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18 healthykids 21 healthbrief 24 greenliving 26 healingways


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30 farmers’markets 32 yogaandpilates 36 calendar 44 community


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INSTITUTE for Contemplative Study

and Natural Health by Beth Davis



Hands-On Creativity Nurtures Mind, Body and Spirit by Judity Fertig


HYDROTHERAPY: A More Dignified Way to

Prepare for Medical Procedures by Lori DeLang

22 HANDMADE HAPPINESS A Hands-On Approach to Authentic Living by Judith Fertig



Summer Rayne Oakes Models the Future by Kristin J. Bender



A Guide to Healthy, Natural and Beautiful Skin by Anna Golub



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T contact us Publisher Maureen Cary Editor Beth Davis Assistant Editors S. Alison Chabonais Sharon Bruckman Advertising Representative Nicole M LeBlanc 508-649-4321 Design & Production Marie Siegel Stephen Gray-Blancett To contact Natural Awakenings Rhode Island Edition:

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© 201 1 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback.

ime is speeding by and I sometimes find myself in a bit of a time warp as I juggle the timelines for producing this magazine. There is an odd period of time for me when one month is off to the printer, I’m working on the month to follow, but I’m still living in the current month. Once my work is done and I send the September issue to the printer, I will still have 12 days left in August but I will be working on the October issue. It’s mind boggling at times and often makes time fly even faster. This will be a crazy month because I need to go to print three days earlier for October and all of my deadlines have to shift to make that happen but September still holds special meaning for me as it marks my third anniversary for Rhode Island Natural Awakenings. Look for an announcement soon for sometime in October when you can come celebrate with us. Creating something tangible, finishing a project and having visual proof of the fruits of your labor can be a rewarding experience. I get to experience a little of this every month when the magazine is delivered. Working all month on the advertising and editorial content to create a new issue of Natural Awakenings keeps me pretty busy. There is a thrill that comes when the delivery truck arrives from the printer with 22,000 copies of the new issue. I can still remember quite clearly that first month, when the premier issue was delivered while I waited in the garage, dancing around in anticipation. Amazing how those three years have passed and while I don’t wait in the garage anymore, seeing the new issue does still bring a certain amount of pleasure in a job accomplished.

Before 24 hour a day cartoons and video games, crafts were a way to keep kids occupied on a rainy day. One thing I can remember is my grandmother making paste with flour and water. It’s interesting that flour makes glue isn’t it? That concept became quite clear to me about eight years ago when I was advised by my Naturopath to avoid eating gluten as a way to have more energy, clear my head and ease my gut. I have always credited her with giving me the strength to start the magazine. Without her advice I was rooted to the couch and my brain too foggy to imagine the possibilities. Oddly enough gluten (flour) acts like glue in some people. On page 28, Gluten:Trust Your Gut, Claire O’Neil confirms so much of what I felt. In just the last few years since I have been watching my gluten intake, I have seen an amazing increase in the amount of products that support this way of eating. There are still challenges, and I don’t always succeed but it sure has gotten easier. A big thank you to all of you, our readers, advertisers and distribution sites, that have helped make the last three years such a successful and wonderful blur! We couldn’t do it without you. With gratitude,

SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are available by sending $25 (for 12 issues) to the above address.

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newsbriefs Village Wellness Center Celebrating 10 Years


aunched in 1991 in Pawtuxet Village by licensed massage therapist, Carla Joyce, the Village Wellness Center is celebrating 10 years in business. Ten years ago, the two-room center offered only massage. It has since grown and expanded to become an alternative bodywork and yoga center focused on encouraging and nurturing the connection between body, mind and spirit. Located in Warwick, Village Wellness Center is now a collaborative of professional massage therapists, estheticians, yoga instructors, dance instructors, and alternative health practitioners working together to provide a variety of services to meet clients’ needs. The Center features seven treatment rooms and a large yoga studio. “It is our goal to provide a space that offers a quiet reprieve from your busy life—a place to relax and heal,” says Joyce. “We are so proud to have served the community for 10 years and look forward to many more years to come.”


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arbara Bourgette, owner of Natural Images by Bourgette, a Spirit guided professional photographer and a Reiki Master, is offering “Soul-Full Seeing: A New Way of Seeing,” at It’s My Health Wellness Center in Cumberland on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $30. Bourgette says the presentation is about how we connect to Spirit and how important beauty is to our lives. “This talk shows you how to connect to your Soul by seeing your world in a whole new way,” she explains. “If you like to take pictures this presentation will inspire your photos.” This unique presentation is intended for all Spirit-Guided individuals, even those that don’t take a lot of photos. No fancy equipment required, you can even connect to your Soul through the camera on your cell phone.

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newsbriefs Healthy Haven Celebrates Fourth Anniversary


ealthy Haven, Rhode Island’s only all gluten-free specialty health food store, is marking its fourth anniversary on Saturday, September 17, with a special sales event from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at its Tiverton store. At least 10 different specialty vendors will be in the store and an adjoining tent, giving customers a chance to sample everything from baked goods to glutenfree cosmetics. When Healthy Haven opened four years ago, it was the first 100 percent gluten-free store in New England, and carried 450 different products. Now the shelves are stocked with over 1,200 different products, with new items added every week. Although Healthy Haven caters to those with Celiac Disease, gluten sensitivity or wheat allergy, its stock of natural foods and goods goes beyond the gluten-free. “We can accommodate customers with any kind of food allergy,” says owner Kathi Thiboutot. “We carry products that are egg free, dairy/casein free, soy free, yeast free, corn free and low carb/low sugar for diabetics. Some of our products are free of nuts and are manufactured in a nut free facility.” Helping those with celiac disease is the heart of Healthy Haven’s mission. The store has many cookbooks and guides to help those with the disease. Thiboutot schedules sessions to assist those diagnosed with the disease to understand the gluten-free diet, and will help guide those with multiple food allergies through the store to find products that are safe for their dietary restrictions. Healthy Haven is located at 80 Main Road in Tiverton. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 401-816-5844 or visit See ad page 28.

Movie Showing Benefits Friends of Maiti Nepal


he Day My God Died will be showing at the East Greenwich Free Library on October 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. Narrated by Tim Robbins and Winona Ryder, the feature-length documentary presents the stories of young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex trade. The girls describe the day they were abducted from their village and sold into sexual servitude as, “The Day My God Died.” In addition to the library showing, the movie is available for private showing in homes or businesses, with donations benefitting Friends of Maiti Nepal, a non-profit corporation based in Boston. Friends of Maiti Nepal’s primary role is to gather resources in the United States to assist Maiti Nepal in its battle against the egregious human rights violations of sex trafficking. For more information or to schedule a showing, contact Dr. Ann Porto at or 401-529-2020.


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ersonal Wellness Coach, Jamie Agular, has announced “Weight Loss Challenge—Win to Lose,” a 12-week challenge where participants can win cash and other prizes for being the biggest loser. Upon joining, participants will get a free meal plan and be assigned a personal coach who will monitor and guide them throughout the challenge. The challenge provides the opportunity for individuals to meet other people who share common goals for a healthier weight and to inspire and be inspired by fellow participants as goals are achieved. In addition, those in the challenge will receive valuable information Dean, a Weight Loss about health and good nutrition Challenge participant, lost 59 and earn money if they are one pounds in his first 12-week of the top achievers. weight loss challenge and Cost to join is $35, with 150 pounds total. all of the money going into the “pot” for the top three winners. Challenges will be held in many different locations throughout Rhode Island starting in September.

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rom 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Warwick, local businesses serving the business community will help attendees discover new ways to bring balance to their life and their business. Over 100 exhibitors will be present, including website designers, social media specialists, and advertising specialists as well as representatives of insurance and financial advisors, to offer an array of practical and economic ways to maintain your business. According to Susan Lataille, co-producer of the Small Business Expo, “This event is different than your typical small business expo. Here, speakers and vendors are available to not only address your business needs but also provide the tools you need to help reduce stress and stay healthy in this challenging time.” Numerous seminar topics will be presented throughout the day such as “Creating a Successful and Sustainable Business,” “Zap the Stress/Shift the Chaos,” “Take 5–Maximizing the Breath to Recharge and De-stress,” “Maximizing Success in Challenging Times,” “5 Secrets to Accelerating Your Personal and Professional Capabilities to the Next Level,” and “Public Speaking – Overcome Your Fear and Win Them Over.” The Expo is supporting the local chambers of commerce as well as providing a venue for non-profit organizations to share information about their work. Some of the Ocean State Small Business Expo’s sponsors are Natural Awakenings magazine, MassMutual/Legacy Group, Netsense, Whispering Pines Conference Center and Express Employment Professionals, and Washington Trust. Admission is free with a business card. For more information, call Susan Lataille at 401-769-1325, ext. 11 or Jay White at 401-265-5373. For a detailed schedule of events, visit See ad page 19.

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he 13th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival, a citywide showcase of visual and performing arts, interactive workshops, cultural celebrations, film and live music, will kick off with a festival gala on Friday, Sept. 9 from 6-11 p.m. at Slater Mill and Taste of Pawtucket from 6-8 p.m. on Main Street. The three-weekend festival includes music, food, art exhibits, film, theatre and dance performances throughout the city. The underlying goals of the Festival are to highlight the City’s 307 acre Downtown Arts and Entertainment District, the State pier, and Slater Memorial Park. A juried festival will be open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11 in downtown Pawtucket from 12-5 p.m. The weekend of Sept. 17-18 will feature the Slater Park Arts and Crafts Festival from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and the weekend of Sept. 23-25 will include the Pawtucket Film Festival. The Pawtucket Arts Festival traditionally attracts over 20,000 people to the city. Admission to most of the arts events is free to the public. This year artist vendors will sell their merchandise—such as photography, jewelry, oil/acrylics/watercolor, woodworking, hand-made woven articles, and kid’s arts and crafts at several of the premier events. For more information call 1-800-454-2882 or visit

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hanging Lives, a wellness center located in Johnston, now offers Sacred Stone Therapy in addition to other tension releasing therapies. Sacred Stone Therapy marries the art of stone bodywork with the ancient science of Ayurveda. The treatment will be offered for a 75-minute session and also incorporated into other therapies. According to co-owner, Joanne Salem, reducing stress and calming the ‘internal wind’ is the Joanne Salem focal point of Sacred Stone Therapy. Hot stones, along with heated oils, are used during the therapy. During the span of the treatment, heated stones are glided and laid upon oiled muscles. Cool white quartzite stones are smoothed along the face. “The beauty of this therapy is manifested in the compassion extended from the therapist to the client,” says Salem. “We invite you to come in for a session and experience the release of tension from each muscle as the stones are placed accordingly.” Changing Lives is located at 1308 Atwood Avenue in Johnston. For more information, call 401-490-1732 or visit See ad page 37.

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hari Bitsis from Spirit of Agape will be offering Tong Ren Guinea Pig group healing sessions using Tong Ren therapy, at various area locations each month. On the second and third Thursday of each month, Bitsis will be at Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm Street, Seekonk, Mass. from 10:30 a.m. until noon. On every first Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m., she will offer the classes at Changing Lives, 1308 Johnston Avenue in Johnston. Sacred Earth Center, located at 68 South Main Street in Woonsocket, will host the classes on the last Monday of each month from 7:30-9 p.m. Tong Ren therapy is an energy therapy developed by Tom Tam. Bitsis says it works on the premise that chi energy can be sent via brainwaves and entrained by those in need of healing. The effectiveness of the healing is enhanced by the growing use of Tong Ren and is distributed through the channel of the collective unconscious. Treatments are transmitted via the practitioner as he or she uses a magnetic hammer to tap on a small acupuncture model as a healing image. The practitioner taps on the corresponding acupuncture points and patterns related to each particular illness. Requested donation for each class is $10. Please RSVP by calling 401-465-4249 or e-mail For more information about Tong Ren therapy, visit See ad on page 5. Empowering families… …Creative paths to I AM

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n October 1, Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network (DV7N) will present “Journey of Hope, Rejuvenation and Peace Within--Radio Host Panel” at The Lantana in Randolph, Mass., from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. to help others reach a place of joy within their hearts. Speakers will include Deborah Beauvais, Roland Comtois, Laura Lester Fournier, Ada Marie and Susan Baker. “There isn’t a soul on Earth that doesn’t question their future or wonder where the joy is,” says Beauvais, founder of DV7N. “Once we heal within, connect to our Higher Source and free ourselves of all past pain, we evolve to a place of knowing. Our soul’s purpose is to choose love over fear in everything we do. It is then we are propelled to help others experience a joyous filled life without any limitations. My Deborah Beauvais mission is to bring everyone to that sacred place of unconditional love.” Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network is a holistic, Bostonbased syndicated Internet Radio Station. The mission of the Station is to facilitate the enlightenment of humankind by providing a platform for holistic and healing programs that educate listeners bringing them conscious awareness of their inner light so that ever growing numbers of people may learn to live with joy, love, peace and ease. Cost is $45, and includes a box lunch. The Lantana is located at 43 Scanlon Drive in Randolph, Mass. For more information, call 508-226-1723 or visit See ad page 9.

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or 30 years, Literacy Volunteers of Kent County (LVKC), with its offices in the Coventry Library, has been serving the Kent County community. To celebrate this milestone, LVKC will be hosting a one-day mini-conference on September 17 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Coventry Town Council Chambers, which shares the same building as the Coventry Library. Representatives from ProLiteracy Worldwide and Reading is Fundamental will be speaking on current issues in adult literacy. The registration fee is $10 for students and $20 for all others. LVKC is a nationally accredited, non-profit adult literacy program that trains volunteer tutors to teach adult students (18 years and over) basic reading skills and English as a second language. The organization operates through grants and the generosity of donors and volunteers. Location: 1670 Flat River Road in Coventry. For more information, call 401-822-9103, email or visit

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The Providence Institute for Contemplative Study and Natural Health by Beth Davis


arah Whitehead, founder of The Providence Institute (PI) for Contemplative Study and Natural Health, became interested in healing and sacred wisdom traditions in her early twenties when a personal crisis had left her feeling like a lost soul—one with an urgency to find a healing path. Her quest for transformation led her on a path of self-discovery and enlightenment; and evolved into a body of work that she now shares with others who need healing that is deep and true. Already interested in nutrition and natural health, Whitehead knew she needed a spiritual path—a feeling that she belonged. She became a yoga teacher and began studying Buddhism on her own, and eventually began an intense period of study and training simultaneously doing graduate work at Naropa University in Buddhist Studies, Shamanic Apprenticeship, and studying at the Hanna Kroeger School of Natural Health in Boulder. In January 2004, Whitehead returned to her hometown and opened The Providence Institute to offer an abundance of programs and services to help connect people with their innate human potential through education in contemplative study and natural health. “I wanted to be in an urban area, where


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Meditation isn’t about not thinking, but about making friends with your mind. I felt people were disconnected from the natural world, and Providence just felt like home,” she says. The goal was to create a space that felt welcoming and uplifting, not intimidating. A place that offered a contemplative approach that allowed individuals to find their own path. Therefore, a variety of programs are offered—including yogic practices, meditation, spiritual teaching, arts, energy work, and other mindfulness-based activities—that are designed to teach individuals how to find that path. As a teacher of meditation, Whitehead says she tries to dispel the common misconceptions about meditation. “Meditation isn’t about not thinking, but about making friends with your mind,” she explains. “People have images of these peaceful Buddhist statues, but that is the fruition, not the path.” Whitehead’s Contemplative Shamanism approach to healing is

something she originated after realizing how nondual Buddhist and animistic Shamanic approaches to working with consciousness complement one another to enable students and clients to discover their own true nature, to heal themselves and their world. Specifically, the work combines Peruvian Shamanism with Buddhist contemplative technique and views to enable students and clients to discover their own true nature and heal themselves and their world. Most healing sessions include elements of deep conversation, a natural health consultation, meditation instruction and/or a guided somatic meditation, cranial-sacral, and intuitive energy work. Clients say they feel her magical hands working in places and they open their eyes and the hands are actually somewhere else. They enter a state of deep relaxation and expansion, in meditation classes and in private healing sessions, and feel dramatically renewed by the end. They also claim to feel the changes they wanted unfolding over time after the sessions. The private sessions help people with health concerns and personal guidance, and the hands-on energy work deepens the somatic experience also found in meditation class. It’s great if people can do both, but at $14, a weekly meditation class with her can be profoundly healing and enlightening. Sessions, she notes, are beneficial to people suffering from illness or a sense of disconnection from the innerself and the world. An important part of healing can also be laughter, as laughter creates peace. Therefore, the PI hosts the Providence Laughter Club twice a month. 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. One of the more recent additions at PI is the Deeksha Oneness Blessing, a direct transfer of intelligent sacred energy which causes the heart to open and initiates a process of Awakening into Oneness where there is no longer a

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KIDS Hands-On Creativity Nurtures Mind, Body and Spirit by Judith Fertig


ids’ active participation in the creative arts helps them develop physically, mentally, emotionally and socially—whether they are painting, drawing, shaping pottery, performing in plays or musicals, dancing, storytelling, or making music. Studies culled by educators at Arizona’s Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts confirm the multiple benefits, ranging from higher SAT scores to increases in selfesteem and improved ability to handle peer pressure. Yet, with shrinking school budgets, cutting back on what are considered non-core subjects such as music and art is the path that many school districts are forced to take, explains Anne Bryant, Ph.D., executive director of the National School Boards Association. Communities, in turn, must find new ways to counter this new financial reality. For example, an elementary school music or art teacher, once devoted to a single school, now may have to travel to several throughout a district. “Schools are under so much pressure due to dwindling resources and the No Child Left Behind legislation that sometimes the children who most need the arts are put in remedial classes instead,” says Susan Tate, a former


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teacher who is now executive director of Kansas’ Lawrence Arts Center. Add in our digital culture—where hands-on most often means a computer keyboard or phone-texting device— and domestic situations in which busy parents aren’t keen to clean up messy finger paints and other craft supplies, and the result is, “These days, kids also are less likely to do hands-on art at home,” adds Tate. At young ages, children are likely to be more passive than active learners, says Sharon Burch, a music educator in Mystic, Iowa. They may listen, for example, to whatever tunes their parents play, instead of simpler, more age-appropriate songs. Burch has helped fill the need by providing interactive Freddie the Frog

resources for use by parents, as well as in music classrooms. Fortunately, communities across the country have rallied to offer afterschool and weekend arts and crafts programs. Many simple arts participation activities are easy for parents, grandparents and caregivers to do along with the kids.

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“Current studies of brain imaging and mapping show that the active making of music creates synapses in all four parts of the brain,” Burch says. By active, she means physically tapping out a rhythm with sticks, singing a song, dancing to a beat, marching, playing patty-cake or engaging in other age-appropriate, physical movement. “To really light up the brain, you have to do something, not just passively listen.” Making music helps kids think, create, reason and express themselves, adds Burch. Practicing the art of simple storytelling, as well as having adults regularly reading children’s literature with youngsters, can also have a profound impact. A 2003 study published in the American Educator, based on exhaustive research by Ph.D. psychologists Todd Risley and Betty Hart, showed that by age 4, a huge gap in vocabulary skills exists between children of different economic levels. Those growing up in a household of educated, professional people hear a cumulative 32 million more spoken words (1,500 more per hour) during these early years—and thus have a greater vocabulary— than those from welfare families. The researchers further documented more than five times the instances of encouraging feedback. They discovered a direct correlation between the intensity of these early verbal experiences and later achievement. Risley and Hart attributed the meaningful difference to the increased interaction—more storytelling, reading and parent-child discus-

sions—that typically takes place in more affluent households.

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“Our culture is so linear and lingually driven that it often doesn’t tap into the vastness of a child’s imagination,” observes Anne Austin Pearce, assistant professor of communication and fine art at Missouri’s Rockhurst University. Pearce often works with school children through library events that couple art and storytelling. “Also, there’s pressure to measure results in a culture that tends to label you either a winner or a loser, but art is not quantifiable in that way; art allows kids to develop ideas through the creative process that they can’t do any other way. “When kids are drawing, they often talk as they are doing it,” she says. “You can then engage in a different kind of conversation with kids, just letting things happen and asking open questions. Kids tell their own stories.”

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Kids that study and perform at least one of the arts such as dance, playing an instrument or acting in a play, “... will have an edge up that’s so critical as an adult,” concludes Verneda Edwards, executive director of curriculum and instruction for the Blue Valley School District, near Kansas City. “Kids not only benefit academically by engaging in the arts, they also have the ability to get up in front of people and perform. That builds increasing confidence.”

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Colon Hydrotherapy: A More Diginified Way to Prepare for Medical Procedures

by Lori DeLang, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist


n July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report that showed colon cancer deaths—the leading cause of death in non-smokers—continue to decline in the United States. In Rhode Island and Massachusetts, rates dropped by as much as 5 and 6 percent.

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This echoes earlier findings from 2003 to 2007, when the colon and rectal cancer death rate in the United States fell from 19 to 17 per 100,000 people, according to the CDC. That represents nearly 32,000 fewer deaths. The CDC says colon cancer deaths can be reduced through screening and diagnosis, and nearly two-thirds of people ages 50 to 75 get the recommended testing. That leaves one-third of the population still at risk. Most experts, including the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), and the American Cancer Society (ACS), recommend that people without risk factors for colorectal cancer be screened beginning at age 50. If no problems are found then, the test should be repeated every 10 years. For those at risk, tests are recommended sooner and more frequently. A colonoscopy allows a doctor to see and closely inspect the inside of the entire colon for signs of cancer or polyps, which may eventually become cancerous. The doctor gently inserts the colonoscope—a slender, flexible, hollow, lighted tube about the thickness of a finger—inside the colon. It has a tiny video camera, which sends clear pictures to a TV monitor. Small polyps can be removed during the procedure and larger ones will be biopsied to determine further treatment. Patients are typically put to sleep for the procedure, which takes about 15-30 minutes.

Removing polyps when they are small may prevent colorectal cancer from ever developing. And, cancers found in an early stage are more easily treated. Because symptoms of colorectal cancer do not usually appear until the disease is advanced, early detection is critical to successful treatment. Until recently, the only way to prepare for medical procedures on the colon meant drinking large quantities of distasteful liquid and staying very close to bathroom facilities. Many patients delay, postpone, or skip medically necessary procedures altogether in order to avoid the uncomfortable preparation. An often-heard quote is “the preparation was worse than the procedure.” In fact, the FDA determined in 2006 that these phospha-soda preparations may cause kidney failure in some individuals. In 2008 the agency issued a warning regarding use of the drug and required manufacturers to display warnings on packaging. Colon hydrotherapy is a medically acceptable way to prepare for medical procedures, such as colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies and barium enemas. Colon hydrotherapy, sometimes called a colonic, is a cleansing process of the large intestine (colon) using purified water. During the colon hydrotherapy session, which typically lasts 3540 minutes, the client reclines on a padded back rest portion of a colon hydrotherapy system, such as an Angel of Water system. With this system, the lower body is comfortably positioned over the bidet-type portion. During the session, the client has complete control of the flow of water into the colon. The contents of the colon are evacuated in a simple, hygienic way, and the client stays seated comfortably at all times— allowing for the ultimate in client comfort, sanitation, privacy and dignity. Lori DeLang is certified by the International Association of Colon Hydrotherapists and is one of the few colon hydrotherapists in Massachusetts using the Angel of Water system. Her practice, Inner Health Colon Hydrotherapy, is located on Route 106 in Mansfield, Mass. For more information, call 508-261-1611 or visit See ad on this page.


Tai Chi Can Turn Depression Around


recent study published in the online edition of The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry reveals that more than 2 million people age 65 and older suffer from depression, including 50 percent of nursing home residents. In seeking an alternative to aggressive drug treatments, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), turned to a gentle, westernized version of Tai chi, a 2,000-yearold Chinese martial art. During the study, 112 adults age 60 or older that had been diagnosed with major depression were treated with a standard antidepressant drug for four weeks. The 73 adults that showed only partial improvement continued to receive the medication, but were also assigned to 10 weeks of either Tai chi or health education classes. The group practicing Tai chi experienced greater improvement in their levels of depression, as well as an enhanced quality of life, better cognition and more overall energy than the non-practicing group. Dr. Helen Lavretsky, the study’s first author and a UCLA professor-inresidence of psychiatry, says, “This study shows that adding a mind-body exercise like Tai chi, that is widely available in the community, can improve the outcomes of treating depression in older adults that may also have other, coexisting medical conditions or cognitive impairment. With Tai chi, we may be able to treat these conditions without exposing them to additional medications.”

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HANDMADE HAPPINESS A Hands-On Approach to Authentic Living by Judith Fertig

Making something by hand—and getting good at it—can add a welcome dimension to our lives. The art of participating in craftwork gives us a sense of competence and completion that may be difficult to find in our digital, ephemeral world.


merica’s resurging interest in arts and crafts today comes at a time when making things by hand seems an endangered activity. Why? In The Craftsman, sociologist and author Richard Sennett maintains that making things by hand is an, “enduring, basic human impulse, the desire to do a job well for its own sake.” He observes that craft and craftsmanship can enrich modern life in ways that might surprise us. The Arts and Crafts movement, which reigned from the mid-1800s through the early 20th century, was a major response to a commercial trend that steered society away from handmade toward machine-made products in Europe and North America. The movement encouraged amateur, student and professional involvement in the making of furniture, decorative glass, textiles, pottery and other forms that are beautiful, as well as functional. Yet today, we face a new barrier to creating more by hand, observes Monica Moses, editor-in-chief of American Craft magazine (American, published by the nonprofit American Craft Council. “Modern life offers a million distractions, a million ways to kill time, or at least stand by idly while it expires,” she says. Mindless television watching, puttering around on Facebook or playing computer solitaire add up. “Such semiconscious downtime


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can become a weekend, a habit, a lost opportunity.” Although many people return to an early love of arts and crafts during their retirement years, the good news is that such creative pursuits are also being taken up by young makers, according to Moses. “The marvel of it is that young people in the digital age are embracing craft so enthusiastically, not just their iPods and phone apps. We’re lucky to live in a time when engagement with the practice of craft is expanding.” She cites the popularity of buy-and-sell craft websites such as, which reported 2010 sales of more than $400 million. Moses, who makes jewelry in her free time, values handcrafting for a simple reason: “It feeds my soul,” she says. “Other parts of my life focus on the end result. When I’m making a piece, I’m focused on the process and I’m thinking, ‘This feels right.’” Whether we wake to this artful phenomenon in childhood or later in life, it’s never too late to reap the benefits. According to crafters from various walks of life, such hands-on experiences

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Lenore Moritz, founder and curator of and blogger at, took her first jewelry making class when she was single and living in New York City. “I needed something to tether me,” she writes, “and I knew it would get me out of the office at a decent hour at least once a week.” She says that what started out as a whim turned into catharsis. “I loved toting my tackle box of crafting supplies and the act of using my hands to transform a silver sheet into wearable art felt empowering. I became an accidental craftsperson.” She found her best reward in finishing a piece, which she characterizes as, “... a crescendo I never knew in my day-to-day professional life.” She explains, “At the office, my world was nothing but to-do lists and complicated, open-ended projects; a sense of completion was rare. But in craft class, it was crystal clear when I had finished a project, and I reveled in that closure.” Jenny Barnett Rohrs spent 15 years as a music therapist

in Lakewood, Ohio, helping people cope with life’s problems. Meanwhile, she loved decompressing at the end of the day by working with polymer clay to make beautiful beads, doll pins, nametags and other decorative items. “I was always a crafty, creative kid, learning to embroider from one grandmother and how to make seed flowers from the other,” she recalls. “Since both sets of grandparents lived through the Depression, they were always repurposing things, recycling before it was cool.” As she continued to expand her range of crafting skills and interests as an adult, she also started blogging about it at “I am a self-taught crafter and never met a craft I didn’t like,” admits Rohrs. “I believe that crafting is an extension of yourself and how you view your world. It’s a way of expressing yourself, coping with life and gaining insight.” As Rohrs continued to try out new crafts, materials, products and techniques, entries on her craft blog grew to the point that she launched a second one at, where she shares her evaluations. Earlier this year, she appeared on The Martha Stewart Show. Regular posts track her adventures with various media, including her recent experiences with water-soluble ink blocks for drawing and painting, and making a booklet from envelopes. Other popular pastimes range from scrapbooking and making home accessories using beachcomber finds to gifting baby garments personalized with fabric paint decoration. “I believe that creativity is innate,” comments Rohrs. “When you tell your inner critic to shut up, you can have a lot of fun and learn something about yourself. I especially love

to encourage folks to try new things and new techniques, and to push their own boundaries.”

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Sandra Palmer Ciolino learned to sew as a child, but didn’t maximize the creativity of her craft until her children were grown, when she was in her 40s. For Ciolino, of Cincinnati, Ohio, “Making contemporary quilts satisfies my desire to work in solitude and fulfills my longing to create lasting and beautiful art. Creating quilts for the wall marries many things I love—fabric, color, composition, piecing and machine quilting.” Ciolino fondly remembers her mother’s handiwork. “I have a vivid memory of her taking a navy blue overcoat of my father’s and using it to sew me a winter coat with cranberry piping; I was so proud of that coat.” She began by making doll clothes, and then started sewing clothing for herself in junior high school, doing her own garment construction. “The technical stuff came early,” she says. Later on, busy with family duties and teaching elementary school physical education classes, she didn’t take time to turn to quilting until the mid-1990s. At first, Ciolino made her quilts in traditional pieced patterns to hang in her house or share as gifts; but then, something changed. “I began to notice in my photography that I was most interested in close-

ups of tree bark, ripples in water bodies and cracks in the rocks. My quilts then began to take on a more abstract quality,” she says. So Ciolino took a class in Columbus, Ohio, with Nancy Crow, recognized by many as “the mother of contemporary quilts,” and never looked back. She still gives quilts as gifts, but her work is now also exhibited at museums and quilt shows (SandraPalmer; Like many craftspeople, Ciolino’s process in creating art is part technical skill and part intuitive imagining. When she starts a new quilt, she pulls fabrics from her workroom into groupings that appeal to her. She then takes a blackand-white photo to make sure the values of light and dark in the fabrics create an interesting pattern. Next, she uses a rotary cutter to cut the fabric by hand—like drawing a line with a pencil—into shapes freehand, without referring to any pattern. Finally, she sews the pieces together in a composition and uses machine quilting to add another layer of textural interest, finishing each creation by hand. “The craft is when I make something as meticulous and impeccable as I can,” Ciolino concludes. “The art is when I bring an authentic version of myself—my voice and spirit—to the work.” Judith Fertig celebrates the craft of cooking at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.

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Summer Rayne Oakes Models the Future by Kristin J. Bender

Fashion model Summer Rayne Oakes has created a growing platform for taking eco-fashion mainstream. She’s seen firsthand how a more sustainable lifestyle can start with something as simple as choosing certified organic lip balm or a pair of shoes made from organic cotton and recycled rubber.



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ecause of her close ties to environmental causes, Oakes is known as “The eco-model.” The title seems to fit her well: She has put her name behind many cause-related programs, including a skincare company that uses active natural ingredients and a maker of recycled eyewear that plants a tree for every pair of frames sold. She didn’t set out to be the ecofashionista. Oakes, whose first name derived from being born, she states, on a “rainy summer day,” was raised amid Pennsylvania farmlands north of Scranton and developed a love of nature from an early age. By 13, she was the youngest member of her hometown’s environmental advisory council and after high school, went off to Cornell University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in natural resources and entomology. While researching toxins in sewage sludge and identifying aquatic insects, the 5-foot, 10-inch, willowy brunette also began modeling while at college, and conceived the idea that the fashion industry might be the right forum for her to take a leading role in

expanding environmental awareness. Her first venture, Organic Portraits, an avant-garde photography project, brought to life sustainable design and conservation in one package.

Runaway Success Armed with brains, beauty and an affinity with the natural world, Oakes signed with her first modeling agency after graduating. Today, at 27, she has built her own brand as a business consultant and spokeswoman, author and entrepreneur in the multibillion-dollar industry of environmentally friendly apparel and home products. Oakes says that being in nature is what makes her come to life. “I carry that with me through all of my work in the fashion industry. It keeps me incredibly grounded and gives me an opportunity to work with companies and organizations that mirror my values or operate in the spirit of becoming better stewards,” she says. Oakes is as appealing as the products she represents. In addition to her creative input, she has put her stamp of approval on both Portico Home + Spa linens and bath products and Payless ShoeSource’s zoe&zac line of shoes and handbags. Oakes also is working with Modo on a collection of recycled eyewear under its Eco brand, which she notes will be tied in with some of her personal reforestation and sustainable design projects worldwide. Her work with Aveeno on its Be An Active Natural Campaign supports the message that small changes can add up to a big difference. She sometimes blogs about her experiences at; a recent post explained how she chooses which Earthfriendly companies she’ll support. “An engaging partnership is a critical component for me to [be] a spokesperson,” she writes. “On countless occasions, I have had to turn down offers if the partnership didn’t seem suitable. But how exciting it is to find brands that are ready to step up to the challenge and have the spirit, resources and energy to make meaningful change happen from the inside out.”

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Eco-Fashion Trends Oakes’ timing in applying her passions and skills to the green and clean marketplace is apt. Global retail sales of organic cotton apparel and home textile products reached an estimated $4.3 billion in 2009, up 35 percent over the year before, according to the latest research from Organic Exchange’s Organic Cotton Market Report, and the market is expected to continue to grow. Organic Exchange projected a 20 to 40 percent jump in both 2010 and 2011, which could result in a $6 billion market this year. Oakes supports the industry via, a forum she recently co-founded to connect designers with sustainable material suppliers from around the world. A finalist for the prestigious Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, it already has been frequented by the likes of fashion designer Christian Siriano. Oakes is not alone—other celebrities and designers like Bono, Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood have added their voices in raising awareness of the importance of socially and environmentally conscious fashion. Oakes has modeled for such industry giants as Levi Strauss, Payless, Replay Jeans and others, but her activism and modeling have also allowed her to branch out into other industries. She says that her bestselling book, Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty, is aimed at, “... women that love style, but may not have ‘environment’ in their lexicon,” and serves as, “an irreverent, witty guide for green virgins.” “Sustainable design will continue to evolve,” she says. “Ten years ago, there were only a handful of designers operating in the industry. Now, most companies are asking how it can be authentically built into the core of their business.” How will that happen? “First, they have to believe and embody it.” Kristin J. Bender is a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Delicious Lotions

A guide to healthy, natural and beautiful skincare by Anna Golub


he skin never lies and leaves nothing a secret. Poor nutrition, sleepless nights and/or ineffective chemicalbased products can wreak havoc on our faces and create premature aging beyond our age. The skin is a mirror of our health as well as a defensive barrier for internal organs, which is why preserving the skin from the inside out is the foundation for any effective skin treatment program. The aging process is a disease genetically and chronologically programmed from the moment we are born. However, it is estimated that about 80 percent of aging is caused by environmental factors like sun exposure, smoking, poor nutrition, stress, pollution and chemicals—both oral and topical.

It is not easy to find effective products that do not contain hormone-disrupting chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, synthetic scents or color additives—all of which have all been linked to breast cancer, neurological disruption, liver damage and autoimmune disorders. Understanding the impact and presence of destructive chemicals and toxins in our environment and products that we use on our skin returns us to the truth that, “we are what we eat and what we apply to our skin.” Finding effective products that do not contain hormonedisrupting chemicals is somewhat challenging. So, what is really safe for us to use on our skin and protect us from environmental damage and everyday toxins? How can we better understand ingredients and their effect on our skin? These are important questions that led me to become interested in natural and homemade cosmetics 20 years ago while living in Moscow. During these years, Russian estheticians did not have the luxury of using medical breakthrough ingredients like peptides, caremides, liposomes and other advanced materials that regenerate the skin and boost the collagen. Instead we used real foods that we eat every day such as sour cream, yogurt, avocados, parsley, and all kind of fruits and vegetables. An ideal healthy lotion is one that is mixed only from distilled water and botanical emulsion of vitamins, extracts, and lecithin and is not chemically preserved. It should contain only raw proteins, amino acids and all organic enzymes, which are healthy to eat. These lotions will really feed the skin as a good food and are to be kept refrigerated and used within two months. Our choices for skin care are similar to our choices for food. Would we rather have a “spongy” loaf of bread preserved with chemicals that make it last for a very long time or a freshly baked aromatic loaf that will harden in a few days, but will taste so much better? Just as with food, it is best to look for skin care products derived from whole, organic sources. Finding the best ingredients for skin—and the wrong ones—can often be daunting. Below is a comprehensive list of ingredients to look for, and ingredients to avoid.

Look for These Common Ingredients

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amino acids, and trace elements. Traditionally the medicinal value of sea buckthorn oil lies in its ability to help regenerate and rejuvenate the skin and mucous membranes. It also helps heal sun damaged, irritated, dry, and itchy skin. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that provides an incredible blend of phytonutrients for the skin. MUMIO is a wonderful source of natural skin nutrients and is product of mountain bees mixed with mineralized herbal remnants. Botanicals such as arnica, aloe, bisabolol, licorice, grape, green tea, r-lipoic acid, edelweiss, comfrey, betulinic acid, and white willow also contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients.

Common Ingredients to Avoid

Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA), and MEA (Monoethanolamine). DEA and DEA-related ingredients function as emulsifiers or foaming agents in cosmetics. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and all groups of Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). Propylene Glycol, Polyethylene Glycol, and Ethylene Glycol are all petroleum-derived solvents that weaken proteins and cellular structures. Artificial fragrances contain toxic chemicals that are linked to central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions. Preservatives such as parabens, diazolidinyl, nitropropane, DMDM group and the Quaternium are all carcinogenic neurotoxins. Armed with this new understanding, women and men will be amazed by what a huge difference adopting these simple strategies can make in their skin and their life. Anna Golub, owner of Renaissance Clinique in Providence, is an award-winning clinical aesthetician, herbalist and nutritionist with more than 20 years of experience. As the formulator of VITANA, a natural skin care line, she takes a cuttingedge holistic approach to dramatic skin transformation and result-oriented anti-aging treatments. For more information, call 401-521-0762 or visit or

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Gluten: Trust Your Gut

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Carol Mahaffey, a tax attorney in Columbus, Ohio, was experiencing intermittent joint pain and what she calls “living in a fog,” in the summer of 2009. Because she had read that joint pain can sometimes be caused by gluten sensitivity, she decided to eliminate Scientists Confirm Widespread Sensitivity gluten from her diet. Although her new regimen didn’t relieve the joint pain—she was later professionally diagnosed with rheuby Claire O’Neil matoid arthritis—she found that after four to five weeks, she looked and felt better overall. “I was losing weight, my digestive system was better and I found it easier to mentally focus. alk through Somebody at work also happened to the gluten-free mention that I didn’t sniffle anymore,” product aisles at she relates. Although Mahaffey’s blood the grocery or health food store tests were negative for celiac disease, she and many people might wonder: had all the signs that she is gluten-sensi“Is this a food fad? Who has a probtive. lem with gluten?” “Imagine degrees of gluten ingestion along As it turns out, more people have gluten a spectrum,” says Dr. Alessio Fasano, a professor of pediatsensitivity than scientists, physicians and researchers previrics, medicine and physiology and director of the Center for ously thought. A study at the University of Maryland School Celiac Research. “At one end, you have people with celiac of Medicine’s Center for Celiac Research estimates that 6 disease, who cannot tolerate one crumb of gluten in their percent of the U.S. population, or more than 18 million diet. At the other, you have the lucky people who can eat individuals, have some sensitivity to gluten, a protein found pizza, beer, pasta and cookies—with no ill effects whatsoevin wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, malts and er. In the middle, there is this murky area of those with gluten triticale. reactions, including gluten sensitivity,” says Fasano, who led Research published online by BMC Medicine and the new study. “This is where we are looking for answers on this year provides the first scientific evihow to best diagnose and treat this recently identified group dence of what many people allergic to gluten already know: of gluten-sensitive individuals.” While gluten sensitivity presents less serious negative health Until more definitive answers come to light, those who effects than celiac disease, its host of symptoms can become suspect they might have an issue with gluten can try goproblematic. An earlier study in Alimentary Pharmacology ing gluten-free for a period of time, like Mahaffey. “I had to & Therapeutics concluded that for dealing with both wheat become a label reader,” she advises, “because even things like allergies and celiac disease, the dietary avoidance of glutenbottled soy sauce can contain gluten.” She buys baked goods containing grains is the only effective treatment. at a local gluten-free bakery, still enjoys wine with glutenfree snacks, uses gluten-free dough to make her own pizza at home, and has become a fan of risotto. EAT WELL • FEEL GREAT • LIVE IN GOOD HEALTH For people that travel on a similar path, the feel-good Join Us! benefits of a gluten-free diet can more than make up for for the celebration of our some of the inconveniences. “You just make it work,” says 4 year Anniversary Mahaffey. On a recent get-together with longtime colon Saturday, Sept 17, 2011 from 9:30am to 4:00pm. lege friends at a chalet in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Mahaffey New Arrivals brought her own snacks and breakfast foods, asked questions Udi’s Classis Hamburg and Hot Dog Buns, e e r F Udi’s Millet Omega Bread, GFL Foods Pita n about the menu when they went out to dinner, and ended up e Glut Bread, Starfish Battered Cod, Tandoor Chef e r o t having a great, gluten-free time. S Pad Thai, EvaRuth’s Raisin Scones, EvaRuth’s ood


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long with choosing products that are gluten-free, it’s also a good idea to look for organic and minimally processed natural foods— sorghum syrup, for example, makes a good sweetener—whenever possible.

soups, corn tortillas and gluten-free pastas and spaghetti sauces.

Baking supplies. Natural sweeteners such as locally produced honey, salt and pepper, herbs and spices, tapioca, baking soda, baking powder, cornmeal, gluten-free flours, baking chocolate and dried cocoa powder.

Grains, seeds and starches. Quinoa, rice, buckwheat, chickpeas, flax, sunflower seeds and potato starch.

Beverages. Coffee and tea (always check the gluten-free status of flavored types), soft drinks and fruit juice. Breakfast foods. Rice and corn cereals meant to be cooked or eaten from the box, gluten-free cereals and gluten-free frozen waffles. Condiments. Vinegars (except malt vinegar), mustard, ketchup, horseradish, jams and jellies, honey, maple syrup, relish, pickles and olives. Fats and oils. Vegetable, canola and olive oils, mayonnaise and salad dressings (check labels). Foods in packages, cans and jars. Plain, canned fruits and vegetables, applesauce, cranberry sauce, canned beans and lentils, canned fish (e.g., tuna, salmon and sardines), organic packaged

Frozen foods. Plain, frozen fruits and vegetables, gluten-free frozen waffles, and ice cream, sherbet and ices (check labels for added ingredients).

Meat and fish. All fresh beef and poultry, fish and shellfish; for any prepackaged or pre-wrapped item, check the label for additives. Nuts and beans. Dried beans and peas, plain nuts; nut butters such as peanut, almond and cashew. Produce. All fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. Refrigerated foods. Yogurts, milk, halfand-half, cream, whipping cream, sour cream, butter, vegan margarine, cottage cheese, cream cheese, aged cheeses, eggs, tofu, rice pudding, tapioca pudding and 100 percent fruit juices.

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Yummy Gluten-Free Recipes Gluten-Free Blackberry Vanilla Almond Muffins Revel in this antioxidant-rich recipe, replete with blackberries and almonds. Makes 1 dozen 1½ cups Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix ½ cup blanched slivered almonds 2 eggs 1 /3 cup applesauce 1 tsp vanilla 1 /3 cup vanilla-flavored almond milk ¾ cup melted butter 4 oz blackberries (save some for the tops)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a muffin baking tin with oven-proof paper liners. 2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Mix the liquid ingredients together, and then stir into the dry ingredients. Carefully fold in ¾ of the berries, taking care not to squish them too much; reserve the remaining berries. Scoop approximately ¼ cup into muffin tins and top each with some of the reserved berries. 3. Bake for about 25 minutes. Source: natural awakenings

September 2011



Farmers’ Markets Monday



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.

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

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.

Providence / Capital Hill Farmers’ Market – 11am-2pm. July 21 – Sept 22. RI Statehouse lawn at Gaspee St & Francis St, Providence. 222-2781 x. 4517 North Kingstown Farmer’s Market – 1-5pm. July 14 – Oct 27. Smith Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, 295-0912.

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

Middletown/Aquidneck Grange Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. June 2-Oct 27. Aquidneck Grange 499 East Main Road Middletown. 847-2202.

Barrington Farmer’s Market – 9am-noon. June 4 – Oct 29. Barrington Congregational Church, 461 County Rd. 529-9501.

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.

West Warwick Farmer’s Market – 9am-noon. June 11 – Oct 15. Cowesett Plaza, 289 Cowesett Ave. 487-4848.

Armory Farmer’s Market – 4-7pm. June 2 – October 27. Cranston Armory. Parade St and Hudson St in Providence.


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.

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.

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. Fruit Hill Farmers Market - 3:30 - 6:30pm. July 31 - October 7. RI College parking lot on Fruit Hill. 401-228-8261. North Providence Farmer’s Market – 3:306:30pm. June 3 – Oct 21. Governor John Notte Memorial Park, Rte 7 at Wenscott Lane, North Providence.

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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. Providence/Broad St Farmers’ Market – 9am – 1pm. July 9 – October 29. Algonquin House 807 Broad St Providence 312-4250. Sakonnet Growers’ Market – 9am – 1pm. June 18 – October 1. Rte 77 And East Rd Tiverton. 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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No-Knead, Gluten-Free Pizza Dough In this recipe, the ingredients just mix together in a bowl—no kneading is necessary. The raw dough doesn’t taste like yeast dough; but magically, during baking it becomes a gluten-free pizza crust, with a browned crust and mellow, yeasty flavor. Makes dough for 1 pizza to serve 8 to 12 1 cup stoneground brown rice flour 1 cup tapioca flour or potato starch 1 cup garbanzo bean or chickpea flour ½ cup cornstarch or corn flour 1 Tbsp xanthan gum 1 Tbsp instant or bread machine yeast 1½ tsp fine kosher or sea salt 3 large eggs or equivalent substitute 1 tsp cider vinegar 2 Tbsp agave nectar or honey 3 Tbsp vegetable oil, such as canola, corn, or light olive oil ½ cup unsweetened applesauce 1 cup lukewarm water, about 100° 1. Spoon the flours and xanthan gum into a measuring cup, level with a knife or finger, then dump into a large mixing bowl. 2. Add the yeast and salt to the flour. Stir together with a wooden spoon. Lightly beat the eggs in 4-cup measuring glassware. Add the brown sugar, vegetable oil, applesauce and water and whisk until thoroughly mixed. Pour the liquid into the flour mixture and whisk until arriving at a smooth, very loose, batter-like dough. 3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature, about 72 degrees, for 2 hours or until the dough has risen to nearly the top of the bowl and has a thick, golden, mashed potato-like appearance. Source: Adapted from 200 Fast & Easy Artisan Breads, by Judith Fertig.

Gluten-Free Pizza “People that are allergic to the gluten in wheat still want to eat what everybody else does. And who can blame them?” queries Judith Fertig, author of 200 Fast & Easy Artisan Breads. “As long as the pizza toppings are also gluten-free (check the labels), there’s no reason why those that are gluten-sensitive can’t enjoy pizza, too. If dairy or meat are concerns, use soy equivalents,” she advises. This recipe makes a rectangular pizza, because it’s easier to spread the batter-like dough into this shape.

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prerequisites for yoga class. In reality, practicing yoga is a way to gain such abilities. The Mayo Clinic further notes that with the improved balance, flexibility and range of motion gained through yoga practice, injuries from other physical or day-to-day activities become less likely.

Increased Strength Although weights are not used in yoga, muscle strength, bone strength and endurance are boosted via the discipline’s weight-bearing postures. When an American Council on Exercise study recruited 34 healthy women to practice yoga three times a week, they could do an average of six more push-ups and

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Better Breathing Yoga emphasizes slow and deep breathing. Information on Yoga Alliance’s educational website (Yoga indicates that these deliberate actions are known to activate the body’s parasympathetic system, or relaxation response, while also improving lung function. According to the Northern Colorado Allergy & Asthma Clinic, individuals with asthma reported decreased frequency in the use of inhalers, increased relaxation and a more positive outlook on life after participating in regular yoga sessions for four months.

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Yoga’s deep breathing, combined with the need for balance and concentration, works to reduce stress, anxiety, heart rate and blood pressure levels, according to research published by the Mayo Clinic. Yoga’s breathing techniques have reportedly reduced blood pressure more effectively than other soothing activities, such as listening to relaxing music.

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All You Can Dry Clean – Laundry Club – 7:30am5:30pm. Greenway Cleaners is an all-natural ecofriendly dry cleaning service. For new customers only we are providing a new laundry club for $50 a month – no limits! $50/month. Greenway Cleaners, 386 Atwood Ave., Cranston. 401-626-4600. World Reflexology Month – 10am-2pm. Celebrate World Reflexology Month with a half price session w/hot stones or purchase a gift certificate – email for appt – available through month of September only. $30. Sole to Soul Reflexology, 58A Needle Grove, North Providence. 401-486-9650. Kripalu Dance Yoga – Free Demo – 6-7pm. Dance, move, flow and stretch who you are. Free. Wellness in Motion, Smithfield YMCA, 15 Deerfield Dr., Greenville. 401-949-2480.

Saturday, September 3

The East Greenwich Art Festival – 10am-5pm. Festival Fete presents The East Greenwich Art Festival host to over 100 artists along with strolling entertainment, festive food, and a farmers market. Free. Festival Fete, 1408 Division St, East Greenwich Reiki Level One Certification – 10am-5pm. Beginner’s class to be certified in Reiki I. Pre-registration to reserve. $100. Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave East Providence 401-432-7195. Hatha Yoga – 1-2pm. With Satta. Space is limited, please call to reserve. $15. Enza’s Day Spa, 90 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. 401-647-4247. East Bay Pug Meet-Up Group – 2-3pm. Pug Meet-ups are a great opportunity for pugs & pug parents to interact & socialize. It’s quite exciting and humorous to have so many pugs in one place. $5. Alexandra Morgan, 84 Cutler St, Unit #7, Warren. 401-434-3687.

Sunday, September 4

Intro to Ayurveda – 4:30-5:30pm. Learn the secrets behind this ancient healing system from India, and how to achieve full health naturally! Awaken your body’s intelligence to overcome chronic illness. Free. Aermid Ayurveda, 100 Lafayette St, Ste 108, Pawtucket. 860-558-3988.

Monday, September 5

Tai Chi – 10:30-11:30am. Beginners class in T’ai Chi, Short Form. All are welcome. Donations accepted. Dr. Michael Gottfried, Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus St, Tiverton. 401-849-7011.

Tuesday, September 6

Kripalu Dance Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Dance, move, flow and stretch who you are. $30/6 weeks. Wellness in Motion, North Providence Pool and Fitness Center, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-353-7007. Kripalu Dance Yoga – 3:30-4:30pm. Dance, move, flow and stretch who you are. $30/6 weeks. Wellness in Motion, North Providence Pool and Fitness Center, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-353-7007.

Wednesday, September 7

Lighten Your Mood Yoga Series – 4-5:30pm. 8 week yoga series for seasonal blues designed to systematically address the effects of decreasing sunlight on mood, energy, strength, stamina, focus, and concentration. $88/8 Weeks, $17/Drop-in. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Guided Imagery and Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 1st, 3rd, and 4th Wednesdays. Group meditation for relaxation and focus. For more information, call Sharon McMahon. $10. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Ste 3, Wakefield. 401-742-2354. 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.

Thursday, September 8

Kripalu Dance Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Dance, move, flow and stretch who you are. $30/6 weeks. Wellness in Motion, North Providence Pool and Fitness Center, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-353-7007. Kripalu Dance Yoga – 3:30-4:30pm. Dance, move, flow and stretch who you are. $30/6 weeks. Wellness in Motion, North Providence Pool and Fitness Center, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-353-7007.

Kripalu Dance Yoga – 6-7pm. Dance, move, flow and stretch who you are. $45/7 weeks member, $60/non member. Wellness in Motion, Smithfield YMCA, 15 Deerfield Dr., Greenville. 401-949-2480.

Friday, September 9

Finding Refuge: A How-To on Retreats – 9:30am12:30pm. Information on the who, what, when, where, why and how of retreats. Everyone receives the Angel Whispers RI Retreat tote containing Retreat essentials. $100. Angel Whispers RI, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – 6:307:30pm. Free Orientation and talk. 8 week class begins Sept 12th. Mindfulness meditation practice, gentle stretching/yoga, inquiry exercises, group dialogue, daily home assignments, 2 CDs and a workbook. Free/Talk, $365/8 week workshop. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Silent Meditation Night – 7-8pm. Great opportunity for you to BE with yourself. There will be no guided instruction, simply soft music in the background to help enhance your experience. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Group Healing Session – 7-9pm. As you are brought into a peaceful state from a guided meditation, intuitive healer, Kim Testa, accompanied by Melissa Brodeur, will administer individual healings to all. $20/Suggested donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Providence. 401-439-3303.

An Evening with Foster Perry – 7-10pm. Hear the perspective of a world teacher and spiritual practitioner on Friday and experience a deep introduction to shamanism, healing and hummingbird medicine on Sunday. $35/Friday, $150/Sunday 10:30am-8pm. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

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Saturday, September 10

Kripalu Dance Yoga – 8-9am. Dance, move, flow and stretch who you are. $48/6 weeks members, $60/nonmembers. Wellness in Motion, Lepre Wellness Center, 1525 Smith St, North Providence. 401-383-1551. Kripalu Dance Yoga – 10-11am. Dance, move, flow and stretch who you are. $30/6 weeks. Wellness in Motion, North Providence Pool and Fitness Center, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-353-7007. Self Mastery Series – 10am-12pm. Awaken & re-connect with who/what we really are, a force of Divine Creator Light. Learn breathing techniques for centering, chakra clearing & more. Ongoing series. $45. Acorn Cottage, Woodbine Rd, Wakefield. 401-284-0363.

How to Make a Tincture – 10am-12:30pm. Learn how to make a tincture with natural products. Call for info and pre-registration required. $10. Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

Reiki I Certification Workshop – 10am-4pm. Start your journey with Reiki, a gentle hands-on energy modality to heal your life. Ample time for hands-on practice and lots of information/handouts. $135. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. Raptor Weekend – 10am-4pm. Largest celebration of raptors in New England. Eagles, hawks, falcons and owls featured in live flight presentations, educational programs and activities. $8/member adult, $4/member child. $10/nonmember adult, $5/ nonmember child. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope St, Bristol. 401-245-7500. Navigating Childhood Vaccines – 10am-11pm. Join Naturopathic doctor and mother Dr. Keri Layton to understand how to navigate your child’s vaccination schedule to protect your child from disease and the side effects of the vaccines themselves. $18. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Law of Attraction in Action – 6-9pm. Come learn how to get what you want by playing by the Rules of Life. Knowing the Universal Law of Attraction can be a big asset. Positive Energy and fun! RSVP. $22. Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

Sri Dharma Mittra – 6-9:30pm. Meditation, Pranayama, & Spiritual Discourse followed by private dinner with Sri Dharma @ The Bridge $40, Dinner $125. High Street Yoga, 44 High St, Westerly.

Zikr: The Practice of Remembrance – 6:30-9pm. Sufi gathering led by Sheikh Firdousi (Dr. John Wyrick) Chanting, Sufi practices and poetry for purification of the heart. No one turned away for lack of funds. $20/ Suggested donation. Tenth Gate Yoga Center, Old Almy Village, 1016 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-9642.

Sunday, September 11

Sri Dharma Mittra – 10am-1pm. Asana (includes special meditation). $60. High Street Yoga, 44 Hight St, Westerly.

International Angel Day Celebration – 10am-1pm. Whether you are new to the angelic realm or experienced in working with angels, I invite you to join us as we celebrate these beautiful beings of Light. $20. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Raptor Weekend – 10am-4pm. See September 10th at 10am for details. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope St, Bristol. 401-245-7500.

Monday, September 12

Yoga for Upper Back Neck & Shoulders – 4-5:30pm. Tension Tamer: 8 week series designed to strengthen and teach yogis how to move more freely and fluidly in your upper back, neck, and shoulders. $88/8 Weeks, $17/drop-in. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Get Started Running – 5:30-7:15pm. 8 week program for beginners to get healthy and run/walk a fun 5K. Meet in the studio and end with a run/walk. Each class is themed; nutrition, warm ups, form and more! $128/8 Weeks, $18/ Drop-in. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. Kripalu Dance Yoga – 6-7pm. Dance, move, flow and stretch who you are. $48/6 weeks members, $60/nonmembers. Wellness in Motion, Lepre Wellness Center, 1525 Smith St, North Providence. 401-383-1551.

Tuesday, September 13

Lunch Time Reiki Share – 12-1:15pm. Reiki practitioners of all levels welcome to give and receive healing. A time to be supported as you support others. Please 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.

Yoga for Beginners – 6-7:15pm. 4 week series. Lynda West will introduce students to basic Hatha, Vinyasa and Kundalini yoga postures, pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation. Pre-registration required. $60. Tenth Gate Yoga Center, Old Almy Village, 1016 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-9642.

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. Free. Healing Hearts, 1542 Main St, West Warwick. 401-615-2423.

Wednesday, September 14

Open House – 5:30am-10pm. Come workout for free and bring a friend! Special classes, demos & fitness assessments. Meet local vendors and sample products. Non-members are welcome. Free. Boston Sports Club, 131 Pitman St, Providence. 401-351-2449. Make Your Own Healing Chakra Jewelry – 6:308:30pm. We will provide natural healing stones, supplies, tools & instruction ~ you supply the creativity! Custom pieces for what ails you. Preregistration required. $55. Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman St, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Self-Love Workshop/Taking Your Power Back – 7-8:30pm. Have you been giving your power to others by suggestion or do to negative experiences? Retreat your personal power back to you from this and past lives. $15. Healing Hearts, 1542 Main St, West Warwick. 401-615-2423. Reiki/ Energy Share – 7-9pm. Information and Energy Sharing Session for all that are interested in energy therapies. All levels and modalities are welcome. Please call Debi for more information. $5/ Donation. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Ste 3, Wakefield. 401-263-1107.

Thursday, September 15

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. Free. Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

Rhode Island Holisic Healers Association – 7-8:30pm. Socialize and network with like-minded individuals working toward a better life. Free for members, donations. RHIIHA, Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. RIHHA,com.

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Friday, September 16

Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. After a few gentle stretches, you will be led on a journey toward relaxation. This month’s topic is Grounding and calling back your energy. Call ahead to register. $10. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave, Ste 224, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Chakra Balancing Meditation – 7-8pm. Purpose of the chakra balancing meditation is to open and clear the chakras. It will align higher frequency energies and also release any stored negative energy. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. 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/pp,$50/per couple. One Center for Yoga and Wellness, 142A Danielson Pike (Route 6), Foster. 860-617-1234.

Saturday, September 17

Vaman Dhouti – A Yogic cleansing – 8-10:30am. Stomach cleansing technique of Yoga rarely offered elsewhere. Includes a special rice and lentil dish with Soya milk. Good for sinus & asthma. $40/before Sept 14, $45/after. Manisha Yoga Dance & Holistic Center, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket. 401-305-5265.

Bringing the Brain to Bullying Prevention – 8:30am-5pm. Workshop examines behavioral challenges from the perspective of the research in brain development and how cognitively children are affected, impacted and stimulated by those factors negative associated with society, family community and school. $120. Family and Friends Coaching Practice, Holiday Inn Mansfield, 31 Hampshire St, Mansfield, MA. 617733-6006. Magnified Healing® 3rd Phase – 9:30am-5:30pm. 2 day Workshop: 9/17 & 9/18. Prerequisite is to be Initiated in Magnified Healing® 1st Phase at least 4 months prior to the 3rd Phase workshop. Visit website for more info. $265 w/ $50 deposit by 9/9. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-9358451.

Samadhi Retreat Day – 10am-3pm. Join us for a day of exploring the poem Samadhi as unveiled by Paramhansa Yogananda in his book Whispers from Eternity. Meditation talks chanting, nature potluck lunch. $25/ Plus a piece of fruit. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745.

Reiki II Certification Workshop – 10am-4pm. You will learn 3 powerful Reiki symbols to use and activate, including sending Distant Reiki. Detailed instructions, manual and certificate. Lunch provided. $150. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. Medium Class – 10am-4pm. Rev. Rita Berkowitz, author of two books, will teach the basics on how to connect to the spirit world with wisdom and lots of knowledge-call ASAP, limited seating. $125. Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium – 12:30-5pm. Bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on Earth. Where on Earth are we going? And what can we do about it?. $20/Suggested donation. Church of the Mediator, 50 Rounds Ave, Providence. 401-261-3426. RIIPL.ORG.


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Wild Mushroom Walk – 2-4:30pm. Truly amazing variety of mushrooms and other fungi, both delectable and deadly. Please note: Collecting mushrooms on Audubon property is prohibited. $8/member adult, $4/member child. $10/nonmember adult, $5/nonmember child. Audubon Society, Kimball Wildlife Refuge, 180 Sanctuary Rd, Charlestown. 401-949-5454.

Thursday, September 22

Sunday, September 18

Laughing Yoga – 6:30-8pm. Come experience a fun, positive way to get centered and balanced and get a good workout...Guaranteed to make you laugh or at least crack a smile : ). $14. Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

Sun Rise Yoga – 6-7:30am. Yoga is so much related to Sun that practicing Yoga at sunrise gives immense physical benefits & mental peace. Do Authentic Indian Yoga with postures, meditation, chants. $20. Manisha Yoga Dance & Holistic Center, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket. 401-305-5265. Fundamentals of Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers and Practitioners – 10am-6pm. 8 Sunday Classes. Designed for individuals 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. Earn 64 CEU’s. $640/before 8/15, $680/after. Lotus Fire Yoga, 650 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-323-4638. Fall Health Fair – 11am-3pm. Come experience or find out more about natural health & healing during our Fall Health Fair. Explore everything from acupuncture, massage, reiki, to counseling & more. Free. Fiddleheads Natural Food Co-Op, 13 Broad St, New London, CT.

Monday, September 19

Allergies and Natural Treatments – 6:30-7:30pm. Do you have allergies? Then come to learn about different allergy responses and natural treatment options. Complimentary drinks & snacks provided. Please RSVP by 09/16/11. Free. Cumberland Family Chiropractic LLC, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535. 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, Rm 204, North Kingstown. 401-924-0567.

Tuesday, September 20

Your Life’s Purpose Statement – 6:30-8pm. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to get to know YOU through a series of visualizations, exercises and questions. Register w/ marcus@ $15/Advance, $20/ Door (space permitting). NL Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415 (4th Fl), New London, CT. 860-447-0277. 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. Free. The Good Witch Shoppe, 1046 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-864-3750.

Wednesday, September 21

Holistic Happy Hour – 4-7pm. Menu: Appetizers, Fruit Smoothie or Herbal Tea, Mini Sessions: Dr. Hauschka Facials, Massage, Psychic Readings, Reiki, Reflexology or VortexHealing®. Herbal Weed walk. $10/10 minutes. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Ste 3, Wakefield. 401-742-2354.

Reiki Informational Session – 6:30-7:30pm. For those curious about the healing modality of Reiki. Come learn and experience more about this gentle but powerful form of healing. Call ahead to register. $5 donation. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave, Ste 224, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Keeping It Simple – 7-9pm. Author Jayne DeRouin offers her unique perspective of her book, ‘Keeping It Simple’ in this workshop. Learn ways to bring peace, harmony and balance to everyday living. $35. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Friday, September 23

Spend a Day With the Angels – 10am-3pm. Angels 101-An Introduction to the Messengers of light will run from 10am-12pm. Angel gift included. Angels 301-A Continuation from 1-3pm. Angelic attunement included. $55, $33/each session. Angel Whispers RI, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278. Divinely Touched: Transform Your Life – 5-7pm. 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. The Grateful Heart Bookstore, 17 W. Main St, Wickford. 401-294-3981.

Group Healing Session – 7-9pm. As you are brought into a peaceful state from a guided meditation, intuitive healer, Kim Testa, accompanied by Melissa Brodeur, will administer individual healings to all. $20/Suggested donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Providence. 401-439-3303.

Saturday, September 24

Free Fall Open House – 8am-3:30pm. Please join us to try a Free class in Aikido, Karate, Yoga, Tae Kwando, Kung Fu, Japanese Sword, Aiki Jujutsu, and more! See website for Schedule. Free. Main Street Martial Arts, 1282 North Main St, Providence. 401-274-7672.

Awakening to Oneness - Become a Deeksha Blessing Giver - 8am-5pm. And 9/25. Wonderful, healing weekend with inner yoga training and energy transmissions that will help release deep-seated emotional patterns, awaken kundalini energy, and find the peace that exists beyond the mind. Emial Susan to register - $195/ Before Sept 17, $215/after. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Providence. 774-571-0626. Yoga for Men – 8:45-10:15am. 8 week series incorporates deep controlled breath work, meditation and physical poses which cater to areas where men need extra attention. All genders & skill levels welcome. $96/8 Weeks, $17/Drop-in. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium – 9:15am12:30pm. Come together with other like-minded people to explore the challenges our culture faces and what we can do about it individually and collectively. $10-20/Suggested donation. Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree St, Fall River, MA.

Hearts and Hands Walk-A-Thon for Autism – 9:30am-1:30pm. Walk and family fun day. Two mile walk kicks off at 11:15. Activities to keep the kids engaged will be available before and after the walk. Free/Donations appreciated. Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree St, Fall River, MA. 50837903.

Self Master Series – 10am-12pm. Part ll. Awaken to higher Self. Learn breathing techniques, chakra clearing, & much more. Important for feeling re-connected to Divine and self. Feel better Now. $45. Acorn Cottage, Woodbine Rd, Wakefield. 401-284-0363. The Healing Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu® – 1-5pm. Learn the body›s 26 vortexes of energy and the finger pressure techniques used to remove blockages and promote mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. $65. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Divinely Touched: Transform Your Life – 2-4pm. 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. Herbs and Angels, 1989A Plainfield Pike, Johnston. 401-383-2344.

Sunday, September 25

Carbon Nation – 1-3pm. Film Screening documentary about climate change solutions and discussion to address Global Warming Crisis. Donations encouraged. Beneficent Church, 300 Weybosset St, Providence. 401-261-3426.

Fall Equinox Drum Circle – 6-7pm. Join us to honor the season and focus on healing for the community and the earth. Bring drums, rattles, some are available to share. No experience needed. All ages. Donation. Katharine Rossi, Mill at Shady Lea, Rm 204, North Kingstown. 401-924-0567.

Wednesday, September 28

Divinely Touched: Transform Your Life – 4-6pm. 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. White Light Books, 1462 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-944-4130.

Chiropractic and Wellness – 6:30-7:30pm. Free talk about chiropractic care, how it works and how it can help you improve your health. Complimentary snacks and drinks provided. Please RSVP by 09/26. Free. Cumberland Family Chiropractic, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535. Embracing the Goddess Within – 6:30-8:30pm. Is your Divine Feminine calling you? Join us as we learn more about the Goddesses & how they can help us be more creative, have more fun and embrace Self Love & Joy. $25. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Meditation for Weight Loss – 6:45-8:30pm. With simple autohypnotic techniques and meditation you will free your mind and learn to practice how to love your body and soul now then your ideal body weight follows. $20, $15/bring a friend each. Healing Hearts, Dr.Ysabel Reyes, 1542 Main St, West Warwick. 401-615-2423.

Reiki Share – 7:30-9pm. Reiki practitioners of all levels are invited for an evening of healing. By sharing treatments and stories, we will create a strong support system. Call ahead to register. $5/donation. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave Ste 224, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Thursday, September 29

Saturday, October 1

The Mood Cure: 4 Step Program – 7-8:30pm. You will learn what the best brain foods are for you and how to use the amino acid supplements that will jump-start all of your emotional engines and keep them fired up. $14/SK residents, $16/non-residents. The Neighborhood Guild, 325 Columbia St., Wakefield. 401-789-9301.

Collective Flow w/Coral Brown – 6-8:30pm. join us in a creative, dynamic Prana Flow class. all levels welcome, sequencing will include standing poses, backbends, twists and hip openers to create a fluid body. $35. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklwan Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839. Everyday Reiki – 6:30-8:30pm. Come explore many new ways to incorporate Reiki into your daily life for inner peace and balance. Recommended for Reiki II Practitioners and higher. $30 (includes materials). Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Friday, September 30

Open House – 5:30am-10pm. Come workout for free and bring a friend! Special classes, demos, & fitness assessments. Meet local vendors and sample products. Non-members are welcome. Free. Boston Sports Club, 131 Pitman St, Providence. katie. 401-351-2449. 40 Days/ Fall Refresher – 12-1pm. Ground your energy and renew your body and mind with a powerful synchronization of yoga, meditation and seasonal, natural eating in preparation for the coming winter. $300/Unlimited Yoga for 40 Days. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

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. Free. Robin’s Nest, 799 S. Main St, Bellingham, MA. 401-244-4881. Learn Dowsing – 6:30-9pm. How and when to use each tool, Make your own L-rods. $25. Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

Special (Basic) Class Rate ~ 2 for 1 – 7-8:15pm. Bring a friend to class with you~ Perfect way to introduce a friend to yoga or just enjoy the yoga class together and split the drop in rate. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Life Force Yoga® with Amy Weintraub – 7-9pm. Based on ancient practices and current scientific findings, incorporating breath, sound, movement and visualization to help you meet and manage your mood. All levels. $45. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Sacred Singing Bowls – A Healing Metals Concert – 7:30-9pm. Evening of meditation, healing, and inter-dimensional journeying featuring an extensive collection of instruments from Himalayan singing bowls to rattles and flutes. With Peter Blum. $20/Pre registration, $25/Door. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Manifesting Abundance – 9am-1pm. Learn how to take control of your life and manifest abundance in all areas. Rebecca and Dave have years of experience teaching people how to live the life they dream of and truly desire. $49. Infinate Potential, Centerville Seminar Center, 875 Centerville Rd, Bdg 2, St 5, Warwick. 508-883-1007. Journey of Hope, Radio Host Panel – 9am-4pm. Join us in raising conscious awareness to Joy and Healthier lives. Speakers: Deborah Beauvais, Roland Comtois, Laura Lester Fournier, Ada Marie, Susan Baker. Surprises! $40/before Sept 1, $45/after. The Lantana, 43 Scanlon Dr, Randolph, MA. 508226-1723. LifeForce Yoga® with Amy Weintraub – 10am2pm. Attending Friday night 7-9pm is a prerequisite to this workshop. Amy promises that you’ll leave with a lighter heart, and a clearer mind, or your money back. $110/Fri. & Sat. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Usui Reiki I Certification Weekend – 10am-6pm. Also 10/2, 12-5pm. Receive a manual, learn the history, hand positions, gain knowledge of the chakra system, be attuned to the Reiki energy & practice time. $150. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 401-533-2860. Nutrition and Cooking Workshop – 1-3pm. One hour workshop followed by one hour cooking demonstration; registration is required, space is limited. For more information or to register, contact Tracey. $25. Holistic Health Rhode Island, 5784 Post Rd., Ste 5, East Greenwich. 401-527-0281.

Sunday, October 2

Shamanic Journey Workshop – 1-5:30pm. Learn how to journey to the lower world for an animal guide and the upper world, how to formulate questions and use the journey for inner guidance, clarity, and healing. $60. Katharine Rossi, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Ongoing Ayurvedic Health Workshops – 6:307:30pm. Leave behind chronic illness and pain; discover time-tested ways to achieve health and balance in a supportive group setting. All are welcome! Meets every other week. $15/, $72/6 class card. Aermid Ayurveda, 100 Lafayette St, Ste 108, Pawtucket. 860-558-3988.

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Saturday, October 8

Nutrition and Cooking Workshop – 1-3pm. One hour workshop followed by one hour cooking demonstration; registration is required, space is limited. For more information or to register, contact Tracey. $25. Holistic Health Rhode Island, 5784 Post Rd., Ste 5, East Greenwich. 401-527-0281.

markyourcalendar Saturday, October 15

Reiki Level 2 Workshop — 11am-6pm. Prerequisite: Reiki Level One. Deepen your healing path and discover advanced methods of healing from a truly gifted Master/Teacher. Symbols, distant healing and more. Materials and certificate included. Receive your training at our beautiful, healing center. $175. Michael Lyons, 101 Higginson Ave., Lincoln. 401-722-8400.

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Reiki Level One Workshop — 11am-6pm. Learn this gentle, hands on energy healing system from a truly gifted Master/Teacher. Receive the attunement, history, meditation, practice and certificate. All Students will leave the class with the ability to heal themselves and others. $150. Michael Lyons, 101 Higginson Ave., Lincoln. 401-722-8400. HealingHandsRI

markyourcalendar Ongoing Introduction to Mindfulness

Sept. 10, 17, 24 & Oct. 1 Saturdays 10am-12pm

Sept. 12, 19, 26 & Oct. 3 Mondays 10am-12pm

Sept. 14, 21, 28 & Oct. 12 Wednesdays 7-9pm The Healing Circle, Providence

Sept. 12, 19, 26 & Oct. 3 Mondays 7:15- 9:15pm Swansea Center for Psychotherapy, Swansea, MA All levels of experience. Learn ways to develop a steady practice to deeply support mental, physical and emotion health. Effective tools of meditation, body scan and gentle yoga can support those with no previous experience of meditation, as well as those who practice regularly. Cost: $118/4 week session. Includes practice CDs and materials. Contact or phone 401-226-5583.


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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.

Kripalu Yoga – 9-9:45am. Postures, breathing and core work to stretch, strengthen and relieve tension. Donations accepted. Church of the Mediator – a UU Fellowship, 50 Rounds Ave, Providence. 401-941-3070. 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. Enjoy a relaxing morning class which includes a short talk & guided meditation on how to apply Buddhist teachings. $8, Free for members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277.

Shambhala Mindfulness Meditation – 10am12pm. Open community practice of basic mindfulness meditation, with chants (participation optional). Instruction offered at 10:00am. Free. Providence Shambhala Meditation Center, 541 Pawtucket Ave., 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-305-0762. Shambhala. 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-11:45apm. 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. 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.

Gentle Flow/Yoga Nidra – 5:30-7pm. preparing you for the week ahead, a gentle wave of postures to open the body, quiet the mind and rejuvenate your spirit! Ending class with Yoga Nidra, a deep sweet sleep. $13. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839. 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. 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. Meditation at Lunchtime – 12-1pm. Take a real break at lunchtime to rejuvenate and take a more peaceful version of yourself back to work. $8. Serlingpa Meditation Center | Providence, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. 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. Anusara Yoga with Sara Davidson – 5-6:30pm. One of the 300 most experienced anusara teachers in the country. 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. Gentle Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Mind-body awareness, posture, alignment and breathing techniques. Beginners welcome. $12.$60/6 weeks. West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-734-9355. 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. 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. Core Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Refine your yoga practice and strengthen your posture in Core Yoga! We emphasize core initiation while playing with challenging and invigorating asana sequences. $13, Class Cards & Monthly’s available. Body Magic Yoga and Fitness Studio, 580 Wood St, Bristol. 401-743-8490.

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. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Classes – 7:30-9pm. Last Monday. Energy therapy that directs chi to blockage points by tapping on acupuncture meridian points on a model thereby releasing blockages. RSVP. $10/donation. Sacred Earth Center, Shari Bitsis, 68 South Main St, Woonsocket. 401-465-4249.


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. All levels. Come with your yoga mat or large towel to enjoy the beauty Bristol offers. Rainy Days class will take place at studio. $8, cash or check. Body Magic Yoga and Fitness Studio, 580 Wood St, Bristol. 401-743-8490. Nia Class – 10:30-11:30am. Incorporates dance movement to very cool music with a touch of martial arts. $4/members,$8/nonmembers. Smithfield Community Center, One Williams J. Hawkins Jr. Trail, Smithfield. 401-487-6977. Nia Movement Class – 10:30-11:30am. Fitness class for any body. Come experience the wonderful music and the Joy of movement. No shoes, bring water. Membership or drop-in. Ocean YMCA, High St, Westerly. 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, shape-up, get strong Call for more info. $25/3 new student special. Yoga With Lora, 1665 Hartford Ave, 2nd Fl, 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. All are welcome. Donations accepted. Dr. Michael Gottfried, 1272 West Main Rd., Middletown. 401-849-7011. DrMGottfried@ Women’s Self-Defense – Aikido – 5:30-6:30pm. Gain confidence, flexibility, and skills in this ongoing Women’s Self-Defense class. Aikido is a gentle but effective martial art. Open to girls eleven and up. Free first class. Main Street Martial Arts, 1282 North Main St, Providence. 401-274-7672. 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. Zumba – 6-7pm. 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.

All Level Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Combination class: Deep, yet gentle stretching (Yin Yoga) with a moderately-paced Vinyasa flow. Open to Beginners. $14, $96/8. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, @The Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401658-4802.

Meditation Group – 6:30-8pm. 1st and 3rd Tuesday. Meditation Can Help You relieve tension, stress & pain. Feel happier, more relaxed & at peace. Discover and explore your inner spiritual nature. Donation. West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-734-9355. Hatha Yoga – 7-8pm. With Satta. Space is limited, please call to reserve. $15. Enza’s Day Spa, 90 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. 401-647-4247.

Yoga 101 – 7-8:15pm. Try our award winning intro to yoga class for beginners. Great place to start and get answers to all of your yoga questions. $16, $50/5 class pass. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

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. Creating a Happy Life – 7-8:30pm. We all have the wish to be happy all of the time, yet it eludes us so much of the time. In this series Kelsang Chokyi will talk about developing a supreme good heart. $10. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277.

Tong Ren Guinea Pig Classes – 7-8:30pm. 1st Tuesday. Energy therapy that directs chi to blockage points by tapping on acupuncture meridian points on a model thereby releasing blockages. RSVP. $10/ Donation. Changing Lives, Shari Bitsis, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 401-465-4249. 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.

T’ai Chi – 10:30-11:30pm. Beginners classes in T’ai Chi, Short Form. All are welcome. Donations accepted. Dr. Michael Gottfried, Middletown Senior Center, 650 Green End Ave, Middletown. 401-849-7011.

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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.

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.

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.

Early Morning Ashtanga Mix Yoga – 6:157:15am. See Monday at 6:15am for details. $12. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-632-0878.

Sunrise Yoga – 7-8am. Great way to start your day, whether you are a beginner or advanced. $12, packages available. Simplify Yoga, 1050 Tiogue Ave, 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. Tai Chi – 10:30-11:30am. Beginners classes in T’ai Chi, Short Form. All are welcome. Donations accepted. Dr. Michael Gottfried, Little Compton Senior Center, 34 Commons Rd, Little Compton. 401-849-7011. Tai Chi – Beginning and Continuing – 1-2pm. Summer Tai Chi is still in session. New 12 week courses begin first week in Oct. on Wed at 1, Thur at 7:30 pm, and Sat. at 12. New Qigong course also begins in Oct. $210. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave., East Providence. 435-6502. 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. Kids Yoga – 4:30-5:15pm. Through basic instruction and games, children learn Yoga postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation in a fun safe environment. Call to register. $10/class. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave Ste 224, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Teen Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Yoga class community where teens treat their bodies and their fellow yogis with respect, understanding and acceptance. Nancy Escher is a certified Teen Yoga Instructor. $12, $80/ class pass. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

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 meditation until 8:30pm. Free/Donations. Providence Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-1464. 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. 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. 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 Fl, Pawtucket. 401-305-0762. Heated Vinyasa Flow – 6-7:30pm. Strengthen your body and release toxins as you connect to mindful breathing. Experience Prana, universal energy, as you flow to contemporary and traditional yoga music. $15, or class card. Healing Hands RI, 101 Higginson Ave., Lincoln. 401-722-8400.

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Book Club – 6-8pm. Look at what we are reading for September! The Shack by Wm. Paul Young; good adult conversation and company. Make the time for You! Donations accepted. CreatIgo, The Wellness Center, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-793-0097. Yoga Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. Practice focuses on the essentials of Vinyasa Yoga. Develop awareness toward breath and alignment while moving seamlessly from one posture to the next. $13, Class Cards & Monthly’s. Body Magic Yoga and Fitness Studio, 580 Wood St, Bristol. 401-743-8490. 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. Gentle Yoga – 7-8pm. Mind-body awareness, posture and alignment and breathing techniques. Beginners welcome. $12, $60/6 weeks. West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-734-9355. 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.


Hatha Yoga – 9-10:15am. Hatha yoga focuses on uniting asana and meditation practices. Asanas are held for longer durations with a strong emphasis on breath (pranayama) and alignment. $13 Drop In Fee/Class Cards & Monthlys. Body Magic Yoga and Fitness Studio, 580 Wood St, Bristol. 401-743-8490. 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. 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.


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Tong Ren Guinea Pig Classes – 10:30am-12pm. 2nd & 4th Thursday. Energy therapy that directs chi to blockage points by tapping on accupuncture meridien points on a model thereby releasing blockages. RSVP. $10/Donation. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. 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. Group Personal Training – 12:30-1:30pm. Join Jen Meyer for a unique blend of yoga & strength training. Weights & Stability Balls supplied. $60/4 weeks. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Open Forum – 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. Meditation~Visualization~Relaxation – 5:155:45pm. Half hour of Bliss! Join us for a guided meditation. Time for you to relax, restore, refresh and rejuvenate. Just lay on your mat and Be! $5/Donation. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839. 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. 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.

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. 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, 1050 Tiogue Ave, 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. Prana Vinyasa – 9:30-10:45am. Start your day off with this all-levels class, a creative vinyasa style sequencing with focus on prana to cultivate a calm mind, flexibility and strength. $13. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

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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 or 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.

SpiritDanceRI – 7-10pm. Monthly smoke- and alcohol-free barefoot boogie. Dance in community and fun with other movers and shakers. No partner or experience necessary. All profits go to charity. Sliding scale $8-12.


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., Ste 4 A, Providence. 401-461-6665.

Yoga Basics – 9-10am. Designed to effortlessly strengthen and tone the body while increasing flexibility and suppleness of the joints. Great for beginners!. $12,$80/8. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348. 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.

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Reiki, Massage, Reflexology, Music, Pet Therapy & More Care Alternatives is recruiting volunteers to work with terminally ill patients and their families throughout southeastern Massachusetts. Volunteers receive training and continuing education related to Hospice and the support of Hospice staff.

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classifieds FOR RENT Office Space. Room available full or part time within a holistic health center in East Greenwich. Rent includes: wi-fi, utilities, web presence, some advertising and shared voicemail box. Call 401-398-2933, Jewel Sommerville, D,Ac., voicemail #1 for more information. Rental Space Available at our day spa in North Scituate. Call Enza at 401-647-4247 for reasonable rates!

ITEMS For sale LOVE WANDS - Excite your partner with the greatest love wand ever created. Energetically charged for maximum delight. Great Sexual Healing. Incredible testimonials. For Lovers of all ages. Call 401-742-0512

help wanted DISTRIBUTORS – Become an Acaiberri distributor. Health and nutrition interests preferred, but not required. Selling is also a plus. Potential distributors can contact Angelo at 401-497-0740, or email Visit for more information.

massage Rolf Structural Integration, Thai Massage, Therapeutic Bodywork, Relaxing Swedish Massage. Rob Martin offers bodywork at Motion Center @ 111 Chestnut St. Call 401-654-6650.

Opportunities CURRENTLY PUBLISHING NATURAL AWAKENINGS MAGAZINES – For sale in Birmingham, AL; Cincinnati, OH; Lexington, KY; Louisville, KY; Manhattan, NY; North Central, FL; Northeast PA; Tulsa, OK and Southwest VA. Call for details 239-530-1377. Distribution Site – Offer your patrons the opportunity to pick up their monthly copy of Natural Awakenings magazine at your business location, and promote your events for free with 2 calendars listings a month. Contact


anti-aging FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH ENERGY Look and Feel Young at Any Age Anti-Aging Coach Leslie Simon Haduch 401-742-0512

Aquidneck Nutrients & Wellness Center

NEW!! *Protandim* herbal pill turns back the clock of your cellular age to that of a twenty year old. Removes free radicals and oxidative stress which are at the center of most diseases. NEW!!  Bio-Resonance machines clear stress from the body. Feel entirely revitalized. Clear out negativity on ALL levels

Are you suffering from Sleep Disturbances, Anxiety, Fatigue, Depression, Low energy, Low Libido, PMS, Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Focus and Memory loss? We will work with your doctor. For Men and Women. Consultations available Monday through Friday 10am-5pm with Rene St.Laurent Rph/certified clinical nutritionist and hormone consultant.



Aermid Ayurveda

Jessica Albernaz, MS, CAC Serving RI and MA 860-558-3988 Ayurveda is an ancient system of holistic medicine from India. It is completely natural, relying on diet, lifestyle, yoga, and herbs to treat mental/physical imbalances. Achieving balance in body and mind strengthens immunity and activates the body’s natural healing power. As a Certified Ayurvedic Consultant, I can help you determine your own personal balance and provide natural treatments to help you achieve it.

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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Rhode Island Edition

17 West Main Street Wickford, RI 02852 401-294-3981

Books on Spirituality, Metaphysics, Psychology, Shamanism, Alternative Healing, Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking. Kirlian Aura Photos. Meaningful jewelry with crystals and gemstones, Angels, Buddhas, Tibetan Singing bowls, Native American sacred herbs, dreamcatchers. Candles, incense, cards and beautiful music on CD. Psychic and Tarot Readings - Call for appointment. See ad on page 36.

CHIROPRACTOR Bayside Chiropractic, PC

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.

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Check our website for Class Schedules 2374 Mendon Rd., Cumberland RI • 405-0819 •

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 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 25.


Dr. Stefan Battle, Ed.D., MSW P.O. Box 3671 Cranston, RI 617-733-6006 Family and Friends Coaching Practice is sponsoring the Parent and Family Advocate workshop series this fall, 2011. The series is geared to professionals who work with children and their families and parents. For more information and to register, visit the above website address.


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.

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 on page 20.

DEPTH HYPNOSIS Katharine A. Rossi 401-924-0567

Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our commmunity. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, call 401-709-2473 for guidelines and to submit entries light soul therapy

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.


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.

DOG WALKING 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.

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.

See ad on page 27.

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Dianne Colardo Massage Envy Spa 1000 Division Street East Greenwich, RI 401-336-2900

Massage Envy Spa has partnered with Dr. Murad, of Murad International, to create four signature facials. Sun damage, acne blemishes, reducing signs of aging, or calming sensitive skin, we have a facial designed for you. Full consultation to ensure that you are receiving the treatment that is best suited for your skin care needs. Appointments are available 7 days a week, including evenings. See ad on page 19.

Marissa Cote

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

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 wellness center

health food store NATURE’S GOODNESS 510 East Main Rd Middletown, RI 401-847-7480

Positive New Beginnings

For 26 years we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic  Whole Foods, Nutritional Products, Body Care, Athletic Supplements, Natural Pet Care and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment.  We are open daily.   Please visit our web site for a wealth of information. See ad on page 27.

Reiki, Meditation, Spiritual Counseling, Law of Attraction Coaching, Angel Therapy, Crystal Healing, Yoga, Massage, Acupuncture, Theta Healing, Psychic Readings, Angel &Tarot Cards, Past Lives, Reflexology, Workshops, Magick Classes, Weddings, Moon Ceremonies, Psychic Parties, gifts, stones, herbs, Room Rentals. Sunday ~ First Spiritualist Church of RI -Come feel the positive vibe! See ad on page 44.

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 41.

873 Waterman Ave. East Providence, RI 401-432-7195

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.

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.


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MASSAGE Noreen Cerqua Providence, Walpole, Medway 508-397-8287

Certified Practitioner and Community-Based Educator of Arvigo Techniques™ of Maya Abdominal Therapy. A gentle, external, non-invasive repositioning of pelvic and abdominal organs that have shifted. Using ancient Mayan techniques, organs are guided back into proper position to restore the flow of blood, lymph, nerve impulses and energy for optimum health and well-being.

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 25.

Keri Layton, N.D. 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.

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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.

nutrition dawn parente

Eat Yourself Healthy NC, HHP 774-991-0695 Learn how to eat smarter not harder. Improve your immune response, lose weight naturally, and increase your energy, focus and performance. You can “Eat Yourself Healthy”. Classes, Workshops, Individual consults enrolling monthly. Men, women, children and families welcome.

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 41.


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!

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459 Sandy Lane, 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.

It’s Your Body’s Symphony

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 26.

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

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT


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wellcare collaborative IT’S MY HEALTH

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 44.

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 29.

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 32.

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 34.

yoga and holistic health center ALL THAT MATTERS

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 33.

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East Greenwich Art Festival

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Art! Food! Merriment! September 3rd, 2011 • 10am to 5pm rain or shine

New England Tech’s Newest CAmpus 1408 Division Road, East Greenwich Join us for over 100 art and craft artisans, festive food, a farmer's market sponsored by Whole Foods Market and strolling merriment with Rhode Island’s very own Big Nazo!

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