Page 1




feel good • live simply • laugh more




What All the Food Labels Really Mean

Real News Matters to Independent Media

Epigenetics and Methylation

July 2016 | Rhode Island Edition |


Protect Your Thyroid with Detoxified Iodine


Give Your Body the Natural Boost it Needs with Detoxified Iodine

Satisfied Customers


I feel much more energetic, my thoughts are extremely clear, and my entire body feels more in balance. Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine is the only change in my daily routine over the last 45 days. The way I feel today is better than at any point in my life that I can remember. ~ James

I’ve been taking this product for over a year and no single supplement, diet or approach (I have tried lots) has had as great an impact as this. I have my energy back, my metabolism is back on track and my mind is clear and the depression has lifted. I love this product and wish more people knew about it. I think many of us are deficient in iodine and it can bring balance to the body. Thank you, thank you Natural Awakenings for offering it! ~ Pamela

Proper iodine supplementation with a high-quality product like Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine can prevent harm by protecting the thyroid and other endocrine glands from radiation and restoring proper hormone production.

A Few Drops Can Change Your Life! You could feel better, lose weight or increase energy and mental clarity with a few drops of Natural Awakenings DETOXIFIED IODINE daily in water or topically on the skin. The supplementation of iodine, an essential component of the thyroid, has been reported to give relief from: • Depression • Weight Gain • Fibromyalgia • Low Energy • Hypothyroidism • Hyperthyroidism • Radiation • Bacteria • Viruses

$19.99 plus $5 shipping • 1 btl. = 6-8 week supply Order today, available only at or call: 888-822-0246

Like us on Facebook at Natural Awakenings Webstore

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.

Not feeling well?

Try a different approach. Many have been helped with natural methods

with EDSA Testing & Energetic Homeopathic. • Comprehensive Analysis • Hormone Evaluation • Food Sensitivities • Sleep Disturbances • Digestive Maladies • Nutrient Deficiency • Emotional Stressors • Thyroid Resonance

OTHER SERVICES: • Ondamed Biofeedback • Pain Management • Ionic Footbaths • Reflexology • Organic Hair Salon • Massage/Facials • Eyelash Extensions

Customized Weight Loss Program is tailored to your body’s specific needs Our EDSA scan will determine Core issues that impede your weight loss: Have you wondered why one diet doesn’t work for everyone? Through Biofeedback your own body will choose the Diet that is right for you! ■ Determine which foods may make you gain weight and which foods to avoid to help encourage weight loss. ■ Determine barriers to your weight loss - thyroid? hormonal? blood sugar issues? liver or kidneys not draining properly? Female hormones such as progesterone? ■ Determine what exercise would benefit you the most, at what intensity, and how often you should exercise. ■ Determine what supplements may benefit you? This is an individualized program. Different people need different supplements to assist with weight loss.

54 High Street, Westerly, RI 02891 / 401-596-5700 /

natural awakenings

July 2016



I contact us Publisher Maureen Cary 401-709-2473

Editor Nancy Somera National Editor S. Alison Chabonais Design & Production Suzzanne Marie Siegel Stephen Gray-Blancett To contact Natural Awakenings Rhode Island Edition:

PO Box 548, Tiverton, RI 02878 Phone: 401-709-2473 Fax: 877-738-5816 Email:

© 2016 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business.

’ve been reflecting on how the world has changed, and me along with it, in the past twenty years. The change in media has been evolving for longer than that but today, the difference seems stark and in contrast to how we should be thinking. I have never been one to watch the news nor have I ever taken much interest in politics. But Bill has argued that if we don’t know what our leaders are proposing, and what is going on in the world around us, how can we understand and help decide the direction we choose as a society? I have come around to that and know it is the right thing to do. Still, I’m beginning to think the twenty-four-hour news cycle that can sadden and scare us are as dangerous as the stories that are being reported. The result, for me, is a sort of an internal shut off valve where I just can’t take anymore. After the same top stories play over and over, regardless of everything else that may be happening in the world it gets frustrating. It’s easy to see why so many have such a negative view of the world, when people telling stories with conviction over and over, in a world where whoever speaks the loudest and the most often, are the most believed. There is less crime than 20 years ago but the news would have you believe we are wracked with violence. We live in a great world in comparison to other countries or points in history yet the continued onslaught of negativity leaves a broad view that there is too much wrong with us, and the world. There is plenty wrong but with positive approaches and knowledge, we can make a difference. The swirling, endless coverage of news events continues to point to the importance of thoughtful, non-sensational media coverage, the kind most frequently found in independent media. Linda Sechrist explores how they work hard to bring us the truth along with constructive solutions in her feature article, “Real News that Matters.” It may be that I spend much of my time with like-minded people, so I am somewhat insulated from the overwhelming negativity that is apparent in so many. It seems to be that despite the tremendous challenges in our world today, I still interact with people everyday who have a shared belief that there is more love than hate. I’m encouraged and honored by what, together, we all do in a conscious push for good, for generating helpful solutions, encouraging personal responsibility for reducing our impact on the Earth, and spreading a better way of living by example.

It’s summertime….and life is good.

We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback.

Maureen Cary, Publisher

SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are available by sending $25 (for 12 issues) to the above address. Natural Awakenings is printed on recycled newsprint with soybased ink.


Rhode Island Edition


Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

6 newsbriefs 12 12 kudos 18 EPIGENETICS AND 12 healthbriefs METHYLATION 14 globalbriefs How Genes Can Be Influenced by Gay B. Ben TrĂŠ 1 6 herbofthemonth 17 practitioner 20 STAGES OF


spotlight 24 healthykids 26 healingways 28 consciouseating 32 greenliving 34 fitbody 36 yogaandpilates 38 inspiration 33 39 calendar 4 1 classifieds 45 community resourceguide

advertising & submissions how to advertise To advertise with Natural Awakenings or request a media kit, please contact us at 401-709-2473 or email Deadline for ads: the 10th of the month. Editorial submissions Email articles, news items and ideas to: Deadline for editorial: the 10th of the month. calendar submissions Submit online at: or email: Deadline for calendar: the 10th of the month prior to publication. regional & multiple markets Advertise your products or services in multiple markets! Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. is a growing, franchised family of locally owned magazines serving communities since 1994. To place your ad in other markets call 401-709-2473.


Treatment Options That Aid Recovery by Stephen Petteruti




Independent Media Tell Us the Truth by Linda Sechrist



Kids That Learn to Cook Grow Up Eating Healthier by Jen Haugen




Chilling Out Revives Body and Soul by April Thompson


What All the Food Labels Really Mean by Judith Fertig


Female Farmers Come of Age


by Lisa Kivirist




in Providence by Gina Cronin


Master the Mind to Master the Game by Aimee Hughes

natural awakenings

July 2016


newsbriefs Nature’s Wisdom Wellness Announces Customized Weight Loss Program Improve Your Appearance to Match Your Inner Self Salon & Spa Treatments and Services – tailored to you


NEW! Probiotic Skincare Line Facials, Makeup & Hair Removal

Treat – Yourself

Book a n Sessio y! Toda


2928 Post Rd - Warwick, RI 02893




hrough biofeedback, Nature’s Wisdom Wellness, in Westerly, helps clients discover their body’s core issues that impede weight loss. “Our unique biochemical and nutritional needs differ from one individual to another,” says Carol Stanton, ND and RN. “This is why a diet may work for one person but not for another, or one exercise program may make one person feel wonderful but make another feel drained,” she adds. Through biofeedback, clients learn what diet best fits their body’s needs to encourage homeostasis and weight loss, what foods to avoid and supplements to take to lose weight, whether there may be blocks in one’s health that could be undermining weight loss, if blood sugar issues or a sluggish liver are the culprit, and which exercise program and intensity is best to feel better and lose weight. “One client lost 10 pounds in four weeks by following a protocol individualized to her specific needs,” says Stanton.

Cost: $125 for evaluation. Location: 54 High St., Westerly. To learn more, call 401-596-5700 or visit See ad on page 3.

Gentle Chiropractic

Free Concert Series to Benefit St. Peter’s Community Market


POWERFUL RESULTS Are you experiencing • Headaches • Neck Pain • Low Back Pain • Arm or Leg Pain or Are You Just Stressed Out? Call to schedule a Complimentary Consultation


215 Cottage Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860



t. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church has announced its lineup of performances for the parish’s 2016 Brother’s Keeper Concert Series. Concerts are held at 4 p.m., one Sunday afternoon each month at the church. All musicians donate their time and talent to benefit St. Peter’s Community Market food pantry. The 2016 Brother’s Keeper Concert Series dates are: July 17, The Romantic Violin, consisting of music for violin and piano including Beethoven’s “Spring Sonata” and the Grieg Violin and Piano Sonata in C minor; August 28, Song in Our Hearts, which is a mix of opera, Broadway and art songs; September 18, Chamber Music Colors, a musical potpourri featuring a Poulenc trio for brass, Handel’s “Queen of Sheba” for piano duet, and music for string quartet; and October 16, Jazz Cabaret, a concert that will be set up coffeehouse style in St. Peter’s parish hall. Admission to all concerts is free, but donations of canned goods, garden produce and personal care items are appreciated, as are free-will cash offerings. Cost: Free, donations accepted. Location: 72 Central St., Narragansett. For more information, call 401-783-4623 or visit

There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.

Catch the Ocean State’s Wave of Healing

~William Butler Yeats


Rhode Island Edition

At the Petteruti Center

Fall and Injury Prevention Clinic Opens on Waterman Street

we use a functional approach to assess and treat all forms of Lyme disease including:

1. ACUTE LYME This can often present as a viral illness without evidence of a rash or Tick exposure.


onegevity has opened its clinic at 145 Waterman Street, in Providence. Bonegevity is a comprehensive and individualized six-month treatment program designed to significantly reduce the risk of injury from a fall.  The program is comprised of six clinically-proven components, customized and delivered one-on-one over a six-month period with an optional maintenance regimen. The components include muscle strength and bone density, improved balance, vision risk assessment, home health hazard assessment, nutrition review, and collaborative treatment and feedback across all program components. The program is strongly recommended for anyone that wants to stay active and mobile as they age.

2. CHRONIC LYME Lingering symptoms of fatigue, muscle pain, weakness and mental “fog” can last for months or years if not treated.

3. POST LYME SYNDROME Even after eradication of the offending agent, symptoms can persist that do not respond to antibiotic treatment.

We use the full range of treatments to reverse all symptoms,

including oral and IV antibiotics if needed. High dose vitamin C and other infusions can often replace long cycles of chronic antibiotic treatments, with the potential for better results and less risk of adverse side effects.

For more information about the program, call 617-505-6912 or visit

Tell them you found them in

The Petteruti Center 250 Centerville Road, Building E Warwick, RI 02886

401-921-5934 The

Want a Younger, Healthier Appearance? Microphototherapy + Oxygen Infusion Treatment = Results 635 Arnold Road Coventry, RI 02816


* Evens out skin tone

* Decreases pore size

* Reduces fine lines & wrinkles

* Increases skin elasticity

* Stimulates collagen production

* Increases hydration & moisture

* Enhances absorption of serums & moisturizers

We Only Use Vegan & Organic Skin Care Products natural awakenings

July 2016


newsbriefs Investment Opportunity with Urban Greens Food Co-Op


rban Greens Food Co-Op has found its new home and is ready for a fall groundbreaking at 93 Cranston Street, in Providence. Opportunities are now available for local residents to invest in their community with an interest bearing investment that will help open the doors at Urban Greens. As a Community Investment Campaign approved by the Rhode Island Division of Securities, the co-op can raise capital in a way that maximizes payback flexibility while offering real incentives for investors and limiting overall debt. With a minimum 2 percent annual interest rate, the investment can be redeemed after seven years at full value, or at 120 percent after 12 years. As a consumer-owned and governed cooperative retail grocery store, Urban Greens looks to promote culturally appropriate foods to support the health and well-being of their customers by offering nutritious, affordable food that is sustainably sourced and supportive of local foods. By bringing a better food system directly to the people in their neighborhood, Urban Greens can better serve the needs of its community. Members have a say in the food they are eating, and the dollars are kept in the community by supporting local and sustainable food production. For more information and to invest, visit

Aull Pilates Fitness and Health has Expanded and Added Services


ull One, formerly Aull Pilates Fitness and Health, is now offering a wider variety of services with the addition of several new practitioners. They consist of: Remy Aull of Remy’s Release, offering myofascial release (MFR) that addresses myofascial restrictions as a result of trauma, inflammatory responses, poor body mechanics and/or surgical procedures; Dr. Feilei Huang, of Simplicity Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, offering effective treatment for infertility, menstrual disorders, dental pain, numbness, depression and more; Jenny O’Dwyer, massage therapist, providing treatments in office, in home, or on a yacht; and Stephanie Julian, reiki practitioner and reflexologist, helping clients relax, relieve stress, balance energies, hasten healing, lose anger and ease sorrow. Location: 1077 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. For more information, call 401-619-4977 or visit


Rhode Island Edition


ind Matters Hypnosis Centers is offering its next Hypnosis Certification Course October 15 through October 22, in Southern Connecticut. Registration for this session closes September 15. During eight full days of in-person training (plus home and group study), Lisa Zaccheo, MA, BCH, BCI, will teach attendees how to successfully hypnotize themselves and others. The course will cover the science behind hypnosis, who can and cannot be hypnotized, what it can be used for and exactly how to use this amazing tool to give people access to the other 90 percent of their mind’s power. Mind Matters also offers in-person hypnosis sessions at both locations, as well as distance sessions. Hypnosis Lisa Zaccheo accesses the subconscious and has been proven highly effective at resolving life’s challenges in adults and children. These include low or anxious mood, lack of self-confidence, stress, lack of motivation, excess anger, insomnia, pain, phobias, unhealthy habits and more. Cost: $2,489 (Save $200 by registering before August 15). Mind Matters Hypnosis Centers has locations in Avon and Guilford, Connecticut. For more information, call 860-693-6448 or visit

Meditation Instructors Class in Smithfield


arbara J. Gilfillan, licensed spiritual practitioner, will facilitate an eightweek course for people interested in becoming a meditation instructor. The course takes place on Tuesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., July 19 to August 30, at the Atrium Room of Twelve Acres, in Smithfield. Students will gain the necessary skills to bring the practice of meditation to the corporate and nonprofit workplace, and to clients, family and friends. A different meditation style will be practiced each week, equipping students with the knowledge to help others decide which meditation type best fits their lifestyle. Graduates will earn certification from Concordia Center for Spiritual Living (; Gillfillan says, “For those who are already holistic/spiritual teachers, this is an opportunity for you to add to your spiritual tool box and help others to attain a life of peace and ease.”

Hospital-based Massage Therapy Training Enhance your massage practice and give meaning to your clients’ quality of life

You will gain a better understanding of the scope of the intrinsic factors involved with a medical facility by working directly with patients receiving chemotherapy or radiation, those staying in the hospital after treatment or surgery, and patients with other medical conditions. Massage therapist interns experience firsthand what it is like for an individual to go through a variety of medical treatment options. Aspects of the physiological changes this population experiences will be outlined in steps so that massage therapists can work safely and skillfully with this population. The knowledge acquired is easily transferred to your private practice for the benefit of your own clients. — Sessions will be offered starting in September at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence and Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts. — REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 25th, 2016 — Information sessions are open to any health care provider interested in learning more about working with individuals who have medical conditions.

Call 401-333-7282 or email to register.

Hypnosis Certification Course Offered in October

Cost: $150 (workbook provided). Location: 455 Douglas Pike, Smithfield. For more information, call 401-486-9650, email or visit

natural awakenings

July 2016


newsbriefs Award Winning Natural Perfumery Opens in Wayland Square


enowned natural perfumer, Charna Ethier, has expanded her organic fragrance and beauty line into a new Wayland Square location. Providence Perfume Co. now resides at 13 South Angell Street, a space formerly occupied by Power Yoga. The new boutique offers a wide selection of essential oils, teas, perfumery materials, organic bath and body care as well as luxurious natural perfume. Providence Perfume Co. offers a custom perfume and body bar where customers can create their own all-natural perfume or scented oil. In addition, the awardwinning perfumer offers natural perfumery classes teaching others how to combine essences, tincture and macerate botanicals, and formulate organic skincare. The Providence Perfume Co. line is sold nationwide and has appeared in the pages of Vogue, W, and Organic Spa Magazine. Location: 13 S. Angell St., Providence. For more information, call 401-455-2325 or visit See ad on page 13.

Expanded Services for Transformation at Thought Alchemy Center


ose Siple, hypnotherapist and founder of Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center, in Rehoboth, now offers greater processes, tools and classes for personal transformation, healing and growth. Siple has merged her hypnotherapy services with the spiritual and personal transformation offerings of Healing Through Spirit to offer ongoing hypnotherapy and coaching programs for individuals and small groups. Spiritual transformation classes for beginners and advanced spiritual seekers are also offered, and students and clients can participate in person Rose Siple or online. All programs and classes are recorded, enabling participants to review materials for deeper understanding and absorption. “Thought transformation is at the core of all change, personal and spiritual,” says Siple. “Thought Alchemy’s Center is the ongoing unfolding of my mission to help and serve as many people as possible who are in need of deep transformational change in response to the perceived chaos of our rapidly changing world.” Siple says she offers affordable fees for the wide range of services offered, including alternative therapies and past re-patterning. Location: Rehoboth and online. For more information, call 774-991-0574 or visit See ad on page 21 and Resource Guide on page 46.

Sage Clinic Celebrates with Grand Opening Event


he Sage Clinic, founded by herbalist Mary Blue, of Farmacy Herbs, and Dr. John McGonigle, of the Ocean State Holistic Medical Collaborative, is now open at 201 Waterman Avenue, in East Providence. A free, grand opening celebration will take place from 3 to 7 p.m., July 2, at the clinic. The mission of the Sage Clinic is to bring accessible integrative health care to Rhode Island by combining conventional and holistic therapies. The group works to educate the public, Brown University medical students and healthcare professionals in integrative holistic medicine. “We are creating an integrative model of clinical care that combines modern medicine, healthy lifestyle practices, herbal medicine, and therapies emphasizing prevention, patient empowerment and whole-person healing,” says Blue. The clinic offers an array of evidence-based treatment and holistic modalities that address the whole person—the mind, the body, the spirit— and builds community. Blue adds, “We work to empower our patients to fully engage in the healing process and embrace lifelong wellness.” Location: 201 Waterman Ave., East Providence. For more information, visit

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. ~Stephen Hawking 10

Rhode Island Edition

Audit a Free Week of Classes in Massage Therapy at RidleyLowell Business & Technical Institute


ith the massage therapy profession growing and the demand for qualified massage therapists stronger than ever, Ridley Lowell Business & Technical Institute, in West Warwick, is offering a complimentary full week of classes in massage therapy for individuals interested in trying out the profession. Potential future students will meet the instructors, and sit in classrooms with current massage therapy students, engaging in what they are learning. In addition, each person will experience a massage. Space is limited. Classes are now enrolling for day and evening programs, starting in September. Location: 186 Providence St., West Warwick. For more information and to reserve a spot, call 401-262-3117. Learn more at See ad on page 8.



MARLBOROUGH | MA FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMS July 5 | Morning program begins at 10:00am Evening program begins at 7:00pm July 6 | Morning program begins at 10:00am DEVI BHAVA – FREE PROGRAM, A CELEBRATION DEVOTED TO WORLD PEACE July 6 | Evening Program begins at 7:00pm and continues until the morning hours LOCATION Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center 181 Boston Post Road West (Rt 20) | Marlborough, MA 01752 INFORMATION For more information on Amma’s New England activities please visit or call 716.226.6223

Love Connects Us To God Formore more information, information, contact For contact Eckankar at 401-738-4727 Eckankar at (401)738-4727

Wellness Within Counseling Center Outpatient Therapy Focusing On:

Elisa Reid-Robley MA, CAGS, LMHC, LCDP, CCDP-D

Depression Anxiety/Panic Disorders Mood Disorders Trauma/PTSD Co-Occuring Disorders Chemical Dependency/Addictions Court Ordered/DWI/DUI Grief and Loss Issues EMDR/DBT Phase of Life Problems

Marie Capobianco MA, CAGS, LMHC, LCDP, CCDP-D

Adults, Adolescents, Individuals & Couples, Long & Short Term Therapy M-Th: 8am-8pm

F-S: 8am-5pm

We Accept Most Insurances & Self Pay

900 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI, 02910



401-632-4880 natural awakenings

July 2016




Calcium Pills Don’t A Build Bone Health


esearchers reporting in the British medical journal The Lancet, analyzed 44 studies on calcium supplementation or dietary calcium and bone fractures and concluded, “Dietary calcium intake is not associated with risk of fracture and there is no current evidence that increasing dietary calcium intake prevents fractures.” Qualifying studies included more than 44,000 people. A different meta-study from New Zealand’s University of Auckland, also published in The Lancet, reviewed 59 clinical and observational studies of calcium and bone density. The meta-analysis compared the effect of calcium doses of 500, 800 and 1,000 milligrams per day and found that bone density improvements ranged between 0.6 and 1.8 percent throughout the body during the first year of supplementation, but did not increase over time. They concluded that the improvements in bone mineral density from calcium supplements were small and that results mirrored the increases seen from dietary sources, suggesting that neither method significantly improves bone health.

Energy Drinks Harm the Heart


n addition to alertness, energy drinks may also trigger abnormal heart rhythms and increased blood pressure. Researchers from the School of Pharmacy at the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California, tested 27 healthy adults. The volunteers were split into three groups—one drank two cans of an energy drink per day, another consumed the same amount of a drink with Panax ginseng and the third a similar-tasting placebo beverage. The subjects were given cardiovascular testing before and after the trial. After three weeks, the group imbibing the energy drinks had a significant increase in abnormal heart rhythms and higher blood pressure. The ginseng and placebo groups saw no change in their heart conditions. Sachin A. Shah, a doctor of pharmacy and professor at Pacific’s School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, says, “Our findings suggest that certain energy drinks may increase the risk of having an abnormal heart rhythm when consumed in high volumes. While we wait for more data, some consumers should exercise caution and not blindly follow the buzz.” The Center for Science in Public Interest, a consumer health advocacy group, has reported that as of June 2014, 34 deaths have been associated with energy drinks.

fter being a student of the Diamond Approach for more than 20 years and completing the seven-year teacher training program this past September, Greg Knight has become the first ordained Diamond Approach Teacher in Rhode Island. The Diamond Approach is a contemporary spiritual practice that has been taught in the U.S. and Europe since 1977. Contemporary spiritual teachers like the Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield, the Enneagram Greg Knight teacher Russ Hudson and the writer Geneen Roth are all students of the Diamond Approach. Knight says the Diamond Approach integrates modern psychological knowledge and spiritual understanding into one path. “For some people, traditional psychological work does not go far enough. They do not need more therapy, but instead want to discover the spiritual presence that lies within their ordinary personal experience. For them, the Diamond Approach places in right relationship their familiar sense of self with the deeper, boundless states of awareness,” he explains. Diamond Approach inquiry enables people to penetrate their unconscious reactivities and deeply held beliefs. “They can then discover that these conditionings are actually doorways to the spiritual qualities inherent in everyone such as compassion, joy, strength and peace,” says Knight. The Diamond Approach is taught in one-on-one, private session work and in group retreats.

To learn more, call Greg at 401-724-8426 or visit See Resource Guide listing on page 47.

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. ~Jimmy Dean 12

Rhode Island Edition



bar, rfume e, tom pe ing perfum es s n al, cus Natur , award-win fumery clas re, per ial oils essent h & bodyca bat organic


MASTER TRANSFORMATIONAL COACHING TRAINING I am more fully in touch with my unique gifts and how they can be used to better the world. -program participant



13 South Angell St., Providence

To learn more and sign up, visit

401-455-2325 A d v ertise H ere

Contact us for ad rates and specials



your b u s i n e s s grow | 401.709.2473

Meditation Shamanism Natural Health

This Summer:

The Paramitas,

The Six Transcendent Practices of the Bodhisattva

Thursdays at 7pm

Sacred Tradition Evolves

The Providence Institute for Contemplative Study and Natural Health!/Prov_Institute

18 Imperial Pl. 6A, Providence, RI 02903 | 401.270.5443 | natural awakenings

July 2016




News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Toxic Teflon

Scientists Increasingly Find It Dangerous According to a new meta-analysis of previous studies, Philippe Grandjean, of Harvard, and Richard Clapp, of the University of Massachusetts, concluded that DuPont Teflon, used for 50 years to make frictionless cookware, is much more dangerous than previously thought, causing cancer, birth defects and heart disease, and weakening the immune system. Even though Teflon’s harmful perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is no longer produced or used, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found it in the blood of more than 99 percent of Americans studied, because it can be passed from mother to unborn child in the womb. The researchers say that the federal government’s recommended “safe” level, set in 2009, is as much as 1,000 times too high to fully protect people’s health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has yet to set a legal allowable limit for its presence in drinking water. Source:

GMO-Free Pioneer

New Grain Transport to be Contaminant-Free Large food companies that are switching to non-GMO (genetically modified) soy and corn products must still worry about their ingredients picking up GMO contamination through conventional supply chains. Now, Captain Drake LLC, a North Dakota grain plant, has acquired its own million-bushel terminal with dedicated rail cars used exclusively for GMOfree grains. President Mark Anderson maintains, “We’ll be able to obtain the best non-GMO commodities from three regions: North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba, Canada.” In a 2015 Nielsen study of 30,000 consumers, 43 percent rank non-GMO as very important and 80 percent said they would pay more for foods that indicate a degree of healthfulness. Sales of non-GMO products exceeded $10 billion last year and are growing. Anderson explains, “The supply chain needs to be tightened up and moved domestically. We consider this to be another strategic asset for food and beverage clients seeking suppliers committed to guaranteeing the integrity and purity of non-GMO commodities.” Source:

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. ~Maya Angelou 14

Rhode Island Edition

Fresh Veggies Come Direct to Offices Pioneering employers are now offering fresh vegetables to help employees improve their diet—and their health. Tech companies are even hiring professional chefs to prepare healthful lunches and snacks. In Texas, the Farm to Work program is making it easy and affordable for workers to pick up baskets of local produce at the office. Participants aren’t required to pay an initial lump sum or commit to buying every week. Instead, they can sign up to receive produce in any given week. Other groups around the country are also looking into workplace produce delivery programs, and while many use the traditional community supported agriculture (CSA) model, others are experimenting with different procedures. The Farm Fresh Program, in Bellingham, Washington, connects local farmers to employers interested in receiving weekly deliveries. Meanwhile, Farm2Work, in Arkansas, links local purveyors of produce, meat, eggs, dairy, pies, jams and jellies to area employers. New York’s Adirondack Harvest, a branch of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, started by helping a single farmer link to area employers. The next step, says Teresa Whalen, the group’s southern chapter representative, is working to persuade insurance companies to subsidize workplace CSAs in the same way they’re starting to subsidize gym memberships. Source:





Rhode Island’s #1 Healthy Living - Healthy Planet

Magazine n Cutting-Edge Information n Targeted Distribution n Cost-Effective Marketing n Regional Markets n Unsurpassed Local Market Penetration

All companies need customers to stay in business. Businesses that advertise in Natural Awakenings are in the unique position of having customers who need them! From Holistic Practitioners to Organic Farmers, today’s informed consumer knows what products and services are best for maintaining their health and well-being.

They’re looking for you—help them find you!

Reach the Customers Who Need You! Rhode Island Edition 401.709.2473 | natural awakenings

July 2016


herbofthemonth 28 Cemetery Street Providence, RI, 02904


July’s Herbal Harvest by Mary Blue and the Farmacy Herbs Crew

Bulk Herbs Grown in RI Herbal Gifts & Gift Certificates Herbal Products & Supplies

Classes Free Classes & Herbal Programs

Herbal Consultations Start the new year with a custom herbal protocol !

Store Hours Sunday 12-5pm Monday 10am-5pm Wednesday 12pm-5pm Thursday 10am-5pm Friday 10am-5pm Closed Saturday & Tuesday



uly is an abundantly pleasing time of year on herbal farms, not only medicinally but aromatically and aesthetically, too. Senses are stimulated by the various colors and scents of the harvest this month, which include calendula, peppermint, lemon balm and holy basil. Calendula has some of the most beautiful blossoms and they can be harvested continually, however, they are most potent medicinally when harvested just as they are beginning to open. Calendula is excellent when used in a salve for skin support, or as a tea for soothing digestive support. Peppermint is considered to be invasive, so the harvest is typically abundant. The leaf can be harvested by cutting back the upper most leaves throughout the season. Delicious as tea or even added to a smoothie, peppermint is cooling in nature and serves as a stimulating digestive tonic. Lemon balm, a close relative of peppermint, can also be harvested for its leaves throughout the season. It is infamous for calming the nervous system and can provide support for anxiety or sleeplessness. It is exceptional for children as a tea or glycerite. Tulsi, otherwise known as holy basil, also makes a lovely tea or tincture, and it helps maintain energy and stress levels. Abundantly growing local herbs, such as mugwort and red clover, are often used in wild crafting this time of year. Wild crafting can be a wonderful way to reunite with the outdoors, is very healing, and is an excellent introduction to using medicinal herbs. Mary Blue is a community herbalist and educator, author of Herbal Foundations, and owner of Farmacy Herbs, located at 28 Cemetery St., Providence. Learn more at 401-270-5223 or FarmacyHerbs. com. See ad on this page.




fi n






in yo ur


Offering Holistic Therapies that Integrate the Heart, Mind, Body and Spirit Shari Bitsis • 401-465-4249 • 32 Cole Street, Warren, RI 02885 See website for dates & locations of classes


Rhode Island Edition NatAwakeAd3.indd 1

12/10/15 11:25:53 PM

practitioner spotlight

Cheryl A. Andrade, LMHC, LCDP


ometimes life can be confusing and overwhelming, and the most effective treatment is focused on providing a comfortable and supportive environment while assisting the individual, couple, group or family in identifying and modifying beliefs and/or behaviors that impede healthy functioning. General areas she addresses in treatment include but are not limited to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, gambling and family/ life issues. This has been licensed mental health counselor Cherly Andrade’s belief during her 19 years of practice, Cheryl Andrade but never more so than since moving to her new office in Rumford, in October, 2015. Andrade says, “Counseling can also be useful in clarifying and resolving specific individual or relationship issues, expanding personal insight, strengthening self-confidence and stronger boundaries, developing healthier coping skills and improving effective interpersonal communication techniques.” Treatment goals are developed with each individual and are designed to focus on areas of personal significance. Location: 225 Newman Ave., 1st Fl., Rumford. Cost: $80-$150. Insurance accepted. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 401-383-9885. See ad on this page.

Do you wonder if you’ll ever really be happy? Do you settle out of fear that there’s nothing better? Do you question what’s wrong with you and feel isolated?

Here’s the Good News! You

deserve to be happy.

You don’t have to settle for less.

You can find answers

Cheryl Andrade LMHC, LCDP 225 Newman Ave., 1st Fl., Rumford, RI 02916

but you don’t have to deal with things alone.


Or on the web at:

Staying Healthy Never Tasted So Good! • Anti-aging, energy-boosting & invigorating! • Highest available antioxidant value per ounce. • The most economical price & the best taste. • Provides support to the immune system. Available at:

Venda Ravioli - Providence, RI Dave’s Marketplace - E. Grennwich, RI It’s My Health - Cumberland, RI

Shear Dimensions, Cranston, RI Waves of Wellness, Cranston, RI Domani Hair Salon, Cranston, RI

Thank you for the support! Thank you to everyo •

calls, donated time and money, wanted! visitedCall our401-497-0740 tables, and roo Distributors Together, we will get Naturopathic Doctors licensed in RI

Want access to Naturopathic Doctors in Rhode Island?

Help them get licensed! Why? • Safety • Access • Efficacy • Reduced health care costs • Prevention • Increase in Integrative Medicine Learn more at

RI Association of Naturopathic Physicians

natural awakenings

July 2016


Epigenetics and Methylation

How Genes Can Be Influenced by Gay B. Ben Tré


hen scientists completed the map of the 20,000 plus genes that provide a blueprint for our cells in 2003—an effort known as The Human Genome Project—it was expected that this map would open the door to controlling or eradicating disease. Since then, approximately 10,000 single gene mutations that are responsible for diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Huntington’s and sickle cell have been identified, and medical treatments are being targeted to these genes. But many other chronic and commonly occurring diseases such as arthritis, auto immune, depression, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, diabetes, stroke and certain cancers (such as breast and colorectal) have been found to involve as many as 100 genes. Not only are many genes involved, they also interact in ways that vary with the individual, thus presenting tremendous challenges to effective medical treatment.

What is Epigenetics?

It is the study of inheritable changes in the expression of genes. In other words, epigenetics is the study of the control of genes by factors other than the genes themselves. Throughout our lives, our cells are responding to epigenetic factors. These epigenetic factors are so powerful that they can actually switch genes on, causing them to “express”, or switch them off, causing them to “silence”. In utero and during childhood, epigenetics is essential to normal growth and development. As adults, epigenetic switching is required to


Rhode Island Edition

enable us to adapt to the changing demands of our environment at work and home. Factors that influence healthenhancing epigenetic switching include physical safety, good nutrition, physical activity, adequate sleep and connection with others. The major factors that negatively influence the epigenetic control of genes include poor nutrition in utero and childhood, exposure to environmental toxins or radiation, ingestion of drugs/pharmaceuticals, diet, aging, and traumatic stress, including injuries, surgery, divorce, death of a close family member, starvation, war, migration, abuse and neglect, among others.

Genes Don’t Have to Determine One’s Health

The ability of epigenetic factors to activate and silence genes turns out to provide the key to why the genes individuals inherit don’t have to determine one’s health. One of the main epigenetic mechanisms used by the cells to silence genes is called methylation. This is a chemical process by which groups of methyl molecules attach to genes, tagging or marking them for silence. If genes are inherited that contribute to one of the common complex diseases mentioned earlier, the onset of disease can be prevented with behaviors and

choices that support methylation. Methylation is also critically important in childhood, both to prevent childhood disease and also to support optimal growth and development. If methylation is not fully functioning right from conception, there can be disastrous results including miscarriage, premature birth, congenital birth defects and neurological impairment. The top causes of inadequate methylation include poor diet, smoking, low stomach acid, digestive malabsorption, certain medications, toxicity and mutations or defects in the genes directly responsible for the methylation cycle activity. It is currently estimated that 20 to 55 percent of Americans have mutations/defects in the genes that regulate methylation. Fortunately, advancements in genetic testing have made it possible for individuals to access affordable, over-the-counter genetic profiling to learn whether or not they have these mutations.


As scientific research on the effects of epigenetic signaling and methylation has progressed, another new field, nutrigenomics, has evolved. According to Dr. Amy Yasko, an expert in the field of DNA/RNA-based diagnostics and therapeutics, and consultant to the medical and research community, “Nutrigenomics is the study and practice of how natural products and supplements can interact with particular genes to decrease the risk of diseases and postpone aging.” Many of the causes of inadequate methylation can be addressed by such behavioral changes as stopping smoking, improving nutrition and reducing stress. However, if methylation is being impacted by factors out of one’s control including genetic mutations, it is still possible to improve the situation with nutrigenomic supplementation. Nutrigenomic supplementing can provide extra, targeted support to bypass or compensate for mutated, defective

The ability of epigenetic factors to activate and silence genes turns out to provide the key to why the genes individuals inherit don’t have to determine one’s health.

genes. Nutrigenomic supplementation can also improve the nutrition provided by diet and increase the absorption and use of nutrients in the food one eats. It should be noted, however, that because certain cellular processes will be speeded up, it’s important to supplement carefully and gradually. If change happens too quickly, unwanted and unpleasant symptoms can result in the short term from detoxing and overloading the body with amino acids, neurotransmitters and hormones that can’t be cleared fast enough. Of more concern, the growth of certain cancer tumors may be speeded up. Enhanced methylation can cause the silencing of tumor suppressor genes and encourage the expression of oncogenes. Likewise, diseases caused by genes with chromosomal instability may also speed up, as well as certain forms of childhood mental retardation. While individuals have no control over their genetic makeup, by understanding epigenetics and the role it plays in determining one’s health, individuals can take steps to negate or compensate for certain genetic defects as well as eliminate the impact of negative epigenetic factors. Through monitoring and enacting a program to signal their genes, individuals can positively influence the well-being and slow the aging process of themselves and their children. Gay BenTré, D.Ac., R.N. is owner of Thrive Health Solutions, located at 2 Richmond Square,Ste. 105, Providence. For more information, call 401-2074670 or visit See ad on this page.

Empowering You to Be Your Authentic Self!

Debee Radcliff RMT, ALM

Special Educator, Shaman IET Master Teacher, Indigo Practitioner, Hypnotherapist (401) 793-0097

Your Personalized Wellness Program based on your genetic profile! ✔ Bypass inherited weaknesses, Build performance ✔ Prevent or impact diet-influenced health conditions including: ■ Cardiovascular ■ Leaky gut ■ Arthritis ■ Premature Aging ■ Autoimmune ■ Anxiety ■ Insomnia ■ Infertility ■ Fatigue ■ Neurological Disorders

Gay BenTré D.AC., M.A.O.M., R.N.

Acupuncture & Natural Medicine, Nutrigenomic Coaching

Ready for change now? Contact me today: 401-207-4670 email: |

Dr Laura Bomback Clinical Nutrition/Chiropractic

Nutrition Response Testing may be just what you’ve been looking for … answers to: • Digestive Problems • Fatigue • Weight Problems • Joint/Muscle Pains

• Anxiety/Depression • Skin Problems • Allergies • Mystery Illnesses


Empowering children through specially developed playshops designed to foster engagement in LIFE! KIDS REIKI KIDS IET BE Real! YA Group™ Entrepreneurial Activities

& Individual Sessions

Receive an Initial Nutritional Evaluation and Report of Findings


$60 OFF Regularly $120

WITH THIS AD Chiropractic not included


Let Us HeLp YoU Make a HeaLtHY CHoiCe Vitamins … HomeopatHic Remedies peRsonal caRe pRoducts . . . local Honey and We caRRy Bulk HeRBs, teas & spices Massage Therapy (including pregnancy massage) • Reflexology • Reiki • Polarity • Iris Analysis • Health Consultations • Ear Coning • Readings • Yoga • Spiritual Book Studies • Energy Classes and more…

Check our website for Class Schedules

1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland RI • 401-305-3585 • natural awakenings

July 2016


Stages of

Lyme Disease Treatment Options That Aid Recovery by Stephen Petteruti


hile intense controversy can surround any discussion of Lyme disease, nearly all clinicians agree that residents of New England are at high risk for acquiring an acute infection with the spirochete that causes Lyme. Early diagnosis can lead to a great outcome in the vast majority of cases when treated with appropriate antibiotics.

Lyme Disease Symptoms

The classic “Lyme rash” (known medically as erythema migrans) is a red rash, usually round, expanding over days and often with central clearing. Other symptoms of early infection can include fatigue, headache, muscle aches, joint aches and fever, so any unusual rash or flu like illness, especially during tick season, should be evaluated for possible Lyme. Early-stage Lyme disease is typically treated with 21 days of antibiotics.

Disseminated Disease

If not caught early, Lyme disease can become disseminated, affecting other


Rhode Island Edition

organs. If the heart is affected, it can result in irregular heartbeats. In the brain, it can cause paralysis of nerves that supply movement to parts of the face and eyes, for example, Bells Palsy. Even at this stage, there is broad agreement that the best treatment involves several weeks of antibiotics, in most cases with oral administration. In some cases, intravenous treatment may be recommended for all or part of the therapy.

Chronic Lyme

Although the existence of chronic Lyme is not acknowledged by the mainstream medical community, thousands of patients and hundreds of clinicians have witnessed the persistence of such disabling symptoms as chronic pain, muscle weakness, profound fatigue, impaired memory and concentration. Mainstream doctors do readily acknowledge that “something is going on,” but don’t have anything to offer these patients. The conventional medical approach is to empathize with their suffering and send them to a psychiatrist. Conversely, a few brave and

thoughtful clinicians have endeavored to treat patients with symptoms of chronic Lyme. Some clinicians believe that the spirochete that causes Lyme disease can lay dormant and periodically reinvade the host. There have been reports of patients successfully treated with extended cycles of antibiotics; however, a recent Dutch study published in March in the New England Journal of Medicine indicated no clinical benefit from treating chronic Lyme beyond 28 days with antibiotics. Since chronic Lyme can have symptoms that overlap many other conditions, it is critical to periodically reexamine the basis of the diagnosis and consider other possibilities. Cases exist where a patient labeled with chronic Lyme was subsequently discovered to have another, treatable illness.

Post Lyme Syndrome

This term is used to describe an individual who has been diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease, and no longer has any traces of ongoing infestation with spirochetes. Nevertheless, despite eradication of the causative agent, symptoms persist. The symptoms can include fatigue, weakness, poor concentration and impaired memory. In these cases, antibiotics have no value. Instead, attention must be focused on the damage done to the neuro-hormonal axis. Some cases of Lyme appear to damage the brain in a way that has a persistent negative effect on the patient. By addressing hormonal deficits, as well as addressing mitochondrial and cellular health, patients can be restored to their pre-infected state of health. In summary, the best form of protection is to avoid high-risk environments for acquiring Lyme. Using appropriate repellents is also helpful. Most importantly, maintaining robust health with an intact immune system will provide for resistance to Lyme and other infections. Dr. Stephen Petteruti’s concierge medical practice, The Petteruti Center, is located at 250 Centerville Rd., Bldg. E, Warwick. For more information, or to be tested or treated for Lyme disease, call 401-921-5934 or visit See ad on page 7.

House Blessing and Harmonization by Lisa Ashton

Purifying and blessing the home is like feng shui without moving the furniture.


or many of us, home is sacred ground, where we go to replenish our souls’ tanks. It is important to feel safe there; we want to feel like our spirits can float through the roofs or believe our bodies can blend into the walls comfortably. A house blessing can help make a home beloved. In Native American tradition, a house blessing and harmonization includes white sage, spiritual music, drumming and a prayer ceremony bringing stabilization to the connection between home and the land. Each room in the entire home is blessed, and Mother Earth is then welcomed in to nurture the family again. A house blessing ritual is a way to re-connect the home and hearth with the sacred energy lines of the landscape that it rests upon. For billions of years Mother Earth has carried the energy imprints of every insect, animal and intention consciously or unconsciously placed upon her. A home often picks up the sometimes dissonant energy of the land and emits its frequency. When the home and Earth are not in alignment, dis-ease or heaviness can occur, creating imbalance within the environment. Through ceremony and re-connection with the land, a lasting balance and harmony between the Earth Mother and the sanctuary a home represents can be created. A house blessing can also remove any negative energies that might be lurking in a home. This is especially useful when moving into a new house, experiencing a run of bad luck, sensing an unwelcome energy-being or ghost, living with a lot of negativity, or any time the energy feels heavy, dark, lethargic or grungy. In fact, a regular purification ritual in the home can help make a difference in the feel of the house and the smoothness of one’s life as well. Negative energies have a habit of collecting in our living spaces, and this affects our lives. Lisa Ashton, RN, is a third generation healer. She is a practicing medium and angel card reader, and performs house blessings and harmonizations, a two- to three-hour process involving a ceremony consisting of drumming, crystal bowl clearing, setting new intentions and smudging. Contact at 401-500-1908.

hair & makeup services, reflexology, skin-care, including waxing and facials, herbalism

Also offering facials Tuesdays and Fridays.


www. or on Facebook CALL 401.274.1981 38 Transit Street, Providence, RI 02908 natural awakenings

July 2016


REAL NEWS THAT MATTERS Independent Media Tell Us the Truth by Linda Sechrist


n virtually all aspects of life, we are influenced consciously or subconsciously by mainstream media messages. Today, six media giants—Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, Twenty-First Century Fox, Time Warner, Viacom and DirecTV—control the vast majority of what we watch on TV and in movies, listen to on the radio and read in books, newspapers and magazines. According to Ben Bagdikian, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The New Media Monopoly, this handful of conglomerates form a cartel that wields enough influence to affect U.S. politics and define social values. Thirty years ago, before many mergers and acquisitions, 50 corporations owned nearly all of American media. Today’s infotainment and rhetoric, misrepresented as news, is leading millions to conclude that these colossal powers do not exist to objectively report the truth.

Mainstream Media’s True Colors

Although a recent Gallup Poll reflects Americans’ lack of trust in mainstream media’s reporting of news fully, fairly and accurately, fair reporting was what HarperCollins, a prominent publisher,


Rhode Island Edition

expected upon the 2016 release of New York City holistic psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan’s A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. They were shocked when the book was boycotted. “The New York Times, Dr. Oz and Good Morning America refused to schedule author interviews or write book reviews. There wasn’t a whisper anywhere on mainstream media about my evidenced-based book on how women can holistically recover from depression without a single prescription. HarperCollins was baffled. I was their first credentialed author who spoke out against pharmaceuticals,” says Brogan. So Brogan turned to independent outlets, including print, online and social media, her own website, newsletter lists and word-of-mouth. Her work soon broke through into three of the top bestselling book lists: USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and The New York Times. That example serves as clear proof of the importance and power of independent media to furnish the public helpful and in-depth information on wide-ranging topics that mainstream broadcast media typically only cover in

30- to 60-second blurbs or not at all. Dr. Mark Hyman, chair of the Institute of Functional Medicine and director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, learned Brogan’s lesson early on. “Independent media have been crucial in disseminating my life’s work. Given the misinformation being spread by regular news and government channels about weight and health, we deserve to hear the truth about what’s in our food, toxins in our environment and how we can truly heal our bodies,” says Hyman, a nine-time bestselling author.

Independent Voices

Today’s independent media landscape shifts at warp speed. With 24/7 Internet access to websites, both groundbreaking journalism and grassroots perspectives appear in original articles and blogs. Outlets include independent online radio, TV shows, newspapers, filmmakers and “citizen journalists” armed with smart phones instantly transmitting images and updates via YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. From a growing recognition that such media play a vital role in shaping a more informed and engaged citizenry, more attention is again being paid to the need for real news that matters. Breaking the reign of junk food news generators is the mission of, a media research program at California’s Sonoma State University. Billions of dollars are spent annually on webinars, podcasts and e-books exploring health and healing, self-help, spiritual enlightenment and creativity, indicating a reading audience with a hunger for deeper wisdom. Since 1973, New Dimensions Radio, co-founded and hosted by Justine Willis Toms, has featured many of the world’s most respected wisdom keepers. “Guests exclaim how refreshing it is to speak in-depth and at length. Mainstream, commercially based media consistently present sound bites on how things are breaking down and not working, without opening thought to constructive visions for a future that benefits all life and the planet,” says Toms. “Independent media have broken away from dependence on the moneyed interests holding tight reins on the news and information they publish. Because

we’re listener-supported, public radio is free to explore a wide range of timely and timeless topics,” he says. Leaning away from one-sided views gives independent media space to expand people’s perspectives and positive expectations for the future. The seven-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Christian Science Monitor international news organization was established in Boston over a century ago to till human thought and thereby improve human lives via an uplifted journalistic standard. “Its quiet insistence for human rights and against tyranny; for generosity and against selfishness; for intelligence, charity, courage, integrity and most of all, for progress and hope—surely that has helped,” remarks John Yemma, current columnist and former editor. “We work to uncover where progress is occurring, even though headlines proclaim the contrary. There are always two sides to a story,” says Susan Hackney, a senior director with the Monitor, which consistently resists the sensational in favor of the meaningful. Magazines such as Natural Awakenings, Mother Jones, The Optimist and Yes! are likewise stirring up conversations on meaningful issues via larger perspectives with a focus on tangible solutions. They address such areas as the damaging health and environmental effects of genetically engineered food, championed by Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology. “Europe could kick genetically modified ingredients (GMO) out of their food supply because their mainstream media covered the health dangers, while U.S. mainstream media ignored them and kept Americans in the dark. Independent media in the U.S. enable democracy and consumer-inspired transformations of all kinds. Knowledge has organizing power,” advises Smith.

Success Stories

With Fran Korten at its helm, the adfree, subscription-supported, nonprofit Yes! is helping to reframe our biggest issues. “Mainstream media, dependent upon advertisers that would have us believe that we can buy happiness, celebrate stories of the rich and powerful, leaving everyone else feeling small and powerless. Independents can help resist such ways of seeing the world,

We in America are the best entertained and least informed society in the world. ~Neil Postman, media theorist and educator help people see a different path to success and happiness and perceive themselves as change agents. Together, we share engaging stories of how people are carving out new ways of living that hold the hope of a world more in balance with the living Earth and where everyone’s inherent worth and dignity are recognized,” says Korten. Allan Savory, founder of the Savory Institute and originator of a holistic land management systems approach to recover and preserve sustainable resources, underscores the need for change leaders and independent thinkers. “As we ponder who they might be, we realize it’s not those that discover new, counterintuitive insights, but those that spread the knowledge. The groundbreakers are pioneers like writers, poets, artists, speakers and social networkers. After 50 years of trying to understand the intense institutional resistance to and ridiculing of my work of managing complexity in a simple manner, holistic management is now quickly spreading globally. This is only due to social networking, independent writers and my TED talk that went viral,” observes Savory. Laurie McCammon, change leader and author of Enough! How to Liberate Yourself and Remake the World with Just One Word, contracted with independent publisher Red Wheel Weiser to get her message out. “It’s been building awareness of forbidden knowledge—that we each have unrealized potential to affect reality by changing our thoughts. We can nurture a shift in global culture away from an existing way of life that has bred fear, lack and a belief in scarcity,” explains McCammon. She suggests that to preview a new vision of, “I am enough and have enough,” and, “We are enough and have enough,” we should look to the fertile fringes; small communities of intentional and conscious people actively reinvent-

ing society. “Look at what independent media are reporting on; as well as their unprecedented use of new terms such as organic, wellness, sustainability, permaculture, transition town, sharing economy, social responsibility, biomimicry and the butterfly effect,” says McCammon. The existing worldview, with all of its core assumptions and rules, aims to restrain awakening individual and collective consciousness. McCammon observes, “As long as the ‘old story’ was told repeatedly by mainstream media with conviction, it could command our attention and make us doubt our inner story. Trusting that the outer world had our own best interests in mind meant that there was no need to turn within. This is changing. Thanks to farseeing, courageous and strong enough independent media, there’s been an overturning to a more wholesome story of mind-body-spirit, abundance, innovation, collaboration and cooperation.” Mainstream and independent media coexist like two sides of a coin. Mainstream media’s talking heads tell us how to act and think while independent media invite us to engage, educate and think for ourselves, dig deeper and take action. Without independent media, we would know little about the benefits of the ever-evolving grassroots movement of holistic, alternative, complementary, integrative and functional medicine. Nor would we know the truth about climate change; the health advantages of plant-based diets and community gardens; food deserts and nutrition-related illnesses; the prevalence of environmental toxins; signs of spiritual progress; alternative education; and the benefits of eco-villages to people and the planet. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

natural awakenings

July 2016



Moms can change the world by teaching their kids healthy cooking lessons at home and planting an organic garden together. Gardening Together

Mom’s Kitchen Counter Cooking School Kids That Learn to Cook Grow Up Eating Healthier by Jen Haugen


nvision walking the supermarket aisles and picking up a favorite pasta sauce and breakfast cereal, then adding favorite fruits and vegetables to the cart. When we think about the grocery brands we buy or our go-to recipes, they tend to begin with one common thread— the influence of our mothers—our first teachers about food and cooking. In their Project EAT study, University of Minnesota researchers found that Mom has the biggest impact on the family’s eating habits and continues to play a significant role in our food choices, brands and how we cook, even influencing our ideas about health itself by their example.

Cooking Together

Most of us learn about cooking from our mothers, and one way moms have a tremendous impact on their children is by collaborating on recipes and cooking meals together. The idea of an at-home “kitchen counter cooking school” doesn’t focus on a hard and


Rhode Island Edition

fast course on cooking; instead, it’s a place where family members gather around the counter and cook together. This almost guarantees that meals will be healthier and more fun, affording a sense of ongoing adventure where kids can explore ingredients from around the U.S. and even the world. Consider creating a “United States of My Plate” project by preparing a recipe from each state during the summer, and then rating the recipes based on taste and flavor (startup tools are at Our senses are engaged during food preparation activities. While chopping red peppers for a recipe, we are noting their appearance, feeling their texture, smelling their fragrance, hearing the sounds of preparation and likely tasting some on the spot. Involving more of our senses as we explore our food makes the whole activity more enticing. It helps to adopt Julia Child’s motto: “Learn how to cook, try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all, have fun.”

The freshest ingredients come from our own gardens and produce the most delicious meals. Gardening as a family can change the way everyone looks at food through the simple act of planting, growing and harvesting. Knowing where everything on the plate comes from makes us more mindful of the energy it takes to grow food, and kids will naturally eat what they help grow. Moms can change the world—right in their own yard or patio—with the power of a traditional or urban garden. Just one square foot of organic gardening space can yield half a pound of fresh fruits and vegetables. A 300-square-foot garden can produce 150 pounds each summer; plus it provides a good workout. In 2011, I started a teaching garden at our local supermarket as a means of showing kids how to grow their own food, with the hope that it would also inspire their families. The goal was to plant the seeds for healthier habits that would last a lifetime. During its first four years, 52 percent of the students’ parents noted a more positive attitude about fruits and vegetables exhibited by their own children. After participating in the program, one mother shared her young daughter’s noteworthy query, “Mom, could you go to the store and get me some Swiss chard?” By planting gardens and creating kitchen counter cooking schools at home throughout America, our country could become victorious in ensuring that families are healthier. They will be eating healthier foods, working out in the garden and learning about food in a whole new way, all while connecting in a family activity. Jen Haugen, a registered and licensed dietitian and certified master gardener, is the author of The Mom’s Guide to a Nourishing Garden. She blogs at

Voices of Experience: Tips from Registered Dietitian Moms “It’s not going to be a Norman Rockwell-like experience. It’s going to be messy, and everything associated with it might take 10 times longer than anticipated. It’s not about the outcome, it’s about the journey. “Allow your children to participate in the cooking process by giving them age-appropriate duties in the kitchen. We’re talking about rinsing produce in the colander, ‘looking’ at cookbooks, stirring, scooping, squeezing and setting the table. As they grow older, give them more to do.” ~Robin Plotkin, Dallas “Every other Wednesday, each child had to cook dinner. I gave them a piece of paper with fill-in-the-blanks. Every Sunday, they had to turn in their menu so I could go grocery shopping. Now, both my kids cook really healthy meals.” ~Chere Bork, near Minneapolis-St. Paul “Have kids look through kid-friendly cookbooks and scroll through their favorite recipe app. My girls regularly pick out recipes they would like to try for our next meal.” ~Suzanne Farrell, Denver

Your free local resource for parenting from pregnancy to college Information you can use Great stories about kids Monthly events calendar Summer Program & Camp Guide And much more! Find us at Dave’s Marketplace, Stop & Shop, Shaw’s, and several hundred other locations. See our website to read the magazine online and find distribution locations. 401-337-9240

Early Learning Center at

“Giving them choices makes them feel like they’re contributing, and lets them put their own twist on a recipe.” ~Naomi May, Charleston, South Carolina “Teaching someone else solidifies your own knowledge; I knew if her brothers taught my 8-year-old daughter, it would boost their own confidence, too. I always start by teaching about some food they are excited to make on their own. Then I start asking them to help with meal prep. Pretty soon, they have an arsenal of skills and can prepare a meal by themselves.” ~Niki Strealy, Portland, Oregon “Let your kids experiment in the kitchen. My first couple dozen creations didn’t taste good, but I eventually developed a sense of what did and didn’t work. Giving this freedom nurtures a sense of creativity in the kitchen. It’s much easier when spatulas and rolling pins are child-size, like those at” ~Amy Gorin, near New York City “We watch videos together that demonstrate proper techniques. Everyone is designated an ‘official taste tester’.” ~ Jillian O’Neil, New York City Primary Source: Adapted from

Thursday July 28 8:30-10:30am The Foundation of Learning Children of all abilities, 6 weeks to 5 years old

1000 Eddy Street, Providence

RSVP by July 26: or 401-533-9100 natural awakenings

July 2016



Make Time for Downtime

Chilling Out Revives Body and Soul by April Thompson


ere’s something to add to our to-do list: nothing. Americans today work more hours than ever before, foregoing hardearned vacation days and spending more time with electronic devices than with friends and family. The temptation and pressure to do more at the expense of needed rest are great, but failing to take time out to recharge our minds and bodies can have serious consequences, according to experts. Downtime is most acutely needed in the workplace. In a survey of nearly 20,000 workers, The Energy Project and Harvard Business Review found that 59 percent of them were physically exhausted, emotionally drained, distracted and lacking purpose. Headquartered in Yonkers, New York, with offices in Europe and Aus-

tralia, The Energy Project has helped hundreds of businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, create healthier, happier and higher-performing workplaces. The company takes its cues from elite athletes that carefully build rest and recovery periods into their training schedules. “Just as your body needs sleep and food to function optimally, so does your mind and spirit,” says Annie Perrin, an executive vice president with the project. There’s a mounting body of neurological research to buttress the analogy. Important assimilation of learning and “meaning making” occurs in the resting brain, according to Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., associate professor of education, psychology and neuroscience at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and

author of Emotions, Learning, and the Brain. When our minds are allowed to wander, they engage a network of interacting brain regions that together are thought to play a key role in building our ability for inward reflection and recollection, known as the default mode network. Immordino-Yang’s research suggests that such activation during restful moments is positively associated with the recalling of memories, envisioning the future and even developing a moral foundation. “This network seems to be more engaged when we aren’t actively gathering information or working on an external goal,” remarks ImmordinoYang. Zoning out on TV or video games doesn’t produce the same brain benefit because, “It’s about looking inward rather than outward,” she says. The default network does engage when introspection occurs during nurturing social interaction, such as while enjoying a reflective conversation with friends or family. She recommends banning technology and other distractions during periods spent in activities that bring joy and meaning so that we are present in a mindful way. The Energy Project ushers clients through a comprehensive energy audit, using exercises to expose specific personal habits that lead to diminishing returns in both work and play time. In one exercise, workers are asked to rank current incoming emails from one to five, with the highest number equating to, “I need to respond immediately.” Most rate nearly no fives, says Perrin, a realization that has helped many people change their email habits. While change can be hard, Perrin suggests creating new, healthy rituals through repetition, which taps into the brain’s desire for automaticity. For example, she advises workers to schedule “renewal breaks” every 90 minutes after completing a block of high-priority tasks. “If you’ve been sitting, move; if

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched —they must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller 26

Rhode Island Edition

the mind has been active, do something to quiet it, like meditating or simply closing your eyes.” She also suggests finding workers to buddy up with and schedule mutual breaks to help support and hold each other accountable. Immordino-Yang suggests that another practice to maximize the value of downtime is to combine it with exercise. “A walk can be rejuvenating,” she says. “While the body is engaged, the mind is free to wander.” The Energy Project calls on managers to model these downtime activities for their employees. Some companies have instituted policies that limit sending email from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., as well as during weekends and vacations, so staffers don’t feel compelled to read and respond to keep up with work. Setting limits is even more crucial for young people with minds and habits that are especially malleable. “I see teenagers taking their phones into the bathroom or bed to text in the middle of the night. Parents need to put a stop to this,” counsels Immordino-Yang. “The brain needs uninterrupted rest to work at its best.” Learning that being a productive employee or an emotionally available parent requires giving ourselves a break and gives us permission to rest. We find that downtime is not just good for ourselves, but also for our families and workplaces. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at



Sunday Celebration Service 9:15 — 10:30 AM

Youth Program ages 5 and up 9:15 — 10:30 AM Teen Program ages 13 and up Childcare provided for children under 5 Community Fellowship immediately following

Searching for the purpose of your life?

If questions keep coming up for you, the answer may be closer than you think. If the messages of Eckhart Tolle, Louise Hay and Dr. Michael Beckwith resonate with you, you’ll feel right at home with us.

Located at 292 West Shore Road; Warwick, RI 02889 (401) 732-1552 ● ● A Member Community of Centers for Spiritual Living

Discover a new perspective towards health!

Providence Wholistic Healthcare Integrative Natural Family Medicine & Acupuncture Clinic

Sheila M. Frodermann, MS, ND, DHANP, CCH Naturopathic Physician

Carol L. Seng, DA, LAc Doctor of Acupuncture

Naturopathic Medicine & Homeopathy Five-Element Acupuncture Chinese Herbs Nutritional Counseling Western Herbal Medicine Bowtech Body Therapy 144 Waterman St. / Providence, RI


i am to live my dream Join me on the Path • Shaman Practitioner • Reiki Master • Somatic Bodywork • Certified Somatic Coach

Energy-N-Elements Paul A. DiSegna 401.736.6500 •

Rejuvenate, Balance, Energize & Receive Healing Energies First Session Only $10!


John of God Crystal Bed

Warwick, RI natural awakenings

July 2016



Certified Humane When we buy local cheese, poultry or meat at the farmers’ market, we sometimes see a certified humane notice. One such producer is Baetje Farms, outside St. Louis, Missouri. Their highly regarded goat cheeses offer traceability via a lot number, so buyers can know exactly which milking the cheese came from. In factory farming, which often involves penning or caging animals that never go outdoors, “certified humane” means that this producer meets Humane Farm Animal Care standards: n Fed a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones. n Provided proper shelter with resting areas and sufficient space.

Locavore Lingo What All the Food Labels Really Mean by Judith Fertig


ocally grown foods are more likely to have been bred for flavor and nutrition than durability and a long shelf life, says Emily Akins, outreach director for the Kansas City Food Circle, a cooperative that links residents with farmers that grow and raise organic and free-range food. An added benefit is getting to know the farmer and being able to ask the questions—and receive the answers—that are important to us. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that local food sales totaled $12 billion in 2014, up from $5 billion in 2008. They continue to grow.

Organic or Certified Organic Consumers want to know the difference between organics and certified organics. Today’s number of U.S. certified organic operations has jumped nearly 300 percent since 2002 to more than 21,700. Although a certified organic designation might be the preferred index of


Rhode Island Edition

how foods are grown and raised, it is not always possible for certain foods in some climates. Sometimes there’s a tradeoff in buying organic foods in the carbon footprint of its transport to market. According to the Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, in Tampa, Florida, “Organic refers to a specific method of growing and processing foods, and is defined as produce grown, packaged and stored without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or irradiation.” To be considered certified organic under the Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR Part 205, products must meet these standards: n No harmful chemicals have been applied to the land for at least three years. n Farmers and processors are inspected annually by a certifying agency. n Farmers and processors must keep detailed records of practices. n Farmers are required to maintain a written organic management plan.

n Animals have the ability to behave naturally. Veronica Baetje says her farm’s goats receive organic mineral supplements and locally grown alfalfa hay in addition to pasture grass every day. She adds, “They are free to choose what they prefer to do, whether skip and run up a hill, lie under the shade of a tree, soak up some sunshine or play with their herd mates.”

Wild Food At times, farmers’ markets will offer foraged foods from the wild or wild game. Sources are listed online at “Few of us will go back to foraging in the wild, but we can learn to forage in our supermarkets, farmers’ markets and from local farmers to select the most nutritious and delicious foods available,” says founder Jo Robinson, in Vashon, Washington. For example, Dave and Sue Whittlesey, at High Wire Ranch, in Hotchkiss, Colorado, raise bison (buffalo) and elk that they sell both through local stores and at the Aspen Saturday Market. The wild game is 100 percent pasture-fed, non-GMO (no genetically modified feed), gluten-free and not given hormones or any antibiotics unless the animal is sick.

Trusted Sources The land, climate and growing season dictate the best natural farming practices for each area, often described along

with their products on farm and farmers’ market websites. Wisconsin’s Dane County Farmers’ Market, in Madison, provides detailed descriptions of farm products and agricultural practices so customers can make informed choices. Sometimes, the type of farm makes a difference. “We are intentionally human scale,” says Virginia Goeke, of Sylvan Meadows Farm, in Viroqua, Wisconsin. “We choose to husband our land to promote harmony and synergy. We arecreating a sustainable farm ecosystem where herbal meadows, prairies, heirloom gardens, orchards, woodlands, and rare breeds of livestock and wildlife flourish.” Sometimes, we’d just like someone else to do the food curating for us. The Kansas City Food Circle requires member farmers to take a pledge to follow certain agricultural practices. “When you buy food from our members, you can rely on the co-op’s pledge that it’s been certified naturally grown or that the farmer has USDA Organic certification,” says Akins. Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, the joint effort of 100 small-scale family farms providing fresh, organic, seasonal produce, in Leola, Pennsylvania, gives similar assurances. The USDA reports that 160,000 farmers nationwide are currently selling to their local markets via farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture organizations, restaurants, groceries and institutions, generating health, social, economic and environmental benefits for local communities. It keeps growing because we keep asking questions. Judith Fertig blogs at

Healthy Foods Lexicon Grass-fed—Beef or milk cows fed on grass. The benefit is leaner, betterflavored meat and more omega-3s, plus fuller flavors in milk, butter and other dairy products. Heirloom—Older, non-hybrid varieties of produce, including fruit trees, herbs and vegetables. Foraged—Native foods gathered from the wild, rather than cultivated. Examples: wild mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns, mulberries, native pecans, black walnuts and native persimmons.

Heritage breeds—Ancestral breeds of poultry and livestock that often take longer to reach market weight, but have more flavor.

Free range—Poultry raised outdoors where they are free to range over natural vegetation.

Local—Grown or raised within a threehour driving radius of the consumer’s purchase site.

Pastured—Livestock raised on pastures instead of factory farms. Traceability—Precise tracking by a farmer that informs the consumer of which chicken hatched a specific clutch of eggs, which farm grew a cantaloupe and which mill boiled down and bottled the sorghum syrup. Wild-caught—Fish that live and are caught in open lakes, streams or oceans. For more current agricultural, market and trade terms, visit

It’s bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children’s health than the pediatrician. ~Meryl Streep natural awakenings

July 2016


The Common Weed Surprising Sources of Superior Nutrition by Brett Mayette

Prior to the age of agriculture—10,000 to 12,000 years ago—people ate what was available in the wild. Our bodies still function best on a diverse diet; our DNA requires it.



EAT LOCAL. Make 2016 the year of


Start a Trend. Improve the Health of your Reproductive System Natural Fertility Treatment & Pelvic Healthcare Solutions A GENTLE AND EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO CONSCIOUS CONCEPTION AND PELVIC PAIN

Call today to get started on your journey!


MERCIER THERAPY OF RI Meredith Martin, BA, LMT, CMT 136 West Main Road, Middletown


Rhode Island Edition

t is not unusual to see “foraged” foods on menus at high-end restaurants, and articles about the benefits of eating common weeds are cropping up in main stream publications. In Greece, every spring, residents look forward to the emergence of the wild horta greens so they can be added to their diets. Common weeds have been a source of nutrition for centuries, and their healthful benefits are now being rediscovered. They are in our yards, the park down the street and along the fields and roadways in abundance, but it is important to know which ones are good for us and how to identify and prepare them. Some of the most common wild plants available are the most nutritious as well. For example, the dandelion— reviled by many as a sign of an imperfect lawn—is a complete protein having all the essential amino acids. One cup of leaves has half of the RDA of vitamins and minerals needed in one’s daily diet. Lambsquarter (goosefoot), a wild relative of quinoa, is another complete protein loaded with vitamins and minerals. One cup of leaves has 73 percent of vitamin A, 96 percent of vitamin C, and most of the B vitamins suggested for a healthy diet. Another highly nutritious plant is purslane. This is high in vitamins A, B,

C, E and B complex, among others, and has seven times more beta carotene than carrots, six times more vitamin E than spinach, and is the best plant source of the much needed Omega 3 oils. Common foraged plants are simple to incorporate into one’s daily diet by adding them to a favorite salad. Others that are best cooked can be substituted in place of kale, collards or chard in soups and stir fries for an even more nutritious and savory dish. It doesn’t take a professional chef to use these plants effectively and deliciously. Eating a diverse diet is recognized as critical to our well-being. Nature offers a multitude of food options that grow commonly and abundantly, are free of charge, and in many cases are more nutritious than any plant that can be cultivated. Brett Mayette is a passionate cook, organic grower, forager, herbalist and owner of Conscious Cuisine—Enjoying Wild Plants for Better Health. This unique business, in West Greenwich, educates and informs about the importance of using wild foraged plants in the modern diet through cooking classes and demonstrations. For more information, call 401-580-6919 or visit See ad on page 29.


where healthy is an option...


Find the studio, teacher or style that fits you best! Be featured as one of Rhode Island’s leading yoga studios, committed to the well-being of our community.

Deadline is August 11!

Mention this ad for a FREE consultation and examination

Offering chiropractic care with a holistic approach We look forward to joining you on your path to a healthy lifestyle!

McArdle Chiropractic and Wellness Center 2220 PlainďŹ eld Pike, Cranston

(401) 383-3400

natural awakenings

July 2016



SOIL SISTERS Female Farmers Come of Age by Lisa Kivirist


ore women are becoming farmers, bringing with them a passion for producing organic and sustainably raised fare and transforming America’s food system. The U.S. Census of Agriculture reports that their numbers rose by more than 20 percent between 2002 and 2012, to 288,264.

Historic Roots

“Women have played an integral role in farming for centuries, but in the last 100 years they’ve started to self-organize and be recognized for their important work,” says University of California garden historian Rose Hayden-Smith, Ph.D., author of Sowing the Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs of World War I and editor of the UC Food Observer. “During that war, the Women’s Land Army of America, a female-led initiative, recruited nearly 20,000 mostly middleclass urban and suburban women to

enter the agricultural sector as wage laborers at farms, dairies and canneries, often in rural areas, where farmers urgently needed help while the male labor force was off fighting.”  Women also helped feed Americans during the Victory Garden era of World War II. “It’s also estimated that more than 40 percent of fruits and vegetables consumed on the American home front then were grown in school, home, community and workplace gardens,” says Hayden-Smith, possibly resulting in America’s highest period of produce consumption ever. When the commercial organic industry launched in the 1990s, women organized to provide overlooked and undervalued perspectives. The wakeup call for Denise O’Brien, an organic vegetable farmer and owner of Rolling Hills Acres, near Atlantic, Iowa, came during the farm economic crisis of the

preceding decade. Although still considered “just” farm wives, “It was the women on the farms that had foreseen where things were heading, because they often kept the accounting books, though nobody took their voices seriously,” O’Brien recalls.  This launched O’Brien’s agriculture activism: balancing farming, raising children and serving as a national advocate and spokeswoman for women in agriculture in an ecological and just food system. In 1997, she launched the Women, Food and Ag Network to collectively advocate for a stronger voice. “Throughout history, women in agriculture have been relegated to providing assistance, rather than making decisions,” O’Brien explains. “It’s up to us as women to collaboratively support each other while challenging the system.”

Cultivating Change

For her 50th birthday, Paula Foreman gave her life a new chapter. She launched her midlife “second act” in 2007 with Encore Farm, a name that serves as a rallying mantra for her peers. “The name is a tribute declaring that fresh starts and new beginnings can happen at any age,” explains Foreman, now an urban farmer in St. Paul, Minnesota. Embodying this business moxie, she chose to specialize, producing one thing very well: organic dried beans. Relinda Walker, of Walker Organic Farms, outside Savannah, Georgia,  represents a cadre of “boomerang” farmers; women that return to the land to continue a family farm with a commitment to organics. Like many farm kids, after college, Walker left to pursue a corporate career in the city. Then the 9/11 terror attack shifted her priorities. “All roads led me to coming back home and growing food,” she says. Launched in 2005, Walker’s farm was one of southern Georgia’s first organic operations, yielding specialty varieties like rainbow carrots in vivid shades of purple, orange and red.

Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune’s bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all. ~John Greenleaf Whittier 32

Rhode Island Edition

Future Femme Power

Young women in their 20s and 30s are adding energy, diversity, vibrancy and fresh outlooks to the female farming movement. Lindsey Morris Carpenter runs Grassroots Farm, in Monroe, Wisconsin, a diversified operation of certified organic vegetables and pastured livestock, in partnership with her mother, Gail Carpenter.    “A crucial key to farming happiness is being a good neighbor,” she shares. “I call around when I see live-

stock and pets outside of fences; maintain my fences; share my garlic and potato seed; and always invite neighbors to parties and events, even though they may not attend. Even if others’ personal lifestyle and farming philosophies are radical opposites, we still have our physical location and appreciation of nature in common, and that’s big.” “The women farmer movement is just a toddler,” sums up O’Brien. “We’ve come a long way, but we’re not there yet, especially with representation on

Herbal Empowerment in Providence by Gina Cronin


erbal remedies have been utilized around the world for thousands of years for everything from digestive complications and emotional stress to skin and hair issues. Many of these healing traditions are taking root in Providence through the efforts and knowledge of herbal community leaders. Through herbalists sharing information and herbal products, residents understand the potential of herbs to support health and wellness. Mary Blue, founder, owner and herbalist of the community health and education center Farmacy Herbs, began growing and working with herbs out of concern for planetary and personal health. She and a team of staff, volunteers and work traders cultivate and wildcraft herbs on her five-acre farm. The area has been utilized as farmland for more than 270 years and is now used by Blue to grow calendula, lemon balm, tulsi, elderberry, echinacea and more for teas, salves and extracts. Blue puts great emphasis on soil health and creates 100 gallons of soil amendments called compost tea weekly for her plants, which in turn makes the leaves, roots and flowers rich in vitamins, minerals and volatile oils. Jo-Anna Cassino, owner of Flipp

Salon, has been interested in herbalism since she was a child growing up on her grandmother’s fruit, orchard and herb farm. Both of her grandparents were farmers from Italy and used folk medicine regularly. She studied herbalism with renowned master herbalists through their certification programs, and is currently pursuing her degree in Tibetan medicine. The salon and apothecary grow many of its herbs on local urban farms for use in cosmetics, first aid kits, perfumes, tinctures and bitters. Cassino hand blends all of the oils, facial scrubs, serums and masks used in the salon, and offers her clients custom-blend tea and aromatherapy to personalize each experience. “Herbs are a source of empowerment,” says Blue, “they give people a chance to take their health back into their hands and not rely wholly on phar-

the national leadership platform.” It’s easy to support female growers at local farmers’ markets. Cultivating change can be rewarding—and tasty. Lisa Kivirist is the author of the new book Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers and a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. Her family runs the energyindependent Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B, in southwestern Wisconsin.

maceuticals.” She is also the founder of an herbal activism nonprofit called Herbal Aide, which makes herbs accessible for low-income communities, and works to protect traditional herbs from being trademarked. “I grew up in a place with no access to herbs, so it has been empowering to forge my path,” shares Blue. She encourages people to detect what body systems need support and start with a tea high in vitamins and minerals every day that supports those body systems and imbalances. “Unfortunately many people are at a disconnect and do not develop body awareness,” says Cassino, who believes that she is responsible for her own health. “Knowledge and traditions are useless unless you pass them down, and that is how herbal use can be empowering, by making that knowledge readily available.” She shares that although it might seem daunting at first, it’s easy and fun to get into a credible course and study the basics; she holds classes and workshops to get people started. “Herbs can sometimes even be harmful if you don‘t understand how they work, so it is crucial to speak to and learn from an experienced and well-trained herbalist,” Cassino says. To learn more about Farmacy Herbs, call 401-270-5223 or visit To learn more about Flipp Salon, call 401-274-1981 or visit Gina Cronin is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.

natural awakenings

July 2016



ZEN GOLF Master the Mind to Master the Game by Aimee Hughes


remember the moment I had what I call my ‘golf game epiphany,’” recalls Steve Hughes, a passionate golfer from Richmond, Missouri. “I realized that my main obstacles were in my head, and from that day on, my golf game changed.” In any athletic or fitness endeavor, the pursuit of excellence unfolds an array of challenges. While golf presents some of the toughest hurdles to improvement, any links enthusiast can better their game by acquiring a champion’s mindset. Applying a few Zen techniques and disciplines adapted from the Buddhist tradition of mindful awareness—which teaches that the mind is everything—can work wonders. Zen Golf master and perfor-

mance psychologist Joe Parent, Ph.D., of Ojai, California, advises: “The key is finding a way to let the ‘thinking’ mind do all the preliminaries to physical performance—selecting a target, judging the lie, gauging weather influences, etc.—and then letting our ‘intuitive’ mind take over, enabling our body to make a swing that’s free from second-guessing ourselves.” He calls the optimal playing mentality, “Not too tight, not too loose.” It’s the sweet spot that allows us to perform via our best self. Some key techniques prepare us to find and reside in this just-right Goldilocks place of being not too hot and not too cold. Developing mental fortitude takes us even further than we can imagine.

We provide your hair with the nutrients it needs — not the chemicals it doesn’t!




First 3 visits

55 each,




65 Reg.

LindaTrudeau Reviva Spa & Beauty Boutique



Rhode Island Edition

Mastery is born from discipline, focused attention and a deep core desire to adopt habits and behaviors that will upgrade our mindset. Author of Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game, Parent teaches his students to enter a state that he calls “trusting versus trying.” He teaches a “one stroke at a time” approach, which emphasizes awareness of being in the present moment, as many contemplative spiritual traditions do. When the golfer is deeply engaged in the present moment with just the right level of emotional intensity, free of distractions and worries about future swings, they become integrated with what’s taking place on the course in the here and now to the point of total absorption. In yoga, pranayama, or breathing techniques, are employed to promote relaxation in the mind and body. The Zen approach to golf uses breath work to allow body and mind to make the most fluid and powerful golf swing possible for the player. “The single factor that sets apart the top performers in any athletic discipline from the rest of us is their state of mind,” says Craig Perkins, a yoga master and founder of the Yandara Yoga Institute, in Baja California, Mexico. “From all my years of yogic study, there’s one teaching that always sticks with me: If we want to master our game, whether it’s golf, yoga or chess, we must first and foremost master our mind.” Practitioners maintain that, meditation can take our mental game to its optimal level and Perkins believes, “Meditation is the number one practice for cultivating self-trust.” Positive visualization, which can be supported by meditation, is another


222 Warren Ave East Providence, RI


method champion golfers leverage to improve their performance levels. Parent teaches his students, “Establish a clear image in your mind’s eye, and the body will follow.” Repeating this technique with every shot helps the golfer cultivate the habit of positive visualization by seeing the results. Physical prowess is of little consequence if our mental game is off. Under the intense pressure of a golf match, execution suffers when performance anxiety isn’t kept under control. While many golfers have what it takes to succeed—the requisite native ability, experience, technique and talent—mental hang-ups can cause them to call it a day. Detrimental habits can undermine our self-confidence, as well as our score. The solution lies in pinpointing what’s behind them and applying pertinent Zen techniques to either gradually alleviate or winningly work with them. Hughes, who makes his home overlooking the greens of Shirkey Golf Course, says, “It’s about getting out of your own way. When you’re at one with the game as it presents itself, you know your game will be much better than when your mind is racing off to work issues, family dramas and all the other usual life stuff. When I learned how to establish myself in this present moment awareness, not only did my golf game change for the better, so did the rest of my life.”

Want REAL Organic Hair Color? I do the research so you don’t have to! ORGANIC, NON-TOXIC Fabulous Results!


50% OFF First Time Color

s a l o n

s y s t e m s

Elaine Hewitt




Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy on the faculty of the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at


STOTT PILATES™ Certification & Training Center

Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it. ~Lou Holtz

Compassionate Healing, Spiritual Growth & Guidance Reverend



Group/Private Pilates, TRX, Barre and Personal Training

Get The

BENEFITS of FITNESS 333 Main Street, East Greenwich, RI 401.886.5661





2845 Post Rd, Suite 212, Warwick

New Client Special: $30 natural awakenings

July 2016


Yoga Pilates YOGA STUDIOS Cranston Santosha Yoga Studio and Holistic Center 14 Bartlett Ave • 401-780-9809

Cumberland The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley 99 Pound Rd 401-658-4802


providence All That Matters PVD 1 Park Row 401-782-2126

Wakefield All That Matters SK 315 Main St 401-782-2126

Time For You Yoga 2155 Diamond Hill Rd 401-305-5319

East Greenwich All That Matters EG 63 Cedar Ave 401-782-2126 Laughing Elephant Yoga 4372 Post Road 401-398-2616


PILATES STUDIOS East Greenwich BeneFitness Pilates Studio and Training Center 333 Main St 401-886-5661


One Yoga Center 142 A Danielson Pike 401-368-YOGA

Rhode Island Pilates Studio 622 George Washington Hwy, behind the Lincoln Mall 401-335-3099



Rhode Island Yoga Center 99 Fortin Rd 401-284-0320

Aull Pilates & Movement Studio 1077 Aquidneck Ave 401-619-4977


Rhode Island Edition


n partnership with the Town of North Providence Parks & Recreation Department, Christine Maguire, RYT-200 will be leading Yoga In The Park this summer. Classes will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday and Wednesday evenings, and from 8 to 9 a.m., Saturday mornings, from May 28 through September 3, at Governor John A. Notte Jr. Memorial Park. Classes will take place rain (inside Recreation Hall) or shine. These one-hour classes will include a series of poses and breathing techniques to increase physical flexibility, strength, balance and stamina while helping to calm and relax the mind in a flowing, challenging and moving meditation that is accessible to just about everyone. Participants must be 18 years or older (15 years if accompanied by an adult). Classes are open to all levels, from firsttime beginner to experienced yogi. Ample parking is available in the park’s lower lot at 2 Governor Notte Parkway. Participants should arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the start of class and bring a yoga mat, beach towel and water. Sunscreen and/or bug spray is encouraged. A limited supply of yoga mats will be available for purchase. Cost: $10. Location: Governor John A. Notte Jr. Memorial Park, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave, N. Providence. For more information, call 401-353-7381 or visit

Grace Yoga 35 Weaver Rd 401-829-9903


Outdoor Yoga Offered in North Providence

Amy McPhee Joins Cumberland Yoga Studio


ime For You Yoga has welcomed Amy McPhee, of Lincoln, to the studio to teach Amrit/Kripalu yoga. McPhee has been studying and teaching yoga for 12 years and is certified in the Amrit School of Yoga. Amrit combines hatha yoga (postures and breath work) and Raja yoga (meditation) to enhance the experience for body and mind. Classes with McPhee are held on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m. McPhee says, “I enjoy connecting people with yoga for the first time. One of my greatest joys is to witness students gradually transform through their practice.” McPhee is registered at the professional level with the Yoga Alliance and has completed more than 500 hours of training in asana, meditation, anatomy and breath work. She has designed yoga classes for people of all ages—children, adults and seniors—and she also specializes in working with people that suffer from anxiety and depression.

Check our schedule online today! | 401 829 9903 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown RI 02852

Location: 2155 Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland. For more information about classes call 401-305-5319 or visit See Resource Guide listing on page 47.


yoga + holistic health centers

Weekly Yoga on the Beach Mon • Wed • Fri • Sat • Sun June 25 – Sept 5 Full Moon Gong Bath July 16 Full Moon Yoga June 20 • July 19 Aug 18

Happy to be Here with MC Yogi and Amanda Giamcomini

Join us on South Kingstown Town Beach

Active Relaxation Center

Aug 2016 Yoga Teacher Training Program

Thursday, August 4 6-8pm

Raffa Yoga Teacher Training

doesn’t just give you instruction on how to teach yoga. Christine and Val peel back your layers in order to mold you into your authentic self throughout the process. Ultimately they produce yoga teachers who are confident in themselves and their ability to successfully teach yoga and its various aspects.

4372 Post Road East Greenwich, RI 02818

Laurel Wing - 2016 Graduate Winter Raffa Training

19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston 401-463-3335


natural naturalawakenings awakenings

37 July 2016



editorial calendar


Signs That You’ve Found Your Calling


health & wellness plus: dance power ✔ FEBRUARY


plus: dental health ✔ MARCH

food matters

plus: eye health ✔ APRIL

everyday sustainability plus: freshwater scarcity ✔ MAY

women’s wellness plus: thyroid health ✔ JUNE


plus: balanced man ✔ JULY

independent media plus: summer harvest AUGUST

empowering youth plus: creativity SEPTEMBER

healing music plus: yoga OCTOBER

community game changers plus: chiropractic NOVEMBER

mental wellness plus: beauty DECEMBER

uplifting humanity plus: holiday themes


Rhode Island Edition

by Lissa Rankin


ou may think you’ve identified your calling, questioned it, become disillusioned, left it and then come back to it in a different form. The following clues let you know you’re on the right track. You realize you’ve been training for this since birth. Even the gritty things, the disappointments, regrets and screwups have all been preparation. Major life disruptions and failures were all just teaching essential lessons so that you can become who you’re called to be. You sense ease. In the face of obstacles—such as doors of suspected opportunity that are shut tight or relentless struggles impeding a course you thought was right—it can be hard to tell if your commitment is just being tested or you’ve veered off course. Such hurdles can be part of the growth process cultivating your “inner hero” necessary for the journey. Trust the sense of movement towards ease, which likely will include supportive synchronicities. Your health may improve. Cravings for unhealthy foods will lessen and you’ll feel more energetic. Old aches and pains might disappear; even chronic illness can fade when you’re focused on your life purpose. You feel strangely peaceful, despite reasons to be anxious. Your soul longs to express what you’re on Earth to express, and when you finally rise into alignment with your calling, your soul does a happy dance. Even if everything else seems to be falling apart and others consider you crazy, you’ll be centered in peace, relieved that you finally know what you’re called to do.

The universe rolls out the red carpet. When called to do what is needed for the highest good of all beings, the universe bends over backwards to hand you whatever you need. No request is too small. Unexpected money flows in and other resources appear just as you’re ready to give up. You’ll know you’re on track, even if it is not quite clear what you’re on track to do. People find you. Few can fulfill a calling alone. Most of us need a tribe to lift us up as we do brave, scary, world-changing things. When you’re aligned with your life purpose, the right people, including magicwielding mentors, will find you at the right time, if only you’re courageous enough to be vulnerable about what you’re being called to do. Dr. Lissa Rankin, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, is the author of Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure and The Anatomy of a Calling (

calendarofevents NOTE: All Calendar events must be received by the 10th of the month prior to publication and adhere to our guidelines. Visit to submit Calendar events or email for guidelines.

Saturday, July 2

Sunday, July 10

Mediumship/Angel Readings – 4-5pm. Call into the Patricia Raskin Show on WPRO-AM 630 to get angel readings and mediumship connections to your angels and loved ones who passed from empath Lisa. Free. Empathic medium and angel card readings: 401-438-9776.

Usui Reiki I Training: 1st Degree – 9:30am6pm. Receive 1st degree attunement. Learn energy anatomy, benefits of energy therapy, history of usui reiki, hand positions, and how to use reiki for healing self and others. With Gladys Ellen. $150, manual, certificate, lineage. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Tuesday, July 5 Journey Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Gentle guidance through a meditation in which you can be open to meeting and communicating with angels, spirit guides or possibly passed loved ones. Bring cozy blanket. $12. Intuitive Therapy & Co, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. 401-497-8176.

Thursday, July 7

Get Certified in Holy Fire II Reiki – 10:30am4:30pm. This is Holy Fire II Reiki Level I. Learn Reiki history, hand positions, how to heal yourself, others, animals. Certificate, lineage, manual included. With Nicole Casale, RM/T. $145. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660.

Monday, July 11

Adult Coloring with the Archangels – 6:30-8pm. Topic of discussion: Gratitude with Archangel Jophiel. Come with yourself or bring a friend. All supplies provided. With Gladys Ellen. $20. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

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, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Friday, July 8

Tuesday, July 12

New Bedford Police Union Family Fun Fest – July 8-10. 12-8pm, Fri & Sat; 12-7pm, Sun. Carnival with rides and games, craft and retail vendors, a wrestling show, food vendors, and of course the circus. Free to enter. Buttonwood Park, 425 Hawthorne St, New Bedford, MA. Empath Support Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Free open group to discuss aspects of being an empath and how to deal with the sensitive energies. This will be held in store and live on the Ascension Nxt FB page. Free. Ascension Nxt LLC, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348. 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 lost parts to the self, remove energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. To register: 401-736-6500 or All Things Spirit: Ghosts + Guides – 7-9:30pm. Spend a fun and informative evening with Intuitive Life Coach Alexandra Hope Flood to learn more about the realms of spirit. Come prepared to share stories and ask questions. $39. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2.

Saturday, July 9 Healing Codes and Patterns – 1-4pm. Learn to channel numerical codes and draw geometric patterns that can create healing and change in your life, strengthen your spiritual practice or manifest your desires. $40. Intuitive Therapy & Co, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. 401-545-2557.

The Habit of Happiness – 6:30-9pm. Kartar Khalsa Singh, IAKY-designated kundalini teacher of the year, returns to RI to explore keys to happiness through body, breath and self-recognition. $35, $28/ members. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Dream Circle – 7-9pm. What are your dreams showing you? Join us to explore dreams in a supportive and fun group setting. Reconnect with your dreams and awaken to a whole new world. With David Barr and Katharine Rossi. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Wednesday, July 13 Inner Alterations – 7-9pm. Three-week workshop using flower essences to connect with wisdom and the power of nature to transform limiting patterns and beliefs, aligning more fully with your true self. With Katharine Rossi. $50. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Thursday, July 14 Spirit Fest and Beach Yoga – 5-10pm. Readings and beach yoga being offered. Free. Nantasket Beach Resort, 45 Hullshore Dr, Hull, MA. Muscle Testing for Chemicals/Metals – 6:30-8pm. Do you work with chemicals/in construction/dental office/yard/pool/or use cleaning products? We will test for sensitivity to substances that can cause health problems. Free to attend. Cumberland Family Chiropractic, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535.

Save Gas and Time when you

Call Ahead 6 Healing Sounds of Chinese Mantra – 7:308:30pm. A brief intro to the Taoist 6 healing sounds philosophy, these historical 6 syllables provide a convenient and effective way to modulate the energy of sound for healing. $15/membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Friday, July 15 Healing Share – 5-7pm. Any modality welcome. $10 /person. Vella Serra Creative Spiritual Center, 52 Vernon St, Middleboro, MA. To register, Kathy: 508-648-8021 or Sherry: 774-400-5252. Spiritual Cinema: The Buddha – 7-9pm. We’ll be watching The Buddha. Richard Gere narrates the life of the Buddha. Then we’ll discuss the content for clarity and understanding. $10/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.

Saturday, July 16 Reiki First Degree – 10am-4pm. An introduction to hands-on-healing, the history of reiki, and the energy centers of the body. Learn how to give a reiki treatment to yourself and others. 2-day workshop. $150. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2. Rhode Island Herb Festival – 10am-5pm. Join us at Farmacy Herbs in Providence for a day celebrating medicinal herbs. Free. Farmacy Herbs, 28 Cemetery St, Providence. 401-270-5223. Reiki Level 2 – 10am-6pm. Usui Reiki Level 2 training. If you are certified in level 1 and are interested in extending your knowledge of reiki training join us for a great class. $150. Ascension Nxt LLC, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. Ashley: 401-228-8348. Full Moon Gong Bath on the Beach – 7:308:45pm. Join gongmaster and sacred tone artist Stephanie Marisca, along with Cathy Cesario, for a special Summer Gong Bath under the light of the moon on South Kingstown Beach. $25/pre-registration, $30/at the beach. South Kingstown Town Beach. 401-782-2126 x 2.

Sunday, July 17 Eckankar Worship Service - 10-11:15am. The topic for discussion this Sunday is “How Soul is Awakened to Truth”. All are invited to participate in this community love service. Free. Eckankar, 2914 Post Rd Unit 3, Warwick Sacrum Friendly Yoga – 2-5pm. Do you love yoga but have sacroiliac pain when you practice? This workshop is for you. Come study the sacroiliac joint through practical exercises and discussion. $45. All That Matters PVD, One Park Row, Providence. 401-782-2126 x 2.

natural awakenings

July 2016


Monday, July 18

markyourcalendar Bridging Beyond Boundaries – 6-8pm. Join psychic medium Roland Comtois for an inspirational, informative, and interactive experience of Bridging Beyond Boundaries. Advanced registration required. $65. Rhode Island Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Kingston. 401-284-0320. Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. 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. MBSR Free Info Session – 7-8:30pm. Free orientation for anyone who has signed up or is considering it. Jessica Webb leads this dynamic and life challenging program. Free. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Tuesday, July 19

markyourcalendar Meditation Instructors Class – 6-8:30pm. 8-wk certification class. Gain the skills you need to be a meditation instructor and help other attain a life of peace and ease; bring meditation into the corporate and non-profit workplace. Barbara J. Gilfillan, Licensed Spiritual Practitioner. $150, workbook provided. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, Atrium Room at Twelve Acres, 445 Douglas Pike, Smithfield. 401-486-9650. Wishing Moon Meditation – 6:15-7:15pm. Make a wish. This will be a great guided mediation incorporating the energies of the full moon, crystal sound bowls and the intention of creating healing within. $15. Ascension Nxt LLC, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348. Healing Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Give and receive healings to each member of circle. Everyone gets a turn. Free, but donations welcome. Soul Sensational, 657 Quarry St, Ste 11, Fall River, MA. To register: 508-567-3568 or 508-648-8021. 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.

Friday, July 22

Monday, July 25

Journey Meditation – 5-6:30pm. Gentle guidance through a meditation in which you can be open to meeting and communicating with angels, spirit guides, or possibly passed loved ones. Bring cozy blanket. $12. Intuitive Therapy & Co, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. 401-497-8176.

Releasing Blocks – 6:30-9pm. Using guided drum meditation you will identify, understand and dissolve blocks that are holding you back from living your authentic life. Bring a journal. With Katharine Rossi. $20. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Fourth Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Gongs of Joy with guest Shawn Aceto will help energize and balance each of your 7 energy centers through the deep vibration and resonance of the gongs and bowls. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876.

Saturday, July 23 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 loving-kindness. With Shari Bitsis. $10 donation to go to local charity. The Healing Journey Annex, 673 Main St, Warren. RSVP: 401-465-4249, Newport Mystical Psychic Faire – 11am-8pm. Come to the Elks Club on Pelham Street Newport for the Newport Mystical Society Psychic faire. I will be doing mediumship/angel connections all day. $25. 141 Pelham St, Newport. Empathic Angel Readings: 401-500-1908.

markyourcalendar The Revived Spirit – 5-10pm. We proudly offer a gathering of practitioners to revive the spirit and senses; sessions with readers and holistic healers of various modalities. Tarot readings, CranioSacral Therapy, reflexology, astrology and more. Vendors with handcrafted whimsical and practical goods. $5/adult, free/under age 12. Session fee extra. Santosha Yoga, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Sunday, July 24 Integrated Energy Therapy® for Pets – 10am5pm. Learn 9 cellular memory areas to support cats, dogs and horses in their own self-healing. Prerequisite: IET Basic. (IET Basic Training held on July 16). With Gladys Ellen. $125 includes workbook & certificate. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Holy Fire II Reiki Level II – 10:30am-4:30pm. This is a very in-depth detailed class. Learn the three sacred reiki symbols, and how to use them. Learn about chakras, pendulums, auras. Certificate. With Nicole Casale, RM/T. $185. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. 914-216-8660.

If You Learn from Natural Awakenings, Share the Knowledge 40

Rhode Island Edition

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, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Tuesday, July 26 Healing with Crystals – 6-8pm. Learn the properties of certain stones, and some family of stones, as well as to how to care for them, cleanse them, set your intentions, use them for healing and more. $15. Intuitive Therapy & Co, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. 401-497-8176. Angel Gallery with Gladys Ellen – 6-9pm. Gladys brings unique spiritual insight and humor to her presentations and promises to joyfully inspire her audience. All attendees will receive a personal reading. $60. White Light Bookstore, 1462 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-935-8451.

Wednesday, July 27 Adult Coloring with the Archangels – 6:30-8pm. Topic of discussion: Abundance with Archangel Raphael. Come with yourself or bring a friend. All supplies provided. With Gladys Ellen. $20. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Thursday, July 28 Meeting Street Open House – 8:30-10:30am. Early learning center at Meeting Street is hosting an open house. The Foundation of Learning is for children of all abilities, 6 weeks to 5 years old. Free. Meeting Street, 1000 Eddy St, Providence. RSVP by July 26: 401-533-9100 or

Friday, July 29 The Art and Science of Self Care – 6-8pm. Take a luxurious 2-day staycation that will last a lifetime. Spend a weekend immersed in nurturing activities that replenish your soul, increase joy, and ease stress. $125. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2.

Saturday, July 30 Readings & Reiki – 10am-3pm. $40. Soul Sensational, 657 Quarry St, Ste 11, Fall River, MA.

JOIN US ON: NARhodeIsland info@

Happy Birthday

New England Vendor Psychic Fair – 10am-4pm. Empathic Angel Readings will be doing mediumship and psychic connection readings all day. Walk in and find my table for a reading. Connect with loved ones who have passed. $33. 7 Valley Rd, Middletown. Empathic Angel Readings: 401-500-1908.

planahead Sunday, September 11 Basics of Perfumery Class - 12-2pm. Would you like to learn more about the basics of perfumery and create a chemical free perfume that you make and take home? This fun introductory class is for you and your friends. $75. Providence Perfume Co, 13 South Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register:

Saturday, September 17 Fougére & Chypre Formulation — 11am-5pm. Also September 18, 10:30am - 2pm. Chypre and Fougére styles of perfume are the most misunderstood, yet most lauded formulations. Register online. $550. Providence Perfume Co, 13 South Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325.

Saturday, September 24 Creating Oriental Perfumes - 11am-5pm. Also September 25, 10:30am - 2pm. Oriental perfumes are the cornerstone of the perfume industry and the most popular style of fragrances. In this weekend long class we will learn how to create beautiful natural oriental perfumes redolent of amber, citrus, flowers and spice. Register online. $575. Providence Perfume Company, 13 South Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register:

Sunday, October 2 Creating Oil Perfumes and Solid Perfume Balms - 10:30am-4pm. This Introductory perfume class focuses on creating oil based perfumes and solid perfumes utilizing organic oils and exotic butters and waxes. $350. Providence Perfume Co, 13 South Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register:

USA! classifieds Buying? Selling? Maybe a Service or Opportunity to Advertise?

Your listing can be here. Call 401-709-2473 or go to FOR RENT Office Space for Rent; Great Opportunity – Available: One or Two rooms in psychologists’ office suite. Excellent location: Jefferson Blvd; Parking, AC; Furnished or unfurnished; Private bathroom; Waiting room; Parking. By day, week, month. Must be in a “helping” profession. Contact: Rosanne at 401-738-6865.

FOR sale Springhill Studio - All Statues in yard $10.00 each. Unique Concrete Garden Gifts, Pet Memorials, Angels, Buddha Statues, Bird Feeders, and more. Shipping worldwide. Springhill Studio 75 Laura Street, Tiverton RI 02878 401-314-6752 e-mail: Open Daily

opportunities Distribution Site – Offer your patrons the opportunity to pick up their monthly copy of Natural Awakenings magazine at your business location, and promote your events for free with 2 calendars listings a month. Contact Are you still looking for a school in Providence? We still have a few openings at The Grace School. Schedule a visit to learn more about our state-of the-art facility, our small size classrooms, and our innovative curriculum that combines rigorous academics with a culture of compassion for children in Kindergarten through Grade 7 (adding Grade 8 in 2017). Each classroom has an average of 15 students, and boasts two highly credentialed educators. Please call us to schedule a visit at 401-533-9100 or visit Free Service for Parents and Caregivers – Concerned about your child’s development? Experts from Meeting Street will come to your home to see if your child - 0 to 3 years - is eligible for services. If needed, a team of professionals from Meeting Street will work with your family and give strategies to use during the normal daily routine. Please call 401-533-9104.


help wanted DISTRIBUTORS – Become an Acaiberri distributor. Health and nutrition interests preferred, but not required. Selling is also a plus. Potential distributors can contact Angelo at 401-497-0740, or email Visit for more information.

CNA 10 years experience! CNA avail to work P/T days. 10 years experience! RI Hospital, nursing homes, home care. Have car. $15/hr. Joan 401-249-8586

If You’re Reading This, So Are Your Potential Customers.

Contact us today for advertising rates. 401-709-2473 natural awakenings

July 2016


ongoingcalendar sunday Yoga Class – 8:30-9:30am. Class consists of basic yoga poses with attention to breathe and alignment at a slower pace intended to bring an overall sense of relaxation while strengthening. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear of Lincoln Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. 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 each month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Providence Flea - 10am-4pm. Juried, urban flea market. Unusual finds, art, fashion, local crafts, curiosities, furniture, food trucks and more. Free. Providence Flea, Across from 345 South Water St, Providence. Unity Radiant Light Sunday Service – 10:30am12pm. Please join us for our eight-week summer series, “Steps to Ascension.” Every week you will receive a lesson, inspirational music and activation meditations. Free. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708.

monday Pilates Mat – 9:15-10:15am. Pilates is the ultimate mind-body exercise for anyone who wants to tone, streamline, and realign their body without building bulk. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-6194977. Svaroopa® Yoga Class: Cumberland – 11am12:30pm. Learn to release deeply held tension using guided awareness, yoga breathing and slow moving yoga poses, adapted to your body. Profound benefits with little effort. With Maria Sichel, CSYT. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401305-5319. Mediumship/Connection with Angels – 1-6pm. Come to Uplifting Connections for a medium/ guardian angel reading. Connect and speak with loved ones who have crossed. $45. Uplifting Connections, 1355 Pleasant St, Bridgewater, MA. For appt: 508-697-2334. Kripalu Yoga: 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; $15/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Strength & Conditioning – 5:30-6:30pm. Fullbody strength training combined with cardio intervals to build lean muscle. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. Meditation Group – 6:15-7:30pm. Learn skills to tame the mind and connect to the peace that is, “always right here.” Silent and guided meditation practice. All levels welcome. Closed Monday holidays. With Ann Porto, PsyD. $15/walk-in, $78/6 sessions prepaid. Check or cash only. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, 1st Fl, East Greenwich. 401-529-2020. Master Yoga Class with Gary Karten – 7-8:30pm. A vigorous Forrest Yoga Style class that is challenging and restorative. Open July 4. Props and adjustments provided. 90 minutes; heated studio. $15/drop-in. Tree of Life, 77 Myrtle Ave, 2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-266-1187.

tuesday Svaroopa Foundations – 4-5:15pm. Open to the bliss of your own being, add this subtle and gentle healing practice to your life. The sequences are a hatha and yin yoga style known to be therapeutic. $15/drop-in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Kripalu & Yin Yoga: Cumberland – 6-7:15pm. A gentle flow of postures designed to help you unwind from a busy day and move into a restful evening. Emphasis on mindfulness practice. All levels welcome. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Intermediate Mindfulness Studies – 6:30-8:30pm. Ongoing support and study group. Mindfulness meditation with emphasis on metaphysics and empathy. Hour discourse followed by meditation. With Shari Bitsis. $10/class, $30/4 classes. The Healing Journey Annex, 673 Main St, Warren. 401-4654249. Amrit Meditation in Motion – 7:15-8:30pm. Explore yoga as an energetic practice as opposed to simply physical. In this practice we use the guidance of prana to create shape or stillness as is inwardly directed. $15/membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

wednesday Vinyasa Flow – 8-9am. Enjoy the continuous flowing movement of this safe class. Breathing, balancing poses, sun salutations and more, set to enjoyable, soothing music. Experienced yogis. $10/drop-in. Quonnie Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187.

Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Dropin. Donations to: Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Amrit/Kripalu Yoga: Cumberland – 9:30-11am. Breath work and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen. Movement is rhythmic and gentle allowing the heart and body to release and open. End with yoga nidra. With Amy McPhee. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Fascial Fitness – 10-11am. Focuses on the connective tissue of the body. Using rebound elasticity, fascial stretch, fascial release. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. Qigong with Master Wen-Ching Wu – 11:45am12:45pm. Registration is now open for the summer qigong course with Master Wu, coauthor of Qigong Empowerment. Learn how this Chinese healing art can help you attain better health. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Relax, Restore, Renew – 7-8:15pm. Replenish your body, mind and spirit with a practice of gentle movement followed by deeply supported poses accompanied by soothing breath-work, guided relaxation and mantra. $15/drop-in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Svaroopa® Yoga Class: Cumberland – 7-8:30pm. Learn to release deeply held tension using guided awareness, yoga breathing and slow moving yoga poses, adapted to your body. Profound benefits with little effort. With Maria Sichel, CSYT. New students $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rod, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

thursday Morning Yoga: Cumberland – 9:45-11am. Special summertime discount. A blend of kripalu, yin and restorative yoga for healing body, mind and soul. Mindfulness practice emphasized. All levels welcome. $88/8 classes, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Ball & Barre Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Class combines the challenge of a Pilates mat workout utilizing the stability ball with a half hour of work at our ballet barre. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear of Lincoln Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself. ~Wayne Dyer 42

Rhode Island Edition

TRX Body Suspension Training – 5:30-6:30pm. TRX Cclasses offer a total body workout using your body weight as resistance. Challenging for any fitness level, beginner to advanced. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. Meditation Group – 6:30-7:15pm. No matter what is going on in your world, meditation will help to obtain and sustain inner peace. We sit in our sacred circle, quieting the mind and releasing stress. Free. North Providence Library, Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-353-5600. 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. No prior experience needed. Teacher has advanced training. Summer special: $56/4, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Deepening Somatic Consciousness. Walking meditation in addition to guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the Earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. The Mastery of Self Workshop – 7-8:30pm. We’ll read part of Don Miguel Ruiz Jr.’s new book and discuss the material for every day application. Attend only 1 or all classes. Every Thursday in July. $10/ person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.



Empowering Youth


plus: Creativity

Our Readers Are Seeking Providers & Services for Children’s Health & Well-being


The Yoga Issue plus: Healing Music Our Readers Are Seeking Providers & Services for Yoga Classes/Equipment & Healing Music

saturday Barre Class – 9-10am. A low impact class, utilizing mats, weights, bands, and a ballet barre to create a strong toned and graceful body. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear of Lincoln Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Kripalu Yoga: Cumberland – 9:45-11am. A mindfulness-based yoga, emphasizing individual growth and healing of body, mind and soul. Peaceful setting. Experienced teacher. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Beginning Tai Chi – 12-1pm. Call or stop by now to register for your summer 24 Posture Tai Chi classes beginning July 6, 1pm; July 9, 12pm. New students are invited to do a trial class. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502.


Chiropractic plus: Game Changers

Our Readers Are Seeking Providers & Services for Chiropractors & Community Activists Organizations

Contact us to learn about marketing opportunities and become a member of the Natural Awakenings community at:

401-709-2473 natural awakenings

July 2016


Publish Your Own Natural Awakenings Magazine

Have a Career with a Lifestyle Franchise! 22+ years of leadership in publishing has made Natural Awakenings the #1 healthy, green living magazine with 98 editions across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic ... ... and we continue to grow!

• Meaningful New Career • Low Initial Investment • Proven Business System • Home-Based Business • Exceptional Franchise Support and Training • No Publishing Experience Necessary

Natural Awakenings recently received the prestigious FBR50 Franchise Satisfaction Award. Our publishers ranked us among the highest in franchise satisfaction for our Training, Support, Core Values and Integrity! To learn more, visit:

We are currently expanding across the U.S. and Canada. To find out more about starting your own Natural Awakenings magazine or acquiring an existing one,


239-530-1377 or visit

communityresourceguide acupuncture SIMPLICITY ACUPUNCTURE LLC

Dr. Feilei Huang 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown, RI 02842 401-297-5514 We are dedicated to providing the supreme oriental health care to the community. Our disposable needles and herbs are the highest quality available. Patients receive individualized acupuncture treatment with BioMat therapy in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Dr. Huang has helped a wide range of conditions including Pain, Women’s Health, Infertility, Digestive Disorders, Allergies, Detox, Relaxation and more.

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.

angel card readings Empathic Angel Card Readings

Readings in person or by telephone Middletown, RI 401-500-1908

Romance, love, life path, or career questions?  Or do you just want to have the chance to hear what your guardian angels or spirit guides want to say to you about what is coming into your life.  Intuitive, empathic guidance with Lisa of Empathic Angel readings. Make your appointment now on the webpage or by phone!


foot detox

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.

Lisa Indish

Healing in Harmony Wellness Center 185 Putnam Pike (Route 44) Chepachet, RI 401-949-5533 The ONLY place to receive the BEST Ionic Foot Detox Spa Sessions, uniquely created and designed by Lisa Indish, that truly are a Body, Mind, and Spirit “Experience”. You’ll feel balanced, invigorated, and rejuvenated to a healthier and happier YOU!

hair salon Flipp Hair Salon and Reflexology Center

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 7.

Jahmeir Skincare Studio 2928 Post Rd, Warwick RI 401-595-2851

My intention and holistic expertise is to provide innovative technology, high performance products and services to heal your skin. Combining vegan, organic and gluten free products with clinical personalized treatments the skin’s health, balance and radiance can be enhanced. Offering and using cutting edge procedures the skins transformation and harmony is the result. This philosophy can target, correct and benefit many sensitive unbalanced & unhealthy skin types. See ad on page 6.

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 21.

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

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

holistic guidance My Holistic Village

Resources for holistic daily living! Search the Chamber of Commerce Directory for holistic practitioners and merchants. Browse the Library articles and audios. Bookmark the Calendar for “must see” holistic events and more! Join today. It’s free. Own a business? Join the National Holistic Chamber of Commerce™ at

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!

natural awakenings

July 2016


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.

The Petteruti Center

250 Centerville Road, Building E Warwick, RI 401-921-5934 Dr. Petteruti is a triple-board certified physician designed to bring you the very best in anti-aging, concierge medicine, weight loss, hormones, and aesthetic services. The Drip Bar, which is located inside the Center, provides IV Vitamin Infusions for energy, immunity, cancer, Lyme, detox, and weight loss. See ad on page 7.

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 21.

interfaith minister INTERFAITH MINISTER

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.

intuitive counseling holistic psychotherapy Intuitive Therapy

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

hypnotherapy Newport Center for Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis Training Suzi Nance, CHT, CI 123 Bellevue Avenue, Newport RI 401-835-1736 Ready for change? Using the power of your subconscious, hypnosis can make it happen!! Call now to schedule a sessions to get healthy, quit smoking, de-stress, rid yourself of limiting thoughts, fears and phobias or find your inner strength, passion or motivation. Thinking of a New Career? Think Hypnosis! We offer The National Guild of Hypnosis Certified Training Course, call for more information..


Rhode Island Edition

The Carrington Agency

Ron Ash 39 Carrington Street, Suite 202 Lincoln, RI 561-203-0228 347-537-GIFT The best way to predict the future is to create it. An Intuitive Life Coach takes a Metaphysical approach to Intuitive Counseling; identifying root issues, accessing key problems and formulating a highly effective approach and resolution. Through proven Intuitive Coaching Techniques an Intuitive Life Coach can help you to move confidently in the direction of your dreams.

It is easier to go

down a hill than up, but the view is from the top. ~Arnold Bennett

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 27.

leaves of change

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

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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

nutrition response testing NATURAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS

Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 Our mission at Natural Health Solutions is to improve the health of our community by providing natural options for most health issues and guidance toward the understanding that real solutions can be achieved with real nutrition. I have been helping people for close to 25 years achieve a higher level of health through both nutrition and chiropractic. See ad on page 19.

organic hair color Elaine Hewitt

Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • Let your imagination go— naturally! A full service salon that’s Certified organic for hair color, straightening/relaxing, permanent wave. No Ammonia, parabens, plastics or Thioglycolates. Call today for an appointment! Like me on FB. 50% Off all new clients only. See ad on page 35.

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. 

psychological and spiritual inquiry Diamond Approach for Inner Realization

Gregory Knight, Ordained Teacher 220 Waterman Avenue East Providence, RI 401-724-8426 •

The Diamond Approach is a psychologically informed spiritual teaching. Learn a precise method of inquiry to penetrate your unconscious beliefs and reactivities. Realize and express the various aspects of your essential nature including true compassion, strength and peace. Greg Knight is an ordained Diamond Approach Teacher and Advanced Rolfing Practitioner.

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

We have been blessed with the loving energy of Holy Fire II Reiki. Nicole Casale Reiki Master/Teacher is certified in both Holy Fire II Karuna® and Usui Reiki. Reiki Healing Sessions and Certification Training Workshops are offered for all levels on a flexible schedule.

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

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

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

Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval.  “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today. See ad on page 27.

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 19.

yoga sound healing

Grace Yoga

35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown RI 401-829-9903 •


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.

point. click.

Grace school of yoga is a sacred center for peace and well-being, offering daily classes of all levels in classical yoga, breathing, and meditation. Join our classes any time. See ad on page 37.


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 37.


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

natural awakenings

July 2016


July Natural Awakenings  

Independent Media plus summer harvest

July Natural Awakenings  

Independent Media plus summer harvest