Holistic Health & Wellness Fair returns to Packard Proving Grounds

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 1, 2017


SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Saturday, July 29, the third annual Holistic Health & Wellness Fair took over the repair garage at the Packard Proving Grounds during a regularly scheduled Shelby Township Farmers Market.

The event’s goal was to spread awareness for better health and a better planet by bringing the community together for a fun, interactive and educational experience.

Approximately 33 vendors joined the bustling event, including health professionals who spoke about plant-based nutrition and healing the gut, a vegan food truck called Nosh Pit, the MotorCity Greyhound Rescue, and many others offering various products and services.

The MI Green Team, a green and wellness networking group, took over managing the event for the first time this year. It also coordinates the MI Earth Day Fest in downtown Rochester.

John Batdorf, general manager and founder of the MI Green Team, said he was excited to establish a presence in Macomb County after achieving success in Oakland County.

“I retired from a business I owned and decided that (sustainability) is the most important issue coming up. If we’re not sustained, we’re in trouble,” Batdorf said. “People are concerned about the Earth, but it’s not something they think about every day. We’re trying to connect the dots on those two things.”

Jennifer Kincer, a member of the MI Green Team and owner of Kincer Catallo Private Voice Studio in Rochester Hills, coordinated the entertainment for the event.

“We’re not trying to judge and put anybody else down by any means,” Kincer said. “We’re just trying to spread more awareness about how you can be healthy, how you can feel good and how you can leave the world a better place than when you started.”

The entertainment lineup included presentations by doctors and health professionals, performances by local musicians and the Motor City Irish Dancers, an interactive meditation and more.

“People are really enjoying it,” Kincer said of the entertainment portion of the event. “It’s just a nice addition to something that’s already a beautiful thing. It makes it more lively, and people can just relax.”

Teri Ercolani, the original founder of the Holistic Health & Wellness Fair, participated as a vendor at the event. She sells essential oils and is a certified aromatherapist.

“I think people have alternatives and better choices that they can make, and they can take care of themselves with the oils,” Ercolani said. “There’s a lot of things the oils can be used for.”

She said she is wary of some of the addictive medications prescribed by doctors, and she feels that more natural alternatives often serve people better.

“This year, (the event has) been getting a lot of traffic. It’s beautiful. Last year, we had a lot of rain, so it was a little bit of a downer for us, but it didn’t stop people from coming in,” Ercolani said. “I think that if this continues every year, it’s just going to grow bigger and bigger.”

For more information about the MI Green Team, visit www.migreenteam.com, call (810) 908-9976 or email migreenteaml3c@gmail.com.