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First Annual Holistic Expo Aims to Inspire : Healthy Living


The Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) will host the first annual Holistic Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, August 10 at Mount Airy Casino Resort. The regional event will feature a variety of holistic, natural and eco-friendly professionals and practitioners, providing attendees with the opportunity to gather information and meet the providers face-to-face.

“Unfortunately, many members of the community don’t realize the holistic options that are available to them,” says Chapter President Melissa Luddeni. “The Expo gives us the chance to educate the community and provide them with a wonderful experience.”

Patrons may learn about natural and holistic health and wellness alternatives including aromatherapy, cranial sacral therapy, herbal medicine, martial arts, massage therapy, Reiki, Rolfing, naturopathy, myofascial release, yoga, spiritual, nutritional, fitness and holistic counseling and more. The idea is to encourage patrons to consider more natural ways of staying healthy and living a life full of energy. By meeting practitioners and seeing products and services up-close and personal, they may be more apt to try a new modality or service—after all, that’s the goal, according to Luddeni.

For those interested in being an exhibitor at the Expo, space is still available, however, participants must be a professional member of HCC, a growing national organization that represents holistic professionals, practitioners and businesses. Their mission is to connect more people with holistic solutions for solving today’s challenges and to connect holistic professionals, practitioners and businesses with better business-building solutions. The Chamber does this by educating the public and promoting holistic solutions, especially their professional members; representing holistic professionals, practitioners and businesses who stand for excellence and integrity through their membership and by submitting references (which they check); and offering support to professional members who choose to start a local HCC through the Chapter President program.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the inaugural event. Sponsors must also be a member of HCC or they can become a member by choosing the two highest level sponsorships. Five levels of sponsorship allow maximum exposure and visibility on the HCC website, event marketing materials, social media, as well as prime booth placement and speaking opportunities. Luddeni advises that sponsorship is an ideal way to gain exposure in the holistic community.

“We are really excited to bring the Expo to Northeastern Pennsylvania and look forward to sharing our knowledge with the visitors,” says Luddeni. “Holistic is a new concept for so many and we are anxious to make it a way of life.”

Cost: Purchase at door: $2 or free with a non-expired canned good, which will be donated to the Tobyhanna Food Kitchen. Location: 44 Woodland Rd., Mount Pocono. For more information, call Melissa Luddeni at 570-591-1422, email [email protected] or visit

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