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t’s hard to believe that another year is just about gone and the holiday season is upon us yet again. Where ever did yet another year go? Pretty much everyone you talk to says the same thing, they are busy, busy, busy. I myself frequently give the same answer, and then pause to reflect on what it is we are all so busy doing? Sometimes it starts to feel like we are all on hamster wheels, running and running endlessly. Energetically, it seems, the earth is spinning faster on its axis and we are all just challenged to keep up. I think it’s important to remember that the earth isn’t turning any faster, we have one life to live and love, and that as we all make the world a better place, it does not depend on us to keep turning. I’ve been working with saying I have a full life, rather than I am overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done. In truth, I wouldn’t be doing all these things if I didn’t love what I do. Our words have so much power. Try saying both things to yourself and notice how different they feel in your body. I recently read about someone who decided last year to respond to everyone who asked him how he was with “I feel happy, for no reason”. He said the first part typically elicited a sudden, bright smile smile, while the second was often met with puzzlement. Seems interesting we can accept someone being happy but not that they don’t have a reason for it.

Imagine, collectively, what our thoughts and intentions have the power to create? “In Power of Group Intention” on page 20 by Lynne McTaggart we learn that it can take as few as 8 people setting an intention to create change. Working with the University of California and Penn State in groups ranging from 8 to 25,000 they were able to see things like seeds growing twice as much and the pH of water change by a full number. It’s one of the things that make Natural Awakenings so much more valuable. Every month, with informative, inspiring articles, we are filled with gentle reminders to take care of our family, our community and ourselves. Editorial filled with hope, positivity, natural solutions and alternative ideas help remind us of all the good there is and that we have the power of creating our own realities. The kindness of a genuine smile as our face lights up at the presence of another is one of the most precious gifts we have to give. I hope to meet you one day soon in person, on the street, at an event or wherever we get to share the connection made through smiling eyes and being happy, for no reason. This season, if we do meet, wish me a Happy Holiday, a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, Felices Fiestas, Boas Festas, or just give me a smile. My wish for you, not just this month but every month, is to be as happy as you can be. May you always find something in these pages to lift you up. In gratitude and peace,

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he fourth annual fundraiser for the Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians (RIANP) will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., December 5, at Flatbread Company, on the East Side of Providence. That night, the RIANP will receive a donated percentage of every pizza ordered in-house, as take-out, or home delivery. Additionally, the RIANP will be hosting a raffle with health-related prizes. Raffle winners will be drawn at 9 p.m. and do not have to be present. Visit RIANP.org to learn about the specific raffle prizes. To purchase raffle tickets before the event, email RINaturopaths@gmail.com or contact a naturopathic doctor. Raffle ticket prices are one ticket for $1, six tickets for $5, 14 tickets for $10, and 30 tickets for $20. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained to address healthcare needs of people of all ages. With a focus on prevention and wellness, NDs use nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, bodywork and counseling to address health concerns and minimize the need for pharmaceutical therapies or surgeries. In July of this year, Rhode Island became the 23rd state or jurisdiction to pass a law to license naturopathic doctors, establishing education standards and a scope of practice for the profession. Location: Flatbread Company, 161 Cushing St., Providence. For more info, visit RIANP.org. See ad on page 27.

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rofessional tarot reader and teacher Steven Seinberg of Arrow In Flight Metaphysics has announced a new curriculum for a series of 10 private lessons that will get individuals up and running as a tarot reader and practitioner. Sign up by December 31, and receive a 15 percent discount on course tuition, plus a copy of the classic RiderWaite-Smith tarot deck. The course will cover some basic history of the field, Steven Seinberg the structure of the tarot deck, individual card meanings, practical tips on selecting and using the right cards, and the essentials of performing informative readings. “Tarot isn’t just fortune-telling,” says Seinberg. “It’s a framework for self-discovery and personal empowerment. It also provides positive guidance for the reader, and also for their friends, their family and their future clients.”

he Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame and Tune In & Tune Up, RI Musicians Awareness Program will present a concert featuring The Rock’n Docs, Tyler Morris Band and Steve Malec & The Electric Flood on December 17, at the Met, in Hope Artiste Village, in Pawtucket. A free, pre-concert tour of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Museum directed by Rhode Island music archivist Rick Bellaire will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Doors open for the concert at 5 p.m., with acts performing from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Raffles and music memorabilia will be for sale with profits and donations going to the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame’s Tune In & Tune Up health awareness program for musicians. The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.


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Milk Chocolate Also Benefits Heart Health

igh-cacao dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanol, a compound known for its heart health benefits, but less is known about diluted foods such as milk chocolate candy. Harvard researchers followed 55,502 subjects for 13 years, comparing levels of high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to lifestyle traits. They found those eating one to three servings of chocolate a month (including milk chocolate) displayed a 10 percent lower risk of irregular heartbeat than those eating an ounce or less a month. Eating one serving per week of chocolate yielded a 17 percent lower risk and two to six servings a week 20 percent, and then leveled off after eating one or more servings per day. “Eating excessive amounts of chocolate is not recommended, because many chocolate products are high in calories from sugar and fat, and could lead to weight gain and other metabolic problems,” advises Elizabeth Mostofsky, author of the study.




Fifty healthy patients and 50 with chronic fatigue syndrome were tested for bacteria and immune molecules by researchers from Columbia University. They discovered that imbalances in the levels of certain gut bacteria are prevalent in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome, a disorder often accompanied by extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, cognitive issues and insomnia.

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A UK study of 19 elderly volunteers participating in a 12-week training program for providing companionship to dying patients showed that considering their own views about death and dying is an important component of serving in this role. Evaluation of the trainees’ diary entries focused on key themes such as reflections about dying alone, the importance of being present, self-awareness, personal loss, the meaning of life, self-preservation and coping strategies.

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erman researchers studied the correlation between cardiac arrhythmia and alcohol consumption by monitoring 3,000 middle-aged volunteers for 16 days during Oktoberfest. Portable electrocardiographs and breathalyzer machines tested for heart activity and breath alcohol concentration. Arrhythmia showed up in 30 percent of the participants, significantly higher than an estimated 4 percent or less among the general population according to an earlier study. An irregular heartbeat often causes discomfort in the short term and possible heart failure and stroke later.


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Chimps, orangutans and bonobo apes are now known to be capable of understanding what others are thinking and recognize human thoughts, an ability once thought to be impossible. A team led by Christopher Krupenye, of Duke University, had apes take part in a visual experiment where they watched videos on a monitor while their gaze was being tracked. They discovered an anticipation of events that went beyond the visual cues presented. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has determined that zebrafish are social animals, similar to humans and other mammals—they form friendships, experience positive emotions and have individual personalities. The group advises people that eat fish or keep them as pets to consider the moral implications. Honey hunters in sub-Saharan Africa have a unique form of communication with honeyguide birds that fly ahead to point out beehives which the hunters raid, leaving wax for the birds to eat. A study in the journal Science reports that they listen for a specific call made by their human collaborators. Dr. Claire Spottiswoode, of the University of Cambridge, in England, and University of Cape Town, in South Africa, observes, “It seems to be a two-way conversation between our own species and a wild animal.”


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New Options for Independent Co-Housing For 20 years, Maria Brenton, an outspoken proponent of older people living independently, has been campaigning and planning for the opening of a different kind of retirement home run by its residents, supporting each other through old age. She says, “Attitudes to older people in this country are out of date. Most members of the older population don’t wish to have everything done for them.” She attests that institutions and agencies dealing with older people encourage dependency and are patronizing and paternalistic. “Older people internalize it, and they learn to wait for people to do things for them,” advises Brenton. New Ground, in Barnet, North London, is the first UK cohousing development set up just for older women, with 26 women from age 50 to 87. Also in London, The Collective has created something similar with enhanced amenities such as a cinema room and a launderette with a disco ball. WeWork is an American company that has set up communal offices, and recently established WeLive, in New York City.


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Microplastic Mess Threatens World Oceans Scientists from the University of Hull and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have published research in the journal Science of the Total Environment showing levels of microplastics are five times higher in the Antarctic than previous estimates. Co-author Dr. Claire Waluda, a BAS biologist, says, “We have monitored the presence of large plastic items in Antarctica for more than 30 years. While we know that bigger pieces can be ingested by seabirds or cause entanglements in seals, the effects of microplastics on marine animals in the Southern Ocean are as yet unknown.” The tiny beads of plastic come from cosmetics or are shreddings from larger plastic items like clothing or bottles. According to United Nations sources, they may number as many as 51 trillion particles across the seafloor, throughout the oceans and on beaches worldwide. They are considered a serious threat to marine life in general. More international monitoring of the situation is needed, including a requirement for all polar research stations to provide waste treatment options. For more information, see Tinyurl.com/PlasticInAntarctica.

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Regift or Recycle Smart Phones When replacing holiday purchases of smartphones and other electronic devices, don’t just trash the old ones. Manufacturing electronics consumes many resources and discarded waste can leak harmful chemicals into ecosystems. There are far better ways to redirect and repurpose them. Besides trading in phones for a rebate, another good option is transferring them to an official recycling program that makes sure all components are dealt with properly. Some states offer special provisions. Check the E-Cycling Central website at eiae.org. Major phone makers and carriers offer recycling programs, and some retailers accept select electronic devices. Best of all, give a device a new life by gifting it. RecyclingForCharities.com accepts obsolete personal electronic devices by mail; the donor selects a charity to receive the proceeds. ShelterAlliance.net, CellPhonesForSoldiers.com and Phones4Charity.org are kindred organizations. AmericanCellPhoneDrive.org lets users find nearby charity recycling initiatives via zip code. It provides scholarships for U.S. children that have lost a parent through warfare or terrorism, feeds malnourished children in Asia, builds lowincome housing and donates prepaid calling cards to military personnel. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, other unwanted electronic devices can be recycled so that incorporated copper, steel and glass can be recovered and reused. Other materials like lead (in circuit board solder, glass cathode ray tubes of many TVs and computer screens, and batteries) and mercury (in fluorescent backlights of many flat-panel screen displays) can be captured and recycled, instead of polluting the environment. Small appliances like toasters, coffee makers and clothing irons aren’t considered e-waste and generally aren’t recyclable because they are made of a mix of plastic and metal. Using them for many years helps.


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Presence, Kindness and the Joy of the Season by Kathleen Cannon


he holidays are a season of wonder and giving. When we recognize that every moment is a gift, everything becomes illuminated with wonder. Maintaining this wonder in the face of uncertainty in the world— whether from natural disasters, humanitarian crises, political issues or family drama—can transform our experience of life. Take a moment to be still, savoring the place you are in and letting it fill the senses. This sort of mindful awareness has been espoused for centuries and runs as a common thread in many spiritual and mindfulness practices. Presence is so simple, yet our complex human selves have difficulty mastering this way of ease, choosing instead a more skeptical approach as a protective mechanism. This month, treat yourself to something else. The next time you’re at a holiday party, going for a winter stroll, whipping up something tasty in the kitchen or any other enjoyable activity, try the following exercise without any kind of associated judgment:


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Recognize that you are in a state of enjoyment. Become aware of this.

Take a moment and be fully present. This may mean excusing yourself to the bathroom, standing in a calm place or sitting down.


Take a deep inhale and let it out, letting the eyes softly shut. Relax the shoulders, jaw, and neck. Release the stress you are carrying, for this moment.


Then move through each sense— smell, touch, taste, hearing and finally, sight—slowly, and as relevant, letting each one fill you up.

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Savor this time, taking in all the senses with gratitude. Finish with another deep inhale and exhale.

When ready, return to your activity. You may notice that something has shifted —you have shifted to a higher state through presence.


Practice Kindness In this season of giving, we perform defined gestures of kindness, such as donating to hurricane relief efforts, buying a phone card for a soldier or playing secret Santa for a family in need. Perhaps even more powerful is how we “be”—how we act, respond and perceive—in our daily lives and routines. Who are we being when we stand in the line at the grocery, or while waiting for our coffee to be prepared? Our mood and energy impacts those around us, something we don’t often delineate but that is nevertheless constant. Every interaction we have influences countless other interactions through the ubiquitous ripple effect. Bringing kindness to interactions—choosing to see the brighter side of the situation, person or issue—elevates us and others. It can be a challenge to practice this—we’re wired for survival—so it’s natural for our minds to run around stressing, judging and being skeptical. This holiday season, try the following: Choose a day, an hour, or an errand wherein you can practice kindness skills. Offer a smile, easy compliments and cheerful chatter to those you encounter. When you feel stress or judgement creeping in, simply become aware of it. Breathe. Then move your mind back into kindness.  Researcher, author and motivational trainer Brendon Burchard says that he uses doorways as a simple reminder to uplift those around him. When he passes through a doorway, he says to himself, “I bring the joy,” and enters through in that mind space. When we reframe our thoughts this way, we choose kindness not only for others but also for ourselves. And in doing so, we uplift our own “be”ingness, too. The simple things are what comprise our lives, and often times, the simple things are the most powerful. Step into your power through kindness, awareness and wonder. Kathleen Cannon, ND, is a licensed naturopathic doctor in Connecticut and practices at The Cannon Clinic at the Country Doc Wellness Center, in North Stonington, CT. For more information, visit TheCannonClinic.com.




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AWAKE PARENTING Raising Connected, Confident Kids by Judith Fertig


ne of the greatest challenges parents face is connecting with their children in deep and meaningful ways. The aim of awakened families is to raise strong and emotionally resilient children. Parenting expert and clinical psychologist Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., author of The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children and The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting, offers mindful approaches to benefit the family—and the community. Via her practice in New York City, appearances on Oprah and online courses, Tsabary provides awareness, skills and strategies to revolutionize families. She posts videos and blogs at DrShefali.com.  

How do parents know if they’re on the right track? To be awakened or conscious means to realize that we carry emotional baggage and conditioning from childhood that affects our relationship with our children. Our old ways of thinking and


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being from our own childhood shape the manner in which we react and interact today. Awakened parents are constantly evolving into their truest and most authentic selves. When parents undertake a daily practice of mindfulness and awareness, they begin to extricate themselves from blind reactivity to see how every problem with their children is a call to their own awakening. Parents will know they are on the right track because they will connect more with their children, empowering them to think and live autonomously—separate from a parent’s fantasies and expectations.

How can each family member connect with their true self? Parents need to understand that the path to creating a connected relationship with their children is to first create one with themselves. Realizing this, they consider their own inner growth a high priority. Children need to learn who they are and what they really enjoy. Parents


How do children benefit from conscious or awakened parenting? Conscious parenting mandates that we place the task of connecting with our children front and center, especially before correcting them. Admonishing and punishing them becomes secondary to the main imperative of conscious connection. It’s crucial we realize we aren’t raising a “mini-me”, but a spirit throbbing with its own signature. Thus, it’s vital to separate in our mind who we are from who each child is. Children aren’t ours to possess or own in any way. When we know this in the depths of our soul, we tailor their raising to their needs, rather than molding them to fit our needs. Children raised in this way grow up to be fearless and infinitely resilient, knowing that their purpose in life is to live in their most authentic and true way. Conflicts decrease and conscious, connected communication increases.   

What can parents do when they fall back into old patterns, shaming children or doing other things that create distance?

When this happens, parents need to sit with themselves and look deeply

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can help by allowing children to just sit by themselves. If inundated with activities and subjected to numerous lessons, how can young people hope to recognize their authentic voice amid the din of all this “doing”?

within, asking: “What is it about me that feels the need to deride, scorn and shame my children?” In such introspection, they might discover triggers from old wounds that have nothing to do with a child’s behavior. When they can see the internal link, they can begin to make the transformations they need. As a parent, I have learned that my role is to step aside, stay in infinite possibility, heal my own wounds, fill my own bucket and let my child fly.  

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hirty years ago, speaker, author and journalist Lynne McTaggart recovered from an illness using alternative approaches to health. Since then, she’s been exploring the frontiers of healing through consciousness and alternative medicine. In the 1990s, McTaggart, who lives in London, started a newsletter called What Doctors Don’t Tell You, now an international magazine and popular platform at wddty.com that cites thousands of resources showing what works and doesn’t work in conventional and alternative medicine and how to beat chronic conditions naturally. McTaggart’s seven books include The Intention Experiment, The Field, The Bond and most recently, The Power of Eight. Her latest work examines the transformative power of small groups of people sending thoughts together for a common goal.

Can you summarize the results of your experiments of healing through collective intentions? We’ve done hundreds of experiments using small and large groups; 30 were tightly controlled scientific studies conducted in conjunction with researchers at institutions such as the University of Arizona, University of California and Penn State University. The experiments have involved all kinds of intentions, ranging from the relatively simple to the impossibly complex. The large-scale intention experiments involved upwards of 25,000 participants remotely logging onto a website to view photos of the targets, sometimes 8,000 miles away, and sending them a well-defined intention, like changing the pH bal-


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ance of water or healing a war veteran of post-traumatic stress disorder. To date, 26 of those 30 experiments resulted in positive, measurable, mainly scientifically significant effects. We’ve seen the pH of water change by a full pH number and seen seeds grow twice as much as control seeds. We also conducted three peace intention experiments with interesting results: After our eight-day intention for Sri Lanka during its civil war, violence levels fell; the government had won several decisive battles that week; and within a few months that 25-year war was over. We can’t say with certainty that we had a hand in this, but our other peace experiments showed similar results. If it happens a few more times, that becomes compelling.

What conditions were the most conducive to manifesting positive results? Was it intention, the power of the group or altruism? I think it’s a little of all of these. We’ve found that larger groups do not have a larger effect, which brought about the “power of eight” concept. I’ve discovered all that’s needed is a group, whether it’s eight or 8,000. In a group, we seem to lose our sense of individuality and separation from the world. We experience an overwhelming sense of oneness with the other intenders, which may be why our influence then becomes more powerful.

How did the act of sending positive intentions affect the senders? I was most surprised by the rebound effects reported by participants, whom


I started surveying after the Sri Lankan peace experiment. Thousands of extraordinary comments related not only how participants felt during the activity, but also afterwards; they were experiencing major shifts in their relationships, health, careers and well-being. All they had done was sit individually in front of their computer holding an intention, yet they experienced the altered and mystical states of consciousness described by psychologist Abraham Maslow as “peak experiences”. Life University, a large chiropractic university in Atlanta, worked with us to study the brainwaves of participants in six “power of eight” groups and found that senders had decreased activity in their frontal and parietal lobes, which govern the sense of self. It was like the boundaries between participants were dissolving into a state of oneness. To me, this partly explained the sense of oneness, compassion and love they experienced. Andrew Newberg, director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia, recorded similar effects in Sufi masters, and nuns and monks engaged in prayer

and meditation, but only after years of learning certain techniques. My participants, all novices, were primed only by watching a 13-minute YouTube video of me explaining how to send intention in a group. Group intention appears to be a fast-track to the miraculous—no experience necessary.

Why does “groupthink” have such a powerful, multiplicative effect? I think a huge part of it has to do with the power of getting off of yourself and setting an intention for someone else. Another is the connection created in a group. When we engage together in an activity like praying or setting altruistic intentions, we create a powerful virtual circle that proves healing to both the receivers and senders.

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PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.

Call to Action

Roughly 30 years ago, notable voices began urging Americans to embrace a sustainable worldview of unity in diversity, recognizing our core oneness as a solution to an increasingly out-of-balance society. Success in this endeavor depends primarily on the “habits of the heart” of our citizens, developed in local milieus of families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces and public places where strangers gather.

Activating Answers

While mainstream media often largely focuses on the negative aspects of conflict—discord, divisiveness, intolerance, violence, incivility, injustice, chaos and complex problems—a countermovement is convening constructive conversations. Participants are initiating dialogue and deliberations intended to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness, collaboration, cooperation and compromise among local factions that disagree on how to deal with everything from health care and social justice to environmental protection and climate science. Educational training materials and books are giving outdated models of conflict resolution a facelift. In The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, Sarah Van


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Gelder devotes a chapter to a Greensboro, North Carolina, battle over a story about a deadly, racially charged incident from the city’s recent past. She quotes James Lamar Gibson, a 20-something AfricanAmerican activist and core organizer for the Counter Stories Project: “We’ve been stuck in an old conversation for a couple of decades. We want to have an army of people with restorative conversation skills, so we can get past the divisiveness and imagine together a different sort of Greensboro,” he says. The project began with facilitator training, and then developed story circles in which residents were able to have the difficult discussions that don’t ordinarily take place among the police, city council, churches and social agencies. Today’s conflict resolution experts are discovering that conflict is an essential and powerful call for applying spiritual principles and exercising spiritual practices.

Provocative Questions

“What if we considered conflict as a secret ally or a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together? What does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way look like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig,


executive director of Commonomics USA, an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commonsbased economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thought-provoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers, are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures, processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive

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A community is a group that can fight gracefully… Chaos is not just a state; it is an essential process of community development. ~Dr. M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace conversations leading to constructive civic engagement. Breese remarks, “We’re open to working with anyone interested in learning processes that can help bridge divides. We also like sharing stories about what is working.”


The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue (ncdd.org/rc/ beginners-guide); a how-to-guide for Conversation Café (CC) hosts (Tinyurl. com/ManualForConversationCafe); and the American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change Project (ala.org/ ltc-models). “To date, we’ve had at least 800 librarians participate in free NCDD webinars,” Breese notes. CC is a simple tool useful in exploring difficult topics and provides a safe space to process different perspectives. “Initial agreement on basic rules includes suspending judgment while listening and seeking to understand others, refraining from persuading or converting and talking only from personal

experience,” explains Breese. One new network member, J. Scott Wagner, author of The Liberal’s Guide to Conservatives, speaks about the importance of using neutral language in dialogue. “I learned from him how words can be emotional triggers and signal one-sided perspectives, leaving some group members feeling angry or excluded because they feel the speaker won’t be open to hearing their perspective,” says Breese. After three tours of the U.S. and hundreds of interviews with conservative individuals, Wagner, founder of the nonprofit Reach the Right, was inspired to use his knowledge of five arenas—neurology/cognitive psychology, personality, bias, social conformity and morality—to help progressives understand conservatives that are not only their political leaders, but also their relatives, partners, friends and managers. He offers a simple explanation for anyone drenched in inaccurate biases. “We inherit unconscious genetic personality characteristics that lead us to develop our ideology, with which we construct our world and align with others that are in agreement. Differences in our personality characteristics are the culprits that create conflict.”

Community Needs Erase Enmity

Drawing on 25 years of experience of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome” that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying— even righteous and heroic—usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we need to

do,” observes Kahane. Kahane sees the challenge of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate. That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young people, accomplished in the Destino Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.


orld Café-style conversations used in Conversation Cafés to discuss issues that matter offer a powerful social technology to engage people in meaningful and constructive dialog in corporate, government and community settings. Understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business and organizational life, it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership. Embracing a combination of these guiding principles can foster collaborative exchanges, active engagement and helpful possibilities for action. n Clarify the Purpose n Create a Hospitable Space n Explore Questions that Matter n Encourage Everyone’s Contribution n Connect Diverse Perspectives n Listen for Insights and Share Discoveries Source: Tinyurl.com/CafeConversation Principles


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Jonathan Bender, founder of The Performance of Your Life, a public speaking and personal development business, has been on a lifelong quest of fostering personal growth and societal transformation. His therapeutic classes and workshops demonstrate how to connect, honor and deeply resonate with others, even if they have different worldviews, and how to listen and hear in the same way we want to be heard. Acknowledging the adrenalin rush that’s a common response to fear of conflict, Bender says, “When we learn to be mindful and speak from our entire body, rather than just from our head, we notice that the voice resonates and originates from a much bigger place. This teaches us to cultivate greater awareness of our emotions and how we express them. “Begin by acknowledging an emotion, and then reduce its intensity through slow, deep breaths, paying attention to the correlating physical sensation. Shifting our focus back to the heart allows us to recognize parts of ourselves in the stories of others and come to understand that our personal history is


Intense emotions can become sources of invincible energy with the collective power to build the world we want.

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he Center for Mediation & Collaboration Rhode Island (CMCRI) was founded in 1996 by a group of visionaries that wanted to increase the use of peaceful conflict resolution techniques. CMCRI is the only community mediation center in the state, with services provided by a committed volunteer base. The organization serves individuals, families, governmental bodies, and both for-profit and not-forprofit organizations in mediation, group facilitation, and conflict coaching, training, consulting and community dialogue. Mediation is a process in which an impartial mediator facilitates productive communication and negotiation by the parties in dispute. Mediators help parties define and clarify their issues, understand their varying perspectives, explore possible solutions, and work towards mutually satisfactory agreements. To insure a safe and productive environment, mediators coach participants to listen actively, talk respectfully and preserve confidentiality. CMCRI provides mediation as a preferred alternative for settling civil cases at a district court level. It oversees the Rhode Island Agricultural Mediation Program (RIAMP)—the official USDA-certified program for our state. RIAMP offers confidential assistance to help resolve agriculture-related issues, including agricultural loans, crop insurance, easement disputes, pesticide use, natural resource conservation and farm

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Apply Gardening Tips Containers ease gardening, especially for tomatoes. Hanover repurposes plastic cat litter buckets. “They’re sturdy and hold up in cold weather,” she says. “Alpaca poop fertilizer supplied by a neighbor doesn’t smell and plants thrive.” Ocala, Florida, reiki master and teacher Debi Goldben employs nature’s bounty at home. “Downspouts collect rainwater for the garden, and it’s much better than chemically treated city water,” she says. Some municipalities, including in Colorado, regulate rainwater collection, mandating the size and number of barrels per property “for outdoor use only”.

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se it up, wear it out, make do or do without,” was the motto of past generations. Today, it’s recycle, repurpose and reinvent. Nostalgia is making a comeback. It’s tempting to revert to successful old-fashioned ways; it’s even better to update the how-to of natural eco-living.

Preserve Food “There are tradeoffs between convenience and environmental impact,” says Kathleen Hanover, executive creative director at Imagine That Creative Marketing Services, in Dayton, Ohio. “I’d love to freeze all of our family’s produce, but after two power outages, I can veggies, too. Steam canners for jams, jellies, tomatoes and high-acid foods use three inches of water and 10 minutes of energy.” Shel Horowitz, a consultant for Green and Profitable and co-author of Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World, joined a food co-op in the 1970s. Today, it has 9,000 members. “I dehydrate


Nasturtium leaves are fermented, seeds and stems pickled and flowers puréed. “I make nasturtium flower coulis, bright orange and spicy, to dollop on freshwater fish,” Russell says. “Stems are minced into grain salads and seeds sprinkled on slabs of beefsteak tomatoes. Leaves, soft from fermentation, wrap around fresh goat cheese, shred into coleslaw or pair with steamed basmati rice.”

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veggies for soup, pasta, stir-fry dishes or as tomato or zucchini chips,” he says. “Onions, shallots, garlic, leeks, celery, kale, hot peppers, tomatillos and fruit were successful; eggplant, cucumbers and rhubarb were not.”

Use It All The Traditional Line menu devised by executive chef Mark Russell, of Great Performances, a sustainability-oriented high-end catering and food service company in New York City, remarks, “Food trends have changed,” noting preserving, freezing, pickling and canning remain sound. He salutes thrifty Depression-era practices. “My grandparents picked dandelion greens to fry in bacon fat,” he says. “A salad with olive oil and fresh tomato is healthier.” Fermented grape leaves can be rolled up into dolmas filled with local grains and feta cheese instead of meat. He also blanches and freezes cauliflower leaves, warmed in butter to serve; he’s then used the whole vegetable.


Anca Gooje, owner of Chid Kala, a natural ingredient lotion maker in Scarborough, Maine, uses colorful patches to repair tears and update the look of her two children’s clothing. She also recompressed their sofa’s inner springs to their original shape by encasing them in fabric. “It was timeconsuming, but only cost a few dollars for fabric,” she relates. “Updating avoided creating more landfill. For a fresh look, I made a new cover.”

Multipurpose a Cook Pot “My mother believed pressure cookers would explode, so I bought an Instant Pot and changed the way I cook,” says Sue Ann Jaffarian, a Los Angeles paralegal and mystery writer. “I have a demanding day job and writing deadlines. I toss in healthy ingredients and have a simple homemade meal, often vegan, in a minute. Soup, stew, risotto, pasta, chili, pudding, brown rice and oatmeal work well. It doesn’t heat up the kitchen, either.”

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Critter Confusion by David Jones


oles and moles are often confused with each other. Despite the similarity in names, they are quite different animals in general and in particular with their daily habits. They do, however, have some similarities. They can both cause significant damage to border plants, trees and shrubs and especially in common, damage to our lawns. Voles are vegetarians and will travel just under the grass looking for young plant shoots. They particularly like rhododendrons, camellias, gardenias and other acid loving plants that put out lots of tender shoots. This causes the plants to be stunted in their growth and some will even die if attacked often enough. Voles will change tactics in winter and will tunnel under snow looking for bark at the base of trees and shrubs as their main food source. Junipers are a favorite and we should check the bark from time to time. If the bark shows any

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signs of being chewed, take action as soon as possible or risk having to replace them or look at brown, ugly patches. Now, moles are very different as they are carnivores and relentlessly hunt down earthworms, fat grubs and occasionally adult forms of some insects. They tunnel under the grass several inches deep. They dump the excavated soil on the lawn in ugly piles. When we walk on the lawn, the grass will often give way as the tunnels collapse. This can cause potential hazards if we trip up on unseen holes. The turf will usually feel spongy and is often the first indication of a problem. Voles can often be seen, and look like mice with short tails and slightly pointed noses. They are shy and often brownish gray. Moles are much bigger, dark gray and are easily identified by their large shovel like front paws which are strong excavating tools. Since all creatures have roles to play in life, non-lethal control methods are recommended to protect your property from voles, moles and other critters.

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rom computers, cell phones, smart TVs, DVR players and programmable appliances to a seemingly endless list of other electronic gadgets, we are in constant contact with unnatural electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) generated by technology. In today’s 24/7 society, invisible EMFs are inescapable; they permeate our working and living spaces. What we may not know is how they negatively impact our body’s natural sleep-wake cycle: suppressing melatonin, the hormone that controls the natural circadian rhythm, disturbing slumber and even affecting weight gain, according to University of Tel Aviv research. On the brighter side, some new technological products promise to restore balance to the body, including deeper and more restful sleep. From the Philip Stein sleep bracelet, sleep number beds and portable sleep trackers to sleep-related

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CHAMPIONING HOLISTIC ATHLETES The New Face of Sports Medicine by Marlaina Donato

From college athletics to Olympic training, sports medicine has a new, holistic face.


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that led to amputation of his lower left leg as a teen. “After the accident, my family and I opened a raw vegetarian restaurant. We produced as many cultured foods as possible—sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir. Improving my gut health gave me the biggest strides in healing. Yoga and meditation also contributed. It all saved me.” Six-time Ironman triathlete, U.S. Senior Olympic gold medalist and marathoner Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., of Honolulu, attributes surviving stage IV breast cancer primarily to her low-fat vegan diet. Already an avid runner and nutritionally conscious, Heidrich was shocked to hear the diagnosis. “I was 47 years old when I was told the results of the biopsy. I thought I was going to die because of the symptoms I was experiencing,” recalls the 82-year-old, who not only beat multiple malignancies without chemotherapy or radiation, but was the first cancer patient to complete an Ironman Triathlon. This “Ironlady’s” holistic approach includes a whole food, 100 percent plantbased diet, featuring oats, quinoa and brown rice. “When we give our body its proper fuel, it will function at its optimal level,” remarks Heidrich, who has dedicated her life to re-educating others about diet and investing in her ongoing athletic achievements.



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At home, “I like to be informed about where my meat comes from and how the conditions are for the animal. If I roast a chicken, I will use every part, including the bones, to make a stock,” she says. Her holistic approach includes a consistent yoga regimen, meditation and application of essential oils.


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Even under the best of circumstances, professional athletes encounter difficulties, but when faced with enormous obstacles, the best can get even better. “I’ve faced injuries and illness during pivotal times in my life and career, but I always approached it with the intention to be proactive, rather than being reactive,” advises Coughlin. For Strong, confronting tragedy with the right attitude offers possibility. “Thirteen years ago, I was hit by a car and lost my leg, but now I see that moment as a blessing instead of a curse. It was a hardship that tested my limits, but in the end, it propelled me to achieving dreams I didn’t even know I had.” Nearly four decades after her grim diagnosis, Heidrich embodies hope for all of us when she says, “It is never too late to adopt a better way.”

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THE GIFTS OF CITRUS Colorful Good Health in Holiday Dishes by Judith Fertig


inter citrus fruits that arrive in a gift basket or show up on sale at the grocer present a welcome bright spot on winter’s darker days. Valencia and blood oranges, limes and Meyer lemons are delicious in their own right, and deserve their place on the breakfast table. Yet there are many other intriguing ways to enjoy them in vinaigrettes, salads, main dishes, baked goods and desserts.

Winter citrus is full of health benefits, just when we need them most: during the busy holiday season. To start, they help bolster our immune system, guarding against colds or helping us recover faster. Their high vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, content is water soluble. According to a comprehensive study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a daily intake of 400 milligrams of vitamin C can halve the

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incidence of colds in adults and cut their duration by 14 percent. The flavonoid hesperidin in citrus helps boost “good” HDL cholesterol and lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, report researchers in the Journal of Nutrition. In a new study in Nutritional Neuroscience, hesperidin in citrus also was found to ameliorate brain deterioration found in Alzheimer’s patients. Other studies further show that the grapefruit diet wasn’t wrong; eating half a fresh grapefruit before each meal can help us lose weight. In a study conducted at the Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, California, and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers put overweight volunteers on an exercise plan for 12 weeks and asked them to eat either half a fresh grapefruit or drink apple juice and pop a placebo pill before each meal. The grapefruit group dropped an average of three-and-a-half pounds, compared to only one-half pound for the apple group. Limonoids, an antioxidant found in most citrus, may help guard against stomach, lung, breast and skin cancer, according to the U.S. Agricultural Research Service. Animal and human cell studies found that limonoids—especially those in fresh oranges—harbor potential as anticancer compounds. Another study in Nutritional Neuroscience showed that the volatile compound limonene, found in the rind of a lemon, can enhance memory. As nights grow colder and longer, winter citrus “adds a little sunshine to every meal,” says Jamie Schler, author of the recently released cookbook Orange Appeal: Savory & Sweet. Schler grew up in Florida, surrounded by citrus groves between the Atlantic Coast

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Drizzle the orange blossom water and any reserved runoff juice over the fruit. Using a fine sieve, lightly and evenly dust with cinnamon and a generous drizzle of honey. Chill the oranges for at least 1 hour or longer in the refrigerator before serving. When ready to serve, sprinkle the pomegranate seeds, pistachios and mint leaves evenly over the top.

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Yields: 6 servings as side dish or starter or 4 as main dish 2 Tbsp butter or margarine, divided 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided, plus more as needed 8.8 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced into ¼- to ½-inch strips Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Zest of 1 orange 2 large oranges, juiced, about 1 cup, divided 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped 9 oz Arborio rice 4 cups warm chicken or vegetable stock or broth 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp dried; or 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves or 1 tsp dried 1½ cups young, tiny sweet peas, fresh or frozen

Add ¼ cup orange juice and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until the juice evaporates and the mushrooms are very tender and glazed. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside. Add the remaining butter and oil to the skillet and return to the heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat until softened, transparent and just starting to turn golden. Add the rice and zest and toss with the onions until all the grains are coated in oil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, stirring, until the rice becomes translucent.

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Heat 1 tablespoon each of the butter and oil in a large skillet over mediumlow heat until sizzling starts.

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Add 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock and cook, stirring constantly and gently, until the liquid is almost absorbed. If using fresh peas, add them with the first addition of stock. Stir in the fresh or dried herbs at the same time. Continue cooking the risotto over medium heat, adding 2 more ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock at a time, stirring constantly, allowing each addition of liquid to be almost absorbed before adding more broth. When the rice has cooked for 10 minutes in this manner, add all the remaining juice and cook until it’s absorbed. Continue cooking the rice, stirring, adding 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of broth at a time until the liquid is absorbed, about another 10 minutes. When the rice has cooked for a total of 20 minutes, if using frozen peas, stir in



Add any remaining stock and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender and creamy. Total cooking time should be 20 to 25 minutes from the moment the rice is added to the skillet. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed.

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Baby Vegetables and Microgreens with Charry Lime Vinaigrette

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Yields: 4 servings Charry Lime Vinaigrette: Zest of 2 limes Juice from the grilled limes 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp sorghum or maple syrup ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Vegetables: 4 oz baby radishes 4 oz baby carrots, with some of the green top 4 oz baby leeks, trimmed 4 oz baby yellow pattypan squash 2 oz microgreens Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush the radishes, carrots and leeks with olive oil and place in a grilling basket or on a perforated grill rack. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, turning often, until the vegetables have just started to brown at the edges. Zest the limes and set the zest aside.

Just What Are Nutraceuticals? Halve the limes and grill, cut sides down, for 1 to 2 minutes or until they have good grill marks; adds a smoky, caramelized flavor. For the Charry Lime Vinaigrette, squeeze the juice of the grilled lime halves into a bowl. Whisk in the reserved lime zest, rice wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sorghum and olive oil together until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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Arrange the vegetables on salad plates and garnish with microgreens. Spoon the vinaigrette over all and serve. Adapted lemon and lime recipes are from Red, White, and ’Que: Farm Fresh Foods for the American Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, permission of Running Press. Adapted orange recipes are from Orange Appeal, by Jamie Schler, permission of Gibbs Smith.

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INSPIRED LIVING Five Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle by Kelly Martinsen


nspiration may strike anywhere, at any time. The trick is nurturing the process to appear on demand when we need it most. Often, an inspiration is sparked when we perceive someone being selfless, courageous, physically extraordinary or deliciously creative. However, we don’t need to wait for outside stimulus when we can discover internal stirrings by invoking any of these self-inspiring tips.

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Journal – People often journal as a way to reflect upon their lives. This can be helpfully revealing, but rather than looking back, look forward, using a journal as a blueprint to manifest the most inspired year yet. Write out plans and dreams with the steps needed to achieve them.

Defeat allodoxaphobia – It’s the fear of others’ negative opinions. Everyone suffers from this to some extent, and it can hinder us from living our best life. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt remarked, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”

Gratitude – This is the big one. One way to be and stay inspired is by starting off each day in a state of gratitude. Every morning before getting out of bed, think of at least three things to be grateful for. By doing this, we recognize the blessings we have and greet the day in a positive frame of mind. It’s a perfect way to end each day, too. When someone routinely inquires, “How are you?” answer, “I am grateful.” Our time on Earth is not infinite. With only so many days promised, let’s vow to live them inspired.

Volunteer – A common excuse for not volunteering is, “I don’t have the time.” Next year, make the time. When researchers at the London School of

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 Yin Yoga – 6-7:30pm. In this restorative class all poses are sitting or lying on your mat. Props are provided to help you hold poses for 3-5 minutes. Enjoy the candlelight. Breathe and relax. $15/dropin. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com. Gong Bath: Healing with Sound – 6:30-8pm. Join Joy (Gongs of Joy) and A.Michelle (Drumsong) to experience the resonant sounds of gongs, singing bowls, drums, flutes and more to bring you to a state of relaxation. $25/advance, $30/at door. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 Holistic/Psychic fair – 9am-5pm. Join us at our psychic fair the 1st Saturday of every month. Offering massage, reiki, mediumship, tarot and much more; discounted rates. $30. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. To reserve a spot: 401-293-5655. Yoga and Prayer: Sharing God in the Abrahamic Traditions – 9:30-11:30am. With Katie Lieberman. 3-wk series exploring yoga philosophy as a way to approach sacred scripture. $45/3 wks, $20/drop-in. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. BreathingTimeYoga.com. Detox for Illness with Oils – 10am-12pm. With Karen. Learn the benefits of creating kits to combat the flu and other illness. $20. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. pnbholistic.com. 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. 5th Annual RI Author’s Expo – 10am-5pm. Best selling afterlife author Mary Catherine Volk will speak at 1:30pm about writing her memoir Believe In Forever: How to Recognize Signs from Departed Loved Ones. Over 125 RI authors, workshops, presentations and panels all day; Holiday raffles; meet Santa. Free. Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Pl, Cranston. MaryCatherineVolk.com. Everyday Crystals with Elisa – 2-4pm. Learn how to use your crystals and what each crystals properties are. An in-depth description of how they can be used. $30. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. pnbholistic.com. Paint and Express with Zandra – 2-4:30pm. Fun time of self-expression, awareness, and a little creativity. Using exercises as you tap into your conscious and subconscious to explore yourself, and expressing it. $45 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

Meditation: Meet Loved Ones in Spirit – 7:308:30pm. Lead through a series of guided imagery exercises that will release disharmonious energies that no longer serve the self, center us, meet loved ones and clear auric field. $35. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 Anatomy Exploration: Shoulders for a Safe Downdog – 9:30-11am. With Liz Maynard. Explore the anatomical building blocks for a downward facing dog that is spacious for shoulders and spine. $20/advance, $25/at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. BreathingTimeYoga.com. Exploring the Subtle Body: Workshop – 10am12pm. Explore the subtle interplay of breath (pranayama), movement (asana), and meditation. Some exposure to any of these is preferred, but not required. With Dan Boyne. $30. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Fl, Ste 200, Cranston. 401-632-0878. More info: BodyKneads.Yoga. 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; with more than 90 vendors participating throughout the month. Free. Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence. ProvidenceFlea.com. Group Breathing Session – 1-3:30pm. Experience the benefits and application of a full, deep, connected breath. Eliminate restrictive breathing patterns. Heal yourself physically, mentally, emotionally. $50. West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln, adjacent to Sandy Lane Market, Warwick. 401-450-4172. WestShoreWellness.com. Singing Healing Crystal Bowls – 2-3pm. With the vibrational sounds of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls will alter your individual energy footprint based on the healing that your soul needs. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 Readings by Steve Lupo – 12-8pm. Readings by Steve are incredible. Readings are done with cards and intuitively. $45. Positive New Beginnings, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. pnbholistic.com. Writer’s Group with Christine – 6-8pm. Join us in our writer’s group. We share our ideas and our secrets. Our group is helping each other create a special story. $5. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. pnbholistic.com. Reiki One Certification – Dec 4 & 5. 6-9pm. With Diane Lupo. Learn the art of reiki. Pre-registration required. $149. Positive New Beginnings, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. pnbholistic.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 Free Foot Scans for Arch Problems – 10am12:30pm. Free foot scans (by appt only) to check for arch issues. We’ll go over the scan, make recommendations if needed. Length of appt approximately 10 mins. Must call to book. Free. Cumberland Family Chiropractic LLC, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535. Table Tipping – 6-8pm. Join us for monthly Table Tipping; it is another way to access the spirit world for communication with loved ones that have departed or spirit guides. $25. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Meditation for a Stress-Free Holiday – 6:307:30pm. Meditation can reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, and mental equilibrium. A simple, yet powerful meditation technique will be taught to help you thru. Free. Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-2422. Achieve True Forgiveness – 6:30-8:30pm. Forgiveness from the heart is permanent and adds positive energy shift. Angelic healing helps remove the heartache and keep the lesson, never tolerating such treatment again. $25. Creatigo, Agawam Mills, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 Healthy Living as We Age – 2-3:30pm. A self-directed women’s discussion group. Join us to laugh, talk and discuss issues of aging important to you. Tea will be served. Free. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training – 4-5pm. Information session. Enroll in Breathing Time Yoga’s 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training. Begins late January 2018. Attendance is free. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. For details & discounts: BreathingTimeYoga.com. Group Healing – 6:30-8pm. Group healing is a fascinating journey into healing. We use a dynamic blend of healing methods and techniques. Bring a blanket or pillow to ensure comfort. $20. Creatigo, Agawam Mills, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org. Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. To register: 401-736-6500 or Paul@Energy-N-Elements.com. Mindfulness and Tea – 7-8:15pm. Learn and explore different mindfulness techniques and concentration practices, while being aware of your breath and drinking tea. $20. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. BreathingTimeYoga.com.


December 2017


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. Lots of free parking (go down Dudley St to enter). $10. Chifferobe, inside Hope Artiste, 1005 Main St, Ste 8141, Pawtucket. JessieJewelsHoops.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 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. Reiki I with Cheryl Markey – 9:30am-5pm. Learn Reiki I where you will be attuned and learn to do reiki for yourself. Learn about the history of reiki, hand placement. Receive certificate at the end of class. $125/pre-registration required. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Pastel Painting Workshop – 11am-1pm. Join us for “The 45-Million-Dollar-Flower.” a Georgia O’Keefe-inspired workshop taught by painting instructor Gregory Maichack. All materials provided. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. Register: 508-261-7380. Mansfieldlibraryma.com. EPAC WinterFest Holiday Art Fair – 11am-3pm. Meet best selling afterlife author Mary Catherine Volk for a book signing of Believe In Forever: How to Recognize Signs from Departed Loved Ones. Hand signed paintings, ceramics, photography, sculpture, jewelry, signed books. Free. East Providence Arts Council, East Providence Senior Center, 610 Waterman Ave, East Providence. MaryCatherineVolk.com. Divining and Pendulum Class – 12-2pm. 2 classes in one: Tea Cup and Pendulum class. Bring tea cup and pendulum for class. Pre-registration required. $25. Positive New Beginnings, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-368-7060. pnbholistic.com. Workshop for Deeper Life Fulfillment – 1-3:30pm. Learn how to release conscious and unconscious fear that is holding you back from a life you would love living. Details and registration online. Free. Paradigm Shift, Alyson Franz at First Spiritualist Church, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. 401-383-7633. ParadigmShiftRI.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 Basic IET Class with Sheila – 9:30am-5pm. Would you like to learn Integrated Energy Therapy? This is the first of 3. Become attuned and learn how to do self treatment working with Angel Ariel and the Healing Angels. $195; must pre-register. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. 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; with more than 120 vendors participating throughout the month. Free. Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence. ProvidenceFlea.com.


Rhode Island Edition

Book Release – 2-4pm. Join Jessica Irey for her release of her 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 Center, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. Jessica_Irey@my.uri.edu. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 Restorative Yoga for the Holidays – 6:30-7:45pm. Join us for a soothing and relaxing experience. The perfect remedy to holiday stress. No prior experience necessary. Teacher has advanced training in restorative yoga. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16 drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Eyelash Extension Training Class - 11am-7pm. What is holding you back from earning top dollar as a 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. Please call. Diane’s Permanent Makeup & Eyelashes, 101 West Natick Rd, Accross from Warwick Mall, Warwick. 401-855-4333. dianesmakeup.com. Adult Empath Group – 6:30-8pm. What kind of empath are you? Tools, tips and support during this highly charged time. $25. Creatigo, Agawam Mills, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org. Mindful Meditation Mondays with Elisa – 6:308pm. Relax, release, and feel a sense of peace with this meditation. Restore your balance and be refreshed. $10. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. pnbholistic.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 Free Foot Scans for Arch Problems – 3-5:30pm. Free foot scans (by appt only) to check for arch issues. We’ll go over the scan, make recommendations if needed. Length of appt approximately 10 mins. Must call to book. Free. Cumberland Family Chiropractic LLC, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535. Into the Bear Cave – 6:30-8pm. A restorative shape-shifting meditation to bring you into the Great Mother’s Cave to sit with the Bear Clan and listen to the voice of Mother Earth. With Colleen Kelley. $15. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Meditation for a Stress-Free Holiday – 6:307:30pm. Meditation can reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, and mental equilibrium. A simple, yet powerful meditation technique will be taught to help you through. Free. Glocester Manton Free Public Library, 1137 Putnam Pike, Chepatchet. 401-568-6077.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 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. 401-787-8877. BelovedYogaRI.com.


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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 Reiki Share – 6-8pm. Every 3rd Friday. All level 2 reiki practitioners, come and join us for an evening of sending reiki to the world, and our loved ones, and then enjoy reiki from each other. $10. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. Align with the Season Ceremony – 6:30-8pm. Join us for shamanic ceremony to release blocks, open and align more fully to the energy of the Winter Solstice. Bring drum, rattle, item for the altar (returns with you). With Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna. Free. Energy-N-Elements, 150 Adirondack Rd, East Greenwich. 401-736-6500. DanceOfSoundAndSpirit.com. A New Way to Grieve – 7-8:30pm. Join internationally acclaimed channel, Roland Comtois, and holistic health guru, Susan Lataille, for this special, transformative event on a new way to grieve. $35. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Author Jaclyn Friedman at the CSPH – 7-9pm. Sex educator and author Jaclyn Friedman joins us at the CSPH for a Q&A session about her new book, Unscrewed, which investigates the state of sexual power in America. $30. The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health, 250 Main St, Ste 1, Pawtucket. 401-489-5513. Thecsph.org. 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.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 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. The Providence Flea – 10am-4pm. Juried, urban flea market. Unusual finds, art, fashion, local crafts, curiosities, furniture, food trucks and more. Free. Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence. ProvidenceFlea.com. Yin Yang Mini-Retreat – 1-3pm. With Linda Sparrowe. Explore what it means to connect to your true nature, a nature imbued with generosity, discipline, patience and wholehearted enthusiasm, through asana and meditation practices designed to awaken your innate wisdom. $25/advance, $30/at door. Members receive 25% off. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. BreathingTimeYoga.com.

Relax, Restore, Renew – 4-6pm. Life can be hectic; break the busyness for awhile. Replenish your body, mind and spirit with a series of deeply supported poses accompanied by breath work and guided relaxation. $25. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Yin Yoga, Meditation & Reiki – 6-8pm. Alicia Barry leads yin yoga poses which target the connective tissues surrounding the joints. With meditation and reiki, this is a deeply therapeutic experience. $30/advance, $35/at door. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411. IslandHeron.com. Freedom Dance – 6:30-7:30pm. Dive inside and respond to the requests of your being in this free-style dance class. $15. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Drum Circle – 7-9pm. Come experience a Shamanic Healing Drum Circle. Doug will guide you in a peaceful meditative drum session, which promotes overall healing. Drums are available for your use. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 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; with more than 120 vendors participating throughout the month. Free. Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence. ProvidenceFlea.com. Monthly Herbal Class with Maryann – 3-4:30pm. This month with the Holidays upon us, Maryann is planning something fun for the holidays. Class is designed for anyone to know more about herbals and using them. $40 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.



Tuning into Your Energy – 6:30-8pm. This is a class for those who wish to master their personal energy field. Learn how to work with the chakras and auras, how to ground, clear your field and more. $25. Northern Lights Holistic, 204B Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. HealingLightlp@gmail.com.

A Gathering of Souls Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Weekly until Jan 30. Through meditation we uncover our own personal, individual path to our inner Being, there we will find that love, peace, joy, kindness, wellness, wholeness, lays inside of us. Love offering appreciated. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com.

Young at Heart – 6:30-8:30pm. A class for kids and adults to develop and expand their sensitivity and mediumistic abilities, creating deeper connections to Spirit. This month is our Christmas party. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 Coloring Club for Relaxation – 5-6:30pm. There is a new growing trend of coloring for relaxation. The library will provide soothing music, coloring books, markers, colored pencils, and crayons. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. MansfieldLibraryMA.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 Winter Solstice: An Inner Journey – 7-8:15pm. Let there be light. Judith Blacquier leads a guided meditation to connect with Universal Life Force Energy and our Inner Teacher. Done seated or lying down. All welcome. $20. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411. IslandHeron.com.

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 deposit. 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 Center, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. GreenGoddessFarm@yahoo.com. BlueDragonflyRI.com.




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.


Mediumship Readings – 8am-9pm. Connect with your loved ones over the holidays. Dec 22-24 at a reduced rate of $50 for 30-min phone reading. What do they want to tell you at this time? Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. Psychic Development Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Circle is for anyone who wishes to learn more about themselves and their talents, gifts and abilities. Also learn how to expand and develop your own intuition. $25. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655.

Mediumship Development Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. The objective of this monthly development circle is to offer students the ongoing opportunity to develop and unfold their spiritual, psychic and mediumistic gifts. $25. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655.

Foundations Class – 6:30-9:30pm. Join us for a journey of self-discovery and revelation within an experiential format of lecture, discussion, sharing and process with Rev Ian Taylor. Entry-level class in the study of the Science of Mind. 13 wks. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. For more info & cost: 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com.


Create Vision Boards/Manifestation – 4-6:30pm. Will discuss the law of attraction and manifestation. Everyone will create their own vision board to take home to help them bring in what they desire. $50. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. Free Foot Scans for Arch Problems – 10am12:30pm. Free foot scans (by appt only) to check for arch issues. We’ll go over the scan, make recommendations if needed. Length of appt approximately 10 mins. Must call to book. Free. Cumberland Family Chiropractic LLC, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535.


Sitting in the Power Meditation – 6:30-8:30pm. Joining us for our monthly Sitting in the Power Meditation is a way of opening your awareness to the energy of who you are. We touch the power that is within us. $25. Northern Lights Holistic, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28 Jin Shin Jyutsu – 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. BelovedYogarRI.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 deposit. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-480-2626. ThetaHealing.com/ moniquelacroix.

savethedate SUNDAY, MARCH 4 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.

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute. ~Thurgood Marshall awakenings

December 2017


ongoingcalendar sunday Qigong – 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.

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, 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.

Svaroopa® Yoga with Janice – 9:30-11am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing slow-paced class. With easy poses and lots of support, learn to release tension and stress with no strain and 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.

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.

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 Friday, 9-10:25am. Suggested donation $12. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.

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. Sunday Service – 10:30am-12pm. Weekly Sunday Service with inspirational message, fellowship, beautiful music and meditation. We will be celebrating Advent, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Free. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708. UnityRadiantLight.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. Intro special: $40/5classes. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga.

monday A Course in Miracles Study Group – 10-11:30am. Spirituality and reflection study group. Free. St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 15 E. Beach Rd, Charlestown. 401-965-1947. 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. Yoga Class with Cinthya Esquea – 6:30-7:30pm. Fun and lighthearted vinyasa flow class, harmonizing breath and movement to give strength, grace and freedom. Call or text for special pricing. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, parking & entrance in rear, Cranston. 401-301-8041. More classes: aahhw.com.


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Mid-Day Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. Class designed for those who want to re-energize after the morning, those just wanting to practice or learn. All levels. $12; $72/6. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Relax for Lunch – 12-1pm. 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. Yoga Basics: Great for Beginners – 5:45-6:45pm. Learn alignment, breath awareness, and linking movements with breath. Also great if you need a gentle class, or a refresh on alignment and related tips. $40/5 classes, $15/class. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Fl, Ste 200, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga. All Level Yoga – 6-7:15pm. A moderate posture flow, emphasizing breath and alignment techniques, with experienced teacher, Mary Shiel-L’Esperance. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Meditation with Rodney – 6:30-7:30pm. This is a guided meditation that occurs in 3 parts that will allow you to relax. Great way to wind down after work or to start the day, or just learn how 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.


Meditation with Rodney – 9:30-10:30am. This is a guided meditation that occurs in 3 parts that will allow you to relax. Great way to wind down after work or to start the day, or just learn how to meditate. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Amrit/Kripalu Yoga with Amy – 9:30-11am. Enjoy breath work and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing your heart and body to release and open. Amrit offers a focus on meditation. With Amy McPhee. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Quonny Yoga: All Levels – 10-11:30am. Challenging hatha-based poses that anyone can achieve with the props provided. Precise cueing and breath work round out your experience. Also on Monday and Friday. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com. Weight Loss Consulting with Denise – 3:306:30pm. Join for one month, get one month free. Customize your personal nutrition plan, set your goals and get motivated. Text Denise for your appointment. First month $50, second month free. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, parking & entrance in rear, Cranston. 401-301-8041. aahhw.com. Pilates Class with Rhonda – 6:15-7:15pm. Designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture, and enhance mental awareness. Call or text to reserve spot. $12; special pricing available. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, parking & entrance in rear, Cranston. 401-301-8041. aahhw.com. Meditation with Rodney – 6:30-7:30pm. This is a guided meditation that occurs in 3 parts that will allow you to relax. Great way to wind down after work or to start the day, or just learn how to meditate. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Yoga Fusion with Christine – 7-8pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $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. Yoga Fusion with Christine – 9-10am. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Hypnosis: Curb Holiday Overeating – 9am-6pm. Gain control now, so you don’t gain weight over the holidays. Gift certificates also available for use

in the New Year. Appointments available on other days also. Holiday special: $50. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, parking & entrance in rear, Cranston. 401-474-3360. aahhw.com. Svaroopa® Yoga Class with Maria – 9:30-11am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing slow-paced class. With easy poses and lots of support, learn to release tension and stress with no strain and 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. Yoga Fusion with Christine – 12-1pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Kid’s Glow Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Using black lights and glow sticks to increase fun. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen, increase flexibility, reiki to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Yoga Fusion – 6-7pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Qigong with Master Wu, Wen-Ching – 6:157:15pm. Begin your new year with this healing art, and learn to strengthen and balance your internal energy to attain better health. New students may attend a trial class. $225/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. WayDragon.com. Meditation with Ann Porto – 6:30-7:45pm. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to calm the mind and reduce stress. Drop-ins welcome. Learn proper alignment for breath and meditation. $12. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Woman’s Yoga Fusion – 7-8pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. 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. Call or register online. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.


friday Meditation with Rodney – 8:30-9:30am. This is a guided meditation that occurs in 3 parts that will allow you to relax. Great way to wind down after work or to start the day, or just learn how to meditate. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Reiki Special: Buy One, Get One Free – 9am-3pm. Ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels physical, mental, emotional. 60-min session. $30/buy one, get one free. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, parking & entrance in rear, Cranston. 401-323-0783. aahhw.com. Mid-Day Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. Class designed for those who want to re-energize after the morning, those just wanting to practice or learn. All levels. $12, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Relax for Lunch – 12-1pm. Also held Tuesday. 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.

FOR RENT PRIME EAST SIDE LOCATION! Busy, wellestablished practice offers room/office for a private practice. 

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FOR SALE SPRINGHILL STUDIO - All Statues in yard $10.00 each. Unique Concrete Garden Gifts, Pet Memorials, Angels, Buddha Statues, Bird Feeders, and more. Shipping worldwide. Springhill Studio 75 Laura Street, Tiverton RI 02878, 401-314-6752, e-mail: Springhillstudio@yahoo.com Open Daily SpringhillStatuary.com.

LICENSED PSYCHOTHERAPIST Therapy Services available. Most insurances, Sliding scale. Home Visits depending upon schedules. Excellent results. James P. Pereira, M.A. C.A.G.S, L.M.H.C 774-473-0067.


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, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

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PAIN RELIEF TREATMENT WITHOUT DRUGS – Get back your health and live life! Call now and save on your first visit! 401-884-8687. BreidingChiropractic.com.

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, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Saturday Morning Yoga: Cumberland – 9:3010:45am. Just yoga. Stretch/move/breath/relax and enjoy. All levels welcome. $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Svaroopa® Yoga Class with Suzanne – 9:4511:15am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing slow-paced class. With easy poses and lots of support, learn to release tension and stress without strain. Find your ease and calm. With Suzanne Lincoln. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Southern Rhode Island Center for Spiritual Living Study Group – 9:45am-12pm. Meets the second Saturday of every month at Linda Broadhead’s office. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, Linda Broadhead, 1220 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield. For more info, Rev. Celeste M. Warner: 508-904-0437. ConcordiaCSL.com.

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. Kid’s Glow Yoga – 10-11am. Black lights and glow sticks. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax (3 weekends a month); not held Dec 9. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.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, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2 E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.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. BlueDragonflyRI.com.


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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.


ArrowInFlight.com Warwick, RI 510-295-3233 Steven.Seinberg@gmail.com Metaphysical work leads to selfknowledge...and self-knowledge leads to wellness. For six years now, I’ve been using Astrology and Tarot to help my clients understand themselves better, and to then make choices that suit who they truly are. Counseling, classes, and private lessons available.

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.


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 30.


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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 25.

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 13.

ENERGY HEALING ALL ABOUT ASCENSION Laura Patterson 204B Clock Tower Square Portsmouth, RI 401-752-9752 healinglightlp@gmail.com fb.me/allaboutascension

Are you interested in the concept of ascension? Are you tired of being stressed, overwhelmed or feeling lost? Ascended Healing sessions raise your vibration out of the fear and reaction state and into a calm, peaceful state of being. Energy mastery sessions and classes empower you to achieve this state of being on your own.


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 24.


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.


YI JING Consultant Izabela Stambolyan Istambolian@gmail.com Please state “Yi Jing Reading” in the subject line Yi Jing has been providing profound wisdom and guidance for 3000 years. Originated in China by Laozi, author of Tao De Ching. Follow your life purpose with the tools you chose to fulfill it in this lifetime. Only 36 certified in U.S. Yi Jing consults individuals, families, businesses based on Five Elements Theory and date of birth. Live your happiest true nature!


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 19.


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 19.


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.


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. See ad on page 28.

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.





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

John Koenig, Certified Instructor 401-374-1890 John.Koenig.Hypnotist@live.com GreaterRhodeIslandHypnosisTraining.com

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 34.

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.


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.


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.



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 30.


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 15.

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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.


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 5.


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Blue Dragonfly Wellness Center 6828 Post Rd North Kingston, RI 02852 401-529-2020. BlueDragonflyRI.com SacredSoulJourns.com Enjoy a relaxing guided meditation for healing and enhanced awareness. With over 35 yrs of experience as a psychologist, meditation practitioner and energy worker, Ann leads a weekly (Thurs evening) meditation group and by appointment Buddhist-based 1:1 deepening meditation consultation, individual and family end-of-life care support, therapeutic touch treatments.  Call for a free consultation.


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”.


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.


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


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 19.




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.


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



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.


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


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 27.

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.


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Reiki Master/Teacher of Usui Reiki 204B Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth Cell: 508-971-6508 mayzie32@yahoo.com Donna is a reiki practitioner who works intuitively with crystals to achieve the most powerful healing possible. Her passion for helping people heal themselves is her constant motivation to help clients discover their innate healing abilities. Her warm, heart-centered approach provides a nurturing context for clients to take their next step toward self-love and inner peace.


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.

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.


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.





Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 • Its-My-Health.com

Renumi Massage at Northern Lights Holistic 204B Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-293-5655 Northernlights.one May I have your TENSION, please? De- stress your holidays with a therapeutic full-body massage! My intuitive touch will guide you on a virtual getaway to help you relax your mind, reconnect your body, and renew your holiday spirit. Practicing Mondays and Wednesdays. Gift certificates available. RI Lic# MT02217.

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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.

Everyone has their own unique path to health and happiness. Mind Key connects you with the information, vetted professionals, products and events that are a match for you. Whether seeking guidance in health, businesses or life-at-large, a free consult can guide you toward your goals. Contact us today to learn how.


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.


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.

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Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319 Maria@TimeForYouYoga.com TimeForYouYoga.com 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.


December 2017



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