All events are held in the café and are free and open to the public except where noted. Registration is required. 

 October Gut Health Series

Digestive complaints are not the only sign of compromised gut health.  Did you know that brain fog, fatigue, depression, weight gain, acne, joint pain, allergies, chronic infections, thyroid problems and more all relate to the health of your gut?  In this Gut Health Series, learn what’s going on in your gut, how your food and mood are affecting your gut health, and the steps you can take to get back on track to a healthier, happier you!

Attending at least one of the 4-week series will be beneficial, but why not sign up for the entire series!  Each week builds your knowledge of the digestive tract and enhances your chance of optimizing your gut health.


Series Leader

Stephanie Walsh, CPT, CNTP, CEPC, Founder of The Holistic Health Approach [ More About Steph ]

Week 1 –  In One End and Out the Other: The Whats of the Guts

Thursday, October 5, 5:30 pm

Do you really know your gut? Get to know the soups-to-nuts, from tongue to bum, of your digestive tract.  You’ll learn the anatomy of your digestive tract, how your gut processes the food you eat, and why those little bugs called your microbiome are so important.  This is where health starts. Learning how it all works will help you make healthy decisions and analyze where there may be an issue.

Week 2 –  Eat Your Greens and Gasoline: What You Don’t Know You’re Eating

Thursday, October 12, 5:30 pm

Ever wonder what those unpronounceable ingredients are in your food? There are a lot of hidden toxins in our food supply.  You’ll learn where those toxins are coming from (hint: think of your car’s gas tank), how pesticides and other toxins effect your overall health and why gut health is important in protecting you from these insults.  Get the biggest bang for your health buck. Learning which foods and products are effecting your health – both positively and negatively – will help you become a more informed, savvy shopper and improve your health.

Week 3 – Fatigue, Fogginess, Fear and Food: What Your Brain May be Telling You

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Gut health is key to brain health! What you eat can either support or compromise your brain activity.  You’ll learn about the gut-brain connection, how stress and depression or anxiety effect your gut health, and what foods or supplements are vital for optimal gut and brain health.  This is a key component to the secret of happiness. Learning how your gut health effects your mood, and vice versa, will help you make the nutrition and lifestyle changes that will keep you healthy and happy.

Week 4 – Don’t Worry, I’ve Gut This! Your Road to a Healthy Gut

Thursday, October 26, 5:30 pm

Knowledge is power, and now you’ve got the power to optimize your gut health! You’ll learn several lifestyle steps you can take to support your digestive tract, improve your gut health and live a happier, healthier life!  Bring it all together. Understanding the steps you can take to enhance your gut health will help you continue making healthy changes that set you on the path to optimizing your health, your weight and your life!

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A Menopause Primer

Wednesday, October 25, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Menopause, defined as a year without a period, marks a major shift in a woman’s body. The years of hormone imbalance leading to menopause are considered perimenopause. The whole process can last up to a decade. As hormones shift and change over this time, what your body needs shifts and changes.  Luckily, there are a lot options available to support yourself through this time.

Carrie Levine and Jay will be here to provide the information you need to greet this phase of life with clear understanding.


Carrie Levine, CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife and Founder of Whole Woman Health [More About Carrie]
Jay Reighley, APRN, Nurse Practitioner at Integr8 Health  [More About Jay]

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Hormonal Balancing in Menopause and Perimenopause
with Bethany Hays, MD

Wednesday, November 8, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Practitioner EventThis event is for women’s health physicians, primary care physicians, internal medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, midwives, physician assistance and other healthcare professionals.


  • Develop a plan for prescribing nutraceuticals, diet, and lifestyle interventions to manage symptoms in women in perimenopause and menopause.
  • Apply treatment approaches for common PMS/menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, sleep disturbances, mood disorders, libido, osteoporosis, fibroids, endometriosis etc. using a practical algorithm for each.
  • Create a safe hormone replacement therapy based upon a concept that nature (if not disrupted by castration, disease or foreign chemicals) knows best in how to create balance in menopause. When HRT is needed we should follow her lead.

CME Credit
This event has been submitted to the MMA – Maine Medical Education Trust for CME credit. We anticipate approval by the end of October.

About Dr. Hays

Bethany Hays, MD, FACOG is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist who trained as a perinatologist, and practiced obstetrics for 29 years. Dr. Hays practiced and was the Medical Director of True North, a holistic health center in Falmouth, Maine, until its doors closed to patient care in 2016, after 14 years of changing healthcare in America. Using “Circle Process” described by Christina Baldwin and modified by those working at True North, the Circle created an integrative practice combining physicians and various other healing modalities. Dr. Hays found her way to the Institute for Functional Medicine in 1999, has been teaching for IFM since 2000, and is a current board member. She has been affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, University of Vermont Medical School, University of New England, Dartmouth Medical School and Tufts Medical School. Teaching has always been a part of her work. She has been described as “earth-mother”, “fire-brand”, “innovator”, “trailblazer”, “trouble-maker” and a number of other less gracious monikers.

For more information or to register, please contact Jenny Conti.

Herbs for Menopause Support

Thursday, November 9, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Red Clovers with MugMenopause is an extraordinary time of transition and self-actualization. We’ll explore herbs that strengthen the nervous system, support the juicy parts of ourselves, and regulate hormones. We’ll talk about how to use food and herbs to maintain strong bones and healthy cognition. Mischa will also show you how to make a few herbal remedies and teas so you can see just how easy it is!  You’ll leave feeling confident in your capacity to generate a grounded transition for yourself.


Mischa Schuler, Community Herbalist and Founder of Wild Carrot Herbs [ More About Mischa ]

Fee: $5

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