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What are our accessible, healing resources?

Welcome to

Day 2 - Holistic Healing

Most of the time, to solve a physical or mental problem, we grab the most comfortable solution of medication. Cindy Olsen and Laura Preskin, two adventurous souls, share how they use holistic healing resources of nature and community. Cindy and Laura's journey brings awareness to how simple our healing can be if we look within our environment. Learn how to:

  • reconnect with nature and learn about the scientific benefits,

  • increase awareness of your surroundings and community,

  • discover simple ways to access healing support, and

  • recognize the importance of natural elements in our lives. 

Additionally, we have the privilege to hear Lea Pickard and Trish Taylor, from Day 1, talk about Sisterhood. These two soul sisters experience the power of connecting with supportive, like-minded people. This relationship invites you to look around and find your community of soul sisters or brothers to an infinite adventure of possibilities and a path of holistic healing.

Lara Friedman-Kats is a professional modern dancer (Carolyn
Dorfman Dance -NJ/NY), dance and fitness educator/instructor,
gluten-free foodie, pup mom, wife, and independent health 
and fitness coach. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts and
K-12 in dance education from Towson University and is working
on her Master's in Dance at Montclair State.
Lara is certified in various fitness
formats and teachings both dance
 and fitness to all ages and in a
variety of settings. She helps inspire
others to live a positive, healthy life
while achieving personal goals and
dreaming bigger. She believes that
loving yourself wholly is a process.
It starts from the inside out: treating your body well, feeding it with whole nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, listening to your body, moving each day, and filling yourself with a positive mindset. Through some health issues of her own and some self-reflection, she has learned to live a purposeful, passion-filled life and shares it with others! (IG: @laralove5678/ Fb: Lara Love)
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Cindy Olsen is an Environmental Educator, Meditation Teacher, and Mindful Outdoor Guide in Westchester County, NY. She has been an Environmental Educator with Sheldrake Environmental Center in Larchmont, NY since 2012. In this role, she works with private and public schools, as well as families, to deliver nature education and connect youth and families with the outdoors.


Cindy is a Meditation Teacher with Pause To Be Present Meditation in Mamaroneck, NY. She is also a certified Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide and a Forest Therapy Guide in training with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. She is passionate about sharing the powerful physical and mental benefits of nature and mindfulness with others.


She founded Cindy By Nature, LLC. in order to expand the reach of her commitment to sharing nature connection with the region. 

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Laura Preskin is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of, a women’s luxury sun protection activewear company. Prior to creating Yaffa, Laura held many sales, marketing, and design positions at Eli Tahari, Danskin, and several other clothing companies.

Laura is also a licensed social worker, and even though she has put on hold her therapy practice, she works closely as a career mentor and coach to many young college students in Westchester county.

In her spare time, Laura regularly enjoys a meditation, mindfulness, and yoga practice, and enjoys many outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, running, and tennis. She also fancies herself as a “soulful entrepreneur”, combining the many experiences and practices for optimal mind, body, and spirituality for self-care and building resiliency to meet today’s challenges.

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