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Fall 2010

Country Fair Season

Along with the return to school in September is the return of classes and activities in the area. September in Connecticut also means many traditional fairs celebrating the harvest. And we have two big ones in our region coming up in the next weeks.

Next weekend, on Sunday, September 12 you'll have the opportunity to attend the only 2010 holistic health fair in our region. It will be held in combination with the Coventry Farmers' Market, which was recently voted Connecticut's top farmers' market. The following weekend on Sunday, September 19 the annual Taste! Organic Connecticut will be held at Manchester Community College. Read more about both below.

In the Environmental Section of the website we've added a page on Green Homes and updated our Connecticut Clean Energy Community Scorecard. Is your town taking advantage of free solar installations?

Our September Calendar shows a traditionally busy September with a smorgasbord of choices. Twenty area events are listed for the week of September 12 alone. Many activities are returning and there are also new ones available. Included are classes starting at Vernon Adult Ed as well as Manchester Community College. So pick a few things to try this Fall. Take a class. Go to a workshop on something you know little about. Experience a teacher you've only heard about. There is so much to enjoy and lean from.

We also continue to explore using Facebook to keep you up-to-date with all the things happening between newsletters. Remember you don't have to be on Facebook yourself to check out our page.

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Upcoming Events

On Sunday, September 12, as part of the Coventry Farmers' Market, the Alliance For Holistic Living will host a Wellness Fair with about 25 tents and a variety of demonstrations, energy work and massage available. This will be the only holistic health fair of any type taking place in our region of the state this year. If you've never been to the Coventry Farmers' Market this is your opportunity. Coventry is the largest Farmers' Market in the state and one of the best in New England.

The Market and Fair are open from 11-2. There will be over 20 exhibitors with many practitioners offering free energy, massage, reflexology and vibrational mini-sessions. Other practitioners will represent naturopathy, chiropractic, nutrition, personal training, shamanism, past life regression and psychotherapy. There will be demonstrations of Tai Chi, gongs, Tibetan bowls, mindful eating, hooping and drumming. And, of course, you'll want to visit the vendors and farmers at the main market.

» Go to Coventry Farmers' Market website


Taste! Organic Connecticut is an annual celebration of local organic agriculture. It will be held Sunday, September 19, 10-4, at Manchester Community College near the bandstand. Sponsored by the Northeast Organic Food Association (NOFA), this event offers the opportunity to purchase fresh vegetables and fruits, honey, maple syrup, organically grown plants and items from local crafters and herbalists. Hourly workshops, delicious grilled vegetables for lunch, information tables, live music and children’s events all add to the charm of the day.

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Fall Classes & Activities

As Fall is the beginning of the school year, so too does it begin a new year of programs, classes and workshops. The Fall issue of The Door Opener is available and we have updated our Calendar and Activities pages to reflect the events in our region. This issue of The Door Opener includes 13 articles on a variety of topics plus their annual Retailer Directory.

The cover of this issue of The Door Opener is by DAMON HELLANDBRAND, our Conscious CT Featured Artist from our May newsletter. For more on Damon and his art visit our Artists' Gallery.

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Featured Sponsor: Breathe...more

Breathe...more, LLC, the Tolland yoga studio, has been going through a series of changes recently as they celebrate their birthday and enter their fourth year. They are expanding their offerings beyond classes to offer Reflexology with VICKY HANNON, private Reiki or Meditation sessions with JUNE HYJEK, and private Alexander Technique sessions with PAUL RECKER.

They, of course, continue to offer Hatha Yoga, Yin, Yin/Yang, Hot and Vinyasa flow and beginner classes. In addition to yoga offerings, they offer Pilates, Tai Chi and Meditation classes.

Behind the scenes owner CHERIE TRICE quietly involves Breathe...more in a variety of community activities, including Tolland's Relay For Life and workshops to children at the library.

On Saturday, September 25th, you'll have the opportunity to meet the staff of Breathe..more when they celebrate their third anniversary with an Open House from 1-4 p.m. and offer free classes, including kids yoga, all-level yoga, and meditation. Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon and discounted prices for services will be offered. Everyone is welcome! Stop in to explore their sanctuary and celebrate with them.

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Out And About

On Saturday, August 28, the Alliance For Holistic Living and friends created a labyrinth at the home of NORTON and LINDA BERKOWITZ in Tolland, just off the Green. After an opening ceremony blessing the land and the labyrinth led by PAT HINCHEY, a dozen people lugged rocks, sunk them in the ground and built a rock stairway to the labyrinth entrance. The weather was great and with many hands the job went smoothly.

Everyone is invited to visit and walk the labyrinth. It's located at 2 Cider Mill Road. Park in the circle and use the stairs in the wall.

» For more pictures of the labyrinth build go to our Facebook Page.

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Environmental Updates

CONNECTICUT CLEAN ENERGY COMMUNITY SCORECARD - CTCleanEnergyOptions is a Department of Public Utilities Control (DPUC) approved program that allows any CL&P customer the opportunity to support clean energy made from approved renewable resources such as wind, small hydro and landfill gas. The Connecticut Clean Energy Communities Program provides communities an opportunity to support clean energy alongside its local residents, businesses, and institutions. By joining this program towns make a commitment to using 20% clean energy by 2010 and can earn free clean energy systems ($10,000 minimum value) each time they achieve certain goals.

We created a Scorecard in the Environmental Section of our website to follow how our East of the River communities are doing and have just updated it. Over the past year there has been very little progress towards our 2010 goals. The average participation is 1.9% of households up from 1.6% in the past year. Six of our 15 towns still have not signed up for the program and only 4 towns have earned free solar systems. Check the Scorecard to see how your town is doing and to learn more about the program.

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GREEN HOMES - A new page has been added to our Environmental Section to help you live in a cleaner environment. On our Green Homes page you'll find links to tips and resources for making your home greener. This includes the CT Energy Guide, Green Home Guide and the Healthy House Institute.

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On Facebook

Conscious CT continues to experiment with our relatively new Facebook Page. Even if you are not a member of Facebook you can still visit and read the page without any obligation to Facebook. If you are a Facebook member you can become a Fan and then you'll be kept up-to-date with upcoming events, recent news, event photos, and items of regional interest posted on your own wall. Here are some of the postings since our last newsletter:

  • The Garden of Light market in Glastonbury closes
  • Jocelyne Colombe & Jeff Behr head for the West Coast
  • Alliance Members work at the beach
  • Updates on Jenipher Young-Hall in Guatemala
  • Conscious CT on the radio
  • Photos of a labyrinth build in Tolland

You'll find six albums to view. Join us and receive the latest news. Because we post just a few items each week, we choose just the most interesting. And remember Facebook is two way. We encourage you to add information and opinions or post an idea or question you would like others to respond to. You'll also find a link to Facebook on our Home Page.

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Sponsor Activities

Both Spirit Matters and Breathe...more, LLC are multi-purpose centers offering a range of activities and services.

Spirit Matters has two special days coming up in the next month. On Sunday, September 19, actor CAT GUTHRIE offers a workshop for women on Yogasm. This is an opportunity to explore the Divine Feminine within a safe and supportive environment. Then on Saturday, October 9 author CARY BAYER offers two workshops - Conscious Communication at 11 a.m. and the Zen Teachings of Cats & Dogs at 2 p.m. See Calendar for details.

In addition the regular events held at Spirit Matters continue or resume as the fall season comes into full swing. These include Sound Healing with EDIE JEMIOLA, Tai Chi & QiGong with GEORGE HOFFMAN, Shamanism with MARIAN VITALI, Coyote Talking Circle with RAY HARDY, Laughter Playshop with MYLENE POITRAS and more. See our Calendar for details or visit Spirit Matters Workshops & Classes.

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Breathe...more also resumes fall classes and kicks off a new schedule. Special events include their Open House on Saturday, September 25, a workshop explaining Reiki on Thursday, September 9 and a QiGong workshop on Friday, October 1.

In addition two new limited term classes are being offered. On Thursday, September 30 a 5 week class on Yoga For Fibromyalgia & Pain begins. And on Saturday, October 2 a 4 week class on Yoga and Wisdom: Integrating Practice (Asana/Poses) with the Philosophy of Yoga begins.

See our Calendar for details or visit Breath...more's Upcoming Events.

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News Headlines

Each month there is activity in the community that you'll find covered on the News Page of the Communication section. If you are a business please send us press releases and photos of your events.

  • ECHN Seeks Volunteers With Holistic Modalities
  • Holistic Medical Doctor Opens Glastonbury Office
  • 531 Acres Preserved In Willington & Mansfield
  • Farmers' Market To Stay At Nathan Hale Homestead
  • Garden Of Light Closed Glastonbury Market

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