Saturday poem

 

there is a lot of talk

today

about
nuclear
threats
about what there is
to be
afraid
for
such as:
your life
everyday i stand
up and
speak
out
the other threats
that keep me up
at night:
infected
  pigs
chickens
toxic
air
thoughts
what is there to fear
if not
what has gotten us
to this
point
he said he drank a
liter of Dr. Pepper
a day
she said she crushes
him with her words
almost daily
they say that
the family system
is failing
them
not the school system
there are women running
some countries
and some armies
today i learned that
they teach
imagination
and
think
that
creativity
is the
new
peace.
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WHEE!

I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred, but offer

myself humbly as a guardian of nature. a healer of misery,

as a messenger of wonder, as an architect of peace.

Diane Ackerman

Peace Necklace ABD

What do we do when we feel stressed? Shoulders tighten. Jaw clenches. Vision narrows.

Simple Thursday tools for giving yourself some peace:

1. take a deep breath and hold it for a count of 4, then exhale like you are blowing through a straw

2. Repeat number 1 – at least 3-7 times

3. Take the scrunched up place between your eyes with your thumb and forefinger and then throw your hand up in the air while yelling, WHEE!

4. Repeat number 3 – many, many times.

If all else fails, come into Wellspring Holistic Center and have a cup of tea, book a session, or just get a hug.

Success!

Wellspring Holistic Center would like to thank everyone that came to our Open House and Art Sale this past weekend.

It was a great success!  There were many Free mini treatments given to our community of loved ones old and new by wonderful practitioners, Martha Heise, Cynthia DeMeglio, and Cindy Ace. Gift certificates are still available for holiday stocking stuffers!

The arts and crafts were beautifully displayed and many people found a unique gift for that special someone. Anita Bondi (jewelry), Louise Bowman (organic soaps, salves, tinctures), Susan Bradford (mandalas, baskets), John Lenz (hand hooked wool rugs), and Jill Cantor ( pottery) are grateful for all of the support and remind everyone that there is still time to shop! Contact them personally for more individual attention.

There were lots of organic gluten free treats as well many requests for recipes.  We will post several over the next week.  Today, Louise is sharing the almond “feta”.  It was delicious on crackers and we were also enjoying it on raw vegetables. A very versatile appetizer for any holiday table.  Enjoy!

 

 

The original recipe came from Delicious Living and was developed by Marcy Miller, cofounder of Organic Sandwich Company in Boulder, Colorado.

Almond Feta Dip

You will need:

• 4 cups raw almonds
• 1½ cups water
• 1 cup lemon juice
• ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 4 cloves garlic
• 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons salt

1.  Rinse almonds in cold water. Place in a large bowl and add water to cover. Cover and let stand overnight. Drain and rinse almonds, discarding soaking water.

2. Transfer almonds to a food processor. Add water, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and salt. Cover and process 4 or 5 minutes until puréed. Cover and chill.

Now most of you know by now that I cannot follow a recipe.  So of course I made some changes.

  • I used 3 cups raw almonds and 1 cup cashew
  • only 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice and 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • no garlic
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Feel free to try both recipes.  I am sure it will be enjoyed by all no matter which recipe you follow.

Next Up: Candied Orange and Ginger cookies

 

Holiday Open House Saturday and Sunday

 

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 It is time for Wellspring Holistic Center’s eighth annual Holiday Open House and Art Show on Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th, at 243 East Brown Street, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The hours on Saturday are from 4 PM to 8 PM, and on Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM. Saturday night will also feature a wine and cheese reception. Event is FREE and open to everyone!

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This year we are giving back to our community with Gratitude and Love! Come and enjoy FREE mini- sessions with one of the many talented Wellspring practitioners. There will also be hourly giveaways, and homemade organic, gluten free treats.

As always, you will be able to shop for your holiday gifts in the serene and peaceful atmosphere of this beautiful holistic center. The art and the crafts have been created by some of the Pocono’s finest artisans. This year we welcome back co-directors of the center, Anita Bondi and Louise Bowman, with hand-made jewelry, soap, salves, tinctures, and organic candles. Returning to the show will be Susan Bradford with her mandalas, baskets, and crystal bracelets and John Lenz with his hand-hooked rugs. New this year will be pottery by Jill Cantor and photo cards by Rae. The mini-treatments that are being offered include many healing modalities, such as, massage, reflexology, Reiki, myofascial release, EFT, Gestalt therapy and more.

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For more information, call 570-421-3708 or check out our offerings and get directions to the center at http://www.WellspringHolisticCenter.com.

Even though…

Even though you have 10 or more pounds to lose.

Even though you are still not sure what you want to be when you grow up.

Even though you don’t make enough money.

Even though you are never good enough.

Even though you make mistakes.

Even though you can’t see the forest for the trees.

Even though you snapped at your loved one this morning.

Even though you can’t keep up with the Jones’ or don’t want to.

Even though you fail, mess up, and trip over your own feet.

Even though you are afraid you will be alone.

Even though you hurt, get hurt, or avoid hurt.

Even though you live in denial.

Even though life is not always a bowl of cherries.

Even though you keep making the same mistakes over and over again.

Yes, Even though, these things and so much more…

you are worthy of love, being loved, and most of all, loving yourself.

Ask anyone who loves you: partner, friend, child, pet – and really listen. I am positive they have been trying to tell you (about your loveableness) and get you to believe them for a long, long time.

Now your job is to work on letting it in – deeply, fully, and completely.

anita bondi designs

 

Artist Feature – Anita Bondi and Louise Bowman – co-directors Wellspring Holistic Center

Many of you already know this but occasionally we get someone new in the office that says, “there is something similar about the two of you.” “Your mannerisms or I just can’t put my finger on it.”

So for those of you who don’t know – we are sisters and are thrilled to be at Wellspring together!

We are also lovers of craft, art, and making things. Blame our parents who never seem to sit still and always have a project going!

One week from today we will be welcoming you at the center for our 7th Annual Open House and Art Sale!

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1. what is your name and please give us three words to describe your creations?

Anita Bondi – inspirational, healing, fun to wear!

Louise Bowman, Living Well – Naturally – smelly, organic, fun.

2. what can we expect to find at your “booth?”

Anita-necklaces, earrings, bracelets, InterPlay Inspiration Decks, and NEW candles with charms (made with Louise).

Louise-lots of fun products for beauty care such as organic soaps, lotion bars, lip balms, sugar and salt scrubs, fun bath items for kids, hand knit wash cloths, fingerless gloves, and knit hats all made with natural fibers

3. what about this art/craft makes you feel passionate and excited?

Anita-I love the way that metal and stones come together and play off of one another. I am thrilled when I sketch out an idea and then am able to bring it to life at the jewelry bench. There is such a thrill and a rush when I show up somewhere and people are wearing my art! (at a conference last year there were 75 -100 people in a circle and as I looked around at least half had on one of my necklaces! way cool!)

Louise-I decided to make soaps last year on a whim and have expanded my beauty care line this year to include the lip balms and lotion bars.  I am so excited that you can make these products with very few ingredients, no preservatives and essential oils for scent.  I feel like I can be creative in the kitchen when I start to think about what scent I want to use next.

4. when you are not making art, where can we expect you to be?

Anita-At Wellspring Holistic Center seeing private clients or on Main St. teaching Pilates and Improvisation. You might also find me curled up on my couch with my best buddy, Scout, out on the river paddle boarding, riding my bike, hiking, and most likely somewhere dancing!

Louise-Well, it depends on the weather.  You may find me out on the river with my sister on my stand-up paddleboard, on the tennis court, or in my kitchen creating something delicious to eat. Of course, there is also my acupuncture practice to keep me out of trouble!

5. do you have 3-5 things on your bucket list that you could share with us?

Anita- a house on the water – discovering a cure for chronic inflammation – having a dog that actually listens – expanded family

Louise-Up until a few years ago I never even heard of a bucket list.  If I am able to travel and see more places in this beautiful world I will be happy.  If I can spend more time on the water, I will be happy.

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