The Balancing Act of Autumn: One Breath at a Time

Such a balancing act, lifting a cup that’s full to the brim.

My father often poured milk into his coffee til it nearly over-flowed. High drama when he’d lift it, ever so slowly and steadily. Sometimes he’d pour so much it would bulge above the edge of the cup. He’d lean back to admire that, then lean down to slurp a first sip without touching the cup.

This time of year reminds me of my Dad and his balancing act. Continue reading “The Balancing Act of Autumn: One Breath at a Time”

The Greatest Love There Is

Red Fox, one of series of new paintings by Zoh Hieronimus.

Greetings Friends of Ruscombe,

When I founded Ruscombe in 1984, my vision was to offer holistic healing options in one location. The reason for this was to facilitate a person’s healing more quickly than if a person had to travel looking for the many options that were then difficult to find. Today, thirty-four years later, acupuncture, naturopathy, herbal healing, massage, and other therapeutics we feature are more prevalent in our society. The Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center remains the longest freestanding outpatient integrative center in America offering numerous ancient and modern healing options.

All institutions grow and change, and change is occurring now at Ruscombe three decades later. Astrologically, the entire world is in the throes of institutional change and individual transformation as seen by a Pluto square Mars dynamic, a fiery challenge to all systems, inner and outer, personal and collective. It’s a time of unexpected interruptions and opportunities for novel creation. This planetary configuration, which will last for another 15 years or so, accelerates change for the entire world. Continue reading “The Greatest Love There Is”

Have you seen the Light Bus?

Reward Offered for any information leading to the discovery of the lost Light Bus. Contact info@woodstockbus.com.

This now-famous bus was on the Ruscombe property back when it was the Savitria Commune and AUM Esoteric Study Center, and we’re hoping that someone from the Ruscombe community of clients and friends may remember it from way back then.

If you know anyone who was connected with the Savitria community or the early days of AUM, would you please ask them to contact us if they have any memories of this bus?

Read more about the bus, and the search, at 21stCenturyRadio.com.

Sheng Zheng Gong Talk at Ruscombe

This post originally appeared on BmoreSZG.com. In April of 2017, Peter Van Buren gave a talk to the health practitioners at Ruscombe Mansion on the benefits of integrating Sheng Zhen Gong with the holistic therapies they practiced. After first explaining a little about Sheng Zhen Gong, Peter then guided the group though a brief practice, so they could experience firsthand the “Sheng Zhen state”.  And, then he addressed the group,

“In preparing for this talk, I needed to answer the question, what does Sheng Zheng Gong (SZG) have to do with health practitioners? Continue reading “Sheng Zheng Gong Talk at Ruscombe”

New Qi Gong Venture

Cynthia Zanti Jabs is taking on a new venture this month. May will see the first classes of a curriculum she designed to teach Therapeutic Qi Gong to acupuncture students at the Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Qi Gong (pronounced ‘Chee Gung’) is to Asian Healing Arts what Physical Therapy is to Western Medicine. With a few notable differences: Qi Gong works with mental and spiritual issues along with physical ones. Many Qi Gong practices have been practiced for thousands of years. It’s very inexpensive and it never has to hurt to work. Continue reading “New Qi Gong Venture”

Uniting Our States

A reflection from the Women’s March on Washington

There was a brief moment that will always remind me of all that I want to remember from the weekend of the Trump Inauguration and the Women’s March in Washington. It was on Saturday, as the first speakers were taking their turns on the podium. Crowds of people were still coalescing. The density of the crowd was something I’ve hardly ever experienced. Once on the streets of Varanasi in India, once on a subway platform in New York.

Continue reading “Uniting Our States”

Holistic Healing Arts in Tumultuous Times

Photo: Graham Cook / CC BY 2.0

In tumultuous times, traditional healing modalities have much to offer. They help us recover from shock. They can address old wounds laid bare by dramas unfolding around us. They call us to our higher selves. They lead us to connect with others and connect with our purpose in the world. They support us in finding our footing in the presence of frightening uncertainties. They cultivate the strength and clarity we need to deal appropriately with changing circumstances.

Changes of great magnitude can wreak havoc for us physically, mentally and spiritually. Signs of strain can show up on all of these levels. We may experience changes in our sleep, concentration, breathing, balance, digestion or elimination. Any and all our major functions can be compromised. Continue reading “Holistic Healing Arts in Tumultuous Times”

Ruscombe Mansion’s Wellness Day Open House 2016

Ruscombe Mansion’s Wellness Day Open House 2016 was a great success!

On behalf of our founders Zoh and Bob Hieronimus, Ruscombe would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone in our community—practitioners, friends, sponsors, and guests—for the strong show of support for Ruscombe Mansion’s Annual Wellness Day Open House. We had an excellent turnout! Thank you to everyone who pitched in, and thank you to everyone who came out to get to know the Ruscombe community! Continue reading “Ruscombe Mansion’s Wellness Day Open House 2016”

Open House 2016
at the Ruscombe Mansion
Sun Oct 9, 1-4pm

Your chance for one on one question time with our practitioners, sampling healthy snacks, trying a demo of yoga by the lily pond, or learning from our holistic panel discussions. Let us know you’re coming on Facebook!

Watch Video of Open House 2015 Highlights: http://www.ruscombe.org/2015-open-house-highlights/ or read more about the 2015 Open House: http://www.ruscombe.org/open-house-2015/.

Co-op Cafe Reopening Tuesday, September 13

We are excited to announce that the co-op cafe reopens this September 13. It will be open weekly on Tuesdays, 12-3pm.

And introducing our new cook, Stephanie Czyryca:

“I am a personal chef devoted to creating delicious whole food, plant-based menus to promote health and wholeness. I have enjoyed years as a professional cook, baker, and kitchen man­ager specializing in vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets. This summer, I completed a Certificate in Food Therapy from Natural Gourmet Institute NY, which helps me translate dietary recommendations into nourishing recipes and meal plans to help manage the symptoms of illness. My path is to respect the Earth’s abundance and rekindle the love of food for people in all states of health.”

ANNOUNCING: Holistic Practitioners Discussion Forum

We are starting a peer-education group open to any holistic health practitioner who wants to talk with practitioners in their own and other modalities, including massage therapists and bodyworkers, acupuncturists, energy workers, holistic physicians, holistic psychotherapists, and others. The purpose of the group is skill-building, sharing information and experiences, and discovering methods we can use to develop ourselves and support each other. Each meeting will begin with a brief experiential exercise, followed by a presentation. The group will meet monthly—the first forum is on Sunday, September 11, 7-8:30pm. Read all about it and mark your calendar!

What I Learned From Prince About Healing

Prince stepped up. It wasn’t just his musical talent that inspired us. It’s how bold he was, wading into territory that was itchy or awkward or painful. Not just to wallow there but to see what could move and what might be created by going there with us. Without cringing. With humor. And rhythm. Sometimes harmony. And grace.

What’s reverberated most for me since Thursday is what he did in Baltimore a year ago. Continue reading “What I Learned From Prince About Healing”

Open House 2015

The 2015 Ruscombe Open House was a big success!

On behalf of our founders Zoh and Bob Hieronimus, Ruscombe would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone in our community—practitioners, friends, sponsors, and guests—for the strong show of support for the annual Holistic Open House. We had an excellent turnout! Thank you to everyone who pitched in with gusto to help us make this annual event one that will be talked about for a long time. Continue reading “Open House 2015”

25 Years of Healthy Intentions: Ruscombe Marks a Milestone

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4801 Yellowwood Ave. as it appears today. The Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center has been housed here for 25 years.

What Baltimore landmark connects William Penn, William Donald Schaefer, Leon Fleischer, Barbara Mikulski, and one of Baltimore’s “Top Docs” for 2008? Answer: The Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center, which in September celebrates its 25th year as a holistic center at 4801 Yellowwood Avenue in northwest Baltimore. Continue reading “25 Years of Healthy Intentions: Ruscombe Marks a Milestone”

Ruscombe Mansion Open House Sunday, October 8, 2006 Was an Inspiring Success!

Our annual community outreach event offered free presentations and demonstrations to our friends and neighbors introducing them to our healing arts. We enjoyed an uplifting day of fellowship and delicious, healthy snacks provided by our mostly-vegetarian chef, the Itinerant Cook. We indulged with yoga by the lily pond and nourished your wellness at the Ruscombe Mansion Open House. Continue reading “Ruscombe Mansion Open House Sunday, October 8, 2006 Was an Inspiring Success!”