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y parents always wore glasses as far back as I remember. My brother did too, so it was not a great surprise to me when, in my early 20’s, I began to notice that it was getting harder to read street signs. That quickly progressed to trouble seeing the computer and to my first pair of glasses. I accepted them rather easily into my life, as something that was inevitable. I proceeded to not pay a whole lot of attention to my eyes for the next few years. Then in 1996, I lost the better part of the sight in my left eye. Innocently thinking it was a virus or something simple, it took me over a week before I made it to a walk in clinic. I’ll never know if they knew what they were dealing with or not, but the seriousness of which they took “my little eye virus” has always stayed with me. They made me an appointment with an ophthalmologist for the next day, who was quickly able to diagnosis optic neuritis, one of the more common first symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. The vision fully returned, and fortunately, it has never happened again. From this experience, I did learn that we only have two eyes, and, not only is taking care of them of the utmost importance, they can be such a window to so many things. In “The Eyes Tell Our Story”, Linda Seachrist looks at how some integrative doctors are looking at the eyes as the windows of the our bodies they are. While our eyes can provide a window to our health, there is also a lot of truth to the old adage “you are what you eat”. There are studies that show stress can physically affect animals just the way it affects humans. If stress can make us sick, doesn’t it stand to reason that an animal stressed for its whole life might have a different make up? Meat eaters should understand that not all meat is created equal. I am concerned with the effect industrial meat production is having on our health as well as our environment. Force fed animals in small unclean spaces and blatant overuse of antibiotics used, not to treat sick animals, but to promote growth and reduce the risk of infection is scary stuff. This month’s feature article, “Meaty Truths” by Melinda Hemmelgarn, provides an insight overview of some of the important issues. At the end of the day, I confess. I’m an omnivore. I might wish that it was different, but I am such a picky eater that if I didn’t, I’d be eliminating too many food choices. When I do eat things that are not plant-based, it is so important that it was raised in as humane and sustainable manner as possible. As a lover of animals, it seems the least I can do. I often give thanks to the animal and farmer for providing my food, whatever that may be. My family likes to poke fun at me sometimes that I want my animals to have a happy life and be frolicking in the field before their time is up and I’m ok with that. Maureen Cary, Publisher

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eeping Children Safe: Being Prepared vs. Being Paranoid will be presented by Phyllis Penhallow, MS, CFLE from the University of Rhode Island, from 6 to 8 p.m., March 23, at Meeting Street, in Providence. The workshop will offer practical strategies and suggestions parents and caregivers can use to help protect their children more effectively. Learn how to reduce the worry all parents face when it comes to their children’s safety. The event is open to the public, and a light dinner will be provided along with free child care. Advance registration is required for child care. Cost: Free. Location: 1000 Eddy St., Providence. For more information and to register, call 401-533-9285 or e-mail See ad on page 21.

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lenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, in Coventry, is dedicating the month of March to improving people’s relationship with money from a spiritual perspective. At 7 p.m., March 3, spiritual finance specialist and author Kerry Cudmore will facilitate a class to help participants understand their personal relationship with money and finance; retool how they relate to prosperity, abundance and success; clear the emotional clutter of limiting financial beliefs; gain a clear understanding of why it is spiritually OK to be prosperous; become comfortable in the money conversation; and create a healthy and empowering relationship with money and finance. Ambrose will conduct follow up classes on March 10, 17 and 24, followed by a closing class led by Cudmore on March 31. All classes will take place at 7 p.m. Cudmore’s book, A New Relationship With Money, will be available for purchase on site.

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ll That Matters, Rhode Island’s award-winning yoga and holistic health center with locations in Providence, East Greenwich and South Kingstown, has started a Children’s Yoga program on Wednesdays from 3:45 to 4:30 pm for ages 4 to 6, and from 4:45 to 5:30 for ages 7 to 10. The four-week series will take place March 23 to April 13, April 27 to May 18, and June 1 to 22 at All That Matters East Greenwich. The series is designed to help children improve focus and flexibility, and learn balance, coordination and self-calming strategies. Classes will include coordination exercises, group circle games, meditation and yoga poses to strengthen and cultivate awareness in the children’s bodies and minds. Cost: $40. Location: 63 Cedar Ave., #10, East Greenwich. For more information, call 401-782-2126 or visit See ad on page 36.

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avid Barr and Katharine Rossi will conduct a workshop on creating a dream talisman at 6:30 p.m., March 21, at Fireseed, in Providence. Throughout history, talismans have been used by many cultures. They are often worn somewhere on the body or hung in a home or office. In some traditions, talismans are used to make powerful transformations, which the person would not feel empowered to do without them. The process of creating a talisman is a sacred act of co-creation with spirit, and they are often created with intention and hold a specific type of power. In this workshop, participants will create a dream talisman that embodies their relationship with their dreams and connects them with the power of their dreams. Each individual’s dream talisman may be empowered with a specific intention, such as improving dream recall, protection in dreams, calling on a dream guide, opening a dream gate, or connecting with one’s dreams more fully. Cost: $30. Location: 194 Waterman St., 3rd Fl., Providence. For more information, call 401-924-0567 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide. Book Online or CALL Today! 401.742.1665


he first of four, free Align with the Seasons Ceremonies, co-created by shamanic practitioners Paul DiSegna of Energy-N-Elements and Katharine Rossi of Fireseed: Center for Transformation, will take place at 6:30 p.m., March 18, at Energy-N-Elements, in East Greenwich. For centuries, ceremonies have been used to honor the cycles of nature and to mark transitions between various states of being. The Align with the Seasons Ceremonies are designed to open a pathway to the energies that are available at the solstices and equinoxes. It is through the alignment with these energies that we are able to step more fully into the flow of the universe and our natural way of being. Participants are encouraged to bring a small object for the altar as well as their intention to align more fully with the Spring Equinox, a time of renewal and growth. As a way of weaving the sacred into the mundane, participants are encouraged to make an offering to the earth, the ancestors, or to the spirits of the land following the ceremony. This can be done as a gift of heart felt gratitude, leaving seeds or a stone outside, or spreading kindness throughout the day. Cost: Free. Location: 150 Adirondack Dr., East Greenwich. For more information, call 401-736-6500 or visit See ad on this page.

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ach year, Founder Roland Comtois brings to the community a gathering of healers, inspirational speakers, reiki practitioners and grief support specialists Roland Comtois to help those that are grieving move beyond their fear and pain. The 10th Annual Living Beyond Loss Conference will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 9, at the Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, in Warwick. Comtois will be joined by author, speaker and founder of Heaven on Earth, Karen Paolino; inspirational speakers Sheri Perl, Dave Kane, John LaCross, Judy Giovangelo and the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation; Gentle Yoga with Dawn Penta; Paul DiSegna and Katharine Rossi of Energy-n-Elements and Fireseed: Center for Transformation; Dale Belluscio of Greenwood Psychotherapy; The Alliance for Conscious Transitioning; and the RI Holistic Healers Association as well as many healers, authors and volunteers ready to inspire.

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race School of Yoga will offer its 300-hour teacher training immersion this year beginning in August and ending July 2017. This training advances a teacher who is previously certified, resulting in a 500-hour designation. “When I created the Grace School, I had in mind that it would be a teaching facility,” says Director Judy McClain. “In fact, teaching teachers is the foundation of Grace. Here we offer advanced practices in classical yoga, and we work in the stream of Dharma Mittra’s lineage. Everything we teach is backed by ancient practices and mindfulness.” The advanced training will kick off with a six-day, overnight intensive retreat in Hopkinton to facilitate community and depth. There will be four weekends of intensive modules throughout the year and the training will complete with another six-day retreat July 2017. Some of the studies include Conscious Communication, Anatomy Intensives, Class Sequencing and Deep Breathwork. The Grace School is registered with Yoga Alliance. “While the training is largely modular components, we address and support the special studies of the participants,” says McClain. “By this time in one’s yoga career, a teacher knows where to deepen her/his studies and has identified the natural gifts that call out for enhancement.” For more information about the training, contact Judy at 401-829-9903. See ad on page 37.

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ntuitive Therapy, offering healing work for mind, body and soul, welcomes two new practitioners to its group. Kian Xie of Generation Xie Intuitive Arts, provides card readings, channeling sessions and numerology exploration. Joining Xie is Ducy Samos, certified reflexologist of Sole to Sole Reflexology, bringing this much needed healing modality to the practice. In addition, Intuitive Therapy offers holistic psychotherapy, empowerment workshops, reiki healing and instruction, integrated energy therapy, group guided meditations and holistic learning classes.

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ample a wide variety of yoga offerings in southern New England at the 4th Annual Rhode Island Yoga Festival. This one-day event returns to Providence at Nathan Bishop Middle School from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., April 9. Included in the one-day ticket is a choice from 12 classes during four time slots, lunch, kirtan, a relaxation room with various healing modalities and vendors offering a variety of eclectic items. The day rounds out with a guided harp meditation. “The festival has a similar flow each year, but about three quarters of the sessions are switched up from past fests to keep the event fresh,” says Chris Belanger, festival founder and organizer. “Each year is bound to be a different experience for an attendee, not only because of the variety of offerings, but also because every person brings his/her own experiences from the previous year along.” Tickets must be purchased in advance through the festival website. Last year’s festival sold out weeks in advance and is expected to occur again this year. Location: 101 Sessions St., Providence. For a full listing of class descriptions, presenters and tickets, visit


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eloved: a yoga practice is bringing together a team to lead an Authentic Living five-week intensive program to help participants get back in touch with their authentic power. This multi-disciplinary approach will focus on: nutrition, yoga, insights and self-exploration. Meetings will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., March 16 through April 13, at Beloved. This powerful collaboration is designed to create a supportive multifaceted community atmosphere during session time and through private group social media. Each weekly two-hour session will include one hour of yoga plus a guided group session covering such topics as Holistic Nutrition Counseling, Connecting with Your Authentic Power Center, and Using Your Authentic Power to Set Healthy Boundaries, as well as healthy recipe ideas and cooking demonstrations. Time will be set aside each week for goal setting and small group discussion. The facilitators are Nicole Downing, 200-hour Kripalu yoga instructor; Katharine Rossi, depth hypnosis practitioner (; Mary Proietta, nutritionist, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator (; and Pamela Puniello, strategic interventionist and certified life coach ( Cost: $125. Location: 235 High St., 2nd Fl., Bristol. For more information, call 401-787-8877.

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The government of Guatemala has repealed legislation dubbed the “Monsanto law”, which was approved last year to grant the biotech giant special expansion rights into ecologically sensitive territory, after widespread public protest. The demonstrations included groups of indigenous Mayan people, joined by social movements, trade unions and farmers’ and women’s organizations. Following political party battles, the Guatemalan Congress decided not to just review the legislation, but instead cancel it outright. The Monsanto law would have given exclusivity on patented seeds to a handful of transnational companies. Mayan people and social organizations claim that the new law would have violated their constitution and the Mayan people’s right to traditional cultivation of the land in their ancestral territories. Lolita Chávez, of the Mayan People’s Council, states, “Corn taught us Mayan people about community life and its diversity, because when one cultivates corn, one realizes that a variety of crops such as herbs and medicinal plants depend on the corn plant, as well.” Source:

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College Cafeterias Lead the Way in Sustainable Eating Colleges and universities are changing how they purchase and prepare food in their dining halls to provide students healthy, sustainable meal options, with many of them working to source food locally. American University, in Washington, D.C., purchases more than a third of the food served in its cafeterias within 250 miles of its campus. McGill University, in Montreal, spends 47 percent of its food budget on produce from its own campus farm and growers within 300 miles. Middlebury College, in Vermont, partners with seasonal local vendors, including those operating its own organic farm. Taking it a step further, Boston University cafeterias serve meal options that include organic, fair trade, free-range, vegetarian-fed, hormone- and antibioticfree, sustainably harvested food items to students. Cornell University composts about 850 tons of food waste from its dining halls each year. At Duke University, surplus food is donated to food banks, and both pre- and post-consumer scraps are composted. Other steps include the University of California, Berkeley’s new Global Food Initiative to address food security in a way that’s both nutritious and sustainable, and efforts at the University of Illinois to recycle cooking oil for biodiesel production. Source:

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According to the American Psychological Association, up to 70 percent of children experience sleep disturbances that affect their emotional and physical well-being.


arents frequently awakened by a child’s interrupted slumber typically are torn between the need to care for their own health and that of their child. The goal is to meet everyone’s needs, so that adequate adult sleep doesn’t feel like child neglect. Solutions are feasible if the parent is emotionally equipped to feel continuing empathy for their little one and secure in their choices for resolution, regardless of setbacks or delays. Uncovering the real reasons that a child stays alert at bedtime or wakes during the night—such as inconsistent timing of sleep cycles, excessive fatigue, insufficient physical activity, hunger, pain, anxieties, inadequate downtime or a desire for continued interaction with a parent—is the first step. With so many variables, frustration can impede the workings of parental intuition, which is key to the process, as is testing individual possible solutions


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long enough to assess the result and then confidently move forward.

Internal Calm Expecting a child to feel so empowered that they can fall asleep on their own is a good beginning. Lindsay Melda, of Atlanta, relates, “Our daughter used to wake us up by coming into our bed each night. Once I realized I was anxious about her sleeping alone in her room and was able to instead trust she was okay, she easily slept through the night, waking more rested. My own anxiety was causing her sleep disturbances.” Christine Gipple, of Oaklyn, New Jersey, a practitioner of non-violent communication, shares, “When my daughter is chatty at bedtime and I’m past ready for her to be in bed, I have to consciously pause, or I can snap at her, thus delaying bedtime. Granting myself just five minutes to reset

myself and be present in the moment before I gently re-engage is critical to the outcome.” Such checking in with ourselves helps keep a parent thinking positively. Law of Attraction specialist Cassie Parks, of Denver, Colorado, advises, “When you focus on the feeling you desire once a child is peacefully asleep, rather than the feeling you want to move away from, your chances for success greatly increase.” Noting how we envision nighttime unfolding or creating a nighttime vision board can help focus and maintain these feelings.

Releasing Stress One method parents have successfully used is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). It involves light tapping on specific points along the body’s energy meridians, like the collarbone or between the eyebrows, often accompanied by attention to current thoughts and feelings, in order to restore a balanced feeling. Karin Davidson, of Media, Pennsylvania, co-founder of the Meridian Tapping Techniques Association, says, “Including tapping with a supportive nighttime routine can be a godsend. It can relieve distress, whatever its source, increase feelings of security and promote a peaceful transition to sleep.” In clinical studies from the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare, EFT has been shown to counter the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, contributing to decreased sleep disturbances. Marissa Wolf, of The Woodlands, Texas, relates, “We moved here from San Diego when my son was 34 months old. He was acting out in ways I’d never seen before, mourning the

loss of his routine. Within weeks after we started tapping before school and at night, he was back to his happy self. Last night, he simply went to bed and fell asleep. Now when I see his built-up emotions, I know we need to tap.” (To learn more about EFT methods, visit

Nourished Rest Good nutrition is also important to healthy sleep. According to Health Coach Sarah Outlaw, owner of the Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey and an advanced Nutrition Response Testing practitioner, “Children may be devoid of minerals because of the filtered water we drink. Supplementing with minerals like magnesium or enriching the diet with trace minerals, sea salt and mineral-rich bone broth will promote a healthy immune system, along with a nervous system programmed for sleep.” Outlaw also advises, “A whole foods diet is paramount to children’s health and sleep ability. Parents should limit or eliminate artificial flavors, sweeteners and sugar; preferably at all times, but at least an hour before bedtime.” When a parent takes the time to plan each step toward their goal of optimum sleep and feels secure in following through, they can create a personalized and consistent bedtime routine that fosters a sense of safety for children that feel heard and tended to and know what to expect. Children that gain the ability to naturally develop sleep skills reap lifelong health benefits. Stephanie Dodd is the author of the international bestseller, Good Baby, Bad Sleeper. She blogs at

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The Eyes Tell Our Story

How Integrative Doctors See Into Whole-Body Health by Linda Sechrist


o poets, the eyes have long been known as windows to the soul. Systemically trained ophthalmologists, optometrists and functional medicine doctors see these organs as a potential indicator of high blood pressure, diabetes, stress-related effects and nutritional deficiencies, as well as sites for potential glaucoma and macular degeneration. The connection between overall health and eye health is rarely addressed during conventional eye exams, which are based on standard protocols for

prescribing eyeglasses, drugs or surgery. Conventionally trained optometrists and ophthalmologists, lacking education in nutrition and alternative approaches, treat the eyes as isolated organs. In contrast, systemically oriented, holistic eye experts treat them as integrated parts of the whole body. Eye doctors like Marc R. Grossman, doctor of optometry, a co-founder of Natural Eye Care, Inc., of New Paltz, New York, and Edward C. Kondrot, a medical doctor and founder of the Healing the Eye & Wellness Center, in Fort


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Myers, Florida, take such a preventive and integrative approach. They recommend good whole foods nutrition, supplemented with antioxidants and plantbased formulations of omega-6 and omega-3 oils, together with adequate sleep and exercise. Key complementary treatments can be effective in improving sight and reversing some conditions. Grossman, also a licensed acupuncturist, explains in his book Greater Vision: A Comprehensive Program for Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Clarity how he incorporates the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of vision into his philosophy of eye care. At Somers Eye Center, in Somers, New York, he uses a full range of mind-body therapies, combined with conventional methods to address dry eye syndrome, nearsightedness, farsightedness, macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. Kondrot, a leading board-certified homeopathic ophthalmologist, uses a slit-lamp binocular microscope to examine the complex living tissue of the eyes. The author of 10 Essentials to Save Your Sight, he’s experienced in regeneration nutrition and maintains that our overall health impacts our vision. His toolbox includes multimodal protocols like homeopathy, detoxification, oxygen therapy, low-level microcurrent to stimulate cellular activity, palming (using the hands over closed eyes) and other alternative methods to reverse visual loss. He regularly uses the Myers’ cocktail, an intravenous therapy with a high concentration of B-complex and C vitamins, taurine (an amino sulfonic acid), trace minerals and zinc. “Regardless of your eye condition, regular eye exercises can increase eye muscle flexibility and support circulation for better delivery of oxygen, essential nutrients and the flow of energy to the eyes,” says Grossman. He notes that “Aerobic Exercise Protects Retinal Function and Structure from Light-Induced Retinal Degeneration,” a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2014, was the first of its kind to link physical

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exercise with improved retinal health and prevention of common eye diseases. While Kondrot emphasizes that vitamins A, C, D and E are essential to eye health, particularly in preventing macular degeneration, he cautions that taking a supplement is no substitute for expanding the diet to include foods such as kale, spinach, parsley, collard greens, cooked broccoli, green peas, pumpkin and Brussels sprouts. All include lutein and zeaxanthin, two types of important carotenoids contained within the retina and found in the leaves of most green plants. Digestive enzymes, probiotics and the amino acid betaine are also necessary to facilitate better absorption of nutrients. Dr. Connie Casebolt, board certified in family medicine and founder of GFM Wellness, in Greenville, South Carolina, practices with a whole body-mind perspective and incorporates supplements in patient disease prevention and wellness plans. “As the eye is bathed in the same chemicals and nutrients as the rest of the body, eye conditions can be affected by problems affecting the rest of the body,” she says. “Low adrenals can contribute to macular degeneration. Additionally, disruption of the energy flowing through acupuncture meridians related to teeth affected by root canals can also affect the eyes. “ She likes the book Whole Body Dentistry, by Mark Breiner, a doctor of dental surgery, because it includes numerous case histories of systemic illnesses, including eye disorders, that improve with better oral health. “Trying to sustain good health and avoiding toxins such as tobacco and excess sugar can definitely help in maintaining good vision,” explains Casebolt. Sensitive, complex and composed of more than 2 million working parts, the eyes are their own phenomenon. Annual eye exams are important at every age to help us do what’s needed to maintain our precious gift of sight. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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ccording to Advanced Vision Therapy Center, in Boise, Idaho, 67 percent of the neural connections within the brain are involved with some aspect of vision, whether it is visual input, visual perception, or visual integration. Johns Hopkins Institute for Biomedical Sciences explains that brain cells appear to possess mechanisms that function as a sort of red light, stopping neurons from connecting with one another before they are ready. When communication between the brain and eyes is disrupted due to disease or injury, vision problems can occur. Neuro-ophthalmologists generally deal with the visual signs and symptoms of neurologic illness, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, metabolic disorders, thyroid imbalances and other diseases. The neuro-ophthamologist’s job is to sort through the examination and history of a patient for clues to the origin of the problems and determine what tests, if any, are needed for diagnosis and treatment. Neuro-optometrists specialize in vision problems typically brought about

by brain trauma, such as a stroke or concussion. The neuro-optometrist runs a series of tests to assess how the brain processes information sent from the eyes. Based on test results, the doctor develops a physical therapy plan, prescribing daily eye exercises and adjusting the plan throughout the rehabilitation process. Visual symptoms of compromised health may include any of the following: decrease in field of vision, headaches (especially after eye use), difficulty focusing eyes or blurred vision, double vision, dizziness, difficulty walking or maintaining balance, decreased attention span, discomfort when reading, light sensitivity, problems with depth perception and deficiencies in eye movement or coordination. People experiencing unusual symptoms of impaired vision should set up an appointment with their primary care doctor and seek a proper referral to a specialist for analysis and treatment. For more information on eye health and to find a doctor or specialist, visit

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Meaty Truths Choosing Meat that’s Sustainable and Safe by Melinda Hemmelgarn


n his essay The Pleasures of Eating, Wendell Berry, a Kentucky farmer and poet, writes: “If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.” He, like a growing number of conscious eaters, wants no part of the industrial meat system in which animals are raised in concentrated animal feeding operations. Media coverage has helped educate consumers previously unaware of how their food is produced and why it matters. The documentary film Food Inc., as well as books like Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser and The Chain, by Ted Genoways, describe common livestock industry practices that mistreat animals, pollute water and air, endanger workers and threaten public health. With increased understanding of the connections between diet and health, climate, environment and social justice, even many Americans that still like the taste of hamburger and steak have sided with Berry; they want sustainably raised, humane and healthful red meat.

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latest nutritional science. In 2015, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee attempted to include the concept of sustainability. The committee, which included top nutrition scientists, defined sustainable diets as “a pattern of eating that promotes health and well-being and provides food security for the present population while sustaining human and natural resources for future generations.” It made the case that a diet higher in plant-based foods and lower in animalbased foods both promotes health and protects the environment—resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions, and less energy, land and water use. But political pressure from the livestock industry prevailed, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell jointly announced, “We do not believe that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the appropriate vehicle for this important policy conversation about sustainability.” Instead, they advised the committee to focus solely on nutritional and dietary information. In her book Food Politics, nutritionist and author Marion Nestle explains that recommendations to decrease consumption have never been popular with the food industry. None-

theless, Roni Neff, Ph.D., who directs the Center for a Livable Future’s Food System Sustainability and Public Health Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, recommends consuming less red meat in particular, because of its large environmental footprint. Neff points out, “Thirty percent of greenhouse gas emissions are connected to red meat.” However, not all red meat is created equal. In her book Defending Beef, environmental lawyer and cattle rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman makes a case for sustainable meat production, noting, “Well-managed grazing could be part of an effective strategy to combat climate change.” In their book The New Livestock Farmer, authors Rebecca Thistlethwaite and Jim Dunlop praise the increase in farmers producing pasture-raised, ethical meats and the growing number of farmers selling directly to people that reject the industrial system. Neff likewise supports such sustainable livestock agriculture, which integrates pasture-raised animals on farms, rather than isolating them on feedlots, where they typically eat a grain-based diet (such as genetically engineered corn) and receive growth stimulants, including hormones and antibiotics.

Risky Hormones and Antibiotics Mike Callicrate, a St. Francis, Kansas, rancher educated in the industrial model of meat production, is considered an expert on its negative consequences. He served as an advisor for Food Inc., and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Callicrate observes, “The same chemical compounds that athletes are banned from using in baseball are used to produce our food animals, which our children eat in the hot dogs at the ballgame.” According to the USDA, about 90 percent of feedlot cattle receive hormone implants to promote growth. Yet the European Union Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures Relating to Public Health reports that the use of natural and artificial growth hormones in beef production poses a

Because climate change is accelerating and is already causing a multitude of adverse effects, and the footprint of our current food system is massive, we urgently need to create a national food supply that is both healthy and sustainable. ~Dr. Walter Willett, Harvard School of Public Health potential risk to human health, especially among children. Concerns about growth-promoting drugs led the American Academy of Pediatrics to call for studies that directly measure their impact on children through milk and meat. The President’s Cancer Panel Report on Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk also states, “Growth hormones may contribute to endocrine disruption in humans.” Their dietary recommendations include choosing meat raised without hormones and antibiotics.

Rising Resistance Antibiotic resistance is now one of the world’s most critical public health problems, and it’s related to misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Antibiotic resistance— when bacteria don’t respond to the drugs designed to kill them—threatens to return us to the time when simple infections were often fatal.” Veterinarian and food safety consultant Gail Hansen, of Washington, D.C., explains that bacteria naturally develop resistance anytime we use antibiotics. “The problem is overuse and misuse; that’s the recipe for disaster.” She explains that more than 70 percent of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. are not used to treat sick animals, but to promote growth and reduce the risk of infection related to raising animals in unsanitary, overcrowded spaces.

A recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states: Adding antibiotics to the feed of healthy livestock “often leave the drugs ineffective when they are needed to treat infections in people.” The AAP supports buying meat from organic farms, because organic farming rules prohibit the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics. Stacia Clinton, a registered dietitian in Boston who works with the international nonprofit Health Care Without Harm, assists hospitals in both reducing meat on their menus and increasing purchases of meat from animals raised without antibiotics. The goal is to reduce the growing number of antibiotic-resistant infections that cost hospitals and patients billions of dollars each year. A Friends of the Earth report, Chain Reaction: How Top Restaurants Rate on Reducing Use of Antibiotics in Their Meat Supply, revealed that most meat served by American’s top chain restaurants come from animals raised in industrial facilities where they are fed antibiotics. Only two out of 25 chains, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread, report that the majority of their meat is raised without routine antibiotics. A recent study by Consumers Union also found antibiotic-resistant bacteria on retail meat samples nationwide. In California, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 27, making his the first state to ban the use of routine low doses of antimicrobial drugs that are medically important to humans to promote livestock weight gain or feed efficiency. The bill doesn’t go into effect until January 2018, but will contribute to making meat safer and antibiotic drugs more effective.

Red and Processed Meats Targeted Dietary advice to reduce the consumption of red and processed meats, regardless of how the animals are raised, is not new. Kelay Trentham, a registered dietitian in Tacoma, Washington, who specializes in cancer prevention and treatment, points out that joint reports

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Smarter Meat Choices by Melinda Hemmelgarn Choose certified organic meat. Organic certification prohibits antibiotics, added hormones and genetically modified (GMO) feed. Select grass-fed and grass-finished meats. Look for the nonprofit American Grassfed Association (AGA) certification, which ensures animals eat only grass and forage from the time of their weaning until harvest, and are raised without antibiotics or hormones ( AGA standards apply to ruminant animals only: beef, bison, goat, lamb and sheep. Support Country of Origin Labeling. This mandates that retail cuts of meat must contain a label informing consumers of its source. The U.S. meat industry has worked to stop such labeling. Beware of misleading labels. “Natural” provides no legal assurance about how an animal was raised. “Vegetarian feed” may mean GMO corn and/ or soy. (See Greener Buy directly from family livestock farmers. Check out sites like Local and MarketsDirectory. Pay attention to portions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture serving size weighs three ounces, about the same size as a deck of cards. Think of meat as a side dish and balance the rest of the plate with vegetables, leafy greens, beans and other legumes. Once a week, cut out meat. Participate in Meatless Mondays (Meatless Assume all retail meat carries bacteria that can cause food-borne illness. Practice safe food handling as directed on package labels. (Also see and KeepAntibiotics


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from the World Cancer Research Fund International and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) since 2007 have recommended restricting consumption of red meat to less than 18 ounces a week and avoiding processed meats. In 2015, the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified processed meat (like hot dogs, ham, sausages, corned beef and beef jerky) as “carcinogenic to humans” and red meat (beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse and goat) as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Risk increases with amount consumed, and the evidence is strongest for the relation of processed meats to colorectal cancer. Trentham explains some factors that make red and processed meats risky. “Heating or smoking meat creates cancer-causing compounds. Processed meats contain salts, nitrates and nitrites; a chemical mélange of preservatives that can increase risk,” she says. Trentham and Karen Collins, a registered dietitian and advisor to the AICR, concur that the form of iron found in meat also contributes to cancer risk. Still, the IARC report recognizes,

“Eating meat has known health benefits.” Meat is a rich source of protein and B vitamins, iron and zinc. Livestock feed further influences nutritional composition, with meat from cattle raised on pasture (grass) containing higher levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids compared to meat from animals fed grain. According to medical doctor and National Institutes of Health researcher Captain Joseph Hibbeln, consuming fewer omega-6 fatty acids and more omega-3s may be one of the most important dietary changes for cutting the risk of chronic diseases, reducing inflammation, improving mental health, enhancing children’s brain and eye development and reducing worldwide incidence of cardiovascular disease by 40 percent. When it comes to eating meat, the agricultural practices, quantity consumed, and methods of processing and cooking make a difference. It turns out that what’s good for the environment is good for animals and people, too. Melinda Hemmelgarn is an awardwinning registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with, in Columbia, MO. Connect at

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here is mounting evidence that turmeric, ginger and other spices have therapeutic effects. In the U.S., medical claims can only be made if there is a scientifically significant causal relationship where one chemical compound, measurable in the human blood, causes a specific symptom to go away, despite causing other symptoms to appear. The problem with this “western” approach to medicine is that naturally occurring foods and spices have hundreds of nutrients and chemical compounds, which absorb into the body at varying rates. These compounds are rarely measurable in the blood and it’s almost impossible to attribute a health effect to

one specific compound unless a drug is extracted and dosed in an amount far exceeding what one would get from normal consumption of the food or spice. At Jahmu PBC, a North Kingstown based turmeric-ginger chai tea startup, founder Jessica Filkins worries that many Americans are being shortchanged by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While on a trip to Southeast Asia and Indonesia, Filkins drank “jamu”, a yellow elixir made from blending turmeric, ginger and other ingredients, and when her myriad of health problems that doctors had told her were untreatable improved, including irritable bowel syndrome,

Filkins was convinced of the therapeutic properties of turmeric. When consumed alone or in a raw form, these roots taste spicy and bitter. To be palatable, turmeric and ginger require some combination of peeling, grating, pickling, blending or cooking. According to Filkins, powdered forms are, as it turns out, an equally beneficial substitute for the raw roots. One ounce of powdered turmeric has the nutrient content of a pound of raw turmeric. In particular, powdered turmeric contains upwards of 5 percent curcumin, an active constituent in turmeric that has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a strong antioxidant. Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders. It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, fever and menstrual problems. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms and kidney problems. A welcomed replacement for cinnamon or curry, a significant amount of turmeric and ginger can be casually incorporated into one’s diet by drinking tea blends or adding these spices to smoothies, hot cider, sparkling cider and milk, or by incorporating into recipes ranging from apple crisp topping to soup. Walter Filkins is owner of Jahmu PBC, in North Kingstown.

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island’s current food system, showing where the food comes from, how it moves through the community, who the players in the food system are, what the current food resources Local Chefs who prepared local food for Food on the island are, Summit 2 in June 2015 and the needs of the different island populations. The first phase of mapping is anticipated to be published in April. Mapping the island’s current food resources will connect all the participants in the food system, thereby creating a network that can share information across boundaries and generate cooperation between the people and organizations involved in providing food to the island community. Ultimately, these efforts will make it possible to create a comprehensive vision for an improved food system that can be incorporated in the Comprehensive Plan of each of the island’s three municipalities, offering a practical image of a highly productive, effective and resilient food system with policies and activities that will ensure it. In order to foster growing public awareness and understanding of the vital relationships between health, environment, agriculture and a thriving local economy, the initiative aims to create an ongoing community Students in the Thompson Middle School conversation about garden in downtown Newport the many aspects of food and agricultural future. Annual Food Summits have been taking place to bring food issues to the community in vibrant conversations designed to create solutions. The 2015 Food Summit has already resulted in an energetic movement to grow more food on the island by establishing a community garden in every town and a garden in every school.



For more information about the upcoming Food Summit in April 2016, email or visit Bevan Linsley is project director at The Island Commons Initiative.

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Eating a rich variety of plant-based foods is fast, easy and satisfying. ~LeAnne Campbell

Taste the Rainbow, Expand Your Palate with New Colorful Veggies by Judith Fertig


mericans’ vegetable habits are in a rut. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 50 percent of the vegetables and legumes available in this country in 2013 were either tomatoes or potatoes. Lettuce came in third, according to new data released in 2015, advises Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating. Further, 87 percent of U.S. adults did not meet basic vegetable serving recommendations from 2007 through 2010, a fact cited in the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. Yet, urban supermarkets overflow with a wealth of common and exotic vegetables, often displayed sideby-side: broccoli and broccolini, green bell and Japanese shishito peppers, and iceberg lettuce and leafy mâche, or lamb’s lettuce. Trying one new vegetable dish a week is a great way to increase our vegetable literacy, says functional medicine expert Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Our diet should be 60 per-


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cent produce—40 percent vegetables and 20 percent fruit,” she says. “To keep this sustainable for the long term, we should eat what tastes good, not what we think is good for us. Some days, we crave the sweetness of carrots; other days, the bitterness of artichokes or the heat of hot peppers. Our bodies can tell us what we need.”

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Going Green. Dark green and slightly peppery arugula is good with a little olive oil and lemon juice. Finely shredded Brussels sprouts bulk up a mixed salad, while adding the benefits of a cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetable. Instead of mineral-rich baby spinach, try baby Swiss chard, suggests Matthew Kadey, a registered dietician in Waterloo, Ontario. He also suggests microgreens, the tiny shoots of radishes, cabbage, broccoli and kale, all rich in vitamins C and E. Squash It. Varieties of summer and winter squash add color, body and flavor to one-dish meals, with the added benefits of B vitamins, magnesium and fiber. LeAnne Campbell, Ph.D., author of The China Study Cookbook, simmers a mix of fresh chopped vegetables including yellow summer squash or

zucchini, and flavors with coconut and curry powder. Vegan Chef Douglas McNish, of Toronto, makes an okra and squash gumbo in the slow cooker. Sneak in a Smoothie. Change up a smoothie routine by swapping out the usual baby spinach for a blend of cucumber, apple and fresh mint, or else sweet potato and carrot, suggests Sidney Fry, a registered dietitian and Cooking Light editor, in Birmingham, Alabama.   Snack Attack. An array of colorful vegetables served with dips and spreads can be an easy way to experiment with veggies. Carrots in deep red, vibrant yellow, purple and orange are delicious raw and supply beta-carotene, promoting eye health. Leaves from pale green Belgian endive spears are tender and crunchy. Orange or “cheddar” cauliflower has a more creamy and sweet flavor than its pale cousin.    “Colors equal health, and the more colors we eat, the better our overall health,” says Susan Bowerman, a registered dietitian, lecturer in food science and nutrition at California State Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo, and co-author of What Color Is Your Diet? “We also have to be willing to try new foods or new varieties of foods, or maybe to prepare unfamiliar foods in a way that will make them taste good, so that we will be willing to add more plant foods to our diet.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle. from Overland Park, KS.

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erbs can support digestive health in many ways, namely through the daily use of herbs that are considered bitters, carminatives and nervines. Bitter herbs trigger specific reflexes in the body that help aid in digestion. They can regulate the appetite, tone up the liver and kidneys, and derail a host of diseases. Bitter herbs help with the production of digestive juices in the salivary glands, stomach, pancreas, duodenum and liver, and help with the production of bile in the liver and release bile from the gallbladder. Increasing the flow of bile helps improve the digestion of fats and elimination of waste products. A “bitter herb” is essentially any herb that possesses a bitter taste. Some of these helpful herbs are catnip, chamomile, dan-

delion, horehound, lemon balm, mugwort and yarrow. Herbs that help to dispel gas and prevent bloating are called carminatives. Carminatives are high in volatile oils that have a local anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effect on the mucous lining of the stomach, helping to expel gas. They are beneficial for treating colic, as well as for decreasing smooth muscle cramping and intestinal cramping. Many familiar culinary herbs are carminative herbs: anise, cardamom, fennel, fenugreek, ginger and peppermint are all examples of carminative herbs. Herbs that have a calming effect on the digestive system are called nervines. Since the digestive system is controlled by the nervous system, supporting the nervous system will have a positive effect on the digestive system. Calming nervines are herbs that calm the nervous system, relieving stress and anxiety. These wonderful herbs will help to untie that “knot” in the stomach. A few examples of digestive nervines are: milky oat tops, lemon balm, chamomile, catnip, blue vervain and motherwort. There are several ways to incorporate these herbs into your diet: they can be used fresh in salads, in soups and other cooked dishes, and in herbal vinegars, teas, or juices. Their extracts also come as tinctures, capsules, or powders. When buying herbs remember to buy local and organic. Mary Blue is a community herbalist and educator, author of Herbal Foundations, and owner of Farmacy Herbs, located at 28 Cemetery St., Providence. Learn more at 401-270-5223 or See ad on page 8.

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Why Vegan?

The Connection Between Humans, Animals and the Planet by Tracey Narayani Glover


oo often human beings fail to see the interconnection that exists between the non-human animals and the environment that surrounds us. As some vegans adopt a plant-based diet upon learning about the suffering of farmed animals, others are influenced by the devastating impact of animal agriculture on the environment, while many make the switch to benefit their own health. The truth is, these issues are not separate. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector consumes more edible protein—40 percent of the entire world’s agricultural output—than it produces, while occupying 30 percent of the planet’s total land surface.




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Animal-based foods such as meat, dairy and eggs are highly resource-intensive, compared to plant-based foods. Product labeling indicating varying levels of humane and sustainable practices entices conscious consumers, but is often misleading. As an example, it cannot be assumed that a grass-fed label is indicative of sustainability. Living conditions involve less suffering and fossil fuel use than in factory farms, but according to a study published in Environmental Science and Technology, pasture-raised cattle produce at least 20 percent more methane than grain-finished animals, on a per-pound-of-meat basis, and they also require more land and water. The United Nations reports that at least 20 million people worldwide die

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each year as a result of malnutrition, while estimates have been made that if Americans alone reduced their meat intake by just 10 percent, 100 million people could be fed with the land, water and energy that would be freed up as a result. As pointed out by The World Watch Institute, the continued growth of meat output creates competition for grain between affluent meat-eaters and the world’s poor. As much of the world’s population struggles to obtain enough food, many Americans are consuming too much protein and suffering from “diseases of affluence” that correlate with the consumption of animal protein. But there is good reason for hope, as a growing body of nutrition science shows that a high percentage of these diseases can be prevented, or even reversed, with diet. According to Nutritional Biochemist T. Colin Campbell, who co-authored The China Study, “The same diet that is good for prevention of cancer is also good for the prevention of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and other diseases. That diet is a whole foods, plant-based diet.” Note that there’s more to worry about than the antibiotics, steroids and hormones found in most animal products available today, making organic options less than ideal as well. “The real danger of animal products is the nutrient imbalances, regardless of the presence or absence of those nasty chemicals. Long before modern chemicals were introduced into our food, people still began to experience more cancer and more heart disease when they started to eat more animal-based foods,” says Campbell. Is it a coincidence that the diet that can prevent suffering of animals is the same diet that can reverse the process of global warming and keep humans healthy into old age? What is good for the animals is good for the planet and good for our own health. Tracey Narayani Glover, JD, E-RYT 200, is an animal advocate, writer, chef/ owner of The Pure Vegan and a yoga and meditation teacher in Mobile, AL. Connect at and


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Simple Ways to Get Kitty to Behave by Sandra Murphy


hree million cats end up in shelters every year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Owners cite landlord restrictions or allergies in the family as leading reasons. Often, the animal is blamed for an easily fixed behavior problem; the Wake County Animal Center, in Raleigh, North Carolina, interprets rationales such as, “Kitty has a sensitive stomach [throws up] or pees under the bed [likely a urinary tract infection].” “I prefer to call such things issues, not problems. They’re often evidence of natural instincts that need to be redirected,” says Anne Moss, owner of, from Tel Aviv, Israel. “A vet visit will rule out physical concerns so you can move on to behavioral issues.” Once a cat’s adapted to living with humans, life becomes more pleasant for everyone. Cats can be trained. Dallas cat owner Bettina Bennett of advises, “Start early, attach rewards and be consistent. Our four cats don’t scratch the furniture, come when called and know when it’s bedtime.” Clicker training works well, adds Becky Morrow, a doctor of veterinarian medicine who teaches at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh. “I have 13 cats living in my home and a sanctuary housing 65 more. They’ve learned to walk on a leash and obey commands.” Dr. Jeff Werber, a Los Angeles


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veterinarian, has found that scratching furniture, biting people, nocturnal activity, throwing up and ignoring the litter box are the five most common complaints. Scratching lets Kitty leave her scent, stretch and shed old claws. He suggests, “Get a scratching post, but don’t put it in an-out-of-the-way location. Cats like to be where we are. Start with it in the center of the room and gradually move it to the corner.” Measure how tall a cat is when standing on her hind legs with front legs fully extended. Get a post that is half again as tall so she can really stretch. Gently rub her paws on the post first, and then dab on a bit of catnip as added enticement. Cats don’t like unfamiliar textures, so avoidance training tools can include laying aluminum foil or backing-side-up carpet runners over furniture arms and cushions plus double-sided sticky tape at the corners to preserve upholstery. When humans become a target for a cat’s pounces, use toys as decoys. A short play session will satisfy their desire to hunt.

Leave curtains open so she can see outside, clear shelves for climbing and have a cat tree or window shelf for optimum viewing. A nearby bird feeder will hold a feline’s attention for hours. Werber advises, “For undisturbed household sleep, get the cat toys out about an hour before your bedtime. Fifteen minutes of play will tire a pet. Let him calm down and then feed him. A full cat is a sleepy cat.” Some cats nibble, while others gulp food and then throw up. The recommended antidote is to feed smaller amounts several times a day. Cats should eat both dry and wet food to get carbohydrates and meat, Werber advises. Throwing up can be a sign of hairballs, even if unseen. Put the cat on a natural hairball remedy once a day for four days, then two times a week, until the vomiting stops. A touch of non-petroleum jelly on the cat’s nose or a bit of fish oil or pumpkin in her food will work. When cats ignore the litter box, note what’s changed—the type of litter, location of the box, a lurking stray cat or the pet’s health. Arthritic cats find it hard to climb into a tall-sided box. Felines feel vulnerable when using the box, and like to know what’s around them—a lidless box makes them feel safer says Werber. The rule is to have one more litter box than there are cats. If the house is more than one story tall, food, water, beds and litter should be available on every level. “All cats should be kept indoors, microchipped and wearing a colorful collar and tags,” says Werber. Colors give birds fair warning if a cat ever goes outside. With time and attention, any cat can become an active, wellbehaved family member. Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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Developing Gardens Instead of Golf Courses Agrihoods Use On-Site Farms to Draw Residents by April Thompson


or thousands of homeowners in “agrihoods” across the U.S., homegrown is a way of life. Planned developments incorporating neighborhood agriculture are sprouting up in record numbers, according to Ed McMahon, a senior resident fellow specializing in sustainability with the Urban Land Institute. He estimates there are a few hundred agrihoods nationwide, in all regions and at all price points. “The trend is the convergence of several things, including a growing interest in local business, local food, healthy lifestyles and the foodie culture,” says McMahon. He adds, “Today’s developers have to differentiate their properties to survive, and farms have become the new golf course of real estate development.” Agriculture is a far lower-cost amenity that can even return a modest profit by selling its harvest to the community.


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Beyond food, agrihoods help grow community, a huge draw for those living in isolated suburban areas. In 2014, Abby and Michael Wheatfill moved their family to Agritopia, a planned community in Gilbert, Arizona, near Phoenix. Billed as an urban farm, the central feature of Agritopia’s 166 acres, knitting together commercial, agricultural and open space with 450 residential homes, is a working farm, with roving pigs, lambs and chickens, a citrus grove and rows of heirloom vegetables. Farm, family and community life are interwoven. The Wheatfills lease a plot in an on-site community garden. Other residents buy shares in the community supported agriculture project or purchase produce or eggs from the community farm on the honor system. “We especially love the narrow, tree-lined streets and wide porches, and that we can walk or bike to fun,

locally sourced restaurants,” says Michael, a technology consultant. Private backyards are small in favor of community space, nudging residents to meet each other, Abby says. The Cannery, in Davis, California, is one of the newest agrihoods and also one of the few that redeveloped an industrial tract. This 100-acre development, still under construction, will feature 547 new homes on the former site of a tomato processing facility, in addition to affordable rentals for low-income families. Its heart and soul is a working farm that will feed the community’s households and supply its restaurants. The Cannery is a pioneer in clean green energy, with solar-powered homes, connections for electric cars, and many other energyconserving features. Thirsty homeowner lawns are prohibited in most of The Cannery’s mini-neighborhoods, but no home is more than 300 feet from public green space. Samrina and Mylon Marshall, both physicians in their mid-50s, will be among the first residents to move in this spring. “We like that it’s a green energy community featuring multigenerational living. We’re also big on eating locally and seasonally, so the urban farm was a key draw,” says Mylon. North Atlanta family Gil and Jeny Mathis and their two daughters, 12 and 14 years old, discovered Serenbe, a planned community in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, two years ago. Now it’s literally their second home. “It provides a different life for our children on weekends they couldn’t otherwise have. The community aspect has penetrated our lives in a way that we couldn’t have predicted,” says Gil. Both girls love it, and the younger sibling is lobbying to relocate there full time. The family likes the people Serenbe draws and the opportunities to engage with them, the consistent access to natural and organic food and its artist-in-residence program. Serenbe was the inspiration for the Olivette Riverside Community and Farm, a 346-acre, back-to-the-land project near Asheville, North Carolina. Its owners are transforming a failed high-end gated community and adjacent historic farm along the French

Broad River into an agri-centered development featuring a blueberry orchard, community gardens, vegetable farm and greenhouse. “It’s vital that we re-localize our food supply,” says Olivette co-owner Tama Dickerson. “One of the first things we did was to incorporate this farm and see what areas we could preserve, because what you keep is just as important as what you develop.” Future plans include hiking trails, artist live-work spaces, tiny houses, little free libraries and a K-8 school. Agrihoods aren’t solely for agriburbs. Creative public housing developers are bringing agriculture to high-density neighborhoods. The smoke-free Healthy High-Rise Arbor House, a 124-unit, low-income apartment in the Bronx, in New York City, features a 10,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse and a living lobby wall that grows organic vegetables for the community year-round. Residents can obtain a discounted share from the farm using SNAP benefits (food stamps) and take free classes in cook-

ing fresh. Arbor House also allocates 40 percent of its rooftop crop harvests for the larger community. Agrihoods can take many forms, including those involving gardens cropping up in schools, parks and hospitals nationwide, as well as informal, guerilla gardens in vacant lots. Many cities, including Falls Church, Virginia, and Takoma Park, Maryland, have even changed local zoning laws so residents can keep chickens and bees in their

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Community HU Song – 7-7:30pm. Group joins together to sing this ancient love song to God for 30 minutes. Members may just listen if they choose. All are welcome. Free. Eckankar Center, 2914 Post Rd, Ste 3, Warwick. 401-738-4727.

Myofascial Release Therapy – Mar 5 & 6. 126pm. These courses provide an understanding of the structures, functions and pathologies related to neck, shoulder and back pain, using a variety of bodywork techniques to address these areas including: myofascial release, active assisted stretches and NMT. Master Instructor: Andraly Horn. 12 CEs. $308. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372.

Thursday, March 3 Garshana Therapy – Mar 3 & 4. 10am-4pm. The brushing (garshana) increases circulation, alkalizes the blood, detoxifies the liver, helps create negative ions (the good ones) and cleans the skin so herbal massage oil can penetrate and nourish the skin deeply. Master Instructor: Karyn Chabot, M.Ay, LMT. CEs for NCBTMB. $308. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372. Intro to A Course in Miracles – 8-8:30pm. New group. Come for a brief Introduction to A Course in Miracles. Learn how to shift your perception from fear to love. Additional gatherings will be determined. Free. Rhode Island Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Ste 106, Kingston. 401-284-0320.

Friday, March 4 Chakra Basics – 6-8pm. Learn about chakras and why they are so important to our well being. Colors, what they represent, understanding blocks and a short meditation to tune into our chakras. $20. Intuitive Therapy, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. 508-951-9828.

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Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation – 7-8pm. Immerse yourself in the unique vibration and tones of quartz crystal bowls. An experience that not only is heard with the ears but felt within the body. $20. Rhode Island Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Ste 106, Kingston. 401-284-0320.

Sunday, March 6 Integrated Energy Therapy® Basic – 9:30am6pm. IET is the Angelic energy of compassion. This is one of the next generation, hands-on, power energy therapy systems that gets the “issues out of your tissues” for good. With Gladys Ellen. $195, includes workbook & IET Certificate. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. Young Living Essential Oils 101 – 11:30am12:30pm. Learn how you can use essential oils as natural remedies for yourself, your children and your pets. We will be sampling Young Living oils and products for you to try. Free. Rhode Island Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Ste 106, Kingston. 401-284-0320. Candlelight Yin Yoga – 2-3:30pm. Yin yoga helps find your inner strength whether you are training for a marathon, triathlon, to complement your vinyasa yoga or any other sport. No experience required. $25. Rhode Island Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Ste 106, Kingston. 401-284-0320. Chanting Is Half The Battle – 4-5:30pm. Jiavanna from Ananda invites you to a marriage of poetic prayer and chanting from Yogananda’s Book, Whispers From Eternity. Ananda Hopkinton at Grace Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. Donation. 401-524-4766.

Monday, March 7 Forrest-Style 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 through this safe yoga class. Also on Wednesdays. $15/drop-in. Tree of Life, 77 Myrtle Ave, 2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-266-1187.

Tuesday, March 8 Healing Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Do you need some clearing and or stress relief? Ashley V will be hosting a guided meditation to help with relaxation and calming techniques. $15. Ascension Nxt LLC, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston.

Drum Healing with Karmle Conrad – 6:30-8pm. Join the Cape Cod Medium, Karmle Conrad, for a fun night of drum healing. Let the sound vibrations cleanse your energy field. If you have your own drum bring it with you. $15. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Reconnect with your dreams and awaken to a whole new world. Join us to explore your dreams thru dream re-entry, dream theater and more in a fun, supportive environment. With David Barr and Katharine Rossi. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Wednesday, March 9 Meditation: The Basics and Beyond – 6-7pm. Join Dr. Alan Post for this informative program on meditation, whether a beginner, just learning or experienced and seeking to deepen your practice. Free. Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-2422.

Friday, March 11 Gong Bath: Healing With Sound – 6:30-8pm. Allow the resonance of the gongs, singing bowls, drums, and other sound healing instruments to lull you into a state of deep peace. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket. $25/pre-registered, $30/at door. It’s My Health Wellcare Collaborative, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Spiritual Cinema – 7-9pm. Movie: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. After the movie we’ll discuss the messages to gain clarity and learn how to implement them in our daily lives. $10/ person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.

Saturday, March 12 Usui Reiki II Training (2nd Degree) – 9:30am6pm. Receive 2nd Degree Attunement. Learn 3 sacred symbols for empowerment, mental and emotional balance, distance healing; and lots of practice using Reiki healing energy. With Gladys Ellen. $200 includes manual & certificate. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. Good Vibrations Sound Healing – 2-4pm. Christine Johnston from Voices of Angels Holistic Wellness and singer/songwriter Melissa Byrd create a sound-healing event using sound, voice and intuitive energy healing. $25. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Reducing Stress through Meditation – 6-7pm. Meditation is effective in reducing stress-related responses, improve concentration, enhance clarity of though and mental equilibrium. Mediation technique will be taught. Free. South Kingstown Public Library, 1057 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 401-789-1555 x 110.

Sunday, March 13 Usui Reiki Master Practitioner (III) – 9:30am-6pm. Learn advanced tools such as grounding, aura cleansing and reiki healing meditations. Also, receive 3rd Level Attunement, Reiki Master Symbol and Reiki Crystal Grid. With Gladys Ellen. $250, includes certificate, manual, lineage. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick.

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. The Meadows, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 306, North Kingstown. 401-258-3952. Usui/Holy Fire Reiki First Degree – 11am-5pm. In this detailed class learn the history of reiki, hand placements. Heal yourself and others. Receive manual/certificate/Reiki I attunement. With Nicole Casale, RMT. $50. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660. Children’s Yoga Workshop – 1-2pm. Kim’s vision is to share yoga so that children can apply it in their lives now. Her classes are artful, engaging and fun. $10. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Acro Yoga – 2-4pm. Acro yoga builds strength, flexibility and trust between partners. Practitioners are able to open their bodies and most importantly be playful in a safe environment. $14. Rhode Island Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Ste 106, Kingston. 401-284-0320.

Monday, March 14 Intro to the Archangels – 6-8:30pm. A fun, informative workshop for those interested in learning more about the Archangels. Also, prerequisite for Angel Intuitive Practitioner Certification on 4/9 & 4/10. With Gladys Ellen. $30. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick.

Tuesday, March 15 Chakra Crystals – 5-7pm. Learn about crystals and rocks used to help balance chakras. Learn uses for meditation and techniques to cleanse your tools. $20. Intuitive Therapy, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. 508-951-9828. Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Journey to a live drum as you practice modern applications of this ancient technique. Gain insight and understanding about yourself, your relationships and the world. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Wednesday, March 16 Munay-Ki Rites – 10am-6pm. The Rites of the Munay-Ki transform and upgrade your luminous energy field. They are energetic transmissions that heal the wounds of the past, the karmic and genetic programs and beliefs you inherited. With Master Instructor: Shaman Annette Burke. $308. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372. Be Amazing! Authentic Living Series – 7-9pm. This five-week intensive program will help you get back in touch with your authentic power. Focus is on: nutrition, yoga, insights and self-exploration. $125. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877.

Thursday, March 17 RI Holistic Healing Association Meeting – 6:308:30pm. Networking starts at 6:30pm, meeting begins at 7pm. Presenter Susan Caron, RN/Licensed HeartMath Coach shares her wisdom and expertise utilizing practical and easy tools. Free. White Light Book Store, 1462 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-944-4130.

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Monday, March 21

Align with the Seasons Ceremony – 6:30-8pm. Join us for this shamanic ceremony to release blocks, open and align more fully to the energy of the Spring Equinox. Bring an item for the altar that will return with you. Free; registration required. Energy-N-Elements, LLC, 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. 401-736-6500.

Dream Talisman Workshop – 6:30-9pm. Create and empower your own dream talisman to enhance dream recall, protection in dreams, calling on a dream guide or opening a dream gate, etc. Materials provided. With David Barr and Katharine Rossi. $30. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Law of Attraction with Nicole – 7-9pm. Join Law of Attraction coach, Nicole LeBlanc, and learn how to create the life you truly deserve. This fun, interactive class will teach you to manifest your reality. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

Tuesday, March 22

Saturday, March 19 Creating Ritual – 10am-5pm. Part 3 of our Shaman Apprenticeship. Ritual is a powerful method of connecting with Universal Life Force. Discover how to create and direct personal and community ritual. $35. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-269-8788. Monthly World Compassion Day – 10:30am12pm. Gathering for those who wish to participate in collective forgiveness work directed towards the suffering on the planet. Guided group meditation of loving kindness. With Shari Bitsis. $10 donation to go to charity. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. Learn To Meditate Workshop – 1-2:30pm. Meditation is a natural process, easier than you think, very joyful and peaceful. We start from the beginning, no previous experience necessary. Yogananda’s techniques. Suggested donation $10. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Introduction to Ayurveda – 2-4pm. The Art of Living, the Science of Life, the Mother of Healing. Learn how to live to your full potential, body, mind and spirit. Apply these concepts to your own wellbeing. $30. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Sunday, March 20 Eckankar Worship Service – 10-11am. A short opening by Eckankar clergy; congregation sings HU for about 10 minutes, and then all are invited to a lively discussion on the spiritual subject. Free; donation optional. Eckankar Center, 2914 Post Rd, Ste 3, Warwick. 401-738-4727. Breathe! Pray! Love! – 1:30-4pm. With Lisa Jones. Still your mind, clear emotions, connect with yourself and deeply relax. Find relief from stress and pain. Create awareness. Free the “monkey mind.” Breathe in sacred community. $40. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-864-5411. Gong Bath – 5:30-6:30pm. The gong vibrates at the same frequency as the body, allowing students to experience deep healing on all levels of being as vibrations pass over and through the body. $20. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Tarot Night at DiMare’s – 4-9pm. Enjoy fine food and drink as you consult tarot with Cris. Reserve your 15- or 20-minute consult by going to 2 weeks prior to event. $25/15 min; $35/20 min. DiMare’s Seafood Restaurant, 2706 S County Trail, East Greenwich. 401-885-8100.

Wednesday, March 23 Yoga Night Out: Yoga and Painting – 5:30-9pm. Yoga Night Out continues this spring at The Carriage Inn in North Kingstown. Join All That Matters for an all levels class followed by a guided painting class. $65. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2. Keeping Children Safe: Be Prepared – 6-8pm. This workshop will offer practical strategies and suggestions parents and caregivers can use to help protect their children more effectively. Free. Meeting Street, 1000 Eddy St, Providence. 401-533-9285. Fresh Start – 6:30-8:30pm. Leap into Spring with joyful affirmations, essential oils for relaxation as you ease into a peaceful meditation. Share in this radiant circle the gifts of healthy living. With Colleen Kelley and Alka Naithani. $20. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Meditation and Messages with Ernie – 7-9pm. Enjoy a guided meditation followed by a sharing of spirit messages at the First Spiritualist Church of RI. Come develop your own intuitive abilities. $10. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

Thursday, March 24 Intro to Kundalini Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. In this class, we will demystify the sometimes quirky and always powerful lineage of kundalini yoga, practice some basic exercises and meditations, an how a class proceeds. $15 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Friday, March 25 Good Friday Meditation – 12-3pm. Join us on this sacred day as we commemorate the loving sacrifice of Christ for mankind through chanting, music from the Christ Lives Oratorio, readings and meditation. Free; donation appreciated. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Shamanic Sound Activation – 7-9pm. Experience the healing magic of sound. In sacred space with Brandon Burns, find inner tranquility as an environment of sounds envelops you. Find oneness and self love. Sacred exchange by donation. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-864-5411.

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Rhode Island Edition

Fourth Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Feel relaxed and blissful as Joy and A.Michelle surround you with the healing sounds of the gongs, bowls and drums to relieve your stress. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket. $20/pre-registered, $25/ at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876.

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.

Saturday, March 26

Angel Gallery with Gladys Ellen – 6-9pm. Messages from the Divine Group Readings. Gladys brings unique spiritual insight and humor to her presentations and promises to joyfully inspire her audience. $60. White Light Bookstore, 1462 Park Ave, Cranston.

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.

Thursday, March 31

Friday, April 1

Herbs to Aid Digestion – 3-4pm. Join Farmacy herbalist, Mary Blue, as she discusses herbs to aid digestion 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.

Study of Anatomy, Movement and Asana – 6-8pm. Join Dr. David Dwyer for an in-depth look at the anatomy of yoga postures (asanas). Great interactive session for teachers and students. $39. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2.

Fourth Saturday Healing Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Joy and A.Michelle will lull you into a state of complete relaxation with the resonant sounds of the gongs, singing bowls, drums and flutes. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. 401-641-3516.

Thursday, April 7

Sunday, March 27

Hot Stone Marma Therapy for Face, Neck, Hands & Feet – Apr 7 & 8. 12-6pm. Learn about heated and chilled stones, crystals, marma points, sacred oils and honey mask. Free stones during guided harvest. CEs available. With Master Instructor: Karyn Chabot, D.Ay, MA, LMT. $308. SAMA, Middletown. 877832-1372

Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Second Degree – 11am-5pm. Learn 3 reiki healing symbols and how to activate them. Learn chakras, pendulums, auras and much more. Manual, certificate, Reiki II attunement included. With Nicole Casale, RMT. $175. Inner Love and Light, 12 Prudence Ct, Warwick. 914-216-8660.

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Monday, March 28

Sunday, April 10

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 lost parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 1225 Grand Army Hwy, Swansea, MA. To register, Jess: 774-264-1329 or

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. With Master Instructor: Shaman Annette Burke. $308. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372.

Tuesday, March 29 Guided Meditation – 5-6:30pm. 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.

Wednesday, March 30 When Caterpillar Becomes Butterfly – 6:30-8pm. Shape shifting meditation to chrysalis state for rest and transformation. Experience an awakened and renewed self-emerging for Spring. Bring a large sheet or blanket. With Colleen Kelley. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. 21-Day Detox Reboot – 7-8:30pm. Join Dr. Erica LePore for a three-week journey toward optimal health and wellness. The Detox Reboot is designed for anyone who has completed the 21-Day Detox. $100. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2.

Core Intelligence – 2-4pm. Explore yoga poses that specifically utilize your abdominal muscles and learn how intelligent your core really is. Increase mobility and build core strength. All welcome. $29. All That Matters EG, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-782-2126 x 2.

Spring Festival – 10am-6pm. Includes live music, food trucks, face painting, kids bouncy house, wine tastings, indoor and outdoor vendors, local artisans and cupcake challenge. Free. Purple Cat Winery, 10 Money Hill Rd, Chepachet. 401-261-3300.

Saturday, April 30 Shamanic Apprenticeship – 10am-5pm. Live in closer harmony with Mother Earth and the forces of the Universe. Learn how to become a modern Shaman and energetic healer. 5 modules cover totems, ritual and more. $55/module. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-269-8788.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 Gardens by the Sea – 10am-4pm. The Gardens by the Sea tour is the perfect way to peek into the backyards of some of the nicest neighborhood gardens in the seaside town of Charlestown Rhode Island. $15/advance, $20/day of. Cross’ Mills Public Library, 4417 Old Post Rd, Charlestown. Tickets available beginning May 2: 401-364-6211.

ongoingcalendar sunday Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come, celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind; children’s program and child care. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Sunday Satsang at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Curious about Ananda? Join us for joy. Chanting, inspiration, satsang and veggie potluck lunch. Prayer Circle after lunch on 2nd Sunday. Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings. Donation. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Chi Time Qigong – 10:30-11:45am. With Pat Higgins. Gentle flowing movements and breath create a self-healing maintenance system for improving health and longevity, boost immunity and decrease headaches. $15 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

monday Stretch, Breathe & Meditate – 8:15-9am. Enjoy a wonderful start to your week by joining Ananda Yoga Teacher, Kyle McDonald; gentle, invigorating, peaceful. $10. Ananda Hopkinton at South County YMCA, 165 Broad Rock Rd, Peacedale. 401-5244766. Roller Define & Release – 9-10am. Incorporating the foam roller into Pilates, this class helps develop better posture and body symmetry, as well as challenge the core strength and balance. $22/class; packages available. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. 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. $10/drop-in. Quonnie Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Svaroopa® Yoga Class for Beginners – 11am12:30pm. Svaroopa® is a slow moving yoga that you can do. Learn poses that adapt to your body with blankets as props. Release deeply held tension; find your peace and calm. With Maria Sichel, CSYT. New students: $50/5, $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Kripalu Yoga: Cumberland – 3:30-4:45pm. Begin your busy week with a class that will nurture you body, mind and soul. Peaceful setting. Suitable for new and continuing students. With Kathryn Boger, E RYT-500. $11-$12/Flex Pass, $15/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

ment, we playfully explore our fascial network. Focuses on the connective tissue of the body. $22/ class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977.

Kripalu Yoga in Cumberland – 4:15-5:45pm. Experience breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the heart and body to release and open. With Susan McClaren. New students: $50/5, $14/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Group Manifestation for You & Earth – 7-9:30pm. Join us each week as we visualize, play and develop scripts filled with positive emotions in order to group manifest for each other and the planet. Guided meditation format. With Shari Bitsis. $15. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren.


Building Bones & Balance – 12:30-1:45pm. We explore yoga poses that focus on bone strength, muscle strength, range of motion, coordination and balance, all wrapped in the deep connection to breath. $10 first time drop-in or $16 regular. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Kripalu Yoga: Cumberland – 6-7:15pm. Moving into a restful evening. Kripalu yoga emphasizes individual growth and healing of body, mind and soul. Peaceful setting. Suitable for new and continuing students. $11-$12/Flex Pass, $15/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Meditation Night in Warren – 6:30-8:30pm. Mindfulness focus with hour discourse on topics to include methods, challenges and benefits followed by group meditation. With Shari Bitsis. $10/class, $30/4 classes. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. RSVP: Yoga Philosophy Study & Exploration – 7-8:15pm. 1st Tuesday. To nourish our deeper interest in yoga join with us for this monthly meeting to study and discuss the teachings and philosophy of yoga. By donation only. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Svaroopa® Yoga Class for Beginners – 7-8:30pm. Learn to release deeply held tension using guided awareness, yoga breathing and slow moving yoga poses, adapted to your body. Tangible benefits with little effort. With Pat Spencer. New students: $50/5, $20/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Drop-in. Donations to: Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Fascial Fitness – 10-11am. Using reband elasticity, fascial stretch, fascial release and sensory refine-

Multi-Level Yoga – 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/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. Pilates Mat Workout – 6:45-7:45pm. Mixedlevel Pilates focusing on strengthening, the breath, flexibility, and stamina. Transform your body and improve your life. Emphasis is on mindfulness/ workout. $60/7-wk sessions, $8/drop-in. Peace Dale Neighborhood Guild, 325 Columbia St, Peace Dale. 401-789-5365. Spiritual Connection – 7-8:30pm. Spiritual connection to mind body and spirit. Healing from dysfunctional families an interactive workshop. Based on the 12-step program of recovery. Free. Blue Sky Healing Circle, 1076 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-942-1076.

thursday Barre & Ball - 5:30-6:30pm. This 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 & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Beginner’s Yoga Series – 5:30-6:45pm. Discover improved balance, strength, flexibility, mobility and calmness of mind. If you are new to yoga or would like to refine your practice, this workshop is for you. $10 first time drop-in or $16 regular. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Natural Movement Class – 6:30-7:30pm. We practice a wide range of balancing, crawling, lifting/ carrying, climbing, jumping, and throwing/catching techniques in order to become more physically competent. $20. Laid-back Fitness, 2800 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-871-8436. Pilates Mat Class - 6:30-7:30pm. Pilates Mat classes offer a full body workout utilizing all the fundamental movements and basic Pilates exercise principles. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, behind Lincoln Mall Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Restorative Yoga: Cumberland – 6:30-7:45pm. Learn how to deeply relax. This yoga calms the nervous system and promotes healing. A class you will love. No prior yoga experience necessary. Expert teacher. $60/4 wks, $15/class. 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.

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A Smile as Sweet as Spring. Find Your Natural Match!

A New Relationship With Money – 7-8:30pm. Spiritual finance specialist and author Kerry Cudmore will help you improve your relationship with money. 3/3 & 3/31 classes with Kerry, 3/10, 3/17 & 3/24 with Glenn Ambrose. $20/person or 2 for $30. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.

BoldrDash Skills Class – 9:30-10:30am. We practice natural movement techniques such as crawling, balancing, running, jumping, and climbing to get ready for RI’s premier obstacle course. $20. Laidback Fitness, 2800 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-871-8436. Kripalu Yoga, All Level: Cumberland – 9:45-11am. Kripalu yoga is a mindfulness-based yoga, emphasizing individual growth and the healing of body, mind and soul. Peaceful setting. Experienced teacher. $11-$12/Flex Pass, $15/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

friday Pilates Mat – 12-1pm. Pilates is the ultimate mind-body exercise for anyone who wants to tone, streamline and realign their body without building bulk. Appropriate for all levels. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977.

Svaroopa® Yoga Class for Beginners – 9:4511:15am. Learn to release deeply held tension using guided awareness, yoga breathing, and slow moving yoga poses, adapted to your body. Tangible benefits with little effort. With Pat Spencer. New students: $50/5, $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Tai Chi – 6-7pm. A Chinese martial art characterized by soft, slow, flowing movements executed precisely. Emphasis on force rather than brute strength. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977.

Meditation for Spiritual Awareness – 4:305:30pm. 1st Saturday. Joyti Meditation, come learn a technique focusing on the inner light. Share with others and become more spiritually aware. Free. All that Matters, SK, 315 Main St, Wakefield.

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Barre Class - 9-10am. Barre Class is 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 & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

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

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

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chiropractic Dr. Richard Picard 342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967

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 28.

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.


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

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

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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

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

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Soul Wisdom Healing @ The Womens Well

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

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

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Michelle Maynard 635 Arnold Rd, Coventry, RI 401-886-1938 Offering facials and skin care products that are free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, fillers and talc. 360 uses product lines with natural plant-based ingredients including Farmaesthetics and Jane Iredale Mineral makeup. Michelle is certified in Clinical Oncology Esthetics®, so she can provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals undergoing cancer treatment and those with health-challenged skin. See ad on page 15.

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

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

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holistic psychotherapy Intuitive Therapy

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

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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.

hypnotherapy Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center

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

hypnotherapy & life coaching Optimistic Insight

Linda J. Cole M. Ed Hypnotherapist/Life Coach/Stress Management Consultant NEW LOCATION: 35 South Angell Street, Providence, RI Learn easy techniques to melt away stress. Remove old thought patterns that block your success. End self-sabotaging once and for all. Put goals into action that have just been floating around in your head. Tap into your inner resources and change the direction of your life. Call or text for a free consult. See ad on page 3.

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

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


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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.

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

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

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

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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

nutrition response testing NATURAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS

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 15.

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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.

reiki / angel card readings Ascension Nxt LLC 1675 Cranston Street Cranston, RI 401-228-8348

Looking to release unwanted energies? Or maybe you would like to enhance your intuitive abilities? Ashley V. is an Usui and Lighterian Reiki Master , I.E.T. Master Teacher and Intuitive/Angel Card Reader that offers healings and one on one sessions to help you become more confident with your inner abilities. Call to book appointment today.

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

Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval.  “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today. See ad on page 10.


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

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

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

cathryn moskow, lcmt

120 Wayland Ave, Ste 6 Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837

yoga & holistic health center

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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sound healing GONGS OF JOY & DRUMSONG

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

spiritual real estate Ed Morris, REALTOR®, Broker 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.

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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.

Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 •

All That Matters

Providence, East Greenwich, South Kingstown 401-782-2126 • All That Matters, founded in 1995, offers more than 100 weekly yoga classes at three locations across the state. The South Kingstown center also offers an array of workshops, a retail store, and health services ranging from acupuncture and chiropractic to massage therapy. See ad on page 36.

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 10.

yoga Grace Yoga

35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown RI 401-829-9903 • Grace school of yoga is a sacred center for peace and well-being, offering daily classes of all levels in classical yoga, breathing, and meditation. Join our classes any time. See ad on page 37.


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


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The Mind-Body Connection Watch-Learn-Connect This Special One Day Event Includes: • Two screenings of the film “The Connection”, 11am & 1:30pm • 40 Exhibitors plus 20 Mind-Body and Personal Growth Workshops

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