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It’s easy to reflect on fond memories of past summertimes from my own youth as well as my daughter’s. When she was young, I would make it a point to take her for a day trip to Newport every summer. We would tour one of the mansions and marvel at the grand way people lived back then, or take a boat trip around the harbor and see some of the world famous yachts and America’s Cup racers. It was an opportunity that seemed too great to miss—taking in the history, let alone creating memories together. I urge you to read “Rhode Island Eco-Adventures for Families” by our very own Wendy Fachon, on page 32, and get some ideas to spark a renewed interest in some of the natural resources we have here in the Ocean State. You can explore new areas camping at one of the five state campgrounds, explore a tide pool, paddle the waters by canoe or kayak, or even visit Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation to learn about safe, environmentally compliant recycling services for the community. As an ardent fan of a good detox to reboot the system, I am very excited about Meredith Montgomery’s feature article this month, “Natural Ways to Cleanse Body and Mind: Take Toxins Out of Your Life.” It seems fitting that Bill and I will be embarking on another 12-day herbal detox in a few weeks. As I have written about in the past, it seems all too easy in our busy lives to get caught up in a cycle of not making the best choices and taking care of ourselves as best we can. So we reboot. Summertime is a great time to do that, with the plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables and the ability to get outside and move around it feels like the whole planet is in reboot mode. There are many wonderful things to do in Rhode Island, never more so than in the summer. Hope to see you out there!

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newsbriefs Local Musician Releases Second Album and New England Tour Dates


hristina Holmes recently released her second album, “Stand Up,” a soundtrack of social injustice and change. Locally based in Narragansett, Holmes travelled to Standing Rock, North Dakota, in October to deliver supplies and help the Sioux Tribe and others protect the waters of the Cannonball and Missouri River from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Her album cover and title, as well as the first song on the album, reflect her experience Christina Holmes there. The other nine tracks on “Stand Up” show a journey through her soul of happiness, social consciousness, spirituality and loss. Her music can be streamed on Holmes will be touring in July with Australian artist Xavier Rudd, whose music embodies spirituality, social change, self consciousness and the beauty of the soul. This is Rudd’s North American tour which includes tour dates in Canada as well as in the New England region, including July 10, New York, New York; July 11, Brooklyn, New York; July 12, Boston, Massachusetts; July 22, Portland, Maine; and July 23, Fairfield, Connecticut. For more information, tickets and locations, visit

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he first of two workshops, The Urban Shaman with Cris McCullough, will take place from noon to 6 p.m., July 15, at Acorn Cottage, in Wakefield. Participants will discover their shaman within by drumming around a sacred fire, using its energy to move to a higher power and helping to bring healing to Mother Earth and her people. Then on July 29, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Ken Gaus and Linda Evans will facilitate Listening to Your Inner Voice. The goal of this seminar is to allow for one’s spiritual growth by improving the connection to one’s inner voice. Interactive experimental sessions will engage attendees in how to interact successfully with their own inner voice. Gaus has been on a spiritual quest for more than 23 years, studying Buddhism, meditation and the Bible, and has run spiritual development circles as well as seminars on many spiritual topics. Evans is a new and enthusiastic spiritual convert with 30 years of teaching experience. Cost: $50-$55. To register and for exact directions, contact Jackie Van Dusen at 401-284-0363 or See listing in the Community Resource Guide.

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New Holistic Healing Center Opens in Portsmouth


orthern Lights, a new holistic practitioner center for healing, will be opening its doors in July at 204b Clock Tower Square, in Portsmouth. Deborah McBride and Lisa Ashton, R.N., founders/owners of Northern Lights Holistic, bring more than 30 years of spiritual and holistic experience to this new venture. A collaborative team of 20 practitioners that specialize in different healing modalities will be able to reach many in the community. “We are all passionate about what we do and want to share our special gifts with all of you,” says Ashton. “We can’t wait to meet you in person and see how we can best help you holistically and spiritually on your life’s path.” The center is still searching for a few practitioners to join the center prior to its grand opening on July 16. Interested life coaches, meditation teachers, massage therapists, integrative energy therapy instructors or any other healing modality practitioners should call 401-500-1908. For more information and grand opening date, visit See ad on page 35.


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ono Neiger, author of The Permaculture Promise, will be coming to Listening Tree Cooperative from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 15, to lead an all-day permaculture design charette—an inclusive process of looking deeply into how to listen to and respond to the land, water and life, and plan for growth and integration. This full-day workshop will help design Listening Tree Cooperative’s permaculture homestead. The workshop is a great opportunity for anyone with a permaculture design certificate looking for a hands-on learning experience, or for anyone interested in participating in the process of transforming a former Christmas tree farm into a food ecosystem and community. Learn design and planning through the lens of permaculture and sustainability in a community forming on this farm and forest land in Chepachet, Rhode Island. The community has a focus on self-reliance, sustainability and community resilience. The designs that are generated in this interactive process will help clarify directions forward in housing, paths and roads, gardens, plantings and land management. Connections with community structure, decision-making and livelihoods will be explored.

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resh Face Skincare Center at Avalon is excited to launch its exclusive natural alternative to facial injections, Facial Infusion Therapy, or F.I.T. “As we age, we lose three important components that our body produces naturally: collagen, elastin and Hyaluronic acid,” says owner Debby Votta. According to Votta, F.I.T. puts all three components back into the skin via a facial ultrasound. The F.I.T. treatment starts with pore cleansing and microdermabrasion to prep the skin for the infusions of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Next, a gel masque is applied to seal in the infusions. While the masque is setting, clients relax to music in a peaceful setting with an herbalheated neck wrap and an anti-aging eye treatment. “Not only will your skin feel alive, refreshed and rejuvenated, so will your mind and body,” maintains Votta, who adds F.I.T. treatments are also good for acne, sensitivity, redness and rosacea. Cost: $95 (receive $20 discount when mentioning Natural Awakenings). Location: 1221 Reservoir Ave., Cranston. For more information, call 401-944-4601 or visit See ad on page 35.

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n alternative health clinic, LifeWorks Wellness Center, is now routinely offering ozone therapy to Lyme disease patients as part of its treatment program. Medical Director, David Minkoff, M.D., is on the board of the American Academy of Ozonotherapy and is considered to be a pioneer in the use of ozone for Lyme disease. Minkoff states, “When someone is diagnosed with Lyme, it can be devastating as it can be such a debilitating disease. Most of the patients we see have tried numerous treatment programs but have seen little improvement. Their research leads them to read about the benefits of ozone and then to ultimately find our clinic.” Ozone therapy differs from other Lyme treatment programs as it can substantially increase the blood’s oxygen which, in turn, facilitates healing in many different ways. It can detoxify the liver, de-clog the blood cells, enhance the immune system and kill viruses and bacteria. Based in Clearwater, Florida, LifeWorks offers hope to Lyme patients from all over the country with its uniquely effective, multi-protocol program. For more information, call 727-466-6789 or visit See ad on page 3.

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esearch from the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, has established that structured physical activity following a stroke can significantly improve cognitive function in survivors. The study used data from 13 clinical trials that included 735 participants to analyze general cognitive improvement, executive function, attention and working memory, as well as the impact of different types of physical activity. Researchers found that exercise following a stroke produced cognitive improvements in both attention and speed in processing information. They further discovered that a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training produced the maximum cognitive improvements. “We found that a program as short as 12 weeks is effective at improving cognition, and even patients with chronic stroke can experience improvements in their cognition with an exercise intervention,” says lead author Lauren E. Oberlin, a graduate student at the university.

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esearch from Sweden has found that acupuncture helps reduce the crying of colicky babies. The study monitored 147 babies between the ages of 2 and 8 weeks with colic at four separate Swedish public child health centers. The babies were divided into three groups; each visited the clinic twice a week for two weeks. One group received “gold standard” care plus five minutes of minimal acupuncture, one group received standard care plus five minutes of acupuncture and one group received standard care only. After two weeks, both acupuncture groups showed a reduction in crying time by the second week and at a later follow-up. More babies dropped to less than three hours of crying per day in the acupuncture groups than the control group, removing them from the colic category altogether. No adverse effects were recorded.

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estled in a quiet corner of Connecticut, Solair Recreation League welcomes unclothed folks of all ages to its family-friendly nudist camping resort in Woodstock. Many Solair members find that nudism becomes happily entrenched as a generational family tradition, returning year after year to participate in safe, child-appropriate activities such as swimming, playing volleyball, hiking and sitting by a campfire with one another. Grandparents can be seen gathering around the pool with their grandchildren, as they too grow up with this healthy and natural way of life, and except for a bunch of towels, no one spends much time doing laundry. Nudism, or naturism, is both a philosophy and a way of life that promotes daily activities clothes-free, in a non-sexual social setting such as a camp, resort, club or beach. People that enjoy social nudism reflect an economic, political and social cross-section of society. Nudists cite significant physical and psychological health benefits, especially for women and children, including body acceptance, personal confidence and freedom from shame; a sense of free-


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understanding between human beings. I’m being me and they’re being them,” he observes. Maureen Cary, publisher of Natural Awakenings Rhode Island, observes, “There is something about removing clothes that removes some masks, too.” Another regular visitor to Solair Recreation League says, “Going without clothes makes you feel alive and healthy.” More than a decade ago, a Roper poll found that one in four American adults report having skinny-dipped or sunbathed nude, and 74 percent of Americans approve of designated legal public nude beaches. The phenomenal recent growth of groups like Young Naturists of America (YNA) indicates increasingly more acceptance of nude living. YNA’s website even advocates nudism as a path toward tolerance, acceptance, positive body image, ending censorship and many other social causes. Despite the myriad benefits of nudism, our society is still suspicious of it. Many individuals keep their nudist life secret for fear of misunderstanding and even job loss. That’s why the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) maintains a stringent behavioral code, and nudist resorts like Solair uphold this code and respect its members’ and visitors’ anonymity. Sexual-offender and criminal background checks are performed on all visitors, who must present positive ID. Photography is never allowed, and anyone behaving inappropriately is immediately shown the gate. A quick Internet search will yield hundreds of AANR-affiliated clubs, campgrounds and resorts like Solair Recreation League. Those that come to nudism as adults, but wish they had learned about nudism when they were younger, can gift it—and its benefits—to their children and grandchildren. Research shows that children that are raised with nudism are confident, at ease with themselves and more accepting of differences. These are characteristics that build good citizens and democratic leaders. R.K. Roberts and his family are longtime members of Solair Recreation League, in Woodstock, CT. For more information, visit Solair is a member of AANR. See ad on page 11.

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chology training. “Money is emotional territory for people. You can’t just go to a financial planner, plot a budget and be on your merry way,” she observes.

Shifting Our Perceptions To change our relationship with money, Tessler says we need to understand our “money stories” that include the ways in which our personal experiences, together with subconsciously inherited familial and cultural attitudes, shape how we think about money. “The first step to changing our money habits is being willing to deal with the tough issues,” says Mayuri Onerheim, author of Money Spirituality Consciousness, a retired accountant and spiritual teacher of the Diamond Approach of selfrealization, in Larkspur, California. “There is no change without some discomfort. It’s part of the spiritual journey.” Self-care, forgiveness and acceptance are important throughout this process, advises Tessler, because many people bring feelings of guilt and shame to their relationship with money.

We have ups and downs in life, and the same is true of our finances. ~Bari Tessler She recommends doing a “body check-in” to become aware of our physical reaction to related issues, whether it’s going on a reckless spending spree or bracing to ask for a raise. This stage paves the way for the practical work of learning to manage our money in alignment with our values, goals and dreams. It begins with developing practices to track, review and reflect upon spending and earning patterns.

Tactical Tools Tessler recommends utilizing one of many free financial tracking tools like, or MoneyMinder She also suggests we rename their preloaded budget categories to reflect our personal relationships to the areas of spending (e.g., “sanctuary” rather than mortgage; “my dream vacation” for savings targeted for time off; or “life happens” for late fees). For an enlightened view of cash flows, Onerheim suggests translating what was spent on something into the hours it took to earn the money. “This perspective can transform how we allocate resources and what we’re willing to spend money on,” she says. Vicki Robin, co-author of the bestseller Your Money or Your Life, espouses a similar approach: thinking of money in terms of hours of life energy. “Continually asking yourself whether you actually got fulfillment in proportion to life energy spent in each subcategory awakens the natural sense of knowing when enough is enough,” she writes. Tessler and Onerheim both encourage rethinking the idea that all earning is good and all spending is bad: “It’s about balancing needs and wants, and we need joy in life.

It’s not about saving every penny and not enjoying yourself,” says Onerheim.

A Rewarding Journey Becoming financially conscious ultimately helps us fulfill our responsibility to be a good steward of the planet’s resources, according to Onerheim. “Money is a representation of myself in the world, so I want to take responsibility for where my money goes.” “Financial integrity is achieved by learning the true impact of your earning and spending, both on your immediate family and on the planet,” agrees Robin. “It is knowing what is enough money and material goods to keep you at the peak of fulfillment—and what is just excess and clutter.” All call for celebrating progress on the journey to financial well-being and know-how. “Take baby steps and reward yourself along the way,” counsels Tessler. “This is a lifelong journey.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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raveling can be tricky for those trying to eat a plant-based diet, especially on long stretches of highway. More than 33 percent of Americans, or 100 million-plus people, are eating vegan/vegetarian meals more often, even if they do not adhere to a strict plant-based lifestyle, concluded a 2011 Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group. Here is what the discerning traveler can do when hunger strikes. Start by looking for vegan pit stops before you go. Identify a plant-friendly restaurant group, such as Dr. Andrew Weil’s True Food Kitchen (now in 12

states), and then Google for their locations. Smartphone apps such as Finding Vegan and Happy Cow help point the way to vegan-friendly restaurants around the world. This month, Natural Awakenings asked three savvy travelers how they manage plant-based eating wherever they go. For Dustin Harder, eating well on the road is a matter of research and preparation. He is the New York Citybased chef/host of the online program The Vegan Roadie, with 100 U.S. restaurant visits and counting and now seeking crowdfunding for its third season, set in

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Italy. Harder has learned to investigate his dining options ahead of time, and always packs a travel-size, high-speed blender, lots of trail mix and his favorite condiments of sriracha (bottled hot sauce) and nutritional yeast. “You can locate great vegan restaurants in surprising places if you search online before you travel,” he says, listing Viva Vegeria and La Botanica, in San Antonio, Texas, and The Red Fern, in Rochester, New York, among his finds. Where vegan restaurants are scarce, he turns to plant-based options at Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread. His DIY hotel-room cuisine favorites are a Hotel Smoothie, Banushi (banana sushi) and Pizzadilla, a cross between a pizza and a quesadilla, “cooked” in aluminum foil using a hotel iron and ironing board. Matt Frazier, a runner and co-author of the No Meat Athlete Cookbook, recently went on the road for a selffunded book tour. Not only had he left his high-powered blender back home with his family in Asheville, North Carolina, he was on a tight budget. “The trick that has helped me not just survive, but thrive on the road is eating fresher, more whole and more raw,” he says. He recommends filling up on kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, nuts and seeds, berries, beans, onions and mushrooms. Lindsay S. Nixon, author of The Happy Herbivore Guide to PlantBased Living and related cookbooks, has traveled from her home in Los Angeles across the country and around the world, finding plant-based foods wherever she goes. “Almost every city has a Thai or Italian restaurant where you should be able to find something on the menu or adapt a dish to stick with plants,” she says. “You might have to get a little creative. I once asked for salsa and a plain, baked potato; not a bad combo, as it turns out.” Wherever we find ourselves, we can still find healthy ways to eat. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at

by Dustin Harder Field Roast Grain Meat Italian Sausage (optional) Large piece of aluminum foil Iron and ironing board

Pizzadilla Yields: 1 serving 1 large tortilla of choice (whole wheat or GMO-free corn) ½ cup Daiya vegan mozzarella shreds 2 Tbsp onion, chopped 2 Tbsp green pepper, chopped Ÿ cup pizza sauce or marinara, store-bought Shredded fresh basil for garnish (optional)

Preheat hotel or travel iron; the linen setting works well. While the iron is preheating, place tortilla on a square of aluminum foil large enough to enclose the tortilla. Sprinkle half the cheese on one half of the tortilla, top with peppers and onions, spoon over the marinara and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Fold the other half over the toppings, and then fold the foil over the entire Pizzadilla, completely closing the edges of the foil. Place the foil packet on the ironing board and the iron on the foil packet. Iron it out to flatten slightly and then leave iron on the foil packet for 2 minutes, flip and repeat. Open foil, cut the Pizzadilla in half and it’s ready to eat.


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Hotel Smoothie Yields: 1 serving 1 cup filtered water or apple juice Handful or two of tender, baby greens, such as baby spinach or kale 1 banana, peeled, or another favorite soft, peeled fruit Put the water, greens and banana in a high-speed, travel-sized blender and blend until smooth.

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Take Toxins Out of Your Life by Meredith Montgomery


he term “detox” has been gaining traction in health circles, but cleansing practices have existed for millennia, ranging from Egyptian hydrotherapy to Medieval Lenten practices and Native American fasting, smudging and sweat lodges. The truth is that we need cleansing now more than ever—to rid our bodies of chemical overload and our minds of negative thinking. The Environmental Defense Fund has counted more than 100 chemicals produced in the U.S. that are present in everyday products and hazardous to humans and the environment. “Our body is a natural detoxifier, ridding itself of toxins through pooping, peeing, sweating and shedding skin. But in our current toxic overload situation, it’s not always an efficient process,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D., an author and functional nutritionist in Washington state. Some experts believe many commercial detoxification programs are unsafe, extreme and ineffective. “Psychologically, a short-term cleanse can act as a stepping stone if you’re eating fast food and donuts every day,” says


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Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington, D.C., physician specializing in clinical nutrition and author of How Not to Die. “What matters more is longterm—what you’re eating a decade from now. No quick fix is going to do it, it’s a lifestyle change.”

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“Health and wealth have become associated with cleanliness, yet the opposite is probably true,” assesses Chutkan. “Kids come in from the playground to use hand sanitizers and eat processed snacks. Instead, discard the microbiome-disrupting sanitizer and provide fresh vegetables for them to eat outside. We don’t want kids exposed to any serious pathogens, but


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explains, “The GI tract is the body’s engine, and microbes are the worker bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.” She recommends switching to a plant-filled diet to effectively repopulate the microbiome and be aware of how food is grown. “Much store-bought produce, even organic options, is grown in depleted soil. Seek out biodynamic farmers that prioritize nutrientrich soil to foster microbes,” Chutkan says. Even planting a couple of herbs or microgreens on the kitchen windowsill can make a difference. “Just picking those herbs and getting your hands in healthy dirt increases your exposure to health-promoting microbes.”

getting a little dirty is essential.” Studies have found that children with pets are more likely to have fewer allergies and infections and take fewer antibiotics than those living in pet-free households (Clinical & Experimental Allergy and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland). Pets that venture outdoors bring healthy microbes inside; so does fresh air, which purifies poorer quality indoor air. Chutkan also warns of excessive bathing. “When we scrub ourselves, we rub off microbes and naturally occurring oils; unless we’re filthy, we just need to gently rinse.” Marketers convince consumers that products with toxic ingredients are necessities, but coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey can effectively replace many toiletries.

he recommends stimulating fat metabolism with a cleanse that starts each morning with melted ghee followed by a simple nonfat diet throughout the day. According to research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, ghee, a clarified butter, has been proven to remove environmental toxins by attaching to toxic fats. Kitchari, the staple of the meal plan, is a nourishing and easy-to-digest, porridge-like blend of beans, rice and Indian spices. “When you eat a mono diet of just kitchari, your body can transfer the energy that normally goes toward digestion into cleansing and healing other systems,” says Douillard. For those not

Reboot with a Quick Cleanse

To stimulate the body’s natural ability to burn fat, Douillard recommends a four-day, at-home detox cleanse. “The digestive system is responsible for delivering nutrients and escorting dangerous toxins out of your body; if you can’t digest well, you can’t detoxify well,” he says. Unlike drastic fasts and juice cleanses, which can deplete nutrients,

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Work toward eating three meals a day—a light breakfast, big lunch and light and early dinner—without snacking in-between, and fasting for 13 hours each night. Douillard notes, “This regimen should be maintained beyond the cleanse because it gives the body a chance to use up its carbohydrates—its normal, go-to fuel—and switch to its calmer, more stable, detoxifying fuel— body fat.”

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Burn Fat Cells

According to ayurveda, burning fat fuels detoxification because toxins from preservatives, pollutants, pesticides and other damaging chemicals are stored in our fat cells. When fat is metabolized and used as an energy source, the toxins are released, ready to be flushed out. “When we’re not burning fat, toxins can accumulate, cause congestion in the lymphatic channels, overwhelm the liver and ultimately be deposited back into fat cells or stored in the arteries, heart and brain,” comments Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Dr. John Douillard, of Boulder, Colorado. He’s the author of Eat Wheat and a former director of player development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.

ready to maintain such a limited diet, he recommends a polydiet with the option to add seasonal steamed vegetables, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.

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s soon as we start eating healthier diets, our body is able to detoxify more efficiently and diseases begin to be reversed,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a physician and creator of Follow these tips to enhance the detoxification process at mealtimes.


Eat broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables raw or chop them at least 40 minutes before cooking to maximize intake of the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which boosts detoxifying enzymes in the liver. For the time-crunched, Greger suggests adding a small amount of any type of raw cruciferous vegetables to the cooked ones.


Always choose colorful produce, with the exception of white mushrooms and cauliflower. “White foods are stripped of nutrition,” says Greger. Pigment indicates the richness of antioxidants that keep the body functioning efficiently. He likes adding shreds of economical and long-lasting red cabbage as an everyday garnish.


Follow the seasons, because nature provides the ideal harvest for each season—heavier, denser foods in winter, like wheat, dairy, roots, nuts and seeds; and cooling, high-energy fruits and vegetables in summer. Dr. John Douillard, creator of the 3-Season Diet Challenge, remarks that research suggests that gut microbes are meant to change with local seasonal foods to optimize digestion, mood and immunity.


Avoid plastics by limiting intake of foods stored or cooked in plastic, especially cling wrap, which is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a known carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer. Also avoid canned goods unless labeled bisphenol A (BPA)-free. “A lot of toxins enter our bodies through processed, overcooked and fried foods,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D. “As we replace these foods with nourishing options, we need to also minimize plastic packaging.”


Filter water because, “We are primarily made of water, so if we’re drinking and bathing in contaminated water, it impacts health,” says Minich who recommends using a national testing laboratory to assess home tap water. The results can then be coupled with the Environmental Working Group’s buying guide ( to determine the most appropriate water filter to deal with the contaminants that may be present.

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Consciously Choose Hair Color by Elaine Hewitt


mbarking on any kind of detox, cleanse or healthy regime takes a certain amount of courage and willfulness. It’s important, while not becoming obsessive, to be mindful of the direction one takes after a detox when considering which products to use on the skin and body, in particular, hair color. Commercial hair color has up to 80 carcinogens in the color pigment alone, including formaldehyde, ammonia and various industrial toxins. While managing other aspects of our health via what we eat and drink, it’s important to understand those efforts can be undermined to some degree by using salon and drugstore haircolor, permanent waves, styling products, shampoos and conditioners. Organic Colour Systems (OCS) has no toxins or carcinogens, is PETA-approved, gluten-free, nonGMO, and does not contain ammonia or formaldehyde. Unlike commercial products, aromatic oils are used to create a pleasant scent. “I have been serving hair clients exclusively with OCS for eight years,” says stylist Elayne Hewitt. “In my constant relentless quest for the purest most effective and ethical professional product, OCS continues to stand alone in that arena.” Elaine Hewitt is a stylist located in Barrington. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 401-273-7005. See ad on page 27.


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Emotional Release

“Toxins are best understood less as poisons than as barriers—obstacles to the life and health we truly want,” says Minich. As a functional medicine nutritionist, she believes that food as medicine is only one aspect of full-spectrum health. Her approach revolves around clusters of nutritional, anatomical, psychological and spiritual life issues that can be jointly detoxified, supported and healed. “Good eating alone will not necessarily solve our emotional woes or stop our limiting beliefs and toxic self-talk,” she explains in Whole Detox, a book based on a whole-life, whole-systems, whole-foods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that impede our growth. Limiting thoughts, as well as heavy metals and pesticides, are toxic barriers that weigh us down, sapping energy that might be used for better things.” Her 21-day program is designed to establish long-term lifestyle changes with simple habits. She recommends monitoring our emotions and tracking thoughts with daily writing exercises. “Look at yourself like you’re examining a food label to get to the root of limiting patterns,” she says, encouraging questions such as, “Is this thought healthy for me?” or, “Do I want this thought in my being?” Be mindful of speech as well; swearing, exaggerating and interrupting can have


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Adapt the cleanse to avoid strain, because when under stress, the lymphatic system shuts down and the body stores fat and toxins. “If three meals a day with no snacks is not possible yet, have a nonfat high-protein snack and plan to eat more protein at your next meal,” suggests Douillard. “Or start with four meals, and work your way down to three.” Aim to drink half your healthiest body weight in ounces of roomtemperature water every day, while also sipping warm-to-hot water—believed to soften the intestinal tract, move the lymph and hydrate the cells more effectively than cold water—every 10 to 15 minutes for two weeks. Plain water has a hydrating effect that not even lemon water can replicate.

deleterious effects, while uplifting affirmations can inspire positive actions. She attests that visualization can help prevent the creative self from shutting down, another aspect of toxicity. “Be intuitive and imaginative; allow creative expression to flow. Before you can manifest what you want in life, you have to envision it.” Minich wants patients to invite introspection by taking a few minutes each day to be in solitude and silence, allowing meaning and purpose to surface. Daily stress relief practices such as meditation, yoga, self-massage and mindful breathing can foster stress reduction. “Life shouldn’t feel like an emergency. We need to navigate around stress so we’re not inundated by it,” counsels Douillard. By extracting toxins through sweat and circulating nutrients, physical activity is equally important for detoxification, but it’s also a form of self-love. “It expands your sense of possibilities, freeing you to go where you will and to carry burdens lightly,” Minich says. In this age of personalized medicine, Minich encourages patients to focus on the parts of a detox program that they need most, whether it’s diet, exercise, massage, emotional wellbeing or spirituality. She reminds us that the desire and need to cleanse is universal.“Detox is as old as humankind.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving

n Be in the present moment. We all have the capacity to be present, and it doesn’t require us to change who we are. The aim of mindfulness is not quieting the mind, or attempting to achieve a state of eternal calm. The goal is simple: we aim to pay attention to the present moment, without judgment. n Write a gratitude journal every day, expressing gratefulness for the things which really matter to us in our life.

Releasing Stress

Detox the Mind by Vandana Pitke


n today’s stressful life, a mental detox is one of the most important things anyone can do. We all have certain patterns of thinking and feeling that make us doubt our selfworth and our capabilities. Unconsciously we can keep these patterns in existence by feeding them with our thoughts. Our thoughts, beliefs and emotions have a huge impact on our health and ability to heal. In fact, we have more control over our health and life than we have been taught to believe. Ridding ourselves of these toxins by clearing those thoughts that make us doubt ourselves clears the space for new possibilities. Individuals often believe that their negative thought patterns are not related to their physical complaints. But many times, as emotions surface during homeopathic treatments, remedies will not only reduce physical ailments but clients will express feeling lighter, or describe a relief of pressure in the chest or head. Here are some tools for clearing negative thinking: n Write a letter to the person who has been abusive or is hated, but don’t post the letter. n Try to wake up every morning with a positive thought; or simply flush all the negative feelings after using the toilet in the morning. n Look directly into a mirror and say to yourself “I love you.”

For instant stress relief, try opening the mouth a bit. Releasing the pressure and tension often held in the jaw can give a gigantic amount of relief to the pressure held in the head and around the neck. Instead of a mouth closed with clenched jaws, slightly open it which unlocks the jaw, relaxes the cheeks and facials muscles, and most importantly, allows a natural flow of energy into the body again. You will instantly notice it releases unnecessary thoughts that were once trapped inside the head with tension. For a more exaggerated version just open wide, hold out the tongue and say “Ahhhhh,” as would be done for a doctor. Another stress relief technique is piko-piko breathing, one of the basic practices of the ancient Hawaiian Huna philosophy. “Piko” means “navel” or “center”. Breathe in deeply; with each inhalation, place your attention on the crown of the head. With each exhalation, center your attention on the navel. Keep breathing in and out as attention switches from the crown of the head to the navel. The act of breathing deeply, centering the attention on one spot and then automatically moving the attention to another spot will help to calm the restless mind. Vandana Pitke is a certified classical homeopath. In her more than 12 years of experience, she has treated and cured many chronic cases, including chronic pain syndrome, with classical homeopathy. She incorporates Ayurvedic nutrition and mudra meditation in her homeopathy practice. To learn more, visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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Skin Brushing


Removes rough, clogged skin can reduces acne, blackheads, brown spots and Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin);

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Massage gets the energy moving and assists the body’s normal detox process, often promotes relaxation and. reduces the appearance of cellulite as skin tightens;


Brushing is an invigorating, sensory experience with beauty benefits.


ith so many exfoliating options on the market today, it is important to choose one that removes dead skin cells effectively from the outermost layer, the stratum corneum. Skin brushing is an ancient beauty method that has been around for centuries and still exists today to reveal smoother, healthier, glowing skin. The removal of dry, dull skin with a face or body brush allows for better product absorption, and helps to maintain the health and well-being of your the skin which is approximately the size of a beach towel.

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Neglected areas such as neck, décolletage, breast, underarm and stomach hold many of the body’s lymph nodes. Brushing helps kick start the lymphatic system to aid in natural detoxification and removal of metabolic waste by clearing the tissues of infective organisms and toxins from face to toes. Giving the body’s largest organ—the skin—some extra love and attention with brushing goes a long way toward maintaining healthy, happy breathable skin. Since the Roman bath era, skin has been brushed, cleansed and massaged with beautiful lotions, serums and oils to nurture the skin. To this day, men and woman of Middle Eastern, European and Indian cultures practice skin rituals, especially before wedding ceremonies. Skin, like teeth and hair, should be brushed to be at its healthiest. Here are six reasons why a facial/body cleansing brush benefits the skin:


Stimulates collagen production for the body to improve skin’s tone and texture;


Improves circulation, increases blood flow and promotes natural oxygen throughout the body;


Exfoliates and assists with skin cell turnover for improved skin elasticity while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles;

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It is best to dry brush the body skin in the morning 2-3x per week before showering to stimulate blood circulation and remove dead skin layers. Use a quick, upward brushing movement towards the heart except for stomach/ groin area, which shoud be brushed downward (see diagram). Use similar strokes like brushing through one’s hair. Skin will become slightly pink, not red, which would indicate brushing too hard. Dry facial brushing can also be performed once skin has been washed and dried dry, use the same upward strokes as a simple, chemical-free way to exfoliate your dead skin cells. If new to the brushing practice, ease into it by using the brush wet with cleanser to wash the face and body, or use it to apply/massage in a favorite beauty product. Avoid use on rashes, cuts, infections or open wounds or newly shaved skin. Treat each cleansing as a spa experience every day. You will be “feeling good in your skin” when you invest in your best accessory and protection to the outside world. Pamela Auger is a nurse/licensed esthetician, founder of OctoVie Skin Beauty Brush and owner of MySkincareGirl LLC, a cosmetic beauty solutions company in the South Coast. Her products are available at Whole Foods or on Amazon. For more information, call 508-812-0714 or visit See ad on this page.

means that still, in many states, just about anyone can advertise this service regardless of training or experience. Look for a practitioner that has earned certification in a reflexology-only training; in the U.S., this means 200 to 300 hours of classroom instruction in techniques as well as anatomy, physiology, professional standards, ethics and more, plus completion and documentation of a minimum number of actual reflexology sessions. In most states, including Rhode Island, the highest level of certification is national certification through the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB). ARCB-certified reflexologists are required to keep their skills sharp through ongoing continuing education. An ARCB-certified reflexologist can be found at

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racticing reflexologists encounter many misperceptions with their clients. Let these tips help dispel those myths.

Myth #1: Reflexology is a foot rub.

Foot rubs and reflexology can both feel great, but the similarities end there. Reflexology is a scientific healing art using alternating pressure techniques on specific zones and reflex areas of the feet (and sometimes hands and outer ears, too). Though a good reflex-

ology session begins and ends with warm-up and cool-down methods that are similar to massage, reflexology and massage are distinctly different. Warmups help prepare the feet for reflexology techniques and cool-downs help the client—and his or her feet—prepare for the end of the session.

Myth #2: All reflexology is the same.

While many salons and manicure businesses offer reflexology, the laws concerning reflexology are evolving, which

For a first-rate, real reflexology session, expect to pay rates on-par with other bodywork modalities such as massage. Nationwide rates vary widely, but $60 to $120 per session is common. Clients are paying not just to experience the benefits of reflexology, but also to trust their feet—and well-being—in the hands of someone with expertise and years of experience. Wendy Lewis is an ARCB-certified reflexologist. Learn more at See listing in the Community Resource Guide.

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Hypnotherapy on Pain by Rose Siple


or many people pain is a constant companion. Whether from debilitating arthritic pain, other chronic pain conditions stemming from neurological, structural or muscular conditions, or short pain brought on by an injury or illness, pain will enter everyone’s life at some point. When it happens, people deal with it as best they can. Often, doctors end up prescribing medicines that unfortunately have side effects that may result in additional aggravating conditions and symptoms to be managed. Fortunately, hypnosis can help manage and often eliminate one’s awareness of pain. It is important to understand that pain is not an enemy; it is a biological defense mechanism within the body that indicates a problem which requires addressing. Pain often is what will force a person to slow down and allow the body to heal itself. Without it, many

people would continue to push beyond their body’s limits. Once the problem is understood and diagnosed properly, the treatment for the pain is critical for quality of life and recovery. Hypnosis is a powerful tool for managing pain, and—depending upon the condition and the individual’s personality—it can eliminate or diminish the pain greatly by rerouting a neural pathway in the brain, greatly altering the person’s response to pain. Awareness of pain is a matter of how often it is focused upon. Almost everyone has experienced pain from an injury and when life demands that we do something, we temporarily forget about the pain to get that task done. Once things settle back down we focus on the pain again and it returns. Hypnosis works upon the notion that if the sufferer’s focus can be redirected, then the pain will diminish.


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Numerous neuroscience studies have proven the effectiveness of hypnosis on pain, from pre-surgery and post-surgery results where neuro-imaging shows the pain center impact and reduction of medicines needed to provide pain relief, to the results of studies on chronic pain. As science proves hypnosis’ effectiveness, more and more people are turning to competent hypnotists for relief of their suffering. Additional benefits to using hypnosis for pain management include the reduction of stress and anxiety the pain has been creating in an individual’s life. Stress and anxiety will cause the body to tense up, and tense muscles exacerbate pain, often intensifying the amount of pain being felt. Moreover, sleep deprivation often complicates matters. A body in pain creates elevated levels of cortisol which often causes light sleep and minimal restorative sleep. Hypnosis is highly effective at reducing the cortisol output resulting in better delta sleep, hence the replenishing of norepinephrine and serotonin production, two of the “happy” hormones. With more of these hormones and better rest, a person is able to handle pain better. Anyone considering trying hypnotherapy for pain management should find a qualified hypnotherapist, call and speak to the hypnotist about their experience and approach with pain management, and make sure one feels comfortable with the person and their knowledge.

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ive-element energy has been used in Chinese medicine to help people overcome illness and emotional issues for thousands of years. These five elements are fire, wood, earth, metal and water, and they are understood to be the five aggregates that comprise the world. Energy from the five elements embraces the energetic matrix of the universe and it is said to flow together within us to bring harmony and balance. Sara Yo healing jewelry uses stones that reportedly have absorbed rich spiritual energy from the universe over the course of time, according to Dr. Hannah Hershoff, M.D. and Ph.D., who discovered these stones in a remote area near her hometown in Southeast China. The heart-shaped stones used in Sara Yo healing jewelry predominately bring fire energy. “These stones are made from the mineral Jingdezhen Kaolin formed over millions of years ago. Jingdezhen kaolin mines have a long history and were reserved for royalty 2000 years ago,” she says. According to literature, fire energy is the energy of heat and it is yang in nature. It is a strong, dominant element that fuels people with ambition, motivation and the ability to take action. “Many people become fired up and turn into go-getters after connecting with fire energy from their heart shaped Sara Yo healing jewelry,” says Hershoff. The unique process used in the creation of Sara Yo stones is based on a Chinese ancestral method involving local water, pine trees and special kilns all contributing to the five-element energy. One particular experienced fashion model learned of Sara Yo healing jewelry when hired to model some of the pieces. The talented professional model had a very busy schedule; besides modeling for various fashion companies, her daily training and workouts left her exhausted. She was offered a choice for compensation: cash or trading for jewelry pieces at a wholesale price. She decided to try on the jewelry before making her decision. After trying on a few pieces, she reached out to a bracelet on the other side of the table and, to her amazement, after a few minutes of holding the bracelet comprised of heartshaped Sara Yo healing stones, she didn’t feel tired anymore. Eventually, two other models and a photographer all chose to receive Sara Yo healing jewelry over cash as compensation for their services. Hershoff says, “Many women feel more motivated and enthusiastic after wearing jewelry comprised of heart-shaped Sara Yo stones.” Learn more about Sara Yo healing jewelry, visit

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Families Find Fun in Nature by Wendy Fachon


ithout traveling far, Rhode Islanders can find a wide variety of family adventures. Local environmental organizations offer many opportunities to play it cool in July, while also helping families learn more about the state’s ecology. Here are a few ideas:

Meet Up with Other Families to Hike. The Westerly Land Trust is lead-

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proven to improve mental, physical and social health, and this one-hour event happens the first Saturday of every month as part of the National Park Rx Initiative. Learn more at Rhode Island Families in Nature’s free monthly hike is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m., July 22, at Pulaski State Park, 151 Pulaski Rd, Chepachet. Located within the 4,000-acre George Washington Management Area, the 100-acre Pulaski Memorial Recreation Area is a “day use” facility. Bring a picnic lunch and swim gear to enjoy a refreshing dip in 13-acre Peck Pond after the hike. Learn more at

Make an Ocean Commotion. Audubon’s Free Family Fun Day, sponsored by Citizens Bank, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 1, at the Education Center, in Bristol. Enjoy a shoreline hike, nature stories, animal discoveries, crafts and more. No need

to register. Check out Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s July calendar at asri. asp.

Paddle the Waters. The Kayak Centre, in Wickford, Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures, in Westport, and Queen’s River Kayaks, in Usquepaugh, are among the list of businesses around the state that offer rentals, classes and guided tours. Compare gear, rental rates and tour options at the Land Trust Council Blueways and Greenways website

Go Camping. The State of Rhode Island Division of Parks and Recreation operates five campgrounds across the state. Burlingame State Park in Charlestown is 3,100 acres of rocky woodland that surrounds Watchaug Pond. It has a swimming beach and a nearby Department of Environmental Managment boat launch for boating and fishing. Fishermen’s State Park in Narragansett offers a ‘seaside village’ atmosphere. One of its most attractive features is its close proximity to popular state beach areas. George Washington State Campground and Management Area in Glocester covers 4,000 acres. For rates and amenities visit Travel Around on a Farm Scavenger Hunt. The Rhode Island Fruit Growers

Association sponsors this annual event with 24 local farmers and orchards. Print out a game board off the website or pick one up at a visitor’s center, chamber of commerce, farm stand or farmer’s markets. Visit each place to collect stickers and collect enough to win a prize. Learn more at

Hunt for Insects. Join an Audubon naturalist at 10 a.m., July 20, at the Audubon Environmental Education

Center, in Bristol, and search for insects using a net to comb the edge of the meadow, catching grasshoppers, milkweed bugs, butterflies and more. Participants ages 4 and up will observe insects in bug boxes, use magnifying glasses and field guides to identify them and learn a few awesome insect biofacts. Come dressed in sturdy shoes, long pants, hats and wear sunscreen. Adults must accompany children. Program is weather dependent. Cost: $5/ member child, $7/non-member child. Learn more at

Explore a Tidepool. Join an Audubon naturalist from 10:30 a.m. to noon, July 22, for a tidepool trek. Discover firsthand the amazing life along the rocky beach of Narragansett Bay. Use nets and magnifying glasses to investigate the species that call the tidal zone home. Dress appropriately and wear shoes that can get wet. Program is weather dependent. Adults must accompany children. Registration is required at

Celebrate Governor’s Bay Day – On the July schedule for Rhode Island’s Great Outdoor Pursuit is a free beach day. On Sunday, July 30, park free and enjoy the sand and surf at any one of Rhode Island’s seven beautiful state beaches – Scarborough, Wheeler or Salty Brine in Narragansett; Charlestown Breachway, East or East Matunuck in Charlestown; or Misquamicut in Westerly. Some beaches will have special activities. For more details visit RIParks. com/RIOutdoorsPursuit/events.html.

Attend a Concert at Ballard Park.

This 13-acre preserve, located on Hazard Road in Newport, offers an ideal location to educate children of all ages on the importance of the environment. Environmental educators provide children’s workshops and home school classes on subjects such as geology, ecosystems and habitats. July kicks off Ballard Park’s Music Month with Saturday performances by Folsom at 7 p.m., July 12; The Jerry Brown Swinglane Orchestra at 7 p.m., July 19; The Toe Jam Puppet Band at 10 a.m., July 26; and The Ravers at 7 p.m., July 26. Seating is on the grass; bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concerts are free. Learn more at

Take a Bus Tour of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation.

This 1,040-acre facility in Johnston is home to five major operations: Material Recycling Facility, Small Vehicle Area (for special/bulky item drop-off), EcoDepot (for household hazardous waste), Compost (for leaf and yard debris) and

Central Landfill (for trash). 90-minute MaxBus Full Facility tours are offered for individuals, families or small groups. These free tours are offered on select Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tours scheduled for July are Wednesday, July 12, at 11:30 a.m.; Saturday, July 22, at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday, July 26, at 11:30 a.m. Book a reservation at rirrc. org/education-program-support/toursfield-trips. Most of these organizations are members of the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA). RIEEA members provide environmental literacy programs to support a better Rhode Island. The organization seeks to reach out to a broader range of sectors whose work can be strengthened by the development of an environmentally literate citizenry. Learn more at Wendy Fachon is the creator of NetwalkRI and teaches urban environmental literacy with the Empowerment Factory. Learn more at and


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organic pollutants (solvents, fumigants and insecticides): A clinical study of

20 participants published in BioMed Research International found that their sweat samples contained a range of toxins, including pesticides DDT/DDE, endosulfan, methoxychlor and endrin. Nearly all parent compounds of these pesticides were evident, demonstrating that sweating is an effective way of excreting and diminishing the body’s toxic burden. One sweat sample contained some pesticides not present in the subject’s blood or urine samples, suggesting that some pesticides are only mobilized and eliminated through sweating.


Phthalate (plasticizer): Phthalate, found in plastic products, is also removed through sweat. Research published in the Scientific World Journal evaluated blood, sweat and urine samples from 20 individuals and discovered that all of them contained the common mono2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP). The concentrations of this

toxin in sweat were more than twice as high as those in the urine, showing that sweating may be the best way of ridding the body of this endocrine-disrupting compound.


Heavy metals: Another study of 20 patients reported in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that subjects’ sweat contained about 24 times more cadmium, 19 times more nickel, 16 times more lead and almost three times more aluminum than their urine. Overall, sweat proved more effective than urine at removing 14 of the 18 heavy metals studied. It also contained and, therefore, expelled larger quantities of 16 of the 18 metals than the blood samples did. Of all the metals, aluminum was found at the highest concentrations in sweat, with zinc, copper and nickel also occurring at relatively high levels.


Bisphenol A (BPA): Researchers reporting in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health examined the blood, urine and sweat of 20 participants for BPA, an endocrine-disrupting toxin found in canned foods, plastic water bottles and other items. Of the 20 sweat samples collected, 16 contained BPA, while only 14 urine and 2 blood samples tested positive for the toxin. This reveals that sweat is the most effective way of removing BPA build-up in the body; just as vital, it demonstrates that testing blood or urine for toxicity levels may not present the whole picture.

A wide range of activities, including exercising and engaging in sports, can help us break a sweat. A low-impact

option is spending time in a sauna. Notably, in a focused study, the sweat from an infrared sauna expelled more bismuth, cadmium, chromium, mercury and uranium than that produced by a steam sauna. The steam sauna caused higher levels of arsenic, aluminum, cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, lead, tin, thallium and zinc to be excreted (Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology). Hydration is essential in maximizing all these health benefits. Failure to hydrate properly during and after sweating can lead to other health problems. An easy rehydration practice is to step on the scales right before and after sweating; the weight lost is the optimum amount of water to drink afterwards (Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine). For reference, one pound of water is slightly less than a one-half liter. Sweat contains minerals essential for optimal functioning of the whole body. Following excessive sweating, it’s important to replace the minerals lost, especially zinc, copper, selenium, chromium and potassium. Coconut water is a good source of potassium; nuts, seafood, whole grains and legumes generally contain relatively high doses of zinc, copper, selenium and chromium. The next time the couch and air conditioning beckon, think of all the “sweaty” benefits about to be sacrificed. Breaking a sweat might seem like an effort, but it keeps internal detox systems healthy and optimally functioning. Deanna Minich, Ph.D., is an author, teacher and researcher, as well as founder of Food & Spirit, a framework to integrate ancient healing traditions with modern science. She leads online detox programs as part of her whole-self approach to health. Connect at

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ot yoga combines heat, breathing exercises and yoga poses to give students an amazing all-in-one wellness treatment. The body’s primary detox organs are the kidneys and liver, but the skin is the largest organ in the human body. When we sweat, toxins are able to leave the body through the skin, which gives the kidneys and liver a break. Sweat has actually been used as a treatment for chronic kidney failure, because the toxins that would normally be filtered through the kidneys can be expelled through the skin instead. Individuals taking a hot yoga

class for the first time might notice their sweat is a little bit stinky. After practicing consistently, that smell will disappear as any substances that were stored in the body (especially in the fatty tissues) are expelled along with the sweat. Sweating is also an effective way to clean out the pores. Just be sure to rinse off after each class so the toxins sweated out don’t get reabsorbed back into the skin. In addition to the physical detox, yoga facilitates an emotional release, too. The connective tissues in the body, called fascia, tend to hold onto tension and stress. Elevated temperature lets the




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Monthly Calendar Events – 6:30-8pm. Adult Empath Group, $25. Reading Share, Energy Share, Group Healing, $15. Price varies. Creatigo, Agawam Mill 9B, 1454 Main St, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

Calm and Color for Children – 2-3pm. Coloring is the new healing and meditating. We offer different sacred geometry to color, along with healing and calming music for children and parents alike. $20/ child and parent. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Chair Yoga 6-Class Series – 9:30-10:30am. Many folks who have taken Janie Ganga’s Chair Yoga classes have reported how surprised they were that they got so much out of it: rejuvenation for mind, body and spirit. $90/series of 6. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.

FRIDAY, JULY 7 Gongs Outdoors in the Moonlight – 7:30-9pm. Come experience the gongs and crystal bowls outdoors in the almost full moon light with stars aglow. Feel the magic of healing sound filling the night. Public welcome. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Private home, 52 Kayla Ricci Way, Saunderstown. 401-226-6895.

SATURDAY, JULY 8 John of God Crystal Healing Bed – 10am-5pm. Experience a session on the John of God crystal healing bed. It is 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. Youth Workshop with Zandra – 11:30am-1pm. Interactive workshop using deep breathing, meditation, and an expressive arts activity/play. This allows the participants to gain mindfulness and self expression. $25 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Intro to Shiatsu Massage – 12-6pm. Shiatsu therapists use finger and palm pressure to energetic pathways, called meridians to improve the flow of energy. $308. The Newport Massage School at S.A.M.A., 855 Waterman Ave, Ste B, East Providence. 401-8621314. Abraham-Hicks DVD Showing – 1:30-5:30pm. Come and stay as long as you like; feel free to leave when you are full. Bring a snack to share (coffee, tea and water provided). Love offering appreciated. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

SUNDAY, JULY 9 IET Share – 2-4pm. IET Shares are created to allow practitioners of all levels to come together and share their energy modalities. Shares are particularly useful to those who are new to IET. Free. Creatigo, Agawam Mill 9B, 1454 Main St, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.


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markyourcalendar Environmental Literacy Fundraiser at Flatbread Pizza – 5-9pm. Come order pizza at Flatbread Pizza, where a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) and support its environmental literacy initiatives. Donation. RIEEA, at Flatbread Pizza, 161 Cushing St, Providence. Step 11 Homecoming – 6:30-8pm. These programs are designed to create an environment of joy-filled energetic expansion and personal transformation. These IET Steps to Transformation will help you heal. $25. Creatigo, Agawam Mill 9B, 1454 Main St, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 1462 Park Ave, Cranston. To register: 401-944-4130 or Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. Meditation is easier than you think. Come and relax your mind and body and decompress from the day. Making meditation part of our day is wonderful for your overall health. $10, $48/6. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 Creativity Workshop – 6-8pm. Also 7/19, 7/26 & 8/2. Energize your creativity in this introduction to international bestseller, The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. 4-wk workshop is designed to re-ignite your creativity and reconnect you to your creative center within. $75/workshop series (book not included). Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

Deepen Your Guide Relationships – 6:30-8:30pm. You have a team of spirit guides waiting to support you. There are several ways to deepen your relationship with your guides and I will teach you how in this class. $15. Creatigo, Agawam Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Journey Into Knowing – 7-9pm. Have an issue where you feel stuck? 4-wk class using shamanic journeying and dreaming to understand, change and heal with power of spirit and your own knowing to guide you. With Katharine Rossi. $75. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

THURSDAY, JULY 13 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. Reiki Share – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a communal reiki share. Cleanse, balance, and restore physical and emotional well-being. You will be able to receive reiki and give if attuned. Donations appreciated. Thrive Tribe RI, 172 Taunton Ave, 204, East Providence. 401-757-0144.

FRIDAY, JULY 14 Yogananda’s Divine Will Healing – 10am-8:30pm. Join Mary Kretzmann, leader of Ananda’s Healing Prayer Ministry for a 2 1/2-day workshop. Check our website for description, registration information and requirements. $150. Ananda Center Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.og. Weather Shamanism Levels I + II – July 14-16. 10:30am-6pm. Join Nan Moss for this 3-day workshop of shamanic journeying, divination, attention and ceremony. Early registration is strongly encouraged. $375. All That Matters (SK), 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126. Group Healing – 6:30-8pm. Group healing is a fascinating journey into healing. We use a dynamic blend of various healing methods and techniques. Bring a blanket or pillow to ensure comfort. $15. Creatigo, Agawam Mill 9B, 1454 Main St, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Gallery Reading with Jean Mandeville – 7-9pm. You are invited to attend a group style gallery reading. Loved one’s who have transitioned over, as well as spirit guides will come forward to offer messages of comfort. $35. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SATURDAY, JULY 15 Basic Intergrated Energy Therapy – 9:30am6pm. The next generation, hands-on power energy therapy systems. IET supports you safely and gently releasing limiting energy patterns working with the healing angels. $175. Creatigo, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

Youth Workshop with Zandra – 11:30am-1pm. Interactive workshop using deep breathing, meditation, and an expressive arts activity/play. This allows the participants to gain mindfulness and self expression. $25 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. RSVP: 401-741-5055. Learning Along the Way – 11:30am-2pm. Join us for an ashtanga workshop with California-based teacher Scot Hendricks. We’ll focus on calming the mind throughout the vigorous practice. $40. Jala Studio Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. The Urban Shaman – 12-6pm. Discover your shaman. Learn to “Walk between the worlds.” You will journey with the use of drum around a sacred fire. To register and for exact directions contact Jackie. $50. Meeting Nest, with Cris McCulloulgh, Woodbine Rd, address given when registering, Wakefield. 401-284-0363. Merkaba Meditation – 7-8pm. Come join Kelly as she leads you through a Merkaba Meditation. You will find it to be very powerful. Merkaba is one of the sacred geometries. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Hip Hop Your Vinyasa – 7-8:30pm. Join Laura Sarlitto and amp up your flow. Set to a fun and upbeat playlist, this 90-min class encourages movement and deepens the mind/body connection. $20. All That Matters (PVD), 128 N Main St, Providence. 401-782-2126.

SUNDAY, JULY 16 Usui Reiki II Training (2nd Degree) – 9:30am6:30pm. Receive 2nd Degree Attunement; learn 3 sacred symbols for empowerment, mental and emotional balance, and distance healing; and lots of practice using reiki healing energy. With Gladys Ellen. $225 includes Manual & Certificate. White Light Books, 1468 Park Ave, classroom space, Cranston. 401-935-8451. Build a Fairy House – 1-4pm. Build your own fairy house. Learn what fairies like and use your imagination. Supplies provided, but you can bring some of your own. Children welcome with adult. $30 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. RSVP: 401-741-5055. Good Vibrations Sound Healing – 3-4:30pm. Tired? Worried? Anxious? Experience a calming, meditative sound healing meant to energize, stimulate, and encourage your body’s own healing abilities on a cellular level. With Christine Johnston and Melissa Byrd. $25. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877.

MONDAY, JULY 17 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. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.



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.

Reiki II Part 1 – 9:30am-6pm. Students receive the reiki symbols and level 2 attunement. The second part of this class is schedule for July 30, 9:30am1:30pm. $250. Creatigo, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 Proprioceptive Writing® – 12:30-2:30pm. Join Kim Chandler to gain confidence, clarity and insight in this 6-wk mindfulness practice. Meets for 6 consecutive Wednesdays until August 23. $150/6 wks. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Visting Akashic Records: Past life – 7-8pm. 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.

THURSDAY, JULY 20 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.

SATURDAY, JULY 22 Reiki I with Cheryl Markey – 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. John of God Crystal Healing Bed – 10am-5pm. Experience a session on the John of God crystal healing bed. It is 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. Deepen Your Yoga with Ayurveda – 2:30-4:30pm. Join Barbara Gee to learn about ayurveda, a 5,000-yr-old system of healing and self-care that works seamlessly with your yoga practice. No experience necessary. $30. All That Matters (SK), 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126. Journey Dance – 4-6pm. Join Elizabeth Robinson, Kripalu-trained Journey Dance facilitator for this heart-opening conscious dance form designed to inspire more joy and passion in your life. $20. All That Matters (PVD), 128 N Main St, Providence. 401-782-2126. 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 n Doug. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

MONDAY, JULY 24 Reading Share – 6:30-8pm. Give and get readings. This is a free event but donations are greatly appreciated. We would love to see you. Creatigo, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

TUESDAY, JULY 25 Unity in Action: Step 12 – 6:30-8pm. IET Steps to Transformation will help you heal the trauma without reliving the drama or trauma. You will learn sacred geometry along with other techniques. $25. Creatigo, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 Jivamukti Yoga with Live Music – 6:15-7:45pm. Join us for a vigorous and flowing Jivamukti yoga class accompanied by live music from local musician Antonio Forte. $15. Jala Studio Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. Empath Group – 6:30-8pm. What kind of empath are you? Tools, tips and support during this highly charged time. $25. White Light Books, 1464 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-793-0097. Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. Meditation is easier than you think. Come and relax your mind and body and decompress from the day. Making meditation part of our day is wonderful for your overall health. $10, $48/6. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

THURSDAY, JULY 27 Community Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. The community is invited to experience mini-reiki sessions. Reiki energy assists your own natural healing, relieve pain and alleviate fear and anxiety. Donation. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

FRIDAY, JULY 28 Group Healing – 6:30-8pm. Group healing is a fascinating journey into healing. We use a dynamic blend of various healing methods and techniques. Bring a blanket or pillow to ensure comfort. $15. Creatigo, Agawam Mill 9B, 1454 Main St, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. To register: 401-736-6500 or Pendulum 101 – 7-8pm. Learn to use a pendulum, as well as cleaning, clearing and tuning it to you. This class is informative and fun. Pendulums are available to use or bring own. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

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

SATURDAY, JULY 29 Intuitive Kid Touch Creation – 10am-12pm. Intuitive kid group continues at White light as we continue to get in touch with intuitive creation through Touch Drawing. $25. White Light Books, 1464 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-793-0097. Listening to Your Inner Voice – 10am-2:30pm. Making friends with your inner voice, explore what it is, how you hear it, and what that can do for you. Enhance your abilities to connect with your own wisdom. With Ken Gaus & Linda Evan. $55. Meeting Nest at Acorn Cottage, address given when registering, Wakefield. 401-284-0363. WellCare Day Holistic Fair – 1-5pm. Come to enjoy as many 20-min sessions as your schedule allows. We’ll have massage, reiki, acupuncture and more. Pay an entrance fee, with no charge for your sessions. $30. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. The Art of Transitions – 4-6pm. Join Aaron Diamond and develop a solid understanding of the spine and its role in creating magically fluid transitions between postures in your vinyasa practice. $30. All That Matters (SK), 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126. An Evening of Stillness & Letting Go – 4:306:30pm. Join California-based teacher Scot Hendricks for a quieter practice moving through a slow sequence of grounding postures. We’ll cultivate deep stillness in the body/mind. $30. Jala Studio Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524.

Coffee House Music Series – 7:30-9:30pm. Join Kim Trusty and Joanne Lurgio for an evening of music. $10. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

SUNDAY, JULY 30 Reiki II Part 2 – 9:30am-1:30pm. Second part of reiki 2 from July 23. Students receive the reiki symbols and Level 2 attunement. We call it Deepening Your Practice. $250 for both dates. Creatigo, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Usui Reiki I Training (1st Degree) – 9:30am6:30pm. Receive 1st Degree Aattunement. Learn energy anatomy, benefits of energy therapy, history of Usui Reiki, hand positions, and how to use reiki for healing self and others. With Gladys Ellen. $175 includes Manual & Certificate. White Light Books, 1468 Park Ave, classroom space, Cranston. 401-935-8451. Sound Healing with Good Vibrations – 2-3:30pm. If you are seeking better health and relaxation, join Christine Johnston and Melissa Byrd from the dynamic team of Good Vibrations for a sound healing. $25. Thrive Tribe RI, 172 Taunton Ave, Ste 204, East Providence. 401-757-0144. Energy Share – 2-4pm. Shares allow practitioners of all levels to come together and share their energy modalities (reiki, IET). Build your skills and confidence in a safe and supportive space. Free. Creatigo, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Gong Bath: Healing with Sound – 6:30-8pm. Come on down to the Cape and join A.Michelle and Joy as we provide healing sounds and deep relaxation with gongs, singing bowls, drums, flutes and more. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Bikram Yoga Falmouth, Driftwood Plaza, 180 Teaticket Hwy, East Falmouth, MA. 781-856-2184.

MONDAY, JULY 31 Navigating Transitions – 6:30-9pm. Learn how to access authentic power to navigate changes in your life; release old ways of being and step into new territory with wisdom and ease. With Katharine Rossi. $30. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 Awakening Through Drum Healing – 9:3011:30am. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. To register: 401-736-6500 or

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 Stadium Step Up – 9am-12pm. Cap off your summer at the American Lung Association’s Stadium Step Up, an exhilarating sprint up the Brown University Stadium grandstand and enjoy vendors, food and more. $25. American Lung Association, Brown Stadium, 400 Elmgrove Ave, Providence. 401-533-5175.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 Everything Green at Emerald Square Mall – 10am-9pm. Also 8/26, 10am and 8/27, 11am-6pm. New England Green Expos will be presenting Green Living Expo at the Emerald Square Mall. Combine your back to school shopping with information about alternative transportation, bodywork, eco friendly home products and more. Free. Green Living Expo, Emerald Square Mall, Attleboro, MA. 401-837-6645.


markyourcalendar Firefly Yoga Fest – 10am-2pm. Family-friendly yoga event. Featuring Wolf Moon’s Fire, tarot card readers, The Healing Grove, massage, reiki, cranial massage, sound healing, henna and of course yoga. $17 and under Free. Glen Park, Portsmouth.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 An Evening with Shaman Foster Perry – 7-8:30pm. Foster is deeply connected to the higher realm and always brings a profound and far-reaching perspective to the events happening in our world and our individual lives. $40. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411.

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ongoingcalendar sunday Early Morning Qi Gong – 8-9am. 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.

Yoga for Stiff Guys – 6-7:30pm. With Noah Davis. Can’t touch your toes? You won’t be alone. Ease the stiffness in your muscles and joints, and improve your lifestyle. No worries about keeping up with the yogis. $15 or class card. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411.

Yin Yoga – 8am-9:30pm. Join us every Sunday for this deeply relaxing, restorative class. Poses are held longer to provide therapeutic release. For everyone. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187.

Fascial Fitness with Sally – 6:15-7:15pm. Focus on connective tissue of the body, using reband elasticity, fascial stretch, fascial release and sensory refinement we playfully explore our fascia network. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates & Movement Studio, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977.

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.

Free Your Inner Dancer™ – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to dance like no one is watching. Sacred, nonjudgmental, fun. Enhance spiritual practice, improve body-mind-emotional health, feel free. Led by Lisa Medley. $75/3 Mondays 7/24; 7/31; 8/7. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

Kickboxing: Muay Thai Kickboxing – 7-8pm. Appropriate for all levels of fitness/experience. Special 1 free month of karate for new students. Visit website for schedule of all classes. $6. USA Karate, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, Smithfield. 401-349-5883.

Sundays at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Join us weekly for meditation, chanting, inspiration, satsang, veggie potluck lunch. Healing Prayer Cirle 3rd Sunday. We may be moving in July please check website for location. Donation appreciated. Ananda Center Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.og. The Providence Flea – 10am-4pm. Juried, urban flea market. Unusual finds, art, fashion, local crafts, curiosities, furniture, food trucks and more. Free. The Providence Flea, Providene River Greenway, S Water St, Providence.

monday Kripalu Yoga – 4:15-5:45pm. With Susan McLaren. Enjoy breath work and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing your heart and body to release and open. Finish with yoga nidra and deep relaxation. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Ananta Jyoti Yoga: Gentle Yoga – 4:45-5:45pm. Gentle yoga class appropriate for all levels of fitness/experience including beginners. Studio is 2.5 miles from Rte146 and 3 miles from I-295 just over N Prov line. $12. Ananta Jyoti Yoga at USA Karate, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, Smithfield. 774-987-9007. Kundalini Yoga – 5:45-7:15pm. Join us on a new night for kundalini at Santosha. Each class will focus on a specific healing technology to induce profound emotional and physical changes. $15/ drop-in. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

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 Express 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. Strength & Core – 5:30-7pm. Forrest yoga inspired sequencing and core strengthening poses. Adaptations given to beginners or those with injuries. Challenging. Also on Thursdays. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Yoga: Moving into a Restful Evening – 6-7:15pm. Moderate posture flow/slow and deep floor work. Suitable for all levels. Mindfulness practice is emphasized. $12-$13/Flex Pass; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Ananda Meditation in Hope Valley – 6:307:15pm. With Ananda Meditation teacher, Jane Green. Relax and enjoy the peace. All are welcome. Free. Langworthy Public Library, 24 Spring St, Hope Valley. More info, Ananda Center Hopkinton: 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.og.

Meditation – 7-8pm. Come join us as we go into a guided meditation to relax and calm the self. Closed July 4. All are welcome. Donation. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Dropin. Donations to: Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Amrit/Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Amy McPhee. Enjoy breath work and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing your heart and body to release and open. Amrit offers a focus on meditation. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Express Yoga with Kara – 12-12:30pm. 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. Kundalini Yoga with Musician Andi Flax – 6:307:45pm. An energetically powerful class using systematic techniques that strengthen the nervous system and balance the glandular system. Time to elevate. $15/drop-in or class card. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411.

thursday Morning Yoga with Christine Tripp – 9-10am. Hatha yoga blends balance, strength, improving flexibility linking breath and movement. July Special: $10/drop-in, $60/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Yin Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Experience yin, a great complement to your active summer. Nourishing tired muscles, soothing achy joins this contemplative practice is therapeutic: body, mind and spirit. $13. First class free. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. 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. July Special: $10/drop-in, $60/6 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 self-awareness. July Special: $10/drop-in, $60/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

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HELP WANTED DON CULP’S WHOLE ARTS TRAINING CENTER is seeking experienced certified Personal Trainers and Rehab Specialists for a positive business opportunity. Private, high-end state of the art training facility founded in 1981 in N Kingstown. Looking to bring in motivated trainers dedicated to the healing and strengthening of their clients mind, body and spirit through controlled training. More information: Contact Don Culp at 401.885.9774 or HEALING HANDS MASSAGE THERAPY – Hiring massage therapist and chair massage tech. 401-640-0925. MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST – If you love interacting with people and you have an open mind and caring heart, you may be perfect receptionist for our holistic clinic. Work experience in the field as a medical receptionists and knowledge of Quick Books a plus. Please send your resume and a Two (2)-paragraph statement as to why you would be the perfect candidate. Part time 20-30 hours per week starting at $13 per hour. Please send info to PRACTITIONERS WANTED – Northern Lights, a new holistic practitioner center for healing will be opening it’s doors soon!  Searching for a few practitioners who may be interested in coming in on the ground floor, right at the start!  If you are a life coach, meditation teacher, massage therapist, IET instructor or any other healing modality contact us to get more information. A few spaces remain. Call 401-500-1908 .

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Svaroopa Yoga – 6:30-8pm. With Janice O’Brien. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow-paced class. With easy poses and lots of support, learn to release tension and stress. Find your peace and calm. Beginners welcome. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. 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. July Special: $10/drop-in, $60/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. $5 Community Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Join us for an all levels experience, each week taught by various Innerlight staff. $5. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. 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 Ananda Yoga & Meditation – 9:15-11am. Enjoy a wonderful start to your day. With Ananda Yoga Teacher, Kyle McDonald. Gentle, invigorating, peaceful. $10/nonmembers. South County YMCA, 165 Broad Rock Rd, Peacedale. More info, Ananda Center Hopkinton: 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.og. Comprehensive Hakomi 10-Month Training – 9:30am-5:30pm. Comprehensive Hakomi Training, a mindful somatic psychotherapy. It is held over 10 months in 3-day blocks. Dates are on the website. $5,275. Cutler Mills Event Room, 16 Cutler Mills Rd, Warren. 401-846-9166. Group Reformer – 11am-12pm. With more than 500 exercises in the repertoire, these classes are challenging and engaging. Prior experience required. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates & Movement Studio, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. Express Yoga with Kara – 12-12:30pm. 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.

saturday TRX with Terri – 8:30-9:30am. Classes offer a total body workout using your body weight as resistance. Challenging for any fitness level: beginner to advanced. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates & Movement Studio, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977.

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Yoga on the Beach – 8:30-9:30am. Join us for yoga on the beach, in front of the Pavilion to awaken body, mind and spirit amidst sea, sky and sand. Also Sundays, 8:30-9:30am; Wednesdays, 7-8pm. $15/drop-in. Easton’s Beach/First Beach, Newport. 401-849-3200. 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. Saturday Morning Yoga: Cumberland – 9:4511am. Join us for a blend of kripalu, yin and restorative yoga for healing body, mind and soul. Learn mindfulness practice for ongoing stress management. All levels welcome. $12-$13/Flex Pass; $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Svaroopa Yoga – 9:45-11:15am. With Pat Spencer. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow paced class. With easy poses and lots of support, learn to release tension and stress. Find your peace and calm. Beginners welcome. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Southern Rhode Island Center for Spiritual Living Study Group – 9:45am-12pm. Meets the 2nd Saturday of every month at Linda Broadhead’s office. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, Linda Broadhead, 1220 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield. For more info, Rev Celeste M. Warner: 508-904-0437. Group Reformer – 10-11am. With more than 500 exercises in the repertoire, these classes are challenging and engaging. Prior experience is required. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates & Movement Studio, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. 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. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Jivamukti Yoga class – 10-11:15am. Join advanced-certified teacher Bristol Maryott for a flowing Jivamukti class to start your weekend. This class features creative sequencing, music and insightful assists. $15. Jala Studio Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. A Search for God Study Group – 11am-1pm. July 8 & 22. RI’s only Edgar Cayce A Search for God Study Group. Currently using Book 1. Must provide own book. Requested donation $5. Riverside Public Library, 475 Bullocks Point Ave, 1st room on left inside main entrance, Riverside. 401-246-3204. Beginning Tai Chi – 12-1pm. Learn the 24 Posture Tai Chi Form this summer. Alternate class time also includes Wednesday, 1-2pm, following Qigong from 11:45am-12:45pm. 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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DR. RICHARD PICARD 342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967


Glenn Ambrose 284 Phillips Hill Rd. Coventry, RI 02816 401-380-6707

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

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


Lisa Ashton, R.N. Readings in person or by telephone 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-500-1908

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

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.

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


127 Dorrance Street, 3rd Floor, Suite 7A Providence, RI 02903 Phone: 401-868-4097

The law office specializes in fighting for the injured people in Rhode Island. No matter how or where an injury happens, it can throw your life off balance. We can help you with either worker’s comp or personal injury claims with a proven record of standing up for their clients’ rights. See ad on page 15.

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

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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.

DAY SPA DIVINE IMAGES & SANCTUARY DAY SPA 285 Slade’s Ferry Blvd, Unit 2 Somerset, MA. 02726 508-673-0900    

Our company is based on Ayurvedic & holistic principles.  Working with Aveda, Eminence, Glo-Minerals, & Ouidad, presents every one of us with the opportunity to create positive effects. Treating the whole person leads to greater balance & well being. Come experience exceptional treatments with extraordinary products! See ad on page 19.


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.


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 35.

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.


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 11.

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

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


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

SOUL WISDOM READINGS WITH CHRIS Chris McCullough 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 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 HolisticTarot for the latest news.

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.

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


Om Homeopathy at It’s My Health 1099 Mendon Rd Cumberland, RI 401-573-3757 With 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 14.

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


Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 • Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the trans-formative healing process of hypnotherapy! Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 31.


Jackie Van Dusen 401-284-0363 Offering Indoor/Outdoor Space in South County. For Classes, Workshops, Ceremony.

HYPNOSIS Cheryl Reynolds RN,CH 4372 Post Road, E-Greenwich RI 02818 401-301-4426

Suzi Nance, CHT, CI 123 Bellevue Avenue, Newport RI 401-835-1736




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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 12.


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

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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 31.


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”.


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 15.


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 27.


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 19.


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.


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ENERGY-N-ELEMENTS Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500

Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval.  “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today. See ad on page 21.


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.




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.


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.



Another Way Counseling Center 2797 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886 750 East Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02806 401-419-4001 Learn to maintain 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.

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.

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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 14.


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


Providence, East Greenwich, South Kingstown 401-782-2126 • All That Matters, founded in 1995, offers more than 100 weekly yoga classes at three locations across the state. The South Kingstown center also offers an array of workshops, a retail store, and health services ranging from acupuncture and chiropractic to massage therapy. See ad on page 37.


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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