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t seems I say this more and more often these days. Where did the time go? As we approach the holiday season and the end of the year, I think it surprises many of us that another year has passed. Bill and I were talking about it the other day. We have been in our house for nearly 10 years but we remember, like it was yesterday, when we came into our new home, sat on the floor in the living room and had a glass of wine to toast our new beginnings. Perhaps it is cliché to reuse, once again, how every day is a new beginning but to us, it’s just so true. There have been many difficult things about this past year but so much good as well. We can choose what we want to remember and this December, I choose to remember all of you, my friends and my family, my love for Natural Awakenings, my joy in sunrises and sunsets, and all the wonderful things that happened in 2012. In short, I am grateful every day. I think of myself as a spiritual person. While I don’t pretend to know all the answers, I know that striving to be a better person not only brings happiness to me but to those around me. I’m not sure; if my life’s goal is to be happy does that mean my life’s goal is to make my community happy? Neighbors, communities and businesses worldwide are embracing such heart-warming ideas in a growing movement captured in Linda Sechrist’s feature article, “It’s All about We.” on page 22. Fresh paradigms are taking root in alliances built on cooperation rather than competition. All around the world, enlightened individuals are moving away from “I win, you lose” perspectives and moving towards connectedness and meaningful relationships with all people and our planet. Working with people for common good, building bridges and finding common ground, connecting and being thoughtful, this is what community is all about. In this season we are more likely to think of ways to get involved and I hope we will but we shouldn’t sell short the concept that every interaction we have becomes a part of the community. Each smile, act of kindness, donation to charity, commitment of time, or gentle word is how we give back to our community.

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eter Manns, from Luxemburg, will be at Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, in Providence, on January 18, 19 and 20, offering Divine Alignment and Straightening, an opportunity for individuals to have the Divine touch them, heal them and continue to work within them long after the experience. During a session, measurements are taken of shoulder levels, hip levels, leg lengths and spinal straightness. The measurements are done with an outside witness for verification (It is encouraged to bring a witness, but not necessary as there are always new individuals willing to assist). Once measurements are recorded, Manns will facilitate the Divine to come within the individual and correct all imbalances. This is all done without Manns ever touching the person. Witnesses have reported that in a split second, spinal columns are straightened, hips and shoulders become level and legs are equaled in length. "What also occurs is the Divine lifts the burdens man places upon himself and this strengthens connection to source like never before," says Dr. Sara Ryan. Those in doubt are encouraged to witness an event. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology is located at 102 Gano St., in Providence. For information and appointments, email or visit or See ad on page 9.

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he Providence Institute for Contemplative Study and Natural Health (PI) is hosting some noteworthy events in the month of December. Guests are invited to come relax at PI for an afternoon of refreshments and good company while enjoying 20 percent off all shop merchandise during the Holiday Party Open House, from 3 to 6 p.m., December 9. The shop features a variety of items ideal for the meditator, yogi or spiritual seeker, including books, CDs, crystals and pendulums, herbs and nutrition and meditation and yoga supplies. Scott Kiloby will present Finding Happiness Through Presence at Rhode Island College (Adams Library, Fortes Room) from 5 to 7 p.m., December 3. Kiloby challenges the self-limiting beliefs that keep individuals from experiencing the deepest peace possible. Free and open to the public, the event is a nice introduction to his weekend retreat at Providence Institute, which takes place from 7 to 9 p.m., December 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 8 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 9. Cost is $100 in advance or $120 at the door for the entire weekend, or guests can pay for individual days. Keith Cowley will present the workshop Embodiment Flow and Qigong for Embodiment, from 10 a.m. to noon, December 15. The two-hour immersion workshop introduces a humbling partner practice developed from multicultural (non)martial arts that instills efficient body mechanics and postural alignment while adapting to spontaneous signals from a partner. Cost is $25. The Providence Institute is located at 18 Imperial Place, 6A in Providence. For more information, call 401-270-5443 or visit See ad on page 17.

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armacy Herbs, a Providence-based community health and education center, is offering personal herbal health consultations through its Community Health Clinic. Founded in 2008 by herbalist Mary Blue, Farmacy Herbs is committed to creating accessible community health care and wellness through environmental awareness and holistic practices. Offered on an affordable sliding scale basis, these one-on-one consultations provide clients with the personalized tools to support their health through herbal and nutritional practices. “Herbal health consultations with our trained herbalists give clients the unique opportunity to receive custom, herbal-based information and personalized suggestions for supporting their health,” says Blue. “In this way, we are able to support a person’s overall health and vitality.” Blue has offered consultations for the past 10 years. In the last six years, she has focused on training herbalists to make these consultations more accessible to the wider public. Herbal formulas are available to clients in the shop, some of which are grown by Farmacy Herbs at their 5-acre farm in West Greenwich. Through their clinic, farm, products and education center, Farmacy aims to promote sustainable, local and affordable health care. Farmacy Herbs is located at 28 Cemetery St., in Providence. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 401-270-5223 or visit

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60 Face Mind Body, a health conscious skin care spa, is offering free makeovers and makeup instruction for everyone, including teens, using the world-renowned Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup line. Jane Iredale uses the highest grade of minerals and Ecocert ingredients, resulting in sheer, luminescent and weightless coverage. Michelle Maynard, owner of 360 says, “I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say ‘makeup makes my skin breakout.’ I had been one of those people for far too long until several years ago when I finally found Jane Iredale Minerals and never looked back. Because of all its amazing healing properties, it can address common concerns such as acne, sensitive skin and anti-aging. The makeup has been a nice addition to our botanical skin care and facials.” Maynard says Jane Iredale Minerals is not only a makeup line for every day use because it is so beneficial for the skin, but it is also an exceptional makeup choice for special events, holiday parties, brides and bridal parties. “The makeup’s amazing natural coverage gives you a long-lasting, flawless and dewy look without the need for touch-ups.” 360 Face Mind Body is located at 99 Frenchtown Rd., in East Greenwich. For more information or to schedule a free makeover, call 401-886-1938 or visit See ad on page 9.

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fter graduating from the Career Education Institute with a license in massage therapy and bodywork, and later becoming nationally certified, Stephanie Enderby decided her goal would be to make massage affordable and founded Healing Hands Massage Therapy of Rhode Island. Today, Healing Hands employs about a dozen licensed massage therapists (LMTs) at three locations: 750 East Ave. on the Providence/Pawtucket line; 4635 Post Rd. in East Greenwich; and the chair massage kiosk at T.F. Green Airport. Enderby says Healing Hands Massage Therapy is dedicated to being the best in the area with affordable pricing, quality treatments and exceptional service. The locations accommodate same day appointments, on-site massage, parties, special events and corporate wellness programs. Services include Swedish massage, deep tissue, sports and pregnancy massage; hot stone therapy; raindrop therapy with essential oils; detoxifying foot bath, medical massage and ear candling. “Healing Hands will work on a sliding scale arrangement for clients who require it. In addition, for a limited time an introductory one hour massage is available for $39,” notes Enderby. For more information, call 401-640-0295 or visit See ad on page 27.

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he holiday season can be overwhelming, but there is plenty to celebrate with the return of light, good friends and family. Yet the hype is almost beyond real. Eyes of the World Yoga Center is offering a series of events in December to encourage a deep layer of calm into all things this season. The Yin Yoga Workshop, from 1 to 4 p.m., December 2, promotes well-being inside and out with the exemplary Yin and Dharma teacher Josh Summer, from Boston. Ease into Peace in the Heart, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., December 16, with the soulful sound and vibration experienced with Kirtan. Join Rhode Island’s own Bryna Rene as she guides participants to a deeper, clearer place through sound. A $15 donation is suggested. Pull all those wayward energies together in a celebration, as 2012 becomes 2013. Guests can connect to their true nature in a rich and powerful Vinyasa practice on New Year’s Eve, December 31, from 10 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., with Tom Gillette. Eyes of the World features a full spectrum of classes throughout the holiday season to help individuals reconnect, maintain focus and act from a calm place. Eyes of the World Yoga Center is located at One Park Row, in Providence. For more information, call 401-295-5002 or visit See ad page 37.

Group Manifesting for the Earth takes off at Spirit of Agape


lean water for everyone, calmer weather patterns and peace and diplomacy for the planet are desires and dreams that most humans wish for but many feel powerless and overwhelmed to do anything about them. Back in the 1980s groups of Germans met regularly to envision, visualize and pray for a unified Germany. They also envisioned it occurring in a peaceful fashion. Not realizing the power of their group intent, they projected their vision 100 years into the future. The power of their intent was extraordinary because in 1989 and 1990, the Berlin Wall came down and Germany was unified in a peaceful manner, just as they envisioned. Spirit of Agape, a spiritual healing practice offering gentle integrative energy therapies, holds meetings on a regular basis to envision a new direction for the planet. During an hour and a half meditation, participants ground to the Earth and then travel the planet as a group. Once finished, they share their experiences with each other. “It has been extremely profound,” says Shari Bitsis, owner of Spirit of Agape. “Sometimes we finish and we are speechless. Ultimately, we are left feeling empowered and filled with peace.” Group Manifesting for the Earth meets twice a month, from 7 to 9 p.m. On December 6, the group will work on cleaning up the water and calming the severe weather patterns and on December 19, they will work on peace and diplomacy for the planet. Spirit of Agape is located at 165 Elm St., in Seekonk, Mass. For more information or to RSVP, call 401-465-4249. See ad on page 25.


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amestown just made it a little easier for the yoga community to explore their options on the island. The Island Heron, a studio approaching their one-year anniversary of offering yoga and health services, has partnered with Jamestown Arts Center to create a dual yoga pass that is valid at both Island Heron and the JAC. “We think it is important to unite the local yoga community and make it easy to explore the diversity of teachers and studios,” says Island Heron co-owner Heidi Steele. “The Jamestown Arts Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the flow of imagination and self-expression. Their large gallery with high ceilings and rotating artwork provides an inspiring space for Nancy Escher to teach a couple Vinyasa Flow classes per week.” Parents have the opportunity to take advantage of some “me” time throughout the holidays. On Friday mornings, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., the JAC offers a Vinyasa Flow yoga class that runs simultaneously with a Children’s Arts and Crafts program focusing on themed crafts through November and December. The children’s art portion is $10 per class if the parent attends yoga, or $15 without yoga. The Island Heron is also working with Janet Larson of West Ferry Yoga, in Jamestown, who specializes in yoga therapy as taught by Gary Kraftsow at the American Viniyoga Institute. The Island Heron is located at 42 Narragansett Ave., in Jamestown. For more information, call 401-560-0411 or visit

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arenting Specialist Nanci Adams is offering an eightweek program, Learn To Love Your Kid, Again to parents who desire less conflict and more peace with their child. The series teaches courageous and motivated parents how to remove roadblocks and make changes in their behavior, which create what she calls the parentchild gridlock. In Learn to Love Your Kid, Again, parents learn to inventory and analyze their current parenting approach; discover how their personality style impacts their effectiveness as a parent; develop actions that will immediately improve their parent/child relationship; shift responsibilNanci Adams ity; communicate and negotiate like a pro; create a united front with their co-parent and extended family; improve leadership and be taken seriously at home; decrease guilt and forgive themselves and their children; and focus on the future. Adams says she wants parents to stop blaming themselves and join her for support, guidance and results. “I want parents to love the time they spend with their kids—and have their kids feel the same,” she notes. A graduate of Hahnemann University, Adams has more than 10 years of experience in clinical psychology and family counseling. As a parent of two teenagers, she uses her real-life family knowledge and the struggles as a child with her parents to guide her work with families. She is the founder of Raising Family, Inc., a private practice dedicated to helping parents and children live peacefully. For more information, call 401-451-1004 or visit

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hanging Lives is offering a relaxing answer to holiday anxiety: a 90-minute detox reflexology session. Co-Owner Joanne Salem says one session can assist the body into a deep relaxation state—making it the perfect way to treat oneself or to give the gift of well-being by purchasing a gift certificate for a friend or loved one. Through the relaxation process, the body is more capable of dealing with the stresses placed on it by daily life, and some associated with illness. Reflexology gently nudges the body toward improved functioning of the systems by improving lymphatic drain, stimulation of the nerve pathways and muscle relaxation. “We also offer other healing modalities to assist the relaxation process,” says Salem. “Aromatherapy is used in our center. The essential oils are absorbed through the skin where they travel through the blood stream to promote whole body healing.” Changing Lives is located at 1308 Atwood Ave., in Johnston. For more information, call Joanne at 401-490-1732 or Lorna at 401-533-2860 or visit See ad page 43.

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edicated to making health a reality, Live Proper Chiropractic is investing in the local community by providing chiropractic services from December 11 to December 17 for a donation of $20 to Meals on Wheels. During this special week, new patients that donate will receive an initial chiropractic visit, which includes a health history, consultation and orthopedic and neurological exam. Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island, the only nonprofit, home-delivered meal program in the state, serves thousands of meals each day. While the home delivery program is the most recognized service, Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island also has a congregate dining program in Providence and emergency response systems to those in need. By offering these programs, the organization is able to fulfill its mission of meeting the nutritional and special needs of the elderly in order to help them maintain their independent lifestyles. It is through the support and generosity of friends and neighbors by way of private and corporate donations that Meals on Wheels is able to continue to help the elderly continue their sense of independence. This year marks 43 years of operations for Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island Live Proper Chiropractic is located at 77 Franklin St., Westerly. For more information, call 401-315-2300 or visit See ad page 13.

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hef Chris Oliveri has been named Executive Chef at the Wilcox Tavern, in Charlestown. The restaurant offers casual fine dining in the historic 1730 tavern with four unique dining areas and a welcoming lounge. Warm and charming, with friendly, courteous service, the Wilcox Tavern has an extensive and varied menu, incorporating as much local and fresh fare as possible. Oliveri has designed new menus for both the tavern and dining area, including a gluten-free menu. Menu items include fried Thai calamari, stuffed quahogs, curried sweet potato, apple and lobster bisque, Baja fish tacos, an Aquidneck Farms Angus burger, baked shrimp scampi, seafood Wilcox, roasted pork tenderloin, slowroasted prime rib and much more. The Wilcox Tavern is open for dinner at 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, and features live music in the tavern on Saturday nights. The restaurant is closed for three months—January, February and March—during the winter, but offers special events cooking classes, wine dinners and more during that time. In addition to his duties as executive chef at the Wilcox Tavern, Oliveri continues to operate his personal chef business, World’s Fare Chef Services. With almost 20 years in the foodservice industry, training with some of the country’s top chefs and serving as both a chef and food business owner, he has learned how to tailor his menus to his clients’ needs. He is a graduate of the Culinary Business Academy and a member of the United States Personal Chef Association. The Wilcox Tavern and Restaurant is located at 5153 Old Post Rd., in Charlestown. For more information, call 401322-1829 or visit For more information about World’s Fare Chef Services, call 401-742-2044 or visit

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Here are some fresh ways to tweak family traditions for a greener holiday this and every year. Incorporate local, sustainable cuisine into the family feast. Ingredients for a traditional holiday dinner can travel up to 30,000 miles. Instead, show support for local community farmers and reduce food transportation miles by choosing a heritage turkey or meatless entrée. Stellar complements may include organic cranberry jelly, mulled apple cider or wine from an area farm, orchard or vineyard. Adopt or recycle the Christmas tree. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as many as 33 million live-cut Christmas trees are purchased each year in North America, and most end up in landfills. Fortunately, Christmas tree adoption services like Central California’s Rent a Living Christmas Tree are popping up across the country, allowing them to go on living. The potted trees can be rented and delivered. If tree adoption services are not yet available locally, make sure to recycle a live holiday tree so it’s turned into landscape mulch for reuse as ground cover to hinder weeds and nourish plantings. Reduce energy costs through efficient cooking. Wait to fire up the oven until the heritage turkey or organic ham is ready to go in; preheating is unnecessary for these slow-roasting items. For baked goods, opt for glass or ceramic pans, which allow cooking time to remain the same while lowering the heat by about 25 degrees. Another energy-saving trick is to place stovetop cookware on the smallest burner possible; more heat will embrace the pan, while less is lost to the surrounding air. A six-inch pan on an eight-inch burner typically wastes more than 40 percent of the energy generated. Crockpots work well for serving other small family dinners during the busy holiday season or anytime; an entire meal requires about 17 cents worth of electricity. At cleanup time, load up the dishwasher fully. One load of dishes scrubbed in a dishwashing machine uses 37 percent less water than washing the same dishes by hand.

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EQUENCE, the first integrative wellness boutique to serve Rhode Islanders, is launching their Women’s Health Initiative dedicated to helping women navigate their most common health concerns and transitional life stages. This initiative, the brainchild of Dr. Francisco Gutierrez and Courtnay Meletta, a holistic counselor, was designed to give women the insight and the personalized solutions to their health concerns that they deserve. SEQUENCE Genetic + Integral Wellness uses a truly integrative approach as a physician guides each woman’s experience through holistic healing treatments and the latest innovations in modern medicine. Witnessing each woman as a truly unique being, SEQUENCE treats their guests with quality care on issues that matter most to women. Whether navigating extreme stress, pregnancy, menopause, anxiety/depression, motherhood or challenges with digestion, sleeping, maintaining a healthy weight or learning self-care, SEQUENCE delivers a personalized wellness program designed to guide each woman toward their unique health goals. As women move from childhood to adolescence, to adulthood, to motherhood and then to menopause, each stage shifts her wellness needs. Imbalances or symptoms, which are then exacerbated by stress, poor nutrition, lifestyle and other factors, often cause distress in women of all ages. The SEQUENCE physician and holistic team collaborate, counsel, guide and inspire women as together they design an actionable wellness plan to guide her through each stage of womanhood. SEQUENCE is located at 5805 Post Rd., in East Greenwich. For more information or to schedule a free private consultation, call 401-398-7898 or visit

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he Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (The Met) is offering an Independent Learning Program designed for students at home. The Met’s Independent Learning Program is a diploma granting high school academy developed and run by the innovative Met High School in Providence. The program, which starts next fall, is geared toward 9th through 12th grade students who are currently being homeschooled but are looking for more resources, learning opportunities, advisor guidance and opportunities for peer socialization. The schedule is flexible and will include days working from home, weekly internships, projects in the community and a weekly field trip or group project. The personalized curriculum features one-on-one support, with each student paired with one advisor. The Met is a state funded public school district and local education agency that serves 690 high school students in six small schools across three campuses in Rhode Island. To date, the MET has inspired an international network of more than 80 similar schools, all founded by Big Picture Learning. The Met believes that students learn best when they are in small, caring communities; they pursue their passions in the real world under the guidance of an expert in the field; their work has real impact on the world around them; they build strong relationships with a network of adults that get to know them, their families and their abilities; they are responsible for their learning; and their families and engaged in the school and their child’s education.

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assage Envy’s Cranston and East Greenwich clinics raised $2,100 during the second annual Healing Hands for Arthritis event, September 19. As a network, more than 800 Massage Envy clinics raised more than $678,000 during the one-day event to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. “We are so thankful for the incredible turnout we experienced during Healing Hands for Arthritis this year,” says Michael D’Amara, Cranston and East Greenwich Massage Envy Spa owner. “The local Rhode Island community really came out in full force to help make this event a big success. Supporting the local Rhode Island Arthritis Foundation chapter is very important to us, and we look forward to next year’s event.” Today, arthritis affects 50 million adults and 300,000 children. By the year 2030, an estimated 67 million or 25 percent of the projected total adult population will have arthritis. Massage Envy and the Arthritis Foundation share a common understanding about the devastating effects of the disease on the body and the potential for massage therapy to relieve and control certain symptoms. Massage therapy can play an important role in alleviating the pain and swelling caused by arthritis while improving flexibility and circulation, and reducing stress and anxiety. For more information, call the Cranston clinic at 401-275-4900, or the East Greenwich clinic at 401-336-2900. See ad on page 3.

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n intriguing study recently posted online by Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, suggests that new meditators are most likely to stick with the practice and reap its healthful benefits if they select methods with which they are most comfortable, rather than those that are most popular. In one of the first studies to compare meditation techniques head-to-head, author Adam Burke, a professor of health education at San Francisco State University and the director of its Institute for Holistic Health Studies, taught 247 participants four popular methods— mantra, mindfulness, Zen and qigong visualization. He asked them to choose which they preferred to practice at home for six weeks before techniques were evaluated. The simpler methods, mantra and mindfulness, each were preferred by 31 percent of study participants. Zen and qigong were selected by about 22 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Burke says the results showed the value of providing people new to meditation simpler and more accessible methods, and also emphasized that no one technique is best for everyone. He hopes to see more comparative meditation studies, especially to determine if particular methods are better at addressing specific health issues such as addiction. “If that’s the case,” he advises, “healthcare professionals would be able to guide patients toward techniques that will be most effective for them. Additional studies are also needed to determine if there is a way to predict which method will be best suited for any particular individual.”

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Scotland, recognized that while the old worldview has disintegrated, the concrete of a new one has not yet set. He also observed how the acceleration of scientific findings—advancing knowledge and understanding of the universe, as well as the meaning and purpose of life—would continue to influence the general worldview. Within a decade, of the publication of his book, hard scientific evidence across many disciplines—particularly physics and biology—as well as pioneering ideas and anecdotal evidence presented by leading philosophers and authors, affirmed the existence of a reality in which everything is connected and linked in a coherent whole. Such thinking further revealed that evolution has equipped humans

with genetic wiring for co-creation, cooperation and collaboration. Martin A. Nowak, a professor of biology and mathematics at Harvard University and co-author of Super Cooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed, explains that most great innovations of life have resulted not from competition, but cooperation, the real “master architect” of evolution. Nowak believes that figuring out how cooperation comes about and breaks down is the key to human survival as a species. Books such as The Bond: Connecting Through the Space Between Us, by Lynne McTaggart, a scientific researcher and award-winning journalist, and The Golden Motorcycle Gang: A Story of Transformation, co-authored by motivational speaker Jack Canfield, are helping individuals to see through the illusions of the old “survival of the fittest” and “I win, you lose” paradigms into one expressed in terms of connectedness and relationships. This new “Me-We” thinking and way of being has been spreading; it now informs everything from enlightened environmental stewardship to economics, as well as health and spiritual well-being.

How Community Works Canfield emphasizes the valuable lesson of collaboration and cooperation he learned while working for W. Clement Stone, a philanthropist and self-help author: When working together, focus on overlapping goals and interests, and not on differences. In Chicago, Illinois, where the Eat Fresh Eat Local movement sparks successful collaborations, the focus is on food, rather than issues of race, sex or economic disparity. There, hundreds of people are growing food together in communal spaces on city-owned land, privately owned empty lots and rooftops, as well as in school gardens, food forests and urban farm sites. “Self-reliant, community-operated urban farms and the food centers that retail the produce to residents in surrounding neighborhoods—some in the city’s most isolated and impoverished communities—are economic drivers that create jobs,” says Erika Allen, projects manager of Chicago’s Growing Power office. The daughter of national organization founder Will Allen notes that local workshops resemble a cross-section of the world. “Participants from different countries, cultures and economic levels come together for three meals a day, where we connect, share perspectives and learn from one another.” Another successful initiative, Building a Healthier Chicago (BHC), brings together the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Office of the Regional Health Administrator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Chicago Medical Society and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago. The BHC agribusiness project develops and maintains a system of more accessible food supply, distribution and markets where people live, work, play, pray and learn. Neighbors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, organized park cleanups with the long-range goal of replacing crime and litter with learning. Now, Riverside Park, once an area of urban blight, has both a college-level field research sta-

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One’s own new world perspective can even emerge as a result of a dark night of the soul, as Patricia Ariadne, Ph.D., author of Drinking the Dragon, has observed with clients that have undergone a personal metamorphosis as a result of the economic downturn. “Often, the entire process of transformation indicates a spiritual initiation— a renewal or rebirth—that acts as an induction into a level of expanded consciousness and new relationship with Spirit,” remarks Ariadne. “True spiritual progress inevitably leads to a desire to be of greater service to others, to go from ‘Me to We,’ which I believe is our mandate for the 21st century.” Living mindfully can literally change our brains, states Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., in the introduction to A Mindful Nation, by Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan, which reports on the supporting science. “Mindfulness… can improve our capacity for perspective taking and decision making, and enhance our emotional intelligence and our ability to act with clarity and wisdom, alone and in concert with others.” Kabat-Zinn is the founding director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in Worcester. “A peaceful revolution is being led by ordinary citizens across our nation,” confirms Ryan. “At the core of it is mindfulness—finding ways to slow the mind, pay attention to the present moment and see how you are connected to others and can work in a spirit of cooperation with get things done.” The inner impulse to recognize the deeper unity of all life and sense the

“My experience has convinced me that fixing the many problems that beset us requires nothing less than ripping up our rulebook and starting afresh, based on something other than every man for himself.” ~ Lynne McTaggart

reality of Oneness is bubbling up within individuals, small groups and organizations, and finding expression in writings and teachings, according to Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of Birth 2012 and Beyond: Humanity’s Great Shift to the Age of Conscious Evolution. Individuals that feel compelled to join with others in expanding their consciousness to help foster systemic change and a culture of a higher order are invited to find a compatible group. Hubbard offers webcast training for Agents of Conscious Evolution (ACE), now 3,000 members strong; Craig Hamilton, founder of Integral Enlightenment, provides an online telecourse called Awakening to an Evolutionary Relationship to Life. “Evolutionaries sense that we are facing a critical moment in the unfolding of our human story and feel called to create pathways to a better future,” says Hamilton. He notes that the 35,000 participants in his most recent introduction to his webcast were interested in where they could find a supportive community of kindred spirits committed to living life on the same level. He states, “We instinctively know that we can accomplish more together.” A partnership with The Shift Network, which empowers a global movement of those intent on creating an evolutionary shift in consciousness, has enabled Hubbard, a featured sage in the documentary Awaken Soul to Soul, and her ACEs to launch a global initiative to mark the inauguration of a sustainable planetary civilization on December 22. Thousands of individuals are now working in collective hubs across the United States to prepare for the Planetary Birth Day celebration. An initial concern for many individuals seeking to experience Oneness is, “What happens to my identity?” Christopher M. Bache, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the department of philosophy and religious studies at Youngstown State University, in Ohio, reassures us that within the matrix of connectivity, individuality is not suffocated, but paradoxically liberated into deeper forms of self-expression. “While opening to the collective fields that surround us melts the boundaries of the private ego, bringing about the ‘death of self’ noted in spiritual literature, as the ego dies, a deeper form

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is spearheading a new wave of renewable energy research by recruiting top scientists from the nation’s best research laboratories to staff a new agency called ARPAE, modeled after DARPA, the research and development wing of the Pentagon that invented the Internet. With a surge in funding for renewable energy, courtesy of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, plus grants from the Department of Energy, ARPA-E has made more than 180 investments in basic research projects in renewable energy. One company, Ocean Power Technologies, is installing a 260-ton generator in the Pacific Ocean off the Oregon coast to capture renewable energy from waves. If the generator operates as planned, it will link to the grid and generate enough electricity for 1,000 homes. Other ARPA-E-funded projects are making cheaper batteries, more efficient air conditioners and appliances, experimental algae-based biofuels, carbon sequestration (trapping) technologies and even plants that secrete crude oil. Source: The Atlantic magazine (

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here’s nothing so comforting as the scent and taste of homebaked treats. To fill a home with cheer, try these delectably healthy recipes. Some are gluten- or dairy-free, others pack less butter and sweeteners (thus fewer calories) than their typical counterparts, and a few are vegan (containing no animal products, including honey). All are perfect for holiday celebrations, hostess gifts or exchanges.

Gluten-Free Apricot Scones

These scones freeze well and taste even better the next day, warmed for 30 seconds in a microwave. Serve with apricot jam or honey. Yields 8 servings (342 calories per serving) 1½ cups brown rice flour ½ cup tapioca flour 1 /3 cup potato starch 2½ tsp baking powder 2½ tsp xanthan gum ¼ cup natural cane sugar ½ tsp salt ½ cup (1 stick) cold butter, cubed 5 eggs (divided) ½ cup plus 1–2 Tbsp plain low-fat yogurt ¾ cups dried apricots, finely chopped ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp almond extract


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1 Tbsp water ¼ cup turbinado sugar Preheat oven to 350° F. Sift together first 7 ingredients (brown rice flour through salt). Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. In a separate bowl, whisk together 4 eggs, yogurt, apricots and extracts. Add to flour-butter mixture. Mix until just combined. Dust work surface with brown rice flour. Turn out scone mixture and pat into a nine-by-nine-inch square. Cut scones into desired shape or use a biscuit cutter. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Whisk remaining egg with 1 tablespoon water; brush mixture over scones. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden.

Apple-Walnut Coffee Cake

Here’s a favorite yummy treat for festive brunches. Guests and family will never guess that this decadent indulgence contains much less butter and sugar than a typical coffee cake. Yields 16 servings (239 calories per serving)

¼ cup light brown sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon 2¼ cups whole-wheat pastry flour (divided) ¼ cup (½ stick) cold unsalted butter ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature 1 cup maple sugar 2 eggs ¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp low-fat buttermilk (1 percent) 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 2 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced ½ cup walnuts, chopped and toasted Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Butter pan sides and top of parchment. In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, cinnamon and ¼ cup flour. Cut in ¼ cup cold butter until mixture becomes crumbly and resembles a streusel topping. Refrigerate until ready to use. In a large bowl, use a mixer to cream together ½ cup room-temperature butter and maple sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated. Beat in buttermilk and vanilla. Sift remaining 2 cups flour, baking soda and salt into egg-butter mixture. Mix until just combined.

Fold in apples and walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with streusel topping. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool before releasing from pan.

Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix together flours, carrot, coconut, sugar, oats, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together water, oil and vanilla. Add wet mixture to dry. Mix to combine. Fold in chocolate chips, pecans and cherries.

Vegan Trail-Mix Cookies

Scoop batter by 2 tablespoons each onto a baking sheet, pushing in any stray pieces. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool for 2 minutes and then remove to a rack to cool completely.

These crunchy-chewy cookies are perfect for snowshoe hikes or crosscountry ski trips. Yields 36 servings (135 calories per serving) ¾ cup all-purpose flour ¾ cup whole-wheat pastry flour 1 cup carrot, shredded 1½ cups unsweetened coconut, shredded 1½ cups natural cane sugar 1½ cups rolled oats 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt ½ cup water ½ cup canola oil 1 Tbsp vanilla extract 1 cup grain-sweetened chocolate chips 1 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted 1 cup cherries, dried

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1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt ½ tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger ½ tsp ground allspice 1 cup pumpkin purée 2 /3 cup fruit-juice reduction (or light agave nectar) ½ cup canola oil ¼ cup coconut milk ½ cup unsweetened coconut, shredded 1 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted ¾ cup dried cranberries Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with baking cups.

These lightly sweetened, butter-free muffins evoke the scents and tastes of the holidays. With fewer carbs and calories than regular sugar, the concentrated fruit-juice reduction also adds moistness; look for all-natural options, such as Wax Orchards’ Fruit Sweet. Yields 16 servings (145 calories per serving)

Sift together flours, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin purée, fruit-juice reduction or agave, oil and coconut milk. Stir wet mixture into dry until just incorporated (do not overmix). Fold in coconut, walnuts and dried cranberries. Divide batter evenly among muffin tins. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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Holiday Weight Gain with These 11 Tips by Anna Scurry

social and corporate parties, shopping and holiday traffic your time is very limited. Instead of exercising more, just commit to 15-minute sessions, three times per week. But, these aren’t the typical hop on the treadmill or push a little bit of iron sessions. This is an intense, fat-burning, weight-busting routine that also ups HGH production for up to 24 hours. Here’s how to do it: pick a machine, whether it’s the treadmill, stair-stepper, elliptical or other. Warm up on moderate pace for 2-3 minutes, then go as hard or as fast as you can for 30-60 seconds, then lower the resistance to moderate again for 2-3 minutes to let your heart rate come down. Repeat this process for 4-6 intervals. This exercise only takes between 12-15 minutes to do but you will burn fat for 24-48 hours, rather than just the length of time you’re on the machines. Visit for details.

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t’s the most wonderful time of the year! That is, if you can avoid the holiday weight gain that often accompanies the joyous sea-

son. It is possible; in fact, individuals can not only avoid weight gain during the holidays, but also lose some of that stubborn weight they’ve been trying to shed to no avail. Simply let the following 11 tips be a lifeline this holiday season and into the New Year.

1. Stick with a routine

It’s easy to get sidetracked during the holidays, so be sure to set aside time for one’s regular routine. Plan meals ahead of time and stick with the usual yearround routine as closely as possible— even if gym sessions change from 60 to 15 minutes, individuals can burn more fat with less time.

2. Drink water

When our bodies are just 2 percent dehydrated, we go into fat storage mode. Water is too often overlooked, but it’s the foundation for a lean body that combats weight gain. Water is a natural


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and simple appetite suppressant; most “hunger pains” are actually the body’s thirst mechanism. So, next time hunger strikes, drink a 24-ounce glass of water before reaching for a snack and see how you feel—it may be a pleasant surprise. Plus, optimal hydration and water intake actually helps metabolism, flushes toxins and fat cells from the body and allows the body to burn fat through optimal cellular function.

3. Alter your exercise routine

Ever heard the term less is more? With limited time from family gatherings,

For those feeling overwhelmed with too many social or work obligations, try to simplify your schedule by saying no. We don’t have to attend every holiday event to which we are invited, and often we may get a renewed sense of energy and optimism by opting out of an invite and getting to bed early for a night instead. Never make a decision to please someone else; we know ourselves better than anyone else. It’s ok to say no.

5. Be wise when choosing holiday foods

Watching what we eat means avoiding potential weight-gaining foods such as sugar, grains, bread, pasta, rice and white potatoes. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a holiday meal. Instead of filling up on crackers, breads and cookies, look for special holiday treats that are still good for the body—fresh fruits, shrimp, deviled eggs, sweet potatoes, salads, baked apples, turkey and beef roast, to name a few, can be enjoyed.

6. Remember, we’re human If you slip and indulge in too many holiday sweets, don’t beat yourself up about it. A slip up here and there will

7. Take a pass on the alcohol

Alcohol is a fast-acting sugar. To enjoy a Holiday Spritzer here and there, try brining your own mixer such as GT’s Kombucha and mixing it with clean and filtered liquor, such as triple distilled or some other filtered low calorie liquor.

8. Load up on desserts

That’s right. Instead of leaving the desserts in the hands of others, offer to bring it. Raw desserts are low calorie, low sugar, and high in nutrients and fat burning ingredients. Plus, they taste absolutely divine. Recipes are available on The Alive Academy website.

9. Get plenty of sleep

10. Have healthy outlets to deal with stress Be sure to take time out for relaxation, whether that’s taking a long soak in

11. Stay positive

The holidays come only once a year, so even if you are feeling stressed out and mentally taxed by all the demands on your willpower, remember that they’re only here for a short time. Try to keep your mind in the present moment and enjoy each day as it comes. Find something each day to smile about and even jot down a journal of all the things for which you are thankful. A gratitude journal can literally change your life. Every night before bed write down just five things that you were grateful for that previous day, and watch your stress go down and your positivity increase.

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Too many late nights or sleepless nights can influence hunger levels, willpower, cortisol levels (high cortisol levels equals fat and weight gain) and one’s mood. Regular, high-quality sleep will help individuals keep an optimistic, healthy outlook while giving the energy needed to keep exercising and enjoying holiday events. Try for a minimum of eight hours per night. Pick a routine and stick with it. Earplugs can often help get one into a deeper sleep.

the tub, chatting with a friend or zoning out with a good book. When we become overly stressed, not only does our physical health suffer, but also our cortisol levels will go up, turning our bodies from a fat-burning machine into a fat-storing machine.


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Mindful Holiday Traditions Simple Ways to Add Meaning and Family-Centered Fun by Barbara Amrhein


oo many winter holidays whiz by in a blur of presents, parties and rich foods, muting the season’s true messages of love, hope and peace. By slowing down and refocusing on what makes this time of year so special, we can help our children—and ourselves—create fresh, meaningful traditions and experience genuine joy. “If the spirit of the season at your home is more ‘Gimme, take me, buy me,’ instead of ‘Deck the halls,’ don’t despair,” advises internationally renowned educator and child expert Michele Borba, Ph.D., author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions:101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries. “There are more subtle ways to encourage your kids to appreciate the greatest gifts of the holiday season. The simplest way is to focus on gifts of the heart and letting your kids be participants, not just recipients.” Try these tips for helping youngsters co-create traditions that celebrate family, friends, sharing with others and the holidays’ festive delights. Emphasize experiences, not things. Presents can never take the place of presence. Years from now, children will rarely recall what they unwrapped, but will remember special times spent together as a family. Take a nature walk to collect pinecones and other seasonal items for holiday décor. Designate a Family Night and let the kids choose the activity, like seeing a movie or a holiday performance such as The Nutcracker, playing a favorite board game or building a gingerbread house. At dinner, ask youngsters to relate their favorite holiday memories, and then build upon their responses to plan this year’s celebrations.


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Treat cards as treasured gifts. Gather the family ‘round when opening cards from others, catching up on their news and recalling funny or enjoyable shared moments. Skype calls and videos offer pleasurable immediacy while mailed cards become an appreciated, permanent memento. Encourage children to create handmade or personalized cards for grandparents and other relatives, enclosing photos or drawings and a short note describing the reasons that person means so much to them. Hand deliver other cards to neighbors, accompanied by a plate of homemade, healthy treats. Children can also send cards to military personnel overseas via a Red Cross program at Practice creative giving. Adopt a less fortunate family or child for the holidays (local churches or social service agencies can provide information)

and ask youngsters to be “Santa’s little helpers” by picking out and thoughtfully wrapping books, toys and other gifts. Help children research good causes and earmark a small amount of money for them to gift to the cause of their choice, such as an animal shelter or other local nonprofit. Honor the gift of time, as well: Youngsters that spend a few hours helping out at a food pantry, caroling at a nursing home or wrapping gifts for Toys for Tots will experience and remember the true joy of giving. Nurture a sense of the spiritual. Worship services aren’t the only venue for sharing family values and beliefs with children. On the night of the Winter Solstice, December 21—the shortest day and longest night of the year—enjoy dinner by candlelight. Afterwards, stargaze in the backyard and make some holiday wishes. On another evening, turn off all the lights except the Christmas tree, menorah or other special candles and talk quietly about your blessings. Listening to a CD of carols from around the world reinforces a spirit of unity and invites lively discussions about how other cultures observe their holidays. Celebrate the season’s sights, sounds and fun. Ask children to help choose a tree and make or buy an ornament with special meaning for them. Then join in an informal decorating party with holiday tunes (kids get to choose some favorites), cocoa and cookies. Set aside an evening to walk or drive around the neighborhood to admire holiday lights and displays. Those in northern climes can build a family snowman, forge a “snow angel” chain in the yard or go sledding at an area park. As a fun twist on traditional caroling, grab some kazoos and go humming with the kids and their friends. To capture these great holiday moments, ask each child to take turns as the official family photographer. Borba believes these types of shared experiences help children understand the true meaning of the season and bring back the heartfelt joy it represents. “In the end,” she advises, “remember that the holidays are really meant to be about love, togetherness and wonderful memories.” Barbara Amrhein is a freelance writer and editor for Natural Awakenings.


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Use the Hindu breathing method called ujjayi, in which the lungs are fully expanded. First, inhale once with the mouth open, and then exhale the same way, making a “Ha,” sound. Then close your mouth and continue making the same sound while inhaling and exhaling through the nose (it will resemble the rushing sound that Darth Vader makes in Star Wars movies). “Your breathing is the barometer of all your poses,” says Elena Brower, founder and co-owner of Virayoga, in

New York City. If you’re gasping for air, back out of the pose. “Always give preference to deeper breathing over deeper postures,” advises Brower. This controlled breathing technique is largely responsible for the yoga buzz that helps keep students coming back for more.

Strength Training Exhale through the mouth when lifting weights and inhale through the nose when lowering them. As a rule of thumb, take two seconds to raise weights and three to four seconds to lower them. “Focusing on your breath keeps your brain in the game, so you’re more likely to pay attention to overall form,” says Tom Holland, an exercise physiologist, personal trainer and fitness consultant in Darien, Connecticut.

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The Luminous Web Why We Are One by Barbara Brown Taylor

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. —Chief Seattle, 1855


hat I see is an infinite web of relationship, flung across the vastness of space like a luminous net. It is made of energy, not thread. As I look, I can see light moving through it as a pulse moves through veins. What I see “out there” is no different from what I feel inside. There is a living hum that might be coming from my neurons, but might just as well be coming from the furnace of the stars. When I look up at them, there is a small commotion in my bones as the ashes of dead stars that house my marrow rise up like metal filings toward the magnet of their living kin. Where am I in this picture? I am all over the place. I am up there, down here, inside and outside of my skin. How could I ever be alone? I am part of a web that is pure relationship, with energy available to me that has been around since the universe was born. Where is God in this picture? God is all over the place. God is up there, down here, inside and outside of my skin. God is the web, the energy, the space, the light—not captured in them, as if any one of those concepts was more real than what unites them—but revealed in that singular, vast net of relationship that animates everything that is. It is not enough for me to proclaim that God is responsible for all of this unity. Instead, I want to proclaim that God is the unity—the very energy, the very intelligence, the very elegance and passion that make it all go. This is the God who is not somewhere, but everywhere; the God who may be prayed to in all directions at once. The “I am who I am,” in whom everything else abides. For the moment, we see through a glass darkly. We live in the illusion that we are all separate “I ams.” When the fog finally clears, we shall know that there is only One. Excerpted from The Luminous Web, by Barbara Brown Taylor, with permission of Cowley Publications.

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Unexpected Upside Media Gadgets Can Boost Family Connections by Lisa Marshall


itness a gadget-obsessed family at the dinner table and it is easy to conclude that technology is fracturing family life: Mom’s emailing her boss; Dad’s watching a YouTube video on his tablet; sister’s texting her boyfriend; and little brother is playing Angry Birds on his smart phone. No one is talking with each other. But dysfunctional dinner habits aside, it appears cell and Internet technologies haven’t turned out to be as harmful as once predicted. “When we started this research, the dominant thought was that Internet technology would make us lonely, socially isolated and threaten our family lives,” says Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. “We have been asking people about this now for 12 years in our surveys and the dominant answer is ‘Actually, we feel more connected with our families than we did before.’” Web-conferencing systems like Skype have enabled family members across the globe to chat for free and

also see each other. Social networking sites like Facebook have enabled previously out-of-touch siblings to share photos and revive contact. According to Pew studies since 2008, cell phones have led married couples to talk more during the day and parents to maintain more open lines of communication with their kids. “There always seems to be anxiety in raising a teen, and now a lot of that can be alleviated,” says Larry Rosen, Ph.D., a research psychologist at California State University and author of Me, MySpace, and I: Parenting the Net Generation. “A scared mom or dad can text their kid, saying ‘R U OK?’ and get a one-word answer back, whereas before that kid would have had to find a pay phone, maybe wouldn’t have done it and Mom and Dad would have panicked.” Rosen’s own research suggests that social networking can actually teach teens to be more empathetic, a trait that enhances their bonds with family members. For example, a cousin will post on Facebook that her cat died, then the

teen responds warmly and their bond tightens. The teen gains empathy useful in face-to-face experiences. “Research from the Pew Center has shown that active social networkers tend to have more friends and support and be more involved with their communities and families,” Rainie maintains, while cautionary studies from the Kaiser Family Foundation suggest that kids unhealthily obsessed with media tend to have lower grades and get into trouble at school. Overall, according to a 2011 study by the Barna Group, a Ventura, California, research firm, 32 percent of parents and 47 percent of teens say technology has made their family life better, while 18 percent of parents and 6 percent of teens say it has worsened, because the news is not all good. Consider how, instead of sitting down to watch a show together, family members often are in a room or vehicle watching their own show on their own tiny screen. “People miss social moments around them because they are communicating with the network inside the screen, rather than the world immediately surrounding them,” says Rainie. (On the flip side, Rainie notes, families often share those moments with each other, too, like a funny YouTube video or a picture on Facebook.) Rosen cautions that the smart phone could be a pivotal game-changer if consumers aren’t careful. “We are already finding that most people under the age of 40 check their phones every 15 minutes or less, and if they can’t, they become highly anxious. Their whole social world appears channeled through

this device, and that is worrisome.” Both Rosen and Rainie stress that the key to making any technology a positive for family dynamics is to set rules at the outset and know when to unplug. Here are some guidelines to consider. Cell phones. Everyone can check their phone messages before dinner and then power it down while the family is eating. Don’t use phones in bed, or in the hour before sleeping, which can be particularly detrimental to a teen’s rest, Rosen’s research shows. Facebook. “When your child says, ‘All of my friends are on Facebook and I feel left out,’ that is probably the time to let them join Facebook,” advises Rosen. Reserve the right to look at their page periodically with them. Each parent and child pair can decide if they should “friend” each other, but don’t assume that gives a parent a backstage pass to the child’s personal life. Pew reports that 80 percent of parents whose children use social media have friended their child. However, “Insisting that your child friend you on Facebook is often an invitation for them to set up a phantom, or fake page,” notes Rosen. Smart phones and tablets. Set specific times to ban technology. “As couples, we used to retire to bed at night and watch TV and talk. Now we watch TV, check our phone and play Words with Friends games, and that has taken the place of intimate communication.” It helps to set specific times to check the phone and leave it off for big chunks of time. Lisa Marshall is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Homemade and Heartfelt Do-It-Yourself Stocking Stuffers by Meredith Montgomery


ith the volume of household waste soaring 34 percent beyond normal levels in the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day it’s particularly important to remain eco-conscious during the holidays,” says Anna Getty, author of I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas. “It’s easy to get so wrapped up in buying gifts and decorations that eco-friendliness goes out the window.” This year, consider giving the family’s stocking stuffers a sustainable makeover by gifting homemade items. Getty observes, “Useful, thoughtful homemade gifts can be really sweet… and green.”

A Jar for Everyone With a ribbon and label of instructions, inexpensive canning jars and glass containers filled with homemade goodies can become creative and practical gifts for everyone on the list. Sugar body scrubs offer a simple and affordable home spa experience. Combine two cups of sugar with one cup of oil (sweet almond, grapeseed or olive) and add 10 to 20 drops of essential oils to scent. Try a combina-


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tion of rosemary and peppermint for an invigorating morning scrub or lavender and vanilla to unwind later. Fill jars with ingredients for some simmering home aromatherapy. Labels instruct recipients to boil the contents in a small saucepan of water, and then reduce heat to simmer, adding water as needed. Combine evergreen sprigs, cinnamon sticks, cloves, dried apple peels and citrus rinds for a festive holiday scent. Lemon, rosemary and vanilla afford a refreshing alternative. For family grill masters, obtain bulk spices for barbecue rubs at a health food store. A basic recipe from combines four tablespoons paprika, four tablespoons brown sugar, two tablespoons chili powder, one tablespoon freshly ground black pepper, two teaspoons garlic powder, two teaspoons onion powder and one teaspoon dried thyme.

Upcycled and Sewn Experienced crafters can follow online guidelines to upcycle fabric scraps and unwanted clothing and linens. An old sweatshirt or sweater becomes an iPad case and colorful T-shirts morph into

tote bags and scarves. Creating therapeutic hot/cold bags can be fairly simple, even without a sewing machine. Cut a 16-by-eight-inch piece of flannel, cotton, fleece or terrycloth and fold it in half with the finished side inside, lining up the edges. Using sturdy thread, sew a quarter-inch seam along the open edges, leaving a halfinch opening. Carefully turn the fabric right-side-out through the opening and fill the bag three-quarters full with long grain white rice. Tuck in the opening’s unfinished edges and sew closed. To treat aches and pains, the giftee can microwave the bag for 30 seconds at a time until achieving the desired temperature or place it in the freezer to use as a cooling or freezer pack. For aromatherapy, mix the rice with a couple of drops of lavender essential oil before filling. At room temperature, the scented version doubles as a soothing eye pillow.

Seeds to Throw and Grow Guerilla Gardening’s (GuerillaGardening. org) recipe for seed bombs makes fun gifts for gardeners and nature lovers. Choose flower and herb seeds that grow well in each recipient’s region. Combine five parts clay soil or potter’s powder (from art supply stores), one part compost and one part seeds, with water to bind. Form the mixture into balls approximately one inch in diameter and let dry for one to two days in an empty egg carton. Wrap seed bombs in recycled paper or cloth tied with a ribbon and instructions. Toss them in the yard or garden and watch them grow.

Creative and Kid-Friendly Enlist Santa’s elves to assemble a fortbuilding kit for children, inspired by Stock a pillowcase with two sheets, clothespins, plastic clamps, rope, suction cups and a flashlight. Tie up the pillowcase with rope and a cute label, and watch old linens come to life with a little imagination. Give broken and unwanted crayons a second life with fun-shaped recycled crayons. Fill greased muffin tins or cookie cutters on a foil-lined cookie sheet with broken crayon pieces (paper

removed). Bake at 150 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until the crayons melt. Allow them to cool completely before removing from the molds. “I like to encourage families to focus on creating memories and rituals as a way to avoid excessive holiday consumption,” says Getty, who is renowned for her home-cooked gifts packaged in reusable tins with recycled bows. She notes, “These become a tradition that people know and love.” Such heartfelt gifts open the door to special moments and memories celebrating the true spirit of the season. Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings of Mobile/ Baldwin, AL. Connect at Healthy


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with Shetland ponies. Minis are fully grown horses, bred for pulling carts, not riding. They require the same care as a larger horse and make good therapy animals. An adult mini is about the same size as a standard-sized horse’s newborn foal—about 34 to 38 inches tall at the withers (between the shoulder blades), although some are smaller. “Trained minis are good, gentle interpreters of emotion,” says Veronique Matthews, founder of Hearts & Hooves, a nonprofit equine therapy organization in Austin, Texas. “We visit abused or autistic kindergarten-age children with a ratio of one child, one horse, one handler.” Walking on a handheld leash, a mini can help a child to cope with fear and anxiety.

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“Rabbits are social and love routine. Be late with dinner and a bunny will show displeasure by stomping its feet,” says Pamela Hood, founder of Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue, a state-licensed shelter in Foster, Rhode Island. Her four rules for happy, active bunnies are: Find a veterinarian that

knows rabbits, adopt rather than buy, get a bonded pair and spay/neuter them. Since 2000, Sweet Binks has rescued more than 1,700 rabbits as recaptured strays or from shelters meant for dogs and cats. Bunnies can live more than 14 years. “Rabbits eat more than just carrots. Pellets should be timothy hay-based, not alfalfa, for adult rabbits,” explains Hood. “But limit the amount. Hay should be 85 to 90 percent of their diet, because the side-to-side chewing of hay keeps teeth worn down to a livable length and ensures proper digestion.” Rabbits can be litter box-trained and run free if the home is pet-proofed. For example, keep electrical cords out of reach or covered with plastic tubing. A lonely, bored bunny can be destructive, so provide wooden and chemicalfree wicker toys for chewing. Play with them daily, although most shy away from cuddling. Bonded pairs need to be in sight of one another.

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A few years ago, alpacas were regarded as the next moneymakers when breeding and sales brought high prices for fleece, along with their waste, sold as soil-enriching manure. After the trend peaked, many herds were sold, often to ill-suited owners, and some needed rescuing. Michelle Zumwalt, a job consultant for people with disabilities in Spanish Lake, Missouri, has hosted rescued alpacas for eight years; the number fluctuates, based on new arrivals and adoptions. “There are enough of them to help supply local organic farms with fertilizer,” says Zumwalt. “These gentle creatures feel safest in numbers; when in danger, they will kick or spit.”

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Hermit crabs are likeable for their social, nonaggressive character, ease in handling and low maintenance. All crabs are born in the ocean, although some species leave the water as adults. Pet crabs in the United States are either Caribbean land crabs or the faster and more agile Ecuadorian crabs, which require access to both salt and fresh water. A 10-gallon fish tank with sand of a consistency suitable for castle building that’s three or four times deeper than the height of the largest crab works well. Crabs can grow to six inches in length and live 10 years or more, although they don’t reproduce in captiv-

ity. As colony animals, they’re much happier in a group. Hermit crabs periodically need to replace the shell they carry on their back. Provide a shell that is 10 to 15 percent larger and watch as the crab tries it on for size. When crabs molt their underside ectoskeleton, they burrow beneath the sand for four to eight weeks; place these crabs in a separate tank. “Because crabs are scavengers, we feed them chicken, turkey, seaweed, scrambled eggs and fish. They love carrots, bell peppers, kiwi and coconut,” says Christine Richards, a maintenance management analyst and hermit crab caregiver in Montgomery Village, Maryland. “Crabs are nocturnal, so use a small flashlight to watch their antics,” she adds. “They love to climb.”


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Chinchillas, another night creature, can live up to 20 years. A round body, tiny hands and large ears make them easy to love, remarks Christina Pierce, a federal examiner of financial institutions in Little Rock, Arkansas. “My chin, Gizmo, wants to be where the commotion is and likes to travel,” she laughs. A specialty vet is required for chinchillas, with attention given to their teeth, which grow throughout their life. Give them things to chew on and fresh hay to help file down teeth. Gizmo’s favorite chews are willow twigs, peanuts in the shell, alfalfa sticks and lava blocks. “A twice-daily dust bath keeps his fur clean,” notes Pierce, “plus, it’s fun to watch.” It seems that everyone can find a pet that’s perfect for them. It’s just a matter of thinking outside the litter box. Sandra Murphy is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Festival Fete’s Holiday Market – Dec 1 & 2. 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, Ladies of the Rolling Pin and RI Children’s Chorus. $3 donation, children free. Garden City Center Holiday Market, Cranston. Destress, Be Mindful, Green and More – 1-4pm. Learn how to manage your stress during the holidays with holistic psychotherapist, Susan Hurd, MA, CAG, LMHC. Susan will offer a 45-minute guided mindfulness and more. $25. New Dawn Earth Center, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341.

Monday, December 3

Healing Energy Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Come in relax and release the stress of your life. Take care of you. Guided meditation helps people who are feeling blocked or frozen to get more energy and organized. $5. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-793-0097. Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-8:45pm. Deepen your journey practice and gain insight to your own guidance. Bring a journal, pen and something to lie on. Knowledge of how to journey is required. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Mill at Shady Lea, 215 Shady Lea, Rm 204, N Kingstown. 401-924-0567.

Tuesday, December 4

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

Wednesday, December 5

Tarot for a New Millenium – 10:30am-12pm. An introduction to Tarot, why and how it works and how you can build your psychic awareness. 5 more classes. Learn to read Tarot effectively. $350 for 6 or $75/

class. Soul Wisdom Helaing Arts, 675 Ten Rod Rd, Wickford. 401-662-6642. Make Peace with Food – 6:30-7:30pm. Come to this very compassionate, nonjudgmental and loving workshop that will help you to free yourself from the obsession of dieting. Cindy Barg, MEd, LMHC. Dharma Healing Center, 154 Waterman St, back of the building on the left, Providence. Transform Your Life – 7-8pm. Mary & Dr. Dave will present a workshop a Q&A on their book Divinely Touched. Will discuss how consciousness can exist outside the body; proving ESP, OBE’s & Reincarn. $10. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-432-7195.

Thursday, December 6

Parent Visitor Day – 8:30-10:30am. Tour the school. Observe classes in session. Time for questions and answers. Adults only please. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x 228. Group Manifesting with 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. We are working with cleaning up the water. With Shari Bitsis. $10. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. Integrative Rest (iRest®): The Ancient Practice of Yoga Nidra – 7:30-8:30pm. This modern adaptation offers a meditative inquiry that can induce deep states of rest, eliminate stress, overcome insomnia, anxiety, fear and depression, and assist you to enter into facilitate deep meditation. $15. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Friday, December 7

Gentle Yoga – 5-6pm. This class is geared towards students who wish to move at a slower more relaxed pace, while still receiving all the benefits of Yoga. $13; call to register. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave, Ste 224, Warwick. 401-737-2899.

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Saturday, December 8

Introduction to IET: Basic – 9am-5pm. This certification class is a fun filled day with a dose of much needed joy, inspiration and peace. Attunement to the violet ray helps you clear emotional energy blocks. $222. Herbs and Angels, 1989 A Plainfield Pike, Johnston. 401-383-2344. Basic Mediumship Training Workshop – 9:30am5:30pm. This workshop explores the different means by which we can receive and transmit information from the spirit world for our self healing and to assist others in healing. $150 includes Certificate of Completion. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Forgiveness: Letting Go & Moving On – 10am1pm. During this course Resident Teacher Kelsang Pawo will explain how to let go of the past, and move in the direction of harmonious relationships and a happy healthy life. $25; $15/students & seniors. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. Ayurvedic Nutrition – 10:30am-5:30pm. Whatever your dietary regimen, understanding nutrition from an Ayurvedic perspective will nourish your relationship with food and enhance your wellbeing. With Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Jessica Ferrol. $108. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Inversion & Arm Balance Workshop – 1-3pm. Begin with an overview of the principles involved in successfully lifting off, like accessing Uddiyana Bandha, giving some love to the wrists and lengthening hamstrings. $25. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Yin Yoga with Ken Nelson: Session I – 1-5pm. Explore the 5 Elements of Daosist Yoga and the energetic pathways of the body. Learn how to stimulate the energy flow in the body through breathing and yin yoga poses. $70. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, E Greenwich. The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita – 3-5:30pm. Lively, experiential dialogue about one of the greatest pieces of spiritual literature on the planet and the quintessential text on yoga. $35. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

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Sunday, December 9

Integrated Energy Therapy® Basic – 9:30am6pm. One of the next generation, hands-on, power energy therapy systems that gets the “issues out of your tissues” for good. No prior experience needed. $195; $210 with 8 CEs. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Holiday Party Open House – 3-6pm. Come relax at The Providence Institute for an afternoon of refreshments and good company while enjoying 20% off all shop merchandise. We have everything for the meditator, yogi, or spiritual seeker in your life. Free. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. Winter Solstice Drum Circle – 6-7pm. Join us to honor the season and focus on healing for the community and earth. Bring drums and rattles, some available to share. No experience necessary, all ages. With Katharine Rossi. Donation appreciated. The Soul Purpose, 1225 GAR Hwy, Swansea, MA. 401-924-0567.

Monday, December 10

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. Messages from the Divine with Gladys – 6:308:30pm. A gallery-style event full of channeled messages for you and the group. Come experience the power of Divine Guidance as you sit in the energy of the Archangels. Please RSVP. $44. Tranquility Day Spa & Wellness Center, 2227 Mineral Spring Ave, 3rd Fl, N Providence. 401-233-4544.

Tuesday, December 11

Magnified Healing® Gathering – 6:30-8:30pm. Open to all Magnified Healing Master Teacher Initiates. We will discuss sacred names, ascension and share this wonderful healing modality with each other. $10. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Dream Reentry – 7-9pm. Topic: Dream Gates. Explore your dreams, learn techniques to improve dream recall and set up your dream space. Work with your own dreams and assist others with theirs. With Katharine Rossi & David Barr. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-626-7088.

Wednesday, December 12

Story Hour – 10-11am. Appropriate for toddlers, young pre-school age children and their caregivers. Space is limited so please call to register. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x228. Mindful Parenting – 6:30-7:30pm. Being a parent is tough. Mindfulness can help. Learn to make smarter choices to teach your kids tools to help them succeed. Maureen Weinhardt. Dharma Healing Center, 154 Waterman St, back of the building on the left, Providence. Awakening through Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Drum healings bring us into alignment with our true nature by releasing energy blocks, restoring power and soul loss thus promoting balance and harmony within the Self. With Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna. $35. The Soul Purpose, 1225 GAR Hwy, Swansea, MA. 774-264-1329. The Truth About 2012 – 7-8pm. Find out exactly what the Mayans, other ancient civilizations and new agers have said about 2012 and beyond in this powerpoint workshop by Mary & Dr. Dave. $10. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-432-7195. Holiday Revels – 7-9pm. A holiday musical celebration with dance, poetry, instrumental and choral pieces. Presented by Meadowbrook Waldorf middle school students. donations welcome. University of RI, Fine Arts Building, 105 Upper College Rd, Kingston. 401-491-9570 x 228. Reiki/Energy Circle – 7-9pm. Information and Energy Sharing Session for all that are interested in energy therapies. All levels and modalities are welcome. Please call Debi for more information. $5 donation. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-263-1107.

Thursday, December 13

Ceremony of Light/Yoga Nidra – 7-8:30pm. Experience the miracle that arises when individual lights join together. Join us for our annual celebration of the Light within, and for a powerful Yoga Nidra experience. With Heather. $15 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or to just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I tap on the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

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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. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. HPH Parents’ Bereavement Group – 7-9pm. Helping Parents Heal is a national organization offering support and healing for parents who have lost a child at any age from any cause. With Joy Quinn Blum. Free. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-258-3952.

Friday, December 14

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. Yoga for Depression and Anxiety – 7-8:30pm. This class will focus on using breathing methods to calm the mind and body. Learn yoga poses to help with your overall health and promote well being. $15. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Gong Bath Meditation – 7:30-9pm. End your week with deep relaxation and peace as the healing sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over and around you. $20. Joy Quinn Blum, Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-258-3952.

Saturday, December 15

Reiki Level l 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. 401-287-4093. 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.

Sunday, December 16

Gong Bath Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Come relax and find peace within as the healing sounds of the

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Monday, December 17

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, 301 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652.

Tuesday, December 18

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

Wednesday, December 19

Group Manifesting with 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. We are working on peace and diplomacy. With Shari Bitsis. $10. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Thursday, December 20

MotherMary: Queen of the Angels – 6:308:30pm. Mother Mary brings messages of love, comfort and compassion to all that call on her. Join us as we gather together to embrace her abundance of Love. $25. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. 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.

Friday, December 21

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. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, 301 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652.


Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk – 6-8pm. Join Labyrinth Lady Cris McCullough for Native am Fire ceremony and Labyrinth walk to honor the Winter Solstice. Pre-registration. $20. Sun Rose Farm, 495 Gilbert Stuart Rd, Saunderstown. 401295-4070. For info:

Saturday, December 22

Reiki Time for Rest and Rejuvenation – 10am4pm. During this busy stressful season, enjoy a Reiki treatment for deep relaxation and energy renewal. Hear soothing music, smell aromatherapy, feel crystal energy. $45 for 45 min. Pathways to Healing, Bobbie Schaeffer, Warwick. 401-287-4093. Winter Solsitice – 6-8pm. As we approach the shortest day of the year when darkness permeates Earth, celebrate the return of light through music, reflection and the lighting of the fire outside. Free with a nut-free potluck dessert. New Dawn Earth Center, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341.

Monday, December 24

Christmas Eve Holiday Class – 10-11:30am. Our annual gift to the community. Come enjoy a peaceful and relaxing class to uplift you through the “holidaze,” and a renewal of your spirit within. Jai Bhagwan. With Kathleen. Free. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Candlelight Christmas Eve – 6-7:30pm. Join us for one of the most beautiful and devotional evenings of the year. In candlelight, celebrate the Birth of Christ in music, meditation, story, chant and song. Joy. Donation. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745.

Thursday, December 27

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 suggested donation. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

Saturday, December 29

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 suggested donation. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

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Set Your New Year’s Intentions – Jan 4 & 5. 7-9:30pm, Friday; 10:30am-6pm, Saturday. Begin the weekend setting an intention for 2013 in New Year Intentions: A Kripalu Yoga Class. On Saturday, explore Kripalu yoga’s Three Stages of Transformation: the doorway to a practice of loving and accepting oneself. $145. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

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Pantanjali’s Sutras: A Path to Freedom – 2:304pm. Patanjali recorded the eightfold path to enlightenment and laid out a step-by-step, gradient approach to finding the true self. $25. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

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Sacred Stone Facial & Ayurvedic Beauty – Jan 11 & 12. 10am-5pm. 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. New Year, New You! Intro to Yoga – 4-5:15pm. Meets Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb 10 & 17. Learn to develop your natural breath, apply alignment to basic poses, engage core, and customize your practice with modifications. $69/5-class series. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, E Greenwich.

MONDAY, January 21

Intoduction to Marma Therapy – 10am-5pm. Activating marma points allows light and prana into the body, transforming the biochemistry of the physiology. CEs available. $155. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372.

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Karma Kids Yoga Teacher Training – Jan 25-27. 9am-6pm. Learn how to teach yoga to children, from toddlers to teens. 30 hours of the most comprehensive kids training out there. $795; $200 early bird discount by Dec 15. Om Kids Yoga Center, 999 Main St, Ste 702, Pawtucket. 401-305-3667.

Friday, January 25

Introduction to Ayurveda – 10am-5pm. Course will teach massage therapists or anyone interested in healing, how to integrate aspects of Ayurveda into their daily life. CEs available. $155. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372.


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Ananda: Sunday Service & Potluck – 10am12pm. Join us for meditation, chanting, inspiration satsang (fellowship) and potluck lunch. Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Note: Sunday 12/16 Christmas Meditation-No Service. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Open Meditation – 10am-12pm. Weekly open meditation begins with chants, followed by sitting and walking meditation. Drop in any time during session. Instruction offered at 10am. All are welcome. Free. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providenc, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-726-3456. Sunday Meditation – 11am-12pm. Enjoy this relaxing morning class which includes a short talk and a guided meditation on how to apply Buddhist teachings in our modern lives. $8/class; free for members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277.


Sunrise Yoga – 6-7:30am. Also Friday. We have a beautiful space to practice calming the mind; toning the body for leaner looking and feeling great. Yoga practice compliments everything you do (balance and focus). Donation. Prema Yoga, 127 Pocasset Ave, Providence. 401-390-5419. Nia: NeuroMuscularIntegrative Action – 5:306:30pm. If you enjoy dancing and like music, you will absolutely love Nia. NeuroMuscular Integrative Action is a healthy, fun movement class for your body’s way. $10 for 6 Mondays; 12 drop-in. Women and Infants Medical Building, Main St, East Greenwich. 401-487-6977. 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. Gentle Yoga & Stretching – 6-7:15pm. Designed with new students in mind. We will gently ease into yoga postures giving the body an opportunity to relax, and learn new movements. $8 drop in, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016.

Peace Circle – Every Monday, 6:30-7:30. Help heal our planet through prayer and love. Transdenominational celebration. All are welcome to take part in personal and global transformation. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-580-5800.


Heart of Recovery – 7-8:30pm. Weekly group meeting with Mindfulness Meditation and 12 Step discussion. All recovery and meditation traditions are welcome to come share experience, strength, and hope. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providenc, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-726-3456. Deeksha Oneness Blessing – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Monday. Open the heart, heal relationships, quiet the chatter of the mind, and initiate a process of Awakening into Oneness where there is no longer a sense of separateness. Donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Providence. 401-270-5443.


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. All Levels Yoga – 9:15-10:15am. All levels welcome. Yoga poses, breathing, and relaxation increase your strength, flexibility, relaxation, and awareness of the present. $13; call to register. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave, Ste 224, Warwick. 401-737-2899. Literacy Volunteers Tutor Training – 6-9pm. Volunteer to teach English. We train tutors to teach adults who have Basic Literacy or ESL needs. Runs Tuesdays, Jan 22-Mar 19. Call for details. Nominal fee. Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, 1672 Flat River Rd, Coventry. 401-822-9103. The Confidence Course – Thru Dec 11. 7-8:30pm. The simple meditations in this course will give us the clarity to tap into a reservoir of true confidence,




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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.




allowing us to become the person we want to be. $10/ class. No preregistration needed. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277.

Sadhana Yoga Basics – 3:45-5pm. Helps each student understand the basic relationship between breath and movement with safe sequencing and modification for individual needs. $8 drop in, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Yin & Yang Yoga – 3:45-5pm. A mixed level, slow flowing vinyasa class with deep attention to mindful alignments of body, mind and heart. With Jen Thomas. $15. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: 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. Candlelight Yoga – 4:30-6pm. Also Friday. We have a beautiful space to practice calming the mind; toning the body for leaner looking and feeling great. Yoga practice compliments everything you do (balance and focus). Donation. Prema Yoga, 127 Pocasset Ave, Providence. 401-390-5419. Zumba with Dr. Cathy – 5:30-6pm. 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. 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 – Thru Dec 11. 7-8pm. These relaxing classes are perfect for beginners and experienced meditators alike. Each class consists of a brief teaching and a practical guided meditation. $8/class; free for members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277.

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


Adult Barre – 9:30-10:30am. Conditioning class that incorporates basic ballet technique, floor barre and core exercises. This is an open level practice, suitable for all. $8 drop in, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Fluid Freedom™ – 11am-12pm. Move like water. Stiff, tight, disconnected from your body? Gentle, effective, innovative approach to move your whole body fluidly. Slow aging process and feel more free. $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. Gentle Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. This class is geared towards students who wish to move at a slower, more relaxed pace while still receiving all the benefits of Yoga. $13; call to register. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave, Ste 224, Warwick. 401-737-2899. Ananda Yoga & Meditation – 5:30-7:30pm. Relax your body and awaken energy in a blissful Ananda Yoga Class followed by Meditation. Join Kyle (401789-1288) Thursdays at Grace Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd N, Kingstown. Suggested donation $10. More info: Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton, 401-308-8745, Basic Flow Shanti Yoga – 6-7:30pm. New class. A beginning class offering ways to explore breath, flexibility and range of motion. Experience a place of deep inner calm as you build a solid yoga foundation. $13 drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Physical Fitness through Dance – 6:15-7:15pm. Experience a new and fun way to burn calories and boost your stamina and endurance. This class encourages letting go and having fun. $8 drop in, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016.

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.


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


Group Meditation – 8:30-9:30am. Manage stress, awaken intuition and connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization and sound. Individual sessions available by appointment. Bring a friend. New students $10 each. Robert Arnold, Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. Ananda Group Meditation – 9-10am. Start the weekend in the peace and joy of guided meditation and chanting. Join Kelly and Jiavanna. Meet at 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N Kingstown. 401-6677315 All welcome. Donation. More info: Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton, 401-308-8745, 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.

Gong Bath Meditation – 7:30-9pm. 1st Friday. Feel completely relaxed and peaceful as the healing sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over and around you. $20. Joy Quinn Blum, City Aiki, 200 Allens Ave, Providence. 401-258-3952.

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.

Ecstatic Dance Providence – 8:30-10:30pm. 2nd Friday. Dance freely to upbeat and downtempo electronic music without the constraints of a club environment, shoes, alcohol and noisy people. $10. Shri Studio, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. Groups/EcstaticDanceProvidence.

Wintertime Farmers’ Market – 10am-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.

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


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

Cleanse your colon with privacy and dignity, using the premier Angel of Water system. The large intestine (colon) is cleansed by instilling purified water into the lower bowel through a disposable nozzle. The water initiates natural movement of the colon to eliminate waste. You remain in control of the flow of water at all times. Remember: The Rd to Good Health is Paved with Good Intestines! See ad on page 29.

COUNSELING THE HEART OF HEALING 81 Station St. Coventry, RI 401-828-5065

Making the decision to ask for help overcoming emotional problems and addiction can be a difficult one. Rachael Smith, RN, MA, CRC, LCMHC, and Certified Sex Addictions Therapist candidate helps clients by combing Eastern and Western modalities. She specializes in treating anxiety, grief, trauma and addiction. Rachael’s unique practice blends mind-body practices (yoga, bioenergetics, meditation, chakra psychology) and the creative arts with traditional talk therapy. A group for female partners of sex addicts is currently forming. See ad on page 39.



Katharine A. Rossi

Dr. Belinda Mobley Briarwood Plaza 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA 508-336-0408 Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. At Mobley Family Chiropractic we use gentle but specific chiropractic techniques to locate and remove the barriers to true health and have a variety of options to assist you on the Rd to better health and vitality. See ad on page 29.


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

energy healing Light Soul Therapy Healing

New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness

Wakefield, RI 401-284-0363

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

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

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Esthetician 360 FACE MIND BODY

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 11.

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

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

Fresh Face Skincare Center @ Avalon

Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 • My philosophy has always been that everyone should love and be proud of how their skin looks and feels. At the young age of 50, my skin has never looked so flawless and so fresh. I look forward to sharing my love and knowledge of the skin care profession to make that happen for YOU! See ad on page 11.

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

For 26 years we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic  Whole Foods, Nutritional Products, Body Care, Athletic Supplements, Natural Pet Care and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment.  We are open daily.  Please visit our website for a wealth of information. See ad on page 29.

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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

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

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 43.

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 48.

human potential center The Alive Academy 545 Pawtucet Ave 401-305-3959

The ALIVE Academy is New England’s Only Human Potential & Prevention Center located in Rhode Island. If you have just 30 Minutes a week, then we guarantee a Thinner, Younger, Healthier You! Call or visit our website today to book your appointment. See ad on page 2.


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.

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

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 13.

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.

organic HAIR SALON Elaine Hewitt

Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • Let your imagination go— naturally! A full service salon that’s Certified organic for hair color, straightening/relaxing, permanent wave. No Ammonia, parabens, plastics or Thioglycolates. Call today for an appointment! Like me on FB.

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 45.

reiki 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.

cathryn moskow, lcmt


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


Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 • Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval.  “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today. See ad on page 48.

therapeutic massage HEALING HANDS MASSAGE THERAPY OF RHODE ISLAND 750 East Ave Providence/Pawtucket line 4635 Post Rd, East Greenwich 401-640-0295

Healing Hands Massage Therapy of Rhode Island has 3 locations and a chair massage kiosk at T.F. Green Airport that are open seven days a week. They offer a variety of massages, hot stone therapy, raindrop therapy with essential oils, detoxifying foot bath and ear candling. A sliding scale is available for clients who require it. For a limited time enjoy an introductory 1-hr massage for $39. See ad on page 27.

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!

10,000+ massages of experience". Stress buster! "Best of Boston" Muscular therapy for pain relief, rehab/chronic restriction + movement work, agerelated issues, injury work, your goals + aaahhh. Experience a blend of Deep Tissue, Swedish, Biodynamics, Reiki. Medicinal grade essential oils included FREE. Give a gift of a Gift Certificate. Call for an appointment.

wellcare collaborative IT’S MY HEALTH

Marie Bouvier-Newman 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 • We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 33.

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.


Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319

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 11.

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

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

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

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

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Rhode Island’s Only Active Relaxation Center Himalyan Salt Grotto Eucalyptus Steam Room Yellow Tumeric Heat Sauna Dead Sea Salt Oceanic Room Heated Urban Hamman Black Charcoal Sauna Active Relaxation Room

Home of the $49 Relaxation Massage all day every day no membership required

Therapeutic Services Salt Scrubs Facials Reflexology Hot Stone Massage Cranio Sacral Indian Head Massage Structural Integration Neuromuscular Therapy Thai Yoga Stretch And so much more…

Raffa Yoga / Urban Sweat 19 Sharpe Drive, Cranston

Give the Gift of Health gift certificates available

Just 2.3 miles form our previous location. Plenty of parking.

401-463-3335 Schedule your class or massage online today!

Everything can be done better with relaxation

12 2012 Rhode Island Natural Awakenings  

Awakening Humanity

12 2012 Rhode Island Natural Awakenings  

Awakening Humanity