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s I write this, it’s the first day of spring and it is snowing. After a winter with hardly a flake, just when you think you’ve made it, snow happens. Last year it seemed that every week there was another snowstorm; by this point we had run out of places to put the snow and every parking lot was a mess. What a difference a year makes and what an amazing planet we live on as we enter the 46th year of celebrating Earth Day. The movement that began in the 70’s is just as relevant, if not more so, now than it was then. Our world is full of such wonder. Bill and I listened to a great TED Radio hour on NPR the other day, the stories were just mind blowing, so much so that they stayed with me and I’m listening to them again. There was a talk on parasites, and before you get all queasy, you should know, we all have them. In fact, we would die without them. Most often we think of parasites as something evil; but the truth is, the most successful parasite has learned to co-exist with its host. After all, if the host dies, so does the parasite. They have a great deal of influence over, not only animals but also, potentially, humans. There was one clip on how sea life learned to survive deep under the sea, beyond where sunrays could penetrate, using photosynthesis. But previously, science had thought photosynthesis required sunlight. These little organisms figured out how to generate their own light to complete the process. And don’t even get me started on the boiling river in the Amazon! How can we not be in awe, humbleness and appreciation for such a planet? How could we not all want to treat it, everyone, and everything on it, with the utmost respect and kindness? Right here in Rhode Island, we have our own awe-inspiring group of kids participating in an Alternative Energy Lab at Ponagansett High School. Wendy Fachon tells us about their energy exploration on page 22. Under the guidance of Science Teacher Ross McCurdy they created the world’s first fuel cell-powered rock and roll band, and soon followed that up with fuel cell-powered vehicles. Now, this April break will take them across the country and back using aviation biofuel. Our kids are the future and the work of these kids is making a future for all of us. Welcome to Spring 2016. As we get our gardens ready for planting, and we experience the fresh new world as it explodes before our very eyes, I hope we will all find ways to appreciate every day and all those people and things around us. It is all connected.

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inger-songwriter Caroline Cotter will return to her old stomping grounds on the East Side to perform a benefit concert for The Peace Flag Project at 7:30 p.m., April 30, at Lincoln School Music Center, in Providence. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. “I’m excited to be working with The Peace Flag Project,” says Cotter, who attended Classical High School and graduated in 2002. “I like the idea of using my music to promote peace and help draw attention to world issues.” The Peace Flag Project (PFP) is a local nonCaroline Cotter profit that works to inspire people to “think about what peace is and ways to create more peace by how we live with one another each day.” PFP hosts Peace Flag workshops for schools, community organizations, festivals and more. Each September, they host Peace Fest RI in celebration of the UN International Day of Peace; this event joins Rhode Islanders with millions of people worldwide coming together in peace on that one day. Cotter’s national debut album, Dreaming As I Do, is both universal and highly personal. The album has already received national attention, reaching #5 on the Folk DJ charts with her single, “Bella Blue,” topping out at #2. Cost: $25. Location: 301 Butler Ave., Providence.Tickets may be purchased in advance at or at the door. For more information, call 401-862-9348 or email

Free Workshop to Explore Causes of Thyroid Dysfunction


r. Laura Bomback, a chiropractor who also practices clinical nutrition, is holding a free workshop on thyroid dysfunction and its associated symptoms, which include weight gain/loss, fatigue, weakness, depression, hair loss, dry skin, brain fog or memory problems, cold/heat intolerance, menstrual problems and unresolved neck pain, among others. The workshop takes place at 6:30 p.m., April 14, at Natural Health Solutions, in Fall River, Massachusetts. Bomback will discuss the causes of thyroid dysfunction Laura Bomback, DC and will also cover how Nutrition Response Testing can be used to detect issues in the body and to determine a course of treatment for underlying problems contributing to thyroid issues. Nutrition Response Testing is a method of analyzing the ill or non-optimum areas of the body and developing a whole food nutrition program that will serve to restore health to the area. Bomback is also offering free health screening to workshop participants that want one. Location: 293 Linden St., Fall River, MA. Seating is limited. To register, call 508-678-1233. For more information, visit See ad on page 17.


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Free Workshop for the Relief of Pain and Neuropathy


free workshop to learn how to help relieve loved ones from the effects of living with a disease, its treatments or aging causing pain and or neuropathy will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 23, at Brookdale West Bay Assisted Living Facility. A light lunch will be provided. In this one-day workshop, participants will learn simple massage and touch techniques to bring comfort and reduce pain and neuropathy for loved ones and have a better understanding of how fatigue, stress and anxiety, depression and disturbed sleep compounds these issues. Touch-based comfort care is expanding in many assisted living spaces, nursing homes, hospitals, hospice programs and other palliative care settings. These treatment settings often lack sufficient availability of trained and skilled massage practitioners to deliver this form of care on a consistent basis. In addition, massage can be expensive and insurance coverage is rare. Learning massage techniques can improve the quality of life of someone living with chronic pain and or neuropathy. “Massage has positive results that are cumulative,” says Antonelli. “The more one gets, the better they feel. Even after five, 10 or 15 minutes of massage, loved ones feel better.” This workshop will be presented by Judy Antonelli, LMT and owner of A Touch of Health Massage, in Riverside, specializing in chronic pain, life threatening illness like cancer and diabetes. She has years of experience in the Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital, in Providence. Cost: Free. Location: 2783 West Shore Rd., Warwick. Pre-register at 401-247-2220 or For more information, visit or

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oin Rob Cole at 7 p.m., April 16, at The Heron Dance, Yoga and Meditation Studio in Fall River, Massachusetts, for a presentation called, What I Learned From Dying: A Journey Through the Near-Death Experience. A near-fatal illness took Rob Cole to the edge of clinical death and back, leading to a radical opening of consciousness. His journey revealed answers to essential questions about life, death and our true nature. Cole will share with those in attendance the saga of his awakening and the process of integratRob Cole ing that awakening in the years that followed. An extensive Q&A will follow, with an optional guided meditation afterward.

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Experiential Workshop on Exploring Soul


atharine Rossi and David Barr will facilitate an experiential workshop, Exploring Soul, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., April 16, at Fireseed, in Providence. Attendees will examine the concept of soul from the shamanic perspective, the causes of soul loss, and engage in exercises to bring the soul home and understand its true purpose. “Discovering this can help facilitate changes that lead to greater happiness and overall well-being,” says Rossi. “When we are fully connected with our soul, we feel confident, engaged in life and energized. When we have lost pieces of our soul we feel tired, adrift and dull. The good news is we can bring back lost soul parts and make ourselves whole again.” Questions about what it means to have a soul, how its knowledge and power can be harnessed, and what hapKatharine Rossi pens when we do so will be explored. “Through dreams and shamanic practices we can call our soul home to heal in deep and lasting ways. Our soul also enables us to explore our life’s purpose. The process of aligning with our higher purpose allows us to embody our soul’s purpose and ultimately to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives,” says Rossi. Cost: $30. Location: 194 Waterman St., 3rd Flr., Providence. For more information, call 401-924-0567 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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iteracy Volunteers of Kent County (LVKC) is offering a new Tutor Training Workshop (TTW) series beginning at 6 p.m., April 7, at the Coventry Town Hall Annex across from the library. Tutor training is then conducted in a series of workshops totaling 15 hours in a classroom setting. The rest of the workshop dates will be held Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m., April 14, 21and 28, with a follow up session on May 19. LVKC trains volunteers to help functionally illiterate adults that are non-readers or that read at or below the sixth grade level and/or who have little or no understanding of the English language. To become a tutor, a volunteer must be at least 18 years old, be a high school graduate or have earned a GED, and have successfully completed the tutor training workshop. Prior to taking the Tutor Training Workshop, prospective tutors must take two, free required classes on line at Prospective tutors will be provided with certifications upon completion of these free online classes which they submit with their registration to the TTW. Midway through training, volunteers are matched with students so that they may experience the tutoring process and receive guidance as needed. At the conclusion of training, tutors are certified and then are required to meet with their student for a minimum of two hours per week.



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earn ways to overcome pain when a panel of four health professionals presents, Everybody Hurts Sometimes: Non-Medication Solutions for Pain, at 6:30 p.m., April 11, at the Mystic, Connecticut Library. Everybody Hurts Sometimes educates about alternatives for pain relief from four health disciplines: physical therapy, naturopathic medicine, psychotherapy and acupuncture. Doctor of Physical Therapy Andrew McIsaac, of Spectrum Physical Therapy, in Mystic, will explain why all physical therapy is not the same. He will detail how his whole-body approach to pain relief helps his patients return to activities they thought they would never do again. Naturopathic Doctor Ana Ruediger, of Natura Medica, in Mystic, will discuss ways she looks at the entire person to get to the root causes of pain. “Pain medications have their useful place, and there are also many natural ways to treat acute and chronic pain, without side effects or addictive potential,” says Ruediger. Licensed Psychologist Karen Hanscom, of Clear Harbor Counseling, in Mystic, will discuss the brain’s capacity to make new neural pathways to reduce pain. “Each of us has the power to reduce pain through meditation, guided imagery, mindfulness and other methods. Incorporating talk therapy can further improve relationships, functioning, work and the sense of self that may be affected by pain,” says Hansom. Acupuncturist Gregory Fessenden, of Natura Medica, will describe different styles of acupuncture, common pain conditions acupuncture treats, safety of acupuncture needles and answer the most frequently asked question, “Does it hurt?” He will also give a short demonstration on a volunteer from the audience. A Q&A session with panelists follows the talks. For more information, call Natura Medica at 860-572-9566.

Yurt Opens at Bija Institute in Cumberland


he Bija Institute, an ecorelaxed environment nestled in Cumberland, has opened its yurt, a 30-foot diameter (approximately 700 square feet) multipurpose space for workshops, lectures and gathering. It is equipped with blocks, straps and blankets to support an array of yoga practices. Bija offers guided yoga, meditation, and other mindful practices to busy people who, just need a moment to breathe. A sanctuary for yogis, writers, foodies and others, it provides an opportunity to relax, restore and release tension in small and large doses, enjoy a single yoga practice or reserve space for a full-day retreat. The word bija, pronounced beejah, means seed. The owners of The Bija Institute hope to plant new seeds for mindful living and wellness within each visitor. To that end, the owners of Bija have partnered with chefs and caterers that source from local farms to provide healthy eating options. Guest presenters are some of the most revered yoga teachers, authors, wellness coaches and thought leaders in the nation. A portion of the proceeds from every retreat enjoyed at the Bija Institute goes to support the efforts of the Bija Foundation, a nonprofit organization to nourish the parents or caregivers of children that are battling cancer. The foundation aims to provide all- expenses-paid wellness retreat experiences and tangible self-care tools to New England area families with children living with cancer. Location: 105 Scott Rd., Cumberland. For more information, call 339-502-0460 or visit


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newsbriefs Evening of Insights, Energy and Healing


ponsored by CreatIgo and Reiki Support and Share, a community of reiki practitioners in Bristol, an Evening of Insights, Energy and Healing will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., May 4 at 235 High Street, in Bristol. The evening will include a reiki clinic with semi-private sessions as well as intuitive and tarot readings by local practitioners. On the first floor in CreateIgo, masterful practitioners will offer insight and healing. Debbee Radcliff will communicate with the angels, ascended masters and other compassionate beings to bring guidance, understanding and healing in regards to concerns and situations in one’s life. Intuitive medium and energy practitioner Mary-Jo Guadalupe will bring messages from Spirit for everyone’s highest interest. “It is my passion that everyone leaves feeling lighter, loved and empowered,” she says. Using a unique layout passed down in her family and Soul Cards/Wildwood Tarot, Colleen Kelley will bring clarity and insight to specific questions in attendees’ lives. On the second floor in Beloved: a yoga practice, individuals will experience the benefits of reiki and receive a healing session with an emphasis on the chakras. When the session is complete, individuals are welcome to enjoy time in the relaxation area or participate in the many offerings on the first floor at CreatIgo. The relaxation space is open until 8:30 pm. Sessions are available at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and last from 20 to 25 minutes for $15. Registration is required. Location: 235 High St., Bristol. To register for sessions in Creatigo, call Debbee Radcliff at 401-793-0097. See ad on page 19. To schedule a reiki appointment, call Katharine Rossi at 401-924-0567. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

Host Families Needed for Fresh Air Fund


he Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, provides free, enriching summer experiences and academic programs for New York City children year-round. During the summer, children visit volunteer host families along the East Coast and Southern Canada, where they learn about new environments and skills that they can bring back to their communities. Since 1877, 1.8 million children have participated in Fresh Air experiences, where each day is an exploration of nature and journey of discovery. The Fresh Air Fund is celebrating its 140th summer of serving children. For more information about The Fresh Air Fund and becoming a host family, visit See as on page 15.

Free Pollinator Forum in North Kingstown


he North Kingstown Groundwater Committee will host a free pollinator forum at 7:15 p.m., April 7, at the North Kingstown Senior Center, on Beach Street. An outdoor tour (weather permitting) of its pollinator-friendly gardens will take place during the golden hour before sunset, beginning at 6:45. A talk will be given by Vanessa Venturini of URI’s Master Gardeners on how to make your acres attractive to pollinators and help reverse their dramatic world-wide drop. She will be introduced by Jules Cohen, President of the NK Senior Center Association, who has already begun to invite pollinators to his garden. Pollinator-seed packs will be distributed to attendees, along with mason bee houses while they last. Cost: Free. Location: 44 Beach St., North Kingstown. For more information, call Tim Cranston during business hours at 401-268-1522, or Harriet Powell, NKGWC Chair at 401-294-4737.

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Eating Green Environmental, Financial and Health Benefits


ating healthy can be affordable and good for the planet. Plantbased proteins, like beans, legumes, nuts and soy products are much less expensive than meat. They require substantially less water and fossil fuel for production. As global warming and water scarcity increasingly become environmental concerns, turning to plant-based protein may be a viable solution. Not only are plant-based proteins more environmentally friendly and less expensive than meat, they also provide health benefits according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Individuals that eat more plant-based foods reduce their risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Plant proteins are nutrient dense sources of fiber, folate, zinc and magnesium, nutrients often lacking in the American diet. Swapping meat for plant-based protein is good for the environment, saves money and improves health. Inspiration to bring more plant-based recipes into the household can be found at, a website dedicated to improving the health of our nation while simultaneously reducing our carbon footprint. Source: Rachel Pelisson, registered dietitian nutritionist and certified health coach, providing holistic health coaching at Healing the Hungry Soul, in Bristol.


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Tai Chi Eases Effects of Chronic Disease


review of research from the University of British Columbia tested the effects of tai chi exercise upon people with four chronic diseases: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, osteoarthritis and cancer. Dr. Yi-Wen Chen and his team analyzed 33 studies of more than 1,500 people that participated in tai chi. The research also tested the effects of the practice on general health, including walking speed, muscle strength, speed in standing up from a sitting position, quality of life, symptoms of depression and knee strength. The heart disease patients among the subjects showed a reduction in depression symptoms, and all shared a reduction of muscle stiffness and pain, increased speeds in both walking and standing from a sitting position and improved well-being. “Given the fact that many middle-aged and older persons have more than one chronic condition, it’s important to examine the benefits of treatment/exercise interventions across several co-existing conditions,” says Chen.

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ of Cancer-Causing Chemicals


cientists at the Environmental Working Group published a list of the 12 chemicals that have been most prevalently linked to cancer in numerous research studies. The list encompasses bisphenol A, atrazine, organophosphate pesticides, dibutyl phthalate, lead, mercury, per- or polyfluorochemicals (PFC), phthalates, diethlyhexyl phthalate, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, triclosan and nonylphenol. The scientists suggest that consumers can reduce their exposure to each of these chemicals by avoiding plastics marked with “PC” (polycarbonates) or the recycling number 7 mark, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics in food packaging, PFC-treated wrappers on food and other products, lead paints, mercury-laden seafoods, phthalates-containing fragrances and plastics, foam products made before 2005, foreign antibacterial soaps, and detergents and paints with nonylphenol. Other proactive measures include drinking only filtered water when in agricultural areas and purchasing organic foods. The researchers contend, “Given that we live in a sea of chemicals, it makes sense to begin reducing exposures to ones we know are bad actors.”

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Bee Kind The Good Fight for Honeybees A U.S. federal appeals court has blocked the use of the pesticide sulfoxaflor over concerns about its effect on honeybees, which have been disappearing throughout the country in recent years. “Initial studies showed sulfoxaflor was highly toxic to honeybees, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was required to get further tests,” says Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder. “Given the precariousness of bee populations, leaving the EPA’s registration of sulfoxaflor in place risks more potential environmental harm than vacating it.” The product, sold in the U.S. as Transform or Closer, must be pulled from store shelves by October 18. Paul Towers, a spokesperson for the nonprofit advocacy group Pesticide Action Network, comments, “This is [an example of] the classic pesticide industry shell game. As more science underscores the harms of a pesticide, they shift to newer, less-studied products, and it takes regulators years to catch up.” On another front, an insect form of Alzheimer’s disease caused by aluminum contamination from pesticides is another suspected contributing cause of the welldocumented widespread bee colony collapse, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Honeybees studied had levels of aluminum in their bodies equivalent to those that could cause brain damage in humans.

GMO-Free Germany

Five Dozen Countries Now Ban or Label GMO Crops New rules implemented by the European Union now allow individual member states to block farmers from using genetically modified organisms (GMO), even if the variety has been approved on an EU-wide basis. Scotland was the first to opt out and Germany is next, according to German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt. Controversy concerning the safety and/or necessity of GMOs persists, but countries like these have decided not to idly sit by while the effects posed by longterm consumption of GMO foods are revealed. This move makes Germany one of between 64 and 74 countries that have instituted some type of ban or mandatory labeling requirements. Source:

Free Park-ing National Parks Announce Fee-Free Days The National Park Service turns 100 years young in 2016 and is offering free admission on special days. Next up are April 16 to 24, National Park Week; August 25 to 28, its birthday celebration; September 24, National Public Lands Day; and November 11, Veterans Day. They invite everyone to come out and play.


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As a link between the oceans and consumers, supermarkets play a pivotal role in the destruction of our oceans and have big opportunities to help protect them. Greenpeace evaluates major U.S. retailers for seafood sustainability in four key areas. Policies examine the systems in place that govern a company’s purchasing decisions and how it avoids supporting destructive practices. They encourage retailers to enforce strong standards for both the wild-caught and farm-raised seafood in their stores. They also evaluate retailers’ participation in coalitions and initiatives that promote seafood sustainability and ocean conservation such as supporting sustainable fishing, calling for protection of vital marine habitat and working to stop human rights abuses in the seafood industry. Finally, the need for labeling and transparency takes into account retailers’ levels of truthfulness about where and how they source their seafood and how clearly this is communicated to customers. The group’s Red List Inventory, a scientifically compiled list of 22 marine species that don’t belong in supermarkets, is at GreenpeaceRedList.


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he exponential growth of our population and economy is playing a destructive role to herbs and the environment. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the current use of herbs in the U.S. health care system has been accompanied by an ever-growing demand for products. Herbal medicines are the fastest-growing pharmaceutical products in the United States. In fact, Americans spent more than $34 million in alternative medicine this year. The herbal product industry can be overwhelming, and consumers can easily find themselves buying herbs from the other side of the world without knowing it, where the quality standards across borders are not always the same. This can mean getting herbs that are not tested properly and contain other materials or harmful chemicals, not to mention the carbon footprint from sourcing thousands of miles away. We are also facing issues where herbs are being over harvested. India has experienced severe supply shortages from overharvesting of wild medicinal plants. They are the largest producer of medicinal plants in the world, with more than 2 million acres

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Check labels – Make sure you know where your herbs are coming from and what kinds of standards they hold if sourcing from out of the country.

Keep in mind – “It is our collective responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live,” reminds the Dalai Lama.

Know what is endangered – Whether wild harvesting or looking to buy at a shop or online, be aware of which herbs are facing extinction (it can be accompanied with a high price tag). For example, Goldenseal is a plant that grows wild in

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emolition work is sometimes necessary as the result of a fire, water damage, sewer back up and contamination, or even in preparation of a home remodel. Often times the consumer thinks that there are no hazards in doing the demo work themselves to save money. However, without proper equipment, DIY demo can result in one or several hospital visits for family members as they breathe in harmful debris and possible airborne pathogens. Neal Steinly, owner of Tidal Rescue, a Massachusetts-based fire and water restoration company that has been doing indoor air quality testing for mold and other indoor hazards for a number of years, has recently started his ECO-DEMO program, which insures that home and business owners will have the safest and highest quality products used when demolition in a home or business is necessary. “People today aren’t often concerned about demo work, when they should be, since there are many harmful chemicals and toxins in the building products they are demolishing,” says Steinly. “These products can linger in the air and be absorbed into the blood stream. Children are particularly vulnerable to indoor air particles, since their lungs are developing until


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they are teenagers.” Committed to using eco-friendly products in his business, Steinly is excited that the ECO-DEMO concept is now something he can use to educate consumers and homeowners to the dangers of interior demo work not done properly. “We know the hazards of building materials, hidden toxins and allergens, and we want you and your family and home to be safe and happy,” he says. “It is not worth doing any demolition yourself.” Steinly guarantees that the methods and systems they use for interior demo work are safe and effective, which can save consumers money in the long run. According to Steinly, many insurance companies are also moving towards this ECO-DEMO standard when they contract out for demo and rehab work because it results in fewer hospital and doctor visits and

makes their customers much happier. To ensure the safest process while doing interior demo work, Steinly and his staff use what he calls his “eco-system” which involves properly filtering and ventilating out all contaminants in the interior space being demolished with machines that either scrub the air or vent out the contaminated particles once they go through a HEPA filter which filters down to the smallest particles (99.97%). All staff and onsite workers use vent masks and covered suits for their safety and the safety of the home owners, so that dust and particles aren’t tracked from the demo or contaminated area to other parts of the house. To seal off the rooms affected, eco-demo protocols call for the use of 6 mil plastic to provide a barrier between spaces. Then, the most eco-friendly building materials such as caulk and resins are used to replace and repair the effected areas. Steinly works with plumbers, electricians and general contractors to go from demo work to the finished product, and he works with all major insurance companies. He also does mold testing and recommends to homeowners thinking of selling their home that if they suspect they may have mold, they should get a “pre-inspection” done so that if mold is present, Steinly can take care of it quickly and effectively before it may cost thousands of dollars in lost profit on the sale of the home. He says, “The test is very cost-effective so even if you suspect you have mold, it’s best to get the test and save trouble and money.” In addition, Tidal Rescue offers carpet, rug and upholstery cleaning; pressure washing and window caulking; and maid service on a weekly, biweekly or monthly service, plus the ever important spring deep cleaning and fall gutter cleaning. They also perform moisture inspections after a big snow or rain storm, as well as E.L.I.S.A. testing, a method used to detect substances in the body such as bacterial antigens and antibodies that can help spot possible problem areas in the home. For assistance with safe demolition and other services, call 844-356-3366 or visit See ad on page 3.

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The Energy Lab’s current project, known as the Bioplane, is scheduled to take off from North Central State Airport during April Break. This will be a 5,000 mile round trip flight from Rhode Island to California and back using aviation biofuel made from renewable Camelina plant seed oil. The plane is equipped with a diesel engine that is more 30 percent more efficient than the typical gas engine and there is no lead in the fuel as with typical aviation gas. This project has multiple goals: To demonstrate the potential of aviation biofuels and all renewable energy; to demonstrate high efficiency aviation diesel engine technology; and to promote aviation, renewable energy, and realworld science education.

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tudents participating in the Alternative Energy Lab at Ponaganset High School in Foster, RI, have been exploring career pathways in sustainable technology. Supervised by Science Teacher Ross McCurdy, the lab was established under a $1million Department of Energy grant. It is a unique facility that allows McCurdy and his students to test new ideas and tackle big projects involving clean sustainable energy resources like fuel cells and biodiesel. This energy exploration began more than 13 years ago with a rock ‘n’ roll band and is now pioneering biofuel aviation.

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Henry Ford’s first vehicle was a modest quadracycle he built in 1896. In 2003, Ponaganset High School’s fuel cell quadracycle earned recognition as Rhode Island’s first fuel cell-powered vehicle. In 2004, the students took on the challenge of transforming a gasguzzling, exhaust-roaring Model T into a zero-emission, silently propelled symbol of the automotive future.

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Formed through the Fuel Cell Education Initiative at Ponaganset, the band Protium powered all its electric guitars, amplifiers and PA entirely with hydrogen fuel cell electricity. McCurdy and his former students cranked out rock ‘n’ roll music with a mission: sustainable energy for a sustainable future. Protium performed for the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Fuel Cell Seminars in Miami, San Antonio and Palm Springs, among many other events.


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In August 2008, McCurdy and three students drove a 7,000-mile, two-week roundtrip from Rhode Island to California in a 1997 GMC K3500 six passenger pickup. The trip was fueled entirely by B99.9 biodiesel fuel.

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other Earth’s gentle hand is the secure cushion that warms us on long nights and sings comforting messages through endless days, protecting us even when things seem amiss. Take in her lovely presence. Embrace her consistent wisdom. Know that her dreams are ours and ours hers, connected by timely, comforting songs. It’s time to step away from the manicured lawns, concrete walks and well-planned gardens. An open door beckons us to the sparkling air out there to listen to the grasses breathe and murmur. Prairie grasses roll on and on through curvaceous hills and flat-edged fields, undeterred by human attempts to control their rippling arpeggios. We are asked to just listen. Be alone with the music of the grasses and be in harmony with the hum of the universe. Mother Earth’s apron is laden with flowers; simple, ever-present reminders that we are loved. She tempts us to take some time off, shed our shoes and settle into the lyrical realms of her strong body. The trees reach to the depths of the earth, deep into the mystery of lavender waters, and simultaneously throw their arms to the heavens, connecting all things living. The wind hears the prevailing songs that weave in and out of these lovely courtiers of the forest. In listening to their unerring stories, we let their siren songs sigh into our soul. It’s time to play in Earth’s garden and see her for who she is—today. Don’t hesitate. Go, play, linger, breathe and be one with the present moment. Adapted from Just Imagine Trees, a coloring book for all ages, by Susan Andra Lion.

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EVERYDAY SUSTAINABILITY Practical Ways We Can Help Out the Planet by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko


or many Americans, living more sustainably has become a natural part of their daily routine as they consistently recycle, eat healthy and use energy more efficiently. It’s just what they normally do every day. Every one of them had to start somewhere, growing their efforts over time to the point that nearly every activity yields better results for themselves, their family, their community and the planet. It might begin with the way we eat and eventually expand to encompass the way we work.

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“The sustainability movement is large and growing in the U.S.,” says Todd Larsen, with Green America, a grassroots nonprofit organization harnessing economic forces to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. “Half a million people turned out in New York City to march for action on climate change. People also are working in their local communi-


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ties to oppose fracking and pollution, and to support green building and clean energy. Many businesses now include sustainability as a core business practice, including the 3,000 certified members of Green America’s Green Business Network.” This month, Natural Awakenings profiles the experiences of representative individuals from around the country that are helping to both make the world more sustainable and their own lives richer and more meaningful. From growing and cooking family food and line-drying laundry to powering their business with renewable energy, their approaches are as varied as the places they call home.

First Steps

“Many people start with something small at home, particularly if they’re concerned about the impacts on their family’s health,” says Larsen. “More Americans are approaching sustainability first through food. It’s relatively

easy to change spending habits to incorporate more organic, fair trade and non-GMO [genetically modified] foods, and with the growth of farmers’ markets nationwide, people are able to buy local more easily.” A focus on food quality is how Wendy Brown and her husband and five children launched their eco-journey just outside of Portland, Maine. “We started thinking about where our food came from, how it was grown and raised and what we could do to ensure that it was better,” says Brown. “What we don’t grow or forage ourselves, we try to purchase from local farmers.” Living more simply during the past decade has helped the family cut debt and become more financially stable. “Our entry point to sustainable living was to grow tomatoes on the steps of an apartment that Kelly and I once called home years ago,” echoes Erik Knutzen, who, with his wife Kelly Coyne, have transformed their 960-square-foot Los Angeles bungalow into an oasis where they grow food, keep chickens and bees, brew, bake and house their bikes. Gabriele Marewski’s journey also started with what she ate. “I became a vegetarian at 14, after reading Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappé,” says Marewski, who in 1999 turned an avocado orchard in Homestead, Florida, into Paradise Farms. “Forty-seven years later, I’m still a strict vegetarian. I believe it’s the single most important statement we can make about saving the planet.” Marewski’s five-acre farm showcases certified organic micro greens, edible flowers, oyster mushrooms and a variety of tropical fruits marketed to Miami-area chefs. Her farm also offers Dinner in Paradise farm-to-table experiences to raise funds for local nonprofits providing food for underprivileged city residents, and bed-andbreakfast lodging. Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology offers a free online course, Sustainability in Everyday Life, based on five themes: energy, climate change, food, chemicals and globalization. “People can make a difference by making responsible choices in their everyday life,” says Anna Nyström Claesson, one of the three original teachers.

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“Every step toward sustainability is important and in the right direction,” explains Gina Miresse, with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), which will again host the world’s largest energy fair in June in Custer, Wisconsin. “It’s easy to start at home by adopting one new practice and sticking with it until it becomes a habit; then add a second practice and so on. This keeps people from getting overwhelmed.” We might, for example, switch to non-toxic home cleaning products when current products are used up. “There’s no need to throw everything in the trash and replace it all immediately—that would partially defeat the purpose of sustainability,” says Miresse. Green America, which suggests green alternatives to many products in online publications at GreenAmerica. org, recommends a congruent strategy. “We see people first change the way they purchase their food, move to reduce their purchases overall and green those they make, and then make their home more energy-efficient,” remarks Larsen. “Next, they consider walking and biking more.” Pamela Dixon explains, “On a day-to-day basis, it’s really about the products we use, like transferring to eco-friendly cleaners and yard maintenance, recycling electronic devices, paying bills electronically and receiving statements via email.” She and her husband, David Anderson, own Dave’s BrewFarm, in rural Wilson, Wisconsin, where they grow herbs, hops, raspberries and apples on 35 acres. “A 20-kilowatt wind generator supplies our electricity, and we use geothermal for heating and cooling,” adds Dixon. Due to career opportunities involving teaching principles of sustainability, the Wisconsin couple is in the process of selling the BrewFarm to move to La Crosse. “At our new home, we’re replacing the windows and appliances with more energy-efficient ones. We also chose our neighborhood so we can walk or bike to local grocery co-ops. We prefer to repair things when they break rather than buying something new, recycle everything the city will accept, compost food scraps and buy clothes at secondhand stores.”

When the MREA Energy Fair began 27 years ago, the majority of attendees were interested in learning about first steps, such as recycling, relates Miresse. Today, sustainability basics ranging from fuel savings to water conservation are familiar, and they’re focused on revitalizing local economies. “Folks are now considering more ambitious practices such as sourcing food directly from local farmers, producing their own solar energy and incorporating energy storage, driving an electric vehicle or switching to more socially responsible investing.” The fair’s 250 workshops provide tools to help in taking their next steps on the journey to sustainability. Knutzen and Coyne’s passion has evolved from growing food into a larger DIY mode. “Cooking from scratch is something I prefer to do,” comments Knutzen. “I even grind my own flour.” Library books provide his primary source of inspiration. The Brown family likely echoes the thoughts of many American families. “We have many dreams, but the stark reality is that we live in a world that requires money,” says Wendy Brown. An electric car or solar electric system, for example, is a large investment. “The biggest barriers were mental blocks because we ‘gave up’ previous lifestyle norms,” she says. “Most people we know have a clothes dryer and can’t imagine living without one. Line-drying is just part of the bigger issue of time management for us, because living sustainably and doing things by hand takes longer.”

Each Day Counts

“The biggest and most positive impact I have comes from my general nonwaste philosophy,” advises Brown. “I try to reuse something rather than throwing it away. I’ve made underwear out of old camisoles and pajama pants from old flannel sheets. I reuse elastic from worn-out clothing. My travel beverage cup is a sauce jar with a reusable canning lid drilled with a hole for a reusable straw. Such examples show how we live every day.” Marewski’s love of travel doesn’t interfere with her sustainability quest. “When I travel, I like to walk or bicycle across countries,” she says. “It gives me a closer connection to the land and spontaneous contact with interesting

Next Steps to Sustainability Green America Midwest Renewable Energy Association Browsing Nature’s Aisles by Eric and Wendy Brown ECOpreneuring by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs by Wendy Brown The Urban Homestead and Making It by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen

people. I’m building a tiny home on wheels that’ll be completely self-sufficient, with solar, composting toilet and water catchment to reduce my footprint even further.” “Last August, I started a tenuretrack position in the school of business at Viterbo University,” says Dixon, who emphasizes how students can pursue sustainability in business and life. “I teach systems thinking, complex systems change and globally responsible leadership, all of which have a sustainability component.” She’s also faculty advisor to Enactus, a student organization focused on social entrepreneurship and making a positive impact on the community. “The best part of how we live is when my daughters make everyday eco-minded choices without even realizing it,” observes Brown. “I can see how remarkable it is, because I have the perspective of having lived differently. But for them, it’s just the way things are done. I think in that way, I’ve succeeded.” Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko’s ecojourney is captured in their books, ECOpreneuring, Farmstead Chef, Homemade for Sale, Rural Renaissance and Soil Sisters. Every day, they eat from their organic gardens surrounding their farm powered by the wind and sun.

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Our Precious Freshwater Supplies Are Shrinking by Linda Sechrist


irtually all water, atmospheric water vapor and soil moisture presently gracing the Earth has been perpetually recycled through billions of years of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. As all living things are composed of mostly water and thus a part of this cycle, we may be drinking the same water that a Tyrannosaurus Rex splashed in 68 million years ago, along with what was poured into Cleopatra’s bath. Perhaps this mythological sense of water’s endlessness or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration images from outer space of a blue planet nearly three-quarters covered by water makes us complacent. Yet only 2.5 percent of Earth’s water is not salt water and of sufficient quality to be consumable by humans, plants and animals. Vulnerable to the demands of humanity’s unprecedented population explosion, careless development and toxic pollution and other contamination, we must reexamine this precious resource. Sandra Postel, founder of the Global Water Policy Project, who has studied freshwater issues for more than 30 years, says, “Communities, farmers

and corporations are asking what we really need the water for, whether we can meet that need with less, and how water can be better managed [through] ingenuity and ecological intelligence, rather than big pumps, pipelines, dams and canals.” Seeking to reclaim lost ground in the protection of our water and wetland resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the 2015 Clean Water Rule. The new regulations are needed to restore the strength to the 1972 Clean Water Act that has been weakened by the courts and previous administrations. Notably, within hours of activating the regulation, the EPA was served with lawsuits from corporate polluters, and within weeks, more than 20 state attorneys general filed suit against it. Today the legal battle continues over whether the new regulation will be allowed to stay in force or not. “Every day, local, state and federal governments are granting permission to industries to pollute, deforest, degrade and despoil our environments, resulting in serious effects on our planet and our bodies,” says Maya K. van Rossum,

Clean drinking water is rapidly being depleted all around the world.


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a Delaware Riverkeeper and head of the four-state Delaware Riverkeeper Network. Under van Rossum’s leadership the network has created a national initiative called For the Generations advocating for the passage of constitutional protection for environmental rights at both the state and federal levels. It was inspired by a legal victory secured by van Rossum and her organization in 2013 in a case titled Robinson Township, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. vs. the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which used Pennsylvania’s Constitutional Environmental Rights Amendment to strike down significant portions of a profracking piece of legislation as unconstitutional. Until this legal victory, Pennsylvania’s constitutional environmental rights amendment was dismissed as a mere statement of policy rather than a true legal protection. “Each individual process of fracking uses on the order of 5 million gallons of freshwater water mixed

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Water is the foundation of life. with chemicals for drilling and fracking operations, introducing highly contaminated wastewater into our environment,” explains van Rossum. “Every frack increases the chances of carcinogenic chemical leakage into the soil and water sources.” In the pioneering Pennsylvania case, the court’s ruling made clear that the environmental rights of citizens aren’t granted by law, but are inherent and rights that cannot be removed, annulled or overturned by government or law. “Even more significant, the court stated that these environmental rights belong to present generations living on Earth today and to future generations,” enthuses van Rossum. She also cites that although America’s Declaration of Independence includes several inalienable rights, our federal constitution and those of 48 states fail to provide protection for three basic needs required to enjoy them—the right to pure water, clean air and healthy environments. Van Rossum’s audiences are shocked to learn that clean water isn’t enforced as a human right. Threatened by myriad environmental, political, economic and social forces, and contamination from carcinogenic pesticides, toxic herbicides, chemical warfare and rocket fuel research materials plus heavy metals like mercury and lead, an era of clean water scarcity already exists in parts of our own country and much of the world. Episodic tragedies like the 2015 Gold King Mine wastewater spill near Silverton, Colorado, and Flint, Michigan’s current lead-laced drinking water crisis raise public awareness. “The technologies and know-how exist to increase the productivity of every liter of water,” says Postel. “But citizens must first understand the issues and insist on policies, laws and institutions that promote the sustainable use and safety of clean water.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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ost people would agree with the results of a 2011 study by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: Typical hospital food is full of the dietary fat, sodium, calories, cholesterol and sugar that contribute to the medical problems that land many in the hospital in the first place. The study’s dietitians further found that some hospitals house up to five fast-food outlets. Because studies from institutions such as the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the University of Maryland show that a poor diet contributes to a host of illnesses and longer recovery time after surgery—all of which increase healthcare costs—it befits hospitals to embrace healthier eating. Now, a dozen pioneering hospitals have their own on-site farms and others are partnering with local farms, embracing new ways to help us eat healthier, especially those that most need to heal. “In a paradigm shift, hospitals are realizing the value of producing fresh, local, organic food for their patients,” says Mark Smallwood, executive direc-

tor of the nonprofit Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. It recently partnered with St. Luke’s University Hospital, in nearby Bethlehem, to help support operations of the hospital’s 10-acre organic farm that yields 30 varieties of vegetables and fruits served in hospital meals to support patient recovery. New mothers are sent home with baskets of fresh produce to help instill healthy eating habits. “Organic fruits and vegetables offer many advantages over conventionally grown foods,” says Dr. Bonnie Coyle, director of community health for St. Luke’s University Health Network. She cites the higher amounts of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants as contributing to a reduced incidence of heart disease and some cancers and a lowered risk for other common conditions such as allergies, and hyperactivity in children. Hospital farms also benefit the environment and facilitate other healing ways. Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Ann Arbor’s hospital farm, created in 2010 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, is a winwin-win solution. “We can model the

connection between food and health to our patients, visitors, staff and community,” says hospital spokesperson Laura Blodgett. Their Health Care Without Harm pledge commits the hospital to providing local, nutritious and sustainable food. The farm repurposed some of the hospital’s 340-acre campus, eliminating considerable lawn mowing and chemicals. Today, its organic produce also supplies an on-site farmers’ market. Most recently, collaboration with a rehab hospital treating traumatic brain injuries resulted in a solar-heated greenhouse to continually produce organic food using raised beds and a Ferris-wheel-style planting system that enables patients to experience gardening as agritherapy. “Patients love the hands-on healing of tending the garden,” says Blodgett. Another innovative hospital is Watertown Regional Medical Center, in rural Wisconsin. Its farm, located behind the 90-bed hospital, raises 60 pesticidefree crops a year, including vegetables, herbs and even edible flowers. “We believe that food is medicine,” says Executive Chef Justin Johnson. He also serves his healthier fare to the public via special dinners in the hospital’s café, celebrating spring and fall harvests. In Arcata, California, Mad River Community Hospital’s designated farmer, Isaiah Webb, tills six plots and two greenhouses to supply organic carrots, beets, tomatoes, basil, potatoes, sweet

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corn, artichokes, squash, pumpkins, lettuce, blueberries, apples and strawberries to patients and guests. An inhouse work/share program encourages hospital employees to volunteer gardening time for a share of the produce. A three-way partnership of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Fletcher Allen Health Care and Central Vermont Medical Center, all in the Burlington area, combines community supported agriculture (CSA) and physicians’ prescriptions for healthier eating. Diane Imrie, director of nutrition services at Fletcher Allen, comments, “If we want to have a ‘well’ community, they have to be well fed.” Paid student farmers from 15 to 21 years old grow and harvest eight acres of fruits and vegetables for selected doctor-recommended patients in the 12-week-growing season program. Patients gain an appreciation of healthy eating that remains with them, thus decreasing their need for acute medical care. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farm-to-institution programs like these both provide healthy food to hospital patients and help develop sustainable regional food systems. We all benefit from such healing ripples in the healthcare pond.

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Rhode Island’s Food System

How to Help Grow it Sustainably by Melissa Guillet

Back in the 1980s, a swanky East Side party might feature Russian caviar, fruit from South America and New Zealand, cheeses from France, and guest chefs from Brussels and Japan. Few questioned where it came from or how it was grown.


ince then the global economy has expanded and so have local economies. Farmer’s markets sprung up, many within walking distance of that lavish East Side party. Between 2001 and 2007, Rhode Island added 20 farms, bringing the total to 850. More residents began planting kitchen gardens or urban gardens, and organizations like Market Mobile, the Fertile Underground, Southside Community Land Trust, Urban Greens, Farm Fresh RI and RI Healthy Schools Coalition have emerged to help promote and support local food. The reason behind this shift is local foods are fresher and have more nutrition, and buying local foods supports the local economy. Home gardens may bring neighbors over asking questions like, “How did you grow all those strawberries?” or “What prompted you to mix in your edibles with peren-


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nial flowers and shrubs?” Attending a workshop on foraging wild mushrooms, fiddleheads and other wild plants can lead to new culinary pleasures as well as new friends. Eating local foods also reduces our carbon foot print tremendously. Whether a tomato comes from a local farmer’s market, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, or a backyard garden, that tomato will have little to no transportation emissions to get to the table, nor will it be in a plastic container with shrink wrap. It will not be picked green, traversing hundreds of miles, and then gassed with ethylene to turn it red. Hopefully, it will be carried inside in a cardboard carton, mesh or other reusable bag. While some staples, like olive oil, are not locally available, every food that is locally sourced reduces the carbon footprint further. The best way to enjoy

local ingredients is to shop seasonally and make foods from scratch. Rhubarb is one of the first vegetables to emerge in the spring. Tart in flavor, rhubarb can be substituted for lime, and it is a wonderful ingredient for compotes and pies. Rhubarb also shines in Vietnamese spring rolls and rhubarb clove pickles. Summer is the time to enjoy green salads, grill peaches, and gather and freeze berries for the cold months ahead. Autumn is all about apples. Apple parsnip soup delivers a taste of Ireland. Fresh apple cider can be used instead of sugar to sweeten oatmeal, pancakes and muffins. Autumn also brings a multitude of squash, like carnival, buttercup and turban, which can be roasted, pureed, or curried. Wintertime brings an abundance of root vegetables, both common and seemingly exotic. A CSA subscription assures a weekly delivery of seasonal produce, some of which may be local but seem completely foreign. This may lead to a meal of monkfish and flounder, poached in Newport Vineyard’s Great White, or goat roasted with oregano, potatoes and carrots. Rhode Island is

Recommended Reading and Viewing Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Author Barbara Kingsolver talks about how her family ate only local foods for one year. The Omnivore’s Dilemma Author Michael Pollen investigates the nutritional value, health concerns and economics of factory-farmed chicken and beef, and he explains how the sheer numbers of cattle are creating enough methane to affect the ozone layer. Food, Inc. Producer Robert Kenner uncovers the chemicals, toxins, hormones and waste involved in processing large groups of animals. Stirring It Up Producer Gary Hirshfield sheds light on how businesses like Stonyfield Yogurt can make a positive difference.

You can vote with your fork, in other words, and you can do it three times a day. ~Michael Pollan producing fresh produce for consumption all year round. Greenhouses are extending harvests, and hydroponic technology is gaining ground. Newly incubated businesses are preparing, freezing and canning local food for winter storage and usage. Whether it’s grown and raised at home, delivered by a CSA, purchased at a local farmer’s market, or even chosen after reading the origin labels at the supermarket, buying local makes a difference. It will make a healthier difference with produce retaining more nutrients and livestock living healthier lives. It will make an economic difference by supporting the local economy and also saving money by preparing meals from scratch. It will make a social difference when talking to the people who actually produce the food or neighbors talking to a home-grower. Perhaps it will even make a difference spiritually, connecting with the seasons, the elements and the Earth. Melissa Guillet is the author of Around the World in 100 Miles: World Cuisine Using Local New England Ingredients available on Amazon. Her blog is 15MinuteFieldTrips.

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Marie Kondo on the Joy of Tidying Up

Simplicity Invites Happiness into Our Lives by April Thompson

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so that you can picture what it would be like to live in a clutter-free space. Start by identifying your bigger goal. Ask yourself why you want this, repeating the question to get to the root of the answer. As you explore the reasons behind your ideal lifestyle, you’ll realize that the ultimate reason is to be happy. Then you are ready to begin. I recommend cleaning out and organizing your entire space in one go-around. When completed, the change is so profound that it inspires a strong aversion to your previously cluttered state. The key is to make the change so sudden that you experience a complete change of heart. By discarding the easy things first, you can gradually hone your decision-making skills, including knowing who else can use what you don’t need. I recommend starting with clothes, then move to books, documents, miscellaneous items and finally anything with sentimental value. photo by Ichigo Natsuno


apanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo helps us discover happiness through tidiness. Already perusing home and lifestyle magazines by age 5, she spent her childhood “tidying” up her surroundings rather than playing with toys. The organizing system Kondo went on to develop, the KonMari method, defies most long-held rules of organizing, such as installing clever storage solutions to accommodate stuff or decluttering one area at a time. Her New York Times bestseller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has been published in 30 countries, demonstrating that her methods speak to universal desires, including a hunger for order and simplicity. She’s now released a companion book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. Kondo’s principles, including vertically stacking clothing and using special folding methods for socks, can seem quirky, yet her approach gets results. Kondo claims a nearly zero percent “clutter relapse” rate among clients because they’ve become surrounded only by things they love.

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that the best way to choose what to keep is to actually hold each item. As you do, ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” When you touch something, your body reacts, and its response to each item is different. The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own—identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing your gratitude and bidding them farewell and good wishes for their onward journey—is a rite of passage to a new life.

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n estimated 9 million horses in the U.S. are used for racing, show, informal competitions, breeding, recreation, work and other activities. Many need a new home when they start to slow down physically or when an owner’s finances become tight. Horses need space to run, require hoof care and when injured or ill, may require costly procedures.

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“We foster 50 horses right now,” says Jennifer Taylor Williams, Ph.D., president of the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, in College Station, Texas, which has placed about 800 horses in the last decade. “We could have 10 times that many if we had more foster homes and space. There’s often a waiting list. We help law enforcement, animal control, and shelters with horses found through neglect or abuse cases.” Starved and too weak to stand, Tumbleweed was an emergency case when she arrived at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch clinic on a sled. Having since regained her health, including gaining 200

pounds to reach the appropriate weight for her age and size, she illustrates the benefits of the facility’s status as one of the country’s leaders in providing equine rescue and rehabilitation. The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racers (CANTER USA) serves as an online matchmaker for racing horses. Volunteers take photos at tracks, obtain the horse’s bio from the owner or trainer and post them to attract potential new owners. Along with the healthy horses, the 3,000 ill or injured horses cared for by the alliance have been retrained, rehabbed and re-homed to participate in polo, show jumping, cart pulling and rodeos. “Race horses are intelligent, used to exercise and retire as early as 2 years old, so we find them a second career,” says Nancy Koch, executive director of CANTER USA. The nonprofit’s 13 U.S. affiliates work with 20 racetracks across the country. “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of volunteers. No one here receives a salary.” Collectively, they have placed more than 23,000 horses nationally since 1997.

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management calculates the appropriate management level (AML) for the number of wild horses. Excess numbers are captured and offered for adoption or sale. In December 2015, 47,000 horses were waiting in holding facilities at an annual cost of $49 million. The AML projects removal of an additional 31,000 horses from Western lands. As an example, although local wild species predate the park’s existence, horses in Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park are labeled “trespass livestock”, and subject to removal. Return to Freedom, a nonprofit wild horse rescue in Lompoc, California, recognizes the tightly bonded nature of these herd groups. Its American Wild Horse Sanctuary is the first to focus on entire family bands, providing a safe haven for about 200 horses and burros. The Wild Horse Rescue Center, in Mims, Florida, rescues, rehabilitates and finds homes for mustangs and burros, usually housing 30 horses at a time. With many needing medical care upon arrival, expenditures average $3,000 their first year and $1,700 annually once they’re healthy. Although the goal is adoption, equine fans also can sponsor a horse by donating $5 a day or purchasing a painting done by a horse. The center also provides public educational forums. Sponsored by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), April 26 is Help a Horse Day, a nationwide grant competition. Last year, some 100 U.S. equine rescue groups held events to recruit volunteers, gather donated supplies and find homes for adoptable horses ( ASPCA-HelpAHorseDay).

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Millennials’ Take on Fitness

They Like Short, Social and Fun Workouts by Derek Flanzraich


illennials are a big deal. Most businesses view them as trendsetters for good reason: Born between the early 1980s and early 2000s, they make up 25 percent of the population and represent $200 billion in annual buying power. Like the baby boomers before them, they also have the power to profoundly influence other generations, both young and old. Millennials have largely rejected previous fitness trends and instead paved a new path to health and wellness. In doing so, they’ve transformed both the business of fitness and the idea of what it means to be healthy. They’ve created a more personalized approach that encompasses the values of their generation.

What They Are Millennials are a fast-paced, wellinformed group. They devour news and information as soon as it’s released and then share it with others, usually via social media. This quick turnover cycle has led to an “out with the old, in with the new” mentality in many aspects of life. For a generation that strives to be trailblazers, things quickly become outdated. Millennials are always seek-


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ing new ways to get fit and eat healthy, even if it means creating something unique to them. The Internet has allowed these young adults to find more like-minded people than ever before. They grew up with constant connectivity, which has allowed them to build larger communities of friends online as well as locally, and keep everyone apprised of their fitness goals and progress. Millennials’ overscheduled lives mean they value shorter, quicker and more convenient options, especially in regard to workouts and healthy meals. They are more likely than any other age group to track their own health progress and use technologies such as health and fitness apps which monitor such data as steps, heart rate and caloric intake as a complement to their fitness routines. Being healthy means more than weight loss or looking good to them. For this pivotal generation, health is increasingly about living a happier life.

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and alternative medicine. Here are the three biggest trends making an impact on the wellness industry. What’s hot: Shorter, full-body workouts that are also fun. What’s not: Steady-state cardio exercises as a starting point for losing weight and improving health. It’s been increasingly shown that steady-state cardio workouts may be the most effective way to lose weight, but they also lack widespread appeal. Instead of sticking to a traditional treadmill, many millennials have flocked to workout regimens that regularly switch exercises or use high-intensity interval training, such as Zumba, SoulCycle and CrossFit. What’s hot: A more holistic approach to health. What’s not: Diets that emphasize rapid weight loss.  Millennials don’t believe that weight is the major indicator of health as much as previous generations have. Instead, they increasingly think of weight as just one among many key components of a healthy lifestyle. A higher percentage define being healthy as having regular physical activity and good eating habits. What’s hot: Alternative workouts that are customizable, fun and social. What’s not: Inflexible gym memberships and daily attendance. Instead of hitting the gym, young adults tend to prefer new forms of fitness that can be personalized to their needs. They like obstacle races such as Tough Mudder, fun and distance runs like The Color Run, at-home fitness workouts like P90X, and bodyweight regimens. As a group, millennials are redefining wellness and changing how following generations will view health. Their preferences for fun, personalized workouts and holistic wellness have fueled trends with far-reaching implications for the food, tech and healthcare industries, and that’s just the start. Derek Flanzraich is an entrepreneur on a mission to help the world think about health in a healthier way. He is the founder and CEO of Greatist, a New York City-based media startup working to make healthy living cool.

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is heard with the ears but felt within the body. $20. Rhode Island Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Kingston. 401-284-0320.

Sunday, April 3 Drink of the Waters of Life – 10-11am. Eckankar worship service, brief introduction of spiritual theme, HU song, open discussion of subject, fellowship. Free. Rhode Island Satsang Society, 2914 Post Rd, Ste 3, Warwick. 401-738-4727. Curious about Essential Oils? – 2-4pm. Join Nicole Casale, RM/T, for an afternoon with Young Living Essential Oils. Discover the wellness benefits, while receiving a bit of reiki at the same time. Space limited. Free. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660. Candlelight Yin Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Yin yoga helps find your inner strength, slowing down and getting deep into facia and ligaments. A complement to your vinyasa yoga or any other sport. All are welcome. $25. Rhode Island Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Kingston. 401-284-0320.

Monday, April 4 Yoga Rx – 10-11:30am. Understand the importance of your breath and alignment of poses and how they influence your spine health, muscles, lymph and digestion. Also on Fridays. Beginners and up. $10/drop-in. Quonnie Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Svaroopa® Yoga Class in Cumberland – 11am12:30pm. Find your peace; dissolve your tension. Svaroopa® is a slow moving yoga adapted to your body’s needs using blankets as props. Get profound benefits with minimal effort. With Maria Sichel, CSYT. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Afternoon Yoga Class: Cumberland – 3:304:45pm. A combination of kripalu, yin and restorative yoga. This class will nurture you, body, mind and soul. Peaceful setting. Experienced teacher. All levels welcome. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/dropin. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of the Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Tuesday, April 5 Kripalu Yoga – 6-7:15pm. This class emphasizes a gentle flow of postures designed to help you unwind from a busy day and move into a restful evening. Experienced teacher. All levels welcome. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of the Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Community HU Song – 7-7:30pm. The congregation gathers together to sing HU a love song to God for about 30 minutes. All are lovingly welcomed and invited to attend. Free. Rhode Island Satsang Society, 2914 Post Rd, Ste 3, Warwick. 401-738-4727.

Wednesday, April 6 The Power of Less to Raise Children – 6-8pm. Meeting Street continues its free Workshop Wonders series for parents and caregivers with “Using the Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, Secure Kids.” Free. Meeting Street, 1000 Eddy St, Providence. 401-533-9285. Forrest Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Heal injuries and learn how to build strength in yoga postures. Let go and experience deep relaxation as you are guided thru this safe, heated class. Also on Wednesdays. $15/ drop-in. Tree of Life, 77 Myrtle Ave, 2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-266-1187.

Thursday, April 7 Restorative Yoga for Deep Relaxation – 6:307:45pm. This yoga calms the nervous system, promotes healing, and teaches you how to quiet the mind and deeply relax. There is no prior experience necessary. $15/advance, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of the Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Friday, April 8 Reiki Second Degree – 6-9pm. Also Apr 10, 10am-5pm. Explore reiki in greater depth and further expand your healing capabilities. Reiki I certificate required. $250. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2. Spiritual Cinema – 7-9pm. Viewing: Living Luminaries. Interviews with Eckhart Tolle, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Marianne Williamson and many more. Discussion for clarity and sharing to follow. $10/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.

Saturday, April 9 Angel Intuitive Certification – Apr 9 & 10. 9:30am-6pm. This 2-day training unlocks your ability to see, hear and speak with the Angelic Realm. Learn how to connect with your Angels and awaken your intuitive gifts. With Gladys Ellen. $300. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. Malas, Mantras and Mudras – 1-3pm. Each participant will create one mala necklace and one mala bracelet as we explore mantras and mudras together. Infuse your intention into your malas through mindful practice. $45. Rhode Island Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Kingston. 401-284-0320. Music for the Soul – 8-10pm. An inspirational night of storytelling, community song, harmonious bliss, soaring vocals and live acoustic music with Joanne Lurgio and special guest, Loveday. $8. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

Sunday, April 10 Swami Yogatmananda at Concordia – 9:1510:30am. Minister of the Vedanta Society of Providence, the Hindu Religious Affiliate at Brown University and the Hindu Chaplain at the U Mass Dartmouth will speak on love. After the celebration service, he will facilitate a meditation workshop. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. For more info: 401-732-1552 or

Get Certified: Reiki I Practitioner – 10:30am4:30pm. Learn about the loving healing energy of Usui Holy Fire Reiki. Heal yourself and others. Receive manual/certificate/lineage/reiki I attunement. With Nicole Casale RM/T. $135. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660. Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat – 1-4pm. Whether you’re new to yoga and mediation or a long-time practitioner, this retreat is for you. Explore mindfulness meditation and yoga during this afternoon of self-care. $45. All That Matters PVD, 1 Park Row, Providence. 401-782-2126 x 2. Acro Yoga – 2-4pm. Partner 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, Kingston. 401-284-0320. Good Vibrations Sound Healing – 2-4pm. Join Christine Johnston and singer/songwriter Melissa Byrd for this special event. Relax and feel the healing sounds. With Shari Bitsis. $25. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. RSVP please: 401-465-4249 or

the causes of soul loss, and engage in exercises to dream your soul back home and understand your life’s purpose. With David Barr and Katharine Rossi. $30. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Monthly World Compassion Day – 11am12:30pm. Gathering for those who wish to participate in collective forgiveness work directed towards the suffering on the planet. Guided group meditation of lovingkindness. With Shari Bitsis. $10 donation to go to charity. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. RSVP: 401-465-4249 or Guided Meditation – 1-2pm. Come back to center with this guided meditation at The Life Enhancement Center. $10/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707. Yin Yoga with Young Living Oils – 2-4pm. While exploring each pose, YL oils will be used to deepen your overall experience. Session starts with a Young Living oil intro by Lara Hakeem. Sure to be a treat. $30. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877.

Tuesday, April 12

Usui Reiki I Training (1st Degree) – 9:30am-6pm. Receive 1st Degree Attunement. Learn Energy Anatomy, benefits of Energy Therapy, history of Usui Reiki, hand positions, & how to use Reiki for healing self & others. $150 (Manual, Certificate & Lineage). Heavenly Hugs – Gladys Ellen, 917 Warwick Avenue, 2nd Floor, Warwick. Eckankar Worship Service – 10-11am. A short introduction of “Discover the High States of Seeing, Knowing, and Being” by an ECK Cleric, HU song, open discussion of subject by congregation, fellowship. Free. Rhode Island Satsang Society, 2914 Post Rd, Ste 3, Warwick. 401-738-4727. Reiki II Practitioner Certification – 10:30am4:30pm. Discover the Divine Love of Holy Fire Reiki. A very detailed class that will teach/attune/ certify you in Reiki II. Certificate/Lineage included. With Nicole Casale RM/T. $175. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660.

Intro to Goddesses – 6-8pm. This evening will include discussions about empowering Goddesses in all different cultures and religions; and how they impact the divine feminine energies in our lives. $30. Ascension Nxt LLC, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348. 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. What are your dreams telling you? Join us to explore your dreams in a supportive and fun group setting. Reconnect with your dreams and awaken to a whole new world. With David Barr & Katharine Rossi. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Thursday, April 14 Astrology Class – 5:30-7:30pm. Want to know what’s going on in the stars within the next few months? Join Jackie T. for a great astrology workshop to learn the basics of what’s in your horoscope to come. $30. Ascension Nxt LLC, 1675 Cranston ST, Cranston. 401-228-8348. Yoga Teacher Training Free Talk – 6-7pm. Gain an understanding of what’s required to become a yoga teacher and discover if our 200-hour teacher training, starting in Nov, is right for you. Come with your questions. Free. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2. Meditation & Near Death Experiences – 6:307:30pm. Talk on the mystical aspect of meditation and how it relates to those that have had a NDE. This will give you a better understanding and fuller experience of our own life. Free. Wanskuck Library, 233 Veazie St, Providence. 401-274-4145.

Saturday, April 16 Exploring Soul – 9am-12:30pm. Discover the concept of soul from the shamanic perspective,

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Monday, April 18 Reiki Healers Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Support for Usui Reiki Practitioners of all levels. Join us for an evening of meditation, conversation and giving/receiving reiki. Come relax, renew and energize. With Gladys Ellen. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick.

Tuesday, April 19 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, April 20 Gaia Meditation – 6-7pm. Happy Earth Day. This will be a journey style meditation with the intention of connecting with Mother Earth and sending love and light to the planet. Please call to reserve. Donation of choice. Ascension Nxt LLC, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348. Becoming Dragonfly – 6:30-8pm. Join us in a shape-shifting meditation to the dragonfly, carrier of the wisdom of transformation and adaptability in

life. No experience necessary. Bring a journal. With Colleen Kelley. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns part to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 1462 Park Ave, Cranston. To register, Gloria: 401-944-4130 or

Thursday, April 21 Table Tipping – 7-9pm. Come experience physical mediumship with this unique form of spirit communication. Receive messages from loved ones as the table tips and moves under your fingers. $10. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

Friday, April 22 Pure Haven Essentials In-House Party – 6:308:30pm. Bring your household and personal care products for ingredient analysis. Learn about safe and non-toxic alternatives made locally in Warren. Free to attend. Cumberland Family Chiropractic, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. RSVP by Apr 20: 401-334-0535. Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Drum healings restore balance and bring us into alignment with our true nature through removal of blocks, returning lost power and soul parts. Bring a mat and blanket. With Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna. $35. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877.

Saturday, April 23 Magnified Healing® 1st Phase – Apr 23 & 24. 9:30am-5:30pm. 2-day workshop. Learn a 20-minute spiritual healing practice designed to help raise your love vibration and manifest your dreams into reality. With Gladys Ellen, $250 (certificate, manual, essence, CD). Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. Free Workshop: Relieving Pain and Neuropathy with Touch – 10am-3pm. All are welcome especially care partners and care givers/families to help comfort a loved one living with chronic pain and neuropathy. Together learn detailed instructions in safe and simple touch techniques that help reduce the harsh effects of living with a disease and or its treatments causing chronic pain and neuropathy. Free, lunch included. Brookdale West Bay, 2783 W Shore Rd, Warwick. For more info & to register, Judy Antonelli, LMT: 401-247-2220 or Meditation and the Brain – 2-3pm. This talk will provide us with the latest research on meditation’s affect on our brain, our being, and the cosmic connection it has to our relationship with the universe. Free. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St, Newport. 401-874-8720. Sound Healing – 2-3pm. Sound healing to help rid unwanted energies with good vibrations. There will be crystal singing bowls and many other instruments to help relax and release. $25. Ascension Nxt LLC, 1675 Cranston ST, Cranston. For info: 401-228-8348. Herbs for Spring Cleansing – 3-4pm. Join Farmacy herbalists as they discusses herbs to support springtime herbs that help clear toxins from the body. Seating is first come, first serve. No registration required.

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Free. Farmacy Herbs, 28 Cemetery St, Providence. 401-270-5223. Gong Bath & Drum Healing – 7-8:30pm. Join Gongs of Joy and Drumsong for a night of sound healing. The vibrational overtones help promote healing, clarity, inspiration and creativity. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $25. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

Sunday, April 24 Yoga for the Bones – 1:30-3:30pm. This workshop is based on the poses recommended in Loren Fishman’s book Yoga for Osteoporosis. Appropriate for all levels; no previous yoga experience is necessary. $40. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Curious about Essential Oils? – 2-4pm. Join Nicole Casale, RM/T, for an afternoon with Young Living Essential Oils. Discover the wellness benefits, while receiving a bit of reiki at the same time. Space limited. Free. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660. Awakening Through Drum Healing – 5-7pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/ or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns part to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 70 Jefferson Blvd, Ste 200, Warwick. To register, Dale: 401-467-0333 or

Wednesday, April 27

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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.


Ladies’ Night – 7-9:30pm. Join us the last Wednesday of every month for ladies’ night. Have a drink, share a laugh, meet new friends. Including 60 minutes of yoga, wine and treats, goodie bags and more. $20. Rhode Island Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Kingston. 401-284-0320.

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Thursday, April 28 Deeper into Meditation – 7-8pm. Part 1 of a 3-part series. Learn a little more about Joyti meditation, a nonsectarian practice that calms the mind while opening into the source of inner peace. Free. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St, Newport. 401-874-8720.

ray, heart link; activate the 1st and 2nd DNA pairs. Intro to energy anatomy and cellular memory map. Increase ability read energy. With Debee Radcliff. $190. Soul Purpose, 1225 GAR Hwy, Swansea, MA. 401-793-0097. Family Science Expo – 10am-2pm. It’s a day of free fun and scientific investigation for K-8th graders and their families. Hosted by the University of Rhode Island’s GEMS-Net, RIEEA and local schools. Free. The Ryan Center, 1 Lincoln Almond Plaza, South Kingstown. 401-874-6008. gemsneturi. Empowering Young Women thru Art/Yoga – 1-4pm. This playful workshop focuses on empowering young women thru creative expression and yoga. No yoga or art experience necessary. Bring some water and wear comfy clothes. $35. Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Slater Memorial Park, Armistice Blvd, Pawtucket. 401-726-1876. ssnyder. LoveYourCurves Yoga & Dance Workshop – 3-5pm. This combo of gentle yoga followed by energized Nia expressive dance fosters body awareness and enjoyment; engaging body, mind and spirit to deliver a whole-body experience. $30, $20/members & staff. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-419-7638. Folk Musician Caroline Cotter Performs for Peace – 6:30-9:30pm. Concert starts at 7:30pm. Her national debut album, Dreaming As I Do, is both universal and highly personal. Benefit concert for The Peace Flag Project. $25; tickets may be purchased on website or at the door. The Lincoln School Music Center, 301 Butler Ave, Providence. 401-862-9348.

Thursday, May 5 Journey Into Knowing – 7-8:30pm. 5-week powerful journey process to gain knowledge about your relationship to an issue, how it operates in your life as well as steps for transformation and healing. With Katharine Rossi. $75. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Friday, May 6 Past Lives and Soul Purpose Readings – 7:309:30pm. Have some of your questions about reincarnation and past lives answered. Many participants will experience a mini-reading. $35. All That Matters PVD, 1 Park Row, Providence. 401-782-2126 x 2.

Sunday, May 8

Intro to Amrit Yoga Philosophy – 7:30-8:30pm. We discuss the core beliefs of yoga as defined by Yogi Amrit Desai; how and why the Amrit yoga sequence is a unique tool for holistic transformation. Meets bimonthly. $15 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-419-7638.

Mother/Daughter Yoga and Creativity – 1-4pm. Celebrate Mother’s Day with this unique experience. Explore creative and expression and yoga to celebrate and deeper your connection. No yoga or art experience needed. $65 for mother and daughter. Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Slater Memorial Park, Armistice Blvd, Pawtucket. 401-726-1876.

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YMCA Healthy Kids Day – 9am-12pm. Free fun activities for children and families sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Providence. Free. YMCA, Boathouse at Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence.

Awakening Through Drum Healing – 7-9pm. 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 parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. To register: 401-736-6500 or

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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. Teens meet last Sunday of each month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

Half Spin Half Mat – 6:30-7:30pm. 30 minutes of indoor cycling and 30 minutes of Pilates Mat class offering a full body fun and challenging cardiovascular workout for all level. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear of Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Meditation Night in Warren – 6:30-8:30pm. Mindfulness focus with hour discourse on topics to include methods, challenges and benefits followed by group meditation. With Shari Bitsis. $10/class, $30/4 classes. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. Please RSVP: 401-465-4249 or Svaroopa® Yoga Class in Cumberland – 7-8:30pm. Learn to release deeply held tension using guided awareness, yoga breathing and slow moving yoga poses, adapted to your body. Tangible benefits with little effort. With Pat Spencer. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

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. Reiki for Teens – May 1, 15, 22 & 29. 1-3pm. Come and learn the basics of Reiki 1. $89 scholarships available upon request. Food for Thought, 577 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield. 401-789-2445.

monday 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; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. Svaroopa® Yoga Class in Cumberland – 11am12:30pm. 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 Maria Sichel. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Kripalu Yoga in Cumberland – 4:15-5:45pm. Experience breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the heart and body to release and open. With Susan McLaren. New students: $50/5 classes; $14/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Angel Gallery Night with Gladys Ellen – 6-9pm. A gallery-style event full of channeled messages for you and the group. Come experience the power of Divine Guidance as you sit in the energy of the Archangels. $40/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. Please RSVP: 401-380-6707. 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. 401-465-4249.

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 refinement, 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. 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 – 12:30-1:30pm. 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, rear of Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Gentle Yoga Class in Cranston – 5:30-7pm. Taught in the supportive, hands-on, spinal opening style of Svaroopa® yoga. Learn how to practice poses safely with awareness and ease. Certified, experienced teacher. $16/series, $19/drop-in. Ferncrest Yoga & Wellness, 90 Warwick Ave, Cranston. 401-578-9182. Kundalini Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. We delve into practicing a 31-minute meditation from the tradition of kundalini yoga. Each class will be unique, some using breath, or chanting, and some may be active. $10 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-419-7638.

Qigong With Master Wu – 6:15-7:15pm. Enroll now for the spring session of Medical and Therapeutic Qigong. Join Master Wu weekly and learn how to strengthen and balance your energy to attain better health. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Yoga For Any Body – 6:30-8pm. Taught in the supportive, hands-on, spinal opening style of Svaroopa® yoga. Learn how to practice poses safely with awareness and ease. Certified, experienced teacher. $20/series, $22/drop-in. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-578-9182. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Deepening Somatic Consciousness. Walking meditation in addition to guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the Earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. The Power of Now Workshop – Thru Apr. 7-8:30pm. We’ll read a chapter of Eckhart Tolle’s book and discuss understanding and practical applications for the material. Attend only 1 or all classes. $10/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707. Tai Chi for Beginners – 7:30-8:30pm. Enroll now for the spring session of beginner 24 Posture Tai Chi. New students are invited to do a trial class. Flexible class times include Wednesday, 1-2pm and Saturday, 12-1pm. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Intro to A Course in Miracles – 8-8:30pm. Includes meaningful discussion and tools to shift your mind out of fear, lack and limitation-into love, abundance and possibility. Free. Rhode Island Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Kingston. 401-284-0320.

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. 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.

saturday Kundalini Yoga – 1-2:30pm. Combine the traditional yogic tools of asana (posture) and pranayama (breath) with mudra, mantra, and deep relaxation into unique series of yogic sets called kriyas. $16/drop-in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

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

Causes of Iodine Deficiency


Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation

Low-Sodium Diets

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

Iodized Table Salt

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

With 25 years of experience, Dr. Picard has helped thousands of patients recover from various health challenges with chiropractic care. Dr. Picard is unique; he looks at the body from a holistic perspective and focuses on wellness.  He provides traditional nutrition and natural medicine to help heal the tissues of the body that are in need of repair.  This in combination with chiropractic care creates a dynamic healing response within the body.  Don’t deal with your pain and health challenges alone, call someone who cares.

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

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

DEPTH HYPNOSIS fireseed center for transformation

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

Esthetician 360 FACE MIND BODY

Michelle Maynard 635 Arnold Rd, Coventry, RI 401-886-1938 Offering facials and skin care products that are free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, fillers and talc. 360 uses product lines with natural plant-based ingredients including Farmaesthetics and Jane Iredale Mineral makeup. Michelle is certified in Clinical Oncology Esthetics®, so she can provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals undergoing cancer treatment and those with health-challenged skin. See ad on page 17.

hair salon Flipp Hair Salon and Reflexology Center

38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul.  Offering hair, makeup,refexology,acupuncture,ma ssage and herbalism. See ad on page 23.

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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!

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

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

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Intuitive Therapy

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

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

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

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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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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 31.

hypnotherapy & life coaching possibilities hypnosis center

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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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.

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.


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

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

organic hair color JEN STONE DIOGO

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.

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

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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

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Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233

personal sobriety counselor Cindy Jones, MA/CRC, LMHC

Another Way Counseling Center 2797 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886 750 East Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02806 401-419-4001 Maintaining sobriety can be a difficult and lonely journey.  Not everyone is comfortable attending groups and some would like to maintain their privacy. Allow me to show  you how to regain your self-respect, rebuild relationships with family and friends and enjoy the life you deserve. Most insurances accepted. 

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.

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 17.

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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.

Ascension Nxt LLC 1675 Cranston Street Cranston, RI 401-228-8348

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 12.

wellness center IT’S MY HEALTH

Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 • We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 18.

yoga 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.

therapeutic massage 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 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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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 39.

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

yoga & holistic health center All That Matters

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

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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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