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had an experience a few weeks ago that gave me reason to practice a few of the things that I work on myself with. Bill and I had gone to Narragansett beach on Labor Day, it was a spectacular day. As we approached the sea wall, I had noticed that someone, perhaps even several different people at several different times, had built towers of balanced rocks of various heights. I saw them immediately for the indication of peace, balance and joy that they were built with and felt much gratitude to sit with them. As we proceeded to sit on the wall and enjoy our lunch and the lovely day, two men walked by and one of them picked up a rock and threw it at the biggest tower, knocking it over. My brain can have a slow processing speed, often over filtering things before I speak so the end result is I miss opportunities to speak my mind. I was so astonished at this random act I just blurted out at them something like “that wasn’t very nice!” They turned, having at least heard, so that it was noted. While I was glad that I had spoken up, and that I was heard, it is hard to say what their reason was for knocking it over in the first place. If they had no knowledge of rock balance towers and what they represent, it could have just seemed like a fun thing to do. That is when working on my judgment kicks in. If the two men had been teenagers, would I have understood more of the need to impress the other, or to just have random fun? But they were not and appeared to be middle class professional people. So then I worked on rationalizing and excusing the behavior under the “they just didn’t understand” category. How often do our actions reflect our own lack of knowledge? I wonder how my unfiltered response was received. What are the criteria for random fun? Who gets to determine what that is? They were having a fine day along the sea wall too when this strange woman calls them out for thoughtlessly tossing a rock to see how their aim was. So many possibilities when people interact with each other. Bill is really interested in politics and national news, which means that I watch more of network news than I ever wanted to. Sometimes I just decide that if I want to spend time with my husband, I’ll watch with him. I also read the Providence Journal every day, as I have for almost 30 years, so I have a pretty good idea what is going on around me at any given time. If you follow any of it, the news can be pretty depressing. I also get to read Natural Awakenings every month, as well as a lot of the information and research that comes to my inbox from the health, wellness and green living world. Similar to the balance towers, all we can try and do is balance what we take in, and what we do with it. Our interpretations can often require conscious intention to see the message, the good and the hope for the future. For now, perhaps living in the present and remembering to feel good, live simply and laugh more is the best thing we can do.

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ahmeir Skincare Studio, using organic and vegan based treatments is offering several fall specials, including a $10.00 discount when mentioning this ad on any facial service such as the Pumpkin Facial or Tamarind Chocolate Herbal Facial or body treatments, including the popular Shea Butter Treatment, Mother of Pearl Body Scrub or Almond Sugar Body Scrub. All of these service’s help to remove sun and salt-and chlorine-water from exposed skin. Receive $35.00 off any advanced facial service or treatment.   Coming soon to the studio owner Pamela DeLory will Pamela DeLory be offering Flower Remedies & Treatments.  Temptu Airbrush Makeup is also coming and is available for seasonal events. Jahmeir is currently booking for Spring/Summer Weddings and Special Occasion Event›s.   Location: 2928 Post Rd., Warwick. For more information, call 401- 595-2851 or visit See ad on page 10.

Spirit of Agape to Host Good Vibrations Sound Healing


njoy an afternoon of relaxation with Good Vibrations Sound Healing hosted by Spirit of Agape, in Warren, at 2 p.m., October 24. Master Voice Instructor Christine Johnston from Voices of Angels Holistic Wellness and singer/songwriter Melissa Byrd will share their passions for unique blends of creative music, health and wellness through performance. Sound healing was practiced immensely by ancient cultures such as the ancient Aboriginals of Australia, ancient Egyptians (vowel chanting), Greeks (stringed instruments), Tibetans (singing bowls), and Chinese (gongs). The type of healing that will be taught utilizes harmonics to ring more deeply, making healing more effective. This practice is especially productive for those seeking better health, relaxation and deeper meditative states. Cost: $25. Location: Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St., Warren. RSVP to Shari at 401-465-4249 or Christine at 401-726-3221. See ad on page 35.

Healthy Living Series at Hope Artiste Village


ind inspiration to adapt a healthier way to live in a three-part series presented by Elizabeth Phinney, owner of BodSpir Fitness After Forty Five, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., October 22, November 19 and December 10, at Chifferobe located at Hope Artiste Village, in Pawtucket. Elizabeth Phinney Through a series of mental and heart-centered exercises, participants will be guided down a path of self-discovery in order to eliminate the struggle of making healthy choices. Homework will be assigned and videoconferencing sessions will take place between each class. By the end of the series, each participant will have completed a plan of action customized just for them and understand their own personal inspiration to get it done. Cost: $97. Location: Chifferobe, 1005 Main St., Hope Artiste Village, Pawtucket. For more information and to register, contact or visit See ad on page 41.


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oin Gladys Ellen for an All Hallows Eve Celebration from 1 to 4 p.m., October 31, at the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center Theatre, in Pawtucket. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Attendees will enjoy an afternoon of channeled messages from the Archangels, Ascended Masters and dearly departed in this gallery-style event. The Archangels are formed from the highest vibration of unconditional love. The Ascended Masters are great healers and spiritual teachers, many of whom lived as humans on earth. These non-physical beings are powerful guides that can help others understand one’s life purpose, guide them through significant changes, and help develop intuitive and manifesting abilities. “Your loved ones in the afterlife are eager to connect with you,” says Ellen. “They bring great messages of comfort, peace and support. Because we all have Guardian Angels, Archangels and deceased loved ones that love and support us each day, everyone will benefit from this divine guidance.” These galleries are positive, uplifting and inspiring to everyone in attendance. All are guaranteed to leave with a deeper sense of inner peace and spiritual growth.    Cost: $45 (open seating). Location: Blackstone Valley Visitors Center Theatre, 175 Main St., Pawtucket. For more information and tickets, visit See ad on back cover.

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tbee, a newly launched app for iPhone and Android, is a personal nutrition assistant helping individuals live a healthier lifestyle every day. The startup is the brainchild of Brown University graduate student Alexandro Pando. Atbee’s pioneering approach is to reinvent the way people think of the healthy choice. “Let’s face it we live in a fast paced environment where health takes a backseat all too often. It’s difficult to make the healthy choice every time, but Atbee is changing that with its quick and personal approach,” says Pando. Atbee acts as a personal health and nutrition assistant by offering their signature Atbee packs and healthy meals depending on an individual’s situation. For example, instead of consuming an energy drink full of sugar in order to stay up all night, Atbee can take an order for their Study Hard pack and deliver it in less than 30 minutes allowing people to stay up all night the healthy way. They also deliver healthy food options from local restaurants. Pando hopes to replicate the model in Boston and New York by the end of the year. Atbee representatives will be at the Rhode Island Free to Breath 5K Run/Walk on October 3, and the Flames of Hope event to benefit those affected with breast cancer on October 4. For more information, visit


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ebbee Radcliff, owner of Creatigo, will host a open house from 5 to 8 p.m., October 17, to celebrate its new location at The Reynold’s School, 235 High Street, first floor, in Bristol. The larger space will allow for an expanded calendar with even more playshops. Practitioners have been invited to work with Radcliff to support kids and their families as they learn, have fun and become more empowered. Some play shops now being offered are Crystals Kids, Working With Your Angels for Children, Spirit Animal Discovery, various fairy/elfin playshops, Reiki classes for kids, special Ladies Nights (each with a different focus) and Creatigo Sampler. Location: 235 High St., 1st floor, Bristol. Wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 401-793-0097 or visit See ad on page 4.

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ore than 30 thought leaders and experts will be on hand at the I Can Do It! Hay House Conference in New York City, November 14 and 15. Featured speakers include Cheryl Richardson, author of several New York Times best-selling books including her latest The Art of Extreme Self Care; Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., a pioneer in the new biology, is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit; Dr. Christiane Northrup, Kris Carr, Nancy Levin, Mike Dooley, Gabrielle Bernstein, Dr. Barbara Deangelis, Pam Grout, Kyle Gray, Nick Ortner, Dr. Joan Borysenko, Anita Moorjani and Joe Dispenza, a doctor of chiropractic. Presentation and workshop topics include Healing Emotional and Physical Pain, Health Secrets, Positive Thinking, Nutrition, Meditation, Angel Guidance, Past Lives, Intuition, Creativity, Selflove, Life Changes, Standing at the Crossroads, Forgiveness and Living Your Truth. Cost: $150 to $300; special prices for one-day attendance Location: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St., New York City, NY. For more information or to preregister, call 800-654-5126 or visit

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athryn Moskow, LCMT has recently been certified by Day-Break in geriatric massage. Massage for the elderly that is age appropriate or when health is frailer requires a whole new perspective. It is designed to be easy on the body and is age- and condition-appropriate for healthy aging. “This new service creates a continuum of care for people who may wonder, if now, regular massage is too vigorous,” says Moskow. “I can tailor a blend of techniques starting with ‘regular’ massage that includes various techniques of the ‘classic’ seniors session so that it’s right for the client as their body changes due to various conditions and health status.” Moskow’s massage for the elderly population uses different techniques and time limits that range from a half hour to an hour. This style of massage has been proven to be effective, increasing health and wellness among its recipients. Regular, weekly massage for 30 to 60 minutes offers many benefits; it eases aches and pains, boosts the immune system, aids in relaxation, addresses anxiety, depression, hypertension, blood pressure and much more. Moskow has been in practice since 1993. She has developed wellness massage programs for two physical therapy companies and has more than 10,000 hours of clinical experience. For more information, call 401-808-0837 or visit CatMoskow. See listing in Community Resource Guide.

Diane’s Permanent Makeup Adds Video Demonstration


iane’s Permanent Makeup has added a video demonstration of permanent eyeliner being applied to its website. With the model receiving top and bottom eyeliner, viewers can see for themselves how seamless this process is. Permanent makeup artist Diane Slinko offers 3D eyelashes for a natural full volume lash, as well as hair stroke eyebrows, for people with little or no eyebrow hair. The tiny strokes create a three-dimensional effect, which recreates the look of a real eyebrow. Specializing in permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lips using organic dyes, Slinko works with each client to personalize the colors and shapes to enhance each face. Additionally, she can offer expert advice regarding the latest makeup fashions. Slinko says permanent make-up offers an ideal solution for individuals who are allergic to cosmetics, live an active lifestyle, have unsteady or arthritic hands, wear contact lenses, have a visual impairment or have alopecia. Slinko will be offering an eyelash extension class from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., October 25. The classes come with a professional kit that students may keep and use. For more information, call 401-855-4333 or visit See ad on page 22.

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Wellness Expert Victoria Haffer Relocates to the Ocean State


ictorial Haffer, coach, healer and wellness expert, has relocated to Rhode Island bringing her Body Matrix Program with her. In addition to the coaching program, a 200- and 300-hour Body Matrix transformation yoga teacher training will be offered this fall. The Body Matrix Program is an intelligent combination of mind body fitness, holistic nutrition, prana control, Victorial Haffer meditation and wisdom philosophy that uses the mind as a tool to attract what is desired to achieve one’s highest and best potential. Designed to inspire entrepreneurs that are ready to master transformation, the program is personalized to help each person step into their brilliance and live the life they were destined to live. For a free consultation, visit See ad on page 41.

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newsbriefs The Mystics Present Mysteries of the Night Event


he Mystics, a Newport based group that hosts gatherings with some of the area’s best tarot and card readers, mediums, energy workers and various practitioners, will host an event entitled Mysteries of the Night, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., October 24, at the Elks Club, in Newport. In addition to vendors offering such handcrafted wares as crystal and seaglass jewelry, pieces of art, Native American goods and more, the Newport Elks Club is sponsoring its First Annual Ghost Tour produced by the Mystics. There is a long history to the building which is now the Elks Lodge, and led by the experts JK Paranormal, attendees will have a chance to explore areas where a number of unexplainable sights and sounds have been reported. This will also be the first time the building’s third floor will be opened to the public. Ghost tour tickets are $20, are available to adults 18 or older and will run from 3-10 p.m.

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free workshop to explore the causes of thyroid dysfunction will take place at 6:30 p.m., October 15, at Natural Health Solutions, in Fall River, Massachusetts. Dr. Laura Bomback, a chiropractor who also practices clinical nutrition, will explore the causes and associated symptoms of thyroid dysfunction, 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. Bomback will also cover how Nutrition Response Testing can be used to detect issues in the body and determine a course of treatment for underlying Dr. Laura Bomback problems contributing to thyroid issues. Nutrition Response Testing is a method of analyzing the ill or non-optimum areas of the body and developing a whole food nutrition program that will serve to restore the area to health. Bomback is also offering free health screening to workshop participants that want one. Location: 293 Linden St., Fall River, MA. Seating is limited. To register, call 508-678-1233. For more information, visit See ad on page 7.

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ositive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness Center has moved to its new location at 222 Warren Ave, in East Providence. With two bigger reading and Reiki rooms, improved lighting, a built in stereo system and plenty of natural light, the new store is filled with positive energy. “It already feels like home here,” says owner Dottie Souza. “There is a lot of foot traffic, and it is conveniently located with easy access off the highway.” Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness offers tarot, angel, past life, and mediumship readings, wedding ceremonies, ear coning, massage, relaxation and stress therapy and more. Visit the gift shop for incense, crystals, candles and cards.

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Brain-Lymphatic Discovery May Hasten Science


study at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine has found that the brain is directly connected to the body’s immune system through a previously unknown set of lymphatic vessels. The discovery furthers the understanding for medical scientists of how the brain’s immune system works. While it’s been known for decades that lymphatic vessels transport immune cells through the rest of the body, confirming that this also occurs within the brain has been elusive. The discovery is attributed to Antoine Louveau, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at UVA. He says, “It changes entirely the way we perceive the neuro-immune interaction. We always perceived it before as something esoteric that can’t be studied, but now we can ask mechanistic questions.” According to researchers, physicians can now examine the physical connection between the immune system and the brain instead of only studying how the brain responds to immune issues; it might also improve how diseases like Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, autism and others are understood and treated.

Red/Purple Produce is Best for Our Weight and Heart


ew research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found the color of the fruits and vegetables we eat may affect our weight and heart health differently. The study followed 1,272 people over a three-year period, beginning in 2006 and 2008. The researchers compared their respective diets over both periods with levels of cholesterol, weight and waist circumference—all measures of obesity. The research grouped fruits and vegetables into red/purple, yellow, green, orange or white. Among women, greater consumption of red/purple fruits and vegetables was related to lower weight and abdominal fat, lower blood sugar and reduced total cholesterol. Meanwhile, greater consumption of yellow fruits and vegetables was linked to weight gain over the same period. Among men, the researchers found those that ate more red/purple fruits and vegetables had reduced weight and waists compared to those that ate othercolored foods over the three-year period by an average of 13 and 14 percent, respectively. Greater yellow fruit consumption was linked to lower total cholesterol levels. Green and white fruits and vegetables were associated with reduced abdominal fat gain over the three-year period.

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Strength Training:   More Weight or More Reps? 


study published in The Journals of Gerontology entitled Muscle Protein Synthetic Responses to Exercise: Effects of Age, Volume, and Intensity suggests that performing more repetitions is the key to building more muscle. A group of young men (average age of 24) and a group of older men (average age of 70) performed either three or six sets of leg extensions. Researchers then took biopsies of the men’s leg muscles to measure whether they were making protein, necessary for building and repairing muscle. The younger group had little or no impact by doubling the sets. However the older group had greater protein synthesis when doubling the sets. Important to note is that it didn’t matter whether they were using lighter or heavier weights. The results suggest that the muscles of older men need to do more work to activate the protein synthesis in the muscles. Regardless of doubling sets or increasing repetitions per set, performing more reps seems to be the best way to gain strength. Fitness Coach Rick Spates suggests, “To keep the pace and timing the way I like it, doubling the sets would obviously double my overall time and workout, so I aim for 24 reps per set. As an athlete you most likely have a routine that works for you. However it may be worth working in more reps one way or the other.” For more information on Rick Spates and Weight Management for Aging Athletes, call 917-375-0946 or visit See ad on page 41.

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AWAKENING THE GLOBAL HEART Compassionate Activists Unite to Write Earth’s New Story by Linda Sechrist


s individuals and in groups, more people today are expressing deep inner caring and compassion for fellow humans and all life on this planet by hitching their heartfelt energies to powerful actions that hold the promise of a sustainable future. In This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, author Naomi Klein attests that the power of ferocious love is underestimated by companies and their government advocates. Suggesting that climate change be considered a framework for broader social improvements instead of a single issue, she invites “seizing the moment of discontent” to advance healing the planet and its broken economies and communities. Stories about how ordinary people are energizing local and online communities of practice to improve intergenerational communication, eliminate monetary influence in politics and restore democracy, and support social


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justice, community wealth building, independent media, sound health care and clean food and water are frequently missing from mainstream media. Pioneering efforts by activists such as Mario Tigueros, Pachamama Alliance program manager for the Game Changer Intensive; Joshua Gorman, founder of Generation Waking Up; and Cole Kleitsch, founder and director of Walking Civics, warrant widespread attention and support.

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When hundreds of participants in Pachamama’s Awakening the Dreamer symposium, held in cities throughout the U.S., kept asking “What’s next?” Tigueros facilitated the creation of Game Changers, which explores present challenges and possibilities and ways to create a new future. He says, “We wanted to help them in awakening to their personal qualities and strengths before setting out to change the world. While engaging with others and creat-

ing a global society for all beings to flourish is a goal to strive for, we came to recognize that it takes a collective and collaborative approach within a community of practice to keep the message alive and implement what’s learned in the 12-week training.” A love for social justice prompted Tigueros to recognize the corporate capture of America’s democracy. “Suggesting that symposium participants work with Move to Amend and Citizens’ Climate Lobby made sense,” he explains. One is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals seeking to end corporate personhood and demand true democracy; the other empowers individuals to exercise their political power. It takes love to inspire the youth of GenY, Generation We and the Digital Generation, all names for the Millenials, to create a new story and transform their lives and communities. Gorman is counting on his peers to help make it happen. “We’re writing a different story than the worn-out one we’ve been led to believe is inevitable,” he says. Some of Generation Waking Up’s young leaders have formed local communities of practice that campaign to get big money out of politics, pressure universities to divest fossil fuel investments, build local and just food systems, end mass incarceration, enroll residents to go solar and inspire everyday citizens to live in more just, sustainable ways.

People have the power, when we choose to use it, to act on it, to dedicate ourselves to change. ~Rebecca Solnit “Young people have a leadership role in spearheading the change our world is calling for. Ultimately, it will only come about with every generation working together,” observes Gorman, who operates from Oakland, California. He’s encouraged when Generation Waking Up members say they want to learn from older adults that spent decades struggling for positive social change.

If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. When we own our stories of struggle, we can write our own new endings. ~Brené Brown, Rising Strong A deep love for the potential of civic engagement prompted Gladstone, New Jersey, resident Kleitsch’s Walking Civics initiative. The intergenerational nonprofit, endorsed by the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, trains military veterans and students as young as 16 as poll workers. “I want to inspire future voters by letting them learn how to do the job competently and with integrity, and lead them to participate in democracy’s most cherished act of voting,” advises Kleitsch. It’s currently active in several jurisdictions across the country and will scale up for 2016 and beyond.

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At 15, Kelsey Juliana’s love of family, friends and future generations far outweighed any trepidation she felt in acting as one of two plaintiffs in a legal strategy to protect the atmosphere, guided by Mary Christina Wood, a law professor and author of Nature’s Trust. Wood created the Oregon nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, now operating in all 50 states and internationally, to enforce the duty of government to protect natural resources for present and future generations. It supports youth in bringing legal action in courts, administrative agencies and local legislative bodies. In local Sierra Club chapters, organizers work with facilitators to educate and empower youth to lead campaigns with town councils, legislative chambers and the courts.

Mounting research is confirming what many have long suspected— extensive media coverage of negative news can trigger stress, fear and trauma. Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh) Executive Director Mallary Tenore cares deeply about how the media can benefit the world by catalyzing change and meaningful awareness of issues such as those raised by Our Children’s Trust. “At ivoh, we believe in focusing on the world we want to live in—not only problem-solving in the world we have. We are currently helping our global community of media practitioners tell ‘restorative narratives’, stories that show how people and communities are making a meaningful progression from despair to resilience. Instead of focusing solely on tragedy and trauma, these narratives extend the storyline by showing signs of renewal, recovery and restoration,” explains Tenore.

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James Maskell wishes every media outlet would cover the doctors and health professionals that are applying the “functional/integrative/root cause” approaches to health care. Formerly a vendor of supplements to health professionals, Maskell has morphed his focus to found the Evolution of Medicine Functional Forum, a monthly educational Web show for health professionals and industry insiders. After becoming captivated by functional medicine at a trade show,

he developed this fresh, high-tech concept that combines the latest health news, functional medicine research, practice developments and health technologies in a mixed-media format. Offered free on YouTube, it combines interviews, TED-style talks, videos and audience interaction. “With health politics raising more questions than answers and with technology changing the healthcare landscape, there’s never been a more ripe time for health innovation and accelerating a shift toward what works for most doctors,” remarks Maskell, who also recently collaborated with the Institute for Functional Medicine to live-stream Genomics and Functional Medicine, the most cuttingedge clinical Functional Forum to date. Andrew Brandeis, a licensed naturopathic doctor in San Francisco, developed a challenging new skill set in creating the easy-to-use, mobile Share Practice app, launched 18 months ago and now also available on the Internet. It’s already used by 15,000 doctors nationwide to rate and review the effectiveness of drugs, herbs and supplements. They also ask questions and receive quick feedback about patient treatments. Brandeis sees an even bigger future opportunity. “As we spot trends and see what is working where and why, we can direct research dollars. There are all kinds of off-label uses for drugs, herbs and supplements that we’ll support when we see that 10,000 doctors are using them in the same way for the same thing,” says Brandeis, who enjoys the meaningfulness of this collective contribution. Gery Juleff, of Hopewell, New Jersey, reinvented himself and his career to serve a greater good. Seeking to inspire change through intelligent discussion

Corralling Ocean Plastics Boyan Slat, 21, of the Netherlands, has devoted his youth to founding and forwarding The Ocean Cleanup, a system in which plastics in our oceans, driven by currents, would amass in accessible zones, reducing cleanup time from theoretical millennia to a manageable period. Leading a team of 100 scientists and engineers for one year, they turned the concept into a potentially viable method to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years. Crowdfunding will launch the pilot phase in Japanese waters in 2016. Slat has been named a United Nations Champion of the Earth. The Ocean Cleanup is a recognized Design of the Year by the London Design Museum. natural awakenings

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any look to accomplishments and acquisitions to find happiness, but rarely do they ever have enough material things to be truly happy; “stuff” doesn’t bring peace within. It may bring a momentary blast of pleasure, but not true lasting happiness. Some members of society have reached a level of success in money and fame that they can’t gain “more”. A large portion of these people are turning to philanthropic activities because they found that despite their successes and money, they need to look elsewhere to find happiness. Happiness comes from within and grows when it is shared. This is where lasting peace and happiness resides and blossoms from. In an attempt to find some of this ever-elusive joy, try doing something nice for someone else anonymously. Notice how a simple act of kindness for a fellow human being makes you feel wonderful inside. Doing for others is the source of happiness. It feels good to do good, which leads to feeling good about and liking oneself as a person. These positive feelings lead to gratitude, and that reinforces the behavior of doing good for others. In the end, the giver of good acts benefits just as much as the receiver, and the happiness that follows easily grows from there. Glenn Ambrose is a life guide. For more information, call 401-380-6707, email or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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This small sampling of individuals whose actions are affirming their heart’s directives is not random and signals a larger movement. It represents author Anodea Judith’s explanation for the evolution of our human journey, captured in the title and essence of her book Waking the Global Heart: Humanity’s Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love. James O’Dea, author of The Conscious Activist, says, “As we evolve, we recognize that it’s the heart which holds the great key to our collective healing, to real civility, the courage to face our own shadow and true progress.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit for the recorded interviews.

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adness darkens the world of the 16 percent of Americans diagnosed with clinical depression and the untold millions more that try to cope without a formal diagnosis, according to a University of Colorado study published in Clinical Therapeutics. Just as daunting, an estimated 30 million Americans take prescription antidepressant drugs for premenstrual discomfort, chronic pain and anxiety, as well as depression, according to Dr. James Gordon, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He founded and directs the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, in Washington, D.C., and is the renowned author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression. While conventional medicine offers a smorgasbord of antidepressants, many are ineffective or produce harmful side effects. One University of Pennsylvania study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found scant evidence that they benefit people with mild to moderate depression because the drugs work no better than a placebo in at least 80 percent of cases. Side effects of traditional antidepressants included nausea, headaches, weight gain, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, agitation, irritability, anxiety and even violent behavior and suicidal thoughts, according to the University of Colorado research involving more than 40,000 patients. It further showed that nearly 70 percent of patients stop taking the prescription drugs within three months, largely because of intolerable reactions. Some safer and healthier alternatives exist. “We know that depression is more a symptom than a diagnosis,” says Dr. Hyla Cass, author of numerous related books, including Natural Highs. “It’s a sign of imbalance in biochemistry,


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Curcumin, the rhizome of the turmeric plant that gives curry powder its distinctive yellow color, addresses both the symptoms of depression and its underlying causes, says Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Baylor Center for Gastrointestinal Research, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A recent study by Goel in Phytotherapy Research showed that this natural spice helps generate new, properly functioning brain cells that manufacture mood-elevating neurotransmitters. Along with being as effective as Prozac (fluoxetine) without the side effects, curcumin can neutralize the suicidal thoughts and violent behavior sometimes displayed in people with major depression taking prescription antidepressants. “We also know that prescription antidepressants become less effective the longer you take them,” says Goel. “Curcumin doesn’t lose its effectiveness over time.” Rhodiola rosea, the well-researched root of an Arctic plant, has brought relief even to some of Cass’ severely depressed patients. Cass points to its ability to help balance stress hormones and stimulate production of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, much like the claims of prescription drugs, but without any known side effects. A new study published in Phytomedicine confirms that rhodiola is at least as effective as the prescription antidepressant Zoloft (sertraline) in fighting major depression. Cass also recommends 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), an extract of the seeds of an African shrub that produces the critical serotonin with no negative side effects. A recent Indian study from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences comparing the effects of 5-HTP and Prozac confirms that “5-HTP definitely has antidepressant effects in patients with depression.”

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An integrative approach that emphasizes physical activity and a meditation or other spiritual practice can be highly effective in treating all levels of depression, according to Gordon. “It’s a way to get unstuck, to help us move through and beyond depression and other difficulties in our lives,” he says. Exercise triggers rises in mood at least equal to those generated by antidepressant prescription drugs, according to new Duke University research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. People that are depressed often don’t want to move, Gordon comments. “Start with what you can do. Walking a couple of blocks a day is a good beginning.” He notes, “I teach specific meditation techniques such as slow, deep, soft-belly breathing and mindful walking and eating. All have been shown to decrease levels of anxiety and stress, enhance mood and optimism, and promote greater emotional stability and more reliable judgment.” A healthful diet emphasizing vegetables, fruit and healthy fats; strong support from friends and family; creative activities; and connecting with a higher power comprise Gordon’s integrative prescription for a happy life. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at

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ever stop taking prescription antidepressants cold turkey. Intense depression and other dangerous side effects might result. It can cause severe depression, anxiety, intense agitation and even suicidal thinking. As suggested in my book, The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, it’s best to slowly wean off the medication with the help of a qualified prescribing healthcare practitioner. The process may take several months, but it’s time well spent and safer. n Consistently eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidants, healthy fats and clean protein. n To help create a firm nutritional base, add a basic supplementation program with a good multivitamin, vitamin C, optimal amounts of B vitamins and omega-3 fats like those found in clean fish oil. n Consider supplementing with curcumin, rhodiola or 5-HTP to ease the transition.

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EARLY PUBERTY The New Normal? by Kathleen Barnes

21st-century girls are reaching puberty at dramatically earlier ages than their mothers and grandmothers.


any American girls today are experiencing budding breasts and pubic hair before they are 7 years old, according to the government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The threshold age has been steadily falling for decades, with the most dramatic decrease between 1997 and 2011. A pivotal 2011 study from the University of Cincinnati showed that U.S. Caucasian girls on average entered puberty at 9.7 years old, three to four months younger than the average age reported by University of North Carolina scientists 14 years earlier and much younger than data from the 1960s. Girls of other ethnicities are also entering puberty at earlier ages, but at less dramatic rates. A 2009 Danish study also showed that their country’s girls were developing breasts a full year earlier than those born 15 years earlier.

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The rise in childhood obesity is the major culprit in today’s lower ages of puberty, according to the 2011 study’s lead researcher, Dr. Frank Biro, director of adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He explains, “Body mass index [BMI] is the overwhelmingly predominant factor in the age at which a girl reaches puberty. It’s become more important than race or ethnicity. Heavy white girls and heavy black girls are all maturing earlier.”


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Science has long shown that fat tissue produces hormones, including estrogen, that can accelerate the process of puberty, especially early breast development, according to Dr. Louise Greenspan and Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D., authors of The New Puberty. Greenspan specializes in pediatric endocrinology at San Francisco’s Kaiser Permanente Hospital; Deardorff is a clinical psychologist researching pubertal development at the University of California, Berkeley. They cite one foundational study from the 1980s that showed for every BMI point increase, the age of first menstruation dropped by about one month.

Toxic Soup

Ubiquitous hormone-disrupting chemicals are undoubtedly a culprit in the early puberty epidemic, says Doctor of Naturopathy Michael Murray, of Phoenix, Arizona, who publishes widely on the topic of natural medicine.

Endocrine disruptors that trigger the body to produce excess amounts of estrogen include chemicals in clothing, especially children’s sleepwear, furniture and carpets, anything plastic, personal care products, cleaning solvents, glues, dry cleaning chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and non-organic meat and milk. Collectively, they trigger puberty before its natural time. “There’s certainly a link between these persistent pollutants and obesity,” Murray observes. Antibiotics contained in commercial meat and dairy products may be a greater risk than the added hormones, says Greenspan. “Chronic, low-dose antibiotic exposure could affect the body’s microbiome [the microorganism colony in the digestive tract], which can lead to obesity and may also influence puberty.”

The Stress Monster

“Considerable research now supports the notion that excessive stress early in life can affect the timing of puberty,” says Greenspan. Stressors can range from sexual or child abuse to stressful family relationships, low emotional investment on the part of parents or a depressed mother. “Girls that grow up in homes without their biological fathers are twice as likely to experience early menarche as girls that grow up with both parents,” advises Deardorff. Biro points out that stress is associated with higher levels of cortisol and obesity. Cortisol, the stress hormone, has been directly related to belly fat in numerous studies.

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“Early puberty also increases social risks,” says Deardorff. “Girls that develop ahead of their peers have more

Signs to Watch for in Boys Scant information exists charting puberty trends in boys, although medical researcher Dr. Frank Biro’s findings show that unlike overweight girls, some obese boys tend to reach puberty later than average. Professionals at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, suggest talking with a doctor if

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These experts all agree that a clean diet is one of the most powerful strategies to protect young girls. Murray recommends reviewing the Environmental Working Group’s list at EWGDirtyDozen. He says, “If you buy these foods organic, you’ll both avoid hormone-disrupting pesticides and herbicides and give children the protection of antioxidants that can help protect against other toxins.” Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at Kathleen

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other interests and demands. McKay enjoys the creative challenge of making family-pleasing, whole food recipes and converting conventionally cooked recipes for use with a slow cooker. “I especially love the bounty of the autumn harvest, which includes seasonal picks from our family’s urban garden,” she says. She’s found that root vegetables, squash, pumpkin, leeks, mushrooms, leafy greens, Brussels sprouts, apples, pears and nuts all translate well to lower temperature cooking for a longer period. Whether it’s a quick preparation that allows for other activities or a more contemplative, mindful endeavor that can be relaxing in itself, the recipes on the pair’s website, TheZenOf, are highly suited for busy people.

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Butternut Squash Soup Yields: 6 servings Prep Time: 5-10 minutes 5-6 cups butternut squash, diced ½ cup or 1 carrot, chopped 1 cup or 1 small bunch scallions or spring onions, chopped 8 whole sage leaves, fresh (or 1 Tbsp dried) 1 Tbsp rosemary, fresh (or ½ Tbsp dried) 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth 1 cup organic dairy or non-dairy milk

Yields: 6 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes 1 cup or 2 medium parsnips, diced to ½ inch 2 cups or 3 medium carrots, diced to ½ inch 1 cup or 2 medium turnips, diced to ½ inch 6 oz Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered ½ cup vegetable or chicken broth 4 cloves garlic, minced ¼ cup organic olive oil 1 Tbsp dried oregano 8 oz sliced Portabella mushrooms 1 large onion, sliced into half moons 6 oz blue cheese, crumbled, or vegan cheese 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/3-inch slices Black pepper to taste


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Yields: 4 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Coconut or organic olive oil 2 acorn squash, halved and deseeded 1 cup millet or quinoa ½ can garbanzo beans ½ cup raisins 1 tsp garlic powder ½ tsp black pepper 3 Tbsp fresh chives, snipped ¼ cup lemon juice 2 Tbsp white miso paste Olive oil 4 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted Dressing: 2 tsp Sriracha sauce 1 Tbsp lime juice ¼ cup plain or coconut milk yogurt

Suggested toppings: Slices of freshly toasted bread, drizzled with olive oil and cubed 1 /3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds 8 additional fresh sage leaves, fried 4 slices of lean bacon or tempeh, crispy and crumbled Place the squash, carrot, scallions, sage leaves, rosemary, chicken broth and milk into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high setting for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Then, blend using an immersion blender until smooth and leave covered until ready to serve. Make the toppings available to sprinkle and stir.

Millet and Miso Stuffed Acorn Squash with Sriracha Dressing

Oil the insert of the slow cooker with coconut or olive oil. On a chopping board, halve the acorn squash and scoop out the seeds. Put the vegetables into the slow cooker with the garlic and stir in the olive oil and oregano. Layer the mushrooms on top of the vegetable mixture, followed by a layer of onions. Next, sprinkle the blue cheese crumbles on top. Pour the broth over the vegetables and cheese mixture, and lay the sliced potatoes on top. Season the potatoes with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours.

In a separate bowl, add the millet, garbanzo beans, raisins, garlic powder, black pepper and 2 tablespoons of the chives. Mix the lemon juice, miso and 2 /3 cup water in a cup and pour over the millet mixture. Stir well. Spoon the millet filling into the acorn squash. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours or high for 3 hours. Mix the ingredients for the Sriracha dressing in a small bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve. Once cooked, remove from the slow cooker and sprinkle with the remaining snipped chives and toasted pine nuts. Serve with the Sriracha dressing alongside.

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Sweet and Spicy Baked Apples Yields: 4 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Coconut oil 5 medium or 4 large apples 2 tsp lemon juice ¼ cup soft brown, maple or date sugar ½ cup walnuts 1 Tbsp Sweet & Spicy Ground Spice Blend or apple pie spice blend Ice cream topper to serve



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uch of America’s supermarket produce is expected to ripen in trucks, stores or at home after traveling many hundreds of miles from field to table. During the past six years, as Americans’ hunger for fresher, bettertasting food has deepened, the number of home gardens has risen by 8 percent, to 113 million. That’s more than one for every three people. Organic gardeners and others find that adding a greenhouse provides just-picked fruit and vegetables at their natural peak of ripeness and significantly extends the growing season. Preplanted seeds and seedlings flourish in the protected environment and provide robust plants for an outdoor garden. Many vegetables, especially greens, can provide multiple harvests in the greenhouse well into the colder months.

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“Greenhouse gardens are a constant experiment,” says Roger Marshall, author of The Greenhouse Gardener’s Manual, in Jamestown, Rhode Island. “I grew olive trees from seed, but they were sterile, so I had to buy propagated trees.

Like my fig tree, everything will eventually outgrow the space allotted for it.” The plants get nothing unless you provide it, adds Marshall. His two, 300-square-foot greenhouses use 100 gallons of water every three days, some collected in 55-gallon rain barrels. During winters, the unheated greenhouse protects leafy greens and root crops. Hydroponic lettuce and herbs share the propane-heated greenhouse with figs, lemon grass, ginger, galangal and nine citrus trees. He opines there’s nothing like fresh Key lime pie in January. In Alstead, New Hampshire, Celeste Longacre, author of Celeste’s Garden Delights, uses her home greenhouse to give seedlings a head start on spring. She and her husband, Bob, grow nearly all the vegetables they’ll use for the year in the resulting backyard garden, noting that New Hampshire ranks number three for locavore support according to the national locavoreindex. She recommends, “Start small, with a plant or two, and then make one change a week toward greater self-sustainable living.”

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A greenhouse that creates a warm environment for plants during cold weather may also overheat. “Air circulation is vital; vents and fans are necessary to maintain the right temperature,” advises Longacre, explaining that plants can’t breathe in a damp house. She suggests, “Water only when absolutely necessary and at the soil line, not on the leaves. In hot climates, use shade cloth on the top and sides of the greenhouse.” There are destructive insects and beneficial insects, Longacre says. “Aphids will kill a crop. Ladybugs can eat 50 aphids a day, plus mites and larva. After the aphids are gone, ladybugs like parsley, dill and geraniums for lunch. That will keep them around in case aphids return.” Ladybugs can be ordered online; stick to local species. Some plants, like tomatoes, eggplant or winter fruits, need pollination that can be applied by hand, but it’s time-consuming. An easier solution is to use vibrating trays to shake pollen loose and fans that distribute it from plant-to-plant.

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Even in warmer climates, a greenhouse has benefits. In Orlando, Florida,

sisters Katherine and Jessica Grandey make good use of a 200-square-foot greenhouse of vertical aeroponic towers. No soil or additional watering is used because plant roots receive a nutrient solution. The small space provides the same amount of greens as a oneacre plot of land while using a tenth of the water, maturing from seed to table-ready produce in five to seven weeks. The siblings donate a portion of their chemicalfree crop to GrowGreen4Women, a nonprofit group that supports cancer patients.

Benefits Beyond Veggies In Norwalk, Iowa, Master Gardener Richard Schreiber, membership director for the Hobby Greenhouse Association, collects succulents and cacti. He keeps his 500-square-foot greenhouse at 50 degrees during chilly months. “After experiments and mistakes, hobbyists find what works best for them. The resultant mix often includes both flowering and fruiting plants,” says Master Gardener Tom Karasek, the association’s president,

Change from yard shoes to greenhouse shoes to avoid cross-contamination. in Longview, Washington. “All greenhouses have microclimates for more or less light or humidity and cooler or warmer temperatures.” For added value, greenhouse gardens act as insulation when situated on a rooftop to reduce heating and cooling costs, plus divert rainwater from drainage systems; the latter being especially valuable in urban zones. Whatever its size or scope, greenhouse gardening also shelters a sense of community. As gardeners trade vegetables for a fisherman’s excess catch or as a thank-you for the loan of tools, they share both lively fare and their love of discovery. Connect with the freelance writer via

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reenhouses can be elaborate or simple, bought or homemade from recycled storm windows and architectural scrap, designed with peaked roofs, hoops or geodesic domes. Some are set on a raised platform to stay above snow and flood levels. Kits at home improvement stores come in many sizes; Ikea even has a mini-greenhouse suitable for a windowsill. Sustainable passive solar models are the latest twist. Add a hammock or lounge chair for a tranquil getaway spot. A whimsical greenhouse built on a platform allows for deep Canadian snows. Recycled 1800s windows comprise both walls and roof with colorfully painted decorations safeguarding

birds as they fly nearby ( Window-Greenhouse). Built in 1936, the art deco-styled Jewel Box, in St. Louis, Missouri, is an outstanding example of greenhouse design, with more than 15,000 square feet of vertical glass and five stair-stepped roofs. Horizontal metal surfaces prevent weather damage ( BoxGreenhouse). Washington State Environmental Chemist David Stone built a greenhouse using Ferrock, a carbon-negative material he invented as a cement substitute. Inside it, winter temperatures remain at 60 degrees, even though it’s near the Canadian border ( Eco-Greenhouse).

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Wildlife Thrives in Dead and Fallen Trees Gathering winter firewood or felling dead trees may be a necessary chore, but it’s best to avoid fallen or snag trees (still upright and decomposing naturally) because they are home to woodland and backyard wildlife. Many types of birds, including woodpeckers, chickadees, bluebirds, nuthatches, owls, wrens and tree swallows and small mammals like raccoons, squirrels, opossums and porcupines use the cavities and crevices for shelter, food (in some cases, dining on congregating invertebrates like millipedes, beetles, spiders, worms and ants), mating, nesting and resting. The U.S. Forest Service says that some 1,200 forms of flora, including mosses, lichens and fungi, rely on dead, dying or rotted-hollow trees and serve to refresh habitat by returning vital nutrients to the soil via the nitrogen cycle. Decaying logs on the forest floor also act as “nurse logs” for new seedlings. Likewise, it’s good to respect brush piles of mainly fallen limbs and sticks. “These are wonderful hiding places for squirrels, rabbits and chipmunks,” reports Woodrow Nelson, a vice president with the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation (Arbor, in Lincoln, Nebraska, which serves to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. It’s best to identify existing and future snags prior to gathering firewood or timber to spare their accidental destruction. Long-dead trees are fairly easy to spot, with their bony limbs bereft of leaves. Snags-to-be require more review. Look for signs of disease or misshapen form: bracket fungi, rotting branch stubs, beetles, carpenter ants or broken main limbs. Nelson further advises, “Proper pruning can turn around a tree’s health.” He encourages consulting with a local certified arborist or the foundation’s Backyard Woods program. Keeping one or more snags in a yard can create wildlife refuges. According to the National Wildlife Federation (nwf. org), hardwood trees tend to make better nesting habitats, while softer woods are more suited for food foraging. As long as the wood is kept a reasonable distance from a home, termites and other pests won’t find their way between the two dwellings.

Animal Chiropractic The Benefits of a Well-Adjusted Pet by Linda Sechrist


lthough pet owners may consider animal chiropractic services as a modern-day phenomenon, it’s been around since the early 1920s. Proof resides at the Palmer College of Chiropractic library in a report describing an equine chiropractic adjustment course created by B. J. Palmer, who expanded on the work of his father, D.D. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic. It also houses the doctor of chiropractic veterinary diploma issued to graduates. Today, the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) is the primary national source of credentials in a field of medicine that treats horses, dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, elephants, birds and reptiles.

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Human and animal chiropractic medicine brain. This type of therapy is highly effective in October is deals with describing the relationship between treating genetic predispositions such as canine National the spinal column and nervous system, as well intervertebral disc disease, which can occur as its crucial role in maintaining overall health. in any dog, but most particularly the dachsChiropractic This methodology for animals is especially hund, Lhasa apso and Shih Tzu. Selected for Health Month. a genetic form of dwarfism, these breeds have helpful for enhancing performance—in breeding, training and grooming dogs to conform to discs prone to this age-related form of degenthe specifications of American Kennel Club dog shows and/or eration. agility competitions—and for horses that compete as jumpers, To help delay such related impacts, Gigliotti teaches owndistance race horses or barrel racers. ers to work with their pet to train them to perform balance exercises that develop the core muscles which hold the spine firmly in place. “I don’t want to repeatedly see a dog for the Exacting Practicum same issues when it’s possible for the animal to maintain the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Bob Willard, in the Dallas/ adjustment with the owner’s help,” notes Gigliotti, who is Fort Worth area, is certified to perform spinal adjustments and acupuncture on animals. Having practiced equine sports among a few doctors that have completed advanced neurology training for animals at the Healing Oasis Wellness Center, medicine since 1982, Willard elected in 2005 to extend his in Sturtevant, Wisconsin. education with 200 hours of classroom and laboratory train “Animal chiropractic techniques can also help with ing according to the standard of the International Veterinary symptoms such as lameness, skin problems, bladder and Chiropractic Association. bowel irregularities, sight and hearing loss, breathing dif Willard had been a skeptic prior to his personal experificulties, food and environmental allergies and gait abnorence. “To help me deal with a compound fracture, my wife malities,” advises Doctor of Chiropractic Sherry Bresnahan. dragged me to see a chiropractor. After reaping the physical Licensed in the care of humans and animals, she holds AVCA benefits, I was naturally curious to learn more. Today, I treat certification and applies her extensive postgraduate training the majority of my patients with chiropractic and acupuncture at Crystal Lake Veterinary Hospital, in Crystal Lake, Illinois. before using conventional treatments,” advises Willard, who emphasizes that he finds these complementary therapies useful in preventing injuries. At one of the barns Willard works with, nearly every performance horse gets an adjustment every 30 days, because the owners can spot subtle differences long before a potential injury occurs. In North America, laws and regulations governing animal chiropractic differ by state. American Veterinary Medicine Association guidelines recommend that a veterinarian should examine an animal and establish a preliminary diagnosis before initiating any alternative treatment. In some locations, a veterinarian must supervise treatments by an animal chiropractor that’s not also a vet. Doctor of Chiropractic Donna Gigliotti, who practices at Macungie Animal Hospital, in Macungie, Pennsylvania, has been treating animals in collaboration with local veterinarians since 1997. She regularly lectures on the benefits and combines techniques such as neurofascial release, which affects the joints, muscles, ligaments and

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“A pet’s biggest asset is an observant owner. No one knows their constant companion better,” says Bresnahan. “It’s why vets hear statements such as, ‘My cat’s meow is off,’ or, ‘My dog is acting lethargic,’ or ‘My pet’s eyes seem dull.’ In performance animals like horses, it’s generally the rider that spots something that’s off.” She explains that although she doesn’t need to apply any more chiropractic pressure on animals than she uses on people, it is necessary to stand on bales of hay to place the upper body and hands at the correct angle when making an adjustment on a horse or rodeo bull. Chiropractors that specialize in treating animals are adept at reading the body language of nearly any creature, which can speak volumes about their health challenges. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Friday, October 2

markyourcalendar Rhode Islanders Against Mandated HPV Vaccinations - 5-8pm. Together with the Council for Vaccine Safety they have partnered to present an HPV information discussion “Making Waves in the Ocean State”. Media Meet & Greet with speakers 5 - 6pm, HPV informational presentation 6:30pm. Free. Coventry Public High School, Back Auditorium, 40 Reservoir Rd, Coventry. 401-2631054. Gong Bath: Healing With Sound – 6:30-8pm. Allow the resonant vibrations of the gongs, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, drums, flutes, and other sound healing instruments to bring you into a state of deep peace. $20/pre-registered, $30/at door. It’s My Health Wellcare Collaborative, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Spiritual Cinema – 7-9pm. We’ll be viewing Journey Into Buddhism. After the movie, a facilitated discussion to gain clarity on the messages and how to implement them into our daily lives. $10/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.

Saturday, October 3 Nia – 10-11am. A cardio dance that is worldwide. Activate the flow of energy in your body, to release toxins during your workout, having fun. Cherry Hill Manor, 2 Cherry Hill Rd, Johnston. For pricing, Sandra: 401-487-6977. Gongs in the Garden Labyrinth – 10-11:30am. Amidst the natural beauty of the gardens, the gongs and bowls will guide you on a harmonic journey to inner peace and pure bliss. Bring a folding chair/mat/ pillow/blanket. $25/pre-registered, $30/at door. SunRose Farm, 495 Gilbert Stuart Rd, Saunderstown. 401-295-4070. Your Passport to Survivorship & Wellness Expo – 10am-4pm. New England’s only all cancers conference open to survivors and their loved ones. Over 30 cancer specific/healthy living vendors, cooking demonstrations, interactive health activities, bookstore, survivor’s lounge, information and resources and some amazing nationally recognized speakers. Free. Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource, Renaissance Downtown Providence Hotel, Avenue of the Arts, Providence.

Holistic Tarot Part II: Minor Arcana – 10am5pm. Learn to uncover the mysteries of the Minor Arcana. Reader Cris McCullough offers insightful hints based on her book, Holistic Tarot. Become an inspired reader. $100. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-525-8794. Breathing into Health & Well Being – 2:30-5pm. Still your mind, clear emotions and deeply relax. Gain freedom from “monkey mind” through breath work in sacred community with world renowned Breathing Therapist Lisa Jones. $40. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 603-562-7525. Thai Inspired Yoga Assists – 3-5pm. This is a workshop for yoga teachers designed to enhance your ability to offer gentle asana assists based on Thai yoga bodywork principles. Erik Strzemko & Kathy McKeough. $35. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Kirtan – 7-9pm. With Jagdish Buckland and friends. By donation. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Center, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Monday, October 5 HeartSpotYoga with Bobby Ducharme – 9:3011am. A gentle yoga class for everybody. Relax and reduce stress. Integrate breath with joyful movement. Chanting, philosophy and mindfulness included. Uplift your heart and spirit. $14/drop-in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-864-5411.

Tuesday, October 6 Out of the Box Networking Social – 5-7:30pm. Join us as we bring the business, events and wellness communities together in a casual setting to exchange ideas, create business relationships and meet new people. $10. Lang’s Bowlarama, 225 Niantic Ave, Cranston.

Wednesday, October 7 Women’s Success Network MEGA: Networking – 6-9pm. All those interested in meeting new people, sharing ideas, friendships and businesses are welcome to attend. Dinner is included. Visit website to register. $25. Women’s Success Network, Lake Pearl Luciano’s, 299 Creek St, Wrentham. To register: Group Meditation Gathering – 7:30-9pm. No prior experience is required. Connect with one another, engage in gentle guided meditation and more. Limited space, please register in advance to secure a spot. $12. Wellness Boutique & Co, 1300 Park Ave, 2nd Fl, Woonsocket. 401-769-0900 x 5.


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Thursday, October 8 Sacred Stone Massage Therapy Certification – Oct 8 & 9. 10am-4pm. CEs with Yoga Alliance & NCBTMB. Includes stone layouts, gliding, spinning, edging and flipping techniques designed to anchor the 1st and 2nd 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. Angel Meet and Meditation – 6:30-8:15pm. Cards are picked and interpreted followed by a guided meditation. A fun night for all. Relaxing and informational. $10. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. 21-Day Detox and Elimination Diet – 7-8:30pm. Join Naturopathic Doctor Erica LePore for a 4-wk guided detoxification to improve health and vitality. $149. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2.

Saturday, October 10 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. $35/person, group format. 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449., Self-Care Saturday – 10am-3pm. Treat yourself to the physical, mental and spiritual healing you deserve. Chair massage, reflexology, Reiki, psychic readings, mediumship, angel readings, tarot and more. Pay per service received. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Holistic Tarot Part III: Court Cards – 10am5pm. Discover how to understand The Court Cards, who they represent, their elemental energies integrated with numerology and astrology. A must for any aspiring reader. $100/class. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-525-8794. Shirodhara Therapy – Oct 10 & 11. 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. With Karyn Chabot. CEs available. $275. SAMA 2, Middletown. 877-832-1372. Moving Towards with Brian Reid – 3-4:30pm. Together with Brian Reid we’ll go on an inspirational journey together and discover how you too, can, make your move, create that change, transport your life. $25/person or $40 for 2 people. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.

Monday, October 12 HeartSpotYoga with Bobby Ducharme – 9:3011am. A gentle yoga class for everybody. Relax and reduce stress. Integrate breath with joyful movement. Chanting, philosophy and mindfulness included. Uplift your heart and spirit. $14/drop-in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-864-5411.

Tuesday, October 13 Full Spectrum Class – 8:30-10am. Class attends to the full body with the use of the yoga wall. This practice may include standing poses, inversions, twists, backbends or forward bends. $18. Live Purna Yoga, 240 Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-439-5260. 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 & Katharine Rossi. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Wednesday, October 14 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. Beginner’s Touch Drawing – 6:30-8:30pm. With Colleen Kelley. Using sheets of tissue paper over water-soluble oils, wherever fingertips meet the surface images are created. Inner messages and insights revealed. $35. CreatIgo, 235 High St, 1st Fl, Reynolds School, Bristol. 401-793-0097.

markyourcalendar What The Bleep Do We Know? Movie Screening – 6:30-9pm. Join us as we watch What The Bleep Do We Know, a mind bending voyage through the worlds of science and spiritually, with revelations by quantum physics experts, playful animation and even a conversation with a wise, 35,000-year-old being. Group discussion follows. Space limited, RSVP at Eventbrite. Free. Natural Awakenings, at The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket.

Thursday, October 15 Thyroid Problems? Nutrition Can Help – 6:307:30pm. The most common problem we see in this office is the thyroid gland. Workshop to discuss the relationship between nutrition and the thyroid. Free health screening. Free. Natural Health Solutions/Dr. Bomback, 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA. 508-678-1233. Archangels & Ascended Masters Class – 6:308:15pm. We will be using Doreen Virtues book and will be learning each Angel and Master and also incorporating reading cards that you will interpret. $10. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Table Tipping – 7-8:30pm. Come experience a night of physical mediumship. Connect with loved ones who have passed through the movement of the table. Must be seen to be believed. $10. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

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Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis Weightloss Group – 7-9pm. Lose weight and keep it off with virtual gastric band group hypnosis. Free yourself from the emotional patterns that compel you to overeat. Join us. $450, includes private consult and six group sessions. Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Hypnosis Center, 161 Agricultural Ave, Rehoboth, MA. 774-991-0574.

Friday, October 16 Group Meditation Gathering – 6:30-8pm. No prior experience is required. Connect with one another; engage in gentle guided meditation and more. For limited space, please register in advance to secure a spot. $12. Wellness Boutique & Co, 1300 Park Ave, 2nd Fl, Woonsocket. 401-769-0900 x 5. Soul Dance – 7-8:30pm. Experience your body flowing through a natural wave of movement as you connect with elements of Earth, water, fire, air and space while moving energy through the Chakras. $20. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2.

Saturday, October 17 Stop Comfort Eating Hypnosis – 10-11am. Why put off feeling good? Stop the habit of using food as “medication” to mask uncomfortable feelings. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938. Much Ado About Mercury – 10am-12pm. Learn the role the planet Mercury plays in your psyche and what is happening when it goes retrograde in the various signs of 2016. A valuable tool for navigating your life. With Mary Kate Jordan. $20. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Holistic Tarot Part IV – 10am-5pm. You’ve mastered the wisdom of the parts, now put let’s put them altogether. Learn the Celtic Spread and the Three Card Spread. Deepen your wisdom and your skill. $100/class. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-525-8794. Introduction to Meditation – 10:30am-12pm. Curious about meditation? Wondering if it’s for you? Join us for simple yet fascinating talk, Q&A, and learn a simple meditation technique for calmness, peace and joy. Free; donation appreciated. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Mask-Making Workshop – 12-3pm. Participants will be guided through process of creating their own mask to symbolize your inner wisdom. All materials are included in price, and no art experience needed. $50/pre-registration, $55/at door. Wellness Boutique & Co, 1300 Park Ave, 2nd Fl, Woonsocket. 401-769-0900 x 5.

Sunday, October 18 Children’s Yoga Monthly Workshops – 1-2pm. Workshop brings yoga to children so they can apply it in their lives now. $10. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Center, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Using Yoga Practice to Navigate Life – 1:30-4pm. In this dynamic and powerfully physical class, focus on asana as a means of setting intention and cultivating a rich soil of communion, self-expression and self-revelation. $39. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2.

Monday, October 19 Yoga and Painting – 4-8pm. Join All That Matters’ Yoga Night Out. Bring your creative spirit for a yoga lecture followed by guided painting at Phil’s Restaurant. Appetizers included. $75. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2. Relationship with Power – 6-8:30pm. Explore your historical relationship with your power, where it resides and where it is missing. Connect, embrace and integrate your power to live with passion and vitality. With Katharine Rossi. $20. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Tarot and Oracle Card Share – 6:30-8:30pm. Come in with your decks as you will be cross reading with each other to learn new ideas beginning and advanced. All are welcome. $10. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

Tuesday, October 20 Channeled Messages with Roland Comtois – 6-8pm. An evening of messages with Roland Comtois, medium. Being held at the Riviera Restaurant. $55. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness at Riviera Restaurant, 580 N Broadway, East Providence. For tickets: 401-432-7195 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.

Wednesday, October 21 Fearless Creating – 6:30-8:30pm. Saturate yourself with the playful enjoyment you once had as a child. Join Colleen Kelley as she leads this acrylic painting adventure. $25. CreatIgo, 235 High St, 1st Fl, Reynolds School, Bristol. 401-793-0097.

The Vulcan Mind Meld – 1-4pm. Sun, Moon & Rising Sign: Learn how these are an intimate union of three points of view for your sense of self. Discover ways to embrace and integrate these energies in life. With Mary Kate Jordan. $35. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Meditation and Messaging – 7-8:30pm. Rev. Denise Roberge will guide you into a healing meditation, then channel guidance from Ascended Beings. You can ask a question of your guides. Limit 12; call to reserve. $25. Blue Sky Healing Circle, 1076 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-942-1076.

Mandalas of Deep Inner Listening – 1:30-3:30pm. When’s the last time you’ve really listened within? When’s the last time you’ve painted with joy? Come. Do both in this Sacred Art Workshop. No experience necessary. $20, materials included. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

Reiki Share – 7:30-9pm. Welcome Reiki practitioners of any level. Practice your skills in a safe and welcoming environment while sharing and supporting one another. $10. Wellness Boutique & Co, 1300 Park Ave, 2nd Fl, Woonsocket. 401-769-0900 x 5.

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Thursday, October 22 Shamanic Journeying – 6:30-8pm. Enter the place where creative inspiration springs forth to gain insight, healing and knowledge in deeply profound ways. Learn applications and expand your practice. With Katharine Rossi. $15. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, Reyonlds School, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-924-0567. Archangels & Ascended Masters Class – 6:308:15pm. Cards are picked and interpreted followed by a guided meditation. A fun night for all. Relaxing and informational. $10. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Be Inspired To Control Your Aging – 6:308:30pm. New 3-part series. Also Nov 19 and Dec 10. Designed to inspire you to control the aging, which is happening every day in your body. Learn secrets to being strong and healthy forever. $97. Fitness After Forty Five, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. 401-635-4462.

Friday, October 23 Marma Therapy Workshop – Oct 23 & 24. 9am6pm. Blocked marmas are removed in Ayurveda through applying pressure, massage oils, warmth, external use of herbal and aromatic oils and sound therapy. $325 by Oct 15; $350 after. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Center, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Intro to Essential Oils for Health – 7-9pm. Learn the basics of how to incorporate therapeutic grade essential oils into your life as medicine for optimal wellness and health. $35. Providence. Fourth Friday Healing 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. 401-722-9876.

Saturday, October 24 Magnified Healing® 1st Phase – Oct 24 & 25. 9:30am-5:30pm. 2-day workshop. Learn a 20-min daily healing practice designed to help raise your spiritual love vibration. Visit website for a detailed description. With Gladys Ellen. $250, certificate, manual, essence, CD. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Releasing Fears Hypnosis group – 10-11am. When we’re on a streak of feeling frightened or upset isn’t it amazing how everything goes wrong in our lives? A session to get back to trust and love. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938. Intuitive Flow for Women – 12-4pm. Also Mondays, 7-8:30pm, Oct 26-Nov 23. 6weeks of Sacred Feminine Movement to Nourish the Woman’s Body & Soul. Please reserve your committed space. Limited to 6-10 women. $120. The Women’s Well Holistic Wellness Center, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683.

Good Vibrations Sound Healing – 2-3:30pm. If you are seeking better health, relaxation, and deeper meditative states, then join Chris Johnston and Missy Byrd for a memorable and relaxing sound experience. With Shari Bitsis. $25. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. Please RSVP: 401-465-4249.

markyourcalendar Mysteries of the Night – 11am-11pm. Presented by The Mystics. A gathering of some of the area’s best tarot and card readers, mediums, energy workers and more. Joined by artisans offering handcrafted goods. $5/adults, free/children 12 & under. The Elks Club, 141 Pelham St, Newport. For more info, visit Facebook page at The Newport Elks Club First Annual Ghost Tour – 3-10pm. Hosted by the Newport Elks Club, produced by The Mystics. Group tours led by JK Paranormal during the “Mysteries of the Night.” The lodge is rich in history, with numerous reports of unexplainable sights and sounds. $18+ only. $20/ticket. The Newport Elks Club, 141 Pelham St, Newport. For more info, visit Facebook page at Caring For Yourself Workshop – 5-6:30pm. Most people don’t slow down and look at what’s important to them to see if they’re putting energy towards those things. Make sure you’re on the list of things you care for. $20/person or 2 for $30. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707. Fourth Saturday Healing Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Joy (Gongs of Joy) and A.Michelle (Drumsinger) will lull you into a state of complete relaxation with the resonant sounds of the gongs, singing bowls, drums and flutes. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. First Spiritualist Church, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. 401-258-3952.

Sunday, October 25 Learn Ayurvedic Pulse Technique – Oct 25-26. 9am-6pm. Learn the ancient Indian art of pulse technique to preserve good health, detect imbalance and prevent illnesses, with Ayurvedic Physician Dr Shekhar. Open to all. $325 before Oct 15. The Women’s Well, Holistic Wellness Center, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683.

Vibrational Healing – 1-3pm. Learn how sacred sound and the healing art of Reiki promote wellbeing, then relax into a combination of Reiki energy and a sound experience of gongs and crystal bowls. $45. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2.

Wednesday, October 28 Developing Your Intuition – 6-9pm. Gives concrete methods of increasing your awareness of your intuition and opening a clear channel to hearing and understanding what your intuition wants you to know. $40. Wellness Boutique & Co, 1300 Park Ave, 2nd Fl, Woonsocket. 401-769-0900 x 2. Stretch It Out! – 6:30-7:30pm. Breathe, expand and unlock. Simple stretches to unwind from the day. $12. Live Purna Yoga, 240 Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-439-5260. Wolves of the Highlands – 6:30-8pm. In this shapeshifting mediation connect with wisdom and power of the wolf to embody their strength and courage to endure; navigating your true path with agility and grace. With Colleen Kelley. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Drumming Healing Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Bring your drum or rattle; we come in a circle and make some wonderful sounds while receiving healing. It is a night of great energy. $5. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

Thursday, October 29 Drum Making Workshop – 6-9pm. To create a drum is to bring a new voice into the world for healing and closer connection to the earth. Make a 15-inch elk or deer hide drum to take home and use. With Colleen Kelley. $250, deposit of $180 due by Oct 8. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Flr, Providence. 401-924-0567. Archangels & Ascended Masters Class – 6:308:30pm. We will be using Doreen Virtues book and will be learning each Angel and Master and also incorporating reading cards that you will interpret. $10. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

Friday, October 30

Prosperity Circle – 11am-12:30pm. Each month we will focus on different topics related to our businesses/vocations, our healthy living and personal goals that create a prosperous life. Bring a journal. Donation to cover use of space. CreatIgo, 235 High St, 1st Fl, Reynolds School, Bristol. 401-793-0097.

Autum Retreat – Oct 30-31. 5-5pm. This 24-hour getaway will refresh and renew your body mind and spirit. Come away with a deeper understanding of who you are and the unlimited spiritual support available to you every day. Led by Kathy Black. Meals included. $245. Canonicus Conference Center, 54 Exeter Rd, Exeter.

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.

Yoga for Food Bank Class – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a Svaroopa® yoga class to benefit the Rhode Island Food Bank. 100% of your admission will be donated to the RI Food Bank. Please call to reserve your spot. With Maria Sichel, CSYT. $10, plus a non-perishable food item. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

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Saturday, October 31 Stop Emotional Eating Hypnosis – 10-11am. Don’t be caught in the trap of unconsciously feeding your emotions with food. Address this at the unconscious level which is where it breathes. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938.

markyourcalendar All Hallows Eve Celebration – 1-4pm. Enjoy an afternoon of Divine Guidance, Channeled messages from the Archangels, Ascended Masters and Dearly Departed in this gallery-style event with Gladys Ellen. Faith. Hope. Love. Peace. $45. Blackstone Valley Visitor Center Theatre, 175 Main St, Pawtucket. Tickets:

Sunday, November 1 Intro to Svaroopa® Yoga Workshop – 1:30-3pm. Compassionate, gentle yoga supporting you where your body is at. Discover a new way to be in your body. Meet our experienced, certified teachers. Free. Ferncrest Yoga & Wellness, 90 Warwick Ave, Cranston. Registration required, Wendy: 401-497-5134 or

Saturday, November 7 Letting Go of the Past Hypnosis – 10-11am. Let go of the past and free yourself to enjoy your future, and spend more time focusing on your present and future life. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Exploring the Deep Practices of Yoga – 2-4:30pm. Kripalu stage 3 yoga. Enhance your yoga with prana (energy), deepening awareness, and cultivating devotion. Suitable for yoga students with 1 yr of practice in any style. $55. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Fascial Release via Ball Rolling – 11am-7pm. A one-day training to learn simple exercises to reduce chronic pain, improve posture and sport and reduce the effects of chronic stress. Open to all. $199/preregistered. Providence.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 200-Hr Vinyasa-Hatha Yoga Training – 11am8pm. Body Matrix® Flow Yoga is an intelligent fusion of mind-body fitness utilizing cutting edge anatomy with creative sequencing that activates the core from the inside out. Inquire for pricing. Providence.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 500-Hr Advanced Body Matrix Training – 11am8pm. Body Matrix® Flow Yoga is an intelligent fusion of mind-body fitness utilizing cutting edge anatomy with creative sequencing that activates the core from the inside out. Inquire for pricing. Providence.

ongoingcalendar Sunday 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. 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. Sundays at Andanda – 10am-12pm. Join us weekly for meditation, chanting, inspiration, satsang, veggie potluck lunch. Share in the joy of Spirit and friendships. Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings. Donation. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Community Drum Circle – 3-5pm. 1st Sunday. All ages and all forms and types of musical instrumentation are welcome at this highly energetic and community promoted, family-oriented live musical gathering. $5. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Center, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Monday Introduction to Yoga – 9:15-10:15am. In this class Gary will teach you breathing techniques, stretching and the correct alignment for basic yoga poses. Everyone, including people with injuries, are welcome. $10. Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Kripalu Yoga: Cumberland – 4:15-5:45pm. With Susan McLaren, RYT. Experience breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the heart and body to release and open. New students: $50/5 classes; $14/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Afternoon Yoga: Cumberland – 4:30-5:45pm. Moving into a restful week. No matter how challenging your work/life will be this week, begin with a yoga practice that will be grounding, transformative and healing. $15/drop-in; $11-12/Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Group Manifestation for You & Earth – 7-9:30pm. Join us each week as we visualize, play and develop fun scripts in order to group manifest for each other and the planet. Guided meditation format. No class on Oct 19. With Shari Bitsis. $15. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. 401-465-4249.

Tuesday Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $136/series of 8 classes; $20/ drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020. Vbarre – 5:30-6:30pm. Designed to tone, trim, and transform the body with a fusion of ballet barre, Pilates and resistance training. This class provides calorie-blasting cardio. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear lot behind Lincoln Mall Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Meditation Night in Warren – 6:30-8:30pm. Mindfulness focus. Hour discourse on topics to include methods, challenges and benefits followed by group meditation. No class on Oct 20. With Shari Bitsis. $10/class, $30/4 classes. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. For more info & to RSVP: 401-465-4249. Mindfulness & Recovery all 12 steps – 7-8:30pm. 4th Tuesday. Workshop offers an approach to experience the need to have compassion and kindness to improve oneself. $2 donation. Blue Sky Healing Circle, 1076 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-942-1076. Svaroopa® Yoga Focus on Basics – 7-8:30pm. Enjoy an easy-paced yoga class learning the basic Svaroopa® poses. Release your stress and build your body’s health and well being. With Pat Spencer, RYT. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Pathworking with the Tarot and The Tree of Life – 7-9pm. Class unlocks the powers within you through the process of meditative pathworkings and changes your life forever. Join us for this weekly transformative journey. $37/wk. Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center, 161 Agricultural Ave, Rehoboth, MA. 774-991-0574.


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.

Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Dropin. Donations to: Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616.

Four Foundations of Mindfulness – 6-7pm. With committed practice, every person can cultivate moments of mindfulness during their day, even in the face of significant suffering. By donation only. Innerlight Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Svaroopa® Yoga Series: Cranston – 10-11:30am. New class. Compassionate, nurturing yoga safely supporting your body where it’s at. All levels welcome. With Natalie Schiffer, CSYT 700, Yoga Alliance RYT 500, E-RYT 200. Series $16/class; $19/ drop-in. Ferncrest Yoga & Wellness, 90 Warwick Ave, Cranston. 401-578-9182.

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Autumn in Rhode Island…

FOR RENT Rental Space in Smithfield Wellness Center. Looking for Independent Professionals with clientele. Ideal for Massage Therapist, Esthetician, Nutritionist, Reiki Practitioner or alike. Call 401-556-9020. 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. The Women’s Well, Holistic Wellness Center in Portsmouth. Treatment room and class/workshop space for rent, 401-835LOVE.

FOR SALE SPRINGHILL STUDIO: Pet Memorials, Concrete Buddhas Garden gifts. Springhill Hand Made Garden Gifts 75 Laura Street Tiverton, RI 02878 401-314-6752.

help wanted 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.

Opportunities Dieting is Obsolete. Free ebook shows you how to achieve your Optimal Weight without dieting. Viny Derrico, Certified Health Coach. Distribution Site – Offer your patrons the opportunity to pick up their monthly copy of Natural Awakenings magazine at your business location, and promote your events for free with 2 calendars listings a month. Contact

REIKI TREATMENTS Mindful Tides Reiki, Rita Webb, RMT: Gentle treatments that enable deep relaxation, magnify natural healing, clear energy blocks, and instill wellness, harmony and balance. For people and animals. First-time clients save 30%. Wakefield, RI. 508-463-8515, Ohm My Goodness offers private sessions in a tranquil setting, using organic essential oils and crystals from around the world. Contact Melanie at 401-569-6699.


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…is Breathtaking! Morning Meditation in Warren – 10:30am12:30pm. Mindfulness focus. Hour discourse on topics to include methods, challenges and benefits followed by group meditation. No class on Oct 21. With Shari Bitsis. $10/class, $30/4 classes. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. For more info & to RSVP: 401-465-4249.

Svaroopa® Yoga Series: Cumberland – 6:30-8pm. Compassionate, nurturing yoga safely supporting your body where it’s at. All levels welcome. Natalie Schiffer, CSYT 700, Yoga Alliance RYT 500, E-RYT 200. Enroll today. Series $20/class; $22/ drop-in. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-578-9182.

Yoga Stretch for Every (Body) – 6-7pm. Learn how to stretch your body in a fun and safe way, and get all the benefits of yoga poses. Fun music during class. $10. Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Road, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187.

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.

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 Series: Narragansett – 6:157:45pm. Enroll today. Compassionate, nurturing yoga safely supporting your body where it’s at. All levels welcome. Natalie Schiffer, CSYT 700, Yoga Alliance RYT 500, E-RYT 200. Series $16/ class; $19/drop-in. Heart Center Yoga & Wellness, 123 Boon St, Narragansett. 401-578-9182. Pathworking with The Tree of Life – 7-9pm. A weekly class combining the power of hypnotic trance-journeying and the knowledge of the Tree of Life. Designed to transform your faulty subconscious patterns and conscious thinking, freeing you to be who you are meant to be. $37/wk. Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center, 161 Agricultural Ave, Rehoboth, MA. 774-991-0574.

Thursday Cardio Sculpt – 5:30-6:15pm. This class will help to burn calories and tone/strengthen muscles in every major muscle group. It will consist of periods of cardio mixed with sculpting. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear lot behind Lincoln Mall Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Restorative Yoga: Cumberland – 6:30-7:45pm. Experience the deep relaxation and deep healing of this simple yoga practice. Suitable for all; no prior yoga experience necessary. Call ahead to reserve your space. $15/drop-in; Flex Pass + $3. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Guided Meditation & Mini-Life Class – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thursdays. First a Mini-Life Class touching on a real-life topic giving tools to enhance our daily lives followed by a guided meditation to relax and rejuvenate. $10/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.

Friday $5 Community Tai Chi – 4-5pm. Regular tai chi exercise promises improved strength, flexibility and balance. It is a martial art disguised as a dance to mislead captors. $5 cash/check only. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Saturday Barre & Sculpt – 9-10am. A low impact class, utilizing mats, weights, bands, and a ballet barre to create a strong toned and graceful body. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear lot behind Lincoln Mall Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Ananda Saturday Meditations – 9-10:30am. Start your weekends in the peace and joy of guided meditation and chanting. Join Kelly & friends. All welcome. Donation. Ananda Hopkinton, 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N Kingstown. 401-667-7315 Kripalu Yoga: Cumberland – 9:45-11am. Join us for this popular Saturday morning yoga class in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. Beginners welcome. $15/drop-in; $11-$12 Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Adolescent Yoga – 11:15am-12:15pm. Classes are focused on developing energy awareness, mindfulness, and self-esteem; and are themed on adolescent stressors and issues. All levels embraced. $100/10, $14/drop-in. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

communityresourceguide addiction specialist / holistic counselor Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center

Glenn Ambrose 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd. Coventry, RI 401-380-6707

Addiction takes many forms including alcohol/drugs, eating-disorders, shopping & relationships to name a few. Whatever the addiction is, recovery and adjusting to a life of balance, peace and happiness requires help. As a certified coach with 12 years experience in addiction and guiding clients to health, I’m confident that if you’re open to change I can help you achieve it.

Angels and energy ADRIENE SMITH, RMT

Angel Whispers Rhode Island 401-741-2278

ley can also tap into where problematic behaviors stem from and uses intuitive healing as a means to heal you and your pets. See ad on page 45.

attorney - family & divorce law Attorney Matthew P. Gabrilowitz 1150 New London Ave Cranston, RI 401-737-6800

Marriage in Transition? Need to break from disorder? Empower yourself. If yours is a marriage in name only and you’re ready for positive change and growth call or email Attorney Matthew P. Gabrilowitz. See ad on page 23.

ayurvedic card astrology & intuitive counseling KARYN CHABOT, D. AY, MA, LMT

Newport, RI 401-862-1314;

Adriene offers a personalized combination of holistic energy therapies and angel guidance sessions. These sessions can be scheduled to take place at the Angel Whispers Serenity Space in North Kingstown, at your home, or other suitable location. She also conducts certification training, support sessions, and workshops on a variety of topics related to physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. Schedule an appointment or register for classes online, email or phone.

Through collaborative dialogue in person or by phone, Karyn will access your soul blueprint to gain the perspective and clarity necessary to live life to the fullest. With her gift of insight, she will help you discover options for what lies ahead and define and execute your next steps, as well as gain more understanding of why things occurred in your past. See ad on page 31.

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Heavenly Hugs Holistic Healing Center

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 ads on pages 23 & back cover.


Ashley Rodzen 401-919-1127 ARHealing.Net Ashley of AR Healing gives animals a voice. In an animal communication session, your pets allow Ashley to feel their emotions and physical sensations, and hear their thoughts. Ash-

Premier Compounding Center, LLC

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 10am-5pm with Rene StLaurent Rph/certified clinical nutritionist and hormone consultant. Let our staff help you find a physician educated in the field of BHRT

chiropractic Dr. Richard Picard

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.

coach Encore Executive & Professional Coaching

Mary T O’Sullivan, MSOL 650 Ten Rod Road, Suite 107 North Kingstown, RI 401-742-1965 Using proven, results oriented coaching methods, you will save time, learn to increase your effectiveness, help improve your health and well being and find new ways to love what you do. Try our fast 20-minute free session now and save; because you don’t want to wait for your next opportunity to pass you by. See ad on page 13.

DEPTH HYPNOSIS fireseed center for transformation

Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street Providence, RI 401-924-0567 • Holistic counseling using hypnosis to access root causes of imbalance and shamanic techniques to connect you to your own power. Depth hypnosis works with your inner wisdom to heal and create lasting change. Office and phone sessions available.

Esthetician 360 FACE MIND BODY Michelle Maynard 635 Arnold Rd, Coventry, RI 401-886-1938

Offering facials and skin care products that are free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, fillers and talc. 360 uses product lines with natural plant-based ingredients including Farmaesthetics and Jane Iredale Mineral makeup. Michelle is certified in Clinical Oncology Esthetics®, so she can provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals undergoing cancer treatment and those with health-challenged skin. See ad on page 21.

Jahmeir Skincare Studio 2928 Post Rd, Warwick RI 401-595-2851

My intention and holistic expertise is to provide innovative technology, high performance products and services to heal your skin. Combining vegan, organic and gluten free products with clinical personalized treatments the skin’s health, balance and radiance can be enhanced. Offering and using cutting edge procedures the skins transformation and harmony is the result. This philosophy can target, correct and benefit many sensitive unbalanced & unhealthy skin types. See ad on page 10.

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hair salon Flipp Hair Salon and Reflexology Center

38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul.  Offering hair, makeup,refexology,acupuncture,ma ssage and herbalism. See ad on page 22.

health coaching & nutritional counseling BETTER HEALTH WITH JOY

Joy Quinn Blum, M.A., M.Div., H.C. 401-258-3952 • Are you hungry for better health? Joy helps people who want a better way to eat and live by creating an individual program that focuses on the best nutrients to feed the body, mind and soul with unique and satisfying choices. Issues addressed: depression/anxiety, digestive disorders, blood sugar issues, anti-aging concerns, acid/alkaline imbalances, and nutrition in cancer treatment/prevention. Free 1-hour health history consultation! See ad on page 17.

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.

holistic guidance My Holistic Village

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 see” holistic events and more! Join today. It’s free. Own a business? Join the National Holistic Chamber of Commerce™ at

Soul Wisdom Healing @ The Womens Well

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!


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

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

holistic psychotherapy Intuitive Therapy

Melissa Hecht, MSW, LICSW 1300 Park Ave, Woonsocket, RI 508-951-9828 Holistic psychotherapy for individuals and couples, this unique approach brings about true and lasting healing with safe and nurturing support. Through personalized combinations of modalities clients receive treatment that best fits them. Also offering Reiki Healing sessions, Integrated Energy Therapy and workshops on: empowerment, healing, meditation and all levels of Reiki.

interfaith minister INTERFAITH MINISTER

Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 • • Create the Wedding ceremony of your heart’s desire with Rev. Natalia! Whether it be traditional or non-traditional or an Interfaith marriage. All types of love unions welcomed! Rev. Natalia co-creates ceremonies with you and enhances the beauty of your traditions: weddings, baby christenings and namings, seasonal healing rituals, memorials and funerals.

makeup & beauty Diane's Permanent Makeup & Eyelash Extensions

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

Permanent makeup artist, Diane Slinko specializes in permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. She works with each client to personalize the colors and shapes to enhance their face. Permanent makeup can take years off your age, give you more confidence and has a natural appearance! We also specialize in natural healthy eyelash extensions to complete the look! The end result... a more beautiful YOU! See ad on page 22.

naturopathic physicians holistic wellness center Positive New Beginnings Holistic & wellness center 222 Warren Ave East Providence, RI 401-432-7195

Reiki, Meditation, Spiritual Counseling, Law of Attraction Coaching, Angel Therapy, Crystal Healing, Yoga, Massage, Acupuncture, Theta Healing, Psychic Readings, Angel &Tarot Cards, Past Lives, Reflexology, Workshops, Magick Classes, Weddings, Moon Ceremonies, Psychic Parties, gifts, stones, herbs, Room Rentals. Sunday ~ First Angelic Spiritualist Church -Come feel the positive vibe! See ad on page 4.

hypnosis Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center

Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 • Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the trans-formative healing process of hypnotherapy! Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on pages 15 & 29.

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

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally for all. Naturopathic doctor Certified Classical Homeopath Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 7.

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Farmacy Herbs Dr. Marcy Feibelman, ND 28 Cemetery St Providence, RI 508-343-0580 Marcy@ Holistic Medicine and individual patient care. Safe and effective natural solutions including nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy and hydrotherapy. Supporting you on your journey to health.

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic


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

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energy-n-elements Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500

Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval.  “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today. See ad on page 4.

wellness center IT’S MY HEALTH

Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 • We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 40.



sound healing

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 7.

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Grace Yoga

35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown RI 401-829-9903 •


Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle 401-258-3952 • 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 17.

Stewart Campbell, BA, M-NCLS®, Trainer-NCLS®(New Code Linguistic Strategies®), NLP Practitioner, Hypnotherapy, Coaching, Counselling CEO Lucidity Communications 35 South Angel Street, Providence, RI 401-862-6082

therapeutic massage Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

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

Are you Stuck? Find Yourself doing the same things over and over again? THEN MAKE A CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE NOW! Remove Blockages, Old patterns of Behavior, Phobias, Bad Habits. Get out of the rut! NCLS® gets to the root cause, not just the symptoms! Get the results YOU want, NOW!

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.

Sherry Kachanis LLC Sherry Kachanis 35 South Angell Street, Providence, RI 401-749-9640

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.

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. ~Henry Ford


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

yoga & holistic health center All That Matters

Providence, East Greenwich, South Kingstown 401-782-2126 • All That Matters, founded in 1995, offers more than 100 weekly yoga classes at three locations across the state. The South Kingstown center also offers an array of workshops, a retail store, and health services ranging from acupuncture and chiropractic to massage therapy. See ad on page 39.

cathryn moskow, lcmt

Problems? Ready for change? Allow yourself to quickly resolve problems and develop strategies that allow you to live the life you desire by uncovering subconscious blocks that hold you back. Through New Code Linguistic Strategies® - NCLS®, NLP, Hypnotherapy, and Reiki, Sherry inspires, educates and empowers you to make the choice to make change.

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 36.


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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The Hidden Deficiency Having the proper amount of iodine in our system at all times is critical to overall health, yet the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that iodine deficiency is increasing drastically in light of an increasingly anemic national diet of unpronounceable additives and secret, unlabeled ingredients. This deficit now affects nearly three-quarters of the population.

Causes of Iodine Deficiency


Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation

Low-Sodium Diets

Overuse of zero-nutrient salt substitutes in foods leads to iodine depletion

Iodized Table Salt

Iodized salt may slowly lose its iodine content by exposure to air


A toxic chemical found in baked goods overrides iodine's ability to aid thyroid

Iodine-Depleted Soil Poor farming techniques have led to declined levels of iodine in soil

A Growing Epidemic Symptoms range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and skin and hair problems. This lack of essential iodine can also cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers; and in children, intellectual disability, deafness, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University and the French National Academy of Medicine.

What to Do The easy solution is taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage to rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the whole body.

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Natural Awakenings is now expanding into new markets across the U.S. Contact us about starting a magazine in a community of your choice or acquiring an existing publication for sale highlighted in red below. Natural Awakenings publishes in over 95 markets across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. • • • • • • • • • •

Own a Natural Awakenings Magazine Our publishers ranked us among the highest in franchise satisfaction for our Training, Support, Core Values and Integrity! “I am impressed by the range of support provided to franchisees; it seems all the bases are more than covered to provide an owner the ability to be successful. Together with my experience, drive and desire to make a difference, it feels like a good fit.” ~ Holly Baker, Tucson, AZ “Each month, the content is enriching, beneficial and very often profound. We are a source of true enrichment and nourishment for so many. We are bringing light and understanding to millions of people.” ~ Craig Heim, Upstate NY “There’s such strength in this business model: exceptional content from the corporation paired with eyes and ears on the ground here locally. We rock!“ ~ Tracy Garland, Virginia’s Blue Ridge

As a Natural Awakenings publisher, you can enjoy learning about healthy and joyous living while working from your home and earn a good income doing something you love!

No publishing experience is necessary. You’ll work for yourself but not by yourself. We offer a complete training and support system that allows you to successfully publish your own magazine.

• Meaningful New Career • Low Initial Investment • Proven Business System • Home-Based Business • Exceptional Franchise Support & Training

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• Monmouth/ Ocean, NJ • North NJ • North Central NJ • South NJ • Santa Fe/Abq., NM • Las Vegas, NV • Albany, NY • Buffalo, NY • Central NY • Long Island, NY • Lower Hudson Valley West, NY • Manhattan, NY* • Queens, NY • Rochester, NY • Westchester/ Putnam Co’s., NY • Central OH • Cincinnati, OH* • Toledo, OH • Oklahoma City, OK • Portland, OR* • Bucks/Montgomery Counties, PA • Harrisburg/York, PA • Lancaster, PA • Lehigh Valley, PA • Pocono, PA/ Warren Co., NJ • Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre, PA • Rhode Island • Charleston, SC* • Columbia, SC • Grand Strand, SC* • Greenville, SC • Chattanooga, TN • Knoxville, TN* • Memphis, TN • Austin, TX • Dallas Metroplex, TX • Dallas/FW Metro N • Houston, TX • San Antonio, TX* • SE Texas • Richmond, VA • VA’s Blue Ridge • Seattle, WA • Madison, WI • Milwaukee, WI • Puerto Rico

* Existing magazines for sale

For more information, visit our website or call 239-530-1377


Natural Awakenings recently won the prestigious FBR50 Franchise Satisfaction Award from Franchise Business 55 Review. To learn more, visit awakenings October 2015

2015 10 rina  

Together We Can Make A Difference

2015 10 rina  

Together We Can Make A Difference