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t seems in a world where we have constant distractions and noise, silence is becoming a rarity. At a workshop recently, one of the things that we talked about in regards to self-care was meditation, and when, if ever, it is that we quiet our minds. People had different practices, some not at all. While having a regular, consistent practice is something I’m always going to ‘get around to’, I do enjoy silence whenever I can. One of my favorite times is when driving. I leave the radio off in the car, and enjoy letting my thoughts wander as I drive around our beautiful state. Fortunate to have several great views in my daily life, they will catch my eye and I regularly pause and focus my breath on being in the moment of gratitude and appreciation. I feel like that counts, and am forgiving of myself for not doing more. In Sacred Silence by April Thompson on page 22, we learn about the growing popularity of silent retreats. I find this idea intriguing, although 10 days sounds rather challenging. I think a weekend only would be a good trial test in keeping my thoughts to myself rather than verbalizing my ongoing stream of consciousness. My sense of silent peace has been challenged recently when I learned that the publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island, Kelly Martinsen, woke up in the middle of the night to an electrical fire burning her house to the ground. She posted on Facebook, “We had a fire and I know that there is word out there that we ‘lost everything’. I want to assure everyone that this is not the case. While our house may be totaled, ‘everything’ I need was found the morning after the fire as I held my kids (all three!) and my husband in my driveway… for now we have no needs.” She went on to thank Waleska Sallaberry who was staying with her and woke Kelly in time to get everyone to safety. Waleska publishes Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico with her husband, Luis Mendez (see September’s cover yoga photo); the family had relocated Waleska and the kids to New York after Hurricane Maria so she could enroll them in school. Luis remained in Puerto Rico and together they are doing everything they can to help rebuild their beautiful seaside village and natural health community. After having her life turned upside down and then witnessing fire demolish Kelly’s home, Waleska even posted a picture of her new 2018 planner laying claim to the “Best Year Ever.” What if we all lived with such a healthy unattachment to material things, and maintained a peaceful sense of trust in what lies ahead? As headlines swarm with reports of hurricanes, fires and shootings, these positive stories of people helping others abound, shine a bright light on the power of perspective. Thanksgiving is but a special reminder to express gratitude for all the good in our lives—especially that which can’t be bought, flooded or burned down. Whether it’s good health, a beautiful sunset, a kind hand or the embrace of a loved one, those are the things that really matter most. In gratitude,

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ll Things Magickal will be having a Black Hat Networking, Shopping and Psychic Fair from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., November 12, at Bella Restaurant in Burrillville. In addition to local vendors, readings, chair massage, henna, reiki, jewelry and magical supplies, appetizers and a cash bar are included in cost of admission. Owner Tracy Calapai, is a reiki master teacher, IET master teacher, psychic medium, life coach, high priestess, eclectic witch, certified angel and tarot reader, and psychic development teacher with more than 30 years of experience living the magickal ways. A Magickal Lifestyle Mastermind program is offered online. This program is great for all levels of development. In real time each month, the course will cover various areas of psychic development such as spell craft, meditation, chakras and guide work. All previous workings are in the files in the Facebook group and videos are archived for viewing at AllThingsMagickal.com. “At All Things Magickal, both online and in person, you can expect to be surrounded by a community of like-minded people,” says Calapai. Cost: $10. Location: Bella Restaurant & Banquet, 1992 Victory Hwy., Burrillville. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.com/e/black-hat-networking-shopping-and-psychic-fairtickets-37589278544. See ad on page 14.

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he Tomorrow Fund will host a night of dinner and dancing with its 30th Annual Fantasy Ball fundraiser at 6 p.m., November 4, at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. This unique organization provides daily financial and emotional support to children with cancer and their families that are treated in the pediatric oncology program and The Tomorrow Fund Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The annual ball is the Fund’s largest fundraiser. This year’s white theme honors these children that represent purity, innocence, encouragement, empowerment, hope and strength. The event includes silent and live auctions that feature a wide range of products and services. To learn more about becoming a corporate sponsor or an auction donor visit TTFFantasyball.org.

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newsbriefs Greening the Sphere Kicks Off 2017-18 Environmental Education Program

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reening the Sphere, a local environmental nonprofit, will host the first class of its yearly youth program from 6 to 8 p.m., November 1, at the East Bay Chamber of Commerce, on Cutler Street, in Warren. The program will be in session until May when the organization will host its annual sustainability event, the Greening the Sphere Festival. Classes will convene every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m., unless otherwise specified. The program is designed to bring together middle school age students that will work with adult and student mentors to engage the local community in environmental problem solving and education. This vision culminates in the planning and creation of their sustainability festival with the students taking an active role in the process. Open to middle school age students, high school students interested in filling a leadership role are invited as well. Inspired by great programs and methods that stimulate whole brain creative thinking, the program features activities and problem solving methods that use strategic questioning and tap into multiple genres such as science and art. Students will be part of an encouraging team tasked with developing sustainable solutions through creative, experiential learning. “Even though classes begin in November, due to the nature of the program, students are able to join in at any time throughout the year,” asserts D’André Quinerly, youth program mentor, who adds, “Greening the Sphere as an organization is committed to empowering youth to provide solutions in building a more sustainable environment for future generations. This is done through the organization’s grassroots community organizing and collaboration with local businesses, nonprofits and community members.” Cost: $50 for the year. For more information on how to get involved, email Shari Bitsis at BitsisShari@gmail.com. See ad on page 27.

Northern Lights Holistic Offers Monthly Holistic Fair

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orthern Lights Holistic, in Portsmouth, will hold a Holistic Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month. All practitioners will offer special rates for 20- to 30-minute readings and healings during each fair for attendees to sample their services. Available for sampling are reiki treatments, mediumship readings, angel card readings, crystal ball readings, human design readings, message board readings, theta healing, tarot readings, animal mediumship, chakra balancing and more. Reservations are required and are taken on a first come, first serve basis. Spaces fill up quickly. Payment is due at the time of the reservation. Walk-ins will be available if spaces still remain on the day of the event. Cost: $30-$50 depending on service. Location: 204 Clock Tower Sq., Portsmouth. To book a session, call 401-293-5655. Learn more at NorthernLights.one. See ad on page 25.

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Ultraviolet Ink Infuses Energy into Tattoos

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eiki master and tattoo artist, Jessica Irey, uses invisible ink to put a unique spin on her tattoo designs. She began using invisible ink in her art about five years ago, saying, “There was something about the way it made me feel when lit up. It evoked emotions in me I didn’t know I had and made me feel completely connected to everything and everyone around me, as if everything is just energy.” Infusing tattoos with invisible ink and reiki helps bring an essence of energy to her work. It also works for those that have always wanted a tattoo but were hesitant due to fear of stereotyping, because the ultraviolet ink is invisible until under black light. Clients receive reiki during the procedure, creating a calm and more enjoyable experience. “I am a healer in more ways than one. Infusing art into healing is certainly a passion of mine and contrary to popular belief, tattoos can be very healing and cathartic,” she says, adding that reiki and tattoos are a great gift for the upcoming holiday season. To purchase a gift card or to schedule an appointment, call 401-944-0880 or visit PhoenixTattooAndWellnessCenter.com. See Listing in the Community Resource Guide

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Beyond Maria: Coming Together to Help Rebuild Puerto Rico

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uis Mendez and Waleska Sallaberry, the publishers of Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico (PR) edition for the past 15 years, have a simple request: “Please help us rebuild.” Mendez and Sallabery are remarkable community leaders, having not only launched what is now PR’s number one health and wellness publication, but also having originated and managed the most important annual health and wellness expo in PR and the Caribbean, created a natural health network of discounted services with more than 1,000 providers and 250,000 members, and founded an alternative eco-school to serve PR’s western coast. Natural Awakenings publishers have created a GoFundMe account to support their efforts to rebuild PR’s holistic health and wellness community at a time when healing services Waleska Sallaberry and Luis Mendez are desperately needed. Mendez and Sallaberry will be trustees of this fund and will disseminate the proceeds to the people and organizations in PR at their discretion. Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation CEO Sharon Bruckman says, “Through this campaign, we are offering a way to directly affect the natural health community in Puerto Rico, allowing for continued sustenance in the months to come.” For more information and to make a donation, visit GoFundMe.com/NaturalAwakeningsPRfundraiser. See ad on page 19.

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newsbriefs The Meeting Nest at Acorn Cottage Hosts Psychic Mary Machado

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ary Machado, a well-known psychic who gives heart-warming readings to her many clients, will be available for 30-minute private sessions from noon to 4 p.m., November 18, at The Meeting Nest at Acorn Cottage, in Wakefield. Machado has been featured for years at many of the psychic expos across New England and Massachusetts. Because of her psychic abilities and her sincere understanding of people, she is sought after and appreciated by her clients for her connection with them and her ability in touching their hearts as she brings forth the Spirit side. Machado is a registered nurse, B.S.N, reiki master, holistic counselor, speaker and now author of a new book, The Spiritual Paradox, The Traumatic Shift That Saved Me, about her personal story and life shifting experiences. Spiritual Paradox can be found on Amazon. Cost: $45. Location: Woodbine Rd., Wakefield. Call for exact address. Pre-register at LightSoulTherapy.com or call 401-284-0363. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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n November 4, the Makers Marketplace will be returning to the Empowerment Factory, in Hope Artist Village, in Pawtucket. The Makers Marketplace takes place during the Hope Artiste Village’s Wintertime Farmers Market, every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., November 4 through April 28, 2018. Crafters, artists and food artisans will be on site selling their wares within the studio space. Participating vendors are advertised each week online at TheEmpowermentFactory.com, in weekly emails and on Facebook, so be sure to stay connected to stay up to date. Applications are now being accepted for interested vendors at the Makers Market. Those that reserve four weeks or more receive a 20 percent discount. Tables are limited so be sure to get an application in quickly to ensure date availability. Location: Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St., Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-365-1010 or visit TheEmpowermentFactory.org. See ad on back cover.

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ind-Body-Spirit- Life Expo returns for its fourth year from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 26, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Warwick. This annual event creatively combines more than 100 businesses, informative seminars and live presentations, together with approximately 1,000 decisionmaking consumers interested in learning about the newest products and services available. Guests have the opportunity to speak directly to business owners, ask questions, personally see, touch and feel products, as well as, do personal or holiday gift shopping. The event headlines some of the most exciting and sought after speakers in New England, all of which come together for this one day event, filled with spirited conversations, hands on demonstrations, and highly informative sessions. With two stages set for lineup, there will be 17 presenters including two special keynote speakers: Roland Comtois and Rhys Thomas. “We are ecstatic with this years’ lineup,” says Pat Paolino Cruz, event producer. “It’s much more than a holistic event. There is so much to see, guests will want to arrive early and leave late so they don’t miss anything.” Cost: Advance $12/at the door $20. Location: Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. For event information and discount tickets, visit MindBodySpirit.RI.com. See ad on page 7.


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traditions spanning Baptist to Benedictine. “People of different faiths all have the same need to reach inside and listen. If we don’t slow down and get quiet, we can’t hear what’s going on with us,” says Russ. “Spending time in contemplation is cleansing and freeing; I feel like mentally and spiritually I can breathe.”

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Formats vary, but most silent retreats entail extended periods of sitting meditation or prayer, often alternating with walking meditation or other mindful movement. Some may also entail a work detail, like sweeping the meditation hall or helping prepare meals. “Work tasks help bring mindfulness into everyday life,” says Chas DiCapua, a resident teacher for the Insight Meditation Society’s flagship retreat center in Barre, Massachusetts, who has led silent retreats teaching Buddhist practices for 20 years. “The community aspect is equally important; being surrounded by people that support your spiritual practice can encourage you on what can be a lonely path.” Silence doesn’t mean being static and somber or not thinking, counsels David Harshada Wagner, of Ojai, California, whose meditation retreats draw from the Indian mystical traditions of yoga, vedanta and tantra. “Silence is more than the absence of talking; it’s a powerful energy,” says Wagner. “Silent retreats are the loudest, as the energy is roaring within. It should be a joyous practice.” Yet retreats aren’t a cakewalk. Los Angeles author and mindfulness


facilitator Jennifer Howd chronicles the challenges of her first nine-day silent retreat in Joshua Tree, California, in her memoir Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk. Seven retreats later, Howd says that although the journey isn’t always easy, she always gains insights about herself and the nature of the mind.

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Retreat leaders caution that while it’s good to jettison expectations and approach the experience with an open mind, choose a retreat that fits individual needs. The level of personal attention at retreats can vary greatly, remarks Thanissara. “Some may host 100 or more people, relying largely on taped instruction without much interaction with group leaders. A small group might be better for a first retreat,” she suggests. Thanissara recommends an upfront review of instructor credentials and starting with a weekend retreat before

The deliberate, conscientious practices of my first silent retreat made me appreciate each moment: the gifts, blessings, music, stretching, meditation, prayers and practice of stillness. ~Unity retreat feedback embarking on one of longer duration. Regardless of length, retreats aren’t always for everyone. “If you’re going through emotional or psychological difficulties, it’s best to discuss your circumstances with a teacher at the retreat center before deciding to attend. If you’re in therapy, talk with your therapist,” counsels DiCapua.

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Afterwards, ease back into the daily routine; don’t rush back into old patterns of media and food consumption, recommends Howd. “Try to build-in a day or two of down time. You may still be processing things emotionally.” DiCapua suggests finding a local community of a kindred practice to keep the momentum going, and not expect to keep it up as earnestly at home as at the retreat. Attending daylong maintenance retreats on Saturdays or Sundays can also help sustain individual practice. Above all, “Appreciate yourself for having thought to go on a retreat and follow it through,” says DiCapua. “It can be a radical thing.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

(RollingMeadowsRetreat.com) offers silent retreats combining yoga and meditation. Leaders Patricia Sunyata Brown and Surya-Chandra Das take an eclectic approach incorporating multiple traditions to stimulate selfinquiry and compassion.

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etreat centers vary from nondenominational to those aligned with a faith, but even within a tradition, styles of meditation vary. The following opportunities highlight some of the more prevalent offerings. RetreatFinder. com and RetreatsOnline.com can be helpful tools.

Omega Institute: One of the largest centers on the East Coast, the Omega Institute (eOmega.org), in Rhinebeck, New York, offers yoga, meditation and mindfulness retreats led by notable and varied spiritual teachers. Unity: The Unity church, a Christian faith honoring all paths to God, offers an annual silent retreat facilitated by

Rev. Paulette Pipe (TouchingTheStillness. org). Held at Unity Center, in Kansas City, Missouri, the experience incorporates soulful music, labyrinth walks and meditation practice.

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A working monastery for more than 50 years, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Hot Springs (sfzc.org/tassajara), in the Ventana Mountains of northern California, offers lay meditation practitioners a sense of monastic life each summer. Retreats are mainly taught in the Zen Buddhist tradition, focused on observing the breath and mind.

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Founded by Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein in the 1970s, the Insight Meditation Society (Dharma.org) focuses on the Buddhist practices of metta (spreading lovingkindness) and  vipassana (insight) meditation. Silent retreats at its historic center in Barre, Massachusetts, range from two days to three months.

Jesuits: A Roman Catholic order cofounded by St. Ignatius, the Jesuit tradition incorporates prayer, meditation, self-awareness and other contemplative practices. Jesuits.org/ retreat-centers lists Jesuit retreat centers across the U.S. where seekers can deepen their relationship with God through silence.

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Choosing the Right Certified Hypnotist by John Koenig

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hile kids may list movies, kids 8 and up about math, science and video games, music downengineering—cultivates positive role loads and other media featur- models via inspirational personal stoing their favorite athlete, actor or music ries. She points out that most of those star as priority holiday gifts, books will depicted were not that well known, and expand their thoughts, curiosity and therefore can be emulated and more dreams by exposing them to a different readily related to. set of role models and aspirations. One of these is Katherine Coleman Reading takes kids away from tech Johnson, a black National Aeronauscreens and expands horizons in ways tics and Space Administration research that can improve their mathematician and physischool grades, maturity cist, portrayed in the recent Holiday gift and overall inquisitiveHidden Figures. Mabooks can inspire film ness. Many wise-hearted rine scientist Eugenie Clark, lifetime readers. known as the “shark lady” parents are recognizing the benefits, as children’s for her daring underwater book sales were up 5 percent in the research, and major pioneers in cartog12-month period ending in mid-Octoraphy, archaeology and other fields also ber 2016, according to the American stir inquiring minds. Booksellers Association. Humor, fantasy “I wanted to provide a variety and magic, classics, nonfiction, time of fields, backgrounds and ethnicitravel and participatory activities rank ties,” remarks Lawlor. “They were all among the most popular topics. determined, very smart and persistent, and made strides in opening Award-Winners’ Advice doors for women.” Lawlor’s 2012 “Children can’t be what they can’t see,” children’s book Rachel Carson and says author Laurie Lawlor, of Evanston, Her Book That Changed The World Illinois. Her 2017 book Super Women: describes how Carson’s seminal 1962 Six Scientists that Changed the World— book Silent Spring helped spawn the a nonfiction account designed to excite conservation and pro-environment

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movement by chronicling the dangers of pollution. Children’s fascination with nature and wildlife can also be met through the Dog and Bear series by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, out of Long Island, New York, and Vermonter Jim Arnosky’s scientifically sound wildlife chronicles (JimArnosky.com). Kelly Barnhill, of Minneapolis, whose latest work is The Girl Who Drank the Moon, characterizes children as quiet, yet highly active when reading. “They are encountering characters and then building, inserting themselves and more information into the stories, making it more relevant to them,” she says. The former middle school language arts teacher advocates parental reading aloud with children. “Make it a daily practice of turning to a separate book from what they may be reading on their own. You’re helping them develop cognitive structure by reinforcing and explaining. It’s a shared lens on life.”

Cultivate Reading 4 Know the child’s interests. “If they like horses or birds, you’re certain to find great related books,” advises Lawlor. 4 Lead by example. “Seeing you

reading or gardening or making things invites them to learn more about what they like,” says Lawlor.

4 Be flexible and share. There’s no clear-cut time to transition from reading aloud to having a child do it on their own. Try taking turns reading a paragraph and then a page with them. “Women tend to read more than men, so get Dad involved, as well,” says Barnhill. 4 Access quantity. “Make many

books available to kids,” advises Barnhill. “They’ll enjoy having a choice.” Thrift stores are stocked with heavily discounted used books.

4 Empower them. The interactive, hands-on format of Ellen Sabin’s new The Imagine It Book allows children to “dive in and see how they can make an impact, be innovative, play, fail and then succeed,” says Sabin. “Make them feel like they are ‘driving the bus.’” Welcoming diversity and providing a safe and reassuring community


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Preventing, Reversing and Managing Diabetes Naturally by Linda Sechrist

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ore health practitioners today are recognizing both the mind-body connection, as well as energetic and metaphysical insights into preventing and reversing illnesses. As a result, those facing diabetes and other health challenges are accessing contemporary resources such as Louise L. Hay’s explanation of the emotional roots of disease in You Can Heal Your Life, and the medical science and natural methods explained by health researcher and author Gary Null, Ph.D., in No More Diabetes: A Complete Guide to Preventing, Treating, and Overcoming Diabetes. Applying a “both” rather than an “either” approach illuminates the importance of recognizing the ways our thoughts, emotions and lifestyle choices can impact chronic illness and long-term health.

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Hay suggests that this metabolic disorder may be rooted in a feeling of being deprived of life’s sweetness and longing for what might have been, accompanied by a great need to control deep sorrow. Such chronic unease can show up as Type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes; Type 2, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes; latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), a slowly progressing variation of Type 1; or gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.

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Eavesdropping on our repetitive inner mind chatter and observing its impact on outer experiences can reveal faulty thinking that disrupts the mindbody connection. Hay, a firm believer in the power of affirmations to send a message to the subconscious mind, recommends them to aid healing. For diabetes, she suggests, “This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.” Null cites medical evidence that explains how the physical causes of diabetes are related to the pancreatic production of the hormone insulin and the body’s use of it, together with rollercoaster blood sugar levels determined by food selections, stress, sleeplessness, insufficient rest and lack of exercise. His approach for preventing, reversing or managing this debilitating condition is to raise awareness of the physical, behavioral and mental causes that lead to its emergence, and making healthy lifestyle choices that regulate blood sugar levels.

Naturally Control Blood Sugar

Glucose, the human body’s key source of cellular energy, is the end product of the digestive system breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats for absorption in the intestines. From there, it passes into the bloodstream. Glucose also supplies energy for the brain. Normal blood glucose levels vary throughout the day. For healthy individuals, a fasting blood sugar level upon awakening is less than 100 milligrams (mg) per deciliter (dl) of blood. Before meals, normal levels are 70 to 99 mg/dl; otherwise, 100 to 125. Consistent readings above 126 indicate that lifestyle changes are needed to avoid eventual progression into full Type 2 diabetes. When there’s an inability to efficiently transport glucose from the blood into cells, cells don’t receive the energy they need to function properly. “Elevated glucose levels contribute to blood vessel damage, high blood pressure and inflammation among other issues. High glucose causes insulin levels to spike in an effort to draw the glucose into cells. This stresses the pancreas and causes a sugar crash, called hypoglycemia, which can lead individuals to make impulsive, poor food choices,” advises Marcy

developing Type 2 diabetes. Iankowitz’s effective, patientcentered practice follows a practical, four-month healing plan that includes tracking foods, moods, blood pressure, sleeping habits and exercise, all necessary to manage or reverse Type 2 diabetes.

Effective Diet Choices

Nourishing myself is a joyful experience, and I am worth the time spent on my healing. ~Louise L. Hay Kirshenbaum, a board-certified clinical nutritionist and owner of Enhance Nutrition, in Northbrook, Illinois. She notes, “Elevated sugar and insulin levels raise triglycerides, a fat that circulates in the blood, and cholesterol, specifically the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels. Triglycerides and cholesterol are important measures of heart health. Triglyceride levels of 150 mg/dl in fasting blood is a risk factor for a stroke or heart attack.”

Early Heads-Up

According to the American Diabetes Association, 8.1 million of the 29.1 million individuals diagnosed with diabetes were previously unaware of any early symptoms such as dry mouth, excessive thirst, frequent urination, constant hunger (even after meals), unusual weight gain or loss and lack of energy. “Many individuals only learn of their condition from a doctor-ordered routine blood test such as the A1C glycated hemoglobin procedure, which reads blood sugar levels over a three-month period,” advises Dr. Nancy Iankowitz, a boardcertified family nurse practitioner and founding director of Holistic and Integrative Healing, in Holmes, New York. Individuals that consume large amounts of simple carbohydrates and sugars, are overweight or are exceedingly sedentary and eat unhealthy processed foods, have a higher risk for

Making the highest-impact food choices is critical in the earliest stages of diabetes. That’s why nutritionist and holistic integrative health practitioner Saskia Kleinert, an independent practitioner who also serves as director of the Emeryville Health & Wellness Center, in California, helps patients integrate dietary changes into everyday life. “Patient education includes the necessity of eating low-glycemic index foods and reducing blood glucose levels, while increasing healthy fats with nuts, avocado and olive oil,” advises Kleinert. She notes that antioxidant-rich plant foods are another key component of an effective dietary plan for all age groups. The role of exercise is also vital for those needing to reverse pre-diabetes or managing diabetes aided by insulin injections. “Exercise increases the muscle cell’s demand for glucose, moving it out of the blood into muscle cells that use it as fuel, and so lowering insulin levels,” explains Jamie Coughlan, a naturopathic doctor who practices in Pleasanton and Pleasant Hill, California. Dr. Angelo Baccellieri, owner of Westchester Wellness Medicine, in Harrison, New York, introduces patients to intermittent fasting, an eating pattern that helps treat insulin resistance and control blood sugar. “The concept is predicated on going 14 to 16 hours without food, replicating how our primitive ancestors ate. They feasted when food was available and fasted during famines, sometimes going several days without eating,” advises Baccellieri, who notes that intermittent fasting can be done one day a week. “Our biochemistry actually does very well with this approach, which isn’t hard to do when your last meal is at 7 p.m. and you skip breakfast and delay lunch the next day until 1 p.m. You can drink water with lemon, teas

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and black coffee throughout. By 1 p.m., the body has been 18 hours without protein and carbohydrates, allowing insulin levels to remain at a low level. Excess insulin from too much sugar shifts the body into a storage mode. Having no sugar stores available, the body can then switch into a ketogenic state that allows the body to burn fat for fuel,” explains Baccellieri. Herbs such as turmeric reduce inflammation. Berberine can help cells use glucose efficiently. Supplements such as vitamin C, B-complex, resveratrol and pycnogenol (pine bark extract) can raise antioxidant levels, in which most pre-diabetic and diabetic individuals are deficient, according to a study published in PubMed. Cautious health professionals tailor supplement recommendations to each patient.

12-week Why WAIT (Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment) program offered at the Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, in Boston. WAIT allows participants to reach their weight and blood glucose goals, along with improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and liver and kidney function. The program’s success is due to doable increases in exercising that put greater emphasis on strengthening muscles; effective ways to change bad habits; successful portion control; healthy alternatives to favorite foods; carbohydrate counting; and meals composed of the right balance of complex carbohydrates and antioxidantrich plant foods, protein and fat, all to achieve optimum body weight and diabetes control.

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No Quick Fix

In The Diabetes Breakthrough, based on a scientifically tested way to reverse diabetes through weight loss, Dr. Osama Hamdy and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D., explain a home-based version of the

Restoration of health begins with the most important lifestyle changes. n Replace processed and sugary foods in meals and snacks with nutrient dense, whole foods.

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Verte explains, “All meals are lightly seasoned. We don’t use any refined sugars or processed food and all of our ingredients are 100 percent gluten-free.” The ingredients are also fresh, organic and locally sourced, and the menu changes with the seasons. Three popular autumn meals are marinated pork loin with roasted sweet potato wedges and broccoli rabe, BBQ

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n Determine possible food sensitivities with an elimination diet. n Eat some protein with every meal. n Eliminate environmental toxins. n Perform some form of cardiovascular exercise and resistance training at least three to five times a week. n Add stress-relieving practices such as yoga, tai chi or qigong. According to Hamdy, “On average, diabetes has the potential to rob you of more than 12 years of life, while dramatically reducing the quality of life for more than 20 years through chronic pain, loss of mobility, blindness, chronic dialysis and heart disease.” Such serious consequences also include stroke, hearing impairment and Alzheimer’s, he adds. All provide good reasons to live responsibly every day, cherishing longterm goals of laying claim to the best possible health. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at LindaSechrist.com.

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Eliminate all white foods

White grains and sugar cause rapid increases in blood sugar and insulin which can lead to weight gain and insulin resistance. Eliminate white bread, white rice, white pasta, white potatoes and white sugar. Aim to eat whole, unprocessed foods.

Increase fiber

Eating a diet rich in high fiber foods preore than 30 million Americans—9.4 vents and reduces the impact of elevated percent of the population—has diablood sugar. Foods high in fiber will slow the betes, costing $245 billion per year. release of glucose from foods and slow down With more than 84 million adults diagnosed the release of glucose in the blood stream. with prediabetes, the Centers for Disease ConStudies have shown that a high fiber diet retrol state that if changes are not made, one of duces blood sugar levels by 10 percent. Aim every three born today will become diabetic for 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day. and half of all Americans will be diabetic by 2050. Avoid added sugars The most common type of diabetes is Start reading the labels of packaged food and type 2, which is characterized by insulin resisavoid any food that has added sugar. Bevertance in which the pancreas is producing inDr. Chrysanthi Kazantzis ages such as soda, juice or energy drinks can sulin, but the cells have a decreased sensitivity have up to 80 grams of added sugar. The best to insulin causing blood sugar levels to stay option is to eliminate packaged foods and aim to eat a whole elevated. The other two types are gestational (when a woman foods diet rich in vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds. becomes diabetic during pregnancy), and type 1 which is an auto immune disease in which the cells in the pancreas are Dr. Chrysanthi Kazantzis is a naturopathic doctor and also destroyed and can occur in both children and adults. holds her master’s in nutrition. She is the vice-president of Consequences of uncontrolled diabetes are severe and the Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and can lead to blindness, kidney failure, increased risk of heart practices at Avena Integrative Medical Center, in Putnam, CT. disease and painful nerve damage. Naturopathic medicine See ad on page 25. can help balance blood sugar levels and prevent diabetic damage. Diet and lifestyle play a major role in acquiring, treating and preventing diabetes. Many supplements and lifestyle changes are important for blood sugar control. Be sure to consult your doctor before starting any new supplements.

Alpha-lipoic Acid

This is a powerful antioxidant which prevents and treats diabetes by reducing fat accumulation. It is also important in helping with diabetic neuropathy.

Chromium

This is an important trace mineral that plays a significant role in sugar metabolism. Supplementing with chromium can control blood sugar levels and improve metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.

Cinnamon

Research has shown that cinnamon helps activate the cell membrane’s insulin receptors which increases the uptake of sugar and decreases blood sugar levels. Here are some diet-related recommendations:

Blueberries

These are extremely high in antioxidants, specifically anthocyanins. Blueberries block carbohydrate metabolism in the intestines and have been shown to lower blood sugar levels. Eating one cup of blueberries per day may help regulate the blood sugar.

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Not Your Grandma’s Stuffing Healthy Twists on Old Favorites by Judith Fertig

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hanksgiving side dishes continue to evolve, even though traditional entrées still hold pride of place. New, lighter alternatives to time-honored stuffing maximize flavorful dried fruits, herbs and nuts. Healthy options may use gluten-free bread or black rice, cauliflower, chestnuts or pecans for flavor, bulk and color. A stuffing can also fill a halved acorn squash or cored apple. According to renowned health authority Dr. Joseph Mercola, pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals, including anti-inflammatory magnesium, heart-healthy oleic acid, phenolic antioxidants and immune-

boosting manganese. Erica Kannall, a registered dietitian in Spokane, Washington, and a certified health and fitness specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine, likes dried fruits because they contribute antioxidants and fiber.

Intriguing Options

Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, of New York City, salutes his Italian heritage with chestnuts and embraces healthy living with millet and mushrooms in his special stuffing. His new book Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious includes healthy takes on Thanksgiving dishes such as a sugar-free cranberry sauce.

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.

I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression. ~Maya Angelou

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Sonnet Lauberth, a certified holistic health coach, blogger and cookbook author in Seattle, created a healthy stuffing she loves. “My Grain-Free Sage and Pecan Dressing is one of my favorite dishes to bring to gatherings because it works with a variety of diets,” she says. “It’s gluten-, dairy- and grain-free, paleo and vegan. The pecans can be omitted for a nut-free version.” Riced cauliflower is the base, which is available prepackaged at some groceries, but can be made at home simply by chopping the florets into rice-kernel-size pieces. “Cauliflower is the perfect base for this recipe, as it adds a nice texture in place of bread and provides extra fiber,” she says. Laurie Gauguin, a personal chef in the San Francisco Bay area, specializes in gluten-free dishes that she prepares in clients’ homes. “Anything that will hold its shape and not crumble too much can work as a stuffing base,” she says. “Gluten-free, somewhat sticky grains, like short grain brown rice, Chinese black rice, millet or soft-cooked quinoa work well.” “Choose a mixture that contrasts with the texture and color of the food you’re stuffing,” advises Gauguin. “I created a stuffing that has crunchy pecans, tender black rice and chewy, dried cranberries to contrast with the creaminess of the cored squash entrée. The black rice looks striking against the golden squash.” A stuffing that everyone can eat is ideal for a holiday gathering, either to serve or bring. Lauberth observes, “While not always possible, it’s nice if the host can accommodate various dietary concerns and preferences. Bring your own hearty side dish or two so that you have enough to make a meal for yourself if needed.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).


Healthy Holiday Stuffing Recipe Rocco DiSpirito’s Stuffing

Transfer the vegetable mix to the same mixing bowl as the millet and mushrooms.

Yields: 8 servings 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil ¼ cup millet 1 lb crimini mushrooms, sliced 1 large onion, diced 3 stalks celery, diced 1 medium carrot, diced 4 chestnuts, chopped 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped 1½ Tbsp poultry seasoning 3 scoops Rocco’s Protein Powder Plus 2 egg whites 1¾ cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat a large, safe, nonstick pan over medium heat and use it to sweat the onions, celery and carrots until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes.

Add the chestnuts, sage, poultry seasoning, protein powder, egg whites and chicken stock to the large mixing bowl, and then use a rubber spatula to mix well, so that no lumps are visible. Carefully remove the cast iron pan from the oven, and then pour stuffing batter into it. Popping occurs as the outside batter develops a crust.

package instructions. When millet is cooked through, transfer it to a large mixing bowl.

Place grapeseed oil in a 12-inch cast iron pan; place the pan in the oven and preheat oven to 425˚ F.

Heat a large, safe, nonstick sauté pan over high heat and use it to sauté the mushrooms until tender and golden, approximately seven to 10 minutes.

Cook a quarter-cup millet in a small saucepan on the stovetop according to

Transfer mushrooms to the same mixing bowl as the millet.

Return the cast iron pan to the oven and bake for 13 minutes. Remove from oven and turn the result out onto a serving dish. Recipe courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito, Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious.

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hen stretching feels fabulous and is relaxing, why is it so tough for people to do? Stretching results in many benefits, and is mandatory for successful aging. The simple principle behind stretching is to re-align the muscle tissue that has just been used and potentially abused during exercise or activity. Using muscles during an exercise or activity involves the constant contraction of muscle tissue for the duration. In order for that tissue to maintain its flexibility, it is of the utmost importance that you stretch it back into its alignment with all the muscle fibers that have been compromised. Years of not stretching can create a dramatic effect: a client that played tennis in his youth and never stretched afterwards can no longer straighten his knees. This leads to strain on the lower back, a tilted pelvis, shortness in height and a multitude of other problems and

pains. Fixing the problem at this stage is not impossible, but highlights the importance of stretching because the damage done will show up years later and be much more difficult to repair. Studies have shown that in most cases, stretching before exercise really does not offset injury during exercise itself. In other words, once you warm up for the exercise, you are ready to go. However, it is critical that stretching takes place afterwards—once the exercise is completed—to re-align the tissue. The recommended duration of each static (held in one position without movement) stretch is 20 to 30 seconds. Ballistic stretching, or bouncing stretching, is never advised unless under direct supervision. When in the middle of a stretch, close your eyes and breathe. Inhale through the nose and exhale

Stretching Guide at a Glance

Benefit: Increases flexibility in the muscles being stretched and increases strength in the opposing muscles.

STATIC What it is: Hold a stretch in a challenging, but not painful position, for 10 to 30 seconds until feeling discomfort; once this is felt, the muscle then releases and relaxes.

PASSIVE What it is: Employ an outside force such as a stretching device, strap or another’s body weight such as a trainer, physical therapist or massage therapist, which assists the stretch while the individual remains passive. The targeted muscles are not actively engaged. Examples include postworkout stretches applying pressure with a body part, towel or other prop or piece of equipment.

Benefit: Improves flexibility. ACTIVE (aka Static Active) What it is: Engage and contract the muscle group opposite the one being stretched to initiate the stretch; repeat. Many yoga poses are examples of active stretching.

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through the mouth. Breathe deeply. Allow the body to relax into the stretch; muscle tissue is more inclined to let go when relaxed, and long deep breaths help with this. It only takes three to four deep breaths to complete a stretch. Stretching is not just to follow exercise, though that is typically what it is used for. A full body stretch after a good night’s sleep always feels good. If you are a handicrafter of any sort, such as a needle-pointer or knitter, stretching will help with shoulder, hand and forearm issues. Sitting too long in a car or at a desk gives us the sense that we need to stand up and stretch, which we should do at least every hour or two. And, now-adays with the over use of cell phones and handheld devices, our necks are getting abused and all the muscles in the back of the neck are getting over-stretched, forcing the head to list farther forward. When we are older, that will become quite a problem, not just for our necks, but for our entire posture. and reduces post-workout soreness and fatigue. DYNAMIC What it is: Use controlled, gradual movements and stretches that involve repeated range of motion moves, especially in relation to a specific activity or sport that will follow the warm-up. Benefit: Prepares the body for activity and warms the muscles; especially advantageous after static stretches. Builds strength. Primary sources: Fitness Science; Scott White, a power trainer in Scottsdale, AZ.


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November 15 is America Recycles Day. How is Rhode Island doing when it comes to recycling, and how can we do better?

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he Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) manages the state’s recycling facilities, tracks recycling data and takes action to improve the numbers. The Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) recycling rate is the state’s simplest measure of recycling effectiveness. Rates are calculated by dividing the total tons of common recyclables (materials placed in household bins) sent to RIRRC’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) by the total of these tons plus the tons of trash delivered to RIRRC to be buried in the landfill. RIRRC automatically collects these numbers when city or town trucks cross their scales. By law, all municipal recycling and trash must be delivered to RIRRC. 2016 MRF recycling data show the top performing municipalities to be Middletown (39.2%) and South Kingstown (38.9%). At the bottom are Providence (8.6%) and Johnston (11.3%). RIRRC recently partnered with Recycle Across America (RAA), a nonprofit that developed the first standardized recycling label in the country. Rhode Island became the first state in the country to adopt RAA’s standardized recycling bin labels. The labels show what can be recycled and clarifies the categories: paper and cardboard; milk and juice cartons; cans, lids and foil; glass bottles and jars; and plastic containers. After the labels began making their way onto bins across the state, RIRRC and RAA created the Let’s Recycle Right! campaign, which began on July 31 of this year and ends on November 30. As part of the campaign, 390,000

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Details for the Recycle-Bowl competition are available at kab.org/recycle-bowl/ competition. Rhode Island’s recycling guidelines can be downloaded at RecycleTogetherRI.org. “How-To” videos are posted on RIRRC’s YouTube channel at YouTube.com/rirrc. RINaturalAwakenings.com

households received bilingual recycling guidelines in the mail, designed to provide the most basic instructions. Any group, seeking to establish or improve a recycling or composting program, can request a visit from an RIRRC staff member to help develop strategies and action plans for reducing waste. RIRRC provides technical assistance and waste assessments to schools, businesses, institutions and housing communities at no cost. Bins with the new labels have been placed in school classrooms, and RI’s recycling super hero, MaxMan, travels around to schools giving educational presentations to groups of 50 or more children. An RIRRC educator is available to present to grade 4 and up. Krystal Noiseux, RIRRC’s education and outreach manager states, “The kids can be part of the solution by ensuring that only what should be going into the school recycling bins actually goes into the school recycling bins, while adults on the school staff can arrange to get the other supportive logistics in order.” Once classroom recycling is running smoothly, schools can begin to think about tackling school cafeteria food container recycling and eventually meal waste management. Keep America Beautiful created a competition called Recycle-Bowl, a four-week-long competition in which schools collected and tracked cans, bottles and paper. According to the competition data, 4.5 million pounds of recyclables were collected during Recycle-Bowl in 2012; participating schools reported per capita recycling rates that were four times the national average reported by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Then this year, Keep America Beautiful began collaborating with the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) to quantify food waste in K-12 schools. The partnership supports EREF’s School Cafeteria Discards Assessment Project (SCrAP), a national program that quantifies food waste in school cafeterias. EREF will help raise awareness of the RecycleBowl program by emphasizing the food waste category of the competition.


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Online Recycle-Bowl competition instructions guide schools in developing and implementing systems for tracking and reporting recycling and waste data. When asked about cafeteria waste recycling, Noiseux commented, “There are some major barriers to cafeteria recycling in many of the schools, and a school needs to make sure they’ve got the recycling foundations right first, before attempting that.” Students, teachers, school administrators, janitorial staff and hauling providers must all work together to create a successful recycling program. Additional collaboration with food service providers is critical for expanding into cafeteria waste recycling. Rhode Island’s Central Landfill may run out of space within the next 20 years. Recycling more plastic and glass and diverting tons of food and other organic material from the landfill annually will help extend this timeline. Additionally, the state is starting to explore future options, including new technology that can turn Rhode Island waste into energy and adopting “zero waste” objectives. Presently, the best way to solve this waste management challenge is to recycle together and recycle right.

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inter moths are one of our newer imported invasive pests, traveling around the U.S.A. in a relentless march looking for food. Their caterpillars will eat almost any available vegetation, but they do have their favorites such as oak, maple and apple. Adult females climb up trees (they can’t fly) in late fall and winter and wait for males (they can fly) to come and fertilize them. Eggs are laid in groups and gradually mature to caterpillars. Eggs are green when laid in bark cracks, lichen, and other areas, and turn reddy brown and then blue when they hatch. They hatch as very small pests and immediately begin to feed voraciously. In fact, their feeding rate is matched only by their growth rate. The feasting continues until they’ve almost stripped the host plant, and then they drop silken threads to catch the wind and take them to new food sources. They continue this process and will even crawl through grass to find new food until they pupate in April to June, at which time they go into the soil, spin a cocoon and start the cycle all over again. Methods to control these pests

vary. One is to place proprietary sticky bands around the trunks of trees to catch moths or the eventual caterpillars. This can work quite well and is non-toxic and easy for home owners to do themselves. Masses of mating moths can be treated with plant oil insecticides to control the breeding as it is happening. This takes precise timing and may be difficult for many homeowners. The emerging caterpillars are controlled during leaf out by spraying with Bt. K., a natural Bacillus bacteria that when used with neem oil, stops them feeding and kills them by attacking their internal digestive system. This method almost always needs the use of professional equipment and application techniques. Plant oils can also be used to smother the eggs but is often difficult to apply. Monitoring moths and the emerging caterpillars is vital to saving your trees. Call a professional for help. David Jones is the owner at Bio Tech Pest Controls, located at 18 Granite St., Westerly. For more information or questions, call 401-315-2400, email David@BioTechPestControls.com or visit BioTechPestControls.com. See ad on page 17.

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issa Rankin wears many hats: physician, mystic, author, artist, speaker and blogger. What unites her many pursuits is a passion for helping people optimize their health and understand how science and spirituality converge toward that goal. A former obstetrician and gynecologist, Rankin is the founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, in San Francisco, which trains doctors in mind-body-spirit medicine. She’s authored six books to date, including the bestseller Mind over Medicine, The Fear Cure and The Anatomy of a Calling. She lives in California’s Marin County and blogs at LissaRankin.com.

What common signs indicate that fear is affecting our health? When people are sick, there is almost always an element of fear. Many of us have “ridden shotgun” at one time or another with a health diagnosis, and that’s scary, so even if it’s not predisposing the illness itself, it can stimulate fear. Studies from institutions such as the Harvard School of Public Health and Carnegie Mellon University have discovered strong correlations between fear, stress and anxiety and health issues. When fear is predisposing us to illness, addressing the root cause of the issue is preventive medicine.

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Whether triggered by something trivial or real, fear activates the “fight-or-flight” stress response in the brain. The body has natural self-healing mechanisms, but these only operate when our nervous system is relaxed, so effectively dealing with fear is foundationally critical to wellness.

How can we distinguish between true and false fear? True fear is an actual threat to physical survival, like being approached by someone wielding a gun. However, most fear is generated by a story we make up in our minds. Our wild imaginations, the source of beautiful creativity, can be a destructive force, too, as we envision all kinds of worst-case scenarios, most of which will not come true. Modern-day humans average more than 50 stress responses a day, which indicates we’re way off track in our relationship to fear. The mind constantly strategizes how to get what it wants and avoid what it doesn’t. A spiritual practice can help interrupt the “monkey mind” constantly ruminating on what could go wrong. Paying attention to fear around practical issues like not being able to pay bills is helpful because it can keep us from being reckless, such as buying an unneeded luxury item although our mortgage payment looms. But letting false fear prevent us from following a

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dream, ending an unhealthy relationship or leaving a toxic job can predispose us to illness. Fear is the emotional equivalent of pain in the body. Attend to it when it arises; try to understand what it is telling you and see what’s in need of healing.

What are some effective ways to defang false fear? Ultimately, we need to come into the right relationship with uncertainty; it’s the gateway to possibility. People often think that fear provides protection, when our intuition, which typically requires a relaxed state of mind, is a far more effective protector. There have been studies about doctors following their hunches to a patient’s underlying condition, leading to life-saving diagnoses.

How can we cultivate courage, curiosity and resilience, rather than feed our fears? Cultivating a spiritual practice such as mindfulness helps put a pause between a feeling like fear and the reaction that might ensue. You learn to sit with uncomfortable feelings and recognize the story you are spinning in your mind about what’s happening. It also means letting go of expectations when things don’t go as planned. Fear is my cue to activate a practice of surrender; to turn something over to the universe. I will also ask for help to calm my heart and let go of attachments. For me, this life-changing practice means I now trust the mystery more than my mind. I trust the unknown more than science and logic. The latter may be useful tools when doing taxes or a research paper, but I don’t trust them to be the best navigation system of my life or help me in a crisis. Psychology isn’t enough to address fear, which comes with the territory if you think that we are just flesh robots programmed to maximize self-interest, alone in a hostile universe. Once you learn to see the possibilities and hand over the wheel to a greater, benign organizing intelligence, something unwinds in the nervous system and we relax into the wonder of mystery. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.


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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Greening the Sphere Youth Program – 6-8pm. Environmental program for middle school age students. Create and run a sustainability festival. STEAM based with mix of science and art. Meets weekly Nov to May. $50 for program. GTS at East Bay Chamber of Commerce, 16 Cutler St, Warren. Shari: 401-465-4249 or ShariBitsis@gmail.com.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 All About Parapsychology – 6:30-8:30pm. Would you like to learn the mysteries of the Masters? Topics include dream interpretation, telepathy, reincarnation, astral projection, auras and clairvoyance. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Certification in Holistic Tarot – 6:30-8:30pm. Join Psychic Cris McCullough in this unique training that gives you the kills to read tarot and increase your innate intuitive abilities. Tonight: Intro to Holistic Tarot. $50. Northern Lights Holistic Campus, 204B Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. SoulWisdomHealing.com.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Yin Yoga & Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Start your weekend with this restorative class. All poses are sitting or lying on the mat. Props are provided to help you hold poses from 3-5 mins. Breathe & relax. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com. Certification Holistic Tarot – 6:30-8:30pm. Delve deeply into the meanings and messages of the Major Arcana, the Spiritual deck of the tarot. Learn the origins and applications of Spiritual insights. $50. Northern Lights Holistic Campus, 204B Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. SoulWisdomHealing.com. Introduction to Shamanic Journeying - 7-9pm. With Energy-N-Elements: Learn how to access your inner Shamanic Guides. $25/Advance; $30 at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. BreathingTimeYoga.com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 June Edward at Pawtuxet Valley Wellness Day – 9am-5pm. June Edward, the Massachusetts Medium, will be offering Angel card readings and mediumship all day at the Pawtuxet Valley Wellness

Day. With 50 + vendors, free healthy food samples chiropractic screenings, reiki and more. $3/preregistration, $5/at door. West Warwick Civic Center, 100 Factory St, West Warwick. JuneEdward.com.

markyourcalendar Pawtuxet Valley Wellness Day – 9am-5pm. If you are interested in attending, register before Nov 2 for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Whole Foods. Featuring vendors from the 7 dimensions of wellness. $3 before Nov 2; $5 at door. West Warwick Civic Center, 100 Factory St, West Warwick. 401-589-1321. Tinyurl.com/PvWellnessDay2017Attend. Mind Key: Dream Interpretation Live – 11am12pm. Jefferson Harman will be answering questions about dreams, phobias, the healing power of the mind and more live on the radio with Host John Aberle. Free. Life Unedited online radio. Call-In: 610-701-9243. wche1520.com/project/ life-unedited/. mindkey.me/events. Open House at Santosha – 12-4pm. We’ll have sample holistic treatments, mini-classes, a raffle, snacks, tea. Come and bring friends, family, co-workers. Free. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Yoga and Mindful Eating - 1-3pm. Explore your relationship with food with Tami Killam. $20/Advance; $25/Door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. BreathingTimeYoga.com. Functional Yoga – 1-3:30pm. In this gentle yoga workshop we’ll explore steadiness in the postures. Our aim is a healthy level of mobility that also provides comfortable stability. $40. Jala Studio Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. Jala-Studio.com. Breast Thermography Informational Meeting – 2-3pm. Understanding your options for breast health and testing with Karen Keller of Boston Thermography. Those who attend receive at $25 coupon off Thermography. Free. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Rear Entrance, 2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-474-3360. aahhw.com.

Laughter Yoga and Potluck - 3:30-6pm. Free community event. Come, laugh, and eat with the company of your BTY community. All are welcome. Donations are accepted, proceeds go towards financial aid and volunteer programs. Free. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. BreathingTimeYoga.com.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 IET®: Intermediate Training – 9:30am-6:30pm. Learn special “pink bubble technique” to further accelerate the clearing process and a pullout-release technique to clear mental and karmic imprints from the energy field. Prerequisite: IET Basic. With Gladys Ellen. $230. White Light Books, Classroom Space, 1468 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-935-8451. GladysEllen.com. Yoga/Meditation with Kara and Zandra – 1011:30am. This 1.5 hrs will precede the Book Talk and signing of Finally Full of Yourself with Maria Salomao-Schmidt. $25 or $20 with Book Talk and Signing. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Maria Salomao-Schmidt Book Talk – 11:30am2pm. Finally Full of Yourself is a delightful and reflective book that you will want as part of your collection. Author Maria Salomao-Schmidt will be doing a talk and signing. $40; book not included separate cost. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Holistic Tarot: Minor Arcana – 12:30-6:30pm. Discover the meanings of the Minor Arcana, Elementals and Court Cards. Learn the process of creating a narrative that aligns Divine Source to your seeker. $100. Northern Lights Holistic Campus, 204B Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. SoulWisdomHealing.com. Foundations of Yoga Asana for Core Strength - 1-2:30pm. With Karen Lee—5 week series. $30/ members, $90/non-members, $20/drop-in per class. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. bre. Ashtanga Primary Series – 1-3:30pm. Making Sense of the Sequence: By mapping out the progression between postures, we can gain a deeper understanding of the individual poses and connecting vinyasas. $40. Jala Studio Yoga & Art, 285 South Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524.Jala-Studio.com. IET Share – 2-4pm. Shares allow IET healers of all levels to come together and share their healing abilities. Build your skills and confidence in a safe and supportive space. Free. Creatigo, Agawam Mills, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org.

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Mind Key: Move Your Purpose with Yoga – 2-4pm. Define and refine your purpose as Rebecca Polan and Jess Patricio guide you in this yoga and coaching workshop. Integrate intention into your body and remove blocks to success. $25; only 8 spots available. Thames Street Yoga, 198 Thames St, Newport. MindKey.me/events. Gong Bath Healing Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Join Gongmaster Joy and Drumsinger A.Michelle at this lovely yoga center on the Cape for a gong event which will bring you to a state of profound relaxation and peace. $20/advance, $25/at door. Bikram Yoga Falmouth, 180 Teaticket Hwy, East Falmouth, MA. 508-540-0089. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Fox Trot Dance Lesson – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a Fox/Turkey Trot Dance lesson presented by Lois Meinhardt. No experience necessary. Lighten up your Monday mood with an evening of dancing. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. Register: MansfieldLibraryMA.com. Releasing Blocks – 6:30-9pm. Using guided drum meditation you will identify, understand and dissolve blocks that are holding you back from living your authentic life. Bring a journal. With Katharine Rossi. $30. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Ananda Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. New to yoga? Starting at a later age or been away from it for awhile? Want to practice at a slower pace and ease back in? This class is for you. Also on Fridays, 9-10:25am. Suggested donation $12. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. New Patient Orientation – 11:30am-1pm. Learn about delivery methods, onset and duration, strains and general product knowledge, and the endocannabinoid system in our bodies. Free, must be a medical marijuana patient in the state of RI to participate. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. Registration required: 401-889-3990. SummitRI.org. Healing Angels of the Energy Field – 6:30-8:30pm. In this 4-wk series we will go over the healing angels of the energy field. A book is provided. Each week will be different Angels. $100/4 wks; payments available. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Slow-ga - 4:15-5pm. With Katie Lieberman. Therapeutic, gentle, and restorative yoga for chronic pain and deep fatigue. 5 week series. $75/full series; $20/ drop in. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. BreathingTimeYoga.com. Greening the Sphere Youth Program – 6-8pm. Environmental program for middle school age students. Create and run a sustainability festival. STEAM based with mix of science and art. Meets weekly Nov to May. $50 for program. GTS at East Bay Chamber of Commerce, 16 Cutler St, Warren. Shari: 401-465-4249 or ShariBitsis@gmail.com.

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Clear Your Karma – 6:30-8:30pm. Get Angelic help to clear your karma and turn karmic barriers into speed bumps rather than road blocks on your life’s journey. $25. Creatigo, Agawam Mills, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 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. FireseedCenter.com. Holistic Tarot: Reading the message – 6:308:30pm. Learn how to pull it all together, hone your divining skills, interface numerology and other divining sources to give your client a complete reading. $50. Northern Lights Holistic Campus, 204B Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. SoulWisdomHealing.com.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Mind Key: Herbs for a Healthy Cycle – 6-7:30pm. In this class, we’ll focus on women’s reproductive health: hormonal physiology, balance vs imbalance, and herbal and nutritional approaches to solving menstrual issues. $25. Gather, 312 Broadway, Newport. 401-314-4014. MindKey.me/events. Clearing and Cleansing Techniques – 7:158:45pm. Ever wanted to know how to clear or cleanse yourself, what is cutting cords. This class will go over the different methods and time to practice and of course questions. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Ladies’ Night – 7:30-9:30pm. Join us for a fun, relaxing night with pampering, meditation and shopping. Recharge before the holidays and get shopping done too. Mini-massages, reiki, gift certs and more. Free. Intuitive Therapy, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. 508-951-9828. Intuitive-Therapy.com. Drum, Dance & Flow Jam – 7:30-10pm. Join us for a night of high energy freestyle drumming, dancing and flow arts. All ages and skill levels are welcome. $10. Chifferobe, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Ste 8141, Pawtucket. Facebook.com/JessieJewelsHoops.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 2-Day ThetaHealing® Soul Mate Seminar – Nov 11-12. 9am-5:30pm. Pre-requisite BasicAdvanced ThetaHealing. This course will help you clear beliefs to find your soul mate, or just help rekindle the spark in the relationship you’re in. With Monique B. LaCroix. $400 plus $50 deposit. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-480-2626. ThetaHealing.com/moniquelacroix.

markyourcalendar Awaken Your Soul - 10am - 3:30 pm. Featuring guest speakers and presenters, reiki, relexology, angel card reading and more. Includes light refreshments and programs. $30. The Imperial room, One Rhodes Place, Cranston. Tickets: 401467-7100 x33.

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Astrology Workshop: Astrology & You – 123pm. Join this workshop and use your very own chart to help learn about the principles of astrology, and find out what’s in store for 2018. With Linda Nugent. $50. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. Pre-registration: 781-264-6929. AquarianBodywork.com. Yoga of Stillness – 1-3:30pm. This class will consist of a slow sequence of postures, each of which we will explore for several minutes instead of just a few breaths. Find inner listening and stillness. $40. Jala Studio Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. Jala-Studio.com. Sound Healing Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Sound healers Joy (Gongs of Joy) and Shawn (gongs and bowls) will be your guides with gongs, crystal and Tibetan bowls, drums and more to bring you peace and relaxation. $25/advance, $30/at door. Island Heron Yoga Studio, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Integrated Energy Therapy: Basic – 9:30am-5pm. Learn Basic IET, about 12 strand DNA and working with Ariel and the healing angels. Learn how to use IET and receive a certificate upon completion of the course. $195. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Holiday Fundraiser Auction – 12-2pm. Have fun and do some holiday shopping at the First Spiritualist Church of RI fundraiser auction. Money raised goes to help families in need during the holidays. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.

markyourcalendar Green Goddess Farmacy Wellness Expo – 12-6pm. Experience beautiful gardens while enjoying yoga (adult and child yoga). Receive 15-min massages and reiki. Moonlight meditation in the garden. Local arts and crafts. Free admission; donations accepted. Green Goddess Farmacy, 221 Indigo Point Rd, South Kingstown. 401-287-4604. GreenGoddessFarmacy.com. Ashtanga Yoga Finishing Postures – 1-3:30pm. The finishing postures seal the energy of the practice, enabling us to step off the mat invigorated by our practice. Explore the details and savor these closing poses. $40. Jala Studio Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. Jala-Studio.com. Black Hat Networking, Shopping & Psychic Fair – 1:30-5:30pm. Appetizers, local vendors, henna and reiki, jewelry, magickal items, holiday gifts, handmade products and more. $10/person. $10/person. More info & tickets available on FB & Eventbrite. All Things Magickal, Bella Restaurant, 1992 Victory Hwy, Harrisville. Eventbrite.com/e/ black-hat-networking-shopping-and-psychic-fairtickets-37589278544. GreenGoddessFarmacy.com.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Tai Chi Easy – 9-10am. Learn tai chi 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 LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.


Eyelash Extension Training Class – 11am-7pm. What is holding you back from earning top dollar as an eyelash artist? Lash Artistry is the #1 area in the beauty industry. Learn from professional eyelash experts. With a professional eyelash extension kit and certification upon completion of 2 clients. Diane’s Permanent Makeup & Eyelashes, 101 W Natick Rd, across from Warwick Mall, Warwick. 401-855-4333.  DianesMakeup.com. Clean Living & Eating Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Join us for this free workshop on how to Make Clean Living & Eating a Reality. Hosted by Tina Kanter, a nutritionist and private chef. Please register on our website. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. Register: MansfieldLibraryMA.com. Dream Interpretation – 7-8:30pm. Come have fun and learn how to interpret dreams based on the analytical psychology of Carl Jung. Learn Jung’s Method of Amplification and his dream interpretation method. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.

An Introduction to Active Dreaming – 6:308:30pm. Learn techniques to improve dream recall, the languages that dreams speak, the importance of keeping a dream dictionary, and ways to figure out the meanings of their dreams. With David Barr. $15. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com.

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Yoga Nidra – 7-9pm. Yoga nidra is a deeply relaxing and restorative experience. It’s a guided and meditative “conscious sleep.” Jill creates a soothing experience supported by a Hapi Drum. $40. The Bija Institute. BijaInstitute.com.

Building Bones: Level II – 1:30-3:30pm. Recent medical studies by Loren Fishman, MD, show that a daily yoga practice of 12 specific poses significantly improves bone density. Come learn more about how. $40. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Basic Pendulum Workshop – 7:15-8:15pm. Come learn the basics of using a pendulum. This is a fun interactive class. Pendulums are available for your use. You can also purchase your own for $10. Class: $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. 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/advance, $25/at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 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 WhiteLight1462@aol.com, Laughter Yoga Session – 7:30-8:30pm. Laughter yoga is fun, easy and really good for you—improves mood, oxygenates the body, releases endorphins—you name it, we got it. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Free. Southside Yoga Center, 19 Elmwood Ave, Providence. 401575-8002. Facebook.com/ProvidenceLaughterClub.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Greening the Sphere Youth Program – 6-8pm. Environmental program for middle school age students. Create and run a sustainability festival. STEAM based with mix of science and art. Meets weekly Nov to May. $50 for program. GTS at East Bay Chamber of Commerce, 16 Cutler St, Warren. Shari: 401-465-4249 or ShariBitsis@gmail.com.

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markyourcalendar RIHHA Gratitude Reunion – 7-9pm. Gather together in fellowship at this wonderful time of year. Reconnect with old friends, make new ones. Free, suggested donation $5. Rhode Island Holistic Healers Association at It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. rihha.org.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Mind Key: Professional Writing Seminar – 6-7pm. Make more money, secure a business, or start a new career. Professional writing for non-writers offers an opportunity to establish yourself as an expert in your field. $20 donation. Gather, 312 Broadway, Newport. MindKey.me/events.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Reiki I with Cheryl Markey – 9:30am-5pm. Learn Reiki I where you will be attuned and learn to do reiki for yourself. Receive a certificate after completion of the class. Please bring your lunch. $125. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Universal Signs with M.J. Guadalupe – 10am12pm. Learn the language of the Universe. She will teach you how to notice the signs from loved ones in numbers, shapes and symbols. $30. Creatigo, Agawam Mills, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org. John of God Crystal Healing Bed – 10am-4pm. 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. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. New Moon Ceremony – 6:30-9:30pm. A calling in of the deep reservoir of passion, beauty and abundance available to us all. Join us at Concordia Center for Spiritual Living for a night of ceremony, ritual and drumming. Love offering appreciated. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com. Sacred Drumming Circle – 7-9pm. Come and join Doug and Tracy for an evening of healing and releasing. We will drum with our spirit guides, ancestors as well as our animal guides, and harness the energy. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Ecstatic Dance Providence – 8-10:30pm. Yoga warm up/opening circle with Melissa Nitya Walsh of Santosha studio. Live DJ music, Altar and Chill zone. Join a global movement. Take of your shoes and dance. $15. Essence Yoga, 2178 Broad St, Cranston. EcstaticDance.org/providence.

IET for Kids – 9:30am-12:30pm. This is great for kids ages 7 to 12 that want to learn energy work. They will be attuned to basic level IET, learn to do Angel wash in a fun class. Must RSVP; minimum 2 student. $40. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

Monthly Herbal Class with Maryann – 3-4:30pm. This is a monthly herbal class that will discuss different topics. The next couple months Maryann is cooking up some fun with the holidays approaching. More Info on FB. $40 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Free Talk: 200-Hr Teacher Training – 4-5pm. Come meet the Directors and learn about this indepth and life changing 11-wk journey. Take your yoga practice and your growth and self-development to another level. Free. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Hypnosis Consultation – 8am-5pm. Make an appointment with Toni-Ann to discuss and understand if how hypnosis can help you overcome life issues, behaviors or addictions. Free. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Rear Entrance, 2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-474-3360. aahhw.com. Tai Chi Easy – 9-10am. Learn tai chi 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 LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 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. FireseedCenter.com.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Happy Thanksgiving Day – 10am-12pm. An Ananda tradition. Join us in expressing thanks through beautiful ceremony, chanting, meditation and sharing. What blessings are you grateful for? Veggie Potluck, 12pm. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26 June Edward at Mind Body Spirit Life Expo – 11am-4pm. June Edward, the Massachusetts Medium will be offering Angel Card readings and mediumship at the Mind Body Spirit Life Expo. With over 80 exhibitors, speakers, free seminars and more. $12/advance, $20/at door. Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick. JuneEdward.com.

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SPACE WANTED CONFERENCE ROOM NEEDED WARWICK, Cranston to Providence or East Bay to run wellness seminars. 10-20 participants. Established practitioner. Call John 401-556-1289.

markyourcalendar Mind Body Spirit Life Expo – 11am-5pm. Holistic health, wellness, massage, spiritual readings, jewelry. Top notch speakers, giveaways, free seminars, live demonstrations, product sampling and so much more. $15/online advance, $20/ at door. Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick. MindBodySpiritRI.com. When Santa was a Shaman – 12-3:30pm. This family friendly event delves into the Pagan origins of Santa and celebrates ancient traditions. Create a craft and sample traditional food that celebrates Solstice. $40. Northern Lights Holistic Campus, 204B Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. SoulWisdomHealing.com.

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Support Pleasure Inclusive Sex Ed – 12am11:45pm. Giving Tuesday is extra sweet at the CSPH. The first 25 people who donate $100 on Giving Tuesday will receive a chocolate bar from Haute Chocolate and a CSPH tote bag. The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health. 401-489-5513. Crowdrise.com/poweredbyyou. Angel Gallery with Gladys Ellen – 6:30-9pm. A gallery-style event full of channeled messages for you and the group. Come experience the power of Divine Guidance as you sit in the energy of the Archangels. $60. White Light Books, Classroom Space, 1468 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-935-8451. RSVP: GladysEllen.com.

Dig Deeper ThetaHealing® Seminar – Dec 9 & 10. 9am-5:30pm. Pre-requisite: Basic and Advanced DNA. In this 2-day class, expand upon what you have learned in basic and advanced classes and become confident and proficient with belief work. With Monique B. LaCroix. $400 plus $50 deposit. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-480-2626. ThetaHealing.com/moniquelacroix.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Greening the Sphere Youth Program – 6-8pm. Environmental program for middle school age students. Create and run a sustainability festival. STEAM based with mix of science and art. Meets weekly Nov to May. $50 for program. GTS at East Bay Chamber of Commerce, 16 Cutler St, Warren. Shari: 401-465-4249 or ShariBitsis@gmail.com. Touch Drawing – 6:30-8:30pm. Play with Touch Drawing as a way to draw images from the depths of your soul through the touch of fingertips. A creative way to learn the story of your soul. $30. Creatigo, Agawam Mills, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org. Special Gong Bath Meditation – 7:30-9pm. Join Joy and A.Michelle at this unique center for the arts and be immersed in healing sounds of gongs, singing bowls, drums and more. $20. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com. Tickets: bit.ly/narrowsgongbath.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Jin Shin Jyutsu: Self Care Class – 6:30-8pm. Mara Prentice, DC, will teach you Jin Shin Jyutsu, (a Japanese Harmonizing Art) self-care techniques that when used help bring balance, harmony and greater self awareness. $15. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedYogaRI.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 The Providence Flea – 10am-4pm. The Holiday Markets offer a juried selection of handmade, vintage and small-batch gift and food items from more than 50 vendors each Sunday; with more than 90 vendors participating throughout the month. Free. The Providence Flea at Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence. ProvidenceFlea.com. Creatigo Open House – 12-6pm. Free 5-min IET session and light refreshments. Learn about our great classes. Raffle, certificates, gifts available. Free. Creatigo, Agawam Mills, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org. Crystal Singing Bowls – 2-3pm. With Tracy and Doug. Come relax to the melody of the singing bowl and receive the healing vibrations. This is a wonderful time, and you will be wanting it to never end. All are welcome. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 The Providence Flea – 10am-4pm. The Holiday Markets offer a juried selection of handmade, vintage and small-batch gift and food items from more than 50 vendors each Sunday; with more than 90 vendors participating throughout the month. Free. The Providence Flea at Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence. ProvidenceFlea.com. Book Release – 2-4pm. Join Jessica Irey for her release of the first book, Harmonic Equilibrium. This is an account of her spiritual awakening during the most crucial point in human evolution. Free admission. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Jessica_Irey@my.uri.edu. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 3-Day Basic DNA ThetaHealing® Seminar – Jan 12-14. 9am-5:30pm. The ThetaHealing Technique is a meditation training technique utilizing a spiritual philosophy for improvement and evolvement of mind, body and spirit. With Monique B. LaCroix. $400 plus $50 Ddeposit. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-480-2626. ThetaHealing.com/moniquelacroix.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 Cancer Awareness – 11am-2pm. Join Jessica Irey, Integrative Health Coach, as she educates on various causes of cancer and alternative treatments. Learn about plant medicines and preventative health. $5. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. GreengGoddessFarm@yahoo.com. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 3-Day Advanced DNA ThetaHealing® Seminar – Feb 16-18. 9am-5:30pm. The Advanced DNA ThetaHealing Seminar expands upon the information in the Basic Seminar where you will continue learning and mastering belief work and learn about downloads. With Monique B. LaCroix. $400 plus $50 Ddeposit. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-480-2626. ThetaHealing.com/moniquelacroix.

savethedate SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018 Discover You Wellness Expo – 10am-6pm. Join us for RI’s largest holistic and wellness expo featuring exhibitors, workshops and more. Registration for exhibitors is open. Discover You Events, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick. DiscoverYouEvents.com.

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ongoingcalendar sunday Qi Gong – 8:30-9:30am. 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 LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s program and child care. Teens meet last Sunday of each month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com. 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. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Sundays at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Music, chanting, meditation, uplifting talk, beautiful Festival of Light Ceremony, refreshments and fellowship. Healing prayer circle on third Sunday, 1pm. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Deep Stretch for Everyone – 10:45am-12pm. A fun, laid back stretch class. Develop flexibility, range of motion, alignment and more. Great for both men and women. Also held Thursdays, 4-5:15pm. Come try. With Dr. Wayne Clairborne. $40/5 classes Intro Special. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga.

monday Kripalu Yoga with Susan – 4:15-5:45pm. 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. With Susan McLaren. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 5:30-7pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $148/series of 8; $22/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Yoga: Beginners Welcomed – 6:30-7:30pm. Breath work, simple meditation, and bodily postures widely practiced for health and relaxation. Text, call or email to reserve you spot in class. Other classes online. $72/6 wks; first class free. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Rear Entrance/2nd Flr, Cranston. 401-474-3360. aahhw.com.

Restorative Yoga: Cumberland – 6:30-7:45pm. Like a day at the spa; a class for deep relaxation. A passive style of yoga good for everyone. Experienced teacher. Meets Monday, Nov 13 and Dec 11. $15/reserved; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Tai Chi Easy – 7-8pm. Learn tai chi 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 LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Muay Thai Kickboxing – 7-8pm. Kickboxing class appropriate for all levels of fitness and experience. Visit website for schedule of additional classes. 1 free month of karate for all new students. $6. USA Karate, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, Smithfield. 401-349-5883. SullivansUSAKarate.com. Group Manifestation for You & Earth – 7-9:30pm. Every other Monday. We visualize and develop scripts filled with positive emotions in order to group manifest for each other and the planet. Nov 13 & 27. With Shari Bitsis. $15. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. RSVP: 401-465-4249 or ShariBitsis@gmail.com.

tuesday Beginners Svaroopa® Yoga with Janice – 9:3011am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing slow-paced class. Learn easy poses that use props to release tension and stress with no strain or sweat. Find your peace and calm. With Janice O’Brien.New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Mid-Day Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. Class designed for those wanted to re-energize after the morning, those just wanting to practice or learn. All levels. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $148/series of 8; $22/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. All Level Yoga: Cumberland – 6-7:15pm. Join us for a moderately paced and joyful yoga class with Mary Shiel-L’Esperance. Unwind from your hectic day and move into a restful evening. Beginners welcome. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Yin Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Yin is a contemplative practice, therapeutic for body, mind and spirit. Yin targets the connective tissues and joints in the body, by sustaining poses for up to 15 minutes. $13; first class free. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedYogaRI.com.

Meditation – 7-8pm. This is a guided meditation that will allow you to relax. Great way to wind down from the day, or just to learn to meditate. By donation. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Drop-in. Donations to Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. LaughingElephantYoga.com. Amrit/Kripalu Yoga with Amy – 9:30-11am. Enjoy breath work and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the heart and body to release and open. Amrit offers a focus on meditation. With Amy McPhee. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Weight Loss Consulting with Denise – 3:306:30pm. Join for one month, get one month free. Customize your personalized nutrition plan, set your goals and get motivated. First month $50, second month free. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Rear Entrance, 2nd Fl, Cranston. aahhw.com. Aditi Yoga - 5:30 - 6:30pm. Fusion of traditional hatha yoga and Tibetan Buddhist Tantra. Call or text 401-464-1634 for special offers and to reserve your space. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. TheProvidenceInstitute.org Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $148/series of 8; $22/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Midweek Pilates Class – 6:15-7:15pm. A Pilates class designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture and enhance mental awareness. Call, text or email to reserve your spot in class. $72/6 wks; first class free. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Rear Entrance/2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-474-3360. aahhw.com. Yoga for All – 7-8pm. Hatha yoga blends balance, strength, improving flexibility, linking breath and movement. This class also adds dance to warm up and reiki for deeper experience in meditation. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

thursday Ananda Morning Yoga – 9-10am. Awake and ready? You will be after your morning yoga. A class to awaken your energy, body and mind. Go into your day with energy and joy. Mixed level class. $12/drop-in. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.

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Tai Chi Easy – 6-7pm. Learn tai chi 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 LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

Morning Yoga with Christine Tripp – 9-10am. Hatha yoga blends balance, strength, improving flexibility linking breath and movement. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Beginner’s Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing slow-paced class. Learn easy poses that use props to release tension and stress with no strain or sweat. Find your peace and calm. With Maria Sichel. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Coffee Hour for Veterans – 10:30am-12pm. 3rd Thursday. Opportunity for veterans to gather with like minded individuals in a safe, comfortable environment. Must be a RI Medical Marijuana patient. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. Limited seating; register: 401-889-3990. SummitRI.org. Afternoon Tune-up – 12-1pm. Energize while building strength and flexibility. Connecting breath with the postures cultivating awareness of inner stillness that prepares one for deeper meditation. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Quonny III – 5:30-7pm. Challenging, hatha-based poses for all levels. Modifications and props offered. Also Friday mornings. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com. Self-Care Yoga Class – 6-7pm. 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. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. An Evening of Yoga Nidra & Reiki – 6-7:15pm. Every third Thursday, come manifest your desires. Reiki and yoga nidra merge to offer balance and harmony to the mind, body and spirit. $20/general, $15/ members. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Flow Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. New Level 2 class. Learn yoga flow sequences to both strengthen and energize. We will practice mindfulness to deepen our benefits. Experienced teacher. $72/6 wks, $13/Flex Pass, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com.

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Woman’s Yoga – 7-8pm. Hatha yoga blends balance, strength, improving flexibility, linking breath and movement. This class also adds dance to warm up and reiki for deeper experience in meditation. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. $5 Community Yoga – 7-8:15pm. This class is suitable for all students and provides the opportunity to learn and refine the principals of alignment and form. Clear instruction and individual assistance. $5 cash/ check only. 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. Register: 401-270-5443 or TheProvidenceInstitute.org.

friday Mid-Day Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. Cass designed for those wanted to re-energize after the morning, those just wanting to practice or learn. All levels. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Relax for Lunch – 12-1pm. Tuesdays and Fridays at 12pm give the body and mind a mini-vacation through Progressive Deep Relaxation followed by meditation. Return to your day peaceful and refreshed. Suggested donation $5. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Gentle Yoga at Ananta Jyoti Yoga – 5-6pm. Gentle yoga appropriate for all levels of experience/ fitness. Beginners welcome. Visit website for additional yoga classes and reiki certification classes and services. $13. Ananta Jyoti Yoga, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, at USA Karate Studio, Smithfield. 774-987-9007. AnantaJyotiYoga.com.

saturday Parent and Me Yoga – 9-10am. 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. Parent pays/child free. $15/parent/child, additional child $5. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Saturday Morning Yoga: Cumberland – 9:3010:45am. Join us for a blend of kripalu, yin and restorative yoga for a healthy 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 BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Southern Rhode Island Center for Spiritual Living Study Group – 9:45am-12pm. Meets the 2nd Saturday at Linda Broadhead’s office. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 1220 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield. For more info, Rev. Celeste M. Warner: 508-904-0437. ConcordiaCSL.com. Plant Medicine – 10-11am. Learn about food as medicine, herbs as medicine, as well as the benefits of CBD oils and the Endocanniboid system from Jessica Irey an Integrative Health & Wellness Coach. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Beginning Level Yoga: Cumberland – 11am12pm. Learn/review the basics of hatha yoga including postures, prop use and breathing techniques. Suitable for new students and those seeking a more gentle class. $72/6 wks; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Youth Workshop – 11:30am-1pm. Interactive workshop with the use 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 LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. RSVP: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.

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communityresourceguide ADDICTION SPECIALIST / HOLISTIC COUNSELOR GLENN AMBROSE LIFE COACHING

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

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.

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

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

MALCHAR CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTER

Dr. Victoria Malchar, DC, CCSP 33 College Hill Rd, Building 30C Warwick MalcharChiropractic.com 401-826-7600 Dr. Victoria Malchar, DC. is the owner and lead physician at Malchar Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Warwick, RI. As a strong advocate for combining Chiropractic care and natural health care alternatives for a total wellness approach to the patient, she has been blazing the trail for combination care in New England for over 30 years. See ad on page 41.

NETWORK SPINAL ANALYSIS

Patricia Hogan-Casey, DC Wholistic Chiropractic Center 215 Cottage St, Pawtucket 401-725-4380 • DrPatOnTheBack.com Dr. Patricia Hogan-Casey, using Network Spinal Analysis, has witnessed profound effects on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels of her patients. The gentle precise touches to the spine initiate the removal of interference to the nervous system’s tension and function—essentially cueing the brain to develop new strategies to experience greater wellbeing. See ad on page 14.

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

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 21.

DEPTH HYPNOSIS FIRESEED CENTER FOR TRANSFORMATION

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

ESTHETICIAN FRESH FACE SKINCARE CENTER AT AVALON

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

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

My intention and holistic expertise is to provide innovative technology, high performance products and services to heal your skin. Combining vegan, organic and gluten free products with clinical personalized treatments the skin’s health, balance and radiance can be enhanced. Offering and using cutting edge procedures the skins transformation and harmony is the result. This philosophy can target, correct and benefit many sensitive unbalanced & unhealthy skin types. See ad on page 8.

HAIR SALON FLIPP HAIR SALON AND REFLEXOLOGY CENTER

38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • FlippSalon.com Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul.  Offering hair, makeup, reflexology, acupuncture, massage and herbalism. See ad on page 15.

HEALTH FOOD STORE NATURE’S GOODNESS

510 East Main Rd, Middletown, RI 401-847-7480 facebook.com/naturesgoodness NaturesGoodnessRI.com For 33 years we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic Whole Foods including many Gluten Free products, Natural Body Care, Athletic Supplements & Protein Powders, Incense, Smudging Supplies and Candles made with Essential Oils, Natural Pet Care Food & Supplements and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment.   Open Daily M-F 9:30-7, Sat 9:30-6, Sun 11-4.  View our web site and Facebook for upcoming events and educational information.

HOLISTIC GUIDANCE MY HOLISTIC VILLAGE MyHolisticVillage.com:

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 MyHolisticVillage.com.

SOUL WISDOM READINGS WITH CHRIS Chris McCullough 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-662-6642 crismcholistic@gmail.com SoulWisdomTarot.com

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 SoulWisdomTarot.com or facebook.com/ HolisticTarot for the latest news.

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HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH/ HYPNOTHERAPIST ABOVE ALL HOLISTIC HEALTH & WELLNESS Toni-Ann Laprade Women’s Holistic Health/Life Coach 245 Phenix Avenue, Cranston, RI (Rear Entrance) 401-474-3360 • ToniAnnLaprade@gmail.com AAHHW.com Are you looking to make some changes? Toni-Ann offers a free consultation to explore how she can help you reach your goals and to make holistic health or lifestyle choices towards happiness and optimal health. Toni-Ann is degreed in Complementary and Alternative Medicine and is also a Board Certified Hypnotherapist.

HOMEOPATHY VANDANA PITKE

Om Homeopathy at It’s My Health 1099 Mendon Rd Cumberland, RI omhomeopathy.com 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 omhomeopathy.com or join Facebook group My Holistic Health.  See ad on page 4.

HOSTING SPACE THE MEETING NEST AT ACORN COTTAGE Jackie Van Dusen 401-284-0363 LightsoulTherapy@verizon.net LightSoulTherapy.com

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

HYPNOSIS MINDFUL LIVING HYPNOSIS

Cheryl Reynolds RN,CH 4372 Post Road, E-Greenwich RI 02818 401-301-4426 MIndfullivinghypnosis.com 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 4.

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Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist ThoughtAlchemy.guru 774-991-0574 • info@thoughtalchemy.guru 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.

HYPNOSIS TRAINING GREATER RHODE ISLAND HYPNOSIS TRAINING

John Koenig, Certified Instructor 401-374-1890 John.Koenig.Hypnotist@live.com GreaterRhodeIslandHypnosisTraining.com Help people change and earn income as a Certified Hypnotist. 100 Hour National Guild of Hypnotists Certification Course. March - June 2018. $300 early enrollment discount. Call today to see if this course is right for you.

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DIANE’S PERMANENT MAKEUP & EYELASH EXTENSIONS 99 W. Natick Rd., Warwick, RI 401-855-4333

Permanent makeup artist, Diane Slinko specializes in permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. She works with each client to personalize the colors and shapes to enhance their face. Permanent makeup can take years off your age, give you more confidence and has a natural appearance! We also specialize in natural healthy eyelash extensions to complete the look! The end result... a more beautiful YOU! See ad on page 35.

MEDIUM / AUTHOR MARY CATHERINE VOLK

Gallery sessions and Speaking Engagements. 401-741-3478 Maryvolk8@gmail.com Believeinforever.today 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”.

Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 • nathalia47@aol.com GatheringGuide.com • OneVoiceCentral.com Create the Wedding ceremony of your heart’s desire with Rev. Natalia! Whether it be traditional or non-traditional or an Interfaith marriage. All types of love unions welcomed! Rev. Natalia co-creates ceremonies with you and enhances the beauty of your traditions: weddings, baby christenings and namings, seasonal healing rituals, memorials and funerals.

LIFE COACH

MEDIUMSHIP JUNE EDWARD

Teacher/Psychic Medium Somerset Mass 508-259-1231 Juneedward.com Angel card, Destiny Card, Akashic record readings, energy healing. Connect to loved ones on the other side. I specialize in career and relationship issues, twin flames, clearing past lives, home clearing, working with Angels, Home parties and phone readings available.

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LIFE DESIGN COACHING WITH SUSAN DE LORENZO Mansfield, MA 508-736-8844 Susan@SusanDeLorenzo.com SusanDeLorenzo.com

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 5.

Lisa Ashton, R.N. Readings in person or by phone 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-500-1908 LisaAshtonMedium.com NorthernLights.one

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.

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SPIRITUAL TEACHER/PSYCHIC MEDIUM Debbie McBride 204 Clock Tower Square Portsmouth, RI 774-266-6199 debmcbride.net

ORGANIC HAIR COLOR ELAINE HEWITT

Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • ElaineHewitt.com

Private Readings in Psychic/Mediumship, Angel Cards, Akashic Records & Energy Healing. I offer all levels of Mediumship Classes, Psychic Development Circles, Akashic Record (Soul) Reading and Table Tipping. Phone readings are welcomed.

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 5.

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Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • ProvidenceWholistic.com Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally - for all. Naturopathic doctor - Certified Classical Homeopath - Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 13.

Edmund Dalo 49 Cedar Swamp Rd, Smithfield 401-280-4540 edmundjdalo@gmail.com My style of training is best described as progressive and holistic (engaging the whole person). Proper exercise, nutrition and hydration are the key components in supporting one’s mental and physical well-being. Together we will identify limiting factors and behaviors that are getting in the way of accomplishing health goals.

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Reiki Practitioner & Tattoo Artist 30 Phenix Ave. Cranston, RI 401-944-0880 PhoenixTattooandWellnessCenter.com Afraid of needles but want a tattoo?! Come see Jessica Irey, Reiki Practitioner and Tattoo artist at Phoenix Tattoo and Wellness Center. Jessica uses Reiki while doing tattoos to help calm her clients for a more enjoyable experience! For $30 extra, receive 15 minutes of Reiki before and after your Tattoo. Receive complimentary Reiki during the Tattoo. Reiki is an excellent approach for relieving stress, anxiety, pain, depression and various other ailments while promoting a sense of wellbeing and tranquility. To schedule a full session of Reiki with Jessica or to get a tattoo, call or visit www.PhoenixTattooAndWellness.com.

REFLEXOLOGY

DR. M FEIBELMAN, ND

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

PRANA REFLEXOLOGY

Wendy Lewis, ARCB Board Certified Reflexologist East Greenwich, RI 401-626-4171 PranaReflexology.com

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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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 PranaReflexology.com to learn more about our services.

SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER ENERGY-N-ELEMENTS Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 Energy-N-Elements.com

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

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SARAH HELEN

GONGS OF JOY & DRUMSONG

Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 • DrBomback.com

Reiki Practitioner 154 Waterman St. Providence, RI 315-569-3641 ReikiBalanced.com

Our mission at Natural Health Solutions is to improve the health of our community by providing natural options for most health issues and guidance toward the understanding that real solutions can be achieved with real nutrition. I have been helping people for close to 25 years achieve a higher level of health through both nutrition and chiropractic. See ad on page 25.

Sarah is a Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master who uses energy healing, crystal therapy, and traditional Chinese techniques to address pain on the deepest level. Use Reiki to treat physical, emotional, and spiritual imbalances, and leave feeling relaxed and invigorated! To learn more or book an appointment, call or visit ReikiBalanced.com.

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

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THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE JANE MCGINN, BA, LMT

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

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CATHRYN MOSKOW, LCMT

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

THETA HEALING® MONIQUE B. LACROIX, LMT

ThetaHealing® Practitioner/Instructor MoniqueLaCroix.ml@gmail.com ThetaHealing.com/moniquelacroix ThetaHealing Technique is a meditation training technique utilizing a spiritual philosophy for improvement and evolvement of mind, body and spirit. Monique’s divine life purpose is to help bring healing to this world one person at a time. Contact her to set up a ThetaHealing Skype Session. See website for more information and upcoming classes.

WELLNESS CENTER IT’S MY HEALTH

Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 • Its-My-Health.com We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 4.

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New Year Inspirations Tips for a Peaceful and Happy Holiday and so much more!

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

YOGA & MEDITATION ANANDA MEDITATION AND YOGA CENTER 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown, RI 401-524-4766 AnandaRhodeIsland.org

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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