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ummertime is in full swing. It’s that time of year that we New Englanders wait for all year. Of course there are the old staple of summer fun like beach going, picnics, and cookouts that bring an awful lot of joy to us, but there is something more to this time of year. People walk with a little more spring in their step. Our street is filled with walkers and joggers, and activities like hiking, canoeing, swimming and much more keep us all a little healthier inside and out. The birds are rampant in our back yard and everything is alive. Even our pets know it’s a good time to be outside. The cats watch our bird feeder intently (we call it kittyvision). It’s another season that brings joy to my heart. Don’t miss an opportunity to gaze at the night sky, do yoga in the park, shop at a farmers market and just dream during this beautiful time of year. In our feature editorial this month, Simple Summer Pleasures by Clair O’Neil, we hear from some of the Natural Awakenings publishers across the country about what their favorite summertime treat is. It’s interesting to read the different experiences from all of our publishing family, and what stands out for them. We can all appreciate ice cream trucks, bike riding, and eating outside. It seems those memories are the same everywhere and yet each one is unique and hold special meaning to us. I’ve been thinking about this since our headquarters came up with the idea, and I had not been able to pin-point a single memory that I treasured as a favorite when it finally hit me – there is no one single memory that stands out because there are just too many of them! As I thought and thought on this, the one theme that was constant was being outside. Living in New England all my life, I really appreciate any and all opportunities to be outside. Even if it means wearing a winter coat in May because a Memorial Day party turned cold and we were determined to stay outside as long as we could, we did what we had to do to prolong the time outside. As always, a very special “Thank you,” goes to our expanding community of business partners, advertisers and distribution sites that make it possible for us to bring you this free magazine each month; none of this would be possible without them. Please consider supporting them whenever you shop for needed products and services—that’s how they know that this is the place to be.

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umford’s newest specialty focused dental practice, Rumford Dental, Inc., is now open in the heart of Rumford. Dr. Victoria Baeger started Rumford Dental, Inc. as a specialty dental practice to provide exceptional prosthodontic dentistry in a setting designed to meet every patient’s high expectations. This new, state-of-the-art practice uses all the latest dental technology: digital radiography to reduce the required radiation for x-ray images, green engineering to minimize the impact on the environment and energy-efficient lighting to give the most accurate tooth color matching possible. The office mission is to provide optimal dental health, function and beauty in a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment and all the staff takes great pride in meeting that goal. With five additional years of advanced dentistry training, including a specialty in prosthodontics, Baeger is able to address patients’ complex medical and dental issues. A particular area of interest for Baeger is oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. Patients who are concerned about their (or their partner’s) snoring or sleep issues are encouraged to speak with the doctor to see if a referral to a sleep specialist is warranted. Rumford Dental is located at 20 Newman Ave., Rumford. For more information, call 401-434-4304 or visit See ad on page 23.

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ive Proper Chiropractic is hosting a special Firefighters Appreciation Week in honor of firefighters and their families. From July 11 to July 17, new patients can receive an initial chiropractic visit, which includes a health history and consultation as well as an orthopedic and neurological exam, for a donation of $20 to the American Red Cross. “Firefighters truly provide such a special service to our community, but hard work can sometimes go unrewarded,” Dr. Luke Pinatello says Dr. Luke Pinatello, owner of Live Proper Chiropractic. “We would like to take this opportunity to show our appreciation for those men and women.” Also July 16, Pinatello, a board certified doctor of chiropractic and a certified health coach, will host a free lecture from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. for fibromyalgia and chronic pain sufferers and their family members. Pinatello, who has successfully treated many patients that were unable to find relief of symptoms through conventional medicine, will discuss a solution for people dealing with fibromyalgia and chronic pains. Live Proper Chiropractic is located at 77 Franklin St., Westerly. For more information, call 401-315-2300 or visit See ad on page 15.

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he Heart Spot, a new center offering yoga and healing arts for every body, is now open at 700 Greenville Avenue, in Johnston. Group yoga, stretching and body awareness classes will be offered for individuals at all levels. A variety of classes will be offered for beginners who may want to simply learn stretching techniques or perhaps begin an exploration of the many dimensions of yoga. More advanced yoga classes are offered for seasoned practitioners. Individual bodywork sessions are available, as well as individual or small group private yoga classes. The Heart Spot founders, Bobby Ducharme and Ann Ducharme, hope to provide a safe place for people in the community to explore their own expansion of consciousness as they contact the wisdom of their own bodies. Classes and individual sessions are geared toward one’s unique body situation, offering modifications wherever necessary to make the student’s personal practice safe. Students are encouraged to meet their edge, but to do so in a supportive and safe, comfortable way. The Heart Spot will provide a space for like-minded people to come together and explore issues important to the future of personal, community and global health. Several different meditation practices and other supportive workshops will be a part of the offerings for the first six months.

Fresh Face Offers Summer Skin Facial Most individuals look forward to summer, but it is important to remember that the skin requires special care in the summer months. According to Debby Votta, owner of Fresh Face Skincare Center, sweat and sunblock will clog the pores. Chlorine, saltwater and the sun will take away hydration, leaving the skin looking dry and dull. For the best of both worlds—the summer sun and great looking skin— Votta suggests a summer skin facial. Offered at Fresh Face, the summer skin facial includes cleansing and unclogging of the pores with steam and a gentle exfoliator. Hydration with the correct product will follow for health, glowing skin during the summer months. Fresh Face Skincare Center offers a wide variety of services including classic, clinical and organic facials; enhancements such as microdermabrasion and LED photo rejuvenation; waxing; make-up application; eyebrow and eyelash tinting; and more. During the month of July, get the summer skin facial treatment for $45. Mention Natural Awakenings and receive $5 off. Fresh Face Skincare Center at Avalon is located at 1221 Reservoir Avenue in Cranston. For more information, call 401-944-4601 or visit See ad on page 47.

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ince assuming the position of owner at BodySense Massage, a holistic wellness center located in Providence, Alberto Perez has evolved the center into a comprehensive wellness facility that provides a truly holistic approach toward clients’ bodies, minds and spirits. BodySense currently offers massage therapy, Reiki, reflexology and personal training. Perez says, “I believe that most people do not pay enough attention to their bodies, but through the proper fitness, bodywork, nutrition and guidance, most issues can be controlled if not remedied.” A long-time Providence resident, Perez is a nationally certified personal trainer who specializes in functional movement and corrective exercises. He has been ranked among the top five trainers throughout Town Sports International, a health club company in the Northeast that includes over 150 fitness facilities. He currently offers personal training services in his private studio inside BodySense. Clients are challenged in a variety of practical ways, working with kettle bells, TRX suspension training and their own bodyweight to reach their fitness goals. Perez says equal attention is placed on developing a mindful attitude toward fitness and life, both inside and outside of the studio. In addition, Perez is the owner and primary instructor of Vital Works Providence, a personal fitness company that offers affordable outdoor boot camps and exercise classes. Summer boot camps are currently in session, and potential participants are encouraged to experience these inspiring, communitybuilding classes. BodySense is located at 14 Bassett St., Providence. For more information, call 401-521-2565, email or visit

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he John of God Crystal Bed, developed by John of God, a healer from Abadiania, Brazil, is now in Warwick. Crystal bed healing sessions are often prescribed at John of God’s healing center, the Casa de Dom Inácio, as part of the healing regimen. According to Elizabeth Ami, a John of God crystal bed healing facilitator, the crystals help to clear and balance the body’s energy centers, releasing stagnant energy and leaving one feeling calm, yet energized. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience the Casa healing energies,” she states. “This fully complementary healing modality doesn’t interfere with other healing methods and the only contraindication is for those with seizure disorders due to the flashing of the crystal bed lights.” Clients are advised not to discontinue any prescribed medical therapies. The introductory session is $10 and approximately 20 minutes long. Sessions are 20, 40 or 60 minutes long and can be done as often as desired. Those who do energy work may elect to have a longer session the first time, which will be decided on a case-by-case basis. For more information or to schedule a session, call 401-287-4044 or visit See ad on page 31.


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Summer Specials at Urban Sweat


t Raffa Yoga’s Urban Sweat, Rhode Island’s only active relaxation center, individuals can celebrate summer with two services for one low price. Whether July brings heat waves or torrential downpours, Urban Sweat has just what a person needs to stay healthy in mind, body and spirit. Radiate from the inside out with Raffa’s Signature Facial, which includes Repechage products and a microdermabrasion treatment, is just $99. For those craving some ease in muscles or in mind from all of the outdoor activities and festivities, massage packages are $79 for a relaxation massage and same-day entrance to Urban Sweat or $99 for a deep tissue massage and same-day entrance to Urban Sweat. With both of these packages, skilled therapists will customize a treatment to suit each individual’s needs. Six therapy rooms, including the Himalayan Salt Grotto, Eucalyptus Steam Room, Black Charcoal Sauna, Yellow Turmeric Room, Urban Hamman and Oceanic Relaxation Room, can also help people refresh and restore. Raffa Yoga is located at 19 Sharpe Drive in Cranston. For more information, call 401-463-3335 or visit See ad on this page.

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ound Session, a genre-defying music festival featuring an impressive lineup of events and performers, will be held July 12 through July 15 in Providence. Produced once a year by Providence Inner City Arts, this year’s highlights will include The Agents, a nationallyacclaimed band that smoothly blends Ska, reggae and swing with a high-energy horn section; the West African drumming ensemble, Akwaaba; Los Pleneros del Coco; The Silks; Brass Attack; We Own Land; and much more. The parade will feature Bolivian Dancers, Big Nazo and the Providence Roller Derby ladies. Cost: $7 per day; $3 for children under 12; free for ages five and under. For a full schedule of events, visit


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ature’s Wisdom Wellness Center, the area’s premier treatment facility for pain and general malaise from chronic conditions, is now offering Nutrition Response Testing (NRT), a non-invasive system of analyzing the body to determine the underlying causes of ill or nonoptimum health. The procedure is simple and direct, with the body providing all of the information and feedback needed. Carol Stanton, founder of Nature’s Wisdom, says, “We use the extraordinary properties of the human cells and tissues to bring about healing and healthy changes—exactly as nature intended.” Through the analysis, the body’s neurological reflexes are tested. These reflexes are the body’s way of telling what and how the nervous system is doing, as it is the nervous system’s responsibility to regulate the body’s functions for each and every organ. The testing includes organs, glands, joints, muscles and more. Following the consultation, patients will be given the results in a way that can be understood, with a specific nutritional program to follow. Nature’s Wisdom is located at 54 High St., Westerly. For more information, call 401-596-5700 or visit See ad on page 7.

Month of Peace in Rhode Island


n September, Rhode Island residents are encouraged to observe the Month of Peace, an expansion of celebrations of the UN International Day of Peace, which is celebrated around the world. Organized by Ginny Fox of the Peace Flag Project (PFP), also the primary organizer of the UN Peace Days in Providence for the past seven years, the Month of Peace will be celebrated with events in cities throughout the state including Providence, Newport, Jamestown, S. Kingston, Woonsocket and more. The events will include special peace programs occurring during September that are reflective of a peaceful world. “Celebrating the Peace Month is about helping to create the Beloved Community in our state,” says Fox. “The Beloved Community is one of equality and justice. A peaceful culture is one that we can create ourselves by how we live our lives each day. The goal is peaceful relationships on all levels. Our focus is on how we live with our families, friends, and community members; what kind of citizens, coworkers and colleagues we are; and, how we educate our children and work for social justice. It’s about being able to live a healthy life with meaningful work, good housing and safe neighborhoods. It’s about affirming our need for artistic expression and appreciation for culture in all its diversity. It’s about how we live on this planet and use its resources. It’s about appreciating the connection of all life physically and spiritually.” For more information, call 401-453-8281 or email

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Innerlight Accepting Applications for Teacher Training


nnerlight Center for Yoga and Meditation, in Middletown, is now accepting applications for its 2013 Yoga Teacher Training. The 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered training, directed by Kim Chandler and Janne Sahady, will begin January 2013. “The program’s underlying principle is that teaching yoga is about being in relationship with yourself, with your students and with the larger community,” states Chandler. “Similarly, our curriculum addresses the different components of teaching yoga in relation to each other and to your life, so that your study of asana, pranayama, philosophy and anatomy is an integrated experience.” Innerlight’s yoga teacher training includes a seva project or independent study in which participants develop a level of expertise in an area of interest through research and practice, then teach a four-class segment to a specific population, so one graduates from teacher training with a strong basic foundation as well as some expertise in an area of their choosing. Chandler says graduates consistently find that Innerlight training not only prepares them to teach yoga, but is also profoundly life changing.

Innerlight is located in Middletown Commons at 850 Aquidneck Ave., in Middletown. For more information, call 401-849-3200 or visit See ad on page 37.

Acorn Cottage to Host Two Special Events


ackie Van Dusen of Light Soul Therapy will host two events at her home, Acorn Cottage, in Wakefield, this month. The Awakened Heart and a Croning Ceremony Jackie Van Dusen are being offered to the general public. The Awakened Heart, with Cathy Pagano of Wise Woman Salon, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., July 22. Cost is $60. During the event, the Wise Woman Salon will be mapping the way through the ancient mysteries of love using the myth of Psyche and Eros. “Our hearts awaken and we walk the path of wisdom when our soul (Psyche) embraces the mystery of love (Eros),” states Pagano. Participants should come prepared to move, talk, feel, imagine and create their own initiation into their awakened heart. Participants are also encouraged to bring a journal to write, draw and dream in, and to wear comfortable clothes. A Croning Ceremony will take place at 1 p.m., July 29. This ceremony celebrates females of all ages, and the ceremony is being extended to include “maidens” (young ladies from ages 10 to 21) and “motherhood” for all who mother— children, animals, friends, caregivers and those who nurture. The ceremony will celebrate the return of the “Wizened Woman” as awakened and teach daughters and granddaughters about their ancestors, assisting them in reconnecting with who they are.

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an doing something for 28 straight days really change your life? The answer is yes. Studies have shown that it takes seven days of practice to start a habit and 14 days to break a habit, but 28 days to turn a new behavior into a steady habit. But, there is a catch. Individuals need to enter into a 28-day practice with a good foundation of selfdiscipline, self-esteem and self-awareness. For this reason, many practitioners suggest starting with 28 days of meditation. Meditation is known to reduce stress; improve mental, emotional and physical health; increase focus and clarity of thinking; improve self-discipline; and develop creativity and spirituality. These are all the elements of the foundation individuals need to be successful in accomplishing goals such as weight loss, increasing physical health or overcoming depression and anxiety. The Zen Studies Program helps people build this solid foundation through the practice of meditation. A daily Ki and Zazen session designed for complicated lives is offered, beginning at 6 a.m. Individuals are encouraged to “come and sit in company,” even if they are not ready to commit to 28 days. Cost: $45 per month. The Zen Studies Program is located at Main Street Martial Arts, 1282 North Main Street, in Providence. For more information call 401-213-9784 or visit

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yan Snowden and Brian Ranney of Dexter Training Concepts are helping golfers take their game to the next level with TRX and RIP training, a revolutionary suspension and lever training system that focuses on non-linear movements using the person’s body weight as resistance. According to Snowden and Ranney, the training allows golfers to improve rotational core movements—adding strength, flexibility and correcting posture. Dexter Training Concepts is a unique, state-of-the-art personal training studio. With over 5,000 square feet of space furnished with the best cardiovascular and strength training equipment, it is the largest privately owned, family-operated personal training studio in New England. Dexter Training Concepts is located at 1543 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence. For more information, call 401-228-7906 or visit See ad on page 42.


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ivana is now offering a Metaboliq Peanut Butter Bar in addition to its chocolate “stick” and lemon bar. With so many choices on the market today, it’s difficult to select the best nutrition bar or to know the best ingredients to choose, but Qivana makes it easier. The Metaboliq Stick is a delicious tasting chocolate bar that is macronutrient balanced and high in protein. According to Janet DeLeo, a Qivana founders circle member, unlike other bars that are difficlut to chew, lack taste and contain artificial ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils or unhealthy transfats, the Metaboliq Stick is an all-natural bar. It is one of the only bars in the world that utilizes an oven to produce a baked bar. Its metabolic design is similar to the Metaboliq Shake and it contains only 210 calories. It has 15 grams of protein, but has added branched-chain amino acids to have the effect of 30 grams of protein in the body for weight loss. DeLeo says the precise formulation is macrobalanced to minimize fat storage and maximize fat burning. For more information, call Janet DeLeo at 401-826-0215 or email

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Concordia Center Welcomes Phil Jones


isiting Australian interfaith minister and recording artist Phil Jones will present the Sunday lesson “Accessing the Point of Love and SelfEmpowerment” on August 19th at the 9:15 a.m. celebration service at Concordia Center for Spiritual Living. The lesson focuses on accessing the deep Phil Jones subconscious mind through spirit, breath, primordial sound, and harmonic resonance - the shamanic point of self-empowerment. Directly following the service, Jones will facilitate an interactive workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., teaching meditation and simple breathing techniques with the Australian didgeridoo. Cost of the workshop is $20. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living is located at 292 West Shore Rd., Warwick. For more information, call 401-732-1552 or visit or See ad on page 21.

Chinese Herbal Medicine Class Offered


oundations in Chinese Herbal Medicine, a class taught by Chris Marano of Clearpath Herbals, will be offered at The Herb Wyfe Chris Marano Holistic Health Center in Wickford for a three-month period, one weekend per month. Dates are set for August 11 and 12, September 8 and 9 and November 10 and 11. Chinese Medicine has been an ever-evolving healing tradition for over 2,500 years. A basic understanding of its principles and practices vastly increases one’s ability to maintain and renew health and balance. In-depth and intensive, Foundations of Chinese Herbal Medicine is accessible and practical, providing the fundamentals to move on to more advanced studies. Designed for the serious student, classes are conceptual and experiential. Topics include the Eight Principle (yin/yang) Theory, Five Elements, organ systems and important Chinese herbs. Also included will be diagnostic skills (tongues, pulses), self-investigation skills and in-depth, comprehensive handout materials.

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Superior Quality of Life For Fairhope, Alabama, resident Daphne Dvorak, walking is a necessity. Since being diagnosed with macular degeneration two years ago, Dvorak hasn’t been able to drive. “It’s a good thing I love walking,” she smiles. “I walk everywhere.” At 87 years young, her daily routine includes walking for coffee at 5:30 a.m. before walking to work at a downtown bank and later, to the post office. She also walks to visit friends at a nearby retirement community, to church on Sundays and to the grocery store. Despite her inability to read street signs, Dvorak exclaims, “I’m amazed at everything I see when I walk. It’s surprising how much enjoyment you can get out of everything around you.” Oakland, California resident Benjamin McGriff is grateful for the expanded sense of home afforded by walkable city life. He remarks, “The line between your autonomous life in your physical residence and shared, day-to-day experiences within a community becomes blurred.” This heightened sense of connection to one’s neighborhood is inversely captured in Sightline Institute’s Cascadia Scorecard, which tracks seven

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o little ones, celebrating the Fourth of July usually means one thing—fireworks! Yet, as parents know, by the time the sun goes down and before the sky show even starts, youngsters can be sleepy-eyed and ready for bed. These 10 fun daytime activities will make the most of the holiday for everyone. Make a Statue of Liberty crown. Transform the entire family into Lady Liberty. Take the patriotic creativity to whatever level the kids like—metallic paint, glue and glitter or just some tinfoil from the kitchen. Construction paper makes great headbands, or try paper plates for sturdier ones. Repurposed empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls make excellent starting points for homemade torch replicas. Have a patriotic bike parade. Round up all the neighborhood kids and their bikes. Have everyone agree to decorate their own bike at home and then meet for a parade; or hold a bikedecorating party at your house; the garage and driveway are suitable spots. Think streamers, painted tin cans on

string trailing behind bikes, balloons— anything goes. Read about America’s birthday. Stop by the library or a neighborhood bookstore to pick up The Story of America’s Birthday, by Patricia Pingry and illustrated by Stacy Venturi-Pickett, or another early American history children’s book. Toddlers on up will enjoy learning why we celebrate American independence. Make 50 states cookies. A set of cookie cutters for all 50 states is available for a price, but it’s even more creative to hunt up an old map or atlas and use it as a template for cutting out each state. After mixing and baking, let little ones go to town decorating them with red, white and blue toppings. Search online for tips on making healthier cookies that taste yummy. Watch American Legends. This oldie but goodie video from Walt Disney tells the story of such fabled American figures as Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan. Check out a copy from the library or a favorite movie rental source.

Sing a patriotic song. Songs about America don’t have to be the classic versions—pick up a CD of patriotic songs or download some onto a home computer or iPod. The Wee Sing America CD is a hit with all ages. Start the Fourth with a red-white-and-blue breakfast. Set a festive mood for the whole day with a healthy parfait. In clear glasses, layer blueberries for the blue, strawberries and raspberries for the red and yogurt for the white. Sprinkle some hearty granola in-between the layers for a satisfying crunch. Make a care package for our armed forces. The Fourth of July is a great time to remember the special men and women that are selflessly serving our country. Have the entire family assemble a care package of items or make special cards; even the smallest efforts show the family’s appreciation. Check with a local veterans affairs office or the Internet on how to ship the gift overseas. Create a flag for the front door. For an easy and fun twist on hanging a flag this year, try making one from crepe paper for the front door or window. Pick up some red-andwhite streamers from the store for the stripes. Use a piece of blue construction paper and draw or paint white stars onto the upper left corner; then fasten it up so that the “flag” hangs downward, with the streamer stripes going from top to bottom. Either leave the stripes flying free toward the bottom or tape them down, like on top. Celebrate with the East Coast. If staying up late isn’t a good option, but kids are begging to watch the fireworks, they can catch a full fireworks extravaganza from home via the magic of TV and the Internet. Get everyone into pajamas and watch one of the many media specials from the comfort of home. This especially works for families west of the Eastern Time zone; it may require pushing bedtimes back a bit, but there will be no fireworks crowds to battle en route home to bed afterwards.


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Sweet, Easy, Perfect by Claire O’Neil

Summer ever beckons with the freedom of possibilities that long sunny days foster. It’s a perfect time to cultivate the art of treating ourselves to simple pleasures.


hy? Author Neil Pasricha observes, “I like to stop and remember sometimes that we’ll never be as young as we are right now. We only get 100 years or so to enjoy interior design, books, buffets and radio waves, clean sheets and good movie seats, bakery air, rain hair, bubble wrap and illegal naps.” The Toronto-based creator of the international bestseller, The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things, is on such a roll that he keeps adding to the list at All it takes to travel this pleasurable path is a little attitude adjustment and awareness, agrees Victoria Moran,


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author of Creating a Charmed Life. She suggests we continually ask, “What simple thing can I do today that will make it an amazing day?” What follows is not exactly a bucket list, but more like a summer “sand pail”, sparked by Natural Awakenings publishers and contributors around the country. Taking cues from summers past and present, they are happy to offer a springboard to enjoyment.

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Just the thought of summer days to come brings back memories of free time, family vacations and outdoor fun. Whether we go swimming, sip real lemonade on the porch or catch and release fireflies with our kids or grand-

kids, we love renewing that “in the moment” feeling for ourselves. “I love hanging out with 3-yearolds,” says Pasricha, “because they’re still seeing the world for the first time. Every moment is right now.” If you’re having trouble reaching your inner child, “Think of how you were when you were 10 years old,” suggests Joy Behar, comedian and cohost of The View. “What did you like to do then?” Sometimes revisiting a childhood pleasure or two can provide the missing link to fresh summer fun. Here are some likely candidates. Retro sweets. “Every time I heard the tinkling bell of the ice cream truck, I would run out on bare feet for a treat, stubbing my big toe more times than I want to remember,” recalls Las Vegas Publisher Mary Ruetten of childhood summers in Southern California. Today, fresh fruit does the trick for her. A dip in the ol’ swimming hole. Reid Boyer, who publishes in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, observes, “Anyone that has experienced high summer heat knows the relief of a good, cool swimming hole. I still remember when my 4-year-old son and I packed up the pickup truck, drove to the community beach at the local lake and set up our picnic lunch, beach chairs and toys. We must have jumped off the end of that pier 100 times each, doing silly jumps and egging each other on to top the last pratfall. We laughed until our bellies hurt.” Bike riding and kite flying. “My all-time favorite summertime treat is bike riding,” says Tina Woods, Natural Awakenings’ New York City publisher. “Being free and blowing in the wind is sheer exuberance. Flying a kite feels like that too, and anytime I pass a kite off to someone else a huge smile breaks out across their face. It’s beautiful to see!” Horseback riding. Amy Hass, a longtime publisher in West Michigan, notes, “My fondest summer pastime as a girl was spending every daylight hour with my horse. I would get to the barn early in the morning when there was still dew on the ground and spend all day cleaning up the stalls and barn, grooming my horse and then taking her out on country trails or maybe

The sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures of summer are easy to discover and recreate. They can be as simple as making the most of… Tai chi at dawn. For Atlanta Publisher Larissa Stewart, taking her Tai chi or yoga practice outside—by a lake or stream—is a great way to start her day. “In the early morning, there is often a cool mist rising from the earth that feels so delicate on your skin and refreshing to breathe. Everything is at peace around you accompanied by the quiet twitter of birds as they awake with the morning sun.”

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Red wine at sunset. Jeff Browne, who publishes in New Mexico, loves getting out on a Vespa and scootering around by himself into the sunset. “Other times, I like to sit with friends on the portal (a New Mexican porch) and have a relaxing and feel-good therapeutic discussion, maybe accompanied by a glass of wine.” Dining alfresco. “On summer evenings,” says Northern California Publisher Jaime Mitchell, “my loved ones and I take every opportunity to indulge in outdoor meals, complete with citronella candles and cool, crisp salads featuring our state’s fresh summer fruits. Strawberries, peaches and nectarines become staples in my diet during warm months.” Classic clambake. As a youth, South Jersey publisher Don Moore spent summer vacations on Cape Cod, where, “Days spent by the water’s edge annually culminated in a classic neighborhood New England clambake.” Constructing the rock-lined pit and stoking the fire took all day, remembers Moore. “Layers of potatoes, lobster, mussels, corn and clams were laid between rockweed. After we covered the pit with a wet tarp and buried it under sand, mouthwatering aromas would begin to escape into the breezy evening air.” He adds, “I always felt close to nature when sitting on the beach listening to the crashing waves, while filling my hungry belly from a plate brimming with the ocean’s bounty.”


along the train tracks, or else practicing in the ring for our next show. She loved cooling off by going for a swim in Lake Michigan.” Superheroics. Why not, asks Natural Awakenings contributor Bill Van Arsdale, of Naples, Florida, who recalls a favorite summer adventure on Cape Cod. “We would tie long beach towels around our necks that reached our ankles, rear back and run as fast as we could through the scrub grass and moss to the edge, where the hard surface broke off into a plunging dune that met the Atlantic shore. For a brief moment, yelling ‘Superman,’ capes flapping, arms and legs flailing, we all became our hero, before landing in a delightful steep skid of clay, pebbles and coarse glacial sand.”

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Just Do It for Fun Here are more ideas for simple pleasures to get summer juices flowing, from Natural Awakenings publishers and staff around the country. Picture perfect. I’d like to spend a month this summer at my friend’s house and set up my camera on a tripod near her bird feeders. She welcomes flocks of red and yellow finches, cardinals, blue jays and woodpeckers, all of which are fun to photograph. Plus, her flower gardens are awesome. Summer, here I come! ~ Linda Sechrist, writer and editor, Nashville, Tennessee Stargazing… on land. Graphic Designer Steve Hagewood, of Bonita Springs, Florida, grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, where he began a lifelong fascination with the night sky. “Pop bought a pair of high-powered military binoculars at an army surplus sale after the big war; I had a smaller pair from Sears Roebuck & Co. We would wrangle in good spirits over who got which pair and how long each of us could hold onto them amid the stillness of the cool, night air filled with the sweet fragrances of honeysuckle and moonflowers,” he remembers. … and on water. Peggy Malecki, Natural Awakenings’ Chicago publisher, loves the starry view from a friend’s sailboat on Lake Michigan. On one notable trip in a race across the lake, “In the wee hours of the midnight watch, the entire Milky Way galaxy stretched directly over the top of the boat as we caught small zephyrs off Traverse Bay,” she says. “Watching the Perseid meteor shower, we counted shooting stars and watched for satellites crawling through the night sky.”

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“Having space and time to nurture our creativity may be one of people’s authentic hungers,” muses author Sarah Ban Breathnach, well-known for her Simple Abundance books. She suggests maybe allotting an hour a day to dabble in a hobby, to paint, to plot or to throw pots. It can feel like taking a little vacation every day. “Some days are shaped by summer pleasures, others are redeemed by them,” concludes Breathnach in Simple Pleasures. Making time for such simple joys nurtures an ongoing summer vacation state of mind. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.


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Potluck block party. Every second Sunday, our next-door neighbors would host a summer barbecue potluck that transformed into a mini-block party. Kids, parents and grandparents brought lawn chairs and set up rows of card tables covered with colorful camp blankets and old tablecloths. Someone always remembered to add a few Mason jars filled with puffy, purple-tinged hydrangeas, dainty red- and yellow-spurred columbines or the simple cheer of sunflowers. We feasted on grilled goodies, accompanied by plump tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, raw carrot strips and steamed corn on the cob, all freshly picked that day from backyard gardens. Homemade baked beans sizzled in a pottery crock. If we were lucky, as a special treat, big wedges of sweet, ice-cold watermelon arrived as dessert. ~ Barb Amrhein, editor, Naples, Florida Day at the beach. If there’s sun in the skies, you can safely bet that I’m sitting on my oceanside beach chair (which includes a beverage cup and foot rest) soaking up the rays, protected by natural sunscreen. With our house just three doors from paradise, we take advantage of it all summer long. ~ Julia Lopez-Motherway, publisher, Long Island, New York Instant comfort. The neighborhood hangout spot when I was a kid was the garden of the only childless couple in our neighborhood. Many times we trekked home with gift bags full of ripe produce, a memory that surfaces every time I smell a freshly picked tomato. ~ Maisie Raftery, publisher, Boston, Massachusetts Fun and games. As kids, a dozen of us liked to gather at the cul-de-sac at the top of our long and winding hill as soon as it was dark for a game of flashlight tag, a battery-powered version of hide-and-go-seek. The crickets would start chirruping and the forest behind our houses closed in, offset a bit by the sounds of after-dinner cleanup and televised news through open windows. If you were hit with the light, you had to surrender and the first one found became the next seeker; the rest of us, guided by the light in the stillness of the night, would sneak up and scare the heck out of whoever was “it”. ~ Terry Chriswell, publisher, Denver, Colorado Unplugging once a week. One of the perks of living on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay is the amazing sunsets. On Fridays after a long workweek, we pack up for our own brand of happy hour on the bluff overlooking the city pier. We bring along a blanket to sit on, our favorite beverage and a snack to enjoy as we enjoy a simple evening of good conversation and a beautiful view. ~ Meredith Montgomery, publisher, Mobile/Baldwin, Alabama River tubing. I love to dip my toes, fingers and backside into the cool, clear waters of a local river and let the current take me away; enjoying nature at its best is only enhanced by the playful noises of fellow loungers. It is a true delight! ~ Karen Goins, publisher, San Antonio, Texas

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KEEPING PETS’ EARS HEALTHY Prevention Tips & Treatment Options by Dr. Matthew J. Heller


ar infections are common in the pet population, especially in humid summer months that invite water play. Fido, the mixed breed, may keep running his cheek up and down the side of the couch, trying to find relief for his itchy ears; or the tabby, Fluffy, waits until bedtime to begin intensely scratching her ears beside the bed, interrupting a family member’s sleep. Whether a pet is plagued by a chronic condition or is a bewildered first-time sufferer, such infections disrupt a pet’s health and well-being. Causes vary, as do treatments, but prevention is always the best medicine.

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to prevent a possible infection from escalating if a pet is demonstrating one or more symptoms: scratching the ears with their paws or rubbing them along the carpet or furniture; an offensive odor emanating from the ears; dirty appearance of ears—visible brown, black or yellow debris in the ear canal; red, inflamed ears; or whimpering, crying or withdrawing when the pet’s ear is gently touched.

Primary Causes & Treatment Options During a routine appointment for an ear infection, a veterinarian may inspect the ear canal with an otoscope for inflammation and will collect a swab of debris to identify the source of the problem. Sometimes there are multiple culprits; it is fairly common for both yeast and bacteria to be present. Bacteria and yeast infections tend to be more common in dogs, because

of their anatomy. Hair grows in the ears of many dogs; when combined with floppy or drooping earflaps, a dark, moist environment is created in which bacteria and yeast can flourish. Breeds with this tendency include cocker spaniels, basset hounds, schnauzers and poodles. A very common cause of ear infections is skin allergies, and treatment can be more challenging than handling a comparatively simple bacterial or fungal infection. While humans may exhibit a runny nose or itchy eyes from an allergic reaction, a cat or dog commonly reveals its skin allergies by inflammation in the ears. Factors may be food-related or environmental or both. Identifying an animal’s allergies is a priority; often, a simple change in diet can solve the problem. Especially for pets with chronic ear infections, avoid the discomfort of repeated infections by requesting a professional diagnostic allergy test to identify possible environmental and food allergens. Such testing may involve three separate methods: a blood test for sensitivity to either food or environmental sources; intradermal exposure to environmental allergens (pricking the skin with a small source of allergen to see the reaction); or trials eliminating possible food or regional environmental allergens. As a last resort, some pets may also benefit from allergy injections as part of immunotherapy to desensitize them to specific allergic reactions. Once the source of an infection has been identified, appropriate steps will be recommended. If bacteria or yeast is the issue, topical treatment may include both a medicated ear cleanser and an ointment. Medicine will vary from antibiotic to antifungal or antiparasitic, depending on the diagnosis, or be a broad-spectrum medication. Often, when owners begin to see an improvement, they stop the medication prematurely, as applications are typically not a pleasant task. It is important to continue to treat the pet’s ears as any prescription indicates. Upon completion, the veterinarian will likely want to recheck the ears to confirm success. With certain severe ear infections,

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Natural Summer Skin Care Protective Tips for Sunny Days

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ow that much-anticipated beach vacations, gardening, outdoor sports and other outside summer activities are on our calendars, it’s time to practice ways to protect skin from sun damage. The medical profession has reported loud and clear that too much exposure causes dryness, wrinkling, premature aging and even skin cancer. Yet, many people don’t understand that certain types of medications, among


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other factors, can increase sensitivity to the sun’s rays. People of all types of skin can be susceptible to allergic reactions to sun exposure, and contrary to popular belief, dark-skinned people are not immune. There are many ways to protect skin from overexposure, burning, drying and wrinkling, and careful use of safe sunscreens is one of the best.

Sun Protection from Without Yale dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone, author of The Wrinkle Cure, strongly recommends natural nonchemical sunscreens such as “physical” blockers titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, not chemical sunscreen formulations, for everyone that plans to spend more than a few minutes in the sun. He states, “The benefit of a physical sunscreen is that it acts like tiny mirrors—deflecting all spectrums of the radiation away from the skin, including the dangerous ultraviolet [UV] rays.” Taking commonsense steps can reduce exposure to both sun damage and sun-blocking products that have, among other synthetic chemical ingredients, paraben-based preservatives and can carry health risks, says medical researcher Elizabeth Plourde, Ph.D., au-

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An internationally recognized pioneer in yoga and emotional healing, Ana Forrest has been changing people’s lives for 40 years. She has studied Native American medicine and ceremony, homeopathy, hands-on healing, martial arts, psychotherapy and regression therapy—all in an effort to become a better healer and a better teacher.


er journey began around the age of 13, when a girl named Robin Smith came up to her at school and challenged her, declaring, “I have something you can’t do.” This didn’t sit well with Forrest, a self-described “tough kid” who grew up drinking, smoking and doing drugs. She says Robin was short, soft-spoken, pale and a little overweight—no match, she thought, for her. Forrest recalls, “I looked her over and thought ‘Sure, right, that’s impossible.’ I tamped down a cigarette, lit it, and replied, ‘Yeah, what?’ Robin said, “Yoga. Want to go to class with me?’” To this day, Forrest says she doesn’t know why Robin approached her, but she believes it was a nudge from what the Native Americans call the Sacred Ones. “Robin took me to my first yoga class and it completely shocked me. I wasn’t good at it, and it was difficult for me, but there was something there that drew me in, something that I needed.”


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A born teacher (she was teaching horseback riding at eight years old), Forrest began teaching yoga poses to others almost immediately. At 18, she took her first teacher training in Mexico and became a certified instructor. It was, she says, the most intense month of her life, yet gentle and healing at the same time. By the time she left, her body was clean of drugs and alcohol for the first time since she could remember. She realized then that she could help others heal. Today, she undoubtedly has a hand in saving the lives of many others just like her through her own Forrest Yoga.

Forrest Yoga is renowned as an intensely physical and internally focused practice that emphasizes how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life. She developed Forrest Yoga as she was working through her own healing and helping solve her students’ problems.

“Forrest Yoga is in essence all about the truth of what works,” she explains. “It was created to fill in the gaps that the other yoga systems lacked. For example, there was not much done in other yoga systems for the abs or emotional injuries. Certainly, nothing helped address my soul injuries. Meditation didn’t do a thing for these problems. Part of my inspiration for Forrest Yoga truly was the lack of assistance I had in my own process from the yoga systems that were already out there. Forrest Yoga provides the support and the tools to delve into life’s intricate challenges and deal with physical, emotional and soul injuries.” What people are facing now is not the same as our ancestors faced. Quite simply, Forrest Yoga was created to address challenges in this century—a host of ailments and structural problems that are manifesting due to lifestyle. “Because we sit for hours with terrible posture in front of computers and TV, it has a foul effect on our digestion and elimination processes,” she explains. “Our people are plagued with painful low backs, necks, wrists, headaches and breathing problems. There

is an epidemic of respiratory, immune system issues due to pollution that we all live with. Also epidemic are high stress levels and the diseases that stem from stress.” Other problems include the inability to hold focus and the loss of spiritual connection. Forrest Yoga uses very specific poses for specific problems, with healing being a real focus. Though it’s not an ‘easy’ practice, it’s absolutely

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“Forrest Yoga gives people the tools to go on a quest for their authentic self, then to quest for their life’s purpose,” notes Forrest. “That is powerful and fierce medicine.” Ana Forrest will be doing a five-day Continuing Education for Teachers (CET) July 18-22, at Raffa Yoga, Cranston. Her new book, Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practicing to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit is now available. To learn more about Forrest Yoga, visit

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erformance equals potential, minus interference, is the easy-to-remember winning formula explained in Tim Gallwey’s seminal book, The Inner Game of Tennis. To enhance any player’s performance, he recommends either growing personal potential or decreasing interference, or both. “Whether on a sports field, at work or in some creative effort, we’ve all had moments in which our actions flowed from us with a kind of effortless excellence,” he notes. “This is referred to as ‘being in the zone,’ when selfinterference is at a minimum and the mind is quiet and focused.” Gallwey discovered how to promote this valued state of being while serving as a tennis professional in Seaside, California, during a sabbatical from his career in higher education. In the midst of a tennis lesson, he had an epiphany about his style of teaching—many of his tips were being incorporated into the students’ minds in what he calls a “command and control self-dialogue” that significantly interfered with their ability to learn and perform better. “When I discussed this


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with my students, I discerned that most of their thoughts while playing were preventing their true focus of attention. This resulted in my exploring ways to help players quiet the mind, as well as focus on our direct and non-judgmental observation of ball, body and racquet positions in a way that would heighten learning, performance and enjoyment of the process,” says Gallwey. Since then, he’s built his practical training ideas related to awareness, concentration, breaking bad habits and learning to trust one’s self on the court upon a foundation of Zen thinking and humanistic psychology. He offers a simple explanation of his inner game concept. “Every game is composed of two parts. Self-1, the ego-mind, plays the outer game against opponents, is filled with lots of contradictory advice and is linked to external rewards and goals. The inner game is played within a player’s mind by Self-1, whose principle obstacles are self-doubt and anxiety,” explains Gallwey. Laden with self-criticism, judgment and the fear of looking foolish or wrong, as well as lapses in concentration, Self-1 is counterproductive and negatively impacts external performance. “Self-2, on the other hand, is the player’s natural ability—the doer of the actual movement of the muscles to hit the ball. Our best effort requires us to quiet Self-1 and let Self2, which likes images and pictures, do what it knows how to do.”

As many players know, the right mental approach is as important as a good backhand; essential in overcoming self-doubt, nervousness, anxiety, detrimental playing habits and lapses in concentration. Gallwey offers the example of a player who isn’t hitting the ball in the center of the racquet. “The ordinary tennis pro will analyze the mechanical reasons for why this is happening,” he says, “such as not stepping into the ball, not looking at it or hitting it too late. An inner game instructor ‘observes’ where the ball hits the racquet and makes suggestions. The body makes its own adjustment to hitting the ball in the middle of the racquet without trying to digest instructions, simply because it feels and works better.” Gallwey likens it to the natural learning process we use as children before it becomes clouded with shoulds and should-nots as adults. He further points out that it’s wise not to attempt to quiet the mind by telling it to shut up, argue with it or criticize it for being self-critical. “A good first step is focusing on only those aspects that are needed to accomplish the task at hand,” he counsels. Joe Dyser, the tennis professional at the Sterling Oaks residential community, in Naples, Florida, has adopted and shared Gallwey’s inner game principles, enhanced by insights from complementary sources such as Breath by Breath, by Larry Rosenberg and Chop Wood Carry Water, by Rick Fields, and from practicing yoga, meditation and breath work. “I had to develop a regular practice method that helped me to quiet Self-1,” advises Dyser. “When I play from my inner game, I get out of my own way and let my best game emerge. I feel more like an observer—the ball looks bigger, my feet are lighter on the court, I move faster and quicker and I’m energized when I’ve finished a game, instead of feeling depleted.” Observing behavior without judging it as positive or negative, right or wrong, good or bad is the key. “Habits change when you become aware of them,” concludes Gallwey. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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Tasty Ways to Savor Summer Grilled Black Bean Quinoa Patty

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These flavorful patties are a hearty and complete source of protein, a popular, plant-based option for traditional burgers. Ground flaxseed mixed with water works to bind the ingredients together in place of eggs. When grilling, be careful to flip them gently, so that patties stay together; they’re equally delicious cooked in a skillet on the stove. Serve on a whole-grain pita and load on the toppings. For a gluten-free alternative, use ground tortilla chips instead of breadcrumbs. Yields 6 to 8 burgers 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed, drained and spread out to dry for 20 minutes; divide into two equal parts 2 Tbsp Vegenaise 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp garlic powder ¼ to ½ tsp crushed red pepper (optional) 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed, mixed with 3 Tbsp water ½ cup cooked quinoa ½ cup breadcrumbs or ground tortilla chips, as needed 1 /3 cup finely chopped red onion ¼ cup chopped cilantro Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Toppers Salsa Avocado slices Lettuce Sliced red onion Pickles 1. Drain and rinse black beans in a colander. Shake and let stand for a few minutes for excess liquid to drain. Spread out on a clean, dry towel; blot dry with another clear, dry towel; and let stand to dry for 20 minutes. This can also be done in the oven—spread on a cookie sheet and dry at 300° F for 15 minutes. 2. In a food processor, place half of

the beans, Vegenaise, cumin, oregano, garlic powder and crushed red pepper. Chop in pulses to create a coarse purée. Transfer to a medium bowl. 3. In a small bowl, mix ground flaxseed and water. Let stand 5 minutes to thicken. Mix into the black bean mixture and add remaining beans, quinoa, breadcrumbs or ground tortilla chips, onion and cilantro. Mix until combined. If the mixture looks too wet to hold together, add more breadcrumbs or ground tortilla chips. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 4. Form into 3- to 4-inch-circumference patties. If time allows, let chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours to firm and for flavors to develop. 5. On a grill preheated to mediumhigh and brushed with oil, cook patties until crisp and brown, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Or heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until browned, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes on each side.

3 scallions, chopped 1 large clove garlic, minced ¾ cup uncooked quinoa 1½ cups water 1 low-sodium vegetable bullion cube 2 medium heirloom tomatoes, diced into ½-inch pieces 2 Tbsp chopped herbs—basil, parsley and/or mint Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1. Preheat grill to medium-high.

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2. Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar and thyme. Brush cleaned mushrooms with mixture and sprinkle with salt. Let stand 20 to 30 minutes. 3. Grill on each side until grill marks appear, about 4 minutes per side. Or roast mushrooms under the broiler until juicy, about 10 minutes (optional). 4. In a skillet with a tight-fitting lid, heat olive oil over medium heat, and sauté garlic and scallions with a pinch of salt and pepper just until fragrant, for about 1 minute. Add quinoa, water and bullion cube. Turn up heat, cover and bring to a boil. Stir once and reduce heat to low to simmer for 20 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes.

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5. Fluff quinoa with a fork. Fold in tomatoes and herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Quinoa, Tomatoes and Herbs Grilling mushrooms brings out their savory flavor. Stuffed with protein-rich quinoa, this dish is satisfying enough to be served as an entrée. Yields 6 servings 6 Portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp balsamic vinegar ½ tsp dried thyme Sea salt 1 Tbsp olive oil

6. Place mushrooms cap-side down on a serving platter. Fill the cavity of the mushrooms with the quinoa mixture. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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1. Using a chinois or other fine-mesh strainer, push the watermelon through the mesh using a sturdy wooden spoon, to push through all the liquid into a bowl, leaving behind the pulp and seeds. Pour the liquid into a pitcher with the lime juice, agave nectar and a pinch of salt. Chill well. 2. Just before serving, add the mint and basil to the liquid, and blend the mixture in the blender in two batches, adding a cup of ice to each batch. Future fun: Freeze leftover portions into popsicles for an easy treat on another day. Recipes from The Balanced Plate and Living Cuisine, by Renée Loux, and; limeade recipe courtesy of Beth Bader, co-author of The Cleaner Plate Club.

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This dish embodies the zenith of summer, when watermelon and tomatoes are at their height. Paired with refreshing cucumber, buttery avocado, savory olives and bright herbs, this pastiche of flavor and texture is a perfect accompaniment to any backyard or picnic party. Yields 4 to 6 servings 3 medium heirloom tomatoes, cored and cut into ¾-inch pieces 1 cup watermelon, cut into ¾-inch cubes 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into ¾-inch cubes 1 avocado, cut in half, pitted and cut into ¾-inch cubes ½ cup pitted green olives, chopped (Castelvetrano olives recommended) 1 Tbsp chopped basil 1 Tbsp chopped mint 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar or champagne vinegar Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Pesto 1 cup packed basil leaves 1 clove garlic 2 Tbsp pine nuts 1½ Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 6 Tbsp olive oil 1. Oil grill and preheat to medium high. 2. Fill a large bowl with cold water. 3. Keeping the husks attached at the base, peel back the husks of each cob and remove the silk. Cover the cobs again with the husk. 4. Soak the corncobs in cold water for 5 to 10 minutes to prevent husks from charring too quickly. 5. In a food processor, place basil, garlic, pine nuts, lemon juice, salt and pepper and chop in pulses for maximum mixing. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil. Set aside. 6. Place corn, covered in its husk on the grill. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove from the grill, let it cool enough to touch and then remove husks. Return to grill and cook, turning to lightly char all sides, for an additional 5 to 7 minutes total. 7. Remove from grill and generously brush with pesto. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper if desired and serve hot.

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2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour over tomato-watermelon mixture and toss gently to mix. Season to taste with more salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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Me, You & the Truth about US workshop – 11am-1pm. Third session. Now that you are aware of your relationship pattern and where it all came from now what? $20. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Circus Smirkus – 2-4pm & 7-9pm. Vermont’s award-winning international youth circus presents a blast from the past and fun from the future with the Topsy Turvy Time Travel Big Top Tour. $19/adults, $17/children. Washington County Fairgrounds, Richmond. 401-491-9570.

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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. By Stan DeAngelis. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, Barrington Medical & Professional Center, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652.

Yoga on the Beach: Goddard Park – 7-8pm. Come join us. This is a basic yoga class, embrace nature’s gift of warm sun and an ocean breeze. $5. Registration required, please contact the studio: Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Circus Smirkus – 1-3pm. Vermont’s award-winning international youth circus presents a blast from the past and fun from the future with the Topsy Turvy Time Travel Big Top Tour. $19/adults, $17/children. Washington County Fairgrounds, Richmond. 401-491-9570.

Circus Smirkus – 6-8pm. Vermont’s award-winning international youth circus presents a blast from the past and fun from the future with the Topsy Turvy Time Travel Big Top Tour. $19/adults, $17/children. Washington County Fairgrounds, Richmond. 401-491-9570. Drumming Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Come join our Drumming Circle as we meditate, journey, and send loving, healing energy out to the world. Bring own drum. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, Barrington Medical & Professional Center, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652. Introducing a Successful Solution to Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain - 7-7:45pm. Join us as we discuss a solution for people suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic pains. We have successfully treated many patients that previously were unable to find relief of their symptoms through conventional medicine. Free. Live Proper Health, 77 Franklin St, Westerly. 401-315-2300.

Tuesday, July 17

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.

Thursday, July 19

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. With Shari Bitsis. $15. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

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, Barrington Medical & Professional Center, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652.

Saturday, July 21

Reiki Level III Advanced Certification Workshop – 9:30am-4pm. You must be certified in Reiki I and II for minimum of 3 months. Attunement and use of the Usui Master Symbol, Reiki Grid, Antahkarana and Aura Clearing taught. With Sylvia Collins. Includes lunch. $175. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. Creative Play Class – 12-2pm. 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. With Shari Bitsis. $25. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

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HYPNOSIS CERTIFICATION COURSE Presented by Lisa Zaccheo, BCH, BCI. Mind Matters Hypnosis Center, Avon, CT “The best course I’ve ever attended. AMAZING!” Rina G., Waterbury, CT Call 860-693-6448. MindMattersHypnosis. com/100course.

Monday, July 23

Paying It Forward – Getting the People in Our Lives Healthy! – 7-7:45pm. We will discuss the importance of getting our loved ones healthy. We will also discuss an opportunity for individuals to get rewarded for promoting health to the people in their lives. Free. Live Proper Health, 77 Franklin St, Westerly. 401-315-2300.

Tuesday, July 24

Shamanic Drum Healing – 10am-12pm. Experience the power of the circle and rhythm of the drum to connect with helping spirits to release energy blocks, promote healing and gain insight. Group format. Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna. $35. Energy-N-Elements, LLC, 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. 401-736-6500. Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. Come relax and calm the chatter in your mind with this guided meditation. No experience necessary, all welcome. Space limited, register online. $10. Artistic Holistics, 1065A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-248-4998. 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. With Shari Bitsis. $15. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Wednesday, July 25

New Chapter Demonstration – 3-5:30pm. Nutritional advice. Free samples. Do you often ask yourself, “Am I taking the right vitamins?” Chris Matheson, trainer & educator for New Chapter Organics, is here. Free. Nature’s Goodness Natural Food Store, 510 E Main Rd, Middletown. 401-847-7480. Wellness Talk – 6:30-7:15pm. Join us to learn about chiropractic care, how it can help and what we do to get your body healthier and improve your energy. Free. Cumberland Family Chiropractic LLC, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. RSVP by July 23: 401-334-0535.

Friday, July 27

Chakra Meditation – 7-8:30pm. A guided Chakra Meditation is a healing approach to help align your energy centers and bring your body into balance. As space is limited, please sign up early. With Sylvia Collins. $10. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397.

Saturday, July 28

A Day of Reflexology and Reiki – 10am-5:30pm. Experience the healing energy and deep relaxation of Reflexology and Reiki in a joint session. What bliss. Gina Cairone, Reflexologist and Bobbie Schaeffer, Reiki Master. $75 for 1 hr 30 minutes. Pathways to Healing, Warwick. 401-287-4093.

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Monday, July 30

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. 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. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Mill at Shady Lea, 215 Shady Lea Rd, Room 204, North Kingstown. 401-924-0567.

Sunday, August 19

Didgeridoo Workshop – 11am-1pm. Didgeridoo lessons focus on accessing the deep subconscious mind through spirit, breath, primordial sound, and harmonic resonance; the shamanic point of selfempowerment. $20. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

Saturday, August 19

Saturday, September 1 East Greenwich Art Festival - 10am-5pm. Join us for over 135 Contemporary American Artisans, Festive Food, Live Music and Strolling Entertainment!. Free. Festival Fete, New England Tech, 1408 Division Rd, East Greenwich. 401-374-3899.

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Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training 8:30am-4:30pm. Learn about the many health benefits gained from sustained laughter and how to hold classes and seminars for businesses, libraries, hospitals, health expos, etc., and how to start your own laughter club. This intensive two-day training will leave you in stitches! $295. Mary McDonald, Warwick. 401-766-7123.

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Established Energy Center at 5 George St, North Providence. Contact Ted Ngo at 401-286-4496 for Personal Viewing. $299,000.

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Sunday Celebration Service – 9:15-10:30am. Change your thinking, change your life. Concordia provides spiritual tools to transform personal lives and create a better world through principles of the Science of Mind. Love offering. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Vinyasa Yoga – 9:15-10:45am. A strong, powerful and fluid yoga class that helps detoxify the body and relieve stress. For students with an established practice and familiarity with yoga asanas. $13 drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Ananda Sunday Satsang – 10am-12pm. Join us Sunday mornings for meditation, chanting, inspiration and satsang (fellowship), 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. Relax with a loved one or a friend; call for an appointment time. $80. Footdiva, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 212, Warwick. 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. A new woman’s social gathering. Connect with other woman for support, insight and friendship. New topics decided as a group. $5. Footdiva, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 212, Warwick. 401-368-8878.


Sunrise Yoga – 6-7:30am. Also Fridays. 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 and focus). Donation. Prema Yoga, 127 Pocasset Ave, Providence. 401-390-5419. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 10:30am-12pm. Savor this deeply relaxing style of yoga. Poses customized for your body. The result is less tension, more ease, calm and bliss. Beginners welcome. New students $40/4 classes, $18/series. Time For You Yoga, Maria Sichel, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Yoga at Easton’s Beach – Begin July 9. 5:306:30pm. An hour-long yoga experience designed for all; no previous experience necessary. Parking is free in Lot 2 (near the beach houses). $15 drop in or use Innerlight account. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, Easton’s Beach, Rotunda Ballroom, Newport. 401-849-3200. Zumba with Dr. Cathy – 6-7pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Dr. Cathy Picard at Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. 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 Monday. Open the heart, heal relationships, quiet the chatter of the mind, and initiate a process of Awakening into Oneness where there is no longer a sense of separateness. Donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Providence. 401-270-5443. 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. Meditation Group – 5:30-7pm. Manage stress, awaken intuition and connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization and sound. Individual sessions available by appointment. With Robert Arnold. Bring a friend. $10 each. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. Register: 401-339-6092. Meditation.html. Working In – 6-7:30pm. Combining gentle stretching and strengthening exercises with anatomical information, this class will assist the student to

discover their own physical alignment. All levels. $13 drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Reiki Practitioner Share – 6:30-8:30pm. Come practice, share, and connect with other practitioners the 3rd Tuesday. Come practice, share and connect with other Reiki practitioners at all levels are welcome, registration required. Free (donations accepted). Artistic Holistics, 1065A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-248-4998. Providence Laughter Club – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesday. 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.


Stretch & Breathe Open Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. Calm your brain, breathe deeper as you open your Lungs. Gently move through postures that open the Heart, Hips and Shoulders. Juice your Joints. All levels welcome. $9. The Herb Wyfe Holistic Health Center, 23 Brown St, Wickford. 401-295-1140. Learning Body’s Language – 9:30-11am. Using guided imagery, movement exercises and discussion of the body’s energy systems, the class explores body’s wisdom and the language it uses to communicate. All levels. $13 drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Hope St Farmers’ Market – 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. 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, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Kripalu Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Join Chris Belanger for a quiet, guided practice where you are encouraged to feel, breathe and be in the moment. You may find your practice both relaxes and awakens you. $14 drop in or new students 2/$20. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Candlelight Yoga – 4:30-6pm. Also Friday. We have a beautiful space to practice calming the mind; toning the body for leaner looking and feeling

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great. Yoga practice compliments everything you do (balance and focus). Donation. Prema Yoga, 127 Pocasset Ave, Providence. 401-390-5419. Zumba with Dr. Cathy – 5-6pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Dr. Cathy Picard at Stage Right Studio, 68 South Main St, Woonsocket. Yoga at Easton’s Beach – Begin July 18. 5:306:30pm. An hour-long yoga experience designed for all; no previous experience necessary. Parking is free in Lot 2 (near the beach houses). $15 drop in or use Innerlight account. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, Easton’s Beach, Rotunda Ballroom, Newport. 401-849-3200. Ananda Yoga: Joy Is Within You – 5:30-6:45pm. Starts 7/11. Enjoy blissful yoga with gentle postures, beautiful affirmations, breathing practices and meditation. Relax and release stress as you refresh body, mind and spirit in joy. Suggested donation $10. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. 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. Learn To Read Tarot Cards – 6:30-9pm. Study the symbolism of tarot cards and strengthen your intuition. This in-depth class begins in September 2012 with a holiday break in December ending in March of 2013. $22/class. TarotCare, Warwick. 401-323-0530. Just Breathe: Simply Meditate – Begins July 11. 7-8pm. Simple, one-hour-long guided meditation classes for all. Each class includes a short teaching and guided meditation. No meditation experience necessary. $8/class; free for members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277.


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.

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. Meditation Group – 5:30-7pm. Manage stress, awaken intuition and connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization and sound. Individual sessions available by appointment. Bring a friend. $10 each. Robert Arnold, Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. Register: 401-339-6092. Basic Yoga Series – 6-7:30pm. Introduces yoga to brand new beginners, using the breath to release the ego-mind, and yoga poses to expand awareness of the sensations in the body. A series of 8 classes. $88/8-class series. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 6:30-8pm. Savor this deeply relaxing style of yoga. Poses customized for your body. The result is less tension, more ease, calm and bliss. Beginners welcome. New students $40/4 classes, $18 series. Time For You Yoga, Maria Sichel, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Meditation Class – 7-8pm. 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. Zumba with Dr. Cathy – 7-8pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Dr. Cathy Picard at Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket.


Yin & Yang Yoga – 8:15-9:30am. See Wednesday listing for details. $15. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Stretch & Breathe Open Yoga – 8:30-9:30am. Calm your brain, breathe deeper as you open your Lungs. Gently move through poses that open the heart, hips and shoulders. Juice your joints. All levels welcome. $9. The Herb Wyfe Holistic Health Center, 23 Brown St, Wickford. 401-295-1140. 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. 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: Reflexology Party – 7:30-10pm. Book a girls’ night out. Rest, relax, renew. Book a reflexology party with friends and you get a session for free. $20. Footdiva, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 212, Warwick. For details: 401-368-8878.


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. Yoga at Easton’s Beach – 8:30-9:30am. Join us for yoga on the beach, in front of the Pavilion to awaken body, mind and spirit amidst sea, sky and sand. Not held in the rain. Free parking. Bring towel and water. $15 drop in or use Innerlight account. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, Easton’s Beach, Newport. 401-849-3200. Yoga at Norman Bird Sanctuary – 8:30-9:45am. Open to all levels, hatha style classes will inspire the mind, ignite the senses, center the soul, and strengthen the body. Offered by Jessica Webb. $10. Norman Bird Sanctuary. 583 Third Beach Rd, Middletown. Mount Hope Farmers’ Market – 9am-12pm. 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. 401254-1745. Hope St Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. 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. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. Savor this deeply relaxing style of yoga. Poses customized for your body. The result is less tension, more ease, calm and bliss. Beginners welcome. New Students $40/4 classes, $18 series. Time For You Yoga, Maria Sichel, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401305-5319. Gentle Shanti Yoga – 9:45-11:15am. This class introduces the student to the wisdom of the body, through breath, movement and mindfulness. Great for beginners, this class will help relax and reduce stress. $13 drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Indoor/Outdoor Yoga – 10-11am. Practice calming the mind; toning the body for leaner looking & feeling great. Yoga practice compliments everything you do (balance and focus). Donation. Prema Yoga, East Side. 401-390-5419. Introduction to Kriya Yoga Workshop – 10am3pm. Kriya Yoga meditation quickly accelerates one’s spiritual growth. Learn about the Path of Kriya, Paramhansa Yogananda’s Energization Technique, and preparation for Kriya. Suggested donation $25. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Beginner Amrit Yoga – 10:45am-12:15pm. Stretch your mind, relax and energize your body. This class presents the fundamentals of yoga practice with guidance, proceeding at a pace that honors your own body wisdom. $15 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Zumba with Dr. Cathy – 11:15am-12:15pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Dr Cathy Picard at Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket.

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New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness Dr. Misty Kosciusko 934 East Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 401-683-6430 New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness utilizes a whole body holistic approach to assist your healthcare needs! Dr. Kosciusko prides herself in educating her patients on the root cause of their physical ailments, at the same time providing exceptional quality of care to assist in pain relief with long standing results. See ad on page 39.

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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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Look and Feel Young at Any Age Longevity Coach Leslie Simon Haduch 401-742-0512 • Learn how Protandim, the antiaging/medical breakthrough, protects your health and the incredible business opportunity with LifeVantage. Don’t miss this life changing opportunity! Say good-bye to old age. Stay Forever Young! Come hear about the fastest growing company in the holistic industry. Free Seminars on Wednesdays from 7 - 8pm. See ad on page 9.


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.

BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT Aquidneck Nutrients & Wellness Center

170 Aquidneck Ave Middletown, RI 401-324-6167 • Are you suffering from Sleep Disturbances, Anxiety, Fatigue, Depression, Low energy, Low Libido, PMS, Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Focus and Memory loss? We will work with your doctor. For Men and Women. Consultations available Monday through Friday 10am-5pm with Rene StLaurent Rph/certified clinical nutritionist and hormone consultant.


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 43.

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 49.

counseling Holistic Healing

Dr. Don Lovejoy, Ph.D., LCDP 1076 Park Ave Cranston, RI 02910 401-474-9650 Don has a personable and energetic personality. With over 20 years of experience, Don has dedicated his life to human service work in helping others to realize their full potential in life through health and wellness. Don has experience with substance abuse, 12 step programs, individual/ group stress reduction, weight loss, inner child and unhealthy relationships. Insurance accepted.

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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.

DEPTH HYPNOSIS Katharine A. Rossi 401-924-0567

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

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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!

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

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Wakefield, RI 401-284-0363

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 22.

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.

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


Christine McCullough, MA

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 47.


Bobbie Schaeffer Warwick, RI 401-287-4093

Magick Mirror Healing Arts Center

Light Soul Therapy Healing

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.

Pathways to Healing

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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.

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

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

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simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.

Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316

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 15.

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.

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Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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

pet foods Pet Foods Plus 30 Gooding Ave Bristol, RI 401-253-2456 Toys, treats, shampoo, leashes, cat litter or food of all kinds, Pet Foods Plus has it. High quality customer service, offering a full supply of food and accessories for dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits, fish and even livestock. We also sell fish, small mammals, reptiles and birds. Stop by for quality products at affordable prices! See ad on page 47.

reiki Sylvia Collins

Reiki Master & Teacher Warwick, RI 401-921-4397 I would love to open your hands, your heart and soul to the wonderful healing energy of Reiki.  I am a Certified Reiki Master and Teacher, who takes a personal interest in my students as I guide them on their journey of spiritual growth.  Besides teaching, I am also available for personal Reiki sessions, Reiki for your pets and Angel Card readings.  Call for appointment. 

Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our commmunity. For more information

call 401-709-2473 email info@ therapeutic massage Innisfree Body Works

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

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

It’s all about you. You deserve the beSt The journey begins. Enter a new plateau @ It’s Your Body’s Symphony. We offer: A variety of massage therapies including La Stone, Cupping, Thai, Ultimate pumpkin & back facials, Reflexology… We look forward to your arrival. See ad on page 22.

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

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


Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 • “I am to live my dream...” With my natural gifts and abilities, I have been able to see loved ones as they are preparing to move into the light. This process has been helpful by letting people know that their loved ones are not alone; that they are being held and guided as they pass from ordinary reality to non-ordinary reality. See ad on page 39.


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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

Wonderful Body & Energy Work

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

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

wellcare collaborative IT’S MY HEALTH

Marie Bouvier-Newman 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 • We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 39.

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 41.

yoga Chris Belanger

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

yoga and holistic health center ALL THAT MATTERS

“10,000+ massages worth of experience.” Pain relief, chronic &, range of motion issues, injury work, goals and aahhh. Rehab work, deep tissue, Swedish, Reiki. Since 1993. “Best of Boston”

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

NEW CLIENT? The Deal for July & August is: 45 min for $45 (reg $65), 60 min for $60 (reg $85)

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.

MELLOW MONDAYS for 1st TIME CLIENTS: 45 min for $40 and 60 min for $50 (July only)

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