It's the Rochester Holistic Moms Network's Third Annual White Elephant Party, Monday, January 11, 2016 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

Here ye, Here ye! Come one, come all and join in on the fun of the Rochester Chapter Holistic Moms Network’s Second Annual White Elephant Exchange! Wrap a gently pre-loved or new item that could be loved and appreciated by another and pick one especially for you! It’s a new year and a time to recycle, repurpose and relax.

Bring a warm smile, a good joke and a great gift to exchange!

Light refreshments will be provided! See you there…

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. ”
~Joseph Campbell

Draw Your Way to Peace and Happiness with Instructor/Artist Michelle Frechette Ames of Doodle Chicks Monday, December 14, 2015 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

Join us with your friends as Michelle Frechette Ames teaches us this calming and peaceful form of meditation - through the use of repetitive "doodling."

Michelle discovered meditative art in 2012. She soon began teaching meditative art in small groups to share the peace, calm, and well being gained through the meditative art process. The art is easy and fun to create and productive for your own peace and well being. You can learn more about Michelle and meditative art at her website:

Immune Boosters with Certified Aromatherapist Emily Carpenter Monday, November 9, 2015 (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.)

School has started and cold and flu season is just around the corner. Certified Aromatherapist, Emily Carpenter, will share ways to boost your immune system to prevent infections as well as tricks to shorten the duration of illness once a bug strikes.

A 5.5 oz bottle of elderberry syrup costs $23 at a local health food store. In times of sickness, this may last you a week or less. You can make your own to save money, have fun, and empower your family to play a role in maintaining their health! HMN members attending this meeting will each receive enough elderberries and herbs to make their first 16+ oz batch of elderberry syrup. Visitors are welcome to attend the meeting to learn about immune boosters too.

Discover how combining the use of aromatherapy, homeopathy, herbs, vitamins, hygiene and diet can possibly make this your healthiest winter ever.

Emily Carpenter is a Certified Aromatherapist and Reiki Practitioner. She’s currently in school for botanical medicine and homeopathy, and continues to study aromatherapy. Emily has a mommy blog, Marvy Moms, where she publishes weekly coupons as well as shares what she knows about aromatherapy, homeopathy and botanical medicine. Emily is also the owner of WhizBang! Web Solutions LLC, where she creates websites and a social media presence for local businesses.

Introduction to the Principles of Qi Gong with Certified Qi Gong Therapist, Lori Scime Monday, October 12, 2015 (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.)

Qi Gong (pronounced Chee Gong) is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine that works on the body to bring balance and health, both physically and emotionally. Certified Qi Gong Therapist Lori Scime will introduce participants to the principles of Qi Gong, which include exercises and meditation, diet, and hands on healing. She will teach several simple Qi Gong exercises directly to participants to help bring the body in balance. Exercises are gentle and appropriate for all abilities.

Lori Scime has been studying and practicing Qi Gong since 2008. Her curiosity into how Qi Gong healing works led her to pursue certification in Qi Gong therapy. She received her initial certification through Lisa B. O’Shea and the Qi Gong Institute in 2011, earning her permanent certification in 2013.

Lori studied elementary education at Bradley University in Peoria, IL, and received her Master’s Degree from SUNY Brockport. Lori taught in Chicago and for the Rush- Henrietta school district before leaving the profession to concentrate on raising her family. She is active in her church as a Stephen Minister, helping individuals who are going through crises. Lori also has a private practice in Qi Gong Therapy and is available for Qi Healing sessions. You can contact her at 585-260-1686 or email

“Hands On” Event of Learning Infant Massage with Nina Neu! Monday, September 14, 2015 (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.)

Bond with your little one as you learn the techniques of Infant Massage from Nina Neu from Flower City Yoga. The loving touch of parents not only comforts and soothes infants, it may also bring relief to fussiness, gas, colic, and constipation. Your baby’s needs will always come first during class while you take this special time for you and your baby to get to know each other. Bring a pillow, a thick blanket and a washcloth. All caregivers are welcome to attend.

Because of the nature of this class being a hand’s on practical event which welcomes the whole family (Mom, Dad and siblings) to participate, we request only 10 infants and their families attend as the max for families with infants. However, anyone additional is welcome that may not have an infant. Members are given first opportunity and would need to RSVP once the event invite is sent. Email us at to receive the event invite via email.

Nina Neu is an Infant Massage Instructor at Flower City Yoga. Nina has found Infant Massage extremely helpful as a parent of four children. She then received certification by The International Association of Infant Massage in 2013 and has been instructing at Flower City Yoga since January of 2014.

To learn more about Nina and Flower City Yoga please visit their website at:

HMN Rochester's First Ever Swap – Bring items, take items, or do both. Share your goods and save some green.Monday, August 10, 2015 (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.)

Join HMN Rochester in our first ever swap. Plan to bring clean, gently used clothes, toys, and small household items you no longer need. Bring items, take items, or both! We simply ask that you take items that you will use (not sell) and that no item brought is broken, damaged, or not re-useable.

Kids grow so fast and, often times, their clothes are barely used. Why buy brand new when you can get like brand new for free? We also welcome men's and women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories too. 

This event is a great way to check out Holistic Moms Network of Rochester Chapter. Meet members, join in the fun, and help us in finding new homes for our gently used things - save money AND keep stuff out of landfills. It's a win win for everyone! Everyone is welcome, so tell your friends, family, and anyone who might be in need. Leftover items will be donated to a charity.

Nurturing Your Spirit through Joy, Self-care and Reflection with Sue Staropoli Monday, July 13, 2015 (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.)

As mothers, fathers, or caregivers, we are focused on caring and doing for others often neglecting our own self-care. Have you ever taken the time to reflect on how you care for yourself or asking if you are truly enjoying your life? Join us as Sue Staropoli facilitates an interactive discussion focusing on self-care and reflection in order to nurture your spirit and bring more joy in your life.

Sue Staropoli is an educator and consultant in the fields of spirituality and holistic health. Her focus is on a balanced lifestyle and the integration of body, mind and spirit. Her passion is to support people who want to grow physically, emotionally and spiritually. Sue holds a Master’s in Pastoral Theology from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry as well as Certification in Spiritual Direction and Retreat-Giving from Creighton University. Sue is an advanced practitioner of Reiki and Integrated Energy Therapy. You can learn more about Sue and her work at

The Best Of Rochester Round Table Discussion –You Choose, Your Vote Counts! Monday, June 8, 2015 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Join us for a fun night of discovering the “Best of Rochester” using your voice! Share your “best” sledding hill, “best” Restaurant for Date Night, “best” Movie Theater, “best” Bakery, and so on! You get the gist! Let’s discover Rochester together!

“'Rochester? Why Rochester?' 'Why not?'”

~It's a Wonderful Life, phone conversation between George Bailey and Sam Wainwright

May 11, 2105 Meeting (6:30 – 8:30 pm) Learn the “Essentials” of Using Essential Oils and What It Means to Be a Nationally Certified Aromatherapist with Mindy MacLaren

Through this Q&A style seminar, Nationally Certified Aromatherapist Mindy MacLaren will answer your questions helping to bring her knowledge into your home! Mindy will explain the basic do’s and don’ts of essential oils while speaking on the importance of understanding of where to get your information of use and know-how. She will also speak about what it means to be a Nationally Certified Aromatherapist and how it pertains to your health and safety.

A Rochester native and currently a Penfield resident, Mindy first learned about aromatherapy in the early 1990’s while attending college in Boston. Around 2005, she became interested in learning how to live a chemical/pesticide-free life and came back to aromatherapy. She completed Aromahead’s Aromatherapy Certification Program in November 2008 and is currently enrolled in Aromahead's Advanced Graduate Program.

In 2008 Mindy started her Company, Sweet & Woodsy, which is thriving today! You will find quite an array of products ranging from household cleaners to specially blended lotions all derived from essential oils. To learn more about Mindy and what she does, please check out her website at:

“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”
~William Shakespeare

April Meeting (April 13, 2015 6:30 – 8:30 pm): Finding Your Inner Voice with Mantras: Learn WHY Mantras Work and HOW to Develop One Uniquely Yours with Leslee Schenk Tyzcinski!

As a top pro and world champion competitive cyclist, Leslee Schenk Tyzcinski learned the power of mantra living at the US Olympic Training Center and has applied the principle to sports, business and even parenting. In this presentation you will learn WHY mantras work and HOW to develop one uniquely yours. You will also hear how your posture and breath impact mantra effectiveness and goal achievement.

She had careers as an accomplished athlete, a sports commentator and a senior director in strategic branding and marketing before becoming a full time yoga instructor and wellness coach. She is the co-founder of Finger Lakes Yogascapes - a women-only yoga retreat adventure company offering unique programs that are gaining national renown. (

“My mantra is: Let there be happiness in my soul, and let me share it with the world.”
~Alexandra Stoddard

March Meeting (Monday, 3/9/2015, 6:30 – 8:30 pm): Adrenal Fatigue – Dr. Zendi Moldenhauer Speaks on the Symptoms and How to Successfully Treat This Commonly Overlooked Condition!

Tired? Can’t Lose Weight? Expericenced Lots of Stress and Feeling Drained? Dr. Zendi Moldenhauer – a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with a post-Master's Certificate as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a PhD in Nursing – will explain the commonly missed symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue and talk on how to treat it!

Born and raised in South Africa where Dr. Moldenhauer earned a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Cape Town, she traveled widely through Europe and then moved to the USA in 1996 to pursue her graduate studies at the University of Rochester. She completed an Adolescent Fellowship and a Master's Degree to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and practiced pediatric and adolescent medicine for eight years. During this time, Zendi completed a post-Master's Certificate as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a PhD in Nursing, with a research emphasis on adolescent mental health.

Through her own personal health journey and Health and Nutrition Coaching studies, Dr. Moldenhauer has awakened to the need to integrate wellness approaches for the body, mind, and spirit.

“When you pull one blade of grass, you get the whole field.”
~Chinese proverb

February Meeting (Monday, 2/9/15, 6:30 – 8:30 pm): Bringing Homeopathy Home! Homeopathy for Beginners with Amity Engleson, CHom.

Ever wonder how and why homeopathy works? Amity Engleson, CHom is a classically trained homeopathic who will introduce you to the basis of homeopathy – “like cures like” – and teach fundamental remedies to use at home.

A graduate from the Homeopathy School of Colorado in 2009, Amity Engleson, CHom is a classically trained homeopath. Classical Homeopathy is where one homeopathic remedy is given at a time and changed as necessary. This ensures that we know if the remedy worked or did not work which can be confusing if multiple or combination remedies are given.

Currently, Amity is part of the wellness team at East Side Wellness Center in Fairport. Using her past fields of study, she especially enjoys helping children and pregnant women find health and balance through homeopathy.

Join us to learn more about healing with homeopathy and Amity’s journey that brought her to us!

“Homeopathy cures a larger percentage of cases than any other form of treatment and is beyond doubt safer and more economical.”
~Mahatma Gandhi