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Friday, April 1, 2011

Fundraiser on Sunday in Atwater for victims of Chernobyl 25 years on

After this author accidentally let it slip that my grandfather was a pioneer in nuclear reactor safety in a rather lengthy and detailed article, Cindy Marie Jenkins sent a kind email about it and in it related her work with a special local charity, Voices from Chornobyl.

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Photographer Robert Knoth
Chernobyl was a horrific tragedy. The design and construction of that nuclear fission reactor was in environmental and human terms simply criminal in that it lacked any type of sufficient containment protocol in the event of a catastrophic failure. When the emergency protocols that did exist broke down completely, an un-contained reactor meltdown was unleashed on the general population.

25 years on, those same people and their children still suffer from the physical results of exposure to the released radiation. What follows is Voices from Chornobyl's presser for a totally zen fundraiser in partnership with Chernobyl Children’s Project USA. Buy a ticket, and support an important cause while you chillax in Atwater Village with some major healing mojo.


Relax with a Mini-Session of an Alternative Modality While Donating to a Worthy Fundraising Effort

Sunday, April 03, 2011
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PT)
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The Global Healing Event is a fundraising effort for Voices From Chornobyl to facilitate a broader dissemination of information and awareness on the precipice of the 25th anniversary of the nuclear tragedy. Children today are still born with health issues, and volunteer surgeons travel to the Ukraine region year-round to provide basic and advanced surgeries; they are all volunteer.

Santosha Space and Hypnotiq Solutions have joined forces in hosting the Global Healing Event, to bring relaxation and calm to a chaotic world by facilitating and providing practitioners of various modalities to offer a momentary reprieve into the realm of calm, and help raise awareness as well as funds to improve the lives of those still affected by this nuclear disaster.

Available sessions:

HypnoArt by Thea Pueschel, C.Ht., Kinesthetic Visualist  Tap into your inner creativity without judgement. Art supplies provided.

Massage by Cat Macary, LMT  Experience the relaxation of a traditional massage

Reiki by Adriana Franco, C.Ht. Reiki Practitioner  Let go to a deeper state of calm with full body energy healing

Magnetic Healing with Virginia Applen: Improve your balance and circulation through magnetic therapy.

Hypnosis with Peter Bedard, M.A. C.Ht.  Restore calmness and relaxation through hypnosis.

Shiatsu/Acupressure Massage by Adrienne Montoya, CMT  Release blocked or congested energy centers in your body thru massage.


All practitioners are donating their time, services usually range $125 and up an hour. All proceeds go to Voices From Chornobyl. Sessions range from 10-15 minutes. Based on a first come first serve basis.

Santosha Space offers 2 weeks of unlimited classes for $30 for first time students as well as 10% off merchandise and healing arts for Atwater Village Residents.

Perhaps you feel like taking a yoga class before the event or after: Hatha Yoga and Meditation with Kierin 12:30-2:00pm | Vinyasa Flow with Karen 4:00-5:30

Voices From Chornobyl
(VFC) has partnered with the Chernobyl Children’s Project USA to raise awareness and money for the children whose health is still affected today. The VFC team is assembling more readings, an interactive children’s script, and expanding Chornobyl awareness events to include art exhibits and on-line outreach.