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just got back from an amazing, transformational weekend workshop with Dr. Kate Siner in one of her LifeWork retreats. There were eight business owners in various stages of our path of finding clarity and vision in what we need to live a balanced, happier, more fulfilling life. With her perception and insights, Kate guided each us to find our own truth. This was the third weekend I’ve spent like this with some of these women, and to have been present to watch them grow and become more confident with their voices was remarkable. I felt it myself, and know that I have a renewed clarity about Natural Awakenings, my vision for it, and a plan to make my vision a reality. Since for many of us, our work and our personal lives get so intertwined, finding and maintaining any kind of work life balance can be a challenge. Becoming more clear and focused on what we do can be an integral and fulfilling piece of the puzzle while not managing our busy lives can lead us to frustration. It was a common goal for all of us at the workshop to find direction and peace though our efforts in life and work. One of the few things we stand any chance of controlling is how we feel. We can’t control the weather, or the people around us but, each day, we can decide if we want to be happy or sad, get angered by small setbacks or laugh at them, appreciate our beautiful spring weather or plow through it with our head down. I usually pick happy, since it seems worth a shot anyway and it takes too much energy to hold onto “unhappy”. The tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan actually has a government that operates based on a Gross Domestic Happiness (GDH) value system. I love this idea. According to our feature article, Life Lift, Being Happy From the Inside Out, GDH is working for them as their well-being shifts to become more important than material growth. Getting, nurturing, and sustaining happiness can have much to do with gratitude. I am so fortunate to come from a happy family, where being grateful always seemed to be the underlying message. In todays bigger is better mentality where “he who has the most toys wins” is the mantra, it can be hard to remember that the little things count. A sunny day, birds chirping, watching flowers bloom are all things that we can, and should remember to have gratitude for. I am so grateful for the opportunity to publish this wonderful resource full of practical information and advice to help us all navigate this crazy world. Grateful for all the readers, advertisers and distribution locations that make this all possible and I thank you for being a part of what makes my life fulfilling. Peace Maureen Cary, Publisher

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

18 DAD & DAUGHTER DATES Making the Most of

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How Raising Children Changes Men by Armin Brott


HOLISTIC HEALING CENTER New Solutions to Old Problems


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Being Happy from the Inside Out by Judith Fertig


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newsbriefs Laughing Elephant Yoga Has a New Home


aughing Elephant Yoga has moved into a new space, located at 4372 Post Road, on the East Greenwich/Warwick line. The new studio is located on scenic Route 1, less than 10 minutes from the Warwick malls and a short distance off Interstate 95. Laughing Elephant Yoga offers yoga, t’ai chi and meditation classes. Yoga classes include vinyasa flow, hatha flow, restorative, prana flow, Forrest and the popular funky flow for beginner to expert levels of practice. Classes are scheduled morning, noon and evening, seven days a week. Specialized workshops, teacher training seminars and the warm-weather favorites paddleboard and outdoor yoga are held throughout the year. The new location features two larger studios, an inviting entranceway, a relaxing farmer’s porch and sunny back deck for the yoga community to enjoy. For more information, call 401-398-2616, visit for find Laughing Elephant Yoga on Facebook or Twitter @laugh_elephant. See ad on page 45.

Expert Coaches Offer June Workshops


our Personal Abundance Coach is offering a variety of classes throughout the month of June. Meditation for Well-being classes will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Spiritual Healing-It Works will be held from 6:30 Leah Doroch and Rebecca Tripp to 8 p.m., June 20; a Reiki Level 1 certification course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 28; and a Silva UltraMind Workshop Weekend will take place June 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. An introductory Silva UltraMind talk is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m., June 13 for those interested in attending the weekend workshop. The expert coaches leading the workshops, Leah Doroch and Rebecca Tripp, are among the most talented in the field of metaphysics. Their service is personalized to help individuals achieve inner peace and a life filled with bliss, joy and purpose. Doroch, founder and owner of The Sweet Retreat, a meditation and enlightenment center in Westport, Massachusetts, is committed to helping those who are looking to improve their lives and well-being. She is a holistic coach and teaches life enriching techniques such as various meditation styles, Emotional Freedom Technique and other mindfulness approaches to improving one’s life. Tripp is an abundance coach and Silva UltraMind trainer. She has been a student of metaphysics and spirituality since she was introduced to the art of creative visualization in 1967. Over the years, she has immersed herself in dynamic meditation, holistic healing and metaphysical solutions, and has delved into the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, Ernest Holmes, Gurdjieff and Mary Baker Eddy, among others. Her vast experience as both a student and teacher has inspired her to dedicate her life to bringing metaphysical learning and healing into the lives of as many people as she can. For more information, visit or See ad on page 12.


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Festival Fete Kicks Off Art Festival Season at Garden City Center


arden City Center, in Cranston, will host the third annual Garden City Center Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 8 and 9. The art festival will feature more than 140 contemporary American art and crafts artisans along with strolling entertainment including Rhode Island’s Big Nazo and The Ladies of the Rolling Pin. The festival offers items big and small including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, sculpture and home accessories along with locally grown festive food sponsored by Whole Foods Market of Cranston. In addition to the juried art and crafts for sale, Festival Fete donates 10 booth spaces to young artists, grades one through 12, to sell their work; Art is Smart creates a sculpture with the community and then donates it back to a local establishment; and a Creation Station is available for children to make crafts for a donation to Art is Smart. “We believe there is an artist in everybody, so we’re creating opportunities for festival attendees to express themselves and experience the thrill of creativity,” says Jennifer Neuguth, owner of Festival Fete. Festival Fete presents a series of art festivals in 2013. In addition to Garden City, The East Greenwich Art Festival will be held on August 31 and Sept 1, The Wakefield Art Festival will take place on October 8 and The Holiday Market on December 7 and 8. For more information, visit See ad on page 7.

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newsbriefs The Circus is Coming!


eadowbrook Waldorf School will once again present Circus Smirkus, Vermont’s award-winning international youth circus. Talented troupers, ages 11 to 18, will spend the summer touring the Northeast and performing under the big top. Four shows will be held in Rhode Island at 1 p.m. and 6 pm., July 19 and July 20 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Richmond. This year, the circus invites guests to grab their ruby slippers and click their heels together as Circus Smirkus goes somewhere over the rainbow with Oz Incorporated—a new spin on the Wizard of Oz. Circus Smirkus is a nonprofit circus with heart. Its mission is to inspire youth to follow their dreams and engage in life-changing adventures. Fueled by the desire to perform, kids develop physical skills, self-discipline, cooperation, dedication and a host of other attributes that prepare them for the demands of adulthood. Meadowbrook Waldorf School has presented Circus Smirkus in Rhode Island for five years. Waldorf education recognizes that movement, drama and music engage the growing child. Circus arts form part of the movement program at Meadowbrook, where students learn balance, coordination and teamwork in a non-competitive environment. Starting in early childhood and continuing through grade 8, students are supported in learning the skills they need to follow their dreams. So, follow the yellow brick road to an Emerald City adventure and acrobatic thinking, courageous clowns and flying monkey business. Cost: $17 for kids, $19 for adults. Tickets are available by calling 877-SMIRKUS or visit See ad on page 35.

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elebrant Foundation and Institute is offering a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant course in a summer session beginning June 3. The highly acclaimed course takes place online one hour per week over a sixmonth period. CNN and Money magazine reports Celebrants are a top 10 profession for career changers. Certified Life-Cycle Celebrants create and officiate at personalized and meaningful life-cycle ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, healings and transitions or family and children ceremonies. This certified course is designed to train individuals for a viable and fulfilling career as a professional celebrant. For more information and to register, visit See ad on page 23.

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reathing Time Yoga will offer a six-week yoga nidra workshop series beginning at 7:15 p.m., June 6 through July 11. Yoga nidra, also known as yogic sleep, is a deep relaxation with awareness. It is considered to be an optimal experience for creating transformation in one’s life because it teaches individuals how to live a more contented life by opening the mind, body and heart to their inherent wholeness. Since yoga nidra involves an aimless and effortless relaxation it is often held to be best practiced with an experienced yoga teacher who verbally delivers instructions. During class the teacher uses a variety of techniques including guided imagery and body scanning to aid relaxation. Unlike a quick savasana at the end of asana practice, yoga nidra allows enough time for practitioners to physiologically and psychologically sink into it. Each session will each focus on a different aspect of the self. Students will explore “grounding” in the physical body, breath and energy, feelings and emotions, thoughts and images and finally joy and love. Cost: $90 for six sessions; $84 early rate. Breathing Time Yoga is located at 541 Pawtucket Ave., Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-421-9876 for visit See ad on page 45.

The Heart Spot Celebrates Its First Year


. Bobby Ducharme and Ann Ducharme opened The Heart Spot on June 21, 2012 with a vision of creating a space where likeminded individuals could explore leading edge ideas about the future of personal, communal and global health. This month marks one year of facilitating the experience of the wisdom of the body through classes and workshops in yoga and healing arts. Ann and R. Bobby Ducharme Still growing, students come from all over the area to experience classes, workshops and individual sessions. “We are becoming the place where families of all kinds come to practice and learn together,” says Bobby. “We have many mothers and daughters, couples, siblings and friends coming to class together. This adds to the feeling that we are becoming one big family.” In addition to the group classes and workshops, the Ducharmes are booking clients for individual healing arts and yoga sessions. Ann specializes in balancing the energy in the body so that people can live their ultimate life with ease and vitality—and without pain. For the month of June she is offering a 30-minute Energy Tuneup, a sample of energy healing and conscious bodywork, for $25. As a thank you to Natural Awakenings’ readers, The Heart Spot is also offering a two for one anniversary special: come to any weekly class with a family member or friend and each person pays half price. Just mention Natural Awakenings between June 17 and 30 to take advantage of the special offer. The Heart Spot is located at 700 Greenville Ave., in Johnston. For more information, call 401-231-0081 or visit


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M Kids Yoga Center will be hosting Karma Kids Yoga (KKY), from New York City, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily on July 19, 20 and 21. Come experience this life changing, friend making and informative 30-hour course. With over 400 poses and games for toddlers through teens, Karma Kids Yoga offers one of the most comprehensive trainings around today. Throughout the weekend, trainees will participate in mock classes, learn how to structure classes and put creative lesson plans together, practice and learn hundreds of poses and see first hand why kids love to play yoga. All trainees are welcome after the training to observe actual classes at KKY in Manhattan or at OM Kids Yoga Center in Pawtucket. Participants do not need any adult teacher training certification in order to take the course. Cost: $795. Mention Natural Awakenings and save $100. Cost includes the KKY 5th edition manual, KKY’s award winning CD Come Play Yoga, a listing and email contact on the KKY website, opportunities to observe and assist at classes in NYC or Pawtucket and healthy snacks and refreshments throughout the weekend. OM Kids Yoga Center is located at 999 Main St., Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-305-3667 or visit or See ad on page 44.

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ragon Mountain Zen Community Center is now offering a free 90-minute qi gong/kung fu class at Slater Park three times a week, weather permitting, as part of their wellness outreach program. Classes are Mondays at 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. by the tennis courts near the Armistice entrance. Shaolin qi gong and kung fu teaches individuals to cultivate and balance internal and external life energies to gain health, longevity and enlightenment. This is a great way to get out, get fit and start building toward holistic wellness. Dragon Mountain emphasizes a holistic approach to wellness that includes spiritual environmentalism, compassionate living and positive practice. Each session offers an opportunity to learn traditional Shaolin forms of energy and spiritual cultivation. Dragon Mountain Zen Community Center is a nonprofit Ch’an Buddhist organization that provides wellness programs, food relief and economic and volunteer services to support and enrich the local community. Dragon Mountain Zen Community Center is located at 50 Dunnell Lane, Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-213-9784, email or visit

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he Women’s Well: Soul Wisdom Healing Arts has relocated to the Green Grocer Complex, 943 East Main Road, in Portsmouth. The new location has three treatment rooms, a classroom space and an area to lay in a small labyrinth for use in meditation. It offers client centered, integrative wellness techniques including massage, yoga and fitness, holistic wellness consultations, doula services, shamanic healing work, life transitions counseling, classes, workshops and more. The Women’s Well is seeking dedicated holistic practitioners who want to establish a thriving practice while working in collaboration with other wellness practitioners. Treatment rooms and classroom spaces are available for rent. For more information, call Kerri Maroney at 401-269-8788.

HDTV-Entertainment Producing Roland Comtois Reality Show


ichard Spangenberg, owner of Westport, Connecticut based HDTV-Entertainment, is producing a reality TV show about Connecticut resident Roland Comtois called Purple Papers, Proof there is an Afterlife! Spangenberg met Comtois, a spiritual counselor and author of And Then There Was Heaven, a number of years ago and became convinced of his authenticity. Comtois, a best selling inspirational speaker and grief specialist, is a spiritual scribe of sorts, a channel between the hereafter and here and now. He is an avid believer in the healing power of eternal love and has the unique ability to share divinely inspired messages, both verbal and written on his signature Purple Papers, with the people who come to hear him speak. According to Spangenberg, the Purple Papers TV show takes hope and reassurance even further by proving that heaven is real and our loved ones journey has taken them there. The Purple Papers television show is currently in development and seeking additional funding through for production and to air the series online and as a mainstream broadcast TV program. To view actual footage of Comtois’s presentations and other test footage, learn more about the spiritual messages he delivers and read first-hand testimonials and blogs, visit

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he First Spiritualist Church of Rhode Island is celebrating its two-year anniversary with its second annual Psychic Fair at 11 a.m., June 15, at Positive New Beginnings, in East Providence. The event will include mediums and healers, as well as kettle corn, freshsqueezed lemonade and more. Readings are $20 for 20 minutes. Church members will also be around to answer any questions guests may have about mediumship and energy healing. Positive New Beginnings is a holistic store offering the opportunity to stock up on holistic needs. They have herbs, crystals, pendulums, tarot and angel card decks and more. Positive New Beginnings is located at 877 Broadway, East Providence. For more information, visit See ad on page 31.

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Sugary Drinks Linked to Heart Disease


ne risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, may be sugary drinks. Analysis of data collected on 42,883 men in the “Health Professionals FollowUp Study,” published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, linked a daily 12-ounce serving of a sugar-sweetened drink to a 19 percent increase in the relative risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Sugar-sweetened beverages were associated with higher levels of unhealthy triglycerides and C-reactive protein (a byproduct of inflammation), and lower levels of highdensity lipoprotein, or HDL, the “good” cholesterol. Senior study author Frank B. Hu, Ph.D., a physician and professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, cautions that diet sodas are not a good alternative. “Some studies have found a relationship between diet soda and metabolic disease,” he notes.

Breaks from Email Boost Focus and Performance


“vacation” from email might be a simple prescription for improving work performance, suggests a new study by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and U.S. Army researchers. “We found that when you remove email from workers’ lives, they multitask less and experience less stress,” says UCI Informatics Professor Gloria Mark, who co-authored the study. Participants reported feeling better able to do their jobs and stay on task, and they were happier to interact with others in person. Also, getting up and walking to someone else’s desk instead of emailing provided physical exercise.

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Excessive Dietary Fat May Hinder Conception


ne reason for a couple’s inability to conceive could be linked to too much fat in the male’s diet. A study by Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital of 99 U.S. men uncovered an association between a high fat intake and lower sperm count and concentration. Results were published in the journal Human Reproduction. Men that consumed the most saturated fats had a 35 percent lower total sperm count and 38 percent lower sperm concentration than men that ate the least amount of such fats. Moreover, men that ate more omega-3 polyunsaturated fats—the type of healthful fat often found in fish and plant oils—had better-formed sperm than men that ate less.

Flavonoids Protect Men Against Parkinson’s


indings published in the journal Neurology add to a growing body of evidence that regular consumption of flavonoids, found in berries, teas, apples and red wines, can positively affect human health. According to new research on 130,000 men and women undertaken by Harvard University, in Boston, and the UK’s University of East Anglia, men that regularly consumed the most flavonoid-rich foods were 40 percent less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those that ate the least. No similar protective link was found for women. It is the first human study to show that flavonoids can help protect neurons against diseases of the brain.


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Fruits and Veggies Can Help Us Kick Butts


he first long-term study on the relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption and smoking cessation offers good news: Eating more healthy produce can help smokers quit the habit and remain tobacco-free longer. Researchers from New York’s University of Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions surveyed 1,000 smokers ages 25 and over from around the country. In a 14-month follow-up, they were asked if they had abstained from tobacco use during the previous month. Those that consumed the most produce were three times more likely to have been tobacco-free for at least 30 days than those that ate the least amount of produce. Smokers with greater fruit and vegetable consumption also smoked fewer cigarettes per day, waited longer to smoke their first one and scored lower on a common test of nicotine dependence. The findings, published online in the Nicotine and Tobacco Research journal, remained consistent even when adjusted for age, gender, race, ethnicity, education and household income.

Sports and Music: A Winning Combination


istening to our favorite music, whatever the genre, can increase both our enjoyment of and performance levels in competitive sports participation. Keele University researchers, presenting these findings at the 2012 British Psychological Society annual conference, noted that playing selected tunes reduces perceived exertion levels, plus increases one’s sense of being “in the zone”. The greatest effects were found with music used during structured training sessions. Previous studies showing that motivational music in general boosts performance did not include exploring the effects of listening to one’s favorite music.

A Father’s Love is Critical


ased on 36 studies from around the world involving more than 10,000 participants, researchers at the University of Connecticut, in Mansfield, concluded that a father’s love contributes as much—and sometimes more—to a child’s development as a mother’s love. The critical importance of fatherly love to a youngster’s healthy development provides added incentive for men to become more involved in nurturing child care. Source: Society for Personality and Social Psychology


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Dad & Daughter Dates Making the Most of Cherished Time Together by Clint Kelly


he ancient Greek playwright Euripides, renowned for his Greek tragedies portraying strong female characters, was likely a decent dad. He wrote, “To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.” Entrepreneur and life coach Greg Wright, of Austin, Texas, updates the concept of this precious relationship in Daddy Dates: Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts. He says that before the age of 30, God gave him a lovely wife; four girls, or “beginner ladies”; and a succinct mission statement: “Don’t mess up.” Possessing an overwhelming compassion and protective instinct for each of his children, Wright decided early on “to teach them the right way to date and to treasure their specialness as much as I do.” One of his chief assignments was respectfully modeling good dating habits for his daughters, a talent that doesn’t necessarily come naturally to dads. They may understand how significant a fathering relationship is to her self-worth in becoming a dauntless and independent adult, but may be uncertain how to make a proper investment spiritually and emotionally.


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Healthcare marketing executive David Kinard, of Seattle, Washington, invests heavily in both his son and daughter. Having grown up in a separated family with no fatherly role model, he has focused on spending time with both kids, and knows it’s especially important for a girl. “I wanted my daughter to know that I loved her for who she was and not for anything she said or did, and that she didn’t need to give her body away to find love.” He felt the best way to convey these truths was to provide dedicated time together. Wednesdays were without fail their date nights, beginning at age 4; dates are less frequent now that his daughter is 16, but even when the relationship feels at odds, dates have consistently brought them together. “She always got to choose where we went to dinner,” Kinard recalls. “We’d sit for a long time, eat our favorite foods and play a silly card game.” They talked about anything, nothing, everything. “She glows when she talks about past dates,” he continues. “I have earned the ability to talk with her about the more sensitive subjects in her life such as boys, sex, friends and family.”

Seattle Pacific University Alumni Director Ken Cornell believes that bonding through dating his two girls, ages 14 and 17, is a true privilege. He says the same is true of his wife of 27 years. “It is so important to get away from the routine, to focus on each other,” Cornell remarks. “It’s amazing what is said when we give space for a relationship to deepen.” His younger daughter believes, “It’s confidence building; it makes me stronger to be with someone who believes and has hope in me.” Dressing up on occasion, holding the door open and allowing her to order for herself show respect and make her feel treasured. Later, if she doesn’t get that same level of respect on a first date with a boy, she will be less likely to schedule a second. Cornell often worries that he doesn’t model enough of the love and honor his girls deserve. He finds grace in prayer. “I

Ideal Dates 101 Some of these activities may bring out the twinkle in any daughter’s eyes. Join an ethnic cooking class. Then watch a DVD set in the corresponding country or region. Be a Sport. Suggest doubles tennis or ride a bicycle built for two. Volunteer at a local charity. Help others and then stop at the ice cream parlor on the way home. Make a home drive-in. Decorate cardboard boxes together so they look like favorite cars. Then sit in them to watch fun movies like Toy Story or Up… and pass the heirloom popcorn. Paint some pottery. Many ceramics stores offer lessons. Make individual or joint artistic creations that can become home decorations and visual memories. Shop at the dollar store. Secretly spend one dollar on each other, and then unveil the gifts over a frozen yogurt treat. Gotcha! Arrange with her school for her to leave school early for a surprise lunch date.

ask God regularly for wisdom and forgiveness to help me steward my relationship with my daughters and wife.” The writer’s own family of six, including two daughters, has a long history of carving out precious time for refreshing fun. It naturally evolved from movies and petting zoos when they were young to canoeing and college campus events as they grew up. “My boyfriends knew that if we were going to last, they had to impress my dad,” remembers our youngest daughter Amy, today a wife and esthetician living in Medina, Ohio. “It was important to know that my dad cared enough to engage in my life. When college life was chaotic, it was comforting to have a dad close to my heart. Our dates through the years allowed us to share stories, secrets and sorrows, and to laugh.” Clint Kelly’s books include Dare to Raise Exceptional Children.

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A.A. Milne (author of the Winnie the Pooh books) and J.K. Rowling (of Harry Potter fame) first wrote for their kids. We may also be inspired to play an instrument or take up an art form learned as a child while encouraging our children in their music or art lessons.

The Fatherhood Factor

How Raising Children Changes Men by Armin Brott


ecoming a father is one of the most defining benchmarks in a man’s life. In their research, University of California-Berkeley Psychology Professors Phil Cowan, Ph.D., and Carolyn Cowan, Ph.D., found that when asked how important each aspect of life felt over a two-year study period, childless men surveyed showed a significant increase in the “partner/lover” aspect. But young fathers squeezed that facet into a smaller life space to accommodate the significant increase in the “parent” element. Here are a few highlights from what relevant studies by Oregon State University, in Corvallis, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Switzerland’s University of Zurich say about how fatherhood changes men.

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and self-esteem. Turning a child’s tears into laughter and feeling proud when he does well confirms that we’re on our way to being a successful father. Albeit briefly, a child may even share our tastes in culture, entertainment and other areas before mapping his own individuality, but some common attitudes and interests will remain.

Patience and Humor

When something goes wrong, we can take it seriously and try to change things, or roll with it and laugh. Doing the latter can increase compassion for our own and others’ mistakes.

Flexible Thinking

Early on, it may be nearly impossible to differentiate the needs of our child and partner from our own. In reality, needs are to varying degrees in opposition, thus imposing frustrations and sorrows and forcing mutual adaptation, accord-

Reordering Priorities

Raising kids produces a heightened awareness of others’ perspectives, reports University of Delaware researcher Rob Palkovitz, Ph.D. Many guys admit that they were somewhat selfish and self-centered before having kids, because having people depend on you and putting their needs before yours doesn’t come naturally. (Palkovitz notes that marriage alone doesn’t trigger this realization.)

Changing Values

Becoming a father prompts a hard look at one’s fundamental beliefs and values. Our view of what seemed harmless when we were younger, like not caring about money or possessions and potentially harmful lifestyle choices, changes completely when there’s a family to support. We see the world differently. Our health and well-being are no longer just personal concerns; they’re integral to our family. Interestingly, more mature new fathers—having had more time to hone their philosophy of life—report less of a need for fresh soul-searching than younger fathers. Superdad Armin Brott has been building better fathers for a decade through his blog, bestselling books and American Forces Network radio show. Learn more at and

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Optimist Insight Holistic Healing Center New Solutions to Old Problems by Beth Davis

For 17 years, Linda Cole, founder of Optimistic Insight, worked in an inner city public school system. She taught for 10 years and led a high school guidance department for seven years. During her time as a counselor, she successfully supported students and even families, staff and parents. She was particularly fond of helping high school seniors map out their plan for college and beyond. However, when budget constraints caused her to be reassigned as a world history teacher for middle school students, she started to become disillusioned with the education system.


o much of what we were doing was dictated by the system,” she explains. “We were taking the personalization out of it.” When her class came to a section on Buddhism, she found that her kids were quite interested in learning more about meditation. She explained the meditation techniques used to deal with anger and stress—and the students wanted to try it. But, she was told by school administrators that she couldn’t tell the kids about meditation. “The kids were upset and so was I,” says Cole. “Some refused to stop. These were students from the inner city—some were in gangs, some dealing with unpleasant things at home. It was a way for them to clear their minds and be in the moment. There was nothing controversial about it—Buddhism was in the curriculum. Plus, they asked me to meditate, I wouldn’t have thought to ask them. They had the desire.” It was after this happened that Cole had a personal epiphany: she needed to be doing something else, something valuable that would help


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empower children and adults. So, she made the decision to leave the school system and pursue a new career. After having success with hypnosis in her personal life, she knew many could benefit from hypnotic techniques. “Hypnotherapy really helped me as I was struggling to find my path,” she says. “I realized it was a form of counseling

in the way you recreate thought patterns, so I decided to get into a hypnotherapy program and obtain my certification.” From there, she knew that she had already mastered counseling effectively, so she thought it only natural to take those skills to another level as a life coach. Earlier this year, she founded Optimistic Insight Holistic Healing Center, in Cranston, with one goal in mind: to provide new solutions to old problems. The Center is a network of advisors, consultants, healers, a nutritionist and practitioners who specialize in a variety of fields such as natural healing, life coaching, career consulting, Reiki, yoga and hypnotherapy. Clients can visit the Center for one-on-one sessions or consultations are available via telephone, instant message or Skype. Cole says first and foremost, the focus is on the person as a whole—mind, body and spirit. “At Optimistic Insight, we discovered the key to a healthier lifestyle is restoring balance and harmony within ourselves due to the simple realization that our outer world is merely a materialization of our inner world,” she notes. “We start by assessing our clients’ issues from a multitude of angles and create a combination of therapies that focus on all aspects of a patient’s issue. By harmonizing each of these three vital areas of our being, we’re able to help co-create a happier and healthier lifestyle for our clients while guiding them in remembering what it feels like to be whole again.” She explains that no matter what the issue is, whether physical health, self-worth, happiness or lack of money and/or success, this can be corrected using a combination of life coaching, hypnotherapy and neuron-linguistic programming from one of Optimistic Insight’s many professionals who specialize in these three areas. “The truth is you can improve the quality of your life by reprogramming the way you communicate with yourself,” she states. “As hypnotherapists and life coaches, we

can do this for you, but we also teach you how to do it for yourself. We teach you how to remove these roadblocks that held you back all this time by using an assortment of innovative and holistic methods which we custom tailor specifically to each individual client.” For the body, Optimistic Insight offers yoga, meditation classes and personal trainers who will work with individuals on their own schedule and at the gym of their choice. Cole advises that taking care of the body physically can ward off stress, depression and other adverse affects. Energy healing is offered for clients that help heal invisible wounds and restore the necessary balance and energy that bodies need to stay healthy and happy. She notes that spirit is the life force that drives us, and making sure that mind, body and spirit are in balance and harmony is key. Cole says that she has no regrets about walking away from her career in education. “This feels right,” she says. “I’m a peace with who I am and what I’m doing. It’s very empowering. It allows you to see people succeed and I love being a part of it.” Optimistic Insight is located at 845 Oaklawn Ave., in Cranston. For more information, call 401-369-7600 or visit See ad on back cover.

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With the average American household owning 24 electronic devices, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) estimates we are annually producing nearly 3 million tons of e-waste. Tube-type TVs and computer monitors contain lead, while cell phones harbor toxic mercury, cadmium, arsenic and brominated flame retardants, all of which can leach from landfills into groundwater. Alternatives include selling old phones or trading them in at a store, and buying a new phone only when necessary. For $10, Staples will recycle any brand of computer monitor, desktop and laptop computer, fax machine, printer or scanner. Dell products are accepted at no charge. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers information about local ewaste recycling and regulations regarding handling of electronic equipment at For a global perspective, see the United Nations Environment Programme 2010 update at

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Restoring Native Prairies, Yard by Yard From Canada south to Texas and from Indiana west to Colorado, nearly 600,000 square miles of grassland once contributed to this continent’s complex ecosystem, supporting a diverse and teeming web of life. Today, less than 1 percent remains intact. The good news is that farmers and residents have been making inroads toward restoring this native landscape, converting suburban yards and rural fields to expanses of tall grass and fallow pastures that welcome native species. Government agencies and conservation groups, aided by volunteers, have undertaken numerous restoration projects across U.S. and Canadian prairieland, some of them comprising thousands of acres. The initial investment in time and money starts with removal of invasive or even cultivated species and the planting of native grasses. Substantial benefits include low-maintenance ecosystems that require less water and no fertilizer while supporting diverse wildflowers and wildlife. But it’s not as simple as planting a few seeds. In semi-rural and more urban areas, neighbors and zoning laws don’t always see eye-to-eye with these “new pioneers”, especially in deed-restricted communities. Concern over perceived property value deterioration and a potential influx of vermin sometimes wins the day. Farmers have been known to plow under an entire restoration project upon news of rising grain prices due to the ethanol industry, in order to cultivate it for financial gain. It is evident that social and economic policies must support the effort if it is to succeed. Source: Yale Environment 360

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Green Homes Can be a Bargain One of the most innovative, energy-efficient houses in the United States has been built in the District of Columbia’s working-class Deanwood neighborhood, which has struggled with foreclosures. The Empowerhouse, a residence that produces all of its own energy, consumes 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling than a conventional dwelling. Empowerhouse was designed using “passive house” technologies as part of the Solar Decathlon design competition, held on the National Mall in 2011. It’s the work of students at The New School, in New York City, and Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development. Each duplicable unit costs a locally affordable $250,000. Bringing the community into the design process for both the house and landscape is the basis for collaboration on additional projects in the neighborhood, including a new community learning garden. The designers remark that it all plays a part in creating social sustainability, an aspect often left out of development programs. Source:


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Moon Fuel

A new compound of lead telluride—a semiconductor first used in the Apollo moon landings to provide astronauts with a renewable, thermoelectric power source—can transform the heat emitted from car tailpipes and the chimneys of power stations and factories into a power source. According to the scientists engineering the innovation at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, as much as 15 to 20 percent of the heat currently being lost could be recovered as electricity. Another team of researchers at Utah State University, in Logan, has created a yeast biodiesel fuel that can be made using the watery waste from the mass production of cheese. One cheese plant’s daily byproduct of up to 1 million gallons of liquid cheese waste can produce 66,000 gallons of fuel.

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Norway Recognizes Fatherhood Norway’s liberal paternity leave policy places equal responsibilities on men and women, which in turn progressively redefines traditional gender roles. Pappapermisjon, or paternity leave, is often combined with a mother’s maternity leave to provide seamless childcare at home without overtaxing parents’ work life. The Norwegian government has socially engineered a society in which men and women are expected to have equal domestic and economic responsibilities. Some specifics of the country’s “fathers’ rights” philosophy include leaving the workplace by 5:30 p.m.; being able to adjust office hours around daycare drop-offs and pickups; and allowing time to organize family dinners and help with housework. Source: The Christian Science Monitor



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en Budd, former executive director of AARP and current editorin-chief of Currents magazine, says, “I was approaching 40 when my dad died suddenly, and at the funeral, I heard people say how he’d changed their lives. So in midlife, I decided to change mine.”

Disaster Relief Budd, who lives with his wife in Burke, Virginia, says, “Not everyone can join the Peace Corps, but they might share a week or two of vacation time.” Nine months after Hurricane Katrina, Rebuilding Together was looking for unskilled labor to help in New Orleans. So he helped prep homes for incoming electricians, plumbers and carpenters, and then painted. He was hooked, and has subsequently volunteered in China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kenya and the West Bank. His awardwinning book, The Voluntourist, details his experiences. Megan Wieder, a high school senior in Titusville, Pennsylvania, mulched trails and painted park equipment and homes during her week in


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New Orleans as a volunteer for People to People, which hosts future leaders for such projects. “I learned I can help others,” she says. This October, the Sierra Club’s New Jersey Seashore Service will assist the Natural Resource Education Foundation of New Jersey with its forest, marsh and meadowlands conservation efforts. The project will simultaneously allow participants to observe the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy along the shoreline, as well as in nearby communities.

Infrastructure Improvements The Sierra Club’s August trip to Mt. Rainier, in Washington, will train volunteers to work with the National Park Service in repairing hiking trails and building restraining walls at an elevation of 6,600 feet. Stunning views grace the two-mile hike from the Sunrise Visitor Center. Volunteer organizer DiDi Toaspern observes, “We are doing work that wouldn’t get done otherwise due to budget restraints. Even removing invasive plants helps to protect native species and nesting areas.”

Voluntour Tips Do research. Don’t overlook small organizations. Review testimonials from volunteers and communities served. Ask questions to see if the project is a match for personal skills. How long has the organization been operating? Is advance work required, such as an essay on interests and expectations? What’s the cost, what does it cover and is it tax-deductible? (If an organization is more interested in a credit card number than in-person contribution, go elsewhere.) Give feedback. It’s the best way for a program to improve. Expect good customer service. Spread the word. Get the most out of the experience, and then tell friends about it. Proceeds from Ken Budd’s book, The Voluntourist, are donated to international children’s and wildlife organizations. Find tips and links to resources at

Animal Conservation After a tasty vegan breakfast, volunteers in New York’s Finger Lakes region care for 500 rescued farm animals like Marge, a playful pig, at the 175-acre Watkins Glen Farm Sanctuary. Similar shelters bless Orland and Los Angeles, California. When Archosaurs Attacked and Reptiles Ruled Texas is the catchy name for the city of Arlington’s archeology education site (estimated at 95 million years old) where volunteer teams unearth fish, shark, ray, turtle and dinosaur fossils. “Last year, a new crocodilian species was found there,” says Rob Stringer of Earthwatch UK. In two-week stints, volunteers chart locations, clear areas, dig drainage trenches and prepare fossils for identification. There’s something for everyone in the emotional, spiritual and physical challenge of voluntouring. “Upon arrival, one’s first thought is, ‘What have I let myself in for?’ but upon returning home, you step back and see the value,” advises Budd. “Volunteers don’t change the world so much as they change the way people see each other through shared experiences.” Sunday Celebration Service 9:15—10:30 am

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appiness is the only true measure of personal success,” advises Geoffrey James, of Hollis, New Hampshire, author of How to Say It: Business to Business Selling. His work confirms that the rollercoaster world of business does not always promote a sense of well-being. James believes, “The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside your control.” For him, something as simple as a good night’s sleep contributes to personal happiness. Each of us has certain things that help make us feel positive, and they often come in small moments, advises Ed Diener, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Illinois and author of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth. Based on 25 years of research into the subject, he’s a recognized expert in what he calls “subjective well-being.” In a recent six-part BBC series on happiness, Diener told viewers, “It may sound silly, but we ask people, ‘How


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happy are you, on a scale of one to 10?’ The interesting thing is that it produces real answers that are valid—not perfect, but valid—and they predict all sorts of real things in their lives.”

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The moment-to-moment path to happiness follows a trail blazed by paradox. A recent University of Missouri College of Business study by Marsha Richins, Ph.D., suggests that happiness is in the wanting, not the getting. As noted Positive Psychologist Martin Seligman, Ph.D., remarks, “Focusing solely on happiness as a foundation of a good life,” won’t get you there. Gretchen Rubin, the New York City-based author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, further finds that, “Happiness doesn’t always make you feel happy.” Trying each day to be emotionally centered, affable, kind, conscientious, generous, patient, principled, accomplished, spiritual and true to yourself—the kind of person that should be happy and that makes other

people happy—can be tough. Widespread economic and associated financial challenges have made many question whether money can buy happiness, a common core assumption of the “happiness starts on the outside” approach. Apparently, money can sometimes buy feelings of well-being, but only to a certain degree, according to researchers Angus Deaton and Daniel Kahneman, at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs. In 2010, they surveyed 450,000 randomly chosen residents across the country via daily questionnaires. The study revealed that, “Low income exacerbates the emotional pain associated with such misfortunes as divorce, ill health and being alone.” Yet they also discovered that, “High income buys life satisfaction, but not happiness,” and there is no further progress in happiness beyond an annual income of $75,000 (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). On the other side of the world, in the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan, where 70 percent of its 717,000 citizens are subsistence farmers and an annual income of $75,000 would be considered a fortune, people say they are generally happy, partly due to the nation’s “happiness starts on the inside” philosophy. Since 1971, Bhutan has been operating based on a gross domestic happiness (GDH) value system. Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley explains that the country has focused on growing both materially and spiritually, and citizen well-being has taken precedence over economic growth. For decades, this was deemed an oddity by many in the West, although now it appears prescient. “It’s easy to mine the land and fish the seas and get rich,” says Thakur Singh Powdyel, Bhutan’s minister of education. “Yet we believe you cannot have a prosperous nation in the long run that does not conserve its natural environment or take care of the well-being of its people, which is being borne out by what is happening to the outside world.” The country measures its success in maintaining GDH by conducting regular surveys of the population. The reigning official definition of happiness involves

peace, contentment and living in harmony with all creation. Seligman, author of Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, has become a believer in GDH. “How can you measure well-being in a person, a family, a country or globally?” he queries. Research by Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, points to four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishment, or PERMA. Seligman says there are proven ways to improve each element. For positive emotion, writing down three “blessings”, or things that went well that day, can increase our feelings of gratitude and well-being. For relationships, actively listening and being present for a loved one and having that attention returned can strengthen those bonds. Increasing meaning in our lives, says Seligman, can be a challenge for Westerners. “We have threadbare spiritual and relationship furniture. We have too much ‘I’ and not enough ‘we,’” he says. But getting involved in something that increases the “we” factor will help make us happier.

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Self-surveys at AuthenticHappiness. com can help us identify our strengths and realize what we’re especially good at—and we increase our feelings of accomplishment by doing more of them. “You can even figure out how to do the task you like least by using your signature strength,” Seligman advises. He shares an example of a grocery store cashier that disliked bagging groceries, but was exceptional at social interaction. She made herself



If I become happy and it makes you happy, it is like tipping the first domino so the next one falls and that happiness spreads. ~ James Fowler, economic behaviorist, University of California-San Diego happier by chatting with her customers while she packed their selections. Lara Blair, a portrait photographer in Camas, Washington, believes in celebrating strengths. “If making things is what you love, give it the space in your brain, home and life that it deserves.” Blair’s seminars and retreats help people tap ways to increase feelings of creativity, accomplishment and meaning. “If you nurture it and believe that growing this beautiful thing is worth the effort, the rewards will be more than you ever dreamed,” she says. When, as a happily married lawyer with children, Rubin thought her life was missing something vital, she used her love for reading and writing to explore that wistful, “What if?” She started researching subjective happiness via Marcus Aurelius, Samuel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin and St. Thérèse de Lisieux, whom Rubin refers to as her “spiritual master.” She decided to testdrive her findings at Happiness-Project. com and began blogging about new ways of thinking and behaving that were bringing her and her readers greater selfrealization and contentment. “A great place to start is with your own body,” she counsels. “Are you getting enough sleep? Are you getting

good food to eat? When you take care of those very basic things, you feel energized, and then you can start moving to address other issues.”

Sustaining Happiness

Once we’ve upped our happiness quotient, it can still be difficult to stay at that level, says Kennon Sheldon, professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, in Columbia. In a recent study conducted with researchers at the University of California-Riverside, Sheldon and his colleagues found that by both recognizing that the desire for “more” and “better” in our lives won’t stop and also appreciating what we have, we’ll stay happy. It’s equally vital to continually keep things fresh, with positive new experiences at home, work, play and exercise, as well as in relationships. In other words, sustained happiness takes a little work. “Just before going to bed,” suggests James, “write down at least one wonderful thing that happened that day. It may be anything from making a child laugh to a big sale. Whatever it is, be grateful for the present day, because it will never come again.” The benefits of individual wellbeing radiate to those around us, notes Seligman. “When individuals are flourishing, they are more productive at work, physically healthier and at peace.” He believes that as we find ways to increase positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and individual accomplishment, it’s possible for life on Earth to flourish. Judith Fertig is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.


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There is a growing epidemic that is creeping up on all of us. As we search for words, the name of the movie we saw last week or can’t shake the constant brain fog, our concern for our quality of life grows. Are these signs that our brain is aging prematurely? Are they indications that we are headed for brain disaster in our elder years? The media and medical profession give us little hope that there is anything we can do to either prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s disease and brain dysfunction.


ut there is good news. Holistic medicine combined with the practice of cellular healing and regeneration has shown that we can do myriad things to prevent Alzheimer’s and/or reverse the symptoms. Listed below are three top challenges that can threaten brain health and three easy-to-follow solutions. Challenge #1:

‘Diabetes of the Brain’? Too much sugar and too many grains, along with toxins, create cellular membrane inflammation that leads to imbalances in brain insulin. Too much insulin flooding the brain from improper eating habits can pose a grave threat to our delicate brain tissue. When brain insulin is elevated (which can happen multiple times per day with improper dietary habits) past our body’s ability to break down, amyloid plaque forms. This plaque is very hard and dense and destroys brain tissue, causing brain atrophy. SOLUTION #1:

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a minimum is essential. Keep sugar to a minimum, as well. Too much sugar will also drive cellular inflammation. Even too much fruit sugars (bananas, oranges, dates and fruits high on the glycemic index), as well as honey and raw organic agave syrup will continue to elevate blood sugar and cause insulin surges. Stevia and xylitol are safer alternatives to curb that sweet tooth. Challenge #2:

Toxins in the Brain? We are exposed daily to heavy metals, environmental toxins, cleaning and personal care chemicals, chlorine, fluoride, mold, sugar/grains and a multitude of others. This exposure is not benign. So what can we do? Glutathione, aptly known as “the great cell defender,” is the most powerful antioxidant—5,000 times stronger than any other antioxidant. In fact, it is so vital to the cell that if it drops too low, the cell dies. Glutathione captures free radicals caused by many of these toxins and ushers them out of our cells, including brain tissue. However, repeated toxic exposure can cause glutathione depletion. Without adequate glutathione, toxins build up inside the cell, including those in our brain, and our brain cells become a

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 Equally critical to brain health is proper Methylation, a process that is needed to turn stress hormones on and off. If methylation is depleted because of toxic overload or stress, the nervous system stops working properly, leaving the patient with continuing anxiety and brain fog. Without proper methylation, our brain cells are left vulnerable and weakened and without high levels of intracellular glutathione and proper methylation, our body and brain will struggle to thrive and survive. SOLUTION #2:

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The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art. ~ Leonardo da Vinci

WStep ALK T HIS W AY Up to Barefoot Benefits by Randy Kambic


arefoot walking conjures images of children playing in open fields and families strolling on a beach, yet it can also embrace many other settings as part of a health and fitness routine and lifestyle of optimum wellness. As Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee attest in their new book, Barefoot Walking, “It’s not just physical; it’s soothing on an emotional and spiritual level.” In adults, many muscles in our feet may have weakened and atrophied due to disuse from wearing shoes, which substitute the support and mobility that our bodies’ lower parts were created to provide. Years of wearing tight-fitting shoes or high heels can also hamper bone density and proper alignment of each foot’s 28 bones; produce aches and pains in knees, back and neck; and constrict circulation to legs and feet, a condition compounded by desk jobs. Here are some tips in preparing to go shoeless: Work out feet. advises working to individually wiggle each toe; touch and rub each in its entirety; and flex and move both feet in as many different ways as possible. This will help them better absorb and distribute weight. Then, suggest Sandler and Lee, try “grabbing” exercises for toes, picking up round objects ranging in size from golf balls to baseballs. Also practice arch lifts, calf raises and ankle rolls.


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Check it out. Walk around a room and note if the weight upon landing moves from the heel to the big toe right away; if so, try shifting bodyweight while walking so that the pressure proceeds from the heel to the little toe and then across to the big toe. This maximizes functioning of the entire foot and keeps the arch from collapsing inward. This subtle change helps support knees, the pelvic floor and even abdominal muscles. Fields, dirt trails and beaches are ideal sites to start walking barefoot. Repeated skin-to-ground contact also coincides with grounding, or earthing, a therapy that connects a being with Earth’s electrical field. The concept is that this allows negatively charged free electrons to enter and eliminate free radicals, the positively charged particles that may cause diseases and inflammation. When we’re in shoes, “We’re separated [from the Earth] by an inch of rubber, which is a fantastic resistor to electricity,” the co-authors point out. Because barefoot walking stimulates foot nerve endings, it’s also a form of self-reflexology, helping to lower blood pressure and anxiety while bolstering the immune system. For all these reasons, enthusiasts conjecture that it’s wise to follow in the natural footsteps of healers past and present that have chosen to walk this way. Sandler provides special tips on getting started for some specific groups:

Children: “They haven’t had their feet weakened by wearing shoes for many years, so let them develop their own style.” Pregnant women: Start with a tiger walk technique (land with the heel barely off the ground, focusing on grabbing traction with the toes) for as much stability and fullest contact with the ground as possible. Seniors: Use a walk and roll technique (lift the forefoot up before gently landing heel first) to keep weight directly beneath the body’s center of gravity. “Some seniors are fearful of going barefoot; concerned their feet are soft and sensitive. But they find that it actually helps them regain balance, coordination and body-brain connections.” A key to expanding onto terrains like gravel and pavement while avoiding injury is to build up stronger plantar skin on the bottom of the feet, because it is “600 percent stronger than skin elsewhere and can grow even thicker, up to half an inch, but only if you use it,” according to Sandler and Lee. “Going about barefoot stimulates additional skin growth (layering) and pushes the moisture out of the skin (strengthening), which together, thicken the soles of your feet.” Other basic tips to avoid injury include: go slow, build foot strength, focus on form, learn to rest, inspect feet daily for potential nicks or scratches and see a physician if in doubt about anything. “Once you’re aware of your surroundings and have toughened up your feet, you’ll avoid most sharp objects and be relatively shielded from the rest,” advise Sandler and Lee, who see the activity as a big step toward greater overall health awareness. “You’ll learn more about your body… what’s right and what’s not, what’s working and what can be improved.” Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.



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he adage, “Don’t worry, be happy,” captures the essence of the first-ever metastudy of the relationship between happiness and heart health. Based on a comprehensive review involving 200-plus studies, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, concluded that a positive outlook on life could help protect the heart from cardiovascular disease. Julia Boehm, Ph.D., and Laura Kubzansky, Ph.D., discovered that certain psychological traits—optimism, positive emotions and a sense of meaning—both offer measurable protection against heart attacks and strokes and slow the progression of cardiovascular disease. The pair found that the most optimistic individuals had approximately 50 percent less chance of experiencing an initial cardiovascular event compared with their less upbeat peers. “The absence of the negative is not the same thing as the presence of the positive,” notes Boehm. “Psychology has been trying to fix what’s wrong with people, but there’s also an increasing interest in what people might be doing right.”

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DOG SPORTS People & Pets Play Well Together by Sandra Murphy


ith most exercise programs, while his person works out, a dog stays home alone, counting squirrels outside the window and wishing Animal Planet wasn’t a rerun. How about bringing some of that exercise home so the pet gets fit, too? John E. Mayer, Ph.D., a Chicago clinical psychologist and author of Family Fit, maintains that, “Fitness works best as a group event, including the family dog. They love to participate in many things, so be creative. Try swimming, touch football, jumping rope, rollerblading, tag or hide-and-seek.” Diane Tegethoff Meadows and Susan Riches, Ph.D., each accepted a challenge to exercise with their dogs 30 minutes a day for 30 days. “I walk my three Scotties every morning anyway, so adding minutes was easy,” says Meadows, a retired senior paralegal in Bulverde, Texas. “One of them is in charge of choosing the route, and we seldom go the same way two days in a row.” Riches, a retired Fort Lewis College professor and archaeologist, in Durango, Colorado, doesn’t let inclement weather


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interfere. “Inside, we play fetch up and down the stairs,” she says. “I hide treats for tracking games of ‘find it.’” The dogs also like to jump through hoops. “The Scottie and Westie go at it for 30 minutes; the Maltese stops after 15.” Jeff Lutton, a Dogtopia dog daycare/boarding franchisee in Alexandria, Virginia, conducts a popular running club. “On Sunday mornings we have about 15 people that run with their dogs. My golden retriever used to run six miles, but since she’s 9 now, we’ve cut back to three.” “Treibball [TRY-ball] is herding without sheep, soccer without feet,” explains Dianna L. Stearns, president of the American Treibball Association, based in Northglenn, Colorado. “All you need is Pilates balls, a target stick for pointing, a signal clicker and treats. It’s a fun, problem-solving game for all involved.” The idea is for the dog to direct rubber balls into a goal with its nose, shoulder and/or paws—eventually, as many as eight balls in 10 minutes. Treibball can be played in group classes or competitions or at home using a kiddie soccer goal.

Another exercise option is to turn the backyard into an obstacle course for the dog, kids and adults. Use a clicker to signal the next move. Four or five hula hoops spaced a bit apart provide a pattern for a sit/stay game as the dog moves into each one on command. A thin wooden dowel across two boxes and anchored to a stick-on photo hook on either end provides a hurdle. A child’s oversized plastic golf club hits a tennis or plastic ball just far enough for the dog to retrieve. For a doggie triathlon, add more elements, such as yard races between dogs and children on their tricycles or scooters down a straight path, with everyone cooling off in a hard-plastic swimming pool as part of the event. For dogs that are older or have mobility issues, some stretching before or even after exercise is suggested. “Doga [dog yoga] has become a daily ritual with my 11-year-old golden retriever since the onset of arthritis in her hips and back. Besides keeping her joints limber, it’s good one-on-one time for

Dog Running Tips by Jeff Lutton 4 Start slow 4 Run warm-up laps 4 Take breaks 4 Always carry water 4 Keep nails trimmed n Avoid running on hot pavement with longhaired or thick-coated dogs. n Shorten mileage for pups under 2 years, as well as older dogs. n Avoid concrete surfaces, which are rough on paw pads. n Stay away from winter road salt; it can cut and further damage paws. n Watch for hip or knee problems; if a dog lags behind, it’s time to stop. Jeff Lutton, of Dogtopia, conducts a running club for people and their pets in Alexandria, VA.

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raig Hamilton is a writer, radio host and workshop leader devoted to helping people evolve their consciousness for the greater good. The former managing editor of What is Enlightenment? magazine, Hamilton went on to found Integral Enlightenment, an online education program for those on a contemporary spiritual path. Since then, thousands of people have participated in his courses and workshops, and the vast majority have been women. Natural Awakenings asked Hamilton for his insights on this trend.

What’s behind the gender imbalance in personal growth and enlightenment circles? Two years ago, I hosted a summit called The Way of the Evolutionary Man that included a discussion about why more men aren’t drawn to participate in these kinds of things. One of the main points made was that, while many Americans have focused on creating equality for women in the last 50 years, there hasn’t been a comparable men’s liberation movement. I know that some would say, “Why do we need that? Men are already the ones with the most power, freedom and privilege.” Yet it became clear during our discussion that men do not have freedom when it comes to choosing among valued social roles.


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For example, a woman can feel valued whether she pursues a professional career or something else that we might call a path of the heart, such as following artistic passions, working for a nonprofit or serving as a teacher. But if men do such things, they risk losing value among women. Traditionally, women have wanted to be with men that are more economically successful than they are. If a man decides he wants to be an artist or a spiritual practitioner or follow what we might label a higher calling, he’s stepping out of traditionally validated activities for men. So the reason that more men aren’t putting more time into their personal growth could be that they’re not being valued for that.

What might it take to shift this phenomenon? If women want men to join them on paths of personal and spiritual growth, they might need to start in analyzing the part of themselves that says, “I want a man who makes more money than me, is successful and able to be the family provider.” Many women want their men to be conscious, sensitive, reflective and capable of profound intimacy, plus be a good provider. I’ve heard from some men that feel seriously pained about this. A few said that they always wanted to be, for example, a musician or a teacher, but

I teach a spiritual path that anyone can pursue in the midst of their busy life. It involves turning everything into a spiritual practice. It means observing your own motivations and distortions and experiencing a different relationship to life that’s no longer rooted in patterns of the past and the ego. I believe this work appeals to men because, while there is a meditative and interior dimension to it, the bigger part is calling people to step up in life and remove the obstacles inside themselves that keep them from playing their biggest game. Spiritual life isn’t about getting beyond this world; it’s about the evolution of our world through conscious participation. That’s something men and women alike can become inspired by and put their energy behind.

How can men be most effective in a changing world? In order to be truly effective, each person needs to do the necessary inner work. It’s not enough to focus on trying to do and accomplish and acquire without clarifying what’s getting in the way of your full self-expression and creative engagement. It’s easy to think about life in terms of our history, identity, desires and concerns, but that’s just a small part of who we are. At our deepest level, we are this unfolding evolutionary process that’s been going on for more than 13 billion years. Now we have the ability to participate in the greatest adventure of all, that of conscious evolution, growing into a future aligned with our highest ideals, visions and aspirations. While that is mobilizing generations of women, I am finding that it also speaks to the highest aspirations of men. Connect with Craig Hamilton at Kim Childs is a writer and creativity coach in Boston. Visit

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n outdoor spaces from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Arch Cape, Oregon, produce is growing and grill embers are glowing. Growing a garden and grilling its bounty have never been more popular. For the first time since 1944, when 20 million “Victory” gardeners produced 44 percent of the fresh vegetables in the United States, food gardening is outdistancing flower gardening. In its latest survey of garden retailers, the National Gardening Association found that consumers’ spending for growing their own food hit $2.7 billion, versus $2.1 billion for flowers. Barbecuing grill chefs are expanding their repertoire beyond grass-fed burgers and steaks. More vegetables and fruit are being grilled now than in the past, according to the latest annual survey by leading grill manufacturer Weber. This all makes sense to Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, co-authors of The Gardener & the Grill. They’ve observed that when the bounty of the garden meets the sizzle of the grill, delicious things happen. “Natural sugars in vegetables and

fruits caramelize,” says Adler. “Essential oils in fresh herbs become more aromatic. The colors of fruits and vegetables stay more vivid when grilled, rather than when cooked any other way.” “Grilling gives even familiar foods an exciting new makeover,” notes Fertig. For example, by cutting a head of cabbage into quarters, brushing each cut side with olive oil and then grilling and chopping, the backyard chef infuses a grill flavor into a favorite coleslaw. Flatbreads, patted out from prepared whole-grain or gluten-free pizza dough, can be brushed with olive oil, grilled on both sides and then topped with flavorful garden goodies. Simple fruits like peaches and plums—simply sliced in half, pitted and grilled—yield fresh taste sensations, especially cradling a scoop of frozen yogurt. A quick foray to the garden or farmers’ market can provide just the right colorful, flavorful edge to any summer barbecue. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.

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Hearty but not heavy, this pizza takes kale (or alternatively, Swiss chard or collard greens) and onions from the garden, and then adds vegetarian chorizo to accent. Yields 4 servings 1 pound fresh whole grain or gluten-free pizza dough ¼ cup whole grain or gluten-free flour for sprinkling 4 new potatoes, cooked and thinly sliced 8 kale leaves Olive oil, for brushing and drizzling Grapeseed oil for brushing the grill rack 8 oz cooked and crumbled vegetarian chorizo (Portuguese or other spicy sausage optional) ½ cup chopped green onion (white and light green parts) Coarse freshly ground black pepper Prepare a hot fire on one side of the grill for indirect cooking. Oil a perforated grill rack with grapeseed oil and place over direct heat. Divide the dough into four equal parts. Sprinkle with whole grain or glutenfree flour and press or roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Sprinkle flour of

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This recipe is simple, yet full of flavor. A traditional gremolata condiment includes parsley, lemon zest and garlic, but this sweeter version finds deliciousness in fruit. Using a microplane grater culls the flavorful yellow part of the lemon rind without the bitter white pith. Chopping the herbs with the lemon zest make the flavors blend together better. Yields 4 servings ¼ cup packed lemon balm leaves or 1 Tbsp packed mint leaves ½ tsp lemon zest Pinch kosher or sea salt 4 peaches, halved and pitted Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Chop the lemon balm or mint and lemon zest together until very fine. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the leaves and chop again. Set aside in a small bowl. Place the peach halves cut-side down on the grill. Grill 4 to 6 minutes, turning once, until they are tender and slightly blistered. To serve, place two peach halves in each guest’s bowl and sprinkle the lemon balm gremolata over all of them. Source: Recipes adapted from The Gardener & the Grill.

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Sunday, June 2

Sunday Sound Bath & Meditation Group – 10am1pm. 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. First Sunday Gong Bath Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Feel completely relaxed and peaceful as the resonant sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over and around you. Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle. $20. City Aiki, 200 Allens Ave, Providence. 401-258-3952.

Monday, June 3

Shamanic Journey Group – 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. 215 Shady Lea Rd, Rm 204, Mill at Shady Lea, N Kingstown. 401-924-0567.

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Saturday, June 8

Empowering Extraordinary Kids – 9:30-11:30am. Kids 8-12 yrs. Intro to energy management and protection, chakras, and safe healing useful skills can be used daily. Adults welcome to participate. $40 includes adult. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. To reserve spots: 401-793-0097. Integrated Energy Therapy for Pets® – 10am-5pm. Prerequisite: IET Basic. Learn 9 cellular memory areas to support cats, dogs and horses in their own selfhealing. With Gladys Ellen. $125, includes workbook and certificate. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd fl, Warwick. Vortex Group Healing – 1-3:30pm. We are being called to raise our own vibrational levels to match the vibrations of our emerging New Earth. Experience the power of VortexHealing® to assist this process. $50. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

Back Into Bliss: Svaroopa® Yoga – 1-4pm. Neck and shoulders tight? Explore yoga poses that release the deep tension in your spine and rib cage and help your head line up with your spine. No experience necessary. With Maria Sichel. $50. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Journey for your Power Animals – 7-9pm. Will teach you how to journey to the lower world to connect with your power animal. With these new gifts, you will be able to connect and merge with your power animal. Learn to become power filled to guide you on your path for greater insight. $35. The Sage Cauldron, 67 Sandy Bottom Rd, Coventry. 401-615-7444.

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Tuesday, June 11

Evening of Spirit Communication – June 7-8. 7:30-9:30pm, Friday; 1-5pm, Saturday. With renowned psychic/medium Carole Lynne, followed by a day to expand your ability to link with spirit. $35/$65. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield, 401-782-2126,

IET Healing Angels of Energy Field® – 9:30am6pm. No prerequisite. A series of Angel Meditations throughout the day. Meet and work with Angel Ariel, Raphael, Gabriel, Celestina, Faith, Cassiel, Daniel, Sarah, and Michael. With Gladys Ellen. $95, includes workbook and certificate. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd fl, Warwick. Lunch Time Reiki Share – 12-1:30pm. Open to practitioners of all levels. Join us as we spend some time giving and receiving this soothing, healing energy. Last share until September. $10 donation. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, N Kingstown. For directions: 401-741-2278.




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Nutrition Response Testing Evening – 6:307:30pm. Ever wonder if you are sensitive to gluten/ dairy/sugar/etc? Do you think you may lack some vitamins or minerals in the body? Come to find out thru muscle testing method. Free to attend. Cumberland Family Chiropractic LLC, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535. 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, June 13

Whole Foods 101 – 11:30am-3pm. Discover the basics of a whole food diet and how to make the transition to eating well. $55. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield, 401-782-2126, Healing Relationships with Archangels – 6-8:30pm. The dynamics of relationships have changed drastically in the last 5 years. Come learn how the Archangels can assist you in healing your relationships with loved ones. With Gladys Ellen. $30. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd fl, Warwick.



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Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Topic: Ancestral Dreaming. Learn to work with ancestors for healing and guidance in your dreaming and waking life. Explore your dreams, learn techniques and assist others. With David Barr & Katharine Rossi. $15. fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-626-7088.

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Past Life Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Helpful in healing emotional problems and phobias. Participants have reported feeling supported, refreshed, renewed, and gaining insights into issues. $15. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. For a spot: 401-793-0097. Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power or soul loss. Drum healing returns lost parts to self, removes blocks and restores harmony. With Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna. Group format. $35. Energy-N-Elements LLC, 150 Adirondack Dr, E Greenwich. 401-736-6500. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy as I lead a meditation and tap on the acupuncture points on a model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Friday, June 14

Healing with Archangel Raphael – 7-8pm. This is a guided meditation. Raphael is the healing angel. He heals emotionally and spiritually. He will help you heal yourself if you truly believe and love. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-921-5148.

Saturday, June 15

Reiki for Self Healing/Reiki I – June 15 & 16. 10am-4pm, Saturday; 12-4pm, Sunday. Ideal for people seeking pain relief and increased relaxation. Upon completion of your certification you will understand energy, chakras, and how to direct healing energy for yourself and family members. With Cris McCullough. $150. Soul Wisdom Healing Arts, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. To register: 401-662-6642 or 2nd Annual Psychic Fair Church of RI – 11am5pm. Come join the First Spiritualist Church of RI for their 2nd Annual Psychic Fair. There will be mediums, healers, kettle corn, fresh-squeezed lemonade and more. $20/reading. First Spiritualist Church of RI, Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 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.

Sunday, June 16

Father’s Day Hike – 10am-12pm. A guided tour of the thirteen acre park providing information on its unique features and history. Meet at the Wickham Rd entrance across from Rogers High School. $10 suggested donation/family. Ballard Park, Hazard & Wickham Rds, Newport.

Ch’an Healing Meditation – 7-9pm. Traditional Chinese Ch’an healing meditation for health and longevity followed by practice to reform and renew life. Qigong, chanting, meditation and Dharma lesson. $5. Dragon Mountain Zen Community Center, 50 Dunnell Ln, Pawtucket. 401-213-9784.

Monday, June 17

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

Tuesday, June 18

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

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Usui Reiki Level One Training – 9:30am-4:30pm. Learn what energy healing is, the history and hand positions used with Reiki and the benefits attributed to the practice. Materials, certificate and attunement included. $150. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, N Kingstown. To register & for directions: 401-741-2278.

Shamanic Journey Group – 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, June 20

Past Life Meditation – 9:30-11am. Helpful in healing emotional problems and phobias. Participants have reported feeling supported, refreshed, renewed, and gaining insights into issues. $15. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-793-0097.

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Adult Indigo & Light Worker Gathering – 6:308pm. Be with like-minded individuals to talk about your interests and ideas. Discuss what you see going with you personally and in the world. Share, support and network. Donations accepted. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-793-0097.

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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, LLC, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652.

Introduction to Shamanism – 6-9pm. Introductory class gives you a background on trans-cultural shamanism and its role in energy healing in the 21st century. Prelude to a Shamanic Apprenticeship Program. With Cris McCullough. $20. Soul Wisdom Healing Arts, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-662-6642. To register:

Saturday, June 22

Beach Yoga at Easton’s Beach Newport — 8:309:30am. Just bring a towel and water bottle and join us for yoga in the fresh air, amidst sea, sky, and sand. This all levels class meets in fair weather only. Drop ins welcome. $15 drop in or 5 Classes for $50. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation.

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Usui Reiki Level One Training – 9:30am-4:30pm. Learn what energy healing is, the history, hand positions of Reiki and the benefits attributed to the practice. Course materials, certificate and attunement included. $150, includes lunch. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, N Kingstown. To register & for directions: 401-741-2278.

Usui Reiki Level I Workshop – 10am-4:30pm. Learn Reiki for healing and stress relief. You can heal yourself, others, also 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. Registered Yoga Teacher Training Program – June 22-23: 12-7pm; June 27-30: 10am-5pm; July 5-7: 10am-9pm; July 8-22: 12-6pm. Massage CEs available. Based on hatha yoga and inspired by ayurvedic medicine, our yoga program is more than exercise and stretching. This is a holistic healing educational retreat integrating mind, soul and body. Graduate as a teacher or join the class for your own personal growth. With Dr. Carlos Santo and Karyn Chabot. $1,800. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372. Flower Essence: Loving Healing Energy – 1-4pm. Learn about properties of, harvesting, solar infusing and creating Flower Essences as tinctures and sprays. With Debi. Rain date June 23. $30, includes supplies and handouts. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Ste 3, Wakefield. 401-263-1107.

Sunday, June 23

Summer Solstice Drum Circle – 6-7pm. Join us to honor the season and focus on healing for the community and earth. Bring drums and rattles, some available to share. No experience necessary, all ages. With Katharine Rossi. Free. Energy-N-Elements, LLC,

Full Moon Yoga on the Beach – 7:45-8:45pm. Join Coral for full moon yoga on the beach. With Devarshi, June 28. Bring a beach towel and bug spray, and dress with layers. South Kingstown Town Beach, Matunuck. 401-782-2126 Usui Reiki II Training: 2nd Degree – 9:30am5:30pm. Receive 2nd Level Attunement, learn 3 sacred symbols for mental and emotional balance and distance healing, practice giving Reiki II mental/emotional healing. With Gladys Ellen. $200, includes Reiki Manual & Certificate. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd fl, Warwick. Beach Yoga at Easton’s Beach Newport — 6-7pm. Just bring a towel and water bottle and join us for yoga in the fresh air, amidst sea, sky, and sand. This all levels class meets in fair weather only. Drop ins welcome. $15 drop in or 5 Classes for $50. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation.

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

Wednesday, June 26

Beach Yoga at Easton’s Beach Newport — 8-9am. Just bring a towel and water bottle and join us for yoga in the fresh air, amidst sea, sky, and sand. This all levels class meets in fair weather only. Drop ins welcome. $15 drop in or 5 Classes for $50. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation.

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. Working on animals/ plants/minerals. With Shari Bitsis. $10. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Thursday, June 27

Abraham-Hicks Discussion Group – 8-9:15pm. 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, June 28

Yoga at Goddard Park – 6-7:15pm. Every Friday. All-level class at Goddard Park. First entrance near the big rock. $10 cash only. In case of rain, class will be moved to Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, EG. More info: Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, E Greenwich. 401-354-9112.

Reiki Healing and Meditation – 7-8pm. Meditation will focus on the emotional body. Reiki will help to release the emotions of fears, doubts and anxieties. You will feel a sense of balance and peace. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-921-5148.

Last Friday Gong Healing Meditation – 7-8:30pm. End your week with deep relaxation and peace as

the sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over and around you. With Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle. $20. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-258-3952. 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. Working on peace and diplomacy. With Shari Bitsis. $10. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Saturday, June 29

Magnified Healing® 1st Phase – June 29 & 30. 9:30am-5:30pm. 2-day workshop. A 20-minute daily healing practice designed to help raise your spiritual Love vibration. With Gladys Ellen. $250, includes Certificate, Manual, Essence, CD. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd fl, Warwick. For more info: Karuna Reiki® Practitioner 1+2 – June 29 & 30. 10:30am-5:30pm. For certified Reiki Masters, the Karuna Reiki® training focuses on deepening your emotional and spiritual development as a compassionate healer. $350. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield, 401-782-2126, Free Community Yoga Class – 12-1:15pm. This class is Karma Yoga and reflects our desire to promote individual health and world peace. This is an all-level class, suitable for any body at any point in their life. Free. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Chakra Meditation and Teaching – 1-3pm. A guided meditation is a healing approach to help align your seven main chakras and bring your body into balance. As space is limited, suggest sign up early. With Sylvia Collins. $10. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. Last Saturday Gong Bath Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Let the resonant sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over you as you melt into a state of complete relaxation and peace. With Gongs of Joy & Drumsong. $20. Natures! The Rock Shop, 1782 Main Rd, Tiverton. 401-258-3952.

Sunday, August 4

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


Dr. Isa Gucciardi at All That Matters – July 10-18. All That Matters welcomes back Dr. Isa Gucciardi, the Director of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream in July. Check the schedule for free classes and Intro to Shamanic Healing, July 11 &12. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield, 401-782-2126.

Saturday, July 13

Creative Writing Workshop: Adults – July 1314. 10:30am-3pm. StudioWriting creative writing (all genres) retreat. Includes 1 lunch. Nurturing, supportive workshop in private home by the water. Led by AWA affiliate; MFA. $125. Little Compton. 781-209-2505.

Sunday, July 14

The Work that Reconnects – 10am-4pm. Workshop to honor our feelings for the state of the world, to clarify and energize our role in its healing. Designed by Buddhist activist Joanna Macy, run by locals. $50, time exchange available. Spiral Ecology, 1 Hamlin St, Providence. 401-497-5968.

Monday, September 23

Registered Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program – 10am-5pm. 21-month Level 1 Program meeting the 3rd weekend (4 days) each month. Approved by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Students can study at our Newport campus or in their homes via live webinar technology. $290/month. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372.

Friday, September 27

Sacred Stone Facial & Ayurvedic Beauty – 10am5pm. Learn about heated and chilled stones, crystals, marma points, sacred oils and honey mask. Free stones during guided harvest. CEs available. $275. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372.


200 Hour Teacher Training — 9am-5pm. Weekend format program designed so yogis can weave what they are learning into their daily life and yoga practice over 11 months. Centerspace Wellness Studio in Bozrah, CT. $2700 by August 1, $2800 after. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation.


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Last Sunday Gong Healing Meditation – 6:308pm. Relax and find peace within as the resonant healing sounds of the gongs & Tibetan singing bowls wash over and around you. With Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle. $20. Be Healthy and Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, N Kingstown. 401-258-3952.

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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 are welcome. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443. Yoga en Español: Clase de Comunidad – 2:303:45pm. BTY is proud to offer a community class in Spanish taught by Ann Salzarulo in the style of Dharma Mittra. Proceeds benefit our financial aid program. Suggested donation $10. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. The Nia Technique – 5:30-6:30pm. The Nia technique is a high-energy, expressive dance practice that combines elements of Modern, Jazz & Duncan dance; martial arts, and yoga, delivering a whole-body workout. $15. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-789-9809. Sadhana Yoga Basics: Open Level – 6:307:45pm. Open-level practice infusing basic yoga, isometrics, and self massage/restorative postures. End with a guided meditation. $8/drop-in, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st fl, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016.


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. $35 for 1 hr. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401339-6092.

VBarre – 10:15-11:15am. Designed to tone, trim and transform the body with a fusion of ballet barre, Pilates and resistance training. Class provides calorie-blasting cardio. $14/class, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Kripalu Yoga Class – 4:15-5:45pm. Enjoy breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen. Welcoming beginners and new students. With Paula Levesque. New students: $40/4 classes, $14 series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

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, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443.

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.

Reiki Share – 7-9pm. 4th Monday. This group is for anyone certified Reiki level I or higher to practice, give and especially receive. $5. First Spiritualist Church of RI, Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence.


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/class, 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.

Yoga in the Park – Thru Aug 27. 6-7:30pm. Breathing, warm-up, basic postures and relaxation for all levels. Class is in the quarry meadow. Use Hazard Rd entrance. $10. Ballard Park, Hazard & Wickham Rds, Newport. Evening of Healing – 7-8:30pm. 1st Tuesday of every month join the First Spiritualist Church of RI healers for a fun night of healing. Come receive this wonderful energy. All are welcome. $7/members, $10/nonmembers. First Spiritualist Church of RI, Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence.

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Zumba – 6-7pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Health Living Q&A Session – 6:15-6:45pm. Dr. Kollars will be available to answer 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.


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E.T. Exploration Night – 7-9pm. 2nd Tuesday. Ever been curious about or had an experience with ETs? Join us to see if we can unravel some of the mysteries that lie beyond our planet earth. $5. First Spiritualist Church of RI, Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 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.


Kripalu Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. Enjoy breath work, simple stretches to warm the body, and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen. Welcoming new students and beginners. With Paula Levesque New students: $40/4 classes, $14 series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Medical and Therapeutic Qigong – 11:45am12:45pm. An ancient Chinese healing art with gentle, yet effective exercises that strengthen and balance energy in the body. Suitable for qigong beginner or experienced student. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, E Providence. 401-435-6502. Hope St. Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 30. 3-6pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Lippitt Park, 1059 Hope St, Providence. Yin & Yang Yoga – 3:45-5pm. A mixed level, slow flowing Vinyasa class with deep attention to mindful alignments of body, mind and heart. With Jen Thomas. $15. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Pranayama & Meditation class – 5-5:45pm. 45 minutes a week to quiet your mind using breath techniques. Create a path to relaxation and peace by learning to mindfully practice the disengagement of reactive thinking. $7/nonmember, $5/member. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-789-9809. Chakra Balancing Meditation Group – 5-6pm. Come balance your chakras, which are energies in us that affect our communication, emotions, will power, relationships, thoughts, intuition and the ability to feel secure. $20/person. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. Barre (Open Levels) – 5:15-6pm. Conditioning class that incorporates basic ballet technique, floor barre, and core exercises. Increase body awareness and musicality, build flexibility. $8/drop-in, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st fl, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. 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 yoga 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. Spin Class – 6:30-7:30pm. 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, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

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. Free. Held in Warwick. For directions, Leslie: 401-742-0512.

Benefits of Therapeutic Riding – 7-8pm. Learn about the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of riding. Meet the horse therapists and get a little taste of how they can help you. $10. Rainbows End Riding and Therapeutic Farm, 12 Jarvis Ln, North Attleboro, MA. To reserve spot: 508-643-9871.

Meditation – 7-8pm. 1st Wednesday. All are welcomed. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Holistic Cancer Circle – 7-9pm. 1st & 3rd Wednesday. Anyone who is diagnosed with cancer or who is a cancer survivor is welcome to attend this specialized healing circle. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence.

Reiki/Energy Share – 7-9pm. 2nd Wednesday. Information and energy sharing session for all that are interested in energy therapies. All levels and modalities are welcome. $5. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Ste 3, Wakefield. More info, Debi: 401-263-1107.


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. 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, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

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. Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation – 7:15-8:15pm. Stressed and wanting to nourish a sense of inner peace? This 6-wk workshop helps you deeply relax. The guided meditation invites transformation and healing. $90/6 wks; Early rate: $84. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-808-0414.

Guided Meditation – 7:30-8pm. Each day holds something new to see; Something new to hear; Something new to learn; Something new to experience. Bring more awareness into your life. Also on Tues, 7:30pm. $5/drop-in suggested donation. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st floor, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016.


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:


Inspire Power-Flow – 7-8am. Pilates inspired workout accompanied by inspirational (instrumental) music for an hour of invigorating power and emotional well-being. $12/drop-in, $50 unlimited monthly. Inspire Health & Fitness, 245 York Ave, Pawtucket. 401-721-0863. Gentle Yoga & Stretching: Mixed Level – 9-10:15am. Designed with new students in mind. We will gently ease into yoga postures giving the body an opportunity to relax, and learn new movements. $8/drop in, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st floor, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Hope St. Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 30. 9am1pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Lippitt Park, 1059 Hope St, Providence. 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.

Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 10-11:30am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow paced class. With easy poses, adapted for your body; release tension and stress. Welcoming beginners and new students. With Pat Spencer. New students: $40/4 classes, $18 series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Beginning 24 Posture Tai Chi – 12-1pm. A series of movements directed with focused intention that enhances the flow of energy, improves balance and gently exercises the whole body. Also offered Wed, 1pm. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, E Providence. 401-435-6502.

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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. Office space for rent in wellness center single or multiple rooms in the Seekonk area, $325. and up, Minutes from Providence, plenty of parking, ask for Niko 401-996-6129. 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. Private quiet space with full bath available on Maple Ave in Barrington with a quiet one person Holistic Organic Hair Stylist.  Perfect for Massage, reiki, esthetics etc.  Elaine Hewitt 401-246-0189.

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Business for Sale – Do you have marketing savvy and have a passion for yoga? Wild Buddha Designs, a yoga inspired line of T-shirts  and hoodies... Ready  for you to take over... Includes wholesale and retail customer lists, trademark for logo, domain name, all rights to the designs and an Ecommerce website. Serious inquiries only. Call Gerri Feldman 401-662-1419.

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Dr. Tim Armstrong, DaC 541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 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 & 23.


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

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Jessica Ferrol, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, PKS, E-RYT 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.

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 49.


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Dr. Erica Brown, DC 541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket RI 401-305-3959 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 & 23.

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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!


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 17.

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

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

Cleanse your colon with privacy and dignity, using the premier Angel of Water system. The large intestine (colon) is cleansed by instilling purified water into the lower bowel through a disposable nozzle. The water initiates natural movement of the colon to eliminate waste. You remain in control of the flow of water at all times. Remember: The Rd to Good Health is Paved with Good Intestines! See ad on page 47.

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

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.

Esthetician 360 FACE MIND BODY Michelle Maynard 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich, RI 401-886-1936

Offering facials and skin care products that are free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, fillers and talc. 360 uses product lines with natural plant-based ingredients including Farmaesthetics and Jane Iredale Mineral makeup. Michelle is certified in Clinical Oncology Esthetics®, so she can provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals undergoing cancer treatment and those with health-challenged skin. See ad on page 17.

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

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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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 51, 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 29.

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Rejuvenate your skin with a Murad Healthy Skin Facial customized exclusively for Massage Envy Spa. A knowledgable Esthetician will analyze your skin. Then, Relax and experience the therapeutic benefits of Murad›s Three Step signature treatment along with a personalized home care regime designed to meet your skin care goals. Spring is the time to put your Best Face Forward. Facial appointments available 7 days week.

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For 26 years we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic  Whole Foods, Nutritional Products, Body Care, Athletic Supplements, Natural Pet Care and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment.  We are open daily.  Please visit our website for a wealth of information. See ad on page 43.

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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 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 49.

holistic wellness center Positive New Beginnings 877 Broadway 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 33.

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself. —Harvey Fierstein

The Alive Academy

541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 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 See ads on pages 2 & 23.

hypnotherapy and life coaching Optimistic Insight Holistic Healing Center

Offering New Solutions to Old Problems Linda J. Cole C.H 845 Oaklawn 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 back cover.

possibilities hypnosis center

John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist 110 Jefferson Blvd (Suite B), Warwick, RI 02888 401-374-1890 •

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

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Offering New Solutions to Old Problems Kurtis Lee Thomas C.H 845 Oaklawn 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 back cover.

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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.  

makeup and beauty Diane's Permanent Makeup & Eyelash Extensions

99 W. Natick Rd., Warwick, RI 401-855-4333

Permanent makeup artist, Diane Slinko specializes in permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. She works with each client to personalize the colors and shapes to enhance their face. Permanent makeup can take years off your age, give you more confidence and has a natural appearance! We also specialize in natural healthy eyelash extensions to complete the look! The end result... a more beautiful YOU! See ad on page 29.

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 43.


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meditation dragon mountain zen community and cultural 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.

organic HAIR SALON Elaine Hewitt

Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • Let your imagination go— naturally! A full service salon that’s Certified organic for hair color, straightening/relaxing, permanent wave. No Ammonia, parabens, plastics or Thioglycolates. Call today for an appointment! Like me on FB. 50% Off all new clients only. See ad on page 17.

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

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally for all. Naturopathic doctor Certified Classical Homeopath Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 13.

Keri Layton, N.D.

111 Chestnut St, Providence, RI Also at All That Matters, Wakefield, RI 401-536-4327 • Naturopathic medicine at its beSt Diet and nutrient therapy, herbal medicine, NAET, homeopathy. Safe and effective treatments for men, women and children of all ages.

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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


Anna Scurry, CNC 541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 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 & 23.

30 Gooding Ave Bristol, RI 401-253-2456

Toys, treats, shampoo, leashes, cat litter or food of all kinds, Pet Foods Plus has it. High quality customer service, offering a full supply of food and accessories for dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits, fish and even livestock. We also sell fish, small mammals, reptiles and birds. Stop by for quality products at affordable prices! See ad on page 35.

pet grooming Grooming by Alicia

Alicia Fitzpatrick Warwick, RI 401-391-7983 Compassion and patience for animals is what makes me the perfect choice to groom your beloved pet. As an Animal Behavior College Certified Groomer, I am trained to groom as well as ensure a calm and safe experience for your pets, including the use of allnatural and organic products. Call to book your appointment today! See ad on page 35.

reiki The Light Within

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

I am a Certified Usui Reiki Master/Teacher who combines Chakra balancing with Crystal Healing in my Reiki practice, along with Spiritual Counseling and Angel Card reading. I possess a true desire to allow you to become a self-healer and develop genuine self-empowerment. Combining my spiritual intuition and life experience, I provide you with clarity and a deeper understanding of the steps required for your soul’s growth and healing.


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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.

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 46.

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, LL Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 Over 10,000+ hours of clinical muscular therapy. “Best of Boston.” Feel better, live happier – Enjoy pain relief, rehab/chronic issues, easier range of motion, age related issues, injury work + “aaaahhh”. Accurate, gentle Deep Tissue blended w/Swedish, Biodynamics + Reiki. Gift certificates. “She’s like finding the owner’s manual.” By appointment.


yoga and holistic health center

166 Bay Spring Ave, Barrington, RI 401-855-4792


Massage therapy is a great tool for healing, regrouping and balancing the demands that life places on your body. Take advantage of these benefits, come in reclaim your spirit and relax with a massage tailored to your specific needs. There are no extra fees for deep tissue or specific muscular therapy work, just a wonderful massage for a simple, straightforward rate. See ad on page 31.

wellcare collaborative

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 45.

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

Offering New Solutions to Old Problems

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.

Cinthya Esquea Esquea Yoga 845 Oaklawn 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 back cover.

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 43.


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Offering New Solutions to Old Problems Hypnotherapy | Life Coaching Business Coaching | Yoga Meditation | Energy Healing

HYPNOTHERAPY Dissolve old thought patterns; Re-create new ones!


YOGA Stretch your boundaries!

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Pain Management / Reduce Stress/Sadness Stop Smoking / Weight Loss Overcome Fears/Addiction / Sleep Problems Confidence Building / Sports Enhancement Relationships and Intimacy Spirituality and Personal Growth Career Planning & Entrepreneurship Finances & Budgeting / Health & Lifestyle Motivation / Family & Parenting Coping with Abuse (verbal/physical)

LIFE COACHING Reach your highest potential! ENERGY HEALING Heal invisible wounds!

Sampler Package* JUNE SPECIAL $200 $ 144 See which service and practitioner is right for you: • 1/2 hour Hypnosis session with Linda or Kurtis • 1/2 hour Yoga or Meditation session with Cinthya • 1/2 hour Energy Healing session with Elizabeth • 1/2 hour Life or Business Coaching session with Kurtis or Linda *includes one substitution of services

Linda J. Cole C.H

Certified Life Coach Certified NLP Practitioner Certified Hypnotherapist

Kurtis Lee Thomas C.H Certified Life Coach/ Business Coach Certified Hypnotherapist

Cinthya Esquea Registered Yoga Teacher Meditation Instructor

Elizabeth “Rainbow Dancer” Shaman Reiki Practitioner/Energy Healer

Call Today for your FREE Consultation 401.369.7600 Corporate Packages and Group Rates Available!

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