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Onward & UPWARD

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Contents 20 MEDITATION



Tips for Finding the Right Practice



24 5 WAYS

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Author and Natural Awakenings Long Island Publisher, Kelly Martinsen

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ere we are a few weeks into the New Year and I am happy to report that I’m still on track with my first resolution: to stop procrastinating. This letter gets me in trouble in that department every month. Even though I spend most of the month writing it in my head, all too often I don’t commit it to paper until close to the last minute. I hate that. I recognize procrastination only adds stress, but in the moment, it is much too easy to aim for instant gratification, putting things off that are not on fire. That can be an especially shortsighted way of being, hence, my revived commitment to minimizing procrastination. 2018: The Year of Proactivity.

This month’s editorial theme is “What’s Your Meditation Maureen Cary, Publisher Style.” I am pleased that I have not only been continuing with my daily meditation that I committed to before the New Year, but I am feeling calmer and look forward to the sessions. More and more meditation opportunities are popping up in our calendar section, including free public libraries bringing this peace to our communities. Keep an eye out for one near you! Our feature article, on page 26, looks at some of the different meditation styles. As with so many things, it is not a one-size-fits-all. While there is great power in meditating with others, it is not always possible or practical on a daily basis, so I urge you to explore different styles and find a way to incorporate this into your life on a daily basis, of only for five to 10 minutes a day. I promise you won’t regret it. Tying in with meditation is our powerful article on overcoming adversity. I have always loved stories of those that have faced and overcome great odds. What is it that makes some choose resilience over defeatism? For some to persevere in challenging times while others might throw in the towel? Can we change our way of being? Studies tell us 60 to 80 percent of people grow in many ways from personal trauma. It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. What if we were to do that without the trauma, understanding that some difficulty in our lives is inevitable? What could we become? There are resilience resources out there; have a look on page 27. The stories where people make the conscious decision to use their personal challenges to help others can be awe inspiring and something to value in both trying and good times. We are meant to be connected to each other. Peace,

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Warm Up Longer this Winter at Urban Sweat


affa Yoga & Urban Sweat has announced new, expanded hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a special Healthy Happy Evening entrance price of $30 (cannot be combined with any other offer) from 4 to 9 p.m. Spend the day or stop in after work to enjoy one of the six heated therapy rooms and forget about the temperature outside. The new hours fit into almost every schedule. Also new is the Raffa Scrub Bar, an add-on to the Urban Sweat experience where customers make their own scrub to exfoliate their skin during a visit, taking the remainder home with them for later use. Visitors leave feeling more refreshed than ever and love the skin they are in. “We’ve painstakingly created a paradise for you to unwind, relax and breathe your worries away. We feature 21 therapeutic massage and treatment rooms and six heat therapy rooms to foster and encourage your health and well-being. Therapeutic massage is not a luxury, but a healthy necessity, so we’ve priced our monthly massage memberships accordingly. Also, our therapists are licensed in Rhode Island and are nationally certified to ensure quality,” says owner Christine Raffa. Each person is provided with relaxation wear, towel and locker. For added comfort in Urban Sweat, bring a bathing suit for use in steam room. Urban Sweat is a barefoot facility, but flip flops are welcome although they can’t be used in saunas or steam rooms. Shower products are provided, but hairdryers are not. Check the schedule for holiday and weather related closings. Gift certificates are available. Cost: $30 for Healthy Happy Evening. Location: 19 Sharpe Dr., Cranston. Check website for other services and pricing. For more information, call 401-463-3335 or visit See ads on pages 7 and 21.

Wellness Expo Takes Over The Crowne Plaza Hotel


iscoverYou Events, producer of the one of the largest Wellness Expos in Rhode Island, announces the takeover of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Warwick, for its upcoming 8th Annual DiscoverYou Wellness Expo. This year’s event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and includes more than 80 exhibitors, workshops including two keynote speakers and movement classes, free henna tattoos, free massage, garden wall, photo booth, gongs, singing bowls and much more. DiscoverYou Events founder, Susan Lataille, says, “My goal is to have a fun and interactive event that’s inspirational as well as educational in learning what wellness services and products are available in the local area. I want this event to be a destination and a different experience from the wellness-focused events of the past. People have changed; it’s time the event changes, too.” Keynote speakers are medium Roland Comtois and fitness expert Casey Conrad. Other workshop presenters include Kerry Cudmore, Candance Hozza, Linda Jaros, Robert Baxter, Gigi Gravel, Mark McCarthy, Steven Seinburg, Claire O’Kane, Shawn Aceto, Lisa Medley, Lisa McBride and more. Cost: $15 ($10 in advance). Location: 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. Learn more and buy tickets at See ad on back cover. 8

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Paradigm Shift Expands Its Reach


aradigm Shift, a personal growth agency located in Johnston, is growing and expanding its programs to include its newest program called Developing Your Power to Live a Truly Fulfilling Life. This group program, which begins February 20, is designed to help individuals step into their power to create the life they truly want to live. In addition, practitioner Mary Dionne has joined the Paradigm Shift family. Dionne is an LICSW who comes with 20 years of experience in dealing with many issues including trauma, substance abuse and anger issues. She is excited to join this practice and help people start transforming their lives. Paradigm Shift helps people completely break-free from anything that is holding them back—whether it be an emotional or situational issue—so they can start living a fulfilling life. It offers an array of services including therapy, intensive healing programs, workshops for personal growth and group programs. The incorporation of Emotional Freedom Techniques (aka EFT or Tapping) and Synergetic Therapy are just part of what makes this center different from other therapy practices in the area. Trauma and many other issues can be healed to their core using these techniques. Location: 1395 Atwood Ave., Ste. 201, Johnston. For more information, call 401-383-7633 or visit See ad on page 9.

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he Providence Flea is back for a limited run of winter and spring markets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, through April 22, indoors at Hope High School, in Providence. The market will be held in the cafeteria at the building’s rear entrance, and will feature new and returning vintage vendors, artisans, makers, plus food trucks, community nonprofits and live music. Hope High is easily accessible by public transportation, and the school offers plenty of free, off-street parking. Cost: Free. Location: 324 Hope St., Providence. Visit for vendor application, directions and e-news sign-up. Follow the Flea on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. See ad on this page.

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Seminar Explores The Road to Spiritual Freedom


CKANKAR of Rhode Island will present The Road to Spiritual Freedom, the 2018 Rhode Island ECKANKAR Regional Seminar, on March 3 and 4, at the Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, in Warwick. The two-day event includes a free discussion from 10 to 11:30 a.m., March 3, entitled Spiritual Wisdom on Problem Solving. The seminar will feature keynote speaker Bill Elberty, a lifelong educator, currently working with teens that have a challenging time in school and with those accelerating into their next step of life. Elberty is a master storyteller and has shared his spiritual journey through stories at Eckankar events around the country. He loves listening to others as they share their spiritual journey. In every case, the gift of his spiritual service is inspired by the stories of those discovering their truth in everyday life. At the seminar, Elberty will share what he has discovered through his own personal journey and stories, and perhaps inspire others to find and experience spiritual freedom for themselves. An Eckankar seminar is a place where people come to experience a direct link to God through inspirational talks, workshops, music and spiritual exercises. Attendees will learn how to align their inner and outer aspirations. It also provides an opportunity to meet like-minded people that share the same love for God and Spirit. The goal is spiritual renewal, transformation, healing and the gift of higher awareness. Location: Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd., Warwick. For full schedule and more information about the seminar, call 401-864-0414, email Eckankar.RI@gmail. com or visit Rhode Island Eckankar Center is located at 2914 Post Rd., #3, Warwick. See ad on page 13.

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oni-Ann Laprade, a holistic health coach at Above All Holistic Health and Wellness, in Cranston, is offering individual one-on-one coaching and a new cancersupport group on Thursdays at noon for those looking for a safe, loving place to talk about living with cancer. Laprade has lost many loved ones to cancer and has been fighting cancer herself naturally for 11 years. She lives each day with gratitude and faith, feeling blessed to be living life many years after a cancer diagnosis. She is also passionate about sharing her journey, experiences and formal education in holistic, complementary and alternative health. Other services offered at the wellness practice are holistic health coaching, hypnosis, weight-loss consulting, massage therapy, Pilates and yoga. A complete list of services is available at Location: 245 Phenix Ave., Cranston. Parking and entrance in the rear of building. For more information or to register for a spot in the group, contact Toni-Ann at 401-474-3360 or email at See ad on page 12.

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he Rhode Island Land and Water Partnership will be hosting its 15th Annual Summit on March 10, at the University of Rhode Island, bringing together board members, staff and volunteers from the state’s many grassroots conservation organizations. By working together, Rhode Island citizens can individually and collectively be more efficient and more effective in protecting the state’s land and water resources. Rhode Island has more than 40 land trusts, a dozen watershed organizations and numerous conservation commissions. Partnership programs foster learning and collaboration among conservation leaders throughout the state and region. The summit offers a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in conservation to network, get more involved, and/or to learn about critical issues facing the state. The keynote speaker is Gus Seelig, who has served as the executive director of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board since its inception in 1987. Under his leadership, VHCB has invested $310 million in state funding to develop or rehabilitate more than 12,500 affordable homes, to conserve 700 farms encompassing 160,000 acres and 265,000 acres of natural areas and recreational and forest lands, and supported restoration of more than 60 historic buildings for community use. The summit offers a broad selection of 32 workshops with topics ranging from Stream, River & Bay-Friendly Homes to RI’s Climate Resilience Action Strategy. Cost: $55 before 2/23; $80 afterwards (includes continental breakfast, lunch and coffee mug.) To learn more about the workshops and register, visit

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ivine Images & Sanctuary Day Spa, in Somerset, Massachusetts, will begin offering Aveda’s newly launched Full Spectrum Demi+ haircare line next month. As technology has advanced in all areas of our lives, so have beauty products. Scientists at Aveda researched and formulated a new demi line to meet the changing times. Using a sugarcane-based gel formula and plant-derived oils, it penetrates into the hair without the use of ammonia. Offering full service hair, facials, bridal services and massage, Divine Images & Sanctuary Day Spa also offers a detox room with a steam tent, BioMat and halotherapy salt sessions. The experienced team is dedicated to helping clients achieve their wellness goals. Location: 285 Slades Ferry Blvd., Somerset, MA. For more information, call 508-672-0900 or visit See ad on page 15.

Spirit-Inspired Entrepreneur Program Starts at Fireseed


ireseed: Center for Transformation is offering its Spirit-Inspired Entrepreneur 40-hour Program beginning in February. The full, three-month program includes three weekend workshops, on February 24 and 25, March 24 and 25, and April 28 and 29, along with individual depth hypnosis sessions, Facebook and monthly in-person groupwork. This program, developed by Katharine Rossi, owner of Fireseed: Center for Transformation, is for anyone who has an idea they would like to develop and bring to fruition. She states, “In 2005 the Spirit of Fireseed came to me in a whisper. I undertook a process of engaging with this spirit to develop it in ways that were genuine and meaningful to me. I have taken what I learned from this experience and crafted a format for others to develop their Spirit-inspired project. “ The Spirit-Inspired Entrepreneur program teaches individuals how to work with energies available to support and co-create with the spirit of one’s business or project. An introductory workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m., February 12, at Fireseed, to obtain an overview of the program. Location: 194 Waterman St., 3rd Fl., Providence. For more information, call 401-924-0567 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.


lue Dragonfly Wellness is growing thanks to its practitioners, clients, family and friends. One of the biggest changes is the addition of a small retail shop within the center, offering approximately 36 different decks of oracle and tarot cards, sage, candles, incense, crystals, jewelry, figurines and much more. In addition, the center is carrying sacred healing drums made or commissioned by Doug Verry. Layaway is available. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m to 5 p.m., Sundays; other times are by appointment. Classes offered at Blue Dragonfly Wellness include tai chi, qigong, yoga, meditation, food as medicine, as well as children’s classes. Massage Therapist Anna Allsworth is now taking appointments. In addition practitioners are available to perform reiki, integrated energy therapy, crystal healing, crystal dreaming, chakra balancing and Therapeutic Touch. Monthly offerings include a crystal singing bowl meditation, a drumming circle, gallery readings, hypnosis workshops for weight loss and smoking cessation, and various other workshops. Local authors are often invited to give lectures and sign books, and a psychic fair is planned for later in the year. Location: 6828 Post Rd., North Kingstown. For more information, call 401-741-5055 or visit See ad on page 17.

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ith great joy and gratitude, the Concordia Center for Spiritual Living Leadership Council announces Lisa Medley has been chosen as the Concordia Children’s Ministry Leader. Medley brings a wealth of knowledge as a well-being mentor/coach. She also earned a degree in psychology from University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in expressive therapy and counseling from Lesley University. Medley grew up in the Unitarian Church and was active in its youth programs. She is married to Roger Medley and has a son, Miles, all of whom are active in the spiritual community. Medley will be visible in the Concordia community and active in bringing the youth ministry into the next evolutionary and robust stage of development. The youth ministry welcomes children to participate in a Science of Mind lesson on Sundays from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.

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THIRD-PERSON SELF-TALK AIDS IN EMOTIONAL CONTROL As reported in Scientific Reports, two studies of 37 and 52 people at Michigan State University have discovered that talking to ourselves in the third person using statements like, “Why is John upset?” instead of, “Why am I upset?” can help improve our ability to control our emotions. Everyone occasionally engages in internal monologue, an inner voice that guides our moment-to-moment reflections. Now, scientists believe that the language used in the process influences actions differently. The premise is that third-person selftalk leads us to think about ourselves similarly to how we think about others, which provides the psychological distance needed to facilitate selfcontrol.

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Zinc Inhibits Throat Cancer Research from the University of Texas at Arlington reported in The FASEB Journal, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, has found that zinc supplements can inhibit or slow the growth of esophageal cancer cells. The research also found that zinc deficiency is common among throat cancer patients. Zinc-rich foods include spinach, flax seeds, beef, pumpkin seeds and seafood such as shrimp and oysters.

Mindfulness Reduces Alcohol Cravings In a randomized, double-blind experiment published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, University College London researchers found that among 68 heavy drinkers, just 11 minutes of recorded mindfulness training reduced drinking. Subjects were closely matched with an active control group that was taught relaxation techniques. Seven days later, the mindfulness group on average drank 9.3 fewer units of alcohol, roughly equal to three pints of beer, while the relaxation group showed no drop in alcohol consumption.

Chocolate and Olive Oil Help Heart Health Cardiologist Rossella Di Stefano, with the University of Pisa, in Italy, led a study of 26 people and determined that eating a combination of dark chocolate and olive oil improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure after 28 days. She says, “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols found in cocoa, olive oil and apples. We found that eating small, daily portions of dark chocolate with added natural polyphenols from extravirgin olive oil was associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile. Our study suggests that extra virgin olive oil might be a good food additive to help preserve our ‘repairing cells’.”


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global briefs Monsanto Still Gaming the System

Monsanto, the company that makes the controversial weed killer Roundup, is setting farmer against farmer and state against state with its newest product, dicamba. Amid claims and counterclaims over effectiveness and safety of crops and humans, the debate is shedding new light on how new agricultural products are introduced, tested and regulated. One major difference with dicamba is the gaseous vaporization it uses to treat crops, causing the poison to spread onto neighboring plants via wind. Brad Williams, a Missouri farmer, says that leaves on trees were “so deformed you couldn’t even really identify the differences between them.” The manufacturer claims that proper usage protocols are not being followed. Some farmers agree, while others report crop damage and human health issues. One pivotal point of debate is which federal and state agencies have jurisdiction and the power to set enforceable guidelines. At stake are millions of acres that have already been sprayed, along with the future of non-GMO farms inadvertently contaminated by the dicamba sprayed on genetically modified crops that need the poison to survive.

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Sealife Sanctuary Greenpeace Lobbies to Create Huge Antarctic Preserve

The South Pole is Earth’s last uninhabited outpost, and Greenpeace seeks to establish an Antarctic sanctuary of almost threequarters of a million square miles in the Weddell Sea adjacent to the vast continent that would protect whales, penguins and other wildlife. The nonprofit has called for governments to show greater vision and ambition. Frida Bengtsson, head of the Greenpeace Antarctic campaign, states, “Over the next 12 months, we have an opportunity to make history: to create an Antarctic Ocean sanctuary which would be the largest protected area on Earth.” She notes that it would also ensure healthier oceans that soak up carbon dioxide to moderate climate change. The proposal, submitted by the European Union and promoted by the German government, will be considered in October by the governmental bodies responsible for managing the Antarctic marine environment. It follows the successful adoption of the Ross Sea sanctuary in 2016.

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Britain only recycled 57 percent of the plastic bottles that were sold there in 2016, and is considering charging a deposit fee to reduce litter. Scotland is also introducing a deposit return policy for cans and bottles. Denmark recycles 90 percent and South Australia 80 percent by using deposits as an incentive. UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove says that almost 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans each year, with up to 80 percent washing out to sea from land. Gove is consulting with the industry to determine the advantages and disadvantages of different types of reward and return systems for plastic, metal and glass drinks containers. Britain’s decision to charge a deposit for each plastic bag in 2015 has slashed usage.


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ore Americans than ever before are seeking the benefits of meditation, which notably improves mental, physical and spiritual health. Choosing from its many styles and traditions can be daunting for a new meditator, as is figuring out how to incorporate such a practice into a busy life.

Universal Appeal “Meditation is for people of all spiritual backgrounds. As a tool to develop awareness, it can enhance what you already believe and practice,” assures Diana Lang, the Los Angeles author of Opening to Meditation: A Gentle, Guided Approach and a spiritual counselor who has taught meditation for 37 years. For Jackie Trottmann, a Christian author from St. Louis, Missouri, there is no contradiction between a meditation practice and her faith; rather, they complement one another. For her, “Prayer is like talking to God, whereas meditation is listening to God. Before I came to meditation, I had been doing all the talking.”

She came to meditation during a trying period working in sales and marketing. “When a friend gave me a meditation CD, I popped it in after a stressful conference call and felt instantly calmed. Ten years later, meditation has gone beyond quieting the mind; it’s sunk into my heart and spirit,” says Trottmann, who went on to publish her own CDs at “I came to meditation tired of habitual suffering and stress, and wanting to be happier,” says Bill Scheinman, a coach in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which he refers to as “mindfulness practice without the Buddhist jargon.” The Oakland, California, instructor has taught mindfulness in settings ranging from corporations to prisons, drawing from a range of meditative disciplines and 23 years of intensive practice.

Begin Modestly “Millions are seeking more mindfulness through meditation, but don’t know how to go about it,” says Sean Fargo, a Berkeley, California, meditation instructor and for-

Assess Benefits “Shop around and try different things, but at some point, you will begin to discover what works for you,” advises Scheinman. In trying to decide which meditation practice is right for us, “Go with what feels juicy,” says Fargo, who founded, offering 1,500 free mindfulness meditations, worksheets and talks. “You’re more likely to do what feels alive and enlivening.” The act of meditating can be uncomfortable, but the challenges are part of its power. Scheinman remarks. “If you establish a daily practice, eventually, you will become more clear-headed, kinder and happier. That’s how you know your practice is working—not how you feel during meditation itself.” Consistency is key. It’s not effective to only meditate when you feel good, he says.


mer Buddhist monk. “The key is to take baby steps, like going to the gym for the first time. Start by practicing a few minutes a day; just pay attention to something such as the sensations of breathing, without judgment.” “Having taught meditation to tens of thousands of people, I would say the most common issue is that beginning meditators don’t think they’re doing it right. It’s important not to judge yourself or have loaded expectations about the experience,” notes Lang. She suggests starting wherever we are right now, adding, “Whatever book, class or teacher you first stumble upon is a clue.” But that doesn’t call for rigidly adhering to a particular type of meditation forever.

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hile meditation practice is known to help promote greater concentration, mindfulness and relaxation, it is also shown to help decrease anxiety and depression. People will also enter into a meditation practice to become more connected with spirit. In Rhode Island there are many teachers from which to choose, and students may want to consider their personal purpose in learning meditation, as well as the style, training and personality of the teacher, in order to find a comfortable fit.

The Providence Institute for Contemplative Study and Natural Health

The Providence Institute for Contemplative Study and Natural Health, founded by Sarah Whitehead, encompasses meditation, yogic practices, spiritual teaching, arts, energy work such as qigong, and other mindfulness-based activities. Whitehead is the originator of Contemplative Shamanism, one of the programs offered at the Institute. This work combines Peruvian shamanism and Buddhism to enable people to discover their own true nature to heal themselves and their world. In contemplative study, one uses the practice of meditation to assimilate new information as well as process one’s internal responses to the experience. The 22

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institute has a reverent and ritualistic approach to the practice of healing and spirituality, which are considered one and the same. Students learn different ways to attain enlightenment, which is personal to every individual. Contemplative study evolved from many different traditions, but most prominently from Buddhism, where the study of texts and the hearing of teachings are done on the meditation cushion in a sanctuary known as a shrine room. The shrine room is eclectic, honoring all genuinely earth-honoring, insightful and compassionate spiritual traditions. The Providence Institute is located at 18 Imperial Place, 6A, in Providence. For more information visit

Sacred Souljourns

Sacred Souljourns is a practice established by Ann Porto, PsyD, a retired clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist with more than 35 years of experience. Porto studied and practiced Transcendental Meditation (TM) in the 1970s and later vipassana, mahamudra and Bön meditation practices. She has attended numerous advanced meditation trainings from Buddhist teachers and is currently mentored by Daniel Brown, Ph.D., in the Pointing Out Way tradition, which is grounded in the Western scientific study of the contempla-

tive experience integrated with the ancient Indian and Tibetan spiritual traditions. Porto offers group instruction in foundational meditation practices and also provides one-on-one mentoring. She begins with breath as an object of meditation, using it as a bridge to connect mind and body in the here and now. By working with the mind and learning to find peace in the midst of pain and suffering, one can alleviate significant physical and mental illness. As one learns to calm the mind and listen to the body, the body will speak its “truth”, allowing our hidden innate potential to surface, bringing awakened awareness and ultimately having a healing effect. Classes are in East Greenwich and North Kingstown. For class locations and schedules, visit

Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness

Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness offers six sanghas guided by Joanne Friday, a Dharma teacher in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh, who was her teacher for 25 years. Informed by the Vietnam War, Thich Nhat Hanh’s engaged practice is about looking deeply to find the root cause of suffering. It is about healing the past in the present moment, because past experience is present in every cell of the physical body. Through mindful meditation, one can pay attention to the strong emotions that arise from within, sit with it, stop it and settle into calm. A typical session begins with the reading of a precept followed by sitting and walking meditations and a reading. Then the sangha engages in Dharma Sharing, the practice of deep listening while members of the sangha are given an opportunity to share with the group. Friday states, “Dharma is the greatest gift I have ever received, and my greatest joy is to pass it on.” Dharma Sharing is not a conversation; it is free of opinions and judgment, and it is freeing. The benefits of practicing in a sangha are the building of trust and respect for ourselves, each other and the planet. Members inspire and motivate one another. Friday holds sanghas in Providence, East Greenwich, Barrington and South County.

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Northern Lights Holistic’s Sitting in the Power meditation, taught by spirit medium Debbie McBride, focuses on building awareness of self and all that is. McBride studied spiritualism and psychic sciences at the Arthur Findlay College, in Essex, England. The foundational piece of her

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meditation class is to learn to sit in the power of oneself in order to open up to the awareness of one’s own energy. Students must know their own energy prior to working with spirit energy. Touching the power within is about seeing, hearing and feeling with one’s own spiritual senses. Then, Sitting in the Power moves into the realm of Divine Light, allowing for attunement with the Power—however one conceives that to be. Over a period of time, utilizing this technique leads to an expansion

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ur feet do so much for us every day. These often-neglected workhorses carry us through life, yet rarely complain. We only get one pair—be sweet to them this Valentine’s season.


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Pamper winter-weary feet with an at-home soak. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a basin or partially filled tub of warm water and soak for a few minutes. Exfoliate feet and heels with a scrub of equal parts olive oil and white sugar massaged into skin. Cleanse with soap and warm water and follow with a rich moisturizer. Go without polish occasionally to let your nails “breathe”.


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Buddy up with your sweetheart for Valentine’s foot massages. Don’t have a pedi partner? Take your feet into your own hands or treat yourself to a pedicure. For the ultimate foot indulgence, book a reflexology session—you’ll increase circulation, de-stress your body and soul, and leave with a spring in your step. Wendy Lewis is an ARCB-certified reflexologist. Learn more at

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pest control technician’s appearance can say a lot about how much they care about protecting customers, their families and pets. A technician that comes down the driveway with a cigarette in his mouth is saying to his customers that he isn’t concerned about his own health, making clients ask themselves, “Does he really care about mine either?” Full facial hair can also be a problem; should they be required to use a respirator it could leak toxic substances into their bodies. Short-sleeved shirts are another big giveaway that they may not care about themselves. There are no pesticide labels that allow the wearing of short sleeves which allow skin to be exposed. The same goes for the wearing of shorts. A professional, licensed technician will never wear shorts at work because the risk of chemical exposure is enormous. However, people very often see technicians apply toxic materials to lawns while wearing shorts. These technicians are typically ones without licenses or insurance. The label is the law, and technicians must comply with all label statements or, according to the Environemental Protection Agency, be subject to criminal prosecution. To keep ourselves as safe as possible, first, consider the looks described above, and then ask to see licenses, insurance and copies of worksheets to ensure technicians are complying with the letter of the law. Pest control technicians have access to extremely toxic products. Make sure they do not misuse their privileged position in or around your home, and always ask them about the safety of their products. Some chemical companies do follow all recommendations, but some don’t. Don’t take risks.   David Jones works at Bio Tech Pest Controls, located at 18 Granite St., Westerly. For more information or questions, call 401-315-2400, email or visit See ad on this page.

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ADVERSITY How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle by April Thompson

At one time or another, an estimated 70 percent of people experience a life-altering traumatic event, and most grow stronger from surviving it, according to decades of research by leading institutions like Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania. We can prepare now for life’s inevitable hurdles and setbacks by developing the skills and tools of resilience.


t’s an incredibly hopeful message: We can go through the most terrible things imaginable and still get through to a better place,” says David B. Feldman, associate professor of counseling psychology at California’s Santa Clara University and co-author with Lee Daniel Kravetz of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. Such researchers have found that, like elastic stretched beyond its normal limits, people often don’t just bounce back to their old form, but stretch and expand in new ways. The pair conducted in-depth case studies of survivors of extreme traumatic experiences that went on to do bold things. Just one case in point: After losing a leg in a car accident, college basketball player Casey Pieretti reinvented himself as a successful Hollywood stuntman. According to many studies, 60 to 80 percent of people grow in some way from personal trauma, known as “post-traumatic growth”, according to Feldman. “It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. It can mean deepening relationships. It may result in a renewed sense of spirituality. Or, it might take one’s life in a dramatically different direction,” he says. Ila Eckhoff, a financial executive in New York City, has experienced more than her share of challenges: developing cerebral palsy as a toddler, enduring 12 childhood surgeries, losing her


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mother at age 11 and four years ago, her husband. “All of the struggles and losses brought me here, now,” says Eckhoff. “Nobody ever said life was easy. We have greater appreciation for the things that we had to struggle to achieve.” Choosing self-directedness instead of self-pity in the face of challenges differentiates those that thrive from those that merely survive, observes Catherine Morisset, a life coach from Ottawa, Canada, who specializes in resilience. “It’s taking responsibility for life and managing the way you want to live it. We all have choices, even in the face of difficulty,” she says.

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“Challenges don’t define you. How you respond does,” remarks Doug Hensch, an executive coach and author of Positively Resilient: 5½ Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles, and Defeat Anxiety.

He attests that having a growth mindset is common attributes, including embracing a vital, focusing on strengths without disrespiritual outlook and social network. garding areas needing improvement. In 2013, Damon Redd, of Boulder, Maintaining a balanced outlook that’s Colorado, awoke to a severe flooding event, realistic, yet positive, enables individuals to with his home and business buried under move on from trauma. For supersurvivors, five feet of mud and water that nearly being pragmatic serves them far better than a wiped out his clothing business, Kind false sense of optimism about bad situations, Design, overnight. “It was the hardest thing Feldman found, saying, “They grieved losses, I’ve ever gone through, to lose everything I but thought realistically had built. It also gave me a Parents do a about what to do next.” new perspective on what’s “Optimism in the disservice to their important. It made me best sense is focusing on aware that you can replace kids when they the positive without denyphysical things, but you try to remove ing the negative, while can’t replace memories. adversity from their My mind was blown away focusing on what’s in your control,” notes Hensch. by the support I received.” lives. When little Martin Seligman, Redd ended up paying things go wrong, known as the “father of rather than rush to forward the kindness. “We positive psychology”, found cleaned and repaired 1,500 fix it, let the kids that when people take setpairs of gloves in our infigure out a solution. ventory that were damaged backs personally, viewing them as permanent, perThey’ll realize it’s not that day, and are donating vasive and personal, they the end of the world. them to search-and-rescue develop a sense of learned teams and ski patrols. The ~Doug Hensch helplessness that inhibits more good you do, the growth and happiness. “It’s more good other people will do,” Redd professes. important not to ‘catastrophize’ or general Altruism and owning a moral code is ize a failure and extend it to other areas of life,” says Dr. Steven M. Southwick, a profes- another common characteristic of resilient individuals, according to Southwick. Having sor of psychiatry at Yale University School a purpose is a huge indicator of whether a of Medicine who focuses on post-traumatic person will rise to the occasion. “You can enstress disorder and resilience. dure almost anything if you have a mission, or believe what you are doing has meaning. Make Caring Connections It gives you great strength,” he says. Social networks are critical in the face of In 2016, Bobbi Huffman lost her high challenges, resilience experts agree. “When school sweetheart and husband to suicide we are wronged or feel unsafe, it’s natural to a few days before Valentine’s Day. As she withdraw when we should do the opposite,” began to process the tragedy, she saw two says Feldman. “It’s also not the number of choices ahead: “Drop into a deep depresfriends you have, or even how much time sion and give up or focus on our deep love you spend with them, that matters. All you for one another, get into therapy, and make need is at least one person you can count on.” “We are built to be connected with oth- a difference by inspiring, encouraging and helping others,” says Huffman. ers. It has a significant impact in regulating She chose the latter, asking for professtress,” says Southwick, a co-author of Resilsional help and signing up for the 16-mile ience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention, in Challenges, from West Haven, Connecticut. New York City. “Getting into the best shape Over the past two decades, Southwick and of my life at age 50 became my passion. As his colleagues have studied three groups I walked through the night, I reflected on that have come through harrowing events: our beautiful memories as a couple. It was being Vietnam War prisoners, Special Forces instructors and civilians. They found an amazing, healing experience,” reflects people that rebounded strongly often shared Huffman.


Helpful Organizations provides a supportive space online for survivors of trauma and adversity to share stories, connect with others and get help from experts. Resilience-Project normalizes setbacks and failures as part and parcel of professional and personal growth, and provides Stanford University students and faculty a platform to swap stories and coping strategies. conveys an interactive e-learning platform developed by the University of Texas at Austin to foster a better understanding of resilience and develop related skills.

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Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story documents the journey of chef and outdoorsman Eduardo Garcia, whose life changed irrevocably when he was jolted with 2,400 volts of electricity while hiking in Montana. Garcia lost his hand, ribs and muscle mass, but survived the injury with the help of his former partner, and became an athlete and speaker for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Unbroken depicts the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days on a raft after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. The film is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand, herself the survivor of a disabling chronic illness. The 33 tells the true tale of 33 miners trapped inside a mine in San Jose, Chile, for more than two months, the longest such entrapment in history. All were rescued alive. Wild is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of her solo hike of 1,000-plus miles on the Pacific Crest Trail without any training, following the loss of her mother and marriage. February 2018


Forgiveness—whether for others or ourself—is another key to help us move forward, reports Feldman. “Often, people can get stuck in blame, but resentment keeps people shackled to the past. If and when a person is ready to forgive, widespread research indicates that it can lead to better health outcomes.”

Strengthening Our Resilience Muscle Experts point out that there isn’t any one perfect formula or single must-have trait for building resilience, and none we can’t develop. Learning a skill like mindfulness is an easy place to start. “Resilient people don’t try to avoid stress, but learn how to manage and master it,” says Southwick. “Mindfulness meditation requires practice, but through it, you can learn to regulate emotions and relax the nervous system.” Eckhoff practices mindfulness several times a day with a one-minute gratitude

meditation. “I have five things I am most grateful for. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and say them. It brings me focus, reduces stress and reminds me of how lucky I am,” she says. Morisset suggests making incremental changes to strengthen our resilience muscles. “Success builds success and failure builds failure, so do something you know you can accomplish and build on that,” she counsels. Writing can also be a good coping tool, according to Hensch. “Just write about your emotions. It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself and how calming it can be.” Good times are the best times to begin “resilience training” notes Hensch. “I sought out a therapist once I had turned the corner after my divorce and was dating someone and my business was taking off. It was precisely because I knew something else would likely happen, and I wanted to be better prepared for it,” he recalls.


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Anderson believes we feel most happy and fulfilled and accomplish the most when our minds are calm, clear and alert. “If young women learn to connect with their mind, identify when their thoughts are anxious or stressed, and practice conscious breathing and meditating to regain a calm, centered state, they’ll be able to rebalance themselves for the rest of their lives,” she says. “By keeping a thought journal for a while and noticing when their thoughts have negative undertones, they can retrain their attitude.” Live a complaint-free day once each week. Every time a negative thought pops up, expel it and focus on a positive aspect of the idea or experience. Also invest a few moments each day feeling thankful for successful aspects of life. “After a while, these exercises become habitual,” says Anderson. “Happy, high-achieving people fill their minds with positive, uplifting thoughts, affirmations and sincere gratitude. It’s widely proven to work.”

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“Most teens can eat junk food all day long and still wake up the next morning ready to take on the world,” Anderson says. But such an unhealthy routine “shapes eating patterns for the rest of their lives, eventually catching up with them.” She strongly believes every young woman should routinely ask herself, “Is this real food?” “A potato is a real food, or whole food, but instant mashed potatoes are processed. A fresh ear of corn is a whole food; corn chips are processed. If you want to feel strong and healthy and look great, eat whole foods,” says Anderson. Also, note how the body responds to eating specific foods. Here again, a journal can help. “Jot down how a food made you feel after 15 minutes, an hour and two hours. Are you alert or sluggish? What

signals are your stomach and brain sending? It’s useful information to make better ongoing food choices,” Anderson advises. She also advocates drinking plenty of water and eating organic foods when possible, and warns teens against skipping meals or snacks when their developing bodies feel the need for fuel.

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For some teens, exercise movements don’t feel comfortable or natural, which hinders them from doing healthful exercise. “I’ve found that if a young woman practices exercises for a while privately, she’ll become more comfortable and confident over time,” says Anderson. “It’s like learning a foreign language, musical instrument or any skill. You master the basics first and build on them. With practice, you start feeling more at ease.” In her book, Anderson offers many step-by-step, illustrated workout moves designed to daily tone arms, legs and abs, and increase strength and flexibility. Many incorporate fun dance components that work well with music. “Regular exercise releases endorphins—the hormones that make us feel happier and better about ourselves,” she says. “For young women navigating the emotional ups and downs associated with menstrual cycles and puberty, exercise can be a lifesaver.” Whether it’s yoga, walking, martial arts, dancing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, climbing, skiing, gymnastics or tennis, teens need to find “some kind of movement and activity to become part of their everyday life.” A University of Wisconsin metaanalysis of 77 studies examining women’s body images suggests body dissatisfaction is a risk factor for eating disorders and a significant predictor of low self-esteem, depression and obesity. Helping young women build, strengthen or regain their positive body image and self-esteem works to empower a new generation and enables them to enjoy happier, healthier lives. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (

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Cocoa powder. Cacao’s flavanols lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and act as antioxidants to prevent inflammation. Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, a physician, doctor of public health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, confirms, “Between 400 and 900 milligrams (mg) a day of cocoa flavanols may favorably affect several mechanisms and pathways related to cardiovascular disease prevention.” Not all chocolate is created equal. Manson recommends chocolate with cocoa or cacao as the first ingredient, not sugar. She

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Just one-half cup of berries a day can provide plenty of phytonutrients and antioxidants for decreasing inflammation and preventing heart disease, says Wendy Bazilian, a doctor of public health and registered dietitian in San Diego, and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients. “Whirl them into a breakfast smoothie, add them to a green salad or combine them with dark chocolate for a tasty, heart-healthy dessert,” she advises.



Full of omega-3 fatty acids, wild-caught salmon (about two six-ounce weekly servings) helps reduce systemic inflammation and risk of developing atherosclerosis, hypertension and stroke, according to Dr. Josh Axe, of Nashville, Tennessee. Beyond prevention, omega-3s in oily fish are also

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ime for You Yoga is hosting a new series of four classes for tweens and teens, ages 11 to 13, called Mindfulness and Yoga for Kids, beginning on February 22. Classes will meet from 5 to 6 p.m., Thursdays through March 15. These fun and informative classes teach teens to be more aware and present in the moment and manage the challenges of their daily lives. Through yoga poses, activities, games, guided awareness and breathing exercises, students will develop body awareness and tools they can use to reduce stress and lead more peaceful lives. Teens use what they learn to stay calm in stressful situations, fall asleep more easily, improve their breathing, rejuvenate themselves, become more aware of their body and how to take care of themselves and others. Classes are taught by Janice O’Brien, certified in yoga and mindfulness for kids through Child Light Yoga. Class space is limited. Reservations are required.

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ime for You Yoga is hosting a Newcomers’ yoga class from 1 to 2:30 p.m., February 17, at its studio in Cumberland. Time for You Yoga specializes in Svaroopa yoga, a slow style of yoga with careful alignments customized to each body’s needs. Without sweat or strain, it releases tension in the deepest layers of the body. The Newcomers’ class focuses on the Magic Four—a sequence of beginning Svaroopa poses that target a specific part of the spine to unravel deep tension. The poses are adapted to each student, and use chairs, blocks and blankets for support and propping. The class will end with a guided relaxation. Participants need no yoga mat or prior yoga experience. Class space is limited. Reserve a spot by calling the studio. Cost: $10. Location: 2155 Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland. For more information, call Maria Sichel at 401-305-5319 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1 CSPH Gallery Show Call for Artists – 12am12pm. The CSPH is seeking donated submissions for our very first gallery show entitled Bodies: I live here. This show will be part of our annual event called Curiosities. Free. The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health, 250 Main St, Ste 1, Pawtucket. 401-489-5513.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Tension Buster Massage Special – 9:30am3:30pm. Ease tension and stress with a 30-min massage for the neck/shoulders and back. Call or text Erika to schedule an appointment See website for other massage services. $30. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, entrance & parking in back, Cranston. 401-868-7869. Yin Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Slow paced and meditative, this style of yoga opens deep connective tissue and fascia in your body. Work on increasing or maintaining flexibility and detoxing your mind. $15. Quonny Yoga, Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Journeying to the Elements. By journeying to the elements this will assist in soul retrieval. Returning healed soul parts to the self will help heal past trauma. If you don’t know how to journey we’ll teach you. $10 donation. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. Corinne.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Raja Yoga Workshop – 9am-1pm. Raja yoga awakens us to our deepest reality of oneness with the Infinite. Explore philosophy, meditation, yoga asanas, breathing, diet and healing. $35. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. Saturday Morning Yoga: Cumberland – 9:30-10:45am. All level yoga with Mary ShielL’Esperance emphasizing breath, alignment, and the joy of movement. New students: $40/4 wks/4 classes; $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/dropin. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

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Breastfeeding Support Group – 10-11:30am. Great opportunity to come in and meet one of our nurses/lactation consultants and other new mothers, weigh your baby and get your questions answered for free. No advanced registration required and of course, formula/bottle feeding mothers are always welcome. Free. Healthy Babies Happy Moms, 4512 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-315-4799.

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John of God Crystal Healing Bed – 10am-4pm. Experience the John of God crystal healing bed, available from 10am-1pm. Tuning fork sessions from 1-4pm. $30. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. To schedule an appt, Ernie: 401-641-3516.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Free IET Healing Clinic – 2-4pm. Sign up for free IET Energy Therapy Healing session with Michelle and Debbee. Four sessions available per month. Our way of giving back to our customers. Limit one per person. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Essential Oils: Cleanse and Restore – 6:30-8pm. Join us as we welcome back Josiah and Melissa Precourt as they host this free class on essential oils. Learn why we need to cleanse our bodies and how. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. Register: 508-261-7380. Breastfeeding Basics – 7-8pm. Ask Kathy Moren, RN, IBCLA, your questions about breastfeeding. Free but must register. Free. Healthy Babies Happy Moms, at Babies R Us, 300 Quaker Ln, East Greenwich. Register: 401-827-9920 or reserve.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Joyful Yoga: All Level – 6-7:15pm. Moderate posture flow with breath and alignment technique. Join experienced teacher, Mary Shiel-L’Esperance for this joyful, upbeat class. New students: $40/4 classes; $12-$13/Flex Pass, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Reducing Anxiety Through Meditation – 6:307:30pm. We can slow our brain waves to states of relaxation. When we are in a state of physical and mental calmness, we have more control over our reactions towards life’s stress. Free. Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-2422. Freedom: Cut Chords of Codependency – 6:308:30pm. Cut codependency, constraints, and coercion that may be keeping you needing love and approval from outside yourself. True freedom is an inner state of being. $25. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Shapeshifting to Snowy Owl – 6:30-8:30pm. A restorative shape-shifting meditation with drumming to meet up with the Owl Clan. Fly with them to the Sacred Grove to receive messages and teachings. Bring a journal. Led by Colleen Kelley. $15. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Quonny Yoga – 6-7:30pm. This strength building, challenging class offers correct alignment of poses and adaptations. Sun salutations, forward bends, back bends and twists. All levels welcome. $15/ drop-in. Quonny Yoga, Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Intro to the Shamanic Journey – 7:30-8:45pm. After identifying and getting to know your guides, or teachers, in “non-ordinary reality,” you can turn to them for wisdom and personal empowerment. $5-$10 suggested donation. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.


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markyourcalendar Shamanic Healing Experience for Couples – 3-5pm. Unique opportunity to reconnect with your partner and go deeper with each other in a loving, powerful, uplifting and inspiring way. $45/couple. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-464-1634.

Shamanic Reiki I Certification – 6-8pm. Access Universal Source to integrate the healing wisdom of shamanism and reiki’s energy medicine together. Ignite your innate healing powers. 3 classes: Feb 16-18. $200. Northern Lights Holistic Campus, 204B Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. I AM Yoga Nidra Training – 6-9pm. Training runs through Feb 19. $1,099. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. To register, Amrit Yoga Institute to register: 352-685-3001 or Let Go & Let Love – 6:30-8pm. Based on the book by the same name about survivors of suicide loss. Learn there is a way to move forward through pain to regain joy and peace following tragedy. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

Chakradance: Root Chakra – 7-8:30pm. This class uses guided imagery, specific music, movement and mandala art work all created in a safe atmosphere for healing and self-awareness. Drop-in okay wks 1-7. $30 includes materials; $25/college student. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Couples Massage– 6:30-9pm. Led by Sheri Silva. Learn to massage the head, hands and feet of your partner. Deeply relaxing and encourages intimacy on my many levels. Essential oils and warm cacao served to open the heart. $75/couple. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411.

Chakradance: Sacral – 7-8:30pm. This class uses guided imagery, specific music, movement and mandala art work all created in a safe atmosphere for healing and self-awareness. Drop-in okay wks 1-7. $30 includes materials; $25/college student. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.




Raja Yoga Workshop – 9am-1pm. Raja yoga awakens us to our deepest reality of oneness with the Infinite. Explore philosophy, meditation, yoga asanas, breathing, diet and healing. $35. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. Reiki I Certification Course – 10am-5pm. Learn about reiki history, ethics, hand positions, aura, chakras. Receive a manual, First Degree Usui Reiki attunement, and practitioner certificate. 2 student limit. $150. Live It Love It Wellness, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 104, Warwick. 401-323-7199. Reiki Master Certification – Feb 10 & 11. 10am6pm. Reiki Master Attunement. This is a TWO day class Taking place on the 10th and the 11th. See Facebook, Eventbrite or website to register. $300. All Things Magickal, 35 East Ave, Harrisville. Indoor Winter Wellness Walk - 1:30-2:30pm. Following the Wintertime Farmers Market, The Empowerment Factory is hosting a free, indoor community walk. Learn about the history of the building while connecting with others in the community. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. Valentine’s Day Partner Yoga – 2-4pm. Connect playfully with a loved one or friend. This partner yoga workshop will involve lots of supporting each other, giggling and feeling close. Plus vegan cupcakes. $45/couple. Jala Studio Yoga & Art LLC, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. Hypnosis for Weight Loss – 6-7pm. It is time to get healthy and happy. Using hypnosis and the subconscious you can be one step closer to your goal. Led by Certified Hypnotist, Jean Mandeville. $40. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown.

Valentine’s Day Promotions – 10am-9pm. Raffa Yoga is celebrating love through the month of February with Valentine’s promotions and spa packages. Give the gift of spa and relaxation this Valentine’s Day. Prices vary. Raffa Yoga and Urban Sweat, 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston. For details: 401-463-3335.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Coloring Club for Relaxation – 5-6pm. Adults are rediscovering the stress-relieving benefits of coloring. We supply everything including soothing music. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. Register: 508-261-7380. An Evening of Yoga Nidra with Reiki – 6-7:15pm. Suspended in the space between wakefulness and sleep, the healing energy of reiki and the meditative state of yoga nidra (yogic sleep) merge to offer balance and harmony. $20; $15/members & staff. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. Relationship Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Join life coach Glenn Ambrose in an interactive workshop to discuss healthy relationships, real-life blocks and gain the insight necessary to transcend them. $30, $50/2 people. Thrive Tribe RI, 172 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-757-0144.


markyourcalendar Reconnect with You: A Women’s Retreat – Feb 16-18. Reconnect with body and mind through movement and self-discovery. Return home with new found wisdom, insight and a renewed sense of wellness, and a practice to keep your mind alive. Prices start at $320. White Gate Farm, 83 Upper Pattagansett Rd, East Lyme, CT.

Breastfeeding Support Group – 10-11:30am. Great opportunity to come in and meet one of our nurses/lactation consultants and other new mothers, weigh your baby and get your questions answered for free. No advanced registration required and of course, formula/bottle feeding mothers are always welcome. Healthy Babies Happy Moms, 4512 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-315-4799. Youth Workshop – 11:30am-1pm. Interactive workshop using deep breathing, meditation and an expressive arts activity/play. This allows the participants to gain mindfulness and self-expression. $25 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Newcomer’s Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 1-2:30pm. Try this slow style of yoga with careful alignments customized to your body. Learn the Magic Four poses. Use chairs and props to unravel tension and relax deeply. With Maria Sichel. $10. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. To reserve a spot: 401-305-5319.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 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.

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markyourcalendar Develop Your Power to Transform – 6:15-8pm. Developing your Power to Live a Truly Fulfilling Life 10-Week Transformational Program. Come learn the processes, tools and Universal Principles that will change your life. $325. Paradigm Shift, LLC, 1395 Atwood Ave, Ste 201, Johnston. 401-383-7633. 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. 409240567.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Mindful Meditation and Creativity Workshop 6:30-7:30pm. Short introduction on “What is Mindfulness?”, 10 minute guided meditation followed by time to explore for yourself mindful creativity with playful art activities. RSVP. Free.The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. Reducing Stress through Meditation – 6:307:30pm. Discuss the extraordinary effect of meditation to reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium. Free. North Kingstown Public Library, 100 Boone St, North Kingstown. 401-294-3306. Past Life Exploration – 6:30-8:30pm. A powerful tool for understanding your present life. Learn how to approach an issue or relationship with this wisdom as you explore a past life in a guided meditation. Led by Colleen Kelley. $20. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Personal & World Grid Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Create a personal healing grid using 9 Angelic healing energies for magnification and link it to the world energy grid flooding healing to you and into our troubled world. $25. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Young at Heart – 6:30-8:30pm. A class for kids and adults to expand their sensitivity and mediumistic abilities, creating deeper connections to one’s higher self and Spirit. $15. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Group Sound Healing – 7-8:30pm. Set intentions for healing and be led on a relaxation meditation. Full hour sound healing, Q&A and cards at the end. Bring blanket and pillow. $25. Intuitive Therapy, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. 508-951-9828. Understanding Infant Sleep – 7-8:30pm. Learn from sleep expert Kathy Moren, RN, IBCLA, about topics including sleep theories, sleep goals, babies natural circadian rhythm, normal sleep problems, fussiness and growth, sleeping environment, bedtime routines, sleep and feeding, waking, napping and developmental changes. $50. Healthy Babies Happy Moms, 4512 Post Rd, East Greenwich. Registration required by Feb 18: 401-884-5421.


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Mindfulness & Yoga for Kids – 5-6pm. This 4-wk class teaches kids (age 11-13) to reduce stress and lead more peaceful lives using yoga poses, activities, games, guided awareness and breathing exercises. With Janice O’Brien. $60/4 classes, $18/ drop-in. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Happy Hour Community Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Every 4th Friday, come to unwind and begin your weekend refreshed and at peace. Class appropriate for all levels. By donation. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.

Youth Workshop – 11:30am-1pm. Interactive workshop using deep breathing, meditation and an expressive arts activity/play. This allows the participants to gain mindfulness and self-expression. $25 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Introduction to Ayurveda – 12-2pm. This interactive workshop will introduce the fundamentals of ayurveda, India’s ancient healing system, and how to implement them in your own life. $30/pre-registered. Jala Studio Yoga & Art LLC, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. Sexual Energy Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Workshop will focus on uses of sexual energy in cultures and religions throughout history and practical uses today for couples and singles. Paul Bagg and Jaime facilitators. $30/person, $50/couple. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown.

Chakradance: Solar Plexus – 7-8:30pm. This class uses guided imagery, specific music, movement and mandala art work all created in a safe atmosphere for healing and self-awareness. Drop-in okay wks 1-7. $30 includes materials, $25/college student. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.


Shaman Foster Perry: An Evening Talk – 7-9pm. Foster will speak on spiritual development, the state of the world and how to heal the soul of the world. A profoundly wise teacher and healer. $40. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411.


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

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Kids Creative: A Tree for Each Season – 10am12pm. Each child will create individual hand trees and decorate with painted leaves to bring forth the feeling, color, fun, and differences of the 4 seasons of the year. $5. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Spirit Inspired Entrepreneur Program – 10am4:30pm. Learn to co-create with the spirit of your business, bring ideas into form and process of manifestation. Held Feb 24 & 25, Mar 24 & 25, Apr 28 & 29, includes 3 private sessions and group. With Katharine Rossi. $1,125. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

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Crystal Singing 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. It is so good. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Free Reading Clinic – 6:30-8pm. We’re giving free readings in appreciation of our customers. Sign up for a free reading with Michelle and Debbee. Come in and have some fun. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Conscious Creation – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience a channeled class where we unravel the mysteries of consciousness and how we create the experiences that surround us. Ask the questions you seek answers for. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Reducing Anxiety through Meditation – 6:307:30pm. We can slow our brain waves to states of relaxation. When we are in a state of physical and mental calmness, we have more control over our reactions towards life’s stress. Free. Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St, Westerly. 401-596-2877. The Parallel Universe – 7:30-9:30pm. Begin an 8-wk journey to freedom and joy. Workshop designed to give effective tools for shifting life into balance and harmony. $444. Intuitive Therapy, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. More info, Melissa: 508-951-9828.

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Chakradance: Heart – 7-8:30pm. This class uses guided imagery, specific music, movement and mandala art work all created in a safe atmosphere for healing and self-awareness. Drop-in okay wks 1-7. $30 includes materials, $25/college student. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Reiki 1 Certification – 10am-6pm. See Facebook or Eventbrite to register. $200. All Things Magickal, 35 East Ave, Harrisville. 401-567-4700.


markyourcalendar The Road to Spiritual Freedom – Mar 3 & 4. 9am-9:15pm, Saturday; 8-11:45am, Sunday. Workshops and talks include Golden Keys to Living a Life of Focused Spiritual Attunement, Working with Divine Insight, Realize Your Creative Potential as a Spiritual Being and much more. Guest speaker Bill Elberty. See website or call for requested donation. Eckankar, Shearton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-864-0414. Spiritual Wisdom on Problem Solving – 10-11:30am. Explore finding the root cause of a problem, changing your viewpoint and overcoming difficulties, mastering Karma, conquering fears. Open discussion. Free. Eckankar, Shearton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-864-0414. The Founder of Yin Yoga! – 12-4:30pm. Master Paulie Zink is coming to RI. Weekend classes Mar 3-4. You will not want to miss this special opportunity. Head to our website for more info, or email us. $60/1 class, $110/2 classes, $200 all 4. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-632-0878. Info@BodyKneads.Yoga. BodyKneads.Yoga.


SATURDAY, MARCH 31 Basics of Perfumery Class – 12-2:15pm. Would you like to learn more about the basics of perfumery and create a chemical free perfume that you make and take home? This fun introductory class is for you and your friends. $75. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. To register: 401-455-2325 or

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 Special Service and Meditation Workshop – 9:15am-12pm. Swami Yogatmananda will deliver the lesson Spiritual Osmosis at the main service followed by Parables of Sri Ramakrishna for the later session in the Fellowship Hall. Donation. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Art Gallery – 5-8pm. Entrepreneur and artist, Jessica Irey, will be showcasing her art at Pass The Glass Studios. Artwork includes abstract pieces, Black Light and glow in the dark art. Prints and pieces are available for purchase. Free admission. Pass the Glass Studios, 93 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-944-0880.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 Yoga Retreat to North India – 11:30-9:45am. Join advanced-certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher Bristol Maryott for a 12-day retreat in North India at gorgeous Basunti resort. Twice-daily yoga and trip to Dharamsala. $2,150 (doesn’t include transportation). More info: Jala Studio Yoga & Art LLC, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524.

markyourcalendar Discover You Wellness Expo – 10am-5pm. Join us for RI’s largest holistic and wellness expo featuring exhibitors, workshops and more. Registration for exhibitors is open. $10/advance, $15/door. Discover You Events, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick. 401-919-4944. Reiki 2 Certification – 10am-6pm. See Facebook or Eventbrite to register. $250. All Things Magickal, 35 East Ave, Harrisville. 401-567-4700.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 Land & Water Conversation Summit – 7:45am4pm. Join your peers from land trusts, watershed organizations, conservation commissions and other conservation organizations around the state for a great day. Keynote, workshops, networking and more. $55 before Feb 23, $80 after. Rhode Island Land and Water Partnership, URI Memorial Union, 50 Lower College Rd, Kingston.

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HELP WANTED MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST If you love interacting with people and you have an open mind and caring heart, you may be the perfect receptionist for our holistic clinic. Work experience in the field as a medical receptionist and knowledge of Quick Books a plus. Please send your resume and a Two (2)-paragraph statement as to why you would be the perfect candidate. Part time 20-30 hours per week starting at $13 per hour. Please send info to

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Environmental Awareness can be Fun & Creative

We offer classes & workshops for the community that are stimulating, educational & a whole lot of fun. Help us to plan for our 2018 GREEN festival which will take place on May 12th. The festival provides a great opportunity for community service as well as senior projects. We also offer workshops for scouting groups, homeschoolers, etc. on request. Check us out on social media for our up and coming classes. Follow us on: Facebook - Greening the Sphere Twitter - @greenthesphere Instagram - @greeningthesphere

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sunday Yoga for Golfers – 8:30-9:45am. We’ll help prepare you for all your spring activities. Focus on flexibility, concentration and balance; classes incorporate poses and breathing techniques. $16/ drop-in. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Qigong – 9-10am. Increase your flexibility, strength and immune system; quiet the mind and reduce stress. Anyone can do it. Dress comfortably. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come, celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind; children’s program and child care. Teens meet last Sunday of each month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Sundays at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Music, chanting, meditation, uplifting talk, beautiful Festival of Light Ceremony, refreshments and fellowship. Healing Prayers Circle on second Sunday, 1pm. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766.

Morning Tai Chi Easy – 9-10am. Learn tai chi to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality, improve blood pressure, etc. No class Feb 26. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Monday Yoga – 9:30am-10:30pm. Vinyasa flow class, harmonizing breath and movement for strength and flexibility. See more classes available online. Beginners welcome. Call/text for spot in class. $12; special pricing available. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, entrance & parking in back, Cranston. 401-301-8041. Yoga Basics – Begins Feb 5. 10:15-11:30am. 3-wk class. Come learn the basics of yoga. This great for beginners or those who want to freshen-up their skills. This is great for relaxation, balance, strengthening. $15/drop-in. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. Muay Thai Kickboxing at USA Karate – 7-8pm. Kickboxing class appropriate for all levels of fitness and experience. Visit website for complete list of classes. Special: 1 free month of karate for new students. $6. USA Karate, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, 2nd fl, Smithfield. 401-349-5883. 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, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.


The Providence Flea – 10am-4pm. 2nd & 4th Sundays through April. Juried selection of handmade, vintage and small-batch gift and food items from more than 50 vendors. Free. The Providence Flea at Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence.

Yoga Buff – 9-10am. Intermediate level, slow flow vinyasa class with hand and ankle weights for toning. All the bliss of yoga plus some buff. $10. The Sacred Center, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 860-965-9995.

Sunday Service – 10:30am-12pm. The service includes a powerful, uplifting message, beautiful music, meditation and fellowship. Free. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708.

Hypnosis Sessions with Toni-Ann – 9am-6pm. Make things happen in the New Year. Need help with fear of flying, overeating, anxiety, stress, phobias? Appointments available on other days also. $50 New Year special. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, parking & entrance in back, Cranston. 401-474-3360.

Community Reiki – 10:30am-12:30pm. Give reiki a try. Stop in for a 10-15-min session. Call ahead to set up a time. Reiki is a wonderful energy technique to reduce stress, relaxation and more. Free; donations accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Deep Stretch (for Everyone) – 10:45am-12pm. A fun, laid back stretch class. Develop flexibility, range of motion, alignment and more. Great for both men and women. Also held Thursdays, 4-5:15pm. Come try. With Dr. Wayne Clairborne. $40/5 classes Intro Special. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga.


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Svaroopa® “Bliss” Yoga Class – 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 or sweat. Find your peace and calm. With Janice O’Brien. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. 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 2 E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Relax for Lunch – 12-1pm. Treat yourself to a “spiritual siesta.” Chanting, meditation and yoga nidra, a deeply relaxing and restorative practice. Return to the day in joy. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. Ananda Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Release stress, relax body, mind, and awaken the energy within you. With Kitty Hanson. Postures, breathing, chanting and meditation. $12/drop-in. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. Meditation with Rodney – 6:30-7:30pm. Guided meditation that occurs in 3 parts that will allow you to relax. Great way to begin or end your day, or just learn how to meditate. Donations greatly appreciated. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Laughter Yoga Session – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Laughter Yoga is fun, easy and really good for you; improves mood, oxygenates the body, releases endorphins, you name it, we got it. Free. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Providence. 401-575-8002.

wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Dropin. Donations to Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Meditation with Rodney – 9:30-10:30am. Guided meditation that occurs in 3 parts that will allow you to relax. Great way to begin or end your day, or just learn how to meditate. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Building Bones & Balance – 5:30-6:45pm. Research shows that a daily yoga practice of 12 specific poses significantly improves bone density in the spine and femur. It’s never too late to take care of your bones. $16/drop-in. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. Come experience slowpaced, gentle movement blended with meditation and inspired readings. This class will help you release physical tension and mental stress. $10. The Sacred Center, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 860-965-9995. Pilates Class with Rhonda – 6:15-7:15pm. Designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture, and enhance mental awareness. Call/text to reserve a spot. $12; special pricing available. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, entrance & parking in back, Cranston. 401-301-8041. Meditation with Rodney – 6:30-7:30pm. Guided meditation that occurs in 3 parts that will allow you to relax. Great way to begin or end your day, or just learn how to meditate. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Yoga Fusion with Christine – 7-8pm. Class designed to energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance, warmup, yoga and ends with reiki. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown.



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. Cancer Support Group – 12-1pm. Cancer sucks. Do you or someone you love have cancer? Are you looking for a safe, loving place to talk about it? Please register ahead for a spot. Free. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Parking & entrance in back, Cranston. 401-474-3360. Yoga Fusion with Christine – 12-1pm. See above listing. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Suite 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Kids Glow Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Using blacklights 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. 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. Ananda Restorative Yoga – 6-7:30pm. As stress and tension are released, healing and upliftment are promoted in body, mind and spirit. A meditative practice consisting of chanting, pranayama and yoga postures. $12/drop-in. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766.

Meditation with Ann Porto – 6:30-7:30pm. 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. Woman’s Yoga Fusion – 7-8pm. Energizes 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. Buddhist Healing Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn calm abiding and clear seeing through sitting practice as well as guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/ prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. Register: 401-270-5443 or

friday Meditation with Rodney – 7:30-8:30am. Guided meditation that occurs in 3 parts that will allow you to relax. Great way to begin or end your day, or just learn how to meditate. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Meditation with Rodney – 8:45-9:45am. See above listing. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. 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. Ananta Jyoti Yoga: Gentle Yoga – 4-5pm. Class appropriate for all levels of fitness/experience including very new beginners. Visit website for additional class times, info and sign-up. $13. USA Karate, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, 2nd Fl, Smithfield. 774-987-9007. 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. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown.

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saturday Community Tai Chi for East Bay – 9-10am. Every other Saturday. Learn breathing, postures, stretching and healing from a practitioner of Emei and Wudang styles in a relaxed session. Classes include warm-up and discussions on the art of tai chi and daoist culture. Free. White Monkey Tai-Chi & Qigong, 9 Promenade St, Riverside. Parent and Me Yoga – 9-10am. Class 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, $5/additional child. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Svaroopa® “Bliss” Yoga Class – 9:45-11:15am. 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 Suzanne Lincoln. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Southern Rhode Island Center for Spiritual Living Study Group – 9:45am-12pm. Please join Revered Celeste M. Warner at Center for Spiritual Living Southern Rhode Island’s new location. Meets the 2nd Saturday of every month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, RI Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, South Kingston. For more info: 508-904-0437. Kids Glow Yoga – 10-11am. blacklights and glow sticks. 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. 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. Gentle Yoga with Bristol Maryott – 11:30am12:30pm. Nourish and restore with a gentle yoga class. $15/drop-in. Jala Studio Yoga & Art LLC, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524.

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community resource guide ASTROLOGY / INTUITIVE COUNSELING STEVEN SEINBERG Warwick, RI 510-295-3233 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.



Patricia Hogan-Casey, DC Wholistic Chiropractic Center 215 Cottage St, Pawtucket 401-725-4380 • 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 20.


We are RI’s only home nursing health agency specializing in breastfeeding support. We help mothers achieve success in their goals by providing them with the information and support they need to confidently breastfeed and care for their children. We offer classes and consults in our office or your home.


285 Slade’s Ferry Blvd, Unit 2 Somerset, MA. 02726 508-673-0900 •

Our company is based on Ayurvedic & holistic principles.  Working with Aveda, Eminence Organics, Glo Skin Beauty, & 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 15.


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.

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


Dr. Victoria Malchar, DC, CCSP 33 College Hill Rd, Building 30C Warwick 401-826-7600 Dr. Victoria Malchar, DC. is the owner and lead physician at Malchar Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Warwick, RI. As a strong advocate for combining Chiropractic care and natural health care alternatives for a total wellness approach to the patient, she has been blazing the trail for combination care in New England for over 30 years. See ad on page 5.


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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.

Kenneth Demers ​204 Clock Tower Square Portsmouth RI 401-728-3559 Ken offers a spiritual healing that brings together a perfect balance of divine God force and earth mother healing energies, custom created for the person being healed. The benefits of a session with Ken for a migraine or TMJ are instantaneous; other ailments may take longer. Call for more information.


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

Laura Patterson 204B Clock Tower Square Portsmouth, RI 401-752-9752


HEALTHY BABIES, HAPPY MOMS 4512 Post Road East Greenwich, RI 401-884-8273



YI JING Consultant Izabela Stambolyan 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!

Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 With over 10 years of experience, Debby Votta, owner of Fresh Face Skincare Center, specializes in cutting-edge anti-aging skin treatments. She is consistently educating herself on the latest and best skincare products/treatments for her clients. She is certified in many of the latest high-tech esthetic advances including microdermabrasion, micro current, led light therapy, chemical peels and much more. See ad on page 14.

JAHMEIR SKINCARE STUDIO 246 Centerville Rd, Warwick RI 401-595-2851

My intention and holistic expertise is to provide innovative technology, high performance products and services to heal your skin. Combining vegan, organic and gluten free products with clinical personalized treatments the skin’s health, balance and radiance can be enhanced. Offering and using cutting edge procedures the skins transformation and harmony is the result. This philosophy can target, correct and benefit many sensitive unbalanced & unhealthy skin types. See ad on page 31.


38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul.  Offering hair, makeup, reflexology, acupuncture, massage and herbalism. See ad on page 25.


510 East Main Rd, Middletown, RI 401-847-7480 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

SOUL WISDOM READINGS WITH CHRIS Chris McCullough 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-662-6642

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


Toni-Ann Laprade Women’s Holistic Health/Life Coach 245 Phenix Avenue, Cranston, RI (Rear Entrance) 401-474-3360 • Are you looking to make some changes? ToniAnn 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. See ad on page 12.


Om Homeopathy at It’s My Health 1099 Mendon Rd Cumberland, RI 401-573-3757 With 12+ yrs experience in classical Homeopathy Vandana Pitke has helped many clients restore and achieve health. Vandana is a certified classical homeopath. She looks at the symptoms from a holistic perspective focusing on mind and body. She also incorporates ayurvedic nutrition and Mudra meditation in her practice, which makes healing faster, better and from within when combined with homeopathy. Go to or join Facebook group My Holistic Health. See ad on page 43.


Cheryl Reynolds RN,CH 4372 Post Road, E-Greenwich RI 02818 401-301-4426 Frustrated? Overwhelmed? Banging your head against the wall only burns 120 calories. There IS a better way. Personalized Hypnosis for stress, overactive thinking, weight management, low-self-esteem, negative emotions, fears/phobias plus much more. Re-discover happiness, confidence and inner calm as you easily take back your life today. Call Now! See ad on page 10.


Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 •

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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


John Koenig, Certified Instructor 401-374-1890 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.


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


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 30.


Blue Dragonfly Wellness Center 6828 Post Rd North Kingston, RI 02852 401-529-2020. 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. See ad on page 17.

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


Teacher/Psychic Medium Somerset Mass 508-259-1231 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 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.



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 9.

Integrative periodontal care by a compassionate dental team lead by Scott Fertik DDS and John Broderick DMD. The oldest periodontal practice in Rhode Island continues to deliver excellence in implant dentistry and all of your gums’ surgical needs.

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546

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.

Dr. Scott Fertik Dr. John Broderick 167 Gano St Providence RI 02906


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

Holistic Medicine and individual patient care. Safe and effective natural solutions including nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy and hydrotherapy. Supporting you on your journey to health.


Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 • Our mission at Natural Health Solutions is to improve the health of our community by providing natural options for most health issues and guidance toward the understanding that real solutions can be achieved with real nutrition. I have been helping people for close to 25 years achieve a higher level of health through both nutrition and chiropractic. See ad on page 29.


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


Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 Let your imagination go—naturally! A full service salon that’s Certified organic for hair color, straightening/relaxing, permanent wave. No Ammonia, parabens, plastics or Thioglycolates. Call today for an appointment! Like me on FB. 50% Off all new clients only. See ad on page 5.


Edmund Dalo 49 Cedar Swamp Rd, Smithfield 401-280-4540 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.


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


Reiki Master/Teacher of Usui Reiki 204B Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth Cell: 508-971-6508 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.

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. ~William Shakespeare 46

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Reiki Practitioner & Tattoo Artist 30 Phenix Ave. Cranston, RI 401-944-0880 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


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 • 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.


Renumi Massage at Northern Lights Holistic 204B Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-293-5655 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.


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


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


ThetaHealing® Practitioner/Instructor 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.


Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 • We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 43.



Your Wellness Resource 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.


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

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

Find joy, love, and peace with Ananda through ancient and effective techniques of meditation, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, kirtan, Kriya Yoga and more. Deepen your own spiritual journey in the company of friends who support your inner growth. Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and was founded by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

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