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December 2020

Holidays, Stress + Immunity

Wednesday December 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

Mostly, we'll empower you to use this somewhat mysterious modality, making it simple and user-friendly, dissolving common myths...!" Homeopathy can offer safe, effective and fast-acting natural medicines for this stressful world ... for seasonal depression ... for grief around holidays when we're aware of the loved ones no longer with us ... all of which undermine our immune system. We'll talk about remedies for the emotions likely to come up, and also practical remedies for colds and flu. Mostly we'll…

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Herbal Adaptogens for Resilience, Vitality and Immunity

Wednesday December 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

Join an internationally recognized speaker for a far-ranging and highly informative discussion on Adaptogens, herbs for vitality, energy, and resilience.  Adaptogens are herbs that help us respond to stress.  They don't calm us down, they don't wind us up.  They build up our reserves, so we can handle more of life's stresses, with energy, vitality, immunity, and (emotional) grace.

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January 2021

Differentiating Herbal Protocols for Prevention vs. Acute Immune Needs in the time of COVID

Monday January 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Mitch Coven

Herbs mostly alter systems in one direction only.  We'll help differentiate herbs for immunity that we all need during this historic time." Most folks who use herbs talk about what the herb is "for."   This herb is for the brain.  That herb is for the liver.  But what does that really mean?  How do these herbs effect the system, and the person? And then we come to immunity and viruses...  Yes, some herbs strengthen immunity -- but what does that…

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The Bone Talk

Tuesday January 19, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Adam Stark

The answer is not more calcium.  It's not better calcium.  The answer is calcium management.  Nutrients that help calcium go to the right places -- and stay out of the wrong ones

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Organic Aromatherapy 101

Monday January 25, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom

Essential oils can be a beautiful and integral part of your wellness goals" Essential oils are more than just perfume.  They're the most concentrated essence of the plant.  So we're excited for this Intro talk -- and even more excited for its sequel, Aromatherapy 201, which we hope to host in a month or so.  Tonight we'll explore important topics such as: what essential oils are, and why plants make them? the different ways in which essential oils and hydrosols…

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February 2021

Viruses, Herbs & Immunity

Tuesday February 16, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Adam Stark

COVID-19 is the elephant in the room, and yes, we’ll talk about COVID-19. But we’ll also cover some basics. How does the immune system work, and why do viruses present such a unique challenge to our fundamental immunity?  AND -- what can we do about them?  We'll talk about adults and children, prevention and treatment, in a talk informed equally by traditional herbalism and modern science.   Join our own Adam Stark, live on Zoom, for a talk with plenty of…

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Investing for Climate Action

Tuesday February 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online and Socially Distant via Zoom
Bill Page

Please come armed with questions about solar energy, alternative proteins, smart cities, LED lighting, and water!"   Bill Page, Senior Portfolio Manager at Essex Investment Management has spent his entire career focused on socially responsible investing. Over a decade ago, Bill decided that climate change presented the greatest challenge of our generation. With challenges, come opportunity. Bill will give his take on climate change, how he frames the problem, and then invests in the solutions. He will describe thematic investing, clean technology investing,…

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March 2022

Make Your Own Face Cream with Debra

Sunday, March 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Debra’s Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Avenue
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Learn to make your own fabulous face cream using organic ingredients. Go home with a pretty blue jar and a generous amount of face cream!Debra’s face cream is luxurious and soaks right it. Your skin will love it. And, yes, you will get that glow. You’ll get to sample exotic face oils, smell essential oils, talk about skin. And everyone will go home with a generous sample of the face cream in one of those pretty cobalt blue jars. Free…

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Make Your Own Face Cream with Debra March 24

Thursday, March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Debra’s Natural Gourmet, 98 Commonwealth Avenue
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Learn to make your own fabulous face cream using organic ingredients. Go home with a pretty blue jar and a generous amount of face cream!Debra’s face cream is luxurious and soaks right it. Your skin will love it. And, yes, you will get that glow. You’ll get to sample exotic face oils, smell essential oils, talk about skin. And everyone will go home with a generous sample of the face cream in one of those pretty cobalt blue jars. Free…

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July 2022

Supercharge Your Smoothie, with Adam Stark

Tuesday, July 12 @ 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
106 Commonwealth Ave, 106 Commonwealth Avenue
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Learn how to make the BEST smoothies, at home, packed with goodnessYou can make breakfast the most delicious, the most brimming-with-vitality meal of the day – in five minutes flat. We’ll start with the basics (fruit, protein, etc.) and then look at add-ins and superfoods. We’ll talk about the different kinds of protein powder. (Is plant protein better? Does collagen really make your hair grow?) It’ll all be delicious, and yes, you get to sample everything. You'll learn, not just…

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Beyond Pilaf: an Introduction to the “Other Grains” with Erin

Tuesday, July 19 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
106 Commonwealth Ave, 106 Commonwealth Avenue
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Grains are the staff of life. They're the easiest, simplest, most economical way to feed a family. Erin has been a farmer, a foodie, and a food educator.  She took her first job at Concord's original health food store (the Spice and Grain) more than 30 years ago. She is fluent in food philosophies ranging from macrobiotic to Weston A. Price... AND she knows how to feed a family. AND – Erin hasn’t decided what she’s going to show us…

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Calm, Cool & Connected: A Mindfulness Experience with John Calabria

Tuesday, July 26 @ 6:45 am - 8:00 pm
106 Commonwealth Ave, 106 Commonwealth Avenue
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Dissolve stress and cultivate resilienceWith all that's been happening, I wanted to share some of my go-to methods for dissolving stress and cultivating resilience that have helped carry me through these last few years. Together We’ll explore:Gentle chair-based yoga stretches to relieve tension.Simple breathing patterns will invite a deep calm.Meditations to deepen connection to our hearts and community.Bring home these powerful healing practices for healthy living as our new normal continues to unfold.John is a lifelong naturalist who has been…

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August 2022

Natural Medicine for Healthy Bones

Wednesday, August 10 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Debra’s Refillery, 106 Commonwealth Ave.
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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with Adam Stark Calcium, calcium, calcium. That’s all we ever hear about! But do we even need to take it?   We’ll talk about -- yes, calcium -- but also magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin K2, and the controversial role of strontium. And whatever else comes up.

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Introduction to Cultured Vegetables at Home

Tuesday, August 16 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Debra’s Refillery, 106 Commonwealth Ave.
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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with Erin HammondWe all understand that yogurt is made by fermenting milk with live, probiotic, beneficial bacteria. Well, you can ferment vegetables, too. You can make sauerkraut, kimchi, carrot-beet relishes, and so much more. And all you need is a jar and some salt. And what better time of year to start – when the gardens are overflowing. Erin will share the centuries-old practice of lactofermentation in a way that is easy and accessible. Erin has been a farmer, a…

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Herbs, Viruses & Immunity

Wednesday, August 24 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Debra’s Refillery, 106 Commonwealth Ave.
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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with Adam Stark It feels like we’re finally living in a post-pandemic world. Hooray! But that doesn’t mean we don’t still have to contend with viruses. Adam will share some background on Immunology, and then jump right in to herbs and supplements that can help. Adam has been writing and speaking on medicine for more than 20 years. Eons ago, he studied Immunology.

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September 2022

Herbs, Virus & Immunity, with Adam Stark

Wednesday, September 14 @ 6:45 am - 8:15 am
Debra’s Refillery, 106 Commonwealth Ave.
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Learn about viruses, the immune system, and how we can use herbs to fight one, and bolster the other.It finally feels like we're living in a post-pandemic world. Hooray! (Of course, our friendly pandemic hasn't exactly left us -- and it may come roaring back). BUT -- either way -- we still have viruses to contend with. Cold viruses. Flu viruses. Adam will share some background on Immunology, and talk about why viruses present a unique challenge for our defenses;…

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October 2022

Introduction to Ayurvedic Cleanse with Jonathan Glass

Wednesday, October 12 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Debra’s Refillery, 106 Commonwealth Ave.
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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from Healing Essence Center, and author of The Total Life CleanseJoin Jonathan Glass, acupuncturist and author of The Total Life Cleanse for a talk about the many health benefits of seasonal cleansing. Jonathan will explain why cleansing during the fall is so important for the immune system and lungs. Plenty of practical tips will be offered. Jonathan has had healing practice above the store, Healing Essence Center, for more than a decade.Please note: the date has changed since the print…

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Debras’ 34th Birthday Party and Discover West Concord Day

Saturday, October 15 @ 10:00 am

Discover West Concord Day is the same day as our birthday.  What a fortuitous coincidence! We will be dishing out birthday cake and ice cream. Win one of a dozen or more raffle baskets from our favorite vitamin and bodycare companies.  Eat like a king.  Or a queen.  Or both. Rainbow nail-painting station for the kiddies from non-toxic Piggy Paint. Plus, fill a plate from some of our favorite food companies. Josh from Papa’s Catch will be grilling wild salmon. Hila from Sweet Tahini will…

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Reading and Book-Signing: Margot Anne Kelly, author of Foodtopia

Tuesday, October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Debra’s Refillery, 106 Commonwealth Ave.
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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part of the Concord Festival of AuthorsWe’re proud to host Margot Anne Kelly, author, professor, photographer, and gardener. Her book (and yes, we’ve read it) is a fascinating exploration of 5 utopian food movements in the US from the 1840s up through today. At least one of which centered around Concord! Margot will read, speak, answer questions, and sign her book. Copies will be for sale at the event.

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November 2022

Bone Health with Adam Stark

Tuesday, November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Debra’s Refillery, 106 Commonwealth Ave.
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Beyond calcium and vitamin D   We're going to explore the newest research, warts and all. Yes, there are solutions. But they may not be what we thought. Is calcium even necessary? Is vitamin D overrated -- and how much should we take? What about magnesium? And can we finally resolve the controversy around strontium? FYI if you're attended this talk before, this one is going to be probably 20% new material, and 80% stuff you've heard before.

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