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s we look at the importance of friendships in this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings, I can’t help but reflect on the varied and wonderful friendships I have in my life. I still have 4 friends I have known since we were in 7th grade, and while we spent all our time together then, lives have taken us in all different directions. When we do get together, it is as if the conversation never ended. Those are the best kind of friends; the kind where the connection just exists in spite of time, space and distance. I seem to have retained a friend or two from each of the many different phases of my life. One from college, one from the first bank I worked at, a few from the second. I even just connected with an old friend from my first marriage. And of course in my current phase, all the scads of wonderful friends I’ve made publishing the magazine. Friendships take an exchange of energy, and they can take some work and some planning. One of the things I love about my circle of friends is that we are planners, once we finally get around to it. We can set a date; even several months out, and know that it’s done. No need to talk about it again, it’s on the calendar so it’s happening – there is a plan. The greatest thing of all is to have my husband as my best friend. We spend an incredible amount of time together since we both work from home. While we are both quite dedicated to our jobs and spend much time working, we also play well together. Since we were friends before we took things to the next level, being friends is just natural extension of our love. While we need to be confident and happy with ourselves, our friends are our connection to the world outside ourselves. They can validate us, challenge us, and comfort us. In this month’s feature article, “The Power of Friendship: It Sustains, Nourishes and Supports Us”, writer Judith Fertig explores how friendships take many different paths. Also this month, Sandra Murphy teaches us about birds in “Bird-Watching for Beginners”. I love the story of how geese stay together when flying and help each other out. The reason for the V formation is that by flying together, the whole flock gets greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. When one falls out of formation they feel the drag of going it alone and quickly gets back in formation. When the head goose gets tired it rotates to the back and another takes the lead. They even honk from behind for encouragement. Now that’s friendship! For February, a cheer to friendship and love. Lets all encourage each other.

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he Alchemy of Love and Relationships, an all-day workshop designed to help couples reconnect with the magical gift that brought them together, will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., February 13, at 3510 Tower Hill Road, Route 1, in Wakefield. Paula M Smith, a certified IMAGO Therapist, Marriage Consultant and teacher will be the workshop facilitator. This workshop will help partners develop skills to successfully navigate frustration and conflict, deepen their capacity to be fully present and connected, and learn how to utilize the three invisible connectors: the Bridge, the Space and the Encounter. Three experienced couples’ counselors will come together to facilitate this transformative couples event. Cost: $450/couple. To register, call Paula Smith 401-782-7899. For more information, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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ckankar of Rhode Island will present Golden Keys to Living the Spiritual Life, the 2016 Rhode Island Eckankar Regional Seminar, on March 5 and March 6, at the Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, in Warwick. The seminar will feature keynote speaker Linda Anderson, author of 35 Golden Keys to Who You Are & Why Linda Anderson You’re Here. Over the past couple of decades, she and her husband authored a popular series of books about the spiritual relationships between people and animals. Animals have taught her that unconditional love is the greatest golden key. A free discussion event will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m., March 5, entitled Finding the Keys to Love and Spiritual Wisdom. An Eckankar seminar is a place where people come to experience a direct link to God through inspirational and spiritual exercises. Attendees will learn how to align their inner and outer aspirations. It also provides an opportunity to meet likeminded people who share a love for God and Spirit. The goal is to immerse oneself in the light and sound of God for spiritual renewal, transformation, healing and the gift of higher awareness. Cost: $55 adult; $35 additional adults; $15 youth ages 13 to 21; $10 youth ages 5 to 12. Location: 1850 Post Rd., Warwick. For more information, call 401-8286973, email or visit See ad on page 7.


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uring the month of February, Mercier Therapy of RI is offering a 20 percent discount on their Shared Journey Fertility Program. Mercier therapy is a deep, pelvic organ visceral manipulation technique in which the reproductive organs are mobilized and blood flow is restored; organ restrictions are relieved and movement is replenished throughout organs and surrounding structures to enhance their natural and optimal function. According to Meredith Martin, a certified Mercier therapist, the goal of Mercier therapy pelvic treatment is to decrease adhesions in and around organs, ligaments, muscles, joints and support structures of the pelvis, abdomen, hips and low back.  “This soft and non-invasive technique will assist you to reconnect to your femininity and allow your pelvis to reopen for healing, balance and conception,” says Martin, who maintains that a four-year evidence-backed case study shows an 83 percent pregnancy success rate within one year of finishing the protocol. Martin trained with Dr. Jennifer Mercier, creator of Mercier therapy, to achieve the professional distinction of certified Mercier therapist. Her utmost priority is to listen, emotionally support and address the physical needs of the client in a friendly, peaceful and professional atmosphere. Location: 136 W. Main Rd., Middletown. For more information, call 401-862-1042 or visit See ad on page 21.

Workshop on the Mahatma Technique


ackie Van Dusen of Light Soul Therapy will host a Mahatma Technique Level One workshop, facilitated by Donna Madden, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., February 7, at Acorn Cottage, in Wakefield. The Mahatma Technique is both a gentle, relaxing healing modality and an ascension program for self-realization and empowerment. Those activated to this energy speak of a sense of Jackie Van Dusen peace and well-being not previously experienced by them. As a result of the activation, many people have reported a sense of being more aware of who they truly are and what is right, or not right, for them. An increase in intuitive abilities is usually noticed as well as an ability to understand people and situations more clearly. The Mahatma Technique Level One class includes an activation to the Mahatma Technique energy, energies of Shamballa, and to the Keys of Enoch. Each participant will receive an individualized activation that is appropriate for them. Instruction in hands on healing will also take place. Cost: $222. Location: Acorn Village, in Wakefield. For more information or to register, call Jackie Van Dusen at 401-284-0363, or email

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n response to weight loss being the number one New Year’s resolution, a free seminar entitled How to Safely Lose Weight and Keep it Off will take place from 7 to 8 p.m., February 25, Dr. Michael Gottfried at Aquidneck Chiropractic, in Middletown. The four gold standards of weight loss—dietary modification, behavioral modification, nutritional supplementation and exercise—will be discussed. As part of the workshop, Dr. Michael Gottfried will provide a complimentary consultation that includes analysis of body fat, basal metabolic rate (BMR), blood pressure and food plan history.    “Weight loss can be a life-long struggle unless the patient makes a concerted effort to learn new and healthy ways of eating and living and applies this knowledge with enthusiasm,” notes Dr. Gottfried. He adds, “Excessive weight is the leading cause of many health conditions and I see this on a regular basis as the main burden of my patients. Many of these painful limitations can be avoided with some focus and effort.”   Cost: Free. Location: 1272 W. Main Rd., Middletown. Seating is limited. RSVP at 401-849-7011. For more information, visit

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he juice bar at Zenabelle, in Bristol, is introducing its new one-, three- and five-day juice cleanses, including its Regular, Muscle Booster and Super Zenacleanse. Using cold pressed juices and all organic ingredients, patrons can choose one of the recommended cleanses or create their own. Additionally, the apothecary at Zenabelle will be hosting its annual Love Yourself celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., February 13. Flash sales and giveaways will be ongoing throughout the event. Enjoy a mini facial, a Zenafriend favorite, for only $30. Buy the three body care products and get one free. All supplements will be 30 percent off for purchases over $50, and organic perfumes will be discounted 20 percent.

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xperience an incredible evening of divine guidance and channeled messages from loved ones with Gladys Ellen, spiritual advisor, angel intuitive and spirit medium, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., February 11, at Greenwood Psychotherapy, in Warwick, and from 6 to 9 p.m., March 31, at White Gladys Ellen Light Bookstore, in Cranston. Traditionally heralded as God’s messengers, angels have come to represent protection and guidance in many faiths. When we call upon them to be with us, we tap into an infinite supply of unconditional love. These non-physical beings are powerful guides that can help us understand our life’s purpose, guide us through significant life changes, and help us develop inner peace and spiritual growth. “This is a one-of-a-kind clairvoyant glimpse into the blueprint of your soul mission,” says Ellen. “The information from these readings will shed useful and practical light on everything from relationship issues, health challenges, unexplained fears and other emotional difficulties, to deciding where to live, finding ideal work situations and connecting with your loved ones in the afterlife.” Cost: Feb. 11/$40; Mar. 31/$60. Locations: Greenwood Psychotherapy, 70 Jefferson Blvd.,Warwick, and White Light Bookstore, 1462 Park Ave., Cranston. To view future dates and to register, visit See ad on this page.





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The Hive in North Kingstown Hosts Two World-Renowned Speakers


oland Comtois, world-renowned medium, author and speaker, will present Channeled Messages for the Soul: Bridging Beyond Boundaries, from 6 to 8 p.m., February 12, at the Hive, in North Kingstown. At this special event, Comtois will share messages from loved ones who are on the other side as Roland Comtois well as encourage the audience with his loving words that love never dies. On February 20, join Dr. Steve Maraboli from 1 to 4 p.m., for a presentation on being true to oneself with no excuses. Maraboli is a life-changing speaker, bestselling author and behavioral science academic. He is the creator of Psycho-Neuro-Actualization, a breakthrough counseling/coaching methodology that has gained world-wide attention for its effectiveness in influence and personal/group mindset adjustment. His presentation will be followed by a meet and greet and book signing. Cost: Comtois/$61 at http://tinyurl. com/RComtois; Maraboli/$50 at Location: The Hive, 650 Ten Rod Rd., North Kingstown.

Svaroopa Yoga Bliss Weekend Retreat


hode Island Svaroopa yoga teachers will host a weekend retreat on February 27 and 28 in the quiet, serene location of Canonicus Conference Center, in Exeter. This yoga weekend, called Discover Your Natural State—Bliss, will consist of two full days of yoga including poses, pranayama, meditation and discussion. The program will be led by Addie Alex, a certified Svaroopa yoga leading teacher with more than 17 years of experience and multiple levels of advanced certification. “All the elements of the Bliss weekend combine to melt away the layers of tension that keep you from experiencing the bliss of being,” says Alex. “Gain access to the deeper, more satisfying levels of your own self.” Beginner through advanced practitioners can choose between the residential package that includes lodging and meals, and the commuter package that includes lunch both days. Cost: Residential/$372; commuter/$294. Scholarships available. Location: 54 Exeter Rd., Exeter. For more information or to register, call Maria 401-305-5319 or email See ad on page 39.

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esearchers from Rutgers University have found that an ingredient in olive oil will kill cancer cells in under an hour. The researchers tested a compound called oleocanthal, a central component of extra virgin olive oil, and found that it caused the premature death of cancer cells in the laboratory by puncturing cancer cell vesicles, called lysosomes. “We needed to determine if oleocanthal was targeting that protein and causing the cells to die,” says Paul Breslin, Ph.D., a professor of nutritional sciences in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers and co-author of the study, published in Molecular and Cellular Oncology. The research also found that the olive oil compound didn’t damage healthy cells. Breslin states that the compound merely “put them to sleep” for a day, after which they resumed their normal, healthy functioning. Senior author David Foster, Ph.D., of Hunter College, points out that additional studies are necessary to determine if the compound halts tumor growth. “We also need to understand why it is that cancerous cells are more sensitive to oleocanthal than non-cancerous cells,” he says.

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McCormick Going Non-GMO McCormick, the world’s largest spice company, plans to eliminate almost all genetically modified (GMO) ingredients from their product line by 2016. In response to increased consumer demand for healthier options, 80 percent of its overall gourmet herb and spice business in the U.S. will be both organic and non-GMO by 2016, as well as all McCormick-branded herbs, spices and extracts sold in the U.S. They will voluntarily label the updated products to inform consumers as part of a commitment to transparency and consumer education. The first product introduced, a non-GMO vanilla extract, is already available. McCormick also uses steam treatments in its processing to preserve the health benefits of spices instead of the ionizing irradiation used by competitors. Although food radiation is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some studies link it to significant health problems. “Our consumers are increasingly interested in quality flavors with pure ingredients in their food,” says McCormick President and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Kurzius. “Our efforts prove that we are listening to consumers and are committed to continuing to evolve.” Source:

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Young Children Can Unlearn Racial Stereotyping New research by Paul Quinn, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Delaware, and his collaborators across the globe, have found a simple exercise that can undo the unconscious racial biases that may begin to develop as early as infancy. Quinn learned that 3-month-olds begin showing a visual preference for the same race they see most often in their daily lives. By 9 months, infants not only distinguish racial categories, but also become less able to tell different individuals apart if they are members of a less-familiar race. In the experiment, the scientists morphed together photos of African and Asian faces to create ambiguous images that looked equally African and Asian. As a result, Quinn reports, “At 9 months, they didn’t respond to the differences between the African and Asian categories, but instead they had two less discriminatory broad categories; ‘own race’ and ‘other race’. We think it might be a precursor to an initial ‘in group/out group’ differentiation and suggest that perceptual and social processing of faces may overlap, even in infants.”

Bill Cunningham, CEO of Dallas-based Fun Time Shows, the largest Shrine Circus producer in the country, says he’ll no longer produce shows featuring elephants, tigers, lions or other wild animals. Cunningham says, “These animals are very special; we cohabit the Earth with them and they are deserving of our respect and awe. They’re not here to perform tricks for our entertainment.” He says, “I’ve tried to listen to the mothers that said they didn’t want their kids to grow up and learn that the animals they saw had been probed, poked, prodded and chained to a floor.” The move has received an outpouring of support from outside the industry, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Cunningham’s Shrine Circuses will still feature high wire acts, human cannonballs, trapeze artists and motorcycle tricks, along with performing horses and dogs. “The horses and dogs act in true collaboration with their owners,” says Cunningham. “We feel the audience still wants to see domestic animals.” Source:


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Mindful Minutes for Little Ones Yoga Helps Kids Focus and Relax by Julianne Hale


merican kids’ school, after-school and weekend schedules now rival the hectic pace of their multitasking parents. Like their adult counterparts, youngsters need time to decompress from the pressures of life and be present in their own skin, and yoga provides the tools to accomplish this. Most adults take to their yoga mat to create harmony in their body and mind, increase flexibility and balance, build muscle tone and strength, and because it makes them feel great. These same benefits apply to children as their developing bodies and minds respond to yoga on a deep level, both on and off the mat.

Start with Watching Breath “Breathing and mindfulness practices are important for children,” explains Mariam Gates, the Santa Cruz, California, creator of the Kid Power Yoga Program and author of Good Morning Yoga and the upcoming Good Night Yoga. “There is so much that children are not in control of in their everyday lives; to give them a way to physically


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process their experience, to self-soothe and find their own internal source of strength, is crucial.” “Having kids experience simply paying attention to their breath as it comes all the way in and moves all the way out can serve them well in every area of their lives going forward,” says Gates. In the classroom, it transfers to learning skills benefited by the ability to focus. From toddlers to teens, children can have a difficult time processing and controlling their emotions, which are vital life skills. Carla Tantillo, founder of Mindful Practices, a Chicago-area wellness organization, has found that yoga and the practice of mindfulness help children express themselves in constructive ways. She observes, “In any situation,

especially in communities where reactivity, impulsiveness and violent solutions are modeled, yoga empowers children to pause and take a breath so they can own what’s happened, move through it and move on.” “I like yoga because it makes me feel like there is calm all around me,” says 8-year-old Biko Cooper. Dee Marie, the Boulder, Colorado, founder and executive director of Calming Kids, a nonprofit program that integrates yoga into the classroom to foster a nonviolent atmosphere, says, “When a child learns through yoga how to feel a sense of themselves and begins to understand their self-worth and stand tall in their power, they can begin to regulate their breath and their emotions.” These invaluable skills stay with children through adulthood.

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Educators are starting to take notice of yoga’s benefits for children, including those with attention deficit disorders or autism, but yoga practice is still rare among school-age children. As encouragement, “Make it fun,” advises Gates. “It’s essential to create experiences that feel accessible and enjoyable for kids. They must feel empowered to do it themselves and take over the experience.” Six-year-old Carmen Wheeler likes doing yoga with her dad. “Yoga gets me feeling strong and it really calms me down,” she says. Music can help children relax and focus during their practice. Soothing basic instrumentals are good to start; an Internet search for yoga music for kids reveals many options. Parents can assist by incorporating yoga into a child’s daily bedtime ritual. “Do whatever they are willing to do with them,” counsels Marie. “Start by lying on the bedroom floor, doing stretches and focusing on breathing. Then move to the bed and teach some relaxation and visualization techniques.” Marie cautions parents against insisting

that their child’s yoga practice mirror their own. “We have to meet children where they are.” Adults think that yoga has to look a certain way, but sometimes children don’t necessarily want to do the postures we’re familiar with. The best teaching reaches each individual child in a way that resonates with them because yoga is a lifestyle, not an exercise regimen,” she says. Yoga novices and parents that prefer specific guidance can take advantage of local studio classes for children and families or use DVDs, online streaming services and instruction books. Kevin Day, age 5, regularly starts his days with a Boat pose. “I like it because you can do it with a friend,” he says. Lisa Flynn, the Dover, New Hampshire, founder and chief executive officer of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms, is optimistic about the future. “In 10 years, I envision social and emotional learning, yoga, and mindfulness integrated at every school and mandated by educational policy,” she says. In addition to improved physical, social, emotional and cognitive health and wellness of the students, teachers and parents, she foresees “a positive shift in the overall school climate.” Julianne Hale is a freelance writer and Natural Awakenings franchise magazine editor in Cleveland, TN.

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n today’s world, all children—typical ones and those with autism or a special need of some kind— experience higher anxiety levels than ever before. WiggleKids, in Swansea, Massachusetts, has created an inclusive atmosphere and works with students of all ages and abilities, showing them how to play, laugh, focus, breath, be aware of their own limits and work well with others. Physical fitness is a key component in managing stress, anxiety and a balanced, healthy life for all ages. Typical children play along side those with moderate to severe autism/special needs. The coaches encourage compassion, motivation, teamwork and appropriate positive behavior. There is no judgment, just constant encouragement to be themselves and do their best. Also offered are classes that present gentle yoga poses and breathing techniques that students can practice and apply into their everyday lives. Extra yoga activities include laughter yoga, partner poses and group challenges. Laughter yoga is an up and coming practice that involves clapping, chanting, childlike playfulness and laughter exercises. Named “yoga” not for its poses but for the breath work that is involved when performing each laughter exercise, special successes have been showing up in the local autism/ special needs community with this exercise. This type of yoga allows an individual to have a safe environment to laugh loud and deep, at the appropriate cued timing, with no judgment. The deep breathing techniques learned during laughter yoga help with self regulation, lowering heart rate and reducing anxiety.

ileen Gilroy is a second year teacher at Lincoln High School who has had a vision of implementing a variety of holistic practices and modalities to help students in the public high school setting. She is also attaining her masters in holistic leadership at Salve Regina, which is helping her apply knowledge and research in this field to her career as an educator. Although many schools across the nation and Rhode Island are integrating these mindful practices to help alleviate the anxiety, stress and negativity occurring within students, Lincoln High School has truly supported and integrated this vision in a way that no other district in Rhode Island has. Gilroy began offering a guided meditation before school in 2013 to align with the novel, Siddhartha. The practice became so accepted and beneficial to students they asked if they could come after school and for longer. This need inspired her to create an official Meditation Club, where students could not only join each Monday for a weekly meditation practice after school, but also promote positivity and awareness to the culture and community. Each week Lincoln High School students gather in the rear of the library learning how to create mindfulness, presence and peace in their own lives. The practice was such a success that students began inquiring about yoga. Although yoga is offered during gym and health classes at LHS, Lincoln is now offering a monthly practice for students and faculty after school. Students are learning the art of compassion, presence and how to access their own personal power beginning a journey of self-discovery and inquiry. This process allows students to not only connect with themselves, but with each other, in hope that they will find their own path and purpose and contribute to leading a more positive world.

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erhaps one of the most precious and powerful gifts we give another person is to really listen to them with quiet, fascinated attention and our whole being; fully present. Deep listening occurs at the heart level, and we must ask ourselves how often we listen to each other so completely. Such listening is a creative force. We expand, ideas come to life and grow and we remember who we are. It brings forth our inner spirit, intelligence, or true self, and opens up the space for us to thrive. Sometimes we have to do a lot of listening before another’s inner being feels replenished. Some people just need to talk and go on and on, usually in a superficial, nervous manner. This often happens because they have not been truly listened to. Patience is required to be a listening presence for such a person long enough that they get to their center point of tranquility and peace. The results of such listening are extraordinary. Some would call them miracles. Listening well takes time, skill and a readiness to slow down to afford time

for reflection and to let go of expectations, judgments, boredom, self-assertiveness and defensiveness. When two people listen deeply to one another, we sense that we are present not only to each other, but also to something beyond our individual selves; something spiritual, holy or sacred. Once we experience the depth of being listened to like this, we naturally begin to listen to be present with another. We notice what occurs when we interrupt someone and when we don’t. We watch what unfolds when another stops speaking and we ask, “Is there anything else?” Listening is an art that calls for practice. Imagine if we all spent just a few minutes each day choosing to practice the art of listening; of being fully present with the person we are with. Being truly listened to and understood yields a sigh of contentment and joy. Kay Lindahl, of Long Beach, CA, is the author of The Sacred Art of Listening, from which this was adapted with permission from SkyLight Paths Publishing.

Be present. Listen with an open, appreciative and curious mind rather than evaluating what’s being said. Put your own agenda aside. Stop talking. One person speaks at a time without interruption. Listen for understanding. No one is required to agree with or believe what they hear. Let empathy and compassion take the lead; put yourself in their shoes. Ask for clarification. It can help a listener understand what’s being expressed. Pause before speaking. Allow the speaker to complete their thought, and then wait a few seconds before responding. Also ask, “Is there anything else?” There almost always is. Listen to yourself. Inquire of your inner voice, “What wants to be expressed next?” Signal that they’ve been heard. Encouraging body language includes empathetic facial expressions, nodding and sympathetic postures. Adapted from The Top Ten Powerful Listening Practices on the author’s website

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Bring Romance Back Into a Relationship by Kate Siner

All too often, a great romantic connection downgrades into a ho-hum relationship because we fail to keep up the spontaneity and interest that comes with new love. Worse yet, even the most well-intentioned couples get stumped when it comes to finding creative ways to show they care after the honeymoon phase ends.


ittle acts that once felt so rich with romance—sweet gestures like whispering “I love you,” sharing a nice dinner, or bringing home flowers— begin to lose their potency. While these nice gestures signal our love for our partners, their impact wanes if they’re repeated too often or are the only ways we show our lover how much we care. And that’s the ironic rub—in a lasting, loving relationship, the things that seem counter-intuitive to daily relationship success are actually the very things that fuel thriving intimacy and romance. Desire requires distance, surprise, vulnerability, adventure and play. De-


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sire for one’s partner gets red-hot when each is attentive to all the wonderful things that make the other different and unique. On the other hand, things like continuity and familiarity are essential to creating a sense of safety in relationships. So to create and sustain a great relationship, one that is full of passionate, erotic and compassionate connection, couples need to flex their creativity and make their partner someone that remains truly curious to them. When curiosity is regained, it’s suddenly fun and easy to come up with creative ways to lavish our partners with love.

Try these ideas to get started: Use words. Cozy up to your inner-bard and write a poem or love letter about your partner. In this modern age of texts and tweets, a more thoughtful profession of one’s love seems like an incredibly grand gesture.   Start by brainstorming adjectives, qualities, memories, or feelings you associate with your partner. Write from the heart and capture the initial wonder you felt when you first fell in love with your partner. Share the poem or letter with your significant other and notice how it makes each of you feel. Vulnerability opens the door to greater emotional intimacy.   Celebrate sweet (and sexy) little details. When we fall in love, we notice all sorts of sweet little details about the other person. We’re enamored by the way they drink their coffee, or the way their hair looks first thing in the morning. Yet, soon into a new relationship, those delicious little details become familiar and so we cease to see them as extraordinary. These little wonderful things about our partner did not suddenly become less wonderful—it’s that we’ve ceased being awed by all the things that make our partner who they are. It’s so important to look at our beloved with fresh eyes and to delight in all the little idiosyncrasies that increase our feelings of love.   For one night, be super indulgent. For one night, design a fantastic, decadent experience. Or, get adventurous and create a totally new experience for the two of you to share based on something your partner enjoys. For example, take a bubble bath with candlelight, wine, chocolate, the smell of jasmine, and opera music. Or, walk in the woods bundled in soft fabrics and take turns telling each other about the beautiful things you see (or, if no one is looking, making love together wrapped up in the blanket). What makes an evening “indulgent” is going above and beyond, showing our partner that she or he is worth the extra effort. Little adventures

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love. ~ Sophocles have a way of turning us on and making us feel really alive, and this is what passion is all about. Give a token of one’s love. Tap into inspiration and find something—or, even better, make something—that lets your partner know how special she or he is to you. A thoughtful gift lovingly given boosts affection for both partners, because when a gift is given, the giver’s heart opens up and a feeling of satisfaction on a deeper level is experienced. It’s too easy to let days slip by where we are distracted from what matters most. So challenge yourself to spend an hour each week doing one of these activities. It won’t take long before you’ll feel more connected to your beloved and more passionate in your relationship. Dr. Kate Siner is an educator, facilitator and author, with a Ph.D. in psychology. Create the life and relationship you want with Dr. Kate Siner’s LifeWork Virtual Program. Learn more at See ad on page 9.

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THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP It Sustains, Nourishes and Supports Us by Judith Fertig

For a reason, a season or a lifetime, friends help us cope with challenges, motivate our best work and celebrate life. Friendships take many forms, crossing generations and self-imposed boundaries, and even spring up between unlikely confidants.


hildhood friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck collaborated on the Oscar-winning screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Fierce tennis competitors Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki like to get together for a gal-pal getaway after a major match. Country music artists Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood married following an 18-year friendship; “We had a lot more in common than I ever dreamed we did,” says Brooks. Rafts of research confirm how friendship enriches us. Carlin Flora, of New York City, spent years as a Psychology Today writer and editor before penning Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are. She notes that among the varied and perhaps unforeseen benefits, friendships can help us “shed pounds, sleep better, stop smoking and even survive a major illness.”


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An ongoing, two-decade-plus study of nearly 1,500 seniors by the Flinders University Centre for Ageing Studies, in Australia, found those with a large network of friends outliving others with the fewest friends by 22 percent. The University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center also reports people with five or more close friends as 50 percent more likely to describe themselves as “very happy” than those maintaining fewer confidants. “Friends past and present play powerful and often unappreciated roles in determining our sense of self and the direction of our lives,” says Flora. “Even in a supposedly meritocratic society, friends give jobs and assignments to each other, so having friends that share your career interests and aspirations can get you much farther than you could ever get on your own.”

Make New Friends, Keep the Old Today, making and keeping friends can be challenging, due to distance, frequent life changes, overprotective parenting and substituting social media for more intimate face time. It all makes friendship more fluid than we might realize, says Shasta Nelson, the San Francisco founder of GirlFriendCircles. com, a women’s friendship matching site and author of Friendships Don’t Just Happen: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girlfriends, plus the upcoming book, Frientimacy, about deepening such relationships. “Most of us replace half of our close friends every seven years,” says Nelson. Although this might seem alarming, she considers it a natural ebb and flow. “We all need a couple of very close friends, while others that come and go might just be what we currently need—at work or school, among firsttime parents, in a new neighborhood, starting a job, in retirement or during some other life change,” she says. Canadian Greg Tjosvold, a married middle school teacher in Vancouver, Canada, has enjoyed great friendships with women, including his wife, partly because he doesn’t relate to men’s generally competitive nature and interest in sports. But when a close female friend moved away, he wanted to expand his circle to include men. He joined a group called The Barley Brethren that sample craft beers and talk about life. Although not into suds, he values “having a safe and enjoyable place to discuss deep issues, victories and temporary setbacks.” He admits, “That’s over-simplification, though.” Finding a group of men he can feel a part of has validated him, making this unique man still feel like one of the guys. Nelson categorizes the concentric circles of developing friendship as starting with a mutually agreeable acquaintance or contact, and then moving emotionally closer with someone that we find similarities with. Then the original bond can enter the confirmed friend category. A group of friends, like a longtime book club, can constitute a community. The highest level is the committed friend that has evolved into a trusted and valuable life companion.

Sarah Huntsman Reed, a medical counselor in Kansas City, Missouri, has such a lifelong friend. She met Doug Reed, now a pharmacist, when both were in their high school musical, Once Upon a Mattress. Reed had a great sense of humor, Sarah remembers. “He’s still the most honest yet kindest person I’ve met,” she says. Soon, their mothers became friends, too, and the two teens would pair up for family weddings. Then she went to college and married and he moved away; yet they stayed in touch through mutual friends and their moms, catching up in person when he returned to his hometown. Seventeen years after they first met, by which time Sarah was divorced, the two discussed taking their friendship to the next level and soon married. “It was a big decision to commit, because we knew so much about each other,” she says. “But we prefer each other’s company, and it was the best thing we ever did.”

Safety Net In trying times, friends can surround us with positive energy, says Madisyn Taylor, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the spiritual blog DailyOm, in Ashland, Oregon. “The people we love form a protective barrier that buffers and

Hallmarks of good friendship include staying in touch and being consistently positive and vulnerable, so as we reveal ourselves over time, we can be authentic with each other.

shields us from many of the world’s more crippling blows,” including receiving hurtful slights from others. How we make friends has been altered by today’s social landscape, which includes working parents and Amber Alerts. The days of children freely roaming their neighborhood discovering friends to play with are, unfortunately, over, says Jennifer S. White, a Toledo, Ohio, blogger and author of The Art of Parenting: Love Letters from a Mother. “My long-term friendships from childhood were all built around being neighbors and playing together just because we wanted to,” recalls White. With today’s safety concerns and work-life challenges, parents now set up playdates, a more structured, less organic way of fostering childhood friendships, and they must be proactive to ensure success. White has some misgivings about this modern-day approach. “When I think about that one little gleaming seed of truth at the heart of why, it’s often because I don’t think it’s fair that I have to be a popular ‘playdate mom’ for my kid to have some friends.”

Besties and Buddies Automatic playdates—with siblings—often enhance family ties through lifelong friendships. Sally Ekus is a culinary talent representative in Florence, Massachusetts. Her younger sister, Amelia, is the general manager of Twitter Cafe, in New York City, and lives in Brooklyn. Both foodies have knife-and-fork tattoos. Sally is more into meal ingredients and preparation, while Amelia loves pouring wine and making sure everyone is comfortable. “Together,” says Sally, “we create total hospitality, from lavish Passover seders to Friday nights with friends.” She notes that her sister is the only other person who understands what the world looks like through the Ekus girls’ perspective. Some adults might never meet faceto-face, but become friends via social media. American Jamie Schler, co-owner of the Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, with her native-born husband, says, “Social media [especially Facebook posts] is how I meet and make personal friends and keep in touch on a daily basis. As an expat, this is important because I

How to Make Good Friends by Shasta Nelson

Three Necessary Ingredients

Both friendship and romantic bonds are developed when three things occur: We feel satisfied, which happens when an interaction has more positivity than negativity. We feel safe, which comes when we commit to consistent time with each other. We feel seen, which we experience when we practice revealing ourselves and expressing vulnerability. Here’s a formula for creating meaningful connections: Positivity + Consistency + Vulnerability = Frientimacy.

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It usually takes most people six to eight interactions with someone new before they start feeling like friends. The sooner they schedule such occasions, the sooner the rewards. c Be open to making new friends. c Make the first move; repeat.

One Ratio

To keep a friendship going, remember that it has to have a positivity-to-negativity ratio of at least five-to-one. That means sharing five times more fun and feel-good moments than stressors that can range from disappointments and frustrations to jealousies. By definition, to be and keep a good friend requires that both parties bring satisfying positivity to the relationship. Source: Adapted from Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Intimacy by Shasta Nelson; scheduled for release in March.

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Becoming friends with people of different ages, languages and social standing gives us a spiritual workout, advises Nelson. With a master’s degree in divinity, Nelson views friendship as a type of health club in which we develop our empathy, forgiveness and compassion muscles through practice. “Friendships are the way we become better people,” she says. Furthermore, the process, especially with people unlike us, leads to a better world. “Being able to inherently care for people we know makes it easier to do the same for people we’ve not met yet,” says Nelson. World peace happens one friend at a time. Freelance writer Judith Fertig also blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot. com from Overland Park, KS.

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he focus of functional medicine—whole person health care—easily expands to include dentists trained in oral systemic health. Currently embraced by a small percentage of today’s farsighted dentists and doctors, this relatively new field of prevention and wellness views the mouth as a key portal when considering the status of the whole body. Similar to the way doctors of Oriental medicine assess the heart’s pulse to help diagnose health issues throughout the body, these systemic health dentists consider the gums, tongue, teeth and throat to be key signals of overall health. American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) Executive Director Bobbie Delsasso was a periodontal hygienist for more than 30 years before becoming a consultant and public speaker on the larger perspective. “I taught patients about the importance of good nutrition and alerted them to consult their physician regarding what their mouth health might indicate about their body’s health,” she says. While the academy educates dental professionals to understand the internal workings of nutrition and what the mouth reveals about overall well-being, “Less than 6 percent of physicians even learn adequate basics of nutrition in medical schools,” she notes.

Cardiovascular Health Links

Beyond nutrition, academy curricula for dentists now include such titles as Arteriology and Vascular Inflammation – The Oral/Systemic Connection, based on a course designed for medical professionals

by physician Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, co-founders of the Bale/Doneen Method for the prevention of heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Mike Milligan, a doctor of dental medicine, founder of Eastland Dental Center, in Bloomington, Illinois, and AAOSH president, explains that heart attack and stroke are triggered by an inflammatory process which can be initiated or exacerbated by periodontal disease and abscessed teeth. Thomas Nabors, a doctor of dental surgery and an authority in molecular analysis and genetic risk assessment for periodontal diseases, provides clinical proof that supports the growing association between medicine and dentistry. “Since our inaugural

AAOSH conference [in 2010], Bradley, Amy and Tom have continued to provide the current science and clinical backdrop to the oral/systemic connection to cardiovascular wellness,” says Milligan.

Respiratory Health Links

Other vital advances in oral systemic health involve treating airway concerns such as snoring and sleep apnea. “Snoring is typically caused by muscles and tissues relaxing in the throat and mouth, resulting in decreased space in the airway passage and vibration of tissues. Eventually, individuals can develop sleep apnea, which can also result in hypertension and other problems,” advises Milligan. In sleep apnea, the sleeper’s breathing pauses often or produces hypopnea, slowed or shallow breathing for 10 or more seconds at a time. Fewer than five episodes per hour is normal, with five to 15 considered mild apnea, 15 to 30 moderate and more than 30 severe. Although 20 percent of Americans may have sleep apnea—typically associated with insomnia, tiredness and less oxygen in the body—95 percent of affected individuals go undiagnosed. To help, Milligan suggests that before

going to bed we lower the thermostat in the bedroom and avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, watching television or working on a computer. Improved breathing helps assuage snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, hay fever and nasal congestion. Milligan cites Patrick McKeown’s work, explained in his book The Oxygen Advantage. An authority on the Buteyko Breathing Method, McKeown explains how improved breathing dramatically improves oxygenation, releases more energy and supports lifelong health and well-being. Muscle retraining using orofacial myofunctional therapy can help prevent sleep apnea and also abate temporomandibular joint disorders. This new field is concerned with orofacial functional patterns and postures when teeth are apart, their status 95 percent of each day and night. It also retrains muscles to keep the tongue at the roof of the mouth and the lips together to prevent breathing through the mouth, correct swallowing function and eliminate poor oral habits such as thumb sucking. Three mechanical treatments for sleep apnea include mandibular advancement oral devices used to move

the lower jaw forward, a continuous positive airway pressure machine to aid airway functioning, or surgery, which is the last resort. “The real opportunity for catching and preventing this is with children 5 to 10 years old, when their jaws are developing,” says Milligan. He further cites links discovered between the mouth and brain. “Oral spirochetes, which normally live in the mouth, have been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Judith Miklossy, from the International Association for Alzheimer’s, spoke at an AAOSH conference about the link between oral bacteria and dementia, and Garth Ehrlich, Ph.D., professor of microbiology, immunology and otolaryngology at Drexel University College of Medicine, addressed rheumatoid arthritis and certain types of cancers. All of these links are more than enough reasons why good oral hygiene is essential to good health,” says Milligan. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Bird-Watching for Beginners Start with a Bird Feeder and Binoculars by Sandra Murphy


or those that love animals but can’t provide a home to a domestic pet, wild birds are just outside the window. Between 50 and 60 million Americans list bird-watching as a hobby. To start, all we need is a bird feeder. For safety and comfort, position feeders near a tree or bush at least 15 feet from windows. Scott Logan, an Audubon Society board member in Sherman Oaks, California, cautions, “Birds stay alert for predators. An unmarked window looks like an escape route. They won’t see the glass.” Products like Window Alert, a decal that reflects ultraviolet rays birds see but humans don’t, can prevent a crash. A book on local birds will describe the best food to attract them, whether residents or just passing through. Bluebirds love mealworms. Hummingbirds like floral nectars and orioles prefer citrus flavors. Cardinals and jays dine on sunflower seeds. Always provide unseasoned, unsalted seeds. In cold weather, also remember to hang homemade suet combining one part organic regular fat peanut butter with five parts organic, nonGMO (genetically modified) corn meal. Pour fresh water in the birdbath daily, change hummingbird nectar every three days and discard moldy seeds and old suet. Feeding year-round doesn’t interfere with migration, according to the


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Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York. Migration, nest building, feeding a new family and staying warm in colder weather require substantial calories. “American goldfinches are social and will stay to eat,” adds Logan. “Blue jays and titmouses are ‘grab-andgo’ birds.”

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In Arlington, Texas, Cathy Stein, owner of, will participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count this year from February 12 to 15 ( “One easy resource for identifying birds is Merlin, the free app from Cornell Lab,” says Stein. “Take the bird’s picture, which is helpful in identifying details that can be overlooked or forgotten otherwise.” Merlin works like facial recognition for birds, comparing eyes, beaks and tails to species in its database by location ( Audubon’s free app includes birdcalls (Tinyurl. com/AudubonFreeBirdApp). Jon Weber-Hahnsberg, a 12-yearold volunteer at the Dallas Zoo, and his seven-member team won last year’s statewide birding competition hosted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department by identifying 72 species in 12 hours. “Now I’m hooked,” he says. “Outside the city, there are snowy egrets, waterfowl, hawks and owls to see.” National wildlife refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

are suitable birding sites for both novices and pros. Here are some tips for beginners. Focus on big, easy-to-see birds. Sandhill crane tours are a hit in Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states ( Sandhill_Crane). Concentrate on birds that travel in flocks. Common redhead ducks migrate in great numbers to the Texas coast each winter ( LagunaAtascosaBirdlife). Look for standouts, birds with characteristics that capture the imagination, like the speed of a peregrine falcon, large wingspan of a California condor or unusual color of Florida’s roseate spoonbills. (Visit Cape_Meares and JN_Ding_Darling.) In Maine, see puffins at the only colony that allows visitors to go ashore for a close-up look (MaineBirdingTrail.

I think the most important quality in a birdwatcher is a willingness to stand quietly and see what comes. Some people are very competitive in their birding. Maybe they’ll die happy, having seen a thousand species… but I’ll die happy knowing I’ve spent all that quiet time being present. ~Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Memoir

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“Keeping a life list of birds you’ve seen, when and where, is not only fun,” says Nate Swick, author of the recent Birding for the Curious, in Greensboro, North Carolina. “It brings back memories of a time and place. Birding takes you places you wouldn’t think of. I’ve birdwatched in local landfills, as well as in India and Central America.” A particularly impressive sight was a shearwater, found 30 to 40 miles into the Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast, a species that only comes to land during breeding season. “Each bird has an incredible story,” he says. “Migrating birds that arrive exhausted and hungry after flying hundreds of miles will often look for local birds like chickadees that act as the welcome wagon, showing where food, water and a safe rest area can be found.” Erika Zar, a catalog copywriter in Madison, Wisconsin, happened upon the nearby Horicon Marsh Bird Festival ( “Everyone seemed so meditative, hiking in quiet groups. It was peaceful,” she says. “Listing the birds they saw on checklists was like a scavenger hunt for adults.” Zar immediately bought binoculars, but soon traded them for a better pair. “Bird-watching opened my eyes to a new world right in front of me,” she says joyfully. “I’d just never looked or listened closely enough before.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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espite being such a small state, Rhode Island has an amazing diversity of habitats and it’s this diversity that accounts for the impressive list of species than can be found in the state. One location renowned for its variety of habitats is Trustom Pond. Located along the coast in South Kingston, Trustom Pond NWR hosts a well-maintained trail system that takes birders through a spectacular amount of habitats in a relatively short time. It’s even possible to record a pretty good list just from the parking lot. American Woodcocks, several species of owls, including Great Horned and Barred, Wood Ducks, Orchard Orioles and Yellow Warblers, among others can be seen. Dundery Brook Trail in Little Compton is not overly well-known which is a shame as it’s easy to walk and is a great place to study microhabitats and how they affect bird diversity. The boardwalk trail allows visitors to walk through habitats that are extremely fragile and can give a view into habitats less often seen in the area. The beginning of the trail holds a thicket where White-eyed Vireos can occasionally be heard and borders a park where species like Chipping Sparrows nest and Red-shouldered Hawks can be seen soaring overhead. Dundery Brook is one of the few places where in a short walk you can record several exciting and relatively

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uncommon breeding species in the state. The lack of foot traffic here allows birders to sit and quietly watch and study birds, which by definition is what bird-watching is all about. Daniel Berard is the vice president of the Ocean State Bird Club ( and tour leader for Sunrise Birding LLC (

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Norman Bird Sanctuary, located at 583 Third Beach Road, in Middletown, is one of the top birding places in Rhode Island, earning their place in the top 10 eBird hotspots for Rhode Island ( hotspots?yr=all&m=). Bring binoculars and go for a walk along 300 acres and seven miles of well-maintained hiking trails, catching glimpses of a variety of local and migratory birds, depending on the season. Topping the list is Block Island with 285 species of birds to observe.

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Economic benefits. Making the choice to repurpose decorative items or opting for vintage clothing saves money for those on a fixed budget. Going green takes event planning to a new level. Opt to create a beautiful day that supports your vision of beauty and joy. There are many thoughtful ideas that show sensitivity to our environment, yet still allow for that customized creative feel that couples strive for when planning their special celebration. Kelly Donovan is an event/wedding planner, at Front Parlor Wedding and Events as well as a Reiki practitioner and life coach with Full Circle – A Healing Space @ The Hive, in North Kingstown. For more information, email KMD8833@, or visit or See ad on this page.

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alentine’s Day is a popular date for couples to become engaged to marry, leading to conversations about the type of wedding they would like to have. Planning a “green” celebratory wedding or event brings a whole new meaning to the term repurpose. This term means to refurbish an item that was once functional in one sense and reinventing it to be utilized for a different reason or purpose. It aids in preventing the consumption of new materials while maintaining the essence of preservation in a time when we are more conscious then ever of our individual consumption. Three important benefits to choosing a green wedding are: Environmental conservation. Each wedding event this year on average will produce 400 to 600 pounds of garbage. There are many inconsequential items that go into planning a wedding. For example, the production of low-end party favors and even paper programs highlighting the event schedule. There are sounder alternatives resulting in less waste. Fostering social responsibility is always a good idea. We do so by supporting the wedding services of companies that are mindful of their “green” footprint.

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eteran green wedding planner and environmentalist Kate Harrison, author of The Green Bride Guide, who blogs at, advises couples to look at simple substitutions in line with their style and budget. Says Harrison, “Every choice adds up.” By invitation only. Digital invitations cost just pennies apiece; options like offer the appearance of a paper invitation, arriving in an envelope that “opens” on the screen. Also consider elegant renditions of more conventional invitations made of recycled, upcycled or organic papers. For the invite that keeps on growing, try seed-studded paper creations that guests can plant in their backyards. Where the guests are. Selecting a location central to the guests minimizes the celebration’s carbon footprint, reduces travel expenses and maximizes attendance. Let them eat cake. Food and flowers are among the most costly components of a wedding, yet sustainable options can be just a worthy fraction more. A cake made with organic flour and sugar and local cage-free eggs, for example, can cost just $5 more. The key is finding a vendor willing to work with the couple’s values, says Harrison. Simple gifts. Americans spend an estimated $20 billion annually on wedding gifts, a high-impact opportunity to support local green economies. Harrison recommends establishing registries for experiences, charities and products (select sustainable options like recycled glass dishes or organic bedding). Consider a local, seasonable wedding favor that guests can eat or reuse, such as maple syrup for a fall wedding in Vermont.

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Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Topic: Dream Gates, how to enter your dreams. Reconnect with your dreams and awaken to a whole new world. Join us to explore your dreams in a fun, supportive environment. With David Barr & Katharine Rossi. $15. Fireseed, 192 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Full Spectrum Class – 4:30-6pm. The Full Spectrum Class attends to the full body with the use of the yoga wall. This practice may include standing poses, inversions, twists, backbends or forward bends. $18. 240 Columbia St, 240 Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-439-5260. Vbarre – 5:45-6:45pm. 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 and Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Breathing with Oils – 6:30-8pm. Sudarshan Kriya is a pranayama form to harmonize the whole body by cleansing the accumulated stress and toxins through breathing exercises, using essential oils to add benefit. With Alka Naithani and Colleen Kelley. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

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Barre Class – 9-10am. A fusion of light weight lifting, ballet barre, Pilates and resistance training to create a strong graceful body. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, behind Lincoln Mall Stop and Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Usui/Holy Fire Reiki First Degree – 10am-4pm. In this detailed class learn the history of reiki, hand placements. Heal yourself and others. Receive manual/certificate/Reiki I attunement. $150. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. Nicole Casale, RMT: 914-216-8660.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6 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, Middletown. 877-832-1372. Transforming Through Sound – 1-3:30pm. Come back to your center in this community sound bath/ participatory drum-dance-chant. Music from the heart can transform and connect us to our majestic selves. $25/person, $40/2. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.


IET Healing Angels of Energy Field® – 9:30am6pm. No prerequisite. A series of Angel Meditations throughout the day. Meet and work with Angel Ariel, Raphael, Gabriel, Celestina, Faith, Cassiel, Daniel, Sarah and Michael. With Gladys Ellen. $95 includes workbook & certificate. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Second Degree – 10am-4pm. Learn 3 reiki healing symbols and how to activate them. Learn chakras, pendulums, auras and much more. Manual, certificate, Reiki II attunement included. $225. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. Nicole Casale, RMT: 914-216-8660. 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.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Crystal Basics – 6-8pm. This workshop is for any one that would like to learn more about these beautiful stones and what magic is waiting to be tapped into. What they represent, uses and more. $15. Intuitive Therapy, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. 508-951-9828.

Intro to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy – Feb 10-12. 10am-4pm. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on treatment for the whole body. Performed on a massage table, the client is fully clothed and the touch is light and still. Master Instructor: Andraly Horn, LMT. $375. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372. To The Monkey Clan – 6:30-8pm. Shape-shifting meditation to honor the Chinese Lunar New Year of Fire Monkey. A perfect adventure and animal spirit medicine for the new year and the energy it brings. With Colleen Kelley. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

savethedate THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Group Angel Gallery with Gladys Ellen – 6:308:30pm. Messages from the Divine Group Readings. Gladys Ellen brings unique spiritual insight and humor to her presentations and promises to joyfully inspire her audience. $40. Greenwood Psychotherapy, 70 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Register:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Spiritual Cinema – 7-9pm. We’ll be viewing War Room, a movie about family, faith and prayer. After the movie we’ll discuss the messages to gain clarity and learn how to implement them in our lives. $10/ person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Group Meditation Gathering – 10-11:30am. No prior experience is required. Connect with one another; engage in gentle guided meditation and more. Space limited, please register in advance to secure a spot. $12. Intuitive Therapy, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. 508-951-9828. Chakra Yoga Workshop – 2-4pm. Learn about the chakras (7 energy centers in the body) and explore yoga poses, mudras (hand positions), and chant bij mantras that engage each chakra. $40. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. Register: 401-658-4802.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Sunday Morning Gong Meditation Group – 10am-1pm. Group viewing of a DVD on a topic about health and/or spirituality, followed by discussion, then meditation and ending with a relaxing gong bath. Bring a mat/pillow/blanket. $10 donation requested. Be Healthy & Fit, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 306, North Kingstown. 401-258-3952.

Yoga of the Heart – 1-3pm. Open your heart and discover joyful movement this Valentine’s Day. This program integrates traditional Hatha yoga with Don Stapleton’s Self Awakening Yoga. $25. All That Matters PVD, 1 Park Row, Providence. 401-7822126 x 2.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Journey Into Knowing – 1:30-3pm. 5-wk powerful journey process to gain knowledge about your relationship to an issue, how it operates in your life as well as steps for transformation and healing. With Katharine Rossi. $75. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Flr, Providence. 401-924-0567. 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, 192 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Reiki Practitioner Share – 7:30-9pm. Welcome reiki practitioners of any level. Practice your skills in a safe and welcoming environment while sharing and supporting one another. $10. Intuitive Therapy, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. 508-951-9828.


Happy Valentine’s Day Usui/Holy Fire Reiki First Degree – 10am-4pm. In this detailed class learn the history of reiki, hand placements. Heal yourself and others. Receive manual, certificate, Reiki I attunement. $150. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. Nicole Casale, RMT: 914-216-8660. Fascial Release for Pain Relief – 1-3pm. In this workshop, discover techniques and movements which stimulate and soften the fascia, enhance body awareness, eliminate tension and create energy. $35. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2. Relax, Restore, Renew – 2-4pm. Replenish your body, mind and spirit with a series of deeply supported poses accompanied by soothing breath work and guided relaxation. $25. Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Garshana Therapy – Feb 18 & 9. 10am-4pm. Brushing (garshana) increases circulation, alkalizes the blood, detoxifies the liver, helps create negative ions (which are the good ones) and cleans the skin so herbal massage oil can penetrate and nourish the skin deeply. $275. SAMA, Middletown. 877-8321372.

Introduction to Immunity Herbs – 3-4pm. Join Farmacy herbalist, Mary Blue, as she discusses herbs to support the immune system and how to incorporate them into everyday life. Seating is first come, first serve. No registration required. Free. Farmacy Herbs, 28 Cemetery St, Providence. 401-270-5223.



Ananda Kirtan: Warwick– 6-7pm. Join us for blissful Ananda chanting. Kirtan opens the heart to peace and joy. Easy to follow English and Sanskrit chants. Suggested donation $5. Ananda Hopkinton at West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-450-417240.

Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Second Degree – 10am-4pm. Learn 3 reiki healing symbols and how to activate them. Learn chakras, pendulums, auras and much more. Manual, certificate, Reiki II attunement included. $225. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. Nicole Casale, RMT: 914-216-8660.

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 Katharine Rossi and Paul Disegna. $35. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, Reynolds Bldg; 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877.

Intro to Vedic Bodymask Therapy – 12-6pm. Using powdered herbs, clay, salt, sugar or herbal paste applied to the body, can help detoxify and rejuvenate the body. Master Instructor, Dr. Anusha. $155. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372.


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Sat Nam Rasayan with Sat Siri Kaur – 1-4pm. An ancient healing art in the kundalini tradition, we work in pairs to de-stress and find profound healing in our true identity. No previous yoga experience is necessary. $35. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Intro to Myofacial Release – Feb 24 & 25. 10am-4pm. Courses provide a understanding of the structures, functions and pathologies related to neck, shoulder and back pain. We will be using a variety of bodywork techniques to address these areas including: myofascial release, active assisted stretches and NMT. $275. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372.

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

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Laughing Yoga with Robert Rivest – 6-7:30pm. This is a family event to enjoy the benefits of laughter yoga. Comic Mime and Laughter Yoga Specialist Robert Rivest will lead the night of interactive entertainment. $15/person, free/5 yrs & under. WiggleKids® Inc, 262 Swansea Mall Dr, Swansea, MA. 508-728-8720.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Guided Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Gentle guidance through a meditation in which you can be open to meeting and communicating with angels, spirit guides, or possibly passed loved ones. Bring cozy blanket. $12. Intuitive Therapy, 1300 Park Ave, STE 2R, Woonsocket. 508-951-9828. Fourth Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Feel relaxed and blissful as Joy & A.Michelle surround you with the healing sounds of the gongs, bowls and drums to relieve your stress. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket. $20/pre-registered, $25/ at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 The Electric Body: Meridian Yoga – 9am-3:30pm. Meridian yoga is a system for identifying and directing energy for health and vitality. Discover how each meridian can assist in establishing wellbeing. $125. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2. Mediumship Basic Training Workshop – 9:30am6pm. This workshop explores different means by which one can receive and transmit information from loved ones in the spirit world for self-healing, and to assist others in healing. With Gladys Ellen. $200, includes manual and certificate. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Creating a Sacred Medicine Mesa – 10am-6pm. A mesa is a medicine bundle often referred to as a shaman’s altar used for healing, ceremony, prayer and divination. Sacred objects are wrapped within a woven cloth called a mestana. Master Instructor, Shaman Annette Burke. $300. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372.

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Introduction to Meditation – 10:30am-12pm. Curious about meditation? Wondering if it’s for you? Learn how-why-when-where and Yogananda’s simple, yet profound, meditation technique for calmness, peace and joy. Donation. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. The Holistics & The Mystiks – 1-7pm. Indulge body and soul with your choice of reiki and other energy workers, along with gifted tarot and psychic channelers. Several vendors will be offering handcrafted goods. Admission $5. Tenth Gate Yoga Center, 1046 E Main St, Portsmouth. 401-683-9642. Fourth Saturday Healing Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Joy (Gongs of Joy) and A.Michelle (Drumsinger) will lull you into a state of complete relaxation with the resonant sounds of the gongs, singing bowls, drums and flutes. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. First Spiritualist Church, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. 401-641-3516.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 21-Day Detox and Elimination Diet – 7-8:30pm. This 21-day cleanse actively purifies your body by eliminating toxins, enhancing your body’s natural cleansing process, and identifying potential hidden food allergies. $149. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2.

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Golden Keys to Living the Spiritual Life – Mar 5 & 6. 9:15am-9:15pm, Sat; 8:30-11:45am, Sun. Workshops and talks include How Dreams Help Us on Our Spiritual Journey, The Life-Changing Gift of HU, Learning a New Way, Living a Life Inspired by Love and much more. Guest speaker Linda Anderson. See website or call for requested donation. Eckankar, Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-828-6973. Finding the Keys to Love and Spiritual Wisdom – 10-11:30am. Discover practical tools and knowledge that may help in your personal journey towards spiritual growth and divine wisdom. Open discussion. Free. Eckankar, Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-828-6973.

THURSDAY, MARCH 10 Yoga of Eating – 12:30-2pm. Change the way you relate to, look at and prepare food. In this 4-wk course, gain a broader perspective on health and nutrition as you explore what and how you eat. $199. All That Matters EG, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-782-2126 x 2.

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monday Yoga Rx – 10-11:30am. Understand the importance of your breath and alignment of poses, and how they influence your spine health, muscles, lymph and digestion. Also on Fridays. Beginners and up. $10/drop-in. Quonny Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Kripalu Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. Begin your busy week with a class that will nurture you, body, mind and soul. Peaceful setting. Good for beginning and continuing students. With Kathryn Boger, E RYT500. New student: $60/6, $11-12/Flex pass, $15/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 5:30-7pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $148/series of 8; $22/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020. Forrest Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Heal injuries and learn how to build strength in yoga postures. Let go and experience deep relaxation as you are guided thru this safe yoga class. Also on Wednesdays. $15/dropin. Tree of Life, 77 Myrtle Ave, 2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-266-1187. Beginner Amrit Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. Beginner amrit yoga introduces a series of postures along with the basic principles underlying the practice of amrit level 1 yoga. Also Thursdays at 4:15-5:30pm. $15 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

tuesday Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $148/series of 8; $22/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020.

and core control. $22. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977.

Providence Meditation Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Weekly meditation group for Providence and surrounding areas. Chanting, meditation and an inspirational reading. All are welcome. Donation. For location, Erin: 401-203-1285. More info, Ananda Hopkinton: 401-524-4766 or Therapeutic YinYoga – 7:30-9pm. 1st & 3rd Tuesday. Sinking into this marriage of yin and amrit therapeutic yoga you will learn where you hold blockages, and how to widen your capacity or to release what no longer serves you. $15 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Dropin. Donations to: Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Fascial Fitness – 9-10am. Using reband elasticity, fascial stretch, fascial release and sensory refinement we playfully explore our fascial network. Focuses on the connective tissue of the body. $22. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. Yoga: Multi-Level – 12-1pm. Gain insight into the fundamentals of yoga through a slower paced flow and appropriate modifications. Attention is placed on alignment and poses. $22. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. Qigong with Pat Higgins – 4:15-5:30pm. Flowing relaxing movements coupled with breath and focus to decrease stress and increase vitality. $15 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Svaroopa ® Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $148/series of 8; $22/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020. Monthly Guided Meditation Night – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Wed. Come relax, renew and energize. With Gladys Ellen. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Spiritual Connection to the Mind, Body & Spirit – 7-8:30pm. Healing from dysfunctional families an interactive workshop. Based upon the 12 Step programs of recovery. Free. Blue Sky Healing Circle, 1076 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-942-1076.

thursday TRX Yoga Flow – 4-5pm. Class combines Pilates mat work, yoga and TRX body suspension training, utilizing an efficient format to give you strength, flexibility

Barre and Ball – 5:30-6:30pm. Class combines the challenge of a Pilates mat workout utilizing the stability ball with a half hour of work at our ballet barre. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, behind Lincoln Mall Stop and Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Restorative Yoga: Cumberland – 6:30-7:45pm. Learn how to deeply relax. This yoga calms the nervous system and heals the body. This is a class you will love and there is no experience necessary. Expert teacher. $15. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. 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. The Power of Now Workshop – 7-8:30pm. 1st, 2nd & 4th Thursday. We’ll read a chapter of Eckhart Tolle’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.

friday Pilates Mat & Foam Roller – 9-10am. Incorporating the foam roller into Pilates mat helps to improve posture and body symmetry, as well as challenge core strength. $22. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. Friday Night Flow Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. This is an upbeat yoga class with high-energy music, powerful moves, and still time for savasana. All levels are welcome. $16/class; package available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, behind Lincoln Mall Stop and Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

saturday Kripalu Yoga: Parent & Child Yoga – 9:45am12:30pm. All-level yoga: 9:45-11am. Parent (adult) and child yoga: 11:15-12:30pm. Learn fun and simple poses and relaxation tools. Beginners welcome. All Level: new student: $60/6, $11-12/Flex pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Family Yoga at Winter Farmers’ Market – 1010:45am. Come move, breathe, play and relax together. All abilities welcome. Focus is on ages 5-12 but younger/older siblings are welcome too. Bring the whole family. $5/person. Motion Center Yoga, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Ste 8116, Pawtucket. 401-654-6650. Kung Fu for Kids, Teens and Adults – 10-11am. Kids Kung Fu ages 6+; Kindergarten KF ages 3-5 at 11am; Teen & Adult KF for men & women at 1:102:30pm; Women’s KF every Sat at 9-10am. New students invited to a trial class. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502.

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DR. RICHARD PICARD 342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967

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.


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 15.

ANNE V. SCHIPANI, LPC, ATR-BC 400 Bayonet St Ste. 202 New London, CT 860-443-4163 Ext. 4

Anne is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered and Board-Certified Art Therapist. She offers a holistic, mind-body-spirit approach to Psychotherapy and Expressive Art Therapy. Specializing in working with individuals to use their own strengths, inner wisdom, and imagination to create positive change in their lives, she treats a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, addiction, life transitions, and more. For more information about please visit her web page on


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

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 23.


Joy Quinn Blum, M.A., M.Div., H.C. 401-258-3952 • Are you hungry for better health? Joy helps people who want a better way to eat and live by creating an individual program that focuses on the best nutrients to feed the body, mind and soul with unique and satisfying choices. Issues addressed: depression/anxiety, digestive disorders, blood sugar issues, anti-aging concerns, acid/alkaline imbalances, and nutrition in cancer treatment/prevention. Free 1-hour health history consultation! See ad on page 11.

HEALTH FOOD STORE NATURE’S GOODNESS 510 East Main Rd Middletown, RI 401-847-7480

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

Holistic 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.

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

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


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


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

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Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 • Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the trans-formative healing process of hypnotherapy! Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 23.


Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally - for all. Naturopathic doctor - Certified Classical Homeopath - Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 27.


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


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

Permanent makeup artist, Diane Slinko specializes in permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. She works with each client to personalize the colors and shapes to enhance their face. Permanent makeup can take years off your age, give you more confidence and has a natural appearance! We also specialize in natural healthy eyelash extensions to complete the look! The end result... a more beautiful YOU! See ad on page 14.

MARRIAGE CONSULTING & COUPLES THERAPY IMAGO RELATIONSHIP THERAPY & ECCT THERAPY Hope Artiste Village 1005 Main St. Suite 1208 Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-782-7899 Paula is a Certified IMAGO Therapist, Teacher & Marriage Consultant. For over 10 years she has worked exclusively with couples helping them fulfill their wildest dreams for themselves, their relationship and their children. Paula recognizes that when couples are hurt they disconnect and heal again in connection. She helps couples reconnect again using a set of NEW guiding principals and rituals.


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


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


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

The sweetest of all sounds is praise. ~Xenophon


Jenny and Company 230 Waseca Ave, Barrington, RI 401-935-4978 Original and Mineral Organic hair color. Jen offers all hair services including keratin-smoothing treatments. Ammonia-, resorcinol- and PPD-free products. Removing harsh chemicals wherever possible including natural extracts and active minerals that deliver real benefits. Healthy hair begins when it’s free from stress. Call or text to schedule an appointment for morning, afternoon or evening.

REIKI INNER LOVE AND LIGHT Nicole Casale RM/T Warwick, RI Cell Phone: 914-216-8660

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


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


Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle 401-258-3952 • Sound therapy is an excellent holistic approach to relieve stress/pain, depression, fatigue, anger/hostility, fears/phobias and more. The vibrational overtones promote an overall state of peace, harmony and deep relaxation. Drumsinger A. Michelle channels Sacred Sound in harmony with a variety of indigenous instruments. Gongmaster Joy, sacred sound healing artist offers gong baths, private gong healing sessions, gong workshops, and other rituals. See ad on page 11.

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Eaglemax 401-942-1076

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’re interested in purchasing or selling a home, I can assist you.


Linda Cole M. Ed Life Coach / Hypnotherapist / Meditation Consultant 845 Oaklawn Ave Cranston, RI 401-339-3942 Learn easy techniques and strategies to melt away stress. Set goals with clear benchmarks and watch yourself achieve them.  Remove embedded blockages through hypnotherapy that previously obstructed your success. Increase your intuition, build confidence/self-esteem, find purpose, transform, quit smoking, or lose weight… Call/text for FREE phone consult! MEDITATION CLASSES Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm-8pm. See ad on page 3.


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


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

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Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 • We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 4.


35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown RI 401-829-9903 • Grace school of yoga is a sacred center for peace and well-being, offering daily classes of all levels in classical yoga, breathing, and meditation. Join our classes any time. See ad on page 39.


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


Providence, East Greenwich, South Kingstown 401-782-2126 • All That Matters, founded in 1995, offers more than 100 weekly yoga classes at three locations across the state. The South Kingstown center also offers an array of workshops, a retail store, and health services ranging from acupuncture and chiropractic to massage therapy. See ad on page 38.


40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton, RI 401-308-8745 Find joy, love, and peace with Ananda through ancient and effective techniques of meditation, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, kirtan, Kriya Yoga and more. Deepen your own spiritual journey in the company of friends who support your inner growth. Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and was founded by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

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