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AWB Newsletter

Spring 2009 
In This Issue
Join AWB in Nepal
On the Road
Mark Your Calendar
Vets Project Name Change
The Nitty Gritty
Getting to the Point
NOLA Study Results
One Delicious Fundraiser
Voices From the Field
Quick Links


Make a special donation now to AWB's Military Stress Recovery Project (formerly the Veterans Project). 


Help AWB create a Disaster Ready Fund so that we can continue to train and provide materials for acupuncturists to respond promptly to emergencies.   $100 will allow 10 survivors or emergency responders in  a disaster to receive crucial and timely acupuncture treatments that may help save their lives or help them save the lives of others.

Be sure to make a note in the online donation process that you would like your contribution earmarked for a specific program.

For Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day, October 24, 2009, we invite acupuncturists to hold Community Events or house parties (A Party With a Point!) to help support AWB and promote your practice at the same time!

We will provide an event kit with posters, documents, event planning info, and more.  It is not too early to start thinking about holding an event! Email AWB if you are interested

A tremendous thank you to those who donated in response to our Emergency Request. 

We raised $3115.00.

We are still in urgent need of funds and appreciate your dedication to keeping the important work of AWB possible.

Frequent Flier miles for field volunteers. We need enough miles for a full ticket, not partial miles.
Digital Camera
Treasurer for our Board
Office Supplies (post it notes, pens, paper, etc.)
Laminating machine
Printing services
  Paper cutter

Hits to the AWB website now average about 80,000 per month!  Now is a great time to become a sponsor or a member and be listed on the AWB site.

festivalJoin AWB in Nepal

AWB is beginning an international program called World Healing Exchange. The vision for this program is that we will travel as healers to places around the globe where we will provide service and training and we will also learn from indigenous healers in those locations about their healing practices. We expect that future ongoing clinics may evolve out of the relationships we develop. An important part of these journeys is also for us to renew and refresh. We invite you to join us!

This fall our first international program is a two week journey to Nepal.  Each day of the trip will weave inner practice with outer practice, service to the spirit with service to others.  The program will culminate in a trek to Chiwong Monastery and the Mani Rimdu festival.  The festival is an extraordinary sacred few days with a focus on transformation of society toward wisdom, compassion and service.

During this special program we will offer free acupuncture clinics in Kathmandu and local monasteries, meet with traditional healers, provide training to local people, trek in one of the most profoundly moving mountain ranges in the world and have the opportunity to experience sacred places throughout the Kathmandu Valley.  AWB's first international program will combine healing, service, practice and culture in a way that we hope will leave you inspired, renewed and committed to the vision of a better world.

We hope you will come along for the journey.

Trip Dates: October 23 - November 7, 2009
Cost (does not include international airfare):
Early Bird (by September 1) -       $3500/ $3300 AWB Members
Regular Rate -                             $3700/ $3500 AWB Members
Maximum 15 participants

More information will be forthcoming about this program.  Please email to be put on the mailing list for the Nepal program and future international programs.  We look forward to hearing from you.

RVOn the Road for AWB
By Darcy Wolfe, volunteer extraordinaire

I had just sold my house in NC and bought a 26 ft RV with the intention of traveling when I took the AWB Healing Community Trauma Training in Orlando. Having been in Florida when three hurricanes hit back to back, the desire to be of service in a larger capacity resonated with me, and the class helped to set me in that direction. AWB has done most of the footwork required to set up community grass-root clinics that are simple and transportable. What I was most attracted to was that AWB was building a nationwide network of acupuncturists trained to respond to trauma and disaster by teaching them how to serve our returning military personnel with a small donation of their time. What I was most surprised by was how much growth has happened since 2005 with such a small staff trying to help us help our own communities.
After the class training, I asked Diana if she needed any help in New Mexico because I was pretty portable myself at the time. I am not sure she believed me when I said I'd be out there as soon as I could get my taxes done, but she said she could use all the help I could give. I am now an official office volunteer doing anything I can to support this work and ensure we are able to respond wherever the disaster occurs.

[Editor's Note: And we love Darcy!]
Mark Your Calendar!

Visit on June 10th and 10% of your purchase goes to support AWB!

Thank you Blue Poppy for your support!

vetsclinic AWB Veterans Project Gets a Name Change

Due to a number of people expressing their concern that the name "Veterans Project" might be keeping away active duty military, reservists and family members, we have decided to change the name of the Veterans Project to the Military Stress Recovery Project (MSRP). We invite clinics to consider changing their names accordingly.  If this is not possible, be sure to include a subheading in your clinic information that the clinic is open to active duty, reservists and family members if this is the case.  We are excited about this change and feel it will better reflect the important scope of this program.

Interest in the Military Stress Recovery Project is booming!  AWB regularly receives emails from people who want to start or participate in clinics.

Military Stress Recovery Project clinics are currently operating in:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Boston, MA
Chicago, Illinois
Fort Myers, Florida
Framingham, Massachusetts
Grants Pass, Oregon
Ithaca, New York
Madison, Wisconsin
Orlando, FL
Philadelphia, PA
Portland, Maine
Portland, Oregon
Racine, WI
Rochester, New York
Rockland, Maine
Pojoaque (Santa Fe area), New Mexico
Seattle, Washington
St. Petersburg, Florida
Times Square, New York, NY
Warm Mineral Springs, Florida
The Nitty-Gritty of AWB
By Gretchen Lorenson, Program Coordinator

Welcome to the AWB office.  I want to give you a brief idea of how things are in the day to day office world of AWB. For the first few years of its life the "AWB office" consisted of a few people working from their laptops at whatever internet connection they could find at any given time; day or night!  Back in May of 2008, we finally moved (mostly) out of our virtual office and into a real, solid, four walled room.  For the first 10 months we squeezed into a tiny room with our small staff working on top of and around each other depending on the configuration of individuals scheduled in the office that day.  Then, in February of this year we found a comparably priced office in a space that allowed us to seat all of our small staff without bumping into each other every time we moved our chairs.  Yay!

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Getting to the Point

Getting to the point: Veterans with PTSD are finding relief through acupuncture treatments
Albuquerque Journal, January 26, 2009
By Eric Billlingsley, Journal Staff Writer

nawlins New Orleans Program: Post Treatment Survey Results
October 2005 through November 2007
By Sarah Tewhey, AWB Special Projects

Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) responded to Hurricane Katrina by coordinating over 80 volunteer acupuncturists from around the nation to travel to Greater New Orleans.  These volunteers administered free community-style acupuncture treatments for stress and trauma in a wide variety of communities around the city and outlying areas.

Over 25 separate teams of AWB acupuncturists were sent to New Orleans from October 2005 through February 2006 and from June through November of 2006. It is estimated that 8000 free community-style treatments were given at over 40 locations. Treatments were given to residents, evacuees, first responders, civil servants, government officials and volunteer relief workers.

Whenever possible those who received treatment were asked to fill out a brief post-treatment survey about their experience.  The following is a summary of the approximately 2755 surveys collected during AWB's time in New Orleans.

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A Delicious Fundraiser!

One look at the menu for this incredible AWB fundraising event and we were nearly drooling. A tremendous thank you to Susan Griffin L.Ac and Blake of Prossage Muscle Therapy in Hartford, CT who held this classy and creative event.  We wanted to share the menu with you and encourage you to hold such an event if you are so moved.  We love the addition of local and organic food.  Get inspired to have some fun, support your community and raise funds for AWB!
Goat Cheese, Spinach and Caramelized onion Quesadilla
Salmon, Basil, and Brown Rice Sushi
Followed by Farfalle with Watercress, Cherry Tomatoes and Feta cheese salad
Locally grown Spring Salad and vegetables

Glazed and Confused Chicken
(Grilled chicken with apricot, cumin, vodka glaze)
with a side of Papaya & Black Olive Brown Rice
Vegetarian Choice
Shrooms and Spears Fettuccine
(Mushrooms and asparagus sauteed in a vegetable garlic cream sauce)
Featured Spirits
Pierre Chermette 2006 Beaujolais (organic red wine)
Crop Harvest Earth Organic Vodka
Woolavers Organic Beer20

Served Family Style
$45.00 per person, gratuity and beverages not included
Proceeds to benefit Acupuncturist Without Borders 

Voices from the Field......

"I think the variety and depth of services offered was wonderful, even greater than I was able to take in that day."
      - From Diane Eggleston, organizer of the Arizona Veterans Acupuncture Support event at the February StandDown in Phoenix. The StandDown was an outreach event for homeless veterans in the Phoenix area.

At this event:
114 treatments given  in 2 sessions over 4.5 hours
25 surveys completed, showing that 18 of those treated had never had acupuncture before.
All were "very likely" or "definitely" wanting acupuncture treatment again, with all but 1 noticing moderate to definite decrease in stress levels during treatment.
Many noted specific assistance with symptoms of poor sleep, anxiety, depression, and pain.
Healing Community Trauma Trainings in 2009

Houston, Texas

June 27-28, 2009 at the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Houston, TX

To Register and for more information CLICK HERE.

Glenside, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

August 22-23, 2009 at The Won Institute, Glenside, PA

To Register and for more information CLICK HERE.

Bloomington, Minnesota (Minneapolis)

October 24-25, 2009 at The Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

To Register and for more information CLICK HERE.

Newton, Massachusetts (Boston)

December 12-13, 2009 at the New England School of Acupuncture, Newton, MA

To Register and for more information CLICK HERE.

AWB is Turning Four This September!

Please consider a birthday gift to AWB this fall.

Your donation or membership dues are an investment in a cause, and we treat it as such. When you put your money into AWB, we become the trustees of that money, and you can be assured that your investment will have long-term effects on healing individuals, communities and, ultimately, the planet on which we live.  Although technically we are called a nonprofit, your money is allocated for social profit; a term we feel better describes what we do.  The "profit" that comes from this work, from the impact of one dollar spent, lasts a long, long time.  When you change one person's life, you change all the lives affected and on and on.
In the spirit of service,

Diana Fried, Executive Director
and the AWB team

Become an AWB Member Today!

Jing Level - $100 for one year, $50 for students
The root and foundation of our membership

Qi Level - Recurring monthly payment equal to one hour of your services ($40, $60, $80 or $100) for the duration of 6 or 12 months
Sustaining, ongoing nourishment for the organization

Shen Level - Corporate sponsorship of minimum of $500 for one year.  With sponsorship of $1,000 or more your organization will receive a hotlink on the AWB website for one year
The transformative level allowing expansion into the wider community

See the website for more information or to join AWB in its mission to bring acupuncture relief and recovery services to global communities in need!

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