Collaborative Natural Health Partners Expands


Collaborative Natural Health Partners, LLC, has changed names, renovated their clinic and added new doctors and services. Previously known as Connecticut Natural Health Partners, LLC, the practice has recently expanded to include conventional primary care physicians in addition to naturopathic physicians. The team has now grown to include nine full time physicians who offer everything from conventional primary care to acupuncture. They have just completed renovations of their space in Manchester, which has more than doubled available room for patient care.


Baby Boomer Wellness Expo in Torrington


Act Natural Health & Wellness, in partnership with The Sullivan Senior Center, will hold its firstBaby Boomer Health & Wellness Expo on September 18 from 10am to 2pm. Boomers are thelargest demographic right now and they want to stay healthy and active. At this event theywill learn about health and wellness opportunities, practitioners and classes within the localcommunity. Admission is free.


Fall 2017 Passport to Health and Wellness Expo

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On October 1, the Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) will present the The Passport to Health and Wellness Expo from 10am to 4pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol. This will be the inaugural expo; the event is expected to occur twice a year. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with more than 75 sponsors and exhibitors as they learn more about the available resources to help promote healthy living and a healthy lifestyle. Visitors will have the chance to gain inspiration by visiting the booths and participating in the scheduled events which include a keynote speaker and speakers on multiple topics during the day.


Holistic and Psychic Fair in Watertown

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On September 24 from 10am to 5pm, The Metaphysical Center will host a free psychic and holistic fair at the VFW in Watertown. Nine readers of various specialties will be present, including mediums, medical intuitives using body scanning, tarot card readers, channelers, an Akashic records reader, reiki healers, paranormal investigators and others. Practitioners will offer 20-minute sessions for $20 each.


It’s Time to Flip and Invert It!


Come get upside down with Cailyn McDonnell and discover the positive effects of an inversion practice at the Flip It + Invert It fall inversion workshop on September 30 at 11am. In this 90-minute workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of forearm balances and handstands. Class will include a short vinyasa (yoga flow) warm-up to open the shoulders, hamstrings and fire up the core.


Shakti Cacao Ceremony at Sacred Rivers Yoga


On September 26 from 3-6pm, visit East Hartford’s Sacred Rivers Yoga for an afternoon of sacred ceremony to heal relationship with the divine feminine and creative force, or Shakti. The gathering will open according to shamanic tradition by drinking sacred cacao. Cacao, or ceremonial grade chocolate, has been used for thousands of years by the Mesoamerican people as an important plant teacher for spiritual development and growth.


Rodney Yee on Yoga as a Way of Life

Simple Strategies for Staying on Track

by Marlaina Donato

Renowned yogi and international teacher Rodney Yee, of New York City, has maintained an inspired yoga practice for 37 years while juggling career obligations, fame and family life.


Being Beauty

What Makes Us Glow


by Glennon Doyle Melton

Plenty of people are pretty, but haven’t yet learned how to be beautiful. They have the right look for the times, but they don’t glow. Beautiful women glow.


Learn to Live Well Allergen-Free


On September 30 from 10am – 3pm, the Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness event in East Hartford will offer attendees a chance to learn about food options that are fun and delicious. Admission to events includes free product sampling and sales, lectures and demonstrations from well-known members of the gluten-free community about gluten and allergen-free living, a gift bag, and family-friendly vendors.


New Online Training Program for Health Coaches and Parents

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Are you a health coach interested in healing ADHD, autism, asthma, allergies, sensory disorders and more? Or a parent who is determined for your child to shed his/her diagnosis? Epidemic Answers, led by Executive Director Beth Lambert, is now offering a new online training program.


An Organic Celebration Featuring the Mike Casey Trio

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NOFA Organic Land Care Program and CT NOFA are hosting Jazz Dinner at Waldingfield Farm on September 16 from 4 to 8:30pm. Visit an organic farm hidden in the Litchfield Hills for a fine, locally sourced, seasonal dinner. Acclaimed jazz artists The Mike Casey Trio will play as guest performers.


Vaccine Injury Awareness Events

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On September 15, Health Choice CT (formerly Health Freedom Action CT) will present a Vaccine Injury and Awareness Day in Hartford. The day will begin with a Health and Safety Forum at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford from 10am to noon, sponsored by Representative Vincent Candelora. Mark Blaxill will moderate a discussion with a panel of physicians, scientists, researchers and health advocates, including Sin Hang Lee, MD; Kelly Brogan, MD; and Del Bigtree. The panelists will discuss scientific findings and suppressed critical safety issues regarding vaccines and other pharmaceuticals followed by a question and answer session.


Wellness Retreat Brings Calm to a Crazy World


Many think the world has become a very violent place. In reality, there is less violence today than at any point in recorded history, although we believe differently because of ceaseless news of war, crime and terrorism. Because we are bombarded everywhere we turn with negative breaking news, it is increasingly common to feel overwhelmed, anxious and even fearful.


Letter from the Publisher


Earlier today I had to answer the question, “What is your dream job?” My answer was, “I have it!”

I’ve been publisher of Natural Awakenings in Fairfield/Southwestern Litchfield Counties for more than four years. I love what I do. Sure, there are days when I’m frustrated, overtired or all talked out. Even those days are OK with me because I know what I do matters. My “work” is helping people change their lives, in whatever ways are meaningful to them. My job is to connect those in the community who need/want help with practitioners, businesses and products who can help them. To me there is nothing better than knowing I get to help change the world, one person and one decision at a time. I am a change agent, empowering individuals for the betterment of all.


Feast in the Fields

The Rise of Pop-Up Organic Dining

by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist

The flip side of enjoying farm to table is taking the table to the farm. So-called “pop-up feasts” are booming at farms throughout the country during growing and harvest seasons. While the format varies, dinners are typically hosted on working rural or urban farms, last about three hours and include aperitifs and a tour before the meal. Wine pairings or beer tastings and live music may be among the enticing activities offered.


Green Car Buying Tips

Fuel Economy Plus Sales Incentives Equal Big Savings

by Jim Motavalli

While some carmakers are filling showrooms with ever-larger gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles (SUV) thanks to lower gas prices, some car buyers want to do just the opposite and go greener with their wheels. Fortunately, more eco-friendly options exist than ever before—many of which come with surprising personal benefits in addition to a cleaner, greener planet.


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