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Awaken Wellness Fair Comes to Tarrytown April 22


Return of Mother Nature Nick Gustafson


or artist Nick Gustafson, the natural world is a creative catalyst. “Nature is the only thing I’ve ever been interested in painting,” says the Forest Grove, Oregon, artist. “I go hiking nearly every weekend and like to spend time in the wetlands.” He also enjoys wildlife photography, using his photos as inspiration for his canvases. Gustafson uses a variety of media, including acrylics, watercolors and colored pencils to render whimsically styled, brightly patterned horses, trees, mushrooms, flowers, frogs and insects. He typically photographs his paintings to edit them digitally, amplifying the colors. The artist’s family, including his five children, is another source of inspiration and support; he and his daughter recently captured first place in the adult and youth categories of a local area chalk art festival. An artist since childhood, Gustafson studied at the Art Institute of Seattle and Art Institute of Phoenix. His paintings have been exhibited in venues throughout the West. Gustafson has also donated works to some of his favorite wildlife charities, including Save the Frogs! and the Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue. The artist’s portfolio can be viewed at 8

he Awaken Wellness Fair, which is in its 16th year and will return to Tarrytown in April, has long been billed as “Westchester’s best-loved body-mindspirit-green expo.” While there’s plenty to be learned at this event, says Awaken Fairs founder Paula Caracappa, “the vibe is social as well educational, with lots of friendly interaction.” Since 2002, this wellness-focused, experiential event has attracted more than 100 exhibitors to locations throughShoppers at the Awaken Wellness Fair out the tri-state area. “Attendance has grown from 42 people at the first Awaken Fair to hundreds of people in recent years, but the goal remains constant: introducing people to the variety of wellness services and products available in our area today,” Caracappa says. This spring’s fair in Tarrytown takes place April 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel at 455 South Broadway. Three rooms will be dedicated to expert speakers; visitors can attend those presentations all day at no extra cost. There will also be vendors offering unique items for sale, and healers and readers offering sessions on site. Discounted reader/healer appointments can be made online at until April 21. For more info, including exhibitor lists and information for interested vendors/businesses, visit For questions, email

Organic Salon Opens in Mahopac Falls


zadeh Rinaldi, who has worked at top salons in White Plains and Mount Kisco as well as Greenwich, Connecticut, is the hairstylist and director at a new organic salon in Mahopac Falls. Salon Azfar, located at 177 Myrtle Avenue, offers hair services using natural color and other products designed to be safe and healthy. “We provide natural alternatives to the toxic chemical services commonly used by most hair salons,” Rinaldi says. “We believe in using nontoxic ingredients with the best, greenest products available without compromising quality and beauty, and, most importantly, at affordable pricing.” Rinaldi specializes in hair painting and is a certified Fairy Hemmat and L’Oreal balayage artist. She has attended advanced classes Azadeh Rinaldi in New York City and abroad, has received certifications in Wella and L’Oreal color programs and is a certified organic colorist. She says she strongly believes in using continuing education to deepen her knowledge and stay on top of the newest trends and styles, including organics. “While many pay attention to what goes into their bodies and the planet, I also believe that a healthy organic lifestyle can also be achieved without having to sacrifice the beauty side of oneself,” she says. “This is the reason for Salon Azfar—to look amazing while loving and caring for yourself at the same time.” For more info, call the salon at 845.208.6131, or visit See ad, page 19.

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Beacon of Light Wellness Center Now Open


eacon of Light Wellness Center, which offers yoga classes, therapeutic services, workshops and live musical performances, is Alison Jolicoeur at Beacon of now open Light Wellness Center in Beacon. Owner Alison Jolicoeur says opening the wellness center is “a dream come true.” Jolicoeur is a certified yoga instructor with 16 years’ teaching experience, a certified health coach, a Shamanic Reiki master teacher and a longtime musician and singer-songwriter. “The center allows me to share all of my expertise under one roof,” she says. “I hope it will truly be a beacon of light to all who enter.” The center is devoted to enhancing the overall well-being of community members by offering professional classes, services and experiences that renew the mind, body and spirit. “The programs at Beacon of Light are intended to be restorative, relaxing and, most importantly, therapeutic,” Jolicoeur says. “In this way, we continue to develop the intention behind the center’s mission: to assist and support our clients with long-standing physiological and emotional well-being. In so doing, we strive to help calm the senses and establish a new level of health and wellness for our clients.” Beacon of Light Wellness Center features a variety of yoga classes as well as therapeutic services such as massage therapy, holistic facials, reflexology, Thai bodywork, community acupuncture, holistic health coaching, Shamanic Reiki, Ayurvedic touch therapy, focusing and more. Beacon of Light Wellness Center is located at 4 S. Chestnut St., Beacon, NY. For more info, call 914.406.3767 or visit BeaconOf See ad, page 54. April 2018


RevCon Healthy Living Expo Comes to Albany in May


he Revolution of Consciousness, or RevCon— a healthy living, healthy planet expo founded by Maisie Raftery, publisher of Natural Awakenings in Boston—is expanding to Vendor area at RevCon Expo Albany on May 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, 660 AlbanyShaker Road. It will feature local exhibitors and presenters from “the seven dimensions of wellness”: physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, financial and environmental. Highlights will include a morning screening of Secret Ingredients, a new documentary by Jeffrey Smith and Amy Hart, which shares stories of people who regained their health after removing certain “secret ingredients” from their diet. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Hart and Kathleen DiChiara, who are featured in the film. Visitors can also experience various types of bodywork, energy work and sound healing; movement classes; and workshops and presentations from local experts. There will be a labyrinth for walking meditation, space for quiet contemplation, a local food truck, and exhibiting vendors from within the “healthy living, healthy planet” realm. “When we brought forth the concept of the Revolution of Consciousness, we wanted to create an experience that brings our magazine to life—a place where our advertisers and their colleagues could gather to meet each other, as well as for our readers to connect with them face to face in a relaxed and high-vibe atmosphere,” Raftery says. Tickets cost $16 and can be purchased at (use code RevConEB2018 for $5 off registration). Contact The Desmond at 518.869.8100 for special RevCon room rates for those who wish to stay in the area. Interested vendors should call 401.589.1321 for information. See ad, page 36.

Bethel Springvale Inn Hosts Wellness Fair


ethel Springvale Inn in Croton-on-Hudson will host its Spring Awakening Wellness Fair on April 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free event will feature specialists in self-care and stress-relieving therapies, as well as other professionals offering expert advice. “Spring is the perfect time to think about self-renewal and self-care,” says Patti Pelican, community relations director for Bethel Springvale Inn. “Local experts will be at the wellness fair


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sharing how best to relax and renew when caring for your mind and body. Visitors can de-stress during a Reiki healing session, enjoy a craniosacral massage or watch a Chair Yoga demonstration.” A specialist in elder law will be on hand to answer questions on a variety of legal topics, and an expert in decluttering will offer tips for people who have trouble getting rid of things. Visitors to the fair can sample Patti Pelican food from the Organic Teaching Kitchen and G & K Sweet Foods, and browse handcrafted and unique fine paper goods and jewelry made by local artisans. Tours of the Bethel Springvale Inn Assisted Living Residence will also be available. Bethel Springvale Inn is located at 62 Springvale Rd., Croton-onHudson. For more information, call 914.739.4404, ext. 2204.

Clean Home Fabrics Before Allergy Season Peaks


arly spring, before allergy season peaks, is an ideal time to clean and refresh any fabric items around the house, says John Saraceno, owner of Renewal Cleaning, which provides onsite, eco-friendly fabric cleaning services. Saraceno, who previously owned North County Dry Cleaners in Lewisboro, has 35 years in the fabric care industry. He is Hunter Douglas recommended and a certified fabric care specialist. “I combined my love of health and wellness as a certified yoga instructor, an NASM-certified personal trainer and a graduate of The Institute of Integrative Nutrition with my lifelong experience in fabric care to bring my methods of eco-friendly cleaning to homes and businesses by way of Renewal Cleaning,” he says. His services cover draperies, window treatments, upholstery, fine area rugs, carpeting and any other fabric-related item in a home or business, such as tapestries, valances, headboards, pool tables and outdoor furniture. “There is no longer a need to take draperies down and rehang them after cleaning, or worry about shrinkage or shredding from sun damage,” he says. “All our work is preformed onsite—unless of course items need to be removed because of construction or remodeling, in which case we can accommodate your needs.” For any questions or information, call Saraceno directly at 914.556.8302 or 914.714.9654, or email RenewalCleaningLLC@ See ad, page 28. April 2018


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Katonah Pharmacy Now Carrying Ayurvedic Supplements


r. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and naturopathic physician, will lecture on the basic principles of Ayurveda on April 28, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Katonah Pharmacy. He will also introduce Vedic Nutrients, a new line of Ayurvedic supplements formulated by Ayurvedic physicians, naturopaths and researchers, and now available at the pharmacy. “Ayurveda defines health as a balance of body, mind Triphala Fruits and powder and spirit,” Kaushik says. “It helps patients achieve balance by determining their body constitution, or dosha, and developing a plan specifically for them.” During his lecture, Kaushik will discuss how to determine if you are out of balance, simple ways to restore balance, foods and lifestyle practices that help maintain balance, and supplements anyone can use to achieve and maintain wellness. He will focus on several supplements from Vedic Nutrients that can be used by all doshas to achieve and maintain wellness: Withania Plex (nervous system/cognitive support); Triphala Plex (digestive support); Hepatatone (liver support); Guggulu (metabolic support); Turmeric (muscle/joint support); and Brahmi (brain/nervous system support). Vedic Nutrients is the retail line of its professional-line parent company, Sri Sai Nutrients, a co-op that returns all proceeds to farmers and academic institutions for continued production and research. Free dosha readings will be included at Kaushik’s lecture, and the supplements will be offered at a discount if purchased that day.   Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic, located at 792 Rte. 35, Cross River, is open Monday through Wednesday. Contact the clinic at 914.875.9088. See ad, page 10. For more info visit Katonah Pharmacy is located at 202 Katonah Ave., Katonah. Contact the pharmacy at 914.232.1109 or

Weiss Institute is now Quit with Quinn


tephen Quinn, whose natural addiction treatment business was previously known as Weiss Institute, has restored its original name, Quit with Quinn. “Quit with Quinn has actually been in practice for 18 years,” he says. “Recently we teamed up with our friends internationally who do the same treatments and decided to go with their business model under the name Weiss Institute. After some recent business reorganization, we found it was better to go back to the original name.” While the business name has changed, Quit with Quinn offers the same treatments for overcoming addictions ranging from alcohol, smoking and quitting sugar, to overeating and other behavioral addictions. “Treatments are simple, all natural and very effective, with a short to nonexistent down time,” he says. Quit with Quinn has locations in Midtown Manhattan and Briarcliff Manor, and Stephen Quinn hosts events and informational lectures throughout Westchester. (See Natural Awakenings calendar for upcoming dates.) For more info, call 914.473.2015 or visit See ad, page 10.


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Social and Brunch to Benefit Animal Rescue


ooking Glass Animal Rescue will present its inaugural Spring Penny Social and Sunday Brunch on April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Somers Community Center, located at 34 Hillandale Road in Yorktown Heights. The fundraising event, which is open to the public, will include food, drinks, vendors, a teacup raffle, a 50/50, a candy bar and auctions. All proceeds go to Looking Glass Animal Rescue, a volunteer-based nonprofit dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from high-kill shelters, hoarding situations, puppy mills, animal fighting rings and other inhumane situations. Tickets can be purchased via credit card online, ahead of time. Only cash and checks will be accepted on the day of the event. Raffle tickets are $2 each and 50/50 and candy bar tickets are $5, payable in person at the event. The raffles and auctions will end at 2 p.m., with winners announced shortly after. All ages are welcome. Looking Glass Animal Rescue is based in Ridgefield, Connecticut. While it welcomes all animals in need, it specifically focuses on animals that are often overlooked due to age, breed, a special need or an illness or injury requiring immediate, often costly medical attention that shelters are unable to provide. To purchase tickets, visit For more information, email Adopt@ or visit For sponsorship, vendor or event volunteer inquiries, and/or to donate items, email See ad, page 45.


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Nonprofit Food Truck Fights Hunger in Westchester


estchester’s first nonprofit food truck will be hitting the road this summer, making stops at community centers, senior centers and shelters in White Plains and Greenburg to offer free, freshly prepared meals to low-income, food-insecure families. Nourish Food Truck is on a mission to serve nutritious, plant-based meals at no cost to underserved communities. Unlike mobile food pantries, the truck is like a café on wheels that supports local farmers, functions as a platform for rising young chefs, educates the public and reduces food waste. Patrons will also receive cooking demos, recipe cards and educational handouts. “We believe many people want to eat better but are strapped for money and time,” says project manager Tracy Basile. “What’s more, those who are food insecure often feel stigmatized about frequenting food pantries. But healthy food should be a right for all and not a source of embarrassment.” The truck’s owner, Brianne Braithwaite, got the idea while studying for her degree in nutrition from the University of New Haven. She brought her concept to the newly formed Westchester Food Justice Collective, which was seeking a place to establish a nonprofit café. Nada Khader, executive director of WESPAC, the lead organization in the collective, sees the nonprofit work of the mobile community café as “a transformative shift toward more equitable communities where there is less hunger and greater social justice.” To learn more about Nourish Food Truck or to learn how to help, contact Nada Khader at 914.449.6514.


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arly spring may be the best time to use traditional remedies for natural allergy relief, says Dr. Fred Lisanti, a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist at Integrative Med Solutions in Eastchester. “Several studies have shown that using alternative choices such as acupuncture and naturopathic medicine for allergy relief could help your body heal itself without side effects,” he says. He cites a 2013 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which followed 422 people who were treated for allergies with acupuncture, rescue medication (RM) or placebo acupuncture. The study concluded that “acupuncture led to statistically significant improvements in disease-specific quality of life and antihistamine use measures after eight weeks of treatment compared with sham acupuncture and with RM alone.” Naturopathic remedies such as clinical nutrition (diet), nutraceuticals (vitamins, minerals, enzymes), homeopathy (vibrational medicine) and botanical medicine (closely monitored herbal treatments) can work in conjunction with acupuncture for a significantly effective, long-lasting response, Lisanti says, adding, “Rather than making your body struggle with synthetic pharmaceutical fixes, acupuncture and naturopathic medicine may be a better fit.” One easy nutraceutical addition during allergy season is 2,000 mg of vitamin C daily, which according to the University of Maryland Medical Center acts as a natural antihistamine and may reduce allergy symptoms. At Integrative Med Solutions, allergy relief is approached at the root cause and addressed with various treatments overseen by Lisanti. “Each patient is individually assessed so a natural course of personally designed acupuncture and hand-picked naturopathic remedies can be applied,” he says. For appointments or more info, visit or call 914.337.2980.

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Westchester Network Offers Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy


lizabeth Pasquale, the founder and director of Well On The Way in Ossining, has created a new network of pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy practitioners who are collaborating to make their services more affordable and accessible in Westchester. “Through my $198 unlimited PEMF Therapy Program, a person who signs up with any one provider in the network can receive therapy at any of the locations of the other participating providers,” Pasquale says. A BEMER mat, designed to improve circulation and immune function, is considered the leading edge in PEMF therapy, according to Pasquale, who encourages her clients to take advantage of it frequently—even daily, if possible. The new unlimited program will make it easier to access regular therapy, she says. “BEMER has been proven to enhance well-being by stimulating more blood flow, more oxygen, more nutrients and more gentle detox,” she says. “Who wouldn’t want to feel totally relaxed, step up their energy and enhance their immune system, and do this by lying down on a mat for a short time? It sounds like a dream come true, but it’s not a dream—it’s the reality of new medicine. We are so happy to provide this inexpensive solution to so many.” To try BEMER or find participating locations in the unlimited PEMF Therapy Program, call Pasquale at 914.762.4693 or visit April 2018


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Forum Explores Link Between Energy Healing Workshops Set for April the Mental Body and the Gut and May in Lagrangeville


he Mental Gut Health Forum, a lecture, panel discussion and Q&A led by Brian R. Clement, PhD, the author of Food Is Medicine, will take place May 6 at the Westport Inn, located at 1595 Francesca Vitale Post Road East in Westport, Connecticut. Francesca Vitale, founder and director of The Healing Force, based in Westchester, says she organized this event to educate and bring awareness to mental illness and the correlation between the mind and the gut. Clement is a licensed nutritionist and the director of the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. “He’s had five decades on the front lines of natural health care, which gives him the tools to explain in great detail, and in terms that are easy to understand, how we can fix this universal problem,” Vitale says. “How many people who are suppressing their minds with medicine and often residing in institutions just need to change their gut health? My intention as a holistic wellness educator and practitioner is to help others become empowered and heal. In my opinion, knowledge is power—and the key to self-preservation.”    ����������������������������������������������� After Clement’s lecture, psychotherapists, analysts and others in the field of alternative medicine will join a panel discussion based on this narrative, Vitale says. Panelists include Robert Inesta, a chiropractor, licensed acupuncturist and functional medicine practitioner; Elaine Zietler, a colon hydrotherapist; and Jane K. Gelsi, PhD, a licensed clinical social worker and the director of the Austin Group for Counseling.   There will be two sessions, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8:30 p.m. Both will include a panel discussion and guest speakers. The cost to attend is $53 for reservations made by April 22, or $63 afterward.   To register, visit or call Francesca Vitale at 914.837.6830. See ad, page 30.

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ne Light Healing Touch (OLHT) Energy Healing & Mystery School, which has two locations in Dutchess County, will present Day of Healing workshops April 29 and May 12 at their Lagrangeville school. “Students will learn the energy healing techniques of scanning, radiant and color healing and the six sacred self-healing practices to clear Penny Price Lavin and Ron Lavin blockages and release stress,” says Penny Price Lavin, associate director of OLHT and the Lagrangeville instructor. In addition, Lavin will present OLHT workshops at Sacred Space in Beacon on April 8, Garrison Library on April 15 and Lagrangeville on April 22. OLHT School teaches 33 advanced energy-healing techniques and 50 selfhealing practices for healing oneself and others. “The work increases our health, awareness and creativity, while helping us fulfill our purpose for being,” Lavin says. “The school is tailored to those seeking personal growth and all healthcare professionals. The training serves the novice and advanced energy practitioner alike and honors all spiritual traditions.” Lavin is an award-winning filmmaker whose works include the documentary The Healing Field: Exploring Energy and Consciousness, which can be seen on PBS,, Amazon and Netflix. In Lagrangeville, she teaches with guest lecturer Ron Lavin, an energy healer who has participated in five landmark studies with the National Institutes of Health. Their 18-day school will meet June through November. Sharon Johnston and Karen Ransom are co-instructors at OLHT’s second Dutchess location, in Rhinebeck. Their school will meet September through March. The cost to attend a Day of Healing workshop is $150. For more info, visit or contact Penny Lavin at 845.878.5165 or See ad, page 51.

Stone Barns Summer Institute Teaches Sustainability to Teens


egistration is now open for the Summer Institute at Stone Barns Center, which is changing the way America farms and eats by promoting sustainable agriculture and food choices. The Summer Institute is a two-week program for rising high school juniors and seniors. During this program, they learn about sustainable agriculture from farmers and farm apprentices, and explore sustainable farming practices like beekeeping, grazing, mushroom inoculation, seed saving, and cooking with produce they harvest. The Institute is open to all interested students, regardless of their ability to pay. Full scholarships are available for students who qualify for free or reducedprice school lunch, and additional financial aid may be available. “With this program, we’re focused on working with those who will have the greatest impact on our food system going forward, and there is no more im-

portant group to engage with than high schoolers,” says Jill Isenbarger, CEO of Stone Barns Center. “We believe it’s critical to give students a tool kit for making healthy choices for themStone Barns’ Summer Institute selves and the environment. By educating the next generation of food citizens and giving them a farm-focused educational experience, we hope to shift their thinking about the role they and their communities play in bringing about a better food system for us all.” Stone Barns Center has the goal of changing America’s unsustainable food system by training young farmers, demonstrating resilient farming on their own farm in Pocantico Hills, and educating “food citizens” who feel a deep connection to food and farming. For more information, visit For questions about financial aid or other issues, email

PULSE Mindfulness Manifestation Empowerment Workshop


anet Catalina, who co-developed the PULSE manifestation technique, will teach an all-day workshop on the technique May 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Mariandale Center in Ossinig. The workshop will fall on the 13th anniversary of Catalina’s launch of PULSE at the Wainwright House in Rye. “PULSE is an easy-to-learn, effecJanet Catalina tive technique that empowers participants to intentionally create more of what they want in their lives while, at the same time, in the same process, helping them let go of what has blocked them up to now,” Catalina says. “People have used this tool to improve their health, create financial abundance, open new doors to their career or find their soul mate, to name a few examples.” Catalina, who studied and trained in mindfulness with Jon Kabat Zinn, will add mindfulness to the PULSE mix during the Mariandale workshop. “In this workshop, participants will learn how to PULSE and have an opportunity to practice this technique,” she says. “I’m really committed to supporting the people who take my workshops, and so I offer all of them a free monthly PULSE call.” The cost to attend is $75, including lunch. To register, visit Mariandale. org or call 914.941.4455. For more info, visit April 2018


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Sustainable Building: Two Projects, Two Methods


ou Levy has been a master carpenter, general contractor and builder for 46 years, 27 of which have been devoted to natural and sustainable Lou Levy’s recent PHIUS House building. That means he was ahead of his time using nontoxic, eco-friendly, energy-efficient approaches to alteration, addition and new construction projects. His company just completed construction of a Passive House, a highly energy-efficient home meeting certified design parameters as specified by the Passive House Institute of the United States. The design features an airtight shell with super insulation, triple-glazed windows, proper ventilation, all nontoxic applications and no internal combustion—that is, no furnaces or gas or wood stoves and fireplaces. The basic parameters of the design concentrate on energy usage, Levy says. A Passive House can use no more than 4.75 kilowatts of electricity per year, and it must be airtight, with no more than 0.6 cubic feet of air lost or gained per hour. “Although the Passive House design is more suitable for a new house or a whole-house alteration, it can be formatted for an addition as well,” he says. For another recent project, Levy worked with the owner-architect on the performance design of a Passive Solar and Natural House. This type of design incorporates a thermal mass that captures and holds radiant heat from the sun and then releases the heat throughout the interior of the home or addition. It can also tap into the ambient temperature of the surrounding earth, which is 52 degrees at three and a half feet below grade. “The design enables the house to heat and ventilate naturally through a breathing wall and shell design,” Levy says. “It also allows the use of an airtight wood or masonry stove or other forms of internal combustion.” Lou Levy Construction works on projects throughout Westchester, Western Fairfield, Putnam and Southern Dutchess Counties. Levy begins every project with an initial consultation and design review. From there he proceeds with a budget estimate and starts designing the project in collaboration with an architect he has selected for that specific project. Levy says he and his design teams and crew enjoy all facets of sustainable building. “The joy in our work comes from the creativity involved in the design, detail and craftsmanship of the final product, and from customer satisfaction,” he explains. To contact Lou Levy, call 914.804.2120 or visit See ad, page 45.


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Gathering for Humanity Retreat in Santa Fe


he Gathering global alliance. Gatherfor Humaning hosts include Flority, Awaken demayo and The Path, Through the Seeds Master Mingtong Gu and of Knowledge and The Chi Center, MatWisdom retreat conthew Reifslager and The ference is being held Wholeness Crystal Earth from May 16 through Project, and Madi Sato Grandmother Flordemayo 20 at The Chi Cenand Timothy McLaughlin ter, in Santa Fe. This and Praising Earth. powerful and timely five-day gathering for “Our purpose is an alliance of prayer, unity and awakening is taking place during wisdom, education and healing for our a pivotal moment on Earth. Mother Earth—for all her inhabitants, for A mandate of Spirit through universal all children and for the next seven generahealer Mayan Grandmother Flordemayo, tions in the four directions,” says Flordethe Gathering is an urgent calling to all mayo. “The Gathering for Humanity is not of humanity committed to increasing the just a one-time event. It is a movement. light and coherence on the planet. “At We invite you to join us and thank you for this critical time on Earth, we as Elders moving with us with love, light, compasrecognize the inherent need for humansion and peace.” ity to move in a different way—our habits, what we hold true, how we see our place in For more information, visit Gathering nature, with the universe and within our See ad on page 59. hearts—must shift,” she says. Flordemayo was shown that each of us is holding a piece of the puzzle that will HONORED GUESTS catapult us in the direction of personal and Unci Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance – collective healing, wisdom and harmony. Oglala Lakota “Collectively we will go through a process Grandmother Pershlie - Perci Ami – of incredible cosmic remembrance. This Perci Ami-Hopi/Tewa Gathering will be a catalyst and a sanctuGrandmother SaSa-Abenaki/ ary for the emergence of the sacred into Dawn land people form,” she explains. “Indigenous Elders, hosts, honored guests and musical guests Grandmother Moetu Taihawill weave their gifts through the healing Maori Tuhoe Elder journey, activating energies of the land in Reverend Grandmother Grandmother Eila a retreat environment to transform and Paul – Maori Tainue Elder realign body, mind and spirit. Sacred seeds of awakening will be planted at this event, which you may grow in your own commuMUSICAL GUESTS nities through practice, inner wisdom and Joanne Shenandoah and Leah Shenandoah higher vibration.” Imani According to Flordemayo, the GatherGeri Littlejohn Rick Bastine – Music as ing represents four different organizations brought together through a calling of spirit, Medicine aligned in a common vision to form a new WalkingStar Martinez – Music as Medicine


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health briefs

Whole Grains Help Us Eat Less

Ingesting a combination of five herbs while making healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduced symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in a recent Australian study of 122 women published in Phytotherapy Research. The herbs were Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort), Paeonia lactiflora (peony) and Tribulus terrestris (tribulus). Menstrual cycles returned to normal duration for 55 percent of the women, and significant improvements occurred in body mass index, pregnancy rates, hormones, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. Subjects also exhibited less depression, anxiety and stress.


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High-Fat Diet Risks Multiple Sclerosis Relapse

A high-fat diet increases the risk of relapse of multiple sclerosis in children by as much as 56 percent, reports The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. A multi-university study of 219 children also found that each 10 percent increase in saturated fat as a share of total calories tripled the risk of relapse. Inversely, each additional cup of vegetables per week cut the risk of the disease by 50 percent.


Herbs Ease Polycystic Ovary Symptoms

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When overweight adults exchange refined grain products such as white bread and pasta for whole-grain equivalents, they tend to feel full sooner, eat less, lose weight and experience a reduction in inflammation, the journal Gut reports. Researchers from Denmark’s National Food Institute and the University of Copenhagen studying 50 adults at risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease found that test volunteers realized these benefits by eating whole grains, and rye in particular.

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Less REM-Stage Sleep Linked to Dementia Risk

People that get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a new study published in Neurology. Following 321 people over age 60 for 12 years, Australian researchers found that those that developed dementia spent an average of 17 percent of their sleep time in REM sleep, compared to 20 percent for others. It also took them longer to get to that dream-generating stage.

Nature Videos Calm Prisoners

Maximum-security prison inmates in Oregon that spent an hour a day for a year watching nature videos were involved in 26 percent fewer violent acts compared with fellow inmates, and reported feeling significantly calmer, less irritable and more empathetic. The University of Utah study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, states, “An estimated 5.3 million Americans live or work in nature-deprived venues. Such removal from nature can result in an ‘extinction of experience’ that can further lead to disinterest or disaffection toward natural settings, or even biophobia (fear of the natural environment). People that infrequently or never spend time in nature will be deprived of the numerous physical and emotional benefits that contact with nature affords.”

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April 2018


Clear Gain

A study published in the journal Science found that forests across Asia, Latin America and Africa release 468 tons of carbon per year, equivalent to nearly 10 percent of the annual U.S. carbon footprint. Thus, tropical forests may no longer be acting as carbon sinks and could be releasing more carbon than they store. Lead author Alessandro Baccini, with the Woods Hole Research Center, in Massachusetts, says, “These findings provide the world with a wake-up call on forests. If we’re to keep global temperatures from rising to dangerous levels, we need to drastically reduce emissions and greatly increase forests’ ability to absorb and store carbon.” Researchers think nearly 70 percent of this loss of carbon storage capacity is caused by small-scale degradation from logging, drought and wildfire. Researchers say that policies to curb deforestation, reduce degradation and restore the integrity of the land could turn forests back into carbon sinks.

Distributed Power Energy Users Control Own Supplies

Some municipalities spend between 20 and 40 percent of their annual budgets on the energy needed to operate wastewater treatment plants. The city of Thousand Oaks, California, has transformed their biggest energy user into an energy generator. Across the U.S., energy users of all sizes are taking control of their power supply and relieving stress from the grid. That’s the idea behind distributed energy. Atlantic Re:think and Siemens have partnered to explore this burgeoning energy revolution. View a video at TheThousandOaksSolution.


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Solar energy is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of countries, with record-setting solar farms being built worldwide. Researchers have been investigating ways to make transparent solar panels that resemble glass that could be used as window panels at the same time as converting the light that shines on them into electricity. “Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” explains materials scientist Richard Lunt, Ph.D., from Michigan State University. “We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices have the potential of generating a similar amount of electricity as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics.” As reported in Nature Energy, his team has developed a transparent, luminescent, solar concentrator that looks like clear glass, covered in small, organic molecules adept at capturing only ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths of light. The visible light that enables human vision isn’t obstructed, so we can see through the cell. If scaled up to cover the billions of square feet of glass surfaces throughout the U.S., it could potentially supply about 40 percent of our country’s energy needs.


Tropical Forests Releasing Excess Carbon

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‘Sink’ Setback

Window-Like Solar Cells Could Power 40 Percent of U.S. Needs

Scientists’ Security

France Welcomes Beleaguered Climate Researchers

French President Emmanuel Macron awarded 18 climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere millions of euros in grants to relocate to his country for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term. Macron’s “Make Our Planet Great Again” grants are meant to counter Trump’s intent on the climate change front following his declaration to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. One winner, Camille Parmesan, of the University of Texas at Austin, who is working at an experimental ecology station in the Pyrenees charting how human-made climate change is affecting wildlife, says that in the U.S., “You are having to hide what you do.”

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global briefs

Transforming Plastics

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Mobile Trashpresso Turns Trash into Tiles

UK furniture and design company Pentatonic has invented the Trashpresso, a solar-powered, mini-recycling plant that transforms plastic waste into usable architectural tiles. Pentatonic doesn’t use raw goods that create excess waste because they are committed to using materials for their products that incorporate some element of recycling, says co-founder Johann Bodecker. They want their products to be reusable, too, so they don’t use glues, resins, paints or formaldehydes to create them, a philosophy that influences all company decisions. The Trashpresso can be used in offthe-grid places where traditional recycling plants would be impractical. It sorts, shreds and compresses trash into plastic fibers to create fully formed tiles. The invention has attracted the attention of companies that want to reduce their own contribution to plastic waste and ocean pollution. Starbucks UK, for example, has commissioned Pentatonic to turn their coffee shop waste into furniture, including bean bag chairs produced from plastic bottles and cups.

Top Polluters


Just 100 Companies Emit Most Global Emissions

In July 2017, historic new research from environmental nonprofit CDP, in collaboration with the Climate Accountability Institute, revealed in The Carbon Majors Report that 71 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 can be traced to just 100 fossil fuel producers. It’s the first in a series of planned publications to improve transparency and highlight the role companies and their investors could play in tackling climate change. Offenders ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Chevron are among the highest-emitting investor-owned companies. If fossil fuels continue to be extracted at the same rate for the next 28 years as they were between 1988 and 2017, global average temperatures would be on course to rise by 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century, likely causing catastrophic consequences, including substantial species extinction and global food scarcity risks. Read the report at CarbonTop100List. April 2018


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global briefs U.S. Waste Paper Turned Away

Save Wild Horses Campaign Update

The Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget again calls on Congress to lift long-standing prohibitions on the destruction and slaughter of wild horses and burros. The budget seeks to cut approximately $14 million of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program by selling as many as 90,000 federally protected American mustangs for slaughter to avoid management costs and supply foreign markets with horsemeat. So far, citizens have held the line in favor of America’s iconic equine heritage. As Congress discusses appropriations for 2019, we must continue to press our senators and representatives to stand with the 80 percent of Americans that demand protection for these animals. Make your voice heard today via the online form at SaveWildHorsesNow.

Waxworm Wonders

Caterpillars Offer Clues to Plastic Cleanup

Waxworms, a type of caterpillar, are vexing to beekeepers because they devour the wax that bees use to build honeycombs. It turns out that they can do the same to plastic. Ongoing worldwide research reveals several types of bacteria found in waxworms that digest some kinds of plastic at rates that vary from weeks to months. Scientist Federica Bertocchini, at the Spanish National Research Council, mashed up a quantity of the greater wax moth and applied the paste to polyethylene. After half a day, about 13 percent of the plastic had disappeared. She collaborated with biochemists at the University of Cambridge to analyze this chemical decomposition of the plastic. They discovered that some of the substance is converted into ethylene glycol, a sign that it was genuinely being degraded. The carbon-to-carbon bonds found in polyethylene are also present in the wax that the caterpillars eat. Susan Selke, director of the Michigan State University School of Packaging, remarks, “The hunt for organisms that can degrade plastics is on. Right now, we don’t have a good solution for dealing with the plastics that are piling up on our planet.” monticelloSefa Kaya

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Companies that recycle cardboard boxes were overwhelmed after record-breaking holiday shopping online. The U.S. Postal Service estimated it delivered 10 percent more packages in 2017 than the year before. Amazon, the leader in online shopping, said it shipped more than 5 billion items for Prime members in 2017. All of this cardboard is a huge recycling challenge. Americans routinely toss food waste and other garbage into their recycling carts, and China, the country that receives the bulk of these contaminated recyclables, says it has had enough. China, by far the world’s biggest importer and processor of recyclables, has put the U.S. on notice that it will begin turning away all but the most pristine used plastics and unsorted waste paper by this fall and early next year. The pronouncement has alarmed U.S. government and industry officials, especially on the West Coast, that face the challenge of either cleaning up the vast, never-ending stream of recyclables to meet China’s strict standards or finding other places to dump the messy items—perhaps in landfills. The uncertainty caused by China’s looming ban is beginning to slow down the entire West Coast system for sorting and shipping off recyclables. In Hong Kong, which ships its waste paper and cardboard to the Chinese mainland, mounds of the materials already are piling up at docks and in cargo ships being kept at sea.

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eco tip

We Need Trees

Arbor Day More Vital Now than Ever

The 147th annual Arbor Day on April 27 encourages tree planting worldwide to replenish lost tree cover including trees wiped out in the recent fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) is committed to providing 5 million trees in these areas alone. More than 3,400 U.S. communities will participate as an ADF Tree City. Visit for a current list and criteria for new communities to apply. The ADF Alliance for Community Trees ( supports treegrowing programs for 200 nonprofit member groups nationwide via funding, information sharing and forging helpful connections. Trees are much more than aesthetics, says Program Manager Dana Karcher, who most recently welcomed Community Greening, in Delray Beach, Florida, and Outdoor Circle, in Hawaii, into the fold. “Trees clean the air, are a habitat for animals, retain storm water and more.” An affiliated nonprofit program online at encourages tree planting each October. Billings, Montana, earned the latest Arbor Day Celebration Award after 12 elementary schools there engaged in environmental education stations and 180 volunteers planted and pruned trees. Other recent biannual award winners included California’s ReLeaf program and the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum. The need was great even before the world’s forests lost 73.4 million acres of tree cover in 2016, a 51 percent increase over 2015, due to poor forest management, climate change-driven drought and fires, says Global Forest Watch. Hopeful global signs: The largest-ever tropical reforestation project in the Brazilian Amazon aims to plant 73 million trees in the next six years on 70,000 acres. A New Zealand participation goal for the Billion Trees Planting Programme targets planting 100 million trees annually for a decade. In July 2017, volunteers in Madhya Pradesh, India, planted 66,750,000 tree saplings in 12 hours, exceeding the previous record by Uttar Pradesh of 50 million in 24 hours, as part of India’s reforestation pledge of 2 billion new trees by 2030. A $10 annual ADF membership fee includes 10, six-inch-tall seedlings to plant or to donate to a national forest. Karcher’s paramount planting tip: “Dig the hole twice as wide and the same depth of the root ball. If it’s too deep, it’ll suffocate. Give roots space to grow.” April 2018


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What else should homeowners do in the spring?

Franzoso Contracting Offers Eco-Friendly Home Services


or 38 years, Franzoso Contracting has been a trusted name for home improvement and construction in New York and Connecticut. A fully insured home contracting business, it was founded in 1980 by Mark Franzoso and quickly earned a reputation for quality and reliability. As Franzoso Contracting sponsors our Natural Awakenings’ Nature Page (see next page), we sat down with Sales Manager Mark Sackerson to talk about remodeling for energy efficiency and Franzoso’s other ecofriendly services.

You use a “whole-house approach” to reducing heating and cooling costs. What’s involved with that?

You lose money when heated or cooled air escapes your house by conduction, convection or radiation. Our whole-house approach looks at all three ways to save that money. We plug any holes and improve insulation. Then we look at replacing money wasters like leaky windows or inefficient heating systems, or installing solar panels. When we analyze a house, we look at it as an envelope that separates the “conditioned” areas, where there’s heating or cooling, from the outdoors and any “unconditioned” areas of the home. You need some holes for a healthy indoor space, but too many allows conditioned air to escape. That wastes money, plus you end up with cold drafts in the winter and a hot upstairs in the summer. While you may only notice problems in certain rooms, the 26

holes are everywhere. Closing the most noticeable ones only helps with some of the problem. We have to address every hole we can get to in order to deliver complete energy savings.

Why it is important to plug the holes, rather than just insulating?

If you just add insulation, air still blows through it and keeps it from insulating properly. Traditional fiberglass insulation works by trapping air in the fibers. If it’s not protected from wind or moving air, the trapped heated air blows out, making the insulation less effective. The most noticeable result is icicles and ice dams, which can lead to interior leaks.

Now is the time to get homes ready for spring and summer. You offer gutter cleaning and roof inspections, as well as a gentle, ecofriendly way to clean roofs. How does that work?

The typical contractor uses a power washer and harsh chemicals mixed with bleach to blow algae, lichen and moss off a roof. The high-pressure spray reduces roof life by taking off the protective surface granules, exposing the asphalt base to UV rays. Additionally, the chemicals have been known to kill landscaping and damage siding or painted surfaces. We use an exclusive, time-tested system that combines an ecofriendly solution and specially calibrated equipment to

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This is the time of year we see an influx of demand for all our services—repairing roofs or siding; upgrading or building decks; replacing old or poor-quality windows to improve comfort and safety; and replacing siding and entry doors to improve a home’s value, energy efficiency and curb appeal. According to Remodeling Magazine, new siding and doors have one of the highest returns of all home improvements, at 80 percent. Improving a home’s energy efficiency has a 121 percent payback.

How should homeowners choose a contractor?

Homeowners hear “licensed and insured” and believe they are protected in case the contractor or a subcontractor gets injured on their property. The truth is, most contractors reduce costs by getting insurance that only covers them for work performed on the ground, or at most no more than four feet off the ground. Homeowners would have to read the policy, looking for exclusions, to know whether they could be sued for the injury or death of someone working on their property. The best plan is to read reviews, and then ask for references and interview them. Did previous customers receive good value for their investment? Were the crews professional, respectful and reliable? Did they prioritize the safety and care of the homeowner and property? Was the company responsive after the job was completed—a month, a year or 10 years later—when they had questions or needed help fixing something? Hiring the right professional is important. It’s about the value, not the price, of a project. To contact Franzoso Contracting or Franzoso Energy Solutions, call 914.271.4572 or visit

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practitioner spotlight

Dr. Kurt Beil on Ecotherapy


Harness the Healing Power of Nature

he Japanese have a term for immersing oneself in nature to restore the body and soul. It’s called “forest bathing,” and a Japanese doctor might send a patient for a walk in the woods to ease the physiological symptoms of stress. In the same way, Dr. Kurt Beil, a local practitioner of naturopathic and Chinese medicine, often prescribes outdoor time as part of his therapeutic treatments. He sat down with us recently to talk about “ecotherapy.”

How do you incorporate ecotherapy into your treatment plans?

Part of the intake paperwork my patients complete asks about “green time,” the amount of time they spend outdoors, versus “screen time,” spent in front of digital media. I use this information to have a discussion with them about achieving a healthier balance and, most often, getting outside more. There are many different ways to achieve this. For some people, it’s a walk on their lunch break or after dinner, or starting and maintaining a garden. For others it involves going on hikes on the weekends, or taking their children or grandchildren to the park. Whatever is going to work for the individual person is the best treatment. Fortunately, there is always something that will work for them—we just have a discussion to identify it.

Describe how you work with a client using ecotherapy.

We work together to assess their health needs and the steps they can take to get there. For most people, part of this involves reducing stress, which has been shown to have significant impacts on physical and mental health, including blood pressure, digestive issues, immune system function, depression, anxiety, concentra-

tion and memory, and insomnia. I’ve done a lot of work in this area, and I share that research with patients so they understand that this can be a legitimate healthcare intervention with real health benefits. I will often suggest a “prescription” for outdoor time, such as 30 minutes outside, three or four times a week. This can be walking in a park, working in the garden or just sitting in the backyard. The important thing is to be present with the experience of the natural world around us, and not distracted by our phones or our concerns. When given the opportunity to remove themselves from the stresses of their daily life, people automatically respond with sensations of relaxation and restoration. This is when real healing can occur. It sounds very simple, and it can be, but often it’s also very challenging for people to make time for themselves in this way.

Walk us through a typical visit.

A typical new-patient visit is 90 minutes. It involves a review of both the chief complaints that brought them in and their other body systems, so I can get a picture of their total health. We also discuss lifestyle, such as diet, physical activity, sleep patterns and life stressors that may be contributing to their symptoms. My recommendations may include herbal or nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies and dietary and lifestyle changes. Followup visits involve continued evaluation and recommendations, as well as other therapies such as acupuncture or biofeedback. I use many options to help a person get to their desired level of health.

What are your goals for your patients?

My goal is always to help my patients achieve their optimal level of health and well-being. That includes much more than “not being sick.” It involves them feeling positive about their bodies and their lives. Often the environmental context has a large but unconscious influence on those perceptions of health, so I help patients become aware of simple shifts they can make to wake up to opportunities of health that are all around them. Dr. Kurt Beil sees patients at The Center for Health and Healing in Mount Kisco and in Danbury. He will give a free presentation on ecotherapy at the Leonard Park Tea House Pavilion in Mount Kisco on June 2, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. See calendar listings for details. For more info, contact him at Info@HudsonValleyNaturalHealth. com or visit See ad, page 10.


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Flame Retardant Effects on Pregnancy

by Brielle Bleeker


any people are unaware of the toxins lurking in their home that can have damaging effects on our health. Pregnant women are even more susceptible to harm caused by flame retardants, chemicals that are added to materials to slow the spread of fire. They are widely used in everything from carpeting to sofas, mattresses and some clothing, making exposure difficult to avoid. Despite many manufacturers phasing out or banning these chemicals altogether, it is still difficult to live without with them. Several recent studies have shown a clear connection between exposure to flame retardants during pregnancy and thyroid hormone issues, resulting in smaller fetuses and lower IQ in children. Many experts believe that the flame

retardant chemicals can alter the hormone balance in pregnant women, leading to abnormal brain development in children. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) are a particular concern because they can leach out of the foam and find their way into air and dust. Add flame retardants to a variety of other daily chemical exposures, and the risk of damaging health increases. According to Juleen Lam, an associate research scientist at the University of California San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, “An average 3.7-point decrease in IQ from chemicals might not sound like much, but on a population-wide level, it means more children that could require early interventions and families that can face personal long-term economic burdens.” Researchers

have also found that pregnant women in California have much higher PBDE levels than other pregnant women around the world, due in part to California’s previous flammability standards, which paved the way for widespread use of the chemicals in bedding and other furniture. One way to reduce exposure to these hazardous materials is to replace furniture containing these toxic additives. Mattresses are known to have a high level of flame retardants in the polyurethane foam. In fact, nearly 90 percent of traditional innerspring polyurethane mattresses on the market today contain highly toxic chemicals because of the low cost to manufacture them. Organic mattresses are a safer alternative because they are made with natural materials, says Dave Spittal, owner of Healthy Choice Organic Mattress. He says that a considerable percentage of his customers are expectant and new mothers who tell him they wish to provide the healthiest start for their baby’s life. Healthy Choice provides standard adult-sized mattresses, as well as children’s and crib mattresses. Doing research and being aware of chemicals that should be avoided can help pave the way for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Healthy Choice Organic Mattress is located at 681 East Main St., Mt. Kisco, and 544 Main St., Beacon, NY. For more information, call 914.241.2467 or visit HCMattress. com. See ad, back cover. Brielle Bleeker is a writer for Natural Awakenings magazine.

April 2018


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estchester Land Trust is holding a volunteer orientation day on April 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for anyone interested in working on WLT’s half-acre Sugar Hill Farm, which supplies fresh produce to area food pantries and soup kitchens. The orientation will take place at the farm, located at 403 Harris Road in Bedford Hills. As one of Food Bank for Westchester’s five Food Growing Program farm sites, Sugar Hill Farm harvested nearly 1,522 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables—the equivalent of 6,248 servings—in 2017. Volunteers play an essential part of the program’s success, planting seedlings in the spring and weeding, tending and harvesting crops all summer and into the fall. The bulk of the farm work at Sugar Hill is accomplished through WLT’s volunteer gatherings, which take place twice a month from April through October. Individuals, groups and families, including people of all ages and abilities, are welcome to sign up. Through volunteering, they will learn about sustainable agriculture and make a tangible impact on hunger in our community. There are a number of tasks involved in growing vegetables, including transplanting young plants into the beds; seeding directly into the fields; weeding, mowing and trimming the rows; hand-watering and moving sprinklers; adding compost to the beds; and harvesting and sorting crops. Volunteers do not need to know anything about farming; many of Sugar Hill Farm’s volunteers have never set foot in a garden before. WLT staff and volunteer team leaders will be present to show volunteers what to do when they arrive. For more information, visit or contact Kat at 914.234.6992.


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Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. Dry-tilled heirloom tomatoes, okra, melons and quinoa are drought-tolerant and only use available rainfall.  

Foods that Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases

Changing Our Diet to Cool the Climate

Good Food Choices Enable Global Health


by Judith Fertig

hree years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste. Changing our food choices to support this model can have a ripple effect. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in a 2017 study published in the journal Climatic Change, looked at how diets impact personal health, the healthcare system and climate. They found that adopting a more plant-based diet reduces the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes by 20 to 40 percent. National annual health care costs could drop from $93 billion to $77 billion. Direct greenhouse gas emissions could annually drop 489 to 1,821 pounds per person. 32

Such an approach involves considering the related water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint—the energy required to cultivate, harvest and transport food—plus processing associated food waste. Here are some top choices.  

Foods that Go Easy on Water

Hydroponic greens are hands-down winners. The Shelton Family Farm, near Whittier, North Carolina, weekly produces 10,000 to 12,000 heads of hydroponically grown Bibb lettuce. The controlled environment and carefully engineered nutrient delivery systems maximize all resources. “It’s an enclosed system that runs 24/7, and it’s highly efficient from a waterusage standpoint because we recycle the water,” says William Shelton Jr., a fourthgeneration family farmer. “The only water that’s actually consumed is what’s taken up and transpired through the plants.” In a moderate climate, energy costs to recycle the water and keep the plants at an even temperature are moderate, as well.

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Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions,” says nutritionist and climate activist Jane Richards, of GreenEatz, in Mountain View, California. “You can reduce your footprint by a quarter by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb.” An exception is the vegetarian staple of rice. According to researchers at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions organization in Sausalito, California, rice cultivation is responsible for at least 10 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and up to 19 percent of global methane emissions. New farming techniques, like mid-season draining of the rice paddies, could cut methane emissions by at least 35 percent. Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet.”   Root crops such as carrots, radishes, potatoes and beets have a lower carbon footprint than above-ground plants due to less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily. Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit that builds healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (

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Hopeful Developments

New agricultural developments can also benefit our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets. The Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, has been working with the Rodale Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. This would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. Kernza, a new perennial grain proven to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross between rice and wheat—sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.” Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and creator of the film Food, Inc., suggests we keep it simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Climatarians would add another guideline—eat as locally as possible. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

April 2018


Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health


by Lisa Marshall

amantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A toddler had contracted Lyme disease in the once tick-free region of Northern Maine. A teenager had suffered an asthma attack in February, a full month before she usually started taking allergy medicine. A displaced grade-schooler from out of town arrived traumatized after fleeing a hurricane-ravaged home with her family. But it wasn’t until she saw her son laying on a gurney in the emergency room with an IV in his arm that she fully connected the dots. 34

“I was aware that the weather had changed a lot since I was kid. But it really didn’t hit home until that day that climate change could affect my health and the health of my children personally,” recalls Ahdoot. “I realized it would be a betrayal of my duty as a pediatrician to sit back and do nothing about it.”

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Ahdoot, now a vocal climate change activist, is among a growing number of healthcare professionals that have begun to reframe climate change not as a concern for elsewhere or the future, but as a pressing U.S. public

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health issue today. In one recent survey of 1,200 allergists, 48 percent said climate change is already affecting their patients a “great deal” or a “moderate amount.” In another survey of lung specialists, 77 percent said they were seeing patient symptoms grow more severe due to worsening climate-related air quality. In a sweeping review published last October in The Lancet medical journal, a team of healthcare professionals proclaimed that the human symptoms of climate change are “unequivocal and potentially irreversible,” noting that since 2000, the number of people in the United States exposed to heat waves annually has risen by about 14.5 million, and the number of natural disasters annually has increased 46 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also begun to weigh in with a Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative to help local health departments brace for everything from the hazardous air quality associated with more forest fires to the spread of vector-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile as the range and season of mosquitoes and ticks expands. Meanwhile, groups like the newly formed and expansive Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, to which Ahdoot belongs, are being proactive. Its doctors are greening their offices, swapping cars for bikes, buses or carpooling, lobbying lawmakers and encouraging their patients to undertake measures to prevent the problem from worsening. In the process, they say, they might even improve their own health. “We want the public to understand that climate change is not just about polar bears or receding glaciers in the Arctic, but also about our children and our health here and now,” says Ahdoot.

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Flora and Fauna Issues

During the past century, average temperatures have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, with annual increases accelerating in recent years as 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 all set records for ambient heat. Such rising temperatures, combined with increased rain and record-high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, can have a significant impact on plants— both those that irritate or nourish us, says Howard Frumkin, a medical doctor who co-authored the Lancet report and teaches environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Wild, allergy-inducing plants like ragweed and poison ivy are flourishing. Poison ivy is growing faster, larger and more toxic as excess carbon prompts it to produce more of its rash-inducing compound, urushiol. “We are seeing the season for ragweed productivity expanding, with pollen levels rising higher and earlier and lasting longer by several weeks,” advises Frumkin. In 2016, residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, endured a ragweed season that was 21 days longer than in 1990. Other, desirable crops, like grains, do worse in hotter carbonrich climes, producing less protein and other nutrients, Frumkin notes. Meanwhile, bugs are thriving, with longer seasons and wider ranges in which to reproduce. Mosquitoes’ capacity to transmit dengue fever— the world’s fastest-growing mosquitoborne illness—has risen by 11 percent since 1950, more than half of that just since 1990, according to the Lancet report. Further, the tick that carries Lyme disease is now present in 46 percent of U.S. counties, up from 30 percent in 1998. “My physician colleagues used to treat two or three cases a month during tick season,” says Dr. Nitin Damle, a physician at South County Internal Medicine, in Wakefield, Rhode Island. April 2018


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or walk instead of driving, especially for distances of less than two miles, which comprise 40 percent of all car trips. A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that if everyone did this in just 11 cities in the Midwest, not only would carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fall, but it would extend 1,300 lives and save $8 billion in healthcare costs due to better air quality and less sedentary lifestyles.


Eat less red meat: Producing

red meat results in five times more climate-warming emissions per calorie than chicken, pork, dairy or eggs, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It also creates 11 times more emissions than the production of potatoes, wheat or rice. Eating less red meat can also decrease an individual’s risk of certain cancers.


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Rising heat can also aggravate lung conditions because it promotes the production of ozone, a major lung irritant. With prolonged heat often come wildfires. When one burned for three months in North Carolina in a recent summer, researchers discovered that residents of counties affected by the smoke plume showed a 50 percent increase in emergency trips due to respiratory illness. Like Isaac, more kids are ending up in hospitals due to soaring temperatures, with U.S. emergency room visits for heat illnesses up by 133 percent between 1997 and 2006. Ahdoot recalls a young football player from Arkansas that showed signs of weakness and fatigue during practice, but wasn’t treated right away. He ended

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for about 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut. Boston-area hospitals recently slashed their overall emissions by 29 percent in five years.


Plant more trees: As they grow,

trees remove carbon dioxide from the air. Being around green space has also been shown to boost mental and cognitive health.


Show compassion: Americans,

per capita, emit six times more CO2 than the global average, according to research by Jonathan Patz, a medical doctor who directs the Global Health Institute at the University of WisconsinMadison. In a TED Talk, he observed that U.S. lower-income populations and those in developing countries are often hit hardest by gaseous emissions. “Those most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change are often the least responsible,” he says. “Doing something about this is a matter of compassion.”

up with heat stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary edema and ultimately required kidney dialysis. “Every summer now, I see the impacts of increasing temperatures and heat waves on kids,” she says. Climate change can also impact mental health, according to a recent review by the American Psychological Association. Exposure to natural disasters can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Plus, according to research institutions including the University of California, San Diego, and Iowa State University, chronic heat, especially at night, can interfere with sleep and even lead to aggressive behavior. Then there’s the worry about what to do about it, and whether it will be enough. “When you talk with people about what is affecting them, climate is definitely one of the things stressing them out,” says Thomas Doherty, Psy.D., a psychologist

in Portland, Oregon. “There’s a sense of mystery and powerlessness around it that weighs on people.”

Fresh Perspective, New Hope

Mona Sarfaty, a family physician who is now director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, attests that 69 percent of Americans are aware that climate change is occurring, and more than half agree that human activities are at least partly to blame. Yet only a third believe it could ever harm them personally. “So much of the early focus was on the receding glaciers and the penguins,” she says. “People today still think it will affect ‘those other people over there,’ but not them.” She agrees with the recent focus on imminent health issues, and is encouraged that a growing number of healthcare professionals feel it’s their duty to inform their patients about climate change to mobilize action. “When you talk about climate change not only in terms of the health impact it has on individuals and families, but also in terms of the real-time benefits of taking action against it, people are a lot more interested in doing something,” says Sarfaty. For instance, shifting to clean energy sources like wind and solar instead of coal can effect better air quality and easier breathing now. Cycling or walking to work rather than driving can reduce carbon emissions, boost feel-good brain chemicals and keep weight in check. Writing letters to editors or attending rallies to urge lawmakers to pass climate-friendly policies can not only fend off the anxiety and depression that comes with feeling helpless, but also effect real change. Ahdoot is taking these steps now. She has solar panels on her roof, is assisting the local hospital to reduce its carbon footprint, takes public transportation to work and encourages her kids to walk whenever possible. “I don’t feel powerless at all. I feel empowered and optimistic,” she says. “The more we know, the more we are moved to act. We can all do something small every day to protect our climate.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at April 2018


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Paul Hawken Shares a Plan to Reverse Global Warming by Linda Sechrist


or author Paul Hawken, a leading environmental entrepreneur working with a coalition of research fellows, advisors and expert reviewers, the climate goal is drawdown, or reversing global warming—the point in atmospheric time when the concentration of greenhouse gases peaks and begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Hawken edited Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, a compendium of the 100 most substantive solutions that already exist.

Are you optimistic about achieving the goal?

Why is drawdown the goal? If we don’t name the goal, we are unlikely to achieve it. To date, language like mitigation, stabilization and reduction has been used to address climate change. These goals are not particularly ambitious and will do little to preserve civilization. Those verbs are about slowing the amount of released gases, but do not reverse them. If you are going the wrong way down a road which heads straight over a cliff, slowing down is not a helpful goal. We need to turn around, and that is what drawdown research is all about.

Why and how did you do the research? We wanted to know if it was game over with respect to global warming, or could we reverse the buildup of greenhouse gases with techniques and practices already underway? We gathered a qualified and diverse group of 70 researchers from around the world to identify, research and model the 100 most substantive existing solutions. They modeled the impact the solutions will have if they continue to scale in a rigorous, but reasonable way, and what the cost and profits would be. All carbon data was based on peer-reviewed science. Economic data came from respected international institutions like the World Bank. The goal of the 38

tion is the most powerful lever available for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty while mitigating emissions by curbing population growth. Ranked seventh, family planning, particularly in low-income countries, impacts world population. For women to have children by choice rather than chance and to plan their family size and spacing is a matter of autonomy and dignity. Together, these two solutions would account for significant reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. The United Nations estimates a difference between the high and median population projections in 2050 of 10.8 billion versus 9.7 billion. The difference is almost entirely determined by availability of family planning.

book was to present the findings and describe the solutions in ways that fascinated and informed, accompanied by images that enlivened and inspired.

What are the top 10 solutions? The top 10 solutions, in order, are: refrigerant management, wind turbines, reduced food waste, plant-rich diet, tropical forests protection, educating girls, family planning, solar farms, silvopasture—the intentional combination of trees, forage plants and livestock as an integrated, intensively managed system— and rooftop solar. All 100 are listed at

Did any of the solutions surprise you? None of the solutions surprised us, but their rankings did. For example, educating girls, number six, has a dramatic bearing on global warming. Women with more years of education have fewer, healthier, children and actively manage their reproductive health. Educated females realize higher wages and greater upward mobility, contributing to economic growth. Educa-

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Drawdown is not about optimism, hope or pessimism. It is a reality project. The science on climate change is amazing, if not stunning. It is the best problem statement humanity has ever created, which I see as a gift, not a curse. Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere. The Earth is a system, and any system that does not incorporate feedback fails. It holds true for our body, ecosystems, social systems and economic systems. The knowledge of global warming and its potential impacts is creating huge breakthroughs in energy, transport, agriculture, housing, urbanization and materials. If it wasn’t for the science of climate change, we would be destroying our planet faster than we already are. Focusing repeatedly on the problem does not solve the problem. Diagnosis is not prognosis unless we give up. The science of what will happen if we do not act has been here for a long time. What Drawdown points out is that humanity is on the case. The plan we refer to in the book’s subtitle is not our plan; we found a plan being activated by the collective intelligence of humanity. This is a different story than one of gloom and doom. It is a story of innovation, creativity and generosity—that is who we are. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

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movement is afoot to get kids grounded in nature. Wilderness awareness programs, also known as primitive skills or Earth-based education, teach life-changing survival skills that build courage, compassion and camaraderie. “We help youth experience a true aliveness in nature. Kids gain knowledge of the outdoors and increase awareness, confidence and self-reliance, while having fun, positive experiences,” says Dave Scott, founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School (, in Bastrop, Texas. They often go on to enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about natural flora and fauna with their families.

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and fire. “By making a bow out of a particular type of tree, children discover what type of habitat the tree prefers and how to harvest it sustainably. Indigenous skills like animal tracking also help them relate to wildlife and develop empathy for animals,” says Scott. “When you learn to trust rather than fear nature, you’re more likely to take care of it,” adds Rick Berry, founder of 4 Elements Earth Education (, a Nevada City, California, nonprofit that helps kids and adults connect with planet Earth via immersion in nature. Leaving room for spontaneity and improvisation is important. While infusing indigenous knowledge into their curriculum, wilderness programs emphasize universal principles such as deep understanding of local environments and life’s interconnectedness. “Fire making is for everybody. Shelter making is for everybody. We are all caretakers of the land,” says Berry.

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Physical and other challenges, such as walking blindfolded through the woods, heighten sensory perception while building confidence. “The landscape is a great teacher with its uneven ground and obstacles, posing an opportunity to learn agility, practice balance and ultimately, expand awareness,” says Simon Abramson, associate director of Wild Earth (, in High Falls, New York. Nature-immersion programs like Wild Earth’s further help kids sharpen their observation skills through activities like learning to identify birdsongs and trees. During a popular activity called “sit spot”, children learn to sit quietly, listen and observe from a specific location they may revisit over the course of a day or year to witness nature’s varied beauty. Another time, they may try “foxwalking”, creeping silently and slowly, or test their “owl vision”, using peripheral vision. For younger kids, instructors may incorporate such skills into a game like “coyote or rabbit,” where by staying still, they can avoid detection by a predator. Kids learn to listen both to nature and their own inner voice, which can be challenging in the midst of dominating peers and authority figures. “We build on the tradition of vision quest, in taking time to get quiet in nature and hear what the heart is saying,” says Berry. Activities may be patterned after natural cycles of the seasons, the four directions and diurnal rhythms. On a bright morning, emphasis is on high-energy, outward-facing activities; day’s end brings a pause to reflect, glean and share what participants have made and learned.

Lasting Life Lessons

Mother Nature’s lessons can be hardearned, but the outdoor trials that kids experience are often their most honored and memorable moments. Whether youths try out a wilderness program for a season or stay on for years, Earth-based learning can have an enduring impact. They help foster healthy relationships not only with the Earth, but with other people, according to Samuel Bowman, a program coordinator with the Wilderness Awareness School (Wilderness, in Duvall, Washington.

Team-driven activities like building a communal shelter can help kids learn how to work through conflict, listen to others and appreciate differences. “The kids that have come through our programs prove to be creative problem-solvers prepared to handle just about anything. They have focus and commitment, and tend to be service oriented,” observes Abramson, noting that 60 percent of their instructors are alumni. “Thinking back on kids we’ve worked with, you can often see their wilderness journey reflected in their paths as adults, how they are making choices with their heart and pursuing their passions,” concludes Berry. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature ( is an inspirational publication for teachers, mentors and parents based on ancient worldwide cultural wisdom, including mythic animal stories, nature-based ceremonies and survival tools. The Tracker School (, founded by wilderness expert Tom Brown in 1978, offers 75 classes on wilderness survival skills and a list of tracker clubs and affiliates across North America and beyond. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children is another respected resource. Children & Nature Network ( connects children, families and communities with nature through evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and grassroots leadership. This international initiative was co-founded by Richard Louv, renowned author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Earth Skills Alliance ( is a collective of youth program leaders dedicated to Earth skills instruction. Its annual conference and other platforms share best practices and experiences.

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rom birds and elephants to dolphins, animals, whether by instinct or learned behavior, have discovered ways to cope with parasites, pests, aches and pains. This science of self-medication is called zoopharmacognosy (zoo for animal, pharma for drug and cognosy for knowing). At home, a dog or cat that eats grass is practicing it to eliminate parasites or hairballs. Donald Brightsmith, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University, directs the Tambopata Macaw Project in the lowlands of southeastern Peru, studying the many macaws and other parrots that gather clay to eat as a supplement. First thought to help remove toxins from their bodies, clay adds needed sodium to their diet, researchers now believe. A pregnant elephant in Kenya’s Tsavo Park was observed by ecologist Holly

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Dublin, Ph.D., to travel miles to find a tree not normally eaten. Four days later, the elephant gave birth. Dublin discovered that Kenyan women make a drink from the same leaves and bark to induce labor. While studying Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Sabangau peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, primatologist Helen MorroghBernard, Ph.D., of the University of Exeter, UK, observed an orangutan chew the leaves of a plant that were not part of its usual diet until it formed a lather. The orangutan spit out the leaves and used the lather much like humans apply a topical pain reliever. While animals have been known to eat certain plants when ill, hers may be the first sighting of an animal creating a salve. Nearby villagers grind the leaves to make

We feel the answers for the future will be found in the past, not in chemical factories. ~Ira Pastor a balm for sore muscles and inflammation. Morrogh-Bernard believes humans learned this topical application from apes and passed it down through the generations. In the Red Sea, bottlenose dolphins rub against bush-like gorgonian corals covered by an outer layer of antimicrobial mucus that may protect them from infection, according to dolphin researcher Angela Ziltener, of the University of Zürich, Switzerland. “It’s amazing how much we’ve learned, but forgotten,” says Ira Pastor, CEO at Bioquark Inc., in Philadelphia, a life sciences company developing biologic products to regenerate and repair human organs and tissues. “We live with other organisms which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than humans. No other species tries to cure with any single solution. Nature employs multiple options. We’re not appropriately imitating nature yet. We need to do more.” Cindy Engel, Ph.D., of Suffolk, England, author of Wild Health: Lessons in Natural Wellness from the Animal Kingdom, says, “Animals rely on plants to provide them with the essentials of life, making their health intimately dependent on plant chemistry to provide everything they need to grow, repair damage and reproduce.” She continues, “Wild animals carry diseases that affect livestock and humans. It’s sensible to explore why they’re successful in fending off the worst effects in order to find ways to improve our own health, instead of just trying to eradicate the disease. We can learn from behavioral self-help strategies animals employ.” Accomplishing this is more difficult than ever, she believes, because today’s severely shrinking habitat makes it hard to find truly wild animals and plants. “Over the last 100 years, we’ve done a horrible disservice to all life by destroying habitat and exploring only a small percentage of what nature has to offer,” agrees Pastor. “As patents expire, pharma has to change. It’s important to develop botanicals. We’re advised to vary our diet and exercise, yet take the same dose of the same pill daily. We’ve studied dead organisms under microscopes, but living organisms, even as small as microbes, can communicate helpful positive reactions.” Western medicine has strayed from what nature offers to keep us healthy. Now is the time to take care of both the planet and all living beings on it. “We’ve discarded thousands of years of evidence,” says Pastor. “We cannot destroy the bounty of possibilities.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

April 2018


Healthy House Easy Ways to Green It Up

On the Floor by Avery Mack


iving green isn’t difficult or expensive. Start small, one room at a time.

In the Kitchen Defrosting trays have been available for a while, and although they aren’t a miracle solution, they are eco-friendly and easy to clean; thawing most meats, seafood and vegetables usually takes just 30 to 60 minutes. It’s one way to avoid using the microwave. Most cutting boards of sustainable bamboo or cork originate in China, creating a big carbon footprint. Glass boards are breakable and hard on knives. Consider planet-friendly boards made of recycled cardboard and food-grade plastic combined with flax husks.

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A countertop convection oven set about 25 degrees lower circulates heated air to cook food 25 to 30 percent faster and more evenly than a conventional oven; it uses less energy and has fewer emissions. Foods come out crispier, which also makes for great veggie chips. A conventional oven is still best for soufflés, breads or cakes that rise as they bake. Replace chemical-coated nonstick pans, disposable parchment paper and aluminum foil with reusable, eco-friendly,

Keep floors clean and healthy by leaving shoes at the door. They track in dirt, pesticides, chemicals, pet waste and leaked fluids from vehicles. Slippers or socks with a grip sole keep feet warm and prevent falls. Bamboo flooring is sustainable and eco-friendly, but is also shipped from China. Using local products reduces shipping costs, supports American businesses and can give the home a unique design. “Logs salvaged from the bottom of the Penobscot River turn into flooring, ceilings and accent walls,” advises Tom Shafer, co-owner of Maine Heritage Timber, in Millinocket. “The cold temperature preserves the wood and gives it a natural patina. It’s now available in peel-and-stick, affordable planks called timberchic. Planks have an ecofriendly, UV-cured finish.” For more flooring tips, see Tinyurl. com/Eco-FriendlyFloors.

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U.S. Food and Drug Administrationapproved silicone mats. They are easy to clean, affordable and available in many sizes and shapes. Run the dishwasher when full and at night. Off-peak hours won’t cut the electric bill, but are more efficient for the power plant, reducing its energy footprint. Skip the garbage disposal to save water and energy. Use food waste for plantnurturing compost. Plastics numbered 1, 3, 6 or 7 are prone to leaching into food or drinks. Recycle or repurpose those already on hand to store craft items, small toys or office supplies.

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In the Bathroom Instead of air freshener sprays, hang pet- and child-safe plants. Use fast-drying towels up to four times before washing. Hand towels see more frequent use, so change every other day. Longer wear makeup stays longer on a washcloth; to prevent reintroducing germs to the face, use a facecloth only once. All-natural cleaning products are easy to find or make. For some tips, see

In the Bedroom From sheets and bedding to a fluffy robe, choose eco-friendly organic cotton in white, or colored with environmentally safe, non-metallic dyes. Blue light from a smartphone, computer, tablet or TV can foster sleeplessness. “I keep all devices out of my bedroom and block all unnatural light,” says Leslie Fischer, an eco-minded mom and entrepreneur in Chicago, who reviews mattresses for adults and babies at “I sleep on a fantastic mattress that won’t fill my room with pollution.” A good pillow is a necessity. Citrus Sleep rates the Top Ten Eco Options at Mattresses should be replaced every eight years. In the U.S., an average of 50,000 end up in landfills each day. California law requires manufacturers to create a statewide recycling program for mattresses and box springs. An $11 recycling fee, collected upon each sale, funds the Bye Bye Mattress program. Connecticut and Rhode Island also recycle them. “An alternative is extending mattress use with a topper,” says Omar Alchaboun, founder of topper-maker Kloudes, in Los Angeles.

What and Where to Recycle Find out where and what to recycle at Enter the item and a zip code or call 1-800-cleanup. Going green is money-saving, environmentally wise and coming of age, which makes eco-friendly products easier to access. Earth Day is a perfect time to make simple changes that can have long-lasting and far-reaching results. Connect with the freelance writer via

April 2018


In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous. ~Aristotle

Touching the Earth The Healing Powers of Going Barefoot by Martin Zucker


elanie Monteith, of San Diego, California, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 24 and plagued by symptoms for 14 years. Simple daily tasks became challenging. She relied on walking aids and walls to keep from falling. Eventually, she quit her job. Every day tested her survival skills. Then, in late 2017, Monteith tried grounding and it changed her life.

Grounding, also called Earthing, refers to the discovery of major health benefits from sustained contact with the Earth’s natural and subtle electric charge. Recent research published in the Journal of Inflammation, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Neonatology and Health indicates that grounding stabilizes the physiology in many ways, drains the body of inflammation, pain and stress, and generates greater well-being.  

Grounding, also called Earthing, refers to the discovery of major health benefits from sustained contact with the Earth’s natural and subtle electric charge. Grounding can be as simple as going barefoot in nature, including the backyard, for 30 to 60 minutes once or twice a day on surfaces like grass, soil, gravel, stone and sand. If this isn’t practical, special grounding mats and pads are available online for convenient indoor use while sitting or sleeping; people with compromised health often benefit from more time being grounded. The activity restores a primordial electric connection with the Earth that has been lost with modern lifestyles. We wear shoes with insulating, synthetic soles and live and work elevated above the ground. These overlooked lifestyle factors may contribute to increasing global rates of chronic illnesses. Grounding revitalizes us, akin to charging a weak battery, because our bodies operate electrically and our movements and thoughts are based on electrical signals. We are bioelectric beings. Eighteen years of grounding research in a variety of indoor settings, plus grassroots feedback from around the world, clearly show that our bodies operate more effectively when grounded. We sleep better, have less pain, more energy and even look better. Here are some of the documented benefits.

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Reduction of chronic inflammation “Inflammation is intimately linked to most chronic and aging-related diseases,” says Gaétan Chevalier, Ph.D., a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego, who has conducted multiple grounding studies. “Grounding seems to be nature’s way to reduce inflammation.”

Enhanced blood flow Thick, sludgy blood is a common feature of diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. Several grounding studies have demonstrated a significant decrease in blood viscosity and enhanced blood flow. “Grounding represents a potent circulation booster; a simple, yet profound preventive and therapeutic strategy,” says integrative cardiologist Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, of Manchester, Connecticut, co-author of the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!

Decreased stress Tracy Latz, a medical doctor and integrative psychiatrist in Mooresville, North Carolina, has found, “Patients with anxiety issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and depression, often benefit from grounding.”

Improved vagus nerve function The vagus nerve connects with and regulates key organs, including the lungs, heart and intestines. In one study, doctors at the Penn State Children’s Hospital, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, grounded hospitalized premature infants and documented improved vagal function that could potentially boost resilience and reduce complications. “These babies have a lot of health challenges,” observes Dr. Charles Palmer, former chief of the center’s division of newborn medicine. “It seems that they are more relaxed when grounded.” More research is needed. Within a few months of grounding both day and night, Monteith’s disease symptoms receded dramatically. Her balance and stability improved when standing and walking. She sleeps more deeply and has more energy. An eye issue for which there is no drug subsided. She says her health continues to improve and she looks forward to living each day. Troy Baker, a recovery consultant for special populations and chief program officer of the nonprofit Adapt Functional Movement Center, in Carlsbad, California, who has been overseeing Monteith’s exercise training schedule, has observed a reduction in the effects of multiple sclerosis since she started grounding. “Her body is more fluid, not as stiff. She moves much better, with increased energy and stamina.”     For more information on grounding, visit Martin Zucker, a former Associated Press correspondent, has written about alternative medicine for 40 years and is co-author of the book Earthing. April 2018




INDIGENOUS WISDOM Elders Urge Us to Reimagine Life by Anita Sanchez


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irst, 27 indigenous elders from 23 North American tribes, two African tribes, a Tibetan Buddhist and a Sami from Finland gathered at Turtle Mountain, in Dunseith, North Dakota, in 1994. Recently, 13 elders from 10 tribes from Russia, Columbia, South Africa and the U.S. gathered in Kauai, Hawaii. Other such gatherings, too, are participating in a shared prophecy supporting world salvation. They offer humanity four sacred gifts of wisdom rooted in their life experiences. This is our invitation to receive them.

Power of Healing

Power to Forgive the Unforgivable

Power of Hope

Forgiveness is releasing ourselves from the prison of pain, hurt or mistreatment. It takes courage and self-love to do this. The reward of this act is freedom to use our energy to create what is life-giving to our self and the lives of those we touch.

Power of Unity

This is a time for us all to become and remain united and steadfast, repairing the world from the misuse of power and greed. When we choose to stand in the circle of unity, there is strength. Each of us has an important part to play in the circle of life to sustain precious relationships among people, Earth and spirit for ourselves, our children and future generations.

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Indigenous elders tailor their healing practices to the whole human being, using good medicine, defined as anything or anyone that brings into positive alignment the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels. Healing can take many forms, based on tradition, the healer, patient and nature, yet four basic elements or practices are consistent: listening, supportive relationships, unconditional love and committing to creative, positive action.

Hope springs from the choice to tap into an infinite energy source. It may not be understood by modern science, but indigenous wisdom keepers behold an inner certainty of something bigger than us all. When we open ourselves to hope, it is possible to release the pressure and desire to try to know something about everything, and instead free our imagination to create expansive possibilities. Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., is a transformational leadership consultant, speaker, coach and author of the new book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, from which this was adapted. For videos and a song, visit

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April 2018


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Newly Published Heart Path Oracle Cards Now Available


he Heart Path Oracle Cards: Miraculous Messages of Love, just published by Third Eye Studio, will be available for purchase at the Awaken Wellness Fair, set for April 22 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown. This 44-card deck, featuring the art and channeled messages of Nadine Gordon-Taylor, PhD. “was designed to resonate with the vibration of unconditional love,” she says. The accompanying 100page booklet offers explanations of the symbols, the messages they contain and an affirmation to embody the wisdom offered. “The Heart Path Oracle Deck was created to help bring beauty and balance into your life,” Gordon-Taylor says. “I hope the positive messages found in this deck will allow people to access new and loving energies that inspire, empower and heal.” For a complimentary reading, visit the Third Eye Studio booth at the Awaken Wellness Fair. The oracle cards and booklet, which cost $30, will also be available online at and Amazon, and at Gordon-Taylor’s gallery, Third Eye Arts, located at 108 South Division Street in Peekskill. For more info, call Third Eye Studio at 914.523.8250 or email

Amazonian Medicine Comes to Rubystar Healing Arts


ubystar Healing Arts in Rhinebeck has partnered with Kambo practitioner, wildlife expert and Amazon guide Rusty Johnson to bring Kambo, an ancient Amazonian medicine known as “the vaccine of the forest,” to Rubystar. Johnson will be there on April 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., to give an informational talk and show a brief film. Nutritious refreshments will be served. Kambo is a protective resin collected off the skin of the giant monkey frog. “When introduced into the human body via the skin, it instantly scans the body and starts to work exactly where it is needed,” Johnson says. “Kambo wakes up the body’s organs, endocrine system and defense systems to their natural functions.” He says he learned about Kambo from several shamans during his 18 years in the Peruvian Amazon. “I felt its power when it cured my malaria. For many years I have provided Kambo to countless people.”  “The Hudson Valley now has access to a phenomenal healing tool to support physical, emotional and mental health and healing, and treat many diseases and chronic pain,” says Rubystar founder Melissa Allen. “Amazonian Kambo can be a powerful treatment for achieving emotional balance, spiritual growth and soul healing; eradicating the pain and symptoms of Lyme disease; relieving asthma, migraines and viruses; treating depression; and easing the symptoms of cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases.” For more info, call 845.876.5683, email or visit See ad, page 46.


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Shamanic Reiki Focuses on Sacred Relationship with Nature


hamanism, which shares the teachings of indigenous cultures, has gained new currency as people seek to regain their ancestral connectedness with the natural world. Melanie Ryan, owner and founder of The Center for Health and Healing in Mount Kisco, offers semiannual trainings weaving shamanism and Reiki, and will offer a new, yearlong Shamanic Reiki program starting in 2019. “It is the mission of The Center for Health and Healing to help our community grow and heal, restoring a sacred relationship with nature through the ancient wisdom of our indigenous ancestors,” Ryan says. Every spring and fall, Ryan teaches Shamanic Reiki Level One, Level Two and Master Practitioner. Next year she will offer a new Yearlong Life Empowerment and Master Teacher Program. All courses fulfill the prerequisites for further shamanic studies of leadership with Llyn Roberts, founder of Shamanic Reiki Worldwide ( “Indigenous people worldwide have always had a sacred bond with nature,” she says. “Tribal beliefs and lifestyles aligned with the practices of oneness, sharing, community and healing. Villages had shamans, the medicine men and women who possess the ability to communicate with the earth and the energies of the natural world for healing the earth and humanity. We must contemplate how we have evolved so far away from this life of harmony and interconnectedness. Now is the time we must shift our mindset to a place of higher consciousness, a place of worldwide community with one another, the earth and our ancestors.” For more information, visit Center4Healing. net/trainings or call 914.864.0462. See ad, page 15.

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Gardening ASANAS Yoga Poses to Stay Pain-Free


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ardening is good for body and soul, but long hours and repetitive movements can negatively impact even the fittest body. While stiffness and pain patterns might manifest in the lower back, shoulders, legs and hands, performing a few yoga poses can lessen pain, increase flexibility, boost stamina and prevent injury. “Every action needs a counter action for structural balance to be maintained. Repetitive movements can tighten fascia, restrict movement and compromise nerve impulses,” explains Asheville, North Carolina, yoga teacher and back care specialist Lillah Schwartz, author of Healing Our Backs with Yoga: An Essential Guide to Back Pain Relief. “What goes into spasm tends to remain in spasm,” observes Schwartz, who has helped many people overcome back pain and other chronic structural issues. Practicing yoga before, during or after spending time outside also promotes mind-body awareness which helps us tune into our body’s natural rhythms and prevent physical problems in the first place. Here are some basics to consider when working in the garden.

Be Aware

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one position too long, over-reaching or fatigue. “Listen to your body’s messages such as, ‘It’s time for a rest,’ or, ‘That’s too heavy,’” recommends Schwartz. Remember to take regular breaks to rest, stretch and drink water.

Strike a Pose

Doing yoga regularly will condition the body, but incorporating asanas, or poses, while gardening can be both a fun and practical way to avoid overstressing certain muscle groups and keep the spine and hamstrings supple. Using props in the garden environment such as fences, a wall or a chair can provide convenient support. Feel free to perform all poses before or after gardening, and all except numbers one and five in the garden.

1. Downward Facing Dog pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) with feet placed against a support

2. Warrior 1 pose (Virabhadrasana I) 3. Straddle Forward Fold pose (Prasarita Padottanasana) 4. Standing Scissor Twist (Parivrtta Hasta Padasana) standing close to and bracing against a wall or fence

Take a Breath

“Conscious breathing involves both the body and the mind. Long, slow inhalations and exhalations help us tune into our body,” says Schwartz. “Using long breaths when stretching in the garden can help muscles find relief.” To reduce pain:

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n Stop and breathe. Take slow, deep breaths with a pause (inhalation retention) between inhalation and exhalation. n Don’t resist the pain or allow self-judgment. n Wait for a release.

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Bringing mindfulness to garden work not only helps prevent injury, but helps make it a more enjoyable experience. Here are a few more tips. n If rising early, begin time in the garden with a Warrior 1 pose while facing east. n Be mindful of feeling the breeze when it brushes the skin and pause to breathe deeply.



5. Locust pose (Salabhasana) 6. Squat Pull Spinal Traction (Ardha Malasana in traction)

n Notice the music of the birds or other pleasing sounds in the surrounding environment. n Stop to drink some water and take pleasure in the garden’s beauty and bounty. Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

April 2018


Mantra Documentary Screenings Spread with Grassroots Support



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antra: Sounds into Silence, a new feature-length documentary on the growing musical and social phenomenon of chanting, is being picked up by movie theaters across the country on the strength of a grassroots word-of-mouth campaign. Released in the United States on March 16, the film shares the stories of people who find healing and a sense of inner peace by singing mantras together. “Mantra is a film about spirituality, not religion—about people reconnecting with their true selves and with others,” says the documentary’s director, Georgia Wyss. “As our characters’ stories about their connection to the music unfold, we meet the musicians who have inspired them and brought them together. Through these encounters, we discover how Deva Premal and Miten, Krishna Das, Snatam Kaur, Lama Gyurme, Jai Uttal, MC Yogi and others came to this music themselves and to the practice of kirtan, and how, over the years, it transformed their lives as well.”  The US distribution model relies heavily on a grassroots audience to bring the film to theaters all over the country, Wyss says. Anyone can host a screening for free by becoming a Movie Captain. (Learn more by visiting Those who wish to attend a screening are encouraged to reserve tickets and spread the word to ensure the screening gets confirmed. For more info, visit

Yoga Teachers Association Workshop Season Continues


he Yoga Teachers Association (YTA) of the Hudson Valley will continue its 2017-18 program season with three workshops, beginning with Transform, Relax and Rejuvenate on April 14, from 1:15 to 4:15 p.m. Vandita Kate Marchsiello will lead this workshop, designed to “untangle the body and mind with gentle but profound asana, pranayama and yoga nidra practices.” On May 12, YTA will host A Magical Mystery Tour of Yoga Through the Koshas, with Priti Robyn Ross. The season concludes June 30 with Celebrating Life at Nearly 100!, taught by Tao Porchon-Lynch. The new season begins September 22, with Light on Ganesha, Remover of Obstacles. taught by Todd Norian. Workshops will take place at Club Fit in Briarcliff Manor. For more info, visit

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Celebrate Earth Day Locally and Globally

arth Day, on April 22, will serve again as a galvanizing force on ways to save our planet. With the theme of End Plastic Pollution, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is setting a specific focus this year on the importance of reducing the use of plastics and finding more Earthfriendly alternatives ( The nonprofit notes that of the approximately 300 million tons of plastic annually produced to make bags, bottles, packages and other commodities worldwide, only about 10 percent is successfully recycled and reused. The rest ends up in landfills or as litter, leaching dangerous chemicals into soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike. EDN asks everyone to pledge to switch to sustainable alternatives, subscribe to its newsletter, spread the word via social media, educate and mobilize citizens to demand action, and donate to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution that will engage individuals, companies and governments worldwide. Further, EDN is extending people’s ability to take personal responsibility by self-rating and guiding their involvement via practical toolkits. “People can create and follow a plan to reduce their plastic footprint and also share that data to help 56

others via the Billion Acts of Green online campaign,” says Valeria Merino, vice president of Global Earth Day, adding that participants will be able to create an ongoing record and track their commitments. The initiative is also providing materials, tips on organizing cleanup events and social media tie-ins. Help celebrate in New York and forward progress in sustainability efforts by participating in these local Earth Day 2018 events.

Croton Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 28, 10am-3pm Croton committees on: Sustainability, Trails, Bikes, Gardens, Energize Croton; Feed the Birds, Sawmill River Audubon, beekeeping, organic farming, Organic Kitchen, Cornell Cooperative Extension, energy conservation, music, environmental arts and crafts for kids and more. assallo Park, Old Post Road South. Info: Facebook: Croton Conservation Advisory Council (Earth Day 2018).

Greenburgh Nature Center Earth Day Celebration

Sunday, April 22, noon-4pm Volunteer projects include planting gardens, removing invasives, clearing our trails, and workshops on beekeeping and backyard composting. Free.

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Sunday, April 22, 3-5 pm Participants will learn about plants, trees, insects, bees, butterflies, birds, and animals native to this area. Sing, dance, search for natural treasures, pray for the needs of Earth on a Labyrinth walk and share light refreshments prior to departure. $10 donation per family. Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, 299 North Highland Ave, Ossining. Info:

Muscoot Park Birds of Prey Earth Day Program

Sunday, April 22, 1-2 pm Featuring James Eyring and his birds for a special Earth Day Program. Free. Muscoot Park, 51 Rt. 100, Katonah Info: 914.864.7286;

Ossining’s 8th Annual Earth Day Festival

Saturday, April 21, 10am-5pm Learn how to live a more sustainable life, visit artisan vendors, and enjoy food and live music on the banks of the Hudson River. Louis B. Engel Waterfront Park Info:

Stony Kill Farm Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 21, 11am - 1pm Stony Kill Foundation and Common Ground Farm celebrate Earth Day with fun activities and visits with farm animals. Free admission for all ages. 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls Info:

White Plains Earth Day Recycle Parade

Saturday, April 21, 10am-12pm Gedney Recycle Center 87 Gedney Way, White Plains, NY 10601 Info: (Events)

Ossining Celebrates Earth Day with Family-Friendly Festival


reen Ossining’s 8th Annual Earth Day Festival will take place April 21, at Louis B. Engel Waterfront Park, from 10 a.m. to 5 pm.—two hours longer than in previous years. It is Westchester’s largest community-run Earth Day festival, with more than 4,000 people expected to attend, and new vendors added to 100-plus who participated last year. Visitors can also enjoy more hands-on activities and educational opportunities, along with the live music and entertainment that have made Green Ossining’s Earth Day festival such a popular event. “This year, as we celebrate the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, we will focus our theme on sustainable communities, including such things as renewable energy solutions, local resilience and the importance of supporting our local economy as well as the organizations that will help toward that, using and wasting less, being more resourceful, and being a more conscious consumer, among other things,” says Suzie Ross, chairperson and founding member of Green Ossining. The festival will include eco-friendly demonstrations and hands-on activities; a kids’ activity zone; local food, including vegetarian and vegan fare; and live music by local musicians and by stage hosts Mike & Miriam Risko and the Mike Risko Band. Local vendors of green products and services will be on hand, sharing tips and information about how to save the planet while saving money. Community organizations will also be there, so guests can learn about the variety of eco-advocacy groups in their own backyard. For more info, visit

Greenburgh Nature Center Welcomes Volunteers for Earth Day Event


n celebration of the 48th Earth Day, April 22, Greenburgh Nature Center, in Scarsdale, is inviting volunteers to “dig in and make a difference” by participating in projects and workshops where they’ll learn ways to care for the Earth. Opportunities to get their hands dirty while helping out the nature center will include planting gardens, turning compost, removing invasive plants, clearing trails and mulching footpaths. Participants can also attend free workshops on beekeeping and backyard composting and be environmental stewards in the center’s tree-planting ceremony. The event will last from noon to 4 p.m. Greenburgh Nature Center is a nonprofit nature preserve and wildlife refuge with a mission to ignite passion, curiosity and respect for the natural world. It has provided environmental education since 1975. Its 33-acre property includes a woodland preserve with hiking trails, a pond, an organic garden, Nature’s Discovery Playground, a native plant meadow, a green roof exhibit and more than 100 rescued and rehabilitated animals. The nature center is located at 99 Dromore Road, off Central Park Avenue. Parking is free, and accessible parking is available. Grounds are open from dawn to dusk daily. Indoor exhibits are open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends. Indoor exhibits are closed Fridays.

Tarrytown Plans Full Schedule of Earth Day Events


arrytown will celebrate Earth Day 2018 on April 21, with a daylong series of activities and volunteer opportunities for all ages. The day begins at 8 a.m., with bird watching at the Tarrytown Lakes, led by ornithologist Carole Griffiths, and concludes with a candlelit dinner, from 8 to 9 p.m., at participating local restaurants. Other activities will include a cleanup of Neperan Park and Sheldan and Lincoln Avenues; a hike and trail marking (volunteers will clear and blaze a forgotten trail); the planting of an “edible forest,” focusing on native edible trees and shrubs; a lesson and practice in metal detecting at Wilson Park (visit to learn more); a meet-and-greet with County Executive George Latimer at Coffee Labs on Main Street, to discuss environmental issues in Westchester; and a BYO picnic in Pierson Park, with food vendors and free music by The Kennedys ( Several of the activities, such as the cleanups, tree planting and trail blazing, require sturdy and/or waterproof footwear and protective clothing such as gloves, long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Be sure to bring water for hydration. Community groups, local businesses, environmental enthusiasts and activists are welcome to participate. For more information, including a schedule of events and the opportunity to sign up for specific activities, visit

For more information, visit or call 914.723.3470. April 2018


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Please call ahead to confirm times and dates. Pre-register early to insure events will have a minimum number to take place. To place a calendar listing, email us before April 12 (for May issue) and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines on how to submit listings. No phone calls or faxes, please.

markyourcalendar Saturday, April 7 from 2pm- 3:30pm


with Mary Ellen O’Brien, intuitive coach & healer, is a powerful 2-month program to  shift your vibration and align with your higher self. Includes 4 group meetings and 4 individual coaching/healing sessions. Begins Saturday, 4/7 at PranaMoon Yoga in Peekskill  (other Saturdays: 4/21, 5/5 & 5/19)

Qi Gong Classes – Apr 3 and 17. 6:30-7:30pm. Sacred Space Healings Arts, 436 Main St, Beacon. $10. Register: 845.416.4598. Dances of Universal Peace – 7-8:30pm. Simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances from many spiritual traditions to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and recognize it in others. Free. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Ossining. Info: 914.941.4455.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 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 5 MONDAY, APRIL 2 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

TUESDAY, APRIL 3 Becoming a Spiritual ‘Midwife’ – 1-3pm. Topics include: paths to personal growth, ways to soften the heart, letting go, moving through losses and sorrows and sharing God’s promise. $75. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Ossining. Info: 914.941.4455. Yoga Fun & Creative Play – Apr 3-May 15. 3-5pm. 1st-5th grade. Seven-week series where children will balance, believe, create through yoga, mindfulness, art and theater. $130. Cold Spring Yoga, 75 Main St. 845.265.4444.

markyourcalendar Saturday, April 14 Transform, Relax, and Rejuvenate with Vandita Kate Marchsiello Hosted by Yoga Teachers Association 1:15–4:15pm Untangle your body and mind with gentle but profound asana, pranayama, and yoga nidra practices. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit Briarcliff Manor, NY $45 members/$65 nonmembers Register at 914.582.7816 / 58

Chivalry + Martial Arts for Boys – Apr 5-May 10. 3:15-4:30pm. Six-week series introduces the code of ethics and the basics of martial arts to develop self-empowerment, strength, focus and humility. $120. Cold Spring Yoga, 75 Main St. 845.265.4444. Yoga for Relaxation, Rejuvenation and Balance – 6:15-7:30pm. Rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit through yoga and alignment. $20. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Ossining. Info: 914.941.4455.


An Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude Sunday, April 15 10:30am-12:00pm All Welcome – Refreshments to Follow The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609, Rt. 22,

Croton Falls, NY (Next to the Schoolhouse Theater) Parking is available across the street. Contact:

Higher Self Connecting Circle – Apr 7, 21, May 5 and 19. 2-3:30pm. With Mary Ellen O’Brien, powerful two-month program to shift vibration and align with higher self. Four group meetings and four individual coaching/healing sessions. PranaMoon Yoga, Peekskill. The Buddy System Movie Screening – 4:15-6pm. Intimate stories of three families touched by autism, who experience meaningful change when a specially trained assistance dog comes into each of their lives. Q&A after screening. Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front St. Millbrook. Info:

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 A Double Workshop – 10am-5pm. The Developmental Sequence in Joe’s Work with Sean Gallagher and Joe’s Springs and Cuing on the Cadillac with Elaine Ewing. $250. Presented by: Rhinebeck Pilates. 845.876.5686. Double workshop held at The New York Pilates Studio, NYC. Register/Paypal payment: spgpt@

A Mediumship Message Gallery – 7-9pm. With Adam Bernstein $40. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info:

Guided Meditation – 11am. 45-min group session. $10. 18 person limit. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. Must RSVP: 845.214.0452.

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

Free Aura Soma Colour Therapy Discussion – 12:30pm. 60-min group session. There will be a drawing for one free colour reading. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. 845.214.0452.


Energy Healing and Spirit Guides – 1-3pm. Instructor Penny Lavin from One Light Healing Touch School. Connect to spirit guides for healing. Increase health and awareness. $20. Sacred Space, 436 Main St, Beacon. Register, Donna: 845.742.8494.

Community Reiki Hour – 9-10am. Positive life force energy is channeled into each recipient to help balance the chakras and aid in healing on a physical, mental and emotional level. Katonah. RSVP: 914.479.2594. Art of True North Alignment – Apr 7-8. 9am-6pm/ Sat; 9am-5pm/Sun. Using Baptiste Methodology one will demystify anatomy and learn the common language of anatomy and alignment for more information and cause a breakthrough in one’s practice. Registration: Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 – 1pm. 4/7-4/8. Learn this ancient Japanese art of hands on healing and become certified in Reiki 1 and Reiki 2. Bring peace and healing to self and others. $200. 1132 Main St. Peekskill. Contact Shima: 917.279.9577.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Inversion Workshop – 1-3:30pm. Learn to safely fall out of an inversion with confidence. Discover strength building tools. Practice multiple variations and more. All levels encouraged to face their fear of going upside down. $30. BeBhakti Yoga Center, Beacon. Monthly Reiki Circle – 2-3:30pm. With Deborah Amjadi. Reiki is a recognized natural healing system that supports the body’s innate healing ability. This circle will bring together like-minded souls to share in the collective consciousness using reiki energy. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.

MONDAY, APRIL 9 Mindful is the New Skinny Bootcamp for Women – Apr 9-May 16. 1-2:30pm. Mondays. Six-weeks to a lighter person inside and out. $375. The Center for Health and Healing, 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco. Info: 917.974.9446. Sign up Qi Gong for Women Workshop – Apr 9 and 11. 6-7:30pm. $39. 300 Vineyard Ave, Vineyard Commons, New Paltz. Sun Ulster: 845.339.2025. Register online: NCC,2085. Build a Natural Health Business – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michael Rosenbaum. Rewarding way to earn substantial income and build community by helping others. PT/FT. Free presentation. Pinewood Business Center, 247 Rte 100, 2nd Flr, Somers. RSVP, show up or call for another date: 914.589.3601. Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal mind and body. All levels. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga. 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707.

TUESDAY, APRIL 10 WLT Volunteer Orientation – 10am-2pm. Learn about volunteer opportunities and help prepare the gardens for growing produce for area food pantries at Sugar Hill Farm. Info: Kat 914.234.6992 x 15. Tea & Stones – 6:30-7:30pm. A lecture to connect and learn about gems, stones and their incredible properties. Free. Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. Qigong: Aligning Mind, Body and Spirit with Universal Energy – 7-8pm. Qigong, a moving meditation is a practice that has been used for thousands of years to promote vitality and longevity. $15. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Ossining. Info: 914.941.4455. Free Lecture: What is Ayurvedic Medicine and How Does It Compare with Western (Allopathic) Medicine? – 7-9pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. South Salem Library, 15 Main St. 914.875.9044. Free Tai Chi for Breast Cancer Survivors – 7:158:15pm. For those newly diagnosed, currently in treatment or post-treatment. Regular exercise is important for continued health. Free. YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, 515 North St. White Plains. Info: Ashley Hardesty: 914.949.6227 x 20.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 Natural Way to Quit Alcohol, Sugar, Smoking – 7-8pm. Learn simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. Happy Marriage Talks with Tracy Fox – 7:309pm. Fun, interactive, presentation on Happy Marriage - a 10 Step Solution to Happily Ever After. $20 for individuals. $30 for couples. Wainwright, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. Info: 914.967.6080.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 Beauty School – 6-8pm. Learn an all-natural skin care routine for morning and evening and a Savvy Mineral make-up demonstration with Young Living products. $10 fee for materials. Reviva Skin and Body Solutions, 929 Main St, Fishkill. RSVP required: 844.363.7894. How to Pay for College Without Going Broke – 6:30pm. Presented by College Planning 101, designed for parents of high school students. Somers Library. Info/register: 914.232.5717. Raising Boys: Parent Support and Strategy Group – 7:30pm or 4/13 at 9:30am. April’s Topic: Boys and Technology. donation sug-

gested. Wainwright, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. Info: 914.967.6080. Holistic Moms Meeting: “What Is Hypnosis? – 7:30pm. With Wendy Tedesco. Learn how it can help with anxiety, phobias and weight loss. Learn tools to overcome personal and social challenges. Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13 Ayurvedic Self-Care Workshop – 7-8:30pm. With Ami Jayaprada-Hirschstein. Spring is a perfect time to get rid of toxins. $25 advance. Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.605.2210.

April 2018


markyourcalendar Awaken Wellness Fair

…Awaken to Your Best Self… Speakers, Healers, Vendors and Readers

100+ exhibitors, 1000 guests! Exhibitor spots available See ad inside front cover

Sunday, April 22 ~ 10am to 5pm

Double Tree Hotel, Tarrytown NY 10591 Archangel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info:

Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. Preregister: 914.930.7707. Relax and Rejuvenate – 1:15-4:15pm. With Vandita Kate Marchesiello. Untangle body and mind with gentle but profound yoga practices. $45 members. $65 nonmembers, in advance. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, 584 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Audrey Brooks: 914.582.7816. Natural Approaches for a Healthy Thyroid – 2-4pm. With Dr Kurt Beil. Hear the causes of thyroid dysfunction and explore conventional, alternative and integrative medical approaches to restore balance, including dietary and lifestyle choices and more. $40. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Free Lecture: Diabetes – 3-5pm. Light refreshments will be served. Held by Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic at Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. Clinic M, T, W: 914.875.9088.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 New Moon Yin Yoga: Manifest & Restore – 9-10:15am. The new moon is a time to set seeds of intention. Tune into one’s heart’s desires with contemplative yin yoga. Katonah. RSVP: 914.479.2594.

Vernal Pool Exploration at Teatown – 11am12noon. What’s in the pond at Cliffdale Farm? Discover which animals are using the water, and why. For the family. Teatown Rd, Ossining. Info: 914.762.2912. Soul Alignment Workshop – Noon-2pm. With David Clark. Experience guided meditation, chanting, divine consciousness and spiritual healing. Align soul with the divine. All welcome. $30. Devotion

markyourcalendar Thursday May 3, 2018


Franklin Shire, renowned yoga instructor will be offering crystals and minerals from his personal collection from around the world. Bewies Holistic Market 430 Bedford Road, Armonk, NY.; 914.273.9437. 60

MONDAY, APRIL 16 Non-Toxic Cleaning Products Demo Celebrating Earth Day – 5-6:30pm. Make hundreds of bottles of Windex and Fantastic alternatives for $12 and protect family’s health. Natural products for dishwashing, laundry and more. Free gifts. Somers Sports Arena, 247 Rte 100. Cindy Rosenbaum: 914.806.6559. New Moon Manifestation – 7-8pm. Together manifest hearts’ desires using The Law of Attraction and the creative energies of the new moon. $10. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

TUESDAY, APRIL 17 Bionutrient Food Association Meeting – 5:307:30pm – Monthly potluck meetings for gardeners, farmers, nutritionists and foodies at all levels of experience. Themed presentations, networking and demos. Free. Westchester Land Trust in Bedford Hills. Info:

Protecting the Righteous Qi - Holistic Prevention and Support of Chronic Illness – 9am-1pm. $49 LES458. Register with school. Dutchess Community College - South Campus - Wappingers Falls. 845.431.8910. Bethel Springvale Inn Wellness Fair – 10am-1pm. Features specialists in self-care and stress-relieving therapies, as well as other professionals offering expert advice. Free. Bethel Springvale Inn is located at 62 Springvale Rd., Croton-on-Hudson. Info: 914.739.4404 x 2204.

Energy Healing and Stress Reduction – 2-3:30pm. Instructor Penny Lavin from One Light Healing Touch School. Learn self-healing practices, release stress and develop innate healing abilities. Free. Desmond Fish Library, 472 Rte 403, Garrison. Register: 845.424.3020. Info:

Earth Day is April 22. See pages 56-57. Sound Healing with Tibetan Bowls – 5:30-7pm. With Michelle Clifton. Experience deep relaxation in this magical session of Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls and chimes. $35 advance. $40 door. Mt Kisco. 914.447.0822.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15 Photography and Meditation – 10am-12pm. Cultivate mindful awareness, stimulate senses and open channels to seeing anew. Special equipment not required. All levels. $30. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Ossining. Info: 914.941.4455. Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude – 10:30am12pm. All welcome. Refreshments follow. (Next to the Schoolhouse Theater). Parking is available across the street. The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609, Rt. 22, Croton Falls. Info: Guided Meditation – 11am. 45-min group session. $10. 18 person limit. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. Must RSVP: 845.214.0452. Natural Beauty Workshop – 11am-12:30pm. With Emoke. Learn how to make herb infused oil and herbal lotion bar. Take home handmade lotion bar. Limited space. $55. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. Must preregister/prepay: 914.793.2600. Free Aura Soma Colour Therapy Discussion – 12:30pm. 60-min group session. There will be a drawing for one free colour reading. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. 845.214.0452.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 7-8pm. Learn about Quit with Quinn—helping people around the world overcome alcohol and other addictions. Easier than people ever thought possible.80 percent success. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. Eyes and the Brain – 7-9pm. Vision is more than 20/20 eyesight. Learn to reduce visual stress and make efficient use of vision. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Introduction to Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 10-11:30am. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Beginner class using movement, breath and meditation taught at slower pace and more. First class free. $20 dropin. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Earth Day Community Yoga – 9-10am. Focus on the root chakra, its energy is based on the earth element. All levels. $20 suggested donation to support local environmental organizations. Space limited. Katonah. RSVP: 914.479.2594. Intro to Yoga & Meditation for Total Beginner Workshop – 11:15am-1:15pm. With Ann. For those new to yoga.Yoga styles, asana, breath-work, props, chairs, guided meditation, savasana. Limited space. $45. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. Must preregister/prepay: 914.793.2600.

markyourcalendar PULSE Mindfulness Manifestation Empowerment Workshop Saturday, May 5    9:30 am to 4:30 pm In this workshop you learn an easy-to-use tool to Empower yourself. Create your future in the present. Let go of whats blocking you, Become the amazing person You were born to be. Mariandale Center, Ossining, $ 75 including lunch Led by Janet Catalina, MSW For info: Register: Writing Workshop with Author Steven Lewis – 1-3:30pm. Lewis teaches about the journey of novel writing and overcoming some common obstacles. All welcome. $30 includes Steven’s book. Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front St, Millbrook. Register: 845.677.5857.

MONDAY, APRIL 23 Sacred Contracts – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn the types of individual contracts that make up overall sacred contracts, how to identify them and how to work with them. BYO journal and pen. $40. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 Curing Addiction from the Core: Quit with Quinn Info-Lecture – 7-8pm. Discover the unseen energy of addiction and how this simple, natural method can help participants quit alcohol, smoking and sugar behaviors for good. 80 percent success. Free Lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Awaken Wellness Fair – 10am-5pm. Speakers, healers, vendors and readers. 100+ exhibitors and 1000 guests. Exhibitor spots available. Double Tree Hotel, Tarrytown. Info: Mini Meditation Retreat – 10am-1pm. With Jodi Baretz. Meditation, mindfulness concepts and discussion around Jodi’s new book: Mindful is New Skinny. $85. The Center for Health and Healing, 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco. Info: 917.974.9446. Sign up Animal Rescue Spring Penny Social and Sunday Brunch – 11am-3pm. Food, drinks, vendors, a teacup raffle, a 50/50, a candy bar and auctions. All proceeds go to Looking Glass Animal Rescue. Somers Community Center, 34 Hillandale Rd, Yorktown Heights. Info: Guided Meditation – 11am. 45-min group session. $10. 18 person limit. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. Must RSVP: 845.214.0452. Earth Day Meditation – 11am-Noon. Send love, light and healing energy to the earth and its inhabitants with a guided meditation. Reviva Skin and Body Solutions, 929 Main St, Fishkill. RSVP required: 844.363.7894. Self-Healing with Energy Medicine – 2-4pm Instructor Penny Lavin, from One Light Healing Touch School. Learn how life-force energy flows, strengthen the immune system, release programming and stress. $20. 184 Todd Hill Rd, Lagrangeville. 845.878.5165.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 The “Mental Gut” Health Forum

Learn how your gut can impact your mental health. A Lecture, Panel Discussion and Q & A LOCATION: The Westport Inn, 1595 Post Rd. East, Westport, CT 06880 TWO SESSIONS: 10:30am-2pm OR 5-8:30pm COST: Early-Bird $53; After April 22: $63

For questions call: Francesca: 914.837.6830

REGISTER: (Events)

more. $75 includes supplies. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. Free Lecture: What is Ayurveda and What Can It Do for You? – 1-3pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. Katonah Pharmacy, 202 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.1109.

Ayurvedic Workshop – 1-4pm. Class goes deeper than just one’s Doshic blueprint. Learn about the emotional body and how 21 poses soothe, energize and balance emotional state. No Ayurveda knowledge necessary. Wear movable clothing. $40. beBhakti Yoga Center, Beacon. Earth Day Community Yoga – 2pm. With Lynne Geaney. 50 minute class to honor the land. No yoga experience necessary. Bring a yoga mat. Suggested donation $15. Sugar Hill Farm. Info: Kat 914.234.6992 x 15.


Vernal Pool Exploration. See April 14.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26 Researching Colleges: A Guided Tour – 7pm. Presentation by Jeffrey Hirsch of College Starter—Admissions & Application Academy. Learn about resources that help with for prioritizing and researching colleges. Somers Library. Info/register: 914.232.5717. Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal mind and body. All levels. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga. 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Community Reiki Hour – 9-10am. Positive life force energy is channeled into each recipient to help balance the chakras and aid in healing on a physical, mental and emotional level. Katonah. RSVP: 914.479.2594. Earth and Sky Yoga Retreat – Apr 28 and 29. 10am-5pm/Sat; 10am-1pm/Sun. With Stacey Gibbons. Discover the weaving of yoga and shamanism, the ancient ways of indigenous people. All levels of experience. $229. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-4pm.With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Sacred Stone Grid Workshop – 11am-5pm. Make a Mandala and use it to create powerful grids. Discuss sacred geometry, how to combine energies, different ways to activate grids and

Create Vital Health with Seasonal Transition: An Exploration of The Chinese Five-Element System – 1-4pm. Workshop depicts how well people adapt to changes and the impact on internal nature. $30. Sacred Space Healing Arts Studio. 436 Main St, Beacon. Register: 845.416.4598. Shamanic Reiki Hearth Circle – 5:30-7pm. With Melanie Ryan. Connect to heart and earth. Hands on healing practices, sharing, meditations and shamanic journeys. $20 suggested cash at door. Proceeds benefit a non-profit for indigenous shamans. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 A Day of Healing – 10am-5pm. Instructors Penny and Ron Lavin MA, from One Light Healing Touch School, teach Scanning, Radiant and Color Healing and Practices for healing oneself and others. $150. Lagrangeville. Register: 845.878.5165.

markyourcalendar WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 – SUNDAY, MAY 20

Gathering for Humanity 5 Day Retreat Conference

A powerful conference for unity and awakening at this pivotal moment on Earth. Join indigenous elders and other spiritual voices in guidance, blessings, sacred ceremony and higher wisdom. Experience the transformational energies of the Santa Fe area. A mandate of Spirit through universal healer Mayan Grandmother Flordemayo, the Gathering is an urgent calling to all of humanity committed to increasing the light and coherence on the planet. Tickets, Registration and schedule at The Chi Center, 40 Camino Vista Clara Lamy, New Mexico 87540.

April 2018



Natural Way to Quit Sugar, Overeating, Smoking – Noon-1pm. Learn simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free lecture. NYC location, E 37th btwn Park & Lex. 914.473.2015 Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 1-2pm. Learn about Quit with Quinn—helping people around the world overcome alcohol, smoking and other addictions. Easier than people ever thought possible.80 percent success. Free lecture. NYC location, E 37th btwn Park & Lex. 914.473.2015;

April 2018 Astrology with Pamela Cucinell Foolish Heart Easter falls on April Fools; any upset benefits from lightness, humor and good company. Productivity and focus thrive on April 2. Prioritize important tasks for the morning of April 3; then let life happen. Exuberance and curiosity rule on April 4. A reflective morning April 5 clears the mind for the correct move on spontaneous decisions. Enjoy your morning on April 6, because demands will increase by midafternoon.  Rising Tides  Duty calls on April 7 and rewards those who produce. April 8 triggers a work ethic, and flexibility enhances the outcome. Explosive energy dominates April 9, with high-flying communication and conversations. The temptation on April 10 is to crowd your calendar; trim it down to avoid being overwhelmed. A lull on April 11 from late morning to midafternoon is banked by tremendous creativity. Imagination enjoys stimuli from many sources on April 12; dream, meditate, explore. On Friday the 13th, capture any flash of inspiration for another day.  Fast Lanes A fast track on April 14 works when all responsibilities and commitments are taken into account. Mercury goes direct on the April 15 Aries new moon; power struggles lead to forward leaps when egos take a back seat. Fresh perspective on April 16 opens doorways to generate good fortune. Cleareyed investments in money and/or love 62

bode well on April 17. An unexpected occurrence on April 18 presents opportunities and inspired action. Morning confusion lifts on April 19 to suggest fresh options. Words Have Impact Misunderstandings plague April 20; be especially alert to those closest to you. On April 21, hurt feelings and disagreements can overpower emotions. A rocky morning on April 22 gives way to a vibrant afternoon, so don’t get hung up in old grievances. Dynamic play on April 23 offers fun, romance and glamor to those who engage. Reach out and start projects on April 24 for good results. The pace continues on April 25, when communications are thorough. Pink Moon  Reap benefits from therapeutic care or a spring cleanse or cleaning on April 26. Conversations circle and turn on April 27; put off a decision if possible. On April 28, avoid disagreements when discussions need mediation. The Pink Moon promises beautiful blooms. On April 29, it’s a Scorpio full moon to allow the integration of past memories with transformative possibilities. Reflection leads to decisive measures on April 30.  Pamela Cucinell offers spiritual insight with a practical twist at She provides guidance through private sessions, YouTube videos and webinars. For more information, contact her at Pamela@ or 917.796.6026. See ad, page 25.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Intuition and Body Wisdom – 2-5pm. With Angela Pizzarello. Body centered intuition to call on anytime, anywhere as an internal GPS. For women only. Practice ways to tune in deeply to body’s innate wisdom to navigate through life. $85. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Refuge Recovery Group Meeting – 7-8:15pm. Peer led Buddhist inspired path to healing and recovery for all types of addictions, pains and suffering. All welcome. Small donation suggested. Meeting follows 5pm Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation class. Devotion Yoga of Westchester, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson.; 914.930.7707. Women’s Full Moon Gathering – 7-8:30pm. Non-denominational monthly gathering for women, coming together to draw on the powerful energies of the full moon. $10 donation. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 Free Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors – May 2, 9, 17, 24, 31. 6:30 – 7:30 pm. YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, 515 North Street, White Plains. To register: 914.949.6227 ext. 208.

THURSDAY, MAY 3 Crystal and Mineral Trunk Show – 11am. Franklin Shire, renowned yoga instructor will be offering crystals and minerals from personal collection : quartz, amethyst, malachite, fluorite, pyrite. Bewies Holistic Market, 430 Bedford Rd, Armonk. 914.273.9437.

SATURDAY, MAY 5 PULSE Mindfulness Manifestation Empowerment Workshop – 9:30am-4:30pm. Learn an easy-to-use tool to become empowered. Participants create their desires and let go of blocks. $75 including lunch. Mariandale Center, Ossining. Info: Register: Cinco de Mayo – 2-7pm. An outdoor event. All ages. Mexican food, beverages, craft table and live entertainment. Free to public. Mamaroneck Ave between Maple Ave and E Post Rd, White Plains. Info:

SUNDAY, MAY 6 The “Mental Gut” Health Forum – Two sessions: 10:30am-2pm or 5-8:30pm. Learn how the gut can impact mental health. A Lecture, panel discussion and Q & A. Early-Bird $53; After April 22: $63. The Westport Inn, 1595 Post Rd. East, Westport. Info: Francesca 914.837.6830. Register: mentalguthealth. com (Events).

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with hip openers, hamstring stretches and more. $120. Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.605.2210.

A Weekend to Unite and Empower Women Pocono Mountains, PA Women’s Circles. Yoga. Dance. Body Confidence. Mindful Parenting. Acupuncture. Creative Arts. Entrepreneurship. Rehab Workout. Emotional Mastery. Plant Based Nutrition. Ecstatic Dance Live Music. Kayaking. Bonfire. Much MORE!

develop a calm mind, thus relieving stress. enerShe fitness 989 Rt. 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165; Slow Flow Vinyasa – 11:30am-12:30pm. Moving mindfully with the breath, the focus is on safely transitioning through postures to build strength, balance and flexibility. Gently heated class. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703.


Kacey, On The Radio – 6:30am. The Health and Happiness Show. Interviews with therapists, healers, doctors, actors and dreamers. Tune into 100.7 WHUD. Pilates Mat Class – 9am. Fully equipped Pilates studio. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Vinyasa – 10:30am. With Joan. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. All levels. $22 drop-in or class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Zumba – 10:30-11:30am. With Laura Sobel. Get weekend started with a challenging dance fitness class that will leave participants charged and energized. $15 each. $135 for a pkg of 10. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Hot HIIT Pilates – 10:45-11:45am. Intense sculpting Power Pilates class; couples high energy cardio with ballet movements such as pliés and relevés along with pilates mat exercises. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness. 2444 Boston Post Rd. Larchmont. Info: 914.833.9703;   Hot Powerful Flow – 11:30am-12:30pm. Faster paced class for those who want to work hard and sweat. Heated studio. $20 drop-in. Elevate Yoga Studio, 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info: Free Community Yoga – Noon. Open to all ages and everyone. The intention of this class is to create a yoga practice that is open to all and generates connection and community. By donation. 992 Main St, Fishkill. Yoga for Runners. – 1-3pm. With Ellen B. Threeweek program. Get tuned up for the running season

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, is a music and environmental festival. June 16 and 17 at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY The Green Living Expo is an ideal location for businesses and organizations to promote their wellness products and services. Contact: Cortney Schwam,, 845.265.8080 x7112,



Clearwater Festival’s Green Living Expo

Croton Earth Day Celebration. See page 56.

monday Kundalini Yoga Express – 9:30-10:30am. With Taylor Chen. $25 drop-in. All welcome. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. Mixed Equipment Pilates Class – 9:30-10:30am. A more advanced workout utilizing many of the different pilates apparatus. $40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. Kripalu-based YogaShine – 9-10:30am. With Vitalah Simon, teaching yoga for 28 years. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for adults, multi-level and individual attention. Beginners welcome. First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745 Putnam Yoga Level 1-2 Classes—with Modifications – 9:30am. Class incorporates power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength training. Discover breathing, posture and mobility improvements. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. Vinyasa – 10am. With Marisa. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in or class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Basic Flow Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. Vinyasa class focusing on the alignment of the basic poses, building a solid foundation. Heated studio. $20 drop-in. Elevate Yoga Studio, 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info: Tai Chi at enerShe fitness – 11:30am. As a moving meditation, Tai Chi helps build concentration and

Bhakti Flow – 5:30pm. Vinyasa based class that threads yoga philosophy, myths of yoga poses and smart sequencing to create a full yoga experience. Open level. beBhakti Yoga Center, Beacon. Kundalini & Gong in the Salt Cave – 5:306:30pm/Kundalini with HariPrakaash; 7pm/Gong in the salt cave. $40 drop-in or class card. Adults and kids welcomed. Poughkeepsie. 845.849.0838. Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners – 6:30-8:30pm. Discover Mysore Style Ashtanga. Three-week course. Taught by KPKAYI authorized teacher Samantha Lucas. Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.605.2210. Meditation Class - Guided Meditation – 7:30pm. Ganesha Spa, Peekskill. $5. Info: 914.906.7238.

tuesday Pilates Mat Class – 9am.Fully equipped Pilates studio. Small class sizes. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Hot Vinyasa – 9:30am. With Linda. Get moving in the morning. Strengthen and tone body while finding a peaceful state of mind. $25 drop-in or class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Putnam Yoga Beginner-Level 1 Classes—with Modifications – 9:30am. Beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher. Focus on a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in a traditional yoga practice. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118.

April 2018


Slow Flow Yoga – 11:15am. A sequence of poses used to link the breath to our creative flexibility, strength and energy. enerShe fitness, 989 Rte 6, Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165.

Small class sizes. $35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Pilates Mat with Magic Circle – 11:30am-12:30pm. Pilates with physical therapist, Tina Sferra. Learn the principles of Contrology; breathing, concentration, control, centering, flow, postural alignment, precision and relaxation.$20 drop-in. Elite Performance @ Katonah Yoga, 39 Main St., Bedford Hills.

Kids Yoga in the Salt Cave – 5pm. With Liz. 45-minute practice. $40. Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.605.2210. More info:

Candlelight Restorative Gentle Flow – 7-8:15pm. With Heather Reiners. Candlelight yoga to relax and unwind using breath, gentle movement and restorative poses set to soft tunes. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600.

Intro to Flow: Beginners Hoop Dance Series – 5:15-6:15pm. Hoop dance is an amazing form of expression, plus a great workout and is suitable for all ages and body types. $80 series.992 Main St, Fishkill. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Hot HIIT – 6-7pm. High energy, high intensity interval-style workout designed to torch fat and increase heart to the beat of music. Practice at one’s own pace. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703.

two. Heated studio. $20 drop-in. Elevate Yoga Studio, 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info: Hot Vinyasa & Guided Meditation – 5:30-7pm. 60-min linking breath to movement. Designed to improve mental and physical strength and more. Wind down with an optional 30-min guided meditation. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703.

Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm. With Jo-Anne. Great vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Jo-Anne: 917.364.1871.

Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Victor Gazzini. A class using a breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322.


Mindfulness Meditation in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh – 7-8:30pm. One Earth Sangha. Beginners welcome. Free will donation gratefully accepted, YogaShine Studio, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. Info: 914.769.8745.

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 9:30-11am. $25 drop-in. All welcome. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. Putnam Yoga Level 1-2 Classes—with Modifications – 9:30am. Familiar with yoga? Class incorporates power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength training. Discover breathing, posture and mobility improvements. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. Lunchtime Meditation at the Library – 12:151pm. Starts promptly at 12:15pm with the first few minutes devoted to beginning instruction. No registration or experience necessary. White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Ave. Info, Christiane Deschamps: 914.422.1496. Bhakti Flow – 5:30pm. Vinyasa based class that threads yoga philosophy, myths of yoga poses and smart sequencing to create a full yoga experience. Open level. beBhakti Yoga Center, Beacon. Kundalini & Gong in the Salt Cave – 5:306:30pm/Kundalini with HariPrakaash; 7pm/Gong in the salt cave. $40 drop-in or class card. Adults and kids welcomed. Poughkeepsie. 845.849.0838. Self-Defense Class – 5:30pm. By building tools of self-awareness and self-defense, participants build confidence in mind and body. enerShe fitness 989 Rt. 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165; Warm Flow – 5:30-6:30pm.Well-rounded vinyasa class combining sun salutations, standing poses, seated twists, inversions and an arm balance or


Weekly Spiritual and Meditation Meeting – 7:309pm. Science of Spirituality. Free. Mosaic Mental Health Center, 5676 Riverdale Ave, Ste 203, Riverdale. Info: 914.433.1800.

thursday 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. Alignment – 8:30am. With Kate. Focusing on students’ individual needs, this class utilizes detailed alignment curs, kinetic awareness, mindful meditation, breath work and more. All levels. $22 drop-in or class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Relaxation & Stretch Fusion – 8:45am. Stability and stretch exercises combined in one class to help increase mobility, balance and range of motion. enerShe fitness 989 Rt. 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165; Putnam Yoga Level 2-3 Classes—with Modifications – 9:30am. Beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher. Focus on a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in a traditional yoga practice. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. Pilates Tower Class – 10:30am. Fun and energizing Pilates workout in beautiful, fully equipped studio.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Intro to Yoga Series at Hudson Valley Healing Center – 7-8:30pm. With Ami JayapradaHirschstein. Four-weeks. $100. Learn the fundamentals of yoga in a non-judgmental environment. Hudson Valley Healing Center. Poughkeepsie. 845.849.0838. Kripalu-based YogaShine – 7-8:30pm. With Vitalah Simon, teaching yoga for 28 years. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for adults, multi-level and individual attention, Beginners welcome, First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Anam Cara Meditation – 7:15-8:45pm. Open meditation includes instruction. All welcome. No fee, donations appreciated. Anam Cara Meditation Center, 2 Byram Brook Pl, Armonk. Info: Zumba – 7:30-8:30pm. With Catherine Ruvolo. Be refreshed with a high energy dance-fitness party with rhythms from around the world. $15. $135 pkg of 10. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560.

friday Pilates Tower and Reformer Classes – 7:30-10:30am. $35-40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. Warm Powerful Flow – 9:30-10:45am. Faster paced class for those who want to work hard and sweat. Heated studio. $20 drop-in. Elevate Yoga Studio, 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info: Putnam Yoga Level 1-2 Classes—with Modifications – 9:30am. Familiar with yoga? Class incorporates power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength training. Discover breathing, posture and mobility improvements. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. Super Gentle Chair Yoga, Kripalu-based – 9:3010:30am. With Vitalah Simon. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for people wanting a more gentle class, multi-level and individual attention. Beginners welcome, First class free. YogaShine, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Mindful Restorative Yoga – 9:30am-10:45am. With Reyna. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600.

Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Ann: 917.882.0921. Eastchester.

saturday Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Bikram Yoga – 8-9:30am. 26 postures systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to 100 percent of body, restoring systems to healthy working order. Warm and stretch every muscle, ligament and tendon. Room: 105-110 degrees. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. Peekskill Farmers Market – 8am-2pm. Year-round market offering fresh food and family fun. “Market Stage Live,” features live music, author readings, and demos with fitness and health practitioners. FMNP and SNAP accepted. Rain or Shine. Free parking. Bank St, between Park and Main. Info: Gossett Brothers Farmer’s Market – 9am–1pm. Vendors include Bee Guy Apiaries, Do-Re-Mi Farms, Johnny Cake Farms, Wave Hill Bread, Honore’s Table, Du Soleil, Bongo Pasta, also fresh fish, homemade ice cream and crafts. 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem. Info: Gossett Brothers Nursery on Facebook. YogaStrong – 9:30-10:45am. Strong flow class that brings together benefits of strength training and yoga, for fitness and flexible in least amount of time. Heated studio. $20 drop-in. Elevate Yoga Studio, 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info: Vinyasa – 9:30am. With Lynne. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. Class fee options: 914.763.6320. Mat Pilates – 9:30-10:30am. With Dani Weissberg. Improve balance and flexibility by strengthening one’s core with a series of exercises designed for both beginners and experienced pilates enthusiasts. Pilates and More, 127 Main St Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Joyful Mindful Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Ann. Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921.

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PUTNAM VALLEY: ‘Turnkey’ studio for lease. Perfect for yoga, dance, meditation, wellness. Move right in! Over 2,000 sq ft @ $15 per sf per year, plus CAM. Tenant pays utilities. Located on 17 Peekskill Hollow Rd, Putnam Valley, NY. Contact Conor Whelan 914.295.2448.



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BRIARCLIFF PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE – Licensed Massage Therapist looking to sublet to another massage therapist, psychologist, social worker, etc. Private entrance and private bathroom, handicap accessible, ample free parking. Includes all utilities. Flexible days & times available. Will discuss a mutual schedule with right person. Asking $375.00/month. Amy at 914.923.1973.

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

MOUNT KISCO PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE available with shared waiting area, in town, near shopping, restaurants, parking and train. Rents include A/C, heating, wifi and 24/7 access. Join other health/healing professionals and other small businesses in this beautifully maintained building with great visibility. Call Barry for availability at 914.760.8510 or Mike at 914.907.7867.

WELLNESS VENDORS WANTED for Green Living Expo at Clearwater Festival, June 16 & 17 in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Contact Cortney Schwam: or 845.265.8080 x7112.


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. Semi-Private Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Feel supported and comfortable in a small group session limited to five students. Gentle, perfect for Beginners and those with injuries. Katonah. RSVP: 914.479.2594. Zumba – 11:15am. An effective and fun calorieburning dance fitness class using a mix of Latin and World Rhythms. enerShe fitness 989 Rt. 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165;

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Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.362.8315; Chinese medicine for relieving muscle/joint pain and headaches; treating chronic disease including autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and mental health conditions; boosting immune function; balancing hormones; helping tobacco/substance addiction; and reducing stress. Includes acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, qigong, and TENS electro-stimulation. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 10.


ACUPRESSURE® GAIL KELLSTROM, MFA, LMT, AOBTA Katonah, NY 914.232.5754; Powerful relaxation techniques reduces stress, eases neck/ shoulder/back tension and headaches. Balance, replenish, body, mind and spirit with “The Way of the Compassionate Spirit.” Gentle yet deep Asian Bodywork thousands of years old. In practice 35 years. C.E.U. classes.



SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Let me guide you on your path to better health and well-being. Utilizing: Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED Biofeedback Therapy, Reiki, Mei Zen Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation, weight loss and fertility. See ad pg 15.

Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.473.2015; Quit with Quinn helps people helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. 30 years experience. 80% success rate. See ad pg 10.

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.

JUDITH MUIR, M.M., M.AMSAT Better Balance, Better Performance 60 Eddy Rd., Verbank, NY 12585 845.677.5871;

Alexander Technique lessons will teach you the principles that govern human functioning and how to apply them to improve performance in your daily life, whether a, musician, athlete, or a professional at a conference table.


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.



25 North Division St. Peekskill, NY 914.772.4589;

John Montgomery, Ph.D; Therapy/Coaching Scarsdale, NY 10583 917.244.5161;

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.

Is an addiction or addictive behavior negatively affecting your life? Using a powerful therapy method, I help people overcome the core emotional addictions – to sadness, worry, anxiety, or emotional ‘drama’– that always underlie destructive behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse.


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Pamela Cucinell NCGR PAA Phone, Online & In-person 917.796.6026; Why leave your business to chance? Perfect timing ensures follow-through and success. When you know the projected outcome it becomes easier to prioritize your day and choose the right partners. Westchester, NYC, Skype and phone. See ad pg 25.


Astrology & Tarot Skype and in-person 213 840 1187 Choice lives between pre-destiny and free will. Know your stars, control your life. A reading designed to encourage, support and empower. Call now.


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


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 We offer a full boarding facility with outdoor runs and indoor kennels. Being an animal hospital for the most part, we take pride in our capability to kennel pets with medical problems or special needs. See ad pg 43.


Edit Babboni; CHC, RYT 200 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY 917.721.2529, Tired and Frustrated? In constant pain? Exhausted and Exhausted all possibilities? It’s time to try something new, something that works. Edit Babboni is a certified health coach and has cured her own autoimmune disease that no doctor was able to. She can help do the same for you. She offers health coaching, reiki energy healing, private yoga sessions. Call for your free one on one consultation. See ad pg 14.


Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725; Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may includesupplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. Clinic days: M,T,W. See ad pg 10.

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. MARIANNE MESSINA, DC 2241 Crompond Rd. Cortlandt Manor NY 914.930.8800

Optimize your body’s ability to heal and transform. Our focus is individualized and outcome based health care though functional nutrition, chiropractic a n d c r a n i o s a c r a l t h e r a p y. Cleanse, restore and repair your body, with whole food cleanses and whole food supplementation. We aim to find the root cause.


Practitioner: The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Avenue - 2nd Floor Mt. Kisco, NY 914.218.6424; Network Spinal Analysis, Chiropractic, and Wellness Consultant, Dr. Larry helps patients transcend physical and emotional trauma into optimal states of wellness. His integrative approach helps patients uncover causes of ill-health to facilitate their journey to perfect health.

CIRCULATION DANA BOULANGER #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

Proper blood flow is vital for life. BEMER therapy is used for wellbeing. Enhance blood-flow, circulation, cardiac function, physical endurance, energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation. Only 16 minutes a day to enhance your physical wellbeing. Sessions Available. CALL For Free Demo.

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

How would you like to wake up each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation and findout what is standing between you and your health goals. See ad pg 20.


Life Coach in Positive Psychology 914.263.7080; Feeling stuck? Gain clarity, investigate your strengths and navigate transitions with proven tools and guidance. Free phone consultation to explore how working together can help you make the positive changes you seek. Appointments in person or by phone.

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


Practitioner: The Center for Health + Healing 4 Smith Ave 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.519.8138; Craniosacral therapy with Somato Emotional Release allows chronic physical, emotional and spiritual issues to be intimately explored, bringing relief from pain and activating a healing process which continues after the session is over.

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!


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.


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


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. 



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

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 20.


Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, Jikiden Reiki, Energetic Counseling, OT Locations Armonk, Bedford Hills and Eastchester 914.588.4079; Energetic balance is essential to your health. Restored energetic flow and balanced chakras clear stress symptoms, pain, inflammation, emotional instability, insomnia and more. Gain immunity, mental clarity and peace. Raise your consciousness. Healing circles, Reiki classes all levels. See ad pg 23.


Betty Prinsen, MA, Certified Practitioner 917.941.4767: Carmel 914.244.1606; Bedford Hills Relax and cleanse comfortably and easily through Ionic Detox Footbath. Feel revitalized, balanced, healthy and ready to enjoy life. Carmel and Bedford Hills locations. See ad pg 25.

Curious about energy medicine? Know there is something to it, from all you’ve read and heard?  Are you tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call!



TINA AURORA CPC REIKI MASTER Energy Healing & Coaching Cortlandt Manor, NY 914.473.1032;

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


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Energy is everything! Are you experiencing unexplained health issues, sleeplessness, trouble selling your home or attracting business? The problem may be disturbed energy. Call to learn how dowsing can help.


Energy Medicine Practioner, Medical Intuititive, Physical Therapist 175 King Street, Chappaqua, NY 239.289.3744; Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you exhausted from pain, stress or PTSD? Balance your body’s energies for optimal physical health and emotional well-being with Esoteric Healing, a high vibrational technique from Tibet.

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

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


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


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 20.

FLOATATION THERAPY RISE ABOVE FLOATATION 111 East Main Street Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.241.1900

A Center For Awareness and Relaxation through Floatation Therapy. Create the ultimate Relaxation Response by removing all stimulation from light, sound, and gravity. Choose from three different float environments to find your perfect experience. Appointments available from 10am to 10pm daily. Free Parking. .



150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 17.


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.

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 13.


Builder and General Contractor of fine custom alterations, restorations, architectural additions, and new construction. Offering a high level of management and craftsmanship. Specializing in a 95% dust-free living environment. PHIUS Energy Efficient and non-toxic building applications.Bau-Biologist, the holistic approach to Natural Building,passive and active solar installations and retrofits, as well as conventional construction. Building design services and consultation available. 44 years experience. See ad pg 45.

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


177 Myrtle Ave, Mahopac, NY 845.208.6131 Organic hair salon. Say goodbye to grey and frizz, with no harmful ingredients. We have extensive knowledge in non-toxic and organic beauty products and offer permanent organic keratin smoothing treatment. Our passion is natural clean beauty that is luxurious, effective and affordable. See ad pg 19.


Natural and Organic is the way to go. Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge NY 914.764.5733; Full-Service Salon & Day Spa. Natural and organic hair color from Italy. Organic mani/pedi services plus non-toxic polish. Full body massage as well as all-natural skin care and facials. Organic retail products available. New clients: 30% off packages, mention Natural Awakenings.

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Poughkeepsie, NY 120601 917.868.1769; Integrative consulting for small to mid-sized companies who want to implement wellness programs with biometric screenings for their employees. Assessment of existing wellness programs for effectiveness or health educator for public speaking engagements; as well as a trainer for medical Spanish.

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

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


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



Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master & Instructor Hypnotherapist, Intuitive Energy Healer, RYT, Founder 453 White Plains Rd, #201/203 Eastchester 914.793.2600; Nurture your mind, body, and soul. Thru a variety of healing modalities and services that include, psychotherapy, reiki, hypnosis, acupuncture, massage, reflexology, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, nutritional consulting, therapeutic yoga, guided channeling meditation classes. Rediscover your control and balance your life. See ad pg 45.

HOLISTIC HEALTH CENTER THE CENTER FOR HEALTH AND HEALING 4 Smith Avenue, 2nd floor Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.864.0462

In a beautiful 3,300 sq. ft retreat-like setting, we offer Holistic Medicine, Therapeutic Pain Remedies, Body Therapies, Psychotherapy, Shamanic Healing, Reiki, Yoga, Meditation, Community Healing Circles, Health Classes and Professional Trainings. See ad pg 15.


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.

33 Croton Point Ave., Croton on Hudson, NY 10520 914.271.4572;

Home energy audits, Air Sealing, Air Quality, Insulation, Windows, Doors Roofing, Siding and Solar. Environmentally responsible and sustainable home improvements. Call for your Free Home Audit today and start saving. Environmentally responsible and sustainable improvements. See ad pg 27.


Holistic Support for Horses. BEMER vet products support faster recovery, regeneration of tissue, and more efficient hydration of your horse. And reduces stress from transportation and competition. “BEMER is a 21st century ‘Fountain of Youth’ for horse and rider.” Linda Tellington-Jones. Sessions Available. CALL For Free Demo.


MD, FACOG, ABIHM 150 Purchase St.-Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630;

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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.



250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666;

Come to our office to experience the benefits of a Sunlighten Far Infrared Sauna which includes: detox, weight loss, pain relief, and relaxation through far/mid/ near infrared light waves. Leave feeling refreshed and relaxed! Packages available. See ad pg 17.


150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 17.


Intuitive Medium and Author 914.730.0155; Robin has the innate ability to “hear” spirit’s voice and relay comforting messages from the “other side”. Phone, Skype or FaceTime available.  Please visit her website for other services offered.


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


Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch 914.320.4063; Therapeutic massage to address specific issues or promote wellness. Works with generally healthy to very ill clients. Experience with geriatric, cancer, Parkinson’s, hospice massage. Mamaroneck and on-site visits. See ad pg 25.


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

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

Holding sacred space through Relaxation, Therapeutic and Medical Massage Putnam, We s t c h e s t e r , D u t c h e s s . “Michelle’s healing ability is more than the touch from her hands; she heals the soul. She brings serenity to people.” ~Maureen S., Carmel. See ad pg 48.


The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 917.974.9446; Are you stressed with life’s daily challenges, and tired of diets that don’t work? Jodi’s unique approach integrates mindfulness, holistic health and psychotherapy to help you lighten up inside and out. Her warm, relatable, humorous approach immediately makes her clients feel at ease. Individual, Groups, Skype.


Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.362.8315; Utilize an integrative healing approach from a doctor trained in holistic medicine. Working with your current medical treatments & labwork, as well as botanical medicine, dietary & lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, stress reduction and ecotherapy. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 10.


Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND, LAC., RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, 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, yoga and lifestyle counseling allowing him to customize your program individually.


Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725; Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may include supplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. Clinic days: M,T,W. See ad pg 10.

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NEUROFEEDBACK/ BIOFEEDBACK ROSEANN CAPANNA-HODGE, ED.D., LPC, BCN, LLC Psychologist and Board Certified Neurofeedback Practitioner 898 Ethan Allen HWY, #6, Ridgefield, CT 203.438.4848;

We work with children, adults and families around a variety of issues with non-medication therapies. Our clinic bridges neuroscience with research-based clinical therapies to promote wellness. We provide brain-based treatments like Neurofeedback, Biofeedback, PEMF, EFT/ Tapping, hypnosis, psychotherapy, CBT, DBT, etc.


The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl. Mt. Kisco, NY 914.673.4577; Andy uses a whole body philosophy called Integrated Positional Therapy. IPT was specifically developed to address pain, improve body function and range of motion. This approach has been successful in addressing many neuromuscular conditions often when other approaches have failed. See ad pg 35.


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


PO Box 245 Fishkill, NY 12524 845.232.0336 Stray HELP: a registered not-forprofit managed by volunteers. Our mission: rescue and care for stray and homeless animals while providing humane education to the community. Our vital community programs: Trap/ Neuter/Return, Spay clinics, adoption and working cat program, colony caretaker support.


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.


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.

NUSPECIES 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 5.

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

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

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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.





Yoga in the Adirondacks is nestled in the valley of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, where yoga embraces nature. Connect your mind, body and spirit and explore your retreat with likeminded people to build a happier and healthier life. Studio available for your yoga/wellness private group as well.

Join a unique monthly Interfaith Sunday at the Chapel at Croton Falls at 10:30am – Enjoy prayer, music, movement and dialogue. Check our FB page for information on upcoming programs or e-mail Rev. Deborah Moldow, Interfaith Minister, at revdeb1@



2 Coulter Road, Bakers Mills, NY 12811 518.251.3015; 914.556.8258

REVIVA SKIN & BODY SOLUTIONS 929 Main St., Fishkill, NY 12524 844.363.7894;

Customized, holistic treatments for better skin, improved body appearance, and spiritual reconnection. Natural Facelift, Facials, Nonchemical Peels, Skin Tightening, Wrinkle Reduction, Fat Melting, Waxing, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Guided Imagery, Aromatherapy, Raindrop Technique. See ad pg 9.

Rev. Dr. Hans B. Hallundbaek, Pastor 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls, NY


299 North Highland Avenue, Bldg. 5 Ossining, New York 10562 914.941.4455; The Mariandale Center sponsors retreats and programs on spiritual and contemplative practices. We also welcome nonprofit organizations for workshops and group retreats. Our guests enjoy the contemplative environment at the Center, and the beautiful, spacious land overlooking the Hudson River. See ad pg 47.

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

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


By Appointment Peeksill, NY 914.906.7238; Discover the true meaning of rejuvenation, relation and calmness with the latest healing/ ayurvedic/pain management treatments including Amino Bio-Frequency Therapy and Therapeutic Massage Techniques; Anti-Aging facial techniques; Micro-needling and Dermaplaning; Microblading/Permanenteyebrows for Beauty; Reiki, Meditations. Visit website for full list of services and to book appointment. See ad pg 19.

STRESS REDUCTION DANA BOULANGER #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

C h a n g e Yo u r Life. Support your optimal well-being systemically. Enhance blood-flow, circulation, cardiac function, physical endurance, energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation. Easy to use, only 8 minutes, two times a day. Sessions available. CALL For Free Demo.

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Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Services 914.962.6402; 800.532.4290

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

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

Support Connection provides free support services to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Services include: Oneon-one counseling (counselors are also cancer survivors); Support groups; Educational and wellness programs; Webinars; Social gatherings; Referrals; A national toll-free information and support hotline.


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.473.2015; Quit with Quinn helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. 30 years experience. 80% success rate. See ad pg 10.



John Montgomery, Ph.D; Therapy/Coaching Scarsdale, NY 10583 917.244.5161; Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, or addictive behaviors such as drug, alcohol, or food addiction? I can help you overcome the core “emotional addictions” that underlie these destructive patterns with a powerful new therapy method.

Full Circle Veterinary Hospital Integrative, Holistic & Conventional 1609 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 845.234.4417; We specialize in the integration of holistic and conventional veterinary medicine to provide quality, comprehensive care for your pet’s needs. We enjoy taking time to get to know our clients and their pets. This allows pets to relax, while we learn about their family lifestyle. See ad pg 42.



Led by Janet Catalina, MSW 914.548.8372; Learn how to become a Master Manifester. Create that dream job, find your soul mate, pay off your debts or whatever you desire. Learn to release what has blocked you up to now. Once you have learned how to PULSE, you have an empowerment tool for the rest of your life. Please visit for workshop dates.

271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 Integrative Care including Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with many other types of Alternative and Complementary Veterinary Medicinal services are offered. We also offer a full range of high tech, cutting edge, medical, surgical and dental services. See ad pg 43.

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

Prevention is the Cure. Offering the highest standards in RadiationFree Breast and Full Body medical thermography. Detect changes at the cellular level years before conventional screenings. Clear results with fewer tests. Now available in Westchester by appointment. See ad pg 21.


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Private or Skype lessons for speaking, acting, and singing voice. Increase your range, confidence, breath control and vocal freedom. Ages 12-adult. Also, spiritual voice workshops using voice for the Law of Attraction and A Course in Miracles.

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YOGA FIREFLY YOGA & JUICE BAR 992 main street Fishkill NY 12524

Firefly Yoga is the Hudson Valleys only Baptiste Affiliate studio. Our practices are for everybody, we offer heated and non-heated vinyasa yoga, meditation and personal growth practices. Our mission is to give practitioners access to possibility and living life in their fullest potential.

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