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t has certainly been a mild winter here in Rhode Island, and as this issue hits the streets, spring’s official arrival—March 20— is less than three weeks away! Some days in February felt as if spring were already upon us. In fact, our crocuses are well on their way to full bloom. As things begin to turn green and come to life seemingly overnight, I am optimistic about 2012. Perhaps it is the energy I feel or the way the news seems more positive these days. Whatever the reason, I hold great expectations for the year and for all of us here to experience and enjoy this momentum. Once again, Bill and I have redoubled our efforts to stay in shape and eat right. When I think about our conversations, I laugh a little at the realization of just how much time we spend discussing food. What will we eat, where, with whom, and when. We try to keep healthy diet a part of the conversation, but it’s not easy. Let’s face it, food is a large part of most people’s lives; even our social lives tend to revolve around it. Healthy families swear by the power of eating together to share the day’s stories; holidays are scheduled around who is hosting and what’s on the menu; and opportunities to meet up with friends often involve food. We are constantly bombarded with food options and challenged by the desire to eat enjoyable, healthy and affordable choices. On page 20, Judith Fertig has some great pointers in Eating Well on a Budget. A well-stocked pantry, smarter shopping and eating less meat are all ways we can work toward that. More and more folks are becoming concerned about where their food comes from, which is driving the higher demand for local and organic options. We are all fortunate that this increased demand has brought about a growing number of farmers markets that offer us fresh, local products. This popularity has actually resulted in them growing by more than 5,000 in the last two decades, with more than 40 here in Rhode Island! You can read about the various reasons for this increase in Changing the Way America Eats, by Melinda Hemmelgarn, on page 24. One of the most fascinating statistics in the article is that we are spending only half as much of our disposable income for food, and twice as much on health care. The relationship between what we eat and how we feel is becoming harder to ignore. Protecting our farmland and our farmers by encouraging the relationship between them, hospitals, restaurants, schools and the consumer is a win-win for all involved. Whether you obtain your food from farmers markets or your own garden, it’s almost spring! Can’t wait to get our plants in the ground.

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newsbriefs Renowned Medical Intuitive and Healers Coming to Rhode Island


ue Singleton, an internationally renowned medical intuitive/healer, and Aaron Singleton, a visionary, inventor and founder of The Energy of Life® integrative and intuitive healing process, are coming to Rhode Island for two weekends in March. Clients all over the world often seek private, in-person or distant healing sessions with the dynamic healers and speakers, who are also co-founders of The Way to Balance® LLC Center for Advanced Healing and Training. Sue and Aaron Singleton On March 17-18, The Way to Balance® will be cosponsoring the Discover You Expo in Lincoln, Rhode Island’s largest holistic and wellness expo. The Singletons will be speakers at the event, and The Way to Balance® will have a booth featuring unique products, DVD’s, CD’s, Sound Therapy tools, healing services and training information. Positive New Beginnings in East Providence will host the Singletons for a weekend of healing sessions on March 30 through April 1. To kick off the weekend, a free admission opportunity for participants to ask health-related questions and to hear and experience the Singletons’ intuitive gifts and sacred geometry will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 30. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 31, the workshop “The Rings of Oden: New Technology for Quantum Healing,” allows participants to experience firsthand how “net-neutral ionic energy” helps clear toxins and injuries, relieves stress/ anxiety, reduces pain and more. Their weekend of healing ends on Sunday, April 1, with “The Joy of Intuitive Healing,” a group healing that combines intuition, energy healing, quantum physics, sacred geometry and cutting-edge science. Since 1993, The Way to Balance® has provided state-of-the-art healing services, training and workshops, as well as products and tools for healing that empower people to take control of their own health and well-being. The Singletons have more than 40 years of combined success in helping clients from around the world resolve chronic pain, fibromyalgia, headaches/migraines, arthritis, Lyme disease, chemical sensitivities, and much more. For more information or to register, visit TheWayToBalance.com. See ad on page 7.



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r. Misty Kosciusko, owner of New Horizon Chiropractic and Wellness in Portsmouth, recently visited fifth and sixth grade health classes at Portsmouth Middle School with her presentation called “Sit up Straight, Eat Your Veggies,” a thorough lesson on spinal health, eating healthy, exercising and having fun. Amanda MacDonald, foods and Dr. Misty Kosciusko nutrition teacher at Portsmouth Middle School, hosted Kosciusko, a board certified chiropractic physician and nutritionist, who gave a colorful, interactive presentation to the students to educate on spinal health, increase their recognition of the USDA food pyramid, make healthy food choices and be physically active every day. Kosciusko reviewed with the students the importance of making healthier choices from each food group, eating more from some food groups than others, eating a colorful array of vegetables, and making nutritional decisions that are right for each individual student. “My students related to the issues with toting heavy backpacks that Dr. Kosciusko discussed and seemed to appreciate the review on proper carrying methods,” said MacDonald. “The doctor also brought a large model of a spine which the kids had a chance to examine and pass around— they thought that was pretty neat.” A graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic, Kosciusko was born and raised in Warwick. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Rhode Island and completed her master’s degree in clinical nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. Local schools interested in hosting Dr. Misty Kosciusko for class presentations on “Sit up Straight, Eat Your Veggies” can contact New Horizon Chiropractic and Wellness at 401-6836430. For more information, email DrMistyK@NewHorizonChiro.com or visit NewHorizonChiro.com. See ad on page 5.

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etween Two Worlds, a facility offering alternative health techniques, products and services to help develop a more conscious mind and healthy body, is offering a FourWeek Self Health Care Program. The program includes four hydrotherapy hot tub massages (normally $10 each); four light and sound meditations with the Dagaz Visual Sound System (regularly $30 each); four colonics (normally $90 each); and one iridology reading (regular cost Colon Hydrotherapy $100 each). Total cost for the By Appointment Only • Attleboro, MA four-week program is $420 with a money back guarantee if not pleased with the results. 508-222-7376 www.betweentwoworlds.info “It is essential for individuals taking part in the program betweentwoworlds@comcast.net to take responsibility for their own health,” says owner, Will 2 Perry. “By following the program outlined for their needs, most everyone will feel dramatic results within four weeks.” This hidden jewel located in Attleboro, Mass., offers a variety of products and services including colon hydrotherapy, Dagaz Visual Sound System, meditation techniques, stress management, personal training, massage and bodywork therapies, pure alkaline water, nutritional counseling, and more. For more information, call 508-222-7376 or visit BetweenTwoWorlds.info. See ad on page 27.

MARCH 17-18: Speakers/Co-Sponsors of the Discover You Expo in Lincoln, RI. Visit www.DiscoverYouExpo.com. MARCH 30 - APRIL 1: 3 Workshops at Positive New Beginnings Center in E. Providence, RI. MARCH 30: Meet Sue Singleton, internationally renowned Medical Intuitive/Healer, and Aaron Singleton, Visionary, Inventor and Founder of The Energy of Life® Integrative and Intuitive Healing Process. FREE, 7-9pm. MARCH 31: Rings of Oden - MODULE 1: New Technology for Quantum Healing. 9am-4pm. APRIL 1: The Joy of Intuitive Healing, with Aaron and Sue Singleton. 2-5pm. AARON AND SUE SINGLETON

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iscoverYou Events’ Fourth Annual Holistic & Wellness Expo has expanded to two days, and will now take place March 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and March 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln. The Holistic & Wellness Expo is the largest of its kind in the state, featuring more than 100 exhibitor booths, speakers and demonstrations on such topics as acupuncture, drumming, healing energy, nutrition, organic products, spirituality, stress management and more. “I wanted to provide a forum for interaction and learning about the myriad of choices available to care for one’s body, mind and spirit,” states producer Susan Lataille. “Because of the growing popularity of the expo, we expanded this year by adding an extra day in order to reach even more people with our programming.” On Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m., the special guest speaker is author Bernie Siegel, MD, who will present “Reflections on the Art of Living and Healing,” a discussion of his experience with the mind/body relationship, the role of love and laughter and self-healing, consciousness and wisdom. After his presentation, Dr. Siegel will host a “meet and greet” from 2 to3 p.m. A VIP pass is required to attend. At 1 p.m. on Sunday, the guest speaker will be Roland Comtois, a renowned intuitive spiritual healer and author. Comtois will discuss the “Power of Eternal Love” while channeling personal messages to attendees. He will host a “meet and greet” from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. A VIP pass is also required to attend. Two-day admission to the Expo is $12, or $10 in advance. A separate VIP pass can be purchased to “meet and greet” the special guest authors for $35 per speaker, including admission. Twin River Event Center is located at 100 Twin River Rd., Lincoln. For more information, call 401-769-1325, ext. 11, email Susan@DiscoverYouEvents.com or visit DiscoverYouExpo.com. See ad on back cover.

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ulianne Eanniello, a Reiki master and teacher, The Journey™ practitioner and Tong Ren practitioner, is now offering her services at The Providence Institute (PI) after moving from Westerly—where she ran the Holistic Health Center of Westerly. On March 7, Eanniello will be hosting Awareness Meditation from 7 to 8 p.m. at PI. This is a simple, relaxing guided meditation that takes place the first Wednesday of every month and is meant to be a proJulianne Eanniello cess of self-inquiry. Suggested donation is $10. She also hosts monthly non-duality video gatherings (check website for dates). From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 28, she will host “Discover Freedom with Scott Kiloby.” Kiloby is the creator of Living Realization, a non-dual text/ method and e-book of the same name. He is also the author of Love’s Quiet Revolution: The End of the Spiritual Search and Reflections of the One Life: Daily Pointers to Enlightenment. In addition, he is an international speaker who gives talks or meetings in which those attending experience non-dual presence. Eanniello also offers Level I, Level II, Advanced and Master-level Reiki classes, and is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork as a continuing education approved provider. The Providence Institute is located at 18 Imperial Pl., 6A in Providence. See ad on page 8. For more information, call 860-463-5576 or visit HolisticHealthCtr.com. See ad on page 13.

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newsbriefs Integrative Medicine Conference and Expo Scheduled Lff Enhancement Fund will host the 2012 Integrative Medicine Conference and Networking Expo featuring four powerful speakers on April 18 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Warwick. Holly Fourchalk, a doctor of natural medicine, Ph.D in psychology and herbal therapist, will present “Depression: Is it Re- Holly Fourchalk ally in Your Head? Reclaiming Your Vibrant Health.” Participants will learn the different nutrient deficiencies that cause depression; the organ dysfunctions that cause depression; how to maximize the body and mind and eliminate depression, fatigue and stress; and more. Fourchalk will also discuss “Chocolate, The Most Nutrient Dense Food There Is.” Ben M. Howarth Here, she will discuss how chocolate impacts the body, the different types of processing and why its origin is important. Ben M. Howarth, a financial and investment adviser with Barnum Financial Group, will present “Financial Planning for Special Need Dependents.” Those in attendance will learn about protecting government benefits and conservator issues; how to create a funding vehicle to fund a special need trust; how Steven M. Weil to create a letter of intent; and how to build financial freedom for all. Steven M. Weil, a Doctor of Naturopathy and nutritional consultant, will present “Antibiotic Associated Diarrhea.” Discussion will include causes, treatment and prevention of this potentially serious condition. Finally, medical consultant, Eileen Vieira, will present “Turning Painful Conversations Eileen Vieira into Positive Experience.” Topics will include identifying nonverbal clues to reveal hidden thoughts; preparing for the conversation; delivering corrective feedback that inspires, motivates and gets results; and more. Lff Enhancement Fund is a charitable community notfor-profit 501(C) 3. It is the largest and most comprehensive organization for integrative scientists and the only national integrative center with an exclusive focus on public health, prevention and control. For more information or for reservations, call 888-376-9995 or visit PublicHealth-Prevention-Control.org. See ad on inside front cover.


Prema Yoga Offering Classes



rema Yoga is now offering classes in the Silver Lake section of Providence. The Hatha Yoga classes are designed to improve the mind, body and spirit Molly Bopha Soum through slow-paced stretching, postures and breathwork. Prema Yoga’s team is comprised of experienced teachers and dedicated individuals who teach from the heart, offering a rare dimension of genuine concern for a student’s physical, emotional and spiritual progress. Founder Molly Bopha Soum received her certification as a yoga teacher from the Santosha School of Yoga. She is a member of National Yoga Alliance and is affiliated with Kripalu Yoga Center. Soum says as a yoga practitioner, she is a “deeply motivated individual with a commitment to community well-being.”


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amilies, supporters and staff of Highland Charter School will be celebrating Carnivale at the Providence Biltmore Hotel on Friday, March 23 from 6-9 p.m. The party will include delicious foods, live music, and a silent and live auction featuring Miss Kitty Litter. Tickets are $50 each, or $200 for a patron ticket. More than 80 percent of students at Highlander live at or below the federal poverty level. All the funds raised will provide Highlander students with opportunities usually only available to private school students including award-winning afterschool programs, the start of athletic teams and signature experiential learning trips. All these activities are centered on Highlander’s values of: Education, Accessibility, Empowerment and Excellence. Founded in 2000 as the first independent charter school in Rhode Island, Highlander Charter School has 300 students in grades K-8. Students get individual attention, build lasting bonds, and use customized plans to learn in the ways that are most effective for them. Using innovative education practices as a catalyst for social change, the school strives to ensure that all children have the opportunity and support necessary reach their full potential. For more information, call 401-277-2600 or visit HighlandCharterSchool.org. See ad page 23.

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hanthi Muthu, a holistic wellness specialist from India, is expanding Empowered By India to an online and offline holistic wellness center where people can receive help to eliminate work and life stress using holistic wellness tools from India. After 30 years of intense study, Muthu Shanthi Muthu discovered three major modules to be the building blocks essential for holistic wellness: thinking, moving and eating. Several new programs will be introduced in March that are based on the three modules. The programs include The Royal Yoga for Total Wellness, Indian Dance for Total Wellness, Meditation as Holistic Solution, Eating for Inner Peace, The 90day Transformation to Wellness Program, and more. The programs address the daily stress contributors in life such as physical illness, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-confidence and spiritual disconnect. Empowered By India Holistic Wellness Center is located at 11 Bristol Ave. in Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-305-5265 or visit EmpoweredByIndia.com.


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Enjoy, Experience and Learn at The Best You Retreat For Women™


or women who may be feeling the need to get away and recharge, Ellen Palmer Wellness is presenting “The Best You Retreat For Women™” from May 11 to 13 in NewEllen Palmer port. The retreat is designed to help women enjoy, experience and learn how to make themselves a priority. The retreat will offer women the opportunity to come together to learn practical tools and strategies for nourishing the body and soul for an overall sense of well-being. “When we take the time to understand who we are and what we need, we find true health and happiness to enjoy and share with others,” says Palmer. The weekend will feature receptions, meals, sunrise yoga, hiking, cooking demonstrations, pampering, gift bags, workshops, and female speakers who have dedicated themselves to supporting other women on their journey toward health and happiness. Cost is $175 for Saturday only, $425 for the three-day retreat without lodging, and $795 for three-days with lodging. For details and registration, visit BestYouRetreat.com or call 860-655-1382.

Vegetarian and Healthy-Living Festival on Tap for April


holesome Creations Cares, a nonprofit organization, is hosting the First Annual Connecticut Vegetarian and Healthy Living Festival on April 28 and 29 at the Connecticut Convention Center to raise awareness about the benefits of living a healthy, cruelty-free vegan lifestyle. Entry is free with the donation of a vegan nonperishable food item to be donated to food banks and shelters. The festival is gearing up to be a phenomenal whole body, mind and spirit experience. The two-day event is designed to be one of exploration and education so that participants can learn how to ensure a healthy planet of abundance for now and future generations. Attendees can enjoy vegan food tasting, cruelty-free personal and beauty product samples, yoga, Reiki and holistic care practitioners, world-renowned lecturers, cooking and wellness demonstrations and special screenings of feature films, as well as hundreds of raffles, door prizes and other activities. For more information, including opportunities for vendors, sponsors and volunteers, visit CTVegFest.org.

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iteracy Volunteers of Kent County (LVKC) is encouraging individuals over the age of 18 to share the gift of literacy and train to become a literacy tutor for the organization. LVKC has been serving the Kent County community for more than 30 years. The organization is made up primarily of volunteers, and the home office is in the Coventry Library. LVKC trains tutors who help adult learners (16 years and older) with basic reading skills and English as a second language. As a tutor, individuals will be paired with a student who will be instructed one-to-one, according to the student’s individual needs. Lessons are scheduled at the tutor’s convenience. All information exchanged remains confidential. By spending just a few hours a week, individuals can develop a stronger community while helping others to improve their literacy skills. To become a volunteer tutor, call LVKC Director Kimberly Greer at 401-822-9103 or email LVKC@CoventryLibrary.org. For more information, visit CoventryLibrary.org/lvkcMain.html.

Cumberland Yoga Teacher Earns Pregnancy Yoga Certification


aria Sichel, owner of Time For You Yoga, has earned her certification as pregnancy yoga teacher. Sichel completed more than 250 hours of advanced study at the Master Yoga Teacher Institute in Exton, PA, to earn the certification. Her specialized training allows her to offer yoga classes and yoga therapy for expectant moms, infertility and postpartum recovery. Sichel is also a certified Svaroopa® Maria Sichel yoga teacher and registered yoga teacher at the 500-hour level. She has been teaching Svaroopa® yoga for more than seven years. “I am delighted to bring the benefits of Svaroopa® yoga to expecting moms,” she says. “It is wonderful to see the comfort and ease the moms get from a yoga practice.” She adds that there are numerous benefits of prenatal yoga, including a more comfortable pregnancy, an easier delivery and improved postnatal recovery. Prenatal Yoga Classes are now being offered at Time For You Yoga, located at 2155 Diamond Hill Rd. in Cumberland. For more information, call 401-305-5319 or visit TimeForYouYoga.com.


Whole Foods Market Hosts Chef Julie Morris


eet Julie Morris, natural foods chef and author of the cookbook Super Cuisine: Cooking with Nature’s Most Amazing Foods, at a complimentary cooking class and book signing at Whole Foods Market at University Heights on Saturday, March 24, at 9:30 a.m. Julie Morris Learn about the health benefits of a diet rich in organic “superfoods” (cacao, chia, açai, goji, hemp, pomegranate and more), and how to easily incorporate them into flavorful dishes. Participants will receive nutrition information, samples and takeaways. Morris’ cookbook—which features more than 100 of her favorite plantbased superfood recipes—will be available for sale. An active advocate for whole, plant-based foods and superfoods for optimal health, Morris has worked in the natural foods industry for a decade as a recipe developer, writer and cooking show host, as well as the executive chef at Navitas Naturals. Her mission is to share recipes and nutrition tips that make a vibrantly healthy lifestyle both easy to achieve and simply delicious to follow.


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he Concordia Center for Spiritual Living will host “Live Your Passion: Life Purpose Here and Now,” a workshop presented by Rev. Patrick Harbula, author of The Magic of the Soul, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on April 3. Rev. Patrick Harbula Cost is $20. Participants will learn to clarify and define their life purpose; increase their quality of living in all areas of life by applying that purpose through daily activities; learn how childhood lack can fuel one’s life mission and success; and break through all barriers to succeed at their highest vision. Harbula has been a leader and teacher in the human potential movement, meditation trainer and life coach for more than 20 years. In addition to being a meditation trainer and life coach, he is the director of the Living Purpose Institute in Thousand Oaks, CA.; founding executive editor of Meditation Magazine; former corporate director for Sage Publications; and a New Thought minister, trained in spiritual psychology. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living is located at 292 West Shore Rd. in Warwick. For additional details, call 401-7321552. For more information about the Living Purpose Institute, visit LivingPurposeInstitute.com. See ad on page 13.

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Holistic Health Rhode Island by Beth Davis

Dr. Jewel Sommerville has always been passionate about helping people. She went into psychology—and earned a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology—because of her desire to help the whole person. However, in the middle of applying for her PhD, she had a change of heart.


ealth care was changing, and time with patients was becoming even more limited. Patients with severe mental illness, for example, were being approved for only 15-minute sessions. Feeling as if her time with them was not sufficient enough to help them heal, she began searching for other alternatives; something that was focused on the whole person. What she found was Chinese medicine. “I was impressed by the focus on the patient-practitioner relationship, confidentiality, trust, the importance of not judging patients, and of course, treating the whole person,” says Sommerville. She immediately applied to the New England School of Acupuncture, the oldest graduate school for the study of East Asian Medicine (EAM) in the United States, and is now licensed to practice EAM in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She also went on to earn the credential of Diplomate of Acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Ten years ago, she founded Holistic Health Rhode Island (HHRI) as a private practice. However, after a few years of referring patients out for other modalities, she realized how convenient it would be to have a team of practitio-


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ners and service providers all under one roof. So, she decided to do just that, and today, HHRI is a cooperative of business owners offering a wide range of services in one location. “People are often surprised that HHRI offers so many services; not understanding that although we all work under one roof, we are in fact separate businesses,” explains Sommerville. However, though they are separate businesses, it is obvious that HHRI functions as a cohesive unit. “Every practitioner here is passionate about their profession and dedicated to providing patients with the very best care; therefore, with the patients’ permission, we will often collaborate with each other to determine the best approach for the overall health of an individual.” To better serve the community, the list of services is quite extensive. In addition to EAM services—including Chinese acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese nutritional therapy, magnetic therapy, moxabustion, tuina, and more—HHRI offers Reiki, massage therapy (including deep tissue, pregnancy, Swedish, sports and couples massage), skincare services, holistic counseling, holistic nutrition, hypnotherapy, aromatherapy, and even personal chef services and in-home


cooking lessons. Plus, there is one business that creates customized, handmade wigs for women struggling with hair loss due to the effects of chemotherapy, alopecia or reasons unknown. One item that has remained constant for Sommerville is her passion for educating the public about holistic medicine and its benefits. “Education really is key to helping people understand that so many of the assumptions about holistic care just aren’t true,” she states. To help spread the word, HHRI hosted a hugely successful Holistic Health Fair and Open House in January—which attracted more than 200 guests—and collaborated with Back to Basics Natural Foods Grocery last June for a Holistic Health Fair that welcomed more than 500 patrons. HHRI also hosts some lectures and seminars in-house, as well as online teleseminars focused on holistic nutrition. On Saturdays, it has even begun offering small (four to five people) personalized yoga classes. Next on the horizon is the development of a Holistic Fertility Center within HHRI. For years, Sommerville has specialized in treating fertility concerns with acupuncture. Now, Dawn Stewart, a massage therapist at HHRI, is certified in pregnancy massage, and Jennah Hubbell, a Reiki master and teacher, offers Reiki for fertility. Together, they plan to host a series of presentations and/or lectures that explain how holistic medicine can help with issues surrounding fertility. “Our goal is to be a focal point for holistic fertility treatment in Rhode Island,” Sommerville notes. Sommerville came into EAM because of her dedication to patient care— and that has not changed over the years. Every decision she makes concerning HHRI is made with clients in mind— from the practitioners she brings into the classes that are available. “I am constantly motivated and inspired by my patients and, therefore, want to give them my very best,” she says. “I’m thrilled that we are able to offer so many modalities that can help people regain overall health and wellness.” Holistic Health Rhode Island is located at 5784 Post Rd., Suite 5 in East Greenwich. For more information, call 401398-2933 or visit HolisticHealthRI.com. See ad on page 11.


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consciouseating “Having a realistic weekly budget is helpful, because you can’t go too far over budget before you realize you are in trouble,” advises Lisa Leake. To make it even easier to stay on track, she makes it a habit to shop near home and uses cash instead of credit.


Seasonal Shopping “If we shop for seasonal produce and freeze or can surplus from our local farmers’ market, we can eat well all year and still eat frugally,” advises Rebecca Miller, a macrobiotic and healing foods caterer from Overland Park, Kansas. “When fresh blueberries are $3 a cup at the grocery during the off-season, for example, we can still enjoy canned berries in recipes or thawed from the freezer on our morning oatmeal.”

Eating Down the Fridge In tough economic times, many families include food in their spending cuts. How can we tighten our budget and yet still eat well?


ix months ago, Josh Viertel threw down the “value meal” gauntlet in a major way. The Slow Food USA president challenged cooks around the country to create a family-friendly feast for under $5. Many responded, sharing their tips and tricks at SlowFoodUSA. org/5Challenge. Here are some favorites.

Setting a Budget Five dollars per meal for 21 meals a week, plus snacks, neatly totals the $125 weekly food budget set by the Leake family, of Charlotte, North Carolina. Lisa and Jason Leake, parents of two young daughters, first explored what it would be like to eliminate processed food from their diet, which they describe in their blog at 100DaysofRealFood.com. Their success led to the additional challenge of eating real food on a budget.


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Seattle-based Kim O’Donnel, author of The Meatlover’s Meatless Cookbook, blogs about family meals for USA Today. “I regularly emphasize what I call ‘eating down the fridge,’” she says. “That means making use of what we’ve got on hand, like generations before us that also went through food shortages. We’re just out of practice.” One way to help ourselves learn, says O’Donnel, is to stock a “smarter” pantry. Staples include different varieties of dried beans; lentils; quickcooking grains such as quinoa, bulgur, couscous and purple barley; garbanzo beans; brown and black rice; and a few BPA-free canned goods like tomatoes, black beans and chickpeas. “If we take our time and watch for good deals, we can build a pantry at a low cost,” she says, because such ingredients are basically “blank slates.” As just one example of a low-cost, pantry-based

meal, O’Donnel might start with cooked red lentils, then add fresh ginger and garlic, sautéed onion with cumin, and fresh spinach and tomatoes, and then serve it with whole-wheat pita bread.

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Jane Zieha, a certified public accountant, knows that feeding people and watching the bottom line can go together. She owns the acclaimed Blue Bird Bistro, in Kansas City, Missouri. An avowed all-natural, organic, sustainable and local foods passionista, Zieha has stayed true to the principles of her Pennsylvania upbringing. “I didn’t eat like anybody else growing up,” she says. “We never ate packaged food. We ate what was fresh. When I was old enough to go to a friend’s house for dinner, I was surprised at how they ate.” Today, both at home and at work, Zieha continues to select the best that local farmers can provide. “I don’t start with a recipe and then find the food, like most chefs and restaurants do,” she explains. “I find the ingredients and then go from there.”

Meat as a Condiment More expensive ingredients, such as heritage turkey, can bring more flavor and texture to an entrée as an ingredient instead of a standalone part of a meal, advises Zieha. She might feature heritage turkey in an enchilada filling, pasta or savory bread pudding, so that a little goes a long way. It also makes sense to shop for varieties of fish or cuts of meat that aren’t widely popular or that take longer to cook. Slow Food’s Viertel, who shops near Brooklyn, New York, remarks: “I buy ‘trash fish’—sea robin, squid, mackerel, sardines—because they are cheaper and I believe, taste best. The same is true of the other meats I buy. I never cook pork chops or filet mignon; I cook oxtail and short ribs.” Then, O’Donnel adds, the frugal cook turns bones of roasted poultry or trimmings from a whole fish into a delicious stock. Any homemade broth can be just the frozen asset we need for yet another tasty “value” meal. Cookbook author Judith Fertig writes at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com.



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Preparing Kids for Tomorrow’s Jobs U.S. Companies Pair Scientists with Schools

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Career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math are projected to grow 70 percent faster than other occupations—with 2.4 million job openings in those fields during the next six years.


hat’s great news for tomorrow’s job-seekers. Yet, most American youth are matriculating out of the country’s schools ill-equipped to compete for these high-tech, high-wage jobs; among developed nations, U.S. high school students currently rank 23rd in science and 31st in mathematics. Now, hundreds of schools are working to better prepare students by harnessing outside resources to reinvigorate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula in classrooms and afterschool programs. Forget rote memorization of the periodic table of the elements that previous generations may equate with science class. Kids in STEM programs are designing video games, programming robots and building solar cars— fun, hands-on, practical projects that add zest to technical subjects. The extra excitement helps, because many STEM programs extend the school day, either as a mandatory late-day module or an optional afterschool session.


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gineering journal of the challenges they experienced, to help them troubleshoot the next time.” Leapin’ Lizards is one of 34 STEM programs nationwide awarded funding through the 2011 Ashoka Changemakers’ Partnering for Excellence competition, backed by U.S. corporate heavyweights like Google, ExxonMobil and Amgen. Many participating companies are investing in STEM school programming to fill the pipeline of homegrown talent for potential future hires.

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Kids like Camerino Sanchez-Park can’t get enough. “Robotics helped me learn a lot about science and battery-powered objects and engines,” says this fifth-grader at Faller Elementary School, in Ridgecrest, California. “The best part was working with the cool, high-tech robots. I would definitely do it again!” Sanchez-Park is one of 87 youths psyched about science as a result of hands-on afterschool programs run by a local nonprofit, High Desert Leapin’ Lizards. It taps the brainpower of scientists and engineers from a nearby naval base to instruct in subjects like renewable energy, chemistry and robotics. Rather than focusing on abstract concepts, students create working windmills or robots capable of tackling obstacle courses. “It not only sparks an interest in science, it teaches them how to think like a scientist,” says Program Administrator Sandra Goldstein Birmingham. “For example, the kids maintain an en-


Another Ashoka winner, Citizen Schools, sees the challenge as a supplyand-demand problem that includes a lack of teachers trained to meet the current needs for STEM education. Consider, though, the 10 million professionals currently working in related fields, and Americans have a system-wide solution. “If we can put just 1 percent of them in the classroom, we could more than double the math and science teachers in the country,” advises Managing Director John Werner. Citizen Schools recruits corporate volunteers from the ranks of top technology, architecture, finance and other fields to lead afterschool “apprenticeships” for disadvantaged kids in public middle schools. Participating states include California, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Texas. Collaborating on real-life problems in small groups develops more than tangible skills, attests Marianne DeModena. Her sixth grade son, Christian Deguglielmo, completed apprenticeships with Google at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and with investment advisers Cambridge Associates, both in Boston. “Christian came home a different kid,” says DeModena. “It’s brought out his leadership abilities, school pride, social skills and confidence… it’s really opened up this other side of him. He says Citizen Schools is his favorite subject.” The program’s success is more than anecdotal: A longitudinal study by Policy Studies Associates, Inc. found that kids enrolled in Citizen Schools afterschool programs significantly outperformed a comparison group on a range of indi-

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amps specializing in STEM-related subjects are cropping up across the nation. For a period of a week or more, they give children the chance to steep themselves in a favorite subject with peers that share their passions. Handson projects such as sleuthing crime scenes and assessing environmental habitats give kids a taste of what it’s like to work in a particular field and stretch their brains and muscles in the process. Here are just a few of the types of STEM-oriented camps offered. Visit KidsCamps.com for a comprehensive listing. Experimenting: General science camps make it possible to sample its different branches, from astronomy to zoology, and learn how things work through fun, interactive experiments. These group-oriented camps foster leadership and teamwork, as well as curiosity and discipline; key characteristics for any career in science. Animals: Veterinary camps teach skills ranging from basic animal handling to diagnosing disease. Often co-sponsored by university animal science programs, these camps typically blend lab and classroom work with fascinating field trips. Beachcombing: Marine sciences camps help introduce kids to Earth’s precious and complex maritime and underwater ecosystems. These camps often involve enjoyable activities like tidepooling, beach surveys and canoeing, while teaching skills such as conservation principles and sampling methods. Mystery: Crime scene investigation (CSI) camps introduce youths to the field of forensic sciences. Campers learn the art and craft of evidence collection, while developing observation and problem-solving skills. They may get to practice DNA testing, ballistics analysis, autopsy techniques and other tools of the trade.

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Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, or (MS)², taps into higher institutions of learning as another rich source of STEM prowess. Founded in 2005, the Washington, D.C., public charter school is located at the university, one of the nation’s preeminent historically black colleges. Every (MS)² classroom includes at least one undergraduate teaching assistant, providing youths with collegiate role models in STEM fields, while giving university students an opportunity to test their teaching skills. Executive Director Yohance

Maqubela recognizes that not every student will end up pursuing a career in a STEM field, but that science and technology will permeate whatever discipline they choose. Above all, STEM curricula are designed to address one of the most frequently asked student questions: “Why am I learning this?” By making learning more relevant, these programs are helping kids stay motivated, think critically about their surroundings and connect the dots so they see the big picture. It’s a mindset that will serve them well, wherever life leads them. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at AprilWrites.com.

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Nourishing the Shift to Farm-Fresh Foods

cies,” have “statistically different nutrient contents.” In other words, each variety promises a unique mix of healthprotecting compounds. Supermarkets must rely on crops and animal products that can withstand longdistance travel and also meet uniform appearance standards. Small farmers serving local markets, on the other hand, can better preserve the legacy of biologically diverse heirloom crops and heritage breeds because of the shorter distances between field and plate. An heirloom tomato picked ripe at peak flavor can’t survive a lengthy commute, but nothing tastes better when it’s plucked fresh from the vine and still warm from the sun. Planting diverse, region-specific crops also reduces the burden of weeds, pests and plant diseases—and any related chemical use—and helps provide safe nourishment for pollinators and wildlife, as well. No wonder the Organic Farming Research Foundation characterizes farmers as the largest group of ecosystem managers on Earth. Everyone can support a cause that feeds us well while caring for the planet.

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Farmers’ Job Market

Changing the Way America Eats


entucky farmer and writer Wendell Berry states that in order for people to care about their food, “They have to taste it.” Tasting the difference between fresh, local, organic foods and those that travel hundreds or thousands of miles before touching our taste buds is catalyzing a healthy change across America. Consider the growth in patronage of farmers’ markets alone: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports the number of markets has soared, from 1,755 in 1994 to 7,175 in 2011. What’s driving the surge? Incentives include our appreciation of scrumptious seasonal flavor, a comforting sense of community and the


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reassurance of knowing exactly where our food comes from and who—often on a first-name basis—grew or produced it. Good, healthy food germinates in genuine relationships—between growers and consumers, and farmers and the Earth. Local markets boost hometown economies, too; the USDA predicts a record $7 billion in such food sales this year, delivering a greater proportion of food dollars directly to farmers. Regional food systems also support the biological diversity that is vital to sustainability. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, “different varieties of the same spe-


With 57 being the current average age of American farmers, and more than a quarter 65 or older, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition recognizes the desperate need for more young farmers. When the National Young Farmer’s Coalition recently surveyed 1,000 beginning farmers, it found that access to capital, land and health insurance presented the biggest hurdles to entering farming as a career. The Women, Food and Agriculture Network has identified access to health care as the main challenge facing females that want to farm. While city dwellers tend to idealize farming as a romantic occupation in a bucolic setting, it is actually a risky,

physically demanding job. Despite the challenges, farmers say they love their work because they enjoy being outside, working with their hands, producing high-quality food and being their own boss. It helps to be healthy, smart and an optimist at heart.

Sticker Price Versus Hidden Costs

To consumers coping in a down economy, the cheapest price may sometimes seem like the best choice. John Ikerd, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri, notes that, “Americans, on average, are spending only half as much of their disposable income for food today as they were in the 1960s.” However, at the same time, “The percentage spent on health care has doubled.” Scores of studies show that many of today’s chronic diseases are related to poor diet. Factor in medical costs associated with food-borne illnesses, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and pesticide- and hormone-contaminated food and water, and it’s easy to understand why Michael Carolan, author of The Real Cost of Cheap Food, declares, “Cheap food... is actually quite expensive.” One way for families to save money on food costs is to reduce waste. Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland, says Americans waste more than 40 percent of the food we produce for consumption, throwing away $100 billion-plus in food a year. Most of it ends up in landfills. Instead of providing incentives to agribusinesses to produce less expensive food, smarter national farm and food policies could prioritize producing higher quality food and wasting less of it. Kathy Bero, board president of NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, advocates shifting commodity payments to organic farmers. Her nonprofit educational farm promotes “food as medicine,” along with cost-saving, health-boosting consumer strategies such as learning how to garden and cook to maximize nutritional value.

Inspiring Trends

Stephanie Coughlin, a farmer in San Diego, California, says: “If you don’t have local farms, you don’t have local security.” Across the country, communities are proving how a few conscious buyers can improve everyone’s access to high-quality local foods. Farm to Hospital: As director of nutrition services at Fletcher Allen Health Care, in Burlington, Vermont, Registered Dietitian Diane Imrie has the power to influence the economic security and sustainability of her community and surrounding region. Imrie sources approximately 40 percent of the food served at her hospital from farms located within a day’s drive. In her work, she helps keep farmers on their land while providing higher quality food to patients and staff. The facility also supports onsite gardens, which yielded $2,000 worth of produce in 2011, despite Vermont’s short growing season. The hospital food is so popular that its café serves downtown businesspeople, further bolstering profitability and community benefits. For local maple sugar producer Bernie Comeau, Imrie’s consistent purchases provide an income he can count on every month. Imrie is glad to note that for farmers, selling their food to the hospital is “like a stamp of approval.” Marydale DeBor, who founded and led the “plow to plate” comprehensive food and disease-prevention initiative associated with Connecticut’s New Milford Hospital, maintains that, “Institutional leadership is critical.” She says that thanks to a supportive CEO that believed in bringing farm-fresh foods to hospital food services, their retail café more than doubled its revenue within two years. DeBor believes that hospital food should set an example for public health.

“We need to support beginning farmers, and more food hubs and new distribution systems to facilitate access,” she says. “Consumers need to let their hospitals know they should focus on good food and nutrition.” Farm to Restaurant: Leigh Lockhart, owner of Main Squeeze Natural Foods Café and Juice Bar, in Columbia, Missouri, buys supplies directly from local organic farmers and never quibbles about price. She composts any food waste in her garden, where she grows some of the produce used in her restaurant. Rather than large plates of cheap food, Lockhart serves portions within U.S. Dietary Guidelines, comprising higher quality, more satisfying meals. Relationships with chefs are important to farmers, advises Carol Ann Sayle, owner of Boggy Creek Organic Farm, in Austin, Texas. Farmers can rely on a sure buyer; chefs appreciate dependable and high quality food; and customers return because of the great taste. Farm to School: Organic farmer Don Bustos, program director for the American Friends Service Committee of New Mexico, trains beginning farmers and ranchers in ways to provide food to the Albuquerque Public School District and beyond. For example, farmers grow crops during the winter in solarpowered greenhouses, and aggregate their products to meet school needs. Mobile meat processing and distribution networks also create jobs while keeping small farmers economically and environmentally viable, explains Bustos. Local agriculture fuels strong communities and fresh local foods help children thrive. In the Pacific Northwest, AmeriCorps volunteer Emma Brewster works with the Real Food Challenge, a national youth-based program that encourages colleges and universities to shift 20 percent of their food budgets to farm-fresh, locally sourced foods. Brewster works with Lucy Norris, project manager for the Puget Sound Food Network, which creates opportunities beyond farmers’ markets for local area farmers to connect with regional processors, distributors and end users, including Seattle Public Schools.

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2012 Farm Bill Update by Melinda Hemmelgarn


he single piece of legislation known as the Farm Bill currently contains $90 billion in taxpayer funding and significantly affects farming, conservation, energy and the quality and price of the food on our plates. When the bill comes up for renewal every five years, the public has a chance to voice support for a greener, healthier, more sustainable food and farming system. Sign up for Farm Bill updates and action alerts from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (website below), and talk with members of Congress about concerns. Marydale DeBor, who works to improve food quality in Connecticut, recommends that citizens align with farm advocacy organizations. “Advocacy is the single most important need now, around the Farm Bill and state policies,” she says.

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n Most Farm Bill dollars support food assistance programs, namely food stamps or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), our nation’s largest safety net against hunger. In 2012, SNAP is projected to consume 75 percent of the total Farm Bill budget. n Most SNAP benefits are spent in supermarkets and convenience stores. SNAP can be used at farmers’ markets, but only by those that accept electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards. In 2011, SNAP’s $11 million of the program’s total $71 billion benefits were redeemed at farmers’ markets nationwide, directly benefiting local farmers. n Crop insurance is the second-largest Farm Bill budget item. n The majority of subsidy payments go to large farms producing corn, cotton, wheat, rice and soybeans, which helps explain why soda is cheaper than 100 percent fruit juice, and corn-fed feedlot beef costs less than organic, grass-fed beef. n An improved Farm Bill would provide participation incentives for conservation, beginning farmers, local food economies and organic agriculture, and better align agriculture with public health.

Learn more about the 2012 Farm Bill at: Environmental Working Group and EWG Action Fund ewg.org

Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill, by Daniel Imhoff WatershedMedia.org/foodfight_overview.html Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy iatp.org

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Melinda Hemmelgarn, a.k.a. the Food Sleuth (FoodSleuth@gmail.com), is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host, based in Columbia, Missouri. She co-created F.A.R.M.: Food, Art, Revolution Media – a Focus on Photography to Re-vitalize Agriculture and Strengthen Democracy to increase advocacy for organic farmers (EnduringImage.blogspot.com). Learn more at Food Sleuth Radio at kopn.org.

How to Grow and Find Local Food Find a farmers’ market ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets In season in the region; local harvest calendars and markets FieldToPlate.com/guide.php Locate sustainably grown food nearby LocalHarvest.org

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition SustainableAgriculture.net


Hands in the Dirt

Regardless of occupation, many people feel a natural urge to work with the soil and witness the miracle of seeds sprouting new life. Rose Hayden-Smith, Ph.D., a garden historian and a designated leader in sustainable food systems at the University of California–Davis, points out that home, school, community and workplace victory gardens established during World War II succeeded in producing about 40 percent of our nation’s vegetables. In both world wars, she says, our national leadership “recognized that food and health were vital national security issues.” They still are today.

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Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax audits can be complicated and time-consuming, but the right tax preparation can make them less stressful. Taxpayers facing an audit should remember these five things: Seek professional help.

Upon receiving an IRS audit notification, taxpayers should meet with their tax professional to discuss what the audit notification means, what is being requested and what records are needed.

Seek representation.

Correspondence audits are handled via mail, field audits have auditors visit a home or business in question, and office audits require taxpayers to report to an IRS office. Depending on the type of audit and individual situation, taxpayers may represent themselves or seek assistance from a certified public accountant, lawyer or enrolled agent. Enrolled agents are federally authorized tax practitioners empowered to represent taxpayers before the IRS.


Ideally, taxpayers should keep complete, organized financial records for the past seven years. Gather all receipts, checks and other records relevant to the audit. Be thorough; having the records the IRS requests readily available will help the audit go more smoothly.

Be concise.

Taxpayers should only give the auditor copies of documents the IRS specifically requests and answer all questions honestly. Do not volunteer information that is not requested.


If taxpayers disagree with an auditor’s findings, they can file an appeal with the IRS. Appeal options include meeting with the auditor’s supervisor, or filing an administrative appeal to the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Claims Court or the local U.S. District Court. Of course, the best audit is the one that doesn’t happen. To lessen the likelihood of being audited, taxpayers should report all income and only claim credits and deductions they are entitled to. For tax information and tips on audits, visit the H&R Block website or contact a local tax professional. Joan Hobbs is a Reiki practitioner, master tax adviser and enrolled agent. She focuses on taking the stress out of tax time. You can contact Joan at the H&R Block office on Front Street in Lincoln, 401-723-2221, or at her Reiki office on Carrington Street in Lincoln, 401-359-7859.

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Jerry LoFaro After ruling out his initial career choices of paleontologist, zoologist, baseball player and Good Humor ice cream man, Jerry LoFaro parlayed his lifetime interest in dinosaurs and other animals, fantasy, art history and literature into a successful career as an illustrator. His art—always striking and often humorous—has been featured on book covers for major publishers and in advertising and promotional campaigns for clients including Nike, Disney, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel and TIME magazine. Celestial Seasonings has commissioned LoFaro to create tea, coffee and seasonings package designs, even entrusting him to update the company’s famous icon, Sleepytime Bear. Recently, he was honored with a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. “Superficially, I’d describe my work as realism,” says LoFaro. “However, much of what I’ve done in content is conceptual, with surreal flourishes.” Prior to 2002, he worked primarily with acrylics; now, he uses Photoshop to create digital art. LoFaro also treasures the rural beauty of his New Hampshire surroundings and confides, “My life revolves around walking out to my studio in the woods, listening to great music, and being creative.” View the artist’s portfolio at JerryLoFaro.com.


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Step into Fitness Dance your way to a beautifully strong and flexible body. by Sandra Murphy


ichard Simmons grew up in the French Quarter of New Orleans where, he notes, “Lard was a food group and dessert mandatory.” Exercise studios were geared to those already in shape, not to people that wanted to lose weight. So in 1974, Simmons opened Slimmons studio, followed by his classic exercise video, Sweatin’ to the Oldies, with motivating tunes like Dancing in the Street, Summer in the City and Loco-Motion; a plus—not everyone in his video is a size 0. Simmons and others have been helping people dance their way to fitness ever since.

Making Dance a Game In Portland, Oregon, Mara Woloshin was inspired to get a move on when she complained to her 15-year-old son, Benny, about her weight. “Benny challenged me to do some basic Wii Fitness and then Zumba Fitness,” says Woloshin. “I give myself the right to fail at most exercises and dance moves; I just keep moving and let my son give me tips, pointers and instruction.” Benny puts in his own dance fitness time, plus keeps mom on track for


30 minutes a day. The Wii video game keeps score. “I win sometimes; mostly with yoga, while he is terrific at dance stuff,” Woloshin says. “I’ve logged more than 1,200 days with the Wii so far, and love to shake my size 14 self. I’ve lost eight pounds and have built an incredible relationship with my teenager. We dance, compete, sweat and encourage each other. “We also enjoy conversations before and after Wii time. Are they meaningful? Sometimes. Does he laugh at me? Definitely. Does he look forward to our evening dance workouts together? Absolutely.” Wii games popular around the country include Just Dance, versions one and two, and Just Dance Kids plus Gold’s Gym Dance Workout and Zumba Fitness.

Popular DVDs In 2011, FitBottomedGirls.com compiled a list of the best dance videos they ever reviewed. The list launches with their hands-down favorite, So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit series. Melt away calories using a variety of dance styles

and fun moves via Billy Blanks’ Dance with Me Groove & Burn. Several Dancing with the Stars cast members have videos out to improve fans’ look and style. Check out Cheryl Burke Presents Disco Abs (includes Village People’s classic YMCA) or Julianne Hough’s Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom. More experienced dancers may like Dancing with the Stars Ballroom Buns and Abs.

Taking Fun Classes “Zumba Gold is a great reentry to exercise for baby boomers” advises Sherry Lucas, a licensed Zumba instructor in St. Louis. “Classes are approachable, available and affordable.” Recommended workout wear includes comfortable sweat-wicking clothing and a good pair of shoes. Because of the side-to-side movements, she suggests tennis or basketball shoes, not running shoes. Community classes generally range from 45 to 90 minutes (find a local class at Zumba.com). An hourlong regular Zumba class can burn 400 to 600 calories says Lucas, depending upon body weight, workout intensity, conditioning level and individual metabolism. As a point of reference, NutriStrategy.com charts calories burned by a 155-pound person engaged in an hour of light calisthenics at 246 calories; leisurely biking, 281; and walking briskly uphill, 422. “Find a class and an instructor you

like,” counsels Lucas. “Make a commitment to having some ‘you’ time. Part of exercise is being social, so it’s a chance to make new friends, too.” Doctor of Naturopathy Kathy Gruver, Ph.D., finds that a hip-hop workout best suits her needs four to five times a week. Each 90-minute class is non-stop action and she rarely takes a break, although some class members don’t dance the entire time. Gruver works out at Rhythm Dance & Fitness Studios, near Santa Barbara, California, with choreographer Tamarr Paul. “I grew up dancing jazz, tap and ballet; nothing even close to hip-hop, and there are still moments that I can’t get a certain move or trip over my own feet. Still, it took just a few weeks to get my rhythm back and get in the groove,” says Gruver. “We run through a set of steps multiple times before we add more. Once we’ve learned a whole dance, we run it over and over to different music; some faster, some slower.” With dance, there’s something just right for everyone. Dance with the kids, the dog, while making the beds or vacuuming crumbs. Dance along with a video or take a class to learn something new and different while making new friends. In any case, breathe in the music. It all makes exercise fun.

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hen it comes to cancer treatment and healing, the current model of health care is certainly changing. Hospitals and facilities are striving for a new standard of care, and as such, the Integrative Care Model is being explored both in research and clinical applications. This model is an approach that consists of conventional medicine, as well as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities. Care team members collaborate by sharing essential details and collectively determining the best conventional and complementary therapies for an individual’s treatment. This concept also involves “Patient Empowered Medicine,” which is an innovative approach that offers patients the power of choice by giving them the information and tools needed to actively participate in their care. Patients are considered central to the process and encouraged to be fully engaged in decisions concerning their health. Integrative Care Model Integrative means to make a whole by bringing all parts together—to unify. Those involved with integrative medicine treat the whole person—mind, body and spirit—which is also the fundamental premise of naturopathic medical education and practice. The

application of this concept of medicine centers around patient education and empowerment. In naturopathic medicine, an integrative approach to treatment in cancer care may include nutrition, medical herbalism, counseling and physical therapies. Outcomes of the Integrative Model Integrative partnerships between conventional medical doctors (MDs) and licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs), acupuncturists and other health care workers are becoming more accessible. Such cooperation ensures that the most effective range of therapies is available, while also increasing patient involvement and satisfaction with their health care provider relationships. Integrative strategies are utilized for helping those cancer patients who are undergoing active treatments to fight their cancer, as well as reducing or preventing side effects from the chemo/radiation therapies. The integrative model continues even after the patient has completed his or her conventional treatments in order to ensure restorative and ongoing wellness. Integrative Care Model and Cancer Treatment The assimilation of naturopathic cancer treatment protocols is specific to the patient and the type of cancer diagno-

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A varied diet even reduces the chances of dogs developing an allergy to certain foods, like chicken or wheat, adds Delaney. “Feeding a dog food that’s not commonly used in the pet food industry—a food that he’s naïve to—reduces the potential that the animal will develop an allergic reaction to it.”

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Dish Up Variety Treat Your Dog to Good Health and Good Taste by Wendy Bedwell-Wilson


roiled chicken, brown rice and steamed broccoli again?” When you sit down to dinner, you prefer some variety, and so does your dog, who may well inquire, “What, kibble again?” Day after day of the same mix of protein, carbohydrates, fats and veggies can hamper any appetite, human or canine. But a diet packed with different food types can make eating more enjoyable. Before concocting your own dog food blends, it helps to learn more about potential ingredients and the benefits of a varied diet, as well as how to successfully introduce new foods.

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departure from the stick-to-the-samefood routine encouraged by dog food experts of the past. Dr. Sean Delaney, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist in Davis, California, says that today’s varied diet for dogs should resemble a cornucopia, filled with healthy meats, whole grains, legumes, dairy, fruits and vegetables. “For optimum health, it’s better to have the food in a natural, unprocessed state,” he says. To start, dogs require 12 amino acids in their diets, so foods that contain all of them would provide the best quality protein for dogs, advises Dr. Rebecca Remillard, Ph.D., a board-certified veterinary nutritionist and founder of Veterinary Nutritional Consultations, in Hollister, North Carolina. “Egg and liver are of the highest protein quality because of their amino acid profiles,” she advises.


Dr. Tracy Lord, a holistic veterinarian based at the Animal Clinic and Wellness Center, in Williamsburg, Virginia, says that older theories once claimed that dogs would become picky eaters or experience indigestion on a varied diet, but that perspective has since been questioned. To the contrary, variety brings excitement and interest to the table— or the bowl. For instance, Lord points out, “If you feed your child a dinner of chicken, broccoli, brown rice and cantaloupe, you can pat yourself on the back for providing a well-balanced nutritious meal. But if you feed this same meal to your child three times a day throughout his life, you would start to see nutritional deficiencies.” Plus, no one would be surprised to hear that the child is tiring of it. The same holds true for dogs, she says. Their bodies appreciate the different sources of nutrition, while their taste buds respond to delicious change-ups. One popular type of varied diet centers on taking commercially prepared, top-quality, frozen, canned or dry foods and simply rotating them, as long as the owner provides a consistent number of calories. This approach will ensure that a dog receives the right balance of nutrients, says Remillard. She explains that, “Federally regulated, commercially prepared foods have processing methods and quality assurance programs that limit the potential for food-borne illnesses in pets and offer guarantees, a nutritional profile and bioavailability of nutrients.” Remillard further notes, however, that not all products are equal when it comes to highly desirable ingredients, so as with any other processed food, consumers must read labels. Varied diets also may be prepared at home. That’s where home chefs

can get creative with different types of meats, grains and vegetables, but they should follow guidelines prepared by a trained nutritionist, Remillard cautions. “Unless properly formulated by a nutritionist, diets developed at home are not likely to be complete and balanced,” she says. “The nutritional profile of any diet—including homemade diets—depends on how the recipe was formulated, the nutrient content of the ingredients and how the owner prepares the food. Homemade diets may also contain contaminants and food-borne microbes if the owner isn’t careful.” Sometimes, just adding a little something special to a dog’s bowl will give him the variety he’s craving. For example, “If we’re making something our dog loves, like grilled salmon or ahi, we’ll cook a little piece for her and give her a little less kibble in her dish,” relates Alyce Edmondton, who lives in Redmond, Washington. “We always share our dog-safe leftovers with her. We figure that if it’s good for us, it’s good for her, too.” Wendy Bedwell-Wilson’s healthy living pet articles regularly appear in national and international magazines. Her latest of six books on dogs, Shih Tzu, is part of the DogLife series. Connect at PetWriter@live.com.

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If you would like to incorporate a varied diet into your dog’s eating routine, here are five expert tips for doing so safely and successfully. Choose different main ingredients: If you’re primarily relying on a chicken and rice diet, switch the pooch to something completely different, like a duck and sweet potato or bison and barley diet, advises Veterinarian Sean Delaney. It’s okay to change brands: Although some food manufacturers have developed food lines designed to rotate among items, you can always try out different brands and formulas. Stick to the highquality mixes for optimal nutrition, says Veterinarian Tracy Lord. Change the menu regularly: If you plan to rotate a dog’s commercially prepared diet, consider buying a new blend each time you shop, advises Veterinarian Rebecca Remillard. Switch slowly: For a smooth transition between foods, slowly increase the amount of new food while decreasing the old, counsels Lord. The process should take about a week. Take note of portions and calories: Delaney advises that a good way to ensure that a dog stays youthfully slim and trim is to calculate an appropriate calorie count and portions of the new foods.

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Overcrowding is a serious issue in American prisons partly because the rate of recidivism (return) is high. A 1994 study showed that 67.5 percent of the 300,000 adult prisoners released in 15 states were re-arrested within three years. James Fox, founder of the nonprofit Prison Yoga Project (PrisonYoga.com) believes that part of the problem is that the U.S. prison system overly emphasizes punishment during incarceration and that programs such as yoga classes might lower the rate of recidivism. He is an advocate for restorative justice and has worked with prisoners for 10 years. The theory is that yoga and meditation help prison inmates develop important emotional and social skills, including impulse control and willpower, and thus reduce tendencies toward antisocial and criminal behaviors. Fox observes how anyone that adheres to the practice can develop mindfulness, patience, diligence and self-motivation. The Prison Yoga Project provides training for yoga teachers that want to work in prisons. Fox also would like to maintain a scholarship fund to help former inmates do teacher training, so they can make a career out of the practice. Source: Dowser.org

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Thursday, March 1

Integrative Medicine Forum – 6-8pm. Shelby Morgan, play therapist, will speak on her deep and wide experience using play as both a diagnostic and therapeutic tool in traumatized children. All are welcome. Free. Memorial Hospital Physicians Auditorium, 111 Brewster St, Providence.

Friday, March 2

Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. With Stephanie Marisca, Sound Healing Circle. The healing power of sound can gently restore & harmonize your body, mind & spirit. Reach a state of deep relaxation, rejuvenation and peace. $25. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Serenityyogari.com. Ayurveda – 3 Workshops – 7-8:30pm. Exploring the basic principles of Ayurveda. 3/2, 7-8:30pm, $20 Living In Balance; 3/3, 10:30am-5pm, $95 Balancing Your Health with Ayurveda; 3/4, 10:30am – 5pm, $95. $185/All 3 workshops. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com. Law of Attraction Class – 7-9pm. Held every other week. Learn all the basics with Nicole. $12. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. PositiveNewBeginnings.com.

Saturday, March 3

Reiki II Attunement – 9am-5pm. Expand your skills with distance healing & working symbols. A 2nd level attunement gives you the skills to be a professional practitioner. Level 1 certificate required. $200, $185/Santosha members. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Introduction to Mindfulness (4 weeks) – 10am12pm. 3/3, 3/10, 3/24, 3/31. All levels of experience. The effective tools of meditation, gentle yoga and body scan, support authentic being. $125/includes 4 classes and materials. Annie Geissinger @ The Healing Circle, Providence. annie@hawkdance.com. 401-226-5583. Integrated Energy Therapy ~ Basic – 10am-6pm. Become an energy intuitive and clear energy blockages to restore the natural energy flow in yourself or others. IET is an invaluable tool for stress reduction. $195. Renaissance Holistic Center, 993 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-270-4001. Ancient Wisdom Advanced Workshop – 11am4:30pm. Learn subjects of psychic surgery, aura scan, sand painting, meteorites, chumpi stones, lasers, light life rings, dowsing, chakras, color, crystals, and more. $88. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. PositiveNewBeginnings.com. Angel Card Saturdays – 12-5pm. Join Rev. Lea Knepley for Divine Source guidance and “Spiritually Based Life Coaching” during your Angel Card Reading. Online booking suggested, credit cards accepted. $35 to $60. Knepley Therapeutic Massage, @ Holistic Health RI, 5784 Post Rd, Suite 5, East Greenwich. 401402-0568. KnepleyTherapeuticMassage.com.

Wednesday, March 7

Sunday, March 4

Meditation for Total Wellness – 8:45-9:45am. Use meditation techniques to heal back to health, gain inner peace, relieve stress, lose unwanted pounds, cope with personal loss and understand your life purpose. $30. Empowered By India Holistic Wellness Ctr, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket. 401-305-5265. EmpoweredByIndia.com.

markyourcalendar The Red Tent Day for Women - 9am-4pm. The Red Tent is a place where women can be pampered with spa treatments and a nurturing and peaceful place where women can gather and tell their stories. $20. Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston. redtentri.com. Red Tent Event – 9am-4pm. Look for me & Light Soul Therapy. Experience the deep relaxation of Reconnective Healing, learn the benefits of meditation & sign up for a free Sacred Stone Massage. $20. Light Soul Therapy. Rhodes On The Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston. 401-284-0363. LightSoulTherapy.com.

Monday, March 5

Storywalking at Frenchtown Park – 9:30-11am. For home-schoolers/pre-schoolers, join Wendy to study nature’s code, play history detective, and create stories from our adventures. Specifics on website calendar page. Free. Frenchtown Park, Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich. 401-884-1559. netwalkri.com. Intro to Mindfulness (4 week class) – 10am-12pm. 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26. All levels of experience. The effective tools of meditation, gentle yoga and body scan, support authentic being. $125/includes 4 classes and materials. Annie Geissinger, @ Joyful Breath Yoga, 25 Market St, Suite 14, Swansea, MA. annie@hawkdance.com. 401-226-5583. 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 A. Rossi, Mill at Shady Lea, Rm 204, North Kingstown. katharine@sacredstream.org. 401-924-0567. Intro to Mindfulness (4 week class) – 7-9pm. 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26. All levels of experience. The effective tools of meditation, gentle yoga and body scan, support authentic being. $125/includes 4 classes and materials. Annie Geissinger, @ The Healing Circle, Providence. annie@hawkdance.com. 401-226-5583.

Tuesday, March 6

Intro to Mindfulness (4 week class) – 7-9pm. 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27. All levels of experience. The effective tools of meditation, gentle yoga and body scan, support authentic being. $125/includes 4 classes and materials. Annie Geissinger, at Joyful Breath Yoga, 25 Market St, Suite 14, Swansea, MA. annie@hawkdance.com. 401-226-5583.

Tong Ren Guinea Pig Classes – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I tap on the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve blockages. Donations accepted. Changing Lives, Shari Bitsis, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. shasongs@aol.com. 401-465-4249.

Intro to Mindfulness (4 week class) – 10am-12pm. 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28. All levels of experience. Effective tools of meditation, gentle yoga and body scan, support authentic being. $125/includes 4 classes and materials. Annie Geissinger @ Windhorse Therapies, 420 D Scrabbletown Rd, North Kingstown. anniegeissinger@earthlink.net. 401-226-5583. Life Drawing Workshop – 4:30-6:30pm. Drawing workshop with model, No instructor, just show up. We provide the model, studio, drawing tables and easels. You bring your own drawing supplies and skills. $10. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680. AngelnookGallery.com. Coalition for Animals – 5-8pm. 5th Annual Lasagna Dinner. Meat and Vegetarian options provided by Ma Raffa’s. 100% of proceeds will support the Seniors Program – the adoption fee is paid for seniors to adopt from a participating local shelter. Call to reserve. Donation $10/Adult $8/Senior & Child. Coalition for Animals, The Skyroom, 651 Orchard St, New Bedford, MA. 508-991-6366. coalitionforanimals.com. 4-Week Beginners Yoga Series – 6-7:30pm. 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28. Our popular beginner series introduces students to basic Hatha, Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga so they may enter regular classes with ease. $70. Tenth Gate Yoga Center, Glen View, 1046 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-9642. TenthGateYogaCenter.com. Meditation is the Way – 6:30-7:30pm. For clarity, mental, emotional balance, inner peace, harmony & a deep connection to higher consciousness. Meet weekly to create a practice of self-discipline. $5. Light Soul Therapy, 102 Woodbine Rd, Wakefield. 401-284-0363. LightSoulTherapy.com. Adolescent Indigo Family – 6:30-8:30pm. We are starting an indigo adolescent support group; come and ask questions and meet us. Free. CreatIgo @ The Enchanted Path, 1216 Main St, Coventry. 401-793-0097. CreatIgo.org. Nutrition Education – 7-8pm. Nutritional Education Class. Topic: Helping to improve digestion. $25. Dawn Parante @Positive New Beginnings 877 Broadway East Providence. 401-432-7195

Thursday, March 8

Tong Ren Guinea Pig Classes – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I tap on the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve blockages. Donations Accepted. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. shasongs@aol.com. 401-465-4249. Full Moon Qigong and Yoga – 7:30-9pm. Through visualization and focused breathing, this meditation & yoga sequence will activate and refine the five energetic organ systems of the body. Pay-what-youcan. Vella Gardens, 1 Alfred Stone Rd., Pawtucket. Vellagardens.com.

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Friday, March 9

Soul Empowerment Introduction – 6:15-7:30pm. An evening of empowerment of your soul. Receive Divine transmissions & learn to create Light Tabernacles, powerful sacred pathways. Learn to harness & work the Light. $5/donation. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Guided Meditation Night – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a gentle guided meditation that’s designed to help you relax, renew and energize. All learning levels welcome. $10. Heavenly Hugs 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/Classes.

Saturday, March 10

Answers to Your Key Questions about Life Seminar - 1:15-9:15pm. Also 3/11, 8:15am-11:45am. How can you fill your life with more love, richness, joy, and spiritual confidence? Learn spiritual tools to help you go beyond faith to direct experience, and discover the answers to your deepest questions. See website or call for pricing. Eckankar, Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-828-6973. Eckankar-RI.org/seminar. Angel Card Saturdays – 12-5pm. Join Rev. Lea Knepley for Divine Source guidance and “Spiritually Based Life Coaching” during your Angel Card Reading. Online booking suggested, credit cards accepted. $35 to $60. Knepley Therapeutic Massage, Inside Holistic Health RI, 5784 Post Rd, Suite 5, East Greenwich. 401-402-0568. KnepleyTherapeuticMassage.com. Crystal 101 – 4-6pm. Learn about Crystals, how they work their properties the benefits and so much more. Call and pre-register. $25. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. positivenewbeginnings.com.

Sunday, March 11

Reiki Day at Spirit of Agape – 10am-4pm. Stop by and pamper yourself to a half hour of reiki. RSVP to Shari Bitsis for a time slot. $15. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. shasongs@aol.com. 401-465-4249. Jumpstart Your Spiritual How-to Book or Memoir – 11:30am-4:30pm. Come away with clarity on which book to write; a vision including readership, features, and tone; the beginnings of an outline; several pages of writing; and a plan for next steps. $65. Lisa Tener @All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com. Angels, Guides and Loved Ones – 12-1:30pm. Discover or enhance your skills of clairvoyance, clairaudience or clairsentience with this guided meditation. $22. Renaissance Holistic Center, 993 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-270-4001. Embrace the Goddess Within! – 12:30-3:30pm. Intimate look at feminine power, goddesses, become familiar with our own feminine essence and learn with new tools and practices. $40/includes materials fee. CreatIgo@ The Enchanted Path, 1216 Main St, Coventry. 401-793-0097. creatigo.org. Eating for Total Wellness – 4:30-7:30pm. If you are overweight, are an emotional eater, seeking to relieve stress, or desiring to go vegetarian, this cooking workshop is for you, to be guided step by step. $60/Dinner included. Empowered By India Holistic Wellness Ctr, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket. 401-305-5265. EmpoweredByIndia.com.


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Monday, March 12

Storywalking at Goddard Park – 9:30-11am. For home-schoolers/pre-schoolers, join Wendy to study nature’s code, hunt for treasure, and create stories from our adventures. Specifics on website calendar page. Free. Beach at Goddard Park, Off Ives Rd, East Greenwich. 401-884-1559. netwalkri.com. Bliss Indigo Child Playshop – 4:30-5:30pm. Come and find out about indigo children! Great time to make connections with other parents; this group is designed for children 5-9 years and their parents. Donation suggested. CreatIgo, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-793-0097. CreatIgo.org. Nutrition Education – 6:30-7:30pm. Nutrition Education Class. Tonight’s Topic; Helping to improve your digestion. $25. Dawn Parente @Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence.

Tuesday, March 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. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278. Ancient Wisdom Class – 6-9pm. Create sacred space in which to work and allow spirit to guide our day. Covering intuition, connecting with spirit, dowsing, chakras, color, crystals & more. $47. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. positivenewbeginnings.com.

Wednesday, March 14

Bee club- Our Version of a Book Club – 6:308:30pm. Come and discuss: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs; and other things that are happening in your life. Donation suggested. CreatIgo, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-793-0097. CreatIgo.org. Gay Men’s Meditation Group – 7-8pm. Come relax and connect with others in the gay community in this one hour meditation group. All levels welcome. $10. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-265-7720. tripplefortecoach.com.

Thursday, March 15

Women’s Wellness & Aromatherapy – 6:308:30pm. Come & be pampered..bring a friend.. sample natural health inspired products made with pure essential oils & plant extracts.. meditation & breathing techniques..samples. $10. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 401-490-1732. changinglives1breath.com.

Friday, March 16

Star Healing & Intergalactic Energy – 6:308:30pm. Enjoy more inner peace by ridding yourself of fears, addictions & pain through this revolutionary new healing system by Kelly Hamptons lecture from Archangel Michael. $35. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680. AngelnookGallery.com. Spiritual Cinema presents – I AM – 7-9:15pm. An engaging and entertaining film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world and what can we do to make it better? Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Concordia.csl.org.


Saturday, March 17

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Hypnosis Certification Course – 100hour course is a balance of detailed lectures and hands on learning. Presented by Lisa Zaccheo, BCH, BCI, Mind Matters Hypnosis Center. The Farmington Valley Arts Center, 25 Arts Center Lane, Avon, CT MindMattersHypnosis.com/100course 860-693-644. Nia Movement Class – 9:15-10:15am. If you are a yoga student and you’re looking for a form of movement to get your heart rate up, then Nia may be the perfect fit. No shoes, comfortable clothing, mat & water. $12. Quonnie Grange, 5662 (Route 1) Post Rd, Charlestown. 401-322-0810. nianow.com/wendy. Theta Healing Class – 10am-5pm. Basic DNA Theta Class. Learn how to fix DNA. $495. Leslie Arena @Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. positivenewbeginnings.com. Discover You Holistic & Wellness Exp – 11am6pm. Visit booth 22, relax with Reconnective Healing demo, win a free session of Sacred Stone Massage, learn benefits of meditation & take home a beautiful piece of Chakra Art. $10. Light Soul Therapy@ Discover You, Twin River Event Center, 100 Twin River Rd, Lincoln. 401-284-0363. LightSoulTherapy.com. Path of Kriya Yoga Workshop – 1-4pm. Kriya Yoga, brought to us by Paramhansa Yogananda, is a meditation technique that quickly accelerates one’s spiritual growth. Join us and learn about the Path of Kriya. $15/Suggested donation. Ananda Center For Yoga & Meditation, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.

Sunday, March 18

Discover You Holistic Health & Wellness Expo – 9am-4pm. Visit booth 22, relax with Reconnective Healing, win a free session of Sacred Stone Massage, learn benefits of Meditation & take home a beautiful piece of Chakra Art. $10. Light Soul Therapy @ Discover You, Twin River Event Center, 100 Twin River Rd, Lincoln. 401-284-0363. LightSoulTherapy.com. Reiki 1 Certification Class – 11am-5pm. Learn this gentle Japanese hands on healing technique to treat yourself and others. Lots of practice time and complete information packet with certificate. $135. Pathways to Healing, Warwick. 401-287-4093. ReikiRI.com. Spring Equinox Drum Circle – 6-7pm. Join us to honor the season and focus on healing for the community and earth. Bring drums and rattles, some available to share. No experience necessary, all ages. Donation appreciated. Katharine A. Rossi @ The Light of Being, 112 Bogman St, Providence. katharine@sacredstream.org. 817-542-4993.

Monday, March 19

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – 6-8pm. 8 week class. Highly participatory and life-affirming, course includes instruction in mindfulness meditation practice, gentle stretching/yoga, inquiry exercises to enhance awareness, group dialogue, and daily home assignments. $365/8 week series. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com.

Tuesday, March 20

Magickal Practitioner Meetup – 6-7:30pm. Magickal Practioner Meetup join us as we welcome Spring with a drum circle! Bring your own drum or percussion instrument and a beverage. All paths welcome. Free. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St., Providence. 401-353-3099. MotherMystic.com. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Classes – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I tap on the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve blockages. Donations Accepted. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. shasongs@aol.com. 401-465-4249.

Wednesday, March 21

Life Drawing Workshop – 4:30-6:30pm. Drawing Worskshop with model, no instructor, just show up. We provide the model, studio, drawing tables and easels. You bring your own drawing supplies and skills. $10. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680. AngelnookGallery.com. Adolescent Indigo Group – 6-8pm. Group for indigo adolescents addresses their needs, wants and concerns in a safe, supportive environment. $10. CreatIgo @ The Enchanted Path, 1216 Main St, Coventry. 401-793-0097. CreatIgo.org. Nutrition Education – 7-8pm. Nutrition Education Class. Tonight’s Topic; Wheat, it’s not what you think. $25. Dawn Parente @ Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence.

Thursday, March 22

Parent Visitor Day – 8:30-10:45am. Considering Waldorf education? Join us for Parent Visitor Day – tour the school, visit classes in session, and have time for a question and answer session. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x228. MeadowbrookSchool.com. Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-8:45pm. Deepen your journey practice and gain insight to your own guidance. Bring a journal, pen and something to lie on. Knowledge of how to journey is required. $10. Katharine Rossi, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. katharine@sacredstream.org. 401-924-0567.

Friday, March 23

Shamanic Drum Healing – 7-9pm. Experience the power of the circle and rhythm of the drum to connect with helping spirits to release energy blocks, promote healing, and gain insight. Group format. $35. Katharine A. Rossi & Paul DiSegna @ Leap of Faith, 170 Arrowhead Rd, Dighton, MA. info@archeofspirit.com. 508-669-6580.

Saturday, March 24

Healing the Earth – 9am-2pm. Class filled with insight & play! Delve into the magic of co-creating with the Earth. Topics: Law of Attraction, the human heart, visualization, intent & Play! $45/members, $55/non-members, $15/ Materials fee. The Learning Connection/Class# 750146, 201 Wayland Ave, Providence. shasongs@aol.com. 401-274-9330. Integrated Energy Therapy® – 9:30am-6pm. Intermediate Workshop – One of the next generation – hands on – power energy therapy systems that gets the “issues out of your tissues” for good. Prerequisite: IET Basic. $215, $230/8 CE’s. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/IET. Angel Card Saturdays – 12-5pm. Join Rev. Lea Knepley for Divine Source guidance and “Spiritually Based Life Coaching” during your Angel Card Reading. Online booking suggested, credit cards accepted. $35 to $60. Knepley Therapeutic Massage, Inside Holistic Health RI, 5784 Post Road, Suite 5, East Greenwich. 401-402-0568. KnepleyTherapeuticMassage.com. Making Your Own Herbal Bitters – 2-4pm. Hands on workshop making herbal bitters! Bitters have a long history as medicinals and as a cocktail ingredient. Everyone will make bitters to take home. $10/ plus $5 materials fee. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St., Providence. 401-353-3099. MotherMystic.com.

Sunday, March 25

Integrated Energy Therapy® – 9:30am-6pm. Advanced Workshop – A powerful day of selfhealing and energy therapy certification training. Prerequisite: IET Intermediate. $215,$230/8 CE’s. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/IET. Pay What You Can Yoga – 10-11:30am. Last Sunday. Mindfulness-based yoga class for all levels hosted in our beautiful greenhouse/cottage. Cash or check only, pay-what-you-can. Vella Gardens, 1 Alfred Stone Rd., Pawtucket. Vellagardens.com.

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Open House – 1-3pm. Considering Waldorf education? Tour the campus and meet with faculty, staff and parents. Families welcome. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x228. MeadowbrookSchool.com. Shamanic Drum Healing – 2-4pm. Experience the power of the circle and rhythm of the drum to connect with helping spirits to release energy blocks, promote healing, and gain insight. Group format. $40. Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna @ Angels of Light Healing Center, 320 Washington St, Norwell, MA. info@archeofspirit.com. 781-871-1740.

Monday, March 26

Guru Singh: Heart Centered Living – 6-9pm. Guru Singh is a 3rd generation yogi & master teacher of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation. Teachings are a fusion of Eastern yogic mysticism and Western spiritual pragmatism. $75. Tenth Gate Yoga Center, Glen View, 1046 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-9642. TenthGateYogaCenter.com. Nutrition Education – 6:30-7:30pm. Nutrition Education Class. Tonight’s Topic; Wheat, it’s not what you think. $25. Dawn Parante @Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Classes – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I tap on the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve blockages. Donations Accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. shasongs@aol.com. 401-465-4249.

Tuesday, March 27

Guru Singh: Clearing the Chatter – 6-9pm. Guru Singh is a 3rd generation yogi & master teacher of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation. Teachings are a fusion of Eastern yogic mysticism and Western spiritual pragmatism. $75. Tenth Gate Yoga Center, Glen View, 1046 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-9642. TenthGateYogaCenter.com.

Wednesday, March 28

Windows into Waldorf – 3:45-5pm. Considering Waldorf education? Join us for Windows – an Early Childhood orientation for parents of young children. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x228 MeadowbrookSchool.com.

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Thursday, March 29

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V.J. Kohli Lecture Series – 4-7pm. A two part lecture on Art & Spirituality, Understanding the basic spiritual principals & easy spiritual practices for peace & mind. End with 10 minute meditation. Free. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680. AngelnookGallery.com.

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CCRI’s Healthy Planet Healthy People – 10am3pm. Through the 19th. Students for Environmental Action are hosting a 4 day Sustainability Conference with lectures, interactive workshops, and organic refreshments. Free.Donations welcome. Community College of Rhode Island, 1762 Louisquisset Pike, RI-146A, Lincoln. eac.ccri@gmail.com.

Friday, March 30

Meditation with Reiki – 7-8pm. Listen to a guided Reiki healing meditation while receiving a mini Reiki treatment. All levels of Reiki are welcome. We will begin with Reiki Mawashi. $10. Pathways to Healing, Warwick. 401-287-4093. ReikiRI.com. Meditation Hour – 7-8pm. What is your true heart’s desire? Guided meditation that will help you discover your inner truth and purpose. Set your intention and let it go! $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Serenityyogari.com. Demonstration with Sue and Aaron Singleton, Medical Intuitives – 7-9pm. Internationally renowned Medical Intuitive/Healer, Visionary, Inventor and Founder of The Energy of Life® Integrative and Intuitive Healing Process demonstrate intuitive/ healing gifts, sacred geometry, answer healthrelated questions. Free. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 978-834-0341. TheWayToBalance.com.

Saturday, March 31

Rings of Oden – Module 1: New Technology for Quantum Healing – 9am-4pm. With Sue & Aaron Singleton. Rings combine Sacred Geometry, DNA Re-Patterning concepts in revolutionary technology, “Net-Neutral Ionic Energy”. Experience configurations: relieve stress/anxiety, enhance endocrine/immune systems, reduce pain, balance chakras, open 3rd Eye, etc. $85/Registration required. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 978-834-0341. TheWayToBalance.com. Reiki I Certification – 9:30am-4pm. Learn the origins of Usui Reiki, the healing benefits attributed to it, & the hand positions used. After receiving the attunement will be time for questions & practice. $150/materials & certificate included. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278. Animal Communication Workshop – 10am3pm. Animal lovers learn how to connect with your living or deceased pets. Karen Daley a gifted medium has been in the healing profession for 25 yrs. Her class is amazing! $55. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 401-533-2860. ChangingLives1Breath.com.

Integrated Energy Therapy ~ Level 2 – 10am6pm. Enhance and strengthen your energywork skills with intermediate IET. You will learn to pull out stagnant energy imprints and revitalize the entire energy field. $225. Renaissance Holistic Center, 993 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-270-4001. Angel Card Saturdays – 12-5pm. Join Rev. Lea Knepley for Divine Source guidance and “Spiritually Based Life Coaching” during your Angel Card Reading. Online booking suggested, credit cards accepted. $35 to $60. Knepley Therapeutic Massage, Inside Holistic Health RI, 5784 Post Rd, Suite 5, East Greenwich. 401-402-0568. KnepleyTherapeuticMassage.com. Yoga Tune Up® – Two Workshops – 1-5:30pm. 1-3pm, Joint Rejuvenation; 3:30-5:30pm, Core Integration for Better Backs. Designed to tone, stretch, and strengthen, as well as regenerate and heal damaged or aging muscle fibers, $40/each, $70/both. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com. Art Opening – 5-8pm. Angelnook Gallery presents the group thematic exhibition, Divine Abstractions. Show will focus on art inspired by artists interpretation of Divine Abstractions. Free. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680. AngelnookGallery.com. Joy of Intuitive Healing – 2-5pm. With Medical Intuitive and Intuitive Healers-Teachers Aaron/ Sue Singleton. Group healing combining intuition, energy-healing, quantum-physics, sacred geometry, cutting-edge science. What caused your headaches, neck/back/hip pain? Allergies, anxiety, phobias? Physical pain-trauma, fear-anxiety, loss-grief, angerfrustration, guilt-shame, and more, may be healed during this session. Ready to heal? $40. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 978-834-0341. TheWayToBalance.com.

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Celebration Service – 9:15-10:30am. Concordia provides spiritual tools to transform personal lives and create a better world through principles of Science of Mind – change your thinking, change your life. Love donation. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Concordia.csl.org. Group Meditation – 10-11am. Manage stress, awaken intuition & connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization and sound. Donation only. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. UnderTheSunECC.com/meditation.html. Dance for Total Wellness – 10-11:45am. Designed using Indian Dance as the medium of exercise while still utilizing many tools of Indian Yoga – holistic weight loss, healing from stress, anxiety & depression. $360/12 sessions. Empowered By India Holistic Wellness Ctr, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket. 401-305-5265. EmpoweredByIndia.com. Ananda Sunday Satsang – Yogananda – 10am12pm. Meditation, chanting, inspiration and satsang (fellowship ) potluck lunch. Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Everyone is welcome, be in joy! Donation. Ananda Center for Yoga & Meditation, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Emotion Inmotion & Modern Dance – 10:30am1pm. 1st and 3rd Sunday. Dance practices, not to be missed. Emotion Inmotion 10:30-11:20am & Modern Dance 11:30-1:00pm. See web for descriptions. $13/drop in + alt enrollment fees. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. jessicahoward.syi.me. Sunday Meditations – 11am-12pm. Enjoy this relaxing morning class which includes a short talk and a guided meditation on how to apply Buddhist teachings in our modern lives. No experience necessary. $8. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. MeditationInProvidence.org.


Sunrise Yoga – 6-7:30am. Also Fridays. Beautiful space to practice calming the mind; toning the body for leaner looking & feeling great: Yoga practice compliments everything you do (balance & focus). Donation. Prema Yoga, 127 Pocasset Ave, Providence. 401-390-5419.

Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 10:30am-12pm. Savor this deeply relaxing style of yoga. Svaroopa® will ease your tension and pain and help you find calm and bliss from the inside out. Call to save a spot. $18, $40/new students 4 classes. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Belly Dancing with Mahdia – 6-7:15pm. Get in shape and explore the Middle Eastern style-Raks Sharqi. $15, $65/6 with 3 month expiration, $75/6 with 6 month expiration. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. VillageWellnessCenter.com. Yoga In The Wild – 6-7:30pm. Yoga is back at Norman Bird Sanctuary! Dive deeper into Nature’s five elements with an eight-week Hatha series at the majestic Norman Bird Sanctuary. All levels welcome. $12. Anchor Yoga @ Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd, Middletown. GetGrounded@AnchorYoga.com. 401-662-9557. 30-Day Detox Program: The Elimination Diet – 7-8:30pm. 4-week guided detoxification program to improve health and vitality through a restricted, yet nourishing, whole foods diet plus nutritional supplementation and herbs. Includes printed material, food samplings and recipes. $125. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com. 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. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.


Prenatal Svaroopa® Yoga – 10-11:30am. Svaroopa® prenatal yoga fosters a more comfortable pregnancy and easier delivery. Expecting moms who have completed their first trimester welcome. Call to save a spot. $22, $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body & mind. Pre-registration is necessary. $19, $124/8. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, #10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com.

Sadhana Yoga Basics – 6:15-7:30pm. Workshop will build a solid foundation toward understanding mindbody awareness. Students new to yoga or those revisiting will benefit. Heart asana Series Mar6-Apr17. $13,$78/session + other opt. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. jessicahoward.syi.me. Qivana Overview-Product Introduction & Compensation – 7-7:45pm. 3rd Tuesday. Find out why 10 Olympic Gold Medalists have joined Qivana to build a business. Come and see Qivana’s newest product -PRIME – nitric oxide activator! Spend 45 minutes to find out how you can get healthier and wealthier. Free. Holiday Inn Express, 901 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. BlessedwithHealthAndWealth.com. The Power of a Positive Mind – 7-8:30pm. Buddhist Monk Kelsang Pawo will guide us through meditation practices that effectively help us to increase our powers of concentration so we can overcome bad habits. $10. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. MeditationInProvidence.org. Providence Laughter Club – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 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. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.


Wintertime Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Peacedale Mill Complex, 1425 Kingstown Rd, Peacedale. 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. $10/ suggested donation. Mobley Family Chiropractic, Briarwood Plaza, 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-0408. MobleyFamilyChiro.com. Yin & Yang Yoga – 3:30-5pm. A mixed level, slow flowing vinyasa class with deep attention to mindful alignments of body, mind and heart. With Jen Thomas. RSVP jennsgobbare@gmail.com. $15. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Wintertime Farmers Market – 4-7pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket.

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Candlelight Yoga – 4:30-6pm. Also on Fridays. Beautiful space to practice calming the mind; toning the body for leaner looking & feeling great: Yoga practice compliments everything you do (balance & focus). Donation. Prema Yoga, 127 Pocasset Ave, Providence. 401-390-5419. Get Fit with Dr Cathy – 5-6pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun! $5. Dr Cathy Picard @Stage Right Studio, 68 South Main St, Woonsocket. StageRightStudio.org. Kripalu – 6-7pm. Mixed levels, beginners always welcome. New student specials $20/2. $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. See Tuesday @ 4pm for details. Pre-registration is necessary. $19, $124/8. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, #10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Non Duality Video Gathering – 7-9pm. 2nd Wednesday. Watch a video of non-duality teachers, such as Gangaji, Mooji, etc. For more info or to register, contact Julianne, julenlo@hotmail.com. $10/suggested donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place – 6A, Providence. 860-463-5576. HolisticHealthCtr.com.


Vinyasa – 9-10:15am. Starts 3/15. Beginners are always welcome. $10/6 week sign up per class.. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Barre – 9:30-10:30am. Conditioning class uses basic ballet technique, floor barre, and core exercises. Increase musicality, build strength, flexibility and challenge the mind-body. $13, $7/session + other opt. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. jessicahoward.syi.me. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 9:45-11:15am. See Tuesday @ 4pm for details. $19, $124/8. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, #10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. 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. MobleyFamilyChiro.com. Fluid Fitness(TM) – 11am-12pm. Gentle, effective, innovative approach to move your whole body fluidly. Slow down the aging process and step up your fitness. No experience needed. Feel more free!

$12/$10 Seniors & Students. Soulistic Arts – Focus Yoga Studio, 63 Cedar Ave. #10, East Greenwich. 401-826-2020. SoulisticArts.com.

Everyone is welcome. $8. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. MeditationInProvidence.org.

Healers Group – 12:30-2:30pm. Weekly gathering of healers to share latest techniques and insights, to practice on or with each other and to help with distance healing cases. Brown bag lunch and circle. Free/ donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.

Hatha Yoga – 7-8pm. Mixed levels, beginners always welcome. New student specials $20/2. $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310.

Meditation Class – 5:30-7pm. Deepening Somatic Consciousness. Walking meditation in addition to guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Meditation Group – 5:30-7pm. Manage stress, awaken intuition & connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization & sound. Individual sessions available by appointment. Bring a Friend! $10. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge Stt, Newport. 401-339-6092. UnderTheSunECC.com/meditation.html. Ananda Yoga & Meditation – 5:30-7pm. 1st 3 Thursdays Be in Bliss- Ananda Yoga- with Kyle -401-789-1288 at Herb Wyfe 23 Brown St Wickford. Meditation 7pm on 1st & 3rd Thursdays. 4th Thursday at Ananda Center. Suggested Donation $10. Ananda Center for Yoga & Meditaiton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Physical Fitness Through Dance – 6:15-7:15pm. Burn calories & boost stamina from low impact cardio exercises, improve scores, & easy to follow dance combos. Let go & build confidence on the dance floor (wherever that may be). $13, $78/session + other opt. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. jessicahoward.syi.me. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 6:30-8pm. See Monday @10:30am for details. $40/New Students 4 classes, $18/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. The Royal Yoga for Total Wellness – 6:30-8:15pm. Designed especially for your total wellness by healing from ill health, depression, stress, for your spiritual connection & holistic weight loss through wellness tools. $360/12 sessions. Empowered By India Holistic Wellness Cen, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket. 401-305-5265. EmpoweredByIndia.com. Just Breath – Simply Meditate – 7-8pm. Simple – one hour long meditation classes for everyone. Each class includes a short talk and guided meditation. No meditation experience is necessary.


Group Energy Healing – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Fridays. Experience powerful healing energy from intuitive healer Kim Testa. Come experience why this is such a popular event. RSVP kim@enteryou.org. $20/suggested donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.


Yoga In The Wild – 8:30-10am. See Monday @ 6pm for details. $12. Anchor Yoga @ Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd, Middletown. GetGrounded@AnchorYoga.com. 401-662-9557. Ananda – Meditation & Chanting – 9-10am. Start the weekend in the peace and joy of guided meditation & chanting. Join Kelly & Adam. All welcome! Meet at: 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N. Kingston 401- 667-7315. Donation. Ananda Center for Yoga & Meditation, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Mixed levels, beginners always welcome. New student specials $20/2. $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. VillageWellnessCenter.com. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. See Monday @10:30am for details. $40/New Students 4 classes, $18/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Wintertime Farmers Market – 10am-1pm. See Wednesday at 4 for details. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. Wintertime Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. See Wednesday at 10 for details. Free. Peacedale Mill Complex, 1425 Kingstown Rd, Peacedale. Family Art and Community sARTurday – 10am2pm. Ongoing weekly Family Art and Community sARTurday, create ART with your Family 10am till 12pm and Community sARTurday 12 till 2pm for guided expressive art programs. $8. $25/studio card, for 5~2hr classes. PeaceLove Studios, 171 Main St, Pawtucket. 401-475-9778. peacelovestudios.com.

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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 acaiberri@cox.net. Visit acaiberri.com for more information. HELP WANTED: Immediate FT/PT openings for Massage Therapists in Cranston & East Greenwich. Apply in person: Massage Envy 1000 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston or 1000 Division St East Greenwich.

massage Massage therapist (CRANSTON/PARK AVE) with some clientele to rent room in a tranquil and beautiful organic skincare center. Make your own hours and everything is provided for you. High traffic area, ample parking, stand alone building. Must have a passion for massage, holistic health, and be easy going. Must carry own insurance. Contact: 401-338-3974 or alifacials@gmail.com or AlisonLynnEsthetics.com. Rolf Structural Integration, Thai Massage, Therapeutic Bodywork, Relaxing Swedish Massage. Rob Martin offers bodywork at Motion Center @ 111 Chestnut St. Call 860-617-1234. RolfBodyworks.org.



Dr. Belinda Mobley Briarwood Plaza 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA 508-336-0408 MobleyFamilyChiro.com 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 Rd to better health and vitality. See ad on page 30.

New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness Dr. Misty Kosciusko 934 East Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 401-683-6430 NewHorizonChiro.com New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness utilizes a whole body holistic approach to assist your healthcare needs! Dr. Kosciusko prides herself in educating her patients on the root cause of their physical ailments, at the same time providing exceptional quality of care to assist in pain relief with long standing results. See ad on page 5.


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 Classifieds@RINaturalAwakenings.com.

Participants Wanted A meditation Book study group meets once a month on Tuesday evening 7-8:30PM, cost is $20, start date TBD. A guided/ meditation group meets twice a month on Friday mornings, start date TBD, donation of $5 goes to: Friends of Maiti Nepal to prevent child sexual trafficking. Call Ann Porto,Psy.D. at 401 529-2020 for more information.

Reiki Kids Classes Introduce your Children to the Gift of Reiki. Children learn and are attuned to the Usui system of Reiki. Classes are offered at A Reiki World in Peace Dale. Visit: AReikiWorld.com or Call 401-741-6789.

Vendor Opportunity Seeking vendors for Synergy 2012 Wellness Fair Sunday, April 29th at Ivy Gardens in Warwick. Contact Katharine Rossi at info@archeofspirit.com.

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

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 Rd to Good Health is Paved with Good Intestines! See ad on page 41.

counseling MINDFUL LIFE PRACTICE Sara B Sprague, MA 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Suite F207 Wickford, RI 401-323-0706 MindfulLifeHealing.com

Sara offers holistic, integrated counseling in a comfortable, professional setting. Clients may engage in ‘traditional’ talk therapy, or integrate modalities of Mindfulness Meditation, Reiki, Yoga and other complementary modalities. Reclaim your Balance, Vitality, and find your Joy. Please call me to Discover how I support your journey! Women,, Men, Pairs, Families, LGBTQQ. Licensed, supervised, insured. See ad on page 15.

DEPTH HYPNOSIS Katharine A. Rossi 401-924-0567 archeofspirit.com info@archeofspirit.com

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.

ENERGY HEALING Body-Wise Therapeutics

Laura P. Clark, lcmt, cpia, cfr, cia 401-848-9825 Body-wisetherapeutics.com

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.

Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. 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 Healing

Wakefield, RI 401-284-0363 LightSoulTherapy.com LightSoulTherapy@Verizon.net Like peeling an onion, Light Soul Therapy works to release layers of dis-illusion, dis-content, and disease. Facilitating the very deep healing energies of Reconnective Healing, The Reconnection and Sacred Stone Massage Therapy the body/mind begins its transformation to healing and wholeness, Spiritual Counseling and Meditation sessions accelerate the healing process. Call today for a free 20-minute phone consult. I would love to speak with you. New classes beginning now.

Esthetician Dianne Colardo Massage Envy Spa 1000 Division St East Greenwich, RI 401-336-2900 MassageEnvy.com

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!

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

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 website for a wealth of information. See ad on page 21.

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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.

Fresh Face Skincare Center @ Avalon

Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 • FreshFaceSkinCare.net

My philosophy has always been that everyone should love and be proud of how their skin looks and feels. At the young age of 50, my skin has never looked so flawless and so fresh. I look forward to sharing my love and knowledge of the skin care profession to make that happen for YOU! See ad on page 40.

Angel Whispers Rhode Island

917 A Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 401-741-2278 AngelWhispersRI.com. Offering a variety of holistic energy therapies, which can be scheduled at Wellness Center at Gold Plaza in Warwick. Alvailable in private homes, businesses, hospitals, and nursing homes. Adriene also conducts Reiki certification courses and workshops on a variety of topics related to the wellness.  See ad on page 39.

Christine McCullough, MA

Newport, RI 401-847-6551 TheHolisticTarot.blogspot.com TheHolisticTarot.com TheLabyrinthLadies.com 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.

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My Holistic Village MyHolisticVillage.com

Magick Mirror Healing Arts Center

Connie Ouellette & Kevin Moniz 17 State St, 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.

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 MyHolisticVillage.com.

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Pathways to Healing Bobbie Schaeffer Warwick, RI 401-287-4093 bobbie@reikiri.com reikiri.com

Find loving guidance on your healing path with Reiki treatments and classes. Calm your spirit and achieve positive energy through group work in meditation and affirmations. Discover the answers you are seeking through Angel Card Messenger readings.

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Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

hypnosis Mark Ashley Hypnosis Health & Wellness

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

Dr. Cathy Picard, N.D. 250 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield, RI 401-597-0477 • DrCathyPicard.com 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

Positive New Beginnings

877 BRdway East Providence, RI 401-432-7195 PositiveNewBeginnings.com

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 5.

Renaissance Holistic Center 993 Oaklawn Ave Cranston, RI 401-270-4001

Whether it be metaphysical and New Age essentials or non-toxic skin care and cosmetics, herbal supplements and homeopathic remedies, we are committed to providing and inspirational environment, catering to your needs and interests. We also have a wonderful selection of services, classes and workshops for everyone to enjoy. See ad on page 10.


Holistic Wellness Center Shanthi (Author of the forthcoming book Stress-free for Life: Time-tested secrets of Indian Yoga) 401-305-5265 • EmpoweredByIndia.com The Royal Yoga for Total Wellness Live, Work and Succeed with Joy, Grace and Ease! 1. Freedom from ill-health and emotional eating 2. Freedom from anxiety, depression &stress 3. Improved relationships 4. Deep spiritual connection 10% off to the first 5 people who call.

Nutritional Consultant, Holistic Health Practitioner 774-991-0695 eatyourselfhealthy.webs.com

interfaith minister INTERFAITH MINISTER Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 nathalia47@aol.com OneVoiceCentral.com

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.

Food is the core of our very being. It is food that fuels us, nourishes us, and repairs us. Providing you with nutritional classes, workshops, one-to-one consultations, and much more to help with anything from A-Z, (acne, ADD, ADHD, diabetes, weight loss, and more... ). I will help you navigate your way to optimize your health. You can “Eat Yourself Healthy”!

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

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Sheila M. Frodermann, MA, ND, FHANP

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • ProvidenceWholistic.com 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 17.

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 33.

reiki Sylvia Collins

Reiki Master & Teacher Warwick, RI 401-921-4397 TheLightWithinRI.com

Keri Layton, N.D.

111 Chestnut St, Providence, RI Also at All That Matters, Wakefield, RI 401-536-4327 • KLaytonND.com 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.

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.

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The Heart of My Hands Gail Major 259 Water St, Warren, RI 1-401-640-6592 TheHeartOfMyHands.com

Restore your energy field back to balance and wellness, for its highest best and good—in mind, body and soul. Reiki has the ability to bring you to a harmonious state of being. Within it, lies deep peace. Call to schedule a session.

SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER energy-n-elements Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 Energy-N-Elements.com

“I am to live my dream...” With my natural gifts and abilities, I have been able to see loved ones as they are preparing to move into the light. This process has been helpful by letting people know that their loved ones are not alone; that they are being held and guided as they pass from ordinary reality to non-ordinary reality. See ad on page 14.

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Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

459 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 401-734-9355 WestShoreWellness.com

Village Wellness Center Heart in Hand Massage Therapy

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

145 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-808-0837 catmoskow.massagetherapy.com Put your aches and pains into my hands... they’ve had 10,000 massages worth of experience. Since 1993. Chronic issues, pain relief, range of motion problems, age related issues, athletic injuries (+ goals), pregnancy massage. I do Rehab work, Deep Tissue, Swedish, BioDynamics, Reiki. “Best of Boston.” Gift Certificates available. Call today for your appointment.

therapeutic massage Innisfree Body Works

18 Post Rd Pawtuxet Village, Warwick, RI 401-461-3788 InnisfreeBodyWorks.com 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!

wellcare collaborative

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 heartinhandmassage.com. See ad on page 29.

yoga Chris Belanger, RYT

401-261-7242 wholeofthemoonyoga@hotmail.com wholeofthemoonyoga.com 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.


Marie Bouvier-Newman 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 • Its-My-Health.com

yoga and holistic health center

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 6.


315 Main St • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 Info@allthatmatters.com AllThatMatters.com 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 34.

It’s Your Body’s Symphony 2051 Plainfield Pike Johnston, RI 401-464-6100 ItsYourBodysSymphony.com

It’s all about you. You deserve the beSt The journey begins. Enter a new plateau @ It’s Your Body’s 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 40.

422 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 401-941-2310 villagewellnesscenter.com heartinhandmassage.com


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