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September 2019 Letter From Publisher

Nicole Miale

September 2019 Letter From Publisher

Natural Awakenings is a free monthly publication that is for, by and about the local community. Our mission is to inspire, empower and educate people to feel, do and be better. This is why we have been so excited to partner with the organizers of the first Spirit Festival, which embodies the same principles and energy we have here at the magazine.

Spirit Festival’s inaugural event is happening September 13-15 at Hartford’s beautiful Riverfront Recapture park system on the banks of the Connecticut River. Offering three packed days of yoga, music, wellness, connection and community-building, this special event promises something for every taste. Natural Awakenings is thrilled to be a part of the festival and sponsor the Healing Huts, where you can experience the work of some terrific practitioners as part of your festival-going experience. Don’t have your festival tickets yet? You can get one-day tickets or a full-weekend pass at Check out the website or page 19 for much more detail about what you can expect to find once there. Come on out and support this great local event—we hope to see many of you there, stretching, connecting and getting your groove on! ϑ


In the same vein of community-building, I am thrilled this month to announce the addition of an important new team member. Managing Editor Patricia Staino is fully on board as of this edition and I could not be happier. I have known Patricia for more years than either of us cares to count at this point (we first met in high school…let’s just call it decades!) and having the opportunity to work with her again is wish-fulfillment for me. Take a look at page 8 to meet Patricia and find out how you can connect with her about submitting an article for an upcoming issue. Contributing editorial in Natural Awakenings is free and independent of advertising commitments; Patricia’s leadership and integrity will ensure that remains the case as we continue to expand.

You’ll get a taste of her writing style in two different articles this month. We hope you enjoy her exploration of sound healing—featuring input from several beloved practitioners in this area—as well as her review of options for increasing movement in pursuit of keeping oneself vibrant and feeling young.

As always, we appreciate the support of our diverse advertisers, contributors and distributors! We look forward to welcoming more of you to the Natural Awakenings’ community.

Looking for something to do this month? With Spirit Festival leading the way, there is an astounding array of options in our area! Check out the news briefs, display ads and calendar for ideas about what to do and where to go. Take advantage of this richness…it is not available in some other areas of the country. We are truly blessed.

With love and light,


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