Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Resiliency Center table at Ambler’s Octoberfest. It was a lovely summer day in October, and we were thrilled to meet so many new people, see familiar faces, and award a raffle winner at the end of the day.

We are also grateful that so many of you have been participating in and enjoying the free resiliency programs this Fall. As a community of practitioners, it has been a fun opportunity to share our favorite tools and insights for greater health, happiness, and peace. There are more free offerings listed below so please continue to join us!

What is Integrative Medicine?

by Georgia Tetlow, MD, Philadelphia Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine is an approach that puts you at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect your health. This health strategy considers your unique conditions, needs and circumstances, and uses the most appropriate interventions from an array of scientific disciplines to heal illness and disease to help you regain and maintain optimum wellness.


Many people think of prevention in terms of early detection, such as prostate cancer screening and breast examinations. Within integrative medicine, prevention means participating in behaviors and actions that foster health and wellness. This includes eating healthy, breathing clean air, drinking pure water, exercising on a regular basis, eliminating toxins from one’s home and work environments, and taking steps to reduce daily stress levels (I saved one of the most important for last!).
The importance of prevention lies in the fact that the majority of our health care dollars are currently spent after we are in crisis, when it costs the most to intervene and when the possibilities for full recovery are the slimmest. (1) Chronic conditions — asthma, heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, hypertension, stroke and obesity — account for more than half of all health care costs and more than 70% of deaths. Yet many chronic conditions are largely preventable and even reversible by making positive changes in personal behaviors. 

» Learn More about Integrative Medicine

Awake in the circle

By Elizabeth Venart, Resiliency Center Director

in this circle of souls unfolding,
I gaze skyward to stars and spirits,
honoring the travelers before me
and those yet to join us
on the journey.
in embrace of the Beloved,
like bees
making honey,
becoming the honey.
We are Sweetness itself,
Pouring Love
from every pore.
From this place of Love,
I remember.
A frozen moment,
Silence bringing pain, not ease.
Sisyphus and the boulder, struggling. 

» Read More

Free Resiliency Programs in November! 

Resiliency through Play

For parents of preschool and elementary children

Wednesday, 11/6, 6:30 – 8:00 pm 

Join Kathleen Krol, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist for this fun and interactive workshop to help parents understand “the meaning behind your child’s play.” Children’s natural language is play; it is how they express themselves, how they communicate, and how they learn. Kathy will discuss why play is so important to children’s development, and she will teach simple activities that you can do at home to help your child feel heard and supported, find solutions to problems, and communicate more effectively.

Contact Kathy directly at with "workshop" in the subject line or RSVP online.

Resiliency through Meditation and QiGong

Wednesday, 11/20, 6:30-8:00 pm

Join Dean Solon and Karen Steinbrecher for this evening of stillness and gentle movement. Dean will lead you in an experience of the stillness of sitting meditation, and Karen Steinbrecher will guide you to experience presence in your body through the flowing and gentle movements of Qigong. Practice with us, experiencing acceptance without judgment, in that special, peaceful place within.  From stillness, we ease through movement; with movement, we return to stillness, connecting with the energy that is you. 

» RSVP online 

Resiliency Through Movement

Saturday, 11/23, 10:00-11:30 am

Join Dr. Jodi Schwartz-Levy in discovering how the joy of movement can be a pathway to mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. With her doctorate in Somatic Psychology, Dr. Schwartz-Levy will teach you how intuitive movement can be used to clear somatic (emotional and physical) blockages. Guiding people into movement for health since 1998 her unique and integrative approach will leave you feeling more relaxed, centered and in control of your health. More information can be found on her website at

» RSVP online

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Upcoming Events & Programs


Philadelphia Integrative Medicine presents:

A Winter Warm-up for Mind & Body

Thursday 12/5, 4-5:30 pm
$5 fee for supplies

The colder weather is upon us – the time when our bodies naturally slow down and the seasonal changes can impact our biological system.  In the spirit of cultivating behaviors that foster health and wellness, join us for a session that will help you stay warm and healthy this winter season. Join Dr. Georgia Tetlow & Erin Murphy as we teach you:

– How to make a delicious and easy carrot ginger soup with cashew cream while helping you to cultivate mind-body home practice.

– Dr. Tetlow will cover the fundamentals as well as the benefits of a regular mind-body practice, to inspire and motivate your self-care spirit.

You’ll leave with a recipe, practices that you can implement, and a belly full of warm soup! 

»  Register here  
»  Questions? Email
»  Or join Dr. Tetlow’s  e-newsletter list 

The Philadelphia Writer’s Workshop

Tuesdays, 7-10 pm

2013 Workshop Sessions
Fall II (7 weeks): October 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10, 17.
2014 dates are TBD, but we normally begin on the first Tuesday after New Year’s day. 
» Learn More

Infant Massage Educators – Monthly Practitioner Gathering

4th Sunday of each month, 3:30-5 pm
Learn more by contacting Brittiney George at 610-389-7866 or movebackintolife
» Register Online

Restorative Pilates

Tuesdays at 12:00 pm
» Pre-registration required

Rumi and Hafiz:
Reading and Discussion

Wednesday 11/6, 6:30-8:30 pm 
» Please RSVP

The Creative Writers Group

2nd Wednesday 11/13, 7-9 pm 
» Please RSVP

Laughter Yoga

Mondays, 10:00 am 
» RSVP Required

Morning Meditation

Mondays, 8:30-9:30 am
» Please RSVP

Evening Meditation

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm
» Please RSVP

Qi Gong Classes 

Thursdays, 2:00 and 6:15 pm
» RSVP by emailing Karen at
» Or calling 215-542-5004.

Knitting Circle

Saturday, 11/9, 10-11:30am   

Healthcare Professionals Networking Breakfast

Wednesday, 11/6, 9-10:30 am
» Please RSVP

EMDR Consultation Group

Every 2nd Friday, 9:30 – 11:30 am

» Contact Elizabeth Venart, Approved EMDR Consultant, at 215-542-5004 or


The Resiliency Center is seeking additional practitioners to join our community by bringing their private practices to our shared building.

Specific specialties sought include holistic psychiatry, massage therapy, acupuncture, and career counseling, but all healthcare and healing arts practitioners are encouraged to inquire. To learn more, contact Elizabeth Venart, Resiliency Center Director, at 215-542-5004 or

Quotes of the Month

“When I come to the end of the light that I have known and step forward into the darkness, my faith assures me that my foot will find solid ground or I will fly”

“There is a power for Good in the Universe greater than I am and I can use it. There is a power for Good in the Universe greater than I am and it can use me. This Power, my Power is Love”

- Dr. Ernest Holmes
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