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Third Root Open House


Free yoga, acupuncture, massage, kirtan, snacks, and plenty of smiles to go around . . . brilliant peeps from the neighborhood, friends & students, healers & educators . . . today I’m grateful for the Third Root Open House.  I absolutely adore putting together events, and though I only played a small role in this one, it felt so nice to just get out there and talk to community members over a nice cup of freshly brewed herbal tea.

Warms the heart on a snow-kissed winter’s night . . .


Bodhisattva Prayer for Humanity

On Saturday, November 3rd, at Third Root Community Health Center, yoga, kirtan, acupuncture and massage were offered in a support event for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Participants dedicated the event with the Bodhisattva Prayer for Humanity, words the Dalai Lama meditates on daily.

I’m grateful for being a part of the Third Root community, and touched by the sentiment of the prayer below.

Bodhisattva Prayer for Humanity

May I be a guard for those who need protection
A guide for those on the path
A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood
May I be a lamp in the darkness
A resting place for the weary
A healing medicine for all who are sick
A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles
And for the boundless multitudes of living beings
May I bring sustenance and awakening
Enduring like the earth and sky
Until all beings are freed from sorrow
And all are awakened.

— Shantideva, Indian Buddhist sage 700 A.D.


Innit that purty?

Support a Health Center with Heart!

A few months into the Brooklyn chapter, I was asked to join a collective of health practitioners at Third Root Community Health Center.

One of the biggest motivators for coming back to the States was to find a community – because as much as I loved my compadres in the world of teaching abroad, we were all relatively nomadic.  A wonderful life!  But the big 33 seems to beckon for more stable ground…

Cue Third Root.  The center provides a community connection that can feel all-too-rare in the frenetic New York landscape.  Welcoming, inclusive and sensitive to the needs of marginalized communities, the center holds a special place in the heart of Brooklyn.

At the center of NY’s largest Haitian community, joined by Tibetan, Pakistani, Hassidic Jew and Mexican pockets. And trees. Lots of pretty trees :o)

We’re raising funds for this fabulous space.  If you’re interested in contributing,please visit our First Giving page.


From our newly launched website:

We strive to be Accessible, Empowering, and Collaborative


We offer sliding scale fees, a staff trained in anti-oppression, and a clinic
that is building bridges within a community.


Practitioners from various modalities work together toward a client’s optimum
health. We have a vast referral network for practices or specialized care
outside of our scope of practice. We work with local and national social
justice organizations to build healthy communities from the outside in and
the inside out.


Third Root is a place where people learn to make informed choices about
self-care and learn how to better care for themselves through the healing
they receive at Third Root. We offer health education workshops, a 3-tiered
Herbal Education Program, herb walks, and a resource library

Supporting Third Root allows our educators, therapists and practitioners to continue on a mission of holistic health through social justice.

Sunlight peeking in before class..

Make your donation to support Third Root by clicking through here.

Looking at the big picture, in the midst of a major economic downturn, when millions are struggling to make ends meet, Third Root Community Health Center is providing affordable sliding-scale holistic healthcare to those in need.  It’s a group of nurturing individuals, a space for growth and health education – Third Root is social justice in action.

Thank you in advance for your contribution to the center, whether it’s a generous gift of philanthropy, a shout out for social justice, or a token of your gratitude.


 “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

~ Lao Tzu