UPCOMING MEETINGS

Chocolate Making Workshop with Laughing Gull Chocolates
Monday, December 11, 2017 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)

Ready to try something new? Roll up your sleeves and learn the secret to making great tasting chocolate with Laughing Gull Chocolates' owner and Chief Chocolatier, Lindsay Tarnoff. During this hands on session, participants will practice the art of truffle-making from ganache to dipping while engaging in a conversation about the history of chocolate. You will go home with a small assortment of truffles and endless bragging rights as a chocolate connoisseur! We kindly ask each attendee to bring $10 to cover the cost of the truffles you will be making to take home.

Laughing Gull Chocolates was conceived out of a long-standing love affair with chocolate, a fascination with the story of chocolate, and a desire to use chocolate as a vehicle for social change. Lindsay has devoted time and passion in developing a meaningful mission, delicious recipes, and a strong business, first in her native Rhode Island, then in her adopted home of Rochester, NY. In addition to sharing her love of chocolate with the community, Lindsay ensures that each and every ingredient in Laughing Gull products are ethically and locally produced. Throughout the process, Lindsay uses chocolate as a catalyst to make a difference in the community and around the world. This fall, she is opening a brick and mortar shop in the North Winton Village neighborhood! http://www.laughinggullchocolates.com/

Film: Vaxxed, From Cover Up to Catastrophe
Monday, January 8th, 2018 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)

In 2013, biologist Dr. Brian Hooker received a call from a Senior Scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who led the agency’s 2004 study on the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and its link to autism. The scientist, Dr. William Thompson, confessed that the CDC had omitted crucial data in their final report that revealed a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism. Over several months, Dr. Hooker records the phone calls made to him by Dr. Thompson who provides the confidential data destroyed by his colleagues at the CDC.

Dr. Hooker enlists the help of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the British gastroenterologist falsely accused of starting the anti-vax movement when he first reported in 1998 that the MMR vaccine may cause autism. In his ongoing effort to advocate for children’s health, Wakefield directs this documentary examining the evidence behind an appalling cover-up committed by the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens.

Homeopathic ‘Dr. Mom’
Monday February 12th, 2018 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)

Learn practical ways to handle most of the acute childhood illnesses right on the spot, especially when they happen at a time when Dr.’s Office or Hospital visit is practically impossible. Those complaints can be at the middle of the night, “mom, I can’t sleep”, because the child may have intolerable ear ache, upset stomach, diarrhea, colic, cold & flu, sore throat, inflamed tonsils, headaches, asthma attacks, croup, sinus pain, high fever, nightmares, insomnia or anything similar. Dr. Peechatt will demonstrate a few of the most important Homeopathic medicines used for common illnesses. These medicines are 100% safe, natural and effective without any known side effects.

Gregory Peechatt HMD (Homeopathic Medicine’s Doctor-UK), Ph.D. N.D, is a practitioner of Homeopathic Medicine for over three decades He is also a Certified (by The National Board & by NYS) School Psychologist. He has worked with children, adolescents and young adults for the past 33 years in NYC and in Rochester. After defending his DHM Thesis on Homeopathic Treatment of ADHD, he has given several workshops to teachers, psychologists, health care professionals, parents of children with ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, OCD, ODD, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, etc. Dr. Peechatt integrates Classical & Modern Homeopathy, with Psychotherapy, Naturopathy, Acu-points stimulation, Japanese Shiatsu, Cold Laser Therapy for Pain Relief etc. http://homeopathyweb.org/

Holidays: We’ve Got This! Monday, November 13th, 2017 (6:30 -8:30pm)

Let’s put our creative minds together and discuss ways to tackle the challenges of the holidays and other celebrations your family shares together. What traditions do you have? What do you do to save money? What gift ideas (for teachers, family members and kids) do you have? What are your biggest challenges? Come discuss these topics and more with like-minded parents!
Bring your favorite tea to share if you’d like and a recipe you love (and have tried) to exchange with the group. In November and December, we’ll also be collecting new or used bras, new panties and feminine products to donate to the I Support the Girls Organization (http://isupportthegirls.org/)

Thriving (Not Just Surviving) in Motherhood and Life, Jessica Fowler, LCSW Monday, October 9th, 2017 (6:30 -8:30pm)

Is Motherhood exactly what you thought it would be? Chances are it is not. Would you like it to be a little different? Maybe a bit more peaceful? Jessica Fowler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice who will address how to find a little more joy in motherhood. Jessica will introduce ways to reduce stress as well as share tools on coping with balancing a life with children, work, and all the excitement life throws at you as a parent.

Jessica believes that having support during parenthood is important and essential. In her practice, she focuses on supporting individuals and couples during this exciting, yet overwhelming time. Jessica also specializes in working with women struggling with a perinatal mood and/or anxiety disorders, helping couples reconnect during early parenthood and parent coaching.http://www.jlfcounselingservices.com/

Vision Board Workshop, Nora Doebrich, Art Therapist Monday, Sept 11th, 2017 (6:30 -8:30pm)

Life can become so busy and we can often find ourselves running from one thing to the other. This can lead us to feel burnt out, overwhelmed and exhausted. This workshop is intended to help you slow down and focus on what is really important in your life. We will begin with a short seated meditation to shift your focus inward and to explore what it is that you want in your life. Then we will move to the art making process and you will have the opportunity to create your unique Vision Board based on your intentions. We will have collage materials available for you to create your masterpiece and we encourage you to have fun with this!

Nora has chosen to focus her yoga studies and instruction on children and women. Nora is certified to teach Kid’s Yoga, Baby and Me Yoga and Prenatal Yoga. Along with being a Yoga Instructor, Nora has been an Art Therapist since 2004. In this portion of her career, she has chosen to work with women and children who have been impacted by trauma. Nora has incorporated yoga and mindfulness skills into her therapy to help her clients heal. http://flowercityyoga.com/

Mindful Parenting, Usha Shah Monday, August 14th, 2017 (6:30 - 8:30pm)


How do we increase our children's awareness or mindfulness and help them concentrate on relaxation and peace instead of drama, pain and suffering? Join us, as we learn from local mindfulness instructor, Usha Shah about how to lead our children in finding peace and joy in all their experiences.

Usha Shah has studied metaphysics for the past thirty two years and feels that self-realization can be achieved by anyone through practice of daily meditation and awareness. She has in depth knowledge of both the Eastern and Western spiritual teachings and how this knowledge can be integrated in our daily lives so that we can achieve greater balance, harmony, abundance and profound joy in all our experiences. She teaches classes in Sound Meditation, Mindfulness, Qigong and Course in Miracles at various local institutions. http://www.theawakenedlife.net

Family Picnic
Monday, July 10th, 2017 (5pm -7pm)

Pack a dinner and bring family members to a playground and splash park for an evening of fun. We will meet at Edmund Lyon Park, 551 Madison Street, East Rochester. Please note the earlier gathering time!

Nutrition Response Technique, Dr. Rachel Meegan-Iacchetta
Monday, June 12th, 2017 (6:30 - 8:30pm)

Have you ever wondered if you could finally beat that afternoon fatigue? Or just be able to get a full night's sleep? Maybe you wish your child could concentrate better at school, have less accidents at night, or avoid another cold. Dr. Rachel shares the amazing health benefits of NRT. Learn the secrets of Nutrition Response Technique as Dr. Rachel explains how to connect nutrition and your family's well being through this non-invasive system.

Dr. Rachel E. Meegan-Iacchetta from Lifetime Wellness Chiropractic has always been excited about serving others. It is important to her that everyone has the opportunity to be able to perform the activities they love most! Dr. Iacchetta has a unique whole body approach and uses a combination of chiropractic techniques, soft tissue work, clinical nutrition, NRT, cold laser therapy, and applied kinesiology (to name a few!) to help her patients feel their best. It is never too late to experience health! https://m.facebook.com/LifetimeWellnessPremierRochesterChiropractor/


May Meeting Mingle
Monday, May 8th, 2017 (6:30 -8:30pm)

If you could have a super power what would it be? Describe an unusual or humorous moment during one of your births. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be? What was your first job? We will reflect and get to know one another through several picked at random questions. Answer the ones that inspire you and share your thoughts and experiences with the group.

We will also be making whipped body butter to try and take home. Come join us for a fun social evening!

Restore Your Pelvic Floor
with Wendy Featherstone and Jennifer Morin
Monday, April 10th, 2017 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

Wendy and Jennifer will discuss pelvic health conditions common with pregnancy as well as postpartum. They will present what physical therapy options are available to address these concerns which also includes information on incontinence and core rehabilitation.

Wendy M. Featherstone has over 35 years of experience. She has been an active member of the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1988, and has served the Section on Women’s Health. Jennifer Morin is a board certified orthopedic specialist who has over 13 years of clinical physical therapy experience specializing in orthopedics and the female athlete, pelvic floor dysfunction in both men and women, and pre-natal and post-partum care. Visit www.specialtyphystherapy.com.

Grow Your Own Food with Erin Hegeman Monday, March 13th, 2017 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)

Want to learn more about how to make your garden flourish? Horticulturist, Erin Hegeman, will teach us how to attract beneficial insects for agriculture, when to plant, how to rotate crops, pest management, how to compost and how to incorporate compost into our gardens.

Erin has been passionate about horticulture ever since she worked at a greenhouse when she was fourteen years of age. She obtained a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and her love for nature and children lead her to take courses in both Sustainable Agriculture and Child Development. Erin is a mother of three who lives in Macedon and works locally as a Birth Doula http://www.erinhegeman.com/

Chronic Lyme: a Naturopathic Approach Monday, Feb 13th, 2017 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

Lyme disease is more common than one would think with an increase in people suffering with chronic symptoms attributed to Lyme. Learn about the best way to identify Lyme, current research, and naturopathic approaches to chronic Lyme, including botanical, homeopathic, nutritional, acupuncture, and Asian medicine approaches.

Les Moore, a naturopath and acupuncturist, has been treating Lyme since 1988 with natural approaches. He practices in Pittsford, NY, and pastors Wellspring Church in Clifton Springs, NY, where he served as the director of integrative medicine at Clifton Springs Hospital for twelve years.

Fourth Annual White Elephant Party! Monday, January 9th, 2017 (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 Fourth 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 and a great gift to exchange!