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often find my thoughts drifting, exploring reasons why roadblocks seem to pop up at every turn. It’s likely a common enough query, and although some people may view it as negative musing, I think it’s okay to feel this way. I believe that such contemplation acts as a springboard, propelling us into action that brings about changes necessary to well-being. Instead of allowing myself to feel fear, I honor this inner conversation and consider it as part of my personal adventure—a state of mind where self-empowerment is born. Fear is the core of every problem that presents itself and would have us believe it’s a powerful entity when it is only illusion that has no legs of its own. It attempts to seduce, pollute and stagnate thinking to ensure its own survival, trying to trick us into accepting that what we want to accomplish in life are unlikely feats and best left in the realm of impossible dreams. But I know firsthand this isn’t true. I’ve had many conversations with fear during my years on Earth and we’ve come to a mutual understanding that there is no room in my life for it to reside. Granted, it can still creep into one’s mindset through little cracks at times, but instead of letting fear make our mind a home, we can ask it kindly to leave and then move to act for good. Change can be scary. Being in unknown territory is generally unsettling, but once you find your groove with it, a new you is born. This is what our November issue is all about. In her feature article, “Powerful You! Six Ways to Create the Life You Want,” Judith Fertig delves into ways in which we can each realize Personal Empowerment in every aspect of our lives on the journey to fulfilling our most cherished needs and hopes. For the ladies, Thermographer Ingrid LeVasseur shares the benefits of an effective and more gentle approach to monitoring breast health, in “Infrared Thermal Imaging: A Safe Diagnostic Tool Comes of Age.” That’s just for starters. In this season of Thanksgiving, I send up thanks for you all—readers, advertisers, distributors , contributors and other supporters. I am particularly grateful for my editorial dream-team and welcome Sean Lynch, Amy Paradysz and Jessie Shiers to the Natural Awakenings family. I look forward to continuing our adventure together and am honored to work with you all. Remember—the life you envision for yourself is at your fingertips. Take hold of the reigns and enjoy the ride! Om Shanti Om,

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newsbriefs Brew Your Own Mead at The Honey Exchange


he Honey Exchange in Portland is hosting a class called “From Alcohol to Alchemy: The Lore and Craft of Mead” by James Lindenschmidt of Bardic Brews at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 15. The workshop will include a talk on the lore, history, cultural and nutritional aspects of mead; a copy of The Lore and Craft of Mead eBook, a demonstration as the instructor brews a batch of mead and an (optional) opportunity to acquire brewing gear and make a batch of mead with help from Lindenschmidt. Class registration is $50. Mead-making kits are $75, and a variety of bulk honey is available starting at $50 per gallon (enough to start your first 3-gallon batch of mead). Cost: $50. Location: 494 Stevens Ave., Portland. For more information or to sign up, visit or call 207-773-9333.

Cross-Cultural Winter Festival


he afternoon of family fun includes storytelling, arts and crafts, music, food and a presentation of six cultural holidays that incorporate the symbolism of light: Eid and Ramadan, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Diwali and Winter Solstice. A silent auction featuring products and gift certificates from local businesses will help raise funds for the non-profit organization. One Tree promotes social change within institutions and communities through education and grassroots community organizing. The learning center operates the Roots and Fruits cross-cultural preschool at 72 MacArthur Circle East in South Portland, as well as the Community Branches Project and Seeds Institute. Event location: CIEE, 300 Fore St., Portland. For more information, visit

Arcana Welcomes Massage Therapist Hillary Dickerson


rcana massage and alternative/holistic health shop welcomes to its team Hillary Dickerson, a licensed massage therapist, certified Reiki II practitioner and aromatherapist. Hillary is known for her intuitive touch in therapeutic massage work. Because so many clients have asked to stay on the massage table a while longer after their hour-long massage, Hillary now books primarily 90-minute sessions. Hillary’s rich background in healing work includes Swedish and deep tissue massage, polarity, reflexology, myofascial release and neuromuscular therapy. Since receiving her holistic massage license from SpaTech in 2006, Hillary has studied and worked alongside acupuncturists, shamans and clairvoyants. Location: 81 Market St., Portland (next to Tommy’s Park in the Old Port). To book a session with Hillary, call 207-773-7801 or visit See ad, page 21. natural awakenings

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ina Ogden ( developed the ISIS Wheel to illustrate how our sexual experience and capacity for pleasure is much more than physical; it is multi-dimensional. The ISIS Wheel includes four aspects of experience that are always present in our lives: spiritual, mental, physical and emotional. The “ISIS Connection” occurs when all of these meet and merge in the center, which is wide open to other aspects. Come join ISIS Network Practitioners & Mental Health Therapists Yara Perez, LCPC, and Kristin Areglado Hurley, LCPC, from 9.a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, November 23, for a retreat aimed at deepening your connection to self, other women and expanding your capacity for pleasure. Our retreat will include guided meditation and relaxation, a circle of women on the ISIS Wheel, a mindful tea ceremony and much more.

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ealthy Body, Fit Mind in South Portland is Maine’s location for the surfer workout, Surfset®, making waves on national television. These balance, strength and cardio workouts can be tailored for summer surfers and winter snowboarders looking for some off-season conditioning. And it’s just fun. The same studio offers Nia— cardio classes that combine dance and martial arts, set to music. Healthy Body, Fit Mind customizes fitness programs for ages 40 and up. Location: 114 Main St. 1B, South Portland. For more information, visit or call 207-210-6640.

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Accelerated Counseling Accepting New Patients


velta Popova of Accelerated Counseling LLC in Portland is accepting new patients: children, teenagers, adults and couples are all welcome. Popova, who has a master’s in Clinical Counseling from the University of Southern Maine, helps people work through grief and loss, anxiety, depression, phobias and pain, as well as relationship building and parenting skills. She is level I and II trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), a non-invasive psychotherapy technique that helps people reprocess traumatic experiences and find solutions in less time than traditional talk therapy. Using Reiki, Popova promotes deep relaxation and spirit healing through “hands-on” touching one to two inches above a fully clothed body. Through EFT (emotional freedom techniques), Popova helps patients let go of stress and guilt feelings, eliminate addictive urges and decrease anger and physical pain. Location: 23 Ocean Ave., Portland. For more information, visit or call 207-761-3883. natural awakenings

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he Portland Press Herald’s annual expo presented by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is a can’t-miss event for anyone interested in health and wellness. Topics include everything from how to stay fit through the winter to what services area medical centers offer. The day-long event takes place on November 2 and features a panel discussion called “What the Yogis Know: The Science of Acupuncture, Meditation, Other Alternative Therapies” by Features Editor Chelsea Conaboy, Graham Haynes of Whole Health Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and Brenda Cyr of Willard Beach Studio. The expo is in partnership with the American Red Cross, which is waiving the $5 admission fee for anyone donating blood. The popular annual event that attracted 1,600 people last year has moved to a bigger venue—Cross Insurance Arena (formerly known as Cumberland County Civic Center). Programming is designed to appeal to all ages. Visit the expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, November 2. Sunday parking in Portland is free. There is metered parking all along Free Street and Spring Street, and there is a parking garage attached to the Arena. Location: 1 Civic Center Sq, Portland. For more information, visit

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et sail aboard the luxurious, ecofriendly, Italian MSC Divina on the 12th Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise for lifetransforming discussions on the benefits of a plant-based diet, plus a host of other health and wellness activities with a community of 1,700 fellow passengers. The 35 expert presenters and teachers will include Ann Crile Esselstyn, known for her life-changing plant-based meals and author of the new book, The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, a current bestseller on; husband Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, whose groundbreaking research and dietary advice found the book’s 125 recipes; plus Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Michael Greger, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Chef AJ (Abbie Jaye) and Bhava Ram. More than 130 classes cover food preparation, yoga, Pilates, meditation and other topics related to natural well-being. Cruise passengers will dine on nondairy, vegan/natural cuisine, expertly prepared under the supervision of Mark Hanna, an internationally known natural food chef. Evenings bring opportunities to socialize in the Golden Jazz Bar and enjoy nourishing time in the Aurea Spa. The next cruise is March 14 to 21, 2015. Passengers depart from and return to Miami and dock en route at Falmouth, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. For more information or to register, call 1-828-749-9537 or 1-800-496-0989, email or visit


Organics Boast More Nutrients, Fewer Toxins


onventionally grown foods contain pesticide residues that are three to four times higher than those found in organic foods (traces may be due to atmospheric drift from other fields or soils), according to a review of 343 research studies published last June in the British Journal of Nutrition. The review, which included studies of food grown in different regions and seasons, also determined that organic foods contained higher levels of healthy nutrients such as minerals, vitamins and antioxidants (specifically polyphenols), compared to conventional foods, which also contained significantly higher levels of cadmium, a heavy metal toxin. The study’s authors found evidence that the higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations are linked to specific organic growing practices such as avoiding mineral nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers, respectively. They commented, “Results indicate that switching from conventional to organic crop consumption would result in a 20 to 40 percent increase in crop-based antioxidant/ polyphenolic intake levels.”

Looking at Beautiful Art Bumps Up Brain Activity


esearchers from Japan’s Oita University have found that aesthetic appreciation of paintings may be linked to altering activities in specific areas of the brain. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of 39 people were taken as they looked at slides of still life and landscape paintings by 19th-century French painters and slides of photographs that closely replicated the paintings. While the subjects considered both the paintings and the photographic analogs to be beautiful during the experiment—with no significant differences between them—the most beautiful paintings were rated significantly higher than their corresponding photographic analogs in the pre-experimental phase. The researchers cite this as evidence of feeling greater pleasure from the paintings. The MRIs showed that during the experiment, portions of the brain’s frontal lobe related to emotions, memory, learning and decision making were activated. However, when the researchers compared the positive effects of aesthetic appreciation of the art paintings versus the photographs, they noted significantly more activity at the back of the subjects’ brains, specifically the bilateral cuneus, a part of the occipital lobe responsible for basic visual processing; and the left lingual gyrus, or ridge, associated with vision, encoding visual memory, logical ordering and dreaming. The findings suggested that these neural structures are associated with the aesthetic appreciation for paintings.

Honey and Ginger Beat Antibiotics in Fighting Superbugs


esearchers from Ethiopia’s University of Gondar College of Medicine have recently found that the use of mixtures of honey and ginger extract can treat drug-resistant bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. They note that further clinical evaluation and pharmacological standardization of the mixtures are needed before they can be used therapeutically. The scientists conducted laboratory testing with clinical isolations of five separate superbugs: methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus (nonMRSA), two strains of Escherichia coli plus Klebsiella pneumoniae. The inhibition of all five types of bacteria by three common antibiotics—methicillin, amoxicillin and penicillin— were compared with the antibacterial effects of ginger extract, honey and a combination of the two. The ginger extract and honey combination was found to have the greatest inhibiting effect on the bacteria; however, even the two applied separately were more effective against the bacteria than the antibiotics. Although in vivo studies are needed, the researchers believe that the honey and ginger extract combination is a promising source for treatment of resistant bacterial strains.

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n addition to improving fitness, University of Minnesota researchers found that treadmill walking at the desk also boosts productivity and morale. The study tested 40 adults that used treadmills for a year. Selfassessments, combined with supervisor assessments, found that treadmill walking while working increased performance levels. Work performance improved by an average of 11 percent based on supervisor assessments, and seven percent based on the employee self-assessments. A study from Rutgers University tested 66 adults while they walked on treadmills set for low intensity versus when they were seated at desks, with two days separating the tests. Measurements of reading comprehension, attention span and response speed skills and performance show these were unimpeded by treadmill walking when compared with sitting.

Algae-Based Cosmetics May Ward Off Inflammation and Cancer


lgae extracts added to natural cosmetics may help prevent cancer. A recent review of research from Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Medical University found marine algae extracts help protect skin cells by reducing oxidative stress, which has been linked to both inflammation and cancer. The review covered the major algae types of red algae, brown algae (such as kelp), green algae and blue-green algae (such as spirulina). A host of compounds in these extracts were found to provide protection against free-radical damage. In one study, phloroglucinol, a phenol derivative from brown algae, inhibited inflammation among human tissue sarcoma cells.

Lead Lurks in Lipsticks and Skin Whiteners


ecent research has found several heavy metals in numerous lipsticks and cosmetics. These include mercury and lead in skin-whitening creams, and chromium, cadmium and lead in lipsticks. Scientists from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine tested 549 cosmetic skin-lightening products manufactured in 32 different countries. The products were purchased online and from stores in the U.S., China, Taiwan, Japan and Sri Lanka. Thirty-three of the products contained more than 1,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead, and 45 percent of them contained more than 10,000 ppm of lead. Of those purchased in the U.S., 3.3 percent had mercury levels greater than 1,000 ppm. University of California scientists tested 24 lipsticks used frequently by teenagers and purchased at local stores. They found 75 percent contained lead and nearly half exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) maximum acceptable concentration of lead for candy (0.1 ppm). In 2010, the FDA tested 400 lipsticks and found lead in every sample tested— with concentrations ranging from 0.9 to 3.06 ppm. Other studies have confirmed similar findings. They also found significant concentrations of chromium and cadmium among some of the samples. There are currently no concrete international or U.S. standards for safe levels of these heavy metals in cosmetics.

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Saying No

Two Countries Buck the Mining Industry The governments of El Salvador and Costa Rica have successfully resisted demands by the gold mining industry, putting long-term environmental protection ahead of short-term financial gain. El Salvador stopped issuing gold mining permits several years ago, despite high gold prices and the contention by some that exporting gold was one of the country’s few chances to boost economic growth. The majority of its citizens obtain water from one large river system, the Lempa, and gold mining, which uses cyanide as a processing agent, invariably pollutes nearby rivers and watersheds. The government of Costa Rica has said no to open-pit mining, one of the most environmentally destructive mining methods. Popular opposition surged in the wake of a major accident that led to the closure of the Canadian-owned Bellavista open-pit gold mine. Source: YES! magazine

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AARP, Inc., estimates that about 8,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. With longer and healthier life expectancies, many are divorced or widowed and need roommates to have company and chat with; to share living costs and chores; and for emotional support. Women-only founder Sarah Venable says, “I went online to find a service that helps women over 50 find roommates, and found to my dismay that there were plenty of sites for finding roommates in their 20s and 30s, but nothing for boomer women.” For a $30 fee, the site uses a detailed algorithm to match women not only by location, but by interests, tastes, lifestyles, education, personal preferences and a host of other factors; much like a successful dating website.


Strides Promised in Environmental Protection Following the lead of Jadav “Molai” Payeng, an Indian man who singlehandedly planted 1,360 acres of forest, India’s Rural Development Ministry will plant 2 billion trees along the nation’s 62,137 miles of highways to combat rural poverty and youth unemployment and improve the environment, which suffers from severe air pollution. According to the World Health Organization, India currently has a youth unemployment rate of 10.2 percent and six of the world’s 10 cities with the worst air pollution. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also announced a target of spreading electricity to every home by 2019, relying largely on solar power, and the government is furthering plans to clean up the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. Source:

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or those who are feeling stuck, discouraged, or unhappy in their lives, life coaching can be an invaluable tool. Helping people reach their goals is the primary focus of Beth Koehler, a certified life coach who works out of Saco Healing Arts Center in Saco, Maine. She brings a unique angle to her practice, blending coaching with her professional background of more than two decades as a polarity practitioner and massage therapist. As a polarity practitioner, Koehler helped clients “shift and heal their vital energetic system (chakras, aura and much

more) and reach a state of balance and alignment, inside and out.” She sought to determine what was blocking the movement of a client’s energy and spent time talking and listening during each session. One day, Koehler recalls, “a longtime client sat in the chair after the talking session and said, ‘You should be a life coach. You are already doing it.’” This moment of inspiration encouraged Koehler to seek out life coaching certification to add to her practice. She realized that she had, in fact, shown an affinity for coaching throughout her life.

“My nieces and friends would call me and say, ‘I need clarity about something. Would you do that thing that you do and ask me questions?’” Koehler relates. “I realized that I have been a good, active listener all my life and have the ability to see the big picture. I help my clients sort through their confusion and doubts to see a clear path to their goal. I don’t tell them what to do. I ask the right questions to help them realize that they have the answers already; they just needed me to get them started.” Koehler’s philosophy is that she is not a healer; she only helps to open the door that has been closed for too long while the client discovers which path calls to him or her. “I help clients who feel stuck and blocked because of their past, or they blame others for their unhappiness,” she explains. “I help them to understand that they had manifested their struggle without even realizing it. My joy is watching them empower themselves to make more positive, better-feeling choices and begin reaching their goals easier and faster.” A life coaching session may include talking and listening, homework, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), guided visualizations, Law of Attraction education, and time on the table for massage or energy work. “You will begin to feel stronger at your core,” Koehler says, “and from there, you can make different, more positive choices leading to your ability to manifest any goal.” In addition to her two coaching certifications—one from the Fowler Wainwright International Institute of Professional Coaching, and one from the Coach Mindset Elite Life Coach Training and Certification—Koehler holds an advanced certificate in Polarity Therapy from the Spa Tech Institute, has studied

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) with the Association for Comprehensive Psychology, practices second-degree Reiki, and is a licensed massage therapist. Koehler has studied, taught and lived the Law of Attraction since 2006. She brings all these modalities to bear in her coaching practice, providing a holistic, empowering, mind-body experience for her clients. The Saco Healing Arts Center, which Koehler founded in 2004, provides an ideal setting for these transformational sessions. “The practitioners I have gathered together at the Saco Healing Arts Center are people of integrity and heart,” she says. “Together we form a wonderful healing space for our clients to relax, renew and revitalize.” If a client does not live in the area, Koehler also offers coaching via telephone, Skype and FaceTime. “First and foremost,” Koehler says, she strives to provide her clients with “an atmosphere of caring and safety. My clients need to feel comfortable being vulnerable in my presence as they trust me with their stories.” In addition to her coaching practice, Koehler also makes time for teaching and speaking engagements. “I love reaching many people at once,” Koehler explains. “The group energy can be so exciting.” She teaches on such subjects as the Law of Attraction, RYSE (Realizing Your Sublime Empowerment), and an introduction to chakras and aura. Koehler will be offering an eight-week group coaching class in January 2015. She also offers weekly group energy clearings and weekly discussion groups at Saco River Yoga–Kusum Room (18 Pepperell Square, Saco; “I love what I do and believe I have found

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leep, along with nutrition and exercise, shapes the backbone of overall health, yet 40 percent of Americans get an insufficient amount, according to a recent Gallup survey, and the potential health risks are considerable. “Sleep deprivation affects every organ system and disease state,” and is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and mortality, says Michael Breus, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Scottsdale, Arizona, and founder of “It’s best to get seven to eight hours of sleep in one big block at nighttime,” counsels Breus. Yet the circadian rhythm dictates two peaks of sleepiness every 24 hours—one in the middle of the night and another 12 hours later, says Dr. Lawrence Epstein, director of the sleep medicine program at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Interacting with the circadian rhythm is the homeostatic rhythm, which causes greater sleepiness the longer we’re awake. Both circadian and homeostatic sleepiness elevate by mid-afternoon, resulting in the familiar 4 p.m. slump. Siesta cultures split sleep, notes Epstein, slightly reducing nighttime sleep, but devoting time midday to nap. “Naps are a double-edged sword,” observes Epstein. While they help

relieve short-term sleepiness, poorly planned naps can perpetuate an unhealthy cycle of daytime sleepiness and nighttime wakefulness. Stepping outside for 10 minutes of sunlight and fresh air can stamp out sleepiness, says Breus, which is much healthier than reaching for a caffeine jolt or sugary snack.

Be a Better Napper

A study published in the Journal of Sleep Research suggests that merely falling asleep may initiate memory processing and cognitive consolidation, helping explain why German scientists found even six-minute naps to be rejuvenating. If substantial daytime sleep is needed to overcome a deficit, strive for 90 to 110 minutes, the length of time needed to complete a full sleep cycle. Here are other practical tips. Reflect on the rationale. “Boredom, laziness or avoiding work are the wrong reasons to nap,” says Amanda Chan, managing editor for healthy living at The Huffington Post, which instituted two cozy nap rooms in its New York headquarters after founder Arianna Huffington collapsed from exhaustion several years ago. A quick pick-me-up to boost mental agility and mood is a reasonable excuse to snooze. Plan a prophylactic nap. Forestall late afternoon fatigue by napping

between 1 and 3 p.m. Waiting until early evening to nap can interfere with nighttime sleep, advises Epstein. Embrace darkness, coolness and quietude. Melatonin, “the key that starts the engine of sleep,” is suppressed by even the slightest amount of light, so wear eyeshades, suggests Breus. Keep a blanket and earplugs handy. Lie down. If a bed or couch is unavailable, try napping on a yoga mat on the floor. A chair should be reclined to support the lower back and avoid straining the neck from “bobblehead” syndrome, says Breus. Power down. Setting an alarm for 10 to 25 minutes allows time for only the first two sleep stages: falling asleep and light sleep. Breus explains that sleeping longer than 25 minutes triggers deep sleep, from which waking results in sleep inertia, or grogginess, that impairs mood, decision-making and motor skills.

Napping at Work

While many progressive businesses such as Google, Apple and Zappos permit or even promote workplace napping, most companies are still skeptical. “We live in a culture that

“Sleep deprivation affects every organ system and disease state,” and is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and mortality.” ~ Dr. Michael Breus minimizes the importance of sleep,” comments Epstein. “We prize productivity and think it shows worker loyalty to put in excessive amounts of time.” Ironically, mounting research suggests that napping may boost the brainpower needed to function at peak performance. A recent study found that nightshift air-traffic controllers that napped for 19 minutes showed better vigilance and reac-

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tion times than non-nappers. Other documented benefits include better concentration, memory and creativity. Seek out a sleep sanctuary at work, such as an office with the door closed and blinds drawn, an unused conference room with a couch, or a first-aid office cot, suggests Chan. Another option is to nap in the car, but Breus insists that nappers tell colleagues where they’re going as a precaution. Better yet, bond with a “nap buddy” willing to read nearby during snooze time. “You’re very vulnerable when you’re asleep,” he says. “Be safe.” If sleeping is not currently condoned in the workplace, consider approaching the human resources department with information on the positive effects of appropriate napping on work performance, says Epstein. Suggest implementing a sleep wellness program, which can offer education on sleep deprivation, techniques to improve sleep and individual screening for sleep disorders.

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Powerful You!

Six Ways to Create the Life You Want

by Judith Fertig

and courageously reach for our highest visions,” says Straub. “Start with what’s working already and the vision of what life can be.” She likens self-empowerment to “spiritual surfing, riding the wave where the energy, momentum and passion are.” As workshop leaders, they encourage participants to transform limiting beliefs, determine what is meaningful for them, construct a compelling vision from that insight and then find ways to manifest that vision. They address six key areas in which to become more powerful and realize our personal best: physical health, emotional health, relationships, work, finances and spirituality.

Physical Health


ulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen had reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list more than once, yet she relates in her memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, that she also yearned to be able to do a headstand, but felt she didn’t possess the necessary sense of balance. “That’s just a little story you tell yourself,” advised her personal trainer. Our bodies, Quindlen observes, are major appliances that deliver decades of faithful service with precious little downtime. She admits, “If the human body had a warranty, mine would have run out ages ago.” Still, she clung to a vision: “I want to be strong; strong enough to hike the mountain without getting breathless, strong enough to take a case of wine from the deliveryman and carry it to the kitchen.” Quindlen, who lives in New York City and New England, was also maintain-


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ing an incorrect belief: It wasn’t her sense of balance that was holding her back, it was fear. After two years of trying, she was able to do a headstand. Along with a sense of accomplishment, this quirky achievement was a revelation as she ultimately concluded, “If I can do one thing like that, perhaps there are others.”

First, recognize what we’re already doing right—eating well, perhaps, or exercising—and then add another healthy activity. Cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, director of New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital’s Women and Heart Disease, underscores that much of physical health is within our personal control. “Many lifestyle factors keep us from being physically healthy enough to lead a full life,” she says, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption or drug use, stress and depression. “The good news is that lifestyle factors are within our power to change.” Steinbaum recommends starting small by changing one bad habit and then seeing how we feel. “Quit the diet soda or the sugar-sweetened beverages. Get rid of potato chips. Go for a walk. Put down your smartphone and spend some focused time with your child, a friend or even your pet. Then breathe… and just listen to how you feel.”

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Emotional Health

Personal empowerment is all about taking a stand—developing the vision, countering misguided beliefs, having a plan and then moving forward to be the best version of one’s true self. David Gershon and Gail Straub, of West Hurley, New York, authors of Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life As You Want It, contend that empowerment always starts with a desire for a better life. “We need to learn how to dream, how to boldly

Our emotions can be allies in achieving personal empowerment, advises Straub. For example, fear can alert us to danger; joy can remind us to be grateful. However, when emotions cause pain and threaten derailment, it’s important to understand why, and then work through it. “Uncomfortable emotions let us know there is a problem to attend to, a wound to work on, thus allowing us to see our own truth,” explains

don Miguel Ruiz, Jr., of San Diego, California, author of The Five Levels of Attachment. “With awareness, we can observe our uncomfortable emotions, as they may be showing a belief we are holding that is no longer true for us.” “To work through our emotions, we have to be able to accurately sense what we are feeling and be able to express it in a healthy way,” adds Straub, like expressing anger after a tough commute by punching a designated pillow or shouting into a closet. Furthermore, “We need to change the belief we’ve identified that’s causing the painful emotional response.” Did the guy that cut us off in traffic really do it maliciously? Third, learn to let go of a negative emotion that’s automatically triggered when someone or something presses our “hot button” by immediately considering, “He must have been in a big hurry,” or “She doesn’t realize how offensive that remark could be,” realizing it’s their problem, not ours, and declining to make it ours. Achieving greater emotional calm is a huge step toward personal empowerment.


Acting on heartfelt emotions can help forge stronger and healthier relationships. “Sometimes, we say yes to a false image of ourselves or hide who we are in order to be accepted,” counsels Ruiz, noting that not presenting our authentic selves in relationships will weaken or replace true intimacy with a sense of loneliness and distance. “Say, ‘I forgive, I accept and I let go.’” This paves the way to being genuine, which naturally leads to greater unconditional love and more fulfilling and honest relationships. In romantic relationships, life coach Martha Beck, Ph.D., author of Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaiming Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want, suggests ditching the image of two people looking soulfully into each other’s eyes. “Realize that you’re both changing all the time,” she says. Instead, envision two people walking side-byside at the same pace, and a relationship that will continue to refresh and move forward, instead of getting stuck in well-worn patterns.

meditating. “You have to relax to start dissolving the disbelief in the possibility of having what you want,” she says. “Empty out the negative thoughts in order to gain the confidence that abundance is yours.”



Capability is one of the new guiding principles for self-empowerment at work, says Haydn Shaughnessy, a fellow at the University of California-Irvine’s Center for Digital Transformation and co-author, with Nicholas Vitalari, of The Elastic Enterprise. “It’s more about a broad-stroke capability,” he claims, such as public speaking, writing or troubleshooting and fixing machinery. Capability means a strong skill that can be fine-tuned for a specific circumstance; a talented generalist, rather than a narrow specialist. Shaughnessy recommends that we recognize and develop our best competencies in order to equip ourselves to both withstand economic adversity and help push our careers forward.


Fiscal self-empowerment involves cultivating the confidence that we will be able to obtain more money when needed. Beck maintains that anyone can create abundance that lasts. “Where people believe they get abundance, they will,” she says, as in friendships or creative problem solving. It’s the mixed internal messages of, “I need more money,” with, “There’s not enough to go around,” that can block the flow of abundance in our lives. Beck, who lives in San Luis Obispo, California, recommends throwing a “neurological toggle switch” to turn off the “lack-and-attack” part of our brains and turn on the “everything-is-goingto-be-all-right” area. This is realized through slowing down, relaxing and

Following all of these first five steps also helps enhance our spirituality. Dennis Merritt Jones, of Simi Valley, California, author of the new book, Your (Re) Defining Moments: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be, calls it “being pulled by vision,” rather than being pushed by pain. The motivational speaker believes that every encounter, event or circumstance is a portal to a redefining moment—a chance to connect with our authentic self. Jones cites seven characteristics of the authentic or timeless self: realizing our oneness in life, reverence for that life, fearlessness because we know we’re part of something bigger, integrity, humility, equanimity and unconditional love. “When these qualities become the norm in our daily lives, we’ll know we are living from the authentic self,” he says. Jones urges us to live “more vertically.” He explains, “We exist on what I call the surface of life, a horizontal pathway where we go about our daily routines. We often don’t hear the siren call from the depths of our being because we are so busy ‘doing’. It’s the authentic self that’s eternally calling us to be who we were born to be.” He describes a “sacred intersection” where we can turn from the horizontal everyday and move in a vertical direction to the depths of our souls or the heights of our imaginations via mindfulness and self-enquiry. Fortunately, every moment of every day offers this opportunity to expand our being. The key question is, “Will we be consciously present enough to recognize the opening and step through the door?” These experts concur there is no finish line for self-empowerment or attaining the perfect place to stay. It’s a “sustainable growth process,” says Gershon, an ideal project for the rest of our lives. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

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Natural Awakenings Celebrates 20 Years of Conscious Living

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Cellulite Shrinkers Five Simple Exercises to Smooth Thighs

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nsightly cellulite, which is comprised of fat deposits just beneath the skin, appears as lumps or dimples, usually near the buttocks and upper thighs, and is most common in women. Building muscle can make cellulite harder to notice and help burn more calories. While cellulite deposits might not be eliminated, burning body fat will make them shrink and be less visible. Here are five top exercises to blast stubborn cellulite.

Cardiovascular Exercise

As long as we’re expending more calories than we’re taking in, we will begin burning the body’s fat deposits. As cardio workouts burn calories, they can reduce overall body fat, which also makes cellulite harder to see. Any exercise such as walking, running, hiking or cycling can help in the overall battle to burn calories and blast cellulite.

Stair Climbing

Stair climbing burns at least 10 calories a minute, according to the nonprofit National Wellness Institute, that promotes healthy lifestyles worldwide. Plus, stair climbing has the added benefit of working all the muscle areas that tend to get hit with the greatest amounts of cellulite.

Leg Lifts

Janet Wallace, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology at Indiana University-Bloomington, advises that leg lifts are the best exercise for toning the outer thighs.

Lie on the floor on your side, placing one elbow on the ground and prop your head up with that same hand. Place the other hand on the floor beside your waist. With legs straight and toes pointed, lift the top leg up as far as it will go, then slowly lower it back down. Do 10 to 15 reps, and then turn over and work the other leg.

Back Kicks

An MSNBC health segment recommended this fat-busting move to target all the areas that are most susceptible to cellulite. While kneeling on hands and knees, lift a leg up behind you until it’s pointed upward at a 45-degree angle. Slowly bring the leg back down and repeat the movement with the other leg. Start with 15 reps and work up from there.


Stand comfortably with feet about a foot apart. Slowly bend the knees to lower your body until both thighs are parallel to the floor. Then gradually stand back up, squeezing gluteal and back-of-the-thigh muscles as you rise. If performed consistently, this exercise will increase muscle strength in the thighs and buttocks, which also helps burn fat, according to the Mayo Clinic. Less fat equals less noticeable cellulite. As with the other exercises, start with 15 repetitions per session and work up to more. E.C. LaMeaux posts a body of work at Gaiam Life (, from which this was adapted.

Infrared Thermal Imaging A SAFE DIAGNOSTIC TOOL COMES OF AGE by Ingrid LeVasseur


he heat humans give off is constant, measurable and does not change over time. The only thing that will change the infrared energy we emit is injury or disease. Hippocrates understood this principle well, spreading mud over the body of an ill Grecian with the understanding that where the mud dried first was the site of underlying disease. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is a non-invasive, diagnostic tool that allows the examiner to visualize and quantify subtle changes in skin surface temperature. It relies on the principle that all objects at a temperature above absolute zero radiate infrared energy. The DITI camera captures this energy and converts it into a digital image. Every half of a degree of temperature is represented by a different color, creating a vibrant topographical map of the body known as a thermogram. The spectrum of colors indicates a change in the amount of infrared radiation being emitted from the body’s surface. Since there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in the healthy body, subtle temperature asymmetries can be easily identified without using radiation, injections or compression. Medical DITI, which has been used extensively in the U.S. Europe and Asia over the past 20 years, can assist clinicians in diagnosing vascular, muscular, nervous and skeletal system pathologies. It has commonly been used in the treating back injuries, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Vascular Disease and Digestive Disorders, to name a few. The patient typically receives a copy of the image along with a written report of the M.D.’s assessment. DITI and Breast Screening According to the American Cancer Society, the leading cause of death of women ages 40-44 is breast cancer.

Given that it takes approximately 15 years for breast cancer to develop, safe and accurate screening, beginning in a woman’s mid-20s should help reduce the death rate in that age group. DITI breast screening offers the opportunity for earlier detection compared to a program involving self-examination, doctor examination or mammography alone. Thermography detects the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease. The protocol for breast screening includes five images: one from the front, one from each side (arms raised to include armpits and lymph area), and one from each oblique angle. The procedure is quick and painless, comparable to being photographed. Initially, two screenings three months apart establish a thermal baseline. After that, annual screening is sufficient. All women can benefit from DITI breast screening: younger women can start screening safely in their 20s and 30s; older women who still have dense breast tissue will find this means effective; and women who have already had a mastectomy can safely and accurately continue to monitor that region. Women who have concerns about the cumulative effects of radiation and want to limit their exposure will find that DITI allows them to monitor their breast health without the risk of additional radiation exposure. DITI and Inflammatory Breast Cancer News of Inflammatory Breast Disease has made the rounds on the Internet due to numerous reports done by KOMO TV in Seattle. Inflammatory breast disease is particularly difficult to diagnose by traditional means because it produces no tumors, rendering typical diagnostic

methods less effective. By the time it is diagnosed, it has often progressed to a later stage. Given the inflammatory nature of the disease, DITI is an ideal means of screening for this silent killer. Men and Breast Cancer Though men with breast cancer still account for a small percentage of breast cancers detected, the numbers are increasing. DITI gives men a chance to screen for this disease and potentially catch it at an early stage. Thermography vs. Mammograms Thermography is not meant to replace mammograms, however, and is used in conjunction with mammograms and clinical breast exams to give the patient the opportunity to make decisions with as much information as possible. One study published in the American Journal of Radiology in 2003 demonstrated that DITI had 97 percent sensitivity in distinguishing benign from malignant growths. The conclusion stated: “Infrared imaging offers a safe non-invasive procedure that would be valuable as an adjunct to mammography in determining whether a lesion is benign or malignant”. Ingrid LeVasseur, BA, is a certified clinical thermographer who received her training at Duke University. She has been a teacher of meditation for 30 years, during which time she taught internationally and lectured at the National Institutes of Health. She also spent four years teaching under the medical direction of Dr. Deepak Chopra. As the owner of Inner Image Clinical Thermography, she offers on-site and mobile thermal imaging. She can be reached in Falmouth, ME at 207-781-6060. Her website is See ad, page 7.

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erena Dyer had a unique childhood being raised by spiritually progressive parents, including her bestselling celebrity dad, Wayne Dyer, Ph.D., who would write her notes on personal stationery printed with the motto, “Be realistic. Expect miracles!” It’s not a message her peers likely heard at home. Now 29, Serena shares her point of view in Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You: My Experience Growing Up with Spiritual Parents, co-authored with her father. The title reflects her parents’ key lesson for their children: Pursue the life you are born to live. Some missteps along the journey to her true calling included enrolling in law school to maintain her student identity, but her upbringing served as a light guiding her home to herself. She wrote the book after dropping out of law school, a big step toward her dream of inspiring others to live authentically.

What was it like to grow up with Wayne Dyer as your father? Growing up, my seven siblings and I were exposed to a lot of ideas that were different than what my friends heard. We were taught that within each of us is a purpose, a passion that we call dharma, and that dharma is what we are incarnated here to do. We were taught that the most important thing you could


of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

do in your life was to follow that dharma, and in doing so, you would be serving God. I often joke that my childhood was filled with unconditional love and security, but also a lot of weirdness! Not many kids learn transcendental meditation at the age of 5 and count monks as friends.

Were there any downsides to being raised by spiritual parents? I like to think that while there weren’t any real downsides, there were certainly challenges. For example, in a more traditional household, when someone gets the flu, their parents probably tell them that it’s flu season and it’s just going around. In my household, when one of us would get the flu, we were told that we aligned with it and allowed it in. In other words, part of the challenge of having spiritually progressive parents is that they make sure you are aware that you are responsible for everything happening in your life.

What is the greatest lesson you learned? Thus far, it is knowing that we are the creators of our destiny—the masters of our fate. I wholeheartedly believe that we sign up for the experiences we have in this lifetime, as they are part of our soul’s desire to grow and expand. When we make the choice to view life as not happening to us, but responding

“We were taught that within each of us is a purpose, a passion that we call dharma, and that dharma is what we are incarnated here to do. ” ~ Serena Dyer to us, we become more consciously aware of how much our thoughts affect our daily experience. I am so grateful my parents taught me this at a young age because I have learned to choose my thoughts carefully.

What is the greatest gift your parents have given you? It’s not something they did for me; it was how they lived their lives in front of me. My parents did not encourage me to follow my dreams and then sacrifice theirs in order to raise me. My parents followed their dreams and in watching them do so, I felt safe to go after mine, as well. They taught me that there is no honor in sacrificing yourself or your dreams for anyone else, and demonstrated that the only time you have to make your life the way you want it is now. I am grateful to them for living their lives this way, which has allowed me to feel safe living my life this way, as well.

What advice would you give to people that wish they were raised in a more spiritual manner?

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I tell people that it doesn’t really matter what kind of parents you had, it matters how you feel about yourself. Everything in life starts with the self. If you don’t have love and acceptance and forgiveness for yourself, you won’t have these things to give to other people either. I was taught that we can’t give what we don’t have. When we learn to love and treasure every part of ourselves, we also have love to give to others. Contributor Lindsay McGinty lives in Orange County, CA. natural awakenings

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Common Ground County Fair by Jessie Shiers


he 37th Common Ground Country Fair, the annual festival of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), was held on September 19–21 in Unity, Maine. Don’t expect carnival games, Ferris wheels, cotton candy or fried Oreos at this country fair, though— instead, you’ll find horse-drawn plow demos, handspun yarn, fried organic shiitake mushrooms and homemade maple ice cream. The fair is the highlight of the year for New England’s organic devotees, natural foodies, homesteaders, back-to-the-landers, social and political progressives, folk music lovers and hippies of all stripes. Since the fair’s inception in 1977, it has proven to be a draw for massive crowds—almost 60,000 attendees annually—of Mainers eager to get a taste of local honey or maple syrup, inhale the fair’s signature aroma of sweet Annie, watch the sheepdog demonstrations and attend a variety


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of talks and lectures. This year’s subjects touched on everything from permaculture and bee keeping to yurt construction and traditional Passamaquoddy medicine. Other allures include folk-arts presenters, fiber and fleece, livestock raising and handling, low-impact forestry, timberframing, environmentally friendly shelters, herbs and alternative health, just to name a few. If you missed the fair this year, be sure to put it on your calendar for 2015. Until then, you can still experience some of the best the fair has to offer by patronizing the fair vendors back in their hometowns, scattered throughout Maine and New England. Dining Naturally, one of the most popular things to do at the fair is to sample as many of the delicious organic and local food vendors as possible. All the foods must be made with whole grains

and sweetened with ingredients like honey and maple syrup—no processed, refined white flour, sugar or highfructose corn syrup is used. Although the fair’s vibe will be lacking, you can partake of the best flavors of the fair by visiting these regional restaurants: Try the Chicken Tikki or Vegetable Biryani at Bombay Mahal, 99 Maine Street, Brunswick. Grab a pie at Flatbread Portland, 72 Commercial Street, Portland; or at Harvest Moon Pizza, 13 Friendship Street, Waldoboro. Harvest Moon can also bring their portable wood-fired pizza oven to your location for catering gigs. One of the quintessential Common Ground experiences is eating a pie cone—a crispy pastry shell filled with Indian pudding or cheesecake, fruit spreads and whipped cream. Although you can’t find these iconic treats at any brick-and-mortar location, they are now offered at several other regional fairs, such as the Big E in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Local Food If you prefer to make your own food at home, there’s an abundance of resources for that as well. Find wholesome, Maine-produced ingredients at the following providers: Swan’s Honey offers a surprising array of honey styles, from the creamy, spreadable delicacy of raw and unfiltered wildflower honey to the dark, molasses-like buckwheat honey. A tasting bar at the fair allows you to try each flavor and take home a honey bear bottle of your favorite one. Swan’s

Energy, Shelter, Gardening, and Crafts The Energy & Shelter area at the Common Ground Fair is a showcase of retailers and resources to help you build, heat, cool, or insulate your home in an energyefficient and environmentally friendly way. Vendors offer demonstrations and information on solar and wind energy, composting toilets, masonry, timberframing, outdoor wood-burning furnaces and so much more. If you’re interested in learning to build your own house, check out

production facility is located up north in Albion, but you can find their honey for sale at Southern Maine stores, including Hannaford Supermarket. The Maine Cheese Guild can guide you to a variety of local cheese producers, including Pineland Farms Creamery in New Gloucester, Winter Hill Farm in Freeport, and Silvery Moon Creamery at Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook. Urban Farm Fermentory is a one-ofa-kind producer of fermented products such as kombucha, mead, and hard cider. Get a tour of the facility and a tasting of the latest batch at 200 Anderson Street, Portland. Maine Grains is a producer and supplier of Maine-grown whole-wheat flour, oats, rye, and other products. The mill is located in Skowhegan, but in Southern Maine you can find Maine Grains products for sale at Whole Foods Market in Portland or at Local Market in Brunswick.

Shelter Institute (873 U.S. Route One, Woolwich). One-day seminars cover such topics as spoon carving, basic wiring, basic tools, and intro to residential septic. Two-week intensive design-build courses will have you ready to construct your own timberframe home. An on-campus store, Shelter Tools, offers a vast selection of high-quality building supplies that are hard to find anywhere else. Look for hydroponics education and equipment and get inspired at Urban Garden Center, sure to be easily accessible with three locations in Maine. Find it in Portland at 659 Warren Ave., in Topsham at 235 Lewiston Rd., or in Brewer at 600 Wilson St. A longtime favorite in the Maine crafts area is the distinctive jewelry at Lovell Designs, with one location in Portland (26 Exchange St.) and one in Freeport (32 Main St.). The silver designs are simple yet elegant and

feature iconic images of Maine’s natural world—fish, loons, trees, dragonflies, and sand dollars. Planning Your Visit This is but a small sampling of all the educational opportunities, products and services the Common Ground Fair has to offer. To get the full experience, plan to attend the fair next year; join the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) or volunteer at the fair to receive free entry. (To register as a volunteer, visit or contact Anna Libby, volunteer coordinator, at or by calling 207-568-4142.) There are many ways to get to the fair—driving, biking, or walking—and the fair encourages bikers by providing special biking routes and signage, as well as valet bike parking at the Rose Gate, where you’ll also find a tent with bike pumps, information on biking in Maine and demos of human-powered vehicles. If you’re planning to stay for the weekend or just overnight, there are options for camping nearby, a popular choice for many fairgoers. Leave your pets at home; they are not allowed onto the fairgrounds and may not be left in your parked vehicle. The majority of the fair takes place outdoors or under large tents, so you will be at the mercy of the weather. Dress appropriately for the season and wear layers, as late September in Maine can vary from hot and sunny to cold and windy in a matter of hours. Be sure to bring a hat, reusable bottle to refill at one of the many water stations, a backpack to fill with literature and purchases, and comfortable shoes or boots. Finally, bring an open mind, an adventurous spirit and a lot of enthusiasm! Location: 294 Crosby Brook Rd., Unity. For more information, call MOFGA at 207-568-4142 or visit Jessie Shiers is a contributing writer for Natural Awakenings magazine and a freelance editor in Norway, ME.

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Organic Roots by Jessie Shiers



etsy Harding is on a mission. As a licensed cosmetologist and certified organic colorist, she has an environmentally conscious spirit and passion for customer satisfaction that have led her to create Maine’s first completely cruelty-free and 100 percent vegan salon. Organic Roots Salon and Day Spa in South Portland offers a natural alternative for those seeking a salon and day spa experience that strives to be green in all aspects. Harding owned Ocean Waves Salon, also in South Portland, for the past five years. A vegan herself, she decided to sell Ocean Waves and strike out on a new venture so she could “work in the environment of my lifestyle.” Harding says in her experience as a cosmetologist she has found that many conventional and professional beauty products contain animal ingredients such as animal fats. In other cases, the products themselves or their chemical ingredients may be tested on animals. “They’re not going that extra step to make their product cruelty-free,” says Harding. Even if the company claims to be cruelty-free, the chemical components may come from a facility that tests on animals. “You really have to do your homework to make sure that the whole line is going to be vegan and cruelty-free,” Harding notes. “There are many companies out there that still do animal testing.”


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Organic Roots has done that homework for its clients, so they can feel confident about the ethics of their beauty choices when buying products or using the salon services there. Harding spent almost a year seeking out and developing the right location and style for the salon, ultimately settling on the historic 1930s Clark home in South Portland. The home was moved to its current one-acre property from its original location near Clark’s Pond, where the Clark family harvested ice in the pre-refrigeration era. The building has been fully renovated for a fresh, pristine ambience, and will feature four salon chairs on the main floor and four service rooms above, offering massage therapy, meditation, and aesthetician services. With a grand opening planned for mid-November, Organic Roots will provide haircuts for men, women and children. Specialized services include organic ammonia-free hair color, deep conditioning, up-dressing, vegan straighteners, some gluten-free products, a blow-out bar, waxing, massages and facials. Harding focuses on choosing products that are natural and vegan, yet effective and of high quality. Featured lines include Organic Color Systems, Soma Hair Technology ammonia-free color and products, Zerran Hair vegan straightener, and Derma Organic,

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just to name a few. Harding is always searching for and supporting companies that are conscious of a natural approach. “We offer natural alternates for all of our services,” Harding says. “The hair color and all the products we provide are cruelty-free, vegan, ammonia-free, and plant-based.” Not only passionate about her products, Harding is also committed to customer satisfaction. “I always take time with and listen to my clients to ensure that every appointment meets their needs,” she explains. She continues to educate herself about cutting-edge natural products and methods in today’s industry, and remains open to suggestions on developing healthy services. Harding is looking forward to working with and providing for like-minded clients. She hopes to expand her list of services in the coming months; for example, look for outdoor yoga classes on the historic Clark home’s expansive lawn next spring and summer. Location: Organic Roots Salon and Day Spa, 545 Westbrook St., South Portland. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (207) 799-2995 or visit Jessie Shiers is a contributing writer for Natural Awakenings magazine and a freelance editor in Norway, ME. See ad, page 7.



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markyourcalendar SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Saturday Series – The Great Core Story: How Do I Get More – 8:30-10:30am. What is CORE and functionality, and how do we develop a more stable and stronger core. Myth busting and practice-filled. $20. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. Registration: 207829-2700. 33rd Annual Great Osprey 10K Ocean Run – 10am. Enjoy the fresh sea air of Maine’s coast through this scenic course. Race will be held rain or shine. Prizes awarded. $20-$30. Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, 426 Wolfe’s Neck Rd, Freeport. 23rd Annual Holiday Craft Show – Nov 1-2. 9am4pm, Sat; 10am-3pm, Sun. Enjoy several Maine artisans exhibiting their handcrafted products. Free. McAuley High School, 631 Stevens Ave, Portland. 18th Annual Crafts Guilds Show – Nov 1-2. 10am-4pm. Come meet some of Maine’s finest craftspeople and begin your holiday shopping at this beautiful light-filled show. Free. Maine State Museum, Cultural Building, 230 State St, Augusta.

markyourcalendar SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Lavish Earth – 11am-4pm. Lavish Earth specializes in high-quality, high- vibration crystals, minerals and fossils from all over the world with a large variety of crystals for holistic practitioners and collectors. Leapin Lizards, 449 Forest Ave, Portland. 207-221-2363.

21st Annual Maine Brewers Festival – 1-10pm. Celebrate the local Maine craft beer community with two sessions: Happy Hour and Evening. Enjoy great food, vendors, live music and prizes. $35/per session. Portland Expo Center, 239 Park Ave, Portland.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Mind Body Spirit Festival – 10am-4pm. Enjoy this festival of holistic health practitioners, naturopathic medicine, energy healing, Reiki, massage, reflexology, medical intuitive, gems, jewelry, aura photographing and readings, workshops and more. $5/ admission. Ramada Inn at Saco Plaza, 352 North St, Saco. 207-314-1499. Caring for One Another: Community as Path – 12-2:30pm. Join a community conversation about

building a sense of connection among community members and enjoy a potluck lunch. Donations appreciated. Shambhala, 19 Mason St, Brunswick. 207-240-7086. Heroes: from Frozen to Firemen – 1pm. Join the PSO on a musical tour to meet all kinds of heroes, from fantasy to reality. Enjoy games, crafts, a handson instrument petting zoo and more musical fun. $10. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland. 207-553-4363. E-Motion Dance Workshop – 1-8pm. This workshop incorporates a wide variety of techniques that all different genres of dance can learn from. Limited space, registration required. $40. Avant Dance and Event Center, 865 Spring St, Westbrook. 207- 8994211.


markyourcalendar MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Yoga Classes – 8:30-10am. Reduce pain, improve flexibility and enhance strength and stability. Mixed levels. Registration required. $18/drop-in. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. Info/registration: 207-829-2700.

markyourcalendar MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Holistic Nurse, Teacher & Energy Healing – 12-4pm. Jane Jacobson’s passion is to support you in your quest for health and happiness. $40/30-min session; $70/1hr session. Leapin Lizards, 449 Forest Ave, Portland. 207-7617953 or 207-221-2363. or Good Night, Nature– 6-7pm. Gentle moonlit hour based around a bedtime story about animals of the night. Come in pajamas, but be prepared to venture outdoors. Bring a snack. Registration encouraged. $10/members, $15/nonmembers. Gilsland Farm, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth. 207-883-5100.

markyourcalendar MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Pure Ease Yin Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Enjoy 30 minutes of therapeutic yoga movements plus 30 minutes of guided yoga nidra, a relaxation. $12/drop-in; $60/6-week session. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. Info/ registration:

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Restorative Meditation – 7-8pm. Experience the incredible benefits of meditation and join our meditation series the first Monday of the month. $8. The Mind-Body Studio, 191 Emery Mills Rd, Shapleigh. Register: 207-636-2500 or

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Read to Grace – 3:30-5pm. Children can have a 15 minute session to read to Grace, an 8 year old yellow Labrador retriever. Please sign up in advanced. Free. Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library, 5 Monument Sq, Portland. 207-871-1700.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Brown Bag Lecture Series: Jim Witherell – 121pm. Join the author as he discusses his biography, “Ed Muskie: Made in Maine”. Bring a lunch and coffee will be provided. Free. Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq, Portland. 207-871-1700.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Butter Making – 10-11:30am. Meet our beautiful cows and learn how to churn their milk into butter, just like people did in the old days. $5. Pineland Farms, 15 Farm View Dr, New Gloucester. 207650-3031.

markyourcalendar THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Yoga Classes – 6:30-8pm. Reduce pain, improve flexibility, enhance strength and stability. Mixed levels. Registration required. $18/drop-in. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-829-2700. STePz – 7:30pm. Tony Award-winning tap dancer and choreographer, Savion Glover, returns to Portland for his new production. This celebration of tap dance pays homage to tap masters. $36-$56. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland. 207-553-4363.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Friday Local Author Series: Steve Hrehovcik – 12-1pm. The author discusses, “Seeing in the Dark”, and how perceptions influence values and the ability to make important decisions. Free. Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq, Portland. 207-871-1700. Buti Master Class – 6-7:30pm. Kate Seymour will be leading a special class that is open to everyone. $20. Bhakti in Motion, 155 Brackett St, Portland. 207-632-4789.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8 33rd Augusta Arts & Crafts Show – Nov 8-9. 9am4pm, Sat; 10am-3pm, Sun. Enjoy over 120 Maine artisans exhibiting their handcrafted products. $2/ admission. Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr, Augusta.

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markyourcalendar THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Yoga Classes – 6:30-8pm. See Nov 6 Listing. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-829-2700.


markyourcalendar SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Saturday Series – Pranayama: Gateway to Meditation – 8:30-10:30am. Unlock the power and mystery of pranayama practices direct from Patanjali’s yoga sutras. Learn to explore, nurture, guide and build prana. $20. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. Registration: 207-829-2700. The Yoga of Awakening – 9am-1pm. Enjoy a workshop with Arthur Kilmurray, a master teacher from Boston. $65. The Yoga Center, 449 Forest Ave, Portland. 207-774-9642. Butter Making – 10-11:30am. See Nov 6 listing. $5. Pineland Farms, 15 Farm View Dr, New Gloucester. 207-650-3031. Portland Waterfront 5K – 10:30am. Run along the Portland Trails then enjoy Flatbread pizza, salad & cash bar. $12-$37. Flatbread Company, 72 Commercial St, Portland. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County – 8pm. This southern gothic, supernatural musical written by Stephen King, is a haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge. $39-$79. Collins Center for the Arts, 2 Flagstaff Rd, Orono. 207-581-1755. Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass – 8pm. With the most popular podcast in the country, radio icon Ira Glass blurs the lines between journalism, documentary and fiction to create original, thought provoking and humorous discussions. $36$56. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland. 207-553-4363.

Nation’s Capital and more. $40/advanced; $45/ door. The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St, Rockland. 207-594-0070.


markyourcalendar MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Yoga Classes – 8:30-10am. See Nov 3 listing. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth.

markyourcalendar MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Self-Acupressure for Stress and Anxiety with Meret Bainbridge – 6-8pm. Acupressure can help calm the busy “monkey-mind”, increase mental focus and relaxation, and help you get a good night’s sleep. $19/class, $29/couples or friends signing up together. Library classroom, Windham High School, 406 Gray Rd, Windham. 207-892-1819.

markyourcalendar MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Pure Ease Yin Yoga– 6:30-7:30pm. See Nov 3 listing. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. Info/registration: 207-829-2700.

PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend – Nov 14-16. 9am-9pm, Fri & Sat; 10am-6pm, Sun. Support this special weekend and adopt a dog or cat. PetSmart, 208 Mariner Way, Biddeford. 207-2836546. Free and Responsible Government: The Long Shadow of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address – 7pm. Join historian, Jared Peatman, as he discusses the interconnected history between the US Constitution, the Gettysburg Address and constitutional theory around the world. Free. Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St, Portland. 207-774-1822. Barefoot Boogies – 7:30-10pm. Express yourself through movement, practice your moves or just boogie down while listening to a wide range of music. No dance skills required. $10/drop in; $8/members. Bhakti in Motion, 155 Brackett St, Portland. 207399-3707.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Early Bird Sale – 6-11am. Exciting sales discounts and specials offered by over 15 businesses. Wear your pajamas and save. Various locations throughout Downtown Brunswick.

markyourcalendar SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Brides Against Breast Cancer: Run & Renew 5K – 8am. This event is a fun and unique way to support people impacted by cancer. Enjoy an after party with food, beverages, entertainment, raffles and a vow renewal ceremony for couples. $10-$25. DiMillo’s on the Water, 25 Long Wharf, Portland. Winter Craft Fair – 9am-4pm. Enjoy several Maine artisans exhibiting their handcrafted products & a silent auction. Free. The Middle School of the Kennebunks, 60 Thompson Rd, Kennebunk. 207967-3143.



47th Annual Ski & Skate Sale – 1-4pm. This sale will offer several new and used skis, skates, boots and equipment for rock-bottom prices. All sizes, colors and designs are available. Free. Brunswick Recreation Center, 220 Neptune Dr, Brunswick. 207-725-6656.

Wind Over Wings – 1-2pm. Meet birds of prey along with animal rehabilitator Hope Douglas. Hope will bring a variety of wild birds to see up close and learn about. $5. Pineland Farms, 15 Farm View Dr, New Gloucester. 207-650-3031.

Aphrodisia 2: An Erotic Reading – 6pm. This is a sporadic event that is aimed toward expressions of identity, desire, and intimacy spoken through the body of language. $3-$10/donation. Local Sprouts, 649 Congress St, Portland. 207-899-3529.

Butter Making – 10-11:30am. See Nov 6 listing. $5. Pineland Farms, 15 Farm View Dr, New Gloucester. 207-650-3031.

Maine-ly Moose 5K Cross Country – 10am. Race through the park the old fashioned way in this great off road course. $20-$25. Deering Oaks Park, Portland.

Alton Brown Live: The Edible Inevitable Tour – 7:30pm. The “Iron Chef” is taking his brand of quirky humor and culinary science on the road. $46$157. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland. 207-553-4363.

Rolling Slumber Bed Races – 11am-12:30pm. Enjoy this amazing, fun-filled event of bed racing. Free for spectators. Registration required. $35. Park Row, Downtown Brunswick. 207-729-4439.

The Capitol Steps – 7:30pm. Enjoy Washington DC-based comedy troupe that provides a unique blend of musical and political comedy about our


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St. Anne’s Christma Fair – 9am-7pm. Enjoy crafts, baked goods, jewelry, holiday arrangements, silent auction, raffles, games, lunch, dinner and more. St. Anne’s Church, 299 Main St, Gorham. 207-8394857.

International Games Day – 11am-4pm. Enjoy a day of gaming in our reserved rooms for card games, board games and video games. Free. Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq, Portland. 207-871-1700.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Hymn Festival – 3pm. Join Ray Cornils, area organists and choirs for an inspirational afternoon of great hymn singing. Donations at the door. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland. 207-553-4363.


markyourcalendar MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Holistic Nurse, Teacher & Energy Healing – 124pm. Jane Jacobson’s passion is to support you in your quest for health and happiness. $40/30-min session; $70/1hr session. Leapin Lizards, 449 Forest Ave, Portland. 207-761-7953 or 207-221-2363. or

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21 AniMaine: Maine’s Anime Festival – Nov 21-23. Times vary. Celebrate animation from across the globe with workshops, vendors, local artists, video and board games and more. $30-$40. Best Western Merry Manor Inn, 700 Main St, South Portland. Music Lovers’ Luncheon – 12pm. This event looks at musical topics from the PSO concert season and will focus on the Piano Men: The Music of Elton John and Billy Joel. Reservations required. $25. The Cumberland Club, 116 High St, Portland. 207-7736128. Not Your Grandpa’s Jazz – 8pm. Jazz is about liberation, progress and freedom. This concert features a number of original works and arrangements by the faculty. $15/admission; $10/seniors & faculty; $5/students. Corthell Concert Hall, University of Southern Maine, Gorham. 207-780-4658. USM. Paula Cole – 8pm. Enjoy a night of music, poetry and prose, surrounded by an eclectic, jazz-influenced, heartfelt delivery. $37.50-$80.50. Jonathan’s Restaurant, 92 Bourne Ln, Ogunquit. 800-464-9934.



Butter Making – 10-11:30am. See Nov 6 listing. $5. Pineland Farms, 15 Farm View Dr, New Gloucester. 207-650-3031.

21st Annual Made in Maine Christmas Craft Show – Nov 22-23. 9am-4pm, Sat; 10am-3pm, Sun. Enjoy several Maine artisans exhibiting their handcrafted products. Free. Mt Ararat High School, 73 Eagles Way, Topsham.

Maine During the Civil War – 12pm. Speaker, Lee Webb, will discuss Maine politics and culture during the war. Free. Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St, Portland. 207-774-1822.

Let Us Be Thankful – 9:30-11:30am. Celebrate all that nature provides. Learn some Native American

traditions around appreciating the earth through story, song and crafts. Bring a snack. $15/members, $20/nonmembers. Gilsland Farm, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth. 207-883-5100.

markyourcalendar SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22 3rd Annual Season of the Light Celebration: A Cross-Cultural Winter Festival – 1-4pm. Celebrate multiple cultural holiday traditions with storytelling, arts & crafts, a silent auction, music, food and more. Free. CIEE, 300 Fore St, Portland. 207-347-7274. Piano Men: The Music of Elton John and Billy Joel – 7:30pm. Enjoy the combination of a fourpiece pop band and a full orchestra, led by local musician Joe Boucher, for a chance to listen to some classics. $31-$81. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland. 207-553-4363.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K – 7am. Be one of the many Santa Clauses that will hit the streets. Every participant will receive a Santa hat, beard and sweatshirt. Enjoy outrageous holiday decorations, festive music and an after party. $45$65. Maine Mall, Maine Mall Rd, South Portland. Register: Maine Track Club Turkey Trot 5K – 9am. Enjoy this race that benefits the Wayside Food Programs. Please bring nonperishable food items for donation. $20-$25. Cape Elizabeth Middle School, 14 Scott Dyer Rd, Cape Elizabeth. 207-956-1122.

Read to Grace – 3:30-5pm. See Nov 4 listing. Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library, 5 Monument Sq, Portland. 207-871-1700. Winter Seasonal Therapeutics Community Workshop – 6pm. Learn everything you need to know on keeping you and your family healthy this winter. Our focus will be about immunity and mood. Open to the public. Free. The Mind-Body Studio, 191 Emery Mills Rd, Shapleigh. 207-636-2500.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Brown Bag Lecture Series: Gail Gutradt – 121pm. Join the author as she discusses her book, “In a Rocket Made of Ice: Among the Children of Wat Opot”. Bring a lunch and coffee will be provided. Free. Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq, Portland. 207-871-1700.


markyourcalendar THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Yoga Classes – 6:30-8pm. See Nov 6 Listing. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-829-2700. Yoga Classes – 6:30-8pm. See Nov 6 Listing. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-829-2700.

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markyourcalendar SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Deepen Your Connection to Self; Awaken Your Capacity For Pleasure – 9am-4pm. Join a daylong retreat aimed at deepening your connection to self, other women and expanding your capacity for pleasure. Enjoy guided meditation & relaxation, a mindful tea ceremony and more. Space is limited. First come, first serve basis. $85. Meadow Wind Institute, Healing Center, 200 Gray Rd, Falmouth. Registration: Yara Perez, LCPC, 207-749-9116, or Kristin Areglado Hurley, LCPC, 207-650-8101, KHurleyLCPC@ Piano Men: The Music of Elton John and Billy Joel – 2:30pm. See Nov 22 listing. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St, Portland. 207-553-4363.


markyourcalendar MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Yoga Classes – 8:30-10am. See Nov 3 listing. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. Nature Explorers – 9:30-10:30am. Kids will enjoy self-guided learning stations and group time to read a story, explore a mystery bag and learn about a mystery animal. $10/members, $15/nonmembers. Gilsland Farm, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth. 207-883-5100. Sparks’ Ark – 1-2pm. Meet Josh Sparks of Sparks’ Ark and the array of wild animals he rehabilitates. $5. Pineland Farms, 15 Farm View Dr, New Gloucester. 207-650-3031.

markyourcalendar MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Pure Ease Yin Yoga– 6:30-7:30pm. See Nov 3 listing. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. Info/registration: 207-829-2700.


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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Participating Portland: Practical Opportunities to Get Involved – 7:30-10am. The Choose Civility Initiative conducts a participatory conversation exploring ways to get involved with the community through volunteer works and other means. Free. Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq, Portland. 207-871-1700.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Pizza with Pets – 9am-1pm. Ages 6-10. The kids spend time with adoptable pets, create crafts and enjoy a pizza party. Space is limited. $30. Animal Welfare Society, 46 Holland Rd, West Kennebunk. 207-985-3244.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27 This Wonderful Life – 7:30pm. Mike Anthony returns for this hilariously touching adaptation of the iconic holiday classic. Preview show. $10. Theater at Monmouth, 796 Main St, Monmouth. 207-9339999.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28 The Polar Express Train Ride – Nov 28-30. Times vary. Meet the conductor and Santa while enjoying hot chocolate, cookies, a reading of the Polar Express story and carols. $25-$40. Ocean Gateway Train Depot, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland. Local Craft and Wares Fair – 9am-4pm. Choose from baskets, quilts, jewelry, food products, holiday decorations, photography, paintings, soaps, creams, lotions, and much more. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides. Free. The Conference Center, Bethel Inn Resort, 21 Broad St, Bethel. 207-824-2282. Home for the Holidays Craft Show – Nov 28-29. 10am-4pm, Fri; 9am-4pm, Sat. Enjoy several Maine artisans exhibiting their handcrafted products. Free. Scarborough High School, 20 Gorham Rd, Scarborough. Annual Christmas Tree Lighting – 5:30pm. Come see the spectacular lighting of the tree and enjoy live music. Free. Monument Square, Portland.

Down East Ski Sale and Winter Expo – 8am4pm. Get ready for ski season with over 10,000 pieces of ski equipment: boots, skis, snowboards, bindings, helmets, clothing and poles. Free. Portland Expo Center, 239 Park Ave, Portland. Turkey Trot 5K – 11am. Celebrate the holiday with this 5K course that passes by many famous York landmarks. $15/advanced; $20/race day. York Village Elementary School, 124 York St, York. 207363-1040. Wine Walk in the Old Port: Big Bold Beautiful Reds – 3-5pm. Enjoy a guided tasting and walking tour of Portland’s vibrant restaurant scene. Starting restaurant TBA. $49/advanced; $55/ day of. Various locations in Old Port, Portland.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 A Christmas Carol – 12pm. Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family and the spirit of goodwill. $45/adults; $15/ kids under 15. Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave, Portland. 207-774-0465.

plan ahead SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 Saturday Series – Preparing for Winter Sports: Having More Fun & Less Pain – 8:30-10:30am. In skiing, snowshoeing and skating, most of the movement is forward or in the sagittal plane. Stability must come from beyond the big muscle groups. Unlock your power muscles by nurturing support in the other planes of movement. $20. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. Registration: 207-829-2700.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13 Saturday Series – Jewels of Yoga: Yamas and Niyamas – 8:30-10:30am. Take a look at these jewels of yoga, the first steps of truly practicing yoga. Begin to transform your life, one step at a time. Nurture your ability to be present, clear and loving during the holidays or anytime. $20. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. Registration: 207-829-2700.

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daily Aaron T Stephan: To Borrow, Cut, Copy and Steal – Times vary. This Portland artist will present sculptural installation and recent prints that showcases his witty dialogue by making mischief with pedestals and architecture. $12/adults, $10/seniors and students with ID, $6/ages 13-17. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq, Portland. 207-775-6148. Calm Steady Strong – Mon-Sat. Therapeutic Yoga for people affected by cancer. Call to schedule individual appointments. Turning Light Center. 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-829-2700. Ideals of Beauty: The Nude – This show explores the theme of the male and female nude in American art with paintings, sculptors and printmaking. Library Gallery at the Farnsworth Museum, 16 Museum St, Rockland. 207-596-6457. Muse Paintbar – Times vary. Learn to paint like professionals while eating and drinking. Pick a class, reserve a spot, and a trained artist will guide you to make a masterpiece. Prices vary. 245 Commercial St, Portland. Info/reservations: 207-618-9500 or Therapeutic Yoga – Mon-Sat. Mindful and personalized approach to reducing pain, improving flexibility, enhancing strength and stability. Call to schedule individual appointments. Turning Light Center, 168 W Pownal Rd, North Yarmouth. 207-829-2700. Yoga Classes – Times vary. We offer a wide variety of yoga classes, including: Vinyasa, Lunch break Slow Flow, Community Hatha, Gentle Hatha, and Yin Yoga. Contact for details. Bhakti In Motion, 155 Brackett St, Portland. 207-632-4789. Yoga Classes – Times vary. We offer classes at a variety of levels including: Vinyasa Flow, Therapeutic, Gentle, Restorative and Mediation, Feldenkrais and Yoga Philosophy. Contact for details. The Yoga Center, 449 Forest Ave, Portland. 207-774-9642. Victoria Mansion – Times vary. Walk along the halls of this National Historic Landmark while enjoying the holiday decor. Ticket prices vary. Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St, Portland. 207-772-4841. Ever After Mustang Rescue – 9am. Ages 15+. Volunteer for the adopt-a-horse program. Call for details. 463 West St, Biddeford. 207-284-7721. Exhibits at PPL: The Pulps – 10am-7pm. Enjoy paintings that gripped the Depression-era public with their themes of adventure, mystery, horror, sci-fi and damsels in distress. Free. Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq, Portland. 207-871-1700. Bingo – 6:30pm. Except Thurs. Play bingo almost every night. Doors open at 3pm. $10-$25. South Portland Bingo Hall, 200 John Roberts Rd, South Portland. 207-761-2717.

Wicked Walking Tours – Thru Nov 16. 8-9pm. Local actors bring comedy to ghost stories featuring pirates, witches and “Indians”. Contact for info. $18/adults, $15/seniors, $13/kids. Bell Buoy Park, 72 Commercial St, Portland. 207-730-0490.

sunday Old Port Culinary Walking Tour – 10:30am. This 3-hour tour travels to 7 Old Port venues for an opportunity to sample delectable, Maine-inspired foods and learn about the history of the area. $49. Maine Foodie Tours, 227 Commercial St, Portland. 207-233-7485. Music Brunch – 11am-2pm. Listen to Sean Mencher and Friends while enjoying brunch. Local Sprouts, 649 Congress St, Portland. 207-899-3529. Johnny T’s Salsa Night – 7-8:30pm. Enjoy an open salsa dancing night perfect for practicing your moves. This is not a class, but a gathering of students looking for a place with great music. $5. Swing & Sway Dancing, 143 Maverick St, Rockland. 207-594-0940.

monday Story Hour – 10-11am. All ages. Join us for an hour of good books and meeting new friends. We will provide a light snack. Free. The Market and Welcome Center at Pineland Farms, 15 Farm View Dr, New Gloucester. 207-650-3031. Women and Horses Workshop – 6-7:30pm. A handson learning experience with horses. $10. Ever After Mustang Rescue, 463 West St, Biddeford. 207-2847722.


welcome including beginners. Contact for details. REED School on Homestead Ave, Portland. Board Games – 3-6pm. Come to the children’s room and play a board game. Bring your own or play one of ours. Free. Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library, 5 Monument Sq, Portland. 207-871-1700. Maine Coast Cycling Club – 5:45pm. Offers weekly evening rides consisting of about 30 miles. Departs from Sanford Airport, park in the lot for Cockpit Café. 199 Airport Rd, Sanford. 207-432-3674. Acoustic Wednesdays – 6:30-8:30pm. Enjoy fresh food and drinks while listening to live music. Gather, Farm Fresh Eatery, 189 Main St, Yarmouth. 207-8473250.

thursday Thursday Morning Bird Walks – Thru Nov 27. 7-9am. Take an easy stroll while looking for birds, wildlife and plants. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have one. $5/members, $8/nonmembers. Gilsland Farm, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth. 207-883-5100. Book Group – 9:45am. 2nd Thurs. A variety of books are chosen and a schedule of upcoming books to be discussed is available at the Main Circulation Desk. Graves Memorial Public Library, 18 Maine St, Kennebunkport. 207-967-2778. Women and Horses Workshop – 10:30am-12pm. A hands-on learning experience with horses. $10. Ever After Mustang Rescue, 463 West St, Biddeford. 207284-7721. Third Thursdays – 5-9pm. Enjoy an evening with live music, food, drinks, special programming and the museum. $12/adults, $10/seniors and students with ID, $6/ages 13-17. Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq, Portland. 207-775-6148. Group Energy Clearings – 6:30-7:30pm. Come lay down, relax and receive a clearing of your energetic system by Beth Koehler, Life Coach and Advanced Polarity Practitioner. Each night, there is time for Beth to focus on your specific requests for healing/helping. $15. Kusum Room, 18 Pepperell Sq, Saco. 207-5909800.


Eat Well Play Hard – 11-11:45am. This program is designed to teach young children about healthy eating and the importance of regular physical activity. Free. Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library, 5 Monument Sq, Portland. 207-871-1700. Tuesday Tipple Tour – 11:30am-3pm. Visit a distillery, a brewery and a winery while learning all about the vibrant craft scene in the area. $45. Various locations on Commercial St, Portland. 207-200-9111.

wednesday Painting Sessions – 9:30am-2pm. Enjoy community painting while having fun. All levels of painters are

Children’s Programs: Story Time – 10am. Kids enjoy stories, finger plays, songs and crafts. Free. Graves Memorial Public Library, 18 Maine St, Kennebunkport. 207-967-2778. Fridays at the Farm – 10-11:30am. All ages. Explore the farm, help collect eggs and milk the cows. $5. Pineland Farms, 15 Farm View Dr, New Gloucester. 207-688-4539. First Friday Art Walk – 5-8pm. 1st Fri, Various galleries and art venues open for the art walk. Free. Astronomy Classes – 7:30pm, beginner classes at 6:45pm. 1st Fri. Free. Astronomical Society of Northern New England (ASNNE), at the New School, 38 York St, Kennebunk.

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saturday Old Port Culinary Walking Tour – 10:30am. This 3-hour tour travels to 7 Old Port venues for an opportunity to sample delectable, Maine-inspired foods and learn about the history of the area. $49. Maine Foodie Tours, 227 Commercial St, Portland. 207-233-7485. Wine Tasting – 1-3pm. Customers can sample and learn about various wines and what to purchase. Contact for date. Browne Trading Market, 262 Commercial St, Portland. 207-775-7560.

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Meret Bainbridge, LAc 222 St John St, Ste 137 Portland, ME 04101 • 207-878-3300 Meret offers comprehensive holistic care, utilizing Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Acupressure and Bodymind work, since 1997. Specialties are Women’s Health, pain, headaches, fibromyalgia & depression. Insurance accepted. See ad, page 11.

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Kath Bartlett, MS, LAc 7 Oak Hill Terr, Ste 3 Scarborough, ME 04074 207-219-0848 •

THERAPEUTIC YOGA FOR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY CANCER Willing to travel to folks in the Greater Portland area if they have a group established and are looking for a teacher during the day. Contact Darcy for rates/availability. TURNING LIGHT CENTER 168 W Pownal Rd, N Yarmouth 207-829-2700.

At Bartlett Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, I am dedicated to helping my patients thrive. I offer significant pain relief and effective treatment of chronic disease and other internal conditions using a holistic approach of acupuncture & Chinese herbs. With 13 years in practice, my patients’ treatment outcomes are higher than reported acupuncture studies. See ad, page 27.

CRYSTALS LAVISH EARTH 207-766-8448 • My mission is to offer the most beautiful, unique, highest vibration crystals and minerals, perfect for holistic practitioners and collectors. See calendar for upcoming events.


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DOIRON CHIROPRACTIC & SPORTS REHABILITAION LLC Dr David Doiron 7 Hutchins St, Saco, ME • 207-282-5233

Dr Dave, of Doiron Chiropractic & Sports Rehabilitation LLC, takes a full-body approach towards treatment utilizing the gold standard in soft tissue treatment A.R.T®. If your goal is to restore function, improve health and increase performance, call or email for an appointment.


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Stefan Andren, DDS 74 Gray Rd, Ste 3, W Falmouth, ME 207-878-8844 • Maine’s first eco-certified dental office is a welcoming and caring place to reach your oral health goals. Please call, email or stop in to learn more about how they can change your perception of what the dentist can be. It is what you deserve. See ad, page 5.

EDUCATION MERRICONEAG WALDORF SCHOOL Early Childhood through Grade 12 57 Desert Rd, Freeport, ME 04032 207-865-3900, Ext 103

AtMerriconeag, students’ capacities for learning are awakened and enriched by a different way of teaching, and an education brought to life through experience: in storytelling, movement, recitation, observation, dramatic acting, music, drawing, and painting. An emphasis on oral expression in all subjects enables our students to develop into confident, self-aware adults, and a focus on hands-on learning and discovery nurtures their lifelong love of learning.


59 Shore Rd, Ogunquit, ME 207-646-3900 Ogunquit’s destination for holistic healing. We offer a wide array of services including: Integrative health p r o g r a m s , Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Herbal Treatments, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Shamanistic healing, Chakra and Meridian balancing, Therapeutic Massage, Reflexology, Chinese Cupping, Foot soaks, Pedicures, Skin care and Body waxing for anyone that is looking to relax, unwind and restore from the stresses of life. We are also proud to offer our clients a full line of organic, vegan and gluten free skin care products. See ad, page 13.

ARCANA (IN THE OLD PORT) Kate Hebold, Owner 81 Market St, Portland, ME 207-773-7801

Arcana is a holistic healing arts center and retail gallery in the heart of the Old Port. Aiming to honor and celebrate the uniqueness of its patrons, Arcana upholds a high standard of mindful care in every service offered: massage, Reiki, polarity therapy, readings and special events. See ad, page 21.


Svetla Popova, LCPC, NCC, Reiki Master 23 Ocean Ave, Portland, ME 04103 207-761-3883 Whether you are overwhelmed by severe problems or simply feel stuck and your life is going nowhere, I’d love to hear your story. We will work together to discover the incredible strengths you have, find solutions that satisfy you, and open your horizons for growth, self efficacy and life enjoyment.


200 High St, Portland, ME 04101 207-358-6331 As a psychotherapist and counselor, I strive to offer a safe and nurturing environment where one can feel empowered to connect with their essential self. I use holistic, traditional, and integrative approaches and enjoy working with individuals and couples.


Jane M. Frederick, Director of Advancement 222 Saint John St, Ste 137, Portland, ME 04102 207-774-4244 At Baylight Center for Homeopathy, our mission is to illuminate the benefits of this transformative healing art. Our practitioners and faculty are fervent proponents of joy, creativity, freedom, and ease, and of the knowledge that homeopathy is an effective source of support for these integral aspects of healthy living.





Beth Koehler Saco Healing Arts Center 209 Main St, Saco, ME 04072 207-653-9792 • Confused? Procrastinating? Ready for a change? I specialize in helping you realize just how powerful you truly are and that the answers you seek are inside. I’ll be by you side as you tap into the strength and courage you need to manifest your life’s goals. Time spent with a Life Coach can be life altering. Let’s get started! See ad, page 20.

NUTRITION A LEBRO CENTER FOR WELL BEING Dr Richard Lebro 135 Rogers Rd, Kittery, ME 03904 800-610-1199

A Lebro Center for Well Being is a holistic wellness center that focuses on empowering your body with the necessary nutrients needed for the healing process. They offer chiropractic care, nutritional therapy, massage therapy, and much more. With professional care and individualized attention, they will put you on a road to optimal vitality.


5 Shapleigh Rd, Kittery, ME • 207-704-0743 Two Portland Square, Fore St Portland, ME • 207-517-3500 The Clean Bedroom is an organic and all-natural mattress and bedding resource with seven showrooms, including its new location in Portland. Through its showrooms and website, eco-minded shoppers gain insight to create a healthier sleep environment. See ad,back cover.


Ingrid LeVasseur, CCT 5 Fundy Rd, Ste 10c • 207-939-7355

Inner Image Clinical Thermography offers pain-free, radiation-free breast screening to the women of Maine. Our primary office is in Falmouth, however, during the spring and fall we bring this advanced technology to all areas of the state. Call us for details. See ad, page 7.

YOGA BHAKTI IN MOTION Stephanie Harmon 155 Brackett St, 3rd Flr • 207-233-0966 Bhakti in Motion offers a wide variety of yoga classes, dance classes and retreats, workshops and events. This studio will support you on your healing path towards a healthy body, calm and clear mind and fulfilling life! Are you ready to set your devotion into motion?

TURNING LIGHT CENTER Darcy Cunningham 168 W Pownal Rd, N Yarmouth, ME 207-829-2700 • Therapeutic Yoga: a mindful and personalized approach to reducing pain, improving flexibility, enhancing strength and stability. Together, we apply movement, breath, stillness and sound to relieve pain, tension and stress, helping clients become more able to enjoy life. Group yoga classes also available.

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Betsy Harding 545 Westbrook St South Portland, ME 207-799-2995

Organic Roots Salon and Day Spa is a fashion forward cruelty-free and vegan friendly salon. We are extremely passionate about our work and dedication to our natural and safe products, environment, and a healthier, more sustainable and compassionate world. See ad, page 7.

H A I R S TAT I O N S / T R E AT M E N T ROOM – For Rent – New organic and cruelty free salon and spa is looking for stylists to rent hair stations in South Portland. Product line must be cruelty free and vegan. Also available are three spacious rooms for rent on the 2nd floor, for an aesthetician, massage therapist, or another natural spa service. For more info, contact Betsy Harding; 207-799-2995 and

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