“The Doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison’s quote is listed on the homepage of the Holistic Wellness Community Center’s website and aptly describes the education and science resource center’s mission and initiatives, which include offering programs and services that teach individuals and families how to access their innate healing abilities and mind-body-spirit connections.
The Center, which holds classes in nutrition, yoga, meditation, self-healing techniques, is also developing community programs on environmental stewardship and sustainable gardening. Recently, the Center became a City of Ventura Green Certified Business.
“The Center was founded based on the thinking that everyone should have access to the many healing opportunities that are available through advancements in nutrition, quantum physics and neuroscience,” said Stephanie Bucklin, Holistic Wellness Community Center’s Founder and Executive Director.
“Sometimes with the abundance of information available online and in bookstores, truth and application can get lost in translation,” added Bucklin. “We’re here as a community resource to help demystify and educate the consumer, getting them on a path to peace, balance, healing and wellness.”
Bucklin, who graduated from Ventura College’s Holistic Health Studies program, founded the Center based at 4243 Telegraph Rd, Suite 5, in Ventura in June 2014.
“I’ve created the whole person healing programs at the Center based on what I learned through education, years of research, and my own healing journey,” said Bucklin.
“It’s a misconception to think that you have to look outside yourself for healing,” continued Bucklin. “Each person is different, but there’s more available to us than traditional Western Medicine. Holistic Wellness Community Center brings together a myriad of practitioners that excel in what they do. We assist the individual on creating a personalized plan to achieve their optimum results.”
Bucklin, who is certified in yoga, teaches yoga classes in the building’s beautiful atrium, also a great place for mindful meditation.
“Part of why we get sick is that we don’t listen to our bodies. Through yoga training, we can understand how stress impacts the body, mind and spirit and learn to breathe deeply and completely for deeper relaxation. Yoga is a pathway to healing,” said Bucklin.
At the Center, Bucklin brings human healing and environmental sustainability together. “I teach people how to detoxify their existence by removing harmful chemicals from their diets and toxic thoughts from their mind. Additionally, we have to care for and preserve our natural resources and our earth, because that impacts our health as well as our community’s sustainability.”
To follow the green path in-house, and as part of recently becoming a Green Certified Business, Bucklin recycles and reuses materials whenever possible and has taught the neighbors in her office how to use the buildings unicycle trash bin in their back lot. All the furniture in the Center’s offices are repurposed or purchased from thrift stores. Her stationary and business cards are made from recycled content. She believes in buying in bulk, and then reusing jars and packaging.
“Water is conserved in the bathroom and kitchen with the use of low-flow faucets and toilets and strategically placed signage to ‘conserve,’” said Bucklin. “I also conserve energy by using natural lighting whenever possible, or a small energy saving fixture vs. abundant overhead lighting. I also plug electronics into power strips. That way, I can easily turn off everything, literally, with a flick of the switch at the end of the day.”
A big part of the Center’s mission is to teach staff — and the community — about sustainable living techniques, which include organic gardening and composting.
“We’re also creating online seminars local community fairs, wellness retreats, and other activities that bring the community together,” said Bucklin. “We are all connected to each other, and to the natural environment. Caring and preserving our environment IS taking care of and nurturing ourselves. You can’t separate the two, everyone and everything is connected,” said Bucklin.
–Maryann Ridini Spencer for SustainableVentura.TV