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Welcome to Natural Awakenings

April Issue

Sustainable Living &
Creative Arts Therapy

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Unavoidable Choices Meet Irreversible Consequences

It’s time for personal and collective community action toward more impactful sustainability efforts.
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Transformation Through the Art of Drumming

Drumming and rhythm-related group activities provide a healthy workout, coordinate breathing with movements, provide relief from fatigue, increase energy levels and give release to emotions.

Cultivate a Positive and Uplifting Environment

Creating sacred space is a subtle, yet powerful way to cultivate a positive and uplifting environment at home or work, fostering greater peace and well-being.

Nature: A Beneficial Playground for Children

Studies show that spending time in nature develops children’s brains in ways that help them become healthy and happy adults.

Heart Sound Recorder

According to Dr. Christopher Gouse, owner of Gouse Chiropractic, located in Mechanicsburg, “The heart is an indicator of wellness. It is vital that the heart has the proper nutritional balance in order to keep the correct rate, rhythm and tone.”

Mechanicsburg Earth Day Festival

The Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership will present their 11th annual Earth Day Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 20, along Main Street and Market Street, rain or shine.
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Bringing Up Kitty

Get Off on the Right Paw
Adorable as new kittens are, they need the right conditions, from bedding to food to scratching surfaces—and a proper introduction to their new home—to thrive.

Loving Nature

Outdoor Adventures for Kids
In a time in which digital devices often rule, kids will happily head outdoors for adventures involving gardens, bugs and birds that spark their interest and creativity.

Potluck for the 21st Century

Breaking Bread, Building Community
Using phone apps as well as workplace and neighborhood contacts, friends and strangers are coming together to share healthy, home-cooked meals.

Power Switch

Taking a Home Off the Grid
Costs are down, technology is up and tax credits are up for grabs. There’s never been a better time to declare energy independence and explore solar, wind and geothermal options.
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Walk the Good Earth for Earth Day at Sonnewald

Sonnewald Natural Foods will conduct an educational Earth Day event on April 13, at The Sonnewald Farm, featuring two Weed Walks with Willa from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m.

American Shaman Opens Second Location

CBD American Shaman has opened a new location at 5224 Simpson Ferry Road, in Mechanicsburg, in addition to their existing location at 404 East High Street, Suite 300, in Carlisle.

Visit the Sedona Vortices with Ricky Freedman

Rickie Freedman, owner of Reiki by Rickie ~ ReikiSpace & Learning Place, is facilitating a Sedona Healing Energy Retreat with Catherine Harner from October 27 through November 1 at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, in Sedona, Arizona.

Smile Bigly on World Laughter Day

On May 5, World Laughter Day, the Joyful ViBRAYtions Laughter Yoga Club will celebrate from 8 to 9 a.m. at Springettsbury Park, in York.

A Summer Camp to Remember

Amethyst Retreat Center is offering the Jr .Tracker Wilderness Exploration Day Camp for Children between 10 and 17 years old. Nature-based education helps children develop confidence, ingenuity, problem solving and leadership skills

All-Day Open House at New Visions

New Visions Books & Gifts is celebrating 32 years in business with an Anniversary Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 6.

Free Classes at Studio By Absolute Pilates

The Studio By Absolute Pilates will celebrate their third anniversary with free classes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 14.

Begs & Eggs Easter Celebration

BYO Easter Basket to this awesome Easter Egg Hunt for dogs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 20, at Doglicious Spa & Wellness Center, along with caricature drawings by Neil (preregister), $5 nail trims and more.

Carlisle Bowenwork Classes Forming Now

Carlisle Bowen Works will be hosting a series of educational classes to teach Bowen Therapy (Bowenwork) with owner Nancy Bittinger from May 17 through 20.

Local Native Plant Resources

Earthbound Artisan is a local garden and stonework construction company offering organic design and maintenance that preserves natural ecosystems and provides resources for the community.

More Meditation in Carlisle

The Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple Pennsylvania will host a grand opening on March 30 with a large Buddhist celebration on Vesak Day and a peace parade and is offering weekly meditation classes at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, 6 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays.

Learn About Lyme Disease from an Expert

Dr. Hope McIntyre, a family physician in Mt. Airy, Maryland will teach a class, Acute and Chronic Lyme Disease, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., May 1, at the Penn State York Conference Center main building.

Executive Order Promotes Energy Conservation and Sustainable Governance

The GreenGov Council’s climate goal is for the Commonwealth to strive to achieve a 26 percent reduction of net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.
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Kudos

Kudos - Rumi's Wellness Center

Rumi’s Wellness Center has added several new practitioners to their staff:

Kudos - Dillsburg Yoga

Ty Albert has joined Dillsburg Yoga as a massage therapist with a background in physical therapy.

Kudos - Healthy Ambassador

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Household Cleaning Products Affect Babies’ Guts and Weight

Disinfectants Linked to Health Concerns

Smoking Bans Lower Blood Pressure

Local Restrictions Improve Health for Citizens

Curcumin Boosts Fertility in Men

Increases Sperm Count and Motility

Sugary Drinks Linked to Kidney Disease

Dangers of Sweetened Beverages

Stress May Be Worse in the Evening

Increases Later in the Day

Probiotics Ease Bipolar Disorder

Supplements Aid in Mental Health

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Muddled Message

GMO Labeling Diluted

Worldwide Worry

Environmental Risks Register as Top Threat

Over Dose

Citrus Crops to Receive Human Antibiotics

Fuel Folly

Nuclear Waste Disposal Remains Elusive

Support Citizen Action Against Plastics

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