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


Conscious Dying as a Transformative Healing Journey by Linda Sechrist


Reclaiming the Care of Our Deceased Loved Ones by Ann Porto




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An Interview with Alison Armstrong by April Thompson

38 KISSED BY KINDNESS by Emily Esfahani Smith



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his month’s feature article by Linda Sechrist, “Sacred Passage: Conscious Dying as a Transformative Healing Journey,” on page 20, caringly explores how the ultimate transition can be enhanced by compassion and dignity when thoughtfully approached. Genuinely expressed care for one another—both those going on and those staying behind—is essential. Interestingly enough, we had several local articles submitted with information and resources here in Rhode Island on this topic. One is on living funerals with a gathering of one’s community where the individual with a life limiting illness is present to share in the celebration. Another is the Grace Note Singers whose soft voices join to create a peaceful space at the bedside of the dying. Celebrating life and cherishing the beauty in life begins to bring a different vision of death as a seldom discussed topic. We are all going to die, and yet there is a lot of resistance in talking and thinking about it, let alone planning for it. On page 24 in “Home Vigils”, Ann Porto tells us about the increase in popularity in the desire to choose simpler funeral options, and the assistance and support that a death midwife or doula can provide at that time. Though we can never compare the loss of a family pet to that of a loved one or family member I found some similarities in processing the loss of one of my dear pets. We had a situation a few years back with Flo, our beloved cat. When Flo became ill and stopped eating at around 14 years, we brought her to the vet. She was dehydrated and not eating, so they sent us home with fluids we were to administer intravenously. It would take about 10 minutes or so for the fluid to go through, Flo was rather out of it at that point and accepted it gracefully. She still wouldn’t eat, so we were filling a syringe with high protein cat food and shooting it in her mouth. One morning feeding Flo before work, she turned her head as I had the syringe at her mouth, causing the cat food to squirt back in my face. At which point I thought – what am I doing? Would I want someone to force-feed me? Where is the quality of life, when you can’t even be bothered to react when someone is manually injecting fluids? These measures were not cures; it was her new reality as we attempted to stretch her life a little longer. While it broke our hearts, we did what was the right thing to do. Those types of decisions carry more clarity with distance. When you are not personally involved, it makes perfect sense not to keep something alive with force. But when it’s a loved one, it is much harder to let go and see that we may simply be selfish to hold on when longer than we should. Life is precious and short even if we live to 100. It’s important to be present in every moment, focused on those who mean the most to us. Living with grace naturally helps us depart with grace. May we all celebrate each day and treasure the special connections that feed our soul. We hope this issue lends uplifting perspective to the personally unique journey of this sacred passage. Peace, Maureen

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Sacred Pilgrimage to Egypt with Rae Chandran

March 31 – April 9, 2017 10 days / 9 nights Cost: $3,800 - $4,200 (airfare not included)


his magical retreat offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Egypt with a custom guided program led by internationally renowned channeler and author Rae Chandran that combines nature, history, adventure and spiritual experiences in some of the most magnificent spots in the world. Experience daily channelings, meditations, intention ceremonies, activations and initiations in power spots guided by Chandran. Some of the places that will be visited include the Great Pyramids (private two-hour visit), Initiation in King’s chamber, Sphinx, Temple of Sekhmet and 7 Gates (private visit), Channeling in Abydos, Sakkara and Memphis, Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple, Hathor Temple, Alabaster Mosque, Coptic Church and the Cairo Museum, Isis Temple, Temple of Horus and Komombo Temple and many more.

Chandran is a teacher, channeler and energy healer. He has been on the path of self-discovery for more than three decades and through the awakenings and understandings he has had over these years, he shares these truths to all the people he comes in contact with. He teaches these truths through the various workshops he conducts in many parts of the world like Japan, USA, Brazil, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Shanghai, India and Vietnam. He also leads people to power spots and power vortexes in countries like Egypt, Israel, Greece and Morocco. Chandran is the author of five books. The content of all of these books is completely channeled.

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newsbriefs Winter Bowenwork Community Walk-in Clinic Dates Set


rovidence Wholistic Healthcare, on the Eastside, is holding Bowenwork Community Walk-in Clinics from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 4, 2 to 5 p.m., March 1, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 18. Treatments will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, in effective 20-minute sessions. Practitioners Dr. Sheila Frodermann and Emily Deneault treat specific complaints such as shoulder pain, asthma, hip pain, low back pain, knee pain, ankle injury, Lyme-related pain, headaches, neck tension, sinus pain, and digestive issues, as well as for relaxation in stressful times. Dr. Sheila Frodermann Frodermann is a naturopathic doctor, a homeopath, a 20-year Bowenwork practitioner, and an associate Bowenwork instructor for the American Bowen Academy. Deneault is a certified practitioner with the American Bowen Academy. Cost: $45 new clients/$35 subsequent visits and established PWH clients. Location: 144 Waterman St., Ste. #3. Call 401-455-0546 with questions and during inclement weather to check for cancellations. For more information, visit See ad on page 27.

Early Sign-up Discount for Professional Hypnotist Certification Course


oard-certified hypnotist and certified hypnotist instructor John Koenig will be running a 15-week Hypnotist Certification Course starting March 20. The course will be held at the Richmond Square Technology Center, in Providence, on Monday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with six full Saturdays for supervised practice. Successful completion of the 75-hour course will result in certification as a consulting hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists, the world’s largest professional hypnotist association. The cost after March 1 will be $2150, but enroll during January or February and save $300 off the full tuition. The fee includes instruction, a workbook, certificate, testing fee and full professional membership for 12 months in the National Guild of Hypnotists. Students will learn how to induce hypnosis, work with various issues such as smoking, weight and John Koenig stress reduction and the requirements for setting up a practice in Rhode Island, Connecticut or Massachusetts. Class size will be small with no more than 12 students. Koenig has been practicing hypnosis since 1998 in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. His hypnotic video programs have been featured on national television and he is the author of The Hypnotic Coach which will be used as a text in the program.

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DiscoverYou Wellness Expo Moves to New Location in Warwick


he DiscoverYou Wellness Expo is moving to a new location at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Warwick, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 2. Susan Lataille of DiscoverYou Events has partnered with Victoria Haffer to bring attendees the best of products and services the Rhode Island holistic and wellness community has to offer in mind, body and spirit. The expo, sponsored by Natural Awakenings, will consist of more than 70 exhibitors and 15 workshops, and will feature Roland Comtois as the keynote speaker along with presenters Kerry Cudmore, Gladys Ellen, Robert Burns, Linda Jaros, Robert Baxter, Gayle Suzanne, and Victoria Haffer, among others. For more information, email Susan Lataille at or Victoria Haffer at Transform@, or visit See ad on back cover.


Providence Flea Winter Markets Held at Hope High School


he Providence Flea indoor holiday markets were a huge hit and patrons can continue to enjoy the ever-popular Sunday treasure hunt from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the second and fourth Sundays of the month during February, March and April at Hope High School. Specific dates are February 12 UNE SEPTEMBER 11 and 5 16,-March 12 and 16, and April 9 and 23. Featuring unusual and upcycled finds, vintage fashion and accessories, antiques, art, collectibles, furniture, plants, prints and photographs, and aWater collectionSt. of one-of- a-kind cross from 345 south works by local artisans and makers, the Flea offers something different each market for every taste and style.



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newsbriefs One Thousand Participants Expected for Fight For Air Climb


2017 Marks 10th Year for Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market

he American Lung Association will hold its ninth annual Fight For Air Climb: Providence presented by MetLife Auto & Home on March 4, at the Omni Providence Hotel. This “vertical road race” will see 1,000 participants, including arm Fresh RI firefighters in full gear, racing up 22 floors of stairs in support of the 33 million first started Americans suffering from lung disease,OMNI including lung cancer,HOTEL the number one the wintertime PROVIDENCE | PROVIDENCE, RI cancer killer of women. in 2007 2 2 F L O O R S | 3 4 8 S T E P market S Participants can climb solo or start a team for this unique fitness event and, inside AS220, a after climbing, are invited to the event’ after party at Union Station Brewery where Providence gal| awards are given out for fastest climbers and teams. All athletic abilities are wellery and forum come and encouraged to attend. Funds raised benefit the American Lung Associafor the arts, with tion’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease just seven venthrough research, education and advocacy. dors. It quickly outgrew that Cost: $35 fee/$100 fundraising minimum. For more information and to register, small space, and in 2008 jumped just visit See ad on page 17. across the Providence/Pawtucket line ARE YOU UP FOR THE USE CODEto a single hallway of the Hope Artiste CHALLENGE? Village on Main Street, in Pawtucket. In NATURALRI Fall 2012, with the market bursting at TO SAVE $5! REGISTER TODAY! the seams, it was expanded into both the iscover ways toPRESENTED make theBY: home and community LOCALLY LOCALLY SPONSORED BY: 1005 and 999 hallways of Hope Artiste greener at the Green Living Expo, taking place Village where it remains today, open on from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 19, at the Crowne Plaza Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hotel, in Warwick. For this season, more than 80 The event will feature dozens of green living vendors are selling their locally grown workshops, presentations and informative talks by exproducts, including vegetables, apples, perts on alternative transportation, the most innovative cranberries and other produce; seagreen building materials, green energy, and solar, wind food, meats, poultry, and eggs; artisanal and water power. Learn about affordable, healthier, cheeses, breads, gluten-free and other greener versions of household products, and see how baked goods; lotions, soaps, cosmetics, easy it is to use green building products for healthier households. Enjoy live music, candles, honey, pickles, sauces, salsas specialty foods and green fun for the whole family. and preserves; chocolates, nuts, juices, teas, coffee and other beverages; preCost: $5 in advance/$7 at door/children under 12 free. Free parking. Location: pared foods and food trucks; flowers, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. For more information call 401-837-6645, email plants, wreaths and more. or visit See ad on page 9. Snow or shine, the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market is open and brimming with high-quality locally sourced foods. For cancellation announcements in cases of extreme ACUPUNCTURE • SKINCARE weather, please follow the market on social media. Compost drop-off is availCHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE able to customers outside on Dudley Street. Due to Health Department regulations, dogs are not permitted at the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market.

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Seminar Explores The Road to God: The Adventure of a Lifetime


ckankar of Rhode Island will present the 2017 Rhode Island Eckankar Regional Seminar, called The Road to God: The Adventure of a Lifetime, on March 4 and 5, at the Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, in Warwick. The seminar will feature keynote speaker Ken Windholz, a university Ken Windholz professor and an accomplished musician. He is also a chef, two-time master’s national power lifting champion and a sports public address announcer. Windholz says he cannot imagine life without Eckankar. “It’s truly the path of pure divine love and has transformed and reinvented me many, many times over throughout my life. Each discovery on this path is utterly precious; always new, always exactly what’s needed in that very moment. It is truly the adventure of a lifetime!” At this seminar, Windholz will share golden keys that have helped him on his own journey home to God. There will also be a free discussion event held from 10 to 11:30 a.m., March 4, entitled Spiritual Wisdom on Life after Death. An Eckankar seminar is a place where people come to experience a direct link to God through inspirational and spiritual exercises. Attendees will learn how to align their inner and outer aspirations. It also provides an opportunity to meet like-minded people who share the love for God and Spirit. The goal is to immerse oneself in the light and sound of God for spiritual renewal, transformation, healing and the gift of higher awareness. Location: Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd., Warwick. For more information, call 401-828-6973, email Eckankar at Eckankar.RI@gmail. com, or visit Rhode Island Eckankar Center is located at 2914 Post Rd., #3, Warwick. See ad on this page.

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The Road to God: The Adventure of a Lifetime Saturday, March 4th and Sunday, March 5th “An invitation is extended to any truth seeker who wants to find for himself the Light and Sound of God. This treasure is the birthright of Soul that leads to the Kingdom of Heaven.” -Harold Klemp, The Living Word, Book 1

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newsbriefs Help for Sensitive Winter Skin


You Are Love Gloria di Simone Artist Gloria di Simone’s featured cover painting, You Are Love, reflects her long-held passion for color. She refers to her paintings as “axquarelli”, her unique variation on the Italian word for watercolor, saying, “They are tempera—a rather diluted paint on watercolor paper.” In many of her paintings, she also adds diamond water and gold for unusual effects. “My images are focused on vibration and energy,” explains di Simone. She leads workshops in creative painting that focus on freeing the inner child in everyone. “My creativity and passion for color has been my life focus and it brings me great joy to share that,” says di Simone. She describes her axquarelli paintings as intuitive and heartwarming: “I hope they bring peace and exude a balancing of environmental energies.” Through her innate abilities, she blends colors to embed her paintings with healing vibrations. A native of Naples, Italy, di Simone currently makes her home there after spending 28 years in Rome. In addition to being an artist, she has also worked as an architect, graphic designer, art director, furniture designer and teacher. View the artist’s portfolio at


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old weather and overheated rooms can dry out skin and make it look tired and old during the winter months. Fresh Face Skincare Center has the solution—its signature Anti-Aging Trio, a non-invasive, chemical-free treatment that isn’t harsh on the skin. “With three proven machines that lessen the aging process five to 10 years with no down time, the treatment is everyone’s best friend,” says owner, licensed esthetician, skin therapist and make-up consultant Debby Votta. The first step is microdermabrasion to gently remove the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells. Next is microcurrent, also known as facial toning for an instant face-lift. Lastly, finish up with LED red light therapy to firm and tighten the skin. Votta is certified in many of the latest high tech, esthetic advances. With more than 10 years of experience, she is consistently educating herself on the latest and best skincare products and treatments. Cost: $75. Location: Fresh Face Skincare Center @ Avalon, 1221 Reservoir Ave., Cranston For more information, call 401-944-4601 or visit See ad on page 5.

Free Valentine’s Day Astrology Workshop


rofessional astrologer Steven Seinberg will lead a fun workshop on what birth-charts say about how each person is wired for romance from noon to 1 p.m., February 14, at the Empowerment Factory, in Hope Artiste Village, in Pawtucket. Astrology is an ancient system used to peer into many different aspects of our lives. Participants will learn some of the fundamentals of astrology, explore which symbols in general are the most critical in examining the basic traits and predispositions in relationships and romance, and gain insight as to what individual attendees’ specific chart features may say about their intrinsic wiring in matters of the heart: what they want in love, what they need, and what Steven Seinberg their relationship strengths and weaknesses might be. Seinberg is an official apprentice of Steven Forrest, one of the most wellknown figures in all of modern astrology. He has taught astrology classes on both coasts and has been working on an astrology book that takes a novel approach toward teaching some of the material. Cost: Free. Register: Eventbrite. Location: 999 Main St., #707, Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-365-1010 or visit See ad page 3. is the easiest way for you to search for a new pet in Providence, RI.

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September 2016 survey from Packaged Facts, a division of Market Research Group, LLC, showed that as much as 20 percent of the U.S. adult population is cutting back on supplement use due to consumption of fortified foods. Despite this trend, nutritional supplement sales nationwide are projected to increase by $1.5 billion in just two years to $16 billion in 2018. Fortified foods contain extra nutrients added by manufacturers such as cereal fortified with iron, milk with added vitamin D and pasta enhanced with folic acid. While the original intent of these additives was to improve nutritional deficiencies in people without access to foods that naturally contain these nutrients, consequences now include an overabundance of particular nutrients for some and poor food choices due to a dependence on fortified foods for others. Ingesting naturally occurring nutrients in unfortified foods allows each nutrient to be absorbed together with the other vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients contained in that food, enabling them to work together within the body, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Reflexology and Imagery Relieve Preoperative Anxiety


nticipating surgery can be stressful, and many patients suffer from preoperative anxiety, which can cause serious health complications such as hypertension, rapid pulse and sugar metabolism changes. Israeli researchers from the University of Haifa have found that complementary medicine, combined with standard use of anti-anxiety drugs prior to entering the operating room, can significantly reduce preoperative anxiety levels and improve outcomes. Researchers divided 360 preoperative patients ages 17 and up into three groups: those receiving standard care for preoperative anxiety; those receiving standard care along with complementary therapy, featuring acupuncture, reflexology, individual guided imagery or a combination of the latter two; and those receiving standard care combined with generic guided imagery via a recording. Anxiety levels were measured preoperatively before and after the intervention on a scale of one to 10, with scores of four or more constituting intermediate or higherlevel anxiety. The study found that complementary therapy in combination with standard care produced a 60 percent reduction in anxiety, with the mean score dropping from 5.54 to 2.32. Combining standard care with reflexology and guided imagery provided the best relief, reducing anxiety by an average of 4.22 points. Patients receiving only standard care experienced a slight rise in their average anxiety level.


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randomized, double-blind study from the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Science and Research, in Bangalore, India, has found that an extract of fenugreek husk (FHE) called FenuSMART can provide relief from common symptoms of menopause, including night sweats, insomnia, headaches, hot flashes and mood swings. Researchers studied 88 menopausal women between the ages of 45 and 58. Half were given one gram of FHE per day for 90 days while the other half received a placebo. The study measured the impact the supplement had on the subjects’ menopausal symptoms through weekly telephone sessions. At the study’s end, approximately 32 percent of the women in the FHE group reported no hot flashes, while the placebo subjects saw the frequency of theirs reduced from three to five per day to one or two. Additionally, the subjects that took FHE experienced a 57 percent reduction in night sweats, a 68 percent abatement of mood swings, a 75 percent drop in insomnia and 58 percent fewer headaches.


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study from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, in Beijing, reports that Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) can be an effective treatment for patients with postpartum depression. Traditional Chinese Medicine advocates herbal treatments based on underlying issues. Researchers analyzed data from 47 clinical trials encompassing 3,795 participants between the ages of 18 and 43 suffering from postpartum depression. The study pooled results into three categories: CHM versus placebo, CHM versus routine treatments (antidepressants) and CHM plus routine treatments versus only routine treatments. The study found that using Chinese herbs combined with antidepressants is the most effective approach, noting that CHM is a safe, effective alternative for patients unable or unwilling to take antidepressants.

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Plants Communicate with Sound A recent study from the University of Western Australia has found that plants regularly react to and emit sounds through a series of clicks produced by their roots, and that such inter-flora communication may be essential to their survival. Evolutionary biologist Monica Gagliano, who made the discovery, listened to the roots of young corn plants and found that they regularly produced sounds in the range of 220Hz, a frequency audible to the human ear. Plants have been shown to influence each other in many ways through nanomechanical oscillations on a molecular scale. Gagliano remarks, “Scientists also know that plants use volatile chemicals to communicate with each other.” Another biological research team under the direction of Professor Olaf Kruse, Ph.D., scientific director of the Center for Biotechnology at Germany’s Bielefeld University, has shown that green algae not only engages in photosynthesis, but also has an alternative source of energy: It can draw it from other plants (Nature Communications). Gagliano comments, “Considering that entire forests are all interconnected by networks of fungi, maybe plants are using fungi the way we use the Internet.”

Selfies Promote Animal Cruelty and Death Zachary Crockett, of, has found that since 2014, 49 people were killed in attempts to take pictures of themselves with wild creatures. Although there are no statistics on how many animals have been harmed due to selfies, wildlife organizations such as Care for the Wild International are appealing to the public to stop using animals as props. Visitors to China’s Yunnan Wild Animal Park lured captive peacocks from their enclosure and grabbed them by their tails. The birds died as a result. Another group of people at a beach in Argentina was filmed mobbing a baby Franciscana dolphin, an endangered species, while taking pictures, resulting in its death likely through shock and severe dehydration from being removed from the water for too long. Due to the high demand by tourists to take pictures with wild animals, special photographic settings are popping up in Mexico, Europe and Morocco. However, the Association for British Travel Agents stated that no legitimate sanctuary would allow animals to be used as photo props.

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Fungus Among Us Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) is a new method of editing genomes of farm animals and food crops. White button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) that have been genetically modified to delay the natural browning process are the first CRISPRedited organisms to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Yinong Yang, a plant pathologist from Penn State University, crafted the modified mushrooms by targeting the family of genes responsible for the browning effect seen in produce when sliced and exposed to oxygen. Yang was able to reduce the browning enzyme’s work by 30 percent and was granted approval from the USDA because no foreign or altered DNA was integrated into the mushroom genome. The department only assesses whether there’s a risk that the new modified variety of an organism could become a weed or “pest” to other plants. The mushrooms may still be subject to Food and Drug Administration or Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine are in discussions about developing a new set of rules for the biotech industry in the next five to 10 years. Source:

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man reclines peacefully, stretched out on a lounge chair. A woman lies close by on another chair, holding his hand. Their wide, contented smiles are the kind you’d expect of vacationers lying poolside at an upscale resort. But the man isn’t drinking a tropical cocktail; he’s receiving a therapeutic IV infusion in the drip bar at Intellectual Medicine 120, in Warwick. Formerly the Petteruti Center for Life Extension, the facility was recently renamed to better capture its expanded breadth of services and the philosophy of its founder, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephen Petteruti. Traditional health care, he says, has “taken the intellect out of medicine. I want to put it back in.” Petteruti, a primary care physician and doctor of osteopathic medicine, is also board-certified in medical weight loss, anti-aging and regenerative medicine. Though Petteruti has received some criticism for his “unconventional ideas,” it doesn’t dampen his enthusiasm for medicine and passion for helping patients lead healthier, happier, longer lives. “There’s a problem with health care right now,” he says. Doctors must adhere to established standards of care. Though those standards were created to help ensure quality, he says, those standards often limit the treatment options physicians can offer their patients. “The ‘standard of care’ has come to mean, ‘doing what everybody else is doing,’” he says, “and if you’re doing that, you’re never going to move forward. I think we need to break out of the standards that are currently established. And if I have to catch a couple of arrows, I’m okay if it helps that happen.” Intellectual Medicine 120 refers to Petteruti’s approach of combining thought, science and rational think-


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ing with medicine, and the Hayflick limit, a concept in cellular science that suggests the possibility of a 120-year lifespan. “Our goal,” he says, “is to create a platform of delivering health that’s entirely different from the conventional way of thinking.” The center’s rebranding also reflects Petturuti’s desire to create a platform through which he and other doctors and nurse practitioners can collaborate and track results. “I can only go so far,” he says. “There is legitimacy and value in some of these unconventional treatments, and we need to have more centers in the country like ours so others can also start using the knowledge with their patients.” Petturuti says doctors from Massachusetts and Pennsylvania have already come to the center for training. At the heart of the treatment center is the drip bar, where patients receive IV drip treatments. Liquid nutrients are stored in a medical-grade refrigeration unit and a sterile IV compounding hood guards against germs and helps preserve the center’s zero-infection rate. IV drips may be administered as part of the comprehensive treatment plan created for each patient. The infusions,

Petturuti says, have helped patients with varied needs such as cancer support and chelation therapy and as part of the center’s anti-aging, hormone therapy and weight loss programs. Two years ago, Petturuti decided to officially break free from traditional medicine—a bold move that would change his practice into a cash-based one that does not accept insurance. “It was a huge leap of faith,” he says, “but we did it because we needed freedom to practice medicine in a manner that we knew would help our patients more.” Among the benefits of the new structure is the freedom to spend more time with each patient. “If you’ve been to the doctor lately, you know what I’m talking about,” Petturuti says. “They’re looking at the computer more than they’re looking at you.” It’s not unusual for Petturuti to spend an hour with a patient to discuss treatment options or articles patients have brought in, or to text patients directly to answer their questions. Shannon Petturuti, nurse practitioner and Petturuti’s wife, says that although the center embraces the latest ideas and modern technology, the social model is reminiscent of community doctors of centuries past. “It’s smaller,” she says. “We know every patient and everything about them. It’s more like how medicine and patient care is supposed to be.” Petturuti is passionate about exploring ways to cure what he feels are the biggest health epidemics of today—heart disease, cancer, aging, dementia and obesity. “The body has an incredible ability to heal itself, and I’ve witnessed that on many occasions. We want to get doctors curious and we’re hoping to prove that they can still make a living by doing the right thing.” Through Intellectual Medicine 120, he hopes to join with others in the medical community to help prevent and reverse disease and illness. Intellectual Medicine 120 is located at 250 Centerville Rd., Bldg E, in Warwick. Listen to Dr. Petteruti Saturdays from 8-9 a.m. on WPR0 99.7 FM and 630 AM. For more information, visit im-120. com. See ad on page 13. Wendy Lewis is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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SACRED PASSAGE Conscious Dying as a Transformative Healing Journey by Linda Sechrist


hen properly viewed, the thresholds of all of life’s transitional moments can be both emotionally and spiritually rewarding. Whether it involves marriage or birth, job loss or illness, gleaning insight from the experience can yield fresh perspective on how to live life more fully today, if we remain mindful and lovingly attentive through the process. Like birth, death is a transition we can wisely prepare for. In recent years, compassionate individuals and grassroots movements have emerged to help us conduct ourselves, heal and grow from losing a loved one or face our own passing. An increasing number of initiatives support a new model in palliative care that treats death not as a failure, but an expected aspect of


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the human experience. Each in its own way advocates for a grace-filled passage supported by dignified, caring and compassionate practices.

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The Conscious Dying Institute, in Boulder, Colorado, aims to restore death and dying to its natural place in the sacred circle of life. Its end-of-life literacy curriculum and certificate training programs are helping to create a new, wisdombased culture of healing teachers and end-of-life doulas that serve among the frontline caregivers and companions providing the comfort people want and need most. Founded by Tarron Estes, a healing artist, poet, Caritas coach and transformational learning educator, the institute is grounded in love, spiritual

openness, compassion and a universal field of consciousness. “Training is open to nurses, physicians, clinicians, caregivers, family members, healthcare teams and anyone else interested in exploring what it means to die consciously,” says Estes. It attends to the provider’s inner awakening and helps them strengthen their ability to give spiritual, emotional, physical and practical care to anyone, helping to relieve pain, regardless of diagnosis. “Rather than curative care, it’s all about seeking to increase precious, meaningful moments, a sense of spiritual sanctity, beauty, interconnectedness and appreciation of life for the families and patients they serve. An end-of-life doula at bedside assures that families and loved ones can focus on what is most important,” explains Estes, who believes that our true nature lives within us as an unblemished jewel. Helping individuals become comfortable talking about death is the work of Dr. Karen Wyatt, of Dillon, Colorado, founder of the End of Life University, an online interview series with end-of-life care experts. She provides a trustworthy loving environment in monthly death cafés. The author of What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of Dying expands the conversation through related articles and podcasts at Death cafés benefit from Wyatt’s experience as a hospice doctor. “There is never an agenda. Of the 10 to 12 people that generally join in, one is always a new caller, recently awakened to the idea of conscious dying or their own mortality. They’re seeking information and someone to talk to because family and friends aren’t interested. Some already embracing their mortality wish to explore their thoughts with others. Some callers join just to listen,” advises Wyatt. Because death in the West has become a commercialized, medical event with funeral home packages the norm, Wyatt recommends the National Home Funeral Alliance to those interested in a deeper understanding of options and resources for a gentler model. The nonprofit, grassroots movement and its members, such as Sacred Crossings, in Los Angeles, seek to restore the lost

Exploring the Mystery

For more than 40 years, philosopher, psychologist and physician Raymond Moody’s life work has been acknowledging the mysteries and validating the unexplainable events at the end of life. His seminal bestseller Life After Life appeared in 1975. Lisa Smartt’s mentorship by Moody led them to co-found She’s also authored Words at the Threshold, a study of the nonsensical, metaphorical and paradoxical language and visions of the dying. Moody and Smartt agree that by better understanding the unique language patterns related to end of life we can share more deeply and build bridges with our beloveds throughout the dying process. “When we do so, we offer greater support to the dying and ameliorate our own experience of loss as they cross the threshold,” remarks Smartt. Like William Peters, founder of the Shared Crossings Project, in Santa Barbara, California, they caution that compassionate etiquette during events at death is important. “Assume that levels of awareness exist in the dying so that our energy and presence are felt and our voices heard,” advises Moody. “Respect your words and actions, regardless of the person’s state of consciousness. Be a compassionate listener and validate their vision. Don’t pretend to intellectualize or explain anything.”

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art and healing ritual of a home funeral by preserving the rights of families to provide home after-death care. Supporting and educating interested families is the mission of Sacred Crossings founder Rev. Olivia Rosemarie Bareham. The certified death midwife and home funeral guide draws from her experiences as an auxiliary nurse and hospice volunteer to assist families with end-of-life planning, death midwifery and arrangements for an at-home vigil and funeral, as well as cremation and burial choices. “We also offer sacred singing to help ease a loved one’s transition. Music by a bedside soloist or choir before, during and after death can be deeply relaxing and comforting, and even provide pain relief,” advises Bareham.

We rediscover that in order to die well, we must live well. Dying gracefully is the result of a mindful, day-to-day journey—a culmination of informed choices, honest discussions and deference to the hallowed fragility of nature’s life-death cycles. ~William Rosa Dianne Gray, president and executive director of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation, also owns Hospice and Healthcare Communications. “The dying often wish to leave here surrounded by peace and harmony. They choose to let go of contentiousness and often wish family members would do the same, which is facilitated by mapping out Advance Directives according to the final wishes of the patient,” says Gray. Questions she frequently addresses in public talks and Death Over Dinner party conversations include: the necessity of finishing unfinished business; bringing closure to unresolved relationship issues; finding words to express our compassion; soothing the sense of impending loss; and managing to take only love with us to the other side, yet leave enough of it behind to help loved ones through their grieving process. She cautions that no matter how well we plan for death, things don’t always go as planned.

“Sometimes no matter how many advance care conversations have taken place, discord can dismantle the best laid plans. It requires the tough work of compassionate communications. Friends and families need to remember that this is the patient’s end-of-life experience, not theirs. It is possible to find peace in the midst of conflict, understanding that the one leaving overwhelmingly wishes for a peaceful passing, including peace within the family.”  The Death Over Dinner initiative, founded by Michael Hebb in 2013, has been hosted by groups in more than 20 countries to help people engage in conversations on “how we want to die”—the most vital and costly discussion Americans aren’t having (

Practical Plans

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and its 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy program offer a free downloadable national Guide to Financial Decisions: Implementing an End-of-Life Plan at It includes basic descriptions of issues that arise as we age beyond retirement and details the critical documents needed for the individual, dependents, property, assets, estate planning, wills and trusts. It also addresses issues related to advance, treatment and do-notresuscitate directives, insurance, types of funerals and costs, and Social Security, Medicare and veterans’ benefits. Guidelines suggest consulting with a certified public accountant or personal financial planning specialist. The latest innovation is the blessing of a living funeral, a celebration of life while the honoree is present to hear the eulogies, praises and farewells before they depart. provides a downloadable Five Wishes document, a popular advance directive, or living will that covers personal, spiritual, medical and legal aspects. It’s easy to use and can serve as a family guide to prompt conversations about personal care preferences in the event of serious illness. New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich wrote about how Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy chose to spend his final weeks in pursuit of a “good ending.” As death approached,

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Writing Our Legacy


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n their books Caring for the Dying and Having the Last Say, authors Henry FerskoWeiss and Alan Gelb, respectively, advocate reviewing our life and writing a short narrative to explore its value as we approach our final act of Earth’s play. Processing experiences from the past and what they mean at this juncture presents us an opportunity to achieve greater clarity and integrate them in a positive way in our life story. According to Fersko-Weiss, it has the power to reduce depression, increase life satisfaction, promote acceptance of self and enhance integrity of spirit, no matter what phase of life we are in. The harvesting of life experiences should reflect our true humanity—flaws and all—and what we’ve learned through mistakes and failures, as well as triumphs. Conveying a compelling mythic family story, values we’ve lived by and our embrace of meaningful relationships will help the people we know understand that, for all its difficulties and complexities, life is worth living. Our narrative, whether recorded as an essay or scripted video, becomes an act of praise for the gift of the life we’ve led, imperfect as it may have been. It can also serve as a potential keepsake that passes along life lessons and values from one generation to another. Gelb suggests that summing up what’s most important to us in 500 to 1,000 words can be an experience to savor and enjoy at a reflective time in life, an opportunity to capture our legacy and even serve as our own eulogy. When we want a loved one no longer here to feel near to us and hear them one last time, it’s a way for them to literally have the last say, he adds.

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Kennedy told friends that he wanted to take stock of his life and enjoy the gift of his remaining days with the people he loved most. As a result, he continued enjoying his morning ritual of reading newspapers while drinking coffee, playing with his dogs, watching James Bond movies with his wife and holding family dinners and sing-alongs near nightly. He reveled in his bedside view of Nantucket Sound, sailed when he could and ate lots of his favorite ice cream. His mantra was, “Every day is a gift.” “As our time winds down, we all seek comfort in simple pleasures—companionship, everyday routines, the taste of good food, the warmth of sunlight on our faces,” remarks Boston’s Dr. Atul Gawande in Being Mortal. “If we strive in our final months for independence, companionship, mindful attention, dignity, wisdom, joy, love and freedom from pain, we have the power to make those days less miserable, confusing and frightening.” In these many ways, we can manage to gently embrace and tenderly navigate life’s final transition with grace and love.

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living funeral is a remarkable gift; a goodbye ceremony for a person with a life-limiting illness. It is a gathering of one’s community with the honoree living and present to hear the love, praises and farewells of his/her loved ones, all of which are usually reserved for eulogies in a traditional funeral. A living funeral ceremony reflects a deep shared acknowledgement of the full circle of life and death; love and joy alongside great loss and sorrow. This ceremony is supportive in nature, allowing loved ones to find comfort through being together and by active participation through whatever means the honoree wishes, such as memory sharing, song, prayer, ritual, or picture sharing, for example. As this ceremony might be the last opportunity that the honoree has to see loved ones, it may offer a last time for the honoree to share wisdom, say farewell and express feelings. In recent years there has been a deepening appreciation for the beauty of conscious living and the recognition that conscious living cannot be separated from conscious dying. Conscious dying means many things to many people, but a common thread amongst the practices of conscious dying is a process that is being driven by individual awareness and intention; a meaningful, spirit-led process regarding the end of life journey. Rochelle Sokoll is a psychotherapist in private practice working with people that are interested in conscious living and conscious dying practices. She is also a life-cycle celebrant, creating personalized and meaningful ceremonies that reflect her client’s values, belief system and personality. Contact at 508-496-4661 or


uiet doesn’t always mean silence. It can also mean peace, calmness and caring voices singing softly. This is what the Grace Note Singers offer at the bedside of the dying. Grace Note Singers is a group of women that feel called to sing to people receiving palliative care or that are nearing death. It is their intention to hold those present with love and support through singing. Using their voices, they create a blessed and peaceful environment for patients and those that care for them. The group was founded by Jodi Glass in 2013 and joyfully serves the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts communities. This choir of nearly 50 women sings in hospitals, nursing homes, palliative care and hospice facilities, as well as in private homes. They have a wide variety of songs in their repertoire and gladly consider specific requests. When called to a bedside, a small group of four to six members sing for an individual. Often family members are present which adds to the comfort of the patient and solace for the family. Grace Note Singers became a member of The Threshold Choir in 2015, thereby expanding their repertoire and affiliation with end of life singers throughout the country. To request a ‘sing’, explore membership and get more information about end of life singing, visit

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ne thing that most people fear in life is facing the death of a loved one or their own death. Interestingly, when there is pre-planning and closure, people report that it is easier to “let go” when the transition time comes, allowing for more personal intimate space and time for grieving, consequently fostering more confidence and peace. Home vigils, which involve keeping the body of the deceased in the home for one to three days after death, are legal in most states and gaining some ground in America as they once had and still do in many countries all over the world. While home vigils will not be considered by all for various reasons, for example, some having to do with religious beliefs or cultural customs, family members, significant others and children, attending home vigils have reported that their experience left them less stressed and relieved that decisions had already been made. They also reported feeling less fearful and more easily able to view death as a natural part of an end of life transition. The increase in popularity of home vigils has to do with people’s desire to choose simpler funeral options and shorter viewings, and incorporate meaningful traditions or practices not traditionally permitted in more formal settings. Traditional funeral service costs can be quite costly, whereas a death doula’s fees are substantially less, depending on circumstances and in some cases even donation based or free. Other reasons for choosing home vigils include environmental concerns and a desire for a green burial in order

to leave less of a carbon footprint. Even if one chooses to hire a funeral home director to manage part or all of the after death burial/cremation, substantial finances can be saved by purchasing products such as biodegradable shrouds and urns, caskets made from bamboo and grasses and other options to help in reducing costs. (See and To assist with a home burial, one can hire a death midwife, or death doula, for assistance, support, coaching and navigation through the process from before death, during and/or after-death occurs. Death doulas are trained to make themselves available to bridge the existing non-medical gaps in the current system with, for example, services not offered by hospice care professionals. Additionally, the doula often will interact, based upon the instructions of the deceased, to offer assistance to family and significant others with necessary paperwork, transportation arrangements, and if requested, provide care with cleansing and preservation of the body. They are not qualified to embalm. Some doulas trained as chaplains and celebrants might also assist with psychological and, in some cases, spiritual care. Ann Porto is a clinical adult and geriatric psychologist (retired), death and dying counselor, reiki and therapeutic touch energy medicine practitioner, and meditation instructor at Laughing Elephant Yoga, in East Greenwich. She is also a board member of the Funeral Consumers Alliance-RI.

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The RIANP and Licensure of Naturopathic Doctors in Rhode Island by Marcy Feibelman


he Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians (RIANP) is the professional association for naturopathic doctors in Rhode Island. The goals of the RIANP include raising awareness about naturopathic medicine throughout Rhode Island and increasing patient access to naturopathic doctors in Rhode Island. The association welcomes members from the general public and other medical professionals to join. Since its founding over 16 years ago, the RIANP has been working to establish naturopathic doctors as a distinct medical and health entity recognized by the Rhode Island Department of Health. For more than eight years, it has been working at the legislative level to pass a licensure bill that will ensure individuals that practice naturopathic medicine in Rhode Island have met the minimum standards to provide safe and effective care, similar to the way medical doctors and doctors of osteopathy prove minimum competency. A licensure bill will do this, and also enables naturopathic doctors in Rhode Island to practice as trained—to give pertinent physical examines, to order appropriate laboratory and imaging testing, and to diagnose patients. Additionally, when naturopathic doctors are licensed in Rhode Island, insurance companies will be able to cover the care to see a naturopathic doctor. Currently, patients pay out of pocket for these office visits. This out of pocket cost makes naturopathic medicine inaccessible to many Rhode Islanders. In 2017, the RIANP will be submitting a licensure bill again and working at the State House to increase both understanding of and support for naturopathic doctors. The association has hired a lobbyist to help them navigate the legislative process and successfully pass the licensure bill. The

RIANP continues to organize various fundraisers to support this mission. It needs volunteers and vocal and financial support to achieve its legislative goal. Please consider a donation via the website and help make naturopathic medicine accessible to all Rhode Islanders. The RIANP’s mission is that all Rhode Islanders have the option and opportunity to work with a naturopathic

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Easy-Grow Microgreens Are Big on Nutrition by Barbara Pleasant


ast, fun to grow and packed with flavor and nutrition, tender young microgreens can go from seed to table in as little as a week. Close cousins to edible sprouts, microgreens are grown in potting soil or seed-starting mixes instead of plain water. They customarily grow beyond the sprout stage until they have produced a true leaf or two. After that, harvesting is a simple matter of snipping off fresh greens. “You don’t need a green thumb to grow microgreens, only patience and persistence,” says Mark Mathew Braunstein, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, author of Microgreen Garden. Even first-timers can expect good results. For example, the thin shoots grown from popcorn taste like a more vibrant form of sweet corn, and pea shoots work well in wraps, salads and virtually any Asian dish. Like high-fiber wheatgrass, “Microgreens are great for juicing, either by themselves or mixed with other veggies,” says Rita Galchus (aka Sprout Lady Rita), proprietor of The Sprout House, in Lake Katrine, New York, which sells organic seeds for microgreens and sprouts. “You can add a handful of microgreens to a smoothie to ramp up the nutrition without changing its taste or texture,” she notes.


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The seeds of dozens of plants from alfalfa to wheat can be grown as microgreens. If seeking to maximize nutrition, put red cabbage and cilantro on the planting list. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Quality Laboratory, in Beltsville, Maryland, tested the nutritional properties of 25 microgreens; red cabbage, cilantro, garnet amaranth and green daikon radish had the highest concentrations of vitamin C, carotenoids, and vitamins K and E, respectively. Microgreens generally provide three times as much nutrition per weight as the same food eaten in its mature state. “People underestimate the intense flavor of microgreens and might try planting mustard greens or radish varieties even if they don’t like spicy flavors,” say Elizabeth Millard, an organic farmer in Northfield, Minnesota, and author of Indoor Kitchen Gardening. For beginners, large seeds that sprout quickly such as sunflowers, buckwheat and snow peas are good choices because they produce big, robust sprouts with mild flavor. Many people also grow microgreens for their pets. “Cats tend to prefer mild, sweet-tasting microgreens such as red clover, alfalfa and flax seed,” advises

Microgreens grow so fast that there’s little time for them to run into trouble. Commercial growers use large trays, but home gardeners can also use pretty coffee mugs or tofu boxes rescued from the recycling bin. Drainage holes in the container bottoms work well when growing beets or other slow-sprouting seeds, but are less important for fastgrowing sunflowers or wheat. Work only with organic seeds. Seeds sold for sprouting or bulk grains from a local health food store cost much less than the larger, robust seeds produced for gardening. Soak seeds in water overnight to jump-start germination. Place an inch or so of potting soil or seed-starting mix in the container, and then scatter the plump seeds on top. “A common beginner’s error is to sow seeds too thickly,” says Braunstein. Sown seeds should not touch each other, with most spaced about onequarter-inch apart. Spritz with water and cover with a plate or plastic wrap. At the first signs of sprouting, water and move the pot to a sunny spot near a bright window or within two inches

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hen thinking about the best forms of exercise as we enter midlife and beyond, we should first clarify some myths and preconceptions,” says Michael Spitzer, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, biochemist, fitness expert and author of Fitness at 40, 50, 60 and Beyond. “In our society, there’s a mindset that once we pass our 40th year, it’s all downhill from there. Our metabolism slows and we gain weight, lose mobility and flexibility, deal with more aches and pains, experience shortness of breath and the list goes on.” According to Spitzer, this all can happen, but it’s more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than destiny. “Research with older people at both rehabilitation and nursing centers tells us that the human body wasn’t designed to begin a major decline in function until age 70, barring major illness or accidents along the way. Most of individual decline is due to lifestyle choices, not nature’s plan.” Spitzer teaches his clients that weight training is essential for every age group. “After age 30, most people lose between 0.5 to 1 percent of lean muscle fiber per year, which directly affects the basal metabolic rate. Much like a

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e all relish a cozy nest, whether that means lightfilled views, the embrace of form-fitting sofas and chairs or plush rugs that snuggle bare feet. A beautiful, comfortable home that reflects our personal style and embodies our values can be achieved by learning the origin of furnishings and investing in sustainably made pieces that will stand the test of time, say experts. “Furnishing a home ethically doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort or style,” says JD Doliner, a business consultant in Charlotte, North Carolina. Doliner’s home is graced with 18th- and 19th-century antiques, organic cotton mattresses, comfy custom-made chairs from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood and handmade wool rugs certified childlabor-free by GoodWeave. “They give me peace of mind as a humanitarian and environmentalist,” she says.

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Debbie Hindman, marketing director for Associates III Interior Design, in Denver, is working with increasingly knowledgeable clients like Doliner asking for sustainably sourced products. Manufacturers, in turn, are upping transparency about product origins, realizing it can provide a competitive edge, she notes.


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“We look at the story behind a product and make sure that it aligns with both our company’s and clients’ values,” says Hindman, a co-author of Sustainable Residential Interiors. “We ask questions like, ‘Are workers paid a fair wage? Was the product made with local materials? What is the story behind the company’s founding?’” The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) coalition of manufacturers, retailers



and designers partners with businesses and informs consumers to increase environmentally responsible choices in the marketplace. Its 400 members commit to sustainability and transparency in their business practices and submit an annual action plan showing such efforts. Headquartered in Edenton, North Carolina, the council strives to minimize industry carbon emissions and remove unsustainable materials and harmful chemical ingredients from residential and commercial furnishings. “The residential furnishings industry frequently takes raw materials from one continent, processes and manufactures on another to be consumed on yet another, leaving a huge environmental footprint,” says Susan Inglis, the council’s executive director. As the third largest consumer of wood, these manufacturers bear significant responsibility for preserving the world’s forest ecosystems and fighting deforestation, reports Inglis.

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To make informed decisions, furniture shoppers need to ask how, where, from what and by whom a potential purchase is made. Lisa Beres, a healthy home expert and former interior designer in Newport Coast, California, and author of Just Green It! advises not taking product claims at face value. Ask if the product has earned a certification like the Global Organic Textile Standard for fabrics or GreenGuard, which veri-

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oday’s mass-produced furniture may contain hidden chemicals such as formaldehyde-based adhesives, flame retardants and other volatile organic compounds (VOC) linked to serious health issues. Researchers from the Natural Resources Defense Council found 45 toxic chemicals in indoor dust, 10 of which were present in at least 90 percent of households sampled. “These chemicals enter the air as materials in the furnishings break down,” explains healthy home expert Lisa Beres. “Because we spend an average of 90 percent of our lives indoors, the exposure to harmful chemicals is troubling.” Beres advises shoppers to be wary of synthetic fabrics, which not only consume nonrenewable resources like petroleum, but may also contain toxic dyes, heavy metals or chemicals like Teflon. Foam and other fillings in mattresses, sofas and chairs are often a hidden source of off-gassing VOCs. The Sustainable Furnishing Council’s seal of approval and member list at are a good place to start to find companies committed to offering healthier alternatives that include transparency and responsibility in their manufacturing practices.

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or 25 years, relationship expert Alison Armstrong has worked to evolve society by changing the way women relate to men. Her yearning to understand the opposite sex was born from personal challenges, including a failed marriage in her 20s. She began studying men on her own, at the age of 30, beginning with the question, “What if men are responding to women?” What started out as a personal inquiry has become a lifelong pursuit and she’s shared her findings with millions of men and women worldwide. Armstrong, co-founder and CEO of PAX Programs, addresses gender differences, sexuality and relationships. She has written three books, including The Queen’s Code, and speaks to interpersonal insights through workshops, webinars and teleclasses, including free recordings and articles at

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Which core differences between men and women cause everyday misunderstandings? The biggest source of mischief is denying that differences exist at all. Both men and women tend to assume that each is a version of the other, which creates significant misunderstandings. We interact with our partners by doing or saying what works for us. When that doesn’t get the response we’re expecting, we usually draw incorrect conclusions and act in counterproductive ways. For example, men and women relate to feelings differently. Women often make life decisions based on their feelings about something or someone. To men, who tend to rely on facts and set aside feelings, this approach can seem

Where does a couple best start to heal the communication divide? The most powerful thing men and women can do is to address misunderstandings with openness and curiosity rather than assuming we know why our partner did or said something. We should ask ourselves, “What if there’s a good reason for that?” Don’t assume that what’s true for her is also true for him, and vice versa. Once a couple chooses to give each other the benefit of the doubt, a few simple changes can further open up communication. Saying “I need” instead of “I want” will make a huge difference. Because being “needy” is considered unattractive, women avoid this word, not realizing that it connects with a man’s instinct to provide. When asking for something, it’s important to say what it would provide us. For him, there needs to be a reward equal to or greater than the energy he’ll have to expend. Years ago, I described to my husband in colorful detail the experience of falling into the toilet in the middle of the night; he took it upon himself to make sure that never again happens to the women he loves.

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Kindness, conversely, glues couples together, making each partner feel cared for, understood, validated and loved. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that the more someone receives or witnesses kindness, the more they will be kind themselves, creating upward spirals of love and generosity. Practicing kindness during a fight is vital. Letting contempt and aggression spiral out of control during a conflict can inflict irrevocable damage. “Kindness doesn’t mean that we don’t express anger,” Julie explains, “But it informs how we choose to express it. You can either throw spears or explain why you’re hurt and angry, which is the kinder path.” Kindness can also solidify the backbone of a relationship by being generous about our partner’s intention and avoiding misinterpreting what’s motivating their behavior. “Even if it’s executed poorly, appreciate the intent,” Tashiro advises. Clearly, if we want to have a stable, healthy relationship, exercise kindness early and often and let a spirit of generosity guide happy years together. Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. Connect at EmilyEsfahaniSmith. com or on Twitter @emesfahanismith. 

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Healthy Living as We Age – 2:30-4pm. A selfdirected women’s discussion group; all women welcome. Connect with others to laugh, talk and discuss issues of aging important to you. Tea served too. Free. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Coloring Club for Relaxation – 5-6pm. There is a new growing trend of coloring for relaxation. Adults are rediscovering the stress-relieving benefits of coloring. Materials provided. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. Paint a Pair of Bumble Bee Lily Glasses – 6:459pm. Come sip, paint, relax and create these popular and usable wine glasses. Enjoy 2 free beverages, snacks. No experience needed; pre-registration required. $35, free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-440-8508. Monthly Yoga Nidra – 7:30-8:30pm. This form of meditation brings you to deep levels of relaxation while still remaining fully aware, allowing you to disengage restrictive mental and emotional patternings. $10. Santosha Yoga Studio, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Aquarian Sadhana – 5-7:30am. Join us for Japji, kriya, deep relaxation, and 62 mins of mantra meditation, all practiced during the ambrosial hrs of early morning. A fantastic way to energize your day. Donation. Santosha Yoga Studio, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. Nasya & Karna Purana Therapy – 12-6pm. Awakens the body’s natural healing processes, increases the body’s immune response and integrity of the central nervous system. $182. The Newport Massage School, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Ste A-8, Middletown. 877-832-1372. Meditation for Healthy Living – 1-2pm. Discover a simple meditation technique that can reduce stress and be a powerful addition to a healthy living regimen. Free. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St, Newport. 401-847-8720.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Usui Reiki I Training: 1st Degree – 9:30am6:30pm. Receive 1st Degree Attunement. Learn energy anatomy, benefits of energy therapy, history of usui reiki, hand positions and how to use reiki for healing self and others. With Gladys Ellen. $175. White Light Books, 1462 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-935-8451. Marma Point Therapy Intro – 12-6pm. Marma therapy is both a diagnostic tool and a simple therapeutic measure to balance the physiology, mind and emotional body, promoting liveliness and well-being. $182. The Newport Massage School, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Ste A-8, Middletown. 877-832-1372.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 3 Ways to Bounce Back Big in 2017 - 12-1pm. Learn to develop the inner strength to finally let go of what’s holding you back. Find the unshakable confidence to go after what you really want. It’s never too late to start. Free, register on eventbrite. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. Love Poetry Reading – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a poetry reading with local author Wayne-Daniel Berard. His poems have been described as “luminous,” with “innate sweetness and wisdom.” Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd Wednesday of the month. Meditation is easier than you think. Come and relax your mind and body and decompress from the day. Making meditation part of our day is wonderful for your overall health. $10, $48/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Paint Night: Painting Stars – 6:45-9pm. Enjoy 2 free beverages and snacks as you relax and paint your masterpiece “Painting Stars.” No painting experience needed, pre-registration required. $35, free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-440-8508.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Drumming and Healing Circle – 7-9pm. With Tracy and Doug. Full Snow moon; Lunar eclipse, penumbral. Hunting becomes very difficult, and so some Native American tribes called this the Hunger Moon. Bring a drum or rattle, but only if you feel you want to. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Create your own All-Natural Lip Balm and Bug Spray – 10:30am-12:30pm. Make your own lip balm and bug spray using essential oils. Make and take home 6 tubes of lip balm and a bottle of all natural bug spray. We will go over the basics of the essential oils properties and uses. $25 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Hindu Mythology – 11:30am-5:30pm. Join Coral Brown to explore the oldest belief system in the world, Hinduism, and how its stories serve as the foundation of the yoga we love and practice. $175. All That Matters (EG), 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-782-2126. Tea and Tarot at Gather Herbs – 12-6pm. Heal body and soul. Join Cris for Soul Wisdom tarot readings while you enjoy unique herbal teas. Walk-ins welcome. $35/30 min. Gather Herbs, 312 Broadway, Newport. To schedule your time: 401-662-6642. 401-314-4014.

Valentine’s Thai for Two – 1-4pm. Experience the ancient art of Thai massage with Debbie Bourque. Leave with a deeply satisfying sense of letting go and take home skills to share with family and friends. $39. All That Matters (PVD), 128 N Main St, Providence. 401-782-2126. Create your own Foaming Hand Soap and PooPourri Spray – 1:30-3:30pm. Join us to make a foaming hand soap made with essential oils and natural ingredients. $25 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Gallery Readings with Medium Jean Mandeville – 5:30-7pm. Loved one’s who have transitioned over, as well as spirit guides will come forward to offer messages of comfort and support to those present. $30. RSVP, limited to first 8 people. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Paint Night: Majestic Morning – 6:45-9pm. Sip, paint, relax in our stress free, no judgement zone as you recreate “Majestic Morning.” Enjoy 2 free beverages along with snacks. No experience needed; pre-registration required. $35, free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-440-8508. Inspirational and Automatic Writing Workshop – 7:30-9pm. Method to deepen your connection to working with spirit. Learn the difference between inspirational and automatic writing, and a few simple techniques. Start with meditation, and open ourselves to inspiration and guidance from those in spirit. $30. RSVP, limited to first 15 people. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Providence Flea – 10am-4pm. Juried, urban flea market. Unusual finds, art, fashion, local crafts, curiosities, furniture, food trucks and more. Free. Providence Flea, Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence. Self-Care and Loving-Kindness – 11am-12:30pm. Remember yourself this Valentine’s Day. Join Lesli Lang and Ken Nelson for this mini-Valentine’s retreat and enhance your vitality, focus, compassion and connection. $25. All That Matters (SK), 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126. Couples Bodywork: Thai for Two – 1-4pm. Join Leslie Lang and Ken Nelson to focus on your loved one. Experience techniques to relax your partner, ways to give without tiring, taking time from everyday concerns. $75/couple. All That Matters (SK), 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126. Children’s Yoga Workshop – 2:30-3:30pm. Children can apply yoga in their lives now, learning to be calmer, to find patience, and to focus on the present moment, all the while having fun. Ages 4-11, with Kim Roles. $10. Santosha Yoga Studio, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Meditation Night with Gladys Ellen – 6:30-8pm. Guided meditation nights are back. Held the 2nd Monday of the month. These nights are filled with breath work, guided journeys and spiritual guidance. $10. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. 401-935-8451. Register:

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Shamanic Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Explore your night dreams, waking dreams and active dreams from the shamanic perspective of power and healing. Share your dreams to open your perception and insight. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.



Behind the Mask – 12-5pm. Celebrate and empower your inner voice. Connect to your Goddess Guide through shamanic journey work. Learn about the sacred power of the mask. $75. Light Soul Therapy at Acorn Cottage, Wakefield. For directions: 401-284-0363.

Community Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Our goal at Santosha is to welcome everyone into our yoga community, offering the benefits that regular practice of asana, pranyama and meditation contribute to well-being. Donation. Santosha Yoga Studio, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.


2-Day Marma Point & Hot Stone Certification – 12-6pm. This is an excellent class to add to your massage therapy practice. It includes massage of the face, neck, shoulders, décolleté, hands, feet using ayurvedic herbal oils. $308. The Newport Massage School, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Ste A-8, Middletown. 877-832-1372.


Love & Astrology - 12-1pm. Cover some of the fundamentals of Astrology. Insight as to what individual attendees’ specific chart features may say about their intrinsic wiring in matters of the heart: what they want in love, what they need, and what their relationship strengths and weaknesses might be. Free, Register on Eventbrite. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Meditation and the “Zone” – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how to achieve, stay and excel in the zone, a place within yourself to maximize your potential and go beyond your expectations through accurate focused meditation. Free. Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St, Westerly. 401-596-2877.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Awakening Through Drum Healing – 10am12pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. To register: 401-736-6500 or Reiki Share – 7-9pm. With Sheila Olson. Practice reiki in a small group setting. Share experiences and help each other develop in a safe, fun environment. This is a wonderful, relaxing, and rejuvenating experience. $5. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Drum healing restores balance and bring us into alignment with our true nature through removal of blocks, returning lost power and soul parts. Bring a mat and blanket. With Paul DiSegna and Katharine Rossi. $35. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877.

Flow and Glow Black Light Yoga – 7-9pm. Join Tara Beaulieu for this playful flow style class. The glow of black lights and rhythmic music will accompany you as you turn inward and move freely. Neon recommended. $20. All That Matters (PVD), 128 N Main St, Providence. 401-782-2126.


Animal Communication for Beginners and Intermediate – 5:30-7pm. Class will guide you on how to intuitively communicate with animals that live with us on the Earth plain and also ones that exist in spirit. Bring a photograph of an animal you wish to communicate with, bring a notebook and writing utensil. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.



Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy – 10am-6pm. Intro 2-day seminar. Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy (BSCT) is a gentle yet powerful approach to treating a variety of dysfunctions that occur in the human body. $308. The Newport Massage School, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Ste A-8, Middletown. 877-832-1372. Three Areas You Must Focus On To Grow Your Business - 12-1pm. Learn why a lot of marketing today does not work, 3 areas of marketing that are critical to success, and the lowest cost, most effective ways to sustain long term business success. Free, Register on Eventbrite. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. Tarot at DiMare – 4-9pm. Enjoy signature libations and delicious food while you explore your future. Soul Wisdom Tarot Readings with Cris. $30/25 min. DiMare Seafood Market, Bistro and Bar, 2706 S County Trail, East Greenwich. 401-867-8700. For appt: Facebook/

Crystal Bowl Chakra Yoga – 7-8pm. Expand your yoga practice with a soothing singing crystal bowl vibration bath, yoga, breath and meditation, balancing the energy points throughout the body. $25/ preregister, $30/door, It’s My Health. 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. Pre-register: 401-305-3585. Info, Amy: 401-632-7254.

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.

There is only one happiness in this life—to love and be loved. ~George Sand Rhode Island Edition

Does Your Family have a Homeopath? – 12-1pm. Learn how natural homeopathic care helps all family members address colds, flu, stomach aches and so much more. Homeopathy is safe, affordable and has no side effects. Free; cider and munchkins served. Joy Pacitto, MS, CCH, 182 Gano St, Providence. Must reserve time: 860-529-8313. JoyHomeopathy@

Sunday Afternoon Family Paint: Snow Day – 4-6pm. Sip, paint, relax with the family in our no judgement zone as you recreate the popular “Snow Day.” Enjoy 2 free beverages along with snacks. No experience needed; pre-registration required. A special price for school vacation week $25. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-440-8508.

Paint Night: The Dance Diva – 6:45-9pm. Enjoy 2 free beverages and snacks as you relax and recreate “The Dance Diva.” No painting experience needed; pre-registration required. $35, free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-440-8508.


Free Homeopathic Advice for Acutes – 11am-12pm. Enjoy a free 15-min homeopathic session for your digestive complaint. Examples are heartburn, bloating, cramping, constipation. Cider and munchkins served. Joy Pacitto, MS, CCH, 182 Gano St, Providence. Must reserve time: 860-529-8313. JoyHomeopathy@

Providence Flea – 10am-4pm. Juried, urban flea market. Unusual finds, art, fashion, local crafts, curiosities, furniture, food trucks and more. Free. Providence Flea, Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Free Orientation for MBSR – 6-7:30pm. Come meet Jessica Webb, Director of this dynamic 8-wk in-depth experiential course in mind/body awareness. Will be meeting Mondays, Apr 3-May 22. CEUs available. Free. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. The Near Death Experience – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn where science and spirituality meet and about NDE; it’s trans-formative effects and how spirituality and meditation emerge as the universal link. Talk by Dr. Post. Free. Harmony Library, 195 Putnam Pike, Harmony. 401-789-5365.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Financial Resources for Growing Your Business - 12-1pm. Join us as Independence Bank President Robert Catanzaro discusses their small business loan program specifically geared to your small business needs. Free, Register on Eventbrite. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. Myofascial Therapy 2-Day Workshop – 6-9:30pm. Course provides understanding of the structures, functions and pathologies related to neck, shoulder and back pain. Techniques include: Myofascial Release, NMT and more. $308. The Newport Massage School, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Ste A-8, Middletown. 1-877-832-1372.


markyourcalendar The Road to God: The Adventure of a Lifetime — 9am-9:15pm. Also March 5 8-11:45am. Workshops and talks include Dreams – A Bridge to Heaven, Use Your Spiritual Senses to Discover the Wisdom of Life, Walk Moment by Moment in the Presence of God, and much more. Guest speaker Ken Windholz. See website or call for requested donation. Eckankar, Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-828-6973.

markyourcalendar Spiritual Wisdom on Life After Death — 1011:30am. Explore seeing heaven before you die, meeting departed loved ones, near-death experiences, help from spiritual guides, and more. Open Discussion. Free. Eckankar, Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-828-6973.

SUNDAY, MARCH 5 Spring Into Wellness – 11am-5pm. Heath checks, vendors, exhibitors, massage, reiki, product sampling, shopping, seminars, presentations, food trucks, wine tastings. Free. Purple Cat Winery & Vineyard, 11 Money Hill Rd, Chepachet. 401-566-9463.

markyourcalendar SUNDAY, MARCH 19 Green Living Expo – 10am-5pm. 100 exhibitors showcasing the best green home, garden and flower. Live music, specialty foods, gifts, fashion show, expert workshops on innovation and sustainability, demonstrations. Fun for the whole family. $5/advance, $7/door. Green Living Expo, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick. 401-837-6645.

SATURDAY, MARCH 25 Ortho-Bionomy®️ Foundation Class –Mar 25-26. 8am-5pm. This technique uses positions which painlessly dissolve tension and pain. Engaging the body’s own self correcting reflexes. Gentle on the practitioner. $300. Kinetic Expressions, LLC, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LL-O, lower level of the Calart Tower, Providence. 401-225-2021.

markyourcalendar SUNDAY, APRIL 2 Discover You Wellness Expo – 10am-6pm. Connect and be inspired at this all day Wellness expo. 15 + workshops, over 60 mind, body spirit exhibitors. Keynote speaker Roland Comtois with Emcee Patricia Raskin. $10/advance, $15/door. Disconer You Events, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick.

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 & child care. Teens meet last Sunday of each month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Sundays at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Join us weekly for meditation, chanting, inspiration, satsang, veggie potluck lunch. Healing Prayer Circle after lunch on 2nd Sunday. Paramhansa Yogananda’s Teachings. Donation. Ananda Rhode Island, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

monday Quonny Yoga– 10-11:30am. With Gary Karten. Ready to experience the benefits of yoga? A great place to start; precise cueing and explanations for all poses. All levels will benefit. Try a class and see. Also Wednesday and Friday. $15/drop-in; class cards available. Quonny Yoga/Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Svaroopa® Yoga Class for Beginners – 11am12:30pm. Release deep layers of tension with this easy paced yoga class. Poses are adapted to your body with blankets and props. Enjoy deep relaxation, calm and ease. With Maria Sichel. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Pilates Mat Workout – 4-5pm. Transform your body and yourself. Pilates activates all four abdominal muscles including the deepest ones. Emphasis on breath, alignment and core strength. $8/drop-in, $60/7 wks. Peace Dale Neighborhood Guild, 365 Columbia St, Peace Dale. 401-789-9301. Kripalu Yoga – 4:15-5:45pm. Experience breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing your heart and body to release and open. Beginners welcome. With Susan McLaren. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Gentle Yoga with Ananta Jyoti Yoga – 4:455:45pm. Class appropriate for all levels of fitness and experience. $12. Ananta Jyoti Yoga at USA Karate, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, 2nd Fl, Smithfield. 774987-9007. Kripalu Yoga & Karen Moore Holliday – 6-7:30pm. Classes focus on living from the inside out, utilizing postures, breath and a meditative intention as a doorway to wholeness and integration of all that we are. $18/drop-in; $15/2 or more classes/ month. Westport Central Village Grange, 931 Main Rd, Westport Central Village, MA. 774-644-9977.

USA Karate American Kenpo Karate – 6:157:15pm. Schedule a free week of lessons. USA Karate, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, 2nd Fl, Smithfield. 401-349-5883. The Tai Chi Easy – 7-9pm. Learn Tai Chi Easy to reduce stress anxiety and depression, increase balance and coordination, increase sleep quality, improve blood pressure, etc. Dress comfortably. Anyone can do it, young or old, fit or unfit. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

tuesday Kripalu Yoga & Karen Moore Holliday – 9-10:30am. Classes are focused on living from the inside out, utilizing postures, breath and a meditative intention as a doorway to wholeness and integration of all that we are. $18/drop-in; $15/2 or more classes/month. Westport Central Village Grange, 931 Main Rd, Westport Central Village, MA. 774644-9977. Cardio Barre Workout – 5:15-6:15pm. This fun class uses ballet-barre inspired dance movements, strength training, cardio conditioning and stretching. Burn calories, build lean muscles, and feel energized. Pay what you can; suggested rate $15. Kinetic Expressions, LLC, 400 Reservoir Ave, Suite LL-O, lower level of the Calart Tower, Providence. 401-467-4325. Quonny Yoga – 5:30-7pm. With Gary Karten. Experience this combination of yoga styles for a challenging and restorative practice sure to promote a good night’s sleep. All levels. Also on Thursday evenings. $15/drop-in; class cards available. Quonny Yoga/ Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Road, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Hatha Yoga: Kripalu & Yin Blend – 6-7:15pm. Moderate posture flow, floor work for hips, low back and shoulders. Experienced and compassionate teacher. Warm and friendly students. Small class to meet your needs. $12-$13/Flex Pass; $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Svaroopa® Yoga Class for Beginners – 7-8:30pm. Release deep layers of tension with this easy paced yoga class. Poses are adapted to your body with blankets and props. Enjoy deep relaxation, calm and ease. With Pat Spencer. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Laughter Yoga Session – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesday. Laughter yoga is a playful and effective form of yogic breathing combining simulated laughter exercises with simple breathing and stretching. Free. Southside Yoga Center, 19 Elmwood Ave, Providence. 401-575-8002.

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now. ~Napoleon Hill natural awakenings

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wednesday Meditation – 8:30-9:30am. With Ann Porto. 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. Amrit/Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-11am. Enjoy breath work, meditation, and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the 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.

all that we are. $18/drop-in; $15/2 or more classes/ month. Westport Central Village Grange, 931 Main Rd, Westport Central Village, MA. 774-644-9977. Yin Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Yin is a deep, contemplative practice that “works” the connective tissues, ligaments, joints and bone through passively holding the pose for at least 5 minutes. $13. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. Kripalu (Hatha) Yoga: Community Class – 9:45-11am. All level/beginners welcome. Learn the fundamentals of yoga, including yoga postures, breathwork and mindfulness practice. Experienced teachers and friendly students. Low fee/no fee; Pay as you are able. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Yoga & Strength Training – 2:30-3:45pm. An energizing combination of resistance training and yoga designed to build strength, maintain/increase bone density and bring balance to body and mind. All levels welcome. New student drop-in $10. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

saturday Qi Gong – 8:30-9:30am. With Sheila Olson. Increase your flexibility, strength, and immune system; quiet the mind and reduce stress. No experience necessary. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Self-Care Workshop – 5:30-6:30pm. Focuses on linking breath with movement and proper alignment to create stability and ease in the body, the breath and the mind melting tension creating greater selfawareness, mindfulness and healing of self-worth. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Cardio Barre Workout – 9:15-10:15am. This fun class uses ballet-barre inspired dance movements, strength training, cardio conditioning and stretching. Burn calories, build lean muscles, and feel energized. Pay what you can. Kinetic Expressions, LLC, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LL-O, lower level of the Calart Tower, Providence. 401-467-4325.

Practicing the Presence of God – 6-7:15pm. Join Kelly & friends for an evening of chanting, yoga and meditation. No previous experience needed. Donation. Shanti House, 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N Kingstown. More info: 401-667-7315 or Ananda Rhode Island: 401-524-4766.

Parent & Me Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Lead by Christine Tripp. This is a combination of yoga mixed with dance and breathing exercises, with a twist of reiki at the end. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401741-5055.

New: Slow Flow & Restorative Yoga – 6:307:45pm. A popular evening class. Move from slow flowing posture work into restorative yoga to release deeply held tensions and quiet the mind. No prior experience needed. $12-$13/Flex Pass; $16/dropin. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401658-4802.

Kripalu (Hatha) Yoga: Cumberland – 9:4511am. Join us for our most popular class, blending kripalu (hatha) and yin yoga. Experienced teacher and friendly students. A peaceful, meditative space to practice. $12-$13/Flex Pass; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-6584802.

Buddhist Healing Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn calm abiding and clear seeing through sitting practice as well as 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. Register: 401-270-5443 or

Southern Rhode Island Center for Spiritual Living Study Group – 9:45am-12pm. Meets the 2nd Saturday of every month at Linda Broadhead’s office. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 1220 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield. For more info, Rev. Celeste M. Warner: 508-904-0437.

Woman’s Yoga – 7-9pm. Hatha yoga blends balance, strength, improving flexibility linking breath and movement. This class also adds dance to warm up and reiki for a deeper experience in meditation. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.



Kripalu Yoga & Karen Moore Holliday – 9-10:30am. Classes focus on living from the inside out, utilizing postures, breath and a meditative intention as a doorway to wholeness and integration of

Morning Joy! Meditation – 9-10am. Awaken your energy through breath and movement. Expand your joy through chanting and meditation. Invite peace to be your daily companion. No previous experience needed.

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Ananda Yoga & Meditation – 9:15-11am. Enjoy a wonderful start to your day by joining Ananda Yoga Teacher, Kyle McDonald. Gentle, invigorating, peaceful.$ 10/nonmembers. So County YMCA, 165 Broad Rock Rd, Peacedale. More info, Ananda Rhode Island: 401-524-4766.

Afternoon Tune-Up – 12-1pm. Energize while you build strength and flexibility. Focus on connecting your breath with the postures cultivating awareness of inner stillness that prepares the body and mind for a deeper meditation. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Pilates Mat Workout – 4-5pm. Transform your body and yourself. Pilates activates all four abdominal muscles including the deepest ones. Emphasis on breath, alignment and core strength. $8/drop-in, $60/7wks. Peace Dale Neighborhood Guild, 365 Columbia St, Peace Dale. 401-789-9301.


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Health and Nutrition 101 – 10-11am. Discuss the benefits of clean eating, the differences between organic, conventional and GMO. Other topics include, bio-individuality, primary and secondary foods, how to use discernment with label reading, and a juicing demonstration as well as the benefits of juicing. End class with a 10-min Mindful Meditation Exercise. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Healing Dance Circle – 10:30-11:30am. Have fun, laugh and find joy in your body. Through movement, expression and creativity we will connect, let go and celebrate life together. All are welcome to join. Pay what you can; suggested rate $15. Kinetic Expressions, LLC, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LL-O, lower level of the Calart Tower, Providence. 401-467-4325.

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

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

ANGEL CARD READINGS MEDIUM AND GUARDIAN ANGEL READER Lisa Ashton, R.N. Readings in person or by telephone Middletown, RI 401-500-1908

I specialize in mediumship readings, and connect to your loved ones, family and friends, that have passed. It brings such a sense of closure and peace to know they are safe and they are around you. You have the opportunity to speak to them as well. Meet your own guardian angels and speak to them about your career path, life, love, and future. I also do house harmonizations. Phone reading or in person.

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

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

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DR. LORRI HABER-DIBONI 14 Cedar Swamp Road Smithfield, RI 02917 401-233-0200

Haber-DiBoni Chiropractic is a family focused practice, welcoming individuals of all ages. For the past 20 years we have successfully helped patients relieve pain and discomfort (without medication) and maintain their health and wellbeing.  In addition to being a Chiropractor, Dr. Haber-DiBoni is a Reiki practitioner promoting stress reduction and relaxation.


Dr. Victoria Malchar, DC, CCSP 33 College Hill Rd, Building 30C Warwick 401-826-7600 Dr. Victoria Malchar, DC. is the owner and lead physician at Malchar Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Warwick, RI. As a strong advocate for combining Chiropractic care and natural health care alternatives for a total wellness approach to the patient, she has been blazing the trail for combination care in New England for over 30 years. See ad on page 4.



Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 With over 10 years of experience, Debby Votta, owner of Fresh Face Skincare Center, specializes in cutting-edge anti-aging skin treatments. She is consistently educating herself on the latest and best skincare products/treatments for her clients. She is certified in many of the latest hightech esthetic advances including microdermabrasion, micro current, led light therapy, chemical peels and much more. See ad on page 5.

JAHMEIR SKINCARE STUDIO 2928 Post Rd, Warwick RI 401-595-2851

My intention and holistic expertise is to provide innovative technology, high performance products and services to heal your skin. Combining vegan, organic and gluten free products with clinical personalized treatments the skin’s health, balance and radiance can be enhanced. Offering and using cutting edge procedures the skins transformation and harmony is the result. This philosophy can target, correct and benefit many sensitive unbalanced & unhealthy skin types. See ad on page 13.


Another Way Counseling Center 2797 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886 750 East Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02806 401-419-4001 How was your 2016 performance review? Are your demeanor or communication skills with your coworkers or boss holding you back from the advancement that you deserve? I would be happy to meet with you and teach you the communication skills and behavior management techniques that will help you become a more effective, collaborative employee so that people will listen and interact cooperatively with you.


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


Kerri Peterson Weaver, R-DMT, M.A. 400 Reservoir Avenue, Suite LL-O Providence, RI 02907 (located on the lower level of the Calart Tower) 401-467- HEAL • We provide an integrated therapeutic approach offering Expressive Art Therapies, holistic wellness and counseling. If you or your teen is struggling, let us hold a safe, creative and supportive space to find your personal way of healing and recreate connections to your whole-self: body, mind and spirit. See ad on page 33.


38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul.  Offering hair, makeup, reflexology, acupuncture, massage and herbalism. See ad on page 25.

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

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


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SOUL WISDOM READINGS WITH CHRIS Chris McCullough 401-662-6642

Readings in Person or by phone by appointment. Bring a little magic to your next Home Parties or Fundraiser. Cris is Author of “Holistic Tarot: Soul Wisdom for a New Paradigm”, her integrative approach to reading merges numerology, spiritual astrology and connection with Divine Source to help you solve the problems in your life. Classes in Goddessing, Tarot and Shamanism forming now. Go to or for the latest news.


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.


250 Centerville Road, Building E Warwick, RI 401-921-5934 Dr. Petteruti is a triple-board certified physician designed to bring you the very best in anti-aging, concierge medicine, weight loss, hormones, and aesthetic services. The Drip Bar, which is located inside the Center, provides IV Vitamin Infusions for energy, immunity, cancer, Lyme, detox, and weight loss. See ad on page 13.

HYPNOSIS NEWPORT CENTER FOR HYPNOTHERAPY AND HYPNOSIS TRAINING Suzi Nance, CHT, CI 123 Bellevue Avenue, Newport RI 401-835-1736 Ready for change? Using the power of your subconscious, hypnosis can make it happen!! Call now to schedule a session 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.


Ron Ash 39 Carrington St. Ste 202, Lincoln, RI 02865 561-203-0228 • 347-537-GIFT Our management consultants provide strategic, unbiased and objective advisory services which assist organisations in improving productivity and overall performance. Advisory expertise covers areas such as change management, financial performance, marketing, business restructuring, and human resources, with an emphasis on managing risks and costs.


Readings in person or by telephone. 401-741-3478 Author of “Believe In Forever ~ How to Recognize Signs from Your Departed Loved Ones”. Have you ever felt the presence of a departed loved one? Our loved ones send us signs to let us know they are at peace and that we will see them again. Serving as an ambassador and interpreter between the worlds, my passion is to connect you with your loved one and validate the signs you are already receiving.


Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 • Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the trans-formative healing process of hypnotherapy! Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 25.


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


Susan De Lorenzo is a transformational life coach who helps clients overcome adversity in order to move forward in their lives. Author of the upcoming book, Thank You, Cancer, Susan works with clients to release fear, doubt and worry, helping pave the way to design and take steps toward their dreams. See ad on page 37.


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

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


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



Wendy Lewis, ARCB Board Certified Reflexologist East Greenwich, RI 401-626-4171 Treat your feet! Experience reflexology, the ancient healing art that’s the remedy for modern life. Reduce stress and support wellness with reflexology’s uniquely deep relaxation. Pamper feet and hands, leave with a blissful body and mind. Visit to learn more about our services and Box of Bliss holiday gift certificate packages!

REIKI / ANGEL CARD READINGS ASCENSION NXT LLC 176 Main Street East Greenwich, RI 401-228-8348

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


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


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


Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • Let your imagination go— naturally! A full service salon that’s Certified organic for hair color, straightening/relaxing, permanent wave. No Ammonia, parabens, plastics or Thioglycolates. Call today for an appointment! Like me on FB. 50% Off all new clients only. See ad on page 32.


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

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

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Another Way Counseling Center 2797 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886 750 East Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02806 401-419-4001 Start the New Year with a stronger connection and less conflict in your relationships or marriage. Effective communication is the basis for any successful relationship. I can teach you the language skills that will allow you to speak respectfully, openly and honestly with your partner eliminating unnecessary fights and hurt feelings. Come with your partner or come on your own and see how quickly a few simple changes can repair the love and understanding in any relationship.


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


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


Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 • We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 38.

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


Providence, East Greenwich, South Kingstown 401-782-2126 • All That Matters, founded in 1995, offers more than 100 weekly yoga classes at three locations across the state. The South Kingstown center also offers an array of workshops, a retail store, and health services ranging from acupuncture and chiropractic to massage therapy. See ad on page 33.


40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton, RI 401-524-4766 Find joy, love, and peace with Ananda through ancient and effective techniques of meditation, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, kirtan, Kriya Yoga and more. Deepen your own spiritual journey in the company of friends who support your inner growth. Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and was founded by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

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