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Basics of Homeopathy Course Taught in Cumberland


egistered certified homeopath Vandana Pitke will host a homeopathy course to learn how to take care of one’s own and family’s health using homeopathy. The two-day course will be held on two Thursdays, April 12 and 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m, at It’s My Health, in Cumberland. Homeopathy is a natural, safe, effective and non-toxic form of medicine. It is a healing modality which takes a holistic and individualistic approach to treat almost all ailments from acute to chronic. This introductory class will give participants a foundation of understanding in homeopathy, and teach how to observe symptoms, how to choose a right remedy, how dosage and potencies works, and how to know whether a remedy is working. All participants will get certificates of course completion. Cost: $40. Location: 1099 Mendon Rd., Cumberland. For more information, call 401-573-3757 or visit See listing in Community Resource Guide.

Spiritual Retreat Benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children


ladys Ellen of Heavenly Hugs will host a Spiritual Retreat & Conference from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 22, at the Rhode Island Shriners, in Cranston. A Bridge to Freedom will be a power-packed day of inspirational speakers, groundbreakers and entrepreneurs sharing their success stories and helping attendees create theirs. Throughout the day, time will be available to relax with meditations, self-care demonstrations, sound healings and reiki energy therapy. Meet with like-minded souls, dedicate time to one’s own well-being and self-care, and get a new perspective on life. Lunch is included with an all-access ticket. Only 100 tickets will be available for this event, so purchase tickets early. Plenty of free parking is available. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rhode Island Shriners. Shriners Hospitals for Children offer some of the best medical care in the world to children that need orthopaedic and burn care, as well as spinal cord injury rehabilitation—all at no charge to the patient or their family.

New Moon Magic Tea Time with Psychic Medium Roxanne Jasparro


oin psychic medium Roxanne Jasparro from 2 to 4 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m., April 13, for a New Moon Magic tea time at Bewitched of Scituate. Like minds will meet to discuss over a cup of ancient tea the wonders of the world and all things magical and spiritual. “We tend to not understand the worlds outside the one which we live,” explains Jasparro. “I would like to spend time helping others in that understanding. Wisdom is knowledge and is the key to healing ourselves and then others.” All are invited regardless of religion or spiritual Roxanne Jasparro path. Bewitched is a nonjudgmental place where individuals can talk about the spiritual gifts they think they may have. Cost: $20. Location: 180 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. For more information, call 401-300-9109 or email See ad on page 15.

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rtist and entrepreneur, Jessica Irey, will be holding her first ever art gallery showcase from 5 to 8 p.m., April 21, at Pass The Glass Studios, in Richmond. Her unique style of art uses various inks and materials such as ultraviolet (UV) ink, black ink, granite and wood etchings, and glow in the dark resin. “I began using glow in the dark resin and UV ink a few years ago in my artwork because it evoked a spiritual awakening for me. I was going through an extremely transitional time period in my life, and I used art to channel and heal my emotions. I wish to evoke this same emotion in others to heal and feel the infinite connection with all things.” Energy art was a term Irey coined to describe what she was creating, although interestingly, this style of art had already existed. She believes that all people are infinite streams of energetic consciousness expressing itself in the form of light, color and music. The UV ink and bioluminescence from the resin give this impression of energy and that cannot be seen with the naked eye. “Just because you cannot see something, doesn’t mean it is not there,” she says. “So by incorporating UV ink into my drawings, there are two separate stories being portrayed here. It is just another beautiful way to express emotion through energy.” Location: 93 Kingstown Rd., Richmond. More of Irey’s artwork can be seen at See listing in Community Resource Guide.


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New Location for Multiple Sclerosis Walk


fter many hours of driving the streets (and hills) of Providence and struggling to find a location that met all of its criteria, Walk MS Providence is now Walk MS Cranston. This year’s event will take place on April 29, at the Scottish Rite Masonic Lodge, in Cranston. The site opens at 9 a.m.; walk begins at 10 a.m. on a beautiful seaside route along brand-new sidewalks in Cranston. The start/ finish location has ample parking and accessibility. Team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers to help to change the world for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis and meet Walk MS Cranston’s goal of $40,000.

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ore than a third of adults in the United States cannot swim the length of a pool, which puts them at risk of becoming one of the 10 people that drown every day in this country. U.S. Masters Swimming’s Adult Learnto-Swim initiative aims to change this statistic. This spring, the organization’s charitable arm, the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, continues its annual April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month campaign. Many swimlesson providers associated with U.S. Masters Swimming will provide low- or no-cost swimming lessons to adults.

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cclaimed teacher and award-winning author Dean Sluyter will host FEAR LESS: Living Beyond Fear, Anxiety, Anger and Addiction from 1 to 4:30 p.m., April 29, at Body Kneads Yoga, in Cranston. In this workshop, Sluyter will show participants how to use simple meditative techniques and subtle tweaks of body, mind and breath to open their life to deep, relaxed confidence. Drawing on both traditional enlightenment teachings and contemporary research, he’ll lay out practical steps for addressing such issues as letting go of compulsive overthinking, easing anxiety-induced insomnia, loosening the bonds of addiction (including smartphone addiction), overcoming the fear of death, finding one’s fearless voice, finding meditative stillness in the thick of activity, and finding compassion for those in the same boat—which turns out to be everyone. “These days there’s so much fear in the air, you can almost taste it—along with all the varieties of anxiety, anger and addiction that grow out of it,” says Sluyter. “How can you navigate your way through the fear and confusion, and find your way to peace?” Sluyter (pronounced “slighter”) has taught meditation for more than 40 years, from corporate headquarters to maximum security prisons. He is the author of five books, including Natural Meditation, winner of the Nautilus Gold Award for the year’s best book on mind-body-spirit practices. He has appeared frequently in national media such as The New York Times, NPR, the Dr. Oz Show, and O, the Oprah Magazine. Cost: $50. 1145 Reservoir Ave, #200, Cranston. For more information, call 401-632-0878 or visit BodyKneads.Yoga/Workshops. See ad on page 11. 10

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fter 14 years of service to the Rhode Island holistic healing community, Rhode Island Holistic Healing Association (RIHHA) founder Susanne Dillon concluded that the association needed a re-birth. Enter Jim Standish, an active RIHHA member, expo presenter and speaker. His passion for the holistic healing arts is palpable. He brings a lifetime of esoteric study to the table and is committed to continuing the legacy of RIHHA that Dillon worked so hard to create. The RIHHA offers a platform for holistic healers to share their experiences gathered from healing sessions, meditations and energy healings. Standish firmly believes that the restorative nature and enacted practice of the holistic healing arts is a vital transformational process necessary to return Earth and her inhabitants to a state of sacred reciprocity. RIHHA continues to offer the opportunity for holistic practitioners to have a voice. Membership is open to practitioners, suppliers, store owners and all related professions in the holistic and alternative medical community. Dues are annual and affordable, and members meet five times per year. The next meeting will be held May 17. For more information, visit and sign up for their newsletter to be kept informed about all ongoing projects.

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Receive Guidance and Healing at Holistic Psychic Fair in East Providence


he First Spiritualist Church of Rhode Island will be hosting its bi-annual Holistic Psychic Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 21, in East Providence. All are welcome to attend this event which will showcase many different modalities including mediumship, psychic readings, angel card readings, tarot readings, reiki, vendors and more. Admittance is free; attendees pay for services they wish to experience. Individuals are invited to take a day to celebrate themselves and receive the guidance and healing they deserve. Come and explore the different modalities available and discover the tools which are available to help each person progress along his/her own personal journey of healing and growth. Cost: Free attendance; prices for services vary. Location: 83 South Rose St., East Providence. For more information, visit See ad on pages 5 and 39.

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Rest Body, Mind and Soul at Mini-Retreat


ennifer Pedrick, priest at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and Reverend Shelley Dungan, director of The Sacred Center, will lead a mini-retreat from 3 to 6 p.m., April 29, at the Parish House at St. Mary’s Church, in Portsmouth. Space is limited to 30 participants; registration is required. The retreat leaders’ intention is to guide attendees into gentle contemplation, providing rest for their body, mind and soul within the comfort of spiritual community. This spacious time will include 45 minutes of restorative yoga, silence for various forms of meditation, the opportunity to be nourished by Holy Scripture and participation in communion. Dungan also teaches a weekly Open Yoga class on Wednesdays from 9 to 10:15 a.m., inside the spacious chapel in the Parish House surrounded by stained glass and huge windows. This all-levels class is engaging, strengthening and spiritually uplifting. Drop in rate is $10. Cost: $30. Scholarships are available. Location: 324 East Main Rd., Portsmouth. To make a reservation, call 860-965-9995, email Rev. Shelley Dungan at or visit

Annual Women Leading Change Celebration Addresses Gender Equity in Sports


he Women’s Fund of Rhode Island is hosting its annual Women Leading Change Celebration from 6 to 9 pm, April 26, at the Squantum Association, in East Providence, and this year’s theme is Gender Equity in Sports. April 26 is also known as 50/50 day, a day for people to engage in conversation about working towards a more genderbalanced world. Sexual harassment, media coverage, budget disparities, gender norms, violence and hazing are examples of issues that female athletes face, and they demonstrate how much work remains to be done to achieve equity in sports. Lynette Labinger is the keynote speaker for this event. For decades, she has been a defender of gender equity in sports, notably with her representation of women student athletes at Brown University in a Title IX class action which brought reinstatement and improvements in their sports programs. Ruth Polinsky, sports reporter at WPRI, will emcee the event. As a special treat, local sports heroines have been invited to sit at sponsor tables. Confirmed special guests include: Missy “The Fury” Florentino, professional boxing champion; Jenny Sichel, Paralympic rower; Molly Huddle, Olympic runner; and Roisin Mcgettigan Dumas, Olympic runner. More athletes to be announced as they are confirmed. The Women’s Fund will be honoring State Director of Working Families, Georgia Hollister Isman, with the Susan B. Farmer Advocacy Award for her leadership in passing last year’s Earned Sick Time law. The Community Leadership Award will be given to Marti Rosenberg, director of the State Innovation Model Test Grant, for her tireless efforts in various equity initiatives and her role in helping many Rhode Island women into office. Cost: $75 through April 6; $85 afterwards. Location:947 Veterans Memorial Pkwy., East Providence. For details and tickets, visit For more information about the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, email Elaine Blais at


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Laugh for a Cause with Greening the Sphere


oin Greening the Sphere and Funny4Funds on April 13 for a night of laughs, raffle prizes and good old-fashioned fun at Brady’s Gridiron Sports Bar, in Swansea, Massachusetts. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Light appetizers will be served. A cash bar and pub menu are available for additional purchase. The event is an 18+ adult show. We offer classes & workshops for the Seating is limited so get tickets early. will be planning for our up & coming Proceeds from the event will be used note the date change). The festival pr to support Greening the Sphere’s envias senior projects. We also offer work ronmental education programs which align with its mission of inspiring creative solutions that expand a global awareForofmore info please ness of the importance maintaining a call or ema natural balance and respect of all species. Greening the Sphere likes to be hands-on and keep it fun while we work with local groups and schools creating opportunities to learn about new environmental ideas and brainstorm innovations in sustainability, biodiversity of species and green community building.

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People that get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a new study published in Neurology. Following 321 people over age 60 for 12 years, Australian researchers found that those that developed dementia spent an average of 17 percent of their sleep time in REM sleep, compared to 20 percent for others. It also took them longer to get to that dream-generating stage.

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Maximum-security prison inmates in Oregon that spent an hour a day for a year watching nature videos were involved in 26 percent fewer violent acts compared with fellow inmates, and reported feeling significantly calmer, less irritable and more empathetic. The University of Utah study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, states, “An estimated 5.3 million Americans live or work in nature-deprived venues. Such removal from nature can result in an ‘extinction of experience’ that can further lead to disinterest or disaffection toward natural settings, or even biophobia (fear of the natural environment). People that infrequently or never spend time in nature will be deprived of the numerous physical and emotional benefits that contact with nature affords.” 14

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Solar energy is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of countries, with record-setting solar farms being built worldwide. Researchers have been investigating ways to make transparent solar panels that resemble glass that could be used as window panels at the same time as converting the light that shines on them into electricity. “Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” explains materials scientist Richard Lunt, Ph.D., from Michigan State University. “We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices have the potential of generating a similar amount of electricity as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics.” As reported in Nature Energy, his team has developed a transparent, luminescent, solar concentrator that looks like clear glass, covered in small, organic molecules adept at capturing only ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths of light. The visible light that enables human vision isn’t obstructed, so we can see through the cell. If scaled up to cover the billions of square feet of glass surfaces throughout the U.S., it could potentially supply about 40 percent of our country’s energy needs.

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ll nine islands of the Azores Archipelago are volcanic origin and are located in the North Atlantic, scattered along a 375 mile stretch of ocean from Santa Maria to Corvo. Nearly 300,000 people live in this island territory that covers roughly 1,500 square miles, distancing 1,000 miles from mainland Europe (Portugal) and 1,500 miles from the North American continent (Canada). The islands of the archipelago are divided into three geographical groups: the Eastern group, comprising Santa Maria and São Miguel, the Central group, including Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial, and the Western group, made up by Corvo and Flores. This remote archipelago simply abounds with adventures; it is, in fact, the Hawaii of the mid-Atlantic. It has worldclass whale watching, sailing, diving, hiking 20

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and canyoning; excellent surfing and other watersports; and rich opportunities on horseback, or on bikes. The landscape itself is a wonderland of seething mud pots, fantastical caverns, and vivid crater lakes that speak of a volcanic origin. With liberalization of the airline industry making the islands more accessible than ever before, the Azores look well-placed to finally capitalize on their vast potential as a world-leading example of sustainable tourism.

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Although there are some common tastes on the Azorean cuisine, each island’s recipes have their own imprint. Therefore, during vacations, visitors can discover all the nuances of the Azores through a gastronomic tour. Fish such as tuna, blue jack mackerel, chub mackerel, forkbear, red porgy and

swordfish are commonly served. Freshness reigns on grills, stews, roasts or in fish broths. There are lobsters, mediterranean slipper lobsters, crabs, spider-crabs and barnacles. Limpets are served grilled with molho afonso sauce, or are cooked in rice or mashed bread. The island of São Jorge is the only island that offers clams. The Azorean beef benefits from a protected geographical indication, with some dishes being prepared from it, such as the alcatra (rump) from Terceira island, boiled beef, and regionally-flavored steaks. Liver sauce cracklings and sausages are must haves, whilst linguiça can be the main course if served with taro root, and blood pudding an appetizer if complemented by pineapple. A special dish called cozido das furnas, made with various meats and vegetables, is cooked by the geothermal heat in a pot that is placed under the ground. Some delicacies are common during the Holy Ghost Festivals, such as the sopa do Espírito Santo (soup of the Holy Ghost) and the massa sovada (Portuguese sweet bread). The bread known as bolos lêvedos, typical from Furnas, is served at any time throughout the whole year. The cheese Queijo de São Jorge is at the top of the list of tasty dairy products, with skilled hands and ripening time being the secret for a myriad of tastes and textures. Everything starts with fresh cheese that is served with pimenta da terra (red pepper mash). When cheese is served for dessert, it can be complemented by bananas or husk tomato jam (the husk tomato is known for its exotic and perfumed flavor). In addition to bananas and apples, the Azorean climate favors exotic fruit such as the strawberry guava and the cherimoya. The pineapples and passion fruit of São Miguel have earned the right to wear the seal of denomination of protected origin. Pastries whose origins can be traced back to convents stand out among the cakes and sweets that are typical of each island and are a pleasant surprise given their names and flavors. Wine is produced on the islands of Pico, Graciosa and Terceira, but now from different grapes and complementing the once famous verdelho wine. Beer, soft drinks, fortified wine, fruit liqueur and brandy complete a diversified offer. Tea is

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Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health by Lisa Marshall


amantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A toddler had contracted Lyme disease in the once tick-free region of Northern Maine. A teenager had suffered an asthma attack in February, a full month before she usually started taking allergy medicine. A displaced grade-schooler from out of town arrived traumatized after fleeing a hurricane-ravaged home with her family. But it wasn’t until she saw her son laying on a gurney in the emergency room with an IV in his arm that she fully connected the dots. 22

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“I was aware that the weather had changed a lot since I was kid. But it really didn’t hit home until that day that climate change could affect my health and the health of my children personally,” recalls Ahdoot. “I realized it would be a betrayal of my duty as a pediatrician to sit back and do nothing about it.”

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health issue today. In one recent survey of 1,200 allergists, 48 percent said climate change is already affecting their patients a “great deal” or a “moderate amount.” In another survey of lung specialists, 77 percent said they were seeing patient symptoms grow more severe due to worsening climate-related air quality. In a sweeping review published last October in The Lancet medical journal, a team of healthcare professionals proclaimed that the human symptoms of climate change are “unequivocal and potentially irreversible,” noting that since 2000, the number of people in the United States exposed to heat waves annually has risen by about 14.5 million, and the number of natural disasters annually has increased 46 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also begun to weigh in with a Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative to help local health departments brace for everything from the hazardous air quality associated with more forest fires to the spread of vector-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile as the range and season of mosquitoes and ticks expands. Meanwhile, groups like the newly formed and expansive Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, to which Ahdoot belongs, are being proactive. Its doctors are greening their offices, swapping cars for bikes, buses or carpooling, lobbying lawmakers and encouraging their patients to undertake measures to prevent the problem from worsening. In the process, they say, they might even improve their own health. “We want the public to understand that climate change is not just about polar bears or receding glaciers in the Arctic, but also about our children and our health here and now,” says Ahdoot.

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During the past century, average temperatures have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, with annual increases accelerating in recent years as 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 all set records for ambient heat. Such rising temperatures, combined with increased rain and record-high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, can have a significant impact on plants— both those that irritate or nourish us, says Howard Frumkin, a medical doctor who co-authored the Lancet report and teaches environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Wild, allergy-inducing plants like ragweed and poison ivy are flourishing. Poison ivy is growing faster, larger and more toxic as excess carbon prompts it to produce more of its rash-inducing compound, urushiol. “We are seeing the season for ragweed productivity expanding, with pollen levels rising higher and earlier and lasting longer by several weeks,” advises Frumkin. In 2016, residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, endured a ragweed season that was 21 days longer than in 1990. Other, desirable crops, like grains, do worse in hotter carbonrich climes, producing less protein and other nutrients, Frumkin notes. Meanwhile, bugs are thriving, with longer seasons and wider ranges in which to reproduce. Mosquitoes’ capacity to transmit dengue fever— the world’s fastest-growing mosquitoborne illness—has risen by 11 percent since 1950, more than half of that just since 1990, according to the Lancet report. Further, the tick that carries Lyme disease is now present in 46 percent of U.S. counties, up from 30 percent in 1998. “My physician colleagues used to treat two or three cases a month during tick season,” says Dr. Nitin Damle, a physician at South County Internal Medicine, in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

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Swap tailpipes for pedals: Bike or walk instead of driving, especially for distances of less than two miles, which comprise 40 percent of all car trips. A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that if everyone did this in just 11 cities in the Midwest, not only would carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fall, but it would extend 1,300 lives and save $8 billion in healthcare costs due to better air quality and less sedentary lifestyles.


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red meat results in five times more climate-warming emissions per calorie than chicken, pork, dairy or eggs, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It also creates 11 times more emissions than the production of potatoes, wheat or rice. Eating less red meat can also decrease an individual’s risk of certain cancers.


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“Now each of us sees 40 to 50 new cases each season.”

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Rising heat can also aggravate lung conditions because it promotes the production of ozone, a major lung irritant. With prolonged heat often come wildfires. When one burned for three months in North Carolina in a recent summer, researchers discovered that residents of counties affected by the smoke plume showed a 50 percent increase in emergency trips due to respiratory illness. Like Isaac, more kids are ending up in hospitals due to soaring temperatures, with U.S. emergency room visits for heat illnesses up by 133 percent between 1997 and 2006. Ahdoot recalls a young football player from Arkansas that showed signs of weakness and fatigue during practice, but wasn’t treated right away. He ended

for about 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut. Boston-area hospitals recently slashed their overall emissions by 29 percent in five years.


Plant more trees: As they grow, trees remove carbon dioxide from the air. Being around green space has also been shown to boost mental and cognitive health.


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per capita, emit six times more CO2 than the global average, according to research by Jonathan Patz, a medical doctor who directs the Global Health Institute at the University of WisconsinMadison. In a TED Talk, he observed that U.S. lower-income populations and those in developing countries are often hit hardest by gaseous emissions. “Those most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change are often the least responsible,” he says. “Doing something about this is a matter of compassion.”

up with heat stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary edema and ultimately required kidney dialysis. “Every summer now, I see the impacts of increasing temperatures and heat waves on kids,” she says. Climate change can also impact mental health, according to a recent review by the American Psychological Association. Exposure to natural disasters can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Plus, according to research institutions including the University of California, San Diego, and Iowa State University, chronic heat, especially at night, can interfere with sleep and even lead to aggressive behavior. Then there’s the worry about what to do about it, and whether it will be enough. “When you talk with people about what is affecting them, climate is definitely one of the things stressing them out,” says Thomas Doherty, Psy.D., a psychologist April 2018


Renewing Energy Means Cleaner, Healthier World by Ted Hodkinson


he recent spate of severe weather experienced on the East Coast that left millions of National Grid and Eversource power customers without service, highlights more than ever the need for homeowners to consider adding a battery backup system for their home power needs. Many Massachusetts and now Rhode Island residents have switched to solar power to cut their energy bills significantly, a great idea to get predictable power for years and avoid big rate increases that are now happening every year. Combining battery storage at a home or office allows people to generate their own power and store it for use at night or when the grid goes down. For many people the alternative has been to use gas or diesel power generators to provide power when the grid goes down. With many large coal, gas and nuclear power plants predicted to be phased out resulting in potential brownouts even in the Northeast, producing one’s own safe, clean electricity and storing it in a home battery system or in an electric vehicle to be drawn from when needed, is an idea of the future that is here now. In fact, the UK Guardian recently announced that Nissan Motor Group will be taking electric vehicle batteries from Nissan Leafs that are no longer on the road and recycling them into battery backup systems for the home to compete with Tesla’s home power wall systems. The Attorney General in Massachusetts, Maura Healey, just announced her record settlement with VW Audi, which 24

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set a nationwide standard for the largest settlement of its size ever, totaling $75 million for all states. She is proposing that Massachusetts use these funds to promote the adoption of electric vehicles to increase Governor Charlie Baker’s target number of 300,000 on the road by 2025, to a number beyond that. She is looking to encourage charging stations for electric vehicles, battery backups, greater tax incentives for purchase of used electric vehicles and greater energy efficiency in homes and offices. Perhaps Rhode Island won’t be far behind in following her and Governor Baker’s lead. So what can Rhode Island homeowners do to help the environment and themselves in 2018? They can go solar, drive an electric vehicle and store their own power for a rainy or stormy day. Power will go from rooftop to battery—when the sun comes out the next day, just flip the switch, and you are back in business. The IRS is about to decide on whether to allow battery backup systems to qualify for the 30 percent Investment Tax Credit if combined with solar power. It will make sense for our communities and will provide homeowners the peace of mind when storms happen, while also benefitting utility companies by knowing that their customers are insuring their own safety and security before they can get there to help. Ted Hodkinson is an energy professional serving the RI and MA markets for their solar and related energy storage needs. He can be reached at 774-294-7516.

in Portland, Oregon. “There’s a sense of mystery and powerlessness around it that weighs on people.”

Fresh Perspective, New Hope

Mona Sarfaty, a family physician who is now director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, attests that 69 percent of Americans are aware that climate change is occurring, and more than half agree that human activities are at least partly to blame. Yet only a third believe it could ever harm them personally. “So much of the early focus was on the receding glaciers and the penguins,” she says. “People today still think it will affect ‘those other people over there,’ but not them.” She agrees with the recent focus on imminent health issues, and is encouraged that a growing number of healthcare professionals feel it’s their duty to inform their patients about climate change to mobilize action. “When you talk about climate change not only in terms of the health impact it has on individuals and families, but also in terms of the real-time benefits of taking action against it, people are a lot more interested in doing something,” says Sarfaty. For instance, shifting to clean energy sources like wind and solar instead of coal can effect better air quality and easier breathing now. Cycling or walking to work rather than driving can reduce carbon emissions, boost feel-good brain chemicals and keep weight in check. Writing letters to editors or attending rallies to urge lawmakers to pass climate-friendly policies can not only fend off the anxiety and depression that comes with feeling helpless, but also effect real change. Ahdoot is taking these steps now. She has solar panels on her roof, is assisting the local hospital to reduce its carbon footprint, takes public transportation to work and encourages her kids to walk whenever possible. “I don’t feel powerless at all. I feel empowered and optimistic,” she says. “The more we know, the more we are moved to act. We can all do something small every day to protect our climate.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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n the Earth’s lower atmosphere, near ground level, ozone is formed when pollutants emitted by cars, power plants, industrial boilers, refineries, chemical plants and other sources chemically react in the presence of sunlight. Ozone at ground level is a harmful air pollutant. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. has not had clean air for 25 years, and the World Health Organization also stipulates that air pollution causes 2.7 million deaths annually.

● The second leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S is transportation. Moving closer to one’s work is one way to dramatically curtail transportation fuel needs. Use mass transit, or switch to walking, cycling or some other mode of transport that does not require anything other than human energy. Another option is to work from home or telecommute several days a week.

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● The easiest way to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions is simply to buy less stuff. Cutting back on consumption results in fewer fossil fuels being burned to extract, produce and ship products around the globe.

● Worldwide, buildings contribute around one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions (43 percent in the U.S. alone). Energy-efficient buildings and an improved cementmaking process (such as using alternative fuels to fire up the kiln) could reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the developed world and prevent them in the developing world.

● University of Chicago researchers estimate that each meat-eating American produces 1.5 tons more greenhouse gases through their food choice than do their vegetarian peers. It takes far less land to grow the crops necessary to feed humans than livestock, allowing more room for planting trees.


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movement is afoot to get kids grounded in nature. Wilderness awareness programs, also known as primitive skills or Earth-based education, teach life-changing survival skills that build courage, compassion and camaraderie. “We help youth experience a true aliveness in nature. Kids gain knowledge of the outdoors and increase awareness, confidence and self-reliance, while having fun, positive experiences,” says Dave Scott, founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School (, in Bastrop, Texas. They often go on to enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about natural flora and fauna with their families.

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Earth Education (, a Nevada City, California, nonprofit that helps kids and adults connect with planet Earth via immersion in nature. Leaving room for spontaneity and improvisation is important. While infusing indigenous knowledge into their curriculum, wilderness programs emphasize universal principles such as deep understanding of local environments and life’s interconnectedness. “Fire making is for everybody. Shelter making is for everybody. We are all caretakers of the land,” says Berry. Physical and other challenges, such as walking blindfolded through the woods, heighten sensory perception while building confidence. “The landscape is a great teacher with its uneven ground and obstacles, posing an opportunity to learn agility, practice balance and ultimately, expand awareness,” says Simon Abramson, associate director of Wild Earth (, in High Falls, New York.   Nature-immersion programs like Wild Earth’s further help kids sharpen their observation skills through activities like learning to identify birdsongs and trees. During a popular activity called “sit spot”, children learn to sit quietly, listen and observe from a specific location they may revisit over the course of a day or year to

witness nature’s varied beauty. Another time, they may try “foxwalking”, creeping silently and slowly, or test their “owl vision”, using peripheral vision. For younger kids, instructors may incorporate such skills into a game like “coyote or rabbit,” where by staying still, they can avoid detection by a predator. Kids learn to listen both to nature and their own inner voice, which can be challenging in the midst of dominating peers and authority figures. “We build on the tradition of vision quest, in taking time to get quiet in nature and hear what the heart is saying,” says Berry. Activities may be patterned after natural cycles of the seasons, the four directions and diurnal rhythms. On a bright morning, emphasis is on high-energy, outward-facing activities; day’s end brings a pause to reflect, glean and share what participants have made and learned.

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Mother Nature’s lessons can be hardearned, but the outdoor trials that kids experience are often their most honored and memorable moments. Whether youths try out a wilderness program for a season or stay on for years, Earth-based learning can have an enduring impact. They help foster healthy relationships not only with the Earth, but with other people, according to Samuel Bowman, a program coordinator with the Wilderness Awareness School (Wilderness, in Duvall, Washington. Team-driven activities like building a communal shelter can help kids learn how to work through conflict, listen to others and appreciate differences. “The kids that have come through our programs prove to be creative problemsolvers prepared to handle just about anything. They have focus and commitment, and tend to be service oriented,” observes Abramson, noting that 60 percent of their instructors are alumni. “Thinking back on kids we’ve worked with, you can often see their wilderness journey reflected in their paths as adults, how they are making choices with their heart and pursuing their passions,” concludes Berry. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Connecting Girls with the Outdoors Through Camp by Wendy Fachon


or a parent evaluating summer camps for a daughter, the Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England (GSSNE) offers an empowering experience, with activities designed especially for girls. The camp environment is positive, inclusive and couragebuilding, which supports leadership development. The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association and is a safe place for girls to be themselves while they discover and grow together. GSSNE summer camp’s friendly environment makes it the ideal way to get started in Girl Scouting. Girls pledge themselves to be a sister to every other girl, and they honor that pledge. When a new girl registers for camp, she becomes a Girl Scout member and a sister. When she attends camp, she meets girls from all over the region and from different backgrounds. The first day of camp is like the first day of school, and camp leaders focus on initiating the bonds of friendship. Relationships strengthen throughout the duration of camp and later in the school year as girls reconnect with camp friends at other council events. The Girl Scouts day camp and overnight camp programs offer a wide choice of experiences. Meghan Kampper, GSSNE staff member and mother of two Girl Scouts, explains, “When girls choose their camp experiences, they find themselves with girls that have common interests.” Themes range from Iron Chefs campout cooking and Pottermore magical adven-

tures to Challengers ropes course traversing and Tribute Training survival skill-development and alliance-building. Among the program choices are many opportunities to master outdoor skills, such as fire building, camouflage, archery, shelter building, outdoor art, rock climbing, paddling, sailing and more. Specific programs are listed and described in the 2018 Camp Guide, which available on the GSSNE website. Girl Scouting continues to provide programs for outdoor and leadership learning throughout the school year. Troops of all age levels can participate in the Outdoor Journey series, in which the girls earn badges and complete a Take Action service project to benefit the environment. Through these activities girls learn how to embrace the part of the Girl Scout Law that states: “use resources wisely, make the world a better place.” By sixth grade, when most Girl Scouts have gained sufficient outdoor skills, the council invites troops to engage in a weekend competition camping event called T.R.E.C., which stands for Teens Reaching Extraordinary Challenges. Teams compete in a number of activities, such as fire-building, lashing, orienteering, cooking on a vagabond stove, knot tying, sawing and campsite inspections.” Participants are judged on speed, accuracy and other requirements. Team members learn how to play up the strengths of their team mates. Troop Leader Karen King explains, “T.R.E.C. helps the girls develop comradery, sportsmanship,

team-building and problem-solving skills, which are all leadership development.” Girl Scouts has a successful history of getting girls outdoors, and many of them express that camping is the highlight of their Girl Scouting experience. Connecting with nature in a girl-led setting is a big part of belonging to Girl Scouts, where members learn an ethic of care as environmental stewards. GSSNE has five beautiful camp properties (Camp Cookie in Chepachet; Camp Hoffman and Camp Green Forest in West Kingston; Camp Promising Acres in Swansea; and Camp Rocky Farm in Newport) that afford the opportunity to make lifelong memories. Day camp bus transportation is arranged for most towns and is included in the camp fee. Parents can find more information and register online at Families new to Girl Scouts are encouraged to attend the Open House at Camp Hoffman, located at 2850 Ministerial Road, in West Kingston, at 2 p.m., May 20. Wendy Fachon is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.



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hree years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste. Changing our food choices to support this model can have a ripple effect. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in a 2017 study published in the journal

Climatic Change, looked at how diets impact personal health, the healthcare system and climate. They found that adopting a more plant-based diet reduces the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes by 20 to 40 percent. National annual health care costs could drop from $93 billion to $77 billion. Direct greenhouse gas emissions could annually drop 489 to 1,821 pounds per person. Such an approach involves considering the related water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint—the energy required to cultivate, harvest and transport food—plus processing associated

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Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions,” says nutritionist and climate activist Jane Richards, of GreenEatz, in Mountain View, California. “You can reduce your footprint by a quarter by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb.” An exception is the vegetarian staple of rice. According to researchers at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions organization in Sausalito, California, rice cultivation is responsible for at least 10 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and up to 19 percent of global methane emissions. New farming techniques, like mid-season draining of the rice paddies, could cut methane emissions by at least 35 percent. Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet.”   Root crops such as carrots, radishes, potatoes and beets have a lower carbon footprint than above-ground plants due to less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier

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to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily. Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit that builds healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (

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New agricultural developments can also benefit our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets. The Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, has been working with the Rodale Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to

develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. This would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. Kernza, a new perennial grain proven to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross between rice and wheat—sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.” Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and creator of the film Food, Inc., suggests we keep it simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Climatarians would add another guideline—eat as locally as possible. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (


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rom birds and elephants to dolphins, animals, whether by instinct or learned behavior, have discovered ways to cope with parasites, pests, aches and pains. This science of self-medication is called zoopharmacognosy (zoo for animal,



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Peru, studying the many macaws and other parrots that gather clay to eat as a supplement. First thought to help remove toxins from their bodies, clay adds needed sodium to their diet, researchers now believe. A pregnant elephant in Kenya’s Tsavo Park was observed by ecologist Holly Dublin, Ph.D., to travel miles to find a tree not normally eaten. Four days later, the elephant gave birth. Dublin discovered that Kenyan women make a drink from the same leaves and bark to induce labor. While studying Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Sabangau peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, primatologist Helen MorroghBernard, Ph.D., of the University of Exeter, UK, observed an orangutan chew the leaves of a plant that were not part of its usual diet until it formed a lather. The orangutan spit out the leaves and used the lather much like humans apply a topical pain reliever. While animals have been known to eat certain plants when ill, hers may be the first sighting of an animal creating a salve. Nearby villagers grind the leaves to make a balm for sore muscles and inflammation. Morrogh-Bernard believes humans learned this topical application from apes and passed it down through the generations. In the Red Sea, bottlenose dolphins rub against bush-like gorgonian corals covered by an outer layer of antimicrobial mucus that may protect them from infection, according to dolphin researcher Angela Ziltener, of the University of Zürich, Switzerland. “It’s amazing how much we’ve learned, but forgotten,” says Ira Pastor, CEO at Bioquark Inc., in Philadelphia, a life sciences company developing biologic products to regenerate and repair human

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Tick, Tick, Tick by David Jones


icks wake up early; in fact they start to come out of dormancy in early February. As soon as the sun reaches a particular point on the horizon they begin their march to look for blood. Ticks have a two-year, full four-stage lifecycle from egg to adult. At different stages they can become infected with several major, and sometimes, life threatening pathogens.They should always be considered as dangerous no matter what life stage they may be at. Control of ticks, however, should not offer more risks than the problem. There are many toxic treatments available which will kill them but those chemicals can also pose health risks to children, pets and our whole environment, especially to insects such as bees. Remember, children put their fingers in their mouths and pets tend to lick their paws. The risk is too great to allow toxic chemicals on your property. Treating for ticks should be done by using plant oil insecticides which affect the nerve transmitter octopamine. This is

very important because only insects, fleas, ticks and spiders have this nerve transit. So, if family members, including pets, come into contact with the oil, their nervous system won’t be affected. The same is not true for almost all other chemical treatments. Treatments should be applied on all plants and shrubs surrounding one’s property, and even fences up to a height of 4 feet (ticks don’t climb any higher), all grass that any family members walk or play on and any other vegetation that could offer ticks a shelter and ambush point. Vegetables can be safely eaten after treatment as long as they are washed as normal. 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 BioTechPestControls. com. For a free pack of bee-saving flower seeds, call or email and they’ll be sent at the correct planting time. See ad on page 5.

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Gardening ASANAS Yoga Poses to Stay Pain-Free


by Marlaina Donato

ardening is good for body and soul, but long hours and repetitive movements can negatively impact even the fittest body. While stiffness and pain patterns might manifest in the lower back, shoulders, legs and hands, performing a few yoga poses can lessen pain, increase flexibility, boost stamina and prevent injury. “Every action needs a counter action for structural balance to be maintained. Repetitive movements can tighten fascia, restrict movement and compromise nerve impulses,” explains Asheville, North Carolina, yoga teacher and back care specialist Lillah Schwartz, author of Healing Our Backs with Yoga: An Essential Guide to Back Pain Relief. “What goes into spasm tends to remain in spasm,” observes Schwartz, who has helped many people overcome back pain and other chronic structural issues. Practicing yoga before, during or after spending time outside also promotes mind-body awareness which helps us tune into our body’s natural rhythms and prevent physical problems in the first place. Here are some basics to consider when working in the garden.

Be Aware

Great agility and strong muscles cannot compensate for being in one position too long, over-reaching or fatigue. “Listen to your body’s messages such as, ‘It’s time for a rest,’ or, ‘That’s too heavy,’” recommends Schwartz. Remember to take regular breaks to rest, stretch and drink water. 34

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Strike a Pose

Doing yoga regularly will condition the body, but incorporating asanas, or poses, while gardening can be both a fun and practical way to avoid overstressing certain muscle groups and keep the spine and hamstrings supple. Using props in the garden environment such as fences, a wall or a chair can provide convenient support. Feel free to perform all poses before or after gardening, and all except numbers one and five in the garden.

1. Downward Facing Dog pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) with feet placed against a support

2. Warrior 1 pose (Virabhadrasana I) 3. Straddle Forward Fold pose (Prasarita Padottanasana) 4. Standing Scissor Twist (Parivrtta Hasta Padasana) standing close to and bracing against a wall or fence

5. Locust pose (Salabhasana) 6. Squat Pull Spinal Traction (Ardha Malasana in traction)

Take a Breath

“Conscious breathing involves both the body and the mind. Long, slow inhalations and exhalations help us tune into our body,” says Schwartz. “Using long breaths when stretching in the garden can help muscles find relief.” To reduce pain: n Stop and breathe. Take slow, deep breaths with a pause (inhalation retention) between inhalation and exhalation. n Don’t resist the pain or allow self-judgment. n Wait for a release.

Enjoy Being Outside

Bringing mindfulness to garden work not only helps prevent injury, but helps make it a more enjoyable experience. Here are a few more tips. n If rising early, begin time in the garden with a Warrior 1 pose while facing east. n Be mindful of feeling the breeze when it brushes the skin and pause to breathe deeply. n Notice the music of the birds or other pleasing sounds in the surrounding environment. n Stop to drink some water and take pleasure in the garden’s beauty and bounty. Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Gardening requires lots of water — most of it in the form of perspiration. ~Lou Erickson

Spring Training for Gardening


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he smell is in the air, but it may still be some time before it gets warm in New England. Nevertheless, for many of us, gardening has already begun, involving pulling, raking and cleaning out the debris that winter has left behind. Soon the digging and planting will begin if it hasn’t already. After the long hard winter, it would be wise to prepare the body for the upcoming gardening that will be taking place soon. Gardening is one of the most strenuous activities that people engage in, requiring the body to be prepared to meet the demands that each gardening task requires. In other words, we need to “train” our bodies and get them stronger and more flexible to do all the up and down, reach and pull that is associated with the many various tasks in gardening. Individuals that have kept themselves in good shape with regular workouts over the winter will be much more prepared for the physically demanding tasks and will experience less aches and pains in the aftermath of a day in the garden.

For those that have not prepared as well (and as a good habit for all), before beginning any stint of gardening, warm up by taking a five- to 10-minute walk. This will get the blood circulating throughout the body, helping to allay stiffness later. Other suggestions: get up and walk around every 45 minutes or so, drink plenty of water while working, but, most importantly, stretch the back, shoulders, arms, forearms and hands when finished. Also, drink plenty of water when finished—this helps to keep the muscle tissue lubricated to stave off stiffening. Gardening is a wonderful activity, but it is strenuous. So, be respectful of the toll it takes on the body and warm up before and stretch afterwards. Your body will thank you. Elizabeth Phinney is a certified personal trainer, holds a specialty certification in fitness nutrition and authored Stretches and Positions for Gardening. For a copy of her book or to contact her, visit See ad on this page.

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HoopYasa! Hula Hoop & Vinyasa Yoga – 11am12:45pm. The hula hoop can be a wonderful tool for correcting alignment, finding balance, and building core strength in your yoga practice. We will also play with hoop tricks. $30. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga.

Crystal 101 – 6:30-8:30pm. Learning about crystal names, properties and ways to use them to heal yourself and all living things. Free crystal for each student. Event details on our FB page. $25. Bewitched of Scituate, 180 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. 401378-8402.

MONDAY, APRIL 2 Chi Core Fusion – 9-10am. Combines the flow of the energy of tai chi with the strength, length and core work of a traditional Pilates mat class. Aull Pilates & Movement Studio, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. Yoga for Healthy Hips and Back – 10:15-11:30am. A gentle, therapeutic class that helps release tension, increase freedom of movement and create strength and stability in the hips and backs. All levels welcome. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Kora Harp Program – 6:30-8pm. Music of the West African Kora comes to Mansfield. Sean Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstration on the kora. All ages. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. Register: 508-261-7380. Empowering Empaths – 6:30-8:30pm. If you are sensitive to other people’s energy you are an empath. Come be supported, nurtured, and cared for on your journey. Learn how to protect yourself and your energy. $20. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

TUESDAY, APRIL 3 Youth Fundamentals Workshop – 10-11:30am. For homeschool youth: discover authentic self, release harmful thought/behavior, allow unconditional love, recognize true power within and find purpose. 8-wk course. $45/class. Intuitive Therapy, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. 508-951-9829. Holistic Tarot Certification Program – 6-8pm. Expand your psychic awareness while you deepen your tarot reading skills. 6 modules cover all aspects of integrating forms of divination includes astrology and numerology. $35/session. Northern Lights Holistic Campus, 204B Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 Fascial Fitness – 9-10am. Focusing on the connective tissue of the body. Using reband elasticity, fascial stretch, fascial release and sensory refinement we explore our fascial network. Aull Pilates & Movement Studio, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977.

All About Parapsychology – 7-9pm. Join John D’Angelo for a fascinating look at the topics of Alchemy and Telepathy. Follow up class on April 12 focused on Past Lives. $25/class. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Youth Fundamentals Workshop – 10-11:30am. For homeschool youth: discover authentic self, release harmful thought/behavior, allow unconditional love, recognize true power within and find purpose. 8-wk course. $45/class. Intuitive Therapy, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. 508-951-9829. Group Breath Session – 6-8pm. Journey into the depths of your own being, using the vehicle of Transformational Breath®. Integrate emotional traumas through diaphragmatic breathing, sound and movement. $50. West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-450-4172. Drumming Circle – 7-9pm. Come experience a Shamanic Healing Drum Circle. Doug will guide you in a peaceful meditative drum session which promotes overall healing. Drums are available for your use. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Reiki I with Cheryl Markey – 9:30am-5pm. Learn Reiki I where you will be attuned and learn to do reiki for yourself. Learn about the history of reiki, hand placement. Receive certificate at the end of class. $125. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. 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. No registration req. Free. Healthy Babies Happy Moms, 4512 Post Road, East Greenwich. 401-8848273. Tuning Fork Therapy – 10am-4pm. Book a 1-hr session to receive powerful tuning fork therapy. Their sound vibrations will help you to align your energy and begin healing. $30/hr. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Book session: 401-641-3516.

Advanced Perfumery Methods – 10am-5pm. Also April 8, 10:30am-2pm. Refining Fragrance Formulation and Accord Building for students who have already taken intermediate level courses in natural perfumery. $550. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. 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, Warwick. RSVP: 401-323-7199. BTB Feng Shui 101 – 1-3pm. With Karan Phillips. Learn feng shui basics and see how you can immediately create a better, more harmonious quality of energy in your family home, by using them in your home and life. $40. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Archangels and Crystals – 6:15-8:15pm. With Cheryl. Do you love Angels and crystals? Then this is for you. Learn about Chamuel the archangel of adoration and courage, and the crystals that are connected with him. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Chakra Classes – 7-9pm. Learning about the major 7 chakra centers in our body. This will be a series of classes learning one chakra a night. In deep information on these energy centers. $25. Bewitched of Scituate, 180 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. 401-378-8402.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 The Providence Flea – 10am-4pm. Artisans, makers, vintage vendors, community non profits, live music, food trucks!. Visit website for more info and vendor application. Free admission. The Providence Flea, at Hope High School, rear entrance, 324 Hope St, Providence. JourneyDance™ with Rosa – 10:30am-12pm. We dance barefoot to connect to the energy of Mother Earth. We release heavy energy from our body and replace it with love and light. There are no steps to learn. $15/preregistered, $20/at door. Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. 4 01-297-9115.

MONDAY, APRIL 9 Chi Core Fusion – 9-10am. Combines the flow of the energy of tai chi with the strength, length and core work of a traditional Pilates mat class. Aull Pilates & Movement Studio, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. Yoga for Healthy Hips and Back – 10:15-11:30am. A gentle, therapeutic class that helps release tension, increase freedom of movement and create strength and stability in the hips and backs. All levels welcome. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Writing Workshop for Adults – 6:30-8pm. Join us for an informal writing group for adults. Are you interested in writing? Have you already written something? Come share your work. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. Register: 508-261-7380.

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Drumming Circle with Dorothy and Jim – 6:308:30pm. Join us for a fun night of drum healing. Let the sound vibrations cleanse your energy field. If you have your own drum bring it with you. $15. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

Chakradance: 7 Keys to Freedom – 10-11am. A healing dance practice which uses music especially composed to resonate with each of the 7 major chakras, to revitalize, tune up and rebalance our chakras. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 Fascial Fitness – 9-10am. Focusing on the connective tissue of the body. Using reband elasticity, fascial stretch, fascial release and sensory refinement, we explore our fascial network. Aull Pilates & Movement Studio, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977 Healing Chronic Illness with the 10 Natural Laws – 6pm. Naturopathic practitioner Dr. Dickson Thom will discuss the bioregulatory approach to healing chronic diseases. $15/advance, $20/door. Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth. Info & tickets: Exploring Volunteer Opportunities – 6:307:30pm. Come learn more about the Empowerment Factory, their programs and mission. Many volunteer opportunities for those looking to be more involved in this community. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. Reducing Anxiety through Meditation – 6:307:30pm. By sitting in meditation we are in a state of physical and mental calmness and cope with the stresses of life. Join us for this informative session & meditation. Free. West Warwick Public Library, 1043 Main St, West Warwick. 401-828-3750 x 25. Deepen Your Relationship with Guides – 6:308pm. You have a team of spirit guides waiting to support you. There are several ways to deepen your relationship with your guides and I will teach you how in this class. $15. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 Celebrating Our Heroes – 12-1:30pm. Luncheon raises critical funding to provide camperships to the children and families unable to afford the cost of sending their child to camp. Local Heroes are recognized for their positive impact on the community. $125, includes lunch. YMCA of Greater Providence, Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St, Providence. 401-427-1820. Shamanic Journey Circle – 1-2:45pm. Journey to a live drum, share insights and lively discussion as we connect with helping spirits to heal, grow and learn. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Reynolds Bldg, Bristol. 401-924-0567. Healing Chronic Illness with the 10 Natural Laws – 6pm. Renowned naturopathic practitioner Dr. Dickson Thom will discuss the bioregulatory approach to healing chronic diseases. $15/advance, $20/door. Hotel Providence, 139 Mathewson St, Providence. Info & tickets:

markyourcalendar Greening the Sphere Comedy Night – 6-9:30pm. Join Greening the Sphere for a fun night of comedy to support GTS’s environmental educational initiatives. Seating is limited. With Shari Bitsis. $25/person. Gridiron Sports Bar, 2416 GAR Hiwy, Swansea, MA. 401-465-4249. For tickets & info: iRest Yoga Nidra (6-Wk Series) – 6:30-7:30pm. An evidence-based, mind-body approach to meditation that is the result of 30 yrs of observation, research and hands-on development by Dr. Richard Miller. $99/series. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411. Psychic Tea Time with Roxanne – 6:30-8:30pm. Psychic Tea time with Psychic Medium Roxanne Jasparro night of drinking tea and talking about all things magical and spiritual. Spiritual guidance for your path. $22. Bewitched of Scituate, 180 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. 401-300-9109. Chakradance: 7 Keys to Freedom – 7-8pm. A healing dance practice which uses music especially composed to resonate with each of the 7 major chakras, to revitalize, tune up and rebalance our chakras. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Pendulum 101 – 7:15-8:15pm. Have you wondered how a pendulum works? Then this class is for you. We will go over the basics of choosing a pendulum, clearing and programming it, and working with it. $10 pendulums available to use. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Basic IET Class with Sheila – 10am-5pm. Would you like to learn Integrated Energy Therapy? This is the first of 3. Become attuned and learn how to do self treatment working with Angel Ariel and the Healing Angels. $195 includes book and certificate. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. New Moon in Aries Reiki Event – 12-4pm. Come by and get a reiki or IET session. Set and manifest your intentions for the next 2 weeks. Come and rest, relax and make magic. $22/15 min and a free polish Stone. Bewitched of Scituate, 180 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. 401-300-9109.

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Wellness Walk & Spring Clean Up – 1:30-3:30pm. Following the Wintertime Farmers’ Market, The Empowerment Factory is hosting Wellness Walk and a clean up of the Baldwin Loop walking path in Pawtucket. Join us as we make our community a better place. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. Magical Mirror Making – 1:30-4:30pm. With Nancy Bleyer. Celebrate your power by creating your magical mirror and learn how to use this ancient tool. Affirmations and skrying inspire the energy celebrated creating your mirror. $65. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15 Reiki II Certification – 10am-6pm. Prerequisite: Reiki 1. See Facebook or Eventbrite to register. $250. All Things Magickal, 35 East Ave, Harrisville. 401-567-4700.

markyourcalendar Women’s Rejuvenation Wellness Day – 126pm. Take the time with other women to nourish ourselves. This event offers a combo of talks, tai chi, journaling, etc. The afternoon is packed full of fun stuff. $60. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. New Moon Gong Bath – 3-4:30pm. Just in time for the new moon, relax and renew with the deep vibrations of the gongs. Leave refreshed for the month ahead. Bring what you need to be comfy on the floor. $25/advance, $30/at door. NIA Connecticut, 740 Hartford Pike (behind Aldi), Dayville, CT. 860-450-6647.

MONDAY, APRIL 16 Fire Starter Sessions: 3 Wks – 6:30-8:30pm. Each week is full of exercises and lively discussion to identify your genius, reveal your passions, vision your future, deconstruct fear and create success on your own terms. With Katharine Rossi. $75. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

TUESDAY, APRIL 17 Akashic Record Reading – 5:30-8pm. Do you have an issue that reoccurs in your life that you can’t seem to get past? An Akashic Record Reading can reveal the root cause and how to heal it. Come be amazed. $20. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Reiki Share – 7-8:30pm. Wanting to practice your skills, and meet with other reiki practitioners? Come to this Reiki Share where you can give and receive reiki and mingle. Relax and enjoy. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Journey to a live drum as you practice modern applications of this ancient technique. Gain insight and understanding about yourself, your relationships and the world. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 Earth Day Fest 2018 – 11am-3pm. Join us to celebrate the vitality and abundance of the Earth we love and protect. Enjoy our speakers, exhibitors, workshops, auction and interactive activities. Free. Bristol Community College, Fall River, 777 Elsbree St, Fall River, MA. 508-678-2811 x 3047. James. Mindful Meditation and Creativity Workshop – 6:30-7:30pm. Short introduction on “What is Mindfulness?”, 10-min guided meditation followed by time to explore for yourself mindful creativity with playful art activities. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. RSVP: 401-365-1010. Reducing Stress through Meditation – 6:307:30pm. Discussion on the effect of meditation to reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium/a meditation sitting. Free. North Providence Union Free Library, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-353-5600.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Chakradance: 7 Keys to Freedom – 10-11am. A healing dance practice which uses music especially composed to resonate with each of the 7 major chakras, to revitalize, tune up and rebalance our chakras. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Drum healing restores balance and bring us into alignment with our true nature through removal of blocks, returning lost power and soul parts. Bring a mat and blanket. With Paul DiSegna and Katharine Rossi. $35. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St., 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877.

Mauck Photography Mini-Sessions – 10am-2pm. Show up in life and business brilliantly. Alexandria excels at portraits that flatter you and your personality. The right attitude and light shows your authentic brilliance. $50. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Holistic Psychic Fair – 10am-4pm. Treat yourself to the fun healing day you deserve. Psychics, mediums, tarot and angel card readers, healers, vendors and more. Come and join us. Free admission; pay per service. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose Street, East Providence. Reiki II with Zandra Matthews – 10am-5pm. Continue your reiki journey. Become attuned to Reiki II, learn additional symbols and long distance healing. Receive certificate at the end of class. $150. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Spiritual Development Circle – 4-5:30pm. Have you wanted to develop your mediumship abilities, as well as grow spiritually? This class is for you. Learn about billets, flame cards, psychometry and much more. $25, $100/5 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Gallery Readings with Jean Mandeville – 6-7:30pm. You are invited to attend a group style gallery reading. Loved one’s who have transitioned over, as well as spirit guides will come forward to offer messages of comfort. $40. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Breastfeeding Support Group – 10-11:30am. Great opportunity to come meet one of our nurses/ lactation consultants and other new moms, weigh your baby and get your questions answered. No registration req. Free. Healthy Babies Happy Moms, 4512 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-884-8273.

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 gladly accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

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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, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

markyourcalendar Gong for the Earth: An Earth Day Celebration – 2:30-4pm. Join us in celebrating Gaia with an eco-friendly gong bath. Bring your intention for healing and padding for comfort on the floor. $20. The Heartspot Art Center and Art Gallery, 1970 Pawtucket Ave, Lower Level, East Providence. 401-383-7577. Earth Day Healing Ceremony – 4-5:30pm. Join us in community for a shamanic drum healing ceremony to generate positive energy to heal and honor the Earth and self. Bring drums and rattles. With Paul DiSegna and Katharine Rossi. Free. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Reynolds Bldg, Bristol. 401-787-8877. Special Earth Day Yoga Class – 6:30-7:45pm. Highlighting the Earth qualities in the body. Softening the metal and earthen places through yin poses; transitioning into active poses exploring wood, water and air. Donations only. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877.


SUNDAY, APRIL 22 The Providence Flea – 10am-4pm. Artisans, makers, vintage vendors, community nonprofits, live music, food trucks. Visit website for more information and vendor application. Free. The Providence Flea, at Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence.

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Earth Day Labyrinth Workshop – 1-5pm. Walk your Sacred Path. Learn how to construct a 7 circuit labyrinth and develop ceremonies of healing then celebrate Earth Day with a Labyrinth Walk. $60. Northern Lights Holistic Campus, 204B Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655.

6 Weeks of Proprioceptive Writing® – 6-8pm. Gain self trust, clarity and insight in this mindfulness practice. Meets Wednesdays, 1-3pm as well. Learn this powerful form of meditative writing done alone or in groups. $150/6 wks. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Trance Journey to your Spirit Guide – 6-9pm. Reclaim your power and experience a Shaman’s Journey to connect with your personal Spirit Guide. Your personal Spirit Guide can assist, protect and support you. $35. Northern Lights Holistic Campus, 204B Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655.

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Meditation for Healthy Living – 6:30-7:30pm. Discover a simple meditation technique that can melt away stress and be a powerful addition to a healthy living regimen. Meditation has been proven to relieve stress. Free. Glocester Manton Free Public Library, 1137 Putnam Pike, Chepatchet. 401-568-6077. Understanding Infant Sleep – 7-8:30pm. Learn from sleep expert Kathy Moren, RN, about topics including sleep theories, goals, babies natural circadian rhythm, sleep problems, developmental changes and much more. $50/couple. Healthy Babies Happy Moms, 4512 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-884-8273.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26 Return To Work Breastfeeding Class – 7-8:30pm. The goal of this class is to give you the tools and knowledge you need to feel confident returning to work as a breastfeeding mother. $50/couple. Healthy Babies Happy Moms, 4512 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-884-8273.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 Eden Energy Medicine Daily Routine – 6:308:30pm. Take charge of your health. Learn simple techniques to boost energy, strengthen your immune system, improve coordination and clear thinking. Dress comfortably. $25. Northern Lights, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655.

markyourcalendar Gong Bath and Drum Circle – 7-9pm. Movement Meditation with Sounding Spirit. Join us for a new synthesis of movement and sound at the studio. Work up a joyful sweat to the beat of the 33-inch gathering drum. Then relax into stillness with the healing tones of the gongs. $35. Shiva Shakti Yoga Shala RI, Gold Machinery Factory, 881 Main St, Pawtucket. 917-912-3494. Proprioceptive Writing Retreat – Apr 27-29. 7-9pm. Regroup in a quiet setting, commune with your own thoughts, become absorbed in the stories of your own life. Greet spring in a beautiful, historic Great Camp. Call for pricing and to register. White Pine Camp, White Pine Rd, Paul Smiths, NY. 401-849-3200.

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

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Composting 101: The Do’s and Don’ts – 11:30am1pm. Ever wonder what composting is all about? How long does it take, and how to use the composted material? What should go into the compost? This is fun and interactive. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Neck, Shoulders & Upper Back Release – 1-3pm. With simple stretches and the use of props you will feel freedom and relaxation in your entire body. Jude


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Monteserrato is a certified Purna Yoga teacher at the 2,000-hr level. $30 by Apr 15; $40. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411.

markyourcalendar Fear Less with Dean Sluyter – 1-4:30pm. Join this award-winning author to learn how to use simple meditative techniques and subtle tweaks of body, mind, and breath to open your life to deep, relaxed confidence. $50. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga. Fundraiser for Sojourner House – 1-5pm. Come down and join in the activities while we raise money to support the nonprofit Sojourner house as they support the homeless, abused and more. Needed new toiletries. Free admission; cost for some things. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Nutrition, Microbiome & the Root of Chronic Disease – 1-5pm. With Kathleen DiChiara, Integrated Health and Nutrition Coach/Educator and author. Co-hosted by NOFA/Mass & The Marion Institute. $34/$42. Buzzards Bay Center, New Bedford, MA. Register: Rest & Return – 4-6pm. Join us for this mini-retreat led by Jennifer Pedrick, priest at St. Mary’s Church and Shelley Dungan, Director of The Sacred Center. This spacious time will include guided prayer, ample silence and mindful movement. Participants will have the opportunity to be nourished by Holy Scripture and Communion. $25 suggested donation. St Mary’s Church & The Sacred Center, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. RSVP: 860-965-9995.

MONDAY, APRIL 30 Reading Clinic – 6:30-8pm. Come in for a reading and have some fun. Many card decks to choose from. Interested in learning how to read, we can help with that too. $15. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

FRIDAY, MAY 4 Group Breath Session – 6-8pm. Journey into the depths of your own being, using the vehicle of Transformational Breath®. Integrate emotional traumas through diaphragmatic breathing, sound and movement. $50. West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-450-4172.


markyourcalendar 2018 BRMI Conference – May 10-12. Join the Bioregulatory Medicine Institute for “Understanding, Optimizing, and Maintaining the Bioregulatory Terrain,” a conference for progressive health care providers who are looking for powerful ways to improve their patients’ health and advance their practices and laypeople looking to learn more about mind-body practices. Louisville, KY. Event info & ticket packages: events. Special discount for Natural Awakenings Readers. Enter code NATURAL for 25% off any ticket package.

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Mindful Flow and Meditation – 9-10:15am. Moderate-level class blending mindfulness discussions, gentle pranayama (breath), and flowing asanas (poses). $10. Hayloft at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 73 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401-816-5600.

Tai Chi Easy – 9-10am. No Class Apr 16. Learn tai chi to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality, improve blood pressure, etc. Dress comfortably. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

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.

Monday Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Vinyasa flow class, harmonizing breath and movement for strength and flexibility. See more classes available on website. Beginners welcome. Text for spot in class. $12; first class half off. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, parking & entrance in rear, Cranston. 401-301-8041.

Gentle Yoga – 9:45-10:45am. Discover your own movement style in traditional yoga poses. Focus on breathing and stretching. Feel rejuvenated and grounded for the day ahead. Great for beginners. $15 drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187.

Quonny Yoga I – 10-11:30am. Yoga basics. Alternate poses and adjustments for those with injuries. Focus is on breathing and mindful movement. All levels. Also on Wednesdays. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187.

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.

Senior Stroll – 1-2pm. Depending on the weather, we will either walk the Baldwin Loop in Pawtucket, or stroll the halls of the historic Hope Artist Village. Light refreshments and good conversations will be had either way. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010.

Sundays at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Music, chanting, meditation, uplifting talk, beautiful Festival of Light Ceremony, refreshments and fellowship. Healing Prayer Circle on 2nd Sunday, 1pm. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. Sunday Service – 10:30am-12pm. Please join us for our weekly Sunday Service at Unity Radiant Light. Inspirational messages, beautiful music and fellowship. Free. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708. 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. 5 classes for $40 Intro Special. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga. Sunday Celebration Service Center for Spiritual Living Southern RI – 11:15am-12:30pm. We are a loving all-inclusive community welcoming people of all faiths, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds from all walks of life. We meet them wherever they are on their Spiritual Path. Love Offering. Center for Spiritual Living Southern RI, at RI Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, South Kingston. Kundalini Yoga Class – 7-8:30pm. Santosha is happy to announce the return of evening kundalini classes with Gopal Pavan Kaur. Is it possible to both rest and awaken? Yes. Join us to discover how. $15/ drop-in. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.

Kripalu Yoga with Susan – 4:15-5:45pm. Enjoy breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the body and heart to release and open. Beginners welcome. With Susan McLaren. New students: $50/5 classes; $16/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Gentle/Beginning Yoga – 6:15-7:15pm. Yoga basics, emphasizing alignment and adjustments to get the most benefit for your body. We offer fun/friendly classes, a quiet studio space and experienced teachers. New students: $40/4; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Level of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. 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/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

tuesday Hypnosis Sessions with Toni-Ann – 9am-6pm. Mindful hypnosis works. Need help with fear of flying, overeating, anxiety, stress, phobias? Appointments available on other days also. Clear your mind today. $60; packages available. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, parking & entrance in rear, Cranston. 401-474-3360.

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 inner calm. With Janice O’Brien. New students: $50/5 classes; $21/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Meditation with Rodney – 5:30-6:30pm. Come join Rodney in this Shamanic meditation. You will find this a great way to quiet the mind, relax, and become centered. Free; donations gladly accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. All Level Yoga – 6-7:15pm. A joyful, upbeat yoga class, with experienced teacher, Mary ShielL’Esperance. Moderate posture flow emphasizing breath and alignment technique. All welcome. New student: $40/4 classes; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Level of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. 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. 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. Drop-in. Donations to Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Ananda Morning Meditation – 9-10am. Want to have a wonderful day? Start with heavy doses of chanting to open the heart, plus meditation for calmness, peace, clarity and joy. No previous experience needed. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. 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. Amrit/Kripalu Yoga with Amy – 9:30-11am. Enjoy breath work, simple stretches to warm the body, classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, and meditation, allowing the body and heart to release and open. With Amy McPhee. New students: $50/5 classes; $16/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319

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Holistic Health/Life Coaching – 12:30-7pm. Toni-Ann works closely with clients to deliver support programs of self-care, health goals, lifestyle modifications, food plans and more. See website for more days. $25/hr; introductory packages available. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Parking & Entrance in Rear, Cranston. 401-474-3360.

Yoga Fusion with Christine – 12-1pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Pilates Class – 6:15-7:15pm. Improve physical strength, flexibility, posture, and enhance mental awareness. See website for more info and classes. $12 – first class half off. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Parking & Entrance in Rear, Cranston. Denise: 401-301-8041.

Cancer Support – 12-7pm. Cancer Sucks. Holistic health coaching available to help with balancing diagnosis and treatments with life. Email/call to schedule consult with someone who gets it. Affordable packages available. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, parking & entrance in rear, Cranston. 401-474-3360.

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/ class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 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/ class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.



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/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Core Strength Vinyasa – 9-10:15am. Bring a friend (new to Innerlight) to this class for the month of April for free. We’ll focus on how we move into and out of poses, building poses from the mat up. $16/drop-in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. 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 inner calm. With Maria Sichel. New students: $50/5 classes; $21/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Coffee Hour for Veterans – 10:30am-12pm. 3rd Thursday. Opportunity for veterans to gather with like minded individuals in a safe, comfortable environment. Must be a RI Medical Marijuana patient. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. Limited seating; register: 401-889-3990.

Ananda Restorative Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Chakra Balance Restorative Yoga mix is a meditative yoga practice consisting of yoga postures, chanting, breathing techniques, and deep relaxation. All levels welcome. $12/drop-in. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. Medical & Therapeutic Qigong – 6:15-7:15pm. Begins Apr 5. Join Master Wen-Ching Wu, coauthor of Qigong Empowerment, for the spring qigong session. Learn to strengthen and balance your internal energy to attain better health. $225/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Flow Yoga Level 2 – 6:30-7:45pm. A yoga flow to both energize you and to bring you to your calm center. Deep relaxation at the end of class. Best for students with good alignment practices. New students: $40/4 classes; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Level of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Woman’s Yoga Fusion – 7-8pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Buddhist Healing Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn calm abiding and clear seeing through sitting practice as well as guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/ prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. Register: 401-270-5443 or


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Meditation with Rodney – 8:45-9:45am. 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, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Qigong – 9-10am. Increase your flexibility, strength, and immune system; quiet the mind and reduce stress. Anyone can do it. Dress comfortably. $15/ class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, 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. Pilates Mat – 12-1pm. Based on the mat work of Joseph Pilates, provides proper instruction and modifications in order to challenge the most advanced but also be appropriate for novices. Aull Pilates & Movement Studio, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. 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/ class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. 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/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Happy Hour Community Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Every 4th Friday, come to unwind and begin your weekend refreshed and at peace. This is a community yoga class, which means it’s suitable for everyone. By donation. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. Transformational Breath® Group – 6-8pm. 1st Friday. Learn breathing techniques to improve physical health, clear emotional wounds, connect with your authentic self. $50. West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-450-4172.




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

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 warmup and discussions on the art of Tai Chi and Daoist culture. Free. White Monkey Tai-Chi & Qigong, at Bay Spring Community Center, 170 Narragansett St, Barrington. Kids Glow Yoga – 9-10am. Great way for kids to exercise and have fun using black lights and glow bracelets. Yoga helps in meditation, strengthening and balancing among others. $15; $5/additional child in same family. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Open Yoga – 9-10:15am. Taught by Rev Shelley Dungan. This all-levels yoga class is held inside our spacious chapel, surrounded by stained glass and huge windows. You will feel like you are on a mini retreat. $10. St Mary’s Church & The Sacred Center, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 860-965-9995. Maker’s Marketplace – 9am-1pm. During the Winter Farmers’ Market, stop by The Empowerment factory to see local artists, crafts people and makers. Support the local art community. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. Saturday Morning Yoga: Cumberland – 9:3010:45am. Yoga postures and flows to both energize you and to bring you to your calm center. We offer fun and friendly classes, a quiet and spacious studio, and experienced teachers. $12-$13/Flex Pass; new student: $40/4. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Level of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. 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 or sweat. Find your inner calm. With Suzanne Lincoln. New students: $50/5 classes; $21/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. 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/class, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 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 Endocannabinoid system from Jessica Irey an Integrative Health & Wellness Coach. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Tai Chi for Beginners – 12-1pm. Begins Apr 7. Learn the 24 Posture Tai Chi form, derived from Yang Style. Class also includes tai chi qigong. Other class times are Wednesday, 1pm; Thursday, 7:30pm. New students may do trial class. $225/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502.

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 19.


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.

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

Our company is based on Ayurvedic & holistic principles.  Working with Aveda, Eminence 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 13.


Emily Pavidis, CH 508-783-2530 At One Love we provide mindbody fertility and birth support and education to women and their partners. We utilize powerful and effective holistic wellness modalities like hypnosis, visualization and guided meditation to do so.  HypnoFertility, Blissborn and custom sessions available. Visit us online to learn more! See ad on page 17.

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

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


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.


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 choose 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!

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ENERGY HEALING ALL ABOUT ASCENSION Laura Patterson 204B Clock Tower Square Portsmouth, RI 401-752-9752

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.

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 skin’s transformation and harmony is the result. This philosophy can target, correct and benefit many sensitive unbalanced & unhealthy skin types. See ad on page 25.


Carmen Smith, EEMCP 204B Clock Tower Sq Portsmouth, RI 401-714-2429 Take charge of your health. Boost your vitality, strengthen your immune system and increase your joy and happiness. Eden Energy Medicine is a method of working directly with the body’s energy systems to help create health and wellness. Also offering Usui Reiki and Crystal Ball and Gemstone Reading.


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.

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 27.


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.


ESTHETICIAN 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 4.


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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.




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


Toni-Ann Laprade Women’s Holistic Health/Life Coach 245 Phenix Avenue, Cranston, RI (Rear Entrance) 401-474-3360 • Toni-Ann is a holistic health coach who lives each day with gratitude and faith, feeling blessed to be living life 11 years after a cancer diagnosis. She wishes to share her journey, knowledge, experience, and education on living a healthy holistic lifestyle to others who are in need. Degreed in Complementary and Alternative Medicine and is a Board Certified Hypnotherapist. 


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 31.

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~Edith Wharton


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 39.


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



Sandywoods Center for the Arts 43 Muse Rd Tiverton, RI 401-297-9115 Call or Text

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.


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.




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.


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”.


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.

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

We dance barefoot to connect to the energy of Mother Earth. We release heavy energy from our body and replace it with love and light. There are no steps to learn! I would be honored to share this amazing experience with Free First Class. $15 Preregister at above websites.


John Koenig, Certified Instructor 401-374-1890



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.

Debbie McBride 204 Clock Tower Square Portsmouth, RI 774-266-6199

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.


Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally - for all. Naturopathic doctor - Certified Classical Homeopath - Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 19.


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

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

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PET PSYCHIC BEWITCHED OF SCITUATE 180 183 Danielson Pike Scituate RI 401-300-9109


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 21.

I’m a psychic medium, pet psychic medium, Reiki Master Teacher, witch and an artist. I use many different healing modalities that I have learned to help people and animals heal. My shop called, Bewitched of Scituate, brings my Salem, MA roots to this beautiful town of Scituate, RI. Come by or call for appointments. Blessed Be. See ad on page 15.





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

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/ Practitioner 401-545-0365 (cell)

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

Bridget is a Usui Reiki Master Teacher, who works compassionately and intuitively to support emotional and physical healing and relaxation during treatments. She’s also an IET practitioner and reflexologist. Her practice is at Keystone Family Acupuncture, where reiki can be incorporated with acupuncture. Mention this ad to receive a complementary reflexology add on service.



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


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.

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.




a. Salon Galleria, Coventry 401-821-0400 Living Chi Massage, Warwick 401-738-3948


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.


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 31.


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.

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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.



Northern Lights Holistic, Portsmouth 401-293-5655 May I have your TENSION, please? De- stress yourself with a relaxing, therapeutic massage on a heated table! Release your tension, relax your mind, reconnect your body, and renew your spirit with a Swedish or Hot Stone massage, Cupping, Reflexology, and/or Reiki. RI Lic# MT02217 • Member AMTA.



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.


Amrit Yoga Nidra certified Gifted Psychic Medium Card Reader 204B clock tower square Portsmouth , Rhode Island Cell 401-573-4360  Michelle is a long time gifted psychic empathic medium who can help adults and children. Come set a Sankulpa or intention to bring in miraculous changes or let go of something like an addiction with Amrit yoga nidra and or a tarot, past life , angel card reading. Mondays and Fridays at Northern Lights Holistic Portsmouth and 2nd and fourth Sundays 3 pm Heart Center yoga and Wellness 123 Boon street Narragansett RI. Experienced! 

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Tired of not ever finding delicious baked goods that are gluten-free? Try Us! Poppy’s Bakery has an amazing assortment of breads, cakes, cookies and so much more! Also available for party catering and your Wedding needs.

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