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Women’s Shamanic Vision Quest Retreat on July 26-28

Jul 01, 2024 06:00AM ● By Jeaniesa Santiano

A Vision Quest is an opportunity to be in a sacred space to hear your heart speak, receive the fullness of who you are, and open up to the next stage of your life path. It is a gift that is magical, deep, and transformative.

Join Shaman Janet StraightArrow for a sacred retreat where “we gather as a circle of women in nature to participate in ceremony, journeys, reflection, transformation and rebirthing ourselves. We vision and experience our true nature individually on the land on Sunday morning.” The retreat will be held on July 26-28, on 10 sacred acres in the Hudson Valley with privacy and safety. Overnight options include camping in the beautiful grove with a hot shower and flush toilet or stay inside a spacious modern lodge.

Janet has also developed a practice called Soul Shamanism taught in person and online and has a new Shamanic Practitioners program beginning in the fall. This retreat is good for all on a spiritual journey and for those interested in the continued study and practice with Janet in Shamanism.

“Janet StraightArrow provides an unparalleled opportunity to bring you to the real you. It’s a well-worn path for her; she knows every part of this amazing journey. Janet emanates love, respect, and most of all joy in this great adventure. If you are ready to walk the path back to you – there is no better guide, teacher, mentor, and friend than Janet StraightArrow.”

Sign up soon to secure your space and begin preparations. Janet reduced the price of this event to make it affordable for women to participate.

For information, contact Janet at 973-647-2500 or [email protected] for a personal consult to see if this is for you, and visit  See ad, page 4.
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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