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pringtime! Just the thought of it feels good as it brings to mind things turning green, daffodils and crocus pushing their way toward the sun, birds singing, fresh crisp air in the morning and the knowledge that summer isn’t far off. In some ways, I love the carefree feeling that the change of season brings and all the fun things it brings with it. Still, I can’t help but worry about what our society of excess and abuse of resources has brought us. Looking back on my childhood, dinners were as a family around the table, full of food all made from scratch - fast food and soda were a very rare treat; we walked or took the bus if we wanted to go somewhere. Being nostalgic about the past can be a nice pastime, but there is much that can be learned from it as well. I wonder, if we still did things like that and we had all the new efficiencies technology has brought us in the last 50 years, would we be in a better place? It turns out that I am not the only one thinking about this. Many people are trying to get back to, what we perceive to be the simpler times. I had the pleasure of seeing a presentation from Zip Car where they described the savings of their members being not only the cost of a first or second car but fewer cars on the road, less emissions from driving less and walking more, with the side benefit of health, or making use of public transit. There has been much talk lately about education, and if we are doing enough for our children to succeed in the world. It makes me shiver to think of having to take the standardized tests that we are now requiring for graduation. Pretty sure I’d still be in high school if passing that were a requirement! Many believe that proving you can learn useless facts is not learning, it’s memorizing. In The Next Level, Education for a More Sustainable World on page 28, Linda Sechrist cites some interesting terms – “ change literacy” and “conversational literacy” to mention a few. These are skills that would not be found on an aptitude test, but will be valuable skills for our future leaders. There are some forward looking schools, teachers and administrators, but we need more. We need to find ways to educate our children that honor who they are, and not try and fit them into a box. We need to encourage them to work together, to embrace differences and be involved in their communities. Really, when we think about what education is for, it is easy to see it’s for society. I might argue that teaching our children how to be a positive part of our world, is more important than what day a given president was born on. For me, Natural Awakenings is a learning experience every day and I am thankful for all of you who are part of our community. Happy April!

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ision Care at The Brown Center is now offering 3-D OCT retinal scan, the latest, most advanced technology to view and analyze the retina. Unlike convenLearn how supplements tional retinal photography (which views of the top layer of the retina), can only protect allows your eyes from Dr Davidenables J Santos Dr George J. Brown Dr Robert W. Hill of all OCT visualization the layers cataracts, floaters,of drythe eye, retina. & macularunderstand degeneration! how important exercise, nutrition Avenue, East Providence 400 Warren Today, many proactive eye doctors and dietary supplements are in our overall well-being. The eye is critically important because it is a highly evolved sensory and motor part of our nervous system—essentially part of one’s brain. Evidence-based medicine is showing us that our vision, and our brains, are closely related in development, health and aging. Important markers, such as the presence of small opacities of the lens, called cortical spokes, are an area of concern. Eye doctors have the ability to find these specks in what is called a biomicroscope exam. Another important marker is a drusen. In essence, drusen represent the sign of neurological inflammation, or “rust” in our bodies. Progressive doctors who embrace the relationship between our vision and overall health are able to effectively optimize and maintain a person’s health. Symptoms may or may not occur with drusen or cortical spoking, but might include blurred vision, eyes that burn or sting, floaters and difficulty seeing at night. Careful examination, retinal photography and this new 3-D OCT retinal scan are very useful in helping to differentiate and measuring a body’s “rusting.” Vision Care at The Brown Center is located at 400 Warren Ave., in East Providence. For more information, call 401-438-4447, email or visit See ad on page 25.

Massage Envy Spa Adds New Service in RI Clinics


assage Envy Spa’s Rhode Island clinics are now offering sugar foot scrub therapy, which includes hot towel applications, sugar scrub exfoliation and moisturizing body butter. The hot towel provides relaxing heat and cleans the feet in preparation for the sugar scrub. After the hot towel is applied, the feet are scrubbed with a high-quality sugar exfoliation. Once the sugar is removed with an additional hot towel, the upgrade service concludes with an application of body butter to each foot. Both the sugar scrub and body butter are Bon Vital Products, made with natural oils that help nourish the body. “Our new Sugar Food Scrub Therapy is heavenly and perfect to treat tired feet,” says owner, Michael D’Amara. Scrub treatment can be added to any massage session for only $10 as part of Massage Envy’s Spa therapies menu. Massage Envy is the pioneer and national leader of affordable massage and spa services. Nearly a decade ago, Massage Envy was launched to create a completely new category in the wellness industry and to promote a healthy lifestyle through affordable massage and spa services. Massage Envy has locations at 1000 Division St, in East Greenwich and 1000 Chapel View Blvd., #140, in Cranston For more information, call the Cranston clinic at 401-275-4900, East Greenwich at 401-336-2900 or visit See ad on page 3.


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Relationship Workshops for Individuals and Couples


aret Bedrosian, a certified Imago therapist, will be offering two Imago relationship workshops in April. Getting the Love You Want couples’ workGaret Bedrosian shop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 6 and 7. The Keeping the Love You Find workshop for individuals will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 13 and 14. The intensive, self-growth workshop for couples is based on the work of Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., author of Getting the Love You Want, and founder of Imago Relationship Theory. Whether couples are in the early days of blissful romance, or on the edge of a breakup, they can join the tens of thousands of couples who have experienced a wonderful change in their relationship just from this one weekend. The workshops for individuals (whether or not you are in a relationship) are based on the groundbreaking work of Hendrix and his wife, Helen LeKelly Hunt, who co-authored Getting the Love You Want and Keeping the Love You Find. Participants will learn how romantic love opens them to frustrations, which can be disappointing or scary but are also necessary and unavoidable in any conscious relationship. Bedrosian is a certified Imago therapist and presenter for Getting the Love You Want couples’ workshops and Keeping the Love You Find workshops for individuals. She is also certified in bioenergetic analysis, a somatic psychotherapy. She has been in private practice as a therapist since 1986. For more information, call 619-3008002 or visit See ad on page 25.

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newsbriefs Optimistic Insight Offering True Holistic Approaches


ptimistic Insight Holistic Healing Center offers new solutions to old problems by providing an assortment of innovative methods that work cohesively and have been producing extraordinary results for their clients. Co-founder Kurtis Lee Thomas says, “In life we tend to make things harder for ourselves in many ways. The main thing I always notice is when we continue to try and solve the same old problems using the same old methods.” Professional staff members at Optimistic Insight conduct weekly focus meetings to collectively discuss the best ways to improve their clients’ situations as a team. “These brainstorming strategies keeps us away from cookie-cutter therapy sessions and prevent us from offering the same solutions to every client, which just doesn’t work,” says Linda Cole, hypnotherapist, life coach and co-founder of Optimistic Insight. “This is why we have certified specialists with skill sets ranging from life coaching, energy healing, personal training, yoga and hypnotherapy.” She adds that the group teaches clients how to remove mental roadblocks that have previously held them back in life. “We use an assortment of innovative and holistic methods that we custom tailor specifically to each individual client and offer them new, fun ways to get rid of old, boring problems.” Optimistic Insight is located at 845 Oakland Ave., in Cranston. For more information, call 401-369-7600 or visit See ad on page 7.

Community Marketplace Offers All Local Products


community marketplace located in the Fox Point section of Providence, Small Circle offers 100 percent locally made products. Opened in November of 2012, owners Sarah and John Memoli had a vision to create a store that would pair the creative works of an art festival with specialized items from a farmers’ market, offered on a year-round basis. Small Circle currently partners with more than 140 local artisans to provide the ultimate local shopping experience for customers. The shop is filled with functional, unique, one of a kind, upcycled and eco-friendly products including small-batch food items, all-natural bath and body products, home goods, clothing, photography, mixedmedia art, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, accessories and more. “We love when people come into the store and spend an hour just looking around, taking it all in,” says Sarah Memoli. “They are always surprised to discover that every single item in the store has been produced locally.” The community aspect of the store stems from the Memolis’ belief that successful distribution of local goods decrease the carbon footprint of each item while stimulating the local economy and supporting small business owners like themselves. “It’s really important for us to know the people behind the product and then to connect the customer to them as well; it renews the human aspect to what we are buying and consuming.” Small Circle is located at 464 Wickenden St., in Providence. For more information, call 401-437-8338 or visit See ad on page 39.


Rhode Island Edition

Gongs of Joy and Drumsong Combine Their Sounds


hey have both been playing solo and with others in the past few years, but now Joy Quinn Blum, of Gongs of Joy, and A. Michelle, of Drumsong, have decided to become partners and join together in creating healing vibrations. Blum has offered gong bath meditations for groups Joy Quinn Blum at yoga centers, holistic health expos, a martial arts dojo and other kinds of healing centers for the past nine years. During a gong bath, she creates harmonic resonance by playing the gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, rattles, drums and other vibrational healing instruments to help bring people to a state of relaxation, harmony and peace. Gifted with a rich voice and a multioctave range, Michelle channels sacred sound in harmony with a variety of indigenous instruments including Native American flutes, rattles and drums. She facilitates therapeutic sound sessions, guided meditations and space clearings. The women believe that by combining the sounds of the gongs and singing bowls with those of the indigenous drums, rattles, flute and chanting, they create a blissful harmonic attunement for physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. These vibrational overtones offer emotional stress release, chakra alignment, clearing of energy blocks and spontaneous healing. Blum will be offering a gong bath to attendees at the RI Yoga Festival on April 6 and they will be playing together at the Discover You Wellness Expo, April 20 and 21 at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln. They will also be offering regular sound baths together at venues in the Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut areas. For more information, call 401-258-3952 or email See ad on page 27.

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newsbriefs Simone Lukas-Jogl An Evening with Completes Advanced Training Yogi Amrit Desai


imone Lukas-Jogl, Ph.D., a Certified Rolfer since 1998, has completed extensive training in advanced biomechanics, as well as the Advanced Rolfing training in Europe, allowing her to continually develop her skills in gently integrating the body in a fully threedimensional way. Lukas-Jogl offers Rolfing Structural Integration, a hands-on method of bodywork that helps people Simone Lukas-Jogl, Ph.D. get out of pain, stand up straight with no extra effort and move with ease and enjoyment. A more nuanced understanding of biomechanics helps her to resolve asymmetries in the myofascial structure, which often cause chronic or recurring back pain. Advanced Rolfing takes myofascial integration one step further: whenever needed, Lukas-Jogl works with the deep membranes around the organs, the nervous system, as well as with ligaments, joint capsules and strain patterns within the bone itself. In this way, Advanced Rolfing work enhances support for the spine, promotes appropriate mobility and function of internal organs and can relieve a greater range of chronic pain. According to Lukas-Jogl, Advanced Rolfing typically feels rather gentle and can induce a dream-like state of deep relaxation and healing. Simone Lukas-Jogl works at Motion Center, located at 111 Chestnut St., in Providence. For more information, call 401-725-4783, email or visit See ad on page 15.

Ananda Center Hosting Nayaswamis


he Ananda Center for Yoga and Meditation, located in Hopkinton, will be hosting two Nayaswamis recently returned from living and teaching in India. Nayaswamis Dharmadas and Nirmala have been sharing the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda through teaching meditation and related yoga practice for a combined time of more than 70 years and on three Nayaswamis Dharmadas continents. Most recently, they were the founding and Nirmala spiritual directors of Ananda India in New Delhi and of the first rural Ananda Community near Pune, India. After an eight-year sojourn in India, they are in the U.S. once again, where they are teaching and coordinating meditation group support and outreach. Two programs are planned at the University of Rhode Island Multicultural Center’s Hardge Forum, Room 101. From 3 to 4 p.m., April 25, they will present a workshop on meditation and stress management and from 7 to 9 p.m., April 26, there will be a kirtan and satsang based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Chanting or kirtan has the power to uplift the soul and open the heart. Most chants are simple and easy to learn. There will be chants in English as well as some Indian chants accompanied by harmonium and guitar. Satsang will be a period of discussion, questions and answers. This is a community event that is open to all. Donations are accepted. For more information, call 401-524-4766 or visit


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antosha Yoga studio will present an evening with Yogi Amrit Desai (Gurudev) on April 19. Pain is Life’s Messenger will be the topic of discussion. With more than 50 years of teaching and illumination through self-realization in the Shaktipat lineage of Swami Kripalu, Gurudev will Yogi Amrit Desai offer a lecture with a question and answer period to follow. This is a rare opportunity to receive a uniquely yogic perspective on a subject that affects all of us in its many various guises. This event will begin with kirtan from 6 to 7 p.m. to help participants open their heart and mind to the topic of discussion. Gurudev will then offer his wisdom from the yogic path to show individuals how to transform an experience of pain into an opportunity. Gurudev is recognized as one of the pioneers of the authentic teachings of yoga in the West. In 1986 he was honored with the title Jagadacharya, World Teacher by the World Religious Parliament, a group founded by Paramahamsa Yogananda, only one of five people honored thus far. His legacy is his work to restore the authentic practice of Patanjali’s classical ashtanga or eight-limbed yoga. Illuminating its core principles and the secrets of Kundalini yoga, he has built them into a holistic practice of eight-limbed yoga represented in the Amrit Method of Yoga, yoga nidra and quantum breath meditation. Cost: $30 pre-registered; $35 at the door. Santosha Yoga Studio is located at 14 Bartlett Ave., in Cranston. For more information, call 401-780-9809 or visit


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or those wanting to feel their best this spring, Innerlight Studio for Yoga and Meditation is hosting a free introductory session, from noon to 1 p.m., April 5 to discuss their 40-Day Raw Food Reboot program that begins April 26. Spring is a time of natural cleansing and renewal. The immersion-style program is designed to support that concept in one’s body and mind with gently detoxifying meditation, relaxation, pranayama and yoga practices. Participants can revitalize energy and clear elimination channels with a smooth system reboot using gradually increasing amounts of deliciously prepared fresh, raw produce, along with clean, light proteins and small amounts of nuts and seeds. Kim Chandler, owner and director at Innerlight, and Jeannette Bessinger, a board certified health counselor and nutrition educator, will co-direct the program. Cost is $350, which includes unlimited yoga classes and a weekly program meeting, plus discounts on future yoga classes and private consultations. Previous 40day program participants get a $50 discount. Innerlight is located in Middletown Commons at 850 Aquidneck Ave., in Middletown. For more information, call 401-849-3200, email or visit See ad on page 50.

Second Annual Yogathon Benefit Nonprofit


hri Studio will present its second annual Yogathon on Saturday, April 20. All proceeds benefit Shri Service Corps, a nonprofit organization providing free yoga classes to schools, shelters and community centers. The event begins at 9 a.m. with Vibrant Vinyasa with Music taught by Betty Riaz and Jennifer Howell. A Prana Flow class with Debbie Valois and Coral Brown will be held from 10:45 a.m. until noon, followed by an Adaptive Yoga video presentation with free snacks and local food trucks from noon to 1:30 p.m. Other classes include Vibrational Gong Bath with Stephanie Marisca and Cathy Cesario from 1:45 to 3 p.m.; Chakra Yoga with Shannah Green from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.; and Slow Flow with Live Music with Caroline Pope and Juliet Loranger from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. This year, participants can sponsor a local yogi and receive a one-of-a-kind thank you in return directly from the students. Plus, Nicole Romano, an awardwinning designer based out of Rhode Island and New York City, will be launching a Shri pendant necklace at the Yogathon, with proceeds benefiting Shri Service Corps. Cost is $25 to attend an individual workshop or $75 for the entire day. Shri Studio is located at 21 Broad St., in Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-441-8600 or visit See ad on page 49.


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April Blooms with Free Events in The Heart Spot


ooking for ways to stay healthy and grounded, no matter what life brings? Spring blossoms in The Heart Spot with free events, continuing classes and special workshops. The free events include a sample of the Basic Yoga Series, an overview of yoga postures and breathwork, as well as yoga’s rich history and philosophy, at 8 p.m. on April 8 or April 22. The next eightweek Basic Yoga Series begins at 7:30 p.m., April 29. For those curious about Reiki, a demonstration will be held at 1 p.m., April 13. Reiki is an ancient energy healing modality in which one uses one’s hands to direct the flow of life energy throughout the body. Participants can experience the gentle healing art of Reiki and learn how to use this powerful tool to boost immunity, balance energy and release physical pain and illness. On April 27, Ellen Schaeffer offers a three-hour workshop, Cultivating Wholeness: Embrace Inner Wisdom Through Your Practice. Schaeffer, the director of One Yoga Center in Foster, combines yin, somatics and gentle Vinyasa in a practice that is intentional and deep, allowing each posture to bloom into a direct expression of what is true for participants in the moment. Kent Stetson, Liz Butler and Bobby Ducharme teach weekly yoga classes in gentle, basic and Vinyasa Shanti yoga for beginner, intermediate and more advanced practitioners. Monthly offerings include an Abraham-Hicks discussion group, as well as a group meditation. The Heart Spot is located at 700 Greenville Ave., in Johnston. For more information, call 401-231-0081 or visit See ad on page 50.

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Race and Family Fun Walk Supports Local Church Programs


oving to the Music 5K, a race and family fun walk, will be held April 6 to support the community outreach programming of Amicable Congregational Church, in Tiverton. The scenic course extends from Tiverton’s historic Four Corners to the Sakonnet River. The run begins at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Strollers and dogs are welcome for the walk. Live music, refreshments and awards will be provided. Proceeds from the event support all Amicable church services including the music program and commencing the Lenten outreach program on body, mind and spirit. Cost to register is $15 pre-race day or $20 on race day. For more information, visit or

Fertile Underground Seeks Support for Food Truck


s the calendar springs forward, a new project is on the horizon for Fertile Underground Natural Cooperative. The vision is a slow food truck named the Furtile Turtle to directly connect local farmers and city folk through simple healthy street food. With the community’s support, the cooperative hopes to get the truck to the streets by late spring. Fertile Underground is a worker-owned cooperative, currently with 12 worker-owners. They have been running and operating the Fertile Underground Natural Grocery in Providence for more than a year, thanks to crowd-sourcing capital and the cooperative hopes to use the same model for the truck. The cooperative is using a site called to crowd-source the money for the slow food truck. The campaign is allowed 60 days, similar to a Kickstarter and ends April 4. The Furtile Turtle will be the first food truck in the area with its primary focus on providing the freshest local food possible, quickly and efficiently brought directly from the farm to the neighborhood. The truck will work in collaboration with Pasture to Plate to provide on-farm dinners and educational workshops, further solidifying the connection of farm-to-table. The goal is to bring healthy, local and nourishing produce and food selections to areas where there is currently no access. Fertile Underground Natural Grocery is located at 1577 Westminster St., in Providence. For more information, call 401.365.4384(4fug) or visit To donate, visit


Rhode Island Edition


hode Island College’s new Sustainable Systems Initiative, an experiential learning program for undergraduate students, will be offered this summer from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, from June 3 to July 12, in partnership with the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living. Through the program, which is like no other in the nation, students will explore Rhode Island’s local food system; the sustainable energy industry; green building, rehab and weatherization worksites; and the Apeiron Institute’s Center for Sustainable Living. The program will introduce students to systems theory, sustainability philosophy, social change models and deep ecology experiential learning. Students will develop the critical thinking and social skills needed for effective cooperative problem solving, which are essential to the emergence of sustainable cultures. Courses will meet at Rhode Island College in Providence, with frequent field trips to Apeiron’s Center for Sustainable Living in Coventry, as well as to various locations around the state. For more information, contact Mark DeMoranville at 401-228-7930 or or visit

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he Coastal Growers’ Market will soon host a second summer youth program to area teens. Following a successful program, which began last season, coordinators of the program are looking forward to this year’s launch beginning on Saturday, June 1 to run through the month of August. With the farm rooster crowing on Saturday mornings last summer, 14 teenage volunteers interested in local community healthy food and sustainability came to market. They learned many new skills not only to enhance their interests but also future employment opportunities. Such skills centered around leadership, marketing, organization, time management and communication. A rotation was set up for the teens to work in various stations around the market to achieve these skill sets. The teens sold market products, disseminated market information to customers, assisted vendors, taught market goers about composting and recycling, assisted in cooking activities and effectively managed a busy parking lot. Not only was making new friendships a bonus for the teens but they finished with a sense of belonging, knowing they contributed something positive to their community. Coastal Growers’ Market is located at Casey Farm during the summer in Saunderstown. For more information about the youth program, call 401-253-5920.

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ALIVE ACADEMY Cosmetic Acupuncture: The Safe Alternative to Plastic Surgery by Anna Scurry


osmetic acupuncture has been performed for thousands of years in China. For centuries, the Chinese have known that beauty radiates from the inside out. If the internal body is nourished and the energy and blood are flowing smoothly, the external body will reveal this radiance. One 1996 study published in the International Journal of Acupuncture said that, of 300 patients surveyed, 90 percent said they saw a lessening of lines, clearer skin tone, lifted skin and subtle tightening after cosmetic acupuncture. It’s no surprise then that patients are increasingly opting for needles over the knife due to the substantial results they are seeing, and the added health benefits that come along with the procedure. Cosmetic acupuncture is done in the same fashion as acupuncture done for general health and specific conditions, with the goal of creating collagen just under the skin to help fill in wrinkles and plump skin, similar to the results of Botox, Restylane or plastic surgery. Like traditional acupuncture, the cosmetic version also aims to balance the body’s energy and


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create a sense of well-being. The two most popular procedures are the acupuncture facelift and the acupuncture tummy lift. When both procedures are done at once, it’s called The AcuLift. Like all acupuncture, the acupuncture tummy lift works from the inside out to revitalize and rejuvenate the body. The procedure is done with finesse and a full on protocol that includes imported French green clay to draw out toxins, stimulate the movement of impacted stool and reduce water-logged tissue that contributes to the dreaded “muffin top.” The needles are placed in specific points on the tummy and sides, with gentle stimulation called e-stim to break up fat deposits, increase blood flow and tighten and tone the skin. Individuals often report a reduction in inches after the first session. Other benefits may include the reduction of acid reflux, constipation and other gastrointestinal issues, including the release of impacted stool. The acupuncture facelift uses needles on specific points on the face

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t is interesting how the return on investment in Rhode Island is very good, as is the investment made, to date, in mass transportation (averaging around 7-1 on dollars spent) and clean energy projects, as well. We love seeing that sweet spot hit of good financial sense and good ecological sense. Let’s see more. Good news came recently from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the form of a press release. In it, they stated that the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation partnership created $40.5 million out of an initial $10.3 million taxpayer investment in 2011 for on-the-ground conservation efforts throughout the United States. Using a competitive grant-matching program that leverages private funds, the Conservation Partners Program will accelerate service to more than 4,200 farmers and ranchers to restore or protect 1.2 million acres in areas that have vulnerable species and habitat or other conservation concerns. “These projects have helped restore wildlife habitats, conserve forests, improve water and air quality and ultimately benefit the livelihood of farmers, ranchers and communities,” says Jason Weller, NRCS acting chief. According to the news release, the partnership, which started in 2011, allowed NFWF to leverage $900,000 of NRCS funds into more than $3 million for locally led conservation projects. These investments not only improved water and air quality but regularly employed biologists, foresters, pipe makers, welders, engineers and others from local communities. This resonated with us as Renewable Now filmed five shows in Westerly that captured the amazing work done by the local and state land trust foundations, including the Westerly Land Trust. Sometimes there’s a misconception that land preservation means taking it out of public use and out of our economy. Nothing is further from the truth. In fact, most land acquired for conservation gets set aside for public access, such as nature walking trails, farming (without land conservation efforts and deeded/set aside development rights, agriculture in RI would be non-existent, or very close to it), and easements that help surrounding communities. In urban areas, they create tracks of land or help resurrect old, neglected buildings and bring new life and vibrancy to our downtown areas. As we see on a federal level, careful, long-term planning for space and acres of land cultivated and not over-commercialized, protects and grows jobs. Such planning also secures parts of our history as we can walk the land tilled by our ancestors. Our past comes partially alive as we breathe the air and feel the ground that holds us to a special place. Peter Arpin is host of Renewable Now, an eco-conscious series dedicated to the business side of green. Watch Renewable Now on ABC 6 and the Live Well Network, listen to the live radio version on WARL 1320 AM, read the blog at ArpinGreen. or visit See ad on page 9.


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When mass transit isn’t an option, drivers have many ways to save money by coaxing more miles per gallon (mpg) from their vehicle. It’s easy to adopt some simple driving and maintenance habits. Slow down. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), driving at 55 mph instead of 65 mph can improve gas mileage by as much as 15 percent. Reduce excess weight. An extra 100 pounds of nonessential cargo in a vehicle could reduce mpg by up to 2 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Properly inflate tires. The increased surface area of the rubber in soft tires meeting the road creates ongoing drag and a greater demand on the engine. Keep the engine tuned. Regularly check and refresh fluid levels, especially in colder regions where winter places additional stress on engine parts. While high-quality synthetic motor oil blends may protect the engine better than conventional oil, they don’t eliminate the need for regular oil changes, according to The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence notes that one misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 30 percent. Avoid rapid accelerations and braking. The EPA estimates that about half of the energy needed to power a car is consumed during acceleration, and fuel economy can be improved by as much as 10 percent by avoiding unnecessary braking. Keep the engine air filter clean. According to, a clogged filter strains performance. In some cars, the filter can be easily checked by the owner; or drivers may ask a technician to do so during regular tune-ups.

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ardening can be a healthy pastime… as long as toxic tools aren’t involved. Researchers at the Ann Arbor, Michiganbased Ecology Center recently tested nearly 200 garden essentials—especially hoses, hand tools, gloves and knee pads—for chemicals and heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA), which are linked to birth defects, hormone imbalances, learning delays and other serious health problems. The researchers found that nearly two-thirds of the tested products contained levels of chemicals that concerned them greatly. Cautious gardeners should seek products that are free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and lead-free, and follow good garden hose hygiene: Avoid drinking out of the hose, don’t leave it exposed to the sun (where water within the hose can absorb chemicals) and always flush it out before watering edible plants. Source:

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Whole Foods Supports Americans’ Right to Know Whole Foods Market has become the first company in the industry to decide that all products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) in its U.S. and Canadian stores must be so labeled by 2018. “We support the consumer’s right to know,” said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, in announcing the policy. “The prevalence of GMOs in the United States, paired with nonexistent mandatory labeling, makes it very difficult for retailers to source non-GMO options and for consumers to choose non-GMO products.” Genetic engineering introduces changes in DNA structure—usually to increase crop yield, plant hardiness and aesthetic appeal, rather than improve nutritional content. Acknowledged downsides of artificially transferring genes into plants include substantial increases in the use of chemicals and genetic cross-contamination of fields. While major food companies funded the defeat of California’s Prop 37 calling for GMO labeling, 82 percent of Americans are pro-labeling, according to a recent poll by market research firm YouGov. On April 8, Americans will demand that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stop choosing Monsanto’s industrial interests over policy transparency and public health. Concerned citizens are beginning to take back America’s food system. Join the Eat-In for GMO Labeling, Stone Soup style, outside of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 8. Visit

Levi’s Latest Sustainable Moves World record holder and Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt will soon model Puma boots that are “made for rotting,” and when the next Levi Strauss collection arrives, their new jingle will be, “These jeans are made of garbage.” Crushed brown and green half-liter plastic bottles will be on display at retail store displays, of which the equivalent of eight, or 20 percent, are blended into each pair of Waste<Less jeans. Nike and Gap have their own sustainability programs, and Patagonia has long supported a small ecosystem of Earth-friendly suppliers. But as the biggest maker of jeans in the world, with sales of $4.8 billion in 2011, Levi’s efforts command the most attention. Levi joined the Better Cotton Initiative, a group of companies that work with local nongovernmental organizations in Pakistan, India, Brazil and Mali to teach farmers how to grow cotton with less water. Last year marked the first cotton harvest given this effort and Levi has blended its share into more than 5 million pairs of jeans. With cotton prices on the rise and pressure from activist groups such as BSR, an environmental organization that works with businesses, large clothing manufacturers are starting to adopt more sustainable practices.

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Household CLEANSE Banish these Five Chemicals for a Domestic Detox by Gail Griswold-Elwyn


mericans are collectively more aware and educated than just a few years ago about the range of environmental chemicals we inhale and ingest, yet most still live with dangerous substances in their homes,” according to Jen Loui. She is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design-accredited professional in St. Louis and an industry expert who writes green curricula for high schools across the country. Guarding against pollution of indoor air is a good place to start; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked poor air quality among the leading environmental dangers, reporting links to many common health problems. Here’s how to rid the family home of the top five common household toxins. Formaldehyde. Traces of this toxin, the same chemical used to embalm the deceased, pervade almost every room. “My clients are often shocked to learn that they likely ingest this toxic, cancer-causing chemical every day of their lives,” says P. Richelle White, a sustainable lifestyle coach and co-owner of Herb’n Maid, a green cleaning and concierge service in St.


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s your heart calling for a deeper connection? Do you feel cluttered with the confusion of life and longing for clarity and inner guidance? How about a bit of spiritual spring cleaning? We used to do it every year—take the time to really clean out after the winter, washing away all the old stuff and opening up to the new. Remember how we emptied drawers and closets, getting rid of what was no longer useful? We’d throw open the windows and let the fresh air in. We know exactly how to do this for our homes, but what about doing a spring cleaning for our souls? For many of us, the art of spring cleaning was handed down generation to generation. But no one really teaches us how to spring clean our soul. Following is three valuable steps for doing just that. 1. Take the time to review and let go of old ideas and beliefs. Just like cleaning out a closet, we should take the time to examine our spiritual beliefs and practices and see if they fit us anymore. Maybe we need more yoga and less prayer (or maybe yoga is your prayer now.) Maybe it’s time to let go of the idea that the world is full of doom and gloom. As with closet cleaning, taking a deeper look at what works and what doesn’t is good for the soul. 2. Reconnect with what is useful and still gives us spiritual pleasure and joy. Once we’ve cleared out what no longer works, it’s time to look at what’s still valuable. The practices and beliefs that continue to give us joy or help our soul feel full— even after all these years—are ones to treasure and keep. What practices or ideas still give the heart joy and help connect us to deeper meaning in our life? Keep those! 3. Experiment with new spiritual practices and tools that sound like fun. Once we have a clean space in our spirit and a good foundation of practices, it’s time to experiment with new ideas and tools and listen to what the heart wants. Perhaps it’s more journaling or some walking meditation. Or maybe the soul calls for the ancient art of belly dancing! Taking the time to spring clean our inner lives empowers us to handle whatever else shows up during the rest of the year. Once we’re cleared out, we can develop that focused daily routine for which our heart is calling. Join Joanna Meriwether and Kathy Black as they lead a group of heart-centered women in the ritual of spiritual spring cleaning at their upcoming Women’s Discovery Weekend Retreat, April 26-28, in Exeter. For more information, visit natural awakenings

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oland Comtois, a bestselling inspirational speaker, metaphysical teacher, nurse and Reiki Master with more than 25 years of counseling thousands of grieving souls, has written a powerful personal memoir chronicling the last moments he shared with his mother. The title, 16 Minutes, suggests a finite amount of time that played out during his mother’s passing. But to Roland, these 16 minutes translate into a lifetime of cherished memories, an enduring testimony of the love between a parent and child and a lasting bond that once made can never be broken. We asked Comtois to share an excerpt from his new book to give Natural Awakenings readers an insightful peek into his beliefs about eternal love and spiritual communication. Here is what he wrote: “Shortly after Mom passed I waited with anxiety and trepidation, as most grief-bound people do, for her walk into the light. I wanted to know it all immediately. But, in time, all that we need to know will be ours to revel in. A morsel of love will shine on the dimmest day, brightening the sorrow with the heavenly light of peace, and then, and only then, will we know the truth. The deep truth is that their love for us will be the guiding force through our life experiences. My faith has taught me that in our last hours of life and in the first moments of death, angels and loved ones come to guide us toward the universal loving splendor that adorns heaven. Simply stated, they guide us “to the pearly gates.” I knew that Mom would, joyfully, see this as an adventure once her fear had abated and when she realized that she, too, can see, feel and experience the ones she loved so dearly. Mom’s fears left the moment her breath began in heaven. All of us who walk amidst compassion, kindness and lovingness find the heavenly domain beyond the final physical moments of life, and somehow see life anew. Occasionally grief peeks in with its weary head, but in time grief gets quieter as you embark towards acceptance. Soon the peace and knowledge of everlasting love will stand in the foreground as a constant reminder that you have weathered the storm of sorrow. In our humanness, we cry when someone passes away. It’s what our body does to expel the grief. You have every right to cry, to feel the pain of loss and then to release the pain. Once the pain begins to release, you must always make room within yourself for love. Fear, grief and pain are on one side of the spectrum. Love, joy and freedom are on the other. In time, and in healing, you will see your way back to love, back to peace.”


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Comtois says that he wrote his book as a healing resource for anyone and everyone dealing with grief and loss. “Grief has taught me how to see, not only with eyes, but with my heart,” he notes. “When my mother’s voice was silent, I decided to be silent, too. I held her close, covered her with warmth, as the sun did for me and allowed my heart to speak on my behalf. I found that Mom was more peaceful as she found her sacred dwelling place. She entered her vortex of everlasting and eternal love. “I see with a much clearer vision the meaning of life. We are destined to live loving each other dressed with compassion and kindness. When moments come that are not aligned with those things that are holy, and they will, we must continue to search through the valley of difficulty and walk directly up the mountain to where we belong. At the top of the mountain is where the sun shines the brightest. There will always be roadblocks and detours. These are gifts, too. I know that in my darkest moments, grief peaks through, a tear is shed, and I learn even more about who I am and how I can better serve those around me.” He adds that everything in life teaches us a lesson and with those teachings enforced we become the captain of our life path, co-creating with spirit a wonderful existence. “I’ve learned that healing the past gives breath to the present and expands the possibilities for our future life,” he says. “As my mother needed to be forgiven, I, too, needed forgiveness. Forgiveness is a gift that allows us to walk without the weight of regret, mistakes, despair or hurt. It surrounds us with a checkered flag of success that we have made through a time of difficulty. In my years, I’ve rediscovered that loving is the key to true happiness. Fear is something that fuels negative energy. Love is the great healer that exists in all of us. The minute we release the old hurts, disappointments and discouragement, the light is restored and life is ours again.” Comtois will share his thoughts, experiences and messages of love and hope during his keynote presentation, April 20 and 21 at the 5th Annual Discover You Expo, at Twin River Casino, in Lincoln, For more information, visit or See ad on page 57.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seymour Papert, a renowned educator and computer scientist, has conducted in-depth research in how worthy real-world topics get students excited about what they learn. They increase their tendency to dig more deeply and expand their interest in a wide array of subjects as they better retain what they learn, become more confident in trusting their own judgment and make the connections needed to broadly apply their knowledge. Young people learn how to collaborate and improve their social and group speaking skills, including with adults.

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hat is the purpose of education?” That’s a question Zoe Weil frequently revisits with her workshop audiences. As co-founder and President of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), Weil has spent most of her adult life researching the answer. Her conclusion is that the U.S. Department of Education’s present goal of preparing graduates to “compete in the global economy” is far too myopic for our times. Weil’s firsthand research, which grounds her book, The Power and Promise of Humane Education, has led her to forward the idea that the goal should be inspiring generations of “solutionaries” prepared to joyfully and enthusiastically meet the challenges of world problems. “I believe that it is incredibly irresponsible for America’s educators and policymakers not to provide people with the knowledge of interconnected global issues, plus the skills and tools to become creative problem solvers and motivated change makers in whatever fields they pursue,” says Weil. Weil points to four primary elements that comprise a humane education: providing information about current issues in age-appropriate ways; fostering the Three C’s of curiosity, creativity and critical thinking; instilling the Three R’s of reverence, respect and responsibility; and ensuring access to both


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We need to build cases for environmental protection around broad-based community concerns like health, quality of life, the protection of watersheds and wildlife and the education of our children. Environmental issues are also social, economic and quality of life issues. Our challenge is to bring life-sustaining principles into creative thinking for the long view, rather than the short term. ~ Terry Tempest Williams According to Papert, project-based learning improves test scores and reduces absenteeism and disciplinary problems. “If schoolchildren are given the gift of exploration, society will benefit, both in practical and theoretical ways,” notes Papert.

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Papert’s observations were affirmed by middle school students at Voyagers’ Community School, in Farmingdale, New Jersey, in one of the IHE 10-week online classes—Most Good, Least Harm—in April 2012. “Initially, students were intimidated and underestimated their ability to express their thoughts and concerns or debate issues with the adult participants. That challenge faded quickly,” remarks Karen Giuffre, founder and director of the progressive day school. Posing provocative questions like, “What brings you joy?” and engaging in conversations in subjects like climate change, racism, recycling, green energy, genocide and war challenged the students to step up to become respected equals. “This demanded a lot from these young people, because the experience wasn’t only about absorbing complex issues and developing an awareness of the material, political, economic and cultural world around them. It was also about how they probed their minds and emotions to determine where they stood on issues and what they could do to change their lifestyle, or that of their family and community, to make it more sustainable,” says Giuffre. The students went on to help organize a peace conference that entailed 20-plus workshops to inspire an individual mindful awareness of peace that motivates and empowers the peacemaker within. It was intended to incite collective action across generations, explains Giuffre, and was followed by community service to people impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

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Children or adults that participate in activities such as those created by IHE or the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Challenge 20/20 are developing what Peggy Holman describes as “change literacy”, the capacity to be effectively present amid a changing set of circumstances. Holman, an adjunct professional lecturer at American University’s School of Public Affairs, in Washington, D.C., is co-founder of the Open Space Institute-US, which fosters whole-system engagement, and author

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of Engaging Emergence. “Conversational literacy—the capacity to talk and interact in creative ways with others that are very different from us—is our birthright. However, change literacy, a necessary skill for future leaders, is learned via curiosity,” advises Holman. “In my experience, children grasp it more quickly than adults, because authentic expression and curiosity come naturally to them. Children don’t have a long history, and so are naturally more present when engaged in exploring things that matter.” Global problems of deforestation, peacekeeping, conflict prevention, terrorism, water pollution and shortages, natural disasters and mitigation, global warming, education for all, biodiversity, ecosystem losses and global infectious diseases aren’t yet subjects found in a normal curriculum for grades five through nine. However, the Internet-based Challenge 20/20 program now has youth in nearly 120 independent and traditional schools throughout the United States working on solutions that can be implemented both locally and globally. “Challenge 20/20 partners American schools at any grade level [K-12] with counterpart schools in other countries, free of cost,” explains NAIS Director Patrick Bassett. “Together, teams tackle real global problems while forming authentic bonds and learning firsthand about cross-cultural communication.” Qualifying students may have an opportunity to share their experiences at the association’s annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference. In 2010, 11 students at the Fay School, in Southborough, Massachusetts, partnered with Saigon South International School (SSIS), in Vietnam. After a year of studying, raising awareness and brainstorming solutions for the global water deficit, Fay students focused on the challenges families in


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“Transformative learning, which is vital to the learning journey, goes beyond the acquisition of information,” says Aftab Omer, Ph.D., president of Meridian University, in Petaluma, California, and founder of its formative Institute of Imaginal Studies. “In informational learning, we acquire facts, concepts, principles and even skills, but in transformative learning, we are cultivating capacities. This is how certain capabilities become embodied in us, either as individuals or as human systems,” he advises. Portrait artist Robert Shetterly tours with his series of more than 100 portrait paintings in traveling exhibits titled Americans Who Tell the Truth. They are helping individuals learn to embody patience, perseverance and compassion, while enhancing their understanding of sustainability, social justice, civic activism, democracy and civil rights, via both historical role models and contemporary mentors such as environmental activist Bill McKibben, conservationist Terry Tempest Williams and renowned climate scientist James Hansen. “We don’t need to invent the wheel, because we have role models that have confronted these issues and left us a valuable legacy,” remarks Shetterly. In 2004, he collaborated to produce a companion curriculum with Michele Hemenway, who continues to offer it in Louisville, Kentucky, elementary, middle and high schools. Hemenway also teaches Art in Education at Jefferson Community & Technical College and 21st-Century Civics at Bellamine University, both in Louisville. Out of many, she shares a particularly compelling example of a student transformed due to this learning method: “I taught a young girl studying these true stories and portraits from the third through fifth grades when she took her place in a leadership group outside the classroom. Now in middle school, she is doing amazing things to make a difference in her community,” says Hemenway. Reflecting on her own life, deciding what she cared about most and what actions she wanted to take, plus her own strengths, helped the student get a blighted building torn down, document and photograph neighborhood chemical dumping and have it stopped and succeed in establishing a community garden, a factor known to help reduce crime. Among Shetterly’s collection is the portrait of John Hunter, a teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, who devised the World Peace Game for his fourth grade students. Children learn to communicate, collaborate and take care of each other as they work to resolve the game’s conflicts. The game triggers an eight-week transformation of the children from students of a neighborhood public school to citizens of the world.

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Demonstrating transformational learning at its best, they experience the connectedness of the global community through the lens of economic, social and environmental crises, as well as the imminent threat of war. Hunter and his students are now part of a new film, World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements, which reveals how effective teaching can help unleash students’ full potential. Professor Emeritus Peter Gray, of Boston College, who researches comparative, evolutionary, developmental and educational psychology, believes the transformational method will be accepted as part of the increased demand to integrate enlightened educational approaches in public schools. The author of Free to Learn notes, “A tipping point can occur. It’s happened before, when women won the right to vote, slavery was abolished and recently when gays were openly accepted in the military.” Weil agrees that when more individuals commit to working toward a sustainable and just world, it will happen. “What’s more worthy of our lives than doing this work for our children and coming generations?” she queries. “How can we not do this for them if we love them?” Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. For recorded source interviews and additional perspective, visit her website,

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kin care professionals often view skin as a second silent voice that tells us about the person’s health. Our job is to learn the language of the skin and inform our clients what they could change in their overall lifestyle or nutrition to help the skin as the organ, while helping the body as a whole. In the article, “Energy: How It Affects the Skin,” published in the January 2012 issue of Dermascope, Dr. Michael Tick says the first organ to get anything (vitamins, minerals, nutrients, water and energy) is the brain; second is the heart; third are the lungs. The last organ of the body to get all this good stuff is the skin. Inflammation is a natural process that occurs in the body as we get older. It destroys the balance, decreasing cellular activity and collagen renewal. The skin loses its suppleness and can become dehydrated. Antioxidants from fruits and vegetables are highly powerful foods that combat inflammation and protect the body from free radicals. But how we can protect the skin from inflammatory processes?

What is the role of antioxidants in the skin regenerating process? Free radicals from smoking, sun damage, stress and toxins diminish the skin’s structural support and decrease its elasticity, resilience and suppleness, which leads to inflammation. The best way we can fight this process is to feed the skin with highly powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants can improve cell function; increase collagen production; improve elasticity; create healthier, younger skin cells; and reduce sun damage. Vitamins A and C help fortify cells against free radicals and encourage cell and tissue growth, helping the body to repair itself. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that plays a major role in many physical functions, including collagen production and cancer prevention. We get the antioxidants from healthy eating (cherries, cantaloupe, grapes, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, peppers and spinach are among a growing variety of foods found to contain high levels of antioxidant compounds), but only a small percentage of consumed antioxidants actually reach the skin, because they primarily act internally in the body. However, products containing antioxidants can directly


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affect the skin, regenerating the skin’s cells and destroying the free radicals. The skin also relies on antioxidants for protection against UV rays, pollutants and other environmental damages. Skin care product formulas containing higher levels of antioxidants are ideal for a client’s skin. The masks provide a great amount of nutrients to the skin during a facial procedure. The longer the mask is kept on, the more effective it is for the skin. All other topical applications of moisturizers, cleansers, anti-aging creams and serums should contain a potent assortment of stable antioxidants to interrupt free-radical damage. Studies have shown that they work best as a team. For clients who want only a natural approach to smooth, healthy skin, it is important to know what kind of ingredients could be the most beneficial. It is not easy to formulate a skin care product with high amounts of antioxidants, especially the group of vitamin C, because as soon as they are exposed to oxygen or light, they break down. That is why it is crucial to use reputable skin care lines that contain stable antioxidants preserved preferably only by natural ingredients that provide a well-tested and well-determined shelf life to the products. It is advised to discontinue the use of products after their shelf life expires because the stability of antioxidants may be compromised. The product without synthetic preservatives has the shortest shelf life, usually not more than two months. Skin care specialists should educate clients on customized treatment plans that will help deliver the right amount of essential nutrients to their skin. Daily replenishment of topical antioxidants provides the skin with an arsenal of power to minimizing the damage created by free radicals, as well as increasing skin cell rejuvenation and collagen synthesis.

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P ARK IT HERE Exploring America’s National Treasures by S. Alison Chabonais


he Kent family, of Amherst, New Hampshire, has faced many “Can I really do this?” moments while adventuring in America’s national parks. So far they’ve visited 57, and with Pinnacles just named a full park in January, they’ll likely be headed for California again. American Somoa, in the South Pacific, potentially the last and most remote destination of their 11-year odyssey, is under serious consideration. Along the way, father Scott, mother Lisa and (now) 18-year-old Tanner and 16-year-old Peyton each grew increasingly self-confident in testing their skills at everything from spelunking, subtropical snorkeling and paragliding to ice trekking and kayaking subarctic waters. “If they offered it, we tried it,” says Lisa. “Our family regularly debates our favorite memories.” While they hiked and explored natural rock formations at every opportunity—including New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns, Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave, South Dakota’s Wind Cave and California’s Yosemite—the gals also liked to ride horses while the guys fly fished. “One of my favorite moments


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was when Tanner and I hiked a Colorado trail to a pristine lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, where he caught his first trout,” recalls Scott. “I never give the same answer as to the best experience or best park,” adds Tanner, citing Yellowstone, in Wyoming, and Wrangell-St. Elias, in Alaska, as particularly spectacular, partly for their distinctive wildlife. His favorite anecdote? “When I was little, I stared down a barracuda in the Dry Tortugas, off the coast of South Florida, wildly pointing it out to Dad, who was calmly photographing itty-bitty fish and never saw it.” “It’s so cool to get close to a big animal,” says Peyton, recalling when she and Mom were sea kayaking Alaska’s Glacier Bay near a humpback whale. “I thought we were going to end up in the whale’s mouth,” she laughs. The family agrees that their longest expedition—eight Alaskan parks in three weeks—was extraordinary. “We had to fly into the Arctic Circle on a float plane and walk the ice using crampons,” Peyton notes about their visit to the remote Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk Valley, among America’s least-visited parks, in

contrast to the most-visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park, straddling Tennessee and North Carolina. Whether witnessing Kodiak Island bears, Hawaiian volcanoes or Everglades’ alligators, their overarching mission was to visit every major park before Tanner embarked for college. The family’s National Park Service Passport already has 57 stamps secured during school holidays and summer vacations, timed to prime park seasons and complemented by destination photos. “It’s easy to talk about the big moments, but you can have a memorable time in any park,” says Lisa, from appreciating the beauty of a boardwalk to boarding a ferry for an island picnic. “Getting back to basics has been really good for our family, part of the glue that binds us together.” She says her growing children learned to be brave and patient, help fellow travelers and be happy without cell phones. “We moved away from immediate gratification to focusing on a greater good,” remarks Lisa. “We enjoy interacting and doing simple things together.” The family assesses its national parks tour as affordable, accessible and affecting how they experience life as a software engineer (Scott), physical education teacher (Lisa) and student athletes (Tanner and Peyton). They are pleased to be counted among the innumerable national park visitors that have benefited since the inception of what Ken Burns’ video series characterizes as America’s Best Idea. Lisa sums it up: “You don’t have to do it as big as we did to get big out of it.” S. Alison Chabonais is the national editor of Natural Awakenings.


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Monday, April 1

Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 11am-12:30pm. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow paced class. Cultivate a sense of calm. With easy poses and lots of support, you release tension and pain. Beginners welcome. With Maria Sichel, CSYT. $40/new students 4 classes; $18/ series. Time for You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Tuesday, April 2

Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 7-8:30pm. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow paced class. Cultivate a sense of calm. With easy poses and lots of support, you release tension and pain. Beginners welcome. With Maria Sichel, CSYT. $40/new students 4 classes; $18/ series. Time for You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. 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 lead a meditation and tap on meridian points on a model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Wednesday, April 3

Guided Imagery Meditation – 7-8:30pm. For relaxation and focus, group meditation meets on 1st Wednesday of each month. Please contact Sharon for more information. $5. Path 2 Harmony- Sharon, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Ste 3, Wakefield. 401-742-2354. 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.

Thursday, April 4

Awakening Through Drum Healing – 7-9pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power or soul loss. Drum healing returns lost parts to the self, removes blocks, and restores harmony $35. Join Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna; group format. Energy-N-Elements, LLC, 150 Adirondack Dr, E Greenwich. 401-736-6500.

Friday, April 5

Basic Mediumship Training Workshop – 9:30am6pm. 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. With Gladys Ellen. $150 includes Certificate of Completion. Heavenly Hugs , 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Spring Detox: Free Info Session – 12-1pm. Meet the Directors and find out more about this immersion style 40-day program that begins April 26. Spring


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is a time of natural cleansing and renewal. Free. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. First Friday Gong Healing Meditation – 7:309pm. Relax and de-stress as the sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over and around you to bring you to a state of bliss. With Joy Quinn Blum of Gongs of Joy. $20. City Aiki, 200 Allens Ave, Providence. 401-258-3952.

Saturday, April 6

Gong Bath at RI Yoga Festival – 8:30am-5:30pm. Come to the RI Yoga Festival and experience different styles of yoga, and have a delightfully relaxing gong bath after lunch. With Joy Quinn Blum of Gongs of Joy. $75 includes lunch & all classes. Festival info can be found at Tix must be purchased in advance. RI Yoga Festival, Smithfield Community & Senior Center, 401-258-3952. Imago Workshop: Getting the Love You Want — 8:30am-6pm. Also 4/7. Fall in love all over again at the Imago weekend workshop for couples. There will be times to have fun together and times when you can practice the Imago Dialogue to learn more about why you and your partner are attracted. $700. Garet Bedrosian, Rhode Island. 619-300-8002. Moving to the Music 5K – 9am-12pm. Moving to the Music 5K Race Run and Family Walk. Certified course extends from Tiverton Four Corners to Sakonnet River. $15. Amicable Congregational Church, Tiverton. Register: A Visual Guide to Spring Wildflowers – 10am12pm. Breathe the promise of merry sunshine. Preview the flowers that bloom in the spring. Leader: Kathy Barton, Co-founder and Past President of RIWPS. $7/person. New Dawn, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland, RI. 401-333-1341. SpiritDanceRI – 7-10pm. Monthly smoke- and alcohol-free barefoot community dance party. A “conscious” alternative to the dance club scene. All welcome, kids too. All profits go to charity. Sliding scale $8-12.

Sunday, April 7

Sunday Sound Bath & Meditation Group – 10am12pm. Discussion of metaphysical and holistic health topics followed by a period of meditation, and concluding with a gong bath. Led by Joy Quinn Blum of Gongs of Joy. Free; donation requested but optional. Be Healthy and Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, N Kingstown. 401-258-3952. Early Childhood Meet and Greet – 12-1pm. Considering our Early Childhood program? Meet the EC faculty. Spend time in our beautiful classrooms and outdoor play area. Stay for the All School Open House at 1pm. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x 228.

All School Open House – 1-3pm. Tour the campus. Meet alumni, teachers and parents. Discover the Waldorf difference. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x 228.

Monday, April 8

markyourcalendar Intro to Structural Bodywork – 9am-5pm. Two-day class will teach you how to recognize patterns in your client’s structure and offer effective solutions using deep tissue, movement work and dialogue. 16 CEs. $300. Rolf Bodyworks, 321 Valley View Rd, Sterling, CT. 860-6171234. USUI Reiki I Training (1st Degree) – 9:30am5:30pm. Learn about energy therapy, Chi, history of Reiki and hand positions for treating yourself and others. Includes Usui Reiki I Attunement, Manual & Certificate of Completion. With Gladys Ellen. $150 Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-8:45pm. Deepen your journey practice and gain insight to your own guidance. Bring a journal, pen and something to lie on. Knowledge of how to journey is required. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Mill at Shady Lea, 215 Shady Lea Rd, Rm 204, N Kingstown. 401-924-0567. Free Intro to Basic Yoga Series – 8-9pm. A brief overview of yoga history, philosophy, postures and breath work, which will be part of the series classes, plus Q & A. Next Series begins Monday, April 29 at 7:30pm. Free. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

Tuesday, April 9

Viniyoga Therapy: Back Care Level 2 – 5:30-7pm. Create long-term stability from a pain-free foundation. We offer the only yoga classes in RI specifically for therapeutic low back care, led by yoga therapist Karen Lee. $147/8 wks; $132/advance. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. Dream Circle – 7-9pm. A fun and supportive environment to share your dreams, receive feedback, guidance, and help interpreting them. Learn techniques to deepen and enrich your dream practice. With Katharine Rossi & David Barr. $15. fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-626-7088.

Wednesday, April 10

Windows into Waldorf – 3:45-5pm. Early Childhood orientation for parents. Adults only please. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x 228. Han Way Aha – 6:30-8:30pm. Have you been meaning to improve your ability to achieve your goals, however tiny or huge they are? This is a way to learn how to focus your efforts. Free. Dharma Healing Center, 154 Waterman St, Providence. 401-237-0180.

Swadhyaya Book Group – 6:30-8:30pm. This month’s entry: Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing (translation and interpretation of Thich Nhat Hanh in Breathe! You are Alive!). Prior reading helpful, come prepared to share. With Karina Lutz. Suggested donation $5-$10. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Reiki/Energy Circle – 7-9pm. Information and Energy Sharing Session for all that are interested in energy therapies. All levels and modalities are welcome. With Debi. $5 donation. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Ste 3, Wakefield. For more info, Debi: 401-263-1107. 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 animals/ plants/minerals. With Shari Bitsis. $10. Spirit of Agape,165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Thursday, April 11

Parent Visitor Day – 8:30-10:30am. Tour the campus. 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. Sacred Stone Facial & Ayurvedic Beauty – Apr 11 & 12. 10am-5pm. Learn about heated and chilled stones, crystals, marma points, sacred oils and honey mask. Free stones during guided harvest. CEs available. With Karyn Chabot. $275. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372. Live, Love Laugh! Healing Mediation – 6:308pm. Be in the moment. Healing meditation helps participants relax, get in touch with personal guidance to work on their own issues; inform decisions; increase energy. Live, Love Laugh! $10. Healing Mediation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-793-0097. Viniyoga Therapy: Back Care Level 1 – 7:158:45pm. Are you part of the 50 percent with chronic backache? This class teaches how to overcome generalized back pain and build good health. With certified yoga therapist Karen Lee. $147, $132 in advance. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Friday, April 12

Story Hour – 10-11am. This activity is appropriate for toddlers, pre-school age children, and their caregivers. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. Space limited; register: 401-491-9570 x 228.

Saturday, April 13

Keeping the Love You Find — 8am-6:30pm. Also 4/14. Do you ever wonder why you are drawn to certain people or why your relationships are not satisfying? Are you interested in changing that pattern? Would you like to learn the tools and techniques that lead to a fulfilling, successful relationship? $350. Garet Bedrosian, Rhode Island. 619-300-8002.

Integrated Energy Therapy® – 9:30am-6pm. Intermediate level. One of the next generation, hands-on, power energy therapy systems that gets the “issues out of your tissues” for good. Prerequisite: IET Basic. With Gladys Ellen. $215; $230 with 8 CEs. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Usui Reiki Level I Workshop – 10am-4:30pm. Learn Reiki for healing and stress relief. You can treat yourself, others and pets. Informative teaching, hands-on practice, Level I Attunement, Manual and Certificate. With Sylvia Collins. $135. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. Free Reiki Demonstration – 1-2pm. Experience the healing art of Reiki, and find out how you can use this powerful tool to boost your immunity, balance your energy and release physical pain and illness. Free. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Introduction to Essential Oils – 1-3:30pm. Understand difference between essential oils and commercialized aroma therapy. Learn 25 different oils, healing properties, effects and blend them. $50 includes printed materials. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, Providence. To reserve a seat: 401-793-0097.

Sunday, April 14

Integrated Energy Therapy® – 9:30am-6pm. Advanced level. A powerful day to unlock your soul’s purpose through self-healing and energy therapy certification training. Prerequisite: IET Intermediate. With Gladys Ellen. $215; $230 with 8 CEs. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Monday, April 15

Drumming Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Come join our Drumming Circle as we meditate, journey, and send loving, healing energy out to the world. Bring your own drum. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLD, Maple Ave Medical & Professional Center, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. Please RSVP: 401-437-1652.

Tuesday, April 16

Reiki Healers Circle – 6-8:30pm. Support for Reiki Practitioners of all levels. Join us for an evening of meditation, healing and giving/receiving Reiki. Come relax, renew and energize. With Gladys Ellen. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Yoga Nidra (Yoga Sleep) – 7-8:15pm. No yoga experience necessary for this deep guided meditation. Nidra means sleep and this 1-hr of Savasana (corpse pose) is equal to 8 hrs of sleep. Relax and renew. $18. Village Wellness, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Journey into Knowing – 7-8:30pm. Explore an issue or area of your life through shamanic journeying. Learn to work with a guide for a series of journeys, gain clarity and steps toward healing. 5 wks. With Katharine Rossi. $65. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Wednesday, April 17

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.

Thursday, April 18

Keeping the Love You Find — 8:30am-6:30pm. Also 4/14. Do you ever wonder why you are drawn to certain people or why your relationships are not satisfying? Are you interested in changing that pattern? Would you like to learn the tools and techniques that lead to a fulfilling, successful relationship?. $350. Garet Bedrosian, Rhode Island. 619-300-8002. 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 lead a meditation and tap on meridian points on a model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Friday, April 19

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, LLD, Maple Ave Medical & Professional Center, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652. Ignite Your Inner Spirit: Empowerment – 7-9pm. Step into your world and ignite your heart with the warmth of self-love on a journey to self-discovery. You will leave in a state of inner peace, materials and snacks. $20. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-921-5148.

Saturday, April 20

Gong Bath Demos and Health Seminar – 10am6pm. Come to my booth for a gong bath demo at the Discover You Wellness Expo on April 20-21, and receive information on how to overcome common health problems. With Joy Quinn Blum. $10. Discover You Wellness Expo, Twin River Event Center, 100 Twin River Rd, Lincoln. 401-258-3952. Mother Mystic Anniversary Party – 1-5pm. Help us celebrate our 4th year as a brick and mortar shop. Raffles, giveaways and more. Free. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St, Providence. 401-353-3099. Psychic Self Defense – 2-3:30pm. Learn techniques for personal protection and empowerment in daily life. Taught by Jonathan Sousa. $30. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St, Providence. 401-353-3099.

Monday, April 22

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

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Registered Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program – Apr 22-25. 10am-5pm. 21-month, level 1 program meeting the 3rd weekend (4 days) each month. Approved by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. S.A.M.A. is a consciousness-based school inspired by the matrix of science and art, and where massage, Ayurveda and yoga unite. Students can study at our Newport campus or in their homes via live-webinar technology. $290/month. Karen Chalbot, SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372. Free Intro to Basic Yoga Series – 8-9pm. A brief overview of yoga history, philosophy, postures and breath work, which will be part of the series classes, plus Q & A. Next Series begins Apr 29 at 7:30pm. Free. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

Tuesday, April 23

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 lead a meditation & tap on meridian points on a model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Wednesday, April 24

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. Law of Attraction #4 Manifesting – 7-9pm. Lessons and activities for attracting what you truly want into your Life. Manifesting your goals and dreams with clear intentions. $10. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Ste 3, Wakefield. Register, Debi: 401-263-1107.

Thursday, April 25

Ananda Workshops at URI – Apr 25-26. 3-4pm. Meditation & Stress Reduction, April 25, 3-4pm; Kirtan & Satsang, April 26, 7-9pm. Meet Nayaswamis Dharmadas and Nirmala, recently returned from India, sharing teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. All welcome. Donation. URI Kingston-Multicultural Center Hardge Forum Room 101. More info, Ananda Center, Hopkinton: 401-524-4766. Abraham-Hicks Discussion Group – 7:459:15pm. You activate a vibration in you. Law of Attraction responds with wanted or unwanted experience. Discuss these and more profound ideas about how we create our own reality. $5 suggested donation. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

Friday, April 26

Spring Cleaning: A 40-Day Raw Reboot – 121pm. A smooth system reboot using gradually increasing amounts of deliciously prepared fresh, raw produce, along with clean, light proteins and small amounts of nuts & seeds. $350. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Feather Bundle Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn to make simple feather bundles using wax linen and leather. We will journey to deepen our connection to the birds and the bundles. Bring your own feathers/ some available. With Katharine Rossi. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Feng Shui: Your Landscape – 6:30-9pm. Fun class to help design and fill your garden with beautiful healing/powerful flowers and herbs. Includes material and plant. Change the energy in your yard. $50. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-921-5148. Freedom from Compulsion Intensive – Apr 26-28. 7-9pm, Friday; 9am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday. With Scott Kiloby. The Compulsion Inquiry works by releasing the energy behind addictive cravings and compulsions. $295. Address given on registration: Drum Circle with Mini-Sound Healing – 7-10pm. What better way to spend a spring night then a warm drum circle with good people and a special mini-sound healing to end the evening. $8/person. New Dawn, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341. CommUnity Yoga Practice – 7:30-8:30pm. Taught by a rotation of our extended community of Amrit Yoga teachers, the class could consist of asana, breathwork, Yoga Nidra &/or meditation. Come share in our Sangha. By donation. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Last Friday Gong Healing Meditation – 7:309pm. End your week with deep relaxation and peace as the healing sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls bring you to a state of bliss. Joy Quinn Blum. Gongs of Joy. $20. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-258-3952.

Saturday, April 27

Jewelry Wrapping: Great for Gifts – 10-12am. Learn to wrap a special stone to make a pendant. Learn stone care. Empowered for you. Call to reserve a seat; materials must be ordered ahead of time. $10 plus materials. CreatIgo, 537 Washington St, Coventry. 401-793-0097. Trunk Show – 10am-3pm. Join us during the Barrington Blooms event. Eye health screenings and eye wear designers on hand showcasing the latest fashions. Great deals, prizes, refreshments and snacks. Looking for a new eye doctor? Our staff will be on hand to show you around our shop. Free. Vision Care Barrington, 338A County Rd, Barrington. 401-247-2020.

Deepen Your Backbends with Ame Wren – 1-3pm. Backbends are exhilarating postures when done well and can dramatically alter your practice and emotional state. Come ready to be challenged, aligned and inspired. $30. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Group Manifesting for You – 1-4pm. Join us as we visualize and play to group manifest goals. We will make vision boards, develop scripts filled with positive emotions and visualize as a group for each other. With Shari Bitsis. $35. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. Alignment & Adjustments with Ame Wren – 3:30-6:30pm. How to look at students individually and aid them in alignment and action catered to their body type. Learn cueing, hands-on, intelligent sequencing that will aid students. $40. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Sunday, April 28

Reiki 101 – 1-2pm. Understand and learn about the essential benefits of Reiki, the principles and history of this Japanese healing art. An intro class to this unique spiritual practice. Free. Dharma Healing Center, 154 Waterman St, Providence. 401-237-0180.

Monday, April 29

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 lead a meditation & tap on meridian points on a model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Tuesday, April 30

Awakening Through Drum Healing – 10am12pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power or soul loss. Drum healing returns lost parts to the self, removes blocks and restores harmony. Join Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna. Group format. $35. Energy-N-Elements, LLC, 150 Adirondack Dr, E Greenwich. 401-736-6500.

Wednesday, May 1

Eye Wear Fashion Event – 10am-4pm. Join us for our special annual event shopping for eye wear and sunglasses directly from our designers. There will be great deals and prizes, refreshments and snacks. Looking for a new eye doctor? Our staff will be on hand to answer questions. Free. Newport Eyeworks, 15 Touro St, Newport. 401-846-0101.

Aura Chakra Reads, Rainbow Channeling – 9am6pm. Walter Luebeck teaches how to see and read auras, May 1-3. Attunes and teaches how to receive angel messages, May 4-5. May 4 includes Reiki and meditation with Frank Arjava. Aura Chakra: $420; Channeling: $360. Reiki Rejuvenation, 20 Church St, North Haven, CT. 860-933-4349.

Usui Reiki Level II Workshop – 10am-4:30pm. Learn three powerful Usui symbols. Send Reiki long distance. Informative teaching, hands-on practice, take-home packet, Level II Attunement and Certificate. With Sylvia Collins. $175. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397.

Eye Wear Trunk Show – 4-7pm. Join us for our special annual event. Shop for eye wear and sunglasses directly from our great designers. There will be specials and prizes, refreshments and snacks. Free. Vision Care at The Brown Center, 400 Warren Ave, E Providence. 401-438-4447.

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Individual and Small Group Yoga – 9-10am. Yoga classes that feature gentle poses which release spinal tension and promote a sense of emotional wellbeing. $15 private, $12 group. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, E Greenwich. Pre-registration required: 401-884-1114. Spin Class – 9-10am. Indoor cycling class provides a fun and challenging cardiovascular workout for all levels of fitness. Limited space; sign ups required. $14/class, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall. 401-335-3099.

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Shirodhara Therapy – May 3-5. 10am-5pm. Learn how stream warm oil over the crown chakra, magnifying the senses, dispersing negative electrical impulses from stress, reversing imbalances such as insomnia and depression and rejuvenating the face. $375. Karyn Chabot, SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372.

Yoga Groove LAB – 10-11:15am. Open-level practice infusing yoga, isometrics, self massage, and dance exercises. Experience a different approach to mind-body oneness. $8/drop-in, Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st floor, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Open Meditation – 10am-12pm. Weekly open sitting meditation with beginning chants, then sitting and walking meditation. Drop-in any time during session. Instruction offered at 10am. All welcome. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443.

Saturday, May 4

Sundays at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Joy is within you. Come, experience the joy through meditation, chanting, inspiration and satsang (fellowship). Veggie potluck lunch. Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

Thursday, May 9

Walking on the Beach – 5-6pm. Barefoot walking on the beach, using proper yogic alignment, engages more muscles and tones better than most fitness activities we engage in. Call for location. YSSC class card, $10/drop-in. Yoga School of South County, 1058 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 401-782-9511. Yoga.Mobi.

MasterPath – 1:00-2:30. The Teachings of Light and Sound- Introductory talk and video presentation by a higher initiate. Crowne Plaza-At the Crossings, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick,RI 02886. The Greenwich Room. Open Breath with Katherine Conte – 7:30-9pm. Experience the ease and lightness of being connected to your natural, authentic breath with a series of postures designed to open and free the breath. All are welcome. Pre-reg: $20 until May 7; $25/ drop-in. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, E Greenwich. 401-354-9112.

Friday, May 17

Sacred Stone Massage Therapy Certification – May 17-19. 10am-5pm. Includes stone layouts, gliding, spinning, edging and flipping techniques designed to anchor the first and second chakra and directing energy towards the “terminal ends” of the body, integrating western and Ayurvedic massage techniques. Free stones during guided harvest. $375. Karyn Chabot, SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372.

Monday, May 20

Traditional Thai Massage Class – 9am-5pm. 4-day class offers 32 NCBTMB CEs. Learn prone, supine, side and seated positions. Class size limited to 4 students. Thai lunch included. $600. Rolf Bodyworks, 321 Valley View Rd, Sterling, CT. 860-617-1234. To register:


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Reiki Healing Treatments – 8am-4pm. Reiki is a non-invasive form of energy healing that treats the body, mind, spirit and emotions giving you an overall feeling of well-being. Call for an appointment. $35 for 1 hr. Dottie Arnold, Under the Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. Zumba – 6-7pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $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. Now twice a week; also Thurs 6:15pm. $8/drop-in, Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st floor, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016.

Healthy Living Q&A Session – 6:15-7:15pm. Dr. Kollars will be available to address your health questions during this weekly Q&A session. Come with your health questions and leave with answers you can use at home. Free. FIX’D Health Care, 62 Franklin St, Westerly. 401-596-3493. I Ching – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how to ask correct questions and apply the guidance of the I Ching in your life. Please bring a journal. $10. Zen Community & Cultural Center, 50 Dunnell Ln, Pawtucket. 401-213-9784. Heart of Recovery – 7-8:30pm. Weekly Mindfulness Meditation and 12-Step meeting and discussion. All recovery and meditation traditions, and beginners, are welcome to share experience, strength, hope. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providenc, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443. Povidence. 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 Pl, Providence. 401-270-5443.


Healthy U, Fitness + Nutrition – 8:30-9:30am. Trying to get into a steady fitness and weight management routine? Join our fun weekly class that includes fitness and nutrition consultations all in one program. $129 for 4, 1-hr classes. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, E Greenwich. 401-884-1114. 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 x 11. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $136/series of 8 classes; $20/ drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, N Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020. VBarre – 5-6pm. Designed to tone, trim, and transform the body with a fusion of ballet barre, Pilates and resistance training. Class provides calorieblasting cardio. $14/drop-in, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Zumba – 6-7pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Literacy Volunteers Tutor Training – Apr 2-May 21. 6-9pm. Volunteer to teach English. We train tutors to teach adults who have Basic Literacy (BL) or English as a Second Language (ESL) needs. Nominal fee. Literacy Volunteers of Kent County,

Inc, 1672 Flat River Rd, Coventry. 401-822-9103. Sadhana Yoga (Intermediate Level) – 6:157:30pm. Designed for experienced yogis. Intergrating asanas, philosophy, meditation as tools for gaining higher levels of awareness of oneself. $8/ drop-in, Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st floor, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. 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 Pl, Providence. 401-270-5443.


Yin & Yang Yoga – 3:45-5pm. A mixed-level, slowflowing Vinyasa class with deep attention to mindful alignments of body, mind and heart. With Jen Thomas. $15. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Get Back in Your Skinny Jeans – 5:30-6:30pm. Holistic Nutrition Program. Learn to stop dieting and lose weight in a healthy, permanent manner, without giving up tasty foods. $50/30-min session. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, E Greenwich. 401-884-1114. Zumba – 5:30-6:30pm. Class combines slow and fast dance movements to create a fun and effective cardiovascular workout. Easy to follow dance moves to burn calories and sculpt body. $8/drop-in. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall. 401-335-3099. Flamenco Dancing For Beginners – 5:50-6:40pm & 6:40-7:30pm. Ignite your inner fire. Get in shape for summer, get energized, and stomp away the stress with this passionate dance that takes you to another world. $9.50 when sign up for a 10-wk session. Marliot, Knights of Columbus, 1047 Park Ave, Ste 3, Cranston. 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. Kent Stetson’s Rainbow Vinyasa – 6-7:30pm. Kent’s fluid and challenging class relieves stress and builds optimum health. LGBT students and allies with an established yoga practice welcome. $13/drop-in; $12/pre-paid online. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Enjoy a deeply relaxing slow paced class. Cultivate a sense of calm. With easy poses and lots of support, you release tension and pain. Beginners welcome. With Maria Sichel, CSYT. $40/new students 4 classes; $18/ series. Time for You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $136/series of 8 classes; $20/ drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, N Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020.

Feeling Healthy and Fit at Every Age – 6:45-8pm. Oxidative Stress is our ticking time bomb and causes aging and over 200 diseases. In this informational session, learn how to reduce oxidative stress with a new medical breakthrough. With Leslie. Free. Held in Warwick. For directions: 401-742-0512.


Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow paced class. Cultivate a sense of calm. With easy poses and lots of support, you release tension and pain. Beginners welcome. With Maria Sichel, CSYT. $40/new students 4 classes; $18/ series. Time for You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 9:45-11:15am. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $136/series of 8 classes; $20/ drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, N Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020. Sadhana Yoga Basics (Open Level) – 10-11am. Designed to build a foundation toward mind-body awareness. Sadhana Yoga Basics will help each student understand the basic relationship between breath and movement. $8/drop-in, Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st floor, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. 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 Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. Ananda Yoga & Meditation – 5:30-7:30pm. Be in joy. Relax body; awaken energy in blissful Ananda yoga class followed by meditation. Suggested donation $10. Held at Grace Yoga 35 Weaver Rd, N Kingstown. Kyle: 401-789-1288. More info: Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Flamenco Dancing For Beginners – 5:45-6:45pm. Ignite your inner fire. Get in shape for summer, get energized, and stomp away the stress with this passionate dance that takes you to another world. $9.50 when sign up for a 10-wk session. Marliot, Knights of Columbus, 1047 Park Ave, Ste 3, Cranston. Piloxing – 5:45-6:45pm. Piloxing blends the power, speed and agility of boxing with the beautiful sculpting and flexibility of Pilates in a fun and challenging way. $14/drop-in, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall. 401-335-3099. Liz Butler’s Basic Flow Shanti Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Liz teaches a beginning class exploring breath, flexibility and range of motion. Experience a place of deep inner calm as you build a solid yoga foundation. $13/drop-in; $12/pre-paid online. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Learning to Live in Feng Shui – 6:30-7:30pm. How you interact with energy and how it flows around you changes during your lifetime. Learn how to respond to changes with feng shui. $10. Zen Community & Cultural Center, 50 Dunnell Ln, Pawtucket. 401-213-9784.

Zumba – 7-8pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $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 Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.


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


Create your own Group Meditation – 8-9am. Meditate together with your friends/family using guided breath control, sound and visualization. Minimum group size 4. Monday-Friday groups also available by appointment. $10/person. Robert Arnold, Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. UnderTheSunECC. com/Meditation.html. Ananda Meditation Group – 9-10am. Start the weekend in the peace and joy of guided meditation and chanting. Join Kelly & Friends. All welcome. Donation. Meet at 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N Kingstown. 401-667-7315. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Zumba – 9:30-10:30am. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. 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. Spring Cleanse Workshop – 1-3pm. Try our energizing Spring Detox Program. Great way to break cravings and feel more energized as you amp up your weight loss and healthy eating goals. $55 for cooking demo and detox program. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, E Greenwich. 401-884-1114. Learn to Meditate Workshop – 1-4pm. 1st Saturday. Relieve tension-feel happier-more peace -explore your inner spiritual nature-develop a more heart-centered way of life. Yogananda’s techniques. Beginner and experienced welcome. Suggested donation $20 plus piece of fruit. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

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3 of the BEST treatments for anti-aging combined into one 45 minute treatment. 1. MICRODERMABRASION: Gets rid of the dead skin

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Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our commmunity. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, call 401-709-2473 for guidelines and to submit entries acupuncture THE ALIVE ACADEMY Dr. Tim Armstrong, DaC 545 Pawtucket Ave Pawtucket RI 401-305-3959

Dr. Tim is a one-of-a-kind acupuncturist who specializes in Cosmetic Acupuncture, including the Acupuncture Facelift and Acupuncture Tummy Lift in addition to Medical Acupuncture. He is patientcentered and determines which points and treatments you need through a detailed consultation and biofeedback scan. Rejuvenate your life, mind and body from the inside out. See ads on pages 2 & 25.


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

Community Ayurvedic Herbalist

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

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S.A.M.A. School for Allied Massage & Ayurveda Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., MS, LMT 79 Thames St., Newport, RI 877-832-1372 Ayurveda recognizes 4 stages of imbalance before a Western doctor can give a diagnosis. Using pulse analysis, Vedic astrology, and tongue analysis, I can gain insights about your constitution and current health conditions. This is a transformative, unique educational experience for people who are ready to create the life they were born to live. See ad on page 55.


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 54.

DEPTH HYPNOSIS fireseed center for transformation Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 401-924-0567


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 13.

Holistic counseling using hypnosis to access root causes of imbalance and shamanic techniques to connect you to your own power. Depth hypnosis works with your inner wisdom to heal and create lasting change. Office and phone sessions available.

energy healing LIGHT SOUL THERAPY

New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness

Wakefield, R. I. 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 35.


Working to release layers of disillusion, dis-content and dis-ease, using the deep healing energies of RECONNECTIVE HEALING* THE RECONNECTION*SACRED STONE THERAPY* CUPPING, private SELF MASTERY sessions and MEDITATION gatherings, the body/mind begins its transformation to heath and wholeness. Call today for a FREE 20 min. consult, I would love to speak with you. See website for more info.


Dr. Erica Brown, DC 545 Pawtucket Ave Pawtucket RI 401-305-3959


Michelle Maynard 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich, RI 401-886-1936 •

Dr. Erica practices individualized and patientcentered care. During care she employs the use of different modalities depending upon your specific needs. Therapies include: vibration therapy, ballistic activity and stabilization exercises. She is certified in Graston, A.R.T, & Kinesiotaping and utilizes many techniques including: Cranial Work, Diversified, Thompson and SOT. For the health of you and your loved ones, choose Dr Erica Brown. See ads on pages 2 & 25.

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 13.

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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 50.

green cleaning eco-friendly cleaning service

by Ellen Champlin Residential Home & Office Cleaning North Kingstown and Surrounding Areas 401-742-1669 or 401-884-1295 Long term health concerns for your family and pets, along with environmental pollution are dramatically reduced with use of chemically free cleaning products. We are dedicated to helping protect you and your loved ones in your home, office and the environment by using non-toxic cleaning products. Chemical-free cleaning improves indoor air-quality by reducing harmful gases and the ill effects of conventional cleaning agents. Call or visit our website for more info.

healthcare FIX’D Health Care

Dr. Thomas Kollars Dr. Esther Hersh 62 Franklin St. #10 Westerly, RI 02891 401-596-3493

Do you have a health concern? Do you really want to feel better? At FIX’D Health Care you can recover from trauma, injury, and chronic pain. We offer a variety of innovative and proven therapeutic techniques, tailored to the needs of each patient. Call today to make an appointment with the most progressive chiropractors in the Northeast!


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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 40.

holistic wellness center Positive New Beginnings

877 BRdway East Providence, RI 401-432-7195

Reiki, Meditation, Spiritual Counseling, Law of Attraction Coaching, Angel Therapy, Crystal Healing, Yoga, Massage, Acupuncture, Theta Healing, Psychic Readings, Angel &Tarot Cards, Past Lives, Reflexology, Workshops, Magick Classes, Weddings, Moon Ceremonies, Psychic Parties, gifts, stones, herbs, Room Rentals. Sunday ~ First Spiritualist Church of RI -Come feel the positive vibe! See ad on page 31.

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.

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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 55.

human potential center The Alive Academy 545 Pawtucket Ave Pawtucket, RI 401-305-3959

The ALIVE Academy is New England's Only Human Potential Center located in Providence, Rhode Island. Specializing in: Biofeedback, Weight Loss, Thyroid, Hormones, Anti-Aging, Nutrition, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Acupuncture Facelifts, Cellular Healing & all other Wellness needs! Call today to book your appointment 401-305-3959 or visit TheALIVEAcademy. comSee ads on pages 2 & 25.

hypnotherapy and life coaching Optimistic Insight Holistic Healing Center

Offering New Solutions to Old Problems Linda J. Cole C.H 845 Oakland Ave Cranston, RI 02920 401-369-7600 Office 401-339-3942 Direct Linda is a retired teacher/guidance counselor that has dedicated her life to helping and healing humanity through her various methodology and innovative holistic approaches. Linda is a NGH Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Life Coach, Certified NLP Practitioner and a Certified Reiki Practitioner with a Bachelor of Arts/Social Science and Masters in Education/Counseling. See ad on page 7.

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Offering New Solutions to Old Problems Kurtis Lee Thomas C.H 845 Oakland Ave Cranston, RI 02920 401-369-7600 Office 401-651-2626 Direct Kurtis is an Author, Motivational Speaker, Certified Life/Business Coach, as well as an NGH Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified NLP Practitioner and Certified Reiki Practitioner. Kurtis is known for helping transform people’s lives and is often referred to as the human “Happy Pill”. Call Kurtis today for your FREE consultation! See ad on page 7.

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.

life & business coaching INSPIRED LIVING

The world needs you to be yourself. Are you looking for more meaning and purpose in your life? Let us help you live the life you were meant to.  Through honoring the whole (mind, body & spirit), we offer affordable coaching, education, inspiration, connection and creative exploration.  

manual lymph drainage POLLY C. JIACOVELLI, LMT, CLT, LANA 120 Wayland Ave, Suite 6 Providence, RI 401-273-4448

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD™) can assist with cleansing and detoxifying via the lymphatic system, and help support the immune system, reduce pain, swelling and, perhaps most importantly, relax the sympathetic nervous system. Polly Jiacovelli has been treating patients with MLD™ for over 20 years. Find out more how MLD can help Lymphedema, Lipedema and is said to be one of the best holistic beauty treatments. See ad on page 37.

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meditation zen community center 50 Dunnell Ln Pawtucket, RI 02860 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.

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. 50% Off all new clients only.

pet foods Pet Foods Plus

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

30 Gooding Ave Bristol, RI 401-253-2456

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 33.

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 55.

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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.

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.

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Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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


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

I would love to open your hands, your heart and soul to the wonderful healing energy of Reiki. I am a Certified Usui Reiki Master and Teacher, who takes a personal interest in my students as I guide them on their journey of spiritual growth. I am also available for Reiki healing sessions, Reiki for your pets, Spiritual counseling and Angel Card readings. Call to schedule an appointment.

THE ALIVE ACADEMY Anna Scurry, CNC 545 Pawtucket Ave Pawtucket RI 401-305-3959


Anna believes in targeted solutions and nutrition specific to each individual’s needs and body composition. Specializes in helping people with: anti-aging, thyroid and autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, chemical sensitivity, weight loss resistance, digestive disorders, cellular healing and epigenetics. She overcame her own health conditions naturally in 2009 and has worked many others to help them reclaim their life and heal themselves naturally. See ads on pages 2 & 25.

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 39.

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therapeutic massage Innisfree Body Works

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

It’s Your Body’s Symphony

2051 Plainfield Pike Johnston, RI 401-464-6100

From the moment you step in... You feel the difference Offering various therapeutic massage modalities, Reiki, Cupping, Facials. Your table is waiting for you! We are who you have been searching for all this time. See ad on page 55.

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.

cathryn moskow, lcmt

145 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-808-0837 10,000+ massages of experience". Stress buster! "Best of Boston" Muscular therapy for pain relief, rehab/chronic restriction + movement work, age-related 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.

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

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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 37.

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 15.

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 50.

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Cinthya Esquea Esquea Yoga 845 Oakland Ave Cranston, RI 02920 401-369-7600 Office 401-481-8875 Direct

Learn to relax, achieve more flexibility, physical strength and quiet the mind at the same time while enjoying the experience of yoga. Cinthya Esquea is a qualified Yoga Alliance teacher and founder of Esquea Yoga, Therapy and Fitness. Inc. For more classes and yoga events check out her website. See ad on page 7.

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Office Space. Room available Full or PartTime within a holistic health center in East Greenwich. Rent includes: wi-fi, utilities, web presence, some advertising and shared voicemail box. Call 401-398-2933, Jewel Sommerville, D,Ac., voicemail #1 for more information.

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DISTRIBUTORS – Become an Acaiberri distributor. Health and nutrition interests preferred, but not required. Selling is also a plus. Potential distributors can contact Angelo at 401-497-0740, or email Visit for more information.

massage Professional Rental Space Available. A must see in Johnston. Rent negotiable. Contact Cheryl @ 486-0033. massage therapy Treatment room available for rent within an established chiropractic office. Quiet room, rest rooms available, on-site parking. Utilities included. Call for details 383-3400

FOR sale Updated, mixed-use bldg in N. Prov. Unlimited poss! Bright, 2-level, easily accessible from all points; ample parking, central/ air, fireplace, Jacuzzi bath, large kitchen, hardwoods, open floor-plan. Great for live/work or rental income. Call Ted 401-286-4496.

Rolf Structural Integration, Therapeutic Bodywork, Thai massage, NCBTMB accredited Thai massage classes.   Located off Rte. 6 in Sterling, CT.  It’s worth the trip! 860-617-1234,


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5th Annual DiscoverYou Wellness Expo Speaker & Demo Schedule Saturday, April 20

Main Stage 11:00am Jenna & Doug Greene - Open Lotus Orchestra 12:00pm Kerry Cudmore, CPCC - The Glass Walk Demonstration 1:00pm Roland Comtois - Messages of Hope and Love 2:00pm Sherry Johnston - But What If YOU CAN! Learning with a “Loser” – my journey with NBC’s The Biggest Loser 3:00pm Wendie Trubow, M.D. Functional Medicine: Your Path to Sustainable Vitality 4:00pm Mary McDonald, Laughter Hours - Laughter and Play for Joy and Health 5:00pm Gongs of Joy with Joy Quinn Blum

Saturday, April 20 10am-6pm Sunday, April 21 10am-5pm Twin River Event Center

100 Twin River Road, Lincoln, RI


Speaking Area A 11:00am Laurie Kraus, BS Psychology and Science Isagenix International - Live Long; Live Healthy – Telomeres and Aging 12:00pm Aaron L. Singleton, LMT, MHt, CST, EOLMTT Biomorphic Geometry Tools for a New Era 1:00pm Miriam Calore; Glacial Energy Your Power-Your Choice! Efficient and Pure: Every little bit helps! 2:00pm Rev. Art Gutkin; Akashic Hands/SG Healing and Hypnosis Traveling the Akashic Record From Womb to Present 3:00pm Tracey E LeBeau, In Pure Harmony, LLC Lose Your Weight, Heal Your Body, Free Your Spirit 4:00pm Kerry Cudmore, CPCC - A New Relationship With Money 5:00pm Adriene Smith, Angel Whispers Rhode Island Sacred Silence ~ Creating a Daily Practice Speaking Area B 11:00am Suzy Graf - Animal Communication 12:00pm Janet DeLeo; Qivana - Creating a New Blueprint for Your Life 2:00pm White Swan (Cheryl Weeden) - White Swan’s dream - Rose of the Heart The Essence of the Sacred Path

Discover You Expo

3:00pm 4:00pm 5:00pm

Deborah Beauvais; Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network & Empowered Connections - Through Deepened Gratitude, Trust & Service We Rise to the Higher Intelligence, The God Realm and Receive All That Is J.R. Roessl; Young Living Essential Oils De-Stress your Life with Essential Oils Gladys Ellen; Heavenly Hugs - Self Care with the Archangels

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Sunday, April 21

Main Stage 11:00am Linda Jaros, Owner of The Life Breath Wellness Center and Studio The POWER of Breath 12:00pm Jenna & Doug Greene - Open Lotus Orchestra 1:00pm Colleen Doyle; No Trash Project - No Trash Talk: A Case for Zero Waste 2:00pm Patricia Raskin; Raskin Resources Productions, Inc. A Conversation About Wellness hosted by Patricia Raskin 3:00pm Kerry Cudmore, CPCC - The Glass Walk Demonstration 4:00pm Daren Bulley; Owner – Divine Providence Catering Healthy Cooking That You Can Do Speaking Area A 11:00am Joy Quinn Blum; Better Health With Joy The Truth About 10 Common Health Lies That May Be Making You Sick 12:00pm Sue H. Singleton, Medical Intuitive, MHt, CST, EOLMTT Nine Simple Laws to Create Joy & Grace: Beyond Law of Attraction 1:00pm Nelia Alves-Petit H.P. - Psychic Question and Answer Gallery 2:00pm Shari Bitsis and Spirit of Agape - Group Manifesting for YOU and the Earth 3:00pm Dr. Tad Sztykowski, D.AC; Centers for Integrative Medicine & Healing Integrative Medicine & Healing - When thinking about your healthcare it doesn’t have to be a choice between Western and Eastern Medicine. Speaking Area B 11:00am Terry Wildemann; Heart Centered Success - Merging Business and Heart 12:00pm Amisha Patel, Tree of Life Integrated Wellness - Boldly Being Human: Secrets of Leadership through Communication 1:00pm Don Dugas; MasterPath - The Spiritual Progression from Light to Sound 2:00pm Debbee Radcliff; CreatIgo - Enjoying Your Extraordinary Child 3:00pm Christine Dobyna; Author & Healer Journey to a Positive Mind, Body and Soul

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Saturday , April 20 at 4pm

Spiritual Teacher, Author, Keynote Speaker, and Radio Show Host

Roland Comtois

Love is Eternal At the DiscoverYou Expo Roland will be presenting Messages of Hope and Love! At the DiscoverYou Expo Roland will be giving Free Private Sessions! At the DiscoverYou Expo Roland will be launching Talk Stream Spiritual Radio! At the DiscoverYou Expo Roland will be sharing The Purple Paper Meditation & Experience! Don’t miss seeing

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Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network Bring Light and a Lift into your day by listening to Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network. We are a Boston-based Holistic Internet Radio Station with ten radio affiliates both terrestrial and internet with listenership in more than 125 countries. One can listen locally, online or on their mobile devices.

Allow us to promote your business in the most glorious way through holistic radio. We are a station with vision to awaken listeners to their spiritual journey. We are coming together with the intention of healing others, the planet and ourselves. Our Hosts, each with their unique voice vibration, and message offer their modalities, tools and wisdom. By becoming a part of our Radio Community, whether hosting a Show or Advertising, you support a company whose foundation is in unconditional High love for all.

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