Deeper Connection to Self and Community at Empowered Light Holistic Expo


This fall’s Empowered Light Holistic Expo is just around the corner, running from 5 to 9 p.m., October 27, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 28 and 29, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, in Oaks. Plenty of free parking is available.

The expo’s focus is on holistic lifestyles, spiritual classes and personal development. “Most people feel stressed and distracted, and are looking for more connection and answers,” says the expo’s founder, Sue Greenwald. “They need healthier ways to handle the increasing stress they’re facing. The expo offers connection with new friends, new ideas and, most of all, a community where people feel supported in a fun way.”

Empowered Light seeks to engage attendees through experiential types of classes, like yoga, meditation and sound healing, or mini-treatments, such as reiki and massage. Attendees can choose from over 50 workshops and lectures over the course of the weekend, all designed with the goal of enlightening and empowering, as well as encouraging participation. Most workshops and lectures are included with general admission tickets, with advance sale discounted tickets for the featured speakers.

Author and energy healer Ataana

Renowned Gaia TV host and intuitive Corey Goode is a featured speaker, as is author John Van Auken, director of the Edgar Cayce Foundation. Professor Semir “Dr. Sam” Osmanagich, who discovered the Bosnian Pyramids, will be presenting, as will Ataana, author and energy healer from Nashville.

Other scheduled speakers include psychic mediums, published authors and experts on a variety of health-related and spiritual development topics, including developing one’s intuition. Guests will be able to linger and shop in between workshops and talks with more than 150 holistic vendors. “Our vendor halls will host a variety of natural products and holistic merchandise like crystals, clothing or locally made jewelry,” explains Greenwald. “They can also try healing treatments, and many people come for psychic and intuitive readings to help guide them. Everyone will have an opportunity to get what they need out of the expo—connection, information, contacts, new experiences… it’s different for everyone. The expo is a fun and healing environment where the community can explore and connect.”

In keeping with its mission to promote healthy living in a healthy planet and engage with the community, Natural Awakenings magazines from Bucks and Montgomery counties, Philadelphia, Chester and Delaware counties, Berks and Lancaster counties and Lehigh Valley are proud to be this event’s media sponsors.

Natural Awakenings BuxMont publisher Karen G. Meshkov offers, “One of the most powerful ways we have to create transformation is when we are together, in community.”

Cost: General admission tickets, $7.50 to $27. For more information, visit, call 484-459-3082 or email October 2017

Doylestown Food Market Celebrates “Growing” Potential with Third Annual Farm to Table Dinner

CelebrityChefThe Celebrity Chef Farm to Table Dinner promises to be a unique celebration of Bucks County’s “growing” potential and the community that supports it. The event takes place at 5 p.m., September 17, at Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow, in New Hope. Autumnal festivities will include locally sourced food, wine, beer and kombucha tastings, live music and an auction of items from the community.

“The Doylestown Food Market Farm to Table Dinner is a wonderful way to sample the bounty of Bucks County while meeting new friends and learning more about our locavore efforts with existing friends,” says Farm to Table Dinner regular Patrick Kennedy, owner of Superior Woodcraft, in Doylestown.

The Farm to Table Celebrity Chef for 2017 is Matt McPhelin of Maize Restaurant, in Perkasie, who cultivated his skills in several of Philadelphia’s award-winning restaurants before opening Maize in 2009. This year, he will dazzle dinner guests with innovative recipes based on fresh, seasonal ingredients from Bucks County farms.

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Doylestown Food Market Hosts Third Annual Celebrity Chef Farm to Table Dinner

Chef Matt McPhelinChef Matt McPhelin of Maize Restaurant, in Perkasie, will prepare a farm-to-table meal at the Celebrity Chef Farm to Table Dinner at 5 p.m., September 17, at the Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow, in New Hope. The event will benefit the Doylestown Food Market. It is the market’s largest fundraiser of the year and will showcase seasonal preparations from local Bucks County farms.

McPhelin graduated with honors from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, then refined his culinary skills in the award-winning kitchens of Philadelphia’s best restaurants before opening his own restaurant in 2009. Like the Doylestown Food Market, Maize supports local farms and features innovative recipes based on fresh, seasonal, locally grown ingredients.

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Minimus: A Community Tiny House Project at DelVal


Area residents are invited to tour the Minimus Tiny House at Sustainable Saturdays from August 12 through October 28 at The Market at DelVal. From noon until 4 p.m., guests can see the build in progress, take a full tour of the home when completed and have an opportunity to speak with sustainability experts, project sponsors and other community members interested in a more sustainable way of living.

Designed to educate and inspire a more Earth-conscious community by reducing waste, using as few resources as possible and choosing locally sourced, non-toxic and reusable materials, Minimus serves as an educational demonstration for those seeking to integrate sustainability into their everyday living.

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Doylestown Food Market Hosts Second Annual Celebrity Chef Farm to Table Dinner


On August 13, twin chefs Keith Blalock, of PA Soup and Seafood and Penn Taproom, and Kevin Blalock, of Lookaway Golf Club, will prepare a farm-to-table meal to benefit the Doylestown Food Market. The tented, rain-or-shine event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow, in New Hope. The event is the Market’s largest fundraiser of the year and will showcase seasonal preparations from local Bucks County farms.

John LaSala, market board president and fundraising chair, says, “We knew it would be hard to top Chef and Mayor Ron Strouse, who we had at our premiere event last year. And then we thought of Keith and Kevin Blalock and realized how cool it would be to have local chefs who are brothers—twice as good; twice the fun!”

tent with lights and people

The dining experience will be accompanied by a silent auction and live music by Cherry Lane Jazz Band. The event is BYOB with local beer, wine and kombucha “mocktails” sampling. Local wine will be available for purchase.

Honey Hollow, the idyllic site chosen for the annual event, is a National Historic Landmark and headquarters for the Bucks County Audubon Society.

Tickets can be reserved at Farm The cost is $75 for members and $95 for non-members, and all proceeds go to support the Doylestown Food Market on its path toward sustainability.

Founded in 2014, the Doylestown Food Market focuses on providing convenient, year-round access to local, healthy, fresh and organic products. The Market works closely with local producers and incorporates the feedback of member-owners in developing and designing the store. The Market is open to members and non-members alike.

The Market is currently accepting volunteers for the event as well as sponsorship inquiries from area businesses.

Event location: Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow, 2877 Creamery Rd., New Hope. Doylestown Food Market location: 29 W. State St., Doylestown. For more information, call John LaSala at 908-337-9670 or visit

July 2016