The Resiliency Center: Your Place for Healing, Education & Community in Ambler, PA
Miracles Around The Bend
Does it seem to you like there are a lot of changes in your life? They say that 2012 may not be the end of the world, just the end of the world as we know it. Isn't that reassuring? In addition to drastic changes occurring almost daily, I'm frequently hearing about people meeting an untimely death, some of whom have been struggling a long time and others who seem (from outside appearances at least) like they may be off course. With all the shifting going on lately, it seems as if the earth itself may be screaming, “Shift or get off the planet!”

Could all challenges we face be a spiritual invitation to change? Changes – and changing – are really tough. There is no easy way around it. It just involves getting up each day and putting one foot in front of the other and walking through whatever comes.

I received a newsletter from a psychologist and author named, Susan B. Apollon. In the letter, she wrote about the emotional stages that we go through when dealing with change.

Apollon wrote:
"With every change we experience there is always a period of letting go of the familiar and the comfortable, followed by a period of uncertainty and, very often, grief. Whether it be a loved one who has transitioned, a job that has been lost, a marriage that has dissolved, a home that we must leave, or even one of our children going off to college, all change requires a period of adjustment to our new circumstances--an adjustment to a space that was once filled and is now seemingly empty. And, as difficult as these adjustments are for some of us, this is the time that miracles often become part of our lives ...

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Nia Holistic Fitness Classes
Mondays at 6 pm in Mt. Airy

The Resiliency Center's somatic psychologist, Jodi Schwartz-Levy, PhD, will be offering Nia holistic fitness classes at The Philadelphia Dance Theater in Mt. Airy. Nia is a true mind/body/spirit fitness celebration which is based on the pleasure principle. Through a beautiful synthesis of dance, martial arts, and healing arts, you will be guided to strengthen and stretch every part of you while having a great time. Drop in for $15.

> For more info, visit or, 215-370-7878. 

Rumi Poetry Reading & Discussion
Wednesday, 7/18, 7 pm

Do you love the poetry of Sufi Poets and Philosophers Rumi and Hafiz? Are you looking for inspiration? Seeking wisdom? Curious about our interconnection and about connection with Spirit?

Join Elizabeth Venart, Resiliency Center Director, for this evening of poetry reading and discussion. She will share a few of her favorite pieces and invite you to lend your inspirations and insights. Please also feel free to bring your own favorite poems by Rumi, Hafiz, Rilke, Kahlil Gibran, or other inspired writers (with copies to share). Event is free.

> RSVP online
Free Qigong in July
If you are curious about Qigong, now is your chance to experience it for yourself.

On three consecutive Sundays in July —July 8th, July 15th, and July 22nd at 2 pm— Karen Steinbrecher will hold a free Qigong practice at Ambler Borough Park.  The park is located at the intersection of ValleyBrook Road and Hendricks Street. Walk down the steps and you will find a lovely secluded location with a creek. 

The class will last for 30 - 45 minutes.  Everyone is welcome, novice or experienced Qigong practitioners. Please join us! 

More Upcoming Programs

Laughter Yoga, Mondays, 10 am

Healthcare Professionals Networking Breakfast
2nd Wednesday this month!
7/11, 9 – 10:30 am
The Creative Writer’s Group, 2nd Wednesday 6/13, 7 – 9 pm > Please RSVP

Book Club: Charlotte's Web, Monday 6/25, 7 pm
Please RSVP

Women’s Personal Growth Group, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 9:30am
> For more info or to inquire about joining a morning or evening group, contact Elizabeth Venart at 215-542-5004 or

Male Sexual Abuse Survivors Group
Thursdays at 1:30 pm, 12 weeks
> Contact Jeff Katowitz, LMFT at or Elizabeth Venart, LPC at to learn more

The Philadelphia Writer’s Workshop, Tuesdays, 7-10 pm
More Info

Morning Meditation
Mondays, 8:30 - 9:30 am

Evening Meditation
Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Qi Gong Classes
Thursdays, 2:00 and 6:15 pm

Knitting Circle
Second Saturday, July 14

> Learn more about these programs and more on The Resiliency Center's events page and online calendar.

Opportunity for Practitioners
The Resiliency Center currently has  part-time office space available for healthcare or healing arts professionals interested in joining our community.  

Acupuncturists, career counselors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and other practitioners of integrative wellness approaches encouraged to inquire. To learn more and/or to schedule a meeting to see the space and talk with practitioners in person, contact Elizabeth Venart at 215-542-5004 or

Quote of the Month
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
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