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Karen Alfano — Alumni Spotlight

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Homeopathy, student spotlight | 0 comments


 

Karen Alfano

How did you first become interested in homeopathy?

KA: My daughter was diagnosed with Lyme Disease while in high school. She was treated conventionally with no success. A friend of mine suggested I take my daughter to see a homeopath. I had never heard of homeopathy prior to this but was desperate to help my daughter. I saw how the homeopath treated her and cured her. I began to see the homeopath myself, not for anything specific, but I had a feeling that she could make me a stronger, more confident individual, and she did. Years later while conversing with a professional, the following comment was made to me, “Karen. You could be a homeopath.” The light went on. That was it. This is what I had been waiting for. My calling. I found Baylight and began my studies. It has been a beautiful journey, a life changer, a blessing.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

KA: Right now, while I continue to care for the elderly with dementia, I maintain a small private practice. Eventually I will leave nursing behind and grow my practice so that I may help as many people as I can. I have even entertained the idea of teaching Acute Homeopathy to bring this field of knowledge to those who are seeking an alternative to and/or an addition to allopathic treatment. 

What is homeopathy to you?

KA: Homeopathy to me is my real love. It is God’s gift to those of us who seek and hear the truth without judgment. The relationship that a client and homeopath build is one that I have great reverence for, as it is built on trust, openness, and honesty. It is sacred.

What is your favorite thing you’ve learned with Baylight Homeopathy?

KA: Oh! What haven’t I learned at Baylight! Nancy Frederick has to be, by far, the most knowledgeable, deeply intuitive, compassionate homeopath there is. Her field of knowledge is beyond words and her ability to understand the human condition and to relay that information to her students is her gift to us. She is a remarkable human being.

What does health mean to you?

KA: A healthy individual, to me, means that one is emotionally and physically sound. If we were all to be treated as infants with homeopathy for our miasmic tendencies and our acute illnesses, then fed “real” wholesome, untainted foods, parented by and educated by elders who were brought up the same way………wow!

Any advice for those new to homeopathy or those interested in pursuing a career in holistic medicine?

KA: Baylight School for Homeopathy is a superior quality homeopathic school. The classes are small, up close and personal, and everyone is valued. Those who go through the program and graduate are well educated homeopaths who can now make a significant contribution to humanity and help people heal. What a gift.

Do you keep a selection of homeopathic remedies at home?

KA: Absolutely. I have a 50 remedy kit of 30C from Hahnemann Laboratories, a kit from Washington Homeopathic of 100 30C remedies, Bengal Allen Homoeopathic Kit of 200C remedies, and The Complete Range of Bach Original Flower Remedies. I wouldn’t be without them and wish I had more.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

KA: I reside with my husband in Brownfield, ME. I am originally from Long Island, NY. I am a nurse and care for the elderly with Alzheimer’s and dementia. My interests are quite basic: I love my organic vegetable garden, I love preparing and eating “real” foods, and I enjoy the outdoors–kayaking, hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing.

Notes on a Bountiful New Year

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” –Mary Oliver

The coming of a new year offers a time for pause and reflection, allowing us to look back on the unique feats and trials of the previous year. If you’re anything like me, it can be tempting to go into critique mode, placing unrealistic expectations on yourself through strict resolutions. Instead of thinking of the things that can be restricted – cutting this and losing that – this year, strive for expansion. Visualize the things you want to call into your life in 2016, and allow yourself to gently and gradually clarify the path ahead. Here are ten ways in which I’ll continue to resolve my journey.

1. Be generous.

“What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.” –George Saunders

There are a number of ways to give yourself back to the world. It doesn’t have to be something that takes a lot of time, money, or energy. Give a compliment, practice random acts of kindness, devote time and energy to a cause you care about, lend an ear to a friend in need, write heartfelt thank-you notes for the small and generous acts of others.

2. Practice gratitude.

“I assert that life is beautiful in spite of everything!… There are many thorns, but the roses are there too.” –Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Each day, there are a countless number of things we can show gratitude for. When you’re sorting through the past year and thinking of the things you’d like to be different, try making a short list of things you’re over the moon about and would never want to change. By recognizing the blessings you already have, more and more beauty will undoubtedly become clearer.

3. Take time for stillness.

“Everybody should be quiet near a little stream and listen.” –Ruth Krauss

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to squeeze a moment of quiet into our hectic schedules. However, it’s during those times of overwhelm that it’s most important to slow down. Go for a walk in the snow, sit in silence, doodle, daydream, allow for boredom. There’s a unique kind of unconscious creativity that is born in these idle moments, when the brain is not being forced into thinking. Try incorporating some conscious breathing exercises, or pranayama, into your morning routine – benefits can include increased energy, reduced depression and anxiety, lower blood pressure, and more.

4. Fuel your body and soul.

“Seek out what magnifies your spirit.” –Maria Popova

Quite simply, ditch the stuff that doesn’t serve you. Nourish your body with whole foods and daily movement. Try to get out in the fresh air for at least a short stroll every day. Feed yourself with positive thought and stop criticizing your wondrous self.

5. Do the things that make you happy.

“The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” –Carl Jung

I like to think of myself as a little girl, easily gravitating toward the little things that brought me glee. If you ever forget what brings you happiness, the things that most fervently fuel our hearts can be rediscovered by remembering those simple childhood desires. Do those things, often, and no matter how silly. Do as few as possible of the things that don’t encourage joy.

6. Be present-minded.

“I would like to do whatever it is that presses the essence from the hour.” –Mary Oliver

It’s easy to live in the past, harping on unchangeable details of old experiences, or to live in anticipation of the future, always envisioning a better tomorrow. Practice re-centering on the now, the only moment that truly exists. I find it helpful to take a purposeful break from technology each day to observe the life and happenings in the world directly around me.

7. Spend time with those who enliven you.

“When we hug, our hearts connect and we know we are not separate beings.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

Dearest friends and family can be our greatest motivators, supporters, and sources of delight. Surround yourself with the people who inspire you and encourage you to be the person you want to be. Find a healthy balance between work and fun, and try to catch as many of those precious and expansive moments with your loved ones as humanly possible.

8. Forget perfect.

“What if you wake up someday, and you’re 65… and you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life?” –Anne Lamott

It can be difficult to not feel that you’re falling short of the way things should be, especially with the prominence of social media and the daily observance of others’ groomed online personas. This is an invitation to you (ahem, myself) to toss the notion of perfection that can weave itself into every facet of life. There’s no such thing. All that time that used to be spent fearing failure will likely leave room for you to recognize how downright impressive you already are.

9. Create.

“All creative art is magic, is evocation of the unseen in forms persuasive, enlightening, familiar, and surprising, for the edification of mankind.” –Joseph Conrad

To me, creation is the mind’s truly unique and necessary way of conveying both joy and pain. If there’s any place within you that longs for expression, let it voice itself. Whether it’s writing poetry, chiseling ice sculptures, cooking for one, or painting a still life, do what feels right. And, when you feel held back by the possibility of not being “good enough,” please refer back to #8.

10. Accept life as an ever-changing journey.

“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.” –Rainer Maria Rilke

It’s okay to not know exactly what lies ahead. Instead of thinking of where you want to be at the end of 2016, ask yourself how you want to feel. Through the blessings and challenges that will come, remember that feeling, and focus on getting there.

Thoughts on Constitutional Care

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are many people who have a strong draw to a certain kind of work or have a clear sense of their “purpose” — a unique strength they have to offer to their loved ones, their larger communities, and the world. And there are others whose only experience is in doing the things that they believe they should. In either case, most of us often find that the state we’re in or the circumstances in which we find ourselves are very different from the where we wish we were, the what we’d like to be doing, or the “who” we have an inkling we’re meant to be.

This is where constitutional homeopathy comes in.  Healing through homeopathy is like peeling back layer after layer of the stuff that we’ve held on to to protect ourselves, or to make sense of the world after an injury or an injustice; the stuff that covers over the very yummiest, brightest expression of who we are and what we have to offer.

How would you be living if you were truly unencumbered? How would you relate to people and engage with the world if you felt joyful, confident, and at ease?

I had the wonderful blessing of growing up with homeopathy as my main source of health care, and therefore have had a lot of experience with the change my own system can manifest when its galvanized in the right way. Lasting symptoms that I swear I’d never find relief from, feelings or patterns of thinking that were so entrenched that I couldn’t extricate myself from them despite my best efforts… simply dissolve after a good remedy. At times as if they were never their in the first place.

It is a freeing, a lightening, and I wish that sort of healing for everyone. All the time. Forever and ever.

With Love,

Jane

Kelly Callahan, CCH — Alumni Spotlight

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Homeopathy, student spotlight | 0 comments

Concentric Healing | Camden, Maine

The following is an interview with Kelly Callahan, a 2011 graduate of Baylight Homeopathy.


Kelly CallahanTell us a bit about yourself.

Kelly: I spent my childhood and school years in Maine. Spring semester of my junior year of high school I went to the Chewonki Semester program and that had a huge influence on me. The exposure to farming and ecological perspectives led me to WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities in Organic Farming) in New Zealand during my year off after high school, and then on to major in Agroecology and Natural History at UC Santa Cruz. I also worked as a wilderness guide at UCSC, which led into alternative education and a couple years as a middle school teacher after getting my credential.

My husband and I re-located to Maine when our daughter was 3 months old in 2003. We’ve been living in the midcoast ever since. We love it here. We’ve found a beautiful spot on a ridge in Appleton where we’re currently homeschooling our two kids. Gardening, getting outdoors, 5Rhythms dance, and most recently- spinning poi!- all vie for my time when I’m not engaged with the kids or practicing homeopathy.

How did you first become interested in homeopathy?

KC: I was always into natural health and alternative methods. I had two homebirths. I was one of those people who thought homeopathy was like herbalism until my boyfriend (now husband) set me straight. His dad had taken a homeopathy veterinary course. But it wasn’t until I had a baby and was looking to use natural treatments that I pursued homeopathy. It was like a deep knowing that homeopathy is what I had to use. Once we got started, I was hooked.

What is homeopathy to you?

KC: I took a Tai Chi class once, and I remember having this feeling of all aspects of my being: mental, physical, and spiritual all moving in synchronicity. Homeopathy is like that- a medicine that heals us toward oneness and synchronicity within ourselves. In turn, that healing resonates out into our families, communities, and the world.

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned with Baylight Homeopathy?

KC: I honestly didn’t understand the deeper spiritual purpose of homeopathy when I started at Baylight. When I heard my first philosophy lecture, I was floored. It was so much more than I had thought, and I was thrilled and blindsided. Nancy continued to always hold that space- of what we’re here to do, how we can show up for better, and how homeopathy can be a part of that. There was no dogma, just pure respect and love for our potential to heal and how homeopathy can help get us there.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

KC: I definitely want to continue practicing. Helping patients is at the center for me. But I’m a bit of an idea factory- I get a lot of them. Most of them just fly away, never to manifest, but I’m always thinking about little side-projects with homeopathy. Currently I’m working on a podcast project that I’m super excited about. It’s enabling me to bring together a desire to study and synthesize information about remedies, interviewing homeopaths from all over- which is very cool because I realized that the idea of oral history has been a thread that has run through my life- and finally some dramatic reading of old literature which also hooks into an old passion of mine: theater.

It’s going to be called 1M: A Podcast for Homeopaths. So look out for it!

I also love teaching so I do hope someday to have a regular teaching gig in some capacity. But that feels a ways down the line; I want to keep finding my own niche in the homeopathic community of original work, as well as gaining experience and competence as a practitioner first and foremost.

Oh- and bringing homeopathy to places of need is also very important to me. I want to volunteer with Homeopaths Without Borders. I would LOVE to go to Tanzania and work with Homeopathy for Health in Africa. But I also think about starting a mobile clinic for migrant field workers who suffer a lot of acutes due to their work.

What does health mean to you?

KC: At one time, I was focused on food and exercise and more of tangible ‘inputs;- how you treat your illnesses, etc. And I think those things are important for sure. But today, in this moment, I think it’s really about love. How you *actively* love yourself. And that includes food, because if you love yourself you will nourish yourself well, physically. And you will be active in ways your body loves. And you will fill your own cup, which means you can love another. It’s possible to love yourself, feel loved by others, and love others and be physically ill. But if you are loving and are loved, maybe aren’t suffering as much. There are people who appear to be physically healthy, but are suffering emotionally and spiritually. So- to stay healthy, I say practice love toward yourself. Fill your cup.

Any advice for those new to homeopathy or those interested in pursuing a career in holistic medicine?

KC: Go on to hpathy.com and read Dr. Manish Bhatia’s letter to students of homeopathy.

This article was a life line to me when I got out of Baylight and was trying to practice and felt kind of lost and like I couldn’t be in touch with that magic I felt at school. Print it out. I had the 12 bullet points posted above my desk for a couple years. I only took it down because we were moving things around. I recently re-printed and read it again and every word of it still rings true for me.

And then I would add, be in touch with your own love of homeopathy. If you just think about getting clients and building your practice, you might feel frustrated and resentful if it’s slow going, or clients don’t come back, or cases don’t go as well as you like. Figure out what kind of homeopath you are and integrate homeopathy with your own strengths. You can be inspired by other homeopaths, but you can’t be just like any other homeopath. You can only be yourself.


Learn more about Kelly at www.concentrichealing.com or by email at concentrichealing@gmail.com

 

Homeopathy Education FAQ Video

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We’d like to welcome you to Baylight Center for Homeopathy. If you’re looking to pursue an education in homeopathic medicine this video will answer some commonly asked questions about how and why you should take the next step!

We’re excited to be starting up classes again this Fall, and encourage you to join us for the 2015-2016 school year. You’ll learn all about the growing field of homeopathy – a form holistic medicine that uses safe, effective, non-suppressive natural remedies for the treatment of acute and chronic illness. Whether you’re a first year student, on your way to becoming a certified practitioner, or a seasoned homeopath looking to enhance your practice, we have something for you.

2015-2016 Courses Offered:

Homeopathic First Aid and Acute Care

We still have spaces available in our popular Homeopathic First Aid and Acute Care course. This course meets one Saturday per month from 9-5 for 9 sessions, and is engaging, informative, and fun.  Great for parents looking for safe, effective treatment of common injuries and illness at home, as well as those looking to step into an exciting, rewarding professional field!

Register
 

Homeopathic Practitioner course with Nancy Frederick, CCH, RSHom(NA)

A deep dive into the field of homeopathy, this engaging 500-hour course covers all required material and experience for those interested in becoming profession homeopaths.

Register
 

Homeopathic Medical Sciences with Dr. Sarah Kotzur

Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology & Lab Diagnosis for Homeopaths!  This course satisfies the prerequisites for taking the CHC exam to become a certified homeopathic practitioner.

Register

 

Contact Us with any questions

info@baylighthomeopathy.com or 207.774.4244.

2015-2016 Courses & Fall Open House

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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“The Homeopathic First Aid and Acute Care Course at Baylight
is really an introduction to an entirely different way
of seeing your health, healing, and the world.

~Ruth B. Jones, First Aid Student 2013

FALL OPEN HOUSE

Wednesday, September 23rd

5:30-7:30pm

222 Saint John St.  •  Suite #238  •  Portland, ME  04102

 

Join us for the 2015-2016 school year!

Interested to learn about a growing field of holistic medicine that uses safe, effective, non-suppressive natural remedies for the treatment of acute and chronic illness?

We still have spaces available in our popular Homeopathic First Aid and Acute Care course. This course meets one day per month for 9 sessions, and is engaging, informative, and fun.  Great for parents looking for safe, effective treatment of common injuries and illness at home, as well as those looking to step into an exciting, rewarding professional field!

“The Baylight Center for Homeopathy gives an excellent foundation
for a solid homeopathic practice. [It] has quickly become
one of the best schools of homeopathy in North America.”

~Sally Williams, RSHom(NA), CCH, HMC

Click here for class dates.

The Saturday course sessions meet from 9am-5pm. We take a morning and afternoon break for tea, and a mid-day break for a potluck lunch.  Classes take place at our lovely classroom in the historic Railroad Building on St. John Street in Portland.  There are no specific prerequisites for this course. Register Here!  Due to small class sizes, these courses fill up quickly.

 

OTHER 2015-2016 COURSES:

Homeopathic Medical Sciences with Dr. Sarah Kotzur
Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology & Lab Diagnosis for Homeopaths!  This course satisfies the prerequisites for taking the CHC exam to become a certified homeopathic practitioner.

Homeopathic Practitioner course with Nancy Frederick, CCH, RSHom(NA)
A deep dive into the field of homeopathy, this engaging 500-hour course covers all required material and experience for those interested in becoming profession homeopaths.

Contact Us with any questions

info@baylighthomeopathy.com or 207.774.4244.