Natural Awakenings Calendar Listings for November, 2015 in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess, NY

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2

MELT Method Series –12:15 – 1:30 pm Mondays Nov 2-23. With Joy Jacobson. Self-treatment that rehydrates connective tissue, eliminating pain, improving performance and decreasing stress. $100 series. $30 per class. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

Monthly Let Your Yoga Dance Class – 7-8:15pm. Joyful, aerobic practice combining yoga and dancing through the chakras. $20 suggested donation. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RivertownYoga.com.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3

Reiki Practitioner Monthly Share – 6:30-8pm. Replenish reserves. Must have at least Reiki I. Free. At the new DG Sanctuary. Poughkeepsie. Directions, Dreaming Goddess: 845.473.2206. DreamingGoddess.com.

Intro to Alexander Technique –7-8pm, Nov 3-17. With Karla Diamond. Change movement habits. Simple and practical improving ease and freedom of movement and more. $100 four-week session. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

Optimize Your Intuition – 7-9pm. Nov 3, 10, 17. Tools for Exploration, with Michelle Vitner and Mag Treanor. 3-part workshop, discover techniques and practices to center and heighten inner compass. $90 for total 3 sessions. Liberation Yoga and Wellness, 862 Rt. 6, Mahopac. Info/register: 914.672.1916.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Author Series: In An Ecstatic State, Poems of Transformation – With Joseph Aldo, Ph.D. Find a deeper connection to one’s true self through personal transformation. Lecture and book signing. $25/$28 includes book. 914.967.6080. Wainwright.org.

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 10-11am. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Book Signing Event – 6-8pm. With William Bubenicek, author and owner of The Art of Healing wellness center. Personal appearance to meet and greet with his newly published book “Bliss on Tap.” Free. The Art of Healing, 1 Front St, Patterson. Info: 845.878.4325. TheArtofHealing4all.com.

Intro to Shamanism: Class 1 – Nov 4 & 11. 7-9pm. With Karine Gordineer. Covers The Journeying Between the Worlds. $80/per class. The Center for Health and Healing at Quest Yoga Studio, 11 E Main St, 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco. Register: TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6

Conservation Cafe Presents: Bag the Plastic – The Blight of Plastic Bags on Our Environment – 8:30-10:30am. Impact on the earth and what can be done. Formal presentations. Q & A. Free. Greenburgh Public Library 300 Tarrytown Rd, Elmsford.

Creative Writing: Fundamentals for Every Genre – 10am-12pm. With Maureen Amaturo. Tips on how to keep readers interested. $142/$154 ($25 1x audit). 914.967.6080. Wainwright.org.

Mediumship Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Carla Blaha. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: SynchronicityNY.com.

Health and Wealth Free Event – 7-9pm. Learn how to improve health, achieve a healthy weight, make a difference and earn an extra income. Join a community of like-minded health conscious people. Tarrytown. Register/Cindy Rosenbaum: 914.806.6559.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8

EmbodyLove Yoga – 9am-12pm/ages 11-13; 1-4pm/ages 14-17. With Jen Craft. Empower girls to value who they are internally over their external appearance, embrace their purpose and more. Quest Yoga Arts 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

The Hastings Flea – 10am-4pm. Curated, specialty outdoor flea market, overlooking the Hudson River; across the street from the Hasting on Hudson Metro North station at the Hastings-on-Hudson Metro North train station parking lot. Info: HastingsFlea.com.

MELT Method Workshop – 1-3pm. With Joy Jacobson. Self-treatment that rehydrates connective tissue, eliminating pain, improving performance, decreasing stress and more. $30 preregistered, $35 door. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

Climate Change Solutions Tour – 3pm. With Speaker, Josh Fox, director of movie Gasland. $15 suggested donation. Benefits the Rockland Water Coalition & Sierra Club, Lower Hudson. Temple Israel Center, 280 Old Mamaroneck Rd, White Plains. Info: SustainableRockland.org.

Quest Book Club – 7-8:30pm. November: Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope (Ch 11-17). BYO snack or a refreshment to share. Free. Quest Yoga Arts 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9

Monthly Singing Circle – 7pm. Sing and tone, basking in healing vibration and the company of loving hearts. $20 suggested donation. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RivertownYoga.com.

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

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10

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

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11

Northern Westchester Believe, Inspire, Grow Meeting – 12-2pm. BIG is a women’s empowerment organization designed to help women of all ages identify and embrace their true life purpose, both professionally and personally. The Burger Barn, Somers. 914.646.5766. BelieveInspireGrow.com.

New Moon Manifestation – 6:30-8pm. Together we manifest our hearts desires with the creative energies of the new moon. Requested donation: $10. DG Sanctuary. Directions, Dreaming Goddess: 845.473.2206. DreamingGoddess.com.

Embracing Our Wholeness…from a feminine perspective – 7-8:30pm. Conversation circle led by Dr. Melody Bach exploring the ways in which one’s feminine nature has been longing to be reclaimed; a heartfelt fellowship of women. $10. Hartsdale. Info/register: 914.686.8002. GiordanoFoundation.org.

StarVisions Healing Circle – 7pm. Connecting wisdom and energy principles to life. Experience deep energy healing in group setting with Anne Bentzen. $25, student/senior rate: $15 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 So. Bedford Rd., Mt. Kisco. Pre-register: 914.588.4079.

Intro to Shamanism: Class 2 – 7-9pm. With Karine Gordineer, Shamanic energy healer. Covers The Divination Journeys. $80. The Center for Health and Healing at Quest Yoga Studio, 11 E Main St, 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco. Info/Register: TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

Embracing Our Wholeness…from a feminine perspective – 7-8:30pm. Conversation circle led by Dr. Melody Bach exploring the ways in which one’s feminine nature has been longing to be reclaimed; a heartfelt fellowship of women. $10. Hartsdale. Info/register: 914.686.8002. GiordanoFoundation.org.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Recognizing Your Natural Psychic Ability – 7:15pm. With Carla Blaha. People are born with six senses not five. Discover one’s intuitive ability. Free. Finger Lakes School of Massage, 272 N Bedford Rd, Mt Kisco. RSVP, Myra: 914.241.7363 x12.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13

Spirit Connection – 6:30-8pm – With Robin C. Mueller, spiritual medium. Group gathering with Robin sharing her gift of contact with the other side. $35. Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd. Katonah. To register call: 914.730.0155.

Ladies’ Night at Virtue – 7-9pm. demos and tips for healthy weight loss, skin care and nutrition. $15. Includes wine and nutritious snacks. Virtue Mind Body Studio. 155 Rte. 202 and Lovell St. Somers. 914.437.4817; VirtueMindBody.com.

Connect With Your Life Purpose – 7-9pm. Everything needed is already within — learn how to access one’s unique spark of life to express gifts, realize passions, and make life changes. Free. Registration required: eileenfisherlearninglab.com.

Archangel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: SynchronicityNY.com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Finding The Power To Connect With Your Life Purpose 2-Day Workshop – 9am-5pm, Nov 14-15. Empowering workshop, with expert guidance, inner inquiry and purpose-focused meditation to free one’s energy from habitual emotional entanglements and provide a more enlightened way of living. $395. Info/register: eileenfisherlearninglab.com.

Flower Vibrational Healing workshop with Annemarie Minke – 4-6:30pm. Learn powerful healing messages of plant kingdom to rebalance energetic fields, enhance health and heal disease. $25. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 So. Bedford Rd., Rt. 172, Mt. Kisco. Register: starvisionscommunity.org or 914.236.4503.

Holistic Moms Network: Thanksgiving Special Event – Open House & Coat Drive – 10am-12pm. No regular Nov meeting. Bring a gently used coat for donation. Expect Natural, 774 Bedford Rd, Bedford Hills. RSVP: Shira Adler, 914.861.5186.

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Yoga and Scoliosis – 1:30-4:30pm. Learn anatomy of scoliosis and how asana and breath techniques can relieve pain. $35 members. $45 nonmembers in advance. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, 584 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Michael Sassano: 914.709.4150. YTAYoga.com.

Sacred Gong Immersion – 2-4pm. With Alex Nason. Clear stuck energy. Rejuvenate body, mind and spirit with a combination of gentle deep guided relaxation and gentle healing gong baths. $40/$44. 914.967.6080. Wainwright.org.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15

Talking to the Angels and Guides – 1-5pm. Learn a metaphysical process to have a conversation with and receive clear guidance from angels or master guides. Led by Michael Rosenbaum, Metaphysician Practitioner for over 20 years. Info: TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

Being a Mindful Therapist: How Not Knowing Helps – 2-5pm. Workshop for therapists to learn practices that deepen presence and understanding with clients. $45. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983.

Soul Reflections – 2-5pm. With Monique Lang. Learn tools to deepen connection with self, guides, angels, power animals and more. The Center for Health and Healing at Quest Yoga Studio, 11 E Main St, 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco. Register: TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16

Monthly Reiki Circle – 7-8:45pm. Give and receive healing Reiki energy. All levels and those new to Reiki. $20 suggested donation. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RivertownYoga.com.

Tuesday, November 17

Westchester Holistic Network Meeting – 8-10am. The topic is “Mantra Meditation” presented by Cathy Lipsky, RN. Open to all – first meeting free. Panera Bread, One North Broadway, White Plains. Info: WestchesterHolisticNetwork.org.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Access For All: Creating Universally Designed Outdoor Learning Experiences – 9:30am-3:30pm. Explore ways to give all students – regardless of physical or cognitive challenges – access to historic sites, parks, and museums. Wallace Center, FDR Home & Presidential Library, Hyde Park. 845.229.9116; TeachingtheHudsonValley.org.

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 10-11am. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Meditation and Dharma Night – 7-8:30pm. With Derek Kolleeny. Meditation instruction, practice, dharma teaching and discussion. Tea following. $20. The Center for Health and Healing at Quest Yoga Studio, 11 E Main St, 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco. Register: TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

Vision & Success in School – 7-9pm. Discover tools to identify children having trouble learning. Vision problems keep children from reaching their potential. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177. DrSlotnick.com.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19

Grassroots Fall Harvest Fundraiser Dinner – 7-9:30pm. Grassroots Environmental Education will hold its annual organic farm-to-table dinner and fundraiser at Wainwright House in Rye. Tickets $100. Info: 914.422.3141 or tinyurl.com/GR-Dinner-15.

Holistic Moms Network: About New Vaccine Bills – 7:30pm. Scientist Eva Vanamee and Attorney Susan Lee discuss vaccine exemption bill (Senate bill 6709) and bill (S509) mandating HPV vaccine. Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd. 914.967.0480. HolisticMoms.org.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20

What is Ayurvedic Medicine? – 6:30-8pm. With Dr. Ed Danaher, Director of Panchakarma, Ayurvedic Institute. Learn about one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems originating over 5,000 years ago in India. $30/$33. 914.967.6080. Wainwright.org.

Reiki 2 Class – Fri 7-10pm & Sat 11am-4pm. Learn Usui Reiki symbols, distance healing and create a powerful practice with Anne Bentzen, Usui and Karuna Reiki Master. $250. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 So. Bedford Rd, Rt. 172, Mt. Kisco. Register: 914.588.4079.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21

4th Annual Fishkill Cares for Cats Community Day – 12-4:30pm. Vendors, food, raffles, face painting and animal care exhibits. Low cost spay neuter mobile clinic on site. Appointments required. Fishkill Town Hall, 807 Rte 52. Details/Althea: 845.705.5020.

5RHYTHMS Dance/Movement Workshop – 2-3:30pm. With Margaret Wagner. 5RHYTHMS is dance practice for young and old, survivors of bad backs, bum knees and broken hearts. $33. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Avenue, Rye. Register: wainwright.org/programs.htm. Info: 203.209.0047.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22

Awaken Wellness Fair – 10am-5pm. Awaken to Your Best Self. Speakers, Healers, Vendors and Readers. Over one hundred exhibitors and hundreds of guests. Double Tree Hotel. 455 So. Broadway, Tarrytown. Buy tickets online or at the door. AwakenFair.com. Click on Tarrytown 11-22-15.

Reiki II – 11am-6pm. Take Reiki practice to the next level. Class covers the Reiki symbols, Reiki Guides, ethics and confidentiality issues. $140. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915. HandsOfSerenityHealing.com.

Community Yoga/Meditation – 1-3pm. With Jennifer. Hosted by Still Mind Yoga. Integral or yin yoga followed by longer meditation session. Donation. 305 Central Ave, Ste 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492. YogaWestchesterNY.com.

Restorative Yoga – 7pm. With Karla Diamond. Relaxing, powerful practice benefitting all ages and fitness levels. Incorporates gentle postures and breath. Postures done on floor. $25 preregistered, $30 door. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23

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

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Faerie Friday – Skip the mall and join a day of Faerie Fun. Three classes designed to bring out one’s inner faerie. Details of classes: HandsOfSerenityHealing.com. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915. HandsOfSerenityHealing.com.

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

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28

Reiki 1 & 2 Class – 10am-5pm. With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: SynchronicityNY.com.

Serenity Saturday – 11am-6pm. Move into the holidays with balance and calm with Crystal Reiki. $50. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915. HandsOfSerenityHealing.com.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29

Psychic Sunday – 12-5pm. annual fundraiser for local families. Walk in readings on a first come, first served basis! readers will be donating back half of their fee to Share the Light program. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915. HandsOfSerenityHealing.com.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2

Author Series: Love is a Secret: The Mystic Quest for Divine Love – 7-8:30pm. With Dr. Andrew Vidich. All profits will go to SOS, a not-for-profit charitable organization. Lecture and book signing. $15 includes book. 914.967.6080. Wainwright.org.

ADD Just Doesn’t Add Up – 7-9pm. Is it really a short attention span? Learn current facts and how to distinguish visual problems that mimic or complicate AD(H)D. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177. DrSlotnick.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4

Neuromovement For A Vibrant Life – 7-9pm. Experience the freedom in the body of new possibilities through cutting-edge of neuroscience and the mind-body connection — no more aches and pains. Free. Info/register: eileenfisherlearninglab.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER, 5

A Dickens of Weekend – 10am-4pm. A festive and fun holiday celebration for the entire family. Holiday shop, cooking demo, children crafts and free holiday entertainment. 914.967.6080. Wainwright.org.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6

Priesthood Class and Ordination for Interfaith Ministry – 1-4:30pm. Rev. Dan Chesbro teaches Melchizedek history, priesthood requirements and gives attunement in the Ordination of Melchizedek $250 with certification. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 So. Bedford Rd., Mt. Kisco. 914.236.4503. Register: starvisionscommuity.org.

Natural Awakenings Calendar Listings for May, 2015 in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess, NY

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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FRIDAY, MAY 1

The Healer’s Lounge – 10-11:30am. Free networking event for holistic practitioners. 30-45 min presentation followed by networking. Bring marketing materials. The Center for Health and Healing at Quest Yoga 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

Angel Communication Workshop – 6:30- 8:30pm. With Kathryn Hudson. $35/pp. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Register/info: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

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

SATURDAY, MAY 2

Hudson Valley Garden Fair – 10am-3pm. Plant and garden vendors, demos by area experts and hear Matthew Benson, author of Growing Beautiful Food. $12 admission. Children 15 and under free. Montgomery Place Historic Estate, 25 Gardener Way, Red Hook.

US Spiritist Symposium – 10am-7pm. Event will feature national and international speakers, presentations and workshops on a variety of topics, including art through mediumship and spirit communications. Marriott Hotel and Spa, 243 Tresser Blvd., Stamford, CT. Info: SpiritualityNow.net

Spring Celebration and Vegetable & Herb Sale – 11am-3pm. Displays, live music, food, kids activities, farm animals and more. Free. Stony Kill Foundation, main entrance by stone pillars, 79 Farmstead Ln, Wappingers Falls. Info: 845.309.4949. Stonykill.org.

Henna Tattoo & Tarot Reading Play Day – 12-5pm. With Marlene Ratliff and Angela Pizzarello. Celebrate life, love or Mom. TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net. 153 E Main St, 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco. Reservations: 914.260.1696.

Family Yoga – 1-2pm. For parents and children of all ages. Asanas, exploring partner poses and partnered breathing exercises. $25 for two, $5 each additional participant. Quest Yoga Arts 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

Open Mic Night at Recologie – 8pm. All songwriters, singers, performers, instrumentalists are invited. Bring friends and share talent. Two drink minimum. 49 Lawton St, New Rochelle. Recologie 914.238.9350. Recologie.com.

Sunday, May 3

Mystic and Author Theresa Joseph Offers Channeled Healing Circle and Talk on 21st Century Mysticism – 1-3pm. Excerpts from: Everyday Mystic: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary. Co-lead with Linda Fallo-Mitchell. 236 So. Bedford Rd., Rt. 172, Mt. Kisco. $20 Advance Registration required: 914.236.4503.

TUESDAY, MAY 5

Writers on the Sound Meet-up – 7pm. Will write to a prompt and offer supportive critique of projects. Get help meeting writing goals, building skills and confidence. $10 minimum. Recologie, 49 Lawton St, New Rochelle. 914.238.9350. Recologie.com.

The Artists Way – 7-8:30pm Workshop covers Chapters 7-12. Bring copy of The Artists Way Workbook by Julia Cameron to each session. Six-week series $125/$138. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. Info: 914.967.6080. Wainwright.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 10-11am. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Four-Week Qigong Workshop – May 6-27. 12:15-1:15pm. With Rob McMahon. Develop personal practice promoting optimal health and wellness. Any age or fitness level. No experience necessary. $22/class. Quest Yoga Arts 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

Reiki Circle – 7pm. Open to all attuned to Reiki level I or higher. Opportunity to both share and receive the healing energy of Reiki. Requested donation $10. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915. HandsOfSerenityHealing.com.

ADD Just Doesn’t Add Up – 7-9pm. Is it really a short attention span? Learn current facts and how to distinguish visual problems that mimic or complicate AD(H)D. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177. DrSlotnick.com.

Klezmer Music Series – 7:30pm. Eastern European Jewish instrumental music, contemporary musicians, Jewish and non-Jewish, use Klezmer genre as jumping off point to create new works. $15 cover. Two drink minimum. Recologie, 49 Lawton St, New Rochelle. 914.278.9350. Recologie.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 7

Caregiver Reiki – May 7-June 11. 6:30pm. Reiki I and II class. Exploration chakra by chakra, of multiple ailments, conditions and more. $350 includes manual, handbook of Dr. Mikao Usui and pendulum. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915. HandsOfSerenityHealing.com.

First Thursdays Heart Listening – 7-8:30pm. With Diane Ingram. Guided meditation and discussion cultivating an awareness of a deeper place to operate from the heart. $15. Inner Balance Studio, Patterson. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

FRIDAY, MAY 8

Mediumship Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. With Carla Blaha. $35/pp. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Register/info: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Power Flow Jam Workshop Levels 2-3 – 7-9pm. With Liz Schulman. Vinyasa class sequenced to bring poses deeper and deeper designed to make a person sweat. $35. Preregistration required. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. o2Living.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 9

Second Saturday Divorce Workshop – 9-11:30am. Address legal, financial and personal issues of divorce. With guidance of trained professionals, gain a greater understanding of the confusing divorce process. 100 S Bedford Rd, Ste 340, Mt Kisco. Register/info: SecondSaturdayWestchester.com.

Intro to NIA – 2-3pm. With Cory Etheridge. Gentle, expressive body-mind-spirit movement program that blends aspects of martial arts, dance arts and healing. Barefoot or wear dance sneakers. $10. Quest Yoga Arts 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

Medicine Wheel Teachings: An Education in Native American Ways Workshop 1 – 3:30-5:30pm. Who is Communicating to Earth Mother? Taught by Evan Pritchard, Professor of Native American Studies. $35/$40. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. Info: 914.967.6080. Wainwright.org.

Medicine Wheel Teachings: An Education in Native American Ways Workshop 1 – 6-8pm.Who is Communicating To Earth Mother? Taught by Evan Pritchard, Professor of Native American Studies. $35/$40. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. Info: 914.967.6080. Wainwright.org.

Overtime – 8pm. Great blend of musicians who will rock the roof. Produced by Frank Goya and Standby Gypsy. $15 cover includes light appetizers. Dinner, wine and beer available. Recologie, 49 Lawton St, New Rochelle. 914.238.9350. Recologie.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 10

Composting Demonstration – 9am-2pm. Hosted by Croton-on-Hudson’s Down to Earth Farmers Market in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County and the Croton Recreation Department. Municipal Lot, off of Municipal Pl and Rte 9 exit. Info: 914.923.4837.

Hastings Flea – 10am-4 pm. A special Mother’s Day Hastings Flea, family-friendly, live entertainment, overlooking the Hudson River. Curated, local vendors sell unique, authentic, and handmade items. Located at the Metro North Train station parking lot by the Hudson River. Info: hastingsflea.com. 646.709.4308.

Mom & Me Retreat – 11-12:30pm. With Monique Michaels. Relax, stretch, breathe, move and make new connections and discoveries. $40 for two. Quest Yoga Arts 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. Preregister: QuestYogaArts.com.

MONDAY, MAY 11

Monthly Singing Circle – Group singing, toning and vibrational healing in a safe and sacred space. $20 donation. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RivertownYoga.com.

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

TUESDAY, MAY 12

For the Love of Words Open Mic – 7pm. Bring poetry, prose and enthusiasm. Recologie, 49 Lawton St, New Rochelle. 914.238.9350. Recologie.com.

Meditation – 7-8pm. Guided meditation, great for both beginners and those with a meditation practice. By donation. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RivertownYoga.com.

Lecture and Book Signing: Live and Let Live: How Multidimensional Collaboration Heals Ecosystems – 7-8:30pm. With Dr. Jim Conroy and Ms. Basia Alexander. $25/$28, price includes book. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. Info: 914.967.6080; Wainwright.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13

Northern Westchester Believe, Inspire, Grow Meeting – 12-2pm. BIG is a women’s empowerment organization designed to help women of all ages identify and embrace their true life purpose, both professionally and personally. The Burger Barn, Somers. 914.646.5766. BelieveInspireGrow.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 14

Holistic Moms Network—Homeopathy: Measles and Vaccinations – 7:30pm. Homeopath Manna Semby answers questions about measles, vaccinations, homeoprophylaxis, a vaccine alternative and how homeopathy aids general health. Hosted by Holistic Moms Network. Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd, Rye.

Creating a More Fulfilling, Joyful, Abundant Life – 6:30-8pm. With Wendy Reinike, Law of Attraction Certified Coach. Learn to create the life desired. Includes group guided meditation. $25. Center for a Healthy You, 1984 New Hackensack Rd., Poughkeepsie. Pre-registration by May 12. 914.475.0741.

FRIDAY, MAY 15

Dinner and A Doc – 7pm. Cowspiracy. May be the most important film made to inspire saving the planet. Dinner a la carte, minimum $20. $5 viewing fee. Recologie, 49 Lawton St, New Rochelle. 914.238.9350. Recologie.com.

Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Jackie Muller, LCSW, Reiki Teacher. $15. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Route 311, Patterson. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

Archangel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Elka Boren. $35pp. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Register/info: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

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

SATURDAY, MAY 16

Free Community Yoga Classes – 8:30am-3:30pm. Day of free classes taught by new teacher trainees. One-hour, level 1 classes throughout the day. Refreshments and snacks. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 East Main St, Mt Kisco. Info: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

Monthly Teen Guided Mediation Group – 9:30-10:30am. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Ages 13-17. Unique theme. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

10 Best-Kept Secrets to Stop Seasonal Allergies Workshop – 3pm. With Dr. Jodi Kennedy of Integrity Chiropractic. Learn essential stretches, powerful sinus acupressure points, key nutritional tips, homemade house and hair cleaners and more. Free. Gorman Professional Park, 7 Miller Rd. Mahopac. RSVP: 845.628.7233.

Odane Whilby with Grace & Tony – 9pm. Rock, Soul, Bluegrass and Punk. All in one grand evening. $10 cover. 2 drink minimum. Recologie, 49 Lawton St, New Rochelle. 914.238.9350. Recologie.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 17

Reiki I Workshop – 9:30am-4pm. With Ginny Mackles, Reiki Teacher. Be attuned and certified to the first level of Reiki. No experience needed or attend for refresher class. Chappaqua. Info: 952.426.3525. GinnyMackles.com.

Third Sunday Community Yoga – 12-1:15pm. With Mark Terza, LMT, RYT. Admission by donation of personal care products for Pawling Community Resource Center. Inner Balance Studio, Patterson. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

Introduction to Crystal Healing – 1pm. Healing lore of crystals, chakra relations for each, healing and magical uses, adding crystals to energy work and meditation. $35 includes crystal starter kit. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915. HandsOfSerenityHealing.com.

Workings Of The Sacred Soul – 1-3:30pm. Embrace the sacred soul within and expand the highest parts of the mental and emotional selves. Awakening of the sacred soul within given via a spiritual attunement. $50/$55. Info: 914.967.6080. Wainwright.org.

Reiki 2 Attunment and Training – 1-6pm. Receive attunements and learn Reiki symbols, techniques and more. $250. Prerequisite: Proof of Reiki I. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RivertownYoga.com.

Wali Ali Sunday Jazz Workshop – 2-4pm. Brunch and a great musical experience the third Sunday of every month. Recologie, 49 Lawton St, New Rochelle. 914.238.9350. Recologie.com.

LILA, the Divine Play of Life – 2-5pm. With Jurian Hughes, Kripalu Teacher Trainer. Discover freedom and power of embracing the spontaneous, unpredictable LILA Spirit through yoga, movement and sound. $85. Register/info: 914.260.1696. TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

Messages from Spirit – 2:30-4:30pm. Find comfort and closure with medium Joan Carra with messages from spirit. $55 small group. Wainwright House 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. 203.531.6387. Info: PsychicJoanCarra.com.

Restorative Yoga Workshop – 5-7pm. With Karla Diamond. Release deeply held tensions, calm nervous system, strengthen immune system and increase self-awareness. $25 preregistered. Quest Yoga Arts 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

New Moon Gathering – 7-8:30pm. Make the most of the coming lunar cycle. Guided meditations and ritual facilitated by astrologer Pamela Cucinell. BYO notebook. $20 members. $25 nonmembers, Wainwright House, Rye Register: 914.967.6080.

MONDAY, MAY 18

10 Best-Kept Secrets to Stop Seasonal Allergies Workshop – 12noon. With Dr. Jodi Kennedy of Integrity Chiropractic. Learn essential stretches, powerful sinus acupressure points, key nutritional tips, homemade house and hair cleaners and more. Free. Gorman Professional Park, 7 Miller Rd. Mahopac. RSVP: 845.628.7233.

Weight Management Support Group – 5:45-6:45pm. Led by a registered dietitian. Free. ShopRite of New Rochelle, 8 Joyce Rd, New Rochelle. RSVP required. Info: Greta Breskin: 845.475.4940. Shoprite.com/dietitian.

TUESDAY, MAY 19

Evening Satsang – 7-8:45pm. With Prem Sadasivananda Meditation, chanting and dharma talk on self-effort and grace. $20 donation. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RivertownYoga.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 10-11am. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd , Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Vision & Success in School – 7-9pm. Discover tools to identify kids having trouble learning. Vision problems keep children from reaching their potential. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177. DrSlotnick.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 21

Essential Oil Night at Recologie – 7pm. With Dr. Zia Nix. Enhance women’s health, sensuality and sex life using essential oils. Learn how to utilize doTERRA CPTG oils. $15. Recologie, 49 Lawton St, New Rochelle. 914.238.9350. Recologie.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 22

Mayfest – May 22-24. New, family-friendly three day festival celebrating music, art and yoga. Camping available. Surprise Lake Camp, Cold Spring. Tickets/info: MayfestNY.com.

Electronic Voice Phenomenon – 7-9pm. With Barry Piro. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22 Brewster, Register/info: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

The Girl Behind Sarcasm – 9pm. With Tinica Rose. Original songs describing the internal conflicts of being a woman, in reality, while taking chances and ultimately finding one’s voice. $10 cover. Two drink minimum. Recologie, 49 Lawton St, New Rochelle. 914.238.9350. Recologie.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 24

Chakra Flow-n-Let it Go Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. With Antonia Noonan, RYT 500. Open level using bija manta, vinyasa flow and restorative. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester, 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Silent Sunday offers Slapstick Shenanigans – 1pm. Film Screening of Mabel’s Dressing Room sponsored by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts. Brunch and buffoonery while chuckling with classic clowns $25. Recologie, 49 Lawton St, New Rochelle. 914.238.9350. Recologie.com.

The Witch’s’ Stitch Ministry – 6pm. Tea and companionship while creating healing shawls for local nursing homes and hospitals. Experienced and novice yarn workers welcome. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register/supply list: 845.896.1915. HandsOfSerenityHealing.com.

MONDAY, MAY 25

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

TUESDAY, MAY 26

Let Your Yoga Dance – 7-8:15pm. Joyful, musical practice combining chakra dance and yoga. $20 donation. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RivertownYoga.com.

Wednesday, May 27

StarVisions Healing Circle –7pm. Connecting wisdom and energy principles to life. Experience deep energy healing in group setting with Anne Bentzen, Reiki Master. $25, student rate: $15 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 So. Bedford Rd, Mt. Kisco. Pre-register: 914.588.4079.

FRIDAY, MAY 29

Newlife Expo-Health & Wellness-NYC – May 29-31. Dr. Robert Young, Dr. Howard Robins, Sean Morton, Kat James, 100 other exhibitors and speakers. Panels: Nutrition, Raw Food, Vibrational Healing, Sexual healing. Hotel Pennsylvania, 33rd and 7th, New York City. Info: 516.897.0900. NewLifeExpo.com.

Learn Healing Techniques Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. With healer and author Brett Bevell. $35/pp. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22 Brewster. Register/info: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

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

SATURDAY, MAY 30

Death Café Dutchess – 10am-12pm. Open conversation in a casual, confidential and safe space to explore, reflect, learn and build community through simple and profound conversations. Free refreshments. Starr Library Community Room. Rhinebeck. DeathCafe.com.

Master Reiki Class – May 30-31. 10am-5pm. With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $675/pp for both classes. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Register/info: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Nicole Alifante at the Mic – 7:30pm. Nicole is stepping back into the limelight with new songs and an amazingly great sound. $10 cover. Two Drink minimum. Recologie, 49 Lawton St, New Rochelle. 914.238.9350. Recologie.com.

Mamas in Motion – 7:30-8:30pm. With Jolyn Arisman. Release creativity and be renewed. Warm up and cool down with gentle yoga, dance and more. $30. Quest Yoga Arts 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

Friday, June 5

Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training – Level One Certification. 220 hour course. Become an instructor and learn fundamental principles and practices of Kundalini Yoga.Golden Temple Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Info: 914.232.3473; GoldenTempleYoga.com.

Sunday, June 7

Croton’s Summerfest! – 1:30-5:30pm. Physical Therapy Consultations, Craniosacral, Lymphatic, Massages, Integrated Energy, Reiki,Yoga, MELT, and others. Free. Holistic Physical Therapy at Acker House.139 Grand St, Croton on Hudson. Info: HolisticPhysicalTherapyNY.com; 914.217.7919.

 

 

Natural Awakenings Calendar Listings for February, 2015 in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess, NY

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1

MELT – 4-5:30pm. With Joy Jacobson. A simple self-treatment method that eliminates chronic pain, improves performance and more using small balls and soft foam rollers, to “rehydrate” the connective tissue. $25 preregistered, $30 day of. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Osteoporosis Awareness Group – 7-9pm.Using the Alexander technique for osteoporosis with Karla Diamond, certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique. Free. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Bldg. Ste 4, 785 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains. Info: Susan 914.260.9339.

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

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3

Emotion Code – 11am-12:30pm. “Experience the amazing benefit of this non-invasive healing modality,” says Mag Treanor. Release stress for self and pets. Carmel. Info: 845.228.8132. PutnamHealingArts.com.

Qi Gong Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how to reduce stress while enhancing one’s life force through guided breath, intention and specific movements. $10. Sacred Space Healing Arts Studio, 436 Main St, Beacon. Register, Lorraine: 845.416.4598. EmpoweredByNature.net.

Yoga for Skiers – Feb 3-24. 7-8:15pm. Tues. With Jessica Outlaw. Enjoy time on the slopes by increasing strength and flexibility for the ski season. Improve performance, boost endurance, decrease chance of injury and reduce day-after soreness. $100 for the series. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Reiki Circle – 7pm. Supportive and loving group to bring more Reiki into one’s life. Open to all who are Reiki attuned. $10 requested donation but don’t let finances keep anyone away. Hands Of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915. HandsofSerenityHealing.com.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation – Feb 4, 11 and 25. 7-8:15pm. With Melanie Ryan. Learn appropriate posture and meditation technique to begin or support one’s meditation practice. $30 per class or $75 for three weeks.. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Shambhala Lineage. Mt Kisco. Registration: 914.260.1696.TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5

Soul Drawing: Art & Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Kundalini yoga and creative expression. New class. All levels welcome. No art experience necessary. $25. 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. GoldenTempleYoga.com.FEBRUARY 6

The Healers Lounge – 10-11:30am. Free networking group for holistic practitioners. Quest Yoga Studio, 11 E Main St, 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco. 914.260.1696. TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

Electronic Voice Phenomenon Class – 7-9pm With Barry Piro. Register: 845.363.1765, Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. SynchronicityNY.com.

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

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7

Second Saturday Divorce Workshop – 9-11:30am. Address the legal, financial and personal issues of divorce. With the guidance of trained professionals, participants will gain a greater understanding of the confusing divorce process. 100 S Bedford Rd, Ste 340, Mt Kisco. Register/info: SecondSaturdayWestchester.com.

Hudson River Eaglefest – 9am. Daylong program that celebrates the Bald Eagles’ return to the Hudson Valley. Birds of prey shows, children’s activities, environmental exhibits and more. At Croton Point Park, with shuttle bus to other eagle viewing sites. Tickets/info: teatown.org. 914.762.2912, ext. 110.

Creative Visualization Workshop –10am-1pm. Learn method to dissolve blocks and rewrite old beliefs and self-imposed limitations. $220 includes materials, individual consultation and personalized CD. Insight Counseling. Info: 203.431.9726. InsightCounselingLLC.com.

M.E.L.T. Self-Care with Marisa Duffy – 1-2pm. M.E.L.T. workshops. Space is limited. $25. Rivertown Center for Yoga and Health. 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Registration required: 914.673.0919. RivertownYoga.com.

Pre-Natal Partners Workshop – 2-4pm. With Allison Schleck. Expectant mothers and fathers/partners are invited to workshop aimed at teaching partner postures, labor prep and breathing techniques to help relieve discomforts of pregnancy and prepare for childbirth. $60 couple. No yoga experience necessary. Quest Yoga Arts 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

Kirtan with BlisSing – 7:30pm. An evening of music and chant. Discover the transforming power that Kirtan can have. Evening is made possible by Zenworks. All proceeds will benefit the Guiding Eyes of the Blind. Suggested donation $20. Liberation Yoga, 862 Rt. 6, Mahopac. 845.803.8389.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8

HeART to HeART Valentine’s Day Fair – 10am-5pm. Welcoming local and area artisans. Pick up a little treasure for the heart that brings happiness. Acker House, Center for Integrative Health, 139 Grand St, Croton on Hudson. 914.707.1399. AckerHouseNY.com.

The Journey of the Soul – 2-5pm.With Michael Rosenbaum, Metaphysician, directly trained by Michael Newton, author of Journey of the Souls. Learn about what happens after we die and why it is important for us to develop ourselves personally and spiritually while on earth. Registration: $75. $65 by Jan 31. Mt Kisco. 914.260.1696.TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

The Art of Sequencing – 3-5:30pm. With master yoga teacher, modern dancer and circus performer Chris Glover. Learn how to craft asana sequences that make yoga more accessible, sustainable and transformative. For yoga teachers and dedicated students. $50 after Feb 1. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RiverTownYoga.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9

MELT – 12:30-1:45pm. With Joy Jacobson. A simple self-treatment method that eliminates chronic pain, improves performance and more using small balls and soft foam rollers, to “rehydrate” the connective tissue. $25 preregistered. $30 day of. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

Monthly Singing Circle – 7-8:30pm. Sing and tone, bask in healing vibration and in the company of loving hearts. $20 suggested donation. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RiverTownYoga.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Emotion Code – 11am-12:30pm. “Experience the amazing benefit of this non-invasive healing modality,” says Mag Treanor. Release stress for self and pets. Carmel. Info: 845.228.8132. PutnamHealingArts.com.

Putnam County Over 40 Females Connect Live! Networking Event – 6-8:30pm. Find out how to avoid toxins in personal care products, become a better label reader to make informed choices. Members free, Nonmembers $25 in advance. Four Brothers Restaurant, 654 Rte 6, Mahopac. Info, Leslie Barrick: 914.260.3171. over40females.com.

Intro to Essential Oils – 8-9:30pm. With Marisa Lieberman. Evening of essential oil fun and learning. Find out what essential oils are, how to use them and how to obtain them in this presentation. Many oils will be shared. Free. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. RSVP: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 9:30-10:30am. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600 TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Qi Gong: Simple yet Powerful – Feb 11-Mar 18. 6-7:30pm. Wed. With Lorraine Hughes. Six-week series class: LES431. For overall health, stress, sleep, digestion, bones and joints, with tips for seniors. $89. Dutchess Community College South, Wappingers Falls. Register: 845.431.8910. SunyDutchess.edu/cfweb.

Vision & Success in School – 7-9pm. “Is your child ready to learn? As many as 25% of children in any classroom have vision problems that keep them from reaching their potential.” Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP Jane: 914.874.1177. DrSlotnick.com.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation – Feb 4, 11 and 25. 7-8:15pm. With Melanie Ryan. Learn appropriate posture and meditation technique to begin or support one’s meditation practice. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Shambhala Lineage. Mt Kisco. Registration: $30 per class or $75 for three weeks. 914.260.1696.TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Teen/Tween Yoga – 5-6pm. Kendra Rossney will lead yoga for grades 6-12. Free. Irvington Public Library. Info: 914.591.7840. Register: IrvingtonLibrary.org.

Gong Meditation – 7-8pm. Relax to the healing and restorative sounds of the gong. Experience a sense of calm and inner tranquility. 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. GoldenTempleYoga.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Health & Healing: Contemplative Care for Caregivers – Feb 13-15. Led by Sharon Salzberg, Ali Smith, Atman Smith and Andres Gonzalez. In this retreat, we will use contemplative methods to help access the resiliency of the human spirit; to balance compassion for oneself and others; and to cultivate greater calm, clarity and peace of mind.GarrisonInstitute.org.

Banana Leaf – A vegan friendly Indian Pop-Up – 7-9pm. Unique five course tasting featuring hand crafted artisanal Indian food, by local chef Rinku Bhattacharya. BYOB. $45; $80/two. Recologie Lifestyle, 49 Lawton St, New Rochelle. Reservation: 914.278.9350. recologie.com.

Reiki Healing Circle: Meditation and Reiki Share – 10-11:30am. Led by Regina DeCarlo, RMT. $20. Dobbs Ferry. 917.593.5707. ReginaDeCarlo.com.

Reunions – Conversations with the Other Side – 7pm. Join Psychic Medium Jeanne Rose for an evening of loving messages from those we have loved and lost. Participation fee $35. Seating limited and these evenings fill quickly so register early. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915. HandsofSerenityHealing.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Special Valentine’s Day Soul Painting: Art& Yoga – 9am-2pm.Yoga and creative expression. All levels welcome. No art experience necessary. $63. 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. GoldenTempleYoga.com.

Monthly Teen Guided Mediation Group – 9:30-10:30am. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Ages 13-17. Unique theme. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Restorative Yoga Workshop – 4-6pm. With Karla Diamond. A relaxing yet powerful practice that everyone can benefit from. Release deeply held tensions, calm nervous system, strengthen immune system and increase self-awareness. $25 preregistered. $30 day of. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Two Year Anniversary of Holistic Physical Therapy at Acker House – Day of free events. Open to the public. Experience all that Acker House has to offer with many local, holistic professionals presenting workshops, classes and treatments throughout day. Acker House, Center for Integrative Health, 139 Grand St, Croton on Hudson. 914.707.1399. Full schedule: AckerHouseNY.com.

New Moon Gathering 7-8:30pm. Make the most of the coming lunar cycle. Guided meditations and ritual facilitated by astrologer Pamela Cucinell; bring a notebook. $20 members/$25 non-members. Wainwright House, Rye. Register: 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

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

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17

Westchester Holistic Network – 8-10am. It’s not just for practitioners. All welcome. Friendly people, and speaker. Free to members; $10 non-members. Panera Bread Company, One North Broadway, White Plains. WestchesterHolisticNetwork.org.

Emotion Code – 11am-12:30pm. “Experience the amazing benefit of this non-invasive healing modality,” says Mag Treanor. Release stress for self and pets. Carmel. Info: 845.228.8132. PutnamHealingArts.com.

Green Drinks Westchester at Recologie – 6-8pm. Opportunity for those who care about the environment to meet face to face, share ideas and enjoy each other’s company. 49 Lawton St. New Rochelle, Info: Facebook.com/greendrinkswestchester.

Qi Gong Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how to reduce stress while enhancing one’s life force through guided breath, intention and specific movements. $10. Sacred Space Healing Arts Studio, 436 Main St, Beacon. Register, Lorraine: 845.416.4598. EmpoweredByNature.net.

Evening Satsang – 7-8:30pm. With Prem Sadasivananda. Meditation, chanting and dharma talk with master teacher and former director of the Sivananda Center. $20. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RiverTownYoga.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Building Rider Confidence – 6-8pm. For a competitive rider or just a happy trail rider, this interactive seminar offers practical tools. With James Cassese, and the Equine Energetix herd at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Center, Brewster. $45. Info: equineenergetix.com; 212.477.4475.

Archangel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Elka Boren. $35pp. Register: 845.363.1765, Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Info: SynchronicityNY.com.

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

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21

“Live and Let Live” Lecture/Book Signing – 11am-12:30pm. Connected to Nature? Learn collaboration with all living beings to restore ecological health. $28. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. Register: 914.967.6080. Wainwright.org. Info: TreeWhispering.com.

Kirtan with BlisSing – 7-9pm. Evening of loving-kindness, music, dancing and devotion. $25 suggested donation. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RiverTownYoga.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Witches’ Stitch Ministry – 6pm. Learn basic knitting and crocheting techniques or come together to share tea and time. Working to create healing shawls for local nursing homes. Beginner and experienced yarn workers welcome. Call for supply list and to register. Free. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. 845.896.1915. HandsofSerenityHealing.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Astrology 101 – Five-week course teaches the foundation of astrology, planets, signs and how to put it together. Teacher: NCGR certified astrologer Pamela Cucinell. Wainwright House, Rye. For cost and schedule visit wainwright.org.

Emotion Code – 11am-12:30pm. “Experience the amazing benefit of this non-invasive healing modality,” says Mag Treanor. Release stress for self and pets. Carmel. Info: 845.228.8132. PutnamHealingArts.com.

M.E.L.T. Self-Care with Marisa Duffy – 11:30a-12:30pm. M.E.L.T. workshops. Space is limited. $25. Rivertown Center for Yoga and Health. 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Registration required: 914.673.0919. RivertownYoga.com.

Monthly Let Your Yoga Dance Class – 7-8:15pm. Joyful, aerobic practice combining yoga and dancing through the chakras. $20 suggested donation. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RiverTownYoga.com.

Henna/Mehndi for Teens/Tweens – 7-9pm. Find out from body artist Margie Nugent about Henna/Mehndi decorations and come home wearing a temporary design. Program requires parent or legal guardian to come to the Irvington Public Library to sign a permission form. Grades 6-12. Free. Info: 914.591.7840. Register: IrvingtonLibrary.org.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 9:30-10:30am. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15.914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

ADD Just Doesn’t Add Up! – 7-9pm. Is it really a short attention span? Learn current facts and how to distinguish visual problems that mimic or complicate AD(H)D. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP Jane: 914.874.1177. DrSlotnick.com.

Peak Performance Training for Athletic, Academic and Personal Success – 7-9pm. Learn how peak performance training helps sustain focus, attention and alertness despite environmental stressors, noise and distractions. Free. Sensory Stepping Stones, 83 S Bedford Rd, Mt Kisco. RVSP Required: 914.497.3878.

THRUSDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Holistic Moms Meeting – 7:30pm. Holistic Moms hosts Dr. Neil Raff, MD who combines 33 years of medical expertise with revolutionary natural approaches, including alternative cancer treatments; Prolotherapy and stem cell techniques which can avoid hip and knee surgery. Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd. HolisticMoms.org.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Enlightened Leadership: Becoming a Force for Positive Change – Feb 27-Mar 1. Led by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. “As we awaken to our nature, each one of us becomes an agent of change that benefits oneself, others and the community. But how can we learn to truly see ourselves?” Garrison Institute. Info: GarrisonInstitute.org.

Meeting & Communicating with Your Spirit Guides – 6:30-8:30pm. With Alexandra Leclere. Register: 845.363.1765, Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. SynchronicityNY.com.

Healing and Prayer Service – 7:30pm. An evening of group energy healings and prayer, offered to the community in service to spirit. No fee for this evening. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. 845.896.1915. HandsofSerenityHealing.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28

Reiki 1 & 2 – 10am-5pm. With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275pp for both classes. Register: 845.363.1765, Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Info: SynchronicityNY.com.

Unleashing Your Sensuality & Expanding Your Intuitive Power – 2-5pm. Join international author, speaker and relationship expert Sheila Pearl for a women’s only workshop. Dance, laugh, drum, om and giggle into one’s own juicy power. Registration: $85. $75 by Feb 14. Mt Kisco. TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

Sunday, March 1

Messages from Spirit Group Event – 2:30-4:30pm. Find comfort and closure with medium Joan Carra with messages from spirit. Small Group. $55. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. Register/info: 203.531.6387. PsychicJoanCarra.com

TUESDAY, March 3

M.E.L.T. Self-Care with Marisa Duffy – 7-8pm. M.E.L.T. workshops. Space is limited. $25. Rivertown Center for Yoga and Health. 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Registration required: 914.673.0919. RivertownYoga.com.

Wednesday, March 4

Garden Talk – Container Gardening – 7pm. Sponsored by the Garden Club of Yorktown. Amy Wilbur from Sweet Dirt Design/Container Gardens. Free. John C. Hart Memorial Library, 1130 Main St, Shrub Oak. Info: 914245.5262 x245. yorktownlibrary.org.

 

 

Natural Awakenings Calendar Listings for December, 2014 in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess, NY

Cover-Dec14-medFor additional event listings, updates and changes, visit our online calendar.

Visit www.WakeUpNaturally.com to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please call ahead to confirm event details.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 9:30-10:30am. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Intro to Yoga – 11am. With Julia Calabrese-Harrer. Learn breathing techniques that help bring the mind and body closer together and gentle poses in this introductory class. Free. Patterson Library, 1167 Rte. 311. Register: 845.878.6121 x10. PattersonLibrary.org.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation – Dec 3, 10, 17. 7-8:15pm. Learn proper meditation posture and techniques for developing mental strength, stability and clarity. Meditation and readings from Buddhist Teachings. $75 three-week series. $30/class. Mt Kisco. Info: 914.260.1696. TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

ADD Just Doesn’t Add Up! – 7-9pm. Is it really a short attention span? Learn current facts and how to distinguish visual problems that mimic or complicate AD(H)D. Free. Dr Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177. DrSlotnick.com.

Angel Guided Meditations & Healings – 7-9pm. With Kathryn Hudson. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Register/info: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Reiki Circle – 7:30pm. Begin the holiday season balanced and clear. Reiki circle is open to all with a Level l attunement or higher. Donation. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. 845.896.1915. HandsOfSerenityHealing.com.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4

Spirit Communication Night – 6:30pm. Medium Priscilla Keresey delivers messages from the beyond. Grange Hall, 128 Mill St, Putnam Valley

Admission $10. Info: APracticalPsychic.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5

Dickens’ of a Weekend at Wainwright House – 12/5-12/7. Begins with Children’s Night on Friday and continues Saturday and Sunday with a Holiday Marketplace spanning two rooms, live music, crafts for children and much more. 260 Stuyvesant Ave. in Rye. Info: Wainwright.org. 914.967.6080.

1st Annual Holiday Market – Dec 5-6. 12-8pm/Fri; 10am-5pm/Sat. Shop amid festive music, roaring fireplaces and holiday decor. Local vendors and artisans come together for stress-free, fun holiday shopping. Riverstone Yoga, Tarrytown. 914.332.9642. RiverstoneYoga.com.

Light of The Eternal One Energy Healing Training – 6:30-8:30pm. With Brett Bevell. $35/pp. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Register: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6

Spiritual, Psychic & Healing Fair – 12-5pm. Reiki healing sessions for both people and animals and many types of readings available. Appointments available; walk-ins welcome. From $20. Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism. Info: AlbertsonChurch.org.

Full Moon Drumming Circle – 7-9pm. With Donna Coyote Rain. Connect with the energies of Earth Mother, Father Sky and the Sacred Hoop; drum, meditate and celebrate joining the energy flow of Earth Mother. Free/donation. Yonkers. Info: 914.907.4485.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7

Reiki I Training & Certification – 10am-5:30pm. Receive the sacred symbols through a ceremony called attunement and start giving oneself and others Reiki treatments. $260. Mt Kisco. Info: 914.260.1696. TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

Mediumship Circle – 11am-1pm. With Carla Blaha. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Register: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

The Order of Melchizidek and Priesthood Class for Ordination into Interfaith Ministry – 1-4:30pm. With Rev Dan Chesbro. Learn history, ceremonial rituals, legal duties and receive powerful Divine attunement. Class alone $100. Class and ordination with certificate $250. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S. Bedford Rd, Rte 172, Mt Kisco Register: Register: 914.236.4503. StarvisionsCommunity.org.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 8

Wainwright House Yoga Teacher Training – Four-week program with Bernadette Birney. Meets one week per month for four months. Each session begins on Monday and ends on Friday, running from 9am to 5pm each day. 260 Stuyvesant Ave. Rye. Info: 914.967.6080.

Roland Comtois – 6-8:30pm Internationally renowned medium and spirit guide delivers channeled messages for the soul and the famous Purple Papers offer eternal love, hope and healing $70, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Rte 172, Mt Kisco. Register: Register: 914.236.4503. StarvisionsCommunity.org.

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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9

Putnam County Over 40 Females Professional Women’s Networking Group – 6-8pm. 2nd Tues. Get empowered, connected and inspired. Make great connections and meet new friends. Free members. $25 nonmembers. Info: 914.260.3171. Over40Females.com.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10

10 Ways To Make Holidays Gorgeous, ‘Green’ and Gracious – 7pm/refreshments; 7:30pm/program. GNC and Sierra Club present favorite holiday traditions, without the fuss and waste. Adults and high school students. Free. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470. GreenburghNatureCenter.org.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation – Dec 10 & 17. 7-8:15pm. Learn proper meditation posture and techniques for developing mental strength, stability and clarity. Meditation and readings from Buddhist Teachings. Two classes remaining of three-week series. $75 series that began Dec 3 or $30/class. Mt Kisco. Info: 914.260.1696. TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

Message Circle – 7:30- 9:30pm. With Carla. An open mind and heart is all that is necessary to believe. Join us for a night of healing messages from the other side. $40. Soulauras, 520 N State Rd, Briarcliff. Info: 914.941.2400. Soulauras.com.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11

Childbirth Film Showing: Gentle Birth Choices Joyful – 6:30pm. Physiological births occurring in hospital, birth center and at home.  Discussion following, refreshments, Carmel. Info: 845.628.2460. gentlebeginningsmidwiferyny.com.

Gong Meditation – 7-8pm. Relax to the healing and restorative sounds of the gong. Experience a sense of calm and inner tranquility. 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. GoldenTempleYoga.com.

Holistic Moms Meeting – 7:30pm. With Ellen Weininger of Grassroots Environmental Education discussing how to get involved locally to keep air, water and soil clean and safe. She will offer a “year in review,” presenting new issues, reform and solutions. Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd, Rye. HolisticMoms.org.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12

Energy Healing Circle: Meditation and Intro to Reiki – 11am-12:30pm. $20. Dobbs Ferry Location. More info, Regina DeCarlo: 917.593.5707.

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. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13

Soul Painting: Art & Yoga – 9am-2pm. Kundalini Yoga and creative expression. All levels welcome, no art experience necessary. $90. GoldenTemple, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. GoldenTempleYoga.com.

Monthly Teen Guided Mediation Group – 9:30-10:30am. With Merrill Black. Ages 13-17. Unique theme. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Second Saturday Divorce Workshop – 9:30am -1pm. Presented by Wife.org. Gain greater understanding of the divorce process with guidance from trained professionals on legal, financial, family and personal issues of divorce. $45. 100 South Bedford Rd, Suite 340, Mt. Kisco. Info: SecondSaturdayWestchester.com.

Everyday Shamanism – 11am-5pm. With Deep Arrow Woman. Essential course offering teachings on the Winter Solstice, connecting with winter allies and potlatch tradition. Applying indigenous wisdom to contemporary life. $125. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Rte 172, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.236.4503. StarvisionsCommunity.org.

Sacred Holiday Concert – 2pm. Music and cheer with the Danbury Mad Hatter Chorus. This men’s chorus group will wow participants with their a cappella renditions of favorite holiday songs. Free. Patterson Library, 1167 Rte. 311. Register: 845.878.6121 x10. PattersonLibrary.org.

Home for the Holidays – 2-5pm. With Monique Michaels. Restorative yoga practice with a fresh, organic green juice afterwards. $50. No experience. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

Sacred Fire Ceremony and Winter Solstice Celebration – 5pm. With Deep Arrow Woman. This outdoor ceremony fosters community, reconnects us to the earth and unleashes the power of fire to transform our actions into prayer and prayer into reality. Ceremonies free. Donations customary. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Rte 172, Mt Kisco. 914.236.4503. StarvisionsCommunity.org.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14

Restorative Yoga Workshop – 4-6pm. With Karla Diamond. Relaxing yet powerful practice that releases deeply held tensions, calms nervous system, strengthen immune system and increase self-awareness. $30. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

Evening Candlelight Service – 5pm. Led by Rev. Avery Manchester. Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism, 293 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich. For more information and a schedule of other workshops, events and classes, visit AlbertsonChurch.org.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15

Dances of Universal Peace – 7-8:30pm. No musical or dance experience, special attire or partners are required to participate, and everyone is welcome to join in. $10 suggested donation. Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, 299 North Highland Ave. Ossining. Info: 914.941.4455, DancesofUniversalPeace.org.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16

Westchester Holistic Network – 8-10am. It’s not just for practitioners. Friendly people, compelling speakers. Free to members; $10 non-members. Panera Bread Company, One North Broadway, White Plains. WestchesterHolisticNetwork.org.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 9:30-10:30am. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn proper meditation posture and techniques for developing mental strength, stability and clarity. Meditation and readings from Buddhist Teachings. One class remaining of three-week series. $75 series that began Dec 3 or $30/class. Mt Kisco. Info: 914.260.1696. TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

Vision & Success in School – 7-9pm. Discover tools to identify children having trouble learning. As many as 25 percent of children in any classroom have vision problems that keep them from reaching their potential. Free. Dr Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177. DrSlotnick.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19

Archangel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman, Elka Boren. $35/pp. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Register/info: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20

Celebrating Winter Trees and Winter Animals – 2pm. Learn how trees and animals not only survive but thrive during the cold winter months. Includes short woodlands nature walk. $5 members. $8 nonmembers. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470. GreenburghNatureCenter.org.

New Moon Gathering – 7-8:30pm. Make the most of the coming lunar cycle. Guided meditations and ritual facilitated by astrologer Pamela Cucinell; bring a notebook. $20 members/$25 non-members. Wainwright House, Rye. Register: 914.967.6080.

Kirtan – 7-9pm. With Noah Baumwoll. Raise the energy through Kirtan “chanting.” Formally a part of bhakti yoga, the devotional path of yoga and nada yoga, the science of sound and vibration. No experience necessary. $15. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

SUNDAY, DECMEBER 21

Winter Solstice Celebration – 6pm. Gather with the communities of StarVisions and the Chapel at Croton Falls for a magical evening celebrating the Return of the Light with candles, drumming, singing bowls and music. Free. Donations appreciated. Chapel at Croton Falls, 609 Rte 22, Croton Falls. Info:StarvisionsCommunity.org.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22

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. Info: 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27

Reiki 1 & 2 – 9am-5pm. With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275/pp for both classes. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Register: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 29

Family Reiki – 11am-4pm. Designed to bring this teaching to parent and child together, history of Reiki, Reiki for self-healing, self-confidence and self-esteem and how Reiki can benefit animal companions. $150 for one adult and one child. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. 845.896.1915. HandsOfSerenityHealing.com.

 

PLAN AHEAD

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 1

Fire and Drumming Circle – 12pm. Drum in the new year around the fire, as we burn the Yule wreath that has been adorned with wishes, intentions and prayers, sending them out to the Universe. Potluck gathering follows. Hands of Serenity Healing. Info/directions/location: 845.896.1915. HandsOfSerenityHealing.com.

Monday, January 5

Massage Therapy Training Program – 9am. Full-time seven month program begins. Federal financial funds and scholarships are available. The Finger Lakes School of Massage, 272 North Bedford Rd. Mount Kisco. Info: 914.241.7363. FLSM.com.

Wednesday, January 7

Corporate Based Mindfulness Training – 7-9pm. Bringing Mindfulness to Work. Free intro to a 10-week interactive workshop series with Instructor: Sheila Wall, Senior Consultant, The Potential Project. Register/info: 203.216.6243.

 

 

Putnam Women’s Way & Men Features Inspirational Speakers

1236867_10201835826599284_1550580531_nDana Boulanger, Natural Awakenings co-publisher and owner, is the featured guest speaker at the monthly meeting of Putnam Women’s Way & Men on September 25, 2013, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The meeting will be held at Le Fontane Ristorante in Katonah, NY, where Boulanger will inspire the group with her thoughts and observations on “How to Mind your Own Happiness: Easy ways to find more joy and success daily.”

WomensWayBeaPutnam Women’s Way & Men was established in 2013. Co-founder Burdette Rocco says the organization was created in an attempt to help people achieve their goals and support each another. “Each month, a special guest dedicates his or her time at a different location to share their outstanding experiences with success and achievement,” says Rocco. “We meet on the last Wednesday of each month to gain knowledge and wisdom about business and health accomplishments, and people of all ages are welcome, but never obligated, to attend.”

The fee for each event is $10 per person, excluding an optional dinner and cash bar. To learn more and attend the September 25 meeting, email putnamwomensway@yahoo.com.

Le Fontane Ristorante is located at 137 Rt. 100 in Katonah, NY.

 

Natural Awakenings Calendar Listings for July, 2013 in Westchester and Putnam Counties, NY

Cover-July13-medFor additional event listings, updates and changes, visit our online calendar.

Visit www.WakeUpNaturally.com to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please call ahead to confirm event details.

MONDAY, JULY 1

Bi Monthly Adult Meditation Group – 7:30-8:30pm w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 201, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

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, particularly in relationship to others. $15/members or $30. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

TUESDAY, JULY 2 

The Artist Meet Up – 10am-1pm. Tuesdays in July. The New Dawn Foundation hosts an event where one can relax and learn the art of painting in a beautiful, serene, waterfront setting. $10/donation. Jennifer Lanser: 917.806.8793.

Esoteric Healing Study Group – 7-9pm. Review the Esoteric Healing class and continue to bring balance and ease to the body, mind and spirit. $15. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St, Chappaqua. RSVP: 239.289.3744. CenterForAlignedHealing.com.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3

Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12pm. 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. Preregister required:   914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

Wellness Wednesdays – 12-3pm. Wednesday in July. Visit the coffee area to sample delicious healthy recipes, learn new tips and tricks and get inspired to become healthier. Free. Whole Foods Market, 110 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains. 914.288.1300. WholeFoodsMarket.com.

FRIDAY, JULY 5

Loving Kindness as a Path to Inner Freedom – July 5-7. This is an introductory weekend to explore Loving Kindness as a spiritual practice with Sharon Salzberg and Rachel Cowan. Garrison Institute. Info & register: 845.424.4800. GarrisonInstitute.org.

Down to Earth Farmers Market at Ridge Hill – 11am-7pm, Fridays through November 22. Rain or shine. Farmer’s Market located outside of Whole Foods Market Yonkers, Westchester’s Ridge Hill, One Ridge Hill Rd. Yonkers. Info: wholefoodsmarket.com.

Arch Angel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm w/Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com

SATURDAY, JULY 6

Family Yoga – 10-11am. 6-10yrs. Strengthen the family bond while promoting individual growth through yoga, circus yoga activities, partner work, discussion and visualization and relaxation. Bring water bottle and mat. $20/adult + child, $5/additional child. Croton Landing, Elliot Way, Croton on Hudson. 914.319.4010. laughingheartyoga.com.

Skillful Living Room Radio Show – 12-1pm. Saturdays July 6-27.  Live radio show focuses on healthy living discussions featuring patient success stories, physical/mental health tips, fitness and wellness advice and more with host Dr. Michael Finkelstein. Simulcast live internet: Businesstalkradio.net and online as podcast. SunRaven Skillful Living Center, Bedford. Sunraven.org.

Sunday, JULY 7

Yoga at Teatown – 9am-noon. Yoga followed by a 1.5 mile hike then return to the yoga mat for additional yoga and relaxation. $15/non-members. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd. Ossining. Register with Club Fit: 914.250.2762. Directions: teatown.org.

MONDAY, JULY 8

Kids Yoga – 5-6pm. Mondays Jul 8-Aug 12. With visual imagery, meditation techniques, and creative activities, kids practice yoga in a safe and non-competitive environment. Bring water and mat. Vassello Park, 12 Old Post Rd S, Croton on Hudson. $10/drop-in. 914.319.4010. laughingheartyoga.com.

Teen Yoga – 6:15-7:15pm. Mondays Jul 8-Aug 12. Students 13-17 yrs learn self exploration, ways to handle stress, anger, anxiety, depression and other challenges. Bring water and mat. Hudson Yoga, 5 Old Post Rd So, Croton on Hudson. $10/drop-in. 914.319.4010. laughingheartyoga.com.

Culinary Herbs From the Garden – 6:30pm. Discover which herbs are easy to grow in the area, the many ways to use them in cooking, and recipes for basic herb combinations with  Master Gardener Carol Greenwald of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Register: 914.232.5717. SomersLibrary.org.

New Moon Gathering – 7-9pm. Use the energy of the new moon to chart a life course. Facilitated by astrologer Pamela Cucinell; bring a journal or notebook. $20. The Center for Aligned Healing, Chappaqua. RSVP: 917.796.6026. InsightOasis.com.

TUESDAY, JULY 9  

Yoga with Wolves – 9-10:30am. Wolf Conservation Center offers a wild slant to practicing yoga. The hour session, lead by certified instructor Danielle Rosati, is followed by 30 minutes to view WCC’s wolves. $20. Preregistration required: NYWolf.org.

Farmers Market at Hudson Valley Hospital – Noon-6pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays through November 26. The HVHC farmers market is located in the hospital’s side parking lot, 1980 Crompond Rd. in Cortlandt Manor. Info: 914.734.3794; HVHC.org.

Natural Awakenings Pop-up Gathering – 4:30-6:30pm. Chill out with Natural Awakenings at this fun, casual after-work gathering at the Clocktower Grill. Great mojitos, fresh fruit-infused martinis and yummy garden appetizers. 512 Clock Tower Drive, just off Route 2. Restaurant info: 845.582.0574; ClockTowerGrill.com.  

StarVisions Healing Circle – 7:30-9:30pm. Connecting wisdom teachings to energy principles and interactive energy healing with Anne Bentzen, Reiki Master. $25. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Rt172, Mt. Kisco. 941.236.4503. Register online: StarVisionsCommunity.org. 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10

Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12pm. 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. Preregister required: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

Learning to Balance Hormones – 7-9pm. If experiencing mood swings, PMS, or menopause symptoms, this can be a sign of unbalanced hormones. Learn what herbs and foods support the body bringing it back to balance. $35/includes tea sampling. Center for Aligned Healing, Chappaqua. 914.861.2882. Register: RadiantHealthForLife.com.

THURSDAY, JULY 11

Awareness Through Movement – 10am. Also July 18,  25 & Aug 1. Cured of chronic and debilitating back pain through the Feldenkrais method, Carol Moran has been teaching this method for 20 years. $100/pkg of 4. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St, Chappaqua. RSVP: 239.289.3744. CenterForAlignedHealing.com.

Building a Health Care Team – 6pm. Learn how a health care team can help coordinate health; who to pick and what they can do when help is needed. Learn about health care proxy and other advanced directives. Presented by the Medicare Rights Center. Register: 914.232.5717. SomersLibrary.org.

FRIDAY, JULY 12

An Equine-Interactive Workshop: Seeing with the Heart – 7/12 & 7/13. With James Cassese of Equine Energetix. Connect with your Authentic Self. No horse experience necessary. $375. Held at Mistover Farm, Pawling. EquineEnergetix.com; 212.477.4475.

SATURDAY, JULY 13

Healing Fair – 9am-5pm. Health practitioners and vendors of wellness products gather on the beautiful, serene grounds of The New Dawn Foundation, 590 Davenport Ave, New Rochelle. Amelia Jones: 914.356.2327. 

Introduction to Massage Therapy Seminar – 10am-4pm. Explore massage therapy as a career.  Participants receive a relaxing 90min massage from current students and are introduced to foundational elements of the sciences in a sample class. $50. Finger Lakes School of Massage, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.7363 x14. FLSM.com.

Get Cooking with Bella Cucina – 10:30am-12:30pm. Bella Cucina Maria will be at the Ossining Farmers Market doing a cooking demonstration with fresh produce from the market. Down to Earth Markets, 914.923.4837.

Monthly Teen Guided Mediation Group – 11am-12pm w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Ages 13-17. Unique theme each month. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 201, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600; thetemperancecenter.com.

Reiki I Class – 1-5pm. Also Sun July 14. Become attuned to give Reiki treatment for self and others. Learn history, ethics, hand positions with Anne Bentzen, Usui/Karuna Reiki Master. $150 includes manual & certificate. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Rt172, Mt. Kisco. 941.236.4503. StarVisionsCommunity.org. 

SUNDAY, JULY 14

Acupressure Techniques for the Weekend Athlete – 10:30am-1:30pm. Explore traditional techniques that can influence muscle tension and relaxation, energy resources, speed, stiff joints and more along with clearly illustrated charts and hands on point location. $85. Preregister: SoulAuras.com.

Munay-Ki  Workshop – 2-4:30pm. July 14 & 21. Receive the Munay-Ki rites, a series of nine healing blessings from Peru, in a two-part workshop. Sacred Centre, 42 Smith St, Mt. Kisco. $15/ea. Info & register: ShamanMikki.com.

MONDAY, JULY 15

CELF Summer Institute: Education for Sustainability – 8:30am-3pm. Jul 15-18. K-12 educators and University faculty, all subjects; in-service and graduate credit options. Manhattanville College. Katie Ginsberg: 914.238.4743. CelfEducation.org.

Bi Monthly Adult Meditation Group – 7:30-8:30pm w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 201, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

TUESDAY, JULY 16

Slow Food Metro North: Queen of the Sun & Honey Tasting – 6-9pm. Event showcases the film Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? which raises awareness about Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) among honeybees. Panel discussion follows film. John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St. Katonah. Tickets:  $25 at SlowFoodMetroNorth.com. 

Reorganizational Healing & Living – 7-8:30pm. Dr Donald Epstein gives an introductory workshop and complimentary consultation based on his principles exploring the keys to human potential; self-discovery, transformation, and spiritual awakening. Free. Soulauras, 520 N State Rd, Briarcliff. RSVP: 914.941.2400. Soulauras.com.

Esoteric Healing Study Group – 7-9pm. Review the Esoteric Healing class and continue to bring balance and ease to the body, mind and spirit. $15. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St, Chappaqua. RSVP: 239.289.3744. CenterForAlignedHealing.com.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17

Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12pm. 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. Preregister required: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

Drumming Circle – 7-8:30pm. Experience the healing benefits of drumming in community following Native American traditions led by Scott Nelson. Bring a drum or rattle. $25/adults; $15/students. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Rt172, Mt Kisko. 941.236.4503. Register online: StarVisionsCommunity.org.

THURSDAY, JULY 18

Happy Hour Block Party – 5:30-9pm. Delicious eats, live bluegrass music, and food banking fun. $35-$50. Food Bank Warehouse, 200 Clearbrook Rd, Elmsford. Info/tickets: Lucy Harrington, 914.418.5206. FoodBankForWestchester.org.

Jessica Lynn Headlines a Charity Concert for Hemlock Hill Farm  –  Takes place at Captain Lawrence’s Brewery in Elmsford. For tickets  or to support the cause, visit CaptainLawrenceBrewing.com.

FRIDAY, JULY 19

Every Body Deserves a Massage Week – 5:30-7:30pm. Donate a can of food for the local food shelter and get a free massage from one of the current students. Finger Lakes School of Massage, 272 N Bedford Rd, Mt Kisco. Info: 914.241.7363. FLSM.com.

SATURDAY, JULY 20

Painting from the Inside Out Workshop – 10am-6pm Jul 20; 10am-4pm Jul 21. No painting skills required, only the desire to express and explore ones creativity. Discount price of $125/includes lunch by Jul 10 or $150. Tarrytown. Register:  Eve-Marie, 914. 844. 6213. EveMarieElkin.com.

Hudson River Community Ceremony – 1-2:30pm. Share the healing power of the Hudson and hold a vision for the restoration of all the waters. Free/by donation with proceeds benefitting Riverkeeper. Croton Point Park. Info: ShamanMikki.com.

Sunday, July  21.

Music at the Market with Les Tappan Zigues – 10am-12pm. Les Tappan Zigues will entertain shoppers at the Croton Farmers Market this Sunday. Down to Earth Markets, 914.923.4837.

TUESDAY, JULY 23

Yoga with Wolves – 9-10:30am. Wolf Conservation Center offers a wild slant to practicing yoga. The hour session, lead by certified instructor Danielle Rosati, is followed by 30 minutes to view WCC’s wolves. $20. Preregistration required: NYWolf.org.  

Learning to Treat Negative Emotions – 7-9pm. A workshop introduction to an energy psychology method called Tapas Acupressure Technique that blends contemporary and ancient healing approaches. $15/ includes manual. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St, Chappaqua. Info: 914.861.2882.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24

Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12pm. 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. Preregister required:  914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

THURSDAY, JULY 25

Mid Summer’s Night Dreaming –7-9pm w/Warren Falcon. Awaken the dreamer for guidance and empowerment from the depth of the psyche. Connect to creation, nature and the universe.  Dress comfortably; bring dreams and journal. $35. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. RSVP: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunraven.com.

FRIDAY, JULY 26

Meet Your Spirit Guide Workshop – 7-9pm  w/Adam Bernstein. $ 45. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com

SATURDAY, JULY 27

Reiki 1 & 2 – 9am-5pm w/Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Reiki I – 9:30am-3:30pm July 27 & 28. Reiki is a gentle yet powerful system of energy based healing and spiritual growth practices. Learn Reiki I attunement to learn how to practice Reiki on oneself and others. $225.White Plains location. Jody Raso: 914.906.9593.

Morning Chores at Cliffdale –10-11am. Children accompanied by a parent or guardian can feed the chickens, spread fresh chips, gather eggs and visit the flock. Teatown’s Cliffdale Farm, Teatown Rd, Croton-on-Hudson. Info/register: 914.762.2912 x 110. TeaTown.org.

Butterflies: Flights of Fancy – 1pm. Walk among the butterflies in the newly designed butterfly exhibit; chat with a Nature Center naturalist, on hand to answer any questions. Exhibit thru Aug 4. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470.  GreenburghNatureCenter.org.

MONDAY, JULY 29

Bi Monthly Adult Meditation Group – 7:30-8:30pm w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 201, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31

Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12pm. 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. Info/register a must: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3

Family Yoga – 10-11am. 6-10yrs. Strengthen the family bond while promoting individual growth through yoga, circus yoga activities, partner work, discussion and visualization and relaxation. Bring water bottle & mat. $20/adult + child, $5/additional child. Croton Landing, Elliot Way, Croton on Hudson. 914.319.4010. LaughingHeartYoga.com.

 

Pets v. Pests: Natural Protection

Avoiding Chemical Warfare against Fleas and Ticks

by Dr. Alex Barrientos, DVM

Natural pest products available at Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital

Natural pest products available at Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital

It’s safe to say that every dog and cat owner in the Hudson Valley will come into contact with ticks and fleas at some point. They usually cope by using veterinary-recommended products like insecticides that are applied each month—Frontline, Advantix or other brands of the sort. These products are lipophilic, which means they like fat; they go through the skin and sit in fat and oil glands. Each individual shaft of hair has an oil gland, and lipophilic products work by remaining in each gland and spreading the pesticide along with the oil which is produced by each gland on a daily basis. This creates a toxic environment for whichever insect decides to walk through the pet’s coat.

As pest control goes, it’s an easy and effective method. But this convenient bio-warfare has some unintended casualties.

Every time we touch our pets’ coat, for example, we also touch this pesticide—which in turn penetrates our skin and goes into our fat. So far, safety testing has evidenced that even when given in large quantities, these products will not kill you or your pet immediately. But no one knows the long-term effect they will have on our children and grandchildren. We should remember the footprint left in the past by other fat-loving pesticides like DDT and Agent Orange.

Natural repellents and insect killers that are more biodegradable do exist. There are lawn treatments done with pyrethrins (derived from the chrysanthemum flower), as well as an increasing number of sprays and shampoos containing cedar, geranium, citronella, garlic, eucalyptus and derivatives of other well-known plants and trees. These natural ingredients may be used in addition to or instead of the above-mentioned heavy pesticides.

In my veterinary practice, I have noticed that there is growing concern about the safety of synthetic chemicals. I have also found that escaping Lyme disease, a serious condition carried by ticks, involves more than just applying one of these products. With this in mind, I generally recommend a combination of products, with an emphasis on more natural treatments and fewer synthetic pesticides. I’ve found this strategy works very well for my clientele.

As a veterinarian, I have used and recommended all of the above products—natural and synthetic—depending on the season and on the severity of the insect problem. As a parent of two small children, however, I have also wondered what they and future generations will think about our current practice of using heavy pesticides to control fleas and ticks in our pets. These upcoming generations are destined to be more environmentally aware than we are, with a far greater understanding of the long-term legacy of the chemicals we leave behind.

Whenever I see children hugging their pets, not only do I marvel at the uniqueness and beauty of the human-animal bond, as I have done for decades, but I also now wonder about the chemicals our children’s skin is absorbing, and storing, for us to answer to in the future.

Prevent Pests Naturally

Below are the all-natural flea and tick prevention products recommended by Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital in Wappingers Falls, New York. (Many of the ingredients in these treatments are organic, as well.) Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital carries and can ship all these products. For more info, call 845.227.7297 or visit EarthAngelsVet.com.

  • Pet Escential Flea Flicker (*dogs only)
  • Pet Escential Tick Flicker (*dogs only)
  • Honey Birch Farms Bug Spray (*dogs and owners only)
  • Pop’s Pet Products Insect Away Shampoo (dogs and cats)
  • Pop’s Pet Products Flea & Tick & Insect Repellent Spray (*dogs only)
  • Earth Animal Bug Spray (*dogs and owners only)
  • Earth Animal Internal Powder (dogs and cats)
  • Earth Animal Herbal Internal Powder  (yeast-free for dogs and cats) *Please note that many essential oils, along with too much garlic, are toxic for cats.

Dr. Alex Barrientos practices at Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital, 8 Nancy Court, Wappingers Falls, NY. For more information, call the office at 845.227.7297 or visit EarthAngelsVet.com.

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