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s I type this letter in mid-February, it is -4 degrees outside and the snow is piled up outside my office window. It is hard to imagine that under all that white snow, there really will be green grass again. Hopefully, by the time some of you are reading this, snow will already have started to fade, both in reality and in memory. This has been a most challenging winter, with one storm after another. We did get one beautiful ski trip in before all the snow, but haven’t been able to get back and appreciate the positives of this weather. This has been a particularly hectic magazine month in addition to, and in spite of, the weather, we topped our February distribution record all while we awaited our first and most likely last and only, granddaughter. Allie arrived on February 13th at 2:48 a.m. Mother and daughter are doing well, and she has met her brothers. We now have five grandchildren ranging in age from 7 years to 7 days with four boys and our new baby girl. Watching them grow, play and learn is just fascinating. The things they do, and the way their little minds work is a joy to witness even if it is also exhausting! I love watching them figure things out and laugh at nothing with such joy. How can we not be in awe of the circle of life we witness every day? Be it the rebirth of our planet that will begin with spring this month or the birth of a new generation represented by Allie and her brothers and cousins. Our world continues to change and morph into the new, the exciting, the future. I love that I can be a part of that both for our planet and our children. I was struck when reading the article “21st Century Learning for Children: Out-ofSchool Time Programs” by Wendy Nadherny Fachon, on page 26, with the brilliance of this program. Providing support to high poverty, low performing schools, they are helping to redefine education to better prepare our children for the future. From assistance with homework to free playtime to leadership opportunities, these programs are able to help children transform. There is so little time for movement during a school day, with less and less unstructured play time, it seems one of the things that has gotten lost in that is some of the social interactions that happen. Have a read and see how this group has decided to make a difference. I hope all of us can be inspired to impact our future. Happy March, may it bring much sunshine and little snow!

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oy Quinn Blum (Gongs of Joy) and A. Michelle (Drumsinger) will present an Interactive Sound Healing Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, March 15, at The Empowerment Factory, in the Hope Artiste Village, in Pawtucket, and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., March 21, at It’s My Health Wellcare Collaborative, in Cumberland. Future workshops are already being scheduled for April and May. Sound Healing Therapy is an excellent holistic approach to reduce stress, relieve anxiety, elevate mood, experience peace, balance energy, enhance compassion, promote self-healing and expand consciousness. Buddhist monks have long employed the vibrations of brass singing bowls for meditation. Listeners harmonize with a state of un-attachment to flow beyond resistance into persistent peace. Workshop participants will learn about using gongs, drums, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, rattles and other instruments as tools for meditation and healing. Techniques for playing the bowls and basics of sound healing will be demonstrated and practiced. The workshop concludes with an hour-long gong “sound” bath, whereas participants lie on the floor, or sit in a chair, and experience blissful relaxation and deep peace. Participants are welcome to bring their own bowl or drum, but instruments will be available.   For information about sound healing, these workshops, or for private healing appointments, call Joy at 401-258-3952, email or visit See ad on page 19.

Create More Balance, Tranquility and Energy


enee S. Katz, massage therapist and yoga instructor at Lightworks Massage and Yoga, teaches a Mixed Level yoga class, Saturdays at 9 a.m., a Yoga Nidra class, the last Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., and Yin Yoga classes, Mondays at 5:30 p.m. All classes are taught in an intimate and nurturing studio. Katz began her journey of alternative healthcare in 1986 after graduating from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, and then continued her studRenee S. Katz ies of Shiatsu with Pauline Sasaki. Subsequent studies include Rossiter training with Richard Rossiter and Reiki I and II. She completed a 500-hour certificate from the Yoga School of South County in 2009, and has also studied Yoga Nidra with Jennifer Reis and Yin Yoga with Josh Summers. Katz’s sessions can be of one particular type of therapy or a blend of all the above depending on the client’s needs. “My goal of a session is to help each client create balance, tranquility and stimulate the energetic body,” she says. “This helps to reduce pain, structural alignment and create space in the physical, energy and mind body.” Cost: $10/Mixed Level and Yin Yoga; $15/Yoga Nidra. Location: 404 B Main St., Wakefield. Space is limited, call or email to reserve your spot. For more information, call 401-864-0947, email or visit


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Living Well Festival Inspires Healthier Habits


iscoverYou Events has created a celebration called the Living Well Festival which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 7, hosted by the Poliquin Group, in East Greenwich. “This is a different kind of event, built around getting inspired, empowered and supported to create lasting wellness in your own life,” says Susan Lataille, owner of DiscoverYou Events. “It goes beyond fads and resolutions and will bring people in contact with experienced, motivated professionals able to help you create healthy living habits that last.” The festival features motivational speaker Brian Sean Reid, and presenters Lauren Canuel, Kerry Sheeran, Dave Ursillo, Terry Walters, Patricia Raskin, Terry Wildemann, and Kerry Cudmore, among others. Presenters will inspire and educate attendees on good nutrition habits, making friends with exercise and body image, and creating a healthy relationship with the myriad ways to cultivate wellness in one’s life.   Cost: $10; $8 seniors; children under 10 free. Location: 1598 South County Trail, East Greenwich. For more information, visit For information on how to participate as a business, contact Susan Lataille at 401-769-1325 x11, or See ad on this page.

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ertified Hypnotherapist and Consciousness Transformation Teacher Rose Siple has launched the Thought Alchemy center for transformation and hypnosis in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Siple says the center is a place to make positive life changes happen through the powerful technique of hypnosis and other alternative methods of transformation. “I have spent the past 10 years helping people transform their lives and heal from a wide range of life’s challenges and dis-ease, as the founder and director of studies at Healing Through Spirit,” says Siple. “As a teacher of consciousness studies, I have a deep understanding of the power of the subconscious mind and its flawless accuracy and access to answers that unlock our health and well-being.” Siple assists people in developing their conscious mind to interact in complimentary fashion with their subconscious mind, resulting in positive changes. “I use this skill in my hypnosis work at Thought Alchemy to understand where the client’s conscious mind is at odds with their subconscious mind when it comes to desired changes,” she says. “I then develop a hypnotic formula to re-direct the subconscious mind, effectively replacing the old pattern with a new one. As a result, life becomes much easier to handle.” The work is applicable to those seeking to achieve a healthy body image, attain a weight goal, become a non-smoker, reduce pain and make progress on other goals, says Siple, who works with clients in person and via Skype. Location: 161 Agricultural Ave., Rehoboth, MA. For more information, call 774-991-0574 or visit See ad on page 8.


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Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute Hosts Open House


idley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute, in West Warwick, will be hosting an Open House from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., March 5. Attendees can tour the campus and speak with faculty as well as current students. While there, enjoy a complimentary chair massage, back massage, hand and foot massage as well as blood pressure, height and weight screenings. Ridley-Lowell opened their Rhode Island campus in 2014 and offers programs such as Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Information Technology, and Dental Assisting. The Rhode Island location is one of five locations the school operates on the east coast. Classes are enrolling now for both day and evening programs. Most day programs can be completed in nine to 12 months. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Cost: Free. Location: 186 Providence St., Lower Level of Thundermist, West Warwick. For more information, call 401-262-3117 or visit See ad on page 5.

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lipp will be hosting an end of winter clothing swap on April 5, as well as new art showings and classes and workshops on natural healing and natural skin and hair care. These classes will include styling tips, as well as sampling of some new and interesting products and custom skincare that owner Jo-Anna Cassino makes herself. “I have made a wonderful line of hair and skin serums that are all-natural, plant-based and botanically scented with essential oils,” Cassino says. “The main functions are anti-inflammatory and anti-aging, however, I can custom blend and custom scent for any purpose.” Her custom skin care includes lip polishes, face polishes and facial serums. Flipp salon uses organic hair color and Cassino says she is always searching for the latest developments in safer hair color options, both for the environment and the health of both client and stylist. She also is working on a line of fine allnatural perfume, and is custom blending an Oriental perfume for the local dance troupe Chifferobe, a vaudeville-inspired dance troupe. The custom blend will be the troupe’s signature scent available at their atelier, calling back to the French perfumes in the Prohibition era. Location: 38 Transit St., Providence. For more information, call 401-274-1981 or visit See ad on page 31.

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lizabeth Phinney will host a two day weekend retreat for seven women, April 11 and 12, at the Newport Harbor Hotel, which will put attendees on the path to a vibrant and healthy life for decades to come. Join others for a program of inspiration, education and motivation to realize one’s potential for energetic aging. Workshop facilitators will offer diet, exercise, Elizabeth stress relief and hydration tools needed to build Phinney a healthy future well into individuals’ 80s and 90s. Following the weekend, participants will take part in weekly phone calls for a month and monthly video-conferencing calls for six months in order to maintain a strong support system. “My mission is to help each woman recognize her innate ability to nurture herself and provide the guidance to help her succeed so that life in the later years are energetic and independent,” says Phinney, who has been a certified personal trainer for 15 years and is an expert at Fitness After Forty Five. She has been named 2013 and 2014 VIP of the year for Health and Fitness for Worldwide Who’s Who and is co-author of the international best seller, The Expert Success Solution. Cost: $497. Location: 49 America’s Cup Ave., Newport. For more information, call 401-635-4462 or visit


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Playshop to Reclaim Your Power, Body and Life


inda Jaros will be hosting a playshop titled Reclaim Your Power and Bust Loose from the Weight Loss Game, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Linda Jaros March 28, at The Life Breath Wellness Center and Studio, in East Greenwich. In this playshop, Jaros will share the tools that helped her feel fully alive after years of trying to “fix what I thought was wrong with me,” and being confused and frustrated by what the fitness and health industry was telling consumers. “There is a lot of ‘this is good’ or ‘this is bad’ labels on food and exercise and most with admirable intention,” Jaros says. “But it wasn’t until I discovered how powerful my beliefs were in creating my physical reality that the game was over. Being in resonance with my inner guidance and knowing created a peace and flow in my life and a freedom.” Call for pricing. Location: 378 Main St., 2nd Flr., East Greenwich. Registration required at 401-258-6537. For more information, visit See ad on page 31.

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he Institute of Sustainable Nutrition (TIOSN) in West Granby, CT is now enrolling students for the 2015/2016 session of its unique, one-year certification program. This experiential and interactive program is held on weekends and is designed to teach participants how to create resilient soil health in their gardens, participate in the food community, and create individual health through enriched lifestyle and nutrition. Students learn about the plant model, conduct soil testing, plant garlic, start seeds and tend crops as they grow. They build and keep a beehive as well as forage for wild food to prepare at the farm. In addition to learning about the cultural and scientific aspects of nutrition, students practice mindful eating and enjoy meals prepared together. An early tuition discount of $1500 is available for students enrolling by March 31. For more information, call 860-764-9070 or visit See ad on page 37.

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o disease is more dreaded than cancer. It takes over the body, devouring healthy cells and leaving misery and weakness in its wake. In many cases, the treatment is almost as bad as the disease. Too often the therapy is toxic not only to the cancer, but to an individual’s health as well. Even when cancer “has been beaten”, survivors live with a risk of relapse from the primary cancer and an increased risk of developing a new primary malignancy. Fortunately, there is more that can be done passively in the hopes that the disease does not return. High dose intravenous vitamin C has been demonstrated to be directly toxic to cancer cells while leaving natural cells healthy. More than 20 years of clinical experience and multiple studies have validated its merit as an important adjunct in fighting cancer. When taken orally, vitamin C is an important antioxidant. However, when given in high dose intravenously, it becomes a cancer-killing pro oxidant, seeking out and destroying cancer cells. The correct protocol will depend on the degree and type of cancer an individual has been diagnosed with. In most cases, vitamin C therapy can be given throughout the course of chemotherapy or radiation. In some cases, especially when cancer is advanced and conventional treatments have little to offer, vitamin C and other functional supplements have the potential to extend the length and the quality of life. Petteruti Center, located at 250 Centerville Rd., Bldg. E, Warwick, use protocols to fight active cancer, or to help avoid remission in those that have recovered from cancer. For more information, call 401-921-5934 or visit See ad on page 7.

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Anger Management and Emotion Control


nger is an adaptive emotional response to experiences of hurt, injustice, fear and frustration. Anger often inspires a powerful physical response in the body, such as a rush of adrenaline, increased blood pressure, increased heart-rate and fast breathing. The brain shunts blood away from the gut and towards the muscles, in preparation for physical exertion. Heart rate, blood pressure and respiration increase, the body temperature rises and the skin perspires. The mind is sharpened and focused. This physical response can lead to aggressive behavior, which allows people to defend themselves if attacked. Feeling anger is not the problem, it’s what individuals do with that volatile emotion that can lead to problems. The constant flood of stress chemicals and associated metabolic changes that go with recurrent unmanaged anger can eventually cause harm to many different systems of the body. Some of the short and long-term health problems that have been linked to unmanaged anger include headache, digestion problems, such as abdominal pain, insomnia, increased anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, skin problems, such as eczema, heart attack and stroke. Managing anger well is a learned behavior and requires practice. Help from an anger management counselor can go a long way in helping an individual improve their quality of life. To schedule an anger management counseling appointment, call Professional Counseling Associates, Inc., located at 5840 Post Rd., East Greenwich, at 401-398-7933. For more information, call See ad on page 20.

Ginkgo Biloba Calms ADHD, Boosts Memory


esearchers from Germany’s University of Tübingen’s Center for Medicine tested the Ginkgo biloba extract EGb761 on 20 children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in a clinical trial. The children were given up to 240 milligrams (mg) of the extract for between three and five weeks. Before, during and after the treatment, the scientists evaluated the children by testing the brain’s electrical activity, along with other ADHD-related tests. Those that had received the extract exhibited significant improvement in ADHD symptoms. A study from Liberty University, in Virginia, previously examined 262 adults ages 60 and over with normal memory and mental performance and found that the same Ginkgo biloba extract improved their cognitive scores. Half of the study participants were given 180 mg of the extract daily and half were given a placebo. Standardized tests and a subjective, self-reporting questionnaire found the Ginkgo resulted in significant cognitive improvements among the older adults.


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esearch from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health has determined that handling cash register receipts, common in credit card transactions, can increase exposure of the hormone disruptor Bisphenol A (BPA), but that exposure is well within limits considered safe when the receipts are handled under normal conditions. The researchers tested 121 people exposed to the synthetic chemical through their skin and found their average BPA urinary excretion levels averaged 2.6 micrograms (mcg) per liter. The researchers then had test subjects handle thermal paper three times every five minutes, simulating a store cashier’s handling of receipts. The researchers found those that handled the thermal paper during the simulation test had an average increase in their BPA urinary excretions of just under 0.2 mcg per liter per kilogram of body weight. The researchers noted that this was still 25 times lower than the European Food Safety Authority’s proposed temporary tolerable daily intake of 5 mcg per liter per kilogram of body weight per day. Primary sources of BPA exposure are plastics used in water bottles and many other consumer goods.

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Seaweed May Be the New Lettuce Food items such as kelp, dulse, alaria and laver may be unfamiliar now, but likely not for long, as these and other varieties of edible seaweed and sea vegetables appear on more shopping lists and restaurant menus. These ingredients are already favored by cooks for the jolt of salty goodness they bring to soups and salads and by health food advocates that appreciate their high levels of essential minerals. Goodies in the pipeline include seaweed-filled bagels, ice cream and chips. The trend toward farming seaweed instead of harvesting in the wild is making news. Working waterfronts often go dormant in the winter as lobstermen that work during warmer months move inland out of season for part-time jobs. Seaweed is a winter crop that can keep boats out on the water, providing year-round aquaculture employment. Entrepreneur Matthew Moretti, who operates Bangs Island Mussels, a shellfish and kelp farm in Casco Bay, near Portland, Maine, explains, “Mussels are monoculture,” so he has been growing sugar kelp between mussel rafts to create a more ecological model.

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Finding that special “one” with whom to share a life can be challenging; some meet their true love early on, while others find themselves alone in their life as if it is their fate. For those still seeking a deeply connected relationship, Gayle Johnson, Certified Calling in “The One” Coach, is offering introductory workshops in March at The Empowerment Factory, in Pawtucket, and the Theosophical Society, in Arlington, Massachusetts. “We are living in an amazing time in history,” Johnson says, “where relationships have changed and the ground rules governing them have shifted.” She suggests that people want Gayle Johnson more than what their parents and grandparents wanted out of a relationship, which “requires us to grow and develop in ways we haven’t done before.” Johnson’s course is based on the national best-selling book written by Katherine Woodward Thomas titled Calling in “The One.” Through seven sessions, course participants learn how to create what Johnson calls “their big intention for love.” Among other things, Johnson coaches participants in how to attract their beloved by asking and answering profoundly deep questions about themselves, and by resolving former toxic relationships or old agreements that are getting in the way. Not to be compared to a dating service, this course requires deep introspection to clear the way for love. “Transforming your love identity core beliefs requires a shift in consciousness,” says Johnson, “and if you are willing to do the hard work, you will find yourself in a position to manifest your soul mate and create unprecedented miracles of love.” An introductory workshop to learn more about Manifesting Your True Love/Calling in “The One” will be held at 6 p.m., March 12 at The Empowerment Factory, in Pawtucket, and at 11a.m., March 28 at the Theosophical Society in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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hode Islanders are seeking natuservices and address the shortage of ropathic medicine, despite the providers, while opening the door for lack of licensure, forcing many top cutting edge integrative medicine clients to cross state lines to see natudemands in Rhode Island. Every day ropaths in licensed states in order to our four-year medically trained natureceive insurance coverropathic doctors in age. At the same time, private practice receive licensable naturopaths calls from Rhode living in Rhode Island Islanders looking for RI Association of Naturopathic Physicians cross state lines to pracinsurance-covered natice. In addition, there turopathic physicians. is a shortage of primary care doctors in Every Rhode Islander deserves the right Rhode Island and trained naturopathic to choose holistic-minded, integrative doctors can fill that gap. Licensing laws medical practitioners that are naturoare needed now in Rhode Island. pathic doctors. Senator Roger Picard of Woon With help, the RIANP can continue socket, with the Rhode Island Associato move this legislative effort forward in tion of Naturopathic Physicians (RIANP), securing accessibility to naturopathic has submitted a bill for the licensure of primary care doctors, primary care naturopathic doctors, as he has done experts in natural medicine and integraevery year since 2008. Last year, Keri tive health services. Assistance is needed Layton, ND, made great strides in garin securing support from representatives nering legislative support for this effort, and senators. Anyone with legislative and now 2015 looks like a promising experience, call Dr. Marcy Feibelyear for naturopathic medicine in Rhode man at 508-343-0580 or Dr. Sheila Island. Our long-time supporter, Senator Frodermann at 401-455-0546, or email Picard, has submitted Senate Bill #331, Supporters entitled, An Act Relating To Health and are encouraged to volunteer and join Safety - The Naturopathic Physicians Act the mailing list at to receive of 2015. Additionally, House Bill #5501 updates on the bill. To donate, find the of the same name has been sponsored PayPal link at or mail a check by Representatives Doreen Costa, Sherry (written out to RIANP) to RIANP c/o Dr. Roberts and Robert Lanciathe. RIANP is Sheila Frodermann, 144 Waterman Ave reaching out to sponsors, as well as bill Suite #3, Providence, RI 02906. co-sponsors in both the House and SenDr. Marcy Feibelman is a naturopathic ate. Co-sponsors show our legislature physician at Leaves of Change Natuthe importance of this bill to our comral Medicine, located in Hope Artiste munities and the importance of health care choice for all Rhode Islanders. Village, 1005 Main St., Ste. #1215, Licensure of naturopathic doctors Pawtucket. For more information, visit will help fill the need for primary-care

1990s. Rhode Island and Massachusetts are still unlicensed. Today my 72-yearold father is not only alive but he is walking and continuing to work part-time. Like the naturopathic doctors who helped my father stay healthy, naturopathic doctors in Rhode Island continue to offer each client diet, lifestyle and nutritional counseling and natural therapies to optimize one’s health. My father attributes his continued health to years of guidance from his naturopathic doctors. He has never used a single medical drug for MS or any other diagnosis. For a daughter looking back, a sugar-less diet was a trade worth its weight in gold.


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he year was 1970. Drake’s boxed snack cakes were popular treats in my house. That is, until I was 4 years old. Giving up Devil Dogs and Ring Dings did not come willingly. My mother’s rule, inspired by my father’s newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis (MS): no sugar in the house! Easter baskets of chocolate bunnies, rainbow-colored jellybeans and sugar-coated marshmallow Peeps suddenly turned into a bowl of dried fruit and nuts. Picture orange papaya spears and pale pineapple rings (sweetened in fruit juice) atop green Easter grass with a side of walnuts, salted almonds and a bag of sunflower seeds. “Bird food” is what my sister and I called it as we turned our noses to the new Easter tradition. You might be wondering, why the change? My father began seeing a naturopathic physician/chiropractor as conventional medicine had “nothing to offer him” in his fight against the disease. His conventional doctors had promised he’d be “in a wheelchair in five years and dead

in ten.” My father’s choice: the alternative path. He sought weekly chiropractic treatment, accepted dietary changes, took nutritional supplements and embraced “no sugar in the house.” His diet became our family affair. My family was lucky enough to live in Connecticut, specifically because it was the only state at that time that licensed naturopathic doctors in New England, although this changed in the

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The Ease of Svaroopa Yoga: Healing From the Inside, Out by Nancy Somera

When it comes to yoga, one style doesn’t fit all. For those searching for an easy and accessible, yet deep and effective style of yoga, Svaroopa® yoga might be the choice.


oga Journal describes Svaroopa yoga as “consciousness-oriented yoga that also promotes healing and transformation.” Maria Sichel, Svaroopa yoga teacher and owner of Time For You Yoga, in Cumberland, says this style of yoga is accessible to everyone because each pose is tailor-made to the individual. “Your body doesn’t have to fit into a cookie cutter idea of a pose,” she says. Svaroopa yoga teachers are trained to align and support each student individually, helping them adapt poses throughout the class to suit their particular circumstances. Behind its high adaptability, Svaroopa yoga classes are based on several key principles, the first being core opening. Based on a deep understanding of how the body is organized, poses are specifically designed to open up and align the spine, releasing the


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tensions in the deepest layers of the body—the layers of muscles wrapped around the spine. Certified Svaroopa yoga teacher Natalie Schiffer says, “Core opening and alignment allows for channels of energy in the body to open up which facilities the body’s natural healing process.” This concept is the reason so many people suffering from conditions such as fibromyalgia, migraines, anxiety, stress and chronic pain, experience some sort of immediate relief after taking a class.

Starting at the tailbone and progressing up to the sacrum, lumbar spine and finally the spine attached to the rib cage, this sequential release of tension makes students feel better not only in body, but psyche and spirit, too. “Starting at the tailbone is the key to creating a peaceful, blissful, clearing effect,” says Sichel. She likens it to a frightened dog that tucks its tail between its legs. “Worry and anxiety are often carried in the tailbone in humans, and it has an effect on our emotions and muscle tension,” she explains. “Releasing that tension opens the body up for healing on multiple levels.” Classes begin and end with Shavasana, or Relaxation Pose, which encourages stillness through awareness, preparing students physically and mentally for the rest of the class and their day. Less emphasis is placed on how a student looks in a pose; rather students are encouraged to let go and find themselves inside. Sichel’s and Schiffer’s students attest to the blissful and profound healing power of this internal process. “I like Svaroopa yoga because my body is refreshed and my mind is clear after class,” affirms one. Another suggests, “If you want a vacation from your mind, try a Svaroopa yoga class.” Several students describe it as a massage from the inside-out. Another central Svaroopa yoga principle is that support equals release. Thick, plush blankets are often used during poses to bolster and support parts of the body so other parts may more easily relax and release. But Sichel and Schiffer, who also are both Certified Yoga Therapists, point out that support comes in many forms, including emotional, and is tailored to each individual. “How you are supported in a pose will differ from student to student, and from day to day, depending on what is needed at that

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activity. Some urban schools provide only one 40-minute gym class per week during regular schooltime. A good afterschool program offers opportunity for physical activity everyday through a combination of adult-directed play and free play, which is a special time for children to interact with one another as they by Wendy Nadherny Fachon Focusing on and Linking school develop their physical, assessing a broad and community set of youth educators as social and emooutcomes—social, equal partners tional skills. While emotional, in the teaching ut-of-school time (OST) learnthe CCLCs offer creative, civic, & learning schooltime gym ing is any organized program academic a broad array Building on the process class is generavailable to children and youth of enrichment shared belief that Incorporating youth ally a teacherhigh-quality learning outside of the school day, including voice, choice, & activities happens anytime directed activity Expanded inquiry afterschool and summer learning proand anywhere that teach Learning focusing on one grams. These programs provide a safe, 21st century Blending class/grade at a supportive environment for youth and skills through intellectual rigor time, afterschool Strengthening engaging activities that promote greater creative arts, with real-world family connections gym/playground relevance, utilizing social, emotional, physical well-being physical educato youth learning informal settings Requiring time can be quite and academic success. Historically, investments in a tion and STEM different. Students system of crossyouth success has been measured most- programs. sector planning & of mixed ages orgaly with test scores and school-related shared leadership nize themselves into outcomes. However, in order to better Typical Elementary teams, establish rules and prepare our children for the future, we Level CCLC Afterschool monitor one another’s behavior. The are beginning to redefine education to oldest students tend to step into leaderProgram include learning that takes place outship positions, while younger students At 3 p.m., students ages 6 to 11 will sit side of the classroom and to redefine learn by watching and modeling. Teachtogether and eat a quick snack before success to include social-emotional and ers manage behavioral issues, give settling down to do their homework. 21st century skill development. encouragement, assure inclusion, and st Many parents in these low-income com 21 century skills are the learning they provide conflict mediation and munities lack the ESL skills and knowland literacy abilities students need to positive discipline as needed. edge needed to help their children with succeed in the evolving information From 4 to 5:15 p.m., students homework. Afterschool teachers help age and the newly emerging age of engage in elected learning and literacy students think through their homework environmental consciousness. Learnactivities. For example, second and third assignments by asking leading quesing skills are comprised of the four C’s graders may engage in a Lego Club and tions. The teachers encourage students – Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Comlearn about architecture and design. to help one another and also make sure munication and Creativity. The literacy Fourth and fifth graders may take on a all homework is completed. Until the skills required go beyond language to challenge to simulate respiration (biowork is done, a student is unable to technological, financial and environchemistry) by disassembling PopCube participate in the fun learning activimental literacy. models of large molecules (carbohyties planned for the remainder of the The Rhode Island Department of drates) and reassembling those cubes afternoon. Students who finish their Education (RIDE) works with the Rhode with more cubes (oxygen) to transform homework early are given a choice of Island Afterschool Plus Alliance (RIASthe cubes into many small molecules st interesting books to read or materials for PA) to support a number of 21 Century (water and carbon dioxide). After solving drawing. Fun activities are the big juicy Community Learning Centers (CCLC) that problem the students will play with carrot at the end of the stick, and it is around the state. These centers manage the PopCubes to build spinning tops for no surprise that these CCLC-supported OST programs which serve more than a competition, while learning concepts students tend to outshine their peers 13,000 students attending high-poverty in engineering and physics. At 5:15 academically. and low-performing schools. In addip.m., students help clean up and get From 3:30 to 4 p.m. participants tion to helping students meet state and ready for parent pick-up. engage in student-directed physical local standards in reading and math,

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entrally located in the United Way building on Valley Street, in Providence, Afterschool Plus Alliance (RIASPA) partners with school districts, private schools, YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs and nonprofits in the environmental education sector. RIASPA supports expanded learning initiatives in these organizations with professional development workshops, planning and assessment tools, networking events, field research, results data, trend reports and policy briefs. Expanded learning is the idea that children and youth can learn anytime, anywhere, including afterschool and summer camp. Expanded learning emphasizes links between schools and community organizations; a focus on many youth outcomes, including social, emotional, academic, civic and health; youth voice and choice; family engagement and involvement; rigor and real-world relevance; and shared leadership between schools and community organizations that translates into youth success. Expanded learning improves education. A U.S. Department of Education report compiled by Learning Point Associates in 2011 shows that annual teacher-reported performance data from 21st CLC grantees across the country demonstrate that students attending 21st CCLC programs raise their math grades (37 percent) and English grades (38 percent), while also improving their homework completion and class participation (72 percent) and their behavior in class (67 percent). Find out more about how RIASPA is getting us to rethink learning at

are currently offered in the following school districts: Central Falls, Cranston, Newport, North Kingstown, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket. COZ program administrators welcome adult volunteers and program facilitators from the surrounding community to share their expertise and help enrich these students’ lives. Teaching OST is a rewarding experience and a lot of fun. Wendy Nadherny Fachon is an afterschool educator offering environmental learning programs to elementary schools around Rhode Island. Visit her website at to learn more.

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Learning that Transforms Hearts and Minds Rethinking How We See Our World Changes Everything by Linda Sechrist


n the 30 years since Harrison Owen introduced Open Space Technology (OST), it has been used hundreds of thousands of times by three-quarters of the world’s countries. Whether a few people gather in a circle to share ideas and brainstorm personal issues or thousands discuss a bulletin board of topics around tables, OST is a safe, informal venue for transformative learning. Guided by purpose-based, shared leadership, it allows individuals focused on a specific task to freely speak their thoughts and be heard. It also encourages breakout groups to mine for more information—learning individually, as well as collectively, and self-organizing in order to concentrate on more complex topics. “Boeing engineers used OST to learn how to redesign airplane doors and young Egyptians used it to strategize for their Arab Spring,” as examples, comments Owen.

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Juanita Brown, cofounder of The World Café, learning is transformation, the keystone of life, and the essence of meaningful education. “The circle principle contains the predictability of fresh, emerging thoughts and learning that never occurred previously,” explains Owen. He points to an experiment regarding children’s capacity for self-learning initiated by Sugata Mitra, Ph.D., the former science director of an educational technology firm in India. On the outside wall of the building where he worked, Mitra installed a computer facing a New Delhi slum where most children were unschooled and illiterate and had never seen a computer. He turned it on and told children they could play with it. Via a noninvasive video camera, he watched 7-to-13-year-olds discover how to use the computer and teach each other how to play music and games and draw using Microsoft’s Paint program. Repetition of the experiment in other impoverished sections of India yielded similar results. Wherever he established an Internet connection, children that could not read English, the Internet’s default language, taught themselves

how to use the Web to obtain information through their interactions with each other and the computer. “I agree with what Mitra surmised from his experiment—learning is emergent, which is another word for self-organizing,” remarks Owen. Like Freire, Owen likens traditional education to the “banking” method of learning, whereby the teacher passes information to students that become dependent on someone else rather than learning how to think on their own. Suzanne Daigle, a Sarasota, Florida-based consultant with a Canadian multidisciplinary consulting firm, explains how the OST learning environment changed her life: “My personal transformation began in 2009, when I volunteered to assist another OST facilitator. I was a perfectionist who judged myself harshly and struggled with the question, ‘Who am I to think I can help hold space for leaders to transform themselves through their learning when I have so little experience?’” She notes, “Before such experiences, even though I was a leader in my corporate career, I doubted myself and often believed that what others had to say was more significant and interesting than what I could express.” Now she says she has shed her people-pleasing tendencies and former attempts to control other people’s agendas and discovered the freedom and courage of her own voice. “As an OST facilitator, my life work now occurs in the moments I am collaboratively learning and listening for opportunities to enter into meaningful conversations that can lead to actions,” says Daigle. “I invite others to do the same.”


In a compulsory two-year Theory of Learning class for an International Baccalaureate degree at California’s Granadas Hill Charter High School, math and science educator Anais Arteaga helps students apply two major elements of transformative learning: self-reflection to critique one’s own assumptions and discourse through which they question or validate their judgments. She focuses on the roles that perception, language, reason and emotion play in a student’s learning and decision-making abilities.

“Questions and lively discussions are the basis of the class,” Arteaga says. “We begin with a question and explore what we know, how we know it and any conclusions drawn from the process.” Using a democratic model in which the teacher welcomes critical discussion, Arteaga and her students have mutually discovered that knowledge is not static, but has a history and changes over time. “When we first started the class, it was challenging to accept that in many situations there is no right or wrong, just relativity and a matter of perception. We don’t really know anything for certain,” she remarks.

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Katia Petersen, Ph.D., is the executive director of education at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), headquartered in Petaluma, California. She co-developed the tools, practices and 22 lessons in the pioneering organization’s Worldview Explorations (WE) project. Founded on 40 years of IONS research, WE engages everyone in age-appropriate ways in reflecting upon long-held assumptions and how beliefs create the lens they see through, ultimately improving how they understand and respond to the world. “When individuals understand the power of offering their story and are open to the worldview stories of others, they no longer focus attention on dif-

“There is no such thing as a neutral education process. Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate the integration of generations into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”

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draw from the heart and soul of individuals, rather than stuffing heads with ideas and perspectives, which serves them well as they embody and apply these tools and practices in their daily lives,” notes Petersen. She cites a particularly powerful moment for a group of young people she worked with. “A student was killed in a drive-by shooting two weeks before their certification. The transformative moment came when they said that their new awareness and capacity for compassion and understanding would not allow them to seek revenge. Instead, they chose to save lives in their communities using their new skills.”

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Ashley Cooper and Matt Abrams, cofounders of the Mycelium School, in Asheville, North Carolina, re-imagined a learning environment for aspiring entrepreneurs and social change agents committed to activating their potential and realizing solutions to today’s challenges. A 12-week learning journey allows individuals to become increasingly adept at learning from and helping each other learn. The curriculum offers minimum structure, significant support and collaboration with others. “In the learning community, individuals are dedicated to a project or life question of their choice,” explains Cooper. Participants’ goals include changing careers, determining the next steps after retirement or how to pursue true passions to make a difference in the world. Cheri Torres, Ph.D., founder of the Asheville-based Innovation Partners

International SE, was one of the earliest participants in the Mycelium Learning experience. She says that she obtained an expanded understanding of the approach that she uses in her work. “The whole systems approach I use with organizational and community leaders enables them to shift from a top-down management model to one that engages everyone and uses the collective intelligence and collaborative efforts of all for the collective good. My own learning journey transformed the level of awareness I bring to my work and the understanding of who I am,” advises Torres. “My original guiding question was, ‘How can I get so clear about my work that I can explain it in plain language?’ Ultimately, my question shifted to what would it be like for me to live and work from a place of wholeness. Through conversations with Ashley and self-reflection, I realized I was not walking my talk within my own mind-body-spirit system. My journey helped me understand that my most effective role in my own life, as well as with clients, is to create the conditions for collective intelligence and collaboration to emerge in service to the whole,” says Torres.

World Café

Like OST, the World Café, co-created by Brown and David Isaacs, of Burnsville, North Carolina, creates a transformative learning environment for individuals of all ages. Its primary principles are: set the context, create hospitable space, explore questions that matter, encourage everyone’s contributions, connect diverse perspectives,

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listen together for patterns and insights and share collective discoveries. Webs of conversation created around actual or occasionally virtual tables resemble those found in coffeehouses. “Conversation is a core meaningmaking process, and people get to experience how the collective intelligence of a small or large group can become apparent,” says Brown. After several rounds of conversation on one or more topics, participants offer their harvest of key insights, learning and opportunities for action with the full group gathered to reflect together on their discoveries. “World Café provides an environment in which you are comfortably drawn forward by the questions you are asking together. When enough diversity is present, varied perspectives are offered and people feel listened to and free to make their contribution,” observes Brown. What participants learn in this setting creates the climate of conditions that support the kinds of transformations that can changes lives. Brown remarks, “When it happens to me, I feel like my brain cells have been rearranged. I know something in the collective, as well as the individual, has been evoked, so that something never before imagined becomes present and available.” Transformative learning has been compared to a sea journey without landmarks. Adventurous individuals that are open to traversing its highly engaging processes can emerge as autonomous thinkers, capable of contributing fresh, new ideas that just might transform the world we live in. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interviews.

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Wind Turbines a Kill Zone for European Bats Bats are vital natural pest controllers, saving the use of millions of pounds of pesticides by eating insects, but many species are declining across Europe, despite being protected, because wind turbines are seriously harming their populations. “It’s most common in migratory species, with around 300,000 bats affected every year in Europe alone. Bats are found dead at the bottom of these turbines. One option is to reduce turbine activity during times of peak migration,” says Richard Holland. Ph.D., of Queen’s University Belfast, coauthor of a study published in Nature Communications that sheds light on the problem. Scientists have discovered the first known example of a mammal to use polarization patterns in the sky to navigate in the greater mouse-eared bat. The study demonstrates that the bats use the way sunlight is scattered in the atmosphere at sunset to calibrate the internal magnetic compass that helps them to fly in the right direction. Holland says, “Bees have specially adapted photoreceptors in their eyes, and birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles all have cone cell structures in their eyes which may help them to detect polarization, but we don’t know which structure these bats might be using. Anything we can do to understand how they get about, how they move and navigate will be a step forward in helping to protect them.” Source: Natural Environment Research Council (

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rom children just beginning their formal education to adults pursuing a passion, opportunities are plentiful in Rhode Island for anyone interested in acquiring fresh knowledge or updating their skills.

Farming Seeks to Recruit a New Generation

With an aging population of farmers, it’s clear that agriculture needs to attract more young people because half the farmers in the U.S. are 55 or older. But for much of the world’s youth, agriculture isn’t seen as being cool or attractive—only as backbreaking labor without an economic payoff and little room for career advancement. However, with some effort, young farmers can explore contemporary career options in permaculture design, biodynamic farming, communication technologies, forecasting, marketing, logistics, quality assurance, urban agriculture projects, food preparation, environmental sciences and advanced technologies. “Increased access to education

and new forms of agriculture-based enterprises means that young people can be a vital force for innovation in family farming, increasing incomes and well-being for both farmers and local communities,” says Mark Holderness, executive secretary of the Global Forum for Agricultural Research. Now in its 4th season, the Southeastern New England Young Farmer Network (YFN) (YoungFarmerNetwork. org) has grown substantially and received regional and national recognition as a model beginning farmer network and events series. YFN hosts free social and educational events that bring together farmers of all ages and experience levels to network and collaborate. As a grassroots network with the energy and drive of beginning farmers, YFN is poised to identify and address the needs of farmers in Southeastern New England. Organizers Margiana Petersen-Rockney, Tess Brown-Lavoie and Sarah Turkus are looking for volunteers and new team members to help with organizing events, advertising, media development, videography, administrative help and other responsibilities. Interested parties can email

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Located on 28 acres of woods, streams, glades and hillsides, The Meadowbrook Waldorf School (MeadowbrookSchool. com) offers a classical, academic education that embraces children from pre-school through the eighth grade. Through movement, practical work, artistic training and a connection to nature, a Waldorf education is designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. The pedagogy of the Waldorf education is based upon the work of Austrian scientist Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). According to Steiner’s philosophy, the human being is a threefold being of spirit, soul and body whose capacities unfold in three developmental stages on the path to adulthood: early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. The curriculum includes core academic subjects enriched in all grades with foreign language, practical arts, music, drama, movement and fine arts.

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The New Healthy Cuisine Good-to-Go Eats by Judith Fertig


atie Newell, a blogging Kansas City mother of two who fights inflammation from several autoimmune diseases, is rigorous about the fresh, unprocessed food she buys. After noticing adverse symptoms from dining at a restaurant, Newell initially thought that eating out was no longer an option for her. Today, she happily ventures out for the occasional restaurant meal, knowing that the healthy food landscape is changing. “I look to restaurants owned by local chefs that use local and sustainable ingredients and prepare everything from scratch,” she says. From higher-end dining to fastfood joints, food trucks and vending machines, we now have even more choices for fresh, seasonal, organic, local, sustainable, tasty nutrition when we’re on the go. It’s because entrepreneurial chefs and fitness buffs are responding to customer demand for healthy eating options away from home.


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London’s celebrated Chef Yotam Ottolenghi, founder of several restaurants and takeout emporia and author of bestselling cookbooks Plenty and Jerusalem, says that “healthy” can happen simply by putting the spotlight on plants. Ottolenghi’s cuisine is known for celebrating vegetables, fruits and herbs. He says, “That attitude, I think, is a very healthy attitude to eating.” At Gracias Madre, a plant-based vegan Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles and San Francisco, high style doesn’t mean chandeliers and rich cream sauces. The brainchild of Executive Chef Chandra Gilbert, also director of operations for the Bay Area’s vegan Café Gratitude, it serves organic, local and sustainable fruits and vegetables and bold flavor without excessive calories. She says, “I’m inspired by what I want to eat that tastes good and makes me feel good, and I want to affect this planet—to create health and vibrancy all the way around.”

True Food Kitchen, a partnership between Dr. Andrew Weil and restaurateur Sam Fox, offers “honest food that tastes really good” at Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., locations. For lunch, diners might sip sea buckthorn, pomegranate, cranberry or black tea along with their quinoa burger or organic spaghetti squash casserole. Newell and her family gravitate towards SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, touting recipes developed by James Beard Awardwinning Chefs Michael Smith and Debbie Gold, who partnered with entrepreneur Gail Lozoff to create the first healthy, high-style pizzeria in 2005. Today it offers traditional and gluten-free pizza topped with fresh and organic (whenever possible) ingredients at locations in Dallas, Omaha, the Kansas City metro area and Orange County, California. Even at fast-food restaurants, healthy choices are increasingly available. “Unforked, Panera Bread and Chipotle do a great job being transparent about what’s in their food,” says Newell. Before venturing out, she often checks the company’s website for specific nutrition information.

Meals on Wheels– Food Trucks

A burgeoning fleet of creatively conceived food trucks takes healthy eating to local customers in U.S. cities. In addition to preparing organic, plantbased foods, The Green Food Truck, in Culver City and San Diego, California, recycles used vegetable oil, composts produce scraps and offers recyclable servingware. Josh Winnecour, founder of the Fuel Food Truck, in Asheville, North Carolina, cites losing 50 unwanted pounds as his incentive for serving nutrient-dense, made-from-scratch food to his clientele.

New Generation Vending

Most hospitals, universities, schools and corporations appear to espouse healthy eating—until the offerings in their vending machines reveal the opposite. Ethan Boyd, a student at Michigan State University, noted this disconnect. “While dining halls strive to serve healthy options,” he says, “there are 40 vending machines on MSU’s campus that spit

out junk food.” Sean Kelly, CEO of HUMAN Healthy Vending (Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition), had a similar, “Oh, no,” moment at his New York City gym when he was a university student. Today, Kelly’s franchise model allows local operators to supply individual machines with better options from organic fresh fruit to hot soup. “Our vision is to make healthy food more convenient than junk food,” he says. Entrepreneurs Ryan Wing and Aaron Prater, who also have culinary training, recently opened Sundry Market & Kitchen, in Kansas City, Missouri. In their update on a neighborhood market, they sell takeout foods like red lentil falafel and citrus beet soup. “I think people want to eat local food and better food, but they want it to be convenient,” observes Wing. “The bottom line is we want to make it simple to eat good food.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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A Practical Guide to Composting Pick the Best Option for You by Tracy Fernandez Rysavy


ard and food waste make up 25 percent of the garbage destined for municipal landfills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pick the right composter and this organic waste will easily turn into rich—and free—garden fertilizer, saving landfill space and reducing the volume of greenhouse gases generated by anaerobic decomposition. Unless using a specialized bin, maintain a roughly 50/50 compost mixture of “brown” and “green” organic waste for ideal results. Green waste is moist, such as fruit and vegetable peels; brown waste comprises dry and papery material, including grass clippings.

Low-Maintenance Pile

Good for: People that want something simple, don’t need fertilizer immediately and have extra outdoor space; average to large households with yard waste. Maintaining a compost pile is as easy as its name implies—simply toss organic yard and kitchen waste into a pile in the yard. Aerating or turning the compost with a pitchfork or shovel will provide quicker results, but waste will also decompose if left alone. Within six to 24 months, all of the waste will decompose aerobically into compost. Once a year, composters can dig out the finished com-


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post from the bottom. This method won’t work for households that don’t generate yard waste because a pile of 100 percent green waste will attract pests.

Holding Bin

Good for: People that want a low-maintenance option that’s more attractive than a pile; average to large households with yard waste. Make a bin out of wood or buy a plastic holding bin, which can contain up to 75 gallons. One with insulated sides may allow decomposing to continue in colder weather.

Tumbling Barrel

Good for: People that want quick results and can compost in smaller batches; small to average households with yard waste. These barrel-shaped containers are turned with a hand crank, making aerating and speeding up decomposition a breeze. Some manufacturers promise results in as little as two weeks. Due to the barrel’s relatively smaller size and capacity, getting the balance between brown and green waste right is critical for optimal results, and users will need to wait for one batch of compost to finish before adding more organic waste.

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nsure that the compost pile retains a moisture content similar to a wrungout sponge. To moisten, add green waste; to reduce moisture, add brown waste. Turn compost to get air to the aerobic bacteria and speed the process. Wear gloves and a dust mask to protect against allergens. Decay generates heat, so a pile should feel warm. If not, add green waste. Decomposition occurs most efficiently when it’s 104 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit inside the pile; use a compost thermometer. Keep a small container in the kitchen to easily collect green food scraps. Store it in the freezer to keep unpleasant smells and flies at bay. The best time to start composting is during warmer months. Alternately layering green and brown waste, using the “lasagna method” in colder months, readies the pile to decompose as soon as the weather warms. Consider stockpiling summer yard waste ingredients. Be aware that low-maintenance composting won’t kill weed seeds, which can then get spread around the garden. A highly managed compost pile will kill some weeds through the generated heat. Put weeds out for municipal yard waste collection where there’s a better chance they’ll be destroyed. Contributing sources: U.S Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Composting Council

Multi-Tiered Boxes

Good for: People looking for low maintenance, but quicker results than a pile or bin; average to large households with yard waste. Multi-tiered composters are a series of stacked boxes with remov-

Worm Bin

WHAT TO COMPOST Do compost: 4 Fruit and vegetable scraps 4 Grass clippings, twigs, leaves and wood chips 4 Eggshells (broken into small pieces) 4 Coffee grounds and tea bags 4 Unbleached coffee filters, paper and cardboard Don’t compost: 4 Pet waste 4 Meat and dairy (except in Green Cone device) able panels to allow the organic waste to move downward throughout the decomposition cycle. Finished compost comes out of a door at the bottom. Because the boxes are smaller than a large pile or bin, compost will “cook” faster; some users report their first batch took just four to six months. Collectively, stacked boxes are often comparable in size to a large holding bin, so they can compost a large amount of waste.

Good for: People that want to compost indoors; apartment dwellers and small households that don’t generate yard waste. For everyone that has wanted to compost, but had insufficient outdoor space, a fiveor-10-gallon bucket and some red worms could be the answer. Worm composting, or vermicomposting, is so compact that a worm bin can fit under most kitchen sinks. Because red worms are so efficient—each pound of them will process half a pound of food scraps daily—a worm bin doesn’t need aeration and won’t smell or attract pests. Note that worms won’t process brown waste, meat, dairy or fatty foods.

Green Cone

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dump their kitchen waste and be done with it; those that want to compost fish or meat; households that don’t generate yard waste. Solarcone Inc.’s Green Cone system will handle up to two pounds of kitchen waste daily, including meat, fish and dairy products. It won’t compost brown waste. Users bury the bottom basket in the yard, and then simply put green waste together with an “accelerator powder” into a cone hole in the top. According to Solarcone, most of the waste turns into water. Every few years, users need to dig a small amount of residue out of the bottom that can be added to a garden. Tracy Fernandez Rysavy is editor-in-chief of the nonprofit Green America’s Green American magazine, from which this article was adapted (

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LIFESAVING ACTS Protecting Animals at Home and Abroad by Sandra Murphy


ach year, more dogs, cats and other pets end up in shelters as lost, stray or owner-surrendered than leave them for a new home. What can be done to reverse this trend?

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Immediate steps: Have a vet implant a tiny RFID (radio frequency identification) microchip. It’s safe, affordable and helps reunite the owner with a lost pet. Spay/ neuter pets to avoid unwanted litters. Spread the word: Only about 30 percent of household pets come from shelters or rescues, according to the ASPCA. To help, suggest that shelters post photos in the lobby, supported by a note about each animal’s good points and special needs to entice potential adopters. Also share YouTube videos that celebrate adoption and advocate controlling the pet population (see Tinyurl. com/SpayNeuterStreetMusic1 and Volunteer: The Motley Zoo, in Redmond, Washington, provides medical care and behavioral training for ill, injured, neglected, abused and unwanted animals mainly from overflowing shelters. About half of its 150 volunteers foster

pets; others plan educational events or handle administrative tasks. “Each person has a specialty,” says Jamie Thomas, executive director. “We match fosters and animals to get the best results.” No kill shelters are becoming more common, even though they require uncommon commitment. As part of implementing effective procedures and infrastructure, shelter leadership works to secure the support and involvement of the community. By joining together to implement lifesaving programs and treat each life as precious, a shelter can transform a community. Find a no kill shelter primer at

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Illegal wildlife trading and loss of habitat are huge and escalating problems wild animals face every day. Small repopulation success stories exist, but progress is slow. Here are some of the most urgent and dramatic perils topping the lengthy endangered species list. Elephants are hunted for their ivory tusks. “China is the largest consumer of ivory, but the United States is second,” says Jeff Flocken, J.D., North American regional director with the International Fund for

Animal Welfare (IFAW), headquartered in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts ( “Every year, 35,000 elephants are killed; an average of one every 15 minutes.” Northern white rhinos once freely roamed East and Central Africa south of the Sahara. Until 1960, there were more than 2,000; today, only five exist—one in the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, one in a Czech Republic zoo and three at a wildlife conservancy in Kenya. Imported as pets or show attractions, “There are between 10,000 and 20,000 big cats in private hands in America at facilities/businesses not accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums,” says Carson Barylak, with IFAW’s Washington, D.C., office. “There are more tigers in private possession in the U.S. than in the wild.” Pangolins eat ants and termites. Hunted for meat and their scales (used in Asian medicines), they are one of the world’s most endangered mammals (see Thirty years ago, the world population of lowland gorillas numbered 240. Thanks to the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the population has grown to an estimated 880 ( is supported by Led by Ruth Keesling, the project has shown the inestimable value of the species. “Once you’ve looked into the eyes of a gorilla, you’re forever changed,” says her son Frank, in Denver, Colorado.

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Make saving animals a priority. Contact legislators. Be a law-abiding consumer—don’t buy ivory or other endangered-animal products. Support conservancy groups. Share information. Donate time and money. “IFAW is working to advance legislation to prohibit private ownership of big cats in the U.S. The bill received bipartisan support and we hope to see it become law,” says Barylak. “We’ve asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban direct contact with big

cats. It’s harmful to the animals and the people that handle them.” Annual running events with participants donning gorilla costumes raise funds and awareness. Following the Austin, Texas, event in January, runs will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 29 and in Denver, Colorado, on November 1. “Another way to help gorillas is to recycle cell phone and computer batteries. Coltan [tantalite] is used to make batteries—13 percent of the world’s supply of coltan is in the park area of the Congo,” says Frank Keesling. Barriers to improving the lives of animals can be overcome and banished when we believe it’s possible and everyone helps. The animals are counting on us. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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e’ve heard them time and time again: fitness tips that guarantee we’ll meet our goals if we follow them. The truth is that some can hurt more than help. Here are seven fitness myths that are best to ignore. No pain, no gain. It’s true that what we put into our workout has a direct impact on results. However, this doesn’t mean workouts should be painful. If something hurts during exercise, try a different move instead that targets the same muscle group to see if the feeling persists; adjust the form in case improper execution is the culprit or give it a rest and return when ready. Muscle soreness can be expected after a tough workout and can persist for a day or two afterward. Try not to confuse soreness or the discomfort felt from fatigued muscles during a workout with pain. In the presence of an injury, it’s often best to modify activities


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that contribute to the pain or refrain from workouts pending expert medical advice. “Working through the pain” might actually make things worse in the long run. Never exercise a sore muscle. Muscle soreness is a sign that the muscles are changing. It’s okay to feel sore for a day or two after a workout. If it appears that the body’s stability or ability to maintain proper form will be affected by the soreness, then wait another day. However, if soreness isn’t severe, working out may actually help to relieve it by warming the muscles and stimulating blood flow. A few good activity choices for sore muscles after lifting heavy weights the day before include light cardio, stretching, yoga and light resistance training. Lifting weights makes women look bulky. This couldn’t be further from

To lose a belly, crunch the abs. Yes, abdominal exercises strengthen the core muscles. However, if we carry a layer of fat on top of those muscles, the belly will remain. To lose a belly, continue regular ab work while focusing on cardio exercises, strength training moves for the whole body and eating properly. The best time to work out is in the morning. The best time to work out is whenever it fits into our schedule. The more exercise, the faster the results. Not true. When it comes to working out, an appropriate balance of hard work and rest is the best option. Overusing the body actually prevents muscles from growing, resulting in decreased strength, endurance and metabolism (i.e., caloric burn). Plus, becoming overly fatigued often leads to sloppy form, which may lead to injury. Listen to the body and rest at least one day a week or more if a break is needed. Reduce calorie intake to lose weight. The body needs enough fuel to function, especially if it is regularly working hard. Eating less is not always the answer to losing weight. If we’re not eating enough, the body may think it’s starving, which causes it to store fat instead of burning calories, so eating too infrequently or not enough can sabotage weight-loss efforts. Eating smaller, more frequent meals allows the body to metabolize calories more effectively. Leslie Perry Duffy is a FIRM workout program master instructor and entrepreneur in Columbia, SC, who contributes to from which this was adapted.


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Raffa Yoga Presents AIRBarre


affa Yoga is raising the bar on AntiGravityYoga by introducing AIRBarre to the New England area. The revolutionary twist on AntiGravityYoga combines zero decompression inversions on the body with an added dance technique. AIRbarre removes the bar and utilizes the AntiGravity Yoga hammocks to move with the user in three dimensions. The practice not only helps sculpt the body into a dancer’s frame, the hammock acts like a soft trapeze that helps position the body into correct form and alignment. Creator Christopher Harrison says, “The class provides a full body workout and muscle lengthening stretches. Although barre classes may look graceful, easy and light, these aerial classes have a cardio burn of 650 calories per class with the evolution of dance conditioning.” This evolution inspired neuroanatomist Christine Raffa to be the first to bring AIRBarre to the New England area. “For the novice,” Raffa says, “it allows individual foot flexibility and core pelvis stability which provides functional benefits and an introduction of full body muscle recruitment. For the athlete it provides specific individual muscle recruitment and engagement that allows you to target intrinsic, small muscles groups that are often dominated by larger muscle groups. For everyone who tries it, Antigravity AIRbarre is fun.” The ability to stabilize core muscles in a 360 degree workout is what sets AIRBarre fitness apart from a stable bar positioning. “To be able to have Harrison’s technique in our studio adds another level to our existing seventy-five plus classes per week,” Raffa says. Location: 19 Sharpe Dr., Cranston. For more information on AIRBarre and Raffa Yoga, visit See ad on page 45.

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he Rhode Island Yoga Festival returns to Providence for its third installment from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., April 11, at Nathan Bishop Middle School. “Community and the opportunity to experience a variety of yoga styles is what people are seeking,” says founder Chris Belanger. The festival draws from a rich pool of talented teachers and wide ranging interpretations of yoga to create a dynamic program that welcomes everyone­, no matter their age, shape, degree of flexibility, or experience level. “People are searching to broaden their horizons and delve into more than only the practice that they have become accustomed to,” says Belanger. To compliment the more familiar practice of poses and flows, the 2015 festival will prominently feature sound as both a healing and meditation technique, through the practice of kirtan. The deeper dimensions of yoga will be explored by Bryna Rene who will lead a discussion on basic yoga philosophy, interpreting and applying ancient yoga texts to modern life. Renowned teacher and author of the upcoming book Yoga at Home, Linda Sparrowe, will be on hand to advise on how to bring a yoga practice home. …continued on page 43


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ime For You Yoga, in Cumberland, will host Nurture Your Awareness, a special three-hour yoga workshop from 1 to 4 p.m., March 28. Using the reliable poses of Svaroopa® yoga, participants will release deeply held core tensions in the body learning how opening key places greatly affects the way the body moves. Discover how, by simply cultivating more awareness, the body will move more fluidly and with greater ease. Students leave with a feeling of less stress, peace and calm. “Although I take weekly classes, my greatest joy is the yoga workshops offered at the studio,” says a Time For You Yoga student. “It is so rewarding—the three hours pass by too quickly. My bliss remains with me for several days after.” The workshop will be taught by Natalie Schiffer, a Certified Svaroopa Yoga Teacher (CSYT 700) and Yoga Therapist with more than 10 years of experience. “I attended Natalie’s workshop in January. It was a blissful three hours of Svaroopa yoga,” says another Svaroopa yoga teacher and student. “Natalie skillfully led the class through poses to lengthen the muscles attached to our spine, which gave us all the benefits of opening our body. Her ease and grace of leading us through the poses made this a class no one should miss.” This workshop is suitable for new and experienced students. Dress comfortably and plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to class start time. Registration is required. Cost: $53. Location: 2155 Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland. For more information, call Maria Sichel at 401-305-5319 or visit To read more about this style of yoga, see the article on Svaroopa® yoga on page 24. See ad on page 43.

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Yamas and Niyamas: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living – 2-4:30pm. With David Wallace. Enjoy a stimulating dharma talk/conversation about The Yoga Sutras and find out how these penetrating teachings of ancient wisdom still offer guidance to our lives and practice today. $45. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

SATURDAY, February 28 First Degree Traditional Usui Reiki Training – Feb 28 & Mar 1. 12-6pm. Two-day First Degree Reiki Training. Reiki is spiritually-guided, lifeforce energy. A simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement. $175. Providence Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 608-215-5675.

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Sunday, March 1 Balance & Strengthen Pelvic Alignment – 122pm. APPI Method, Rehab-level Pilates for low back pain, sacroiliac dysfunction specific to poor pelvic alignment. Class size limited, registration recommended. Also March 29. $25, $20/members. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Intro to Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. A step-by-step intro to the foundations of basic yoga poses and breathing exercises. You will have lots of opportunity to ask questions and learn basic yoga for a new student. $39/4-wk pass, $15/drop in. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-354-9112. Special Nidra Evening – 5-6:15pm. You will feel nurtured, tended and cared for. Reaching a state of sweet and safe surrender you have the opportunity to connect with your self on a profound level. $16/dropin or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Tuesday, March 3 Restorative Yoga: All Levels – 6:30-7:45pm. A contemplative and encouraging release of bodily tension and stress. While tending our physical needs, cultivating a quiet discovery of our emotional and spiritual strength. $15/drop-in. New Client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878.

Thursday, March 5 Fresh Connections – 9-10am. A group of dynamic, entrepreneurial women collaborating, connecting, supporting each other’s professional growth, relationships and resources. Please join us. Free. Southern RI Chamber of Commerce, 160 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. More info, Donna: 401-830-5645 or

markyourcalendar Free Massage at Our Open House – 4:307:30pm. Free chair massage, back massage or hand and feet massage at our Open House. Meet faculty, students and learn about our exciting programs. Free. Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute, 186 Providence St, Lower level of Thundermist, West Warwick. 401-262-3117.


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Voice of Truth: Yoga to Quell the Inner Critic– 10:30am-1pm. With Jurian Hughes. Discover your authentic voice and share it generously with the world. Through yoga exercises in breathing, sounding, chanting and moving, learn to quell your inner critic and awaken your creativity, courage and calm. $45. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Shamanic Drum Healing – 7-9pm. Experience the power and rhythm of the drum. Drum healings release energy blocks, promote healing and gain insight thru a reconnection to our own power and soul retrieval. With Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna. $35. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Generating the Goods – 7-9:30pm. A 10-wk writing workshop to jump-start stalled projects, invigorate existing work, and create new work. All genres welcome. Thursday evenings beginning March 5. $290. East Side, Providence. 401-439-7337.

Friday, March 6 Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Shamanic practitioners Paul DiSegna and Katharine Rossi bring the power and rhythm of the drum; connect with helping spirits to release energy blocks and gain insight. $35. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877.

Saturday, March 7 Open Studio – 8am-1pm. Great way to try new classes, meet our teachers and check us out. Raffle giveaways, discounts, snacks and much more. Bring your friends. Class schedule will be on our site. Free. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-354-9112. Hypnosis Group: Banish Dieting – 10-11am. Clever weight loss is about managing your eating, not starving yourself. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938. Gongs of Joy at Living Well Festival – 10am-4pm. Come visit us in the special sound healing room at this expo where we will offer mini-gong baths, and help you find your center of peace through deep relaxation. $10, $8/seniors, free/children under 12. Poliquin Group, 1598 S County Trail, East Greenwich. 401-258-3952. Psychic Skills 101 – 10am-4pm. With Miss Daisy Wirth. If you have ever wondered how a medium connects with the spirit world or would love to be able to do it yourself, this is the workshop for you. Enjoy an interactive experience that shares insights into how you can tap into your own intuitive powers. $99. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Reiki Level 1 Training – 10am-5pm. Anyone can learn Reiki, for self healing or for healing others. Learn the history, the chakras, self treatment, grounding techniques and more. $150. Sherry A. Kachanis at The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. Reiki Level 1 Training: Refresher – 10am-5pm. You must provide your Reiki certification showing that you have taken and completed Reiki 1 before to be qualified for this special refresher pricing. $75. Sherry A. Kachanis at The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. Sunday Morning Gong Meditation Group – 10am1pm. We will view a DVD on a metaphysical/ holistic health topic, then discuss the ideas that flow from it. Following that will be a period of meditation and a gong bath. $10 donation requested. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-258-3952. Heavenly Hugs Archangel Retreat – 10am-4pm. Bringing Heaven to Earth. Connect on a deeper level with your spiritual journey and the Archangels while receiving divine guidance that will empower and inspire you. With Gladys Ellen. $44 (please bring a light lunch). Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Tuesday, March 10 Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Reconnect with your dreams and awaken to a whole new world. Join us to explore your dreams thru dream re-entry, dream theater and more in a fun, supportive environment. With David Barr and Katharine Rossi. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Wednesday, March 11 5 Things You Must Know Before You Age Another Day – 6-8pm. Join a conversation led by an expert in Fitness After Forty Five. These techniques and strategies are guaranteed to offset whatever aging issues you are dealing with. Free, $5 donation to We Share Hope. Elizabeth Phinney at The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. Meditation and the Brain – 6:30-7:30pm. How can meditation help us unravel the mysteries of life? How can it grant us insight into why we are here and what is our true purpose? How can it promote human unity? Free. Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St, Westerly. 401-596-2877

THURSDAY, MARCH 12 Manifesting Your True Love – 6-7:30pm. Coaching journey to find your true beloved and new, thriving relationships. This is intended to support you in calling in the love of your life. Tickets available on Eventbrite in advance. $10/advance, $15/at door. The Miraculous Spring at The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010.

Saturday, March 14 Hypnosis Group: Portion Control – 10-11am. Nutritional balance is good but too much of a good thing encourages overeating. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938. Joy Of Meditation Workshop – 10am-12pm. Meditation is a natural process, easier than you think, very joyful and peaceful. We start from the beginning, no previous experience necessary. Yogananda’s techniques. Suggested donation $20. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Second Saturday Sound Healing – 7-8:30pm. Joy and A.Michelle play gongs, bowls, drums; Shawn plays crystal bowls; Kim does energy healing. Find relaxation and bliss as the healing sounds relieve your stress. $25/pre-registered, $30/at door. Providence Power Yoga, 51 Bassett St, Providence. 401-258-3952.

Sunday, March 15 Sunny Sunday Class – 9:30-11am. Expand the heart with love and allow your heart to shine. Create mobility in your spine as you stretch and tone it. Move forward in your life as you open the rib cage. $18. Jude Monteserrato: 401-439-5260. Usui Reiki II Training: 2nd Degree – 9:30am-6pm. Receive 2nd Degree Attunement. Learn 3 sacred symbols for empowerment, mental and emotional balance, and distance healing; and lots of practice using Reiki healing energy. With Gladys Ellen. $200 includes Manual & Certificate. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Sound Healing Workshop & Gong Bath – 10am12pm. Learn and practice techniques for playing gongs, drums, singing bowls, rattles and other instruments as tools for meditation and healing; then enjoy a relaxing gong bath. $25/pre-registered, $30/at door. The Empowerment Factory, Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401-258-3952.

Eyelash Extension Training Class – 11am-7pm. What is holding you back from earning top dollar as an Eyelash Artist? Lash artistry is the #1 area in the beauty industry. Learn from professional eyelash experts. With a professional eyelash extension kit and certification upon completion of 2 clients. Diane’s Permanent Makeup & Eyelashes, 101 W Natick Rd, across from Warwick Mall, Warwick. 401-855-4333.

Tuesday, March 17 Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Journey to a live drum as you practice modern applications of this ancient technique. Gain insight and understanding about yourself, your relationships and the world. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Thursday, March 19 Fresh Connections – 9-10am. A group of dynamic, entrepreneurial women collaborating, connecting, supporting each other’s professional growth, relationships and resources. Please join us. Free. Southern RI Chamber of Commerce, 160 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. Info, Donna: 401-830-5645 or

Friday, March 20 Monthly Gong Bath – 7:30-8:45pm. With Stephanie Marisca and Cathy Cesario. Experience the vibrational healing of the bronze gong and Tibetan singing bowls. $20/pre-registration, $25/at door. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Saturday, March 21 Full Spectrum Class – 9:30-11am. The Full Spectrum Class attends to the full body. This well-rounded practice may include standing poses, inversions, twists and backbends or forward bends. $18. Jude Monteserrato: 401-439-5260. Angel Intuitive Practitioner Training – Mar 21 & 22. 9:30am-6pm. 2-day training unlocks your abilities to see, hear and speak with the Angelic Realm. Learn how to connect with your Angels and awaken your intuitive gifts. Prerequisite: Intro to Archangels on Mar 9. With Gladys Ellen. $300. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Hypnosis Group – 10-11am. Stop! Don’t be caught in the trap of unconsciously feeding your emotions with food. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938.

In the Sacred Grove with Fairie Folk – 10am12pm. Shapeshifting meditation to the Aes Sidhe as they offer assistance to humans in our quest to understand ourselves, reconnect with Mother Earth and receive powerful messages. With Colleen Kelley. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Food for Highly Sensitive Women – 10:30am12pm. Learn the connection between food and mood, common myths about food and spirituality, the energetics of food and how to bring your body back into balance. With Sheryl Turgeon. $10/advance; $15/at door. The Soul Purpose, 1225 GAR Hwy, Swansea, MA. 508-689-4633. Pinda Swedhana – 12-6pm. Our training includes a deep understanding, background and history of the Thai healing philosophy, product knowledge, detailed demonstration and an afternoon of practice. $275. SAMA, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 877-832-1372. Raja Yoga Workshop – 1-4pm. Raja yoga encompasses all the different types yoga, meditation, breath, energy, asana, philosophy, health. Apply them and experience true happiness, inner peace and joy. Suggested donation $25. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Family Equinox Hike to a Vernal Pool – 2-4pm. Discover the sights and sounds announcing spring as you hike to the vernal pool. Listen for wood frogs, learn about their courtship behavior and search for fairy shrimp. $5/person. New Dawn Earth Center, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341. Sound Healing Workshop & Gong Bath – 4:306:30pm. Learn and practice techniques for playing gongs, drums, singing bowls, rattles and other instruments as tools for meditation and healing; then enjoy a relaxing gong bath. $25/pre-registered, $30/ at door. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-258-3952.

Sunday, March 22 Gongs of Joy at SNE Holistic Expo – 10am-5pm. Visit our table at this holistic wellness expo where we will offer mini-gong baths, and share ways to help you find your center of peace through deep relaxation. $10, free/under age 16. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick. 401-258-3952. Spring Equinox Chocolate Ceremony – 123:30pm. An integration of Earth Medicine (Cacao) and Shamanic journeywork. $45. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683.

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Ananda Men’s Group – 1-2:30pm. New men’s group is forming at Ananda to discuss important issues men face in this modern world, and to support each other spiritually. Meditation followed by discussion. Donation appreciated. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

Energy Medicine 4 Women Study Group – 10am12pm. Learn exercises and protocols from Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine for Women book. From basic, foundational to deep healing feel healthy, happy and vital once again. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-527-0281.

Mystic Mingle Social Networking – 6-8pm. Network with other seekers of the occult, witchcraft, paganism and more. Relax with others in a safe atmosphere and expand your community. $10/early bird, $12/at door. The Grille On Main, 50 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-353-3099.

Wednesday, March 25

Shamanic Drum Healing – 10am-12pm. A Shamanic Drum Healing returns lost parts to the self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. Please bring a blanket, pillow, yoga mat, journal, and a pen. $35. Inner Vision Health & Wellness, 1645 Warwick Ave, Ste 204, Warwick. 401-626-7088.


Heavenly Hugs Community Reiki Clinic – 5:308pm. Practitioners offer affordable Reiki sessions to public. Includes healing attunement, Reiki session in healing chairs, and sacred silence in our peaceful healing space. With Gladys Ellen. $20. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Meditation & Near Death Experiences – 6:307:30pm. What is the mystical aspect of meditation and how does it relate to those that have had a Near-Death Experience? Program offers a practical meditation practice. Free. Tiverton Essex Library, 238 Highland Rd, Tiverton. 401-625-6796.

Thursday, March 26 Yoga Nidra – 7-8pm. Yoga nidra is an eightstage guided meditation journey that allows deep relaxation, transformation and rejuvenation. No previous yoga experience required, just relax. With Renee Katz. $15. Light Works, 404B Main St, River’s Edge Plaza, Wakefield. 401-864-0947.

Friday, March 27 Fourth Friday Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Feel relaxed and blissful as Joy and A.Michelle surround you with the healing sounds of the gongs, bowls and drums to relieve your stress. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-258-3952.

Saturday, March 28 Usui Reiki I Training: 1st Degree – 9:30am-6pm. Receive 1st Degree Attunement. Learn energy anatomy, benefits of energy therapy, history of Usui Reiki, hand positions, and how you can use Reiki for self and others. With Gladys Ellen. $150 includes Manual and Certificate. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Switch Off Your Sugar Trigger – 10-11am. Hypnosis group. Lose your sweet tooth and transform your relationship with sugar at an instinctive level. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938.

Visual Guide To Spring Wildflowers – 10am12pm. Get a jump start on plant identification with this power point presentation previewing Rhode Island spring wild flowers and their blooming dates. Presenter, Kathy Barton. $7/person. New Dawn Earth Center, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341. How to Read Holistic Tarot – 10am-4pm. Learn to read the holistic tarot for self empowerment. The secrets of becoming a spiritual guide revealed. Knowledge of the cards or completion of tarot lessons I-IV required. $75. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683. Nurture Your Awareness Yoga Workshop – 1-4pm. Your body moves in so many ways. With Svaroopa® yoga, you will release core tension cultivating awareness at deeper levels. Discover how easily your body really can move. $53. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

An Introduction to Hypnotherapy and NLP – 1-4pm. With Peter Blum. Experience an overview of the contemporary understanding of how hypnosis works and be introduced to and briefly examine the principal ideas of NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) as well. $45. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Laughter Yoga – 6-7pm. Be prepared for a hilariously uplifting experience. No yoga experience (or mat) is necessary. Simply dress comfortably and check your inhibitions at the door. $20. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Fresh Connections – 9-10am. A group of dynamic, entrepreneurial women collaborating, connecting, supporting each other’s professional growth, relationships and resources. Please join us. Free. Southern RI Chamber of Commerce, 160 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. Info, Donna: 401-830-5645 or Spring Reboot – 6-7:15pm. 4 consecutive weeks. Join us for a cleansing and fun Spring Reboot to recharge your energy, reset your weight and banish the winter blahs with easy daily practices and light, clean food. $125. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Release Your Weight Hypnosis –k 10-11am. Tired of gaining back the pounds you lose. When you release your weight instead of losing, it never has to go looking for you again. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938.

markyourcalendar Rhode Island Yoga Fest – 8:30am-5:30pm. A full day celebration of yoga in RI. 12+ classes with top teachers, talks, kirtan, sound healing, lunch and more. All attendees must pre-register online; no tickets will be sold at the door. Rhode Island Yoga Fest at Nathan Bishop Middle School, 101 Sessions St, Providence. For details:

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Natural Networking – 5:30-7:30pm. Informal gathering with like-minded people for an evening of conversations, connections and good times. Free. The Empowerement Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401-709-2473.


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ongoingcalendar Sunday Level 2-3 Yoga – 9-10:30am. Join our holy class: breathwork, chanting, meditative movement, powerful posture work, all for your self development Warm flow in the tradition of Dharma Mittra. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind; children’s program and child care. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Family Yoga – 9:30-10:15am. Yoga for the whole family to do together. Check out our website for a full list of kids yoga classes at Village Wellness Center. $10. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd (lower level), Warwick. 401-941-2310. Sunday Service – 10-11:30am. Come join our non-denominational family. Service includes guided meditation, guest speakers or mediums with messages, Reiki and healings. Free membership. Free to attend. First Angelic Temple at Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. 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. Sundays at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Join us weekly for meditation, chanting, inspiration, satsang, veggie potluck lunch. Healing Prayer Circle after lunch on 2nd Sunday. Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings. Donation. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Sunday Service – 10:30am-12pm. Please join us for our weekly Sunday Service, inspirational message, beautiful music, meditation and fellowship. Love offering. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708. Kripalu Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Sunday nights enjoy a warm and relaxing space for kriplau yoga practice. Pranayama, sustaining of posture and blissful shavasana. Nicole Downing, 200-hr CYT. $10. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, Reynolds Bldg, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877.

Monday Anusara Inspired Yoga with Felicity – 9-10:30am. Enjoy some flowing and some holding of postures using principles of alignment to strengthen and realign the body. Use breath work and relaxation to complete the class. New students: $50/5 classes; $14/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Svaroopa® Yoga Class: Narragansett – 1011:30am. Melt away tension and pain to become more alive, peaceful and strong. Live in the unmistakable openness and ease of Svaroopa® yoga. Not an exercise, something more. $19/drop-in. New student: $40/4 classes. Heart Center Yoga & Wellness, 123 Boon St, Narragansett. 401-578-9182. Svaroopa® Yoga Class: Cumberland – 11am12:30pm. Lose tension and stress; gain relaxation and peace. This less active, compassionate style of yoga is adaptable to your body. Get profound benefits with minimal effort. New students: $50/5 classes; $19/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Kripalu Yoga with Paula – 4:15-5:45pm. Experience breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the heart and body to release and open. New Students $50/5 classes; $14/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Forever Young-Yoga Over 50 – 5-6:15pm. Health benefits from regular yoga classes are enormous, especially for over 50s. You’re only as young as your spine, shoulders, hips and hamstrings say you are. $10. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938. Heart of Recovery – 5:30-6:30pm. 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.

Creative Flow – 7-8:30pm. With Dave Ursillo. Grounding flow with periods of fire. Prepare to work through all areas of the body, especially hips, heart and throat to cultivate creativity, confidence and self awareness. $15/drop-in; packages available. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616.

Tuesday Forrest Yoga Class: All Levels – 8:45-10:15am. Forrest yoga teaches the student to breathe and feel into every cell of their bodies. Class available on Thursday and Saturday at same time. Sign-up online. $15/drop-in. New Client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. Pilates Mat – 10-11am. Pilates mat classes offer a full body workout utilizing all the fundamental movements and basic Pilates exercise principles. We offer group mat class for all levels. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Forrest Yoga Class: All Levels – 4-5:30pm. Forrest yoga teaches the student to breathe and feel into every cell of their bodies. Class available on Thursday at same time. Sign-up on-line. $15/drop-in. New Client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $136/series of 8 classes; $20/ drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020. Svaroopa® Yoga with Tonya – 4-5:30pm. Have an aching back? Come experience Svaroopa® yoga. Support your spine so it can support you. Beginners welcome. New students: $40/4 classes; $19/drop-in. Heart Center Yoga & Wellness, 123 Boon St, Narragansett. 401-374-4759.

Yin Yoga Class – 5:30-6:45pm. This passive yoga practice opens up the physical, energetic and mind body. These simple postures are held for time to open up the connective tissue and quiet the mind. With Renee Katz. $10. Light Works, 404B Main St, River’s Edge Plaza, Wakefield. 401-864-0947.

Hatha Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. Traditional yoga. Quiet the mind while relaxing the body, creating a union between them. Class consists of warm ups, postures and breathing. With Manuela. New students $20/2 classes. $12/pre-paid, $14/drop-in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd (lower level), Warwick. 401-941-2310.

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. $136/series of 8 classes; $20/ drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020.

Yoga: Moving into a Restful Evening – 6-7:15pm. A blend of kripalu, yin, and restorative yoga for all levels. Beginners welcome. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. Experienced teacher. $15/drop-in; $12/Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Forever Young-Yoga Over 50 – 6:15-7:30pm. Health benefits from regular yoga classes are enormous, especially for over 50s. You’re only as young as your spine, shoulders, hips and hamstrings say you are. $10. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938.

Restorative Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Slow and very gentle movements matched with your natural breath. The aim is relaxation and renewal. Lots of props and modifications are used to work with your body’s needs. $15/drop-in. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-354-9112.

Book Study – 6:30-8:30pm. Please join us as we study Sacred Secrets. We will be covering the blueprint to utilizing the law of attraction in your life successfully. Love offering. Unity Radiant Light, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-486-2708.

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Wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Drop-in. Donations to Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Yoga Basics at Grace – 9-10:30am. Really learn how to do yoga: a repeating 6-week cycle of classes that breaks down principles of postures: standing, balancing, forward folds, backbends, mild inversions. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. BarSculpt – 9:15-10:15am. A low impact class, utilizing mats, weights, bands, and a ballet barre to create a strong toned and graceful body. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Svaroopa ® Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $136/series of 8 classes; $20/ drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020. Svaroopa® Yoga Class: Narragansett – 6:157:45pm. Melt away tension and pain to become more alive, peaceful and strong. Live in the unmistakable openness and ease of Svaroopa® yoga. Not an exercise, something more. $19/drop-in. New student: $40/4 classes. Heart Center Yoga & Wellness, 123 Boon St, Narragansett. 401-578-9182.


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Svaroopa® Yoga Class: Cumberland – 7-8:30pm. Svaroopa yoga® reduces pain, reverses aging and boosts your healing. You smile more easily; breathe more fully; relax more deeply. Beginners and new students welcome. New students: $50/5 classes; $19/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Tai Chi: Beginner – Begins Apr 9. 7:30-8:30pm. Enrollment is open for the new session of the 24 Posture Tai Chi, derived from Yang style. Flexible class times include Wednesday, 1pm; Saturday, 12pm. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502.


Yin Yoga Stretch: All Levels – 7:45-8:45pm. Yin yoga has proven beneficial for anxiety, depression, stress management and many types of joint issues. Repeats Saturdays, 10:30-11:30am. $15/ drop-in; New client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878.

Level 2-3 Yoga – 9-10:30am. Breathwork, mantra, deep posture work in this beautiful and quiet and productive class. Vinyasa without the sweat or urgency; practice holy yoga on a radiant-heat floor. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. Kripalu Yoga: Moderate/All Level – 9:30-10:45am. A class for graceful aging and improved stress management, emphasizing tone, balance and strength. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. Experienced teacher. $15/drop-in; $12/Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Cardio Sculpt – 5:30-6:15pm. Class will help to burn calories and tone/strengthen muscles in every major muscle group. It consists of periods of cardio mixed with sculpting. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Level 2-3 Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Breathwork, mantra, deep meditative posture work on a radiant-heat floor. Vinyasa yoga without the sweat or urgency. Meet your self quietly and with respect. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. Qigong with Master Wu, Wen-Ching – 6:157:15pm. Enrollment is now open for the spring session of qigong to begin on April 9. In these classes, learn to strengthen and balance your energy for better health. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Restorative Yoga: All Level – 6:30-8pm. Integrate the deeply healing and calming practice of restorative yoga into your weekly routine. Beginners welcome. Small class size and individual attention. Call ahead. $15/drop-in; $60/4 wks. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Svaroopa® Yoga: Cumberland – 6:30-8pm. Relieve stress, find awareness and ease using reliable poses of Svaroopa® yoga. Decompress and release tension resulting in profound healing and quieting of the mind. New students: $50/5 classes; $19/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Hatha Yoga – 7-8pm. Traditional yoga. Quiet the mind while relaxing the body, creating a union between them. Class consists of warm ups, postures and breathing. With Carla. New students: $20/2 classes. $12/pre-paid, $14/drop-in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd (lower level), Warwick. 401-941-2310. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Deepening Somatic Consciousness. Walking meditation in addition to guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the Earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.

Friday Restorative Alignment Yoga – 8:15am-9:15pm. This gentle class will build a strong, safe and healthy yoga practice with focus on precision, detailed alignment, use of props and proper breathing. With Stella. $12/pre-paid, $14/drop-in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd (lower level), Warwick. 401-941-2310. Svaroopa® Yoga Class: Cumberland – 9:30-11am. Cultivate awareness and ease using adaptable, reliable Svaroopa® yoga poses to decompress your spinal tension. Promotes healing of your body and quieting of your mind. New students: $50/5 classes; $19/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Ananda Kirtan in Providence – 7:30-8:30pm. 1st & 3rd Fridays. Blissful Ananda Kirtan: sacred chanting opens the heart to peace and joy. Yogananda chants. Suggested donation $5. Join us at Now Yoga, 286 Thayer St Providence. More info: 401-524-4766.

Saturday Vbarre – 9-10am. Designed to tone, trim and transform the body with a fusion of ballet barre, Pilates and resistance training. This class provides calorieblasting cardio. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Beginners’ Yoga – 9-10:30am. Begin yoga in a mindful, respectful place with skilled teachers and warm hearts. Yoga is for every body. Learn how to meet your body and mind with attention and love. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Traditional yoga. Quiet the mind while relaxing the body, creating a union between them. Class consists of warm ups, postures, and breathing. With Chris. New students: $20/2 classes. $12/prepaid, $14/drop-in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd (lower level), Warwick. 401-941-2310. Kripalu Yoga: All Level – 9:45-11am. A moderately-paced hatha yoga class including Sun Salutations and deep posture work. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. Experienced teacher. $15/drop-in; $12/Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Svaroopa ® Yoga with Pat – 9:45-11:15am. Reduce pain, reverse the age clock and boost your body’s own healing power. Beginning/mixed level. New students: $50/5 classes; $22/drop-in, $160/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

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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. See ad on page 21.

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 Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., LMT Newport, RI 

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.

With a master’s degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and training in medical Vedic astrology, I offer consultations, education and holistic self-care programs personally designed to help you achieve a life of balance. According to the science of Ayurveda, the human body, given the right support, has an inherent capacity to heal itself. It is considered 1 of the top 3 medical systems in the world listed by the World Health Organization. See ad on page 48.

Attorney Matthew P. Gabrilowitz 1150 New London Ave Cranston, RI 401-737-6800

Marriage in Transition? Need to break from disorder? Empower yourself. If yours is a marriage in name only and you’re ready for positive change and growth call or email Attorney Matthew P. Gabrilowitz. See ad on page 9.


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

LG COACHING & CONSULTING Lori Giuttari 401-808-0851

Broaden the spectrum of tools you call upon each day, better your life, and bag what’s not working! Whether it’s decisionmaking, goal setting, prioritizing your to-do list, or setting boundaries – we are all capable of creating a GREAT DAY, EVERY DAY! See ad on page 27.

The Miraculous Spring Gayle Johnson Westport, MA 774-264-9492

Gayle Johnson Certified /Calling in “The One” and Conscious UnCoupling coach. With Gayle’s 20 years of training and experience in psycho-spiritual development, she invites you to participate with her in a journey of great learning, transformation and love. Skype address gayle.johnson55 774-264-9492. See ad on page 15.

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

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Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 • My philosophy has always been that everyone should love and be proud of how their skin looks and feels. At the young age of 52, 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 41.

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38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul.  Offering hair, makeup,refexology,acupuncture,ma ssage and herbalism. See ad on page 31.

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

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Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street Providence, RI 401-924-0567 •

Kim Leandre, CAGS,LMHC, NCC 5840 Post Rd, E Greenwich RI 401-398-7933 • Come find your balance. Our team is an enthusiastic multi-specialist group of mental health professionals. We specialize in counseling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, children and families. Send us an email at or call today for an appointment, day, evenings and weekend hours available. See ad on page 20.

Rive Gauche 273 Social St Woonsocket, RI 401-765-2480

Rive Gauche is the only French Hair salon to offer a professional organic hair color brand: All Nutrient. While providing the highest quality services, our prices are affordable: natural beauty shouldn’t be pricey. We also retail a professional full line of organic and vegan hair products not available in regular stores. See ad on page 15.

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health coaching & nutritional counseling BETTER HEALTH WITH JOY

Joy Quinn Blum, M.A., M.Div., H.C. 401-258-3952 • Are you hungry for better health? Joy helps people who want a better way to eat and live by creating an individual program that focuses on the best nutrients to feed the body, mind and soul with unique and satisfying choices. Issues addressed: depression/anxiety, digestive disorders, blood sugar issues, anti-aging concerns, acid/alkaline imbalances, and nutrition in cancer treatment/prevention. Free 1-hour health history consultation! See ad on page 19.

holistic medicine Integrative Center for Chronic Diseases Donna Zaken, RN, MSN, APRN 35 South Angell St, Providence, RI 401-585-7877

Donna Zaken is a Nurse Practitioner dually trained in Western and Holistic medicine, specializing in Lyme disease. She also excels at treating all symptoms/conditions, and is especially good with difficult-to-diagnose cases. By finding the root cause, healing is facilitated. Her safe and natural approach may eliminate your need for prescription and other medications.

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

For 28 years we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic  Whole Foods, Nutritional Products, Body Care, Athletic Supplements, Natural Pet Care and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment.  We are open daily.  Please visit our website for a wealth of information.

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holistic wellness center Positive New Beginnings Holistic & wellness center 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 Angelic Spiritualist Temple -Come feel the positive vibe! See ad on page 7.

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Get to the Heart of the matter with Integrative, holistic, intuitive guidance with Cris McCullough Holistic Tarot, Numerology and Spiritual Astrology, Body Talk, Master Reiki, Crystal Attunement. In person or by phone. Make your appointment now!

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Susan Friendson Certified Hypnotherapist 401- 263-5161 Would you like to unburden yourself from old habits that bind you in life? I work in various modalities to gently help people discover their courage, authenticity, wisdom, and strength. See ad on page 30.

Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center

Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the trans-formative healing process of hypnotherapy! Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 8.

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

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

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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 non-traditional 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.

makeup & beauty NEWPORT CENTER FOR HYPNOTHERAPY AND HYPNOSIS TRAINING Suzi Nance 123 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840 401-835-1736 Ready for change? Let 2015 be the year. Using the power of your subconscious hypnosis can make it happen. Schedule sessions to get healthy, quit smoking, de-stress, rid yourself of limiting thoughts, fears, phobias, or find your inner strength, passion or motivation. We offer a 6-wk group “Get Fit” program. Thinking of a new career?

Diane's Permanent Makeup & Eyelash Extensions

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

Permanent makeup artist, Diane Slinko specializes in permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. She works with each client to personalize the colors and shapes to enhance their face. Permanent makeup can take years off your age, give you more confidence and has a natural appearance! We also specialize in natural healthy eyelash extensions to complete the look! The end result... a more beautiful YOU! See ad on page 21.

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. ~Helen Keller

massage therapist & yoga instructor Renee S. Katz, MT, CYI

Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 Our mission at Natural Health Solutions is to improve the health of our community by providing natural options for most health issues and guidance toward the understanding that real solutions can be achieved with real nutrition. I have been helping people for close to 25 years achieve a higher level of health through both nutrition and chiropractic. See ad on page 11.

Dr. Richard Picard

342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967

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

Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally for all. Naturopathic doctor Certified Classical Homeopath Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 23.

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Picard has helped thousands of patients recover from health challenges. He provides traditional nutrition and natural medicine approaches for people who aren’t getting the results they need and seem to be stuck with health issues. Please visit our website or call us for more information.

1130 Ten Rod Rd North Kingstown 401-885-3950

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

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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


The Meadows Office Park offers value priced custom office space. Our team evaluates specific needs of our clients and helps build businesses by being flexible, service oriented and keeping clients financially comfortable. Please call 885-3950 for info on available office space. See ad on page 13.

organic HAIR SALON Elaine Hewitt

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

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Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500

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

sound healing Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle 401-258-3952 •

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154 Waterman St, Providence, RI Also at All That Matters, Wakefield, RI 401-536-4327 •

I teach all levels of Usui Reiki and Karuna Reiki classes.  Private and small group instruction is an option if you don’t see a particular class offered. Reiki is a simple way to reduce stress and facilitate growth, healing, and empowerment.


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Keri Layton, N.D.

Usui Reiki and Karuna Reiki Teacher North Smithfield, RI 508-612-7083


naturopathic physicians Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 •



404 B Main Street Wakefield, RI 401-864-0947 With over 28 years of experience in the alternative health industry, Renee offers Swedish, Shiatsu, Rossiter and Reiki sessions to reduce pain, increase mobility and balance energy. Yoga classes are taught in an intimate and nurturing studio. The classes offered are Mixed Level, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra. See schedule online and in brochure.


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Sound therapy is an excellent holistic approach to relieve stress/pain, depression, fatigue, anger/hostility, fears/phobias and more. The vibrational overtones promote an overall state of peace, harmony and deep relaxation. Drumsinger A. Michelle channels Sacred Sound in harmony with a variety of indigenous instruments. Gongmaster Joy, sacred sound healing artist offers gong baths, private gong healing sessions, gong workshops, and other rituals. See ad on page 19.

stress management consultant/mediation coach OPTIMISTIC INSIGHT

Linda Cole M. Ed Life Coach / Hypnotherapist / Meditation Consultant 845 Oaklawn Ave Cranston, RI 401-339-3942 Learn easy techniques and strategies to melt away stress. Set goals with clear benchmarks and watch yourself achieve them.  Remove embedded blockages through hypnotherapy that previously obstructed your success. Increase your intuition, build confidence/self-esteem, find purpose, transform, quit smoking, or lose weight… Call/text for FREE phone consult! MEDITATION CLASSES Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm-8pm

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therapeutic massage 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 21.

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

459 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 401-450-4172 Jane’s massage style incorporates relaxing Swedish strokes and deeper pressure as needed. Her techniques loosen tight muscles and bring about a sense of well being mentally, emotionally, physically. Her work has helped those new to massage as well as those familiar with massage, including therapists and practitioners. New clients are encouraged to experience Jane’s warm, friendly approach and excellent results.

cathryn moskow, lcmt

120 Wayland Ave, Ste 6 Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 Over 10,000+ hours of restorative 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. “She’s like finding the owner’s manual.” By appointment. RI Lic #MT01664.

weight loss Shayna Bronsky, Psy.D Integrative Psychological Healing 2905 Post Road Warwick, RI 401-633-4347

Did you know 75% of obesity is due to Emotional Eating and 98% of people who lose weight do not keep it off? With over 20 years of experience as a weight loss coach and 15 as a holistic health psychologist, I have assisted hundreds of clients reach and maintain their weight loss goals. Let me help you improve your health and cope more effectively with stress.

wellness center IT’S MY HEALTH

Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 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 21.


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The Life Breath Wellness Center & Studio

Linda Jaros, LMT, CYT, Holistic Health Facilitator, Owner 378 Main Street East Greenwich, RI 02818 401-258-6537 With over 30 years experience in the holistic healthcare industry, my mission is to empower and inspire our clients/students by creating a welcoming environment where they can engage their spirit.  We offer a variety of services and classes from.... massage, skincare, Full Wave Breath, Melt Method instruction, BreatheFit or Tai Chi/Quigong.  We believe in staying current with our service offering and our educational programs.”  Please check out our website for a compete listing and meet our staff. See ad on page 31.

wellness coaching Sheryl Turgeon

2243 Highland Ave, Fall River, MA 02720 508-689-4633 Focus is on better eating habits and feeling confident in choosing better food. You will gain energy and experience overall happiness in your life while achieving your ideal weight and health goals. See ad on page 19.

yoga body kneads yoga

1145 Reservoir Ave Cranston RI 401-632-0878 info@bodykneads body kneads yoga is a boutiquestyle yoga studio conveniently located in Cranston. Our studio has a warm and inviting feeling that brings a sigh of relaxation as soon as you step through the doors of the studio. Intimate class settings make us perfect for anyone looking to deepen their practice, and our attention to everybody means you’ll never get lost in the crowd. See ad on page 42.

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.

NATALIE SCHIFFER, CSYT 700 Cumberland & Narragansett, RI 401-578-9182

Over 10 years of experience in Svaroopa® yoga, offering small, personal classes with qualified, hands-on teaching. Receive the individualized support you need. Specially trained to work with you privately in yoga therapy sessions to help alleviate pain and injury in an organic, lasting way. Find yin, yang, restorative benefits and more in every Svaroopa® yoga class/session. Supporting you where you are and bringing you where you want to be.

yoga & holistic health center ALL THAT MATTERS

315 Main St • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 Choose from 45 yoga classes each week. Enjoy a variety of therapeutic health services. Experience workshops on yoga, meditation, self-care, selfdiscovery and the healing arts. See ad on page 44.


40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton, RI 401-308-8745

Grace Yoga

35 Weaver Rd North Kingstown RI 401-829-9903 Grace school of yoga is a sacred center for peace and well-being, offering daily classes of all levels in classical yoga, breathing, and meditation. Join our classes any time. See ad on page 43.

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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