Community News – September 2017

On September 14, Yarrow Willard will teach a mini intensive on herb and superfood tonics at The Big Carrot.


Every Thursday evening, The Big Carrot natural food market hosts free lectures by a variety of wellness experts. The lectures take place above their store at 348 Danforth Avenue, and provide an opportunity to learn about the latest health topics. Upcoming lectures include:

Sept. 7: Homeopathy for Plants – Join Toronto Homeopath Laura Coramai and learn how to work holistically, without pesticides and chemical fertilizers, to help your garden and house plants thrive. Agrohomeo-pathy, the homeopathic treatment of plant diseases, pests, and soil can be used for trees, shrubs, indoor and outdoor plants and even pollinators, such as bees! Books and remedies will be available for sale.

Sept. 14: Yarrow Willard: Herbal Revolution – Hot Tonic drinks are an easy way to fortify the body and enhance vitality. In this mini intensive, Herbalist and Harmonic Art founder Yarrow Willard will teach us how to create blended tonics and harness the power of herbs and superfoods at home. Discover the perfect combinations for your health needs and start a blender-powered herbal revolution!

Sept. 21: Organic: Facts and Fake News – Chuck Mitchell, an organic farm and processing inspector, will discuss the certification and inspection process, both in North America and internationally. Many people get mixed messages through the media regarding organic food. This workshop will try to unwind some of the misconceptions that consumers are faced with when deciding to purchase certified organic products.

Sept. 28: Reduce Stress with Chi Gong – Reduce stress, release difficult emotions, and discover your body’s self-healing power through the practice of Chi Gong. Chi Gong is a moving meditation with simple breath work and gentle movements that you can practice anywhere, anytime, easily and effortlessly. Join Master Teresa Yeung, an internationally recognized speaker, healer, and author for an introduction to this spiritually balancing practice.

All lectures run from 7 to 8:30 pm at 348 Danforth Ave., Room 212 (entrance beside Book City), Toronto.
Inquiries, email: or call (416) 466-2129.


Improve your vision this fall with an 8-week series of Vision Improvement Classes. Classes run from 6:30 to 8:30 pm every Wednesday evening from Sept. 27 through Nov. 15, 2017.

Natural Vision Education teaches you how your eyes, brain, and mind can work together to create healthier eyes and clearer seeing.To accomplish these changes in vision we use a number of methods, including Mindfulness of Vision, the Bates Method, Felden-krais Awareness Through Movement®, and Sounder Sleep System™.

Each week you will experience new vision activities and learn how to fit them into your personal lifestyle easily and comfortably. Learn at your own pace in a relaxed and fun atmosphere to acquire the skills that work for you personally.
Instructor Alexandra Hughes has been using and teaching Natural Vision Education since 2002. She is also a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, a psychotherapist, and a gifted and intuitive practitioner who brings a playful attitude and perceptive approach to creating openings for learning and change.

To find out more about how natural vision education works or for free phone consult, call Alexandra: (416) 923-3893, email: or visit

My Father’s Nose is the new charming children’s book by Vitality magazine Listings Manager Suzanne Hartmann.


If you’re part of our Vitality community, you’ve probably spoken to Suzanne before, as she’s usually the first person to answer the phone. Most of our advertisers and subscribers have corresponded with her at some point in the last few years. And, if you’re one of our readers, you’ve more than likely read one of her book reviews or scanned the text-only ads at the back of the magazine that she prepares. By day, she’s our Listings Manager, but by night, it’s a whole different story. In fact, it’s an ode to the nose!

My Father’s Nose by Suzanne Hartmann is a celebration of being different looking. Featuring a silly story with zany photos – it’s fun for the whole family! This is Suzanne’s first children’s book and was originally released exactly one year ago as an eBook through Amazon’s Kindle Store. After many requests from old-fashioned book lovers as well as the computer challenged, My Father’s Nose is now available as a physical paperback on Better late than never, and it only took a year of trying to figure out yet another self-publishing program! So, if you happen to have little ones around, they will certainly enjoy this short and entertaining read.

Download the eBook at or visit Suzanne’s website

Bestselling author and visionary Sadhguru will teach in Toronto the weekend of October 14th and 15th.


Bestselling author and visionary Sadhguru, who has reached over 100 million people worldwide through his yoga and meditation practices, will teach his Inner Engineering program in Toronto on the weekend of October 14th and 15th, 2017. Organizers are expecting more than 2,500 people to attend the two-day program at the International Centre.

Sadhguru’s daily yoga practice goes beyond physical activity and stretching – it can help align the mind, emotions, and energy for overall well-being.

Surveys of regular practitioners have shown that daily practice can also have meaningful positive effects on reducing anxiety, depression, hypertension, asthma, headaches, neck/back pain, diabetes and insomnia.

During Inner Engineering, Sadhguru will teach his 21-minute practice, which can be done by anyone, not only seasoned yoga practitioners. The practice uses minimal movements and focuses on the breath to create joy and resolve inner conflicts.

Sadhguru is recognized as a worldwide leader in the field of yoga and meditation, and is the founder of the McMinnville, Tennessee-based Isha Institute of Inner Sciences, which is dedicated to raising human consciousness and fostering global harmony through individual transformation. The nonprofit foundation offers programs that provide methods that can help anyone work towards attaining physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

The Inner Engineering program requires that attendees complete seven online sessions, 60 to 90 minutes in length, in advance, to lay the foundation for inner well-being and prepare them for the in-person program. Attendees are advised to sign up before October 8th to allow time for the online sessions.

To register, visit or call (647) 797-3350.


Organic apple farmer Patrick Johnson, of Apple Top Farms, has been growing certified organic apples for many years. But since 2016 his sales have been dropping as buyers in Toronto are content to buy organic apples from outside of Ontario. While eating organic is good for our bodies and the environment, eating local is equally important. “Because West Coast apples need to travel further, you’re reducing your carbon footprint by buying Ontario apples instead, while supporting local growers committed to food quality by farming sustainably,” he says.

Apple Top organic apples are sold in Metro and Sobeys stores, at the Sorauren and Leslieville farmers’ markets, Karma Co-op, and through Fresh City Farms local food boxes.

For more info, call (519) 599-6177 or visit:


Explore Cuba’s organic revolution! Food, Farms and Forests of Cuba is a 16-day professionally guided immersion into the heart of the Cuban organic agriculture, permaculture, and afro-forestry movements. Meet face to face with inspiring Cuban farmers, food security advocates, and sustainability visionaries.

Program dates are February 11 to 26, 2018. For more info:, (604) 223-4800,

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