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have a confession to make: I’m not a fan of gardening. I love the concept of it, and I get why people love digging in the dirt and connecting to Mother Earth, but bugs just skeeze me. And don’t even get me going about worms, slugs and other slimy critters! Even though my brain is aware that they will not hurt me, the gut reaction is to freak out. So the entire time I am playing in the dirt, I’m just waiting for something to jump out at me, or even worse, slither. Still, I do like to do yard work sometimes, typically more on the clean up end and have learned some tricks. Really good gloves are important so I don’t have to physically touch anything, and I try and not look too closely at what I’m picking up. Anything that has a flower on it, I consider a gift. On top of that, anything that grows without my assistance (like random tomatoes that sprouted from leftover seeds in our compost) gets my gardening love and respect, along with my husband, who does seem to enjoy the gardening bit, and keeps me in tomatoes, zucchini and berries throughout the growing season. When his efforts don’t yield what our taste buds crave, I turn to all the wonderful farmers markets that have popped up around our state. Though I have always been aware of healthy food and how we get it, I am ever grateful for my time publishing Natural Awakenings which has brought many new things to my attention including how important the birds and the bees are in helping the process along. It is truly amazing how interrelated every single thing on this planet is—water, air (even carbon dioxide), bees, temperature, soil texture and the list goes on. Science can help us some, but when the difference between a hot house tomato and the real thing is tasted, you will know there is no substitute for nature. It’s been interesting these last eight years, watching the evolution of Earth Day from my place at the magazine. From the beginning, I’d comb the local event sites looking for Earth Day events, hoping to see some celebrations around it. While it is fulfilling to participate in the many clean up efforts that take place, early on it seemed that there just wasn’t enough emphasis on celebrating the earth. I can’t say it has totally turned around, but it does seem to be shifting as more people recognize that without our Earth, we people can’t exist. With that in mind, it seems like we should be able to celebrate and appreciate the earth, and I’m glad we do. Our April feature article by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko, “Eco Yards: Turning Lawns Into Native Landscapes,” explores amazing concepts for environmentally friendly landscaping that are big on beauty while saving time, money and precious water resources. With a tag line of “Healthy Living, Healthy Planet”, Natural Awakenings is committed to both, and I am happy that our community, you and I, are part of it. Happy Spring!

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r. Lorri Haber-DiBoni and AdvoCare advisors Melissa Martin and Julienne Piche will present a free educational talk from 6 to 8 p.m., April 6, at Haber-DiBoni Chiropractic, in Smithfield. Attendees will learn about nutrition, health, weight loss, wellness and financial opportunity. “AdvoCare products are the most advanced nutritional supplements available and provide an optimal healthy life style. We all want to look and feel better, and we all want Dr. Lorri Haber-DiBoni financial freedom,” says Haber- DiBoni. Haber-DiBoni Chiropractic, a family-focused practice welcomes individuals of all ages. Treating patients from newborns through seniors, Haber-DiBoni uses gentle, non-surgical treatments and teaches clients exercises that can augment recovery and help maintain wellness. With on-site diagnostic equipment, she can quickly target injured nerves. “I became a chiropractor to help others stay healthy,” she says. “Chiropractic care is indispensable for pain control and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.” Cost: Free. Location: 14 Cedar Swamp Rd., Smithfield. To register, call 401-233-0200. For more information on chiropractic services, visit See listing in the Community Resource Guide.

New Home for SAMA and Newport School of Massage


acred Stone Academy of Massage and Ayurveda (SAMA) and it’s sister school, The Newport Massage School, have moved to 855 Waterman Avenue, in East Providence. The new facility includes a large in-house student clinic which will begin offering a large range of massage and ayurvedic services to the public starting in late Spring. The Newport Massage School prides itself on its unique integration of the healing arts. It blends yoga, ayurveda, eastern massage modalities and traditional allopathic western medicine into its comprehensive certification program. Students looking for an alternative to ‘cookie cutter’ massage education thrive at NMS. The school developed a 750-hour massage program which meets tri-state licensing standards (RI, MA and CT) and takes pride in the quality of students that graduate from its massage program. “What sets us apart from other schools is our love of ayurveda and our program is designed to introduce students to this ancient healing modality and create a healing matrix larger than traditional western therapies,” says owner Karen Chabot. SAMA is NMS’s ayurvedic training school. It offers two programs, Ayurvedic Bodywork Specialist and an online Ayurvedic Health Counselor program, as well as opportunities for in-house and online continuing education training. Chabot trained extensively with Dr. Vasant Lad, the father of ayurvedic medicine training in the USA. Her carefully selected SAMA faculty is one of the best on the east coast. Their love, commitment to and deep knowledge of ayurveda carries over into the classroom. Students learn ancient modalities such as sacred stone massage, abhyanga (tandem massage), marma points and shirodhara. For more information, call 401-862-1314, email or visit


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Audubon Society Offers April Vacation Week Events


he Audubon Society of Rhode Island if offering several fun, hands-on nature programs during April School Vacation Week in Bristol, Smithfield and Seekonk, Massachusetts. Kids ages 3 and up can grab a net and discover life in a pond, explore the shore with an Audubon naturalist, search for salamanders, and get up-close with turtles, owls, hawks and more. Registration is required for most of the programs. A complete listing of activities and programs are detailed in the Audubon Nature Tours and Programs, a free guide to connecting with the natural world found at Register online at or call 401-949-5454.

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Gladys Ellen Launches New Podcast


eavenly Hugs, the podcast, debuted on February 2, and listeners are happy that Gladys Ellen, who has worked in private practice as a spiritual advisor, angel intuitive and spirit medium for almost 10 years, is able to share the invaluable knowledge and wisdom she has channeled from the Archangels throughout the years. Says one listener, “You continue to help me so much with your insight, wisdom, positive outlook and gifts.” Ellen hopes to comfort those that are spiritually awakening and reach those that seek to understand and develop their universal intuitive mind. Her aim is to simplify the often esoteric spiritual concepts so that listeners are empowered to dream big and do miraculous things as they step out in faith. “I hope that by opening up personally and sharing my story, it will comfort, support, teach and inspire others to connect for inner peace and spiritual growth,” says Ellen. New episodes are released every other Thursday. Subscribe to Heavenly Hugs for free on iTunes or join the RSS feed at See ad on page 33.

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his April Fool’s Day, join Amenity Aid in Wonderland for an extravagant, spectacular, outrageous fundraiser tea party from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., April 1, at the Hampton Inn & Suites, in Warwick. Amenity Aid is a volunteer-run charity with the mission to provide hygiene products to at-risk and in-need families and individuals. All proceeds from the event go toward purchasing toiletries such as soap, deodorant, toothbrushes and feminine care products for ten shelters and community organizations across Rhode Island. The event will feature a cash bar, tea bar, raffle and silent auction, light bites and a photography booth. Bring a foolishly fun hat and a donation of a toiletry product to the party. Each donation item brought earns a raffle ticket. Cost: $30. Location: 2100 Post Rd., Warwick. Tickets can be purchased at

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ose Siple, the founder of Thought Alchemy, is a transformational specialist, life coach, hypnotherapist and spiritual teacher, and is offering a new transformative coaching program called Becoming A Conscious Creator. It is an innovative coaching program that has been developed at Thought Alchemy over many years of program development and, according to Siple, “is one of the most powerful transformational programs a person can undertake to make positive change happen in their life.” Becoming A Conscious Creator is a program that combines the teachings of sacred wisdom with the powerful transformative tools of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and hypnotherapy to bring about amazing change in people’s lives. The program is offered on both an individual and group basis. The program spans a 120-day time period where each individual develops a life plan focus and then, through a transformative process of regular meetings and work with recorded hypnotic sessions, shifts their consciousness in a manner that enables them to become conscious creators of their own life. The program includes plan development, bi-weekly coaching and alternative weekly check-ins to ensure success which can be done in person in Rehoboth or on-line via web-meetings. Siple says, “Becoming a conscious creator means developing a different way of observing and responding to life. Your automatic mode of consciousness tends to take over and the old patterns derail conscious intent without even knowing how. A method is needed for catching the traps set by the old patterns, and that is exactly what Becoming A Conscious Creator does, it helps individuals transmute the old patterns into new positive patterns of behavior that can lead us to our dreams.”

Homeopath Joins It’s My Health


ertified classical homeopath Vandana Pitke joins It’s My Health, in Cumberland. Homeopathy is a natural, safe, effective holistic medicine which seeks to correct the underlying imbalance that caused the symptoms in the first place. Homeopathy achieves this by strengthening the body’s own Vandana Pitke defenses, thereby allowing the body to heal itself. Pitke, who has more than 12 years experience in classical homeopathy, has helped many clients achieve health. Along with homeopathy, she incorporates mudra meditation and ayurvedic nutrition which itself is a thousand years old ancient wisdom about food and well-being. It’s My Health hosts monthly talks about homeopathy for different health conditions. For more details about talks, visit, or join the Facebook health group My Holistic Health.

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uthor and healer Carol Mossa will lead a workshop, How to Use Crystals to Enhance Your Everyday Life, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., April 20, at The Empowerment Factory, in Pawtucket. Each participant will receive a complimentary crystal to take home and practice with. Crystals have powerful properties that can assist in daily life. They come in myriad shapes, colors, and each has a specific purpose. A stone can be carried as a token or reminder, or worn in a piece of jewelry. Another option is to place one or more stones on the corresponding chakra for balancing or healing. Cost: $30. Location: 999 Main St., Studio 707, Pawtucket. For more information, visit Register on Eventbrite. See ad on page 2.



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ireseed: Center for Transformation has two new offerings to expand and deepen one’s connection with self and spirit. The Truth of Power Retreat taking place from May 26 to 28 will employ applied shamanic practices to understand the nature of one’s own power and how to align with authentic sources of power. This retreat will be held at Spirit Fire Retreat Center in Leyden, Massachusetts, which offers a nourishing environment to connect with the power of nature and self. Katharine Rossi, founder of Fireseed, invites individuals to imagine living in a world where everyone is standing in their own power. Rossi further states, “When you are standing in your power, you are standing in your truth. You do not compromise your goals, character or core values. You hold true to yourself in a way that is grounded and whole.” The Spirit Inspired Entrepreneur program, a full three-month program that includes three weekend workshops along with individual support, begins April 29. This program is a direct engagement with spirit that guides individuals to co-create with the spirit of their business or project, bring ideas into form and clear blocks to manifestation. Rossi says, “In 2005, the Spirit of Fireseed came to me in a whisper. I undertook a process of engagement with the spirit of my business to develop it in ways that were genuine and meaningful to me. I have taken what I learned from this experience and crafted a format for others to develop their spirit-inspired project.” An introductory workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m., April 12, at Fireseed to obtain an overview of the program and begin the process of connecting with the spirit of one’s business or project.

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Public Readings by Medium June Edward


une Edward, The Massachusettes Medium, will be doing public readings this month, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 1, at the Seekonk Psychic Fair; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 2, at the Discover You Wellness event at the Crown Plaza, in Warwick; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 8, at the Wareham Elks Club. At the end of the month, she will appear at the Magical Mystery Tour, from 1 to 10 p.m., April 29, at The Newport Elks Club, in Newport. Each event is a separate fundraiser for different organizations. Also, buy tickets early for the June 29 event at The Venus Demilo, in Swansea, Massachusetts, where Edward will be appearing with acclaimed National Medium Rhys Wynn June Edward Davies. Cost: Prices vary per event. For more information, visit See ad on page 33.

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arefoot running has become a popular activity for athletes, and with the right training, can be a helpful tool for many runners. A recent study from the University of Jaén, in Spain, confirms the benefits of barefoot running. Researchers set out to determine what types of changes a 12-week program of barefoot running would produce in foot strike patterns, inversion, eversion and foot rotation. Thirty-nine recreational athletes with no experience in barefoot running participated. Twenty formed the experimental group, with 19 serving as a control group. Researchers determined each runner’s low, high and comfortable running speed and conducted pre- and post-running tests using cameras to document foot strike patterns. The experimental group’s training consisted of a progressive increase in the duration and frequency of barefoot running, while those in the control group performed the same progressive running program with their shoes on. The experimental group showed significant changes in foot strike pattern, with a tendency toward a mid-foot strike at all speeds. They also displayed changes in foot rotation and inversion toward a more centered strike at the lower speed, supporting the notion that progressive barefoot training can help athletes trying to change their foot pattern to a mid- or front-foot strike.

Tai Chi Eases Chronic Neck Pain


study from Harvard Medical School, in Boston, has found that tai chi, a low-impact exercise and movement meditation, can help relieve chronic neck pain. Researchers divided 14 participants, 18 years or older, with ongoing neck pain into three randomized groups. One received 12 weeks of tai chi instruction, one performed group neck exercises and one received no treatment. “The study results showed that 12 weeks of tai chi was more effective than no treatment for benefiting pain levels, disability, quality of life and postural control in persons with chronic neck pain,” explains Peter M. Wayne, Ph.D., co-author of the study; he’s also the founder of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The group neck exercise subjects experienced results that were similar to those in the tai chi group, suggesting that the two paths are equally effective.


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2016 review from Australia’s Murdoch University, in Perth, confirms the cognitive benefits of consuming plants in the Salvia genus, particularly sage. Cognition includes processes associated with attention, memory, judgment, evaluation, reasoning, problem solving and decision making. Researchers discussed the theory that an accumulation of amyloid-ß peptide (Aß) in the body is responsible for some cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s patients. Studies have shown that sage can protect mice against Aßinduced neurotoxicity, thus helping to preserve cognition. The researchers also highlighted acetylcholine (ACh), a neurotransmitter believed to play an important role in attention, learning, memory and motivation. ACh enzyme inhibitors help prevent alterations in ACh, preserving these functions. In vitro and animal studies show that some species of salvia are effective ACh enzyme inhibitors. In addition, animal studies have shown that sage extracts can reduce depression and anxiety. Both of these conditions can contribute to a decrease in cognitive function. Further research is needed to determine the extent of the effect and safe dosage.

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Momentum Against RI HPV Vaccine Mandate Growing


he human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine mandate in Rhode Island has not lost momentum. Rhode Islanders against mandated HPV vaccinations has continued to rally support and to speak with legislators. Three bills have been submitted already for 2017 and a fourth may come soon. Sen. Raptakis sponsored Bill S0047: This bill reverses the mandate of the HPV vaccine required for school, requires the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) to hold three public meetings prior to any future mandates, stipulates that mandates can only be made for disease transferrable in a classroom and adds back the philosophical exemption option for vaccines. Sen. Morgan sponsored Bill S0489: This bill reverses the mandate of the HPV vaccine for school, takes away the ability to mandate any vaccines for Leonidas Raptakis disease not transmittable in a classroom, and requires three public meetings by RIDOH prior to any vaccine mandates. Rep. Price sponsored Bill H 5681: This bill give parents the ability to opt out of vaccination for being contrary to their beliefs not just religious belief. HPV is a disease that is spread by intimate personal contact and not by casual contact. HPV has more than 100 different strains, and the current vaccine (Gardasil 9) covers nine strains. The RIDOH added the HPV vaccine to the list of mandated vaccines for school inclusion in 2014, and became effective in 2015. All seventh grade boys and girls are required to begin the series of doses by the start of seventh grade, and receive the second dose by the start of eighth grade. When the series has been started before the age of 15, only two doses are required. Starting the series after the 15th birthday, RIDOH requires three doses. The same year that it was added to the schedule of vaccines the RIDOH received a grant for more than $600,000 to market the HPV vaccine specifically. The mandate was not public knowledge until after it was already signed and added. Currently the RIDOH is one of only two in the country that hold the power to mandate vaccinations without public input or legislation introduced for vote. The time is now to take a stand, to take the bureaucratic power away from the Department of Health, and to support the bills that respect the parent’s right to a private choice not tracked by the school department. Send a prewritten email to your representatives at and follow the group on Twitter/Instagram/Periscope @MyRightsRI.


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fter 25 years experience in medical practice and research, Dr. Hannah Hershoff decided to leave her lucrative medical doctor career to create healing jewelry. A phone chat with a cousin who took a trip from China totally changed Dr. Hannah Hershoff’s life. She learned that mystical stones from a remote area of Southeast China near her hometown have incredible spiritual healing properties. After extensive research, Hannah discovered that the key element of the stones is a mineral, JDZ Kaolin, formed millions of years ago. During a long process using local water and fire in a special kiln, the stones not only permanently formed their gorgeous colors and shine, but also gained their five natural elements. This information excited Hannah enormously leading to her decision to test the spiritual healing effects of the stones. She created her bracelets with these stones and gifted or sold to people with various levels of spirituality. A few weeks after wearing these eye-catching bracelets, three out of four individuals reported they gained confidence, improved their self-image, sensed more connections to loved ones and experienced a noticeable reduction in anxiety. A year later, Hannah and her husband started a company and named their JDZ kaolin comprised pieces, Sara Yo Stones. Dr. Hannah Hershoff says, “I am so glad I have made this career change decision, as each day I learn more about how Sara Yo helps people feel better. I am so fortunate to do something I am extremely passionate about!” Currently, the Sara Yo team provides complimentary email healing services based on Chinese Tao philosophy. Their weekly healing messages guide their customers stepby-step to meditate with Sara Yo stones and help transform their lives to new levels. For more information, visit

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Kiara Nirghin, a South African teenage girl and recent winner of the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa, is pioneering a new technology to fight drought. The Holy Web, her super-absorbent polymer, can store reserves of water hundreds of times its own weight. Drought remains one of South Africa’s main challenges, with at least eight provinces requiring regular food relief. The project is designed to help farmers in dry areas build large water reservoirs for an adequate and regular supply of water for irrigation. “I wanted to minimize the effect that drought has on the community, and the main thing it affects is the crops. That was the springboard for the idea,” says Nirghin. Her invention uses recycled and biodegradable waste products such as avocado skins and orange peels to make the polymer sustainable, affordable and environmentally friendly. Source: CNN

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Insects Assault America’s Forests In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, the tiny hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life sucking sap and eventually killing the tree. The bug is one example of an expanding horde of insects draining the life out of forests from New England to the West Coast. Aided by global trade, a warming climate and drought-weakened terrain, this invasion represents one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the U.S. Scientists say they are already driving some tree species toward extinction and causing billions of dollars a year in damage, with the situation expected to worsen. Today’s connected world enables foreign invaders to cross oceans in packing materials or on garden plants, and then reach American forests to rapidly expand their ranges. According to a new study in Ecological Applications, scientists say several species of hemlock and 20 species of ash could become nearly extinct in coming decades. Such destruction would eliminate a critical sponge to capture greenhouse gas emissions, a natural shelter for birds and native insects and a reliable food supply for bears and other animals. Dead forests also increase the danger of wildfires.

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Phasing Out Plastic Film Food Wrappers Many grocery store foods are wrapped in plastic packaging that creates non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, even though thin, plastic films are not efficient at preventing spoilage. Some plastics are also suspected of leaching harmful compounds into food. Researcher Peggy Tomasula, D.Sc., is leading a U.S. Department of Agriculture team developing an environmentally friendly film made of the milk protein casein that addresses these issues. She states, “The protein-based films are powerful oxygen blockers that help prevent food spoilage. When used in packaging, they could prevent food waste during distribution along the food chain.” Plastic six-pack rings are renowned for their negative impact on wildlife and the environment. Now the Saltwater Brewery, in Delray Beach, Florida, is making edible six-pack rings for beer cans that are 100 percent biodegradable. Constructed of barley and wheat ribbons from the brewing process, they can be safely eaten by animals that come into contact with the refuse. Company President Chris Gove notes, “We hope to influence the big guys and inspire them to get on board.” Source: American Chemical Society


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Toxin-Free Farmlands Rise to 4.1 Million Acres According to data service Mercaris, the U.S. had a record 4.1 million acres of organic farmland in 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2014. As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms reached 14,979, including 1,000 startups. The top states in organic cropland after California, with 688,000 acres, are Montana, Wisconsin, New York and North Dakota. Montana hosted a 30 percent increase to 417,000 acres in 2016, adding 100,000 acres since 2014 and 50 new organic farms. In assessing the positive trend, Scott Shander, a Mercaris economist, says, “With today’s lower commodity grain prices, farmers are looking to add value and meet consumer demands. The global market is dictating U.S. prices. Demand for organic corn and soybeans is still growing strongly, but production is not growing as fast, so more of the production will be international.”

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A Multilingual Service with Music, Song and Spirit by Wendy Lewis

Exploring the cultures of Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Brazil is now easier at Concordia Center for Spiritual Living in Warwick, where a new trilingual worship group is joining these worlds together.


celebrating the richness he Trilingual of Spanish, Portuguese, Celebration of Brazilian, American and Love and Light, indigenous cultures. a satellite of the ConDeRezendes describes cordia congregation, is her role as a facilitator of mainly the creation of the personal voice and Concordia’s Spiritual the personal expression Leader Reverend Ian that exists in everyone. Taylor and Reverend Music, she says, is “the Natalia deRezendes. greatest, most universal Taylor encouraged DeRezendes to draw language that exists on this planet.” The trilinon her own Portuguese/ gual events will provide Brazilian heritage and an opportunity for atdecades of experience tendees to deepen their as an interfaith minister, Reverend Natalia deRezendes. spiritual connection to singer, musician and source—and to others. voice teacher to help unify “There’s just something special about Rhode Island’s diverse communities through music, thought and movement. the energy that comes from being with a group,” DeRezendes says. “It’s a spiri Concordia’s new trilingual mintual practice about oneness. No matter istry will offer the teachings of Science of Mind and New Thought while what race, color, creed or religions we

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belong to, we are all one.” DeRezendes brings to Concordia a lifelong passion for music, languages and the traditions and practices of world faith religions. Early in her career, she earned a master’s degree in voice performance from the New England Conservatory and has worked with all ages, from children to seniors, in public schools, colleges, universities and in her private practice at One Voice Studio in Slatersville. Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, DeRezendes was ordained as an interfaith minister by the New Seminary, in New York City, in 2009, and has since officiated multilingual wedding ceremonies of all kinds. DeRezendes has served as a music minister in Mexico, where she was also licensed as a practitioner of Religious Science. The first monthly trilingual service will take place at 7 p.m., April 21, at the Concordia Center for Spiritual Living. The event, led by Reverend Taylor, Reverend Celeste Warner, DeRezendes and others, will be live-streamed to the center’s web site. It will include a diverse selection of music from the Sufi, Christian, Hindu and indigenous traditions, solo and group singing, meditation, sacred dance and more, followed by a reception. Future services are scheduled for May 19 and June 23. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living is located at 292 West Shore Rd., Warwick. To learn more, call 401-732-1552, or visit ConcordiaTrilingual on Facebook or See ad on this page. Wendy Lewis is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Throughout time, music has been used to balance one’s chakras. Each of us has our own natural rhythm and Chakradance allows one to feel and express as only the individual can.


hakradance was founded in London in 1998 when Australian-born Natalie Southgate combined her chosen profession as a healer and psychotherapist with her love for dance. Since then, the modality has worked its way across the pond to the U.S., allowing many to experience this form of self-expression. For each chakra, a different piece of music has been composed that has sounds and musical tones designed to resonate with that chakra. There are no steps that must be followed; simply let the body and soul be one’s guide. A facilitator leads participants through the dance as they feel the rhythm of the music with closed eyes, allowing one’s spirit to soar. While freely expressing oneself in this fun workout, individuals get in touch with themselves and facilitate self-healing.

A Chakradance session consists of guided imagery, movement and a creative piece. The creative piece is called a mandala. According to Carl Jung, a mandala is the psychological expression of the totality of the self. Thus, by using a mandala, participants express what moved them while dancing in a creative way. Sometimes it may be colors, symbols, or an in-depth picture, but it is one’s own experience. There is no right or wrong. Sheila Olson is an owner of Blue Dragonfly Wellness and has been involved in the holistic field since 2007. She is also a teacher of qi gong and Tai Chi Easy having studied with Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD. She practices Crystal Dreaming, crystal healing, reiki, as well as Integrated Energy Therapy. She can be reached at 401-741-5055 through Blue Dragonfly Wellness for appointments.

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hakradance facilitator Zandra Matthews offers classes at Blue Dragonfly Wellness, in North Kingstown, as well as at Muktinath Holistic Center, in Monroe, Connecticut. She offers a drop in class three Wednesdays a month, called The 7 Keys to Freedom, from 9 to 10 a.m., at Blue Dragonfly Wellness. In addition to that class, an eight-week journey through the Chakras is offered that ends with an integration of all seven chakras. Prior to beginning the journey (cycle) she offers Introduction to Chakradance classes to familiarize prospective clients with this modality. If interested, clients then commit to a 90-minute weekly class for the next eight weeks (a full cycle). For more information, call Blue Dragonfly Wellness at 401-741-5055 or Zandra Matthews at 401-477- 9438, or visit or See ad on page 9.

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A Prescription for Wellness New Compounding Pharmacy Brings Customized Care to RI Patients by Wendy Lewis


or individuals that must take medications, finding ones that meet specific needs, such as managing a gluten allergy, difficulty swallowing or an aversion to certain tastes, can be a daunting, if not impossible task. That’s where compounding pharmacies, like Toll Gate Apothecary, in Warwick, can help. Unlike large-scale pharmaceutical manufacturers, they create products customized for each individual patient. Eileen Wynne, president and pharmacist in charge of Toll Gate Apothecary, and Tracy Bejbl, CEO and pharmacy technician, opened the business on Toll Gate Road in September 2016. The two, who were former coworkers at another compounding pharmacy, decided to embark on their own venture when that business closed after many years. Bejbl, manager of the former company, had become familiar with the day-to-day operations of the compounding pharmacy business and the communities they had served. Together with Wynne, who creates the products on-site according to physicians’ specifications, they continue to meet the needs of patients in Rhode Island and its surrounding areas. Theirs is one of only a few womanowned compounding pharmacies in the country. Bejbl says the partnership works well because each excels in their own area of expertise. “I think that’s what makes us gel together,” she says. An additional full-time pharmacist, a per diem pharmacy technician and a full-time driver complete the team. Compounding pharmacies work in partnership with physicians and traditional pharmacies to create personalized medication solutions. Sometimes a patient needs a type of medication that


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simply doesn’t exist, even at large traditional pharmacies, says Bejbl. When this happens, the pharmacies reach out to Toll Gate Apothecary to create it. “A lot of people never hear of compounding until they need it,” she says. For these specialized services, the cost is surprisingly reasonable and some are covered by insurance. Toll Gate Apothecary provides a self-assessment form on their web site that patients can print, fill out and bring to their doctor. For patients that are allergic to ingredients found in many prescription and over-the-counter medications, compounding pharmacies can create versions which are allergenfree. Wynne and her staff serve many patients that must have products that retain their active ingredients yet are free of gluten, lactose, dyes and other allergens. Furthermore, Wynne says, because compounded products are created in small batches as needed, fewer preservatives are required and formulas and dosages can be adjusted with each batch as patient’s needs change. Another benefit of compounded products is that they can help patients

remain compliant. Pediatric medications, for example, are more acceptable to children when they are made in lollipop form with tasty flavorings. Senior patients that have difficulty swallowing may require medications in liquid form. Other medications may best be delivered as gels, creams, or suppositories. Compounding pharmacies can even custom-create veterinary medications. Toll Gate Apothecary, like all compounding pharmacies, must adhere to pharmacy regulations that are even more stringent than those of traditional pharmacies. Regulations are set by the State Boards of Pharmacy and guidelines are enforced by the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP). Toll Gate Apothecary only uses ingredients from FDA-registered and inspected facilities and regularly tests its compounds with an outside testing laboratory. Among the many products that Toll Gate Apothecary creates, Bejbl says they are perhaps most proud to offer personalized bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) products for women and men, and pain medication for patients in hospice care. It is very satisfying, she says, to know they are helping to support others through some of life’s greatest transitions. Bejbl and Wynne are seeing a growing demand for compounded products as people become increasingly conscious of their health, food ingredients and the products they use and ingest. To help meet this need, Toll Gate Apothecary will be expanding its offerings with sterile items such as eye drops, eardrops and injectables. Only a few compounding pharmacies in the state currently offer compounded sterile products. Even as the business expands, Bejbl and Wynne are dedicated to keeping Toll Gate Apothecary a patient-accessible, friendly pharmacy. They enjoy meeting and talking with patients face-to-face and working closely with physicians to help deliver first-rate patient care. Toll Gate Apothecary is located at 176 Toll Gate Rd., Ste. 302, in Warwick. To learn more, call 401-732-0400 or visit See ad on page 9. Wendy Lewis is regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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MEDICAL MASSAGE Targeted Therapy for Specific Ills by Linda Sechrist


haron Puszko, Ph.D., founder of the Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute, in Indianapolis, teaches and certifies massage therapists working in assisted living, long-term care and memory care facilities. She relates, “These individuals appreciate not only the physiological benefits of massage but also having a therapist touch and address them by their names. A 105-yearold woman jokes, ‘Now that they’ve figured out how to keep us alive for so long, they don’t know what to do with us. Thank God for massage therapy.’” Specialty certificate programs such as Puszko’s, representing advanced education and training within a modality qualified as therapeutic massage and bodywork, are benefitting both massage therapists and clients. Some outcomebased specialty modalities considered as requirements for specific populations such as seniors, athletes, infants and cancer patients and survivors, are referred to as “medical massage”. The nonprofit National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork provides an accredited, voluntary certification beyond entry-level state licensure. To maintain their status, therapists must complete 24 hours of continuing education and 100 hours of work experience, and pass a criminal background check every two years. The


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certifying board also approves continuing education providers that teach specialty techniques, including integrative health care, sports massage and military veteran massage. The result is therapies administered according to a national standard of excellence requisite for therapists working in collaboration with doctors, chiropractors, wellness centers,



retirement care communities and other medical settings. Puszko, an approved provider who founded her service in 2000, offers beginning and advanced weekend workshops for therapists on the complexities of physiological changes and technical skills required to work with geriatric or senior clients. She works from three offices in upscale retirement communities and teaches approved continuing education curricula throughout the U.S. and internationally. “Although the skills I teach are not taught in massage school, they are in demand at independent and assisted living facilities where massage is considered a vital aspect of health care,” says Puszko. “Older Americans represent the greatest challenge to massage therapists. For elderly residents, stretching and pulling on delicate skin and joints, as well as pushing one’s elbow into gluteus maximus muscles, are unacceptable approaches.” She explains that they might be called upon for a range of needs from helping prepare a 70-year-old marathoner for a race to reducing the stress of an exhausted hospice patient. Geri Ruane is one of four founding directors of Oncology Massage Alliance, in Austin, Texas. She manages the operations for this nonprofit created in

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idley Lowell Business & Technical Institute, in West Warwick, welcomes anyone that may be interested in massage therapy to visit the campus, meet with students and faculty, sit in on some classes to see what they are like, as well as receive a complimentary massage from one of the students. Ridley Lowell has smaller class sizes, which students appreciate. Students in the 900hour program enjoy a foundation in anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, pathology, business and more. Classes are enrolling now for April and May. “We recommend seeking out a solid robust massage therapy program that can help prepare you for specialized massage, which includes medical massage,” says Donna Gaudette, massage therapy lead instructor. “Programs that have a strong medical foundation as part of its curriculum is important. Now, more than ever, people are embracing integrative therapies for pain management and healing. Opportunities are plentiful for qualified licensed massage therapists in all areas of massage therapy including specialized massage, oncology, hospice, spa, sports, rehabilitative and more.” Ridley Lowell Business & Technical Institute is located at 186 Providence St., West Warwick. For more information, call 401-262-3117 or visit See ad on page 23.

Finding a Licensed Massage Therapist in Rhode Island


he practice of massage therapy is governed by the Rhode Island State Department of Health. Practitioners must meet educational and professional requirements and possess a valid Rhode Island Massage Therapist license administered by the Center of Boards and Commissions and advised by the Rhode Island State Board of Licensed Massage Therapists. To verify a massage therapy license, find a licensed therapist in the area, or file a complaint, visit Health.RI.Gov/licenses.

2011 to help therapists that volunteer to administer complimentary hand and foot massage therapy to cancer patients and caregivers in chemotherapy infusion rooms and prior to radiation treatment. The alliance offers financial assistance to licensed massage therapists for advanced training through approved third-party oncology massage classes and provides hands-on experience with cancer patients. Ruane defines the essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s (OMT) skill set. “A properly trained therapist has an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt accordingly. Our main purpose is to reduce stress and provide emotional support for cancer patients and caregivers in radiation and infusion rooms.” For example, an OMT will ask a patient about their cancer treatment history, including particulars of related individual health issues, prior to the massage. Hospitals in 35 states and Washington, D.C., now offer massage therapy to individuals during cancer treatment. MK Brennan, president of the Society for Oncology Massage, created in 2007, in Toledo, Ohio, is a registered nurse with a longtime practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brennan observes, “In nursing school, I was taught how to give a back rub, an aspect of patient care once provided by all nurses, but no longer part of a nurse’s education. It now appears that there could be a resurgence of interest in offering massage therapy in hospitals that would encompass more medical aspects and require modified techniques for different patient populations.” In addition to oncology and geriatric massage, other select massage therapy modalities such as orthopedic, bodywork, Asian techniques and those related to pregnancy, infant and child health care as well as other special needs require advanced education and training. Before making an appointment with a massage therapist/bodyworker for a specific type of help, inquire about their knowledge, experience, training and continuing education. Ask about additional credentials above entry-level core education that are specific to special needs. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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NEW WAVE Kids Organize to Save Our Oceans by April Thompson


arth’s oceans shelter more than a million species, employ millions of people and feed billions more. Their complex ecosystems increasingly face critical challenges, including acidification, overfishing and pollution. Inspiring us all, youths nationwide are stepping up with bold, creative actions benefiting present and future generations to show us how we too, can do our part. Sean Russell, 24, of Englewood, Florida, was exposed to ocean wonders in junior marine conservation summer camps and 4-H programs. Volunteering with Mote Marine Laboratory’s dolphin research program, in Sarasota, Russell was struck by how improperly discarded fishing line entangled and killed dolphins and other wildlife. At 16, he launched the Stow It—Don’t Throw It Project to promote portable receptacles made from repurposed tennis ball containers for anglers to stash used fishing line for later safe disposal on shore. More than 21,000 containers have been distributed nationwide to date. While earning a bachelor’s degree in biology, Russell launched the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit to harness youth enthusiasm for related issues. Six summits have convened hundreds of concerned young change-makers and adult professionals. “Young people learn about current threats to marine


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life and become inspired by peers sharing ideas and successes,” says Russell. Planning and skill-building sessions fuel action, often assisted by microgrants to help kick-start community projects.

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Russell is also involved with the nonprofit EarthEcho International, which activates young leaders through peer-topeer networks. One recent campaign, 3T4E, encouraged youth worldwide to pick up three pieces of trash on November 1 and document their efforts. Nearly 2 million social media impressions later, they’ve reached youth in 24 states, in 19 countries and on six continents, according to Executive Director Mia DeMezza. Founded by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau, the Washington, D.C., EarthEcho shares service learning stories that record steps young people are taking to mitigate local waterway issues. In a virtual classroom field trip series, they can explore issues such as oceanic dead zones and acidification through dynamic multimedia presentations. “These young people are going to inherit the problems we’ve created, and deserve a seat at the table,” says DeMezza. Given the opportunity, youth can play a key role in conservation, research and policy making for Earth’s oceans. “I look at youth not as leaders of the future, but leaders of today,” says Russell. Daniela Fernandez, 23, is one of the youth leaders working to bridge the

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generational divide on ocean conservation issues. An undergraduate at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., she was invited to a 2013 United Nations (UN) meeting to address the state of the world’s oceans. When she inquired if they had social media outlets to share their discussions, she discovered they did not. The 2016 Christopher Benchley Ocean Award winner relates, “I returned to campus with a sense of urgency about the issues I learned about, which led me to start a nonprofit to connect Millennials with the oceans.” The resulting Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA) has since hosted three global ocean summits with participants from more than 30 colleges and universities, learning directly from leaders in government, science, business and policy. Summit-watch parties at embassies around the world enabled Millennials to submit questions and comments online. Consequently, Secretary of State John Kerry’s office partnered with SOA to incorporate a youth component in the state department’s 2016 Our Ocean Conference. The SOA, recognized by the United Nations as a game-changing initiative, has catalyzed 30 chapters on U.S. campuses, with plans to expand to Britain, Chile and Spain. Actionable steps include advocating for college curricula on ocean health. Already, the alliance has helped sway global policy, gathering 30,000 signatures petitioning that ocean conservation be included in UN sustainable development goals. It also mobilized youth advocating for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, America’s first marine monument (measuring a bit larger than Yellowstone National Park), off of Cape Cod, created by former President Obama in 2016. Russell and Fernandez agree that rallying around solutions is key to engaging youths and adults alike. “You can talk about the problems all day long, but it’s solutions that inspire people to take action,” says Russell. Fernandez adds, “Often, people feel helpless in the face of big issues, but if you give them a simple way to help, they will get behind it.”


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ECO YARDS Turning Lawns into Native Landscapes by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko


raditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging alternative. Many other appealing options likewise use native plants appropriate to the local climate. For instance, replacing Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass or another non-native species with natives can deliver drought resistance and lower irrigation needs; eliminate any need for fertilizers or toxic pesticides; reduce or eliminate labor-intensive and often polluting mowing and edging; enhance the beauty of a home; and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife.


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Before replacing a lawn, determine the desired result. It may simply be achieving a low-maintenance, lawn-free yard; growing food like vegetables, herbs, fruit or nuts; or supplying ample flowers for a fresh weekly bouquet. Other benefits might include increasing privacy, dining al fresco, escaping into nature or even sequestering carbon dioxide to reduce climate change. To be successful, choices must be appropriate to the climate, plant hardiness zone, local zoning ordinances and homeowner association rules. Also consider the soil quality and acidity, moisture content and whether plantings will be in full sun or shade, or both.

From the Midwest to New England, “Wild ginger makes a nice, low groundcover with heart-shaped leaves in shade or part shade, where lawn grass often struggles,” suggests Pam Penick, of Austin, Texas, author of Lawn Gone: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. “Pennsylvania sedge, a low, grassy, meadow-like groundcover, can also work. For areas with full sun, bearberry, an evergreen creeping shrub with red berry-like fruit in fall, or prairie dropseed, a beautiful prairie grass with sparkling seed heads in fall, might be worth trying.” “Stick with the Carex family of plants, the sedges, for a native meadow,” echoes Greenlee. “They vary in color, texture and height. Follow nature’s lead and create a tapestry of commingled plants. Start slow and add flowering plants like Queen Anne’s lace, daisies, asters and poppies.”

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In sunny and well-drained areas of the South, Penick suggests Gulf muhly, an ornamental grass. “Its fall blooms resemble pink cotton candy floating above its green leaves.” In Florida, flowering sunshine mimosa with fernlike leaves and other natural groundcovers are low maintenance. “Basket grass is a low, evergreen grass-like plant with long, spaghetti-type

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The right regional native plants often include grasses and ferns, herbaceous plants like flowering perennials and woody ones like shrubs, vines and trees. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and help preserve a sense of place. “Work with a professional landscaper in your area, ideally a member of the Association for Professional Landscape Designers,” advises Greenlee. Tap a local university extension service, master gardener and garden club for local expertise, often available at no or low cost via classes or club membership.

leaves that puddle around it, suitable for shade or partially shaded areas,” advises Penick. “It’s slow to grow, but highly drought-tolerant and nicely covers a dry slope or spills over a retaining wall. Texas sedge makes a lowgrowing, meadowy alternative that’s evergreen and needs mowing only once every year or two.” Moss is a fine option for shady and moist areas. “If moss is naturally colonizing a patch of yard, allow it to fill in where the lawn doesn’t want to grow,” Penick counsels. “It makes a springy, evergreen groundcover needing only brief misting to keep it looking good during dry periods.”

Mediterranean and California Coast

Plentiful sunshine, rare frosts and modest rainfalls make many California coastal areas perfect for growing lots of plants, rather than plots of water-thirsty turf. “For full sun, work with California yarrow, purple sage, Indian mallow, white sage, lupines and California sagebrush,” recommends Charlie Nardozzi, of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, author of Foodscaping. “In shade, try mountain yarrow, mimulus monkey flower, California honeysuckle, California flannel bush and coyote mint.” “Blue grama grass is native to many states, and buffalo grass is native to states west of the Mississippi River in the right places,” adds Greenlee. They’re especially suited for meadows established in drought-prone regions.

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“For sunny areas, try goat’s beard, penstemon, beach strawberry, mock orange and huckleberry,” says Nardozzi, who

covers gardening nationally at “For part shade, experiment with gooseberry, red flowering currants, western amelanchier, deer fern, trillium and wild ginger.” Adding some clover to a traditional lawn may eliminate the need for fertilizers while retaining some turf, says Erica Strauss, of Gamonds, Washington, in her Northwest Edible Life blog. “When the clover loses leaf mass from mowing, its roots die off to compensate and nitrogen enters the soil for neighboring plant roots to use.” White clover works well for those on a budget; microclover costs more and is even better. For shady, north-facing or boggywet areas, Strauss recommends sweet woodruff. Moss is another option.

Semi-Arid, Steppe and Desert Climes

“If you crave a lawn but want to go native, Habiturf is perfect for the hot, dry Southwest,” says Penick. Developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin, Texas, it’s a mix of several native turf grasses, looks like a shaggy traditional lawn and can be occasionally mowed on a high setting to keep it neat. Once established, it needs far less water than traditional turf. “Silver ponyfoot grows well in many regions as an annual; as a perennial, it needs mild winters,” Penick continues. “Native to western Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, it likes good drainage, gravelly soil and full-to-part sun.” Xeriscaping—landscaping that requires little to no water—is especially prevalent in hot, dry regions. Plant picks typically include cactus, succulents, agave and herbs like rosemary or sage. John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

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A kitchen garden represented by any kind of edible landscaping replaces some turf grass with produce. Carefully designed and maintained, it can be as attractive as any other garden space. “According to GardenResearch. com, 30 million U.S. households, about 25 percent, participated in vegetable gardening in 2015,” reports Dave Whitinger, executive director of the National Gardening Association, owned by Dash Works, in Jacksonville, Texas. “To integrate edibles into a landscape, first assess the locations of sunny and shady spots,” says garden consultant Charlie Nardozzi. “Then, identify plants suited to the growing conditions that will fit in those areas. Mix in edibles with flowers, shrubs and groundcovers to keep the yard beautiful.” For urban areas, he recommends raised beds and containers as a good way to integrate edibles, bringing in clean soil and moving containers to the sunniest spots in the yard. “We have 3,000 raised beds in Milwaukee,” says Gretchen Mead, executive director of the Victory Garden Initiative, which helps install edible landscapes. “We went from about 35 new kitchen gardens eight years ago to more than 500 each year now.” The easy-to-build raised beds go on top of or in place of turf lawns. For Midwestern residents, Mead recommends beginning with six crops that can be started as transplants, like tomatoes or broccoli, and then growing a couple of plants from seed, like zucchini or green beans.

Water-Saving Gardens

“Water-saving gardens use less of this precious resource through appropriate plant choices, rain-conserving features, berming and terracing to slow runoff, water-permeable hardscaping and smart irrigation practices,” says Pam Penick, author of The Water-Saving Garden. “Regardless of where you live,

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saving water is a priority for everyone. Drought is a growing problem in the Southwest and West, but also affects the Midwest, Southeast and even New England.” “Rain gardens help absorb, retain and use rainfall, preventing it from draining into the sewer,” agrees Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, with Colorado’s Denver Botanic Gardens. “Rain barrels collect water from gutters and downspouts so there’s more control in time and method of distribution, including perhaps drip irrigation.” According to the Groundwater Foundation, in Lincoln, Nebraska, rain gardens can remove up to 90 percent of problematic nutrients and chemicals and up to 80 percent of sediments from rainwater runoff. Compared to a conventional lawn, they allow 30 percent more water to soak into the ground.


Hardscaped areas are used far more frequently than the turf lawn they replace

as we move through spaces like walkways, patios, fountains, decks and grilling areas to enjoy the outdoors. “Plant people can get excited about planting but forget to leave ample space for patios and paths, often resulting in an overgrown, pinched look for seating areas and other places meant to be inviting,” cautions Penick. “It can also be

easy to underestimate how large plants can grow in a few years. Plan ahead for these ‘people spaces’ and install them before establishing garden beds.” Landscapers recommend being generous with this technique without paving over paradise. “Plants will spill and lean over hardscaping, so it won’t feel too large once your garden is filling in,” says Penick. “To address runoff and allow rainwater to soak into the soil, use water-permeable paving wherever possible: gravel, dry-laid flagstone or pavers; even mulch for casual paths.”

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lant medicines often come in capsules, dried (for teas), or in liquid extracts. These are all great ways for people to have easier access to botanicals, but there is something special about growing and creating one’s own herbal products. Get started with these three easy-to-grow medicinal plants. They will add beautiful color to any garden and can be harvested to create one’s own herbal formulas. If growing these to make useful products, make sure to buy medicinal plants or seeds that will contain the right compounds.

Calendula officinalis (Calendula):

Now available in many different colors, medicinal calendula tends to be either vibrant yellow or orange. The flowers are medium-sized and make a beautiful cut flower. With regular dead-heading, calendula will stay in bloom throughout the spring and summer. Calendula is used medicinally to support wound healing—a perfect herb to have on hand.

Calendula Salve

(to be used topically over cuts or scrapes) Supplies: • Mason jar • Calendula flowers • Olive oil • Strainer • Cheese cloth • Saucepan • Beeswax pastilles (¼ the amount of olive oil used) • Containers for finished product Instructions: 1. Pick the heads of calendula and dry in a food dehydrator, or out in the sun. They are ready when the leaves crumble easily, but the flowers maintain their color.

Supplies: • 5 sprigs fresh thyme • 2-4 cups water • Small saucepan Instructions 1. Pick about five sprigs of fresh thyme and place in saucepan. 2. Add water and bring to a simmer. 3. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes. 4. Let cool a little before drinking; add a teaspoon of honey if desired.

Lavendula augustifolia (Lavender)

Lavender is a well-known plant and for good reason. Its little spires of purple dance in the wind and even the image of lavender can calm an anxious mind. The very act of having a bath is soothing and can help relax tense muscles, but when lavender and Epsom salts are added, it enhances the whole experience. 2. Once dry, put the calendula flowers in a mason jar and add olive oil until just covered. 3. Stir vigorously to combine the flowers and oil; the smaller the flower bits, the more the plant comes into contact with the oil. Once mixed, put the lid on the mason jar. 4. Wait six weeks before using the oil. Shake the jar daily during this time. Mark six weeks on a calendar, so you don’t forget when the oil is done. 5. Once six weeks is up, it’s time to strain off the flowers, to leave only the calendula oil. Line a strainer with cheese cloth and pour the contents of the mason jar over the strainer, with a saucepan to catch the oil underneath. This will go slowly, so pour carefully. 6. Gently heat the calendula oil on the stove top, then stir in beeswax until melted. 7. Pour the final product into containers and let cool; the consistency will be a little softer than lip balm.

Thymus vulgaris (Thyme)

The same herb used for flavoring soups and other meals, thyme also makes a delicious savory tea (or sweet if you add some honey) that can support the body while it’s battling a cough or cold.

Lavender Bath Supplies: • Lavender flowers • Cheese cloth • Kitchen twine • Epsom salts (optional) Instructions: 1. Place about a ¼ cup of lavender flower in the center of some cheese cloth. 2. Tie the cheesecloth into a bag around the lavender; make sure the twine is secure, but the fabric around the flowers is loose. 3. Start a warm bath and add the lavender flower baggie. Squeeze under water a few times to fully moisten. 4. If adding Epsom salts, use about 2 to 4 cups/bath, and add them now. Swirl the water to help the salt dissolve. 5. Test the water for temperature, then sink into the bath. Afterwards, the lavender can be added to a compost pile to restart the growth cycle. Dr. Sally Machin is a naturopathic physician at Natura Medica, in Mystic, Connecticut. She uses nutrition, lifestyle counseling and botanical medicine to help patients of all ages, but has a special interest in women’s health issues. For more information, call 860-5729566 or visit

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omeowners continue to be interested in green building options because they help foster a healthier, more comfortable and affordable home—and it’s good for the environment,” says Dan Chiras, Ph.D., of Gerald, Missouri, founding director of the Evergreen Institute and author of The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy.

Panel Insulation “Structural insulated panels in walls, roofs and floors dramatically reduce air leakage and heat loss through thermal bridging, or heat conduction through framing materials, facilitating a more energy-efficient home that can maintain comfortable temperatures with lower fuel bills than a conventionally built home,” advises Chiras. Find manufacturers via the Structural Insulated Panel Association at

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with little heat loss,” adds Chiras. The UltimateAir RecoupAerator, a wholehouse air filtration ERV, also flushes out harmful airborne pollutants commonly found in residences, replacing them with clean, fresh, healthy air.

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“Many solar energy users want to monitor their system using their computer, tablet or smartphone through advances in energy software,” says Allison Lindquist, with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), which hosts the Annual Energy Fair and sustainable living event every June in Custer, Wisconsin. “One highlight last year was PacketFlux Technologies’ SiteMonitor.” “When a homeowner views their energy monitoring data, they quickly begin seeing the correlation between their energy consumption and production,” says Leon Dulak, the MREA site manager. “The direct correlation drives them to change how they live and use energy.”

~Dan Chiras Energy Storage

Tesla Motors does more than produce high-end electric cars and solar shingles. The company is also on the cutting edge of future energy storage. Tesla’s new, compact Powerwall 2 battery system, complete with inverter, can power an average two-bedroom home for 24 hours. Chiras says, “Utilities throughout the nation are cracking down with special fees on solar-home owners that occasionally pull electricity from the grid. I think more people are going to opt to go off-grid or install a Tesla battery to provide nighttime power to preempt this. It’s easier to maintain than a standard lead-acid battery, and should last as long. When its useful life is over, the homeowner returns it to the company.” “Saltwater-based batteries for homeowners are coming up,” observes Clay Sterling, assistant professor of electrical technology at Kankakee Community College, in Kankakee, Illinois. “The batteries from Aquion Energy are nontoxic, safe and recyclable.” Their Aspen series of aqueous hybrid ion batteries contain neither heavy metals nor toxic chemicals and are non-flammable and non-explosive, adding to their safety.

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Building green gets easier with green home plans. The prototype, superinsulated, 970-square-foot NewenHouse sustainable home in Viroqua, Wisconsin, is about 50 percent smaller and more than 80 percent more energy efficient than the average American home. The plans-and-services package for the Passive House-certified NewenHouse home features double walls for insulation and a super-efficient heat recovery ventilator. Four different home plans are available for houses under 1,000 square feet. John D. Ivanko is co-author of ECOpreneuring. Liam Kivirist captures the latest technology news on


Letting Go of What No Longer Serves by Susan DeLorenzo


t’s no secret that clutter in our homes and work spaces can be a great source of stress in our lives and even in our thinking. When our home and work space are in order, we are able to think more clearly and accomplish more in less time than when sitting among disorder. When too much stuff is lying around, we fall prey to clouded thinking or encumbered decisionmaking, and we tend to second-guess ourselves more. We often look regretfully at a stack of papers or something else, but the fevered pace of our daily lives keeps us from taking care of it in that moment. Instead, we promise ourselves we will clean up and organize later, until our many unkept promises make us feel like we need a week off from all other commitments to free ourselves from the tangled web we’ve created. One gradual approach to freeing ourselves from clutter is to pick a particular room to tackle and each night pull one item to give away. At the end of a week or two, take the collected items to one of the many organizations that accept them. Amazon even offers to ship unwanted items to Goodwill when re-using their boxes.

There is another form of clutter that also requires clearing in order to move about our lives freely: the negativity we allow to roll around inside us. Self-criticism, held grudges and replayed hurts are examples of negative emotional “stuff” that impedes our freedom and takes our mind away from what is life-giving. Granted, it’s easier to give away unwanted clothing or knick-knacks than it is to release negative ways of thinking about ourselves or others, but allowing these thoughts to remain gets in the way of happiness. To release the unseen emotions that hold us back, begin by taking

note of such negative thought patterns. We’ve given them free reign for so long that we’ve hardly noticed them anymore—up until now. Catch the negative self-talk and criticisms and list them. Notice the grudges and hurt we continue to hold on to. Then, like the exercise above, select one thing and address it. Break the pattern of thinking by hitting pause on the unwanted thought (like a recording, which in a way it has become in our head) and replace it with a positive, self-affirming thought. This takes continued and dedicated practice. To further support one’s efforts, it’s good to praise ourselves for accomplishments, however small. Creating a new and more expansive pattern brings self-appreciation and self-acceptance. Similar work can be done in re-structuring our thoughts surrounding grudges and holding on to hurt. When self-praise replaces self-criticism, and releasing offenses through forgiveness becomes second nature, we feel lighter and less burdened with internal stuff. Letting go of what no longer serves us is a great exercise for our physical and mental environment. Both serve clarity of thought and overall wellbeing. Baby steps can often lead to massive changes. Susan De Lorenzo is a certified transformational life coach, speaker and author of the upcoming book, Thank You, Cancer. For more information, visit See ad on page 9.

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and cancer. In such cases, they should not be administered with food, because otherwise they will be “used up” before the pet digests the food. It’s also possible to use enzyme supplementation to reduce excessive shedding because enzyme supplementation is widely recognized to increase the absorption of nutrients, some possibly involved in controlling hair growth. Some of these nutrients may be used in thyroid hormone synthesis, which can positively affect hair growth and reduce shedding. A novel use for enzymes is to help pets practicing coprophagia, or the eating of their own or another animal’s feces. Adding the proper enzymes to the diet is believed to curb this problem, which could result from a nutrient deficiency caused by incomplete digestion and absorption. For pets with behavioral coprophagia, enzyme supplementation is unlikely to help the problem but will still benefit the pet’s overall health. The recommended dose by breed and weight is based upon experience, the label of a specific product and directions provided by the family veterinarian. Using enzymes according to a professional’s advice is safe, with rare to nonexistent side effects. Talk to the pet’s doctor about the best enzyme products to address individual needs and keep them healthy.

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nzymes are among the most commonly used supplements for cats and dogs because they are widely beneficial. They support digestive health and enhance nutrient absorption, as well as reduce inflammation and boost overall wellness. A nutrition school adage states, “If you have a question on your exam and don’t know the answer, put down ‘enzymes’ and you’ll likely be correct.” The point is that enzymes made by the body for specific functions are essential to life because they affect nearly every physical or biological process. Enzymes help normal, healthy pets use nutrients and support the righting of gastrointestinal disorders, whether involving simple vomiting, diarrhea,

chronic or complete constipation, anal sac disorders or inflammatory bowel disease, regardless of cause. Because sick pets often suffer from reduced appetite and impaired digestion, enzyme supplements are often added to a dietetic regimen to improve their nutritional status. Helpful enzymes include proteases, carbohydrases (like amylase) and lipases that break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats, respectively. Digestive enzymes are highly specific both to the type of food they act upon and the conditions under which they work. They can be derived from pancreatic, plant or microbial sources (bacteria or fungi). While pancreatic enzymes activate mainly in the small intestines (being inactive in the stomach’s lower pH environment), plant and microbial enzymes begin digesting foods in the stomach immediately after ingestion and likely even on the food being prepared, if the enzymes are added several minutes before they are eaten. Enzymes from microbial and plant origins have a broader spectrum of activity because they are stable and active through a wide pH range of 3.0 to 8.0. Enzymes may be helpful for pets with inflammatory conditions, including arthritis, dermatitis, allergies, asthma

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Eggs-pert Advice How to Buy Good Eggs from Happy Hens


by Judith Fertig

anice Cole, the author of Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes, knows how delicious a really fresh egg tastes. She keeps three chickens she calls “the girls” in the backyard of her suburban Minneapolis home. “Jasmine, a white Silkie, lays small, beige-colored eggs; Keiko a black and white Ameraucana and Silver Wyandotte cross, green eggs; and Peanut, a brown, feathery Cochin mix, brown eggs,” relates Cole. Cole has learned a lot about the natural lives of chickens. They need 14 hours of sunlight to produce eggs and lay about one per day. Chickens must be protected from predators, locked up at night in their coop for optimal well-being and let out in the morning to roam. Here are some tips for buying the freshest, most delicious and humanely raised chicken eggs.

Deciphering the language on an egg carton is a first step. Diet affects flavor. “Eggs from pasture-raised chickens allowed to roam—eating grass, worms and bugs in the backyard or a pasture—will look and taste better than eggs from chickens limited to an inside space eating chicken feed,” says Cole. “Pasture-raised eggs will have a fresh herbaceous, or grassy, flavor


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with an ‘egg-ier’ essence.” “Look for the terms organic, free range or ideally, pastured or pasture-raised,” advises Adele Douglass, in Herndon, Virginia, executive director of Humane Farm Animal Care (

“USDA Organic” is a U.S. Department of Agriculture label confirming that the food the chicken ate was certified organic. “Non-GMO” indicates a diet free of genetically modified ingredients. “Free-range”, another USDA label, means the chicken had continuing access to the outdoors. “Pasture-raised” assures that the chicken roamed outdoors daily, eating what they wanted; the ideal scenario. “Cage-free” is a USDA-regulated designation ensuring that the chickens were allowed to roam freely about within their building to get food and water. “Natural” has no real meaning says Douglass; the term invokes no USDA regulation and nothing about actual farming practices. “Certified Humane” or “Animal Welfare Approved” means that each free-range hen has at least two square feet of outdoor space; it’s the most desirable designation, says Douglass. When farmers want to raise egglaying chickens, they need to provide physical conditions similar to those Cole affords, but on a larger and more efficient scale, usually without the love. In regions where 14 hours of daylight are not a given, farmers use artificial lighting. When snow is too deep for the birds to venture out and it’s too cold for bug life, farmers supply indoor coops and feed. How well and humanely they do this is up to consumers to find out.

Here’s Humane Farm Animal Care’s Adele Douglass’ short list of sources for well-raised eggs. Kirkland Signature Organic Eggs, at Costco, are Certified Humane. While not pasture-raised, they’re cage-free. Costco has partnered with several small family farms throughout the country, which guarantees peace of mind for Costco and gives these smaller purveyors a steady stream of business. Vital Farms, of Austin, Texas, supplies eggs to stores throughout many of the southern and western states. They specialize in Pasture-Raised and Certified Humane eggs, produced by about 90 family farms. Recent-

ly, they pioneered a process to make “culling” (killing non-egg-bearing male chicks) more humane. Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, headquartered in Monroe, New Hampshire, works with more than 30 family farms in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Their eggs are Organic and Certified Humane, as the chickens live in spacious barns with outdoor access. “Most of the year, they roam outside our barns as they please on organically grown grass amid clover and wildflowers,” says owner Jesse Laflamme. “At the same time, we also have to ensure our hens are safe from predators and communicable diseases from wild birds.”

More than 90 percent of eggs sold today come from giant egg factories. ~ Pete and Gerry’s, America’s first Certified Humane egg producer Egg Nutrition

Eating one egg a day, or moderate consumption, will not raise cholesterol levels in healthy adults, concludes a 2012 review in the journal Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. While egg yolks contain cholesterol, they also possess nutrients that help lower the risk for heart disease, including protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin and folate, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. A study by Kansas State University researchers published in the 2001 Journal of Nutrition also found that phosphatidylcholine, another substance in eggs, can decrease the amount of cholesterol the body absorbs from them.

Plus, eggs are great sources of micronutrients and antioxidants, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered and licensed dietitian and wellness manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, in Ohio. “I’ve always been a huge proponent for eggs. As lean sources of protein, they help us stay full, are easy to prepare and can be part of a healthy eating regime because they’re packed with free-radical- and inflammationfighting antioxidants.” Kirkpatrick adds, “Eggs also help protect eyes. Their nutrient-rich yolks, like leafy green vegetables, are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that studies have repeatedly shown help protect against macular degeneration.”   Ideally, all chickens would be treated like Cole’s “girls.” For now, the best most of us can do is choose “Pasture-Raised,” “Organic” and “Certified Humane”. Getting to know more about the farmers that produce our eggs is even better.    Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (


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Earth Day Celebration at Beloved: a Yoga Practice


eloved: a Yoga Practice will host an all-day Earth Day Celebration on April 22, starting with a peaceful, slow flow Sunrise Yoga with Trish Millan from 8 to 9 a.m. A Yin Yoga Retreat will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. with Nicole Downing highlighting Earth qualities of the body. “Earth is a balance of masculine and feminine; energy draws inward, balancing emotions of anxiety, fostering empathy,” says Downing. “Like the earth, qualities of nourishment and harmony will be the intention of the practice.” The day is rounded out with an Earth Day Healing Ceremony from 6:30 to 8 p.m., conducted by Shamanic practitioners Paul DiSegna and Katharine Rossi. This ceremony will focus on healing the self and earth with sound and focused intention. To learn more about other offerings at Beloved, attend a free talk, You CAN Do Yoga!, at 6:30 p.m., April 11, at Rogers Free Library, located at 525 Hope Street, in Bristol. Cost: Earth Day events start at $10. Attend all the day’s events with an Earth Day package for $55; a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Arbor Day Foundation. Location: 235 High St., 2nd Flr., Bristol. For more information, call 401-787-8877 or visit

Ananda North East Kriya Retreat


nanda Centers, Rhode Island, Boston and Maine/NH are co-sponsoring a residential Kriya Retreat from May 5 to 7, at the beautiful Rolling Ridge Retreat Center, in North Andover, Massachusetts. Kriya Yoga is a meditation technique that quickly accelerates one’s spiritual growth toward the goal of yoga: union with the Divine. It was first made widely known by Paramhansa Yogananda in his Autobiography of a Yogi. Kriya consists of easy-to-learn techniques to increase concentration and awareness, promote deeper meditation, and increase our energy. This is an experiential retreat in which participants will practice the beginning techniques of Kriya Yoga through twice daily guided spiritual practices that include energization exercises, Ananda yoga postures, chanting and meditation. Additionally, through discussion, stories, and inspirational talks, participants will learn more about the Kriya tradition and discover ways to live more superconsciously for greater happiness and success in all areas of life. There will be three programs running concurrently at this retreat: Initiation into Kriya and Higher Kriya for those who have prepared and been approved by Ananda beforehand, and An Alternate Introductory Program for those not participating in either initiation. The retreat will be led by Nayaswamis Pranaba and Parvati, two of Ananda’s most engaging and experienced ministers. They are both Kriyacharyas, designated by Swami Kriyananda to initiate people into the soul liberating technique of Kriya yoga as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda.

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Cost: $275-$370 (until 4/13) and include lodging, meals and all programs. For more information and registration, call Jiavanna at 401-524-4766 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

The aim of yoga is to eliminate the control that material nature exerts over the human spirit, to rediscover through introspective practice what the poet T.S. Eliot called “the still point of the turning world.” ~Barbara Stoler Miller

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SATURDAY, APRIL 1 John of God Crystal Healing Bed – 10am-5pm. Experience a session on the John of God crystal healing bed. An intuitive opening and healing like no other. $30. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. To schedule an appt, Ernie: 401-641-3516.


markyourcalendar Discover You Wellness Expo – 10am-6pm. Connect and be inspired at this all-day wellness expo. 15+ workshops, over 60 mind, body, spirit exhibitors. Keynote speaker Roland Comtois with Emcee Patricia Raskin. $10/advance, $15/door. Discover You Events, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick. 2nd Enchanted Tea Party – 11am-6pm. Join Cris McCullough and other psychics for readings at a fundraiser for the Brain Injury Association of RI. Have lunch and discover your future for a good cause. $50/adults, $25/children 7-12. 1 Rhodes Place, Imperial Room, Cranston. 401-228-3312. 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 Sound Bath with Singing Bowls – 3-4pm. Come relax to the melody of the singing bowl and receive the healing vibrations. This is a wonderful time, and you will be wanting it to never end. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

MONDAY, APRIL 3 Energy Share – 6:30-8:30pm. With our share you are able to experience multiple modalities to help in your relaxation or healing. Other practitioners are also welcome. Each person will have a turn. $10. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6 Wheeler School Clothing & More Sale – Apr 6-8. 10am-8pm, Thursday; 12-8pm, Friday; 10am-3pm, Saturday. Fabulous deals on clothing and more for the whole family. Find bargains of new and gently worn women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, books sporting gear, household items, games and toys. Something for everyone. Free admission. The Wheeler School, 407 Brook St, Providence. 401-421-8100.


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Meditation for Healthy Living – 10:30-11:30am. Discover a simple meditation technique that can reduce stress and be a powerful addition to a healthy living regimen. Free. Salvatore Mancini Resource Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd, North Providence. 401-231-0742. Healthy Living as We Age – 2:30-4pm. A women’s discussion group. Connect with other women to laugh, talk and discuss issues of aging important to you. Tea will be served too. Free. Innerlight Yoga, 850 Aquidenck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Become an AdvoCare Champion – 6-8pm. AdvoCare builds champions through physical and financial wellness. Learn about nutrition, health, wellness and financial opportunity with AdvoCare, the most advanced nutritional supplements available with the AdvocCare advisors. Free. Haber-DiBoni Chiropractic, 14 Cedar Swamp Rd, Smithfield. RSVP: 401-233-0200.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 What Is Kriya Yoga? – 10am-12pm. Enjoy an intro workshop about kriya, which Yogananda called the “airplane route to God.” Learn a profound meditation technique, and what steps can take you to kriya. Free; donation appreciated. Ananda Center Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Arm Balances and Inversions – 1-4pm. Join teachers Dave Harrigan and Shannon Walker for an afternoon of fun exploring the foundations and plots of balancing on everything but the feet. $45. All That Matters (PVD), 128 N Main St, Providence. 401-782-2126. Relax, Restore, Renew – 4-6pm. Replenish your body, mind and spirit with a practice of gentle movement followed by deeply supported poses, soothing breath-work, guided relaxation and a mantra. $25. Innerlight Yoga, 850 Aquidenck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Gong Bath – 6:30-8pm. Experience a night of sound healing. The vibrational overtones promote healing, clarity, inspiration and creativity. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $25/door, $20/pre-registered. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. 401-641-3516.


Qigong with Master Wu, Wen-Ching – 6:157:15pm. In this medical and therapeutic qigong course, learn to strengthen and balance your internal energy to attain better health. New students may do a trial class on Apr 6. $225/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502.

Visting Akashic Records: Past Life – 1-2pm. We will meet with a record keeper who upon request will retrieve a book, sit with us and share a lifetime where we will understand why we are experiencing something today. $30. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Angel Meet – 6:30-8:30pm. Come join us for our favorite Angel Meet. You will connect with the Angels and receive your message from a card and after meditation. We are a friendly group. $10. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

Inspirational and Automatic Writing – 2:153:15pm. This is a method to deepen your connection to working with spirit. Learn the difference between inspirational and automatic writing, and a few simple techniques. $30. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Special Monthly Yoga Nidra – 7:30-8:30pm. The literal translation of yoga nidra is yogic sleep. It is an ancient form of healing meditation that will take you into the deepest levels of relaxation. $10, free/ members. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.


FRIDAY, APRIL 7 Drumming Healing Circle with PNB – 6:30-8pm. Come join us in a drumming circle. Bring your drum or rattle and join in the healing. Each of us will be in the inner circle once to receive the power of the tones. $5. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Gong Bath: Healing With Sound – 6:30-8pm. Allow the resonance of the gongs, singing bowls, drums, and other sound healing instruments to lull you into a state of deep peace. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket. $25/pre-registered, $30/at door. It’s My Health Wellcare Collaborative, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585.

Meditation Night with Gladys Ellen – 6:30-8pm. 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.

TUESDAY, APRIL 11 Tarot at DiMare Seafood Bistro – 4-9pm. Bring a friend for food and fun with Soul Wisdom Tarot. Cris will delve into your future and answer your questions while you enjoy drinks and dinner. $20/15 min, $30/25 min. DiMare Seafood Market, Bistro and Bar, 2706 So Co Trail, East Greenwich. 401-525-8794. You Can Do Yoga – 6:30-8pm. An informational talk giving insight into how yoga can be right for you. Multiple instructors from Beloved: a yoga practice will discuss yoga styles, breathing, meditation and more. Free. Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope St, Bristol. 401-787-8877.

Drumming Circle with Karmle Conrad – 6:308:30pm. 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.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 Paint and Express – 9-11:30am. Enjoy a morning of self expression, awareness, and a little creativity. Using some exercises as you tap into your conscious and subconscious to explore your self. $35 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Meditation and Mediumship – 6:30-8pm. An enlightening and fun evening. We start with a guided meditation and after if anyone has received any messages we then will share. $10. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Sound Healing Gong Bath – 6:30-8pm. Feel your stress melt away as Joy (gongs, Tibetan bowls, drums) and Shawn (crystal singing bowls) surround you with healing sounds. Bring a mat, pillow, blanket and water. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Balance Fitness, 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich. 401-451-8809. Spirit-Inspired Entrepreneur Talk – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how vision is seeking expression through you; discover how connecting and co-creating with the spirit of your business or project provides support, insight and guidance. $30. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

THURSDAY, APRIL 13 Divine Appreciation – 6:30-8pm. 6-wk class opens us to a greater experience of life. Through study and experiential learning, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the good that is ever present and available. $150/6 wks. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14 Good Friday Meditation – 12-3:30pm. Join us on this sacred day for a talk, sacred music, chanting and meditation as we reflect on the courage of Christ’s surrender to God’s will. Come for part or all. Free; donation appreciated. Ananda Center Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. 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. 860-810-8874.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15 Integrated Energy Therapy: Basic – 9:30am-5pm. Get everything you need to do a powerful Integrated Energy Therapy® session on yourself or on another person (in person or absentee). Get book, attunement and certificate. $195. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Readings with Medium Verlene Eldridge – 10am4:30pm. Private readings with Verlene E. She is an amazing medium and does such accurate and wonderful readings. $45. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Yoga with Ellary – 11am-12pm. Join us for a free yoga class at the Mansfield Public Library. Yoga with Ellary explores all aspects of yoga. No experience necessary. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. Register: Homeopathy for Allergies – 12-1pm. Join Certified Classical Homeopath Vandana Pitke and learn how homeopathy, the holistic medicine can be used to treat allergies from root with case presentations. Free. OM Homeopathy, It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-573-3757. Scent that Vibe: Essential Oils – 3-4:30pm. Experience the aromatic qualities of essential oils and how they can be used for physical and emotional wellness. Join the Thrive Tribe for a free workshop with Todd Hart. Free. Thrive Tribe RI, 172 Taunton Ave, Ste 204, East Providence. 401-757-0144. Freedom Dance – 6:30-7:30pm. Dive inside and respond to the requests of your being in this 1-hr free-style dance class. Complete with a time of silence and introspection. $15. Innerlight Yoga, 850 Aquidenck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

MONDAY, APRIL 17 April Vacation Week at Audubon – 10am-2pm. Become a nature explorer. Join Audubon in a week-long voyage to discover and test your nature skills. Daily: Nature Crafts, 10am & 2pm; Nature Stories, 10am & 1pm; Animal Interview, 1:30pm. Special programs at 11am for ages 6 and up. Free. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope St, Bristol. 401-949-5454. For details & to register: Exploring Spiritual Healing – 6:30-9pm. Come explore the wonderful healing energies of Spirit. You can take part in the experience or just sit back and see what you feel. All are welcome to attend. Free; donations accepted. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

TUESDAY, APRIL 18 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: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 Guided Meditation & Reiki Share – 6:30-8pm. 15-min guided meditation, followed by a reiki share. If you have reiki training level one or above you can practice your reiki and receive at this reiki share. If not, you will be able to receive. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20 Shamanic Journey Circle – 1-2:30pm. Journey to a live drum, share insights and lively discussion as we connect with helping spirits to heal, grow and learn. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Reynolds Bldg, Bristol. 401-924-0567. Coloring Club for Relaxation – 6-7pm. The library hosts a monthly coloring club. Join us and rediscover the stress-relieving benefits of coloring. The library provides all materials and soothing music. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – 7-8pm. Join Priscilla Szneke for this 9-wk course in mindfulness and tap into your innate power to heal and respond more effectively to stress, pain, and illness. $365; 1st class is a free info session. All That Matters (SK), 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. 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.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21 Pendulum 101 – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how to select, program, cleanse and use a pendulum. This is a basic pendulum class and designed for you to learn how to use a pendulum in a fun environment. $20 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Essential Oils Workshop with Frecia – 6:30-8pm. Learn the benefits of essential oils with DoTerra. Free. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

markyourcalendar Trilingual Celebration of Love & Light – 7-9pm. Incorporating music, new thought and movement, this multi-language celebration will include Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian, American and Indigenous cultures. It will include a diverse selection of music from the Sufi, Christian, Hindu and Indigenous traditions, solo and group singing, meditation, sacred dance and more, followed by a reception. By donation. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. “Girish” Chant Workshop – 7:30-9pm. Join yoga and world music recording artist “Girish” for a chant workshop, as he comes to Shrine Studio on his 2017 tour. This event will sell out, purchase tickets early. $40/advance, $45/at door. Shrine Barn, 384 Market St, Warren. 401-247-2628. Yoga Nidra iRest® for Spring Renewal – 7:309:30pm. Join Sohini Livewell for Yoga Nidra iRest, the science of awakening your true nature. A great workshop for those with stress, PTSD, anxiety, depression and sleep disorders. $29. All That Matters (PVD), 128 N Main St, Providence. 401-782-2126.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 22 Reiki I – 9:30am-5pm. Learn Reiki I where you will be attuned and learn to do reiki for yourself, You will receive a certificate after completion of the class. Please bring your lunch. $125. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. 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 March for Science – 12-4pm. Scientists and science enthusiasts around the world will gather and march in the name of science. What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone and stand for the free exchange of scientific information and in protest of the censorship of publicly funded research. Free. March for Science, RI State House, 82 Smith St, Providence. Introduction to Holistic Tarot – 12-5pm. Learn the meanings of the cards, the basics of reading and understanding the messages they bring, and integration of numerology and astrology with Soul Wisdom. $50. Acorn Cottage, Wakefield. 401-284-0363. Yin Yoga Retreat – 3-5pm. Highlighting the Earth qualities in the body; balancing emotions of anxiety, focusing on empathy. Patience, harmony and oneness will be the intention of the practice. $25. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. Pet Communication with Kelly – 5-6:30pm. Class guides 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. Earth Day Healing Ceremony – 6:30-8pm. Join us in community for a shamanic drum healing ceremony to generate positive energy to heal and honor the Earth and self. Bring an item for the altar. With Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna. $35 portion goes to Arbor Day Foundation. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Reynolds Bldg, Bristol. 401-787-8877. 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 & Doug. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

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

Build a Fairy House – 1-4pm. Come make a fairy house. Bring any scraps of material or special thing your would like to use. Info about fairies and their likes will be discussed. Facebook has more details. $35 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Long Chant, Deep Meditation – 1:15-2:15pm. Chanting has the power to open the heart, transform and uplift the soul. Join us for a session of chanting for an extended time, leading into a deep meditation. Blissful. Free; donation appreciated. Ananda Center Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Sound Healing with Good Vibrations – 3-4:30pm. Join us at the Thrive Tribe with Christine Johnston and Melissa Byrd for a sound healing to reduce stress, alter consciousness, and create a sense of peace and well-being. $25. Thrive Tribe RI, 172 Taunton Ave, Ste 204, East Providence. 401-757-0144. Ayurveda and What Can I Eat Anyway? – 3-5pm. Join Kerry Harling of the Holistic Highway. Explore basic ayurvedic nutrition, eating for your body type, recipe sharing and sample foods. $40. Shrine Studio, 384 Market St, Warren. Registration required: 401-247-2628 or

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 Meditation for Healthy Living – 6:30-7:30pm. Discover a simple meditation technique that can reduce stress and be a powerful addition to a healthy living regimen. Free. Louttit Library, 274 Victory Hwy, West Greenwich. 401-397-3434. Meditation and Mediumship – 6:30-8pm. An enlightening and fun evening. We start with a guided meditation and after if anyone has received any messages we then will share. $10. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 Meditation – 7-8pm. This is a guided meditation that will allow you to relax. This is 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.


SATURDAY, APRIL 29 Magnified Healing® 1st Phase – Apr 29 & 30. 9:30am-5:30pm. 2-day workshop. Learn a 20-min daily healing practice for inner peace and spiritual growth. $275 includes certificate, manual, essence, CD. With Gladys Ellen. White Light Books, 1468 Park Ave, Cranston. Readings with Kelly Campbell – 10am-4pm. $40/30 min, $75/hr. A pet reading with painting for 30 min is $40. Call to reserve spot, walk-in if spot is open. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Spirit-Inspired Entrepreneur Program – 10am4:30pm. 40-hr program to co-create with the spirit of your business or project, bring ideas and energy into form, and clear blocks to manifestation using shamanic techniques. With Katharine Rossi. $995. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Daffodil Days in Wickford Village – Apr 29 & 30. 11am-4pm. Shop Hop and sidewalk sales and pony rides all weekend. Goats on Saturday with other sweet animals for children to explore. Make it and take it create your own daffodil crown. Free. Wickford Village, Wickford Village. 401-295-8080. Details: Create Foaming Soap and Poo-Pourri – 1-2:30pm. Avoid those drying commercial soaps and join us to make a foaming hand soap made with essential oils and natural ingredients. We will also make an all-natural freshener. $25 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Spring Psychic Faire – 1-7pm. Join Cris and Soul Wisdom Tarot, and other vendors, for psychic readings and celebration. It’s spring. Time for new beginnings. What is in store for you? Readings $30/25 min. The Elks Lodge, 141 Pelham St, Newport. 401-864-6778. Create your own Lip Balm & Bug Spray – 3-4:30pm. Make your own lip balm and bug spray using essential oils. You will make and take home 6 tubes of lip balm and a bottle of all-natural bug spray. Learn basic of oils. $25 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Mediumship Gallery with Mary Catherine Volk – 6:30-8pm. Interested or curious about receiving messages from your loved ones who have crossed over to the other side? Our loved ones send us signs to let us know that death is not the end, just a transition. Inspirational and uplifting. $25. Positive New Beginnings, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-741-3478. BelieveInForever.Today.


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

Crystal Bowl Chakra Yoga – 3-4:30pm. Join Amrit yoga instructor Amy McPhee and sound and energy healer Christine Johnston for an inward journey through gentle body movement and stimulation of your senses. $25. All That Matters (EG), 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-782-2126.

The Anatomy of Yin – 1-5pm. Join yin yoga teacher Jennifer Thomas along with Physical Therapist Diane Gannon for this fun, interactive, and hands-on yin yoga workshop to help deepen your practice. $79. All That Matters (PVD), 128 N Main St, Providence. 401-782-2126.

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ongoingcalendar sunday MONDAY, MAY 1 Muscle Testing for Chemicals/Bugs – 6:307:30pm. Do you work in construction/dentist’s office/nail salon? Do you have allergies? We will muscle test for chemicals/bugs. $10. Cumberland Family Chiropractic LLC, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535. To RSVP & pay by Apr 29: 401-334-0535.

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Creating Colognes – May 6 & 7. 10:30am-5pm, Saturday; 10:30am-2pm, Sunday. If you love clean, fresh or citrus forward scents this is the class for you. Focus will be on four distinct styles of cologne formulation: the classic cologne, the citrus forward fragrance composition, the green/ fresh cologne and the floral forward cologne. Create and take home. $450. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register:

SUNDAY, MAY 14 Annual Mother’s Day Custom Perfume Event – 9:30-10:30am. Celebrate Mom while creating a custom perfume together. Book your space at our custom perfume bar and enjoy tea, mimosas and light canapé while creating your own signature natural perfume to take home. Fun mother-daughter event. $125. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register:

SATURDAY, MAY 20 Weekend Natural Perfumery Intensive Course – May 20 & 21. 10:30am-8pm, Saturday; 10:30am2pm, Sunday. Workshops: introduction to natural perfumery; creating solid perfumes using exotic waxes and butters; marketing/branding/sourcing/ promotion. $875. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register:

FRIDAY, MAY 26 The Truth of Power Retreat – May 26-28. 5pm, Friday-3:30pm Sunday. Explore the nature of your power, ways of sourcing and aligning with authentic power to live a good life in this nurturing retreat. Class, food and lodging included. $575 paid before Apr 30, $625 after. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, Katharine Rossi, Spirit Fire Retreat Center, Leyden, MA. 401-924-0567.

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 9-10:30am. Kundalini yoga is an ancient practice that targets the nervous and glandular systems for healing and empowerment. This class is unique and helpful every week. $15/drop-in (see website for pay options). Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. 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. 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. Free; donation appreciated. Ananda Center Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

monday Quonny Yoga – 10-11:30am. For beginners thru advanced. Focus on your alignment and get into yoga poses safely, even if you have injuries. Learn what results you can expect from a regular practice. $15. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Beginner Amrit Yoga – 4:15-5:30pm. This class introduces a series of postures along with principles underlying the practice of Amrit yoga. Great for beginners and for those with more experience too. $15/drop-in (see website for pay options). Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. Kripalu Yoga & Karen Moore Holliday – 6-7:30pm. Living from the inside out. Utilizing the living principles of yoga, the postures, breath and meditation to live a more conscious life on the mat and off the mat. $18/drop-in; $15/2 or more classes per month. Westport Central Village Grange, 931 Main Rd, Westport Central Village, MA. 774-644-9977. Muay Thai Kickboxing at USA Karate – 7-8pm. Muay Thai Kickboxing classes appropriate for all levels of experience and fitness. Classes are held on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. $6. USA Karate Smithfield, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, Smithfield. 401-349-5883.

Tai Chi Easy – 7-8pm. Learn Tai Chi Easy to reduce stress, anxiety, and 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. Living from the inside out. Utilizing the living principles of yoga, the postures, breath and meditation to live a more conscious life on the mat and off the mat. $18/drop-in; $15/2 or more classes per month. Westport Central Village Grange, 931 Main Rd, Westport Central Village, MA. 774-644-9977. Short Break Yoga – 12-12:30pm. This is a 1/2 hr yoga class designed for those with limited time at lunch, but still want to learn or practice yoga. $8. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Quonny Yoga – 5:30-7pm. For beginners thru advanced. Focus on your alignment and get into yoga poses safely, even if you have injuries. Learn what results you can expect from a regular practice. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Route 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187.

wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Drop-in. Donations to: Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. 7 Keys to Freedom – 9-10am. This is an hour-long chakradance called the 7 keys to freedom. It is a combination of meditation and dance. Rhythm for the soul. 3 Wednesdays a month: Apr 5, 19, 26. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Short Break Yoga – 12-12:30pm. This is a 1/2 hr yoga class designed for those with limited time at lunch, but still want to learn or practice yoga. $8. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. In-Depth Yoga: Twists & Inversions – 6-7:15pm. 6-wk series. In-depth classes will have meditation, warm-up, and guided poses, and then we also get to have fun breaking down a featured pose and asking questions. $120/series. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.

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thursday Morning Yoga with Christine Tripp – 9-10am. Hatha yoga blends balance, strength, improving flexibility linking breath and movement. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Kripalu Yoga & Karen Moore Holliday – 9-10:30am. Living from the inside out. Utilizing the living principles of yoga, the postures, breath and meditation to live a more conscious life on the mat and off the mat. $18/drop-in; $15/2 or more classes per month. Westport Central Village Grange, 931 Main Rd, Westport Central Village, MA. 774-644-9977. Botanizing Walk at Browning Mill Pond – 10am12pm. Walk with a group of people interested in learning and sharing their botanical knowledge. Browning Mill Pond Trail, a 1.6 loop passing through a typical southern Rhode Island is a woodland habitat of pine and oak. Free. Rhode Island Wild Plant Society, Browning Mill Pond, Arcadia Rd, Exeter. 401-789-7497. 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, $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, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Sisters in Sobriety – 6-7:30pm. A supportive group of women sharing the journey of maintaining sobriety. We welcome all women who are struggling with alcohol but want to quit, those who are newly sober and those maintaining sobriety. Free. Sisters in Sobriety, East Side, Providence. For more info & location, Cindy: 401-419-4001. 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, $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. To register: 401-270-5443 or

friday Short Break Yoga – 12-12:30pm. This is a 1/2 hour yoga class designed for those with limited time at lunch, but still want to learn or practice yoga. $8. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Ananta Jyoti Yoga, Gentle Yoga – 5-6pm. Gentle yoga appropriate for all levels of fitness and experience, including beginners. $12. Ananta Jyoti Yoga, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, at USA Karate Studio, Smithfield. 774-987-9007.

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saturday Qi Gong – 8:30-9:30am. With Sheila Olson. Increase your flexibility, strength and immune system; quiet the mind and reduce stress. Anyone can do it. Dress comfortably. $15, $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, $72/6 classes; only adult pays. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

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Southern Rhode Island Center for Spiritual Living Study Group – 9:45am-12pm. Meets the second 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. Tai Chi for Beginners – 12-1pm. Learn the simplified 24 posture tai chi form, derived from Yang style. Flexible class times include Wednesday, 1pm and Thursday, 7:30pm. New students may attend a trial class. $225/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502.


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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 37.



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 14.

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

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


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


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


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


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 33.



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

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


Om Homeopathy at It’s My Health 1099 Mendon Rd Cumberland, RI 401-573-3757

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 17.

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.


With the 12+ yrs experience in classical Homeopathy Vandana Pitke has helped many clients restore and achieve health. Vandana is a certified classical homeopath. She looks at the symptoms from a holistic perspective focusing on mind and body. She also incorporates ayurvedic nutrition and Mudra meditation in her practice, which makes healing faster, better and from within when combined with homeopathy. Go to  or join Facebook group My Holistic Health. See ad on page 4.

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 33.

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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.


Gallery sessions and Speaking Engagements. 401-741-3478 Are you interested or curious about receiving messages from your departed loved one? Have you ever felt their presence or received a sign? You can’t fake a goose bump.  Our loved ones send us signs to let us know that death is not the end - just a transition!  Inspirational and uplifting. Best-selling author of “Believe in Forever - How to Recognize Signs from Your Departed Loved Ones”.


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 9.

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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 25.


Leaves of Change Natural Medicine at Sage Healing Collaborative 201 Waterman Street East Providence, RI 02914 508-343-0580

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 9.


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!


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.


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


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 4.


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

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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 36.



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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