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The health and wellness-themed 2013-14 Guide To Yellow Springs is the largest yet, at 72 pages.

The health and wellness-themed 2013-14 Guide To Yellow Springs is the largest yet, at 72 pages.

Wayfaring the Village of Yellow Springs

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It’s here!

If this week’s edition of the Yellow Springs News seems, well, a little thick in the middle, it’s because enclosed within are whopping 72 pages of anything and everything about Yellow Springs.

The annual Guide To Yellow Springs hits the street today, tied together with this year’s theme  of health and wellness. It’s our largest Guide to date.

In it, you will find the listings: community, spiritual and youth  organizations; arts and recreation; village government and industry; and education. Each category lists the name, contact information and a bit of history about a group. It’s simply the best way to get familiar with what’s here in town.

The other part of the Guide, feature stories on health and well-being, focuses on the rich and myriad ways that villagers are seeking to make vital and healthy choices in their lives.

Given the village’s history of social activism and innovative thinking, it comes as no surprise that Yellow Springers have a robust interest in wellness and alternative healing. Gathering together articles previously published in the News on the topic, along with those we recently wrote, we were impressed by how many residents are actively working as healers, or seeking out new ways of staying healthy. In recent years, a group of healers has begun collaborating to help people both inside and outside the village learn of this town’s many health-related activities, and to encourage even more.

You’ll read about that group in this Guide, along with many others, including massage therapists, yoga practitioners, a family of chiropractors, an irodologist and a downtown business person waging a campaign against genetically modified food. You’ll read about villagers who, when faced with serious health issues, chose a journey that combined both mainstream medicine and alternative healing, in a wide variety of ways. You’ll read about young families who have questioned the American system of giving birth, and are choosing instead to have their baby at home, or with the aid of a midwife or doula. You’ll read of women dancing their way to health, and others finding the healing qualities of making art. You’ll read about our local schools and colleges, and their efforts to enhance the local wellness culture, both by creating a wellness center and creating new curriculums that help people navigate the healthcare system. You’ll find that there are many, many paths to wellness, and that villagers are, as usual, developing their own unique strategies.

The Guide is available throughout town and in many areas around the Miami Valley region. It  becomes available online October 17, as a digital flip-through publication via Issuu. Once there, you can even find copies of previous years Guides. It’s the next best thing to holding the sweet smell of paper and ink in your hands.

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