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Natural Awakenings Central New Jersey


Welcome Back, Janet StraightArrow

Janet StraightArrow is a master healer-teacher and shaman who has taught holistic healing and spiritual mastery for four decades. It excites her to share her lifetime of experience with her students for their life journey. She honors each students’ uniqueness as a loving, kind, masterful guide.

This past year Janet took a partial sabbatical from teaching to deepen her teachings and create effective programs for those ready for professional healing and self-mastery.

The Comprehensive Reiki Master Healer-Teacher Training Course begins May 20. Soul Shamanism 101 begins on May 18 and offers a direct connection to one’s soul to integrate current life with the soul’s wisdom and truth. Through accessing this inner place, one  learns to master life’s purpose in daily life. It offers profound healing, wisdom, love, and so much more.

The Summer Vision Quest in the Catskills offers women an opportunity to leave everyday life to relax in a sacred space and awaken to the next phase of their life. Preparation emails begin this month. It is a weekend of ceremonies, journeys, letting go, and becoming.

Reiki 1 is a two-day class beginning June 3. Janet created an advanced level of this foundational course to provide practitioners with a complete understanding and practice of energy healing for humans, and animals, first and foremost. Everyone can learn this natural healing modality.

Private sessions are offered on Zoom, by phone, or in person at her Chester location. For more information, call Janet at 973-647-2500, email [email protected] or visit  

Tick Talk

Spring officially sprung on March 21. We have turned our clocks ahead. We are looking forward to warm winds, sunny skies and the smell of fresh cut grass. The daffodils and tulips have recently bloomed and we are just starting with the yard work that comes with the warmer weather.  Sadly, another season has started ramping up.  Tick season.

•             The best form of protection is prevention. Educating oneself about tick activity and how our behaviors overlap with tick habitats is the first step.

•             According to the NJ DOH, in 2022 Hunterdon County led the state with a Lyme disease incidence rate of 426 cases per 100,000 people. The fact is ticks spend approximately 90% of their lives not on a host but aggressively searching for one, molting to their next stage or over-wintering. This is why a tick remediation program should be implemented on school grounds where NJ DOH deems high risk for tick exposure and subsequent attachment to human hosts.

•             Governor Murphy has signed a bill that mandates tick education in NJ public schools. See this for the details.  Tick education must now be incorporated into K-12 school curriculum. See link:

•             May is a great month to remind the public that tick activity is in full swing. In New Jersey, there are many tickborne diseases that affect residents, including Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Powassan, and Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiosis.

•             For years, the focus has mainly been about protecting ourselves from Lyme disease. But other tick-borne diseases are on the rise in Central Jersey. An increase of incidence of Babesia and Anaplasma are sidelining people too. These two pathogens are scary because they effect our blood cells. Babesia affects the red blood cells and Anaplasma effects the white blood cells.

•             Ticks can be infected with more than one pathogen. When you contract Lyme it is possible to contract more than just that one disease. This is called a co-infection. It is super important to pay attention to your symptoms. See link.

A good resource from the State:


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