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here did the year go? The first time I hear someone use the phrase ‘holiday season’ I tend to cringe. It seems to arrive so quickly, and bring with it such chaos. At the end of the day, I do love the bright lights and excitement of the holiday season and its stimulating spirit of making, doing, planning, buying, giving and visiting. It is a time to take stock in friends, family and how lucky we are but it can exhaust us if we let it. We can get so caught up in the preparations to entertain that we forget why we’re doing it. Simply expressing gratitude for large and little blessings can work wonders in restoring balance. Today’s blessings might arrive in the kindness of a stranger, a glorious sunrise, birdsong, children’s laughter, a great cup of coffee, and of course, those people we love so much…we always have goodness to be thankful for. Our editorial theme this month is Personal Growth, which is such a powerful topic. I’m pretty sure that my whole experience starting this magazine has been part of my own personal growth journey. As much as I’d like to believe that I have always been self aware, and tried to live consciously, the more I read, the more workshops and classes I attend, I find there is always room to grow. Every month, when I proofread the news briefs and calendar listings I find workshops and classes I want to check out. It seems there is never enough time but I try to check out at least one new thing a month. It is truly enlightening. I hope you’ll try and I’ll see you at one of them. From our feature article Fast Track to Personal Growth exploring the many resources available for growth on page 22 to The Miracle of Midlife on page 36 where Marianne Williamson points out “We may regret we are no longer young, but we’re ecstatic that we’re no longer clueless” we learn that there are many joining us on this path for a more mindful life. Opening our minds and our hearts to new and interesting things, embracing change, and growing everyday maintains our youthful spirit and reminds us there is more wonderful life ahead. I am thankful for Natural Awakenings, for the ability to bring this message forward and for all of my readers and advertisers for making it possible. Have a joyous holiday season. Love, Maureen Cary, Publisher

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r. Timothy Armstrong has opened Armstrong Acupuncture at 178 Taunton Avenue, in East Providence. Armstrong is licensed in the state of Rhode Island, as well as being nationally board certified. He is a seasoned acupuncturist, having practiced for more than 10 years. Educated at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, in Santa Monica, California, he graduated with honors. In addition to his in-depth understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine and medical acupuncture, Armstrong is also a facial rejuvenation specialist and is one of the only doctors of acupuncture in the New England area who is certified to do acupuncture facelifts and cosmetic acupuncture. He offers his own special facial rejuvenation protocol called “The Acu-Lift” at L’Arbre de Vie, his unique facial rejuvenation clinic. His specialized acupuncture treatments help to firm and tone cheeks and chins. Fine lines and wrinkles vanish as the skin tone becomes more even, youthful and refreshed. His Acu-Lift protocol encompasses traditional Japanese facial massage and a full salon facial. Armstrong uses the finest grade Japanese materials and the exclusive Japanese Noevir skincare line. He believes in the democratization of beauty—it’s for everyone. “Let your inner beauty radiate from your gorgeous face,” he says. Having spent more than 20 years of his life in school, he is no stranger to the pressures and stresses of student life; therefore, he has made it his business to increase students’ concentration and focus. He says acupuncture for students helps to increase the ability to learn and retain material; enhance focus; improve concentration; shorten study time; ease anxieties, worries and fears; end crippling depression; promote a sense of well-being; and more.


ay Ben Tré, a doctor of acupuncture and registered nurse, is offering help to women seeking to regain their hormone balance and their sense of well-being through a multi-modal approach. Besides creating a unique blend of natural treatments that includes acupuncture, herbs, nutrient supplements and energy mediDr. Gay Ben Tre cine for each client, she is now incorporating a new therapy. Ben Tré developed the therapy for working with her unexplained infertility clients, who despite appearing healthy, just couldn’t get or stay pregnant. Since the brain and the ovaries are working in concert to balance the hormones, Dr. Gay’s Fertility SolutionTM is focused on uncovering the rules and beliefs held in the unconscious mind that drive brain signaling. “Using my therapy to change the rules and beliefs that were getting in their way, these women could finally get pregnant and have their dream family,” she explains. An example of a commonly held belief that negatively influences peri-menopause is, “I can’t take care of my own needs until everyone else is taken care of first.” Ben Tré says that typically, this woman is already maxed out. “When she gets into peri-menopause, she is slammed with unpleasant symptoms because she has no reserves and no internal permission to give herself the extra support needed during this hormonal transition. This woman, along with the medical world, is looking at her symptoms as her problem, her deficiency and her weakness. I am finding that if we use my therapy to change this kind of rule, she will be able to relax and reprioritize her life in a way that not only supports a return to hormone balance, but also increases her confidence and self-esteem. This translates into physical vitality and positively affects her intimate relationships and every other aspect of her life, as well.” For more information, visit See ad on on page 5.

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reatIgo owner Debbee Radcliff is offering a variety of programs designed to empower people. She is a special education teacher and holistic arts professional with more than 20 years of experience. Her professional training makes her skillful in navigating the demands of families that have children with special needs. She says in working with children, her focus is on ensuring there will be harmony and success for the whole child (not just the part of the child that’s been labeled as having differences) and for the whole family. Rather than asking overwhelmed parents to shoulder Debbee Radcliff additional responsibilities, she teaches approaches that work in ways that ease stress. Sessions are playfully interactive; kids feel relaxed as they learn new things about themselves and the world. Children learn to manage sensitivity, replace problem behaviors with acceptable ones and develop self-esteem. As the founder of the CreatIgo Method, a technique that addresses difference through honest communication and positive experiences, she assists each child to cultivate a dynamic presence and sense of purpose. “Children are extraordinary processors taking in information from all of their senses and processing it and reacting to it,” she says. “ Learn strategies to help you connect to, support and enjoy your extraordinary child.” For parents of kids with special needs, Debbee offers the following words of wisdom: • Kids with special needs are different, not unable. When you focus on their strengths as well as their challenges, it becomes clear that there are amazing possibilities for how to promote their thriving in school and beyond. • Don’t give up on finding solutions. Parents with kids who are different benefit from thinking outside of the box. • Remember that all children are sensitive and that the modern school day is demanding. Play, fun projects, and light-hearted conversations help kids de-stress and avoid behavioral problems. • If you find yourself repeating the same instructions over and over, and your child “refuses” to learn, consider whether there might be different ways of communicating that are easier for your child to understand. In other words, sometimes behavior that appears to be defiant or frustrated is caused by a lack of understanding. Remember to enjoy your child. Find some common interests to explore together. Parenting doesn’t always mean you have to teach, correct, help, or work hard.“ CreatIgo is located at 194 Waterman St., 3rd floor, Providence. For more information, call 401-793-0097 or visit See ad on on page 35.

New Doctor at Natural Family Health and Integrative Medicine


ocally-owned Natural Family Health and Integrative Medicine has added a new naturopathic physician, Dr. Lindsay Chimileski, to the Pawcatuck, Connecticut office. The public is invited to a meet-and-greet from 4 to 6 p.m., November 1. Guests can stop by for tea and healthy snacks, a free 10-minute traditional Chinese medicine tongue and pulse evaluation and to enter to win 50 percent off their first acupuncture visit. Chimileski brings a strong traditional Chinese medicine influence to the practice. She offers a variety of traditional Chinese therapies including acupuncture, cupping, moxa, gua sha, tui na massage and facial rejuvenation. These therapies can be used to ease pain as well as decrease the severity of internal conditions such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, allergies, tinnitus, gynecological disharmonies, GI upset and many other conditions. She offers craniosacral therapy and homeopathy consults, as well. She is passionate about health education, patient empowerment and the restoration of balance, health and happiness. Natural Family Health and Integrative Medicine is located at 101 West Broad St., Pawcatuck. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 860495-5688, email or visit See ad on on page 5.

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t Arlington Farm and Pet Supply, in Cranston, animal lovers can find everything they need and more. Established in the 1800s, the family-owned business was purchased by Ralph and Deb Stravato in 1998. “As a family-owned business, our customers receive personal attention,” says Deb Stravato. “We strive to make them happy.” A wide variety of natural and organic pet foods are available including Wysong, Solid Gold, and Earthborn to name a few. Also in stock are organic soil amendments and organic pesticides, as well as Dr. Earth soil and compost, cow pots for planting and worm casing fertilizer. Other offerings include seeds that are not genetically modified available from The Chas C. Hart Seed Company, wild bird seed, suet, hay, grain and lawn and garden products.

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Biofreeze Products Now Available at Massage Health & Healing Energies


assage Health & Healing Energies is now offering Biofreeze pain reliever. According to owner Stan DeAngelis, Biofreeze is the most frequently used and recommended topical pain reliever by healthcare professionals. It provides penetrating, long lasting relief from back pain, arthritis, sore muscles and painful joints. The unique menthol containing formula penetrates quickly, preventing or relieving pain through cold therapy. It is 100 percent paraben-free and propylene glycol-free. Deb and Stan DeAngelis DeAngelis says cold therapy is a most effective treatment for sore or painful muscles, as well as for most acute injuries. Cold therapy has the unique property of first constricting the blood vessels, which squeezes the fluid out of the area and reduces pain and swelling. After ice has been applied for a short period of time (about 15 minutes), the blood vessels relax, dilate and allow fresh blood into the area. This action now washes the injured tissue with new nutrients and oxygen, which are needed for the muscles to heal. The whole cold therapy cycle speeds the healing process. “Biofreeze is a great way to use cold therapy whether at home, on the go or at night, letting it work all night while you sleep,” he notes. Massage Health & Healing Energies is located at 310 Maple Ave., Ste. L-05-B, in Barrington. For more information, call 401 437-1652 or visit Massage See ad on page 30.

Holistic Health RI Has New Location


olistic Health Rhode Island (HHRI) has moved to a new space at The West Bay Professional Building, 990 Main Street, in East Greenwich. The new space is just over one mile from its former location. Founder Jewel Sommerville says, “The area was designed to be more energy efficient ... it’s bright and airy and really fantastic! We have plenty of parking. We are also realizing new day-to-day efficiencies that allow us to service patients in a more streamlined fashion.” Holistic Health Rhode Island offers individualized healthcare tailored to each individual’s needs. By treating both the source of the problem, as well as the symptoms, HHRI is able to return the body to its natural state of health. HHRI offers a variety of services including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Reiki, hypnotherapy and Tai reflexology. For more information, call 401-398-2933 or visit See ad on page 5.

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eart of Peace Dale has opened at 1070 Kingstown Road, Building 9, in the historic Palisades Mill in Peace Dale. Founder Shawn Aceto uses his innate gift of vibrational healing, along with his empathic, psychic, intuitive and channeling abilities to facilitate the healing process in his clients. He uses his empathic ability to feel how his clients feel, and thereby, pinpointing the symptoms of their pain-physical or psychological. He is able to psychically and intuitively reveal the core or root cause of the issue, which enables him to see where the vibrational energy needs to be focused. There is no set fee for Aceto’s services. Instead, he allows his clients to pay what they can reasonably afford. “I have a deep appreciation for the gifts I have been given and feel that it is my responsibility to share them with people of all walks of life, not just those with hundreds of dollars to spend,” he says. “I only ask that they are willing to open up to the experience.” Heart of Peace Dale and its staff offer an eclectic assortments of classes, workshops and events, including sound healing concerts, shamanic journeys, energy medicine, angel readings, massage and meditations.

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Meadowbrook Waldorf School Hosts Holiday Faire


he annual Meadowbrook Waldorf School Holiday Faire, a community event unlike any other in the area, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., November 23 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 24. During the event, now in its 15th year, Meadowbrook’s families and faculty come together to transform their beautiful school into a magical wonderland for a weekend that celebrates both the beginning of the holiday season and the joys of childhood. As autumn fades and the dark nights lengthen, many cultures and religious traditions around the world greet the coming season with festivals of light. The Meadowbrook Waldorf School Holiday Faire celebrates the inner light that each of us brings to our shared community. Puppet shows, pony rides and a journey through the hidden gnome cave enchant young visitors. Older children use beautiful natural materials to craft special gifts to take home. There is music for all to enjoy from alumni classical musicians to the informal community choir singing seasonal songs. The Holiday Store offers a unique selection of finely crafted European toys and thoughtful gift ideas for the developing child. Many handcrafted items made by quality artisans locally and around the world, including house wares, clothing, ornaments and other fineries are available. Meadowbrook Waldorf School is an independent school providing educational programs for children from early childhood through grade eight. The arts are woven into the fabric of a rigorous academic curriculum that is uniquely designed to meet the child in developmentally appropriate ways.

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ell-being achieved through dance is not a new concept, but the idea of dancing “freely” is still new for some. No experience is necessary for the Ecstatic Dance Providence free dance event held at 8:30 p.m., the third Friday of each month at The Movement Exchange, in Pawtucket. Ecstatic Dance is the experience participants make it. It is an opportunity to simply let go and to allow oneself free expression through movement, without the constraints of a club environment, shoes or noisy chatter. The rules are simple: individuals can move however they wish and respect themselves and one another. Get centered and shake off the day as an eclectic mix of music offered by a live disc jockey takes dancers on a rich, inner journey. Melodic vocals and global beats let participants find rhythm, balance and deep joy. Dance alone or with others. Open to people of all ages, shapes, fitness and abilities. Hoop dancers and contact improv enthusiasts also welcome. Cost: $12. The Movement Exchange is located at 545 Pawtucket Ave., Pawtucket. For more information, visit or groups/EcstaticDanceProvidence/.

Learn How to Relieve Cancer Effects with Touch


ouch, Caring and Cancer,” a free workshop presented by Judy Antonelli, an oncology massage practitioner, and sponsored by the Michael H. Flanagan Foundation, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., including lunch, November 9, at The Miriam Hospital. Participants will learn how to help ease the many cancer effects and its treatments that are Judy Antonelli imposed on cancer patients. The workshop is designed for family members, friends and caregivers, as well as those living with any type of cancer at any stage. By learning how to apply simple touch techniques, individuals will help comfort those who experience symptoms of pain, fatigue, stress/anxiety, depression, nausea, neuropathy and disturbed sleep. Touch in the form of massage and other gentle, noninvasive methods is one of the most popular forms of palliative care for pain relief and other symptoms in cancer. Numerous studies of massage with cancer patients have demonstrated significant effects on perceived stress, quality of life and common symptoms. Workshop participants will leave with the tools to be empowered with the ability to have an impact on the outcome of loved ones with cancer. It has shown to benefit the patient, the partner, the family, and the quality of their relationships and their lives. Learning these simple techniques is the perfect way to contribute to the well being of your loved one and may experience less distress by being an active participant in their healing process. Antonelli has had a private practice, A Touch of Health Massage, since 1991. She has been an oncology massage practitioner at the Adele R. Decof Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital since 2009 and is part of the team at Bristol Wellness Emporium. Pre-registration is required. Contact Judy Antonelli at 401-247-2220 or For more information, visit For the Foundation, visit


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Mantra Lifestyle Products Combine Hydration and Life Design


ennifer Neuguth launches Mantra, a new wholesale gift line based on personal mantras. According to Neuguth, Mantra lifestyle products transform lives by helping people focus on how they want to feel. Mantra came about in January 2013. Working with local health coach Katie McDonald, Neuguth identified the need to drink more water and focus her attention on her goals. “In a ‘eureka’ moment, it occurred to us to combine the concepts of hydration and life design,” she says. She wrote her intentions for her life – “I am positive, I am open, I am limitless” – on her water bottle, which went with her everywhere. Now she always had her intentions or mantras in view, plus water at her fingertips—and the life she envisioned materialized. So excited about the simple and accessible magic of her mantra bottle, she created a line of water bottles with various mantras to share with the world. In addition, she has launched a Mantra tea line including delicious, healthy and organic teas, along with Mantra cups— each with three mantras. “This is how I changed my life,” says Neuguth. “When I take a drink from my water bottle or sit down to have a cup of tea, I focus on what I want my life to be. It’s quiet. It’s personal. It’s my mantra. I can add to it, change it and develop it in my mind. The key is to repeat it. If you stay focused on who you want to be, it will happen.” Mantra products are available at local stores, including All that Matters, Different Drummer, Primavera and Les Isle Rose. For more information, call 401-374-3899 or visit

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pend the day with a group looking to inspire individuals to take charge of their health and inner peace at Holistic Awareness Day 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 3 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel, in Warwick. Presented by the Rhode Island Holistic Healers Association (RIHHA), the day is meant to educate all that attend with various healing modalities, enticing speakers, including keynote Roland Comtois, essential oils, messages from angels, sound healings, Reiki, reflexology, massage, Emotional Freedom Technique and more. Additionally, guests can purchase non-toxic makeup and beauty products, t-shirts that hold inspiring messages, healthy alternatives to diet and photographs of one’s aura. Bring a donation for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and receive a $2 discount off admission. Cost: $7. Location: 1850 Post Road, Warwick. For more information, visit

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ovember’s theme at the Ananda Meditation and Yoga Center is gratitude. Inspired to expand their area of service and be more accessible to an urban population, Ananda is opening a new center at 593 Charles Street, in Providence. Programs have begun and an open house will be held in December. The folks at Ananda are grateful for having found this lovely space in which to share the ancient teachings of meditation and yoga as brought to the west by Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. Ananda means bliss and it is the qualities of joy, peace and love that permeate their centers. People often feel at home at Ananda and are welcomed with genuine interest in their highest needs. Their spiritual journey is honored—no matter what path they follow. The offerings in the Providence Center include meditation, kirtan (chanting), Ananda yoga, Raja yoga, Joyful Living Workshops, a boutique of books, CDs, DVDs and more. Programs are offered on various mornings, afternoons and evenings throughout the week, on Saturdays and on Sunday afternoons. The Ananda Hopkinton Center will continue to have programs and Sunday Satsang followed by potluck lunch. It is in a beautiful rural setting and has a number of guest rooms for personal and small group retreats. For more information, call 401-524-4766.

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Enrollment Now Open for Ayurveda Courses at SAMA


he School for Allied Massage and Ayurveda (SAMA) is now offering courses on the ancient health science of Ayurveda in Newport. Students will graduate as registered ayurvedic health consultants with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). SAMA is the first NAMA-approved, 500-hour school for Ayurveda that offers webinar education. Founded in 1999 as Sacred Stone School, the board of directors includes leading ayurvedic medical doctors and health authorities from around the world. Their goal is to help enliven the power of self-healing and unveil the mystical secrets of Ayurveda to the world. The mission at SAMA is to provide knowledge and learning inspired by Ayurveda, the ancient healing system of India, and translated means “the science of life”. Also known as the “sister science to yoga” Ayurveda is a body-mind-spirit physiotherapeutic healing system based on restoring an individual’s health through balancing the five universal elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth. S.A.M.A. is a school where ancient wisdom meets modern medicine and where massage, Ayurveda and yoga reunite. The School for Allied Massage and Ayurveda is located at 128 Long Wharf, in Newport. For more information, call 877-832-1372 or visit See ad on this page.

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new University of WisconsinMadison study shows that meditation, a proven reducer of psychological stress, can also lessen stress-caused inflammation and thereby relieve the symptoms and pain of certain diseases. Longterm stress has long been linked to inflammation, an underlying cause of many diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, bowel disease, asthma, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Meditation study volunteers were divided into two groups—an eight-week mindfulness meditation course or a stress reduction program of supportive nutrition, exercise and music therapy that did not include meditation. The meditation group focused attention on the breath, bodily sensations and mental content while seated, walking or practicing yoga. Immune and endocrine data was collected before and after training in the two methods and meditation proved to be more effective. Melissa Rosenkranz, a neuroscientist with the university’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and lead author of the report, concludes that, “The mindfulnessbased approach to stress reduction may offer a lower-cost alternative or complement to standard treatment, and it can be practiced easily by patients in their own homes whenever needed.”

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osemary’s folkloric reputation for improving memory has been validated by science. UK researchers at London’s Northumbria University found that when the essential oil of rosemary was diffused into a room—a method practiced in aromatherapy—it enhanced participants’ ability to remember past events and remind themselves to do tasks planned for the future, like sending an anniversary card. Mark Moss, Ph.D., head of psychology at Northumbria, says, “We wanted to build on our previous research that indicated rosemary aroma improved long-term memory and mental arithmetic. In this study, we focused on prospective memory, which is critical for everyday functioning.” In the study, 66 people randomly assigned to either a rosemary-scented or unscented room were asked to complete a variety of tests to assess their memory functions. Those in the rosemary-scented room outperformed the control group. Blood analysis of those exposed to the rosemary aroma confirmed higher concentrations of 1,8-cineole, the oil’s compound specifically linked to memory improvement. The researchers concluded that the aroma of rosemary essential oil can enhance cognitive functioning in healthy individuals and may have implications for treating people with memory impairment. The findings were presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, in Harrogate.

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Try elderberry extract. Elderberry has strong antiviral properties. Consuming the plant’s extract may prevent virusbased illnesses and alleviate both the symptoms and duration of a cold. Adults can take one to two teaspoons twice daily for prevention; increase dosage to four times a day if feeling sick. Use less for youths, based on size. Make exercise and rest priorities. Daily physical activity rids the body of toxins, increases blood circulation and lowers stress levels. A simple 30-minute cardio routine three to four times a week strengthens immunity. Adequate rest helps the body recover and regenerate cells. Adults need a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night; children may need up to 13. ACUPUNCTURIST AND CHINESE HERBALIST Marco Chung-Shu Lam, Licensed Acupuncturist Mandala Integrative Medicine Clinic, Boulder, Colorado Practice deep-breathing exercises. Practicing yoga or t’ai chi several times each

week can deepen the breath, allowing organs to function more efficiently and boost immunity. Concentrate on pranayama, a focused and controlled type of yogic breathing: Slowly inhale and exhale through the nostrils, expanding the belly, rather than the chest. Add herbs. Incorporate the root herb astragalus in a daily whole foods supplement routine, especially important for older adults. Used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine, astragalus supports the immune system by stimulating immune cell activity with its high polysaccharide (complex carbohydrate) content. Simmer the short, flat herb in soups or add to long-cooking grains like brown rice. Eat seasonally. Our body naturally drives us to eat heartier foods like sweet potatoes, beets and winter squashes in colder months—foods that support immunity by providing both fiber and vitamins A and C. Eat warming foods like stews, beans and miso; avoid raw foods, which cool the body and stress the immune system.  

body, creating an environment in which bacteria thrive. Eat at least 10 servings of alkalizing foods each day to optimize the body’s immune response and overall functioning. Spinach, broccoli and cauliflower are excellent choices, along with almonds, olive oil and grapes. Drink plenty of water and green tea to keep acid in check. Up the antioxidants. Antioxidants help the body resist illness because they protect cells against harmful free radicals and oxidative stress. Berries are particularly beneficial and maintain their nutrients even when frozen; blend half a cup into a morning smoothie. As a diet supplement, consider adding 400 to 600 milligrams of curcumin—the active ingredient in turmeric, an antioxidant and antiinflammatory spice—to meals.

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Our capacity for self-examination distinguishes us from other animals. We feel compelled to ask: “Who am I? What am I here for? How can I attain my full potential?” The quest for answers has engaged humans for millennia.


opular books that have helped people on this journey span centuries, from Wallace Wattles’ The Science of Getting Rich (1910), Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich (1937), Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People (1937), Abraham Maslow’s Motivation and Personality (1954) and Dr. Thomas Anthony Harris’ I’m OK, You’re OK (1967) to Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret (2006). The personal growth genre is a cornerstone of the publishing industry. Companies like Hay House, founded by motivational author Louise Hay, have flourished. Hay teaches, “No matter where we live or how difficult


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our situation seems to be, we have the ability to overcome and transcend our circumstances.” The success of her 1984 book, You Can Heal Your Life, a New York Times bestseller well into the 21st century, led to her publishing empire, which includes authors such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Caroline Myss and Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. One of its recent top sellers is Pam Grout’s E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. Hay House has expanded its messages of hope and healing through online courses, films, conferences, special events and other opportunities to meet leading thinkers and peers.

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Such expansion is essential as more of those pursuing the examined life seek personal interaction in community and find that inward exploration frequently translates into outward action to improve the world. Perched on the cliffs of Big Sur, in California, the Esalen Institute, established in 1962, helped birth the modern human potential movement. It exists to help individuals grow through education, experience and research, with the conviction that positive personal and social transformation go hand-in-hand. Today, Esalen offers about 600 workshops a year, serving around 12,000 participants. Popular programs range from dance and yoga to couples workshops and psychology courses. Cheryl Fraenzl, director of programs, explains the appeal: “For most of us, life can be challenging and messy. Gaining the insight, skills and tools to move through the challenging times with more ease and grace while creating more love for yourself and those around you seems like a good investment of time and energy. Being consciously kind and relationally wise ripples out and changes the world. The effort has to start with the individual, like paying it forward; imagine if we all were doing it?”  The largest holistic retreat center in North America, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, attracts 35,000 participants to 800 programs annually. According to Denise Barack, the nonprofit’s director of program development, current workshops in high demand include qigong, Buddhist meditation, mindfulness and yoga nidra. She also notes a growing interest in diverse dimensions of yoga, dance and “authentic movement” for

~ Plato healing, addiction recovery, releasing trauma and energy medicine. Psychotherapist and yoga teacher Stephen Cope, founder and director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, the Center’s yoga research department, notes that many guests first come to Kripalu “… as a result of some form of suffering. Then they engage in a period of self-exploration—perhaps learning some form of contemplative practice to help them manage themselves more effectively. Almost always there is a turn outward, back toward the world, and a longing to bring the healing power of contemplative practice into their own domain.” Once someone has experienced the benefits of contemplative practices such as yoga, meditation, breathing and other healthy lifestyle routines, notes Cope, a powerful aspiration typically arises to share these practices and perspectives. “These practices all lead to a sense of union, relatedness and sameness with others,” he says, “and this burgeoning consciousness of sameness compels us to share what we’ve learned.” In Rhinebeck, New York, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies offers similar self-empowering and reflective opportunities. Dr. Stephan Rechtschaffen and Elizabeth Lesser founded Omega in 1977 as a “university of life.” Through working with prominent Zen masters, rabbis, Christian monks, psychologists, scientists and others, Lesser has found, “By combining a variety of religious, psychological and healing traditions,

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once seemed on the fringe—from yoga and meditation to complementary medicine and sustainability—into mainstream consciousness. Particularly innovative initiatives include helping military veterans heal from post-traumatic stress disorder; the women’s leadership center; the center for sustainable living; and pioneering programs on mindfulness in the workplace, education system and at-risk urban youth communities. “We recognize that because we live in an interconnected world; the behavior of one can contribute to creating changes that benefit the whole,” says Donahoe. “Doing both the inner and outer work can awaken the best in the human spirit, and so provide hope and healing to individuals and society.” For those unable to travel great distances for a holistic immersion experience in community with like-minded seekers, Wanderlust Festivals may offer an answer. Four-day regional summits, primarily held at ski resorts during the off-season, feature teachers like Shiva Rea, Elena Brower and Gurmukh; stimulating discussions; yoga; music and adventure, amidst stunning vistas. Wanderlust co-founders Sean Hoess and Jeff Krasno strive to create an expansive space for personal growth and mindful living. One common element at every gathering—now including urban and exotic locales—is Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling’s Off the Mat program, mobilizing yoga students toward activating social change. The Shift Network is dedicated to creating an online community that shares the tools of self-actualization, empowering a global movement of people creating an evolutionary shift of consciousness that leads to a more enlightened society, built on principles of sustainability, peace, health and prosperity. This new model for the human

potential movement has roots in the grandfather of retreat centers; The Shift Network’s founder, Stephen Dinan, both worked at Esalen and contributed to Esalen’s Center for Theory & Research. Dinan explains that at a meditation retreat, he received a detailed vision of “a large global transformation network that would be helping to usher in a shift to the new era.” The Shift Network now offers free teleseminars and online summits on subjects ranging from meditation and parenting with presence to enlightened business practices and cultivating peace. “We started with The Sacred Awakening Series—40 days with 40 spiritual leaders—and 30,000 people signed up in 21 days,” says Dinan. The Inspiring Women Summit attracted 25,000 participants. Since 2010, more than 400,000 people from 160 countries have participated in free teleseminars; 18,000 have paid for online courses such as Barbara Marx Hubbard’s Agents of Conscious Evolution, Andrew Harvey’s Christ Path and Thomas Hüebl’s Authentic Awakening. The Shift Network has already reached profitability and donated more than $50,000 to nonprofits. Dinan’s vision includes providing education program certifications; building a multimedia platform of e-zines, mobile phone apps and web TV broadcasts; and eventually building facilities and intentional communities to model the possibilities of a more healthy, peaceful, sustainable way of life. From reading a book on meditation to attending a yoga intensive or tapping into a multifaceted community striving to change the world, we have myriad opportunities to lead an examined life. While the seeker may have a personal goal in mind, each mode of self-inquiry can expand outward toward making the world a better place. Hay encourages us all. “You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”

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ersonal growth can be advanced by activities that improve selfknowledge and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. It’s worth investing in: Consider these core universal benefits.


Growing self-awareness enables an individual to live a life by design, instead of one marred by feelings of mediocrity, discontent or being a victim of circumstance. When elevated awareness becomes one’s modus operandi, it brings infinite spiritual riches to life.


Successful growth requires taking personal responsibility for each choice we make in shaping and responding to circumstances and other people. Most of us are happier when we feel that we have some control over creating our own reality. Feeling empowered supports self-worth and increases our confidence to make even more of the changes we desire to comfort and nurture us and keep us safe.


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A Taproot of Happiness by Leo Babauta

Be Thankful Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.


f the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice,” a maxim first voiced by mystic Meister Eckhart, has held true through the centuries. Why should this simple act mean so much? Expressing gratitude works wonders.

ward to thank others.

Gratitude reminds us to recognize good people in our life. They range from loved ones to those that render a kindness to a stranger. Treasuring goodness in every form brings more of it into our experience.

Show thanks. Sometimes we think about something helpful or kind that someone did for us recently or long ago. Make a note, call them up or even better, tell them in person with sincere conviction why you continue to be grateful and appreciative. Another option is a thank-you card or email—keep it short and sweet.

Gratitude turns bad things into good things. Having problems at work? Be grateful to be employed and serving others. Challenges keep life interesting, enhance judgment and strengthen character. Gratitude reminds us of what’s important. Being grateful to have a healthy family and friends, a home and food on the table puts smaller worries in perspective. Gratitude reminds you to say, “Thank you.” Call, email or stop by to say thanks… it takes just a few minutes to express our reason for doing so. People like being appreciated. It creates a satisfying beam of mutual happiness that shines on.

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Create a morning gratitude session. Take a few minutes each morning to close your eyes, silence the to-dos and give thanks to whomever and whatever is cause for gratitude.

See the silver lining even in “negative” situations. There are always two ways to look at something. We can perceive something as stressful, harmful, sad, unfortunate and difficult, or look for the good embedded in just about everything. Problems held in a positive light from a different perspective can be opportunities to grow and to be creative in devising a solution. Learn a gratitude prayer. Many songs and prayers, religious or not, serve to remind us to be grateful. Find or write a special one and post it in a highly visible spot. Leo Babauta is the founder of the simplicity blog,, and author of bestselling e-books Focus, The Little Guide to Un-Procrastination and Zen to Done.

If you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be thankful when you don’t know something for it gives you the opportunity to learn. Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times, you grow. Be thankful for your limitations because they give you opportunities for improvement. Be thankful for each new challenge because it will build your strength and character. Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons. Be thankful when you’re tired and weary because it means you’ve made a difference. It is easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks. Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings. ~ Author unknown



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hat does it take to live a life where we are truly satisfied and fulfilled, one where we are in line with our purpose? That is a big question to answer and seems so daunting that, honestly, many people never take the time to really ask the question. However, living a fulfilled life isn’t necessarily about the big decisions. It is about the small ways that we care for ourselves, others and our planet every day, and how those decisions add up over a lifetime. Find that hard to believe? Try living by these 10 tips for the month and watch how life changes.

others—not just when we meet our own needs. Giving back can help us be more fulfilled.

1. Meditate, contemplate and observe: We can’t be happy if we

Opportunity is everywhere. Take a moment to see potential.

don’t know what is stopping us from being happy. Take time each day to focus inward and figure out what is going on.

2. Do something for someone else: We are most fulfilled when we

can also meet the needs or wants of

3. Learn to love something even in what you hate: There is always some way to find something good in what is most challenging in our life. Take a moment to see what you can bring to the things with which you struggle.

4. Change your perspective and learn to see opportunity:

5. Eat really well:

We can’t be happy with a broken or struggling body. Find a way to get good food in your life.

7. Love what you have: Otherwise known as being grateful. If you can’t love it, see number six or number three. thing we really need to do and is also what will make you the most fulfilled.

9. Love what you do: See number six and remember—if you are doing it, you might as well find a way to love it. 10. Be a really good person:

There is nothing that creates fulfillment like integrity. Be the best person you know you can be.

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BRIGHT How Wheat, Carbs and Sugar are Affecting Your Brain Health by Linda Sechrist


lzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia and a general term for memory loss and other intellectual disabilities serious enough to interfere with daily life, affects 5.6 million Americans. According to The Lancet Neurology, a well-respected medical journal on brain research, Alzheimer’s, which presently has no cure, is preventable. “Lifestyle choices, like aerobic exercise and eating plenty of healthy fats and reducing carbohydrates, affect overall brain health, as well as the risk of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and author of the EAT WELL • FEEL GREAT • LIVE IN GOOD HEALTH

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He further “A hallmark of what I term fruit every day, notes, “The function on America’s grain brain is that brain based of the brain, which present food pyrais 60 to 70 percent dysfunction is predicated mid, is not helpful. fat and maintained in line with on the inflammation from More by the fats you avoiding brain consume, depends drain is an apple or consumption of gluten, on its environment.” of berries, as well as the long chains aorhandful Grain Brain recomabout 100 calomends a diet that’s of sugar molecules known ries worth of any aggressively low fruit. In my opinion, as carbohydrates.” in carbohydrates the pyramid needs (60 grams per day) to be stood on its ~ Dr. David Perlmutter and bountiful in head,” advises Perlsupportive brain mutter. “We should fats. These include extra-virgin olive oil, eat a diet similar to what our ancestors sesame oil, coconut oil, ghee, almond survived on for 2.6 million years and milk, avocados, olives, nuts, nut butreprogram support of our genetic desters, cheese and seeds such as flaxseed, tiny for the better.” sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and chia. Dr. David Perlmutter is a board-certified It is also rich in above-ground vegneurologist, Fellow of the American etables such as kale, broccoli, spinach, College of Nutrition and author of cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and salad Grain Brain. For more information on greens, while relatively low in belowground vegetables like beets, carrots and his 2013 PBS Grain Brain series, visit potatoes, which are higher in carbohydrates. It also calls for reduced fruit Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for consumption. Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout “Having two to four servings of for the recorded interview.

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Humans rescue animals, but animals show up for a reason—most humans can use some rescuing, as well.

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uster came to us for a reason,” says Amy Burkert. “My husband, Rod, and I were walking our Shar-Pei, Ty, in our Philadelphia neighborhood when a man warned us about ‘a big, black dog’ in the alley. The friendly fellow came home with us and after a fruitless search for his family, we decided to make him part of ours.”

In 2009, when the couple encountered difficulty finding a vacation hotel that would accept their new 70-pound German shepherd as an overnight guest, they decided to launch, a website that assists in finding travel accommodations for families with dogs and other pets. Selling their house in Pennsylvania

and hitting the road in a 24-foot-long RV, they’ve now traveled to 47 states to research and qualify content for the website; Rod works from “home” and Amy writes the weblog. Their travel schedule flexes, with most stops lasting one to three weeks. “It’s not the life two accountants were banking on, but we couldn’t be happier,” she says, “and we owe it all to Buster.” The site now lists more than 60,000 hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, beaches, dog parks and activities across the U.S. and Canada, plus a road trip planner. “I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I can’t find a husband, so I’ll get a dog,’” says BJ Gallagher, a sociologist and award-winning author. “I’d lived in my Los Angeles house for 16 years and knew none of the neighbors. Within six months of adopting Fannie from a shelter, I’d met them all. Thanks to her, I’ve become a full-fledged member of my community.” Fannie’s Chinese heritage includes chow and Pekingese breeds. Transformations can come from more unusual pets, as well. Soon after Susan M. Tellem, a registered nurse in Malibu, California, gifted her husband, Marshall, with two tortoises for his birthday, the couple discovered there was no national protection program for the reptiles. They started American Tortoise Rescue (, an orga-

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The Miracle of Midlife Being Exactly Who We Need to Be by Marianne Williamson


ow would we live, were we not afraid of death? How would we live if we gave ourselves permission to give to life everything we’ve got? In The Longevity Factor, Lydia Brontë, Ph.D., observes that we’ve added 15 years to our lives… but in the middle, not at the end. No longer identifying ourselves as “over the hill” at whatever age, we are simply removing the hill. We are forging a different conversation and a new vision to take us beyond the limited thought forms that have defined the parameters of age for generations. For the first time in history, we can realistically view the first half of life as a kind of gestation period, preparing us for an even more productive second half. Midlife is like a second puberty, a point at which one persona falls away and another comes to take its place. What happens then is up to us. Some begin a long, slow cruise toward death at that point, allowing memories to become more meaningful than the present. Others, remembering that the spirit within us never ages, see the moment of midlife as a rebirth—the time to put our engines into high gear. Whomever it is we were born to be, whatever our soul was coded to accomplish, whatever lessons we are here to learn; now is the time to seriously get going. We may regret that we’re no longer young, but we’re ecstatic that we’re no longer clueless. We must be disciplined, though. We want to become precision instruments now, focused on exactly what we want to do and being exactly who we need to be. This requires separating from the person we were before to whatever extent that person was not who we know in our hearts we were created to be.


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There’s no more time for five-year detours. No more time for relationships that don’t serve us or for staying in situations that aren’t true to who we are. No more time for pettiness, false pride or whatever other dysfunctional roadblocks obstruct our higher destiny and the joy that’s meant to be ours. Our life might not be as fabulous as it used to be in some ways, but in other ways it’s even more fabulous. The Universe is constantly and infinitely elastic, responding not to our past, but to our present state of mind. As we learn to reprogram thoughts—atoning for our mistakes of the past and embracing the endless miraculous possibilities of the present—we step into a time when we have every reason to look forward with genuine excitement to what happens next. Individually and collectively, we are now fitted to fearlessly forge new ground, wielding the power of what life has taught us so far and laying claim to

the possibility of redemption, not only for ourselves, but also for the entire world. The planet needs a new story, aligned with a larger consciousness, and so do we. What we need now are imagination and courage. Many of us feel we’ve forever carried around a secret dream, rarely validating it even to ourselves and often denying its reality. Yet it has refused to go away and is ready to be born at last. Individuals that have spent decades achieving one thing or moving in one direction often take up something else entirely that gives them far more psychic satisfaction. They see achievements that were the height of their material success as preparation for an even greater one; the means by which they learned the skills ultimately needed to make their biggest contribution to the world. Divine law guarantees that the power of “now” presents an endless fount of miraculous opportunities. In God, there are no limits to how high we can go, ever. In God, there is no time… only the call of the soul. It is not too late; we are right on time and we are better than we know. Now, having visited so many other places in our journey of life, we seek our place within the collective heartbeat of holiness. When enough of us stand in the light of our higher purpose, seeking to be ever-greater servants of love, each consciously dedicated to creating a more loving world, then a new field of collective possibility will emerge among us. All that is not love will begin to fall away of its own dead weight. A profound moment of planetary renewal will occur then, after our having allowed it first to occur within us. Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed inspirational author and lecturer. Six of her 10 books have been New York Times bestsellers, including The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife, the basis for this article.

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Saturday, November 2

Intro to Ayurveda – 9am-12pm. Learn the basics of the sister science of yoga, the oldest and most practiced health tradition. Instructor: Kim Abraham. $30. NL Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. Registration required: 860-574-3572. Yoga 101: Semi Private Series – Saturdays, Nov 2-23. 10:30am-12:30pm. With Jenn Thomas. This 4-wk series offers yogic philosophy, meditation, breathwork, basic stretching, standing postures, back bending and inversions. Class size limited to 6, so individual attention is guaranteed and questions are welcome. No experience necessary. $80. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Holiday Bazaar - 11am-5pm. Readers, Vendors, lots of Fun for All! Free. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Yoga of the Heart® for Relaxation – 1-3pm. A gentle, restorative workshop designed to draw the awareness within for maximum health, tranquility and relaxation. Based on the book, The Healing Path of Yoga by Joy Devi. $25. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

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RIHHA’s Holistic Awareness Day – 10am-5pm. RI Holistic Healers Association invites you to their Holistic Awareness Day 2013. Allow us to inspire, educate and empower you! Reiki, massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, sound healing and more. Keynote: Spiritual Author-Channeler Roland Comtois. $7 or $5 with RI Community Food Bank donation. RIHHA, Sheraton Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-738-4000.

disturbing sleep. Free, lunch included. Miriam Hospital, Hurvitz Board Room, 164 Summit Ave, Providence. Registration required, Judy Antonelli: 401-247-2220. Shirodhara Therapy Class – Nov 9 & 10. 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. With Karyn Chabot. $275. SAMA, 128 Long Wharf, Newport. 877-832-1372. Free Community Yoga Class – 3-4:15pm. Taught by our graduates of Prana Flow 200-Hour Teacher Training. Laughing Elephant Yoga provides a free class every other Saturday. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Intro: MELT® Hand & Foot Treatment – Nov 9, 16 & 23. 3-4:30pm. MELT® is a simple self-treatment that reduces pain and tension from daily stress, overuse, aging. On Dr. Oz; NY Times Bestseller. With Lisa Medley. $140, includes Ball Kit. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-588-2762.


Tuesday, November 12

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 circle. With David Barr & Katharine Rossi. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-626-7088.

Thursday, November 14

Healing Relationships with Archangels – 6-8:30pm. Relationships and our roles in them are changing. Many are feeling these shifts. You’re not alone. Come learn how the Archangels can assist you in healing relationships. With Gladys Ellen. $30. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Friday, November 15

Free Friday Chair Massage – 11am-2pm. Stop by for a free 15-minute chair massage. 1st come, 1st served. Get the kinks out for the weekend. Never had a massage before? This is a great way to start. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652. Ladies’ Night – 6-9pm. Join us for a night to nurture the woman’s soul: massages, tarot readings, aura pictures, dancing and music. Bring a Soul Sister. $10 supports children’s charity. The Women’s Well Wholistic Center, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-269-8788. Details:

Healthy Living – Nov 10 & 17. 9am-12:30pm. With Jane Bernstein. This potent week is designed to set your sails on a more vibrant you, utilizing what we at All That Matters call the “essential practices” – moving your body, quieting your mind, nourishing yourself. $79. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Yoga for Depression and Anxiety – 7-8pm. Class will focus on breathing methods to calm the mind and body. Learn yoga poses to help release tension in the body and promote well being. Everyone welcome. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-921-5148.

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Saturday, November 16

Oncology Massage for Caregivers – 6-7:30pm. Workshop for oncology patients and caregivers to experience the therapeutic nature of massage. Learn simple massage techniques with modifications to treatment. Free. Bring blanket & pillow. The Women’s Well Wholistic Center, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-269-8788.

Magnified Healing® 1st Phase – Nov 16 & 17. 9:30am-5:30pm. Learn a 20-minute daily healing practice designed to help raise your spiritual Love vibration. With Gladys Ellen. $250 (Certificate, Manual, Essence, CD). Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. More info:

Wednesday, November 6

Gentle Yoga Demo by Maria – 6:30-7pm. Free yoga demo by the local yoga instructor. Great for older people, anyone with back/hip problems/pain. Learn to improve flexibility and decrease pain. Free. Cumberland Family Chiropractic LLC, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. RSVP by Nov 4: 401-334-0535.

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

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Releasing Fear: The Anxiety Inquiry – Nov 16 & 17. 10am-4pm. A Living Inquiries Workshop with Fiona Robertson and Julianne Eanniello. Simple, gentle, yet direct and deeply transformative. Registration required. $125-$150 sliding scale. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 860-463-5576. 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. Mindful Eating Workshop – 1-3pm. With Diane Pezza. Using gentle chair yoga, breathing, relaxation and stress reduction techniques, learn to create a new relationship with food and change emotional eating. No experience necessary. $29 advance; $35 at door. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Drawing Inspiration from Dreams – 1-4pm. Access the creativity of your dreams through the process of Touch Drawing. Expand and bring the dream image into form through poetry, writing, acting, or art. Inspiring, fun. With David Barr & Katharine Rossi. $60. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Making Peace with Food and Your Body – 1-4:30pm. With Barbara Holtzman MSW, LICSW, author of Conscious Eating, Conscious Living. Through exercises including guided imagery, mindful eating and breathing, you will practice listening to your body’s wisdom to identify the source of your cravings. $65. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Feast of Hecate – 2-3:30pm. Come for an exploration of this Great Lady. Divine portents in your teacup. Discover traditional offerings, modern musings and the importance of honoring our Beloved Dead. With Jonathan Sousa. $30. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St, Providence. 401-353-3099. Shannah Green Workshop – 2-4pm. A dynamic and powerfully physical yet meditative afternoon. We’ll focus on asana as a means of setting intention and cultivating a rich soil of communion and selfexpression. $25. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Eyelash Extension Training Class – 11am7pm. What is holding you back from earning top dollar as a Eyelash Artist? Lash Artistry is the #1 area in the Beauty Industry. Learn from professional Eyelash experts. Please call for pricing. Diane’s Permanent Makeup & Eyelashes, 101 W Natick Rd, Warwick. 401-855-4333.

Monday, November 18

Drumming Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Come join our Drumming Circle as we meditate, journey, and send loving, healing energy out to the world. Bring your own drum. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. Please RSVP: 401-437-1652. Live, Love, Laugh Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Do you feel like you are blocked or frozen? Energy levels could be higher? Do you know that you could be better organized? This guided meditation helps. $10. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-793-0097.

Wednesday, November 20

Guided Meditation Night – 6:30-8pm. Guided Meditation Night is back. Now on a new mid-week night. Join us for an evening of meditation and relaxation. All learning levels welcome. With Gladys Ellen. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Learn modern applications of this ancient technique. Journey to a live drum to deepen your practice, gain insight, and work with guidance. Bring a journal. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Thursday, November 21

IET® Energy Share – 6:30-8:30pm. An evening of healing and rejuvenation for certified IET® Practitioners. All levels welcome. With Gladys Ellen. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. RI Holistic Healers Association Meeting – 7-8:45pm. Presenter is Julianne Eanniello, a Senior Facilitator & Trainer of Scott Kiloby’s Living Inquiries. Door opens at 6:30pm for networking. Free. White Light Book Store, 1464 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-944-4130.

Sunday, November 17

Reiki Level I Training (8 CE Hours) – 10am-5pm. First Degree introduces you to hands-on healing, the history of Reiki, and the energy centers of the body. No Pre-requisite. Instructor: Dr. Jamie Lee. $150. NL Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572. Vitality & Radiance from Inside, Out – 11am1pm. Ancient Practices for Modern Times with Yogini Shanthi: An integrated session of yoga poses and exercises to engage physical strength and mental vitality in the modern, busy and stressful life. $27 advance; $30 at door. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

Shamanic Drum Healing – 7:30-9pm. Experience the power of the drum to release energy blocks, promote healing and gain insight. Restore internal balance and alignment through this ancient mode of healing. $35. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Shamanic Drum Healing – 7:30-9:30pm. Restore balance and move into alignment with your true nature through power and soul retrievals, release energy blocks to promote healing and well being. Group format. With Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna. $35. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. 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, November 22

Free Community Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Diane Pezza. 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. Gong Bath – 7:30-8:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing of the bronze gong and Tibetan singing bowls. Many people experience something noticeable during a meditative Gong Bath. Whatever your experience, it will be the perfect experience unique to you. With Stephanie Marisca & Cathy Cesario. $20 pre-registration, $25 at door. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Ecstatic Dance Providence – 8:30-10:30pm. Enjoy blissful world beats and groovin’ bass. No shoes, no booze just come to move. Align your mind with your body as you dance however you wish in a beautiful space. $12 at door. The Movement Exchange, 545 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket.

Saturday, November 23

Free Community Yoga Class – 3-4:15pm. Taught by our graduates of Prana Flow 200-Hour Teacher Training. Laughing Elephant Yoga provides a free class every other Saturday. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616.

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Saturday, November 30

Ananda Health & Vitality Workshop – 1-4pm. Learn easy-to-follow healing techniques for physical, energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. How to get more happiness, energy, joy. Based on Yogananda’s book. $30. Ananda Providence, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766.

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Tantra – Nov 30 & Dec 1. 1-5pm. Explore the basic tenets of Tantric philosophy as well as Tantric Shaivism, the family tree of the Saiva lineage, tantric poetry and the fundamentals of Sanskrit. $175/2 half-day weekend sessions. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616.

Large sound proofed treatment rooms available at 360 Face Mind Body, a beautiful wellness spa now located in Coventry, just around the corner from the Center of New England. Rent includes, WiFi and utilities. Perfect for acupuncturist, massage therapist, or other wellness practitioner. Must have own insurance. For more information call 401-886-1938. Office Space East Greenwich. Newly painted holistic office space in East Greenwich which includes parking. Available to rent on Thursdays. Rent due on first of the month.
 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.

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Friday, December 13 Meadowbrook Waldorf School Holiday Faire – 6-9pm. Stroll along the lantern-lit path to join a festive, adults only gathering with live music, light refreshments, bonfire and a strolling magician. Finely crafted European toys and many local and global handcrafts, including clothing, housewares, ornaments and other fineries. Free. Meadowbrook Warldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, West Kingstown. 401-374-3899.

Sunday, November 24

Meadowbrook Waldorf School Holiday Faire – 10am-4pm. Enjoy puppet performances and live music, ride a pony and explore the magical gnome cave. Crafts for all ages; try your hand at candle dipping. Shop at the Holiday Store for unusual and hand-crafted gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Free. Meadowbrook Warldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, West Kingstown. 401-374-3899. Holiday Fundraiser Auction – 12:30-2:30pm. Have fun and do some holiday shopping at the First Spiritualist Church of RI fundraiser auction. Money raised goes to help families in need during the holidays. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI at PNB, 877 Broadway, East Providence.

Monday, November 25

Good Morning Guided Meditation – 9-10:45am. Before Thanksgiving and the holiday errands take over, start the week off with a relaxing guided meditation. All learning levels welcome. With Gladys Ellen. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Tuesday, November 26

Lightworker/Indigo Gathering – 6:30-8pm. Gather with like-minded individuals to talk about different interests and ideas. Share, support, network, relax and enjoy. Rejuvenate your positive energy. Donation. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-793-0097.

Friday, November 29

Reiki Healing, Meditation – 7-8pm. This is an opened Reiki circle/meditation. Reiki will help release blocks of energy from the body. You will feel a sense of balance, deep relaxation and peace. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-921-5148.

Meditation with David Beretta – 6-8pm. A short, formal meditation practice and some “life exercises” to find our awareness muscles to help us bring our practice off our cushion, into real life. $20 preregistered; $25 drop-in. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich. 401-354-9112.

Saturday, December 14

Abhyanga Ayurvedic Massage Class – Dec 14 & 15. 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. With Karyn Chabot & Joa Agnello. CEs available for Yoga Alliance & NCBTMB. $275. SAMA, 128 Long Wharf, Newport. 877-832-1372.


Introduction to Marma Therapy Class – 10am5pm. Activating marma points allows light and prana into the body, transforming the biochemistry of the physiology. With Karyn Chabot. CEs available for Yoga Alliance & NCBTMB. $155. SAMA, 128 Long Wharf, Newport. 877-832-1372.


Sacred Stone Massage Therapy Certification – Mar 8-10. 10am-5pm. CEs available for Yoga Alliance & NCBTMB. 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. With Karyn Chabot. $375. SAMA, 128 Long Wharf, Newport. 877-832-1372.

Monday, April 21

Registered Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program – 10am-5pm. A 21-month Level 1 Program meeting the 3rd weekend (4 days) each month. Approved by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. S.A.M.A. is a consciousness-based school inspired by the matrix of science and art, where ancient wisdom meets modern medicine, and where massage, Ayurveda and yoga unite. Students can study at our Newport campus or in their homes via live-webinar technology. With Karyn Chabot. $290/mo. SAMA, 128 Long Wharf, Newport. 877-832-1372.

ongoingcalendar Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. With meditation, affirmative prayer, spiritual reading, spiritual lesson, new thought music. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

Children’s Jiu Jitsu Classes – 5-6pm. Also Wednesday at 5pm and Saturdays at 10am. Children learn the highly effective art of Jiu Jitsu, gain more self confidence, respect, teamwork, character building and much more. $60/month. InnerStengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940.

Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI at PNB, 877 Broadway, East Providence.

Svaroopa Yoga Class – 5:30-7pm. 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 welcome. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443.

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.

Sunday Satsang – 10am-12pm. Yogananda’s teachings. Weekly meditation, chanting, inspiration, satsang and noon veggie potluck lunch. Healing Prayer Circle after lunch on 4th Sunday. Joy is within you. Donation. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

Adult and Teen Kung Fu Classes – 6-7:30pm. Multi-level beginner-advanced. Build strength/ stamina and learn elements of kung fu training for self-defense. 1st time students try free trial class Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat. $210/12 wks. The Way Of The Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502.

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 2, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Adult Jiu Jitsu – 6:30-8:30pm. Also Wednesday at 6pm, Friday at 7:30pm. Jiu Jitsu is a great way to get in shape, stay toned while building confidence and self awareness. You can set your own pace, no prior experience needed. $70/monthly, $15/drop-in. InnerStengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940.

Zumba with Rupa’s Bollywood Fusion – 4-5pm. Nov 3. With Rupa’s Bollywood Fusion. Walk-ins and deals on website. $8. Jen McWalters Pilates and Beyond, Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St, Ste 111, Pawtucket.

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. Providence.

Sundays at Ananda Providence – 4-6pm. Restorative yoga, sacred art workshops, healing prayer circle, uplifting discussions, meditation and chanting. Varies each week; check website. Suggested donation $10. Ananda Providence, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766.


Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 11am-12:30pm. 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. Yoga Basics – 4:30-5:30pm. This beginner-friendly class covers the basics of yoga poses, breathing and mindfulness techniques all in a convenient hour. Leave centered, and relaxed. $10. NL Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572.

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.


Zumba with Rebecca Rhoads – 8:30-9:30am. Also Wednesday, 9-10 am. Zumba is fun and funky all around. Start your day in a great way and get a healthy workout. Separate package deals for just Zumba available. 1st class free; $10/drop-in. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Ananda Yoga & Energization Exercises – 9:3011am. Be in joy. Release stress, relax body, awaken energy in blissful Ananda Yoga Mixed Level Class. Followed by Yogananda’s Energization Exercises & Meditation, 11:30am-12:15pm. $10 each. Ananda Providence, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766. 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. Sadhana Yoga (Intermediate Level) – 6-7:15pm. This practice encourages connecting mind-bodyspirit through a vigorous practice that encourages letting go of extraneous effort to find efficiency and serenity. $8/drop-in, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st Fl, Fall River. 774-365-4016. Yoga: Moving into a Restful Evening – 6-7:15pm. Join us for this popular yoga class in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center in Cumberland. A blend of Kripalu and Yin Yoga for all levels. $96/8 wks. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Evening of Healing – 7-8:30pm. On the 1st Tuesday of every month join Healers from the First Spiritualist Church of RI for a fun night of healing. Receive for yourself or send to others. $7/members, $10/nonmembers. First Spiritualist Church of RI at PNB, 877 Broadway, East Providence.

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Providence Laughter Club – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Explore, nourish and share intentional laughter as a means of cultivation wellness, healing, playfulness and connection in ourselves and our communities. Free; donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.


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, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st fl, Fall River. 774-365-4016. All Level Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center in Cumberland. A gentle to moderate hatha yoga class appropriate for all levels. Beginners welcome. $96/8 wks. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Monthly Meditation – 7-7:45pm. Please join us for a deep inner meditative experience. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. ConcordiaMinister@ Meditation and Messages – 7-8:15pm. 2nd Wednesday. Enjoy a guided meditation followed by spirit messages from our members at the First Spiritualist Church of RI. Come develop your own abilities. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI at PNB, 877 Broadway, East Providence.

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Holistic Cancer Circle – 7-9pm. 1st & 3rd Wednesday join First Spiritualist Church of RI healers to receive healing energy. Open to anyone diagnosed with cancer or cancer survivors. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI at PNB, 877 Broadway, East Providence.


Svaroopa Yoga Class – 9:45am-11:15pm. 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. 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. Women’s Jiu Jitsu – 6-8pm. Also Saturday at 1pm. 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. Kundalini Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. New class. A blend of breath work, movement, postures, chanting and meditation for strength and radiance. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center in Cumberland. $96/8 wks. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 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.


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:


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Ananda Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. Ananda’s integrated approach to yoga explores the body’s subtle energies for physical wellness and spiritual growth. Posture, affirmations, pranayam, meditation. Mixed level. $10. Ananda Providence, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766. 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. Advanced Shamanism: Shamanism, Dying, and Beyond – 9:30am-5pm. Learn how to deal with the issue of dying and the destiny of souls from a shamanic perspective. Pre-requisite: Foundations for Shamanic Studies basic workshop, The Way of the Shaman®, with an authorized FSS faculty member. $250. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. All Level Yoga (Kripalu & Yin Yoga) – 9:45-11am. A moderately paced hatha yoga class emphasizing flow mixed with deep, yet gentle stretching. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center in Cumberland. $96/8 wks. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Kindergarten & Kids Kung Fu – 11-11:45am. Classes for ages 3-5 include fun, discipline and structure. Kids classes for 6+ are Saturdays, 1011am, Monday & Wednesday 4:45-5:45pm. Free trial class is offered for 1st time students. $210/12 wks. The Way Of The Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 435-6502. Adult Jiu Jitsu – 11:30am-1:30pm. Jiu Jitsu is a great way to get in shape, stay toned while building confidence and self awareness. You can set your own pace, no prior experience needed. $70/ monthly, $15/drop-in. InnerStengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940.

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541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket RI 401-305-3959

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Jessica Albernaz, MS, CAC Serving RI and MA 860-558-3988

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.

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


Community Ayurvedic Herbalist

178 Taunton Ave East Providence 401-431-0888

Dr. Tim Armstrong was an Acupuncture Fellow at the prestigious Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan and interned at the LA Free Clinic and Arthur Ashe Clinic at UCLA. Dr Tim specializes in treating Menopausal symptoms, GI disorders as well as stress and anxiety. Dr. Tim also treats musculoskeletal disorders such as frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel and low back pain. See ad on page 8.

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Gladys Ellen, RMT 917 Warwick Avenue, 2nd Floor Warwick, RI 401-935-8451

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.

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 128 Long Wharf, Newport, RI 877-832-1372 Ayurveda recognizes 4 stages of imbalance before a Western doctor can give a diagnosis. Using pulse analysis, Vedic astrology, and tongue analysis, I can gain insights about your constitution and current health conditions. This is a transformative, unique educational experience for people who are ready to create the life they were born to live. See ad on page 18.

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.

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.


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

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 10.


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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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energy therapy training Heavenly Hugs Holistic Healing Center 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 •

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Positive New Beginnings

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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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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.

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 30.


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

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510 East Main Rd Middletown, RI 401-847-7480

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

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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 19.


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541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket, RI 401-305-3959

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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.  

Whatever you are, be a good one. — Abraham Lincoln

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Diane's Permanent Makeup & Eyelash Extensions

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

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 16.

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 31.

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

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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.

meditation dragon mountain zen community and cultural center 50 Dunnell Ln Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-213-9784 • Old and new meet under the guidance of a Reiki 4 Shihan. Gain immediate relief from anxiety, depression, grief, pain, loneliness, stress, anxiety and general distress. Discover meaning. Individual and group sessions available. Most feel relief after one session, 4 to 6 provide a firm foundation. Come discover your life.

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

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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.

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


Metaphysical, Spiritual, Self-Help & Natural Healing Books Unique Jewelry & Unusual Gifts Crystals, Natural Stones, Cards & Candles Music & Meditation CD’s, Kirlian Aura Photos 17 W. Main Street Wickford, RI 02852 Phone: (401)294-3981 Open Sun. & Mon. 12-5

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Anna Scurry, CNC 541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket, RI 401-305-3959 Anna believes in targeted solutions and nutrition specific to each individual’s needs and body composition. Specializes in helping people with: anti-aging, thyroid and autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, chemical sensitivity, weight loss resistance, digestive disorders, cellular healing and epigenetics. She overcame her own health conditions naturally in 2009 and has worked many others to help them reclaim their life and heal themselves naturally. See ad on pages 2.


Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic


“An Old House Welcomes The New Age”


Naturopathic medicine at its beSt Diet and nutrient therapy, herbal medicine, NAET, homeopathy. Safe and effective treatments for men, women and children of all ages.


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.

Healing with Joy JOY QUINN BLUM MA. M.Div. H.C. • Holistic Health/Nutrition Coaching • Vibrational Healing with Gongs/ Singing Bowls/Drums • Holistic Mind/Body/Spirit Counseling

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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.

Symptoms can range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and a variety of skin and hair problems. Hypothyroidism can further cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers. In children, insufficient iodine has been strongly linked with mental retardation, deafness, attention deficient and hyperactivity disorder and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University, China’s Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and France’s National Academy of Medicine. The answer is simple: Taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage can rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the thyroid and the whole body.

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Reasons Behind Iodine Deficiency Radiation: Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation emitted by cell phones, Wi-Fi, microwave ovens and other electronic devices. Iodized table salt: The human body cannot utilize the iodine added to this product. Low-sodium diets: Failure to use healthy salts to fulfill sodium requirements, plus overuse of zero-nutrient table salt in foods, leads to iodine depletion. Bromine: This toxic chemical overrides iodine’s abilities to nourish the thyroid, adrenal and other hormone-producing glands. A known carcinogen, it is used as an anticaking ingredient found in almost all baked goods, unless the ingredients specifically cite unbromated flour. Iodine-depleted soils: Due to poor farming techniques, iodine and other minerals in soil have declined, so most foods today are devoid of naturally occurring iodine. Proper iodine supplementation with a high-quality product like Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine can prevent harm by protecting the thyroid and other endocrine glands and restoring proper hormone production.

Skin care L’ARBRE DE VIE FACIAL REJUVENATION CLINIC 178 Taunton Ave East Providence, RI 401-431-0888

Dr. Tim Armstrong’s unique anti-aging protocol lifts and firms cheeks and chins as well as lifts sagging eyelids. Be amazed at how your fine lines and wrinkles diminish, and in many cases go away for good with Cosmetic Acupuncture. The Empresses of China, Madonna, Cher and Gwenneth Paltrow all use Cosmetic Acupuncture to remain freshfaced and camera ready. We use the finest ultrathin, highest quality disposable Japanese cosmetic needles. Call to schedule your free 15-minute consultation today. See ad on page 8.

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.

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 19.

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

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


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.



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.

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

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 6.

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 33.


593 Charles St, Providence, RI 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton, RI 401-308-8745

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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 35.

wellness center The Women’s Well

934 East Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI Info@TheWomen’ 401-269-8788 • Massage & Bodywork, Intuitive Movement, Yoga, Fitness, and Nutrition with Kerri Maroney, BS, LMT, 269-8788. Holistic Tarot, Astrology, Shamanic Counseling, and Reiki with Cris McCullough, MA, 662-6642.Treatment rooms & loft space available for classes, workshops, trainings, and conferences. Gift certificates available. ‘Tis the Season!

Find joy, love, and peace with Ananda through ancient and effective techniques of meditation, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, kirtan, Kriya Yoga and more. Deepen your own spiritual journey in the company of friends who support your inner growth. Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and was founded by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

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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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Are You Ready? Unleash Your Inner Horsepower and Start Moving Toward What Matters Most In Your Life! I CAN HELP! • Life-Force Coach • Business Coach • Success Coach • Coaches Coach •Therapist’s Mentor •Transformational Coach • Personal Development Coach

ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS OWNERS: • Make personal changes needed to allow your business to grow to it’s potential • Create and execute a plan designed around your business serving you, rather than you, serving your business • Learn to “tell” the great story that you intend your business to grow into

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Call me whatever you want to call me – but CALL me today to get moving toward what matters to you NOW!

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Internationally known life coach and motivational speaker Brian Reid

Specializing in supporting entrepreneurs, business owners, coaches and therapists

“I’ve been describing Brian as a “professional motivator” because the term life coach was way too weak to accurately describe what he “turned on” in me for me to take action in my own life. The term “life coach” in the coaching industry is over used and often describes someone who might be more “soft” in his/ her skills/approach giving the impression of coming together for a “love fest” versus real dynamic, purposeful change and growth. What I love most about Brian is his energy, force, no nonsense approach that will hold me accountable to my dreams of what’s next for me in my life/business. I might even consider changing my title from executive coach to life force coach! Love it!” Jennifer Peterson ( PhD Organizational Psychotherapy, professional coach, MN)

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