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pring is going to be even sweeter this year than most, after the winter we have all just powered through. With the wonder of Mother Nature, through all the cold weather and frigid temperatures, the crocus and daffodils will still have been working on their upward path, since that is just how it goes. They may not be as early, as many, or as vibrant but there is no doubt that it will still happen.

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You may have noticed there has been much in the magazine lately about the cause to see the Naturopaths licensed in the state of Rhode Island. I am a big supporter of this, since I am quite certain without one I would not be typing this letter right now. I certainly would not have the strength to be publishing this magazine. In 2003, after the worst MS attack I’ve ever had, I was having a struggle getting my mojo back. I had gone back to my job at the bank after a 3 month leave, and while I was making it through the day that was all I was doing. It was all I could do to get home and hit the couch. I’m not high energy by nature, but this was not ok with me. I was only 40 years old! I went to an MS meeting, where Dr. Sheila Frodermann, ND was speaking and I liked what she was saying. Through her coaching, she changed my diet, and changed my life. While I was always conscious of what I ate, what I hadn’t realized was that some of the things I was eating were just not the right things for me. Like putting the wrong type of gas in your car, I was fueling my body with the wrong foods. By the end of the month of following the new diet, I had lost 10 pounds I didn’t even realize, found myself jogging a little on my morning walk. Best of all though, was the mental clarity I found. I felt lighter, and could see clearly, the brain fog was gone. I was very fortunate in that I had the private funds to pay for this, and that my association with the MS group connected me with a good Naturopath. I recognize it does not work that way for everyone, and want to help do what I can to see this worthy group receive the recognition they deserve. There are many types of valuable practitioners in our healthy living movement and each adds value in their specialty. This law seeks to clarify some of those specialties and it will help us as health consumers.A law and some regulation around this issue will clarify things for everyone. There is room for all, this bill is just looking establish the criteria and the scope for a trained naturopathic physician/doctor. I urge you to call your representative and ask them to support The Naturopathic Physicians Act of 2015. This month’s editorial focus is on our environment. As our tag line “Healthy Living Healthy Planet” so succinctly says, all year round we try to improve our readers health and our world. I hope you enjoy our April issue.I am looking forward to getting back outside, to walk, breathe and enjoy the spring. Hope you all do as well!

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r Sheila Frodermann, ND, of Providence Wholistic Healthcare, will be offering Put Wellness in Your Hands, an introduction to Bowenwork, from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., April 18. Bowenwork is a gentle, effective, noninvasive touch therapy that stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself. Participants will learn to apply key elements to different parts of the body to ease breathing difficulties; relieve muscle tension, joint pain or stiffness; ease heartburn, acid reflux and other gastrointestinal complaints; and relieve neck, back and knee pain. It is safe and appropriate for all ages, including infants Dr. Sheila Fordermann, ND and the elderly. Open to all individuals. Massage therapist will receive CEs. For more information on Bowenwork, visit Classes will be repeated throughout the year for those preferring another day or time. Cost: $95. Location: Providence Wholistic Healthcare, 144 Waterman St., #3, Providence. For more information or to register, call 401-455-0546. See ad on page 17.

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esley A. Wooler, owner of The Herb Wyfe, will be offering a seven-month apprenticeship program beginning in May and running through November. Classes will meet one Sunday each month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Class dates are May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18 and November 15. Different systems of the body such as the nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, immune system and integumentary system will be covered each month along with the use of corresponding herbs, essential oils and flower essences. Plant walks and plant identification will also Lesley A. Wooler be covered monthly. Additional topics include tincture making methods, tea blending, plant harvesting, taxonomy, botany, infusing oils with herbs, making salves and lotions, medicinal mushrooms, seaweeds, flower essences and aromatic blending. Book recommendations and a course syllabus will be presented at the first class. Handouts and recipes will be given monthly for each participant. Cost: $850. Class size is limited. A $100 deposit is required to hold a space and payment plans are available. For location details or to register, call 401-295-1140, email Lesley at, or visit

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inda Pritcher will be hosting a workshop entitled Success From The Inside Out – Transition To Transformation from 6 to 8 p.m., April 29, at The Empowerment Factory, in Hope Artiste Village, Pawtucket. Participants will learn three simple principles to access their powerful potential and create success at any stage or age. This is a foundational and insight-based workshop where participants will learn the principles behind creation and how to work with them to transform their inner horizon and leverage their creativity and success while developing a deeper connection to their innate well-being and peace of mind. Pritcher is an artist, designer and transformative Linda Pritcher life and business coach, as well as certified Supercoach from the Supercoach Academy. She combines a deep understanding of the creative process, an entrepreneurial spirit and a business background with her coaching expertise to offer powerful insight and inspiration to entrepreneurs, creators and difference makers of all types. She’s a speaker on creating Success from the Inside Out, Developing Resilience and Inner Resources, and the program Authoring Your Life. Cost: $10 in advance/$15 at the door. A portion of the proceeds goes to We Share Hope. Location: 999 Main St., Studio 707, in Hope Artiste Village, Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-316-6735 or visit


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he Newport Mystical Society will be hosting Spring in Bloom from 11 a.m. to midnight, April 11, at The Elks Lodge, in Newport. The event will offer sessions with mediums, psychics, tarot and crystal readers, aura photography and astrologers to help empower attendees to discover clarity and insight. Integrative energy workers in Reiki and massage will offer mini sessions. Vendors include Jeff Mello of Aquidneck Honey, and purveyors of handmade jewelry, skin care products, Crystal Journey candles and crystals. Evening entertainment will consist of readings by local poets, drumming by Spirit-Is and dancing by Holly and the Sacred Flame. Refreshments will be available. The Newport Mystical Society was formed by Darlene Filosa, Eddie Kosicki and Chris Regan as an organization to support an integrative exchange between the metaphysical and holistic worlds. Cost: $5/children under 12 free. Location: The Elks Lodge, 141 Pelham St., Newport. For more information, call 401-864-6778 or visit

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rtisan tea maker and educator Vera Halina, from Stonington Natural Health Center, will lead a group conversation and demonstration on the depth of healing and sheer pleasure that can be derived from indulging in a freshly brewed cup of herbal tea. The educational tea tasting will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., April 10, at the JBG Theater, in Stonington, Connecticut. Deborah Huddy, Intuitive Tea Leaf Reader, will enlighten attendees with a lesson on reading their own tea leaves. “Learn about herbal teas that act as medicine and what makes loose leaf teas so superior to generic tea,� says Halina. Cost: $20, includes 20 percent discount on Veraitea blend. RSVP by April 9 at 860-833-6376 or Location: JBG Theater (downstairs), 107 Wilcox Rd., Stonington, CT. For more information on Veraitea and Vera Halina, visit

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he main lineup of speakers is set for The Natural Life Celebration which will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 26, at Hope Artiste Village, in Pawtucket. Keynote speakers include Roland Comtois, Kurtis Lee Thomas and Brian Sean Reid, followed by several prominent speakers throughout the day including, Dr. John McGonigle, Amisha Patel and Lauren Roland Comtois Canuel. “We are thrilled to have such a diverse group of expert speakers supporting this event to empower attendees along their journey,� says Susan Lataille of DiscoverYou Events, cocreator of the event. Additional speakers will present on the second floor during the event, along with exhibitors in health, wellness and personal growth. FamiBrian Sean Reid lies are encouraged to attend the event to take part in arts and craft activities and a scavenger hunt to get familiar with Hope Artist Village. “The space has so much history, we want to encourage people to move around and explore. With the event on two floors, this is a perfect opportunity to experience the history, while learning about what is new in health, wellness Kurtis Lee Thomas and green living,� says Maureen Cary, publisher of Natural Awakenings magazine and co-creator of the event. The newly opened Breaktime Bowl & Bar will be open and serving food on the third floor. With their rustic style and throwback bowling lanes with duckpins and smaller balls, everyone can bowl and enjoy the fun.

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ay Ben Tré, DAc, RN, is bringing the new and rapidly developing field of Nutrigenomics to people already committed to a healthy lifestyle that are looking for cutting edge tools to take their well-being to the next level. Ben Tré’s program is for anyone wanting to raise the bar with a more customized roadmap than ever available before, and she will work with individuals to obtain and interpret the data of their genome to create and implement their own unique nutritional program. Gay Ben Tré, DAc, RN Since the completion of the international effort to map the human genome in the Human Genome Project (HGP), researchers have been studying how our environment, our lifestyle and our diet interact with and influence our genes to create health, or in some cases, degeneration and disease. Nutrigenomics investigates how nutrition influences the expression of genes and how targeted natural products and nutritional supplements can be used to bypass or compensate for inherited weaknesses to enhance athletic and intellectual performance; create resilience from mental, emotional, and physical stress, including environmental toxin exposure; postpone aging by boosting cellular growth and repair; protect the brain from inflammation and degeneration; balance mood and mental states, calm anxiety and focus concentration; balance hormone levels; enhance fertility and organ function; and impact the progression and help to reverse the effects of chronic diseases that are influenced by diet including autoimmune, cardiovascular and neurological disorders, thyroid dysfunction, chronic infections, allergies, arthritis, leaky gut, sleep disorders, anxiety, skin conditions, and fatigue, among others. For more information email See ad on page 21.

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ature’s Wisdom Wellness, in Westerly, has recently added an organic hair care salon, Nature’s Dyery. Joining the staff is stylist and colorist Alexandria Young who brings more than 10 years of experience in the industry to the salon. Young believes that organic hair color should be just as affordable as conventional, chemically based color systems. At each appointment, Young assesses the condition of the hair and then chooses which organic shampoos, conditioners, styling products as well as organic color line will best suit the client’s hair type. “Hair care can be fun and creative without the toxic chemicals,” she says. Location: 54 High St., Westerly. For more information, call 401-596-5700 or visit Follow on Instagram @Natures_Dyery for specials, updates and inspiration. See ad on page 9.

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aster Astrologer Mary Kate Jordan will lead two new workshops at Fireseed: Center for Transformation, in Providence, during the month of May. The first workshop, Astrology: New and Review, will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m., May 1, and will focus on teaching the language and vocabulary of astrology. This class is valuable by itself or as a powerful anchor Mary Kate Jordan before taking Cycles and Dynamics of Change, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 2. In the second class, participants will explore the cardinal, fixed and mutable cycles that repeat in various ways as the sun, moon and planets pass through the zodiac circle. Learn to identify squares, conjunctions, trines, and oppositions, among others. These dynamic aspects of change are the ley lines of the chart, the active-energy-field markers critical to understanding the sun, moon and planets’ influences in relation to each other. These cycles and ley lines are interconnected in subtle ways. To learn more about the workshops and The Rhode Island Star Skiff, an exciting offer for New England residents, register with Mary Kate at for a free 30-minute conference call at 7 p.m., April 23. Organizer Katharine Rossi says, “Whether you are new to astrology or quite knowledgeable, you will learn key applications to understanding astrology charts and what they reveal.” Cost: $15 May 1; $60 May 2; $65 for both. Location: 194 Waterman St, 3rd flr., Providence. For more information and to register, call 401-924-0567.

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he Annual Walk MS will take place in Rhode Island on April 19. This fun spring walk in Providence is accessible, with rest stops along the way supplied with snacks, beverages and restrooms. By participating, walkers can make a difference by raising essential funds for research and services for people with Multiple Sclerosis. The funds raised give hope to the more than 21,000 individuals and their families in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Local MS Chapters will have Walk MS locations throughout the state, including Bristol, Narragansett and Providence. A variety of volunteer opportunities are also available at all of the Walk sites for those unable to participate. Friends, family and co-workers are encouraged to team up for Walk MS. Teams bring co-workers closer together, boost company spirit and demonstrate community involvement. Runners can lace up their running sneakers and join the Run MS 5K Rhode Race at Colt State Park, in Bristol, on May 3. For more information or to register, call 401-738-8383 or visit Register to join the Natural Awakenings team by calling 401-709-2473, or send an email to

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re-publication copies of The Hypnotic Coach, written by certified hypnotists John Koenig and Daniel Rose, are now available at Tree of Life Wellness Center, in Seekonk, Massachusetts, until April 1. The book is also available at Hypnotic Coaching combines personal coaching with hypnosis to help people make rapid life changes. It can be used to support any goals: personal, career, educational, relationship or health. Candidates for hypnotic coaching are people who are feeling stuck in some area of life or are disappointed with endless psychotherapy or personal coaching that doesn’t provide the tools to break through to the next level. It is especially useful for people in transitions, facing challenges or with important personal goals. The book includes a basic primer on hypnosis, detailed description of the hypnotic coaching process and case histories. Location: Tree of Life Wellness Center, 1460 Fall River Ave., Ste. #6, Seekonk, MA. For more information, call 508-3364242 or visit

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Nutrition and Beyond A Holistic Look at Health


olistic means to take a clinical look at the whole person. This includes a thorough nutrition assessment of food allergies and intolerances, medical diagnosis and history, pertinent lab work and diagnostic testing, finances, taste buds, available time to cook, shop and eat, as well as identifying who cooks and shops for the family, and which medications and dietary supplements are taken. Most importantly, based on comprehensive information about each individual, holistic nutritionists work out a specific, customized therapeutic plan for each person. It is not a one size fits all handout or cookie cutter diet; the focus is instead on life style. The primary reasons people consult with a nutritionist include the absence of medical treatment available for their ailment; weight loss program failure; concern about their nutritional status; confusion about the vitamins and herbs they take and want to know if they are safe, interact with medications, or are a waste of money; disappointment in the lack of a diagnosis or recommended treatment, or of the results from conventional medicine; and a desire for an alternative to medication which may or may not be working. Many health issues such as high cholesterol, fatigue, depression, anxiety, hormonal changes, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, constipation, diabetes and other weightrelated problems, and even children with focus, obesity and eating disorders, have roots deep in nutrition. Many drugs prescribed for a particular ailment have a non-prescription alternative or therapy. Also, many prescription drugs can be complemented by a non-prescription supplement or way of eating to reduce the dose and side effects. It is important to consider that drugs are not always the answer; conventional medicine can save lives but it can also cause problems if not utilized with a comprehensive holistic approach. Marcie Millar has been a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist for 25 years. She specializes in nutrition therapies for health and illness utilizing complementary and alternative care when needed. For more information, visit See ad on page 11.

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he House Health, Education, and Welfare Committee Hearing for House bill 5380 held on March 4 was well received, with Representatives Regunberg, Canario and Bennett asking several important questions. Naturopathic doctors Sheila Frodermann and Marcy Feibelman answered those questions and spoke on the RI Association of Naturopathic Physicians importance of the bill in regard to safety, health care access, addressing chronic disease and reducing health care costs, and creating opportunities for job growth and economic development in the field of natural and integrative medicines. Senate Health & Human Services Hearing on Senate bill 0331 has not yet been scheduled for a hearing. The RIANP will be following up on conversations with the Rhode Island medical society as well as legislators to address any questions or concerns, and help move these bills out of committee. To support the licensure efforts, visit to sign up to stay informed, and email the committee chairmen, your district representative and senator, and copy the RIANP at

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50 Percent Gone in Under 50 years The latest World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Living Planet Report shows that the Living Planet Index (LPI), which measures more than 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, has declined by 52 percent since 1970. The report is widely considered the leading science-based analysis on the health of our planet and the impact of human activity ( In fewer than two human generations, populations of vertebrate species—the life forms that constitute the fabric of life-sustaining ecosystems and serve as a barometer of how humans are impacting nature—have dropped by half. Nature conservation and sustainable development go hand-in-hand; it’s not only about preserving biodiversity and wild places, but about safeguarding the future of humanity. Living Planet Report partners include the Zoological Society of London, Global Footprint Network and Water Footprint Network. Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International, states, “We need leadership for change. Sitting on the bench waiting for someone else to make the first move, doesn’t work. Heads of state need to start thinking globally; businesses and consumers need to stop behaving as if we live in a limitless world.”

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The nonprofit Rodale Institute, the United Nations and the Soil Association are reporting that modern, chemical-intensive industrial farming is stripping the soil’s natural ability to take carbon back out of the atmosphere through photosynthesis and store it in the soil. Rodale researchers say that by returning to small-scale organic farming, more than 40 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions could be captured in the soil, and if the entire world’s pasture and rangelands were managed using regenerative techniques, an additional 71 percent of those emissions could be sequestered. Further, organic practices could counteract the world’s yearly carbon dioxide output while producing the same amount of food as conventional farming. Rodale claims that using regenerative organic agriculture—like low or no-tillage, cover crops and crop rotation—will keep photosynthesized carbon dioxide in the soil, instead of returning it to the atmosphere. The institute cites 75 studies from peer-reviewed journals, including its own 33-year Farming Systems Trial, which directly compare organic farming with conventional farming. Source:

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“We need to know the truth, because adults clearly aren’t doing enough to stop this.” ~Zoe, age 12 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA recently announced that last year was the hottest in 135 years of recordkeeping, with rising ocean temperatures driving the global heat index. Nine of the 10 hottest years have occurred since 2000. The odds of this taking place randomly are about 650 million to 1, especially without an El Nino influence, according to University of South


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In the same 100 years, sea levels have risen seven inches, mostly due to expansion as the water warms. “We have over 2 million preserved fish in our collection. We study them to see the effect of temperature change,” says Melanie Stiassny, Ph.D., curator of ichthyology at the museum. “The mummichog fish is less than an inch long. It’s a bottom feeder and that’s where pollution like mercury lies. When the water is warm, fish eat more and mercury is stored in their bodies.” The contaminants move up the food chain, bringing the effects of pollution to our dinner table. A 2006 study by Nicola Beaumont, Ph.D., with the Plymouth Marine Labo-

ratory UK, found that 29 percent of the oceans’ edible fish and seafood species have declined by 90 percent in the past 100 years. The international team of ecologists and economists led by Boris Worm, Ph.D., of Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, predict total saltwater fish extinction by 2048 due to overfishing, pollution, habitat loss and climate change. Rising ocean acidity due to absorption of increasing carbon dioxide and other emissions from burning fossil fuels impacts creatures large and small, like dissolving the shell of the tiny sea butterfly, a vital link in the ocean’s food chain. Americans currently consume 4.5 billion pounds of seafood each year.

from the ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) to the once-abundant passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) and Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis). In Colorado, 70 percent of the lodgepole pines have been lost, with pines in other states also in trouble. Pine beetles feed on the pines. Historically, winter brings death to both the beetles and weakened trees, which fall to feed a renewed forest. Due to warmer temperatures, the beetles are living longer and migrating to higher altitudes to kill more trees. Forest fires follow the dry timber line.

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“Each species was put here for a reason. We are the caretakers.” ~a youth at a climate rally Scientists look back to look ahead. Henry David Thoreau fell in love with the wilderness around Concord, Massachusetts, 160 years ago. From his renowned journals, scientists know when flowers like the pink lady slipper (Cypripedium acaule), bird’s-foot violets (Viola pedata) or golden ragworts (Packera aurea) used to bloom. Today, with temperatures six degrees Fahrenheit warmer than in Thoreau’s time, these species now bloom two weeks earlier. The Canada lily (Lilium canadense), plentiful before, is now rare, unable to adapt to the new reality. Paul Sweet, collections manager of the museum’s ornithology department, studies “skins” (stuffed birds). He says, “The skins show us how birds lived years ago.” In just the past 100 years, bird species that have gone extinct range

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“Get your parents involved.” ~Teakahla, age 11 Children are more informed now than ever before. Schools offer classes on ecology, the environment, global warming and climate change. Disasters are instant news, constantly streaming through digital media. Kids are aware that they need adults to work with them to keep Earth habitable. HBO will air all four parts of Saving My Tomorrow starting Apr. 22. Check local listings—and watch as a family. See Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at AveryMack@

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betes. It is an undeniable fact, however, that the human body was designed to move, to exercise all its senses, and to create. Designed as a healthier alternative, Storywalking is a form of entertainment that promotes active engagement of the body, mind and creative spirit. Creativity is one of the most amazing human abilities, and innovation emerges from reading, writing, questioning, experimenting, observing, conversing and walking. Storywalking is best described as a spiritual detective reality game that leads players into mystical encounters with Mother Nature and creative spirit. Imagine opening the front door, stepping out onto a giant game board and into a storybook life. The game has been researched, developed and tested over the past six years. In Storywalking, players walk, look, listen and follow subtle clues that appear, usually at their feet, to guide the action forward. Co-creating the action of the story with nature and Spirit, players write their part of the story. They begin by setting intentions and then making choices that align with those intentions. An intention is something you plan to do or achieve. Storywalking itself evolved out of an intention to

the sharing of stories that provide examples of where to walk, what types of clues to seek and how to interpret codes and signs. By sharing their own personal stories, Storywalkers teach others how to engage in the mysterious game. The Find A Story page on the Netwalking website (NetwalkRI. com/STORIES.html) offers free “Learn to Read” Nature Detective audios and “Read to Learn” Secret Agent stories to get players started and learn some initial skills. Wendy Nadherny Fachon is an afterschool educator offering active environmental learning programs to elementary schools around Rhode Island. Visit her website at to learn more. See ad on this page.


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The environment is not separate from ourselves; we are inside it and it is inside us; we make it and it makes us. ~ Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, Amazon shaman


hile the idea that we humans stand apart from—or even above—nature is a prevailing theme in much of modern civilization, naturalists and other clever souls throughout the ages have observed that the opposite is true: We are part of, depend on and evolve with nature— and we ignore this vital connection at our peril. “If one way is better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way,” admonished the Greek philosopher Aristotle, in the third century B.C.E. “Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms the judgment of nature,” Roman politician and philosopher Cicero ruminated two centuries later. Nobel Prize-winning physicist and philosopher Albert Einstein remarked, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Today, more of us are looking to nature for ways to improve physical, mental and emotional health, develop


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Healthful Nature

As Henry David Thoreau wrote in his classic 1854 book Walden, “We need the tonic of wildness.” While we know firsthand how walking in the woods can elevate mood, scientists have documented that a regular dose of nature has other far-reaching benefits. It can lower stress hormone levels, blood pressure and undesirable cholesterol; help heal neurological problems; hasten fuller recovery from surgery and heart attacks; increase cancer-fighting white blood cells; and generally aid overall health (Health Promotion International research report; also Nippon Medical School study, Tokyo). Regular playtime outdoors helps children cope with hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders, accord-

ing to research published in Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. Exposure to nature can help adults escape from today’s wired lives; reinvigorate, be fitter and less likely to suffer from obesity, diabetes and heart disease, as reported in studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and a University of Washington research summary. It can also unlock understanding of the spiritual essence of life. Hours regularly spent by youth outdoors stimulate imagination and creativity and enhance cognitive development, helping them learn. Nature also helps youngsters develop social awareness, helping them better navigate human relations ( OutdoorHealthBenefits Research). “It’s strange and kind of sad that we are so removed from nature that we actually have to ask why nature is good for us,” says Dr. Eva Selhub, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, author of the new book Your Health Destiny, and co-author of Your Brain on Nature. “The fact is our brains and bodies are wired in concert with nature.” Recognition of nature’s positive effects has grown so much in recent years that physicians increasingly write their patients “prescriptions” to go hiking in the woods, counting on the healthy exercise and exposure to sunlight, nature and soothing views to address health problems stemming from poor diets and sedentary lifestyles. Healthcare clinics and hospitals in Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis, Albuquerque, New Mexico, California’s Bay Area and elsewhere have launched Prescription Trails programs aimed at objectives from preventing obesity in children to healthful activities for retirees (Tinyurl. com/AmericanHealthTrails). Bestselling author Richard Louv calls the positive nature effect “vitamin N” in The Nature Principle. He contends: “Many of us, without having a name for it, are using the nature tonic. We are, in essence, self-medicating with an inexpensive and unusually convenient drug substitute.”

Scientific studies show that a regular dose of nature has far-reaching health benefits. More doctors now write “nature” prescriptions for their patients. Such ideas are commonly accepted in many cultures. The Japanese believe in the restorative power of shinrin-yoku, which could be translated as “forest medicine” or “forest bathing”. Indigenous peoples like the Brazilian tribe led by Shaman Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, fighting to preserve their land and way of life in the Amazon, profess to be at one with the innate riches of sustainable rainforests (

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Scientists, inventors and other innovators are increasingly inspired by nature. Biomimicry, part social movement and part burgeoning industry, looks to how Earth’s natural systems work and solve problems. University of Utah researchers, inspired by the durable homes built by sandcastle worms, are creating a synthetic glue that one day could help repair fractured bones. Architectural components manufacturer Panelite makes energy-efficient insulated glass by mimicking the hexagonal structure that bees use in honeycombs. (Find other precedents at BiomimicryCaseExamples). The inspiration for biomimicry comes from many places, says Dayna Baumeister, Ph.D. co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8, a Missoula, Montana, company working with other companies and universities to propel biomimicry into the mainstream. “People are recognizing that they’ve been disconnected to the natural world,” she says. “We also realize that [as a species] we are in trouble. We don’t have all the answers, but we can look to other species for inspiration” for clearing pollutants from our bodies and environments. …continued on page 30

RI Walks RI Walks RI Walks Saturday, April 4 at 10am – WoodPawcatuck Watershed Association (WPWA) Forester, Will Walker is leading a Winter Tree Walk in Arcadia Management Area to learn about trees in Rhode Island. During this easy walk learn how to identify trees and what role different species play in the forest ecosystem. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather, an orange vest or hat, and good hiking shoes. This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Meet at the Brook Trail parking area on Rt. 165 in West Greenwich. For more information contact: Denise Poyer:, 401-539-9017. Sunday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 15 at 10am – RI Families in Nature is meeting at the John H. Chafee Nature Preserve for a walk to Rome Point to try to catch a glimpse at the harbor seals that migrate into this area. Dress for the weather (snow boots might be necessary) and bring plenty of snacks and water as well as binoculars or spotting scopes if available. Free. Learn more at this-months-hike/. Sunday, April 19 from 1-3:30pm – Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association (WPWA) is offering an Introduction to Geocaching is a modern day outdoor treasurer hunt using a GPS enabled device. Meet at the WPWA Campus, 203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley, for a brief discussion. This program is appropriate for anyone; families are especially encouraged. Bring your Smart phone or GPS unit. Be sure to dress for the weather. This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Learn more at events.php or contact Denise Poyer:, 401-539-9017. Monday, April 20 from 10am-noon – Netwalking will lead a Storywalking Adventure in search of archeological remains of an Industrial Era mill on the East Greenwich Land Trust Bleachery trail. Participants will also

learn about some of the trees and wild plants in the area. Dress for the weather and wear boots. Meet in the parking lot at Cragan Field, 50 Reilly Avenue. Free. Learn more at or contact Wendy Fachon:, 401-529-6830. Tuesday, April 21 from 10-11:30am – Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association (WPWA) is offering a Vernal Pool Exploration. These special wetlands are home to wood frogs, spotted salamanders and fairy shrimp, as well as lots of interesting bugs. After a short talk about the habitat, explorers will go in with nets and waders to find and identify the wetland creatures. This program will be held outside in the Arcadia Management Area in Exeter. All equipment will be provided, but if you have waders or tall boots bring them. Appropriate for children 5 and older. Free, but pre-registration is required. Rain date will be April 22. For more information contact: Denise Poyer:, 401-539-9017. Wednesday, April 22 from 10amnoon – Audubon Society of Rhode Island is leading a stroll in search of salamanders, through the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, in Seekonk. $10/member adult and child pair, $5 each additional member; $14 non-member adult and child pair; $7 each additional non-member. Friday, April 24 from 10-11:30 am – Netwalking will lead a Storywalking Adventure through East Greenwich Land Trust property Boesch Farm at 830 South Road. Participants will hike the trail to Scrabbletown Brook, which is part of the Hunt River Watershed, and return past the fields of a sustainably managed farm in hopes of seeing some piglets, lambs and chicks. Dress for the weather and wear boots. Free. Learn more at or contact Wendy Fachon:, 401-529-6830.

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Man is everywhere a disturbing agent. Wherever he plants his foot, the harmonies of nature are turned to discord. The proportions and accommodations that ensured the stability of existing arrangements are overthrown. Of all organic beings, man alone is to be regarded as essentially a destructive power.

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Plants and fungi are now commonly used to clean up old industrial sites that resemble nature’s way of removing pollutants from water and soil. A University of California, Berkeley, meta-study confirms that farmers currently using organic farming methods and solar power achieve roughly the same crop yields as conventional techniques with far less dependence on fossil fuels, reducing greenhouse gases and petrochemical pesticide and fertilizer pollution.

Cyclical Nature

These breakthrough technologies emulate the way nature uses the building blocks of life in an endless cycle of birth, reproduction, decay and rebirth. It’s part of a broad rethinking of the principles behind sustainability—building, manufacturing and living in greater harmony with natural systems, perhaps eventually eliminating landfills, air and water pollution, and toxic site cleanups. “A toxin is a material in the wrong place,” says architect William McDonough, of Charlottesville, Virginia. The only individual recipient of the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, he is co-author of Cradleto-Cradle, a groundbreaking book that calls for re-envisioning even the nastiest waste, and The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance. McDonough imagines a world where waste becomes raw material for new buildings, furniture and other goods— akin to how a forest reuses every deceased tree and animal to nourish the ecosystem and spawn new life. With 80 percent of U.S. residents currently living in urban areas, architects, builders and municipal planners are likewise pivoting toward nature,

prompted by the scientific evidence of the many ways that human health and general well-being rely upon it. While this contact is preferably the kind of “stopping by woods” that inspired New England poet Robert Frost, even a walk in a city park will work. “Urban nature, when provided as parks and walkways and incorporated into building design, provides calming and inspiring environments and encourages learning, inquisitiveness and alertness,” reports the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, in Green Cities: Good Health. The American Planning Association stresses the importance of integrating green space into urban neighborhoods. Not only does so-called “metro nature” improve air and water quality and reduce urban heat island effects, urban wilds such as Pittsburgh’s Nine Mile Run and Charlotte, North Carolina’s Little Sugar Creek Greenway also restore natural connections in densely populated city centers.

Natural Intelligence

A growing number of scientists say that research about our place in nature has sparked fresh thinking about our role and devastated quaint notions about our species’ superiority. “Single-celled slime molds solve mazes. Brainless plants make correct decisions and bees with brains the size of pinheads handle abstract concepts,” points out Anthropologist Jeremy Narby, author of the groundbreaking book Intelligence in Nature. At a national conference of Bioneers, an organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and San Francisco that gathers nature-minded social and scientific innovators, Narby said: “We are nearly identical to many animals.

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The Food Artisans Next Door Homemade Delicacies, Direct from Our Neighbors by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko

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consciouseating Amick, of Epiphany Gluten Free Bakery, in Naples, Florida, which she launched from her home kitchen. Besides glutenfree cookies, cakes and breads, she’s always “perfecting” her Paleo cookies, brownies and pancake mix. Paleo recipes contain no grains, dairy, yeast or refined sugars, explains Wardein. “They require nut and seed flours, coconut oil and natural sugars like honey or maple syrup. So they are naturally higher in protein and fiber and lower in carbs than the average glutenfree recipe.” “We’re experimenting with the community supported agriculture model with local fruit,” says Erin Schneider. She and her husband, Rob McClure, operate Hilltop Community Farm, in LaValle, Wisconsin, which produces value-added products with organically grown crops. “We have salsas, pickles and jams. Our black currant and honey jam is sold before it’s made. Rob’s garlic dills have their own following.” Wisconsin’s cottage food law restricts sales to only high-acid foods.

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he locavore movement of eating locally produced foods continues to expand, thanks to 42 states passing cottage food laws that permit community members to make certain foods at home to sell to neighbors. Some enterprises use a contract packer to deliver on a scale not possible domestically, or even operate from a commercially licensed production facility. From sauerkraut and distinctive jams and organic jellies to gluten- or peanut-free cakes and regional artisanal breads, some of the most flavorful products are being produced with no chemical preservatives, artificial colors or other laboratory ingredients. Nearly all are made in small batches, and usually by the owner. Many source local ingredients or serve special dietary needs largely underserved or ignored by larger food businesses.


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“In a sharing economy, individuals look less to big chain stores for their food needs and more to each other, making fresher, tastier and often healthier foods more accessible,” explains Janelle Orsi, co-founder of the Oakland, California, Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), citing its Policies for Shareable Cities report partnered with the nonprofit Shareable. The Specialty Food Association reports that sales of specialty foods— primarily at grocery retailers, but also cottage operators via farmers’ markets and direct orders when allowed by their state—grew 22 percent from 2010 to 2012, topping $85 billion.

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“All of our products are made by hand and in small batches daily,” says Ruth Wardein, co-owner, with Andrew

100 milking ewes organically raised, irrigated pasture grass and brewer’s grain to yield award-winning farmstead easier-to-digest sheep cheeses from her Monkeyflower Ranch. “Many first-time customers like my story as a small producer and want to buy direct from the farm. They keep buying because of the taste,” says King. “My marinara and pizza sauces are made in small batches by hand in a home kitchen, enabling us to hot pack them to retain the ingredients’ natural favors,” says Liz James, owner of The Happy Tomato, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her sauces are also low in sodium and contain no sugar, saturated fat or gluten. James’ production is facilitated by Virginia’s home food processor license, which lets her work from home and sell wholesale. Whole Foods Market is among her major retail accounts. When home-based cottage food

businesses are spurred into expansion to keep up with demand, a situation sometimes complicated by state limits on sales volume, many opt for renting space in the growing number of incubator, or community, kitchens nationwide. “We did farmers’ markets for three years and went from seven customers to thousands,” says Wardein, who now rents a commercial kitchen space. “Returning customers are the momentum that has pushed us forward.” “By growing food in and around our own neighborhoods and cities, we decrease our dependence on an oftentimes unjust and ecologically destructive global food system and build stronger, more connected and resilient communities,” affirms Yassi Eskandari-Qajar,

director of SELC’s City Policies program. “We think it’s important to produce what grows well on our soil and then sell it, so that ecology drives economics, rather than vice versa,” says Schneider. “Random things prosper in our area, like paprika peppers, elderberries, hardy kiwi, garlic, pears and currants. It’s our job as ecologically-minded farmers to show how delicious these foods can be.” Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko are coauthors of the new book Homemade for Sale, a guide for launching a food business from a home kitchen, plus ECOpreneuring, Farmstead Chef and Rural Renaissance. Learn more at

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he arrival of planting season has a stunning effect on veggie gardeners. We talk to our seedlings as if they were children, and don’t mind working until dark if that’s what it takes to get the fingerling potatoes in the ground. Then, complications like crabgrass and cabbageworms appear, and keeping up with all the details feels impossible. We can lighten looming chores by using these time-saving tips, which will reduce later workloads when storms and the hot summer sun threaten to squelch the magic. Mulch to reduce watering and prevent weeds. “You can cut your watering time in half by mulching crops with a three-to-four-inch layer of straw or shredded leaves,” says Niki Jabbour, award-winning author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener and Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden. “Crops like tomatoes, potatoes, kale, broccoli, cucumbers and squash all ben-


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efit from a deep mulch, which reduces the need to water and also prevents weeds, saving even more time.” Grow herbs in convenient containers. Family cooks will harvest kitchen herbs every day, in all kinds of weather, so don’t waste footsteps. Grow some parsley, basil and other herbs in large containers near the kitchen door. Try promising perennials. Plant them once, and vegetables like asparagus and rhubarb come back year after year in cold winter climates like the Midwest and Northeast. Where winters are mild, artichokes or chayote (pear squash) are long-lived and productive. Many resilient herbs will return each spring, too, including sage, mints, thyme and oregano. Tarragon and marjoram make trusty perennial herbs in the Sun Belt. Stock up on organic seeds. “As a year-round vegetable gardener, I try to come up with a list of all the seeds I’ll need for every season when I place annual seed orders,” Jabbour says. “That

way, I will place fewer orders and have everything on hand at the proper planting time, saving both time and money.” Organic seeds in consumer seed catalogs and retail racks won’t be genetically modified or treated with pesticides. Be generous with organic compost. With each planting, mix in organic compost along with a balanced organic fertilizer. Food crops grown in organically enriched soil are better able to resist challenges from pests and diseases, which simplifies summer tasks. row owers to attract eneficia insects. Reducing or eliminating pesticides and increasing plantings of flowers can radically improve the balance between helpful and harmful insects in a garden. Horticulturist Jessica Walliser, co-host of Pittsburgh’s The Organic Gardeners KDKA radio show and author of Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden, recommends starting with sweet alyssum, an easy-to-grow annual that can be tucked into the edges of beds or added to mixed containers. “The tiny blossoms of sweet alyssum are adept at supporting several species of the non-stinging parasitic wasps that help keep aphids and other common pests in check,” Walliser says. In warm climates where they are widely grown, crape myrtles have been found to serve as nurseries for lady beetles, lacewings and other beneficial insects. Protect plants with fabric barriers. Pest insects seeking host plants won’t find cabbage or kale if they’re hidden beneath hoops covered with fine-mesh fabric like wedding net (tulle) or garden fabric row cover. “Cover the plants the day they are transplanted into the garden,” advises Walliser. As long as the edges are securely tucked in, row covers will also protect plants from wind, hail, rabbits and deer. oe rie y each day. Commit 10 minutes a day to hoeing. While slicing down young weeds, hill up soil over potatoes or clean up beds ready to be replanted. Look out for small problems to correct before they become big ones. No more misplaced tools. Time is often wasted searching for lost weeders, pruning shears and other hand tools, which are easier to keep track of when

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Depression is natural. Most people can relate to experiencing depression at some point in their lives. Whereas therapy, visits to the doctor and alternative health techniques provide reliable results in easing depression, another potential remedy lies in the bookstore. That remedy is poetry.


oetry empathizes; it feels the way we do, and in doing so, allows us to journey deeper into our emotions. It makes our experience vivid and tangible, even when we ourselves are in a haze, and it encourages us to accept our feelings instead of suppressing them. Poetry is rhythmic and fluid. It draws into and out of ideas like the waves of an ocean roll in and out from the shore. Think of how stuck we feel when we are depressed. We get trapped by thoughts and feelings that don’t help us get better, and our minds become fixed on points of view that aren’t healthy. Poetry, on the other hand, teaches our minds to


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let go and move on. It shows us that there are options, even in the darker emotions, and that there’s pleasure in making discoveries about our inner life. Lastly, poetry speaks to the part of all of us that is innately creative. We each have a way of seeing the beautiful in the bleak, and just as all good art does, poetry helps us develop a palate for the whole of the human experience. If we accept who we are and how we feel, and if we can learn to see the good in the bad, we can lessen pain. In a New York Times article called “Bringing a Daughter Back from the Brink with Poems”, Betsy MacWhinney describes the complexity of parenting a teenage child who was depressed and obsessively

You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting— over and over announcing your place in the family of things. Several weeks after leaving daily poems in her daughter’s shoes, MacWhinney noticed she was acting far healthier. She writes, “Poetry knew where hope lived.” Perhaps what MacWhinney discovered is what we all need to learn; a poem a day is good for us. And certainly, there’s nothing to lose in giving it a try. Amisha Patel is a writer, professor and holistic consultant living in Providence. She is the founder of Tree of Life Integrated Wellness and Team Awesome RI. To learn more about her, visit

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The goal of Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ), launched in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1999 as part of Intermountain Therapy Animals, is to improve children’s literacy skills with the mentoring help of certified therapy teams. Its reach has spread through library programs across the U.S. and Canada and internationally, with other therapy groups following suit.


octors told the parents of an 11-year-old autistic son that he would never read… so quit trying to teach him,” says Suzanne Vening, an organic farmer in Jackson, Mississippi. “The doctor didn’t count on Adam, my Australian shepherd.” Abused and abandoned before being adopted by Vening, she had trained him for therapy work. Vening knew nothing about autistic or learning-disabled children, but she knew Adam could work miracles. The boy made eye contact with Adam during his library visit and read a few words. His parents were overjoyed as his reading continued to improve. “It’s hard to include children with special needs in many family activities,” Vening says. “A library is a place the whole family can enjoy.”

She advises, “Designate a safe corner where a child can escape if feeling overwhelmed. After entering the room, handlers should sit on the floor with the dog lying beside them. A standing dog can cause too much excitement. It’s important to trust that your therapy dog will know how to approach a child that’s afraid, has tremors or can’t sit up or sit still.” “An animal’s heartbeat seems to call to kids,” observes Rachael Barrera, a children’s librarian at Brook Hollow Public Library, in San Antonio, Texas. “Dogs have come here once a week for more than a year. Now older kids that are comfortable with the reading program are showing younger ones how to choose a book.”

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National Library Week, April 12 to 18, celebrates the program Unlimited Possiblities @ Your Library At California’s Benicia Public Library, kids read to Honey, a friendly brown dog, on Wednesday afternoons. Sheila Jordan, managing editor and owner of Booklandia, founded in Bend, Oregon, says her 8-year-old, Chase, found it difficult to concentrate because of ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). “The Tales and Tails program was a big help. All summer, we went every week and chose books he said the dog would love.” Jordan’s reward was a more focused child; Chase’s reward was a dog of his own last fall. North Carolina’s Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers 14,000 free programs a year throughout its 20 locations, including Paws to Read. Librarian Cathy Cartledge, reading program coordinator for the Morrison Regional branch, shares this story from Jaylee’s mom, Jill. “Jaylee was tutored in reading for a year. After she also began reading to Zoey, a great Pyrenees, or Hunter, a golden retriever, I saw improvement in fluency, confidence and enjoyment. It worked miracles compared with the hours and money spent for tutoring,” her mom remarks. The Mount Prospect Library, near Chicago, has an age requirement for its Tales to Tails program. “Rachael, 8, will hardly put a book down now,” says her

mom, Nicole Sasanuma, a senior associate with Business Communications & Advocacy, in Northbrook, Illinois. “Her sister, Emi, 6, is anxious for her next birthday so she ‘can read to doggies,’ too.” Reading programs aren’t limited to libraries or schools. Jean Maclean, of Lompoc, California, trains her two dogs in agility and rally skills. For a change of pace, they visit the Chumash Learning Center, in Santa Ynez, once a month. The Chumash people value education from both its elders and teachers outside the tribe. Maclean relates that Donny, age 11, was afraid of dogs until he met hers, after which his teachers saw his reading improve three levels in one semester. Animals help kids relax and become teachers to the dogs. Researchers at the University of California, Davis have found that reading skills for kids that read to dogs during a 10-week literacy program improved by 12 percent. Children in the same program that didn’t do the same showed no improvement. Dogs and other pets prove that reading out loud doesn’t have to be scary. All it takes is a good book and a good listener. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

Other Four-Footed Reading Partners Cleo, a small gray cat that lives with Michelle Cardosi, a retail clerk in Denver, enjoyed her Love on a Leash therapy visits. When she became arthritic, moving from lap-to-lap was painful, and Cardosi considered retiring her, but Cleo didn’t agree. “So we went to the library’s Whiskers and Tales program instead, where she could sit on a pillow, get petted and be the center of attention,” she says. “She was able to visit until her 18th birthday.” Clifford, a 24-year-old Morgan horse, is a well-known literacy advocate. He tours libraries in Michigan and using a sponge and watercolor paint, “signs” his biography, Clifford of Drummond Island, by author and Lansing artist Nancy Bailey, for his fans. “The kids probably won’t remember what I say, but they’ll always remember the day they saw a horse in the library,” says Bailey. “We’ve been visiting for about four years. He’s nosy and gets into everything, like the day he noticed the used book shelf. He picked out pulp fiction books and kept handing them to me.” Bailey notes that Clifford teaches children that horses have feelings and a sense of humor when he goes for laughs and changes his responses when doing tricks. photo courtesy of Nancy Bailey


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oga instructors Theresa Murphy and Caroline Peavy, along with ambient musical artist East Forest (, will come to- Theresa Murphy gether for an evening of yoga and live music on April 25. Murphy and Peavy will conduct a two-hour yoga class from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by a potluck gathering. Participants should bring their own beverages and a vegetarian dish to share. Murphy is currently working with body kneads yoga in Cranston, Providence Power Yoga, Bristol Yoga Studio and Metro West in Worcester, Massachusetts to develop a collaboration of studios offering her workshops and classes all qualifying for an RYT 200. “I am inspired to be part of a group of fearless yogis who will bring yoga to so many more people,” says Lisa Golde Picerne of body kneads yoga. “Every teacher has a unique gift to offer.” Cost: $30 pre-register/$35 day of. Location: body kneads yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave., 2nd Flr., Cranston. For more information, visit ad on page 45.

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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

Out of the Box Networking Social – 5-7:30pm. Join us for a different kind of networking event bringing the business and wellness communities together. Door prizes, appetizers, cash bar & something out of the box. $10. Providence Place Mall Showcase Cinema, 10 Providence Pl, Providence. 401-769-1325 x 11.

Gong Chakra Activation Event – 6:30-8:30pm. The sounds of the gongs and bowls will energize each of your 7 chakras. Come experience this transformational sound experience, and leave renewed and revitalized. $25 for one; $40 for two. Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-258-3952.

FRIDAY, APRIL 3 Good Friday Meditation – 12-3pm. Join us on this sacred afternoon for chanting, meditation, readings and sacred music excerpts from Christ Lives Oratorio by Swami Kriyananda. Quiet mind; open heart; peace. Free; donations appreciated. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Creative Consciousness – 6:30-9pm. Join us for an interactive experience that increases creativity and self-knowing. $50. Team Awesome RI, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Ste 1215, Pawtucket. 401-285-7307. An Evening of Past Lives and Soul Purpose Readings – 7-9pm. With Alexandra Hope Flood. Learn how memories of your soul’s journey serve to inform you of your greater purpose: who you are meant to be in this lifetime and how you can best live your current life to the fullest. $35. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 Free Massage — 6:30-8pm. Appointments for 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM . You must contact Pat at RidleyLowell at 401-262-3117 or email riadmissions@ to schedule. Free. Ridley-Lowell, 186 Providence St, West Warwick. west-warwick. Guided Meditation Night – 6:30-8pm. Guided meditation is used to help increase relaxation by creating joyful, happy images in the mind. Come relax, renew and energize. All learning levels are welcome. With Gladys Ellen. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Mindful Living: Whole Body Tune-up – 6:308:30pm. 5-week intensive program. Each weekly session will include 1 hr of yoga followed by 1-hr guided, group life coaching, holistic nutrition, healing meditation, cooking demo. $100. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877.



Yoga for Golfers – 6-8pm. With Amy Hagan. Yoga offers benefits such as increasing your stability, flexibility and concentration. Becoming familiar with or having a yoga practice is a great approach to improving your golf game. $35. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Full Spectrum Class – 9:30-11am. The Full Spectrum Class attends to the full body. This wellrounded practice may include standing poses, inversions, twists, and backbends or forward bends. $18. Jude Monteserrato, 240 Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-439-5260.

Journey for your Power Animal – 7-9pm. We will teach you how to journey to your compassionate power animal. With these new gifts, you will be able to connect and merge with your power animal, learn to become. $35. Ascension NXT, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348.

Sun Salutations Exploration – 11am-1pm. With Usha Bilotta. Experiencing Sun Salutations properly and mindfully gives the ability to create a sustainable yoga practice. Learn how to navigate your Sun Salutations safely and wisely, feeling confident in your body and in your flow. $25. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

MONDAY, APRIL 6 Free Massage — 6:30-8pm. Appointments for 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM . You must contact Pat at RidleyLowell at 401-262-3117 or email riadmissions@ to schedule. Free. Ridley-Lowell, 186 Providence St, West Warwick. west-warwick.


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FRIDAY, APRIL 10 Women’s Wellness Immersion – 10am-2pm. 6 weeks of nutrition, Intuitive Flow movement classes, and private fitness and nutrition sessions to deepen into your body, mind, sensations, soul and spirit. 6-10 women. $250 Early Goddess Special (Mar 31). The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683. Tea Tasting & Tea Reading Class – 6-7:30pm. Learn about herbal teas that act as medicine and how to read your own tea leaves. Participants will enjoy a tea tasting of 4 Spring Teas. 20% discount on Veraitea Blends. $20. Quiambaug Theater, 107 Wilcox Rd, Stonington, CT. 860-833-6376.

Group Intuitive Healing – 7:15-9pm. Lie down, enjoy a relaxing guided meditation and soothing music while receiving energy work from intuitive healer Kimberly Testa, as she channels healing energy for all. $20. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11 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. Visit website for details. Rhode Island Yoga Fest, @ Nathan Bishop Middle School, 101 Sessions St, Providence. Magnified Healing® 1st Phase – Apr 11 & 12. 9:30am-5:30pm. 2-day workshop. Learn this 20-minute daily healing practice designed to help raise your spiritual Love vibration. With Gladys Ellen. $250 (Certificate, Manual, Essence, CD). Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Details: Born to Lose Hypnosis Group – 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. The Chakras: An Introduction – 10am-1pm. Learn what the major chakras are and how they can affect our health and well-being. We’ll discuss the differences between Eastern and Western medical philosophies. $25 includes a gemstone chakra set. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, Angel Whispers Serenity Space, North Kingstown. 401-741-2278. Self-Care Saturday – 10am-4pm. Treat yourself to the physical, mental and spiritual healing you deserve. Chair massage, reflexology, Reiki, psychic readings, angel card readings and more. $25/25 mins. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. IET Basic Level Certification – 10am-6pm. Learn to heal with the power of the angels through Integrated Energy Therapy with Master Instructor Stephanie Guglielmo. Certification class. $185. Ascension NXT, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348. Inspired Action: Level I – 10am-6pm. A workshop for holistic business owners. Learn secrets of success to establish or improve your business. $395. Team Awesome RI, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Ste 1215, Pawtucket. 401-285-7307. Ayurvedic (Abhyanga) Oil Massage Certification – Apr 11 & 12. 12-6pm. Dissolve toxic, fat-like substances in the subcutaneous tissues, nourish the skin, remove impurities, stimulate both arterial and lymphatic circulation, and calm the central nervous system. With Karyn Chabot. 12 CEs with NCBTMB & Yoga Alliance. $275. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372. Restorative Yoga with Reiki – 4-6pm. A nourishing yoga flow integrated with Reiki medicine designed to restore, revitalize, and open your body and mind. $25. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683.

Second Saturday Sound Healing Event – 7-8:30pm. Joy & 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, APRIL 12 Sunday Morning Gong Meditation Group – 10am-1pm. Group viewing of a DVD on a topic about health and/or spirituality, followed by discussion, then meditation and ending with a relaxing gong bath. Bring a mat/pillow/blanket. $10 donation requested. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-258-3952. Branding Bootcamp – 12-2pm. Build or improve your personal or business brand in this interactive workshop. Design a bio, name your services/ workshops, and learn to set yourself apart. $50. Team Awesome RI, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Ste 1215, Pawtucket. 401-285-7307. Light Healing – 1-4:30pm. Learn the basics of Light Healing and The Healing Method through lecture and hands-on healing, with Group Healing lead by Jill Frew, and energy reading play. $50. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683. Nia Workshop – 3-5pm. With Kelly Fenton. In this workshop we will reflect on our blessings and honor them through writing and dance. We will say, yes to what’s working and to ourselves. No prior experience needed. $35. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

TUESDAY, APRIL 14 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, APRIL 15 Understanding Your Charkas – 6-7:30pm. Learn about energy centers (chakras) and their effects on different parts of the body. Mary will show you basic ways to make adjustments for healthy energy flow. $15. New Dawn Earth Center, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341. Ladies Pampering Night – 6-9pm. Free chair massages and paraffin hand treatments. Food samples and sale by Wild Tree, hair products, jewelry, Tupperware sale and more. All by local businesses. RSVP by Apr 7. Free to attend. Cumberland Family Chiropractic LLC, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535.

THURSDAY, APRIL 16 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

Table Tipping – 7-9pm. Come receive messages from loved ones through this physical form of mediumship where the table moves to spell out messages. Physical proof that Spirit is by your side. $10. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 So Rose St, East Providence. Kundalini Meditation – 7:15-8:15pm. Delve into the practice with a 31-minu kundalini meditation. Each class may involve breath work, chanting or may be active. All levels, every 3rd Thursday of the month. $15 or member. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17 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.

Hands-On Vibrational Sound Workshop – 1-3pm. BYOB: Bring your own bowl or use one of ours. We’ll show you how to play it for meditation and healing. Gong Bath to end the workshop. Sound tools available for purchase. $25/pre-registered, $30/at door. Davina Holistic Center, 560 Mineral Spring Ave, Ste 206, Pawtucket. 401-258-3952. All About Yoga – 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. Couple’s Massage Workshop with Cacao – 2:305pm. Your hands are medicine containing the love of your heart. Deepen your connection as you learn simple massage technique to give and receive loving touch with your partner. $75/couple. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683.


SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Integrated Energy Therapy®: Basic – 9:30am6pm. Energy Therapy Training with the Angels. One of the next generation, hands-on, power energy therapy systems that gets the “issues out of your tissues” for good. With Gladys Ellen. $195. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-935-8451. Register: DreamBuilder Vision Workshop – 10-11am. Join Joanne Sapers as she guides you through a 15-min guided imagery that will take you literally into discovering your dream life and more. Love offering. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Waist Watchers Hypnosis Group – 10-11am. Banish dieting. Clever weight loss is about managing your eating, not starving yourself. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938. Awakening Through Drum Healing – 10am12pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns lost parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restored harmony. Group format. $35/person. 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. Register: 401-441-8449 or Spring Into Health – 10am-12pm. Learn how therapeutic-grade essential oils, supplements, diet and lifestyle choices can support your body and build your immune system. Discover the tools to maintain health. $15. Alka Naithani, Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Reiki Level 2 Certification – 10am-6pm. Learn Usui style Reiki level 2. Also channeling with the Ascended Masters and working with crystal grids. $150. Ascension NXT, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348.

Usui Reiki Master Practitioner (III) – 9:30am6pm. Learn advanced tools such as grounding, aura cleansing and Reiki healing meditations. Also receive 3rd Level Attunement, Reiki Master Symbol and Reiki Crystal Grid. With Gladys Ellen. $250 (Certificate, Manual, Lineage). Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

MONDAY, APRIL 20 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, APRIL 21 Full Spectrum Class – 8:30-10am. The Full Spectrum Class attends to the full body. This wellrounded practice may include standing poses, inversions, twists, and backbends or forward bends. $18. Jude Monteserrato, 240 Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-439-5260. 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. Spirit Drawing – 7-9pm. A night of artistic expression and connecting with Spirit. Go within to be inspired by Spirit and create an image to express what you saw or felt through meditation. $10. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 Hypnosis, Self-Hypnosis – 6-7:30pm. Join us to learn about the power of your subconscious and how hypnosis and self-hypnosis can access that power allowing you to make the changes you desire. $20/prereservation, 25/at door. Newport Center for Hypnotherapy, 123 Bellevue Ave, Newport. 401-835-1736.

THURSDAY, APRIL 23 Heavenly Hugs Community Reiki Clinic – 5:30-8pm; arrive anytime between 5:30-7:30pm. 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.

markyourcalendar Free Workshop to Explore Causes of Thyroid Dysfunction – 6:30-730pm. Workshop on thyroid dysfunction and its associated symptoms, which include weight gain/loss, fatigue, weakness, depression, hair loss, dry skin, brain fog or memory problems, cold/heat intolerance, menstrual problems and unresolved neck pain, among others. Call to register: 508-678-1233. Free. Natural Health Solutions, 293 Linden St, Fall River. Master Astrologist Mary Kate Jordan – 7-7:30pm. Join her for a free conference call to learn about her upcoming May workshops at Fireseed and The Rhode Island Star Skiff, an exciting offer for New England residents. Free. Mary Kate Jordan. Register, to receive the dial-in info: 401-924-0567. Empowerment Meditation – 7-8pm. Need help with breaking free, moving forward and accepting abundance in your life? Join Ashley V, certified hypnotherapist, for an empowerment group hypnosis. $20. Ascension NXT, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348.

FRIDAY, APRIL 24 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. Night Sky Program and Viewing – 7:30-9pm. As the new season of spring commences, it brings with it a wonderful chance to enjoy the night sky and learn about the constellations through a presentation and viewing. $10. New Dawn Earth Center, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341.




17th Annual World Tai Chi & Qigong Day – 10am-3pm. Free tai chi and qigong classes by 15+ local tai chi teachers. Connecticut’s largest World Tai Chi Day Event. Colchester Town Green. For details, workshop schedule & directions, Silver Dragon: 860-742-5892 or

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 in Bloom: A Mystical Event – 11am-12pm. Newport Mystical Society presents mediums, tarot, psychics, massage, Reiki and mystical vendors. Evening entertainment and refreshments. $5 cover; Free/children under 12. The Elks Lodge, 141 Pelham St, Newport. 401-864-6788.

Empath Support Group – 6-7pm. Are you sensitive to energy? Do you feel what others are projecting and even take it on yourself? You may be an empath. Come learn techniques to cope with this gift. Free. Ascension NXT, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348.

Hot Stone Marma Therapy for Face, Neck, Hands & Feet – Apr 25 & 26. 12-6pm. Learn about heated and chilled stones, crystals, marma points, sacred oils and honey mask. Free stones during guided harvest. CEs available. With Karyn Chabot. $275. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372.


Waves into Aliveness – 1-5pm. Amaze yourself. Gabrielle Roth 5 Rhythms: a practice of movement awakening that invites us to explore healing, inspiring waves of energies that move through all things. With Margaux Skalecki. $50/preregistered, $65/at door. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Intuitive Flow with Cacao for Women – 2:305:30pm. A movement meditation integrating Earth medicine (pure chocolate), dance medicine, yoga, fitness, and self massage to deepen into body intuition and authentic rhythm. $45. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26 Light Healing – 1-4:30pm. The Twelve Chakras and Light Sheaths, The Seven Worlds of the Inner Planes, and Stages of the Ascension Path, full-body scanning and partnered healing. $50. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683. Intro to Yoga – 3-5:30pm. 4-wk series. Also May 10, 17 & 24. With Jayme Gray. To help you learn the basic poses, anatomy of movement, and breathing techniques. $175/series. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616.


Get Off The Estrogen Express – 10-11am. Hypnosis group. Stop binge eating. Don’t be tempted with the thought of how wonderful it will be to indulge. How great it will taste. Free yourself and restore balance. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938.

Seeing Spirit: Transfiguration – 7-9pm. Join trance medium Ernie Robillard for a night of transfiguration. See the faces of spirit appear over his face as he gives messages from the other side. $10. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

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Yoga 101: Semi-Private Series – 7:30-9pm. With Jenn Thomas. This is a 4-week series (4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19) that offers yogic philosophy, meditation, breathwork, basic stretching, standing postures, backbending and inversions. Class size limited to 6. No experience necessary. $85. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.





Astrology: New and Review – 7-8:30pm. Astrology is a language, so learning it requires vocabulary. Learning it well demands both vocabulary and practice. Brush up on your astro-speak in this immersion workshop. With Mary Kate Jordan. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

SATURDAY, MAY 2 Vampire Foods Hypnosis Group – 10-11am. During the day, all goes well. But come nightfall, out comes the vampire, wiping out all the healthy food choices you made in the daytime. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938. Cycles and Dynamics of Change – 10am-4pm. Explore the cardinal, fixed and mutable cycles that repeat in various ways as the sun, moon and planets pass through the zodiac circle in astrological charts. With Mary Kate Jordan. $60. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Sacred Stone Massage Therapy Certification – May 2 & 3. 12-6pm. CEs with Yoga Alliance & NCBTMB. Includes stone layouts, gliding, spinning, edging and flipping techniques designed to anchor the first and second chakra and directing energy towards the “terminal ends” of the body. Free stones during guided harvest. With Karyn Chabot. $275. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372.

SATURDAY, MAY 16 Shirodhara Therapy – May 16 & 17. 12-6pm. Learn how stream warm oil over the crown chakra, magnifying the senses, dispersing negative electrical impulses from stress, reversing imbalances such as insomnia and depression and rejuvenating the face. CEs available. With Karyn Chabot. $275. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372.

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Mellow Flow: All Levels – 9-10:30am. This vinyasa yoga style class is for anyone with the desire to move around, open and breathe. No prior yoga experience necessary. Come as you are. All welcome. $15/drop-in, New client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878.

Svaroopa® Yoga Class in Narragansett – 1011:30am. Release tension and stress in body and mind using easy, reliable poses led by Certified Yoga Teacher. Healing, restorative, therapeutic and meditative. Beginners welcome. New students: $40/4 classes; $19/drop-in. Heart Center Yoga & Wellness, 123 Boon St, Narragansett. 401-578-9182.

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. Instructor: Laura. $10. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd (lower level), Warwick. 401-941-2310. Sunday Service – 10-11:30am. Come join our nondenominational 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. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. 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 appreciated. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

Forever Young: Yoga Over 50 – 5-6:15pm. Health benefits from regular yoga classes are enormous, especially for over 50s. You are 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. 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. Moon Flow for Women – 6-7:15pm. A gentle relaxing movement flow for women exploring the body through breath, movement meditation, gentle yoga and self massage, to prepare the goddess for sleep. $15/drop-in or class card. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683. Yin Yoga Stretch: Everybody – 6:15-7:15pm. Yin yoga has proven beneficial for anxiety, depression, stress management and many types of joint issues. Repeats Thursday, 7:45pm & Saturday, 10:30am. $15/drop-in, New client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. Forever Young-Yoga Over 50 – 6:15-7:30pm. Health benefits from regular yoga classes are enormous, especially for over 50s. You are 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.

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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 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. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd (lower level), Warwick. 401-941-2310. All Levels Flow Yoga – 6-7:15pm. This flow class is appropriate for everyone interested in practicing yoga. It is a movement-based class steeped in meditative mindfulness. $15/drop-in, New client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. Kripalu Yoga: Moving into a Restful Evening – 6-7:15pm. We warm-up gently, move to the music, challenge our strength, and relax into a delicious unwinding. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. Beginners welcome. $15/drop-in, $12/ flex pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Get Fit Newport Center Hypnotherapy – 6-7:30pm. Ready to Get Fit? Let the power of your subconscious help make it happen. Join our 6-week Get Fit Group. $225. Newport Center for Hypnotherapy, 123 Bellevue Ave, Newport. 401-835-1736. Sweet Dreams: Kids Yoga, Ages 7-12 – 7-7:45pm. Sweet Dreams Yoga will also be the perfect class for anyone in need of a gentle unwind to their child’s day. Instructor: Laura. $70/7-wk session, $10/drop-in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd (lower level), Warwick. 401-941-2310.

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.

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classifieds FOR RENT OFFICE SPACE EAST GREENWICH. Newly painted holistic office space in East Greenwich which includes parking. Available to rent on Thursdays. Rent due on first of the month. 401-480-5938 . SPACE AVAILABLE for rent at full service salon on the East Side for the holistic minded who appreciate the use of all natural and organic products. Perfect for a Stylist, Esthetician, Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist. Call 401-274-1981 for more information.


ACUPUNCTURIST to work Tuesday & Friday evenings, Wednesday and Saturdays and other potential days at our holistic health center. Must be comfortable with TCM style acupuncture, Chinese herbs and managing 1 -3 patents simultaneously. Show up, treat patients and get paid. Send resume and availability to Nicole Vanasse at: DISTRIBUTORS – Become an Acaiberri distributor. Health and nutrition interests preferred, but not required. Selling is also a plus. Potential distributors can contact Angelo at 401-497-0740, or email Visit for more information.


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Integrative Flow: All Levels – 6-7:15pm. An inspiring class offering a mindful approach into each yoga posture. It combines a steady vinyasa yoga flow to create a total mind/body experience. Repeats Sunday, 5pm. $15/drop-in; New client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. 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 in Narragansett – 6:157:45pm. Release tension and stress in body and mind using easy, reliable poses led by Certified Yoga Teacher. Healing, restorative, therapeutic and meditative. Beginners welcome. New students: $40/4 classes; $19/drop-in. Heart Center Yoga & Wellness, 123 Boon St, Narragansett. 401-578-9182.

Thursday Kripalu: Moderate Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Satisfying to the body and soul, kripalu yoga takes you to the place you need to go. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. Beginners welcome. $15 drop-in, $12/Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 9:45-11:15am. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $136/series of 8 classes; $20/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020. Restorative Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. A yoga that calms and balances the nervous system. We use props to do the work so that the body can deeply relax. Great for all students and those with stress/illness. $60/4 wks, $15/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Svaroopa® Yoga Class in Cumberland – 6:308pm. Release tension and stress in body and mind using easy, reliable poses led by Certified Yoga Teacher. Healing, restorative, therapeutic and


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meditative. Beginners welcome. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. 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 – 8:15-9:15am. 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. Ananda Kirtan in Providence – 7:30-8:30pm. 1st & 3rd Fridays. Blissful Ananda chanting. Kirtan opens the heart to peace and joy. Easy to follow English and Sanskrit chants. Suggested donation $5. Held at Now Yoga, 286 Thayer St, Providence. More info: Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

Saturday Forever Young-Yoga Over 50 – 8:45-10am. Health benefits from regular yoga classes are enormous, especially for over 50s. You are 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. 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. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd (lower level), Warwick. 401-941-2310. Kripalu Yoga: All Level – 9:45-11am. A yoga that’s satisfying to the body and soul. Beginners welcome. Come join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $15/drop-in; $12/Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.


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

Traditionally heralded as God’s messengers, Angels have come to represent protection and spiritual guidance. These non-denominational intuitive readings are both empowering and uplifting. During an hour session, one may receive divine guidance about their life from the Archangels or the Dearly Departed to bring forth inner peace and spiritual growth. Sessions are digitally recorded and includes CD. See ad on page 25.


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 19.


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.

THE MIRACULOUS SPRING Gayle Johnson 774-264-9492

SEASIDE ACADEMY FOR MASSAGE & AYURVEDA (S.A.M.A.) Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., LMT Newport, RI 401-845-8950 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 18.


137 Chase Rd, Portsmouth, RI 401-293-3999 Are you suffering from Sleep Disturbances, Anxiety, Fatigue, Depression, Low Energy, Low Libido, PMS, Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Focus and Memory Loss? We will work with your doctor, For Men and Women. Consultations available Monday through Friday 10am5pm with Rene StLaurent Rph/certified clinical nutritionist and hormone consultant.



Kim Leandre, CAGS,LMHC, NCC 5840 Post Rd, E Greenwich RI tQDBSJDPN 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 39.


Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street Providence, RI tGJSFTFFEDFOUFSDPN 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.


342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967


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.


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With Gayle’s 20 years of training and experience in psychology and psycho-spiritual development, she invites you to participate in a journey of great learning and love. Specializing in Calling in “The One,� Conscious Uncoupling, and Career Coaching , Gayle will inspire you with the effectiveness, presence, and insight with which she gets to the true source. Courses are ongoing.

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 39.

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

Offering facials and skin care products that are free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, fillers and talc. 360 uses product lines with natural plant-based ingredients including Farmaesthetics and Jane Iredale Mineral makeup. Michelle is certified in Clinical Oncology EstheticsÂŽ, so she can provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals undergoing cancer treatment and those with health-challenged skin. See ad on page 9.

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Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI t'SFTI'BDF4LJO$BSFOFU Results driven. Specializing in alternative nonsurgical procedures for anti-aging, acne, sensitivity and rosacea. Achieved by using state of the art skin care machines combined with top of the line skin care products from the USA, Canada and Paris. Call for your complimentary 20-minute skin care analysis to see what we can do to get you on your way to healthy, youthful and glowing skin that you will love and that will warrant compliments. I look forward to meeting you! See ad on page 39.

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.


38 Transit St Providence t'MJQQ4BMPODPN 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 27.

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 37.


Joy Quinn Blum, M.A., M.Div., H.C. t#FUUFS)FBMUI8JUI+PZDPN 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 21.


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 15.


Resources for holistic daily living! Search the Chamber of Commerce Directory for holistic practitioners and merchants. Browse the Library articles and audios. Bookmark the Calendar for “must seeâ€? holistic events and more! Join today. It’s free. Own a business? Join the National Holistic Chamber of Commerce™ at


934 East Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 401-662-6642  or 401-847-6551

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!


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.


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 49.

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?


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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Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI tOBUIBMJB!BPMDPN (BUIFSJOH(VJEFDPNt0OF7PJDF$FOUSBMDPN 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.


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 12.


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.


Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI t1SPWJEFODF8IPMJTUJDDPN 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 17.



154 Waterman St, Providence, RI Also at All That Matters, Wakefield, RI t,-BZUPO/%DPN


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.


Dr. Cathy Picard, N.D. 250 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield, RI t%S$BUIZ1JDBSEDPN 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.


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 17.


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


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 18.


Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle t(POHT0G+PZDPN 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 21.


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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 35.


Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 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.


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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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.


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.


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 12.


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 27.


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 21.


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 45.


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.


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.


.BJO4Ut8BLFGJFME 3* 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 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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