. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177.

THURSDAY, APRIL 21 Holistic Mom's Meeting with Vaccine Whistleblower by Kevin Barry, Esq – 7:30pm. Four legally recorded phone conversations between Dr. Brian Hooker, scientist investigating autism and vaccine research and Dr. William Thompson, senior scientist in vaccine safety. Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd.

SATURDAY, APRIL 23 8-Month Herbal Intensive Training Level 1 Certification Class – Meets once a month. Learn the healing properties of medicinal plants, remedy making techniques and formulation, herbal gardening and more. Green Girl Herbs & Healing. Info: 845.592.4609. Music & Mustangs at Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue – 12-6pm. Jay Taylor & Will Corey Perform a Musical Benefit at Lucky Orphans


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markyourcalendar RUN – SPONSOR – VOLUNTEER 2nd Annual Walkway Marathon Race Series Saturday, June 11 & Sunday, June 12 A Weekend of Running, Family and Fun! RACE Registration: Call for information: 845.454.9649

Horse Rescue. ASPCA National Help a Horse Day celebration. LOHR, 2699 Route 22 for GPS/ Navigation. Dover Plains. Info: 845.877.0685. Vegetable Garden Workshop – 2-4pm. Explore basic vegetable gardening from seed to table. Learn succession and companion planting. With Head Farmer, Max Zanke. $30. Hosted by Town of Yorktown Parks & Recreation. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Heights. Info: 914.962.2368. Women’s Full Moon Circle – 7-8:30pm. Nondenominational monthly gathering for women. Draw in the powerful energies of the full moon. $10. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 24 Awaken Wellness Fair – 10am-5pm. Large, lively and fun body-mind-spirit-green expo. Wellness info, vendors, speakers, healers and intuitive readers. DoubleTree Hotel, 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown. Tickets available at the door or online. Pricing and Info: Acupressure Facial Class – 10am-6pm. Learn the Jin Shin Do Acupressure Facial in 12 easy steps. 8 LMT CEUs. $125 advance. $150 door. Booklet included. Katonah. Preregister, Gail: 914.232.5754. Introduction to Palmistry – 11:30am-1pm. With Joan Cara. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22 Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Self-Healing – 1-3pm. With Penny Lavin. Learn how life-force energy flows, strengthen one’s immune system, release programming, stress and more. $25. One Light Healing Touch - Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. Register: 845.878.7800. Info: Natural Ways to Relieve Fear, Stress & Anxiety – 2-3:30pm. Workshop to help offer options including guided meditation, Reiki, EFT and hypnosis to lift and manage moods. Free. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

MONDAY, APRIL 25 Gentle Flow Yoga – 1:30-2:30pm. $20 drop-in or purchase class card for reduced fee. Sirona Therapy Spa, 280 N Bedford Rd, Ste 301, Mt Kisco. Must register: 914.241.0727.

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 Gentle Flow Yoga – 11am-12pm. $20 drop-in or purchase class card for reduced fee. Sirona Therapy Spa, 280 N Bedford Rd, Ste 301, Mt Kisco. Must register: 914.241.0727. Mindful Eating Support Group – 6:15-7:15pm. Four weeks. Structured to help people get in shape and support healthy eating. Facilitated by two clinical experts in the field. Sirona Therapy Spa,

FRIDAY, APRIL 29 Adult Guided Channeling Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Suite 203, Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. 280 N Bedford Rd, Ste 301, Mt Kisco. Details: 914.241.0727.

SATURDAY, APRIL 30 Day in Place and Tag Sale – 9:30am-3pm/tag sale. Gather, reflect, enjoy, anytime from dawn to dusk. Sale includes clothes, books, grandma’s attic, toys and housewares. Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation of White Plains. 468 Rosedale Ave. Info: Acupressure Facial Class – 9:30am-5:30pm. Learn the Jin Shin Do(R) Acupressure Facial in 12 easy

steps. 8 LMT CEUs. $125 advance. $150 door. Booklet included. Mamaroneck. Preregister, Avra: 917.923.8731. Spiritual Town Hall – 2-4:30pm. With Douglass DeCandia, Melissa Boyer, Hans Hallundbaek, Deborah Moldow and Danny Martin. Visioning Meeting for Nonsectarian Spiritual Center in Katonah. Area residents are invited to attend. Katonah United Methodist Church, 44 Edgemont Rd, Katonah. Info: 914.357.0072. Energy Healing & Stress Reduction – 2-3:30pm. With Penny Lavin from One Light Healing Touch School. Lean self-healing practices, release stress and develop innate healing abilities. Free. Mt Kisco Library, 100 E Main St. Register, Library: 914.864.0038. Info: Adapting Asana for Moms-to-Be – 2:30-7pm. Learn the profound changes occurring during pregnancy and how to modify poses to ensure class is beneficial and safe. $95. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E. Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

TUESDAY, MAY 3 Harvest for Health Farmers’ Market – May-Nov. 11-4pm.1st and 3rd Tues. NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, 1980 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info: 914.734.3797.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 ADD Just Doesn’t Add Up – 7-9pm. Is it really a short attention span? Learn how to distinguish visual problems that mimic or complicate AD(H) D. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177.

FRIDAY, MAY 6 Fearless Pruning – May 6-8. With Lee Reich. Learn how, why, and when to prune fruiting and ornamental plants for a bountiful garden. Omega Institute, 150 Lake Dr, Rhinebeck. 877.944.2002. The Power of Purpose in Life and Work – 9am5pm. With Marcelo Cardoso and Eileen Fisher. Inquiry, exercises, personal reflection, case studies, and discussions on purpose and how it shapes personally and professionally. $295 includes lunch. Sun West Studio, 450 West 31st Street, 10th Floor, NYC. Register:

SATURDAY, MAY 7 Earth Day Westchester 2016 – 10am-3pm. Green exhibits, live entertainment, farmers market, “Green Raffle,” children’s activities and Sustainability/Recycling Awards presented by Westchester County and more. Returns to Kensico Dam Plaza. 1 Bronx River Parkway in Valhalla. Info:

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markyourcalendar Continuing Education Credits for Licensed Massage Therapists Classes in Katonah and Mamaroneck Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® “The Way of The Compassionate Spirit” authorized Jin Shin Do® teachers: REGISTER NOW Gail Kellstrom: 914.232.5754 Avra Blieden: 917.923.8731

sunday Kacey, On The Radio – 6:30am. The Health and Happiness Show. Interviews with therapists, healers, doctors, actors and dreamers. Tune into 100.7 WHUD. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 8am. Raise consciousness through meditation, breathing techniques, mantras, postures, mudras and relaxation. All fitness levels welcome. $25 drop-in. 223 Katonah Ave., Katonah. 914.232.3473. Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes (w/ modifications) – 9am. For those more familiar with yoga, incorporates power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength training, plus improvements in breathing, posture and mobility.​ 30 Tomahawk St., Baldwin Place. Contact Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118.  Vinyasa All Levels – 9am. With Anna. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. $20/ drop-in or purchase a class card.  Organic Market at Congregation Sons of Israel – 11:30-2pm. 1666 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor.

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Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. 15 Mt. Ebo Road S, off Rt. 22, Brewster.�������������������������������������� ������������������������������������� Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association building. Mindful Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 11am12:15pm. With Reyna. A mindful vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. Class for all levels. $15, drop-in. The Temperance Center, Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. 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. Transcendental Meditation Free Introductory Talk – 2:30pm. Free event. 15 Babbitt Rd, Bedford Hills. Schedule may change due to holidays. Please contact 914.218.3370 to confirm reservation. Relax&Restore – 3:45pm. With Becky. Relax, stretch, meditate and restore at the end of the weekend while preparing for week ahead. Here&Now yoga+body, Scarsdale. Info: 914.725.5347.

monday Ossining Knitting Club – Multi-generational social knitting group, from beginners to experts, all helping each other. Bring expertise or a desire to learn. Free. Ossining location. Meeting dates/ times: 914.923.2103. FlowNow – 9:30am. With Colby. Flex, breathe, stretch and sweat. Postures link from one to the next in a mindful, creative sequence emphasizing proper alignment with adherence to breath. All levels. Here&Now yoga+body, Scarsdale. Pricing details: 914.725.5347. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find your inner peace and energy at Zen Garden. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Reserve a spot with Edit: 917.721.2529. Putnam Yoga Beginner to Level 1 Classes (w/ modifications) – 10am. For beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher, a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in a traditional yoga practice. 30 Tomahawk St., Baldwin Place. Contact Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118.  Gentle Flow Yoga – 1:30-2:30pm. $20 dropin or purchase class card for reduced fee. Sirona Therapy Spa, 280 N Bedford Rd, Ste 301, Mt Kisco. Must register: 914.241.0727.

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Slow Medicine for Men – 7-8:30pm. 2nd and 4th Mon. Awaken while cultivating deep and meaningful relationships with other conscious men, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. Kundalini Yoga Meditation – 7-8pm. With Stuart Perrin, an American spiritual master of Kundalini Yoga. Free; donations welcome. Holistic Physical Therapy in Acker House, 139 Grand St., Croton on Hudson.  914.217.7919. Putnam Yoga Beginner to Level 1 Classes (w/ modifications) – 7:30pm. For beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher, a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in a traditional yoga practice. 30 Tomahawk St., Baldwin Place. Contact Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118.  Candlelight Meditation & Deep Relaxation – 7:30-8:30pm. Learn how to calm the mind, find stillness and learn practical tools to manage stress and anxiety in everyday life. Beginner friendly. $22. Prana Yoga at Full Circle. Info: 914.421.1500;

tuesday Therapeutic Yoga Flow – 10-11:30am. With Diane Graziosa, RYT 500. Floor flow: breathing, strengthening, stretching and restoring. All levels. $15 drop-in. Eastchester. Info 914.793.2600. Yoga by Karen – 6pm. Improve health, strength, flexibility, balance and awareness. Understandable at any level. Feel relaxed, calm and renewed. $60 six sessions. $15 drop-in. Putnam Valley Library, 30 Oscawana Lake Rd. Info, Karen Shaw: 914.522.1297. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Class – 7pm. Raise consciousness through meditation, breathing techniques, mantras, postures, mudras and relaxation. All levels. $25 drop-in. 223 Katonah Ave., Katonah. 914.232.3473. Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes (w/ modifications) – 7:30pm. For those more familiar with yoga, incorporates power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength training, plus improvements in breathing, posture and mobility.​ 30 Tomahawk St., Baldwin Place. Contact Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118.  Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm.With JoAnne. A great vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $15 drop-in. Jo-Anne: 917.364.1871.

wednesday Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 9:30am. New time! Raise consciousness through meditation, breathing techniques, mantras, postures, mudras and relaxation. All welcome. $25 drop-in. 223 Katonah Ave., Katonah. 914.232.3473. Putnam Yoga Beginner to Level 1 Classes (w/ modifications) – 10am. For beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher, a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in a traditional yoga practice. 30 Tomahawk St., Baldwin Place. Contact Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find your inner peace and energy at Zen Garden. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Reserve a spot with Edit at 917.721.2529.


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Slow Medicine Wisdom for Women – 10:30am1pm. Wed and Fri. 501 Guard Hill Rd Bedford. Gentle Flow Yoga – 11am-12pm. $20 drop-in or purchase class card for reduced fee. Sirona Therapy Spa, 280 N Bedford Rd, Ste 301, Mt Kisco. Must register: 914.241.0727. Kundalini Yoga Meditation – 11am-noon. With Stuart Perrin, an American spiritual master of Kundalini Yoga. Free; donations welcome. Holistic Physical Therapy in Acker House, 139 Grand St., Croton on Hudson.  914.217.7919.

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Free Breastfeeding Group – 11am-1pm. 2nd and 4th Wed monthly. Meet with lactation consultant and other moms to share experiences on breastfeeding and parenting. Hudson Valley Hospital Center, Courtland Manor. Location TBD on hospital campus. Info: 914.734.3257.

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Vinyasa Slow Flow – 7-8:15pm. With Diane Graziosa, RYT 500. A slow deep yoga flow class focusing on strengthening, lengthening, arm balances & inversions. Intermediate level. $15, drop-in. The Temperance Center, Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Salty Yoga – 7pm. Yoga class during a salt session. Develop strength, flexibility and range of motion in areas specifically used by the body to breathe. $25. Breathe, 200 Katonah Ave. 2nd Fl., Katonah. 914.232.5600. Flow&Meditate – 7pm. With Melissa. Candle lit flow class followed by meditation. Perfect for steadying mind and body after a busy day. All levels. Here&Now yoga+body, Scarsdale. Pricing details: 914.725.5347. Kundalini Yoga Meditation –7-8pm. With Stuart Perrin, an American spiritual master of Kundalini Yoga. Free; donations welcome. Holistic Physical Therapy in Acker House, 139 Grand St., Croton on Hudson.  914.217.7919. Transcendental Meditation Free Introductory Talk – 7pm. Free event. 15 Babbitt Rd, Bedford Hills. Schedule may change due to holidays. Please contact 914.218.3370 to confirm reservation. Putnam Yoga Beginner to Level 1 Classes (w/ modifications) – 7:30pm. For beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher, a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in a traditional yoga practice. 30 Tomahawk St., Baldwin Place. Contact Christine Dodge:  845.494.8118. 

thursday Yamuna Ball Rolling – 10:30-11:30am. Restore range of motion, relieve pain and remove blockages by stimulating the bones using an air filled ball with gravity doing most of the work. SkyBaby Yoga Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444.

Astrology with Pamela Cucinell On April 1, morning brings harmony but April Fools’ pranks land flat in the evening. Networking and social action reap benefits on April 2. Enjoy friends on April 3, when communication leads to exponential inspiration. A daydream can overtake April 4, but it brings tremendous results when put into action. Avoid important appointments on April 5 and save major decisions for another day. Strong desires on April 6 invite power struggles, but nothing is insurmountable with mutual respect.

The Ram Leaps

The Aries New Moon on April 7 provides an opportunity to review goals with fresh determination. April 8 encourages implementation of intentions for the long run. Smell the flowers on April 9 and take time to restore and renew. The impulse on April 10 is to hit the ground running, but a thorough plan and map makes all the difference. On April 11, execute business and errands by mid-afternoon, then take a lovely walk and look around. Memories flood on April 12; to help “digest” them, eat foods that satisfy and chew with care and reflection. Hypersensitivity plagues April 13.

The Warrior Backtracks

Allow play and creativity on April 14. On Tax Day, enjoy theater, a party, or anything that triggers laughter and fun. Finish anything important by early afternoon on April 16, then enjoy playtime. Mars Retrograde from April 17 through

June is a period when a tendency to move decisively is not as simple as dogged application. To learn more about this time, visit On April 18, review recent actions with self-awareness. Relationship tensions on April 19 allow eventual insight. Even casual conversations on April 20 can escalate, so keep on the alert.

Target Intentions

Clear a closet or your desk on April 21. The Scorpio Full Moon on Earth Day brings people together in a deep way that encourages a focus on common threads over differences. April 23 brings both different perspectives and the need to bond. Get out in nature on April 24. Too many choices confuse on April 25, but good follows whatever decisions are made. Exercise releases on April 26, especially out-of-doors.

Mercury Retrograde

Go over everything with care on April 27. Mercury goes retrograde on April 28, so double-check appointments and make back-ups a habit. Be wary of promises on April 29 if you are not confident about follow-through. Stimulating conversations on April 30 are not necessarily factual, so verify to prevent misrepresentation. Pamela Cucinell writes in-depth forecasts at and offers private sessions and on-line subscriptions. Contact or call 917.796.6026. See ad page 48.

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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. Ossining Walking Team: Walking Your Way through Body Conditioning – Free. Ossining location. Details, meeting dates/times: 914.923.2103. Putnam Yoga Beginner to Level 1 Classes (w/ modifications) – 5:30am. For beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher, a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in a traditional yoga practice. 30 Tomahawk St., Baldwin Place. Contact Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118.  Pilates Mat class with Tina Sferra, MSPT – 5:356:35pm. Pilates with a physical therapist. Focus on form, function and fitness to re-engineer the body. $20. Elite Performance @ Katonah Yoga, 39 Main St., Bedford Hills. Breath & Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. With Patty Meehan, RYT 500. Vinyasa flow class using breath, movement, balance, stretch, closing with meditation. All levels. $15 drop-in. Info Eastchester. 914.793.2600. Alignment Yoga – 7-8:15pm. With Gabrielle Semel, E-RYT 500. Cultivate stability and strength and release tension. Learn about one’s body in time given for each posture.All levels. $17 drop-in. First class free. Inner Balance Studio, Patterson. 845.878.7800. Kundalini Yoga Meditation –7-8pm. With Stuart Perrin, an American spiritual master of Kundalini Yoga. Free; donations welcome. Holistic Physical Therapy in Acker House, 139 Grand St., Croton on Hudson.  914.217.7919. Alignment Yoga – 7-8:15pm. With Gabrielle Semel, E-RYT 500. Cultivate stability and strength, release tension, taking time in each posture to get to know one’s body. All levels. $17 drop-in. First class free. Inner Balance Studio, Patterson. 845.878.7800. Sound Meditation with Saint and Angels, Stars and Ancestors –7-9pm. Collective music making in the high frequencies of the celestial realm with channel through Eileen O'Hare. $20. The Healing House 11 North Cedar St. Beacon. Info: Eileen O'Hare: 914.456.7789. Fertility Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. Breath work, meditation, visualization as well as gentle and restorative yoga postures that increase circulation to reproductive organs. Guided visualizations to open energetic body for conception. $22. Prana Yoga at Full Circle. Info: 914.421.1500;

friday Kundalini Yoga Class – 8-9:15am. Described as “yoga of awareness.” Combines exercises with focus on building strength, increasing flexibility with powerful breathing techniques, mantras and meditations. SkyBaby Yoga Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444.


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Mindful Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Reyna. Movement through breath, props, self-assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $15 drop-in. Eastchester. Info 914.793.2600. Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes (w/ modifications) – 9:30am. For those more familiar with yoga, incorporates power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength training, plus improvements in breathing, posture and mobility.​ 30 Tomahawk St., Baldwin Place. Contact Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118.  Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find your inner peace and energy at Zen Garden. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Reserve a spot with Edit at 917.721.2529. Slow Medicine Wisdom for Women – 10:30am1pm. Wed and Fri. 501 Guard Hill Rd Bedford. Putnam Yoga Beginner to Level 1 Classes (w/ modifications) – 6pm. For beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher, a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in a traditional yoga practice. 30 Tomahawk St., Baldwin Place. Contact Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. 

saturday Peekskill Farmers Market – 8am-2pm. Year-round market offering fresh food and family fun. “Market Stage Live,” features live music, author readings, and demonstrations with fitness and health practitioners. FMNP and SNAP accepted. Rain or Shine. Free parking. Bank Street, between Park and Main. Info: Putnam Yoga Beginner to Level 1 Classes (w/ modifications) – 9am. For beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher, a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in a traditional yoga practice. 30 Tomahawk St., Baldwin Place. Contact Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118.  Gossett Brothers Farmer’s Market – 9am–1pm (year-round, indoors from November to April). 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. 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. Joyful Mindful Yoga – 11:15am-12.30pm. With Ann. Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. All levels. $15 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. 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:

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Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine 25 East Main St., Mount Kisco, NY 914.244.0569; Acupuncture strengthens & awakens the body’s natural resources to heal. When experienced, you’ll understand how it survived thousands of years against all odds. Anat, an experienced herbalist, has a large herbal pharmacy in her office.

EASTERN WELLNESS ACUPUNCTURE Mina Pyun L.Ac, M.S. 83 Montgomery Ave., Scarsdale, NY 10583 914.472.6688;

Our focus is Sa-Am Acupuncture, which is a non-invasive technique that uses needles to help the body get back to its balanced healthy state. This technique treats pain, addiction, gynecological, gastrointestinal, psychological disorders and more.


Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND,LAC.,RH, CHT 281 White Plains Rd., 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.


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.


Laurie R. Mallis, MD, LAc 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Get on the path to better health. Utilizing Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED Biofeedback Therapy and Reflexology achieve a better state of health and well being. Only minutes from Taconic and I-84. See ad pg 44.


ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE KARLA BOOTH DIAMOND, MAMSAT 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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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 51.


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 48.



9 Studio Hill Rd, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 917.767.9120; Try an Akashic Records Reading through Leslie! Insights for healing and transformation are channeled by her straight from your personal Record Keepers. Access detailed, empowering guidance to help clear obstacles and take new steps toward manifesting joy, love and success. See ad pg 18.

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Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain your health. Supplements, Dietary recommendations and life style plan is suggested base on your body-type or constitution. See ad pg 15.

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SANTHIGRAM WELLNESS 1305 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, NY 10605 914.250.1417

Provides traditional Ayurveda and Panchakarma therapies which focuses on the removal of toxins from the body. Ayurveda is a traditional, holistic practice which offers methods and treatments aimed at preventing disease and living a pain-free balanced life.


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.


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!

CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST DR. KRISTY M. VANACORE, PSY.D. 334 Underhill Avenue, Building 3, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.497.8006;

CHIROPRACTIC 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!

DR. PATRICIA DOWNEY, MS DC 136 Radio Cir Dr Mt Kisco; 914.886.2011 12 Old Mam’k Rd White Plains; 886.2011 Care for women and their families since 2001. Experience pain relief in fewer visits using modern, effective and proven therapies and personalized treatment so you can return to your active life.

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How would you like to wake up each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation and findout what is standing between you and your health goals. See ad pg 46.


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

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 46.


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


914.921.LIFE (5433)

DETOXIFICATION Experience and personalized service you can trust. The finest in colonic irrigation and personal care. Serving the tri-state area since 1993.


Dan Court, CN, CBCP, CECP, Qigong Healer, CTFTP Nicole Harris, HHC, CECP, CTFTP Diana Conte, HHC, CTFTP 2013 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 914.962.0101; D e t o x Yo u r B o d y ~ Tr a n s f o r m Yo u r Life with our fullysupported whole-food nutritional programs. Live a healthier life by purifying, nourishing, and maintaining a healthy body and weight. You may not know how good you could feel until you DETOX! See ad pg 25.

An experienced and caring Psychologist devoted to child, teen, & family wellness utilizing an integrative approach to testing, advocacy, therapy, and parent coaching. Individuals become confident, strong, prepared for life’s challenges, and resilient enough to soar.



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Cortlandt Manor, NY 10537 914.450.9292; Live Your Happily Ever After Your Divorce! Get the emotional support and financial guidance you deserve. Be empowered! Have peace of mind and clarity. The choices you make now will impact you the rest of your life.


150 Lake Drive Rhinebeck, NY 12572 1.800.944.1001; Omega is a premiere travel destination and leading nonprofit organization in NY’s Hudson Valley. It is an internationally recognized leader in health and wellness and lifelong learning—offering workshops, professional training, retreats, and online learning. See ad pg 5.


Abundance Coach, Level EFT-2 Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 914.330.5328; Learn to choose what works for you now! Healing methods to raise your vibration. By Appointment; In-Person, SKYPE & Phone. Se habla español.


Steven Gottlieb Personal Empowerment Coach 25 Franklin Ave #4B White Plains, NY 914.997.7873; Create more Emotional Freedom in your life. Learn EFT, a powerful yet simple to use self healing technique to help you resolve virtually any important life issue. On-going groups meet regularly. Private Empowerment Sessions available.



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 48.


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 8am-6pm. See ad pg 29.

FEMALE SEXUAL HEALTH 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.


Dan Court, CN, CBCP, CECP, Qigong Healer, CTFTP Nicole Harris, HHC, CECP, CTFTP Diana Conte, HHC, CTFTP 2013 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 914.962.0101; Specializing in Holistic Family Wellness and Preventative Care, nutritional counseling, detoxification, wholefood nutrition programs, toxicity screening, energetic balancing, emotional clearing, Qigong healing, Tuning Fork Therapy and much more. We offer genuine hope and cutting-edge solutions that treat all root causes of chronic illness. Your chances of recovery have never been higher! See ad pg 25.


1053 Saw Mill River Rd. Ardsley, NY 10502 914.231.7666; Improve your sexual health and intimate relationships. Vaginal dryness and changes due to pregnancy, childbirth and hormonal changes or aging can diminish female pleasure. The O-Shot and Femilift are unique procedures that rejuvenate vaginal tissue and improve urinary incontinence. Visit our website to learn more or call for consultation. See ad pg 43.


Heather Novak, M.S., WHE Education and Fertility Transformation Coaching in Westchester County, NY 914.420.3674; Are you determined to get pregnant and give your baby the healthiest start possible in life? At Whole Health Fertility we look deeply into the Five Aspects of Whole Health (Physical, Nutritional, Emotional, Environmental, Spiritual) to uncover and transform fertility blockages and make sure you are as healthy as possible for your future baby.



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 46.


In practice 27 years; 914.763.8889 Author Gentle Healing for Baby and Child (Simon & Schuster), Andrea uses/teaches muscle testing to assess foods that weaken/strengthen adults/ children. Technique also helps determine best breast feeding diet or infant formulas for allergies or failing to thrive.

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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 21.


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Design/build firm of fine custom alterations, restorations and architectural additions, building and consultation. Offering a high level of management and craftsmanship. Specializing in a 95% dust free living environment. Green and non-toxic applications; BauBiologist, the holistic approach to natural building; passive and active solar. Installations and retrofits, as well as conventional construction. Forty years of experience. See ad pg 13.

HAIR SALON 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 11.


64 Gleneida Ave., Carmel, NY 845.878.4325 (HEAL) Chiropractic, M a s s a g e Therapy, Cold Laser Therapy, Nutritional Counseling/Supplements, Bio-Tracker Technologies, Ionic Footbaths, Energy Healing. Founded in response to client’s frustrations with today’s traditional medical practices. This center is based on the principal that given the proper circumstances, the body innately heals itself. “Physicians don’t heal diseases, your body does!”


175 King St., Chappaqua NY 914.861.2712; 239.289.3744 A soul-based group of practitioners offering bio-energy medicine for body, mind and spirit. Including classes, private appointments, kids programs and wellness experiences for planetary healing.


Jennifer L. Zauner, LCSWR Mount Kisco, New York; 914.241.0727 We s t c h e s t e r ' s f i r s t luxury mind and body healing spa. Clinical team of accomplished Psychotherapists and Body Work staff. We offer psychotherapy, yoga, meditation, Jin Shin do acupressure, eating disorder and mindful eating groups in an upscale tranquil environment with the utmost privacy and comfort.

THE CENTER FOR HEALTH AND HEALING 4 Smith Avenue, 2nd floor Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.260.1696

We offer a team of 13 holistic practitioners in areas of: Holistic psychotherapy, massage/ body therapies, soul work, energy healing, intuitive/spiritual counseling, pain management, and professional trainings and workshops.

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Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master & Instructor, Hypnotherapist Founder 453 White Plains Rd. #201, Eastchester 914.793.2600; Nurture your mind, body, and soul. Thru a variety of healing modalities and services that include, psychotherapy, reiki, hypnosis, craniosacral, massage, intuitive healing, yoga, and guided meditation classes. Rediscover your control and balance your life. See ad pg 13.


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.


For your next dinner party, night off from cooking, or daily food needs. Since 2007, providing exceptional specially customized personal chef, nutritional consulting, cooking class services for each client.




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 8.


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 21.



Dan Court, CN, CBCP, CECP, Qigong Healer, CTFTP Nicole Harris, HHC, CECP, CTFTP Diana Conte, HHC, CTFTP 2013 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 914.962.0101; Specializing in Holistic Family Wellness and Preventative Care, nutritional counseling, detoxification, wholefood nutrition programs, toxicity screening, energetic balancing, emotional clearing, Qigong healing, Tuning Fork Therapy and much more. We offer genuine hope and cutting-edge solutions that treat all root causes of chronic illness. Your chances of recovery have never been higher! See ad pg 25.

INTUITIVE JOAN CARRA, PSYCHIC MEDIUM Practitioner; Wainwright House 203.531.6387;

Understand blocks in your life or re-connect with loved ones that have passed. Joan can guide you with gentle intuitive advice; card reading, numerology, palmistry and after life communications. She has 20 years of experience and is available via telephone 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 ad pg 3.

Crystal Visions, Inc. 1 Rt. 37 East, Ste. 2, Sherman, CT 06784 860.210.9897; Kimberly is a psychic medium and intuitive. Readings consist of childhood experiences, present personal and professional relationship paths and future outcomes of major life decisions. Kimberly can also be a conduit for lost loved ones.


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.


Landscape design/build 845.489.7250

A very organic company. We use native plants and materials to create sacred and tranquil spaces in your backyard. Our specialty is mystic and meditation gardens. We provide holistic property maintenance that is good for the environment. See ad, pg 37.

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20 yrs successfully addressing Lyme; 914.763.8889 Antibiotic-resistant viruses cause chronic Lyme (brain fog, nerve disorders, headaches, joint/ muscle pain, fatigue). Quantum Physics, model for healing in the 21st century targets pathogenic frequencies canceling coinfections from body. Protocols are three pronged: vibrational frequencies + herbs + food guidance.


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.



Westchester & NYC 914.494.7468; Traveling massage service for everyone from stay-at-home moms to CrossFit athletes. Promotes healing, stress reduction and recovery of muscle injury. Specialties: sports massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release. $20 dollars off first in-home massage for new clients.


“It's nice to be kneaded” Ossining, NY 914.960.7458; I specialize in compassion based massage- sessions that feel great but get to the root of your discomfort. Most illnesses can be directly related to the effects of stress on our bodies. I have a DRUG FREE solution. Let me help your body out of the "fight or flight" and into blissful relaxation.


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 14 & back cover.


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The Temperance Center 453 White Plains Rd. Suite 201, Eastchester 914.819.8637 Nurture and heal your body, mind and spirit through CranioSacral Therapy, Massage and Reiki. Every session is catered to each clients' needs to relieve pain, stress, anxiety and improve overall wellbeing. Inner peace if waiting for you.


272 N. Bedford Road, Mount Kisco, NY 914.241.7363; Join us for a transformative experience as you develop your intuitive and scientific abilities to heal through therapeutic touch. Classes taught to auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners. Financial aid available for full and part-time programs. See ad pg 23.

MIDWIFERY SADIE MOSS JONES, LM, CNM Hudson Highlands Midwifery 845.549.3742

Sadie provides full scope midwifery care to women living within 1 hour of her Beacon office. Services include home birth, prenatal & postpartum care, breastfeeding support, annual exam and pap, contraception, and peri- and postmenopausal care.

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 48.


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.

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NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR INTEGRATIVE MED SOLUTIONS Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND, LAC., RH, CHT 281 White Plains Rd, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980;

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 and lifestyle counseling allowing him to customize your program individually.

DR. KAUSHIK’S AYURVEDIC Naturopathic Clinic 100 Mamaroneck Ave, 2nd Floor White Plains, NY 10601 646.670.6725;

Combination of Naturopathy and Ayurveda is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain your health. Supplements, Dietary recommendations and life style plan is suggested base on your body-type or constitution. See ad pg 15.


Green Drinks Westchester is a monthly networking event for people who care about sustaining the natural environment in Westchester County; held monthly at venues that are on a sustainable path. Email Dani at to join the email list to receive notifications of event dates and locations.

PROFESSIONAL WOMEN OF PUTNAM 347.387.3163 The Professional Wo m e n o f P u t n a m encourages women from a variety of professions and trades to connect and support each other in a non-competitive environment. The PWP doesn’t exclude anyone from any business.



86 Smith Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 914.242.8844;


Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, works in close partnership with you to develop your natural healing plan.  Starting with a personalized review of your health goals and concerns.  A metabolic map and testing your body holistically, then interpreting the findings - The Blood Detective Way! See ads, pgs 12 & 17.

The Professional Women of Westchester encourages women from a variety of professions and trades to connect and support each other in a non-competitive environment. The PWW doesn’t exclude anyone from any business.

NUTRITION 866.624.4117 HQ: 427 Main St. Beacon, NY 12508


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 4.

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.

Certified Past Life Regressionist Holistic Healer & Host, 914.861.5186,

Releasing what’s old can create a Whole New You!™ Soothing. Powerful. Transformational. Quickly clear trauma, phobias, illness, relationship issues and more. Specializing in Indigos/ Crystals (“beyond-the-spectrum”) families. S. Salem base with workshops across Westchester. New clients 20% off initial session.


Samantha Slotnick, OD, FAAO, FCOVD. 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.


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

Neurological Strep affects children/adults causing tics, anxiety, OCD and more. Quantum Physics, model for healing in the 21st century. targets strep cancelling it from the body.  Protocols are three pronged: vibrational frequencies + herbs + food guidance. Often assoc w/Lyme.



20 yrs successfully addressing Lyme; 914.763.8889



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.


Hilary Oak, Owner & Guide Hopewell Jct., NY 12533 315.528.7920;


Holistic support services to assist you with organizing, clutterbusting, strategic planning, meeting facilitation, project development, intuitive guidance, grounding, meditation and relaxation techniques. Services and training for individuals, organizations, and businesses. Willing to travel! See ad pg 45.

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.

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PSYCHOTHERAPY NINA CHAIFETZ LCSW, CHHC Offices in Harrison, NY & NYC; 917.553.0091

My professional guidance will support and enable you to move through the challenges you are facing with more ease. I’ll assist you in finding clarity, healing and direction as you navigate from transition to transformation. See ad pg 50.


Yorktown Heights, NY 914.245.9585;

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.

Reflexology awakens the natural healing energy pathways of the body. Skillful pressure to specific reflex points creates a gentle dialogue within the body to de-stress and promote relaxation. Give your body the opportunity to energize, cleanse and attain balance. See ad pg 44.

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 8.



Peekskill, NY 914.906.7238

Find Your Natural Beauty and Relaxation in Ganesha Spa where traditional massage modalities are combined with Ayurvedic Treatments, Energy work, AntiAging skin care and Meditations. Complete true Spa experience with IR Sauna and a Steam Room!

Servicing the Lower Hudson Valley & Southern CT 914.669.5200 Need guidance in caring for a parent? Let us help you, help them. We are R.N.’s with over 40 years of experience in home care. With our holistic approach you can keep your parent comfortably at home. See ad pg 15.



Margaret C. Pelzer, RN Certified Reflexologist 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310;


Joyful relationships start here! Tackle difficult relationships with confidence, resolve conflict with anyone in your life and find inner balance. Personal coaching sessions to help you transform your relationships and create a balanced, harmonious life! Visit DebbieWeinstock. com for your free copy of Master Your Relationships. See ad pg 40.




Rev. Angelique B. Devlin, LMT, BD, CBE Beacon, NY 12508 914.227.5027; Ceremony just for you. Weddings, blessings, dedications, passages of rites. Together we can create a ceremony that reflects where you have been, where you are now and where you are headed. Heartcrafted guidance with an ordained inter-faith celebrant.

83 South Bedford Road, Suite 201 Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.244.4101; Alternative therapeutic strategies are implemented to help individuals struggling with the processing systems of the brain and coordination of the body through the visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, taste, proprioception, and/or vestibular systems.


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The first multivitamin turns 50! Try out Shaklee supplements and experience the difference, purity and convenience of delivery. People have been swearing by Shaklee for their health and performance for years. Call to learn more.


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.

THERMOGRAPHY HOLISTIC WELLNESS ALTERNATIVES Frances Nelson, CCT, BA 2013 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 914.962.0101; HolisticWellnessAlternatives. com/our-services

Early detection saves lives! State-of-the-art Thermography is a quick, safe, painless, non-radiating, nocompression imaging procedure that can detect and monitor a number of medical conditions before they become severe. See ad pg 25.


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Kim Gold, MS, RYT, Program Director 914.648.0493/0492 End your struggle with weight through our mindfulness-based, behavioral program. Understand weight loss in the context of your whole life. We have classes, groups, and individual sessions to support you every step of the way. See ad pg 40.


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 ad pg 3.


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 8.


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111

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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


1053 Saw Mill River Rd. Ardsley, NY 10502 914.231.7666; Improve your sexual health and intimate relationships. Vaginal dryness and changes due to pregnancy, childbirth and hormonal changes or aging can diminish female pleasure. The O-Shot and Femilift are unique procedures that rejuvenate vaginal tissue and improve urinary incontinence. Visit our website to learn more or call for consultation. See ad pg 43.


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.”


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