Friends of Samara

Center for the Healing Arts – The practitioners of The Center for Healing Arts located in Westminster, Maryland are dedicated to the growth and healing process within the individual, and share the common understanding that a person’s health comes from the unity of physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being.

Paul Pitchford – Having studied and apprenticed with masters of pre-Revolutionary* Traditional Chinese medicine, nutrition, and Tai Ji and Chan (Zen) meditation, Paul has been teaching nutrition in the context of foundational healing for 38 years. This approach prioritizes three basic integrative steps in a person’s pathway to enduring health: a) awareness practices, b) mindful movement including yoga, Tai Ji and Qi Gong, and c) nutrition based on regional, unrefined (whole) foods. He formerly served as director of Asian Healing Arts and Nutrition at Heartwood Institute. He currently receives invitations to teach worldwide and has given seminars at colleges (including Harvard), schools of acupuncture, nutrition and various healing arts, and on major radio shows.

Paul is available for phone consultations. The consult involves filling out an extensive health history, forwarding him a current photograph and a 60 to 70 minute phone conversation. His current fee is $150 for this consult. I highly recommend it but only if you are motivated and committed to changing your relationship with food. He can be reached at For more information about Paul check out his web site at

Ancient Oaks Farm (Community Supported Agriculture) – The community at Ancient Oaks Farm in Westminster invite you to become a member of our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Ancient Oaks isn’t just another farm; we are a community of people deeply committed to bettering the planet.  We practice ayurvedic healing fires on the property daily and are committed to ahimsa (compassion, non-violence) on our farm.  All living things are nourished by the atmosphere – especially plants – and we believe that we are nourishing the atmosphere itself with our fires in order to provide the purest environment for our food to grow in. In a CSA members pay in advance for a share of the seasons ongoing harvest.  You are ensured a portion of truly nourishing, locally grown food.   Every week from June through November, members receive a variety of freshly harvested vegetables.  Since the nutritional value of produce declines significantly while on supermarket shelves, as a member you will enjoy the freshest, most nutritious produce available. With our CSA, you can become involved by supporting our farm, knowing where and how the food is grown.  For more information, please see our website: 

Emily Telfair, N.D. – Dr. Telfair’s approach to health and wellness is through naturalopathy.   Naturopathic Medicine is a holistic approach to healthcare that blends modern scientific knowledge and medical training with the ancient wisdom of natural healing. The guiding philosophy in Naturopathic Medicine is to treat the root cause of disease using safe and gentle therapies, which stimulate the body to begin healing.

Sunlight Natural Health – is located on Falls Road in the Bare Hills Business district just 1 mile North of Whole Foods grocery and serves the Greater Baltimore, Maryland / Washington DC and Southern Pennsylvania area. We provide health care for all ages addressing chronic, acute, and preventative health care needs.  They are a team of licensed professionals who approach your health care from varied holistic modalities.

Jan Nicholson Ed.d– Dr. Nicholson has as been a practicing licensed clinical psychologist since 1985.  Her passion has been to integrate mind-body-spirit approaches fully into her work in order to facilitate healing. Her primary mission is to help others to discover the bliss of the Self, always present inside, just waiting for us to tap into it. Dr. Nicholson attended graduate school at Harvard University and completed her pre-doctoral internship at Children’s Hospital in Boston in 1981. She has offices in Wachington D.C. and Annapolis Maryland.

Dr. Wayne Bonlie – is a holistic family doctor who helps patients find natural and alternative health practices that will complement and enhance their health and well-being, while still utilizing the best aspects of conventional medicine where appropriate.

Jumpstart Life’s Journey – Champion’s community cohesiveness, through a variety of programs in support of ‘Generation Healing’. JLJ advocates and individual’s choice to make positive change that can impact an entire community for generations to come.  Jeannde is a Minster of Holistic Healing, further demonstrating her passion for change through a blending of both the creative & healing arts, including Soulful Birth Coaching & Reiki.  Her husband Michael who is also a Reiki Master joins her in support of JLJ’s offerings.  Together they promote further awareness through the Carroll County Reiki Rendevous  JLJ offers individual support as well as classes, workshops, circles & women’s groups.

A Mindful Yoga Studio – located on Main Street in Westminster, offers the practices of Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Yoga Nidra and other related disciplines as catalysts for personal growth, enrichment and conscious evolution in Carroll County.  Helen Resop, Tim Hurley and Joe Ingber have come together in partnership to offer these practices in close alignment with their origins within the ancient wisdom traditions of India. AMYS is dedicated to promoting the fullest potential of each individual being by offering these practices appropriately as pathways toward the encounter of one’s inner-most experience.  With over 25 years of collective teaching experience, it is the intention of the directors of the studio to offer these practices with integrity and authenticity in order to promote the fullest potential of each individual.

Homelight Healing – Offering shamanic energy clearing for your land, to assist in raising its vibration, clearing old energies, and opening the portals and gateways to bring the ancient wisdom and language of the Earth back to all. This work is facilitated primarily through Vocal Toning, Light Language and Shamanic Clearing Work, and aids in maximizing the land’s healing and energetic capacities, creating a more aligned space for self-healing and tranquility as well as that for the Planet, and also beneficial in preparation for ceremonies and rituals. NadineCalis also offers personalized shamanic intuitive energy work for the entire family. Located in Parkton, Maryland.  240-274-9663

Myrriah Jannette L.Ac. – Myrriah is a licensed acupuncturist and a women’s wellness expert offering one-of-a-kind intuitive & holistic healing treatments to the patients she works with. Her other specialties include Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Doula Care, Essential Oil healthcare, Cupping Therapy, Nutrition, Herbal beauty products, Massage and Energy healing. 717-236-2121 | | |