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Ancestral Diets A Lighter Shade of Paleo



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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.





A Historic Milestone in Complementary Medicine


by Linda Sechrist

by Deborah Belaus

as a Natural Beauty Aid

Celebrate the Nature of the Human Spirit

21 DRY SKIN BRUSHING by Deb DeAngelis


by Wendy Fachon




The Right Steps Now Can Avert the Worst of It by Christine MacDonald

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28 consciouseating 31 healthbriefs 32 yogaandpilates 37 calendar


PLANET IN MIND Daily Choices Help

Counter Climate Change by Christine MacDonald


28 ANCESTRAL DIETS A Lighter Shade of Paleo

by Sayer Ji and Tania Melkonian



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October 2013


letterfrompublisher Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

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his was the theme of a recent forum from Integrative Medicine at Brown delivered by Dr. Keri Layton, ND called Food as Medicine, the Perfect Diet. Her approach is common sense, and listening to our bodies. Our bodies can tell us so much about what makes us feel better and what makes us feel worse if we just stop and listen to them. The Integrative Medicine meetings happen once a month during the school year, on the first Thursday of the month at the Physicians Auditorium at Miriam Hospital and are open to the public. They typically bring in a diverse group of people for a wide variety of topics involving all forms of medicine, meditation, and modalities that can improve our health. Check out their Facebook page to find the next meeting. There are so many diets around, and just as many people who are passionate about the one they think is best. We are always looking (and hoping!) for the magic combination of foods that will make the pounds fall off. Bill has recently been following the Paelo diet. In Ancestral Diets on page 28, we learn the background behind this way of thinking. There are many versions of even a particular type of diet, and I do like that this version includes some grains. It also works off of the basis of Pollan’s theory to eat mostly plants. One of the points I found quite interesting was from Maureen Horne-Paul, ND who noted when animals are treated badly, they release stress hormones that result in acidity, changing the pH balance, and ultimately affecting the food they produce. I just can’t bare the thought of an animal suffering and certainly didn’t know it affected more than the quality of their life. Of course, eating a more plant-based diet also helps reduce our impact on our climate change. According to PETA, 51 percent or more of global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture. In our feature editorial Easing Earth’s Rising Fever on page 22, several experts look at the impact from the energy, water and ocean fronts. Their conclusion is that it’s not too late to reverse the damage, as long as we get serious about it. Something many people don’t correlate is how everything we do directly impacts our planets health as well as our own. The use of chemicals, formulated fertilizers, and genetically modified seed changes our planets balance. Mass producing meats in all forms far beyond our bodies requirements, over feeding the animals and giving them hormones to make them grow faster is not only inhumane but puts an additional imbalance and drag on our environment. Feeding eight billion people is no small task and before our population peaks it will reach nine billion. Sustainability for our planet and ourselves is tightly tied together. What we eat, drink, and breath is the result of our food creation and the environment we live in. Rising water levels, high green house gases, species extinction, poor quality food, extreme weather, deforestation, the list goes on and on. If we want to preserve our planet, and thus ourselves, we need to start now and be cognitive of the delicate balance that makes up our amazing world. We hope you will join us at our 5th Anniversary celebration at Vanity Lounge on October 29th. I still can’t believe 5 years has passed!

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newsbriefs Wilderness Weekend Connects People to Their Personal Horsepower

Doroch Opens Ivy’s Treasures, Leads Meditation


ife Coach Brian Reid, founder of Horses Know The Way Home, presents a weekend wilderness workshop designed to connect people to their personal “Horsepower” and move them toward what matters. The event takes place from October 25 to 27, at the University of Rhode Island’s W. Alton Jones Campus, in West Greenwich, RI. Throughout the workshop, Reid, his horse Brenda Lee and guest teachers will guide participants through personal development and self-improvement principles in the midst of wooded trails. Yoga classes are also included. “It’s an out-of-the-box weekend that will open a window into the natural laws we all live by,” says Reid. “We’ll learn how to play with nature’s fundamental principles to grow in life and create happiness.” This month Reid is also celebrating the publication of his new book, Horses Know The Way Home Inspirational Whisperings, a collection of illustrated and inspirational short stories and poems that is available at Horses Know The Way Home is an international personal development program that facilitates growth and movement in people by applying the natural laws communicated by horses. Cost: $597 includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and two nights’ accommodations. Location: University of Rhode Island, W. Alton Jones Campus, 401 Victory Hwy., W. Greenwich, RI. For details and registration information, call 401-402-0819 or visit See ad on back cover.

Lisa Ashton Joins The Women’s Well


eiki practitioner Lisa Ashton, also a registered nurse, has joined The Women’s Well in Portsmouth. She will be offering Reiki treatments, crystal energy treatments and therapeutic touch on Saturdays and evenings by appointment. She will also be offering classes in both Reiki and crystal energy healing. Her first workshop, The Healing Power of Crystals, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 19. She will introduce participants to the science, history and healing properties of crystal energy. In addition, Ashton is a certified lactation counselor and will be available for consultations. Future plans include offering a monthly Reiki Share and grief support group to the community. The Women’s Well is located at 934 East Main Rd., Portsmouth. For appointments, contact Ashton at 401-500-1908. For more information, visit


eah Doroch, of Personal Abundance Coach, has opened a new shop called Ivy’s Treasures. Opened on weekends and some weeknights, the shop is located at Leah Doroch 638B Adamsville Road, in Westport, Massachusetts, at the head of the west branch of the Westport River. Ivy’s Treasures features an eclectic mix of chocolates, pastries and gourmet gifts, which brings sweetness to the physical aspect of life. Also available for purchase will be personal transformation tools including healing crystals from Brazil, books and CDs focused on holistic therapies, readings and more. At The Sweet Retreat, a meditation and holistic center situated on 17 acres of woodlands, Doroch will lead an opening meditation for the fall celebration, A Musical Journey Featuring Freeana, from 2 to 4 p.m., October 26. Featured will be Freeana’s CDs, along with crystals, metaphysical books, sweet treats and Angel readings For more information, call 508-636-1230 or visit See ad on page 17.

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o commemorate five fabulous years, Natural Awakenings is hosting an anniversary celebration from 5 to 8 p.m., October 29, at Vanity Restaurant and Lounge, 566 South Main Street in Providence. Join us as we come together to network with like-minded individuals and honor our readers, advertisers and distributors that have helped make it all possible. Healthy appetizers will be provided, and the restaurant will be open for all other requests. Vanity is a 1920s throwback to the famed illicit Speakeasy establishments. The restaurant elegantly blends a vintage feel with modern dĂŠcor and inflections, producing an impeccably unique dining and nightlife experience unlike any other. With that in mind, we look forward to making this a celebration to remember! Rhode Island residents have made great strides over the past several years toward becoming stronger and healthier individuals, and we at Natural Awakenings are grateful and proud of our part in this movement. From chiropractic care to green business strategies and energy efficiency, building a healthy, sustainable community is what Natural Awakenings is all about, and we look forward to many more years. RSVP to Maureen Cary at or call 401-709-2473.

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newsbriefs Heavenly Hugs Offering Angel Intuitive Certification Program


raditionally heralded as God’s messengers, angels have come to represent protection and guidance in many religions. Archangels come from the highest vibration of unconditional love. When we call upon them to be with us, we tap into an infinite supply of unconditional love. These non-physical beings are powerful guides that can help us understand our life’s purpose, guide us through significant life changes and help us develop inner peace and spiritual growth. Heavenly Hugs Holistic Healing Center is offering a two-day training program to become a certified Heavenly Hugs angel intuitive practitioner. The program is designed to help enhance participants’ connection with the angelic realm so that they can receive their powerful messages for themselves and others. Class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 19 and 20. The program ends with an uplifting closing ceremony. In this program, individuals will receive an angel attunement, explore ways to enhance their heart-based intuitive skills, develop their “clairs”, open up to their own divine guidance and receive a variety of prayers, blessings and tools to help them guide and support others on their spiritual journeys. A prerequisite class, Intro to the Archangels, will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., October 7 and from 6 to 8:30 p.m., October 17. Gladys Ellen, a spiritual advisor, angel intuitive, medium and owner of Heavenly Hugs, will guide the program. Her training center is designed to teach students hands-on energy healing modalities and professional business practices, as well as assist those seeking personal development and spiritual awareness. Location: 917 Warwick Ave., Warwick. For more information, call 401-935-8451, email or visit

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ctober is Breast Cancer Awareness month and New London Healing Arts Center is now offering thermography testing. Regulation thermography testing is gentle, safe, accurate and non-invasive. Breast abnormalities develop over time. Regulation thermography can identify underlying causes, often long before symptoms develop, so healing can begin. This technology safely evaluates whole-body health, including breasts, major organs, endocrine glands and lymphatic system. It works by taking precise measurements of the body’s autonomic nervous system, taken from 120 points on the surface of the skin, and reflecting the health or dis-ease of internal organs, glands and lymph. The information is then fed into an advanced computer database that interprets the data to instantly deliver an accurate whole body report in plain language and graphic images. NL Healing Arts Center is a nonprofit organization located in downtown New London. The center is designed to provide a holistic space for clinics, services, education and research. Location: 165 State St., Ste. 415, New London, CT. For more information, call 860-574-3572 or visit See ad on page 13.

Shop Whole Foods to Benefit the Food Bank


hole Foods’ three Rhode Island locations—two in Providence and one in Cranston—will host the 5 Percent Day to benefit Rhode Island Community Food Bank, on Tuesday, November 5. On that day, shop all three stores and Whole Foods will donate 5 percent of the day’s net sales to the Food Bank. The more people shop—the more they give. The Rhode Island Community Food Bank works to end hunger in our state by providing food to people in need. Since 1982, the Food Bank has solicited, stored and distributed surplus food and grocery products to qualified member agency programs that provide food to Rhode Island’s hungry. Millions of pounds of donated food and nonfood household products are distributed into the community through its network of 250 member agency food programs in Rhode Island. Whole Foods’ locations include 261 Waterman St., Providence, 601 North Main St., in the University Heights Marketplace, Providence, and 151 Sockanosset Cross Rd., in Cranston. Visit For more information about the RI Community Food Bank, visit See ad on page 29.

Harvest Johnny Cake Festival

Kenyon’s Grist Mill ~ October 19 & 20 Off Route 138, West Kingston | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free: Parking, Mill Tours, Demonstrations, Live Music, Local Samples: Food, Sweets, Wine, Craft Beer & More Support & Purchase: From over 125 Local Businesses Including a Variety of Seasonal Food, Art, and Products, Johnny Cakes, Clam Cakes, Chowder, and Seafood Fare

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newsbriefs Lifestyle Program Introduces New Perspective

Tripp Hosts Life-Transforming Seminar

hat we put into our body determines the quality of energy we have to live our life. In Yoga of Eating, a 30-day lifestyle program with Katherine Conte, participants will be introduced to a wide perspective view on health and nutrition that is not fad or trend based. The principles of Five Element Theory will create the framework to understand and evaluate how and what to eat based on season, personal condition and the energetics of food. The program finishes off with an optional four-day, natural, non-supplementbased cleanse that enhances the body’s own detox abilities. Come with a willingness to discover habits that might be an obstacle to health and well-being. The Yoga of Eating 30-day program includes enrollment in the Whole You cooking class on October 12, introducing the basics of plant-based meals, which include whole grains, simple soups, vegetables and beans.
 The program meets weekly from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., Thursdays, beginning October 10. It includes Focus Yoga, an unlimited 30-day yoga pass, a participant blog, mind-opening information, perspective on health, diet and recipes. A free question-and-answer session will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., October 3. Conte studies world-healing traditions, macrobiotics and Five Element Theory under the guidance of world-renowned teachers and authors including David Briscoe, Tom Monte, and at the Kushi Institute, a premiere education center. She continually studies and explores the energetics of food for healing and great health.

ebecca Tripp, abundance coach and Silva UltraMind trainer, will hold a two-day Silva UltraMind seminar, October 26 and 27 and November 16 and 17, at The Sweet Retreat in Westport, Massachusetts. She has been teaching the seminars all over the country since 2004. She says that not many people know how to access the alpha level of Rebecca Tripp consciousness on command, but learning how to do it can bring individuals health, wealth and success in all areas of life. “We all have this gift,” says Tripp. “It is just learning how to use our minds in a special way. People we call ‘genius’ go to this level of mind naturally. The late Jose Silva, a Mexican American from Laredo, Texas who devoted his life to learning what the difference was between those who succeed in life and those who don’t, created the Silva UltraMind System. He spent years researching and studying and discovered that only about 10 percent of the population finds this state naturally. “But it can be taught,” notes Tripp. It was at the beginning of her career as flight attendant that Tripp met a man who taught her how to visualize what she wanted and how this simple task could help make all her dreams come true. She explains, “I got it and it worked. It set me on a path of wanting to learn more about consciousness and metaphysics and how it works.” She flew for 35 years, traveled the world and continued to meet metaphysical teachers. After retiring from the airline, she began teaching the Silva UltraMind seminar and finds that it works for people from many different religious, non-religious and cultural backgrounds. Tripp will release her book, The Secrets of a Metaphysical Flight Attendant, published by Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, early next year.


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etween Two Worlds, a hidden jewel where Will Perry and his professional staff are committed to helping people to rediscover their health and vitality, is offering an introductory special of only $60 for a state-of-the-art, one-hour “Angel of Water” colon hydrotherapy session for new clients only. “Don’t let people tell you that you are getting older or that your health problems are age related,” says Perry. “Discover the root cause of your health problems.” He adds that because so many health problems are linked to high stress, as well as the high toxicity loads produced by processed foods, Between Two Worlds is offering the special. Between Two Worlds provides a variety of unique and targeted services, which have been developed by Perry, who has dedicated his life to helping others with their health. All of Between Two Worlds’ products and services are time-tested; therefore they come with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. Some of these services include colon hydrotherapy, customized stress reduction programs, personal training and personal health assessments utilizing a unique set of assessments that address any health challenge. The individuals at Between Two Worlds are ready to help anyone who is truly looking to reclaim their health. Between Two Worlds is located at 125 Slater St., Attleboro. For more information, call 508-222-7376 or visit See ad on page 25.

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Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale on Tap

Be Bold, Get Outside


hat would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in technology?” This is the question Richard Louv asks in his latest book, The Nature Principle. It’s a question worth considering, especially for women. With our deep connection to the Earth’s natural cycles, many women really feel this lack of natural connection, Kathy Black spending too much of our time indoors, attached to electronic devices. This “nature deficit” can show up as fatigue, irritability, lack of creativity and even depression. Left unchecked, this deficit could be as damaging as poor nutrition or inadequate sleep. With the weather getting cooler, individuals may be even more tempted to stay indoors. Instead, be bold. Get outside and get the nourishment we need from the natural world. Even a few minutes of fresh air and sunshine can make a big difference, clearing the mind and lifting our spirit after a day of recycled air and artificial lighting. There’s nothing like a walk on the beach or sitting under a tree to revive our tired bodies and spirits and bring us back to who we are and what’s important in our lives. As Rhode Islanders, we have an abundance of beautiful outdoor venues at our disposal. So put down the phone and take advantage of the beauty and healing power of our natural environment. Kathy Black and Joanna Meriwether work specifically with women looking to enhance their health and well-being. For more information on their upcoming Women’s Discovery Weekend Retreat, visit

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he RI Mineral Hunters will present All That Glitters, their 42nd annual gem, mineral and fossil show and sale on October 26 and 27, at Community College of Rhode Island, Knight Campus, in Warwick. The show features 25 dealers offering crystals, gems, fossils, jewelry and more. The event will offer free lectures and displays, plus lots of fun activities for all ages, including a silent auction, a kid’s corner and a gold panning exhibit. Also featured will be an exciting fluorescent mineral display where ordinary rocks are turned into brilliant red, orange, yellow, green and blue when exposed to ultraviolet light. To help promote the show, longtime gem and fossil collector Bruce Luscombe will present From Diamonds to Dinosaurs: 600 Million Years in 60 Minutes, at 6:30 p.m., October 9 at the North Kingstown Library. The free program will include examples of interesting and unusual ancient life, plus colorful and exotic crystals. A 30-minute questions-and-answer session will follow. Registration is required, as seating is limited. Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors, under 10 free. Hourly door prizes with paid admission. For more information, visit To register for the free program, visit record=g1001411*eng. See ad on page 27.

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Johnny Cake Festival at Kenyon’s Grist Mill


ake a step back in time during the 2013 Johnny Cake Festival at Kenyon’s Grist Mill in West Kingston, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 19 and 20. In days past, a gristmill was a meeting place where people socialized, traded and exchanged ideas. The tradition continues in the village of Usquepaugh, where visitors young and old are encouraged to learn about Rhode Island’s history and heritage, and celebrate the harvest season. 
 Guests can sample a variety of autumn fare, as well as beverages, sweets, snacks and more; savor Johnny Cakes made from stone ground cornmeal, a time-honored food iconic to Rhode Island; purchase from more than 100 local vendors, including area farms, restaurants and artisans of traditional and contemporary craft; and enjoy wine tasting from local wineries, sample local craft beer and purchase by the glass. Visitors can also take a tour of the historic gristmill, the oldest manufacturing business in Rhode Island; listen to live music on two stages; experience a colonial encampment; and visit with alpacas, sheep and goats. A variety of old-world demonstrations, such as blacksmithing, basket weaving, chair caning, stone carving, spinning, loom weaving, pottery throwing and more will also be taking place throughout the festival. Admission is $3 per person. Children ages five and younger are free. Free parking is exclusively at the Washington County Fairgrounds, 78 Richmond Townhouse Rd., in Richmond. Food and clothing donations are encouraged and will be collected to benefit the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale. A portion of Johnny Cake sales will be donated to the Rhode Island Breast Cancer Coalition. For more information, call 800-7-KENYON or visit See ad on page 9.

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newsbriefs Rhode Island Holistic Healers Association Hosts Holistic Awareness Day


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I Holistic Healers Association’s (RIHHA) Holistic Awareness Day will celebrate RIHHA’s 10th anniversary while helping individuals create a path to wellness from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 3, at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Warwick. Their goal is to inspire, educate and empower people by bringing awareness to new holistic healing modalities and alternative health products for wholeness and well-being. Guests can explore and experience diverse healing modalities from mediumship and movement to healthy eating and Reiki. Speakers/exhibitors include Roland Comtois, medium and author (Messages of Love and Hope); Dr. Victoria Malchar (Lyme Disease, Malchar Chiropractic); Linda and Ed Bowers (Listening To The Wisdom of Your Soul – Angel Card Reading & Soul Entrainment); Tony Tavares (EFT and Law of Attraction); Naomi Kaplan (Benefits of Essential Oils); and Lillian Poston (How Would You Like It To Be?). Over 30 exhibitors and holistic practitioners will demonstrate energy techniques and alternative healing products like kinesiology, angel therapy, shamanic drum healing, sacred sound with gongs, dowsing, reflexology, emotional freedom technique (EFT), massage, aura photography, depth hypnosis, Reconnective Healing, essential oils, hypnotherapy, nutritional counseling, Juice Plus+, holistic jewelry and gemstones, spirit dance and more. RIHHA is a group of holistic healers who share, support and complement all aspects of spiritual and social health; thereby contributing to the healing of ourselves and of our planet. Cost: $7, children under 12 free. $2 discount with RI Community Food Bank donation. Location: 1850 Post Road, Warwick. For more information, visit See ad on page 9.

Senate Passes Naturopathic Medicine Week Resolution


he U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating October 7 through October 13 as Naturopathic Medicine Week (NMW). The resolution recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in providing “safe, effective and affordable health care ...” and encourages Americans to learn about the role of naturopathic physicians in preventing chronic and debilitating conditions. Passage of this resolution is an historic achievement for naturopathic medicine. Congress has now officially recognized the important role naturopathic medicine plays in effectively addressing the nation’s health care needs as well as in addressing the increasingly severe shortage of primary care physicians. For the latest information about NMW, visit


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newsbriefs Flipp Salon Adds New Products


lipp Salon, the creation of Jo-Anna Cassino, a stylist, herbalist, reflexologist and musician, is now offering custom blended body oil, lip balm, medicinal salve, scrubs and perfumes. The full-service salon, which provides a full gamut of hair services using plant based, natural products for most services, also offers community acupuncture every Monday and reflexology by appointment. Custom herbal tea blends are available for clients. Cassino says the philosophy behind Flipp is that beauty comes from within, and through diverse methods in healing—such as herbalism, reflexology and acupuncture—true and lasting beauty can be achieved. Flipp is located at 38 Transit St., in Providence. For more information, call 401-274-1981 or visit See ad on page 11.

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body feel? What emotions am I feeling?” Ask nature for guidance with anything that needs clarifying. Set an intention for a silent walk. Be supportive of others on the walk.

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Along the way, look for symbolism in everything around that may help heal and reconnect one’s spirit with nature. Perhaps an uprooted tree will provide insight. A tall, healthy tree might inspire a firm stand in the face of a challenge. Focusing on the simplicity of a dewdrop on a flower can calm turbulent thoughts. Look up at the sky and ponder new possibilities.

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High-tech, low-touch lifestyles can cause us to drift from an intimacy with nature that restores our spirit and supports our physical well-being. Reconnecting with nature in ceremonial fashion can help bridge the gap and counter unhealthy influences imposed by unnatural environments.


ature provides a fountain of inspiration for a sacred ceremony celebrating and forwarding a positive life intention. It may be used to breathe new energy into our body, calm the mind, express communion with the source of life, reevaluate our journey and open our heart to new possibilities. Author Richard Louv, in such books as Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, cites myriad instances of nature’s power to heal and regenerate us via what he calls “vitamin N.” He attests, “Walking in natural areas improves our mental and physical health.” A walk in nature, incorporated into a ceremony, starts a subtle shift as we more deeply breathe in the richness of nature’s oxygen freely given by the trees and plants. Ceremony or ritual provides a clear link between a hope, intention or question that needs answering and conscious acts of preparing ourselves to move


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forward. Having a trained celebration officiant pose pertinent questions as part of this preparation often sparks an inner dialogue with our self and our Higher Power, as well as with loved ones. Focusing on the wonder of nature and our place in it sets the tone. A thoughtfully conceived event then works to create a higher energy vibration that resonates with our intended purpose and enables it to richly manifest. Here are some suggestions for structuring our own individual or small group nature ceremony: Before starting, make sure that participants feel safe. Take three deep breaths and slowly release. Listen to surrounding sounds and take in nature’s fragrances. Notice the body’s temperature and how the air touches the skin. Ask within: “How does my

Pick up a small item to be placed in a special spot at home as a gentle reminder of this restorative experience and an inspired prompt to walk again. Before finishing, relax into the flow of unspoken communication of nature’s messages. As we create heartfelt ceremony and appreciate the Earth, we find ourselves moving through life with greater ease and purpose. Mother Nature is a reliable therapist. She leads us to our best self and helps answer life’s bigger questions. She’s happy to offer the gift of being freely present and only asks that we spend some quality time with her. Rev. Deborah Belaus, a life-cycle celebrant certified by the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, helps to design and conduct indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies in. Visit and Celebrant Foundation & Institute is dedicated to teaching the principles, history and practice of Celebrancy in a rigorous seven-month program which educates and certifies Life-Cycle Celebrants in the art of ritual, ceremony, world and faith traditions, ceremonial writing, and public speaking and presentation. Celebrants are ceremonial experts and ritual creators, trained to officiate and guide individuals, couples and families through key life events. Live, online courses start October 2013. Call 973-746-1792. See ad on page 15.

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Convince your parents to avoid using herbicides on the lawn and garden.

Let there be weeds! Dandelions and clover are popular with bees. Dandelions can be harvested from gardens and lawns and used in salads. Stores sell dandelions in the produce department for a pretty penny. Clover helps to replenish the soil with needed nitrates.


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Ask them to purchase herbs and flowers that help to repel pests, and plant them among vegetables. Catnip, peppermint, garlic, basil, wormwood, marigolds and nasturtiums attract bees; yet repel beetles and other pests. Include plants that are not bothered by pests, like Echinacea. All of these garden plants can be dried and used to make healthy teas.


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Deforestation and land development destroy healthy habitat. Advocate for smart growth and volunteer to plant wildflowers and other native vegetation in schoolyards and along roadways.

Bee condos attract tunnel-nesting solitary bees and wasps. Drill holes into logs or blocks of wood. Holes should be closed at one end; don’t drill all the way through. A range of hole sizes is best for biodiversity: a 3/8-inch wood bit and other drill bits larger and smaller (approximately 3, 4, 6, 8, 10mm). Ideally, smaller holes should be 3 to 4 inches deep, larger ones 5 to 6 inches deep. Holes should be smooth on the inside, with roughly 1/2-inch between holes. There are about 3,500 species of bees in North America. Most species are active as adults for only a few weeks of the year, during the time when their preferred floral hosts bloom. About 85 percent of all bees are solitary. This means that every female bee mates, makes a nest with about 10 brood cells, stocks each cell with a nectar and pollen mixture as food for her larvae, lays an egg in each and dies before her young emerge, according to the website Learn more about bees, weeds and seeds at Contributing writer Wendy Nadherny Fachon is an educator with COZ in Pawtucket, RI. She is also the creator of Storywalker, an outdoor investigative learning game, designed for kids of all ages and made available online at See ad on page 6.

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Energy Healing Comes of Age A Historic Milestone in Complementary Medicine

According to Oschman, there is now enough high-quality research in leading peer-reviewed biomedical journals to provide energy medicine the credence to transform from a littleknown, alternative healthcare modality into a conventional form of medicine. The progression to more widespread acceptance is similar to that experienced by acupuncture and massage.

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s recently as 2010, it would have been unimaginable for an annual medical conference including allopathic physicians to hold a meeting themed Illuminating the Energy Spectrum. Yet it happened at the soldout Institute of Functional Medicine 2013 annual international conference. Workshop topics ranged from bodily energy regulation to presentations by Grand Qigong Master Ou, Wen Wei, the originator of Pangu Shengong, and Medical Anthropologist and Psychologist Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., whose Four Winds Light Body School offers a two-year program on the luminous light body, also known as a local energy field, aura, life force, qi/chi or prana. The energy medicine practiced by acupuncturists and other health practitioners that offer any one of the 60-plus hands-on and hands-off modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Energy Medicine, by Linnie Thomas, operates on the belief that changes in the body’s life force can affect health and healing. The therapeutic use of any of them begins with an assessment of the body’s electromagnetic field. Then, a treatment


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specifically designed to correct energy disturbances helps recreate a healthy balance in its multilayered energy field, comprised of pathways, known as meridians, and energy centers (chakras) that correspond to related nerve centers, endocrine glands, internal organ systems and the circulatory system. The objective for energy medicine practitioners is to uncover the root causes of imbalances—often from emotional stress or physical trauma—and harmonize them at a bioenergetic level before aberrations completely solidify and manifest as illness.

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James Oschman, Ph.D., an academic scientist and international authority in Dover, New Hampshire, has conducted decades of research into the science of bioenergetics—the flow and transformation of energy between living organisms and their environment. He explores the basis of the energetic exchanges that manifest via complementary and alternative therapies in his book, Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis.

For more than 35 years, pioneers of energy medicine like Barbara Ann Brennan, founder of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing; John F. Thie, founder of Touch for Health; and Donna Eden, founder of Eden Energy Medicine, have delved beyond conventional models of healing to confirm that our sensory experience of the world is as limited as our vocabulary to describe it. New language for new concepts is required, such as: nature’s drive for wholeness, resonance, a new band of frequencies, restructuring DNA, local fields and the non-local field, encoding, entrainment, strings, strands, attunement, evolutionary healing and vibration. Eden, who has had a lifelong ability to make intuitive health assessments later confirmed by medical tests, can look at an individual’s body, see and feel where the energy flow is interrupted, out of balance or not in harmony, and then work to correct the problem. “Very little of the natural world that human beings evolved in still exists. In addition, our bodies haven’t adapted to modern stressors or the electromagnetic energies associated with technologies that occupy our living and working environments,” says Eden. “Energy medicine is invaluable because anyone can learn how to understand their body as an energy system and how to use techniques to restore energies that have become weak, disturbed or unbalanced.” Her teaching tools include her classic book, Energy Medicine, and Energy Medicine University, which she founded in 2006 in Sausalito, California. In a 2009 talk at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Oschman predicted that energy medi-

cine will become prominent in antiaging medicine. “When I review the history of medicine, there are periods in which things stay pretty much the same, and then there are great breakthroughs. I think that with the advent of energy medicine, another milestone is upon us.”

Learn more at, the International Society for Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine website. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interviews.

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is that time has not yet completely run out. He and other pioneering thought leaders believe that we can still reverse the dangerous current course. “These next few years are going to tell the tale about the next 10,000 years,” says well-known global environmental activist Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. “We’re not going to stop global warming; it’s too late for that. But we can keep it from getting as bad as it could possibly get.”

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enowned “We’re not going to stop ing a worst-case scenario, we would climate sciglobal warming; it’s too have opted for the entist Richard Somerville, Ph.D., late for that. But we can “bunny slope” approach, a leisurely uses simple lankeep it from getting as bad descent from the guage and sports analogies to help us as it could possibly get.” ubiquitous use of climate-changing understand climate ~ Bill McKibben fossil fuels. Unfortuchange and the nately, greenhouse risks ahead. gases would have had to peak two years A distinguished professor emeriago and now be in decline in order tus, researcher at California’s Scripps to take the easy way out. Instead, the Institution of Oceanography and amount of carbon dioxide in the atmoauthor of The Forgiving Air, he likens sphere shot past 400 parts per million greenhouse gases to a scandal that’s rocked major league baseball in recent last May, a level that most scientists agree the planet hasn’t experienced years. “Greenhouse gases are the stesince long before the arrival of modern roids of the climate system,” he says. humans. Although we can’t link them to any “Science tells you, you can put this single weather event, we can see them much carbon dioxide into the atmoin the statistics at the end of the seasphere, but no more,” without changing son, Somerville says. With the bases loaded, “Look out, because Mother the planet’s climate too dramatically, Nature bats last.” Somerville says. “Mother Nature tells To explain how we could confront you, you cannot wait 50 or 100 years to the problem, he turns to another sport, solve this. You have to do it in five to 10 skiing. If we were serious about avoidyears. There’s been a general failure to connect the dots.” The bit of good news


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Sandra Postel agrees. “Water, energy and food production: These things are tightly linked, and all are affected by climate change.” From Los Lunas, New Mexico, she leads the Global Water

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McKibben’s grassroots group,, opposes the planned Keystone XL pipeline that, if built, is expected to transport Canadian tar sands Bill McKibben oil across the United States to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico. Increasing fossil fuel infrastructure, he says, is impractical, and we’d be better off investing in clean and renewable energies such as wind, solar and geothermal. It’s a theme also sounded by Frances Beinecke, president of the New York City-based Natural Resources Defense Council and author of Clean Energy ComFrances Beinecke mon Sense. With the failure of the U.S. Congress to enact climate legislation, her group, encompassing 1.4 million online members and activists, is pressing the Obama administration to live up to its pledge to regulate the carbon dioxide emitted by power plants. The leading culprits for climate-changing gases, they contribute 40 percent of the country’s carbon emissions. “It’s time to act, and we have to act now,” Beinecke says.

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“Tell politicians that you care about this. We’ve got to get countering climate change high on the priority list.” ~ Richard Somerville Policy Project, a group also focused on the climate conundrum, as well as National Geographic’s Change the Course national freshwater conservation and restoration campaign. Competition for water is increasing in several parts of the country, she says, and will only get worse as dry conditions increase demands on groundwater. EndanSandra Postel gered sources detailed in her extensive related writings include the Ogallala Aquifer, vital to agricultural operations across much of the Great Plains, and California’s Central Valley, the nation’s fruit and vegetable bowl. In the Colorado River Basin, which provides drinking water to some 30 million people, water demands already exceed the available supply—and that gap is expected to widen with changes in the region’s climate. In other regions, the problem is too much water from storms, hurricanes and flooding, a trend that Postel and other experts say will also worsen as the world continues to warm and fuel weather extremes. Beyond the

loss of lives and property damage, this “new normal” holds stark implications for communities. “We’ve built our bridges, dams and other infrastructure based on 100year records of what’s happened in the past,” advises Postel. “In a lot of ways, how we experience climate change is going to be through changes in the water cycle. If the past isn’t a good guide to the future anymore, we’ll have to change our water management.” (See by city and state.)

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The world’s oceans are being transformed by climate change in ways we are only beginning to understand. Since the Industrial Revolution, oceans have absorbed a significant portion of the carbon dioxide generated, experiencing a 30 percent rise in acidity; that’s expected to reach 100 to 150 percent above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century, according to the nonprofit National Academy of Science (NAS), in Washington, D.C. “Thank goodness for the oceans, but they are paying a tremendous price,” says Oceanographer Dawn Wright Dawn Wright, Ph.D. She’s chief scientist of Esri, in Redlands, California, that analyzes geographic system relationships, patterns and trends. The higher acidity levels are “taking a toll on shellfish such as oysters, clams

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“Water, energy and food production: These things are tightly linked, and all are affected by climate change.” ~ Sandra Postel

Signs Of Changes To Come Without actions to significantly curb greenhouse gas emissions, air temperatures could increase as much as 11.5 percent by 2100, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change pledged in 2009 to keep warming from increasing more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, more recent reports by the World Bank and other institutions warn that the goal may be unrealistic. Continued global warming could cause widespread drought, flooding and other changes, with disastrous consequences. Here are some of the ways climate change has already impacted our lives. Temperatures: The average global temperature for 2012—about 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit—was the ninth-warmest year since record keeping began in 1880. It was also the 36th consecutive year that the global temperature surpassed the 20th-century average, according to the National Climate Data Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The problem comes alive in a video at NASAEarthTemps. The EPA reports that the number of days that temperatures will exceed 90 degrees Farenheit is expected to increase throughout the U.S., especially in areas that already experience heat waves.


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Drought: Drought struck twothirds of America’s lower 48 states last year, and continued into 2013 in many parts of the country, costing billions of dollars in crop failures and damage from resulting wildfires. Extreme storms: East Coast weather has become wilder, with storms such as Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy wreaking unprecedented losses in human life and property. Freshwater supplies: As melting shrinks glaciers’ historic footprints, reducing the amount of springtime snowmelt, and we continue to deplete groundwater faster than it can be replenished, conflicts between agriculture, industry and municipalities over water are expected to increase. Meanwhile, rising sea levels near some seashore cities have already led to incursions of saltwater, contaminating underground freshwater systems. Rising sea levels: Since 1870, the global sea level has risen by about eight inches, according to the EPA. By the end of this century, it estimates that New York City could see a rise of 2.3 feet and Galveston, Texas, 3.5 feet. Other studies say those estimates are conservative. Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in July concluded that a rise of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit could result in a corresponding rise in sea levels exceeding 13 feet.

and sea urchins, as well as coral reefs, where much aquatic life is spawned,” Wright explains. Climate change may have other devastating impacts on the ocean food chain—and eventually us—that scientists are only beginning to discern. As just one of myriad impacts: Ocean acidification threatens the country’s $3.7 billion annual wild fish and shellfish industry and the $9.6 billion slice of the global tourism business that caters to scuba divers and snorkelers, according to a recent NAS study.

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We can be grateful for some hopeful developments in the call to act. Wright, who has advised President Obama’s National Ocean Council, is overseeing her company’s ocean initiative, which includes building an ocean basemap of unparalleled detail. While less than 10 percent of the world’s oceans’ underwater realms are mapped today, Esri is compiling authoritative bathymetric data to build a comprehensive map of the ocean floor. Public and private sector planners, researchers, businesses and nonprofits are already using this map and analysis tools to, among other things, conduct risk assessments and provide greater understanding of how onshore development impacts oceans’ natural systems. Municipalities are also taking action. New York City plans to restore natural buffers to future hurricanes, while Philadelphia and other cities are restoring watersheds, replanting trees in riparian areas, adding rain gardens, laying permeable pavement and revamping roofs and parking lots to reduce stormwater runoff. Investing in such “green infrastructure” is less costly than expanding “grey infrastructure” such as underground sewer systems and water purification plants. Increasingly, local authorities are

relocating communities out of flood zones to allow rivers to reclaim wetlands, an effort which also creates new recreation and tourism spots. Floodplains buffer against extreme flooding and drought, plus filter stormwater runoff, removing farm and lawn fertilizers and other chemicals that otherwise enter waterways, creating deoxygenated “dead zones” where aquatic life can’t survive, as exemplified by parts of Lake Erie, Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. “These solutions are unfolding here and there,” Postel notes, while also remarking that too many locales are rebuilding levees at their peril and allowing people to return to areas that flood repeatedly. “An amount of climate change is already locked in. We will have to adapt, as well as mitigate, simultaneously.” Somerville, who helped write the 2007 assessment by the Nobel Prize-winning International Panel on Climate Change, labels it “baloney” when politicians say there’s not enough time or it’s too expensive to address the problem. “It’s very doable,” he maintains. “First, inform yourself. Second, tell politicians that you care about this. Then raise hell with those who don’t agree. We’ve got to get countering climate change high on the priority list.”

“Thank goodness for the oceans, but they are paying a tremendous price.” ~ Dawn Wright McKibben recommends that the country gets serious about putting a price on carbon emissions. Meanwhile, he’s encouraged by the people-powered regional successes in blocking fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas, and credits grassroots groups for holding the Keystone pipeline project at bay. “We’re cutting it super-close” and need to change the trajectory of climate change, according to McKibben, who says we can still have good lives powered by wind and solar, but will have to learn to live more simply. “I don’t know where it will all end and won’t see it in my lifetime. But if we can stop the combustion of fossil fuels and endless consumption, then there’s some chance for the next generation to figure out what the landing is going to be.” Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., who specializes in health, science and environmental issues. Learn more at

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The Ark Kevin Sloan Artist Kevin Sloan’s featured cover art, The Ark, is reflective of the theme of his current works: the exploration of natural history with a sense of wonder and curiosity. He explains, “The natural world, now more understood and familiar than in the past, is increasingly threatened. This makes it once again rare and exotic.” Sloan deftly employs a combined allegorical, social and political lens in his paintings to start a conversation about our relationship with nature in the modern era. His artistic journey in “magic realism” most recently led to a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. He’s shared his artistic knowledge and passion through teaching positions with the University of Wyoming and San Francisco State University, among others. Sloan earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Arizona, in Tucson, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, in Philadelphia. Many galleries and public collections exhibit his work in the U.S. and internationally. Sloan’s unique compositions are inspired by his extensive travels around the world. He makes his home in Denver, Colorado. View the artist’s portfolio at KevinSloan. com or


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Until recently, we’ve been asked to choose between the economy and the environment. Now we’re realizing that the two are closely linked, and that our continued prosperity depends on how well we take care of the natural systems that sustain life—clean air, water, food and an overall healthy environment.


lthough the worst impacts of climate change are still decades away, experts say it’s already a costly problem. In 2012, U.S. taxpayers spent nearly $100 billion—approximately $1,100 apiece—to cover crop losses, flooding, wildfires and other climate-related disasters, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. That’s more than America spent last year on education or transportation. Given the lack of action on climate change by Congress, more Americans are looking to leverage their purchasing power to make a difference. Yet, as consumers trying to “shop their values” know, it’s often difficult distinguish the “green” from the “greenwashed”. Natural Awakenings has rounded up some tips that can help.

Dismiss Meaningless Labels Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., who leads the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports and its Greener Choices and Eco-labels online initiatives, says companies take far too many liberties in product labeling. The dearth of standards

and consistency across the marketplace has rendered terms like “fresh,” and “free range” meaningless. Also, there’s more wrong than right about the “natural” label put on everything from soymilk to frozen dinners, she says. While critics of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s USDA Organic label say its regulations are not tough enough, Rangan says at least we know what we’re getting. The same is not true of many claims decorating consumer goods, Rangan advises. Plus, producers get away without identifying myriad other controversial practices, she says, including genetically engineered ingredients. To help consumers protect themselves, the Consumer Union and other nonprofit public advocates have made their evaluations easily accessible via cell phones and iPads. The Web-based Good Guide’s evaluations of more than 145,000 food, toys, personal care and household products are at shoppers’ fingertips via an app that scans product barcodes on the spot.

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ing on humans and habitats. The Good Guide, for instance, employs chemists, toxicologists, nutritionists, sociologists and environmental lifecycle specialists to evaluate a product’s repercussions on health, environment and society. Sandra Postel, who leads the Global Water Policy Project, has teamed up with the National Geographic Society to devise a personal water footprint calculator. It helps people understand the wider environmental impacts of their lifestyle and purchasing choices, and provides options for reducing their footprints and supporting water replenishment efforts. “It takes a per capita average of 2,000 gallons of water each day to keep our U.S. lifestyle afloat,” twice the world average, calculates Postel. The typical hamburger takes 630 gallons of water to produce, for example, while a pair of jeans consumes 2,600 gallons, most of it to grow the necessary cotton.

Water is just one of numerous resources overused in the United States, according to author and journalist Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank. “We overbuy food. It goes bad and ends up in landfills,” where it lets off methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, as it decomposes. “We also over-order at restaurants,” observes Nierenberg, whose think tank focuses on the interrelated issues of hunger, obesity and environmental degradation. Overall, the U.S. annually accounts for 34 million tons of food waste. “Part of the problem is we’ve lost home culinary skills,” says Nierenberg, who says we need to rethink how and how much we eat. “We don’t really understand what portions are,” she adds.

Share Instead of Buy

Collaboration characterizes the broader trend in careful consuming that relies on cell phone apps. Sometimes known as

the “sharing economy” or “collaborative consumption”, initiatives can range from car and bike shares to neighborly lending of lawn mowers and other tools and sharing homegrown produce. One of the more innovative food-sharing options is Halfsies, in which diners at participating restaurants pay full price for a meal, but receive half of a full portion, effectively donating the cost of the other half to fight hunger. Whatever the product, experts say, the new sharing business model is part of a fundamental shift in how people think about consuming, with the potential to help us reduce our personal carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., who specializes in health, science and environmental issues. Learn more at

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egetarian Awareness Month provides a timely opportunity to realize that a plant-focused diet does not derive exclusively from plants. Just as a carnivore does not subsist on meat alone, the same applies to a vegetarian. What can we learn from our Paleolithic, or Stone Age, ancestors? The recent trend toward recreating a Paleoera diet emphasizes the importance of vegetable nutrition to prehistoric communities, correcting the misperception that they were primarily meat-eaters. The original Paleo diet, before the advent of agriculture, reflected the hunting and gathering of lean meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and was absent of grains, dairy, starchy foods, sugar and salt. Today’s updated version might comprise foods naturally available and/or abundant before the cultivation of food in gardens, crops and livestock. Loren Cordain, Ph.D., author of The Paleo Diet and Nutritionist Nora Gedgaudas, author of Primal Body, Primal Mind, each contest the premise perpetuated by many in the weight-loss industry that fat, especially naturally saturated fat, is unhealthy. Those same proponents that maintain low-fat/ non-fat food is a panacea for modern

illnesses also purport that cholesterol is the chief cause of heart ailments. Gedgaudas writes that the diets of hunter-gatherers inhabiting varied landscapes, from the Inuit of the north to tropical forest hominids, included large amounts of fat and cholesterol, which is essential to maintaining cell membranes and regulating hormones. She points out that obtaining cholesterol from food is necessary to augment the liver’s function of creating cholesterol internally. Cordain agrees that even saturated fats in meats can be beneficial, providing the animals are grass-fed, lean and live in clean surroundings. He emphasizes, however, that when our prehistoric ancestors ate fat, they did not also eat grain carbohydrates, sugar and salt, and contends that it is these components, not meat, that can be detrimental to the body. Doctor of Naturopathy Maureen Horne-Paul adds that organic, lean and game meats are exempt from the acidity inherent in corn-based animal feed. Plus, “When an animal is insensitively confined and killed, stress hormones are released that result in acidity. So, we are changing our pH from a healthy alkaline state to a more acidic condition when we consume meat from conventionally raised animals.”

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dairy, Gedgaudas suggests organic or Scientific studies published in raw milk products, provided they the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, retain their full fat content and Medical Hypotheses and by the come from grass-fed Mercola group attest to cows. She reasons that key problems related the presence of the antito human consumption carcinogenic fatty acid Paleo Specials of grains. Anti-nutrients conjugated linolenic such as phytic acid in du Jour acid (CLA) and the Wulgrains lead to the poor zen factor anti-stiffness Curried carrot soup with absorption of minerals buckwheat crackers and agent in the fat benefit and related deficiencies. goat cheese joint lubrication. Improper absorption of Experts suggest dietary protein caused Kale wraps with julienne that the dietary formula in part by enzyme of grass-fed strip loin, established by our preinhibitors in grains also bell peppers and avocado historic ancestors can tends to damage the be the foundation for Butter-grilled pineapple pancreas. Individual rounds served with a modern-day, healthy, sensitivities to proteins dollop of vanilla-scented non-confining, creative in specific grains can heavy cream eating experience. We further interfere with can exchange grains for functioning of the neuquinoa, amaranth and roendocrine system and buckwheat (not technisubsequent emotional cally grains at all), and include tubers difficulties like addiction and depression and legumes, due to their folate and may arise. All of these difficulties have been exacerbated by irresponsible prena- protein content. Blue and sweet potatoes also contain high levels of anthocyanins tal diets that have made younger generaand potassium. Nearly every category of tions extra-sensitive to the challenges food, in the proper amounts, can be part posed by grains to the human system. of such a balanced diet. While Cordain doesn’t recommend

When we explore what makes sense and eat clean and natural foods, we have a good chance of finding our body’s own sweet spot. Sayer Ji is the founder of GreenMed and an advisory board member of the National Health Federation. Tania Melkonian is a certified nutritionist and healthy culinary arts educator. Learn more at

Paleo Parallel Tips n Make plants the center. For any meat, choose organic, grass-fed lean cuts and use small portions as sides or garnish. n Limit dairy to items with full fat content. Choose sheep or goat dairy when possible, followed by organic cow dairy. n Limit grains, but explore pseudograins such as buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth to add safe, starch-like body to meals. n For legumes, eat lentils. Blue and sweet potatoes are good choices for tubers.

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Paleo Menu Recipes by Tania Melkonian Line the colander/basket with the kale “wrap” leaves. Cover and steam for 3 minutes until the leaves are just wilted. Remove basket from heat and lay out leaves on a clean work surface, lined up vertically.

lime leaves and lemongrass stalk. When the stock comes to a boil, reduce to medium heat and add leaves, add half of the carrots and stalk. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, cool and then remove leaves and stalk; blend soup until smooth. Return soup blend to pot, add peppers and the rest of the carrots and then simmer on low heat for 40 minutes.

Stack 1 slice meat, 1 slice avocado and 2 slices pepper horizontally near the edge of a leaf. Add cumin and chili flakes and roll leaf away from the cook into a wrap. Repeat with all leaves.

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Kale Wraps

Wash and dry kale.

2 Tbsp ground turmeric 1 tsp ground cumin 1 cup diced onions 3 Tbsp curry paste 2 cups coconut milk 2 cups vegetable broth 1 Tbsp coconut oil 1 stalk lemon grass 3 leaves Kaffir lime 1 cup diced carrots 1 cup finely chopped red pepper

Hold the blade of a long chef’s knife along the rib of the kale leaf and pull the leaf away from the rib. Repeat on the other side of the leaf to produce two long flat wraps. Set aside the ribs for stock.

Set a heavy-bottomed pot on medium heat. Add turmeric and cumin, to toast. Add oil and stir to combine with spices. Add onions; sweat to cook until translucent, but not browned.

Bring a pot filled with 2 cups of water to a rolling boil. Lower the heat to simmer and set a metal colander inside as a steamer basket so it sits on top of the water, not immersed.

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causal link between the worldwide epidemic of childhood obesity and phthalates commonly used in soft plastics, packaging and many personal care products is becoming more evident. A Korean study from Sanggye Paik Hospital at the Inje University College of Medicine, in Seoul, shows that the risk of childhood obesity increases with the level of DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate) in the bloodstream. The study indicates that phthalates may change gene expression associated with fat metabolism. DEHP in particular is a suspected endocrine disruptor, or hormone-altering agent. Children with the highest DEHP levels were nearly five times more likely of being obese than children with the lowest levels. The scientists studied 204 children ages 6 to 13, of whom 105 were obese. A chemical commonly used to soften plastics, DEHP is found in some children’s toys, as well as myriad household items. Phthalates can be found in pacifiers, plastic food packaging, medical equipment and building materials like vinyl flooring. Personal care products such as soap, shampoo and nail polish may also contain phthalates.


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estorative practice by nature is a receptive practice, and in that receptivity we can guide ourselves toward a more healthy state of being. Restorative yoga is much more like meditation, relaxation or yoga nidra than it is like hatha yoga. When we are in passive postures supported by props, using no muscular effort, the focus is on relieving the grip of muscular and inner tension, and we can be more spacious and receptive. There’s no goal of stretching or strengthening. We’re exploring what happens when we slowly release our habitual way of holding—what are we left with? An incredible system to heal the body, restoratives help the kick in relaxation response, balancing the nervous system and optimizing energy flow to the organs. They lift immune function and enhance the process of digestion. Basically, they set the whole body up for deep healing, growth and repair. Beyond these physiological health benefits, restoratives create the opportunity to see where we hold habitual tension. Little by little, we start to create more space in those places that are holding tension, putting awareness on them so they begin

to change or loosen in ways they haven’t for months or years. Because people can release very deep tension, it’s important that the poses have a real integrity in the way they’re set up so that when someone lets go, they feel a sense of support, a cocooning or swaddling. The architecture of building a pose needs to be skillful. It’s a real science, down to what texture the props are and how soft or hard, depending on the results we want. Another benefit for hatha yogis is that restorative yoga is a great segue between active practice and meditative practice. At Body Kneads Yoga, in Cranston, Mimi Budnick leads a weekly, 75-minute restorative yoga class—the perfect balance for a productive and busy lifestyle. Private and semi-private classes are also available by appointment. Jillian Pransky is an international presenter and yoga teacher trainer based in NJ/NY area. Visit For more information about Body Kneads Yoga’s classes, including cost and schedule, call 401-632-0878 or visit

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antosha Yoga Studio is offering Yoga for Cancer Survivors and their Caregivers, a class led by Shelly Arena that is specifically geared toward an audience that has been touched by and/or is being challenged by cancer. Arena began taking yoga classes after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and learned that The American Cancer Society recommended yoga as part of therapy/recovery. Her instructor was Heather Indu Eilering, the owner of Santosha Yoga Studio. Arena is now a certified yoga instructor and Eilering is honored to have her lead the class. “Yoga has helped me immensely and science has proven it to be very beneficial to all cancer survivors,” says Arena. In this one-hour and 15-minute class, participants will discover breathing techniques to help reduce stress; stretching to help with range of motion; reduction in lymph swelling; relaxation helps with anxiety; and learning to live life as it is in the present moment. No previous Yoga experience is needed. Caregivers are welcome and encouraged to join. Cost: A flat, reduced drop-in rate of $10 per person is payable prior to each class. Santosha Yoga Studio is located at 14 Bartlett Ave., Cranston. For more information, call 401-780-9809 or visit

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Tuesday, October 1

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, October 2

Monthly Meditation – 7-7:45pm. Please join us for a deep meditative experience. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

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21-Day Detox and Elimination Diet – 7-9pm. Thursdays, Oct 3-17; 3 classes. Join Naturopathic Doctor Erica LePore for a 3-wk guided detoxification program to improve health and vitality through a restricted, yet nourishing, whole foods diet plus nutritional supplementation and herbs. Tuition includes printed material, food samplings, and recipes. $149. Erica LePore, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Friday, October 4

Angel Whispers Practitioner™ Class – Oct 4-5. 9:30am-4pm. 2-day intensive program to learn techniques to access the “Angel Zone.” Learn to give yourself/others messages from the angels. Certification class. $277, lunch/snacks, course materials included. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-2278. First Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Melt into a state of peace, relaxation and bliss as the healing vibrations of the gongs, singing bowls and drums wash away your stress! With Gongs of Joy & Drumsong. $20 pre-registered, $25 at door. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-258-3952.

Saturday, October 5

Wakefield Art Festival – 10am-5pm. Free. Downtown Wakefield along Main St.

Whole Foods 101 – 11:30am-3pm. Join Nutrition Counselor Tracey Blahy and learn the basics of a whole food diet and how to make the transition to eating well. Learn how to incorporate whole grains, beans, veggies, sea vegetables and natural sweeteners into your diet. Recipes and resources provided. $55. All That Matters, Tracey Blahy, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Proprioceptive Writing® Immersion – 1-4pm. Learn the basics of this contemplative writing practice and receive the benefit of the listening presence of an experienced, certified PW teacher. Beginners welcome. $40. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Zumba® with Rupa’s Bollywood Fusion – 4-5pm. Walk-ins; deals on website. $8. Jen McWalters Pilates and Beyond, Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St, Ste 111, Pawtucket.

Monday, October 7

Remain in Your Home and Age in Place – 7-8:30pm. Anne Rachin offers a practical guide demonstrating how affordable in-home care can assist with daily living tasks and enable individuals to remain in their own home. Free. Weaver Library, 41 Grove Ave, East Providence. 401-434-2453. Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Learn modern applications of this ancient technique as we do several journeys with the drum to deepen your practice and gain insight to your own guidance. With Katharine Rossi. Bring a journal. $10. Mill at Shady Lea, Rm 204, 215 Shady Lea Rd, North Kingstown. 401-924-0567. Group Manifesting For You – 7-9pm. Join us as we visualize and play to group manifest goals. We will do scrap-booking, develop scripts filled with positive emotions and visualize as a group for each other. With Shari Bitsis. $15. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

SpiritDanceRI – 7-10pm. Monthly smoke- and alcohol-free barefoot boogie. Dance in community and fun with other movers and shakers. No partner or experience necessary. All profits go to charity. Sliding scale $8-12. At Providence Power Yoga, 51 Bassett St, Providence,

Sunday, October 6

Sunday Gong 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 Gongs of Joy & Drumsong. Free; donation requested but optional. Be Healthy and Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, North Kingstown. 401-258-3952.

Metaphysical Monday – 7-9pm. Meet and greet, inspire and network. $5. 544 High St, Fall River, MA. For more info, Rebecca: 508-958-1635.

Tuesday, October 8

Yoga and Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. This class will begin with a gentle yoga practice and end with a guided meditation. Find stillness, inner peace and complete relaxation. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-921-5148. Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Reconnect with your dreams and awaken to a new world. Join us to explore your dreams and learn techniques to interpret dreams in a fun and supportive environment. With David Barr & Katharine Rossi. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-626-7088.

Thursday, October 10

Parent Visitor Day – 8:30-10:30am. Tour the campus and observe grade school classes; time for questions and answers; adults only please. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. To register: 401-491-9570. Entity Possession: Symptom & Solution – 6:307:30pm. Mary & Dr. Dave discuss the History, Symptoms & Solutions to Entity Possession based on their Personal experience and research from their book: Divinely Touched: Transform Your Life. $10. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. 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, October 11

Angel Whispers Fall Adventure – 10am-2pm. We’re headed to North Stonington, CT to visit Guardian of the Stones, the largest wholesale rock,crystal & mineral showroom and warehouse in the northeast. $12, includes show and tell lunch in NK. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, North Kingstown. To register: 401-741-2278.

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Sacred Stone Massage Therapy Certification – Oct 11-13. 10am-5pm. CEs available for Yoga Alliance & NCBTMB. Sacred Stone Therapy includes stone layouts, gliding, spinning, edging and flipping techniques designed to anchor the first and second chakra and directing energy towards the “terminal ends” of the body, integrating Western and Ayurvedic massage techniques. Free stones during guided harvest. $375. SAMA, Karyn Chabot, Newport, 877-832-1372. Sound Bath Healing with Soundscapers – 6:308:30pm. Enjoy a vibrational sound experience of pure bliss, relaxation, and release of negative energies, created with rattle, frame drum, didgeridoo, singing bowl, and gong. $25. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Choose from 4 Options for joining Amy Weintraub – LifeForce Yoga® to Manage Anxiety: Clearing the Space, Oct 11, 7-9pm, $45. LifeForce Yoga® to Manage Anxiety, Oct 11-12: Friday, 7-9pm; Saturday, 9:30am-5pm, $165. LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood: For Those Who Serve, October 11 & 13: Friday, 7-9pm; Sunday, 9:30am-5:00pm, $165. Whole weekend, October 11-13: Friday, 7-9pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9:30am-5pm; $245, 16 CEUs. All That Matters. 315 Main St, Wakefield. For more info, Amy Weintraub: 401-782-2126.

Saturday, October 12

Craft Fair – 11am-5pm. All types of crafts and tables, come join the fun. Readings will also be available at a discounted price. Free admission; fee for readings/healings. Positive New Beginnings Holistic Wellnes, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Open Your Spine: Heart Will Follow – 1-4pm. Use the reliable core opening of Svaroopa® yoga to melt tension, quiet your mind and open your heart. Beginning and experienced students welcome. With Natalie Schiffer. $50. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. To reserve spot: 401-305-5319.

Sunday, October 13

Proprioceptive Writing® Immersion – 1-4pm. Learn the basics of this contemplative writing practice and receive the benefit of the listening presence of an experienced, certified PW teacher. Beginners welcome. $40. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Prenatal Svaroopa® Yoga – 3:45-5:15pm. Yoga to support you before, during and after your pregnancy. Learn poses and breathing to help with the changes of pregnancy and promote an easier delivery and recovery. New students: $40/4, $18/Series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Tuesday, October 15

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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Wednesday, October 16

Usui Reiki Level II Training – 9:30am-4:30pm. Advanced techniques and healing through time/ space are taught. Certificate and level 2 attunement included. Reiki II practitioners may collect money for their services. $250, course materials and lunch included. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, North Kingstown. To register: 401-741-2278. Introduction to Marma Therapy Class – 10am-5pm. Activating marma points allows light and prana into the body, transforming the biochemistry of the physiology. CEs available for Yoga Alliance & NCBTMB. $155. SAMA, Karyn Chabot, Newport, 877-832-1372.

markyourcalendar Thursday, October 17 Walk-Talk Wellness Hike - 12-1pm. Free guided walk at John H. Chafee Nature Preserve offers an opportunity to learn about and explore the benefits of exercise and companionship while simultaneously reaping the benefits of doing so. Free. Kerri Spier, New Perspectives 2, John H. Chafee Nature Preserve, Saunderstown. 401-714-2716.

Friday, October 18

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 the self, removes blocks and restores harmony. Group format. With Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna. $35/ person. Energy-N-Elements, LLC. 401-736-6500. Workshops to Explore Ayurveda: The Sister Science to Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Ayurveda: Living in Balance, Oct 18, 7-8:30pm, $20. Balancing Your Health with Ayurveda: A Personalized Approach, Oct 19, 10:30am-5pm, $95. Daily Tools for Healthy Living, Oct 20, 10:30am-5pm, $95. Known as the science (veda) of life (ayur), Ayurveda is India’s earliest form of health care. Take all 3 workshops with Hilary for $185. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Ecstatic Dance Providence – 8:30-10:30pm. Dance freely without the constraints of a club environment, shoes, substances and chatter. Blissful world beats and groovin’ bass in a safe space. Align body/spirit/ mind. $12 at door. The Movement Exchange, 545 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. EcstaticDanceProvidence.

Saturday, October 19

Usui Reiki Level II Training – 9:30am-4:30pm. See Oct 16 listing description. Same class, different day. $250, course materials, certificate and lunch included. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, North Kingstown. To register: 401-741-2278. Story Hour – 10-11am. Appropriate for toddlers, pre-school age children and caregivers. Space is limited; please call to register. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570.

Group Manifesting for the Earth Hike – 10am12pm. Join us for a hike in the woods and to group manifest for the planet. Will meet at Lincoln Woods in Lincoln. Please email to RSVP and for directions. With Shari Bitsis. $15. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. Power Animal Card Reading Certificate – 10am12pm. Learn how to read Power Animal Cards. Also included is a new Deck of Power Animal cards to learn with. Certification of completion given. $30. Positive New Beginnings Holistic Wellness, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. The Healing Power of Crystals – 10am-3pm. Learn about the science,history and healing power of crystals. Discover the potentials between crystals and yourself. Taught by Lisa Ashton, MSN, RN, Reiki Master. $40. The Womens Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-500-1908. Introduction to Svaroopa® Yoga – 1-2:30pm. Learn about this style of yoga and its benefits. Try some basic poses in a chair and on the floor, ending with a guided relaxation and question and answer session. $10. With Maria Sichel. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. To reserve spot: 401-305-5319. Children’s Halloween Party – 1-3pm. Fundraiser for homeless children. Prizes for the best costume 3 catorgories and lots of games for the children to play and staff dressed up will be lots of fun for all. Donations accepted for the homeless. Positive New Beginnings Holistic Wellnes, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Ancestral Dreaming Workshop – 1-4pm. Dream with the ancestors and explore your heritage through journeying, guided meditation, and dream work to heal the past, break old patterns and learn from this wisdom. With David Barr & Katharine Rossi. $60. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-626-7088.

Sunday, October 20

Open Studio Event – 10am-2pm. Free demos in yoga and meditation, live music and dance performance, meet and greet the instructors, connect with folks alike. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Advance Reiki Training – 10am-6pm. 8 CE hrs. A 1-day intensive advance training. Pre-requiste: Reiki Level I & II. $275. NL Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. Registration required: 860-574-3572. More info:

Shamanic Dreaming Workshop – 12-3pm. Find out what your dreams mean, play the Lightning Dreamwork Game, meet your dream guides, create a dream gate, and re-enter your own dreams, the dreams of others and more. With David Barr & Katharine Rossi. $60. The Soul Purpose, 1225 GAR Hwy, Swansea, MA. 774-264-1329.

Monday, October 21

Mediumship Class with Karen Daley – 6-9pm. Learn from one of the top Mediums around. Call and register for this great event. $55. Positive New Beginnings Holistic Wellnes, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Drumming Meditation – 6:30-8pm. 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, Juicing and Smoothies for Health with Belle Boyes – 6:30-8pm. Fresh juices and smoothies have enormous healing and nutritional power. This delicious and informative workshop includes demonstrations, sampling, and recipes, so you leave class ready to make easy juices and smoothies at home. $29. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Group Manifesting for You – 7-9pm. Join us as we visualize and play to group manifest goals. We will do scrap-booking, develop scripts filled with positive emotions and visualize as a group for each other. With Shari Bitsis. $15. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. Metaphysical Monday – 7-9pm. Meet and greet, inspire and network. Call Rebecca for more info. $5. 544 High St, Fall River, MA. 508-958-1635.

Tuesday, October 22

Bereaved Parents USA: RI Chapter – 7-9pm. Bereaved parents discussion and support group for those who have lost a child, grandchild or sibling at any age from any cause. With Joy Quinn Blum & Kathleen Soares. Free. Kingston Congregational Church, 2610 Kingstown Rd, Kingston. 401-258-3952.

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Thursday, October 24

Angel Meet and Meditation – 6:30-8:30pm. Join in the fun. Angel Meet with Cards and discussion followed by meditation. Runs every other week and uplifting for all. $10. Positive New Beginnings Holistic Wellnes, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. 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 will be working on Peace and Diplomacy. With Shari Bitsis. $15. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. 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, October 25

Free Community Yoga Class – 6:30-7:30pm. This class is Karma Yoga and reflects our desire to promote individual health and world peace. 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. Last Friday Healing Gong Bath – 6:30-8pm. End your week with deep relaxation and peace as the sounds of the gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, and drums wash over and around you. With Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle. $20 pre-registered, $25 at door. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-258-3952. Reiki and Meditation – 7-8pm. This is a guided meditation with special focus on healing the emotional body. Reiki will help release blocks of energy from the body. You will feel complete relaxation. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-921-5148.

Saturday, October 26

Silva Ultra Mind Training – Oct 26 & 27. 9am-5pm. Here is your way to less stress, greater abundance, better health and a more fulfilled life. $150. 544 High St, Fall River, MA. For more info, Rebecca: 508-958-1635, Reiki Level 2 Certification – 10am-4pm. Learn with Bridget Level 2 Reiki and become certified and attuned. Call to reserve you spot; limited class space. $150. Positive New Beginnings Holistic Wellnes, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

28th Anniversary Celebration – 10am-5pm. $280 Grand Prize Drawing, hourly door prizes, free samples, nutritional advice, demonstrations, deep discounts storewide. A fun-filled “customer appreciation” day. Free. Nature’s Goodness Natural Food Store, 510 E Main Rd, at Rte 138 and 138a intersection, Middletown. 401-847-7480. Last Saturday Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Let the resonant sounds of the gongs, Tibetan singing bowls and drums surround you as you melt into a state of complete relaxation and peace. With Gongs of Joy & Drumsong. $20 pre-registered, $25 at door. Natures! The Rock Shop, 1782 Main Rd, Tiverton. 401-258-3952.

Sunday, October 27

Thai Massage Workshop – 2-5pm. This partner workshop combines yoga, massage, acupressure, stretching, twisting and reflexology; deeply stretching the body and calming the mind. $35/person. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Last Sunday Healing Gong Bath – 4-5:30pm. Let the resonant sounds of the gongs, Tibetan singing bowls and drums fill you with a sense of complete relaxation and peace. With Gongs of Joy and Drumsong. $20 pre-registered, $25 at door. A Reiki World, 1080 Kingstown Rd, Palisades Mill Complex, Bldg 8, Peace Dale. 401-258-3952.

Monday, October 28

Clearing Heavy Energies – 5:30-8pm. Join Richard Pass, Shaman and person of medicine way, to learn how to clear negative energies using a shamanic technique. $40. NL Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572. More info: 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, October 30

Windows into Waldorf – 3:45-5pm. Early childhood orientation for parents; adults only please. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. To register: 401-491-9570.

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 401-480-5938 . 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. OFFICE, YOGA, MASSAGE SPACE. Beautiful tranquil setting in meditation community, located on 50 acre wooded property in Cumberland. Call Mark 617-512-2518. PERFECT OFFICES FOR RENT: Quiet, small, newly renovated offices in one-story building occupied by mental health counselors. $500/month includes utilities, Internet, fax, copier, printer, shared waiting room, bath and kitchen area. Reservoir Ave. Cranston. 401-533-2500. Professional Rental Space Available. A must see in Johnston. Rent negotiable. Contact Cheryl @ 486-0033. Space available for rent at full service salon on the East Side for the holistic minded who appreciate the use of all natural and organic products. Perfect for a Stylist, Esthetician, Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist. Call 401-274-1981 for more information. Treatment room available part time, 1-4 days per week, in established wellness center with receptionist. Southern RI, Eastern, Ct area. Rest rooms & utilities included. Reasonable rates. Call Carol at 401 596-5700.

Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Learn modern applications of this ancient technique as we do several journeys with the drum to deepen your practice and gain insight to your own guidance. Bring a journal. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

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3-Night Yoga Retreat in Stowe, VT – Join body kneads yoga for an amazing yoga retreat in the beautiful moutains of Stowe, VT. Three nights all inclusive pricing as low as $595. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Ste 200, Cranston. For details, Lisa: 401-632-0878,

markyourcalendar Saturday, November 9

Touch, Caring and Cancer - 10am-3pm. Together learn detailed instructions in safe and simple touch techniques that can help reduce the harsh effects of cancer and cancer treatments including pain, stress/anxiety, fatigue, depression, nausea and disturbing sleep. Registration is required, call Judy Antonelli @401-247-2220. Free, lunch included, sponsored by The Michael H. Flanagan Foundation. Miriam Hospital, Hurvitz Board Room, 164 Summit Ave, Providence.

MONDAY, November 11

Shirodhara Therapy Class – Nov 11-12. 10am5pm. CEs available for Yoga Alliance & NCBTMB. Learn how stream warm oil over the crown chakra, magnifying the senses, dispersing negative electrical impulses from stress, reversing imbalances such as insomnia and depression and rejuvenating the face. $275. SAMA, Karyn Chabot, Newport, 877-832-1372.

Tuesday, November 12

Wise Earth Ayurvedic Bodywork Class – Nov 12 & 13. 10am-5pm. Warm, herbal-oil massage (abhyanga) nourishes the skin, aids in removing impurities, stimulates both arterial and lymphatic circulation, and calms the central nervous system, promoting a blissful sensation. CEs available for Yoga Alliance & NCBTMB. $275. SAMA, Karyn Chabot & Joa Agnello, Newport, 877-832-1372.

Saturday, November 16

Work that Reconnects Workshop – 10am-4pm. Paradigm-shifting, life-affirming experiential deep ecology workshop. Revive our interconnected passion for social and ecological healing. $50, time exchange available. SpiralEcology. YogaForPeace. 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, Karyn Chabot, Newport, 877-832-1372.

Tuesday, December 10

Awakening through Drum Healing – 10am-12pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power or soul loss. Drum healing returns lost parts to the self, removes blocks and restores harmony. Group format. With Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna. $35/ person. Energy-N-Elements, LLC, East Greenwich. 401-736-6500.

Wednesday, January 1

Client Appreciation, Dedication & Blessing, Open House Celebration – 1-4pm. Come see the “new” Angel Whispers Healing Space in North Kingstown. All are welcome. Free. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, North Kingstown. 401-741-2278.



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Prenatal Svaroopa® Yoga – 3:45-5:15pm. Yoga to support you before, during and after your pregnancy. Learn poses and breathing to help with the changes of pregnancy and promote an easier delivery and recovery. With Maria Sichel. New students: $40/4, $18/Series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.


Yoga for Cancer Survivors – 10-11:15am. Join Shelly Arena, yoga instructor and breast cancer survivor, for a gentle yoga class offering deep presence, addressing the needs of survivors, every. $10/class. Women & Infants’ Integrative Care Program. Held at Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-274-1122. Piloxing – 5:15-6:15pm. 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, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Couples Meditation – 6-7pm. Learn to manage stress, connect to spirit and deepen your relationship meditating together using breath control, visualization and sound. With Robert Arnold. $25/ couple. Under the Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. To schedule: 401-339-6092. Living With Gratitude – 6:15-6:30pm. Dr. Kollars will lead this workshop. Bring a friend, evolve with the group. Free. FIX’D Health Care, 62 Franklin St, Westerly. 401-596-3493.

Baptiste Heated Yoga – 6-7pm. Baptiste flow is a set of 52 dynamic poses that are designed and sequenced to rid the body of toxins. Check website for more details about this yoga and other day/ times. $10. NL Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572. Yoga: Moving into a Restful Evening – 6-7:15pm. Join us for this popular hatha yoga class in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center in Cumberland. A blend of Kripalu & Yin Yoga for all levels. $96/8 wks. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Yin Yoga – 9-10:30am. Come experience Yin Yoga, instructed by Kim Abraham who has been studying and teaching Yoga for decades. Kim is well known in the area for her expertise in Yoga & Art. $10. NL Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572. All Level Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center in Cumberland. A moderately paced hatha yoga class appropriate for all levels. $96/8 wks. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Afternoon Amrit – 3:30-4:45pm. In Amrit Yoga you learn postures, but also gain a greater understanding of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to focus awareness and quiet your mind. Open to all levels. With Janie Fronek. $15/membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

6-Week Basic Yoga Series – Begins Oct 22. 6:308:15pm. This series introduces breath work, yoga poses, philosophy and history. Experience how yoga joins body, mind and spirit. For beginners and others. $70/6 classes. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

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:

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, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.

Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $136/series of 8 classes, $20/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020.



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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, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.

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, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

Barre (Open Level) – 9-10am. Core conditioning, floor barre, and barre using basic ballet technique. build flexibility, strength and musicality. no experience needed. $8/drop-in, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016.


Heart of Recovery – 7-8:30pm. Weekly Mindfulness Meditation and 12 Step meeting and discussion. All recovery and meditation traditions, and beginners, are welcome to share experience, strength, hope. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443.

Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $136/series of 8 classes, $20/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020.


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 of Providenc, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket.


Ashtanga Yoga (All Levels) – 6-7:15am. Instructed by Kim Abraham who has been studying this form for decades and is well known in the area for her expertise in this most ancient form of yoga. $10. NL Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572.

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Sunday Celebration of Life Service – 9:1510:30am. Music, meditation, affirmative prayer, spiritual reading, lesson on the Science of Mind Philosophy, fellowship. Weekday Classes on the Science of Mind. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.





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Weekly Restorative Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. We have everything you need to enjoy a truly authentic restorative yoga class. With Mimi Budnick. $15/ drop-in, $80/8 classes. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Ste 200, Cranston. 401-632-0878.


Tranquil Yoga – 7-8:15am. Wake up, energize the body, mind and spirit. Cass designed for those seeking a gentle but focused experience in their practice.What better way to start the day? With Carly Baumann. $15/membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 9:45-11:45am. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $136/series of 8 classes, $20/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. Ball and Barre Class – 10-11am. Class combines the challenge of a Pilates mat utilizing the stability ball with a half hour of work at our ballet barre to help enhance stability and strength. $14/drop-in, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. FluidlyFit™ – 11am-12pm. Limited by traditional fitness options? Seeking gentle, freeing movement? Want to slow down and relax? Reclaim your birthright to move like the body of water you are. $12, $10/Seniors. Soulistic Arts – Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-588-2762. Gentle Yoga Class with Linda Morse – 3-4:15pm. This body-mind-spirit oriented class, focuses on basic yoga postures, alignment, and breath techniques, exploring range of movement. All levels welcome. Love offering donation for first class. Women & Infants’ Integrative Care Program, Care New England Center for Health, 49 South County Commons Way, South Kingston. 401-789-2867. Women’s Jiu Jitsu – 6-8pm. Jiu Jitsu is a great way to get in shape, stay toned while building confidence and self awareness. Classes designed especially for women. You can set your own pace, no prior experience needed. $10. InnerStengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940. Literacy Volunteer Tutor Training – 6-9pm. Volunteer to teach English. We train tutors to teach adults who have Basic Learning (BL) or English as a Second Language (ESL) needs. Convenient, confidential and free. Nominal materials fee. Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, Inc., 1672 Flat River Rd, Coventry. 401-822-9103.

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Medical and Therapeutic Qigong – 6:15-7:15pm. Qigong is an ancient Chinese healing art practiced to strengthen and balance energy in order to attain better health. Classes appropriate for beginners and experienced. $210/12 wks. The Way Of The Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Kundalini Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. New class. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center in Cumber-

land. A blend of breath work, movement, postures, chanting and meditation for strength and radiance. $96/8 wks. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. 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. Beginning T’ai Chi – 7:30-8:30pm. The simplified 24 posture T’ai chi form, derived from Yang style, will improve balance, coordination, and energy. Flexible class times include Saturday, 12-1pm, and Wednesday, 1-2pm. $210/12 wks. The Way Of The Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502.


Over 50 Yoga – 9-10am. Developed especially for people over 50 to enhance; flexibility, strength, and balance. Small classes, individual attention, and modified poses. Day and evening classes. $10. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938. Restful Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. Use lots of props, move at a slower pace. For those with more limited range of motion or those recovering from illness or injury. Enjoy the sweetness of yoga. $15/drop-in; passes available. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich. 401-354-9112. 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. No class Oct 25. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP:


Mount Hope Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. A year-round market on the beautiful Mount Hope Farm, with fresh local food, live music, composting and more. Bring the family and explore the farm. Free. Mount Hope Farm, 250 Metacom Ave, Bristol. 401-254-1745. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing class. Release tension and stress with poses tailored for your body’s needs. Welcoming beginners and new students. With Pat Spencer. New students: $40/4, $18/Series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. All Level (Kriplau Flow & Yin Yoga) – 9:45-11am. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center in Cumberland. A moderately-paced hatha yoga class for all levels. $96/8 wks. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Pilates Mat and Ball – 10-11am. During this Pilates Mat class the stability ball is added to the workout to increase mind and body awareness, challenge core strength and improve balance and stability. $14/ drop-in, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

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541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket RI 401-305-3959 We specialize in Cosmetic Acupuncture, including the Acupuncture Facelift and Acupuncture Tummy Lift in addition to Medical Acupuncture. We are patient-centered and results driven, determining which points and treatments you need through a detailed consultation and intake on your initial treatment. Rejuvenate your life, mind and body from the inside out. See ad on page 2.

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Community Ayurvedic Herbalist

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

S.A.M.A. School for Allied Massage & Ayurveda Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., MS, LMT 79 Thames St., Newport, RI 877-832-1372

Traditionally heralded as God’s messengers, Angels have come to represent protection and spiritual guidance. These non-denominational intuitive readings are both empowering and uplifting. During an hour session, one may receive divine guidance about their life from the Archangels or the Dearly Departed to bring forth inner peace and spiritual growth. Sessions are digitally recorded and includes CD.

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 10.


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Debi Fox Astrology 58A High St Westerly, RI 401-315-2450

In-depth insight on Navigating Key Life Passages, Relationships, Lunar Phases/Returns, Women’s Issues, Asteroids/Points. Available by Phone, Mail or in Person.


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.

Dr. Megan Istok, DC 541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket RI 401-305-3959

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

Specializing in Pre-Natal & infant care, Dr. Maegan Istok also helps people overcome their headaches, fatigue, anxiety, weight loss resistance, thyroid/hormone issues, pain, with cutting edge & individualized care that combines a nutritional approach with traditional Chiropractic care to free up nerve function & rid the body of the interferences both nutritionally & spine related that contribute to your health conditions. Dr. Istok has been featured in "The Boston Globe" & in peer reviewed journals for her breakthrough approaches to health. See ad on page 2.

FIX’D Health Care

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

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

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 8.

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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.

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Gladys Ellen, RMT 917 Warwick Avenue, 2nd Floor, Warwick, RI 401-935-8451 Programs are designed to teach students hands-on energy healing modalities, professional business practices, and assist those seeking personal development and spiritual awareness. Training includes Integrated Energy Therapy®, Usui System of Reiki, Magnified Healing®, Mediumship, Angel Intuitive Certifications, and Spiritual Guidance Workshops. Programs are suited for Individuals, Therapists, Health Professionals, and Personal Development Coaches looking to enhance their own healing practice.

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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 16.

human and wellness center 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 ad on page 2.

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

For 28 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.


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Margarida Renzi, MA, LCDP, RYT 58 Main St., 2nd floor East Greenwich, RI 401-480-5938

Feeling Stuck? I can help. Most of our behavior was learned during the first five years of our lives. We are born with a couple of fears such as fear of being dropped, but everything else is learned nonsense and it can be unlearned. Hypnotherapy is helpful in overcoming negative patterns in your life, e.g. weight loss, smoking, addiction, anxiety, phobias, and fears. See ad on page 14.

holistic guidance Christine McCullough, MA,

Offering Soul Wisdom at The Women’s WellPortsmouth, RI 401-662-6642 Integrative, holistic counseling and guidance offering insights, healing and solutions customized to your needs. Holistic Tarot, Spiritual Astrology, Energy Healing, Body Talk, Reiki, LifeCoach,non-denominational celebrant.

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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 page10.

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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 11.

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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.

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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, Certified Reiki Master and Certified ISSA Fitness Professional/Personal Trainer. 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! 

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.

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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.  

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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 8.

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 35.

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Dr. Cathy Picard, N.D. 250 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield, RI 401-597-0477 •

50 Dunnell Ln Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-213-9784 •

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.

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.

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Anna Scurry, CNC 541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket, RI 401-305-3959

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Dr. Marcy Feibelman, ND 295 Angell St. #5, Providence RI 508-343-0580 Holistic Medicine and individual patient care. Safe and effective natural solutions including nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy and hydrotherapy. Supporting you on your journey to health.

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 ad on pages 2.

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 23.

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182 Gano St, Providence, RI Also at All That Matters, Wakefield, RI 401-536-4327

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The Women’s Well 934 East Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 401-500-1908 Reiki Relaxation and Wellness Treatments. Headaches? Can’t sleep? Fatigued? Feeling sick all the time? Be on your way to a whole new you while feeling fresh and rejuvenated! Minutes from Providence or Newport and Narragansett. Call today to set up an appointment and receive your 20% discount. 

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e all need iodine, yet most of us don’t get enough of it through our diet. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that iodine deficiency in the developed world has increased fourfold in the past 40 years and now affects nearly three-quarters of all adults. Numerous U.S. practicing physicians quoted widely in the media estimate that the incidence of hypothyroidism in our adult population may be between 30 and 70 percent. Thus, we can’t efficiently produce the thyroid hormones that serve as chemical messengers triggering nearly every bodily function. The presence or absence of iodine affects our every cell.

Be Aware of Hypothyroidism Symptoms Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is the most recognized and obvious indicator of low iodine intake because the thyroid gland contains more concentrated iodine than other organs.

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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 12.

structural bodywork Simone Lukas-Jogl, PhD

Certified Advanced Rolfer® 10 Elmgrove Ave, Providence, RI 401-725-4783 A Rolfer since 1998, Simone LukasJogl helps people with chronic and recurring aches and pains (back, knee, shoulder,...), overall tightness and motion restrictions and general feelings of discomfort in the body. Her work improves alignment and athletic performance, helps prevent injuries and aids in emotional healing. Safe and effective for people of all ages, tailored to each client’s individual needs. Free consultations.

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 10.

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.


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 5.

wellcare collaborative IT’S MY HEALTH

Marie Bouvier-Newman 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 • We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 30.

wellness center The Women’s Well

934 East Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI Info@TheWomen’ 401.269.8788 • The Women›s Well offers wholistic care to the community through massage and bodywork, intuitive movement, dance, yoga, fitness, nutrition, energy healing, shamanic counseling, and journeywork. Loft space is available for classes, workshops, trainings, and conferences.  Interviewing practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine.



Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319 I offer private Svaroopa® yoga therapy sessions tailored to meet your needs. I am specially trained in treating pain - including back pain and neck and shoulder issues. Yoga Therapy is more powerful than weekly yoga classes and moves you more quickly toward health and well being. My students experience pain relief, greater mobility, improved sleep, easier breathing, deep relaxation, increased flexibility, and a deep sense of peace.

yoga and holistic health center ALL THAT MATTERS

315 Main St • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 Choose from 45 yoga classes each week. Enjoy a variety of therapeutic health services. Experience workshops on yoga, meditation, self-care, selfdiscovery and the healing arts. See ad on page 32.

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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. 

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