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Dr. Leesa Kirchner, ND, FABNO

Dr. Leesa Kirchner, ND, FABNO has Sabbatical Planned

As many of you may already be aware, the Carp Ridge Natural Health Clinic where I have been practicing since January 2013 is closing its doors as the owner, Dr. Katherine Willow, ND, has made the difficult decision to retire.

I have subsequently made the decision to take a sabbatical from November 1, 2014 until March 2015. read more…

 

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

Classified:

Ballygiblin'sBallygiblin’s – Well Worth the Drive

Thank you Ballygiblin’s for sourcing local food, wild caught fish and other tasty ingredients. Ballygiblin’s takes pride in striving to follow the 100-mile principle by serving local food purchased at Farmer’s Markets whenever possible and they deliver! The food is always fresh, well prepared and served joyfully and professionally. They offer vegetarian and gluten-free options and are happy to read more

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Upcoming Events

Dinner Talk Poster-Oct
Dinner Talk Poster-Oct

Carp Dinner Talk

Join 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. 232.

Location:
Carp Memorial Hall

View the poster  for more info

 

 

Life is a Beach WorkshopCORE IDENTITY &  THE DANCE OF WOUNDOLOGY
Oct. 25 and 26, 2014

This 2-day workshop will facilitate you back to the conscious awareness of who you are and how you are in conflict with others and yourself, in your daily life. Learn to identify underlying negative triggers, how to stop the inner reaction and behaviour, and how to return to peace.View the Poster for more details.

 

 

 

 

Root Cellaring

Root Cellaring

Root Cellaring

Nov. 2, 2014
10am – 5pm
Cobden, ON

AN INTERACTIVE FULL DAY WORKSHOP ON HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY STORE PERFECTLY CRISP FRUITS & VEGETABLES YEAR ROUND. View the Root Cellaring poster for more details.

 

Vision WorkshopNatural Vision Improvement Workshop
Nov. 8 and 15, 2014 10am – 5pm

The workshop is being offered by Dr. Estelle Saunders who has been practising optometry for thirty years and maintaining a keen interest in holistic health.  For more information please see the poster.  If you know someone who might be interested please spread the word.  Space is limited.  Please reserve in advance with: Estelle: insight.naturally@gmail.com  613-823-0414 or Maryam: mghannad@yahoo.com 613-265-1348
View the poster for more details.

 

 

The Missing WisdomGRIEFWALKER
Saturday, November 8th

(6:30 -9:30pm)

Film viewing and Q&A with Stephen Jenkinson

View the Poster for more details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner Talk Poster-NovCarp Dinner Talk

Join us Sunday November 16th for a complimentary healthy dinner and help support the local 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. 232.

Location:
Carp Memorial Hall

View the poster  for more info

 

 

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Latest Articles:

Ask a Naturopathic Doctor: How to Do a Late Fall Cleanse

By Katherine Willow By now it’s later in fall and cold, but one can still do a modified fall cleanse with all its benefits: recharged digestion, renewed energy, better sleep, improved appetite and clearer thinking. There are several situations when one shouldn’t undertake a cleanse: pregnancy, nursing, exhaustion, excess stress, and liver and kidney problems. For any particular disease condition, it’s best to read more…

Time Alone!!

It’s a gorgeous fall day, all the more so for being an hour away from going on retreat for 2 1/2 days, the first free time in what seems like months, all to myself. I am exultant, already shedding the pressure of routine, Felix care and unpacking boxes. Destination is a village in Quebec where I booked into a little hotel in order to finish some of the shamanic training that I missed during the summer. I’ve packed food, two cleansing meals and the obligatory equipment that goes with shamanic work: drum, rattle, smudge, water bowl. Since a child I have read more…


 

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Ballygiblin's

Ballygiblin’s

Thank you Ballygiblin’s for sourcing local food, wild caught fish and other tasty ingredients.

Ballygiblin’s takes pride in striving to follow the 100-mile principle by serving local food purchased at Farmer’s Markets whenever possible and they deliver! The food is always fresh, well prepared and served joyfully and professionally. They offer vegetarian and gluten-free options and are happy to accommodate individual dietary requirements and allergies. There is something for everyone on their menu and they even sell their home-made sauces so you can enjoy them at home. The atmosphere is lovely and the local art is beautifully displayed.

In short, this is a must try and well worth the drive.

The Missing Wisdom

The Missing Wisdom

GRIEFWALKER

Film viewing and Q&A with Stephen Jenkinson
Saturday, November 8th
(6:30 -9:30pm)

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It’s a gorgeous fall day, all the more so for being an hour away from going on retreat for 2 1/2 days, the first free time in what seems like months, all to myself.  I am exultant, already shedding the pressure of routine, Felix care and unpacking boxes.

Destination is a village in Quebec where I booked into a little hotel in order to finish some of the shamanic training that I missed during the summer.  I’ve packed food, two cleansing meals and the obligatory equipment that goes with shamanic work: drum, rattle, smudge, water bowl.  Since a child I have been drawn to native lore and ritual–this is a deep gift to myself.

Otherwise, life has been stressful as I dig deeper into my pockets of unresolved emotional charge.  My body is reeling with tension and digestive upset.  I notice how closed I am with people, avoiding the triggers that send me into fits of insecurity, anger and dissociation.  The practice is to thank the messenger and breathe into the discomfort until it integrates.  It’s not pleasant, BUT there are moments of sheer bliss underneath all this held pain that pull me further on the path, down and in.

Practically, I am sorting through thirty plus years of stuff and lightening the load, reclaiming my life; working with Coral and Ashley to find harmonious ways to co-parent Felix; thinking about what might be here at the centre in another year…

The road pulls me!

Have a kind fall and hope to see you at the Carp Dinner Talk this Sunday.

 

warmly,

katherine

By Katherine Willow

By now it’s later in fall and cold, but one can still do a modified fall cleanse with all its benefits: recharged digestion, renewed energy, better sleep, improved appetite and clearer thinking.

There are several situations when one shouldn’t undertake a cleanse: pregnancy, nursing, exhaustion, excess stress, and liver and kidney problems. For any particular disease condition, it’s best to consult with a health practitioner familiar with cleansing.

Symptoms that generally indicate the need for a cleanse include: loss of appetite, cravings, difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, irritability, poor sleep, difficulty focussing, gassiness/bloating, unpleasant odours from sweat/breath/stool/urine and low energy, coated tongue.

Plan ahead for a cleanse and work up to it gradually, phasing out heavy and stimulating foods such as meat, wheat, dairy, coffee, chips and sugar. Detox tea in this phase helps the process: simmered dandelion/burdock roots are perfect for the season.

The bowels MUST be moving regularly before starting or the cleanse will “bounce”, stirring up toxins in the body without giving them a chance to exit. This results in headaches, fatigue, irritability and joint pain.

A cleanse can be from a meal to a month. Start slowly and gradually build up because the benefits of cleansing can be wiped out by not being able to come off of it gradually. Traditional wisdom recommends taking the same amount of time to phase back into normal eating as cleansing. If not sure, start with 1/2-1 day cleanses and work up. This can easily be done weekly all year around and for some people is the best way.

Cleansing food: Breakfast varies according to people’s body types and health. Strong, healthy types can simply have ginger tea. Medium types, especially if they tend to overheat, can have a smoothie with whey or vegan protein powder. Sensitive types do well with cooked rice porridge with almond butter, honey and non-dairy milk with ginger tea on the side.

Lunch and dinner is an Ayurvedic food called kitchari, a mixture of white Basmati rice with an equal amount of red lentils, spices (cumin, turmeric, ginger), ghee or coconut butter, and twice the amount of water. One can add chopped, non-starchy vegetables or they can be steamed separately.

Between meals, drink water or herb tea. If needed have a piece of fruit or a smoothie.

Cleansing supplements: milk thistle for the liver because it helps strengthen it as well as clean. The dose varies from a few drops in the morning ½ hour before breakfast for people with delicate constitutions/conditions to 30 drops ½ hour before meals twice daily for stronger folk. For the bowels you can use bentonite (1 tablespoon) and psyllium (1 teaspoon) mixed in 1 cup water a few minutes after the morning milk thistle, ½ hour before breakfast. This helps remove the toxins that are being pulled out of the tissues into the digestive tract for elimination.

Other tips for a successful and pleasurable cleanse: go to bed and wake up early; move lots, but gently (rebounding on a small trampoline is lovely as is yoga); rest lots if tired; treat yourself to a lymph drainage massage to help move toxins out; ditto for a sauna if you feel strong enough; colonics for chronic constipation. These activities help offset cleansing symptoms (see above).

Time for reflection, prayer, meditation and/or healing, either facilitated or alone invites the most important benefit of cleansing: inner growth.

It’s best to avoid extremes and have a pleasant and easy cleanse—which makes us want to repeat the process!

Life is a Beach WorkshopThis 2-day workshop will facilitate you back to the conscious awareness of who you are and how you are in conflict with others and yourself, in your daily life.

Learn to identify underlying negative triggers, how to stop the inner reaction and behaviour, and how to return to peace.

Jim Dowling, Holistic Health Practitioner

Carp Holistic Health Centre

 

Saturday, October 25th | 9:00am to 4:00pm

to Sunday, October 26th | 10:00am to 3:00pm

 

Cost: $197/weekend

Location: 3744 Carp Road, Carp, ON or TBA

To register for the Life is a Beach workshop, contact (613) 839-2490 or email yourlifeisabeach@outlook.com

Payment: Cash or email transfer to jim.holistichealth@rogers.com

Jim Dowling has over 20 years experience with over 15,000 sessions, with clients internationally.

Vision WorkshopThis workshop is being offered in two days on November 8th and November 15th, 2014 in Ottawa.  The workshop is being offered by Dr. Estelle Saunders who has been practising optometry for thirty years and maintaining a keen interest in holistic health.  For more information please see the poster.  If you know someone who might be interested please spread the word.  Space is limited.  Please reserve in advance with: Estelle: insight.naturally@gmail.com  613-823-0414 or Maryam:  mghannad@yahoo.com 613-265-1348

It’s an evening after putting grandson Felix to bed, reading his night-time story, listening to the events of his day. He was made bus monitor, helping the other children with the bus rules, and he is proud of himself.

As I lay beside him, listening to his breathing calm down and move into sleep, I wondered how our future will unfold. There is such a burning desire in me to get back into the healing work. At the same time, there is an equal burning need for personal and family healing. It’s not a new problem, laugh! The conclusion always comes back to having enough faith to move slowly, one step at a time, one day at a time. Not a new solution either!!

This week Felix and I move into the basement of the clinic while my daughter Coral and partner Ashley move into my house on the same property. We’ll be neighbours for the sake of a six year old boy. A therapist has been enlisted to help us grow through the inevitable rough patches. We are all excited and nervous; family relations haven’t been spectacular over the last two decades. Fortunately they have improved markedly these past six months due to ongoing efforts on both sides and some breakthroughs in my personal trauma work with experienced EMDR therapist Mary Ann Carmichael.

These breakthroughs and retirement have come at a good time—just as my sister Lili needs support for her health, as I described in my last blog. It’s meant driving or flying to New York City or upstate NY five times in the previous two months. And the results are so far wonderful: her last brain MRI was totally clean. Thank you to all the people who have responded with such kind, thoughtful and uplifting messages. It has meant a lot. The next MRI is at the end of October.

As for the birth of my friend Stephen’s first grandchild, I missed the birth. All is well—Sophie and son Francis are strong and healthy. I so look forward to seeing him. This connection with other families and their children is new to me, a long-time dedicated loner, and I marvel at the strong feelings of affection that are increasing in my life.

All this would have toppled me even a few months ago. Yet I have never felt as strong, even and clear, leading to a sense of awe and humility. In the past my meditation practice would have bitten the dust; instead it has magically deepened. I can only acknowledge and thank Grace. Now it’s a matter of setting up a new home, continue supporting my sister and start going through my work papers with the intention of finding my next step. The obvious thing would be to finish my book on German New Medicine and move forward from there.

In the meantime, the monthly Carp Dinner Talks are back and I am presenting on Sunday, October 19th on how to do a fall cleanse if you need to hear it again, smile…

Back to packing boxes and trying to keep the threads of everyday life during the move.

By next blog I hope to be settled and preparing to write. And I do intend to get back to everyone who is still waiting on me for a reply—so sorry!

happy autumn transitioning,

katherine

Off-Grid LivingSunday October 5, 2014
10am – 5pm
Cobden, ON

AN INSPIRING FULL DAY IN-DEPTH WORKSHOP ON HOW TO MAKE YOUR OFF-GRID HOME &/OR FARM DREAMS A SUCCESSFUL & AFFORDABLE REALITY

View the Off-Grid Living poster for more details.

Root CellaringNov. 2, 2014
10am – 5pm
Cobden, ON

AN INTERACTIVE FULL DAY WORKSHOP ON HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY STORE PERFECTLY CRISP FRUITS & VEGETABLES YEAR ROUND.

View the Root Cellaring poster for more details.

A stick bug joins in the fun on Jessica Spirak's arm!

A stick bug joins in the fun on Jessica Spirak’s arm!

Why we call them red oaks...

Why we call them red oaks…

The woods were alive with activity on a cloudy, drizzly Saturday, September 20 at Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre during a collaboration with the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust to provide opportunities to be creative in nature.

Inspired by MMLT’s Creativity Blitz on 200 acres near Pakenham in May, CREWC director Katherine Willow decided to do something similar with them on the Carp Ridge.

Neil Carleton leads people in creative experimentation with leaf and bark rubbings.

Neil Carleton leads people in creative experimentation with leaf and bark rubbings.

Participants registered with a donation to MMLT to continue preserving precious wilderness. Then they were given a map of the trails and activities: drumming, Soundscaping (listening with a dish and electronics…extraordinary), nature journaling (with gorgeous bark and leaf rubbings), meditation at Father Jack’s Sacred Space, visiting beaver ponds, exploring a children’s nature museum (compliments of the Ridgewood Nature Program outdoor preschool) and observing the “Poo Tree” where generations of porcupines have lived.

Healthy, local, organic and gluten-free food was available—and delicious—thanks to volunteer Tanya Spirak. And the general consensus was that this event had infinite potential and will happen again in some form. Thank you to all who contributed.

If you are interested in finding out when the next nature event will happen, please sign up for email newsletters at: mmlt.com and/or ecowellness.com and we look forward to seeing you in the woods!

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