Health Fair Fundraiser

    Barbara Lawlor, Nederland.   A young man stretched out on a massage table, his eyes closed, a slight smile curving at the corner of his mouth. At another table, a young woman stretched out as a therapist gently moved her hands above the client’s torso. She, too, had the shadow of a smile. It was as if they were both somewhere else.

Ian Gibbs and Maria Torres of Nederland were just two of the dozens of people that were treated to complimentary alternative healing sessions at the Homestead Holistic Health Fair at the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center on Saturday.

While the wind howled outside, scattering gravel against the windows of the shopping center parking lot, it was warm and peaceful inside, a scent of herbal tea in the air.

Roseanne Reid, Healing Touch Practitioner, and Lisa Zucker, Craniosacral Therapist, had volunteered their time and expertise to introduce visitors to their alternative approaches to healing.

Maria sat up after her session and said, “It was wonderful to have the healing touch and enjoy it.  I am also a practitioner of energy healing which re-centers my energy field. This is a great well being practice.”

She said if everyone could re-center their energy through treatment the world would be a better place.


Imagine giving someone you love a gift certificate to feeling well, to finding the place they want to be.

After his craniosacral therapy, Ian said, “That felt really good. I feel really relaxed and I learned a lot about how to deal with things in my life and about letting go.


Also about breaking the patterns; but that’s why I live up here.”

Alternative healer Lisa Zucker lives in Big Springs and works out of her studio there. She is a full-time practitioner who enjoys volunteering in the Nederland community. She teaches Zumba classes at the Nederland Community Center and helps out at the Community Clothing Closet. Besides being a Healing Touch Therapist, Lisa is a massage therapist.

“I treat stress and trauma, working for the clarity that comes with the treatment.”
Throughout the afternoon, tea, food, herbal oils and ointments were available as well as a drumming circle.


Arwen Ek, the founding director of Holistic Homestead, said the day was successful.


“The Holistic Health Fair is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Our goal with the fair was to bring holistic practitioners and community members together – and to emphasize that holistic or “alternative” approaches to health care are not only effective, but accessible and affordable as well.”

Those who donated their time and talents for the fair on Saturday included: Dr. Gregory Pais, ND; Kate Miller, Community Herbalist and founder of Alpine Botanicals with Molly Turner CCH; Rosanne Reid, Healing Touch Practitioner; Lisa Zucker, craniosacral therapy; Loran Smith, Shamanic Reiki; Laura Michael, CNA; and Madison Cheshire, Midwife.

Madison, of Wildflower Wise Services, is a midwife who assists women with mountain home birth. She showed Arwen how to wrap a belly bind around her abdomen, which helps with the post partum recovery. She said the bind supports tone and ligaments after birth when the hormones are returning to normal.

Arwen took a deep breath and said, “I feel this support, as if I maybe have been longing for this, for three and a half years. It feels warm, but not too thick.”

Arwen offered special thanks to Jill Dreves and Wild Bear for the collaboration and encouragement.

The holistic fundraiser continues through December 31st with an online silent auction and subscription drive. Folks can donate on the website:

Barbara Lawlor

Barbara is a reporter for The Mountain-Ear.