2019 Workshops

Our workshops run throughout both days from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. start times. All are included with your admission to Healthfest. Workshops will be held in Classrooms A, B, C and the auditorium. Presentations are 50 minutes in length.

We also have a Labyrinth Room which will be available to the public throughout the event. A presentation about the Labyrinth will be held on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Labyrinth Room.

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

11 a.m.

A – Nutrition and Motherhood – Dr. Carolina Padilla, Collaborative Natural Health Partners
Pregnancy is most certainly a joyful time in life, and with it brings many questions about proper nutrition and ways to promote the health of our baby. Simple lifestyle modifications can make for a successful and healthy pregnancy. From food choices to key nutrients join Dr. Carolina Padilla for a discussion on how to navigate your nutrition during this very special time in life.

B – Sacred Contracts – Fredericka Close
How well do you think you know yourself? Perhaps not as well as you think. You’ve no doubt heard the quotation from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “To thy own self be true” and the axiom of the great Greek philosopher Plato, “Know thyself.” The question then becomes, how do we follow this most excellent advice if we’re not sure who we are? This workshop will answer questions like, “Why do I keep doing the same things?” and “How did I end up here yet again?”

C – Anxiety and Coping Skills – Samantha Sanborn, MA, LPC, Journeys: Holistic Wellness & Anxiety Relief Center
Samantha is a Licensed Professional Counselor and will present different options to limit and control anxiety. She will also discuss ways to get things done while struggling with anxiety. Specific skills will be given. Handouts will be available after the presentation.

Auditorium – Moving Into and Through Grief with Labyrinths – Greg Coleman, HeartStone Labyrinths
Grief and loss are in everyone’s life. Frequently, our grief is met with, “Get over it,” as if grief is time bound. We will discuss grief’s course. You’ll select one labyrinth that speaks to your heart from many and use the labyrinth to ease your grief and move beyond it.

12 noon

A – Deepening Connections to Ourselves and Others – Gayle Franceschetti, Lightworker of Vibrational Energy
Are we allowing ourselves to see and “feel” who we really are? Come and explore new tools and techniques to expand our rapport with our authentic self and with others.

C – Introduction to Marconics – Julie Auletta / Stephanie Patrick, Marconics
You will meet the instructors of the upcoming Level I No-Touch Practitioner Certification class in Watertown. The workshop also includes discussion of what is Marconics; how did it originate; how does Marconics differ from other healing modalities; learn about the no-touch and quantum recalibration protocols; what are the benefits of Marconics energy.

Auditorium – Healing with Sound Vibration – Marie Menut, Vibrational Healing
Marie will describe how the bowls heal and demonstrate this on attendees so everyone has a chance to feel the bowl’s healing vibrations for themselves. People will also have an opportunity to sound the bowls themselves while they hold the bowl and it is vibrating in their hands! Curious children are welcome.

1 p.m.

A – Unique Holistic Approaches: Get to the Root Cause! – Dr. Nicholas Palermo, DO & Michael Gresh, PharmD – Pioneer
Do you or someone you know suffer from any of the following: chronic pain, inflammation, CFS, fibromyalgia, autoimmunity, neurodegeneration, anxiety, depression? Come hear us talk about alternative therapies with a focus on healing the Whole body.

B – How Essential Oils are Beneficial to Your Health – Art Peterson, Mindful Self Health
Toxins and oxidants are destroying our health. Learn how essential oils can help you live younger, longer, through their anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

C – Your Energy & You 101 – Dan Lupacchino, Healing in Harmony Center
Join Dan Lupacchino for a talk on the exploration of our energy anatomy. Our bodies are made up of a lot more than we think. Learn about energy, chakras, auras, and how intent, emotions and experience impact our lives. Experience an energy assessment through a guided meditation, and see how working with our energy can help us begin to heal stress, anxiety, fears, pains and help us live fuller lives.

Auditorium – Journey in Motion – Sean Lanning, TriCity Massage
A unique workshop utilizing a combination of yoga and shamanic meditation to redefine our relationships with ourselves. By listening to our inner wisdom we’ll learn to locate and release heavy energies, creating space for healing.

2 p.m.

A – 5 Key Essentials Everyone Needs To Know To Maximize Their Health – Dr. Chris Prewo, Westside Chiropractic
Do you know the 5 key essentials to maintaining, promoting and restoring health? This lecture will discuss 5 key essentials that you can address to help build health and prevent disease. Dr. Prewo will discuss specific key components in each essential that you can start to address to help improve your health. Some of the topics he will touch on include exercise(how to get a benefit from exercise in only 20 minutes), the spine ( how it is relates to your health), nutrition(good fats vs. bad fats, and gut health), mindset, and minimizing toxins. Dr. Prewo is a board certified chiropractic sports physician with advanced training in rehab, posture/ergonomics, decompression therapy and functional movement allowing him to help people align their goals to promote a active healthy lifestyle.

B – Ayurveda for Everyone – Lisa Day-Lewis, Bhakti Center CT
In this workshop/talk, I will introduce some basics of Ayurveda and some practical knowledge and rituals that anyone could benefit from.

C –    Are You Everything You Are Meant to Be? – Dr. April Little, ViVO Chiropractic Vernon, LLC
Do you wonder about: Anxiety: why it’s still around ALL the time and you can’t get rid of it? Sleep: why you can’t fall or stay asleep? Energy: why you never seem to have any? Join us and walk away with ANSWERS. The most effective cornerstone of Optimal health that NO other doctor has told you about. The Central Nervous System: how does it regulate our health? The 3 T’s: how do they shift our nervous system’s input? The 4 D’s: how do they add up to the perfect storm overtaking our health? Join family practitioner Dr. April Little of ViVO Chiropractic Vernon as she leads you through a journey of truth about optimal health and wellness.

Auditorium – QiGong & Meditation – Erik Harris, Chi for Healing
We will practice the movement of energy, focus on the breath, relax the body, quiet the mind, and flow with the energy of lie. Exercises will be done in the standing position. This meditation in motion will conclude with an inspirational reading and singing bowl meditation.

3 p.m.

A – Vibrational Healing with Essential Oils – Susan Cote, Everyday Harvest
Come learn how essential oils can raise your vibration. This hands-on class will cover the basics and is for all levels!

B – How Do You Avoid Joint Replacement Surgery? – Elizabeth Kaflik and Tony Pajunen, Optimal Living Center
Come and learn about natural regeneration of cartilage, connection tissue repair and wrinkle reduction. The USA researchers developed a new generation of super nutraceuticals. They are so remarkable that they have received multiple industry awards and seven US & international patents. It helped tens of thousands of people who have their lives transformed without surgery, medications and injections.

C – Reduce Stress Naturally – Brad Thompson, Wellness Within
How stress impacts your relationships, career, finances, happiness, and health is all about the mind/body connection. In this presentation, you will learn about that connection, the three surprising contributors to stress, a simple tool to begin reducing stress, and the next step to take towards releasing your stress naturally.

Auditorium – Meditation: Connecting Body, Mind & Spirit – Clare Vidich, Science of Spirituality
Once we tap into our inner resources through meditation, we can experience a profound transformation that can enrich all areas of our life. This workshop will give you the tools you need to make that transformation a reality.  Includes a sitting meditation. Clare Vidich is director of Kirpal Meditation Center.  She is a Montessori teacher who offers meditation classes in adult education, and in schools youth of all ages.

SUNDAY WORKSHOPS

11 a.m.

A – Chinese Medicine to Improve Your Mood – Dr. Diana Zitserman, Collaborative Natural Health Partners
Traditional Chinese Medicine provides a unique approach for balancing one’s emotions and physical health through the use of classical Acupuncture. One’s emotional state is believed to be directly correlated to specific Chinese organs and the states of function. Internal factors like unbalanced emotions and and prolonged emotional stress can significantly cause stress to our internal organs. Therefore, understanding particular patterns of disharmony can help build new controls to protecting our health. Join me, Dr. Diana Zitserman, as we dive into the depths of Chinese theory to discover a link between your emotions and physical body that will help you bring harmony back into your life.

B – Healthy Family Habits for a Healthier You – John Hoime, Alternative Health Inc
Learn the cause of poor health, good fats vs bad fats, digestive support, reading food labels, proper supplementation & life style habits.

C – Light Body Healing Raises our Energy of Vibration to Create a Luscious Life – Cathy Stubbs, Eagle Flight Healing
The gentle energy work of shamanic energy medicine helps one: expand their sense of self and presence, resulting in vitality, joy, confidence & well-being; release negativities including lack of self-worth, self-imposed limitations, poor beliefs & attitudes brought on by old emotions and traumatic events.

Auditorium – Heal Your Present (and Future) by Exploring Your Past – Jan Bartropp-Babbitt, REAL Change Therapy
This is not a passive experience where someone tells you who you were and why you were there. This is an experiential journey. You will be amazed at who you were and where you have been. Bring a friend. You are going to want to talk about this on the way home.

Labyrinth Room – Introduction to Labyrinths with Labyrinth Walk – Lisa P. Burch, LCSW, RMT, Spirit Matters, LLC
Labyrinths have been around for thousands of years and have been discovered all around the world.  Learn the basics of labyrinths.  What are they and how can they be helpful today?  Learn how they can be used for contemplative and wellness practice including relaxation, grounding, and accessing intuition.  Discover the locations of many local labyrinths and resources for further learning.  Learn how to make a finger labyrinth. Conclude with a labyrinth walk accompanied by sound healing music by psychotherapist Lisa Burch, LCSW and see for yourself.

12 noon

A – What’s Your Body Really Telling You? – Priscilla Bengtson, Healing in Harmony Center
Pain and discomfort are your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Physical pain and postural misalignments can be caused by physical, emotional or other factors. Exercise can help, but oftentimes, the problems go way beyond the physical body. During this workshop, we will explore your body alignment, daily habits, belief systems, and emotional triggers to see what may be the source of your pain and discomfort. Working with your energy centers, you will obtain a better understanding of your physical body, along with your body-mind and learn ways to renew your spirit, relax your mind and change your body. Dress comfortably and be ready to move.

B – Are You Everything You Are Meant to Be? – Dr. April Little, ViVO Chiropractic Vernon, LLC
Do you wonder about: Anxiety: why it’s still around ALL the time and you can’t get rid of it? Sleep: why you can’t fall or stay asleep? Energy: why you never seem to have any? Join us and walk away with ANSWERS. The most effective cornerstone of Optimal health that NO other doctor has told you about. The Central Nervous System: how does it regulate our health? The 3 T’s: how do they shift our nervous system’s input? The 4 D’s: how do they add up to the perfect storm overtaking our health? Join family practitioner Dr. April Little of ViVO Chiropractic Vernon as she leads you through a journey of truth about optimal health and wellness.

C – Identifying and Managing Invasive Species – Ryan Goad, Vernon Conservation Commission
I plan to talk about invasive terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna (e.g., Japanese barberry, hydrilla, zebra mussels & emerald ash borer).

Auditorium – Gentle Yoga Class – Katie Young, Bhatki Yoga Center
Join Katie for a 45 minute gentle yoga session focused on slow movement, deep breathing and mindful techniques.  This is the perfect way to recenter and find presence, slowing down thoughts and connecting to your true essence. Katie Young is a devoted yoga teacher who has completed over 500 hours of teacher training, workshops and continuing education.

1 p.m.

A – Near Death and Related Psychic Experiences – Dr. Antoni N. Sadlak (“TJ”)
A down-to-earth approach to near-death and out-of-body experiences, lucid dreams, intuition, channeling. Dr. Sadlak candidly shares his own psychic encounters. Questions encouraged. Dr. Sadlak is a retired university professor with degrees and post-graduate credits in psychology, early religion and fine arts. He is updating a book about his own life-enhancing experiences.

B – Your Body’s Yoga – Ellenanne Mangiafico, Ellenanne Yoga Studio, LLC
Join a yoga demonstration for individuals who live with impaired mobility issues due to arthritis, amputation, cerebral palsy, TBI or other physical challenges. Each posture will be demonstrated in several variations to allow everyone to participate. Come discover “Your Body’s Yoga©.”

C – Be Free from Pain and Stress – Theresa McGee
Learn a simple but effective technique to quickly reduce or eliminate pain and stress. In this workshop I will teach participants how to resolve the issues that cause pain (physical, mental, emotional) and stress to their physical body, how to connect more deeply with the physical body, which allows one’s own innate wisdom to begin to heal itself, and guide participants to a place of greater neutrality where they can access their own life force energy to eliminate what no longer serves their highest good.

Auditorium – Journey in Motion – Sean Lanning, TriCity Massage
A unique workshop utilizing a combination of yoga and shamanic meditation to redefine our relationships with ourselves. By listening to our inner wisdom we’ll learn to locate and release heavy energies, creating space for healing.

2 p.m.

A – What is Rainbow Reiki and How Does it Support Wellness? – Marie
Marchesseault, Reiki Rejuvenation
Discover Rainbow Reiki and how it supports all areas of wellness – physical, emotional, spiritual and mental. Experience 5 Rainbow Reiki treatments: Joint Harmonization, Emotional and Mental Healing with the Chakra Energy Cards, Systematic Chakra Healing, Healing Meditation with Divine Beings with an issue you choose, and a Forgiveness Exercise.

B – Get Out! Outside That Is – Just for the Health of It – Jon Roe, The Tankerhoosen
You know that being outdoors is healthy, but if you suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder,” learn what the latest studies have to say. We’ll also explore the new trends of Earthing and Forest Bathing plus give you information on 12 outdoor sites to explore and enjoy in Vernon’s Tankerhoosen Valley.

C – The Power of Mindfulness – Anita Barbero, Renew Your Health, LLC
Would you like to learn what it takes to mindfully manage your stress? In this short workshop, you will be given the tools necessary to live in the present moment with a mindful awareness and the power and peace in it, along with numerous other health benefits.

Auditorium – The Gut Brain: What You Eat is How You Feel – Kyle Ledonne, Manchester Parkade Health Shoppe
Join Kyle, a Culinary Nutritionist, to explore the complex (and sometimes confusing) relationship between our gut, our emotions, and our brains. Learn how dietary choices can influence the digestive system and impact your mood. We’ll talk about the right foods to eat for a happier, healthier life, and we’ll discuss some supplements you might use to return your Gut Brain to vibrant functionality. You really ARE what you eat!

3 p.m.

A – Cultivating Your Chi for Success and Happiness – Angela Vernola, Loving Karma
Are you feeling frustrated or stuck in some areas of your life? Are you looking to improve your health and overall happiness? Come and learn the basics of Feng Shui and how to cultivate with some simple tips and set yourself up for success and joy.

B – The Trailblazer – Sonia Manganello, Integrative Wellness of CT, LLC
We all felt the same way when we were told to go on a diet. It meant taking everything out that we loved. And no one likes that! In this workshop, you’ll learn about the “crowding out” method for a healthier lifestyle, and never needing another fad diet again.