Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Holistic Moms of Southern Chester County

The Holistic Moms of Southern Chester County are taking a break to hibernate this winter.  The January and February meetings are canceled.  Please watch for more information about starting-up again in March!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Fireside Journal Newsletter - January 2014


The Fireside Journal
News from the Soulful Cricket
January 2014
Edition #4
   


Namaste.  Welcome to the fourth edition of The Fireside Journal.  

You may sign-up to receive the newsletter (and interim announcements) by using the "Receive Announcements & Newsletters via Email or Feedburner" box in the right column of the website or by sending me your email address.  Once you've signed-up, be sure to check your inbox to verify your email address.

Announcements

Space Rentals Available!  The Soulful Cricket began taking day-use reservations for the downstairs spaces!  There are several rooms available, including the dining room, den, living room and great room.  To see more information about the rooms go to What We Do on our website.  For pricing, please call 610-444-2629 or email for a quote.  Many weekends are already filling in, but don't forget that weekdays are a good option, too, especially for off-site business meetings!

Fabulous Partnership!  The Soulful Cricket is so happy to have the opportunity to work with Sue Bara and her own business expansion into Kennett Square.  Sue is the owner of Nature and Spirit and DandeLion Grove.  She will be taking appointments for Reiki Sessions, Herbal Counseling, Stress Counseling and Holistic Health Counseling here to serve the Kennett Square area.  To make an appointment, please call Sue at 302-722-4476 or by email.  Keep an eye for other classes that Sue will be offering here, as well!

Do you have a passion?  Is there something that you'd like to see us offer or do you have a passion that you can teach to others?  Email me and let's talk!

Schedule of Events
For the actual calendar, please Click Here.
Be sure to check the website often, as updates will appear!
 
• Holistic Moms of Southern Chester County - Wednesday, January 15th, 7pm - 9pm.  Meetings are open to the public.  "Our goal is to develop a thriving local community of holistic parents with a wide range of interests.  Come on out, get connected to other like-minded moms and dads, and catch the excitement of our community!"  For more information, please visit their website.  
JANUARY'S TOPIC:  Teenagers and Vegetarianism.  Guest speaker, Grace Myers, is a Junior in high school and has been a vegetarian since she was nine years old. 

Tea-Table Talks

     The beginning of a new year is a time when many people commit to making changes in their lives.   I've always found this to be an interesting thing, because in my experience I have found that when people commit to something, they commit with the idea that what they are committing to won't change.  Yet, at this time of the year, we deliberately commit to making changes.   Maybe that's why so many of us are unsuccessful with our New Year's Resolutions.

    Buddhists believe that suffering comes from our not wanting things to change when in fact, everything is changing all the time.  In the Buddhist perspective, by not accepting change we actually cause suffering.  This is why Buddhists practice meditation... to live in the moment and appreciate it for exactly what it is, because the next moment is different.

     Sometimes we cause suffering because while we know things will change, they don't always do it in a way we expect.  Yet again, Buddhists teach us to not have expectations... just accept what is.   This doesn't mean that we can't do things to improve ourselves, or create positive change, it just means that often times our expectations are not met through our exertions.  The Rolling Stones summed it up probably the best way, "you can't always get what you want, but sometimes, you get what you need."  The expected outcome may not have been what you needed.  The actual outcome may be.

     So, we need to take a look at our views of commitment.  If we do, in fact, look as commitment as adhering to something that won't change, then we are setting ourselves up for failure/suffering.  What if we approached ALL of our commitments, not just our New Year's Resolutions, knowing that what we are committed to will be changing?  We need to continue to honor our commitments, but allow it to flow with the inevitable fluctuations that will occur.  We need to allow ourselves to work hard to adjust to that flow and allow it to become what we need, even if it doesn't seem that way.  Notice I said work hard?  Without hard work, then we haven't fully honored those commitments; but the results are worthwhile, as we will grow, find ourselves and end up being stronger for it in the end.

     I currently have many opportunities arising for directing some changes in my life.  Some of this does affect The Soulful Cricket.  The Holistic Moms of Southern Chester County will still be meeting here the third Wednesday of each month, Sue Bara is still taking appointments here and rooms are still available to rent for meetings, events and appointments.  The only real difference you'll see is that I will no longer be offering classes.  Third-party classes will still be available as the opportunities arise, so keep checking the schedule!  In the meantime, I am working to see that the commitments I have made will continue to flow with the changes that are occurring around me.

     May you have a blessed 2014 and may you be able to initiate changes that allow you to continue growing as a good person, honor your commitments and serve others.  Embrace the changes that happen this year.









 The Soulful Cricket
140 Thompson Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348  •  610-444-2629  •  http://soulfulcricket.blogspot.com  •  Email
All Rights Reserved 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

MEETING: Holistic Moms Network - Southern Chester County

Tomorrow evening, Wednesday, November 20th from 7 - 9pm is this month's meeting of the Holistic Moms Network Southern Chester County.  From the website:  

 "Join us in November as Landscape Architect Margot Taylor talks about developing sustainable home landscapes that use water wisely, conserve soils, have wise choices of vegetation and materials, and design that supports human health and well-being. Ms. Taylor's residential property was awarded a 3-Star Certification by the “Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™), an international program that evaluates and rates sustainable practices in Design, Construction, Operations, and Maintenance of landscapes."

For more information about the Holistic Moms Network, please visit their website at http://schesterctypa.holisticmoms.org/hmnschesterctypa/index.cfm, their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hmnsccpa or contact the group leader, Catherine Kegley via email.  See you here tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

EVENT/MEETING: Holistic Moms Network of Southern Chester County

TONIGHT!!!  
Dr. Peter Prociuk - Introduction to Homeopathy!
7pm - 9pm

Intro to Homeopathy

Back by popular demand, we welcome Dr. Peter Prociuk to our next meeting, Wednesday October 16, 7-9 PM.  Dr P's talk for us in the fall of 2011 was one of our most highly attended meetings.

If you have been thinking about joining our group, October is a great month, as the national Holistic Moms Network is celebrating Holistic Living month- and offering $10 off all memberships!  During October annual membership for new and renewing members is only $35.  Click here to become a member today!  Enter coupon code HLM2013.


Also, we were in the news this month!  Please read the fabulous article on our chapter in the Chester County Press!  http://www.chestercounty.com/2013/10/09/local-chapter-of-national-organization-gives-moms-a-network-of-holistic-connectivity

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Fireside Journal - October 2013


The Fireside Journal
News from The Soulful Cricket
October 2013
Edition #4
   


Welcome to the fourth edition of The Fireside Journal.  There are so many things going on right now at The Soulful Cricket!  The Holistic Moms Group of Southern Chester County meetings, an arts and crafts show, a birthday party, meditation retreats, another goddess class, Clarion Brass rehearsals... and more to be filling in!

You may sign-up to receive the newsletter (and interim announcements) by using the "Receive Announcements & Newsletters via Email or Feedburner" box in the right column of the website or by sending me your email address.  Once you've signed-up, be sure to check your inbox to verify your email address.

Announcements

•  Watch the Chester County Press for a mention of The Soulful Cricket in its article about the Holistic Moms Network: Southern Chester County Chapter!   The Holistic Moms Network holds their chapter meetings here the third Wednesday of each month.  Meetings are open to the public.  For more information about the Holistic Moms Network, please visit their website or their Facebook page.

Space Rentals Available! The Soulful Cricket is taking day and evening-use reservations for the downstairs spaces!  There are several rooms available, including the dining room, den, living room and great room.  To see more information about the rooms go to What We Do on our website.  For pricing, please call 610-444-2629 or email for a quote.  Many weekends are already filling in, but don't forget that weekdays are a good option, too, especially for off-site business meetings!

Fabulous Partnership!  The Soulful Cricket is so happy to have the opportunity to work with Sue Bara and her own business expansion into Kennett Square.  Sue is the owner of Nature and Spirit and DandeLion Grove.  She will be taking appointments for Reiki Sessions, Herbal Counseling, Stress Counseling and Holistic Health Counseling here to serve the Kennett Square area.  To make an appointment, please call Sue at 302-722-4476 or contact her by email.  Keep an eye for other classes that Sue will be offering here, as well!

Do you have a passion?  Is there something that you'd like to see us offer or do you have a passion that you can teach to others?  Arts?  Crafts?  Travel?   Music?  Food?  Email me and let's talk!

Schedule of Events
For the actual calendar, please Click Here.
Be sure to check the website often, as updates will appear!
 

Holistic Moms of Southern Chester County - Wednesday, October 16th, 7pm - 9pm.  Meetings are open to the public.  "Our goal is to develop a thriving local community of holistic parents with a wide range of interests."  For more information, please visit their website or Facebook page.    October's Topic: Introduction to Homeopathy. Join us in October as Board Certified M.D., Dr. Peter Prociuk explains how you can easily and confidently use the time-tested practice of homeopathy to help your family heal from illnesses and stay well!  Go to their Facebook events page or email to RSVP.

Monday Morning Meditations  - GIVING THANKS - CLASSES BEGIN Monday, October 28th.  8:45am - 10:15am.   A four week course on meditation held every Monday morning for four consecutive weeks. Click HERE for more information or call 610-444-2629.  A minimum of four registrants is needed  for the class to be held.  Maximum participants: 10, so sign-up and get on the list!  Call 610-444-2629 or email for details. COST: $50.

Saturday One-Day Meditation Retreat  - GIVING THANKS -  Saturday, November 2nd,  9am - 2:30pm.  Take the Monday Morning Meditation course in a one day retreat for a relaxing day away!  Click HERE  for more information or call 610-444-2629.  A minimum of four registrants is needed  for the class to be held.  Maximum participants: 10, so sign-up and get on the list!  Call 610-444-2629 or email for details. COST: $50.

Busy-Parent One-Day Meditation Retreat  - GIVING THANKS - Tuesday, November 5th, 8:45am - 2:15pm.  Take the Monday Morning Meditation course in a one day retreat while the kids are in school. Click HERE for more information or call 610-444-2629. A minimum of four registrants is needed  for the class to be held.  Maximum participants: 10, so sign-up and get on the list!  Call 610-444-2629 or email for details. COST: $50.

Arts/Crafts/Wellness Show for Charity - Friday, November 15th - Sunday, November 17th.  Vendors have agreed to give a percentage of their profits to one of two charities:  Alpha Rho Omega and/or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Watch the website and Facebook page for details coming soon!  If you want more information about how to be a vendor, please email me.

Holistic Moms of Southern Chester County - Wednesday, November 20th, 7pm - 9pm.  Meetings are open to the public.  "Our goal is to develop a thriving local community of holistic parents with a wide range of interests." For more information, please visit their website or Facebook page.  November's Topic:  Sustainable Home Landscape.  Go to their Facebook events page or email to RSVP.

Holistic Moms of Southern Chester County - Wednesday, December 18th, 7pm - 9pm.  Meetings are open to the public.  "Our goal is to develop a thriving local community of holistic parents with a wide range of interests.  Come on out, get connected to other like-minded moms and dads, and catch the excitement of our community!" For more information, please visit their website or Facebook page. December's Topic:  Present Wrapping Ideas/Holiday Gathering.  Go to their Facebook events page or email to RSVP.

Schedule an appointment with Sue Bara!  Sue specializes in Reiki, Holistic Healing Consultations, Herbal Consultations and Stress Reduction.  You can find more information about Sue on either one one of her website:  Spirit and Nature and DandeLion Grove.  Sue is holding office hours here at The Soulful Cricket by appointment only.  Contact Sue.

•  Other Meditation Opportunities - Private or semi-private consultations on meditation can be arranged by appointment.  Please contact either Sue Bara or Wendy Myers for more information.  Monday Morning Meditations, Saturday One-Day Meditations and Busy-Parent One-Day Meditation classes are all available and will be held once the registration gets to five participants.  Contact Wendy to be added to the sign-up list!

Sculpting Your Inner Goddess - Saturday, July 27th, 10am - 3pm.  Monica Rae Stover of Lancaster, PA will hold a Saturday retreat on goddesses!  She'll discuss goddesses throughout history, how they have played a role in many religions and beliefs and how a goddess resides in each of us!  Where and who is your own inner goddess?  Explore that part of yourself and go home with a goddess that you actually sculpt yourself.  Watch for details!  COST:  Pre-registration: $50.  After June 21, 2013:  $60.

Schedule an appointment with Sue Bara! She specializes in Reiki, Holistic Healing Consultations, Herbal Consultations and Stress Reduction. You can find more information about Sue's background at either one of her websites: Spirit and Nature and DandeLion Grove. Sue is holding office hours here at The Soulful Cricket by appointment. Also - watch for upcoming group classes on herbs, tinctures and other fun things!  COST:  Contact Sue Bara.

Other Meditation Opportunities - Private consultations on meditation can be arranged by appointment.  Please contact either Sue Bara or Wendy Myers for more information and pricing.


Specials

I am still looking for some kids and kid-like adults to try out a new children's meditation class!  The first five participants to sign-up will be able to take the class for free!  The class is about 1 hour long and parts of it will be held outside. I believe the class is ideal for ages 7 - 12, but should include some fun-loving adults!  To sign-up, please email me or call me at 610-444-2629.
Tea-Table Talks

When I woke-up this morning, I uttered my favorite morning phrase:  It's a good mushroom day today!  For those of you don't live locally, Kennett Square is the Mushroom Capitol of the World.  Many days we wake up to the smell of mushrooms.  Or, more specifically, the smell of what mushrooms are grown in.  After having lived here for over five years, I'm mostly immune to it.  When I do smell it, as I did this morning, it doesn't offend me anymore.  It's almost "homey". I do realize, however, that many other people don't quite feel that way.  So - if you visit The Soulful Cricket and you see lots of candles lit, it is probably because it was a good mushroom day.   It's one of the few "perks" in living in this part of the Brandywine Valley!
 
We enjoyed a busy summer!  The TKE reunion went well and, as always, made us laugh a lot.  Tim has some fabulous fraternity brothers.  We've been spending a lot of time on our Joyous Porch, too.  The weather wasn't as hot as last year, so spending time on the porch is always, well... a joy.   As my friend Teffie says, "It has healing powers."  In a way, I think it does.  It's good for the soul and that's what we're all about here!

The Holistics Mom Network: Southern Chester County Chapter (HMNSCCC) welcomes Dr. Peter Prociuk in October.  Dr. Prociuk was a very popular speaker the last time he came to the HMNSCCC!  He is a board certified practicing physician who looks at the body in a truly holistic sense.  By all accounts, he is a fabulous speaker and imparts some very useful information.  This is one of their meetings you will not want to miss!

The Clarion Brass has also been using the living room as their rehearsal space.  The living room has some wonderful acoustics for small groups like this quintet.  Music is one of my passions and I'm hoping more folks choose to use The Soulful Cricket as rehearsal or performance space.  It may be selfish on my part, but it gives me a chance to hear some fabulous live music!

November is a very busy month!  The next series of meditation classes are being offered and will be focusing on "Giving Thanks" and how meditation can help "calm" your holidays.  Registering early would be a good idea for these!

Also in November is my first what I hope to be annual Arts and Crafts Show.  The vendors have agreed to donate a percentage of their profits to one of two charities:  Alpha Rho Omega and their charitable works (which includes Relay for Life and others) and/or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  More details will be published both on the website and on our Facebook page soon, so keep your eyes peeled!  HOWEVER, if you're interested in being a vendor, please email me now and I'll tell you what's happening!

Other upcoming classes and events include more offerings by Sue Bara, Monica Shaffer Stover will be doing another Sculpting Your Inner Goddess retreat and we welcome cross-stitch pattern designer Beth Seal.  With so much happening, you'll need to check the website frequently!

It is my hope that you have a blessed holiday season.  Remember to keep it simple, keep it light and keep it honest.  :)

Blessings,




 




 The Soulful Cricket
140 Thompson Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348  •  610-444-2629  •  http://soulfulcricket.blogspot.com  •  Email
All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

MEETING: Holistic Moms of Southern Chester County

Tomorrow night, September 18th, The Soulful Cricket will be hosting the Holistic Moms of Southern Chester County (HMN) from 7pm - 9pm!  HMN will be meeting the 3rd Wednesday of every month and meetings are open to the public.

From their newsletter...


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We have exciting news!

Starting [...] Wednesday September 18, our meetings will be on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 7-9 PM at The Soulful Cricket, 140 Thompson Rd, Kennett Square PA 19348.  Our gracious host Wendy Myers will our guest speaker at our kick-off meeting, talking about Meditation with Children.  The fall line-up also includes Homeopathy, Sustainable Home Landscapes, and Present Wrapping Ideas.

If you have been thinking about joining our group, now is a great time with our new schedule and exciting line-up.  Membership comes to less than $4 per month, which includes all of our chapter meetings and outings, participation in our chapter's wholesale buying club for natural products, borrowing books from our chapter's new lending library, access to highly active national message boards, and more.  Click here to become a member today!  Please note that all continuing members receive $5 off by entering your membership ID # during Renewal (even if your membership has lapsed!).

Moms, Partners, Grandparents, Caregivers, and Moms to Be of children of all ages are welcome to come to one of our events prior to joining to see if our community is the right fit for you.  Please come, we look forward to meeting you!  Children are welcome at all of our events.

Wednesday, September 18, 7-9 PM
Meditation within Family Life

WITH WENDY MYERS
Join us in September as Wendy Myers, owner of The Soulful Cricket welcomes us to her home and explains her vision for The Soulful Cricket, and why meditation is an important part of her personal life, her family life and her business. She will end with thoughts on meditation for children.


Coming up at The Soulful Cricket:
Oct 16:     Intro to Homeopathy
Nov 20:    Sustainable Home Landscape
Dec 18:    Present Wrapping Ideas/Holiday Gathering


Also watch for news about:
Sat. Sept 21:   New Garden Grower's Market
Sat. October 12:  HMN Natural Living Conference, Mahwah NJ

For information about future events as they are added, visit:
schesterctypa.holisticmoms.org
facebook.com/hmnsccpa

Questions? E-mail Chapter Leader Catherine Kegley at  hmn.sccpa@gmail.com

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 Click here for a map to The Soulful Cricket or call Wendy at 610-444-2629 for directions.   We will see you tomorrow night!

Monday, September 16, 2013

FALL CLASSES: Monday Morning Meditations and Day Meditation Retreats - Giving Thanks



GIVING THANKS
MONDAY MORNING MEDITATIONS
and
DAY MEDITATION RETREATS!
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  • Have you thought about meditating, but don't know where to begin?
  • Have you heard of meditation, but don't know exactly what it is?
  • Do you have the know-how, but want a basic refresher and learn how to work it into your routine?
  • Are you just curious about learning how to grow your spirituality, regardless of your beliefs?
  • Would you like to enter the Holiday Season with a little more "calm" in your pocket?
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Come learn about the basics of meditation 
at one of your choice of three courses!

                                 Topics include:
          • Why We Meditate
          • How to Start
          • How to Create A Space
          • Different Forms of Meditation
          • Hindrances to Meditation
          • The Importance of Support
          • How Meditation Can Affect Your Spirituality

This course, taught by Wendy Myers, blends the teachings of Jacqueline Kramer,
 author of Buddhamom, and Sue Bara, owner of DandeLion Grove.

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Your course options include:
  Monday Morning Meditations!
A four week course held every Monday morning for four consecutive weeks!
Classes are held from 8:45 am - 10:15 am.
Classes begin OCTOBER 28th!!*

•  Busy-Parent One-Day Meditation Retreat!
Take the Monday Meditations Course in one day while the kids are in school!
Please bring a bag lunch.
8:45am - 2:15pm.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5th!*


•  Saturday One-Day Meditation Retreat!
Take the Monday Meditations Course in one day!
Please bring a bag lunch.
9am - 2:30pm.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd!*


Cost/option:  $50.
Registration deadline for all three options is OCTOBER 21st.

*A minimum of four registrants is necessary for classes to be held.
Class size is limited to 10 participants, so sign-up early!

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For more information or to register, 
please email Wendy or call at 610-444-2629.