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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.



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t seems many people are feeling unsettled these days, concerned about the future. I wonder sometimes if something is missing. Is it empathy? The best definition for empathy I could find explains it as “the capacity to understand and share the feelings of another.” More and more are we, as a whole, forgetting how to do this?

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I can be a crier sometimes and can tear up for any old reason. National Anthem? Yep. Happy Birthday sung with family and friends? Yep. The passing of a total stranger I hear about on the news? Yep, again. While it can be a bit embarrassing to be so emotional, with age it has become easier to embrace these sort of things about myself. I now consider it a gift that I can understand and almost feel the joy and pain of others, hopeful that my empathy helps me connect with them. Such is the beauty of maturing and growing. I’m afraid I wasn’t always that way. Looking back, I was certainly not as considerate a person as I have tried to become over the years. I remember quite clearly being bullied as a child, as well as being involved in some bullying of other teenage girls. It makes me cringe to recall some of those hurtful situations. I expect the worry of fitting in is what drove us to callously point out our differences. Never mind it was just dumb kid stuff; unkindly treatment of or by others has lasting effects. Sadly, bullying has become easier with the introduction of social media. From the relative safety of one’s own computer, people no longer have to bully someone face to face; it can be done obscurely. Whatever form it takes, the mistreatment of others is harmful to everyone involved, including the bully. Whether it happens at school, home or work, or through social media, we need to know how to protect ourselves and even turn the situation around in a nonviolent way. This month’s Healthy Kids article by April Thompson, “Silencing Cyberbullies: How to Defuse Bad Actors,” teaches us ways to deal with cyberbullies and provides helpful online resources for facing any type of bullying. Please share it widely. To happy, healthy, peaceful living

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newsbriefs Workshop on Shifting Emotional States with Flower Essences


ireseed: Center for Transformation is hosting a three-day workshop on consecutive Wednesdays on how to use flower essences with spirit to shift emotional states of being and unhealthy habitual thoughts and patterns. Facilitated by Katharine Rossi, a depth hypnosis and shamanic practitioner, the workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 8, 15 and 22, at Fireseed, in Providence. According to Rossi, flower essences are a medicine that helps people move into the desired core feelings they wish to experience on a daily basis and are used to promote awareness of emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances. “Flower essences enable a greater awareness of things that are already happening within us by affecting a shift in consciousness,” she says. Cynthia Kemp of Desert Alchemy explains, “Flower essences can help us recognize, resolve, or release different conditioned ways of perceiving the world and can help us experience greater well-being and harmony in our lives.” The workshop includes a workbook for each participant to track his/her process and a bottle of flower essences selected by each individual to take over the three weeks. Attendees will discover authentic insights into patterns and behaviors and learn how flower essences can bring alignment with one’s true self. Cost: $115. Location: 194 Waterman St., 3rd Flr., Providence. For more information, call 401-924-0567 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

The Famous Wheeler Clothing & More Sale Returns for 69th Year


he Wheeler School’s Famous Clothing & More Sale returns for its 69th year of fabulous deals on clothing and more for the whole family, April 6 to 8, in the Wheeler School gymnasium on the East Side of Providence. Sale hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., April 6, noon to 8 p.m., April 7, and 10 a.m. to

THE 3 p.m., April 8. FAMOUS Admission is free and shoppers will find bargains of new and gently-worn women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, books, sporting gear, household items, games and toys at this once yearly “pop-up” department store. The theme this year Clothing & More is Something For Everyone! Dan Miller, Wheeler’s head of school notes, “The Wheeler Clothing Sale is an annual and epic phenomenon—part flea market, part street fair, part yard sale, entirely joyous—that draws bargain hunters from all over the city, state and region. Proceeds support Wheeler, but the larger goal is met through community outreach SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! and the continuation of a tradition that goes back over half a century.” Clothes • Sporting Goods • Housewares BooksSponsored and run by the Wheeler School Parents Association, parents, teach• Toys • Boutique ers, students, staff and alumni donate thousands of volunteer hours to carefully OPEN TO THE PUBLIC sort, organize and sell high-quality, gently-worn or new items.



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r. Eric Pearl, author of The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself, demystifies the healing process. He teaches others (90,000 and counting) how to activate and use what he refers to as an all-inclusive spectrum of healing frequencies. “Reconnection teaches people how to transcend the ego and its judgment, and reach a state of non-judgment observation,” explains Pearl. “Many of the individuals I have taught describe their experience simply as an internal activation of an advanced level of consciousness, in which awareness allows the perception of a multidimensional universe.” Pearl posits that as part of our growth as human beings, stating, “We not only discover that we have become more, we understand that we can’t stand in fear, lack and limitation, and we can only offer ourselves as a vessel for healing for ourselves and others when we reside in oneness and love.” Pearl believes that it is part of everyone’s life journey to discover that they are an empty vessel, born to be filled with spirit. He advises, “By letting go of beliefs that block our ability to deeply understand this, we can harmonically converge with the lives of others at the level where we are all energy, as physics indicates.” For more information on the Online Level I Course and Integrated Combinations with Live & In-Person Level II schedules, visit ReconnectiveHealing. com. Mention the promotional code word AWAKE and receive a 20 percent discount. See ad on page 37.


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im Serafini, founder and CEO of MindPT, will be the keynote speaker at a Positively Priming the Mind Workshop from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 22, in New York City. Participants will learn more about the research and technology behind the accelerated learning tool called Mind Power Technology (MindPT) that serves businesses, nonprofits, organizations and Kim Serafini entrepreneurs in creating positive results by priming the mind to start each day on a positive note. Serafini is a leading authority on positive priming and how to accelerate learning and change. This workshop is for coaches, practitioners, doctors, healers, educators, advocates, managers, trainers and others. Attendees will leave with real tools to navigate life more easily and beautifully. MindPT is a revolutionary new way to integrate new beliefs and cultivate the mindset and habits of happiness and success. Traditional personal growth programs often fail to produce the desired results because they require time, effort and discipline, but MindPT is quick and effortless, based on the latest in neuroscience research and proven positive psychology principles. It is shared in fun and engaging bite-sized lessons on a desktop computer or mobile app to create fast and enduring results.


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r. Laura Bomback will be at The Discover You Wellness Event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 2, at the Crowne Plaza, in Warwick, offering a free health screening using Nutrition Response Testing. This is a non-invasive method of analyzing the body to locate the areas of ill- or non-optimal health. Bombeck will test whole food nutritional supplements against these areas to demonstrate how the body responds to the correct nutrition. From this, a specific, individual nutritional program is designed. Bomback will offer an initial evaluation in her office for $30, a 75 percent discount to anyone that visits her booth at the event. Otherwise, a 50 percent discount is Dr. Laura Bomback available with her ad on page 17. Bomback is an advanced clinically trained practitioner of Nutrition Response Testing and chiropractor in Fall River, Massachusetts. She has been in practice since 1991. Location: Natural Health Solutions, 293 Linden St., Fall River, MA. For more information call 508-678-1233 or visit See ad on page 17.

The Chakra System for Beginners


uthor and healer Carol Mossa will bring the chakra system alive through an experiential workshop scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m., March 23, at The Empowerment Factory, in Pawtucket. Each participant will receive a complimentary pendulum to take home and practice with. The word chakra is Sanskrit for “spinning wheel” or “disk”. According to ancient yogic traditions, there are seven major chakras, or energy centers, in our bodies. Each of these chakras corresponds to a particular colorCarol Mossa coded vibrational frequency in the universe, which influences our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. According to Mossa, when our chakras, which run from the root of our spine to the top of our head, are perfectly aligned with the universal flow of energy, every aspect of our life becomes harmonious and joyful. “We reclaim perfect health and our love and passion for life becomes renewed,” she says. Cost: $30. Location: Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St., Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-365-1010 or visit See ad on page 2.

Prospective Students and Families Invited to Grace School Open House


he Grace School, in Providence, will hold an open house from 8:30 to 10 a.m., March 13, for prospective students and their families to learn more about its national reputation as a leader in education and inclusion. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover its state-of the-art facility, small-size classrooms and innovative curriculum that combines rigorous academics with a culture of compassion for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Each classroom has an average of 15 students and boasts two highly credentialed educators. An RSVP is requested by March 10. Location: 1000 Eddy St., Providence. For more information, call 401-5339100 or visit See ad on page 29.

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ife coaches Lori Giuttari and Elaine Blais are leading a women’s weekend, April 28 to 30, of nature, fun and fire designed to nourish the body, mind and spirit in the tranquil comfort of Spirit Fire Retreat Center, in Leyden, Massachusetts. This gorgeous retreat center is located south of New Hampshire’s Green Mountain Forest and east of the Berkshires on 95 acres of forest, meadows and streams. With a little pre-work preparing for the Live Life in Full Bloom weekend, Giuttari and Blais will coach participants, guiding them toward a greater understanding of what their heart desires and what steps to take to bring their life into full bloom. Giuttari is president and founder of LG Coaching & Consulting. She is a certified Martha Beck master coach and yoga instructor who believes that living mindfully is critical for meeting life’s challenges. Blais is founder and chief enjoyment officer at Elaine Blais Life Coaching. A certified meditation facilitator, she has received life coach training through Martha Beck Institute and is focused on helping others expand their awareness and see themselves in new more empowering ways to live life on their own terms. Cost: $625 per person; includes lodging, meals, program and all materials. All rooms double occupancy. For more information and to register, visit or

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rovidence Green Drinks monthly gatherings are held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., every third Thursday of the month, and provide a great opportunity to meet with people in the area that are personally and/ or professionally interested and involved in a variety of environmental, conservation and sustainability issues. It’s an informal and fun time and usually draws an eclectic group of a few dozen people. The venue changes from month to month, so join the Providence Green Drinks group on Facebook for monthly updates. Hosting a Green Drinks event at an office, home, or other venue is a great way to reach a lot of “green” people in the region. For more information, visit

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n March 4, Ridley Lowell Business & Technical Institute, in West Warwick, will hold a complimentary massage clinic for anyone interested in learning more about its massage program. The massage therapy field is growing quickly with more opportunities than ever for qualified licensed massage therapists. Opportunities exist in healthcare, holistic health, spa, hospitals as well as owning one’s own business. Its robust 900-hour program can be completed in as little as nine months. Classes start in April for the day program and May for the evening program. Financial aid is available for those that qualify. Those interested in the program are invited to enjoy a complimentary 50-minute massage or 10-minute chair massage by one of its qualified students in a relaxing environment. Enjoy refreshments, tour the school and meet the instructors. Information will be available for those interested in the program. Additionally, they offer and encourage all prospective students to sit in on some classes to learn about the curriculum, meet and speak with current students as well as graduates. Massage sessions are scheduled by appointment only and are available at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 401-262-3117 or email with a preferred choice of time to Location: 186 Providence St., West Warwick. For more information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete the program and other important information, visit See ad on page 5.


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Wheezing Toddlers Prone to Food Allergies


esearchers in Singapore studied the relationship between eczema and wheezing in babies and food allergies in toddlers. They collected data from 849 children that had completed skin prick testing for inhalant and food allergies, including eggs, peanuts and cow’s milk at 18 months and 36 months of age. The resulting data were compared to information obtained from questionnaires administered to the children’s mothers at several intervals throughout their first three years of life to determine the prevalence of allergic diseases such as eczema and rhinitis, along with wheezing. The researchers found children that experienced eczema or wheezing within their first 18 months were more likely to have an allergy at 36 months. Occurrences of eczema or wheezing after youngsters were 18 months old appeared to have no notable impact on the later allergy skin test results.


Veggie, Fish and Nut Fats Preserve Heart Health


esearchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, used data from previous studies to discern the association between dairy and animal fats and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in American adults. The study reviewed dairy fat and other fat consumption data using validated foodfrequency questionnaires from more than 43,000 men and 175,000 women during three different studies, each spanning at least 20 consecutive years. Of the subjects studied, 14,815 developed some form of CVD, close to 7 percent of the total. The researchers found that replacing dairy foods with foods containing polyunsaturated fats—primarily found in vegetables, nuts and fish—in just 5 percent of a subject’s diet reduced the risk of CVD by an average of 24 percent. But replacing the same percentage of dairy fats with other animal fats increased the incidence of CVD by 6 percent. is the easiest way for you to search for a new pet in Providence, RI.

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Kids Going Online at Bedtime Sleep Poorly


new study from King’s College London has found that children’s use of electronic devices close to bedtime can reduce their chances of a good night’s sleep. Researchers examined 20 existing studies encompassing 125,000 children between the ages of 6 and 19. They found that youngsters using a device within 90 minutes of falling asleep had an increased likelihood of poor and inadequate sleep quality and excessive daytime sleepiness. Study author Ben Carter, Ph.D., says, “Sleep is an often undervalued, but important part of children’s development, with a regular lack of sleep causing a variety of health problems.” These can include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, reduced immune function and poor diet. Poor food choices and excessive eating can start young, as illustrated in a study from Colorado University, in Boulder, which found a link between sleep deprivation and poor diet choices in preschool children. The Colorado study followed five girls and five boys, ages 3 and 4, that were regular afternoon nappers. They were deprived of their naps for one day, during which their food and beverage consumption was monitored and compared with their choices on a day when their sleep routine remained intact. During the sleep-deprived day, the children ate 20 percent more calories than usual and their diet consisted of 25 percent more sugar and 26 percent more carbohydrates.

ecotip Making a Cuppa More Planet-Friendly A Gallup poll last year reported that 64 percent of U.S. adult coffee lovers consume one or more cups daily and the average number of cups quaffed each day is 2.7. We can express our affection for both java and the Earth by following these eco-tips. 4 Forego the convenience of single-cup, plastic pod makers like Keurig. As Mother Jones magazine recently reported, only 5 percent of current pods are made with recyclable plastic, and even those, having hard-to-remove aluminum tops, pose recycling challenges. Keurig plans to make all of its pods recyclable by 2020. 4 Many other simpler coffee-making devices maximize energy use by facilitating more servings and reducing waste. recommends the Moka Pot, a pressure-driven aluminum stovetop brewer; the Chemex Coffeemaker, a funnel-shaped glass unit with a wooden collar; the Canadian wood product Aeropress; an old-fashioned vacuum pot with two glass chambers connected by a thin neck; and a traditional non-electric stovetop percolator. 4 Some coffee farms exploit their workers, paying subsistence wages, damage rainforests and use unsustainable farming practices. Jake Carney, co-founder of, founded Lucy’s Bru, an organic whole-bean coffee that’s exclusively shade-grown under fair trade conditions, sustainably farmed and free of harsh fertilizers and pesticides. 4 Reuse steel and aluminum coffee cans. ChasingGreen. org details how they can make effective dehumidifiers for damp basements when filled with salt; soak paint brushes in thinner solutions; store items in a garage or work space; and serve as a spot lawn or garden seeder after punching holes in the bottom. The website also lists ways that coffee grounds can be used as a beauty, cleaning, deodorizer and dying agent. 4 Use better filters at home. Instead of paper, single-use filters, suggests reusable or unbleached, biodegradable alternatives such as the Medelco cone permanent filter and a French press. 4 For to-go drinkers, many coffee shops and restaurants will pour fresh brew into mugs that patrons bring in. Keeping a clean spoon in the car can save on plastic stirrers.

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Oregano Oil Proves a Safe Antibiotic for Poultry In many large commercial chicken farms, the animals are fed antibiotics to keep them healthy and fight off infections. But due to consumer demand, McDonald’s has eliminated antibiotics used in human medicine from its entire restaurant chicken supply. Meanwhile, a farm in Pennsylvania owned by Scott Sechler is among the first to rely solely on a mix of oregano oil and cinnamon in the treatment and care of its chickens. In addition to being completely natural, oregano oil supplies the chickens with health advantages, producing a much higher quality of natural chicken in a far more humane method than that attained using antibiotics. Like antibiotics, the oil assists the chickens in battling any infections, reducing the number of birds lost to disease. Bob Ruth, president of another Pennsylvania farming business, has been testing oregano on his pigs for six months to see if it can outperform prescription antibiotics. Related problems arise when animals live in dirty conditions, making them more susceptible to infections and viruses, which can also be triggered by insufficient cleansing of slaughterhouses that must be hosed down and completely sanitized after each act of butchery. He thinks that drugs should not be a requirement if the farmers keep things tidy.


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Researchers from Iowa State University have developed a new form of synthetic leather using cellulose fibers taken from kombucha tea, along with vinegar and sugar, made in shallow plastic tanks. When a colony of bacteria and yeast is added, the material grows on the top of the liquid’s surface, where it can be harvested and dried. The researchers have successfully used the material to make prototype garments, including shoes and a vest. It’s 100 percent biodegradable, so when the fabric gets wet, it softens and becomes less durable; in very low temperatures, it can become brittle. Young-A Lee, Ph.D., associate professor of apparel, merchandising and design at Iowa State University, in Ames, says, “Fashion, to most people, is an ephemeral expression of culture, art and technology, manifesting itself in pracical form. Fashion companies keep producing new materials and clothing, from season to season, year to year, to fulfill consumers’ desires and needs. Think about where these items eventually go. They will take up tremendous underground spaces of the Earth, like other trash.” Spanish designer Carmen Hijosa has created Piñatex, another faux-leather product made from pineapple leaf fibers as a more sustainable and cruelty-free alternative. She acted after seeing how leather tanneries operate. Source:

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he “old wives’ tale” about eating carrots for healthy vision wasn’t wrong, but fell far short of a holistic approach to eye health. Today’s holistically trained healthcare providers and ophthalmologists believe that properly maintaining the marvelous phenomenon of eyesight requires taking into consideration genetics, diet, toxin exposures, life environments and our belief systems. “The body does not work as a series of parts in isolation, but as a dynamically integrated living system,” says Marc Grossman, a doctor of optometry, licensed acupuncture physician and co-founder of Natural Eye Health, in New Paltz, New York. “The reductionist method of referring each symptom to the domain of a particular specialist, isolated from the whole person, is slowly being replaced with a complementary view of health care that may include acupuncture and other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We are beginning to look at each person as an integrated being.” Progressive health providers now consider dietary preferences, general exercise regimens, environmental factors and physical, emotional and mental issues, as well as an individual’s particular symptoms, in determining treatment strategies. “To improve vision, the condition of the whole person needs to be addressed,” says Grossman, whose books include Natural Eye Care: Your Guide to Healthy Vision. Board-Certified Ophthalmologist and Homeopathic Doctor Edward Kondrot’s practice at Healing The Eye &


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Wellness Center, which he founded in Zephyrhills, Florida, embraces traditional and alternative therapies. He uses microcurrent, ozone therapy and U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved stem cells from a newborn’s umbilical cord in treating serious eye disease. Kondrot, the author of 10 Essentials to Save Your Sight, systemically understands the eyes as windows to overall health. For instance, his perspective is founded on the fact that a balanced diet is one of the best preventive measures for maintaining eye health. Systemic disorders such as high blood pressure, diabetes, stress-related effects and nutritional deficiencies are easily determined under the scrutiny of his holistic biomicroscope. According to science published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, chiropractic spinal manipulation may also contribute to normal vision; in one case study, 20 treatment sessions helped an individual recover the function of optic nerves and normal vision. It’s generally accepted that chiropractic adjustment realigning the spinal column allows the nervous system to function properly, reduces tension and frees up the body to better transport blood to locations such as the eyes. Additionally, the second vertebra below the skull contains nerves that affect the eyes, optic nerves, auditory nerves and sinuses. Common eye conditions generally develop so slowly that they may not present noticeable symptoms until deterioration has become severe. “Many factors can affect our eyesight, including



other health problems. Having a family member with eye disease may mean you’re genetically prone to having that condition as well, but living a healthy lifestyle may prevent the gene from being activated,” advises Kondrot. Viewing the condition of the eyes as a reflection of whole body health means that lifestyle and diet choices play major roles. The Vision Diet and supplement program recommended in Grossman’s Natural Eye Care has been shown to reduce the intraocular pressure in the eyes of study participants by five to seven millimeters, which generally equates to 10 to 15 percent. In general, a diet high in beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and sulfur-bearing amino acids can be helpful. Foods containing such nutrients include garlic, onions, beans, spinach, celery, turnips, yellow and orange vegetables, green leafy vegetables, seaweed, apples, oranges and tomatoes. Other dietary and lifestyle options recommended by Grossman are daily drinking one pint of juice made from mostly green vegetables and drinking eight to 10 glasses of purified water to keep eyes hydrated. Managing stress and doing palming and other eye exercises, such as those found at, as well as daily aerobic exercise for at least 20 minutes, are also beneficial. Additionally, Kondrot’s use of multimodal protocols such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, homeopathy, and detoxification can be applied to reverse visual loss. Kondrot advises that avoiding foods that trigger allergic reactions is important. “A study of 113 patients with chronic simple glaucoma showed an immediate increase in pressure in the fluid inside the eye when they were exposed to foods to which they were allergic. Take up meditation, yoga, tai chi or any other practice that helps you manage stress and relax,” he advises. “Some consider glaucoma a stress-related condition.” The best strategy for healthy eyes is to have regular eye examinations. Early detection and prompt treatment can prevent significant vision loss. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Treating Acne from Inside Out by Anna Golub

For those that have ever suffered from blemishes and acne, the experience can bring frustration and embarrassment, and even worse, destroy one’s confidence.


he goal for a skin care professional is to recognize the exact cause of acne development and find the root of a problem prior to starting any treatment. Many different factors play a role in the development of acne, and often acne is an external symptom of a much deeper issue. Unfortunately, these underlying problems are often overlooked and instead harsh products and invasive treatments are suggested as the only course of treatment.   There are several root causes that contribute to acne formation, including an overgrowth of Propionibacterium acnes (P.acnes), hormonal imbalance, genetics, food sensitivities, emotional stress, nutritional deficiencies, poor diet and sluggish digestion.  

Hormones, inflammation and Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) bacteria

These factors can lead to clogged and infected pores, resulting in increased bacteria and yeast overgrowth on the skin, often causing skin inflammation. P. acnes is a bacteria that grows deep inside of pores, where it feeds on the sebum that is produced by the sebaceous glands that surround the base of the hair shaft. Most individuals with acne symptoms have an overgrowth of P. acnes bacteria in their skin. P. acnes is an oxygen-tolerant, anaerobic bacteria that prefers to grow in low oxygen environments (like deep within a plugged follicle). Superficial inflammation results in pustule formation and skin redness. Inflammation can occur deeper in the skin and form multiple cysts.


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Food allergies or food sensitivities could be a strong factor in acne development. Fat, sugar and processed foods accelerate skin inflammation that leads to problem skin. They also contribute to constipation, triggering the body’s response to release toxins and poisons any way it can. As the skin is the largest eliminating organ together with the lungs, bowel, liver and kidneys, it can become overloaded and not function properly.


A diet with processed foods, full of excessive starches, fried, fatty foods and other junk foods has been shown to aggravate acne. Dark green or orange vegetables are especially helpful due to their beta-carotene content, which helps maintain and repair the skin. Eating them raw or lightly cooked helps to retain their nutrients and fiber. The most helpful is vegetable juices from carrots, beets, cucumber and celery. Foods containing omega-3 fatty acids like almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, fresh, cold-water fish—salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines—can dramatically decrease inflammation as well. Flaxseed oil and cod liver oil are

excellent to include in one’s diet. The plant enzymes especially from pineapple, pumpkin and papaya oils dissolve the tissue that causes scaring. Incorporating some of the following anti-inflammatory foods in one’s diet can be helpful in reducing inflammation.   Onion – The humble onion has strong antiseptic properties and is one of the best liver detoxifiers. A clean liver equals clear skin. Since onion has a lot of sulfuric oils, it stimulates the digestion and works as an antibacterial agent. It’s a great blood cleanser as well with good amounts of vitamin A, C, sulfur, iron, silicon and calcium.   Raw apple cider vinegar – This has become a popular anti-inflammatory food since the 19th century. Raw apple cider vinegar has powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties and works as a digestive aid in the body. It helps to promote the growth of probiotics in the digestive system and balances the yeast bacteria. It contains potassium and many other trace minerals.   Arugula – Arugula is high in vitamin A, a powerful anti-acne nutrient. This highly alkaline food helps to cleanse and neutralize acidic waste and prevent toxic overload, a precursor to chronic acne.   Lemon and lime – The liver supporting citruses can help keep the skin blemishfree and glowing due to their purifying and cleansing properties. They flush out bacteria and toxins, improving digestion and destroying free radicals in the body.   Hydration and home care Acne prone skin needs proper hydration to recover. Skin care products with lots of hyaluronic acid as a topical hydration together with proper water intake will dramatically increase the healing process.    Minimizing inflammation Acne can be difficult to treat and often people try multiple treatment plans before finding what works for them. There are many different natural alternatives to Accutane or other medications available in esthetics. The best results have been shown using proven ingredients based on plant extracts like calendula, comfrey, sage, mint and products with

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Fortunately, food allergies that trigger such a dramatic, fast, immune response are fairly rare, particularly in adults. “Most of what we’re seeing today is an uptick in food sensitivities and intolerances, terms that are often used interchangeably to describe foods that are not digested well and can challenge the immune system,” says Solana Beach, California, nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet. Newark, Delaware, medical doctor and allergist Junfang Jiao, Ph.D., attests to increased levels of testing for food allergies and sensitivities in recent years. “I can’t say there are more allergies or sensitivities, but more doctors are aware of the wide-ranging symptoms and more people are getting referred for testing,” he reports. Many experts agree on at least one underlying cause behind the trend—a widely studied condition called leaky

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omplaints of digestive upsets, brain fog, headaches, relentless food cravings and unrelieved stress appear to be at epidemic levels these days. “These symptoms may be part of newfound awareness of the wideranging and seemingly unrelated health problems caused by food sensitivities and intolerances, which are different from food allergies,” explains microbiologist Kiran Krishnan, from Chicago.

Food Allergies

Food allergies seem to be plaguing America’s children now more than in the past. We know that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, once standard lunchbox fare, have become a no-no. They’re often outlawed by schools to protect the students that experience extreme peanut allergies.


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The symptoms of food allergies in adults and children, often including hives, rashes and itching, can range from being annoying to life threatening. For extremely sensitive people, the tiniest fragment of a peanut or a bee sting, exposure to latex gloves or certain medications like penicillin can cause such a sudden strong allergic reaction that it results in anaphylaxis, which makes breathing passages swell shut. If untreated, such extreme allergies can even prove fatal, which is why people with severe allergies carry the antidote epinephrine (adrenaline) with them. Food allergies are diagnosed by blood and/or skin testing under the supervision of a medical professional, usually a doctor of medicine, osteopathy or naturopathy. Effective treatment, which must be customized to the individual, typically entails avoidance of allergy triggers.

gut, characterized by intestinal permeability. Microscopic pinholes in an unhealthy small intestine can allow undigested nutrients to pass through intestinal walls, triggering mild immune responses, inflammation and, potentially, the onset of some diseases. Theories of what causes leaky gut are diverse and sometimes contradictory but experts recommend consulting a medical professional if one suffers from food sensitivities. Each individual is unique, so there is no “blanket solution” for everyone. Dysbiosis: Leaky gut is often caused by an imbalance in “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria, sometimes called dysbiosis, says Krishnan. It can be brought on by the use of antibiotics, antibiotic residues in meats and dairy products or a diet high in sugar and processed foods. Most interesting, he believes, is the discovery that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed


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killer Roundup used on genetically modified (GMO) corn and soy crops, contributes to dysbiosis, as verified by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists in a study published in Interdisciplinary Toxicology. They concluded with a plea to world governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods. GMOs: While this issue has been less widely analyzed, a 1996 study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that the Bacillus thuringiensis toxin added to Monsanto’s GMO corn crops to kill pests is not destroyed during human digestion. Danish researchers at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University suggested it may damage cells of the intestinal lining. Gluten: “Gluten causes leaky gut,” says Port Jefferson, New York, naturopathic doctor Doni Wilson, author of The Stress Remedy, voicing one side of the controversy based on her review of scientific literature. She’s concluded, “Whether you are sensitive to it or not, gluten increases the production of zonulin, which can result in damage to intestinal walls and cause the cells on the outside of the intestines to set off an immune response to anything that passes through. In this condition, what we’re eating—cheese, milk, eggs, corn, soy—is leaking through the gut lining, triggering an immune response and potentially creating multiple food sensitivities.” Wilson also notes that in her clinical experience, only about half of her patients with gluten sensitivities complain of digestive issues. “I’ve found that gluten causes the immune cells on the outside of the small intestine to affect the nervous system, causing headaches, anxiety, depression and insomnia,” she says. Her findings are backed by research from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Celiac Research and Italy’s University of Catania. The same researchers confirm that non-celiac gluten sensitivity or intolerance can also foster depression; a University of Cincinnati study published in the journal Headache links gluten and headaches. Other proteins in wheat can be problematic, advises Fiona McCulloch, a Toronto doctor of naturopathy, citing a study presented at the annual European Gastroenterology Conference, in Vienna,

As a gluten tolerance test, substitute an amount of non-gluten carbohydrates for the same amount of gluten-containing products. For example, instead of two pieces of bread, substitute three-quarters of a cup of brown rice—a rough equivalent in carbohydrate content. A positive difference in hunger, cravings and energy levels when gluten is eliminated indicates a condition of gluten intolerance. ~Fiona McCulloch last October. The report showed that a family of proteins called amylase trypsin inhibitors can lead to the development of inflammation in tissues beyond the gut, including the lymph nodes, kidneys, spleen and brain. Glyphosate residues can be a factor in gluten intolerance. Although wheat crops produced in the U.S. are not yet genetically modified, many non-organic wheat crops are sprayed with glyphosate to promote rapid drying, according to the Environmental Working Group. Inadequate digestive enzymes: Lactose intolerance is the most common result of missing digestive enzymes like lactase, according to the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Avoiding milk products may relieve digestive distress for some.

Eliminate Items, Then Challenge

Most experts believe the easiest way to deal with food sensitivities is to stop eating the food in question. The so-called “elimination and challenge” diet, which has been in use for decades, is effective, free and addresses the foods responsible for common food intolerances, says Virgin.

Simply avoid the food of concern completely for at least three weeks, then eat a small amount of it and catalog the results. For some people, it may only take a couple of hours for symptoms to return after eating a piece of bread, cup of milk, an egg or bit of tofu. Virgin’s seven-food challenge is a bit more rigorous, but improves feelings of general well-being so readily that many people don’t even want to bring back the eliminated foods because they feel so much better, she says. Her threeweek diet completely eliminates the most common food sensitivity triggers: gluten-containing foods (largely wheat), dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, sugar and artificial sweeteners. “When I say eliminate these foods 100 percent, I mean it,” cautions Virgin. “You need to give your immune system at least that much time to cool off.” She adds, “You can do anything such as this for just three weeks.” Virgin also recommends the elimination diet for weight loss because it helps overcome food cravings triggered by the immune system response and leptin resistance, leveraging the hormone that turns off the body’s hunger signals, a finding confirmed by independent studies performed by Sweden’s Lund University and Italy’s University of Palermo. She’s also documented other positive effects through her own research and experience with participants in her programs, including improvements in energy, focus, joint pain, skin clarity and bloating, all in the designated short time frames.

Other Approaches

People with food sensitivities may be able to tolerate occasional indulgences in their trigger foods once they’ve healed their digestive systems, notes Krishnan. Probiotics can help, especially those encapsulated in spores so they can pass through the barrage of stomach acid and reach the small intestine where they are most needed. Krishnan’s research, to be published this spring, showed that half of otherwise healthy young people suffering from leaky gut had a dramatic reduction of symptoms by taking a spore-forming probiotic Bacillus indicus product for 30 days. After the healing period, sensitive people may be able

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to eat small amounts of certain foods with the assistance of dietary aids and supplements, adds McCulloch. Get dirty: Johns Hopkins University research has shown that kids raised in an excessively hygienic environment experience much higher rates of allergies and sensitivities. University of Wisconsin researchers found that youths growing up in households that are less than obsessively sanitary among four or five other people and dogs will strengthen and challenge their immune systems as they mature. Adults need to challenge their immune systems, too, says Krishnan. Eat organic and fermented foods: A widely varied diet helps spread out the immune system challenges of trigger foods. Organic foods don’t contain glyphosate and other potentially harmful chemicals; fermented foods contain digestive enzymes. Eat prebiotics: Raw onions, garlic, leeks and asparagus are prebiotics. They help feed probiotic bacteria and improve gut health. Block sensitivity triggers: Many people with lactose intolerance are able to consume dairy products if they use lactase, the enzyme that helps digest lactose. Similarly, some people with gluten intolerance find they can eat moderate amounts of wheat products with protein supplements like lectin, carb blockers and digestive enzymes that help break down the gluten molecules, according to Virgin. Supplements that might help: Glucomannan (konjac or elephant yam fiber) contributes to a feeling of fullness and stabilizes blood sugar, says McCulloch. She also recommends the amino acid L-glutamine and digestive enzymes to assist in gut healing. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books. Connect at


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ost people know if they have an allergy to a food such as shellfish or peanuts, but food sensitivities are another matter. Persistent symptoms such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, acne, eczema, psoriasis, anxiety or depression could be the result of an underlying food sensitivity. Food allergies A food allergy is an immediate reaction of the immune system, also called an IgE reaction, which occurs after eating a particular food. Adverse reactions such as wheezing, flushing, or anaphylaxis can occur anywhere from a few minutes to up to a few hours after ingestion of the food. Food sensitivities A food sensitivity is a delayed reaction which can result in low-grade symptoms occurring from hours up to days later, ranging from digestive symptoms to skin symptoms. The body reacts to the food by activating the immune system with an IgG mediated immune response, which is called a delayed hypersensitivity reaction. When the same foods the body is reacting to are continuously eaten, the immune system remains continually activated which can lead to chronic inflammation and chronic diseases. The most common foods that cause food sensitivities are wheat, gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, nuts, sugar, yeast and citrus fruits. Food intolerances A third category of food reactions does not involve the immune system, but rather the digestive system. Food intolerance is classified when the body lacks a specific enzyme to break down a certain food. A common intolerance is lactose intolerance where individuals lack the lactase enzyme to break down

milk proteins, causing an immediate digestive reaction such as diarrhea. How to test for food sensitivities There are two ways to determine if food sensitivities are present. The first is by conducting an elimination challenge diet in which the most common food sensitivities— wheat, gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, nuts, sugar, yeast and citrus fruits—are eliminated from the diet from four to six weeks. After this phase, foods are reintroduced one at a time to determine if a reaction occurs. Another way of determining food sensitivities is through a blood test conducted by a naturopathic physician. This comprehensive test can determine sensitivities from up to 200 foods. Individuals experiencing any digestive disturbances, urinary irritation such as urinary tract infections, bladder spasms, interstitial cystitis, rashes, chronic sinus or ear infections, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), headaches, brain fog, fatigue, mood disturbances or joint pain, may discover food sensitivities as the culprit. Identifying food sensitivities can be an invaluable part of any healing journey. Individuals living with a chronic condition or experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above would be wise to make an appointment with a naturopathic physician to conduct a blood test for food sensitivities. Find out more about naturopathic physicians in Rhode Island by visiting RIANP. org and by liking the state association on Facebook: Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians. See ad on page 23. Dr. Chrysanthi Kazantzis is a naturopathic physician at Avena Integrative Medical Center in Putnam, CT.

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Silencing Cyberbullies How to Defuse Bad Actors


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hether it’s a damaging rumor posted on Facebook, a humiliating photo shared on Instagram or a threatening text, cyberbullying is increasing among today’s youth. A 2015 Cyberbullying Research Center study of middle school students found that 43 percent had been targeted, while 15 percent admitted to being online bullies. Meanwhile, students, parents and teachers are combating cyber-aggression with initiatives to make the phenomenon socially unacceptable in schools.

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Tyler Gregory, 23, attended a small, insular high school in rural Ohio where bullying was problematic. As a senior with younger siblings approaching their high school years, he aimed to change the local culture to make bullying uncool. Gregory decided to make a movie to submit to the NO BULL Challenge, a national organization that provides students a platform to develop and dis-


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seminate materials that spark dialogue about such troubling issues. Challenges ranged from teaching himself filmmaking and persuading students to participate to mustering the courage to present the project to his school. He achieved the transformation he sought, beginning with 70 students participating in his production. “I appealed to classmates by asking, ‘How do you want to be remembered? Why not choose to be viewed positively, as leaders?’” says Gregory, who later became a spokesperson for NO BULL Challenge. To date, the challenge has received 600 submissions, garnering 23 million impressions through digital and social media, the vehicles of cyberbullies. A recent graduate of Dayton, Ohio’s Wright State University, Gregory has spoken to about 45,000 students in 27 states in school assemblies. Nancy Willard, director of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age, headquartered in Creswell, Oregon, believes that such initiatives, which shift schools from punitive approaches to making


bullying incompatible with accepted social norms, are the only way to bring lasting change. “We need to cultivate a climate where being hurtful is contrary to a school’s expressed values. Most young people don’t like to see their peers being hurtful and admire those that stand up to peers and have them make amends,” says Willard. The educator’s website,, offers free materials with concrete steps for students and teachers to foster positive school environments.

Muting Meanness Here are some tips to help keep digital spaces safe and civil. * Think twice before posting a photo or comment that could be taken out of context and misappropriated. * Report bad behavior to an adult that can help figure out the right course of action. * Don’t portray youth as victims, which can perpetuate the idea they are weak and vulnerable targets. * Save cyber evidence to help officials take appropriate action. Some schools now have online reporting systems that allow students to anonymously submit screenshots from social media. * Don’t retaliate. It likely will only aggravate unwanted behavior and drag everyone down to the cyberbully’s level of consciousness. * Keep watch. Apps like Online Guardian for Families, CyberSynchs and YouDiligence allow parents to monitor children’s exposure on social media via keywords related to bullying. Resources:;; PreventionTips; BlockBullies; cyberbullying.

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Cyberbullying isn’t limited to attacks on unpopular kids that lack satisfying peer relationships. It’s seven times more likely to occur between current or former friends and romantic partners than between strangers, according to a study led by Diane Felmlee, professor of sociology at Pennsylvania State University. Felmlee’s research further found that non-heterosexual youth are four times as likely as their heterosexual peers to be cyberbullied, while popular kids are also frequently targeted. Two social dynamics seem to be at work: “One involves individuals that violate social norms, such as LGBTQ youth, and the other revolves around status struggles,” reports Felmlee. “In the latter case, bullies are vying for popularity, recognition and self-esteem. Those with higher social status may be attacked because they’re viewed as competition.” Cyberbullying’s impact can exceed face-to-face aggression, as offensive remarks can spread far and fast, and live online in perpetuity instead of fading away, observes Felmlee. Gregory adds that it can also affect students’ ability to learn when some skip school to avoid tormentors.

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Most youths don’t report cyberbullying, feeling embarrassed, afraid the situation will get worse or doubtful of remedial action. “Schools need to step up their response to bullying, make it known

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support. “Bystanders have the power to change the atmosphere,” agrees Gregory. “Kindly approaching a student being picked on who may feel alone and ashamed goes further than most students realize.” Those affected by cyberbullying also can cut off their aggressors, suggests Gregory. “The ‘block’ button is powerful. Cyberbullies want to see a reaction. Blocking them from social media exchanges or texting takes away their power.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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Unplug and Step Outside by Samantha Dorian


n today’s world we have grown accustomed to hundreds of interruptions every day—text messages, pings on our phones for social media notifications and more—requiring that we relearn the tools for concentration through yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices. It’s no wonder that simple solutions to our fragmentation and distraction can often be overlooked, one of them being to put down the electronic device and step outside. Take a deep breath. Look around. Listen to the wind. Hear the leaves rustle; they sound like water. Or listen to nothingness—silence—if it can be found. Sit for a moment on a rock and feel the cold of the stone beneath you; look around and notice the textures of the bark of a tree. Notice patterns in clouds and reflections in small pools. Take this time to create the mental and emotional space for slowing down and

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the more necessary. Perhaps the endorphin rushes are becoming frighteningly addictive when we click on and surf through our “Likes”. The antidote is to unplug from our electronic devices, unplug from the media, unplug from social media and all things media-related. However, admittedly, a difficulty in regaining a connection to nature is making that first decision to step out into it. The hesitation to reconnect with the natural world can be accompanied by the mistaken thought that one must plan something dramatic in order to appreciate nature (climb a mountain or visit Tibet). However, simplicity is best, as Henry David Thoreau himself urged. Simply unplug and step outside—with your hands truly free. When we allow ourselves to slow down and witness natural wonders we begin to transform ourselves. The human desire to connect with the world outside and beyond our cultural constructs has been proven time and again. The colors of the seasons—the light greens of Spring, the saturated colors of Summer, the warm hues of Autumn and the cool blues of Winter—are all part of our own rhythms. Regaining access to these rhythms helps us in our daily relationships, our productivity as well as our restfulness. When we slow down, unplug and observe the present moment, when we regain the awareness of the fact that our disconnection is artificial and that the connection with the natural world is what is indeed real, we then gain an understanding of who we are and where we are heading. We then gain a deeper insight into ourselves and our connections with others. Samantha Dorian holds an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, is an Activities Therapist at Butler Hospital, in Providence, and a member of the creative team at Avalon Design Group, LLC. See ad on page 11.

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ur minds are fickle. We chase our thoughts into the future or dive into the regrets and memories of the past. Neither past nor present will bring the fulfillment we desire, thus the vicious cycle continues. Happiness starts in the now, this present moment in time. We can do this by being mindful. Mindfulness is the ability to be present in the moment on purpose with a heightened sense of awareness without judgment. Mindfulness can bring simple joy and peace while helping to cultivate acceptance of the up-and- down moments of life. Many try mindfulness but give up before really getting started, because the busy brain gets in the way as it wanders around thinking. Thinking is what the brain does, and it does it well. According to the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the University of Southern California, we have around 70,000 thoughts a day. About 90 percent of our thoughts are repeats from


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yesterday, and most are negative. Given that we think about the same things over and over again, it is amazing that, from day to day, anything actually gets done. The best way to start mindfulness is to start slow. One easy technique is called One Minute of Mindfulness, where an individual stays completely present to one’s surroundings for a solid minute, continually bringing the focus back to the present moment, coaxing the brain to think in the background only. Over time, the brain naturally becomes less busy-minded and more content. Being mindful can decrease stress, worry and anxiety. It can also help increase focus, improve decision making, and help with ailments such as pain, bowel troubles and headaches. Mindfulness cultivates overall health and happiness, while bringing spaciousness to our relationships as we become more open, patient and appreciative.

Incorporate neuroplasticity with mindfulness. Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change as we bring in more positive thoughts and emotions. Dr. Rick Hanson, author of Hardwiring Happiness says, “The brain is the organ that learns, so it is designed to be changed by your experiences.� When we focus on happiness, we become happier. To do this, simply focus on a feeling of happiness and hold it a bit longer allowing that feeling to permeate the senses. Overtime this rewires the brain to become happier.


Mindfulness is the gateway to gratitude. Grateful people tend to be more optimistic, a characteristic that researchers say boosts the immune system. Take a minute each day to pull in as much gratitude as possible, allowing it to settle in the heart as we open to the joy and healthy mindset it brings.


Listen to sounds as if they have never been heard before. With a quiet yet open mind, we can notice that the world has a melodic sound of its own.


Pick an object and look at it in complete detail with childlike wonder. Notice the shape, color, size, odor, sound and texture. Become completely focused on this object.


For those that have a really busy mind, keep the body moving. Yoga, dance, tai chi, running, and walking can help in becoming present with mindful body awareness. We can become emerged in the sensation of our body: the size, shape and how it moves.


Change up one’s routine, or go on a mini-vacation. Vacations give us reprieve from day to day life, and allow for seeing things with a different perspective as our attention becomes heightened with new experiences.


Slowly and steadily repeat over and over the word “now”. The fraction of milliseconds it takes the brain to register its surroundings, time has already passed. This is a wonderful eye- opening technique to see what time really is.


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very life unfolds as a uniquely dynamic, purposeful and potentially heroic story that is open to interpretation, especially our own. We are the star and spin doctor of this work-in-progress, with the power to tell our stories as triumphs, tragedies or something in-between. Our life story is filled with suspense: Big and little decisions affect our storyline, including the relationships we choose, our goals, how we live and the ways we nourish ourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. How we tell our story matters. We are constantly sifting through competing narratives to make sense of our world for ourself and others. Whether we consider ourself a heroic figure overcoming obstacles or a tragic victim of destiny often depends on how we choose to read the text of our life and tell our story. Creating a personal myth is a fundamental way we find meaning. We are always the protagonist, with supporting characters providing love and assistance and antagonists posing challenges that push us beyond our comfort zones. Rather than narcissism or navel-gazing, the more intimate we become with our own story, the more we realize that everyone has an equally valid and vital narrative in which they are the central character. Understanding that everyone is on their own story journey can help us establish connection and empathy. In every myth, the protagonist has a character arc; a particular way they mature and develop due to shifting tides in their life story. Similarly, each of us is on an ever-evolving journey of self-discovery with choices about how

to respond to situations, conflicts and happenstance. By reframing our lives as personal growth adventures, we can adapt to plot twists and view unexpected difficulties as opportunities for self-transformation. With gusto, we can reclaim and shape our personal narrative through choice and voice. Thinking of ourself as the main character in our story can help us shift to novel perspectives on situations we repeatedly face. Instead of staying stuck in the same old storyline, try asking: If I were a character in a novel or movie‌ n What would I hope the hero would do when faced with these circumstances? n What actions or outcomes would I prefer as the observer of this story? n What might this situation be teaching the star? n How might the protagonist maximize this situation, perhaps becoming a more compassionate, caring, creative or stronger person? n Why would a benevolent author place this character in a particular situation? With imagination and well-directed self-inquiry, we can step out of our story, check out the landscape and determine whether to stay on our current path or go in a different direction. We can then transform obstacles into opportunities to break bad habits and improve character to become the real hero of our own living, evolving story. Kim Schneiderman is a New York City psychotherapist and author of Step Out of Your Story: Writing Exercises to Reframe and Transform Your Life. Visit

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Bowenwork Community Walk-In – 2-5pm. Treatments offered on a first-come, first serves basis, in 20-min sessions. $45/new clients, $35/after. Providence Wholistic Healthcare, 144 Waterman St, Ste 3, Providence. More info or to reserve a spot: 401-455-0546.

Special Service and Meditation Workshop – 9:15am-12pm. Swami Yogatmananda will deliver the lesson Analyzing Our Love for Sports at the main service followed by Understanding Re-birth for the later session in the Fellowship Hall. Donation. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.


Spring into Wellness Show – 11am-5pm. Purple Cat Winery is where you can find us for the Spring into Wellness show. We will be offering 10-min reiki sessions and have information about us. Free. Blue Dragonfly Wellness at Purple Cat Winery, 11 Money Hill Rd, Chepachet 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Validating the Afterlife – 6-8pm. With Roland Comtois. Inspirational, informative and interactive experience. Roland brings his audiences not only messages from loved ones who have transitioned and he also brings inspiration and reassurance. $50. Hilton Garden Inn, 1 Thurber St, Warwick. Registration required: Paint Night: Seashore Lighthouse – 7-9:15pm. Come sip, paint and relax as you recreate Seashore Lighthouse. Enjoy 2 free beverages and snacks. No experience needed, $35; free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. Pre-registration required: 401-440-8508 or

SATURDAY, MARCH 4 Free Massage in our Student Clinic – 9am-2pm. Enjoy a relaxation massage in our student clinic by one of our qualified students in a relaxing environment. Free. Ridley Lowell Business & Technical, 186 Providence St, Lower Level of Thundermist Health, West Warwick. Must schedule in advance: 401-262-3117 or RidleyLowellStudentClinic@ Golden Keys to Living the Spiritual Life – Mar 4 & 5. 9:15am-9:15pm, Sat; 8:30-11:45am, Sun. Workshops and talks include How Dreams Help Us on Our Spiritual Journey; The Life-Changing Gift of HU; Learning a New Way; Living a Life Inspired by Love and much more. Guest speaker Linda Anderson. See website or call for requested donation. Eckankar, Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-828-6973. Finding the Keys to Love and Spiritual Wisdom – 10-11:30am. Discover practical tools and knowledge that may help in your personal journey towards spiritual growth and divine wisdom. Open discussion. Free. Eckankar, Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-828-6973. John of God Crystal Healing Bed – 10am-4pm. Experience an hour session on the John of God crystal healing bed. An intuitive opening and healing like no other. $50. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. For an appt, Ernie: 401-641-3516.

MONDAY, MARCH 6 Free Orientation for MBSR – 6-8:30pm. Join us in getting unstuck and getting back in touch with your own wisdom and vitality. Come meet the Director, Jessica Webb, and learn about this dynamic 8-wk course. Free. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

TUESDAY, MARCH 7 Hypnosis Certification Course – 9am-4pm. Thinking of a new career? Looking to enhance your current career? Think hypnosis. Special discounted price for mid-week class runs 8 Tuesdays, save $300. $1,900. Newport Center for Hypnotherapy, 123 Bellevue Ave, Newport. 401-835-1736. Intro to Chakradance – 5:30-7pm. Chakradance is a dance practice for body and soul. The full course will run for 8 wks starting Mar 14. Come try it. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 1462 Park Ave, Cranston. To register: 401-944-4130 or

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 Meditation and the “Zone” – 6:30-7:30pm. Through focused accurate meditation, we can get to the zone. A practical meditation demo will be included in this energy-centering program with time for a Q&A. Free. Loontjens Memorial Library, 35 Kingstown Rd, Narragansett. 401-789-9507.

Inner Alterations – 6:30-8:30pm. 3-wk class using flower essences and the energy of spirit to shift emotional states of being and free yourself of unhealthy patterns. Includes workbook and flower essence mix. With Katharine Rossi. $115. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Paint Night: Glowing Pines – 6:45-9pm. Enjoy 2 free beverages and snacks as you relax and paint your masterpiece Glowing Pines. No painting experience needed. $35, free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. Pre-registration required: 401-440-8508 or Meditation – 7-8pm. This is a guided meditation that will allow you to relax, a great way to wind down from the day, or just to learn to meditate. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

THURSDAY, MARCH 9 21-Day Detox and Elimination Diet – 7-8:30pm. Join Naturopathic Doctor Erica LePore for a 4-wk guided detoxification program to improve health and vitality through a nourishing, whole foods based diet. $149. All That Matters (SK), 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126.


markyourcalendar Meeting Street Presents an Afternoon with Dr. Michael Greger – 11:30am-1:30pm. Event begins with a Meet and Greet and book signing, How Not to Die, followed by a luncheon and Dr Greger’s presentation based on the role diet may play in preventing, arresting and even reversing our leading causes of death and disability. $25. The Grace School at The Providence Marriot Hotel, One Orms St, Providence. For tickets: 401-533-9235 or Second Friday Gong Bath Meditation – 7-8:30pm. End your work week with blissful stress release and face the weekend with renewed energy and vitality. Come listen to Joy and Shawn play gongs, singing bowls, drums and more. $20. Concordia Spiritual Center, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-226-6895. A Night on the Other Side - 7-9pm. Featuring June Edward, “The Massachusetts Medium” bringing messages from loved ones on the other side. Portion of proceeds to benefit the Wounded Warrior Program. $25/advance, $30/Door. June Edward, Burger Bar, 855 Newport Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-1124. Spirit Flame Card Gallery Messages – 7-9pm. Spirit Flame Cards is a “smoked message” on an 5x7 index card along with clairvoyant messages from loved ones, guides and teachers done by the Rev. Gail Hicks. Call ahead. $35/advance, $45/at door. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

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Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra – 11am-5pm. Spend the day with senior teachers Jenn Thomas and Kendall Sheldon and explore the body/mind connection through mindfulness and the quieter practice of yin yoga. $99. All That Matters (SK), 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126.

Meeting Street’s Grace School Open House – 8:30-10am. Open House for students enrolling in kindergarten through eighth grade. Discover the state of the art facility, small size classrooms and innovative curriculum. Free. The Grace School, 1000 Eddy St, Providence. RSVP by Mar 10: 401-533-9100 or

The Science and Practice of Breath – 2-4:30pm. Join Katherine Conte and learn about your most intimate partner, your breath. Explore the anatomy of breath and discover how to ease ailments and dis-ease in your life. $49. All That Matters (EG), 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-782-2126.

Meditation Night – 6:30-8pm. With Gladys Ellen. Enjoy guided imagery meditation to help you relax. Meditation nights may include relaxation techniques, breathwork, guided journeys, and spiritual guidance for the group. $10. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

Animal Communication – 5:30-7pm. Class will guide you on how to intuitively communicate with animals that live with us on the Earth plane and also ones that exist in spirit. Bring photo, pen, and paper. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.


Validating the Afterlife – 6-8pm. With Roland Comtois. Inspirational, informative and interactive experience. Roland brings his audiences not only messages from loved ones who have transitioned and he also brings inspiration and reassurance. $60. NIA Connecticut Fitness & Day Spa, 738 Hartford Turnpike, Dayville, CT. Registration required: Intro to Chakradance – 6:30-8pm. Chakradance is a dance practice for body and soul. The full course will run for 8 wks starting Mar 14. Come try it. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SUNDAY, MARCH 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. Touch Connect & Adjust – 10:30am-1:30pm. Workshop explores hands-on adjustments and therapeutic approaches to asanas as well as bringing awareness to subtle energies through touch. CE credits available. $30. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st Fl, Fall River, MA. 774-264-0786. Sound Bath with Singing Bowls – 3-4pm. A wonderful way to unwind, relax and receive an energy healing. Led by Tracy and Doug. Bring a pillow, blanket to make you comfortable. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Paint Night: Tropical Sunset – 4-6pm. Sip, paint, relax in our stress free, no judgement zone as you recreate Tropical Sunset. Enjoy 2 free beverages along with snacks. No experience needed. $35, free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. Pre-registration required: 401-440-8508 or

Tarot at DiMare Seafood Bistro – 4-9pm. Enjoy a great dinner and signature libations while you delve into your future. Soul Wisdom Tarot will be available for readings. $20/15 min, $30/25 min. DiMare Seafood Market, Bistro and Bar, 2706 So Co Trail, East Greenwich. 401-885-8100. To reserve: Drumming Circle – 6:30-8pm. Join the Cape Cod Medium, Karmle Conrad, for a fun night of drum healing. Let the sound vibrations cleanse your energy field. If you have your own drum bring it with you. $15. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Laugh Yoga Session – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Playful and effective exercise, combining laughter exercises with simple breathing and stretching. No humor, just beautiful laughter. Free. Southside Yoga Center, 19 Elmwood Ave, Providence.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 Meditation for Healthy Living – 6:30-7:30pm. We try to exercise and eat right, but doctors recognize that a positive attitude and “food for the soul” is equally important. Discover a simple meditation technique. Free. West Warwick Public Library, 1043 Main St, West Warwick. Third Wednesday Gong Bath – 6:30-8pm. Come be immersed in the sound of gongs, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, drums, flutes and other vibrational instruments, and find deep peace and greater clarity. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Mystic Organics and More, 35 E Williams Ave, Mystic, CT. 860-245-4135. Reiki Level 2 – Mar 15 & 16. 6:30-8:30pm. With Emma. A 2-night class; must attend both. Receive the Reiki 2 attunement and learn the sacred symbols. Must have previously taken Reiki 1. $75/Church Members, $100/nonmembers. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

THURSDAY, MARCH 16 Shamanic Journey Circle – 1-2:30pm. 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. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Reynolds Bldg, Bristol. 401-924-0567.

Reiki Share – 7-9pm. Come and practice your reiki by giving and receiving. You must be at least Reiki I certified. This is in a calm, relaxing atmosphere. $5. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Mindfulness Teacher Training Online – 7:158:45pm. Take this 10-wk online course with Erin Sharaf to embrace a more conscious way of living through present-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings and bodily awareness. $595. All That Matters, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126. For details:

FRIDAY, MARCH 17 Align with the Season Ceremony – 6:30-8pm. Join us for shamanic ceremony to release blocks, open and align more fully to the energy of the Spring Equinox. Bring drum, rattle, item for the altar (returns with you). With Katharine Rossi and Paul Disenga. Free. Energy-N-Elements, 150 Adirondack Rd, East Greenwich. 401-736-6500. Paint Night: Tranquil Waters – 6:45-9pm. Enjoy 2 free beverages and snacks as you relax and recreate Tranquil Waters. No painting experience needed. $35, free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. Pre-registration required: 401-440-8508 or

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 Reiki II Class and Certification – 9:30am-5:30pm. Receive Reiki II attunement and manual. Learn and practice reiki symbols, and distance healing. This is a full day; bring lunch. Must be Reiki I. Instructor Cheryl Markey. $150. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Bowenwork Community Walk-In Clinic – 10am1pm. Treatments offered on a first-come, first serves basis, in 20-min sessions. $45/new clients, $35/after. Providence Wholistic, 144 Waterman St, Ste 3, Providence. Info & to reserve a spot: 401-455-0546. Gallery Reading with Jean Mandeville – 5:307pm. Loved ones who have transitioned over, as well as spirit guides will come forward to offer messages of comfort and support to those present. Limit 8 people. $35. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. RSVP: 401-741-5055. Paint and Express – 6:30-9pm. Come join a night of self expression, awareness, and a little creativity. We will use some exercises as you tap into your conscious and subconscious and express in paint. $35 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Guided Meditation, Meet Loved Ones – 7:158:30pm. Jean Mandeville will lead you via guided imagery, releasing disharmonious energies, becoming centered, clearing aura, and meeting up with loved ones, guides, or angel. $35. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

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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.

MONDAY, MARCH 20 Swing into Spring & Dance – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a swing dancing lesson presented by Lois Meinhardt. No experience necessary. Lighten up your Monday mood with an evening of dancing. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. Register: 508-261-7380.

TUESDAY, MARCH 21 6-Week Get Fit with Hypnotherapy – 6-7:15pm. Want to have more energy? To feel and look better? Join our 6-wk hypnosis group and you will. Max of 8 so call now to reserve your spot. $200. Newport Center for Hypnotherapy, 123 Bellevue Ave, Newport. 401-835-1736. Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Journey to a live drum as you practice modern applications of this ancient technique. Gain insight and understanding about yourself, your relationships and the world. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 Gong Bath Meditation – 8-9:15pm. Join Joy and A.Michelle at this unique center for the arts, and be immersed in healing sounds of gongs, singing bowls, drums. $20. The Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA. 401-258-3952. Tickets:

THURSDAY, MARCH 23 Meditation: The Basics and Beyond – 6:307:30pm. Whether you are a beginner or long-time meditator, this program will deepen your experience by learning an ancient time tested theory and practice. Q&A will be included. Free. Cross Mills Library, 4417 Old Post Rd, Charlestown. 401-364-6211.

FRIDAY, MARCH 24 Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. To register: 401-736-6500 or Fourth Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Gongs of Joy, with Shawn Aceto, will help energize and balance each of your 7 energy centers through the deep vibration and resonance of the gongs, bowls and drums. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876.


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Ortho-Bionomy Foundation Class – 8am-6pm. Mar 25-26: Ortho-Bionomy®️ Spine and Pelvis. Use positions which painlessly dissolve tension and pain. Engage body’s self correcting reflexes. Gentle on practitioner. $300. Kinetic Expressions, LLC, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LL-O, Providence.

Knitting Corner – 6:30-8pm. We will be hosting a monthly knitting/needlework club at the library. All knitters of any level are welcome to come knit, chat, and help one another out. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. Register: 508-261-7380.

The Anatomy of a Woman – 1-3pm. Join Belinda Harrison and explore basic anatomy of the pelvic floor, something all women should be familiar with. Learn about the core and how to make it work for you. $39. All That Matters, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126. Relax, Restore, Renew – 3-5pm. Replenish your body, mind, and spirit with a practice of gentle movement followed by deeply supported poses accompanied by soothing breath-work, guided relaxation and mantra. $25. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Gong Bath: Healing With Sound – 6:30-8pm. Joy and Shawn will guide you through a journey on the waves of sound that will help you reduce stress, ease tension, and create a deep sense of peace and well-being. $25. Island Heron Yoga Studio, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411. Glassware Paint Night: Spring Meadow Day Glass Block Light – 6:45-9pm. Sip, paint, relax with our newest addition to our glassware line Spring Meadow. This glass block lights up for some extra added fun. Enjoy 2 free beverages along with snacks. No experience needed. $40, free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. Pre-registration required: 401-440-8508 or Drumming and Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Come and enjoy the heartbeat of the drums. This is a great time to have fun, relax and receive a powerful energy healing. No drum is needed to come. Led by Tracy and Doug. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SUNDAY, MARCH 26 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. 3rd Eye Awaken Workshop – 1-4pm. “To See or Not to See,” that is the question. This workshop is to help those who would like their 3rd eye “Attuned to the Spirit World,” to be able to “see clearer.” Rev. Gail Hicks. $45/advance, $55/door. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Natural Mediation - The Way of Efforlessness - 1-4:30pm. With Dean Sluyter, learn the natural, effective way to settle into inner silence. If you can breathe, you can meditate!. $50. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878.

TUESDAY, MARCH 28 Proprioceptive Writing® – 7-8:45pm. Led by Kim Chandler. Come alive to yourself and find your authentic voice in this dynamic 6-wk series. Also held Thursdays, 12:30-2:15pm beginning Mar 30. $150/6 wks. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 Near Death Experience & Meditation – 6:307:30pm. Humans have had Near Death Experiences since time immemorial. Learn about their experiences and how spirituality and meditation emerge as the universal link. Free. Loontjens Memorial Library, 35 Kingstown Rd, Narragansett. 401-789-9507.

FRIDAY, MARCH 31 Validating the Afterlife – 6-8pm. With Roland Comtois. Inspirational, informative and interactive experience. Roland brings his audiences not only messages from loved ones who have transitioned and he also brings inspiration and reassurance. $60. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. Registration required: 401-305-3585 or


markyourcalendar DiscoverYou Wellness Expo – 10am-6pm. A fun and informative day of 14 well-known wellness speakers as well as 80 plus health and wellness exhibitors. $10/advance, $15/door. DiscoverYou Events, Crowne Plaza Warwick, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick. 617-970-5677. Basics of Perfumery Class – 12-2:15pm. Would you like to learn more about the basics of perfumery and create a chemical free perfume that you make and take home? This fun introductory class is for you and your friends. $75. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. To register: 401-455-2325 or

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 Creating Oil Perfumes and Solid Perfume Balms – 10:30am-4:30pm. This introductory perfume class focuses on creating oil-based perfumes and solid perfumes utilizing organic oils and exotic butters and waxes. $325. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. To register: 401-455-2325 or

SUNDAY, APRIL 23 Basics of Perfumery Class – 12-2:15pm. Would you like to learn more about the basics of perfumery and create a chemical free perfume that you make and take home? This fun introductory class is for you and your friends. $75. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. To register: 401-455-2325 or

ongoingcalendar sunday Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come, celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind; children’s program and child care. Teens meet last Sunday of each month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. 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 appreciated. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

monday Quonny Yoga – 10-11:30am. Join Gary Karten to experience the benefits of yoga. This is a great place to start with precise cueing and explanations for all poses. Suitable for men and women. $15/ drop-in. Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Svaroopa® Yoga Class for Beginners – 11am12:30pm. Relax your body and quiet your mind. Release deeply held tension with poses that adapt to your body with blankets as props. Find deep relaxation, calm and ease. With Maria Sichel $50/5 classes/new student special. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Kripalu Yoga – 4:15-5:45pm. With Susan McLaren. Experience breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the heart and body to release and open. Beginners welcome. $50/5 classes/new student special. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Kripalu Yoga & Karen Moore Holliday – 6-7:30pm. Classes focus on building inner awareness and consciousness using the living principles, postures, breath and meditation as the tools for personal and spiritual growth. $18/drop-in; $15/2 or more classes per month. Westport Central Village Grange, 931 Main Rd, Westport Central Village, MA. 774-644-9977. Shaolin Kung Fu for Adults and Teens – 6-7:30pm. Discipline and training in kung fu strengthens the body for physical fitness and self-defense, and enhances greater self awareness. Class times include Wednesday, 6pm; Saturday, 1:10pm. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502.


USA Karate American Kenpo Karate – 6:157:15pm. Call and schedule a free week of classes. Free. USA Karate American Kenpo Karate, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, Smithfield. 401-349-5883. Tai Chi Easy – 7-8pm. Learn Tai Chi Easy to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality, improve blood pressure, etc. Dress comfortably. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

tuesday Kripalu Yoga & Karen Moore Holliday – 9-10:30am. Classes focus on building inner awareness and consciousness using the living principles, postures, breath and meditation as the tools for personal and spiritual growth. $18 drop-in; $15/2 or more classes per month. Westport Central Village Grange, 931 Main Rd, Westport Central Village, MA.. 774-644-9977. Community Yoga for Beginners – 5:30-6:30pm. A slow-paced class designed for the beginner student to learn basic yoga poses and correct alignment with an emphasis on linking breath and movement. Donation. Kinetic Expressions, LLC, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LL-O, Providence. 401-447-4587. Quonny Yoga – 5:30-7pm. Join Gary Karten to experience the benefits of yoga. This is a great place to start with precise cueing and explanations for all poses. Suitable for men and women. $15/drop-in. Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte. 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Kripalu & Yin Yoga: Cumberland – 6-7:15pm. All levels. Moderate posture flow and slow floor work to help you move into a restful evening. Mindfulness practice emphasized. Experienced and compassionate teacher. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

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. With Amy McPhee. Enjoy breath work, meditation, and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the heart and body to release and open. Beginners welcome. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Morning Yoga – 9-10am. With Christine Tripp. Hatha yoga blends balance, strength, improving flexibility linking breath and movement. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Kripalu Yoga & Karen Moore Holliday – 9-10:30am. Classes focus on building inner awareness and consciousness using the living principles, postures, breath and meditation as the tools for personal and spiritual growth. $18 drop-in; $15/2 or more classes per month. Westport Central Village Grange, 931 Main Rd, Westport Central Village, MA. 774-644-9977. Morning Yoga: Cumberland – 9:45-11am. All levels. A blend of kripalu, yin and restorative yoga for healing body, mind and soul. Mindfulness practice emphasized. Small class to meet your individual 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. Afternoon Tune-Up – 12-1pm. Energize while building strength and flexibility. Connecting breath with the postures cultivating awareness of inner stillness that prepares one for deeper meditation. $15/ class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Self-Care Workshop – 5:30-6:30pm. Focuses on linking breath with movement for proper alignment to create stability and ease in the body. The breath and the mind melting tension creating selfawareness. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Practicing the Presence of God – 6-7:15pm. Join Kelly and friends for an evening of chanting, yoga and meditation. No previous experience needed. Donation. Shanti House, 494 Anaquatucket Rd, North Kingstown. 401-667-7315. More info, Ananda Rhode Island: 401-524-4766. Slow Flow & Restorative Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. A 50/50 blend of posture flows and restorative yoga to release deeply held tension and quiet the mind. Teacher has advanced training in restorative yoga. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Woman’s Yoga – 7-8pm. Hatha yoga blends balance, strength, improving flexibility, linking breath and movement. This class also adds dance to warm up and reiki for deeper experience in meditation. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. 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

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friday 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. Donation. Ananda Rhode Island, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. 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. Ananda Rhode Island at SO County YMCA, 165 Broad Rock Rd, Peace Dale. 401-524-4766. Ananta Jyoti Yoga: Gentle yoga – 5-6pm. Appropriate for all levels of fitness and experience including Beginners. $12. Ananta Jyoti Yoga at USA Karate, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, Smithfield. 774-987-9007.

saturday Qi Gong – 8:30-9:30am. With Sheila Olson. Increase your flexibility, strength, and immune system; quite the mind and reduce stress. Anyone can do it. Dress comfortably. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Parent and Me Yoga – 9-10am. Led by Christine Tripp. This is a combination of yoga mixed with dance and breathing exercises, with a twist of reiki at the end. Great quality time for parent and child. $15/ class, $72/6 classes; only adult pays. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Community Yoga For Beginners – 9:30-10:30am. A slow-paced class designed for the beginner student to learn basic yoga poses and correct alignment with an emphasis on linking breath and movement. Donation. Kinetic Expressions, LLC, 400 Reservoir Ave, Sute LL-O, Providence. 401-447-4587. Kripalu Yoga: Cumberland – 9:45-11am. All levels. kripalu, yin and sometimes restorative yoga for healing body, mind and soul. Mindfulness practice emphasized. Experienced teacher. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Svaroopa Yoga – 9:45-11:15am. With Pat Spencer. Relax your body and quiet your mind. Find deep calm with this easy yoga, using blankets as props. If you can get up and down from the floor you can do Svaroopa yoga. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. 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, Linda Broadhead, 1220 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield. For more info, Rev. Celeste M. Warner: 508-904-0437. Health and Nutrition 101 – 10-11am. Discuss the benefits of clean eating, differences between organic, conventional and GMO. Other topics include bioindividuality, primary and secondary foods and much more. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Kindergarten Kung Fu: Ages 3-5 – 11-11:45am. Class designed for kids to have fun while practicing discipline during activities that support the development of coordination and confidence. Try a trial class. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502.

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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 21.

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 12.


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.


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 7.

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.


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.


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

SOUL WISDOM 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.


Offering Indoor/Outdoor Space in South County. For Classes, Workshops, Ceremony.


Cheryl Reynolds RN,CH 4372 Post Road, E-Greenwich RI 02818 401-301-4426 Frustrated? Overwhelmed? Banging your head against the wall only burns 120 calories. There IS a better way. Personalized Hypnosis for stress, overactive thinking, weight management, low-self-esteem, negative emotions, fears/phobias plus much more. Re-discover happiness, confidence and inner calm as you easily take back your life today. Call Now! See ad on page 31.


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

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


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 27.


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.


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.


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 7.


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 17.

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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 17.


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 21.


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.


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.


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 33.


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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.


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 31.


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 35.

Sacred Pilgrimage to Egypt with Rae


This 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.

March 31 – April 9, 2017

10 days / 9 nights • Cost: $3,800 - $4,200 (airfare not included)

Spiritual Retreat in Israel – July 2017 Meditations, Initiations and Channelings


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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To register for the Egypt or Israel tour or for more information, call Susan Deflavis Winters at 239-340-1036 or email For more information about Rae Chandran, visit

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