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Spring 2015
Snow or no snow the signs go up
Alan,Jim & Jon

Finding Practitioners

When we begin to take responsibility for our health and look for help there are two questions each of us has to answer:

Question 1 - There are so many modalities available; which will help me?

Understanding what modalities are available and which address your individual concerns is certainly a challenge, as there are hundreds of choices with new methods being developed every year. Area and national publications can help and you can learn much more about a particular approach on the Internet, but there is nothing like personal connections.

The talks and workshops listed in Our Calendar are a good source of information and you can often see the technique demonstrated and ask questions. In particular the Alliance For Holistic Living offers free monthly educational talks.

The Greater Vernon Holistic Healthfest is a unique opportunity that only happens once every two years. Healthfest's goal is to provide as much education as possible in one place on one weekend. With 40 workshops and 82 exhibitors there is nothing else like it in Connecticut for gathering ideas and asking questions.

Question 2- How do I find a good practitioner that practices the modalities I want to explore?

Each year we update our Directory of East Of The River Holistic Practitioners from The Door Opener's Annual Directory. If you are searching for a local practitioner this directory will give you an idea of who is doing what with links to their websites to check credentials, training and what they offer. This is not all the good practitioners in the area, but its a starting place.

For a quick overview the practitioners in our Directory are listed below. Most will be participating in the Vernon Healthfest and they are designated.

The best way to find a practitioner may be a recommendation from someone you trust. Next best may be to meet and talk with practitioners to get a sense of them and their manner and to question them as to their experience treating your medical conditions. Once again the Vernon Healthfest is a rare opportunity to find so many practitioners under one roof and ready to talk.

And for a special treat next month check out Peace Troubadour JAMES TWYMAN's visit to South Windsor in April.

Jon Roe   

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2015 Greater Vernon Holistic Healthfest

The big event this spring is the biennial Greater Vernon Holistic Healthfest to be held the weekend of March 28 and 29 at the Vernon Center Middle School, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a two day fair with over 80 exhibitors each day and 40 workshops and demonstrations over the two days.

With different workshops each day, and in some cases exhibitors who will only be available for a single day, it will be worth attending both days. The cost is only $5 per day for all exhibits and workshops. Only once every two years will you find this many area practitioners in one place.

New this year is an Authors' Table where you'll be able to talk to some of the state's best-known authors on holistic healing, wellness and personal growth. From children's books and teen leadership to inspirational and self-help, the authors will be available to sign books for purchase and talk to you about their particular perspective on holistic wellness.

And once again we have our Café area where you can have lunch and take a break.

Exhibitors and workshops are posted online. You are encouraged to read through the workshops as the online description is longer than can be included in the program. If you are on Facebook join our Healthfest Page for updates and information on exhibitors and workshops.

» Go to Healthfest website
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James Twyman Visits East Of The River

JAMES TWYMAN is the NY Times Bestselling author of 15 books including "Emissary of Light" and "The Moses Code." He has also produced eight music CDs,including “I AM Wishes Fulfilled” with Dr. Wayne Dyer which was Billboard Magazine’s eighth best selling New Age CD in 2012. James has also directed or produced five motion pictures including "Indigo" and the recent award winning film "Redwood Highway" starring Shirley Knight and Tom Skerritt.

The weekend of Saturday & Sunday, April 11 & 12, Twyman will lead several events at the Unity Of Greater Hartford in South Windsor celebrating the 50th Anniversary of A Course In Miracles. His visit is being coordinated by ROBIN CLARE.

On Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. join James for an evening of music and chanting. On Sunday, April 12 at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service his subject will be 'When the Divine Speaks to You, Take Action!' At 1 p.m. take part in his 'I AM Consciousness Workshop' when he will lead you through a series of exercises that will awaken your own 'I AM Consciousness,' giving you the ability to manifest your Soul’s deepest desire.

Twyman is not new to Connecticut. Twenty years ago, before he was well known, he led a weekend workshop in Suffield I was privileged to attend. On a later tour through New England I heard him perform at the small chapel at Old Mystic Village. I'm delighted to see the Peace Troubadour return.

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2015 Practitioner Directory

We updated our Holistic Health Practitioner Directory to include all those listed in The Door Opener's annual 2015 statewide directory practicing in our region of the state. There are 35 business listings with a wide range of modalities including Holistic Physicians, Naturopathic Physicians, Acupuncturists, Bodyworkers, Energy Practitioners, Psychotherapists, Shamanic Practitioners, Hypnotherapists and Vibrational Healing.

Included with the listings are photos plus links to practitioner websites so that you can more quickly access information about a practitioner and learn what each has to offer. A few practitioners also include videos for a more personal introduction to their practice.

Most of the practitioners in the Directory will have some role at the Vernon Healthfest.

» Go to Holistic Health Practitioner Directory

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Our Practitioners

Following are the practitioners in our directory listed by modality. Some have more than one modality. In each case the link will take you to more information on the practitioner. Those with the '§' symbol before their name will be at the Vernon Healthfest, a good opportunity to meet and talk with them.







Energy Healing


Medical Doctors

Mind/Body, Licensed - Psychotherapy

Mind/Body, Other

Naturopathic Medicine


Shamanic Healing

Vibrational Healing

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Social Networking

Important or interesting events are posted on our Facebook Page and we post one or two events a week on the Conscious CT MeetUp page. We encourage you to check them out and consider joining.

As an example here are some recent Facebook postings:

  • Trust Your Intuition
  • Spiritual Movies For A Cold Winter Night
  • Upcoming Fairs & Expos
  • Vibrational Sound Healing Program Photos

And a few recent Conscious CT MeetUp events:

  • Viewing Chakras Through The Eyes Of The Soul
  • Palmistry: Your Life Is In Your Hands
  • What Exactly Is Reiki?
  • Winter Wellness Expo 2015

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» Go To Conscious CT MeetUp Page

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News Headlines

Each quarter there is activity in the community that you'll find covered on the News Page of the Communication section as well as on our Facebook Page.

  • Passings: Dorothy Flagg
  • Passings: Wandakay Josephson
  • Nature's Grocer Has New Owner
  • New Store Opens In Enfield

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