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y the time you are reading this, the first day of spring will have happened, and as I sit here typing this, the windows are open and my daffodils are in full bloom. I went for a walk earlier in sandals and a t-shirt. While I can’t deny that I have enjoyed the mild winter, and lack of shoveling, there is something that just seems off about it to be wearing sandals in New England in March. This whole winter has been amazingly mild, especially in comparison to last year when we had a new snowstorm every other week but this early spring seems to be outdoing itself. It is not just Rhode Island experiencing such unusual weather patterns, but nearly every part of the U.S has experienced at least one harsh weather event. We have heard about flooding and tornados wreaking such destruction in so many communities, sometimes one after the other. According to the U. S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, since 2000 we have seen 10 of the 11 hottest years on record. The impact of this can be felt in so many different areas from the businesses that make their living off of winter sports, to the bees and bugs that are confused by the early spring. I can’t speak to all of the scientific reasons for this, but it seems pretty clear that there is a connection to excessive carbon pollution. We at Natural Awakenings, as a healthy living, healthy planet resource, have strong feelings about the importance of caring for our earth. The best way to care for her is to understand her. We need to be careful not to cling to a single warm winter as evidence of global warming but let’s not discount it either. When scientists speak of climate change, it is generally in terms of a degree every decade on average but that doesn’t describe the abnormal events I mentioned above. It is important to know our subject if we discuss these things with our friends who may not be inclined to believe in these changes. If you have an interest in the science behind global warming, you might be interested in reading the information at One thing is for sure, you should read our feature article Green Home Checklist on page 28 to find some very helpful and practical tips on what you can do personally. Crissy Trask offers a room-by-room checklist filled with simple changes that you can implement right away. I love Growing Up Green on page 32 filled with important ways you can include your children in being more conscious of the impact we all have on our planet. April 22nd is Earth Day, and I encourage you to find a cleanup in your neighborhood so you can do your part. While we can’t fix everything, it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do what we can, when we can.

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he Second Annual Vegan May Brunch, hosted by Rhode Island’s Like No Udder, will take place on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 13th at 1pm. This buffet style menu will be free of all animal based ingredients, including dairy, eggs, meat and honey. “You don’t have to be vegan to attend and you don’t have to be a mother. But if you’re either, it’s a great opportunity to celebrate with a cruelty-free meal with your loved ones, not to be found any where else,” says Karen Krinsky, owner of the locally based purple vegan soft serve ice cream truck. Previous vegan buffet meals have typically offered several hot items, a cold salad, dessert and hot beverage. Menu items may include tofu scramble, tempeh bacon, and sautéed greens and will be listed in full on the Like No Udder website. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information on ticket prices, purchasing and menu, please visit See ad on page 47.

Changing Lives Recaps The Health and Happiness Summit with Dr. Oz


oanne Salem and Lorna McCoy, owners of Changing Lives, attended the Health and Happiness Summit with Dr. Mehmet Oz on February 25 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The event featured an amazing collection of health experts, including best-selling authors and television personalities, for an afternoon focused on the simple steps one can take to live a healthier, happier, and ultimately, more fulfilling life. Salem and McCoy say they were thrilled by the experience and brought home plenty of tips to share with their clients. “Dr. Nicholas Perricone, the expert on healthy skin, gave us tips on why healthy skin increases happiness, which in turn Joanne Salem increases healthy behavior,” notes Salem. “Some things you need to add to your grocery lists are salmon, watercress salad, olive oil, lemon juice and blueberries. He also advised the audience to take a fish oil to help alleviate elevated cortisol, which is toxic to the brain. He was one of our favorites!” Dr. Christine Northrup, known for her work in women’s health, discussed the importance of the heart over the brain. “She said people will take action on what they feel far more than what they know,” recalls McCoy. “Through statistics she Lorna McCoy showed us that we are motivated by what inspires us, not what we find intellectually curious.” Salem says Dr. Michael Breus talked about sleep cycles and how sleep affects weight loss or weight gain. He explained that individuals should get 7-8 hours of a good night sleep for healthy benefits. Dr. Oz educated the audience on proper breathing techniques, belly fat and factors that lead to a heart attack. He suggested engaging in activities that promote less stress such as yoga, meditation and exercise, according to Salem. “We invite you to come in and experience a reflexology and/or detox session to experience your own true bliss,” she says. Changing Lives is located at 1308 Atwood Avenue in Johnston. For more information, call 401-490-1732 for Joanne or 401-533-2860 for Lorna, or visit See ad on page 30.

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t’s My Health Wellcare Collaborative is presenting the program, “Eat Right for Your Blood Type,” with Marie Bouvier-Newman from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 and Wednesday, May 9, with future dates to be determined. Cost is $20. The program is designed to help individuals stay healthy, live longer, and achieve and maintain an ideal weight by eating the foods that are the most beneficial to their blood type. The workshop will explore the fundamental relationship between one’s blood type and dietary and lifestyle choices that will help participants live at their very best. The discussion will include the history of the four blood types, the categories of foods for each blood type, the role of supplements by blood type, the best types of exercise for each blood type, and the connection between blood type and personality. For those who do not know their blood type, test kits will be available. It’s My Health is a multidimensional wellness center that provides high quality vitamins, supplements, personal care products and other health-conscious products, as well as a growing number of on-site services including craniosacral therapy, iris analysis, massage therapy, naturopathic consultation, reflexology and Reiki. It’s My Health Wellcare Collaborative is located at 2374 Mendon Road in Cumberland. For more information, call 401-405-0819 or visit See ad on page 31.

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rtistic Holistics recently opened in Warwick. Dedicated to supporting individuals on their path to wellness and healing, Artistic Holistics offers a variety of holistic therapies in a relaxing, nurturing environment. Therapeutic services offered include CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, and a variety of massage styles including Swedish, deep tissue and hot stone therapy. The goal is to help clients relieve pain, reduce stress and find balance through the benefits of bodywork. Since opening, Artistic Holistics has hosted several workshops and Reiki Share Groups, and plans to introduce even more workshops as well as meditation groups. Pantone Purple

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fter 20 years, John Bradshaw, one of the leaders in addiction/recovery and family systems work, will return to the New England area for a two-day conference, “Homecoming: Reclaiming Your Inner Child,” on May 19 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on May 20 at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The conference offers 12 continuing education credits through local chapters of the National Association of Social Workers; NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals; and the NBCC, the National Board of Certified Counselors. For the past and current century, Bradshaw has John Bradshaw combined his exceptional skills as a counselor, author, management consultant, theologian, philosopher and public speaker by becoming one of the leading figures in the fields of addiction/recovery, family systems, relationships, spiritual and emotional growth, and management training. Bradshaw brought the phrases “dysfunctional families” and “inner child” into mainstream society and into the households of individuals as comfortable identifiers for troubled families. His dynamic training and therapies are practiced all over the world. A much soughtout speaker, he has truly touched and transformed the lives of millions. Bradshaw is the author of five books, three of which are New York Times bestsellers. His books have sold over 12.5 million copies and are published in 42 different languages.

ommunity Ayurvedic Herbalist, a wellness and education center, has moved to a new location at 39 Broad Street in Pawcatuck, Conn. The new space is infused with amazing wood work by local carpenter, Ben Ferrol; beautiful Mandala art painted on the walls by local artist, Fal Hauser; and the auspicious energy of Ayurveda. The space offers a cozy consultation area, comfortable classroom space and a full herbal kitchen. Services offered include Ayurvedic consultations, workshops and their own line of organic herbal products.

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ulianne Eanniello, a Reiki master and teacher, and practitioner of both The Journey™ and Tong Ren is now offering her services at The Providence Institute for Contemplative Study and Natural Health. She will be hosting a weekend workshop with Scott Kiloby, the creator of Living Realization, a non-dual text/ method and e-book of the Scott Kiloby same name. “Discover Freedom with Scott Kiloby,” will be held Friday through Sunday, April 27-29 at the Institute. From 7-9 p.m. on April 27, he will host an introductory talk. A donation of $20-$25 is requested. On Saturday, the workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $70 in advance or $80 at the door. Sunday’s workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be $30 in advance or $40 that day. The rate for the entire weekend is $100 in advance or $120 at the door. The author of Love’s Quiet Revolution: The End of the Spiritual Search and Reflections of the One Life: Daily Pointers to Enlightenment, Kiloby is an international speaker who gives talks or meetings in which those attending experience non-dual presence. The Providence Institute is located at 18 Imperial Place, 6A in Providence. For more information, contact Julianne Eanniello at 860-463-5576 or register at See ad on page 26.


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he Providence Institute for Contemplative Study and Natural Health (PI) is welcoming a special guest in April. Arthur Collins will present Ilahinoor Blessing and Healing Training on Saturday, April 21. The blessing class will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $25. The healing class will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $125 and includes the morning session. Participants are required to be experienced in healing work. Collins will also be leading a special series of ancient Vedic and Tibetan empowerments for Kundalini awakenings and liberation called “Milking the Cow.” These teachings consist of a set of empowerments, or energy transfers, designed to initiate the student into the practice of working with one’s Kundalini and to ignite the Kundalini within. It also consists of a set of meditation practices that can be used to further one’s progress. The process is done in three stages and is open to those already familiar with the Kundalini and energy/meditation practices. The series will take place April 17 and 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and April 22 from 1-6 p.m. (followed by a potluck). Coming up on Sunday, May 6 from 4-6 p.m., The Providence Institute will host an open house. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to meet the practitioners, ask questions and even sample a bit of their work. After the open house, guests are invited to an introductory meditation session. The group will sit together and experience a guided meditation from the Whole Body Meditation program of Introduction to Somatic Consciousness. The Providence Institute is located at 18 Imperial Place, 6A in Providence. For more information, call 401-270-5443 or visit See ad on page 13.

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oot Diva will be offering full reflexology sessions for only $30 for the months of April and May. The introductory offer includes a complimentary hand paraffin treatment. Reflexology can work as an overall stress reliever, can provide a better night’s sleep, better circulation, help relieve pain and help with mild depression. Foot Diva will also be offering a guided imagery mediation class on the second Wednesday of the month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $5. A Drumming Circle will take place on the first Sunday of the month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants should bring a drum and a fun spirit, also for $5. Couples reflexology sessions will be available on the second Sunday of the month. Relax with a loved one or friend. Those interested can call for an appointment time. On the third Sunday of the month, a new woman’s social gathering—First Love Yourself (FLY)—will be launching. The group offers an opportunity to connect with other women for support, insight and friendship. Foot Diva is located at 2845 Post Rd, Suite 212 in Warwick. For more information, email or call 401-368-8878. See ad on page 33.


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ocated in Attleboro, Massachusetts, the Attleboro School of Tai Chi Chuan is now open and accepting new students. Offering both public classes and private instruction, the school teaches the authentic Yeung family style of tai chi chuan. Sometimes described as “meditation in motion,” the tai chi form—consisting of slow, flowing, low impact movements—helps connect the mind, body and spirit. Benefits of tai chi range from relieving fatigue, tension and stress to gaining mental clarity, self-confidence and peace of mind. It is also used to improve balance, coordination, flexibility, range of motion, concentration and self-defense skills. Because tai chi is challenging to both the weak and the strong, it is appropriate for anyone regardless of age, sex or health. Teacher, Steven Brooks, has been involved in martial arts his whole life, and tai chi exclusively for 17 years. He is the only disciple of John Conroy of the Rhode Island School of Tai Chi. Brooks not only travels the world to teach, but he also travels to Hong Kong every year to learn directly from the Yeung family. Attleboro School of Tai Chi Chuan is located at 104 County St. in Attleboro, Mass. For more information, call 508930-4127 or visit See ad on page 27.

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Special Events at Yoga Antara

Monday Morning Storywalker Program For Wee Ones


new Monday morning Storywalker program has been created for preschoolers and homeschoolers to engage in creative exploration of the outdoors. Each walk, which will take place in various locations throughout the area—begins with the sharing of real life stories that reveal the enchantment hidden in the surrounding woods. Everyone then has the opportunity to share personal stories. According to Storywalker creator, Wendy Nadherny Fachon (known as Miss Wendy), Storywalker adventures promote active learning through inquiry into natural science. “Becoming nature detectives, children and adults develop their environmental awareness as we dig through the dirt and through intriguing layers of area history,” she says. Children create their own collections of feathers, rocks, shells and nuts, and learn to identify birds, animals, wildflowers, wild plants and trees. They also study the signs of nature and learn the symbolic significance that lies behind each unique creation. Dates and locations of the walks for April include: April 2 at Bosch Farm in East Greenwich; April 9 at Davis Memorial Wildlife Refuge in North Kingstown; April 16 at Nathaniel Greene’s Birthplace in Potowumut (reservations required); Rom Point in North Kingstown on April 23 and April 30 at Scalloptown Park. All walks are free and will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Another fun event, “Story Cooking at Petite Chef,” will be held on Tuesday, April 17 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Petite Chef in Warwick. This introduction to natural food fun will feature a surprise dish with Chef Nancy and storytelling with Miss Wendy while the food is in the oven. Cost is $25. For more information or to make reservations for the April 16 Storywalk, call 401-884-1559 or visit To make reservations for the Story Cooking event, call 401-921-2566. See ad on page 24.

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rovidence yoga studio, Yoga Antara, is offering two special events in the month of April. On Saturday, April 7 from 2-3:30 p.m., Yoga Antara will host a Partner’s Yoga Workshop. Participants can enjoy an afternoon of movement, mindfulness and laughter while learning partner-assisted postures that enable individuals to stretch farther than they could on their own, balancing one another to create the poses together. The workshop is ideal for friends, family or couples. Cost is $30 per pair and reservations are recommended, as space is limited. On Earth Day, April 22, from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m., Yoga Antara owner, Rebecca Quigley, will host “Yoga at India Point Park.” Those in attendance can celebrate Earth Day with a yoga class to the music of the Beatles. In the event of inclement weather, the class will be held at Yoga Antara. Yoga Antara is located at 189 Governor Street, Suite 103 in Providence. For additional information or to make a reservation for the workshop, call 401-744-5316, email Rebecca@ or visit See ad on page 37.

The Light Of Being: A Spiritual Growth Center Now Open


he Light of Being—a pandenominational (all inclusive) spiritual center that celebrates the various manifestations of the Divine in all cultures, belief systems and schools of thought in a peaceful, unity-minded, tolerant and respectful space—has opened in Providence. The space was formed to promote awareness, unity, peace and universal love in an accepting and non-judgmental sacred space, and to assist in the evolution of the human spirit and expansion of our being through greater understanding and community. The center holds classes, workshops, gatherings, meetings and shows pertaining to the expression and the exploration of Spirit. Philosophy discussion groups, meditation groups, Shamanic art classes, intuitive and creative development, visualization, yoga (in small groups), shamanic journeywork, energy healing, conscious living techniques and the exploration of the mind, acoustic music shows, tea parties, and poetry readings will also be available. The Light of Being is located at 112 Bogman Street in Providence. For more information, call 817-542-4993.

Wonderful Body and Energy Work Now Open in Providence


recent graduate of the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy, Ciara Faccenda has opened Wonderful Body and Energy Work, where she offers a variety of modalities including Swedish massage and a variation of the massage using Lava Shells infused with heated porcelain shells. Dedicated to providing individualized attention, Faccenda says a typical massage lasts an hour, with time before and after to ensure clients’ needs are met. In addition to massage, Faccenda also offers Chakra Balancing to release blocks of energy to one’s center using crystals, is a Reiki practitioner, and is a certified reflexologist. Leading Laughter Yoga classes at Positive New Beginnings in East Providence, she believes that individuals simply need to relax, be healthy and laugh. “By bringing body and energy work into our lives, we can all learn to honor and love ourselves as well as those around us,” she says. Wonderful Body and Energy Work is located at 190 Broad Street 3, West #1, in Providence. For more information, call 401-580-9863 or visit



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wo special services are coming up at Unity Radiant Light in Providence. On Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, the church will be taking a close look at Jesus—who he was and why he is still the most talked about person in the world 2,000 years later. “I’ll be exploring not only his last days of his ministry but looking at them from the perspective of other religions,” says Cherie Fisher, spiritual leader. “Many other faiths have included Jesus in their scriptures and teachings.” Palm Sunday service will be held April 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a pre-service meditation at 10 a.m. Fisher will facilitate the lesson, “The Worldwide Teachings of Jesus the Christ,” with inspirational music by Mishana Coleman. On April 8, Easter Sunday service will begin at 10:30 a.m. The lesson, “The Last Days of Jesus the Christ’s Ministry,” will again be facilitated by Fisher. A potluck and Easter egg hunt will immediately follow the service. Unity Radiant Light is part of the Association of Unity Churches headquartered in Lee’s Summit, Missouri and part of over 900 Unity churches, spiritual centers and study groups worldwide. Unity Radiant Light is located at 155 Douglas Avenue in Providence. For more information, call 401-486-2708 or visit See ad on page 45.

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antosha Yoga Studio has incorporated two new programs in an effort to fulfill the needs of the local community. From 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month, Santosha will offer a free CommUnity yoga class for all levels of practice. CommUnity Yoga will offer a unique aspect of authentic yoga practices every month, giving individuals the opportunity to explore everything from asana (postures) and pranayama (breath) to meditation, chanting and more. Members can also enjoy free “Pump up the Prana” classes six days a week. For 30 minutes, participants will be challenged physically through high energy asanas in order to break a sweat, increase the heart rate and get moving with fun music and teachers to challenge each person’s physical and mental abilities. Drop-ins are welcome for $7. Bring this article in for a free week of unlimited yoga. Santosha Yoga Studio and Holistic Center is located at 14 Bartlett Avenue in Cranston. For additional information, call 401-780-9809 or visit

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r. Shawna E.M. Snyder was one of the attending practitioners at the Warrior Project Wellness Retreat in Newport on March 24. Snyder provided complimentary acupuncture treatments to veterans and their families. In addition, she helped educate them about the many benefits of acupuncture, which includes relief from stress, pain and symptoms associated with Gulf War Syndrome. The Wounded Warrior Project provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life. The military has been keen on researching the effects acupuncture has on treating conditions commonly experienced by soldiers and veterans. In 2010, the New England School of Acupuncture in Massachusetts received a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Defense to study acupuncture and its effectiveness in treating Gulf War Syndrome. Recently, the military has been utilizing acupuncture as part of a comprehensive treatment strategy in treating concussions. Snyder will also be giving a talk about acupuncture and pain relief at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Middletown. She will discuss why acupuncture is an effective therapy in a comprehensive treatment strategy to address chronic pain. For more information regarding how to help the Wounded Warrior Project, call Mike Holty, WWP Fundraiser, at 401-849-6922. See ad on page 33.

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our Elements Wellness Center is hosting an Open House from 12-4 p.m. on April 14 to introduce the public to its products and services. Services available at Four Elements Wellness Center include medical intuitive therapy, holistic counseling/art therapy, chakra balancing, massage therapy, reflexology, energy work, tarot readings, Kinesio Taping, facials and more. In addition, the center offers a variety of products such as custom made healing jewelry, herbs, energy armor bands and skincare products. As a medical intuitive, counselor and licensed massage therapist, owner Jodi DiGiulio has studied holistic medicine for over 20 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in holistic mental health counseling from Salve Regina University. Four Elements Wellness Center is located at 246 Main Street in East Greenwich. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 401-829-1219 or 401-885-1595, or visit See ad on page 27.

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resh Face Skincare Center at Avalon in Cranston has added a new line of organic skin care products by G.M. Collin called Bio Organique. Using 99 percent natural and certified organic ingredients, consisting of eight essential high-performance products that make the skin healthier and radiant by hydrating, nourishing, balancing and providing protection from external aggressions. According to owner, Debby Votta, a licensed esthetician, skin therapist and make-up consultant, the Bio Organique line was created in the spirit and philosophy of uniting with nature and respecting our resources. Fresh Face Skincare Center offers a wide variety of services including classic, clinical and organic facials; enhancements such as microdermabrasion and LED photo rejuvenation; waxing; make-up application; eyebrow and eyelash tinting; and more. During the month of April, Votta will offer a Classic Organic Facial for $65. Mention Natural Awakenings and receive 10 percent off. Fresh Face Skincare Center at Avalon is located at 1221 Reservoir Avenue in Cranston. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 401-944-4601 or visit See ad on page 46.

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or many, spring brings joy via outdoor activities amid blossoming flowers and blooming trees, as they visit parks, hike through meadows and jog along roads in the warming air. For millions of allergy sufferers, however, the attendant airborne pollen brings bedeviling sneezes, congestion, teary eyes and runny noses. Hay fever alone, which affects 35 million Americans, shuts many of us indoors. Before resorting to such an extreme measure,

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pollen may stick to it, especially sheets and towels. n Keep indoor air as clean as possible by turning on the air conditioner in both the house and car, and use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, especially in the bedroom; most cost less than $100. Make sure the vacuum cleaner has a HEPA filter, too. Keep indoor air comfortably dry with a dehumidifier. For those that love being outdoors, several natural remedies can help. Dr. Roger Morrison, a holistic physician in Point Richmond, California, likes targeted, widely available, overthe-counter homeopathic medicines. Carefully read labels to match specific symptoms with those noted on individual remedies. For example, for a badly dripping nose, Allium cepa may be the most helpful remedy. It helps lessen nasal discharge, plus reduce sneezing and congestive headaches that can accompany allergies. If allergy symptoms center around the eyes, causing itching, burning, redness and tears, then homeopathic Euphrasia is a better choice. If nighttime post-nasal drainage leads to coughing upon waking, Euphrasia can help, as well. Pulsatilla helps people whose allergies are worse when they enter a warm room or feel congested when they lie down at night. Homeopathic remedies generally are available for less than $10. If symptoms don’t improve in three days, stop and try a different homeopathic remedy. Homeopathic practitioner Dr. Greg Meyer, in Phoenix, Arizona, says that

many of his patients benefit from taking herbs and other natural supplements, and one of the most effective for hay fever is Urtica dioica (stinging nettles). Studies reported in Planta Medica: Journal of Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research, showed that after one week, nearly two-thirds of the participants taking two 300 milligram (mg) capsules of freeze-dried nettles experienced decreased sneezing and itching. Dr. Andrew Weil, of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson, recommends taking 250 mg of freezedried nettles extract every two to four hours until symptoms subside.

For those that love being outdoors, several natural remedies can help. Quercitin is another useful herb. By preventing release of histamine, it also works to lessen the sneezing and itching that accompany allergies. Take 400 mg twice a day before meals. Diana Danna, an integrative nurse practitioner in Staten Island, New York, suggests the age-old remedy of a neti pot to relieve congested nasal passageways. It may take a bit of practice, but she’s seen how rinsing the sinuses with a warm saltwater solution can reduce congestion and make breathing easier.

An over-the-counter squeeze bottle can substitute for a neti pot, as can NeilMed Sinus Rinse. Danna suggests rinsing twice a day for best results. Simple dietary modifications often yield promising results, as well. Stick to non-mucous-producing foods and eat more foods that give a boost to the body’s natural immune system. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables and raw nuts and seeds fit both categories, as do lean proteins like fresh fish and organic meats. Drinking plenty of clean water flushes the system and thins secretions. Foods that tend to cause the most problems for allergy sufferers include dairy products, fried and processed foods and refined sugars and flours. Adding essential fatty acids to a diet has benefits beyond allergy relief. In my own practice, I’ve seen how patients that take one to two tablespoons of flaxseed oil or three grams of fish oil during the spring months breathe more easily when outdoors. They also delight in healthier looking skin, shinier hair and harder nails. Trying these approaches may well turn spring into a favorite time of year for everyone. Lauri Grossman, a doctor of chiropractic and certified classical homeopath, practices in Manhattan, NY. She also chairs the American Medical College of Homeopathy’s department of humanism, in Phoenix, AZ. Learn more at and

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fruits because their size, shape or color is deemed less than ideal. Purchase produce with cosmetic blemishes to save perfectly good, overlooked food from being discarded as waste. Use soft fruits and wilted vegetables. Soft, overripe fruits can be converted to jellies, jams, pies, cobblers, milkshakes and smoothies. Wilted carrots, limp celery, soft tomatoes and droopy broccoli can be chopped up and blended into soups, stews, juices and vegetable stocks. Dish up smaller portions. Smaller portions are healthier and allow leftovers for another meal. Take home a doggie bag. Only about half of restaurant diners take leftovers home. Ask to have unfinished food boxed in a recyclable container, and then enjoy it for lunch or dinner within two days. Compost routinely. If, despite daily best efforts, food waste still occurs, recycle it with meal preparation scraps into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Create an outdoor compost heap, or compost cooked and uncooked meats, food scraps and small bones quickly and without odor in an indoor bokashi bin. “Earth Day—April 22nd—serves as a reminder that each of us must exercise personal responsibility to think globally and act locally as environmental stewards of Earth,” says Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “Reducing food waste is another way of being part of the solution.”


potent than carbon dioxide (CO2). Ten tips make it possible to reduce our “food print”. Shop smarter. Preplan meals for the week, including non-cooking days and leftover days. Make a shopping list and stick to it after inventorying the pantry, fridge and freezer. Buy produce in smaller quantities to use within a few days. Because we tend to overbuy when we’re hungry, don’t walk the aisles with a growling stomach. Organize the refrigerator. Place leftovers at eye level in the fridge, so they are front-and-center anytime someone opens it. When stowing groceries, slide older items to the front. Pay attention to use-by dates and understand that food is good for several days beyond a sell-by date. Freeze foods. Many food items will last for months in the freezer in appropriate storage bags and containers. Share surplus food. For larger dishes such as casseroles and crockpot meals, invite a friend over for supper, deliver a plate to an elderly neighbor or pack leftovers to share with co-workers. Donate extra nonperishable or unspoiled food items to a local soup kitchen, food bank or pantry or homeless shelter. Store food properly. To maximize food’s edible life, set the fridge between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit and arrange containers so that air circulates around items; the coldest areas are near the back and bottom of the unit. For fruits and vegetables stored in plastic bags or designated bins or containers, squeeze out air and close tightly to reduce the damaging effects of exposure to oxygen. Buy ugly fruits and veggies. Grocery stores and markets throw out a substantial volume of vegetables and

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GREEN HOME CHECKLIST Room-by-Room Steps We Can Take, Starting Right Now by Crissy Trask


reen living is being embraced by more folks than ever, in ways both large and small, giving the Earth some much-needed kindness. If you’re interested in some good ideas that fall between a total home solar installation and basic recycling—with many delivering big impacts—check out Natural Awakenings’ room-by-room green checklist. You’ll find inspired, practical changes that are doable starting right now.


The kitchen can be a hot spot for waste. Eileen Green, with, says that reducing waste, conserving water and increasing energy efficiency are all important considerations within an environmentally friendly kitchen.

4 Eat up food. Each year, a typical household discards an estimated 474

towels and plastic sponges.

4 Clean naturally. Chemical powerhouses have become the norm in household cleaning products, but they are not essential. Non-toxic cleaners are up to the task, from cleaning a sink to an oven.

4 Shop for the Energy Star logo. Appliances bearing the Energy Star logo are up to 50 percent more energy efficient than standard ones. This translates to significant savings in annual operating costs.

4 Filter water with less waste. Bottled pounds of food waste, according to University of Arizona research—at large economic and environmental cost. Buying more fresh food than we can eat before the expiration date is up and allowing leftovers to expire in the fridge are culprits. “Drawing up menus and avoiding buying on impulse can help,” advises Green. Compost food scraps at home or sign up for curbside composting, if it’s offered locally. Disposing of food in garbage disposals or landfills is not environmentally sound.

4 Dispense with disposables. Replace disposable paper and plastic products with durable, lasting alternatives: cloth napkins instead of paper; dishwashersafe serving ware instead of single-use paper or plastic; glass or recycled food storage containers in place of throwaway plastic bags and wrap; and natural fiber dishcloths to replace paper

water is expensive and wasteful. Instead, purchase a home-filtering system that uses recycled or reusable filters. On the road, carry tasty filtered water in a reusable glass bottle.

4 Conserve water. Run dishwashers only when fully loaded and fill the sink with water, rather than running it down the drain, when washing by hand. Use water only to wet and rinse; otherwise turn it off.

4 Phase out non-stick skillets. Teflon coatings can leach toxins when damaged or overheated. Play it safe and begin assembling a set of cookware that includes properly seasoned cast iron, which is naturally non-stick.

4 Avoid cheap reusable shopping bags. Flimsy reusable bags end up as trash within a few months under normal use. Buy a set of high quality reusable bags that will give years of use.


“Most people spend more time in the bedroom than in any other room of the house,” remarks Huffington Post Eco


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Etiquette columnist Jennifer Grayson. “So it’s important to focus on making bedrooms as green and healthy as possible.” She advocates paying special attention to sleepwear, bedding and furniture people sleep on.

4 Start with a good foundation. Box springs can be constructed of plywood or particleboard, which commonly contain formaldehyde, classified as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a toxic air contaminant by the state of California. Choose those that have been certified as formaldehyde-free or with low emissions. A platform bed made of Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, sourced from sustainably managed forests, is a healthy alternative.

4 Don’t sleep on a cloud of chemicals. “If your face is pressed up against a conventional mattress for seven hours a night, then you’re going to be breathing in whatever chemicals are off-gassing from that mattress for seven hours a night,” warns Grayson. Mattresses are commonly treated with fire-retardant chemicals to comply with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission rules. To avoid toxic chemicals like the hydrocarbon toluene, emitted from mattresses stuffed with polyurethane foam, instead look for untreated, wool-covered mattresses (wool is a natural fire retardant) filled with natural latex or containing a spring system wrapped with organic cotton batting. Non-organic cotton production relies on lots of hazardous synthetic chemicals in its production. Organic cotton, linen and wool bedding are safer bets, especially when certified to meet strict environmental standards.

4 Block the afternoon sun. During the day, shut off air-conditioning vents inside bedrooms and block the afternoon sun with interior or exterior solar shades. By day’s end, even in warm climates, bedrooms should be cool

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4 Go wireless. It’s impossible to completely avoid electromagnetic radiation from today’s technologies, so lower exposure in the bedroom by removing electronic devices and placing electrical items at least five feet away from the bed.

4 Forget fabric softeners. Most fabric softeners contain highly toxic chemicals that latch onto sheets and can be inhaled or absorbed directly into the bloodstream through skin. Instead, add a quarter-cup of baking soda to the wash cycle to soften sheets and other laundry.

4 Leave the lights off. Motion-detecting nightlights save energy while allowing safe passage in the wee hours.

Laundry Room

In a typical U.S. home, the washing machine accounts for 21 percent of home water use and combined, the washer and dryer comprise 5 to 8 percent of home energy demands. Diane MacEachern, founder of and author of Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, explains that a good way to conserve key resources is to use these appliances less—reducing the number of loads and drying items on outdoor clotheslines or indoor racks. MacEachern says, “You can probably wash things like sweatshirts and blue jeans less frequently without much consequence, and a clothesline requires no energy other than the sun.” Also, make sure that whatever goes into the washer or dryer with clothes is nontoxic, or else you’ll be wearing toxic

chemical residues next to your skin all day, cautions MacEachern.

4 Select cold water. On average, only 10 percent of the energy used by a clothes washer runs the machine; the other 90 percent goes to heat the water. The typical American household does about 400 loads of laundry each year, resulting in much energy squandered on hot water. With the exception of laundering greasy spots or stubborn stains, routinely wash in cold water, using a cold-water eco-detergent.

4 Install a clothesline. Running a dryer for just 40 minutes can use the energy equivalent of a 15-watt, compact fluorescent bulb lit for a week. Stretch out a line and hang clothes outside to dry in the fresh air to save about $100 a year on electric bills. The sun imparts a disinfectant benefit as a bonus.

4 Replace an old machine. A washer or dryer that is older than 10 years has hidden costs. notes that an older machine uses more energy and can cost from 10 to 75 percent more to operate than a new, high-efficiency appliance.

4 Choose eco-friendly laundry products. Conventional laundry soaps contain chemicals that can be problematic for us and wreak havoc on marine ecosystems. Look for cold-water brands that are fragrance- and phosphate-free.

4 Switch to concentrates. Concentrated detergents translate to less energy used in shipping, less waste and more value.

4 Stop static cling without dryer sheets. Never over-dry clothes and always dry natural fibers separately from synthetics to prevent static cling.


The smallest room in the house is a disproportionately large contributor to household environmental impacts. In an average non-conservation-minded American home, 38,000 gallons of water annually go down the drains and toilet. “Along with that water,” says

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MacEachern, “You’ll be washing lots of personal care and cleaning products down the drain, as well, where they could get into local natural water supplies and make life difficult for birds, frogs and fish.” Sara Snow, television host and author of Sara Snow’s Fresh Living: The Essential Room-by-Room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home, cautions against personal skin care products with questionable chemical ingredients. “A good percentage of them are being absorbed right into our bloodstream, so focus on ingredients that do no harm; ones that help our bodies instead, such as nourishing and healing botanicals.”

4 Slow the flow. Ultra-efficient showerheads use as little as 1 gallon per minute (gpm); aerated types that mix air into the water stream to enhance pressure provide a good soak and rinse using less than half the water than some other low-flow showerheads. At the sink, aerators should flow between 0.5 and 1 gpm—plenty of pressure for brushing teeth and washing hands.

4 Flush responsibly. According to the EPA, the toilet alone can use 27 percent of household water. Replace older toilets (pre-1994) with new, higher efficiency models for savings of two to six gallons per flush.

4 Shun a plastic shower curtain. Poly-

4 Use recycled and unbleached

vinyl chloride (PVC) has been called “the poison plastic” for its highly toxic lifecycle, which includes the release of dioxins into the air and water. These toxic chemicals persist in ecosystems and can cause cancer. PVC shower curtains are also a short-life product that cannot be recycled, so switch to a PVC-free alternative. Organic hemp is the eco-shower curtain gold standard.

paper products. Using recycled bath tissue helps close the recycling loop on all the paper we dutifully recycle at the curb. Unbleached varieties keep chlorine byproducts like dioxins out of the environment.

4 Ban antibacterial products. Triclosan is a popular antibacterial agent found in many household cleaners, hand soaps, cosmetics and even toothpaste. It’s also a registered pesticide and probable human carcinogen that’s showing up in the environment and children’s urine. The Mayo Clinic suggests that triclosan may contribute to the development of antibioticresistant germs and harm the immune system, making us more susceptible to bacteria.

4 Install a shower filter that removes chlorine. Chlorine, which is increasingly being linked to some cancers, is used by many municipalities to disinfect water supplies. People absorb more chlorine through the skin and by inhaling chlorine vapors when bathing and showering than from drinking it.

4 Remove bad odors instead of covering them up. In a University of California study, chemical air fresheners were found to have higher concentrations of polluting volatile organic compounds (VOC) than any other household cleaning product. Long-term exposure to some VOCs have been linked with adverse health effects. This Natural Awakenings checklist suggests steps that are possible in making any home healthier, safer and more enjoyable. Start checking off items today and begin shrinking the family’s ecological footprint right away. Crissy Trask is the founder of Green and author of the bestselling, It’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living. Follow her at

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4 Empty the car of extra weight and optimally inflate tires to improve gas mileage by up to 5 percent.

4 Replace poisonous windshield wiper fluid with a make-it-yourself solution that combines seven cups of distilled water, one-half-cup isopropyl alcohol and one-half-teaspoon ecodishwashing liquid. Properly dispose of old wiper fluid in a boldly labeled container at a hazardous waste center.

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Talk about ads that target kids and how some retailers manipulate young audiences. Compare the advertised benefits of a new toy with their own experiences with it; does it measure up? Give kids attractive options and practice in making choices. “I tell them what a product contains and if it’s proven to cause health problems,” says Mary Marsh, a mother of three in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. “I also will tell them about a natural alternative. I really want them to make these important decisions themselves. I can’t decide for them later on.”


GREEN Lessons to Help Lighten Future Footprints

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arents schooled in environmental principles strive to guide their children in like-minded directions. How can we inspire them to join in addressing larger challenges without coming across as a lecturer about yet another obligation? Thankfully, there are many ways to make green living a feel-good, even easy and fun habit.

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Challenge children to find reusable alternatives to disposable household items. Turn it into a game; conduct experiments to see how well the alternatives work and try their ideas. Put a spin on recycling. Instead of rinsing milk jugs and putting them out for recycling, save some to create an igloo indoors. Unwind that old sweater and use it in artwork. Cut apart old jeans and turn them into skirts. Decorate glass jars and repurpose them as storage for pantry foods and miscellany. Take children to the local dump to identify items that could be recycled or reused. University of Utah research attests that half of all U.S. garbage could be recycled. In practice, we settle for about 2 percent. Encourage youngsters to make their opinions known. When a toy’s package is much larger than it needs to be, help them write the maker a letter asking the manufacturer to green their business.

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Help children become experts. “Kids can inspire their friends and parents to be more environmentally conscious,” advises Dr. Moshe Lewis, chief of physical medicine and rehab at the California Pacific Medical Center, in San Francisco. Surround the family with nature. “Kids are naturally curious. As they learn about the natural habitat of animals, their importance in the ecosystem and how beautiful they are, they develop an appreciation for the diverse flora and fauna species on Earth,” says Lewis. Barbara Smith started the Bow Wow Meow Kids Club at the Almost Home humane shelter, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, so that more children could visit the animals. “Volunteering at the shelter has more benefits for kids than just playing with cats and dogs,” says Smith. “It teaches how to be kind, how to earn trust and try to heal. It teaches them to be humane.” Involve kids in choosing good food. “I like to produce some food at home so we can lessen our footprints a bit more,” says Marsh. Two of her children help care for the family’s quails and collect eggs. The third creates cartoons about the downside of factory farms.

Tough Talking

Environmental challenges can appear daunting, and may make children feel fearful or even guilty that they can’t help. A parent can help calm their nerves, offer constructive perspective and help them feel like part of the solution. “Keep the tone of conversation on possibilities, rather than impending doom,” counsels Licensed Mental Health Counselor Brooke Randolph, of Indianapolis, Indiana. “Focus on what could happen, instead of what will.” Look for the positives. “A single choice is not causing global warming or the extinction of a species; rather, it is a build-up of several choices, made by many people, over and over again.” Talk about current incremental changes that are helping. Make doable, Earth-friendly goals and act together to make a difference. “No matter how small it is,” says Randolph, “if children feel they are doing something positive, they can feel more in control.” Finally, encourage self-expression. “For kids, being able to verbalize or express their feelings is critical,” says Lewis. “Sometimes, this requires more than just talk therapy. I have found that art and other creative expressions are a way to work through various emotions.” Hilary Ferrand is a freelance writer in Fort Dodge, Iowa.





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materials.” At least 10 percent of the building materials were sourced within 500 miles of the site and the project contains more than 10 percent pre- and post-consumer recycled content.

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SHELTERS GO GREEN LEED-Certified Facilities Care for Animals and the Earth by Sandra Murphy

“Use of natural light reduces the cost of electricity,” explains Dr. Amber Andersen, a Los Angeles-based veterinarian. “Lights can be programmed to dim gradually and provide the animals with a regular sleep cycle. It’s stressful for them to be in bright light all the time.” In addition, strategic placement of the dog runs and decorative potted plants to block their view of one another tends to reduce canine stress and barking. “Calmer dogs are more likely to be adopted,” Andersen notes. The facility operates a similar homey setup for cats with room to run around, climb carpeted furnishings and play. In Denver, Colorado, a new LEED Platinum-certified, 36,000-square-foot shelter is twice the size of the former facility. Particular attention was paid to air circulation to help prevent the spread of canine flu, kennel cough and staph infections, and to maintain a healthy operating room while regulating temperatures throughout the facility. “The city of Denver consistently chose the best options for the animals and the environment, while being mindful of the budget,” remarks Scott Jones, of Denver’s Air Purification Company. “This is the benchmark for future designs; on a larger scale, this model can be used for hospitals.”

City managers are realizing that going green is the right thing to do. In many areas, new municipal construction is required to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified to reduce operating costs, conserve resources and provide a healthier work environment. Older municipal buildings slated for remodeling also can be transformed. Buildings may Good for Business even quality for incentives from local utilities in some states. The Plano, Texas, animal shelter, which As a result, animal shelters are now joining the move to green. was due for a comprehensive remodelGood for the Environment “Our goal was to reduce our carbon paw print,” says Dave Dickinson, interim director of Sacramento County Animal Care, regarding the California capital’s LEED Gold-certified shelter. “The Silicon Valley architect incorporated natural light, a beneficial air circulation system and numerous energy- and resource-saving elements to create an extraordinary environment for both the animals and employees.”


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The LEED rating system, developed by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), signifies levels of silver, gold or platinum status, based on eco-business practices. Swatt | Miers Architects chose polished concrete for the Sacramento shelter floors. “Tile is nice, but grout harbors bacteria,” says George Miers, a principal of the firm. “Concrete is a sustainable material and when sealed, can withstand a lot of mopping. We used a local quarry for

ing, is now LEED Silver certified. “We learned that the addition of a new wing could be done according to LEED standards, but we also had to make improvements to the existing structure, so that the entire building was improved,” says Melinda Haggerty, the city’s sustainability and communications coordinator. “This was a learning experience on all levels. We saw firsthand that you don’t need to sacrifice aesthetics for function. You can have a comfortable place to work while saving money.” The USGBC reports that build-

LEED certification criteria include site selection, pollution prevention during demolition and building, protection and restoration of habitat, water use reduction indoors and out, green power, and use of regional materials to cut transportation fuel, road wear and air pollution. ings of all types consume an average of 72 percent of the electricity generated worldwide. That can be reduced by 24 to 50 percent with green building practices. “It’s always important to emphasize the return on investment. It might cost a bit more on the front end, but the benefits far outweigh the costs,” Haggerty advises. “Reduced energy costs, better water usage and healthy air quality contribute to a comfortable work space. Employees have pride in the facility, and that makes them more productive.” In Middletown, Rhode Island, Christie Smith, executive director of the Potter League for Animals, remarks that after their old building was demolished, 75 per cent of the materials were recycled, repurposed or reused. Their new, LEED Gold-certified animal shelter was the first in the nation to be certified.

Bringing Benefits to Life “There’s a conceptual moment when the dream comes together as a design idea. From that moment on, the question is: How much of the dream can you keep?” queries Myers. “These cities made LEED a priority, even when animal control projects may be at the bottom of the list. They recognize the synergy between caring for animals and caring about the planet; green design underscores the caring.” Sandra Murphy writes about pets and more for Natural Awakenings.

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Reusing Rainwater Saves Money and is Better for Plants by Brita Belli


oug Pushard, an expert in rainwater catchment systems who shares his know-how at, believes that homeowners capture rainfall for two reasons—either to make the most of a precious water resource in states with low seasonal precipitation or to control stormwater runoff in states with high precipitation. It’s also an easy way to make a dent in household water and sewer bills. Capturing and managing rainwater provides an environmentally sound alternative to wasting precious tap water pulled from diminishing underground reservoirs, and can replace some or all of a home’s water needs, depending on the system. Rainwater is also better for nourishing lawns, plants and gardens. “People want to use rainwater instead of city water in their yards because they understand that city water carries chlorine, which is not great for plants,” Pushard explains. The amount of water used by residential irrigation is significant. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Water Sense Program, an American family of four uses 400 gallons of water a day, including 30 percent of it outside. More than half of that outdoor water is used for lawns and gardens, with the rest sprayed on cars, in swimming pools and on sidewalks and driveways. Collectively, nationwide landscape irrigation totals more than 7 billion gallons per day.

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In its simplest form, rainwater harvesting involves little more than placing rain barrels—with capacities from 55 gallons to several hundred gallons—under a home’s downspouts.


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Popular models can be purchased from home improvement stores, or county extension classes teach how to make one from inexpensive parts. Online research shows the various styles available; most have a spigot at the base for attaching a hose or filling a watering can. The larger capacity, more sophisticated systems use storage cisterns than can hold thousands of gallons of water below ground. These employ pumps that move the water to sprinkler systems or other points of use. For these more complicated setups, Pushard recommends engaging professional help, adding that below-ground systems will capture excess water year-round, even in climates where temperatures drop. “In northern New Mexico, where I live, we get almost one-third of our precipitation in the winter,” he says. “If you have a below-ground system, you can capture that; with an above-ground one, you can’t, because the tank or fittings would freeze and burst.” The formula for determining the maximum amount of water available to capture is related to roof size. Multiply the square footage of the roof times the local annual rainfall (found at, and then multiply the result by .623 gallons. That .623 factor is “how many gallons are in an area of one square foot by one inch deep of rainwater,” according to one of Pushard’s online tutorials. Not all roof materials are created equal. On the high end, tile, metal, concrete or asphalt roofs have a 95 percent runoff efficiency; gravel roofs, 70 percent; and grass roofs, 17 percent, so factor that in, too. Pushard recommends always going with a bigger tank, if possible, to avoid having to add more water storage later.

Think Big

Rainwater harvesting works as an effective irrigation device, but it needn’t be limited to outdoor use. One of the easiest—and most useful—places to direct captured rainwater is toilets. Citing bathrooms as a home’s biggest water user, the EPA notes that a single toilet can use 27 percent of household water. “It’s ludicrous that we use drinking water to flush toilets,” says Pushard. To use stored rainwater instead, run a new plumbing line to the rainwater storage tank and install a pump that activates when the toilet flushes. Rainwater can supply sink faucets, as well, but counting on rainwater to be the sole source of all household water requires a substantial investment and a filtration, purification and UV light system to make the water drinkable. When capturing rain for potable uses, roofing material becomes more important: Unpainted metal and tile are preferred, because these will not leach chemicals into the water that are difficult to remove. In terms of overall cost, the simplest rainwater collection systems will cost a few hundred dollars (less than $100 per barrel), while a whole-house system will cost tens of thousands. However, Pushard points out, rainwater harvesting can be a lifesaver with water shortages becoming a new norm in many states. Brita Belli is the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine and the author of The Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates.

lawn care over a two-year period than the user of synthetics. Organic products can also significantly reduce pests by restoring balance to the soil ecosystem. Other benefits include reduced maintenance in mowing, watering and fertilizing because the lawn and/or garden will be naturally stronger and healthier. Organic methods recreate nature’s magic by repairing and maintaining soil health, which in turn allows vegetation to thrive in a natural and balanced environment. The organic approach to landscaping can significantly reduce pollution for everyone. By making the organic choice, we are making the right choice and contributing to a healthier environment.

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Since organics function by building up life in the soil, their payoff is long term and lasting. Synthetic products, on the other hand, are instantaneous and must be reapplied more often and in greater amounts for effectiveness. Plus, the user of organics will spend considerably less money on



According to the website,, synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides are easily tracked inside the home and are readily inhaled and absorbed through the skin. The most harmful aspect of these chemicals comes through skin absorption, not ingestion. Synthetic fertilizers and pesticides destroy the natural beneficial organisms in a healthy lawn or garden ecosystem, turning them into “junkies”—requiring more and more chemicals to sustain them. Organic methods focus instead on soil management and long-term results, building up nutrients and organisms in the soil in order to make it better able to withstand drought, pests and other common problems.

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FOREST BATHING The Healing Power of a Walk in the Woods by Maggie Spilner


ature doesn’t bang any drums when she bursts forth into flowers, nor play any dirges when the trees let go of their leaves in the fall. But when we approach her in the right spirit, she has many secrets to share. If you haven’t heard nature whispering to you lately, now is a good time to give her the opportunity.”

~ Osho, in Osho Zen Tarot: the Transcendental Game of Zen As we all innately know, spending time in nature is good for our body, mind and spirit. It’s why we’re attracted to green places, flowers, lakes, fresh air and sunshine. Taking a nature walk—affording plenty of fresh air and exercise in a quiet setting—has traditionally been prescribed for good health. That raises a question: How much natural healing are we sacrificing when we spend most of our days indoors? In Japan, a group of medical researchers and government-affiliated for-

est organizations support the creation of forest therapy centers, where people enjoy the trails and guided walks and also receive free medical checkups under the trees. Since 1984, they have been studying the health benefits of walking in the woods, termed shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing. There are now more than 30 such officially designated sites. In related studies, scientists from Japan’s Nippon Medical School and Chiba University tracked positive physiological changes in individuals walking in the woods compared with city walkers. Early results were published in the International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, European Journal of Applied Physiology and Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents. Forest walkers showed: n Lower concentrations of salivary cortisol, known as the stress hormone n Lower blood pressure and heart rate n Reduction of adrenaline and noradrenalin, also stress-related hormones n Increase in immunity-boosting natural killer (NK) cell activity, and the

numbers of NK cells and anti-cancer proteins known to combat cancer

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The researchers theorized that organic compounds called phytoncides, produced by trees and other plants as a protection from disease, insects and fungus, were also producing beneficial natural killer cells in people in the forests. In a study that exposed participants to phytoncides via aromatic oils fed through a humidifier in a hotel room, the researchers found similar increases in NK levels. A 2011 study by Nippon Medical School’s department of hygiene and public health showed that the resulting increase in NK cells lasted for 30 days. They concluded that a monthly walk in the woods could help people maintain a higher level of protective NK activity and perhaps even have a preventive effect on cancer generation and progression. Qing Li, Ph.D., the assistant professor leading several of these studies, suggests that dense forest areas are more effective at boosting immunity than city parks and gardens. He also reports that phytoncide concentrations increase during summer growing seasons and decrease during the winter, although they are still present in tree trunks even when the trees are deciduous. Li further suggests that walks in the woods should be conducted at a leisurely pace. For stress reduction, he suggests four hours of walking, covering a generous 3 miles, or 2 hours walking about

1.5 miles. For cancer-protecting effects, he suggests regularly spending three days and two nights in a forested area. “Carry water and drink when you’re thirsty,” says Li. “Find a place that pleases you and sit and enjoy the scenery.” He adds that relaxing in a hot tub or spa counts as a perfect end to a day of forest bathing. Li foresees a future in which patients diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension may receive a forest bathing prescription, but counsels that shinrin-yoku is considered preventive, rather than therapeutic, medicine.

Enhancing Nature’s Power Ecopsychologist Michael Cohen, Ph.D., executive director of Project NatureConnect, adds, “If you want to increase the healing effect of being in nature, it helps to change the way you think and feel about connecting with it.” He has students repeat the word ‘unity’ as they encounter natural attractions—be it a tree, bird, brook or breeze—until they feel that they are part of nature, not separate… part of the healing wisdom of the planet. More, he states, “Sharing helps solidify the experience and opens you to greater personal healing.”

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Friday, March 30

Free Introduction to Spring Detox – 12-1pm. Come meet the directors and learn more about this dynamic, life changing program. Unlimited yoga, meditation, and nutrition. Free. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Sunday, April 1

Sunday Service – 10:30am-12:30pm. Palm Sunday Service. Please join us for an uplifting message and inspirational music. Love offering. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708.

Monday, April 2

Spring Detox: 40 Days – 8am-8pm. Spring is a time of natural cleansing and renewal. Let’s support that in body and mind w/ gentle detoxifying practices and nutrition to prime you for an energetic summer! $325. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Tuesday, April 3

Pre-Natal Yoga – 6-7:30pm. 6 week series. Join Jennifer Klemmer in this pre-natal yoga series. It’s not just about the asana, it’s about having a loving supportive community as you bring your baby into this world. $100. Tenth Gate Yoga Center, Glen View, 1046 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-9642. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need energy work or to just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I tap the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve blockages. RSVP please. Donation accepted. Changing Lives, Shari Bitsis, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 401-465-4249. Live Your Life Passion Here and Now – 7-9:30pm. Clarify and define your life purpose, increase your quality of living in all areas of life, release childhood trauma, Join Rev. Patrick Harbula for a life-changing workshop. $20. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick, R. 732-1552 x3.

Wednesday, April 4

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. Awareness Meditation – 7-8pm. Stop looking for fulfillment outside of yourself. Relax into present moment awareness with this process of self-inquiry. Register with Julianne, $10. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place – 6A, Providence. 860-463-5576.

Thursday, April 5

Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-8:45pm. Deepen your journey practice and gain insight to your own guidance. Bring a journal, pen and something to lie on. Knowledge of how to journey is required. $10. Katharine Rossi, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Friday, April 6

Performance Poetry Workshop – 6-7:30pm. Class designed for writers/poets of any skill level who want to define their style as well as confidence in performing and speaking in public. $10, $35/4 classes. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680. Healing Meditation – 7-8pm. Guided meditation with special focus on healing the emotional body. Find inner peace, harmony and complete relaxation. Everyone is welcome. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Saturday, April 7

Angel Card Saturdays – 12-5pm. Join Rev. Lea for Divine Source guidance and “Spiritually Based Life Coaching” during your Angel Card reading. By appointment, online booking suggested & credit cards accepted. $35 to $60. Holistic Health RI , Knepley Therapeutic Massage, 5784 Post Rd, Suite 5, East Greenwich. 401-402-0568.


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Storywalking at Davis Refuge – 9:30-11am. Preschoolers and homeschoolers, come share stories and join a scavenger hunt along the Hunt River, searching for signs of spring. Parking off Devil’s Foot Rd. Free for newcomers. Audubon Refuge, North Kingstown. 401-884-1559. Free 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. Free. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Intro to Mindfulness (4 week class) – 7-9pm. 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30. Mindful meditation and gentle yoga support stress reduction and help awaken authentic being. All levels of experience. Annie Geissinger, MA, LMHC. $125/Includes 4 classes and materials. The Healing Circle, East Side, Providence. 401-226-5583.

Tuesday, April 10

Shamanic Drum Healing – 10am-12pm. Experience the power of the circle and rhythm of the drum to connect with helping spirits to release energy blocks, promote healing, and gain insight. Group format. $35. Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna, 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. 401-736-6500. 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.


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Partner’s Yoga Workshop – 1-2:30pm. Learn partner-assisted postures that enable you to stretch farther than you could on your own, balancing one another to create the poses together. Ideal for friends, family, or couples! Space is limited, call to register. $30/pair. Yoga Antara, 189 Governor St, Providence. 401-744-5316.

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Pilates and Yoga Open House – 12:30-2:30pm. Join us for the launch of Jaan Yoga, where we bring the studio to you. Free yoga class, Pilates class, and consultations. Food, gifts, and self-care products available. Free. McWalters Pilates and Beyond, 999 Main St, Ste 111, Pawtucket. (Central RI and beyond) Tim @ 401-921-5060

Divine Guidance Workshop – 6-8:30pm. Introductory workshop to help you learn how to recognize and receive Divine Guidance for inner peace and spiritual growth. Is the Universe trying to tell you something? $25. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

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Intro to Mindfulness (4 week class) – 7-9pm. 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1. See April 9th at 7pm for description. Annie Geissinger, MA, LMHC. $125/Includes 4 classes and materials. Joyful Breath Yoga, 25 Market St, Ste 14, Swansea, MA. 401-226-5583.

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Wednesday, April 11

Intro to Mindfulness (4 week class) – 6:308:30pm. 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2. See April 9th at 7 pm for description. $125/includes 4 classes and materials. Psychotherapy Center for Wellness, Annie Geissinger, MA LMHC, 2750 South County Trail, East Greenwich. 401-226-5583. Gay Men’s Meditation Group – 7-8pm. Come relax and connect with others in the gay community. All levels of meditation experience welcome. $10. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-265-7720. Non Duality Video Gathering – 7-9pm. NonDuality means ‘not two.’ These teachings help end any sense of separation/seeking outside ourselves. Various teachers shown. Contact Julianne, julenlo@ $10/Suggested donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place – 6A, Providence. 860-463-5576.

Thursday, April 12

Parent Visitor Day – 8:30-10:45am. Considering Waldorf education? Join us to observe classes in session and learn more about Waldorf pedagogy and philosophy. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x228. Medical Quigong – 6:15-7:15pm. Enrollment is now open for the new 12 wk Medical Qigong course with Master Wu, Wen-Ching, coauthor of Qigong Empowerment. Qigong is the study or attainment of qi (energy). $210. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave., East Providence. 435-6502. Yoga Nidra – 7-8:30pm. Yoga nidra takes you to the deepest levels of meditation and profound relaxation, simply & easily. Let yoga nidra help you discover and integrate all aspects of yourself. $15/or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

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Angel Card Saturdays – 12-5pm See April 7th at 12pm for description. $35 to $60. Holistic Health RI, Knepley Therapeutic Massage, 5784 Post Rd, Ste 5, East Greenwich. 401-402-0568. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. See April 3 at 7pm for description. RSVP please. Donation accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. In-Lightened Child. Indigo/Crystal – 7-9pm. Explore the qualities/attributes of these different kids. Who are they? Are you one? What’s the impact on the family/ schools, the child himself? Come, learn, share. $25. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 401533286.

Friday, April 13

Performance Poetry Workshop – 6-7:30pm. The focus will be on movement, confidence, breathing, writing and communication within a group setting. $10, $35/4 classes. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680. Yoga & Drumming Event – 6-8pm. Lead by Deb Cunha accompanied by live drumming performed by Rob Degnan of Rhythmic Journey. Allow the beat of the drums to carry you through a 90 minute Vinyasa. $20. Essense Yoga, 2197 Broad St, Cranston. 401-378-8197. Reiki Level 1 – 6:30-9pm. Also Saturday, 10am4pm. Learn to give healing Reiki treatments to yourself & others in this fun workshop. Please see website for more info & to register online. $150. Artistic Holistics, 1065a Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-248-4998.

Saturday, April 14

Free Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. See April 9th at 10:30 am for description. Call to save a spot. Free. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Reiki I Certification Class – 10am-4pm. Begin your journey with Reiki, a gentle hands-on energy modality to help heal your life. Ample time for hands-on practice and tons of info/handouts/lunch included. $135. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. Beginning Tai Chi – 12-1pm. Enrollment is now open for the new twelve-week beginner “24 Posture” tai-chi courses. New classes start Wed 4/11, 1-2 p.m. Thur 4/12, 7:30-8:30 pm and 4/14 12 -1:00 pm $210. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave., East Providence. 435-6502.

Inversion & Arm Balance Workshop – 1-3:30pm. We break down some of the more fun and challenging arm balances and inversions. Begin with overview of the principals involved in successfully lifting off. All levels. $25. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Usui Reiki Training (1st Degree) – 9:30-5:30pm. Learn about energy (chi), the history of Reiki, and hand positions for treating yourself & others. Includes Reiki I Attunement and plenty of practice. $150. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Ballroom Dance Workshop – 7-8:30pm. A perfect complement to your regular ballroom dance class. Bring the awareness of yogic principles of alignment, balance and breathing to your dance training. Add grace! $12/SK resident, $15/non-resident. Yoga School of South County, Peace Dale Office Building, 1058 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 782-9511.

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Sunday, April 15

Reiki level 11 Certification Class – 11am-5pm. Continue your journey with Reiki. Receive level 2 attunement and certification. Learn 3 Reiki symbols, how to use them, and so much more. Full informational folder. $195. Pathways to Healing, Bobbie Schaeffer, Warwick. 401-287-4093. 2-Hour Iyengar Yoga Class – 11:30am-1:30pm. Open to anyone with 6-months yoga experience. Focus on alignment, breath awareness, and relaxation. $20. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. Vibrational Healing: Gongs-Crystal Bowls-Reiki – 12-2pm. Learn how sacred sound and the ancient healing art of Reiki promote wellbeing, then relax into a healing combination of Reiki energy and a sound experience of gongs and crystal bowls. $20. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Free Your Inner Dancer(TM) – 12-5pm. Wish you could dance like no one is watching? Learn the language of dance, increase confidence, merge with the music, and enhance creativity. Supportive, nonjudgmental, Fun! $65. Soulistic Arts – Dynamic Dance Academy, 7418 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-826-2020. Storywalking for Dad and Me – 1-2pm. A special outing starting by the Carousel picnic area. Join us on the path around the lake on a scavenger hunt for signs of spring. Share stories; make new friends. Free. Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence. 401-884-1559.

Storywalking – Potowumut – 9:30-11am. Take a trip back in time and join us in exploring the woods of Nathaniel Greene’s childhood. Reservations required. Free for newcomers. Story Walking, 40 Forge Rd, Potowumut, East Greenwich. 401-884-1559. 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, Lincoln. Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-8:45pm. See April 5th at 7pm for description. $10. Katharine Rossi, Mill at Shady Lea, Rm 204, North Kingstown. 401-924-0567.

Tuesday, April 17

Story Cooking – Petite Chef – 10am-12pm. For ages 8-12, learn to cook a special dish using natural ingredients. Hosted by Chef Nancy Schwab. Reservations required. $25. Story Walking, 160 Greeniwch Ave, Warwick. 401-921-2566. 3 Ways Toxins Block Weight Loss – 7-8pm. What toxins are preventing weight loss despite DIEts and exercise? Register on the online scheduling page on website. $25. Holistic Health RI – Tracey LeBeau, 5784 Post Rd, Suite #5, East Greenwich. 401-527-0281. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. See April 3rd at 7pm for description RSVP please. Donation accepted. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. Free Reiki Share – 7-9pm. Practitioners of all levels welcome. Come learn from & support one another as we share healing energy & positive experiences together. RSVP required. Free/ Donations accepted. Artistic Holistics, 1065a Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-248-4998.

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Wednesday, April 18

Open House – 5:30am-10pm. Please join us for a free workout! Let the front desk know Katie invited you or feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like more information. Free. Boston Sports Club, 131 Pitman St, Providence. 401-351-2449. Story Drumming – 11am-12pm. Open to all ages. Come listen to music that tells a story and use drumming tell your own stories. Try out a variety of drums and percussion instruments. Free. Main St Music, Story Walking, 4 King St, East Greenwich. 401-884-1559. Life Drawing Workshop – 4:30-6:30pm. See April 4th at 4:30pm for details. $10. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680.

Thursday, April 19

Meditation Class/ Workshop – 6-7pm. Creative Flow Meditation – Overcoming Blockages: The divinely inspired art at AngelNook Gallery serves as a gateway to the inner world in this guided meditation class. Free. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680. Shamanic Drum Healing – 7-9pm. See April 10th at 10am for description. $35. Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna, Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-732-7195.

Friday, April 20

Performance Poetry Workshop – 6-7:30pm. See April 6th at 6pm for description. $10, $35/4 classes. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680. Eating Clean – 7-8:30pm. Have you found yourself wanting to eat a more clean diet, but you are not sure how? Learn what whole foods do for your body & how to integrate them into your diet. $25. Serenity Yoga, Johanna Voss 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Saturday, April 21

Reiki II (2nd degree) Certification – 9:30am4:30pm. Advanced techniques and healing through time/space are included. Certificate and level 2 attunement upon completion. Reiki II practitioners may collect $ for services. $250/Includes all materials and lunch. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278.

IET-Healing Angels of Energy Field® – 9:30am6pm. You can now meet and work with the IET Healing Angels (Ariel, Raphael, Faith, Sarah, Michael, etc.) to support you on your physical, emotional, mental & spiritual journey. $95/Includes workbook and certificate. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Reiki II Certification Class---- – 10am-4pm. Learn three powerful Reiki symbols to use and activate, including sending distance Reiki. Attunement, handson instructions, manual and lunch included. $165. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. All Day Reiki Sessions – 10am-4pm. You are invited to experience a half hour Reiki session in a serene room with flowers, crystals and soothing music. Please call for an appointment time. $25/30 minutes. Pathways to Healing, Bobbie Schaeffer, Warwick. 401-287-4093.

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Ananda Music & Chanting Workshop – 1:304:30pm. Open your heart to Joy! Singing-chantingworking with instruments. Easy to learn Yogananda chants. Veggie potluck dinner 6pm. Kirtan chanting at 7pm. Come for part or all. $20/Suggested donation. $20. Ananda Center for Yoga & Meditation, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Let Your Yoga Dance® Into Spring – 7-9pm. Also 4/22, 1-4pm. Enjoy dancing your yoga through the chakras, with fabulous world music. Let Your Yoga Dance® is healing through joy. Celebrate Earth Day Weekend with us. $25, $35, or $55/Both. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Sunday, April 22

Earth Day Celebrations – 8am-4pm. Spring sale, raffles and scholarship donation classes! $5-$50. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

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Integrated Energy Therapy® – Basic – 9:30am6pm. One of the next generation – hands on – power energy therapy systems that gets the “issues out of your tissues” for good. No prior experience needed. $195, $210/with 8 CE’s. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Earth Day Yoga – 11am-12pm. Yoga at India Point Park with Rebecca Quigley. Celebrate Earth Day with a yoga class to the music of the Beatles. In the event of inclement weather, class will be held at Yoga Antara. Donation. Yoga Antara, 189 Governor St, Providence. 401-744-5316. Grand Opening at Positive New Beginnings 12-8pm. Come on in ad see our new space! More room for more products and services! Sales and special offers will be available all day. Free. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

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Wednesday, April 25

Wellness Talk – 6:30-7:30pm. Would you like to learn how chiropractic can help with aches & pains/ injuries/headaches/energy? Come to find about the ProAdjuster as a computerized way to get treated. Free. Cumberland Family Chiropractic, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535. Be Raw: Eating for Vitality - 6:30-8pm. Three weekly classes. Explore this accessible and delicious way of increasing your vitality, creativity and resistance to disease. Week I, introduction and snacks. Week II, soups and entrees. Week III, desserts. Recipes and taste testing included. $75. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. LGBT Women’s Meditation – 7-8pm. Come destress and express your spiritual self in the company of other LGBT women in this calm and peaceful meditation. All levels welcome. $10. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-265-7720.

Thursday, April 26

Meditation Class/ Workshop – 6-7pm. See April 9th at 6pm for description. $10. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680.

Friday, April 27

Performance Poetry Workshop – 6-7:30pm. See April 19th at 6pm for details. $10, $35/4 classes. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680. Emerging Light – 6-8pm. Also 4/28, 9am-6pm & 4/29 am-4pm. A spirit’s quest for truth through the soul’s journey. Soul’s purpose, journeying, shamanic exercises, exploring the inner-self Reincarnation, karma, soul contracts, truths of 2012 shift in consciousness. Starts at $350/with lodging. A Hundred Ways of Light, Provincetown, Cape Cod. 207-251-1802. Messages from the Divine w/ Gladys – 6:308:30pm. A gallery-style event full of channeled messages for you & the group. Come experience the power of Divine Guidance as you sit in the energy of the Archangels. $35. Please RSVP. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Gay Men’s Life Coaching Group – 7-8pm. Run by a professionally certified life coach to help gay men lead fuller and more empowered lives. April Topic: Health/Wellness. $20. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-265-7720. Discover Freedom with Scott Kiloby – 7-9pm. Weekend Retreat. Fri.-Sun. End the search for fulfillment outside of yourself. Info and registration at, or contact Julianne, See website for details. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place – 6A, Providence. 860-463-5576. CommUnity Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. A rotating schedule of our extended community of trained teachers, with possibilities of asana, pranayama, and/or yoga nidra. Come and enjoy! Free/Donations accepted. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.


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Saturday, April 28

Clean Day on the Greenway 2012 – 8:30am1pm. CDGW, now in its 10th year, brings over 300 volunteers together to clean and beautify the Woonasquatucket River, the 5.5 mile Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway. Free. Riverside Park, 50 Aleppo St, Providence. 401-861-9046. Happy Body, Peaceful Mind – 9am-5pm. Svaroopa® yoga weekend is guaranteed to give you an immediate and significant change in your body, while offering you much more. No Experience Needed. $285. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

markyourcalendar 14th Annual World Tai Chi & Qigong Day – 10am – 3pm. 24 Free Tai Chi & Qigong classes. CT’s largest World Tai Chi Day Celebration - 14 schools & 17 teachers. Come find out what Tai Chi and Qigong are all about. Details, class schedule and directions visit: or call Silver Dragon 860742-5892. Colchester Town Green, Coventry CT Discover Freedom with Scott Kiloby – 10am5pm. See April 27th at 7pm for description. See website for more details. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place – 6A, Providence. 860-463-5576. 3 Ways Toxins Block Weight Loss – 11am-12pm. See April 17th at 7pm for description. Register on the Online Scheduling page of my website. $25. Holistic Health RI – Tracey LeBeau, 5784 Post Rd, Suite #5, East Greenwich. 401-527-0281. Angel Card Saturdays – 12-5pm. See April 7th at 12pm for details. By appointment-online booking suggested & credit cards accepted. $35 to $60. Holistic Health RI, Knepley Therapeutic Massage, 5784 Post Rd, Ste 5, East Greenwich. 401-402-0568. Holistic Eye Care – 12-6pm. Join author, Optometrist and Acupuncturist, Marc Grossman as he demonstrates simple therapeutic exercises to improve a variety of vision problems. $105. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Intro to Aromatherapy – 1-3pm. Learn about the top 10 Essential Oils for wellness and health. Contact Sharon for more info. $25. Path 2 Harmony- Sharon McMahon, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-742-2354.

Sunday, April 29

Pay-What-You-Can-Yoga – 10-11:30am. Morning of mindfulness based Hatha yoga in our beautiful, Victorian Era flower shop studio. Class size is limited so please RSVP through our website. Donation/ Pay what you can. Vella Gardens, 1 Alfred Stone Rd., Pawtucket. Discover Freedom with Scott Kiloby – 10am1pm. See April 27th at 7pm for description. See website for more details. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place – 6A, Providence. 860-463-5576.

Herb Garden Basics – 12-2pm. Learn how to plan, plant and cultivate your backyard herb garden. Learn the basics of herb cultivation and the culinary/ medicinal uses for your herbs. $15. Vella Gardens, 1 Alfred Stone Rd., Pawtucket.

Monday, April 30

Open House – 5:30am-10pm. Come join us for a free workout at the East Side BSC! Just let the front desk know Katie invited you & don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions! Hope to see you! Free. Boston Sports Club-East Side, 131 Pitman St, Providence. 401-351-2449. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. See April 12th at 7pm for desctiprion. RSVP please. Donation accepted. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Friday, May 4

Corporate Yoga Teacher Training – 11am-7pm. Also May 5 & 6, 9am-5pm. Through lecture, group discussion, student practicum, and hands-on experience, participants learn the “ins-and-outs” of bringing yoga to the office in a language every person in any workplace at whatever level of fitness can relate to and enjoy. 25CEs. $475. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Saturday, May 5

Roots & Renewal – 11am-3pm. Explore the healing benefits of the herbs of early spring. Lunch will be vegetable & nettle soup, and dandelion root tea. Preregistration required by May 4 with payment. Call to reserve your space. Bring your favorite mug!. $50/ Includes lunch. Renaissance Holistic Center, 993 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-270-4001.

markyourcalendar Saturday, May 12 Best You Retreat For WomenTM - 9am-4pm. Learn practical tools and strategies for nourishing your body and soul. Includes informationrich presentations, breakfast, lunch, gift bag and more!. $175. Ellen Palmer Wellness, Visit website for more information. 860-655-1382.


John Bradshaw Homecoming Reclaiming Your Inner Child – 8:30am – 5pm. Also May 19 8:30am-4pm. One of the most influential writers on emotional heath. 12 CEU’s approved and/ or accepted for Social Workers CT, MA ,NH, RI, VT NASW Chapters,NAADAC and the National Boar. Event Cost $ 175-195. Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire St, Mansfield, MA. 401-474-9650. Register at

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Sunday Celebration Service – 9:15-10:30am. “Change your thinking, change your life”. Concordia provides spiritual tools to transform personal lives and create a better world through principles of Science of Mind. Love offering. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick, R. 732-1552. Ananda Sunday Satsang – 10am-12pm. Join us Sunday mornings for meditation, chanting, inspiration and Satsang (fellowship ). Potluck lunch. Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Everyone is welcome, be in Joy! Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Couples Reflexology – 10am-3pm. 2nd Sunday. Relax with a loved one or a friend. Call for an appointment time. $80. Foot Diva, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 212, Warwick. 401-368-8878. Emotion Inmotion & Modern Dance – 10:30am1pm. 1st and 3rd Sunday. Dance practice not to be missed. Emotion Intmotion 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. 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. Drumming Circle – 6-7pm. 1st Sunday. Bring a drum and a fun spirit! $5. Foot Diva, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 212, Warwick. 401-368-8878. First Love Yourself (F.L.Y) Group – 6-7pm. 3rd Sunday. A new woman’s social gathering. Connect with other woman for support, insight and friendship. New topics decided as a group. $5. Foot Diva, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 212, Warwick. 401-368-8878. Ecstatic Dance Providence – 6-9pm. A once a month substance free venue for freeform dance where you can groove however your body wants, by yourself or with others to blissful world rhythms and funky beats. $10. Shri Studio, 21 Broad St., Pawtucket.


Sunrise Yoga – 6-7:30am. Also Fridays. Beautiful space to practice calming the mind; toning the body for leaner looking & great feeling. Yoga practice compliments everything you do (balance & focus). Donation. Prema Yoga, 127 Pocasset Ave, Providence. 401-390-5419. Yoga Flow & Tone – 10-11:15am. Classic yoga postures and flows emphasizing toning & strengthening. An energizing way to begin your week. Join us for Yoga in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $14, 8/$88. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Heated Vinyasa – 10:30-11:45am. Start your week with a heated yoga class, strengthening body and mind for the week ahead. Movement with breath to create heat and detoxify the body. $15. Yoga Antara, 189 Governor St. Suite 103, Providence. 401-744-5316. 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. $40/ New students 4 classes, $18/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401305-5319. Yin Restorative Yoga – 4-5:15pm. New at Tenth Gate. Balance your yang practice with Yin Restorative! $15, or class card. Tenth Gate Yoga Center, Barbara Gee, Glen View, 1046 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-9642. Pre-and Post-Natal Pilates Class – 6-7pm. Pilates is a great way to prepare for birth. Support your changing body by strengthening your pelvic floor, transverse abdominus, arms, legs, and hips. Increases energy. $13. McWalters Pilates and Beyond, 999 Main St, Suite 111, Pawtucket. Belly Dance – 6-7:15pm. Get in shape while having fun exploring the Middle Eastern Raks Sharqi style. Beginners welcome. $15, $65/6 3-month expiration, $75/6 6-month expiration. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 941-2310. Tai Chi *1st Class Free* – 6-7:30pm. A soft, internal Chinese martial art practiced for overall well-being, health, and self-defense. $50/month 1 weekly class, $75/2 classes. Attleboro School of Tai Chi Chuan, 104 County St., Attleboro, MA. 508-930-4127. Literacy Volunteers Tutor Workshop – 6-9pm. Runs 4/9/12-6/13/12. Volunteer to teach English. We train tutors to teach adults who have Basic Reading or ESL needs. Call for details or visit our website. Nominal materials fee. Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, 1672 Flat River Rd, Coventry. 401-822-9103. Beginner Pilates Mat Class – 6:30-7:30pm. A full body workout utilizing all the fundamental movements and basic Pilates exercise principles. At the beginner level, we will move slowly and teach the fundamentals. $14. RI Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.Com.

Ananda Meditation & Chanting – 8:15-9:15pm. Relieve tension-feel happier-more peace through meditation. Discover your inner spiritual nature. Join Adam 401-286-2345 at Simpfly Yoga 1050 Tiogue Ave, Coventry. Donation. Ananda Center for Yoga & Meditation, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745.


Afternoon Yoga for Bone Strength – 4-5:15pm. Gentle stretching & Yoga poses that emphasize weight-bearing for strength and bone density. Beginners welcome. Join us for Yoga in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $14, $88/8. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802. 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/series of 8. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, #10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. Self-Defense for Women with Aikido – 5:306:30pm. Increase your flexibility, confidence, and endurance! Join us to learn how Aikido can help you use your body to protect yourself. Open to all levels of physical fitness. Free First Class. Main Street Martial Arts, 1282 North Main St, Providence. 401-274-7672. Group Meditation – 5:30-7pm. Manage stress, awaken intuition & connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization & sound. Bring a friend. $20/ Call to register. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. Prenatal Yoga – 5:45-7pm. Through gentle strengthening, stretching and breath exercises, expectant mothers explore the changes their bodies are undergoing, and prepare for childbirth & mothering. $16, $14/Students. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. Moving into a Restful Evening – 6-7:15pm. All level Yoga. Deep, yet gentle stretching (Yin Yoga), with a moderately paced flow. Open to Beginners. Join us for Yoga in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $14, $88/8. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Sadhana Yoga Basics – 6:15-7:15pm. Workshop will build a solid foundation toward understanding mind-body awareness. Students new to yoga or those revisiting will benefit. Also on Weds 3:45-5:00 pm. $13/drop in + alt enrollment fees. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016.

The Journey Home – 6:30-8:30pm. Unity New Thought Study class. Open to public. Book study and meditation group. Love Offering. It’s My Health, Cumberland. 401-486-2708.

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! Free. Holiday Inn Express, 901 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick.

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.

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.

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Reiki Circle – 7-9pm. Bi-weekly. Join us for an evening of Reiki healing whether you are Reiki Certified or just interested in this healing modality and would like to sample a treatment. $10. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 941-2310.

Pilates Mat and Ball Class – 6:30-7:30pm. A stability ball is added to this Pilates workout to increase mind and body awareness, challenge core strength and improve balance and stability. $14/Less with packages. RI Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.Com.

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.

Resounding Heart Meditation Service – 7-8pm. We welcome and embrace all as we raise our Vibration of love with Sacred Sound and Silence – Sacred Reading, guided meditation and joyous song. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick, R. 732-1552 x3.


Meditation – 7-8pm. 2nd Wednesday. Guided Imagery. $5. Foot Diva, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 212, Warwick. 401-368-8878.

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.

Guided Imagery Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 1 st Wednesday. Group meditation for relaxation and focus. Please contact Sharon for more information. $10. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-742-2354.

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.

P2H Bookclub – 7-8:30pm. 3 rd Wednesday. Group forming to read and discuss books that are positive, moving, insightful and full of opportunity for growth. This month- Ringing Cedar Series: Book 1 Anastasia. Free. Path 2 Harmony- Sharon McMahon, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-742-2354.

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 $15. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.

Reiki/Energy Circle – 7-9pm. 2 nd Wednesday. Information and Energy Sharing Session for all that are interested in energy therapies. All levels and modalities are welcome. Please call Debi for more information. $5/Donation. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-263-1107.

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. Kripalu Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Join Chris Belanger for our new regularly scheduled earlier class or join him at 6pm. Either class invites you to feel, breath and relax in the moment. Beginners welcome. $14, $20/2-new students. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 941-2310. Candlelight Yoga – 4:30-6pm. Also on Friday. 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. Tai Chi *1st Class Free* – 6-7:30pm. See Monday at 6pm for description. $50/month 1 weekly class, $75/2 classes. Attleboro School of Tai Chi Chuan, 104 County St., Attleboro, MA. 508-930-4127. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. See Tuesday at 4pm for description. $19, $124/series of 8. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, #10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020.


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Heated Morning Yoga – 7:30-8:30am. Gentle stretches in a heated, cozy studio to awaken your mind and bring awareness to the body. $12. Yoga Antara, 189 Governor St. Suite 103, Providence. 401-744-5316. Adult 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/Drop in + alt enrollment fees. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 9:45-11:15am. See Tuesday at 4pm for description. Pre-registration is necessary. $19, $1248. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, #10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. Barre and Pilates Class – 10-11am. Class combines the challenge of a Pilates mat workout utilizing the stability ball with a half hour of work at our ballet barre. The barre portion of the class will. $14/Less with packages. RI Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.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.

Fluid Fitness(TM) – 11am-12pm. Need to move? Join us! Gentle, effective, innovative approach to move your whole body fluidly. Slow down the aging process and enhance your fitness. No experience needed. $12, $10/ Seniors & Students. Soulistic Arts – Focus Yoga Studio, 63 Cedar Ave. #10, East Greenwich. 401-826-2020. 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. Yin Restorative Yoga – 4-5:15pm. New at Tenth Gate. Balance your yang practice with Yin Restorative! $15, or class card. Tenth Gate Yoga Center, Barbara Gee, Glen View, 1046 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-9642. Beginner Spinning Class – 5-5:45pm. Indoor cycling class provides a fun and challenging cardiovascular workout for all levels of fitness. Cardiovascular workouts are a wonderful addition. $14,Less with packages. RI Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.Com. 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. Group Meditation – 5:30-7pm. Manage stress, awaken intuition & connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization & sound. Bring a friend. $20/Call to Register. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. 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/drop in + alt enrollment fees. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Just Breath - Simply Meditate – 7-8pm. One hour long meditation classes for everyone. Each class includes a short talk and guided meditation. No meditation experience is necessary. $10. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. Hatha Yoga – 7-8pm. Join Carla Joyce for an evening of quieting your mind and opening your heart through a guided yoga practice connecting mind, body, and spirit. Beginners always welcome! $14, $20/2-new students. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 941-2310.


Meditation Class – 5-6pm. Yoga is meditation! Preparing oneself to meditate is an essential activity that the ancients have prescribed for the peace and well-being of humanity. Join us. First class free. Yoga School of South County, Peace Dale Office Building, 1058 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 782-9511.

Tai Chi *1st Class Free* – 6-7:30pm. See Monday at 6pm for description. $50/month 1 weekly class, $75/2 classes. Attleboro School of Tai Chi Chuan, 104 County St., Attleboro, MA. 508-930-4127.



Tai Chi *1st Class Free* – 8-9:30am. See Monday at 6pm for description $50/month 1 weekly class, $75/2 classes. Attleboro School of Tai Chi Chuan, 104 County St., Attleboro, MA. 508-930-4127. Wake-Up Yoga & Meditation – 8:30-9:30am. Kripalu/Yin Yoga. Gentle warm-ups, hip & shoulder openers & silent meditation practice. Combine this class with All Level Yoga at 9:45 am for a mini-retreat! $14, $21/With 9:45 am, $88/8. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802. 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, RI 401- 6677315. Donation. Ananda Center for Yoga & Meditation, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Start your weekend with Chris Belanger waking your body up with a guided practice geared to open the mind, body and spirit. Beginners always welcome! $14, $20/2 new students. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 941-2310.

Yoga Stretch at Raffa Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. Stretch and feel great! Therapeutic Yoga class designed to get in to the connective tissues of the body. Great for beginners as well as experienced Yogis of all ages. $15/ Register & Pay Online. Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston. 401-463-3335.

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

I will take into account your whole self, not just your symptoms, in order to get to the root of your health concerns. My conviction is that healing is less about battling illness and more about nourishing life. As long as we’re living-we’re healing. I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Aetna and Tufts Health Plan insurance. See ad on page 24.

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Learn how Protandim, the antiaging/medical breakthrough, protects your health and the incredible business opportunity with LifeVantage. Don’t miss this life changing opportunity! Say good-bye to old age. Stay Forever Young! Come hear about the fastest growing company in the holistic industry. Free Seminars available Monday and Wednesday evenings. See ad on page 11.

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



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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.

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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 $20/Suggested donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.


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

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

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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 35.

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New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness Dr. Misty Kosciusko 934 East Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 401-683-6430 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 33.

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

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 45.

counseling Holistic Health Advisor

Gina Goodhart, MA 151 Broadway Suite 220 Providence, RI 401-524-1829 Gina has created a warm comfortable environment where your needs and concerns can be expressed safely to facilitate healing. Working with individuals and couples, Gina supports and gently guides her clients as they journey through crisis to restore the body, mind and spirit into a harmonious state of living.

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

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 4.


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Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our commmunity. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, call 401-709-2473 for guidelines and to submit entries DEPTH HYPNOSIS Katharine A. Rossi 401-924-0567

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

energy healing Light Soul Therapy Healing

Wakefield, RI 401-284-0363 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

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 back cover.

Fresh Face Skincare Center @ Avalon

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

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 46.

healing arts center 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. 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

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 12.

holistic guidance Angel Whispers Rhode Island

917 A Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 401-741-2278 Offering a variety of holistic energy therapies, which can be scheduled at Wellness Center at Gold Plaza in Warwick. 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 45.

Christine McCullough, MA

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

My Holistic Village

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

Pathways to Healing Bobbie Schaeffer Warwick, RI 401-287-4093

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.

holistic wellness center Positive New Beginnings

877 BRdway East Providence, RI 401-432-7195

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 31.

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 51.


Holistic Wellness Center Shanthi (Author of the forthcoming book Stress-free for Life: Time-tested secrets of Indian Yoga) 401-305-5265 • 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.


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Mark Ashley motivational hypnotist & consultant

401-623-6709 • Helping professionals achieve financial and personal success through motivational hypnosis, consulting & support. Tap into your personal potential and accomplish more. My clients achieve financial success, become more motivated and focused, stop procrastinating, boost confidence and self esteem, overcome problems, challenges & issues.

Pet Foods Plus 30 Gooding Ave Bristol, RI 401-253-2456 Toys, treats, shampoo, leashes, cat litter or food of all kinds, Pet Foods Plus has it. High quality customer service, offering a full supply of food and accessories for dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits, fish and even livestock. We also sell fish, small mammals, reptiles and birds. Stop by for quality products at affordable prices! See ad on page 46.

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

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

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

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • Holistic family health care: your comprehensive natural medicine clinic offering diet and nutritional counseling, herbal & homeopathic medicines, and acupuncture. Optimize health and wellness naturally! See ad on page 9.

Keri Layton, N.D.

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

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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

Sylvia Collins

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

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

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.


Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 • “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 30

therapeutic massage Innisfree Body Works

18 Post Rd Pawtuxet Village, Warwick, RI 401-461-3788 Founder of Innisfree, David Walsh has been practicing massage therapy for more than 14 years. His hands speak multiple languages, and still he feels it all comes down to instinct and touch. His spiritual intentions and focus in deep tissue create a love for giving thorough treatments. Gift Certificates available. Call for yours today!

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classifieds FOR RENT CLASSROOM SPACE AVAILABLE. Perfect for workshops, private/semi-private yoga classes, etc. Weekdays and some evenings available.  Book weekend classes well in advance.  The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl Warwick.  Contact Adriene at Angel Whispers RI for more information. or 401-741-2278. 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 or Office Space. Room available Part-Time within a holistic health center in East Greenwich.  Rent includes: wi-fi, utilities, web presence, some advertising and shared voicemail box. Call 401-398-2933, Jewel Sommerville, D,Ac., voicemail #1 for more information. RENTAL SPACE AVAILABLE: Very quiet, serene & peaceful environment. Lots of possibilities. Contact Cheryl 464-6100.

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Rolf Structural Integration, Thai Massage, Therapeutic Bodywork, Relaxing Swedish Massage. Rob Martin offers bodywork at Motion Center @ 111 Chestnut St. Call 860-617-1234.


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2051 Plainfield Pike Johnston, RI 401-464-6100


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 47.

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 31.

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wellness center Village Wellness Center Heart in Hand Massage Therapy

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

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

422 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 401-941-2310

A holistic wellness center featuring Yoga instruction therapeutic massage, skin care and hair removal, Reiki, Karate, Belly Dancing and Acupuncture. Located 5 minutes from the airport and Providence in Historic Pawtuxet Village. We believe in a hands-on approach to health. Our 9 massage therapists, acupuncturist, skin care professional and instructors will help you feel your beSt Online scheduling available at See ad on page 43.

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145 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-808-0837

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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.

Wonderful Body & Energy Work

190 Broad St, 3 West #1 Providence RI 401-580-9863

Offering bodywork to decrease pain, depression and stress while increasing overall joy, well-being and peace. We offer Massage, Reiki, Reflexology, Chakra Balancing and Guided Meditation. All services include individualized attention to cater to your specific needs and health goals. Home visits available upon request.

401-261-7242 Offering Kripalu Yoga, Laughter Yoga & Meditation, Yoga in the Park, Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, Senior Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Classes are suitable for all levels. Explore your body, breath, mind and spirit with classes throughout Rhode Island. See ad on page 37.

yoga and holistic health center ALL THAT MATTERS

315 Main St • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 Choose from 45 yoga classes each week. Enjoy a variety of therapeutic health services. Experience workshops on yoga, meditation, self-care, selfdiscovery and the healing arts. See ad on page 35.

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