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NewsBriefs, June 2012

  • Quakertown Alive! Hosts Garden Tour
  • Yoga Retreat for Cancer Patients
  • Inaugural Wellness Weekend Workshop in New Brunswick
  • A Beginners Introduction to Shiatsu
  • Hot Summer Fitness Camps
  • Natural Awakenings Opens New Online Store
  • Expo Benefits Lyme Disease Foundation
  • Summer Harmony Series at Zen Den
  • Exclusive Medical Reflexology Course
  • Healer and Medical Intuitive Offers Consultations

Quakertown Alive! Hosts Garden Tour

Quakertown Alive! will present their second annual Garden Affairs garden tour, sponsored by NationalPenn Bank and Native American Nursery, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 10. The event offers both novice and professional gardeners an opportunity to walk through beautiful backyard gardens and outdoor spaces in the Quakertown area to gather ideas and inspiration or simply enjoy an early summer day outside.

Featured backyard spaces include the Gillahan residence, at 317 East Broad Street; the Ackerman residence, at 1104 West Broad Street; the Rosenberger residence, at 1121 West Broad Street; the Bossert residence, at 36 North Hellertown Avenue; the Peters/Scott residence, at 49 North Penrose Street; and the Montoney residence, at 709 Lafayette Drive.

Added to this year’s itinerary is the Garden Market Place, located at the historic Burgess Foulke house, on North Main Street, where visitors can purchase tickets and begin the tour. The house is celebrating a 200-year anniversary by hosting an antique and vintage wedding gown exhibit from the personal collection of designer Keven Beyer, complemented by bouquets created by area florists. Free seminars, a cocktail reception, raffles, prizes, free magazines and refreshments will also be available.

Cost: $15; $12 for seniors 62 and older. Location of the Burgesss Foulke house: 26 N. Main St. For more information, call 215-536-2273 or visit

Yoga Retreat for Cancer Patients

Yoga for Cancer Care, a volunteer organization dedicated to offering the benefits of yoga to those affected by cancer, will lead A New Day—Yoga for Cancer Care Retreat, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 2, at the Steeplechase Cancer Center of the Somerset Medical Center, in Somerville.

The day of yoga will be tailored to individuals that have received a diagnosis of cancer and are either undergoing treatment or are cancer survivors. The retreat is an opportunity to join together to learn about the benefits of yoga and share experiences in a group setting. The schedule includes adaptive yoga (gentle movements modified for the individual), relaxation yoga with Reiki (a restorative practice with applied healing techniques) and a journaling session that will focus on self-reflection. No previous yoga experience is required.

According to Bonnie Pariser, head instructor and studio owner of Yoga Loka, studies show that yoga helps cancer patients reduce stress and sleep better. “Practicing the gentle movements in yoga and relaxation techniques can reduce some of the negative treatment-related side effects,” she says.

Cost: $25, includes lunch. Some partial scholarships are available; call 908-343-8247. Location: 30 Rehill Ave. For more information, call 866-742-5762 or visit or

Inaugural Wellness Weekend Workshop in New Brunswick

The Hypnosis Counseling Center of New Jersey, in conjunction with The Folke Institute for Transformative Learning, will present their first Wellness Weekend Workshop, from 6 p.m., June 22, to 12 p.m., June 24, at Rutgers University Conference Center, in New Brunswick.

Center Director Barry Wolfson says the workshops will provide opportunities for personal growth and renewal, enhance physical and emotional awareness and help develop skills for living a mindful life. Workshops will include Healthy and Conscious Eating; Mindful Living; Attaining Inner Peace and Harmony; Learning to Communicate with Self and Others; and Hypnosis, a medically approved method of tapping the normally inaccessible power of the mind and correcting negative behavior. The weekend will also include opportunities for rest, relaxation, reflection and restoration with daily meditation and yoga.

Wolfson, who holds a master’s degree in counseling and has 26 years of experience in the art of hypnosis, will co-facilitate the workshop with Carrie Spell-Hansson, executive director of The Folke Institute. Spell-Hansson earned a master’s degree in organizational development and human development, and has worked with individuals, groups and organizations for more than 25 years, to promote and enhance personal and organizational effectiveness.

Cost: $250, includes meals. For more information, call 908-996-3311 or visit

A Beginners Introduction to Shiatsu

Individuals feeling stressed or overwhelmed are invited to reclaim a calm, health-oriented life with the Asian healing art of shiatsu. The International School of Shiatsu (ISS) is offering the class, Beginners Intro to Shiatsu, from 7 to 10 p.m., June 6, 13, 20 and 27.

“Health and wellness is our birthright, but not everyone claims it,” says ISS Director Shirley Scranta. She encourages people to, “Name it to claim it,” and notes that ISS is offering Natural Awakenings readers a one-time 50 percent discount on the class during June and July. (See ad on page XX for coupon and details.)

Shiatsu uses pressure points to balance the body’s energy flow and foster optimal health. The ISS was founded in 1978 to train, nurture and support students and health and bodywork professionals, as well as provide shiatsu and shiatsu shin Tai sessions to the general public. “The ISS offers opportunities for personal, heart-centered wellness and new career choices,” says Scranta. “Shiatsu helps real people—I like to say there is something for everyone.”

Cost: $289. Location: Landmark Bldg., 10 S. Clinton St., Ste. 300, Doylestown. For more information, call 215-340-9918, e-mail [email protected] or visit

Hot Summer Fitness Camps

Top fitness trainers Felipe Sanchez and Leah Dillon will lead Camp Caliente, a “hot” summer fitness camp, at Cornerstone Health and Fitness, in New Hope. The day camp, from June 14 to August 19, includes 20 classes. The evening camp, from June 18 to August 19, has 14 classes. Each class is one hour, with 75-minute bonus classes offered to all participants. A 25-hour advance sign-up is required, with a maximum of 30 participants per class.

Participants will be challenged to push their bodies with cardio, core work and strength training, all combined into an intense training session. The fitness camp is designed to transform an individual’s attitude toward training and help them get in the best possible shape for summer.

Cost: $479 for day camp and $329 for evening. Location: 419 York Rd. For more information, call 215-862-2200, e-mail [email protected] or visit

Expo Benefits Lyme Disease Foundation

The Divine Light Holistic Expo, sponsored by the Keystone Lyme Disease Foundation (KLDF), will hold its first event of the year from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 23, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 24, at the Gilbertsville Fire Company Number 1, in Gilbertsville. The event will feature psychic mediums, holistic healers, handmade clothing and jewelry, crystals, candles and aura photography, offered by vendors from New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

“People who usually gravitate to the holistic events tend to be very spiritual,” says event Director Chris Mochin. “We want to offer an opportunity to people in the Gilbertsville area to see what the holistic lifestyle is about and to raise funds for a good cause.”

Proceeds will benefit the KLDF, which endorses the holistic treatment of Lyme and chronic Lyme disease. “Lyme and chronic Lyme disease are rampant throughout our region, and we want to help increase awareness and guide people to the right doctors for treatment,” says Mochin, who is also president of the KLDF. He was diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 2009.

Cost: $5; free for children under 12. Location: 1454 E. Philadelphia Ave. (Rte. 73). For more information, visit or

Summer Harmony Series at Zen Den

Holistic Happenings: Summer Harmony Series will present evenings of relaxation and joyful self-discovery from 5 to 9 p.m., June 25, July 23 and August 20, at The Zen Den, in Doylestown. Individuals can experience a variety of services including bodywork, reflexology, Reiki chakra balancing, and intuitive and tarot readings. Tea, coffee and pastries will be available at coffee bar.

The series is facilitated by LeeAnne Englert, Christine DiPilla, Murielle Wesch and Gretchen Cassidy. Englert is a licensed counselor, Reiki master, shaman and energy healer. She works with tarot, chakra clearing and crystals to receive messages from the soul to bring clarity and healing into one’s life. DiPilla is a Reiki master/teacher and therapeutic bodyworker who uses her empathic ability to sense physical and energetic disease in the body and applies techniques from both Eastern and Western healing arts to remove blocks, invite expansion and restore balance.

Wesch is a Reiki master/teacher; licensed, nationally certified massage therapist; certified reflexologist; certified life coach; and one of the intuitives recommended by the Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment. Cassidy is a licensed reflexologist and Reiki master/teacher who is skilled at relaxing and healing the body, mind and spirit.

Cost: $30 for 20-minute sessions, cash only. Location: 20 Donaldson St. For more information, call LeeAnne Englert at 413-218-4732, e-mail [email protected], or visit

Exclusive Medical Reflexology Course

The International Academy of Medical Reflexology (IAMR) is now enrolling students for its licensed medical reflexology program held from July 5 to 10, in Allentown.

Medical Reflexology is an integrative health science through which pressure is applied to reflex areas, enabling the body to biologically correct, strengthen and reinforce itself to reach balance and normalization.

“Since 1997, we have offered the only licensed program in medical reflexology in the United States as a post-secondary school, and we are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools,” says founder and Director, Professor Lorraina J. Telepo. “Our graduates come from all walks of life and include nurses, chiropractors and acupuncturists that receive a diploma recognized by the state of Pennsylvania.”

For more information, call 267-424-4549 or visit

Healer and Medical Intuitive Offers Consultations

Arthur (Art) Avrum Gutkin, a healer and medical intuitive with offices in North Wales, is offering consultations to individuals to discuss health concerns. Gutkin says he draws energy from the Akashic field that surrounds and permeates all living beings. “I use this gift from the Spirit to stop or reduce chronic and acute pain and help put long-term illnesses, unresolved by traditional medicine, into remission,” he advises.

Gutkin notes that he often works with a person’s past to help unlock the reasons for chronic illnesses. “I help individuals by viewing their repressed memories while in a meditative state,” he explains. Gutkin teaches his form of healing, helps individuals learn meditation techniques and will make house calls. He also is participating at the Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair held from June 18 to 19, at the New Hope Eagle Fire House.

For more information or to schedule a consultation or appointment, call 215-740-0766. Also visit and

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