VISIT / CONTACT US: EcoWellness.com

Naturopathic Clinic, 613-839-1198, reception [at] ecowellness [dot] com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carpridgenaturalhealthclinic

Learning Centre, Carp Ridge Learning Centre

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CREWC-LOGO-kealy-smNATURAL HEALTH NEWS & EVENTS CALENDAR:

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADr. Leesa Kirchner, ND, FABNO

will continue to practice from Carp Ridge until Oct. 31, 2014 and the IV Therapy Suite will be operational until Oct. 31, 2014 as well. Leesa is accepting new patients.

 

We are Closing

For a list of new practice locations for your healthcare professionals as of August 30, 2014, please click on the link above.

New Hours

We will be open by appointment only in September and October. Please call ahead if you plan to drop by. 613-839-1198

photoKealy’s New Baby

Congratulations to Kealy Mann, ND and her family on their newest, happy, healthy addition. Your Carp Ridge family can’t wait to meet her.

 

 

RidgeWoods Outdoor Programs Now Accepting Registration!

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Ridge-Woods-logo-FINALThe program

RidgeWoods is a living school!

It offers wilderness retreat experiences for children, families, and educators.
In a variety of wilderness habitats, we will wonder, inquire and embark on a journey of self-discovery. It includes natural gardens, a pond, a stream, meadows, hilltops, and acres of protected and sacred land. It includes a mini-museum and atelier in the woods, and much more. We promote read more…

Classified:

There is an available ND position at Ottawa Holistic Wellness

Ottawa Holistic Wellness Center
356 MacLaren Street, Ottawa
http://www.ottawaholisticwellness.ca/
email: stacia@ottawaholisticwellness.ca

Look Beyond Mastectomy Boutique and Wellness Centre

The Look Beyond Mastectomy Boutique and Wellness Centre is a unique oasis for women facing the challenges of health and well-being.  In a comfortable, welcoming environment, you can check out clothing and accessories; prostheses, compression sleeves and other products; expertise; classes; Healing Circles; sprouting supplies, books, wheat grass, and healthy juices.  Drop in or make an appointment.

www.lookbeyondmastectomyboutiqueandwellness.ca

3rd Floor (The Spa) 26 Castlefrank Road, Kanata, ON K2L 4B4
613.831.4004   lookbeyondboutique@gmail.com

Like us on Facebook
Were on Facebook now, come visit us and get some important info read more…
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Upcoming Events

The Journey Intensive workshop

September 6-8, 2014English Journey Intensive workshop by Brandon Bays on September 6 and 7 as well as the Advanced Skills workshop that will be given by Marie-Sylvie Roy on September 8, 2014 at the Chimo Hotel in Ottawa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creativity in Nature for All Ages

Please click on the poster for a printable PDFCreativity Blitz Poster (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carp Dinner Talk

Dinner Talk Poster-SeptJoin us for a complimentary healthy dinner and help support the food bank. A donation of non-perishable food, money or assistance with clean-up is appreciated. Space is limited.

Please RSVP to carpdinnerRSVP@gmail.com or 613-839-1198 ext. 305.

Location:
Carp Memorial Hall

View the poster  for more info

 

 

 

 

The Journey Atelier intesif

les 4 et 5 octobre 2014French Journey Intensive workshop that will be given by Marie-Sylvie at her home on October 4 and 5, 2014. For this workshop, since space is limited, preference will be given to new registrations. If space is available, resits will be accepted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classes at Look Beyond

Strength Fitness with Margo Beak

Life by DeZing,from the Inside-Out with Francesca Davila

Grow your own Organic Sprouts with Leslie Aldridge

Breathe Move Meditate – Rejuvenating Yoga with Elaine Clark

Healing Circle with Linda Morin author of “The Courage to Look Beyond”

Amazing, Healthy, Meal Preparation with Caroline Ishii, former Chef and founder of ZenKitchen

http://www.thecouragetolookbeyond.ca/classes.php

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Latest Articles:

Ask a Naturopathic Doctor – The Healing Power of Nature in the Modern World

In this mechanized electronic culture it is possible to balance ourselves with the natural world: air, sun, ground, trees, water and stars. A few hundred years ago, being out in nature wasn’t an issue except for the “privileged” few. And there weren’t the dangers of civilization to contend with: electromagnetic fields (emf’s), pollution of air, water and soil, genetically modified and over-processed food, artificial lighting, mechanized travel and schedules that make it hard to stop and smell the roses. Now we need to make an active effort to get the exposure to nature that we need to thrive. read more…

Life Takes a Turn…

It’s still the dark of early morning and cricket sounds are soothing as I bring my thoughts into focus about these last few weeks.

My sister Lili, who lives in upstate New York, came to visit on a whim on July 23rd.  After dinner with a friend, we sat at the kitchen table chatting as sisters do and she mentioned some funny visual symptoms.  My mind went very still as she told me about a brief sensation in her head when they started 3 weeks earlier.  To make sure I wasn’t blowing things out of proportion, read more…

 


 

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Ask a Naturopathic Doctor: How to Rejuvenate at Midlife

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Cancer to GAPS

photoCongratulations to Kealy Mann, ND and her family on their newest, happy, healthy addition. Your Carp Ridge family can’t wait to meet her.

The Look Beyond Mastectomy Boutique and Wellness Centre is a unique oasis for women facing the challenges of health and well-being.  In a comfortable, welcoming environment, you can check out clothing and accessories; prostheses, compression sleeves and other products; expertise; classes; Healing Circles; sprouting supplies, books, wheat grass, and healthy juices.  Drop in or make an appointment.

www.lookbeyondmastectomyboutiqueandwellness.ca

3rd Floor (The Spa) 26 Castlefrank Road, Kanata, ON K2L 4B4
613.831.4004   lookbeyondboutique@gmail.com

Strength Fitness with Margo Beak
Life by DeZing,from the Inside-Out with Francesca Davila
Grow your own Organic Sprouts with Leslie Aldridge
Breathe Move Meditate – Rejuvenating Yoga with Elaine Clark
Healing Circle with Linda Morin author of “The Courage to Look Beyond”
Amazing, Healthy, Meal Preparation with Caroline Ishii, former Chef and founder of ZenKitchen

http://www.thecouragetolookbeyond.ca/classes.php

Creativity Blitz Poster (2)Join us on Saturday September 20, 2014 for Creativity in Nature for All Ages.

Let nature inspire your creativity through meditation, art, music and movement, guided or on your own, on trails and special spots on the Carp Ridge.

It’s still the dark of early morning and cricket sounds are soothing as I bring my thoughts into focus about these last few weeks.

My sister Lili, who lives in upstate New York, came to visit on a whim on July 23rd.  After dinner with a friend, we sat at the kitchen table chatting as sisters do and she mentioned some funny visual symptoms.  My mind went very still as she told me about a brief sensation in her head when they started 3 weeks earlier.  To make sure I wasn’t blowing things out of proportion, I called Telehealth* and repeated her symptoms.  We were told to go to emergency immediately.

We decided to go across the border to the Ogdensburg hospital where Lili would have insurance coverage.  After the usual wait, Lili was ushered in for her first brain catscan.  I was allowed into the office and watched the screen as an egg-sized, fluid-filled lesion slowly emerged on the right side of her brain.

It is incredibly fortunate that German New Medicine is the foundation of my understanding of health and disease, because brain tumours are the ultimate healing sign within this revised concept of medicine.  (This doesn’t mean treatment is unnecessary, see www.newmedicine.ca for an explanation.) I was able to be calmly supportive for Lili as she descended into the inevitable diagnosis-shock of the unexpected.  We were told to stay for an MRI and were then informed that she had a cystic brain tumour and needed to see a neurosurgeon.

My sister is not one for taking any challenge lying down.  By the time we had driven home she had alerted family and friends and gotten appointments with two top neurosurgeons in New York City for the following week.  The next day we went to emergency at the General Hospital in Ottawa to further check out the eye symptoms on the advice of a family member who is a medical doctor.  Eyes were healthy, but the visual symptoms had greatly increased, probably due to the shock.

Lili had brain surgery on August 5th and flew through recovery, riding on the prayers and positive thoughts of thousands of friends and family.  She weaned herself off pain medications with homeopathic remedies, discontinued the anti-convulsive drugs that were making her sick and successfully replaced the steroids, which were upsetting her sleep, with an herb that reduces swelling in the brain.  By the time she left the hospital, she looked her usual gorgeous self, determined to restore her health.  She has a follow-up MRI in mid-September to see how her brain is doing and to decide on treatment.  Now she is radically reducing the stress in her life and focussing on calming herself with meditation and prayer.  GNM teacher Ilsedora Laker has played a pivotal role in helping Lili come out of her fear and panic.

There is so much more that I could write about this, it would become a book.  Maybe I’ll do that someday.  In the meantime, I plan to divide my time between here and New York to support Lili until she gets through this, as I’m certain she will.  How unbelievably lucky that I now have the time and attention to help this much!

During this event I am having a new experience of myself: more energy, clarity and emotional stability.  I’ve been to New York three times since that July evening, with late nights, complicated logistics and high stress all around me and yet feel more positive and healthier than ever before.  I suspect that working with Sheila Earl and faithfully taking her remedies, supplementing with a very specific regime to buoy up my weak areas and continuing my therapy are all key, but that there is something bigger going on here that will reveal itself as time goes on…

I look out my kitchen window and see the outlines of the spruce in the new dawn.  In a few hours I’ll be travelling to Guelph in the hopes of being useful at the homebirth of Stephen’s first grandchild.  His daughter Sophie sounds relaxed and confidant and ready to go into labour any time.  Felix will stay here to see his mother in the Pride parade.

I feel blessed and supported.

Here’s to a peaceful ending of summer and a smooth transition into the more turbulent energy of fall.  Time for an early fall cleanse if you can.  I’m waiting until October to do mine and only if life has slowed down.

warm regards,

katherine

 

*Telehealth is a wonderful service for Ontario residents, a toll-free number which reaches kind nurses who will help you decide whether you should go to a hospital or not: 1-866-797-0000.  A good one to put up on the fridge!

–On another note, some of you have emailed me and not gotten a response, even before this new development.  It is my intention to get back to everyone, but if you want to help speed that up, please email me again and thanks for your patience.  I hope to see some of you at the Creativity in Nature event on Sept 20.

Katherine Willow N.D.

In this mechanized electronic culture it is possible to balance ourselves with the natural world: air, sun, ground, trees, water and stars. A few hundred years ago, being out in nature wasn’t an issue except for the “privileged” few. And there weren’t the dangers of civilization to contend with: electromagnetic fields (emf’s), pollution of air, water and soil, genetically modified and over-processed food, artificial lighting, mechanized travel and schedules that make it hard to stop and smell the roses. Now we need to make an active effort to get the exposure to nature that we need to thrive.

How to start getting out into the elements when buried in commitments that don’t include being outside? Consider some motivating and hopeful studies:

*walking on the ground with bare feet for 20 minutes drains off the emf’s we pick up from our screens/wifi (I’m considering an extension with a dirt floor to experiment with this.)

*walking in the forest increases our white blood cells; in Japan they call it forest bathing and use it for chemo patients

*planet earth emits vibrations that are identical to those used in hospital machines to help heal bones, identical to those emitted by our hands (think of preventing/reversing osteoporosis)

*sunbathing up to 20 minutes between 10am and 4pm between May and September in our latitude allows our skin to produce substantial amounts of vitamin D, boosts our spirits and helps us stay healthy without burning

*children attending outside schools have fewer illnesses

*negative ions by the seashore and waterfalls invigorate us

*sleeping early and in complete darkness, as we did before artificial lighting, helps greatly to restore depleted glands, the immune system and energy

Then consider some ancient wisdom:

*trees take in our negative thoughts and feelings as they do our carbon dioxide, giving positive energy in return (a role for depression and grief)

*animals seen in our daily lives can bring us messages for our soul   (Last spring my yard was invaded by woodpeckers of many kinds for 3 days. When I finally looked up their message and followed it, they disappeared within 1 hour.)

*lying on the ground, we receive energies from earth and sky, recharging our chakras/energies; lying on the ground for 10 minutes a day increases energy by 30% within 3 weeks (even inside!)

*air contains vital energies which we can learn to optimize with yogic breathing techniques/pranayama

This all makes common sense, but sometimes our primal instincts are buried under layers of civilization and being outside doesn’t appeal. Bugs, unpleasant temperatures, rain, snow, time pressures and boredom combine to make staying inside in front of a screen preferable. It may take getting sick to propel our habits back into what we need for body, mind and spirit. The old nature cure practitioners used all the elements for healing disease.

An activity we do at retreats is to send participants into the wild to find a power spot and sit, letting the mind calm and the sounds speak to their inner side, resonating with gifts that may have gone stagnant with disuse, inspiring them to shake off the heavy, over-stimulating life that they may have been trapped in.

No need to go on retreat for this—it can happen in a park or in our back yards if we take the time when the time is right.

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The program

RidgeWoods is a living school!

It offers wilderness retreat experiences for children, families, and educators.
In a variety of wilderness habitats, we will wonder, inquire and embark on a journey of self-discovery. It includes natural gardens, a pond, a stream, meadows, hilltops, and acres of protected and sacred land. It includes a mini-museum and atelier in the woods, and much more. We promote healthy living, creative movement, singing, laughter, kindness, resilience, positive thinking, mindfulness, simplicity, compassion, gratitude, generosity, and respect for the earth’s ecological system.

What do children do in it?

We fully immerse outside in the wilderness of RidgeWoods:

 a) We play games, sing, laugh, inquire, read the world around us, do storytelling, and create story lines, walk, run, hike, and much more.

b) We discuss the transformation of the earth and what each season bring to us, keep a journal, and contemplate.

c) We do art, crafts, mold with clay, build teepees, towns, castles, and much more using mother nature gifts, we paint on canvas, dance, and have a drum circle.

d) We embrace the weather of the day: snow, wind, rain, sunshine, cloudy days or something in between and give thanks for what we have!

September 6-8, 2014les 4 et 5 octobre 2014English Journey Intensive workshop by Brandon Bays on September 6 and 7 as well as the Advanced Skills workshop that will be given by Marie-Sylvie Roy on September 8, 2014 at the Chimo Hotel in Ottawa

 

French Journey Intensive workshop that will be given by Marie-Sylvie at her home on October 4 and 5, 2014. For this workshop, since space is limited, preference will be given to new registrations. If space is available, resits will be accepted

Katherine Willow N.D.

How to Rejuvenate at Midlife

It is a common experience to feel depleted by age forty or fifty after decades of working, raising a family and following dubious lifestyle habits. Energy wanes, digestion becomes sluggish, muscle mass decreases in contrast to adipose tissue around the waist, libido diminishes, memory fades and overall quality of life recedes with the hairline.

People with strong constitutions don’t typically notice the change as much as those more sensitive, but the latter have the advantage of getting the message early enough to make changes while their more robust counterparts are able to plough forward until they get sick or drop. Another pattern is overriding the body with one’s mind, enthusiasm and will, thinking one has lots of energy which in reality is adrenaline wearing away the body with constant stimulation.

The first and definitely most difficult step towards better health in this harried, pain-driven culture is to SLOW DOWN. For those who manage to get out of the overactive box, much potential opens. It is said in older traditions that investing in three months of deep rejuvenation gives ten extra years of life.

Once time is freed up, the next step is to REST MORE. This is accomplished by early bedtimes between 8:30 and 9:30pm, depending on one’s level of fatigue, and strategic power naps of 10 to 20 minutes during the day. All organs and body systems need rest to recharge. Watching screens, doing puzzles and reading don’t count as rest. Eyes need to be closed and muscles relaxed.

Feeling more rested gives us more control to EAT WELL. This is where the process needs to be individualized by body type and condition. Essential criteria is how much a person is depleted versus being congested/toxic which will determine if the diet needs to be nourishing or cleansing or a mixture of both.

EXERCISE falls into the same category of needing to be individualized. Restorative yoga, however, benefits everyone. Once energy is high enough, interval training (aerobic and with weights) is one of the most effective methods of building muscle and restoring human growth hormone for vigour. It takes literally 20 minutes two to three times a week. Add stretching to this and within weeks to months the body will begin to feel renewed. Science tells us that 9 months of intensive training can reverse aging factors by ten years.

When the body is balanced, one can more easily undertake EMOTIONAL HEALING in order to release negative feelings and their corresponding tensions held since childhood. Much energy can be gained in this way.

When we are able to sit peacefully without climbing the walls, CONTEMPLATION and MEDITATION deepen mental rest and access one’s spiritual source to receive guidance about what to do with our renewed self. PURPOSE keeps us living well.

BASIC PRODUCTS helpful to rebuild health include: digestive enzymes, adrenal support, thyroid support, multivitamins/minerals and cleansing herbs such as milk thistle, dandelion, cleavers and psyllium. Then there are more sophisticated products such as homeopathic remedies, Ayurvedic combinations and modern discoveries of cell recharging substances. However, consistent results require lifestyle changes…

Sometimes it takes a specific product to break a pattern of low energy in order to be able to move forward with one’s lifestyle. Other times it requires a person’s support–a friend, family member, coach or healing practitioner who believes in us and helps us take those small realistic steps into the destiny of the second half of our lives.

Summer Hiatus Carp Dinner TalkThe Carp Dinner Talk will be taking a summer hiatus. There will be no dinner talks in July or August. The next dinner will be Sunday September 21, 2014. Dinner Talk Poster-Summer

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