To view a slideshow of the 2011 event visit the Conscious CT Gallery.
To view a slideshow of the 2013 event visit Photographer ANDRE GARANT’s Healthfest Photo Gallery.


Saturday & Sunday
March 25 & 26, 2017
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Vernon Center Middle School
777 Hartford Turnpike (Route 30), Vernon, CT


Preparations for our eighth Greater Vernon Healthfest are in full swing. We hope you will enjoy your day, meet many new practitioners, learn about new modalities that may bring your health to the next level, and support the “green groups” of the Vernon area.

We estimate that 1700 people attended the Healthfest of 2015. Feedback from exhibitors is that those attending were asking good in-depth questions and wanted to learn and understand their health options.

The Fair Experience



Exhibitors: In the exhibit areas are 93 tables in two halls where you can meet regional practitioners, ask questions and pick up literature. Areas represented include naturopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, energy healing, hypnosis, natural childbirth services, woman’s health, life coaching and herbs. In a quieter area a massage, vibrational healing or an energy treatment can be experienced. There is also a section with local environmental organizations and information.

Vendors: Vendors offer holistic health books, natural cleaning products, gems and minerals, herbal products, soaps, teas, green products, and gifts. Our Café provides a place to rest while having lunch or a beverage.

» Go to information on Exhibitors and Vendors.

Workshops: There are 40 hourly workshops and demonstrations in four classrooms on a wide range of topics including natural childbirth, Tai Chi, healthy eating, meditation, Yoga, past life therapy, energy healing, weight management and nutrition. A fifth classroom will hold a beautiful floor labyrinth that will be open to all to walk.

» Go to Workshop Schedule and Description.



Admission is $5 adults, children under 16 free with a parent. Admission includes all talks and activities. All proceed go to the Vernon Youth Services Bureau for local youth programs.


There will be overflow parking at the Center Road School, 20 Center Road (NOT Street) – right up the street from the Healthfest. We have a shuttle bus running during the entire event, both days, so no worries! There will definitely be a place to park!

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Holistic Medicine

Alternative, complementary, holistic and integrative medicine are names you may see applied to what are sometimes considered as non-conventional. Not long ago practices such as acupuncture, naturopathy, massage, energy, herbs and even nutrition were not part of the healthcare system; but in the last decade they have moved into the mainstream, and are increasingly supported by sound research. Studies show that half of us have tried at least one form of alternative healthcare.

Integrative Medicine is the term now preferred by hospitals and is considered to be choosing the most appropriate of all available options for the patient, be they conventional or non-conventional.

Key features of Integrative Medicine are:
* Consideration of the whole person; we are more than the sum of our parts.
* Treat everyone as unique. Our family, work, environment and mental state all affect our health.
* Emphasize healing rather than curing. Address the cause rather than the symptoms.
* Create a partnership between patient and practitioner; take responsibility for your own health.

Our Gold Sponsors

The Balanced Health Center exists to meet the health needs of women of all ages. Our mission is to provide the best possible care in the healthiest possible environment. Starting with adolescence, we offer a variety of traditional and alternative therapies including prenatal and GYN visits; health and hormone consultation; nutrition coaching; and energy healing. All care encourages health and wellness of the body, mind and spirit. As we grow and change, our needs and goals change as well. Rachel helps women develop a healthcare plan to meet the challenges that come with growth. Owner Rachel Donovan is a Certified Nurse Midwife and Energy Medicine Practitioner. The Center is located in Glastonbury, CT.

Connecticut Natural Health Specialists, LLC is a Manchester clinic offering patients the ‘best of both worlds’ approach, with physicians trained in both conventional and natural diagnostics and treatments. Naturopathic physicians are recognized as specialists trained in natural approaches to treat the cause of disease. Using lifestyle medicine, vitamins, herbs, homeopathic remedies and nutrition, our goal is to help the body help itself. Every patient is treated with thoughtfulness, time and care to develop a treatment plan individualized to address their health concerns. We value the doctor-patient relationship and seek to empower our patients with knowledge and support.

The Healing in Harmony Center is a spiritual healing, counseling and education center located in Glastonbury. Owner, Priscilla Bengtson, offers private healing and counseling sessions to people of all ages to help them get unstuck, shift their perspective and heal from the inside out. Whether you are new to the holistic world or a seasoned practitioner, a variety of workshops and classes are offered to help you better understand your gifts and enhance your skills. A free healing service is offered each month and available to all. The Center is also the home of The Psyche- Institute for Higher Learning which offers certificate programs for holistic and wellness practitioners.

Since 2005, Yoga Born has been serving people in Central CT at the Town Center Plaza in South Windsor, providing personal yoga sessions, yoga classes, workshops, and a comprehensive Yoga Teacher Mentorship. Yoga Born educates each client not only on the damaging effects of stress on the body and mind but also the importance of proper alignment, movement, rest and a positive outlook. Yoga Born is made up of passionate practitioners such as yoga teachers, a reiki master/teacher, and a therapeutic massage therapist, and is well known for being a non-competitive and judgement free community. We combine learning with practicing steps for regain full health with the Yoga Born Studios spectrum of services and outstanding team. Open daily so that you can increase your energy, be positive, feel motivated, and look forward to visits that can help you create a higher quality of life.

Our Silver Sponsors

Alliance For Holistic Living is a group of individuals who practice holistic living through their personal lives and their businesses; serving communities East of the River. It is our desire to build community through service and education. We offer free monthly presentations on a variety of modalities.

Natural Awakenings Healthy Living Magazine is a monthly holistic magazine serving Hartford County and providing the tools you need to assist you on your personal path to wellness. Our mission is to provide our readers with a comprehensive resource devoted to improving personal as well as planetary well being.

Natural Nutmeg Magazine is a monthly holistic magazine that provides information and resources for a healthy, active, sustainable lifestyle. The magazine offers cutting-edge, timely information on natural health, wellness, green living, nutrition, fitness and organic products and is a free monthly publication distributed throughout Connecticut.

Psychotherapy Services and the Santuary for Celestial Empowerment – Celeste Mattingly, LCSW – Celeste Emelia Mattingly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) specializing in psychotherapy for adults. She is a graduate of the Master of Social Work Program at Springfield College, in Springfield, MA. She has over 30 years of experience working in a variety of personal and professional recovery settings.

The Door Opener Magazine was a quarterly, statewide publication now full service website providing resources for spirituality, holistic health and metaphysics since 1986. The goal of the Door Opener has always been to connect spiritual and holistic seekers to community, education and higher health.

The Tankerhoosen – Website and e-newsletter about the Vernon’s Tankerhoosen Valley and River.

Presented By

Vernon Youth Services Bureau (Michelle White) is a community based agency dedicated to providing: information and referral, prevention services, early intervention services, crisis intervention services, program coordination, and program development. Youth service bureaus (YSBs) act as advocates for youth, assess their needs, identify service gaps, and coordinate youth services.