Saturday & Sunday
March 28 & 29, 2015
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Vernon Center Middle School
777 Hartford Turnpike (Route 30), Vernon, CT
Our seventh Healthfest is history. Thanks to all the exhibitors and presenters for making the fair memorable, and a special thanks to everyone who came to check us out whether out of curiosity or with a specific interest. We certainly hope you left with something new that you learned and will make good use of that knowledge to create a healthier future for yourself and your families.
We estimate that 1700 people attended Healthfest over the two days. Feedback from exhibitors is that those attending were asking good in-depth questions and wanted to learn and understand their health options.
The next Healthfest will be in late March 2017. Why don't we do it every year? We're all unpaid volunteers and producing a fair is a lot of work. It takes a year before we are ready to even consider doing another one.
Until the next fair you can learn about other events and talks in the area on holistic health at ConsciousCT.org, where you will also find a Directory of Holistic Practitioners, which includes many of those you met at this year's Healthfest. We'll also leave this website online should you want to find contact information for any of this year's exhibitors.
Until next time the 2015 Healthfest Committee of Alan, Michelle, Jean, Barbara, June, Leanne, Jim, Debby and Jon wish you Good Health.
The Fair Experience
Exhibitors: In the exhibit areas are 82 tables in two halls where you can meet regional practitioners, ask questions and pick up literature. Areas represented include naturopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, energy healing, hypnosis, natural childbirth services, woman's health, life coaching and herbs. In a quieter area a massage, vibrational healing or an energy treatment can be experienced. There is also a section with local environmental organizations and information.
Vendors: Vendors offer holistic health books, natural cleaning products, gems and minerals, herbal products, soaps, teas, green products, and gifts. Our Café provides a place to rest while having lunch or a beverage.
Workshops: There are 40 hourly workshops and demonstrations in four classrooms on a wide range of topics including natural childbirth, Tai Chi, healthy eating, meditation, Yoga, past life therapy, energy healing, weight management and nutrition.
Author's Table: A special feature at this year's Healthfest is the Authors' Table, where you'll be able to talk to some of the state's best-known authors on holistic healing, wellness and personal growth. From children's books and teen leadership to inspirational and self-help, the authors will be available to sign books for purchase and talk to you about their particular perspective on holistic wellness. Some of these authors will also be conducting readings or workshops during the fair.
Admission is $5 adults, children under 16 free with a parent. Admission includes all talks and activities. All proceed go to the Vernon Youth Services Bureau for local youth programs.
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Alternative, complementary, holistic and integrative medicine are names you may see applied to what are sometimes considered as non-conventional. Not long ago practices such as acupuncture, naturopathy, massage, energy, herbs and even nutrition were not part of the healthcare system; but in the last decade they have moved into the mainstream, and are increasingly supported by sound research. Studies show that half of us have tried at least one form of alternative healthcare.
Integrative Medicine is the term now preferred by hospitals and is considered to be choosing the most appropriate of all available options for the patient, be they conventional or non-conventional.
Key features of Integrative Medicine are:
* Consideration of the whole person; we are more than the sum of our parts.
* Treat everyone as unique. Our family, work, environment and mental state all affect our health.
* Emphasize healing rather than curing. Address the cause rather than the symptoms.
* Create a partnership between patient and practitioner; take responsibility for your own health.
Our Gold Sponsors
The Balanced Health Center exists to meet the health needs of women of all ages. Our mission is to provide the best possible care in the healthiest possible environment. Starting with adolescence, we offer a variety of traditional and alternative therapies including prenatal and GYN visits; health and hormone consultation; nutrition coaching; and energy healing. All care encourages health and wellness of the body, mind and spirit. As we grow and change, our needs and goals change as well. Rachel helps women develop a healthcare plan to meet the challenges that come with growth. Owner Rachel Donovan is a Certified Nurse Midwife and Energy Medicine Practitioner. The Center is located in Glastonbury, CT.
The Center for Progressive Therapies (C4PT) is a growing community of holistic practitioners. We serve wellness seekers as a facility for a variety of awareness and growth workshops as well as a hosting facility for gatherings open to the public. Visit us at Healthfest to learn more.
Connecticut Natural Health Specialists, LLC is a Manchester clinic offering patients the 'best of both worlds' approach, with physicians trained in both conventional and natural diagnostics and treatments. Naturopathic physicians are recognized as specialists trained in natural approaches to treat the cause of disease. Using lifestyle medicine, vitamins, herbs, homeopathic remedies and nutrition, our goal is to help the body help itself. Every patient is treated with thoughtfulness, time and care to develop a treatment plan individualized to address their health concerns. We value the doctor-patient relationship and seek to empower our patients with knowledge and support.
Crystal Vibrations Jewelry is a new concept in healing therapies. Located in Southeastern CT, we create beautiful Swarovski crystal and semi-precious gemstone bracelets in sacred space, and carefully infuse them with therapeutic, healing energies. Imagine receiving healing energy 24/7! Crafted with fine sterling silver or 14k gold filled, and over 30 different energies to choose from, no one but you will know that you are receiving therapy. We work with you to determine your healing needs, tap in to your energy, and assist with the selection of the right bracelet for you.
The Healing in Harmony Center is a spiritual healing, counseling and education center located in Glastonbury. Owner, Priscilla Bengtson, offers private healing and counseling sessions to people of all ages to help them get unstuck, shift their perspective and heal from the inside out. Whether you are new to the holistic world or a seasoned practitioner, a variety of workshops and classes are offered to help you better understand your gifts and enhance your skills. A free healing service is offered each month and available to all. The Center is also the home of The Psyche- Institute for Higher Learning which offers certificate programs for holistic and wellness practitioners.
Our Silver Sponsors
Alliance For Holistic Living is a group of individuals who practice holistic living through their personal lives and their businesses; serving communities East of the River. It is our desire to build community through service and education. We offer free monthly presentations on a variety of modalities.
Natural Awakenings Healthy Living Magazine is a monthly holistic magazine serving Hartford County and providing the tools you need to assist you on your personal path to wellness. Our mission is to provide our readers with a comprehensive resource devoted to improving personal as well as planetary well being.
Natural Nutmeg Magazine is a monthly holistic magazine that provides information and resources for a healthy, active, sustainable lifestyle. The magazine offers cutting-edge, timely information on natural health, wellness, green living, nutrition, fitness and organic products and is a free monthly publication distributed throughout Connecticut.
The Door Opener Magazine is a quarterly, statewide publication providing resources for spirituality, holistic health and metaphysics since 1986. While the heart of the magazine is the calendar and resource listings, each issue also focuses on a single theme and includes articles to acquaint the reader with groups, ideas or activities that may help in his or her healing or growth.
Vernon Youth Services Bureau (Alan Slobodien, Director) is a community based agency dedicated to providing: information and referral, prevention services, early intervention services, crisis intervention services, program coordination, and program development. Youth service bureaus (YSBs) act as advocates for youth, assess their needs, identify service gaps, and coordinate youth services.
Conscious CT (Jon Roe, Facilitator) is a website for the community of people who live East of the River with an interest in spirituality, metaphysics, holistic health and the environment. It provides information and resources for leading a healthier, happier, more conscious life.