Natural Awakenings Calendar Listings for November, 2012 in Westchester and Putnam Counties, NY

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Dream Group – 7:30-9:30pm with Warren Falcon. Share the cumulative experiential benefits that the dream world provides. Come with a dream and journal. $25/members or $50. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113.


Astrology Workshop/Your Internal GPS – Nov 2-Nov 3. Astrologer Pamela Cucinell explains the horoscope in this experiential 2 day workshop. $150/members or $180. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080.


12th Annual Women’s Symposium: “It’s a Give and Take World” – 8:30am-2pm. Mini-retreat for women includes yoga, breakfast, lunch and inspirational speakers who explore how giving enriches, yet must be balanced with a willingness to receive. Chalet on the Hudson, Cold Spring. Register: 914.734.3794.

Money Conference for Women – 8:30am-1pm. Examining Critical Issues Facing Women’s Financial Challenges in 2012. Free. Pace University Seidenberg School, One Martine Ave. White Plains. Info: 914.949.6227 x 147. Register:

Reiki Level II: Okuden – 9-4pm (11/3) & 10:30am-3pm (11/4). For Level I practitioners of Usui Reiki Ryoho who want to deepen knowledge/connection to Reiki. Receive Reiki II attunement, manual and more. Taught by Reiki Master/Teacher Jeanne Shanin. $250/ pre-registration required. 914.763.5650.

Finding Your Way – 10am-2pm. This adult’s only program combines basic compass and map reading skills to help better navigate the woods. Both indoor and outdoor activities planned; bring lunch and water. $10/members or $15. Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining. 914.762.2912 x110.

Family Constellation Workshop – 1-4:30pm. This workshop allows one to look at events in the family history that impact present life experience; as hidden dynamics are revealed, new solutions emerge. $70 or $100/couple. Tarrytown. Eve-Marie: 914.844.6213.

Farm-2-Table Harvest Wine Dinners – 5:30pm. ConsciousWine takes over the beautiful Greenwich Audubon barn for a night of food and wine, featuring Oregon’s award-winning organic winery, Dominio IV. Benefits Audubon Barn Project. $145. Tickets/info: 914.248.5339.


Yin–Yoga – 5-7pm.  Whitney Chapman leads this healing workshop in Yin Yoga, a deep, slow practice of floor postures designed to allow the myofascial system, muscles and joints to relax and open up. Peekskill. 914.739.1178.


Women in Transition – 7-8pm. Purim King, LMSW, leads this weekly psycho-educational support group providing information and coaching to women in transition; divorce/separation, career change, empty nest, aging parents, etc. $25. Opal Moon 2037 Albany Post Rd, Croton. RSVP:  914 .788.4955.

Men’s Group – 7:30-9:30pm. Gather with other holistically minded men to focus on personal development and methods for shaping a healthier and more balanced approach to living. $15/members or $30.Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113;


Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am-12noon (Also 11/14, 11/21, 11/28). Join a community of progressive women to share and support one another, while drawing inspiration from Mark Nepo’s seminal work, The Book of Awakening. $15/members or $30. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. 914.218.3113.


YIN Yoga Class – 6-7pm with Gi of Omega. Yin Yoga is a quiet practice of acceptance, giving space to those parts of one’s being that move less and change more slowly. $18 (bring mat). Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd, Croton. 914.788.4955.

A Journey to Yoga Nidra – 7-8:15pm with Alma Pink, LMT, RYT and John DeJulio, RYT.  A peaceful practice of breathing, gentle movements and stretches followed by blissful relaxation through guided imagery. $15. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. 845.878.7800.

Quantum Healing Circle – 7-9 pm. Connecting wisdom teachings to energy principles, guided meditation and interactive energy healing with Anne Bentzen, Reiki Master. $25. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.588.4079.

Blue Buddhism – 7:30-9pm. Join an open discussion on the history of Eastern philosophy, including Taoism and Buddhism.  Each week focuses on a different topic. Led by scholar and translator, M. C. Owens. $20. Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd, Croton. RSVP: 914.788.4955.


Family Barn Dance – 7-9pm. Second annual dance with live fiddle music to benefit Blue Rock School; no dance experience needed, a professional dance caller leads the way. All welcome. $10. Congers Lake Memorial Park Auditorium, 6 Gilchrest Rd, Congers.845.627.0234.


Painting from the Inside Out Workshop – 9am-3pm. Come explore, experiment and play while painting;  allowing spontaneity to release creativity and affect life. No skills required. $75/early registration by 11/5 or $90. Tarrytown. Eve-Marie: 914.844.6213.

AcroYoga: Therapeutics – 2-4pm. AcroYoga incorporates yoga, acrobatics, and healing. The Lunar, or therapeutic side, includes massage, “flying”, and partner yoga. $30/online, $35/drop-in.  Preregistration advised. Peekskill. 914.739.1178.

Prosperity Ceremony – 7pm. Experience Native American wisdom teachings with visionary and psychic Page Bryant, followed by a special ceremony for manifesting prosperity. Unitarian Universalist Church, 236 S Bedford Rd, Mt. Kisco. 914.236.4503.


Awaken Fair– 10am to 5pm. The biggest

body-mind-spirit-green event north of NYC.  Doubletree Hotel, 455 So. Broadway, Tarrytown. $10/online or $15/door. Info:

Reiki Healing Circle – 11am-1pm. Open to everyone. No prior training/experience with Reiki required, just the sincere intention for healing. Everyone gets a turn on the table. $20. Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd, Croton. RSVP required: 914.788.4955.

Bedford 2020 Car Show – 11am-3pm. Come see and test drive the greatest collection of brand new fuel efficient cars, trucks and SUV’s – including Tesler, Fisker and more. Awards ceremony, fun and games, and special salute to Veterans. The Park, 333 N Bedford Rd, Mt. Kisco. CANCELLED DUE TO STORM. THE NEXT CAR SHOW WILL BE IN APRIL 2013.
AcroYoga: Acrobatics – 2-4pm.  AcroYoga incorporates the practices of yoga, acrobatics, and healing arts. In the solar, or acrobatic side, includes strength building, inversions and partner acrobatics. $30/online, $35/drop-in.  Preregistration advised. Peekskill. 914.739.1178.


World Visionary Summit – Nov 12-Nov 16. Psychic mediums share their secrets to connecting with the other side. Free online event with over 20 of the world’s top mediums. Sponsored by Spiritual Living, LLC. Get access at 888.600.2148.


New Moon – 7-8:30pm w/Pam Cucinell, Astrologer & Healer. Learn what this New Moon has in store for the self, community and Mother Earth. Focus on special intentions for the month. $20. Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd, Croton. RSVP: 914.788.4955.


Integrative Medicine Round Table Study Group – 12:30-2pm with Dr. Michael Finkelstein. Gather with like-minded holistic health practitioners to discuss individual client challenges and share perspectives on approaches to healing. $50/members or $100. Call for pre-requisites. Includes light lunch. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford Hills. Info: 914.218.3113.

Herbs To Bolster Immunity This Winter – 7pm. Learn the properties and uses of 3 powerful Ayurvedic herbs; ginger, turmeric, and holy basil; let the kitchen become a pharmacy. 1305 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains. 914.250.1417.


Gentle Yoga – 7-8:30pm. For beginners and the physically challenged. $12. Yamuna Yoga, 1220 North Ridge Rd, Shrub Oak. 914.528.8770.

SunRaven Book Club – 7:30-9:30pm. A unique gathering of individuals intended to promote wellness and self-discovery through the discussion and sharing of great works of spiritual literature. November discussion: “Evolutionaries”. $15/members or $30. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford Hills. 914.218.3113.

Sun & Moon Health Spa 6 Month Anniversary Event – 7-9pm. Learn about healthy holiday eating and the importance of detoxification; plus the Shaklee line of natural nutritional supplements and cleaning products. Free food, drinks, prizes. Sun & Moon Health Spa, 155 Rte 202/ Lovell St, Somers. 914.617.8555.


Transcendence ReTreat – 9:30am-2:30pm. Transcendental Yoga (gentle morning movement); followed by hands-on food preparation, lunch and review of the principles of skillful nutrition; concluding with circle discussion on increasing harmony and balance. $50/members or $100. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. 914.218.3113.

Message Circle – 7-9pm w/Medium Carla Blaha. $35. Synchronicity Healing Center, 1511 Rt 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765.


Introductory Session and Campus Tour – 10am. For families interested in grades K-8, learn about Blue Rock School’s unique, child-centered philosophy and tour the beautiful, four-acre wooded campus. Blue Rock School, 110 Demarest Mill Rd, West Nyack. RSVP: Beverly, 845.535.3353.

Nature’s Litter Project – 1-2:30pm. The leaves that have fallen off the trees are nature’s own litter; collect a litter box of treasures to create a craft project at the Nature Center. Free/members; or $5pp. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd, Ossining. RSVP:  914.762.2912 x110.

Improve Knee Health/Prevent Injury – 1-3pm. Learn how proper alignment in hips and ankles can affect the knees and how to recover from injury or surgery to safely gain strength and mobility. $30. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. 845.878.7800

Private Readings – 11am-6pm w/Medium Adam Bernstein. $135. Synchronicity Healing Center, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765.


Animal Adventures: Camouflage – 1-2pm. Meet a few of Teatown’s tricky ambassador animals that hide in plain sight. For families with children ages 4 and over. Free/members, or $5pp. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd, Ossining. RSVP: 914.762.2912 x110.

Womb Wisdom in the Red Tent: The Things We Weren’t Taught – 2-4:30pm. Enter the Red Tent Temple to connect with sacred femininity, create art, and be nourished. $35/includes refreshments and materials. Free film screening follows. Ixchel Center, 308 Battle Ave, White Plains.

Film Screening – 5pm. “Things We Don’t Talk About: Women’s Voices from the Red Tent.” New York premier of a documentary featuring women’s healing narratives from the Red Tent Temple movement. Discussion follows. Free. IxchelCenter, 308 Battle Ave, 2nd floor, White Plains. RSVP:


Animal Feast – 10-11:30am.  Come learn what some of the animal ambassadors eat, and help assist animal care staff with feeding duties. Free/members, or $5pp. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd, Ossining. RSVP: 914.762.2912 x110.

Reiki I Class – 10am-4pm w/Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $175. Synchronicity Healing Center, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765.


The Last Wave – 8-10am. Meet at Cliffdale Farm for a last glimpse of migrating birds with Charlie Roberto. Free. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd, Ossining. RSVP: 914.762.2912 x110.

Reiki II Class – 10am-4pm w/Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $175 (or $300 for Reiki I & II combined). Synchronicity Healing Center, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765.


Group Juice Fast – Nov 29-Dec 2 with Dr. Michael Finkelstein and Robin Queen. Program follows the protocol developed by Dr. Gabriel Cousens from the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center. $350/member or $600. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info: 914.218.3113.

Electronic Spirit Communication – 7-8:30pm w/Barry Pirro. Barry has recorded hundreds of spirit voices during investigations and private spirit communication sessions. $35. Synchronicity Healing Center, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765.


Nashville Comes to Westchester – Time TBA. Join the Barbara E. Giordano Women’s Health and Education Foundation for a feel good evening of great music provided by Courtney Shayne, Patsy Cline Impersonator, along with great food. $50. Travelers Rest. 914.686.8002.

Drumming Circle – 7-8:30pm.  Experience healing benefits of drumming in community following Native American traditions led by Scott Nelson. Bring drum or rattle. $25. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.236.4503.


ADD/ADHD – 7:30pm.  “How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Get It Done:” The 7-Step PowerPlan to Success™ with ADHD presented by Susan Lasky. CHADD of Putnam/Northern Westchester, Four Winds Hospital Conference Center, Rt. 35, Katonah. Info: 845.704.2233.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center Sponsors Women’s Symposium on November 3, 2012 in Cold Spring, NY

Kacey Morabito Grean, Darlene Rodriquez & Elizabeth Ailes at Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Women’s Symposium.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center will hold its 12th Annual Women’s Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 3 at the Chalet on the Hudson in Cold Spring, NY. The symposium will feature a full lineup of expert speakers who will offer a fresh perspective on the secrets to good health and leading a fulfilling life.

Themed “It’s a Give and Take World,” this year’s symposium will focus on how to make connections and enrich our lives through the acts of giving and receiving. Speakers will include Nicole Shendlin, executive director of Her Honor Mentoring program, and Lindsay Aarstad, a physician’s assistant who will talk about her recent experience working at a missionary clinic in Africa. As part of a new tradition, the hospital will honor a special woman for her contributions to the community. This year’s honoree is Chereese Jervis-Hill, president of Events to Remember.

WHUD’s Kacey Morabito Grean will host the symposium, which also includes breakfast, lunch, a gift and raffle prizes, yoga, chair massages, and an astrology presentation by Demitra Vassiliadis. Tickets cost $45. To register, call Hudson Valley Hospital Center at 914.734.3794 or register online at

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. It is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Rd.) in Cortlandt Manor, NY. For more information, call 914.737.9000 or visit


Revitalize and Heal Yoga Retreat in the Catskills with Adrea Robles and Saskia Shakin

Adrea Robles in restorative pose

Liberation yoga teachers Adrea Robles and Saskia Shakin are teaming up to present a powerful weekend healing retreat from October 19 to 21, 2012, at the Won Dharma Center in the Catskills. Revitalize and Heal focuses on awakening the healer within everyone and presents yogic, dietary and energetic healing tools for taking charge of one’s own healing process.

Through self-study, group work, and discussion of spiritual anatomy, participants will work to uncover energetic blocks to self-healing and begin the process of working through them. The retreat will focus on such healing tools as yogic breathing, movement, simple ritual, creative imagination, sound, meditation, and skillful attitudes for dealing with inner conflict. The retreat features daily yoga classes, a focus on positive dietary changes and information about detoxing cosmetics.

Robles and Shakin will also provide take home recipes for green smoothies and other healthy treats, and help participants to develop plans for integrating the tools they learn over the weekend. “We also want people to step out of their stressful lives and find tranquility in the beauty of the Catskills,” says Robles. “The Won Dharma Center is a natural setting for contemplation, renewal, and healing, surrounded by wooded foothills and streams that are a pleasure to explore.”

For more information, call 845.803.8389, email or visit The Won Dharma Center is located at 361 State Route 23 in Claverack.



Quantum Healing Circle in Bedford Makes Wisdom Teachings Accessible

Anne Bentzen

Everyone is welcome to join the next Quantum Healing Circle on Thursday, October 25, 2012, from 7 to 9 p.m. at SunRaven in Bedford. Anne Bentzen, MSOT, RMT, is leading this monthly healing circle through Starvisions Community. The event includes wisdom teachings, movement exercises, guided meditation and integrative energy healing to help participants discover the energetic connections behind classic wisdom teachings.

“Understanding how energetic principles apply to ancient wisdom teachings provides an experiential style of learning that is more easily remembered,” says Bentzen. “This program allows people to move into an experience of energetic knowing and greater understanding of the relationship between our intentions, actions and ways of being through simple exercises.”

Bentzen worked as an occupational therapist for many years before becoming an intuitive energy healer. She says she aims to make seemingly complicated material easy to understand with a functional approach. The Quantum Healing Circles are designed to be interactive and fun for all participants, regardless of their experience with energy work, and each person will have the opportunity to give and receive healing energy. The cost is $25 and the circle is limited to 12 people.

For more information and to register visit or call 914.588.4079. SunRaven is located at 501 Guard Hill Rd. in Bedford, NY.


Community Leadership Forum on Environmental Sustainability in White Plains

The Sisters of the Divine Compassion in White Plains present a Community Leadership Forum on Environmental Sustainability on Tuesday, October 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place in the New York State Judicial Institute at Pace University School of Law in White Plains.

The half-day forum addresses the spirituality of stewardship for the earth, sustainable building and renovation practices and best practices in campus land use. Speakers will cover funding sources, credits, incentives, and new developments in local and statewide legislation and policy. The conference includes the panel discussions “Greening your building – A Practical Guide,” and “New Statewide Policy Developments and Their Impact on You.” The program includes a complimentary luncheon with a keynote speaker and campus tours of greening efforts.

With help from the Verizon Foundation, the Sisters recently conducted an environmental study. It resulted in more energy efficient lighting, the installation of motion sensors to control lighting usage, and the creation of rain gardens and bioswales as part of a rainwater management and bio-retention system. Founded in 1886, the Sisters of the Divine Compassion are dedicated to the education and empowerment of women and to helping marginalized families.

For more information please visit Pace University School of Law is located at 78 North Broadway in White Plains.


Training Program for Volunteer Environmental Educators at Sheldrake Center Begins October 18

The Sheldrake Environmental Center in Larchmont presents a Volunteer Environmental Educator Training Program this fall for those who want to help kids learn more about the natural world. The 12-session program begins on Thursday, October 18, 2012.

“Studies show that kids are physically and mentally healthier, calmer and more creative if they spend time outdoors in nature,” says Sheldrake Program Director Mary Davis. “We invite area adults to be a part of kids’ excitement and discovery as they walk our trails. Participants can learn how to lead field trips and hear kids say, ‘This is the most awesome field trip ever.’”

Davis says that the Volunteer Environmental Educator Training Program covers fascinating facts about plants and animals that are right in most people’s backyards. “These are things that they might never have noticed before, and our trainees will learn fun ways to share their new knowledge with elementary school children,” she adds. “They’ll also meet others who care about our planet, enjoy learning and want to make a huge contribution to our community.”

Class size is limited so pre-registration is recommended by calling Mary Davis at 914.834.1443 or emailing

The Sheldrake Environmental Center is located at 685 Weaver St. in Larchmont. For more information visit


Second Annual Harvest Festival Fundraiser for Jen’s Community at Wildcliff in New Rochelle

Pumpkin painting at last year’s Wildcliff Harvest Festival

The second annual Wildcliff Harvest Festival Fundraiser takes place on Saturday, October 13, from noon to 4 p.m. at Wildcliff, a Gothic Revival manor house in New Rochelle. The event includes a petting zoo, apple cider, donuts, arts and crafts for kids, live entertainment, local artisans and fall harvest food.

The Wildcliff Harvest Festival Fundraiser was created in 2011 to bring the New Rochelle community together and raise awareness for the Wildcliff renovation project. All proceeds will benefit Jen’s Community at Wildcliff (JCW). “The bones of our mission are to preserve the legacy of Wildcliff and help people make positive changes for themselves through engagement with nature,” says JCW Kerrilee Hunter. “We’ll reach that goal through a nature-based preschool, community programs involving all ages, and sustainability education.”

Visitors to the Harvest Festival are invited to bring a blanket to relax on during the live entertainment. The event is open to the public, with a rain date of Saturday, October 20. Entry fees are $5 per person, with a $25 maximum per family.

Wildcliff is located at 44 Wildcliff Rd, in New Rochelle, adjacent to Hudson Park. For more information visit


Lower your Blood Pressure Naturally and Permanently; Free Dinner Lecture Thursday, October 11, 2012

Dr. George Gertner

Dr. George Gertner

A Natural Approach to Hypertension: Study Shows Positive Results

One out of every four adults suffers from hy­pertension or high blood pressure, as it’s more commonly called. If you have it – you might be completely unaware that you have it because there usually aren’t any obvious symptoms that alert you to the presence of this condition. That’s the reason why hy­pertension is often called the “silent killer.” Many people with hypertension don’t realize that anything is wrong until the disease causes a major complication, such as a heart attack or a stroke. There are some people, however, who experience headaches, blurred vision, and dizziness – symptoms that may lead them to their doctor’s office where the condition is diagnosed as a result of a routine blood pressure check.

The Journal of Human Hypertension, WebMD, Science Daily and a number of other media sources, including ABC News and Good Morning America, have reported the results of a study that was conducted by George Bakris, MD, director of the Hypertension Center at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and Marshall Dickholtz, Sr., DC, Chiropractic Health Center, Chicago.

A special type of chiropractic adjustment, known as an upper cervical correction, can significantly lower high blood pressure, a placebo-controlled study suggests.

“This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination,” study leader George Bakris, MD, told WebMD. “And it seems to be adverse-event free. We saw no side effects and no problems,” added Bakris, director of the University of Chicago hypertension center.

Eight weeks after undergoing the procedure, 25 patients with early-stage high blood pressure had sig­nificantly lower blood pressure than 25 similar patients who underwent a sham chiropractic adjustment. Because patients can’t feel the technique, they were unable to tell which group they were in.

X-rays showed that the procedure realigned the atlas vertebra (the doughnut-like bone at the very top of the spine) with the spine in patients who received the proper procedure; however this was not the case in the sham-treated patients. The proper procedure called for adjustment of the C-1 vertebra, also called the Atlas vertebra because it holds up the head, just as Atlas held up the world in Greek mythology.

Compared to the sham-treated patients, those who got the real procedure saw an average 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure count), and an average 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom blood pres­sure number). None of the patients took blood pressure medicine during the eight-week study.

Patient Testimonial:

“After a recent visit with my cardiologist, it came to my attention that my blood pressure was extremely high.  At that time it was 233/119. I was alarmed and began to do some research on how to naturally correct this problem. I am 70 years old, not overweight, eat well, and walk for exercise daily.  On the first visit, Dr. Gertner did a thorough exam including x-rays and discussed my problem.  He was very optimistic that he could help me, and that gave me hope. In only a few visits I saw my blood pressure begin to decrease.  After several months of care it is now reduced to a very normal 110/70.  In addition, I have less muscle tightness and have more energy.  My experience at UCC has been very positive and I recommend it without reservation.” – Sheila B./ NYC

As a unique and gentle approach to spinal care, NUCCA has had tremendous results and docu­mented research over the past 50 years. “So when you get to the point where you’ve been everywhere and thought you’ve tried everything, you will want to find out about the natural approaches to good health with Upper Cervical Chiropractic of New York,” says Gertner.  “We at Upper Cervical Chiropractic of NY, welcome the opportunity to tell you more about NUCCA and our chiropractic services. Please call us for your consultation.”

Dr. Gertner is one of only 200 doctors worldwide that performs the NUCCA procedure. He is the Founder & President of Upper Cervical Chiropractic of New York, 311 North Street, Suite 410, White Plains, NY 10605. For more info, to register for dinner lectures or for a consultation, call 914.686.62000 and visit


Free Lectures and Coaching for Healthy Eating with Yolanda Faustini Stone

Yolanda Faustini Stone

Nutrition coach and chef Yolanda Faustini Stone, who provides personalized wellness programs for people throughout Westchester, is expanded her services and offering two free lectures this month. The talks include Eating for Energy on Wednesday, October 10, at Gilda’s Club Westchester, and Building a Healthy Immune System on Wednesday, October 17, at St. John’s Riverside Hospital. Both talks focus on the special nutritional challenges of cancer survivors.

Stone’s new services include private home cooking parties, healthy food shopping tours, kitchen assessments and pantry makeovers. “Good health begins in the kitchen,” says Stone. “I want to help my clients remove the major obstacles that get in the way of their health goals and allow them to set the foundation for success. I’ve helped many clients restore their well-being and overcome health challenges through diet and lifestyle modification.”

Throughout October, Stone is offering Natural Awakenings readers a 20 percent discount on any customized wellness program when they mention this news brief.

For more information about wellness programs and the two free lectures, e-mail or visit


One Woman Show Profiles Catherine of Siena at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining

Sister Nancy Murray, OP, will perform St. Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times as a fundraiser for the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining on October 14, 2012. The drama is based on translations of 400 letters in which the 14th Century Italian saint debated political and church issues of the day with princes, cardinals and popes.

“Catherine of Siena was a precocious but rebellious child in a large Tuscan family who grew up to be a radical feminist with lots of spunk and humor,” says Murray. “She wielded extraordinary influence for a woman of her time, and is credited with helping to influence Pope Gregory XI to bring the Papacy back from Avignon to Rome and reform the clergy.”

Murray, the sister of film star Bill Murray, has been portraying the pioneering saint for more than twelve years. “I never would have guessed when I entered religious life that I would be doing this,” she says. When she is not onstage, Murray works in a shelter in Chicago or with migrant children.

Tickets for the two matinee performances of St. Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times are $35 and include lunch. Call 914.941.4455 to learn more and make reservations.

The Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center is located at 299 North Highland Ave. in Ossining. For more info visit

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