Come one! Come all! Come celebrate and savor delicious art made by local craftspeople. And as always, the table will be stacked high with great homemade treats too. We look forward to seeing you.
Friday, December 6, 5pm-8pm
Saturday, December 7, 10am-4pm
Sunday, December 8, 11am-3pm
Event is Free and there is plenty of parking.
This morning an angel appeared in the sky – well, that is what I saw in the clouds. I am not sure if angels are real, but I do know that if they are we are walking with them every day. You, our patients, friends, family, and loved ones, are the angels among us. You help to lift us up. You inspire us to be better healers, sisters, friends. You allow us to see beyond our tiny troubles and open us to the beautiful sky available in and around us.
This day gratitude abounds out loud -maybe as a way to allow us to pause and take a moment to realize what is here daily.
Love, Anita and Louise (co-directors, Wellspring Holistic Center)
Changes at the office
The first change that happened was in the bathroom. The paper towel dispenser has been replaced with a hand dryer. This will reduce the amount of paper towels we use each week which reduces our garbage by 50%!
The second change that happened was in the waiting room which no longer supplies plastic water cups. We have been recycling all of the plastic cups we use since we opened 11 years ago, but by replacing the disposable plastic cups with reusable plastic cups we will decrease our recycling by 75%!
The third change that happened was finding a way to recycle all of the plastic waste from the acupuncture needles. By collecting and sending away all of the needle wrappers, we will reduce our garbage by another 35%!
In our next blog, we will talk about how we are partnering with TerraCycle AND YOU to help reduce all of our plastics.
Please check out that blogpost (Friday 2/1), as it gives you a way to get involved too! We will be collecting items at our center and you are welcome to drop off your plastics, wrappers, etc. Stay tuned!
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Happy New Year! Sorry for the late wishes. We are not quite sure where January went, but as we approach February we are moving forward with our New Year’s resolution to reduce the amount of plastic waste that we produce across all areas of our lives. We have always recycled, but in recent months Louise’s husband, Tom has been doing more research on the what is actually happening to the plastic that we put in our recycle bin and the news is not good.
Did you know even if your local trash collector says they are recycling everything you put into your bin, that in fact, some or all of it is probably ending up in the landfill? Really? That was our first reaction and here is what our research produced:
In a recent interview, David Kaplan, the CEO of Maine Plastics , a post-industrial recycler, explained about the current recycling practices here in the US. He said that plastics with numbers 3-7 are absolutely not being recycled and are going to a landfill because China is no longer taking these plastics. This has been happening since the launching of an initiative known as ‘Green Fence’ by the Chinese government which was to help reduce their pollution. The policy bans the import of all but the cleanest, most tidily organized bales of reusable rubbish. The program was supposed to end in November of 2013, but as suspected by the recycling companies, it looks like Green Fence is here to stay. Mr. Kaplan believes that the plastics #3-7 will continue to end up in landfills until the United States can economically recycle these plastics.
So unfortunately not all plastic that is put into a bin is getting recycled and only 9% of all plastic even makes it into a recycling bin. So what happens to the other 91%? Some of it ends up in a landfill but a fair amount ends up in our oceans. Around 8 million metric tons go into the oceans each year, according to the first rigorous global estimate published in Science today. That’s equivalent to 16 shopping bags full of plastic for every meter of coastline (excluding Antarctica). By 2025 we will be putting enough plastic in the ocean (on our most conservative estimates) to cover 5% of the earth’s entire surface in cling film each year. Those are some scary statistics. But what really made us rethink our plastic addiction was the report from The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics, which analyzed the flow of materials around the world and predicted that, given the projected growth in plastic production, by 2050 oceans could contain more plastics than fish.
In the year 2050, our children and nieces and nephews will be close to our ages. We want them to be able to enjoy nature as much as we do today. Therefore, we are making a change. At home and at the office we are going to reduce the amount of plastic that we use and at the same time we are going to recycle as much plastic material as we can in order to decrease the amount of garbage that we produce. It is not easy. Once you stop and pay attention to the amount of plastic that is around, the task seems daunting. We believe we have to start somewhere! We cannot let this make us complacent, nor paralyzed.
In our next blog we will tell you how we are doing it! Please come back and pass this along to your friends and family.
We are all in this together.
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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
~ William Arthur Ward
Thank you to everyone who came to our Holiday Open House and Art Sale this past weekend. We do not take your support and your presence for granted – ever. It is an honor to welcome each and every one of you to Wellspring Holistic Center any day of the week. You are the backbone of our center. We know what a gift it is to have you with us on the journey to health and wellness. So , whether you came to the open house, are coming in this week for a session, or will be in next year, the gift is here waiting for you to open it. We look forward to seeing you and continuing to serve you in 2018.
With love and gratitude,
Louise and Anita
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!
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.
For more information, call 570-421-3708 or check out our offerings and get directions to the center at http://www.WellspringHolisticCenter.com.