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ne of my favorite memories of childhood is of going to the library. On summer vacation, my brother and I would take out the maximum number of books allowed. I think it was 12 of them, and we would be done with them long before the week was finished. We have always been a family of readers, sitting around in silence for hours, each independently transported to other worlds and into other people’s lives. The stories were magic and as we sat there unknowingly bonding with each other in our physical world, while experiencing things beyond our wildest dreams. How delightful to see a Stanford University study show that people who read fiction are more empathic, having opened our minds to innumerable experiences and ideas that we would not be able to experience on our own. By reading about other people’s lives, we can identify with others and gain a better understanding in real life. So many of us have fond memories of playing outside when we were young. Now, watching our grandchildren grow and seeing their imaginations as they can turn the simplest objects into spaceships, guitars, or racecars is a joy to behold. That is what we are, unfortunately, losing so much of. With the need for constant distractions and the endless opportunities for them, our children rarely experience the magic of imagination. We are now learning that childhood creativity is critical for developing qualities for sound decision making, flexible thinking and mental resiliency. Both schools and parents should be nurturing this. Encouraging and growing the world’s youth is based on healthy family and community dynamics that show up and get fine-tuned during happily structured social interactions. Recent studies show that the parents talking to their children, be it stories or just pleasant conversation, even as infants, increases their IQ. Judith Fertig explores many such opportunities in her feature article, “Growing Up Empowered,” on page 18. Our August theme of Empowering Youth includes guidance on how we can help empower children so that they grow up with confidence, emotional intelligence, character, leadership, self-esteem, fitness and social skills while growing into the unique individuals they are created to be. Our collective role is as their guardian, protector and teacher, encouraging them to make their own positive contribution in the world. It’s August already. Enjoy your summer, get outside and play!
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oy Pacitto, a clinical nutritionist and board certified classical homeopath, will lecture on homeopathy and conduct free consultations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., August 13, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., August 20, at her new location at 182 Gano Street #1, in Providence. Homeopathy is natural medicine for the whole person, not just a singular part of the body. Pacitto’s passion is using homeopathy to bring relief to chronic sufferers with gastrointestinal disorders. Topics she will cover include chronic issues with gas, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, constipation, spastic colon and colitis. Joy Pacitto “The beauty of homeopathy is that a remedy is chosen specifically for the way you experience discomfort,” she says. “Unique symptoms point to a specific remedy for only that person.” Pacitto has been a practicing homeopath for 14 years and a clinical nutritionist for 28 years which helps enhance her homeopathic work. Location: 182 Gano St. #1, Providence. To book a free consult, call 860-529-8313, email JoyHomeopathy@Gmail.com or visit HomeopathyWithJoy.com. See listing in Community Resource Guide on page 45.
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Call to Heal, the first in a five-weekend apprenticeship series in the use of time-honored Peruvian shamanic rituals and ceremony, will take place from September 9 to 11, on Broad Street, in Providence. Led by Thomas Mock, LCSW and a level four apprentice, participants will learn how to use shamanism as a catalyst for healing; create a Mesa, a sacred altar for self-exploration, empowerment and transformation; and discover personal guides that will help participants on their new path of expanding possibilities. The weekend consists of 19 hours of training, beginning Friday night, 7 to 10 p.m., and continuing from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, September 10. The last session takes place 9 a.m. to noon, on Sunday. “This initiation is intended to awaken in every participant who completes the program a remembrance of their incarnational purpose as luminous strands of the Great Web of Life in service to the Seven Generations,” says Mock. Cost: Early bird (by Aug. 1) $280; after $320. For registration details, call 802369-4331 or email Thomas.Mock1444@ gmail.com. See ad on this page.
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olleen Kelley, a nature-centered artist and Aes Sidhe shaman, will host a free grand opening event for her art studio from 6 to 9 p.m., August 31, in Bristol. The celebration will include live music, a taco bar, delicious desserts, “The Big Box of Happy Surprises”, and art activities as well as a meet and greet with the circle of talented teachers. Sign ups for classes and family and adult membership packages will be available. Kelley grew up in Appalachia, with the beautiful blending of Old Irish and Cherokee ways. She was taught plant medicine, healing hands work, storytelling and wild crafting. She was encouraged to self-explore nature which she embraced and carried over into her adult years, travelling the world teaching art and sharing her Earth-based wisdom. Cost: Free. Location: 235 High St., Reynolds School, 2nd Fl., Bristol. For more information, call 401-429-8212 or visit OakMoonCreativePathwaysToSpirit.com. See ad on page 23.
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elaying kindergarten enrollment for one year shows significant mental health benefits for children, according to a Stanford University study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Reviewing results from a mental health survey completed by more than 35,000 Danish parents, the researchers saw that youngsters held back from kindergarten for as little as one year showed a 73 percent reduction in inattentiveness and hyperactivity for an average child at age 11, compared to children enrolled the year earlier. Measuring inattentiveness and hyperactivity reflect a child’s ability to selfregulate. The generally accepted theory is that young people that are able to stay focused, sit still and pay attention longer tend to do much better in school. “This is some of the most convincing evidence we’ve seen to support what U.S. parents and policymakers have already been doing—choosing to delay entry into kindergarten,” says Stanford Graduate School of Education Professor Thomas S. Dee. In addition to improved mental health, children with later kindergarten enrollment dates also exhibited superior emotional and social skills. The number of U.S. children entering kindergarten at age 6 instead of 5 has progressively increased to about 20 percent, according to the study. Many parents are opting to delay kindergarten enrollment for a year to give their children a leg up in physical and emotional maturity and social skills.
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esearch from the UK University of Leeds has confirmed that drinking just one glass of grape juice a day increases spatial memory and driving abilities. The researchers attribute the brain boosting benefits to the polyphenols in the grapes. The study followed 25 healthy mothers between the ages of 40 and 50. Each had young children and worked more than 30 hours a week. The mothers drank 12 ounces of Concord grape juice every day for 12 weeks and had their driving skills tested before and after the study period using a computer simulator. Louise Dye, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Leeds and senior author of the study, notes, “This research is very promising, as it suggests that the cognitive benefits associated with Concord grape juice are not exclusive to adults with early memory decline. We saw these benefits even after the grape juice was no longer being consumed, suggesting a long-term effect of dietary flavonoids.”
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study from the University of Texas has found that increased breastfeeding decreases ear infections among nursing children. The researchers followed 367 babies between 1 and 12 months old from 2008 through 2014. The scientists analyzed family history traits of smoking, ear infections, breastfeeding and formula feeding. Nose and throat mucosal samples were taken throughout the study period to identify infections, and parents informed the researchers whenever the baby experienced an infection. The study was led by Dr. Tasnee Chonmaitree, a pediatrics professor from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. “We clearly showed that frequent upper respiratory infections, carriage of bacteria in the nose and lack of breastfeeding are major risk factors for ear infections,” he states. “Prolonged breastfeeding was associated with significant reductions in both colds and ear infections, a common complication of colds.”
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Climate Change Favors Some Birds over Others Decades of data show that climate change is manipulating the way avian species move across continents. For instance, the orchard oriole is losing prime habitat in the South, but gaining more up north. Thousands of species worldwide face the same dilemma. Specific birds need a particular habitat, such as open spaces or groves of trees, and some of their traditionally preferred spots are becoming unlivable. England’s Durham University ecologist Phillip Stephens, along with researchers from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the U.S. Geological Survey, have compiled nearly half a century’s worth of occurrence data from thousands of citizen scientists. Birders submitted their observations to the PanEuropean Common Birds Monitoring Scheme and the North American Breeding Bird Survey for 145 terrestrial bird species native to Europe and 380 species native to the United States. “We used that information to generate a prior expectation for whether the species would’ve been advantaged or disadvantaged by climate change,” says Stephens. The predictions were compared with actual bird abundance data from 1980 through 2010, and the populations that were expected to lose suitable habitat declined, while those expected to find their habitats improve increased. He states, “Recent climate change has already favored one set of species over another.” Read the report at ClimateChange.Birdlife.org.
Fiction Readers Have More Empathy The love of books may begin at any age, but for most, it starts in childhood. Now, scientists are studying the effects of reading on the brain with MRIs, polls, surveys and experiments. The results indicate that readers of fiction are more empathetic toward others. By engaging with a story, they are temporarily placing themselves in a character’s shoes, thus fostering empathy in real life, and literary reading amplifies this effect. According to a Stanford University study, reading a challenging book also helps us become smarter, as well as more empathetic. By attempting to tackle harder books, we create new connections in our minds that we might not have done otherwise. Neuroscientist Bob Dougherty remarks, “The right patterns of ink on a page can create vivid mental imagery and instill powerful emotions.” David Comer Kidd, author of another related study, observes, “Like opening a window to let fresh air into our home, literature opens up our minds to the myriad ideas that we wouldn’t be able to experience on our own. We can pause to analyze the experiences depicted as if they were our own, expanding our experience of the world.”
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Sikkim Now a Wholly Organic State Sikkim, the northeastern Indian state located between Bhutan and Nepal, has rid its agricultural land of pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified crops and other artificial inputs on around 75,000 hectares, or about 300 square miles, of agricultural land, making it its country’s first organic state. Instead, farmers use natural alternatives such as green manure and compost. Twelve years ago, the Pawan Chamling-led government decided to make Sikkim an organic farming state through a declaration in the legislative assembly. After the entry of chemical inputs for farmland was restricted and their sale banned, farmers had no option but to go organic.
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erbal medicine is a safe, fun and tasty way to keep kids healthy throughout the year. There are many ways to incorporate herbs into children’s diets and lives. Herbal balls, iced teas, glycerites, herbal popsicles and syrups are a few examples of herbal remedies that children typically love. Not only are they delicious and nutritious, they are also a fun and creative project that families and children can enjoy working on together. An herbalist’s main objective is to support specific body systems to optimize health. Some of the body systems in children that can benefit from support as they develop, grow and explore are the nervous, digestive and immune systems. Lemon balm and catnip are delicious herbs that support the nervous system. They are highly beneficial for children that tend to be hyperactive, or for kids that need help winding down before bed. Both are work well as a warm, comforting tea. Anise hyssop and chamomile are lovely digestive herbs, great for colic or upset stomach. They can be made into a tea or vegetable glycerite which is a very sweet and palatable herbal extraction. Elderberry and echinacea are superstar herbs for children as they support immunity. Elderberry is famous as an herbal syrup, but the powdered berry could also be made into an “herb ball” which is simply honey rolled with powdered herbs and topped with anything from coconut to cacao. Getting kids familiar with herbs will serve them well in life as they have much to offer. Herbs can be used to prevent children from getting sick, help to develop their taste buds, and they are filled with vitamins and nutrients. Getting kids outdoors and learning about their environment is not only tons of fun but is also great for their health. Fresh air, sunshine and spending time in nature are well known to reduce stress, improve energy levels and brighten moods. Interaction with plants is yet another way in which they are healing. One of our favorite resources for teaching children about herbs is Wildcraft!, a cooperative and fun herbal adventure board game that teaches about edible and medicinal plants. 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.
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The Essence of Self-care by Kate Siner
ccording to author Caroline Myss, “the self” that we talk about today is an idea that emerged in the nuclear age. By the 1950s, psychology and psychoanalysis became a way of thinking about people and their behavior. In turn, the rich inner-life that we all experience became just as real as our outer-world. This new way of thinking about “the self” ushered in the birth of self-care. Until the 1950s people didn’t talk about self-care. They didn’t think about balancing their everyday life demands with things that foster their well-being. Fast forward to today, and self-care is a multibillion dollar industry and an everyday conversation.
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However, the conversation about self-care often leaves out one major thing: inspiration. Inspiration is more than just happening upon a clever idea. It expresses our creativity and forges a path to real change in ourselves in our world. When we’re inspired, we feel alive. Ideas about self-care are mostly directed at how to eat, exercise, or think positively and less toward how to get inspired. Yet, without inspiration, we can’t feed the spirit and nurture our soul, which is the essence of self-care. Self-care is all about honoring and caring for ourselves in ways that matter most. When we’re able to practice self-care, our lives become less of one huge to-do list and more of a field of abundant meaning and joy. It’s too easy to let days slip by where we’re distracted from what matters most. Spend an hour each week doing an activity that makes you feel more inspired, and before long your spirit will feel more nourished, too. Dr. Kate Siner is an educator, facilitator and author, with a Ph.D. in psychology. Siner has developed a series of successful personal development programs, newest of which is her Master Transformational Coaching Training. Learn more at KateSiner.com. See ad on this page.
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GROWING UP EMPOWERED Helping Kids Step into Their Best Selves by Judith Fertig
he plugged-in, stressed-out world that challenges adults can be even more difficult for teens in the throes of hormones, peer pressure and a selfie culture. Parents can help their children thrive and become empowered individuals by nurturing desirable character traits such as resourcefulness, resilience, perseverance, self-reliance, independence, empathy and social competence. Child psychologist Michele Borba, Ed.D., of Palm Springs, California, is a former classroom teacher and the mother of three grown children who dispenses advice at MicheleBorba.com/blog. Her main parenting focus is character education, as reflected in her latest book, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. “Tune in to what your kids love,” advises Borba. “Then find learning experiences that help them develop traits they need to be happy, productive adults.”
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This positive parenting approach—accentuating youthful desires and strengths, instead of deficiencies and weaknesses—helps young people develop a secure footing in life. “Kids are driven by their hearts,” observes Borba. “A positive parent doesn’t do the cookie-cutter approach, as in, ‘That’s what worked for other kids in the neighborhood,’ nor even reference what the parent did as a teen.” Teens also impose upon themselves, thinking that being trendy, beautiful, rich and famous are valuable life goals. “The positive parent looks at each child as an individual, listens to what really makes them light up, and then supports that.”
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and greatness. Corporate leaders praise its programs for helping participants relate, communicate and perform well. Josselyne Herman-Saccio, a Landmark program leader in New York City, remarks, “Every one of us has a dream, yet too many of us choose our path with fear, disguised as practicality. Our kids might get the message that, ‘You don’t do your dream as your career.’” That thought can leave anyone feeling like something is missing. After putting off her own career as a singer and ultimately deciding to go for it, Herman-Saccio recorded That’s What Love Can Do with her group Boy Krazy. The song rose to the top of the pop charts in 1993. That empowering experience helped her decide to help others—including her own three children—fulfill their dreams. Today, Herman-Saccio leads the Landmark Forum for adults, and the company also offers a version of the course for 13-to-17-year-olds, an interactive, three-day program in cities across the U.S. It helps teens first understand their existing patterns of thoughts and behaviors and then move forward to create new possibilities and face new challenges and discover a new level of power, freedom, self-expression and peace of mind. For a teen to register, a parent or legal guardian must register for or have completed the organization’s adult forum and provide permission. Teens planning for life after high school get help identifying their career passion at schools such as Upland Hills School, in Oxford, Michigan. Its emphasis on experiential learning culminates in a senior project the teen produces, whether it’s writing a novel, building a storage shed or volunteering at the local senior citizen center. Each must someway contribute to the community. Beginning with the student’s dream, they must work their way through obstacles, setbacks and all the steps required to bring a dream to reality.
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Sometimes parents need to address a teen’s longing for friends and social connections. For youths that especially need to nurture their social skills, such as high-functioning kids with autism or
Asperger’s syndrome, film school might be an answer. At the Joey Travolta Film School and summer camp, in Lafayette, California, kids work together to make a movie; they start with a script, create sets, operate the camera, act and direct. At the Hunter School, in Romney, New Hampshire, kids dealing with attention challenges can nurture mindbody awareness, energetic mindfulness and sensory integration. It all helps them get to know themselves and relate better to others. Outdoor skills can help teens develop healthy risk-taking behaviors, as well as teach resilience, perseverance and self-reliance. SheJumps (SheJumps. org), in Salt Lake City, offers young women 6 to 18 years old an opportunity to master outdoor living skills, boost confidence and encourage leadership via collaborating with strong female role models. Fun activities include mountain biking, skiing and trailblazing.
Over time, experiential learning can help youths develop leadership skills. Lander, Wyoming’s National Outdoor Leadership School, a gap-year program for high school graduates taking a year off before college, offers courses lasting two weeks, several months or even a full year. Activities include sea kayaking, Alaskan mountain and glacier climbing and wilderness medicine. Teens already on track and wanting to develop additional leadership skills can tap into motivational speaker and self-help author Tony Robbins’ annual Unleash the Power Within youth leadership program event. Groups of youths 14 to 17 years old collectively participate to
create individual breakthroughs, move beyond fears and limiting beliefs, accomplish goals and realize true desires. Application requirements include a good academic record, at least 20 hours of community service and a guidance counselor’s recommendation. Robbins maintains, “Grow and give is what life is all about.”
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A way for youngsters 5 to 19 years old to become empowered is by joining a 4-H group in urban, suburban or rural areas. If we envision a farm kid raising a calf to show at the state fair, that’s still one facet of today’s 4-H, but far from the entire scope. Founded in 1902, 4-H is a global nonprofit dedicated to learning by doing; specialties now range from computer science and graphic design to leadership, healthy living and the performing arts. Positive mentoring by adults and developing community spirit ground 4-H clubs, camps and programs. Research by Tufts University’s Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development and America’s land-grant colleges and universities shows that people with a 4-H background are more likely to give back to their communities than others (see Tinyurl. com/YouthDevelopmentStudy). For Grammy-winner Jennifer Nettles, of Nashville, 4-H meant learning to perform at an early age, even flying to Chicago to do it. “I don’t know that I would be where I am today without 4-H,” she says. “Mentors there help you. They helped me with the skills of performing and learning about being on stage; they also taught me the importance of giving back.”
Growing food for themselves and others can be a great adventure for teens, while fostering resourcefulness, perseverance and ecological awareness. Seventeenyear-old Katie Stagliano launched Katie’s Krops, in Summerville, South Carolina, several years ago based on her desire to fight hunger by growing food for people that need it. Today, the enterprise offers grants for youth in any area to start and maintain a local garden, provided they give away the produce to the hungry.
The initiative has grown to more than 50 gardens around the U.S. Both Mobile Urban Growers, in Mobile, Alabama, and Closer to Earth, in Oklahoma City, empower youth through exercising organic gardening skills, environmental and food justice advocacy and personal mentorship. Empowering experiences for teens don’t have to cost a lot or involve travel. “Dream big, but start small. Look around your own backyard, in your community,” says Borba. “Teens can learn to pay it forward in all kinds of ways. They can get together with their peers and take on a doable project to help others. They may even need to start by learning to self-regulate and manage stress by getting away from their phones and instead being outside getting exercise.” Casual family activities can provide opportunities for conversations about what teens want in life or what they’re worried about, and that opens the door for adults to step up to help mentor and empower their children. “Boys are more likely to talk while they’re doing something, like shooting baskets with you in the driveway,” observes Borba. “Girls are more likely to talk if it’s one-on-one.” Positive parents actively listen and then clarify what they heard from their teens, says Herman-Saccio. This information helps point the way forward, to more interactive dialogue, brainstorming, problem-solving, helpful experiences and eventually, youth empowerment. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.
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outh empowerment is about instilling the confidence in each young soul that he or she can make a positive difference in the world. The Student Leadership Training Program (SLTP) empowers teenage students to empower others through leadership—first learning, then applying and finally teaching leadership skills. Every summer, secondary school students from all around the country gather at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachussets, to engage in one of SLTP’s five-day youth conferences. Jim Fitzgerald, educational director of the SLTP, explains, “A big part of every day is spent building character and those efforts culminate on Friday with our service project. For the last few years that project has been to decorate hats to provide to hospitals to give to kids.” After completing their “difference-maker project,” students read and perform the inspiriational The Jester Has Lost His Jingle, by David Saltzman, who graduated magna cum laude as an English and art major from Yale University in 1989, receiving the David Everett Chantler Award as “the senior who throughout his college
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more meaningful and less of a chore.” At the end of the workshop, each student receives a large, decorative safety pin with a jingle bell to wear at future SLTP events. Many SLTP alumni start reada-thons in their home towns to raise money for The Jester and Pharley Phund, which donates copies of Jester books and dolls to hospitals and schools nationwide. The overall mission of the organization is to provide educational experiences that give every child a sense of hope, a feeling of self empowerment, a love of learning, the joy of laughter and a desire to make a difference. To date, the Phund has donated over 170 thousand books. Anyone can organize a read-athon. It’s as simple as reading and discussing The Jester with a classroom of third graders, and then asking them to find sponsors to pay them a penny for every page they read over the following week. The activity inspires reading skill development and service, and shows young children how they can become a difference-maker. To date over 40 millions pages have been read by students to provide Jester books and dolls to ill children. That’s truly empowering.
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he children at the Montessori Community School of Rhode Island (MCSRI) are no strangers to empowerment. The school intentionally creates the space and environment for kids to explore their own independence, with materials that meet their own development. “In so many situations, children aren’t allowed to do things for themselves. They eat when and what they are told, and someone comes along and cleans up after them,” says Amy Borak, founder and head of school. “At MCSRI, when the child wants a snack, they are able to get up and get the food, prepare it, and then clean up after themselves.” With this responsibility, MCSRI students gain a sense of control over their environment and are protected from interruptions when they are in deep concentration because of a scheduled break time. As a result, executive functioning skills improve. Multi-age classrooms are typical at Montessori schools, where peer role modeling naturally occurs as a culture of being a member of the group. To meet the mission of being a socio-economically diverse school, MCSRI offers financial assistance to encourage diversity. The Montessori Community School of Rhode Island is located at 73 Stanwood St., in Providence. To learn more, call 401-654-4540 or visit mcsri.org.
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Ways to Spark a Child’s Creativity by April Thompson
hether it’s playing dress-up, making forts from sofa cushions or drawing pictures, creative moments can define and distinguish a happy childhood. Yet it’s not all just fun and games, according to experts. Childhood creativity, nurtured both in the classroom and at home, is crucial for developing qualities such as sound decision-making, flexible thinking and mental resiliency.
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Analyzing more than 150 studies across the fields of psychology, neuroscience, education and business management, the Center for Childhood Creativity, in Sausalito, California, found many important life skills are affiliated with a creative upbringing. The resulting white paper, Inspiring a Generation to Create, underscores that rather than simply being an innate trait, creativity can be taught. “Creativity should be an integral part of every child’s education. The research shows that we can avoid the drop in original thinking that happens as students move into early adolescence,” reports Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind. Creativity isn’t only child’s play; parents also could do well to infuse their own lives with its discoveries and delights. “Through creativity, parents can reawaken a sense of wonder and joy, and nurture characteristics like patience,” says Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children.
Cameron wrote the book in part to guide her own daughter, actress and film director Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, in her creative journey through motherhood. While many such works focus on art projects for kids, Cameron’s book emphasizes activities that put creative fuel in the parental tank. For example, she rec-
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A family ritual, like a bedtime story or relationship with a pet, can be re-imagined to inspire household members to co-create together. “Instead of always reading to my kids, we take turns making up stories by ‘giving’ each other three things, like an airplane, a shovel and a pair of pants, which we have to use in a story,” says Nicole Corey Rada, a working mother of two in Richmond, Virginia. “Sometimes, we pretend our
pets are having conversations, and use different voices and accents to express what they might be saying, given their circumstance at the time. This is a family favorite; we laugh constantly.” Mark Runco, Ph.D., a University of Georgia professor of gifted and creative education, founder of the Creativity Research Journal and advisor to the Center for Childhood Creativity, notes the importance of balancing unstructured and structured activities, creating space for both individual expression and creative collaboration. To foster the former, Van’t Hul encourages “strewing”, which she refers to as “the art of casually yet strategically leaving invitations for learning and creativity out for kids to discover on their own.” Invitations to play could be a basket of non-toxic blocks, a recycled-paper sketchpad opened to a blank page or some nature finds from a walk in the woods. As an example of the latter, Cameron suggests that parents lead kids on a weekly creative expedition, allowing the kids to choose a new place to aimlessly explore such as a park, bookstore, pet shop or museum. According to the author, that sense of shared adventure, fostered in a safe space, naturally nurtures the creative process, both for now and the future. “If you make art the center, insisting that kids be creative, they may feel a sense of pressure,” advises Cameron. “If you make inspiration the center, it spills over into art.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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The use of the word “terminal” limits one’s mindset, while the word “curable” opens up a world of possibility.
hile conventional oncologists consider certain cancers, including brain, to be terminal, hope lies in venturing outside the box of conventional thinking. This includes researching and evaluating U.S.-based and foreign-based clinical trials using experimental approaches to treat primary cancers and recurrent cancers with immunotherapy or gene-targeted therapy. In April 2016, three interesting Food and Drug Administration (FDA)approved clinical trials were open to patients with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a rare and aggressive form of pediatric brain cancer found each year in about 300 children. One of these trials was offered by the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas. This clinical trial was the only one offered to DIPG patients that had declined the standard recommendation of radiation and/or tissue brain biopsy, given to extend life a
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few months beyond the median survival rate of less than one year from diagnosis. The trial protocol was designed to test non-toxic antineoplaston (ANP) peptide therapy which had been used in previous trials to treat DIPG and glioblastoma (GBM) brains with some level of prior success, indicating that DIPG and GBM are in fact “curable”. The manufacturing and research for ANPs is sponsored by the Burzynski Research Institute (BRI), a publiclyowned biopharmaceutical company working to develop and deliver cancer therapies based on genomic and epigenomic principles. In 1967, Stanislav Burzynski, M.D., identified naturally occurring human peptides which were present in healthy patients and deficient in cancer patients. He concluded that these peptides played a role in preventing the growth of cancer cells. With a Ph.D. in chemistry, Burzynski was able to
reproduce the peptides synthetically, and he named them antineoplastons. ANP therapy targets more than 100 genes that affect tumor cells. ANPs switch off certain genes that cause cancer (oncogenes), activate the genes that fight cancer (tumor suppressor genes), and pose no harm to healthy cells, with the most common side effects resulting from electrolyte imbalances, all of which can be managed through regular blood analysis, dietary intake, higher water consumption and potassium supplementation. Neil Fachon, 19, an engineering student at Northeastern University, in Boston, was diagnosed with DIPG at Massachusetts General Hospital on March 3, 2016, and became the first patient to enroll in the new ANP clinical trial that opened on April 12, 2016. On April 20, after passing baseline tests, he began receiving ANP infusions. That same day, however, the FDA placed a hold on the trial it had given prior approval. Committed to his chosen course of treatment and deeming the FDA objections to be unreasonable, Fachon took legal action, through federal court in his home state of Rhode Island, to overturn an FDA decision that failed to acknowledge his rights. On May 17, Fachon won a temporary restraining order that was later negotiated into a permanent injunction, and he had sound reasons for wanting to pursue this treatment. DIPG survivor Jessica Ressel, who received her diagnosis in March 1996 at age 11, was successfully treated by Burzynski. Now married and a mother of two, she is one of three long-term DIPG survivors who keep in touch with Fachon and provide encouragement. All three of these survivors were treated with ANP therapy at the Burzynski Clinic. While seeking to assure his own survival, Fachon also wants to play a role in promising scientific cancer research. Presently Fachon is a trial of one; however, he hopes the FDA will remove the hold, or that Right to Try legislation will
be passed to allow other DIPG patients to join him and have a chance at life. Right to Try legislation gives terminally ill patients the right to try investigational medicines that have not yet received full FDA approval. The FDA drug approval process can take up to 15 years—far too long for dying patients to wait, because terminal time lines are measured in months and weeks. Many potentially life-saving treatments awaiting approval in the U.S. are already available overseas, and have been for years, yet most Americans cannot afford to seek treatment abroad. A Right to Try law gives hope back to those who have lost it. It is not just for children diagnosed with DIPG, but for anyone with a terminal illness hoping to get life-saving treatment before it’s too late. Already law in 30 states, Right to Try legislation is under consideration in 16 more. On May 13, the Rhode Island House unanimously passed House Bill 7156, which would set the foundation to nullify in practice some FDA rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. The House approved the legislation by a 71-0 margin. It is now in the Senate for
further consideration. On the same day, the Rhode Island Senate passed a separate bill expanding insurance coverage for some experimental drugs. The state already requires insurance to cover certain “off-label” cancer treatments, but this bill would expand that requirement to patients with other diseases that are disabling or chronic and life-threatening. The House also passed this bill, the governor has signed it, and it will take effect on January 1, 2017. That same week, on May 10, the Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act of 2016 (S. 2912) was introduced in the United States Senate: “This bill bars the federal government from prohibiting or restricting the production, manufacture, distribution, prescribing, or dispensing of an experimental drug, biological product, or device that is: (1) intended to treat a patient who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness; and (2) authorized by, and in accordance with, state law. The federal government may not restrict the possession or use of such a treatment by a patient certified by a physician as having exhausted all other treatment options.” While each bill addresses some
aspect of the Right to Try issue, they fail to go far enough. If an experimental treatment shows evidence of more success than conventional treatment, why not allow a patient to bypass the conventional treatment and go straight to the experimental treatment? And if experimental treatment is more successful than conventional, why not allow the treatment to be covered by health insurance? Neil Fachon hopes the sharing of his story will raise awareness about treatment options for brain cancer and about a terminally diagnosed patient’s right to choose. People can help move Right to Try legislation forward by contacting their senators and representatives. Learn more at RightToTry.org. Learn more about DIPG at CorysCrusaders.org/resources. Wendy Nadherny Fachon is a health educator, a writer for Rhode Island Natural Awakenings magazine and Neil’s mother. She can provide helpful information to parents of children diagnosed with brain cancer. Contact at Wendy@NetwalkRI.com or through Facebook.
Fatigue, Exhaustion and Low Energy Diagnosing Underlying Causes Through Integrative Medicine by Donna Zaken
here are many causes of fatigue, many of which do not show up on standard laboratory testing. The Mayo clinic suggests that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) does not have a known cause, reporting that the best known treatment is sleep aids and/or antidepressants. In the world of integrative health care, CFS is looked upon quite differently. Although anemia, hypothyroidism, infections (viral, fungal, parasitic, bacterial), depression and stress do need to be ruled out, there are several other underlying causes which, once discerned, can be easily treated, leading to a reversal of symptoms.
If laboratory work is negative, most doctors will tell patients there is nothing wrong with their thyroid, and they will not treat their symptoms. David Brownstein, M.D., has published several books about hypothyroidism and why it is important to treat the whole person rather than relying solely on the results of a blood test for diagnosis.
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Heavy metal exposure and toxicity is a known cause of chronic fatigue, and only integratively trained practitioners know how to test, diagnose and treat it. Heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury and aluminum are airborne now, and contamination from the air, water and/or food is common. Mercury fillings can also contribute to mercury toxicity. Some dentists continue to use mercury fillings in spite of the known dangers. Removing mercury fillings should be done by a biological dentist who takes proper precautions and is specially trained to avoid the vapors from being absorbed into the body during removal. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology can direct individuals to a biological dentist. More than 100 biochemical detoxification reactions take place in the liver, any of which may not be functioning properly. People who are not good detoxifiers are more prone to heavy metal toxicity, frequent infections and connective tissue pain and/or stiffness. When the body is not able to detoxify, the adrenal glands and immune system become compromised, which can lead to fatigue, pain, infections, insomnia, headaches, cancer and many other chronic symptoms and illnesses.
Delayed Hypersensitivity Reactions to Food
It can take up to 72 hours after ingestion of a food to cause an inflammatory reaction in the body, making it extremely difficult to associate a food sensitivity with symptoms. Standard allergy testing may not reveal a delayed hypersensitivity reaction, and individuals may be told that they do not have food sensitivities. Luckily, several forms of kinesiology exist— autonomic response testing, nutritional response testing and neuro-emotional technique—that can help people discover which foods they may be sensitive to. If discovered, there are ways to desensitize a person, after removing the offending food and healing the gut. For those suffering from fatigue, recovery exists by getting to the underlying causes of the problem. Treatment for chronic fatigue symptoms should be under the care of a skilled integrative practitioner who can help individuals regain the good health and quality of life they deserve. Donna Zaken, is a registered nurse and adult health nurse practitioner at the Integrative Center for Chronic Diseases, located at 35 S. Angell St., Providence. For more information, call 401-585-7877, email ChronicDiseases@DonnaZaken.com or visit DonnaZaken.com. See listing in Community Resource Guide on page 45.
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A GOOD FOOD FIGHT Keeping Food Out of the Trash Bin by April Thompson
s much as 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. is wasted, even as one in six Americans goes hungry. Instead of feeding people better, we are feeding the city dump. Of all types of trash, food consumes the most space in our municipal landfills, followed by plastic and paper. Rotting food then releases harmful methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. While food waste is a big problem, social entrepreneurs see a big opportunity. Around the country, they are working to reduce, recover and rethink discarded food valued at more than $160 billion a year. In the process, they are not only cutting food costs, but also creating jobs and fighting climate change. University of Maryland College Park alumna Cam Pascual co-founded the nonprofit Food Recovery Network (FRN) after watching hundreds of pounds of food hit the trash in her campus dining hall every night. Pascual and her colleagues mobilized a volunteer network to shuttle leftovers from the university to soup kitchens, donating 200 meals a night to feed the hungry. In the last five years, FRN has recovered more than 1 million pounds of food from 184 campuses in 42 states, proving that ingenuity and philanthropy can together fight the
Food waste reduction can be engineered in ways less noticeable to consumers, such as doing away with dining hall trays or using smaller plates. ~Cam Pascual food waste travesty. “There are two major barriers to recovering leftover food; one is awareness, like helping businesses to understand the laws that protect them from liability,” says Pascual, the organization’s current director of innovation and operations. “The other is the labor involved. Universities are the perfect ecosystem for food recovery because college students have flexible schedules and are community serviceminded, offering a ready supply of volunteers.” The latest FRN initiative is a certification program to verify that farms and restaurants are engaging in food recovery that includes creating a toolkit to help restaurants safely recover leftover meals. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture recently set a goal of slashing food waste in half by 2030, with several supporting bills approaching the floor in Congress. The EPA food recovery hierarchy calls for reducing food waste first and foremost, with recovering food to feed people or animals as a fallback and utilizing landfills only as a last resort. “It’s one thing to set goals, but to realize those reductions in food waste, we have to change our behavior,” says Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It). Farms and households are the two largest generators of food waste, according to Bloom, whose blog at WastedFood.com offers dozens of beneficial tips for keeping food out of the trash bin. Fighting food waste starts before we go to the grocery. Bloom recommends consumers organize cupboards to know what’s already in stock, plan meals and stick to the shopping list. Post-purchase, easy tips include serving smaller portions, freezing leftovers and sharing surplus with friends and neighbors. Bloom’s website fans contribute more ideas like mixing veggie scraps into pet food or making them into soup stock. Using a smaller refrigerator keeps shoppers from bulking up while saving energy costs. The battle against wasted food needs to start at home, where small steps add up to big change. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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nership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called Food: Too Good To Waste. The program educates residents about food waste and helps families develop strategies for sustainable use of food products. The program explores topics such as smart shopping, smart storage to keep fruits and vegetable fresh, smart preparation and smart saving of leftovers. It also highlights The University of Rhode Island’s guidelines and hands-on workshops to uphold food preservation through proper canning, freezing and drying methods. Learn more at RIRRC.org/resident/foodtoo-good-to-waste.
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Recovery Achievement Certificate for food waste reduction. The university earned this distinction in 2015 from the Environmental Protection Agency for recycling more than 100 tons of food waste. The JWU News Blog reports that dining halls will begin recycling all food waste by Fall 2016. The university also plans to install a food digester that turns food waste into small briquettes to be used as soil supplement throughout the campus. Learn more at JWU.edu/eco.
The Compost Plant is a commercial food scrap collection company. The management team is led by Leo Pollock and Nat Harris, whose visions are informed by urgency, entrepreneurship and environmental stewardship. The company website states that in as little
as 20 years, Rhode Island’s only landfill will reach full capacity. To date, The Compost Plant has diverted 1,340 tons of organics from landfills. The business picks up waste from higher-educational institutions, restaurants, supermarkets, resorts, religious institutions, military installations, prisons, hospitals, casinos and more. All waste is delivered to Earth Care Farm in Charlestown to be processed into high-quality compost. Learn more at CompostPlant.com and EarthCareFarm.com.
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JUST WALK 22 Minutes a Day Boosts Well-Being by Randy Kambic
ven mainstream media have picked up on the many physical and mental benefits of walking, including weight loss, reduced stress, increased energy and better sleep, and that’s only the beginning. These additional compelling effects may well catalyze us to consistently step out for a daily walk, understanding that cumulative steps count, too. For more inspiration, check out this month’s race walking at the Summer Olympics. Walking helps heart health and diabetes. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking program launched last fall, the risk of heart disease and diabetes can be significantly reduced via an average of 22 minutes a day of brisk walking. “Physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain cancers, osteoporosis, cognitive decline and even depression,” says Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of the division of preventive medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Can you imagine if there was a pill that could simultaneously have all those benefits? Everyone would be clamoring for it.” Walking reduces anxiety and clears thinking. The results of a national survey of nearly 3,000 women between
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the ages of 42 and 52 published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that those that walked as part of a regular physical activity showed fewer signs of depression compared with inactive women. The more physical activity a woman logged, the less likely she was to exhibit such symptoms, suggesting that moderateto-intense levels of exercise may help protect against mental illness. The survey further revealed that 85 percent believe walking helps reduce any present anxiety and feelings of depression, while two-thirds reported that walking stimulates their thinking. Walking facilitates doctor-patient communication. Columbus, Ohio-based Walk with a Doc (WalkWithADoc.org) helps organize free walking events each month via 230 chapters nationwide. They’re led by physicians and other healthcare authorities. “It’s a casual forum in which to communicate and also learn about the health benefits of walking,” says Executive Director Rachael Habash, who’s aiming for 350 chapters by year’s end. When doctors emphasize the benefits of exercise, patients tend to listen. Walking boosts life performance. “Until the late 1960s, 90 percent of America’s children that lived up to a
mile away walked to school. Today, that figure is 30 percent,” says Sheila Franklin, of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, in The Walking Revolution documentary (scroll to the video at EveryBodyWalk.org). Experts warn that less walking by youngsters can create sedentary habits and lead to shortened life spans. Daily walks to school boost cognitive performance in students, according to Mary Pat King, the National Parent Teacher Association director of programs and projects. Dr. Richard Jackson, a pediatrician, professor and chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at University of California, Los Angeles,. and former environmental health director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, reports that walking improves children’s learning ability, concentration, moods and creativity. Even lifelong walkers are moved to walk more by using a pedometer to track their steps and distance traveled, says Dr. Lauren Elson, a physical medicine and rehabilitation instructor at Harvard Medical School, who is also the medical editor of the recent Harvard Special Health Report Walking for Health (Health.Harvard.edu/walk). A metareview of 26 studies found that using the device raised physical activity levels by nearly 27 percent, adding about 2,500 steps per day. Most stores that sell exercise equipment offer inexpensive pedometers, while smartphone users can download an app such as Moves, Breeze or Pedometer++. Apple’s iOS includes the free app Health. Walking leads to meaningful exchanges. Social connections and honest conversations between two people can be aided by walking outside instead of sitting inside. Clay Cockrell, a licensed clinical social worker in New York City, began walking with clients 12 years ago. He notes that casual venues like parks have been especially helpful for men. “They sometimes have a more difficult time making eye contact in sessions. Outside, they are looking where they are going, looking at nature, other people—the pressure is less. My own health has improved, as well,” he says. He shares ideas with the public and
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Heal Body and Spirit by Sandra Murphy
I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir Renew
Since ancient times, gardens have been employed as a place of healing for body and spirit. Japanese healthcare providers prescribe shinrin-yoku, meaning, “walking in forests to promote health” or “forest bathing”. Its intent is to use sight, sound and smell to connect with nature through stress-reducing, meditative walks. Based on a program created by the Morikami Japanese Gardens, in Delray Beach, Florida, Washington state’s Bloedel Reserve, on Bainbridge Island, conducts Strolls for Well-Being. Participants sign up for a free, 10-week session of 12 self-guided walks and three group meetings. A companion workbook is provided to encourage journaling on themes such as forgiveness, gratitude and joy. “Public gardens are a safe place where people can focus and do the work,” says Erin Jennings, with Bloedel. “We see people that wish to reflect and refuel or simply be more aware and intentional in life.” With 150 acres of natural woodlands and landscaped areas, ranging from a moss garden to a bird marsh, participants can take as much time as they need.
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Bees are an integral part of any flowering garden, and Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, in Floyd, Virginia, sustainably hosts 30 hives on six acres adjacent to a field planted with buckwheat, mustard, sunflowers and clover for its biodynamic beekeeping. An orchard on the property dovetails with an organic farm next door. Tours, talks, plant sales, food and music enhance the hospitality. Hope Hill Lavender Farm, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, adds lavender to soap, sugar scrubs, lotion and essential oil. “It takes 11 pounds of hand-picked fresh blossoms to make one ounce of essential oil,” says Troy Jochems, coowner with his wife, Wendy. A member of the mint family, lavender adds distinctive flavor and fragrance to both sweet and savory dishes (find recipes at HopeHillLavenderFarm.com). Visit the farm on summer weekends through mid-August and plan to partake of the annual lavender festival next June. In Glen Allen, Virginia, visitors enjoy a cool serving of lavender lemonade or honey ice cream at Lavender Fields Herb Farm after a stroll through
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the garden. Greenhouse tours and fall classes on growing herbs, vegetables and lavender include how to make an herbal wreath. Tea Wellness classes and tastings of fair trade heirloom varieties are a big draw at Light of Day Organics, in Traverse City, Michigan. They’re taught by founder and horticulturist Angela Macke, a registered nurse. It’s the only dual-certified organic and Demeter Biodynamic commercial grower of tea plants in North America. The Boiron Medicinal Garden at the Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, emphasizes the importance of plants in homeopathy. Maggie Saska, plant production specialist with the research farm, explains, “Walking tours with educational signage in the garden let visitors know which species to look for when planting their own organic healing garden. Plants from a store may not be organically grown or of the correct species,” although a nursery may afford more options. Christophe Merville, D.Pharm., Boiron USA director of education and pharmacy development, attests that many familiar plants can offer benefits beyond beauty, such as reducing stress, promoting healing or easing congestion. He cautions, “People think plants are naturally safe, but they can be dangerous. St. John’s wort extract, for example, can relieve mild depression, but interacts with prescription medicines. It also reacts to light, so users may experience rashes from sun exposure. “Lemon balm can be made into an antioxidant tea. It can be grown in a garden, on a balcony or indoors, and combines well with chamomile or lavender. We like it for helping to relieve anxiety or to improve mental performance.” Merville suggests steeping German chamomile tea for relaxing sleep. He says breathing in the steam helps a stuffy nose. When used as a compress, it can relieve pain and itch from rashes. “Don’t drink too much or make it too concentrated,” he warns, because of its blood-thinning properties. Saska and Merville recommend that enthusiasts take classes, work with an herbalist and find a good reference
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HANDLE WILD THINGS WITH CARE How to Safely Help Hurt Animals by Sandra Murphy
hen encountering a bird or animal that appears to be abandoned, take only minimal steps to help. “People mean well but a lot of rescues we see, didn’t need help,” says Lacy Campbell, wildlife care center operations manager for the Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon. Make sure the animal is away from traffic or predators, and then call a local wildlife rehabilitator before taking further action, especially if the animal is injured.
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Baby squirrels can fall out of the nest. “Leave him at the base of the tree,” says Jennifer Keats Curtis, author of the children’s book Squirrel Rescue. “Mom will rebuild the nest before coming to get her baby. If it’s cold, put it in a box with a towel. Once squirrels have been treated as a pet, they can’t be released.” Tiny, not-yet-feathered nestlings should be returned home; it’s a myth that human scent poses a problem. If the nest is out of reach or can’t be located, make one with a box and soft cloth. Put it in the tree, so the parents can resume feeding. Leave the area so as not to frighten them. “After young robins, scrub jays, crows and owls leave the nest, they typically spend up to a week on the ground before they can fly,” says
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Campbell. “At night, the parents will escort the fully feathered fledglings to safety beneath a bush.” In parks, ducks and geese may nest away from the water. Mama will lead her babies to the pond, even across busy streets. If it’s safe, stop the car to halt traffic, act as their crossing guard, and then resume driving. A box turtle operates on innate GPS. “It lives in an area the size of a football field,” explains Curtis. “It will go onward, no matter how many times people try to redirect it. If injured by a car or lawn mower, the shell can be mended by a rehab center.” Bunnies eat at dusk and dawn. Inbetween, the nest may look abandoned. “Wild baby rabbits are difficult to keep alive if injured,” says Curtis. “At sundown, see if mom returns; if not, they need a wildlife rehab expert.” A lone, young raccoon is either old enough to climb a tree by itself or the mother will carry it. If we feed a raccoon, it will become a beggar. Opossums are dramatic actors. When cornered, they hiss and fall over and play dead in a coma-like state for up to four hours. Check back later. If a mother possum has been killed by a car, call a rehab official to check her pouch for potential babies.
“Don’t feed wild animals or leave out food or accessible comestible trash. Bobcats, wolves, bears and coyotes will avoid people unless food is involved,” cautions Jennifer Place, program associate for Born Free USA, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. “Wild animals protect their space, food and young, so stay on marked trails when hiking and never turn your back on them.” For unexpected meetings, stay calm. “Make sure there’s an escape route for the animal,” says Place. “With foxes or coyotes, throw sticks or small rocks, but don’t hit the animal. Make yourself look large and yell.” With snakes, sidestep away slowly for more than six feet before walking in the other direction. Bears require a different response. “Speak in a low voice so the bear realizes you are not prey. Never climb a tree,” says Place. “Bears know the terrain, can run faster than a horse and can climb trees, too. Sidestep away, remaining carefully upright, calm and unthreatening. If the bear moves toward you, keep talking until he moves away. Running kicks in its prey drive.” Yellowstone Park regulations require visitors to stay 25 yards away from most wildlife and 100 yards away from bears and wolves. Selfie photos with animals can result in injury or death for humans and animals through carelessness; safety depends on good judgement, respect and common sense. Friends of wildlife know beforehand how to contact local rehabilitators if there’s an emergency, observe before taking action, and protect pets. “Always leash dogs when going into the yard at night and keep cats indoors,” says Place. “Peaceful co-existence allows for the safety of both people and animals, domestic and wild.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.
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EARTH GUARDIANS Kids Say No to Global Warming by April Thompson
t age 6, climate change activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez gave his first speech to a packed crowd in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Raised in the Aztec tradition, he was taught that as indigenous people, they are descendants of the land and inherit a duty to protect it. “I felt such sadness that my generation inherited this crisis to clean up. That night, I saw that those emotions could be channeled into action and my voice could make a difference,” says Martinez, founder and youth director of the nonprofit Earth Guardians. Ten years later, his impassioned message has sparked a global movement. More than 2,000 “youth crews” from Bhutan to Brazil are fighting climate change and improving their communities in other ways. These activists aren’t yet old enough to vote, but are still making their voices heard by global policymakers. On their behalf, Martinez delivered a plea to representatives from 192 countries at the United Nations General Assembly meeting on climate change last year, asking for stronger measures to protect both the planet and its people. He particularly pointed to the ever-increasing “climate refugees” that have lost their homes to rising oceans and other havoc caused by Earth’s warming trend. Although Martinez serves on President Obama’s youth council, he
and 20 other young plaintiffs filed a landmark lawsuit earlier this year against the federal government for failing to protect its citizens from climate change. The plaintiffs are seeking a court order requiring America’s president to establish a national plan to decrease atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to “safe” levels by 2100. At home, Martinez is working with Boulder County community and environmental organizations to locally eliminate pesticides from parks, charge for plastic bags at retail, regulate coal ash emissions and ban fracking. EarthGuardians.org offers many ways anyone can plug into the movement, whether taking individual actions to lighten our carbon footprint, creating school gardens or signing its Silence into Action pledge, inspired by Martinez’s younger brother Itzcuauhtli’s 45-day silence strike for climate action. “The most important thing you can do is educate yourself. Whatever makes you come alive, use that passion to make a difference,” says Martinez, whose performances as a pianist and hip-hop artist inform and enliven music festivals worldwide. “Together, we can create a legacy we can be proud to pass on to the next generation.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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Monday, August 1 Camp Rainbow Tribe Ages 6-12 – Aug 1-5. 9am-3pm. Fun-filled week of exploration and self-discovery. Mindfulness practices and creative self-expression such as music, creative art, exploring nature, guided visualizations, play, yoga, movement, and dance. $125/full week, $40/day; sibling discount. Soul Love: Children’s Wellness Center, 235 High St, Bristol. To register: 401-680-3555 or Bethany@OurLovevolution.com. Small Business Presentation – 6:30-8:30pm. David Lucier is an entrepreneur, CPA, real estate investor, business advisor, etc. He has worked with over 1,000 start-up and emerging companies over the past 30 years. Free. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707. Life-Enhancement-Services.com.
Tuesday, August 2 Out of the Box Networking Social – 5-7:30pm. A different kind of networking event bringing the Business, Events and Wellness communities together. Door prizes, light appetizers, cash bar. $10. Harbor Lights Marina & Country Club, 150 Gray St, Warwick. OutOfYheBoxNetworking.com. Eckankar HU Chant – 7-7:30pm. Join together in community to chant HU, a love song to God. It is a way to connect with God, in love. Starts promptly, 7pm. We chant HU for 30 min. Free. Eckankar, 2914 Post Rd, Unit 3, Warwick. Eckankar-RI.org.
Saturday, August 6 Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Training – Aug 6-8. 10am-6pm. A 3-day workshop. This is Karuna levels 1, 2, and Master classes. Learn 9 symbols. Receive Registered ICRT Manual, Certificate. Pre-requisite: Reiki Master. $775. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. LearnReikiRI.com. Uplifting Connections Psychic Fair – 1-6pm. Lisa Ashton will be doing psychic and mediumship readings at the psychic fair held at Uplifting connections. Call on August 5 at noon to schedule. $45-$80. Uplifting Connections, 1355 Pleasant St, Bridgewater, MA. 508-697-2334.
Sunday, August 7 Spin Class – 8:30-9:30am. A cardio class on spin bikes that includes sitting/standing/hill intervals/ sprints. You will get a great cardio workout in this class. $15-$20. Providence Pilates Center, 189 Cole Ave, Providence. 401-480-0193. ProvidencePilatesCenter.com. Pilates Mat Class – 9:30-10:30am. A classically based Pilates mat class that works the whole body. All levels welcome. This class is 55-min long and all props/mats are provided. $15-$20. Providence Pilates Center, 189 Cole Ave, Providence. 401-480-0193. ProvidencePilatesCenter.com
Eckankar Worship Service – 10-11:15am. The topic for discussion this Sunday is “When God Calls, Are You Listening?” All are invited to participate in this community love service. Free. Eckankar, 2914 Post Rd Unit 3, Warwick. Eckankar-RI.org.
Tuesday, August 9 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. FireseedCenter.com.
Thursday, August 11 Healthy Eating Support Group – 9:30-10:30am. Interested in exploring the transformative power of food? Join Dr. Erica LePore to have questions answered, receive recipes and join a supportive community. Free. All That Maters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2. AllThatMatters.com.
Friday, August 12 Free Massage in our Student Clinic – 9am1pm. Enjoy a relaxation massage in our student clinic. Every Friday between 9am-1pm. Ridley Lowell Business & Technical, 186 Providence St, Lower Level of Thundermist Health, West Warwick. Must schedule in advance: 401-262-3117 or RidleyLowellStudentClinic@gmail.com. Ridley.edu. Gourmet Foraged Foods Cooking Class – 6-9pm. We will show you which foraged foods to use, prepare, and cook for an exceptionally nutritious, unique, delicious gourmet dinner. $50/person, $90/couple. Conscious Cuisine, Narragansett. For menu & to preregister, Brett: 401-580-6919. ConsciousCuisineRI.com. Shamanic Drum Healing – 7-9pm. Drum hearings restore balance and bring us into alignment with our true nature through removal of blocks, returning lost power and soul parts. Bring a mat and blanket join. With Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna. $35. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedYogaRI.com. Spiritual Cinema – 7-9pm. Miracles From Heaven. Based on a true story. After the movie we’ll discuss the messages to gain clarity and learn how to implement them in our daily lives. $10/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707. Life-Enhancement-Services.com.
Saturday, August 13 Medimship/Psychic Angel Readings – 9am-5pm. Phone readings all day by renowned medium and psychic angel reader, Lisa Ashton. You can call ahead to schedule a time for your 1/2-hr or 1-hr reading. $44-$75. Lisa Ashton: 401-500-1908.
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Call Ahead Homeopathy: IBS, Colitis, Diarrhea – 11am12pm. Stop the suffering with homeopathy. Joy Pacitto, MS, CCH, classical homeopath, will discuss how homeopathy can naturally correct digestive distress. Free. Homeopathy with Joy, 182 Gano St, Ste 1, Providence. To register: 860-529-8313. JoyHomeopathy@gmail.com. HomeopathyWithJoy.com Homeopathy: Free 20-Minute Consult – 12:301:30pm. Especially for those attending the talk at 11am. Let’s talk about your digestive challenges. Homeopathy can bring healing relief to folks with IBS. Free. Homeopathy with Joy, 182 Gano St, Ste 1, Providence. To register: 860-529-8313. JoyHomeopathy@gmail.com. HomeopathyWithJoy.com.
Tuesday, August 16 Foraged Foods Identifying Walk – 6-7:30pm. During this 90-min outdoor experience we will learn how to identify the tastiest edible nutritional weeds growing in the area. Bring kids. $10/person, $20/family. Conscious Cuisine, Narragansett. To preregister, Brett: 401-580-6919. ConsciousCuisineRI.com. 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. FireseedCenter.com.
Wednesday, August 17 Gong Bath: Healing With Sound – 6:30-8pm. Come be immersed in the sound of gongs, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, drums, flutes and other vibrational instruments, and find deep peace and greater clarity. $20/advance, $25/at door. Mystic Organics and More, 35 E Williams Ave, Mystic, CT. 860-245-4135. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.
Thursday, August 18 Yoga Teacher Training Info Talk – 6-7pm. Dream of becoming a yoga teacher? Come gain a real understanding of what’s required to make your dream come true and discover if yoga teacher training is right for you. Free. All That Maters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2. AllThatMatters.com. Full Moon Yoga on the Beach – 7:45-8:45pm. A summer favorite. Join Yoga Instructor Coral Brown for a special Full Moon Yoga on the Beach class at South Kingstown Town Beach. $20. South Kingstown Town Beach. 401-782-2126 x 2. AllThatMatters.com.
Friday, August 19 Thai Massage Workshop – 7-10pm. Treat yourself with this healing art rooted in the practice of yoga, ayurvedic medicine and Chinese medicine. Stretching acupressure and breath work. No experience necessary. $50. Rhode Island Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Kingston. 401-284-0320. RIYogaCenter.com.
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Medium and Psychic Angel Readings – 9am-5pm. Call to schedule a time for your personal, accurate medium/psychic angel reading by Lisa Ashton. Question about romance, career, life. 1/2-1-hr appointments. $44-$75. 401-500-1908.
Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Care Class – 6:30-8pm. Learn and develop a self-care Jin Shin Jyutsu (a Japanese Harmonizing Art), practice that can help bring balance, harmony and greater awareness gently to the body. Facilitator, Mara Prentice, DC. $15. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedYogaRI.com.
Stadium Step Up – 10am-12pm. Join the American Lung Association for the inaugural Stadium Step. Fun and fitness that will include music, exhibits, kid-friendly games, zumba and boot camp sessions, prize drawings, snacks and a challenging sprint up the Brown Stadium grandstand. $25/online, $33/ door, free/under 10. American Lung Association, Brown Stadium, 400 Elmgrove Ave, Providence. Action.Lung.org/goto/stadiumstepup. Homeopathy: Gas, Burping, Constipation – 11am-12pm. Stop the suffering with homeopathy. Joy Pacitto, MS, CCH, homeopath, will show how homeopathy can naturally correct stubborn digestive distress. Free. Homeopathy with Joy, 182 Gano St, Ste 1, Providence. To register: 860-529-8313. JoyHomeopathy@gmail.com. HomeopathyWithJoy.com. Homeopathy: Free 20-Minute Consult – 12:302pm. Attend the 11am talk. Then let’s talk about your digestive issues. Homeopathy can bring healing relief for IBS, heartburn, diarrhea, colitis. Free. Homeopathy with Joy, 182 Gano St, Ste 1, Providence. To register: 860-529-8313. JoyHomeopathy@gmail.com. HomeopathyWithJoy.com.
Sunday, August 21 Eckankar Worship Service – 10-11:15am. The topic for discussion this Sunday is “Discover the Wonder of You.” All are invited to participate in this community love service. Free. Eckankar, 2914 Post Rd, Unit 3, Warwick. Eckankar-RI.org.
Monday, August 22 Camp Rainbow Tribe Ages 6-12 – Aug 22-26. 9am-3pm. Fun-filled week of exploration and self-discovery. Mindfulness practices and creative self-expression such as music, creative art, exploring nature, guided visualizations, play, yoga, movement, and dance. $125/full week, $40/day; sibling discount. Soul Love: Children’s Wellness Center, 235 High St, Bristol. To register: 401-680-3555. Bethany@OurLovevolution.com. Angel Gallery Night With Gladys Ellen – 6-9pm. A gallery-style event full of channeled messages for you and the group. Come experience the power of Divine Guidance as you sit in the energy of the Archangels. $50/person. Life Enhancement Services, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. Please RSVP: 401-451-9636. Life-Enhancement-Services.com. Plugging In To Personal Power – 6:30-9pm. Explore your historical relationship with your power, where it resides and where it is missing. Connect, embrace and integrate your power to live with passion and vitality. With Katharine Rossi. $20. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.
Tuesday, August 23 Sea Vegetable Cooking Class – 6-9pm. Seaweed is more than a sushi wrap. Learn the basics of identifying sea plants and how and why to prepare a wide variety of healthful dishes. $50/person, $90/couple. Conscious Cuisine, Narragansett. To register, Brett: 401-580-6919. ConsciousCuisineRI.com.
Friday, August 26 Reiki Second Degree – Aug 26 & 28. 6-9pm, Fri; 10am-5pm, Sun. Two-day workshop. Explore reiki in greater depth and further expand your healing capabilities. Reiki I certificate required. $250. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2. AllThatMatters.com. Gong Bath – 7:30-8:45pm. Join Stephanie Marisca, Cathy Cesario and visiting artists for this deep sound relaxation. Experience the vibrational healing of the bronze gong and Tibetan singing bowls. $25. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126 x 2. AllThatMatters.com. 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, bowls and drums. $20/pre-registered, $25/ at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.
Saturday, August 27 Mediumship and Psychic Readings – 9am-5pm. Call to schedule your mediumship/psychic reading with Lisa Ashton. Speak with your loved ones who have passed, or get answers to romance, life path or career. 1/2-1-hr. $44-$75. 401-500-1908. Reiki Level 1 Certification – 1-6:30pm. Learn to give yourself, friends, family and animals reiki healings. Led by Nicole Casale. Receive Reiki I attunement, manual and certificate of completion. $150. Rhode Island Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Kingston. 401-284-0320. RIYogaCenter.com.
Sunday, August 28 Nutritional Weed Identifying Walk – 11am12:30pm. During this 90-min stroll we will learn why we should eat these tasty healthful foraged foods and how to identify them. $10/person, $20/family. Conscious Cuisine, Narragansett. To preregister, Brett: 401-580-6919. ConsciousCuisineRI.com.
Monday, August 29 Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns lost parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. To register: 401-736-6500 or Paul@Energy-N-Elements.com
Wednesday, August 31 Oak Moon Art Studio Grand Opening – 6-9pm. Celebrate with live music, a taco bar, yummy desserts, “The Big Box of Happy Surprises,” art activities, meet the circle of talented teachers. All ages welcomed. Free. Oak Moon: Creative Pathways to Spirit, 235 High St, Reynolds School, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-429-8212. OakMoonCreativePathwaysToSpirit.com.
Friday, September 2 HEARTful Parents – 6:30-8pm. An opportunity for parents and caregivers time to de-stress and develop tools to help themselves and family thrive. Explore mindfulness and meditation-based practices. $20. Soul Love: Children’s Wellness Center, 235 High St, Bristol. 401-680-3555. Bethany@OurLovevolution.com.
Saturday, September 3 Children’s HEARTfulness – 10-11am. A mindfulness-based group for children ages 7-12 to foster self-love, awareness and acceptance. $20. Soul Love: Children’s Wellness Center, 235 High St, Bristol. 401-680-3555. Bethany@OurLovevolution.com.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 HEARTshop: Ages 7-12 – 1-3pm. A workshop designed to expand a child’s experience with mindfulness and self-love. Children explore who they are, strengthening their self-confidence and self-awareness. $45. Soul Love: Children’s Wellness Center, 235 High St, Bristol. 401-680-3555. Bethany@OurLovevolution.com.
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 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. ProvidencePerfume.com.
Tuesday, September 13 Love Club: Ages 7-12 – 4-5pm. A 10-wk selflove program that teaches kids the importance of loving who they are and confidently expressing it in the world. Special activities designed to help cultivate empathy, decision making and choices, self-awareness and acceptance. $250 for program. Soul Love: Children’s Wellness Center, 235 High St, Bristol. To register: 401-680-3555 or Bethany@OurLovevolution.com.
Saturday, September 17 Fougère & Chypre Formulation – Sept 17 & 18. 11am-5pm, Sat; 10:30am-2pm, Sun. Chypre and Fougère styles of perfume are the most misunderstood, yet most lauded formulations. $550. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register: ProvidencePerfume.com.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Creating Oriental Perfumes – Sept 24 & 25. 11am5pm, Sat; 10:30am-2pm, Sun. 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. $575. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register: ProvidencePerfume.com.
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 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. ProvidencePerfume.com.
ongoingcalendar sunday Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come, celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind, children’s program and child care. Teens meet last Sunday of each month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com. 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 S Water St, Providence. ProvidenceFlea.com. Qigong & Gentle Yoga for Women – 4-5:15pm. Explore gentle and effective techniques that help promote women’s health. Take for all 4 classes or drop into any 1. We’ll go with the flow and explore other qigong practices. $15/drop-in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.
monday markyourcalendar Audit a Massage Therapy Class – 8am-9:30pm. Ongoing for August, Mon-Fri. Audit one or more classes in our MT program. Experience what our students do. Get a free massage. Day/eve classes enrolling for September. Free. Ridley Lowell Business & Technical, 186 Providence St, Lower Level of Thundermist Health, West Warwick. 401-262-3117. Ridley.edu. Svaroopa® Yoga Class in Cumberland – 11am12:30pm. Learn to release deeply held tension using guided awareness, yoga breathing, and slow moving yoga poses adapted to your body. Tangible benefits with little effort. With Maria Sichel, CSYT. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Pilates Mat – 12:30-1:30pm. Pilates mat classes offer a full body workout utilizing all the fundamental movements and basic Pilates exercise principles. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear of Lincoln Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com. Kripalu Yoga in Cumberland – 4:15-5:45pm. Experience breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the heart and body to release and open. With Susan McLaren. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com.
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. With Ann Porto, PsyD. Closed Monday holidays. $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 Class with Gary Karten – 7-8:30pm. A vigorous Forrest yoga style class that is challenging and restorative. Props and adjustments provided. 90 minutes, heated. $15/drop-in. Tree of Life, 77 Myrtle Ave, 2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com.
tuesday Barre Body – 10:30-11:30am. A sculpting class using the ballet barre, light weights, and small ball to create lean muscle and tone the whole body. No ballet experience required. $15 – $20. Providence Pilates Center, 189 Cole Ave, Providence. 401-480-0193. ProvidencePilatesCenter.com. Half Spin Half Mat – 6:30-7:30pm. 30 mins of indoor cycling class provides a fun and challenging cardiovascular workout for all levels and 30 mins of Pilates Mat classes offer a full body workout. $16/ class; Packages Available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear of Lincoln Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com.
wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Drop-in. Donations to: Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. LaughingElephantYoga.com. Spin Class – 9:30-10:30am. A cardio class on spin bikes alternating between sitting/standing/hill intervals/sprints. Classes limited to 8 students so please reserve via website or email. $15-$20. Providence Pilates Center, 189 Cole Ave, Providence. 401-480-0193. ProvidencePilatesCenter.com. Amrit/Kripalu Yoga in Cumberland – 9:3011am. Enjoy breath work, meditation and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing your heart and body to release and open. Beginners welcome. With Amy McPhee. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Adult and Teen Kung Fu – 6-7:30pm. Gain confidence, strength, endurance and knowledge of defense application. Class suitable for beginners. New students are invited to participate in a trial class. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. WayDragon.com.
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Yoga at Easton’s Beach – 7-8:15pm. Join us for yoga on the beach, in front of the Pavilion to awaken body, mind and spirit amidst sea, sky and sand. Free parking and bring your towel. $15/drop-in or class card. More info: Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.
thursday 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. $15/drop-in; class cards available. Quonny Yoga at the Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com. 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. $11/class (series); $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Pilates Mat Class – 10:30-11:30am. An all levels mat class following the classical routine of Joseph Pilates. Props may be used and will be provided. $15-$20. Providence Pilates Center, 189 Cole Ave, Providence. 401-480-0193. ProvidencePilatesCenter.com. Barre/Mat 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. RIPilatesStudio.com. Teen Night – 6-7pm. 2nd & 4th Thursday. Release the stress of the world and have fun exploring who you are through creative self-expression; meditation, music, art, mindfulness. $20. Soul Love: Children’s Wellness Center, 235 High St, Bristol. 401-680-3555. Bethany@ OurLovevolution.com. $5 All Levels Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Suitable for all students and provides the opportunity to learn and refine the principals of alignment and form. Clear instruction is offered to deepen your practice. Cash or check only. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Deepening Somatic Consciousness. Walking meditation in addition to guided experiences working with consciousness in
the body, connecting with the earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Svaroopa ® Yoga Class in Cumberland – 7-8:30pm. Learn to release deeply held tension using guided awareness, yoga breathing and slow moving yoga poses adapted to your body. Focus on basics: beginners welcome. With Pat Spencer. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. 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 August. $10/person. Life Enhancement Services, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-451-9636. Life-Enhancement-Services.com.
friday Kripala Yoga for 60+ Population – 10-11:30am. Emphasis on breathing, balance, taking things at your own pace. Instructor, Pam MacFarlane, certified in kripala, nidra, chair yoga, positional therapy. $10/wk. Hamilton House, Adult Learning Exchange, Providence. 401-831-1800. HistoricHamilton.com.
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; package available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear of Lincoln Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com. Kripalu Yoga: Cumberland – 9:45-11am. A mindfulness-based yoga, emphasizing individual growth and the healing of body, mind and soul. Peaceful setting. Experienced teacher. $12-$13/FlexPass; $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Kindergarten Kung Fu with Master Wu – 1111:45am. Kids ages 3-5 develop coordination, discipline, listening skills, confidence and more, all while having fun. Children new to WOD may participate in a trial class. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. WayDragon.com.
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chiropractic Dr. Richard Picard 342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967 DrRichardPicard.com
With 25 years of experience, Dr. Picard has helped thousands of patients recover from various health challenges with chiropractic care. Dr. Picard is unique; he looks at the body from a holistic perspective and focuses on wellness. He provides traditional nutrition and natural medicine to help heal the tissues of the body that are in need of repair. This in combination with chiropractic care creates a dynamic healing response within the body. Don’t deal with your pain and health challenges alone, call someone who cares.
DEPTH HYPNOSIS fireseed center for transformation
Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street Providence, RI 401-924-0567 • fireseedcenter.com Holistic counseling using hypnosis to access root causes of imbalance and shamanic techniques to connect you to your own power. Depth hypnosis works with your inner wisdom to heal and create lasting change. Office and phone sessions available.
Esthetician 360 FACE MIND BODY
Michelle Maynard 635 Arnold Rd, Coventry, RI 401-886-1938 360FaceMindBody.com Offering facials and skin care products that are free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, fillers and talc. 360 uses product lines with natural plant-based ingredients including Farmaesthetics and Jane Iredale Mineral makeup. Michelle is certified in Clinical Oncology Esthetics®, so she can provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals undergoing cancer treatment and those with health-challenged skin. See ad on page 6.
Jahmeir Skincare Studio 2928 Post Rd, Warwick RI 401-595-2851 JahmeirSkincareStudio.com
My intention and holistic expertise is to provide innovative technology, high performance products and services to heal your skin. Combining vegan, organic and gluten free products with clinical personalized treatments the skin’s health, balance and radiance can be enhanced. Offering and using cutting edge procedures the skins transformation and harmony is the result. This philosophy can target, correct and benefit many sensitive unbalanced & unhealthy skin types. See ad on page 15.
Massage Envy Spa 1000 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston, RI 02920 401-275-4900 MassageEnvy.com Specializing in customized therapeutic skincare services. Massage Envy offers Murad facials and products. The Murad approach is a three-step process that focuses on healing your skin from the inside out. As a graduate of the Elizabeth Grady school of Esthetics and Massage Therapy, Iris specializes in providing facial services that promote healthy skin through relaxation, skincare education, and therapeutic massage techniques. See ad on page 3.
foot detox Lisa Indish
Healing in Harmony Wellness Center 185 Putnam Pike (Route 44) Chepachet, RI 401-949-5533 HealingInHarmonyWellness.com 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
38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • FlippSalon.com Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul. Offering hair, makeup,refexology,acupuncture,ma ssage and herbalism. See ad on page 23.
health food store NATURE’S GOODNESS 510 East Main Rd Middletown, RI 401-847-7480 NaturesGoodnessRI.com
For 28 years we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic Whole Foods, Nutritional Products, Body Care, Athletic Supplements, Natural Pet Care and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment. We are open daily. Please visit our website for a wealth of information.
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Oak Moon: Creative Pathways to Spirit
Colleen K. Kelley 235 High Street, Reynolds School, Bristol RI 401-429-8212 OakMoonCreativePathwaysToSpirit.com Colleen is a Nature-Centered Artist and Aes Sidhe Shaman who offers profound liberation through creative self-exploration, story-medicine and private shamanic sessions. At Colleen’s Oak Moon Art Studio, you will experience an environment grounded in spirited, artful adventures to engage your own joyful self-discovery and happiness. See ad on page 23.
Soul Wisdom Healing @ The Womens Well
934 East Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 401-662-6642 or 401-847-6551 TarotNewport.com crismccullough-holistic.com
Get to the Heart of the matter with Integrative, holistic, intuitive guidance with Cris McCullough Holistic Tarot, Numerology and Spiritual Astrology, Body Talk, Master Reiki, Crystal Attunement. In person or by phone. Make your appointment now!
holistic medicine Integrative Center for Chronic Diseases Donna Zaken, RN, MSN, APRN 35 South Angell St, Providence, RI 401-585-7877 ChronicDiseases@DonnaZaken.com DonnaZaken.com
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 ThePetterutiCenter.com 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 11.
holistic psychotherapy Intuitive Therapy
Melissa Hecht, MSW, LICSW 1300 Park Ave, Woonsocket, RI 508-951-9828 Intuitive-Therapy.com 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.
Soul Love: Children’s Wellness Center Bethany Vendituoli, LICSW 235 High Street Bristol RI 401-680-3555 ourlovevolution.com
Counseling and group work for children and families, utilizing a holistic and intuitive approach to assist clients in coming back into alignment with their authentic selves. Through heart centered mindfulness based practices and creative selfexpression, clients strengthen their acceptance of themselves and others, cultivate empathy, awareness and self-love.
homeopathy Homeopathy With Joy
182 Gano St, #1 Providence RI 860-529-8313 JoyHomeopathy@Gmail.com HomeopathyWithJoy.com Do you or your family have a homeopath? Homeopathy, holistic medicine, is the second fastest growing method of health care worldwide. Joy Pacitto MS, CCH, a board certified classical homeopath is honored to offer homeopathic health services to Rhode Island, her home state. Book your Free 20 minute complimentary consultation.
hypnotherapy Newport Center for Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis Training Suzi Nance, CHT, CI 123 Bellevue Avenue, Newport RI 401-835-1736 NewportCenterForHypnotherapy.com 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..
possibilities hypnosis center
John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist Warwick Medical Center 400 Bald Hill Road Warwick, RI 401-374-1890 • Possibilities.nu
Need to lose weight and keep it off? Stop smoking? Learn to relax? Make other changes in the way you think, act or feel? Hypnosis can help. You will be amazed at how a few hypnosis sessions can make the impossible, possible. Start by visiting my website. Then call for an appointment or to set up a free introductory consultation. And start turning possibilities into realities.
naturopathic physicians Sheila M. Frodermann, MS, ND, DHANP, CCH
Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • ProvidenceWholistic.com Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally - for all. Naturopathic doctor - Certified Classical Homeopath - Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 7.
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Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center
Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist ThoughtAlchemy.guru 774-991-0574 • firstname.lastname@example.org 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 25.
interfaith minister INTERFAITH MINISTER
Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 • email@example.com GatheringGuide.com • OneVoiceCentral.com 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 The Carrington Agency
Ron Ash 39 Carrington Street, Suite 202 Lincoln, RI 561-203-0228 347-537-GIFT TheCarringtonAgency.com 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.
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Farmacy Herbs Dr. Marcy Feibelman, ND 28 Cemetery St Providence, RI 508-343-0580 Marcy@ LeavesOfChangeMedicine.com LeavesOfChangeMedicine.com
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 CJonesLMHC@aol.com 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
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.
Gregory Knight, Ordained Teacher 220 Waterman Avenue East Providence, RI 401-724-8426 • GregoryKnight.net
Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic
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.
Dr. Cathy Picard, N.D. 250 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield, RI 401-597-0477 • DrCathyPicard.com Whole-person health care for the entire family using safe and effective natural medicines. Meeting your health care needs with homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutrition and biotherapeutic drainage. Focus includes pediatrics and childhood developmental issues including autism and ADHD.
nutrition response testing NATURAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS
Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 DrBomback.com 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 31.
organic hair color Elaine Hewitt
Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • ElaineHewitt.com 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 23.
reiki Inner Love and Light Nicole Casale RM/T Warwick, RI Cell Phone: 914-216-8660 InnerLoveandLight.com LearnReikiRI.com
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 176 Main Street East Greenwich, RI 401-228-8348 AscensionNxt.com
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 Energy-N-Elements.com
Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval. “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today. See ad on page 8.
wellness center IT’S MY HEALTH
Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 • Its-My-Health.com We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 8.
yoga sound healing GONGS OF JOY & DRUMSONG
Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle 401-258-3952 • GongsOfJoy.com Sound therapy is an excellent holistic approach to relieve stress/pain, depression, fatigue, anger/hostility, fears/phobias and more. The vibrational overtones promote an overall state of peace, harmony and deep relaxation. Drumsinger A. Michelle channels Sacred Sound in harmony with a variety of indigenous instruments. Gongmaster Joy, sacred sound healing artist offers gong baths, private gong healing sessions, gong workshops, and other rituals.
therapeutic massage Jane McGinn, BA, LMT
459 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 401-450-4172 WestShoreWellness.com Jane’s massage style incorporates relaxing Swedish strokes and deeper pressure as needed. Her techniques loosen tight muscles and bring about a sense of well being mentally, emotionally, physically. Her work has helped those new to massage as well as those familiar with massage, including therapists and practitioners. New clients are encouraged to experience Jane’s warm, friendly approach and excellent results.
cathryn moskow, lcmt
120 Wayland Ave, Ste 6 Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 catmoskow.massagetherapy.com Over 10,000+ hours of restorative muscular therapy. “Best of Boston.” Feel better, live happier – Enjoy pain relief, rehab/chronic issues, easier range of motion, age related issues, injury work + “aaaahhh”. Accurate, gentle Deep Tissue blended w/Swedish, Biodynamics + Reiki. “She’s like finding the owner’s manual.” By appointment. RI Lic #MT01664.
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35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown RI 401-829-9903 • GraceYoga.org Grace school of yoga is a sacred center for peace and well-being, offering daily classes of all levels in classical yoga, breathing, and meditation. Join our classes any time. See ad on page 33.
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TIME FOR YOU YOGA
Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319 Maria@TimeForYouYoga.com TimeForYouYoga.com 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 • Info@AllThatMatters.com AllThatMatters.com All That Matters, founded in 1995, offers more than 100 weekly yoga classes at three locations across the state. The South Kingstown center also offers an array of workshops, a retail store, and health services ranging from acupuncture and chiropractic to massage therapy. See ad on page 33.
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