Holism is an ancient philosophy that emphasizes the interconnectivity of all things. It explains how every action has a reaction, how a seemingly small event can have a much larger effect and how the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts. Principles of holism are evident in religion, art, science and medicine — from spiritual beliefs like karma to emphasizing the importance of diet and exercise for mental health.
At Enlightened Solutions, we embrace holistic ideals. We think everyone deserves to feel like a part of something bigger than themselves, and we believe that everyone has a unique mind, body and soul that come together to form who they are. It’s our goal to encourage people in our programs and our community to nourish themselves holistically, with equal attention to all parts of their being.
Enlightened Cafe was created by our parent foundation, the Hansen Foundation, as a space to share our mission with our broader community. There are countless people in our area of New Jersey and beyond who have their own experience with recovery, whether they are dealing with addiction themselves or they have a loved one who has been going through treatment. There are also many people who simply want to engage with our mission of holistic wellness or to learn more about the world of recovery care. Enlightened Cafe welcomes the general public and strives to be a place for support, education and fellowship.
Plus, 100% of our proceeds go toward scholarships for those who cannot afford recovery treatment. Whether you share a meal, attend an event or leave a donation, your contribution to Enlightened Cafe could help save a life.
Locally Grown, Organic Menu
The food we use to fuel our bodies is a vital component of our holistic wellness. Eating clean, healthy foods that give us clean, healthy energy is shown to improve everything from heart health to mood. We use this focus in our treatment programs to help our clients in recovery feel healthier and happier, and we want to show our community that healthy foods can taste great and feel great.
The Enlightened Cafe menu uses local, organic ingredients to create nutritious sandwiches, salads, bowls, juices and more that are good for the body and the soul. Plus, our food is delicious — our top-notch kitchen and service staff have earned us 4.5 stars on Yelp and Google Reviews!
Live Music and Poetry
Sharing and experiencing art is nurturing for the mind and spirit; music is proven to activate specific areas of the brain, while poetry helps us develop empathy and abstract thinking skills. We encourage individuals in our treatment programs to use music, visual arts or creative writing to serve as an outlet for their feelings or to add healthy, productive habits to their lifestyle. We want to extend these benefits to interested members of our community.
Enlightened Cafe hosts community events including live music and poetry readings. These are open to the public and often occur throughout the day, so feel free to stop by for lunch and catch a daily performance! We also encourage any members of our community to reach out to us if they are interested in performing their own work. Contact us for a schedule of events.
Yoga and Meditation
Yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices have existed for thousands of years, but have recently made their way into Western culture and quickly grown in popularity. These practices are more than just exercise fads, though — they are proven to help with mental and physical health. Medical researchers have studied the effects of yoga and meditation on the brain and body, and found that they improve mood, reduce anxiety, reduce hypertension, reduce musculoskeletal pain, increase brain function and improve muscle strength and flexibility.
Enlightened Cafe offers a welcoming space for community yoga and meditation classes. Our classes are open to participants of all experience levels. Contact or visit us for a schedule of classes.
As an addiction recovery facility, we are keenly aware of the importance of support groups for our clients’ long-term success. Studies show that people in recovery who regularly participate in groups like 12-Step meetings or peer-to-peer meetings are less likely to experience relapse. The ongoing support from a recovery community following treatment is essential for people to feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves, and gives individuals a place to turn when times get tough.
Enlightened Cafe is proud to be a community space where local meetings can come together and provide this essential support structure. Whether you are in recovery yourself or you have a friend or family member whose recovery affects you, attending these meetings can be beneficial to your mental health and happiness. Please call or visit us to learn more about the groups who meet here and get their schedules.
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6414 Ventnor Avenue
Ventnor, NJ 08406
Sun – Thurs: 9 AM to 8 PM
Fri – Sat: 9 AM to 10 PM