Pamper Yourself! An Evening of Fun and Relaxation with the Holistic Moms Network Rochester Chapter 

Monday, May 9, 2016 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

Enjoy time for yourself this month! Meet local practitioners and experience first hand the healing they can provide. Angela Brown will perform Reiki. Patrick Boswell will provide Massage Therapy and Acupuncture. Patrick is a licensed acupuncturist, massage therapist, and a DONA trained birth doula. He is the owner and operator of A New Life Acupuncture (a traditional Chinese Medicine practice specializing in the care of women's health, fertility, pregnancy, labor/delivery, postpartum and pediatric patients). You will also bring a little relaxation home by creating an herbal bath mix and an aromatherapy inhaler. Inhalers will be generously donated by Marvy Moms’ Certified Aromatherapist, Emily Carpenter (see marvymoms.com for a free Introduction to Aromatherapy Mini Course).

In between stations, you can enjoy a cup of tea, a sweet treat, and discussion with other fabulous members and visitors. Join us for a relaxing evening!

Emotional Freedom Technique with Eleanor Celentani

Monday, June 13, 2016 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a technique which can be used for stress relief and other healing purposes. EFT is sometimes referred to as "tapping" and is beneficial for adults and children. [Rev.] Eleanor Celentani will give a presentation and lead the group through exercises.

Eleanor Celentani has been a New Thought minister for over 25 years, and was pastor of Unity Church of Greater Rochester for over nine years. She is now retired from church ministry. Since the 1980's Eleanor has been exploring alternative healing methods to augment her spiritual healing ministry, with special study of rebirthing [breathwork], flower essences and Emotional Freedom Technique [EFT]. A native of East Rochester, she graduated with a B.A. from Nazareth College and has an MLA degree from Johns Hopkins University.

The Healing Power of Lavender with Les Moore, ND, MSOM, DHANP, CCH, RH, LAc.Monday, April 11, 2016 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

Do you love lavender? Join us as we learn all about the healing power of this fantastic plant from Les Moore, ND, MSOM, DHANP, CCH, RH, Lac. The lecture will examine the history, research, and uses of lavender for healing. We will examine its role in healing including its uses for pain, fatigue, stress, insomnia, migraines, nausea, and many other uses.

Les Moore is a pioneer and one of the world’s leaders of Integrative Medicine, being the only Naturopathic Doctor, Homeopath, and Licensed Acupuncturist to have served as Director of two Integrative Medicine Centers and be employed in two hospitals. He has authored two leading books on healing and continues to write and lecture internationally. Dr. Moore received a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, and a Certificate of Homeopathy from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Moore is a Diplomate of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians and is a Certified Classical Homeopath of the Council on Homeopathic Certification. He is also a Registered Herbalist of the American Herbalists Guild. He is a New York State licensed acupuncturist and is Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has also earned a Master of Arts in Applied Theology and a Graduate Certificate in Interfaith Pastoral and Spiritual Care from Marylhurst University in Marylhurst, Oregon. You can learn more about Dr. Moore at http://drlesmoore.com/

Benefits of Rough Play with Early Childhood Educator and Specialist, Drew Beeman of Progressive Early Learning Monday, March 14, 2016 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

Come listen to Early Childhood Educator and Specialist, Drew Beeman, speak about the power of play for children, specifically focusing on the benefits of rough and tumble play. Drew will explain how learning is taking place when children roughhouse and give some advice and ideas about roughhousing with your children.

Drew Beeman, Founder and Director of Progressive Early Learning, is an Early Childhood Educator and Specialist with over twelve years experience working in child care and preschool classrooms. He believes very strongly in the power of play, and is an advocate for play based learning. His training presentations are fun, interactive, and informational, with the intent to include evidence based practice as new information becomes available. He provides services to children and families as well as services to child care and preschool programs in the Rochester area. For more information about learning through play and about Progressive Early Learning, visit www.ProgressiveEarlyLearning.com.

Introduction to Nutritional Therapy – How to Find Your Keys to Vibrant Health with Laura Villanti, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Certified GAPS Practitioner Monday, February 8, 2016 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

Do you ever ponder the following?
  • How come there is so much conflicting information out there on diet and nutrition? 
  • What foods are really best for me? 
  • What comprises nutrient dense properly prepared foods? 
  • How come I am challenged with losing weight even with a great diet and sufficient exercise? 
  • What are some simple steps I can take for myself and my family that will get us on a better path to health? 
  • What are the most important food and nutritional foundations to focus on to attain more vibrant health? 
  • How do the core nutritional foundations affect my sleep, energy, brain sharpness, memory, mood, metabolism, skin, learning and attention, endocrine (thyroid, adrenals, female hormones), immune system strength and more? 
  • How to know what nutrients are lacking in your diet? 
If so, then you will love learning about Nutritional Therapy. Nutritional Therapy uses many tools - health and lifestyle review, food journals, Nutritional Health Assessment, Functional Evaluation, Lingual Neuro Testing and more. All of this is built upon the most important aspect of all… a nutrient dense, properly prepared whole food diet.

Join us as we learn the nutritional foundations for vibrant health with Laura Villanti. Laura is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and a Certified GAPS Practitioner. She is active in the community as a volunteer chapter leader for the Weston A Price Foundation, an international, non-profit nutritional foundation. Her practice is At Home With Wellness, LLC which provides nutritional therapy, digestive health and optimal wellness consulting and education.

Laura has spent the past decade teaching and sharing with others the importance of nutrition for our health. She attends multiple conferences each year on the subject of nutrition, optimal health, natural health and organic food production. Her focus is on the use of nutrient dense whole foods and optimizing digestive health so as to aid clients in achieving vibrant health. She has trained with Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride on the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) protocol and has taught this protocol to hundreds over the past 8 years. Most recently, Laura became certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Her work ties together the important elements of a properly prepared, nutrient dense diet along with the primary nutritional foundations for vibrant health and the roadmap for improved and optimal digestion. It really all comes together. You can learn more about Laura and her practice at www.athomewithwellness.com

It's the Rochester Holistic Moms Network's Third Annual White Elephant Party, Monday, January 11, 2016 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

Here ye, Here ye! Come one, come all and join in on the fun of the Rochester Chapter Holistic Moms Network’s Second Annual White Elephant Exchange! Wrap a gently pre-loved or new item that could be loved and appreciated by another and pick one especially for you! It’s a new year and a time to recycle, repurpose and relax.

Bring a warm smile, a good joke and a great gift to exchange!

Light refreshments will be provided! See you there…

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. ”
~Joseph Campbell

Draw Your Way to Peace and Happiness with Instructor/Artist Michelle Frechette Ames of Doodle Chicks Monday, December 14, 2015 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

Join us with your friends as Michelle Frechette Ames teaches us this calming and peaceful form of meditation - through the use of repetitive "doodling."

Michelle discovered meditative art in 2012. She soon began teaching meditative art in small groups to share the peace, calm, and well being gained through the meditative art process. The art is easy and fun to create and productive for your own peace and well being. You can learn more about Michelle and meditative art at her website: http://doodlechicks.com/

Immune Boosters with Certified Aromatherapist Emily Carpenter Monday, November 9, 2015 (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.)

School has started and cold and flu season is just around the corner. Certified Aromatherapist, Emily Carpenter, will share ways to boost your immune system to prevent infections as well as tricks to shorten the duration of illness once a bug strikes.

A 5.5 oz bottle of elderberry syrup costs $23 at a local health food store. In times of sickness, this may last you a week or less. You can make your own to save money, have fun, and empower your family to play a role in maintaining their health! HMN members attending this meeting will each receive enough elderberries and herbs to make their first 16+ oz batch of elderberry syrup. Visitors are welcome to attend the meeting to learn about immune boosters too.

Discover how combining the use of aromatherapy, homeopathy, herbs, vitamins, hygiene and diet can possibly make this your healthiest winter ever.

Emily Carpenter is a Certified Aromatherapist and Reiki Practitioner. She’s currently in school for botanical medicine and homeopathy, and continues to study aromatherapy. Emily has a mommy blog, Marvy Moms, where she publishes weekly coupons as well as shares what she knows about aromatherapy, homeopathy and botanical medicine. Emily is also the owner of WhizBang! Web Solutions LLC, where she creates websites and a social media presence for local businesses.

Introduction to the Principles of Qi Gong with Certified Qi Gong Therapist, Lori Scime Monday, October 12, 2015 (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.)

Qi Gong (pronounced Chee Gong) is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine that works on the body to bring balance and health, both physically and emotionally. Certified Qi Gong Therapist Lori Scime will introduce participants to the principles of Qi Gong, which include exercises and meditation, diet, and hands on healing. She will teach several simple Qi Gong exercises directly to participants to help bring the body in balance. Exercises are gentle and appropriate for all abilities.

Lori Scime has been studying and practicing Qi Gong since 2008. Her curiosity into how Qi Gong healing works led her to pursue certification in Qi Gong therapy. She received her initial certification through Lisa B. O’Shea and the Qi Gong Institute in 2011, earning her permanent certification in 2013.

Lori studied elementary education at Bradley University in Peoria, IL, and received her Master’s Degree from SUNY Brockport. Lori taught in Chicago and for the Rush- Henrietta school district before leaving the profession to concentrate on raising her family. She is active in her church as a Stephen Minister, helping individuals who are going through crises. Lori also has a private practice in Qi Gong Therapy and is available for Qi Healing sessions. You can contact her at 585-260-1686 or email Lsqigong@aol.com.

“Hands On” Event of Learning Infant Massage with Nina Neu! Monday, September 14, 2015 (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.)

Bond with your little one as you learn the techniques of Infant Massage from Nina Neu from Flower City Yoga. The loving touch of parents not only comforts and soothes infants, it may also bring relief to fussiness, gas, colic, and constipation. Your baby’s needs will always come first during class while you take this special time for you and your baby to get to know each other. Bring a pillow, a thick blanket and a washcloth. All caregivers are welcome to attend.

Because of the nature of this class being a hand’s on practical event which welcomes the whole family (Mom, Dad and siblings) to participate, we request only 10 infants and their families attend as the max for families with infants. However, anyone additional is welcome that may not have an infant. Members are given first opportunity and would need to RSVP once the event invite is sent. Email us at holisticmomsroc@gmail.com to receive the event invite via email.

Nina Neu is an Infant Massage Instructor at Flower City Yoga. Nina has found Infant Massage extremely helpful as a parent of four children. She then received certification by The International Association of Infant Massage in 2013 and has been instructing at Flower City Yoga since January of 2014.

To learn more about Nina and Flower City Yoga please visit their website at: http://www.flowercityyoga.com/

HMN Rochester's First Ever Swap – Bring items, take items, or do both. Share your goods and save some green.Monday, August 10, 2015 (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.)

Join HMN Rochester in our first ever swap. Plan to bring clean, gently used clothes, toys, and small household items you no longer need. Bring items, take items, or both! We simply ask that you take items that you will use (not sell) and that no item brought is broken, damaged, or not re-useable.

Kids grow so fast and, often times, their clothes are barely used. Why buy brand new when you can get like brand new for free? We also welcome men's and women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories too. 

This event is a great way to check out Holistic Moms Network of Rochester Chapter. Meet members, join in the fun, and help us in finding new homes for our gently used things - save money AND keep stuff out of landfills. It's a win win for everyone! Everyone is welcome, so tell your friends, family, and anyone who might be in need. Leftover items will be donated to a charity.

Nurturing Your Spirit through Joy, Self-care and Reflection with Sue Staropoli Monday, July 13, 2015 (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.)

As mothers, fathers, or caregivers, we are focused on caring and doing for others often neglecting our own self-care. Have you ever taken the time to reflect on how you care for yourself or asking if you are truly enjoying your life? Join us as Sue Staropoli facilitates an interactive discussion focusing on self-care and reflection in order to nurture your spirit and bring more joy in your life.

Sue Staropoli is an educator and consultant in the fields of spirituality and holistic health. Her focus is on a balanced lifestyle and the integration of body, mind and spirit. Her passion is to support people who want to grow physically, emotionally and spiritually. Sue holds a Master’s in Pastoral Theology from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry as well as Certification in Spiritual Direction and Retreat-Giving from Creighton University. Sue is an advanced practitioner of Reiki and Integrated Energy Therapy. You can learn more about Sue and her work at http://suestar.com/

The Best Of Rochester Round Table Discussion –You Choose, Your Vote Counts! Monday, June 8, 2015 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Join us for a fun night of discovering the “Best of Rochester” using your voice! Share your “best” sledding hill, “best” Restaurant for Date Night, “best” Movie Theater, “best” Bakery, and so on! You get the gist! Let’s discover Rochester together!

“'Rochester? Why Rochester?' 'Why not?'”

~It's a Wonderful Life, phone conversation between George Bailey and Sam Wainwright

May 11, 2105 Meeting (6:30 – 8:30 pm) Learn the “Essentials” of Using Essential Oils and What It Means to Be a Nationally Certified Aromatherapist with Mindy MacLaren

Through this Q&A style seminar, Nationally Certified Aromatherapist Mindy MacLaren will answer your questions helping to bring her knowledge into your home! Mindy will explain the basic do’s and don’ts of essential oils while speaking on the importance of understanding of where to get your information of use and know-how. She will also speak about what it means to be a Nationally Certified Aromatherapist and how it pertains to your health and safety.

A Rochester native and currently a Penfield resident, Mindy first learned about aromatherapy in the early 1990’s while attending college in Boston. Around 2005, she became interested in learning how to live a chemical/pesticide-free life and came back to aromatherapy. She completed Aromahead’s Aromatherapy Certification Program in November 2008 and is currently enrolled in Aromahead's Advanced Graduate Program.

In 2008 Mindy started her Company, Sweet & Woodsy, which is thriving today! You will find quite an array of products ranging from household cleaners to specially blended lotions all derived from essential oils. To learn more about Mindy and what she does, please check out her website at: http://www.sweetandwoodsy.com

“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”
~William Shakespeare

April Meeting (April 13, 2015 6:30 – 8:30 pm): Finding Your Inner Voice with Mantras: Learn WHY Mantras Work and HOW to Develop One Uniquely Yours with Leslee Schenk Tyzcinski!

As a top pro and world champion competitive cyclist, Leslee Schenk Tyzcinski learned the power of mantra living at the US Olympic Training Center and has applied the principle to sports, business and even parenting. In this presentation you will learn WHY mantras work and HOW to develop one uniquely yours. You will also hear how your posture and breath impact mantra effectiveness and goal achievement.

She had careers as an accomplished athlete, a sports commentator and a senior director in strategic branding and marketing before becoming a full time yoga instructor and wellness coach. She is the co-founder of Finger Lakes Yogascapes - a women-only yoga retreat adventure company offering unique programs that are gaining national renown. (www.fingerlakesyogascapes.com)

“My mantra is: Let there be happiness in my soul, and let me share it with the world.”
~Alexandra Stoddard

March Meeting (Monday, 3/9/2015, 6:30 – 8:30 pm): Adrenal Fatigue – Dr. Zendi Moldenhauer Speaks on the Symptoms and How to Successfully Treat This Commonly Overlooked Condition!

Tired? Can’t Lose Weight? Expericenced Lots of Stress and Feeling Drained? Dr. Zendi Moldenhauer – a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with a post-Master's Certificate as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a PhD in Nursing – will explain the commonly missed symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue and talk on how to treat it!

Born and raised in South Africa where Dr. Moldenhauer earned a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Cape Town, she traveled widely through Europe and then moved to the USA in 1996 to pursue her graduate studies at the University of Rochester. She completed an Adolescent Fellowship and a Master's Degree to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and practiced pediatric and adolescent medicine for eight years. During this time, Zendi completed a post-Master's Certificate as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a PhD in Nursing, with a research emphasis on adolescent mental health.

Through her own personal health journey and Health and Nutrition Coaching studies, Dr. Moldenhauer has awakened to the need to integrate wellness approaches for the body, mind, and spirit.

“When you pull one blade of grass, you get the whole field.”
~Chinese proverb

February Meeting (Monday, 2/9/15, 6:30 – 8:30 pm): Bringing Homeopathy Home! Homeopathy for Beginners with Amity Engleson, CHom.

Ever wonder how and why homeopathy works? Amity Engleson, CHom is a classically trained homeopathic who will introduce you to the basis of homeopathy – “like cures like” – and teach fundamental remedies to use at home.

A graduate from the Homeopathy School of Colorado in 2009, Amity Engleson, CHom is a classically trained homeopath. Classical Homeopathy is where one homeopathic remedy is given at a time and changed as necessary. This ensures that we know if the remedy worked or did not work which can be confusing if multiple or combination remedies are given.

Currently, Amity is part of the wellness team at East Side Wellness Center in Fairport. Using her past fields of study, she especially enjoys helping children and pregnant women find health and balance through homeopathy.

Join us to learn more about healing with homeopathy and Amity’s journey that brought her to us!

“Homeopathy cures a larger percentage of cases than any other form of treatment and is beyond doubt safer and more economical.”
~Mahatma Gandhi

January Meeting: It’s The Rochester Holistic Moms Network’s Second Annual White Elephant Party!

Here ye, Here ye! Come one, come all and join in on the fun of The Rochester Chapter Holistic Moms Network’s Second Annual White Elephant Exchange! Wrap a gently pre-loved or new item that could be loved and appreciated by another and pick one especially for you! It’s a new year and a time to recycle, repurpose and relax.

Bring a warm smile, a good joke and a great gift to exchange!

Light refreshments will be provided! See you there…

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. ”
~Joseph Campbell

December Meeting (Mon, 12/8/14, 6:30-8:30 pm): Relax, Rejuvenate and Share Some Holiday Treats! It’s a Yoga/Meditation Fusion Night with Catina Richardsen!

It’s time to Renew You! Rejuvenate, relax and let all those holiday stressors roll off your back. Bring your favorite holiday treat to share and take a much-needed time-out while enjoying an evening with, Catina Richardsen LMHC, who will lead us in a unique fusion of meditation and yoga.

Catina has served the Monroe County community for nearly 15 years in the role as Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She is a Certified Child-Centered Play Therapist with a vast background, which includes; working with young children who struggle with emotional & behavioral difficulties, and collaborating with parents, teachers, pediatricians, and other involved providers.
Her vast background includes working as a school counselor for 3 years, teaching a college Health course "Foundations of Health & Wellness" at MCC for 7 years, and teaching group exercise classes (a Certified Group Fitness Instructor) at World Gym for 9 years. She has completed 8-week training course in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Michael S Kramer, MD, FACP.

Be sure to bring your Yoga mat (or a beach towel) and favorite holiday treat to share for our Mediation/Yoga Potluck Fusion Night!

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
~Jon Kabat-Zinn

November Meeting (Mon, 11/10/14, 6:30-8:30 pm): Thriving Naturally - Healing and Treating Our Children’s Allergies Naturally & Safely with Sandra Miceli

Please join us for a discussion led by veteran Nurse Practioner, Sandra Miceli, who will focus on children’s health and allergies and how to help heal them in a safe and natural way. Sandra will examine the immune system, probiotics, nutrition and prevention of allergies in children
With more than 20 years experience in the medical field, Sandra is pursuing her dream and has gone into private pracitce in Webster, NY. She has worked in home care, substance abuse, oncology, primary care, geriatrics, allery and rheumatology. Her focus is helping people heal themselves through mainly safe and well researched natural and nutritional means, but if necessary utilizing medications. She specializes in gastrointestinal healing, chronic pain syndromes, detox, allergies, weight management, hormone balancing and anti-aging.

To learn more about Sandra and her practice, please visit her website: http://www.survivingnaturally.com/

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

October Meeting (October 13, 2014): Holistic Pet Care for Your Furry Four Legged Friends -- Natural Pathways to Wellness for our Companion Animals

Sherri Romig, CPDT-KA is a canine behaviorist with certification in Holistic Health for Companion Animals. Well-versed in many aspects of keeping pets healthy naturally and gives a regular seminar on feeding raw diet to dogs; Sherri owns Tails of Success in Irondequoit, where she has counseled dog owners on how health and behavior are connected since 2008.

Sherri will cover a few of the hottest topics in animal wellness, including diet, vaccines, and flea, heartworm, and parasite prevention to help put us on the path to natural wellness with our pets. With so many products available and so much conflicting information, it can be overwhelming to know how to best care for our beloved pets. As we work to naturally keep our families in good health, we need to remember our four-legged family members too!

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." 
~ Immanual Kant

September Meeting (September 8, 2014): 10 Reasons Why Kids Become Picky Eaters (and what YOU can do about it)

Are you battling with a picky eater at home? Or worried that your baby or toddler will join the picky eater club someday? It's more common than you might think! In fact, about 85% of moms find themselves sticking to "kid friendly" meals, bribing and negotiating with their kids to just take one bite of a new food, or dealing with stressful meal times night after night. It doesn't have to be so hard! Learn ten common reasons why kids become picky eaters in the first place and some simple solutions to help you enjoy mealtime once again. We will also discuss other common challenges with raising healthy eaters.

Amy Nadelen, MS, is a family nutrition consultant and President of Tribe Wellness, Inc. Amy's goal with Tribe Wellness is to help families eat more REAL FOOD which means transitioning away from the standard American diet, filled with highly processed convenient food with little nutritional value and lots of hidden (and scary!) ingredients and instead focusing on wholesome, organic, locally grown food!
Amy has been featured in the Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester Magazine, and Rochester Healthy Living magazine and seen on Rochester's CW Network and Channel 8's Real Food for Families Series. Her website is: www.tribewellness.com

August Meeting (August 11, 2014): Film Screening and Group Discussion of Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

Join us to watch and discuss the film Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood.

Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car. Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children's advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation, showing how youth marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world. Consuming Kids pushes back against the wholesale commercialization of childhood, raising urgent questions about the ethics of children's marketing and its impact on the health and well-being of kids. Trailer available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maeXjey_FGA

July Meeting (July 14, 2014): Safe Home, Safe You! Breathe Easy And Learn How To “Detox” Your Home Environment!

Learn how to reduce allergens and toxins in your home with Joe Nolan, owner of Home Green Home. From carpets and sofas to mattresses and bedding, Joe will discuss how and why home furnishings can affect indoor air quality and health.

In addition to owning Home Green Home in Ithaca for the last seven years, Joe is also co-owner of The Swallow's Nest, a one room organic locavore Bed & Breakfast! To learn more about Joe and his Home Green Home business, check out his website at: http://www.homegreenhome.com/

“Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.”  ~Stewart Udall

June Meeting (June, 9, 2014): Positive Parenting Skills For Those Challenging Times!

Still can’t find the Parent’s Instruction Manual on how to manage those challenging times with your children? Be sure to join us for a open guided discussion with Licensed Mental Health Counselor Emily Horowitz and Clinical Child Psychologist Miria Arie on how to center your emotions and be mindful to yourself and others during those challenging times.

Emily Horowitz is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor whose passion and expertise is in serving expecting, new and experienced parents. She has advanced training in perinatal mental health, infant development, and postpartum depression.

Miri Arie is a clinical child psychologist specializing in helping families to develop effective parenting and communication styles through which parents develop a sense of control and understanding of their children’s developmental needs. Through her work, Miri helps children develop problem solving skills and effective communication strategies. She has extensive experience in teaching social skills in groups and individual settings, and helping children and their families cope with anxiety.

The candid dialogue will help to focus on individual examples that you have experienced. Be sure to bring your personal “tough to manage” situations to the “round table” for an open and friendly discussion.

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents.” ~Jane D. Hull

May Meeting (May, 12, 2014): Group Discussion: Celebrating Birth and You!

Join us for an open discussion on celebrating birth and being empowered women! Birthing means something different to every Mom and Dad. It’s an experience you will never forget and will always have something to share that might help others to learn and grow from. Regardless of how you birthed or plan to birth, we will be sharing our stories, encouraging others, and enjoying the fellowship of other mothers!

Let’s Celebrate YOU and all that you do! And did do...

“Anything I've done up till May 27th 1999 was kind of an illusion, existing without living. My daughter, the birth of my daughter, gave me life.”  ~Johnny Depp

April Meeting (April, 14, 2014): Learning to Integrate Bach Flowers for Parenting, Pregnancy, Childhood and More!

Have you heard of Bach Flowers? Want to learn more? Bach Flower Therapy is a simple and safe system for balancing emotional stress in people of all ages. Join us for a night of learning to integrate Bach Flowers into pregnancy, childhood, and parenting. Learn how to select and use the essences to cope with some common issues and create harmony in your home.

Michelle J Newkirk combines her long nursing career with over 13 years of work in natural health to provide a simple but well-rounded approach to naturopathic health care. Presently her time is occupied with her work as a pediatric holistic nurse and with raising her son who's nearly four. She helps clients improve their emotional and digestive health through the use of Bach Flower Therapy, dietary improvements, and plant based enzymes.

In celebration of Earth Day in April, we are collecting Bras at our April meeting as part of The Bra Recycling Program. Panache Vintage and Finer Consignment in Brighton is participating with this program. We are happy to collect any bras at our meeting and drop them off to Panache to be recycled! http://www.brarecycling.com/about_us.html#sthash.MnMpUztc.dpbs

“Just living is not enough, one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”  ~Hans Christian Anderson

March Meeting (March 10, 2014): Spring is About Sprung! Get a Head Start with Your “Green” Spring Cleaning!

Spring is almost here, and it’s that time of year to get your Spring Cleaning On! Get a fresh perspective and learn some new and affordable techniques on “Green” cleaning by learning to recognize and exchange toxic household chemicals for eco-friendly products, create your own DIY cleaning recipes and “grocery” list for a well-stocked cleaning cabinet, and learn how to clean using the “The Jeff Campbell’s Speed Cleaning Method”.
Bryn Nakamura is the founder of GreenWay, an eco-friendly cleaning company. A Nurse, BSN, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Bryn has had a lifelong concern and commitment for the well-being of our community and environment. She lives in Fairport with her two children, husband, dog, and cat.

“I’d do some Spring Cleaning, but then I would have to turn around and do it again next spring.” ~ Maxine

February Meeting (February 10, 2014): Herbs for Health with Andrea Reisen, owner of Healing Spirits Herb Farm

Join us for a night to learn from Andrea Reisen, owner of Healing Spirits Herb Farm. We will learn about herbs for general health and children's health.

Andrea Reisen owns Healing Spirits Herb Farm in Avoca, NY with her husband Matthias. She enjoys sharing her love of herbs and her knowledge of their healing powers with everyone who is interested and is a beloved teacher at national and international herb conferences. Her love of nature is infectious. She is a student of numerous healing modalities, including: CranioSacral, Reiki, and Therapeutic Touch. She is certified in Zero Balancing. She has studied with Brooke Medicine Eagle, and is a graduate of Rosemary Gladstar’s apprenticeship program. She has also studied nature awareness and philosophy at Tom Brown’s Tracker School.  http://www.healingspiritsherbfarm.com/

January Meeting (January 13, 2014): Giving, Getting, and Giving Back

Introducing for the first time ever – HMN of Rochester’s White Elephant Swap! Bring an item from home that you may not use; or have no use for (new or preloved), wrap and re-gift it to another member…Draw a number from a basket, once your number is called, chose a gift from the pile. Once all the gifts are selected, feel free to trade with another. But, the fun doesn’t stop there!

In addition to giving up something old and gaining something new, we are collecting items to help support Safe Journey. Safe Journey is a non-residential resource and support center located in Fairport, NY, that serves women rebuilding their lives after domestic abuse and violence. Safe Journey provides safety planning, individual counseling, community resource coordination, resettlement support, lifeskills training, community and teen violence/abuse prevention education, and more.

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ~Lao Tzu

December Meeting (December 9, 2013): Holiday De-Stress Event with a Night of Yoga and Pilates with Meghan Cameron

Join us for a night to relax with yoga and Pilates before the busy Holiday season begins. Bring a yoga mat or towel and enjoy some fun! Bring a holiday snack to share if you wish. The yoga/Pilates session will start at 7:00 p.m.

Meghan Cameron is a Pilates teacher and owner of Hana Pilates & Bodyworks located in the Village Gate in Rochester, NY. Meghan has been practicing Pilates for the last 13 years and has been teaching Pilates for 9 years. She is certified on all apparatus from Body Tonic, NYC 2005 and a 3rd Generation (lineage from Joe Pilates).

"Fitness is the first pre-requisite to happiness." ~ Joe Pilates