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Summer 2011

Summer Solstice

Today is the Summer Solstice. A reminder that we are part of a cycle that is greater than ourselves, yet one that plays out through us. In the high tech world in which we live we have become disconnected from nature and her rhythms, but the solstice is at least one day that we acknowledge and can remind us of the need for connection.

Schools are out this week and after a winter we won't soon forget the sun and the earth under our feet feel wonderful. Running outside barefoot is now called Earthing and studies are documenting the many health benefits of doing just that. (See Earthing blog.) Lots of opportunities to get outside. The Farmers' Markets are open. Wickham Park in Manchester, a great place to explore, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and was recently named by Yankee Magazine as the 'Best Garden and Picnic Park' in New England.

So besides the glories of the outdoors what does the Summer hold for us in Conscious CT? The Center For Progressive Therapies Friday night outdoor concert series is already underway in Manchester and runs through August. Lots of other outdoor concerts throughout the summer as well.

In August The Beyond Center will hold their first weekend Psychic & Beyond Expo in Manchester. We have updated the Calendar for summer events where you will find a number of new speakers as well as regular ongoing monthly events.

From the Summer issue of The Door Opener we have updated our Spiritual Counselor Directory with a number of new readers listed. The issue, which is now fully online, also includes an interview on the beginnings of The Door Opener with BEVERLY TITUS and myself. Read it here, page 26.

Jon Roe   

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Upcoming Events

Following are a few of the things going on this summer including a new expo. You can find details in our Calendar.

Positive Music Series At C4PT

The Center For Progressive Therapies is hosting their seventh Summer Friday Night Music Series. Concerts are scheduled for Fridays, June 24, July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5 & 12. There are two acts each night beginning at 8:00 and 9:30 p.m. Music is varied with sacred sound, world music, participatory and performance music; folk, jazz, and blues. Performances are outdoors in an intimate setting around the terraced pool and garden area. Each event is intended to provide a different presentation and a quality experience. See our Calendar or C4PT's website for information on artists.

» Go to C4PT for schedule of artists

Pat Caffrey & The Angelic Council OF Light

PAT CAFFREY channels The Angelic Council OF Light and is expanding to serve audiences well outside Connecticut. Often appearing at the Enlightened Professional Center in West Hartford we are delighted that she will be having her first appearance in our region on Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m. at Spirit Matters in Ellington.

Pat is a Master Channel and voice for the Angelic Council of Light, beings of love and light that have been manifested to lead and guide humanity on Earth. They are manifested in Pat as she speaks their thoughts and words and there is a feeling of love and peace that cannot be described. The resonance of vibration through Patís voice, the connection of your soul to All That Is through her eyes, and the touch of universal love through her hands will awaken a connection with the light in you. Free will donation, no advance registration.

Pat will also be available for private hourly healing sessions for a fee of $125 on Saturday, July 30, by appointment between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. See Patís website for more information on her work and private sessions.

» Go to Spirit Matters or see our Calendar for details

Psychic & Beyond Expo

Summer is usually quiet, but this year August will heat up as The Beyond Center presents its first weekend Psychic & Beyond Expo on Saturday, August 13 & Sunday, August 14 at the Baymont Inn in Manchester from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day. The Expo will feature free admission, four event rooms, ten intuitives available for mini-private readings, hourly seminars and over 40 booths of vendors and businesses offering incense, oils, jewelry, crystals & artwork.

The Expo will be followed by Gallery Readings on Saturday night at 7 p.m. with REBECCA ANNE LOCICERO and a sample of 'Comedy From Beyond' on Sunday night at 7 p.m. with JANINE BARYZA-LY & REBECCA ANNE LOCICERO.

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Summer Issue of The Door Opener & Reader Update

The Summer issue of The Door Opener is on the stands...and is now fully online as well. The theme for this issue is Healing Through Laughter & Humor with 10 articles covering many aspects of the subject. Regional events for Summer are posted in our Calendar.

As part of The Door Opener's Twenty Fifth Anniversary, this issue includes an interview with founders JON ROE and BEVERLY TITUS on how the magazine came to be and what it was like publishing at the dawn of the personal computer age. The online version can be accessed from the magazine's website.

The Summer issue also includes their annual update of spiritual counselors, psychic readers and astrologers. Those who practice in our region have been updated in our Spiritual Counselor section. While most readers are trustworthy, it is important to be cautious as there are a few bad apples out there. We have met and are comfortable with most of those listed on this website. Also see 'Getting The Most From A Psychic Reading' linked from this section for suggestions on evaluating a reader.

» Go to Conscious CT's Spiritual Counselor Directory
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Farmers' Markets Open For The Season

Farmers' Markets are opening for the 2011 season. They are a great way to find healthy fresh food, support local agriculture and help the environment. As demand for better food has grown so has the number of markets. And many of the markets have become events in themselves with other vendors, music and activities for children.

In our Health Section we list information on all the Farmers' Markets in our region. Many are open now, others won't open until July. All run through October.

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New Photo Album

The Greater Vernon Holistic Healthfest was held on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 & 27 at the Vernon Center Middle School. There was a good turnout both days to see the over 90 exhibitors and over 35 workshops and demonstrations. Hope you were one of those who could attend. A slideshow of the event is now on our website. Enjoy. This a biennial event so it won't be held again until 2013.

» View Photo Album of the 2011 Greater Vernon Holistic Healthfest

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Out And About

Everyone knows MARIE MENUT, the Bowl Lady, from fairs, expos, labyrinth walks, classes or healing sessions. As a retired nurse and consummate advocate of vibrational healing Marie is welcomed at sites such as Hartford Hospital and Connecticut Valley Hospital where she teaches others to use the bowls for health and healing.

On Sunday, June 12, Marie, 75, and her husband George, 80, renewed their wedding vows for their 20th anniversary at Tina Angeli's labyrinth in Granby. This was their third ceremony as they were first married in a sweat lodge. Dress for the occasion was 1960's and 70's hippie-wear.

Family and friends attended the ceremony led by TINA ANGELI and Rabbi KEN ALTER. The Conduit Center brought their gongs and friends added Tibetan bowls. On a rainy, stormy weekend Marie's strong intention for good weather created a dry afternoon. She's amazing. We wish she and George another 20 years of all the joys, challenges and growth that marriages give us.

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Mayan Cruise

Several of Connecticut's holistic practitioners and centers have put together a Caribbean cruise for January 2012 to explore Mayan ideas, ruins and sacred sites. The cruise developers include Lois Grasso, Robin Clare, Shirley Bloethe and Doreen Fishman. While at sea, besides all the usual cruise fun, you'll be able attend classes and playshops featuring Connecticut area practitioners including from our East of the River area LOIS GRASSO, CATHY EWING and DORY DZINSKI.

The cruise departs from New Orleans on January 8, 2012 and visit Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Isla Roatan, Honduras. Three of these ports have two or more Mayan ruin sites. The ship will return to New Orleans on January 15.

Enjoy 7-Nights accommodations on "The Norwegian Spirit". Discounts available if you sign up by July 15.

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Wiccan Blog

Since October FAITH MCCANN of Enchantments in Manchester has been blogging about Wicca on a regular basis. The result is a treasure trove of information readily available titled 'The Life and Times of a Contemporary New England Witch.'

She says, "Many people can relate to the 'witch' in October, when the leaves change color, the air becomes crisp and Halloween is just around the corner. I've created this blog as a doorway into the life of a real witch who lives in New England, year round. An insiders look behind the creaky door of the haunted house of my life, where I am a witch 24/7 - 365."

Faith is the Headmistress and High Priestess of the Enchantments School For The Magickal Arts and has been a practicing witch for over 30 years. It's a school where people can learn more about the magickal world while associating with other like minded magickal people. Her blog is designed to answer questions and provide background and insight into the life of a witch and how magick and witchcraft are intertwined with all she does on a daily basis.

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Sponsor Activities

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

Under Connecticut's new tax laws Yoga classes are now subject to the Sales Tax. Breathe...more is offering 200 tax free, $10 discounted class cards through the end of June. Get them quickly for a double savings. New classes begin in July.

For July and August Breathe...more is planning field trips, new workshops and a Summer Yoga challenge. Check website for details.

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

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Spirit Matters has some special classes over the Summer as well as many of their regular events. On July 8 DAVID FRANKLIN FARKAS asks 'Is Everything You know About Ghosts Dead Wrong?;' on July 16 SUE RUBINSTEIN and KIM ANDRES will lead 'A Journey Into Yoga For Self Healing and Discovery;' and on July 23 CARY BAYER is back with a class on 'Conscious Communication' and another on '40 Days To A Happy Life.' And, as highlighted above, PAT CAFFREY and the Angelic Council Of Light will be visiting on July 29 & 30.

See our Calendar for details or visit Spirit Matters Workshops & Classes.

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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.

  • Help Needed On South Windsor Farm
  • Towns Turn To Alternative Energy Sources
  • Nature's Grocer Expands
  • Ten Thousand Villages At Evergreen Walk

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