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ife has a funny way of not always going as planned. An unexpected health issue cropped up this month, in the middle of getting this June issue off to the printer. All is well, but it does make me step back and reevaluate priorities. Fortunately, one of my priorities is vacation time, and as I write this, I am planning to leave tomorrow for a week on the beach in Florida. As much as we may love what we do, it’s important to plan rest and relaxation time and at the moment, I’m glad I had this planned. I have to admit that I will have my iPad and iPhone and will still be connected. Such is the joy of self-employment but my activities will be far less than usual. Having the wonderful team of people that I work with makes such a difference. My friends and family have rallied round this month to help me create my monthly love, Natural Awakenings. I am so grateful for them all. This month’s issue is filled with valuable information for our health, kids, pets, and planet. With June being dedicated to Fathers Day, there are fun and interesting stories that embrace the changing role of fathers in our society. On page 18 Clint Kelly describes how dads can captivate and bond with kids through the simplicity of a story and on page 22 Linda Sechrist has a conversation with a successful father and son pair that describes the importance of nurturing and protecting kids without driving them to be like you. Society changes so fast but we’re doing what we can to keep you thinking about your role in it. Bill has been bugging me for years to go on an overnight hike with him. The thought of carrying everything I need on my back and hiking up a mountain just does not sound enticing to me but he assures me that the trip is worth it. I think that means he will carry everything I need on his back so you never know, this could be the year! For those who really do answer to the call of the wild, Dave Foreman has some important reminders in his article Around the Campfire on page 40. There is a place for manners everywhere. As part of our consistent effort to be involved in the community and bring valuable information to you, we are very excited about our newest partnership with Renewable Now. Renewable Now highlights the business side of green weekly on ABC 6. Take a moment to read their Community Spotlight on page 16 and learn more about them. The connection between healthy living and healthy planet is obvious; it’s harder to live a healthy life on a polluted planet. I hope you’ll check them out and tune in to hear what’s going on in green in Rhode Island. Happy Summer! Maureen Cary, Publisher

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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.


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newsbriefs Life Fulfillment Workshops


mily J. Volden, a licensed psychotherapist and owner of Psychotherapy Center for Wellness, will welcome Kate Siner Francis, Ph.D. to facilitate workshops where she will guide participants on a conscious, effective and transformational journey through essential elements to life fulfillment. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 2, Francis will present “Reconnect: Create Better Relationships.” Participants will learn how to grieve, accept and forgive past hurts; learn what they truly want from their relationships and how to develop them; transform the limiting beliefs and behaviors that stop them from having the relationships they desire; and create healthy interdependent relationships and avoid some of the problematic traps. “Power to Change: Keys to Leadership” will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 9. Those in attendance will learn to understand their purpose and how to move it out into the world; increase the health and effectiveness of their leadership and business or project; gain business-building or project-building tools and tips to increase profits and reach while making a difference in the world; and more. Francis is a psychotherapist, writer, and educator who practices integrative psychotherapy and holistic success coaching, and runs life-changing programs and workshops. She calls her work the Life Fulfillment Formula and has dedicated her life to helping people find and develop their own fulfillment. Cost is $150 per workshop. Psychotherapy Center for Wellness is located at 2750 South County Trail, East Greenwich. For more information or to register, contact or 401-536-5575. See ad page 31.

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oncordia Center for Spiritual Living will host “Me, You and the Truth About Us: A Journey to Self-Awareness, Inner Peace and Blissful Love,” a series of workshops facilitated by Barbara J. Gilfillan, a religious science practitioner (RScP). The workshops are designed to help improve current relationships, attract more fulfilling relationships and enjoy all relationships—romantic, family, friends and co-workers. Gilfillan says the only requirement is “a willingness to take a stand for having the best possible relationships, starting with your relationship to yourself.” The first session, “How Did I Get Here?” will be held at 11 a.m., June 24. The second session, “Alas, I Know How I Got Here, Now What?” will take place at 11 a.m., July 8, and the final session, “Coming into the Now and Embracing the Truth,” will be held at 11 a.m., July 15. Cost is $20 per session or $50 for all three. Sessions include group discussion, self-discovery and emotional homework. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living is located at 292 West Shore Rd., Warwick. For more information, call 401-732-1552 or visit See ad page 25.


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newsbriefs Yoga Classes Focus on Postnatal Back Care


regnancy and motherhood can put a strain on the back. Women may have a low backache, hips that are sensitive, or an upper back that is just tired. According to Karen Lee, director and owner of Breathing Time Yoga studio in Pawtucket, yoga can offer relief if it’s the right kind of yoga. “A National Institutes of Health study compared a specific viniyoga therapy practice and found that when trained in this practice students may reduce low back pain and minimize reliance on pain relief medication, improve quality of life and reduce the number of doctor’s visits,” she says. Lee continues, “Breathing Time Yoga offers the only classes in the state that are based on this protocol and taught by a certified viniyoga therapist. The classes include Back Care Basics Levels 1 and 2, Tension Tamer for Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders, and Postnatal Back Care Basics.” Postnatal Back Care Basics is appropriate for mothers of babies and young children. The progressive series will teach therapeutic yoga techniques for stabilization, mobilization and relaxation. In this series of gentle yoga classes, participants can learn simple sequences that were tested and found to have better six and nine month outcomes than physical therapy exercises or a book on exercises for low back care. Each class consists of asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), relaxation and instruction in body/breath awareness. Each student will complete the series with a solid understanding of yoga practices that relieve the back conditions of young mothers. All of Breathing Time Yoga’s Back Care Series start the week of July 9. Breathing Time Yoga is located at 541 Pawtucket Ave. Box 105 in Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-421-9876 or visit See ad page 37.

It’s Your Body’s Symphony Offering Reiki


t’s Your Body’s Symphony, nationally certified and licensed massage therapists specializing in therapeutic massage, is now offering Reiki sessions conducted by Arthur M. Plitt, a Reiki Master/Teacher. According to Plitt, Reiki is a natural healing practice that balances mind, body and spirit. It is a safe, complementary therapy that doesn’t interfere with any medical treatment prescribed by doctors. Benefits of Reiki include deep relaxation, healing and feelings of peace, security and well-being. Plitt has been practicing Reiki for many years privately including as a Reiki practitioner at Woman and Infants Hospital and at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island. He has numerous industry, national and local recognitions for his involvement. It’s Your Body’s Symphony is located at 2051 Plainfield Pike, Johnston. Appointments are required. For information, call 401-464–6100, email Allpozabilities@ or visit See ad page 47.


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Introduction to Mindfulness


nnie Geissinger, a licensed mental health counselor, musician and teacher, will offer “Introduction to Mindfulness,” a class where participants learn ways to deeply support mental, physical and emotional health. Geissinger says participants will gently discover a means to reduce stress, while becoming more centered in authentic being. “The effective tools of mindfulness meditation, body scan and gentle yoga are ways of resting in this awareness, which is present to us in each moment,” she states. Part I, a four-week class, will introduce the mindfulness practices and Part II, also four weeks, will focus on sustaining a steady practice and on authentic listening in our communications. Introduction to Mindfulness Part 1 will be held Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 28-June 18 at The Healing Circle in Providence; Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m., June 5-26 at Joyful Breath Yoga, 25 Market St. in Swansea, Mass., and Mondays 7-9 p.m., June 25-July 16 at All That Matters in Wakefield. Introduction to Mindfulness Part II will be offered July 10-31 at Joyful Breath Yoga and July 30-August 27 at All That Matters. Materials include practice CDs and handouts for home practice. The two courses are adapted from the eight-week mindfulness based stress reduction course created by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the UMass Medical School, and are designed to support people with no previous experience of yoga or meditation, as well as those who practice regularly. Cost is $125 per four-week session. For more information, call 401-226-5583 or email See ad page 33.

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arden City Center, in Cranston, will host the Festival Fete’s Garden City Center Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 9-10. The art festival will feature over 130 contemporary American art and crafts artisans along with strolling entertainment including Rhode Island’s Big Nazo and The Toe Jam Band. The festival will feature items big and small including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, sculpture and home accessories along with locally grown, festive food sponsored by Whole Foods Market of Cranston. In addition to the juried art and crafts for sale, 10 booth spaces are given to young artists, grades one through 12, to show their work; a sculpture is created with the community and then donated back to a local establishment; and a Creation Station is available for children to make crafts for a donation to Art is Smart. “We believe there is an artist in everybody, so we’re creating opportunities for festival attendees to express themselves and experience the thrill of creativity,” states Jennifer Neuguth, owner of Festival Fete. Festival Fete presents a series of art festivals in 2012. In addition to Garden City, The East Greenwich Art Festival will be held September 1-2. For more information, visit See ad back page.

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laine Hewitt, a master colorist and stylist with more than two decades of experience, is relocating her business from Barrington. Hewitt will be joining Anna Galub, a holistic skin care specialist at Vitana Salon Boutique, located at 780 Hope Street in Providence. The custom, full service salon offers repair of over-processed hair, corrective color, cuts and style, organic color, organic keratin relaxing and straightening and organic permanent curl. Hewitt uses products by Organic Salon System, which have no ammonia, no parabens, no plasElaine Hewitt tics and no thioglycolates—all of which can be damaging to the hair. She also uses and offers organic hair care products such as shampoo, conditioner and styling agents. Formerly trained in Boston, Hewitt moved to Rhode Island in 1999 to pursue her profession and raise her family. She was the first Rhode Island colorist to receive her Organic Color Certification, and has since established her expertise and leadership in the field. In addition to being an expert in all color techniques, Hewitt specializes in corrective color. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 401-273-7005. See ad page 7.

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heryl Raffa-Zappoli, the owner and founder of the Raffa Laser Center, brings 25 years of experience in the beauty industry to her clients at Raffa Yoga. She is highly trained in all the latest techniques for improving skin’s health and appearance. Raffa-Zappoli understands hair growth, skin physiology and how to use the new laser technology to its maximum advantage. She will evaluate each individual’s skin and hair removal needs and recommend the best treatment. Raffa Yoga is located at 19 Sharpe Drive in Cranston. To schedule an appointment, call 401-463-3335 or visit for information. See ad page 11.

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he Wellness Center at Gold Plaza is marking its fourth anniversary this month. Co-owned by Adriene Smith of Angel Whispers Rhode Island and Gladys Ellen of Heavenly Hugs, the Wellness Center has become a unique place where individuals can go for Adriene Smith healing, classes and angelic guidance. Certification training includes Reiki, Integrated Energy Therapy and Magnified Healing, and retreats, workshops and free informational meetings are Gladys Ellen always ongoing. Guest leaders bring exciting classes, workshops and meditations to The Wellness Center on a regular basis. On June 15, Chris Belanger will host Yoga Nidra and Stacie Connors will present Effective Weight Loss Strategies on June 25. Anniversary specials will also be offered throughout the month. Smith, a Reiki Master/Teacher, insightful public speaker, Angel Light Messenger and channel, offers her holistic services at The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, private homes, businesses, hospitals and assisted living facilities. She leads Reiki certification classes and workshops related to physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. Gladys Ellen is an inspirational speaker, certified angel intuitive and medium, holistic practitioner and Reiki Master/Teacher. Her mission is to gather like-minded people together in a safe, supportive environment for inner peace and spiritual growth. The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza is located at 917 Warwick Ave., 2nd Floor, Warwick. Contact Adriene Smith at 401-741-2278, or AngelWhispersRI. com. Contact Gladys Ellen at 401-9358451, or See ads on page 45 and page 27.

Friends of Ballard Park Hosts Fundraiser


riends of Ballard Park is kicking off its Summer Yoga Series with a Yoga Mala Fundraiser from 1-3:30 p.m., June 16 in Ballard Park’s Quarry Meadow. Yoga therapist Liz Lindh of FLOW Natural Health has volunteered to lead the session, which will include music by the whimsical art-rock band Castle. Participants are asked to donate $10 to help fund free, Liz Lindh family-oriented events like concerts and outdoor movie screenings in Ballard Park this summer. A Yoga Mala is the transformational process of moving through 108 sun salutations. It is traditional in yoga circles to perform 108 sun salutations upon the change of seasons in large groups as an offering of peace and unity. Anyone with a little yoga experience can participate, as Lindh will offer modifications and time to rest as needed. Friends of Ballard Park, in conjunction with the Newport Recreation Department, will also offer 90-minute yoga classes on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. from June 19-August 28, and each Tuesday evening in September starting at 5:30 p.m. In celebration of the Summer Solstice, the first class on June 19 is free, courtesy of Innerlight yoga instructor Patti Confort. Class will cover breathing, warm-up, basic postures and relaxation for all levels. Classes thereafter are $10. For more information or to join, call 401-619.3377 or visit

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newsbriefs New Staff and Event at Nature’s Goodness


ature’s Goodness Natural Food Store has welcomed new staff member, Sandra Bissonnette. A German native, she has been in the U.S. for seven years. She began weight training at an early age, has managed a fitness facility and worked as a personal trainer and esthetician. She is devoted to good nutrition, making her an excellent addition to the Nature’s Goodness team. Also, from 6:30-8 p.m. on June 27, Rosalyn Rogers will present a free lecture titled “Balancing Your Hormones Naturally.” Rogers is a certified nutritional consultant with 25 years of experience in the field of vitamins and herbs. Her lectures and seminars include subjects such as anti-aging, menopause, PMS, weight management and most women’s health issues. She is known for her motivational skills and as well as her sensitive and caring outlook on life. Nature’s Goodness Natural Food Store is located at 510 East Main Road in Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-7480 or visit See ad page 43.

New Massage Center Opens In Barrington


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Circus Smirkus Returns to Rhode Island


ircus Smirkus, Vermont’s awardwinning international youth circus celebrating 25 years under the big top, returns to Rhode Island with “Topsy Turvy Time Travel” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., July 15 and 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., July 16 at Washington County Fairgrounds, Richmond. Presented by Meadowbrook Waldorf School, each show will feature acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, clowns and more. The stars of the show are children ages 11-18 from around the country and the world. These highly talented troupers bring their youthful exuberance to the tour of 70 shows filled with dazzling spectacle, live music and brilliant costumes. Circus Smirkus is a circus with heart, inspiring children to follow their dreams through dedication and teamwork, finding joy in challenging work— the same values shared by Meadowbrook, as Waldorf education strives to engage the growing child in developmentally appropriate ways with a deep love of story, expressive movement and meaningful use of color and music. Meadowbrook Waldorf School is an independent school accredited by Rhode Island offering programs for children from early childhood through eighth grade. Proceeds from the event will benefit Meadowbrook’s education programs. For more information, contact Tickets are $19 and $17 for ages 2-12, and can be purchased in person at Brainwaves Toy Shop in Narragansett or Belmont Market in Wakefield, or online at


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ften considered one of nature’s most perfect foods, eggs are an excellent source of protein, lipids, vitamins and minerals. Now, researchers at the University of Alberta, in Canada, have discovered that they also contain antioxidant properties that help in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Jianping Wu and his team of researchers at the university’s Department of Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science examined egg yolks produced by hens that were fed typical diets of either primarily wheat or corn. They found the yolks contained two amino acids; tryptophan and tyrosine, which have high antioxidant properties. The researchers found that two raw egg yolks offer almost twice as many antioxidant properties as one apple and about the same as half a serving (25 grams) of cranberries. When the eggs were fried or boiled, however, the beneficial properties were reduced by about half. “It’s a big reduction, but it still leaves eggs equal to apples in their antioxidant value,” says Wu. In prior research, Wu found that egg proteins converted by digestive enzymes produced peptides that work in the same way as ACE inhibitors, prescription drugs used to reduce high blood pressure. That finding contradicted the notion that eggs increase high blood pressure because of their cholesterol content.


hink twice before sipping soda or soup that comes in a can. A recent study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers discovered people that ate one serving of canned food daily for five days had significantly elevated levels of bisphenol-A (BPA), an endocrine disrupter sometimes found in plastic bottles, that also lines most food and drink cans. Studies have linked high urine levels of BPA to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other health conditions. The spike in BPA levels recorded by the Harvard researchers was one of the highest seen in any study. Source: Journal of the American Medical Association

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study by the University of Glasgow, in Scotland, shows that men are at greater risk than women for Type 2 diabetes, because they tend to develop it at a lower body mass index. Furthermore, red meat, a favorite food among many men, is a suspected risk agent. Harvard School of Public Health researchers have found a strong association between the regular consumption of red meat—particularly processed options like bacon and hot dogs—and a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Their study notes that replacing red meat with healthier proteins, such as low-fat dairy, nuts or whole grains, can significantly lower the risk.

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Toxicity Report on New Car Interiors The consumer watchdog Ecology Center’s, a product test results website, points out that there is more to green vehicles than fuel economy. That new-car smell can include a toxic mix of chemicals carried over from the manufacturing of seats, steering wheels, dashboards and armrests. The group’s fourth annual report on more than 200 model year 2011 and 2012 vehicles gave the Honda Civic and CR-Z and the Toyota Prius top marks for the least interior pollution, while the Kia Soul, Chrysler 200 SC and Mitsubishi Outlander ranked as the worst. The researchers tested for toxic heavy metals such as lead and mercury, and cancer-causing chemicals like benzene and brominated flame retardants. “Automobiles function as chemical reactors, creating one of the most hazardous environments we spend time in,” says Jeff Gearhart, research director of the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based nonprofit. No mandatory testing or regulation of the chemicals used in vehicle manufacturing exists, so consumers face a lack of helpful information. The use of some chemicals has voluntarily declined since 2006, but many cars continue to contain chemical levels that consumer advocates consider unsafe. The biggest decrease has been in the use of plastics made with the highly toxic polyvinyl chloride (PVC), as well as bromine, chromium leather dyes and lead. View the full list of cars in the report at

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atural Awakenings recently teamed up with Renewable Now, an eco-conscious series dedicated to the “business side of green.” Hosted by Peter Arpin, partner of Arpin International Group and award-winning green business advocate, the show brings together government officials, business leaders, community groups, inventors, activists and others from around the world to shed light on ways in which companies can introduce green technologies, programs and practices for conducting activities in an environmentally and economically responsible manner. During each broadcast, Arpin and his guests explore ways to help companies’ progress toward sustainable development and engage in environmentally smart practices. According to Arpin, the Renewable Now series challenges viewers to recognize how effective environmental management can positively impact corporate profitability and sustainability. When Arpin approached Natural Awakenings about forming a partner-


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ship to promote building personal and business ecosystems and achievements, it was a natural fit. As part of our new venture, Arpin will contribute monthly articles filled with tips and suggestions to inspire people to make a difference.

I am a 25-year entrepreneur who has helped grow a global, award-winning moving company from a $5 million to $250 million per year leader, and started offshoots in Alaska, Canada and around the world. I also created—from scratch—a media company (Arpin Broadcast Network) and now host and co-produce Renewable Now on our own 24/7 broadcast network that tells the story, like no other show, of “the business side of green.”

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A Pew Research Center analysis of the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) confirms the continuation of a 50-year trend leading to more than one in four fathers of children 18 or younger living apart from their children; 11 percent live separately from some of their children and 16 percent from all of them. Logically, the study further shows that fathers living with their children become more intensely involved in their lives, spending more time with them and taking part in a greater variety of activities, such as sharing meals, helping with homework and playing. Black fathers (44 percent) are more than twice as likely as white fathers (21 percent) to live apart from their children, while Hispanic fathers (35 percent) are in the middle. Among fathers that never completed high school, 40 percent live apart from their children, compared with only 7 percent of fathers that graduated from college. Many absent fathers try to compensate by communicating via email, social media or phone. Almost half say they are in touch with their children several times a week, but nearly one-third communicate less than once a month. Twenty percent say they visit their children more than once a week, but 27 percent have not seen their children in the past year.


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DAD’S GOLDEN STORY HOUR Kids Listen with their Entire Being by Clint Kelly


oon, the brave little tailor and the beautiful Princess Minnie were happily married. And to think it all began with seven dead flies.” So ends The Brave Little Tailor, starring Mickey Mouse. Whenever I concluded reading with those words and attempted to close the well-worn book, I was inevitably hit with a chorus of, “Aw, Dad,” as they yearned for more. Why had my offspring narrowed the book selections to so few predictable favorites? Although the kids loved it, the constant repetition got to me. I rather empathized with the darker side of the original Brothers Grimm version of the tale. It’s not that I was opposed to pulling story duty. Children take comfort in the familiarity and lasting values of classic storylines. But at reading time, temptation whispered, “What they want is your time. It doesn’t matter what you read; just read…” A brief motor racing vignette in Road & Track, perhaps, or the latest major league baseball trade analyses from Sports Illustrated?


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My mind would wander. They’d scold me. “Dad! You just said the little tailor caught seven flies in a row. It’s, ‘Seven flies at one blow,’ Dad.” Busted. Sadly, it wasn’t long before I was caught yet again. “Dad! It was Chicken Little who thought the sky was falling and The Little Red Hen who worked to bake the bread her lazy friends wouldn’t lift a finger to make. You always get them mixed up.” Verbal slips aside, the kids crowded closer. They jockeyed for position against my chest, listening to the whoosh of my heart, the cadence of the words and the conviction of my voice reverberating into their inner ears, down along their spinal columns and deep into their souls. Still, given the choice between Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle or the daily stock quotations, I’m afraid that Wall Street often muscled the good woman aside. My wife urged me to persist. “The children have me all day. If only for a half-hour every night, you’ve got a solid grip on the children. Don’t let

them slip away.” Okay, I thought. Just as Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle had her magical cures for never-want-to-go-to-bedders, surely I could find a cure for my reading ennui. In fact, taking a page from the Little Tailor’s playbook, I found seven. First, I sometimes invited a “guest” reader. A Grover hand puppet and a gravelly voice kept me alert, delighted the kids and gave those stories a fresh new lease. The second remedy was to turn off the TV, ignore the phone and read by a lone lamplight that ringed me and my audience in a cozy glow. Third, for variety, we’d sometimes read in a “secret” place. Goldilocks acquires a new dimension when read under the kitchen table. My fourth remedy was to introduce dinner readings. “For the first course,” I’d say, “a heaping helping of Hansel and Gretel.” Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches lend themselves nicely to this departure from standard fare. Fifth, I’d occasionally take a break by playing a talking book episode. It made old standbys like Tom Sawyer fresh again. As a sixth solution, when I assigned the kids parts in a story the plot took on a dimension that would often make us giggle. Even very young children that haven’t learned to read are able to memorize well-loved passages and recite lines verbatim. The seventh remedy was to spin original tales. When I was a boy, my mother created an entire forest world populated by clever animals: Fox, the sly one; Owl, the fusty Winston Churchill; and Beetle Boy, the action hero. I took what she began and created Further Adventures from the Deep, Dark Wood. While I didn’t feel every inch the polished spinner of tales early on, neither did I abdicate the richly fulfilling role of chief reader for our little tribe. The more interest I showed their beloved classics, the closer they snuggled. Remedies in hand, my attitude improved. I relaxed and became less attached to my “other” reading material. At story time, I soaked up the hugs, the laughter and the love. Truth be told, I came to like having

Eyes sparking, minds receptive, the children’s slight bodies vibrate like tuning forks of language, wonder and virtue when we read together. the most luxurious—and requested— lap around. Clint Kelly, a communications specialist for Seattle Pacific University, in Washington, authors tales for children and adults on topics ranging from dinosaurs to child rearing. Connect at ClintKelly


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Hormone Help for Guys Natural Ways to Boost Vitality by James Occhiogrosso


ithout hormones, the body’s chemical messengers affecting every human biological system, nothing works correctly. Testosterone, in particular, is critically important for male development, starting in the embryo, through puberty and into old age. After reaching peak levels in a man during his mid-to-late-20s, his testosterone level begins a slow decline. From the age of about 35, it drops by about 10 percent per decade for the rest of his life, accompanied by a slight increase in estrogen levels. While women experience physical markers when they enter menopause, there is no specific point at which men typically enter andropause, the less extreme male version of the change of life due to low hormone production. Related changes usually cause minor problems at first and then tend to become more severe. Medical studies from Seattle’s Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System, the University of Washington and Harvard University show that testosterone deficiency contributes to reduced muscle and bone mass, male breast enlargement, depression, atherosclerosis, anemia and diabetes.

Test First Hormones travel the bloodstream in bound and unbound (free) forms; only the free ones activate various body functions. When evaluating a man, a doctor will typically order a blood test for total testosterone, combining both forms.


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Older men often can show a normal total testosterone level, but have a low level of free testosterone. A saliva test brings clarity, because saliva only contains free hormones. Fifty-plusyear-old men with low free testosterone that show signs of hormone imbalance should consider natural supplementation, even when total testosterone is normal. It’s best to test before starting a rebalancing program and to retest after a few months. Establishing a record over time allows a man to monitor and adjust progress.

Hormone Help Starts Here Taking supportive steps in nutrition and lifestyle choices can make a big difference. Diet. Proper nutrition, embracing a full complement of vitamins and minerals, is essential. Eliminate red meat, cheese, fast food

“When a man with low testosterone restores his level back to its biological norm—he feels like a man again!” ~ Dr. Eugene R. Shippen

and processed snack foods, which can increase estrogen levels. Herbal supplements such as Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris), or puncture vine; ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), Korean red ginseng (Panex ginseng) and maca (Lepidium meyenii or Lepidium peruvianum) can help by increasing testosterone levels, sexual libido or erectile function. Some influence testosterone levels directly; others help enhance function by indirectly providing nutrients to improve circulation and general sexual health. Weight control. Excess fat, particularly around the abdomen, stores and produces estrogen. Reducing fat tissue can help both lower estrogen and enhance testosterone. Environmental exposure. Endocrine disruptors, called xenoestrogens, from everyday exposure to toxic estrogenic industrial chemicals, can mimic the effects of estrogen in a man’s body. These routinely appear in petrochemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, dairy products, meats, canned foods, personal care products and plastics. BisphenolA (BPA) in the lining of metal food cans is particularly dangerous.

Avoid microwaving foods in plastic containers, even when they are labeled as microwave-safe. Research medications. Dr. Eugene R. Shippen, co-author of The Testosterone Syndrome, states, “High-dose statin drugs used to lower cholesterol definitely lower testosterone levels and are high on the list of causes of erectile dysfunction.” Exercise. Physically inactive people lose up to 5 percent of their total muscle mass per decade. Exercise helps to lower estrogen levels and enhance testosterone levels.

Testosterone Supplements Past incorrect beliefs that testosterone replacement therapy causes prostate cancer left many medical practitioners reluctant to prescribe it. The latest scientific research shows that a healthy man does not increase the risk by raising his testosterone level to the normal biological range for his age. Renowned medical oncologist and prostate cancer researcher and survivor, Dr. Charles “Snuffy” Myers, has stated, “There is absolutely no hint that testosterone at high levels correlates with prostate cancer.” He founded the American Institute for

To find a local compounding pharmacy for natural bioidentical testosterone skin cream, as prescribed by a medical practitioner, visit Diseases of the Prostate, near Charlottesville, Virginia. Natural bioidentical testosterone cream labeled USP, for United States Pharmacopeia standard, is available at compounding pharmacies. Bioidentical means that a substance has the same chemical form as that produced by the human body. Other forms of testosterone therapy, including biweekly injections, skin patches and pills, typically employ synthetic chemicals that are similar, but not identical, to natural testosterone. Thus, such products are not completely recognizable by the body. About 15 years ago, bestselling author and hormone balancing expert Dr. John R. Lee published his startling conclusion that synthetic hormones











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Bridging Generational Divides A Conversation with John and Ocean Robbins by Linda Sechrist


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Ocean, how did you develop an identity independent of the family fortune and fame? Because my grandfather, the co-founder of Baskin-Robbins, was determined that my father would follow in his footsteps, my dad felt he had to rebel so that he could stand for his own values and pursue what he loved. My journey was different. Because my dad allowed me the opportunity to explore and discover who I wanted to be, I was free to focus my energy on rebelling against the


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pervasive social injustices of the world rather than rebelling against my parents. Although our strategies and ideas differ, my dad and I have congruent values and work together harmoniously. In my work with leaders and others in many nations, I stand in awe of the congruency in people’s core values across generations. When I ask the citizens of any country to describe the world they want to live in, they state many of the same things: clean air and water, freedom to practice their faith, the opportunity to eat good healthy food, and safe places for children to play. These values are inherent in a global dream of how the world could be.

John, how did the two of you shift from a parent/ child relationship into a partnership? Our rare and vibrant relationship is a product of challenging assumptions about the present dominating parent model. As adults, we are equal partners, although in Ocean’s dependent years, I played a fathering role in guiding him in the development of his capabilities. But even then, I didn’t

insist that he think like me or comply with my wishes for his life. I see myself as a guardian of Ocean’s spirit, rather than someone that is here to tell him what to do. In educating him about how to become a capable and self-sufficient adult, my part was to discern how to awaken his inner fire, draw out his inner wisdom, pique his curiosity and expand his capacity to learn. My role as a parent, and now as a friend, is to help my son achieve and fulfill his destiny by honoring his vision for his life. In remaining attentive to his natural talents and special gifts, we discern what he needs to continue growing into his personal power. Intergenerational collaboration such as we have requires a bridge built of shared values, love, mutual respect, trust and support. I am in awe of Ocean, who doesn’t just stand on my shoulders; he flies from them as a courageous humanitarian responsive to the needs our times, as well as being a wonderful father himself.

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Mow, Mow, Mow Your Lawn… Or Mow Less, Sustainably by Paul Tukey For some, mowing is the bane of summer; a choking, chugging chore to abhor. For others, it’s an artistic expression—the chance to maintain and admire a property’s carefully crafted aesthetic look while logging some laps around the lawn. Whether we enjoy it or prefer leaving the task to someone else, several considerations can make the experience less laborious, less polluting and even lighter on the budget as fuel prices rise.

Start high and stay high. Resist the The U.S. Environmental temptation to mow the family lawn to resemble a closely shaved golf green. Protection Agency reports Far better results are achieved by adjusting the machine’s blade to the top setthat a single hour of operting and leaving it there until after Labor Day. Taller grass in the spring shades the ating a new gas-powered surface of the soil, so that crabgrass and lawn mower emits the same other weed seeds can’t sprout as much. High levels in the summer conserve volume of volatile organic moisture and encourage deep root growth, so that the lawn becomes more compounds and nitrogen drought-tolerant. oxides as 11 new cars, each The fastest way to harm a lawn is by mowing too low—less than three inches driven for one hour. for most grass species. Exceptions are Bermuda grass or seashore paspalum in the South, or bent grass in the North, all of which do best when mowed at one to two inches high. Fertilize naturally. Organic fertilizers derived from plant or animal byproducts work with the soil’s biology to feed the lawn slowly and evenly. Leave the grass clippings on the lawn, which quickly biodegrade to provide more free, natural lawn food.

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hen Jeanna Freeman vacationed at Earthshine Mountain Lodge, in Lake Toxaway, North Carolina, she wasn’t sure what to expect. Touted as a “techno-amenityfree property,” it specializes in off-thegrid getaways (, meaning no in-room TV and a chance to digitally detox. Guests are encouraged to ditch their cell phones and laptops in favor of a zip line adventure through the Smoky Mountains forest canopy and laid back log cabin informality. “Honestly, it was exhilarating being away from my cell phone,” admits Freeman, an interior designer from Collierville, Tennessee. “I hadn’t felt that good and ‘connected’ in a long time. I didn’t realize how much I needed that.” Her experience highlights the new buzzwords and phrases in vacation travel: unplug, reconnect, digital detox and healthy escape. What is it about


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unplugging that seems so refreshing and like an ideal vacation? Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, explains that, “Using the Internet pushes us to a skimming and scanning form of thinking.” He occasionally unplugs to recover his attention span, noting, “A lot of our deepest thoughts only emerge when we’re able to pay attention to one thing.” For memoirist Pico Iyer, author of The Man Within My Head, “The urgency of slowing down—to find the time and space to think—is nothing new.” What is new is figuring out workable definitions of stillness and movement when we spend a lot of our time physically still, but mentally in motion. A noted travel writer for 20 years, Iyer likes to stay at monasteries around the world. He concludes, “Wiser souls have always reminded us that the more attention we pay to the moment, the

MJ Goff was on a magazine writing assignment the first time she visited the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, New York ( As a student of New Age theories and a potential yoga teacher, Goff says she welcomed the opportunity to learn more. Once she attended the women’s retreat she was researching, she was hooked. “Every year since, I find myself being drawn to Omega for its promotion of meditation and overall encouragement of ‘staying in the present,’” she says. “All the programs stem from one mission: to keep us on the right path.” Talks by internationally known speakers such as Joan Borysenko, Eckhart Tolle, Harville Hendrix and Daniel Amen are complemented by sessions in nurturing creativity, holistic health, and yoga practice. “People smile, but also keep to themselves,” explains Goff. “It’s a place for quieting your mind.” For shorter getaways, Hay House, headquartered in Carlsbad, California, sponsors weekend I Can Do It! seminars in various cities ( Speakers such as Louise Hay, Gregg Braden, Wayne Dyer and Caroline Myss help attendees nudge closer to making milestone transformations, consciousness shifts and progress on their healing journeys. Sometimes, personal growth simply involves sufficient quiet time to walk, contemplate and reconnect with our muse. “The real meaning of the word ‘retreat’ in the spiritual sense,” says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk, “is stepping back. When one steps back, one gets a better view of the world, others and our deepest self.” Iyer finds solace at New Camaldoli Heritage, a Benedictine community amidst the rugged terrain of Big Sur, California (

More than 2,000 monasteries and other spiritual communities throughout North America offer off-the-beaten-path retreats at reasonable prices and generally welcome guests of all religions and spiritual practices. The one requirement is that guests not disturb others. At Ghost Ranch, in the high desert of Abiquiu, New Mexico, “The scenery alone is spiritual and healing,” relates Nancy Early, a New York film producer. Under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church, activities encourage individual and social transformation ( Early says the best part is, “There’s one pay phone, and cell phones don’t work here; no TV or radio. You walk away from everything that controls your life.”

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Sometimes the healthy escape we seek can be found at a destination spa, which combines enough structure to slowly wean us from daily busyness with sufficient soothing, quiet spaces and physical nurturing. For Debbie Phillips—who spends part of the year in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and the other part in Naples, Florida—one visit to a spa was all it took. As an executive and life coach, Phillips founded Women on Fire in 2003 to connect her “on fire” clients with each other via regional meetings and a free online newsletter, and discovered that the condition sometimes crosses the line into overwork. “My first visit to a spa more than 20 years ago was when I first learned about the life-changing benefits of taking better care of myself. In addition to the soothing amenities, the peace, calm and quiet usually found at a spa—space to think, nap, read a book or gaze into the sky—often results in ‘less’ becoming ‘more’ in your life,” Phillips says. “I have returned home feeling lighter and brighter and even more excited for what is next. The experience gave me just the boost I needed to keep going.” Recently, Phillips discovered simple techniques to nurture herself all year long by attending a breathing and meditation class at the Lake Austin Spa, in Texas. “Now I start each day with long, deep breaths before I

even get out of bed,” she says. “It is so simple, so calming and establishes my day with peace.” Virginia Nelson, a San Diego, California, attorney, likewise revels in her twice-yearly visits to Canyon Ranch, in Tucson, Arizona. “The pace in southern California is like running a marathon every day. My visits serve as respites that have allowed me to keep up with it this long. “I first went in 1991 and saw a place to go and cocoon,” recounts Nelson, “but I also discovered incredible fitness and education classes.” The spa is essentially a reset button for her. “It’s rest, rejuvenation and reinvention.” Canyon Ranch has several U.S. locations ( Some facilities feature niche mind/body experiences, such as the psychic massage or chakra balancing at Mii Amo Spa, in Sedona, Arizona ( Others specialize in holistic wellness. Tucson’s Miraval Resort, in Arizona, offers an integrative wellness program guided by Dr. Andrew Weil (Tinyurl. com/6p2l237). Chill-out spa services like a hot stone massage are often balanced by breath walking, qigong or desert tightrope walking.

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Finding a clear stillpoint of one’s soul can also occur while moving and challenging our bodies. Exercise helps us break through not only physical boundaries, but emotional and spiritual barriers, as well. Barbara Bartocci, a long-distance cycler and author of Meditation in Motion, maintains that moving keeps both our brains and bodies healthier. “Research at The University of Arizona found that regular exercise appears to preserve key parts of the brain involved in attention and memory,” she notes. “It is well known that exercise helps to reduce anxiety, allay depression and generally improve mood, by prompting our bodies to release more endorphins.” Bartocci has experienced the power of these connections firsthand. “Active vacations are truly transformative,” she says emphatically. “When I bicycled across Iowa on RAGBRAI [The Des

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eaten at some wonderful restaurants, the soups we made with those rations tasted better than anything I have eaten in my life,” he says. Murphy learned how to purify water, make a tent from his poncho, start a fire with minimal tools and bed down in the cold without a sleeping bag or blanket. A crucial part of the survival training was the need to go even further when the group thought their adventure had ended. “We didn’t know whether that would be in 10 miles or 30,” he recalls. His ability to physically push past the mentally established timeframe led Murphy to see that he could also move beyond his either/or boundaries: either family or business; either business or adventure. “I realized that I don’t have to choose one over the other. I feel a better sense of balance now.” In other parts of the country, Outward Bound Adult Renewal also offers new experiences that test physical limits and present breakthrough opportunities ( It’s also known for programs that help teens get a better handle on life. Participants often rock climb the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia or sea kayak along the Pacific Northwest or North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Options for growth and renewal appear endless. Nearby or far away, for a few days or longer, a healthy escape can be truly restorative. Judith Fertig regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.


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After opening the first parkour and freerunning gym at Primal Fitness, in D.C., in 2006, APK expanded to locations in Gainesville, Florida, and San Antonio, Texas. All offer an introductory session, full supervised parkour curriculum, boot camps, women-specific classes, summer camps and freerunning classes. Toorock co-created and co-produced Jump City: Seattle, eight, one-hour parkour action shows to introduce more people to the concept ( Other fitness centers that now focus on parkour include: Base Fitness, in Noblesville, Indiana; Apex Movement, outside of Denver; Parkour Visions, in Seattle; Miami Freerunning, in Florida; and Fight or Flight Academy, in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. More clubs are getting up to speed nationwide, with the San Antonio parks and recreation department currently adding a parkour park.

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Follow the rules on float trips. Invisible camping techniques involve the use of fire pans, portable toilets, proper disposal of dishwashing water and the like. A use-appropriate river permit will have clear instructions on minimumimpact techniques that when practiced, become a habit.

The Rugged Outdoors Requires Gentle Manners by Dave Foreman


or centuries, Americans that know how to live close to the land have traveled comfortably in wild country by using the resources of the wilderness. But today there are so many people out tramping around the last tiny areas of isolated, fragmented and injured wilderness that we can’t afford to play mountain man anymore; we have to tread more softly, out of respect and generosity of spirit toward the land and its wild inhabitants. Many books give helpful detailed instruction on low-impact trekking and camping techniques, but here are a few guidelines: Stay on designated switchbacks. Shortcutting across switchbacks on a trail causes erosion just as surely as loggers hauling trees upslope.


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The land we now call the United States of America was once a wilderness paradise, vibrant and diverse, cyclical, yet stable, pure and unpolluted, with a diversity and abundance of life that staggers the imagination. Today, the American wilderness is under continual attack by humans and vanishing rapidly. Activists at want to reverse this trend. Think before voiding. Locate designated toilet facilities and use them. On the trail, bag toilet paper and carry it out to a proper disposal site or safely burn it in a campfire. Human feces are a pollutant if not properly buried in a cat hole dug a few inches into the soil and thoroughly covered. Dig and dispose away from temporarily dry watercourses, camp-

Dress dully. The wilderness is no place for fluorescent colors on a tent, backpack or clothing. Wear khaki or lightcolored clothing (some say yellow is best) to discourage mosquitoes, which hone in on dark colors (especially blue), color contrast and movement. Avoid hunting areas in designated seasons.

Don’t camp by water in deserts. If we plop down and set up housekeeping at a rare water source, wildlife that counts on drinking from there will be repelled and may die from dehydration. Camp at least a quarter of a mile (farther is better) from isolated water sources. Keep pollutants away from waterways. Don’t wash dishes, clean fish, take a bath or introduce soap, grease or other pollutants (biodegradable or not) into backcountry streams, lakes, potholes or springs. Swimming (not soaping up) in well-watered areas is usually harmless. Leave native wildlife and natural objects intact. Many plants and animals are imperiled; in part, because of collection and sales of nature’s artifacts. Leave fossils, crystals and other treasures, including petroglyphs and potsherds, in place. Finally, drive slowly in wilderness areas to protect wildlife crossing access roads. Dave Foreman is co-author of The Big Outside Revised Edition and founder of The Rewilding Institute, headquartered in Albuquerque, NM (

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On the Road Without Weight Gain How to Eat Healthy, Away From Home by Melinda Hemmelgarn


ealth-conscious and sustainably minded folks know how challenging it can be to eat well on the road. Most restaurants dotting interstates and airports offer supersized portions of soulless, processed foods, devoid of satisfying whole-food goodness or regional flair. They’re more like a drive-by shoot up of fat, sodium and sweeteners. Yet it is possible to find healthy foods while traveling, given a little preplanning that can add fun and excitement to the adventure. Whatever the mode of transportation, follow these tips from seasoned registered dietitians to feel fit, trim and happy while out and about for business or pleasure.

Bring Food: Number One Rule of the Road Once we feel hunger pangs, we’re more likely to eat whatever’s within arm’s reach, so for driving trips, take a cooler of healthy options that are kind to hips and waistlines. If flying, pack non-perishable snacks in a carry-on bag. Diana Dyer, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based dietitian and organic farmer, has logged thousands of miles travelling


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Dyer rejects hotel breakfast buffets too, which typically offer low-fiber, highly processed fare. Instead, she packs her own organic rolled oats, dried fruits, nuts and green tea. Then, all she needs is the hotel’s hot water to stir up a fortifying, satisfying, health-protecting breakfast. Hotel rooms with mini-refrigerators make it easy to store perishable items. If a fridge is unavailable, use the in-room ice bucket to keep milk, yogurt and cheese at a safe temperature. When road-tripping with children, a cooler will save money and time and provide a tasty and energizing on-the-spot picnic for road-weary, hungry travelers. Remember to bring silverware, napkins, cups and a blanket or tablecloth. Roadside rest areas and community parks provide free access to picnic tables, clean restrooms and a place to romp and stretch (read: burn calories). Plus, Mother Nature’s entertainment surely beats a potentially dirty, plastic, fast-food play space. When it’s time to restock supplies, ask for directions to the closest supermarket, food co-op, natural foods grocery store or farmers’ market. Most are located close to major highways.

Many hotels have exercise rooms and swimming pools, but also ask for a walking map of the area to Seek Out Farm-Fresh Foods explore interesting sights and Regional, Ethnic Cuisine on foot. State and To find fresh fruits and vegetables while on the road, stop at state welcome national parks provide centers for free maps and guides to farm scenic and invigorating stands and farmers’ markets to enjoy the taste of healthy local seasonal flavors. hiking trails. Bring a Before Lebanon, New Hampshiredaypack for healthful based dietitian KC Wright goes on the snacks and water. road, she goes online to check departand speaking about “food as medicine.” Her secret: “I carry dried organic fruits and vegetables, organic granola bars, organic nuts and organic peanut butter.” Before arriving at her hotel, she’ll ask the cab driver to take her to a local food co-op to pick up organic fresh fruits, juice and yogurt. Dyer is adamant about organic food, no matter where she goes, because she doesn’t want to consume hormones, antibiotics and agricultural chemical residues, many of which contribute to weight gain, especially in combination with typically high-fat Western diets.

ment of agriculture websites for the states she’ll visit. She searches for both farmers’ markets and farm-to-restaurant programs. Also check a destination city’s calendar of events for regional and ethnic food festivals. The food won’t necessarily be low in calories, but will be high in the fun-factor. Simply share larger-than-life servings with travelling companions for the best of all worlds.

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Saturday, June 2

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

Sunday, June 3

Family Fun DAY – 11am-5pm. Studio Exhale and other local venders will come together for a day of fun. Free Yoga and Zumba classes and much more. All proceeds will benefit MS Dream Center. Free admission. Brayton Park, Brayton Way, Cranston. 401-383-0839. Shamanic Drum Healing – 1-3pm. Experience the power of the drum to connect with helping spirits to release energy blocks, promote healing and gain insight. Group format. $35. Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna. City Aiki, 200 Allens Ave, Providence. 401-439-3303.

Monday, June 4

Full Moon Yoga – 9-10pm. Brighten your practice with the energy of the full moon. Join us for a reflective, balancing class that aligns us with the natural rhythms of the season. All levels. $13. Studio Exahle, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

Tuesday, June 5

Out of the Box Networking Social – 5-7:30pm. Join us. Bringing the business, arts, events and wellness communities together to network in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Light appetizers, cash bar and door prizes. $5. Chelo’s Waterfront, 1 Masthead Dr, Warwick. 401-884-3000. Kundalini Yoga for All – 5:45-7:15pm. Each kundalini class is uniquely designed to practice innovative techniques that prompt increased blood flow and healing energy to address a wide range of issues. Wah Guru. $15 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio with Sat Siri Kaur, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston.

Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I tap on the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve blockages. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Wednesday, June 6

Andrew Harvey – June 6-10. 9am-4pm. In this celebrated approach to embodying spirit, renowned scholar-writer Andrew Harvey and devoted yoga teacher Karuna Erickson guide both new and experienced yoga practitioners in deepening spiritual practice. $625. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Friday, June 8

More than a Hike with Kathy Black – 9:30am12pm. This 2.36-mile moderate hike in western RI along the North-South Trail includes meditation, journaling and group coaching. Excellent self-care experience; snacks included. $20. Kathy Black Coaching: 401-286-5259.

Saturday, June 9

Saint Theresa Yard Sale – June 9 & 10. 8am-4pm, Sat; 9am-2pm, Sun. Held in the church hall. Kitchen will be open. Saint Theresa Church, 265 Stafford Rd, Tiverton. Intermediate IET – 9am-5pm. Strengthen your ability to clear energy imprints that affect the energy field. Develop your energy intuition. Help yourself and others with past life blockages. $250. Discounts may apply. Herbs and Angels, 1989A Plainfield Pike, Johnston. 401-383-2344. Magnified Healing® 3rd Phase – June 9 & 10. 9:30am-5:30pm. An advanced practitioners workshop open to all Magnified Healing 1st Phase Master-Teachers. Includes official 3rd Phase Manual & Certificate. $265. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.


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Spirit Expressions – 2-4pm. Healing through creative expression. In this workshop explore and play, using art, sound, movement, and journaling. Come journey with us. $40. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839. Art Opening: “Surreal Spiritual” – 5-9pm. Angelnook Gallery presents the group thematic exhibition “Surreal Spiritual.” This exhibition will focus on art inspired by artists’ interpretation of Surreal Spiritual. Free. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-6680.

Sunday, June 10

Laughter Yoga Workshop – 1:30-2:30pm. Breathe, laugh, and create social connections. Laughterinducing exercises increase the flow of oxygen, lifting your spirits and clearing your mind of negative thoughts. $10. Yoga Antara, 189 Governor St, Ste 103, Providence. 401-744-5316.

Monday, June 11

Summer Cooking Class Series - 6:30-8:30pm. Monday nights in June Chef Chris Oliveri hosts ‘A Summer Cooking Class Series” Most offerings suitable for vegetarians, vegans, gluten sensitive and celiacs, or for anyone who just loves delicious and nutritious all natural foods. $25/Pre-registration required. Back to Basics, 500 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-742-2044. 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, 215 Shady Lea Rd, Mill at Shady Lea Rm 204, North Kingstown. 401-924-0567.


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Ananda Meditation Workshop: Yogananda – 1-4pm. Relieve tension, feel happier, more at peace through meditation. Discover and explore your inner spiritual nature. Develop a more heart-centered way of life. All welcome. Suggested donation $25. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745.




Reiki Level II Certification Class – 11am-5pm. Continue your journey with Reiki. Receive level 2 attunement. Learn 3 Reiki symbols and how to use them. Advanced Japanese Reiki techniques. Full information packet. $195. Pathways to Healing, Bobbie Schaeffer. 401-287-4093.

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Lose Weight with Food and Love – 11am-12pm. Learn how reaching your optimal weight is not about diet and exercise. Register on website by going to Online Scheduling. $25. Holistic Health RI, Tracey LeBeau, 5784 Post Rd, Ste 5, East Greenwich. 401-527-0281. (Central RI and beyond) Tim @ 401-921-5060

Tuesday, June 12

Balancing Act: Family, Fitness, Food – 6-9pm. 2 hours of raw food prep with RAW foods inc. focusing on foods for the whole family. 1 hr yoga: 30-min partner yoga poses for you & kids, 30-min detox poses. $60. OM Kids, 999 Main St, Ste 702, Pawtucket. 401-626-7059. Shamanic Drum Healing – 7-9pm. Experience the power of the circle and rhythm of the drum to connect with helping spirits to release energy blocks, promote and gain insight. Group format $35. Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna. The Soul Purpose, 1225 GAR Hwy, Swansea, MA. 774-264-1329.

Wednesday, June 13

Life Drawing Workshop – 5-7pm. Drawing Workshop with a live model. We provide the model, studio, drawing tables and some easels. Please get here a little early to set up. Bring supplies and skills. $10. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-6680. Power of Juicing – 5:45-7:30pm. Discover the amazing health benefits of juicing and how to incorporate a juicing regimen into your day as well as advice on how to select the best juicer for your needs. Demonstration, sampling, and recipes. $29. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Gay Men’s Meditation Group – 7-8pm. Relax and Connect: the Gay Men’s Meditation meets once per month and explores a variety of different meditation styles. Connect with others through the spiritual. $10. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-265-7720.

Thursday, June 14

Meditation/Reiki Healing – 7-8:15pm. Experience a state of harmonious silence, peace and relaxation. This meditation will have a Reiki healing altar, bring pictures of loved ones that need prayer and healing. $15. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Spiritual Cinema Showing The Way – 7-9pm. The Way is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. 5 Rhythms – 7:30-9pm. Gabrielle Roth’s movement map. Come to dance, shed and sweat your prayers in this supportive yet spiritual practice. “Do you have the discipline to be a free spirit?” $13. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

Saturday, June 16

A Day with the Angels – 9:30am-3pm. Angels are mentioned in most ancient and sacred texts throughout the world. Come learn about Guardian Angels, Archangels and how we can connect with them. Lunch break 12-1pm. $75, materials, attunement & meditation. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Avenue, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278. Reiki I Certification Workshop – 9:30am-4pm. Begin your journey with Reiki, a gentle hands-on energy modality to help heal your life. Attunement to Reiki I, hands-on practice, tons of info/handouts/lunch included. $135. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397.

Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I tap on the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve blockages. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Reiki Level 1 Certification Class – 11am-5pm. Learn this gentle Japanese hands on healing technique to heal yourself and others. Includes history of Reiki, attunement, hand placements and more. Information packet. $135. Pathways to Healing, Bobbie Schaeffer. 401-287-4093.

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Sunday, June 17

Free Friday Chair Massage – 11am-2pm. Stop by for a free 15-minute chair massage. 1st come, 1st served. Get the kinks out for the weekend. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, Barrington Medical & Professional Center, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652.

Yoga for Beginners Workshop – 1-2:30pm. If you’re new to yoga and want to take some of the mystery out of it, or you have an established practice and just want to get back to the basics, this one’s for you. $15. Yoga Antara, 189 Governor St, Ste 103, Providence. 401-744-5316.

Monday, June 18

Traditional Thai Massage Class – June 18-22. 9am-5:30pm. A 4-day training offering 32 NCBTMB CEs. Class size limited to 4 people. Save $50 if register by June 4. Korp khun kop. $600. Rolf Bodyworks, 321 Valley View Rd, Sterling, CT. Register: 860-617-1234. Business Development Workshop – 4-6pm. Business Development for the Holistic Practitioner seeking to grow their practice. Learn how to gain more clients and build lasting relationships. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, Barrington Medical & Professional Center, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. Info & RSVP: 401-437-1652. Drumming Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Come join our Drumming Circle as we meditate, journey, and send loving, healing energy out to the world. Bring your own drum. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, Barrington Medical & Professional Center, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652. Energetic Space Clearing Workshop – 6:30-9pm. Informational workshop. Learn how to shift energy within you to create a peaceful body and mind. Also, learn to clear the space where you live/work to create sacred space. $30. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Tuesday, June 19

Summer Solstice Yoga in the Park – 6-7:30pm. Innerlight Center for Yoga’s instructor Patti Confort will cover breathing, warm-up, basic postures and relaxation for all levels. Held in the Quarry Meadow. Free. Ballard Park, Hazard & Wickham rds, Newport. 401-619-3377. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I tap on the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve blockages. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Wednesday, June 20

Open House – 5:30am-10pm. Come workout for the day on us. Anyone can come and workout for free any time during gym hours. Free. Boston Sports Club, 131 Pitman St, Providence. For more info, Katie: 401-351-2449 or

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Saturday, June 23

Create A Balanced Life… The Power In You – 9am-12:30pm. Introducing “The Reflected Self,” learn how to heal your body, mind and soul, and become more empowered to create the authentic life you want. $45. Optimal Health Group, Jennifer Beauregard, 901 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-884-1757. Drawing Workshop with a Live Model – 5-7pm. We provide the model, studio, drawing tables and some easels. Please get here a little early to set up. Bring supplies and skills. Free. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-6680.

Thursday, June 21

Messages from the Divine with Gladys – 6:308:30pm. Come experience the power of Divine Guidance. Receive messages from Guardian Angels, Archangels and the dearly departed in this special gallery style event. $35. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. Please RSVP: 401-935-8451. 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. Group Manifesting for the Earth – 7-9pm. Join us as we set out to manifest with the Earth. Meditation, visualizations and intent will be used to infuse peace and love and commune with the Earth Mother. $15. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Friday, June 22

Brother Gregorio, Phillipino Healer – June 22-24. 10am-5pm. Gregorio works at the request of Mother Mary. Humbly accepting appointments Fri, Sat, Sun only. Sessions are approx 45 min. See bio at $150/session. Light Soul Therapy, Jackie Van Dusen, 102Woodbine Rd, Wakefield. 401-284-0363. Holistic Healing Open House – 6-9pm. Start the summer off enjoying free refreshments and door prizes. Meet the Holistic Practitioners and sample some of the varied services offered. Free. 194 Waterman Ave, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-287-4044. Sitting Relaxed with Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. Learn how to energize and stretch while sitting at your desk. Chair yoga can release stress and restore energy while you are enjoying your break. $10. Waves of Wellness, 155 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-480-1934.

Advanced IET – 9am-5pm. What is your soul’s mission? Activate the energy of your soul’s purpose with the Soul Star Clearing technique. Bring to life the joy of what you are here to share. $300. Discounts may apply. Herbs and Angels, 1989A Plainfield Pike, Johnston. 401-383-2344. Reiki Master Practitioner (ART) – 9:15am4:15pm. Must be certified at level II (2nd degree). Use of the master symbol and Reiki Grid will be taught. For all being called to take this magical energy to the Master level. $300, manual, certificate & grid. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278. Reiki II Certification Workshop – 9:30am-4pm. Learn three powerful Reiki symbols to use and activate. Become attuned to Usui Reiki II; detailed instructions, ample time for hands-on practice; lunch included. $175. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. Usui Reiki Certification, Level 1 – 10am-5pm. Learn Reiki, a gentle hands-on energy therapy. Learn hand positions, energy principles. Hand outs and manual as well as plenty of practice time. $150. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. Revealed Screening – 6-8pm. An evening with Scott Indermaur and the screening of Revealed. Including the book signing of the new book Revealed: Personal visions of Transformation and Discovery. $5. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-6680.

Sunday, June 24

Sacred Drumming Circle – 3-5pm. Bring a drum, bells, singing bowls or any creation of sound to relax, rejuvenate and be free. $10. Waves of Wellness, 155 Park Ave, Cranston. RSVP: 401-475-5286. Summer Solstice Drum Circle – 6-7pm. Join us to honor the season and focus on healing for the community and earth. Bring drums and rattles, some available to share. No experience necessary, all ages. Donation appreciated. Katharine Rossi, The Space To Be, 215 Shady Lea Rd, room 200, North Kingstown. 401-924-0567.

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Tuesday, June 26

Reiki Healers Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Support for Reiki Practitioners of all levels. Join us for an evening of meditation, healing and giving/receiving Reiki. Come relax, renew and energize. $10. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Wednesday, June 27

New Chapter’s Christopher Matheson, Trainer & Educating Specialist – 3-5:30pm. Christopher will be available to answer your nutritional questions, help advise you on your supplement regimen and share his knowledge of New Chapter’s superior quality. Free. Nature’s Goodness, 510 E Main Rd, Middletown. 401-847-7480. Life Drawing Workshop – 5-7pm. Drawing Workshop with a live Model. We provide the model, studio, drawing tables and some easels. Please get here a little early to set up. Bring supplies and

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Reiki Share – 12:30-2pm. This is an opportunity to share Reiki and healing energies with a group of people. Anyone can participate. RSVP required to attend. $5 donation requested. Elizabeth Ami RN, BSN,RMT, 194 Waterman Ave, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-287-4044. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I tap on the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve blockages. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. Introduction to Mindfulness: Part 1 – 7-9pm. 4-wk class. Meditation, body scan, and gentle yoga are effective tools that can support your wellbeing. Learn ways to develop a steady practice to deeply support mental, physical, and emotional health. $125 includes 4 classes and materials. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

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Green Up Your Diet – 6:30-8pm. A fun and informative nutrition workshop on the benefits of adding greens to your diet. Sample and take home recipes for chocolate mocha shake and ginger mint spritzer. $25. Warwick. LBT Women’s Meditation – 7-8pm. De-stress and express yourself fully in the company of other women as we explore a variety of different meditation styles and techniques. All levels of experience welcome. $10. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-265-7720.

Friday, June 29

Yoga on the Beach: Goddard Park – 6:30-7:30pm. Everyone is welcome. This will be a gentle yoga class. Embrace nature’s gift of warm sun and ocean breeze. Weather permitting contact the studio to register. $5. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Gay Men’s Spiritual Coaching Group – 7-8pm. Establish powerful, long-lasting spiritual connections and create a spiritual practice that fits who you are. Create your own goals to work on for the next meeting. $20. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-265-7720. Angelic Connection – 7:30-8:30pm. Learn a daily self-healing practice. Connect with the healing angels and release negative energy while restoring a positive energetic connection. RSVP. $10. Waves of Wellness, 155 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-480-1934.

Saturday, June 30

Open House – 7am-8pm. Come workout for a day on us. Anyone can come workout for free anytime during gym hours. Free. Boston Sports Club, 131 Pitman St, Providence. For more info, Katie: 401-351-2449. Horses Know the Way Home - 9am-3pm. Let Brian Reid and his horse Brenda Lee show you how to use the natural power of the horse in order to release the lines that bind you, so you can move towards what is beautiful and fall in love with your life. $99. Horses Know the Way Home, 683 Tower Hill Rd, North Kingstown. 401-835-0216.

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 CEs. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Sound Therapy Workshop – 9:30am-6pm. Also July 1, 9:30am-3:30pm. Exploring Sound Therapy through ancient solfeggio frequencies. Learn about the relationship between the chakras, colors, sound frequencies and the 6 elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether and Light. $299. Dr Karen Kelly, The Barn, 297 Fry Pond Rd, West Greenwich. 251-943-8883. A Moving Exploration of the 5 Vayus – 10am12pm. A moving exploration of the 5 Vayus can also be called “slow motion prana yoga.” Workshop will have you up, down, in, out, and all over the place. $35. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Manifest with Creative Play – 10am-12pm. Have fun while manifesting your future. Using improv, props, visualization and lots of laughter we will work as a group to manifest our goals. Choose one goal to work on. $25. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. The Eight-Limbed Path of Yoga – 2-6pm. Patanjali offers all of us a simple methodology to remember with ease our natural birthright of peace and understanding. $65. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Conquering 5 Major Energetic Blocks – 4-6pm. Tim Anderson, a Certified Life Coach and Energy leadership Master-Practitioner will be discussing 5 energetic blocks that keep us from accessing our full potential. $25. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-6680.

Monday, July 16

Martial Arts Summer Camp – July 16-20. 12:304:30pm. Join us for Martial Arts classes, strategic games, arts & crafts, and snacks and lunch. Fun half-day camp available to all kids aged 5-12. Reasonable cost. Call now. $40/day. Ask for sibling discount. Main Street Martial Arts, 1282 N Main St, Providence. 401-274-7672.

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Accessing the Point of Love and SelfEmpowerment - 9:15-10:30am. With visiting Australian interfaith minister and recording artist Phil Jones. Lesson focuses on accessing the deep subconscious mind through spirit, breath, primordial sound, and harmonic resonance. Interactive workshop following service. Serivce/Free, $20/Workshop. Concordia, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

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Hatha Flow – 9-10:15am. Hatha yoga means to unite the mind, body, spirit. Hatha flow is a combination of breath work, postures and mindfulness to attain inner peace and happiness. $15/drop-in or class cards. Body Magic, 495 Hope St, Bristol. 401-743-8490. 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 the Science of Mind. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Ananda Sunday Satsang – 10am-12pm. Join us Sunday mornings for Meditation, Chanting, Inspiration and Satsang (fellowship) and potluck lunch. Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Everyone 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. Refreshments served. Call for an appointment time. 2845 Post Road, Ste 212, Warwick. $80. Karen: 401-368-8878. Reflexology Party With Friends – 10am-4pm. Book a “Girls Night Out” party and receive a free reflexology session for yourself. Your choice (reflexology, Reiki or acupressure). $20. For details, Karen: 401-368-8878. Sunday Meditation – 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. $8/class; free for members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. F.L.Y. (First Love Yourself) – 6-7:30pm. 3rd Sun. A new woman’s social gathering. Connect with other woman for support, insight, friendship. New topics decided as a group. $5. For details, Karen: 401-368-8878.


Sunrise Yoga – 6-7:30am. Also Friday. We have a beautiful space to practice calming the mind; toning the body for leaner looking and feeling great. Yoga practice compliments everything you do (balance & focus). Donation. Prema Yoga, 127 Pocasset Ave, Providence. 401-390-5419. Amrit Yoga Level 1 Sequence – 5:15-6:45pm. Repetition over time of 26 postures in this strong series is a mantra for focusing body and mind, increasing strength, flexibility and serenity. Not suitable for beginners. $15 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio with Nitya, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Mat Pilates Sculpt – 5:30-6:30pm. This class strengthens the “power house.” Pilates sculpt incorporates weights, fitness circle, bands and more for lean muscle definition. Certified Pilates instructors. $15. Body Magic, 495 Hope St, Bristol. 401-743-8490.

Tai Chi Chuan - 6-7:30pm. Come learn tai chi chuan. A soft, internal Chinese martial art for overall well being, health and self defense. $50/month 1 weekly class. Attleboro School of Tai Chi Chuan, 104 County St., Attleboro, MA. 508-930-4127. Deeksha Oneness Blessing – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Mon. 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. Ananda Meditation Group – 8:15-9:15pm. Relieve tension, feel happier and more peace through meditation. Discover your inner spiritual nature. Donation. Meet at Simplify Yoga, 1050 Tiogue Ave (Rte 3), Coventry. Adam: 401-286-2345. More info: Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745.


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. $124/series of 8, $19/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 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 N Main St, Providence. 401-274-7672.

Group Meditation – 5:30-7pm. Manage stress, awaken intuition and connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization and sound. Bring a friend. $10 each. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. Register: 401-339-6092. Sadhana Yoga Basics – 6:15-7:30pm. This workshop will build a solid foundation toward understanding mind-body awareness through a connective flow. Students new to yoga or those revisiting will benefit. Drop In $8, Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills, Bldg 8, 1st fl, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Qivana Overview: Product Introduction & Compensation – 7-7:45pm. 3rd Tues. Find out why 10 Olympic Gold Medalists have joined Qivana to build a business. Come and see Qivana’s newest product, PRIME – nitric oxide activator. Spend 45 minutes to find out how you can get healthier and wealthier. Free. Holiday Inn Express, 901 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. The Happiness Course – Thru June 19. 7-8:30pm. Course will provide practical advice on how to transform your life by transforming your mind. Each class includes a short talk and two guided meditations. $10/class. Free for members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. Providence Laughter Club – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. 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.


Hope St Farmers’ Market – Opens Jun 6. 3-6pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Lippitt Park, 1059 Hope St, Providence. Sadhana Yoga Basics – 3:45-5pm. This workshop will build a solid foundation toward understanding mind-body awareness through a connective flow. Students new to yoga or those revisiting will benefit. Drop In $8, Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills, Bldg 8, 1st fl, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Yin & Yang Yoga – 3:45-5pm. A mixed level, slow flowing vinyasa class with deep attention to mindful alignments of body, mind and heart. With Jen Thomas. $15. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Candlelight Yoga – 4:30-6pm. Also on Friday. We have a beautiful space to practice calming the mind; toning the body for leaner looking & feeling great: Yoga practice compliments everything you do (balance and focus). Donation. Prema Yoga, 127 Pocasset Ave, Providence. 401-390-5419.

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Get Fit with Dr Cathy – 5-6pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. With Dr. Cathy Picard. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Yoga in the Park – 5:30-6:45pm. All levels yoga class held at Lippitt Park, on the corner of Blackstone Blvd & Hope St. In case of rain, class will be at Yoga Antara, 189 Governor St, Ste 103. By donation. Lippitt Park, Providence. 401-744-5316. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $124/series of 8, $19/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020. Tai Chi Chuan - 6-7:30pm. Come learn Tai Chi Chuan. A soft, internal Chinese martial art for overall well being, health and self defense. $50/month for 1 weekly class. Attleboro School of Tai Chi Chuan, 104 County St., Attleboro, MA. 508-930-4127. 4-Week Meditation Gathering – 6:30-7:30pm. Are you worth 60 min a week just for you? Give yourself this gift, guaranteed to feel the change, release stress and fear will take a back seat. $10. Light Soul Therapy, Jackie Van Dusen, 102Woodbine Rd, Wakefield. Pre-registration required: 401-284-0363. Resounding Heart Meditation Service – 7-8pm. Please join us as we raise our Vibration of Love in Sacred Sounds and Silence, Guided Meditation and Sacred Reading. Love offering. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.


Barre (Open Levels) – 9:30-10:30am. This conditioning class uses basic ballet technique, floor barre, and core exercises. Increase musicality, build strength, flexibility and challenge the mind-body. $8/drop-in; Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st fl, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 9:45-11:15am. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $124/series of 8, $19/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020. 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™ – 11am-12pm. Need to move? Stiff, tight, or tense? Gentle, effective, innovative approach to move your whole body fluidly. Slow down aging and enhance your fitness. Feel more free. $12, $10/seniors & students. Soulistic Arts – Focus Yoga Studio, 63 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich. 401-826-2020.


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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, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. Iyengar Yoga for Beginners – 5:30-7pm. A method of hatha yoga, iyengar yoga emphasizes postural alignment, props to facilitate learning and therapeutic sequences for specific conditions. $16, $14/students. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. 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, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. Meditation Group – 5:30-7pm. Manage stress, awaken intuition and connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization and sound. Bring a friend. $10 each. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. Register: 401-339-6092. Physical Fitness through Dance – 6:15-7:15pm. Burn calories and boost stamina from low impact cardio exercises, improve scores, and easy to follow dance combos. Let go and build confidence on the dance floor (wherever that may be). $8/drop-in; Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills, Bldg 8, 1st fl, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Just Breathe: Simply Meditate – 7-8pm. Simple one-hour long meditation classes for everyone. Each class includes a short talk and guided meditation. No meditation experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome. $8/class, free/members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. Hatha Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Mixed levels, beginners always welcome. New student specials 2 for $20. $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310.


Advanced Meditation – 11am-12pm. For those wanting to move deeper, visit with spirit guides, teachers, angels. Get answers. Create healing and forgiveness for self and others within your energy field. $10/session. Light Soul Therapy, Jackie Van Dusen, 102Woodbine Rd, Wakefield. 401-284-0363. Tai Chi Chuan - 6-7:30pm. Come learn Tai Chi Chuan. A soft, internal Chinese martial art for overall well being, health and self defense. $50/month for 1 weekly class. Attleboro School of Tai Chi Chuan, 104 County St., Attleboro, MA. 508-930-4127. Beginning Bagua and Xingyi – 6-8pm. Enrollment is open for Xingyi at 6pm, and Bagua at 7pm. These are internal style Chinese martial arts for health, strengthening, and self-defense. $210/3 months. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 435-6502.

Group Energy Healing – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Friday. Experience powerful healing energy from intuitive healer Kim Testa. Come experience why this is such a popular event. $20. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Spanda Beats! Drum & Music Circle – 7:308:30pm. 1st Friday of every month for a musical gathering at a new yoga studio. Bring your drum, guitar, ukele, or voice, anything goes. Raise the vibration. Free. Island Heron, 42 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411.


Tai Chi Chuan - 8-9:30am. Come learn Tai Chi Chuan. A soft, internal Chinese martial art for overall well being, health and self defense. $50/month for 1 weekly class. Attleboro School of Tai Chi Chuan, 104 County St., Attleboro, MA. 508-930-4127. Ananda Meditation Group – 9am. Start the weekend in the peace and joy of guided meditation and chanting. Join Kelly & Adam. All welcome. Donation. Meet at 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N Kingston. 401-667-7315. More info: Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Mount Hope Farmers’ Market – 9am-12pm. Mount Hope Market is a year-round Farmers’ Market located at the historic Mount Hope Farm in Bristol. Bring the family, shop for local food, & walk the beautiful grounds. Free. Mount Hope Farm, 250 Metacom Ave, Bristol. 401-254-1745. Hope St Farmers’ Market – Opens Jun 6. 9am1pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Lippitt Park, 1059 Hope St, Providence. Mat Pilates Sculpt – 9:30-10:30am. This class strengthens the “power house.” Pilates Sculpt incorporates weight, fitness circle, bands for lean muscle definition. Certified Pilates instructors. $15. Body Magic, 495 Hope St, Bristol. 401-743-8490. Kids’ Kung Fu – 10am-12pm. Ages six to twelve at 10am. Kindergarten kung fu: ages three to five at 11am. $180/3 months. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 435-6502. Creative Writing Workshops – 10am-4pm. For adults. Amherst Writers & Artists method. Scenic area. Emerson MFA leader. All levels welcome. Select Saturdays June-September. $100 each, free to recent veterans. Little Compton. Inquiries: Prenatal Yoga: All levels – 10:45am-12pm. Through gentle strengthening, stretching and breath exercises, expectant mothers explore the changes their bodies are undergoing and prepare for childbirth and mothering. $16, $14/students. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. Yoga in the Park – 11:30am-12:45pm. All levels yoga class held at Lippitt Park, on the corner of Blackstone Blvd & Hope St. In case of rain, class will be held at Yoga Antara, 189 Governor St, Ste 103. By donation. Lippitt Park, Providence. 401-744-5316.

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Dr. Shawna E.M. Snyder 170 Aquidneck Avenue Middletown, RI 02842 401-297-1642 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 27.

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

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Jessica Ferrol, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, PKS, E-RYT Life Essentials Wellness Center 39 Broad Street, Pawcatuck, CT Women and Infants Integrative Wellness Center 33 Valley Rd, Middletown, RI 401-323-4638 CommunityAyurvedicHerbaliStcom Our intention is to bring the natural healing wisdom of Ayurveda to you, your loved ones and our communities. Through one-onone consultation, herbal supplements & workshops, our services are for anyone wanting to feel healthier, stronger and more content with life. Ayurvedic and Herbal Consultation services offered.

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Dr. Belinda Mobley Briarwood Plaza 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA 508-336-0408 Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. At Mobley Family Chiropractic we use gentle but specific chiropractic techniques to locate and remove the barriers to true health and have a variety of options to assist you on the Rd to better health and vitality. See ad on page 23.

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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 39.

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.

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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.


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Katharine A. Rossi

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 & disease.  Facilitating the very deep healing energies of Reconnective Healing, The Reconnection & Sacred Stone Massage, the body/mind begins it’s transformation to healing and wholeness. Private Self Mastery sessions & group Meditation gatherings accelerate the healing process.  Call today for free 20 min. phone consult.  I would love to speak with you. See website for more info.

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

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 43.

holistic guidance Angel Whispers Rhode Island

917 A Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 401-741-2278

Massage Envy Spa has partnered with Dr. Murad, of Murad International, to create four signature facials. Sun damage, acne blemishes, reducing signs of aging, or calming sensitive skin, we have a facial designed for you. Full consultation to ensure that you are receiving the treatment that is best suited for your skin care needs. Appointments are available 7 days a week, including evenings. See ad on page 3.

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.

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.

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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 27.

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 43.


interfaith minister

Sylvia Collins


Reiki Master & Teacher Warwick, RI 401-921-4397

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 10.

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.

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.


“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 39.

therapeutic massage Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

Innisfree Body Works

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.

pet foods

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!

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

Pet Foods Plus

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.

The Heart of My Hands

Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 •

hypnosis Mark Ashley motivational hypnotist & consultant

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.

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 47.

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.

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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.

cathryn moskow, lcmt

145 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-808-0837 “Stress Buster” Massage, “Best of Boston”. Put your aches & pains into my hands - over 10,000+ massages since 1993. Therapeutic muscular therapy for chronic issues pain relief, range of motion issues, age related issues, athletic injury, pregnancy massage. Deep tissue, Swedish, BioDynamics, Reiki. Gift Certificates available. Call me for appointment.

Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our commmunity. For more information call 401-709-2473 wellness center Village Wellness Center Heart in Hand Massage Therapy 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 6.

Wonderful Body & Energy Work


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

Chris Belanger


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.

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 36.

wellcare collaborative

yoga and holistic health center



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

315 Main St • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126

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 39.

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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