Lifelong Wellness Inc P.O.Box 116, New Hartford, NY 13413
    Lifelong Wellness Inc     P.O.Box 116, New Hartford, NY 13413 

Lifelong Wellness Inc
P.O. Box 116

New Hartford, 13413

Phone: 315-794-9894



About Us

Here is a list of the great presentations that we have enjoyed in the past presentations:


October 11, 2016

Death and Dying

Death and dying are often taboo subjects in our own families, but times are changing amid the popularity of Death Cafes and Death Salons.  In this meeting, Rev. Janet Stemmer shares some of her studies in the Buddhist tradition as well as personal stories and experiences when loved ones pass.  Please bring your own experiences to share and an open heart to talk about fears, curiosities, and wishes for that final journey.

Sept 13, 2016 

Hypnosis and Past Life Regressions with Virginia Waldron

Virginia Waldron is a certified consulting hypnotist and certified instructor in hypnosis through the National Guild of Hypnotists.  She has a private practice in the Syracuse area, where she offers clients general hypnosis sessions as well as classes in hypnosis certification, meditation, spiritual development, The Akashic Records, Angels, Karma and  Reincarnation, and much more.  Virginia’s focus and specialty, is past life regression.  She is certified through the International Board of Regression Therapy in past life regression, as well as an instructor in past life regression as a healing modality.  She is also certified in Life Between Lives Spiritual Regression, through the Newton Institute. This is a journey to the spiritual realms where clients explore the question - where are we and what do we experience, when we are not in a physical incarnation?  Virginia’s work is transpersonal and integrative, bringing together body, mind, and spirit for the greatest and highest good of clients and students. 


JUNE 21, 2016
(partial viewing of the film by Robert Kenner, Merchants of Doubt, followed by a discussion and a call to action facilitated by Barb Freeman)

This documentary exposes a concerted strategy to create doubt about the facts of climate change through the use of “pundits-for-hire” who present themselves as authorities. In Merchants of Doubt, we learn how the climate denial movement has borrowed from the playbook used by the tobacco industry for years, and how climate denial is a risky game of deception with high stakes – preying on people’s fears and creating societal division and inaction on climate.

Barb Freeman has volunteered many hours with the Boonville Environmental Conservation Council, the Oneida County Environmental Management Council, the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, the Oneida County Hazard Mitigation Task Force and the Oneida County Department of Health CARE Committee (Community Action for a Renewed Environment). She and Kenneth Drake of the Unitarian Universalist Church presented this information in April for Earth Day and we feel it is important to share this again with our Lifelong Wellness members.

MAY 2016

An Evening of Gratitude with Janet Stemmer
LLW President Janet Stemmer invites you to an oasis of Gratitude. It is so easy to be caught up in the events of the day: the politics, the economy, the daily upsets. Take a night off. Join us for a peaceful meditation into gratefulness, some sharing, and a few exercises to Lighten Up.


APRIL 2016  Local Farming - Suzie Jones from the Jones Family Farm

What does it take to run a local farm?  Suzie Jones joins us from the Jones Family Farm.  The farm is a small, diversified operation with a licensed cheese plant and state-inspected 5A slaughterhouse.  They make a wide variety of cheeses and frozen dairy, raise goats, lambs and chickens for meat, and keep laying hens for eggs.  They also specialize in fresh high-quality ingredients for fine restaurants, bakeries, retail stores and home use.  Their dedication to detail and small-scale production ensures superior taste and quality.  Jones Family Farm is owned and operated by Peter & Suzie Jones of Herkimer.  They moved to the area just over 10 years ago.  They are originally from Wisconsin, where family traditions of cheese and specialty meats run deep.

MARCH 2016   Renee Cerio and "Heal Your Life"
Renee Cerio is a teacher who is dedicated to creating positive changes in the world.  Her passion to educate and create a peaceful and loving world are evident in the many workshops and gatherings she has and continues to conduct.  In 2009 Renee became certified as a Louise Hay "Heal Your Life" workshop leader.  In 2010 she pursued advanced certification as a personal coach incorporating the philosophies of Louise Hay.  She has studied under Robert Holden, Gabrielle Berenstein and at the Kripalu Institute in furtherance of her desire to create, develop and present programs regarding the mind-body connection, creative visualization and healing techniques for individuals as well as groups.  Her passion is evident and she feels blessed to assist people in connecting with their power within.  She is looking forward to creating a fun and interactive uplifting group experience with those attending.




Millie Ritter:  Crystal Healing

Millie Ritter is the owner of Pathway of PEARLS Holistic Wellness Center in Schuyler NY. She is a Registered Nurse, Certified Life Coach, Certified Crystal Healer, Public Speaker and Author. At the age of 47, Millie found herself wrought with anxiety, depression hypertension and no self-esteem. Her passion for life had virtually become nonexistent and death seemed to be the only alternative to ease her pain and unhappiness.  Fortunately, The Divine gently took her cries for help and turned them into empowerment. Millie will be sharing the miraculous story of her journey over the past 4 years. A journey that brought her to a deep understanding and profound respect for the Mind, Body, Spirit connection.  She is eager to share her passion for healing, surviving and manifesting dreams and goals with others. Chakra Balancing, Crystal Healing and Meditation are vital components she utilizes on a daily basis not only for herself, but her clients as well. She will cover the basic fundamentals of these modalities and the amazingness of living in a balanced state of energetic harmony..


Lama Namdrol Rinpoche: The Importance and Power of the Funeral Relics of Shakyanmuni Buddha

 As a prelude to the visit of the Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour beginning October 16 at the Utica Unitarian Universalist Church, Lifelong Wellness Inc. is excited to announce that Lama Namdrol Rinpoche will be our guest speaker this month.  He will give teachings on the importance and power of the funeral relics of Shakyanmuni Buddha and other enlightened masters. Born in Singapore in 1974 to a Chinese Taoist family, Lama Namdrol Rinpoche is a “tulku”, the recognized reincarnation of a Buddhist master from Tibet.  Drawn to Buddhism at an early age, Lama Namdrol studied with teachers from the Thervada, Chinese Mahayana and Tibetan traditions.  For many years he trained not as a monk, but as a lay Tibetan Buddhist yogi at Kopan Monastery in Nepal, before founding his own temple, Thekchen Choling Singapore in 2001 and Thekchen Choling Syracuse in 2014.  A brilliant teacher fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, Lama Namdrol is well known for his fresh, lively, down-to-earth style, as well as his practical wisdom and insightful humor.


Reiki and Reiki Share

Reiki is a Japanese word for universal-life-force. Sessions direct energy into the body and presence of a person to promote healing of the body and spirit. It helps to liberate the Heart, brings clarity of the mind, and calmly energizes the whole being. Receiving Reiki is like being a sponge in a pool of vitality, and love. We have so many local practitioners, we invite you to join us in a Reiki Share so others may learn the benefit of this healing practice. Following a short talk, guests will be invited to participate in a Reiki experience. Please bring your table if you can.

Walking the Camino de Santiago with Cindy Petters

They say once you hear the call, your walk has begun. Last Sept./Oct. Cindy walked The Camino de Santiago. The Way of St. James. A Spiritual journey that pilgrims of all faiths and backgrounds have traversed for over a thousand years. She walked the more traditional route, the Camino Frances, which crosses the Pyrenees Mountains along the Spanish-French border. Starting in St. Jean de Port, France. Ending at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Believed to be the resting place of St. James. 800 kilometers (500 miles)
She was looking for adventure and to find and share heartpeace. Due to injury, Cindy never made it to Santiago. But during the difficult five weeks, she did find adventure, and experienced miracles. Real Miracles; found peace and the meaning and purpose to her life. That is what she'd like to share with us alongside the pictures of that journey.

June 12, 2015 
Sacred Gardening with Yvonne Kerr Schick
Yvonne Kerr Schick will present a talk entitled “Sacred Gardening for the Soul.” Yvonne has been a Master Gardener for over 17 years and is a recent graduate (2013) of Hamilton College. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Environmental Studies, after 16 years of non-traditional studies. She has two adult daughters and lives in Waterville. For her senior project, Yvonne created a class combining both disciplines and her love of gardening. Her talk on June 9 will combine several of the topics she studied – including what it means to practice sacred gardening, Zen Gardens and Labyrinths. The listeners will enjoy many photos of the different types of sacred gardens and will learn how sacred gardening can be both relaxing and very rewarding.


Ayurveda with Sandra Sampley

Ayurveda’s healing practices are as relevant today as they were 5,000 years ago. Described as the oldest system of health and healing, it is the art of daily living in harmony with the laws of nature. All of Ayurveda’s healing practices are based on an understanding of how to use the elements to balance the body and mind. Ayurvedic practices include: lifestyle, food, herbs, yoga, meditation, pranayama and massage. What can I expect to learn? Everything in nature, including ourselves, has a varying degree of the five elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth). We will discuss how the elements are present physically, emotionally, daily and seasonally. Once you understand what elemental qualities are present, you can begin to use the opposite quality to create balance. Sandra Sampley, RYT 500, is an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. She offers yoga classes and Ayurvedic workshops in the CNY area. Currently studying to become an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, the certification will allow her to provide personal consultations. For more information, please visit her website:

APRIL 14, 2015

David Bennett, Voyage of Purpose

David Bennett, once a brash young commercial diver whose personal philosophy was “cut your swath through life to survive,” was caught in a violent storm off the California coast one night where he drowned. While technically “dead,” he met beings of light, relived his life, and peeked into his future, resulting in a complete paradigm shift for him. Later, he discovered he had stage IV lung and bone cancer—so advanced that his spine collapsed. Miraculously, he survived once again, and this second close call taught him even more about living, loving, and how to find purpose in his life.
Part memoir and part guide for achieving spiritual growth, this book shows how to integrate the most traumatic of incidents into one’s spiritual path in order to live a more meaningful life.

March 10, 2015

 FENG SHUI with Betty Petrovsek
Feng Shui is an Ancient Chinese method of calculations creating energy (chi) harmony within our surroundings. This presentation highlights Traditional Compass Feng Shui concepts. To understand "free flowing chi", visuals are presented to increase awareness of how we sense the energies of our surroundings. Betty Ann Petkovsek received certification in Traditional Feng Shui in 2008. She has been serving the Central Mohawk Valley as a Feng Shui Practitioner with consultations for businesses and individual homeowners, as well as offering a yearly six hour workshop.


5 Best Practices for Safety with Sensei Phil Rosa

Sensei Rosa will go though some basic tips on self awareness and defense.  These are centered on practices that can be used by all of us in our every day lives. Some  take a short practice time to become proficient. Sensei Rosa holds a 4th degree Black belt in Goju Karate. He has trained in various martial arts since the age of 12.  He has been teaching Goju Karate since receiving his black belt in 1996 and is the owner of Utica Karate.  A core belief of North American Goju karate is sharing his experience and instructing others on becoming better people through karate training which will improve each practitioner as well our community at large

JANUARY 13, 2015

Cancelled due to weather

Planning For a Lifetime of Income in Retirement

December 9, 2014 Dinner at 6pm  

No Presentation this evening. Come to celebrate the holidays with friends of Lifelong Wellness.  We will l have  a Yankee Gift Exchange so please bring a gift valued at around $10 if you plan to participate.


Shamanic Energy Medicine

On July 11, 1993, Susan Roback's seemingly normal world (normal to her anyway) had ended.  Great Spirit, from whom she thought she had successfully hid in plain sight through her self indulgent and copious forms of illusionary numbing, had called her out.  So began years of awakening, reclamation of Soul, Self and Selflessness but something was still missing until a single line in a book brought her to her knees, leading the way to initiation into the Shamanic lineage of the Q'ero. On 11/11 Susan Roback  will share some of her journey's teachings. She invites you /participate in a representation of one of the core practices of Shamanic Energy Medicine, Soul  Retrieval, where you will be safely held in Sacred Space and lovingly guided. Susaninvites you to bring items to provide comfort should you wish to settle in for the journey on the floor, and a journal to record your experience. 


September 9, 2014

Spiritual Anatomy

Speaker: Marc Mario, founder of the Adirondack Spiritual Center in Rome, NY, will speak about spiritual anatomy and the manifestation of disease.  This will cover the chakras, how thoughts influence health and the relationship to the  body.

August 12, 2014

Annual Picnic

July 2014

Arthritis and Marijuana with Ed Cook

For many years Ed Cook was a very productive, hard working business man. He did physical outdoor work and loved it.  He was an active athlete who enjoyed being young, both physically and spiritually.  At age 46, it all came crashing down when he developed with osteoarthritis.  After trying many things for relief and rejuvenation, he was frustrated and depressed to hear his condition could only be managed.  Well, it did get better. He experimented and found methods that did improve his life considerably.  In July, he will share these methods so others can improve their lives as well.  He has now found a second career as an educator and advocate.  He hopes he can turn his arthritis into a positive and contribute to the improvement of healthcare and society.


Aura Photography

Linda Bloser initiated Aura Reflections and began conducting aura photography consultations in 2003 after receiving training and certification from Inneractive Aura Video Systems.  She has developed a unique process that enables the client to thoroughly understand the energy field around their physical bodies and in their chakra systems.
Each of our energy fields - our auras - is unique. Like snowflakes, no two are alike. The field vibrates at different frequencies and reflects the states of mind, body, and spirit.  By interpreting the colors, shape, size, and brightness, we can determine core personality, balance of thinking/feeling (feminine) and action (masculine) energies, degree of stress, overall emotional status, and many other subtle - and not so subtle - characteristics.

May 2014 Crystal Labryinth.

Marianne moved here from Mt. Holly, N. J. and settled in Brookfield, NY in 1992.  She has been an artist and craftsperson selling at local markets and craft shows for many years. The Joy of her life has been the building and maintenance of the Crystal Labyrinth which she opens to the public every June and welcomes visitors at no charge until fall each year since 2000.  

April 2014 Drumming.  

Lisa Gambacorta holds a degree in Child Life Psychology and is a NY State certified teacher in Human Service and Family Studies.  She has been studying hand drumming for the past either years.  She organizes and facilitates drum circles in the local community.  There are multiple healing benefits of drumming and there is an abundance of current research to support the healing power of the drum.  Drumming is gaining popularity in hospitals and correctional facilities.  She will talk briefly about the physical, psychological,and spiritual benefits of Drumming.

March 2014 Thermography with Carol Knapp.  

Carol is a certified Thermographer with Dynamic Thermal Imaging (DTI).  What is Thermography, who should have a scan, and what will it show. 

February 2014:  Maintaining an Alkaline Body, Juicing, and Detoxifying your Liverby Carolyne Cessari:  

On February 11th, Carolyne Cessari  spoke at our monthly dinner on Maintaining an Alkaline Body, Juicing, and Detox your Liver for Spring. Carolyn is a nutrition counselor and has help many local people heal from a variety of illnesses and stay healthy through diet and supplements. She has over 40 years of experience, and has studied with many great teachers around the world. 


Kim Lavine Bywater is an Occupational Therapist at Faxton St.Lukes Healthcare Center. She has 31 years of experience in OT 13 years in the practice of Vestibular Rehabilitation. She provides evaluation and treatment of individuals with disorders of the inner ear or central nervous system which causes vertigo/dizziness, visual problems, and loss of balance or equilibrium. Her presentation was geared toward education in the anatomy and physiology of balance and conditions which can impact it. She explained how rehabilitation works to restore normal function and thus impact one's quality of life and sense of well-being. She also addressed fall prevention, home safety, and adaptive equipment.

November 2013:  An Introduction to Nutritional Therapy Elizabeth Szlek
Nutritional therapy is a relatively new discipline, developed some years ago by Graham Grey in the Pacific Northwest. It follows along the lines of functional medicine, in that there is no diagnosis of disease, but a search for the root causes of client symptoms. Using techniques and methods discovered by medical doctors for determining organ deficiencies and systemic problems, the nutritional therapist can locate problem areas in body functioning, and through the seeming magic of lingual-neural testing, can supply the client with the particular nutrient it needs. Nutritional therapy consultants work with a detailed computer assessment, and use other information gathering tools, while the more advanced nutritional therapy practitioner can conduct functional evaluations for even more precise assessment of problems and weaknesses. This talk explained the complex and truly wonderful art of nutritional therapy. Nutrition is the basis for health, for we really are what we eat!

Elizabeth Szlek has had many careers, and is now beginning the next chapter in her life as a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP). This addition to her education will allow her to determine if a client has nutritional deficiencies, and to correct them through diet changes and supplementation. Nutritional therapy is the perfect adjunct to her work as the Director of The Door Counseling Center, which she founded in 1996. Ms. Szlek also completed three years of seminary training in preparation for ministry. Since she does not promote the use of psychotropic medications of any kind, Ms. Szlek feels she is now equipped to help clients with problems of mind, soul and body, a truly holistic approach without the use of any toxic medications.

October 2013: The Best Ghost Photographs Ever Taken by Stephen Wagner

Presentation includes a short history of ghost photos, photos that people think are paranormal but are not and the best ghost photos that most researchers believe are genuine

Stephen Wagner is a paranormal researcher and author. He has been an investigator of many aspects of paranormal phenomena for over 30 years. He has written articles for numerous magazines, including FATE, and is the author of "Touched By a Miracle: True Stories of Ordinary People and Extraordinary Experiences".

Stephen’s website is your gateway to the fascinating world of ghosts and hauntings, strange creatures, psychic phenomena, lost worlds, other dimensions, and the unexplained.

September 2013:  Healing the Stress in our Life  Bob Harris

Our speaker for September comes recommended by a past president of Lifelong Wellness, Pawel Pyrda. Bob Harris is a Natural Health Coach and Consultant in Utica. He has a Doctor of Naturopathy degree from Clayton College of Natural Health in addition to his Masters and Bachelors degrees from SUNY.As a personal health coach, Dr. Harris prepares individualized holistic health and wellness programs focusing on diet, nutrition, supplements and specific health-restoring exercises. His presentation to Lifelong Wellness will focus on healing the stress in our life.

July 2013: Qigong and Tai Chi - Rolland Miner

Tai Chi is the popular name for Tai Chi Chaun which translates into the Supreme Ultimate Fist. Qigung translates into, roughly, energy practice. Chi and Qi are not usually interchangeable when pronounced. Chi is pronounced jee and Qi is pronounced key.

They currently have open classes at the Masonic Hall in Ilion, Federated Church in Jordanville, Senior Center on the Parkway in Utica and possibly one starting in Little Falls. They also teach a non-ambulatory class for residents at Valley Health Services, a senior residence in Herkimer.

Rolland Miner has been teaching Tai Chi since 1998 and will be accompanied in his presentation by his two assistants Marilyn Miller and Sharon Seamon who have each been studying for over seven years. Additionally, Rolland has 42 years of teaching a Japanese martial art called Aikjitsu, the parent form of modern Aikido. Over the years they have taught four different forms of Tai Chi and are presently teaching the 41 Form Sun as it is most suited for senior citizens and was developed for seniors and people with arthritis. It is a very left and right balanced form. All three are certified by The Tai Chi for Health organization of Dr. Paul Lam. 

 June 2013: Releasing the Energy of Trauma Susan Beadle, ND, EFT-ADV, Meridian Tapping Expert, Reiki Master & Traditional Naturopath Holistic Educator

Susan Beadle, ND, EFT-ADV, Meridian Tapping Expert, Reiki Master & Traditional Naturopath Holistic Educator

Susan became interested in health and wellness early in the 1990’s. After earning a Doctor of Naturopathy (Traditional) degree in 1994, her focus was on nutrition as the basis for illness. Continuing to study everything and anything that could help people find and maintain their optimum state of being, and recognizing that healing came ONLY from the inside, she was intrigued by energy healing techniques and began to study them intensely. Easy and effortless, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an experiential program that will teach you how to release issues like grief, shock and trauma. Once learned, this technique can be shared with others. You will learn the basics of the technique and how to apply it to the issues that you are feeling around the recent tragedy, and also to any other area in your life where you wish to change. EFT is an emotional version of acupuncture, except we don't use needles. Instead, we use a simple two pronged process wherein we mentally "tune in" to specific issues while stimulating certain meridian points on the body by tapping on them with our fingertips. Properly done, EFT appears to balance disturbances in the meridian system

May 2013:  Health Benefits of Mushrooms KC Mangine
Hello. We are Fruit of the Fungi. We operate a small specialty mushroom farm in Lebanon, NY. Here's a short description of the circular journey that led us back to Central NY to pursue agriculture. After a Bachelors Degree in Biology and work on multiple small farms, my family moved through Utah, North Carolina, and Connecticut. In 2005 we moved back to CNY to farm. The farm took many forms until we took a course at Paul Stamet's Fungi Perfecti in Washington State in 2009. That is when Fruit of the Fungi began. We began to specialize in mushrooms and grow into our niche. We expanded our production and began to develop our tissue culture skills. Today we are still growing our business but we feel we have a unique product and unique skill set that will serve us into the future. Most people think of mushrooms as something you just put on a steak or stir-fry. The myth that there isn't anything good for you in mushrooms has been passed on for years. They may taste good but there isn't any nutrition in there right? Scientists have shown that mushrooms actually do contain substances that have the ability to improve human health. Fungal mycelium is susceptible to and competes with many of the same disease organisms that humans do. What substances have they developed to cope? We will discuss some of those substances and their potential benefits. We produce a lot of Shiitake, but we will also spend the evening discuss other varieties such at Maitake, Lion's Mane, Reishi, and Oyster mushrooms.

April 2013: Soul Soother: Mini Meditations for Busy lives.

Cindy Griffith-Bennett Life doesn't slow down just because we need it to! You know the benefits of meditation; yet fitting it into a full schedule often creates more stress not less! Learn ways to add up to a half hour of meditation into your day, along with spiritual lessons to help you stay motivated. Turn walking, or standing in line, into the perfect meditation opportunity. Everyone deserves the benefits of meditation, come to Soul Soothers and get on the path to a calm tomorrow, today! Learn how to add up to a half hour of meditation into your day, along with spiritual lessons to help you stay motivated. Turn walking, or standing in line, into perfect meditation opportunities. Come get on the path to a calm tomorrow, today! Author of Soul Soothers: Mini Meditations for Busy Lives, Cindy Griffith-Bennett is an internationally renowned intuitive counselor, teacher, and author, with a diverse background in Metaphysics and Energetic Healing. Cindy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Spiritual Counseling and Healing and is currently obtaining her Masters degree in Consciousness Development. Her husband, David Bennett spoke to Lifelong Wellness members about Near Death Experiences a few years ago; he will be joining us for dinner.

March 2013:  Reflexology Irene Droleskey:  Irene is a graduate of St. Elizabeth College of Nursing. She is past Director of Student Recruitment, past member of the board of Directors and past President of the Alumni Association – all at St. Elizabeth College of Nursing. Irene is certified in Reflexology through the International Institute of Reflexology and is certified in Clinical Integrative Reflexology through the Advanced Integrative Medical Institute. She also holds a Doctor of Divinity degree from the American Institute of Holistic Theology. Currently, Irene is in her ninth year of teaching Philosophy of Holistic Medicine at Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement at SUNY-IT. This course includes information on modalities for those searching for alternatives to traditional medical treatment. Irene has an active practice in which she offers massage therapy, reflexology and pain management through Frequency Specific Micro-current. She has been using massage therapy for 21 years. She says that massage therapy accentuates people’s relaxation. Also she finds this to be beneficial for people with medical problems. She is pleased to share her extensive knowledge of techniques with other massage therapists and clients alike.

February 2013:  David R. Hawkins, 1927-2012, from Psychiatrist to Mystic.

Lifelong Wellness President Janet Stemmer will share information from Doctor of Truth, the recently released biography of Dr. Hawkins, that gives us some insight into the inner journey he took over his lifetime that culminated in his spiritual teachings and publication of many books including the well known Power vs. Force. In one of his lectures, Dr. H explains that it was the inner Power of Gandhi that overcame the outer Force of the British Empire; from Dr. Hawkins point of view the British didn't have a chance. 

Among the multiple books published by Dr. Hawkins is one titledHEALING AND RECOVERY.  He presents step by step guidance on moving through each stage of what he calls the Map of Consciousness.  We grow towards truth from Shame to Guilt to Apathy to Grief to Fear to Desire to Anger to Pride. Then Pride helps move us to Courage, Courage to Trust, Trust to Willingness, Willingness to Forgiveness and Acceptance, Acceptance to Understanding and Reason.  There we have to leave “thinkingness” to reach unconditional Love.

Dr. Hawkins died peacefully at home in Sedona, Arizona on September 19, 2012 at the age of 85.  Join me for an exploration of his legacy.

January 2013:  We showed the film GENETIC ROULETTE.  Never-Before-Seen-Evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn. This sometimes shocking film may change your diet, help you protect your family, and accelerate the consumer tipping point against genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

November 2012:  The Healing Power of Compassion 

Babette Teich-Visco, RN, CNM, MA

Participants will hear and discuss the Buddha's teaching on love and compassion and have an opportunity to learn the Tibetan practice of Tong-len, the ancient healing meditation technique of "taking and giving".  Babette is an RN, a nurse-midwife and an educator in women's health.  She began studying Theraveda Buddhism in 1980 during a stay in a forest monastery in a remote area of northern Burma.  She met her current teacher Jhado Tulku Rinpoche in 1999 and took refuge with him in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in Dharamsala, India in 2000.  Babette studied Tibetan Buddhism at Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca for 10 years and began teaching meditation in 2009 when she founded the CNY Medicine Buddha Prayer Sangha.  She continues to lead the group and facilitates a Buddhist study group that meets regularly at the Manlius Public Library

October 2012:  Health Begins in the Gut  Kim Thompson  

The delicate balance in your GI tract is largely dependent on proper nutrients, beneficial bacteria, and foods.  The Standard American Diet has led to many disturbances in the digestive tract including but not limited to IBS, constipation, diarrhea, IBD, Crohn’s, colitis and other digestive diseases.  

What you may not know is that your GI health can be greatly improved with proper nutrition.  Kim will explain some of the tools you can start using today to end your misery with GI dysfunction!

Kim Thompson, MS, CNC, CLC, MBA, is a Functional Medicine Nutritionist, Certified FLT Lifestyle Educator and Certified Life Coach who has been helping people achieve their optimal health through food, exercise and stress management.  She owns and operates Healthy Transformations in New Hartford and is an adjunct instructor at MVCC and USC.

September 2012:  Essential Oils: An Ancient Solution to Modern Day Health Challenges Presenter: Kathryn Faso  Kathryn Faso, lovingly called "Twohawks" by Haudenosaunee elders of the Wolf and Bear clans, was raised by the shores of Lake Ontario in upstate New York. She was raised in a large family of 8 children and learned the value of sharing early on. The silvery waters of the lake were the perfect place to discover and develop her spirituality and deep connection with nature and its ability to nurture, comfort and align us with our own true selves. This enhanced her ability to communicate with nature and others. Hours spent walking along the shore and in the woods, time enjoying plants and fruits of the orchards and fields, seeing and observing animals all contributed to the person she has become. Kathryn has been in service to people all of her adult life and believes we are all seeking alignment with our Highest selves. She practices solution based thinking and believes that whatever we invest in, whether it is our energy, our money or our relationships, that it must hold integrity and value for our lives.Kathryn has an active practice as a Transformational Success Coach and has been serving others in this capacity since 1992. She is inspirational to all who seek her guidance in aligning themselves with their true nature, through nature. In 2010 after several years of intense study and inner work, she completed her ordination through the college of Pathways of Light as an Ordained Ministerial Counselor. Kathryn was introduced to essential oils when her son was 8 years old. He is now 24. She and her son have been using the oils and hold fast to the integrity and solutions they have provided not only for their family but also for many others whose lives they have touched. Kathryn is an accomplished Essential Oils Educator, and has traveled the world as a student to Dr. D Gary Young, the world's leading researcher, grower and producer of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. She has been actively sharing and teaching about essential oils since 2002.

Program included, an Introduction to Essential Oils, What are essential oils, Where do they come from How do they work,  When do you use them and how Why do we use them, The difference between a QUALITY therapeutic grade and others labeled as such, Share the 9 everyday oils throughout the program as these questions are being discussed, Pass around bottle of Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, Peace and Calming, Lemon, Purification, Panaway, Thieves, Valor and  brief testimonies about the oils themselves.

August 2012: Kundalini Yoga - Linda Mullin Welch  Kundalini comes from the Indian word kundal, which means "lock of hair of the beloved." The uncoiling of this" hair" is the awakening of the kundalini, the creative potential that already exists in every human. You are not required to be in perfect physical shape or share any particular belief system to practice kundalini yoga. Kundalini Yoga works for you if you can breathe and move your body. Linda Welch studied with Gurmukh Khalsa, founder of Golden Bridge in Los Angeles. She introduced some chanting of mantras, pranayama, and a easy yoga set.

June 2012:  End Negative Emotions Janet Stemmer  P.D. Ouspensky, in The Fourth Way, states "all negative emotions are absolutely useless: they do not serve any useful purpose; they do not make us acquainted with new things or bring us nearer to new things; they do not give us energy; they only waste energy and create unpleasant illusions. They can even destroy physical health."  In our June meeting, Janet Stemmer explored some of the ways Teachers and students of the Fourth Way have approached this study of negative emotions using daily lessons and daily observation to understand better how we let them take over our moments and how to begin to reclaim those moments for ourselves.  Janet Stemmer lived and studied in a Fourth Way community for 10 years. She is the current president of Lifelong Wellness.

May 2012:  The Wisdom of Old Traditions - Nancy Grove  At Old Path Farm we seek the wisdom of old traditions. We aim to maintain the way of life where people know and have relationship with their environs; where life is sustained by reliance upon neighbors and friends.  Furthermore, we strive to reclaim the healthful balance between human-beings and other beings in the ecological-community. Old Path Farm is a vibrant vegetable farm offering Weekly Vegetable Subscriptions of fresh produce to nearly 100 families in the area. On our few acres of gardens, most of the crop work is by hand, as we endeavor to care for the soil community and rely less on fossil fuels.  Although we are not certified organic, we never consider the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, and we aim to not only abide by the federal organic laws, but go above and beyond to practice a responsible and careful agriculture. As Nancy Grove enters her 8th season creating Old Path Farm, she and the other farming partners, Pete Bianco and Nancy Morelle, are working to find even more healthful and responsible ways of growing food. This small farm is maturing, and we are exploring what it means to move beyond "organic" toward some Permaculture and "re-wilding".

April 2012:  Foraging Wild Edible Foods - William Chapman  Springtime is the perfect time to start to study foraging, the age old art of gathering wild foods. Foraging as it will be presented here is a practical method of cutting the old food bills while learning to appreciate some new truly delicious wild treats. For anyone wishing to try some high yield wild vegetables we  discussed picking plenty of poke, finding fantastic fiddleheads and more mushrooms than most know exist! William Chapman is a local forager who has been fascinated by wild foods for a longer time than his memory has functioned. He occationally writes on wild/nature subjects, his first book being "Hickory, Chickory and Dock: a wild foods guide. (Currently unavaliable but a new edition is in the works.) When not out in the woods William is slowly going insane while attempting to educate the up and coming generation. He is the author of numerous books on local wildflowers and wildlife.

March 13, 2012: Yoga, Ancient but Modern - Julie Waldas Yoga is an ancient practice that has evolved into many varieties. In our lifetime, yoga has become even more varied and widespread in practice. Not just holy men from India do yoga, but grandfathers and children all over the world roll out their yoga mats. From being an austere practice, it has become a big business of expensive yoga merchandise and trips to exotic islands - Yoga in paradise. Despite its materialization and confusing variety of forms, yoga has remained a health giving practice that speaks to the whole person. It offers not just strength and flexibility for the body, but also for the mind, the emotions and the spirit. Julie explored some of these diverse forms in an easy and comfortable way. Julie has studied and taught yoga for about 35 years,and got her certification from Kripalu Yoga Center in 1999. Julie continues to return there for further classes on yoga and has taught a Friday night yoga class at the UU church for a long time, starting when Reverend Tim Behrendt and Peg Spencier were minister and musical director of the Unitarian Universalist Church, where Lifelong Wellness meets. (Lifelong Wellness is not affiliated with the UU Church of Utica). As well as being a yogaphile, Julie is a retired art teacher andan artist.Julie is the mother of two grown sons and lives with her husband, Howard, in the wilds of Westmoreland.

February 14, 2012:  Herbal Support for Cold and Flu - Lauren Eadline 
Lauren presented traditional remedies for preventing and treating cold and flu during the winter months, with special emphasis on personal empowerment, herbal energetics, and re-understanding the role of fever.
Raised locally, Lauren has for years been involved in the organic farming and local food movement in Utica. She combines her continued advocacy for fresh, sustainable food systems with her studies in health, nutrition and wellness. Lauren is currently a post-secondary Health and Life Sciences student, in her second year of apprenticeship at Hawthorne Hill Herbs in Newport, NY and pursuing her RH (Registered Herbalist) from the American Herbalist Guild. Her future plans involve a blend of formal health practitionership with continued work in the fields of sustainable education and outreach. Her past endeavors in the Utica community included programs such as Food Not Bombs, Utica Community Gardens, Occupy Utica and a continued working partnership with Rust2Green Utica. She is the current secretary of Lifelong Wellness of Central New York, the founder and instructor of The Family Health and Wellness Workshop series at The Family Nurturing Center, a serving member of the Mohawk Valley Food Action Network and the future leader of the Thea Bowman Educational Garden.
January 10, 2012 Our Presentation: The Merits of Daily Meditation Practice Janet Stemmer began as our new president of Lifelong Wellness in January 2012. Our thanks to outgoing president Linda Mullin Welch for her two years as president; she will continue to support Lifelong Wellness as a member of the Board of Directors. We welcome two new members to our board, Doug Barry and Lauren Eadline. Thanks for stepping up. And thanks to our continuing bo...ard members: Pam Bush, Nancy Horvath, Bill Gazitano, who takes care of our newsletters and website, MaryAnn Stockton, Treasurer, replacing Rhett Allen, who did an excellent job. Thanks to all. To set the tone for the new year, Janet was our lecturer for January, discussing the merits of a daily meditation practice. Meditation connects us to that deeper world inside; an anchor on the ocean of life. Even a few minutes a day creates that space, that doorway, that allows healing and new discovery. For a few minutes, even when we think nothing happens, something happens. Our rational mind expects instant bliss, instant understanding, instant everything. In meditation we gently offer a moment for a deeper presence to unfold. Several short introductory exercises of looking inward including using tools from the Tibetan tradition of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, methods provided by David R. Hawkins, and the sacred movements of G.I.Gurdjieff were practiced or demonstrated. Janet has studied various spiritual traditions over the years while working days as a CPA. After many years studying A Course in Miracles and travel to Tibet and India, Janet lived with a spiritual community living the teachings of G.I.Gurdjieff. She returned to Utica almost ten years ago to care for family and continues to explore and discover deeper meaning in everyday life.

November 8, 2011:  Nutritional Myths: What Should We Eat, Really?
Elizabeth Szlek
Anyone living in America today has been hit with any number of conflicting ideas on just what we need to eat to stay healthy. In addition, we are all bombarded by information concerning psychiatric disorders and medication. Many have decided they need to fix their problems by taking mind-altering chemicals. It is no wonder most of us are confused! During this talk, I will look at some of the prevailing myths that seem to rule our dietary and mental health decisions. After years of research and study, I believe I have found the truth about food, nutrition and mental health. We will briefly look at how drugs affect the brain, how nutrition affects the brain, and what our bodies and brains need to function properly. Be ready to be shocked!
Elizabeth Szlek holds degrees in several different fields, including music, hotel and restaurant management, theology and counseling. Since 1996 she has been the Director of The Door Counseling Center, located in Yorkville. She has taught at several universities, and has also taught international cooking, healthy cooking, and nutrition. She has written for many different publications, and is currently working on a book about nutrition and mental health. She is a member of the International Society for Ethical Psychiatry and Psychology, and the Weston A. Price Foundation.

October 11, 2011:  Voyage of Purpose ~ a True Story of Transformation

By relating one man’s amazing tale of triumph over death on multiple occasions, David Bennett brings a fresh perspective to near death experiences. Once a brash young commercial diver whose personal philosophy was “cut your swath through life to survive,” David was caught in a violent storm off the California coast where he drowned. While technically “dead,” he met beings of light, relived his life, and peeked into his future, resulting in a complete paradigm shift for him. Years later, he discovered he had stage IV lung and bone cancer—so advanced that his spine collapsed. Miraculously, he survived once again. This second close call taught him even more about living, loving, and how to find purpose in his life. David brings listeners right into the heart of the near-death experience, including the sensations of dying, being surrounded by the light, and meeting his Soul Family. Part lecture and part guide for achieving spiritual growth, this talk shows how to integrate the most traumatic of incidents into one’s spiritual path in order to live a more meaningful life. David Bennett, a spiritual activist who invokes empowerment with grounded and practical spirituality. He is a champion of the soul and a catalyst for transformation. Author of "Voyage of Purpose," a public speaker, and teacher. David has lectured at the International Conference of IANDS (International Association for Near-Death Studies) and shared his inspirational message at groups across the country including Lillydale. He has consulted for both radio and television including Oprah and Dr. Oz as a NDE resource, appearances including being filmed for NBC national news and PBS. David's articles appear in numerous magazines, blogs and papers. David had three transformative experiences each building upon each other. In 1983, he drowned and had a Near-Death Experience while the Chief Engineer of the ocean research vessel Aloha. He experienced a Spiritually Transformative Experience in 1994 when meditating in Sedona, Arizona. The third experience occurred November 2000, when David was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer that metastasized into his spine causing its collapse. Now in remission and retired/disabled David’s passion includes working with experiencers and cancer survivors to integrate their STEs along with writing. For more information and links to his book go to or

September  13, 2011:  Dr. Joseph Colosi discussed why cleansing or detoxification is important. He will also more clearly define the difference between Osteopaths and Medical Doctors. Dr. Joseph Colosi is the Chief of the Medical Specialists at Central New York Psychiatric Center, where he currently he works part time. Dr. Colosi has a part time practice in complimentary, functional, integrative, restorative medicine. I have completed The Advanced Fellowship and Boards through the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine and the only Integrtative Fellowship in Integrative Cancer therapy. He grew up Syracuse NY, completed Undergraduate at SUNY Buffalo, Medical School University Of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Residency Family Practice St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Primary Care Provider St Lukes Clinic Booneville NY, ER Physician Faxton Hospital and St Lukes Hospital, Board Certified Family Medicine, Board Certified Functional and Regenerative Medicine Advanced Fellow Anti Aging Medicine, Advanced Fellow Integrative Cancer Therapy. July 12, 2011: Presentation: "Causality: The Ego's Foundation" a film excerpt from the 2002 lecture series by Dr. David Hawkins MD, PhD
July 12, 2011:  Dr. Hawkins introduced his first lecture in the Sedona Series with an explanation of why he wrote the book, Power vs. Force.  He explained the development of the Map of Consciousness and discusses the various levels and characteristics of human consciousness, from below 200, where everything is detrimental to life, to above 200, where that which is true, valid, pro-life, and spiritually whole contributes to life. Dr. Hawkins discusses the higher levels as well and how a true guru or teacher has to calibrate over 540, the level of Unconditional Love. He gives a brief description of what may be experienced at the levels above 540, and on up to 1,000. The world of duality was discussed and how the research seemed to bring up a polarity similar to good and evil. At first it seemed like two different worlds, but then it was found that creation is continuous and evolutionary. Also, there are no "either-or's" but instead variations in qualities, e.g. more light or less light. He further explained the Map of Consciousness and the characteristics and experiences that occur along the scale. He delves into the concepts of positionality and duality and the roles they play in our lives. He also explains how to change our perceptions. He stated that the purpose of the lectures is to share how we come to the knowingness of the presence of God. He talks about the nature of God in a way that is easily understood and defines the spirit, the field in which it moves, and the effect of Karma. He lets us know that life is continuous, that its source is Divinity, and provides the proof. This lecture provided the foundation for all the lectures that follow and is very helpful for understanding the advanced information. It concludes with questions from the audience being answered by Dr. Hawkins. We will show the first hour.

June 14, 2011:  The Forgiving Mind:  Our Gateway to Happiness by Dr. William Yoder   Happiness is the goal and motivation of everything we do. Happiness is the ground of all true health. It is the wellspring of unconditional love and genuine compassion. It is our guide on our spiritual journey of awakening. Happiness is our natural state of mind. We don’t have to make ourselves happy—we just have to stop making ourselves unhappy. This involves, in the words of A Course in Miracles, “removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance.” An essential part of removing those blocks is the practice of forgiveness. But how we understand the idea of “forgiveness” is critical. The typical definition of forgiveness actually reinforces the self-deception that makes us unhappy. We need to see forgiveness in a new light for it to be deeply and truly effective.  Dr. Yoder provided an exciting exploration of forgiveness and happiness, which will include practical exercises and guided meditations, as well as time for questions and discussion.
Dr. William Yoder has a doctorate in philosophy, ten years of university teaching experience and an immersion in both Western and Eastern philosophy. He is the author of two books: Lighted Clearings for the Soul, and The Happy Mind. He also has a doctorate in chiropractic, and he and his wife, Dr. Mary Yoder, have practiced at their holistic health center in upstate New York for the past twenty-five years. In addition, they conduct workshops and speak on the topics of happiness, health and healing, and human potential throughout the United States.    

May 10, 2011: “Devotion: The Way to God Through the Heart - a film of Dr. David R. Hawkins' lecture We showed the first hour of this film and had time for discussion.  A psychiatrist by training, Dr. Hawkins had become an atheist when he saw how much suffering was in the world. But when he was close to death at age 38, he called out, “If there is a God, I ask him to help me now.” The state of enlightenment replaced normal consciousness.. “The person I had been no longer existed.” Ten years later he gave up his New York city practice and moved to Arizona and spent seven years in meditation and study. Using the technique of kinesiology, he developed a scale of consciousness, a framework for measuring the conscious energy of events, places and persons. His first book discussing this framework was Power vs. Force, published in 1995, followed by several more books explaining higher states, the nature of the ego, In 2002, he began a series of lectures to outline the many topics he was able to research using kinesiology and his map of consciousness. Devotion: The Way to God Through the Heart is the ninth lecture of the series. 1995 Power vs Force 2001 The Eye of the I 2003 I, Reality and Subjectivity 2005 Truth vs Falsehood 2006 Transcending the levels of Consciousness 2006 Discovery of the Presence of God 2008 Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man 2009 Healing and Recovery

April 12, 2011: "Cheiromancy" - the reading of the hands and palms.      Georgia E. Cunningham PhD Georgia described her work and take some time to do some sample readings. Georgia talked about the Metaphysical Times newspaper and publishing company and had some of her books to look at, IE, "Nature Spirits (a.k.a. Fairies) are Vegetarian" Georgia is the publisher of the Metaphysical Times. Georgia describes herself as a "Female Forest Gump", a hippy, a woman's libber, an advertising person & finally starting my own newspaper and publishing company. All the while in the background, reading hands for "fun and profit." Georgia enjoys what she does and is a lifetime vegetarian. Georgia went to school for years and years and has separate degrees in speech and theatre. "I think none of the things we do or did defines who we are 'now'. My favorite quote about life is Popeye the Sailor Man: 'I am what I am and that's all what I am.' "

March 8, 2011:  Tai Chi Presentation by Albert Lyman Christensen

Albert Christensen's Training & Background:1963 Shotokan Karate (Japan Karate Assn) Rank 2nd degree Black Belt.1985 Grand Master William C C Chen’s Tai Chi Chuan Rank Sifu (Diploma Instructor, highest rank).Three Chi Kung work shops with Chung-liang Al Huang, head of Living Tao Foundation.Two Chi Kung workshops with Michael Craft, Tai Chi and Chi Gong instructor at Omega Institute Assisting Grand Master William C C Chen at Omega Institute.Four workshops with Dr. Ping-Siang Tao of Wu Liu Hall, Shan Yin, Chi yang Three workshops with Master Peter Ralston.Hosted local workshops with Senior Sifus associated with Grand Master Chen’s school and an annual fall workshop with Grand Master William C C Chen. Attends five day workshops in NYC each year.

February 8, 2011:  Kundalini Yoga Presentation - Linda Welch 
Yoga itself is a mystery wanting to make itself known. That which “Yokes” us gets our attention and that is what yoga sets out to do. Really get your attention. To get you to pay attention starting with the body. Kundalini Yoga is not your every day Hatha strain of yoga. What makes Kundalini Yoga different? Its intent, its actions, its breathing techniques, its lifestyle information and most of all its mantras and sound current. It is set up to give you a vast experience of the essence of you. It is set up to allow you to experience as Yogi Bhajan would say, “Your depth and dimensions, your altitude and your attitudes, your known and your unknown.” Kundalini Yoga covers everything from adjusting your nervous system, to balancing your chakras, to improving your immune system, to giving you mental clarity, to things that make no sense while you are doing them but afterward you feel great or totally released, or deeply connected. Linda studied with Gurmukh Khalsa, and has been practicing Kundalini Yoga since 2005. She will demonstrate easy to do exercise that can be done sitting in a chair.

January 11,2011: Stress Reduction:  It's not what you think:  Sandra Hoerle

This presentation covered the mechanisms of stress in our bodies, and how it proceeds from our thoughts, perceptions and beliefs. It showed that through an awareness of how we process and interpret the situations and circumstances in which we find ourselves, we can alter how we think about live and living, care for ourselves, take fewer things personally, and live peaceful and happy lives. Sandyshared stories from her own laboratory of life. Sandra Hoerle is the founder of Heartlight where she is a practitioner of holistic healing arts, a guide in body, mind and spirit .She facilitates individuals and groups to reduce their stress by becoming more aware, peaceful and empowered. She is a Reiki Master/Teacher, a practitioner of Brennan Healing Science, a certified hypnotherapist, and a qualified LeShan distance healer. She also has certification in the Avatar process, and a participant in the AIM program. Her BS degree program was in Holistic Health. Working in the field of anatomic pathology as a cytotechnologist and histotechnologist for over 40 years, she brings a unique perspective to how stress manifests in the body on a physical level, and her own personal growth experiences in that regard.

November 14, 2010:  Using Negatives in Positve Way JOANNE DE STEFANO
Joanne has been a well-known watercolor artist and instructor. for more than 40 years. She has exhibited in many one-woman and group shows, but she says the best ‘ribbon’ she has earned is to be able to help others because of what the ‘master painter’ has done to change her life.
In her mixed-media watercolors, she uses various gels and papers, tears up completed, ‘unsuccessful’ paintings and collages the pieces back together in a different design and composition to convey what is essential for us to do in our lives as we turn negatives into positives. No life experience or painting should be thrown away but rather CHOOSE to learn from it.
Joanne has recently completed three self-published paperbacks: “The Nicotera Family…and Then Some”, which is a story of her life in East Utica, New York as a member of the Nicotera Family who were founders of the ‘Nicotera’s Bakery’ on Bleecker Street. The other is a compilation of her life’s experiences in the form of the book entitled, “Prose, Poetry, and Memoirs.” The third is a twelve-step anxiety- recovery guide, relating to Joanne’s own experiences and her victory in overcoming agorophobia, resulting in her successful career as a watercolor artist.
She quotes, “Life and art alike create many messes. We become so focused on the ugly ‘stuff’ that we don’t see the good things happening in the midst of it.Trying to duplicate the ‘Master’s’ Creation is a challenging task, but when the viewer appreciates the talents He has given me, I am very blessed.
I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.

October 12, 2010: Dr. Joseph Colosi  presented on TEN SUPPLEMENTS YOU SHOULD TAKE.  Dr. Joseph Colosi is the Chief of the Medical Specialists at Central New York Psychiatric Center, where he currently he works part time. He also has a private practice. The information he plans to present applies to everyone. However, Dr. Colosi also said he would be happy to take time after his talk to answer questions on other topics. He would also be happy to come a second time if we wanted further information.
*I know you said to present whatever I enjoy the most or feel most passionate about, but I enjoy all of it! I can talk about the thyroid, about osteoporosis, about bio-identical hormone therapy, about anti-aging medicine, about weight loss, etc. . .* Dr. Colosi
Dr. Colosi has a part time practice in complimentary, functional, integrative, restorative medicine. I have completed The Advanced Fellowship and Boards through the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine and the only Integrtative Fellowship in Integrative Cancer therapy.

September 14, 2010 The Healing Potential of the Breath  Presenter- Carol A. Lampman, ACHt, CBT.  This experiential presentation focused on the breath as the key to the deepest levels of healing and wholeness. We introduced the way that the Breath can be used to 'Expand your energy and awareness". Conscious breathing is a powerful personal development tool that is a key ingredient in physical, emotional and mental health. During this program we used the breath as a focusing process for self discovery:
• To explore how the body, mind and emotions interact.
• To use the breath to increase energy and release stress
• To connect to deeper levels of the self.
Carol Lampman is a Holistic Therapist trained in Hypnotherapy, Integrative, Cathartic and Rebirthing Breathwork, Reichian Process work, Pre and Perinatal Birth Psychology, and the Hendricks Body Centered Transformation Method. Carol has developed the Integral Breath Therapy and Integration Process Training Programs for Educators, Mental Health and Health Care Professionals.

July 13, 2010:  "Resonance Energy" Presenter: Michael Riversong
How natural resonance underlies present and future energy generation systems. Progress made by many inventors following the research of Nikola Tesla promises to use these principles in much more efficient ways. This is the same power behind music itself. Several live music demonstrations on the Celtic Harp were given as part of this presentation. Michael Riversong has a diverse background as a musician, scientist, and educator. He has released over 30 albums of his original music since 1984, which was the same year he got involved in researching the work of Nikola Tesla as a key volunteer for the International Tesla Society. He is also the author of several books, including "Design Ecology", "Fundamentals of Harmonic Chemistry", and "Bards: Music for Community and Healing". Mr. Riversong mainly works as a teacher and computer consultant these days.

June 8, 2010:  Noted health writer Larry Trivieri Jr shared the latest news about new developments in the world of alternative and holistic medicine, discussed the pros and cons of "Obamacare," and shared what is new in the arena of medical freedom.

May 11, 2010:  David and Carol White presented a slide show about hiking and the health benefits of this activity. The Whites hike in New York and New England in all seasons and are authors and editors of five books about hiking in the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves. They are hike leaders and serve on the boards of several hiking organizations. For further information, visit

Carol & Dave hike the Root Glen and the Bridle Path behind it (about three miles) regularly, and any and all of our members who would like to be contacted about impromptu outings here or elsewhere should send us their e-mail address and / or phone number to Carol at . We could still plan a hike at Green Lake with Carol & David when the weather forecast is excellent even on a weekday, going right after work (packing sandwich) in these long days, light until 9 PM.
April 13, 2010:  Homeopathy* is a natural medical science that treats illness by the stimulation of the body's own healing response.  Bill Dyson is a Classical Homeopath who has studied and practiced homeopathy for 25 years. He specializes in challenging health issues, with such cases as multiple sclerosis, autism, Lyme disease, skin conditions, and arthritis. Bill has over 1000 credit hours of study approved by the Council for Homeopathic Education. He is a graduate of an international 4-year postgraduate course taught by Dr. Massimo Mangialavori through the New England Homeopathic Academy, and has concluded a 3-year course of study with Dr. Jayesh Shah and Dr. Rajan Sankaran from Mumbai, India. Bill’s ongoing studies include advanced study of homeopathy using the sensation method of case taking with Dr. Shachindra and Dr. Bhawisha Joshi of Mumbai, India, and Melissa Burch, CCH, Rs Hom (NA), founder of Inner Health, Inc. Bill resides and practices in Manlius, New York. He is a member of Inner Health Inc., the National Center for Homeopathy and the National Vaccine Information Center. 

On March 9, 2010, Janet Stemmer presented a brief video of Gurdjieff’s sacred dances and gave us some food for thought about ways of developing inner wellness. Gurdjieff was a mystic and spiritual teacher who lived in the early 20th century and died in Paris in 1949. His teachings continue through his students.

On February 24th, 2010, we enjoyed a viewing of the following film at Linda's house.  For more details, click on the link below.  "With One Voice"  With One Voice brings together mystics from fourteen different spiritual traditions to share their perspectives on the unifying truth that transcends all religions. In this seventy-eight minute documentary, these awakened teachers address profound questions about life and love, the existence of God, the path to spiritual awakening and the way to true peace in the world.  For more information go to:

On February 9, 2010, Shulamis Giordani provided a heart warming presentation about the "The Foodshed Buying Club" which re-directs food dollars to local farmers, and empowers consumers with locally grown healthy food choices.


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