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cosmic-baby2XVIVO is a scientific animation company — they created a video for Harvard University that takes cellular biology students on a journey through the microscopic world of a cell.

But anyone can be amazed by it.

It’s gorgeous and the music makes it simply astounding. Another level of the extraordinary, multi-layered universe that we usually forget about in our crazy, 24/7 lives. . .

Click here to watch it.

Or see longer version on YouTube: Click here.


From a Naturopathic & Yogic Perspective:

A Holistic Approach to Menopause Workshop
with Katherine Willow ND & Navjit Kaur RYT
1-4pm, Saturday April 6, 2013

menopause2Fee: $60 + HST (includes handouts) — save 10%, register by March 30.

Only 20 spots available! Register online, in person or by phone (scroll to end of post).

Hot flashes? Interrupted sleep? Hormone roller coaster? Discover holistic ways to empower yourself during this important transition! For women of all ages – whether you’re at the start, middle or end of this transition, we’re here to support you and offer a holistic approach!

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn about the possible symptoms of menopause for various stages and body types
  • Discover holistic methods to prepare, go through and thrive with menopause
  • Do yoga, meditation and breath work to support this transition
  • Connect with other women for support during this transition!

No previous yoga experience necessary, beginners welcome!


Katherine Willow ND has been practicing naturopathic medicine and yoga for thirty years and loves to share the benefits! She currently directs the Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre, sees patients and runs monthly retreats, and yes, has successfully transitioned through menopause, symptom-free!

Navjit Kaur RYT has been practicing yoga for over ten years and is the owner and director of Yoga & Tea Studio. She enjoys sharing the science and benefits of yoga and empowering women to take charge of their health and wellbeing!

yoga&teaYoga & Tea Studio
211 Donald B. Munro Drive, Carp, ON


from Anny Rose

flower-field-personThese workshops are designed to facilitate body awareness, transformation, and healing for yourself and/or your clients (ie, coaches or counsellors).

Rolfing can release fixations and compression in your body. . . opening new space.

These workshops can teach you how to own, maintain, and expand this space.

Learn to recognize postural patterns and movements that are causing you pain and compression.  Then learn to replace these dysfunctional habits with optimal patterns and sequences that allow you to lengthen and strengthen with your daily movement and to function easily and effortlessly.

You will learn new ways to perform everyday functions and activities like walking, standing, sitting, lying down (sleeping), and bending (gardening, dancing, yoga, etc.) that will not only lengthen your body (especially your spine), but will also protect, strengthen, and heal your bones, muscles, and connective tissue.

In order to create a new map of natural structural integrity, we will explore and incorporate  the following principles:

  • Core Awareness and Strength
  • Dynamic balance
  • Support and Grounding
  • Responsiveness and Fluidity
  • Harmony with Gravity
  • Integrity of Movement
  • Natural Alignment

First Module:  Saturday, March 23, 10 am – 5 pm,  Cost: $100

Second Module: Saturday, March 30, 10am – 5 pm,   Cost: $100

(**You need to attend both workshops to receive all the material)

For more information or to register, call Ann at 613-795-4836

Or email her at

carp-farmers-marketSaturday Mar 30th:
Easter Market
The first event of the season will be the Easter Market, Saturday March 30, 8 am to 2 pm.

There will be 50+ vendors located in the two buildings and even a few outside. We will have a 50-50 draw and non-perishable food collection for the West Carleton Food Bank, and a free draw for a couple of Easter gift baskets loaded with items donated by our vendors.

Saturday May 11th, 8am to 1 pm:  Mothers’ Day Saturday
This marks the start of the regular season, and we hope you will join us for a celebration of mothers – a small gift for the 1st 100 moms who visit our hostess booth in the Rotunda.

Summer Season: May 11th through to October 26th, including the Garlic Festival August 10-11th


maple-tappingIt’s a Saturday evening with a last attempt at winter cold out there.  Even so, we have been tapping our friendly maples in the yard and drinking half-boiled sap as a pre-spring cleanse.  It works — my body started craving lighter foods like salad and fruit, very unlike me who lives on a high-fat, cooked diet in order to keep my emotions at bay.

I’m cooking beets for our family retreat meeting tomorrow and easing myself into writing.  It’s been an intense time, dipping further into my reservoir of trauma and coming out a little more whole.

It started several months ago when a boyfriend from 40 years ago (!) emailed that he would like to “drop by” for a visit on his way from China to Europe.  Sure, I emailed back, curious.  I didn’t notice the underlying anxiety.  And then it was the Saturday of his visit, expecting him any minute in his rented car, beside myself with nervousness, which I figured was only normal.

The visit was lovely, reminiscing, sharing philosophies we’d put together from living almost six decades apiece.  He had just remarried with a new baby and brought wedding and family pictures.  There had been no reason to be anxious.

It was only after he left that my body began to come apart at the seams, like an after-shock.  It took a full six days to even begin to feel normal again, as if I had come through colossal danger.  The damaged part in me felt unprotected and betrayed at having been put in the position of hosting a strange man overnight, alone.  And I hadn’t realized, not been aware enough, not paid attention to my inner messages, didn’t know how to manage them in any case.

terrorThis was not rational, adult behaviour but childhood terror.  My body was frozen, my chest locked into hardly being able to breath at times.  Meditations bounced off emotion and hyper-vigilant muscles refused to stretch out into yoga poses.  My mind retreated into novels, food and sudoku puzzles, dissociated from my relatively new connection with my body.  I found myself staying up late to avoid going into my bedroom.

I am amazed at the enormity of this reaction, chastened at my lack of care and listening to myself.  I’m still exhausted from the effort of continuing to function while navigating myself back to what is my normal these days — better than ever, but now I’m reminded that it’s a thin veneer.  I don’t feel the iceberg underneath because my life is geared to protect myself from these painful memories, living at a healing centre, taking care of Felix, doing what I need to do to maintain my balance.  A fragile balance. . .

The silver lining is that experiencing this healing journey first-hand helps me understand others recovering from similar pain, how difficult it is to grapple with, how it prevents living a healthy lifestyle, how it interferes with normal relationships.  Most of all, I see how this path is only possible in small steps for most of us, gradually learning inner safety, healthy self-talk, reconnecting to the body and trusting others again.  As my therapist put it, we learn to be with the terror. . .

bigger-purposeI am extremely fortunate, blessed, somehow protected and lucky to be alive.  And as the layers slowly peel, I sense a deeper underlying purpose starting to emerge.  Not so different than what I’ve been doing, but with a power that is bigger than myself.  I believe this purpose is in all of us and that it is often trauma that leads us to uncover it as we seek to heal.

That’s about all for now.  I am going to walk Henry, my daughter’s big, gentle dog.  Coral is in Montreal with Felix and her partner, visiting her sister Sarala, my elder daughter.  It’s a welcome reason to be outside with the moon and stars and the bigger mystery.  Maybe there will even be owls; it’s their mating season and if you hoot they sometimes hoot back!

wishing you a graceful transition into early spring and kindness on your own healing path,

by Aviva Cohen

I spent years with back pain, and I always thought I wasn’t working out enough. Meanwhile, I had eating disorders, and I was seriously backed-up. I hadn’t menstruated more than 3 times a year since I was 16 (when the eating disorders started).

I always knew something was wrong, but doctors humiliated me, prescribed Ex-Lax. Needless to say, I was an early convert to natural health care by the time I was 20. I benefited from colonic irrigation, nutritional awareness, energy work, yoga, shamanism, you name it.Visceral-Manipulation

I tried Arvigo techniques in Mayan abdominal massage, Thai yoga massage, acupuncture, chiropractic. . . .

And then I found visceral manipulation.

What I find amazing about visceral manipulation is that it goes to the source. All things being equal, one system alone can not cut it with overall health. However, have you ever felt someone go straight to the source of your pain, put a finger on it, and it felt good?

This was my experience with visceral manipulation. And you are a perfect candidate for VM if you experience long-term chronic digestive issues which seem to improve for a time, but then reach a healing plateau — and you never really improve further. Everything helps, but nothing really gets to the source.

The same with painful menstruations or no menstruations at all, difficulty conceiving, pain after giving birth. Or if you have acid reflux, kidney or gall stones, liver congestion and depression. Or you’re male, have an enlarged prostate and would rather not go through surgery.

My favourite: you have sugar cravings, or are hypo- or hyper-glycemic. Do you have irritable bowel syndrome? Hiatal hernia? Do you have anxiety?

Also, whenever the organs are impacted, they make us very sleepy. An unhappy organ just wants to shut us down so all our energy resources can go there. And meanwhile your back is aching and so are your hips, maybe your legs, too, and it’s difficult to breathe.

My wish for you is to know that it doesn’t have to be this way, and that there is a way out. Visceral manipulation has been around for 30 years in Europe and is only now gaining popularity in the rest of the world. Jean-Pierre Barral, the developer, has been named by Time magazine as one of the top healing innovators to watch in the 21st century.


Aviva Cohen practices Visceral Manipulation (Abdomen & Pelvis), Cranial Sacral Therapy and Healing from the Core. She would love to hear from you and what you are suffering from. You can reach her at

Enjoy as a dip or spread. Serve with sweet pepper slices, carrots, mushroom caps & snow peas. Spread on a gluten-free bread. Add a topping of coarse chopped almonds if you like.

  • 1 lrg sweet potato, peeled & cubedsweet-potato-hummus
  • 1 cup canned white beans (cannellini, great northern, white kidney), drained & rinsed
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste


Steam or boil the sweet potato until very tender. Puree in food processor along with everything else. Add salt & pepper to taste.

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