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his month’s issue is packed with inspiring and healthfulfilling exploration of two concepts I hold dear: passion and purpose. Lisa Marshall’s feature article, “Fashion a Passion-Driven Life,” caused me to revisit my own journey of creating personal and professional satisfaction. I love telling the story of how I came to be publishing Rhode Island Natural Awakenings. After twenty years in the banking industry, I was far from a risk taker but somehow knew in my heart that I did not want to spend the next twenty years in banking. I needed more, something that would feed my soul, something that would expand my horizons and allow me to grow. I began my search in traditional ways looking at more education, seeking out career counselors, considering some of the things I loved like working with charities and teaching young adults. In the end, what I found was about keeping my eyes and heart open to possibilities. While in Orlando visiting my mother in law in 2007, we went to a small breakfast place nearby. There, I picked up the Orlando edition of Natural Awakenings. I tell the story as the skies opening and the angels singing ‘ahahahaha’. There was the full page ad to ‘Find Your Passion” and it was speaking to me. By the time I was done with breakfast, I knew. Much of my life has been committed to taking a more Earth-friendly approach, whether it be in tolerance of others’ paths, a sensible approach to resources, or more personal choices, such as the foods I eat, my quest for sustained inner peace, and the joy I take in appreciating nature’s beauty. I knew in my soul this was for me. I am still a little in awe of what happened next, having never taken such a risk in my life and being quite certain I never wanted to own my own business. It took a few months of soul searching, leaving my career and comfort zone. To jump into the unknown is really scary, but it just felt right. So I went to training, left my job as a vice president at a bank and joined the ranks of the self-employed. One thing is certain, it is a different life and every day is different than the day before. Where I was once concerned that I didn’t have the dedication for self-employment, I work more hours than ever before, and I hardly notice. I love the freedom to be writing this at 6:30 in the morning in my pajamas. Although I do miss someone putting money in my checking account every other week, the rewards come in so many other ways. Being on the cutting edge of all the things Natural Awakenings is a part of, helping a new small holistic businesses get their message out, watching others grow and flourish, and seeing an awakening right here in Rhode Island warms my heart. When you find your passion driven life, it does not seem like work anymore. Keep your head up, awareness high, and your mind open. You never know what might be in the next coffee shop! With gratitude and a wish for a happy, healthy Thanksgiving for all.

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


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newsbriefs Winter Magic and Family Fun


egin this holiday season with a festive day of family fun. Each year, Meadowbrook Waldorf School celebrates the coming of winter with twinkling lights and festive decorations during the wonder-filled Holiday Faire. This year, the festivities begin from 6 to 9 p.m., November 17, with shopping, a bonfire and music for adults. Festive Family Fun Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 18. Bring the entire family for marionette performances and strolling, seasonal singers. Visit the Gnome Cave to take a magical journey through a sparkling crystal cavern. In the craft rooms, children of all ages can create delightful gifts using natural materials, or families can work together to make a centerpiece for the holiday table or try candle dipping. Outside, children can ride ponies and play in the beautiful woodland grounds. In the Holiday Faire Store, guests will find timeless and unique treasures, including toys and books that nurture natural, healthy childhood, as well as hardto-find gifts for the adults in your life. Shop for handcrafted items or explore the collection of vintage clothing accessories. Friendly assistants will be on hand to help make selections. Meadowbrook Waldorf School is located at 300 Kingstown Rd., in West Kingston. For more information, contact Beth Riungu at See ad on page 7.

Small Circle Opens in Providence


mall Circle, a community marketplace that features 100 percent locally made products, has opened at 464 Wickenden Street, in Providence. Described by owners Sarah and John Memoli as “a cross between a farmers’ market and an art festival, the marketplace includes ceramics, clothing, natural food and beauty products, candles, textiles, bags, woodworking, mixed-media art, jewelry, photography, crafts, stained and blown glass and more. “We feel strongly about minimizing our contribution to a global production system that promotes sub-standard wages, poor factory conditions, child labor, use of toxic chemicals and pollution in order to mass-produce consumer goods,” say the Memolis. “Through this mission we can also stimulate the Rhode Island economy and support members of our own community by providing a year-round marketplace to showcase and sell local goods. To further reduce our carbon footprint, we maintain an environmentally friendly focus in every aspect of our store’s operation—from upcycled products to recycled paper to reclaimed furniture. We have spent the past few months meeting and partnering with over 100 local small business owners, and have been overwhelmed by the spirit and talent of these artisans. We are so excited to bring you all of their amazing hard work under one roof.” For more information, call 401-290-8017 or visit See ad on page 30.


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Workshop Provides Business Tools for Practitioners


ate Siner Francis, Ph.D., will present Purposeful Profit: Business Skills Intensive for Practitioners, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., November 17, at Providence Westin, in downtown Providence. The workshop will provide essential business tools for therapists, healers and other heart-centered professionKate Siner Francis, als who want to Ph.D. create a greater impact and increase profits. In this workshop, participants will learn to reconnect with the reason they went into business—the desire to make a difference; what skills are needed to be successful; secrets for creating clients; and powerful ways to double profit and develop their field recognition. “What most therapists and value-driven business owners lack are the business skills to make it all possible,” says Francis. “But, it is not just the business skills, it’s the business skills that fit with the kind of work that you do—that are as value driven as you are. If you are wondering why you just can’t seem to get results for your efforts that you want, you want to make it to this event.” For more information, call 401-272-4578, email or visit See ad on page 9.


What most therapists and value­driven business owners  lack are the business skills to make it all possible. But, it is  not just the BUSINESS SKILLS. It is the business skills that  fit with the kind of work that you do — that are as value  driven as you are. If you are wondering why you just can't  seem to GET RESULTS for your efforts that you want, you  want to make it to this event.

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9 Design Grooming has opened at 1020 Pontiac Avenue, in Cranston. At K9 Design Grooming, owner Tiffany Duffy and her staff provide high quality grooming services personalized to fit each pet’s unique needs. Staff members are professional, courteous and patient, and provide pets with a bathing treatment to suit their individual skin and coat. All baths include a relaxing hydro spa bathing system treatment, a high powered, efficient system that penetrates deep into the coat to remove shedding hair, dirt and debris, and gives the pet a relaxing soothing message. “Your pet isn’t just a pet, he’s a beloved family member,” says Duffy. “We pride ourselves on creating a relaxing and positive grooming experience with a personal touch. Your dog will be treated how you would want him to be treated— like a part of the family.” For more information, call 401-461-1505 or visit See ad on page 43.

Local Naturopathic Doctor Publishes Textbook


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r. Jody E. Noé, a professor of oncology and family medicine at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, has published The Textbook of Naturopathic Integrative Oncology. The book is designed to teach medical college and health science students fundamental cancer cell biology and inflammatory pathway biochemistry in preparation for managing patients with various forms of cancer, integratively. While several texts have been written on integrative medical practice in general, this is the first book to focus exclusively on naturopathic integrative cancer treatment. A graduate of Old Dominion University and Bastyr University, Noé is also the founder of the Integrative Oncology Clinic and the Chair of Botanical Medicine. She served as senior staff physician and integrative researcher in oncology at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and currently practices naturopathic family medicine, naturopathic integrative oncology, and Cherokee medicine in Pawcatuck, Connecticut. The office of Dr. Noé is located 101 West Broad St., in Pawcatuck. For more information, call 860-495-5688 or visit See ad on this page.

Westerly Fitness Opens in Westerly


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esterly Fitness, an independently owned and operated fitness center that offers a host of exercise and circuit training equipment, group exercise classes, virtual training classes, massage therapy, tanning services and personal training, has opened at 231 High Street, in Westerly. The new gym is open to individuals of all fitness levels, and the expertly trained staff is available to assist customers with all their physical fitness needs. The facility maintains a wide variety of exercise equipment, such as free weights and dumbbells, cardio and strength training machines, cross cable machines and stability balls. The cable training circuit system machines provide strength training and work the core muscles. Customers may follow their own exercise regimen or take advantage of the center’s personal training services. Their mission is to assist their customers with all their physical fitness needs and goals, while enhancing their overall physique. For more information, call 401-315-0115 or visit See ad on page 41.


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newsbriefs One-Stop Holiday Shopping at Festival Fete Holiday Market


void crowds and the stress of holiday shopping by taking advantage of a great opportunity for one-stop shopping at the second annual Festival Fete Holiday Market, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 1 and 2, at the Garden City Center (in the former Borders bookstore), in Cranston. The art festival will feature over 100 contemporary American art and crafts artists with items big and small including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, sculpture and home accessories. While shoppers get a jump on their holiday gift buying, children can visit the Creation Station to make a gift for a loved one. The show will also feature visits with Santa and free gift-wrapping. “The idea behind the Holiday Market is to kick-off the holiday season with a family-focused event,” says Jennifer Neuguth, creative director of Festival Fete. “We want families to come together and enjoy their holiday shopping in a stressfree environment. We’ve even created an area for kids to make handmade gifts for the special people on their lists.” The Holiday Market promises a jovial and cheer-filled atmosphere featuring some of Rhode Island’s most renowned entertainers and artists. Shoppers will be entertained by the Ladies of the Rolling and the RI Children’s Choir.  Festival visitors will be encouraged to work alongside local artist Lisa May Tobin on an interactive community art project. “We believe there is an artist in everybody, so we’re creating opportunities for festival attendees to express themselves and experience the thrill of creativity,” states Neuguth.

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Soul Wisdom Healing Arts Hosts Open House


erri Maroney and Cris McCullough of Soul Wisdom Healing Arts will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 17. During the event, guests can learn more about what Soul Wisdom Healing Arts has to offer while enjoying refreshments. Gift certificates will be available to purchase for the holidays and individuals can sign up for a chance to win special gifts, including a gift certificate for free treatments. Cris McCullough Guests can also enjoy a lecture on Ayurveda by Jessica Ferrel; a talk on the health benefits of wild foraging by Karen Johnson; and information on the value of the Labyrinth for healing by Cris McCullough. Soul Wisdom Healing Arts offers client-centered care for the body with massage, Thai massage, journey dance and nutritional consultations; and for the mind and spirit with shamanic journeywork, spiritual astrology and tarot, life transitions coaching and holistic support. Soul Wisdom Healing Arts is located at 675 Ten Rod Rd., in Wickford. Park across the street at the Old Mill and walk across to the farmhouse. For more information, visit

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New Website for Holistic Living and Spiritual Development


sychic Medium Bridget DeBose has launched, a website designed to help individuals begin their spiritual journey and gather a holistic living approach to life. The mission is to improve people’s lives by bringing “greater world peace through the path of enlightenment.” The website showcases a variety of holistic practitioners teaching various subjects. On the path to enlightenment, the website contains how to attain peace by creating less stress in one’s life with workshops such as Eat Yourself Healthy with Dawn Parente, a holistic nutritionist, and the spiritual teachings of DeBose in the workshop, Releasing the Fear in Your Life Through Spirituality. encourages and advocates for one’s healing and having a mind-body-spirit approach to everyday life. The teleseminars are convenient for anyone seeking enlightenment with live teleseminars, replays and downloadable content in MP3 format. not only aims to improve a person’s life, but also to bring out a person’s abilities as he or she uncovers their path on their spiritual journey. For more information, call 401-726-0372 or email

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Live Proper Chiropractic Hosts Seniors Appreciation Week


ive Proper Chiropractic is hosting Seniors Appreciation Week in honor of seniors and their families, from November 11 to November 17. During this period, new patients can receive an initial chiropractic visit, which includes a health history, consultation and orthopedic and neurological exam, for a donation of $20 to the Westerly Senior Citizens Center Association. Established in 1982, the mission of the Westerly Senior Citizens Center is to provide opportunity for the “young at heart” to meet and enjoy a wide variety of social, educational, health and recreational activities and programs. They promote positive aspects of aging to seniors, their families and the community at large. Dr. Luke Pinatello, owner of Live Proper Chiropractic, is a board certified doctor of chiropractic and certified health coach specializing in providing exceptional care through the treatment of acute and chronic back pain, neck pain, migraines and headaches, weight related issues, herniated discs, pinched nerves, fibromyalgia, musculoskeletal conditions, subluxations and stress related issues. Live Proper Chiropractic is located at 77 Franklin St., Westerly. For more information, call 401-315-2300 or visit See ad on page 13.

Aquidneck Acupuncture Introduces New Product

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quidneck Acupuncture, a clinic offering acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and aromatherapy, has introduced a new aromatherapy/acupressure product created by owner Shawna E.M. Snyder. Snyder blended several pharmaceutical grade essential oils to create a formula that is specific in treating the symptomology of a particular Chinese medical diagnosis. Three formulas, Soothing, Uplifting, and Focus, address the most common patterns she sees in practice are currently available. The formula is in a convenient, 1 dram (1/8 oz) glass, roll-on bottle. In addition, each formula comes with an information card that lists the Shawna E. M. Snyder symptoms of that particular Chinese medical pattern so that individuals can choose which is the appropriate blend for them, directions on use and a diagram of the body that shows which acupressure points where one would apply the essential oil formula. Cost is $15. “I’ve had great results with the product and patients love using them,” says Snyder, “So, it’s like a mini acupressure treatment using aromatherapy.” Aquidneck Acupuncture is located at 170 Aquidneck Ave., in Middletown. For more information, call 401-297-1642 or visit See ad on page 21.

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rovidence can finally boast it has a completely vegetarian (nearly vegan) restaurant. Conveniently located in downtown Providence, Veggie Fun offers a pan-Asian menu including Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Singapore and Malaysian cuisine. Stepping in to fill the void, Lucy Zhu came to Rhode Island with her experiences working with vegetarian food in New York. “There’s vegan food everywhere you look in New York,” she says. “So when I visited with some vegan friends, I realized there was not even one vegetarian restaurant in Providence.” Zhu’s aim is to feed folks who are looking for healthy options, not just those who live a vegetarian lifestyle. Tempting the taste buds are menu options like General Tso’s “chicken,” pad Thai, Singapore curry noodles and an innovative take on Korean bibimbap. All menu items indicating meat or seafood are actually made from wheat gluten (also known as seitan) or soy. No MSG is used and a wheat-free section of the menu highlights what gluten intolerant diners can select. The vast majority of the menu is vegan, with only a few menu items containing dairy. All others are completely free of cholesterol, animal ingredients and by-products, such as eggs, seafood, meat and gelatin. Veggie Fun offers a great casual, but classy, night out in addition to quick and affordable lunch specials for the downtown lunch crowd. Veggie Fun is meant for all taste buds, vegetarian or not. Veggie Fun is located at 123 Dorrance St., in downtown Providence. For more information, visit

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Good Foods to Keep the Brain Sharp


ew research reveals that diet may make a difference in reducing the risk of developing the most common form of dementia, known as Alzheimer’s disease. A study published by the American Academy of Neurology suggests that eating foods containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, chicken, salad dressing and nuts, may be related to lower blood levels of a problematic protein called beta-amyloid associated with Alzheimer’s and memory problems. For the study, 1,219 people older than 65 and free of dementia provided information about their diets for an average of 1.2 years before their blood was tested for beta-amyloid. Researchers looked specifically at 10 nutrients, including saturated fatty acids; omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids; monounsaturated fatty acids; vitamins E, C, B12 and D; beta-carotene; and folate. The scientists found that higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids corresponded to lower blood beta-amyloid levels. Particularly, those consuming just one gram more than other study subjects’ average daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids experienced a 20 to 30 percent decrease in beta-amyloid levels in the blood. One gram of omega-3s can be obtained by eating half a salmon fillet, once a week. Other foods that contain healthy omega-3s are flax seeds, almonds, walnuts and walnut oil, tuna and sardines and in small amounts, vegetables like Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach and salad greens.

The Other Problem with Trans Fats


o keep the holidays merry, rather than moody, check labels when stocking the pantry and avoid products containing trans fatty acids, which not only contribute to insulin resistance, inflammation and heart disease, but also exacerbate mood swings. After studying nearly 1,000 men and women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, researchers at the University of CaliforniaSan Diego School of Medicine found that consumption of dietary trans fatty acids (dTFA) was significantly associated with greater aggression and irritability. The study, led by Associate Professor Dr. Beatrice Golomb, provides the first evidence linking dTFA with adverse behaviors, ranging from impatience to overt aggression. Analysis of participants’ baseline dietary information and behavioral assessments were adjusted for sex, age, education and use of alcohol or tobacco products. The new finding strengthens health experts’ recommendations to avoid eating products like margarines, shortenings and prepared foods that contain trans fats and to steer clear of serving them in schools and other institutions. Source: PLoS One


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Antibiotics Overused for Sinus Infections


study by investigators at the Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, concludes that antibiotics typically prescribed for sinus infections aren’t any more effective than inactive placebos. “Patients don’t get better faster or have fewer symptoms when they get antibiotics,” says Dr. Jay F. Piccirillo, a professor of otolaryngology and the study’s senior author. He adds, “Our results show that antibiotics aren’t necessary for a basic [acute] sinus infection—most people get better on their own.” The researchers do suggest treating symptoms such as pain, cough and congestion and carefully watching to see if further treatment is necessary.

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his month, we will vote on local and national elections. Though Renewable Now is not political, we believe solutions to our current problems easily cross party lines. Two major issues to consider in this election are energy and the environment. On a national level, the differences between the candidates are stark. Though they both plan to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, how they propose to do so is radically different. The same disparities can be seen within local ranks. Here are some of our thoughts on how to evaluate the choices in future plans for energy use and management of the environment. 1. Reducing energy use is readily available and has the quickest return on investment. That includes improving transportation systems, switching to alternative fuels and retrofitting buildings. A solid energy plan has to start with conservation. Without it, no energy source—conventional or renewable—will be able to keep up with demand.

2. As we switch off of imported oil, do we focus on domestic production of fossil fuels or invest in cleaner alternatives (wind, solar, geothermal, wave and others)? Fortunately, through the research efforts of universities and private organizations like Rocky Mountain Institute, we’ve moved to a stage in which clean energy is a viable, profitable source of power for our homes and businesses. Our governments must step into the forefront of this transformation. 3. Can we make the transition to electric vehicles, and which government leaders will help get us there? If we do, our reduction in the use of fossil fuel, and the shift of dollars and jobs back into the U.S., will add volumes to the history books on historic industrial revolutions. 4. Perhaps most importantly, how do we best use our natural resources to power a new, smarter, sustainable economy? Along with reducing debt, these are the greatest challenges and opportunities we face. Let’s hope the right leaders step forward today, thanks to our votes, to put us firmly on the road to a bright, clean future. Watch Renewable Now on ABC 6 and the Live Well Network, listen to the live radio version on WARL 1320 AM, read the blog at or visit


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African Savannas Hold Clues to Drought Relief This year, much of the United States has experienced the most severe drought since the 1950s, prompting governors to declare emergency conditions. There is no guarantee that the crisis will be alleviated, but new research points to a way that farmers may be better able to cope. In the hotter, drier climate of the semiarid African savanna, flowing between the Atlantic Ocean and Red Sea, farmers have successfully fought back an expanding Sahara Desert and turned once dry, uncultivated scrub into highly productive farmland. The key to success is allowing trees to grow where they once cut them down, and adopting agricultural techniques that take full advantage of scarce water resources. Experts claim that today’s American farmers should recognize the benefits that trees can bring to even the most arid plots of land. Chris Reij, a sustainable land management specialist at Free University Amsterdam, who has worked in Africa since 1978, observes, “Given the situation in the U.S. corn belt, these practices might help farmers in Kansas and Iowa adapt to more extreme weather and help make their crops more resistant to drought.” Adding more trees, planted in rows between crops or bordering fields, could provide many of the same benefits found in Africa: improved soil and water quality and windbreaks that keep dry topsoil from going airborne. Fallen leaves and twigs inject nutrients into the soil, reducing the need for expensive fertilizers that can also pollute nearby streams or wells. Trees cool temperatures on a local scale, trap carbon and clean the air. Their roots are natural filters between fields and waterways and can help keep soil moist. Plus, tree fruits and nuts provide food for farm animals and wildlife. It’s an Early American agriculture tradition worth revisiting. Find more information from the USDA National Agroforestry Center at

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sector jobs that feed their souls more than their bank accounts. Off-the-clock volunteerism is soaring. Due to working and earning less, people are also consuming less, cooking, sewing and gardening more, rediscovering forgotten passions and relationships and finding new ones in the process. “When the economy tanked, it prompted a real moment of spiritual awakening for all of us,” observes Sue Frederick, of Boulder, Colorado, a nationally renowned career counselor who also applies her intuitive skills in helping clients like Readnower find their muse. “We are no longer able to hide out behind jobs and benefits that might not have been a good fit for us to begin with. People are remembering their soul’s mission and waking up to the true work they are intended to do.” At the leading edge of the purpose-driven career movement is the millennial generation, now in their 20s

In the midst of uncertainties, many are asking, “Why am I here?”

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hree years ago, Cindy Readnower felt as if work was swallowing her life. As a single mom with two sons to support and two franchise restaurants to run in Sarasota, Florida, she routinely would get up at 4 a.m. and go to bed after midnight. She didn’t see enough of her boys. “I never had a free moment to just shut down and think about what I really wanted,” she recalls. Then the economy collapsed, forcing her to shutter her businesses, file for bankruptcy and consult with a career counselor to plan her next steps. Today, at 57, she’s working as a life coach and business consultant and as she sees it, living the life she is meant to live. “When you hit hard times and say, ‘My worst fears have come true; what am I going to do now?’ It makes you realize you will only find true success when you follow your passion,” she says.


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Readnower represents what some see as the silver lining in these challenging economic times. At a time of high unemployment, when some can’t find a job and others are working grueling hours to compensate for laid-off coworkers, many Americans are stepping off the corporate hamster wheel and sincerely asking themselves: “What is my purpose here, and how can I realize it?”

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According to a recent study by the nonprofit, which helps older Americans pursue more meaningful careers, as many as 9 million people ages 44 to 70 have already transitioned into encore careers that combine purpose, passion and a paycheck. Another 31 million would like to. Meanwhile, surveys show that new college grads are increasingly gravitating toward nonprofit and public

through early 30s. Having come of age amidst the Enron Corporation scandal, 9/11, Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the 2008 economic collapse, they’re graduating from college with a more holistic perspective on what constitutes a good career. “The decade in which we have matured has been turbulent in almost every dimension,” says John Coleman, 31, a recent graduate of Harvard Business School and co-author of Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders. “This generation is looking at a world that has so many problems and saying, ‘The old opportunities are not there anymore, so we have to create new ones.’ Many are actively seeking more meaning and purpose at work.” One 2010 survey of 500 MBA students found that when considering a long list of options for what they looked for in a career, they ranked “intellectual challenge” and “opportunity to impact the world” as their first and third priorities, bracketing “compensation” which ranked second.

has observed firsthand Another analysis by It is not how how success often folThe New York Times found much you do, lows, because, “When that in 2009, 11 percent more college graduates but how much you choose in favor of worked for nonprofits the things that have the love you put than in the previous year. greatest, deepest meaning Accordingly, Coleman’s you, the universe supinto the doing, for book is packed with enports you more than if you couraging examples, from that matters. are just tepid and neutral a Harvard MBA student about something.” ~ Mother Teresa and a U.S. Marine that For some, that has co-founded a nonprofit meant working fewer hours addressing poverty in for less pay, in order to alKenya’s largest slum to a biomedical low more time for clarifying meditation, engineering grad that launched a web- family dinners, volunteering at a local based car-sharing service. shelter, taking a long-yearned-for dance This altruistic, purpose-driven class or planning the next career shift. It career track seems a stark departure has also led to willing trade-offs in buyfrom that of the baby boomers, collecing less and doing more for oneself. tively referred to as the “me” generation According to the 2010 MetLife for its materialistic ethos. Yet those that Study of the American Dream, 77 specialize in helping people find more percent of Americans now say that meaningful lives say this group curachieving their big dream comprises rently counts among their best and most improving the quality of their lives by focused customers. strengthening personal relationships. “We are at a time in the world As for millennials, 39 percent say they when it is more socially acceptable already have what they need. Also, to follow your passions,” says Janet those that feel growing pressure to buy Attwood, whose Passion Test workmore and better material possessions shops—established in 2004—are has dropped from 66 percent in 2006 welcoming more people than ever. “In to well below half today. my day, my dad was so freaked out I’d “Plenty of people have already end up homeless that he sent me to started down this path. They’re growing business school so I would learn how vegetables, raising chickens and keeping to type. Back then, parents never asked: bees. They’re building their own homes, ‘What turns you on?’” often with the help of friends and neigh That’s a shame, remarks Frederick, bors,” writes Boston University Sociolbecause first hints at our purpose often ogy Professor Juliet Schor, Ph.D. bubble up in our youth. “I believe all of In her groundbreaking book, us know at some point what our gift is, Plenitude: The New Economics of but we often bury it and say, ‘I have to True Wealth, she argues that contrary to many economists’ assumptions, a fit in and get a job with benefits and a good paycheck.’” There is an alternative. shorter work week and smaller economy is better for society as a whole. More, such a lifestyle, “allows people Work and Consume Less, to build stronger social connections, Live More maintain their physical and mental Attwood stresses that living in line with health and engage in activities that are one’s passion isn’t just about work, more creative and meaningful.” noting, “It’s about your relationships and friends, your spirituality and health, what you consume and where you choose to live…” She asks clients to write down five life-defining passions (see sidebar) and use them as a guidepost. “Whenever you are faced with a choice, a decision or an opportunity, choose in favor of your passion,” she counsels. Attwood

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Take the Passion Test Make a list of your passions; the 10 or 15 things most critical to your happiness and well-being. Start each entry with, “When my life is ideal, I am … ” (living in a beautiful house in the mountains, working in a job that changes lives, spending plenty of time with my children, etc.) Don’t worry about how you’ll get there. Just write it down. You become whatever you are committed to. “People often write down a passion, but if they can’t immediately see how they can manifest it, they erase it and instead write something down that they can easily put their arms around. In other words, they play it safe,” says Janet Attwood, co-author of The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose. Instead, think big. Narrow the list to your top five passions. Write all five passions down on five index cards. Post passions in places you will routinely see them, such as on the bathroom mirror and refrigerator door; display them prominently on your computer. Create a vision board (a collage of representations of your passions). “It’s an easy way to keep your attention on the things you really want to grow stronger in your life,” notes Attwood. Use these priority passions as a guidepost. “Whenever you are faced with a choice, a decision or opportunity, choose in favor of your passions,” advises Attwood. Then run to the goal with purpose in every step. Take the test again every six months, because passions can change and evolve over time.


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This is the true joy of life— being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. ~ George Bernard Shaw continued from page 23…

stand. But when it came to choosing a career, “There was always this trigger that went off in my head that said, ‘You need to make money,’” she explains. By her mid-40s, this San Dimas, California, resident boasted a six-figure salary and a successful, but not terribly fulfilling career doing accounting and strategic business planning. To indulge her creative side, she created colorful spreadsheets, but it wasn’t enough. “At one point, I acknowledged, ‘I am not happy walking into work anymore,’” recalls Bastian, now 52. “I felt like a hamster on a wheel.” Seven years ago, she walked out, and with Attwood’s help, set out to find her true callings. “People always think you have to pick just one, but you have passions that run across every aspect of your life,” she says. “I now realize I am a dancer, fashion designer, family person and spiritual woman.” Bastian begins each week by making a color-coded “strategic plan of action,” making sure to include elements of each of her five passions: financial freedom, exceptional relationships, optimal health, successful business ventures and an alliance with God. That means she’s back in school studying fashion design, and now makes time for dancing, church, family and a part-time career-coaching business. She says that it has been financially rough at times. But the “sacrifices”—like fewer hair appointments, fancy clothes, meals out and expensive holiday gifts for friends—have been well worth it. “I now have the flexibility, freedom and joy of knowing I am living who Juliette truly is,” she says with a smile. “I know I’ll be taken care of as long as I honor what truly matters to me.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance writer near Boulder, CO. Connect at

More Purposeful Life Tips Make time for a spiritual life. Whether it’s pausing to meditate in the morning or going to church or temple, allow time to reflect upon who you are and what you really want. “If you are not setting aside time to explore these questions, you won’t find the answers,” says John Coleman, author of Passion and Purpose. Don’t limit yourself to one purpose, such as a job. Decide who you want to be, rather than focus on what you are doing or want to do. Seek out mentors, young and old, that appear to be living a passionate life and ask them how they reached their life space. If you have the option of working less to pursue other passions, consider it. To save money, think about what you can make, grow or do, rather than pay for. In the process, you may rediscover an old passion. Let your talents guide you. If you are good at something, the chances are you are passionate about it. Do more of it, and that doesn’t necessarily mean volunteering forever. Consider making a passion into a relevant career. “We are not here to give away our gifts for free and then go to a job we hate,” says career counselor Sue Frederick. Take baby steps. If you can’t quit your job to follow your passion quite yet, take baby steps. Write a business plan. Take a class. Start volunteering. Meanwhile, focus on activating passions in other areas of your life. What is one thing you should stop doing, and one thing you can start doing today? Additional sources: Janet Attwood, author of The Passion Test; Juliet Schor, author of Plenitude


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ith the onset of school, parents are stocking up on essentials, including at-home remedies to help keep kids healthy this winter. Natural Awakenings has compiled several leading experts’ best tips.

and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease, by Dr. Bharat Aggarwal, also a Ph.D. and researcher at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston.

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“Elderberry syrup is great for coughs,” advises Lennihan. “A study done in Israel showed that elderberry extract is as effective against the flu as Tamiflu.”

Dr. James Balch, a leading natural health expert, urologist and pioneering author in healing nutrition, recommends menus rich in colored fruits and vegetables filled with carotenes. “These foods are potent antioxidants, help with immune function and are involved with the growth and repair of tissues,” he writes. For picky eaters, serve crispy carrot sticks, buttery sweet potatoes and juicy apples.

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While protecting skin from direct sun rays is an ongoing concern, current research shows that many children are deficient in the vitamin D sunshine provides. Gordon advises parents, “Ask your pediatrician to test your children to determine if they need supplements.”

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In Treatment Alternatives for Children, Dr. Lawrence Rosen, who practices at the Whole Child Center, in Oradell, New Jersey, notes: “By adding probiotics to vitamin D supplementation, parents can be even more certain to keep the flu away from their children.” Lennihan maintains that using homeopathy can stop a child’s nascent cold before it blossoms fully. “When your son shows signs of lower energy and just wants to lie on the couch, or your daughter has a mild fever and says her throat is a bit scratchy, those are the times for ferrum phosphoricum,” she says. “The 6x potency will keep the cold from ever developing.” Two pellets, three times a day, works well. If parents miss the early signs of an approaching cold, then arsenicum album is the homeopathic medicine needed. Lennihan holds that it’s the most useful remedy when a child’s nose is running incessantly. She attests that allium cepa [common bulb onion] is a good backup if a child has an itchy nose or raw red skin under it. Both remedies are best given in 30C potency, two to three pellets three times a day for up to three days, to see if symptoms subside.

Keep crunchy sunflower seeds within easy reach. High in vitamin E, they help children resist the flu and upper respiratory infections. Brazil nuts are good too, because they are high in selenium that keep bacteria and viruses from replicating.

Healing Herbs

Burke Lennihan, a registered nurse, certified homeopath and author of Your Natural Medicine Cabinet, encourages parents to stock up on garlic, ginger, turmeric and cayenne. “There’s a reason why [these herbs] are so popular worldwide,” she says, “and it’s not just the flavor. They have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and other medicinal properties that modern science is just beginning to document.” Another helpful resource is Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday

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Dr. Deborah Gordon, of Ashland, Oregon (, recommends that parents use supplements relied on as basics in the home generations ago: “All children benefit from fermented cod liver oil.” Although it tastes bad, it’s one of the most effective immune boosters available in a safe and easily absorbable form.

Chiropractic Care

Dr. Joseph Passanante, a New York City chiropractor, offers insights based on

immunology research that has demonstrated a link between the nervous system and regulation of the immune function. Thus he states, “By aligning the spine and removing nerve interference, chiropractic care enhances immunity, so that good health is maintained.” Receiving regular gentle adjustments can help children ward off illness more effectively, and they will become more limber from the treatments.

Clean Water

Encourage children to wash their hands regularly and drink plenty of fresh water. The Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, advises drinking water, clear-broth soups or warm lemon water with honey to loosen congestion and prevent dehydration. Over-the-counter, water-based saline nasal drops and sprays also can help combat stuffiness and congestion. Plus, unlike nasal decongestants, they are safe and non-irritating, according to Mayo sources. They also note that a saltwater gargle can relieve a sore or scratchy throat.

Chicken Soup

Our grandmothers may have been even smarter than we thought. Recent studies at The Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha, illustrate that chicken soup relieves colds in two ways. It acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the cells that add to inflammation and by speeding the movement of mucus, reduces the time that viruses are in contact with the nose.

Sound Sleep

Dr. Greg Meyer, a Phoenix, Arizona, integrative physician, says the key for parents is to make sure children don’t overexert themselves when they are sick. “Kids need to rest their bodies in order to heal,” he advises. “An extra day of rest can yield a more certain cure and more reliable recovery.” At this point, parents might need some, too. A little tea party or some time cuddled up with a good book might help the whole family feel better. Lauri Grossman, a doctor of chiropractic and certified classical homeopath, practices in New York City, NY. Learn more at and


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all is officially here, which means leaves are transforming into glowing shades of red, orange and gold, the wind is whipping through our hair and the air—much like our skin—is becoming cool and dry. Toes and fingers are suddenly cold, driving us into the back recesses of our closets to ferret out fuzzy slippers, toasty mittens and cozy scarves. For many, a heightened sense of anxiety is also afoot. So what’s a person to do? To ensure we feel terrific no matter what season is upon us, it’s important to be mindful of the three specific body types (doshas)—vata, pitta and kapha—that make up one’s constitution, according to Ayurveda. Vata, specifically, governs movement in the body, the activities of the nervous system and the process of elimination.

Modifying our diets according to the season, just as we do with our wardrobes, is an important step to take in order to optimize peace, warmth and stability this fall. A good way to understand a fall vata pacifying diet is to think about what’s being offered at local farmers’ markets. Seasonal foods include root vegetables, healthy whole-grain carbohydrates, low-fat dairy and healthy oils. Read on for some more specific tips on how to gracefully yet dynamically make the transition from summer to fall with a vata pacifying diet.


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Vata Soothing Fall Foods are Grounding, Warming and Wholesome Vegetables Fill the belly with the grounding goodness of beets, asparagus, and carrots. Yams, potatoes, turnips, rutabagas, broccoli, peas, cauliflower, pumpkins and squash are also good choices.

Fruits To balance out the light, crisp autumn air, be sure to cut out light, dry or crisp fruits and instead reach for heavy, moist fruits such as bananas, peaches, dried fruits, avocado, plums, berries, rhubarb, pineapple and papaya. For optimal digestion benefits slightly warm the fruit and consume it before meals.

Oils Healthy oils help the digestive system work and provide essential fatty acids. Opt for extra virgin olive oil, ghee, peanut, walnut or sesame oil. Carbs The bulk of carbs during these months should come from rice and wheat. Curb your intake of barley, corn, buckwheat, millet and rye. Protein Nuts are a perfect way to get plenty of protein. During the autumn season, beans can irritate vata. Mung bean dahl is the exception to this rule.

If consuming meat, opt for organic, free-range chicken, seafood and farm fresh local eggs.

Spices Vata pacifying flavor makers include ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, cardamom, basil, mustard, fennel, oregano, sage, tarragon and thyme. Salt and black pepper can be used in moderation. During the season, be sure to avoid cold, icy drinks. The seasonal transition from summer to fall asks us to modify our wardrobes in order to stay comfortable on the outside; the same goes for the food that we eat and how it affects us on the inside. By embracing an autumnal vata pacifying diet, we will not only look great on the outside, but also feel amazing on the inside. Sandi Andersen is the founder of Dharma Healing Center, in Providence. Contact her at 401-237-0180 or visit

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House Happiness Small, Green and Paid For by Lindsey Blomberg


anda Urbanska’s dream home is more cottage than castle. Despite childhood yearnings for sprawling digs with a lavish pool, her concern for the planet’s welfare and a practical approach to finances has led her to a radically different fantasy: a home that is small, green and paid for. Owning a smaller home is a “triple hitter,” says the Harvard graduate and author of The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life. “With a smaller home, we can pay off the mortgage quicker, use less furniture and have less space to clean and maintain, heat and cool.” Also, less space effects less consumption—needed more than ever as dwellings have increasingly turned into what Urbanska refers to as suffocating, “sinkholes of stuff, clogging the flow of energy and movement in our lives.”

She predicts, “Once we’ve purged our systems of the excess, the focus will be on creating lives that are dynamic and streamlined, where the carbon cost of a thing is weighed along with its price tag, and where the focus is on usability, rather than ownership.” The rise of McMansions as part of a runaway “bigger is better” mentality saw the average American house size surge from 983 square feet in 1950 to 2,521 square feet in 2007, reports the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Due to the 2008 recession, many owners were left with upsidedown mortgages, causing newer homes to be more modest in size. Like the notorious sports utility vehicle (SUV) craze, now faded due to steep gas prices, the McMansion trend is quickly declining. “Today’s entry-level buyer seems to prefer a far simpler presentation

than what had been popular with their parents,” observes Heather McCune, former editor-in-chief of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler. “I don’t think it would be out of line to characterize it as an anti-McMansion attitude.” Real estate website recently reported that slightly more than half of Americans say that 1,400 to 2,600 square feet would be their ideal home size. According to the NAHB, nine of 10 builders are planning or constructing smaller homes than in the past. In 2010, the average new home size dropped to 2,377 square feet and by 2015, the average newly built home is predicted to measure just 2,140 square feet. Even in more affluent areas, builders are beginning to construct model homes that are one-third smaller than what they were building just a few years ago. “‘Small is beautiful’ is back in vogue,” remarks Andrew Gates, a Sotheby’s International Realty real estate broker in Salisbury, Connecticut. “The simplicity aesthetic is more prevalent after what we’ve been through the past few years.” Savings accrued from the purchase of a more sustainable, lower-impact home allows reasonable investments toward modern, energy-efficient upgrades like bamboo flooring, water conservation and filtration devices and Energy Star appliances. The National Association of Realtors’ 2010 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that nearly 90 percent of buyers considered heating and cooling bills important, and more than 70 percent wanted high-efficiency appliances.

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“As advocates of energy efficiency, we have been encouraged by a change in home buyers’ and homeowners’ attitudes toward energy efficiency,” says Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. With increased energy efficiency comes increased home value; a recent study in The Appraisal Journal indicates that the market value of a home increases by $10 to $25 for every dollar saved on annual fuel bills. Coinciding with smaller single-family living quarters is a boom in multigenerational homes across the country. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, as of 2010, 4.4 million homes held three generations or more under one roof, a 15 percent increase from 3.8 million-plus homes just two years earlier. In multigenerational households, the need for expensive daycare is lessened, while grandparents and adult children can also contribute to household income by paying rent. Urbanska, who resides in North Carolina with her 90-year-old mother and 15-yearold son, says, “I’ve been able to save money on both child and elder care while staying close to Mother in her later years.” The rapid turn toward both financially and environmentally smarter habits looks like it’s here to stay, concludes Michelle Kaufmann, co-author of the acclaimed Prefab Green and a Sausalito, California, architect of eco-friendly homes. She says she is busier than ever, because these concepts are resonating widely. “It’s sad that it took a complete economic meltdown for people to appreciate smaller homes,” she observes, “but at least something good can come from it.”

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consciouseating organic and gluten-free. Also, FeverTree mixers (tonic water, bitter lemon, ginger ale and ginger beer) are all natural—again, not all sugar free—and amazing. Organic or fresh-squeezed fruit juices also make good mixers. Monin has a sugar-free pomegranate syrup that can substitute for grenadine.”

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HOLIDAY CHEER Special Drinks Help Make a Party Memorable by Judith Fertig


Musician Dave Matthews’ Spirits and the his year, glassWoodinville Whises of choice Dreaming Tree wines of key Company.” holiday cheer might help everyone Sonoma County, California, feel jollier the morntout lighter bottles for a Organic ing after, as well as Wines and smaller carbon footprint, during festive getBubbly togethers. As party labels made of 100 per- “Much like spirits,” hosts or guests, we cent recycled paper and Rathbun says, “you can stock or bring may have to do gluten-free beversustainably grown corks. some research on ages and organic wines and sparspirits, wines, mixers He recently partnered with kling wines, and and cocktails that The Wilderness Society. then find the finest avoid sugary syrups organic options to help keep our “fain your area.” Some good choices for la-la” spirit going stronger and longer. organic wines include Nuova Cappel Leave it to award-winning author letta, from Italy’s Piedmont region and A.J. Rathbun, a Seattle-based wine and Snoqualmie wines from Washington spirits expert, to steer us away from State. Also, the Organic Wine Company ingredients that can turn naughty on of San Francisco imports a variety of orthose that are nice. He leads us off with ganically produced French Languedoc some of his favorite beverages. wines. For a sparkling wine, Rathbun suggests La Cantina Pizzolato’s prosecOrganic Spirits co, produced in Italy’s Vento region. In the category of organic spirits, Rathbun likes Square One organic vodka, Organic and Low-Sugar Casa Noble tequila and Juniper gin. “Also, if you can find their products,” Mixers he advises, “great organic and sustainKeeping the artificial ingredients to a ably made spirit-makers from the state of minimum in mixers is important, too. “I Washington include Bainbridge Organic strongly suggest Rachel’s Ginger Beer,” Distillery, Side Track Distillery, Sound says Rathbun. “It’s not sugar-free, but is 32

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Rathbun found that small-batch distillers that use local and organic ingredients assure customers that they’re getting the real thing, with no unwanted extras. Koval, in Chicago, for instance, offers a naturally gluten-free millet whiskey that’s distilled from organic grain, and then aged in oak barrels made in Minnesota, deemed free of even trace amounts of gluten. Other gluten-free alcoholic beverages can include wines, vodka, tequila, brandy, bourbon and scotch. By contacting the maker or company directly, gluten-free fans can find out more about their beverage of choice. Captain Morgan’s spiced rum, for example, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau permit to be designated as glutenfree, is not labeled as such on the bottle. Gluten-free beers are appropriately labeled and include Sapporo, a Japanese beer brewed from rice; Green’s, a British beer made from a blend of sorghum, buckwheat, millet and brown rice; and O’Brien’s, an Australian beer using a blend of sorghum, millet and rice. Gluten-free beer lovers can also check locally for micro-brewed options.

Crafting a Holiday Cocktail

Signature cocktails have become a holiday specialty of Andrea Currie, who recently appeared on the Discovery Channel’s Craft Wars. “A cocktail is kind of like a dessert,” says the San Diego, California, creativity specialist. “You don’t have one every day, and when you do have one, you want it to be really, really good.” Moreover, she adds, “When you make cocktails by hand, you get to control the ingredients.”

Currie blogs and crafts at Hand, with her husband, Cliff. His becoming gluten-free three years ago prompted her to develop her gluten-free Mistletoe Mojito, using rum distilled from sugar cane, rather than grain. Pear juice, fresh strawberries and mint combine for a fresh-tasting and festive concoction. Signature cocktails can build excitement for holiday get-togethers, notes Rathbun. “Plan on serving only two or three signature drinks, plus having wine, beer and a nice nonalcoholic option,” he suggests. “If you start mentioning these drinks on the invitations to whet people’s appetites, you give your celebration more personality from the get-go and help ensure a memorable holiday party.” Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood

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nnerlight Center for Yoga and Meditation, in Middletown, will begin its 2013 Yoga Teacher Training in January. The 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered training, directed by Kim Chandler and Yanna Sahady, is a weekendformat program designed so yogis can weave what they are learning into their daily life and yoga practice over the course of 11 months. A free informational session will be held at noon, November 2 and at 9:15 a.m., November 3. The training emphasizes the discovery and development of each teacher’s unique voice and teaching style, and provides a comprehensive foundation in asana alignment and anatomy, pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy, teaching methodology, and professional ethics. The program includes progressive teaching practicums and ongoing personal mentoring, so Innerlight graduates have the knowledge and experience they need to begin teaching yoga with confidence. 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. Students 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 has been teaching yoga since she established the first Innerlight School of Yoga in 1990, in Portland, Maine. Sahady, an IT consultant in her “other life” and a dedicated student of Anusara yoga, has taught yoga in studios, homes, schools, barns, parks, businesses and conventions. Cost is $2,650 by Nov. 15 or $2,700 after. Payment plans are available. 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 36.

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antosha Yoga Studio will host Level 1 Amrit Yoga Teacher Training, sponsored through the Amrit Yoga Institute, from January through April 2013. A free informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m., November 15, at Santosha Yoga. The training will be taught by internationally renowned Gurudev Yogi Amrit Desai and Kamini Desai; Gurudev Yogi Amrit Desai Institute teachers Jaya Jen Buckland and Jagdish Tom Buckland; and Santosha owners Heather Eilering and Nitya Melissa Walsh. Participants in the training will discover the true essence of yoga beyond the yoga mat. The ultimate intention of authentic yoga is the integration of all internal conflicts that create havoc with our health, personal and professional lives. The Amrit Method combines a strong foundation of asana with inward focus and meditative awareness. The alternating impact of deliberate, dynamic postures and deeply absorbing silence and relaxation are hallmarks of the Amrit Method of Yoga that allow even a novice student to enter the deepest levels of relaxation, tranquility and stillness. This program is designed for aspiring teachers and yoga practitioners from all traditions.

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Carolina have shown that regular physical activity can reduce fatigue by about 40 percent, says Puetz. “If exercise were a pill, it would be like the magic pill of all time,” remarks James Hill, Ph.D., executive director of the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Research suggests that exercise enhances nearly every system in the body, he says. “But you have to walk on that treadmill; you can’t just sit on it.” Exercise burns calories, while energy drinks and snacks add them. Plus, unlike caffeine and other stimulants, exercise improves sleep (as long as it’s not too close to bedtime), points out Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D., co-director of the Exercise Psychology Laboratory at the University of Georgia, and Puetz’s research partner. Periodic exercise can prevent people, often fatigued because of insufficient sleep, from falling into a vicious cycle.

How to Energize Any Workout Anthony Wall, director of professional education for the American Council on Exercise, offers these tips. Play music. An increasingly popular way for bumping up the energy level of a workout is to listen to an iPod loaded with a heart-pumping and self-motivating playlist. Research by Costas Karageorghis, Ph.D., of Brunel University, UK, has shown that syncing the right music with the right intensity level for the individual can improve cardio performance by as much as 15 percent (Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology). Hydrate. Drink water throughout the day and during every workout to maintain energy levels. Sleep. Strive for a regular sleep routine. Motivate. Remember that the reason for working out is not just because, “I’m supposed to,” but because, “I want more energy to play with the kids,” or “I want to feel good every day.”

nearby, developed new brain mitochondria, considered the energy powerhouses of the cells (Journal of Applied Physiology). Researchers knew from human studies that exercise can boost these mitochondria in the muscles, but the brain connection had never been shown. Davis speculates the increase could play a role in boosting exercise endurance by making the brain more resistant to fatigue, plus help individuals feel more energetic. Just getting the blood pumping with a cardio blast can make people feel more energized, Hill contends, because blood supplies oxygen and nutrients that generate fuel for the body. Regardless of the energy connection, researchers note that exercise improves overall health, maintains healthy weight and reduces risk of disease, making it an obvious choice as a double-duty energy boost. “What so many of us do is grasp at things and try to make ourselves feel better in the short-term,” Hill says. “Regular exercise can make us feel better in the long term.” “You don’t have to run a marathon,” Puetz adds. In fact, it’s best not to overdo it, Puetz and O’Connor coun-

sel. High-intensity workouts can drain energy in the short-term, and serious athletes that over-train can even end up in a low-energy, depressed state, they say. Their study published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics looked at otherwise healthy, but fatigued, people, finding that both low- and moderatelevel exercise produced a similar and significant reduction in fatigue. O’Connor offers a general recommendation, which varies with fitness level, of walking, swimming or cycling at least 10 minutes and up to an hour most days of the week. Even taking two or three 10-minute walks throughout the workday will make an energy difference, Puetz advises. “Anything’s better than nothing,” he concludes. “The bottom line is: If instead of reaching for that cup of coffee, you grab a pair of athletic shoes, you are not only going to experience the desired energy boost, you are going to be living a healthier lifestyle.” Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health, medicine and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at or

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. —Plato

“When I roll out of bed in the morning, I’m not reaching for a cup of coffee,” Puetz says. “I’m reaching for my sneakers. I do a morning run every day and the days I don’t get it in, I can feel the difference.” A workout can boost mood, relieve stress, improve cognitive function and generate new connections in the brain, all promoting a sense of energy, Hill notes. Researchers believe that changes in the brain are the most likely reason for the exercise-energy link, according to O’Connor. A recent groundbreaking study led by J. Mark Davis, Ph.D., director of the Exercise Biochemistry Laboratory at the University of South Carolina, found that mice that exercised one hour a day for eight weeks, versus mice that lounged


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Sammy Ate a Lily!

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CALL 911! by Sandra Murphy

It seemed like a good idea to bring home a lily to plant in the back yard. After finding the plant on the counter, Sammy, a two-year old domestic short-haired cat, thought it was a good idea too—and a good snack. He was wrong. Lilies are toxic to cats and depending on the variety can cause problems ranging from burning in the mouth, drooling and vomiting or for the common Easter lily (the bell shaped flowers sold in the spring), kidney failure.


ammy’s owners, Alan Amado and his wife, were lucky. They saw Sammy had eaten two leaves and they immediately searched the internet for information. When they saw the toxicity, they called the Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, who advised them to bring Sammy in. Because Sammy was at the hospital within an hour of ingesting the leaves, he was able to


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receive fluids and go home after a two day stay, without any aftereffects. "We were so lucky for two reasons - first, we were there and saw what he had eaten, and knew we had to take action. Second, we had pet insurance, giving us peace of mind during a very stressful time," says Amado. “Petplan is reasonable in cost, especially compared to human insurance, has a quick turnaround on payments and they

Look for a class that covers these topics: • CPR and rescue breathing, • how to check vital signs, • control bleeding, • handle and restrain an injured pet, • induce vomiting (and when not to), • what to do for bite wounds, • how to recognize and treat heatstroke and frostbite, • how to prevent and treat poisoning, • what to do for burns, • choking, • diarrhea, • broken bones, • seizures, • shock • and vomiting. ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may apply. called to check on Sammy a few days later. His bill was $731. We paid the $200 deductible and Petplan paid the rest.” The lily wasn’t Sammy’s first experience with Ocean State. He had a urinary blockage and had treatment that cost $2500. Amado paid the $200 deductible and Payplan took care of the balance. Sammy had a recurrence and required surgery—the tab was just over $3000 but was considered part of an ongoing treatment so no additional deductible was charged. Petplan covered the cost. Pet insurance, like insurance for humans, is something no one wants to need but appreciates it’s there when the tests, treatments, and surgeries cost more than is affordable. There are many companies to choose from and each has a variety of plans available with varying

deductibles, coverage and age of pets covered. Read the fine print to know if there’s a limit per year and when deductibles are applied.

Consider the things that are harmful to cats and the odd things they eat: Cats play with yarn, right? Yes, and they like to chew it. Swallowing yarn can tangle in your cat’s digestive system and cause major problems. The same goes for tinsel, thread and the elastic cord on cat toys. People foods that cats should avoid include onions, garlic and related root veggies which destroy red blood cells, green tomatoes or raw potatoes, especially the leaves and stems which cause gastrointestinal distress. Grapes and raisins have been toxic to dogs and although studies haven’t decided yet about cats, don’t share. Chocolate shouldn’t be given to dogs or cats. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic so keep it for yourself and hide it well. Pale gums and tongue can mean internal bleeding or poison. Know the normal color of your cat’s mouth so you can tell the difference if he’s in trouble. Clawing at the face or mouth may mean he’s choking, has a bad tooth or has something wedged in the roof of his mouth. Seizures can be scary to see. Protect your cat from falling off the furniture, put a towel under him in case he wets, pet and talk to him as you time the seizure. Call the emergency vet but unless the seizure lasts several minutes or he has more than one, they may say it’s safe to wait to see your regular veterinarian. Keep lavender essential oil on hand. If a frisky kitten burns his paws on a hot stove or cuts himself after inspecting and breaking a glass, lavender oil starts the healing process immediately. It also has a calming effect on both the human and the cat. The Red Cross offers first aid classes including CPR for pets. If there isn’t a class near you, check at kennels or animal shelters for classes. Knowing how to be calm in an emergency situation, to stop bleeding, muzzle or restrain an injured cat, or to give CPR, before leaving for the ER vet, can be a lifesaving difference for your cat.

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Bunnies Bink! by Sandra Murphy


t’s the jumps, twists or runs happy rabbits do,” says Pamela Hood, founder of Sweet Binks rabbit rescue, a state licensed shelter in Foster, Rhode Island. “Since 2000, we’ve rescued over 1,700 rabbits—strays that were turned loose when the novelty of owning a rabbit wore off or from shelters more attuned to dogs and cats. We don’t take owner turn-ins.” The address of the shelter is not shown on the website so Sweet Binks won’t find bunnies dumped on the doorstep by frustrated or bored owners. In one recent rescue operation, the count was seventeen stray rabbits and three from a shelter. The strays are the bunnies that are lop-eared or different colors—not the basic brown wild cottontails.

When you’ve decided on rabbits, make sure the bunnies are spayed or neutered. Oftentimes, pet store personnel make errors when determining the sex of rabbits which results in unwanted litters. Adopting from a shelter like Sweet Binks ensures spayed or neutered healthy bunnies who are compatible companions. While many rabbits aren’t lap buns, they are social and like to sit on the couch with you as you watch television. Like all of us, bunnies love their toys and snacks. Bunnies love play time too. A wicker ball is a toy to roll and chase—just make sure it’s chemical-free. If you’re enjoying a bowl of popcorn during the movie, have sprigs of parsley on hand for bunny’s snack food. Bonded pairs are rabbit BFFs.

Dogs frap.

Cats do the zoomies.

Humans Happy Dance. Bunnies bink.


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Bunnies can be territorial so finding just the right companion for a rabbit is important for peace-keeping—don’t just get another rabbit and assume they’ll get along. Often, one rabbit will be dominant and outgoing while the other is submissive and quieter or more reserved. “Pairs are less trouble because they keep each other company. We suggest getting a bonded pair from the start,” says Hood. “For a bonded pair, being apart is stressful, even for a short time. If one bunny dies, the other needs to see him to know what happened.” “Buns groom themselves as often as five times a day and consume hair,” she says. “Not eating can be a sign of a blockage. It’s important to have a veterinarian who knows rabbits.” Call the vet for advice. Bunny might just need a shot to stimulate his appetite. Be sure to take his BFF along for the ride to reduce the stress of an office visit. Bunnies can get along with other pets—dogs and cats included, as long as the dogs and cats are not preydriven. If the dog or cat chases anything that moves, it could startle the bunny into cardiac arrest. Taking care of a bunny’s meal, litter box and sweeping loose hay teaches children responsibility and respect for the pet’s life. For bunnies and other pets, supervised play with children is always best. If bunnies have free-run of the house, area rugs or hallway runners help rabbits get traction on tile or hardwood floors. Keep lamp cords high or enclose in conduit to keep bunnies from chewing live wires. Have several litter boxes throughout the house and toys to distract bunny from chewing on your things instead. X-pens (dog exercise pens) work well for containing bunnies who chew on woodwork or furniture while giving them more room to play and move around than a crate or cage does. Teenage bunnies might need to be crated at night to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep for all. Teeth grow throughout the life of the rabbit and must be kept at the

Bunnies are social and love a set routine. They need exercise, mental and physical. Two are more fun than one—if they’ve been spay/ neutered. Bonded pairs need to be together. Feed a lot of hay. Find a vet who really knows bunnies. Most of all, adopt, don’t buy.

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Thursday, November 1

Vedic Astrology Jyotish Workshop – 10am-5pm. Through 11/4. With Vedic Astrology you will find an objective point of view to understand your life style tendencies, habitual ways of thinking and acting, your affect on other people, and greater self awareness to incite change. $290. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372. Love Yourself, Heal Your Life – 6:30-8:30pm. First class of a 5-week series based on the work of Louise Hay. Uncover the mindset that has limited your success in biz, relationships, finances and more. $179. Ferncrest Center for Yoga, 90 Warwick Ave, Cranston. 401-286-5259. Register:

Friday, November 2

Free Beginner’s Svaroopa® Class – 9:30-11am. Enjoy deep relaxation with easy poses customized for your body. Learn to release tension and cultivate calm, ease and bliss. Beginners welcome. Call to save spot. With Maria Sichel, CSYT. Free. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Healing Current Meditation – 10-11am. Guided meditation connecting with the healing current of the John of God healing center, The Casa de Dom Inácio. Bring something comfortable to sit on and water to drink. $10 suggested donation. Holistic Healing Moment, 194 Waterman Ave, 3rd fl, Provicence. 401-287-4044. Zenabelle in Store Event – 3-6pm. Complimentary skin care consultations and mini-facials featuring Suki a clinically proven natural skincare solution. Samples and a special promotion will be offered. Limited spaces are available, call to reserve. $20 refundable reservation fee. Zenabelle, 573 Hope St, Bristol. 401-396-9603. Urban Yoga Retreat: 8 Limbs of Yoga – 7:309:30pm also 11/3, 7am-6pm. Gain a clearer understanding of these ancient tools and bring them into practice. An overnight retreat if you wish to remain in the energy created. $95, $75/members. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Saturday, November 3

IET & Healing Angels with Heidi – 9am-5pm. Spend the day in the energy of your angels. Feel the joy of the IET angels. Learn to receive messages about your soul purpose, creativity and special gifts. $100. Herbs & Angels, 1989 A Plainfield Pike, Johnston. 401-383-2344. The Eye of the Storm, Workshop – 10am-1pm. Sometimes life feels very busy with conflict; peace seems far away. Just as the center of a hurricane is perfectly still, through meditation we can learn to find peace. $25, $15/students & seniors. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. Meaningful Makeovers – 12-5pm. Renowned makeup artist Gabriele DeSantino of Gabriele Cosmetics will provide complimentary makeovers. Giveaways and special promotions will be offered. Limited spaces available, call to reserve. $20 refundable reservation fee. Zenabelle, 573 Hope St, Bristol. 401-396-9603. Shaman Apprenticeship – 1-4pm. Shaman Apprenticeship program continues around the Wheel of the Year with independent, group and personal study. Details on our website. $300. Soul Wisdom Healing Arts, 675 Ten Rod Rd, Wickford. 401-662-6642. Two Ame Wren Workshops – 1:30-3:30pm. Breath and Bandhas: Tools to Ignite Your Yoga Practice & Intentional Alignment and Purposeful Adjustments For Teachers and Aspiring Teachers, 4-6:30pm. $30 & $40 or $60 for both. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Reiki/IET/Counseling Sessions – 10am-2pm. Nancy Schoenewolf, MA,CAGS a mental health clinician & energy healer ,with experience with anxiety, depression, PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, utilizing a variety of methods. $65. Craik Building, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 212, Warwick. For an appt: 508-577-6784.

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Angel Whispers Personal Shopping Day – 10am2pm. Unique gifts blessed and energized. Gemstone/ crystal car companions, jewelry, chakra items and more. You can meet with Adriene to order a piece created just for you. Free. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, The Willness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Gold Plaza, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278. Yoga and Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. This class will start with a gentle yoga practice and end with a guided meditation to find stillness, inner peace and complete relaxation. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Free Beginner’s Svaroopa® Class – 7-8:30pm. Enjoy deep relaxation with easy poses customized for your body. Learn to release tension and cultivate calm, ease and bliss. Beginners welcome. With Maria Sichel, CSYT. Call to save spot. Free. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Awakening through Drum Healing – 7-9pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power or soul loss. Drum healing returns lost parts to self, removes blocks and restores harmony. $35 group format. Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna, 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. 401-736-6500.

Out of the Box Networking Social – 5-7:30pm. Bringing the business, art, events and wellness communities together in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Enjoy wine tastings, light appetizers, cash bar and door prizes. $10. Shela Lara Vineyards & Winery, 21B Reservoir Rd, Coventry. 401-769-1325.




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Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-8:45pm. Deepen your journey practice and gain insight to your own guidance. Bring a journal, pen and something to lie on. Knowledge of how to journey is required. $10. Katharine Rossi, 215 Shady Lea Rd, Rm 204, Mill at Shady Lea, North Kingstown. 401-924-0567.

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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. (Central RI and beyond) Tim @ 401-921-5060

Thursday, November 8

Quantum Healing – 7-8:30pm. Works with gentle touch that quietly activates the autonomic nervous system to spontaneously and immediately create an atmosphere in which deep healing can take place. $20 donation. Waves Of Wellness, 155 Park Ave, Cranston. RSVP: 401-480-1934.

Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Explore your dreams, learn techniques to improve your dream recall and set up your dream space. Work with your own dreams and assist others with theirs. Bring a journal. $15. David Barr & Katharine Rossi, Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-626-7088.

Free Beginner’s Svaroopa® Class – 9:30-11am. Enjoy deep relaxation with easy poses customized for your body. Learn to release tension and cultivate calm, ease and bliss. Beginners welcome. With Maria Sichel, CSYT. Call to save spot. Free. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Saturday, November 10

Wednesday, November 14

Yoga Arts for Children Ages 5-8 – 4-5pm. Also 11/8, 11/15 & 11/29. Includes music, storytelling, and creative games plus nature-based art projects while children learn age-appropriate postures of yoga as well as other elements of movement and relaxation/meditation. $60/4 classes. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Reiki I and Reiki II Certification – 1-6pm. Reiki I for self healing, November 10, 1-6pm and Reiki II, November 11, 10am-5pm. $150 for Reiki I, 175 for Reiki II. Soul Wisdom Healing Arts, 675 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown (Wickford). 401-662-6642.

Parent Visitor Day – 8:30-10:45am. Tour the school. Observe classes in session. Time for questions and answers. Adults only. Please call or email to register. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570.

Han Way Aha Class – 6-8pm. Learn to accomplish your dreams. Learn how to improve your life. Hay Way Aha is a positive resource for anyone. A free class, and what could be a better price. Dharma Healing Center, 154 Waterman St, Providence. 401-237-0180. Group Manifesting for the Earth – 7-9pm. Join us as we set out to manifest with the Earth. Truly magical as we follow a meditative format and span the planet as a group. Cleaning up the water this class. $10. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Friday, November 9

Healing Current Meditation – 10-11:15am. Guided meditation connecting with the healing current of the John of God healing center, The Casa de Dom Inácio. Bring something comfortable to sit on and water to drink. $10 suggested donation. Holistic Healing Moment, 194 Waterman Ave, 3rd fl, Provicence. 401-287-4044. The Yoga of Living: Leadership, Love and Freedom – 6:30-9:30pm. 11/10, 12-6:30pm & 11/11, 12-5pm. Create an intentional and meaningful life of purpose, passion, and possibility. Delve into the wisdom of yoga. All are welcome. No yoga experience necessary. $245 all three days. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Holistic Awareness Fair – 10am-5pm. Join Waves of Wellness, together with other holistic healers for a day of education and wellness. Sponsored by the Rhode Island Holistic Healers Association. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-480-1934.

Kirtan – 6-8pm. Kirtan celebration. Call and response chanting with Experience this devotional practice of Bhakti Yoga. $15. Essence Yoga, 2197 Broad St, Unit 2, Pawtuxet Village, Cranston. 401-378-9197.

Sunday, November 11

Reiki Level 1 Certification Class – 11am-5pm. Learn this gentle Japanese healing technique to heal yourself and others. Includes history of Reiki, attunement, hand placements and much more. Manual and certificate. $135. Pathways to Healing, Bobbie Schaeffer, Warwick. 287-4093. Guided Meditation – 4-5:30pm. Sit in meditation to create peace within and without, with questions/ discussion after. Meditating in a group increases feelings of peace, tranquility and transcendence. $5. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

Tuesday, November 13

Angel Whispers Personal Shopping Day – 10am2pm. Unique gifts blessed and energized. Gemstone/ crystal car companions, jewelry, chakra items and more. You can meet with Adriene to order a piece created just for you. Free. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, The Willness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Gold Plaza, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278. Making Peace with Food and Your Body – 6-9pm. Join Barbara Holtzman, author of Conscious Eating, Conscious Living, to develop a healthier, more intuitive relationship with food and learn how to find your body’s natural weight without dieting. $55. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Story Hour – 10-11am. Appropriate for toddlers, young preschool age children and their caregivers; Space is limited so please call or email to register. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570.

Thursday, November 15

Guided Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Need to relax? Need a boost to de-stress your life? Have you tried meditation? For beginners or veterans to learn a new level of peace. Dharma Healing Center, 154 Waterman St, Providence. 401-237-0180. 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.

Friday, November 16

Healing Current Meditation – 10-11:15am. Guided meditation connecting with the healing current of the John of God healing center, The Casa de Dom Inácio. Bring something comfortable to sit on and water to drink. $10 suggested donation. Holistic Healing Moment, 194 Waterman Ave, 3rd fl, Provicence. 401-287-4044. 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. Never had a massage before? This is a great way to start. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, Maple Ave. Medical & Professional Center, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652. Psychic Life Coach Robert Almeida – 7-8:30pm. Receive the guidance to enhance your life with happiness, peace and prosperity. Psychic Life Coaches provide guidance, inspiration and motivation to help people achieve their goals. $20 donation. Waves Of Wellness, 155 Park Ave, Cranston. RSVP: 401-480-1934.


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Saturday, November 17

Angel Whispers Personal Shopping Day – 10am2pm. Unique gifts blessed and energized. Gemstone/ crystal car companions, jewelry, chakra items and more. You can meet with Adriene to order a piece created just for you. Free. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, The Willness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Gold Plaza, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278.

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Thursday, November 29

Holiday Makeover Event – 5-7pm. Professional makeup artist Claudia Moriel will provide complimentary makeovers. Sign up for a special makeover or stop by for expert makeup tips. Limited spaces available, call to reserve. $20 refundable reservation fee. Zenabelle, 573 Hope St, Bristol. 401-396-9603.

Healing Retreat – 1-4:30pm. Communication is the key to healthy relationships. A mini-retreat to increase awareness and communication using yoga therapy, meditation, partner yoga and communication skills. $45, $40/members. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

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

Holiday Faire Adult Evening – 6-9pm. Shop and socialize at our lovely Holiday Faire without the kids. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570.

Abraham-Hicks Discussion Group – 7:30-9pm. Once you activate a vibration in you, Law of Attraction responds with wanted or unwanted experience. We will discuss these profound ideas about creating your own reality. $5. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

Sunday, November 18

Holiday Faire, Family Faire – 10am-4pm. Kids crafts, treats, shopping, and more. Join us for this lovely family event. Free admission. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570. Chakra Meditation and Bracelet Making – 1-2:30pm. Chakra meditation to clear and open the 7 chakras. Make your own chakra bracelet with the brilliant colors of Czech fired polished glass. Handouts and refreshments. $20. Pathways to Healing, Bobbie Schaeffer, Warwick. 287-4093. Drum Circle – 2-4pm. Join Waves of Wellness and enjoy an afternoon of drumming and healing around a fire as we create a circle of gratitude in thanksgiving for our blessings. Bring a drum, bells, or any creation of sound to relax. Hot tea, cider and snacks. RSVP, bring a chair. Offering for the RI Food Bank. Sunrose Farm, 495 Gilbert Stuart Rd, Saunderstown. 401-480-1934.

Monday, November 19

Free Beginner’s Svaroopa® Class – 11am12:30pm. Enjoy deep relaxation with easy poses customized for your body. Learn to release tension and cultivate ease, calm and bliss. Beginners welcome. With Maria Sichel, CSYT. Call to save your spot. Free. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Drumming Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Come join our Drumming Circle as we meditate, journey, and send loving, healing energy out to the world. Bring your own drum. Please RSVP. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, Maple Ave Medical & Professional Center, 310 Maple Avenue, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652.

Tuesday, November 20

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.


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Thursday, November 22

Thanksgiving Morning Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. With grace and gratitude join together for a Thanksgiving morning vinyasa (open to all levels) that will get your digestive system moving before the festivities. $10. Essence Yoga, 2197 Broad St, Unit 2, Pawtuxet Village, Cranston. 401-378-9197.

Friday, November 23

Angel Whispers Personal Shopping Day – 10am2pm. Unique gifts blessed and energized. Gemstone/ crystal car companions, jewelry, chakra items and more. You can meet with Adriene to order a piece created just for you. Free. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, The Willness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Gold Plaza, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278.

Saturday, November 24

Introduction to Tantric Philosophy – 3-8pm. Also 11/25, 12-5pm. Enlightening, yet basic exploration of the roots, history, and philosophy (darshana) of Tantric Shaivism. Specific focus on the 9th century Spanda (vibration) School of the Tantric tradition. $150. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Monday, November 26

Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage Certification – 10am-5pm. Also 11/27. Based on the ancient science of Ayurveda, this warm, herbal-oil massage (abhyanga) nourishes the skin, aids in removing impurities, stimulates both arterial and lymphatic circulation, and calms the central nervous system. $275. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372. 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.

Tuesday, November 27

Group Manifesting for the Earth – 7-9pm. Join us as we set out to manifest with the Earth. Truly magical as we follow a meditative format and span the planet as a group. Working on peace and diplomacy this class. $10. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Friday, November 30

Healing Current Meditation – 10-11:15am. Guided meditation connecting with the healing current of the John of God healing center, The Casa de Dom Inácio. Bring something comfortable to sit on and water to drink. $10 suggested donation. Holistic Healing Moment, 194 Waterman Ave, 3rd fl, Provicence. 401-287-4044. Learn How To Meditate – 7-8:30pm. Meditation is the art of silencing the mind. Come join us to learn all about the benefits, ways to better your health, reduce stress levels. Lecture and meditation. $15. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Build a Strong Immune System – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to build a strong immune system and fight off the winter colds and flu. A healthy immune system protects us against billions of bacteria, viruses, toxins and free radicals. $20 suggested donation. Waves Of Wellness, 155 Park Ave, Cranston. RSVP: 401-480-1934.

Saturday, December 1

Festival Fete’s Holiday Market – 10am-5pm. The festival will include over 100 Contemporary American Art and Craft artisans along with visits with Santa, Free gift wrapping, a children’s Creation Station, Big Nazo. $3 donation, free/children. Garden City Center Holiday Market. Yoga and Meditation Half Day Retreat – 1-3:30pm. Afternoon of self-care designed to recalibrate and balance wayward energies, and ground yourself in your inner resources so you can experience more laughter, joy, and abundance this holiday season. $35. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Friday, December 7

Healing Current Meditation – 10-11:15am. Guided meditation connecting with the healing current of the John of God healing center, The Casa de Dom Inácio. Bring something comfortable to sit on and water to drink. $10 suggested donation. Holistic Healing Moment, 194 Waterman Ave, 3rd fl, Provicence. 401-287-4044.

Sunday, December 9

29th Annual Christmas Roadrace – 10am-12pm. To support the Integrative Care Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital. Sponsorships will directly support Complementary Care for those touched by cancer. Grateful for Sponsors & Runners/Walkers. Rogers High School, Rogers High School, 15 Wickham Rd, Newport. 401-846-0042.

Saturday, December 15

A Mini Retreat for Mother & Daughter – 1-3:30pm. For girls ages 5-10 and their mothers (or other adult female role models). Playful yoga, colorful creative expression, soothing self care, and LOTS of healthy fun. Space limited, early registration encouraged. $40 per adult/child pair. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Thursday, December 20

Winter Solstice Celebration – 7-9pm. Come and share in a celebration of light on the darkest day of the year. $25. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.


Sacred Stone Facial & Ayurvedic Beauty – 10am-5pm. Also 1/12. Learn the concepts, history and theories of Ayurveda as it relates to beauty and health. Stones are free during the guided harvest!. $275. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372.

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Ethics for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers – 12-6pm. This overview of ethics will examine principals including professional values, boundaries, communication, and client relationships. Group discussion will be encouraged. This course includes the required 2 hours for NCBTMB in Standard V: Roles and Boundaries. With Gloria C. Mathiesen MA, LMT, NCTMB. Tuition $100. Held at: The Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 915-235-7427.

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Ananda: Sunday Service & Potluck – 10am12pm. Join us Sunday mornings for meditation, chanting, inspiration and satsang (fellowship) potluck lunch. Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Everyone welcome. Be in joy. Free. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Sunday Gong Bath & Meditation Group – 10am12pm. Last Sunday (Nov 18 because of Thanksgiving). Open discussion of a spiritual/metaphysical topic, followed by a guided meditation and ending with a gong/sound bath. With Joy Quinn Blum. Optional donation. Be Healthy & Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, North Kingstown. 401-258-3952. Sunday Meditations – 11am-12pm. Enjoy this relaxing morning class which includes a short talk and a guided meditation on how to apply Buddhist teachings in our modern lives. No experience necessary. $8/class, free/members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. Gentle Flow Yoga and Yoga Nidra – 6-7:15pm. All levels welcome to this blissful yoga flow with soothing music, basic poses and breathe awareness. Class ends with the dream like state of Yoga Nidra. $14. Essence Yoga, 2197 Broad St, Unit 2, Pawtuxet Village, Cranston. 401-378-9197. F.L.Y. (First Love Yourself) – 6-7:30pm. 3rd Sunday. A woman’s social group to connect with other woman for support, insight and friendship. Different topics, no topic off limits; it’s our group, it’s time to fly. $5. Footdiva, Craik Building, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 212, Warwick. Details: 401-368-8878. Last Sunday Gong Bath Meditation – 7-8:30pm. (Nov.18 because of Thanksgiving). Come relax and find peace within as the healing sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls flow around and through you. With Joy Quinn Blum. $20. Be Healthy & Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, North Kingstown. 401-258-3952.


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. Gentle Shanti Yoga – 9:30-11am. This class, great for beginners, introduces you to the wisdom of your body, through breath, movement and mindfulness. This class also helps you relax and reduce stress. $13/drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Zumba with Dr Cathy – 6-7pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. With Dr Cathy Picard. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Deeksha Oneness Blessing – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Monday. Open the heart, heal relationships, quiet the chatter of the mind, and initiate a process of Awaken-


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Gentle Yoga – 9-10:15am. In this class we’ll take it slow and easy and address any limitation due to injury, inactivity, physical disability, age, weight, etc. No experience necessary. $10/drop in or class card. Yoga School of South County, Peace Dale Office Bldg, 1058 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 401-932-1009. Yoga.Mobi. Fresh Connections Networking – 9-10:30am. Every other Tuesday. Using the power of women-onlynetworking to discover, reveal, focus and unleash the amazing strengths hidden within every women. First 2 visits free. Tamarisk Assisted Living, Susan Lataille, 3 Shalom Dr, Warwick. 401-769-1325. T’ai Chi – 10-11am. T’ai chi short form, yang style. $5/class. Middletown Senior Center, Green End Ave, Middletown. 401-849-7011. DrMichael@ The Confidence Course – 7-8:30pm. Feeling trapped by unhealthy habits and limited thinking? Learn simple yet effective meditations that give us the confidence in our daily lives to shed those limitations. $10/class, free/members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. Providence Laughter Club – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Explore, nourish and share intentional laughter as a means of cultivation wellness, healing, playfulness and connection in ourselves and our communities. Free; donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Providence. 401-270-5443. Wellness Challenge – 7:30-10pm. Come challenge yourself. Learn healthy eating habits and routines from local wellness gurus. Share recipes, learn fitness techniques and taste delicious healthy treats. $5. Grandville Apts, 18121 Patriots Way, West Greenwich.


Wintertime Farmers Market – 4-7pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. Yin & Yang Yoga – 3:45-5pm. A mixed level, slow flowing vinyasa class with deep attention to mindful alignments of body, mind and heart. With Jen Thomas. $15. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Candlelight Yoga – 4:30-6pm. Also on Friday. We have a beautiful space to practice calming the mind; toning the body for leaner looking and feeling great. Yoga practice compliments everything you do (balance and focus). Donation. Prema Yoga, 127 Pocasset Ave, Providence. 401-390-5419.

Kids’ Kung Fu – 4:45-5:45pm. Ages 6-12. Enrollment is now open for these multilevel kids’ classes, suitable for children with or without athletic ability. Flexible class times also include Mon & Sat. $180/12 weeks. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 435-6502. Breathe & Stretch Open Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Calm your mind and body. Breathe easier as you open your lungs. Gently move through poses to open and relax the back, shoulders, hips, and hamstrings. All levels. $10. The Herb Wyfe Yoga Studio, 23 Brown St, Wickford. 401-742-1669. AlignForWellness/Home/MainPage. Zumba with Dr Cathy – 5:30-6pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. With Dr Cathy Picard. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Hip or Knee Replacement? Just Walk – 6-7pm. Learn the walking technique that will sustain and protect your joints for the long run. Stay exempt from these invasive procedures (or prevent needing a second). $10/drop in or class card. Yoga School of South County, Peace Dale Office Building, 1058 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 401-932-1009. Yoga.Mobi. Rainbow Vinyaasa – 6-7:30pm. Kent Stetson teaches a vigorous and fluid yoga class to help detoxify the body and relieve stress. LGBT students and allies with an established yoga practice welcome. $13/drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Just Breathe: Simply Meditate – 7-8pm. These classes are perfect for beginners and experienced meditators alike. Each class consists of a brief teaching and a practical guided meditation. $8/class, free/members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277.


Gratitude Month: Student Specials – 8am-8pm. Explorer Pass for all new students, $20 for 2 weeks of Unlimited Yoga. All classes for existing students are just $10 for the entire month of November only. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. SAMA Ayurveda Program – 10am-5pm. Become a Registered Ayurvedic Health Counselor in this 21-month program. 605 hours. The first extended weekend of each month: Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. $290. School for Allied Massage and Ayurveda, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372. Fluid Fitness™ – 11am-12pm. Stiff, tight, tense? Gentle, effective, innovative “exercise” that moves your whole body fluidly. Slow aging, “swim” on land, and feel more free. Every body welcome. $12, $10/seniors. Soulistic Arts – Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-826-2020. Healers Group – 12:30-2:30pm. Weekly gathering of healers to share latest techniques and insights, to practice on or with each other and to help with distance healing cases. Brown bag lunch and circle. Free; donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.

Ananda Yoga, Meditation, Chanting – 5:307:30pm. Ananda Yoga, 5:30-6:45pm; Meditation & Chanting until 7:30pm. Enjoy evening of peace and bliss. First 3 Thursdays. Kyle: 401-789-1288. Herbwyfe, 23 Brown St, Wickford. Suggested donation $10. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Zumba with Dr Cathy – 7-8pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. With Dr Cathy Picard. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Hatha Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Mixed levels, beginners always welcome. New student specials 2 for $20; $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Deepening Somatic Consciousness. Walking meditation in addition to guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. HPH Monthly Parents’ Grief Group – Nov 29. 7-9pm. Providence chapter of Helping Parents Heal, a national organization offering support and healing for parents whose child has died at any age from any cause. With Joy Quinn Blum. Free. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-258-3952. Come move at Nia – 7:30-8:30pm. This practice is a form of dance arts, healing arts and martial art techniques. Done barefoot to soul stirring music and open to all shapes and sizes. Dance into your own joy. $12. Essence Yoga, 2197 Broad St, Unit 2, Pawtuxet Village, Cranston. 401-378-9197.


Breathe & Stretch Open Yoga – 8:15-9:30am. Calm your mind and body. Breathe easier as you open your lungs. Gently move through poses to open and relax the back, shoulders, hips and hamstrings. All levels. $10. The Herb Wyfe Yoga Studio, 23 Brown St., Wickford. 401-742-1669. Ellie0429.wix. com/AlignForWellness/Home/MainPage.

"Magnificence" is New England in Autum Group Energy Healing – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Fridays. Experience powerful healing energy from intuitive healer Kim Testa. Come experience why this is such a popular event. $20. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Drumming Circle – 7:30-9pm. Bring a drum and a fun spirit. Have fun while you drum the weeks stress away. It’s not how you sound alone, it’s with others that make it sound great. With Footdiva. $10. Craik Building, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 212, Warwick. Details: 401-368-8878. Gong Bath Meditation – 7:30-9pm. First Friday. Feel completely relaxed and peaceful as the healing sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over, around, and through you. With Joy Quinn Blum. $20. City Aiki, 200 Allens Ave, Providence. 401-258-3952. Gong Bath Meditation – 7:30-9pm. Last Friday. End your work week with deep relaxation and peace as the healing sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over, around, and through you. With Joy Quinn Blum. $20. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-258-3952.


Group Meditation – 8:30-9:30am. Manage stress, awaken intuition and connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization and sound. Individual sessions also available by appointment. Bring a friend. $10 each. Robert Arnold, Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. To register: 401-339-6092. Ananda Meditation– 9-10am. Start the weekend in the peace and joy of guided meditation and chanting. Join Kelly, 401-667-7315. All welcome. Meet at: 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N Kingston. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745.

Winter Time 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. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. Zumba with Dr Cathy – 9:30-10:30am. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. With Dr Cathy Picard. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Gentle Shanti Yoga – 9:45-11:15am. This class, great for beginners, introduces you to the wisdom of your body, through breath, movement and mindfulness. This class also helps you relax and reduce stress. $13/drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Kindergarten Kung Fu – 11-11:45am. Ages 3-5 practice coordination movement, have fun and gain discipline skills at the same time. Enrollment is open for this unique children’s class offered only at The WOD. $180/12 weeks. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 435-6502. Ananda: Raja Workshop – 1-4pm. 3rd Saturday. Explore teachings of Yogananda on peace and raising the inner energy. Discussion, meditation. Practical exercises for peace, energy and joy. $20 + a fruit. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Meditation for Spiritual Awareness – 4-5:30pm. 1st Saturday. Latent within each person is a spiritual energy that has the power to make us whole body, mind and spirit. Learn to tap into this latent power through meditation. Free. All that Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-789-5365. SpiritDanceRI – 7-10pm. Monthly smoke- and alcohol-free barefoot boogie. Dance in community and fun. A conscious alternative to the dance club scene. All welcome. All profits go to charity. Sliding scale $8-12, free/kids under 12. Bassett St, Providence.


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S.A.M.A. School for Allied Massage & Ayurveda Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., MS, LMT 79 Thames St., Newport, RI 877-832-1372 Ayurveda recognizes 4 stages of imbalance before a Western doctor can give a diagnosis. Using pulse analysis, Vedic astrology, and tongue analysis, I can gain insights about your constitution and current health conditions. This is a transformative, unique educational experience for people who are ready to create the life they were born to live. See ad on page 47.

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Cleanse your colon with privacy and dignity, using the premier Angel of Water system. The large intestine (colon) is cleansed by instilling purified water into the lower bowel through a disposable nozzle. The water initiates natural movement of the colon to eliminate waste. You remain in control of the flow of water at all times.  Remember:  The Rd to Good Health is Paved with Good Intestines! See ad on page 45.

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Michelle Maynard 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich, RI 401-886-1936 • Offering facials and skin care products that are free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, fillers and talc. 360 uses product lines with natural plant-based ingredients including Farmaesthetics and Jane Iredale Mineral makeup. Michelle is certified in Clinical Oncology Esthetics®, so she can provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals undergoing cancer treatment and those with health-challenged skin. See ad on page 29.

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

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holistic guidance Christine McCullough, MA

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

My Holistic Village


John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist 110 Jefferson Blvd Warwick, RI 401-374-1890

Need to lose weight and keep it off? Stop smoking? Learn to relax? Make other changes in the way you think, act or feel? Hypnosis can help. You will be amazed at how a few hypnosis sessions can make the impossible possible. Start by visitng my website. Then call for an appointment or to set up a free introductory consultation. And start turning possibilities into realities.

Resources for holistic daily living! Search the Chamber of Commerce Directory for holistic practitioners and merchants. Browse the Library articles and audios. Bookmark the Calendar for “must see” holistic events and more! Join today. It’s free. Own a business? Join the National Holistic Chamber of Commerce™ at

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

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

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

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

meditation The Zen Studies Program

S.A.M.A. School for Allied Massage & Ayurveda Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., MS, LMT 79 Thames St., Newport, RI 877-832-1372 Based on a Vedic form of astrology, numerology and sacred symbols, I can see very specific details of your past, present and future. Together, we can enliven your life’s purpose, understand why have met certain people, and determine events that may occur regarding career, money, love and health. Receive practical ideas for how to become healthier and more radiantly happy. See ad on page 47.

holistic wellness center Positive New Beginnings

877 BRdway East Providence, RI 401-432-7195

Reiki, Meditation, Spiritual Counseling, Law of Attraction Coaching, Angel Therapy, Crystal Healing, Yoga, Massage, Acupuncture, Theta Healing, Psychic Readings, Angel &Tarot Cards, Past Lives, Reflexology, Workshops, Magick Classes, Weddings, Moon Ceremonies, Psychic Parties, gifts, stones, herbs, Room Rentals. Sunday ~ First Spiritualist Church of RI -Come feel the positive vibe! See ad on page 25.

1282 North Main St (Inside Main Street Martial Arts) Providence, RI 401-213-9784 Old and new meet under the guidance of a Reiki 4 Shihan. Gain immediate relief from anxiety, depression, grief, pain, loneliness, stress, anxiety and general distress. Discover meaning. Individual and group sessions available. Most feel relief after one session, 4 to 6 provide a firm foundation. Come discover your life.

naturopathic physicians Sheila M. Frodermann, MS, ND, DHANP, CCH

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally - for all. Naturopathic doctor Certified Classical Homeopath - Bowen practitioner. 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.

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 43.

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.


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 21.

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

From the moment you step in... You feel the difference Offering various therapeutic massage modalities, Reiki, Cupping, Facials. Your table is waiting for you! We are who you have been searching for all this time. See ad on page 45.

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

459 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 401-450-4172

Make Local Your Focal Point! Buy from Local Vendors! 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 12.


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 "Best of Boston" …Ref'd by Doctors…Deep Tissue…Swedish…ease… 10,000+ massages of experience Since 1993

wellcare collaborative IT’S MY HEALTH


Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319 Specializes in Svaroopa® yoga, which is remarkably easy to do, and offers group classes and private yoga therapy. Through easy angles with lots of support, learn to release the deep tensions in your body. If you have back issues, neck and shoulder problems, or are looking to foster a deep sense of well-being, try a series of private sessions tailored to your needs.

yoga and holistic health center ALL THAT MATTERS

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

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

We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 33.

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.

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. — Mark Twain

natural awakenings

November 2012


holiday market Festival Fete’s

December 1st–2nd, 2012 • 10am-5pm daily

Garden City Center, Cranston, RI (in the former Border Bookstore location)

Join us for over 100 contemporary artisans, festive food by Whole Foods Market, FREE gift wrap, Children’s Craft making in our Creation Station, and lively entertainment to includeRI’s own Ladies of the Rolling Pin and the RI Children’s Chorus Learn more about Festival Fete by snapping:

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