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just love New England summers. Though I don’t go as often as I’d like, I finally made it to the beach last week. To me, there might not be a better place in the world to meditate. As I began the process of clearing my mind, listening to the waves lapping on the shore, feeling the gentle breeze on my face, it was hard to ignore the sound of several children’s shrill delighted screams from the waters edge. With the waves rolling in they screamed with such joyful abandon as each wave crashed on the shore and chased them up the beach. It distracted me from my meditative state but it was hard to be bothered by the disturbance. Instead it made me wonder when the last time I made that sound, or heard it from another grown up. At what point did being a grown up happen so that we no longer played free of restraint? Since life has become more structured for children these days, with formalized sporting programs, more homework than ever, and an ever growing demand for parents to be working instead of with their family, it seems there are not as many opportunities for unstructured play. Summer can be that time, and I hope people take advantage of this break to let their kids play and squeal with them. The world has changed for kids in the last few decades. When we think about our years as children it was very different with no constant source of stimulus through cell phones, vending machines in schools, music players, text messages, TV, and Facebook. There does not seem to be a consensus as to whether or not there is an increase in childhood afflictions such as Autism and ADD/ADHD or if it is just more diagnosed. Any way you look at it, it’s much more prevalent for kids to be labeled with those diagnoses than it ever was. More than likely we all know someone affected by this and it was startling to read Lisa Marshall’s article on page 22 that one in four children under 10, and one-third of adolescents age 10 to 19 take at least one prescription drug. Really! More than 25% of our kids under 20 are being medicated for various reasons on a regular basis. In Drug Free Kids, Natural Alternatives to Natural Medicine we learn that there are many other options. Many of those medicines do have a place, but I wonder if the pharmacy should be our first stop. Why not seek out an alternative if you can? I like the idea of substituting citrus juice during allergy season. We think of Vitamin C in the winter to fight off colds, but that it can fight off sneezing and itchy eyes is something different. Clearly there are benefits to some alternative health solutions. After suffering with migraine headaches for over 20 years, I finally sought out an acupuncturist last year and have had great success and only the occasional headache since. I took many medications over the years. Some of them helped with the headaches and allowed me to function but most of them left me feeling weak and fuzzy headed. I didn’t have the time or the patience to give up that much of my life to deal with the headaches or the aftermath of those chemical solutions. It is such a huge relief to have finally found a natural answer. Many people struggle with headaches and if you are one of them or know someone who is, turn to Headache Remedies on page 16 to learn about some other options to put that pain behind you and find relief.

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he Providence Institute (PI) for Contemplative Study and Natural Health is offering an abundance of programs and services to help connect people with their innate human potential through education in contemplative study and natural health. The Deeksha Oneness Blessing with Suzanne MacDonald is taking place on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-9 p.m. The Deeksha Blessing is a direct transfer of intelligent sacred energy which causes the heart to open, heals relationships, quiets the chatter of the mind, opens the doors to higher states of awareness and initiates a process of Awakening into Oneness where there is no longer a sense of separateness. On the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, the Institute hosts the Providence Laughter Club from 7:30-8:30 p.m. with Rebecca J. Foster and friends. The Club is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious, member-led group whose mission is to explore, nourish and share intentional laughter as a means of cultivating wellness, healing, playfulness and connection in ourselves and our communities. Finally, meditation is offered at three locations, including at PI on Thursdays from 5:30-7 p.m.; Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at Mobley Family Chiropractic in Seekonk, Mass; and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the United Congregational Church in Little Compton; The vision keeper of The Providence Institute is Sarah C. Whitehead, MA, originator of Contemplative Shamanism, which combines Peruvian Shamanism and Buddhism. She holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University, has apprenticed with many indigenous shamans, and is certified in Kripalu Yoga and the Hanna Kroeger Health System.


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or those who may have missed out on yoga due to summer activities, Eyes of the World Yoga in Providence is offering an August special of $12 for all drop-in classes. The discounted classes offer the opportunity to check out the new colors at the studio, practice on the new wood floors and experience the Eyes community. A variety of classes are conveniently offered throughout the day and into the evening. The studio encourages individuals to practice yoga—whether they are newcomers, lapsed practitioners, or just curious about Eyes practitioners. Eyes of the World Yoga Center is located at One Park Row in Providence. For more information, including a schedule of classes, call 401-295-5002, email EyesYoga@ or visit See ad page 35.

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nza’s Hair Studio and Day Spa, a full-service salon and spa with over 20 years of experience, is now offering Hatha yoga services to clients via Satta Jallah, owner of Yoga Selah in Providence. In addition to yoga, the salon is offering a new hair straightening treatment called CHI Enviro that is formaldehyde-free and American made; a Gelish manicure that lasts for 21 days; and new skincare including Bioelements and the Repechage Four Layer Facial. A new Reiki practitioner, Lois Bardsley-Sirois, has also been added to the team. Enza’s offers hair, skin, nail, and wellness services including haircut, color and style; facials; waxing; manicures and pedicures; Reiki; reflexology; and a variety of massage styles. The studio is located at 90 Danielson Pike, in North Scituate. For more information or for a description of services offered, call 401-647-HAIR (4247). See ad page 44.

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m Kids Yoga Center is thrilled to be hosting Shari Vilchez-Blatt, founder and owner of Karma Kids Yoga, who will be offering her Karma Kids Yoga (KKY) Teacher Training Program this Fall at Om Kids Yoga Center. The training will take place October 7–October 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Cost is $795. The teacher training certification will cover the benefits of yoga for children; child-friendly yoga poses, games, themes, stories, breathing and relaxation exercises and visualization techniques; partner and group yoga poses and yoga games for kids and families; creative ways to help build confidence, trust, teamwork, focus, concentration, and a sense of calm to get kids to relax and develop self-control; incorporating props, music, art, stories, and age-appropriate themes into children’s yoga classes, birthday parties, and special events; tools for dealing with restlessness and behavior challenges in a class; developing a yoga class that is fun, safe, effective and engaging for toddlers through teens; and so much more. The 30-hour comprehensive course is physically intense and requires participation at all times (exceptions are made for those that are pregnant or may have injuries). It is required that participants have at least a basic knowledge and understanding of yoga, as well as have their own yoga practice. Om Kids Yoga Center is located in one of Pawtucket’s old mill buildings, Hope Artiste Village, at 999 Main Street, Suite 702. For more information, call 401-3053667 or visit For more information about Karma Kids Yoga, visit See ad page 33.

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elieving that physical fitness and sensory experience sharpen mental skills, spark the imagination, and boost academic achievement, Wendy Nadherny Fachon created Story Walking to nurture a child’s individualism and promote unstructured, creative exploration of the outdoors. As a “Story Walker,” Fachon combines nature walking and storytelling into a positive new approach to weight management, creative and productive thinking, and extra-curricular enrichment. Fachon brings the magic of Story Walking to after school clubs and field trips, scout meetings, summer camps, church youth programs, mom’s groups, daycare centers and birthday parties. The exercise becomes a treasure hunt, with nature providing one clue after another—leading each child deeper into his or her own investigation and the creation of his or her own unique story. Children also learn to use field guides and related online resources. “Bodies were designed to breathe, to move, to sense and to create,” says Fachon. “In the outdoor classroom there are no walls, and the sky is the limit.” For more information, call 401-884-1559 or visit NetwalkRI. com. See ad this page.

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yengar Yoga Source has moved to Conley’s Wharf in Providence. According to owner, Linda DiCarlo, the new space is larger, has ample free parking, and will be suitable to host in house workshops with guest teachers. “It does take time to season a new yoga room,” states DiCarlo. “With dedicated time on the mat we will be able to create the soothing vibration of the Pawtuxet Village studio. All are invited to come, see our new space and take a free class during the first two weeks of each new session.” Linda DiCarlo teaches in the tradition of BKS Iyengar, is certified at the Intermediate Junior 3 level, and is Yoga Alliance registered. She has a master’s degree in exercise science and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a health fitness specialist. She has served on a number of yoga association boards and served as president of the Iyengar National Association of the U.S. from 2006-2008. DiCarlo says she is interested in developing the Rhode Island Iyengar Yoga community and expanding the range of workshops and retreats offered in New England. Iyengar Yoga Source is located at 200 Allens Avenue, Suite 4A in Providence. For more information, email info@LindaDiCarlo. com or visit

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Spring Fever by Mary Leslie Drawing since the day she could hold a crayon, Mary Leslie also spent much of her childhood collecting stray dogs and cats, injured birds and the occasional squirrel. Because her love of all things furred and feathered was matched by her passion to create, she learned to carefully observe and draw the creatures in her care. Leslie studied art at the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Art Institute of Atlanta, going on to paint murals throughout the Southeast. After moving from suburban Atlanta to a small farm in Madison, Georgia, she began focusing on nature and animals. Spring Fever was commissioned by a grandmother who asked Leslie to paint a representation of her five granddaughters. “She told me that they loved to dress up and dance,” says Leslie, whose richly hued oil on canvas captures the sheer exuberance of youth and joyful movement. “It’s my goal in every painting to convey the character and personality of my subjects and pass it on to the viewers, hoping they can catch a glimpse of what I enjoy so much.” View the artist’s portfolio at


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aking an integrative approach to the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and associated vector-borne diseases, Donna Zaken, has opened the Integrative Lyme Center of Rhode Island. “My mission is to help you achieve your optimum health,” says Zaken. “This is facilitated by my extensive ongoing training in the field of Lyme disease, vectorborne diseases, German Biological Medicine, the teachings of Dr. Klinghardt, and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. It is possible to reverse chronic disease.” Individuals suffering from arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, headaches, fibromyalgia, allergies, auto-immune diseases, PMS, chemical toxicity, heartburn, IBS and more can benefit from treatment at the Center. Zaken, RN, MSN, RNP, is an Adult Health Nurse Practitioner and is dually trained in allopathic medicine and integrative medicine. She has been treating Lyme disease since 1997. The Integrative Lyme Center of Rhode Island is located at 35 South Angell Street in Providence. For more information, call 401-585-7877, email LymeDisease@ or visit

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eadaches can happen at any time. They can interfere with work, school, family time or the simple enjoyment of a sunny day, but anyone tired of this vexing health problem is far from alone. According to the Headache Institute that is affiliated with St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, more people complain about headaches than any other medical ailment. Headaches present themselves in a variety of ways. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, for example, describes vascular migraines, tension headaches and cluster headaches. The institute cautions that headaches can serve as warning signals of problems that require professional attention. However, when serious conditions have been ruled out, conscientious preventive treatment can be more helpful than the all-too-common habit of taking multiple doses of aspirin or other tablets. Dr. Roger Morrison, of the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy, further reports that there is good clinical evidence that, for most headaches, taking a single tablet of headache medicine such as aspirin or Tylenol can be just as effective as two or more pills. He also states that such over-the-counter medications may be followed by rebound headaches in a never-ending cycle. So, where can we get swift relief that also can improve our health in the long run?


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Complementary Treatments: University Health Services at the University of California, in Berkeley, recommends acupuncture and manipulative treatments by a qualified chiropractor, osteopath or massage therapist as an alternative. These treatments help to release stress, balance the body’s energy and regulate disturbances in the nervous system, which can all be contributing factors to headaches. Regular Exercise: The National Headache Foundation recommends regular exercise, such as swimming or vigorous walking, preceded by a good warm-up and followed with ample hydration to stave off head pain. A routine of 20 to 40 minutes of aerobic exercise, three or more times a week, helps to both relieve stress and balance internal physiology. Good Posture: Pay attention to any tendency to bend over a computer or desk for long periods. Baxter Bell, a medical doctor from Northern California, recommends using yoga to help correct align-

ment that has gotten out of whack due to inattention to proper posture. He says that regular yoga practice often reduces both the frequency and intensity of migraines. Proper Diet: It’s wise to avoid food additives and to eat meals consisting of whole foods. Eating high-fiber foods and drinking a glass of water every two hours lessens the chance of headache caused by a buildup of toxins in the system. It’s also generally accepted that eating smaller portions throughout the day instead of large meals helps to keep blood sugar steady. Food allergies are a known culprit behind chronic headaches. In one study published in the medical journal, The Lancet, more than 90 percent of patients reported relief from migraine symptoms after eliminating allergenic substances from their diet. The most common offenders are foods with additives or nitrates, red wine, packaged lunch meats, MSG, hard cheeses, chocolate, citrus fruit, tomatoes, eggplant, fried foods

and foods that are aged, fermented, or marinated with vinegar. Natural Supplements: Leading natural health specialists James Balch, a physician, and Mark Stengler, a doctor of naturopathy, agree in recommending two supplements to counter headaches. n Magnesium to lessen migraines and prevent tension headaches, at the rate of 200 milligrams (mg) three times a day. One study of 81 people mentioned in Stengler and Balch’s book, Prescription for Natural Cures, showed that magnesium alone can reduce the frequency of migraines by as much as 41 percent. n Riboflavin to prevent migraines, consuming 400 mg every day for at least three months. A second study in their book reported that at this amount, the number of migraine attacks among the 49 participants decreased by 67 percent, with severity reduced by 68 percent. Applied Homeopathy: Homeopathy can be helpful in treating headaches, especially if individual symptoms are clear (for example, if headaches always occur on the right side at 3 p.m.). Two studies have independently demonstrated homeopathy’s beneficial effects in headache relief, published in the British Homeopathic Journal and Journal of Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis; these provide the basis for Homeopathic Educational Services’ guidance at Individuals may pick the relevant remedy that best matches their symptoms and take a 30C potency (available in most health food stores) dosage four times a day for up to a week. Stop taking the remedy upon improvement, but begin again if symptoms return and consult with a physician. Lauri Grossman, a doctor of chiropractic and certified classical homeopath, practices homeopathy in Manhattan. She also serves as chair of the American Medical College of Homeopathy’s department of humanism, in Phoenix, AZ. Learn more at and

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“You’ll do weight training in the water; you can do core training; you can do water walking and running. If you have balance issues, the water will hold you up, whereas on land, you are dealing with gravity issues and might fall over.” She notes that hand gloves can create more stability and resistance, making a workout even more interesting.

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t’s summertime, and with a cry of, “Last one in’s a rotten egg,” everybody wants to get into the water. Along with the fun, swimming is superb exercise. That’s terrific—if you can swim. But many people never learned to swim, have a limiting disability or are just afraid of deep water.

Aquatic Weight Loss “As with any weight-loss exercise program, doing aquatic fitness activities at least three days a week is extremely beneficial,” Carlson continues. “It is vertical fitness without the impact on the joints you get with any kind of land training.”

In Seattle, m’illumino, a movement arts studio, maintains an outdoor in-ground saltwater pool, heated to 96 degrees, that was custom-built for therapy. Owner Bridget Thompson offers Feldenkrais sessions in the water and a specially adapted form of shiatsu. “Being in the pool is like returning to the womb,” she says. “Sounds are muffled, and it’s almost like sensory deprivation, so you’re really able to sense the inner body.”

Aquatic Fitness Tracy Carlson, director of the New Holland (Pennsylvania) Recreation Center and an Aquatics Exercise Associationcertified aquatic instructor who teaches at indoor and outdoor pools, observes that, “You tend to find an older crowd in their 30s, 40s and up. You don’t find the younger crowd here much, and they are really missing out on the benefits of aquatic fitness.” She explains, “It’s perfect for people who are afraid of the water, because they don’t have to immerse their head or take their feet off the bottom of the pool.”


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At the Lake Beach surf is an ideal aquatic playground if you have access, but for many, the closest approximation is a lake. Carlson says, “I think the reason that you don’t see the same types of shallow water activities in a lake is that people can’t see very far below the surface of the water, and the bottom may be uneven, bumpy or rocky.” She cautions, “A lake with a beachfront where the underwater portion is well maintained lends itself to aquatic fitness, but be careful in your choice of location, because of the bottom and balance issues. I recommend that you always wear properly fitted and comfortable water shoes, even in a pool.”

On the River Many rivers and streams also provide fertile opportunities for a little exercise and therapeutic relaxation. Floating downstream in an inner tube, or “tubing,” on a shallow river can give legs and arms a workout, but as Sherry Green, manager of Ichetucknee Springs State Park, in North Florida, states, “Folks truly enjoy floating down the Ichetuknee; some so much so that they have made it a family tradition. There aren’t many places that offer the visitor a cool river, a comfortable float and wildlife viewing while conversing with friends and family. Daily distractions are removed while floating the river.” When exercising outdoors in a pool or another body of water, remember to stay hydrated by drinking sufficient pure water, too. Keep a reusable water bottle, waterproof sunscreen, towel and appropriate footwear handy. For those that first try non-swimming aquatic activities to overcome inexperience or apprehension, the resulting comfortable familiarity will deliver multiple healthy benefits and may even result in a life-changing payoff: swimming lessons. The Mayo Clinic provides an instructional, non-swimming, water exercise slide show online at 42ucg77. Martin Miron is a freelance writer and editor for Natural Awakenings, in Naples, FL. Contact him at

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e all know that eating an ample amount of fruits and vegetables does the body good, but what about drinking them? Juices extracted from whole fresh produce deliver pure liquid nutrition. Each sip proffers clean bio-available fuel, instant energy and cell-quenching hydration. Juicing is an optimal way to add more fruits and vegetables to any diet, particularly for kids that are finicky about food. Stripped of produce fiber, the clarified juice contains all of the plant’s health-promoting compounds in a form that is extremely easy for the body to digest and absorb. Fresh juice can be assimilated in as little as 15 minutes on an empty stomach—a true fast food. An array of fresh juices provides a con-


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centrated source of a full spectrum of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes needed to fortify, protect and nourish the body. Because fresh juice requires very little energy to digest, it allows the body to direct more of its energy into repairing cells and tissues. More, fresh juices work to “speed the recovery from disease, by supporting the body’s own healing activity and cell regeneration,” advises Dr. Gabriel Cousens, a raw food advocate known for treating diabetes through nutrition. Many health practitioners believe that fresh juice also improves digestion by eliminating toxins, while facilitating nutrient uptake. Dr. Joseph Mercola, of the Natural Health Center, explains: “Most of us have impaired digestion as a result of mak-

At first sight, this juice appears intensely green, but it’s mild and delicious (in a healthy way). Both cleansing and fortifying, this tonic flushes and hydrates the system to grow beautiful skin, hair and an inner glow. Romaine lettuce is mild and juicy; parsley is rich in antioxidant vitamin C, minerals and chlorophyll; cucumber is full of silica for beautiful skin and hair; celery contains an optimum balance of potassium and sodium to promote nutrient uptake in cells; ginger fires up digestion; and lemon is full of vitamin C and electrolytes to hydrate the body. Some prefer tart, green apples for their bright taste and lower sugar content, although any firm, organic apple is welcome. Yields: 2-4 servings 1 head Romaine lettuce 6 stalks celery 1 cucumber ½ bunch parsley 2 organic green apples 1 lemon 1 inch of fresh ginger 1. Wash all of the produce. Separate the Romaine and cut the bottom stem into pieces that will easily fit through the juicer. Cut the cucumber into quarters lengthwise. Cut the apples into sections that will fit through the juicer. There is no need to remove seeds if the produce is organic. 2. Juice all ingredients in a vegetable juicer, alternating for easy processing. 3. Drink while the juice is fresh.

ing less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. Juicing will help to [in essence] pre-digest them for you, so that you will receive most of the nutrition.” The raw state of fresh fruit and vegetable juice means that all of the nutrients, enzymes and compounds remain intact. This includes water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C that are easily destroyed by cooking and processing, and essential enzyme proteins that catalyze digestion and the assimilation of nutrients. Leading health authorities further believe that these enzymes also help boost metabolism for healthy weight management and stable energy levels. Fresh juice is obviously preferred to

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American Heart Association and U.S. Food and Drug Administration have found that ginger can dramatically affect cardiovascular health, helping to prevent atherosclerosis, lower cholesterol levels and inhibit oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, aka bad cholesterol). n Whenever possible, use organically grown produce to prepare juices and prevent chemical residues from ending up in the drink. If organic produce is not available, peel or thoroughly wash produce using a vegetable brush to remove wax coating and reduce chemical residues. n Drink juice that’s as fresh as possible to retain and obtain the peak of nutritional benefits. If you need to store fresh juice, use a narrow-necked glass bottle to reduce its exposure to oxygen, which over time, breaks down delicate, vital nutrients.

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KIDS Natural Alternatives to Common Medications by Lisa Marshall


ant to keep your kids off drugs? The place to start is with your own medicine cabinet. So say a growing number of health practitioners that are viewing the recent proliferation of medications being targeted at kids with alarm and urging parents to turn first to common-sense home remedies or natural alternatives when possible. “We tend to be a nation of pill-takers, who turn to medication whenever we need relief for anything,” says Dana Point, California, pediatrician Robert Sears, co-author of the new book, The Portable Pediatrician. “If we can increase the use of our skills as parents in using time-tested home remedies to help our kids feel better, we can rely less on pills.” Because children metabolize drugs differently than adults do, cases of lingering side effects, like grogginess or hyperactivity, and accidental overdoses are widespread. Poison control facilities nationwide received 30,000 calls regarding pediatric acetaminophen alone in 2009, and roughly 7,000 kids end up in emergency rooms each year due to cough and cold medicine overdoses. Between 2000 and 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received reports of 14 deaths and 74 non-fatal adverse events due to acetaminophen-dosing errors. According to a 2010 report by Orlando, Florida-based Medco Health Solutions Inc., children’s drugs now constitute the fastest growing segment of the pharmaceutical industry, with sales increasing by 10.8 percent in 2009 over 2008, and usage by children rising four times faster than for the general population during the same period.


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One in four children under 10 and one-third of adolescents ages 10 to 19 take at least one prescription medication on an ongoing basis, according to the report. The number of minors taking drugs for respiratory problems is up 42 percent since 2001 and those medicated for the chronic heartburn of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is up 147 percent. Market research firm IMS Health reports that spending on non-prescription pain medication for children spiked from $191 million in 2005 to $250 million in 2010. Despite three years of government warnings about potential dangers, including seizures and death, of giving over-the-counter cold and flu medications to children under age 2, 61 percent of parents do it anyway, according to a recent national poll by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Meanwhile, new ad campaigns marketing drugs for kids continue to proliferate. Publisher Scholastic, Inc. was criticized recently for distributing coupons for the allergy medicine Children’s Claritin in its elementary school newsletter distributed to kids. “I find it very concerning,” says pediatrician Hilary McClafferty, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. “Some drug companies are exploiting parents at a vulnerable time, preying upon their feeling that they need to do something to make their child feel better immediately.” Why shouldn’t a worried, sleep-deprived mom or dad reach for a quick fix to placate a miserable little one in the

middle of the night? At times, medications are warranted, says McClafferty, particularly in the case of strep throat, which can lead to serious health problems when left unchecked. But routinely medicating away symptoms can interfere with the body’s natural protective mechanisms, McClafferty says. For instance, cough medicine can inhibit the body’s natural effort to clear mucous from the lungs, prolonging congestion; also, suppressing mild fevers with drugs can sabotage the body’s own defense against infection. “Even the conventional medical world has begun to focus on this. They are realizing many of these drugs are not very effective and they can cause toxicity in young patients,” says Matthew Baral, a doctor of naturopathy and president of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. For example, according to a 2011 review in the online journal of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, antihistamines can lead to sedation, constipation, drying of the mucous membranes and at higher doses, hallucinations in kids. Decongestants can increase heart rate and lead to “rebound congestion,” or a worsening of symptoms after a child stops taking the drugs. Proton-pump inhibitors, approved in 2008 for GERD in babies as young as 12 months, have been shown to boost levels of harmful intestinal bacteria and may increase fracture risk later in life, according to a study recently published in Annals of Family Medicine. In 2008, the FDA advised that cough and cold medicine should not be used for children under 2, and called on companies to revise their dosage instructions to indicate this more clearly. In March, 2011, it went so far as to pull hundreds of prescription cold medications off the market, with FDA spokesperson Deborah M. Autor telling The New York Times that, “We don’t know what’s in them, whether they work properly or how they are made.” While McClafferty is pleased with the FDA’s recent actions, she remains leery, saying, “I approach all over-thecounter medications for children with great caution and rarely recommend their use.”

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Bug Bites For quick relief, grate a potato or some leaves of plantain to create a poultice and place it on the spot of the bite. “It will draw off some of the itching and swelling,” says Baral. Don’t forget two of the lowest-tech and natural remedies, mud and ice.

Fever “It’s important to know that most fevers don’t need to be treated unless they are really bothering the child,” advises Sears. “Fever helps the body to fight off infection and may keep the child subdued so she can rest and recover.” He recommends tepid baths, cold cloths on the forehead, and calling the doctor if a fever persists for three days or if it rises above 103 degrees. Herbalist Brigitte Mars, author of The Country Almanac of Home Remedies, suggests diaphoretic herbs like peppermint, ginger and elderflower, in teas, which prompt perspiration and enable the body to cool down naturally.

Cough and Congestion Apply an herbal vapor rub of menthol and tea tree oil to the bottom of the child’s feet and put their socks back on. The decongesting menthol vapor will help them to breathe and the antimicrobial properties of the tea tree oil will be absorbed through their skin, says Mars. For nasal decongestion, try irrigating the child’s nose with a cleansing neti pot. Sears recommends kid versions of herbal remedies Sinupret and Bronchipret

Diarrhea and Constipation “Probiotics are the most extensively researched remedy we have out there for diarrhea,” says Baral. Studies in the journal

Pediatrics have shown probiotics to shorten bouts of diarrhea in infants and school-age children, and prevent the onset of antibiotic-induced diarrhea in kids. Look for yogurt, powder or capsules containing 10 billion colony-forming units (CFU) of Lactobacillus GG. Sears suggests the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) to quell diarrhea. For constipation, reach for apricots, peaches, pears, plums and vitamin C.

Earache Drop four drops of warm mullein garlic oil into the ear. Sears says the warm oil will calm the inflamed eardrum and the antibiotic in the garlic will get to work on the infection. Olive oil will work in a pinch.

Growing Pains While it’s common for kids between the ages of 3 and 5 or 8 and 12 to complain of dull aches deep in their legs, there is little consensus about what causes them. Mars has found that it helps to supplement their diet with calcium and magnesium supplements in kid-friendly powdered form, or foods that contain these nutrients.

Heartburn Deglycerrhizinated licorice (DGL), slippery elm and aloe all may be able to help soothe inflamed esophageal tissue, says Baral, “But they need to be given under a doctor’s supervision.” Also take a hard look at dietary triggers: Common culprits include dairy, chocolate, tomatoes and mint.

Seasonal Allergies One of the most commonly recommended natural treatments for addressing seasonal allergy symptoms is stinging nettle, believed to modulate the production of the histamine that prompts noses to run and eyes to water and has been shown to be safe in adults. It

comes in tincture, tea and capsule form. Mars also likes Allergena region-specific homeopathic allergy medicines, which deliver traces of local pollen to help the body develop immunity to them. Alternately, substitute citrus juices for milk during allergy season. Vitamin C has been shown to normalize histamine levels, while dairy products can boost mucous production.

Sore Throat Stir one teaspoon of salt into eight ounces of water and gargle. “It is antiseptic and will make the pain go away,” counsels Mars. She also recommends using the infection-fighting herb Isatis root, in tincture or capsule form. McClafferty says to try a spoonful of honey; it has antimicrobial properties and may act as a cough suppressant.

Teething Pain Oil of clove contains a compound called eugenol that serves as a natural pain killer and antibacterial agent. Baral recommends mixing no more than one drop of clove oil with honey and rubbing it on the gums (not recommended for children under 12 months). Or, saturate a clean cloth with calming chamomile tea or wintergreen tea, a natural analgesic, and let the baby chew on it. When children suffer from common ailments, it is natural for parents to wish to soothe their suffering as quickly as possible. Just be aware that, along with the physician and the pharmacist, there is still an important role to play for “Doctor Mom.”

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From barbecues, lawn games and cooling dashes through the garden sprinkler to wondrous encounters with nature, a backyard is a place to grow summer memories enriched by active children, wildlife and family pets. But how can everyone safely play and coexist in the same place? START WITH NON-TOXIC PLANTS. Avoid planting species that are poisonous to pets, including amaryllis, azalea, chrysanthemum, English ivy, oleander, sago palm, tulip bulbs and yew. Several species of lilies, including those commonly sold at Easter, are especially toxic to cats if they ingest the pollen, stem or flowers. DESIGNATE A DOG POTTY SPOT. “A designated potty area is key to a healthy backyard,” says Lisa Peterson,

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PROTECT PETS FROM PREDATORS. Dangers range from poisonous frogs and snakes to birds of prey and coyotes. Six-inch-high wire mesh, dug into the ground at the bottom of a fence, will help keep out problematic reptiles and amphibians. Install a coyote roller bar at the top of the fence to foil potential animal attempts to climb up and over. Consider using canvas “sails” to prevent overhead predators from spotting small, vulnerable pets. Sails also add shade and help protect the whole family against harmful ultraviolet rays. “Evenly space lights to avoid dark spots,” suggests designer Mitch Kalamian, owner of Solena Landscape, in Huntington Beach, California. “It lets you see where your dog is during the beforebedtime outing, as well as making sure no other animals are in the yard.” GUARD AGAINST BOREDOM. Left alone in the yard for hours, a dog becomes as bored as a single kid on a teeter-totter. Barking, jumping fences and digging can lead to problems with neighbors, yard damage or pet injury, so offer him some options and ways to spend time with people. Dogs understand “mine” and “yours,” so give him an area where digging is okay. Use decking wood to create a small, but deep, animal sandbox. Hide treasures like tennis balls (nothing smaller) or eco-friendly squeaky toys for him to find. Set up a tunnel that is fun to run through or hide in; it can also be a cool shady spot to rest. A large pipe made of recycled material works well; cover it with soil and plant groundcover. Kids likewise will love sharing the pit and tunnel with Fido.

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these fun visitors by keeping the bath and feeders full.

Felines, too, enjoy the outdoors, but keeping them from becoming predators or prey requires a bit of planning. Susan Gottlieb, owner of G2 Gallery, who donates all gallery proceeds to environmental causes, replaced the exotic plants in her yard with native species. So her cats can enjoy the garden safely, she built an open-air cat run, composed of rubber-matted wood planks enclosed in a wire mesh tunnel. Ground-level playpens invite games and snoozes. Viewing platforms wind up to the roof for safe sunbathing on cool days and birdwatching without harm to songbirds. The National Wildlife Federation has designated her Beverly Hills garden as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat. “A backyard is not a babysitter,” remarks Cheryl Smith, author of Dog Friendly Gardens, Garden Friendly Dogs. “Find a livable solution. It’s easier than getting rid of the problem.”


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Growing a Good Life from America’s Roots by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist

Small-scale farming—whether it’s called hobby farming, market gardening, part-time truck farming or homesteading —satisfies many Americans’ yearning to work the land for pleasure, as well as profit. These days, you’re just as likely to find a hobby farm in the city or suburbs as on a country lane.


nyone serious about growing a large percentage of their own food, raising animals, tending colonies of bees, nurturing an orchard, generating their own renewable energy onsite or managing a timber stand or pond might be considered a hobby farmer. It’s about living close to the land, caring for it and letting it inspire daily life. It also can contribute to the family’s livelihood through sales of products such as honey, fresh produce, eggs or surplus energy. “Living on our farm allows us to engage with the natural world with its


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seasonal patterns, provides many of our family’s needs in a sustainable way and offers a marvelous foundation for our homeschooling adventures,” enthuses Heidi Hankley, who lives with her husband and two kids in a straw-clay insulated home with a wood-fired masonry heater. Her husband commutes to his environmental engineering job in Madison, Wisconsin, and helps out after hours.

Their seven-acre farm includes a small flock of hens for eggs, three beehives, an organic garden that sends Hankley to the farmers’ market once a week in season, and three acres of tallgrass prairie. “We knew we wouldn’t need to cultivate all of our open land to meet our needs, so instead of leasing it out for more cropping and haying, we decided to restore it to prairie,” she explains. Their set-aside lands earn a per-acre payment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program. “When the farm is a lifestyle, not a way to earn a living, that’s hobby farming,” write Michael and Audrey Levatino in The Joy of Hobby Farming. They operate the 25-acre Ted’s Last Stand Farm and Gardens, outside Gordonsville, Virginia. “It doesn’t mean one isn’t serious about farming,” says Michael. “We have a thriving, diverse farm business ourselves, but we pay most of our personal expenses via outside employment.” On a residential lot in Santa Monica, California, Lewis Perkins nurtures an abundant orchard of avocados, oranges, guavas and pomegranates as a member of the Home Growers Circle for Forage restaurant, in Los Angeles. Each year, he sells more than 600 pounds of fresh citrus and herbs to Forage. He also harvests his own ginger, pecans, macadamia nuts and bay leaves. When not in the orchard, he works as a certified financial planner. “My garden is so satisfying,” says Perkins, who raises more than 30 fruits on his urban farm. “Sometimes I’ll spend an entire day working in my field, which comprises a 50-by-150-foot city lot.”


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When the farm is a lifestyle, not a way to earn a living, that’s hobby farming, With enough pasture, livestock can be raised on small land holdings. Backyards work well for hens, while larger lots or a few acres may support goats, sheep, llamas, horses or a cow, depending on local ordinances. “You can raise goats on a very small acreage, but then need to supplement the pasture with hay and grain,” says Diana Kalscheur Murphy, owner of Dreamfarm, a community supported agriculture (CSA) enterprise in Cross Plains, Wisconsin. “We have 24 milking goats grazing on about three acres of pasture.” She moves the goats to different pastures in alternating years. Murphy’s goat’s milk cheeses have earned awards, paid the bills and led to making many new friends.

The popularity of hobby farming is growing as more people reclaim control over the quality of their food and rediscover the joys of living close to the land. Hobby farming, despite its name, demands hard work and often a commitment to re-skilling oneself. It may be necessary to learn the finer points of growing vegetables, pruning an orchard, canning pickles and birthing livestock. “To avoid trouble with the IRS, the most important thing is to show that you are working towards making a profit over several years,” advises Michael Levatino. Besides registering their business with state and federal agencies, hobby farmers must pay applicable

sales taxes, keep a separate business bank account, and maintain records of business expenses and revenues. For hobby farmers, especially those with animals, there is no time off. In cold climates, winter is a time of processing, planning next year’s gardens or making repairs, while a farm in warmer regions can produce crops or other products year-round. “If everyone’s a part-time farmer, we can collectively go a long way toward living in a more healthy, just and sustainable world,” Levatino observes. “Many people primarily go into hobby farming so that they can make the jump from being a responsible consumer to a responsible producer.” John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, coauthors of Rural Renaissance, ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the award-winning Inn Serendipity farmstay B&B with their son in Browntown, WI. Connect at InnSerendipity. com.

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Monday, August 1

Nia Technique Class – 9:30-10:30am. Movement class to uplifting music. For any fitness level. Includes martial, dance & healing arts. No shoes, bring water. $12, $50/5 class card. The Herb Wyfe, 50 Brown St, Wickford. 295-1140 X. Writing a New Story – 6-9pm. Cathy Pagano brings her Wise Woman Salon to teach us how to bring new energy and vision to your life and our culture. See bio and class info on website. $45. Acorn Cottage, 102 Woodbine Rd, Wakefield. 401-284-0363.

Tuesday, August 2

Spa Night~ No More Stress..... – 6:30-7:30pm. An introduction to Swiss Just Products featured in our Wellness Center. Also learn some stress free techniques. Free. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave., Johnston. 401-490-1732. Majick Class with Nelia Alves – 7-8:30pm. Would you like to live a charmed life? Beginners Majick class – Learn the old ways become a first degree High Priestess. Class is held for 6 months every two weeks. $35/per class. Positive New Beginnngs, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

Yoga Teacher Training Informational Meeting — 7:15-8:15pm. Training beginning the week of September 11th. Friday morning and Wednesday night options available. Free. A New Day Yoga, 2374 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 508-596-2974.

Wednesday, August 3

Level 1 Yoga Class – 9:45-11:15am. Iyengar Yoga for on-going students who know the basics of yoga. Drop ins are welcome. Kathleen Swenson, Certified Iyengar Teacher, is the instructor. $16. Iyengar Yoga Source, Conley’s Wharf, 200 Allens Ave., Suite 4 A, Providence. 401-461-6665. Basic Beginner Yoga — 5:15-6:15pm. 4 week series. A great class for those new to yoga. $44/4 weeks. A New Day Yoga, 2374 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 508-596-2974.

Guided Imagery and Meditation – 7-8:30pm. For relaxation and focus, group meditation meets twice a month on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. August 3rd & 17th. For more information please call Sharon McMahon. $10. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd Suite 3, Wakefield. 401-742-2354.

Thursday, August 4

Level 1 Yoga class – 5:30-7pm. Level 1 yoga class for those who know yoga basics. Drop ins welcome. Linda Di Carlo, Certified Iyengar Instructor, will teach this class. Come see our new studio! $18. Iyengar Yoga Source, Conley’s Wharf, 200 Allens Ave., Suite 4 A, Providence. 401-461-6665. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Energy therapy that directs chi to blockage points by tapping on meridian points on a model thereby releasing blockages and restoring vitality. $10. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 533-2860.

Friday, August 5

St. Theresa Parish Feast – 5-9pm. Annual Parish Feast at Saint Theresa Church will take place August 5th - August 7th. Fun for the Whole Family! Auction August 7th at 2pm. Free. St. Theresa Church, 265 Stafford Rd, Tiverton. 401-624-8746.

Explore the Wisdom of Ayurveda – 6:45-9pm. Learn the nourishing, balancing and energizing principles of Ayurveda. Ayurveda 101 is an introduction to the history. August 6th: The Ayurvedic Lifestyle gives you the tools to utilize Ayurvedic practices in your everyday life. $25, $65/both classes. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

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Waterplace Park Art Festival – 10am-5pm. Festival will feature over 100 Contemporary American Art and Craft artists, strolling entertainment and Free children’s activities!. Free. Festival Fete, Biltmore Park and Skating Rink, Providence. 401-374-3899.

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Search for Spiders – 11am-12:30pm. Introduction to spiders and a short stroll on the wildlife refuge to look for these amazing arachnids and their webs. Wear sunscreen, a hat, and dress to walk in long grass. Call to register. $5/member child, $6/ non member child. Audubon Society, Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Rd, Smithfield. 401-949-5454 X.

Reiki II Certification – 12-4pm. 8/6 & 8/7, 12 – 4 both days req. for certification. Pre-requisite Reiki I. Learn the Reiki symbols, distance healing, scanning & beaming. Julianne – $225. Blissworks Yoga, 228 State St, New London, CT. 401-315-0254.

Sunday, August 7

Healing Power of Gongs – 7:30-9pm. If you have never been to a gong experience and are unsure of what it is like, just go to one. You will become addicted, one of the best mental stress reliefs around. $20/advance, $25/door. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Monday, August 8

Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-8:45pm. Deepen your journey practice and gain insight to your own guidance. Bring a journal, pen and something to lie on. Knowledge of how to journey is required. $10. Katharine Rossi, Mill at Shady Lea, Room 204, North Kingstown. 401-924-0567.

Tuesday, August 9

Everybody Rise & Shine 5 Week Series – 7-8:15am. Tuesday and Thursday mornings begin your day by spending 75 minutes toning your body, increasing your flexibility and releasing your stress. $110/both 5 wks , $60/Tue OR Thur only. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket, RI. 401-421-9876. Lunch Time Reiki Share – 12-1:30pm. Reiki practitioners of all levels welcome to give and receive healing. A time to be supported as you support others. Contact Adriene if attending. $5 donation. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278.

Your Chakras Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. A Special Workshop Designed to Teach You How to Heal Yourself starting with the Heart Chakra. Call to register. $30/advance, $40/door. NL Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Suite 415. 4th Fl, New London, CT. 860-917-0825


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Reiki/ Energy Share – 7-9pm. Information and Energy Sharing Session for all that are interested in energy therapies. All levels and modalities are welcome. Call Debi for more information. $5/donation. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd Suite 3, Wakefield. 401-263-1107.

Thursday, August 11

Tide Pool Trek – 1-3pm. Trek down to the shore and discover the amazing life at the rocky shoreline of Narragansett Bay. Dress appropriately and wear shoes that can get wet. Program is weather dependent. Registration is required. $2/Ages 6+. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope St, Bristol. 401-949-5454. Yoga for Runners -- 7:15-8:30pm. 8 Week Series. Improve strength-stretch-stability by practicing runspecific yoga sequences designed to decrease muscle stiffness while increasing range of motion and preventing injury. $18, $112/8 week series. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket, RI. 401-421-9876.

Friday, August 12

Psychic Fair – 6-10:30pm. Get Guidance and be intuitively guided by card Readings a $1.00/ min – Vendors w/unique items for sale 10% off in store purchase when mentioning this ad. Free. Positive New Beginnngs, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Entering the Zero Stress Zone – 6:30-8:30pm. Join Amrit Desai, one of the last living Indian Guru’s who launched yoga in the US as he sheds light on ancient yoga wisdom and its present day application. $30. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Full Moon Yoga on the Beach – 7:45-8:45pm. Amazing moon rise class lead by Coral Brown. $12. All That Matters, South Kingstown Beach, Matunuck Beach Rd, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126.

Saturday, August 13

Shamanic Drum Healing – 9-11am. Experience the power of the circle and rhythm of the drum to connect with helping spirits to release energy blocks, promote healing, and gain insight. Group format. $35. Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna, Renaissance Barn, 64 Long Highway, Little Compton. 401-924-0567.

Shake Your Soul/Yoga Dance — 9:30-10:30am. Blend of vibrant movements gives an opportunity to express one’s own inner dance. No complicated steps or difficult movements to learn. $15/Preregistration required. A New Day Yoga, 2374 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 508-596-2974. Reiki 2nd Degree Certification – 9:30am-4pm. Prerequisite: Completion of Reiki 1st Degree. Advanced techniques and healing through time/space are included. After this class you will be able to collect a monetary fee. $250/all materials & lunch. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278. Free Event – Learn to Meditate – 10-11am. Imagine reducing your anxiety and stress! Come to this free event and learn how to meditate with Kadampa Teacher Jordan Liepolt. Includes short talk and guided meditation. Free. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277.

Thursday, August 18

Green Drinks – 5-8pm. Environmental Networks monthly gatherings provide an opportunity to talk with people who are personally and/or professionally interested and involved in a variety of environmental, conservation and sustainability issues. Free. Green Drinks, Hot Club, 575 South Water St, Providence. Book Signing – Divinely Touched – 6:30-9pm. Book Signing and discussion. Mary and Dr. Dave DiSano will discuss excerpts from their new book and how spirituality, religion, new age and science all connect. Free. Positive New Beginnngs, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Clearing the Subconscious: Cleansing the Wounds – 7:30-9pm. International Kundalini teacher Guruatma Sing Khalsa in this yoga and chanting class designed to raise the energy to the higher chakras and restore harmony and flow to the physical body. $18. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Tuesday, August 16

Divinely Touched: Transform Your Life – 6:308pm. Book Signing and discussion. Mary and Dr. Dave DiSano will discuss excerpts from their new book and how spirituality, religion, new age and science all connect. Reserve with Grace, space is limited. Free. Healing Hearts, 1542 Main St, West Warwick. 401-615-2423.

Wednesday, August 17

Open House – 5:30am-10pm. Come workout for free & bring a friend! Special classes, demos & fitness assessments. Meet local vendors & sample products. Non-members are welcome. Free. Boston Sports Club, 131 Pitman St, Providence. 401-351-2449. Healing with the Angels – 6:30-8:30pm. Reassuring knowledge that you are being helped by the Angels. Come learn about the Angels of Healing and how they can assist you in your daily lives. $25. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Self Love Workshop – 7-8pm. Intuitive Spiritual Healer Grace Avila; will be your guide in a Meditation of Self Love with the intent to heal self-punishing thoughts and transmute them into Light and Healing. $15. Healing Hearts, 1542 Main St, West Warwick. 401-615-2423.

Friday, August 19

Yoga On The Beach ~ Goddard Park – 6-7pm. Everyone welcome~ come join us for a basic yoga class. Weather permitting. Contact studio to sign up. $5. Serenity Yoga, Goddard Park, 1095 Ives Rd, East Greenwich. 401-615-3433. Divinely Touched: Transform Your Life – 6:308pm. Mary and Dr. Dave DiSano will discuss excerpts from their new book and how spirituality, religion, New age and science all connect. Free. Grateful Heart Bookstore, 17 W Main St, Wickford. 401-294-3981. Traditional Thai Massage Class – 7-9pm. Learn a simple Thai massage routine to share with your partner or friend. Come alone or with a partner. No experience necessary. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. $30, $50/per couple. One Center for Yoga and Wellness, 142A Danielson Pike, Foster. 860-617-1234.

Saturday, August 20

Caratunk Summer Saunters – 9-11:30am. Leisurely hike to discover nesting birds, butterflies, dragonflies, wildflowers and much more. Free. Audubon Society, Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Ave, Seekonk, MA. 401-949-5454.



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Magnified Healing® Master-Teacher – 10am5pm. 2-day workshop held 8/20 & 8/21. MH is a gentle 20-minute daily healing practice designed to help raise your spiritual vibration. Visit our website for more information. $225 (Certificate, Manual, Essence, CD). Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. The Healing Art of Thai Yoga Massage – 3-6pm. Combination of massage techniques, acupressure, yoga and meditation energizes and heals the giver as well as the receiver. Bring a friend or come alone. No prior yoga or massage experience necessary. $35. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Who are Indigos- Healings & Workshop – 6-9pm. 6-7pm Adult Indigo Healings – Heal emotional pain/childhood trauma/issues.7 -9pm Hands on Indigo workshop – Transform/Embrace the best you. $22/each, $44/both. Positive New Beginnngs, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

Sunday, August 21

Yoga-Dance Workshop – 5-7pm. Dynamic, rhythmic & graceful dance form of India with Yoga-dance fusion, peacock dance, basic dance steps, hand gestures & more. $20. Manisha – Yoga, Dance & Holistic center, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket. 401-305-5265.

Monday, August 22

Summer Camp – Yay! – 8:30am-6:30pm. Ages 5-12. Ultimate Summer Camp. Includes Karate, Aikido, Sword & staff, strategic games, arts & crafts. . Healthy snacks and lunch included. $60/ per day, with scholarships available. Main Street Martial Arts, 1282 North Main St, Providence. 401-274-7672. Ancient Wisdom – 6-9pm. Learn about Spiritual Healing as it feeds the soul. Create sacred space in which to work and allow spirit to guide our day. $47. Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

Tuesday, August 23

Reiki Healers Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Reiki Practitioners of all levels are invited to join us in giving & receiving Reiki. We will also use Reiki to send out to Loved ones, difficult situations & the Earth. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Viniyoga for Beginners– 7:15-8:45pm. 8 Week Series Viniyoga class will help you understand the basic relationship between breath and movement and help you feel the yoga from the inside out. $15, $88/8 week series. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket, RI. 401-421-9876. Yoga Teacher Training Informational Meeting — 7:30-8:30pm. Training to start week of September 11th. Friday morning and Wednesday night options available. Free. A New Day Yoga, 2374 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 508-596-2974.


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Wednesday, August 24

Taste Testing Party – 6-8pm. Come to try Tastefully Simple delights. Most products require only two or fewer ingredients to make. Get the party started with great foods to make easily & effortlessly. Free. Positive New Beginnngs, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Divinely Touched: Transform Your Life – 6:308pm. Mary and Dr. Dave DiSano will discuss excerpts from their new book and how spirituality, religion, New age and science all connect. Resereve with Grace, space is limited. Free. Healing Hearts, 1542 Main St, West Warwick. 401-615-2423. Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-8:45pm. Deepen your journey practice and gain insight to your own guidance. Bring a journal, pen and something to lie on. Knowledge of how to journey is required. $10. Katharine Rossi, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Thursday, August 25

Sweet Summer Vinyasa– 5:30-7pm. 8 Week Series. Vinyasa flow series set to uplifting, sunshineinspired music and ending with a relaxing guided meditation. Work up some heat, be ready to Sweat, Smile and Radiate. $15, $88/8 Week Series. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket, RI. 401-421-9876. Yoga and Meditation Hour – 6-7pm. Gentle yoga, the class will end with a guided meditation to find stillness, inner peace and complete relaxation. Everyone is welcome. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Divinely Touched: Transform Your Life – 6:308pm. Mary and Dr. Dave DiSano will discuss excerpts from their new book and how spirituality, religion, New age and science all connect. Free. The Good Witch Shoppe, 1046 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-864-3750. Messages from the Divine w/ Gladys – 6:308:30pm. Gallery-style event full of channeled messages for you & the group. Come experience the power of Divine Guidance as you sit in the energy of the Archangels. $25/RSVP. Tranquility Day Spa and Wellness Center, 9 George St, North Providence. 401-233-4544. Angel Workshop – 7-9pm. Learn how to experience and enjoy your guardian angels ~ Meditations and angel cards will also be used in this interactive, engaging workshop. $20. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave., Johnston. 401-490-1732.

Friday, August 26

Spiritual Healer at Acorn Cottage – 10am-5pm. For 27 years this humble man has done this healing work at Mother Mary’s request. Minimum of 45 min. sessions. Full Bio on website. Call today. $150. Acorn Cottage, 102 Woodbine Rd, Wakefield. 401-284-0363.

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Saturday, August 27

Wading into Wetlands – 10am-12pm. Kids exploration will include active sampling of a fresh water habitat to learn about the role water plays in all of our lives. Dress appropriately and wear clothes that can get dirty. Program is weather dependent. Registration is required. $2/Ages 6+. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope St, Bristol. 401-949-5454.

Retreat Day – The Path of Kriya Yoga – 10:30am2pm. Retreat on The Path of Kriya Yoga, teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Learn about the ‘airplane’ route to God. Meditation, Chanting, Talks, Potluck Vegetarian Lunch. RSVP. $25+piece of fruit. Ananda Wakefield, E. Matunuck Beach Area, Wakefield. 401-308-8745.

Sunday, August 28

Yoga Power 4 Abs –Flatten & Strengthen – 5-7pm. Yoga, Meditation, postures & more to build your abdominal core strength, and to reduce extra fat. No prior Yoga experience needed. Call ahead. $20. Manisha – Yoga, Dance & Holistic center, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket. 401-305-5265.

Monday, August 29

Yogic Breathing for Stress Reduction – 9-10:15am. Harness the breath – it’s easy, portable & free! You are always breathing – so use the breath as a tool to raise & lower energy levels, reduce stress, & lift your mood. $14. Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick.

Wednesday, August 31

Open House – 7am-8pm. Come workout for free & bring a friend! Special classes, demos & fitness assessments. Meet local vendors & sample products. Non-members are welcome. Free. Boston Sports Club, 131 Pitman St, Providence. 401-351-2449. Therapeutic Art Making – 6-8pm. When words are not’s in the art. Come relax and explore the healing benefits of therapeutic art making. You do not need to be an artist to participate. w/ Nicole Lombardo, MAAT. $50. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Wellness Talk – 6:30-7:30pm. Join for a talk to learn about chiropractic, proper nutrition and what we do at our office to help you achieve great health. Complimentary food and drinks. RSVP by 08/24. Free. Cumberland Family Chiropractic LLC. 401-334-0535.

Saturday, September 3

East Bay Pug Meet-Up Group - 2-3pm. Pug Meetups are a great opportunity for pugs & pug parents to interact & socialize. $5. Alexandra Morgan’s Animal School, 84 Cutler St, Unit #7, Warren. 401-434-3687.

Sunday, September 18

Fundamentals of Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers and Practioners – 10am-6pm. 8 Sunday Classes. For yoga instructors who want to bring the healing wisdom of Ayurveda into their lives as well as the lives of their students. Includes handbook written by the instructor. $640/before 8/15, $680/after. Lotus Fire Yoga, 650 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-323-4638.


Farmers’ Markets information compiled from



Johnston Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. July 18 October 24. Memorial Park, 1583 Hartford Avenue.

Westerly/Pawcatuck Farmer’s Market – 10am2pm. June 16 – Oct 20. Just past The Bridge Reastuarant, 85 Main Street, Westerly. 315-2610.

Providence/Hope Street Farmers’ Market – 9am12: 30pm. June 4 – October 29. Lippitt Park, Hope Street and Blackstone Blvd. 932-9007.

Providence / Capital Hill Farmers’ Market – 11am-2pm. July 21 – Sept 22. RI Statehouse lawn at Gaspee St & Francis St, Providence. 222-2781 x. 4517

Coastal Growers Farmers’ Market – 9am-12pm. May 14 – Oct 29. Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown. 295-1030.

Whole Foods - University Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm. May 2 – October 24. 601 North Main St, Providence. 621-5990. East Greenwich Framers’ Market – 3-6pm. June 20 - October 24. Church Street and Rector Street.

Tuesday Blackstone River State Park Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. July 19 to October 25. Visitor Center Route 295 North in Lincoln 222-2781 Marina Park Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. May 4– October 26. Marina Park, South County Hospital exit off Rt. 1. 2 Salt Pond Rd Wakefield. 789-1388. Barrington Farmer’s Market – 3-6pm. June 14 – Oct 25. Ace Hardware, 156 Country Road. 635-4274. Whole Foods - Garden City Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm. June 7 – October 25. 151 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston. 621-5990.

North Kingstown Farmer’s Market – 1-5pm. July 14 – Oct 27. Smith Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, 295-0912. Middletown/Aquidneck Grange Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. June 2-Oct 27. Aquidneck Grange 499 East Main Road Middletown. 847-2202. Friends Meeting House Farmer’s Market – 3-6pm. June 16 – Oct 27. Friends Meeting house at Olney Street and Morris Ave in Providence. 635-4274. Armory Farmer’s Market – 4-7pm. June 2 – October 27. Cranston Armory. Parade St and Hudson St in Providence.

Barrington Farmer’s Market – 9am-noon. June 4 – Oct 29. Barrington Congregational Church, 461 County Rd. 529-9501. West Warwick Farmer’s Market – 9am-noon. June 11 – Oct 15. Cowesett Plaza, 289 Cowesett Ave. 487-4848. Scituate Farmers’ Market – 9am-12pm. May 21 – October 1. Village Green, Scituate Art Festival Grounds, West Greenville Rd And Silk Lane, North Scituate. 647-5547. Pawtuxet Village Farmers’ Market – 9am-12pm. May 7 to November 19. Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Parking Lot 60 Rhodes Pl, Cranston. 461-2618.


Burrillville Farmers’ Market – 9am12:30pm. May 21 – October 15. Levy School 135 Harrisville Main St, Harrisville. 568-6821.

Charlestown Farmer’s Market – 4-7pm. June 17 – Sept 9. Cross Mills Public Library, 4417 Old Post Rd. 364-9124 x.23.

Charlestown Farmer’s Market – 9am-noon. June 17 – Sept 9. Cross Mills Public Library, 4417 Old Post Rd, Charlestown. 364-9124 x.23.

Providence/Broad St Farmers’ Market – 9am – 1pm. July 9 – October 29. Algonquin House 807 Broad St Providence 312-4250.

Woonsocket Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. July 5 – October 25. Thundermist Health Center 450 Clinton Street, Woonsocket. 312-4250.

Goddard State Park Farmers’ Market – 9am1pm. May 6 – Oct 28. Goddard State Park 345 Ives Rd, Warwick. 222-2781.

Sakonnet Growers’ Market – 9am – 1pm. June 18 – October 1. Rte 77 And East Rd Tiverton.

Wednesday Aquidneck Growers Farmer’s Market – 2-6pm. June 8 – Oct 26. Along the shaded walk, Memorial Blvd and Chapel Street, Newport. 932-9007. Haines State Park Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. May 4 - October 26. Haines Memorial State Park, Haines Park Road, Barrington. 222-2781. Hartford Avenue Farmer’s Market – 3-6pm. July 6 - Oct 26. Perry Middle School, 370 Hartford Ave in Providence. Exeter Farmer’s Market – 3:30-6pm. July 20 – Oct 5. Exeter Public Library, 773 Ten Rod Road. 294-4109. Lippitt Park Farmer’s Market – 3:30-6:30. June 4 – Oct 29. Lippitt Park, Hope St and Blackstone Blvd. 932-9007.

Pastore Complex Farmers’ Market – 10am2:30pm. July 22 – Sept 23. RI Department of Labor and Training, 1511 Pontiac Ave, Cranston 222-2781 x.4517. Providence/Downtown Farmers’ Market– 11am2pm. June 3 – October 28. Kennedy Plaza at Fulton St. and Exchange Terrace, Providence. Colt State Park Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. May 6 – Oct 28. Colt State Park. Hope St and Asylum Rd, Bristol. 222-2781. North Providence Farmer’s Market – 3:306:30pm. June 3 – Oct 21. Governor John Notte Memorial Park, Rte 7 at Wenscott Lane, North Providence.

Saturday South Kingstown / URI Farmers’ Market – 8:30am – 12:30pm. May 7-October 29. URI East Farm, 2095 Kingstown Road, South Kingstown. 789-1388.

Richmond Farmers’ Market – 9am-12:30pm. May 14 – October 29. Richmond Town Hall, Route 138 at Route 12, Richmond. Aquidneck Growers’ Farmers’ Market – 9-1pm – June 4-Oct 29. Newport Vineyards and Winery 909 East Main Road, Middletown. 932-9007.

Sunday Fishermen’s Memorial State Park Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. May 1 – October 30. Fishermen’s Memorial State Park, 1011 Point Judith Road, Narragansett. 222-2781. Elmhurst Farmers Market – 11-2pm. June 12 – Oct 30. Fargnoli Park, 925 Smith St, Providence. Pawtucket Farmers Market – 12-3pm. July 10 – October 30. Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket. 312-4250.

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Yoga at SeaView Terrace – 8am-9pm. SeaView Terrace also known as Carey Mansion is a sprawling French Renaissance château located in Newport on the Cliff Walk. Held rain or shine as there is an inside space. $15, or use your Innerlight Account. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 207 Ruggles Ave., Newport. 401-849-3200. Hot Power Yoga – 8:30-10am. Rigorous, empowering flow. Challenge your body, free your mind and detoxify! Room is heated to 90-95 degrees. $14. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300. Sunday Celebration Service – 9:15-10:30am. Concordia where hearts come together as one. Free. Concordia, Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 732-1552. Sunday Meditations – 10-11am. Relaxing morning class which includes a short talk & guided meditation on how to apply Buddhist teachings in our modern lives with Kadampa teacher Angela Stewart. $8. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. Shambhala Mindfulness Meditation – 10am-12pm. Open community practice of basic mindfulness meditation, with chants (participation optional) Instruction offered at 10:00 am. Free. Providence Shambhala Meditation Center, 541 Pawtucket Ave., 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-305-0762. Ananda Sunday Satsang – 10am-12pm. Spiritual fellowship through meditation, chanting, talks, veggie potluck lunch. Saturday Workshops. Yogananda’s teachings. Kriya Yoga. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Hatha Yoga – 10:30am-12pm. Develop balance, strength and flexibility and awaken your body awareness. All levels. $14, $9/with package. RI Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Behind Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Sunday Service – 10:30am-12pm. Join us as we continue our Summer World Religion Series. This month we will study: Native American, 7th Day Adventists, Wiccan and Oneness traditions. Love offering basis. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708. Urban Bhakti Groove – 3-4:30pm. Up-beat vinyasa flow class with meditative chanting and deep relaxation. $15, $5 to a city based charity. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600. Magnified Healing® Circle – 7-8:30pm. 1st Sunday. Energy circle for self and healing of Earth. Magnified Healing Practitioners only. Call for more info. Donation. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-263-1107.


Early Morning Ashtanga Mix Yoga – 6:157:15am. Wake up, get dressed, brush your teeth, splash some water on your face and come practice yoga. Heated room ready for you. Protein bars & shakes for nourishment to go. Showers on site. $12. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-632-0878.


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Pilates Flex, Stretch and Tone – 9-10am. All levels, full body movement class for flexibility, muscle tone and balance. $15. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St., East Greenwich. The Healing Breath – 1-1:30pm. 3 Part begnners series on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Mondays. (you are welcome to join anytime). Practice breathing techniques to awaken the natural healing power of the body. Free. Mobley Family Chiropractic, Briarwood Plaza, 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-0408. Kundalini Yoga for All Levels and Ages – 4-5:15pm. Bend of postures, pranayam, mantra, music, meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. $10. Hamilton House, 276 Angell St, Providence. DeviDyalKK@ 401-722-3230. Kung Fu for Kids, Teens, and Adults – 4:455:45pm. 12 week Kung Fu Courses for all ages starting at 3 with Kindergarten Kung Fu. Daytime, afternoon, and evening classes available. Call for more info, or visit our website. $180 – $210. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave., East Providence. 435-6502. Anusara Yoga with Sara Davidson – 5-6:30pm. Heart-oriented, spiritually inspiring using Universal Principles of Alignment. $10, $99/11, $45/5. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600. Environment Council of RI Meeting – 5:307:30pm. 1st Monday. Check website for schedule changes. Free. Environment Council of RI, The Department of Administration Bldg, Conference Room B, One Capitol Hill, Providence. Aikido for Juniors – 6-7pm. Ages 7-12 Focus on balance, rolling techniques, practical escape techniques, Japanese Reiho incorporated for respect development. $60/Monthly. Kyoshi: George Kasper, 118 Littlefield St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2250. MartialArtsComplex.Com. Belly Dancing with Mahdia – 6-7:15pm. Get in shape and explore the Middle Eastern style-Raks Sharqi. $13, $60/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Learn Ho’ Oponopono – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn/ practice the ancient Hawaiian art of Ho’oponopono. Release cleanse & heal in four easy steps. Bring peace within, without and among nature. $20/Call to Register. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. Vinyasa Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. Connecting the breath & movement while strengthening the core. More challenging poses and deepen your practice. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Vinyasa – 6:30-7:45pm. Refine your yoga practice! Play with challenging and invigorating asana sequences for a deepened experience & understanding while adding to your “feel good” toolbox. $13, Class Cards & Monthly’s availalbe. Body Magic, 580 Wood Street, Bristol.

Women’s Spirituality/Intention Group – 7-9pm. 2nd Monday. Dynamic group to share intentions and dreams. Open to all seeking a deeper connection. $15. Pat Hastings, Providence. 401-521-6783.

Deeksha Oneness Blessing – 7-9pm. 2nd and 4th Monday. Open the heart, heal relationships, quiet the chatter of the mind, and initiate a process of Awakening into Oneness where there is no longer a sense of separateness. Donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Providence. 401-270-5443.


30 Minute Training Express – 8-8:30am. A bit of everything, free weights, cardio drills, machines, boxing & more in 30 minutes!. $5/call to register. B.I.A. Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Yoga at Independence Park – 9-10:15am. Outdoor yoga class for all levels at Independence Park. Come with your yoga mat or large towel & take advantage of the beauty Bristol offers. $8/cash or check. Body Magic, 580 Wood Street, Bristol.

Nia Technique Class – 10:30-11:30am. Great music, easy routines, lots of Joy & a great workout. No shoes, bring water. 401-596-2894 x112. YMCA (call). Wendy Rappaport, 95 High St, Westerly. Nia Class – 10:30-11:30am. Dance movement combined with martial arts class to music. $4/members, $8/nonmembers. Smithfield Community Center, One Williams J. Hawkins Jr. Trail, Smithfield. 401-487-6977. T’ai Chi – 12:30-1:30pm. Beginners classes in T’ai Chi, Short Form. Donations accepted. Dr. Michael Gottfried, 1272 West Main Rd., Middletown. 401-849-7011.

PeaceLove Open Studio Sessions – 12:30-2:30pm. Open Studio Sessions, Tuesdays 12:30-2:00,Wednesday 2:00-3:30, Thursday 12:30-2:00, Friday 10:3012:00pm. Use of Studio and Materials. Create Peace of Mind. $8,$25/5 visit studio card. PeaceLove Studios, 200 Main St Unit 3, Pawtucket. 475-9778. Intrinsic Strengthening – 1-1:30pm. Learn intrinsic stabilization and strengthening exercises to support your spine, reduce injuries and decrease pain. Free. Mobley Family Chiropractic, Briarwood Plaza, 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-0408.

Svaroopa Yoga – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing. Focus is on releasing the muscles along the spinal column. Pre-registration is necessary. $17, $112/8. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. Yoga for Everybody – 5-6:15pm. Less than 8 students per class. Clear instruction. Heal injuries, shapeup, get strong. Call for more info. $25/3 new student special. Yoga With Lora, 1665 Hartford Ave, 2nd Floor, Johnston. 401-829-9148.

Vinyasa Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Detoxify and strengthen your body while uplifting your heart and spirit. $45/6, new student special. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642.

T’ai Chi – 5:30-6:30pm. Beginners classes in T’ai Chi, Short Form. Donations accepted. Dr. Michael Gottfried, 1272 West Main Rd., Middletown. 401-849-7011. Ananda Yoga-Joy is Within You – 5:30-7pm. Enjoy blissful Yoga integrating body’s subtle energies for physical and spiritual wellbeing-gentle postures, beautiful affirmations, meditation and breathing. $10. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Hatha Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. Mixed levels, beginners welcome. Ask about new student specials. $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Ultimate Frisbee – 6-7pm. All ages and experience levels. Free. Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, Riverside Mills Park, 50 Aleppo St, Providence. 401-861-9046. Yoga in Ballard Park – 6-7:30pm. The setting is magical, students place their mats on the grass in a clearing, their gazes travel up a rock face to find the passing clouds, enjoy the music of the birds. $10/ Cash or check at the Park Only. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, corner of Hazzard & Wickham Rds., Newport. 401-849-3200. All Level Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Combination class: Deep, yet gentle stretching (Yin Yoga) with a moderately-paced Vinyasa flow. Open to Beginners. $14, $96/8. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, @The Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Zumba – 6:30-7:30pm. Latin inspired dance workout. Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Calypso, and more! Love to live, live to party with zumba!. $10. BIA Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. RI Sierra Club Monthly Meeting – 7-8pm. 2nd Tuesday. Get involved with grassroots conservation activities. Free. Sierra Club, 17 Gordon Ave, Suite 208, Providence. 401-855-2103. RhodeIsland. Yoga for Everybody – 7-8:30pm. No worries about your size or shape or level of fitness. $45/6, new student special. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 7-9pm. Learn how to bring miracles into one’s life. Drop-in. $5. It’s My Health, 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-405-0819. Providence Laughter Club – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Explore, nourish and share intentional laughter as a means of cultivation wellness, healing, playfulness and connection in ourselves and our communities. Free/Donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Providence. 401-270-5443.


Early Morning Ashtanga Mix Yoga – 6:157:15am. See Monday at 6:15am for details. $12. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Floor, Cranston. 401-632-0878. Morning Prana – 6:15-7:30am. Ignite your day and leave this busy class feeling vital and complete. $15. Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston. 401-463-3335.

Sunrise Yoga – 7-8am. Great way to start your day, whether you are a beginner or advanced. $12, packages available. Simplify Yoga, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-419-1298. Meditation Support and Sitting Group – 8:309:15am. All levels are welcome to drop-in. All proceeds go to End Child Prostitution and TraffikingUSA. $7/Donation. Focus Yoga, Ann Porto, PsyD, 63 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich.

Somatic Meditation – 1-2:15pm. Guided meditation experiences and training with Sarah Whitehead from the Providence Institute. Be amazed at her gentle connection and guidance in meditation. Bring a blanket/pillow or Zafu/Zabutan if you have one. $10/Suggested donation. Mobley Family Chiropractic, Briarwood Plaza, 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-0408. Power Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Rigorous 60 minute fun flow. Come challenge your body, free your mind and detoxify! $14. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300. YogaOneInc.Com.

Whole Foods Waterman St Neighborhood Night – 4:30-6:30pm. Taste something special from every department, new theme every week. Free. Whole Foods, 261 Waterman St, Providence. 401-272-1690.

Westerly Arts Night – 5-8pm. 1st Wednesday. Downtown galleries and studios open in unison to exhibit new works. Free. Artists Cooperative Gallery, 12 High St, Westerly. 401-596-2221. Yoga for Kids – 5:30-6pm. All experience levels welcome. Free. Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, Riverside Mills Park, 50 Aleppo St, Providence. 401-861-9046.

Meditation Group – 5:30-7pm. Manage stress, awaken intuition & connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization & sound. $20/Call to Register. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. Vegetarian Dinner | Zen Meditation – 5:308:30pm. 5:30pm Public dinner 6:15pm Meditation instruction class 6:30pm Special Chanting 7:00pm Regular Chanting 7:30pm Sitting and walking medi-

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Kundalini Yoga for All Levels and Ages – 5:457pm. See Monday at 4pm for details. $10. Hamilton House, 276 Angell St, Providence. DeviDyalKK@ 401-722-3230.

Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. Mind-body awareness, posture and alignment and breathing techniques. Beginners welcome. $12, $60/6 weeks. West Shore Wellness, 1648 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-7349355. PhysicalFusion Barre Tuff Class – 6-7pm. Create a lean body with light weights, ballet barre. Also 8:30am Sat. PhysicalFusion Lite (less tuff) 9:45am Th & 9:45am Sat. $15. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St., 2nd Fl, East Greenwich.

Aikido for Juniors – 6-7pm. See Monday at 6pm for details. $60/Monthly. Kyoshi: George Kasper, 118 Littlefield St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2250.

Svaroopa Yoga – 6-7:30pm. See Tuesday at 4 for details. $17, $112/8. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. Shambhala Mindfulness Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Open community practice of basic mindfulness meditation, with chants (participation optional). Free. Providence Shambhala Meditation Center, 541 Pawtucket Ave., 2nd Floor, Pawtucket. 401305-0762. Yoga for Adults – 6:15-7:30pm. All experience levels welcome. Free. Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, Riverside Mills Park, 50 Aleppo St, Providence. 401-861-9046.

Meditation Group – 6:30-8pm. 1st and 3rd Wednesday. Guided mediation with positive affirmations. $5/Donation. Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Empowered Living Circle – 6:30-8pm. 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. Includes one or more of the following experimental exercises: Chanting, singing, drumming, meditation, guided meditation, dancing, creative movement and much more. Free. Serenity Holistics, 1635 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-7327772.

Barre – 6:30-8pm. Improve your strength, flexibility and coordination. Conditioning class uses ballet and modern dance techniques to refine posture and enhance spatial awareness. $13, Class Cards & Monthly’s available. Body Magic, 580 Wood St, Bristol.

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Meditation Service – 7-8pm. Affirmative message and guided meditation, join us for a mid-week spiritual lift. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Tai Chi Saber & Weapons Review – 8:15-9:15pm. 20 week course with Master Wu, Wen-Ching, utilizing Yin-Yang and Five Element theories to establish training principles. $350. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 435-6502.




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Zumbalates – 9-10:15am. New fitness class fusing cardio dance moves with mat pilates. Move to energetic beats taking time to warm up, get blood pumping, work abs, stretch and cool. $13,Class Cards & Monthly’s available. Body Magic, 580 Wood St, Bristol. Mixed Level Yoga – 9:30-11am. Flowing movements and deeper holds. First Class Free. One Yoga Studio, 142A Danielson Pike, 2nd Fl, Foster. 401-578-4162. Vinyasa Flow – 9:30-11am. All levels. Focusing on linking alignment and breath creating meditative flow. Stretch, strengthen and center inviting energy, grace and ease. Small classes, individual attention,. $17, $128/8. Rivers of Light Studio, 410 Neck Rd, Tiverton. 401-816-0024. Svaroopa Yoga – 9:45-11:15am. See Tuesday at 4pm for details. $17, $112/8. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. Barre and Ball Class – 10-11am. Ballet barre (30 min) and Pilates on stability ball (30 min) moves to lengthen and tone muscles. $14, $9/with package. RI Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Tai Chi – 10:45-11:45am. Experience the physical and spiritual benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong. No experience necessary, wear comfortable clothing. $5/Suggested donation. Mobley Family Chiropractic, Briarwood Plaza, 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-0408. Open Forum – Thursdays 1-2pm. See Calendar of Events and/or our website for more information. Free. Mobley Family Chiropractic, Briarwood Plaza, 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-0408.

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Beginner Iyengar yoga – 5:30-7pm. Strengthen and stretch with focus on alignment. $5 off first class. $16, $14/student. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. Deepening Somatic Consciousness – 5:30-7pm. Guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the energy around us. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Providence. 401-270-5443. Ananda Yoga & Meditation – 5:30-7pm. Enjoy blissful yoga with Kyle integrating body’s subtle energies for physical & spiritual well-being. All levels welcome! Meditation after class on 1st and 3rd Thursdays. $10. Ananda Wakefield, E. Matunuck Beach Area, Wakefield. 401-789-1288. Soul Chill – 6-7:15pm. Move like a gentle wave, opening with restorative centering, warm-ups, moving into fluid posture and soulful movement. $13. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839. Vinyasa Yoga – 6-7:45pm. See Tuesday at 5 for details. $45/6 classes, new student special. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. Bike Rides – 6-8pm. Leave from the bike path at Hillside Ave in Johnston, to the Providence Place mall and back. Free. Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, Hillside Ave bike path, Johnston. 401-861-9046. Zumba Toning – 6:15-7:15pm. Join the party with a latin inspired dance workout! Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, and more. Zumba toning sticks are used with this class. $10 call to register. B.I.A. Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Meditation and Mystical Ancient Sound Bath – 7-8pm. Come and be bathed in ancient healing sound frequencies. You will experience an amazing peace within. $10. Healing Hearts, 1542 Main St, West Warwick. 401-615-2423. Hatha Yoga – 7-8:15pm. See Tuesday at 5:45pm for details. $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Gentle Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Gentle and peaceful practice. Special focus on using the breath to relax the body and mind. Mediation and Reiki. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.


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Amrit Yoga Posture Clinic – 7-8:30pm. 1st Thursday. Focus on specific details and alignment in the Amrit Yoga method. All levels. Included in membership, $15/non-member. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 780-9089.


Morning Prana – 6:15-7:30am. Ignite your day and leave this busy class feeling vital and complete. $15. Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston. 401-463-3335.

Sunrise Yoga – 7-8am. Great way to start your day whether you are a beginner or advanced. $12, packages available. Simplify Yoga, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-419-1298. 30 Minute Training Express – 8-8:30am. See Tuesday at 8am for details. $5/call to register. B.I.A. Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Zumba Toning – 9-10am. See Thursday at 6:15pm for details. $10/call to register. B.I.A. Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Walking Group – 10:45-11:45am. Walk the path with a group for about an hour!. Free. Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, The Red Shed, 50 Aleppo St, Providence. 401-861-9046. Zumba Gold – 1-2pm. Zumba, but slower. Great for the beginner, the injured, or the out-ofshape! Even good for those who know and love Zumba, but just want to learn the moves better. $5. Mobley Family Chiropractic, Briarwood Plaza, 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-0408. Kundalini Happy Hour – 5:45-7pm. Opening with 15 minutes of silent stretch and relax, at 6 pm an energizing Kundalini practice is begun, and then concluded with relaxation and chanting. $15,SYS member. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Women’s Spirituality/Intention Group – 7-9pm. 2nd Friday. See Monday at 7pm for details. $15. Pat Hastings, Providence. 401-521-6783.


Yoga on the Beach – 8:30-9:30am. Join us for yoga on the beach, in front of the Pavillion on First Beach to awaken body, mind and spirit amidst sea, sky and sand. $12. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, Easton’s Beach, Memorial Blvd., Newport. 401-849-3200.

Level 2 Yoga Class – 8:30-10am. For those who practice yoga and feel confident in inversions, forward extensions, and back extensions. Start the weekend off by finely tuning your body, breath & mind. $18. Iyengar Yoga Source, Conley’s Wharf, 200 Allens Ave., Suite 4 A, Providence. 401-461-6665. Yoga in the Park – 8:45-10am. Moderate Vinyasa will warm you up for the day. $15, please bring exact change. Breathing Time Yoga, Lippit Park, Corner of Blackstone Blvd and Hope St, Providence. 401-421-9876.

Yoga at SeaView Terrace – 9-10am. See Sunday at 8am for details. $15 or use your Innerlight Account. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 207 Ruggles Ave., Newport. 401-849-3200. Richmond Farmers Market – 9am-12:30pm. Local produce, meat, poultry, eggs, fruits, cheese, baked goods, fruit smoothies, and much more. Free. Richmond Farmers Market, 5 Richmond Townhouse Road, Richmond.

Pilates For Kids – 9:30-10am. Aimed to give children a foundation for a lifetime of health and well-being. Open to children ages 5-11. Drop-ins Welcome. $8,$120/20. RI Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy., Rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Mixed levels, beginners welcome. New student specials. $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310.

All Level Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Blend of posture flows to music and deep floor work to tone, strengthen, release tension & energize. $14, $96/8. TheYogaStudio of Blackstone RiverValley, @The Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Free Tour of Alternative Food Co-op – 10-11am. Eat organic, whole foods and conserve natural resources. Cooking demo. Free. Alternative Food Co-op, 357 Main St, Wakefield. 401-789-2240.

Nia Class – 10-11am. See Tuesday at 10:30am for details. $3/members, $6/non members. Johnston Community Center, 1291 Hartford Ave, Johnston. 401-487-6977. Chair Yoga – 10-11am. Gentle poses are modified with guidance. Chair is used for support and help with balance. Enjoy a guided meditation & Reiki. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

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Vinyasa Yoga Mixed Level Class – 10-11:30am. Focusing on linking alignment and breath creating meditative flow. Stretch, strengthen and center inviting energy, grace and ease. Small classes, individual attention given. $17, $112/8. Rivers of Light Studio, 410 Neck Rd, Tiverton. 401-816-0024. Level 1 Yoga Class – 10:15-11:45am. For those who know yoga basics, this ongoing yoga class will keep your poses aligned and stable. Come, see our new studio and start the weekend refreshed and renewed. $18. Iyengar Yoga Source, Conley’s Wharf, 200 Allens Ave., Suite 4 A, Providence. 401-461-6665. Pre-natal Yoga – 10:45am-12pm. Explore changes and prepare for childbirth in a supportive atmosphere. $16, $104/8. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. Beginner Amrit Yoga – 10:45am-12:15pm. Learn to focus awareness, quiet the mind, step into the sensations of being in your body, & experience the Self within. Also offered 7:30 pm Tuesdays, 5:30 pm Thursdays. $15 or SYS member. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Community sARTurdays – 12-2pm. Guided expressive arts program for all ages. Creating Peace of Mind. Donation. PeaceLove Studios, 200 Main Street, Pawtucket. 475-9778. Psychic and Mediumship Readings – 12-5pm. With Connie Ouellette. Half hour and hour long sessions. Also available on Wednesdays. Call for appointment and more information. Magick Mirror, 17 State St, Bristol. 401-254-2200. Grandmother’s Empowerment Group – 1-3pm. Usually the 1st Saturday. Based on A Call to Power: The Grandmothers Speak: finding balance in a chaotic world. Donation. The Healing Circle, Providence. 508-292-2798. CPR Certification – 2-4pm. Last Saturday. Learn how to save a life. Class will cover all you need to become proficient. Nationally recognized certification card will be issued upon successful completion. $50. It’s My Health, 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-405-0819. Seagrave Observatory Public Night – 9-11pm. Viewings through a variety of telescopes every clear Saturday Night, weather permitting. Free. Skyscrapers, 47 Peep Toad Rd, North Scituate.

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Community Ayurvedic Herbalist Life Essentials Wellness Center Jessica Ferrol 5 Railroad Ave, Westerly, RI 401-323-4638

Our intention is to bring the natural healing wisdom of Ayurveda to you, your loved ones and our communities. Through one on one consultation, herbal supplements & workshops, our services are for anyone wanting to feel healthier, stronger and more content with life. Ayurvedic and Herbal Consultation services offered.


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Dr. Meghan V. Schaffer 291 Waterman Street Providence, RI 02906 (401) 223-0111 At Bayside Chiropractic, I believe my goal as a physician is to help each of my patients reach their optimal level of health. I use Sacro-Occipital Technic (SOT TM), a gentle Chiropractic and Cranial method of adjusting that enables me to treat a wide variety of patients. I especially enjoy treating pregnant moms, infants and kids.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY Inner Health Colon Hydrotherapy Lori DeLang, I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist 450 Chauncy St., Mansfield, MA at Rtes. 95, 495 & 106 508-261-1611 •

Cleanse your colon with privacy and dignity, using the premier Angel of Water system. The large intestine (colon) is cleansed by instilling purified water into the lower bowel through a disposable nozzle. The water initiates natural movement of the colon to eliminate waste. You remain in control of the flow of water at all times. Remember: The Road to Good Health is Paved with Good Intestines! See ad, page 25.

Chiropractic Physician Dr. Michael Gottfried 1272 West Main Rd. Aquidneck Chiropractic Middletown, RI 02842 401-849-7011

My purpose is to support you by listening to you; providing you with gentle, low force chiropractic care coupled with stress management, nutrition, and exercise information to assist you to take action on your road back to health. With 30 years of experience doing what I love to do in a supportive environment, miracles can happen.

Dr. Belinda Mobley Briarwood Plaza 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA 508-336-0408

ENERGY HEALING Body-Wise Therapeutics Laura P. Clark, lcmt, cpia, cfr, cia 401-848-9825

Bodywork & Energy Shifting for Soulful Living. Laura uses an integrative holistic approach that helps you shift your energy, and allows your joy to shine through while working on the challenges of your life. Massage, Facial Reflexology, Feng Shui, Aromatherapy, Dream Coaching and more.

DEPTH HYPNOSIS Katharine A. Rossi 401-924-0567

Holistic counseling using hypnosis to access the root cause of imbalances and transform your relationship with others and self.  Depth Hypnosis works with your inner wisdom to heal and create lasting change.  Phone and office sessions available.


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Jackie Van Dusen AM, RHP Wakefield, RI 401-284-0363 Like peeling an onion, Light Soul Therapy works to release layers of dis-illusionment, dis-content and dis-ease. Please visit my website for more details, my Bio, classes, healing events and more. Or, call me today for a free 20 minutes phone consult.  I’d love to speak with you.

Alexandra Morgan’s Animal School 84 Cutler St, #7, Warren, RI 401-434-3687

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. At Mobley Family Chiropractic we use gentle but specific chiropractic techniques to locate and remove the barriers to true health and have a variety of options to assist you on the road to better health and vitality. See ad page 23.

Alexandra Morgan’s Animal School, located in the heart of Warren, RI, offers dog daycare, social boarding (play all day!), private lessons & group classes for puppies through advanced CGC. Rescued animals also available for adoption. Home made food, treats, and more! You love your dog. Your dog loves you. We’ll help you keep it that way.




Whether it’s an organic facial, a natural nails service, or a Brazilian wax, Marissa knows how to make her clients enjoy their spa experience. With years of honing her skills in treatments with different product lines, Marissa has come to understand the importance of using only all-natural, organic skin products. Call to make your appointment and enjoy a relaxing unique experience.


Guidance in Achieving Your Goals David Monson 181 Main Street, 2nd floor, Blackstone, MA 508-883-1007 As a certified Life Coach, I have been coaching individuals and groups for many years in the areas of Successful Communication, Personal Relationships and Life Strategy Development. Men and women alike often wonder if they’re using their gifts effectively to contribute to themselves, those they love or others in their environment. We offer without obligation a complimentary consultation to determine if we can assist you in co-developing a focused path toward greater success, attainment of your dreams and a more fulfilled way of living. See ad page 13.

Paws N’ Go Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Ashley Gentes 401 996 1465

Providing in home pet care so you and your pet can be at ease while you’re away. From 1-3 visits daily, which includes fresh food and water, walks or cleaning the litter, plenty of play time, and lots of love and affection! Experienced and insured. “Providing Love & Care When You’re Not There!” since 2005.

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Innisfree Body Works 18 Post Rd Pawtuxet Village, Warwick 401-461-3788

healing arts center Magick Mirror Healing Arts Center

Connie Ouellette & Kevin Moniz 17 State Street, Bristol, RI 401-254-2200 Look into the Magick Mirror and experience the healing energies of crystals, gemstones, jewelry and gifts from around the world. Psychic readings, candles, books, incense, music, herbs, fairies await you. Lift your spirits through our mediumship and metaphysical classes! Magick, Tarot (3 levels), Herbs, Wicca, Reiki, Angels, Shamanism and much more. Join our co-op of holistic healers forming now!

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holistic guidance Angel Whispers Rhode Island

917 A Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 401-741-2278 Offering a variety of holistic energy therapies, which can be scheduled at Wellness Center at Gold Plaza in Warwick, private homes, businesses, hospitals, and nursing homes. Adriene also conducts Reiki certification courses and workshops on a variety of topics related the wellness. See ad on page 8.

Christine McCullough, MA

Newport, RI 401-847-6551 Let me help you move through times of transition and transformation in your life. I offer integrative, holistic insights and solutions customized to your needs. Holistic Tarot, Spiritual Astrology, Energy Healing, Reiki II, Body Talk, Ear Coning, Life Coach, Non-denominational Celebrant.

My Holistic Village

Resources for holistic daily living! Search the Chamber of Commerce Directory for holistic practitioners and merchants. Browse the Library for archived presentations. Bookmark the Calendar for “must see” holistic events and more! Join today. It’s free. Own a business? Get found online when you join the Chamber of Commerce at

holistic healing and education Sun Rose Healing, LLC 401-619-2993 Rose Napoli has been practicing and studying mind-body science and holistic healing for nearly 40 years. Trained in a variety of modalities, she specializes in and teaches Thai-Yoga-Massage and Guided Imagery. Sun Rose Healing is based on Ayurvedic science, Buddhist philosophy, Shaman ways and Western science and offers a unique balance to help improve emotional and physical well-being.

hypnosis Mark Ashley Hypnosis Health & Wellness

Consulting Hypnotist, Coach & Motivator 401-623-6709 • Motivation by means of hypnosis. Achieve amazing success with weight loss, fitness goals, stress management, insomnia, motivation, procrastination, anxiety, phobias, smoking and compulsive behaviors.

John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist

110 Jefferson Blvd (Suite B), Warwick, RI 02888 401-374-1890 Transformational hypnosis for lasting personal change. Smoking cessation. Weight loss. Stress. Pain. Relationships. Career issues. Sports. Goals. Habits. Fears. ADD issues. Confidence. Complementary medical hypnosis. Affordable. Fast. Effective. Free evaluation if desired. Visit website for free newsletter and information.

interfaith minister INTERFAITH MINISTER Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316

Create the Wedding ceremony of your heart’s desire with Rev. Natalia! Whether it be traditional or nontraditional or an Interfaith marriage. All types of love unions welcomed! Rev. Natalia co-creates ceremonies with you and enhances the beauty of your traditions: weddings, baby christenings and namings, seasonal healing rituals, memorials and funerals.

naturopathic physicians Sheila M. Frodermann, MA, ND, FHANP

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St., Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • Holistic family health care: your comprehensive natural medicine clinic offering diet and nutritional counseling, herbal & homeopathic medicines, and acupuncture. Optimize health and wellness naturally! See ad on page 23.

Keri Layton, N.D.

111 Chestnut St., Providence, RI Also at All That Matters, Wakefield, RI 401-536-4327 • Naturopathic medicine at its best. Diet and nutrient therapy, herbal medicine, NAET, homeopathy. Safe and effective treatments for men, women and children of all ages.

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

Dr Cathy Picard, N.D. 250 Eddie Dowling Hwy • North Smithfield RI 401-597-0477 • Whole-person health care for the entire family using safe and effective natural medicines. Meeting your health care needs with homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutrition and biotherapeutic drainage. Focus includes pediatrics and childhood developmental issues including autism and ADHD.


Dawn Parente NC, HHP Transitions Lifestyle Coach/ Childhood Obesity Coach 774-991-0695 Learn how to eat smarter not harder. Improve your immune response, lose weight naturally, and increase your energy, focus and performance.  Gain years of nutritional knowledge in each hour long class.  6, 8 or 12 week classes enrolling monthly as well as individual consults.  Men, women, children and families welcome.

physical therapy Charlestown Physical Therapy and Health Services Dr. Sara Michaud PT, DPT, ATC 3939 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, RI 02813 364-2020

At CPTHS we focus on retraining and restoring your body’s natural movement patterns to relieve pain and maximize performance. We do not use aides or assistants. All patients are treated with licensed professionals. Services are offered in rehabilitation, reconditioning, nutrition, fitness and massage. See ad on page 14.

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pet foods Pet Foods Plus 30 Gooding Avenue Bristol, RI 02809 401-253-2456

Toys, treats, shampoo, leashes, cat litter or food of all kinds, Pet Foods Plus has it. High quality customer service, offering a full supply of food and accessories for dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits, fish and even livestock. We also sell fish, small mammals, reptiles and birds. Stop by for quality products at affordable prices! See ad on page 27.

reiki Amanda de Rezendes

Reiki Master & Teacher Slatersville, RI Amanda is a certified Reiki Master available for sessions and training workshops. She brings a compassionate and intuitive understanding to her Reiki practice and works to empower her clients with the knowledge of their own ability for self-healing. Experience this ancient and non-invasive healing art to know your own energy, reduce stress and create balance.

Sylvia Collins

Reiki Master & Teacher Warwick RI 401-921-4397 I would love to open your hands, your heart and your mind to the wonderful healing energy of Reiki. I am a Certified Reiki Master and Teacher, who would like to help you on your journey of personal growth through this safe, non-invasive healing modality. Because I have always had a deep connection with animals, I am also available to offer Reiki to your pet. Please contact me to learn more.

therapeutic massage Innisfree Body Works 18 Post Rd Pawtuxet Village, Warwick 401-461-3788

Founder of Innisfree, David Walsh has been practicing massage therapy for more than 14 years. His hands speak multiple languages, and still he feels it all comes down to instinct and touch. His spiritual intentions and focus in deep tissue create a love for giving thorough treatments. Gift Certificates available. Call for yours today!

2051 Plainfield Pike • Johnston RI 02919 401-464-6100 • ITS ALL ABOUT YOU. You deserve the BEST The journey begins. Enter a new plateau @ ITS YOUR BODYS SYMPHONY We offer: A variety of massage therapies including La Stone, Cupping, Thai, Ultimate pumpkin & back facials, Reflexology… We look forward to your arrival. See ad on page 25.

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

1648 Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 401-734-9355 Jane’s massage style incorporates relaxing Swedish strokes and deeper pressure as needed. Her techniques loosen tight muscles and bring about a sense of well being - mentally, emotionally, physically. Her work has helped those new to massage as well as those familiar with massage, including therapists and practitioners. New clients are encouraged to experience Jane’s warm, friendly approach and excellent results.

cathryn moskow, lcmt

“personal BEST wellness massage” 145 Waterman St., Providence (at Hope) 401-808-0837 Put your aches & pains into my hands… they’ve had 10,000 massages worth of experience. I work with everyone including: chronic, age related issues, weekend warriors, cyclists, golfers, runners, pregnancy massage, rehab massage - using a “muscles in motion” approach. Best of Boston. Since 1993.

wellness center Village Wellness Center Heart in Hand Massage Therapy 422 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02888 401-941-2310

A holistic wellness center featuring Yoga instruction therapeutic massage, skin care and hair removal, Reiki, Karate, Belly Dancing and Acupuncture. Located 5 minutes from the airport and Providence in Historic Pawtuxet Village. We believe in a hands-on approach to health. Our 9 massage therapists, acupuncturist, skin care professional and instructors will help you feel your best. Online scheduling available at See ad on page 21.

yoga a new day yoga

Marilyn Scallon RYT, CYT, Reiki Master 2374 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland RI 508 596-2974 • Offering Weekly yoga classes, Shake Your Soul(R)/ Yoga Dance, Private/Create Your Own Yoga Class, and vibrational sound healing. Our yoga classes are gentle as well as offering Hatha Yoga Flow. Teacher training also offered. Come and be inspired. See ad on page 33.

Chris Belanger, RYT

401-261-7242 Offering Kripalu Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Yoga in the Park, Men’s Yoga, Gentle Yoga & Senior Yoga throughout RI – Classes are suitable for all levels. Explore your body, breath, mind & spirit. Chris is now offering Yoga for Vets - a program to thank vets for their service, while providing a valuable wellness tool for the mind & body. See ad on page 32.

wellcare collaborative yoga and holistic health center


Marie Bouvier-Newman 2374 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 •


We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 12.

315 Main Street • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 • Choose from 45 yoga classes each week. Enjoy a variety of therapeutic health services. Experience workshops on yoga, meditation, self-care, selfdiscovery and the healing arts. See ad on page 32.

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