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weet, sweet spring! Longer days, warmer weather and the sounds of nature—birds and frogs singing their hearts out. Every year the magic at the start of spring takes my breath away. Being outside can be centering, calming and renewing—or inspiring and exhilarating, depending on what you need. Spring is a time for new beginnings after the long, dark, introspective winter, and Dana Boulanger Marilee Burrell I’m excited about what this new cycle of growth will bring. This year, more than ever, feels like a time of newness that is especially ripe with potential. I’m excited for what we all will create in our lives and in our communities. To coax you to get outside more often to soak up our beautiful natural world, we asked local nature writer Jill Eisenstein to find the best places to kayak in our area. So get out your kayak, or rent one, and then pick a destination in “Kayaking the Hudson Valley,” pages 38-40. And if you need more reasons to get outside, check out the local Earth Day celebrations on page 52 and in our calendar, which starts on page 54. If you love the thought of bringing more birds and butterflies onto your property, rip up your lawn and create a natural wonderland. Read “Eco Yards: Turning Lawns into Native Landscapes” on pages 42 to 44. Also, local healing garden landscaper Mike Gulbrandsen tells us about the holistic, organic work he calls shamanic gardening in “Gardening for Five Generations,” pages 45. This month’s issue also focuses on massage and bodywork. It’s no secret that ongoing massages from a trained professional are good for pretty much anything that ails you. Please check out our special bodywork section, pages 32-37, for details and to find resources near you. Last month, Dana and I met some amazing local food pioneers at the first annual Bedford 2020 Food Forum, and you can read about some of them in the pages of this magazine. Donna Simons—the local authority on egg farming—uses the most humane farming practices possible. Her farm, Pound Ridge Organics, has achieved Animal Welfare Approval (AWA)—the highest standard there is. Read about her farm and chickens in “Pound Ridge Organics: The Chicken Eggs-Perts,” page 30. Tom Deacon, another conscientious organic farmer we met at the forum, sells herbs, vegetables and free-range eggs at his farm stand and area farmers’ markets, as well as to local restaurants. His farm, Fable: From Farm to Table, is located in in Ossining. Read more on page 31. Next month will be our big Women’s Wellness edition featuring articles on natural pregnancy and childbirth, women rising, and healthy milk alternatives. As always, feel free to send us your ideas and favorite local resources. We’d love to hear from you! And finally for those who missed the holistic vegan cruise in March offered through Holistic Holiday at Sea (it was a blast!) you can book your tickets now for next year’s dream vacation. The dates are February 15-25, 2018. Registration is open now—visit soon for early booking discounts. Hope to see you there! Happy Spring!

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32 MASSAGE ENVY Healing Mission Motivates Local Owners

36 MEDICAL MASSAGE Targeted Therapy for Specific Ills by Linda Sechrist



HUDSON VALLEY by Jill Eisenstein


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Dr. Messina to Host “Vital Health” Workshop


r. Marianne Messina, a wellness practitioner, chiropractor and craniosacral therapist at Cortlandt Wellness, will host an interactive workshop, Vital Health, at John C. Hart Library in Shrub Oak on April 6 at 6 p.m. “This workshop will take you on a path of living wellness toward your best self,” Messina says. Participants should register through the library’s adult programing division. In her 25-plus years of practice, Messina has worked with diverse groups, ages and acute and chronic conditions.   “During this interactive workshop, participants will investigate how to create a path of vitality, health and wellness. Participants will come away with a plan of additions, eliminations and primarily a practice of living” she says.   Cortlandt Wellness provides oneon-one chiropractic acute and wellness care, craniosacral therapy and nutritional evaluations. Messina says the office will soon be scheduling meditation and breathing workshops, and it’s in the preliminary stages of planning its second Holistic Wellness Fair, scheduled for September 24. Check CortlandtWelless. com for workshop dates and to learn about participating in or volunteering at the fair.   Cortlandt Wellness is located at 2241 Crompond Rd., Cortlandt Manor, NY. For more info, visit or call 914.930.8800. 10

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r. Dorette Lewis-Senior is expanding her practice to include medical thermography and free weekly health talks in her Bronx office. These talks, which are open to the community, are intended to educate people about the safe and effective use of natural modalities, including the use of dietary supplements when taking prescription medications. Lewis-Senior has been in practice for more than fourteen years as a naturopathic doctor but was also recently certified as a wellness counselor by New York State and as a thermographer by Med-Hot Thermal Imaging. She is the cofounder of Drs2Health along with her husband, Dr. Derek Senior, a Dr. Dorette naturopathic doctor and nutritionist. Lewis-Senior Lewis-Senior says that as a native of Jamaica, she personally experienced the successes of natural healing when she was given herbs as a child. “My passion is to promote healthy lifestyle practices and wellness in the Bronx and neighboring communities,” she says. “I developed my passion for healing while pursuing my nursing degree. I wanted to be able to address the total person rather than just their symptoms. Today I extend my passion to heal individuals and communities and believe that through proper screenings, teaching and careful application of natural modalities, I can help save lives.” Dorette also hosts the Women’s Wellness Hour, airing on 107.7 FM and online at, Tuesdays from 8 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Dr. Dorette Lewis-Senior has office at 3511 Barnes Ave, #1A, Bronx, NY, and 5520 Park Ave., Yale New Haven Health Integrative Medicine Center (I-600), Trumbull, CT. For more info about her practice, visit For details about the health talks or to register, call the office at 855.735.2533.

Children Worldwide Invited to Submit to Art Exhibition


oung people from around the world are invited to submit their artwork to the 20th annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards. The theme and message for 2017 is Nature for All: Loving the Earth. Children ages 5 through 16 can send in pieces sharing their love of nature, with the aim of inspiring a similar love in others. Peace Pals International is a program of the World Peace Prayer Society. This year’s theme was co-created with #NatureForAll, a project of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). #NatureForAll is a global movement to inspire a new generation of thinkers and doers across all sectors of society to connect with nature and take action to support its conservation. At its core is a very simple idea: the more people experience, connect with and share their love of nature, the more support there will be for its conservation. To read more about the mission of the program, and to see the rules and guidelines for the 2017 Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards, visit For more info, visit or

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Bernadette Blooms Posts Free Guided Meditation


ernadette Bloom, founder of the Center for Aligned Healing and president of the JJ Esoteric Foundation, has posted a 10-minute YouTube video, “Meditation for Attunement and Healing with Bernadette Bloom,” to guide people through the meditation process. “It includes building a bridge to higher states of consciousness and a self-healing,” she says. “The side effects are wonderful.” Bernadette Bloom Bloom also now offers a pre- and post-surgery energy-healing service: a program for sufferers of PTSD: and a limited-time energy rejuvenation/hair highlighting service. Bloom says her pre- and post-surgery service is designed to balance the nervous system before surgery and promote faster recovery afterward. “The service for PTSD involves balancing the body’s energy centers, or chakras, to get a baseline reading of where the trauma is located, and then having the person think about the trauma and having the facilitator go back and rebalance the nervous and limbic systems of the body and take the trauma out.” Energy healing classes are forming in late April and early May. Students  will learn to do energy work on themselves and others. From March 12 to April 30, Bloom is offering a combined service package—hair highlights plus energy rejuvenation—for people who want to “feel physically, emotionally and mentally lighter.” Each service is $105, and both must be booked to receive the discount. The two services will be offered at separate locations in Chappaqua. For more info, visit or call 239.289.3744.

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy at Well On The Way


ell On The Way LLC in White Plains and Ossining is now offering Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF), new technology designed to rapidly increase blood flow; enhance oxygen supply and metabolic waste disposal; enhance cardiac function, strength and energy; sharpen concentration and mental acuity; and reduce stress and promote relaxation. “If you want to tune up your physical well-being, say goodbye to aches and discomforts, sleep better and relax like you’ve never been able to before, than you will enjoy PEMF whole-body therapy,” says owner Elizabeth Pasquale. What’s remarkable about the technology is that it achieves these physiological goals in eight minutes, she adds. “I’ve been an energy therapist for 25 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” she says. “We get results in a fraction of the time it took before. My colleagues are sending their


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most challenging clients, and we’re seeing improvements in everyone. Another benefit of this PEMF device is that it’s the gentlest detox, while providing the body nutrients at the same time, so if you have aftereffects from tick bites, or digestive issues, you are going to find Elizabeth Pasquale the improved level of vitality that you deserve.” Well On The Way has offices at 222 Westchester Ave., White Plains, NY, and 191 Main St., Ossining, NY. For more information, visit or call or text Elizabeth Pasquale at 607.351.7024. See ad, page 33.

Sound Movement Welcomes Instructor Georgia Sanford


eorgia Sanford, who specializes in Pilates as an athletic healing modality, has joined the staff of Sound Movement. Sanford received her training and certification in Pilates from the Kane School of Core Integration in New York City and is currently a resident at kinectED Residency Program. After sustaining several Georgia Sanford injuries as a dancer and former competitive horseback rider, Sanford became interested in Pilates as a means to heal her body and its imbalances. She says her work with clients emphasizes the importance of proper biomechanics and quiet focus in building a strong, connected, responsive body; through Pilates, she gives people the tools they need to exercise without injury or overexertion in a body-positive and encouraging environment. “As Joseph Pilates famously wrote, ‘It is the mind itself that shapes the body,’” she says. “I encourage my clients to adopt a softer approach to their bodies. That includes creating the space for a less-critical internal dialogue and utilizing the breath and body movement to ground into their bodies. To me, Pilates is the perfect modality to invite the mind into the spaciousness, strength, vitality and wisdom of the body.” Sound Movement fitness and wellness studio provides Pilates and Gyrotonic personal training, mat classes and wellness services, including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and specialized bodywork . For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact the studio at 914.630.1631 or, visit or drop by the studio at 1963 Palmer Ave., Larchmont. natural awakenings

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“Nutritionist with a Twist” Takes Holistic Approach

Katonah Yoga and Apothecary Supports Home Practice

haron Holand Gelfand became a nutritionist to help her son manage his Crohn’s disease. But until she learned about nutrition—and, later, functional diagnostic nutrition—she never realized that her own health problems were food, product Sharon Holand Gelfand and lifestyle related. “My problems were always treated with medicine,” she recalls. “Once I discovered functional diagnostic nutrition, I began to heal, and it was life-changing. My symptoms disappeared; my medications disappeared; and my energy, happiness and focus returned. Now I am passionate about helping men and women change their lives as well.” As a “nutritionist with a twist,” Gelfand takes a holistic approach to wellness. “I don’t just look at what you’re eating. I look at your whole lifestyle, including external toxins that may be contributing to your issues, such as your skin-care products and work environment.” Gelfand recently earned certification as a functional diagnostic nutritionist, so she can use lab testing to identify malfunctions and healing opportunities within a client’s hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification, energy production and nervous systems. Then she designs a program that supports the body’s innate healing ability through diet, rest, exercise, stress reduction and nutritional supplementation. “I am particularly passionate about helping women over 35 with hormonal issues, especially when they are told that their symptoms are genetic, or just a normal part of aging,” she says. “My program targets internal stressors and dysfunctions that highly correlate with the most common health complaints.”

hile a general yoga class allows you to be communal and participate with others, a home practice al lows you to be reflective Katonah Yoga and Apothecary and develop personal techniques in a personal space, says Nevine Michaan, owner of Katonah Yoga and Apothecary, which offers advice and tools for setting up an efficient, effective home practice. “A home practice is based on personal time management and a ritualization of time and space,” she says. “To ritualize time, know how much time you have. Use time to your advantage, and manipulate time with the count of your breath. Establish a beginning, middle and end to your practice, and make your space your own. Set yourself up for a practice where you can sustain your effort and achieve your goal.” To help yogis ritualize their space, Katonah Yoga and Apothecary features a few key props, including Manduka alignment mats with hand illustrations, wooden blocks, buckle-clasp straps, woven cotton blankets and double-handled sandbags. Another essential to ritualizing a space and soothing the soul is aromatherapy, Michaan says. For this purpose, the apothecary offers candles by Woodlot and a range of essential oils to be used in elegant wooden diffusers.  “As you place yourself in the center of your circumstances, make your space your own for your home practice, knowing you are developing personal techniques in a personal space,” she says. “You are participating in personal well-being and are establishing good habits for personal insight, so that ultimately you will find joy and be grateful.”


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Mystic Leads Spiritual Retreat in Mt. Shasta


ileen O’Hare, a mystic, healer and spiritual teacher, will lead a retreat at Stewart Mineral Springs in Northern California June 15 to 22. Stewart Mineral Springs is a retreat center in the foothills of Mt. Shasta, often called the most sacred mountain in North America. O’Hare says the retreat site is “a potent place of power and light” at a confluence Eileen O’Hare of masculine and feminine mineral springs. Participants will visit sacred and powerful sites in order to work on behalf of the harmonization of the world. “I have a deep personal relationship with the world of living energies in that area,” she says. “Mt. Shasta is associated with the ascended masters and beings of higher intelligence, as well as portals and gateways to other dimensions. Its healing medicine is palpable. A pilgrimage to Shasta can be life-changing, and the power there makes spiritual connectivity easier. I’ve had some of my most profound spiritual experiences there.” The retreat will include daily trips to the mountain, rivers, lakes and sites that are considered powerful portals. It will also include a world service ceremony. “We’ll experience transmissions from saints and angels, stars and work with our ancestral realms. Cleansing mineral springs, massage, prayer, meditation, chanting, healing, laughing, dancing, hiking, swimming, sweat lodge and daily circle work are part of this weeklong spiritual journey. It’s about balance and beauty. Deep quiet and rest. Healing and prayer for ourselves, our communities and our world.” O’Hare leads a spiritual healing community in Beacon and offers private healing sessions and shamanic classes and retreats out of her home, the Healing House. She has been making sacred pilgrimages to Mt. Shasta since 2004. Participants in last year’s retreat found the experience “transcendent and transformational,” she says. For more information, contact Eileen O’Hare at 845.831.5790 or, or visit

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Free Guidebook to Success


roductivity and organization coach Susan Lasky is offering free downloads of The 7-Step PowerPlan Susan Lasky to Success, which offers a simple, practical approach to help people “get out of their own way and get things done.” Lasky says she designed the strategies, tools and techniques in PowerPlan to work with the way people actually think rather than the way they think they should think. “Many of my clients struggle with ADD/ADHD or executive function challenges, especially those issues that relate to time management, organization, prioritization, getting started on tasks or completing projects,” she says. “For them, ‘Just do it’ thinking rarely works, leading to a lot of guilt and frustration. The seven steps provide a different, more personalized way to approach tasks and projects, so they become much more doable.” To download the free 20-page guidebook, visit People who want more help accomplishing their goals can get support and accountability by joining Lasky’s online action group, the TUIT Project (“so you can finally Get Around to It”), at—a new group begins soon—or by signing up for oneon-one coaching sessions. “Coaching can help you move forward and have a less stressful, more fulfilling life,” says Lasky, who is based in Westchester but works virtually anywhere. For more info, contact Susan Lasky at 914.373.4787 or

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Ganesha Spa Unveils New Beauty Techniques


pring is the season of renewal, and Ganesha Spa in Peekskill is celebrating by unveiling several state-of-theart procedures for renewing the skin, says Irina Ionina, the spa’s owner and a skincare instructor at New York School of Esthetics. “While we have many holistic treatments for the body, you can also look here to rejuvenate your skin with new, innovative procedures,” she says. “We offer our clients very effective exfoliating treatments, such as a fusion peel or dermaplaning for dark hyperpigmentation spots and to improve the texture of the skin. Or to improve fine lines and wrinkles, there is a new procedure called micro-needling, where microscopic needles induce the stimulation of colIrina Ionina lagen and firmness.” Another technique that’s very popular at the spa is microblading, which Ionina calls “a form of a permanent 3-D eyebrow embroidery.” It involves the reconstruction or addition of missing hairs, applied stroke by stroke. “We try to stay in tune with the ever-changing skincare industry to make our clients happy,” she says. Ganesha Spa is located at 15 Depew Ct., Peekskill. For more info, call the spa at 914.906.7238 or visit

Ecotherapy Has Physical and Emotional Benefits


pring is the perfect time to shake off the winter blues and get outside to experience the healing power of nature, says Kurt Beil, a naturopathic doctor and the owner of Hudson Valley Natural Health in Mount Kisco. “More than just helping us feel good, research shows that having regular contact with natural environments is an essential part of optimal health and well-being for the mind and the body,” Beil says. Recent research indicates that being barefoot in nature in a natural environment has a variety of physical and emotional benefits, including lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, boosting immune function, improving mood, stimulating creativity, increasing compassion and empathy and sharpening attention and concentration. It has also been linked to lower rates of heart disease, depression, immune-system and digestive problems and even cancer, Beil says. Like many medical providers with a holistic, natural approach to health care, Beil incorporates ecotherapy into his treatment plans. “Preventive medicine services are starting to write ‘park prescriptions’ to patients for time outside,” he notes. “There is even evidence that observing nature images on a picture or screensaver can be beneficial for those stuck in a windowless office, or with mobility or access issues that are significant barriers to experiencing the outdoors.” As the weather warms, he suggests going to a park or planting a garden. “It might just be the thing you need to improve your health.” Beil sees patients in Mt. Kisco and Danbury. For more info, contact him at DrKurt@, or visit See ad, page 45. Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Life Coach Joins Center for Health and Healing


ane Silverman, a positive psychology life coach, has joined the C e n t e r Fo r Health and Healing in Mount Kisco, bringing the holistic focus nicknamed SPIRE (spiritual, physical, Jane Silverman intellectual, relational, emotional) to life coaching. “SPIRE is the whole-being approach to helping people achieve optimal levels of happiness and the ability to fully thrive, which is the mainstay of positive psychology,” she says. “As a positive psychology life coach, I offer proven insights, tools and techniques that foster personal growth in a profound and holistic manner.” Silverman has many years in the field of counseling. She has a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Pennsylvania and certification in positive psychology from the Wholebeing Institute. She is also a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor and has had a regular daily meditation practice for more than 25 years. She was connected to the Center for Health and Healing by Kurt Beil, a naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine practitioner. The center is owned by Melanie Ryan, and her husband, Andy Steigmeier. “Together they have chosen a group of varied practitioners whose practices are all based from a holistic perspective, and as a result created a wonderful center for healing. For me, it is a perfect fit,” Silverman says. The Center for Health and Healing is located at 4 Smith Ave., Mt. Kisco, NY. For more information, contact Silverman at 914.263.7080 or, or visit or

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Let It Grow Equipped for Sustainability Changes and Challenges

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Natural Detox Program Guarantees Weight Loss


challenge that’s common to both weight-loss and body-detox programs is that they often require the purchase of foods or drinks that are expensive or hard to find. Shima Chayvet, owner of Infinite Possibilities in Peekskill, has created a weight-loss/body-cleanse program that uses natural foods that can be purchased at any grocery store. The results are guaranteed, as is the sustainability of the weight loss. “I firmly believe that only through natural food can we heal the body, mind and spirit,” says Chayvet, who has certification in holistic health from Georgian Court University. “The proven results of this program are dramatic. They include, but are not limited to, the successful elimination of many illnesses, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and fibromyalgia, to name a few.” Infinite Possibilities Inc. is a holistic health and wellness center located at 1132 Main Street in Peekskill. It also has seven offices located throughout New York, New Jersey and Florida and is currently opening an eighth office in Long Island. “Our 15 years of success is based primarily on client referrals,” Chayvet says. “We also offer a free, no-obligation orientation for those who wish to find out more about how the program works.” For more info or to see before-and-after pictures and client testimonials, visit For orientation dates in all locations, call 914.788.9355. See ad, page 4.


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ylan Hoefer sees big changes in the American landscape—literally—and he says his company, Let It Grow Landscapes, is equipped to handle them. Let It Grow Landscapes is an accredited organic permaculture design-build firm that specializes in making sustainable edible landscaping as simple, accessible and attractive as possible. “We are excited to engage in this work at a point where so many people are standing together, demanding greater respect for human dignity and asserting our interconnectedness with the natural world,” Hoefer says. “Our mission is to connect the Victor Ziminsky members of our community with their environment & Dylan Hoefer in a healthy, sustainable, symbiotic way. We are redesigning properties and reimagining our role in our native ecosystem. Big changes are eminent, and we’re ready to rise to the challenge.” The growing interest in permaculture is “extraordinarily encouraging,” he says. “We are honored by the position Let It Grow is in—not only as an advisor to our clients, but as an observer, listening to the challenges and successes of different properties, and disseminating individual experiences across a broader community network.” The staff at Let It Grow have studied at prominent contemporary institutions such as the Permaculture Research Institute Australia, the Center for Bioregional Living in Brooklyn and the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, and the company is a member of Westchester County’s Bionutrient Food Association and the Northeast Organic Farmers’ Association. Let It Grow Landscapes is located at 366 Sarles St., Mt Kisco, NY. For more info, visit, email or call 203.273.5191.

New Treatment for Scar Tissue


ntegrity Chiropractic is now offering cold laser therapy to manage chronic health problems caused by scar tissue. “The treatment of scars with cold laser has a wide variety of benefits, including improved range of motion, decreased pain, improved strength, decreased stress and overall improved body function,” says Dr. Jodi Kennedy, owner of Integrity Chiropractic. Any scar, no matter how old or new, is a potential source of irritation to the central nervous system, Kennedy says. Scars from shaving, stretch marks, cesarean Dr. Jodi Kennedy sections and body piercings are just a few of the common scars that can create a problem. “The negative impact that scars have on a patient’s health is profound,” she says. “Many patients with chronic problems that have not responded to other forms of treatment have found great success and are now experiencing significant improvement with the addition of cold laser therapy.” Kennedy, a doctor of chiropractic who is certified in cold laser therapy, says she has found the technique to be very effective with her patients. Integrity Chiropractic offers a free 20-minute consultation. For appointments, call 845.628.7233 or visit Integrity Chiropractic is located at 11 Miller Rd., Mahopac, NY, in the Gorman Professional Park. See ad, page 48. Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Popular Native Plant Center Sale Set for April 29


ersatile plants that provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies and bees and add splendor to the landscape will take center stage at the Native Plant Center’s 18th annual Native Plant Sale, which will be held April 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Westchester Community College in Valhalla. NPC members may enter at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free. More than 3,000 plants representing 100-plus species and varieties will be available, including those that attract pollinators, monarch butterflies, hummingbirds and songbirds. “Native plants are special and are sought out by more people each year,” says Carol Capobianco, director of the NPC. “The sale keeps growing as gardeners recognize the wildlife value and beauty of native plants.” The NPC will offer its two plant of the year picks for 2017: spicebush (Lindera benzoin), a deciduous shrub that has fragrant yellow flowers in early spring, red fruit that attracts birds and aromatic leaves that turn yellow in fall; and wild geranium (Geranium maculatum), whose masses of lavender-pink flowers attract pollinators to shade gardens, and whose seeds are eaten by birds and mammals. Also available will be garden favorites such as phlox (Phlox spp.), coralbells (Heuchera spp.) and asters (Symphyotrichum spp.); attractive grasses, ferns and shrubs; and a few surprises not easily found in nurseries. Native plant specialists will be on hand throughout the sale to answer questions and assist gardeners in choosing the best options for their sites. For more info, visit or contact the NPC at wcc.nativeplant@ or 914.606.7870.

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Life Coaching Comple- Nationwide Maintenance Blends ments Hand Analysis Full Service with Green Focus


or years, Irina Kravtsov has been using hand analysis—a diagnostic tool for self-discovery— to help people manage stress and free themselves from self-deIrina Kravtsov feating patterns. Now Kravtsov has earned life coach certification, and she says the two areas of expertise complement each other for the benefit of her clients. “Combining hand analysis with the skill of a certified life coach provides me the unique chance to address deficiencies and weaknesses in my clients’ psychological patterns through the use of personalized coaching techniques,” she explains. “Think of consciousness as an intricate computer algorithm. Hand analysis identifies glitches—weak spots in the ‘software’—while coaching presents an opportunity for deep self-analysis that brings focus, accountability and tangible results by addressing those glitches.” When we recognize our behavioral patterns and tendencies in response to stress, anxiety and fear, we can reprogram our conscious response so we stay calm, collected and self-confident—and hand analysis helps identify those patterns, she says. “Advanced scientific studies show a direct correlation between individuals’ DNA—their governing pattern of behavior—and the precise features of their fingertips and palm, which can be interpreted systematically.” To amplify the overall value of the process, Kravtsov also offers mantra meditation, a simple yet powerful method for supporting overall wellness, she says. “Mantra meditation has been recognized by Fortune 500 companies who use its techniques to improve productivity in their employees. Integrated together, these modalities have the potential to change your life and offer definitive results.” Kravtsov’s offices are located at 2358 Broad St., Yorktown Heights, NY. For more info, visit or call 914.924.3366. 20

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ustom Candle Co in Bedford Hills is popular with shoppers who appreciate eco-friendly décor. But the family that owns the natural soy candle store has a second, less-visible business whose green impact is even greater. Nationwide Maintenance offers sustainable services for the home and business, from interior repairs and remodeling to exterior landscape and design. “Nationwide Maintenance is a full-service facility maintenance and construction company,” says owner and operator Marcie Manfredonia Siciliano. “We use green products, reclaimed lumber and over-salvaged material, and we practice recycling and environmental sustainability in all our services.” The company, which is WBE certified and fully licensed and insured, offers a consulting division to help walk-in clients through any project from start to finish, complete with a budget. It also offers a 24-hour emergency service. Nationwide Maintenance services the Tri-State area for large commercial businesses, but it also has a residential division in Westchester County. Siciliano says this is a busy time of year for Nationwide, as it’s a one-stop shop for eco-friendly cleaning. It offers power washing of exterior surfaces, including stain removal and awning cleaning, and handyman and interior and exterior maintenance services. “It’s time to get rid of Old Man Winter, and that starts with property cleanups, spring cleaning and landscaping. We run specials for individual homes and businesses, tailoring the scope to meet our clients’ needs. That includes removal services, so we can help them get their garage, basement or attic back to the usable space it once was.” Nationwide Maintenance is located at 483 Cherry St., Bedford Hills, NY. For more info, call 914.241.1010. For emergencies, call 886.578.6692. See ads, pages 11 & 17.

YWCA Holistic Wellness Program Focuses on Breast Cancer


n April, the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester will launch the Breast Cancer Holistic Wellness Program, which brings together different wellness professions to provide fitness, nutrition and educational services for breast cancer patients and survivors. The initiative, which is free to join on a first-come, first-served basis, is funded by the New York State Department of Health. “For over 20 years, our Encore program has provided breast cancer education and outreach to support low-income women,” says YMCA CEO Maria L. Imperial. “With this new grant, we will now be able to augment these services with programs aimed at supporting overall wellness for women managing this disease.” Exercising both lowers the risk of recurrence of breast cancer and reduces side effects from chemo, radiation and other treatments, says Angela Katz, the program’s fitness manager and director. “We’re on a mission to provide yoga, tai chi and meditation as powerful tools to manage the daily challenges, side effects and lifelong vulnerabilities of cancer treatments. Our holistic program will address the unique needs of women with breast cancer, as well as survivors, who are struggling with physical, emotional, social, spiritual, financial and other issues related to the diagnosis.” For more info, visit To register, call the YWCA at 914.949.6227 Ext. 208.

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study from Harvard Medical School, in Boston, has found that tai chi, a low-impact exercise and movement meditation, can help relieve chronic neck pain. Researchers divided 14 participants, 18 years or older, with ongoing neck pain into three randomized groups. One received 12 weeks of tai chi instruction, one performed group neck exercises and one received no treatment. “The study results showed that 12 weeks of tai chi was more effective than no treatment for benefiting pain levels, disability, quality of life and postural control in persons with chronic neck pain,” explains Peter M. Wayne, Ph.D., co-author of the study; he’s also the founder of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The group neck exercise subjects experienced results that were similar to those in the tai chi group, suggesting that the two paths are equally effective.

Chelation Cuts Risk of Cardiovascular Natural Therapies Recommended Disease for Low Back Pain R esearchers from the Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Miami Beach, concluded in a 2016 review of research that chelation therapy using agents such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) can significantly reduce risk of cardiovascular events. The review highlighted research showing that heavy metals such as cadmium have been linked with increased cardiovascular disease risk, and chelation therapy has been shown to effectively remove heavy metals from the body. Of particular interest was a study that specifically tested the effectiveness of chelation therapy on reducing cardiovascular events. The randomized, double-blind study involved 1,708 patients ages 50 and up that had experienced a heart attack at least six weeks prior. Half were given 40 infusions of a 500 milliliter chelation solution with EDTA. The other half received a placebo. Researchers measured deaths, heart attacks and strokes, along with other heart conditions and subsequent hospitalization for an average period of 55 months. They found that the chelation therapy reduced heart attacks and strokes by 23 percent and reduced hospitalization for heart attacks by 28 percent.


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t some point in their lives, approximately 80 percent of adults will experience low back pain, which is the most common cause of job-related disability and for going to a doctor. Western medicine practitioners traditionally treat initial cases with medication, which may include various pain relievers, from Tylenol to oxycodone, as well as anticonvulsants or antidepressants. But clinical guidelines just published by the American College of Physicians (ACP) suggest that non-pharmacological approaches—such as acupuncture, massage and therapeutic heat— should be the first line of treatment for non-chronic low back pain. Doctors usually classify and treat low back pain based on length of symptoms, possible cause and any neurological deficits or underlying medical conditions. Most cases are acute (lasting a few days or weeks) and resolve on their own, while about 20 percent become sub-acute (lasting four to twelve weeks) or chronic (lasting twelve-plus weeks), according to the ACP. When serious underlying causes for low back pain have been ruled out, natural therapies like acupuncture have been successful in reducing pain and eliminating the need for pharmacological treatment. This natural approach is recommended by the authors of “Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians,” published in the February 14, 2017, issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. “Given that most patients with acute or sub-acute low back pain improve over time regardless of treatment, clinicians and patients should select non-pharmacological treatment with superficial heat, massage, acupuncture or spinal manipulation.” Dr. Laurie R. Mallis is the founder of SearchLight Medical, located at 2424 Rte. 52, Hopewell Junction, NY. She offers a variety of alternative and complementary treatments and services, including medical acupuncture, Ondamed Biofeedback Therapy, AcuGraph Qi Analysis and Reiki. For more info, call 845.592.4310 or visit See ad, page 13.

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Sage Linked to Cognitive Health


2016 review from Australia’s Murdoch University, in Perth, confirms the cognitive benefits of consuming plants in the Salvia genus, particularly sage. Cognition includes processes associated with attention, memory, judgment, evaluation, reasoning, problem solving and decision making. Researchers discussed the theory that an accumulation of amyloid-ß peptide (Aß) in the body is responsible for some cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s patients. Studies have shown that sage can protect mice against Aßinduced neurotoxicity, thus helping to preserve cognition. The researchers also highlighted acetylcholine (ACh), a neurotransmitter believed to play an important role in attention, learning, memory and motivation. ACh enzyme inhibitors help prevent alterations in ACh, preserving these functions. In vitro and animal studies show that some species of salvia are effective ACh enzyme inhibitors. In addition, animal studies have shown that sage extracts can reduce depression and anxiety. Both of these conditions can contribute to a decrease in cognitive function. Further research is needed to determine the extent of the effect and safe dosage.

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Saving Sharks

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The Pacific island nation of Kiribati has established the world’s second-largest (1.3 million-square-mile) shark sanctuary, which bans commercial fishing throughout, and has also expanded the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary. The possession, trade and sale of sharks and shark products are also prohibited in these areas as is the use of fishing gear such as wire leaders for targeting sharks. Worldwide, about 100 million sharks are killed each year in commercial fisheries. Nearly 30 percent of all known shark species assessed by scientists are now threatened with extinction. Sharks are particularly vulnerable to overfishing because they mature and reproduce slowly. Many Pacific island nations have established shark sanctuaries, recognizing the valuable ecosystem and economic roles that healthy populations provide. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora recently added 13 shark and mobula ray species to its list, a step toward ensuring sustainable and legal trade of these species.


Phasing Out Plastic Film Food Wrappers

Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place. ~Scott Peters

Water Saver

Teen Finds Drought Solution in South Africa Kiara Nirghin, a South African teenage girl and recent winner of the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa, is pioneering a new technology to fight drought. The Holy Web, her super-absorbent polymer, can store reserves of water hundreds of times its own weight. Drought remains one of South Africa’s main challenges, with at least eight provinces requiring regular food relief. The project is designed to help farmers in dry areas build large water reservoirs for an adequate and regular supply of water for irrigation. “I wanted to minimize the effect that drought has on the community, and the main thing it affects is the crops. That was the springboard for the idea,” says Nirghin. Her invention uses recycled and biodegradable waste products such as avocado skins and orange peels to make the polymer sustainable, affordable and environmentally friendly.

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Many grocery store foods are wrapped in plastic packaging that creates non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, even though thin, plastic films are not efficient at preventing spoilage. Some plastics are also suspected of leaching harmful compounds into food. Researcher Peggy Tomasula, D.Sc., is leading a U.S. Department of Agriculture team developing an environmentally friendly film made of the milk protein casein that addresses these issues. She states, “The protein-based films are powerful oxygen blockers that help prevent food spoilage. When used in packaging, they could prevent food waste during distribution along the food chain.” Plastic six-pack rings are renowned for their negative impact on wildlife and the environment. Now the Saltwater Brewery, in Delray Beach, Florida, is making edible six-pack rings for beer cans that are 100 percent biodegradable. Constructed of barley and wheat ribbons from the brewing process, they can be safely eaten by animals that come into contact with the refuse. Company President Chris Gove notes, “We hope to influence the big guys and inspire them to get on board.” Source: American Chemical Society

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Growing Organics

Toxin-Free Farmlands Rise to 4.1 Million Acres According to data service Mercaris, the U.S. had a record 4.1 million acres of organic farmland in 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2014. As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms reached 14,979, including 1,000 startups. The top states in organic cropland after California, with 688,000 acres, are Montana, Wisconsin, New York and North Dakota. Montana hosted a 30 percent increase to 417,000 acres in 2016, adding 100,000 acres since 2014 and 50 new organic farms. In assessing the positive trend, Scott Shander, a Mercaris economist, says, “With today’s lower commodity grain prices, farmers are looking to add value and meet consumer demands. The global market is dictating U.S. prices. Demand for organic corn and soybeans is still growing strongly, but production is not growing as fast, so more of the production will be international.� Source:

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ecotip Butterfly Rescue

How to Create Helpful Home Habitats

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We watch the graceful flight of colorful butterflies and appreciate their crucial role as pollinators. Establishing butterfly gardens or accommodating them in yard plantings increases food sources radically threatened by reductions in blossomrich landscapes due to development, intensive agriculture, insecticides and climate change. The National Wildlife Federation ( reports that butterflies are particularly attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple blossoms that are flat-topped or clustered for landing or hovering, with short flower tubes that present easy access to nectar. Regional planting. In the Southeast, goldenrod, with its arching, yellow flowers, appeals to Buckeye species. Tiger Wing, Dainty Sulphur and Malachite lead the way in Florida. Some other suitable plants and trees for attracting butterflies, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center ( are yarrows, red and white baneberries, and red, scarlet and soft maples in the Northeast; Butterfly and Honey daisies, Indian Mallow, American Century and Husiache, in the Midwest; and Giant, Ground, Subalpine and Noble firs, Vine Maple and Columbian Monkshoods in the Northwest. Inspiring individual efforts. reports that California Academy of Sciences aquatic biologist Tim Wong cultivated California Pipevine plants in his backyard butterfly home four years ago upon learning that it is the primary food for California Pipevine Swallowtails in the San Francisco area. Starting with just 20 caterpillars, he was able to donate thousands of the swallowtails to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens last year and has grown more than 200 plants. Milkweed. Populations of iconic Monarch butterflies have plummeted 90 percent in the past 20 years, reports the National Wildlife Federation, primarily due to decline of 12 native milkweed species. They need support for their annual 2,000-plus-mile migration from the U.S. Northeast and Canada to central Mexico and back. Joyce Samsel, curator of the Florida Native Butterfly Society (, notes that the Florida Monarch stays south of Tampa year-round. Learn about milkweed host plant growing conditions at Find milkweed seeds via Donate to help. Adopt milkweed habitat land through an Environmental Defense Fund ( program by donating $35 for one acre up to $350 for 10 acres. Their goal is to retain and protect 2 million acres. 26

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Gardening at SunRaven

Garden Co-Op at SunRaven Is “Whole-Health Experience”


he garden co-op at SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine, a healing and wellness center in Bedford, provides more than a typical community-supported agriculture (CSA), says SunRaven’s founder, Dr. Michael Finkelstein. “At SunRaven, we’re dedicated to facilitating a whole-being vision of health and wellness,” he says. “We offer a hands-on, working and learning garden experience, and an opportunity to develop a deeper connection with nature than simply picking up a basket once a week.” SunRaven will host an orientation for potential co-op members from 10 a.m. to noon on the co-op’s opening day, April 22. Visitors can learn about the program, meet the team, and experience SunRaven’s Summer harvest at SunRaven healing environment. One thing that sets SunRaven’s co-op apart from a typical CSA is the fact that all members participate in one all-hands-on-deck day per month. In return they receive hands-on guided lessons and workshops, along with 24 weeks of produce, herbs and flowers that the gardeners plant, care for and harvest. Another difference is that members receive suggested meal plans and recipes, as well as nutritional advice from Finkelstein, “the Slow Medicine Doctor,” who, along with his wife, Robin Queen Finkelstein, participates alongside the members. “The SunRaven Garden Co-Op is a whole-health experience, and as such, opportunities for meditation and community gatherings are part of the experience and included with membership,” Finkelstein says. For details, visit, or call 914.218.3113 to register. See ad, page 25.


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Pound Ridge Organics: The Chicken Eggs-Perts


hen it comes to buying eggs, most people seem to be in the white camp or the brown camp—that is, until they find out about Pound Ridge Organics, where pink, green, beige, olive and dark-chocolate brown eggs are all available for purchase. No matter what the outside color, the yolks are all a rich, deep yellow. According to the farm’s owner and operator, Donna Simons, that’s because the chickens benefit from a nutritious diet of organic grains, bugs, probiotics, vegetables, greens and fruit. Pound Ridge Organics is the first and only farm in Westchester County to receive Animal Welfare Approval— the highest environmental and ethical standard possible for livestock—and its chickens are of the highest quality, she says. “Our farm is small but mighty. We’re Certified Humane and recognized by the ASPCA, and our eggs are A rated by” Simons’ flock entirely comprises American Poultry Association-certified birds, several of which are on the Livestock Conservancy’s conservation priority list. Five of those breeds are 30

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also included in the Slow Food Ark of Taste, a catalog of distinctive foods facing extinction. Unlike industrial chickens that are hybridized to reach their adult weight in six weeks, heritage chickens grow slowly, reaching adult weight in four to five months, she says. “They live long lives and are naturally acclimated to the outdoors; they run fast and fly distance; they mate naturally and instinctively brood and care for their young.” And while many farms cull—and eat—their old, nonproductive hens, Pound Ridge Organics’ policy is to keep elders with the flock to graze, forage, mentor the young and enjoy their remaining years, Simons explains. “Due to their complex social structure, any population changes within a flock, such as adding or removing birds, shifts the hierarchy—the pecking order, if you will—within. Changes can cause stress, which could affect egg quality and production. It’s important to note that non-egg-laying hens are still effective for fertilizing the land, as well as for tick control, a critically important issue in this region.” Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

When starting a backyard flock or adding new birds to a farm, it is common practice to contact a hatchery— usually some distance away—and place an order, she says. The day-old birds are then packed into boxes and shipped. These fragile hatchlings are crammed together for as long as two days, exposed to jostling, noise, airborne disease and stress, causing some to arrive DOA or die soon after. To reduce the stress and risk involved in transporting chicks, and to help increase local access to authentic heritage breeds, Pound Ridge Organics will be piloting a small-scale hatchery on its Westchester County farm. The care and handling of the hatchlings will be in accordance with the highest standards set forth by the Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) program. A recipient of the Slow Food Snail of Approval, Pound Ridge Organics will continue to run its year-round, robust food co-op, offering dairy; artisan baked goods; AWA beef, pork, lamb and goat; non-GMO flour and grains; organic and biodynamic produce; its own private-label preserves, maple syrup and honey; and of course its colorful heritage eggs.




Black Copper Marans outside the hen house at Pound Ridge Organics Membership in the Pound Ridge Organics Co-Op is free, and buying is free-choice, with no minimums. The list of offerings changes weekly based upon seasonal availability. Contact the farm to become a member of Pound Ridge Organics, take a cooking class or meet the birds. Simons can be reached at PoundRidgeOrganics@ or 914.764.3006. Visit the farm online at

Tom Deacon at Fable: From Farm to Table

Fresh Eggs at Fable’s Farm


ooking to expand, a small farm in Ossining is now raising more than 200 chickens from several different (mostly heritage) breeds in order to provide fresh, organic, free-range eggs to residents of Westchester County. Fable: From Farm to Table, located on Route 134 near the Taconic State Parkway, already grows organic produce for farmers’ markets, the New York Presbyterian / Hudson Valley Hospital, Turco’s in Yorktown Heights, several restaurants and their own Farmstand. Aside from summer field production, they also grow crops year-round in their hydroponic greenhouse. Eggs are just the newest of Fable’s specialties, which also include herbs, leafy greens, tomatoes, squash and garlic. Owner Tom Deacon says his goal is to make healthy, sustainable farming the norm by pioneering the next generation of responsibly grown food and humanely raised chickens. Eggs range in color, from white and cream to blue, green, brown and chocolate. “The chickens are fed an all-organic diet and are allowed to pasture in a field over three times the minimum size required by the USDA to be classified as free-range,” Deacon says.

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Massage Envy Healing Mission Motivates Local Owners


he decision to start a massage business can often be driven by profit. But for the owners of Massage Envy in Scarsdale, Bedford Hills and Rye Brook, that rule doesn’t hold. They say it’s all about the healing. Lisa Barbanti, who owns the franchise on Central Park Avenue in Scarsdale, fell in love with massage when it restored her quality of life after she was injured. Nataliya Kisseleva, who owns the original Scarsdale location on White Plains Road, sees massage as a far healthier and more effective alternative to popping pain pills—something Americans do too often. And Ellen and Kamil Samra, who own two Massage Envy locations, in Beford Hills and Rye Brook, were attracted to its flexible scheduling, which allows more people to get the healing they need. Like many Massage Envy owners, the Samras were clients before they were owners. “What drew us to Massage Envy is the ability to schedule massages seven days a week and evenings so we could always come in for service,” Ellen says. All four owners say buying a franchise struck them as an obvious way to get the word out about massage, as the unique business model makes therapeutic massage both less expensive and more convenient than traditional spas. At Massage Envy, customers pay a monthly membership fee for access to a variety of massage and spa services. The more often members take advantage of the services, the lower the cost per service—which means that they come in often enough to receive continuity of care. That’s critical, Kisseleva says. “Often people will look for relief


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Emily Harding and Carlene Brown, Massage Therapists at Massage Envy

All four local Massage Envy locations are staffed with massage therapists whose combined training enables them to address a variety of root causes. from a single massage session, which naturally is not going to be effective long-term,” she says. “There’s a big difference between a single massage session and customized massage therapy. I’m a big believer in the therapeutic, ongoing approach to receiving massag-

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es, as I have seen some pretty amazing transformations with our clients and with myself personally.” She might as well have been talking about Barbanti, who credits a year of massage with helping her deal with the whiplash she received in a car accident. “Nothing helped me feel better except massage,” she recalls. “Truly, it was the only thing that allowed me to get better. When I found Massage Envy in Westchester County some years back, I thought, I would have saved so much money if Massage Envy was around way back when!” After becoming a member at Kisseleva’s Massage Envy, Barbanti decided to open her own location to make the therapy accessible to even more people. Kisseleva, meanwhile, says seven years of seeing the industry from the inside has only solidified her belief in a holistic, natural approach to healing— a concept that is still foreign to many Americans. “I feel stronger than ever about promoting the benefits of regular massage therapy in the U.S.,” she says. “After years of experience dealing with different types of clientele, what I’ve learned is that a large number of people still look for a quick fix, which is generally a pain medication. It’s easier and faster to just pop a pill and keep going.” It’s also less effective, as medicine simply masks pain without addressing its cause. In fact, there can be many causes of pain and discomfort—from stress or pregnancy to acute injury or chronic conditions. All four local Massage Envy locations are staffed with massage therapists whose combined training enables them to address a variety of root causes.

Regardless of the location, the mission is the same: to offer a natural way to manage health symptoms and restore quality of life. The Samras, for example, have hired therapists certified in specialized massage such as deep-tissue, prenatal, geriatric and oncology. Barbanti, a cancer survivor, says she’s especially interested in bringing the benefits of massage to other survivors, as well as the doctors who treat them. “We have a number of very experienced massage therapists,” she says. “They provide services to a diverse group of clients—from pregnancy to post-surgery, geriatric clients, cancer survivors and those getting dialysis.” Kisseleva says most of her clients are seeking stress management and non-chronic pain relief, but a sizeable number suffer from chronic conditions like arthritis, MS, Parkinson’s and fibromyalgia. “Our therapists’ skill set is very broad, and a lot of them stay busy with their regular weekly clients,” she says. Among her skilled staff are Althea Lewis and Carlene Brown, nationally certified myofascial release therapists who also have experience treating clients with MS, cancer and Parkinson’s disease; Emily Harding a nationally certified prenatal massage therapist and aspiring birth doula and lactation consultant; Allie Taddeo, “the absolute most requested therapist for Swedish massage, with very loyal clientele”; and Michael Alfano, a nationally certified craniosacral therapist. Regardless of the location, the mission is the same: to offer a natural way to manage health symptoms and restore quality of life. Massage Envy locations in Westchester include 737 Bedford Rd., Bedford Hills (914.244.3689); 158 S. Ridge St., Rye Brook (914.417.6940); 777 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale (914.902.9200); and 365 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale (914.422.3689). For more info, visit See ads, pages 37 & 72. natural awakenings

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arla Booth, who teaches the Alexander Technique and has 30-plus years’ experience as a dancer and movement teacher, is offering a new five-workshop series, Anatomy, Alexander Technique and Movement, at Quest Yoga Arts in Mount Kisco. The series, designed to help participants get to know their bodies and how they should move, will begin April 20 with Getting to Know Your Head. “Through understanding the delicate balance of the head on the spine and its design as a counterbalance to the postural muscles, participants will have a better understanding of body mechanics,” Booth says. “But this workshop is more than that. It will also be an introduction to the principles of the Alexander Technique and a mindbody exploration, so that you can find greater ease in everyday life.” The next workshops are From the Bottom Up, focused on the role of the ankles and feet in ease of movement; The Knee Bone Is Connected to the Thigh Bone, focused on the ankle-knee-hip relationship; Oh, That’s Where My Hip Joint Is, focused on the distinction between the hip and pelvis; and Leave Your Shoulders Alone, focused on the shoulder girdle.   All workshops will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on a Thursday. The cost is $50 for one workshop or $200 for all five. Class size is limited to 10 people.   Quest Yoga Arts is located at 111-113 Main St, Mt. Kisco, NY. To register, visit or contact Karla Booth at For more information, visit or

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Yoni Celebrates 15 Years Practicing Structural Integration


oni Hormadaly, a licensed massage therapist in Ridgefield, Connecticut, is celebrating 15 years of practicing Structural Integration. Developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, a biochemist, Structural Integration is a method that addresses how the structure of the human body relates to gravity. “By working with the soft tissues of the body in a methodical and systematic way, over a number of sessions—usually 10—the whole structure gets addressed in a wholesome and lasting way,” Hormadaly says. The changes that are acquired with Structural Integration tend to be long lasting and Yoni Hormadaly improve over time, he adds. Once the old pattern begins to change toward a more energy-efficient one, every step a person takes further reinforces the new pattern. �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� “Structural Integration is not about fixing problems and relieving symptoms, although that often happens as a side effect,” he says. “It is about stepping into a new paradigm with your whole body.”     Yoni Hormadaly practices at 109 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield, CT. For more information or a free phone consultation, call him at 203.550.6888.

“Firm But Gentle” Rolfing Incorporates Craniosacral Therapy


ince opening her Rolfing practice in Tarrytown in 2000, Deborah VanWagner has developed a “firm but gentle” approach to her work, incorporating her training as a biodynamic craniosacral therapist—a technique that she believes helps people feel better faster. And because so much of her business comes from referrals, most of her new clients have no qualms about trying Rolfing for their pain or lingering injuries. “The referrals eliminate a lot of the fear that is out there when the average layman hears about Rolfing for the first time—a sure deterrent for a significant portion of people who could benefit greatly from this treatment methodology,” she says. “It is highly effective in helping those who have chronic Deborah VanWagner or acute pain, stubborn injuries that won’t seem to heal and nervous-system issues that can affect the body’s overall functionality greatly, as well as other problems that are just too many to list here.” VanWagner, who studied with Michael Shea to become certified in biodynamic craniosacral therapy, says much of her approach to Rolfing has been refined because of that training. “It has added a subtlety and at the same time a potency of touch that can make a profound impact on a person’s rate of recovery, while keeping them well within the comfort zone that so many clients appreciate.” Deborah VanWagner’s studio is located at 55 South Broadway, Tarrytown. For appointments—including a $50 first session on or before May 1—contact her at 845.800.7303 or For more info, visit See ad, page 37. natural awakenings

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MEDICAL MASSAGE Targeted Therapy for Specific Ills by Linda Sechrist

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haron Puszko, Ph.D., founder of the Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute, in Indianapolis, teaches and certifies massage therapists working in assisted living, long-term care and memory care facilities. She relates, “These individuals appreciate not only the physiological benefits of massage but also having a therapist touch and address them by their names. A 105-yearold woman jokes, ‘Now that they’ve figured out how to keep us alive for so long, they don’t know what to do with us. Thank God for massage therapy.’” Specialty certificate programs such as Puszko’s, representing advanced education and training within a modality qualified as therapeutic massage and bodywork, are benefitting both massage therapists and clients. Some outcomebased specialty modalities considered as requirements for specific populations such as seniors, athletes, infants and cancer patients and survivors, are referred to as “medical massage”. The nonprofit National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork provides an accredited, voluntary certification beyond entry-level state licensure. To maintain their status, therapists must complete 24 hours of continuing education and 100 hours of work experience, and pass a criminal background check every two years. The

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certifying board also approves continuing education providers that teach specialty techniques, including integrative health care, sports massage and military veteran massage. The result is therapies administered according to a national standard of excellence requisite for therapists working in collaboration with doctors, chiropractors, wellness centers, retirement care communities and other medical settings. Puszko, an approved provider who founded her service in 2000, offers beginning and advanced weekend workshops for therapists on the complexities of physiological changes and technical skills required to work with geriatric or senior clients. She works from three offices in upscale retirement communities and teaches approved continuing education curricula throughout the U.S. and internationally. “Although the skills I teach are not taught in massage school, they are in demand at independent and assisted living facilities where massage is considered a vital aspect of health care,” says Puszko. “Older Americans represent the greatest challenge to massage therapists. For elderly residents, stretching and pulling on delicate skin and joints, as well as pushing one’s elbow into gluteus maximus muscles, are unacceptable approaches.” She explains



that they might be called upon for a range of needs from helping prepare a 70-year-old marathoner for a race to reducing the stress of an exhausted hospice patient. Geri Ruane is one of four founding directors of Oncology Massage Alliance, in Austin, Texas. She manages the operations for this nonprofit created in 2011 to help therapists that volunteer to administer complimentary hand and foot massage therapy to cancer patients and caregivers in chemotherapy infusion rooms and prior to radiation treatment. The alliance offers financial assistance to licensed massage therapists for advanced training through approved third-party oncology massage classes and provides hands-on experience with cancer patients. Ruane defines the essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s (OMT) skill set. “A properly trained therapist has an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt accordingly. Our main purpose is to reduce stress and provide emotional support for cancer patients and caregivers in radiation and infusion rooms.” For example, an OMT will ask a patient about their cancer treatment history, including particulars of related individual health issues, prior to the

massage. Hospitals in 35 states and Washington, D.C., now offer massage therapy to individuals during cancer treatment. MK Brennan, president of the Society for Oncology Massage, created in 2007, in Toledo, Ohio, is a registered nurse with a longtime practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brennan observes, “In nursing school, I was taught how to give a back rub, an aspect of patient care once provided by all nurses, but no longer part of a nurse’s education. It now appears that there could be a resurgence of interest in offering massage therapy in hospitals that would encompass more medical aspects and require modified techniques for different patient populations.” In addition to oncology and geriatric massage, other select massage therapy modalities such as orthopedic, bodywork, Asian techniques and those related to pregnancy, infant and child health care as well as other special needs require advanced education and training. Before making an appointment with a massage therapist/bodyworker for a specific type of help, inquire about their knowledge, experience, training and continuing education. Ask about additional credentials above entry-level core education that are specific to special needs. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Stissing Pond: A 150-acre glacial lake against a backdrop of mountains, this beautiful setting offers an easy paddle. With both forest and marsh, the shoreline is perfect for birding. Lake Road, off State Route 199 in Pine Plains, circles the lake. You can park and launch from Beach Road on the northeastern edge, near the town beach, or park in a pull-off on either side of Lake Road at the southeast corner of the lake. From the Taconic State Parkway, exit at Route 199 and go east about six miles. Turn right onto Lake Road. Note: Don’t stop at Twin Island Lake—keep going!



GPS: 41.9740/-73.6708 (beach-area launch). Kayaking in Putnam County

Kayaking the Hudson Valley by Jill Eisenstein


ayaking is enjoying a popularity explosion. Few recreational activities offer greater access to peace and quiet, scenic vistas and wildlife viewing. Kayakers often report seeing beaver, muskrat, otter, turtles, bald eagles, kingfishers and all kinds of waterfowl. Plus modern kayaks tend to be lightweight, portable and easy to navigate around twists and turns or in shallow water. From ponds, lakes, marshes and streams to the Hudson River, our area offers paddles ranging from easy to extremely challenging. Here are a few local paddles that offer several different kinds of adventures, each recommended by one of my experienced kayaking friends.

Dutchess County Fishkill Creek: Plan to paddle this creek in the spring or after a rain, as it is narrow and shallow. Launch from Douglas Phillips Memorial Park on the north side of State Route 52 in Fishkill (behind the tennis courts is good). Turn upstream and head north as far as you

can paddle. There will be some serious bends as you go north, and it’s fun to discover what’s around the next one. Turn back when you get tired or the stream gets too shallow. GPS: 41.5436/-73.8651. Tivoli Bays: This paddle offers freshwater tidal marshes, but be aware: that also means tides and currents. Plan your trip so you return to the launch site before low tide, and don’t try to go under any bridges during high tide! A good (but not-so-easy) launch site is the one on Kidd Road in Red Hook, maintained by the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. You have to carry your boat down a steep path and stairway to the dock. You can explore North Bay, a tidal marsh with many channels, and can paddle into the Hudson River if you like—but watch out for boat traffic in the river. From the Taconic State Parkway, exit at Route 199 and go west. Turn right onto Route 9G and follow it north for about three and a half miles. Look for Tivoli Bays sign on left.

Wappinger Creek: Use the Reese Park boat launch off Creek Road. Paddle southwest a mile and a half (or more if you want to enter the Hudson, but watch out for boat traffic), and then turn back. If you pass the launch area and continue past Market Street Industrial Park, you can paddle to the falls and then return to the launch site. From I-84, take exit 11 and follow Route 9-D North for about five miles. Turn left onto Route 28 (New Hamburg Road), go about a mile, and turn right onto Creek Road. About a mile in, look for Reese Park on the right. The parking area and ramp to the creek are on the left side of the road. GPS: 41.5944/-73.9262.

Putnam County East Branch Croton River: This river is better known as the Great Swamp. Launch from the Green Chimneys beach off Doansburg Road in Brewster, opposite the campus (evenings and weekends only, as it is used by the school at other times). Paddle upstream. There may be beaver dams to portage, and water levels can be unpredictable depending on the weather and beaver activity, but paddle through the “lake” and then as far as your will takes you. When you turn around, you’ll go with the flow back to the launch site. From Route 22 in Brewster, turn east on Doansburg Road. In a little

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Painted turtle sighting over a mile, look for the Green Chimneys campus on the right. Parking and launch site are on the left. GPS: 41.454847/-73.552982. Canopus Lake: This 103-acre lake is part of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, easily accessible from an adjacent parking area on Route 301 (a little west of the boat rentals). To use your own boat, you’ll need a NYS Taconic Region annual boat pass, which you can buy at the park office or at the boathouse. At the boathouse, you can also rent boats for use on Canopus.

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GPS: 41.4550/-73.8338. Stillwater Pond: This smaller 55-acre pond is accessible only from the Taconic State Parkway southbound (mile marker 29.6). Watch closely, as it comes up fast! To use your own boat, you need a NYS Taconic Region annual boat pass. Here, you also need a key from the park office (free). The parking area is on the left, and a road descends to the launch. GPS: 41.4460/-73.8157. Constitution Marsh: Audubon New York offers canoe and kayak tours of the marsh. For additional information, visit Programs/Guided-Canoe-Trips.

Westchester County Mohansic Lake: This 106-acre lake in Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park is surrounded by woods and lawns. If you use your own boat, an annual boat pass is required. In the park, turn right down the driveway marked Restricted Area. Park along the shoulder of the access road. natural awakenings

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yogabrief Yoga Teachers Association to Host Revered Yogini Tao Porchon-Lynch

Hudson River: Most of the best paddling in Westchester is in the Hudson. Several companies offer guided kayak and canoe trips, while some offer instruction and rent the boats. I can’t recommend anyone, but I know that Hudson River Recreation and Hudson River Expeditions offer rentals, lessons and tours.

Points to Remember

Weather conditions and natural events impact the waterways and can’t be predicted. Even if you are a good swimmer, you should wear a personal flotation device (life vest). Bring a charged cell phone in a sealed plastic bag, and water to drink. Maps can add to the fun, especially if you paddle the Hudson River. In order to help stop the spread of invasive organisms, please clean your boat, shoes and clothes before entering any waterway, especially if you are moving between waterways. Bits of plant and animal material or seeds can and do get stuck. A great resource for kayakers is A Kayaker’s Guide to the Hudson River Valley by Shari Aber (Black Dome Press, 2007). Jill Eisenstein is a freelance writer, environmental educator, Cornell Master Naturalist, and outdoor enthusiast. She has lived in the Hudson Valley for over 25 years.


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he Yoga Teachers Association of Hudson Valley will be presenting a workshop with 98-year-old yoga master Tao PorchonLynch from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., April 8, at Club Fit in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Porchon-Lynch will discuss how we can tune into the power of the eternal Tao Porchon-Lynch and discover that nothing is impossible. She will also talk about the four pillars of yoga in this session — pranayama, mudras, bandhas and chakras. Susan Douglass, a long-time student of Tao’s will also share her Aspirational Yoga Dances that will be choreographed to music by John Guth. Aspirational Yoga is a fusion of yoga and dance that delights body and spirit. Students will experience both the joy of dance and the bliss of yoga. Copies of Tao’s autobiography, Dancing Light, will be available for purchase and signing. It is recommended that all attendees bring their own yoga mats.




Cost: $45 for YTA members and $65 for nonmembers in advance; $55 for YTA members and $75 for nonmembers at the door. Location: 584 North State Road. Preregistration is requested at For more information, contact Audrey Brooks at ytapresident@ or call 914.582.7816.

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Turning Lawns into Native Landscapes by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko


raditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging alternative. Many other appealing options likewise use native plants appropriate to the local climate. For instance, replacing Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass or another non-native species with natives can deliver drought resistance and lower irrigation needs; eliminate any need for fertilizers or toxic pesticides; reduce or eliminate labor-intensive and often polluting mowing and edging; enhance the beauty of a home; and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. 42

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Before replacing a lawn, determine the desired result. It may simply be achieving a low-maintenance, lawn-free yard; growing food like vegetables, herbs, fruit or nuts; or supplying ample flowers for a fresh weekly bouquet. Other benefits might include increasing privacy, dining al fresco, escaping into nature or even sequestering carbon dioxide to reduce climate change. To be successful, choices must be appropriate to the climate, plant hardiness zone, local zoning ordinances and homeowner association rules. Also consider the soil quality and acidity, moisture content and whether plantings will be in full sun or shade, or both. Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

From the Midwest to New England, “Wild ginger makes a nice, low groundcover with heart-shaped leaves in shade or part shade, where lawn grass often struggles,” suggests Pam Penick, of Austin, Texas, author of Lawn Gone: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. “Pennsylvania sedge, a low, grassy, meadow-like groundcover, can also work. For areas with full sun, bearberry, an evergreen creeping shrub with red berry-like fruit in fall, or prairie dropseed, a beautiful prairie grass with sparkling seed heads in fall, might be worth trying.” “Stick with the Carex family of plants, the sedges, for a native meadow,” echoes Greenlee. “They vary in color, texture and height. Follow nature’s lead and create a tapestry of commingled plants. Start slow and add flowering plants like Queen Anne’s lace, daisies, asters and poppies.”

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In sunny and well-drained areas of the South, Penick suggests Gulf muhly, an ornamental grass. “Its fall blooms resemble pink cotton candy floating above its green leaves.” In Florida, flowering sunshine mimosa with fernlike leaves and other natural groundcovers are low maintenance. “Basket grass is a low, evergreen grass-like plant with long, spaghetti-type

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The right regional native plants often include grasses and ferns, herbaceous plants like flowering perennials and woody ones like shrubs, vines and trees. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and help preserve a sense of place. “Work with a professional landscaper in your area, ideally a member of the Association for Professional Landscape Designers,” advises Greenlee. Tap a local university extension service, master gardener and garden club for local expertise, often available at no or low cost via classes or club membership.

leaves that puddle around it, suitable for shade or partially shaded areas,” advises Penick. “It’s slow to grow, but highly drought-tolerant and nicely covers a dry slope or spills over a retaining wall. Texas sedge makes a lowgrowing, meadowy alternative that’s evergreen and needs mowing only once every year or two.” Moss is a fine option for shady and moist areas. “If moss is naturally colonizing a patch of yard, allow it to fill in where the lawn doesn’t want to grow,” Penick counsels. “It makes a springy, evergreen groundcover needing only brief misting to keep it looking good during dry periods.”

Mediterranean and California Coast

Plentiful sunshine, rare frosts and modest rainfalls make many California coastal areas perfect for growing lots of plants, rather than plots of water-thirsty turf. “For full sun, work with California yarrow, purple sage, Indian mallow, white sage, lupines and California sagebrush,” recommends Charlie Nardozzi, of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, author of Foodscaping. “In shade, try mountain yarrow, mimulus monkey flower, California honeysuckle, California flannel bush and coyote mint.” “Blue grama grass is native to many states, and buffalo grass is native to states west of the Mississippi River in the right places,” adds Greenlee. They’re especially suited for meadows established in drought-prone regions.

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“For sunny areas, try goat’s beard, penstemon, beach strawberry, mock orange and huckleberry,” says Nardozzi, who

covers gardening nationally at “For part shade, experiment with gooseberry, red flowering currants, western amelanchier, deer fern, trillium and wild ginger.” Adding some clover to a traditional lawn may eliminate the need for fertilizers while retaining some turf, says Erica Strauss, of Gamonds, Washington, in her Northwest Edible Life blog. “When the clover loses leaf mass from mowing, its roots die off to compensate and nitrogen enters the soil for neighboring plant roots to use.” White clover works well for those on a budget; microclover costs more and is even better. For shady, north-facing or boggywet areas, Strauss recommends sweet woodruff. Moss is another option.

Semi-Arid, Steppe and Desert Climes

“If you crave a lawn but want to go native, Habiturf is perfect for the hot, dry Southwest,” says Penick. Developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin, Texas, it’s a mix of several native turf grasses, looks like a shaggy traditional lawn and can be occasionally mowed on a high setting to keep it neat. Once established, it needs far less water than traditional turf. “Silver ponyfoot grows well in many regions as an annual; as a perennial, it needs mild winters,” Penick continues. “Native to western Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, it likes good drainage, gravelly soil and full-to-part sun.” Xeriscaping—landscaping that requires little to no water—is especially prevalent in hot, dry regions. Plant picks typically include cactus, succulents, agave and herbs like rosemary or sage. John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

More EcoYard Ideas Edible Landscaping

A kitchen garden represented by any kind of edible landscaping replaces some turf grass with produce. Carefully designed and maintained, it can be as attractive as any other garden space. “According to GardenResearch. com, 30 million U.S. households, about 25 percent, participated in vegetable gardening in 2015,” reports Dave Whitinger, executive director of the National Gardening Association, owned by Dash Works, in Jacksonville, Texas. “To integrate edibles into a landscape, first assess the locations of sunny and shady spots,” says garden consultant Charlie Nardozzi. “Then, identify plants suited to the growing conditions that will fit in those areas. Mix in edibles with flowers, shrubs and groundcovers to keep the yard beautiful.” For urban areas, he recommends raised beds and containers as a good way to integrate edibles, bringing in clean soil and moving containers to the sunniest spots in the yard. “We have 3,000 raised beds in Milwaukee,” says Gretchen Mead, executive director of the Victory Garden Initiative, which helps install edible landscapes. “We went from about 35 new kitchen gardens eight years ago to more than 500 each year now.” The easy-to-build raised beds go on top of or in place of turf lawns. For Midwestern residents, Mead recommends beginning with six crops that can be started as transplants, like tomatoes or broccoli, and then growing a couple of plants from seed, like zucchini or green beans.

Water-Saving Gardens

“Water-saving gardens use less of this precious resource through appropriate plant choices, rain-conserving features, berming and terracing to slow runoff, water-permeable hardscaping and smart irrigation practices,” says Pam Penick, author of The Water-Saving Garden. “Regardless of where you live,

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saving water is a priority for everyone. Drought is a growing problem in the Southwest and West, but also affects the Midwest, Southeast and even New England.” “Rain gardens help absorb, retain and use rainfall, preventing it from draining into the sewer,” agrees Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, with Colorado’s Denver Botanic Gardens. “Rain barrels collect water from gutters and downspouts so there’s more control in time and method of distribution, including perhaps drip irrigation.” According to the Groundwater Foundation, in Lincoln, Nebraska, rain gardens can remove up to 90 percent of problematic nutrients and chemicals and up to 80 percent of sediments from rainwater runoff. Compared to a conventional lawn, they allow 30 percent more water to soak into the ground.


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replace as we move through spaces like walkways, patios, fountains, decks and grilling areas to enjoy the outdoors. “Plant people can get excited about planting but forget to leave ample space for patios and paths, often resulting in an overgrown, pinched look for seating areas and other places meant to be inviting,” cautions Penick. “It can also be

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easy to underestimate how large plants can grow in a few years. Plan ahead for these ‘people spaces’ and install them before establishing garden beds.” Landscapers recommend being generous with this technique without paving over paradise. “Plants will spill and lean over hardscaping, so it won’t feel too large once your garden is filling in,” says Penick. “To address runoff and allow rainwater to soak into the soil, use water-permeable paving wherever possible: gravel, dry-laid flagstone or pavers; even mulch for casual paths.”


Gardening for Five Generations by Mike Gulbrandsen

Remember you belong to nature, not it to you.


—Grey Owl

hamanic gardening is a holistic and organic type of landscaping that mixes principles of sustainability with regenerative techniques to create and maintain gardens designed to benefit all the inhabitants of the earth. Gardens are created to conserve water and help amend the soil. Companion plants are used in vegetable gardens to add nutrients back into the soil, and shrubs that feed wildlife are installed among the flowers, thus creating a sense of harmony between people, wildlife and the land. Gardens created using shamanic principles benefit five future generations. This is accomplished 10 ways: 1. using regenerative methods—that is, using a resource and then recycling or reusing it 2. amending the garden naturally to create healthy soil 3. xeriscaping, with the goal of conserving water 4. creating wildlife habitats by providing food, shelter and water 5. thanking the creator, the land, the sky and the plants on a daily basis 6. growing nutritious and healthy food 7. practicing bioregionalism—using existing onsite materials first 8. using organic and sustainable techniques 9. planting native species 10. producing enough food not just for the gardener, but also for his or her neighbors Reflections of Nature Landscaping is trained and certified in these shamanic practices, and has a history of creating gardens that respect Mother Earth and provide a healthy environment for future generations. Its shamanic gardening specialists will consult with homeowners to create a sustainable landscape in their yard. Mike Gulbrandsen is the owner of Reflections of Nature which serves Dutchess, Westchester and Putnam Counties. For more info, call 845.489.7250 or visit natural awakenings

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NEW WAVE Kids Organize to Save Our Oceans by April Thompson


arth’s oceans Conservation Given the opportunity, Ocean shelter more than Summit to harness youth can play a key a million speyouth enthusiasm cies, employ millions for related issues. role in conservation, of people and feed Six summits have research and policy billions more. Their convened hundreds complex ecosystems of concerned young making for Earth’s increasingly face change-makers and oceans. critical challenges, adult professionals. including acidification, “Young people learn overfishing and pollution. Inspiring us about current threats to marine life and all, youths nationwide are stepping up become inspired by peers sharing ideas with bold, creative actions benefiting and successes,” says Russell. Planning present and future generations to show and skill-building sessions fuel action, us how we too, can do our part. often assisted by microgrants to help Sean Russell, 24, of Englewood, kick-start community projects. Florida, was exposed to ocean wonders Russell is also involved with the in junior marine conservation summer nonprofit EarthEcho International, camps and 4-H programs. Volunteering which activates young leaders through with Mote Marine Laboratory’s dolphin peer-to-peer networks. One recent camresearch program, in Sarasota, Russell paign, 3T4E, encouraged youth worldwas struck by how improperly diswide to pick up three pieces of trash carded fishing line entangled and killed on November 1 and document their dolphins and other wildlife. At 16, he efforts. Nearly 2 million social media launched the Stow It—Don’t Throw It impressions later, they’ve reached youth Project to promote portable receptacles in 24 states, in 19 countries and on made from repurposed tennis ball consix continents, according to Executive tainers for anglers to stash used fishing Director Mia DeMezza. line for later safe disposal on shore. Founded by siblings Philippe and AlMore than 21,000 containers have been exandra Cousteau, the Washington, D.C., distributed nationwide to date. EarthEcho shares service learning stories While earning a bachelor’s degree that record steps young people are taking in biology, Russell launched the Youth to mitigate local waterway issues. In a 46

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virtual classroom field trip series, they can explore issues such as oceanic dead zones and acidification through dynamic multimedia presentations. “These young people are going to inherit the problems we’ve created, and deserve a seat at the table,” says DeMezza. Given the opportunity, youth can play a key role in conservation, research and policy making for Earth’s oceans. “I look at youth not as leaders of the future, but leaders of today,” says Russell. Daniela Fernandez, 23, is one of the youth leaders working to bridge the generational divide on ocean conservation issues. An undergraduate at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., she was invited to a 2013 United Nations (UN) meeting to address the state of the world’s oceans. When she inquired if they had social media outlets to share their discussions, she discovered they did not. The 2016 Christopher Benchley Ocean Award winner relates, “I returned to campus with a sense of urgency about the issues I learned about, which led me to start a nonprofit to connect Millennials with the oceans.” The resulting Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA) has since hosted three global ocean summits with participants from more than 30 colleges and universities, learning directly from leaders in government, science, business and policy. Summit-watch parties at embassies around the world enabled Millennials to submit questions and comments online. Consequently, Secretary of State John Kerry’s office partnered with SOA to incorporate a youth component in the state department’s 2016 Our Ocean Conference. The SOA, recognized by the United Nations as a game-changing initiative, has catalyzed 30 chapters on U.S. campuses, with plans to expand to Britain, Chile and Spain. Actionable steps include advocating for college curricula on ocean health. Already, the alliance has helped sway global policy, gathering 30,000 signatures petitioning that ocean conservation be included in UN sustainable development goals. It also mobilized youth advocating for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, America’s first marine monument (measuring a bit larger than Yellowstone National Park), off of Cape Cod, created by former President Obama in 2016.

The SOA, recognized by the United Nations as a game-changing initiative, has catalyzed 30 chapters on U.S. campuses, with plans to expand to Britain, Chile and Spain. Russell and Fernandez agree that rallying around solutions is key to engaging youths and adults alike. “You can talk about the problems all day long, but it’s solutions that inspire people to take action,” says Russell. Fernandez adds, “Often, people feel helpless in the face of big issues, but if you give them a simple way to help, they will get behind it.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Tony Juniper on How Thriving Ecosystems Sustain Prosperity by Randy Kambic


eading environment advocate and author Tony Juniper has been an Earth champion for three decades, imploring humanity to urgently understand that we need nature to thrive. His recently reissued book What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? How Money Really Does Grow on Trees, first published in 2013, won the Independent Publishers Living Now gold medal. It warns about the severe environmental cost of poor land planning; informs how birds, coral reefs, rain forests and other flora and fauna help preserve and sustain our


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quality of life; pushes for new recycling laws; and seeks to make children early enthusiasts. Formerly executive editor of Friends of the Earth, he serves as president of the Wildlife Trust, in Great Britain, teaching faculty of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, and is sustainability advisor to Prince Charles, a noted conservationist.

Why do you believe that economic growth and conservation can coexist?

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We are measuring economic growth crudely with no sense of quality. One country can have 2 percent gross domestic product growth and at low environmental cost, whereas another measuring similar growth might be both causing massive environmental destruction and concentrating the generated wealth among small numbers of people. We need to grow economies in ways that protect the environmental services that create opportunities for growth in the first place. It’s a major challenge for a world hell-bent on simplistic, crude measures of economic performance. In the Ivory Coast, where I recently visited, many poor rural people grow cocoa. One way to expand its economy is to produce more cocoa at the expense of tropical rain forests, which ultimately destroys the economy because forests are a major source of rainfall. Extended droughts caused by deforestation reveal that kind of growth is self-defeating. We need a more sophisticated approach, with the economy becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of ecology, not the other way around.

Are true eco-cities and eco-suburbs feasible? We can design much more livable areas for the protection and health of wildlife, nature and residents. Nature

also has a major bearing on the costs of a country’s healthcare system. A number of population level studies, including from the Netherlands, reveal how people with access to green space feel better and experience higher levels of well-being, especially in mental and psychological health. Many Western countries are seeing increased incidences of depression, anxiety and other psychological problems that can be reduced through greater access to open areas, green spaces and wildlife. We can expect massive increases in urban areas worldwide in the next 40 years. There’s an opportunity now to plan in integral ways to make these places better for everyone. Failing to integrate nature into them will ramp up the public health costs later on.

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What can citizens do to strengthen U.S. environmental policies? First, every election has candidates we can vote for that are more or less knowledgeable and clued into environmental issues. Second, we can exercise power in our purchasing choices. Some companies take leadership positions on environmental and sustainability issues; others don’t. With some research, shoppers can find the best companies to patronize, like those that prioritize low-carbon emissions, resource efficiencies and environmental protection policies. Many of them are advocating for more sensible, long-term environmental policies. In the U.S., one of the biggest pushbacks to the new administration will be from progressive companies that know the future has to be green; buying from these businesses strengthens their role and influence. Third, we can add to the people’s collective voice by joining campaigns and backing Earth-conscious organizations like the National Audubon Society, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and Sierra Club.

Why do you believe it’s important to instill basic ecological principles in youngsters? In the future, if fewer people understand the implications of climate change, ecosystem degradation, loss of wild animals and rampant toxic pollution, it’ll be even harder to embed adequate responses. The next generation should know how this planet works. Our world doesn’t succeed just on the basis of technology. It’s being run on microorganisms, the actions of forests, seas, soils and everything in the natural world. People that don’t know this can do a lot of damage. When more young people know the basics, it’s more likely they’ll behave in ways that reflect them. Progressive urbanization, with ever fewer people having direct experience of how nature works, is already an issue, so investing in our youth now will pay dividends in their future. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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healingbriefs One Light Healing Touch Holds Sessions in Lagrangeville


on and Penny Lavin of One Light Healing Touch (OLHT), an international energyhealing school, will conduct their 2017 school session from June to November in Lagrangeville. Penny will be teaching introductory workshops in the area in April, and on May 13 and 21, the Lavins will co-teach Day of Healing workshops in Lagrangeville, demonstrating three energy-healing techniques and a range of self-healing practices. Penny and Ron Lavin The OLTH school meets for 18 days over six months—one three-day weekend per month. The school teaches 33 advanced energy-healing techniques and 50 self-healing practices for healing oneself and others. The next school session in Lagrangeville begins June 9. National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork CEUS are available. “Our students have reported a range of remarkable physical and emotional healings, including the elimination or dramatic decrease of pain, anxiety, cancer, asthma, depression and fibromyalgia,” Penny says. Penny Lavin is an OLHT practitioner and instructor and an award-winning filmmaker. Her new documentary, The Healing Field: Exploring Energy and Consciousness, is airing on PBS and, and features Bruce Lipton, Lynne McTaggart and Ron Lavin, among others. The DVD is available on Amazon and Ron Lavin is the founder and director of OLHT. He has participated in five landmark studies with the National Institutes of Health and has been featured in the media internationally. His schools are in the United States and Germany. For more info, call 845.878.5165, email or visit See ad, page 12.

Celestial Touch Reiki and Readings Opens in Pawling


elestial Touch Reiki and Readings is now open at 7 Arch Street in Pawling, and owner Laura Schek, a psychic medium and Reiki master, is celebrating with discounted readings and Reiki sessions through May 30. “The Reiki services available at Celestial Touch are intended to reduce stress while increasing relaxation, healing and wellness,” Schek says. “Our mediumship readings bring healing and closure with loved ones who have passed.” Celestial Touch is offering grand opening Laura Schek specials of $25 off a one-hour mediumship reading, $20 off a one-hour Reiki session and $10 off a half-hour Reiki session. Refer a friend and receive a second reading or Reiki session at the discounted rate. For an appointment or additional information, call 845.244.1767 or visit Celestial Touch Reiki and Readings on Facebook. 50

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Green Ossining’s 47th Annual Earth Day Festival

Saturday, April 22 – 11am-4pm. This year’s theme is food sustainability, including such issues as food waste, cooking and food preservation, nutrition, edible gardens, backyard food and permaculture, and access to food. Activities and educational opportunities aligned with each area will be highlighted throughout the Festival.  Louis Engel Waterfront Park. Info:

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Think Earth Day Every Day by Sandra Murphy


he federal Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year, is the first law in U.S. history to include language that supports environmental education. Plans call for it to be integrated with current state standards, graduation requirements, teacher development and assessment, funding sources and policy action steps. offers lesson plan ideas for students. For example, students from third grade through high school might collect their household junk mail and explore ways to reduce it. Those in kindergarten through eighth grade may create a binder of information on endangered species that includes maps, animal facts and threats to their survival, exploring causal interconnections throughout the planet. Students can also build a cafeteria compost pile or find ways to improve their school’s recycling program. Kathleen Rogers, president of the nonprofit Earth Day Network, on, says, “We need 52

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to promote environmental consciousness into our children’s curricula so they are able to analyze problems, think critically, balance needs and take informed action.” Earth Day isn’t just one day. Aware citizens can take a rewarding action every day. Help our towns celebrate and forward its progress toward sustainability at these local Earth Day 2017 events.

Earth Day Events Poughkeepsie Two-day Earth Day Celebration

Friday, April 21, 4-8pm; and Saturday, April 22. City of Poughkeepsie community-wide celebration. children’s activities, live music, local food, free bicycle repair, volunteer sign-up opportunity, Clean-ups. Info:

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Saturday, April 22 – 11am-3pm. A spring celebration featuring a reservoir clean up, live music, an orienteering challenge, nature education, a StoryWalk® with Larchmont author Todd Harrington, crafts and art exhibit, face painting, refreshments, raffle and more. Reservoir clean-up from 9-11am. Sheldrake Environmental Center; 685 Weaver Street in Larchmont. Info/ tickets:

Earth Day COLOR FEST 2017

Sunday, April 23 – 9am-2pm. A charity run/walk and block party. Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute and Irvington’s iASKCAB Coalition run, walk and rise for a healthier and more connected world. Scenic Hudson Park, 29 Bridge St. Irvington. Info:

Greenburgh Nature Center Earth Day Celebration

Sunday, April 23 – 12noon-4pm. A day of volunteer projects and workshops at the Greenburgh Nature Center to learn ways to care for the earth. 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470;

Croton Earth Day Celebration

April 29 – 10am-3pm. Live music, education, crafts, family activities, yoga, Blue Pig ice cream and much more. Vassallo Park, Croton-on-Hudson. Info:

Westchester County Earth Day 2017

Saturday, May 13 – 10am-3pm. Features live entertainment for all ages, an exhibition of local green organizations, a small farmers’ market, raffles, and Earth Day Awards for sustainability/recycling initiatives presented by County Executive Rob Astorino. Kensico Dam Plaza.

Seventh Annual Earth Day Festival in Ossining


reen Ossining’s seventh annual Earth Day Festival will take place on April 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Louis B. Engel Waterfront Park. Visitors to this family-friendly event can learn how to live a more sustainable life, meet artisan vendors and enjoy food and live music on the Hudson River. The festival has grown from roughly 300 attendees in its first year to 4,000 in 2016, and this year’s event is expected to be even bigger. Held in celebration of the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, the 2017 festival will focus on the theme of food sustainability, including issues such as food waste, cooking and food preservation, nutrition, edible gardens, backyard food and permaculture, and access to food. Activities and educational opportunities aligned with each area will be highlighted throughout the festival. There will be local food, including vegetarian and vegan fare, as well as craft beer available for sale. Live entertainment will be provided by local musicians and presented by stage hosts Mike and Miriam Risko and the Mike Risko Band. Special activities and areas will include a kids’ zone, an eco-demonstration and hands-on activities focused on food sustainability, and river activities and advocacy. Among the groups and vendors represented at the festival will be artisans, providers of “green” services and products, and community organizations dedicated to sustainability. The event is hosted by Green Ossining in partnership with the Town and Village of Ossining, and with sponsorship support from a variety of community businesses. For more information, visit

White Plains Earth Weekend Features Free Film Screening


hite Plains will celebrate Earth Weekend April 21 through 24, highlighted by the free screening of Disneynature’s film Born in China at 10 a.m. April 22, at City Center 15: Cinema de Lux, located at 19 Mamaroneck Avenue. Tickets are available on a first-come, firstserved basis and can be picked up at the check-in table of the theater on the day of the event. From April 21 to April 24 at noon, people can pledge their sustainability goals on the Trees of Hope and create environmentally inspired pictures on the recycled art space in the Cinema de Lux corridor. And from now until April 23, they can reduce, reuse and recycle by donating shoes through Soles 4 Souls at Ebersole Ice Rink at Delfino Park, located at 110 Lake Street. Earth Weekend is presented by the White Plains Business Improvement District, a nonprofit established to improve the cultural, social and economic climate of downtown White Plains. Services provided by the BID include street cleaning and beautification, business outreach and marketing and special events. Upcoming events from the BID include a Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 7 and the Memorial Day 5K run/walk on May 29, both taking place on streets closed to traffic in downtown White Plains. The BID’s Summer SOULstice concert will take place June 22 at 5 p.m. at Church and Main Streets, and the White Plains JazzFest

will be held September 13 to 17 on the public stage at Mamaroneck and Martine Avenues. The year concludes with the largest New Year’s celebration in Westchester, with a live band, ball drop and fireworks display. Learn more about Earth Weekend and other BID-sponsored events at See ad page 25.

Celebrate Earth Day with Sheldrake


he Shel drake Environmental Center in Larchmont— a 60-acre oasis of land and water that provides a sanctuary for wildlife and people—will host its largest Earth Day celebration yet on April 22 with an afternoon of interactive, educational and restorative events. “We are excited to be expanding the Earth Day celebration this year, when the environment needs our help more than ever,” says Jen Barnes, event chair. “Our goal is to enhance the health of our community and our environment by bringing more people into close connection with and appreciation of nature.”   The celebration will begin with a reservoir cleanup from 9 to 11 a.m. Festivities will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live music, an orienteering challenge, nature education, a StoryWalk with Larchmont author Todd Harrington, a crafts and art exhibit, face painting, refreshments and a raffle. “This is a chance for families to gather and celebrate our earth, a healthy environment and our community,” says Sheldrake Executive Director Mary Ellen Kelly. “Sparking a love of nature through fun, positive experiences is what it’s all about.” Sheldrake Environmental Center is located at 685 Weaver St., Larchmont. For info and tickets, visit

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Celebrating Life with Tao Porchon-Lynch and Susan Douglass

Hosted by Yoga Teachers Association Learn how to use yoga to tap into the power of the eternal. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit Briarcliff Manor, NY $45 members/$65 nonmembers in advance Register at 914.582.7816;

SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Reiki Master Training Weekend – Apr 1-2.10am5pm. With Brett Bevell. Learn three master level symbols. Explore advanced Reiki enhancing psychic ability. Send Reiki to groups. Learn Mikao’s powerful original teaching, Rei-ju healing. Mt Kisco. Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-5pm. With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Understanding Energy Part 3 – 2-4pm. Using Energy Tools with Carol Essig, Sherry DiNapoli and Anne Bentzen. Learn energy management techniques using crystals, essential oils, herbs and more. $40 advance online registration. $45 door. 914.236.4503.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 Reversing Memory Loss Workshop with Dr. Cory Lenherr – 9am-3pm (lunch included), post-workshop intensive 3:30-5:30pm. Nutrition guidelines


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to support brain health, food demo, stress reduction techniques and Q&A. Hyatt House in White Plains. Register: Dharma Sunday School – 12:30-2pm. Explore concepts like kindness, compassion and gratitude. Ages 5 and up. By donation. SkyBaby Yoga Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spring. 845.265.4444. Monthly Manifesting – 2-3:30pm. With Carla Blaha. $25. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Yin Yoga & Meditation – 5-7pm. Mind/body practice focusing on connective tissues in the body. Toward end of class a natural flow into meditation. $35 preregistered. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642.

MONDAY, APRIL 3 Raw Plant Food Detox Challenge – Starts April 3. With Edit Babboni. Gentle yoga classes with meditation, raw food e-booklet with recipes for the week, and Facebook support group. Zen Garden Yoga, 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights. Info: 917.721.2529. Ayurveda and Yoga: The Health Connection – 7-8pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

TUESDAY, APRIL 4 Yoga Fun & Creative Play – Apr 4-May 9. 3-5pm. Children will balance, believe, and create through yoga, mindfulness, art and theater. $120 six-week series. SkyBaby Yoga Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spring. 845.265.4444. Class format:

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markyourcalendar Bring Happiness, Better Relationships and Enhanced Wellness into your Life. Rewire Your Connection to Mind, Body and Spirit Elemental Change Retreat April 8-9 with Transformation Expert Rose Caiola and Astrologer Pamela Cucinell Experience Empowerment in Community, Water Views, Meditation, Yoga, Gourmet Food Fonrose Cottage, Wainwright House, Rye

THURSDAY, APRIL 6 It’s Your Health. Thursdays – Apr 6-27. 12:302pm. This four-week workshop focuses on practical information and strategies for healthy eating, stress management, fitness and accessible activities. 914.232.5717. Register online: Vital Health – 6 p.m. With Dr. Marianne Messina. Learn how to create a path to vitality, health and wellness. John C. Hart Library in Shrub Oak. Register with library: 914.245.5262. Info: 914.930.8800.

FRIDAY, APRL 7 “Elemental Change” Self-Actualization Weekend Retreat – 4/7-4/9. Join transformation expert Rose Caiola of and astrologer Pamela Cucinell for a restorative weekend of inspiration, yoga and gourmet food at Wainwright House in Rye. Info: Meditation Class – 6:45-8:15pm. With Rona Levine. Learn mindfulness stress reduction techniques through guided meditation and breathwork. Special transmission of information concludes class. $25. Golden Temple Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.236.4503. Register online: Mediumship Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Carla Blaha. $40. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

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This is Spinal Zap – 7-8:30pm. With Brett Bevell. Combining a variety of energy modalities to release karmic conditioning, emotional and energy blockages held in spine. $35. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 Elemental Change Retreat – April 8 & 9. Community, water views, meditation, yoga, gourmet food and more, at Fonrose Cottage, Wainwright House, Rye. Info: Ukrainian Eggs Decorating Workshop – 12:304:30pm. Immerse in the rhythm of the design, the balance and the colors of traditional Ukranian pysanky. No experience required. $35. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie 845.473.2206. Energy Healing and Spirit Guides – 1-3pm. With Penny Lavin from One Light Healing Touch School. Connect to Spirit Guides for healing. Increase health and awareness. $35. Wainwright House 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. Register: 914.967.6080. Celebrating Life – 1:30-4:30pm. Use yoga to tap into power of the eternal with revered yogini Tao Porchon-Lynch. $45 members. $65 nonmembers in advance. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, 584 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info, Audrey Brooks: 914.582.7816.

Fundamentals of the Surya Namaskar – 2-4pm. Learn the 12 poses that make up this practice. Leave feeling empowered with a new understanding of importance of this sequence. Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness, Yonkers. Preregister/cost options/ discounts: Sacred Stone Grid – 2-4pm. Joann Fava. Level 2. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Monthly Shamanic Reiki Hearth Circle – 5:307pm. With Melanie Ryan. Proceeds go to EOMEC. org, a non-profit to preserve world-wide indigenous shamanic healing practices. $20 suggested. Drop-in. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9 Sound Bath Meditative Healing Session – 1011am. Listen to singing bowls and various sound healing techniques to bring relaxation and an acceleration of an inward journey. $13. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. Astrology & Karmic Class – Noon-1:30pm. With Laura Watkins $30. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Overcoming the Power of Habits and Addictions - Weiss Method Info-Lecture NYC – 1-2pm. Learn how habits and addictions form and how to overcome them. Natural, effective method. Q&A. Free. E37th btw Park & Lex. RSVP: 914.705.1805. Sugar Addiction and Overeating Solution: Weiss Method Info-Lecture NYC – 1-2pm. Effective, successful method helping people lose weight, overcome nicotine, alcohol, overeating and sugar addiction. Q&A. Free. E37th btw Park & Lex. RSVP: 914.705.1805.

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Building a Community of Spiritual Seekers All Welcome - 10:30am- 12:30pm Prayer, music and sharing.

April 23 - MOVEMENT, HEALING AND SPIRITUALITY Special Guest Rev. Melanie Gambino May 14 – “Symphony of Peace Prayers” (Mothers Day) Guest Dr. Jude Currivan (U.K.), author of “The Cosmic Hologram” Music by Miriam Zernis and members of Sita’s Light Chapel at Croton Falls, 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls.

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 Materials Management: Wasteful Consumption and Smart Decomposition – 7pm/refreshments; 7:30pm/program. Greenburgh Nature Center waste/ climate change connection, recycling right and municipal food waste composting. Free. 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470.


Freedom from Alcohol, Unwanted Habits and Everyday Addictions – 7-8pm. Effective method that helps people achieve freedom from addictions and unwanted habits. 80 percent success rate long term. Q&A. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. RSVP: 914.705.1805.

Men’s Group – 7-8:30pm. Men embrace and celebrate the full spectrum of their authentic beings, as they reflect on and develop the true meaning and purpose of their lives. $30. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113.

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



Ayurveda—The Key to Anti-Aging: Maintaining Health by Aging Slowly, Gracefully, and Enjoyably – Noon-1pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik. Talk to seniors. North Salem Firehouse, 301 Titicus Rd. Beverly Golisano: 914.669.5665.

Restorative Yoga – 7-8:30pm. With Patricia Castimore. Learn to rebalance body and mind. Focus on breath and body sensation. All levels $20. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

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Meditation for Moms – 8-9pm. With Helena de Vengoechea Rudd. Meditations to help support daily practice. Discussion to support ourselves. Free. Donations appreciated. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

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Westchester Holistic Network – 6:30pm/networking begins; 7-8:30pm. Kathleen Booker shares the breathwork for mind, body, spirit and emotions. WHN members and first-timers free. $10 repeat nonmembers. Ixchel Center, Hartsdale. Register:

Connect deeply with Earth & Sky with Melanie Ryan, SRMT The Center for Health and Healing Mt. Kisco, NY •

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

FRIDAY, APRIL 14 The Great Quiet—Full In House Silent Retreat – 6am-9pm. Silence held throughout the entire day. Dress comfortably. BYO food and snacks. Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness, Yonkers. Preregister/full details/cost options/discounts:


First Signs Of Spring Hibernation Is Over – 1pm. Hear a short story, explore forest trails with a naturalist, learn different signs of spring and more. $5 members. $8 nonmembers. 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470. Energy Healing and Spirit Guides – 1-3pm. With Penny Lavin from One Light Healing Touch School. Connect to Spirit Guides for healing. Increase health and awareness. $20. Sacred Space 436 Main St, Beacon. Register, Donna: 845.742.8494. Ayurveda: Addictions—How to Break the Cycle – 3-5pm. Free lecture. Refreshments. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic, Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. Info: 914.875.9088. Awakening to Mediumship & Open Channeling – 5-6:30pm.With Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

MONDAY, APRIL 17 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 Addiction Free Naturally: Weiss Method InfoLecture – 1-2pm. Effective method for overcoming everyday addictions ranging from alcohol to nicotine, sugar, weight loss. All natural. 80 percent success rate. Q&A. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. RSVP: 914.705.1805.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20 Anatomy, Alexander Technique and Movement – With Karla Booth. Five-workshop series on Thursdays. Introduction to Alexander Technique and a mind-body exploration for greater ease in everyday life. $50/each workshop. Quest Yoga Arts, 111-113 Main St, Mt. Kisco. Register, visit Mindfulness Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Tracy Cochran. Sitting meditation, the body scan, walking meditation and mindful movement plus informal to relieve stress. All levels. $20. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. What is Sugar and How Does It Affect Our Health? – 7:30pm. Hosted by Learn to identify hidden sugar, the epidemics of diabetes and obesity and more. Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd, Rye.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 Seed Starting & Soil Health Workshop—SunRaven Garden Co-Op – 9:30am-3pm. With master


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White Plains Earth Weekend Kick-Off – 10am. Free film screening of Disneynature’s Born in China. City Center 15: Cinema de Lux, 19 Mamaroneck Ave. Info about Earth Weekend: Mindful Eating – 11am-1pm. Guest Speaker, Karen Mayo. Integrative nutritionist and amazon best-selling author. Juice and snacks provided. Katonah Pharmacy, 202 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.1109. Intro to Essential Oils – 1-3pm. Learn to use them in cooking. Discover tips on which doTERRA oils work best in favorite recipes. Cooking demo and samples. $10. Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness, Yonkers. Preregister: Self-Healing with Energy Medicine – 1-3pm. With Penny Lavin. Learn how life-force energy flows, strengthen one’s immune system, release programming and stress and more. $20. Center for a Healthy You, 1984 New Hackensack Rd, Poughkeepsie. Preregister: 845.462.4555. Reiki I Class – Apr 22-23. 1-5pm. With Anne Bentzen. Learn skills for self-healing and treating others. Receive four attunements, manual and certificate upon completion. Max 9. $175. Golden Temple Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Register/text: 914.588.4079.

Archangel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Seed Choices: The Relevance of Seeds and Our Local Food System – 10:30am. With Shanyn Siegel. Learn types of seeds available and best seeds for organic gardens, a resilient regional food system and more. Register: 914.232.5717.

horticulturalist, Xenia D’Ambrosi. Learn about growing any kind of plants, such as vegetables, herbs and flowers. $50. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113.

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Vegetable Garden Workshop – 2-4pm. Celebrate Earth Day by learning to garden. Explore the essentials of vegetable gardening through practical demonstrations, visuals and lecture. $20. Hilltop Hanover Farm. 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Hts. Earth Day Yoga Celebration – 4:30-6pm. Yoga and live music collaboration with master yoga teacher Franklin Shire and musician/composer John Guth. $25 door. All levels. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Earth Day Kirtan with Sita’s Light – 7-8:30pm. Honor Mother Earth and experience the transformative power of chanting. Kirtan ignites every part of our being, creating a beautiful state of calm. Mt Kisco. Angelic Healing – 7-9pm. With Carol Essig. Connect with light beings in higher realms and each participant provided with an angelic healing touch at end of program. $25. Golden Temple Yoga. 914.236.4503. Register online:

SUNDAY APRIL 23 Celebrate Earth Day with Color Fest 2017: Charity Run/Walk and Block Party – 9am-2pm. Rise together for a healthier and more connected world. Find inspiration and make a positive impact. Scenic Hudson Park, 29 Bridge St, Irvington. Goo. gl/9zNe5u. Learn to Compost – 10-11:30am. $15. Learn which composting method is best and hear a variety of topics including site selection, materials, ingredients, management and best practices. Hilltop Hanover Farm. 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Hts.


Saturday, May 6 10am-2pm SPCA DOG WALK AND PET FAIR FDR State Park, Yorktown Heights Learn More :

Natural Weight Loss: Weiss Method Info-Lecture NYC – 1-2pm. Effective, successful method helping people lose weight simply and naturally, overcome smoking, alcohol, overeating and sugar addiction. Q&A. Free. E37th btw Park & Lex. RSVP: 914.705.1805. Restorative Yoga – 5-7pm. With Karla Booth Diamond. Powerful practice everyone can benefit from, regardless of age or fitness level. 35 preregistered. $40 day of. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

MONDAY, APRIL 24 Five-Class Series on Learning Tarot Card Reading – Apr 24-May 22. 6:30-8:30pm. With Spirit medium, Zhenya Amditis. BYO Rider-Waite card deck. Includes mini-readings. $125. Max 15. Golden Temple Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.236.4503.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 Free Environmental Film: Age of Consequences & Discussion – 7pm. Extreme weather, drought, food and water shortages, global conflict, refugee crises, failed states and terrorism. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080. Read more: New Moon Manifestation – 7-8pm. Participants come together to manifest hearts desires with the creative energies of the new moon. $10 newcomers. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. Energy Healing Circle – 7-9pm. With Anne Bentzen. Stress reduction, emotional and physical pain relief through deep relaxation. Discover natural healing solutions with Reiki. Max 18. $20. Golden Temple Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.588.4079. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 New Moon Gathering – 7-8:30pm. Use the lunar cycle to realize intentions. Guided meditations and ritual facilitated by astrologer Pamela Cucinell. BYO notebook. $20 WHN members. $25 nonmembers, Ixchel Center, Hartsdale Register: 917.796.6026.

Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Marianne Petitbon. Experience energy healing in a serene setting. Reiki newcomers/experienced practitioners of all levels welcome. $20. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29 18th Annual Native Plant Sale – 10am-1pm. Native plant specialists will be on hand throughout the sale to answer questions. Free admission. Westchester Community College in Valhalla. Info: or 914.606.7870.

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A Slow Medicine Approach to Financial Abundance – 10:30am-4pm. Find support to break through blocking oneself and live a fulfilling, healthy and abundant life. $150 individuals. $225 couples. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113. Reiki Master Class – 11am-4pm. With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $675. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Energy Healing and Stress Reduction – 2-3:30pm. With Penny Lavin from One Light Healing Touch School. Learn self-healing practices, release stress and develop innate healing abilities. Free. Mt Kisco Library, 100 E Main St. Register, Library: 914.864.0038. Info: Numerology Can Empower Your Life – 4-6pm. With Julian Michael. Learn to understand self and others. Discover magic code of one’s life purpose. $44. The Center for Health and Healing, 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco. 914.236.4503. Register:

SUNDAY, APRIL 30 Energy Healing and Stress Reduction – 2-3:30pm. With Penny Lavin from One Light Healing Touch School. Learn self-healing practices, release stress and more. Free. Desmond Fish Library, 472 Rte 403 Garrison. Register, Library: 845.424.3020. Info: The Energetics of You – 2-5pm. With Kathy Fitzgerald. Participants explore, release energy and call back their energy. Grounding techniques. Know where personal energy field is at all times. Separate energy from others. $85. Mt Kisco. Ongoing Last Sundays of the Month – 4pm. Community acupuncture. Experience the beneficial effects of acupuncture in a group setting. $30. Hygeia Integrated Health LLC. 3505 Hill Blvd, Ste K, Yorktown Hts. Register: 914.352.6116.

SATURDAY, MAY 6 SPCA Dog Walk And Pet Fair – 10am-2pm. FDR State Park, Yorktown Heights. Info: Shamanic Reiki Level One Training – 10am 5pm. May 6 & 7. Connect deeply with Earth & Sky with Melanie Ryan, at The Center for Health and Healing, Mt. Kisco. Info:

SUNDAY, MAY 7 Recipes for Joy – 1-4pm. Explore new techniques for self-care: acupuncture, massage, tea blending, cranial sacral therapy and more. Katonah Yoga, 39 Main St, Bedford Hills. Info: 914.241.2661. Info@

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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. Organic Market at Congregation Sons of Israel – 11:30-2pm. 1666 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market – 10am2pm. 15 Mt. Ebo Road S, off Rt. 22, Brewster.����� ���� Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association building. Celebration of Life Service – 11-12:15am. Inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s programs 1st & 3rd Sun. Free. Center for Spiritual Living White Plains, 262 Martine Ave, Masonic Temple. 914.261.9119. All Levels Yoga – 4:30-6pm. With Christine Tergis. Focus on alignment, sensations, mindfulness and breath. $20 drop-in or purchase class pkg. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

monday Healing Qigong – 8-9am. With Certified Instructor Dr. Kurt Beil. Ancient, gentle techniques of coordinated movement, breath and intention to build energy and more. Class-card or $22 drop-in. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. Free Morning Meditation – 8:45-9:15am. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. YogaShine for Adults – 9-10:30am. Gentle and strengthening, calming the nervous system, heartcentered, Kripalu-based, developing our consciousness, curiosity and compassion. First class is free. Vitalah Simon, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla, 914.769.8745. Restore and Revive – 11am-noon. With Amy B. Begin with breathwork, transition into a slow flow and ease into a fluid body of motion. All levels. First class free. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr, Mt Kisco. 914.241.0797. YogaShine for Pre-Teens and Teens – 7-8pm. Gentle and strengthening, calming the nervous system, heart-centered, Kripalu-based, developing our consciousness, curiosity, strength and compassion. First class is free. Vitalah Simon, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla, 914.769.8745.

full spectrum of our authentic beings, while reflecting on and developing true meaning and purpose of our lives. $30. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113.

tuesday Free Morning Meditation – 8:45-9:15am. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Therapeutic Yoga Flow – 10-11:30am. With Diane Graziosa. Floor Flow: breathing, strengthening, stretching and restoring. All levels. $20 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600 Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am- 12:30pm. Women support each other through the process of recognizing and embracing one’s full, authentic beings and, in doing so, nurturing their highest potential. $30. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/ meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Yoga – 6pm. With Karen. Energetic, non-judgmental mixed styles yoga to improve health, strength, flexibility, balance and awareness. All levels. $15. NY Dance Faktory, 12 Peekskill Hollow Rd, Putnam Valley. Info, Karen Shaw: 914.522.1297. Yoga for Athletes – 7:15-8:45pm. With Michelle. Fast paced, with emphasis on using core strength and internal stability. Targeting muscles groups where athletes tend to get tight. First class free. Saw Mill Club. 77 Kensico Dr, Mt Kisco. 914.241.0797. Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm.With Jo-Anne. Vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. JoAnne: 917.364.1871.

wednesday Free Morning Meditation – 8:45-9:15am. Singing bowls included. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am-12:30pm. Women support each other through the process of recognizing and embracing one’s full, authentic

Men’s Group – 7-8:30pm. 2nd and 4th. Celebrate


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beings and, in doing so, nurturing their highest potential. $30. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113.


Free Weekly Wellness Talks – 11am-12:30pm. With Dorette Lewis-Senior. Create safe and effective wellness plan. Learn to choose dietary and nutritional supplements to avoid conflicts with prescription medication. Lunch at nominal cost. Bronx. Register: 855.735.2533. Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga – 4-5:15pm. With Certified Yoga Instructor Deborah Barret. Beginner-intermediate class. $20. $100 six-classes. Integrative Med Solutions, 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester. Info, Deborah Barret: 914.426.1752. Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Victor Gazzini. Yoga class using a breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322.

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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. Free Meditation Session – 2nd and 4th Thursdays. 7:15 p.m. The Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, 2 Byram Brook Place in Armonk. Breath & Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. With Patty Meehan. Vinyasa flow class using breath, movement, balance, stretch, closing with meditation. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. YogaShine for Adults – 7-8:30pm. Gentle and strengthening, calming the nervous system, heartcentered, Kripalu-based, developing our consciousness, curiosity and compassion. First class is free. Vitalah Simon, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla, 914.769.8745. Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. With Certified Yoga Instructor Marianne Bateman. Beginnerintermediate class. $20. $100 six-classes. Integrative Med Solutions, 266 White Plains Rd, B-1 Eastchester. Marianne Bateman: 917.923.9043.

friday Chair YogaShine, Super Gentle, for Adults with Special Needs and Seniors – 9:30-10:30am. Gentle and strengthening, calming nervous system, heartcentered, Kripalu-based and more. First class is free. Vitalah Simon, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Mindful Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Reyna. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600.


enus Retrograde until April 15 stimulates the need to reflect on love, money and what you value. High spirits on April 1 benefit from careful execution. Home activities on April 2 enhance security and comfort. Prioritize on April 3 to create a sense of wealth and well-being. Take care of what’s near and dear on April 4. A playful or glamorous evening out on April 5 stimulates ambitions. Delays and detours on April 6 are reasons to make a goal more secure, rather than to feel thwarted.  

Relationship Navigations

Anything seems possible on April 7, as long as you don’t get lost in the details. Look at any tendency to limit potential on April 8, because it is what you make it. Mercury goes retrograde on April 9, and reminds us to doublecheck appointments and make backups a habit. Big emotions on April 10 can lead to stronger commitments. The Libra Full Moon on April 11 shines the light on relationships—what’s working and what’s not. Relationships of all stripes strengthen through financial and therapeutic conversations on April 12 and 13.   

More Than Meets the Eye

A surprise or upset on April 14 requires quick reflexes. Venus Direct on April 15 increases sudden disclosures or blurts. Exuberance beats any hesitancy on April 16; take action. Crystal-clear goals on April 17 increase success.

Tough scrutiny on April 18 leads to decisive action. Bright ideas and inspired conversations on April 19 offer dazzling options; research the facts. 


On April 20, what comes up that suggests a deeper look? It’s worth your time. Avoid a contractual commitment on April 21 except one with yourself; write down a pledge to yourself and sit with the feelings it conjures. Attention to water enhances your appreciation of Earth Day. Meditation and spiritual connections magnify on April 23. The more responsible an unstoppable urge on April 24, the better the results. Tremendous productivity is possible on April 25.

Get Grounded

The Taurus New Moon invites new growth on April 26, especially for love and money. Get outside to enjoy spring’s beauty around you on April 27. Too many distractions or too much input on April 28 causes confusion and possible chaos. Freedom chafes at obligations on April 29. Whatever the situation, a good meal with trusted companions on April 30 feeds the soul. To learn more about Venus Retrograde, read Pamela Cucinell’s daily insight at To arrange for private revelatory guidance and coaching sessions or online subscriptions, contact her at or 917.796.6026. See ad page 50.

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Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917 882-0921. Candlelight Yoga and Meditation – 5:30-6:45pm. With Anna. Vinyasa flow and meditation designed to relax mind and rejuvenate spirit. First class free. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr, Mt Kisco. 914.241.0797.

saturday Peekskill Farmers Market – 8am-2pm. Year-round market offering fresh food and family fun. “Market Stage Live,” features live music, author readings, and demos with fitness and health practitioners. FMNP and SNAP accepted. Rain or Shine. Free parking. Bank St, between Park and Main. Info: Gossett Brothers Farmer’s Market – 9am–1pm. Vendors include Bee Guy Apiaries, Do-Re-Mi Farms, Johnny Cake Farms, Wave Hill Bread, Honore’s Table, Du Soleil, Bongo Pasta, also fresh fish, homemade ice cream and crafts. 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem. Info: Gossett Brothers Nursery on Facebook. Mindful Slow Flow – 9:30-10:45pm. With Reyna. Class that focuses on alignment within the flows ending with restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Yoga – 10am. With Karen. Energetic, non-judgmental mixed styles yoga to improve health, strength, flexibility, balance and awareness. All levels. $15. NY Dance Faktory, 12 Peekskill Hollow Rd, Putnam Valley. Info, Karen Shaw: 914.522.1297. Hudson Valley Farmers Market – 10am-3pm. Year-round. A one stop shop farmers market with fresh Hudson Valley products. Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook. Info: HudsonValleyFarmersMarket. Free Weekly Wellness Talks – 11am-12:30pm. Every other Sat. With Dorette Lewis-Senior. Create safe and effective wellness plan. Learn to choose dietary and nutritional supplements to avoid conflicts with prescription medication. Lunch at nominal cost. Bronx. Register: 855.735.2533. Joyful Mindful Yoga – 11:15-12.30pm. With Ann. Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 1:304:30pm. 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Open Level Yoga – 2-3pm. Slow Vinyasa, beginners welcome. $10/2 classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. Info: 914.648.0492.


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SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Let me guide you on your path to better health and well-being. Utilizing: Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED Biofeedback Therapy, Reiki, Mei Zen Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation, weight loss and fertility. See ad pg 13.


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.


The Weiss Method 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 45.




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

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

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


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.


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 50.

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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.






Biofeedback/neurofeedback for ADHD, enhanced focus, peak performance, test stress, anxiety, chronic pain, headaches, insomnia, anger, meditation, mindfulness training and more. Dr. Edwards is board certified and NYS licensed. Physician and self-referrals welcome.

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!

Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN, LMHC 2 Byram Brook Pl., Armonk, NY 10504; 914.219.8600

8 Bacon Place, Yonkers, NY 10710 914.523.7947


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 15.


Santhigram Wellness 446 5th Ave. Pelham, NY 10803 914.250.1417 Provides traditional Ayurveda and Panchakarma therapies which focuses on the removal of toxins from the body. Ayurveda is a traditional, holistic practice which offers methods and treatments aimed at preventing disease and living a pain-free balanced life.


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 We offer a full boarding facility with outdoor runs and indoor kennels. Being an animal hospital for the most part, we take pride in our capability to kennel pets with medical problems or special needs. See ad pg 26.


483 Cherry St., Bedford Hills NY Open: M-Sat. 10-6pm 914.241.1010; Hundreds of candles in stock or create your own custom candle. Choose your favorite scent, wax color, wick type and container. All natural soy candles, handcrafted & nontoxic with long-lasting aroma. Shop in store or on-line. See ad pg 17.

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

How would you like to wake up each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation and find-out what is standing between you and your health goals. See ad pg 48.

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

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


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


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

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




Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; 917.868.1769

Life Coach in Positive Psychology 51 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536 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.

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!

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


Whole Health and Empowerment Coach 914.420.3674; Are you ready to transform your life and step into the best version of YOU? Using the Five Aspects of Whole Health (Physical, Nutritional, Emotional, Environmental, Spiritual), we tap into the power within and ignite your true potential!



Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, Director White Plains & Ossining offices 914.762.4693; WellOnTheWay.Com Curious about energy m e d i c i n e ?  Kn o w th e r e is something to it, from all you’ve r e a d a n d h e a r d ?  A r e y o u tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call! See ad pg 33.

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

LEAH WILSON WATTS Master Life Coach 718.812.5166

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

Do you struggle with stress, pain and muscle tightness? If so, call today for your free consultation and learn how to finally address these issues and experience ideal health naturally. See ad pg 48.


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


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



914.921.LIFE (5433)

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




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

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.

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Experience Dentistry in a Whole New Way Clinical Excellence in a Calming Environment 914.713.2424 At Scarsdale Dental Spa we combine clinical excellence with comforting treatment. From the moment you enter you'll be made to feel welcomed, relaxed and comfortable. Kids and Adults love going to the Dentist again! See ad pg 14.

DETOXIFICATION HOLISTIC WELLNESS ALTERNATIVES Dan Court, CN, CBCP, CECP, Qigong 2013 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 914.962.1155;

Start each day feeling energized and vibrant! Our gentle, fullysupported 21 day program leaves you feeling cleansed inside and out without going hungry. Jump start your body to living a healthier, more active life!

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

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


DEPRESSION ASCEND HEALTH AND WELLNESS Sarah F. B. Kent, R.N., N.P. Katonah & NYC By Appointment: 914.462.7633

Frustrated, Depressed, Overeating, Insomnia, Anxious, Job-Less? Learn strategies to maximize your potential. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a Registered Nurse, I offer integrative therapies. I work with individuals of all ages and families. See ad pg 55.


Betty Prinsen, MA, Certified Practitioner 917.941.4767 Relax and cleanse comfortably and easily through Ionic Detox Footbath. Feel revitalized, balanced, healthy and ready to enjoy life. Affordable detox packages.  Carmel and Patterson locations, in-home service. 


Integrative Medicine and Dermatology 17 Rodman Oval, New Rochelle, NY 914.637.0908; We clear your Skin naturally, by correcting the underlying digestive and inflammatory issues using nutrition, supplements, and energetic techniques, for diagnosis and treatment. Caring Board Certified Dermatologist and World pioneer in Holistic Dermatology. 

Member: Westchester Holistic Network 845.709.5245 Facebook: House Harmony Do you have unsolved health issues? Selling your home? Is your business not attracting customers? Dowsing can help solve these issues. Call for more information and receive a free energy reading.


Mag Treanor RN, Reiki, Emotion Code NLP, Kinesiology, EFT-Adv, Hypnotist Carmel, NY; 845.228.8132 Realign mind body spirit, find core issues. Clear trauma, anxieties, negative Karma, Ancestral, Inherited, trapped emotions, limiting beliefs, Release Restore Realign Balance and Heal with intuition, intention, energy techniques. Tapping, Light, Sound, Magnets, Aromas, Spirit. See ad pg 50.

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Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE); Are you between the ages of 2-92 and want to experience each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation. Our unique total body approach is beneficial with proven results. See ad pg 48.



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.



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

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250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 24 years of clinical practice using natural remedies? Expertise in treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. Emphasis on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. If you want experienced, competent, compassionate, and exceptional care. See ad pg 21.



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

HAIR 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 19.

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

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

NATURAL CARE OF WESTCHESTER 20 North Ave 2nd Flr Larchmont, NY 10538 Dr. Marizelle J. Arce


A boutique naturopathic wellness center that focuses on customized visits. Offering Acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, Naturopathic medicine, massage therapy, nutrition, facial acupuncture, Infrared sauna, Acoustic cardiograms, Regulation Thermography, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, herbal medicine, Reiki, and pain management.

Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678

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


Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master & Instructor, Hypnotherapist Founder 453 White Plains Rd. #201, Eastchester 914.793.2600; Nurture your mind, body, and soul. Thru a variety of healing modalities and services that include, psychotherapy, reiki, hypnosis, craniosacral, massage, intuitive healing, yoga, and guided meditation classes. Rediscover your control and balance your life. See ad pg 12.


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

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




The Landscape Artists 845.489.7250

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


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



Registered Herbalist (AHG) 1129 Main St, 2nd Fl., Fishkill, NY email:; 845.416.4598 L o r r a i n e o ff e r s I n d i v i d u a l Wellness Consultations based on the Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Paradigm which offers a preventative and individual approach to balanced health. Each “unique� individual protocol will include Chinese, Western, Ayurvedic Herbal remedies and Nutritional planning.

250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 24 years of clinical practice using natural remedies? Expertise in treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. Emphasis on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. If you want experienced, competent, compassionate, and exceptional care. See ad pg 21.

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Michael Finkelstein MD FACP ABIHM SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; You can attain enhanced health and wellness on every level. I will guide you and together we will transform you into your own best doctor, friend and selfadvocate. You will learn how to bring yourself back into balance. My intention is to be the best healer and teacher I can be. I offer insightful health evaluations with customized medical guidance. Uniquely qualified to offer medical advice and attention from a holistic perspective. See ad pg 25.


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



Dr. Timothy Morley 914.241.7030; Mt. Kisco 914.615.9004; White Plains Dr. Morley is a functional medicine specialist and is board certified in anti-aging. We offer the most extensive testing in the Tristate area which allows us to discover the root causes of imbalances in your body. Balance your body and balance your life. See ads pgs 13 & 23.

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

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

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Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch 914.320.4063; Therapeutic massage to address specific issues or promote wellness. Works with generally healthy to very ill clients. Experience with geriatric, cancer, Parkinson’s, hospice massage. Studios in Riverdale and Mamaroneck; onsite visits in Westchester, Bronx, Manhattan. See ad pg 37.


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


Laura Giacovas,LMT, MS Ed., 4th Dan Master Instructor Taekwondo Briarcliff NY 914.941.2400, Our mission is to enhance wellness and quality of life through Therapeutic Massage and Integrated Holistic Healing. We are committed to providing an inspired, nurturing environment from which wellness and harmony can be realized. See ad pg 36.

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

Holding sacred space through Relaxation, Therapeutic and Medical Massage Putnam, We s t c h e s t e r , D u t c h e s s . "Michelle's healing ability is more than the touch from her hands; she heals the soul. She brings serenity to people." ~Maureen S., Carmel. See ad pg 50.

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

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


777 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583: 914.902.9200 365 Central Park Ave. Scarsdale, NY 10583; 914.422.3689 737 Bedford Rd., Bedford Hills, NY 10507: 914.244.3689 158 South Ridge St., Rye Brook, NY 10573; 914.417.6940 Massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your wellness program. Visit one of the four locations in Westchester to take advantage of our introductory offer. Open 7 days a week, extended hours, late evenings. See ads pgs 37 & back cover.

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

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 45.



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.

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 2.

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


Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725; Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may include supplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. Clinic days: M,T,W. See ad pg 15.


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


Dr. Michael Wald, DC, MD* 86 Smith Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 914.242.8844; Dr. Michael Wald, DC, MD*, Board Certified Nutritionist, aka The Blood Detective, works in close partnership with you to develop your natural healing plan. Starting with a personalized review of your health goals and concerns. A metabolic map and testing your body holistically, then interpreting the findings - The Blood Detective Way! (*unlicensed)  See ad pg 7. 866.624.4117 HQ: 427 Main St. Beacon, NY 12508

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Laurie R. Mallis, MD, LAc 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Get on the path to better health. Utilizing Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED, Biofeedback Therapy and Reiki to achieve a better state of health and well being. Only minutes from Taconic and I-84. See ad pg 13.

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

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

Tobi Kundid Owner and Director of Tovami Yoga Studio 112 W. Boston Post Road Mamaroneck, NY 914.618.4887;

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Manual PT Practice and Pilates Studio. One patient, one therapist, one hour. Integrative practice with a functional, manual approach to musculoskeletal restrictions. Specialties: Dance/Sports Medicine PT. Pilates Apparatus sessions also available. Infinite results.

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

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


241 Harrison Ave, Harrison, NY 10528 914.630.4594;

Private and semi-private classes offered on Pilates machines. Everyone’s welcome in our Pilates and Yoga classes regardless of flexibility or strength. Intimate and challenging atmosphere. Try an Extra Gentle Yoga class or a Pilates Mat class. Get your glow on! See ad pg 40.

PILATES UNLEASHED STUDIO 274 White Plains Road, Suite 7 Eastchester, New York, 10709 914.361.1399

We are a boutique Stott Pilates studio, offering a personalized, integrated approach to Pilates and yoga. Classes are small and customized. We offer privates, small reformer/ tower classes, yoga, workshops, yoga for kids and more. Ask about our new client orientation special.


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


SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; Offering a whole-being, integrative approach to wellness, nurturing clients into health on the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical levels. Following one’s heart to Re-envision life in order to flourish. See ad pg 25.


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


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.


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 57.


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


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

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An Organized Reference Guide to Caring for a Loved One at Home 914.713.5354 When an elderly loved one requires special care within the home, caregivers face overwhelming challenges with no idea who to turn to for answers. Joyce Greene shares concise, step-by-step guidance to help you through.

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

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



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


GANESHA SPA Peekskill, NY 914.906.7238

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

Certified Thermographic Technician Certified Whole Health Educator 518.929.7579;

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


Joan Forlow, NYS License 3021 Route 9, Cold Spring NY 845.559.3326; Feel lighter and look brighter from a healing facial with a Dermalogica Expert. Enter into a spa like environment where the technology of skincare meets the art of well-being. Relax-ReleaseRenew. Blissful!


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

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

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


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 Integrative Care including Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with many other types of Alternative and Complementary Veterinary Medicinal services are offered. We also offer a full range of high tech, cutting edge, medical, surgical and dental services. See ad pg 26.

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MAY Natural Pregnancy Plus: Women Rising May articles include: Preparing for Natural Pregnancy & Childbirth Women at Work Healing the World and so much more!


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


Dr. Timothy Morley 914.241.7030; Mt. Kisco 914.615.9004; White Plains We know the science behind weight loss. Slow metabolism, hormone imbalance, thyroid dysfunction, metal toxicity, vitamin deficiency and lifestyle choices are a few reasons why many people don’t lose. Your personalized, physician-supervised, real food plan will be designed for your success. See ads pgs 13 & 23.


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.705.1805 The Weiss Method helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. See ad pg 45.


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Promoting and supporting health and wellness; facilitating communitycentered experiential and reflective learning for individuals, families, and groups, by offering educational programs, events, and resources designed to build integrative skills and understanding for those looking to holistically care for themselves, others, and the world in which we live. Transformative Programs, holistic medicine, psycho-spiritual counseling; Women’s, Men’s and Couples Groups, Garden Co-Op, Cleansing Program; Special 12-week “immersion.” See ad pg 25.

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


located at South Presbyterian Church 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 Offering contemplative, Kripalu style yoga, focusing on compassionate self-observation. Warm, welcoming to all, spacious and Sacred. Also offering: weekly Yogalates, monthly Restorative Yoga, Meditation and Reiki Circles; Kirtan Chanting and Sound Bath Healing special events.  


112 W. Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck NY 914.618.4887; We are a classic yoga studio infused with the most fundamental forms of yoga. We uphold the authentic practice of this beautiful art form while respecting its ancient roots. Our classes nurture genuine internal inspiration through an integrated mind-body-breath experience.


Saw Mill Club,77 Kensico Dr., Mt. Kisco Michelle Briks, Programs Coordinator 914.752.1872 S M C O h r a Yo g a T T program offers Yoga Alliance accredited E-RYT 200 & 300 Hour Programs to Empower Yourself and Inspire Others! Their proven training methods are anatomically informed and intelligently sequenced. The trainings are led by Michelle Briks, 500 E-RYT, Ayurvedic specialist and accredited Nutritionist. See ad pg 39.

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