Defining Terms & Concepts Used 

"Wellness Community"

         - This is used to narrow the variety of offerings at Sacred in the round.  Because we embrace the overall concept of mix-&-match the economies of Gift, Trade, and Market, we wanted to be sure there was a common thread that linked all the offerings here so you know what you are looking for when you arrive. We define "wellness" as "the active and ongoing pursued goal of being in good whole-human health".  Therefore, any of you making or taking offerings through this porthole are here for this common understanding.

"Today"

As new direction, one that incorporates different economic systems into bringing about abundance to all who are involved and to foster sustainable systems of exchange, even through a pandemic and money becomes a limiting factor.

"Wellness Empowerer"

One who works with and through people to enable others to reach the highest levels in their personal and professional development. Simply defined, empowering is giving one's influence to others for the purpose of personal and organizational growth.  

A Wellness Empowerer is therefore one who promotes the health and wellbeing of others in a way that is sustainable for the recipient in that he/she/they are better equipped with the encouragement, tools, motivation, and inspiration to maintain a solid path toward a healthy life.

"Lifestyle Entrepreneur"

An individual who creates a business for the purpose of changing their lifestyle instead of making profits. This type of entrepreneur usually wants to create a business because they are passionate about it and believe that it will be personally rewarding for them.

"other things"

In relation to who I (Pippa Dorfman) am and what I have done so far in this life:

I am also a Mother, a Daughter, a Friend, a Sister, and Lover. I am a mender from mistakes made, a survivor of incredible Grief handed to me at an early age. I am a strong woman who adores the Natural World and aspires to be a Wildlife Rehabilitator someday and/or a Homebirth Midwife, or both! Who knows, all I do know is that I went to a Yoga ashram in my late teens to get away from the self-destructive path I was falling into, only to emerge a lifelong Yoga Instructor & Practitioner who also has devoted herself to being with women during the sacred transition of labor and childbirth as a Doula.   I have travelled to many countries, crossed the U.S. on my bicycle in two months,  and built a thriving Yoga Studio for four years in the rural Vermont mountain village of Jeffersonville, which was deconstructed only from the fate of our breath-loving virus during the 2020/21 Pandemic.   I am a homesteader and practitioner of Gratitude. I am these things and ever-growing always. 

"commUnity"

Is a word that I find places emphasis on the fact that without the one there would not be the many, and that each community is made up of unique individuals who altogether  form a great and united ecosystem.  This word used in our porthole is designed to encourage the understanding that a healthy community is one that values the parts of the whole and the whole as an entity worth keeping united. 

"Whole Human Health" or, "Whole-istic Care"

Implies a greater depth in the understanding of the nature of being human; we are a body, a mind, a spirit, a social creature, an emotional swirl moved by an energy force where physics and chemistry and spirit come together. Whole Human Health touches on the entirety of our experience not just one of those components alone.

WHH Encompasses the social, physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of healing and wellness.

"Circle of Life"

The Circle of Life is an ancient symbol brought into our mixed modern day societies by many North American Indigenous cultures.  In the Lakota culture for example, the circular shape represents the continuous cycles witnessed in the natural world: life and death, the path of the sun and moon, the shape of a family home (the tipi), the shape of the drum, and other significant pieces of Lakota culture. For the Sioux culture, the circular Medicine Wheel honors the four directions, represents the universe, and is "a symbol of hope - a movement toward healing for those who seek it" (www.stjo.org).