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The Power of Creativity by Jayme Cooper

A young woman came to our class on making Ukranian Easter eggs. As craft projects go, this one is far from basic. It involves a delicate egg, beeswax, a primitive looking tool called a kiska, fire and dye. For simplicity’s sake, I’ll forego a description of the process and just say that making each egg is an exciting, tedious, terrifying and deeply fulfilling experience. It’s the creative process in all of its glory. Sounds a lot like life, doesn’t it? I’m not sure she knew what she was in for.

About two hours into the class, the young woman looked at her egg, nearly complete, then turned to her mother. “I’m actually going to finish,” she said as her smile widened. “I never finish anything.”

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Green Meadow Waldorf School: Rockland County’s Only Waldorf School

Green Meadow is one of the largest and oldest Waldorf schools in North America. As one of the few tristate-area Waldorf schools with a high school, they currently have about 365 students in nursery through twelfth grade. They also offer a parent & child program for babies and toddlers from birth to age three, and their dynamic Community Education Series, which is free and open to the public, engages and supports parents and brings in members of the larger community. They are committed to socio-economic diversity; about 35% of their families receive tuition assistance. They offer an affordable and flexible after-school program that serves children in the lower grades to help working families.

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Raising Healthy Children with Nutritious Food by Dr. Richard Huntoon

One of the questions parents ask is, “What shall I feed my children?” With fast food options and busy schedules, it can be challenging to make good choices. You probably know that sugar is a major culprit in our nation’s health problems. What you may not realize is just how much sugar is part of virtually every packaged food on the shelf of your grocery store. Packaged carbohydrates such as breads, pastas, crackers, chips, and cereals are mostly grain. Those grains have been heavily processed, stripped of most of their nutritional value, and then treated with chemical preservatives to give them a long shelf life.

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Find Your Safe Haven Through Art Therapy

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“’Safe haven’ were the exact words one of my first clients used to describe our time together. It was this sense of safety and connection that allowed her to explore life events that had previously kept her isolated, fearful and angry. Our work together incorporated directive based and open therapeutic art-making to help her share the burden of her trauma and to facilitate forming a new sense of direction,” explains licensed creative arts therapist Lorraine Murphy. Safe Haven Arts offers individual, couple and family therapy sessions with children, adolescents and adults.

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Sunbridge Institute

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Sunbridge Institute, situated 30 miles outside Manhattan in the Lower Hudson Valley village of Chestnut Ridge, has been educating Waldorf teachers since 1967. In the course of its history as this nation’s oldest continuous Waldorf teacher education center, Sunbridge has prepared thousands of educators and innovators in the Waldorf school movement. As a full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America, Sunbridge provides its program graduates highly-sought-after credentials for employment as Waldorf educators and leaders. Sunbridge graduates enjoy teaching and administrative careers at Waldorf schools and early childhood centers, teacher education institutes and affiliated organizations.

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Stage Left Children’s Theater Fall Line-Up

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Stage Left produces shows by kids for kids. Since 1999 they have been providing quality productions for the community and offering cultural inspiration. Young children are empowered and develop important life skills through the medium of theater. 

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Natural Solution for Dry Eye Syndrome

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Highland Ophthalmology Associates, a leading eye specialty center in the Hudson Valley is now providing a revolutionary new treatment, LipiFlow®, for patients who suffer from dry eye caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). MGD, a progressive disease that affects some 300 million people worldwide, stems from blockages in the oilproducing meibomian glands located in the eyelids. LipiFlow unblocks the glands, allowing them to resume the secretion of oily lipids needed for a healthy tear film. The revolutionary new device Lipiview, images the Meibomian gland to determine the health of the glands. This will indicate if treatment with LipiFlow is necessary.

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Experience Wholeness Energetics

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This is an invitation. On Saturday, August 27 at 10 a.m., you are invited to participate in a direct experience of your Wholeness. Wholeness is a state of being that goes beyond wellness. In this state of Wholeness, we realize we do not need anything to complete us, heal us or to make us happy and we understand that nothing and no one can diminish us. We can reclaim this natural state of health, vitality and fulfillment by returning to our Wholeness and relax into joy, flow, and abundance.

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Uncovering a Child’s Inner Spirit through Yoga by Judy Levin

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Introducing and teaching yoga to children and teens has been a true gift. When I first started practicing yoga many years ago I never would have imagined where this journey would lead. I was teaching in the pre-K classroom and practicing yoga on my own. The deeper I delved into yoga and experienced the benefits for myself the clearer the importance of integrating it into the classroom it became. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out or where it would lead but the results were immediate and profound. Soon the children began asking for it and it became the favorite part of our day. I began my training as a children/teen teacher and my path took an unexpected turn into the vibrant world of children’s yoga. I am truly grateful and have since developed a teacher training to educate other adults who share this passion. Once the training is complete, they too can share the gift of yoga with our youth.

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Empowering Our Children through Joyful and Authentic Learning by Beth Norman

What do we wish for our children? Happiness? To live full, rich lives? Sometimes we can best serve them by letting go just a little so they can be their own person and guide. We can nurture them and their natural creative sensibilities by letting them explore and reach and sometimes push the boundaries of what is safe. By letting them try, and fail, and try again. By giving them unstructured time to reflect and time in nature. Let them be curious and ask questions and discover the beauty, wonder and genius in the world. Let them find their passions.

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