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Breaking Bread Together Joining Up for Healthy Meals


Power Switch

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ew beginnings, new life, new energy. Every year the awesomeness of spring takes me by surprise. It feels like a whole new world, where anything is possible. Suddenly, with the extra sunlight, the air feels electric and we feel revitalized, energized for action. If there were a perfect time to act Dana Boulanger Marilee Burrell on that energy, it would be now. This is a critical time for our planet, and what we do about it matters. The looming threat of climate change is creating the need for solutions, open-mindedness and solidarity with our fellow earthlings. Scientists predict food and water shortages that will lead to mass migration and humanitarian crises. How will we respond? Will we rise to the occasion with acceptance, love, tolerance and a commitment to help those of us in need? Our younger generations get it: They want to take action and create change now. Their enthusiasm, I believe, will make the contamination of our water, soil and air through drilling, fracking, transporting and burning fossil fuels a thing of the past. Safe, clean, lessexpensive renewable energy will take the place of oil and gas. We are almost there. We are near a tipping point. This month we celebrate Earth Day, the birth of the modern environmental movement, which was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. Forty-nine years later, it is more crucial than ever that we take action to preserve, protect and clean up our only home, Planet Earth, so that it will be safe, habitable and the magnificent planet that it is for many, many generations to come. We can no longer afford to think of sustainability as a futuristic concept or an unattainable goal. Now is the time for inspired action. This year’s Earth Day events are focused on protecting species by raising awareness of the crucial roles that plants and animals play in the ecosystem, and the threats many of them currently face. You’ll find local opportunities to join in, find new friends and take action in our Earth Day festivals and events section on page 16 and also in our calendar, beginning on page 52. I’m obsessed with healthy food, and this month we have two inspiring articles on the subject. In our Wise Words column, Ocean Robbins, grandson of Baskin-Robbins founder Irvine Robbins, talks about his Food Revolution Network; his new book, 31-Day Food Revolution: Heal Your Body, Feel Great, and Transform Your World; and how rethinking our food choices can transform our bodies and the Earth. Read more in “Ocean Robbins on Personal and Planetary Health,” page 28. Supper clubs like MealTribes are becoming a popular way to bring people together for deeper social interactions. Meal sharing doesn’t just build community and camaraderie; it also saves time and money and minimizes food waste, writes April Thompson. Read her article “Potluck for the 21st Century: Breaking Bread, Building Community,” on page 26. A dream of mine is to live off the grid. In our feature article, “Power Switch: Taking a Home Off the Grid,” page 32, writer Jim Motavalli explains the options. Now is a good time to add solar, wind, geothermal or even hydroelectric to an existing home, he says, because the price to convert is trending down, but the 30 percent federal tax credit for converting goes away next year. We hope you enjoy this month’s edition of Natural Awakenings and discover new ways to make connections, create new beginnings and bask in the sunshine.

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Contents 16 EARTH DAY 2019


Local Earth Day Happenings



Breaking Bread, Building Community

28 OCEAN ROBBINS ON Personal and Planetary Health

32 POWER SWITCH Taking a Home Off the Grid


34 LOVING NATURE Outdoor Adventures for Kids

36 NATIVE INTELLIGENCE Planting an Eco-Friendly Yard

40 THE ART OF HEALING Creative Therapy Aids Recovery


Bringing Bliss to Every Room

42 BRINGING UP KITTY Get Off on the Right Paw

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eating 30 local wellness 34 healthy kids

36 green living 40 healing ways 41 inspiration 42 natural pet 44 wise words 46 fit body 52 calendar 58 planet watch 59 classifieds 60 resource guide April 2019


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estchester locals Jayni Chase, Chris Singleton and Jason Provost have partnered to open, The Pharm Stand, an Armonk health and wellness shop that carries hemp-derived CBD products and informative Chris Singleton, Chevy Chase, materials. Jayni Chase & Jay Provost We’ve seen firsthand the benefits of CBD,” Chase says. “The potential for life-changing results from incorporating CBD into everyday lifestyle is very exciting. Our goal is to help educate our customers on its benefits while bringing the best-quality CBD products to our community.” A primary focus of the store is to teach people how to incorporate CBD into their daily health and wellness routines. “Customers don’t have to have prior knowledge of CBD. We plan to host educational events and bring in local health and wellness professionals to provide further clarity surrounding the benefits of it,” Chase says. CBD products offered at The Pharm Stand include tinctures, gel caps, muscle rubs, creams, teas, chocolates, honey and more, as well as a full line of products for dogs, cats and horses. In addition to CBD products, the store also offers several lines of wellness and gift products. The Pharm Stand prides itself on offering only the finest quality CBD brands that stand behind their products, Singleton says. “All the brands we carry share full transparency on all product sourcing and provide lab results for every product.” The founding partners bring a unique mix of experience to the group. Provost, an industry veteran, has more than 10 years of related experience. Singleton is an avid marathon runner and health and wellness advocate. Chase, the wife of Chevy Chase, is an environmental activist and advocate for CBD. As someone who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, she says she’s found great relief from incorporating CBD into her everyday life. “We are all excited to share our experience and knowledge with others,” she says. Location: The Pharm Stand, 15 Maple Ave., Armonk, NY. Hours: Monday-Wednesday10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more info, call 914.219.4360, email or visit See ad, page 13. 8 8

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Great Saw Mill River Cleanup Set for April 13 and 14


very year, hundreds of volunteers take part in Groundwork Hudson Valley’s Great Saw Mill River Cleanup, hauling away tons of trash and construction debris—five tons last year—to leave the river cleaner and freer-flowing. This year’s cleanup will be held at six sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 13, and one site from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. on April 14. “Volunteering at this feel-good Great Saw Mill River Cleanup in 2018 community event is great way to celebrate Earth Month,” says Sara Brody, director of development at Groundwork Hudson Valley. “The cleanup is vital for stewardship of the Saw Mill River, which is an important tributary of the Hudson River. By working together as a community, we create a tangible impact on the Saw Mill River and improve the quality of areas along the river.” On April 13, volunteers can meet on Farragut Avenue in Hastings-on-Hudson; at Bridge Street Plaza, 660 Saw Mill River Road, in Ardsley; at Van Der Donck Park, 41 Dock Street, in Yonkers; at the Great Hunger Memorial at Woodlands Lake, in Irvington; at Hearst Street and Nepera Place, in Yonkers; and on the trail behind Life Is the Place to Be, 2 Lawrence Street, in Ardsley (park in the underneath portion of the Brooklyn Market in the shopping center across the street). On April 14, volunteers will meet at the Liberty Coca-Cola Distribution Center, 115 Fairview Park Drive, in Elmsford. For more information, contact Sophie Niescur at or 914.375.2151, or visit

Spa Week at Sarah’s House of Health


arah’s House of Health—a Mahopoc wellness center offering physical therapy, skin care, massage therapy, energy healing, productivity coaching, hypnotherapy, nutritional counseling and other health-related services—is hosting Spa Week for new clients April 1 through 6. During Spa Week, Sarah’s will offer new clients five selective services at $49 apiece, by appointment. Options include one 30-minute facial; three sessions on the BEMER mat (to improve circulation); one 30-minute The team at Sarah’s House of Health massage with CBD oil; one mini psychic reading with balance aura cleansing; and an individual nutrition plan developed by the center’s registered dietician. “Sarah’s House of Health provides resources and support for every aspect of wellness,” says founder Sarah Montgomery. “Our mission is to empower our members and clients to dream of a better life and to take action upon that dream. We focus on seven areas of wellness that work synergistically to create your best life: spiritual, emotional, environmental, physical, intellectual, financial and social. We invite everyone to join us on the pathway to discovery and fulfillment.” Location: Sarah’s House of Health, 900 S. Lake Blvd., Mahopac, NY. For appointments, including Spa Week sessions for new clients, call 845.803.8028. For more info, email or visit April 2019


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CranialSacral Therapist to Lead Mount Kisco Workshop


Balance Studio Launches 30-Day Custom Wellness Program


ust in time for spring, Balance Wellness Studio, in Mohegan Lake, has introduced a new 30-day personalized program designed to support clients in their wellness goals. Those interested in learning about it is invited to register for the studio’s free information session on April 1, when they can meet the team behind the program. “Team Balance will collaborate with you to create a custom plan of action,” says studio founder Karen (Kat) Symington. “This is not the usual diet and exercise plan. Each individualized regimen will combine nutrition, fitness and mindfulness in a way that you can easily incorporate into your life. We’ll keep you on track with a certified health and wellness coach who specializes in integrative health, certified fitness instructors, a mindful living expert, energy clearers and healers and special workshops for learning, relaxation and fun.” The program can be used to lose weight, restart or change a stalled fitness routine, reduce stress or simply live more mindfully, with joy and gratitude, Symington says, adding, “We’ve heard you and have brought together the resources you need.” Cost: Special introductory price for April is $99. Price will increase substantially in May. Location: Balance Wellness Studio, 1851 E. Main St. (Rte. 6), Mohegan Lake, NY. For more info or to register for the free information session, call 914.374.1471, email or visit


oy Matalon of The Center for Health and Healing, in Mount Kisco, will lead a workshop, “Healing with CranioSacral Therapy,” at the Center from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 27. “CranioSacral Therapy brings healing to acute and chronic pain by balancing the autonomic nervous system,” Matalon says. “It helps address anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia, TMJ and many other conditions. Participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of how CST heals, and they will have an opportunity to practice a body-centered meditation and experience their own craniosacral rhythm. They will also receive self-care exercises.” Joy Matalon Certified in CranioSacral Therapy through The Great River CranioSacral Institute, Matalon was featured in New York Magazine as “one of the 15 best massage therapists offering CranioSacral Therapy.” She has been a New York State-licensed massage therapist for more than 30 years. Cost: $40. Location: The Center for Health and Healing, 4 Smith Ave., 2nd Floor, Mt. Kisco, NY. For more info or to register, visit or call 914.864.0462.

Solar For All Program Assists Low-Income New Yorkers


s part of its newly announced Solar For All program, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded contracts to four community solar projects in the Mid-Hudson region. This is the first in what will be a series of awards to provide access to nocost community solar to 10,000 low-income New Yorkers. Eligibility for Solar for All, which is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $1 billion NY-Sun program, is based on a resident’s location, household income and annual electric usage. Under the program, eligible households—typically homeowners and renters who don’t have ideal conditions to install solar panels at their location—can subscribe to a community solar project in their area without any upfront costs or participation fees. The energy is delivered through their regular electric provider, and the power produced from the community solar array is fed directly back to the electric grid. As a result, the grid is supplied with clean, renewable energy while subscribers get credit on their electric bills. Solar for All projects selected in the first round will serve approximately 7,000 low-income homeowners and renters who receive electric service from New York State Electric and Gas, National Grid, Central Hudson and Orange & Rockland. NYSERDA will launch a second round of the program this year, expanding the number of households and areas served by the program. For more information on Solar for All eligibility and to sign up, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Community Energy at 845.677.8223.

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Environmental Group Asks New Yorkers to Press for Climate Bill


he environmental advocacy group Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE) is asking New Yorkers to press state political leaders to ensure that New York’s climate bill can achieve strong goals. “As the federal government still has no climate bill to tackle our worsening climate crisis intensified by the continued business-as-usual use of fossil fuels, individual states can and must pass legislation to address our frightening state of climate affairs,” says SAPE co-founder Suzannah Glidden. She says the Climate Leadership Act in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget sets strong goals to transition the state from fossil fuels to renewable energy, but it also includes the continued use of nuclear energy, which many environmental groups consider dangerous. A second climate bill, New York Off Fossil Fuels Act (A3565), has strong environmental goals and rejects the use of nuclear energy after 2030, she says, while a less ambitious third bill, the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA – A3876/S2992) has significant loopholes that could impede its ability to reach its emissions reduction goals and does not preclude the use of nuclear energy. “We’re running out of time for a massive shift to renewables,” Glidden says. “To save our future, we’re asking people to urge their state assembly member, state senator and Governor Cuomo to remove the loopholes and set stronger objectives in the CCPA and remove nuclear energy from New York’s future energy portfolio.” For information about the three bills, including “CCPA Loopholes That Need to Be Removed” and contact info for elected officials, visit and click on Resources / NY Climate Bills. 12

Arts Therapist Offers Friday Workshops in Hastings-on-Hudson


rts therapist Stephanie Buck is forming an ongoing expressive arts group that will meet Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from April through July and September through December at The Yellow Door Studios, in Hastings-on-Hudson. The group is for adults wanting to explore and work through challenging issues in their lives, expand their creativity, overcome creative blocks and strengthen their inner resources, Buck says. “The creative process is a therapeutic process,” she Stephanie Buck says. “This work is profound and delicious.” For more than 25 years, Buck has worked with individuals, families and groups as a licensed creative arts therapist. She was director of art therapy at the Northside Center for Child Development in New York City for 16 years, and she was also the art therapist at St. Barnabas Cancer Center in Livingston, New Jersey. All material will be supplied for each Friday workshop, and no previous art experience is necessary. Buck offers free initial consultations for anyone interested in participating. Cost: $80 per workshop. Location: The Yellow Door Studios, 1 North St., Hastings-onHudson, NY. For more info, contact Stephanie Buck at 914.478.4200 or stephanie.buck29@

Bethany Arts Community Accepting Applications for Artist Residencies


ethany Arts Community is now accepting applications for its Fall 2019 artist residency session. Based in BAC’s 44,000-sqaure-foot building on 25 acres in Ossining, the residency program allows artists from many different disciplines to work near each other, creating opportunities for cross-pollination while also sharing their talents with the Bethany Arts Community regional community. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. EST on April 30. The fall session runs from September 15 through October 26. Some 28 artists, both individuals and small groups, will be housed for one to four weeks each. There will be 12 artists on site at any given time, representing a range of art forms, including visual artists, writers, choreographers, musicians, composers, performance artists, filmmakers and theater designers. Participating artists are required to offer a public program accessible to the outside community. This may include open studio visits, presentations, teaching classes or workshops, works-in-progress showings, an exhibition or some other outreach or community engagement project. BAC’s mission is to create an environment where many art forms can be learned, produced and flourish. Artists of all ages and levels of experience go there to explore and create. BAC offers a number of important program tracks: short-term residencies where artists live on-site and interact with the community, presenting performing arts in BAC’s converted chapel performance space, rotating exhibitions in its galleries, and adult and children’s instructional programs. BAC also offers affordable studio space. For more info on BAC programs and residencies, visit

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The Awaken Wellness Fair vendor area

Awaken Wellness Fair Returns to Tarrytown


he Awaken Wellness Fair, the long-running “mind-bodyspirit-green expo,” returns to its home base of Tarrytown on April 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel. This popular event features speakers, intuitive readers and holistic healers, as well as unique products and services to support a healthy lifestyle. “Men and women who are curious about holistic practices are attracted to the Awaken Fairs,” says Founder and Director Paula Caracappa. “They find abundant information encompassing the world of ancient as well as new, cutting-edge, healing and wellness methods. Often guests come expecting to spend a couple of hours and find themselves spending the entire day, because there is so much exciting knowledge to gather.” Visitors to the fair can browse vendor booths offering a range of items, from essential oils to chiropractic services, nutritional supplements and organic cleaning products. The vendor area always includes a wide variety of healing crystals, both as loose stones and embedded in handmade jewelry. All day long, three rooms of expert speakers will present information on “awakening to your best self.” Visitors can attend any of these sessions at no extra charge. Among the many topics to be discussed are CBD: The Evolution of the Revolution; Ready to Create Magic in Your Life?; and Vanquishing Stress: Tools to Enhance Your Health, Personal Growth and Transform Your Life. Intuitive readers and holistic healers are a big part of the show, offering insight through specialties such as tarot readings, mediumship, angel readings and pet readings (for entertainment purposes only). Energy healing practices, such as Reiki, have grown more and more mainstream recently, and the Awaken Fair offers visitors the opportunity to “sample” one or more. Until the day before the event, discount-rate appointments can be made with readers and healers online at Location: DoubleTree Hotel, 455 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY. For more info and to preview the expo exhibitors, visit See ad, page 2.

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Qi Revolution Comes to Danbury

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A Quarter-Century in Green Lawn Care and Pest Control


ith 25 years in the industry, Ken Hubener, owner and operator of Bedford Landscapers & Tree Care, has been ahead of the trend toward natural and organic landscaping Ken Hubener and pest control. That means he knows which “green” products work and which don’t, and how to use eco-friendly methods most effectively. “We only use the top oils for pest control,” he says. “I do a lot of research and testing of my oils; I even make a pet line and a human line. It’s all safe and natural. My programs get the insects before they get you. I know when and where they breed, and I focus on those areas so I have very little to spray during insect season.” Half of Hubener’s lawn care equipment is battery powered, and he plans to transition the other half from gas to battery. Besides landscaping, he and his team provide organic arbor care, with branch walking to prune and spray by hand. “We are very passionate about tree work, as we are shamans,” he says. “Everything, even organic, is going to affect the ecosystem, so it’s important to know where and when to spray and when to cut. I hope that by 2022, all lawn care will be done organically and with battery-powered equipment, creating 80 percent less noise and no pollution to neighborhoods. From my work as a life coach, I see how chemicals and pollution affect families, especially pets.” While Bedford Landscapers & Tree Care provides 24/7 service for tree emergencies and flooding, Hubener’s ultimate goal is to provide clients with a full-season game plan. “I am not just a landscaper—I am a property manager and provide maintenance,” he says. “We want to show you how you can live healthier and help the environment. We do it all. In the end you will save money, as there will be no need for extra chemicals or fertilizer.”


i Revolution, the largest qigong event in North America, has been praised by experts in yoga and naturopathic medicine. The threeday training will be available in Danbury, Connecticut, from April 13 to 15 at the Amber Room Colonnade. During the event, qigong exercises and food-based healing will be taught in detail by Qigong practitioner Jeff Primack and 20 other instructors. With hundreds of people harnessing healing qi, Primack says, the energy will be strong. Experiencing ourselves as pure energy for even one minute is the ultimate “reset button” to relieve stress and improve focus, he says. The 9-Breath Method, his signature technique that Jeff Primack has been taught live to more than 50,000 people at Qi Revolution, was designed to support this transformation. Oxygen retention and pulsation of breath is the secret of the masters, he says, and few courses offer this level of comprehensive instruction. Primack, a 20-year qigong practitioner, says he healed himself of lifelong asthma and through his workshops has helped others discover the secrets of maximizing their own healing potential. During the first day of Qi Revolution, instructors teach guests level-one qigong healing and breathing applications. They move into more powerful breathing applications on days two and three. Cost: $199. Advance registration required. Location: Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Rd., Danbury, CT. For more information, call 800.298.8970 or visit See ad, page 11.

Local Heart Walks Happening This Year


alking is good for your heart, and walking for the American Heart Association is good for other people’s hearts too. New Yorkers in several Lower and Mid-Hudson Valley counties can get their heart rates up and support the local work of the AHA by participating in Heart Walks this spring or fall. The Dutchess Heart Walk will take place April 13 at Dutchess Community College; the Putnam Heart Walk will take place April 28 at Brewster High School; the TriCounty (Orange/Rockland/Sullivan) Heart Walk will take place May 5 at Harriman State Park; and the Westchester Heart Walk will take place October 5 at Kensico Dam. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the most expensive chronic condition. Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death. Half of American adults have high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, and 99 percent of American adults have at least one of seven cardiovascular health risks. Heart Walks fund the AHA’s research and awareness programs. Participants can join as individuals or as a team of friends, co-workers or family. Many local organizations have signed up teams for the spring Heart Walks already. Businesses often participate as a team to encourage a healthier workforce, which is more productive, has less absenteeism and requires less healthcare spending by employees and employers.

Location: Bedford Landscapers & Tree Care, 52 Bedford Ave., Bedford Hills, NY. For more info, call 914.539.1291 or visit See ads, pagee 23 & 53.

To register for the Putnam event, visit For questions or information about other Heart Walks, contact Megan Lucas at 203.984.9128 or


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Hudson River Expeditions Volunteers at Riverkeeper Sweep 2018

Volunteers Needed for Riverkeeper Sweep


n a single day every May, thousands of people come to their local Hudson River shorelines to clean up trash, plant trees and grasses and maintain waterfront parks up and down the Hudson Valley as part of the Riverkeeper Sweep. This year’s Sweep is May 4, and Riverkeeper is again looking for volunteers to join cleanup teams in more than 100 locations, from Brooklyn to the Adirondacks. Now in its eighth year, the Riverkeeper Sweep is the largest cleanup in the history of the Hudson River. Last year, more than 2,300 volunteers came together at 120 project sites, removing more than 38 tons of trash, 7,000 pounds of recycling and 192 tires, all in one day. Since the first Sweep in 2012, volunteers have removed more than 227 tons of debris. Trash enters the Hudson River and its tributaries from a variety of sources, including storm water, illegal dumping and direct littering into the river. Much of it washes up on the shoreline, harming wildlife, threatening public health and affecting the economic vitality of Hudson River communities. Riverkeeper educates and activates Hudson Valley and New York City residents to take ownership of their waterways and protect them through cleanups and habitat restoration. Volunteers at this year’s Riverkeeper Sweep will receive information and opportunities to advocate on issues such as banning plastic bags and straws in New York State. For more information and to sign up to volunteer, email Riverkeeper Outreach Coordinator Jen Benson at jbenson@riverkeeper. org or visit April 2019


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Ossining / Fable: From Farm to Table Saturday, April 20, 10am-3pm The Farm and Market opens to the public to celebrate Earth Day. Guests can roam the farm and meet the new flock of 400 chickens. Fable will be offering free chicken feed to guests, as well as a free herb-infused soap for anyone who signs up for their CSA Farm Card.


Location: Fable: From Farm to Table is located off the Taconic State Parkway on Route 134, at 1311 Kitchawan Rd., Ossining.

Protection Is the Focus of 2019 Campaign


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by Ronica A. O’Hara


n April 22, eco-conscious citizens will come together again in communities across the country to celebrate Earth Day and work for the planet’s healthy, sustainable future. This year, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is asking people to join its Protect Our Species campaign to raise awareness of the crucial roles that plants and animals play in the ecosystem and the current threats faced by many of them. The nonprofit cites that the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction in 60 million years because of human activity, including climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides. But the good news, EDN says, is that the rate of extinctions can be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together now. This will necessitate a united global movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders and scientists that demands immediate action. EDN is asking people to advocate for government policies that protect species and their habitats, and to continue to build on the worldwide efforts that embrace the value of nature. It is also asking people to undertake such individual actions as adopting a plant-based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use. More information, including teach-in toolkits and facts on threatened species, from whales to insects, can be found at 16

Help our area celebrate and promote progress in species sustainability efforts by participating in these local Earth Day 2019 events.

Croton Earth Day

Saturday, May 4, 10am-3pm Village committees: Trails, Bike and Pedestrian, Sustainability, Community Gardens, Tree Committee; Environmental groups: Croton Arboretum, Rewilding School, Teatown Lake Reservation, Croton Climate Initiative, Mother out front; Electric Vehicle Show; Organic Teaching Kitchen, Hemlock Hills Farm; Chris Letts with fish from the Hudson River; Environmental Crafts; Birds and Pollinator Groups- Feed the Birds and Saw Mill; Plants and Tree Care- PlanitWild, natives and invasives identification; music: Strange Pools and David Goldman and more. Location: Vassallo Park, Old Post Rd. South. Info:

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Croton Earth Day Festival

Disneynature Penguins Wednesday, April 17, 10 am Location: City Center 15: Cinema de Lux, 19 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains. Tickets/info: Limited seating is available. Must purchase tickets ahead of time: 914.328.5166.

Mamaroneck / WLT Earth Day of Action at Otter Creek Preserve

Saturday, April 27 – 9am-3pm. Saturday, May 4 – 9am-1pm. Join WLT’s Stewardship team while protecting and caring for the land at the preserve. Help to build bog bridges, plant wildflowers and beautify the landscape. Free. Location: Otter Creek Preserve, Taylors Lane, Mamaroneck. Info: 914.234.6992

Scarsdale / Greenburgh Nature Center Earth Week Celebration

Sunday, April 28, 12noon-4pm Volunteer projects and workshops to learn to care for the Earth. Opportunities to get hands dirty include planting gardens, turning compost, removing invasives, clearing trails, and mulching footpaths. Workshops on beekeeping and backyard composting; be an environmental steward in tree planting ceremony with NYS Senator Andrea

Stewart-Cousins. Arrive early for Yoga class at 10:30am. Free. Location: The Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale

Green Ossining Celebrates Earth Day with Family-Friendly Festival

Info: 914.723.3470.

Saturday, April 27 Bird Walk at Tarrytown Lakes (8am); Mushroom Walk (9:30-11:30am); Work on New Community Garden (9-2pm); Neperan Park Clean up (10am-12pm); Tarrytown Lakes Clean Up (10-2pm); Wilson Park pick-up (10-2pm); Trail Hike (122pm); Screening of Local Hero (2:30pm) and more. Info:

Wappingers Falls / Common Ground Opening of the Fields

Saturday, April 13, 1-3pm A contemplative walk through the fields at Common Ground, guided by the farm director with reflection and commentary shared from the faith traditions of food access partners and community leaders, including: Rabbi Brent Chaim Spodek of Beacon Hebrew Alliance, Lt. Leilani Rodríguez-Alarcón of Salvation Army, Pastor Ed Benson of New Vision Church of Deliverance, Pastor Ben Larson-Wolbrink of First Presbyterian Church, Pastor Bill Dandreano of Salem Tabernacle, and Sarah Capua. Opportunity to appreciate the potential abundance of the fields as well to reflect upon the changes and uncertainty inherent in nature. Meet by the picnic tables; hot tea and snacks will be provided, and walkers are welcome to stay and picnic afterwards if the weather is fine. Free. Location: 79 Farmstead Ln, Wappingers Falls

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and representatives from community organizations will have displays focused on the environment and sustainability.

Making a Sustainable Community

The festival is hosted and organized by Green Ossining, a local environmental Green Ossining Earth Day Festival resource organization, with the assistance of the Town and Village reen Ossining will host its ninth anof Ossining. Green Ossining was founded nual Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m. in 2009 with a mission to promote envito 5 p.m. on April 27, at Louis B. Engel ronmental sustainability community-wide Waterfront Park. The Greater Ossining and develop practical methods to protect community is invited to come learn how natural resources. It creates a forum for to live more sustainably, visit artisan vendors, and enjoy food and live music on the people who are concerned about the environment to explore, identify and prioritize banks of the Hudson River. sensible green methods and practices. Westchester County’s largest com“This year, as we celebrate the 49th munity-run Earth Day festival has grown anniversary of Earth Day, we remain from 20 vendors and 300 attendees in keenly aware of the great challenges afits first year to 100-plus vendors and an fecting our natural environment and our expected 4,000 or more visitors this year. People come from as far south as Brooklyn planet overall,” says Suzie Ross, chair and founding member of Green Ossining. “We and from counties surrounding and north also believe that there is much we can each of Westchester to attend. personally do to affect and create a halo of Organizers say this year’s festival positive change by the everyday choices we will have more hands-on activities and have the power to make.” educational opportunities for all ages, Green Ossining’s Earth Day Festival in addition to live music and entertainblends education and entertainment, Ross ment. Featured events will include arts says. “With a nod to the importance of and artisan vendors; eco-demonstrations sustainable communities, you’ll find many and hands-on activities; a kid’s activity zone; environmental advocacy; zero-waste things you love about festivals—food, music, artisans, activities—as well as many festival grounds; local food (including environmental solutions and advocacyvegetarian and vegan fare); and craft beer. based organizations, all cherry-picked There will be drum and ukulele for their local appeal and with an eye on circles, as well as local musicians on stage, environmental relevance.” including stage hosts Mike and Miriam Risko and the Mike Risko Band. A variety of local vendors will be selling or showcas- For more info, visit ing their green practices and products,


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The heavy use of household cleaning disinfectants may contribute to changes in infant gut bacteria and weight gain, reports a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. University of Alberta researchers collected fecal samples and studied the gut health of 757 babies between the ages of 3 and 4 months; then restudied the children at 1 and 3 years old. They found that children in households that used disinfectants at least once a week had higher body mass index (BMI) scores and elevated levels of Lachnospiraceae, gut microbes linked in other studies to insulin resistance and metabolic disorders. Babies in households that used vinegar or other eco-friendly cleaners had lower BMI scores and much lower levels of a family of bacteria that includes E. coli.

By mixing food additives with human gut microbes in petri dishes, scientists at the Czech Republic’s Institute of Microbiology found that gut microbes with antiinflammatory properties were highly susceptible to being harmed by additives, while microbes with pro-inflammatory properties were mostly resistant. “We speculate that permanent exposure of human gut microbiota to even low levels of additives may modify the composition and function of gut microbiota, and thus influence the host’s immune system,” wrote the authors.

Smoking Bans Lower Blood Pressure Non-smokers that live in areas that have banned smoking in public spaces such as restaurants, bars and workplaces have lower systolic blood pressure. In a Northwestern University study reported by the American Heart Association, blood pressure readings of 5,115 adults ages 18 to 30 in Birmingham, Chicago, Minneapolis and Oakland were taken over a 30-year period and correlated with changes in local laws that banned public smoking. A meaningful decrease in systolic blood pressure readings was found in non-smokers when no-smoking laws were enacted, indicating a reduction in heart disease risk.


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Sperm counts have plunged by half in the last 40 years among American and European men, according to a recent review of scientific studies. In a new doubleblind study of 56 infertile men, researchers at Iran’s Qazvin University of Medical Sciences found that curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, can boost sperm counts. Each day for 10 weeks, half of the men took 80 milligrams of curcumin nanomicelle, in which curcumin is better absorbed; the other 28 were given a placebo. The researchers found that the curcumin significantly boosted sperm count and motility. 18

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Curcumin Boosts Fertility in Men


Sugary Drinks Linked to Kidney Disease Drinking lots of sugar-sweetened sodas and juices significantly increases the risk of chronic kidney disease, reports a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Using health questionnaires for 3,003 African-American adults in Jackson, Mississippi, covering a 13-year period, the researchers found that the top third of subjects, those consuming the most sugar-sweetened drinks, were 61 percent more likely to develop kidney disease than those in the bottom third.

Probiotics Ease Bipolar Disorder Research on 66 patients with bipolar disorder found that patients receiving probiotic supplements were three times less likely to be rehospitalized than those given a placebo. The study from the Sheppard Pratt Health System, in Baltimore, gave half of discharged patients a placebo and the other half a capsule containing two probiotics, Bifidobacterium lactis (BB-12) and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG). Within 26 weeks, 24 of the 33 people that received the placebo returned to the hospital, but only eight of the 33 on probiotics were readmitted. The probiotic treatment was especially effective for those experiencing considerable inflammation, say researchers.


Stress May Be Worse in the Evening Acute, late-day stress may be harder on our bodies, say researchers at Japan’s Hokkaido University. They measured the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 27 young, healthy volunteers, and then put them through 15 minutes of stressful events that included making a speech and doing mental math. Half of the volunteers were tested two hours after awakening, the other group 10 hours after awakening. The subjects’ levels of cortisol, which helps provide the body with energy in the face of a perceived need for fight or flight, rose strongly in the morning, but not in the evening, suggesting that the human body is more equipped to deal with stress early in the day and becomes more vulnerable later. April 2019



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Support Citizen Action Against Plastics Every minute, the equivalent of an entire garbage truck of plastic gets dumped into our oceans, reports the World Economic Forum. Many of the materials are disposable, single-use plastic products like straws, bags and Styrofoam containers, which some cities and towns have banned. This type of citizen action is increasingly blocked by the Plastic Industry Association (PIA), which has spent big money to successfully ban plastic bag ordinances in 10 states where 70 million Americans live. This means local communities are prohibited from taking effective action that could reduce the plastics that litter our streets and pollute our waterways. The Sierra Club is calling on nine major corporations that are members of the PIA to withdraw from it with an online petition. So far, two have indicated they will not be renewing their memberships this year: Clorox (which owns companies like Burt’s Bees, Brita and Glad) and the Ascena Retail Group (which includes Ann Taylor and Loft). To participate, sign the online petition at Other action steps, including tweeting and involving friends, are also detailed. 20

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Our Planet

Netflix Series Reveals Its Fragile Beauty

Ten years after the groundbreaking documentary Planet Earth, an eight-part sequel, Our Planet, shows even more rapturous scenes of our planet’s most precious species and fragile habitats. Premiering globally April 5 on Netflix, it was filmed during four years in 50 countries across every continent, involving more than 600 film crew members and 3,500 days spent in such habitats as the remote Arctic wilderness, the vast landscapes of Africa and the diverse jungles of South America. The series, narrated by worldrenowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough, is a joint venture of Netflix, the World Wildlife Federation and Silverback Films, whose director Alastair Fothergill was the creator of the critically acclaimed original Planet Earth and Blue Planet series. “Our Planet will take viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery showcasing the beauty and fragility of our natural world,” says Attenborough. “Today, we have become the greatest threat to the health of our home, but there’s still time for us to address the challenges we’ve created, if we act now. We need the world to pay attention.” April 2019


Worldwide Worry

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Under final rules released by the current administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national labeling standard for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) completely exempts foods made with highly processed ingredients grown with GMOs, including sugar made from sugar beets, high-fructose corn syrup and refined soybean and canola oils. The change will allow 78 percent of products containing GMOs to avoid disclosure, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Companies don’t have to comply until January 1, 2022, and the new labels will use the term “bioengineered” instead of more common identifiers like “genetically engineered” or “GMO”. Small businesses, to-go food prepared at grocery stores, and meat, eggs or dairy from animals that are fed GMOs, which involves virtually all livestock not certified organic, are exempt from the labeling requirements.


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GMO Labeling Diluted

Over Dose

Citrus Crops to Receive Human Antibiotics

Scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressed concern over a recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that opens the door to widespread use of the antibiotics streptomycin and oxytetracycline to spray commercial citrus crops. The antibiotics, which are often used on people, can kill insects that transmit a bacterium that causes citrus greening, which renders fruit small and bitter. But the EPA ultimately ruled that the economic benefits outweigh concerns about antibiotic resistance and potential harm to the environment, people and wildlife. The USDA says the amount of antibiotic exposure to people who eat fruit or juices still will be far less than what people are exposed to when prescribed antibiotics by their doctor. The antibiotics will have to be sprayed repeatedly over years just to keep the trees alive and producing fruit until they succumb to citrus greening. Public interest groups are protesting the action.


Muddled Message

Environmental risks are the top three concerns among the 1,000 global decision-makers surveyed in the latest Global Risks Perception Survey of the World Economic Forum (WEF). For the third straight year, “extreme weather” ranked first, followed by “failed climate change mitigation” and “natural disasters”. The survey was part of a WEF annual report produced in advance of the recent confab of global leaders in Davos, Switzerland. The World Bank has calculated that the real cost of natural disasters to the global economy is $520 billion per year.

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Nuclear Waste Disposal Remains Elusive

A new report issued by environmental watchdog Greenpeace details the growing global dangers of accumulating nuclear waste that will remain hazardous for hundreds of centuries. Several of the designated storage facilities in the seven countries surveyed are nearly filled to capacity now. Unresolved safety issues across the industry include fire risk, venting of radioactive gases, environmental contamination, failure of containers, terrorist attacks and escalating costs. More than 65 years after the start of the civil use of nuclear power, 250,000 tons of highly radioactive spent fuel exists in 14 countries, and underground storage, seemingly the most viable option, has encountered major obstacles.

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Endangered Species on the Rebound


The Endangered Species Act seems to be working, with more than 75 percent of marine mammals and sea turtles protected by the act recovering, according to a new peer-reviewed study by scientists at the Center for Biological Diversity published in the academic journal PLOS ONE. North Atlantic green sea turtle nests on Florida beaches have increased by more than 2,000 percent and Hawaiian humpback whales more than 1,100 percent between 1979 and 2005.

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Healthier Dry Cleaning

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Chemicals used in dry cleaning clothes have long been linked to health concerns for both people and the environment. Perchloroethylene (“perc” for short) is most commonly used in this process. Federal regulatory agencies have documented myriad negative effects from exposure to the petroleum-based solvent. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration links it to dizziness, blurred vision, loss of coordination and other nervous system effects, including memory loss. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calls perc a likely human carcinogen “by all routes of exposure.” The EPA also warns that the chemical can leak into the ground, contaminating water supplies, and react in the air to form smog, which has been associated with respiratory effects. suggests there are safer alternatives through products and processes used by independent “green” dry cleaners nationwide. These include a biodegradable liquid silicone—essentially liquefied sand—which doesn’t chemically react with fabric fibers. It’s safe to use on delicate garments like beads, lace, silk and cashmere, and won’t cause

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shrinkage. includes a store locator function. Another good option is wet cleaning, whereby fabric is laundered in a computer-controlled washer and dryer that uses water—along with specialized soaps and conditioners instead of solvents—and spins its contents much more slowly than a typical home washing machine. Because wet cleaning is free of hazardous volatile organic compounds like those in perc, it eliminates health and safety risks, as well as environmental hazards associated with traditional dry cleaning, according to As an added benefit, the equipment and operating costs are lower. While the biggest disadvantage to wet cleaning is that it produces waste water, it’s still a highly energy-efficient method. Another method is liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) cleaning, in which some commercial cleaners use the pressurized gas in combination with other gentle cleaning agents to dissolve and remove dirt, fats and oils in clothing instead of using perc; or consider simply handwashing delicate clothes and fabrics in a mild, non-toxic detergent, and then hanging them outside to dry.

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Natural FOOD Free range eggs at Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard in North Salem


45 Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 845.876.3108

GOOD CHOICE KITCHEN Seasonal.Organic.Vegan 147 Main St. Ossining, NY 914.930.1591


1 Bloomer Rd North Salem, NY 914.669.8275

THE FREIGHT HOUSE CAFE Natural. Local. Good 609 Route 6, Mahopac, NY Behind music store 845.628.1872


Juices.Smoothies.Detox. Healthy Food Gluten Free & Vegan options 1807 Commerce St. Yorktown 914.302.7331;


1000 N. Division St. #9 @ The Hat Factory, Peekskill 914.402.5566


From our Farms to Your Kitchen 914.923.4837


& Gossett Brothers Nursery 1202 Rt.35, South Salem, NY 914.763.3001;


Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY 914.474.2404 HudsonValleyFarmersMarket.

HUDSON VALLEY REGIONAL FARMERS MARKET Sundays, 10am-2pm 15 Mount Ebo Road South Brewster, NY 845.878.9078 x 4115


301 Doansburg Road, Brewster Vist website for seasonal hours


Open Daily 8am-7pm 355 Poplar Hill Rd, Dover Plains, NY 917.319.6414;



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130 Hardscrabble Rd North Salem, NY 914.485.1210


7(1/2) servings of organic vegetables in one serving of green juice to go. 914.763.6320;


Artisan Ice Cream. Lunch 121 Maple Street Croton on Hudson, NY 10520


1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Heights, NY 914.962.2368




Grass-fed beef & eggs 371 Smith Ridge Rd, S. Salem 914.533.6529;

Organic Juice & Smoothie Bar 430 Bedford Rd., Armonk, NY 914.273.9437;

WHOLE FOODS MARKET 575 Boston Post Rd, Port Chester, NY 914.708.1985

1 Ridge Hill Rd, Yonkers, NY 914.378.8090 110 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains, NY 914.288.1300


Local. Sustainable. Organic 512 Clock Tower Dr, Brewster 845.582.0574;


Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil 914.834.1525


Organic, Vegan, Gluten Free, Kosher Mount Kisco: 914.358.1666 Scarsdale: 914.472.9646

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~Jared Gold, co-founder of MealTribes


Breaking Bread, Building Community by April Thompson


mericans are eating alone more than ever, with adults going solo for nearly half of all meals, according to consumer research consultants at the Hartman Group. Yet, fellowship-minded foodies are bucking the trend by finding new and unique ways to bring strangers, colleagues and friends together for healthy, home-cooked meals. Meal sharing not only builds community and camaraderie; it can also save time and money and minimize food waste. Eating with others can also encourage mindful consumption, a boon to physical and mental health. A number of emerging ideas and platforms from around the block to across the globe are helping singles and families young and old connect over food.

Linking Diners Through Technology “I wanted to find a place to create more meaningful conversations and meet new people than bars where people often meet up, and thought home is that place. Who 26

doesn’t like dinner parties or potlucks?” says Jared Gold, co-founder of MealTribes, in Washington, D.C. Within two years, MealTribes has grown to more than 200 members that can host or join potlucks via a private Facebook group open to area residents in their 20s and 30s. To encourage participants to be fully present, the group encourages guests to leave their phones in their bags. Instead of strict food do’s and don’ts, MealTribes encourages attendees to bring a contribution that makes them proud. However, guests are discouraged from bringing alcohol in lieu of a food dish to avoid it becoming the focus of the table. “Lasting friendships and business opportunities have come from our potlucks,” says Gold. “Even skeptics have come away from events feeling like they got the best-case scenario; nice people, homey environment, with good food and conversation.” Jay Savsani, co-founder of Meal Sharing, in Chicago, got the idea for the

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“Airbnb of meals” after seeking out a home-cooked dinner while backpacking in Cambodia. He was invited to a farm feast in the countryside, connecting with local hosts over great conversation and delicious food. “I returned home wanting to find a way to use technology to recreate that serendipitous moment,” says Savsani. Today, the platform uses technology to connect curious diners with affordable, home-cooked meals in 150 countries. “The concept is open; we encourage hosts to make whatever they believe in,” says Savsani. “That can be a top chef serving nine-course meals or a simple spaghetti someone offers for a few bucks or even free.” Savsani says the meal becomes secondary to the deeper social interactions that can manifest through these gatherings. “We even got an inquiry from a local fire department interested in hosting meals to get to know people in the community better.”

Organically Grown Gatherings Lilia Fuquen, who directs the Food and Community project in Virginia, participates in several gatherings intended to nurture community through food. Fuquen’s project aims to bring people across the state together to document, celebrate and share traditional, contemporary and emerging foodways, initiating a deeper conversation about and the connections between food, place, culture and community. Last fall, the project convened more than 200 people around a feast celebrating indigenous foods, people and foodways in Virginia. The meal was prepared from locally farmed and foraged ingredients representative of the diverse native culinary traditions of the region, including greens,

Even skeptics have come away from events feeling like they got the best-case scenario: nice people, homey environment, with good food and conversation.

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We even got an inquiry from a local fire department interested in hosting meals to get to know people in the community better. ~Jay Savsani, co-founder of Meal Sharing mushrooms, wild rice and fish sourced from fields, forests and streams. On a more grassroots level, an intergenerational family potluck dinner “helps create community and a sense of family among people who often live far from blood relatives,” says Fuquen, who lives on a small farm outside Charlottesville, Virginia. The workplace can also be a great place to break bread together, says Fuquen. Her office enjoys hosting the Souper Club, where co-workers each bring a key element like salad fixings, a loaf of bread or a pot of soup to enjoy together—away from their desks. Rebecca Shaloff, a fundraising consultant in Washington, D.C., has participated in work lunch swaps, which she says promote camaraderie, new food discoveries and healthy eating. She also takes part in a closely knit monthly supper club of four young families in her neighborhood. “We all value each other’s friendship and company, but there’s something about coming together for dinner that makes us feel more like family than friends,” Shaloff says. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at April 2019


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Personal and Planetary Health by April Thompson


ood revolutionary Ocean Robbins has dedicated his life to inspiring others to rethink their food choices to transform both personal and planetary health. It’s a path forged in part by his father, John Robbins, who walked away from the family ice cream company, BaskinRobbins, to become an acclaimed health advocate and author. Together, father and son founded the 500,000-plus-member Food Revolution Network, an online education and advocacy platform that works for healthy, sustainable, humane and


delicious food for all. Ocean launched Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) at age 16, and directed the organization for 20 years. Ocean’s new book, 31-Day Food Revolution: Heal Your Body, Feel Great, and Transform Your World, aims to help individuals revamp their diets, and in turn, themselves and their communities. It distills his lifetime of knowledge and wisdom on food, health and activism into an accessible how-to guide. Learn more at

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What connections do you see between personal and planetary health?

In many situations in life, we have to compromise—but when it comes to food, the choices that are best for us personally also happen to be best for the planet. Eating a plant-based diet, organically grown when possible, is not only linked to the best statistical outcomes for long-term health and well-being, it also helps ensure healthy topsoil, water and a stable climate for future generations.

In what ways have you seen members of the Food Revolution Network transform their communities?

We hear incredible stories from members all over the world who are seeing radical changes in their health—reversing heart disease, losing weight, gaining energy and mental clarity. And we also hear inspiring stories of people turning food deserts into wonderful oases of healthy living; for example, Ron Finley, in South Central Los Angeles, who is known for saying that drive-throughs kill more people than driveby shootings in his neighborhood. He planted vegetables for the community in the curbside dirt strip in front of his home—and got cited by the city for it. He ended up getting the laws changed, and has

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In many situations in life, we have to compromise—but when it comes to food, the choices that are best for us personally also happen to be best for the planet. ~Ocean Robbins since started The Ron Finley Project to create an urban community food hub where the community can come together to plant, learn and nourish themselves.

What are some ways busy people can connect with like-minded individuals to support healthy lifestyle and diet changes?

Start by finding out if you have loved ones who do share your food values, and nurture those relationships. Lean into those healthy relationships; you might be surprised how many people around you are also quietly trying to achieve similar goals. You can also ask friends and family to be a food ally; even if they are not a full participant in your health regimen, they might be a fan or friend. That can mean preparing particular foods if you come for dinner or simply checking in on how you are doing with your goals and commitments. You can widen your circle of healthy eating through meal swaps or other shared meal programs. It’s always easier to cook in larger quantities, and there is the added benefit of greater social connection with shared meals. If you are looking for new friends and allies, it helps to connect to organizations that are already promoting healthy food hubs. There are many listed in the back of 31-Day Food Revolution. So many people struggle with loneliness, and some are afraid they will feel even more isolated if they step out into a healthy eating regimen. On the contrary, you can become a magnet for people who care about their world and aren’t content with the status quo. These friendships can often become deeper and more valued than ever.

What has been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in living a lifestyle against the societal grain, and how have you overcome it?

Impatience. I grew up eating all-natural food; my parents almost named me Kale, and I ate a lot of it growing up. At a certain point, I saw that I had become judgmental and dogmatic when encountering people whose choices did not align with my own, though as Martin Luther King Jr. said, we have no moral authority with those who can feel our underlying contempt. I have since developed a profound respect for each individual’s unique values, needs, experiences and priorities. I advocate for people’s right to make their own choices about what they need. My goal is to help facilitate people’s choices, and to do so with compassion. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at April 2019


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A low phase angle measurement can warn patients that their health is off track even though they might be consuming a healthy diet and taking nutritional supplements they think are good for them

Simple Three-Minute Test Can Predict Disease By Dr. Michael Wald


ouldn’t it be nice to know if all our efforts to be healthy are really working? Just feeling great is no guarantee; even people with advanced disease can feel good for years before their health suddenly fails. However, a threeminute, noninvasive test can predict health and disease span by directly measuring the body’s cellular energy. Most people don’t even know that their cellular energy can be measured. But this measurement predicts quality of life and risk of early death. It’s a simple, inexpensive test known as phase angle-body energetic measurement, and it gauges your body’s overall cellular energy. With this measurement, I can tell whether or not the food, nutritional supplement, hyperbaric therapy or whatever else that I recommend for my patients is working on the deepest level. Today there are few ways to evaluate the severity and progression of diseases 30

such as cancer. We need tools that let us know that our natural therapies are effective, and we need technologies that can predict survival and quality of life among individuals suffering from a range of conditions, from arthritis to fatigue, brain fog, autoimmune disease, intestinal problems and the like.

A Health Barometer

Studies have proven the phase angle test to be an independent indicator of cancer and many chronic diseases, because it measures cell membrane integrity and function that previously could not be measured. Measurements that fall below normal values indicate fragility or poor health, while those that fall above indicate excellent health. Changes in the rate of increase or decrease of phase angle indicate the impact that disease has upon the body and thus can help with clinical interventions such as nutrition.

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Let’s say that your phase angle is four degrees or less; this means that there is likely a serious illness. A phase angle of two degrees or less means that death is likely imminent. A phase angle of eight degrees, on the other hand, indicates strong cellular health. A low phase angle measurement can warn patients that their health is off track even though they might be consuming a healthy diet and taking nutritional supplements they think are good for them. To improve a low phase angle, I recommend natural therapies that improve the integrity of the cell membrane and improve the water balance inside and outside the body’s cells. The trick is to measure a baseline phase angle and compare it against the patient’s health efforts. This is the only way to know if the body’s cells are working more normally from an electrical standpoint. I then compare the patient’s metabolic rate to their blood pH, and sometimes other tests, to get all of this right. To raise awareness of the health-saving potential of this simple measurement, I’m including a free phase angle test with all new-patient appointments throughout the month of April. Dr. Michael Wald is a chiropractor, dietician and board-certified nutritionist whose office is located at 20 Sunderland Ln., Katonah, NY. He hosts the weekly radio show Ask The Blood Detective on and has written more than 10 books, including The Anti-Aging Encyclopedia of Laboratory Tests. He can be reached at 914.552.1442. For more information, visit or email See ad, page 19.

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It’s turned out to be one of the best investments we’ve ever made—financially and environmentally.

Power Switch Taking a Home Off the Grid by Jim Motavalli


esse Stafford and Alyssa Craft quit their jobs in 2015, bought five acres of remote land far away from utilities and began building their 36-foot-by-36-foot timber frame home from scratch. Next up was a septic system, then a clean water source and, of course, alternative energy. Their rooftop solar panels are backed up by a reliable Honda generator. They had some setbacks, which is to be expected. Now they’re blogging about it. “We didn’t want corporate jobs, we didn’t want to live in the city, commute to work or have a mortgage payment,” they write in their online homestead journey at Off-the-grid living has become downright fashionable, especially for the eco-conscious. But leaving the rat race isn’t easy, and it’s not for everyone. Yet, anyone that wants to become more energy-independent can succeed without moving to an isolated cabin; and there’s never been a better time, because prices keep coming down and technology keeps improving. Choosing the best option depends on several factors, including the specific residence, climatic zone, town and neighborhood. 32

Preliminary Considerations Power source: Choose from among

solar ($12,000 to $50,000, depending on the system’s size), wind ($6,000 to $22,000, including installation) or geothermal ($20,000 to $25,000).

Ample resources: Find out if there’s

steady wind, plentiful sun, a place to install geothermal pipes and whether the home is properly oriented for solar without obstruction by trees or tall buildings.

Electricity needed: Get a quick average

by adding up the wattage of all appliances, and then add 50 percent. The American average is 10,000 kilowatt-hours annually, although frugal folks can make do with less. The local utility company can also estimate energy needs based on past usage. Realize that alternative energy doesn’t need to be an all-or-nothing proposition. For instance, a solar system doesn’t have to power the whole house. A smaller and cheaper array with battery backup can be connected to essential services like the water heater, refrigerator and electric stove, with the grid handling heavier loads. Ad-

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vantages are lower upfront cost and access to the grid when needed. Connecting to the grid makes sense for all alternative power sources, because wind and solar are intermittent, and don’t always provide power. Also, most states offer net metering, which requires the local utility to pay for the electricity a homeowner puts back into the grid.

Solar: Plunging Costs Solar panels for electricity, usually made of silicon, consist of photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight into direct current (DC). Their cost has come down dramatically in recent years. In January, the average solar panel cost $3.14 a watt, a bottom line of roughly $18,000 with a six-kilowatt system big enough for most homes. The price fell 6.5 percent from January 2018, reports, a solar vendor pricing source. A federal tax credit covers 30 percent of the cost, so the out-of-pocket cost for a system would be approximately $13,000 if installed before year’s end, when the full residential tax credit is available. Partial tax credits will be available until they are phased out in 2022. Ron Blumenfeld, a retired doctor in Fairfield, Connecticut, serves on his town’s sustainability task force and “went live” with his rooftop installation six years ago. “It’s turned out to be one of the best investments we’ve ever made—financially and environmentally,” he says. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is working toward residential solar to generate power at just five cents per kilowatt-hour by 2030, which means it will be far cheaper than grid electricity. Consumers can either buy a system outright or—as a popular alternative—lease the system with no upfront costs. Leasing companies like SolarCity (now part of Tesla) pioneered this approach, in which consumers agree to buy electricity from the system installed on their roof.

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~Ron Blumenfeld, a six-year solar convert in Fairfield, Connecticut


Whether to add the extra expense of battery backup is important. A pair of Tesla Powerwalls will cost about $14,000 installed and store enough electricity to power a home for seven days. It’s suitable for people looking to go off the grid because the sun doesn’t always shine, and power generated on sunny days can be stored and used when it’s overcast. Off-the-grid solar is not just for those living in sun-rich states. Installers can look at a property—often remotely, through applications like Google Earth—and determine if solar is appropriate. Sometimes a few trees will have to be sacrificed, but the benefits are manifold, and not just because there will be power during grid blackouts.

Wind: If the Resource is Right Wind power accounted for the largest share of renewable energy growth in 2017, reports the International Energy Agency, but it’s in its infancy for homeowners, partly due to an average cost of $48,000 to $65,000 per installed project. Residential turbines have been installed in all 50 states, but many parts of the U.S. have marginal resources. Check the Department of Energy wind resource guide for local data at WindExchange.Energy.Gov. The best-case scenario is strong winds plus few neighbors close to a large property (and lenient zoning laws). Wind may work for the 19.3 percent of the population that lives in rural areas and the 21 million American homes built on properties of an acre or more. However, it isn’t for everyone. James Weston, of Greene, Maine, installed his turbine 10 years ago, and considers his rooftop solar panels a better investment. “By the time you put up your 100-foot tower to get the tower above the tree line and optimize the wind resource, the return isn’t there,” he says, noting that his savings from the turbine amount to a few hundred dollars a year. Bergey WindPower, maker of the 10-kilowatt BWC Excel 10 turbine ($31,770), recommends that a property have at least a 10 mph average wind speed, coupled with high electricity prices of 10 cents per kilowatt-hour or more. Also consider the neighbors: The system’s turbine is typically installed on an 80-to-100-foot tower, and so-called “viewshed” objections

Residential wind power is in its infancy in the U.S. have taken down many projects (including Cape Wind, in Massachusetts). With annual maintenance, the DOE reports that small wind turbines should last about 20 years, the same basic lifespan as solar panels. The federal production tax credit for wind is available this year, but won’t be available afterwards. Some states offer incentives. A useful small wind guidebook can be found at WindExchange.

Geothermal: Available Anywhere

Some common misconceptions about home geothermal are that consumers need to live in one of the planet’s “hot spots” (think Iceland, California or Utah). But the truth is the Earth’s temperature just below the surface almost anywhere is a constant 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and the Northeast and Midwest have the highest geothermal adoption rates. Geothermal doesn’t necessarily require a large piece of property. Local geology will be a factor in siting and sizing the system. Geothermal systems use underground pipes filled with refrigerant that absorbs warmth from the ground through a heat exchanger. In summer, that same underground temperature can be tapped to cool

a home, combining heating and air conditioning in one system. While it necessitates a relatively high upfront cost, low operating costs mean the systems can pay for themselves in less than 10 years. Most include a ground-source heat pump with a 50-year warranty. For a 2,500-square-foot home, an average offthe-electrical-grid system will cost $20,000 to $25,000 to install. Bill Martin, in Quincy, California, runs an efficient three-ton geothermal system installed in 2014. “It’s been a very good experience,” he says. “I’m ecstatically happy.” The same 30 percent federal tax credit that applies to solar also applies to geothermal for systems installed by 2020. States also provide incentives. A detailed guide on availability is available at GeothermalHeatPumpListing.

Special Considerations

Buildings, especially older structures, are usually sieves in terms of energy loss, so before investing in a system, check to see if the local utility provides free energy audits. Even if it’s not free, it’s worth finding out if the home needs new windows or strategically applied insulation. There are scammers in every field, and alternative energy is no exception. Ask providers for references to previous customers and check for online cautions from the Better Business Bureau, Yelp and others. Alternative energy in any form can save money and precious resources. Explore the options thoroughly and choose wisely before pulling the plug. Jim Motavalli, of Fairfield, CT, is an author, freelance journalist and speaker, specializing in alternative energy, clean automotive and other environmental topics. Connect at

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roperties with moving water have a fourth sustainable power source available to them: hydroelectric. If opting to harness the energy in a nearby flowing stream or river, 10-kilowatt microhydropower systems can power even large homes. They combine piping from the water source to a turbine, pump or waterwheel with an alternator or generator, regulator and wiring. According to Home Power magazine, a fully installed hydro system for the average use of a modern household might cost $20,000 to $100,000. April 2019


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All kids like creating special places, going on adventures, befriending animals, following maps and paths, and so on.



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etting kids off the couch and into the great outdoors can be a challenge when they tend to be better acquainted with the popular Angry Birds video game characters than with the real warbling ones. Unfortunately, studies show that digital devices, parental work overload and media-stoked fears of the outside world are currently making our kids nature-deprived. Yet, they have an instinctive love of the outdoors, experts agree. “When given free access to nature, children’s play follows the same patterns all around the world,” says prominent environmental educator David Sobel, author of Wild Play: Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors. “All kids like creating special places, going on adventures, befriending animals, following maps and paths, and so on.” The more we encourage them, the more likely they’ll discover the thrills of the natural world—and numerous studies show that they’ll then be calmer and less stressed,

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better able to concentrate and less likely to be obese. Kids also are more “responsive and connected” when they are talking outdoors with adults than talking indoors, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. Here are some simple ideas to get started:

Build fairy houses. In a park, forest or

backyard, ask the child to find a quiet spot, like the base of a tree or under a bush, and build a tiny house using only their imagination and natural materials such as sticks, bark, grass, pebbles, feathers and pinecones. “The fun is ageless and connects you to nature in magical and memorable ways,” says Tracy Kane of Maine, whose website,, offers ideas and books.

Befriend a bug. Help them look for

bugs and crawling things in the dirt and on leaves, then ask them to draw them. Back home or at the library, kids can search in

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guidebooks or online to learn the critters’ names and traits.

Engage in real-life tweets. Show

them how to listen carefully for bird songs and count how many different ones they hear. See if they can imitate the tweets or find words that describe them. Check out a bird-song beginner’s guide at Audubon. org/news/a-beginners-guide-common-birdsounds-and-what-they-mean.

Create mud art. “Make a batch of mud

and use it to create sculptures, paint a masterpiece or just use it to jump in and get messy with,” suggests MaryEllen Mateleska, director of education and conservation at the Mystic Aquarium, in Connecticut.

Make dolls and critters. Kids can

use hibiscus or hollyhock flowers and toothpicks to make dolls with flowing skirts. Or they can collect leaves of different shapes and sizes and glue them together to create leafy creatures. “You can take it an extra step by inventing a story and creating a one-of-a-kind storybook,” says Mateleska.

Grow a garden. Using a kid-sized plot of land—it can even be a big pot of dirt— give them a trowel, a watering can and easy-to-grow seeds such as radishes and carrots. Not only will they get exercise, a Texas A&M University study shows gardening makes kids more likely to choose veggies for snacks.

Invent a cozy hideaway. Under the

limbs of a big tree, old blankets and pillows can be used by a child to build a “secret” hiding place, stocked with lemonade, apples and fun books.

Incorporate digital delights. Rather than competing with digital devices, integrate them into the nature experience. “A phone app like iNaturalist lets kids take a picture and will identify the creature or plant for them,” says science teacher Jemma Smith, of The Education Hotel, a UK-based tutoring service. “Or have them take three artistic pictures of nature.”

Try geocaching. This game for older

kids requires them to use their phones as a GPS to find tiny treasure boxes that have already been hidden all over the countryside. “Most boxes have small trinkets to swap and a tiny book to sign their name,” says Smith.

Time It. Simply set the timer for an hour, open the door into the back yard and let the kids “go at it,” as does writer Attiyya Atkins, a mother of four in Pompano Beach, Florida. “Mostly it’s self-play, but I come out sometimes and teach them about nature, or we do art projects with leaves, rocks or dirt. It’s always naturally fun, and they’re pretty tired afterwards!”

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NATIVE INTELLIGENCE Planting an Eco-Friendly Yard


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aintaining a grassy yard or ornamental shrubs can be time consuming and less than ecofriendly. That’s why conservation-minded gardeners are turning to lush, native landscaping as an aesthetically pleasing alternative to spartan, water-free xeriscaping. Native plants not only save water, they enhance local ecosystems by providing food and shelter for birds, bees, butterflies and wildlife. “Indigenous plants build healthy soil and retain and replenish ground water,” says Michael Fleischacker, chair of landscape architecture and environmental sciences at Delaware Valley University, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Accustomed to the climate and nutrients in their habitat, they don’t need the extra fertilizer required by exotic transplants. Natives are also better equipped to fend off harmful insects, reducing the need for pesticides. “When pests did show up, I used insecticidal soap and neem oil. Both are great ecofriendly remedies,” says Kimberly Button, an Orlando-based freelance journalist and author of The Everything Guide to a Healthy Home: All You Need to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers. A genuine indigenous plant in the U.S. predates European settlement. These natives grew in the wildlands of the regions where they evolved and adapted over hundreds or thousands of years.


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However, what’s wild isn’t necessarily native. These days, the woods and forests are rife with alien species that escaped from non-native gardens or were planted to perform some specific purpose that went awry. Kudzu, for instance, was imported from Asia and installed along roadways to prevent soil erosion. The perennial vine, which can grow up to a foot per day, has become the plague of the South, rooting out native plants and toppling trees under the sheer weight of its smothering foliage. In 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a report summarizing numerous studies that concluded that non-native plants disrupt the food web and present a growing problem for “organisms that depend on native plants for food, shelter and places to rear their young.”

Natives vs. Nativars

While the harm caused by many invasive plants that evolved in a foreign habitat is well-documented and profound, the ecological impact of plant variations derived from native species—known as cultivars or nativars—is sometimes more subtle. Cultivars have been developed to highlight specific traits, like larger blooms or longer bloom times. They may be bred for a stronger scent, or have the scent bred out of them in pursuit of another trait, making them less enticing to pollinators and wildlife.

Native varieties have longer growing seasons, a decades-long lifespan and tight plant groupings to prevent weed growth.

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~Michael Fleischacker One drawback to cultivars is what those “improved” traits can affect. “The native serviceberry (Amelanchier) has small, bright red berries birds love to eat,” Fleischacker says. “Because they add color to a winter yard or are used for wreaths and décor, cultivars were bred to produce larger berries. Birds choke on the bigger berry, unable to swallow them.” A current, multi-year research project at the Mt. Cuba Center’s native botanical gardens in Hockessin, Delaware, is seeking to determine whether certain cultivars are as attractive to insects as their native counterparts. What’s certain, say the experts: A gardener can’t go wrong with indigenous plants. “Native varieties have longer growing seasons, a decades-long lifespan and tight plant groupings to prevent weed growth,” Fleischacker says. Despite the perception by some that natives are boring, they can be showier than their cultivar cousins and also thrive in their region’s unique conditions. “I keep my yard as natural as possible to co-exist with my neighbor, the Hiawatha National Forest, and its small animals and birds,” says Monica Cady, co-founder of the Herbal Lodge and a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa tribe in Hessel, Michigan.

Going Native

Transitioning to native landscaping isn’t as daunting as it might seem. Small changes can make a difference, and local plant nurseries can assist. Some may have a staff horticulturalist to help distinguish the natives from the nativars and to steer gardeners clear of invasive, water-guzzling, nutrient-needy non-natives that will spread quickly and overwhelm the landscape. Going native isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition, says Fleischacker. “Consult a local nursery or landscaper about adding natives to the mix. There are plants that love shade or sun, dry areas or damp.” When planning, look past what’s trendy. “The ecosystem is set up to protect and promote beneficial insects and pollinators,” says Button. What was old can be new again.

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Everyone has a responsibility to take an active role in life— participating in one’s family, community and society. I care about life, justice and equality. It’s not a political thing, it’s common sense.

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The Journey to Home John Butler Inspires Hope and Awareness by Meredith Montgomery


hen singer-songwriter John Butler sees a performance that gives him chills, he leaves the show feeling like he could do anything. “If I can give that feeling to one person at every gig I play—because of what that experience gives to them, what it gives to me and in turn, what it gives to the world—if I can be a vehicle of that energy, then I’m doing my job.” But Butler, who is now Australia’s highest selling independent artist of all time, never thought this would be his job. “I thought I’d be in Special Forces, a professional skateboarder, an artist or a teacher, never a musician,” he says. Butler was 11 when his family moved from Los Angeles to Pinjarra, Australia. He lived a Huckleberry Finn-like life in this beautiful but isolated riverside town, but he also experienced xenophobia and racism firsthand. “It seemed my skin was the right color, but I had the wrong accent. Things could change really quickly when I’d begin to speak—like suddenly I was getting chased,” he recalls. 38

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These experiences have kept him humble and down-to-earth through his musical success, but they’ve also helped fuel his outspoken and impassioned advocacy efforts for peace, environmental protection and global harmony. “We live in an opulent society where everything is done for us. Our trash gets taken away—we put it in a bin, put the top on it and it’s like putting the top on your mind. We don’t know what hole it’s going in and there’s no sense of responsibility once it leaves our hands. And the opportunity to pollute and use plastic is getting easier and easier. It’s a convoluted situation,” he reflects. His activism efforts are currently focused on the anti-fracking movement in Western Australia and speaking out against plans for the world’s largest coal mine to be built in North Queensland (which poses a threat to the Great Barrier Reef). A portion of his ticket and album sales often benefit charitable organizations, meet-and-greet experiences include a reusable water bottle and the band has utilized Globelet’s system to eliminate single-use plastic at some of his concerts. Butler carries his own straw, utensils and water bottle and has a garden and rain catchment system at home, but he wishes it was easier to do more, noting, “If we’re sending people to Mars, we should be able to have greater access to green energy.” As a parent, Butler is careful not to discourage the future stewards of our earth, so he keeps his fatherly advice simple—treat others as you wish to be treated, and recognize that everything has a cost. “When our kids say ‘I want this’ or ‘I want that’, I remind them to think about the cost of having those things. What resources were used to make it? How does that affect the environment? Is it worth it?”

He also encourages his son and daughter to find a form of self-expression that they love as they navigate their teen years. “I want them to have a friend in something they can do on their own,” he says. “Whether it’s making something with their hands, playing music, sewing—there’s something really beautiful about escaping with yourself and your tools, something you can’t get with anybody else.” For Butler, his guitar is that unwavering companion. While making his latest album, Home, a flood of emotions and anxieties surfaced once he stopped touring. “Bringing a song into the world is an enlightening process, and each one demands different things from me,” he says. He worked through intense introspection, which was challenging yet therapeutic and productive. “Throughout the years that it took to make this album there were tears and frustration, confusion and chaos. But, there was family and friends, honesty and vulnerability, gardens and harvest, service and surrender. And amongst it all, ultimately, there was joy,” Butler reflects. To balance the demands of his career, Butler leans on family and friends for love and laughter, plus skateboarding, running and meditation to clear his mind. He regularly seeks solace in nature and is also very spiritual. Traveling with a portable altar while on tour, he carries a collection of tokens from his ancestors, candles, photos, feathers and sage—bits and pieces that represent the tapestry of his faith. “I am struck by spirituality’s ability to bind cultures in story, song, ethics and morals for generations to come, so we can somehow make life a little bit more doable,” he says. Butler’s music and actions have a similar effect on the audiences it touches. The band’s deep layers of chant-like vocals and heart-pounding drums can bring a sea of strangers together in song and dance, while the words he speaks and the life he leads inspire reflection and action by multiple populations. He’s doing more than his job—he’s cultivating hope and awareness on a global level.

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or decades, creative expression has been a valuable tool in healing, and expressive arts therapy—the integrated application of two or more art forms—is now considered a life-changing modality for veterans and anyone else struggling with anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Also called creative arts therapy, this form of psychotherapy helps patients to process and express what is often beyond verbal language using music, art, dance, theater and writing as its primary modes of communication. “Individuals need no previous arts experience in order to benefit from working with a certified creative arts therapist,” explains Azizi Marshall, founder and CEO of the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, in Downers Grove, Illinois. The National Intrepid Center of Excellence—an outpatient clinic specializing in traumatic brain injuries at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland—ranks creative arts therapy among the top five most effective approaches in helping veterans. A study of combat veterans and creative arts therapy conducted at Concordia University, in Montreal, reported considerable progress, especially in areas of expressing emotions resulting from trauma and gaining understanding of symptoms such as depression, thoughts of suicide and insomnia.

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Psychotherapist Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D., has authored several books, including The Art Therapy Sourcebook, and uses expressive arts therapy in her Louisville practice. “I’ve worked with soldiers for the past 10 years, and find that much of their healing comes about through telling their stories on stage or participating as an actor within a play or improvisation.” Malchiodi also incorporates mindfulness practices, visual arts, music and some simple forms of yoga in her sessions.

Creative Arts Therapy for Multiple Diagnoses

Expressive arts therapy is also making a positive impact on those suffering from panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addictions, eating and attention disorders, dementia and chronic physical illness. “Creative arts therapy can be used across life challenges; for example, dance or movement therapy has supported women with breast cancer and eating disorders,” says Marshall, who has also witnessed the power of drama therapy to help reduce feelings of fear in clients diagnosed with anxiety and PTSD. A 2015 study at Butler University, in Indianapolis published in the Journal of Speech Pathology & Therapy shows the significant effects of theater arts on individuals with autism spectrum disorder. “Creative


arts therapy can be successful in supporting children with autism, especially ways to practice social skills,” says Marshall. “The drama therapist uses role play, improv and games in order to facilitate interpersonal communication.”


Dopamine and Creating Art

The multitasking neurotransmitter dopamine is one of the brain’s natural antidepressants and plays a key role in feeling pleasure and reinforcing habits. It reaches its highest levels during the initial stages of love, observing something of beauty or creating art. A recent Drexel University study published in The Arts in Psychotherapy shows the neurological effects of drawing, coloring and simple doodling. Increased circulation in the area of the brain correlating to pleasure and reward was evident, and this dopamine-dominant response is responsible for decreasing symptoms of anxiety and increasing feelings of joy and accomplishment. Psychotherapist Doreen Meister, in Oakland, California, encourages her clients to focus on the process of creating, rather than the result. “Expressive therapies are an extension of the selfdiscovery continuum. I often hear, ‘I draw like a 2-year-old.’ To this I say, ‘Great! Draw like a 2-year-old!’ I believe that somewhere, many of us are told that creative expression must be a certain way. Creativity is a natural state, a human quality that we are born with, and the product of creation is not as important as the process.” Creativity from a clinical perspective allows for new emotional vantage points, distance from situations and viewing experiences through a different lens. “Bringing in creativity offers a wider palette of tools or access points, and gives us another way to understand ourselves,” says Meister. “Creativity as a life force is accessible to all of us.” Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at


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SACRED SPACE Bringing Bliss to Every Room


by Maya Whitman

acred space is most often associated with places of worship, but it can be any place that connects us to meaning or joy. In the blur of daily living, nooks of inspiration and beauty provide spiritual sustenance, remind us of our dreams or celebrate lovely memories. Having “bliss corners” in the home or workplace is a wonderful way to stay connected to the positive. Most parents or grandparents can confess to having a bliss corner on the refrigerator door where drawings and accomplishments of young family members are proudly displayed. Having a place of inspiration in any room doesn’t have to take up much space and can easily add to the décor. It can be as simple as a wedding veil hanging on a bedroom wall or a bowl of shells, sea glass or sand from a beach vacation in the bathroom. It can be sentimental with dried flowers from a momentous occasion or a small table dedicated to loved ones with framed photos or letters and a piece of cloth that holds special memories. Corners of bliss fulfill their purpose best in places where they can remind us to follow our heart’s “true north” or help us to foster inner peace during busy days. Such places are office desks and bedroom nightstands near an alarm clock. The kitchen is an ideal room in the house for sacred space; designating a corner to light a candle during meal prep; filling an old teapot with fresh flowers every week; and displaying the photo of someone who once nourished us are all beautiful ways to bring more meaning into our relationship with food. Cultivating bliss can be a form of active meditation, simple rituals that can include prayer or other forms of mindfulness. On more practical levels, it can be an opportunity to bond with loved ones. Creating a bliss corner can be a creative and fun activity for teens to express a passion, whether it be a hobby, sport or favorite singer. Many of us have boxes of mementos or nostalgic things from childhood taking up space in a closet. Making a bliss corner is the perfect way to remind us why we kept them in the first place. Maya Whitman writes about natural health and living a more beautiful life. Connect at April 2019


carpeted scratching surfaces, placed vertically and horizontally to meet all preferences. Keep the scratchers in areas where the kitten hangs out.


Train kitty to use the scratching post.

Initially, it might help to apply catnip or attach a feather toy to make the scratching area especially appealing. Discourage any feline from scratching on inappropriate surfaces by attaching double-sided tape or inflated balloons to rugs or furniture that are off limits.

BRINGING UP KITTY 9 Get Off on the Right Paw

Offer toys that bring out the feline hunter.

by Karen Shaw Becker


here’s nothing as endearing as a bigeyed kitten hopping sideways across the floor or curled into a small ball of fluff on our lap. Getting a new kitten started off on the right foot will ensure they grow up to be a healthy and happy companion.


Prepare a sanctuary for the family’s new kitten.

When bringing a new kitten (or adult cat) into their new home, it’s best to separate the new addition in a little bed-andbreakfast-like setup of their own for at least a week. Put their litter box, bedding, food and toys in their space and keep noise, confusion and foot traffic to a minimum.


Provide warm, snuggly sleeping quarters.

Felines, especially tiny ones, like their environment warmer than what humans generally prefer. Look for bedding that hasn’t been treated with flame-retardant chemicals such as PBDE; Swedish scientists have linked the chemical, commonly found in foam, to hyperthyroidism in cats. The best choice is wool, which is naturally flame resistant.

3Consider crate training.

Most cats fight being put into a carrier because it only happens when someone’s about to take them to a place they don’t want to go to. That’s why it’s a good idea to set up a carrier for a kitten on their first day 42

home. Entice them to enter on their own using food treats, toys and comfy bedding.


Go slow with family introductions.

Introduce other members of the household to the new kitty one at a time. Ideally, introductions occur in a neutral location, like the living room, when the kitten ventures out to investigate.


Offer this tiny carnivore the nutrition they were born to eat.

To provide the very best start in life, feed the little one either a homemade or commercially available, nutritionally balanced, fresh food diet (preferably raw) designed for cats at all stages of life.


Help the kitten learn to love their personal litter box.

Most kittens can use a litter box at about four weeks. Just make sure its walls are low enough that they can hop in and out on their own. If a kitten or cat is avoiding the box, there’s likely a reason: location, type of litter or failure to clean it often enough.


Provide appropriate climbing and scratching surfaces.

Climbing and scratching are natural feline behaviors. Try burlap, cardboard and

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Think like a cat and buy or create toys that draw out their hunting instincts. A piece of string wrapped around the end of a stick dragged on the ground will bring out the stalker in almost any cat. So will ping-pong balls or small wads of paper flicked across the floor.


Indulge most kittens’ love of boxes.

When cats in the wild feel threatened, they head for trees, dens or caves for safety. Domestic kitties don’t have that option, so their obsession with hiding in boxes may be an adaptation. Providing “hidey holes” may also help a kitten acclimate faster to their new home and family.


Provide easy, safe access to the outdoors.

Indoor cats need time outside. Consider building or buying a safe, secure, outdoor enclosure (catio) for them to hang out in when the weather is nice.


Consider adopting two kittens at the same time.

One of the best ways to avoid many common behavioral problems is to adopt a pair of kittens. Because they crave stimulation and interaction, adopting two provides instant playmates to occupy each other’s time. Karen Becker is a proactive, integrative doctor of veterinary medicine who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (


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orna Gager, a metaphysical life coach specializing in women’s issues, and Christine Okezie, a nutrition and lifestyle coach, have set out to build a center for higher consciousness. “The center will be a hub for heart-centered collaboration, personal evolution and business growth—a spiritual home for healers and those seeking healing, alike,” Gager says. She and Okezie have been partners in a joint venture, UnlockMagic.Life, since 2017. Christine Okezie and Lorna Gager They held a focus group for this new partnership on February 27 at the Nyack Public Library, with plans to draft the center’s charter at an open session in Rye on March 23. Okezie compares the concept for the center to a local Kripalu or Omega. “With dozens of modalities under one roof, members can explore the ones they resonate with individually,” she says. Under the developing model, practitioner members will grow their business by offering sessions through the center while thriving in a noncompetitive, referral-based community. “At a traditional gym, you take classes, work on machines, hire a trainer and so on,” Gager adds. “At our gym for the soul, you’ll take a class in Reiki, work with a doctor of Chinese medicine, and hire a feng shui specialist at a discount. Best of all, members will feel at home surrounded by others who believe that we all come from and serve a higher purpose.” For more information or to offer input, visit See ad, page 39.


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Mental & Emotional Well-Being Plus: Healthy Vision


Unique Therapy Effects Transformation through Movement


igi Oppenheimer, owner of White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts and Dance Sanctuary, in Millbrook, has created a one-of-a-kind interactive therapy, Change the Dance of Life, that combines movement and empathic intuition to facilitate transformation. “Change the Dance of Life healing reshapes emotional patterns of life and relationships at the cellular and conscious levels by physically moving subtle energy,” Oppenheimer says. This therapeutic format is beneficial for a range of concerns, she says, including anxiety, depression, spiritual development and relationships with food, body, self or others. Oppenheimer guides the process in private sessions for individuals and couples at her studio. “This is a gentle but powerful personal process,” she Gigi Oppenheimer says. “It begins where one is in body and emotions, revealing and reflecting the truth and patterns held therein. When that wisdom is well gathered, I intuitively and empathically guide the movement through stages to gradually embody the desired development. The special beauty of Change the Dance of Life transformative movement energy healing is that it creates an excitingly mystical experience of new being and inner knowing that is carried within the body forever.” For a complimentary consultation or for more information, contact Gigi Oppenheimer at


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Intuitive & Healing Arts






Pam Cucinell Phone, online & in person 917.796.6026;

Bernadette Bloom, MI Energy Healing & Teacher 239.289.3744

Guided Channeling Group The Temperance Center Merrill Black, LCSW 914.793.2600

In Balance Concepts Qigong. Tai Chi. Meditation 2505 Rt. 6, St. 108, Brewster 845.803.1992

Colin McPhillamy Pleasantville, NYC, Skype 213.840.1187

ENERGY HEALING Rev. Marilyn Ridley, B.Msc., CTNC, RMT 11 W. Prospect Ave, Mount Vernon 914.363.9299 ext. 183

To place a listing on this page call 845.593.0065

Betty S. Feldman, LLC, HTCP Healing Touch Program 53 Maple Ave. Fishkill, NY 845.896.6405


One Light Healing Touch Certified Energy Practitioners &Training Schools.

Synchronicity Spiritual Gifts Psychic Medium/Tarot/Energy Healing 1511 Route 23 Brewster, NY 845.363.1765



White Lotus Grace Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance Millbrook Sanctuary + Online Studio 845.677.3517

Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique 12 West Main St. Pawling, NY 845.493.0432 Elka Boren, Shaman Healer Tarot•Tea Leaf•Houseclearing Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique Pawling, NY; 772.223.4143

REIKI Anne H. Bentzen, RMT, JRP Reiki Master Teacher & Energetic Counseling 914.588.4079; The Temperance Center Merrill Black, LCSW Reiki Master & Instructor, Intuitive Energy Healer 914.793.2600

SHAMANISM Eileen O'Hare, LoveMore Sessions, Training 914.456.7789, Beacon, NY

Celestial Touch Laura Schek, Medium, Reiki Master 7 Arch St, Pawling, NY 845.244.1767;

April 2019


Into the Woods

Hiking for Health and Happiness


by Marlaina Donato

any of us Walking and hiking Individuals in the study equate fitness that walked six hours a balance the body with going week lowered their risk through natural moveto the gym, but a good of dying from cancer ment, oxygenation hike in a natural environand cardiovascular and ment can foster unique respiratory disease. It of the cells and the benefits for both body also shows that just two use of our muscles and psyche. as they were designed hours of walking per Hiking or walking week could significantly to be used. outdoors not only proimprove health. motes heart health, help“Walking and hik~Dami Roelse ing to balance both blood ing balance the body sugar and blood pressure, it increases hip through natural movement, oxygenation bone density to help reduce fractures, according to research on postmenopausal women from the ongoing Nurses’ Health Study. Navigating uneven terrain also necessitates lateral movement, which can strengthen core muscles and improve balance more significantly than working out on a treadmill or cycling.

Walk and Live Longer

Any kind of walking can be a great boon to health. Recent research by the American Cancer Society involving 140,000 older adults correlates a lower mortality rate with even short intervals of walking. 46

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of the cells and the use of our muscles as they were designed to be used,” says Dami Roelse, of Ashland, Oregon, author of Walking Gone Wild: How to Lose Your Age on the Trail. “Walking is in our genes; DNA molecules need to be stimulated regularly to express themselves, and walking does just that. It also improves mood and cognition.” The beauty of hiking is that it offers a tailored experience according to ability and personal interests. Day hikes, whether in the countryside or in urban botanical gardens or parks, are uplifting and ideal for any fitness level. Longer or overnight treks with a backpack of supplies offer healthy challenges and opportunities for total immersion in nature. Bringing the kids on a hike offers family fitness time and a healthy way to unplug from technology and sneak in a fun learning experience about local flora and fauna.

Trek for a Healthier Brain

Exercise stimulates feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, but getting a workout in a natural setting fortifies the whole nervous system. A 2015 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science led by Stanford University researchers shows that walking in nature for 90 minutes decreases activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain most affected by depression. In contrast, individuals that walked in an urban environment did not reap the same results. Another 2015 study published in the


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Helpful Links and Inspiration National trail guide resource: 13 best hiking apps: Hiking with the kids: Beginning with day hiking: Backpacking tips for beginners: backpacking-beginners Practical advice, inspiration and tips for women hikers: Walking to stay fit: Library of forest bathing articles: Journal of Environmental Psychology shows that nature walks improve memory and decrease anxiety in teens. The Japanese philosophy of shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing”, woven into Japanese Shinto and Buddhist traditions, has become an important part of science-based health care in Japan. A significant 2009 study by Japanese researchers published in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine shows that just 20 minutes of walking in the woods decreases stress hormones. Forest bathing has also been shown to speed postoperative healing, improve concentration in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and fortify immunity with an increased number of NK, or natural killer cells. Naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley, in Washington, D.C., knows about Mother Nature’s therapeutic gifts firsthand. “I participated in some of the health research both in the field and the lab during a forest bathing trip to Japan,” says the author of The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life. “My vital signs were checked before and after shinrinyoku walks, and in the lab my brainwaves were measured while viewing urban and forest scenes. My blood pressure was lower after every walk, and my brainwaves calmed while viewing forest scenes.” Choukas-Bradley emphasizes that forest bathing doesn’t require a forest setting, noting, “You can forest bathe in the desert, at the beach or even an urban park during a lunch break.” Hitting the trails can also help us see life from another perspective. “Forests are living, breathing organisms. Mountains transcend my humanness,” muses Roelse. “It’s both a humbling and uplifting experience.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality and clinical aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at April 2019


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Finding the Best Hike for You


by Roger Dubin

pril is when we celebrate Earth Day, so I was not surprised to see two great articles related to the outdoors, nature and hiking in this month’s Natural Awakenings—“Loving Nature: Outdoor Adventures for Kids” and “Into the Woods: Hiking for Health and Happiness.” So how do you find the best hike for you? This is not a recommendation for a particular hike in, or to a magnificent place. There are simply too many in our area to list. Instead, this article will provide you with tools to find the perfect hiking experience given what you and your group are looking for.

Here are a few things to consider before searching:

1. What kind of shape are you in? Do you exercise regularly? Are you a runner or a rock climber, or a casual walker? 2. Who will be hiking with you? If it’s anyone particularly young or with physical limitations, you will want to fit your hike to that person’s abilities or the mismatch can potentially ruin the hike for everyone. 3. How much time do you have? (Remem48

ber to consider both travel time and hiking time.) Are you willing to stay overnight? 4. What type of terrain do you want to experience? Would you prefer well-worn, easily identified trails, or something off the beaten path? Are you afraid of heights or of walking near cliffs or downhill slopes? 5. What do you want to see? Among other features, there are vistas, lakes, waterfalls, historic landmarks and wildlife.

Once you have answered these questions, you’re ready to start your search.

There are many great sources of information online. For a quick and easy answer, simply google “hikes near me.” Chances are you’ll find at least a few local options that you’ve never thought or heard of. There may even be trail ratings and links to maps and more information. If that search doesn’t get you good results, then google “parks near me.” My favorite website for finding hikes in this area is The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference maintains 2,150 of trails and has been doing this since 1920.

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Simply click on “Find Hikes” or “Find Parks” and you will be able to set the parameters of your preferred hike, based on the above questions. Once you hit search, you’ll see a choice of hikes on a map, together with descriptions of each one, including difficulty level and driving directions to the trailhead, as well as any public transportation options. There are also books and guides that you can buy or borrow from the library. My favorite book is Circuit Hikes in Harriman, by Don Weise. Harriman Bear Mountain State Park is 52,000 acres with more than 225 miles of marked trails. The area is steeped in beauty and history. It’s less than an hour’s drive from the city and accessible from public transportation. Circuit Hikes in Harriman covers 37 loop hikes, with complete descriptions and a map for each hike. Now that you have the tools, it’s up to you to put them to use. You won’t be disappointed. Happy trails! Roger Dubin is marketing director for Natural Awakenings and a volunteer trail supervisor for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, managing trails in South Eastern Harriman State Park. Contact him at MrNaturalNYC@ or on Instagram @MrNaturalNYC.

Map or App? Whether it’s paper or digital, don’t hit the trail without a guide. The best maps are the official New York-New Jersey Trail Conference maps (available for sale at, which are waterproof and contain useful and interesting information on the revise side. Two popular hiking apps are AllTrails and Avenza, both of which have free and paid features. April 2019


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BALANCE FITNESS StepWISEnow Strength.Flexibility.Balance 325 S. Highland Ave., Ste. 109 Briarcliff Manor/ Ossining 914.292.0602;

GYROTONIC MILLBROOK Gyrotonic Millbrook 34 Front Street 845.417.3659

PILATES STUDIOS ARDSLEY Club Pilates Ardsley 875 Saw Mill River Rd. 914.292.1292; ardsley

MOUNT KISCO Club Pilates Mount Kisco 30 E. Main St. 914.362.8414; MountKisco

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

RHINEBECK Rhinebeck Pilates 6400 Montgomery Street 845.876.5686

SCARSDALE Club Pilates Scarsdale 365 Central Park Ave. 914.449.4411; scarsdale

SOMERS Equipoise Pilates & Wellness Bailey Court, 334 Rt. 202 914.276.2056

WAPPINGERS FALLS Elevate Yoga & Barre Studio 1820 New Hackensack, Suite 3 845.462.8400

TAI CHI In Balance Concepts Tai Chi. Meditation. Qigong 2505 Rt. 6, St. 108, Brewster 845.803.1992

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

YOGA COMMUNITIES nOMad Always at OM Classes, Retreats, YTT




Elevate Yoga Studio 3535 Crompond Rd.

Balance Wellness Studio Yoga.Dance.Exercise.Wellness 1851 East Main St (Rt 6) 914 374.1471;



O2 Living/drinklivingjuice Yoga at Zen Garden 792 Rt. 35 Yellow Monkey Village Private and Small Groups 914.763.6320; 917.721.2529;


The Temperance Center 453 White Plains Road 914.793.2600


VALHALLA YogaShine Kripalu/Meditate/Yoga Therapy 7-11 Legion Drive, 914.769.8745;

Namastesis-Yoga & Wellness Offering Yoga, Massage & Reiki WESTCHESTER 1065 Main Street - Suite H Yoga Haven & Yoga Haven 2 845.765.2299; Tuckahoe & Scarsdale; 914.337.1437 KATONAH Golden Prana Yoga 223 Katonah Avenue YONKERS 914.984.3408 Nueva Alma Yoga & Wellness 799 McLean Avenue 914.294.0606;


Liberation Yoga & Wellness Center YOGA TEACHER 862 Route 6 845.803.8389; Heather Reiners, HipHeather Yoga Teacher & Reiki Master Beginners & Gentle Yoga Putnam Yoga 914.479.2594; 30 Tomahawk Street Baldwin Place 845.494.8118;

Katonah Yoga 39 Main Street 914.241.2661;

BRIARCLIFF MANOR KARMA ROAD YOGA 1250 Pleasantville Road 914.382.6733

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Sifu David Cunniff

Top Five Reasons for Practicing Tai Chi and Qigong by Sifu David Cunniff Reason 5: Increased flexibility. By performing the repetitive movements each day, you keep your muscles limber and stretched. One of the keys to staying young is keeping the cells from constricting, and the daily regimen of a tai chi workout guards against this. Reason 4: Improved short- and long-term memory. The brain is a muscle that needs exercise to continue working properly. The repetitive movements of tai chi form require rote memory, which keeps your brain sharp. Reason 3: Enhanced circulation of blood and qi. Qigong is like Roto-Rooter for your bloodstream—it clears out toxins and promotes qi. The slow, controlled breathing increases oxygen to the lungs and therefore to the blood. The cleaner your blood is, the healthier your entire body will be. Reason 2: Better balance. The graceful, flowing movements, combined with the focus of training, promote a more conscious and attentive mindset, which creates better awareness and improved balance. Reason 1: More fun. Tai chi form is like dancing: It’s fun to do, it can be done anywhere and any time, and it requires only you. Sifu David Cunniff is owner of In Balance Tai Chi Studio, in Brewster, NY. See ad, page 47. 50

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World Tai Chi Qigong Day One Breath, One World

n April 27, In Balance Tai Chi Studio, in Brewster, will invite the public to celebrate the 20th annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day (WTCQD) with a presentation on qigong, a stretching and meditation workshop, a tai chi meditation and a demonstration of tai chi sword form. “Tai chi and qigong—also known and pronounced as chi kung—are ancient systems of exercise so beneficial to the mind and body that they are considered integral parts of Traditional Chinese Medicine,” says Sifu David Cunniff, owner of In Balance Tai Chi Studio. “Each features slow, controlled breathing combined with gentle stretching movements that together harmonize the body, mind and spirit, producing a sense of overall well-being. Tai chi has been proven to reduce stress and alleviate many ailments and injuries, while promoting balance and healing.” Officially recognized by the World Health Organization and the United Nations, WTCQD is celebrated in more 100 nations, Cunniff says. “This annual event has educated millions worldwide about the medicinal and mental health benefits of practicing tai chi and qigong. The positive healing energy begins at 10 a.m. in the earliest time zone and spreads around the world as tai chi is performed continuously throughout the day, beginning at 10 a.m. in each time zone.” At In Balance, the day will begin at 9:15 a.m. with a brief discussion of qigong, followed by a 9:30 a.m. qigong stretching and meditation workshop, a 10 a.m. tai chi meditation and a sword form demonstration. In continuing to promote well-being, In Balance is introducing several eight-week programs in tai chi and qigong, including Qigong for Health, a deep-breathing with stretching exercise that tones the body In Balance Tai Chi Studio in Brewster and calms the mind; Tai Chi for Beginners, which features slow, dance-like movements to develop balance and short-term memory; Tai Chi Jian Sword, classic jian sword form for all levels; and Zen Archery, which combines meditative qigong exercises with archery skills. Cunniff is a certified Team USA Level 2 archery instructor. Class size for the programs is limited to six to eight students. Call for a schedule of programs and to reserve a space. Cost: $120 per eight-week program. The Tai Chi Jian class fee costs an additional $20 for the practice jian sword. Location: In Balance Tai Chi Studio, 2505 Carmel Ave., Rte. 6 (near Drewville Road), Brewster, NY. For more info, call Sifu David Cunniff at 845.803.1992 or visit See ad, page 47.

April 2019


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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 the May issue) and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines on how to submit listings. No phone calls or faxes, please.

markyourcalendar Awaken Wellness Fair It’s all about body, mind and spirit! Speakers, Healers, Vendors & Readers 125+ exhibitors, 1000 guests! Exhibitor spots available

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 Natural Way to Quit Sugar, Overeating, Smoking… – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about a simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent plus success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free info session. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015.

Sunday, April 28, 2019 ~ 10am to 5pm Double Tree Hotel, Tarrytown NY 10591

Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. Mondays. With Amy Kaufman. Relax and unwind on a guided journey to the stillness within. $20. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Info: 914.984.3408. Osteoporosis Awareness Group: Yoga for Osteoporosis – 7-9pm. Learn about the Fishman Method, a 12-position yoga sequence to help build bone density. Free. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, 785 Mamaroneck Ave, corner Heatherbloom Rd, Bldg 4, White Plains. Info: Susan: 914.260.9339.

TUESDAY, APRIL 2 Beginner Restorative Yoga and Meditation – 9:30-10:45am. Tue. With Jennifer Llewellyn. Gently build strength, restore and meditate. $20. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Info: 914.984.3408.

markyourcalendar May 2019 Weekend Reiki Classes

with Anne Bentzen, MSOT, RMT

Early Bird Discount Save $50 Register by 4/30 May 4-5 Reiki Level 1 Classes: $250 Direct Healing, Reiki history and principles May 18-19 Adv. Reiki Level 2 Classes: $350 Intuitive techniques, symbols, distance healing Time: 1-5 pm Sat./Sun. Location: Armonk Register: 914.588.4079 52

TED Talk: Environment: Global Warming & Climate Change – 1-3pm. With host Eugene Ritchie. TED Talk viewing, discussion and inspirational forum. “The Most Important Thing you can do to Fight Climate Change: Talk about It” and “100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming.” Info: 914.232.5717. New Moon Ceremony – 6:30-8:30pm. With Rocio La Rosa. A full moon is a powerful time to release things. Kuti Despacho to receive a cleansing through sound and the earth’s natural elements. $40. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. 917.737.4325.

…Awaken to Your Best Self…


Hatha Yoga and Aromatherapy – 9:30-10:45am. Thursdays. With Rhodella Hughes. Back to basics with Hatha Yoga blended with the magic of essential oils. $20. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Info: 914.984.3408.

Qi Gong – Apr 2, 9, 16 and 30. 10-11am. $15. Sandy Dutchess Yoga, 1575 Rte 376, Lynn Building at the corner of All Angels Hills Rd, Wappingers Falls. Register/class package info: 845.416.4598. Dutchess Yoga: 845.902.8206. Westchester Land Trust Volunteer Mixer – 5:306:30pm. Rain date: Tues, Apr 9. Meet WLT staff and volunteers and learn about the different ways to support land conservation. Wine, beer and snacks will be served. 403 Harris Rd, Bedford Hills. Info: Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 5:45-7:15pm. Tuesdays. With Priti Satya Kaur. A gentle way to end the day. Gain greater clarity and soul awareness. $25. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Info: 914.984.3408. Qi Gong Classes – Apr 2, 9, 16 and 30. 6:30-7:30pm. $10. Sacred Space Healing Arts, 436 Main St, Beacon. Register: 845.416.4598.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 Candlelight Yin Yoga – Apr 3,10th, 17, 24. 7-8:30pm. Increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility in this gentle movement yoga class that enlightens the body, mind and spirit. $15. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor.917.737.4325. ADD Just Doesn’t Add Up – 7-9pm. Is it really a short attention span? Learn current facts and how to distinguish visual problems that mimic or complicate AD(H)D. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177. YERTS – 7:30-8:30pm. With Paul Narad. A simple non-strenuous exercise and relaxation program that combines yoga, exercises, reiki and tai chi. $20. Balance Wellness Studio, 1851 E Main, Rte 6, Mohegan Lake. 914.374.1471. Preregister online:

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Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. First Friday Open Mic – 7:30pm/doors open, sign in; 8pm/open mic. Spoken word. Light refreshments served. $5 donation. 5-min to share special talent. Studio 4 Life, 925 South St, Peekskil. Antonia Arts: 914.393.2382.

SUNDAY, APRIL 7 LifeForce Yoga Chakra Balancing Flow & Yoga Nidra – 11am-12:30pm. With Merrill Black. Gentle meditative flow using sounds, postures, hand gestures and restorative poses to balance chakras. Ending with yoga nidra. Limited space. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

MONDAY, APRIL 8 Lobby Series: An Evening of Chants and Songs to Heal, Inspire and Empower – 6:30pm/doors, 7pm/ show. With Karen Drucker who sings, speaks and leads workshops at women’s retreats, mind-bodyhealth conferences. $20 online. $25 door. United Palace, 4140 Broadway at 175th St, Manhattan. 212.568.6700. Free Meditation Classes for Breast Cancer Survivors – April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6. 6:307:30pm. Develop tools to manage the physical and emotional side effects of a breast cancer diagnosis and meet other survivors. YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, 515 North St, White Plains. Register: 914.949.6227 x208. Adult BFRB Support Group – 7-8pm. With Merrill Black. Connect and share with others who have Trichotillomania/Dermatillomania and other body focused repetitive behaviors. Free. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 Ecological Design – 10am-Noon. Reimagine a new landscape design using the concept of native plant communities. CE-GRDN 2029, CLA-100. $55. Eti Katoni. #13176. Westchester Community College. Register: 914.606.6830 press 1. Free Tai Chi Classes for Breast Cancer Survivors – Apr 10, 17, 24 and May 1, 8. 6:15-7:15pm. Whether newly diagnosed or post-treatment, getting regular exercise is important for continued health. YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, 515 North St, White Plains. Register: 914.949.6227 x208. 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.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11 What is Oral Facial MyoFunctional Therapy? – 7:30pm. With Judith Dember-Paige explaining how children’s facial and airway development are affected by pacifier use, thumb sucking and eating convenient soft processed foods. Free. Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd, Rye.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 Curing Addiction from the Core: Quit with Quinn Info Session – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about the unseen energy of addiction and how this simple, natural method can help one quit for

markyourcalendar Interfaith Sundays at The Chapel at Croton Falls

Sunday, April 28, 2019: 10:30-12:00 Melanie Gambino Interfaith Minister 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 for feast contributions: good. Alcohol, smoking, sugar, behaviors. 80 percent plus success. Free. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 Qi Revolution – April 13-15. With Qigong practitioner Jeff Primack and 20 other instructors. Three-day training; the largest qigong event in North America. $199. Advance registration required. Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Rd., Danbury, CT. Infp: 800.298.8970 or

Easter Egg Hunt at Harvest Moon – April 13, 14, 19 & 20. Includes kids egg hunt, carton for collecting eggs, visit with the Easter Bunny and souvenir. $15. Hayrides, pony rides, the bounce house and food from the grill offered weather permitting and at an additional charge. 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem. Preregistration required: Great Saw Mill River Cleanup – 10am-1pm. Join Groundwork Hudson Valley for the 10th Great Saw Mill River Cleanup and celebrate Earth Day with this cleanup at multiple sites along the river. Multiple locations in Westchester. Info, Sophie Niesciur: 914.375.2151.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 Great Saw Mill River Cleanup – 10am-1pm. Join Groundwork Hudson Valley for the 10th Great Saw Mill River Cleanup and celebrate Earth Day with this cleanup along the river. Liberty Coca Cola Distribution Center, 115 Fairview Park Dr, Elmsford. Info, Sophie Niesciur: 914.375.2151. Great Green Eggstravaganza – 11am-3pm. A day of egg-themed activities, including environmentally friendly egg hunt. Make seasonal crafts, meet animals and join naturalist to discover signs of spring throughout property. $5-$15. The Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470.

Dutchess Heart Walk – Heart Walks fund the AHA’s research and awareness programs. Participants can join as individuals or as a team. Dutchess Community College. Info:

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markyourcalendar Shamanic Reiki Trainings in Rhinebeck, NY Level One May 4 & 5 Level Two June 22 & 23 Claudia Gukeisen, MA Shamanic Reiki Master Teacher Location: Izlind Integrative Wellness Center, Rhinebeck, NY Info/Register: or call 914.673.3313

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

TUESDAY, APRIL 16 Bionutrient Food Association Meeting – 5:307:30pm. With Doug DeCandia and Ellen Best. For local growers, gardeners and those interested in improving the quality of foods, which is the mission of BFA, through regenerative farming practices. Sugar Hill Farm. Info: Trance Writing the Healing Journey – 6:30/ networking begins; 7-8:30pm/meeting. With Kristin Prevallet Westchester Holistic Network. WHN members and first-timers free. $10 repeat nonmembers. Ixchel Center, Hartsdale Register:

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 Yin Yoga & Meditation – 7-8pm. With Maria Polhemus. Quiet and calm mind and body. $4. Pawling Library, 11 Broad St, Pawling. 845.855.3444. Identifying Ferns of the Northeast – 7-9:30pm. Learn the distinguishing characteristics of the 30 most common ferns native to the region. CE-GRDN 2053, KNC-3. $65 plus $5 materials fee, payable to instructor. Michael Penziner. #13177. Westchester Community College. Register: 914.606.6830 press 1.


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Lunar Gong Bath Full Moon in Scorpio – 7-9pm. Kundalini yoga, meditation and short astrology talk to align the inner self with astrological energies. Release and renew with healing sounds of the gong. $25. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Info: 914.984.3408.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 6:307:30pm. Learn about Quit with Quinn: helping people overcome alcohol, smoking, sugar and other addictions more easily than they ever thought possible. 80 percent plus success. Free info session. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015.

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

MONDAY, APRIL 22 Earth Day Despacho – 2-5pm. With Rocio La Rosa. Together families will create a gratitude and prayer bundle for Earth Day. $30 adults. Kids ages 8 and up free. Universal Healing Arts Connection. 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor.917.737.4325.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 Sound Experience for your Body, Mind and Soul – 7-8:30pm. With Cristina Reyes-Schleifer. Immerse oneself in the soothing waves of sound. Free. Pawling Library, 11 Broad St, Pawling. 845.855.3444. 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.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 Natural Way to Quit Sugar, Overeating, Smoking… – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about a simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent plus success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free info session. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. Group Healing: You Owe it to Yourself – 7:30-9pm. With Gene Krackehl. Relax in a zero-gravity chair and listen to music to take away stress and heal with healing energy and guidance. $60. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor.917.737.4325.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 Earth Day of Action at Otter Creek Preserve – 9am-3pm. Join WLT’s Stewardship team while protecting and caring for the land at the preserve. Help to build bog bridges, plant wildflowers and beautify the landscape. 403 Harris Rd, Bedford Hills. Info: World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2019 – 9:30am/ group Qigong meditation; 10am/Tai Chi form. Qigong includes wellness stretching. Tai Chi continues the worldwide circle of energy. Free. In Balance 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, near Drewville Rd, Brewster.

Awaken Wellness Fair – 10am-5pm. Featuring speakers, healers, vendors and readers, 125 plus exhibitors, 1000 guests. Exhibitor spots available. Double Tree Hotel, Tarrytown. Tickets/info: Interfaith Sundays at The Chapel at Croton Falls – 10:30am-12noon. With Melanie Gambino, Interfaith Minister. All welcome. Refreshments to follow. 609, Rt. 22, Croton Falls. (Next to the Schoolhouse Theater.) Parking across street. Info: Discovering Angels Class: Meet your Zodiac Guardian – Noon-2pm. With Pamela Landolt. $40. P3 Health & Wellness Shop, 181 S Plank Rd, Newburgh. Info/registration: 914.204.1323. Earth Week Celebration – Noon-4pm. A day of volunteer projects and workshops to learn ways to care for the Earth, including beekeeping and composting. Arrive early for Yoga class at 10:30am. Free. Info: 914.723.3470. 20th Annual Native Plant Sale – 10am-1pm. The Native Plant Center celebrates its annual sale. Free admission. The Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Rd, Valhalla. Info: 914.606.7870. Healing with CranioSacral Therapy – 2-4pm. With Joy Matalon. The Center For Health and Healing, 4 Smith Ave, Mt Kisco. Early bird $35 by 3/27. $40 thereafter. Register: 914.864.0462. Soul to Soul Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. With Rocio La Rosa. Using sounds and offerings, an opportunity to heal old wounds, emotions and situations with both the living and those who have crossed over. $40. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. 917.737.4325.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 Putnam Heart Walk – Heart Walks fund the AHA’s research and awareness programs. Participants can join as individuals or as a team. Brewster High School. Info: Monthly Yoga Nidra – 10-11am. With Claudia Gukeisen. Guided meditation to relax and restore for balance. $20. Mt Kisco. 914.673.3313.

Open Heart Conversations: Science and Spirituality – 3pm. With Dr. Jude Currivan. What if everything known about reality is about to be transformed? What if science finally catches up with universal spiritual truths? $6. Space limited. United Palace, 4140 Broadway at 175th St, Manhattan. 212.568.6700.

SATURDAY, MAY 4 Riverkeeper Sweep – Clean up trash, plant trees and grasses and maintain waterfront parks up and down the Hudson Valley. Volunteers will receive information and opportunities to advocate on issues such as banning plastic bags and straws in New York State. Info: Shamanic Reiki Trainings: Level One – May 4-5. With Claudia Gukeisen. Level Two: June 22-23. Izlind Integrative Wellness Center, Rhinebeck. Info/ Register: 914.673.3313. Earth Day of Action: Part Two at Otter Creek Preserve – 9am-1pm. Join WLT’s Stewardship team while protecting and caring for the land at the preserve. Help to build bog bridges, plant wildflowers and beautify the landscape. 403 Harris Rd, Bedford Hills. Info: Reiki 1 Class – May 4-5. 1-5pm both days. With Anne Bentzen. Learn foundation skills for selfhealing and treating others. Receive four attunements, manual and certificate. $250. Early bird by Apr 30 $200. Armonk. Register: 914.588.4079.

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...Holistic Rhapsody... Sunday, June 2 ~10am-8pm at Fable: From Farm to Table WANTED Exhibitors • Healers • Speakers • Sponsors • Vendors • Volunteers Register Here:

TUESDAY, MAY 7 Guided Mindfulness Nature Walk at Pine Croft Meadow Preserve – 10am-Noon. Rain Date: May 8. With Betty Sue Hanson. Skillful guidance to help participants activate their bodies, improving concentration and reducing stress. 403 Harris Rd, Bedford Hills. Info:

markyourcalendar June 21-23 Empower Your Humanness UnShame Your Life Weekend Workshop Omega Institute Campus Rhinebeck, NY Presented by: Caryn Scotto d’ Luzia Inhibition, Shame & Embodiment Expert. Fun, powerful and highly transformative immersion experience! Register early for best housing options.

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markyourcalendar Expressive Arts Group Fridays 10am – 1pm April- July September – December

Individual exploration of different creative modalities. No previous art experience necessary Stephanie Buck, Arts therapist The Yellow Door Studios, 1 North St., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Contact: Stephanie Buck 914.478.4200 or

sunday Kacey, On The Radio – 6:30am. The Health and Happiness Show. Interviews with therapists, healers, doctors, actors and dreamers. Tune into 100.7 WHUD. Beginner Tai Chi & Qigong – 9:30am. Improve balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992. Teaching Trails: Weekend Walks for All Ages – 11:30am-12:15pm. Most Sundays. Guided trail experience through woodland forest with volunteers who provide information on trees, plants, wildlife and seasonal changes. Free. The Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470.



Healing Dance Circle – 1-2:30pm. Share and connect in a community of compassion, then move through an intuitively guided dance practice to nourish individual and collective needs. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, South Rd, Millbrook. 845.677.3517.

tuesday Chair Yoga for All – 11:30am-12:30pm. Led by a nurse practitioner certified in chair yoga, this class truly is for everyone. $15. Balance Wellness Studio, 1851 E Main, Rte 6, Mohegan Lake. 914.374.1471. Preregister online: Hot Lunch – 12:30pm. With Belinda. One hour of hot vinyasa to help motivate mid-day. Strengthen and tone body while also finding a peaceful state of mind. $25 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Casapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/ meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Beginner Tai Chi & Qigong – 7pm. Improve balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992. Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm. With Jo-Anne Salomone. A class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. JoAnne: 917.364.1871.


Vinyasa – 9:30am. With Shira. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Class card purchase:

Joyful Anusara Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Casapini. Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. JoAnne: 917.364.1871.

Hot Lunch – 12:30pm. With Kristi G. One hour of hot vinyasa to help motivate mid-day. Strengthen and tone body while also finding a peaceful state of mind. $25 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320.

Hot Lunch – 12:30pm. With Neely. One hour of hot vinyasa to help motivate mid-day. Strengthen and tone body while also finding a peaceful state of mind. $25 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320.

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3X3Fit Total Body Workout – 6-7pm. A unique class taught by the only Certified Master Trainer in NY. Resistance based training for everyone. $17. Balance Wellness Studio, 1851 E Main, Rte 6, Mohegan Lake. 914.374.1471. Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Victor Gazzini. A yoga class using a breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322. Weekly Spiritual and Meditation Program – 7:30-9pm. Meditation and spiritual gathering with video selections and readings on a weekly topic. Science of Spirituality. Refreshments following. Free. Mosaic Mental Health Center. 5676 Riverdale Ave, Ste 203. Riverdale. Info. 914.433.1800.

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Astrology with Pamela Cucinell Wonder Blooms

Surprise tempts a flare-up on April Fools’ Day; flexibility cools it down. Seek harmonious environments on April 2, when color and sound heighten. Spring fever reigns on April 3; time to lessen any demands. As the fog lifts on April 4, action and desire grab attention. The April 5 Aries new moon presents opportunities for those ready to step up. Expect eventual success. Delightful serendipity happens April 6.

Focus Determines the Course

Tasks hum and pleasurable activities become more so on April 7. Start April 8 with the most important aspiration or project, because that occupies your day. Distractions on April 9 are best kept in check. Any deal that looks too good on April 10 is most likely that. Inspiration percolates on April 11, when some of the best ideas come from everyday activity. Wisdom and warnings on April 12 keep keen observers on track.

Work with What’s Available

A little playfulness on April 13 burns off heaviness and doubt. Influential people and auspicious encounters on April 14 lead to a change in fortune. Crankiness and a sense of being short-changed haunt this April 15; the antidote is to get some reflective space. Narrow the to-do list on April 16 to increase success. Any relationship benefits


from deep dialogue on April 17. A predictable tug-of-war on April 18 turns on its head.

Coax the Light

The Libra full moon on April 19 invites transformation, especially in relationship; change begins within each individual. Conversations explore the depths on April 20. Hope and open-mindedness set the tone on April 21—appropriate for Easter. Disparate agendas disrupt Earth Day, yet any upset produces beneficial results. Vistas feed the soul on April 23; get outdoors. Revelations on April 24 crystallize a situation with clarity.

Power Up!

On April 25, witness the power available for those ready to use it; accountability required. Encounters with community stimulate possibilities on April 26. The flow of ideas on April 27 creates excellent potential for humanitarian endeavors. Kindness and connection expand on April 28. A soberness colors April 29. Imagination works in tandem with responsibility on April 30. Pamela Cucinell offers spiritual insight with a practical twist through both astrology and tarot at She offers guidance through her website, private sessions, YouTube and webinars. For more information, contact her at pamela@insightoasis. com or 917.796.6026. See ad, page 44.

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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. Vinyasa – 9:30am. With Shira. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Class card purchase: Beginner Tai Chi & Qigong – 10am. Improve balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992. Energy Dance Fitness – 5:30-7pm. An eclectic blend of traditional, multicultural and creative dance styles to foster wellness of body, mind and spirit. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, South Rd, Millbrook. 845.677.3517.

friday Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Casapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle Level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Yin Yang Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Angela. Combination practice of strength and long holds for deep fascia wellness. All levels. $18. Balance Wellness Studio 1851 E Main, Rte 6, Mohegan Lake 914.374.1471 Preregister online: Guided Meditation & Spiritual Healing Medley – 6-7:30pm. Healing dance, movement, meditation, chanting, intuitive practices and spiritual topics. Unique weekly themes and meditation every other Fri. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, South Rd, Millbrook. 845.677.3517.

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Green Ossining Earth Day Festival, see page 17. Beginner Tai Chi & Qigong – 7pm. Improve balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992. Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) – 7-8:30pm. Groundbreaking relapse prevention program that combines sharing in a safe, anonymous environment with gentle yoga and mindfulness. Donation. Walk-ins welcomed. Balance Wellness Studio, 1851 E Main, Rte 6, Mohegan Lake. 914.374.1471.

saturday Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: 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. Mindful Restorative LifeForce Yoga – 9:3010:45am. With Reyna Gonzalez. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER – Need a new look for your advertising and promotional material? Graphic designer with 15 years experience in the wellness and holistic industry. Fully bilingual: English & Spanish. Call 787.297.8818 or email waleska@

FOR RENT 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.

HELP WANTED FT & PT: Sales Associate in Candle and Gift Store. Outgoing, self-motivated and confident. At least 3 years of sales experience. Friendly and customer oriented. Problem solver with a drive to find the answers to questions. Comfortable with offering customers our full menu of items. Able to make custom-orders of our products for goodie bags, corporate thank-you gifts, holiday gifts and other specialty orders. Must be available weekdays, weekends and at event sites (weekends). Locations in Bedford Hills and Westchester Mall. To apply call: Marcie Manfredonia 914.218.8357 or email marcie@ PT: ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVE/Westchester. Natural Awakenings is seeking to find an energetic person who loves our magazine and shares our passion for health and wellness. Approimately 50 hours a month needed to create and build your own success! We will train and support a self-motivated, organized individual who would love to connect and support local wellness practitioners

and companies. Outside sales experience preferred. Great supplemental income (commission-based). To apply please email or call our office: 845.593.0065.


FREE INSPIRATION! NEED A LIFT? Listen to a Shine On Podcast right now! Shine On The Health and Happiness Show is heard first on 100.7 WHUD Sundays at 6:30 AM.

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

SERVICES ALL-ELECTRIC LAWN CUTTING AND LANDSCAPING - End your lawn’s addiction to gasoline, try our electric/manual service. Quiet, non-polluting. Our delivery fleet consists of electric vehicles. Senior discount. 914.980.1535

VENDORS/SPEAKERS WA N T E D : E X H I B I T O R S , H E A L E R S , SPEAKERS, Sponsors, Vendors, Volunteers. Free Spirit Expo at Fable Farm to Table- Ossining, NY. Sunday, June 2, 10am-8pm Register Here: www.

VOLUNTEERS NUDIST/ LIFE MODELS WANTED. Writer/ producer looking for mature nudists for behavioral study, documentary, and focus groups. Send inquiries, and request for questionnaire to Focusearch@ All inquiries will be held in confidence.

Women’s Self Defense & Beginner Shaolin Kung Fu – 10:30am. This training is an excellent exercise regime and self-defense system. The powerful movements develop coordination and promote external strength. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992. Teaching Trails: Weekend Walks for All Ages – 11:30am-12:15pm. Guided trail experience through woodland forest with volunteers who provide information on trees, plants, wildlife and seasonal changes. Free. The Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470.

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Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit.


WE CAN HELP 855.529.1099 Are you self- employed or an independent contractor? We can help. We can help you become financially fit! Our passion is health and wellness companies. We take a holistic approach for small businesses & taxes. Please call us today. See ad pg 24.


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 ads pgs 5 & 27.



Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH By Appt.: Mt. Kisco/Cold Spring, NY and Ridgefield, CT 914.362.8315; Chinese medicine for relieving muscle/joint pain and headaches; treating chronic disease including autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and mental health conditions; boosting immune function; balancing hormones; helping tobacco/substance addiction; and reducing stress. Includes acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, qigong, and TENS electro-stimulation. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 20.


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

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.


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 44.

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



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.


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.473.2015; Quit with Quinn helps people overcome daily addictions and unwanted habits ranging from sugar, smoking, alcohol, weight loss, to overeating and other compulsive habits. All natural, painless, no medications, needles, or hypnosis. 80% success rate. See ad pg 55.

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE KARLA BOOTH DIAMOND, MAMSAT 153 Main St, Suite J Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.649.9565

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



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The Center for Health & Healing, Mt. Kisco, NY; Izlind Integrative Wellness Center, Rhinebeck, NY;; 914.673.3313 Learn the principles of Ayurveda to help correct digestive issues that contribute to sleep, stress and other health imbalances. Ayurvedic diet, cooking and lifestyle recommendations along with Ayurvedic & Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Reiki facilitate long-term improvements to your current health challenges. Support provided between visits.


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 29.


495 Central Park Ave, Ste. 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. Please visit website for details.

BOOKS TITLE: DISCOVERING ANGELS by Pamela Landolt, M.Msc. Available at

Looking for angelic guidance? My book, “Discovering Angels” helps readers recognize when angels are near and teaches through simple exercises and guided meditations how to receive messages. Discover your two primary guardians, the zodiac, nature angels, and much more.


25 Depot Plaza Bedford Hills NY; 914.218.8357 125 Westchester Ave. White Plains, NY; 914.259.6739 Locally made in Bedford. Hundreds of candles in stock or create your own custom candle. Choose your favorite scent, wax color, wick type and container. All natural soy candles, handcrafted and nontoxic with long-lasting aroma. Shop in stores or on-line. Stores are open 7 days a week. See ad pg 5.


Whole plant medicine on a ‘whole You’ level.; @ShiraSynergy The Only Holistic CBD System of Infused Aromatherapy, Tinctures, Capsules and Topicals, Founder and CEO Shira Adler is a nationally recognized CBD Expert, Speaker, Coach, Consultant, and Author of “The ABCs of CBD” – available in stores and on


A Wellness Boutique 15 Maple av, Armonk, NY 914.219.4360; Offering high quality Hemp derived CBD products including tinctures, gel caps, muscles rubs, creams, teas, chocolates, honeys and more. Plus, a full line of pet products for dogs, cats and horses. In addition to CBD products, the store also offers several lines of wellness and gift products. See ad pg 13.

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!


Integrity Chiropractic 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 10541 845.628.7233; Do you struggle with chronic pain and don’t know where to turn for help? Experience the relief from a total-body approach to wellness. Call today for your free consult and enjoy doing the things you love again. See ad pg 20.

UPPER CERVICAL CHIROPRACTIC OF NY 311 North St., Suite 410, White Plains, NY 914.686.6200:

Dr. Gertner himself suffered with back pain due to an injury. With upper cervical chiropractic treatments, his body began to “heal itself” and the relentless pain that had plagued him quickly left his body. This inspired him to become one of only 5 NUCCA chiropractors in New York, and less than 200 worldwide, currently. He experienced amazing results and he knows you will too. See ad pg 67.


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. See ad pg 47.

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

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


The Practical Mystic Spirit Based Coaching for Women 914.220.2495; I help you figure out what is most important to you, identify your patterns, shift your reactions, perceptions and the negative beliefs you have about yourself. This deep change work allows your life to open up in unlimited ways. See ad pg 39.

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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.


Protect Yourself from EMFs and Other Negative Energies! A professional dowser can block the negative effects of cell phone, satellite dishes, high-tension wires and more. If you’ve been experiencing trouble selling your home, attracting business, or unexplained health issues. Call to see how dowsing can help.



Science based environmental health nonprofit with mission to educate the public regarding environmental exposures and links to health and environmental impacts. Practical information and solution tools are provided. Serves local and state governments, school systems, health professionals, organizations and individuals nationwide.


Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, Director White Plains & Ossining offices 914.762.4693; WellOnTheWay.Com Curious about energy medicine? Know there is something to it, from all you’ve r e a d a n d h e a r d ? A r e y o u tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call!


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.


ENERGY HEALING 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.

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.



By Appointment; Sarah’s House of Health 900 South Lake Blvd, Mahopac, NY 914.562.0618; Eminence Organic Skin Care is handmade, extracted from plants, vegetables and herbs from a family-owned farm in Hungary. Let the aromas treat your senses and the ingredients impart health and beauty to your skin. Gentle massage will stimulate collagen and deliver ingredients to the deepest layer of your skin. See ad pg 53.


Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, Jikiden Reiki, Energetic Counseling, OT Locations Armonk and Eastchester 914.588.4079; Energetic balance is essential to your health. Restore energetic flow, balance your chakras, clear stress symptoms, pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, insomnia and more. Improve natural immunity, mental clarity and peace. Reiki classes all levels. Private sessions. Weekend retreats.


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



Energy Medicine Practioner, Medical Intuititive, Physical Therapist 46 Bedford Road, Katonah NY 239.289.3744;

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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.

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.


250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 25 years of clinical practice using natural remedies? Expertise in treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. Emphasis on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. If you want experienced, competent, compassionate, and exceptional care. See ad pg 15.


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.

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

A healthy approach to beauty and wellness led by Maureen Toohey, Regional Educator for Organic Salon Systems. The fresh team is committed to making your experience fully complete and satisfying, organically. Receive a gift valued at $75 with your 1st color appointment, when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad pg 21.


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.


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.


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 13.


Shima Chayvet CEH, MRM, CHHS, CCP 4 Crestview Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, NY 914.737.HEAL; Healing. That’s what happens here. A healing community within a spiritual space that offers Reiki, Qi Gong, Reflexology, Yoga, Group Healings, Energy Healing, Special workshops, featured presenters, holistic weight loss, Sound Healing, Acupressure, Reflexology, Meditation Circles, Shamanic teachings and Reiki Certification for adults and children to name a few. There is also a metaphysical shop open to the public. Come and reconnect with your true self.


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.

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 31.


Do you suffer from chronic health problems like cancer, autoimmune, GI or neurological issues? You need a BloodDetective! Dr. Wald will work with you personally over the phone, as a house call or at his Katonah office. Call today, you deserve personal attention. See ad pg 19.


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777 Ulster Ave, Kingston 504 Haight 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.

LAND CONSERVATION WESTCHESTER LAND TRUST 403 Harris Rd, Bedford Hills, NY 914.234.6992

Westchester Land Trust works together with public and private partners to preserve land in perpetuity, and to protect and enhance the natural resources in our communities. Learn about their many innovative programs at


250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 25 years of clinical practice using natural remedies? Expertise in treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. Emphasis on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. If you want experienced, competent, compassionate, and exceptional care. See ad pg 15.


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

HORSE & RIDER DANA BOULANGER #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645


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. See ad pg 39.


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.



Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH By Appt.: Mt. Kisco/Cold Spring, NY and Ridgefield, CT 914.362.8315; Utilize an integrative healing approach from a doctor trained in holistic medicine. Working with your current medical treatments & labwork, as well as botanical medicine, dietary & lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, stress reduction and ecotherapy. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 20.


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.

Laura Giacovas,LMT, MS Ed., 4th Dan Master Instructor Taekwondo Briarcliff NY 914.941.2400,

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. See ad pg 20.



SHARP AGAIN NATURALLY—501(C)3 Alzheimer.Dementia.Memory Loss 914.281.1404

Experiencing “senior moments? Have a loved one diagnosed w i t h A l z h e i m e r ’ s ? Memory loss has many causes, and can be prevented and treated. Early intervention makes a real difference! Research-based information to help you and your loved ones at

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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 29.


777 Ulster Ave, Kingston 504 Haight 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.


128 Grand St., Croton on Hudson, Ny 914.271.5000; Serving the community since 1929. Yo u r one stop shop for all your Prescriptions, DME supplies, Natural supplements, Homeopathic Medicine and Herbal supplements with around the clock (9am-6pm. ) Free Deliveries. Specializing in products From Designs for health, Metagenics, Nordic Naturals, Teas, Essential Oils and Full spectrum and Isolated CBDS. See ad pg 55.


2 Coulter Road, Bakers Mills, NY 12811 518.251.3015; 914.556.8258 Yoga in the Adirondacks is nestled in the valley of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, where yoga embraces nature. Connect your mind, body and spirit and explore your retreat with like-minded people to build a happier and healthier life. Studio available for your yoga/wellness private group as well. See ad pg 59.

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 3.



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.


Facial & Body Treatments 1081 Main St., Ste B, Fishkill, NY 845.288.3216; I believe in the Mind, Body, and Spirit Connection. Private studio dedicated to personalized and holistic skin care for women of all ages and skin types. Specializing in restorative, reparative, and anti-aging treatments. Botanical, cruelty-free, nature-based product lines; vegan and gluten-free options.


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.

PSYCHIC READINGS DOMINIQUE AT SYNCHRONICITY Psychic Tarot Medium Reading 1511 Route 22 Brewster 845.363.1765;

Our gifted psychics offer insight and clarity for life’s situations. Analyzing your past, present and future provides support in decision making. Our Mediums receive validations from loved ones that have passed, which provide healing. See ad pg 45.

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 31.

PHARMACIES COMPOUNDING PHARMACY 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 f f 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.


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.


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.

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Rev. June Tompkins, Acting Pastor 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls, NY Join a unique monthly Interfaith Sunday at the Chapel at Croton Falls at 10:30am – Enjoy prayer, music, movement and dialogue. Check our FB page for information on upcoming programs or e-mail Rev. Deborah Moldow, Interfaith Minister, at



Certified Whole Health Educator 518.929.7579;

SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310;

Prevention is the Cure. Offering the highest standards in Radiation-Free 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 and Dutchess by appointment.

Lose weight, inches and improve your overall health with the Mei Zen Acupuncture treatment for weight loss and abdominal toning. Jump start your metabolism and balance your body’s energy as you lose weight. Additional benefits include enhanced energy and improved digestion. See ads pgs 5 & 27.


Soul Alignment Coach and Healer Cold Spring, NY 845.202.1717; Mary Ellen O’Brien is a Soul Alignment Coach and Healer who helps Spiritual Practitioners and Healers align with their higher self consistently so they can fully own their gifts. She holds frequent group programs in Cold Spring, NY.



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

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 31.


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 55.



Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

Organic, Vegan, Gluten Free, Kosher Mount Kisco & Scarsdale Locations Mount Kisco: 914.358.1666 Scarsdale: 914.472.9646

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. See ad pg 20.

Skinny Buddha utilizes the highest quality ingredients, to make delicious flavorful meals that everyone in the family will enjoy. Soups, salads, acai bowls, smoothies, baked goods and more. No matter what your dietary restrictions, all roads leads to Skinny Buddha. See ad pg 27.

The practitioners of Soulauras are committed to providing an inspired, nurturing environment from which wellness and harmony can be realized. Services: Therapeutic Massage, Bodywork, Auricular Acupressure and Integrated Holistic Healing Services, Yoga, Reiki, Reflexology and Chakra Balancing. See ad pg 39.




Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Services 914.962.6402; 800.532.4290 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.



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.

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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.

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