Yoga, Eagles, Feldenkrais, Red Tent Gathering & Oneness Blessing, this Month in Westchester

 red-tent-eventNatural Awakenings Event Briefs for February 2013

Inspired things to do in Westchester and Putnam Counties, New York

Monthly Red Tent Temple Gatherings for Women at Ixchel Center in White Plains

Ixchel Center in White Plains is hosting Red Tent Temple gatherings each month on the full moon. The gatherings are reminiscent of the moon lodges and menstrual huts that took place centuries ago, when women would remove themselves from daily responsibilities in order to be cared for by their elders.

“Red Tents are a place to care for one another through healing, song, meditation, council, rest and sharing,” says shamanic healer Mikki Davis, who leads the monthly gatherings with women’s health expert Cathy Lipsky. “Participants can come to nourish themselves, express their unique wisdom, tell stories, listen deeply to each other and cultivate a women–honoring culture.”

For more information, visit and scroll down to the section on the Red Tent Temple movement. The next Red Tent Temple Gathering takes place on Sunday, February 10, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. To register, email or or call 914.912.2351. Ixchel Center is located at 308 Battle Ave. in White Plains.

 Visit or call 914.912.2351 for more information.


Celebrating Fifteen Years of Quality Yoga Instruction in White Plains

The Yoga Garden of White Plains is celebrating 15 years of quality yoga instruction in the community, and students are invited to join the celebration. Anyone who takes their first class before February 28 will be entered to win one month of unlimited yoga classes.

“We welcome students who are curious about yoga but intimidated by images of people doing acrobatic or gymnastic looking poses,” says owner and instructor Patty Holmes. “The Yoga Garden is the place to begin your yoga journey, and I teach with the highest respect for all who go down this yogic path.”

Holmes says that she teaches five principles of yoga, as opposed to one particular style. “The result is that, as our body learns to integrate these principles, poses reveal themselves in a beautiful and organic way that makes our yoga practice joyful, healthy and balanced.” Over the years, hundreds of students have taken classes at The Yoga Garden, located at St. Bartholomew’s Church, where both group classes and private instruction are offered.

The Yoga Garden is located at 82 Prospect St. in White Plains. For more information call 914.325.7180, email or visit


Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest Returns

Each winter more than 100 bald eagles from Canada and northern New York and New England fly south to the lower Hudson Valley to feed on fish and waterfowl in unfrozen waters. Teatown Lake Reservation’s annual Hudson River EagleFest takes advantage of this phenomenon by helping visitors to view and learn about these majestic birds. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, February 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Croton Point Park.

EagelFest features multiple viewing locations along the Hudson River; each staffed with birding experts, to help people see America’s national symbol in the wild. Informational shows will run all day at Croton Point Park, presented by a variety of experts, on many aspects of bald eagles, owls and other raptors.

Additional eagle viewing sites along the Hudson River that are free of charge include the Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center in Sleepy Hollow, Steamboat River Park in Verplanck, Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill, and Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison. Keepsake maps, available at Teatown and each viewing site, will give precise directions to each location. Details on the daylong event can be found at

Teatown Lake Reservation, located at 1600 Spring Valley Road in Ossining, is a private, non-profit nature preserve and education center spanning the towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt and New Castle. To learn more, call 914.762.2912 or visit Croton Point Park is located at 1A Croton Point Avenue in Croton-on-Hudson.


Workshop Offers Anxiety Relief Through Feldenkrais

Larry Attile, a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, is offering an anxiety reduction workshop on Sunday, March 3, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Scarsdale. Using the simple, gentle movements of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement exercises, Attile will teach participants how to free themselves from habitual physical patterns that contribute to, and exacerbate, anxiety symptoms.

“We experience anxiety in our bodies, and these muscular and neurological responses can become habitual,” says Attile. “Such responses then worsen the chronic tension and fatigue associated with anxiety.”

Attile’s workshop will focus on how people develop habitual patterns of muscular tension and poor breathing, and what new responses can reestablish internal balance. “Participants will leave the workshop with new ways of intervening that have been proven to alleviate anxiety in moments of stress,” he says. To reserve a space or learn more, call 914.588.0763. The workshop fee is $95.

The workshop will be held at 79 Montgomery Ave. in Scarsdale. For more information about Feldenkrais and Larry Attile, visit


Free Oneness Blessing Ceremony in Mt. Kisco

StarVisions, Inc. council member Anne Bentzen, MSOT, RMT along with Oneness Blessing Trainers, Rosario Mazer and Vera Angelico, provide a free Oneness Blessing community service program at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Kisco on Saturday, February 2, at 10 a.m.

This introductory program, sponsored by StarVisions, offers insights into understanding how the universal connection of all humanity can free the mind to experience more joy.

“2013 is a year for moving into our hearts and experiencing life, rather than having our brains try to understand it,” says Bentzen. “The central understanding of oneness is that inner transformation and awakening into higher states of consciousness do not come from intellectual understanding, but from a neurobiological process in the brain, whereby one’s experience of life is redefined at its core.”

Bentzen says these aims are achieved by the Oneness Deeksha, a transfer of divine grace that initiates a journey into higher states of consciousness. “The Deeksha is believed to affect the different lobes of the brain, reducing stress levels and intensifying feelings of love, joy and awareness,” she says. “Millions across the globe testify to the calming and awakening effects of the Oneness Deeksha, which evokes the truth that is inherent in every tradition, religion and culture.”

The program includes instruction, video and the giving of the Oneness Blessing from Bentzen and others. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. and all are welcome.

The Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 236 South Bedford Rd., Mt. Kisco. For more information visit or call 914.588.4079.


Grand Opening Week at Acker House Center for Integrative Health

Acker House Center for Integrative Health will open on February 1 at 139 Grand Street in , NY. The Center will celebrate with a free grand open house week Feb. 18-23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with sample classes, consultations and bodywork sessions.

Owned and directed by Liz Ingalls, a physical therapist and craniosacral therapist, the Center is where licensed and accredited holistic professionals and medical specialists provide quality care, health screenings and education for all ages. It is home to Holistic Physical Therapy, an eight-person physical therapy and occupational therapy practice using conventional rehabilitation and alternative modalities, from lymphatic drainage to organ manipulation, to successfully resolve many hard-to-treat conditions, including ADD, fibromyalgia, back and knee pain, headaches and incontinence.

Other Center services include lactation and parenting support, sensory integration groups, dance-related fitness classes and more. The Center also houses the Wake Robin Shop, open by appointment.

Call 914.707.1399 or visit for detailed information and a schedule of open house events.

New Organic Face-Lifting and Cellulite Treatment at Le Petite Spa, Organic Vegan Day Spa

Mary Prenon, owner of Le Petite Spa

Le Petite Spa, an organic vegan day spa, is offering a new “face-lifting” and cellulite treatment featuring volcanic ash clay from the Aleutian Islands.  The ash contains microscopic particles that absorb into the skin and remove toxins, says Spa owner Mary Prenon. The skin’s underlying tissues respond by releasing fluids to dilute those toxins; when the fluids recede, the tissues become more compact and tighter, she says. “The organic clay facial mud masque gives your skin an immediate pulling-upwards feel, helping fight the effects of time in a natural, healthy way,” Prenon says. “As a result, your complexion appears firmer, smoother and more fit.”

The masque can also be used on the arms and legs to stimulate the release of toxins, cellulite and trapped waste fluids, therefore diminishing the appearance of dimpling, Prenon says. “There are a lot of products out there that claim to treat cellulite, but it was important for me to find a natural, organic product that contains no harmful preservatives,” she explains. “Of course the only permanent way to get rid of cellulite is to engage in a regular routine of both cardiovascular and strength-building exercises. But in the meantime, I think this is a great solution for dealing with cellulite.”

Le Petite Spa is offering the Volcanic Ash Facial for $110 and Volcanic Ash Cellulite Treatment for $75. For an appointment or more information, call 914.552.0983 or email Info:

Natural Awakenings’ Last-Minute Gift Guide

Still looking for a special present for that hard-to-please person on your list? Our gift guide can help. We looked in local shops and found plenty of unique, easily available gifts that are also good for the body, the spirit or the planet. So shop on. This holiday season you can feel extra good about giving.

Tibetan Spinning Ring – Sterling silver ring inscribed with the protection prayer: “Om Ma Ni Padme Hum.” It’s said that every spin of the ring sends this mantra to the heavens! $24

To buy: Available at Opal Moon Wellness Center & Unique Gifts, 2037 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9A), Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520


Glass Water Bottle – Finally, a safe water bottle with no funky metallic taste! Lifefactory’s 16- and 22-ounce glass bottles are sturdy, with screw-top lids and protective silicone sleeves. They’re easy to clean, work well with ionized water—and are stylish, too, coming in a variety of colors. $18.95-20.95

To buy: Visit or call 914.923.4346


Spa Treatment at o2 living – What woman over 30 wouldn’t love a deluxe facial treatment? The Opulence Brightening 60-minute facial at o2 living evens and brightens skin tone on the face and neck by using hyperbaric oxygen technology that delivers a high dose of vitamin C and skin-brightening botanicals for a lasting, luminous glow. Gift card $180 per treatment

To buy: Available at o2 living, 6 Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River, NY 10518, or order by phone at 914.763.6320 or online at


Dinner for Two at Flying Pig on Lexington – Give the gift of local food at this casual farm-to-table restaurant. It’s the ideal location for unwinding after the holidays with a friend. Just hope they take you! Gift card, various denominations

To buy: Available at Flying Pig on Lexington, 251 Lexington Ave., Mt. Kisco, NY 10549, or order by phone at 914.666.7445. Info:


“Peace on Earth” MassageBoth relaxing and therapeutic, massage is the perfect gift for the nurturers on your list—you know, the ones who are there for everyone else but don’t have time for themselves. This 75-minute session incorporates a special, calming aromatherapy blend and hot stones to melt away stress and winter chills. Gift card $150

To buy: Available at Organic Day Spa, 434 White Plains Rd., Eastchester, NY 10709, or order by phone at 914.652.7111. Gift cards can be e-mailed or mailed out same day.


Publisher’s Book Recommendation

If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path – Author Charlotte Sophia Kasl applies Buddhist wisdom to modern love and life, with a playful twist. Also by Kasl:  If the Buddha Got Stuck: A Handbook for Change on a Spiritual Path and If the Buddha Married: Creating Enduring Relationships on a Spiritual Path. Paperback $14

To buy: Available at Awakenings, 215 Katonah Ave., Katonah, NY 10536.



Pilates Gift CardGive the gift of fitness. You know that Pilates creates a longer, leaner, sexier body, but you may not know that it also increases flexibility and joint mobility, improves posture, balance and coordination, and boosts bone density. Gift card $90 per private session; $25 per drop-in class

To buy: Available at Premier Pilates & Yoga, 200 North Ave., Ste. 6, New Rochelle, NY 10801, or order by phone at 914.235.1250



Bennington Candles – The perfect holiday gift for your honey or your hostess, Bennington’s all-natural aromatherapy candles come in three sizes and a variety of scents, including Romance, Relaxation, Prosperity, the natural elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water, and many more. $1.99-16.95

To buy: Available at Awakenings, 215 Katonah Avenue, Katonah, NY 10536. While you’re there, browse their New Age book section for some inspiration for yourself! Info: 914.232.0382



Crystal GlobeIlluminated, hand-blown crystal sphere. When non-illuminated, it shows an environmental or physical map; magically, when illuminated, it shows country boundaries. Features vary by style. Crystal globes $300-600; smaller (14-16 inch), acrylic globes $150-600

To buy: Available at Earth Lore, 2 Fairway Dr., Pawling, NY 12564. It’s worth the drive just to see these beautiful illuminated globes in Earth Lore’s incredible holiday window displays. Extended holiday hours, call for info: 845.855.8899


Halloween & Celtic Feast of Samhain Celebrated at Holistic Wellness Center in Croton-on-Hudson

Opal Moon Celebrates Halloween, Celtic Holiday in 2010

Opal Moon, a holistic wellness center and gift shop in Croton-on-Hudson, will celebrate Halloween and the Celtic feast of Samhain (sow-wen) the last weekend of October.

Events begin at 7 p.m. October 29 with a drumming circle and fire. On October 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Elizabeth Matheson will host a mask-making class for children. Betty Sue Hanson will facilitate a group karma release, and throughout the weekend readers will be present to tell futures, the gift shop will offer treats, and Opal Moon friends and staff will lead events celebrating the change of season. On October 31, clinical hypnotist Priscilla Keresey will hold a message circle. “Tradition says that on Samhain, or Halloween, the souls of those who have passed over return to the earth to visit their homes, so this should be a great event,” says Opal Moon owner Christine McEwan. Festivities will close with another fire ceremony presided over by Andean shaman Eileen O’Hare and several Opal Moon practitioners.

The staff at Opal Moon are independent holistic practitioners whose goals are to help people emotionally and physically, McEwan says. “Since our mission is to heal the body, stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit, we offer a large variety of lectures, workshops and events in addition to our foundation of professional services,” she says.

Opal Moon is located at 2037 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9A), Croton-on-Hudson, NY, across from Springvale. For more information, call 914.788.4955 or visit

Le Petite Spa offers Alternative to Paraffin Treatments

Spa Celebrates Anniversary with Paraffin-Alternative Treatment

Mary Prenon, owner of Le Petite Spa

Le Petite Spa, an organic, vegan day spa in Croton-on-Hudson, is celebrating its first anniversary by offering clients a unique, eco-friendly treatment for hands and feet. The spa is the only one in the area to offer this alternative to paraffin treatments, instead blending palm, soy, jojoba and organic coconut oils to leave skin soft and supple.

Paraffin wax is a chemical preservative and solid form of paraffin, which contains petroleum by-products. In California, state officials have identified at least seven major toxins in paraffin wax, including toluene and benzene—substances found in paint, lacquer and varnish removers.

Le Petite Spa’s paraffin-alternative treatment involves warming the organic oils in a liner and applying them to the hands or feet, followed by pre-heated mitts or booties. In keeping with the spa’s “green” practices, this treatment also features biodegradable hand and foot liners in place of plastic liners.

“My clients depend on me to provide organic and environmentally safe spa products and services,” says Le Petite Spa owner Mary T. Prenon. “I went the extra mile to find something that would mirror a paraffin treatment without any harmful ingredients. It was also important for me to find a product that does not pollute the environment.”

Le Petite Spa specializes in organic facials, massage therapy and reflexology. They also offer the Yum Gourmet Skin Care line, which is certified organic and certified vegan.  For more information, please visit

Jenia & Steve Quinn of Human Touch Healing Arts Launch Healing School in Croton on Hudson

Finding Inner Stillness at the Healing School

After a number of healing clients asked “How is this possible?” and “What does it take to become a healer?” Jenia and Steve Quinn of Human Touch Healing Arts decided to create a school in which everyone who so desires can become a healer. Based in Croton on Hudson, the Healing School program is designed to take people on a journey into the foothills of the healing domain, covering territories such as the energy of color, stones and plants, the art of sensing, seeing and cleaning auras, and an overview of the natural balances that engender wellbeing in life. For years, Jenia and Steve have offered a variety of treatments and services ranging from energy healing-based addiction cessation to healing treatments, massage therapy and Well Being Coaching. They are excited to offer their Healing School as a way for people to learn these techniques and promote more healing in a world that greatly needs it. The fall dates include full days on October 2, 23, and 30 and December 4 and 5, and Thursday nights from October through December.

Please call 914.473.2015 or visit for more information.


Farmers Markets for Westchester & Putnam Counties NY, Updated for August 2010

Little Seed Gardens, of Chatham, NY, at the Croton Farmers Market

Armonk Farmers Market – 3-7pm, Thursdays, through October. Kent Place Parking Lot (New Castle Library) Armonk.

Bedford Corners: Daisy Hill Farm Stand – Fridays & Saturdays, 9am-6pm; Sundays, 10am-4pm. 214 West St. (between Guard Hill & Rt. 172) Bedford Hills. Info: 914.244.1132.

Brewster Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm, Wednesdays & Saturdays, through Nov 20. Rain or shine. 208 E. Main St. at the bottom of Peaceable Hill Rd. (the Borden Bridge, Rts 22 & 6).

Bronxville Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-1pm, Saturdays, through Nov. 20. Rain or shine. Balanced variety of vendors with plenty of parking. Stone Place at Paxton Ave. Bronxville. 914.337.6040.

Cold Spring Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-1:30pm, Saturdays. New Location this summer: the old Butterfield Hospital , Rt. 9D & Paulding Ave., Village of Cold Spring. Info:

Croton-on-Hudson Farmers’ Market – 1:30am-6:30pm, Wednesdays, through November 17. Rain or shine. Municipal Lot on Municipal Pl. and Riverside Ave. (Street Address: Across From 1 Municipal Pl.)

Dobbs Ferry Farmers’ Market – 10am-4pm, Fridays. Located alongside the Hudson River overlooking the Palisades. Cedar and Main Sts. Info:

Hartsdale Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-1pm, Saturdays, through Nov. 20. Rain or shine. Soons Orchard and Westchester Greenhouse. Hartsdale Train Station, DiSanti Plaza. Info:

Hastings Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm, Saturdays. Info:

Irvington Village Farmers’ Market – 3:30-7:30pm, Wednesdays. Behind the Main Street School. Free parking in the back lot of the Presbyterian Church. Info:

Kent/Lake Carmel Farmers Market – 9am-3pm, Saturdays, through October. Route 52, Lake Carmel Recreation Ctr. Parking lot.

Larchmont Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-1pm, Saturdays, through December 18. Metro North Parking Deck #3 off Chatsworth Ave. (Street Address: Near 1 Railroad Way.) Info:

Mamaroneck Farmers Market – New this year. 1:30-6:30pm, Tuesdays, though November 23. Rain or shine. Harbor Island Park at the end of Mamaroneck Avenue, just past the Boat Ramp.  914.923.4837;

Mount Kisco Farmers’ Market – New this year. 8:30am-1pm, Saturdays, through November 20. Rain or shine. Sponsored by Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester (Address: 351 Main Street). Info:

New Rochelle Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-3pm, Fridays. through November 19. Rain or shine. Sponsored by Library Green, Huguenot Street and Lawton Street (Street Address: Near 264 Huguenot Street.) Info:

Ossining Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-1pm, Saturday, through December 18. Rain or shine. Corner of Main and Spring Streets, Street Address: Ossining Post Office, 100 Main St. Info:

Pawling Farmer’s Market – 9am—12pm, Saturdays through September 25. Charles Coleman Blvd, Pawling. Info: 845.855.0633;

Peekskill Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-2:30pm, Saturdays. through November 20. Bank Street/ Downtown Peekskill Between Main Street (Rt. 6) and Park Street. Info:

Pelham Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm, Sundays, through November 21. Rain or shine. Corner of Harmon Avenue & Fifth Ave. Street Address: Near 85th Ave. Info:

Pleasantville Farmers Market – 8:30am-1pm, Saturdays, through December 18. Rain or shine.  Memorial Plaza off Manville Road. (Street Address: Across From 42 Memorial Plaza.) Info:

Pound Ridge – 11am-4pm, Sundays, Scotts Corner, Pound Ridge. Info: Joan Silbershir 914.764.0015.

Purchase Farmers Market at PepsiCo – 11am-6pm, Tuesdays, through Nov. 800 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase.

Putnam Valley Farmers Market –  3-7pm, Fridays, through Halloween. Tompkins Corners. Info: Eric

Rye Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-1pm, Sundays, through December 19. Rain or shine.  Parking Lot 2 on Theodore Fremd Ave. Behind the Purchase St. Stores. (Street Address: Directly Behind 73 Purchase St.) Info:

Scarsdale Farmers Market – 9am-1:30pm, Saturdays. Year round market. Village Hall, lower level parking lot. 100 Post Rd, Scarsdale.

Somers at Muscoot Farm – Sundays. 10am-3pm. Muscoot Farm, Route 100, Somers. Info: 914.864.7282.

South Salem at Gossett’s Farmer’s Market –9am-1pm, Saturdays, year round. Rain or shine.1202 Rt. 35, South Salem. Info:

Tarrytown Farmers Market – 8:30am-1pm, Saturdays, through November 20. Patriot’s Park on Route 9. (Street Address: Adjacent to Tarrytown Public Library, 121 N. Broadway) Info:

White Plains International Farmers Market – 8am-4pm, Wednesdays. At a new location this summer: the parking lot on the corner of Court and Quarropas Streets. Info: 914.422.1411.

Yonkers St. John’s Church Farmers Market – 9-4pm. Thursdays, through early Nov. Outdoor farmers’ market in the courtyard and a Flea Market in the churchyard. St. John’s Church Courtyard, Getty Square, Hudson St. & S. Broadway, Yonkers. Info: 914.963.3033.

Yorktown Heights at Hilltop Hanover Farm Stand – 10am-6pm, Fridays & Saturdays (correction: not open Sundays), through the end of October. 1271 Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St. Yorktown Heights. Info: 914.962.2368,

Get Pampered at Le Petite Spa in Croton-on-Hudson to Benefit the SPCA of Westchester

Spring is a great time to visit to the SPCA of Westchester in Briarcliff Manor and bring home a furry new companion. However, if your home has already reached its pet-capacity, there’s still a way to support this wonderful organization and pamper yourself in the process. Visit the SPCA’s website at and look for the “Pampering for Paws” coupon, which offers $10 off any spa service at Le Petite Spa in Croton-on-Hudson. Print out the coupon and bring it to the spa when you make your appointment. For each coupon redeemed, Le Petite Spa will donate $10 to the SPCA of Westchester.

Le Petite Spa specializes in organic facials and offers the Yum Gourmet skincare line that is certified organic, certified vegan, and never tested on animals. It features naturally-harvested exotic botanical products, organic source vitamins, minerals, and phyto-nutrients to deliver the most beneficial skin care possible. Le Petite Spa also offers massage therapy and reflexology.

The SPCA of Westchester provides shelter for hundreds of dogs and cats every year. It’s also the only humane society in Westchester County that’s empowered to enforce animal cruelty laws. Despite this, the organization gets no federal, state, or county funds and relies solely on donations. The SPCA is comprised of several acres and housed in the same Westchester location where it was founded in 1883. There are four separate kennel areas for dogs, a cattery and feline pavilion for cats, and the Simpson Spay/Neuter Clinic. Le Petite Spa and the SPCA invite all animal lovers to get pampered and support their furry friends during this special promotion.

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Feminenza Workshops Helping Women Gain Confidence in Croton-on-Hudson

A Feminenza Workshop

On May 14, the local chapter of Feminenza presents “Growing Confidence and Living Confidently” from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the North American Template Center in Croton-on-Hudson. Through information, practical exercises, open dialogue and exploration, this workshop will look at women’s natural confidence and offer up tools to enhance and access this confidence.
Feminenza is an international network of women from diverse backgrounds who are dedicated to promoting respect, understanding and mutuality between the genders. The organization is supported by women and men in 17 countries around the world. Since 2000, Feminenza has focused primarily on researching the natural gifts and inner strengths of the feminine gender, developing ways to integrate them into daily life, and encouraging a better future for women.

Feminenza offers ongoing workshops for women. Visit and under “Women Meeting in Westchester.” To register for the May 14 workshop, contact Eileen McGowan at 914.924.9391 or Jenia Quinn at 914.438.6511 or write to The North American Template Center is located at 24 Old Albany Post Road in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

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