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First-ever Awakenings Festival in Hudson on June 19

The Gazette
Friday, June 10, 2011

The first-ever Awakening Festival takes place June 18 in Hudson, with speakers from across the United States and Canada.

The festival will focus on human and planetary health, with a special emphasis on ways to make positive impacts in local communities, according to event founder Lianne Bridges.

The festival includes workshops, music, dance, an outdoor marketplace, 14 guest speakers, 20 community organizations, dozens of wellness, green and fair trade vendors and a kids’ program which includes art, yoga, native wisdom and empowerment.

Net proceeds of the event will be donated to the West High Bridge to Burundi project which is building schools and a medical clinic in Burundi, Africa.

Bridges said one of the many reasons to hold the event in Hudson, where she lives, was that the town adopted North America’s first-ever ban on the applications of lawn and garden pesticides in 1991.

Paul Tukey, founder of the SafeLawns Foundation and executive producer of A Chemical Reaction, the Emmy-nominated Film about the town’s fight, will be one of the keynote speakers at the festival.

“I believe that Hudson… is probably the best single example of what community action can accomplish,” Tukey said on the festival’s website.

The community will be celebrating its history by creating an annual award to be given at the festival to a local individual or group representing the spirit of outstanding community citizenship.

Local groups, such as the Circle of Friends, will be at the festival and other presenters include American landscape designer Ted Carter and Ellen Gunter, co-authors of Reunion: How We Heal our Broken Connection to the Earth, Stephane Benoussan, a holistic heath and educational psychologist, Martine Irman, a senior executive at TD Bank and recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 award and Stephen Schettini, an author and mindfulness expert.

The festival takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on June 19 and includes various workshops as well as the children’s program.

It takes place at the Community Centre, 394 Main Road in Hudson. An all-day pass costs $55; a half-day pass costs $30. Kids’ workshop is $15.

For more information about the festival, go to or call 514-825-0732.

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  • Janet Clancy

    A word of thanks to Paul. I attended your talk in Hudson Saturday. Very inspiring. I am a believer in the organic lifestyle. You have many like-minded people in the U.S. Do you know of Raymond Francis, author of ‘Never Be Sick Again”. An excellent read of his recovery (despite the medical diagnosis of fatal) from being toxic. Thank you for the stories connecting your grandmother (my mom has Alzheimer’s and also has a passion for babes. My son has ADD and ODD and was born in 1992!! (Brain Gym (the work of Paul Dennison) was the gift we got out of those struggles. I feel a connection with your journey. Life is richer when we share our stories. I am sure you will love the insight in this link! Continue the valuable work you are doing!
    Janet Clancy, Quebec

  • Patty Koeslag

    Met you at the Awakening Festival in Hudson on Sat. You said to e-mail you for the ‘recipe’ for poison ivy. Your presentation was excellent – thanks for the work you do for our world.
    Patty Koeslag, Ontario

  • Roberta Inness

    Curious about all the activity on the lawn at the community centre, my daughter and I walked in off the street during our Hudson vacation this past Saturday and happened to catch your talk. You’re the best public speaker I’ve ever seen . . . you absolutely enthralled my teenage daughter. What energy and self-awareness you have. Do you come back to Canada often? We would love to have you for our group on day.
    Roberta Inness, British Columbia

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