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his month’s editorial theme is prayer and meditation, which seems more appropriate now than ever. I grew up Catholic, which seems to mean I know very little about religion. I have not associated with that religion in probably 40 years, although I do admit to being more fascinated with religion recently from more of an expanded view. At my granddaughters christening last month, it was interesting to observe the rituals the mass goes through, the almost chant like feeling of the prayers and I loved the references to the archangels. A few years back, walking down New Smyrna Beach with my sister-in-law the history teacher and one who was spiritual in her nature, she said something that stayed with me. At the basis of every religion, she said, the teachings are all basically the same. Doesn’t matter what you call the power that guides us, or where you practice, or how you do it the basic human principles are there. The idea of doing no harm is a universal belief we can all gather around. The upcoming holidays, whether you are simply spiritual in nature or practice Christianity, Judaism, Islam, or one of a thousand others, are a reminder about being kind to each other – doing no harm. I hope everyone everywhere will try to remember the core of why they believe what they believe and spend less time trying to get others to change their beliefs. Speaking of people filled with kindness and self actualization, I just got back from a fantastic weekend at the Hay House ‘I Can Do It!’ conference in New York City. The line up of speakers was just phenomenal, their messages all seemed to be speaking to me directly. There had to be at least 2,000 people in the room, and I can only imagine how many felt the same way as I did. I found each and every speaker brought his or her own level of wisdom and energy to the stage. While I have become familiar with the names and the work of these speakers in the last seven years of publishing the magazine, and have printed articles from most of them at some point or another, there was something different about seeing them in person. I was really moved by the commitment of the attendees. The collective consciousness of this group of people that are committed to personal growth, to being all that they can be for themselves, their community and their planet. Gives me goose bumps. As we find ourselves again in the holiday season, remember to try and take the time to harness the power of slowing down. I love the Zen proverb “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” Holidays can be a stressful time, shopping and social gatherings. Just start small, be mindful and harness the power that meditation and/or prayer can offer. Peace.
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nlightened Healing, in North Kingstown, is offering a 20 percent discount on any Reiki healing session during the month of December. Reiki therapy is a Japanese stress reliever that offers the mind and body a chance to relax while at the same time leaving individuals feeling refreshed, energized and more positive in general. “The holidays are usually a time of doing for others, but self-care is so important to ensure our own wellness emotionally, physically and most importantly, spiritually,” says Owner Erin Leone. “Shopping, sitting in traffic and waiting in long lines at the malls and stores can be exhausting and stressful.” Enlightened Healing believes in offering a full spiritual experience by educating the client about Reiki and how connecting spiritually can improve their lives. Angel readings and other energy work are also offered. Holiday gift certificates are available.
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he Providence Flea, the summer’s downtown open-air flea market, will return for a limited engagement indoors at Hope High School, on Providence’s East Side, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 6 and December 13. The Holiday Markets feature more than 75 local vendors offering a curated selection of holiday items plus the same great collection of vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories, upcycled and handmade crafts and recycled objects, housewares, antiques, collectibles, repurposed furniture, photography, curiosities, kitsch and more. The indoor markets will also feature holiday music and a revolving lineup of the city’s favorite food trucks and food vendors. Hope High is easily accessible by public transportation, and the school offers plenty of free, off-street parking. Admission is free. There will also be a mini Pop-Up Flea with InDowncity.com at Aurora, located at 276 Westminster Street, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 5, as part of the Celebrate Downcity event.
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elebrate the holiday season with Natural Awakenings from 5 to 7 p.m., December 29, at Blaze Village Restaurant, at the Hope Artiste Village. Join the Natural Awakenings team and other like-minded people for informal networking, light appetizers and inspiration to end the year and get ready for a new one. The event will take place at the newly relocated Blaze Village Restaurant. Formerly found on Hope Street for 10 years, Blaze is now located at the Hope Artiste Village in the space formerly occupied by The Bread Lab. Using repurposed items almost exclusively, owner Phyllis Arffa rescued old beams from the mill, using them on the walls and sanding them down into tables. The last five original hanging lights from the 1920s adorn the bar giving the space an overall comfortable and cozy feel for such a large space that now has room for private parties, meetings and catered events. Cost: Free. Location: 999 Main St., Pawtucket. RSVP at MCary@RINaturalAwakenings.com or 410-709-2473.
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oin Creatigo, Beloved: a yoga practice, Bristol Theater Company, and Bristol BADG for a Holiday Open House from 4 to 8 p.m., December 5, at the 200 block on High Street in Bristol. Enjoy popcorn, hot chocolate and cookies while shopping for that special unique, one-of-a-kind gift from local artisans and vendors. Z food truck will be selling hot delicious treats. Professional artists—visual, writers, performance and designers—at Byﬁeld School will have their studios open. The East Bay Food Pantry will have their “Giving Tree” set up so that visitors can donate an unwrapped new toy for a needy child to enjoy this holiday; non-perishable food items are also welcome. Businesses will be on-site offering services, selling gift certiﬁcates, and tickets for Bristol Theater Company’s “A Christmas Carol” will be available for purchase. For more information, visit Facebook Event at Facebook.com/ ReynoldsArtsandWellnesssCommunity. See ad on page 33.
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upport local artisans displaying locally made items such as hair accessories, ceramic items, photographs and organic skin care products from noon to 5 p.m., December 13, at the Open House and Holiday Bazaar at Flipp Salon and Apothecary, in Providence. Vintage clothing and accessories from Archetype Vintage will be available, hair accessories from Trashy Bow Couture and Clothing Horse, shirts by Torn and Frayed, and accessories from the Utopian collection are some of the items to select from. Local authors Heather Rigney and Kate Hanley will be on hand for book signings, and visitors will enjoy perusing the photograph exhibit by David Lee Black. Music will set the mood, and food and beverages will be served. Cost: Free. Location: 38 Transit St., Providence. For more information, call 401-274-1981 or visit FlippSalon.com. See ad on page 27.
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armacy Herbs, in Providence, will be offering free herbal classes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 20, as part of their 2nd Annual Solstice Fair. Learn how to make and use herbal remedies to support stress and the adrenal glands at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., participants can take Herbs and Natural Therapies to Support Detoxification, and at 3 p.m., learn recipes for herbal holiday gift ideas. Handmade herbal products will also be for sale, and herbal tea will be offered throughout the day. Cost: Free. Location: 28 Cemetery St., Providence. For more information, visit FarmacyHerbs.com. See ad on page 15.
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he shop at the Providence Institute (PI) is a local source for the finest meditation and healing supplies, and now these supplies can also be purchased online. The new, updated website has greater functionality with an online shop and the ability to register for classes and events. A forum and online courses are being planned in the near future, along with an area for owner and vision keeper Sarah Whiteheadâ€™s consultation work in feng shui, healing, meditation and the 10-minute meditation club. Additionally, the space at PI is being listed on Air B&B, offering special healing retreats for guests. PI offers a contemplative approach to healing and awakening that acknowledges the uniqueness of each individual path. Such programs as yogic practices, meditation, spiritual teaching, arts, energy work and other mindfulness-based activities are offered. Location: 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. Call 401-270-5443 or visit TheProvidenceInstitute.org. See ad on page 17.
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olistic Health Rhode Island welcomes aesthetician Jane Ferri to the practice. Ferri graduated from the world-renowned Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics, in Boston, and has more than 23 years in the skin care industry. She emphasizes the importance of both classroom education and education through life experience. A travel enthusiast, Ferri has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S. experiencing skincare treatments from top spas and celebrated therapists. Jane Ferri She integrates the techniques experienced into her treatments ensuring a one-of-a-kind technique tailored to her client’s needs. Jane’s enthusiasm for her profession is clear. “Skincare is my passion,” she says. “I continually strive for excellence using dynamic, result-driven treatments, home care products and ensuring the highest level of client satisfaction. Continued education and an endless quest to deliver the best possible treatments available is my daily mantra.” Location: 990 Main St., East Greenwich. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 401-413-5317 or email Jane at YourSkinPro@gmail.com. See ad on page 31.
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oard Certified Hypnotist and Certified Hypnotist Instructor John Koenig will be running a 15-week Hypnotist Certification Course in Warwick beginning January 8. The course will take place Friday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with four full days (Saturdays and Sundays) for supervised practice. Successful completion of the 75-hour course will result in certification as a consulting hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists, the world’s largest professional hypnotist association, with one year’s prepaid membership. The cost after December 31 will be $1850, John Koenig but enroll during December and save $300 off the full tuition. The fee includes instruction, a workbook, certificate, testing fee and full professional membership for 12 months in the National Guild of Hypnotists. Participants will learn how to induce hypnosis, work with various issues such as smoking, weight and stress reduction and the requirements for setting up a practice in Rhode Island, Connecticut or Massachusetts. Koenig has been practicing hypnosis since 1998, and his hypnotic video programs have been featured on national television. He is the author of The Hypnotic Coach which will be used as a text in the program. Cost: $1850. Location: Warwick Medical Center, Suite 512, Warwick. For more information, call 401-374-1890 or email John.Koenig.Hypnotist@live.com. See ad on page 31.
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AMA: Sacred Stone Academy of Massage & Ayurveda, in Middletown, is now enrolling for its 750-hour massage therapy training beginning January 11. Training will take place on evenings and weekends, and students will earn their state license from a comprehensive, accredited private massage school. Master Instructor Karyn Chabot, D.Ay, MA, LMT, says that according to the Department of Labor, the profession is predicted to increase 20 percent before 2020. Also beginning in the new year, SAMA’s 150hour Ayurvedic Spa Technician Certification will take place from January 10 to June 29. Students will attend classes one or two weekends each month and earn Karyn Chabot, D.Ay, MA, LMT 50 continuing education credits. SAMA’s Ayurvedic and holistic Spa Technician program is designed to teach the student how to promote healing and beauty for mind, body and spirit. Students will learn specific applications of oils, poultices, thermo and hydrotherapy, healing muds/pastes, herbal potions and the anointing of therapeutic substances on the body. For more information, call 877-832-1372, email Karyn@SacredStoneHealing.com or visit TheNewportMassageSchool.com. See ad on page 7.
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inger, songwriter, recording artist, keynote speaker, workshop leader and storyteller David Roth returns to Concordia Center for Spiritual Living at 7 p.m., December 19, for a show that is poignant David Roth to improbable, holistic to hilarious. With 13 CDs, four Positive Music Awards and countless performances at venues in other countries over two and a half decades, the Chicago native (now living on Cape Cod) will craft an evening to remember this month at Concordia. Cost: $15 suggested (no one turned away). Location: 292 West Shore Rd., Warwick. For more information, call 401-732-1552 or visit CconcordiaCSL.com or DavidRothMusic.com. See ad on page 25.
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rinity Healing, a class designed to teach methods adapted from the original teachings of Mikau Usui, the teacher responsible for the popularity of Reiki therapy, will take place from January 28 to 30, at the Rocky Hill Grange, in East Greenwich. The goal of the class is to orient students to their natural healing abilities using the never-ending resource of energy to help others with Pasha Lippitt physical and mental ailments. Students completing the course will receive a certificate stating that they are a certified healing practitioner. Instructor Pasha Lippitt has studied extensively under modern spiritual leader John of God and has herself been ordained as an energy healer. She is also a licensed massage therapist, pet therapist and cosmetologist.
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Chip Hartranft Lectures on the Origins of Yoga
he Grace School welcomes back Chip Hartranft to deliver a fascinating and unusual lecture and presentation on the Origins of Yoga for yoga teachers and serious students. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 13, at Grace School of Yoga in North Kingstown. Dedicated to the integration of yoga and dharma practice, Hartranft will discuss the roots of Hinduism, yoga and Buddhism and trace the weave of these cultures throughout history. He is a beloved teacher in the Grace Teacher Training program. Chip Hartranft Also the founding director of the Arlington Center, in Massachusetts, Hartranft’s work bridges the traditions of Yoga and Buddhism. A longtime yoga and meditation student, he has taught a blend of movement and meditation in the Boston area since 1978. He sits on the board of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. His highly digestible translation and explication of The YogaSutra of Patanjali has become a new standard for yoga training programs. Hartranft will lecture on the Sutra from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., January 10, at Grace. Cost: $60. Location: 35 Weaver Rd., North Kingstown. For more information, call 401-829-9903. Register online at GraceYoga.org. CEUs available. See ad on page 37.
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kullcap is a medicinal herb known for its calming effect on the nervous system and its ability to relax muscles. Herbalists in the 18th century called it Mad-Dog Skullcap and used it to treat rabies. For modern herbalists, Skullcap is used as an effective nervine, or substance that affects the nervous system. Nervines can charge the nervous system up (coffee, ginseng); they can nourish and strengthen it (Milky Oat tops, St. John’s Wort), and they can sedate it, like with Skullcap. Other effective nervines help relieve pain and muscle spasms. Skullcap can help with muscle tension, nerve pain and menstrual cramps. Some herbalists recommend it frequently for anxiety and stress. It works well during the day, and does not usually make a person too tired. Skullcap can be found in extracts, such as in the Less Stress extract. It is also blended into such teas as Under the Weather tea blend that help a person recover from an occasional cold or flu. The addition of Skullcap helps the tea drinker sleep better and relax while recovering from a temporary illness. Mary Blue is a community practicing herbalist, farmer, educator, author of Herbal Foundations, and owner of Farmacy Herbs located at 28 Cemetery St., Providence. Learn more at FarmacyHerbs.com. See ad on this page.
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Despite the popularity of New Year’s resolutions, scientists have found that post-holiday food shopping decisions don’t necessarily reflect intentions to eat healthier or lose weight. Scientists from Cornell University tracked resolutions and after-holiday food shopping habits of 207 families. They classified about 20,000 food products as either “healthy” or “less-healthy”. Calories and dollars spent were also tracked. Analysis of 37 weeks of activity that included the extended winter holiday period and into the new year found that additional food expenditures and calories began about a week prior to Thanksgiving and peaked during Christmas celebrations. Compared to the rest of the year, this increased shopping averaged just over $16 more a week, about $4 of which was spent on healthy foods. Food expenditures then continued to increase after the holidays to about $25 more a week compared to the average—showing a 24 percent increase. However, $13 of this was spent on healthier foods. Calorie levels also increased. “Total weekly per-serving calories increased by 440 during the holiday period relative to the baseline period, and nearly 91 percent of this increase was due to additional purchases of the more calorie-dense foods,” the researchers reported. “Even more intriguing is that contrary to well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions, additional weekly per-serving calories purchased increased to 890 in the post-holiday period relative to the baseline, more than doubling the 440 calorie increase evident in the holiday season,” the researchers observed. Of this, 63 percent of the additional calories were from high-calorie foods.
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ecent findings from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, has determined that reading from a lightemitting tablet or computer before bedtime will disturb sleep and may change the circadian rhythms that govern the body’s clock. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tested 12 people for two weeks. On five nights during one week, the subjects read ebooks on an iPad for four hours before bedtime. Another week, they read from printed books for the same duration. During the five days of iPad reading, the participants fell asleep later and spent less time in rapid eye movement (REM)-stage sleep. The light-emitting tablet altered the circadian rhythm, changing the body’s natural sleeping pattern. The researchers also tested other blue-light emitting devices, including laptops, tablets, other eReaders, cell phones and LED monitors. “We found the body’s natural circadian rhythms were interrupted by the short-wavelength enriched light, otherwise known as blue light, from these electronic devices,” says neuroscientist Anne-Marie Chang, Ph.D., one of the study authors. Dr. Charles Czeisler, Ph.D., a leading sleep researcher, remarks, “In the past 50 years, there has been a decline in average sleep duration and quality. Since more people are choosing electronic devices for reading, communication and entertainment, particularly children and adolescents who already experience significant sleep loss, epidemiological research evaluating the longterm consequences of these devices on health and safety is urgently needed.”
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esearch from scientists at the University of California, Davis has mashed the notion that potatoes cause weight gain. The researchers tested 90 overweight people divided into three groups, with all of them eating five to seven servings of potatoes each week over a three-month period. Two groups reduced their calorie intake by 500 calories per day, with one group eating low-glycemic index (GI) foods and the other group eating high-GI foods. The third group had no calorie restrictions. Despite the increased potato consumption during the study period, all three groups showed slight weight loss and reduced body mass index. The researchers concluded, “Potato intake did not cause weight gain.”
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White House Responds to Online Petitions President Obama has made it a priority to open a direct channel for people to be heard via online petitions. Jason Goldman, chief digital officer at the White House, says that his staff has responded to dozens of requests to take action on a variety of issues in recent months. “We want to make sure those responses aren’t the final page, but rather the start of an ongoing conversation,” he says. Change.org has chosen to integrate with the We the People platform, meaning the future signatures of its 100 million users will count toward the threshold of 100,000 for getting an official response from the administration. “The process of hearing from us about your petition is going to look a little different,” says Goldman. “We’ve assembled a team of people responsible for taking your questions and requests and bringing them to the right people, whether within the White House or in an agency within the administration that may be in a position to say something about your request.” Visit Petitions.WhiteHouse.gov.
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New Zealand Enacts Bill Recognizing Animal Intelligence The New Zealand Animal Welfare Amendment Bill that passed into law this year states that animals, like humans, are sentient beings. Dr. Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee, says this acknowledges, “Animals can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress.” The bill thus bans the use of animals for testing cosmetics. Williams says the legal recognition of animal sentience provides a stronger underpinning of the requirements of the existing Animal Welfare Act. The bill also provides for penalties to enable low-to-medium-level offenders to be punished more effectively and gives animal welfare inspectors the power to issue compliance notices, among other measures. Find a link to the legislation at Tinyurl. com/NewZealandSentienceBill.
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Generous Pint-Sized Givers Teaching Kids How to Care and Share by Jennifer Jacobson
mong a parent’s greatest rewards is seeing their children grow up to be productive, contributing members of society, including knowing how to give back and enrich the communities in which they live. Children can start participating in the giving process as toddlers. Having them observe regular charitable acts can make a strong impression and catalyze later independent initiatives. Learning how to give and developing the associated skill set is a lifelong journey. Giving becomes a way of life—of looking at the world and determining how to help the causes they feel passionate about. Here’s how to take those crucial first steps. Ask kids how they’d like to help. If giving to a cause is new to the household, explain that the family has many opportunities. Then engage children in a conversation about the general areas they may feel strongly about supporting—perhaps individuals or families in need, animals or wildlife habitat—and start a list of those that the family is interested in. Next, start researching related local organizations, facilities and institutions, and matching them to the topics on the list. Ideas may include food kitchens, pet shelters and animal
rescues, nature parks, senior citizens’ residences, camps for low-income or physically or mentally challenged children, zoos, museums, aquariums and local libraries. Make a game plan. Get creative about how to actually help the selected causes. Talk it through together, map out activities—like visiting, donating funds or materials or participating in fundraising efforts—and post the results somewhere at home that is highly visible. “Gamify” it to some degree with tasks that turn into goals that turn into accomplishments that result in chits. Quick tasks can make a big difference. Clear the clutter. Every six to 12 months, launch an all-family household closet cleaning day that includes the toy chest and maybe the garage. Add nonperishable healthy food items they’ve picked out while grocery shopping. Make a “donate box” positioned where kids can add to it and deliver the donations often, even if it’s small. Find ways to raise money for donations. Organize a family or neighborhood yard sale or organic bake sale that involves kids at all stages of the project, and give all or a portion of the proceeds to a selected charity. Associate getting with giving. For birthdays and holidays, include a
handwritten “certificate of giving” that specifies the amount of money available for them to gift to their favorite charity. Take the child to the charity site to make the monetary donation in person, if possible. For non-local organizations, write a check and have the child include a letter with their thoughts and mail it. Volunteer to do community service. Public gardens need weeding, historic buildings need painting and food banks need hands. Find goodwill tasks that are age-appropriate and engaging. Grow the mindset. Tell real-life stories about kids or groups of kids that have found creative ways to give back. Encourage empathy by sharing appropriate stories of struggle. Ask kids, “How would you want people to help you in this situation?” Explain the action the family is taking and the resulting benefit to the recipient. The conversation might be, “We don’t need to store all this stuff when someone else could really use it.” Or, “I bet there is a kid out there who would really like playing with this toy. I know you used to love it, but how about if you pass it along to someone else so they can enjoy it as much as you have?” Keep the focus on the people in need and your child’s ability to share an experience through an item. Establishing an impermanent connection to material things can help kids understand the importance of nurturing relationships over acquiring goods. Develop a language of giving in the household by creating opportunities to incorporate it into regular conversation. Appropriate comments could share concepts such as seeing ourselves as stewards of the planet and the things we think we own; it’s our duty to help those in need when we have abundance; and if there is ever a time when we are without, we hope that others will think of us and help us. Teaching children how their thoughts, words and actions impact those around them is a lesson that bears repeating. Jennifer Jacobson lives in Seattle and has served on the boards of several influential nonprofits and other organizations focused on conservation, education and community.
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whiff of sweetness can communicate a personal signature of tranquility, alertness or romance, or it can cause a bout of miserable sneezing, wheezing or nausea for those in the vicinity and even the unwitting wearer.
“When you see ‘fragrance’ on a personal care product label, read it as ‘hidden chemicals,’” warns the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit watchdog Environmental Working Group (EWG). “A major loophole in the [U.S.] Food and Drug Administration’s federal law lets manufacturers of products like shampoo, lotion and body wash include nearly any ingredient under the term fragrance without actually listing the chemical.” Companies that manufacture personal care products are required by law to list the ingredients they use, but fragrances and trade-secret formulas are exempt. What’s known as a dirty little secret in the fragrance industry is the unlabeled presence of toxic chemicals not only in perfumes, but in any personal care product that includes a scent. Lab tests commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and analyzed by the EWG confirm the presence of parabens that interfere with hormone production,
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cancer-causing phthalates, and synthetic musks that have been linked to hormone disruption, among many other ills.
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“Opting for natural scents from organic essential oils not only offers a toxinfree alternative, the oils’ aromatherapy benefits have time-proven therapeutic value,” suggests Dorene Petersen, president and founder of the American College of Healthcare Sciences, in Portland, Oregon.
Recent research from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica, in Brazil, confirms that lavender oil has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and pain-relieving properties similar to those of a mild-dose narcotic. Plus, it smells heavenly, says botanical perfumer Roxana Villa, of Woodland Hills, a California-based spokesperson for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Considering the part of the plant used will give you an idea of its therapeutic value,” says Villa. “A root base will be good for grounding. Since bark is like skin, oils such as birch will benefit skin and muscles. Oils from flowers are excellent for anything related to the head and mind.” Oregano and cinnamon oils have powerful antifungal properties, even against Candida-type fungi resistant to prescription drugs, according to Brazilian research from Universidade Federal. A groundbreaking study from the Slovak University of Technology, in Slovakia, even suggests that rosemary oil can kill cancer cells. These are all scents that can be the foundations of do-it-yourself perfumes.
“It’s fun to experiment with organic essential oils and create that unique blend that becomes a personal signature,” says Charlynn Avery, an aromatherapist with Aura Cacia, in Norway, Iowa. She explains that essential oils have three basic “notes” and blending them correctly will result in a fragrance suited to last throughout the day.
The 1-2-3s of Blending Oils Base Notes Middle Notes Top Notes sandalwood lavender orange jasmine bergamot lemon myrrh geranium grapefruit vetiver rosemary eucalyptus patchouli tea tree lime cedarwood clary sage peppermint A general ratio of 50 percent base note oils to 30 percent middle notes and 20 percent top notes is recommended. Source: courtesy of AuraCacia.com
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“The base note is heavier and lasts the longest. Patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, cedarwood and jasmine hang around longer in the atmosphere and on the wearer,” she explains. Blending the base with a slightly lighter middle note like lavender, rosemary or clary sage and a light and short-lasting top note like orange, lime or peppermint will create a complex and pleasing blend. “That’s the beauty of the art of it,” says Avery. “You can create synergistic blends that harmonize and complement the attributes of each to such an extent that you may not be able to detect the scents of the individual oils.” There are no hard and fast rules, but our experts offer a few guidelines for creating our own unique blends that will be well-received as holiday gifts. Use a base of oil like jojoba or sweet almond to create a perfumed oil. Note that oils undiluted by a carrier can burn the skin. For oil-based blends, use a ratio of 50 drops of bottom note oil, 30 drops of a middle note and 20 drops of a top note in two ounces of carrier oil. Another option is to use an alcohol base of either isopropyl rubbing alcohol or 85-proof vodka to make a spray perfume; the alcohol will evaporate quickly. Alcohol-based blends generally last longer, especially with fragile citrus oils. A usual ratio is 10 to 20 drops of essential oil per ounce of alcohol-based carrier. Oil-based blends are ready to use almost immediately. Alcohol-based blends should age a week or two at least and will become more strongly scented in time. Store fragrances in bottles in a dark, cool place. Bottles with tiny roll-on caps are commercially available. “It’s very much trial and error to arrive at a preferred scent, so be creative and keep careful notes of experiments and improve on them as you gain experience,” counsels Avery. “If you crinkle your nose at patchouli, you probably won’t like an oil blend with it, either. Choose scents you like.”
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The Power of Thieves Essential Oil by Michelle Maynard
hieves essential oil blend is made of lemon, rosemary, eucalyptus, cinnamon and clove oils. The oil blend was named Thieves based on the legend of four thieves that robbed victims of the black plague but did not fall prey to the plague themselves because of the combination of cloves, rosemary and other aromatics they had placed upon themselves. They were given leniency when they were captured if they revealed how they avoided the deadly plague. Young Living’s Thieves Oil blend has been university tested and found to be highly effective against airborne bacteria. During this season where an increase of colds and the flu are seen, essential oils can help to support the immune system. Apply Thieves to the bottom of the feet to enhance the immune system. Add a drop to drinking water (not in plastic) at the first sign of postnasal drip or sore throat. Diffuse Thieves to promote a mold-free environment. Dilute in water and use in a spray bottle for hand sanitizer. Dilute in water and use to clean counter tops. Thieves can be used daily.
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AWAKENING TO SPIRIT Prayer and Meditation Heal and Free Us by Richard Davenport
By its intimate connection with divine love, Spirit infuses human experience with qualities of amazing grace—unexpected clarity, vision, wisdom, peace, compassion, emotional release, inspirational epiphanies, deep understanding and comprehensive healing of mind, body and soul.
hile society abounds with scientific research, products and practices that promise to enhance our mind or body and the mind-body connection, without Spirit in the mix, neither rises to its full potential. A heart open to a higher power exponentially multiplies the effects of this crucial connection. “Just as a candle spreads light in a darkened room, people who are living in-Spirit give off a higher energy that can bring light to our hearts and minds. In other words, we can be inspired just by being in their presence,” according to renowned bestselling author Wayne Dyer, Ph.D. Experiential, non-verbal and life-changing encounters with the unbounded power and presence of Spirit in prayer and meditation are difficult to analyze in the same way as mind-body
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science. However, Dyer points to the works and outcomes of Spirit as visible evidence of how it lifts us up. We see individuals with rapturous hearts sending out signals that they love the world and everyone in it. Those that live in Spirit tend to see the world as a friendly place, are at peace with themselves, appear to be open and accepting rather than judgmental and harsh, and often report being healed of all sorts of diseases, relationship challenges, career fluctuations and questions of purpose and direction. They attest to how Spirit shines a triumphant light in the midst of dark nights of the soul, redefining the essence of life itself and declaring us worthy in our innermost reaches.
When a 19-year-old woman entered basic military training at Lackland Air Force
Base, in San Antonio, Texas, and was undergoing initial medical and psychological screening, she was identified as having body and mind issues that would require her to be separated from the service. These problems included organ failures and spinal misalignment, as well as severe consequences of an emotionally abusive upbringing. It was determined that she could not handle the physical and mental demands of military life. Because the policy was to not treat such problems if identified upon entering the service, authorities allowed her to remain in training until her separation from the Air Force could be processed. The woman was impressed and also distressed by the finality of the verdict and assessment tools used by mind and body experts among the medical staff. In talking with a chaplain on the base, she came to understand that she could choose to appeal her case to another jurisdiction, a “higher” court of Spirit. Focusing on the voice of divine love, she grew to see Spirit as more than a higher power. She saw Spirit as a higher authority. She surrendered to divine love’s authority as ultimate law, supremely qualified to reorder her whole being. She trusted that aligning with spiritual power could change her view of her identity and the seemingly inescapable consequences of genetics, environment and human history denying her desire to serve her country in this way. Listening to a higher witness testifying on her behalf and identifying her authentic being as the magnificent expression of the magnificent Creator, she felt encouraged to the point that her mind and body stopped arresting her progress and became more effective servants, responding with greater freedom and joy. One limitation after another fell away, and the military and medical authorities seemed pleased with her progress as she neared completion of training. Finally, performing a mile-and-a-half run within a required time remained the only obstacle to graduation, and she was still 45 seconds too slow. This helpful passage from the Hebrew prophet Isaiah became central to her prayer and meditation as she approached her last running attempt:
Young people will get tired; strapping young men will stumble and fall. But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run—never winded, never weary. They will walk—never tired, never faint. ~Isaiah 40: 30-31 (The Voice)
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There are two approaches to listening to the voice within, whether we name it God, higher power, Spirit, grace, Eternal One, or divine love or Love. Complementary, rather than mutually exclusive, both approaches require a capacity, gained through patient practice, of quieting the inner and outer chatter and learning to hear that which calls us to be more than what human experience suggests is possible. It’s who we are in the eyes of grace. Sanford C. Wilder, of Grafton, Illinois, author of Listening to Grace, offers personal growth and development programs through EducareUnlearning.com that encourage prayer and meditation that emphasize listening. He practices both approaches and makes distinctions between them. “When I pray, I am directing my thoughts toward God, listening and often affirming what I know to be divinely true. I am yearning to surrender my will and affections in conscious connection with the divine such that I or another receives a blessing,” shares Wilder. In such prayerful listening, he hopes to gain something, often a new insight and corresponding manifestation. “When I meditate, my intention is to sacrifice every thought, concept, image and feeling to God, the only consciousness. I trust that listening and observing with nonattachment helps me release conscious and unconscious
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To feel Spirit’s presence, we must surrender our own sense of how it will work, its timeline and the impact on our ego or status quo. As with anything worthwhile, conscientious practice is essential.
She passed her final attempt with 18 seconds to spare, running on eagles’ wings. So, how can we all discern such a divine witness to our original authentic being amidst loud testimony of all the voices and labels shouting in our head and body, including those imposed by others?
conditioned thought patterns permeated by a human sense of self.” Through meditative listening, he hopes to release everything rather than receive anything, accepting that everyone is equipped and able to be open to, witness and experience nonstop blessings. Helen Mathis has been an educator in the Philippines and Swaziland as well as the U.S., including an instructor of religion at Principia College, near St. Louis; she is now part of a Centering Prayer Circle in Stockton, California. She explains that centering prayer may be seen as a hybrid that embraces both prayer and meditation, nourishing what’s beneath the preoccupied self to awaken a deeper and vastly more authentic self. Mathis appreciates what Cynthia Bourgeault explores in her book Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, that, “This confusion between small self and the larger Self… [the] ‘True Self,’ ‘Essential Self’ or ‘Real I’—is the core illusion of the human condition, and penetrating this illusion is what awakening is all about.”
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Through conscious listening we discover that our true nature—as witnessed by Spirit—though sometimes obscured from view, is never altered from its original beauty and wholeness. ~Helen Mathis Like Bourgeault, Mathis believes that it’s not about the absence of thoughts so much as detaching from our thoughts, trusting that we can let go and be safe, consent to surrender human will and forgo personal agendas. Only then can spiritual sense come into play. “The goal is to awaken to, open to and get in touch with our innermost being and Spirit,” Mathis affirms. “Clearly, centering prayer assumes we each have a spiritual awareness of the divine within us that acts, as Bourgeault puts it, as ‘a kind of interior compass whose magnetic north is always fixed on God.’”
We often approach a Spirit dimension with the attitude of “what it can do for me.” The higher practice that mystics and other deep thinkers of various faith traditions ultimately arrive at instead centers on transforming our whole self to align with Spirit’s purpose for us, which changes everything. Reverend Dr. Michael Beckwith, founder of the New Thought Agape Spiritual Center, in Los Angeles, and a spiritual mentor to Oprah Winfrey, believes, “The relationship we have with the infinite is more about how we are to serve it than it is to serve us.” Beckwith describes three primary stages of realizing the power and purpose of divine Spirit expressed as our spirit. The first is that of a victim (feeling powerless, unable to effect change). The second is when an individual learns the existence of universal law that responds to our thinking, emotions and attitude; we learn how to use it to stabilize life structures and
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demonstrate health and well-being. “Ultimately, in stage three, we become a vehicle of life in service to life. Instead of using the law, the law uses us. Life fulfills its own nature through us,” he says. “All of life is conspiring for our freedom, liberation, wholeness and health.” He urges us not to stop and stagnate at stage two, using divine laws only to manifest personal conveniences, stuff and even people for our use; this can hijack views of abundance into materialism and consumerism. He quips, “We are not here to go shopping.”
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Grace and Spirit work in us, through us and between us, yet we can’t simply summon them up or outline their outcomes.
To feel Spirit’s presence, we must surrender our own sense of how it will work, its timeline and the impact on our ego or status quo. As with anything worthwhile, conscientious practice is essential. Life, defined by Spirit, gives fresh strength and impetus to mind and body. All three are vital elements of the dance of life. Richard Davenport is a spiritual life educator (HigherGroundForLife.com) and the founding executive director of an inclusive nationwide Bible and spiritual life community (BibleAndSpiritualLife. org). Now based in St. Louis, MO, he is a retired Air Force chaplain, having served at Lackland and other U.S. Air Force bases on three continents.
FIVE WAYS TO PRAY FROM THE HEART by Richard Davenport
rayer from a heart willing to surrender, change, learn, grow and bless others works to keep us centered on pure motives like wellness, wholeheartedness and compassion. Such prayer can help us progress spiritually. These five forms of prayer, found in the Bible, have a universal application to any spiritual practice. Although differing in their approach, all share the purpose of creating a fuller mindfulness of our true identity and relationship to the divine, while enhancing our capacity to bless all creation. If we are not feeling the desired breakthroughs using one form, perhaps the one most familiar or comfortable to us, we might do well to explore others. Praise – a posture of adoration, honoring and surrender to a power, vision, and authority greater than our own. Thanksgiving – or better yet, for its consistency and permeating of our whole self, thanks-living. The garden of our spirit is enriched by embracing a gratitude attitude in all we do. Petition – a relational posture that opens our heart as we learn to ask for help, to seek perspective beyond a limited self, beyond a smaller, egodriven orientation.
Intercession – praying for others; blessing, honoring and cherishing them as God sees them. When we feel burdened and blocked by our own trials, expressing empathy and compassion for others can unlock our heart and mind. We can lovingly witness the true nature of those that are seemingly tangled in forces blocking or opposing their higher good. Affirmation – release and rest in divine authority, acknowledging the uni-verse as literally one song reflecting the singular harmony that Spirit knows and is unfolding in every moment to meet our need in forms we can see and feel right now.
Uncommon Devotion Religion in America Shows Resilience On any given Sabbath, four of 10 Americans travel to a place of worship, a number that hasn’t fluctuated dramatically in the past half-century. Gallup polls report that more than 81 percent say they identify with a specific religion or denomination; 78 percent say it’s an important part of their lives; and 57 percent believe that religion is able to solve today’s problems. While recent attendance may be off, Americans are no less likely to attend services today than they were in the 1940s and early ’50s, just prior to the ultra-religious following decade. The reason, says Gallup’s Frank Newport, is that U.S. religious worship is cyclical. Today’s practicing religious communities “tend to consist of the seriously committed, not just those swept along by obligation,” reports Christian Smith, director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame and co-principal investigator of the National Study of Youth and Religion. Those that worship regularly are more likely to be older, female and Southern; they also are better educated and stronger financially than those that don’t, according to Newport. At the same time, Mitchell Marcus, a University of Pennsylvania professor, characterizes his Ph.D. students as religiously curious, often devout and eager to talk about their beliefs. Source: The Christian Science Monitor
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says Rabbi David Freelund, of the Cape he simple act of switching on a Cod Synagogue, in Hyannis, Masbulb can light a room; preaching sachusetts. “Going solar made sense. that humans are caretakers of the Earth can enlighten a community. “How We leased panels, joined a renewable energy credit program and now generare we faithful to God’s creation?” asks ate 90 percent of our energy.” Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D., author of The synagogue also upgrades Grounded: Finding God in the World— equipment to more efficient levels A Spiritual Revolution, in Alexandria, when it’s time for replacement, comVirginia. “The connection between the posts waste, maintains a garden to supnatural world and the world we live in ply a local food pantry, helps us understand The film Renewal switched to LED lights, the remarkable responsibility we have to the documents this grass- zoned their facility’s heating and cooling and planet.” roots movement at follows a single-stream Along with an emotional bottom line, RenewalProject.net. recycling program. “We seek to lead by example. many people pose a Members ask, ‘What else can we do?’ greater question: What is the cost to As Jews, our mission is not fulfilled our spiritual life if we act selfishly? unless we lift up others toward the “We need to know what is sacred and divine,” says Freelund. what matters for generations to come,” Windows often make up a large says Bass. “This is an exciting time for portion of a building of worship, but communities of faith to work together.” can be the least energy-efficient comChurches, synagogues, mosques and ponents. Members of Colorado’s Steamother faith groups are sending a mesboat Christian Center, in Steamboat sage to their congregations and comSprings, used to wear sunglasses or munities: We need to care for what the change seats during services to escape Creator has given us. the sun’s glare and heat. After installing smart glass windows, everyone can Showing the Way now fully concentrate on the sermon. “We wanted to reduce reliance on for “The glass tints like transition eign oil, support local businesses, buy sunglasses, based on available light or American-made and be cost-effective,”
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“Clutter represents postponed decisions,” says Barbara Hemphill, author of Less Clutter, More Life, in Raleigh, North Carolina. “Lack of time, interest and energy keep us from passing along what we no longer want or need. For most of us, 80 percent of what we keep, we never use.” That includes paperwork, another specialty of her Productive Environment Institute. When the United Methodist North Carolina Conference Center’s new building was ready, there was plenty to sort through before moving. “We estimate seven tons of items were recycled. It became an example for individual churches,” says Hemphill. Her own church, Mount Zion Methodist, in nearby Garner, has cleared out two storage rooms. Items were reclaimed, auctioned or donated to a shelter. “We gained Sunday school rooms in return,” she says.
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Awareness of the environment and eco-friendly living is a concept religions agree on. At the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, in Sterling, Virginia, an education program encourages community members to recycle, plant trees and lower water and energy usage. Including their Sunday School, they reduced their overall carbon footprint by 13 percent and energy consumption by 21 percent. Interfaith Power & Light is active in most states and can help implement such user- and eco-friendly changes. Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, the director of outreach for the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center, in Falls Church, Virginia, suggests thinking larger and encourages members to ask for changes in public policies by lobbying their representatives. In 2016, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago will promote a Green Ramadan. During Ramadan, members re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance. Greener than most, The Garden Church, in San Pedro, California, has
We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all. ~Pope Francis no building. “People tell me, ‘The outdoors is my church;’ I take them at their word,” says founding Pastor Anna Woofenden. “We have a central table surrounded by gardens. About 90 percent of what we grow is vegetables, the rest is flowers. This church is a living sanctuary, a place to belong, a place of community. God’s love is made visible as people are fed in body, mind and spirit.” “Eco-friendly teaching represents a new spiritual imagination of how to live well in the world,” observes Bass. “Faith makes a difference.”
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he story of Westminster Unitarian Church’s ecological status began years ago with a simple recycling program and led to Green Sanctuary Accreditation, which is outlined and granted by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Celia Humphreys, Co-Chairperson of Westminster’s Green Sanctuary Committee, explained how the East Greenwich church achieved this status by improving operations in a number of functional areas and implementing a broad range of environmentally-driven actions—recycling, rebuilding, reducing, replanting and rethinking RE (Religious Education).
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have helped the congregation to teach the children conscious environmentalism through live example, as well as through mindful Sunday School lessons. Westminster’s Adopt-a-Tree program leads children to select a tree and watch it change through the seasons. In April, the Green Sanctuary Committee takes responsibility for designing and presenting a Sunday service that celebrates Earth Day. Half of the collection plates undesignated cash gathered during the entire month is donated to a carefully selected non-profit to benefit the environment. Looking forward, the Green Sanctuary Committee is committed to introducing more environmental literacy programming to complement their well-established Religious Education program. The ultimate mission of the Green Sanctuary Committee is to raise awareness among its own membership. Westminster collaborates with other churches and is proud to have hosted the annual meeting for Rhode Island Interfaith Power & Light, an environmental organization eager to share the power and the light with other religious organizations around the state. Other accredited congregations in Rhode Island include Channing Memorial Church, in Newport, and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, in Peace Dale. The Westminster Unitarian Universalist Church website (WestminsterUU.org) provides more information about the congregation. Wendy Fachon is an independent environmental educator, author of The Angel Heart and creator of Netwalking. For information, visit Netwalking.com.
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What’s the best way to arrange time for meditation, and what can motivate us to practice regularly? Having a sense of structure has helped me the most. I believe strongly in the value of a daily practice, however simple or short. We can ritualize certain practices to help remember to pause and be mindful. For example, every time the phone rings, let it ring three
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Etheral Cord Cutting and Letting Go – 1-4pm. Cords are made of astral/etheric energy and connect two people’s subtle bodies. Learn how to cut them, let go and heal. Donations will be made to Warwick Animal Shelter. $10 donation. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660. InnerLoveAndLight.com. Being at Peace During the Holidays – 2-3:30pm. In this workshop we’ll gain peace and understanding through the acceptance of people and circumstances around us. Walk into the holidays with Grace and Ease. $15/person, $20/2 people. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707. Life-Enhancement-Services.com.
Sunday, December 6 Providence Flea Holiday Market – 10am-4pm. Curated selection of holiday items plus the same great collection of vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories, upcycled and handmade crafts and recycled objects, housewares, antiques, collectibles, repurposed furniture, photography, curiosities, kitsch and more. Free. Providence Flea at Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence. ProvidenceFlea.com. Holiday Fundraiser Silent Auction – 12-2pm. Help raise money for families in need. Open to the public, this silent auction will have jewelry, massages, psychic readings, gift certificates and more. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Restorative Yoga – 1-3pm. With Robin Loy. $25. RI Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Kingston. 401-284-0320. RIYogaCenter.com. Drum Circle – 3-5pm. Bring drums and/or percussion instruments if you have them. Come to play or dance. All are welcome. By donation. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Healing Center, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. YogaAtSantosha.com. Back2Basics – 4:30-6pm. Learn the foundation of the poses whether just entering the world of yoga or a seasoned practitioner. Use the yoga wall to feel the effects of various poses. $20. Live Purna Yoga, 240 Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-439-5260. JudePurnaYoga.com.
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. InnerlightYoga.com.
Tuesday, December 8 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. Info@FireseedCenter.com.
Wednesday, December 9 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. Intuitive Therapy C/O Wellness Boutique, 1300 Park Ave, Woonsocket. 508-951-9828. Intuitive-Therapy.com.
Thursday, December 10 Healthy Eating Support Group – 9:30-10:30am. Group is designed to answer questions, offer recipes, and provide support around the healing powers of food. Leave with tools to help you on your path to health. Free. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2. AllThatMatters.com. Meridians, Meditation & Reiki – 6:30-7:45pm. Kerri Sloat offers this nourishing session. Providing gentle stretches; guided meditation and group Reiki. Space is limited. Pre-registration & payment to reserve spot. $15. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedAYogaPractice@gmail.com.
Friday, December 11 Chakra Basics – 5-7pm. 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. $20. Intuitive Therapy C/O Wellness Boutique, 1300 Park Ave, Woonsocket. 508-951-9828. Intuitive-Therapy.com. Flow and Glow – 6-7:30pm. Flow and Glow Black Light Party. $20. RI Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Kingston. 401-284-0320. RIYogaCenter.com.
Donation Day – 1-4pm. Join us for a day of insights. Bring questions or concerns, or simply come to catch a glimpse into your own true nature. We will have various practitioners available, offering their “fortune-telling” services. $20 gets you a 20-minute session with one or all of our participants. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Healing Center, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. YogaAtSantosha.com.
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Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Drum healings restore balance and bring us into alignment with our true nature through removal of blocks, returning lost power and soul parts. Bring a mat and blanket. With Paul DiSegna and Katharine Rossi. $35. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, Reyonlds School, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com. 2015 Winter Solstice New Moon Ceremony of Lights – 7-9pm. We will circle in song, ritual and prayer to honor our sacred connection to Mother Earth and begin to shift our attention towards the light of solstice and a vision for the New Year. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com. 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. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Spiritual Cinema – 7-9pm. We’ll be viewing A Christmas Carol. Come watch and discuss the message of the holidays to clarify and embody the true intent of the season. $10/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707. Life-Enhancement-Services.com.
Saturday, December 12 Usui Holy Fire Reiki I & II Workshop – 10am6pm. Learn both Holy Fire Reiki I & II in one day in this intensive course. Receive manual, attunements, certificate. 10% of proceeds will be donated to Warwick Animal Shelter. $300. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660. LearnReikiRI.com. Archangel Family Playshop: 5 Yrs & Up – 1-3pm. In this playshop the participants will get to know the Archangels, their gifts, how they guide us, how to call on them and so much more. Many special materials provided. $20. CreatIgo, 235 High St, 1st Fl, Bristol. 401-793-0097. CreatIgo.org.
Sunday, December 13 Yoga Saaram with Shanthi Yogini – 9am-6pm. Saaram means essence. Experience the true essence of ancient Indian yoga in its pristine and purest form, with an authentic yoga master and teacher. Reservation required. $150. The Women’s Well, Holistic Wellness Center, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683. TheWomensWell.com. Providence Flea Holiday Market – 10am-4pm. Curated selection of holiday items plus the same great collection of vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories, upcycled and handmade crafts and recycled objects, housewares, antiques, collectibles, repurposed furniture, photography, curiosities, kitsch and more. Free. Providence Flea at Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence. ProvidenceFlea.com. Eyelash Extension Training Class – 11am-7pm. What is holding you back from earning top dollar as a Eyelash Artist? Lash Artistry is the #1 area in the Beauty Industry. Learn from professional Eyelash experts. With a professional eyelash extension kit and certification upon completion of 2 clients. Please call. Diane’s Permanent Makeup & Eyelashes, 101 West Natick Rd, Accross from Warwick Mall, Warwick. 401-855-4333. DianesMakeup.com.
SpiritCradle – 6:30-8pm. SpiritCradle sessions offer an innovative way to give and to receive healing energy in small groups. You will gently rock others and be rocked on a new type of bodywork platform in a soothing environment. $15. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Healing Center, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. YogaAtSantosha.com.
Monday, December 14 Angel Gallery Night with Gladys Ellen – 6:309pm. A gallery-style event full of channeled messages for you and the group. Come experience the power of Divine guidance as you sit in the energy of the Archangels. Please RSVP. $40/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707. Life-Enhancement-Services.com.
Tuesday, December 15 Shamanic Journeying – 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. Info@FireseedCenter.com
Wednesday, December 16 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 WhiteLight1462@aol.com. Reiki Share – 7:30-9pm. Welcome Reiki practitioner of any level. Practice your skills in a safe and welcoming environment while sharing and supporting one another. $10. Intuitive Therapy C/O Wellness Boutique, 1300 Park Ave, Woonsocket. 508-951-9828. Intuitive-Therapy.com.
Thursday, December 17 Travel with the Whales Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Move in the vast ocean with whale clan to a part of yourself that longs to swim in the mysterious world of the deep. Discover and experience the tranquility of their realm. With Colleen Kelley. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Info@FireseedCenter.com.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18 Third Friday Holiday Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Feel relaxed and blissful as the Gongs of Joy surround you with the healing sounds of the gongs, bowls & drums to relieve your stress! Bring a mat, pillow & blanket. $20 pre-registered, $25 at the door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876.
Saturday, December 19 Women’s Sacred Dance and Chocolate – 123:30pm. Deepen into your intuitive body and dance with Theobroma Cacao as your plant ally. $45. The Women’s Well, Holistic Wellness Center, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683.
Saturday Movie Satsang – 4:15-6:15pm. Take a break from holiday busyness, join us for a showing of a beautiful inspiring movie of the Christmas Story. Meditation, 3:30pm; Movie, 4:15pm, potluck snacks and friendship. Free; donation appreciated. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Third Saturday Holiday Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Joy (Gongs of Joy) & A.Michelle (Drumsinger) will lull you into a state of complete relaxation with the resonant sounds of the gongs, singing bowls, drums & flutes!. $20 pre-registered, $25 at the door. First Spiritualist Church, 83 South Rose St, East Providence. 401-641-3516. An Evening with Musician David Roth – 7-9pm. Singer, song writer, recording artist, keynote speaker, workshop leader and story teller returns for a show that is poignant, improbable, holistic and hilarious. $15 suggested, no one turned away. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. concordiacsl.com.
Sunday, December 20 Before Christmas Reiki Special – 9am-8pm. Come experience the wonderful energy of Holy Fire Reiki. Christmas Special: 1-hour Holy Fire Reiki Healing Sessions for $25 today. Please call to make your appointment. $25. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660. LearnReikiRI.com. Christmas Service with Roland Comtois – 1011:30am. Join internationally acclaimed channeler and author Roland Comtois and the First Spiritualist Church of RI for a fun and uplifting Christmas celebration open to everyone. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.
markyourcalendar Farmacy Herbs Solstice Fair – 10am-4pm. 2nd Annual Solstice Fair. Handmade herbal products for sale, free herbal classes, and herbal tea all day long. Free. Farmacy Herbs, 28 Cemetery St. Providence. 401-270-5223. Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat – 1-4pm. Celebrate this year’s solstice by exploring mindfulness meditation and yin yoga. New to yoga or mediation or a long-time practitioner, this half-day retreat is for you. $45. All That Matters PVD, 1 Park Row, Providence. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com. 108 Sun Salutations – 4-6pm. Winter Solstice Celebration. $20. RI Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Kingston. 401-284-0320. RIYogaCenter.com.
Tuesday, December 22 Full Spectrum Class – 8:30-10am. Class attends to the full body with the use of the yoga wall. This practice may include standing poses, inversions, twists, backbends or forward bends. $18. Live Purna Yoga, 240 Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-439-5260. JudePurnaYoga.com. Meditation De-Stresser – 6-7:30pm. Holiday special. No prior experience is required. Connect with one another, engage in gentle guided meditation and more. Bring cozy blanket, pillow and any other props. $6. Intuitive Therapy C/O Wellness Boutique, 1300 Park Ave, Woonsocket. 508-951-9828. Intuitive-Therapy.com.
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Candlelight Christmas Eve – 6-7:30pm. Join us for one of the most beautiful and devotional evenings of the year. Outdoor Luminaria: Christmas Story told in music, readings, candlelight procession and meditation. Free; donation appreciated. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.
New Year’s Day Gong Bath – 1-3:30pm. Gong in the New Year with a new vibration, priming your subconscious to create the year you want. Experience two powerful gong baths to support your vision for 2016. $55. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2. AllThatMatters.com.
Saturday, December 26 Usui Holy Fire Art/Master Workshop – Dec 26-28. 10am-4pm. A 3-day intensive workshop. You will learn and be attuned to Master Symbol and receive the Usui Holy Fire Master/Teacher Ignitions. $500. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660. LearnReikiRI.com.
markyourcalendar Tuesday, December 29 Holiday Natural Networking – 5-7pm. Come celebrate the season with Natural Awakenings. Join us for informal networking, light appetizers and inspiration to end the year and get ready for a new one. Meet old friends, make new ones. Free, cash bar. Natural Awakenings at Blaze Village Resturant, 999 Main St, Pawtucket. 401-709-2473. RINaturalAwakenings.com.
Friday, January 23 Nasya & Karna Purna Therapy – 12-6pm. Applying a few drops of herbal oil into the nostrils and ears to help control sinus conditions, help heal ear disorders, sinus problems, mental disorders, neck stiffness, migraine headache, dryness of the nose, TMJ, memory loss, convulsions, hoarseness, colds, anxiety and more. With Master Instructor: Karyn Chabot. $125. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372. TheNewportMassageSchool.com.
Saturday, January 24
Intro to Marma Point Therapy – 12-6pm. Marmas are like small “windows” on the skin’s surface and subcutaneous layers, acting as mystical junction points between body, mind and spirit. Activating marma points allows light and prana into the body, transforming the biochemistry of the physiology. With Master Instructor: Karyn Chabot. $125. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372. TheNewportMassageSchool.com.
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“Some Enchanted Evening” A New Year’s Eve Celebration – 3-10pm. Join The Mystics for our New Year’s Eve event. We present some of the area’s best tarot and angel card readers, mediums, energy workers and more; along with offerings from talented artisans with handcrafted items. Refreshments throughout and evening entertainment. For more information, see Facebook page. $10/ adults, free/children 12 & under. Elks Lodge, 141 Pelham St, Newport. tiny.cc/MysticsNewYears.
Abhyanga Ayurvedic Oil Massage – Feb 6 & 7. 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. TheNewportMassageSchool.com.
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Monday Quonny Yoga – 10-11:30am. Come learn why poses in this Forrest yoga-inspired class are good for your body type, even if you have an injury. Props provided to stretch and strengthen. Beginners and up. $10. Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com. Svaroopa® Yoga Class in Cumberland – 11am12:30pm. Lose your stress; gain calm and peace. Svaroopa® is a slow moving yoga adapted to your body’s needs using blankets as props. Get 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. TimeForYouYoga.com. 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. TimeForYouYoga.com. After School Yoga: Cumberland – 4:30-5:45pm. No matter how challenging your work/life will be this week, begin with a yoga class that will be peaceful, transformative and healing. Beginners welcome. $15/drop-in; $11-$12/Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com.
Yoga Nidra – 6-7:15pm. This special series offers a pathway to deep and profound rest, release of tension, and personal transformation, eases you into a state of healing rest. $16/drop-in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. 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. Guided group meditation format. With Shari Bitsis. $15. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com.
Tuesday Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Linking movement with breath as postures are built from the ground up. Experience pranayama, asana, and savasana for a yoga experience that supports body, mind and spirit. $10. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedAYogaOractice@gmail.com. Vbarre – 5:30-6:30pm. Designed to tone, trim, and transform the body with a fusion of ballet barre, Pilates and resistance training. This class provides calorie-blasting cardio. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, behind Lincoln Mall Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com. Meditation is More Than You Think – 5:456:45pm. Come and release the stresses of the holidays with meditation. We will continue the month exploring different styles of meditation and join in a spiritual discussion. $5 suggested donation. Santosha Yoga Studio and Holistic Center, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Kripalu Yoga: Cumberland – 6-7:15pm. Moving into a restful evening. Join instructor, Kathryn Boger, E RYT-500, for a peaceful, transformative and healing yoga practice. Beginners are welcome. $15/drop-in; $11-$12/Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. 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. Please RSVP. $10/class, $30/4 classes. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com. Vinyasa Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Vinyasa flow for fluid, movement-intensive practice as you move from pose to pose. $15/drop-in, $96/8-class pass. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Its-My-Health.com. Svaroopa® Yoga Class in Cumberland – 7-8:30pm. You learn to release deeply held tension using guided awareness, yoga breathing, and slow moving yoga poses, adapted to your body. Tangible benefits with little effort. With Pat Spencer. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com.
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. LaughingElephantYoga.com. Hatha Yoga – 9:15-10:30am. Gentle yoga for the most basic yoga postures that will help you feel longer, looser and more relaxed. $15/drop-in, $96/8-class pass. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Its-My-Health.com. Tai Chi Beginner Form – 1-2pm. Learn the 24 Posture Tai Chi beginner form. Flexible class times include Thursday, 7:30-8:30pm and Saturday, 12-1pm. New students may try a trial lesson before enrolling. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 435-6502.WayDragon.com. Open Meditation – 5:30-6:45pm. Weekly open sitting meditation with free instruction at 5:30pm; sitting and walking meditation and ending chants. Dropin any time during session. All are welcome. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443. Providence.Shambhala.org. Grace Yin and Psychic Development – 6-7:30pm. What does it mean to be embodied? Yin opens connective tissue, softens joints and releases tension in a mindful, deep way. Psychic development, pranayama and mantra. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. Kundalini Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. The yoga of awareness as taught by Yogi Bhajan. The practice of this yoga can give you the strength courage and radiance to meet all of life’s challenges with grace. $15/drop-in, $96/8-class pass. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Its-My-Health.com.
Thursday New Svaroopa® Class in Cumberland – 9:3011am. Release deeply held tension using guided awareness, yoga breathing, and slow moving yoga poses, adapted to your body using blankets. Tangible benefits with little effort. With Maria Sichel. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. 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, behind Lincoln Mall Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com. Grace Yoga Level 2 – 6-7:30pm. Vinyasa yoga slow and mindful, with instruction, mantra, pranayama and meditation. Arm balances, inversions and backbends. Grace Yoga is a devotional practice. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. Medical & Therapeutic Qigong – 6:15-7:15pm. Learn to relax, and strengthen and balance your energy to enhance immunity and attain better health. New students may participate in a trial class before enrolling. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 435-6502. WayDragon.com.
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REIKI TREATMENTS Ohm My Goodness offers private sessions in a tranquil setting, using organic essential oils and crystals from around the world. Contact Melanie at 401-569-6699. OhmMyGoodnessReiki.com.
Svaroopa® Yoga Series in Cumberland – 6:308pm. 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. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com.
Community Dance Party – 7-10pm. 1st Friday. Ongoing Family friendly dances. Bring your dance tunes on an ipod and we might be able to play them. $5-$10 suggested donation. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 27 North Rd, Peace Dale. SarahBell@Earthlink.net. 401-284-1819.
Meditation Group – 7-8pm. Meditation is more than your think. Come explore different styles of meditation and join in our spiritual discussion; relax, breath and release stress. Free. North Providence Library, Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-353-5600. email@example.com.
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. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. The Untethered Soul Workshop – 7-8:30pm. 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thursday of Dec. We’ll read a chapter of Michael Singer’s book and discuss understanding and 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. Life-Enhancement-Services.com.
Friday Grace Yoga Level 1 – 9-10:30am. Level I moves through basic postures, Sun Salutes, foundational principles of movement, and basic Pranayama (breathing techniques). This is not a beginner’s class. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rod, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. Yoga Rx – 10-11:30am. Learn to use your breath and understand the importance of alignment of poses and how they influence your spine health, muscles, lymph, digestion and more. Beginners and up. $10. Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com. Grace Restorative Yoga – 4:30-6pm. For everyone. Forward folds open the back and calm the nervous system. Light abdominal exercise refuels the pranic tank. Supported backbends and twists free held energy. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903.
Ananda Saturday Group Meditation – 9-10:30am. Start the weekend in the peace and joy of guided meditation and chanting. Join Kelly & Friends. Donation. Meet at: Shanti House, 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N Kingstown. More info: Ananda Hopkinton. 401-667-7315. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Grace Yoga Basics Course – 9am-10:30pm. A repeating six-week curriculum designed to teach and refine essential yoga poses and to introduce the philosophical backdrop of yoga. For everyone. Join anytime. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. Amrit Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Return to the state of equanimity with life through interchanging dynamic action with deep relaxation during the practice of hatha yoga poses. $15/drop-in, $96/8-class pass. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Its-My-Health.com. Kripalu Yoga: Cumberland – 9:45-11am. Join instructor Kathryn Boger, E RYT-500, for a peaceful, transformative and healing yoga class. Held in the serene setting of the Zen Center. Beginners welcome. $15/drop-in; $11-$12/Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. 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, behind Lincoln Mall Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com.
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Glenn Ambrose 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd. Coventry, RI 401-380-6707 GAmbrose.LES@gmail.com Life-Enhancement-Services.com
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.
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Angel Whispers Rhode Island 401-741-2278 AngelWhispersRI.com Adriene@AngelWhispersRI.com
chiropractic Dr. Richard Picard 342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967 DrRichardPicard.com
With 25 years of experience, Dr. Picard has helped thousands of patients recover from various health challenges with chiropractic care. Dr. Picard is unique; he looks at the body from a holistic perspective and focuses on wellness. He provides traditional nutrition and natural medicine to help heal the tissues of the body that are in need of repair. This in combination with chiropractic care creates a dynamic healing response within the body. Don’t deal with your pain and health challenges alone, call someone who cares.
coach Encore Executive & Professional Coaching
Mary T O’Sullivan, MSOL 650 Ten Rod Road, Suite 107 North Kingstown, RI 401-742-1965 EncoreExecutiveCoaching.com
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.
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 15.
Ashley Rodzen 401-919-1127 ARHealing.Net Ashley@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 33.
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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 7.
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Jahmeir Skincare Studio 2928 Post Rd, Warwick RI 401-595-2851 JahmeirSkincareStudio.com
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 19.
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38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • FlippSalon.com Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul. Offering hair, makeup,refexology,acupuncture,ma ssage and herbalism. See ad on page 27.
health coaching & nutritional counseling BETTER HEALTH WITH JOY
Joy Quinn Blum, M.A., M.Div., H.C. 401-258-3952 • BetterHealthWithJoy.com 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 11.
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Holistic counseling using hypnosis to access root causes of imbalance and shamanic techniques to connect you to your own power. Depth hypnosis works with your inner wisdom to heal and create lasting change. Office and phone sessions available.
Esthetician 360 FACE MIND BODY Michelle Maynard 635 Arnold Rd, Coventry, RI 401-886-1938 360FaceMindBody.com
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 23.
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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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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.
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Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic
Dr. Cathy Picard, N.D. 250 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield, RI 401-597-0477 • DrCathyPicard.com 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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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 14.
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 29.
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naturopathic physicians Sheila M. Frodermann, MS, ND, DHANP, CCH
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Farmacy Herbs Dr. Marcy Feibelman, ND 28 Cemetery St Providence, RI 508-343-0580 Marcy@ LeavesOfChangeMedicine.com LeavesOfChangeMedicine.com 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.
Nicole Casale RM/T Warwick, RI Cell Phone: 914-216-8660 InnerLoveandLight.com LearnReikiRI.com
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.
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SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER energy-n-elements Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 Energy-N-Elements.com
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 31.
sound healing GONGS OF JOY & DRUMSONG
Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle 401-258-3952 • GongsOfJoy.com 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 11.
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A Spiritual connection to Real Estate. Real estate buying or selling is a journey not a destination. For 35 years I have been assisting individuals in RI & MA with real estate decisions. I will be offering free consultation and a spiritual visionary map to coach you on your journey. If you interested in purchasing or selling a home, I can assist you.
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Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319 Maria@TimeForYouYoga.com TimeForYouYoga.com
Jane McGinn, BA, LMT
459 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 401-450-4172 WestShoreWellness.com 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.
I offer private Svaroopa® yoga therapy sessions tailored to meet your needs. I am specially trained in treating pain - including back pain and neck and shoulder issues. Yoga Therapy is more powerful than weekly yoga classes and moves you more quickly toward health and well being. My students experience pain relief, greater mobility, improved sleep, easier breathing, deep relaxation, increased flexibility, and a deep sense of peace.
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120 Wayland Ave, Ste 6 Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 catmoskow.massagetherapy.com 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.
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Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 • Its-My-Health.com 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 4.
yoga Grace Yoga
35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown RI 401-829-9903 • GraceYoga.org 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 37.
yoga & holistic health center All That Matters
Providence, East Greenwich, South Kingstown 401-782-2126 • Info@AllThatMatters.com AllThatMatters.com 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 37.
yoga & meditation ANANDA MEDITATION AND YOGA CENTER
40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton, RI 401-308-8745 AnandaRhodeIsland.org Find joy, love, and peace with Ananda through ancient and effective techniques of meditation, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, kirtan, Kriya Yoga and more. Deepen your own spiritual journey in the company of friends who support your inner growth. Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and was founded by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.
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