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Natural Awakenings Publishers and Panache Desai Gather at Annual Conference: CEO Sharon Bruckman welcomes new publishers to the Natural Awakenings family

Panache Desai and Sharon Bruckman

Natural Awakenings publishers from throughout the nation, attending in person or via live webinars, came together from May 3 to 5 for the company’s annual conference, held at the Naples Bay Resort, in Naples, Florida. At the event, Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman said, “We’re here to support each other, sharing our hearts and energy to lift our magazines and communities to a higher level.”

Two special guests, inspirational speaker and visionary Panache Desai and social media consultant Kelly Bennett—addressed the publishers and participated in discussions. Conference topics included ways to support the growth of holistic, green businesses; the Natural Awakenings Web store (; the Natural Awakenings Network (NAN), a nationwide health services and green products discount network at; the company’s iPhone and iPad apps (downloaded by nearly 24,000 individuals); and the firm’s newest venture, an online conscious/spiritual/green dating site (

Natural Awakenings magazines are part of a nationwide franchise, each locally owned and operated. Launched by Bruckman in 1994 with a single edition in Naples, Florida, the magazine will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014. It has grown into one of the largest free, local, healthy lifestyle publications in the world, serving more than 3.8 million readers in 87 cities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

 “Bringing our Natural Awakenings family of publishers together is a valuable  opportunity to share fresh ideas and information and inspire each other as we all work in our communities to create a healthier, more sustainable world,” Bruckman says.

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