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Natural Awakenings Fairfield & Southern Litchfield Counties

September 2023 Letter From Publisher

Aug 31, 2023 10:00AM ● By Erica Mills
Erica Mills

Erica Mills

It’s finally here—the 12th Annual Health Wellness & Lifestyle Expo 2023 takes place this month on September 9, from 10am to 6pm, at Harbor Point. In fact, you may be reading these words from the Expo, since this month’s Natural Awakenings also serves as the event’s program guide. 

Check out the schedule, sponsors, map and more on page 19 to get the most out of this fun and informative local wellness tradition. Stamford’s own Mayor Caroline Simmons graces our cover, as she has her blood pressure taken by staff of the event’s sponsor, Stamford Health. Hope to see you there!

Our other main topic in this edition is Wellness Travel, traveling with a purpose of self-care. This could be spiritual, mental, physical or otherwise. Our main article on page 14 highlights nine destinations across the world that would make for great pilgrimages on the path to spiritual enlightenment. Explore another avenue you could take on this journey in “Exploring the Healing Power of Plant Medicine and South American Shamanic Medicine” on page 12.

September is also Yoga Month, and we’re featuring a fun article that ties in wellness travel and yoga, with “Yoga on Vacation” on page 36. Learn some poses that can be done anywhere, whether in a hotel room or on a beach. I encourage you to try a yoga class this month and take advantage of the benefits yoga has to offer. You can find some great local studios and classes in our Community Resource Guide and Calendar sections, as well as online at

Learn how to add mindfulness to mealtime with “Savor the Present Moment” on page 31. Taking it slow and paying attention to our food is a wonderful wellness practice with many benefits. Also, be sure to enjoy the delicious recipes both in these pages and online. Wishing everyone good luck in school this year, no matter what that looks like. It could be the school of life, traditional school or homeschool—this time of year brings so many exciting new beginnings.


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