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Come fast with us!

It is time for us all to change. We are called to take our health into our own hands, to take action, and to understand the importance of well-being on all levels.

One of the best ways we have found to do these things is through Fasting/Time Restricted Eating/Mindfulness/Group Support, and Knowledge.

Our 5 week program carries you gently along as we help you to understand inflammation and its damaging effect, reduce inflammation in all areas of your life, and then blast inflammation with a 5 day Fasting Mimicking/Mindfulness Protocol.

Our Fasting MIndfulness Program is easy and accessible to everyone.

What makes it unique and different is that we do not only deal with food and diet but add the essential components of mindfulness and spirituality. (this is not religion, so all faith traditions will feel welcome)

At a quick glance:

The Fasting Mindfulness Program (FMP) is a 5 week guided and supported program. We lead you through the entire program. We offer you a support group of like minded individuals to journey with, all the tools you will need, and the recipes and mindfulness practices that make this a one of a kind, full and rich experience.  We believe that body and mind are not separate and our program gives you the necessary tools for optimal health and well-being on all levels.

This program is unique in that it provides information, exercises for both body and mind, and food guidance.  It is an approach that benefits the whole person, body mind and spirit, and shows that all of these are inter related.  The benefits from this combined approach can be life changing on many levels.”  ~ Nancy G. 66

For questions and more information call or text us at 570-421-3708 or email – wellspring@wellspringholisiticcenter.com

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Join us! Fasting Mindfulness Program-FMP

New Year – New You – are you in?

Program begins January 16th! Join us and change your life!

Join your fearless (well, most of the time) leaders, Anita Bondi and Louise Bowman as we painlessly (well, we do our best) guide and help you to:

We know these are tough times for many of us. The cost of the entire Pandemic FMP program is $200 and $150 for Repeat Fasters (if you have done the program before, just know there will be all new recipes, mindfulness practices and meditations).

We have seen the greatest changes in health, well-being, and quality of life, for ourselves and our participants.

Simply put…If you are looking for a way to reset/reboot on all PEMS levels (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual), and set in motion life-long patterns of a nutritional way of eating – this program might is for you. Nancy P.  52

All are welcome.

If you are interested in participating in the FMP, or have additional questions, please contact Wellspring Holistic Center at 570-421-3708 or email wellspring@wellspringholisticcenter.com

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Fasting Mindfulness Program begins January 16th

Come join us for a life enhancing program that will change the way you eat, think, and live! We know that sounds too good to be true, but we stand by our promise and our experience. We brought dozens of people through the program in 2020 and feel more committed than ever to what these 5 weeks can do for you.

You will learn how foods effect you on all levels. You will be guided as you remove inflammation through diet, thoughts, and actions. You will be pushed but you will also be supported. You will be challenged but you will also find parts of you that you did not even know existed. You will feel better. You will think differently. You will grow.

Listen to us describe the program here.

Reach out with questions or to secure your spot! 570-350-0130-421-3708 or email Wellspring@wellspringholisticcenter.com

Pandemic price – $200.00 Repeat for only $150.00 (all new recipes, meditations, and mindfulness exercises)

 

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2021 – The Year of Invincible You

Happy New Year!

In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.

~ Albert Camus

 

Love and warm wishes, Anita and Louise

 Wellspring Holistic Center

Join us! Fasting Mindfulness Program

 

Program begins August 28th! Join us and change your life!

Join your fearless (well, most of the time) leaders, Anita Bondi and Louise Bowman as we painlessly (well, we do our best) guide and help you to:

We know these are tough times for many of us. The cost of the entire FMP program is $200 – but for those in need we are offering a sliding fee scale of $100 – $200-.

Please know that we are open to hearing from you and your personal needs.
All are welcome.

If you are interested in participating in the FMP, or have additional questions, please contact Wellspring Holistic Center at 570-421-3708 or email wellspring@wellspringholisticcenter.com

Join us! Fasting Mindfulness Program

 

Program begins August 28th! Join us and change your life!

Join your fearless (well, most of the time) leaders, Anita Bondi and Louise Bowman as we painlessly (well, we do our best) guide and help you to:

We know these are tough times for many of us. The cost of the entire FMP program is $200 – but for those in need we are offering a sliding fee scale of $100 – $200-.

Please know that we are open to hearing from you and your personal needs.
All are welcome.

If you are interested in participating in the FMP, or have additional questions, please contact Wellspring Holistic Center at 570-421-3708 or email wellspring@wellspringholisticcenter.com

On a personal note…

…still undecided about whether the Fasting Mimicking Mindfulness Program (FMMP) is for you?

Listen as Anita and Louise give the details of their groundbreaking, science inspired protocol.

Here are some reflections from our last fasting participants:

This program is unique in that it provides information, exercises for both body and mind, and food guidance.  It is an approach that benefits the whole person, body mind and spirit, and shows that all of these are inter related.  The benefits from this combined approach can be life changing on many levels.

Nancy G. 66

Simply put…If you are looking for a way to reset/reboot on all PEMS (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual)levels and set in motion life-long patterns of a nutritional way of eating – this program might be for you!

Nancy P.  52

I always thought fasting was starving yourself or drinking powdered mixes each day.  This comprehensive program not only came with a packet explaining every detail – including delicious recipes and mindfulness exercises –  but it also had two outstanding coaches to guide us and answer our questions every step of the way.  I learned a great deal.

Sue 63

This was my second time doing the FMP and I had many new noticings: my pleasure in preparing the foods ahead of time (as I find the preparing to be part of the mindfulness); the ease in fasting this second time whereas I was terrified the first; and how the new ways of eating post-fast feel totally (well…almost) natural to me now. And yes, I did lose weight and do feel sharp…I also loved the meditations and writing aspect of the Program—they are to be celebrated as well. Signed up for Round 3 already!

Eve 64

If you are interested in participating in the FMMP, or have additional questions, please contact Wellspring Holistic Center at 570-421-3708 or email wellspring@wellspringholisticcenter.com

Price:

We know these are tough times for many of us. The cost of the entire program is $200- but for those in need we are offering a sliding fee scale of $100 – $200-.

Sign up with a friend and get 10% off.

And a percentage is going to the local chapter of NAACP as we continue to stand with our friends of color.

Please know that we are open to hearing from you and your personal needs. All are welcome.

Love,

Louise and Anita

Wellspring Holistic Center – Living Prayers

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.

DESMOND TUTU

Friends on the Journey,

Louise and I wonder what to say to one another and to you at this moment in time? We stand with our fellow humans and we say that Black Lives Matter and that we can no longer be silent. We must learn how to listen, open our hearts to our own racism, and we must change. It is the only thing that matters now.

We have a powerful story of healing and transformation that involves the Ho’oponopono prayer and our Uncle Bruno. It showed us the power of praying for forgiveness and reconciliation using this ancient form. We invite you to join us daily as we pray together. We know we have work to do. We are listening, we are learning, and we are taking steps.

( Hooponopono is an ancient Hawaiian practice for forgiveness and reconciliation. It’s more than the prayer alone; it’s a process of making things right in your relationships — with others, ancestors, the earth, yourself.)

The prayer is simple: I am sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.

If you would like to feel it deeply within your body, here is an offering:

  1. As you say, I am sorry place both hands on your heart and feel compassion.
  2. As you say, Please forgive me take a moment to notice the responses of your body as you allow the energy of forgiveness into your heart.
  3. As you say, I love you ask your body to open up to release unconditional love for all of humanity.
  4. As you close by saying, Thank you imagine a wave of gratitude flowing through you cleansing and clearing a path for people to come together as One.

 

If you would like to do a bit more this weekend, Anita is offering two free movement experiences as a way to become Living Prayer and to release some of our collective grief as we move together and condemn the acts of violence that took life from #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTaylor #AhmaudArbery and countless others.

Reach out if you want the Zoom link so that you can dance your prayers! Both are Free and all are welcome.

 

All offerings will be based on the Ho-oponopono

Dances on Behalf Of

PULSE Trance Dance Online

Saturday, June 6th

5pm – 6 pm EST

 

Dances on Behalf Of

PULSE Trance Dance Online

Sunday, June 7th

7pm- 8pm EST

 

Standing for change,

Louise and Anita – Wellspring Holistic Center

Want to join us?

For the second time during COVID-19, we will embark on a journey of a lifetime. Please consider joining us. Anita and Louise are announcing new offerings to help you navigate these challenging times.

Our Fasting MIndfulness Program is easy and accessible to everyone and our 21 Day Transformation and Regeneration Protocol will set you up for success!

COVID- 19 has made all of us more aware of the need for stress reduction, healthy living ,and wellness practices to allow us to live more connected to ourselves and the world around us.

The 21 Day Transformation and Regeneration Protocol and the Fasting Mindfulness Program (FMP) are combined in a 5 week guided and supported program. We lead you through the entire program. We offer you a support group of like minded individuals to journey with, all the tools you will need, and the recipes and mindfulness practices that make this a one of a kind, full and rich experience.  We believe that body and mind are not separate and our program gives you the necessary tools for optimal health and well-being on all levels.

This program is unique in that it provides information, exercises for both body and mind, and food guidance.  It is an approach that benefits the whole person, body mind and spirit, and shows that all of these are inter related.  The benefits from this combined approach can be life changing on many levels.”  ~ Nancy G. 66

For questions and more information call or text us at 570-421-3708 or email – wellspring@wellspringholisiticcenter.com

 

Boosting Your Immune System – Part 3

If you would like a session with Louise to discuss how to boost your immune system, please scroll to the bottom of this post for a special covid-19 discount.

The immune system is the body’s defense against infections. The immune system attacks germs and helps to keep us healthy, but everyone’s immune system is not the same.  There are many lifestyle factors that can cause our immune systems to not function optimally.  Some of these factors include:  stress • loneliness • sedentary lifestyle • extreme exercise • smoking • alcohol • and diet.

In “Boosting Your Immune System  – Part 2”, we discussed how sleep, exercise and stress can help the immune system function.  Now it is time to delve into one of the key areas that all of us have access to, which will not only increases our immune system function, but will decrease inflammation: Diet and Nutrition.

There is a lot of stress right now with some people not working, others working from home, children home from school, parents learning to home school their children, and work from home at the same time, fear of contracting the virus, feeling alone … we could go on and on.  I know that for myself, those first few weeks were filled with a few more snacks, a little more chocolate, a few less vegetables, and many skipped meals.  This is not a good combination for boosting the immune system.  As we approach the time when we will all be reentering the world, it is time to give our diets a reboot.

Sugar

When some people are stressed, or bored, they tend to reach for a sweet treat.  Eating a small treat sweetened with naturally derived sugar may not be an awful thing for the immune system, but some people can’t stop with a small treat – it usually turns into something much bigger.  There have been some studies that suggest that eating sugar may suppress the immune system for several hours after it has been eaten. How? “Consuming too much sugar can affect the cells in your immune system – more specifically it affects the way your white blood cells attack.” explained board-certified internist and gastroenterologist Niket Sonpal.  Also most foods that are high in sugar, are also void of nutritional value, which can can increase your risk level when warding off infection.  Lastly, sugar triggers low-grade inflammation in the body, which we already know can decrease immune function.

So if we have a small sugar treat once a day, it may not affect the immune system too badly.  However, if we choose to consume one sugary treat after the other, the immune system will not be able to respond to an attack.  So the bottom line is that it would be better to choose a sweet treat like fruit or something sweetened with stevia or monk fruit.

Vegetables and Fruit

Did you know that the recommended daily allowance for vegetables was increased a couple of years ago to 5-7 servings per day.  However, the government received a lot of flack for such a high number so they decreased it down to 3-5 servings including fruit.  Honestly, I recommend that all of my clients eat at least 7-10 servings of vegetables alone per day.  I know, you are thinking that there is no way that you would ever be able to eat that many, but it really is not as difficult as you may think.  A serving size is 1 cup raw or a 1/2 cup cooked.  Eating this many vegetables does require a shift in thinking.  Instead of focusing on what meat you are going to eat, you need to start your meal planning with vegetables.

Why such a focus on fruits and vegetables? Studies have shown that fruits and vegetables provide nutrients—like beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E—that can boost immune function. Because many vegetables, fruits, and other plant-based foods are also rich in antioxidants, they help reduce oxidative stress.

And so what about fruit?  I recommend that most people only consume about 1-2 servings per day. Most of the time a serving is 1 small piece of fruit or 1/2 cup.  Fruit still contains sugar and while it has many of the same nutrients as vegetables, it comes with a lot more calories.  As noted above, sugar in excess is not good for the immune system so while the sugar in fruit is different than refined sugar, we still want to watch how much we are consuming each day.

Inflammation

Again with the inflammation?  Yes, unfortunately there are a lot of foods that could potentially cause inflammation in the body.  It would be better to avoid eating these foods as we leave sheltering in place.  However, every body is different and what causes inflammation for one person might not be the same for another person.  There are tests that you can do, but one of the best things to do for yourself is an elimination/regeneration diet.  This approach removes the top offending foods for a period of time, which is then followed by a reintroduction of foods to look for symptoms of inflammation or intolerance.  I like to think of this method as an easy detoxification for your whole body.  Most of the time, people feel great when doing the elimination/regeneration diet -more energy, better focus, maybe some weight loss, and sometimes even better sleep.  If you are curious about the foods that you are eating that might cause inflammation, this is the perfect opportunity to discover them.  With everyone social distancing and eating at home, now is the time to take a deeper look.

If you are interested in learning more about how to do an elimination diet, please contact Louise at the information below.

Intermittent Fasting and the Fasting Mimicking Mindfulness Program

There is way too much for me to say on this topic.  This might have to be a separate post.  There has been a lot of talk recently about fasting, time restricted eating, and the fasting mimicking diet.  Finally there are starting to be studies that show the benefits. Six years ago, a study showed that a 3-day fast can essentially reset the immune system, providing many potential benefits. These benefits include better cardiovascular health, better endurance, lower blood pressure, reduced inflammation and a boost for the immune system.  Check out our page on the Fasting Mimicking Mindfulness Program for more information on it’s benefits.

Nutrition and Supplementation

There are functional medicine doctors (doctors that focus on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease) online giving lots of advice on simple supplements that we should be taking everyday to boost our immune systems. Some people are firm believers in vitamins, others think that they are a waste of money.  Only you can decide what feels right for you.  I personally am a strong believer in getting most of the nutrients that we need from the food that we eat, hence eating 7-10 servings of vegetables per day, but sometimes we just can’t get enough from our foods and we need a little help. Extra help for the immune system during a pandemic is probably not a bad idea.

Dr. Mark Hyman, who works as the Head of Strategy and Innovation at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine suggests that we start with a simple supplementation strategy by taking a multi-vitamin, vitamin D3, vitamin C, zinc, and fish oil. It is important to remember that not all supplements are created equal. If you want to take something that is going to make a difference in your health, than it is probably best to consult with a professional about which form of the vitamin to take and which brands are reputable.

 

There is a lot of information on the internet and sometimes a lot of it is conflicting.  It is difficult to know which direction to go in.  If you are needing some extra assistance in deciphering all of the information, feel free to contact Louise.  She would be happy to help you develop an individual plan for boosting your immune system.

Please call her at 570-421-3708 or contact her at wellspring@wellsprigholisticcenter.com.  Sessions are 60 minutes ($65) or 90 minutes ($90).