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regory Fessenden Acupuncture will be hosting a fundraiser in support of Jonnycake of Westerly from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 2, at Anguilla Park, in Pawcatuck, Connecticut. Jonnycake of Westerly is a charitable organization which provides resources for victims of domestic violence and organizes summer lunch programs for children in need. Acupuncture will be provided by Gregory Fessenden, MBA, MS, board-certified, licensed acupuncturist at Anguilla Park Gregory Fessenden and Lifespan Cancer Institute at Rhode Island Hospital. Massages will be provided by Leah Hegedus-Jones and John Diaz, both licensed massage therapists. Gwenn Rosenberg, ND, will also be giving a free talk at 10 a.m. entitled Grocery Store Super Foods. Attendees that donate $25 can choose between a 30-minute acupuncture and 20-minute massage session. Those that donate $50 can receive both services. All of the proceeds benefit Jonnycakes of Westerly. Services are by appointment and interested attendees should call ahead of the event to schedule their services. Cost: $25-$50. Location: 20 S. Anguilla Rd., Pawcatuck, CT. For appointments, call 917-882-6262. For more information, visit

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une Edward, The Massachusetts Medium, will be doing mediumship gallery-style readings from 6:30 to 9 p.m., June 15, at the Ezekiel Bates Masonic Lodge, in Attleboro. Edwards is a powerful psychic medium who has mentored many people trying to find closure. She has helped people talk to those on the other side, allowing many to contact the loved ones they never got to say goodbye to.

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inger/songwriter Christina Holmes is bringing her first headline tour to The Met, in Pawtucket, at 8 p.m., June 20. The tour, dubbed the Bring The People Together Tour, is in support of her second studio album, Stand Up. After launching her own label Cove House in 2017, Holmes dove headfirst into her sophomore album with producer Warren Huart (Colbie Caillat, James Blunt). From the plaintive lyrical poetry and wind-swept soul of “Let My Music Free Your Soul” to the clarion call of “Stand Up,” her voice resounds with power and passion. The final track of Stand Up, “Always”, is perhaps one of her most personal. Written after the passing of her dad David Holmes, Sr., it incorporates the last voicemail he left her. One of her most upbeat songs, “Positive Day,” captures Holmes’ infectious energy and encourages people to see the light in their everyday life and to live life to the fullest. “It’s been a long time coming but I wouldn’t have it any other way” says Holmes about this tour. “I am so excited to play these headline shows and showcase some local talent I’ve met along my journey. Everyone is looking for someone to give them a chance. Many have believed in me and given me the chance to shine, now it’s my turn to do the same.” Cost: $15; tickets available at Location: The Met, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket RI. For more information, visit


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piritual author and teacher, Calista, will be hosting a workshop and book signing event for her new book Unicorn Rising from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 7, at Creatigo Holistic Development, in West Warwick. The workshop is designed to explore the unicorn realm and connect attendees to their personal unicorn guide. Attendees will learn about unicorns and the current rise in popularity; receive an energetic attunement and experience a guided meditation and visualization; and discover practical tools, teachings and personalized guidance from the unicorns. Those in attendance will also receive a signed copy of Unicorn Rising. Additionally, Calista recommends that individuals bring a pen and notebook along with a personal item to be blessed on the unicorn altar. Cost: $40. Location: Creatigo, 1454 Main St., 9B, West Warwick. For tickets and information, visit See ad on page 13.

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racy Calapai, formally known as All Things Magickal, has rebranded and can now be found under her name. Calapai is a spirituality, life and business coach, and master teacher. She offers a variety of one-on-one services including psychic/ intuitive sessions and life coaching sessions. Classes are offered both in-person and online. Most recently Calapai has launched the Magickal Lifestyle Mastermind program, an online class in which students cover various areas of psychic development such as spell craft, meditation, chakras and guide work. Classes are offered often and listed at the Tracy Calapai Facebook page as well as Eventbrite. Attendees can also contact Calapai directly for dates and information.

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Amma Returns to New England


ata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) will be hosting a two-day event on June 28 and 29 at the Best Western Royal Trade Center, in Marlboro. The event will include a meditation, Devhi Bhava ceremony and a chance to experience Amma’s unique motherly embrace. Amma, who has hugged over 36 million people worldwide, says, “In today’s world, people experience two types of poverty: the poverty caused by lack of food, clothing and shelter, and the poverty caused by lack of love and compassion. Of these two, the second type needs to be considered first because if we have love and compassion in our hearts, then we will wholeheartedly serve those who suffer from lack of food, clothing and shelter.” The event is free and guests should plan to arrive at least 90 minutes before the program to receive a free token to have Amma’s embrace. Tokens are limited by time constraints. Cost: Free. Location: 181 Boston Post Rd. W. (Rt 20), Marlboro. For more information, call 716-226-6223, email or visit See ad on page 7.

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he Audubon Society of Rhode Island will celebrate National Pollinator Week by hosting a Bee Rally from 2 to 4 p.m., June 19, at the Rhode Island State House. Populations of bees, butterflies and other pollinator insects are in steep decline due to the loss of habitat, pollution, misuse of chemicals, disease and change in climatic patterns. In Rhode Island, locally grown blueberries, cranberries, pumpkins, squash and other flowers, fruits and vegetables depend on pollinators. The Bee Rally is intended to help people learn about pollinators and why they are so important to our health, environment and economy. Attendees will also discover what the State is doing to support healthy habitat, meet local beekeepers, gardeners, farmers and organizations that support these insects and their important work in nature. The rally will also include performances from the Providence Improv Guild and local artist Lindsay Adler as Mother Nature. Rally participants will include Whole Foods Market, Rhode Island Beekeepers Association, Rhode Island Natural History Survey, Rhode Island Farm Bureau and many more. In addition to the Bee Rally, the Rhode Island Audubon Society is also hosting a number of pollinator-inspired programs throughout the month of June in Bristol, Seekonk and Prudence Island.


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Energy Drinks Hurt Youth Health More than half of teens and young adults that have slaked their thirst with energy drinks report consequently suffering negative health consequences, reports a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. Of 2,055 Canadian participants between ages 12 and 24, 55.4 percent said they had negative health events afterwards. Of these, 26.5 percent trembled and felt jittery, 24.7 percent had faster heartbeats and 22.5 percent noted “jolt and crash” episodes—a spell of alertness followed by a sudden drop in energy. Another 5.1 percent experienced nausea or diarrhea and 0.2 percent, seizures. Most respondents said they drank only one or two energy drinks at a time. 14

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In the first scientific study of facial exercise, 27 middleaged women that performed specific facial muscle movements looked an average of two-and-a-half years younger in 20 weeks based on a standardized scale called the Merz-Carruthers Facial Aging Photoscales. By doing the exercises for 30 minutes each day or every other day, the fullness of both the upper and lower cheeks, in particular, of the women were significantly enhanced, report Northwestern University researchers. “The exercises enlarge and strengthen the facial muscles, so the face becomes firmer and more toned and shaped like a younger face,” says lead author Murad Alam, a medical doctor. Some of the study exercises can be found by searching the topic of Happy Face Yoga on YouTube.

Cardiovascular exercise improves a person’s healthy gut microbes even without making dietary changes, University of Illinois researchers report. In a study of 32 people, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three times a week for six weeks boosted levels of healthy intestinal bacteria, especially for lean subjects, and less so for the obese. The healthy bacteria produced shortchain fatty acids that reduce the risk of colon cancer. “The bottom line is that there are clear differences in how the microbiome of somebody who is obese versus somebody who is lean responds to exercise,” says Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D., a kinesiology professor at the university.

Seek 15 Minutes of Device-Free Time When we’re feeling angry, stressed or overexcited, just 15 minutes of being alone without a device can put us into a more peaceful state, reports a University of Rochester study. Young adults, sitting in a comfortable chair away from their devices, were given something to read, told to think about something specific or not given any instruction. Some were asked to sit alone for 15 minutes a day for a week and keep a diary. In all cases, such solo time away from devices helped reduce intense emotions afterward.


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Those that sleep more than seven hours a night are likely to eat better the following day, according to researchers from King’s College London. In the study, 21 people known to typically sleep fewer than seven hours increased their sleep time by 47 minutes after receiving tips on sleep hygiene such as drinking less caffeine and going to bed neither too hungry nor too full. The following day, they consumed almost 10 fewer grams of sugar in food and drinks on average and also consumed less fat and fewer carbohydrates than a control group. 16

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Mangoes contain potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties that may prove useful in treating gastrointestinal disease, cognitive decline and diabetes, report scientists at the University of Palermo, in Italy. Also, Texas A&M researchers have found that 300 people with Crohn’s disease that ate 200 to 400 grams of commercially available frozen mangoes daily for eight weeks had fewer digestive symptoms, improved inflammation biomarkers and less colon cancer-linked molecules in their digestive tracts.

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After a polluting coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania was shut down in 2014 by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulatory action, the chances of women living 30 miles downwind having a preterm birth fell by about 28 percent, report Lehigh University researchers. While the plant was operating, women in affluent New Jersey communities downwind had a 17 percent greater risk of having babies of very low birth weights— less than 5.5 pounds—than did women in other similar affluent areas.

A spate of recent worldwide studies reveal several cholesterol-healthy alternatives to olive oil. Ingesting 15 milliliters a day of virgin coconut oil for eight weeks increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) “good cholesterol” levels in 32 young adults by an average of 5.72 milligrams/deciliter, researchers at Thailand’s Chiang Mai University found. Walnut oil slashed heart disease risk in 100 Type 2 diabetes patients that swallowed capsules containing a total of 15 milliliters of walnut oil a week—the amount of oil obtained from 4 to 5 servings of the nuts. They experienced significant drops in total cholesterol, low-density (LDL) “bad cholesterol” and triglycerides after 90 days, reported Iranian researchers at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Camelina oil from the Camelina sativa plant, also called false flax, lowered LDL levels in 79 men with prediabetic symptoms, whereas diets high in either high- or lowfatty fish did not, according to the University of Eastern Finland. The men consumed 30 milliliters of the oil for 90 days.


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New Healthy Coffee Alternative Success by Health (SBH), a new, re-branded company in the healthy lifestyle industry with its Reishi Mushroominfused coffee products, now offers two healthy coffee products—Café Noir and Café Latte—in the natural beverage niche market for sales affiliates. They are formulated with the Reishi (Ganoderma) Mushroom, to help eliminate unhealthy caffeine in coffee, and with it, the unpleasant metabolic crashes associated with conventional coffee products. They smooth out the traditional highs, lows, jitters and resulting negative pH levels in the body. SBH is the latest direct marketing company started by Jay Noland, a former professional baseball player well-known in the direct selling industry. His business model eliminates the retail middleman through individual, independent sales affiliates. Each affiliate purchases a packet of Café Noir, the standard black coffee, for 68 cents a cup, and asks others they know and meet, “Do you drink coffee?” It’s an easy way to initiate a dialogue about the latest in healthy coffee. SBH founding members and independent affiliates are Dr. James Marinakis, an internationally recognized alternative medicine practitioner, in Boca Raton, Florida, and Jo Dee Baer, an age-group record-setting triathlete and health coach in Central Florida. To join the SBH team as an affiliate and improve health while increasing wealth, call 800-681-4926 or email

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Green Energy Reduces Utility Costs

Cincinnati has contracted with the energy company Dynegy to purchase 100 percent renewable energy to operate most of its municipal facilities through at least 2021. The green energy will power police and fire stations, health clinics, recreation centers and most administrative buildings, including city hall. The city’s greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by more than 9 percent and its utility rates by more than $100,000 annually. The deal will bring the city closer to its goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

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Plastic Bags Get the Boot

Boston will join 59 other Massachusetts municipalities and hundreds of others across the nation, including Seattle, Washington, and Washington, D.C., in banning single-use plastic shopping bags by the end of this year. Instead, Boston shoppers must bring their own totes or pay store owners five cents or more for a thicker, compostable plastic bag or a larger paper bag with handles. “This new ordinance protects the health of our neighborhoods and environment, while at the same time easing the burden on taxpayers and saving local retailers millions,” says Kirstie Pecci, director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Zero Waste Project.

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No More Mosquitos by David Jones Mosquitoes not only are a nuisance, but their bites can carry diseases such as West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and now the potential threat of Zika. Unfortunately, conventional chemicals used to treat these insects can be harmful to humans and pets. Some pest control national franchises are using the pesticide Bifenthrin, advertising it as bee friendly. However, Bifenthrin is highly toxic to fish and small aquatic organisms as well as bees. Bifenthrin has the longest known residual time in soil of insecticides currently on the market. This means that although certain companies maintain it is bee friendly because they spray in the morning when the bees are inactive, the product stays active for a long time and has the potential to kill bees and other beneficial pollinators for days. If this type of control is used, absolutely make sure that ponds and pools are covered. Plant-based insecticides and repellents for mosquitoes that are non-toxic, safe and highly effective are available. A spray barrier is laid along the home perimeter, especially any overgrowth of each yard, to encircle the home. This will kill emerging adults and disrupt the breeding cycle. A safe Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) is added to the treatment to disrupt emerging non-adult mosquito life stages. This acts for up to seven months. Also, all vegetation and lawns should be sprayed around each home with plant oil insecticide to ensure no mosquitoes can attack residents or pets. Mosquitoes can lay eggs on the underside of leaves. Finally, remove standing water and treat receptacles. These treatments should be repeated every 21 days. David Jones works at Bio Tech Pest Controls, located at 18 Granite St., Westerly. For more information or questions, call 401-315-2400, email or visit For a free pack of bee-saving flower seeds, call or email and they’ll be sent at the correct planting time. See ad on page 5.

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Demand Escalates

All-Natural Beauty

Health Concerns Revolutionize the Cosmetics Industry by Marlaina Donato


rom red carpets to Teen Vogue magazine, the natural beauty trend has taken the industry by storm. Consumer whims may have sparked its beginnings more than a decade ago, but demand is now spiking profits into the billions. “Consumer need is influencing retailers to offer cleaner formulas reflecting firm ecovalues,” says Karen Behnke, the pioneering entrepreneur who founded Juice Beauty, in San Rafael, California. Behnke aimed to create meaningful change in the industry when she assembled her dream team 13 years ago. The company now owns a trailblazing patent and sets the standard for clinical organics. “We’re excited that traditional department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Holt Renfrew are adding our products to their beauty departments,” says Behnke, who attributes Juice Beauty’s tremendous growth in recent years to a surge of interest in chemical-free, luxury alternatives.

Natural Replaces Toxic A recent Green Beauty Barometer online survey revealed that more than half of women want their skincare products to be 22

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all-natural, a result likely driven by the scientific information age (see pages/greenbeauty for details). Reputable scientific studies revealing parabens in breast cancer biopsies have demonstrated that everything applied to the skin also enters the bloodstream, hence the effectiveness of dermal nicotine and birth control patches. Thus, it can be alarming to realize that the average woman will unknowingly consume seven pounds of lipstick containing petroleum-based emollients, synthetic preservatives and artificial dyes during a lifetime, undoubtedly another reason consumers are switching to natural options. Katey Denno, a Los Angeles makeup artist to the stars, noticed cosmetic red flags early in her career. “The first time I turned over a palette that most makeup artists carry and saw specific colors that couldn’t be used on eyes or lips, I was confused; if something isn’t safe for lips or eyes, how can it be good for any part of us?” queries Denno, who switched from social work to makeup artistry 11 years ago. “The change in the industry has been substantial. Now green is mainstream, and

Women are fueling the natural beauty movement, yet more men than ever are also seeking healthy alternatives. Grooming products with unisex packaging and fragrances are among top sellers. Informed teen and 20-something buyers are inclined to choose people- and eco-friendly brands that are also cruelty-free. A wide selection of aluminum-free, natural, personal care products including underarm deodorants are showing up in supermarkets. Women are ditching toxic hair dyes and going silver to avoid thinning hair and allergies, and unwittingly, creating a new fashion statement. Plus, there’s growing interest in DIY cosmetics using everyday good-for-you ingredients found in the kitchen. Artisan perfumes are gaining popularity among women that want the mystery and allure of fragrance without the side effects of manmade, chemical-based brands. “Some new customers are frustrated by commercial products giving them headaches, while others say that they just don’t like perfume, when what they actually don’t like is synthetic fragrance chemicals,” says Ananda Wilson, a botanical perfumer and owner of Gather Perfume, in South Hadley, Massachusetts. “It’s inspiring when they smell real plant scents and see how their world lights up! The molecules in natural perfumes are active and interact with personal chemistry, so they unfold differently on each wearer, creating a unique signature and experience.” Wilson ventured into botanical blends when both awareness and supplies of ap-

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most artists have included some green beauty brands in their kits.” Millennials continue to drive consumer demand for higher standards. “Retailers understand that the skincare/makeup landscape is changing,” advises Behnke. “Traditional brands are no longer attracting younger consumers that are demanding organic, clinically validated products.” Denno concurs, stating, “The spotlight on clean products comes from the growing acknowledgement that we can and must do all we can to lower our overall toxic load.”

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propriate ingredients were scarce. “Perfume history is largely rooted in natural materials, but until recently, there was a mass blackout of this precious lineage. When I started, there was barely anything available, and only through a handful of aromatherapy companies,” she explains. Now, Wilson bases her products on botanical infusions from plants she’s grown or collected, including wild beach roses, clover and spring poplar buds. It only takes a whiff to dispel the myth that natural perfumes lack sophistication or tenacity. “Naturals have a breadth of possibilities—opulent white florals, fresh and clean, or dirty and smoky,” expounds Wilson. Eco-beauty is emerging from conscious lifestyle choices and creating the next era of cosmetics. “It’s fun to be called a pioneer in organic beauty,” muses Behnke. “Our products, employees and happy customers comprise an encouraging accomplishment.”


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Nature’s Facelift by Jewel Sommerville


acial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (FRA) also referred to as The AcuFace Lift or cosmetic acupuncture has been used for thousands of years. Initially Chinese emperors and their wives sought solutions to maintain their youthful appearance with the ultimate goal of eternal life. While, to our knowledge, no one attained eternal life via the use of acupuncture, systems for Facial Rejuvenation were developed with great success. The earliest recorded cosmetic acupuncture treatment point was listed by the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Master, Huangfu Mi (215-282 A.D.). In the A-B Classic of Acupuncture and Moxa, Huangfu Mi noted the use of Quchi (LI11) to treat facial dryness. Since then acupuncture has been applied to refresh and rejuvenate people’s appearance. East Asian medical practitioners that choose to specialize in this type of care apply specific treatment plans, prescribe herbal remedies and natural skincare products, as well as make lifestyle recommendations for patients looking to revive and refresh their face, brighten complexion, reduce and fill wrinkles, lift sagging skin and slow signs of aging. Traditional Chinese Medicine’s approach differs from Western medicine in many ways. A key difference is TCM’s dual focus treating both the “root (ben)” causes of aging for the individual, as well as the “branch (biao)” which are the visible, external signs of aging. Internal imbalances and deficiencies as well as external signs of aging are addressed simultaneously to maintain the results longer and give the patient an overall sense of well-being. Modern research continues to support the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to address the concerns of aging both externally and internally.

Several studies confirm FRA treatments significantly improve elasticity and collagen formation and alter the water and natural oil content in the skin. This brightens the complexion and restores and increases firmness while reducing wrinkles and sagging. FRA also decreases inflammation and increases circulation which improves resting facial muscle tone, thereby reducing wrinkles and fine lines while increasing color and the skin’s natural glow. In addition, FRA is far less costly than chemical treatments, such as Botox, or more extreme approaches such as surgery. Many traditional cosmetic procedures also require extended recovery periods and have potentially permanent, dangerous and/or disturbing side effects. Acupuncture is safe, does not require any recovery period and has no risks of permanent, dangerous or disfiguring side effects other than possible temporary bruising. Although 1000’s of years old, FRA is the newest, safest, most natural medicinal technique for facial skin rejuvenation now available in the United States. It creates a subtle rejuvenation during the treatment series returning one to a younger, refreshed version of oneself, safely and naturally, while improving one’s overall health and well-being. Whether reduced fine lines, improved glow or tightened skin is one’s goal, FRA offers treatments tailored to the individual’s goals and needs. Jewel Sommerville, Doctor of Acupuncture, is the founder of Holistic Health Rhode Island, Ltd., established in Rhode Island, in 2002, at 990 Main St., East Greenwich. The center is dedicated to treating the source of the problem to regain one’s health and well-being. For more information, call 401-398-2933 or visit See ad on page 35. June 2018


12-Step Spirituality and Recovery IN RHODE ISLAND

by John Koenig


ddiction is a crises of body, mind and spirit. Not only is an addict’s physical and mental health damaged but his or her connection with their higher self is also blocked. It matters little whether the addiction is to alcohol, narcotics, overeating, gambling, sex, internet pornography, home shopping network or even to another person. Addiction turns the addict’s attention inward away from what is best to what is immediate and pleasurable. Loved ones, family, friends, career and other interests fade into the background. Then they disappear entirely. It is as though the addict becomes the addiction. There is room for little else. Whatever one’s definition of spirituality, this hamster wheel way of life can be seen as a serious spiritual crises. Fortunately, the resources to escape the despair and loneliness of addiction are readily available in Rhode Island. We have many professionals trained to handle addictions in outpatient and residential programs. But there are also free resources where addicts help themselves recover. All that is necessary is that the addict be willing to put his or her prejudices aside and take a few simple steps. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop one’s addiction. 12-step fellowships based on the model pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous are by far the most popular and available


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self-help programs in the state. They follow the program (and spiritual principles) outlined in Alcoholics Anonymous (the AA Big Book). The spinoffs just substitute a substance or behavior where the text says alcohol. There are no dues or fees. And anyone is welcome provided they have a desire to break free of their addiction. There are at least 35 varieties of popular 12-Step programs. Many of these run meetings regularly in Rhode Island. Others are available in Massachusetts or Connecticut or as on-line meetings. Here are those that currently hold meetings in Rhode Island. • Alcoholics Anonymous (650+ meetings) • Adult Children of Alcoholics (2 meetings ) • Alanon/Alateen (12+ meetings) • Co-Dependents Anonymous (3 meetings) • Co-Dependents of Sex and Love Addicts (1 meeting monthly) • Debtors Anonymous (3 meetings) • Emotions Anonymous (1 meeting) • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (5 meetings) • Gamblers Anonymous (8 meetings) • Marijuana Anonymous (1 meeting) • Narcotics Anonymous (55+ meetings) • Naranon for families of narcotic addicts (3 meetings) • Overeaters Anonymous (18 meetings)

• Sex Addicts Anonymous (6 meetings) • Sexaholics Anonymous (1 meeting) • Survivors of Incest Anonymous (1 meeting) • Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (4 meetings) • Workaholics Anonymous (2 meetings)

Are 12-Step Programs a Religion?

Most people who attend seem no more religious than the general population, perhaps even less so. And 12-steppers insist their programs are spiritual, not religious. 12-Steppers will describe spirituality as an individual’s own relationship with a power greater than themselves. This might include practice of a religion, but it might not. And it is entirely private. In fact, people in 12-step recovery almost never bring their particular idea of God into their fellowships.

Can anyone attend a Rhode Island 12-step program? Absolutely. Anyone can attend a twelvestep program and are indeed encouraged to do so, even just to check it out if they think they might have a problem.

12-step fellowships do not claim to be the only path to recovery, but for many they offer the best chance for good and lasting recovery with plenty of long-term success stories. And the price is right. There are no dues or fees for 12-step membership. Plus they are anonymous programs. Nothing can be lost by checking them out, and perhaps much to gain. John Koenig is a board certified hypnotist and certified instructor with the National Guild of Hypnotists, the world’s largest association of professional hypnotists. He has helped people with substance or behavior problems deal successfully with recovery issues since 1998 with or without their membership in a support community. His office is located at The Warwick Medical Building. For more information, visit and See ad in the Community Resource Guide on page 45.

Spring Clean the Brain It Can Be a Gift From the Heart by Harris N. Rosen

• Financial information including sources of income, assets and current and recurring bills • Professionals to meet with: attorney, accountant, realtor, appraiser and any professional advisor • Information about checking, credit and ATM card accounts, including which to cancel and/or transfer to another name and which not to and why not • Lease data for car and phones

Spring cleaning isn’t just about tackling the dust bunnies and changing comforters and draperies, or even doing the deep basement dive. It is also a time to think about cleaning out our brains of information that is clogging up the little boxes and compartments where our brain stores important information.


f we are the keeper of the household, quite a lot of data is stored in our brain. It’s not only about the big things things like where is our will or deed to the house, but also small items, such as who trims the trees or fixes the furnace, and where are the codes to home alarms and passwords to critical accounts and systems. For most of us, that information is here, there and everywhere—in file cabinets, applications on our phones, in a box in the basement, or maybe, even beginning to be forgotten. For anyone with the responsibility for an aging parent or who is the financial or household manager of a relationship, it is critical to learn this information, especially as one gets older, and organize it in a centralized way. Documenting these important things is not just a good thing to do; it is a kind thing to do as well. It is a gift, even, for those that help us with our lives, and for those that come after ours have ended. According to a Harvard Medical School publication, “Up to 50 percent of widows and widowers have symptoms typical of major depression during the

first few months after a spouse’s death, and a 2006 review noted that 15 percent of people are depressed at the one year mark.” A written record of important information will give survivors and executors as much confidence to face the future as we are able to provide. That good feeling is quite a gift.

What kinds of information should be recorded? • Desired funeral arrangements including if a prepaid plan exists or not, anatomical gifts, the reception, calling hours, suggested information for, or even an entire obituary, appointing a house manager, what happens at the funeral home and with clergy; even whom to call and when upon death • How to get money to pay bills; how to transfer money from investments and accounts to a bank checkbook; who should handle this in the future • Investment accounts, reports and advisors • Legal papers and evaluations • Location of paid and unpaid bills, especially taxes

• Whom to call for insurance that is carried for life, auto, medical and possibly long term care and personal liability • Medical data: the names and phone numbers of doctors and their specialties, and medications • Whom to contact for home and appliance repairs and a recording of appliance model and serial numbers • Information on your house: the location of important papers such as house purchase and the deed, the alarm code, the location of emergency shutoffs and who has keys to the house • And while computer and software passwords are obviously important, so are the answers to security questions and how to get help for both hardware and software problems This spring, rest with peace of mind knowing that vital information is available, and family members and survivors can be empowered with knowledge which shows your love and protection when you can’t physically to do so yourself. This will be a gift that keeps on giving. Harris N. Rosen has spent his life making order out of chaos. He is a trained mediator, settling more than 200 cases for the state of Rhode Island and the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island. He is the author of My Family Record Book. More information can be found at

The present time has one advantage over every other —it is our own. ~Charles Caleb Colton June 2018


Good for People and the Planet by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


any people define a livable city as one that is easy to get around in by foot, bike or public transportation. Many also prioritize ready access to fresh, local, organic food via farmers’ markets and community gardens. Others champion affordable housing and cost of living factors, safe neighborhoods with a diversity of people, careful stewardship of clean air and water, and plentiful amenities, including considerable open space and natural settings. Many work to preserve and enhance a sense of place suited to the locale. Partners for Livable Communities, a national nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that renews and restores communities, maintains, “Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life, including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.” The American Association of Retired Persons considers livable communities as age-friendly for young and old alike. 26

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Along with economic opportunities, a leading stimulus in moving to urban centers is, “More people are looking for a sociable environment where they can walk out of their door to the shops or transit and be among others they recognize who also recognize them,” observes Suzanne Lennard, director of the International Making Cities Livable Conferences, LLC, in Portland, Oregon.  “People who have traveled abroad, especially to Europe, and tasted the quality of life possible in a truly livable, walkable, beautiful and sociable city, often want to find such a place to live themselves.”   Following are a few examples of America’s many livable cities. More are transitioning and evolving as city planners, government officials, businesses and nonprofit community organizations strive to make their hometowns both people- and planet-friendly, often through public and private partnerships.  

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In Pittsburgh, revitalization is transforming 10,000 parcels of vacant or abandoned land—some where steel mills formerly



operated—into greenspace, bike lanes and other enticing and productive public areas. “Biking and our food scene have exploded,” says Chris Sandvig, director of policy with the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, which advocates for equitable urban revitalization through their Vacant Property Working Group, helping communities access blighted areas for pennies on the dollar. “We’re now one of the top 10 bicycling commuter cities in the country. People also come here as food tourists due to vibrant local agricultural activity.”   “A related ideal is to create compact, human-scale, mixed-use urban centers in the suburbs that are less expensive to construct— and thus remain more affordable—while placing shops, schools, parks, services, workplaces and public transit within walking and biking distance,” Lennard notes. “This ensures a healthy, affordable and high quality of life for all; suburban, as well as urban.”   Fast-growing Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis, is following suit. “After years of watching the suburbs sprawl into subdivisions with large lawns, privacy fences and cul-de-sacs, we created a vibrant central core with apartments, townhomes, condos and new options for smaller homes—all within walking distance or a short bike ride to new places to work, shop and dine,” explains Mayor James Brainard. The design efforts serve people instead of cars. “Carmel has spent the last 20-plus years building more than 900 miles of trails and multi-use pathways, enabling residents to commute by bicycle to work and enjoy easy access to a growing number of parks and recreational areas,” says Brainard. To facilitate traffic flow, some 100 roundabouts replaced stoplights and four-way stops. “Reducing traffic congestion has improved our air quality, and saved gasoline and lives.” A new, mixed-use downtown Arts and Design District includes a Center for the Performing Arts with a Center Green that hosts a farmers’ market in summer and an outdoor Christkindlmarkt and outdoor skating rink in winter.   “The old way of doing things in which cities and towns sat back and let the market dictate how a community should be grown must come to an end,” remarks Brainard, advocating the benefits of local governance.  

Smart City Advantages

Key elements of smart cities—sensors, cameras, data analytics and powerful networks that capture and relay vital information— help them become more energy-efficient or quicker to respond to environmental and residential issues. Such products highlighted the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Reducing traffic can also contribute to safer highways and shorter commutes with decreased greenhouse gas emissions. “Citizens are using apps to monitor issues and alert city managers, improving the livability of their communities,” explains Steve Koenig, senior director of market research with the Consumer Technology Association.   In Boston, the app BOS:311 allows residents to instantaneously notify government departments of pollution concerns, like blocked drains and other environmental or community needs, feeding the information directly into the city’s work order system via their mobile phone. This real-time collaboration results in a cleaner, safer and healthier city.   The Envision Charlotte project encompasses interactive kiosks in 64 businesses and government buildings citywide, gathering energy usage data for office buildings to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, energy consumption has dropped 19 percent, saving companies about $26 million. The program has strengthened economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.  

Nature in the City

Some cities have focused on the natural environment for improving local livability while mitigating contributions to climate change. Forested open spaces, wetlands and protected watersheds improve air quality, protect drinking water and buffer intense storms. Such areas also connect more people with nature and engage them in communal and healthy outdoor recreation. Portland, Oregon, boasts more than 10,000 acres of parks, plus an innovative Biketown sharing program that has facilitated 160,000 bike trips since its launch in 2016. The city’s Bike Bill requires all new streets to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians by design. Portland also embraces urban gardens and allows residents to raise chickens, bees, goats or rabbits in their backyards.

No one wants to live where pollution runs unchecked or water is unsafe to drink. Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program works to keep stormwater out of sewers and reduce rainwater runoff through decentralized soil-based and plant-based systems, including pervious pavement, green roofs and rain gardens. Begun in 2011, its goal is to reduce rainwater runoff by 85 percent by 2036. Rainwater has become a valuable community resource. The program is just one of many ways that the City of Brotherly Love is transforming itself into one of the greenest in the United States. Overseen by the city’s Office of Sustainability, Greenworks Philadelphia devises long-term sustainability strategies that encompass eight facets, including clean and efficient energy, carbon-neutrality and zero waste. Preparations are already underway to cope with a hotter, wetter future.

Preserving a Sense of Place

Making communities livable goes beyond infrastructure. Actions usually involve preserving, protecting and enhancing what appeals to residents. Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one example of many where livability priorities are guided by the values of its residents and its sense of place. “From our historic public square and marketplaces to outdoor cafes, farmers’ markets and community festivals; from human-scale architecture and balanced transportation to pedestrian and bicycle networks, this place represents shared values,” says Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “Santa Fe is also full of public art. The city is designed to be safe, creative and inspiring for young and old, families of all kinds and everyone else that comes to see us.”

Good Life as Kids See It

Ultimately, making cities move livable for children can make them highly livable for all. “Children need the same things from a city that we all need, but their needs are greater than ours,” says Lennard. “The environment a child grows up in shapes their health and their mental and social development for the rest of their lives. Our modern, unwalkable suburban environments are contributing to childhood obesity, which has been widely linked to

chronic diseases that in the past were only associated with old age.” She notes, “Children need the exercise of walking or biking to school. They need safe streets so they can become independent and explore their neighborhoods; sidewalks and other outdoor areas where they can play, meet friends and interact with adults in the community; easy access  to nature; beauty in their environment; and intriguing architecture, works of art and other places to stimulate their affection and imagination. As they become teenagers, they need access by foot or bike to a wide variety of resources to broaden their horizons. Don’t we all need these things?”   John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring, operate the Inn Serendipity, wholly powered by renewable energy, in Browntown, WI.

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issues that people care about, through sustainable actions that are culturally and socially relevant. Among seven HEZ communities that have identified the built environment as their priority area, the Pawtucket and Central Falls Health Equity Zone has partnered with the City of Central Falls Planning Department to develop Rhode Island’s first Complete and Green Streets Ordinance. The ordinance was established to ensure safe access to roadways for users of all ages and abilities and to protect the environment. Complete Streets help create livable communities for various users, including children, people with disabilities and older adults. Planning may include sidewalks, bike lanes, special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible public transportation stops, frequent and safe crossing opportunities, accessible pedestrian signals, median islands and narrower travel lanes. In a community such as Central Falls, where many families are without cars, these features are critical. Complete and Green Streets also incorporate landscaping elements that help curb storm water runoff. Bioswales, planters, rain gardens and street trees are mutually beneficial for mobility and ecology. These elements make roads and sidewalks more pleasant and inviting, and they improve air and water quality.

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n 2015, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) established the Health Equity Zone (HEZ) initiative, which recognizes that 80 percent of people’s health is determined outside the doctor’s office and inside homes, schools, jobs and neighborhoods. HEZ’s goal is to eliminate health disparities using place-based strategies to promote healthy communities. To have the biggest impact on health outcomes and help curb the rising cost of care, RIDOH is helping municipalities shift investments toward creating healthier communities. Achieving health equity requires understanding how community needs differ and investing in the specific resources each community needs to give everyone a fair chance at good health. When health equity exists, everyone benefits. Health outcomes get better, workplace productivity improves, and communities grow stronger and more resilient. The HEZ initiative is an innovative approach that brings communities together to build the infrastructure needed to achieve healthy, systemic changes at the local level. Through a collaborative, community-led process, municipalities conduct a needs assessment and implement a data-driven plan of action to address the unique social, economic and environmental factors that are preventing people from being as healthy as possible. Local initiatives engage the entire community to create solutions for the

Mia Patriarca, healthy communities specialist with RIDOH, supports the HEZ process, collaborating with Grow Smart Rhode Island to provide training and technical assistance to municipalities and city councils. As the HEZ initiative grows, Patriarca and Grow Smart are now working with Newport and Bristol HEZs to adopt Complete and Green Streets ordinances. For more information about Health Equity Zones, visit Health. RI.Gov/hez. Find more resources through Grow Smart Rhode Island at

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s of last year, 90 million dogs lived in American homes. Including cats, birds, fish, small animals and reptiles, the grand total is 393 million, reports the American Pet Products Association. Pets are considered family members by 95 percent of their people. Accordingly, pets are a key consideration in choosing a friendly place to live or visit. The personal finance website WalletHub analyzed the most pet-friendly U.S. cities encompassing criteria inclusive of access to veterinarians and cost, pet insurance rates, pet-friendly restaurants, pet-centric businesses, dog parks and animal shelters. SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, ranked cities by dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants and stores, walkability, weather and housing costs. Unsurprisingly, many high picks are in warmer climates.

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“First, look for pet-friendly landlords. Space to play, socialize and exercise animals is next on my list, followed by breweries and restaurants that allow dogs on their patios,”

says Alexandra Bassett, a professional dog trainer and owner of Dog Savvy Los Angeles. “I hike off-leash in Runyon Canyon and we visit the Pawbar at Pussy & Pooch, a pet lifestyle boutique, to mingle and sample treats. Food is the fastest way to make a dog comfortable in just about any setting.” Irvine and Carlsbad, California, and Portland, Maine, are among the first cities to ban use of toxic pesticides in public areas and homes, following pressure from local groups. Being closer to the ground and smaller in size, pets suffer adverse reactions faster than humans. Contact local environmental groups to help ban harmful insecticides and herbicides in public areas. In Pasco County, Florida, Epperson Community homes exemplify eco- and pet-friendly planning, with open spaces and solar power-lit trails for jogging and walking. Birdhouses throughout the property welcome wild feathered friends. A centerpiece lagoon enhances scenic walks and uses less water and energy than a traditional pool or golf course. Separate paths allocated for bikes and driverless cars keep dog walkers safe.


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t day camp or the pool, on the playing field or in the backyard, kids can get really thirsty, especially as temperatures climb. Although filtered water is always a good choice, sugary, carbonated, artificially colored and flavored beverages can be tempting. Having homemade options ready can entice kids to stay hydrated in a healthy way.

Clued-in Professionals “As a sports nutritionist and mother of active kids, I know there’s a lot of misinformation out there, and I get all kinds of questions from parents about what drinks are best for kids,” says Jackie Berning, Ph.D., a registered dietitian, sports nutrition consultant and professor of health science at the University of Colorado, in Colorado Springs. “Parents need to know that all beverages are not created equal when it comes to hydrating them. The best [healthful] beverages taste good when your child is active, so encourage their drinking more of them,” she says. According to the National Alliance for Youth Sports, the recommended beverage

contents for active kids during sports and other activities should contain at least 100 milligrams (mg) of sodium and at least 28 mg of potassium per eight ounces. It should be noncarbonated. We asked two moms keen on nutrition how they include these elements in drinks that kids will like.

Mom Picks Michele Olivier, the mother of daughters Elliette and Parker, views herself as both a lover of food and a control freak. The Denver, Colorado, recipe blogger started off making food for her baby and toddler. As her kids grew and their nutritional needs changed, she created new recipes, including healthy sports drinks that both balance electrolytes and hydrate. While Elliette loves water and has no trouble staying hydrated, Parker loves juice, so Mom had to “make something that looks like juice, but is healthy,” says Olivier. Four main ingredients are a little frozen fruit left over from breakfast smoothies, a bit of honey for sweetening, a dash of Himalayan sea salt and water,

or herbal tea or coconut water. She might also add fresh mint, ginger or other natural flavorings ( Heather Dessinger, a mom of three and blogger of recipes and natural mothering tips from Santa Fe, Tennessee, makes a drink based on coconut water with lime juice, raw honey and sea salt for older kids that play soccer or other warm-weather sports. Dessinger describes herself as a researcher and healthy living DIY fan (

With homemade drinks, we know exactly what is—and what isn’t—in them. They can be made in batches and kept in the refrigerator. Dessinger relates, “I’ve found that when I make a batch with honey, which is naturally antimicrobial, and store it in the coldest part of the fridge, my homemade sports drink lasts for at least a week.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (


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ombining regular exercise with quality family time can be an enjoyable and fun way to realize a healthier lifestyle. Running together in fresh air, preferably in natural settings, allows children as young as 5 to safely join in.

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Families and coaches agree that running benefits both body and psyche. “Running as a family is an incredibly bonding experience, putting aside some of the usual conflicts and perceived hierarchies and just coming together,” says William Pullen, a London, England, psychotherapist and author of Running with Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) to Improve Low-mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression. “Running also gives us a place where we can develop skills like building confidence and competency.” Marc Bloom, of Princeton, New Jersey, author of Young Runners: The Complete Guide to Healthy Running for Kids From 5 to 18 and The Runner’s Bible, concurs, stating, “Running as a family can give parents the opportunity to be good role models by instilling values of health, fitness and togetherness.” Experts emphasize the fun factor. Pullen encourages both parents and kids to get out of their heads and into their bodies. “Concentrating on breath, posture, sensation and location all help make running mindful,” he suggests. 34

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For beginners, experts recommend approaching running as a desirable pastime and adopting a slow, easy pace. “Always make running fun, not a chore,” encourages Bloom. “Frame it as being outside, playing and sharing with friends and family. Make a game of it as much as possible.” Whether a family chooses to run in the park or in a community race, experts stress the importance of not setting goals. “Make it pleasurable. Don’t worry about time and distance. Start with short distances, maybe a block or two for novice runners or very young children,” advises running coach Jeremy Sanders, from Winchester, Virginia. “Be patient. Some days, the kids will get cramps. They may whine or get moody. Other days, they will be happy and content. Don’t let one bad run ruin the opportunity to try again another time.” Running coaches and seasoned runners agree that it is wise to tailor runs according to age and fitness levels. “Kids can begin at school age, 5 or 6; but start them with a few minutes and then add more, up to 15 minutes to a half an hour or so a few days a week. Always mix in sprints for short attention spans. Keep it simple. No fancy running shoes are needed when starting, just regular sneakers,” advises Bloom. “For teens, 30 to 45 minutes at a time a few times a week is fine, provided that they have bona fide running shoes.”


Finding inspiration as a family can include running for worthy causes; most communities host charity runs. “This can become a focal point for getting in shape, raising money and running for the greater good, not just yourself,” says Bloom. Mindful running presents regular opportunities to explore new places, focus on details that often go unnoticed and make exercise an active meditation for all involved. “Show kids how to notice what is going on around them when they run,” suggests Pullen. “You can read up and educate yourselves on trees, geology or the change of seasons so they feel a powerful sense of connection and freedom.” Whether running as a family is motivated by a desire to stay fit, get someplace or simply share more quality time, being in the present moment is most important. “Life is not about striving all the time,” exhorts Pullen. “Take the kids out. Keep it fun and make it into an adventure.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at


“The important thing is to show up. It’s about participation, not breaking personal bests,” Pullen continues. Kids can play a game while running, such as silently counting steps, trees or other runners.” Mindfulness can also include sharing how it feels to run and meeting challenges along the way. Bloom suggests tuning in to nature. “Being in beautiful surroundings or watching for animals can promote mindfulness,” he says. “It can be spiritual.”

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Breathing While Running William Pullen: “Mindful breathing is simply making the observation of one’s breath being the priority over thoughts. Each time the mind interrupts, gently return to the breath. Learning how to do that gently is what it’s all about—it means letting go of forcing, wishing and striving— and just gently doing.” Marc Bloom: “I’m not a fan of instructing young kids how to breathe while running because thinking about a must-do task can spoil the fun, and also seem like homework. Runners breathe naturally through their mouths, with an occasional deep breath through the nose. You can get technical with this, but not for kids. Be aware if breathing gets labored. If kids feel out of breath they’re probably running too fast. Kids love to start off fast, often too fast. Also, normal breathing might feel ‘out of breath’ and wrong to them because they’re not accustomed to it. Explain this to newbies beforehand by telling them what to expect.” Jeremy Sanders: “Everyone is different. Your breathing changes with effort and the more you run, the more you learn what works for you. You can experiment by breathing through only your nose or only your mouth, or in combination, in through the nose and out through the mouth. You can also alter the number of steps between each breath to get a comfortable rhythm going.”

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s the decades go by, people plan for their fiscal retirement to assure that they will be financially comfortable when they decide to retire and live out the rest of their days. While financial security is an important part of planning for life’s next chapter, an equally important consideration is one’s plan for physical retirement. Unfortunately, the present world is not designed to easily support a healthy lifestyle. Even with the best intentions for regular exercise and eating a good diet, life’s ups and downs can get in the way and sabotage our healthy habits. As individuals

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reeks, streams and rivers flow into ponds, lakes and oceans, carrying pollution. Keeping large bodies of water clean starts with local waterways. As awareness of this need rises, some rivers in Africa, India, New Zealand and elsewhere are being protected and recognized as living entities, with rights, values and the legal status of people. While court cases brought by commercial interests are challenging such decisions, progress continues on many fronts.

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Native Americans paddled there,” says Barbara Smits, part-owner of Old Northwest Frontier Tours, provider of self-guided auto, bicycle and walking tours via eBook, in De Pere, Wisconsin. “To see people sail, boat, ice fish or sightsee here again is a joy.” The Fox River Cleanup Project, a multi-year effort covering 13 miles that began in 2009, reduces the health and environmental risks from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the sediment. Lake Winnebago, source of the lower Fox River, is currently stewarded under the 2000 Lake Sturgeon Management Plan. Recent meetings have sought citizen input

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June 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 and do healing rituals. Wonderful talking circles. $20 suggested donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. Text to RSVP: 401-464-1634.

FRIDAY, JUNE 1 Drumming Circle – 2-4pm. Come experience a Shamanic Healing Drum Circle. Doug will guide you in a peaceful meditative drum session, which promotes overall healing. Drums are available for your use. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Spiritual Realignment Class Week 5 – 10-11am. Week 5 deals with Plant Allies: What plants have been known to heal you spiritually, i.e. emotionally, mentally, physical healing through plant medicine. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: Reiki Master Practitioner – 10am-6pm. Prerequisite: Reiki Level 2. See full description and register online. $300. Tracy Calapai, 35 East Ave, Harrisville.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 Reiki Share – 2-3:30pm. Reiki shares are a way for practitioners to practice on one another and to hone their skills and receive healing themselves. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

TUESDAY, JUNE 5 Circle the Sun Information Session – 11:30am1pm. 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.

THURSDAY, JUNE 7 Spirtuality and Holistic Tarot – 7am-11pm. Cris McCullough discusses Holistic Tarot, Spirituality and your Soul Map as part of a Holistic Campus Summit. Get your link at Access all day. Free. Holistic Campus, 204b Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth. 401-662-6642.

SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Struggle Free Yoga – 9:30-11:30am. Learn how to deepen your regular practice without struggling. Variations of basic hatha poses will be offered and advanced poses will be explored. $35; preregister to save $10. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Spiritual Realignment Class Week 6 – 10-11am. This is Week 6 and the final in the course: Your Authentic Self: How to align yourself with your most authentic version of yourself. $15. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register:


Rhode Island Edition

Unleash Your Limitless Potential – 10am-5pm. A powerful day of transformation. Break down the old stories that have kept you small and begin realizing your limitless potential. Live the life you truly deserve. $50. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Zentangles Drawing Class – 11am-1pm. Join us for a Zentangles Meditative Drawing Class with Cindy O’Brien. Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. Register: 508-261-7380 or 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, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Gallery Reading with Jean Mandeville – 6-7:30pm. Attend a group-style gallery reading. Loved one’s who have transitioned over, as well as spirit guides will come forward to offer messages of comfort and Support. Limit 8. $40. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10 JourneyDance™ with Rosa – 10:30am-12pm. We dance barefoot to connect to the energy of Mother Earth with a great playlist, a bit of guiding and lots of fun. No steps to learn. First class free. $15. Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401-297-9115. Relaxation Sessions – 12-2pm. Attention students and teachers. Come relax and clear away stress from exams and end of year. First come, first served. Half-hour sessions of reiki and IET. $15. Creatigo Holistic Development, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-287-2781.

MONDAY, JUNE 11 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 6-8:30pm. This internationally acclaimed 8-week course will help deepen our capacity to be more present and work effectively with the stress and challenges in our lives. $365. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.


THURSDAY, JUNE 14 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. Reducing Anxiety through Meditation – 6:307:30pm. By sitting in meditation, we can calm the body and the mind. We can slow our brain waves to states of relaxation. Join us and learn more about meditation and anxiety. Free. Cross Mills Library, 4417 Old Post Rd, Charlestown. 401-364-6211.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15 Gong Bath: Healing with Sound – 6:30-8pm. Join Joy (Gongs of Joy) and A.Michelle (Drumsong) to experience the resonant sounds of gongs, singing bowls, drums, flutes and more to bring you to a state of relaxation. $25/pre-registered, $30/at door. It’s My Health Wellcare Collaborative, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience the power of the circle and the rhythm of the drum to connect with helping spirits to release energy blocks, promote healing and gain insight. With Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna. $35. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Reynolds Bldg, Bristol. 401-787-8877. A Night on The Other Side – 6:30-9pm. Mediumship gallery-style readings with June Edward. Have you ever wanted to talk to someone on the other side, someone you are looking to say goodbye to? Join us, there may be a message for you. $45. Ezekiel Bates Lodge, 71 N Main S, Attleboro, MA. Conversation by 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, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.


Akashic Record Reading & Healing – 6-8pm. Powerful reading and clearing to move you towards your highest and best. Clear out what has been getting in your way and keeping you stuck. $25. Creatigo Holistic Development, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-287-2781.

Yoga at Easton’s Beach – 8:30-9:45am. Saturdays, 8:30-9:30am begins June 16. Wednesdays, 7-8:pm begins June 20. Please bring a towel (not your yoga mat) and a water bottle. $15/drop-in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation at Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport. 401-849-3200.

Laughter Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. Laughter Yoga is fun, easy and really good for you; improves mood, oxygenates the body, releases endorphins; you name it, we got it. RSVP. Donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-464-1634. 

Qigong Information Session – 10-11am. A Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. Qigong means the cultivation of one’s life energy force. Free. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Reiki Level 1 Certification – 10am-6pm. See full description and register online. $200. Tracy Calapai, 35 East Ave, Harrisville.

SUNDAY, JUNE 17 Community Reiki – 10:30am-12:30pm. Give reiki a try. Stop in for a 10-15-minute session. Call ahead to set up a time. Reiki is a wonderful energy technique to reduce stress, relaxation and more. Free though donations accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Crystal Singing Bowls Healing Meditation – 2-3pm. With the vibrational sounds of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls will alter your individual energy footprint based on the healing that your soul needs. It is so good. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Journey to a live drum as you practice modern applications of this ancient technique. Gain insight and understanding about yourself, your relationships and the world. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 Creative Spirituality – 6:30-8:30pm. A fun class for all ages that will help you to unlock creative freedom, joy, and spontaneity in your life. Includes art, music, writing, journeying and visualizations. $15. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Summer Solstice Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. This workshop will focus on understanding and illuminating your natural Inner Light through individual self-reflection and facilitated group discussion. $40. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21 Adult Coloring Club for Relaxation – 5-6:30pm. Adults are rediscovering the stress-relieving benefits of coloring. The library will provide soothing music, coloring books, markers, colored pencils and crayons. Join us. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22 Summer Solstice: An Inner Journey – 7-8pm. Judith Blacquier guides you to remember your connection with Universal Life Force Energy and your place within the Circle of Life. Re-align with your Inner Teacher/Healer. $20. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411. Align with the Season Ceremony – 7-8:30pm. Join us for shamanic ceremony to release blocks, open and align more fully to the energy of the Summer Solstice. Bring drum, rattles, items for the altar (returns with you). With Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna. Free. Energy-N-Elements, 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. 401-736-6500.

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 24 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. Make Your Own Foaming Soap, Bug Spray – 10:30am-12:30pm. Make your own foaming hand soap, and bug spray using essential oils that you will take home. Learn about essential oils, and how to use them. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or Paint Party with Silvia Patita – 2-4pm. Paint a chosen picture on canvas. No experience. She will guide you step by step as you paint the picture. A fun and relaxing time. Invite friends for a get together. $35. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or Rest & Return – 3-6pm. Mini-retreat led by Jennifer Pedrick, priest at St. Mary’s Church and Shelley Dungan, Director of The Sacred Center. Spacious time will include guided prayer, ample silence, mindful movement and more. RSVP. $30/ Scholarships available. St Mary’s Church and The Sacred Center, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 860-965-9995. Sound Healing Gong Bath at the Barn – 5-6:30pm. Join Joy (Gongs of Joy) and A.Michelle (Drumsinger) as you experience the resonant vibrations of the gongs, singing bowls, drums, flutes, vocals and other instruments. $30. The Stone Barn, Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, 786 Horseneck Rd, South Dartmouth, MA. 508-858-6786.

MONDAY, JUNE 25 Reading Clinic – 6:30-8pm. Come in and have some fun. Akashic Record Readings with Michelle and Spirit Portraits with Debbee. Both can help you move forward in your life with grace and ease. $15. Creatigo Holistic Development, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-287-2781.

TUESDAY, JUNE 26 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. Laughter Yoga — 7:30-8:30pm. Laughter Yoga is fun, easy and really good for you; improves mood, oxygenates the body, releases endorphins; you name it, we got it. RSVP. Donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-464-1634. 

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 Intro to Psychic/Psychometry with Kristen – 6-7:30pm. In this fun and enlightening workshop learn how to connect with the energy of an object simply by touching it or being near it. For intuitive curiosities of all levels. $20. Creatigo Holistic Development, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-287-2781. Meditation for Brain Health – 6:30-7:30pm. Studies show that regular meditators’ brain waves are more coherent and meditation prevents many illnesses and reduces stress. Come learn how meditation improves wellness. Free. Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library, 100 Tinkham Ln, Harrisville. 401-710-7800. A Night of Insight – 6:30-8:30pm. Join guest medium Kathy Archambault for a night of discovering your inner gifts and learning how to expand your spiritual awareness and connection to Spirit. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. JourneyDance™ with Rosa – 7-8:30pm. We dance barefoot to connect to the energy of Mother Earth with a great playlist, a bit of guiding and lots of fun. No steps to learn. First class free. $15 Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401-297-9115.

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 June Full 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. $20 suggested donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. Text to RSVP: 401-464-1634.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30 Integrated Energy Therapy: Basic – 10am-5pm. 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. Certificate given. $195. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must register: 401-741-5055 or Unicorn Rising Workshop with Calista – 10am1pm. UK’s Spiritual author, teacher and founder of Unicorn Healing®, Calista will present workshop to explore the unicorn realm and connect you with your personal unicorn guide. $40. Creatigo Holistic Development, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-287-2781.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Ensemble – 7:309:30pm. Healing the soul and social differences through Sufi Qawwali Music: featuring a powerful soaring chorus accompanied by energetic rhythms of the tabla and group clapping. $35. Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 W Newton St, Boston, MA.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 Weekend Yoga with Tias Little – Oct 6-7. 10am-1pm & 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.

June 2018


on going events


sunday Vinyasa Flow – 8-9:30am. Be challenged safely in this slow moving class that will tone and strengthen your body and clear your mind. Heated. All levels. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Qigong – 9-10am. A Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. Qigong means the cultivation of one’s life energy force. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Mindful Flow and Meditation – 9-10:15am. Moderate-level class blending mindfulness discussions, gentle pranayama (breath), and flowing asanas (poses). $10. Hayloft at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 73 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401-816-5600. Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come, celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind; children’s program and child care. Teens meet last Sunday of each month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. The Providence Flea – 10am-4pm. Artisans, makers, vintage vendors, community nonprofits, live music, food trucks. Visit website for more information and vendor application. Free. The Providence Flea, Providence River Greenway, Across from 345 S Water St, Providence. Sunday Service – 10:30am-12pm. Please join us each Sunday for an inspirational lesson, beautiful music, meditation and fellowship. Unity Healing Service every 1st Sunday of the month. Free. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708. Deep Stretch (for Everyone) – 10:45am-12pm. A fun, laid back stretch class. Develop flexibility, range of motion, alignment and more. Great for both men and women. Also held Thursdays, 4-5:15pm. Come try. Dr. Wayne Clairborne. Five classes for $40 Intro Special. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga. Sunday Celebration Service Center for Spiritual Living Southern RI – 11:30am-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.


Rhode Island Edition

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 LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. 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 LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Kripalu Yoga with Susan – 4:15-5:45pm. Enjoy breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the body and heart to release and open. Beginners welcome. With Susan McLaren. New students: $50/5 classes; $16/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 5:30-7pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $148/8 classes, $22/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. Expressive Arts Group – 6-7:30pm. This group will focus on the use of creativity and the expressive arts to facilitate self-discovery, increase selfesteem, and foster a sense of belonging and community. $35/session, $125/series of 4. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449. Gentle Flow/Beginning Yoga – 6:15-7:15pm. Yoga basics, emphasizing alignment and adjustments to get the most benefit for your body. A gentle flow; excellent for new beginners and those wanting a more gentle yoga. New student: $40/4; $16/dropin. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. 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 LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

tuesday Svaroopa® Yoga with Janice – 9:30-11am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow paced class. Learn yoga poses, with supports and props, to release tension and stress without strain. Gain strength, vitality, 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.

Mid-Day Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. An hour hatha yoga class designed for those wanting to practice at lunch. This is great for all levels, from those just learning to those who practice yoga. $12. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $148/8 classes, $22/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. 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. Please call or signup online. Free though donations are accepted. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Qigong – 6-7pm. A Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. Qigong means the cultivation of one’s life energy force. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. All Level Yoga: Cumberland – 6-7:15pm. A joyful, upbeat class with experienced teacher, Mary Shiel-L’Esperance. Moderate posture flow; breath and alignment technique. Beginners welcome. $12/$13/Flex Pass, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Women’s Discovery Book Group – 6-8pm. Discover your capacity for deeper levels of self-care, kindness, contentment and connection. Interactive discussions about the book, The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, refreshments, gentle yoga, guided relaxation and some reading and reflecting to do at home. RSVP. St Mary’s Church & The Sacred Center, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 860-965-9995.

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. Guided Meditation: Shamanic – 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. Please call or signup online. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Amrit/Kripalu Yoga with Amy – 9:30-11am. Enjoy breath work, simple stretches to warm the body, classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, and meditation, allowing the body and heart to release and open. With Amy McPhee. New students: $50/5 classes; $16/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Surfer’s Flow – 6-7:15pm. Blend of non-traditional sequencing and targeted training for core strength and flexibility. This slow moving vinyasa yoga will increase agility/muscle pliability. $15/drop-in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Meditation with Ann Porto – 6:30-7:30pm. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to calm the mind and reduce stress. You will learn proper alignment for breath and meditation. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

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

Flow Yoga (Level 2): Cumberland – 6:30-7:45pm. Yoga flow to both energize you and bring you to your calm center, with experienced teacher, Ashley RoseMello. We offer friendly classes and a serene studio space. New student: $40/4, $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Guided Meditation: Shamanic – 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. Please call or signup online. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Yoga Fusion with Christine – 7-8pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.



Coffee Hour for Veterans (Cana Vets) – 10:30am12pm. 3rd Thursday. Coffee Hour for veterans to share a cup of coffee, a donuts 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. Register: 401-889-3990. Yoga Fusion with Christine – 12-1pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Weaver Library Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. Fresh veggies, local foods and products, live music, and children’s programs make for a relaxing, fun, and delicious afternoon on the library lawn. Free. East Providence Public Library/Weaver, 41 Grove Ave, East Providence. 401-434-2453. 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 same family. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. 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 LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Yoga Fusion with Christine – 7-8pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

friday Guided Meditation – Shamanic – 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 or 6 classes for $72 Please signup. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Suite 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Mid-Day Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. An hour hatha yoga class designed for those who want to practice at lunch. Great for all levels from those wanting to learn or those practicing yoga. $12. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. 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 LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

saturday Community Tai Chi for East Bay – 9-10am. Every other Saturday. Learn breathing, postures, stretching and healing from a practitioner of Emei and Wudang styles in a relaxed session. Classes include warmup and discussions on the art of Tai Chi and Daoist culture. Free. White Monkey Tai Chi & Qigong, at Bay Spring Community Center, 170 Narragansett St, Barrington. Glow Yoga for All Ages – 9-10am. Great way for kids of all ages to exercise and have fun using black lights and glow bracelets. Yoga helps in meditation, strengthening and balancing among others. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Saturday Morning Yoga: All Level – 9:3010:45am. Yoga postures and flows to both energize you and bring you to your calm center. We offer fun and friendly classes, a serene studio space and

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

OPPORTUNITIES DISTRIBUTION SITE – Offer your patrons the opportunity to pick up their monthly copy of Natural Awakenings magazine at your business location, and promote your events for free with 2 calendars listings a month. Contact PAIN RELIEF TREATMENT WITHOUT DRUGS – Get back your health and live life! Call now and save on your first visit! 401-884-8687.

SUPERFOODS SUPERSTORE - Add to your business revenue! Organic, non-GMO products include CBD+oil, plant-based nutrition, kids line, etc...ALL ONLINE. Contact, 401-578-3498. experienced teachers. $12/$13/Flex Pass, $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Svaroopa Yoga with Suzanne – 9:45-11:15am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow paced class. Learn yoga poses, with supports and props, to release tension and stress without strain. Gain strength, vitality, and calm. With Suzanne Lincoln. New students: $50/5 classes; $21/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Kids’ Glow Yoga – 10-11am. 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 same family. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

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Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street Providence, RI 401-924-0567 •

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.


Emily Pavidis, CH 508-783-2530

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.


Carmen Smith, EEMCP 204B Clock Tower Sq Portsmouth, RI 401-714-2429

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 33.

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.



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

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


Patricia Hogan-Casey, DC Wholistic Chiropractic Center 215 Cottage St, Pawtucket 401-725-4380 • Dr. Patricia Hogan-Casey, using Network Spinal Analysis, has witnessed profound effects on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels of her patients. The gentle precise touches to the spine initiate the removal of interference to the nervous system’s tension and function—essentially cueing the brain to develop new strategies to experience greater wellbeing. See ad on page 20.


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


Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 With over 10 years of experience, Debby Votta, owner of Fresh Face Skincare Center, specializes in cutting-edge anti-aging skin treatments. She is consistently educating herself on the latest and best skincare products/treatments for her clients. She is certified in many of the latest high-tech esthetic advances including microdermabrasion, micro current, led light therapy, chemical peels and much more. See ad on page 39.

38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul.  Offering hair, makeup, reflexology, acupuncture, massage and herbalism. See ad on page 17.


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

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

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


Om Homeopathy at It’s My Health 1099 Mendon Rd Cumberland, RI 401-573-3757 With 12+ yrs experience in classical Homeopathy Vandana Pitke has helped many clients restore and achieve health. Vandana is a certified classical homeopath. She looks at the symptoms from a holistic perspective focusing on mind and body. She also incorporates ayurvedic nutrition and Mudra meditation in her practice, which makes healing faster, better and from within when combined with homeopathy. Go to or join Facebook group My Holistic Health. See ad on page 5.


Cheryl Reynolds RN,CH 4372 Post Road, E-Greenwich RI 02818 401-301-4426 Frustrated? Overwhelmed? Banging your head against the wall only burns 120 calories. There IS a better way. Personalized Hypnosis for stress, overactive thinking, weight management, low-self-esteem, negative emotions, fears/phobias plus much more. Re-discover happiness, confidence and inner calm as you easily take back your life today. Call Now! See ad on page 39.


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


Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 • Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the trans-formative healing process of hypnotherapy! Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 21.


John Koenig, Certified Instructor 401-374-1890 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.


ANN M. PORTO, PSYD, MS, QTTP Blue Dragonfly Wellness Center 6828 Post Rd North Kingston, RI 02852 401-529-2020.

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


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


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


Teacher/Psychic Medium Somerset Mass 508-259-1231 Angel card, Destiny Card, Akashic record readings, energy healing. Connect to loved ones on the other side. I specialize in career and relationship issues, twin flames, clearing past lives, home clearing, working with Angels, Home parties and phone readings available. See ad on page 7.


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

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

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


659 Sandy Ln, Warwick RI 401-441-8449 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.


Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally - for all. Naturopathic doctor - Certified Classical Homeopath - Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 29.

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

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

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

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.



Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 • Our mission at Natural Health Solutions is to improve the health of our community by providing natural options for most health issues and guidance toward the understanding that real solutions can be achieved with real nutrition. I have been helping people for close to 25 years achieve a higher level of health through both nutrition and chiropractic. See ad on page 21.


Reiki Master Teacher/ Practitioner 401-272-8262 (cell) Bridget is a Usui Reiki Master Teacher, who works compassionately and intuitively to support emotional and physical healing and relaxation during treatments. She’s also an IET practitioner and reflexologist. Her practice is at Keystone Family Acupuncture, where reiki can be incorporated with acupuncture. Mention this ad to receive a complementary reflexology add on service.



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

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

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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Dr. Scott Fertik Dr. John Broderick 167 Gano St Providence RI 02906 Integrative periodontal care by a compassionate dental team lead by Scott Fertik DDS and John Broderick DMD. The oldest periodontal practice in Rhode Island continues to deliver excellence in implant dentistry and all of your gums’ surgical needs.

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


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


Joy Quinn Blum 401-258-3952 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.








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



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


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


Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 • We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 5.


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


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



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


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

The most important thing in the world is family and love. ~John Wooden

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Rethinking Cities; Eat Right to Sleep Well; 12 Step Spirituality and Recovery; Spring Clean the Brain; Running With the Kids

2018 06 rina  

Rethinking Cities; Eat Right to Sleep Well; 12 Step Spirituality and Recovery; Spring Clean the Brain; Running With the Kids