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finally got back out for a walk today, it has been too long and I must stop allowing other things to keep me from this. There was so much to be grateful for it took my breath away. From the beautiful fall day to my thanks to myself for taking the time to enjoy it to my feet for carrying me on the journey, it was so easy to be grateful in that environment. While there is more and more research proving gratitude, being thankful, and being positive all make us happier and healthier, there are times it is easier than others to remember. Of course, this is when practice and habit can be so helpful.

According to Mary Lynn Ziemer in her article Grateful for Everything on page 45, the secret to happiness is in the simple act of giving thanks. I was fortunate enough to hear her speak at our publisher’s conference this past May. One of her primary messages drives home the value of living a life full of gratitude and joy and how it results in a more positive overall life experience. It wasn’t an entirely new concept for me. What I found different was her suggestion that we include thanks for everything we encounter each day, from the stove we cook on to the pen we write with to the air we breathe. She encouraged us to start gratitude journals, look for thanks and be grateful all day long.

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newsbriefs The Hope Artiste Holiday Marketplace Returns


ith a selection of gifts and art from local artists, the Hope Artiste Holiday Marketplace returns to the Wintertime Farmer’s Market for holiday shopping needs. From November 7 to December 21, a selection of local artists, authors and nonprofits will be available at The Empowerment Factory at Alhers Design. Each week will feature six talented vendors, each with a display of holiday gifts. Check website for family-friendly, fun craft projects from 2 to 3 p.m. The Empowerment Factory hosts a variety of workshops, classes and discussions centered on providing individuals with the critical networking, social media and business skills, as well as a variety of practices that will allow them to become more empowered individuals. The space is available for rent by the hour, day or weekly. Ideal for private events, workshops, book clubs and training seminars, this boutique learning center can accommodate groups up to 30 people. Location: Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St, #707, Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-365-1010 or visit See ad on back cover.

Zenabelle in Downtown Bristol Opens a New Juice Bar


enabelle, a trusted source for natural, organic and non-toxic health and beauty products, in downtown Bristol, has been busy expanding its establishment to include a new juice bar. The menu features a selection of fresh, organic, cold-pressed juices, and satisfying smoothies made to order. Additionally raw, organic nutrition bars are offered, and soon raw, nutrient-dense snacks will also be available. Deborah Ventrice, owner and founder of Zenabelle, was insistent that the juice bar be opened the right way. “We would not settle for using centrifugal juicers or non-organic produce,” she says. “We invested in the best equipment, and we only source the finest organic fruits and vegetables.” Ventrice explains that cold pressing is very different than using centrifugal juicers. She says, “The method of cold pressing retains the precious enzymes of the produce, and using only organic ingredients, although very costly, ensures that the end result delivers the very best nutrition and taste.” The Zenabelle mission has always been to provide safe, gentle, and holistic products including makeup, skincare, hair care, oral care, bath products, aromatherapy, supplements, herbs and safe home care products for women, men, teens and children in both their storefront apothecary and the online retail shop. Clients can now shop for their favorite products while a talented “Zenista” (a Zenabelle juicing barista) carefully concocts a juice or smoothie of their choice. Zenabelle is a small, local, women-owned business dedicated to promoting minority-owned, fair trade business, and carries more than 60 brands from vendors that supply holistic products, some of which include SUKI Skincare, Intelligent Nutrients, Naturopathica, Vapour Beauty, Yarok, and Dr. Bronner’s, among others. Zenabelle also offers an array of holistic facials targeted at anti-aging and sensitive skin, natural waxing, and is home to a gifted practitioner that offers both therapeutic massage and reflexology. Location: 573 Hope St., Briston. For store hours and additional information, call 401-396-9603 or visit See ad on page 29.


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utting edge treatments, such as Ashiatsu barefoot massage, cupping and floral meridian therapy, have arrived in the Hope Artiste Village, in Pawtucket, at the newly opened Urban Bliss Holistic Boutique. “Over the last 15 years as a massage therapist living and working on the west coast, southern states and now New England, I’ve learned how important it is to integrate the best therapies from both Eastern and Western healing traditions to make a lasting impact on the health of individuals,” says Co-founder Jenna Fontaine. “Our list of offerings aims to fill the gap between the world of spa and more clinical health care.” Acupuncture will be offered beginning in 2016, and the boutique also serves as the backdrop for Urban Bliss Botanicals, high-quality handcrafted botanical products which nourish the skin and are kind to the planet. Location: 1005 Main St., Ste. 1214, Pawtucket. For more details, including the Grand Opening Special, call 401-585-8700 or visit

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amp Aldersgate, in North Scituate, has been a home away from home for children and teens for 70 years, and will highlight this anniversary with a special homecoming weekend starting Friday, November 6 with a special Lifetime worship and campfire. On Saturday, the day starts with a pancake breakfast that will be open to the public, followed by a day of canoeing, hiking and camp activities. The evening will be one to remember with a special dinner and 1940s themed dance in the majestic Great Hall. The weekend will wrap up Sunday morning with a special worship and brunch. Guests are free to come and stay for the weekend, or simply join in for a day. Many prominent members of the community have vivid memories of summers filled with canoeing, hiking and camp activities on the 280-acre site that includes a private lake, hiking trails and plenty of peace and solitude. The homecoming weekend is a way to celebrate the past, as well as remind people that Aldersgate is open year round for retreats, conferences, spiritual retreats, workshops, weddings and other events. It offers full retreat accommodations, complete with catering services, high tech capabilities and other programming options. Registration is required for overnight stay and for the dinner and dance. For more information, call 401-568-4350 or visit

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shley Rodzen, a healer, intuitive, animal communicator and medium who has been practicing healing on clients for four years, is now attuning people to Reiki. When she attunes and teaches people Reiki she not only teaches how to heal humans but also animals as well. While attuning a client to Reiki, Rodzen teaches the history of Reiki, where the chakras are located in both people’s and pet’s bodies, and the original hand positions. Rodzen has used Reiki to heal physical, mental and emotional pain in people and pets. She has also healed energy blockages, along with grief and anxiety in pet owners that have lost their beloved pets.

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newsbriefs 17th Annual Meadowbrook Waldorf School Holiday Faire


eadowbrook Waldorf School continues a much loved South County tradition with its annual Holiday Faire on the weekend before Thanksgiving. Families are warmly welcomed into a winter wonderland filled with activities and good cheer. The doors are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 21. The magical Crystal Cave returns with grottoes filled with gnomes and twinkling lights. In a quiet room, marionettes perform traditional fairy tales. The school’s beautifully painted classrooms are equipped with tables of craft materials and volunteers are on hand to help with project ideas. Musicians stroll the halls and pony rides are offered on the forested campus. Meadowbrook’s Holiday Faire began as a fundraising market place, offering a wide range of high quality children’s items and unique gifts for all ages. It has since grown into a day long celebration of childhood. Waldorf Education is known for its developmental approach that allows the innate abilities of the child to unfold naturally through play and exploration. The rigorous academic curriculum is designed to engage the child and stimulate imagination through thoughtful engagement in the natural world. Parent participation is also a hallmark of Waldorf Education and the Faire is a creative, community collaboration. As the festive season begins, Holiday Faire gives families from throughout the region an opportunity to experience the spirit of community in a meaningful seasonal celebration. Cost: Free. Location: 300 Kingstown Rd., Richmond. For more information, call 401-491-9570 or visit See ad on page 11.

New Location for Providence Community Acupuncture


rovidence Community Acupuncture (PCA) has moved to a new, happy home on the west side in Providence at 1055 Westminster Street. With the same phone number, days and hours of operations and staff, this new location has ample parking and plenty of treatment space. Since 2006, PCA has given more than 100,000 acupuncture treatments, helping families, friends and neighbors work toward the common goal of better health, less pain and relief from stress. As part of the Peoples Organization of Community Acupuncture they exist to create social change in health care. Offering sliding scale acupuncture, treatments range from $15 to $35 per visit, making acupuncture more affordable and accessible for everyone.

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he Quononoquott Garden Club of Jamestown is presenting a Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes from 4 to 7 p.m., December 13. Four beautifully candlelight decorated homes in Jamestown will be on public display. The Quononoquott Garden Club is a nonprofit club focusing on civic beautification in Jamestown. Members plant and maintain gardens around town at such locations as Town Hall, Fire Museum, the Four Corners Cemetery, the entrance to the Community Center, Veteran’s Memorial Square at East Ferry Wharf and under the two Welcome to Jamestown signs. Proceeds from this holiday tour of homes will enhance future garden club projects. Cost: $20. Advance tickets can be purchased at The Secret Garden, 12 Southwest Ave., and Baker’s Pharmacy, 53 Narragansett Ave. Day of event tickets can be purchased at 21 Bayview Dr., Jamestown. For more information, call 401-489-5997 or email

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Having Gratitude Yields More Happiness than Having Things


wo studies from Baylor University have confirmed that materialism can lead to feeling less satisfied with life, while a sense of gratitude reverses some of the negative effects of the pursuit of things. The research, led by Professor James Roberts, Ph.D., included questionnaires sent to 246 marketing students from another university, focusing on happiness and satisfaction with a 15-minute survey that included a 15-point materialism scale. The study found that individuals that focused on achieving material goals were less satisfied with their lives, less happy and had lower self-esteem. Meanwhile, the study found that grateful students found more meaning in their lives and felt a greater sense of satisfaction. “Individuals high in gratitude showed less of a relationship between materialism and its negative affect. Additionally, individuals high in materialism showed decreased life satisfaction when either gratitude or positive affect was low,” note the researchers.

Animal Friends Soothe Autistic Children


ccording to the Centers for Disease Control, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) now affects about 1 in every 68 children in the U.S., up from 1 in 150 in 2000. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls. Contact with animals may help ameliorate this troubling trend. A recent study of 114 children between 5 and 12 years old has found that autistic children having greater contact with animals have less anxiety related to social situations. The research was led by Marguerite O’Haire, Ph.D., from the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. Colleagues from the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia, also participated in the study. The researchers divided the 114 children into 38 groups of three. Each group had one ASD child and two children without ASD. Skin conductance, which provides an objective way for researchers to gauge social anxiety, was measured among the children as they read silently and aloud. As expected, skin conductance was significantly higher among the ASD children as they read aloud in front of their peers. In successive sessions, when researchers introduced pet guinea pigs for the children to pet prior to their readings, the ASD children’s skin conductance levels dropped significantly. “Previous studies suggest that in the presence of companion animals, children with autism spectrum disorders function better socially,” says James Griffin, Ph.D., of the Child Development and Behavior Branch of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. “This study provides physiological evidence that the proximity of animals eases the stress that children with autism may experience in social situations.”


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eople that regularly spend time outside are happier, healthier and smarter than those that do not. Research shows that unstructured play and interaction with the natural world are important for healthy development in children as well as the physical, mental and emotional health of both children and adults. Hiking is a simple way for a family to have fun together while enhancing their health and well-being. Whether an experienced hiker or totally new to the trails, The Rhode Island Family Hiking Guide and Journal has everything needed to help families prepare for and enjoy exploring the great outdoors with children of all ages and abilities. Wakefield resident Jeanine Silversmith wrote the guide after spending years researching kid-friendly hikes throughout Rhode Island. “When I first became a parent, finding the time and motivation to hit the trails with my children was very difficult,” Silversmith said. “But I have always recognized how much better my children behaved, ate and slept if we ran around, climbed some trees and splashed in puddles. So I started to seek out kid-friendly hikes throughout Rhode Island. There are so many beautiful, natural places in our state just right for families to explore.” Inspired by the bestselling book, Last Child in the Woods, in which author Richard Louv connects the lack of nature in our children’s lives to obesity, attention disorders, depression and more, Silversmith created RI Families in Nature in 2009. After years of leading families on hikes and other outdoor activities, she decided to share her experiences and expertise in a unique and practical hiking book. It includes guidelines for a successful hike, descriptions and maps for 42 hikes and journal pages. For more information and to purchase the guide, visit

Cloves Inhibit Cancer Growth


esearch from China has determined that cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) inhibit the growth of several cancers. Researchers tested an extract of whole cloves against several types of human cancer cells, including those of ovarian, cervical, liver, colon, breast and pancreatic cancers. Published in the journal Oncology Research, the test used an incubation system that simulated the ability of these cancer cells to grow within the body. The researchers found that the clove extract stopped such development. The active constituents they identified within the clove extracts include oleanolic acid and eugenol. “Clove extract may represent a novel therapeutic herb for cancer treatment, and oleanolic acid is one of the components responsible for part of its antitumor activity,” the researchers commented. Cloves, one of the oldest medicinal spices, have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for many centuries.



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Formaldehyde Found in GMO Soybeans


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esearchers from the International Center for Integrative Systems, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have determined that genetically modified (GM/GMO) soybean plants accumulate the carcinogen formaldehyde. The researchers utilized a scientific method called CytoSolve to analyze 6,497 diverse laboratory studies conducted by 184 scientific institutions in 23 countries worldwide. The study data showed that GMO soybeans significantly accumulate formaldehyde, a class-one carcinogen. The research also found that genetic modification forces a depletion of glutathione among the plants, which weakens their immune system. This contrasts with the proposals put forth by the GM industry that GMO soybean plants are stronger, allowing them to endure environmental hardships better than non-GMO soybean plants. The research was led by V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, Ph.D., a biologist trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and published in the peer-reviewed journal Agricultural Sciences. “The results demand immediate testing, along with rigorous scientific standards to assure such testing is objective and replicable. It’s unbelievable such standards for testing don’t already exist. The safety of our food supply demands that science delivers such modern scientific standards for approval of GMOs,” states Ayyadurai. Former Environmental Protection Agency Senior Scientist Ray Seidler, Ph.D., comments about the study, “The discovery reported by Ayyadurai reveals a new molecular paradigm associated with genetic engineering that will require research to discover why the extent of formaldehyde and glutathione concentrations are altered, and what other chemicals relevant to human and animal health are affected. We need the kinds of standards Ayyadurai demands to conduct such research.”

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study from the UK’s University of Nottingham published in the journal Physical Biology has found that overtrimming nails can lead to structural changes to the shape of the nail that increase the risk of ingrown nails and other nail conditions. The risk was more prevalent in larger nails, such as large toenails and thumbnails. The researchers furthered a hypothesis called the theory of nail plate adhesion that links the nail’s healthy growth to the side-to-side curvatures of the nail plate. The researchers identified that when this nail plate adhesion becomes weakened through trimming, it can result in one of three potential nail conditions: spoon-shaped or pincershaped nails, or ingrown nails. The paper noted deficiencies among many nail salons regarding these potential conditions. While they may be reversed over time with careful maintenance, prevention is the best medicine, according to the researchers.

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Agricultural Drones May Boost Sustainability Beginning November 15, farmers will be able to implement flying drones to perform important tasks in their fields. That’s when changes in Federal Aviation Administration regulations will loosen many of the current restrictions on this new technology. Advocates believe the devices can improve precision agriculture management that uses GPS and data collection to boost crop yields and profits while aiding water conservation. For the first time, the drones will be operated legally during an entire growing season, allowing companies to test their business models and technologies together. This boost in crop intelligence should make farms more efficient and help smaller operations compete with well-funded big agribusiness conglomerates whose fields are typically rife with genetically modified (GMO) crops. “This is the first year we’ll actually be able to see, by the time the growing season is over, the impact on the farmer and the impact of the quality of the grapes,” says David Baeza, whose precision agriculture startup Vine Rangers uses drones and ground robots to gather data on vineyard crops. “The biggest thing to watch is what’s going to happen to giants like Monsanto. How you define this market is changing, and the incumbents are in for a battle.” Source: Fortune magazine

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Shared Laughter Creates Happier Workers Researchers Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock and Joseph A. Allen have written in the Journal of Applied Psychology about their research into the effect of group humor on workers by studying the behavioral patterns of 54 real-world teams from two businesses. Humor and laughter were examined and each interaction was coded, based on recordings made at meetings. Performance ratings were collected immediately afterward and also several years later. Results showed that levity can reduce body pain and stress and help with relaxation. Cognitively, it bolsters creativity, memory and problem-solving ability. Humor reduces anxiety, elevates mood and increases self-esteem, hope, optimism and energy. In terms of society, it attracts connections, promotes bonding and altruism and leads to happier partnerships. The researchers also found, “At the team level, humor patterns [but not humor or laughter alone] positively related to team performance, both immediately and two years later.” The positive aftereffects of humor on team performance include question-asking, proposals of innovative ideas, new people speaking up and kudos given for jobs well done or problems solved.

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Countries are gradually banning the use of Monsanto Roundup herbicide around the world as a danger to the environment and human health, and Bermuda is one of the latest to join the ranks. These moves come soon after a recently published metastudy conducted by the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer published in The Lancet Oncology determined that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is probably carcinogenic to humans. Colombia stopped using Roundup to kill illegal coca plants. France banned the sale to homeowners, and Germany is poised to do the same. A group of 30,000 Argentine physicians are calling for a ban there, where it’s blamed for boosting birth defects and cancer. Others, including the Brazilian federal prosecutor, are demanding that Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, be pulled off the shelves. In the U.S., the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) is assisting efforts in cities, counties and school systems to enact immediate bans of glyphosate-based sprays. IRT is also calling for schools to measure the amount of glyphosate residues in school meals and to take steps to eliminate them if found. Source: EcoWatch



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Parents can successfully form deeper connections with their kids by recognizing, respecting and acknowledging their emotional range, rather than telling kids they should feel a certain way. Telling someone how they should or shouldn’t feel only teaches them to distrust themselves and that there’s something wrong with them. As a communication aid, Inside Out may speak best to older children, because younger viewers may get the erroneous impression that emotions can control them, rather than that they can control their own emotional reactions. The recipe for healthy bonding and emotional development is for all parties to model how they value the importance of each other’s feelings and respectfully listen for the feelings behind the words. In opening ourselves to being understood, we open ourselves to understanding others. Good parenting involves emotion. Good relationships involve emotion. The bottom line is that emotions matter. We all struggle with negative emotions from time to time, and the way we address and deal with them influences our emotional health. The goal is to develop a trustworthy emotional connection with the other person that is

Emotional intelligence, sometimes referred to as EQ, is often overlooked as a skill set in today’s world. The recent animated film Inside Out calls attention to effective ways of addressing a child’s journey by embracing and better understanding their emotions; particularly those that don’t feel positive. A recent study by the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance found that a child’s emotional health is far more important in determining future happiness than factors such as academic success or wealth. Parents can help ensure a healthy emotional upbringing by avoiding making three mistakes. Disapproval of a child’s emotions: This involves being critical of a child’s displays of negative emotion and reprimanding or punishing the child for expressing them. Dismissing a child’s emotions: This comes across as regarding a child’s emotions as unimportant, either through ignoring their emotions, or worse, trivializing them. Offering little relevant guidance: While parents may empathize, they

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important to us, which enhances intimacy and the effectiveness of the relationship in accomplishing good. Using this six-part process of helpful concrete steps applies equally to the children and adults in our lives. n Become aware of the other person’s emotions. n Care about the other person by seeing their emotions as valid and important. n Listen empathetically to better understand the way they feel, allowing them to feel safe to be vulnerable without fear of judgment. Seek to understand, rather than to agree or redirect. n Acknowledge and validate their feelings. We don’t need to validate that the thoughts they have about their emotions are correct; instead, simply let them know that it’s valid to feel the way that they do. For example, if a friend says, “I feel useless,” we could validate them by saying, “I can see how you might feel that way.” n Allow the person to experience their emotions fully before moving toward any kind of improvement. We cannot impose our idea of when they should be ready or able to feel differently. This is when we practice unconditional presence and unconditional love. We are there as support, without trying to fix them or anything else. Don’t be offended if they don’t accept support that’s offered at this time. A benevolent power is inherent in offering love that exists regardless of what someone does or does not do with it. n Help the other person to strategize ways to manage the reactions they might be having to their emotions after—and only after—their feelings have been validated, acknowledged and fully felt. This is when we can assert new ways of looking at a situation that may improve the way another person is feeling. This is when advice may be offered. When done successfully, this process can transform a conflict encountered in a relationship into solid gold.

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t age 25, Paula of the Seattle-based PauThe skin, your Begoun, author Choice Skincare, she protective organ, la’s of The Original continues to help women Beauty Bible and other understand when product is meant to be bestselling books on are misleading or “worn” for life. It is claims skincare, makeup and factual. hair care, read her first not a luxury, but a label on a skincare prodBe Aware necessity to take Buyer uct she was using. AlOne of Begoun’s core though she’d tried many the best possible conclusions is that the different products to conterms organic and all care of it. trol her acne and eczema natural are largely resince age 11, she hadn’t ~Charlene Handel sponsible for fueling the thought about the conmisconception that all tents, which was partially synthetic ingredients in why she was distraught to discover that cosmetics are automatically bad and acetone (nail polish remover) was the that all organic or natural ingredients are fourth ingredient listed. automatically good. She further notes That moment became the inspirathat many products labeled organic and tion for Begoun’s lifetime devotion to natural include synthetic chemicals, skincare research and education and meaning that the term organic doesn’t customer advocacy. Today, as founder apply to the entire formula. Fragrances





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e all want to look and feel beautiful, often enhancing our best features with assistance from cosmetics. Yet many of us may not be aware of the toxic ingredients contained in products we’re using. “When the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act was passed 77 years ago, it contained 112 pages of standards for food and drugs, and only one page for cosmetics,” says Connie Engel, Ph.D., science and education manager at the Breast Cancer Fund and its Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, in San Francisco. While most cosmetic ingredients must be listed on product labels, sometimes their names are hard to recognize, many are toxic and some of the most dangerous ones may not even be listed. Labeled toxins commonly found in cosmetics include endocrine disruptors that can affect our developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune systems. Here are just a few: Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), also known as Teflon, is found in foundation, pressed powder, loose powder, bronzer, blush, eye shadow and mascara. It can even enhance the toxicity of other chemicals, according to Danish research published in the International Journal of Andrology, and due to its fluorine base, can disrupt iodine absorption, contributing to breast disease including cancer. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and its cousin, hydroxytoluene (BHT),


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are common preservatives found in lip products, liquid makeup and moisturizers that the European Commission on Endocrine Disruption cites as interfering with hormone function. They’ve also been shown to cause kidney damage, according to research from Spain’s Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Formaldehyde in many forms, including quaternium-15, coal tar, benzene and mineral oils that are prohibited in the European Union and Japan, are classified as carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. These examples represent the tip of the iceberg of toxic chemicals of concern commonly used in cosmetics. They further range from allergens and substances that cause non-cancerous and cancerous tumors and organ toxicity to developmental and reproductive impairment, miscarriage and bioaccumulation leading to toxic overload when not excreted. Fragrances don’t have to be included in label ingredient lists, constituting another major concern, explains Engel. “Most cosmetics, even eye shadow, contain fragrance, and those fragrances can contain several dozen unlabeled ingredients, including hormone-disrupting phthalates.” The European Union is the authoritative source on all of these issues. Based on its CosIng (cosmetic ingredients) database accessed via ec.europa.

Safe and Healthy Alternatives Fortunately, safe alternatives are available to enhance our natural beauty. “Become an educated consumer and read the list of ingredients,” advises Janice Cox, the Medford, Oregon, author of Natural Beauty at Home. “Fewer ingredients and organic components mean safer products.” Better yet, we can make our own more natural beauty aids. “One advantage of making your own is that you’re in control. You know yourself and your skin and sensitivities,” says Cox. DIY products are easy if intense color isn’t a requirement. “The color many people want is hard to produce with kitchen ingredients,” Cox explains. “You can make clear mascara and eyebrow tamer with castor oil. It’s easy to make lip balms and maybe get a little color by adding berry juice or beet root powder.” For those that want the look of high-quality makeup without toxins, other good alternatives come into play, says Hollywood makeup artist Lina Hanson, author of Eco-Beautiful. “I had been working in the industry for several years before I discovered the toxic ingredients in makeup; I was shocked,” she says. Equally unsettling, “I also learned that many of the ingredients allowed in the U.S. are banned in the European Union because of their toxicity.” That knowledge launched Hanson’s quest to create safe, organic, beauty-enhancing products for women, celebrities and everyday people alike. “So many people these days pay close attention to what they put in their bodies, but not everyone is as careful about what they put on their bodies,” she says. “I want people to understand that you don’t have to sacrifice beauty in going green.” Hanson warns against so-called “natural” cosmetics that abuse the term and may include harmful preservatives and synthetic ingredients. She assures, “Any product labeled ‘USDA certified organic’ contains 100 percent organic ingredients.” Her book mentions numerous brands she recommends.

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It simply makes no sense that a merciful creator would invest the essence of our being in an organ (the brain) that is designed to fail before our time on earth is through. Experts in the field know that dementia is largely a non-inherited condition that is reaching epidemic proportions in America, while it is less common in other parts of the world. These facts suggest dementia is largely the result of environmental forces, which is good news since environmental forces can be modified. The brain is designed to last the full span of one’s life, so no one should accept its deterioration as an inevitable consequence of aging. Rather, it is critical to identify the modifiable forces and then take action against them in a meaningful way at a time when it can make the most difference.


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Conventional medicine labels this phase of dementia Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and considers it a “normal” dynamic of aging. That’s simply a gentle way of saying “early dementia” that is less disturbing for the patient to hear. In fact, all forms of Alzheimer’s start with MCI and then progress onto total disability. The conventional approach is to do nothing at this stage but merely monitor symptoms. However, this is precisely the moment when the greatest effort should be put forth since the disease can be most favorably effected if action is taken early. Preserving optimal brain function throughout the span of life is possible with the correct approach.


Adults accumulate toxic heavy metals such as lead, aluminum and mercury in their systems over the span of their lives since the body has no effective means of eliminating them. These heavy metals silently “rust” the brain without any awareness until significant damage has occurred. Simply testing the blood is inadequate. Most heavy metals do not float about freely in the blood but rather are

Free radicals are oxygen cells that are lacking an electron. In their search for their missing electron, they slam into other cells causing damage as they rip electrons from them. The creation of these “reactive oxygen species” (RAS) is a normal occurrence of daily living. Metabolizing food creates free radicals. Other sources of free radical production include stress, illness and sleep deprivation. Fortunately, our bodies are armed with natural antioxidants to neutralize the effect of free radicals. However, aging weakens these natural defenses. Free radicals are especially toxic to brain cells where they can accelerate cell death. Supporting the brain with antioxidants can protect it from the assault of free radicals.


The brain accounts for 20 percent or more of total blood circulation. The health of brain cells is highly dependent on a vigorous, well-oxygenated blood supply. Anything that can harm circulation can ultimately impair memory and lead to dementia. In fact, the second most common form of dementia to Alzheimer’s is known as “Vascular Dementia” since it is caused by poor blood flow. Although strokes can certainly cause devastating brain damage, most of vascular dementia occurs through silent loss of capillary health. These are the microscopic arteries that deliver nutrients to individual brain cells. They can die off without notice since they are so small that the loss of any single capillary is unnoticed. However, over time brain cell death can accumulate to the point of impos-

ing impaired memory. Assessing vascular risk goes far beyond traditional lipid measurements and blood pressure evaluation. Evaluating other blood results for advanced markers of vascular risk, and performing advanced imaging are some of the options available to change the risk of vascular dementia as well as heart disease. A pioneering “LIVE O2” treatment feeds brain cells increased oxygen doses resulting in an opening and clearing of capillaries thus washing the brain cells of toxins and infusing them with energy enhancing oxygen.


Many prescription drugs can either increase the risk of dementia or accelerate the rate of dementia. Anticholinergic drugs, those commonly used to prevent spastic bladder, treat allergies, or manage depression, are believed to be contributors to dementia. Anti-anxiety drugs such as Alprazolam have also been suspected of increasing dementia, especially when given to the elderly. Although still unproven, there has been suspicion raised regarding the use of statin drugs (such as Atorvastatin) to treat cholesterol. In some cases, aggressive lowering of cholesterol can impair production of necessary neurotransmitters and sex hormones. For certain conditions, there are often other non-drug interventions that can alleviate symptoms and reduce risk without the hazard of using drug therapy.


On many occasions, a surgical procedure is followed by a quantum deterioration in brain function. The cause of this correlation remains unclear, but it may have something to do with the anesthesia used, or the free radical cascade that occurs as a result of the surgical stress, or the micro vascular compromise in the form of small clots to the brain, or other causes. It is advised to avoid any elective surgical procedures, especially for people over 60. In many cases there are functional medical alternatives to such surgical procedures as back surgery, joint replacement and cardiac bypass.


The inevitable decline in sex hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and DHEA, among others, aggressively accelerates all aspects of aging. This includes increasing the risk of dementia. There appears to be a window of opportunity during which hormone replacement is most valuable. For women, this window of opportunity happens toward the latter part of their reproductive life, typically in their 40s and extends until approximately six years after their last menstrual period. There is growing evidence that bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help to preserve brain fitness. Without an adequate supply of sex hormones, the brain simply slows down and does not function as well. This can lead to symptoms such as “brain fog”, decreased memory, decreased speed of thought, and reduced confidence. It also can increase the probability of developing dementia later in life. Men also can enjoy enhanced quality of life, improved physical and mental vitality by implementing properly balanced hormone replacement therapy.


While two ounces a day has been shown to be beneficial to life extension and appears to have no adverse neurologic impact, excessive consumption, considered to be greater than two ounces daily for women or three ounces daily for men, or periodic binge drinking, causes brain damage. Preserving memory is not a passive activity. Early intervention to identify and reverse dementia risk factors can save one’s brain. There is no such thing as being too old to get started. Take action today for a healthier brain tomorrow. Dr. Stephen Petteruti is trained in Osteopathic Medicine and is board certified in Bariatric Medicine, Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, and Family Medicine. He runs the Petteruti Center located at 250 Centerville Rd., Building E, Warwick. To request an appointment, call 401-921-5934 or visit See ad on page 17.

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Choose Lasting Wealth

“Imagine an economy in which life is valued more than money and power resides with ordinary people that care about one another, their community and their natural environment,” says David Korten, Ph.D., the co-founder of Positive Futures Network and author of Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. “When we choose real wealth,” says Korten, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, “we can have exciting hobbies and adventures; work that challenges and stimulates us; and spiritual connection with a universe that’s infinitely larger than a stock portfolio. Instead of more stuff in our alreadystuffed lives, we can have fewer things, but better things of higher quality—fewer visits to the doctor and more visits to museums and friends’ houses.”

Step One: Taking Inventory of Our Stuff

Suze Orman, owner of the Suze Orman Financial Group, in Emeryville, California, and the bestselling author of The Courage to Be Rich: Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance, ponders whether having stuff is worth it and suggests we take an inventory of what we own. “Think about the value of each object—what it cost you when you bought it, what it’s worth in dollars today, and what it’s worth in an Earthly, material representation of who you are now,” she says. Orman suggests that we go through every closet and cupboard and recycle or throw away items that no longer serve us well, and then reconnect with items we cannot part with, such as family mementos. “Think of these items so precious to you and how little, in fact, they cost you,” she says. In this way we define for ourselves the true meaning of worth, and it’s never about the stuff. Once we have a handle on what we own, it’s time to turn to what we want and how we can get there.

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raditional economics has us thinking in opposites—in terms of assets and liabilities. We consider the value of the material things we’ve accumulated: We add up our assets, which may include stocks, bonds, real estate, bank accounts and retirement savings. Then we subtract what we owe: Our liabilities may include a home mortgage, credit card debt, insurance premiums and student and vehicle loans. The balance is deemed our net worth. Figured this way, our net worth changes every minute and can sometimes shift dramatically. There is a better way to assess our wealth, because we are overlooking, dismissing or squandering valuable resources and benefits such as time, personal health, spiritual well-being, social connections or community in order to buy temporal things that will only depreciate over time. Golden, Colorado, author David Wann explores this theme in his book Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle. He remarks, “The U.S. may be on top when it comes to spending, but we also lead the world in debt per capita, children in poverty, percent of people in prison, obesity and infant mortality.” In fact, the U.S. has recently been ranked 42nd among countries in longevity— right below Guam and just above Albania. “So where is all the spending really getting us?” he asks. “We need to be getting more value out of each dollar, each hour, each spoonful of food, each square foot of house and each gallon of gas. The secret of success at the local, national and global scale is not really a secret; it’s in plain sight, and it’s called moderation.”


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Step Two: Re-Evaluating Life Goals

Just as we would do a personal financial assessment before we make plans to achieve financial goals, a life audit helps us determine our priorities for living happily and productively. Ximena Vengoechea, a design researcher for Twitter, Inc., in San Francisco, recently did this using 100 sticky notes during one dedicated afternoon. She wrote a single wish, one thing she’d like to do, on each note. During this “spring How we spend cleaning for the soul,” as our days is, of she calls it, Vengoechea reaffirmed her thirst for course, how we learning and adventure. spend our lives. Taking it a step further, she analyzed how she ~Annie Dillard spent her time and how often she saw the people most important to her, mapping the data as pie

charts. She discovered that most of her time was spent in work-related activities and not enough in adventure or seeing the people she loved. Drawing it up in the visual medium of charts helped her identify her life goals and see the changes she needed to make. Doubtless, we can all find better ways to utilize our assets.

local communities with a research-based model for prosperity. In socially abundant communities and nations, individuals don’t have to earn as much money to be comfortable, because their quality of life is partly provided by the strength of social bonds.

Heeding the Call to Change

Finding and doing what “lights us up” will bring us abundance, claims David Howitt in Heed Your Call. The Arianna Huffington, of New York City, founder of The Portland, Oregon, Meriwether Group entrepreneur who Huffington Post, knows firsthand about having so many consults for consumer companies, maintains that finding demands on our time that days feel rushed, which can our heroic purpose (that heart-centered thing we feel increase our stress and negatively impact our producwe were meant to do) is the first step toward tivity. She says, “On the flip side, the feeling of true wealth. Howitt says the secret is in one Finding and doing small word—and. Instead of choosing either/ having enough time, or even surplus time, is called ‘time affluence’. Although it may be hard what “lights us or, our world expands with “and”. He urges us to believe, it’s actually possible to achieve.” to integrate the intuitive and analytic parts of up” will bring Huffington recommends simple steps like getourselves: “poet and professional, prophet and ting enough sleep and putting time limits on us abundance. profit, soul and success.” work and online activities. It’s not just about philanthropy, but truly Belinda Munoz, a social change activist in ~David Howitt making your community and your world a San Francisco who blogs at, better place through your work, he observes. observes, “Time is neutral. We either use it wisely or waste “You’re doing good in the world, and when you live that way, it, so the onus is on us to make it an asset.” Munoz can both money follows you.” let go of stress and be more productive when she blocks out day parts. “When I focus, I shut out interruptions, stop feeling Judith Fertig blogs about living well at AlfrescoFoodAnd rushed and get my work done with ease,” she says. from Overland Park, KS.

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One high-impact way to support personal health is to value food more, maintains Wann. “We need to spend more of our household budget for food, not less,” he says. “By rearranging both our household and national expenditures, we should give a higher priority to fresh, healthy food and a lower priority to electronic gadgets, shopping, cars, lawns and even vacations. Our overall expenses don’t have to go up, they just need to be realigned with our changing values. By choosing higher quality food and supporting better ways of growing it, we also begin to reshape the American culture,” he says.

Our Community

The community, rather than the stock market, is the better source of real wealth—both personal and global—maintains Korten. “Your community economy is part of the glue that binds people together. It’s the key to physical and mental health and happiness.” Giving less control over our financial well-being to Wall Street and more to Main Street will help us think in terms of livelihoods, instead of mere jobs. For Korten, this equates to not only how we make money to live, but also how we live—valuing our homes, communities and natural environment. Priceless social capital comes from investing our time and money in local communities. Korten observes how, when freely and wisely spent, these efforts can lower crime rates, make schools more productive and help economies function better. Korten cites Oakland, California’s Well-Being in Business Lab, which works with the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, to provide

Conducting a Life Audit by Ximena Vengoechea


ere’s one approach to doing a life audit in order to both discern more keenly what’s important and figure out how to allocate resources better to make those things happen. Step 1: Take a few hours and 100 sticky notes. Write a wish—something you’d like to do or have happen in your life—on each one. Arrange them on a flat surface. Step 2: See what patterns evolve. Rearrange the notes by themes or categories, such as family, physical health, adventure, profession, giving back and skills. Those that contain the most notes indicate the realm of your most powerful wishes. Step 3: Evaluate your time. Take stock of a typical day, week and month to analyze how you are spending it. Step 4: Prioritize. Some wishes need to be fulfilled every day or soon, while long-term wishes aim for “someday”. Step 5: Make a plan. Just as with a smart financial strategy, which typically involves investing money over time, you can now allocate your time to make your wish list happen. For more details, visit natural awakenings

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Sharing Our Bounty Food Drives Need Healthy Donations by Avery Mack


Please be generous or casseroles, on a hat’s on the table can help sandwich and in whole at the holidays lower risks wheat pasta, brown and year-round. of stroke, heart attack, rice or low-fat stir fries. cancer and diabetes, according to the Avoid the bisphenol-A (BPA) associAmerican Heart Association. Not all ated with cans and plastic containers. families are able to afford the healthiest Instead choose BPA-free pouch packagfoods, but fatty, high-sugar options can ing and cans with BPA-free liners (see be avoided. The most-needed donations are nonperishable and high in protein, Soup and Stew: Containing meat but low in sodium, sugar and fats. and veggies, soups and stews provide Give the best, most affordable filling, hearty comfort foods. products, according to these tips and Vegetables: Yams and whole-berry the food drive’s guidelines. Organic and cranberry sauce turn dinner into a non-GMO (genetically modified) foods holiday feast. Add color to the plate are welcome. Note that not all pantries with mixed veggies. Lentils, pinto, can store fresh produce, glass containblack and kidney beans in stew, chili or ers or personal hygiene items. salad provide fiber, calcium, zinc and “Pantries rely on informed commu- iron. Spices add zing. Tomatoes, sauce nity support,” explains Jim Byrnes, diand salsa add flavor; choose glass jar rector of Pennsylvania’s Nazareth Area products only in order to be BPA-free, Food Bank. “Area churches, schools due to the acidic effect on cans. and businesses keep us supplied. We’ll Pasta, Rice and Grain: In Kansas help 300 families this year, compared City, Missouri, Katie Thomas, owner to 100 in 2006, balancing nutrition of Crazy Daisy Cleaning, regularly with practical needs.” organizes food drives. She says, “Pasta California’s San Diego Food Bank and sauce make a variety of dishes and feeds better choices to 370,000 people extend the number of meals.” Whole each month, including military families, grain pasta, brown or wild rice, quinoa seniors and children. Such community and couscous are better choices than efforts change lives. white pasta. Bulgur provides nearly 75 Meat: Tinned tuna, chicken and percent of a day’s fiber requirement salmon store easily for use in salads when added to soup or salad.


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Search for a generic food item at to see how brand-name products rank in nutritional value. Cereal: Steel-cut or rolled oats, farina (Cream of Wheat) and grits are low-calorie and nutritious options for a warm start to the day. All can be found as organic; farina in whole wheat or white wheat that is certified kosher. Cold cereals should list whole grains as the first ingredient and be high in fiber and low in sugar, like organic Oat O’s. Snacks: Unsalted nuts, full of fiber, protein and vitamins, are highly prized at food pantries. Packed in juice, fruit cups make a healthy treat. Dried fruit and sunflower seeds are another favorite. Low-salt, low-sugar peanut or sunflower butter packs protein. Honey is a healthy sweetener. Collecting Party: “A group of us collected and donated 600 pounds of food for babies, pets and adults to Extended Hands Food Bank,” says Dee Power, in Fountain Hills, Arizona. For babies, include food without added sugar or salt and single-grain cereal. Alternative Giving: Especially popular during the December holidays, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank offers prepacked bags to grocery store patrons, paid for at checkout. Customers can see what’s included and the food bank picks them up. (Tip: Cash donations allow lower cost bulk purchases with no need to transport or sort items.) Non-Food: Make sure the food pantry has storage space before donating wet or dry food for cats and dogs and birdseed; baby wipes, shampoo and soap; and adult soap, deodorant, shaving supplies, toothpaste, shampoo and toilet paper. “A $5,000 grant gave us added storage space,” says Byrnes. The bottom line is what food pantries need is much the same as what’s found in any healthy home pantry—comestibles rich in flavor, vitamins and fiber and free of unhealthy additives. Please be generous year-round, sharing well beyond the holidays. Connect with the freelance writer via

Annual Food Drives Local Boy Scout troops remind us to prepare for their annual food drive. On November 7, be on the lookout for a door hanger reminder; on November 14, they’ll pick up food for delivery to local food banks. The National Association of Letter Carriers’ (U.S. Postal Service) annual nationwide food drive is May 14, 2016. Since 1992, they’ve collected more than 1.3 billion pounds of food. Feeding America’s drive benefits from a matching gift from motivational speaker and author Tony Robbins through December 3, aimed to provide a total of 100 million meals for the 49 million Americans that struggle with hunger. Each $1 given and matched helps secure and distribute 20 meals through its network of food banks. Donate at Tinyurl. com/TonyRobbinsFeedingAmerica.

Feeding Rhode Islanders in Need Food 4 Good Food4Good is a nonprofit mobile soup kitchen and a social conscience food truck. Proceeds go to supporting our mobile soup kitchen. 401-390-1721 Feed 1,000 Rhode Islanders This annual event provides a warm meal, winter coats, toys for children, backpacks filled with toiletries and health services to Rhode Islanders in need. Contact: Rich Santilli, 401-616-2050 Hunger Down Supporting hunger relief initiatives throughout Rhode Island with ongoing collections of food and money at music, entertainment and other venues to reduce hunger and increase food security throughout Rhode Island. David Goldstein

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OF ABUNDANCE by Wendy Fachon


seed is an energy-dense source of food packed with nutrition. For example, a ¼ cup serving of sunflower seeds has about 200 calories of energy, seven grams of protein and, according to Self Nutrition Data, significant amounts of essential minerals such as phosphorus, cancer fighting selenium, manganese and copper. Perhaps more notably, sunflower seeds are the best whole food source for Vitamin E. As a free, renewable resource, seeds hold the potential to grow abundance. Given that a single sunflower seed can grow another sunflower that will produce 800 more seeds, over time one seed alone has the exponential power to create tremendous abundance.


For thousands of years, farmers developed seeds and shared them collectively to ensure food security in local economies. Through seed saving and traditional plant breeding, communities developed diverse seeds that were well-adapted to local conditions—soil composition, heat, climate, pests

and other environmental stresses and geographic limitations. Native seeds and seeds that have adapted over time to thrive in a particular area tend to have more resilience in the face of climate change. These crops yield seeds worth saving, and this is what has inspired the creation of local seed banks. Three libraries in Rhode Island recently established seed lending libraries for their communities, and the concept is simple. A library member checks out a package of seeds just like he would check out a book. He grows the plants, collects the seeds and returns a package of the collected seeds to the library at the end of the season. People can inquire about these seed lending programs at William Hall Library, on Broad Street, in Cranston; Washington Park Library, on Broad Street, in Providence; and Greene Public Library in Coventry. Seed saving is an ideal learning activity for teaching life science and agriculture to elementary students. They can begin the school year by gathering seeds from sunflowers or dried bean or pea pods that may have been growing in a school garden. Students can gather seed from lettuce or kale that has bolted and gone to seed. They can scoop out seeds from locally-grown pumpkins and other produce, and then clean and dry the seeds. All of these seeds can be saved in marked envelopes and cataloged in the school library for ready access in the spring. Later in the year, students can apply math skills to analyze yields and market values for different types of produce.


The making of seed mandalas is another fun learning activity. The word mandala is from the Sanskrit language; loosely translated it means “circle.” More than a simple shape, the mandala represents wholeness, the organizational structure of life itself; the celestial circles of earth, sun and moon, and the cycle of the seasons, as well as circles of friends, family and community. A mandala is a geometric design that embodies both material and spiritual realities. Making a seed mandala can be a quiet, meditative practice or a fun group activity. One begins by making flat disks of bread dough. The circular base of dough is then decorated with a variety of seeds—sunflower, pumpkin, quinoa, buckwheat, flax, chia, millet, or sesame—arranged in geometric patterns radiating out from the center. A non-edible play dough made of ½ cup flour, ¼ cup salt, ¼ cup water, and 1 teaspoon olive can be used to make seed mandalas that can be dried, varnished and given as symbolic holiday ornaments.

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magine having a ballerina’s physique, grace, strength and flexibility. That’s the potential of barre. “Barre is a combination of ballet, yoga and Pilates principles. We use small, isometric movements to temporarily fatigue muscles and make them long and lean. The so-called fatigue is what causes muscles to shake, and therefore, change,” explains Nadia Yokarini-Kotsonis, a certified barre instructor at Physique Fitness Studio, in Grove City, Ohio. Students use a ballet barre to support themselves while doing the exercises. Yokarini-Kotsonis is among many former dancers that have embraced barre fitness. Trained in ballet, tap, contemporary and traditional dance in Athens, Greece, she discovered barre when she moved to the U.S. “I fell in love with how challenging it was and the effects and changes I saw in my body. I got certified a year later and have been teaching ever since. I’m still in love with practicing it, no matter how tired I

might be beforehand,” she says. Rather than a cardiovascular regimen, “Barre is good for developing core strength. You gain overall flexibility, muscle strength, improved posture and range of motion,” says Lisa Juliet, West Coast regional director of the teacher certification program (Barre

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While barre has had some U.S. presence since the 1950s, “It’s having a resurgence now,” says Charlene Causey, a certified natural health professional and ballet body barre instructor in Pueblo, Colorado. Newfound interest began on both coasts and is quickly becoming a Midwest mainstay, according to YokariniKotsonis, who says it’s one of the most popular classes she teaches, and other studios are following suit. She remarks, “Everyone wants to offer barre, and everyone wants to come to a class and


see what it’s about.” “Seniors love it because barre helps improve their balance. It’s also perfect for people working to overcome injuries,” says Juliet. She notes that while women are predominant in classes, the tide is turning a bit toward more gender equity. “Men that enter classes as skeptical come out sweating.” One recently earned his barre teaching certificate.

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“What makes this workout brilliant is that the classes are designed to fit the goals and ability levels of all participants. Each set of exercises provides options ranging from the beginner to the more advanced barre enthusiast. Effective, yet safe, low-impact techniques provide ongoing challenges,” says Causey. Those that regularly practice realize many positive effects. “Your body becomes long and lean, similar to a ballet dancer’s. You learn to stand tall and become stronger with each class,” says Yokarini-Kotsonis. However, don’t expect it to be easy. “Even when you do it every day, you’ll still find it extremely challenging,” she adds. Most teachers individualize modifications for beginners. “I tell my students to do what they can. There’s no judgment here,” says Causey.

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ach form of barre has its own twists and challenges for individuals to take on. At Rhode Island Pilates Studio, two different classes are offered: Vbarre and BarSculpt. Vbarre uses an array of equipment to help target bigger muscle groups and has a stronger element of cardio mixed in, whereas BarSculpt concentrations on smaller muscles and uses stretching exercises to lengthen. Across the board, barre classes have a goal of truly helping individuals to strengthen and tone through dynamic fluid movement. Although barre classes are dance inspired I love encouraging both female and males who do not have any dance experience to try it. Watching individuals transform through the practice of barre classes has been inspirational. Katie Woo Vincent, Certified Barre, Pilates and TRX instructor Rhode Island Pilates Studio, LLC. 401-335-309. Many yoga teachers offer barre classes as a beneficial complement to other sports and activities such as running. “It supplements your other endeavors,” notes Causey. Today’s barre classes feature bare feet and typical workout wear, specialized equipment and props, contemporary music and of course, the ballet barre. The whole experience is highly positive and upbeat, says Causey. Most fitness experts would agree that it’s good to add variety to workouts, and trying something new adds spice to the mix. Plus, for those that keep at it, says Yokarini-Kotsonis, “Barre can be the fastest results-oriented program you can undergo. Expect to see a change in your body in a month if you attend three to four classes a week.” Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer near Boston, MA. Connect at

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he Rhode Island Yoga Center will hold a weekend series of yoga classes on November 6, 7 and 8, led by Bradshaw Wish who believes laughter and movement are the best medicine. On Friday, November 6, Bradshaw will lead Fabulous Flow from 5:30 to 7 p.m., where for 90 minutes, participants will experience strong flows, dynamic movements and creative sequencing in this fun-filled class with loud, crazy music. The cost to attend is $20. The following day from 4 to 6 p.m., students can attend Bradshaw’s Arm Balance and Inversion Workshop for $60. This workshop will be filled with funky arm balances and inversions that teach participants that success is simply in the trying. Individuals will be encouraged to step outside of their comfort zone and explore how to balance on one’s hands by working from the ground up. “Fear is just excitement without breath,” says Bradshaw. All levels are welcome. The series wraps up on Sunday, November 8, with a Beyoncé Flow class from noon to 1:30 p.m. Attendees will flow, play and groove in this vinyasa-based class to all Beyoncè’s greatest hits. Attendance at this class costs $25. A three-day package deal is available for $80. Location: 99 Fortin Rd., Kingston. For more information call 401-284-0320 or visit


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naturalpet searched to find the one that would work best for them. Based on past experience, Sarah knew that she didn’t want a herding, massive, shedding or miniature pet. She was drawn to Labrador types and found Marley, a golden/basset mix rescue that moved in as Michael was undergoing cancer treatment. “She’s calm, playful and wants to be near, but doesn’t smother, is stubborn, yet trainable, and mostly obedient,” Sarah says. “Plus, she’s content to nap or go on three-mile walks. Walking Marley helped Michael’s recovery after surgery. She was good with just sniffing the green off of a blade of grass until he was ready to head home.”

Choosing the Perfect Pet Not Just Any Dog or Cat Will Do by Sandra Murphy


he old line, “He followed me home, can we keep him?” used to get a kid a dog or cat of his own. In today’s homes, it’s not that easy. Choosing a pet is a personal choice not to be taken lightly nor made on another person’s behalf. A surprise pet is a bad idea. Rather than gift a pet during the holidays or at any other time, give a coupon to be redeemed after extensive and careful consideration. Involve the whole family in listing pros and cons, deal breakers and must-haves. Lifestyle adjustments by everyone are to be expected, but pets shouldn’t make all the sacrifices. Available time and space, daily routines and costs all matter in determining the perfect pet.


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Small dogs and those that need extensive grooming were on Melinda Carver’s no-adopt list. “I read books, visited websites, shelters, adopt-a-thons and rescue groups,” she says. “As a single person with a full-time job, I wanted a dog that would fit with my work, volunteer and exercise schedules.” Riley, a bloodhound/Lab mix, fit the bill. Shelter workers can project how large a dog will get when fully grown, as well as their temperament and other breed traits. Carver was cautioned that Riley was an active animal, needed long walks and would ultimately top 100 pounds. Now age 11, he’s a companionable 135 pounds. “I was surprised at how easy it was to change my routine to accommodate playtime, mile-long walks and training. He’s laid back and gentle for his size,” comments Carver, a blog talk radio show host in Parma, Ohio. Danielle Nay, an expat from the UK, researched for two years before choosing Freeway, her neighbor-friendly löwchen. He’s a mid-size dog, big enough to be a manly companion, but the right size for a high-rise apartment. “When his humans are busy, Freeway flings his own ball down the hall and then runs after it,” she says.

Not Quite Perfect

The perfect pet doesn’t have to be perfect in looks or health. Dorie Herman, of Jersey City, New Jersey, a graphic designer for Martha Stewart Living, in New York City, is the human behind Chloe Kardoggian, a Chihuahua and puppy mill rescue, age 11, which she describes as “three pounds, two teeth, one giant tongue and an Instagram sensation.” Due to poor nutrition, mill dogs often lose their teeth as young adults, causing their tongues to hang out. She advocates for older dogs and an adopt/don’t buy policy. “With senior animals, you know what you’re getting. They have personality,” says Herman. “With my work schedule, I wanted an older pet, small and piddlepad trained.”

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Herbert Palmer, of Morris Plains, New Jersey, now with Green the Grid Group, worked for a moving company when three kittens showed up near the loading dock. A co-worker took

More Factors to Consider n A yard isn’t a must, but dogs need regular exercise and socialization. n Adult children boomerang home after college or a divorce, often with pets. A new baby also alters a home’s equilibrium. Many hours away due to work, school activities, elder care and/or volunteering can lead to a bored pet that will produce its own entertainment, often to the family’s dismay. n Some pets are easily washable, while others need professional grooming. Daily brushing minimizes shedding. n Family members’ tolerance for pet drool and snoring counts. n A yearly wellness exam, required inoculations, a microchip and pet insurance add to the tab.

When a dog or cat won’t do, try something in a tank— freshwater fish, lizards or hamsters. one. Not in the market for a cat, much less two, Palmer tried to find them good, safe homes. After five days, he realized, Lucky and Day had a home—with him. “Sometimes we adopt them. Many times they adopt us,” he confides. Falling in love doesn’t depend solely on what looks good on paper. Everyone deserves to find their “heart” pet—when that first exchanged look proclaims, “He’s mine.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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Grateful for EVERYTHING Create an Attitude of Gratitude All Day Long by Mary Lynn Ziemer


he secret to happiness and finding the enduring joy we all seek is Thanksgiving—the simple act of continually giving thanks. To realize wonderful positive outcomes, up to and including seeming miracles, do one thing: Show gratitude all day long. Seeing everything in a new light, through a refreshing prism of love and appreciation, imparts a deep inner well of peace, calm and joy, making us feel more alive. We can feel that way every day, in every aspect of life, awaking each morning excited to create the day ahead and enthusiastic about each moment and then falling asleep at night embracing a profound feeling of gratitude for all the good we know and have. Happiness is contagious and becomes an upward spiral of joy naturally shared with others. Start today by launching a daily gratitude journal. This single action, the simplest and quickest way to get results, will foster a habit geared to change everything forever. It fills up our love tank, sparks success and benefits everyone. To embrace better relationships, health, clarity, life and tangible and intangible wealth: n Set a daily time for journal writing. n Pick a handful of things that prompt gratitude that day. Perhaps begin with people that support you in some way. Everything counts, from expressions of beauty to basic conveniences. Eventually the daily list will grow, generating the joy of gratitude at ever-higher levels. n It’s important to write with love and joy, because such feelings create your

world. Even if something’s a work in progress, like encouraging steps in a relationship, focus on what makes you feel good and want more of and you’ll start seeing more evidence of them. n Elaborate in detail about a particular thing that earns extra gratitude. This carries more benefits from intense feelings than creating a list. When we see how blessed we are with what we already have, it creates more of what we are grateful for, generating an endless cycle of gratitude. n Take notice of the surprises and little miracles that occur, and be sure to make note of them to evoke an even stronger level of awe and gratitude. Robert Emmons, Ph.D., of the University of California-Davis, a leading authority in researching the science of gratitude and its impact on wellbeing, instructs his study participants, “Be aware of your feelings and how you ‘relish’ and ‘savor’ this gift in your imagination. Take the time to be especially aware of the depth of your gratitude.” In other words, don’t hurry through this exercise like a to-do list. An all-day-long attitude of gratitude ramps up our awareness of life’s pleasures. It takes an already good life to a whole new zone of zest. Mary Lynn Ziemer is a master of Advanced Life Concepts, certified life and business coach, motivational speaker and author, with more than 30 years as an entrepreneur and corporate executive at two Fortune 100 companies. Connect at

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Friday, November 6

Monthly Drum Circle – 3-5pm. Bring your drums, rattles, shakers and bells. Or just bring yourself. By donation. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. More info:

Fabulous Flow – 5:30-7pm. Experience strong flows, dynamic movements and creative sequencing with Bradshaw. Learn how to approach your practice with a childlike state of mind in his fun filled class with loud crazy music. $20. RI Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Kingston. 401-284-0320.

Strong Medicine Yoga Teacher Training Informational Session – 3:30-4:30pm. Designed for inquisitive yoga students, aspiring teachers, and yoga teachers seeking to enhance and refine their abilities, this yoga teacher training will help you elevate your practice and hone your craft. Come learn more about it. Free. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616.

Monday, November 2 Four Foundations of Mindfulness – 6-7pm. Meets 4 Mondays in November. By becoming aware of what is occurring within and around us, we can begin to untangle ourselves from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. $40. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Yoga Philosophy Study & Exploration – 7:158:30pm. To nourish our deeper interest in yoga join with us for this monthly meeting to study and discuss the teachings and philosophy of yoga. We will be relaxed and informal. By donation. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Wednesday, November 4 Yoga Teacher Training – 5:30-9:30pm. All That Matters is offering a comprehensive, inspired and transformational yoga teacher training. Runs from Nov 4-Apr 10 and takes place over 7 weekend intensives. $2,750. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2.

Thursday, November 5 Abhyanga Ayurvedic Oil Massage – Nov 5 & 6. 12-6pm. Learn how massage using terminal clearance techniques as well as grounding and balancing strokes to remove anxiety and many other pathologies. Learn how to tailor oils to your client’s constitutions and the seasons. $275. SAMA, Newport. 877-832-1372. Angel Meet with Cards and Meditation – 6:308pm. Come join us for a fun evening you will experience a 3 card draw and also a guided Meditation. Wonderful group with our Angels around us. $10. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence.. 401-432-7195.


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Saturday, November 7 Usui Reiki Master Practitioner (III) – 9:30am6pm. Learn advanced tools such as grounding, aura cleansing and Reiki healing meditations. Also receive 3rd Level Attunement, Reiki Master Symbol and Reiki Crystal Grid. With Gladys Ellen. $250, Certificate, Manual, Lineage. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Usui/Holy Fire Reiki I Workshop – 10am-4pm. Learn about Reiki to heal yourself and others. Reiki I Attunement, Reiki manual, and an official certificate of completion. Call to reserve a spot. $115. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660. Reiki Level I – 10am-5pm. Come learn to be a Reiki energy healer. Learn about Reiki, its history, and receive the attunements and training to begin healing yourself. View website for more information. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Reiki Level One with Diane Lupo – 11am-5pm. Experience Level One Reiki with Renowned Teacher Diano Lupo. Upon completion you will receive your level one certification. Call to Preregister. $111. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Vision Board Workshop – 3-4:30pm. Includes discussion on the Law of Attraction as well as creating the Vision Board itself. Materials included. Please pre-register by paying on website in advance. $15/ person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707. Arm Balance and Inversion Workshop – 4-6pm. Workshop will be filled with funky arm balances and inversions. Learn that it’s ok to fall and discover your success in simply trying. $60. RI Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Kingston. 401-284-0320.

Sunday, November 8 Beyoncé Flow – 12-1:30pm. Who doesn’t want to Beyoncé. Come flow, play and groove in this vinyasa-based class with all Beyoncè’s greatest hits. It’s time to get your diva on girl. $25. RI Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Kingston. 401-284-0320.

Intro to Mayan Abdominal Massage – 126pm. Deepen your massage practice. Learn how to recognize pathology, properly massage and palpate the abdominal region of the body during massage. $125. SAMA, Newport. 877-832-1372. Breathing into Health & Well Being – 1-3:30pm. Still your mind, clear emotions and deeply relax. Gain freedom from “monkey mind” through breath work in sacred community with renowned Breathing Therapist Lisa Jones. $40. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Av, Johnston.. 401-864-5411. Rbobby@ Open House at Ferncrest Yoga – 1-4pm. All invited to enjoy refreshments, door prizes, yoga demonstrations throughout the day. Meet our experienced kripalu and svaroopa yoga teachers and help us celebrate. Free. Ferncrest Yoga & Wellness, 90 Warwick Ave, Cranston. 401-461-9144. Santosha Holistic Wellcare Day – 1-4pm. Come see and try out what our various holistic practitioners have to offer. 15 min each of massage, Reiki, Thai yoga, craniosacral, dosha reading, intuitive healing and more. $20. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Monday, November 9 Yoga Night Out: Yoga & Ayurveda – 4:30-8pm. Enjoy a yoga night out! Join All That Matters for a basic yoga class and intro to Ayurveda. After head to Rasa Indian Restaurant for a cooking demonstration. $75. All That Matters, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-782-2126 x 2. Heart Spot Yoga with Bobby Ducharme – 6-7:30pm. A yoga class for every body. 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. Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns part to self, removes energetic blocks and restored harmony. $35/person; group format. 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. To register, Paul: 401-736-6500 or

Tuesday, November 10 Full Spectrum Class – 4:30-6pm. The Full Spectrum 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. 240 Columbia St, 240 Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-439-5260. Guardian Angel Family Playshop – 6:30-8pm. We all have our own guardian angel. Learn how to communicate with your angelic companion who is here with you. Learn about this unique relationship, respect and free will. $10. Creatigo, 235 High St, 1st Fl, Reynolds School, Bristol. 401-793-0097. 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.

Mastermind Women’s Group – 7-9pm. Networking for entrepreneurial women meet monthly to support each other in business, life and love. Let’s Mastermind together. Call to register. Free. Victoria Haffer, Providence. 617-970-5677.

Wednesday, November 11 Arch Angel Family Playshop – 9:30am-12pm. Get to know Archangels, how they guide us, their gifts and how they communicate with us on a daily. Special developed materials included. $15. Creatigo, 235 High St, 1st Fl, Reynolds School, Bristol. 401-793-0097. Free Full Reiki Session – 10am-6pm. In honor of our Veterans on Veterans Day I am offering free full Reiki Sessions. Call Nicole for an appointment. Free. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660. Touch Drawing – 6-8pm. A creative technique used to draw out inner messages and insights. Facilitated by Colleen Kelley. $35. Creatigo, 235 High St, 1st Fl, Reynolds School, Bristol. 401-793-0097. 11/11 Guided Meditation Night – 6:30-8pm. Seeing this number often signifies your Guides & Angels are trying to contact you. Join us for a special meditation centered around kindness, compassion, and healing. With Gladys Ellen. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

markyourcalendar Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives Movie Screening – 6:30-9pm. Never-beforeseen-evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Join us as we watch this movie, followed by a group discussion. Space is limited, RSVP on Eventbrite. Free. Natural Awakenings, The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket.

Friday, November 13 Kirtan Chanting in Warwick – 6-7pm. Join us for blissful Ananda Chanting. Kirtan opens the heart to peace and joy. Easy to follow English and Sanskrit Chants. Suggested donation $5. Ananda Hopkinton at West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln. 401-450-4172. Visiting the Owl Clan – 6:30-8pm. A shape shifting adventure to meet up with the Owl Clan. Fly with them to the Sacred Grove to receive messages, teachings and images to carry with you on your life’s journey. With Colleen Kelley. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna use the power of the drum to restore balance bringing you into alignment with your true nature by removing blocks, and returning lost power. $35. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, Bristol. 401-787-8877. Law of Attraction Class – 7-9pm. Come learn all about the Law of Attraction and how to manifest the reality you wish to experience in this fun and interactive class for all levels. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

Spiritual Cinema – 7-9pm. We’ll be viewing The Answer is You with Michael Beckwith. After the movie we’ll discuss 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, November 14 Usui Reiki I Training (1st Degree) – 9:30am-6pm. Receive 1st Degree Attunement. Learn energy anatomy, benefits of energy therapy, history of Usui Reiki, hand positions, and how you can use Reiki for healing self and others. With Gladys Ellen. $150, Manual, Certificate & Lineage. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Self-Care Saturday – 10am-3pm. Treat yourself to the physical, mental and spiritual healing you deserve. An assortment of services including reflexology, Reiki, mediumship, angel readings, tarot and more. $20/20-min service. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Usui/Holy Fire Reiki II Workshop – 10am-4pm. Learn all about the Reiki II symbols and how to use them, including distance healing. Receive Reiki II Attunement, manual, certificate. Call to reserve your spot. $135. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660. Meditation for Starters – 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. Ear Coning/Candling Workshop – 11am-3pm. Learn how to cone and also have a coning on yourself. Cones are included with the class. Call to pre-register. $85. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Visual Journaling Workshop – 12-3pm. Visual journaling helps process and resolve feelings, tap into intuition, increase feelings of well-being. Mixed media materials, guided imagery, no art experience needed. $40. Wellness Boutique & Co, 1300 Park Ave, 2nd Fl, Woonsocket. 401-769-0900 x 5. The Seductive Power of Chocolate – 3-4:30pm. Raw chocolate: make desserts that taste great and are healthy, non-addictive, gluten-, dairy-, soy- and refined sugar-free. Please pre-register by paying in advance on website. $35/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.

Sunday, November 15 Integrated Energy Therapy® Basic – 9:30am6pm. Energy Therapy Training with the Angels. One of the next generation, hands-on, power energy therapy systems that gets the “issues out of your tissues” for good. With Gladys Ellen. $195, Manual & Certificate. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

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 Half-Day Retreat – 1-4pm. Come befriend your body, heart and mind. Explore mindfulness meditation and yin yoga, discover the richness in the quiet attention you cultivate through movement. $45. All That Matters PVD, 1 Park Row, Providence. 401-782-2126 x 2. Children’s Monthly Yoga workshop – 3-4pm. Kim Roles’ vision is to share yoga so that children can apply it in their lives now, be able to handle challenges with more calm, and see beauty in everything. Ages 5-11. $10. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Monday, November 16 Moving Into Forgiveness – 6-8:30pm. Forgiveness offers the opportunity to release ourselves from pain and habitual perception. Understand what is holding you back from letting go as you lean into forgiveness. With Katharine Rossi. $20. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Tuesday, November 17 Full Spectrum Class – 8:30-10am. The Full Spectrum 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. 240 Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-439-5260. Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Journey to a live drum as you practice modern applications of this ancient technique. Gain insight and understanding about yourself, your relationships and the world. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Yogathon: The Flow to Feed – 7-9pm. Rhode Island Yogi’s Feeding the World with Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions. 90-minute yoga flow, vendors/ giveaways. $25 donation. RI Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Kingston. 401-284-0320. Group Meditation Gathering – 7:30-9pm. 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.

Wednesday, November 18 Giving Up Guilt Workshop – 6-9pm. This class will assist in shifting how we perceive guilt and what its true purpose is. Walk away with tangible steps and shed what no longer belongs. $40. Wellness Boutique & Co, 1300 Park Ave, 2nd Fl, Woonsocket. 401-769-0900 x 5.

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Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns part to self, removes energetic blocks and restored harmony. $35/person; group format. 1462 Park Ave, Cranston. To register, Gloria: 401-944-4130 or

Healing Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Relax and destress as Joy and A.Michelle surround you with the healing sounds of the gongs, bowls, drums and more. Bring a mat, pillow & blanket. $20/ pre-registered, $25/at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876.

Fearless Painting – 6:30-8:30pm. You will saturate yourself with the playful enjoyment you once had as a child and forget that left brain critique holding you back. $25. Creatigo, 235 High St, 1st Fl, Reynolds School, Bristol. 401-793-0097.

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Thursday, November 19 Angel Meet with Cards and Meditation – 6:308pm. Come join us for a fun evening you will experience a 3 card draw and also a guided meditation. Wonderful group with our Angels around us. $10. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Heart Spot Yoga with Bobby Ducharme – 6:308pm. A yoga class for every body. Relax and reduce stress. Integrate breath with joyful movement. Chanting, philosophy & mindfulness included. Uplift your heart and spirit. $14/drop-in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-864-5411.

Shamanic Extraction Healing Training – 9:30am5pm. Join this advanced training designed for people who want to bring shamanic healing work into their practice with others. $250. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2. Mediumship Basic Training Workshop – 9:30am6pm. This workshop explores different means by which one can receive and transmit information from loved ones in the spirit world for self healing & to assist others in healing. With Gladys Ellen. $200 includes Manual & Certificate. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Kids Centerpiece – 10am-4pm. Do you have errands to do? Your child can come to Creatigo to create a Thanksgiving centerpiece while you finish running around. 3-hr increments. Call for specifics. $20. Creatigo, 235 High St, 1st Fl, Reynolds School, Bristol. 401-793-0097.

Friday, November 20 Chakra Basics – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn about chakras and why they are so important to our well-being. Colors, what they represent, understanding blocks and a short meditation to tune into our chakras. $15. Wellness Boutique & Co, 1300 Park Ave, 2nd Fl, Woonsocket. 401-769-0900 x 5. Gong Bath – 7-8:15pm. Stephanie Marisca brings this deep sound relaxation. Lie comfortably as you experience the vibrational healing of the gong. Each event is unique. Reservations encouraged. $20/advance, $25/at door. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, Bristol. 401-787-8877.

markyourcalendar Holiday Faire – 10am-4pm. Magical Crystal Cave with grottoes filled with gnomes and twinkling lights. Marionettes perform traditional fairy tales. Craft materials and volunteers are on hand to help with project ideas. Musicians stroll the halls and pony rides are offered on the forested campus. Free. Meadowbrook School, 300 Kingstown Rd, West Kingston. 401-491-9570.

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Half-Day Meditation Retreat – 12:30-5pm. Learn meditation practices to heal the mind and body, and cultivate tranquility, joy, love and peace. Give your true self the opportunity to bloom. $45. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2. Sound Bath with Sam Ogden – 7-8pm. Experience the healing magic of sound. 9 singing bowls open, clear and balance you. Slow down and relax. Bring mat, blanket, pillow, water and a friend. Doors open at 6:30pm. $15. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-864-5411. Healing Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Joy & A.Michelle will lull you into complete relaxation with the resonant sounds of the gongs, singing bowls and drums. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket. $20/preregistered, $25/at door. First Spiritualist Church, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. 401-258-3952.

Sunday, November 22 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. By donation. Creatigo, 235 High St, 1st Fl, Reynolds School, Bristol.. 401-793-0097. Intro to Ball Rolling – 2-4:30pm. Learn simple techniques to reduce chronic tension, stress and pain while improving posture, sleep and quality of life. Instant relief from common musculoskeletal issues. $45. Victoria Haffer, Providence. 617-970-5677. Spirit Cradle – 6:30-8pm. SpiritCradle sessions offer a new way to soothlingly give and receive healing energy in small groups. You will gently rock others and be rocked on a special bodywork platform. With Mary Woodhouse. $15. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Monday, November 23 Heart Spot Yoga with Bobby Ducharme – 9:3011am. A yoga class for every body. 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, November 24 Group Empowerment Session – 7-9pm. Group session for anyone who would like a pick-me-up boost. The healing energy of Integrated Energy Therapy, each person will receive a 5-min session during meditation. $20. Wellness Boutique & Co, 1300 Park Ave, 2nd Fl, Woonsocket. 401-769-0900 x 5.

Wednesday, November 25 Blessing with Roland Comtois – 7-8:30pm. Join internationally acclaimed medium Roland Comtois and the First Spiritualist Church of Rhode Island for a special holiday blessing. Free; donations accepted. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

Thursday, November 26 Thanksgiving at Ananda – 10am-7pm. Thanksgiving holiday and weekend events. Join us for gratitude ceremony, food, fellowship, meditation, chanting, hiking, movie. Check our website mid-November for details. Donation. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck - 1-5pm. All are welcome to join in this annual event. Find more info at Thanks-vegan! Round 2! on Facebook. 172 Washington St, Warwick.

Friday, November 27 Ladies’ Night – 6:30-8pm. Women coming together in circle to support each other on their own path. Different creative opportunities at each meeting. Get crystal piece to support during holidays. $5. Creatigo, 235 High St, 1st Fl, Reynolds School, Bristol. 401-793-0097.

Saturday, November 28 Creatigo Open Studio – 9:30am-4pm. Kids can come in and create while you do your holiday errands. Children will have opportunity to make different crafts. 3-hr increments. Call for details and reservation. $20. Creatigo, 235 High St, 1st Fl, Reynolds School, Bristol. 401-793-0097. Free 30-Minute Reiki Session – 12-6pm. In honor of celebrating families for Thanksgiving I am offering free 30-minute Reiki sessions for today. Please call Nicole for an appointment. Free. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660.

Monday, November 30 Heart Spot Yoga with Bobby Ducharme – 9:3011am. A yoga class for every body. 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, December 8 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 part to self, removes energetic blocks and restored harmony. $35/person; group format. 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. To register, Paul: 401-736-6500 or

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. Open Meditation – 10am-12pm. Weekly open sitting meditation with beginning chants, then sitting and walking meditation. Drop-in any time during session. Instruction offered at 10am. All are welcome. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443. Providence. Sundays at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Join us weekly for meditation, chanting, inspiration, satsang, veggie potluck lunch. Share in the joy of spirit and friendship. Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings. Donation. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Meditation Gathering – 7-9pm. Building community is near and dear to my heart and the Universe has whispered in my ear once more. Yogis and healers lets meditate together and support each other. Free. Victoria Haffer, Providence. 617-970-5677.

Monday Quonny Yoga – 10-11:30am. Any “body” can do this Forrest-inspired class. Bring wellness into your body with safely sequenced poses to help you open and build strength and flexibility. $10. Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Svaroopa® Yoga Class in Cumberland – 11am12:30pm. Lose tension and stress; get relaxation and peace. Svaroopa® is a slow moving yoga that is adaptable to your body. It gives you profound benefits with minimal effort. With Maria Sichel, CSYT. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Kripalu Yoga in Cumberland – 4:15-5:45pm. Experience breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the heart and body to release and open. With Susan McClaren. 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. No matter how challenging your life will be this week, begin with a yoga class that will be grounding, transformative and healing. Kripalu yoga. Beginners welcome. $15/drop-in; $11-$12/FP; New student: $60/6. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 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 scripts filled with positive emotions in order to group manifest for each other and the planet. With Shari Bitsis. Guided meditation format. $15. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. 401-465-4249.

Tuesday Foundations of Svaroopa® Yoga – 4-5:15pm. These four classes will teach precise alignments and propping in the foundational poses to release muscle tension along your spine and into your hips, neck and shoulder. $16/drop-in. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Vbarre – 5:30-6:30pm. Designed to tone, trim, and transform the body with a fusion of ballet barre, Pilates and resistance training. Class provides calorie-blasting cardio. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear of Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Meditation Night in Warren – 6:30-8:30pm. Mindfulness focus with hour discourse on topics to include methods, challenges and benefits followed by group meditation. With Shari Bitsis. $10/class; $30/4 classes. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. Please RSVP: 401-465-4249 or Svaroopa® Yoga Class in Cumberland – 7-8:30pm. Lose tension and stress; enjoy relaxation and peace. Svaroopa® is a slow moving yoga that is adaptable to your body. Get profound benefits with minimal effort. With Pat Spencer. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Wednesday 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. Svaroopa® Yoga Series-Cranston – 10-11:30am. Yoga specializing in opening deep muscles and energy along your spine. Achieve a happy body, peaceful mind. With Natalie Schiffer, CSYT 700, Yoga Alliance RYT 500, E-RYT 200. $16/series, $19/ drop-in. Ferncrest Yoga & Wellness, 90 Warwick Ave, Cranston. 401-578-9182.

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Morning Meditation in Warren – 10:30am12:30pm. Mindfulness focus with hour discourse on topics to include methods, challenges and benefits followed by group meditation. With Shari Bitsis. $10/class; $30/4 classes. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. Please RSVP: 401-465-4249 or

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.

Open Meditation – 5:30-6:45pm. Weekly open sitting meditation with beginning chants, then sitting and walking meditation. Drop-in any time during session. Instruction offered at 5:30pm. All are welcome. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443.

“The Untethered Soul” Workshop – 7-8:30pm. 1st & 3rd Thursday. We’ll read a chapter of Michael Singer’s book and discuss understanding ad practical applications for the material. Attend only 1 or all classes. $10/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.

Svaroopa® Yoga Series: Narragansett – 6:157:45pm. Yoga specializing in opening deep muscles and energy along your spine. Achieve a happy body, peaceful mind. WithNatalie Schiffer, CSYT 700, Yoga Alliance RYT 500, E-RYT 200. $16/ series, $19/drop-in. Heart Center Yoga & Wellness, 123 Boon St, Narraganssett. 401-578-9182.

Friday Yoga Rx – 10-11:30am. Understand the importance of breath, alignment, muscular engagement, spinal health, lymphatic stimulation, digestive health and more while doing a sequence of safe poses. $10. Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187.


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 of Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Restorative Yoga: Cumberland – 6:30-7:45pm. Experience the deep relaxation and healing of this simple Yoga practice. Suitable for all; no prior yoga experience necessary. Call ahead to reserve your space. $15. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Svaroopa® Yoga Series-Cumberland – 6:30-8pm. Yoga specializing in opening deep muscles and energy along your spine. Achieve a happy body, peaceful mind. WithNatalie Schiffer, CSYT 700, Yoga Alliance RYT 500, E-RYT 200. $20/series, $22/ drop-in. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-578-9182. Ne Sh w op W ly U O eb pg ur St rad or e e d


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 of Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. 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. Experienced teacher. $15/drop-in; $11-$12 Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Pilates Mat & Ball – 10-11am. During this Pilates Mat class the stability ball is added to the workout to increase mind and body awareness, challenge core strength and improve balance and stability. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear of Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

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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 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.


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. Ashley 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 44.

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

Newport, RI 401-862-1314;

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 19.

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.

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 27.

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 25.

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

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 25.

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

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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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John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist Warwick Medical Center 400 Bald Hill Road Warwick, RI 401-374-1890 •

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

Donna Zaken, RN, MSN, APRN 35 South Angell St, Providence, RI 401-585-7877

Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center

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.

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 23 & 37.

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Melissa Hecht, MSW, LICSW 1300 Park Ave, Woonsocket, RI 508-951-9828

Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 •

interfaith minister INTERFAITH MINISTER

Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 • •

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.

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.

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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 37.

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 24.

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naturopathic physicians 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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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 19.

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reiki Inner Love and Light Nicole Casale RM/T Located in Warwick, RI Cell Phone: 914-216-8660

Let your Inner Love and Light shine through with positive, healing Reiki energy. Reiki Master and Teacher Nicole Casale is trained and certified in Usui/Holy Fire Reiki. Offering Reiki Healing Treatments and Holy Fire Reiki I, II, ART/ Master Training Workshops. All of Nicole’s Reiki Training Workshops are Usui Holy Fire.

SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER 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 37.

sound healing GONGS OF JOY & DRUMSONG

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.

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Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319

point. click. cathryn moskow, lcmt

120 Wayland Ave, Ste 6 Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 Over 10,000+ hours of restorative muscular therapy. “Best of Boston.” Feel better, live happier – Enjoy pain relief, rehab/chronic issues, easier range of motion, age related issues, injury work + “aaaahhh”. Accurate, gentle Deep Tissue blended w/Swedish, Biodynamics + Reiki. “She’s like finding the owner’s manual.” By appointment. RI Lic #MT01664.

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 36.

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 43.


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

yoga Grace Yoga

35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown RI 401-829-9903 • Grace school of yoga is a sacred center for peace and well-being, offering daily classes of all levels in classical yoga, breathing, and meditation. Join our classes any time. See ad on page 40.

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.

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

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

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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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November 2015


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