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ay is my favorite month for so many reasons. Lilacs, Cinco De Mayo, my last month working in corporate America, my birthday and our women’s health issue are only just a few. It seems to hold so much promise of warmer days, fresh vegetables, cook outs and good times!

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I’ve been finding great wisdom in a book I’m reading: Fear Less: Living Beyond Fear, Anxiety, Anger and Addiction by Dean Sluyter. On the outside, others see me as super calm and relaxed, but on the inside, my stomach is often in a ball of anxiety. Over nothing really; just the scads of life’s little things that worry isn’t going to change anyway (although I convince myself that my worrying keeps everything in line.)

In the book, Sluyter talks about a scene in the movie Bridge of Spies between a lawyer, played by Tom Hanks, and his client who is a convicted spy. As they prepare for trial, realizing the client will most likely get the death sentence, Hanks asks him how he is not worked up about his impending doom. The reply, “Would it help?” delivered without emotion, was profound. With many different ways of looking at the futileness of worry, at the end of the day, those three little words really struck me. With that kind of wisdom, I’m hoping to match my outer and inner Zen more often. Over the years, I’ve learned there is a connection between how I feel mentally and how my body feels. The better care I take of my health, the better food choices, along with proper rest and exercise, the stronger my mind feels as well. This issue is packed with some great resources on how to do just that. Our article “Personalized Health Care,” on page 22, talks about how functional medicine is becoming more mainstream. By looking at the whole person, it looks to address the cause of illness rather than just treating the symptom. With the advanced technology we now have at our disposal, even our genes can be taken into account to find the best possible treatment for an individual’s mind, body and soul. Look to “Five Reasons to Love a Cat,” on page 36, if you’re searching for another way to take care of yourself. I have entire conversations with my cats; they are great listeners, seldom interrupt and don’t judge. Studies confirm what many of us have known all along: having a household pet keeps us healthier and happier; making it likely we’ll live longer and enjoy it more. Plus it seems to be good for the cats. What’s not to like? Enjoy the most wonderful month of the year!

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he Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, in Warwick, will host What is Diversity & Inclusion?, a workshop facilitated by Ellen Suazo, currently serving on the Diversity Commission for the Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL). This one-day, two-part training takes place from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 19. Registration opens at 9:15 a.m., with Part 1: Diversity Training held from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., followed by Part 2: Listening from Love running from 1:45 to 4 p.m. Lunch is provided. “Engaging in this training will stretch your mind, increase your compassion and enhance your understanding to Ellen Suazo embrace diversity and inclusion to create a world that works for all,” says Suazo. “Expect to experience an expansion of consciousness as we share and grow.” Suazo is an experienced Diversity Commission Trainer in high demand across the nation. A CSL licensed spiritual practitioner, conscious life and professional coach, author, speaker, dedicated community advocate and counselor for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, she is the founder and executive director of Mindshifting International. Cost: suggested love offering $10-$20; all are welcome regardless of ability to pay. Location: 292 W. Shore Rd., Warwick. Pre-register at ConcordiaCSL.com. See ad on page 13.

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Still Water Soul Works Launches in New Bedford

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oin psychic empath, Susan Arruda, for the perfect blend of spiritual and energetic insight, healing and well-being at Still Water Soul Works, in downtown New Bedford. “The highest and best good intention for all is at the core of my practice,” she says Channeled readings and past life parallels are two of Arruda’s primary offerings. She is also a gifted medium, awakening counselor and spiritual advisor. A great deal of life experience and spiritual insight has led her to this place of service to her clients. House calls within a reasonable distance are considered. For a full preview of her approach and background, visit StillWaterSoul.com or find on Facebook. See ad on page 18.

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licia Mastrangelo, reiki master/ teacher and owner of Live It Love It Wellness, is available to bring wellness to individuals in the comfort of their home or office. At Live It Love It Wellness, Mastrangelo offers a variety of services to promote personal wellness, including reiki, plant-based health and wellness products from It Works! and oracle card readings. At private events in the home or office guests can sample It Works! products, receive mini reiki sessions or have oracle card readings. Events can be booked for one of these offerings or for a combination of them. Prices vary based on event type, and event hosts receive a free gift.

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Full Weekend Workshop on the Spine

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four-workshop weekend to explore the embryology of the spine, its role in our earliest developmental patterns, and how its fluid origins and many movement possibilities allow us to find a dynamic sense of alignment in any position will take place on May 19 and 20, at body kneads yoga, in Cranston. From 10am to noon, May 19 workshop facilitator Amy Matthews will lead an asana class. Then, from 1:30 to 5pm, she will present Embryology & Anatomy of the Spine, exploring how a calm quiet spine can still be fluid, moveable and responsive. Then on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., explore the reflexes and developmental patterns that underlie our earliest movements as babies —rolling, flexing and extending, and side bending—and see where these patterns are still present as a support for adult movements. The final workshop taking place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., will give participants a chance to ask questions about statements on anatomy, asana and alignment. Matthews will talk about some commonly made statements about asana and anatomy, for example “straighten the spine to twist” or “keeping your knee over your ankle keeps it safe”, and share her analysis of the underlying assumptions that are sometimes mistaken about how the body works. Matthews, CMA, IDME, BMC Teacher, RSMT/RSME has been teaching movement since 1994. She is a Body-Mind Centering teacher, a certified Laban Movement Analyst, an Infant Developmental Movement Educator and a movement therapist and yoga teacher. She co-authored with Leslie Kaminoff on the best-selling book Yoga Anatomy, and now has partnered with Sarah Barnaby to create Babies Project, a space in New York City dedicated to developmental movement for babies of all ages. Cost: $200 (all 4 classes)/$60 per class. Location: body kneads yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave., 2nd Flr. #200, Cranston. For more information and to register, call 401-632-0878 or visit bodykneads.yoga. See ad on this page. May 2018

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Integrative Healing Apprenticeship with Dr. Kate Siner

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tarting in June, Dr. Kate Siner will be offering individualized apprenticeship for those interested in becoming integrative healers. Drawing on more than two decades of study in the healing arts, the Integrative Healing Apprenticeship with Siner is designed to give healers advanced mentoring and support. Apprentices will develop their understanding of healing through dynamic study and practice, and strengthen their works’ impact with essential skills for maintaining healer health and well-being. The program includes four three-day peer healing sessions, self-study, virtual classes and check-ins, and six private sessions with Siner. An application is required and most successful program applicants have studied and practiced one or more healing disciplines. These include all types of bodywork, psychotherapy, alternative medicine and many types of coaching. For more information, call 401-216-5283, email Admin@KateSiner.com or visit KateSiner.com. See ad on page 9.

Fireseed Center Offers New Circle the Sun Membership

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eginning in June, the Fireseed Center for Transformation, in Providence, will be offering a new Circle the Sun Membership. Circle the Sun is led by Katharine Rossi, Depth Hypnosis and shamanic practitioner, and designed to show members how to live in alignment with the energies of the seasons and the natural world. The membership includes monthly teachings and journeys related to the seasons, elements and directions; seasonal outings to connect with the spirits of the land and co-creation of ceremonies for each season; a shamanic journey circle; private member forum; weekly journeys and activity suggestions; and member pricing on Fireseed programs. The first membership orientation will take place on June 6. Cost: $35 per month. Location: 194 Waterman St., 3rd Flr., Providence. For more information, call 401-924-0567 or visit FireseedCenter.com. See Community Resource Guide on page 43.

Spring Offerings at Five Harmony Health in East Greenwich

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ive Harmony Health, in East Greenwich, is offering a variety of services designed around the natural energies of the spring season. Jo-Ann Sarno, an acupuncturist at Five Harmony Health says, “We are all a part of the natural world. Finding ways to reconnect with nature helps balance our hearts and minds, and serves our overall health.” Connecting to the natural world can be as simple as watching the bursting of daffodils, or listening to the frenzied calls of robins and chickadees. However, those looking to explore more opportunities are invited to visit Five Harmony Health for specific energy work, tai chi or a relaxing and nourishing acupuncture session. Location: 655 Main St., East Greenwich. For more information call 443-856-2878 or visit FiveHarmonyHealth.com. See ad on page 18. 12

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Providence Perfume Co. Announces New Vientiane Fragrance

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rovidence Perfume Co.’s founder and natural perfumer, Charna Ethier, has created a new unisex fragrance, Vientiane, using the essence of her latest experiment—tincturing jasmine rice in alcohol in order to capture its gentle milkiness. The name comes from Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, known to its people as both The City of Sandalwood and The City of the Moon. Now the economic center of modern-day Laos, it was once heavily forested with sandalwood, hence yielding the inspiration for Ethier’s newest perfume. “Sandalwood smells like a combination of baby powder and wood, but real sandalwood, especially from East India or New Caledonia, has a complex, rich, buttery, old, polished wood aroma that’s incredibly beautiful,” says Ethier. “The mainstream perfume industry rarely uses real sandalwood due to its cost and rarity. My goal in Providence Perfume Co. Vientiane was to create a sandalwood forward perfume that highlighted this rare material in conjunction with the delicate jasmine rice accord. Lactones are milky, buttery-smelling scent components that natural perfumers have little access to. By creating the jasmine rice tincture as the base for this perfume I’m able to work with a natural lactone enhancing the beauty of the sandalwood,” she adds. Location: 13 S. Angell St., Providence. For more information, call 401-455-2325 or visit ProvidencePerfume.com. See ad on page 23.


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In a survey of 171 midlife American women, more than 80 percent reported using complementary and alternative medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers discovered. The most common choice was herbal teas, followed by women’s vitamins, flaxseed, glucosamine and soy supplements. Only 34 percent of the nonHispanic white women and 14 percent of the Hispanic women discussed it with their doctors.

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Rhode Island passed house resolution H804 recognizing May 17, 2018, as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Day. DIPG is the deadliest childhood brain tumor, but there is hope for progress in finding a cure by raising awareness, supporting expanded research, developing effective treatments and providing comprehensive care for children and their families. For more than 40 years, treatment for DIPG (radiation) has remained the same, with no improvement in prognosis. In the past few years, however, better medical technology and increased access to tumor tissue have enabled researchers to make advances in the understanding of this disease. With federal grant money being scarce for rare pediatric diseases, progress in understanding DIPG has been funded primarily by private foundations, such as DefeatDIPG.org, TheCureStartsNow.org, DIPG. org, SmashingWalnuts.org, and many others created by parents that lost children to the disease. DIPG parents and organizations all around the country are looking for May 17 media opportunities (radio, TV, newspapers, internet) to share their stories and build awareness. Rhode Island media specialists may contact parents Wendy and Dean Fachon at WendyF13@cox.net.


Inflammation May Link Gum Disease to Other Illnesses Comprehensive daily oral care includes brushing after meals, flossing twice a day and routine dental visits to avoid gum disease. Now, not only dentists, but also physicians understand the importance of maintaining oral health in an effort to keep the rest of the body healthy. Ongoing research studies, including one published by the American Society for Microbiology entitled Systemic Diseases Caused by Oral Infection, suggest a link between periodontal disease and other systemic inflammatory disorders, including heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers. Scientists are finding that chronic inflammation is most likely the link connecting gum disease with many systemic health problems. Inflammation is the body’s instinctive reaction to fight infection and to prevent injury. The inflammatory response initially heals the body, but then can lead to severe complications. According to Scott Fertik, DDS, a periodontist in Providence, periodontal disease is a classic example of such a disorder. While plaque accumulation is still a factor in the progression of gum disease, researchers suspect that swollen, bleeding gums, recession and bone loss near the teeth may be caused by the chronic inflammation response to the bacterial infection rather than from the bacteria itself. If gum disease develops, a periodontal consultation is in order. Periodontists are dentists with three additional years of surgical training in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the gums and oral cavity. For more information on treatment and prevention and risk factors, visit PeriodonticsRI.com or Perio.org. Scott Fertik, DDS, practices at Periodontics Inc., located at 167 Gano St., Providence. See Community Resource Guide on page 46.

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The British supermarket chain Iceland is planning to eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging for more than 1,000 of its house-label products by the end of 2023, switching to paper-based trays instead. Nigel Broadhurst, joint managing director of Iceland, explains that the typical ready meal was packaged in a particularly bad way. “It is currently in a black plastic tray. That black plastic is the worst possible option in terms of toxins going into the ground and the ability to recycle that product.” He also notes that instead of the usual plastic bag, grocers could put netting around a bunch of apples the same as with oranges. Iceland’s research found that 80 percent of shoppers would endorse a supermarket’s move to go plastic-free.

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Alaskan mining critics cheered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to maintain an existing policy not to permit the Northern Dynasty Minerals’ Pebble copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay. They maintain that the project’s toxic byproducts would threaten fisheries and other natural resources. Alannah Hurley, with United Tribes of Bristol Bay, a group opposing the mine, has said that members of the tribes she represents are willing to lie down in front of bulldozers to protect the waters. She notes, “Ideally, we would like these [protections] finalized, and the battle to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine and mines like Pebble is far from over. But the fact that these protections remain in place and can be used within the process is a very positive step in the effort to protect the Bristol Bay watershed for generations to come.”

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Recycled Plastic Transforms into Prosthetics The emerging technology of three-dimensional (3-D) printing can benefit the world in many ways. Re:Purpose for Good, in Australia, creates robotically 3-D printed prosthetic devices from recycled plastic and e-waste. It’s difficult to customize prosthetics, so more invasive surgery is often needed to make standard sizes fit the patient. Other companies produce 3-D printed prosthetic hands and arms, but Re:Purpose for Good customizes both hands and feet at a much lower cost. The company’s robotics and prosthetics engineer Gerardo Montoya, who had been working on 3-D printing prosthetics for children in Mexico, merged the idea with a desire to do something about the 8 million tons of plastic entering the oceans. Along with plastic waste, they also use e-waste such as discarded smartphones that have all the circuitry and microprocessors needed for advanced features. The company even plans to teach their prosthetic-making process to children as part of their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum, so they can learn 3-D printing skills. They’re making it open source so more people can get involved without patent restrictions.

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udley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a certified professional life coach, musician and co-founder of the instrumental recording label Soundings of the Planet (Soundings.com), in Bellingham, Washington. “Then, in the early 1980s, I met Joshua Halpern, who wanted to include our perspectives and techniques in his book, Children of the Dawn: Visions of the New Family.” So she shared her way of cultivating kind, caring and empathetic youngsters that has worked for two generations of

her family: “Our role is not to impose our beliefs on children and grandchildren, but to guide and help them develop their dreams, visions, paths and passions.” Other experts agree.

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children are often mirrors of the surrounding moods and attitudes, so our example is paramount. “Children absorb our feelings and emotions,” says Melanie Hogin, a social worker who counsels foster families in greater Nashville.“‘Transference’ is its textbook term. Stay calm and clear when you are around children, and keep the lines of communication open.”

Be Consistent. Evenson maintains, “Mom and Dad or the primary parental figures should try to establish a unified, mutually supportive program.”

is key to explain things to children and to listen to them,” says Evenson’s daughter, Cristen Olsen, of Seattle, who raised her daughter using her family’s guiding principles, and now uses them as a nanny. “It helps them learn how to process situations and find their own resolutions to difficult problems.” Olsen says she becomes a mediator when the siblings she cares for don’t agree. “We solve the problem together by hearing all sides, talking through the issues and reaching for understanding. Many times, the kids come up with their own solutions.”

Provide meaningful boundaries and restrictions. Kids typically push

to find their limits. “Establish limits and boundaries when children are young,” says Cooley-Keith. “They will be more accepting of rules if you establish them earlier, rather than later. Most often, boundaries provide security for kids.”

Accept their point of view. Evenson always encouraged her children to voice their opinions. “This is a great point,” says Hogin. “For children to learn to have opinions and speak out, we must value what they say. We don’t have to agree with everything they say, but should listen and encourage them to find their voice and use their words.” Trust children. “Believe in them,” affirms Evenson. “Be on their side. Let them feel your support and love.”

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“Consistency is one of the cornerstones of effective parenting,” says Dana Cooley-Keith, with 20 years of experience working with families in crisis in Northwest Georgia. “Even if it’s hard, it’s particularly important for divorced parents to be consistent and on the same page. Otherwise, it creates stress for the entire family, adding more confusion to a child’s life when the noncustodial parent allows something the custodial parent doesn’t.”

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During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systemsoriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than simply treat symptoms, has been garnering increasing interest by the public and pioneering medical professionals. It’s now maturing into personalized functional medicine.

One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when

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Nutrigenomics The Next Step in Personalized Medicine by Chrysanthi Kazantzis

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any people blame their genes for having an increase risk to a disease because it “runs in the family”, or not gaining weight after eating a lot of fried foods, because “it’s in my genes”. What if we could impact our genes by changing our actions, such as changing the foods we eat or making environmental/ lifestyle changes rather than basing our outcomes on what was given to us at birth? This change could have a greater impact on how we prevent and treat diseases and is the next step in personalizing medicine.

What is Nutrigenomics? Nutrigenomics is a field of science intersecting personalized nutrition with genetics and is the future of individualized healthcare. It examines how our food intake affects our genes function and how our genes respond to certain nutrients. In addition, there is epigenetics which considers how our environment, exercise and other lifestyle changes affect gene expression. According to the UC Davis NCHMD Center of Excellence for Nutritional Genomics, there are five tenets of nutrigenomics, which can be summarized as: n Diet can be a serious risk factor for a number of diseases; n Common dietary chemicals can act on the human genome to alter gene activity 24

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or gene structure; n How much someone’s diet dictates whether they’re healthy or sick may depend on an individual’s genetic makeup; n Some genes that are regulated by diets— and even their normal, common variants—likely play a role in the onset and progression of chronic diseases, along with how severe they become; and n Using a personalized approach to a person’s diet, based on their nutritional requirements, nutritional status and their genotype can prevent, mitigate or even cure chronic disease.

Benefits of Nutrigenomics Diet recommendations will be personalized to each individual Dietary guidelines are based on large-scale studies and are typically “one size fits all” approach. While broad recommendations may work for many people, there are some people that will not see any benefit. With nutrigenomics, genetics can be analyzed to determine how an individual’s body is impacted by the foods they consume and be specific for them. Supplement/prescription recommendations will improve The body is not only reactive to different foods, but also to supplements and pre-

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scription medications. Especially with prescription medications, adverse or beneficial effect to the medication can be determined, and if there will be one, adverse reactions can be prevented from occurring. With a nutrigenomic analysis, treatment plans can be personalized based on genes.

A Nutrigenomic Consultation There are 700,000 individual genetic markers called SNPS (single nucleotide polymorphism) which can determine predisposition for certain diseases. Analyzing genetic makeup using raw genetic data from 23andme and running it through Opus23 software, data can be translated into clinically relevant and important information that can be used to institute preventive or therapeutic actions. Analysis is performed to determine risks towards gastrointestinal, neurological, oncological, mental-emotional diseases, as well as, predispositions towards nutrient deficiencies and any possible negative or positive pharmaceutical reactions. Specific nutrients, herbs and foods will be also determined that can impact one’s genetic makeup.  Patients receive a personalized printout of their genetic analysis that will consist of:  n Basic genetic overview n General blood type information  n Genetic exploration of one’s DNA to determine what mutations are present n Preventive analysis to determine what disease are susceptible  n Prescription medication side effect/ benefit to see how the body responds to certain drugs n Food analysis to determine which foods are beneficial or problematic n Environmental analysis showcasing causative factors of disease n Supplement protocol based on genetics  Dr. Chrysanthi Kazantzis (Dr. Kaz) is a naturopathic doctor and also holds her master’s in nutrition. For more information and to schedule an appointment for a nutrigenomic consultation, call Avena Integrative Medical Center, in Putnam, CT at 860-963-2250 or visit AvenaMedical.com.


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lthough each person’s results will vary, certain things can be expected from weight loss hypnosis at Thought Alchemy. First, according to owner and hypnotist Rose Siple, the body is designed to eliminate excess and knows what is best for it if an individual knows how to observe and tune into the messages being sent. One of the most powerful results from this process is that the body’s biological mechanism will reset itself when void of conditioning and emotional programming, and individuals will begin to eat to live, instead of living to eat. When no longer on the diet roller coaster, the body begins to reclaim itself and thoughts like “I shouldn’t have that” or “I should stay away from that food,” go away. The most common thing clients state is that the bad or harmful foods that used to draw them no longer have the pull. The result: slow, gradual weight loss that is lasting. The body, through the subconscious mind, begins to seek better health, with re-routed and re-calibrated neural pathways, directing the individual to seek different ways to relieve stress, boredom, worry and the numerous other stressors that trigger comfort eating. As a result, the biological mechanism begins to guide individuals toward healthier food choices. Often people that have had an aversion to vegetables and fruits, or foods they were raised upon, begin to seek them out. The interesting part of hypnosis is that no direct suggestions are made about those foods; just gentle guidance to the subcon-

scious mind to get the body back on track. Throughout the process, individuals will be taught observational skills geared toward understanding the way the subconscious mind responds to events. With this new awareness, combined with a process that takes individuals forward without dependence on the hypnotist, the clients’ session recordings cover about 85 percent of the weight loss issues in their life. They learn to see more clearly when a life event is triggering an old eating behavior and a means to resolving it on their own if an old pattern begins to resurface. Sustaining the change is critical and will last if the new neural pathway is appropriately anchored with the subconscious mind. Success is in each individual’s hands by working with the program and listening appropriately to the session recordings as instructed until anchored, and then observing events to see where potentially new life events are triggering old patterns or the formation of new patterns. Turning to the recordings to help get through trigger events, such as the holidays or a family event, will help people to remap the pat-

tern. There are also sessions to help when encountering a new life event. The process does not work by magic; client participation and cooperation are critical. The understanding of how the mind works, how a pattern is formed and how triggers fire off bad habits is critical. Typically anywhere from three to six sessions are needed, however, each individual is different. Along with hypnosis, some individuals need help with changing diet or incorporating exercise into their regimen. If life is chaotic and stressful, sometimes it is necessary to tackle that before success with food will occur. Without a doubt, Thought Alchemy’s process is powerful. It changes one’s approach to food and puts people in the driver’s seat, slowly guiding them to their body’s appropriate balance point. Often, clients will say that they did not realize how effective it was until they were a couple years down the road and still not going off the deep-end on food. Perhaps they occasionally fall away, but they quickly get back on track with their session files. People will find they are more successful with the changes they make and adhere to new lifestyle changes more easily. Rose Siple is the founder of Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center and is a certified professional hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner, coach and spiritual teacher. She works with clients privately and in small groups, as well as teaches a curriculum of studies that facilitate personal transformation. Thought Alchemy is located in Rehoboth, MA, and also offers on-line services. For more information, call 774-991-0574 or visit ThoughtAlchemy. guru. See ad on page 19.

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HEALING THE HARD STUFF Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses by Linda Sechrist

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lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional sciencebased medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects. 26

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“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.

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Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for lifethreatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their lastditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like Quackwatch. com and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do and some-

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times they don’t,” says Noonan-Gores, who intends to have her film awaken viewers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the film, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.

Resistance to Change

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal. “Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and

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he philosophy a bridge to provide of functional nutrients until one can medicine is to begin doing so through begin treatment with lifestyle changes. Some the least invasive, least patients have a genetic toxic, least dependent predisposition for a and most empowering higher need of certain choices. It combines supplements and may the best conventional need to continue a few Western medicine, supplements long term. Sally Davidson, RN and which can be life-savVery often funcAchina Stein, DO ing in acute symptoms, tional medicine pracwith alternative methods ideal for the titioners use advanced laboratory testing treatment for chronic and persistent to identify the root cause or causes of the symptoms. patient’s health problem. It’s also impor Functional medicine practitioners tant to note that in functional medicine, spend a considerable amount of time with the treatment plan for similar symptoms their patients, listening to their histories might vary tremendously for different and looking at the interactions among patients, according to their medical history genetic, diet, environmental and lifestyle and results of laboratory tests. Factors factors that can influence long-term health that can come into play in producing the and complex, chronic disease. At the core same symptoms include vitamin deficienof the practice of functional medicine is cies, food intolerances, environmental the understanding that each patient is exposure, pathogenic bacteria, parasites, unique and requires a personalized apchronic viral pathogens, structural abnorproach to reach their peak expression of malities, and finally emotional toxicities health and vitality. Practitioners acknowllike anger, shame, fear or guilt. edge and are familiar with the web-like Ultimately, the goal of functional interconnections of internal physiological medicine is to help one restore and reach factors, and act as a detective to put the optimal health by facilitating the healing pieces of the puzzle together. process—to remove obstacles that impair Functional medicine practitioners healing and empower individuals to take use a combination of nutrition and lifestyle control of their health, bringing body, changes, first as the foundation, then mind and spirit back into balance. add natural agents (supplements, herbs, nutraceuticals and homeopathics), health coaching, spiritual/emotional counseling and pharmaceuticals, if necessary, to prod a patient’s physiology back to an optimal state. In addition, educating the patient about their condition empowers them to take charge of their own health, ultimately leading to greater success in treatment. The purpose of supplements is to act as

Achina P. Stein, DO, is board certified in psychiatry, integrative and holistic medicine and is presently one of three certified functional medicine practitioners (IFMCP) in Rhode Island. Functional Mind LLC is located at 250 Wampanoag Trail, Ste. 305, East Providence. Learn more at fxnmind.com.

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benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.

Quiet Role Models

Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her. “In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring fulltime care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeuticgrade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also shifted her own philosophy of healing. Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her website FloridaOilsRN.com that reaches hundreds of individuals worldwide. She

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advises, “Reach out to people that you see are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

It’s a Marathon

“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at LindaSechrist.com.


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MENOPAUSE Exercising Reduces Symptoms by Marlaina Donato

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ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.

Get Moving

Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony 30

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after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks. Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.

Go Easy

While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the high-intensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as necessary to maintain shape, weight and health is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and joint-straining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”

Lighten Up

Exercise can be more enjoyable than doing chores. Recreational activities such as dancing, biking or hopping on the swings at the playground are fun ways to do something good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply and reimagine and reorganize one’s life on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.

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Space Needle, Seattle Built in 1962, the Space Needle is undergoing a $100 million makeover. The observation deck will soon feature improved views through glass instead of cage-like barriers. Restaurant patrons will enjoy a first-of-its-kind rotating glass floor. Other eco-updates and upgrades include improved accessibility, internal systems, materials, elevators, paint, and seismic protection along its legs. Because the flame at the needle’s top consumed enough gas to heat 125 homes, it was replaced in 2000 with a flagpole mast, a beacon for aviators. When the rehab is completed in June, the structure will qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification.

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Iolani Palace, Honolulu Updated lighting units with a life expectancy of 25 years enhance the Iolani Palace facade and provide a 77 percent energy savings, partly through an “instant on” feature instead of power-up lights.

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of the Gateway Arch National Park Foundation. In another innovation, “To aerate the soil without damaging historic relics, radishes were planted throughout the park, allowing rainwater to seep deeper,” he explains. “As radishes decay, nutrients are added to the soil.”

Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon, Colorado Using both passive and active solar energy, ground-source heat pumps, vegetated roofs and sustainable building materials, Walking Mountains is the first science center in Colorado to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, exceeding requirements. Collectively, three of its buildings use half the energy of an average school building. Straw bale construction in some building walls provides sound-deadening insulation suited to a dry climate.

Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis St. Louis’ CityArchRiver initiative raised a mile-long waterfront by 30 inches to reduce flood days by 67 percent without causing flooding downstream. “Spent grain donated by the neighboring AnheuserBusch Brewery fertilizes our 4,200 trees,” says Eric Moraczewski, executive director

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I have lived with several Zen masters—all of them cats. ~Eckhart Tolle cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy. A child under a year old living with a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French researchers discovered autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy.

Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

Cats are Low-Maintenance Overall, cats are self-sufficient animals, requiring only love, food and a spotless litter box. Self-cleaning, most cats don’t require regular trips to the groomer for haircuts and a bath. Scratching posts keep nails short. A snack, playtime or welcoming puddle of sunshine persuades kitty that it’s naptime. “In rescue, we say dogs are toddlers and cats are teenagers.

Cats live without constant oversight,” says jme Thomas, co-founder of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, in Redmond, Washington. “They’re good pets for busy people. Adopt two at the same time so they bond and aren’t lonely.”

Cats are Eco-Friendly A New Zealand study reports that cats have a lower carbon footprint than dogs, comparing dogs to a Hummer and cats to a Volkswagen Golf. Dogs eat more beef, incurring red meat’s huge footprint. “Because cats eat less than most dogs overall, it saves money, too,” says Gilbreath. Everyone needs someone to care for and love. With about 77 million cats living in U.S. households and more in shelters or rescues, there’s plenty of people- and planet-friendly love to be found. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouis FreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.

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Reducing Stress through Meditation – 6:307:30pm. As science studies meditation it is finding it can reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, and enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium. Free. Langworthy Library, 101 Pond St, Wakefield. 401-789-5365.

2018 BRMI Conference – May 10-12. Join us for Understanding, Optimizing & Maintaining the Bioregulatory Terrain. Use code NATURAL for 25% off any ticket package. Hosted by BRMI/Marion Institute. Various pricing & scholarships available. The Galt House, 140 N Fourth St, Louisville, KY. give.classy.org/BRMI2018.

THURSDAY, MAY 3

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. FireseedCenter.com.

Library Folk Concert – 6:30-8pm. Join us for an intimate evening of music with one of New England’s finest indie-folk duos, The Promise is Hope. Open to all ages. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. Register: MansfieldLibraryMA.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 4 Energy Healing Clinic – 5:30-7pm. Come unwind and feel the love, with reiki and drum healing in a respectful, peaceful environment. Each session lasts about 15 mins. First come, first served. $10. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Yin Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Want to completely relax your nervous system? Come press the re-set button for your mind, body and spirit. Only offered the 1st Friday of the month. All levels. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 5 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 required. Formula/bottle-feeding mothers welcome. Free. Healthy Babies Happy Moms, 4512 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-8848273. HealthyBabiesHappyMoms.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 6 Southern New England Women’s Expo – 11am6pm. Join us at Twin Rivers for the Women’s Expo where Blue Dragonfly Wellness will have a booth. Seminars, fashion shows, beauty pavilion, cooking demos, wine tasting and more. $10 at door; online buy 1 $10 get 1 free. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, at Twin Rivers, 100 Twin River Rd, Lincoln 401-477-9438. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

TUESDAY, MAY 8 Be Your Own Bodyguard with GiGi – 6:30-8pm. This introductory workshop will show you how to mentally prepare and physically protect yourself in case of a personal attack. Learn about safety threats and what to do. $49. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.

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Barre & Brew – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a 55-min barre and Pilates workout designed to sculpt, lift and tone. All levels welcome. Stay after for a Narragansett Beer Tasting. $20. studio47 Pilates, 99 Main St, Ste 120, Warren. 401-289-2787. studio47Pilates.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 Journey Dance with Rev Jennifer Pedrick – 6-7pm. This is a journey of healing through dance and expressive movement offering you freedom, joy and supportive community. $10. St Mary’s Church & The Sacred Center, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. Register: 860-965-9995 or YogiShelley@gmail.com. Merging With Your Crystal – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how to work with quartz crystals to enhance your meditation, receive messages and healing. Crystals needed for this workshop are provided. $20. Northern Lights, 204 Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. NorthernLights.one.

SATURDAY, MAY 12 Integrated Energy Therapy: Basic – 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. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-477-9438. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Youth Workshop – 11:30am-1pm. Interactive workshop using deep breathing, meditation and an expressive arts activity/play. This allows the participants to gain mindfulness and self-expression. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

markyourcalendar Basics of Homeopathy Course – May 12 & 19. 12:30-2:30pm. Learn basics of homeopathy. Introductory course where you will get foundational understanding of homeopathy. Learn how to use homeopathy for better health. 2 sessions. $40 for both. Om Homeopathy, It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-573-3757. OmHomeopathy.com.

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Reducing Stress through Meditation – 2-3pm. As science studies meditation it is finding it can reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, and enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium. Free. Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope St, Providence. 401-272-3780. Archangels and Crystals – 6:30-8pm. Do you love Angels and crystals? Then this is for you. Each month a new archangel will be discussed, and the crystals that are connected with him/her. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-477-9438 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Gong Bath & Drum Healing – 6:30-8pm. Experience sound healing with A. Michelle and Russell Kramer. The vibrational overtones promote healing, clarity, inspiration and creativity. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 13 Mother’s Day Barre & Pilates – 8:30-9:30am. Join us and bring your mom (or daughter) to Barre47. A 55-min barre and Pilates workout to sculpt, lift and tone. All levels welcome. $15. studio47 Pilates, 99 Main St, Ste 120, Warren. 401-289-2787. studio47Pilates.com. Annual Mother’s Day Custom Perfume Event – 10-11am. Celebrate Mom while creating a custom perfume together. Book your space at our custom perfume bar and enjoy tea, mimosas and light canape while creating your own signature natural perfume to take home. Fun mother-daughter event. $150. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register: ProvidencePerfume.com. 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. First class free; $15/advance, $20/at door. Journey Dance, at Sandywoods, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401-297-9115. Sandywoods.org.

MONDAY, MAY 14 Circle the Sun Information Session – 7-8:30pm. Learn about Fireseed’s new community membership program based in Earth wisdom to guide us through the year to live in harmony and alignment with our natural rhythms. With Katharine Rossi. Free. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com. May New Moon - 7-9pm. Ceremony provides the opportunity to let go of obstacles and hindrances, heal illness and ease suffering, awaken your intuition. We make offerings, do healing rituals. Wonderful talking circles. Text 401-464-1634 to RSVP. $20 Suggested Donation. The Providence Institute, Little Compton. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.

TUESDAY, MAY 15 Surviving the Unthinkable with Gigi – 6:30-8pm. Gigi will show you how to avoid the most dangerous situations and how to decrease your chances of becoming an “easy” target, demonstrate 5 effective selfdefense moves+. $49. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. Register: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.


Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Journey to a live drum as you practice modern applications of this ancient technique. Gain insight and understanding about yourself, your relationships and the world. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 Reducing Anxiety through Meditation – 6-7pm. Doctor’s are promoting the benefits of meditation to relieve stress and anxiety. When we are in a state of we have more control over our reactions towards life’s stressors. Free. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St, Newport. 401-847-8720.

THURSDAY, MAY 17 Yin Yoga with Jin Shin Jyutsu – 9:30-11:30am. Jin Shin Jyutsu (Japanese Healing Art) and yin yoga come together to bring you a unique contemplative practice effecting the physical and energetic bodies. With Nicole Downing and Mara Prentice. Space limited. $30. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedAYogaPracticae@gmail.com. Honeybee, A Shapeshifting Meditation – 6:308pm. Colleen Kelley will be giving a talk and leading a shapeshifting meditation to meet the honeybee tribe to discover the sweet nectar of life. Bring a journal. $15. Fireseed: Center For Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-429-8212. FireseedCenter.com. RIHHA May Meeting – 6:30-9pm. Please join us for the next RI Holistic Healing Association Meeting. Speaker: Jann Dean, IET. Raffles, prizes, networking, sharing, learning new skills. Donations accepted. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. rihha.org.

FRIDAY, MAY 18 4th Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Gongs of Joy and Shawn Aceto will help energize and balance your chakras through the deep vibration and resonance of the gongs, bowls and drums. $20/advance, $25/at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Breastfeeding Basics Class – 9-10:30am. Ask Kathy Moren RN IBCLA your questions about breastfeeding. Free. Healthy Babies Happy Moms, 4512 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-884-5421. HealthyBabiesHappyMoms.com. Spring Plant Sale – 9am-12pm. With the Quononoquott Garden Club. There will be a selection of colorful, hardy geraniums and numerous perennials native to our area. Free admission. The Quononoquott Garden Club, Ft Getty Pavilion, 1050 Fort Getty Rd, Jamestown. Facebook.com/qgcjamestownri

markyourcalendar Diversity & Inclusion Training – 9:45am-4pm. Training with Ellen Suazo will stretch your mind, increase your compassion and enhance your understanding to embrace diversity and inclusion to create a world that works for all. Suggested love offering $10-$20; All welcome regardless of ability to pay. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. Register: ConcordiaCSL.com. Reiki I Certification Course – 10am-4pm. Learn about reiki history, ethics, hand positions, aura, chakras. Receive a manual, First Degree Usui Reiki attunement and practitioner certificate. 2 student limit. $150. Live It Love It Wellness, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 104, Warwick. 401-323-7199. LiveItLoveItWellness.com.

markyourcalendar The Spine: Embryology & Development – May 19 & 20. 10am-4:30pm. Explore the embryology of the spine from its earliest development patterns, and how it allows us to find a dynamic sense of alignment in any position. With Amy Matthews. $200/full weekend, $60/class. body kneads yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Fl, Crasnton. 401-632-0878. bodykneads.yoga/workshops. Newborn Care Class – 10:30am-12:30pm. Learn what to expect during those first weeks and how to take care of your newborn from Kathy Moren, RN, IBCLC. Topics covered include: holding baby/baby bath, cord care, circumcision, newborn screening, infant car seat safety and so much more. $50/couple. Healthy Babies Happy Moms, 4512 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-884-5421. HealthyBabiesHappyMoms.com. Spiritual Intuitive 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. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Community Reiki – 10:30am-12:30pm. Give reiki a try. Stop in for a 10-15-min session. Reiki is a wonderful energy technique to reduce stress, relaxation, and more. Free though donations accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. For appt: 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Crystal Singing Bowls Healing Medita – 2-3pm. With the vibrational sounds of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls will alter your individual energy footprint based on the healing that your soul needs. It is so good. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness , 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

A drawing is simply a line going for a walk. ~Paul Klee

Good Vibrations Sound Healing – 3-5:30pm. If you are seeking better health, relaxation, and deeper meditative states, then a Good Vibrations sound healing is for you. These professional musicians make magic. $25. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Gong Bath: Healing With Sound – 6:30-8pm. Come on down to this lovely yoga studio on the Cape and join Joy and Shawn as we provide healing sounds and deep relaxation with gongs, singing bowls, drums and more. $20/advance, $25/at door. Bikram Yoga Falmouth, Driftwood Plaza, 180 Teaticket Hwy, Falmouth, MA. 781-856-2184. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.

MONDAY, MAY 21 Bachata Dance Lesson – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a Bachata Dance lesson presented by Lois Meinhardt. No experience necessary! Bachata is a style of dance similar to the Salsa. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. Register: MansfieldLibraryMA.com.

TUESDAY, MAY 22 Cleansing & Clearing Yourself/Space – 6:30-8pm. An interactive workshop. Learn various techniques used to clear yourself, and space (i.e. your home). There is practice time and it’s fun. $30. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Monthly Story Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. With Colleen Kelley. Explore personal mythology, dream world and the imagined realm thru exercises, story sharing, creative prompts and guided imagery. $15. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, Providence. 401-429-8212. FireseedCenter.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 Creative Spirituality – 6:30-8:30pm. A class for kids and adults to expand their sensitivity and mediumistic abilities, creating deeper connections to one’s higher self and Spirit. $15. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Understanding Infant Sleep – 7-8:30pm. Learn from sleep expert Kathy Moren, RN IBCLA, about topics including sleep theories, sleep goals, babies natural circadian rhythm, normal sleep problems and much more. $50; registration required the Sunday before class. Healthy Babies Happy Moms, 4512 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-884-5421. HealthyBabiesHappyMoms.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 24 A Night of Insight – 6:30-8:30pm. Join guest medium, Kathy Archambault, for a night of gallery readings and spiritual learning that will bring you closer to your loved ones in Spirit. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Free Webinar: The Immune System – 7-8:30pm. This webinar will study the immune system through the lens of bioregulatory medicine diagnostics and therapies. Free. Marion Institute BioMed Programs: BRMI.online/Webinars. Attendee.gotowebinar. com/register/6815673958966483.

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markyourcalendar Self-Inquiry Immersion Weekend – May 25-26. 6-9pm, Fri; 9:30am-5:30pm, Sat. This weekend retreat promotes self-inquiry through the unique and intentional combination of yoga, meditation, psycho-education, expressive arts and group work. $99/early bird, $129 after May 10. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449. Connect@HolisticHeartRI.com. 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. Northernlights.one. Conversation around the Fire Pit – 7-9pm. Come join us around the fire pit for open discussions. Ask questions and get positive feedback. This time allows like-minded individuals a way to express without judgement. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-477-9438. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

Return to Work 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. Significant others encouraged to attend. $50; registration required the Sunday before class. Healthy Babies Happy Moms, 4512 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-884-5421. HealthyBabiesHappyMoms.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 31 Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/ or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. A Touch of Light, 197 Pascoag Main St, Pascoag. To register: 401-568-2800 or ATouchOfLight1@outlook.com. Talk on Appalachian Healing Arts – 6:308:30pm. Colleen Kelley will present Healing Traditions of Appalachia and a guided meditation to Earth’s Wisdom. This is an introduction to her Earth’s Wisdom teachings. $15. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-429-8212. FireseedCenter.com.

TUESDAY, MAY 29 Conscious Creation – 6:30-9pm. Experience a channeled class where we unravel the mysteries of consciousness and how we create the experiences that surround us. Ask the questions you seek answers for. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.

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Strawberry Moon Event: Evening – 7-9pm. Celebrates the Strawberry Moon. Blue Dragonfly Wellness , 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. For more info, Zandra: 401-477-9438. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

What Lives in the River – 9am-1:30pm. Hands-on exploration of fish, shellfish, crabs and other inhabitants of Narrow River. All ages welcome. Free. Narrow River Preservation Association, Middlebridge Preserve, 95 Middlebridge Rd, Narragansett. NarrowRiver.org/WhatLivesInRiver.

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JourneyDance & Sacred Sound Savasana – 7-8:30pm. 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/advance, $20/at door. Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401-297-9115. Sandywoods.org.

Weekend Yoga with Tias Little – Oct 6-7. 101pm & 2-5pm. Light on the Subtle Body Weekend Workshop. This weekend will be split into 4 classes. Take full weekend or part of. $220/ full weekend, $60/class. body kneads yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Fl, Crasnton. 401-632-0878. bodykneads.yoga/workshops.

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sunday Qigong – 9-10am. A Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. Qigong mean the cultivation of one’s life energy force. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come, celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s program and child care. Teens meet last Sunday of each month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com. Gentle Yoga – 9:45-10:45am. Breathe, stretch and practice basic yoga poses. Learn how to feel what types of movements are right for your body. All levels, especially beginners. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Sundays at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Music, chanting, meditation, uplifting talk, beautiful Festival of Light Ceremony, refreshments and fellowship. Healing Prayer Circle on second Sunday, 1pm. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. 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. The Providence Flea, Providence River Greenway, across from 345 S Water St, Providence. ProvidenceFlea.com. Sunday Service – 10:30am-12pm. Includes inspirational message, meditation and beautiful music. First Sunday of month is the Healing Service at 12pm in church sanctuary. Free. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708. UnityRadiantLight.org. Deep Stretch (For Everyone) – 10:45am-12pm. A fun, laid back stretch class. Develop flexibility, range of motion, alignment and more. Great for both men and women. Also held Thursdays, 4-5:15pm. With Dr. Wayne Clairborne. Intro Special: $40/5 classes. body kneads yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. bodykneads.yoga. Sunday Celebration Service Center for Spiritual Living Southern RI – 11:30am-12:30pm. Doors open at 11:20am. 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. cslsri.com.

monday Tai Chi Easy – 9-10am. Learn Tai Chi Easy to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality, improve blood pressure, etc. Dress comfortably. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Building Bones & Balance – 9:15-10:15am. This class is based on the poses recommended by Loren Fishman in Yoga for Osteoporosis. This is for anyone interested in maintaining and building bone strength and balance. $16/drop-in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. 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; 1st class half off. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, parking & entrance in rear, Cranston. 401-301-8041. aahhw.com. 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, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Beginner Amrit Yoga – 4:15-5:30pm. This class was designed to introduce the concepts and alignments of Amrit yoga and to bring attention to each part of one’s experience. Wake up body, mind and spirit. $15/drop-in. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Kripalu Yoga – 4:15-5:45pm. With Susan McLaren. 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. New students: $50/5 classes; $16/series. Time for You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 5:30-7pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $148/series of 8, $22/ drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Restore & Recharge – 6-7pm. Declutter from the noise and busyness of life to care for your well-being. This class blends full-body stretching, deep breathing, meditation, moments of silence. Free. The Carriage House at Five Bridge Inn, 192 Pine St, Rehoboth, MA. 508-954-8279. DMac@DMacVoice.com. 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 Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com.

Tai Chi Easy – 7-8pm. Learn Tai Chi Easy to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality, improve blood pressure, etc. Dress comfortably. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

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 also available. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, parking & entrance in Rear, Cranston. 401-474-3360. aahhw.com. Svaroopa® – 9:30-11am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow-paced class. With support from blankets and props, learn to release tension and stress with no strain. Find an inner ease and calm. With Janice O’Brien. New students: $50/5 classes; $21/series. Time for You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Ananda Gentle Yoga Class – 10:15-11:30am. Practice ananda yoga at a moderate, yet dynamic pace. Tune-in to yourself. Gentle, strength building yoga postures, breath awareness, deep relaxation and meditation. $12, $8/seniors. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Mid-Day Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. A hatha yoga class designed for all levels. Great time to get out and stretch during lunch or just to break up the day. $12. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $148/series of 8 classes; $22/ drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. 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 though donations accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. All Level Yoga – 6-7:15pm. A joyful, upbeat yoga class with experienced teacher, Mary ShielL’Esperance. Moderate posture flow; breath and alignment technique. Beginners welcome. New student: $40/4; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. 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. Facebook.com/ProvidenceLaughterClub.

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wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Dropin Donations to Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. LaughingElephantYoga.com. Meditation with Rodney – 9:30-10:30am. Come join Rodney in this Shamanic meditation. You will find this a great way to quiet the mind, relax, and become centered. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Amrit/Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Amy McPhee. 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. New students: $50/5 classes; $16/series. Time for You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. 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. 6- & 9-wk packages available. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, parking & entrance in rear, Cranston. 401-474-3360. aahhw.com.

Meditation with Rodney – 6:30-7:30pm. Come join Rodney in this Shamanic meditation. You will find this a great way to quiet the mind, relax, and become centered. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Lisa Labolitta, RYT 200, offers a sweet slow vinyasa flow. Vinyasa is a sequence of yoga poses that flow together using the inhale and exhale. First class free; $10. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedAYogaPracticae@gmail.com. Yoga Fusion with Christine – 7-8pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. org

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Coffee Hour for Veterans (Cana Vets) – 10:30am12pm. 3rd Thursday. For veterans to share a cup of coffee, a donut and comradery. Please join us and hear what else we may have to offer. Must be a RI Medical Marijuana patient. Limited seating. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. To register: 401-889-3990. SummitRI.org.

Surfer’s Flow – 6-7:15pm. A blend of nontraditional sequencing and targeted training for core strength and flexibility with slow moving vinyasa yoga to build agility for your surf sessions. $16/drop-in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com.

Holistic Cancer Support – 12pm-7am. Cancer sucks. Holistic health coaching available to help balancing diagnosis and treatments with everyday life. Individual or group sessions in safe loving environment. Affordable packages available. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, parking & entrance in rear, Cranston. 401-474-3360. aahhw.com.

Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $148/series of 8 classes; $22/ drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com.

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

Pilates Class with Rhonda – 6:15-7:15pm. Improve physical strength, flexibility, posture, and enhance mental awareness. Text or email Denise to reserve a spot. See website for more classes and info. $12; first class half off. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, parking & entrance in rear, Cranston. 401-301-8041. aahhw.com.

Kids’ Glow Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. 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, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

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Chakra Yog /All Levels – 5:30-6:45pm. We’ll integrate yoga poses and breath work with chakra energy awareness. Create gentle shifts in energy to improve our flow. Join Deb and let your full radiant self shine. $16/drop-in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Amrit Yoga Level I Sequence Class – 5:457:15pm. This class brings you through an entire posture series, which can be both deeply meditative and physically rigorous. Focus is on alignment and movement of energy. $15/drop-in. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Yoga Fusion with Christine – 6-7pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Unwind! – 6-7:15pm. Unwind from the day in a mixed-level ananda yoga class with an emphasis on rejuvenation and deep relaxation, releasing body held tension, emerging into peace, energy and joy. $12/drop-in. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Meditation with Ann Porto – 6:30-7:30pm. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to calm the mind and reduce stress. Learn proper alignment for breath and meditation. Register online or call. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Flow Yoga Level 2: Cumberland – 6:30-7:45pm. A yoga flow to energize you and bring you to your calm center. Deep relaxation at the end of class. We offer friendly classes, quiet studio space, and experienced teacher. New student: $40/4 classes; $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Yoga Fusion with Christine – 7-8pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Buddhist Healing Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn calm abiding and clear seeing through sitting practice as well as guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.

friday Meditation with Rodney – 8:30-9:30am. Come join Rodney in this Shamanic meditation. You will find this a great way to quiet the mind, relax, and become centered. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

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Mid-Day Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. A hatha yoga class designed for those at all levels. Great time to get out and stretch during lunch or just to break up the day. $12. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Tai Chi Easy – 6-7pm. Learn Tai Chi Easy to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality, improve blood pressure, etc. Dress comfortably. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

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. WhiteMonkeyTaiChi@live.com. Community Yoga at Ananda – 9-10am. An expression of our appreciation for all that we have received and for all who come. Gentle to moderate level class, poses, relaxation, meditation, joy. Suggested donation $5. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Parent and Kids’ Glow Yoga – 9-10am. Great way for parents and 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, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Saturday Morning Yoga: Cumberland – 9:3010:45am. Yoga postures and flows to energize you and bring you to your calm center. We offer fun and friendly classes, a quiet studio space, and experienced teachers. New students: $40/4 classes; $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Svaroopa® “Bliss” Yoga Class – 9:45-11:15am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow-paced class. With support from blankets and props, learn to release tension and stress with no strain. Find an inner ease and calm. With Suzanne Lincol. New students: $50/5 classes; $21/series. Time for You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeforYouYoga.com. Kids’ Glow Yoga – 10-11am. 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, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Course Spiritual Realignment – 10-11am. 6-wk course will cover raising your vibration, how the body operates, feeding the body and more. Each week a different topic is discussed. $15/wk, $80/course advance. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.

community resource guide ASTROLOGY / INTUITIVE COUNSELING STEVEN SEINBERG

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

NETWORK SPINAL ANALYSIS

Patricia Hogan-Casey, DC Wholistic Chiropractic Center 215 Cottage St, Pawtucket 401-725-4380 • DrPatOnTheBack.com Dr. Patricia Hogan-Casey, using Network Spinal Analysis, has witnessed profound effects on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels of her patients. The gentle precise touches to the spine initiate the removal of interference to the nervous system’s tension and function—essentially cueing the brain to develop new strategies to experience greater wellbeing. See ad on page 10.

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT HEALTHY BABIES, HAPPY MOMS 4512 Post Road East Greenwich, RI 401-884-8273 HealthyBabiesHappyMoms.com

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.

CHILDBIRTH SERVICES

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

Our company is based on Ayurvedic & holistic principles.   Working with Aveda, Eminence 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 7.

ONE LOVE CHILDBIRTH

Emily Pavidis, CH 508-783-2530 onelovechildbirth.com pinterest.com/onelovebirth 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 13.

DEPTH HYPNOSIS FIRESEED CENTER FOR TRANSFORMATION

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

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

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

DIVERSITY TRAINING THE CONCORDIA CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING Ellen Suazo 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick ConcordiaCSL.com

May 19th, see calendar listing for details. Engaging in this training will stretch your mind, increase your compassion, and enhance your understanding to embrace Diversity & Inclusion to create a world that works for all. Expect to experience an expansion of consciousness as we share and grow. See ad on page 13.

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DIVINE INSIGHTS WORLD’S OLDEST ORACLE

YI JING Consultant Izabela Stambolyan Istambolian@gmail.com Please state “Yi Jing Reading” in the subject line Yi Jing has been providing profound wisdom and guidance for 3000 years. Originated in China by Laozi, author of Tao De Ching. Follow your life purpose with the tools you 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!

EDEN ENERGY MEDICINE STARPOINT WELLNESS

Carmen Smith, EEMCP 204B Clock Tower Sq Portsmouth, RI 401-714-2429 Carmen@StarPointWellness.com NorthernLights.one 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.

ESTHETICIAN FRESH FACE SKINCARE CENTER AT AVALON

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

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

My intention and holistic expertise is to provide innovative technology, high performance products and services to heal your skin. Combining vegan, organic and gluten free products with clinical personalized treatments the skin’s health, balance and radiance can be enhanced. Offering and using cutting edge procedures the 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 15.

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

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

HEALING HANDS LLC

Kenneth Demers ​204 Clock Tower Square Portsmouth RI 401-728-3559 NorthernLights.one 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.

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FLIPP HAIR SALON AND REFLEXOLOGY CENTER

38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • FlippSalon.com Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul.  Offering hair, makeup, reflexology, acupuncture, massage and herbalism. See ad on page 23.

HEALTH FOOD STORE NATURE’S GOODNESS

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

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

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

HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH/ HYPNOTHERAPIST ABOVE ALL HOLISTIC HEALTH & WELLNESS

Toni-Ann Laprade Women’s Holistic Health/Life Coach 245 Phenix Avenue, Cranston, RI (Rear Entrance) 401-474-3360 • ToniAnnLaprade@gmail.com AAHHW.com 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. 

HOMEOPATHY VANDANA PITKE

Om Homeopathy at It’s My Health 1099 Mendon Rd Cumberland, RI 401-573-3757 omhomeopathy.com With 12+ yrs experience in classical Homeopathy Vandana Pitke has helped many clients restore and achieve health. Vandana is a certified classical homeopath. She looks at the symptoms from a holistic perspective focusing on mind and body. She also incorporates ayurvedic nutrition and Mudra meditation in her practice, which makes healing faster, better and from within when combined with homeopathy. Go to omhomeopathy.com or join Facebook group My Holistic Health.  See ad on page 4.

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HYPNOSIS MINDFUL LIVING HYPNOSIS

Cheryl Reynolds RN,CH 4372 Post Road, E-Greenwich RI 02818 401-301-4426 MIndfullivinghypnosis.com Frustrated? Overwhelmed? Banging your head against the wall only burns 120 calories. There IS a better way. Personalized Hypnosis for stress, overactive thinking, weight management, low-self-esteem, negative emotions, fears/phobias plus much more. Re-discover happiness, confidence and inner calm as you easily take back your life today. Call Now! See ad on page 31.

MEDITATION & CONSULTATION ANN M. PORTO, PSYD, MS, QTTP Blue Dragonfly Wellness Center 6828 Post Rd North Kingston, RI 02852 401-529-2020. BlueDragonflyRI.com SacredSoulJourns.com

Enjoy a relaxing guided meditation for healing and enhanced awareness. With over 35 yrs of experience as a psychologist, meditation practitioner and energy worker, Ann leads a weekly (Thurs evening) meditation group and by appointment Buddhist-based 1:1 deepening meditation consultation, individual and family end-of-life care support, therapeutic touch treatments. Call for a free consultation.

THOUGHT ALCHEMY’S TRANSFORMATION CENTER

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

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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

HYPNOSIS TRAINING GREATER RHODE ISLAND HYPNOSIS TRAINING

John Koenig, Certified Instructor 401-374-1890 John.Koenig.Hypnotist@live.com GreaterRhodeIslandHypnosisTraining.com Help people change and earn income as a Certified Hypnotist. 100 Hour National Guild of Hypnotists Certifications Course next class starts February 2019, get on the waiting list today. $400, early enrollment discount.  Call today to see if this is the right course for you.

JOURNEY DANCE™ JOURNEYDANCE™ WITH ROSA

Sandywoods Center for the Arts 43 Muse Rd Tiverton, RI 401-297-9115 Call or Text Sandywoods.org meetup.com/Journey-DanceMeetup-SouthCoast-RI-and-MA/ 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.

MEDIUM / AUTHOR MARY CATHERINE VOLK

Gallery sessions and Speaking Engagements. 401-741-3478 Maryvolk8@gmail.com Believeinforever.today Are you interested or curious about receiving messages from your departed loved one? Have you ever felt their presence or received a sign? You can’t fake a goose bump. Our loved ones send us signs to let us know that death is not the end - just a transition!  Inspirational and uplifting. Best-selling author of “Believe in Forever - How to Recognize Signs from Your Departed Loved Ones”.

MEDIUMSHIP JUNE EDWARD

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

MEDIUM AND INTUITIVE PSYCHIC READER

Lisa Ashton, R.N. Readings in person or by phone 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-500-1908 LisaAshtonMedium.com NorthernLights.one I specialize in mediumship readings, and connect to your loved ones, family and friends, that have passed. It brings such a sense of closure and peace to know they are safe and they are around you. You have the opportunity to speak to them as well. Meet your own guardian angels and speak to them about your career path, life, love, and future. I also do house harmonizations. Phone reading or in person.

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

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.

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTR THE HOLISTIC HEART

659 Sandy Ln, Warwick RI 401-441-8449 HolisticHeartRI.com A whole-person approach to mental and emotional wellness through a unique combination of Holistic Counseling, Yoga, and Meditation to support mind, body, and spirit.

NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS SHEILA M. FRODERMANN, MS, ND, DHANP, CCH

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 ProvidenceWholistic.com Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally - for all. Naturopathic doctor - Certified Classical Homeopath - Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 21.

DR. M FEIBELMAN, ND

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

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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NUTRITION RESPONSE TESTING

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

NATURAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS

Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 • DrBomback.com Our mission at Natural Health Solutions is to improve the health of our community by providing natural options for most health issues and guidance toward the understanding that real solutions can be achieved with real nutrition. I have been helping people for close to 25 years achieve a higher level of health through both nutrition and chiropractic. See ad on page 13.

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.

ORGANIC HAIR COLOR

REIKI

ELAINE HEWITT

SARAH HELEN

Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 ElayneOrganic@gmail.com 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 ReikiBalanced.com Sarah is a Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master who uses energy healing, crystal therapy, and traditional Chinese techniques to address pain on the deepest level. Use Reiki to treat physical, emotional, and spiritual imbalances, and leave feeling relaxed and invigorated! To learn more or book an appointment, call or visit ReikiBalanced.com.

PERIODONTICS

BRIDGET BOURNE

PERIODONTICS INC

Reiki Master Teacher/ Practitioner 401-272-8262 (cell) facebook.com/BridgetReiki KeystoneFamilyAcupuncture.com

Dr. Scott Fertik Dr. John Broderick 167 Gano St Providence RI 02906 PeriodonticsRI.com periodonticsri@cox.net 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.

DONNA M JONES

PERSONAL TRAINER

Reiki Master/Teacher of Usui Reiki 204B Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth Cell: 508-971-6508 mayzie32@yahoo.com

FIRST STEP FITNESS

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

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.

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REIKI AND TATTOO ARTIST JESSICA IREY

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

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

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

SOUND HEALING GONGS OF JOY

Joy Quinn Blum 401-258-3952 Joy@GongsOfJoy.com GongsOfJoy.com Sound therapy creates vibrational overtones to help relieve stress, pain, fatigue, fears or phobias, and promote an overall state of peace and deep relaxation. Gongmaster Joy plays gongs at yoga studios, healing centers and other venues. She also offers private gong healing sessions, sound workshops and more. Contact to find out how sacred sound therapy can help you overcome physical challenges and emotional stress.

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THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE JANIS KNIGHT, LMT

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

JANE MCGINN, BA, LMT

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

CATHRYN MOSKOW, LCMT

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

THETA HEALING® MONIQUE B. LACROIX, LMT

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

WELLNESS RESOURCE MIND KEY

Your Wellness Resource info@mindkey.me mindKEY.me facebook.com/MindKeyProject

714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown, RI 401-524-4766 AnandaRhodeIsland.org

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

YOGA NIDRA

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.

YOGA TIME FOR YOU YOGA

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

For Under $ 2/day…

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

ANANDA MEDITATION AND YOGA CENTER

IT’S MY HEALTH

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.

YOGA & MEDITATION

WELLNESS CENTER

MICHELLE ANN BLANDING

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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GLUTEN-FREE BAKERY POPPY’S BAKERY 1234 Main Street 847-555-5555 PoppysBakery.com

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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Natural Care First; Personalized Medicine; Nutrigenomics; Moving Through Menopause; Reasons to Love a Cat